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John Denbat (ジョン・デンバット John Denbatto) is a fictional character in the manga and anime series of Shaman King. He is a member of the X-Laws and Team "X-II". He was once a member of the S.A.S. forces.


John in his military suit

John is an average-sized slim man that has long blonde spiky hair. He wears a slightly updated X-laws uniform with a tall slim shoulder guard, with a black sash around his waist and knee-length black boots.

His street clothes are an open red dress shirt, a necktie with the English flag on it, a cross necklace, dark blue and white dress pants, and brown leather shoes.[3]

When preparing his final attack on Asakura Hao, he wore his tactical military suit, complete with a pair of pockets strapped to each of his legs and a pair of black military boots and glows. He also wears a tactical vest, a field bottle, and straps above the left chest with a knife attached to it. He carries his rifle in a sheath-like strap placed on the left side of his belt.


Like many of the X-Laws, John is an extremist believer that the end justifies the means. He is very similar to Marco, in that he is quick to anger and loses his cool, such as when Luchist Lasso showed up at the X-Laws Cargo Ship, where he blamed him for the death Meene Montgomery.

His hobby is playing darts.[4]

After learning that Marco had lied about Jeanne´s origins, John, along with the rest of his team lost their faith in Marco as a captain.

Abilities and Powers[]


See More: Raphael

His Guardian ghost is that of the Archangel Raphael (アークエンジェル・ラファエル, Rafaeru). Raphael is a mechanical Archangel spirit that runs on the "Angel Engine". Like all other archangels, Raphael has the ability to shatter souls. It was first seen when the X-Laws revealed themselves and were attacked by "Big Guy" Bill Burton.[5] Sometime after the Shaman Fights, Raphael, somehow received Michael´s sword.[6]



John Denbat was born on September 4, 1975, in Oxford, England, and was once a member of the S.A.S. forces.

Travel Through America[]

Shaman Fights Second Round[]

One night, Marco and the remaining X-Laws were visited by Yoh, who wanted Marco's permission to once again participate in the Shaman Fights. However, instead of arguing with them Yoh quickly revealed his resolve to fight with them.[7] In turn Marco was quick to decide that Yoh was allied with Hao and therefore his soul had to be destroyed, and together with Team "X-II" attacked Yoh, but Yoh easily dodged all of their attacks as he had used Hyoi-Gattai with Amidamaru.

After the failed attack by Luchist Lasso on their cargo ship, and the revelation that Iron Maiden Jeanne was not a holy person, John alongside Porf Griffith and Larch Dirac decided that Marco Lasso could no longer be trusted and that it was time to face off with Asakura Hao one last time.[8]

The mission was planned so that Larch and John would take guard posts while Porf would target Hao from a small distance, with his sniper rifle. After a small chat about whether or not they should go through with the mission, Porf reported that he was in position, but when he had Hao's head in his target range, he suddenly lost focus due to seeing Hao crying of a sudden.

Meanwhile, As Team X-II's attempt to kill Hao which fails, Porf is heard being killed by Hao over the radio, which in turn made Larch flee in fear. Larch was however caught by Hao and his whole body burned to a crisp.

John curses out on Hao for killing his comrades when he realizes that Porf and Larch were dead. Hao then questions why John chooses to stand against him instead of stopping if he was aware that he, Prof and Larch would likely die in the same process. Aware of the possible consequences, John reveals that he had prepared a test satellite in space wired to his Archangel with a laser known as XDI. Using himself as a target knowing it would also hit Hao, John fires the laser from Orbit at Hao. The blast is, however, deflected around them and John meets his unfortunate end by Hao's hand, who claims that he had seen something he shouldn't.

"I am in a bad mood...Your friends... Saw something forbidden. Your soul will be consumed with you... In every way! You won`t be going to Heaven or Hell!"

-Asakura Hao to John, before killing him.[9]

Invading the Plants[]

When Hao created a Black Hole within the Great Spirit, the spirits of the X-Laws appeared in their "Supercars" to protect the Soul Train.[10]


John guarding Jeanne´s grave

John, along some of the other members of the X-Laws, was revived at some point after the Shaman Fights.

Unknown to the Tao Family John somehow learned about the death of Jeanne and together with Meene & Hans volunteered to stand guard at her grave, without even being asked.[6]

Anime/Manga Difference[]

Gate of Babylon[]

Denbat's death in the anime series.

Following the events of the Gate of Babylon, John is killed by Turbine who not only uses his Beam attack to make several holes in Raphael but also makes a large hole right through John`s chest, killing him in the progress.[11]



  1. Shaman King Official Fan Book: Mankin Book
  2. Shaman King Kazenban Final Official Guide Book Mentalite
  3. Shaman King Manga - Kang Zeng Bang Volume 20 Extras; Shaman File 269
  4. Shaman King Manga - Remix Track 7
  5. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 104
  6. 6.0 6.1 Shaman King Manga - Red Crimson Chapter 5
  7. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 210; Page 19
  8. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 231
  9. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 233
  10. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 299, Pages 38-45
  11. Shaman King Anime - Episode 56

External Links[]

  • England - A Wikipedia article about John Denbat's hometown
  • Archangel Raphael - A Wikipedia article about the archangel on whom his spirit is based

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X-I: Iron Maiden Jeanne  •  Marco Lasso  •  Lyserg Diethel
X-II: Porf Griffith  •  John Denbat  •  Larch Dirac
X-III: Cebin Mendel  •  Chris Venstar  •  Meene Montgomery
Fallen Angels: Luchist Lasso  •  Hans Reiheit
Spirits: Archangels  •  Fallen Angels  •  Shamash  •  Morphine
Related Articles
Groups: X-Laws
Vehicles: Cargo Ship X  •  Lincoln-X
Tools: Jeanne's Iron Maiden  •  X-Laws Armory  •  Marco´s Glasses