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Yami is the absolute ruler of all evil beings. He is the ultimate symbol of darkness. And he is nothing like those false gods of your fairytales!
~ Ninetails on Yami.

Yami, also known as "The Emperor of Everlasting Darkness", is the main antagonist and final boss of the video game Okami, and is considered to be the archnemesis of Amaterasu and Waka. Amaterasu fights him on the Ark of Yamato, the last level in the game, in an effort to save Nippon and the Celestial Plane.


Yami appeared as a large metal ball with archaic markings etched into it. However, it is revealed that Yami is actually a fish within an orb of water. He controls the large ball from within. Yami has a total of five forms, all of them, except for one is in the metal ball form, but the marking changes and the markings glow a different color; red, green, blue, and yellow. In Yami's third form, he can shape-shift into a slot machine, and in his fourth form, he can shape-shift into a two-legged walker with energy whips for arms. In his fifth and final form, he takes on the appearance of a giant hand.

Yami was defeated forever in Okami and does not return in Okamiden, although he is mentioned. Instead, a new primary antagonist arises to command the demon hordes. Later, it is revealed that Yami was being controlled by this being and was a host for it, although Akuro is actually one of the five essences of Yami and seeks the four others to become one again. The being also appeared to have hands resembling the kind Yami was in his last form, although it is really hard to tell.



Yami’s origins are unclear, but it was apparently sealed along with its demonic army into the Ark of Yamato. After the Celestial Brush Gods evacuated into the Ark when True Orochi attacked the Celestial Plain, Yami and its demons attacked and wiped out most of them, causing the ark to end up on Earth.


Two centuries later, Yami began preparing for its return, allying itself with Ninetails for example. After Lechku and Nechku were defeated, their essences merged with that of all the other major demons Amaterasu had been slaying. As the Day of Darkness started, a total solar eclipse that empowered the demons, Amaterasu entered the Ark of Yamato. 

Yami awakening and facing Waka and Amaterasu

After defeating the revived demons she’d previously defeated, Amaterasu found Waka attempting to fight Yami, but could do nothing against it. The Day of Darkness took effect and Yami awakened, taking Amaterasu’s Celestial Brush powers.

Yami having blasted Waka away

It blasted at the weakened goddess, but Waka intervened, blocking the attack. Yami turned its attention to Waka, blasting him off of the platform, before engaging Amaterasu. She managed to regain her powers as the fight went on and weaken and damage Yami. However, Amaterasu was distracted by an illusion of Issun, allowing the Ruler of Darkness to recover. Yami took the opportunity to drain her of her powers again, but this time, went so far as to destroy the constellations representing the powers.

Yami's destruction

However Issun restored the people’s faith in Amaterasu, giving her back her powers, and she managed to destroy Yami.


However, Yami’s destruction wasn’t enough to put an end to the threat it represented. It split into five different demons, who set out to plunge Nippon back into darkness.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes/Ultimate All-Stars

Yami appears in the games as the main antagonist and final boss for the arcade modes. He is the one behind the world distortions and the fighters must fight him in order to stop him. He has three forms, his first is based on his first form from Okami, the second is his mechanical fourth form, and the third and last form is his final hand form.

Powers and Abilities

Yami is immensely powerful, being the ruler of all darkness. It mostly takes form as a spherical construct, which can change into several forms with different abilities, and its only weak point is the small creature at its core. In its first form, Yami mostly uses physical attacks with either its body or with a hammer and buzzsaws it can create, but can also open its top to fire energy blasts from its core. In its second form, Yami can ignite its body, unleash more powerful attacks, and separate into platforms. In its third form, Yami enters a more slot machine-like form and unleashes different attacks depending on where it stops. These attacks consist of fireballs, icicles, lightning spheres, and cursed fruits.

Yami's fourth form

Yami can also unleash energy spheres, bombs, inkpots, and Spirit Globes. In its fourth form, Yami gains tentacle-like arms and a pair of legs and again resorts to physical attacks. It can also fire missile-like clay figures and turn their arms into swords. In its final form, Yami forms a huge claw-like hand and generates massive darkness to empower itself. It can fire missile-like clay figures, energy beams, and energy spheres, call down a barrage of fiery projectiles and swipe with its claw.



  • Yami's name means darkness, gloom, and disorder.
  • Though this has not been confirmed by the game's creators, Yami is often interpreted as symbolizing the evil desires of humanity:
    • His first form destroys the arena as well as using weapons such as hammers and buzzsaws as attacks, symbolizing humanity's desire to destroy.
    • His second form splits apart into platforms and uses fire to fight Amaterasu, symbolizing humanity's desire to burn and tear apart nature.
    • His third form resembles a slot machine, symbolizing humanity's desire to gamble and sacrifice anything for wealth.
    • His fourth form resembles a machine and uses lightning to fight Amaterasu, symbolizing humanity's desire to use technology and energy for corruptive purposes.
    • His fifth and final form is that of a massive hand, symbolizing humanity's desire for absolute power and to rule everything with an iron fist.
    • Yami's true form is a small fetus-like fish, commonly interpreted to show that evil can start out small and innocent.
  • Yami never speaks, but at times, it seems to express anger.


           Okami Villains

Okami Villains
Spider Queen | Crimson Helm | Orochi | Blight | Ninetails | True Orochi | Lechku & Nechku | Yami

Okamiden Villains
Master Anura | Witch Queen | Bullhead | Ryo | Sen | Renjishi | King Fury | Daidarabotci | Asteroidean | Mizuchi | Kurow | Akuro | Dark Chibiterasu

           Capcom Vs. Whatever Villains

Capcom Universe
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Marvel Universe
Apocalypse | Blackheart | Black Widow | Dark Phoenix | Deadpool | Doctor Doom | Dormammu | Galactus | Juggernaut | Lady Death | Magneto | Marrow | Mephisto | M.O.D.O.K. | Omega Red | Onslaught | Sabretooth | Sentinels | Shuma-Gorath | Silver Samurai | Spiral | Taskmaster | Thanos | Ultron | Winter Soldier

Sega Universe
Dr. Eggman | E-123 Omega | Goro Majima | Metal Sonic | Reala | Rouge the Bat | Shadow the Hedgehog | Wizeman

SNK Universe
Geese Howard | Iori Yagami | Rugal Bernstein | Ryuji Yamazaki

Namco Universe
Ancient Ogre | Heihachi Mishima | Jin Kazama | Kazuya Mishima | Saya | Sheath

Tatsunoko Universe
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Original Generation
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