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Voiced by: Atsushi Kisaichi (Japanese), Gabriel Regojo (English)
The main character of the story. Aoba lives a peaceful life in the Eastern district of Midorijima, working part-time at a junk shop called Heibon and living with his Granny. He possesses a mysterious power that allows him to convince others to do what he wants with his voice. One day, he receives a message on his Coil with the subject title “Please save me”. After accidentally downloading the file attached to the message, he discovers that the file is a game called 'Silent Oath', where he has to rescue a princess. The game ends abruptly, but leaves Aoba with an ominous feeling. His Allmate is Ren.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: In Virus/Trip's ending, Aoba is regularly forced to "make a show" for them.
- Adorkable: He can be this at times, especially when in a romance with any of his love interests.
- Aroused by Their Voice: Invoked in-universe. Aoba can get people to do what he wants by dropping his voice to a certain tenor.
- Artificial Human/Designer Babies: Aoba and Sei were genetically engineered by Toue.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Aoba's Scrap can permanently destroy other people's minds if abused (and he does unintentionally do this to Mizuki in the first part of the game) or reduce them to mindless puppets, but he in no way wants to destroy or hurt anyone and ends up using his power to destroy only the mental demons harming his love interest in most routes. Further confirmed in Ren's route, where Aoba is specifically referred to as a "child of destruction" who can destroy the world and then rebuild a better world in its place.
- However, his alternate self, Desire, wasn't nice at all. For complicated reasons however.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: This is the reason why Desire is interested in Mizuki; he is the only one who has seen both personalities of Aoba, yet did not change his attitude towards either.
- Berserk Button: He doesn't react nicely to anyone threatening to harm Ren or calling Ren a replaceable machine.
- Beware the Nice Ones: One of the nicest guys in the cast, but holds a dangerous power that can break minds and an alternate personality who won't hesitate to use it for cruel reasons, particularly in the bad endings.
- Bi the Way: His past as a ruthless rhymer may imply that he slept with the girlfriends of the Rhymers he defeated.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Ren's route, Aoba is about to pass out from being beaten up by Virus and Trip, and his friends all burst into the scene to rescue him. Unless you are aiming for the bad ending, that is.
- Broken Bird: In Clear's and Virus/Trip's bad endings. In the former, it is because Aoba was being experimented on by Toue and then had his limbs, eyes and vocal chords removed and in the latter, he is abducted and used as a Sex Slave for Trip and Virus whenever they please.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He arguably acts as this to Clear.
- Compelling Voice: This is his ability, which is named Scrap. Overusing this causes Aoba's alternate personality to take over.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can act as this very often, mostly when exasperated by the antics of the other characters.
- Determinator: He can be this at times, especially when he is using Scrap.
- Does Not Like Spam: As stated by Ren, he hates milk so much he got sent into detention for it when he was a child.
- Duality Motif: While both of Aoba's eyes are the same, he has noticeable central heterochromia; his eyes are sage green around the outside and brown closer to the pupil. Naine spells out the meaning of it upon meeting Aoba for the first time.Naine: How mysterious... there are two colors mixed in your eyes. You don't know which is the right one, so you won't pick. You're at a standstill, locked away in your own shell... or something like that.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Koujaku thought Aoba was a girl when they were younger. Other characters don't mistake Aoba for a girl, but his fair skin and long hair are commented on several times.
- Evil Albino: He becomes this in the bad ending of Koujaku's route when Sly Blue takes over, as his hair and body color reverts to its original white complexion.
- Evil Laugh: Sly Blue gives a creepy and chilling one, whether he is simply chuckling or outright laughing.
- Evil Sounds Deep: When speaking as Sly Blue, the pitch of his voice turns considerably lower.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Oh boy, where to start?
- In Noiz's and Ren's bad endings, Aoba is stuck in their broken minds, where he is either subjected to being eaten alive or to be left in a void where mere touch causes lacerations and intense bleeding.
- In Clear's and Virus/Trip's ending, Aoba is abducted, imprisoned and turned into a Sex Slave. To make matters worse, Clear removes Aoba's limbs, eyes and vocal chords while Virus and Trip use their Allmates to torment Aoba.
- Hair Decorations: Gets a pair of feather hair ornaments as a present from Mink at the end of Mink's route in RE:Connect.
- Happily Adopted: By Naine and Haruka.
- Hates Being Touched: Feels pain whenever people touch his hair, not to mention when it's cut. This is why Aoba keeps his hair long. It vanishes after Toue is defeated and Aoba even lets Koujaku cut his hair.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After failing Scrap in Koujaku's bad ending, which causes Desire to surface and permanently take control.
- Horrible Judge of Character: In Koujaku's route. Seriously, did it never occur to him that Ryuuhou seems even a bit suspicious?
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: In Clear's and Virus/Trip's bad endings.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: In some routes, Aoba implies or expresses that he doesn't like having his power and he wishes that he was born without it. However, he won't hesitate to use Scrap when someone else is in danger.
- Insecure Love Interest: When he is in a relationship with one of the five possible love interests (particularly with Noiz and Mink), Aoba can be this sometimes.
- It's All My Fault: He does this every time he fails in using Scrap or puts people in trouble.
- I Will Wait for You: In Aoba's backstory from RE:Connect, he, along with Tae, are still waiting for his adopted parents to return home.
- Kubrick Stare: Sly Blue's default◊ expression◊.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia/Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Due to an accident in his teenage years when he was playing Rhyme, he was knocked unconscious and lost his memories.
- Locked into Strangeness: His hair permanently turns white in Koujaku's bad ending (although he already had an odd hair colour in the first place).
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Though his long hair is justified since having it cut causes him physical pain. In Koujaku's good end, Aoba allowed Koujaku to cut his hair since the pain in his hair completely disappeared after Toue is defeated.
- Luminescent Blush: Gets this when Noiz kisses him in the anime.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Aoba remembers his past and the people who were permanently damaged by his misuse of Scrap, he slips into this.
- Nice Guy: He is arguably the most moral person amongst the entire cast.
- Not a Morning Person: Koujaku relentlessly teases him about how difficult it is to wake him up in the morning.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Sly Blue, specifically. While he proved himself to be sadistic and very self-serving more than often, his actions stemmed from the desire to protect Aoba. Also, his attempts to seize control were only out of desperation to be accepted by Aoba, as the latter had continuously rejected him. Granted, Aoba didn't know what Sly Blue truly was until later in Ren's route, where Ren explains everything to Aoba.
- Older Than He Looks: In contrast with Noiz, who looks physically older despite being 19, Aoba is 23 years old yet he can pass off for being a few years younger.
- Only Sane Man: At times, aside from Ren, Aoba is the only voice of reason in his little group.
- Parental Abandonment: After being adopted by Nain and Haruka, some time later, they left without any prior warning, or any sign of whether they may come back, which left Aoba deeply distressed.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Aoba was genetically engineered by Toue and this is why he has his power in the first place. Despite that fact, he does all he can to stop Toue's plans.
- Power of Love: Uses this to help his love interests overcome their problems in their routes.
- His love interests also help him fend off a hostile takeover from his Super-Powered Evil Side with their support near the end of each route.
- Rape as Drama: In some of the bad endings and twice during Mink's route.
- The Resenter: Desire always acts hostile towards Ren, as Ren's purpose is to suppress him. What doesn't help is, as he points out, Aoba always seems to listen to Ren, but never to him.
- Robosexual: If Aoba pursues Clear.
- Roundhouse Kick: He seems to be fond of giving these to his enemies, it may as well be his signature move. Even Mizuki points out the strength of his kicks in the beginning of the game.
- Self Cest: Aoba has sex with Ren in his mind. After Sei gives Ren his body, this is upgraded to Twin Cest.
- Sex Slave: He is made into one by Clear and Virus/Trip in their bad endings.
- Split Personality: Aoba has two. There's his Super-Powered Evil Side, who comes out whenever Aoba is in danger, and Ren, who is supposed to act as a mediator between Aoba and his evil side.
- Split-Personality Merge: Accomplished in Ren's route, when Aoba accepts his other self. Also in Mizuki's route in Re:code, in which the merge is actually better handled.
- Superpowered Evil Side: The 'other Aoba' nags at Aoba whether he faces a trigger, the main one being when he uses Scrap.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: His eyes turn into this whenever he activates Scrap.
- The Tease: Sly Blue is this to Mizuki in RE:Code, once he falls in love with him.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Sly Blue, specifically, is this.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: He got into a violent fight during his younger days, which caused him to lose a large portion of his memory. The amnesia is actually caused by Virus and Trip, since they thought it would be more convenient.
- Tsundere: Much more downplayed than the usual examples, but he can be this very often in Koujaku's route.
- Uke: He's the bottom in every single relationship, much to his annoyance. However, Sly Blue might very well subvert this with Mizuki, given their relationship dynamic in RE:Code.
- Voice of the Legion: His voice vibrates whenever he uses Scrap.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- He gives one to Clear in his route after the latter went overboard in beating up the thugs they ran into.
- He also calls out Clear for his lack of attention, since when Clear informed him that he finally infiltrated Oval Tower, it turned out to be a different building, much to Aoba's chagrin.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Becomes this in Koujaku's bad ending.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has long, bright blue hair.
Aoba's childhood friend and errant hairdresser. He doesn't actually own a shop; rather, he sets up and cuts hair in random places. He's quite popular with the ladies and tends to have one or two hanging off of him at any given time. Despite this, he tends to put Aoba's needs first, rushing to aid Aoba whenever he needs help. He also leads a gang named Benishigure, who do their best to help the residents out. His Allmate is Beni.
- Absolute Cleavage: A rare male example.
- Abusive Parents: It's revealed in the drama CD that his father beats his mother often to the point it drives her into depression when he decides to use Koujaku as the heir for the family. When he tried to stand up for her once, he got punched; and when he wanted out, his mother's life was threatened.
- All Love Is Unrequited: If you don't play his route, due to the crush he's had on Aoba for years.
- The Atoner: For murdering his family.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the leader of a Rib gang, and his sword isn't just for show.
- Berserk Button:
- Don't even think of hurting Aoba.
- Ryuuhou is a walking one for him.
- The yakuza tend to get on his nerves. This is due to his history as the illegitimate son of a yakuza boss.
- Bi the Way: He's slept with quite a few women and has a lot of female fans, but he can enter a relationship with Aoba in his route.
- The Charmer: He has a lot of female fans.
- Childhood Friends: With Aoba. They didn't spend all of their childhood together, but they've known each other for a long time.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Inverted, he's badass on the outside but when alone with Aoba he can be Adorkable, so he's more of a Crouching Badass, Hidden Moron.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He is the illegitimate son of a yakuza boss, and as part of tradition in succeeding his father, he has his entire body tattooed by Ryuuhou, who was then experimenting on creating sentient tattoos that can control one's mind. When he lost himself to the pain, his tattoos overtook his rationale and he murdered the entire yakuza clan, his mother included.
- Death Seeker: Upon realizing that Ryuuhou was in Platinum Jail, Koujaku immediately becomes this. He confesses when Aoba uses Scrap on him that he was planning to kill Ryuuhou and then himself in repentance for what he did.
- Does Not Like Spam: Koujaku is not fond of celery, but he forces himself to eat them whenever he visits Aoba.
- Expy: Really looks uncannily like a young Auron.
- First Guy Wins: If he's the love interest.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a red hair pin in his ponytail. He bought for his mother as a gift, and kept it after he killed her.
- If It's You, It's Okay: In his good ending, towards Aoba.
- Ladykiller in Love: In his route. Koujaku doesn't actively pursue the ladies, but he does sleep around with many different women. He stops this after he falls in love with Aoba.
- Locked into Strangeness: His hair turns red after he loses his mind in the bad ending of his route.
- Luminescent Blush: He tends to get this whenever he's flustered in his route.
- Mark of the Beast/Mark of Shame: His tattoos.
- Mr. Fanservice/Female Gaze: He has an unused half-body sprite where he is completely naked◊. Yes, you read that right.
- Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: Koujaku's gang help the residents of their controlled areas and are quite popular.
- Nosebleed: Midway through his and Aoba's first time together, much to his embarrassment and to Aoba's amusement.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His right eye is always covered by his hair. He styled it that way to hide the tattoo that appears around the right side of his face.
- Poor Communication Kills: His reluctance to tell Aoba anything to explain his suspicious behavior in Platinum Jail inevitably causes a heavy tension to form between them. Luckily, it gets resolved after he narrowly rescues Aoba from Ryuuhou.
- Properly Paranoid: He acts completely distrusting and borderline hostile towards the other characters Aoba associates with, accusing them of being up to no good. Not that it's unjustified however, considering some of their actual intentions...
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted for the most part. Koujaku is normally a fairly easy-going guy, although he can have a short temper when dealing with certain people. Played straight in his bad ending.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Noiz's Blue.
- Relationship Upgrade: From Childhood Friend to boyfriend in his good ending.
- Scars Are Forever: Koujaku has several scars all over his back and torso, along with his face and hands.
- Self-Made Orphan: An tragic example. When he was younger, he temporarily lost his mind after succumbing to the pain of his tattoos, and mindlessly slaughtered everyone in the household, including his own mother.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Koujaku's tattoos cause him to go into an uncontrollable rage in the bad ending, reducing his mind to a bestial state. This is also what caused the death of his family when he was younger.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: In terms of height, he's second only to Mink, and there's a reason why a lot of girls are swooning over him.
- Tattooed Crook: While Koujaku isn't a crook, he was the heir to a yakuza family and he does lead a gang. He's also sporting tattoos on his face and all over his back.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Aoba.
- Unstoppable Rage: When faced with one of his Berserk Buttons, he slips into this, which causes his tattoos to take control, consequently making him lose control of his mind.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: In his good ending.
- Violent Protective Boyfriend: Reacts violently to threats directed towards Aoba.
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (Japanese), Corey Hartzog (English)
A heavily-pierced young man obsessed with the virtual reality game Rhyme. Aoba first meets Noiz when the latter drags him into an impromptu Rhyme match, although Aoba is unaware of Noiz's identity at first. Noiz and Aoba properly meet after Noiz breaks into Aoba's room and hacks his computers. His Allmate is Pseudo Rabbit.
- Abusive Parents: Instead of helping Noiz deal with his inability to feel pain, his parents locked Noiz away in a section of his house and ignored him. Noiz's parents complained about the shame Noiz had brought on them, with Noiz's father wishing that Noiz had never been born... within earshot of their kid.
- In his good ending, he goes back to them and they all make amends. Noiz even agrees to take on the family business.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: When he comes back after the time skip.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Due to the abuse that Noiz's parents heaped on him, his lack of social skills, and how everyone else in his life used him for money or sex, Aoba is perhaps the only person who genuinely wanted to help and protect Noiz. This is one reason why Noiz starts ever-so-slowly opening up to Aoba, and eventually comes to care for him.
- Big Eater: Buys a ton of food when exploring the Green Playground.
- Bookends: Noiz leans across the counter and kisses Aoba suddenly at the beginning of the game, then does the same again after he reunites with him in his good ending.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Late in his route via Toue. Aoba has to use Scrap on him to snap him out of it.
- But Not Too Foreign: His family lives in Germany, but there are no comments made during the game to suggest he's completely foreign, if at all. While the game doesn't give much information on Noiz's heritage, fandom seems to lean towards him being half-German. At the end of his route, he asks Aoba to move to Germany with him when he goes back.
- There's a hint early on when Noiz buys food and he has no knowledge of the names of the food he bought. He ends up asking Aoba for their names and Aoba comments that it's strange he would ask about such a thing.
- The drama cd reveals that Noiz is 1/4th Japanese and that his family as well as many of their servants are fluent in the language.
- But Now I Must Go: Though he comes back, and the reason he left is eventually revealed.
- Casual Kink: Aoba is pretty certain he has a pain kink. Justified, once his Feel No Pain back story comes to light. He actively sought out anything that might cause him some kind of sensation. However, at the end of his route, with his ability to feel unlocked, he's definitely not put off by the idea.
- The Cynic: Noiz does not understand why anyone would want to help him without getting something in return. He believes people are innately selfish, and that he's perfectly capable of living on his own without the love and trust of other people. This is the notion that Aoba tries to destroy in Noiz's Scrap sequence, which ends either in success or in failure.
- Disability Superpower: Kinda. With an inability to feel pain. he's a very competent fighter.
- Embarrassing First Name: In the drama CD, after much prodding from Aoba, Noiz confesses that his birth name is Wim (which can be short for Wilhelm), but would prefer Aoba to continue calling him "Noiz".
- Feel No Pain: Noiz is incapable of feeling pain except on his tongue. He can feel sensation on his skin, but not very well. For most of his life, he was unable to sympathize with others due to his inability to feel pain. As a consequence, he couldn't regulate his behaviour properly, leading to trouble for his parents. His parents found him annoying and left him.
- Genius Bruiser: He packs a mean punch and mean computer hacker skills.
- Hates Being Touched: He's quick to pull away and snap at Aoba whenever the latter tries to fix his injuries.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: In his good ending, he takes out his piercings and puts on a suit, and he looks very nice indeed.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Noiz's bad ending hints that he longs to feel pain so that he wouldn't be left out anymore.
- Knowledge Broker: Noiz makes a living off of sharing information, usually about Rhyme.
- Lonely Rich Kid: He came from a wealthy family, although his parents found him a nuisance and essentially abandoned him.
- No Social Skills: Painfully justified. His inability to feel pain, and parental neglect meant Noiz grew up with no basic understanding of sympathy, empathy or human interaction. When he made it to Midorijima, his social skills were only developed through Rhyme and people who were only interested in his body or money, so he developed a rather cold 'give and take' attitude towards people and social relations. When Aoba likens him to a kid, he's not far off the mark; he really is like a kid learning how to interact nicely with people for the first time.
- Not So Stoic: He shows confusion and surprise a few times during his route. There is even an instance when he and Aoba end up exchanging fists, he outright yells at Aoba to shut up.
- Now, Let Me Carry You: So appreciative of all that Aoba did for him, Noiz went back home, attempted to patch things up with his neglectful family, and took responsibility in his family's company all to ensure a happy life for Aoba. The trope is made literal when Noiz picks Aoba up and carries him out of Heibon, which is parallel to the way Aoba carried Noiz out of the collapsing Oval Tower.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Koujaku's Red.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: In his good ending.
- Sore Loser: It is because he lost to Aoba in Rhyme that he persistently hounds him for a rematch in the first place.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Though the sugar is buried so deep beneath the ice that Aoba has to use Scrap to reach it, there is a good guy under all the reserved cynicism.
- The Stoic: Largely due to his inability to feel anything.
- Techno Wizard: Boy, can he hack. He hacks Aoba's computer to find out more about Ren; he tracks down where Tae is being held and plays the role of support when it comes to rescuing her; hacks the security system at Oval Tower in his route, wiping all trace of him and Aoba on the floor they were on; and in the true route he hacks himself, Koujaku, Clear and Mink into a locked Rhyme field to rescue Aoba and Ren.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: He has never experienced a relationship where the other person isn't using him for his wealth or body. To say Aoba's no-strings-attached care and worry for him confuses the hell out of him is putting it lightly.
- When He Smiles: Aoba notices that Noiz almost looks like a different person when he finally smiles in the end.
- Younger Than They Look: He is actually 19 years old, despite looking older. Aoba is shocked.
- Your Door Was Open: His first non-costumed scene in the game. Aoba is not impressed.
Voiced by: Rinta Hayakawa aka Kenichirou Matsuda (Japanese), Andrew Love (English)
A mysterious, stoic ex-con who is determined to take down Toue. His Allmate is Tori, later renamed Lulakan in re:connect.
- A Dog Named "Dog": His cockatiel All-Mate is called Tori, which translates to "bird". This trope is subverted in that Mink didn't choose the name; he actually didn't bother naming his All-Mate at all. Aoba uses "Tori" to refer to the All-Mate for lack of a better name.
- Though in RE:Connect, he finally gives Tori a proper name. He's now called Lulakan.
- Anger Born of Worry: In RE:Connect, he shows this behavior to Aoba when he realized Aoba spent a whole night looking for him then didn't even bother to light the fire when he returned home — which then resulted in him getting a cold and a fever. He doesn't do anything besides chiding Aoba for his carelessness however, and he nurses him back to health.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the leader of Scratch, which is a group full of former prisoners. And said ex-convicts wouldn't dare speak against him or disobey any of his orders.
- Badass Baritone: Probably has the deepest voice in the entire game, on par with Ren.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Throughout his route he does next-to-nothing but abuse Aoba, physically or otherwise. Not to mention it was his fault Aoba was nearly gang-raped in the common route.
- He also rapes Aoba three times (Aoba is too intoxicated to consent the first time) during his route and beats the living crap out of Aoba when he protests.
- However, he is much more gentle and genuine with Aoba in RE:Connect. Their relationship develops into a much healthier one, as seen in the Summer Side Story and other post-RE:Connect material, and Mink never assaults or abuses Aoba again.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: Downplayed. He tries to do this in RE:Connect, since while he is aware on why Aoba came so far to see him, he believes that there is nothing that could make up for what he had done to Aoba. Hence, he initially acted cold and dismissive towards Aoba in hopes of pushing Aoba away until he finally leaves. It only took the latter getting sick for them to finally talk things out.
- Brutal Honesty: He definitely doesn't sugarcoat anything in his route, and he's quick to call Aoba out on what he considers to be a self-centered attitude with a guilt complex. He's nicer about things in RE:Connect, though.
- Death Seeker: Mink has no intention of surviving his confrontation with Toue. He was only hanging on long enough to avenge his family. This explains why he treats everyone, including Aoba, as tools; since he was planning to commit suicide, any emotional attachments were useless.
- Though he changes this outlook after Aoba uses Scrap on him.
- Easily Forgiven: By Aoba.
- Everyone Has Standards: He would do anything to attain his revenge, no matter how atrocious it may be. However, while having this attitude, he also makes sure that nobody but Toue and him dies when it is all over.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Mink switches from the dreadlocks to a more natural, relaxed hairstyle in his good ending.
- Eye Color Change: The final shot of Mink in his good end from the first game shows his once cold, dark blue eyes note are now a much warmer and striking gold color. Aoba thinks they're very pretty.
- First-Name Basis: Averted. Almost everyone but Aoba has no given surname, but he never addresses anyone by their name, and assigns nicknames (of a sort) to them instead (e.g. 'Red' for Koujaku, 'Gas Mask' for Clear, 'Maniac' for Noiz). This becomes subverted in RE:Connect, when he calls Aoba by his name for the first time, and he slowly begins to play this straight in the drama CD.
- Freudian Excuse: His entire clan was wiped out by Toue due to refusing to give him their tribal secret. Mink felt such deep despair over this, he focused on solely nothing but revenge on Toue, and committing suicide once he's done.
- Hair Decorations: Wears pink feathers in his ponytail and at the ends of his braids. Later the feathers are replaced with a small dream catcher.
- Hey, You!: When Aoba tries to find out Tori's name, Tori states that Mink refers to him by "Hey" or "You".
- Jerkass: Oh yes. Though he's undergone some Character Development by the time RE:Connect rolls around.
- Jerkass Façade: The end of his route in the first game reveals that he intentionally adopted this attitude towards others so that no one would mourn him when he dies.
- Karma Houdini: He rapes and beats Aoba, is Easily Forgiven, and appears to have no regret for his actions in the first game.
- He feels deep guilt towards Aoba in RE:Connect, however. As it turned out, while he does not exactly regret it, since doing so would only set him back in his goal, it did not mean he enjoyed doing what he did. Regardless, he is aware that his actions were horrible, hence he kept his distance from Aoba throughout almost his entire route.
- Kuudere: Type 1, but shows shades of Type 2. Though Aoba has to struggle through a lot in his route before he gets to see the warmer side of Mink.
- Last Guy Wins: If he's the love interest.
- Last of His Kind: He is the sole survivor of his clan, which was massacred by Toue.
- Magical Native American: Mink's aesthetic and people seem to be heavily influenced by Native Americans... and ants. Apparently, only they can concoct special herbs that produce magical pheromones which force people to do their bidding.
- The drama CD reveals that this isn't actually the case. The herbs that Toue sought were used simply to provide a sense of tranquility, almost like a relaxant, and isn't used to control minds.
- Not So Above It All: In RE:Connect, during an intimate moment with Aoba, he acts like a tease and asks Aoba what exactly did he do to make him so flustered, complete with a sly smirk on his face. Keep in mind that this is Mink we're talking about.
- Off with His Head!: Does this to Aoba in his bad ending.
- Oh Crap!: He has this reaction when Aoba's alternate personality surfaces.
- One Head Taller: Mink easily towers over Aoba's 175 cm (5'9") with his 189 cm (6'2").
- Rape as Drama: He rapes Aoba twice in his route.
- By RE:Connect, he deeply regrets it and is surprised Aoba doesn't hate him for it.
- Real Men Hate Sugar: In the radio drama, he states that he does not like sweets.
- Redemption Rejection: A non-malicious example. In his route, when Aoba tries to save him using Scrap, Mink immediately refuses him by directing his chains (which symbolize all his burdens) towards Aoba, because of his determination to die after killing Toue.
- Religious Bruiser: Mink can be seen both pummeling people until their faces cave in with his bare hands and offering prayers to his people's gods.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Towards Toue, who murdered his whole clan.
- Smoking Is Cool: Smokes a pipe.
- The Team Benefactor: Mink is the main reason why Aoba and the rest of the main cast can even begin to look for Tae and Morphine near the end of the common route.
- Took a Level in Kindness: The main element of his Character Development in RE:Connect, and all the more apparent in the drama CD. You wouldn't even believe that he was the same person you saw in the first game.
- Tragic Keepsake: The pipe that he smokes often is revealed to be an artifact of his clan.
- Tranquil Fury: Whenever Toue is concerned. Understandably so, however.
- The Unfettered: His defining trait.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: If his route isn't taken, Aoba always notes that after Oval Tower's collapse, he disappears.
Voiced by: Sawa Manaka aka Masatomo Nakazawa (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)
A very strange young man that seemingly falls out of the sky. Clear constantly wears a gas mask for no apparent reason and insists on calling Aoba his 'master'. Strangely, he does not have an Allmate.
- Adorkable: Very much so.
- A.I. is a Crapshoot: Inverted. Clear was originally designed to subjugate the residents of Midorijima using his Magic Music by Toue. When he was declared defective, the researcher in charge of Clear's disposal took Clear, reprogrammed him and changed his serial number. This granted Clear free will, allowing him to develop his own good-natured personality and to choose his own master, Aoba.
- Artificial Human: Clear is actually an android created by Toue. He, along with the Alphas, were created as part of Toue's scheme to brainwash and control the people of Midorijima. Clear was deemed defective, however, and was slated for disposal. Clear's 'grandpa' was the person in charge of disposal, found and adopted Clear as his own.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: After destroying his key lock, he beats down the Alphas mercilessly; according to Aoba, he completely foregoes defense.
- Back from the Dead
- The Baby of the Bunch: Given Clear was created only a few years before the story began, he's the youngest of all the main characters.
- Beauty Mark: Clear has two on his chin.
- Berserk Button: Do not hurt Aoba.
- Bishōnen: Underneath his mask.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Manages to beat the crap out of the hypnotized Dry Juice members while shouting "Stop the violence!". He also manages to single-handedly take out a group of Yakuza thugs in the Platinum Jail.
- Came from the Sky: How Aoba and Clear first meet. Clear lands in front of Aoba, having seemingly fallen from the sky, nearly giving Aoba a heart-attack.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Aoba has to tell him that umbrellas can be used when it is raining. He breaks into Aoba's house by cutting the lock off of the veranda door and doesn't see a problem with entering through odd places.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may appear clueless and silly most of the time, but he can land a punch just as well as the others.
- Determinator: Throughout his route, Clear goes through extreme physical trauma, including (but not limited to) acid being thrown on him, being viciously beaten, and feeling the pain of his mechanical body literally breaking from the inside out. And through all of this, the most he says about it is "I'm fine", and he often fights back in spite of it.
- Disney Death: His body completely breaks down after the fight with the Alphas. Granny manages to repair him.
- Don't Look at Me!: He is absolutely terrified that Aoba will hate him if he sees Clear's face, since he was told that his face was unlike other people's. Aoba has to reassure him multiple times that he won't hate Clear no matter what he looks like before Clear will take his mask off.
- Evil Albino: Toue intended for Clear to be this. In his bad ending, he truly becomes one.
- Gas Mask, Longcoat: Constantly wears a gas mask for no apparent reason initially and sports a long white coat.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Clear suffers more physical abuse than any other character. He falls off a roof at least once; gets beaten up by yakuza members; has sulfuric acid poured onto his (masked) face, which sets his hair on fire. He isn't permanently damaged from any of these events due to his regenerating abilities. It's only when he fights the Alphas that his self-healing properties break down.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Stabs himself in the head to break Toue's control over him. Later, he breaks down completely after having sex with Aoba.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Starting from when yakuza try to attack Aoba in front of him, he practically adopts this as a dogma.
- Made of Iron: Almost literally. As a super-advanced Ridiculously Human Robot, Clear is likely made of some other kind of metal, but he's definitely durable. He falls/jumps off roofs at least twice, gets the crap beaten out of him by yakuza members and gets sulfuric acid poured onto his face, with no lasting damage done to Clear.
- Magic Music: His 'jellyfish song'. It has a calming effect on Aoba and is used to counteract the Alpha's incapacitating songs in the Oval Tower.
- Mayfly-December Romance: The main topic of his Good Re Connect route. Both Aoba and Clear are painfully aware that Clear will live on much, much longer than Aoba. In the end, they both choose to make the most of the time they have together, day by day and not dwell on what will happen after Aoba dies.
- Naked Apron: With his mask still on. Aoba is not pleased.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After he takes off his gas mask, the further his story is uncovered, the more he turns serious, and all the pity to you if you decide to mess with Aoba in any way while he's anywhere near.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: It's heavily implied that Clear wants to be human, but he comes to terms with never being able to be very gracefully even as he's dying, during which Aoba will tell him that he's the most human person he's ever known.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Clear and the Alphas. Clear can cry, eat, love and appears to have a fully-functional set of sexual organs. You've gotta hand it to Toue; when they want to build an android, they do a great job of it.
- Single-Target Sexuality: His feelings towards Aoba fall under this, as, during his RE:Connect, he shoots down even the slightest possibility of ever loving anyone but Aoba in his lifetime.
- Super Senses: His hearing is highly advanced. It's the first hint that he's not a real human.
- There Was a Door: He breaks the lock on Aoba's veranda to get into his room. A little later, Aoba even tells him to come in through the door next time because breaking in through the window and falling from the sky are not normal methods of entry.
- Tranquil Fury: When facing down Yakuza thugs in Platinum Jail.
- Undying Loyalty: Aoba-san is Clear's Master!
- White Hair, Black Heart: He was originally supposed to be this, but his "grandfather" fixed him up so he would function differently from his brothers. Played straighter in his bad ending.
- Younger Than They Look: He was created a few years before the story began.
Voiced by: Waruta Higeuchi aka Ryota Takeuchi (Japanese), David Wald (English)
Aoba's cute dog All-Mate with a very deep voice.
- Adorkable: In RE:Connect, he can be this at times, especially when his past habits as a dog show, with sniffing objects and holding objects in his mouth being primary examples.
- Badass Baritone: Which contrasts pretty sharply with his small and cuddly appearance.
- Become a Real Boy: In his route. After the Rhyme Incident, Ren started becoming an individual existence, different from Aoba. Fully completed, somehow, in the true ending, where Sei's body becomes his.
- Berserk Button: Harm or insult Aoba and you will pay.
- Bishōnen: In his true form.
- Despair Event Horizon: Ren crosses this in his bad ending, as he believes Aoba doesn't care for him.
- Hates Being Touched: A minor example. He doesn't mind people holding him or petting his fur, but he doesn't like it if they get too carried away, like with Clear for instance.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Ren becomes this in his bad ending due to corruption by a virus, along with being unable to resolve his inner turmoil, leading to him consequently losing all reason and he proceeds to devour Aoba while violating him.
- If I Can't Have You...: In his bad ending. When Aoba fails scrap on Ren, Ren believes that Aoba will eventually leave him and find someone new, Ren cannot handle this and decided to eat Aoba. He proceeds to eat and rape Aoba, though the latter is unable to die due to them being in scrap.
- Non-Human Sidekick: He's a robot-dog.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter/Robot Dog: He has a very cuddly and adorable appearance.
- Self Cest: Since he's technically a Split Personality, sex between Ren and Aoba counts as this.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Towards Aoba.
- Split Personality: Started out as this. Ren was created to serve as a mediator between Aoba and his Super-Powered Evil Side. However, he forgets this after Virus and Trip manipulate Aoba's memories, coming to believe that he was always an All-Mate.
- The Spock: His default role as Aoba's Allmate, and as a part of Aoba's Split Personality, to Desire. Ren was originally created as this, see above.
- Undying Loyalty: To Aoba.
- Vocal Dissonance: He sure has a deep voice for such a little dog. It matches his humanoid form perfectly, though.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In the latter parts of his route, he loses his poncho. Turns out that he's shirtless underneath it, to the joy of fans everywhere.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In all of his forms.
Voiced by: Jyou Takashi aka Kenji Takahashi (Japanese), Adam Gibbs (English)
Aoba's old friend and leader of the gang, Dry Juice. Mizuki runs a tattoo/bar called Black Needle.
- Adorkable: He's completely flustered and embarrassed when Desire kisses him in RE:Code. Actually he's this during his entire good ending whenever Desire is involved.
- Ascended Extra: He gets his own route in RE:Code, with his sprite joining the rest of the guys on the main menu upon completion. His ending is actually treated as an alternate true ending for the whole series.
- Cool Big Bro: He becomes a kind of big brother figure to Clear in the latter's drama CD, following his good ending.
- Mind Rape: Has his mind twisted by Morphine, causing him to threaten Granny in an attempt to get Aoba to join him in Morphine. Aoba also subjects Mizuki to this, albeit accidentally.
- Parental Abandonment: As a baby, he was abandoned by his birth parents in front of a hospital and was later adopted by a nice couple.
- Sanity Slippage: The poor guy's mind breaks after Aoba accidentally uses Scrap incorrectly on Mizuki. He ends up spending the rest of the game in the hospital.
- RE:Connect shows that Mizuki was (miraculously) able to regain his sanity, much to this troper's relief.
- School Bullying Is Harmless: Averted big time. Mizuki was violently bullied at school because of his darker skin tone, which traumatized him greatly.
- Stepford Smiler: Type A. Whenever he talks to Aoba, Mizuki is usually fairly cheerful. He is actually hiding his worries about the growing popularity of Rhyme and the amount of people leaving Dry Juice and Rib.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Not only he now has a route in Re:code, his ending is implied to be an alternate true one of the whole series, filling all plot-holes and answering every questions that weren't answered in Ren's path.
Voiced by: Suga Kiya aka Junji Majima (Japanese), Doug Hammond (English)
Virus and Trip are long-time acquaintances of Aoba, having met during Aoba's adolescence. The pair look nearly identical, causing people to assume that they are twins. Virus is more polite than Trip and appears to be the more chatty of the two.
- Always Identical Twins: Totally subverted. He and Trip explicitly state that they are not twins. Their similar appearances are pointed out by Aoba and Koujaku.
- Always V Sexy: Played with. His name begins with a V, but is pronounced "Weerus".
- Affably Evil: After he reveals himself to be one of the leaders of Morphine.
- For the Evulz: Their primary motivation seems to be their interest in Aoba.
- It Amused Me: His motivation for everything he does.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY"!: His name is actually pronounced as "Weerus".
- Punishment Box : Left Aoba in very small one for three days, because Aoba didn't want to "make a show" for him. Aoba is so traumatized by it that he obeys every command from then on, in fear that Virus will put him in there again.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a dark-blue suit and tie.
- Shonen Hair: Although not identical to Trip's hairstyle.
- Snakes Are Sexy: His Allmate is a black snake. He's often using it to abuse Aoba.
- The Sociopath: Virus (and Trip) fit this trope to a T. Completely amoral, superfically charming, only seeking "fun and interesting things", and doing most anything they wish purely on impulse, all while being completely incapable of experiencing any sort of depth of emotion. It's all but stated within the game that they fall directly under this spectrum.
- Sociopathic Hero : In Ren's good end, he and Trip save Ren from the collapsing Oval Tower and drive him to the Midorijima hospital. Partially because they thought he was Sei, partially because "they were curious" and partially because "they just felt like it". Aoba is understandably confused.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist : Very friendly and polite, which makes him all the more terrifying.
- Stepford Smiler: Type B and C. Both Virus and Trip act and look friendly at first, but in Re:Connect, Aoba describes them as empty shells who manipulate people for fun.
- Stoic Spectacles: While Virus isn't stoic, exactly, he is always calm and composed.
Voiced by: Kuroi Hagane aka Tomoyuki Higuchi (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)
Virus and Trip are long-time acquaintances of Aoba, having met during Aoba's adolescence. They are very similar in appearance, despite not actually being twins. Trip is much more casual in his speech than Virus. He calls himself and Virus 'fans' of Aoba; they kidnap and enslave Aoba instead of handing him over to Toue in Ren's bad ending.
- Always Identical Twins: Subverted. Virus and Trip aren't actually twins: they have different birthdays in their intros.
- Affably Evil: After he reveals himself to be the other leader of Morphine.
- For the Evulz: Their primary motivation seems to be interest in Aoba.
- It Amused Me: His motivation for everything they do to Aoba.
- Psychopathic Manchild: In Re:Connect, Aoba notes that his childlike curiosity and innocence is utterly terrifying, as it drives Trip to do things such as suffocate Aoba with sweets and call his lion Allmate over to bully and abuse him.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a Waistcoat of Style, a tie and suspenders.
- The Sociopath: Trip (and Virus) fit this trope to a T. Completely amoral, superfically charming, only seeking "fun and interesting things", and doing most anything they wish purely on impulse, all while being completely incapable of experiencing any sort of depth of emotion. It's all but stated within the game that they fall directly under this spectrum.
- Sociopathic Hero : In Ren's good end, he and Virus save Ren from the collapsing Oval Tower and drive him to the Midorijima hospital. Partially because they thought he was Sei, partially because "they were curious" and partially because "they just felt like it". Aoba is understandably confused.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Although more downplayed than with Virus, he never raises his voice, and talks in the same casual tone even when he is torturing Aoba.
- Stepford Smiler: Type B and C. Both Virus and Trip act and look friendly at first, but in RE:Connect, Aoba describes them as empty shells who manipulate people for fun.
Voiced by: Nishino Kumi (Japanese), Marcy Bannor (English)
Aoba's grandmother, a tough, no-nonsense woman.
- Almighty Grandma: Considering she can make Aoba's group (which consists of three gang leaders and Clear) behave with a few stern words and some cuffs to the head, she definitely qualifies.
- Apron Matron: She doesn't take crap from anybody, but she's still a caring grandmother towards Aoba.
- The Atoner: Tae was a researcher whose findings were used to give Aoba and Sei their mind-control powers. However, she didn't know that her research would be used by Toue for his Designer Babies. She felt guilty about her research being used for this purpose and took an apparently still-born Aoba away so that he could have a proper funeral.
- Cool Old Lady: Granny can make Aoba's group of misfits behave with only a stern lecture and cuffs to the head. She also invites them to eat her delicious cooking.
- Good Grandma: Tae is shown to be a caring (if gruff) guardian to Aoba.
- I Will Wait for You: In Aoba's scenario of RE:Connect, she, along with Aoba, are still waiting for Nine and Haruka to return home.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Alongside Yoshie and Haga, she's one of the few adults encountered on Midorijima who isn't corrupt, evil, under mind control, or some combination therein.
- Supreme Chef: According to Aoba and his friends, just about everything she makes is absolutely delicious.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has bright pink hair.
Voiced by: Nanbu Tetsuyoshi (Japanese), Mark X. Laskowski (English)
- BFG: In Noiz's and Mink's route, his megaphone is able to turn into a big gun that can shoot balls of electricity.
- Butt Monkey: Rarely a scene with him goes by where he is not physically hurt or humiliated in some way.
- Chewing the Scenery/Large Ham/No Indoor Voice: 99.9% of his lines are shouted at the top of his lungs. He is also fond of elongating his WOOOOOORDS FOR NOOOOOOO REASON!
- Corrupt Cop: Although it should be noted that most of the police force on Midorijima are corrupt and super-violent.
- The Dreaded: The instant his voice starts speaking through his megaphone, anyone within earshot immediately makes a break for it.
- Inspector Javert: When there's a supposed criminal on the lose, he'll go after them no matter what. Mink even lampshades his persistence.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Gets these in Noiz and Mink's routes.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: He tends to do these a lot when he speaks.
Aoba's boss at Heibon. He's a fairly mild-mannered and easy-going person... most of the time.
- Beauty Mark: Has a fairly prominent mole on the left side of his face, right between his nose and mouth.
- Benevolent Boss: Is genuinely kind to Aoba and appreciative of the latter's help.
- Berserk Button: He doesn't like being called baldy. At all. Nao, Kio and Mio learn this the hard way.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Along with Tae and Yoshie, Haga is one of the few trustworthy older adults in Aoba's life. The three stay behind to distract the police when Akushima shows up at Aoba's house, allowing Aoba and co. to escape.
- Tranquil Fury: Displays this after being called 'baldy' by one of the kids.
Nao, Kio and Mio
Three mischievous kids that constantly bother Aoba at Heibon.
- Bratty Half Pints: They love popping into Heibon and wreaking havoc, much to the chagrin of Aoba and Haga.
- Flat Character: They don't do much in the story except provide occasional Plucky Comic Relief and annoy Aoba.
- Girls Are More Mature: Mio seems to be tiring of her brother's antics near the end of Noiz's route.
- Nice Hat: Nao, Kio and Mio all have cute headgear featuring animal ears of some sort.
- No Indoor Voice: Nao and Kio.
- Pointless Bandaid: They all have one; Kio on his cheek, Nao on the bridge of his nose and Mio on her forehead.
- Precocious Crush: Mio is implied to have one towards Noiz, as she gives him a love letter in his good ending.
- Tsundere: Hilariously, Mio is Type A towards Noiz.
- Youthful Freckles: Kio and Mio.
The main antagonist. Calm, collected, and charismatic, Toue is the head of his own self-titled corporation and the owner of Platinum Jail.
- 0% Approval Rating/One Hundred Percent Adoration Rating: Zigzagged between the two. While he is adored and loved by the inhabitants of Platinum Jail, everyone in the Old Resident District hates his guts.
- Big Bad: Was anyone really surprised?
- Driven to Suicide: Only in the anime. He shoots himself after Aoba defeats him at Rhyme during their confrontation in Oval Tower.
- Graceful Loser: He is surprisingly this when Aoba defeats him in Rhyme in the true ending; he takes Aoba's victory as a sign that his plans ultimately weren't destined to work and exits stage left to let Aoba meet Sei.
- In Mink's route, when his attempt to stop Mink from killing him with Scrap fails, he does nothing to resist or fight back when the latter goes in for the kill.
- One Degree of Separation: With the main cast.
- He created Aoba, Ren and Sei, along with Clear and the other Alphas.
- He instigated the massacre of Mink's family.
- He collaborated with Ryuuhou, who then started to experiment on mind control using his tattoos, with Koujaku as his first test subject.
- He discovered Aoba's whereabouts from Noiz's Drive-By battle with Aoba.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: No matter whose route you take (except Mink's), no one really knows what exactly happened to him in the end; you only know that his plans are ultimately thwarted.
He only appears in Koujaku's route, and also plays a heavy role in Koujaku's past.
- Affably Evil: No matter what, he is always calm and speaks in a polite manner.
- Expy: Not in terms of apperance; but his tendencies as a Soft-Spoken Sadist with some hints of blood lust and a particular obsession with a swordsman haunted by his past is similar to someone else from another Nitro+CHiRAL game. The fact that both characters are voiced by the same guy doesn't help.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Koujaku, in the latter's fit of rage, although he lets it happen.
- Mad Artist: Ryuuhou is extremely passionate about his tattoos, and is all to happy to even use them as part of an experiment in mind control.
- Perpetual Smiler/Psychotic Smirk: If he ever stops smiling, it's rare. And then there are the instances when fox-like smile turns into a Slasher Smile...
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: He wears skeletons around his neck and wrists. Strangely enough though, Aoba seems to forget this detail when describing his likeness to Koujaku.
- Death Seeker: After having been experimented on for years by Toue, Sei reaches out to Aoba so that the latter can "release" him.
- Determinator: Is this when it comes to his wish to be "destroyed" by Aoba — Sei is very persistent in trying to reach out to his brother and make him come to Oval Tower.
- Friend to All Living Things: Implied in the ending image as the Allmates seem to love him.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Being Aoba's twin, Sei seems to have pretty much the same mind-controlling abilities, but uses his eyes instead of voice.
- Ill Boy: Because of Toue's experiments Sei is very weak, can hardly move and has a serious heart condition.
- Long-Lost Relative: Sei is Aoba's twin brother, who was Separated at Birth and raised by Toue.
- Meaningful Name: "Sei" is a homophone of the word that mean "life" which reflects his power. It's also homophone with the kanji of "blue" as in "Ao".
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Usui, who was created with a part of Sei's consciousness, has ten arms and is extremely powerful in Rhyme.
- Nice Hat: He wears a black fedora with a Morphine pin on it.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Toue probably didn't expect Sei to destroy the entire tower using the very power he was given by genetical engineering.
- Transsexual: Possibly. Sei's mind in the form of Usui is female, and Toue dressed Sei in women's clothing.
- Troubled Fetal Position: Is in this pose when Aoba first encounters him, although it was later revealed that it was not Sei in the flesh but one of his consciousnesses.
- Virtual Ghost: In Ren's good ending, it seems that Sei or a part of his consciousness still exists in the network even a year after his death.
- Walking Spoiler: He only shows up in the Secret Character Route. Just about every trope associated with him is a spoiler. Just look at this folder!
Naine and Haruka Seragaki
Aoba's parents. They adopted little Aoba after Nine saw him on the beach.