John Denbat
John Denbat
Japanese Name: ジョン・デンバット
Romanized Name: John Denbat
English Name: John Dingbat
First Appearance: Chapter 104 (Manga)
Episode 25 (Anime)
Affiliations: X-Laws
Team "X-II"
Occupations: Former member of the British SAS
Epithet: n/a
Japanese VA: Katsuyuki Konishi
English VA: n/a
Furyoku Level: 7.500(Initial)
Guardian Ghost
Japanese Name: Raphael
English Name: Raphael
Meaning: "God has healed"
Type: Seirei Class

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".


John military suit

John in his military suit

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

His street clothes are an open red dress shirt, a tie with the English flag on it, a cross necklace, dark blue and white dress pants, and brown leather shoes.[1]

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 with two pockets for grenades, 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 justify the means. He is very similar to Marco, in that he is quick to anger and loose his temper, 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.[2]

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 leader.

Abilities and PowersEdit


See More: Raphael

His spirit 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.[3]



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

Travel Through AmericaEdit

Shaman Fights Second RoundEdit

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.[4] In turn Marco was quick to decide that Yoh was allied with Hao and therefor 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 could no longer be trusted and that it was time to face of with Asakura Hao one last time.[5]

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 chit 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, he suddenly lost focus due to seeing Hao crying.

As Team X-II's attempt to kill Hao 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 burned to a crisp.

John curses Hao for killing his comrades when he realizes that Porf and Larch are dead. Hao questions why John chooses to stand against him instead of stopping if he was aware that he, Porf and Larch would likely die in the 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 at 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.[6]

Invading the PlantsEdit

When Hao created a Black Hole within the Great Spirit, the X-Laws appeared in their "Supercars" to protect the Soul Train.[7]

Anime/Manga DifferenceEdit

Gate of BabylonEdit

Denbats death

Denbat's death in the anime.

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 hole right through John`s chest, killing him.[8]



  1. Shaman King Manga - Kang Zeng Bang Volume 20 Extras; Shaman File 269
  2. Shaman King Manga - Remix Track 7
  3. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 104
  4. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 210; Page 19
  5. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 231
  6. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 233
  7. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 299, Pages 38-45
  8. Shaman King Anime - Episode 56

External LinksEdit

  • England - A Wikipedia Article about John Denbat's Hometown
  • Archangel Raphael - A Wikipedia Article about The Archangel who his spirit is based on.

e v X-Laws
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