Chocolove McDonell (チョコラブ・マクダネル Chokorabu Makudaneru, Joco in the English 2001 anime and video games) is one of the main characters in the manga and anime series of Shaman King. Chocolove is a member of Team "The Ren".
He is an African American boy of average height and he always has his hair in an Afro. He wears an African wrap on the lower half of his body, an open white dress shirt and cloth boots as his street clothes. His battle outfit is a yellow native dress with red and green patterns and a black open vest. The dress and the accessories where all from a tribe in South America and was given to Chocolove by his master Orona.
When he was still a part of the Shaft Gang his head was clean shaved and wore a pair of cargo pants knickers and a black jersey. One could see a scar he received the day that his parents were killed and was a symbol of his sad childhood.
Chocolove likes to tell jokes to his companions a lot, the only drawback is that his jokes and puns are quite corny and make no sense most of the time. The others have the tendency to run after him or beat him up after telling a joke. Typically, he gets on people's nerves with his jokes although Yoh occasionally lets out a light chuckle to them, while both Tamao and Pirika laugh hysterically. One time, Ren states that he is jealous of Chocolove's own courage to tell an obviously funny corny joke.
His dream in life is to become the Shaman King and a great comedian because he was inspired by his late master. Both of them believe that laughter is the best medicine, so even if people do not believe that his jokes are that funny, he does not give up and he tries even harder to achieve his dream to give the world what it needs the most, is laughter.
Abilities and Powers
Chocolove is a supposed comedian but in reality is not really funny, although one of his jokes did save his friends. Most of his techniques involve making spirits and very rarely, humans laugh, leaving them a vulnerable target to attack. After going blind, some of his other senses seemed to have been increased as he is able to smell the position, of Yoh and the others. Chocolove also possesses the power of wind and he learns to use his Furyoku to erode anything in his vicinity.
While fighting his way through the Plants, Kyōyama Anna looked through the Furyoku values of Chocolove and the others. There it is revealed that his Furyoku level is 197,500, thus giving him the highest Furyoku reserve of the Five Elemental Warriors.
His late master used to own a guardian ghost named Mic the Jaguar who was passed down to Chocolove when he died. His Over Soul is different from most shamans since he and Mic literally become one, by using his own body as a medium. This uses the full power of both Chocolove and Mic at the same time but is taxing since they both have to be synced the entire time.
During the second rounds, he gains a second guardian ghost named Pascal Avaf. His Over Soul with Pascal is a giant stone head. It provides Chocolove with the power to literally walk on air and move at an incredible speed. With the power of Pascal Avaf and Mic, Chocolove creates his new armor Over Soul, "Jaguarman".
He was born on October 2, 1985, and was from New York, USA. His parents were murdered on Christmas, and Chocolove was brought up in the streets, where he eventually became the leader of a gang named Shaft. After killing a man on Christmas with his gang members, Chocolove walks alone on the streets, reflecting on the horrible murder of his parents.
After making a little comment, an old man named Orona appears and makes a pun with a sight gag using fake blood. After telling him to go away, Chocolove tries to shoots his gun, but Orona dodges all his shots. Saying that he could not use laughter to help Chocolove, later Orona uses his Over Soul Mic to punch him. The fact that Chocolove laughs at Orona's comment about using laughter to save the world and that Chocolove can see Mic forges a relationship between the two. The two lived together for some time until Chocolove's old gang appeared before the two and killed Orona, but not before Orona made a passionate speech that made Chocolove believe in saving the world with the winds of laughter.
Shaman Fights Second Round
Chocolove was first shown during the three months wait at the patch village. He was the one who explained the team stipulation to Asakura Yoh and company and also told them about the X-Laws, Hao's followers and a third unnamed team. Tao Ren quickly made a team with Chocolove and Usui Horokeu naming them Team "The Ren" much to the objections of the other.
When the second round began Chocolove and his team is pitted against Hao's Team "Tsuchi-Gumi" in the first match. The BoZ Brothers attacked first and was easily defeated by Chocolove's Shaft attack. Peyote, however, used the BoZ Brothers as mediums for his Over Soul. Chocolove tried to fight back but was almost defeated by them. He then remembered his past and pulled out the winds of laughter and the Ayers Rock Sunrise. This forced the spirits possessing the BoZ Brothers to laugh and freed them from Peyote's control. Chocolove, however, ran out of power and fainted, being saved at the last minute by Ren who finished off Peyote and won the match.
When he goes to see his friends from the Shaft Gang, he sees that they were each killed by Redseb Munzer and Seyram Munzer who are using their Golem and shot Chocolove in retribution for killing their father Camel Munzer. After he dies he arrives in hell where he is trained by the spirit of Orona and also given the spirit of Pascal Avaf a former participant of the Shaman Fights a thousand years ago. Chocolove returns to help his friends and forms a new Over Soul he named O.S. "Jaguarman".
Invading the Plants
After being transported to the Continent of Mu by the Patch Tribe, Team "Funbari Onsen", Team "The Ren" and Team "X-I" decided to forfeit the tournament saying that none of them was able to face Hao. Luchist and Opacho both agreed to this, thus making Hao the next Shaman King by forfeit.
The three remaining teams watched him walk into the plants led by Lip and Rap, the Ten Patch Priests and Goldva. Chocolove enters the plants with Yoh and his friends but does not really do much except provide assistance when needed.
When they reach the plant of the Ocean everyone else has problems getting through Thalim's plant type oversoul. Chocolove steps up and battles him. Thalim unleashes his Oversoul "Rafflesia" to combat Chocolove's enhanced sense of smell. Chocolove overcomes it by stabbing his claws into his nose forcing himself to smell blood instead of the flower. Thalim then uses his O.S. Great Impatiens Balsam to attack from every angle. Chocolove begins to think about the powers the five of them have gained from training in hell and reveals that he has yet to discover his power of wind.
As Thalim fires the gigantic seeds at him, Chocolove dissolves his Armor Over Soul and uses Pascal Avaf and Mic to Over Soul with the air itself as a medium and manipulates air currents literally eroding away all of Thalim's plants. Thalim then reveals that he knew such an attack would come and hoped to defeat Chocolove before he himself would realize it. Chocolove only chuckles and exclaims his turn to attack creating Ayers Rock and ending the fight.
Chocolove is later seen being carried out of the plant by Ryu complaining that Thalim was not fighting at full power. They all then enters the 9th Plant of the Glacier to face Silva of the Ten Patch Officiants. There he and the others watch the fight between Yoh and Silva, that Silva calls Yoh's final test, which he eventually passes.
As the group finally arrives at the 10th and final "Plant of the Universe" they realize that there is no oxygen and no gravity and begin to wonder how they are supposed to fight in there. At first, Lyserg suggest that they all protect themselves with their own personal O.S. but Ryu suddenly interrupts and suggest that they all use the heads of his O.S. Yamato No Orochi so that the rest can fight at full strength. As Ren questions the responsibility he would suddenly have he says that he wants to be useful too as the seven is currently his best place. Even though they are able to fight at their full strength they are still beaten by Rutherfor until Yoh nullifies her Over Soul.
When Hao finally awakens he sends a message to the Oracle Bells that reads "'so small" He arrives at the final plant and effortlessly kills everyone with a simple glance, excluding Rutherfor, Opacho and Yoh. After Hao attempts to banish Yoh from his area in the Great Spirit Ren, Lyserg, Chocolove, and Horohoro appear within it, with the Five Grand Elemental Spirits. A fierce battle between the 5 Elemental Warriors and the Shaman King begins.
In the end, Hao reveals that he was merely preparing for their end and use the Great Spirit to destroy a sun and create a black hole that almost sucks in the Five Warriors until the Soul Train arrives and anchors everyone. Hao is eventually discouraged from his plan of destroying humanity when his mother arrives and everyone is sent back.
Funbari no Uta
In the seven years after the Shaman Fights Chocolove has tried to make amends for his earlier crimes, by turning himself in together with his former gang Shaft. He is currently doing time in jail, having about ten years to go according to Umemiya Ryunosuke.. On the request of Tamamura Tamao, Ryu and Asakura Hana was to break him out of jail and bring him and the other Five Elemental Warriors back to the Funbari Onsen, to bring back business although Ryu winds up in jail in the process. In prison, he became known as Mr. Wind.
He arrived at the meeting place with Lyserg and reprimands Horohoro for scarring Hana. When Horohoro wonders why he is out of jail he reveals that Lyserg helped relieve him of his prison sentence early though it wasn't easy to get permission for him to travel abroad. He like the others is shocked to see Ren arrive in a Horse Carriage and to see Tao Men initially believing him to be Ren. After remembering their promise to Hao, Yoh and Anna finally arrives and Chocolove goes to the party at the Funbari Onsen with the others. He is fast asleep when the party ends and does not even react to Hana's yelling and only barely react when Anna reveals the arrival of a new guide from the Patch Tribe.
In the manga and the 2021 anime series, Chocolove met his mentor, Orona after having killed a man. however, in the 2001 anime series, Chocolove met Orona, on a snowy night when he was in his youth. Orona was among the crowd of people who circled around a victim who was being robbed. The police had the robber surrounded, but he threatened everyone by threatening to kill the victim. Orona stood out from the crowd and asked the police to give him a chance. Chocolove was watching him, and before he knew it, the robber was laughing his head off and was being carried off by the police. Also, in the manga series, Chocolove chooses to be revived without his sense of sight when this is done by the Gandara. There is no reference to Chocolove's sight loss in the 2001 anime series. Also in the 2001 series, Yoh and the gang meet Chocolove earlier on the way to the Patch Village thus becoming the 5th member before they met Lilirara, while in the manga and the 2021 series he is encounted upon arriving in the Patch village.
Chocolove's jokes differ between the Japanese and American versions.
Typically, the Japanese Chocolove makes jokes based on puns between Japanese words and uses some visual effect to enhance it. (ex: The word "impossible" in Japanese is pronounced bakana. As a play on words he would hold up a banana). Since the jokes cannot make sense when translated into English, the English manga and anime have new jokes made in English. However, in the English version, all he usually does is say words that sound like ones that have already been said and includes a visual accompaniment. A good example is when Ren says, "No appeal," Chocolove says, "No a peel," and holds up a partially peeled banana.
The U.S. manga edits Chocolove's lips so that they match that of the other characters. This was to avoid a blackface stereotype. His lips remain unedited in the 4Kids Entertainment and Disney Jetix versions of the anime series, as well as in the credits for the game Shaman King: Master of Spirits.
In the concept art and Japanese version of the 2021 anime series, Chocolove once again has his lips edited, to avoid the blackface stereotype.
- Shaman King Manga - Kang Zeng Bang Volume 11 Extras; Shaman File 139
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 276; Page 8-9
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 258; Page 13
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 117
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 293; Page 16
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 297
- Shaman King Manga - Funbari no Uta Chapter 2
- Shaman King Manga - Kang Zeng Bang Volume 27; Shaman File 353
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 300
- Shaman King Manga - Official Fan Book: Mankin Book