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Characters: Darker than Black
Characters from the anime/manga series Darker than Black. When reading these, bear in mind that pretty much all Contractor characters are also Stoic Tin Men with Conditional Powers and display Lack of Empathy, while Dolls are all True Neutral Emotionless Persons verging on Empty Shells.

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    The protagonists 
A special operations team employed by The Syndicate.

Hei

Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi (JP), Jason Liebrecht (EN)

The Hero (well, for a given level of "hero"), a.k.a. Li Shengshun, a.k.a. Lee Hyeonsik, a.k.a. BK-201, a.k.a. LI-KUN!!! a.k.a. The Black Reaper, a.k.a. Chinese Electric Batman. He works for The Syndicate, doing their dirty work to retrieve items and information related to Hell's Gate. He works undercover as Nice Guy exchange student "Li Shengshun," taking menial jobs wherever the higher-ups need him, and relying on his apparent naivety to avoid suspicion. He has the Contractor ability to manipulate electricity, has the most awesome coat in the universe, and is a weapons-grade Chick Magnet to boot.

Has an incredibly Dark and Troubled Past featuring war, betrayal, and the disappearance of his younger sister. Bringing it up is generally a really bad idea and one of the few ways to get a reaction out of him.

Yin/Izanaminote 

Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (JP), Brina Palencia (EN)

A doll assigned to Hei's group. A clairvoyant Emotionless Girl with the ability to project surveillance specters through water, she acts as the group's recon unit.

In the second season, she develops a Super-Powered Evil Side, Izanami, that causes Contractors to turn their powers on themselves and is apparently trying to cause The End of the World as We Know It. She manages to suppress it, but winds up comatose— and when someone wakes her up, Izanami wakes up with her.

Huang

Voiced by: Masaru Ikeda (JP), John Swasey (EN)

Hei's "handler," a Syndicate employee who relays his instructions and acts as backup when necessary.

Mao

Voiced by: Ikuya Sawaki (JP), Kent Williams (EN)

A body-swapping contractor trapped in a cat's body who helps Hei's group.

Suō Pavlichenko

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (JP), Alison Viktorin (EN)

The Deuteragonist of Season 2, a half-Japanese, half-Russian schoolgirl. Her father is a scientist studying ME and her brother is a Contractor; her mother is a photographer who moved to Japan eight years ago. She gets pulled into the plot because of attempts to capture her twin and winds up hanging around Hei. In the third episode, she develops the Contractor ability to summon an anti-tank rifle and wield it easily despite its size.

    Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Bureau 

Misaki Kirihara

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (JP), Kate Oxley (EN)

The head of the TMPD's PSB Foreign Affair Division, Section 4, which covertly deals with contractor-related crimes and terrorism; she takes a special interest in the cases related to BK-201, which starts to grow into an obsession over time.
  • Action Girl: On a good day.
  • Badass: Her performances in Shikkoku no Hana. One involved a car.
  • Big Eater: Not as much as Hei, but she likes greasy food.
  • Blind Without 'Em: When she's not wearing her glasses, she squints all the time.
  • Christmas Cake
  • Cool Car: Her blue Porsche 997 Carrera.
  • Dating Catwoman: Her relationship with "Li"- given the morality of the series, it's hard to tell which of them is the "Catwoman."
  • Fair Cop: In season 1 and part of season 2 until she quits the police force.
  • Fatal Attraction: She falls for Hei even though she connects him to BK-201 as early as episode 18. It takes a couple suspicious coincidences, a partially-cracked mask, "Li" slipping into his Black Reaper voice, an accidental Meaningful Echo, and some surprising openness on his part before she figures it out/admits it to herself.
  • Genre Savvy: Part of the reason she's obsessed with Hei. She's figured out that he's going to be at the center of any world changing event that happens in the future.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Alice insists on dressing her in a qipao as punishment for forgetting about her party.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: From the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Bureau to Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications then to the New Syndicate
  • Hero Antagonist
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She shot one of Hei's knives out of the air in the OVA.
  • Meganekko
  • Ms. Fanservice: A mild example.
  • Nepotism: Her father is ranked above her on the police force. She doesn't appreciate his attempts to ensure the correct progression of her career. In the second season, she quits her job out of frustration and a wish to find Hei.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She's still trying to find Hei in the second season, even though she's no longer working for the police department. And by "trying to find" I mean "obsessively watching the star BK-201 through a telescope." Kanami informs her that she needs to get over him and find another guy.
  • The Stoic: And not a contractor (she expresses less emotions than some contractors)!
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Generally acts very cool and professional, but gets almost moe when she opens up a bit.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications aka Section 3
  • You Need to Get Laid: Has been informed of this quite a few times in the second season because of her obsession with finding Hei.

Yuusuke Saitou

Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN)

Kirihara's second-in-command in Section 4. Known to have a big crush on her, although he never acts on it due to problems of potential rejection.

Yutaka Kouno

Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (JP), Todd Haberkorn (EN)

One of Kirihara's underlings. Usually works alongside Saitou in PSB-related cases.

Kunio Matsumoto

Voiced by: Nobuaki Fukuda (JP), Kenny Green (EN)

Another Division 4 officer. One of the oldest officers to work in the PSB. He is ultimately forced to retire after being heavily injured by Harvest in a fight.

Mayu Otsuka

Voiced by: Yuuna Inamura (JP), Leah Clark (EN)

A member of Section 4 and closet Big Name Fan. She is an official liaison officer to the National Observatory to check on contractor-related appearances in Japan.

Yoshimitsu Horai

Voiced by: Michihiro Ikemizu (JP), R Bruce Elliott (EN)

Also known as the Director. Kirihara's boss in the PSB. He's also a major bad guy in the first season.

    Secret Intelligence Service 

November 11, AKA Jack Simon

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (JP), Troy Baker (EN)

MI6's top agent, assigned to Japan to investigate Gate-related activity. He has the power to freeze liquids and a rather James Bond-like attitude.

April

Voiced by: Takako Honda (JP), Nazia Chaudhry (EN)

A contractor on November 11's team who can create storms at will.
  • Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain
  • Back for the Dead
  • Badass: her performance in Season Two.
  • Cursed with Awesome: She's the only Contractor we've seen so far who loves her remuneration: she has to drink beer.
  • Faux Action Girl: In the episode where she's injured, Huang shows Hei a sheet of paper listing her kills which are numerous, but in-series, she just assists November 11 and schleps July around. Although she does manage to score a kill on the enemy contractor Goran. Not to mention nearly killing Hei ... until he kills her of course.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her abilities are deadly in combination with November. In the sequel series, she show that she can summon a swirl of water around her opponent's head to drown him on his feet.
  • Making a Splash: The second season shows that her powers extend at least a little beyond rainstorms.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: The only aversion on the MI6 team, as she's black with blue hair and yellow eyes.
  • Punchclock Villain
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: The conditions for her only solo kill are rather contrived, though her following showing against Hei is still relatively impressive.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Weirdly, she is introduced with black hair in the second season, which makes you think that her hair might have been dyed. Nope- the black hair is a wig covering her apparently naturally blue hair.

July

Voiced by: Kiyomi Asai (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)

The Doll assigned to November 11's team. In the second season, he joins Hei, Suou, and Mao.

August 7

Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze (JP), Gregory Lush (EN)

A Contractor introduced in Season 2. He is part of the same team as April and July.
  • Achilles' Heel: He can pretty much do anything as long as he is looking at you and you at him, but Hei throws his longcoat over August's head and electrocutes him while he is powerless.
  • Blessed with Suck: He's a former stage magician and received the power to do real magic, something which would make him the greatest magician ever. Unfortunately, his Remuneration is to give away how magic tricks work, something which hurts his pride as a former magician and takes away any professional benefit he could get from his powers.
  • Disney Death
  • Expy: He has often been compared to Cornelius Alba of Kara no Kyoukai.
  • Faking the Dead: He pretends to be killed by Hei.
  • Hollywood Tactics: If you're effectively immune to ranged attacks and you're up against a ninja known for ingenuity, it would seem like a good idea not to let him get close.
  • Magicians Are Wizards
  • Nice Hat
  • Space Master
  • Stage Magician
  • Superpower Lottery: A real winner, since he pretty much has the power to do anything if someone is looking at him.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Referred to by some fans as the "New November 11". Actually an aversion though, as his openly psychotic personality is closer to that of Wei in the first series.

    Evening Primrose 
The Contractor La Résistance with a distinctly Social Darwinist cast- think Magneto

Amber

Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)

The founder of Evening Primrose, who used to work for The Syndicate, the CIA, and MI6, but betrayed all of them. She was in South America during Heaven's War, and Hei considers her responsible for what happened at its end.

She can manipulate time, and her remuneration is getting younger.

Amagiri

Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto (JP), Travis Willingham (EN)

Amber's second-in-command. He has the very straightforward power of shooting waves of force.

Maki

Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei (JP), Maxey Whitehead (EN)

A contractor working for Amber. His power is to blow up anything he's touched, and he has an enormous crush on Amber.

Brita

Voiced by: Chie Nakamura (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)

A ridiculously sexy contractor working for Amber as a spy. She can teleport, taking along anyone she touches.

    PANDORA 

Eric Nishijima

Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (JP), Chuck Huber (EN)

A high-ranking PANDORA official, he is a Japanese citizen who was born overseas. He plays a background role throughout much of the first series.

Dr. Schroeder

Voiced by: Iemasa Kayumi (JP), Bucky Pearl (EN)

A scientist working at PANDORA's lab at Hell's Gate.

Meena Kandaswamy

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP), Carrie Savage (EN)

A scientist working at the laboratory in the Gate who got her position by making a deal with The Syndicate. Acts as Hei's contact when he infiltrates the place.

Nick Hillman

Voiced by: Shigeru Nakahara (JP), Eric Vale (EN)

A cheerful scientist Hei meets while undercover at an observatory.

    Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications 
A group of Japanese agents introduced in Season 2.

Genma Shizume

Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (JP), Newton Pittman (EN)

Part of the team dedicated to hunting down Hei and Suou, a contractor with the ability to turn solid objects into heavy armor. Has a habit of hitting on everyone he encounters.

Mina Hazuki

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (JP), Kara Edwards (EN)

A contractor with the ability to turn objects into laser katanas. Part of the MIAC team hunting Hei and Suou.

Yōko Sawasaki

Voiced by: Kozue Yoshizumi (JP), Tia Ballard (EN)

The group's token human, a scientist who worked under Dr. Schrader.

Misaki Kirihara
  • See the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Bureau.

    Others 

Wei Zhijun

Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (JP), Robert McCollum (EN)

A contractor serving the Chen Long Tang crime family. His power is to blow holes in anything he gets blood on. Later joins Amber's group in order to fight Hei again.

Alice Wang

Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN)

The heir to the Chen Long Tang family. She was friends with Kirihara as a teenager, and did not react well to her friend's career choice.

Gai Kurasawa

Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (JP), Brandon Potter (EN)

A rather useless private investigator who accidentally stumbles across the edges of Hei's assignments a couple of times. It's said that he was an ex-police officer who left to be a PI.

Kiko Kayanuma

Voiced by: Emiri Katou (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

Kurosawa's cheery, excitable secretary, who only works for him because she can watch yaoi at work. She has an over-the-top stalker-crush on "Li."

Havoc AKA Carmine

Voiced by: Naomi Shindo (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

Quite possibly the most dangerous contractor in existence, she killed hundreds or even thousands in South America- and then something happened that removed her powers and some of her memories but restored her emotions to normal. Now she's wracked with guilt over what she did, leaving her as probably the only case of a woobie who ate babies in history.

Bertha and Itzhak

Voiced by: Ai Satou (Bertha, JP), Yutaka Aoyama (Itzhak, JP), Melinda Allen (Bertha, EN), Vic Mignogna (Itzhak, EN)

Two Contractors working for FSB to capture Yin. Bertha's power allows her to force objects to resonate, usually breaking them, although it can also stop someone's heart; Itzhak can absorb observation ghosts and use them to manipulate and control the minds of dolls.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Their deaths are most definitely played for sympathy. It helps that they feature as the villains of what's already probably the most heart-wrenching story in the series.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Itzhak's name and he reminds remotely of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop.
  • Anti-Villain
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: She's an overweight former opera singer who kills people with her voice.
  • Beard of Sorrow/Perma Stubble:Itzhak
  • Belated Back Story: Bertha's back story comes toward the end of her and Itzhak's arc. And it's devastatingly sad.
    • Bertha's backstory (get the Kleenex ready, it's a very, very sad story): She was a opera singer and heavy smoker. She gave up smoking for the time of her pregnancy and some months after. Afterwards she started to smoke again worse then a chimney, her daughter, who she described as angelic, found the cigarette butts, swallowed some of them, they got stuck in her throat and she choked to death on them. After that, her mother was, understandably, extremely depressed, but a month after this tragic event, the stuff with the "Gates" happened and she became a contractor. It was hinted, that it was a relief, since a contractor has no or very limited emotions and probably this negated her depression somehow.
  • Blessed with Suck: Bertha has to swallow and puke up stuff (she chooses cigarettes) as her renumeration/obeisance (she can theoretically swallow and regurgitate any object she'd choose, but she does that with cigarettes as to remember her daughter, who chocked to death on her mom's cigarette butts she swallowed).
  • Cigar Chomper: Quite literally with Bertha.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Given that his Contract has almost zero combat applications, Itzhak makes use of a large hunting rifle instead. He's pretty good with it.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout
  • Monster Sob Story: See Bertha's backstory above.
  • Musical Assassin
  • Pillar of Light: A side-effect of Itzhak's power; when he dies, all the observation ghosts he's grabbed disperse at once, creating a huge version.
  • Warrior Poet: Literally, in Itzhak's case: his remuneration is writing poetry.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Itzhak has one of the most specialized and useless-in-combat abilities we've seen, which is presumably why he was paired with someone who can kill quietly and almost instantaneously or cause massive structural damage.
  • Wicked Cultured: Both, in different ways, between opera singer Bertha and reluctant poet Itzhak.

Harvest

The primary antagonist of the Interquel manga, Shikkoku no Hana. His power is to dissolve matter, and this ability to manipulate the connections between atoms allows him to give normal humans Contractor abilities.

Azusa Tsukimori

A young schoolgirl Hei encounters in Shikkoku no Hana. After being seduced and betrayed by her coach, Daisuke Mioka, she desires to become a Contractor in order to exact revenge. And then she meets Harvest...

After the death of her best friend, his power gives her supernatural leg strength, allowing her to kick people hard enough that they explode or jump twenty feet in the air. But the more she uses it, the larger the black flower attached to her back grows...

Daisuke Mioka

A young coach for a girls' volleyball team in Shikkoku no Hana. Loves teh ladies but goes about it in the most dickish way possible.

Parcel

A contractor of one of PANDORA's many factions working to kill Harvest. Her power is teleportation through use of black portals. Her Doll is a modified cyborg named "Champ."

Shion Pavlichenko

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Lindsay Seidel (EN)

Suo's brother, who was transformed into a Contractor. His power is to produce copies of things and people with one trait changed, and his remuneration paralyzes his legs, putting him in a wheelchair most of the time.
  • But Not Too Foreign
    • Likely of Ukrainian ancestry, '-enko' is a common ending for Ukrainian family names.
  • Creepy Child
  • Evil Redhead: Sort of.
  • Half Identical Twin: Or not.
  • Hikikomori: On account of being imprisoned and his Remuneration, which left him temporarily crippled.
  • Houko Kuwashima
  • MacGuffin Girl: A male variant, since the reason everyone's chasing Suou is to catch him. However, it turned out he was a lot more active than we were giving him credit for.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: After he became a Contractor, his father imprisoned him in a metal room from which he couldn't leave. Or maybe not. Dad and son are in cahoots. It's... complicated.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He enjoys messing with Suou's head a little too much.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Only one.
  • Power Degeneration: His remuneration makes him very weak, although it seems he can recover with no ill effects given enough time.
  • (Pre-)Teen Genius
  • Twin Switch: Has Suo take his clothing in the first episode, so she can escape. However, given later events, it seems more likely to have been so he could escape...

Dr. Pavlichenko

Voiced by: Katsunosuke Hori (JP), Sonny Strait (EN)

Suo's father and the inventor of a device which can pull memories from people even after they are dead. Later revealed as an early member of The Syndicate.

Madame Oreille

Voiced by: Kaho Kouda (JP), Jennifer Green (EN)

A mysterious character with connections to the CIA who is revealed to have been Hei's employer. She's also known throughout the underworld as a reliable information broker.

Mr. Smith

Voiced by: Joji Nakata (JP), David Trosko (EN)

A mysterious CIA agent seen interacting with Madame Oreille.

Tanya

Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa (JP), Alexis Tipton (EN)

Suou's best friend who becomes a Contractor for the FSB at the start of the second season.

Ilya Sokoloff

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (JP), Christopher Bevins (EN)

A Russian FSB Contractor featuring in the second series.

Claude / Shichi

Voiced by: Tetsuya Iwanaga (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN)

A Contractor who features as a major antagonist in the interquel OVAs.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Despite being shot and nearly bleeding out, he still manages to slaughter many Contractors that wanted to live in peace and forces Yin into awakening Izanami, creating a worldwide threat that could kill many humans and Contractors and setting up the second season. He still ends up dying due to Izanami, although it is less of a Karmic Death since he seemed to enjoy being killed by Izanami as he knew he had already won.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: His disguise as Amber actually isn't all that different from his true appearance.
  • Bishōnen: Looks similar to Amber from the first season. But while Amber was an Anti-Villain, Shichi is just evil.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: One of the most clear-cut examples in the series.
  • Chinese with Chopper Support: Strongly hinted that he worked for the Chinese government before becoming a Syndicate operative.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Yes, it's a wonderful idea to let an Eldritch Abomination loose just to see what happens.
  • Fantastic Racism: Reveals he doesn't like humans to intelligence agencies paying him a ton of money for Yin/Izanami...Shichi tosses their money away and manipulates the situation so everyone there will die. Though he didn't see himself dying, probably, but didn't care because he won in the end of the OVA.
  • Johnny Yong Bosch: Working for Funimation again.
  • Manipulative Bastard: His habit of using shape-shifting to trick people into killing their loved ones.
  • Master of Illusion
  • The Social Darwinist: Due to being exploited by humans, he began to wonder why Contractors don't exploit humans...after all Contractors have powers and humans don't.
  • The Sociopath: Seems to have no attachment to others, even killing his partner who he seemed to be friendly with and had no problem killing a lot of Contractors, despite his claims that Contractors are better than humanity and his dream of them ruling humans. Whereas other Contractors have felt some emotion towards others, Shichi's emotions can be summed up as spite against humans.
  • Smug Snake
  • Super Power Lottery: He won. He basically has Aizen's Complete Hypnosis as well as a limited ability to control his victims' bodies, and his remuneration is extremely light.

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