A list of characters and character-related tropes from Katsura Hoshino's dark supernatural manga/anime series D.Gray-Man.This article is a work in progress.
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The 15-year-old ? protagonist of the series, Allen is a young man who was born with a deformed red left arm with a cross embedded in the hand. His biological parents abandoned him because of this, and Allen was taken in and raised by a man named Mana Walker. When Mana died, Allen was overcome with grief and the Millennium Earl appeared before him with the offer to bring Mana back from the dead. Allen accepted the offer and Mana's soul was trapped in the metal body of an akuma. Mana cursed Allen and tried to kill him to wear his skin, but it turns out that Allen's deformed arm is an Innocence, which then activated and destroyed Mana's akuma body. Allen was later taken under the wing of General Cross, who trained him how to be an "Exorcist" (a person who can use an Innocence to fight and destroy akuma). When the story begins, Allen is on his way to find the Black Order and join the organization.Allen's Innocence is a "parasite-type", one of the rarest Innocences. Due to Mana's curse, Allen's left eye is branded with a pentacle. However, with this eye Allen is the only one who can see who is an akuma in a human skin, as well as being able to see the tortured soul trapped within. He is a cheerful, kind young man who loves everyone, and has made it his mission to release akuma-captured souls from their pain and suffering.Allen's Innocence is called the Crowned Clown. In early chapters, it starts as a massive claw; during the Ark Arc, it upgrades to body armor and several new abilities. After achieving General-level synchronization, its final form is revealed: a massive sword that only harms the evil within someone.
Can't Hold His Liquor: In the "Kuro no Bansankai" Special Drama CD, Allen shows his behavior when he gets drunk. He becomes very vicious and destructive, and causes massive property damage that he can't even remember doing.
Celibate Hero: In an omake "interview" with him, he claims to be this, saying that he has no time for such things.
The Charmer: If the aforementioned Bishie Sparkle incident is anything to go by, he could be if he wasn't so gosh-darned nice.
Only in Japanese. In English, he's voiced by Todd Haberkorn, who voiced The Earl from episodes 27 to 39.
Cursed with Awesome: Literally. Mana's pentacle curse makes Allen the only Exorcist who can see akuma through their human disguises. Specifically, it's the ability to see the souls of akuma. And because when akuma evolve their souls degrade, Allen only sees twisted and trapped souls in captivity. It's actually a terrible curse no one would want, and only made awesome by the fact that Allen is an exorcist and the curse makes him uniquely gifted at his job.
To put the matter of the cursed eye in perspective; Lavi, a seasoned exorcist and human recorder, is deeply unsettled when Allen's eye evolves(like an akuma!) and grants people near Allen the ability to see akuma souls as well. Before that happened he thought the curse was a handy ability. He later remarks that he would never want Allen's vision and that he couldn't eat for awhile after the experience. And that was only a Lv. 2 akuma.
"The world as he sees it is hell."
Unfortunately, it only gets worse as akuma evolve further. At Lv. 4, all that left of an akuma's soul are fragments. Even Allen is horrified by this - and his cursed eye starts to bleed painfully in reaction to what he sees.
Defectorfrom Decadence: as of chapter 205, Allen has taken the ark and left the order due to disgust with the higher ups and their methods, (and doubts about their intentions). He's essentually gone renegade to find a better way to defeat the Earl.
Enemy Within: The 14th Noah. Nea reveals that he actually considered Allen a friend, and that it was Allen himself who offered to be the host for Nea's memories. However, how this seemingly contradictory piece of information fits in with what the audience has been told about Allen's past is yet to be revealed.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar through his left eye, which is part of the curse that allows him to see Akuma. And as of recently, he received a bunch of huge, deep scars across his entire chest from impaling himself with his own Akuma-purifying sword, which he thought shouldn't hurt him... except for the unfortunate fact that he's actually a Noah.
Hyperactive Metabolism: Directly lampshaded and justified both in interviews with the mangaka and in-series. Apparently, Allen has no problems eating and digesting the gigantic towers of food he eats, since just simply activating his innocence burns a huge amount of calories.
Magical Eye: His left eye lets him see the souls of Akuma.
Magic Pants: It doesn't matter if he turns his arm into a massive claw, a cannon, or a BFS; his sleeve is always intact. Lampshaded in a Fourth Wall Mail Slot interview; when someone asked what happened to it, he replied:
"I have no idea. I'm just glad it doesn't rip."
The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Not really straight example, because there's nothing weird with Allen's own appearance whenever he looks in the mirror. However, after Ark arc there's odd form looming behind him, grinning creepily, whom only he can see. It's eventually revealed that it's actually form of 14th Noah who is eventually going to take over his body.
Monster Clown: Interestingly played with. He's more like badass hero clown, and a monster to his enemies. All in all, you'd be hardpressed to find another protagonist with that description.
Stepford Smiler: Some interpretations of his character. Allen tends to smile and throw out optimistic and enthusiastic support at the drop of a hat when around his friends, but whenever he's alone he tends to be either beating himself up, wallowing in some deserved self-pity, or worrying about his entire freaking existence.
Through His Stomach: The way to Allen's heart. In one instance, Miranda is unable to think of any way to cheer him up, only to offer him candy. He right away becomes ridiculously happy]]. Rohfa evidently caught on to this, as she apparently is trying to court him by bribing him with huge boxes of Mitarashi Dango. It does make him very happy, but apparently he's ignoring all the romantic implications suggested.
In a little "interview" with Allen in an omake, he pretty much directly lampshades this, pondering that perhaps the only way that he would fall for a girl is if she cooked yummy food for him every day. Of course, he said it jokingly, and right afterwards, he claims he's a Celibate Hero who doesn't have time for romance.
Trauma Conga Line: The story of poor Allen's life, starting from long before the beginning of the series and shows no signs of stopping.
Unstoppable Rage: Let's just say Allen is NOT happy to see Lala and Guzol get stabbed to death by a level 2 akuma. Allen is so mad that it causes his anti-akuma weapon to upgrade, which he uses (along with some help from Kanda) to turn said akuma to dust.
You Can Barely Stand: He's been known to fight even when he can't stand, using his innocence to force his unconscious body to move.
The 16-year-old sister of Black Order Supervisor Komui Lee, Lenalee is a powerful Exorcist. After her parents were killed by an akuma, she was found to be compatible with an Innocence at a young age, pretty much abducted by the Order and forced to synchronize with it. After nearly killing herself during several attempts to escape the Order, Lenalee is persuaded to stay when Komui joins to be near her. She is very kind, and fights not for the cause of the 'holy war' that the Black Order is fighting against the Millennium Earl, but for the safety of her family and friends.Lenalee's Innocence is the Dark Boots. An equipment-type, they allow her to run faster than normal, jump great heights, and make her heels deadly weapons. They have recently upgraded to a previously unseen type of Innocence that forms the user's blood into equipment; this has been termed crystal-type by the Science Department.
Chickification: She suffered of this after she pushed her Innocence too far in her fight with Eshi and went into a Heroic RROD that left her unable to use her legs properly, which lead her to become a Damsel in Distress whom the Noah try to capture her. She gets better after she gains her new crystal-type Dark Boots.
Chinese Girl: at least ethnically-wise, according to the manual.
Close-Call Haircut: Lenalee's fight with the first L3 akuma shown in the series gives her one of these, combining it with Important Haircut as she discovers the depths of her resolve.
Combat Stilettos: The Dark Boots. They start out as thicker high heels, but after going crystal-type they become stilettos.
Dude Magnet: She is clearly Allen's counterpart in that domain (although it doesn't seem Even the Girls Want Her). Allen probably likes her more than just a little, Lavi says he is totally interested in her, Bak is… well, Bak, Cross blantantly hits on her once, Regory Peck apparently did it several times, and Li Kei falls in Love at First Sight. And there is Komui's behaviour…
Stepford Smiler: Under her sunny exterior, she secretly hates the Black Order because of what she went through, to the point of wishing her experiences were all a bad dream. She does eventually accept her role, resulting in a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
Taking You with Me: Pulled this as her last resort in fight with level 3 Akuma establishing her Badass status forever. She doesn't die, thanks to her Innocence, but was fully prepared to.
Yaoi Fangirl: She looks awfully fascinated when she sees Lavi hugging Allen at one point.
You Gotta Have Green Hair: It's only green in the anime. In the manga her hair is specifically stated to be black, despite sometimes being drawn as green, blue or purple in the colour art.
A mysterious young man set to become the next Bookman, a historian who records the secret wars that shape the world. Originally sent to the Black Order solely to document the war between Exorcists and akuma, Lavi finds himself becoming more and more attached to his fellow Exorcists.Lavi's Innocence is Tettsui, or Iron Hammer. It is capable of extending and expanding to massive sizes; Lavi uses the head as a platform to travel on. Lavi can also harness elemental powers through Tettsui with various 'seals'. Unlike other Exorcists in the main cast, Lavi has yet to defeat Akuma that's above level 2. He isn't very strong fighter likely because of his need to keep distance from his Innocence, but it's been shown that he's quite competent fighter barehanded. Apparently he also knows how to use a knife.
Becoming the Mask: Originally, Lavi was not intended to feel attached to the Black Order. During the Ark Arc, Lavi must defeat his original Bookman personality, who refers to humans as 'splashes of ink' to break free of an illusion cast by Road.
Calling Your Attacks: Lavi's hammer uses elemental seals, which he has to activate with a short incantation.
Demoted to Extra: After Destruction of Black Order his appearances have grow less and less frequent. And then he kind of disappears from sight altogether for two story arcs.
Distressed Dude: Variation, as he's not completely helpless when put in such situation (the fight with Road). But now, as of chapter 202, he's being held hostage by Noah, injected with some sort of parasite that will kill him if Bookman doesn't cooperate with them. Lavi has also been in a few near-death situations during fights with Akuma so his fellow exorcists have often saved his life. Most notable is one time when he got shot on the neck and Krory sucked the Akuma poison out of him.
Eyepatch of Power: Lavi's right eye is covered by a standard black eyepatch. The reason has yet to be unrevealed, although in the second Reverse novel, he tells Colette it isn't there because of an injury when she asks him about it. According to Lavi's narration, it's subject that he really doesn't wish to talk, let alone think about.
Jade-Colored Glasses: Lavi was excited with the idea that he would know and see things no one else did when he had just become Bookman's apprentice. After ten years of watching meaningless wars and bloodshed between people his opinion of humans lowered to considerable level. But as the series goes on, he starts to regain that hope on humanity as he sees how people are fighting for their True Companions around him. Doesn't stop him from disapproving news about declared wars though.
The Nicknamer: He calls Bookman "Panda", Krory "Krorykins" ("Kro-chan"), Link "Two-spot"(Or pimple-face, depending on translation), asks Allen if he can call him "Beansprout", and names a converted Akuma "Chomesuke".
No Name Given: Lavi's original name - or even a surname for his current name, if one even exists - has yet to be told.
His 48th alias/Bookman personality/whatever it is gets this treatment as well. The name he's called most often among fans is "Deak", but as the name was used only once and katakana read "Dikku", fans have made billion different versions of it. Japanese fandom doesn't have this problem, they just call him Dick.
Stepford Smiler: This was the kind of guy he was before joining the Order and becoming friends with Allen and fellow exorcists. Acting friendly helps a lot with gathering information, no matter what you might think of them in reality after all.
This is also lampshaded in Reverse novel 2 where it's mentioned that when he first came to Order one Finder (Doug) refused to talk with Lavi because he saw through his smiles and eyes- that it was all so fake and that they only reflected people's own around him. As Reverse novel 2 is set before actual series' events, he gets better over the time.
According to The Other Wiki, he was voiced by Chris Patton in episodes 27 and 28, and went back to his original actor in episode 40. Some fans wonder what was with all that?
What Could Have Been: Lavi was originally intended to be main character for the series called "BOOK-MAN", a project which never reached beyond the planning stages. Still, the author wanted to use him and Bookman so they made it into D.Gray-man as side characters instead.
"Noah are immortal? Bullshit"
A cold and aloof swordsman from Japan. Kanda is an extremely efficient Exorcist who prefers to work alone, though he is nominally under General Tiedoll's command. He has a tattoo of a strange rune on his left pectoral that sucks his life force to heal him if he is injured. As of Chapter 186, Kanda is revealed to be one of the experimental Second Exorcists, an apparently failed super Exorcist program. In a past life he was an exorcist who was killed in battle by an Akuma, since Exorcists are scarce they transplanted his brain into an artificial body, having no clear memories of the person he once was, but tortured by flashes of a romance he once hadKanda's Innocence is Mugen, a black-bladed katana that allows him to use several 'Illusions' in combat. These range from an eight-sided slash similar to the Kuzu Ryu Sen to a second blade made of Innocence energy. Now it upgraded to the crystal-type as wellAs of chapter 217, he has accepted the position of Exorcist General.
Art Evolution: Probably the most dramatic example after Allen. After introducing Kanda, Hoshino complained that it's hard to draw good-looking people. Clearly, it isn't, anymore.
Badass: As Lavi once commented "He's too manly!". Among his most badass moments are killing Skinn Bolic singlehandedly and defeating Allen in single combat. He´s also the only non-General Exorcist who can take on Level 4´s.
Berserk Button: Calling him by his first name, Yu, is not the best of ideas.
Character Development: While he spent most of the series especially antagonistic towards Allen, even by his standards, after he returns to the Black Order and meets Allen—who is on the run, he chooses to help him and abandons most of his negativity towards him. This is apparently because he partially blames himself for Allen's near-awakening as a Noah and subsequent fugitive status.
Covert Pervert: In chapter 208, he drinks the Crystal-type Innocence liquid out of Lenalee´s hand, much to everyone´s surprise and her embarressment. The whole time he has a very questionable look in his eye.
Dark and Troubled Past: Boy howdy, Just read the description of what was done to him as part of the "Second Exorcist" project, and not only that but he was raised and treated as an expendable tool by the Order, only being allowed to live after he had to murder his best friend.
For those who don't want to read the above spoiler, let's put it this way — Kanda's past is so bad that using an Exposition Beam to show it to someone qualifies as Mind Rape. Even Road was horrified by it.
It's the name his best friend, Alma, called him by. Alma and Kanda fought to the death nine years before the beginning of the story; Kanda won. So I'm guessing he doesn't want to be reminded of that fact.
Every Japanese Sword Is a Katana: Averted. Kanda's blade, Mugen, is originally a chokuto, a straighter sword than the traditional katana. It's reforged into a katana after he breaks Mugen killing Skinn Bolic.
Freudian Excuse: Let's just say he had a nasty childhood and leave it at that.
I Was Just Passing Through: Despite saying he won't save his teammates if they get themselves into trouble, he often does. Then denies he was helping them.
I Will Find You: Spends most of the series looking for "a certain person", who turns out to be his girlfriend from a past life, reincarnated as Alma Karma.
If It's You, It's Okay: It's difficult to say but his attitude towards Alma Karma after he learns the truth about him doesn't really put too much weight on his gender. Then again he may have been too busy dealing with the whole reincarnation, dying again, killing everyone and vengeance issues between the two as to really have this played.
To exemplify it, he's probably the only person in the entire order who gets annoyed by Lenalee's company. And she's probably the closest he has to childhood friend since they both were living in order since they were kids.
Slip Knot Ponytail: Almost all of Kanda's battles so far have had his hair fall out of his ponytail, though the most notable is his fight against Skinn. Others include when he was injured by the level 2 akuma during the Ghost of Martel Arc and when the Earl leveled Edo.
Its far more clear a Type 2 with Lavi, both snark at each other but Kanda has no problem in behaving respectfully towards Lavi and going Back-to-Back Badasses with the other when needed .
When He Smiles: In recent chapters, Kanda has been smiling quite a lot, and it really changes the way he looks. However, he's been known to smile while saying very sad things such as "This regret simply won't let me die in peace," so it's also entirely possible that he has gone straight from Perpetual Frowner to Stepford Smiler.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's blue in the anime, and some coloured arts. Even purple at times. However, it's officially stated to be black, and the author has admitted at some point that the different colours are just the result of her and/or editor fooling around.
A vampire-like exorcist from Romania. After he gained his Innocence, he instinctively attacked and drained the blood of Akuma, causing the villagers to believe he was a vampire. The only person who accepted him was a girl named Eliade, who later turned out to be an Akuma. When he found out what she really was, she tried to kill him. He ended up killing her as she said she only wanted to love him, despite her Akuma nature. The reason he joined the Black Order is so that Eliade's death would have a purpose.Krory's Innocence is his teeth. When activated, he can drink the blood of Akuma, which has no negative effects on him since a parasitic-type Innocence can break down the blood virus. Akuma blood allows him to heal quickly, and boosts his speed and strength. During the Ark arc, he gains the ability to remove the blood from his body and turn it into a living, virtually invulnerable replica of himself.
Actually Not a Vampire: Though he looks a lot like one, he's actually pure human. However, he's the Acommadator for a parasite-type Innocence, which gives him a massive array of fangs and a strong instinct to drink the blood of Akuma. The fact that drinking blood literally increases his powers and even enables him to heal from mortal wounds doesn't really help him prove he's not a vampire.
Bloody Murder: After the Ark arc, he gains the ability to control his own blood as a weapon.
Healing Factor: Consuming Akuma blood evidently allows him to regenerate his injuries, seen most prominently towards the end of his introductory arc, in which he survives being dehydrated to nothing more than empty skin wrapped around bones by the power of a level 2 Akuma and then restores himself to normal by draining it dry of blood.
Interrupted Suicide: In the manga only. After destroying Eliade, Krory feels that he has no reason or right to continue living anymore. So he provokes his carnivorous flowers and soon he, Allen and Lavi are all in mouth of one. It's Allen who snaps him out of it, telling Krory that if he becomes Exorcist everything would've been for greater good and her death would have a purpose.
Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: He had tried making friends with the villagers in the past, only to have them shout at him, threating to stab a stake through his heart. Then his Innocence activated and his reputation got worse. Before meeting Eliade the only company he had were his grandfather's man eating flowers.
Naïve Newcomer: He was secluded for so long that he knows very little about the outside world.
Put on a Bus: After his fight against Jasdevi, he's so exhausted that he spends almost all the subsequent arc in bed, unconscious. He made very few appearances since his awakening.
Skunk Stripe: His forelock is pure white. When in his normal mode, it flops down like an exagerrated widow's peak; ironically, it rises up to Idiot Hair style when he gets into his other mode, which is far more clear-minded and vicious.
What Have I Become?: At first, he had no idea that the people he was attacking were Akuma, and he believed himself to be a monster.
A shy, clumsy and insecure German woman who was the subject of ridicule in her hometown due to her inability to hold down a job. She has been fired from over 100 jobs, and often feels useless because of this. When her clock caused the same day to repeat over and over in her town after she connected with Innocence inside it, Allen and Lenalee helped her to revert the time flow to normal. She joined the Black Order soon afterwards, determined to be a useful exorcist.Miranda's Innocence is the Time Record, which she can use to heal people and repair broken objects by reversing time. However, when she deactivates her power, the damage returns. Her Innocence also allows her to create a barrier of frozen time, negating attacks.
Adrenaline Makeover: Subverted. After finishing her training, she makes her grand entrance wearing a tight black leather uniform that's quite a change from the demure outfits she usually wears. Then she trips up. Shortly after that, she freaks out and has a frantic apologising fit over doing something right, which shows she hasn't changed at all.
Healing Hands: A complicated case. She can use her Innocence to heal recently inflicted wounds, but they return as soon as she deactivates it. If a person received a fatal wound at some point then they're out of luck. It's not limited to just people, either. Her power restores anything within it's Ao E to prime condition, be it animate or inanimate.note It's never shown to work on any of the Earl's agents, so presumably Miranda has control over what the field targets. For example, she returned a ship to seaworthy shape after it had be trashed in an Akuma battle.
Scars Are Forever: In the manga, she has scars on her hands that resemble stigmata. They seem to come from her introductory arc, when Rhode captured her and Lenalee and nailed Miranda's hands to a clock.
Yu Kanda's childhood friend and thus another product of experimental Second Exorcist program that Black Order had. In Kanda's flashbacks, he's shown as cheerful, a bit silly, optimistic boy who talks a lot (too much in Kanda's opinion) and who's big fan of mayonnaise. They didn't really get along at first, but after some Bloody Hilarious moments they became friends. Apparently enduring everything became little easier for them after that...up to certain point.There's not much that can be said about Alma without spoiling some really major things, since he's very important character regarding Kanda. He doesn't appear in the anime.
Allen's Trickster Mentor, one of the five Generals, and an incredible Bad Ass. He has a rather sociopathic habit of racking up enormous amounts of debt and weaseling out of paying it, usually by foisting it off on Allen instead. He also doesn't especially like the rules the rest of the Order wants him to follow, and stays far away from headquarters as much as possible just because he's contrary. However, he's not a complete Jerk Ass; he does care for Allen (albeit in what is often a really twisted way) and he's made himself an incredible pain to the Earl in the course of Walking the Earth, such that he had Jasdevi sent after him. He left them a $10,000 debt to pay.His Innocence is a gun called Judgment, and he kicks ridiculous amounts of ass with it. He also controls an undead woman with parasite-type Innocence called Grave of Maria, and has a so-far-unexplained ability to turn Akuma good.
Badass Longcoat: And he really likes it. When a level 4 Akuma pretty much destroys the HQ and kills lots of people, he attacks and, with the help of Allen and Lenalee, kills it. He says he didn't care about all the dead people; but it messed up his clothes. he then gets another long coat later.
Chivalrous Pervert: He flirts with lots of girls, but does care for those he scores with. He was very unhappy to learn what happened to Anita, to start. Allen says he lives off lovers in different places. He also has keepsakes from some of his lovers-pictures and accessories, as stated in Jump SQ. So seems he does form bonds with them if they allow him to stick around a bit, and give him things which he hangs on to. Nothing seems to hint that he mistreats women in any way, contrary to The Casanova. The only case for him being a "womanizer" is that he flirts, and sleeps with different women-but the Chivalrous Pervert does this as well.
The Dandy: Shortly after dropping Allen upon their reunion, Cross discards the last of his disguise, and starts to smooth his hair, to get it how he wants it. He then yells at Allen and Lavi for being filthy, stating he doesn't want filthy things near him, unless it's a woman. He also claims he was killing an akuma because it ruined his clothes. The seriousness of that comment is up for debate.
It's questionable if some of this is an act, or if he can get over his dandiness if need be. When he hides out in Edo, he's staying on a farm it seems. He's sitting on a porch, surrounded by chickens. He also stays with Mother, and old acquaintance. her living quarters are big, but the place looks old and worn. Not exactly fancy. But Cross is perfectly at home, and has his own room there, and will drink wine straight from the bottles.
Ethical Slut: Sleeps around, but is still a gentleman. Anita, one of his lovers seemed to love him. She also tells us her mother loved him. Cross also believes Anita to be a good woman, regardless of her status as a prostitute. One of his hobbies includes visiting red-light districts. His character profile states he likes "good" women, which he states Anita is. So, he's, apparently, not a someone who dehumanize prostitutes, and just likes a nice woman in general, regardless of past/other lovers.
Klaud is shown as kind and compassionate, but she's not very friendly with Cross. Regardless, Cross states she's always a nice woman, even if she's not nice to him.
Fatal Flaw: Cute girls apparently. He stays at the Order he hates, because Lenalee asked him to. While there, he got into quite a bit of trouble. He was to be investigated and kept under watch, while being given a management job. All this trouble because Lenalee asked him to stay, who he says was too cute to refuse.
Flanderization: The anime did this with Cross' treatment of Allen. The anime has Cross asking Allen to bring him man-eating animals, selling him into slave labor, and at one point, pinning him to a wall to take his money. The scene reminiscent of a pimp and prostitute, including Allen asking Cross how long he's going to be forced to make money for him. Also, the latent scene happened while Cross was living in a palace with a Maharajah's widow. Thus, he wasn't in dire need of money at that point. Manga-wise, Allen said he gambled if they really needed money. None of the aforementioned scenes happened, or were hinted.
There's also, the scene where guards drag Allen away from Cross in HQ, and Cross waves him off, while smirking and humming. In the manga, the latter things with Cross didn't happen. All Cross does is watch, thinking it was quick.
The Gunslinger: He uses a ridiculously powerful revolver by the name of Judgment. However, either Apocryphos made it reject him or he is truly dead.
I Did What I Had to Do: He seems to want to protect humanity, and General Yeager praises his will to destroy Akuma. However, he has made some sacrifices in the journey. Later in the manga, it's shown he apparently regards it as Dirty Business During events of chapter 167, when facing up to Allen's fate, he outright asks himself "Do you always have to sacrifice something to protect something else?" Seems to show Cross has done that alot, and he does not find any enjoyment in it. It's just that the sacrifices he makes are for a greater purpose.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has shown he has his Jerk Ass moments. But, he's not a complete jerkass. The manga has shown many hints and instances to illustrate that Cross isn't heartless, and while many people aren't fond of him, there's many people-mostly his lovers, and Mother-an old acquaintance, who think very highly of him. He's shown protectiveness, empathy, sadness, concern, hesitation. Although, most of these things are shown when it comes to Allen and women. He could very well be a victim of Jerk Ass Facade. But we haven't seen enough of his character yet.
Older Than They Look: He's been allied with Neah for over 35 years, Winters and Klaud are forty and thirty-five respectively, so Cross has been in the war since they were children. In an extra, Komui's Talk Corner #3, the characters debate Cross' age. Johnny says he looks to be in his late twenties, but that he has to be at least forty. Tyki says he's making himself look scarily young. Wisely then asks Allen-who says his master hasn't aged a year since he met him. He then says it's scary, after calling Cross a monster. Hoshino herself, keeps his age hidden in the character info.
Pet the Dog: Some moments with Allen, and comments made by him. Also, Anita's praise, and attitude toward him, and telling us that her mother felt the same. His protecting Lenalee on the ark, then agreeing to stay at HQ because she wanted him to. For now, Allen and girls seem to show Cross' softer side.
Promotion to Parent: When Cross found Allen, he spent quite a lot of time with Mother to raise Allen himself when he says he doesn't know how to care for a child, which leads him into learning how to cook and do laundry.
Story-Breaker Power: He hands Noahfied!Tyki his ass so hard that the Earl has to pull a Big Damn Villains to bail him out, is one of the only two people (the other being the Earl) who can use Magic, and to devastating effect, has a gun with unlimited ammo and no need to reload with homing bullets that never stop until they hit their target AND that gun has a Super Mode that increases it firepower by 300%. There is a reason even the Earl is reluctant to have a fight with this guy.
Trickster Mentor: He really does love Allen. Hoshino even says Cross cares for him like his own child. But, Cross roughs him up alot, because he likes Allen's dark side, as Hoshino stated, which is closer to real Allen, as opposed to the repressed boy be became after Mana's death.
A middle-aged exorcist general who cares deeply for his disciples. He is an artist and has the anti-akuma weapon Maker of Heaven (or, depending on the translation, Maker of Eden).
A Father to His Men: He starts crying when his students in the Ark are presumed dead and calls them his sons.
Badass: In the 3-hour span where Team Cross was inside the Ark, he destroyed 30 Level 3.5 Akuma with only the occasional help from Marie. He can also summon entire forests to protect the wounded and create city-sized explosions... that leaves the city unharmed, yet destroys hundreds of Akuma.
The only female exorcist general. She was formerly an animal trainer before becoming an exorcist. Her anti-akuma weapon is that cute little monkey that rides around on her shoulder that turns into a 10 foot tall giant lightning throwing monkey.
The Worf Effect: He is easily defeated by Tyki and Road, showing himself to be by far the weakest General, as all of the other Generals can easily defeat the two of them without help.
Other Black Order Members
The supervisor of the Black Order. After his younger sister Lenalee was forced to become an exorcist, he joined the Order to be with her. Although lazy and disorganized, he does what he can to help the exorcists, such as repairing damaged anti-Akuma weapons.
Bad Boss: A rare example in that he's not actively malevolent towards his underlings, he's just incredibly exasperating, what with the weird behavior, tendency to duck out of work, knack for complicating or causing problems and willingness to impede others from solving messes he's created (like drugging Allen to keep him from destroying Komlin II when it attacks him). Perhaps because of this, they're still pretty loyal to him, though.
Big Brother Instinct: He is freakishly overprotective of Lenalee. Even his own underlings worry about just how devoted to her he is.
Bishounen: In Lenalee's flashbacks to the period before she became an exoricst he's shown to be quite the looker.
Brainy Specs: Komui doesn't need his glasses at all - his eyesight is fine. He wears them to help hide his sad expression when his sister is sent to the battlefield.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He can be pretty competent when push comes to shove. Doesn't stop him from being a wigged out loony the rest of the time, though.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: With all those wacky inventions and his tendency to drift into his own little world, it's safe to say he's at least a mild version of this.
And by "perpetually messy," we mean that you can't see the floor for all the papers on it, save for a path cleared to the desk. On said desk, the papers are generally piled so high that you can't see Komui behind them.
The long suffering section chief of the science devision. He likes soda and dislikes cigarettes and alcohol. Since he works for Komui, his entire division is incredibly overworked.
Awesome Aussie: Downplayed, but still has a badass side. He was revealed to be Australian in the manga, has survived stuff that would kill a man several times over, and kicks Komui's ass like a demon when he has to. Subverted in the dub of the anime, where was just given an American accent, either from lack of research or laziness.
The Director of Asia branch. Also one of the few higher positioned Black Order members who actually get along with Allen, as Bak has shown great deal of concern for his wellbeing. He's compassionate -if a bit egoistical- man who helps Allen recover his Innocence after Tyki destroys it. Despite his (relatively) harmless habit of stalking Lenalee, Bak seems to be friends with Komui. It might have something to do with that they both care about exorcists and think that they're more than just tools for Black Order to use.
Spell My Name with an "S": She is Chinese, so combined to the anime's pronounciation the most logical transcription for her name (蝋花) would be "Là Hua" but Rohfa is by far the most common spelling among fans. For some reason the French edition of the manga writes it Zhà Hua.
The temperamental guardian of Asia branch. Saved Allen's life by bringing him to their hideout when she found him on the brink of death after his encounter with Tyki. Since she is actually a spirit, For can maintain physical form for only some period of time. So when she gets tired, her body becomes transparent as well.
Head of the North-American branch. Her family, along with that of Bak directed the Second Exorcist project. Herself was put in charge of the Third Exorcist project, decided to make up both for the ridiculously small number of exorcists and the rare, random appearances of Accomodates.
Amazonian Beauty: A mild example. She is 180cm tall and her hobby is bodybuilding according to the databook. So she appears to be pretty muscular, at least until…
Inspector General for the Vatican and member of a family that served the Black Order since its foundation. That included offering members of their own family as guinea pigs for forbidden experiences. Very astride on the rules, he will do absolutely anything to win the war against the Earl and imposes harsh restrictions on Allen out of suspicion regarding the latter's links to the Fourteenth.
Supreme Chef: His pastries are famously delicious and he even wrote a book on the topic. Allen would probably be fond of these if they weren't made by the guy who put him under surveillance and suspected him of heresy.
Take a Third Option: He states that his main motivation is that the Humanity wins the war on itself and gets free of both God and the Earl. He looks kinda creepy when he says it, so it could be all lies or psychotic delusions.
Cannibalism Superpower: They have the ability to transforms their left arm, causing the flesh to part away and reveal a core of Dark Matter within their forearm and a hole in their palm, through which they can create a vortex that resembles a black hole. This can be used to absorb an Akuma directly, or to spread a dark, shadowy quagmire across the ground which will swallow up any Akuma in the vicinity.
Creepy Child: Kiredori. It’s not intentional and definitely not of her own volition.
The Big Bad of the series, the Earl of Millennium (mostly known as the Millennium Earl to Western fans) doesn't look very dangerous due to his cartoonish appearance and cheerful attitude. However, looks are deceiving and this guy is responsible for the death of millions because of his Akuma.He usually appears before a person grieving the loss of a loved one and politely offers to bring back the deceased back to life. If the offer is accepted, however, the Earl imprisons the soul in a ominous-looking black metal skeleton. The captured soul will then usually berate and curse the person who agreed to the deal...until the Earl completely takes control of the new Akuma and orders him/her to kill the other and wear their skin as a human disguise. Only Allen's cursed eye is able to see who's really an Akuma in a skin.
Affably Evil: He´s basically a father figure to the Noah, is extremely polite and seems to forgive all of Allen´s actions because of the fact that He has the 14th´s memories. He also shows in the Destruction of the Order arc that he is perfectly capable of wiping out the hero faction if he chooses to, yet doesn't, although he has become a lot more active as of late.
Attention Whore: In chapter 188, Road and Wisely are seen commenting on the Earl's need to always be the center of attention.
Ax-Crazy: While the Earl is weird, when acting malicious, he comes across as this especially in his true form
As of 218, he goes Up to Eleven wit this as he is literally unable to keep a solid form
BFS: His main weapon of choice and one that looks exactly like Allen's, only with a different color scheme.
Big Bad Ensemble: One of the top villains in the series, but he's losing ground to the 14th and Apocryphos.
As of chapter 218, he's not even able to keep his composure once he meets Allen again
Bishonen Line: his real form is much more pleasant to the eye than the way we normally see him, to say the least.
As of chapter 218, he LOSES it completely and for no reason other than meeting Allen again, convinced he's Nea. He doesn't just become upset, he literally goes insane and his form become even more monstrous than usual
One of the first Noah we meet, who is perpetually surrounded by a cloud of butterflies. The author admitted to creating him just because she wanted another really handsome guy to draw, and it shows. He is the Noah of Pleasure and originally lived as a homeless worker with his normal human friends while sometimes going back home to the Earl to do jobs (mainly killing people) because he thought it was fun. At the end of the Ark Arc, he was temporarily controlled by his Noah, which resulted in some new scars and long hair. Despite it being said that his Noah has 'awakened', the only significant change to his personality seems to be being very very cheerful around the hero.
Friendly Enemy: Ehhh, kinda. He took an interest in Allen after he learned that the kid had survived their first encounter, which eventually grew into genuine respect and fondness to the point he (along with Road) rescued Allan from a sentient innocence. It's very one-sided, however.
Intangible Man: Tyki's special power as a Noah allows him to manipulate all matter of this world, though that is usually used to make him able to phase through things at will.
Like Brother and Sister: All the Noah are family, but Tyki and Road in particular seem to treat each other like actual siblings (although, being The Tease, he has mock-flirted with her at least once) and seem to hang out on and off the job more than the others.
Mr. Fanservice: Hey, the author herself wanted to make another handsome guy, so she made him.
Tranquil Fury: Road notes that this is when he is at his scariest.
Walk on Water: His selective interaction ability allows him to do this.
The first Noah ever encountered by Allen, she has the appearance of a small girl with spiky black hair. However, she is called the oldest Noah by other members of the family, implying that she was the first to awaken as one. Road is the Noah of Dreams, allowing her to travel between dimensions and control the Ark. She was shown to have survived her whole body exploding into sand/dust in the Arc, and cannot be harmed by physical attacks unless they are inflicted from inside of her dreamworld.
Affably Evil: She seems like a sweet girl around the Noah, who has a thing for lolipops and once asked Tyki to help her with her homework... she also caused a Akuma to self-destruct just to piss off Allen.
Character Development: Interestingly, while she remains a Noah and averts Villain Decay, she seems to behave a little less sinister each time Allen meets her. She's gone from stabbing him in the eye the first time they met, to kissing him the second time, and now she's saved his life twice in the last few days because of her feelings for him. Her attraction to and concern for Allen appears to be the cause of her decreasingly antagonistic behavior, so it's likely she'd still be pretty scary if she was dealing with anyone but Allen.
Of course proven when she attempts to Mind Rape Lavi.
Fan Service Pack: Compare Road's initial appearance to how she looks now. Slight difference, no?
Rumour is that because Road's initial design led to so many questions from readers about whether she was male or female, Hoshino decided to make it more obvious.
Finger-Lickin' Evil: Technically, she was licking one of her candles, but the effect was there.
For the Evulz: Why she's willing to create a door that would allowing the exorcists trapped inside of the arc to escape, but the only way they can get to it is if they battle the Noah who are also inside of it. Really the only reason the others do it too. And she decided that messing with Allen would be more fun than others, that's why she chose him.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: As they come off as ridiculous and annoying brats, Exorcists hardly think of them as a threat. After being told off too many times by them, Jasdevi finally snap and remind the cast and viewers alike that they're freakin' Noah.
Word of God is that it's Devit for the latter. Presumably, based on that it will be Jasdevi for the former.
Superpower Lottery: In theory, they may have the single most powerful ability in the series, being able to make anything they both think of at the same time come real. If they werent crazy Cloudcuckoolanders, they could use this to say, fill the entire room with lava or make their opponent's head explode.
Skinn Bolic is the Noah of wrath. He can turn into a giant golem who shoots lightning. He likes sweet things. He was a dock worker in New Orleans before his heritage surfaced. He also gets killed by Kanda during the Ark Arc.
Unstoppable Rage: He's the Noah of Wrath. Not that it stops Kanda from cutting through him like a piece of paper.
Lulu Bell is the Noah of Form (Noah of Lust is now known to be a mistranslation of the correct term) who led an attack on the Black Order H.Q. which caused the death of several people incuding Tup Dop. Lulu Bell can transform into anything she wants to.
Spell My Name with an "S": As there's no official English spelling, fans vary between Sherril, Sheryl, Cyril, and plenty more.
Stepford Smiler: For the most part, Sherril is always smiling in more or less the same way, his genial smile and Slasher Smile being virtually identical. When his true nature is showing through, however, his eyes convey it quite clearly.
Wisely is the last of the original Apostles of Noah to awaken. He's believed to be the Noah of Wisdom, and his ability as a Noah is his 'demon eye' which affects the brain.
Cloudcuckoolander: He's still a big threat, but he seems a little more "out there" than many of the Noah.
Eye Spy: They can also be used to spy on people from within.
The 14th (Nea Walker)
A man who's shrouded in mystery. The 14th Noah. The only facts known about him so far are that he backstabbed his own family 35 years ago, killed almost all of them, failed with his biggest goal and was forced flee from Millennium Earl with his brother for years. Timcanpy was originally his golem and it's mentioned that he had given it to Cross with a request to take care of his brother, because he would someday return. The future host happened to be Allen, of all people. While it's unclear when exactly were the 14th's memories implanted to him, Allen just was unfortunate enough to be nearby when he died.* Which is canonically established in chapter 206 to be well before Allen's conception He's now gradually taking over his host's body and mind.Presumably he's taking into account the general info and handful of appearances he's had. That, and the fact that Earl is still sore for his killing attempt, as 14th was his favorite among the Noahs.
Big Bad Ensemble: He's out for blood against the Earl and he doesn't care about Apocryphos, but he's easily Allen's most personal antagonist.
Chekhov's Gunman: Makes his first appearance during 59th chapter in Allen's ominous dream making rather creepy first impression. It can be passed off as nothing, as Allen doesn't seem think about the dream afterwards.
Interestingly, he managed to do this twice; we have a brief, vague glimpse of his face when the Earl dreamed of him promising to always stay by his side and looking to be in his teens, and then we get a good look at him in his Noah form, pictured above, later...
Allen's father figure who died when he was around ten or so. After he called Mana back as Akuma, his father cursed him, granting Allen the power to see Akuma's tormented souls. Then Allen's Innocence activated for the first time and he destroyed Mana, which in turn led Allen to become Exorcist.Before his death Mana worked as travelling entertainer. Despite Allen thinking about him every now and then during the series, very little is actually known about him.
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), Mark Stoddardnote Episode 2 & Charles Campbellnote Episode 6 (EN)
Sanity Slippage: According to Cross, after Mana's brother was killed by Millennium Earl he kind of lost it. Which is kind of understatement after author gets into detail about Allen's backstory in Reverse Novel 3. Turns out that Allen didn't actually have a name in the beginning. He takes up that after Mana calls him Allen, mistaking him as his dead dog.
The Faceless: His face is never shown in full without make-up in the manga. However, Reverse novel 3 reveals that he looks exactly like the Earl's human form.
Actually, we get a single panel silhouette of him (as a boy) in normal clothes in the manga with his brother. He looks exactly like a younger version of the Earl's human form.
Verbal Tic: She says "cho" at the end of her sentences, leading to...
Verbal Tic Name: Lavi nicknaming her Chomesuke. She likes that name better than her other one.
A kind-looking, cheerful priest on the Black Order HQ. In reality a strange-looking creature called "Apocryphos", a living Innocence whose role is to protect the Heart at all costs. He is powerful enough to scare a Noah. Seems to be the "Third Side of the War", Marian had previously referred to. Confirmed to be the real culprit behind Cross's murder, but his motives and his relation with him have yet to be explained. Currently chasing Allen to perform something that most definitely is bad news.
Story-Breaker Power: He singlehandedly counts as "The third side of the war" and in his 2 chapters of combat, it shows. He completely manhandles Tyki and Howard, knocks out Road in 1 hit, regenerates from having a candle shoved through his eye in seconds and is not just immune to, but can also disable Innocences. On top of all this, he can afflict people with a feather-like substance that blinds the affected party and disables their Innonence. He´s the "Grim Reaper when it comes to Noahs".
The Blank: His real form which does not look right at all, being a white being with no nose and black schlera. But as of Chapter 217, he's been turned by Jasdevi into a Toon form, which is strangely satisfying.