Tsurube-Otoshi (つるべ落とし Tsurube-Otoshi, lit. Dropper) is a giant head yōkai .
Tsurube-Otoshi is a giant bald head, with a dark beard and proportionally sized facial features. His eyes have brown irises and small pupils, buck teeth, thick eyebrows and lips.
In some manga appearances, he has been depicted with tiny legs protruding from his beard, mainly in moments of mobilization.
Tsurube-Otoshi appeared in episode #25 of the second anime adaptation, The Phantom Train.
Tsurube-Otoshi appears during the ending credits sequence of the third anime adaptation. His first appearance proper was in episode #35, Millennial Kingdom of Yōkai Akashita.
Tsurube-Otoshi appears in the opening of the sixth anime as Nurikabe's partner during the three-legged race scene. He also appears in the second opening, GET A NOTE, in the darkness behind Mana and Sōma.
Tsurube-Otoshi is among those gathered around the GeGeGe House, trying to drive Agnès out of the forest. He listens to Medama-Oyaji's warning that if they drive her out then the tragedy Malay yōkai will repeat somewhere else. Soon followed by Kitarō as he explains how grave the consequences are if Japan becomes a part of Backbeard's empire. Causing the crowd to look at one another, until Kitarō draws their attention as he stands on his resolve to fight.
It lurks in the tops of trees and drops down on unsuspecting humans, and has various descriptions - sometimes it is some sort of oni or tengu, sometimes it is a disembodied head, and sometimes it is a fireball. Its name is an expression for "falling quickly" which literally means "a well-bucket dropping", and sometimes the tsurube-otoshi instead drops a well-bucket to scoop up its prey.
|Ghost Tribe||Kitarō • Medama-Oyaji|
|Other members||Nezumi-Otoko • Neko-Musume • Sunakake-Babaa • Konaki-Jijii • Ittan-Momen • Nurikabe|
|Former members||Shisa • Yuki-Hime • Netarō|
|Recurring allies||Yobuko • Kasa-Bake • Abura-Sumashi • Tsurube-Bi • Bake-Garasu|
|Yōkai Apartments||Nekoko • Kamikiri • Azuki-Arai • Akaname • Tsurube-Otoshi • Gyūki|
|Yōkai Yokochō||Kawauso • Amabie • Rokuro-Kubi • Ohaguro-Bettari • Nurikabe-Nyōbō & Ko-Nurikabe|
|Other Allies||Maruge • Ido-Sennin • Bake-Kujira • Yagyō-san • Aobōzu • Simurgh • Agnès|
|Tendo Family||Yumeko Tendō • Hoshirō Tendō • Masao Tendō • Yūko Tendō|
|Elementary School Trio||Yūko Murakami • Shōta Suzuki • Jun Tanimoto|
|Others||Mizuki • Makoto Washio • Mana Inuyama|
|47 Yōkai Warriors|
|Main Characters||Kitarō • Medama-Oyaji • Nezumi-Otoko • Mizuki|
|Secondary Characters||Iwako • Hageyama • Mizuki's Mother • Nashita Kaneno • Neko • Trump Omoi • Beatnik • Mononoke • Ichirō Yamada • Masaichi • Shigeru Mizuki • Kinnosuke Ochiba & his Doctor|
|Threats||Yasha • Dracula IV • Fake Kitarō • Mizugami • London Werewolf • Kaneda & Murata • Johnny in the Mist • Dai-Kaijū • Sennin • Underground Mizuki|
|Obake School||Dr. Gamotsu • Caroline • Adobarana|
|The Other World||Jigoku Ticket Taker • The Guide • The Bird That Takes One Step a Millennium • Walking Plant • Nameless Creature That Extends About 10 Kilometers • Living Oasis|
|Sukiyaki Party||Sunakake-Babaa • Konaki-Jijii • Nurikabe • Hitorima • Kishinbō • Miage-Nyūdō • Sodehiki-Kozō • Tatami-Tataki • Tenka • Tsuchi-Korobi • Tsurube-Otoshi|
|Others||Ghost-like Patient • Medium • Bon Arima • Machamitsu Moriwaki • Hibari Ōzora • Gama-Reijō • Mary • Hayato Ikeda • Fly • Hanao Muraoka • Gosaku • Blood Onsen Kappa • Tompo|