Characters / Devil Man

The characters page for Devilman and its adaptations. Still under heavy construction.

As always, beware of SPOILERS.


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    Main Characters 

Akira Fudou
Voiced by: Ryoichi Tanaka (original series), Show Hayami (The Birth, The Demon Bird and CB Chara Nagai Go World OAV's), Hisao Egawa (Shin Cutey Honey), Shinji Takeda (Amon: The Apocalypse of Devilman), Shintaro Asanuma (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Bryce Papenbrook (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub)


Devilman


Ryo Asuka
Voiced by: Yuu Mizushima (The Birth, The Demon Bird and CB Chara Nagai Go World OAV's), Tomokazu Seki (Amon: The Apocalypse of Devilman), Satoshi Hino (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Christopher Corey Smith (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub)

Akira's best friend, who is the one responsible for him becoming Devilman. He's very loose on morals and believes in extreme mothods in order to wipe the demons. Ryo is also very possessive and territorial towards Akira and dismissive of everyone else.

  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: Don't hurt Akira in front of him. Hell, in his introductory scene, he pulls a rifle at the Dosu Roku gang who were picking on Akira!
  • But Not Too Foreign: Ryo has a Japanese father and a white mother.
  • Characterization Marches On: At first, he's shown to be very loose on morals and very violent and sadistic, but mellows out in later volumes. Fridge Logic if you consider that Ryo is an amnesiac Satan, so he lacked in human morals, social skills and common sense during the first volume.
  • 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.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He does NOT like the idea of Miki hanging around Akira and treats her with contempt. The AMON manga takes it Up to Eleven, showing the reason why Ryo/Satan choose to broadcast the video about the devilmen and betraying Akira in the process: he realized that Miki was more important at Akira's life than him. When Dosu-Roku finds out, he calls Satan for this, saying that he basically doomed the humankind for a Disproportionate Retribution.
    The only one who saves Akira will be me...and me alone!
  • 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.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: See Adaptational Attractiveness above, but as shown after he transforms into Satan, Ryo has very androgynous features and becomes more so in later adaptations. Also, in Devilman Saga, he was bullied as a child for his girly features.
  • Flanderization: He was perfectly capable of strategizing and even being a dead serious, outright scary person in the original story, but some adaptations tend to focus almost entirely on his one-sided Mad Love for Akira.
  • 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.
  • He-Man Woman Hater
  • 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.
  • Incompatible Orientation: He has feelings for Akira and is violently protective of him. Except Akira's straight (and has Miki as his love interest). Not that Ryo cares. He finally gets to confess his feelings for him (actually Yuuki Fudou, Akira's current incarnation) in Devilman Saga. Goes as well as expected. Zigzagged in Devilman Lady, where Akira does have a relationship with the female Jun Fudou, one of Satan's halves and a split part of Ryou himself.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Sequels and spinoffs not only don't hide his plotting nature and obession with Akira, they greatly exaggerate it.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half-white, half-Japanese.
  • 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.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: In the AMON manga, Ryo wants to be Akira's most important person so badly that he's willing to kill Miki just so she can't. He plans this in Go Nagai Chara World as well, but the situation never plays out like he wants.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother died with he was a child, and his father died shortly before the beginning of the manga.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: He's part white, so of course he's blond and blue-eyed.

Miki Makimura

Voiced by: Sumi Sakamoto (original series), Jun Konomaki (The Birth, The Demon Bird and CB Chara Nagai Go World OAV's), Atsuko Enomoto (Amon: The Apocalypse of Devilman), Saori Hayami (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Cristina Valenzuela (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub)

  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: even though she's sometimes mean to her younger brother, Tare, and is verbally abusive towards the delinquent characters, she cares deeply for her loved ones and shows concern for them.
  • 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.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: She only survives in the 70s anime series and Devilman Grimoire. Ironically, those are the only adaptations when Ryo/Satan doesn't exist.
  • 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.
  • Tomboy

    Demons 

Lala

Maegawa

Agwel

Ghelmer

  • Kill It with Water: Can puppet his drowning victims after they've swallowed his spirit. Thankfully he never goes so far as to merge with his prey.

Sirene

Voiced by: Haruko Kitahama (original series), Yoshiko Sakakibara (The Demon Bird and CB Chara Nagai Go World OAV's)

  • 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.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Sirene, Siren or Selene?
  • 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.

Kaim

Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (The Demon Bird and CB Chara Nagai Go World OAV's)

  • 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.

Jinmen

Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (The Demon Bird and CB Chara Nagai Go World OAV's), Hochu Otsuka (Cyborg 009 vs Devilman), Jamieson Price (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub)

Zan

Psychogenie

Voiced by: Reiko Muto (Original Series), Yuji Mitsuya (CB Chara Nagai Go World), Mitsuki Saiga (Amon: The Apocalypse of Devilman)

  • The Dragon: Along with Lord Zenon.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Played with in that Psychogenie 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.

Zenon

Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (Original Series), Shozo Iizuka ( CB Chara Nagai Go World)

  • 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.

Satan
The real identity of Ryo Asuka. 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.


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