Characters: Devil Man
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Akira Fudo/DevilmanAssociated tropes:
- Accidental Pervert: In the second OVA, Akira wakes up from a particularly bad dream. It ended with the image of Miki impaled on a demon's teeth. While Miki checks to see if Akira's alright, Akira bats Miki's nightgown upwards to make sure she's fine.
- Alas, Poor Yorick: After Miki is dismembered and Akira kills everyone involved, he hugs her head to his chest and sobs in an incredibly tear-jerking scene.
- Badass Biker: Akira in the anime series, taking account the Lighter and Softer adaptation couldn't have Akira dismembering and mauling demons in a gruesome manner to cement his badass status, they just gave him a nice bike to ride in between the fights.
- Came Back Wrong: A softer version: Akira is a VERY shy and gentle boy when he starts the manga, but once he gets Amon's powers and becomes Devilman, he becomes WAY more callous and cocky, to the point some people are actually jarred by the change.
- Expy: Of Ryo Utsugi, the protagonist of Mao Dante.
- Fragile Flower: According to Miki, Akira used to cry so much that his nickname was "The Fire Alarm of Higashi Elementary".
- Guyliner: Akira's side effects upon merging with Amon, apparently.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Though he did not fit the trope until after becoming a devilman.
- Last of His Kind: By the time he dies, Akira is the last human in existence.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: A downplayed example, but he was originally the feminine boy to Miki's masculine girl. Fusing with Amon decidedly changed this.
- Nice Guy: Akira keeps his kind heart even after being possessed by Amon.
- Parental Abandonment: Akira lives with the Makimura family full-time. In some versions of the story, his family perished in the incident that caused him to become Devilman.
- Shrinking Violet: Akira was originally very timid and non-confrontational.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: Rarely seen out of it.
- Took a Level in Badass
- Blood Knight
- Combo Platter Powers: Lovecraftian Superpower
- Flight: Devilman can spontaneously grow wings to fly with.
- Healing Factor: Able to re-attach his arm and heal many grave wounds.
- Intangible Man: Devilman can phase through solid objects. Being able to pass through steel is a high end demon power.
- Playing with Fire: "Devil Beam" which, in the manga, is more like heat generation. Both versions are a Hand Blast.
- Pure Energy: "Devil Arrow" fired from his antennae.
- Powers via Possession: How Akira got his powers, but in an interesting way.
- Psychic Powers: Telepathy, Psychic Radar (limited to violence). Both of these powers are rather weak in him, as he's more action oriented.
- Shapeshifting: Limited to his Devilman and human forms, though versions in between are also common. Devilman is also a Size Shifter; his full height is somewhere along the lines of 3-5 meters in height.
- Super Strength: Tearing apart demons with his bare hands.
- Super Toughness: Devilman can survive injuries that would kill a normal human ten times over. Except getting split in half at the torso...
- Teleportation: This is how demons possess other beings and things, by effectively telefragging into them.
- Demonic Possession: Inverted in the manga, where Devilman is essentially the result of a human possessing a demon, but played straight in the anime, where Amon's possession of Akira killed his original personality.
- One-Man Army
- Super-Powered Evil Side
- Walking Shirtless Scene
Ryo AsukaAkira's best friend, who is the one responsible for him becoming Devilman.Associated tropes:
- 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 MakimuraAssociated tropes:
- 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 Molotov cocktails 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 manga.
- Dark Action Girl
- Loves My Alter Ego: Sirene loved Amon that resides in Akira; she also shows some interest in Akira's more agressive personality as Devilman, which resembles a Lighter and Softer Amon. In Neo-Devilman she becomes more interested in Akira himself, not for his demon heritage but for his devilmen determination.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Starter Villain: The villain of the first arc of the manga, and tends to be the first or second antagonist in most adaptations.
- You Sexy Beast/ Ugly Cute: Akira claims that logically, he should be horrified by the sight of Sirene. However, Akira seems to appreciate the beauty of Sirene's death smile. Maybe that's his devil side talking.
- Woman in White: Um, sort of.
- A Good Way to Die: He's willing to sacrifice himself if it'll let his love interest Sirene take Devilman down with her.
- Wife Husbandry : If Kaim's love for Sirene is romantic, then this applied, because he essentially raised her after her mother died giving birth to her.
- And I Must Scream: Anyone who falls victim to him are damned to an eternity as a sentient tile in his shell.
- Expy: An almost identical demon appears in Strange Days; the only evidence that it's not Jinmen himself is that he gets killed and that Jinmen was long dead at this point.
- Evil Gloating
- Insane Troll Logic: He claims to have the moral high ground against Devilman because he keeps his victims alive even after he's consumed them.
- Turtle Power
- Would Hurt a Child
Psycho JennyAssociated tropes:
- The Dragon: Along with Lord Zenon.
- Enigmatic Minion: Played with in that Psycho Jenny clearly knows more about the innerworkings of the Devilman universe than her master (including the fact that they are trapped in a neverending time loop by God), but never openly defies Satan at any point.
- Exotic Eye Designs
- Hypnotic Eyes
- Monstrous Humanoid: Usually is depicted as a nude female with her head in the middle of her torso. Sometimes she's shown with her limbs coming directly out of her head.
- Psychic Powers: Powerful enough to hypnotize Satan himself.
- The Quiet One: Very rarely speaks unless spoken to.
- The Dragon: Along with Psycho Jenny. When Satan is not around, he serves as the Dragon-in-Chief.
- 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.
- Servile Snarker: Zenon's loyalty to Satan and his goals is never in question, but this did not stop him for criticizing Satan for sacrificing Amon and other powerful demons so that Akira could become Devilman.
SatanActually an angel, but allied with the demons. His main goal is the obliteration of humankind so that demons can regain control of the earth.Associated tropes:
- Big Bad
- Cosmic Plaything: God regularly resets the universe for the sole purpose of tormenting Satan by having him relive the loss of Akira forever and ever.
- Heel Realization: At the very end of the manga, he realizes that his wiping out humanity was just as bad as God wiping out the demons. AMON implies that he came to the realization earlier on, not that it changed anything.
- Hermaphrodite: In his/her true form.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Forgets his true nature as Satan for a time, but eventually remembers it.
- Light Is Not Good
- Love Makes You Crazy
- Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: Satan and all the other angels are shown to be Hermaphrodites.
- Time Travel: Uses it in Shin Devilman during the time where he had forgotten his name Satan. He traveled with Akira to kill demons in the past who were attempting to change the future.