This is a page about the characters of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's ''Ten''. Currently under construction; feel free to contribute.


[[folder:Main characters]]
!!Takashi Ten

Ten is a friendly guy who happens to be good at [[{{Mahjong}} mahjong]]; or to be more precise, [[CardSharp cheating]] at it. He's often hired to turn the tables around in the client's favour. If he gets caught, he lets his opponents beat him, because he knows how frustrating it is to lose. In the yakuza gamble, he joins the east side.

* AnimeHair
* CardSharp
* CheatersNeverProsper: Actually, they do here. Mostly.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Especially early on.
* DecoyProtagonist: He does get a bit overshadowed by Hiroyuki and Akagi.
* GoodScarsEvilScars
* TheHero
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* {{Polyamory}}
* ProfessionalGambler: Professional ''[[CardSharp Cheater]]'', more like.
* ScarsAreForever: He got them from letting his opponents beat him up after being caught cheating.

!!Hiroyuki Igawa

A youth who becomes Ten's friend after a gamble early on. Unlike Ten he has a natural talent for mahjong, but doesn't like taking risks. Occasionally serves as the series' [[{{Narrator}} narrator]].

* AdventureRebuff
* AlwaysSecondBest: He becomes pretty miserable through most of the series because he considers himself inferior to Ten and Akagi.
* CharacterDevelopment
* TheLancer: To Ten.
* {{Narrator}}

!!Shigeru Akagi

An enigmatic man and a legendary mahjong player. Akagi has his [[Manga/{{Akagi}} own prequel series]], which you are [[MorePopularSpinoff probably more familiar with than this]].

* AntiHero
* BadassNormal
* CoolOldGuy
* [[spoiler:BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Akagi chooses to go through medically-assisted suicide rather than have his mind deteriorate due to Alzheimer's. The fact that he was never afraid to face death makes it easier to digest...the fact that his mind was the greatest weapon he ever had and the fact that he was only in his early fifties doesn't.]]
* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide]]
* TheGambler: Duh.
* [[spoiler:GoOutWithASmile]]
* [[spoiler:HandicappedBadass: He finds out he has Alzheimer's just before the series' finale.]]
* TheStoic
** NotSoStoic: Loses his temper shortly after his introduction, and [[spoiler:sheds a few tears in the finale.]]
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: He definitely was one in his youth, and he has aged fairly well, and is still a MagnificentBastard to the bone.

[[folder:Supporting characters]]

A {{Yakuza}}.

* CoolOldGuy
* KatanasAreJustBetter: [[spoiler:Stabs Ten when he cheats. Hiroyuki saves him. This is arguably the point where the series [[CerebusSyndrome gradually becomes more serious]].]]
* {{Yakuza}}


A friend of Hiroyuki's. He plays for the East side in a {{Yakuza}} gamble.

* CoolShades
* TheIdiotFromOsaka: To a certain extent. He's young, brash and enthusiastic, even directly challenging Harada- who, despite also being from Osaka, is a much cooler, calmer character and thus accordingly loses his accent as the series progresses.

!!Mitsui Soga

A brilliant old man who plays for West.

* BaldOfEvil: Sort of.
* CoolOldGuy
* TheGambler
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Occasionally.

!!Ginji Asai

Plays for East.

* CardSharp
* CoolOldGuy
* LanternJawOfJustice

!!Shuuzou Kanamitsu

The head priest of a mahjong temple. He joins the East side.

* BaldOfAwesome
* DirtyOldMonk: Priests are generally not involved in gambling between Yakuza gangs after all. He was also in Hawaii picking up chicks for some time along with several other characters, and takes a piece of [[spoiler:Akagi's grave]] hoping it will bring him luck.

!!Hitoshi Washio

A really skilled mahjong player. He plays for the East side.

* AnimeHair
* BadassMustache / BadassBeard
* CoolOldGuy

!!Katsumi Harada

The head of a {{Yakuza}} gang. He plays for the West side.

* BadassInANiceSuit
* CoolShades
* [[spoiler:KnifeNut: Attempts to stab Ken during a game of all times. The latter would have died if it weren't for his reflexes.]]
* TheRival: To Ten.
* {{Yakuza}}

[[folder:Minor characters]]
!!Ten's wives

[[CaptainObvious Two women, both married to Ten]]. They appear physically early on, and are mentioned again much later in the series.

* {{Polyamory}}


He plays for the West side.

* CoolShades