Characters: Dogs: Bullets & Carnage
Characters from the manga Dogs: Bullets & Carnage
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Heine RammsteinerThe Protagonist
, more or less
. Not completely right in the head.
- Animal Motifs: Black dogs, specifically dobermans.
- Ax-Crazy: His Kerberos spine gives him killing urges that are extremely difficult to resist, but even without them, his past has left him so fucked up that he's one annoyance away from going on a rampage, at least before he manages to calm down over the course of the story.
- Battle Couple: He seems to be becoming this with Naoto.
- Berserk Button: Heine really doesn't like it when people try to hurt Nill. He also really doesn't like it when women touch him, though he's ok with it if it's Nill, and later, if it's Naoto. And if, for some reason, you find yourself holding one of Heine's guns, don't fire it.
- The Berserker: Heine's personal brand of Ax-Crazy involves doing this at the drop of a hat. His Super-Powered Evil Side is even better at it than he is.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Nill.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Giovanni's Cain.
- Chain Pain: Heine likes to tangle mooks up in the chain connected to the grip of his Mauser C96.
- Character Development: Over the course of the story, he learns to open up about his past and put his trust in others more. He even becomes a mostly-decent human being, and he no longer goes apeshit when women touch him, especially if the woman in question is Nill or Naoto.
- Child Soldier: What he was bred to be. While he escaped before he actually began to fit the trope, he still took home some horrible mental trauma.
- Cool Guns: This guy uses two awesome guns: a white Mauser C96 connected to his belt by a nifty chain, and a black P08, or as it's better known, Luger.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Long story short, he was created in a lab and then physically and psychologically tortured before being forced to kill his friends.
- Death Glare: In addition to all the ones he gives to people connected to his past, he gives an awesome one to Badou for commenting on how rare it is for Heine to be seen with a woman.
- Death Seeker: He was strangely disappointed by Naoto's comment that being slashed by her sword probably won't kill him.
- Defrosting Ice King: Towards most women, but especially Naoto.
- Designer Babies: He and all the other Kerberos spines are test-tube babies.
- Dissonant Serenity: Unless someone presses his Berserk Button, he's disturbingly calm whilst other people are getting killed. In fact, combat with anyone unrelated to his past is one of the few times when he seems genuinely at peace.
- Does Not Like Women: Heine has some issues regarding women.
- Doom Magnet: Being the possessor of the "Master" spine, he is constantly sought after by Einstürzen's men.
- The Dreaded: To Marcel Calcerino and his gang. Exemplified here and here.
- Enemy Within: Evil Heine says "hi."
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: Even worse, it's partially his fault. See Does Not Like Women above.
- Evil Albino: Well, not exactly evil, but extremely Ax-Crazy and more than a little apathetic.
- Fangs Are Evil: He has 'em. If you see them, he probably about to use them. On YOU.
- Flashback Nightmare: Heine gets something like this when females touch him.
- Foil: To his brother, Giovanni. Also of sorts to Magato. A violent, clearly unhinged superhuman who killed his beloved younger sister by accident and regrets it vs a violent, clearly unhinged human with superhuman skills who's trying to kill his "beloved" younger sister because… he's violent and clearly unhinged.
- Guns Akimbo: Despite wielding two guns, he tends to use his Mauser C96 far more often than his Luger, and he mainly uses the latter only when the former is busy.
- Harmful to Minors: His childhood. It's a wonder he doesn't just go on a killing spree.
- Hates Being Touched: If you're a woman and your name isn't Nill or Naoto, for the love of god don't touch him.
- Heroic Neutral: He mostly wants to be left alone. He leaves this trope behind when Einstürzen's organization becomes more central to the plot, as he has personal beef with them.
- Heroic RROD: Yes, you read that correctly. In chapter 72, thanks to Naoto, whom Einstürzen briefly takes control of, Heine ends up with a stab wound straight through his gut since Naoto's sword is specially made of a material meant for dealing with Kerberos spines. It takes him almost a day to heal from it, and he was bedridden for a while.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Badou.
- Iconic Item: His collar and his guns.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: When Naoto was possessed by Einstürzen and made to try to kill Heine, Heine lost the fight badly because he refused to hurt her and only tried to bring her back to her senses. It ended up working as he was able to stall long enough for Badou to show up and rescue them both, and it was a great moment of Ship Tease.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Admit it, you want Heine's awesome coat.
- Jerkass: He started off cold and apathetic, and even hung up on Badou when the latter was calling him to ask for some much needed help.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's a skinny guy but HOLY SHIT IS HE STRONG WHEN HE WANTS TO BE.
- Man Bites Man: Marcel Calcerino has Heine's arms tied up and then shoots him with his own guns, so Heine bites his cheek and tears it off.
- Mark of the Beast: The Kerberos spine.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: If there's a problem, Heine will do his very best to solve it with as many bullets as he believes necessary.
- My Greatest Failure: Heine inadvertently caused the deaths of all his friends/family before escaping the organization. He truly regrets accepting Einstürzen's offer.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Nothing short of a bullet to the head will take him down.
- We can now add Naoto's sword to the list of "Things That Will Take Heine Down."
- Orphanage of Fear: The kindergarten where all the people with Kerberos spines start out.
- Pet the Dog:
- His Big Brother Instinct towards Nill.
- He's also quite nice to Naoto, and he even tries to cheer her up after her second Heroic BSOD. The fact that at one point, he reached out to her to try to bring her back from being possessed by Einstürzen, and even resists the influence of his spine when it tries to force him to kill her, says a lot about how much he cares for her.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Evil is an overstatement but he often wears red and black and he's definitely one of the most violent people in the series.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As if we needed any more clues that this guy's a piece of work.
- Self-Made Orphan: He tries it. Doesn't work.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: He says this about Naoto. It's true for the moment, but they way things are going, it won't be for long.
- Ship Tease: He seems to be hanging around Naoto a lot these days...
- Slasher Smile: He actually gets these surprisingly rarely, as he's usually too busy going apeshit to smile.
- Sociopathic Hero: Subverted. He's just horribly messed up, and though he enjoys killing, he'll only kill someone who picks a fight with him first, and innocents are totally out of the question.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Heine or Haine? Official translations and Word of God go with Heine.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He, Ernst, Giovanni, and the Director all share similar facial structures.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: His Kerberos spine manifests as one of these.
- Theme Naming: His name is one to Rammstein.
- This Is Going To Suck: His reaction to seeing Luki and Noki in Volume 7 is a simple, "not you guys..."
- His first, non-verbal reaction to seeing them at the church is way better.
- Tranquil Fury: Heine is almost always angry, though he rarely looks it.
- Troubled, but Cute
- Unscrupulous Hero: In any other setting he would be more of a Pragmatic Hero, but the setting of Dogs is utterly shitty and for some reason, a lot of people feel the need to provoke him into carrying out the murderous urges his spine gives him.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Heine has ridiculous brute strength, incredible speed and reflexes, and an immortal body. However, as Magato points out, thanks to this, his skills are rather unpolished. In fights against legions of mooks, where he can just dodge around and regenerate, he's a monster, but against a single skilled foe, he's much less effective.
- Weapon of Choice: A Mauser C-96 connected to his belt by a chain, and a Luger P08. And he will fuck you up if you touch them.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His Kerberos spine, the source of his inhuman regeneration, is also the source of of his homicidal urges.
Whatever you do, do not take away this man's cigarettes.
A private investigator slash occasional hired gun who sometimes teams up with Heine. He loves his ciggies something good and works a day job at a convenience store. He's missing an eye
A swordswoman wandering the city trying to find information on her parents' killer. "Naoto Fuyumine" is not her birth name.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: We see how sharp in chapter 71.
- Action Girl: Easily capable of fighting on the same level as Heine.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She may have short hair but she's got the cool demeanor down pat.
- Awful Truth: She's a clone, created for Body Surf.
- Ax-Crazy: While possessed by Einstürzen.
- Badass Normal
- Berserk Button: Mentioning the other "Naoto," and badmouthing the man Fuyumine are a good way to get her riled.
- Big Sister Instinct: She's almost as protective of Nill as Heine is.
- Broken Bird
- Chekhov's Gun: Her sword. It's specifically made for killing Kerberos spines because that's what Fuyumine's original job was.
- Cloning Blues: The other Naoto calls her "Double" or "Spare."
- It's even worse. She's actually a perfected clone of Campanella Frühling, the original Naoto and made specifically for Einstürzen to transfer her consciousness into.
- Cool Big Sis: To Nill.
- Daddy's Girl: Despite all that happened, Fuyumine seemed to favor her over Magato.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She's slowly opening up to people, especially Heine. Magato even lampshades it by asking Mimi if Naota was, "still a little ice queen".
- Designer Babies
- Good Scars, Evil Scars/X Marks the Hero: It's on her chest, right between her breasts.
- Grand Theft Me: Ultimately what Einstürzen plans for Naoto. Naoto is taken from the organization before it can be attempted the first time and is rescued by Badou during the second attempt.
- Heroic BSOD: When she glimpses a pair of eyes she recognizes from her past.
- Naoto seems to be having a lot of these as of late. They're affecting her mind more than her body.
- He's Not My Boyfriend: For Heine AND Magato.
- Iconic Item: Her katana.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Her Weapon of Choice, a black katana, the same type that her killer used.
- Knife Nut: Also carries a few straight knives.
- Lady of War: One of the series' most graceful of ass-kickers.
- Meaningful Name: Naoto means "straight knife." It's also the name of her parents' killer.
- Mind Rape: One of the Einstürzens temporarily turns her into a Berserker.
- Morality Pet: Bizarrely appears to be one for Magato. On rare occasions he shows something resembling fraternal concern for her.
- Ms. Fanservice: We're treated to many shots of the scars on her chest and her legs.
- Poisoned Weapons: Essentially what her sword is.
- Pragmatic Heroine: She can be quite ruthless, or even downright brutal, when dealing with criminals.
- Pretty Freeloader: Naoto essentially begins living at the church with Nill while Bishop is away.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has midnight black hair and pale skin, and is considered quite attractive by several characters.
- Revenge: The reason she got so good with a sword is because she spent close on a decade training so that she could kill the man who killed her parents.
- Scarf of Asskicking
- Scars Are Forever: At least 10 years later, the scar on her chest is still VERY vivid.
- She's Got Legs
- Shower of Angst
- Screaming Woman: During her Heroic BSOD.
- Stalker Without a Crush: To Heine in the earlier chapters. Though the stalking seems to have dropped off. The crush may or may not be picking up though.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Super-Powered Evil Side: When Einstürzen takes her over.
- Technical Pacifist
- Token Good Teammate: She's the only main character who doesn't think Murder Is the Best Solution. Maiming people's alright though.
- Token Minority: The only main character who isn't European (Badou is French, Heine is German, and Mihai is Romanian).
- Tragic Keepsake: She keeps Fuyumine's sword, but that doesn't really count as much because she actually inherited it from Magato and she mainly hangs onto it so she can use it to kill Frühling. What really fits is Fuyumine's coat. Even though it's been years since his death, and even though it doesn't really fit right, she still wears it all the time.
- X Marks the Hero: She has a massive X-shaped scar on her chest, and like Badou, she's one of the more heroic characters in the series.
- You Killed My Parents: The reason she trained with Fuyumine was to one day kill him. Subverted when he is killed by someone else and it turns out he was innocent anyway. She is now looking for their true killer.
- Ultimately averted, they weren't her parents.
The fact that he lived long enough to stop being bishonen
should tell you how hardcore this guy is.
A retired assassin and occasional errand runner for the owner of Buon Viaggio. He gets lost
- Badass Bystander: He's just an old man, nobody cares about him, nobody's out to get him (at least at first). He still finds himself involved in the series' major conflict because he has the bad luck of always being close to trouble when it happens, and his sense of right and wrong forces him to step in.
- Badass Normal: He has no Kerberos spine, only a lifetime of combat experience to draw on.
- Baguette Beatdown: He weaponizes restaurant bread at one point. It's about as hilarious as you think it is.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Ian, though they both saw each other more as father and son. He also seems to be becoming one of sorts to Badou as well, and eventually to the entire Power Trio.
- Cool Old Guy: Mihai's not that old, but he's still noticeably older than the Power Trio.
- Determinator: He has fought with swords sticking out of his arms, and he did it without a Kerberos spine.
- Dynamic Entry: Baran and Zack, meet the shoe.
- Heroic Bystander: He wasn't originally targeted by Einstürzen, but when he sees what they do, he doesn't hesitate to step in. After the first few times, though, they start targetting him specifically.
- Hurting Hero: Even though he's with Kiri now, he's still hurting over the deaths of his first lover Milena and his surrogate son Ian.
- Improbable Weapon User: From guns and swords to plates and bread!
- The Mafia: His former employers.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: It's a reflection of how crappy the world is that all of Mihai's experience has led him to the conclusion that most problems can only be solved by quantities of high-velocity lead.
- My Greatest Failure: Is very bothered by the fact that he was unable to stop his student from murdering the woman he loved. He's even MORE bothered by the fact that his student even turned out that way.
- No Sense of Direction: It takes him hours to find his way back to Buon Viaggio each time he goes out.
- Oedipus Complex: He was on the recieving end of one and an Electra complex, both because of his student strangely enough.
- Papa Wolf: For his surrogate son, Ian. Even after everything Ian had done to him, Mihai still took out the man trying to kill him, though Ian died as well.
- Professional Killer: Retired.
- Pragmatic Hero: He's a good guy, but he knows how the world works and realizes that the only solutions to some problems involve bullets.
- Retired Badass
- Second Love: More than ten years after the death of his lover Milena, he got involved with her best friend Kiri. It's always possible that they are merely Platonic Life Partners, but the story drops a lot of hints otherwise.
- The Stoic
- Terrible Artist: It's possibly justified because Mihai was wounded, but when Badou asked him to draw the Gas Mask Mooks he ran into on the train, this is what he came up with.
- Younger Than He Looks: He's somewhere in his late forties/early fifties, but his powerful physique aside, he looks like he's in his seventies.
. That's all we have to say about him.
The priest of a local church. He serves as a guardian of sorts to Nill and mentor to Heine. Well, he lets Heine keep his guns there.
- Blind Seer: Given how he behaves, Heine wonders whether he's actually blind or not.
- Badass Preacher: Going hand in hand with...
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Because in spite of everything else, he's a...
- Handicapped Badass: He's a Master Swordsman, despite being blind.
- Heine, I Am Your Brother
- Hidden Depths
- Lolicon: For a blind man, he enjoys dressing up Nill a bit too much.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Mark of the Beast: He also has a Cerebus spine.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He is not just a wierd lolicon priest.
- Pedophile Priest: Played for laughs.
- Pragmatic Hero
- Rapunzel Hair
- The Reveal: His name, Ernst Rammsteiner, and the fact that he is a failed Kerberos experiment.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He, the Director, Heine, and Giovanni all share similar facial structures.
- Sunglasses at Night: Justified, in that he's blind.
- Weapon of Choice: A Sword Cane.
- Wham Episode: As of chapter 91, he can see under certain circumstances. Then he starts a fight with Naoto.
- You Didn't Ask: He does this a lot in regards to what he knows about Einstürzen and her organization as the story goes on. People eventually get sick of this and start responding with bullets.
A winged fourteen year old mute girl who lives in Bishop's church. Just about everyone who sees her agrees that she is the cutest thing ever
It's sad that she's one of the few people in this series who spends most of her time smiling.
An info broker who sometimes works with Badou.
- Anger Born of Worry: When she finally reunites with Badou after th
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Badou.
- Can't Spit It Out: This happens to her a lot when it comes to Badou, the most prominent example being after the attack by Einstürzen's Dogs: she bitched at him for putting her in danger and threw him into a headlock, but she really just wanted to tell him how worried she was about him. Couldn't do it, though.
- Childhood Friends: With Badou. She apparently knew Badou's brother quite well, which means she was friends with the two of them for quite some time before Dave's disappearance.
- Knowledge Broker: Though like Badou, she breaks the mold by going out and investigating in addition to the normal Knowledge Broker fare.
- Luminescent Blush: When Doug calls her out on not being able to tell Badou that she was worried about him.
- Ms. Fanservice: She has a tendency to wear borderline stripperific outfits. Even when she isn't, though, her curves tend to be a lot more emphasized than Naoto's.
- The Nicknamer: She calls Heine "Bleachy".
- Tsundere: She's normally quite nice, especially to Mihai and Kiri, but around Badou, she turns into either a gadfly who can't stop mocking him or a Jerk who can't stop hurting him.
A short elderly demi-human
woman who's the head of a gang of more demi-humans.
An old friend of Badou's brother Dave. He is the chief of police under the employ of the Underground Rail System. Though cynical and world-weary, he is a hard working and honest man
who does his duty without hesitation.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's one of the more experienced cops at his station, which is probably one of the reasons he's Da Chief. It's also the reason why he's the most badass one of them.
- Badass Normal: He's not at Mihai's level, of course, but he's no pussy. When Einstürzen's men attack the Underground, he immediately mobilizes his men and fights them in the streets. Hell, when one of them tried to charge the cops' formation, Doug rams the edge of his shield into its neck and throws it back.
- Big Brother Mentor: A downplayed example for Badou and Mimi. He doesn't see them all that often, but he looks out for and advises them and it's clear both of them look up to him.
- Big Damn Heroes: Just as Mimi is about to be killed by Magato (and possibly raped first), Doug and a few of his men, who were passing by for whatever reason, interrupt and stop him.
- Cool Old Guy: The only reason he isn't as cool as Mihai is because he isn't an uber-badass ex-hitman. He's a great guy and he seems to be a Big Brother Mentor for Badou and Mimi, and a rarity in mangas like this: an honest cop. In fact, when Einstürzen's men attack the Underground, he doesn't hesitate to mobilize his men and head out to evacuate as many civilians as possible.
- Da Chief: He fits both of the subtypes detailed on the trope page: On the one hand, he's quite lax when it comes to regulations and gives his men a lot of freedom because he knows that most of them will do their jobs responsibly. However, when the shit hits the fan, such as when Einstürzen's mooks attacked the Underground, he smartens up and enforces discipline in his men.
- A Father to His Men: He looks out for the cops under his care, and given his experience, he acts as a mentor to the younger ones.
- Friend on the Force: Because of this guy, the most trouble Badou gets from the cops is one or two complaints about how much paperwork his antics cause.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Doug is one of the most unambiguously good characters in the series, and he has the authority to actually do something. Magato even comments that the cops have been giving him a hard time.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Badou and Mimi — Badou's somewhere in his early twenties, Mimi is the same age or a little younger, and Doug is at least in his fourties if his appearance is anything to go by. He's also on good terms with Luki and Noki, who are younger than Nill.
- Knight In Sour Armour: He's so world-weary that not even child-bounty hunters surprise him, but that doesn't stop him from doing the right thing or taking his duties as a police officer seriously, even when it would do wonders for his life expectancy to just walk away.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: The first hint you get that he's a good guy is his massive square jaw.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: He and his men make good use of solid metal riot shields when fighting Einstürzen's goons. They were thick enough to deflect gunfire, though a few cops got shot when they got flanked and shot at from the side.
- Luminescent Blush: He gets one when Badou reminds him of how he would always check up on Dave's fiancee.
- Shield Bash: He delivers an epic one to one of Einstürzen's dogs with the edge of his shield.
- Nice Guy: He's probably tied with Nill as the most unambiguously nice character in the series. The only time he even gets angry and raises his voice is to shout at his men to focus while they're in the middle of a firefight. It's later revealed that he's continued to look out for Dave Nails' fiancee, and despite it being heavily implied that he has a crush on her, he never once made a move on his friend's woman.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He doesn't do anything about Badou's antics because he knows Badou would never be dumb enough to kill anyone and would take responsibility for things like property damage.
- Shipper on Deck: For Mimi/Badou.
A young demi-human boxer who often hangs around Nill. He's a member of Liza's gang.
A Mad Scientist
working for an as of yet unnamed underground organization. Giovanni and Heine occasionally call her "Mother."
- Abusive Parents: To the Cerebus spine children, many of whom are possibly her actual children. She makes them fight huge monstrosities to earn her fleeting love.
- The Assimilator/Assimilation Plot: Apparently this is her endgame. She absorbs corpses and tries to get one of the Twins before Badou rescues her. Neubauten actually finds it hilarious.
- Ax-Crazy: She has yet to pick up an actual weapon but someone who smiles while people are getting mauled barehanded is not right in the head.
- Back from the Dead: The original body is killed (or at least one of them is) by Heine. Another body walks up and keep talking to Heine and Magato as if nothing happened.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Body Surf: She has a Kerberos spine too, but instead of healing, she can just transfer her consciousness into another body. After Heine shoots the first one to death, her next body is Lily.
- The Chessmaster
- Dissonant Serenity: Smiles and hugs Heine gently all the while telling him to brutally massacre a hulking man beast.
- The Dreaded: Many people in-universe are terrified of her. Those that aren't want her Killed Off for Real.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Gloating: She does this in 72 when Heine gets stabbed and Naoto is trying to resist her control, the smug bitch.
- Evil Matriarch: Considering Heine and co. are test-tube children, it's entirely possible that they really were made from her eggs.
- Faux Affably Evil: Angelika Einstürzen is always unfailingly polite, even if she's talking to people who want to kill her. Hell, when she first makes an appearance in the manga, she comes across as slightly matronly, if a little weird. This does not for a second change the fact that she's a cruel and sociopathic Mad Scientist who takes pleasure only in pain.
- For Science!
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her white dresses are quite tight until they hit mid-thigh or so. Somehow, it just makes her creepier.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Actually she can't but she's made preparations for that inevitability too.
- Hive Mind: There are at least a dozen other Einstürzens working in her organization. All of them look relatively similar and are modified to share experiences and memories when one dies.
- Hot Scientist
- Humanoid Abomination: For starters, it turns out that that original Einstürzen survived Heine's assault and put her remains in a test tube to preserve herself. When Heine, Giovanni and Badou accidentally let her out while trying to kill her in chapter 90, she absorbs several downed corpses of her clones and her Giant Mooks to reform as a mostly complete version of herself… that has tentacles that will absorb anything they touch.
- Jerkass: She's evil. This can not be overstated.
- Lack of Empathy
- Mad Doctor
- Mad Scientist
- Manipulative Bitch
- Motherly Scientist: A villainous, Yanderesque take on the trope.
- Orphanage of Fear: She runs the facility where the Kerberos Spines were created and tested on children.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Red Right Hand: She has six fingers on both hands.
- Shout-Out: To Einstürzende Neubauten.
- The Sociopath
- Theme Naming: She and her opposite number are named after the German band Einstürzende Neubauten.
- Woman in White
- Yandere: She showers those who do well against her creations with affection, though she's rather callous to those who don't but still have the nerve to survive.
Heine's brother. REALLY
loves messing with his head.
- Arch-Enemy: Subverted. At first it looks like Heine really hates Giovanni, but his animosity to his brother only really lasts as long as Giovanni stands in his way. In fact, after putting a bullet through Giovanni's skull, Heine looks almost melancholic as he whispers, "There... now you can sleep for good, Giovanni."
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He is always wearing a suit, regardless of what he's doing.
- Bound and Gagged: After being captured by the Director.
- Cain and Abel
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: He tried to get Arthur to stop looking for an escape from the crazy place.
- Cool Shades/Sunglasses at Night
- Demonic Possession: Is being controlled by Herbst as of recent chapters, with the implication that he may die soon.
- Designer Babies
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: Survives the Kerberos massacre, along with Heine.
- Evil Albino
- Evil Counterpart: To Heine.
- Guns Akimbo: He is Heine's brother, after all...
- In Love with Your Carnage: "Love" is a bit much, but he enjoys watching Heine rage.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The price of his improved healing is his memories. Possibly why he wants to settle things with Heine.
- The Load: He was the least violent of the Kerberos test subjects and it showed.
- Manipulative Bastard: He likes to see Heine go berserk, so he has a tendency to bring Lily up often.
- Mark of the Beast: He also has a Kerberos spine.
- Nigh Invulnerable
- Oh, Crap: When Neubauten shrugs off several headshots and Giovanni realizes that he's standing way too close to said Neubauten.
- Only a Flesh Wound: The first Kerberos spine subject in-comic to shrug off a headshot. Heine's face said it all.
- Orphanage of Fear
- Out-Gambitted: By Neubauten.
- Peek-a-Bangs: When he was younger.
- Power at a Price: Giovanni can regenerate from headshots, something that Heine can't do. However, it's revealed that it was because he was given an "upgrade" that allows him to regenerate from extensive brain damage at the cost of his memories. In other words, he's been given an immortal body only to die mentally.
- Shrinking Violet: As a kid. Go figure.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He, Ernst, Heine, and the Director all share similar facial structures.
- The Unfavorite
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: To the point of being adorkable. Too bad Einstürzen didn't appreciate this.
- Weapon of Choice: Giovanni can always be seen using a pair of Walther P38s.
The Hardcore Twins
Luki and Noki
Aren't they the cutest psychotic killers you've ever seen?*
Two young twin girls who are always together and work as bounty hunters. They are under Frühling's care and apparently part of Einstürzen's organization. It's heavily implied that they are Siamese twins who were conjoined at the shoulder
before they were forcibly separated by Einstürzen.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Luki's first swords can cut through almost anything because there's just so much weight behind them. The claws she gets later are just plain sharp, however.
- Achilles' Heel: Their cybernetic arms are powerful and more than capable of handling the massive weight (and recoil, in Noki's case) of their weapons, but they're not very well armoured, and unlike the rest of their bodies, they won't regenerate.
- Adorable Evil Minions
- Ambiguous Innocence: The twins are probably the most innocent little children you could ever find in this series. They're so innocent, in fact, that they don't know killing is wrong, so they have no problems with it.
- Ammunition Backpack: Noki's third gun comes with one of these.
- Arm Cannon: Noki's left arm was removed and she fitted with a cybernetic shoulder so that she can mount weapons, namely guns:
- Artificial Limbs: They were born conjoined at the shoulder, and so both of them only have one real arm. The ones they're missing have been replaced by powerful weapon mounts.
- Ax-Crazy: They don't know that killing is wrong and treat it like some sort of game. They understand what killing is and what it means if someone dies, and they don't want to kill any of the people they like ('cause that would mean they aren't around anymore), but the fact remains that if they see a reason to kill someone (a reason which can be and often is "He had a weapon, so he was looking for some fun.") they'll do it.
- Badass Adorable: While neither of them is any match for Heine alone, when fighting together, they're close to unstoppable.
- Badass Transplant: Their arms, which house their weapons. As for how those huge guns and blades fit inside those arms, well, a Scientist did it.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Luki's right arm was also replaced with weaponry, although unlike Noki, she prefers blades:
- BFS: The weapons she lugged around for most of the series was a massive sword with a cluster of knives around it, although after the first one is damaged, the replacement loses the knives.
- Power Fist/Wolverine Claw: When she reappears in Chapter 82, her BFS has been replaced by this massive robotic claw that comes with an elbo blade and everything.
- Bottomless Magazines: Played straight with Noki's first two guns. The second had a small triangular ammo-belt container resembling the cloth containers often seen on M60s and M249s, but it still fired off a lot of lead and she's never seen reloading. Her first gun didn't even have a magazine, though it's possible all that bulk was actually some sort of internal magazine. It's averted with her third gun, which is clearly fed from a backpack mounted ammunition drum.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: When they return in Chapter 82, it's clear Einstürzen has done... something to them. Again.
- Bounty Hunters: They do this in their off time when Einstürzen doesn't have anything for them to do, and they mostly do it for pocket money so they can buy food from Kiri's restaurant. Though some of the newer and less experienced cops are shocked, the older veterans just take it in stride, because they're good at what they do, they bring in live criminals too terrified to resist, and child-bounty hunters aren't uncommon in this setting. They're even friends with the Doug.
- Catch Phrase: In earlier appearances, they would say "A one! ...and a two!" whenever they whipped out their massive weapons.
- Cheerful Children
- Chekhov's Gunwomen: The twins appear in the prequel book, in the first chapter.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Noki wears pink with black trim and Luki wears black with pink trim.
- Creepy Children: The cheerful way they attack people has shades of this trope, but they don't really fit until they're re-brainwashed by Einstürzen.
- Creepy Twins: Downplayed. Their fondness for each other and the extent to which they're in sync with each other can get quite unnerving at times, but they're generally too genuinely cheerful to be all that creepy, and they're usually more adorable than anything.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: The only things all of their various outfits have in common is the presence of these.
- Designer Babies: Perhaps unsurprisingly, they're not just twins but rather part of what can only be described as a litter of children. Knowing Einstürzen's track record, though, it would be safe to say they're the only ones left.
- Dissonant Laughter: They genuinely love shooting/stabbing things, and like all children doing what they love, they laugh in the cutest manner possible while doing it.
- Establishing Character Moment: Their first appearance in Bullets & Carnage has them outrun a speeding car and then land directly in front of it while engaging in playful banter, before they pull out massive weapons and tear the car apart. This immediately tells you what they're like and how dangerous they are.
- Fake Arm Disarm: They've had their artificial limbs torn off twice. It's justified, however, in that their arms actually aren't very durable, and unlike the rest of their bodies, they don't regenerate or repair themselves. The fact that these arms and the weapons they carry are massive only makes them a bigger target.
- Giggling Villains: They turn into this in Chapter 82. Instead of laughing like children who are enjoying themselves, they just giggle softly with the creepiest expressions seen in this manga on their faces.
- Girls with Psycho Weapons
- Grotesque Cute: What with being genuinely cheerful children who laugh their way across battlefields as they use massive weapons to shoot and hack at things, they fit this trope to a "T".
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: The twins wear matching coats with oversized sleeves. These sleeves serve two purposes: 1) making them even more adorable than they already are, and 2) hiding the truly monstrous weaponry that they keep stored in their artificial arms.
- Heine, We're Your Younger Sisters
- Heroic BSOD: Luki has one after one of the Einstürzen clones shows up.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Where ARE those knives and gun coming from? See "Badass Transplant."
- Idiot Hair: Although you can only really see it when they're not wearing hats or hoods.
- Killer Rabbits
- Knife Nut: In addition to the BFS's installed, Luki's arm can also shoot out knives.
- Lightning Bruiser: They're quite strong and pack massive weapons, and thanks to their speed and small size, they're hard to hit. They're also just as immortal as Heine is, they they may cross into Fragile Speedster when it comes to getting shot in certain places, as Luki was knocked out after taking a blade through the heart.
- Little Miss Badasses
- Mark of the Beast: More Cerebus spines.
- Modesty Shorts: They wear frilly shorts underneath their skirts when they're not wearing tights.
- More Dakka: Noki's weapons seem to operate on this principle: even her first gun, which looks like an anti-tank gun, is a machine gun, and we shouldn't have to say anything about her gatling cannon.
- Nice Hat/In the Hood: They wear cute hats with floppy bunny ears in most of their appearances, though they switch the hats out for bunny-eared hoods in Volume 7.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Heine quickly tries to remedy this, but they're faster than they look and good at coordinating with each other so he never quite manages to pull it off.
- Obliviously Evil: They don't seem to understand that killing is wrong. Then again, excluding Naoto, no one else got that memo either.
- OOC Is Serious Business: They're different in Chapter 82: instead of being their cheerful selves, they're calmer and much creepier. They don't greet Heine, they're not excited about getting to fight, and Luki finds herself utterly terrified by both Heine and Naoto.
- Perky Female Minions
- Pretty in Mink: Their first outfits had fir trimming on the hems of their skirts and sleeves.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Some of their outfits include striped tights.
- Punch Clock Villain: As much as they enjoy violence, they'll only pull out their weapons when working jobs for Einstürzen or if they see a criminal with a bounty. Otherwise, they're just like normal kids, and Naoto even got used to them after they stayed at the church for only a short while.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Noki, again.
- Theme Twin Naming
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: After Frühling is driven off by the Mayor's men, Luki and Noki are left behind. They promptly take up residence with Nill at Bishop's church. Heine is not amused.
- Token Mini Moes
- Trademark Favorite Food: Spaghetti from Buon Viaggio.
- Trigger Happy: Noki. If there's an equivalent for blades, Luki fits in that.
- Twin Banter: They engage in this all the time.
- Villain Episode: Dogs: Hardcore Twins, which was actually released as a one-shot and later included as an extra in Volume 2 of Bullets & Carnage.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
- Zettai Ryouiki: Some of their outfits feature striped thigh-high socks, giving them Type A.
A swordswoman who works for Einstürzen. She leads a troupe of helmeted, black-clad Nigh Invulnerable
minions. Nuki and Loki's apparent guardian.Recently revealed to be the original Naoto & also the killer of Naoto Fuyumine's parents.
Lichter H. Beltheim
You can trust that smile. Honest
A popular orchestra conductor.
- Arch-Enemy: He's behind what happened to Dave Nails, making him one to Badou.
- Ax-Crazy: Smiles while sending a horde of mind-controlled musicians after Badou and Mihai.
- Demonic Possession: Is somehow possessing Giovanni as of recent chapters.
- Evil Genius: Times the explosions he's set around the city to go off in time with Giovanni's Black Soldiers and can apparently hypnotize random people he meets in the street to be his mindless slaves.
- Faux Affably Evil: Introduces himself as a gentleman. He then makes his entire orchestra attack Badou before revealing himself as the reason Dave is missing.
- Knife Nut: He's also responsible for Badou's scars and missing eye.
- Mind Control: Of an entire orchestra and somehow he makes Mihai shoot Badou. It hasn't been revealed how he's doing this.
- Mook Maker: Via mind control.
- Rule of Cool: The reason he swishes his conductor's baton when he controls people. It's absolutely unnecessary and has nothing to do with the actual method of control, but he thinks it looks awesome.
- Some Call Me Tim: Giovanni and Winter call him 'Herbst,' his middle name.
- The Spock: He says he was this when he was younger. Specifically, while he was part of the Einstürzen organization.
- Theme Naming: "Herbst" is German for "Autumn," matching "Frühling" ("Spring") and "Fuyumine" (Winter Peak)
- Wicked Cultured
Heine's younger sister.
Lott and Arthur
Lott and Arthur
Heine's other brothers.
A young man who was trained and raised by Fuyumine alongside Naoto. Never get within arms' length of him
- Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: It's really hard to tell where he falls between these two tropes. At first he appears to be a straight example of Faux Affably Evil as he's always polite in a clearly psychotic manner, even as he slaughters people. However, it isn't a put-on. It's genuine. He'll be genuinely polite— maybe even helpful— in that psychotic way of his, and he'll keep being polite and helpful up until he decides he wants to kill you.
- Attempted Rape: In Stray Dogs Howling in The Night, when Naoto was still living with Fuyumine, Magato tried to rape her.
- Later, in Bullets & Carnage, he corners Mimi. While nothing is actually said, the way he was holding her was pretty suggestive. Luckily, the cops arrived before he even got started.
- Badass Normal: For a degree of "normal."
- Big Brother Mentor: He fancies himself as one to Naoto. Naoto does not approve.
- Blood Knight: There's no benefit to him challenging Heine other than because he wants to.
- Brother-Sister Incest: He seems to be attracted to Naoto. The fact that they're probably not blood siblings doesn't make it any less creepy.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He appears in Stray Dogs Howling in The Night where he is badly wounded when fighting Naoto, and it's implied that there was a good chance the wound would kill him. It's not until midway through Volume 4 of Bullets & Carnage that he makes a reappearance.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Seems to show up whenever he fights Naoto.
- Covered with Scars
- Depraved Bisexual: An associate of his implied this of him offhand in Vol. 7. No word yet on whether or not he was kidding.
- Foil: To Heine.
- Enemy Mine: Hates Einstürzen more than Heine and tries to attack her whenever he can.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: To pretty much any female nearby.
- Knife Nut
- Made of Iron: After Heine, Badou, and Mihai, Magato is the character mostly likely to catch an injury. And yet every time we see him, he's rarely worse for the wear.
- Meaningful Name: "Crooked Knife."
- Motor Mouth: Magato likes to talk, you see...
- Mr. Exposition: He runs his mouth about what he found out about Naoto's katana and Fuyumine.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Hilariously, he tells Heine that he's not good enough for Naoto. Naoto is not amused.
- No Escape but Down: After his aforementioned run-in with Mimi, he escapes from the cops by jumping off the building. Apparently, it was a long drop, but he reappears later no worse for wear.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Although it's more that he understands that people have comfort zones and purposefully invades them for shits and giggles.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Towards Naoto.
- Orphanage of Fear: He's also from the Einstürzen organization and may be a generation above Heine. Unlike Heine, Magato's mostly normal.
- Pet the Dog: He expresses the sentiment that Naoto is not like Frühling and is unhappy when she's mind raped to fight like her.
- The fact that he kept the surname "Fuyumine" could be seen as this. Most people, after emancipating themselves from their parents, change their names. For all his talk of his freedom from Fuyumine, Magato kept the man's name attached to his.
- Photographic Memory: About killing people.
- Professional Killer
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's just so chipper about murder.
- Scars Are Forever: Still has the scar that Naoto gave him when she attacked him for killing Fuyumine.
- Self-Made Orphan: He killed Fuyumine, the man who raised him.
- Vague Age: Or perhaps, Younger Than They Look. In the prequel, Magato seems noticebly older than Naoto (early 20's vs mid teens) whereas in the series proper, he seems 5 years older at the most.
- The reason for this is Magato, while still very much younger, is from Frühling's generation at the organization.
- Wild Card: No one is sure whose side Magato is on. He seems a bit obsessed with killing Naoto but expresses something resembling fraternal concern when her fighting style becomes inexplicably more cutthroat. He also drops his fight with Heine because of the chance that she's in danger. It's implied that the only thing Magato cares about in any intense manner is Naoto but for what reason or purpose, or even if this is a good thing hasn't been explained yet.
Voiced by: Koyama Rikiya (Japanese)
A mysterious man who raised Magato and Naoto.
- Anti-Villain: The Villain in Name Only variety, not that Naoto knew before he died.
- Defector from Decadence: He was once an enforcer in Einstürzen's organization and had the katana to prove it.
- Hero Antagonist: To Naoto.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: He captures Frühling for the Director and it probably wasn't strictly necessary to strip her down to her shirt and panties.
- I Lied: About killing Naoto's parents. And about the people being killed being her parents.
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Master Swordsman
- Mysterious Parent: To Naoto.
- Pet the Dog: Saving the kidnapped demi-human children and raising Magato and Naoto.
- Relative Button: He invokes this with Naoto after he killed her parents. As it turns out, he didn't; he just told her that so that it would give her the strength to keep living, if only to live long enough to kill him first.
- Silent Scapegoat: To Naoto, because it gave her a reason to live. With the reveal that he was, and perhaps still is, in love with Frühling, he may have actually been trying to shift Naoto's hatred away from her.
- The Stoic
- Theme Naming: "Fuyumine" means "winter peak" in Japanese, which matches with "Herbst" and "Frühling," German for "Autumn" and "Spring" respectively.
- Training from Hell: Put both Magato and Naoto through this. It worked.
- Unexplained Recovery: Seems to have resurfaced as an enforcer of Director Neubauten, with all of his arms and legs intact. He also captures Campenella.
- UST: Between him and Frühling.
Badou's older brother. Seven years ago, he was a freelance Intrepid Reporter
who got too close to discovering Einstürzen's opperation and was killed for it by Beltheim, then little more than one of Einstürzen's puppets.
- Intrepid Reporter: It got him killed when he got too close to uncovering Einstürzen's opperation.
- The Lost Lenore: To his fiancee Daniela. His disappearance shattered her mind, and even though Badou says she's doing much better by the time she's introduced, she still has episodes where she flashes back to before Dave disappears, and even mistakes Badou for his brother.
- Men Can't Keep House: He and his constant messes are the reason Badou would make such a good housewife.
Director Zöllner E. Neubauten
The Director of the Central Administration Office.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: He was once affiliated with Einstürzen and apparently continues to conduct similar experiments if his army of werewolves is any indication. That being said, however, Einstürzen's soldiers were sent to just kill innocents indescriminately, and though it is likely that Neubauten sent his men to stop them for less than altruistic reasons, they still endeavoured to minimize civilian casualties. Only time will tell if this sticks.
- Affably Evil: Assuming he IS evil.
- Ambiguously Evil: He opposes Einstürzen but is he really better?
- Archnemesis Dad: To Giovanni and possibly Heine.
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Formerly with Einstürzen. He's now her Spear Counterpart.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Giovanni loses badly.
- Evil Gloating: He captures Giovanni and feeds him breakfast every morning for essentially this reason.
- Fangs Are Evil: Probably why he doesn't smile often.
- Healing Factor: He doesn't just shrug off a headshot, shrugs off several headshots.
- Man in White
- Mr. Exposition: After capturing Giovanni.
- Not So Different: Exemplified in chapter 80 when Angelika sends out her pet giant wolf monsters. As it turns out out, his safety brigade is also full of mutant giant mooks.
- Obfuscating Stupidity:Giovanni tries to take him hostage during Underground Explosion/Massacre. It doesn't work. Like, at all.
- The Reveal: He's both a former colleague of Einstürzen and another person with a Kerberos spine, specifically the original, the Führer, and is waaay stronger than Giovanni. He's also in league with Ernest.
- Shout-Out: To Einstürzende Neubauten, like Angelika.
- The Stoic
- Strong Family Resemblance: He, Ernst, Heine, and Giovanni all share similar facial structures.
- Super Strength: Giovanni finds out the hard way.
- Theme Naming: He and his opposite number Angelika are named after the German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten.
The leader of Neubauten's Sixth Special Defence Force Unit.
- The Cavalry: Just as Doug and his men are running out of ammo and are about to be overrun by Einstürzen's attack dogs, Bernal and his unit arrive and they easily turn the tide of battle.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Subverted. At first, he looks like he'll fit this trope, especially given who he works for, but he's actually quite reasonable.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He has been assigned to specifically investigate Einstürzen and her laboratory, but he still counts maintaining the peace and protecting citizens a priority.
A pig man in the underground.
- Animal Motifs: Sometimes squeals when he's angry.
- Butt Monkey: Especially around the "Terrible Twosome."
- Enemy Mine: With Calcerino. They're plotting to kill Heine.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Heine fights far better than even Naoto to defend Liza's territory from Einstürzen's "dogs" (Naoto was much less effective than him for much of the fight because she couldn't bring herself to kill her enemies, letting them get back up), yet Dominico held Heine completely responsible and acted like he brought the dogs down on the people for his own amusement.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He points out that horrible things tend to happen whenever Heine and Badou are around. And they do. He's wrong about them actually intentionally causing these horrible things, though.
- Neighbourhood Friendly Gangsters
- Pig Man
- Plucky Comic Relief: He starts turning into one before he and his hatred of Heine becomes much more serious after the "dogs'" invasion.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Marcel.
- The Worf Effect: One of the few characters whose luck seems to be worse than Badou's.