The man only known as the Vagrant (浮浪者 Furō-sha) is an unnamed character and the antagonist featured in the one-shot Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 16: At a Confessional.
An impoverished man turned vengeful spirit, he holds a grudge against the man who wronged him after unintentionally causing his death.
When he was alive, the Vagrant was an impoverished, staggering man. His empty eyes, unwashed body, unshaved chin, spaced out teeth and bad body odor leave a poor impression. The Confessor described him as an "Oriental" and he is consistently represented with a tan skin. He has long hair which divides itself into large spikes, most of which angle upwards except for the two on each side of his head.
The vagrant wears an open coat with short, torn sleeves over a shirt with a grid pattern, which is torn at the bottom and has a cleavage showing the upper half of his torso. He wears plain trousers, a sort of collar made of wool, and mismatched shoes: a normal shoe and a sandal.
As a vengeful spirit, his faces takes a much more violent expression.
When he first appears, the vagrant is visibly weak and desperate for food after having gone 5 days with out any. He begs The Confessor for some but is told to work for that food instead. With no other option the vagrant gets to work despite being unable to perform the physically demanding job and dies under the weight of the bags he was carrying.
When he returns as a spirit, his demeanor is incredibly malicious and violent. Cursing the confessor, stating that he will return at the happiest moment of his life. When he finally manifests the spirit sets up a bet against the confessor, taking pleasure in his panic and eventual failure at winning the bet. It is however revealed, that the confessor was just a servant gone under plastic surgery, so the vagrant still continues to haunt the actual man who wronged him.
The vagrant wandered onto a farm market, and asked for food to a man, as he hadn't eaten for five days. The man, feeling disgusted that the vagrant did no work to get his food, forces him to work by carrying the bags of corn to the storage. The vagrant starts by carrying a small bag of corn, but is forced to carry a larger bag instead. While the man rests and drinks coffee, the vagrant tries to move the large bag to the storage, but the bag proves to be too large and too heavy for him to carry and as a result he falls and is crushed by the bag. The man falls asleep and dreams that the vagrant has appeared underneath his table, threatening to take revenge on him at his happiest moment. Not long after, authorities arrive and find that the vagrant carrying the bag has died. He has since then assisted the man's prosperity from behind the scenes so that he could fulfill his vow of taking the man's life at his happiest moment.
Years later the spirit of the vagrant possesses the man's daughter. The vagrant challenges the man to throw a piece of popcorn in the air above the altitude of a nearby lamppost and catch it in his mouth, each time at the clap of his hands, three times in a row. If the man succeeds, the vagrant will acknowledge that his death was due to destiny and will leave the man forever, but if the man fails, the vagrant will cut off his head without fail. The man fails and, without a second to spare, the vagrant cuts off his head.
He only learned later that he actually killed a servant who was willing to do anything for his master, and used plastic surgery to alter both his and the master's appearances, thereby fooling the vagrant into dogging the servant instead. The spirits of the vagrant and the beheaded servant then both vow to watch him around the clock to make sure that he does not do anything suspicious again.
- “Please... give me... something to eat”
- “I look as if I'm slacking off?! I'm now in deep despair, deeper than the dark sea...because of you!”
- “As I promised, I'm back. To get you, you miserable bastard!”
- “The last few years, you've had all the luck you need, eh? Wealth... fame... family... eh? Did you think you got them all by yourself?”
- “So when you fall from your pedestal, you'll tate what I felt-- despair!”
- “If you succeed, destiny is on your side so I'll give up and disappear.”
- “Whatcha gonna demand next? Now is the time! And here is the place! Two more times! Okay? If you fail, I'll kill ya!”
- “You can celebrate as much as you like, after the last one.”
- “The judgment says... it was not my fault!”
- “From now on, we'll watch you all the time so you can never cheat us!”