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Akira Fudo/Devilman

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Ryo Asuka

Akira's best friend, who is the one responsible for him becoming Devilman.

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  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's not particularly Bishounen in the original manga (before transforming into Satan, at least), but becomes more so in the OVAs. AMON turns his prettiness Up to Eleven, especially in Satan form.
  • Adapted Out: Ryo was left out of the original anime, though the developers later stated that they would have liked to have included him at some point. He was in the OVAs, playing the same role he did in the manga, but was left out of Devilman Grimoire. The character Himura, who appears in both the anime and Grimoire, resembles him, however.
  • Badass Longcoat: And it's pretty damn well animated in the OVAs.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Ryo has a Japanese father and a white mother.
  • Coincidence Magnet: Ryo is terrified that all of the cynical predictions he makes keep coming true. It turns out that none of these are coincidences. These predictions are likely just fragments of Satan's commands to his demon army.
  • Creepy Good: But not for long.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Ryo gradually goes from viewing Akira as the savior of humankind to viewing the fight against the demons to be a pointless and futile one.
  • The Heavy: Albeit not a villainous example; Ryo is the entire reason that Akira became Devilman in the manga. Ryo's true self turns out to be a more traditional heavy as well.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Ryo's relationship with Akira is very emotionally intense, particularly in the first volume in the manga. The heterosexual part is ultimately subverted, at least on Ryo's side.
  • Hollywood Genetics: It's very unlikely for a half-Japanese person to have natural blonde hair and blue eyes. While one might think this is due to actually being Satan, the original Ryo Asuka also had this coloring.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Ryo intended for both himself and Akira to be possessed by demons, but somehow escaped this fate. Later in the series this makes him feel helpless and he starts to look for a method to become a devilman himself.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother died with he was a child, and his father died shortly before the beginning of the manga.
  • Phenotype Stereotype

Miki Makimura

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  • Action Girl: While far from a slouch in the original manga, she was upgraded to a full one in the NES game. She becomes even more of one in Grimoire after becoming a devilman.
  • Alliterative Name
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys / Women Prefer Strong Men: Miki takes a greater liking to Akira when he becomes a buffed-up badass.
  • Cute Witch: Miki in Grimoire likes to wear a pointed witch's hat and a dark cape to evoke this image.
  • Determinator: Until she saw what happened to poor Tare...
  • Kill It with Fire: Miki uses home-made firebombs to attack the people who break into her house late in the manga.
  • Knife Nut: Miki carries a knife with her during her second confrontation with Dosu-Roku's gang.
  • Love Interest: To Akira.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: In the manga, she seems somewhat ashamed to have Akira witness her aggressive side, probably due to believing that he wouldn't be interested in a tough woman.
  • Plucky Girl: The only way to stop her when she has a goal in her mind would be killing her. Sadly, that's exactly what happens.
  • She's Got Legs: In the Apocalypse OVA, she's wearing a miniskirt that shows off her legs rather nicely. Unfortunately, the best example of this particular trope is during her murder.
  • Sukeban: It's implied she's one in the original manga.
  • Tomboy

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Maegawa

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Jinmen

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Agwel

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Ghelmer

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Sirene

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Kaim

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  • A Good Way to Die: He's willing to sacrifice himself if it'll let his love interest Sirene take Devilman down with her.

Zan

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Psycho Jenny

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Zenon

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  • Satan: Well, he is not Satan, but his two forms resemble two depictions of Satan The Divine Comedy Version (being a demon with 3 faces) and The Dragon of Revelation.

Satan

Actually an angel, but allied with the demons. His main goal is the obliteration of humankind so that demons can regain control of the earth.