|“||Surpass your limits. Right here. Right now.||”|
Yami Sukehiro 「ヤミ・スケヒロ Yami Sukehiro」 is a foreigner from the Hino Country and the first captain of the Clover Kingdom's Black Bull squad of the Magic Knights. He is also a former member of the Grey Deer squad.
Yami is a tall man with a very muscular build. He has grey eyes and black hair of medium length that is messily combed backward, making it stick outwards. Additionally, he sports a stubble mustache and beard.
Yami's attire is very simple and consists only of a white A-shirt and black trousers. The trousers have an extra layer of tan leather that covers his outer thighs and down to his knees. The trousers are only supported by a belt around his waist. Yami wears another pair of belts, one of which he uses to carry his grimoire. Lastly, he wears black high boots that cover most of his calves.
As the captain of the Black Bull squad, Yami wears a black banner with the squad's insignia on it. He wears it over his right shoulder and it is attached by two strings to his left shoulder. The banner also has tattered edges, seeming to have been ripped off from a bigger banner. After six months of training, Yami's black banner is now longer to where he now wears it over his right shoulder and under his left arm in a cape-like fashion.
For the Star Awards Festival, Yami wears a simple robe over a fundoshi, and a twisted hachimaki tied in the front. He also carries an uchiwa. The fan and the back of the robe bear the kanji 祭 ("festival"), and the linings of his robe bear the kanji for "raging bull" 「暴れ牛 abare ushi, Viz: "Black Bulls"」.
In Yami's youth, he wore the same thing, but his build was not as muscular.
Yami is uncouth, reckless, slightly hypocritical, and prone to delivering death threats at the slightest provocation. Nevertheless, he is a powerful and well-respected Magic Knight who was able to recognize Asta's merits when none of the other Captains would give him a chance.
He is typically a stoic man who believes more in actions than in words. He is very hot-headed, who can be easily angered by small matters such as being bumped by another person or interrupted when talking. Yami also has a penchant for intimidation whether he uses threatening words or physically harms his target. He also tends to immediately go straight for a more physical solution to any problems or confrontations, such as when he destroys a part of the squad's headquarters to calm his subordinates. Despite being very bull-headed, reckless, and unrefined , Yami is an experienced and perceptive warrior, picking apart his opponent's strategies with a glance and is constantly trying to come up with counters for them.
Furthermore, he also prefers instilling tough love to his subordinates by giving them dangerous missions. He believes that it is the best way for them to overcome their limits and grow stronger. Yami also does not discriminate people according to their social status or circumstances where he is willing to accept Luck Voltia, Noelle Silva, and Asta to join his ranks, even though he is aware of each of their problems. His concern for them is likely tied to his own circumstances, being treated as an outcast in his youth like they are.
- Dark Magic: Yami uses this magic attribute to generate and manipulate the element of darkness. He primarily uses this magic by channeling it into his sword. This magic has the ability to draw in other forms of magic, namely Light Magic, absorbing it into the darkness and can even affect the other world. Due to his Dark Magic's ability to affect the other world naturally, Yami is ranked as an Arcane Stage mage.
- Reinforcement Magic: Yami uses this form of magic to increase his physical abilities. It also allows him to make up for the slow speed of his Dark Magic. With it, he remains standing under the immense pressure of Dante Zogratis's devil-boosted Gravity Magic.
- Master Swordsman: Yami has described himself as a magic swordsman. He is extremely skilled in swordsmanship; he easily fights on par with Patolli, the leader of the Eye of the Midnight Sun, with nothing but swordplay in conjunction with his Dark Magic, destroying the surrounding environment.
- Enhanced Strength: Yami possesses tremendous physical strength which he further increases with magic. He easily throws Asta a considerable distance with just one hand.
- Enhanced Reflexes: Using ki, Yami can predict and react to attacks that others cannot keep up with and nonchalantly counters these attacks without having to turn around. By combining Mana Zone with Ki-sensing, Yami can react to his opponents' movements before they make them, similar to Julius's future-seeing ability, though he states that it is not on Julius's level.
- Immense Durability: Yami is an extremely durable fighter, remaining unfazed when hit by Patolli's light blades, and emerges completely unscathed at his attempted cave in. His amount of durability let him still attack and remain standing after being hit by a huge pillar of stone created by Dante Zogratis.
- Enhanced Speed: Yami is extremely fast, able to keep up with and surprise someone as fast as Patolli with his speed. When Lotus Whomalt attempts to launch a surprise attack on William Vangeance, despite having to climb a massive tree, Yami arrives just in time to intercept him. He is also capable of dodging Marx's elf-enhanced arrows that are faster than normal. His enhanced reflexes from Mana Zone and Ki-sensing, as well as the power boost from Mana Zone, allow Yami to dodge devil-enhanced attacks for a short time.
- Immense Magic Power: As a captain of a Magic Knights squad, Yami possesses an immense amount of magic power. Anti-birds flee as soon as they realize his presence, and the slightest release of his power intimidates multiple people. After Yami blocks and counters Patolli, Valtos wonders if the captain could rival the Magic Emperor. Gifso, the High Priest of the Seabed Temple, acknowledges Yami as being too powerful for his game. When watching his squad fight to the brink of death, he surpasses his limits to escape Abari's Different Dimension Sphere and becomes powerful enough to easily defeat Vetto. Julius Novachrono states that Yami has grown more powerful after he returns to the kingdom. Yami estimates that his amount of magic power outclasses all commoners and nobles, with only very powerful royals such as Nozel, the strongest of elves such as Licht and Charla, and devils surpassing him in this regard.
- Ki: A principle originating from his homeland, this skill allows Yami to use a sixth sense to perceive and react to unseen attacks and persons.
- Mana Zone: Yami can control all the mana in an area around him to increase his spells' power and range, and to stand and maneuver in midair.
- Grimoire: Yami possesses a three-leaf clover grimoire that contains various darkness-based spells.
- Katana: In combat, Yami uses a katana, a type of sword from his homeland, the Hino Country. It is broken by Vetto during their first encounter but replaced with a brand new one afterwards. During their fight with Dante, Yami lends his katana to Asta, and he coats it in Anti Magic. Afterward, the sword is stored in Asta’s grimoire.
- Communication Device: Yami possesses a small device that allows him to communicate with the members of his squad. It can only transmit audio.
- Yami Sukehiro vs. Licht: Interrupted
- Yami Sukehiro vs. Rhya, Vetto, and Fana: Interrupted
- Yami Sukehiro vs. Vetto: Win
- Yami Sukehiro vs. Two Elves: Win
- Yami Sukehiro vs. Charla: Draw
- Yami Sukehiro and Jack the Ripper vs. Four Elves: Win
- Finral Roulacase, Yami Sukehiro, and Jack the Ripper vs. Ratri: Win
- Humans and Elves vs. Zagred: Win
- Magic Knights Entrance Exam
- Noelle's Magical Rampage
- Rescue the Children Mission
- Captain's Meeting: Finding the Traitor
- Temple Battle Royale
- Invasion of Kiten
- Star Awards Festival
- The Hot Spring Training Camp
- Battle of Clover Castle
- Battle of the Shadow Palace
Yami personally recruits Asta into the Black Bulls after he takes an interest in him. He acts as a mentor figure to Asta, coming to his rescue after he is attacked by Patolli and teaching him how to use Ki. He has a lot of faith in Asta's strength, and he has acknowledged Asta as the one responsible for the squad's improved strength and reputation.
Yami recruits Noelle Silva into the Black Bulls despite her reputation as a failure of a royal. He has a lot of faith in her strength, and Noelle holds much admiration for Yami in turn, though she is sometimes put off by his gruff behavior.
Yami and Magna Swing share a strong, almost brotherly relationship. Magna is completely loyal to Yami, and Yami in turn will take Magna to go gambling at times.
Yami accidentally frees Vanessa Enoteca from imprisonment in the Witch's Forest, and she later joins the Black Bulls out of respect for him. She appears to have a slight crush on him, but Yami remains oblivious to this.
Yami recruits Gauche to the Black Bulls despite him being an escaped prisoner at the time. Though Gauche rarely shows it, he holds a lot of respect for Yami and vice versa, though Yami is often put off by Gauche's obsession with his sister.
Luck Voltia holds Yami's strength in a high regard, and is always attempting to challenge him to a battle. Though Yami is sometimes put off by Luck's sociopathic behavior, he still acknowledges and highly regards Luck's battle strength and mana sensory abilities.
Yami puts a considerable amount of trust in Finral Roulacase and his Spatial Magic. Though Yami often threatens Finral due to his cowardly behavior, he actually cares for him quite a bit and has confidence in his recovery after his battle with Langris.
Yami accidentally met Henry Legolant when he found his house in a search for a base for the Black Bulls. Henry told Yami about his condition, and offered to allow Yami to use his home as a base when he dies. Yami was immediately put off by the idea, and instead told him that he would fill the base with plenty of people so Henry wouldn't die, and also recruited him as member of Black Bulls as well. Yami is not that bothered by Henry's magic or the fact that it constantly makes the base's layout change.
Yami met Zora Ideale during one of Zora's missions to take out corrupt magic knights, and took an immediate liking to him. Despite openly recruiting Zora into the Black Bulls, Zora initially refused, not taking Yami's words or actions seriously. After hearing Yami out, Zora reluctantly changed his mind, deciding to take the Black Bulls' robe, but chose to not wear it and to continue his mission. After the events of the Royal Knights Selection Exam, he began wearing his robe, and when he saw Yami again during the battle against the elves, he declared himself a member of the Black Bulls, with Yami visibly glad that he finally changed his attitude.
Julius Novachrono is the one who convinced Yami to join the Magic Knights and the first person to show him any kindness since he came to the Clover Kingdom. They both trust each other very much and share a strong friendship, and Yami is heartbroken when Julius dies at Patolli's hands. Notably, Julius is the only person shown thus far who can get Yami to do something without receiving a single complaint in return.
Though Yami has yet to acknowledge Charlotte Roselei's feelings as he has not realized them yet, he holds a lot of respect for her strength and works hard to save her after she is possessed by the elf Charla.
Yami and William Vangeance share a friendly rivalry not dissimilar from the one shared by Asta and Yuno. They both trust each other quite a bit, and Yami does not change his opinion of William even after he sees his disfigured face.
Yami holds a large amount of respect for Fuegoleon Vermillion. When he hears of Fuegoleon's injury, he is confident in Fuegoleon's ability to pull through and recover, and at the same time wants to avenge the defeat during his fight with Patolli.
Yami and Mereoleona Vermillion share a hostile sort of camaraderie. They respect each other's strength, but they often get into altercations when they meet regardless. Uniquely, Mereoleona seems to be the only Magic Knight captain who scares Yami, as he starts shouting to evacuate the base after Mereoleona comes barging in. In comparison, he has recklessly angered people like Nozel and Jack without any form of caution.
Jack the Ripper
Yami and Jack the Ripper are drinking buddies and rivals. The two of them seem to turn every task they do together into a contest, whether it be fighting, drinking, or even selling food. Nevertheless, the two have been shown to work well together in a fight and they both acknowledge each other as worthy opponents.
Yami and Nozel Silva have an intense rivalry. Nozel is disgusted by Yami's unruly behavior, and Yami thinks of Nozel as an annoying pretty boy. However, they still respect each other as fellow captains and powerful fighters.
- "...In the end... the most important thing about a Magic Knight is... magical power." 「...なんや かんやで... 結局魔法騎士に 求めりれるのは 魔力だ "... Nanya kan'ya de... Kekkyoku Mahō Kishi ni motomeri reru no wa maryoku da"」
- "Surpass your limits. Right here. Right now." 「今 ここで 限界を 越える "Ima koko de genkai o koeru"」
- "Protect whatever is precious to you. One day it'll lead you to protect something else." 「テメーはテメーの護りてぇもん護ってりゃいいさ いつかそれが誰かの為になる "Temē wa temē no mamoritē mon mamotterya īsa Itsuka sore ga dareka no tame ni naru"」
- "This is the first time I've seen royalty that was labeled a failure... If you feel like fighting against it all, come with me." 「王族の落ちこぼれなんざ初めて見たわ ...戦う気があんなら黒の暴牛 (ウチ) 来れば? "Ōzoku no ochikoborena n za hajimete mita wa ...Tatakau ki ga an'nara uchi kureba?"」
- "Mr. Destiny, huh? I hate that bastard's guts. Who would even pay attention to him? I'd tear him apart and do whatever I damn well please." 「あーいイいイ運命さんね オレそいつ嫌いなんだわ 誰が言う事きくか ブツ潰してでも 好きにさせてもらうぜ "Āiiii unmei-san ne Ore soitsu kirai nanda wa Dare ga iu koto kiku ka Butsu tsubushite demo Suki ni sa sete morau ze"」
- "I like strong women, ya know? But there's nothing wrong in relying on others sometimes, right? And there's plenty strong people you can trust... among us Magic Knights, don't you think?" 「強えー女は好きだぜ? だがたまには誰かに頼ってもいんじゃねーの? そんな頼れる強ぇーヤツらがいっぱいいんのが オレ達魔法騎士団だろ? "Tsuē on'na wa sukida ze? Daga tamani wa dareka ni tayotte mo inja nēno? Son'na tayoreru tsuē yatsu-ra ga ippai in no ga Ore-tachi mahō kishi-dan daro?"」
- Yami's favorite things are cigarettes, intimidation, and interesting people.
- Yami has a collection of wild beasts that he keeps in the dungeon of the Black Bull base.
- Yami's grimoire design is the background for Volume 5's cover.
- Assorted Questions Brigade Rankings:
- Yami ranked #2 in the first, second, third, and fourth popularity polls.
- In the VIZ popularity polls, Yami ranked #1 in the first and second and #2 in the third.
- Yami can mean "dark, darkness" in Japanese, a reference to his magic and personality.
- Yami's name in his concept art contains the kanji for "night" 「夜」, "appearance" 「見」, "mediate/interfere" 「介」, and "large" 「大」.
- Yami's face as a child is drawn like a "henohenomoheji" 「へのへのもへじ」, except the nose and mouth are replaced by やみ 「yami」.
|Asta • Charmy Pappitson • Finral Roulacase • Gauche Adlai • Gordon Agrippa • Grey • Henry Legolant • Luck Voltia • Magna Swing • Noelle Silva • Secre Swallowtail • Vanessa Enoteca • Zora Ideale|
|Cesc • Francis • Walter|
|Cob Portaport • Marx Francois • Nacht • William Vangeance • Yami Sukehiro|
|Dark Cloaked Avidya Slash • Dark Cloaked Black Blade • Dark Cloaked Dimension Slash • Dark Cloaked Avidya Wild Slash • Dark Cloaked Avidya Blunt Strike • Dark Cloaked Dimension Slash: Equinox • Dark Cloaked Iai Slash • Death Thrust|
|Black Hole • Black Cocoon|
|Dark Binding • Dark Cloaked Black Blade Blunt Sweep • Black Moon • Black Blade Shadow Strike • Dusk|
|Mana Skin • Leg Strength Boost|
|Base Run Gamble||Magna Swing|