Nathan Adams (Japanese: 天野 景太 Amano Kēta), often referred to as Nate (Japanese: ケータ Kēta), is one of the main characters in the Yo-kai Watch series. He appears in almost all Yo-kai Watch-depicted media, as he is the playable character of the main series video games and the main character in the Yo-kai Watch anime series.

He is a child who possesses an item called a Yo-kai Watch, which allows him to see, befriend and summon Yo-kai. Nate also despises being called "average", and so goes to great lengths to be better and even impress Katie Forester.

In Yo-kai Watch Shadowside and the future world of Yo-kai Watch 4, Nathan Adams is now an adult and is no longer able to see or remember Yo-kai as his Yo-kai Watch was gone. He is now married to his childhood crush Katie Forester, and has 2 children; a daughter named Natsume Amano, who owns the Yo-kai Watch Arcane, and a son named Keisuke Amano, who also wields it occasionally.

Nathan has a Yo-kai form, Fuu 2, which was created in the second movie. In an alternate world, he also has another Yo-kai form named Kemushi-otoko, which was made with the Kuroi Yo-kai Watch.


Video Games

Anime series

Physical Traits


Nathan is a young boy with a fair-skin, big dark-brown eyes and brown hair worn with three large spikes that resemble cowlicks, and a small amount of hair sticking down at his neck. His well-known appearance has a red short sleeve shirt with a white rim on each sleeve, a blue-and-white design on his right arm and a white star in front of it. He also wears light-gray cargo pants tightened with a brown belt around his waist, and red, blue and white shoes matching with his shirt and a Yo-kai Watch on his wrist.

In Yo-kai Watch 3 and later episodes of the Yo-kai Watch anime series, Nathan wears a red short-sleeved jacket with white stars on the arms that he wears open. Beneath his jacket, he wears a blue-colored shirt with a white rim. He wears beige cargo ankle pants with brown high-top sneakers with black laces and a light brown belt.

As an adult, his appearance has notably aged but it retaining some key features such as the three cowlicks on his hair albeit muted and now wears a simpler dark-blue shirt vest over his cyan t-shirt.


Nate is a carefree person where his personality gains him many friends, while he enjoys being with them and the Yo-kai he befriended, even when they can be troublesome. However, one noticeable trait is how extremely average he is; this spreads even to his hobbies and school marks, which greatly annoys him. Like most kids, Nathan does basic things, like watching television, messing up his room, staying up late at night to watch television or play games. However, he is very righteous and has a strong sense of justice when a real crisis pops up.

Nathan's dynamic with his friends is somewhat influenced by the presence of Yo-kai on his life, when a Yo-kai influences the personality of one of his friends through inspiriting, he usually tries to confront said Yo-kai, most of the times with the help of a Yo-kai he has befriended, to get them to stop. That said, sometimes Nathan gets somewhat "in need" of a Yo-kai which is inspiriting his friends, and tries to get said Yo-kai to inspirit him, with less-than-positive results.

Most of the time, similarly, Nate gets inspirited by a Yo-kai, which gives a stained impression of him to his friends, but especially to Katie, as seen with Rockabelly, Dandoodle, Cheeksqueek, So-Sorree, among several other cases. Nate also goes through many attempts to be more than just an average person, such as getting the attention of Katie as a soulmate, rather than just a friend, as he has a crush on her. Most of his efforts almost always tend to come off as comedic towards everyone else, which causes great embarrassment towards him and his friends.




Katie is Nate's childhood crush with Whisper and Jibanyan being the only ones to truly know Nate's secret feelings for her.

30 years later, in the Shadowside series, Katie is now Nate's wife and the mother of Natsume and Keisuke.

Bear and Eddie

He's friends with them.

Nate's parents

Though Nate and his father have an average relationship with each other, his mother seems to have anger issues when her son Nate doesn't obey her but despite this, she's a loving mother who cares for her son and she also occasionally likes to embarrass Nate when he is seen around his friends.

Hailey Thomas

Even after meeting Hailey Anne during the quest to meet Lord Enma, he only coincides with her a few times.


Natsume is Nate's daughter, and successor after he fell out with the Yo-kai and the watch when he became an adult.


Keisuke is Nate's youngest son whom strongly resembles him.



As with the Yo-kai he is friends with, Nathan likes Jibanyan (though he was appalled initially when Jibanyan moves to his house and behaves recklessly, and he even got into an argument with him) enough to be his first usual choice when summoning a Yo-kai, and his bond with him is strong enough to Jibanyan to take part in most of his antics.


Nathan does not look high on Whisper's lack of knowledge about Yo-kai, as well as his needs to feed his craving for attention and his ego, though he does appreciate his presence to an extent.


The two didn't interact much when first meeting, yet they became good friends. This never prevents Nate from becoming a victim of his Invader Mode. Despite some flaws they may have while interacting, the two are close to an extent as Usapyon will normally stay at Nate's place whenever Hailey does something that upsets him gravely and fails to apologize, or sometimes even realize, for what she has done.


Prior Events

Nate's Continuity

Yo-kai Watch

Nathan and the group at Triangle Park.

Nathan first appears in Welcome to the World of Yo-kai were he, Eddie, Bear and Katie are at Triangle Park. Eddie shows of his bug collection showing Nathan and Katie which both are impressed. Eddie explains that there is a forest behind their vacation house were there are tons of bugs, which manages him to find only rare ones. Bear tells the group that he is in fact the one catching all of them, as Eddie only got squeamish a couple times. Bear asks Nathan if he collecting bugs for his summer project as well. Nathan tells Bear that has little trouble to get motivated. Bear tells Nathan that he hasn't started yet and that he hasn't caught a single bug, insulting him afterwards which Eddie and Bear both laughing at him. Katie defends Nathan from Bear's insult which Nathan agrees telling the group that he has caught some. Bear tells Nathan to prove it to him and Eddie by showing it to them. Nathan tells them that he doesn't have them with him. Bear tells Nathan to bring his bug collection the next time, which the the group leaves from Triangle Park.

Nathan rushes home to get his Bug Net. Ones he got it, he is wondering were he can find a bunch of rare bugs and decided to look for them at the Triangle Park. Before letting his mother know were he is heading to, Nathan rushes towards the park. Once arrived at Triangle Park, Nathan find three Green Cicada's on three trees. After capturing them, Nathan is seen being unsatisfied that he didn't caught a rare one. One of the bugs is glowing, which surprises Nathan. Nathan remembers that can ask advise to the school janitor remember that he was always talking about his bug collection. Nathan decides to ask him were to find rare bugs. After Nathan arrives at his school, and talks to the janitor, but he is already aware of it and decides to help Nathan out. The janitor tells Nathan to go to Mt. Wildwood and gives him three Black Syrups.

Nathan and Whisper first meeting.

Once Nathan enters Mt. Wildwood, he heads towards the shrine and said that the forest feels kind of magical. Nathan starts bug catching and finds three trees containing Brown Cicadas. After Nathan successfully or unsuccessfully captures a bug, the gate of the shrine opens. Nathan decides to sneak a little deeper into the woods, believing that there would be great bugs there. Once deeper in the shrine, Nathan noticed a gashapon machine in front of the tree. The machine talks to Nathan, and Nathan decides to put a coin and twist the machine until a ball came out. Nathan grabs the ball and opens it, freeing Whisper. Shocked, Nathans asks Whisper what he is. Whisper explains it to him and as well his backstory. Nathan decided to walk away from Whisper unnoticed, but Whisper noticed Nathan leaving. Nathan explains to Whisper that he was busy bug catching, but Whisper convinces Nate to do something more fun and asks him to search for Yo-kai instead. Afterwards, Nathan receives the Yo-kai Watch from Whisper and explains to Nathan what it is and what it does. The radar maxed out noticing a Yo-kai around the area were Nathan and Whisper are. Nathan uses his Yo-kai Watch on a nearby tree finding Buhu.

Whisper explains the world of Yo-kai to Nathan.

Nathan talks to Buhu, and Buhu tells Nathan that he had a nice nap and that Nathan woke him up and decided to take revenge on him. Nathan asks Whisper how to fight Buhu, and Whisper telling Nathan to call the rest of his Yo-kai friends. Nathan is shocked due that he has no Yo-kai friends. Whisper points out the cicada Nathan has caught, which is revealed to be Cadin. Cadin gives Nathan his Yo-kai Medal and explains to him what it is. Cadin and Buhu starts to battle, after the battle, Buhu gives Nathan his medal. After Nathan receives Buhu medal, Whisper gives Nathan a Yo-kai Medallium to put his medals. Nathan is still doesn't believe the existence of Yo-kai, but Whisper explains to him that they are everywhere. He tells Nathan to make good use of the Yo-kai Watch.

Yo-kai Watch 2

Sometime after defeating McKraken, one night, while sleeping, Nathan gets his Yo-kai Watch vanished by Kin and Gin, and his memories about it wiped out. The next day, after shopping with his parents, Nathan meets with Bear and Eddie, who show them their "Mega Watches" and Nate retorts by saying he had a watch of some kind. After meeting with Katie and saying his goodbyes to his friends, Nathan gets lured to an old shop run by 'Nick Nack', where he finds his Yo-kai Watch, though he doesn't recognize it, and per request of Nick Nack, Nate manages to buy the watch by a low price. Outside, Nathan finds an old Crank-a-kai where he buys a capsule and, much to his surprise, frees Whisper, and shortly thereafter, the Yo-kai Watch restores his memories about them and Jibanyan. Upon recalling the cat Yo-kai, Nate and Whisper set off to find it in the same intersection, where Jibanyan gets his memories restored by the Yo-kai Watch as well.

Yo-kai Watch Blasters

Yo-kai Watch 3

While eating in a restaurant with his parents (with Whisper and Jibanyan tagging along), Nathan learns that, because his father got transferred to a company branch in St. Peanutsburg, BBQ, his entire family is moving to BBQ, much to his shock. After arriving through plane to St. Peanutsburg, Nathan finds his mother's glasses which were lost while moving, and after giving them to her, she somehow starts acting disinterested. Nate, suspecting she's inspirited by a Yo-kai, tries to use his Yo-kai Watch on her, to which it informs him that 'it cannot recognize this kind of Yo-kai'. Startled by this, Nathan, in his room with Whisper and Jibanyan, learn about the Yo-kai Watch U, which he receives by Hidabat, who is living in his closet. Nathan then uses this new watch on his mother, and he finds Cornfused, to which he engages in combat.

Yo-kai Watch 4

Katie's Continuity

Yo-kai Watch

Yo-kai Watch 2

Yo-kai Watch 3

In the anime

Main article: Nathan Adams (anime)

In the manga

Yo-kai Watch (manga)

Main article: Nathan Adams (manga)

Yo-kai Watch: Wakuwaku Nyanderful Days

Other Appearances

Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy

Nate appears in another Level-5 video game called Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy, as a recruit-able character by scanning a specific QR Code and getting the required items.

Cardfight!! Vanguard

Nate and Jibanyan makes a quick cameo appearance in episode 18, while watching Hitomi Kouzouji's performance at the concert.

Danball Senki Wars

Nate in the game Danball senki wars appears as a character, where his L.B.X robot is vampire cat with Jibanyan's colors.


Keita is a common Japanese name which can be literally translated as "view fat", while his last name is "heaven field". However, the kanji "景" literally means "vista, view, scene" or "counter for scenes (in a play)". It is also an alternative form of "影" which means "shadow".



  • Hahaha! It's usually pretty good, isn't it? (Japanese: ハハハ! 普通も なかなかいいもんだよ? Hahaha! Futsū mo nakanaka ī monda yo?)
  • Even if it's a bit unusual. It feels like my dad did a lot when he was a child. (Japanese: たとえ ちょっと 普通 じゃないことでもさ。 お父さん も子どものころはいろいろと やってた気がすはるな。 Tatoe chotto futsū janai koto demo sa. Otōsan mo kodomo no koro wa iroiro to yatteta ki ga su Haruna.)


  • Nathan dislikes to be just average and being called average, especially by his own friends Bear, Eddie and Katie. However, in a sense of irony, his Yo-kai form Fuu 2 causes people to become average.
  • In the anime, Nathan has a fear of going to the dentist, seeing his mother getting angry whenever he does not obey her or he says cruel things about her, and Usapyon's Invader Mode.
    • However, his fear for his mother to be angry may come from the fact that she simply has a very bad temper.
  • Nathan's localized last name is the same as his original English voice actor Johnny Young Bosch character's first name Adam Park from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
  • Nathan and Hailey Anne sometimes coincide with each other:
    • The two first meet each other during the movie: Enma Daiō to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!.
    • The two race against each other in Start Your Engines! The Yo-1 Grand Prix!.
    • Nathan helps Hailey Anne solve her conflict with Usapyon in Usapyon Ran Away From Home.
    • The two are trying to win the Space Wars X Sailor Piers Box, but they both fail in Nathan vs Hailey One Shot Lottery Duel!.
    • The two meet again in EP150 during a special episode segment answering questions.
    • However, in Yo-kai Watch 3, the two meet each other when they are both invited to Mark Orckerberg's Yopple HQ for a tour. Their bags insides are merged (to Nate's discomfort). They later team-up to stop The Ghoulfather when he wants to create a world to his liking.
  • The Yo-kai Nathan uses in the demo version of Yo-kai Watch in battle are in the top middle Jibanyan, top right Tattletell, top left Walkappa, Noko bottom right, Komasan bottom middle and Manjimutt on the bottom left.
  • As a child Nate's primary color is red, but as an adult his primary color appears to be blue.
  • Nathan Adams has the most English dub voice actor portrayals in the entire franchise, one for Yo-kai Watch, Yo-kai Watch 2 and episodes 1-76 of the English dub of the anime, one for the Asian English dub, one for Yo-kai Watch Blasters and one for Season 3 of the English dub and Yo-kai Watch 3.
  • In Yo-kai Watch Jam - Yo-kai Academy Y: Close Encounters of the N Kind, there is a student in Y-Academy that resembles Nate. It's unknown if that's his Jam counterpart or not.
  • He is the first human protagonist whose grandfather is deceased, the second one being Mataro Tamada.


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In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan.svg Japanese 天野ケータ Amano Kēta
Flag of France.svg French Nathan Adams Same as English name.
Flag of Spain.svg Spanish Nathan Adams Same as English name.
Flag of Germany.svg German Nathan Adams Same as English name.
Flag of Italy.svg Italian Nathan Adams Same as English name.
Flag of Russia.svg Russian Натан Адамс Transcription of English name.
Flag of South Korea.svg Korean 윤민호 Minho Yoon
More Languages
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Chinese (Mandarin)*
天野景太 Tiānyě jǐng tài
Flag of Brazil.svg Portuguese (Brazilian) Nathan Adams Same as English name.
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkish Nathan Adams Same as English name.

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