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
.Due to wiki policy, trope names will not be spoiler tagged. Please read at your own risk.
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A special operations team employed by The Syndicate
(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
Has an incredibly Dark and Troubled Past
, 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
- Adorkable: Li. He's so adorably inept, clumsy, kindhearted, and naive that you just want to hug him, and nobody would ever suspect he's secretly the Black Reaper.
- Amicable Exes: Only apparent in the last time he's with Amber. After being hell bent on killing her for most of Season 1, he finally gets to hear her side of the situation and makes peace with her in a very touching Cool Down Hug.
- Anti-Hero: A hitman for The Syndicate who doesn't really bother to question the morality (or, more often, lack thereof) of his assignments, with no compunctions about cheating, killing, or torture if he feels it's necessary.
- Badass Longcoat: So badass, in fact, that the coat is bulletproof only when he wears it.
- Badass Normal: Both before the Heaven's Gate event and in season 2.
- Berserk Button:
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards the aforementioned little sister in the past, and, depending on whether you're wearing Shipping Goggles or not, Yin. Toward the end of the second season, he also starts to treat Suou this way.
- Big Eater: He's both an excellent cook, and known for eating a ridiculous number of servings per meal. Granted, he probably burns a lot of calories due to all the super powered contractor fights he partakes in, but still. Since he's a Contractor, it initially seems that his eating habits are his Remuneration, but it turns out that, nope, he just really likes food.
Chiaki: You are going to get so fat. Sure, maybe you can get away with it now, but once you hit thirty and your metabolism slows down— well, if there's any justice in the world...
- Bishōnen: First manga only. The art is much more stylized than either anime series or the second manga, making him look pretty instead of handsome.
- Break the Cutie: Heaven's War and most of the interquel OVA.
- Broken Faceplate: One of the most common and effective ways to show that a foe is to be feared is for them to break Hei's mask.
- Brought Down to Badass: Second season. Even after losing his electricity-based superpowers, Hei still kicks serious ass.
- Chick Magnet: Boy howdy. Almost every woman he interacts with either falls in love with him or treats him as an honorary family member, be they an Emotionless Girl, a Magnificent Bastard, the Fair Cop trying to catch him, or someone whose first sight of him was the (apparent) murder of her father.
- Combat Pragmatist: Has absolutely no qualms about attacking from ambush, playing dead, using anything handy as a weapon, or using supernatural powers in a fistfight, and will hit girls if he needs to. At one point in the second season, he demonstrated how throwing a snowball could be used as an effective tactic.
- Cover-Blowing Superpower: At one point, he's undercover as a waiter in a restaurant, and a violent, drunk customer tries to walk out without paying and he ends up in the way. Hilarious Deadly Dodging ensues.
- The Cowl: He fits this almost perfectly except for the fact that a lot of his behavior is far from traditionally heroic. A Fan Nickname ensued.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Extremely. Start with dead little sister and betrayal by his girlfriend and work up from there: his little sister became a Contractor and was recruited by The Syndicate, and he joined as a Badass Normal to try to protect her. They were both in their early teens. After a few years of very mixed feelings, guilt, and trauma later, his then-girlfriend Amber (apparently) betrayed him, and his sister disappeared when Heaven's Gate exploded. He basically woke up with her powers, no sign of her, and no clue what the hell happened.
- Dating Catwoman: His relationship as Li with Kirihara.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Good luck if you have to train with him.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness:
- Permanently. Because his eyes are black, you can count on one hand the number of times you can tell the pupils from the irises, and they get stylized to dark blue-gray. We never once see light reflecting off them.
- Quite a few contractors display this in the series, to signify how they aren't happy, or anything else regarding emotions for that matter. Which makes the revelation that Hei isn't properly a Contractor and doesn't have their sociopathy all the more horrible, because he was already like that before he got powers.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Evil is pushing it but Li and Hei sound different.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Mr. Fanservice to Perma Stubbled, long-haired "sexy hobo" between seasons. Then back to normal after he gets to a stash of Hidden Supplies in Tokyo.
- Expressive Mask: Very subtly. While his mask's mouth is usually angled upwards in a grin, during serious scenes it's angled downwards (with a little help from the camera) into a much more somber/neutral expression.
- Eyes Always Shut: Fits the Obfuscating Stupidity version- "Li" often has these, and you know it's Hei when his eyes open and they're cold, blank, and unreflective.
- Face Palm of Doom: All the time; it seems to be his preferred method of frying someone.
- The Gadfly: Hei does have a sense of humor, though you rarely see it. It usually takes the form of playing jokes at at the expense of someone else, such as in episode 3 when Mao got caught by Li's landlady. She contemplated selling Mao to a meat market, which Li seemed to disagree with before adding "...Though [cat meat] might be tasty." Mao was not amused.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Watching Hei's eyes in an episode where he's mostly being Li is highly entertaining, just to see if you can spot the moments where his personality switches. In general, as Li, they're either closed or very wide, and narrower the rest of the time. This picture◊ gives a pretty good comparison.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Or rather, retractable cables with snap-hooks. Though twice, when he's had to get a cable particularly far away, he used a crossbow.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He's not quite a Contractor- he has his sister's powers, but normal emotions and no remuneration.
- Heroic Neutral: He'd really prefer to just be left alone, but the Syndicate isn't about to let someone so useful get away from them. Consequently, although he usually just does what he's told, he's still the group's loose cannon and will occasionally ignore orders entirely.
- He's Back: While he starts off the second season in rather bad shape, by episodes 8 and 9, he's looking and acting more like his old self, depower be damned.
- Iconic Item: His Badass Longcoat, White Mask of Doom, and knives.
- I Have Many Names: Well, to start with he's Hei, BK-201, and the Black Reaper and uses at least two different aliases (and probably more), not to mention whatever his real name is, Mayu's... description of him, and, if you want to get a bit meta, his Fan Nickname.
- Immune to Bullets: Thanks to his coat. Subverted when Huang shoots him in the leg when he isn't wearing it and he spends the rest of the episode limping.
- Important Haircut: Once he arrives back in Tokyo in the second season, he does this to illustrate his return to his former self.
- Irisless Eye Mask Of Mystery: His mask seemingly has no eyeholes and just have eyes and mouth seemingly painted on it, making it perfect for concealing his Secret Identity and adding to his "Black Grim Reaper" persona's mystery.
- Jerkass: On a bad day. The second season has a very long string of bad days, though.
- Jerkass Façade: The entire Black Reaper personality.
- Just A Flesh Wound: He doesn't tend to get slowed down much by stuff like a bullet through his leg or a spar of wood a foot long stuck in his shoulder.
- Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Even in-universe he gets written into Slash Fics, or that in a flashback, Amber thought that Hei holding his sister in his arms while she slept off her Remuneration looked "romantic."
- Lightning Can Do Anything: Averted most of the time, but given that the ability underlying this is quantum manipulation of matter, there are... exceptions. Especially when Hell's Gate is involved.
- Love Makes You Crazy: In season 2 he's willing to kill and torture to death just to find information regarding Yin's location. Doesn't help he was only willing to go back to work when he was told that she was still alive.
- Malevolent Masked Man: The way most of the cast sees him. Makes sense.
- Mask Power: His mask looks like a cross between V's mask and Billy the Puppet's face.
- Meaningful Name: 'Hei' is the Chinese pronunciation of 黒, the character that means 'black' in both Chinese and Japanese.
- Mr. Fanservice: A very good-looking Bad Ass with a Dark and Troubled Past who can qualify for both All Girls Want Bad Boys and Nice Guy and can be almost cute when someone gets past his shell? Yeah, there's a reason pretty much every single female he interacts with for any length of time ends up crushing on him or treating him as a surrogate family member. Especially since he's a really good cook.
- Mook Horror Show: The Black Reaper earned that name.
- Mugging the Monster: Pro tip: if you're going to try to walk out of a restaurant without paying, make sure that the cute, clumsy waiter you attack for getting in your way isn't a superpowered ninja known and feared throughout the criminal underworld who can "accidentally" send you careening into furniture.
- Mundane Utility: He can use his abilities to zap people, crack locks, knock people out, defibrillate his own heart... or fix a TV. (Though it might take you a while to realize that's what he did)
- Nice Guy: As Li. Even as himself, he's usually way nicer than most Contractors, and given the full extent of his abilities, he could be much, much worse.
- No Koreans In Japan: Subverted; Hei uses a Korean alias, Lee Hyeonsik, as a civilian disguise in Season 2.
- Not So Stoic: Though he's deeply in denial about most of his feelings, they show through occasionally.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In his Li Shengshun persona. Li isn't stupid per se, but he's a clumsy, naive, and generally harmless dork. Well, unless you attack him with a broken bottle.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Once, he managed to disappear from about ten feet in front of Kirihara in the time it took her to put on her glasses, while she was pointing a gun at him and he had a bullet wound in his leg that had him limping badly. And there wasn't anything tall enough to do a Building Swing escape in the area, so that possibility is out.
- One Hero, Hold the Weaksauce: Hei doesn't appear to have a Remuneration.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Hei" is Chinese for "black," and odds are pretty much certain it has nothing to do with his real name.
- Out of Character: In universe, Hei does not behave like a typical contractor. They're supposed to be emotionless, pragmatic, and incapable of empathizing with others. Hei does have emotions, has a kind side, and is known to act on these feelings without much rationality. This puzzles both ally and foe alike.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Played with. When he's on a job, he wears a white mask and a bullet resistant black overcoat. However, it's less of a disguise, more of means to keep witnesses from getting too close a look at him. It works because he moves too fast for anyone to get more than a glimpse of The Black Reaper.
- The Paralyzer: Though he uses the "walking downed power line" attack more often, he's also able to knock someone out with a touch.
- Psycho Electro: Generally an aversion. Generally.
- Punch Clock Villain: See Heroic Neutral.
- Red Baron: The Black Reaper
- Reality Warper: Shock and Awe is only one manifestation of a more general quantum-manipulation ability that Dr. Schrader mentioned could even be used for Super Empowering. When he's in the Gate, he can basically restructure everything around him.
- Secret Identity Identity: He has distinctly different personalities as Li, Hei, and the Black Reaper.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: While nowhere near as severe as Havock, he still hasn't gotten over Heaven's War.
- Shock and Awe: Hei can't shoot lightning, he can merely give off electric discharges, meaning he has to conduct the electricity to the enemy. Enter the metallic choke-wire. But he used that even before he could zap people.
- Soul Fragment: The source of his powers is what's left of his sister's mind after Heaven's Gate fused them.
- Static Stun Gun: He uses his electricity power like this at times. In one case he actually pretended to have a taser, because he wasn't disguised at the time.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: He's a master at this, to the point of Offscreen Teleportation.
- The Stoic: Borderline Stoic Woobie; remember his traumatic personal history and that he never wanted to be involved in any of this and the only reason he's working for the Syndicate is that they'd kill him if he tried to leave, and the reason he pretends to be a vicious, emotionless killer becomes a good deal clearer.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Underneath the Obfuscating Stupidity, stoicism, and Jerkass Façade, Hei is actually the result of a Nice Guy being forced to fight since he was a teenager, and he's very protective of his True Companions.
- Superpower Lottery: A low-key win at first glance; he's got a pretty powerful attack that can also be scaled back for nonlethal takedowns, and doesn't have to go line up pebbles or anything similarly inconvenient every time he uses it. However, it turns out he really hit the jackpot— his powers are from his sister, so he's got no remuneration, and under the right circumstances he's an honest-to-god Reality Warper.
- Supreme Chef: Oddly enough. Presumably it's due to a lot of practice.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Something happened between him and Yin in the Time Skip between the two seasons, and as a consequence for much of the second season he acts like a drunken, violent jerk.
- Touch of Death: If he can touch you, he can zap you to death.
- Tranquil Fury: When he's angry, it's a vicious, cold anger.
- Underestimating Badassery: You'd think that the fact that he was called the Black Reaper when he was just a Badass Normal Child Soldier would be a tip-off, but apparently a lot of people missed the memo.
- When He Smiles: According to Amber, he has the most beautiful smile. In a Hope Spot in the interquel, we see that she has a point◊.
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.
- Not Herself: At one point in the Gaiden OVAs, she speaks up out of the blue and starts coldly analyzing the problems with Hei's plan, then suggests another idea. He's rather creeped out, and it only gets worse a minute later when she says she doesn't remember saying anything.
- Not So Stoic: She starts crying in one episode and occasionally shows evidence of a crush on Hei.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name is Kirsi and she's Finnish.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Light blue hair? Check. Reddish eyes? Check. Pale skin? Check. Not quite human? She's a doll, after all. Mystical Waif? Check. Odd emotionless behaviour? Check.
- Tragic Monster: In the second season, simply by being alive Yin could end the world. She seems aware of it as despite the world's governments and the Syndicate trying to control her and prevent the end of the world, Yin wants Hei to kill her.
- The Unsmile: She uses her fingers. However, unlike most examples of the trope, it's cute rather than disturbing.
Hei's "handler," a Syndicate employee who relays his instructions and acts as backup when necessary.
A body-swapping contractor trapped in a cat's body who helps Hei's group.
- Body Surf: He has the ability to do this, but only between animals.
- Butt Monkey: The second and the first season has a lot of Mao-abuse.
- A Dog Named Dog: "Mao" is "cat" in Chinese.
- The Heart: While it's not obvious given his kind of snarky tone, Mao is one of the nicest Contractor characters and tends to bring out the best in Huang and Hei.
- Insistent Terminology: Mao is very clear on the point that he's not a squirrel, just a cat temporarily in a squirrel body.
- Voices Are Mental: His voice sounds exactly the same (and disproportionately deep) as a cat, a bird, or a flying squirrel, and one character who knew him as a human recognizes him by it.
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.
- But Not Too Foreign: She is half-Russian, half-Japanese. Likely of Ukrainian ancestry, '-enko' is a common ending for Ukrainian family names.
- Cloning Blues: According to her mother, a copy of the real Suou. According to her father, an Opposite-Sex Clone of Shion. Either way, she's upset about it, and angsts until Hei snaps her out of it.
- Cold Sniper: When in "Contractor-mode."
- Half-Human Hybrid: Like Hei, she has Contractor powers while retaining human emotions/morals. Unlike him though, she does have a Remuneration and temporarily loses those emotions/morals when her powers activate.
- Superpowered Evil Side: When being driven to the brink, her necklace becomes a BFG and she becomes a merciless Contractor, albeit one who wants to kill other Contractors for their evil actions. After this first time though, she retains her morality when using her powers.
- Unperson: After the incident that kicks off the whole mess, she gets wiped from all her friends' and acquaintances' memories.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Bureau
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.
- 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
- 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)!
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.
- Bodyguard Crush: Towards Kirihara. Almost happened though in the OVA, but never worked due to the gas.
One of Kirihara's underlings. Usually works alongside Saitou in PSB-related cases.
Another Division 4 officer. One of the oldest officers to work in the PSB.
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.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Likes to read and write erotic fanfiction and can be kind of ditzy, but also shows some competence, figuring out BK-201's identity when the rest of the police force failed miserably.
- Female Gaze: Spoofed. Hei's "sexy collarbone" has since become a meme.
- Loony Fan: Quite possibly even loonier than Kiko.
- Stalker with a Crush: She stalks Hei for a few days, leading the group to suspect that she's working for someone to try to interfere with their mission.
- Too Dumb to Fool: Not dumb exactly, but like the other Wrong Genre Savvy characters, she makes some accurate deductions, despite having odd logic and sometimes the wrong conclusion- she figures out that "Li" is the Black Reaper on account of his "sexy collarbone"
Also known as the Director. Kirihara's boss in the PSB.
Secret Intelligence Service
November 11, AKA Jack Simon
MI6's top agent, assigned to Japan to investigate Gate-related activity. He has the power to freeze liquids and a rather James Bond
- Affably Evil: Is remarkably polite and friendly for a Contractor.
- Badass: The nature of his powers, his creative use of it, and his suave demeanor cement him as one of the series' premier badasses.
- Second Face Smoke: In his introductory scene, he's dealing with some gangsters and voices his extreme disapproval of smoking early on. When they try to double cross him, one of them lights up and contemptuously blows smoke in his face. Big mistake.
- Shameless Fanservice Guy: He just doesn't care.
- Shout-Out: He is a secret agent. He is an only guy whose name is a month and a date - a certain guy's birthday.
- Smoking Is Cool: Sometimes subverted, sometimes played straight; the first time we see him dealing with his remuneration, he starts hacking out the smoke in a decidedly un-cool way, but the rest of the time he makes it look good.
- Touch of Death: Like Hei, if he can touch you, he can kill you.
A contractor on November 11's team who can create storms at will.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Doll assigned to November 11's team.
- True Companions: Kirihara is very surprised when he describes November this way.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Blond with gray eyes.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Only November 11, April, Kirihara and Suo seem to be aware of the dere side. To be fair, it's mostly for them.
- Tagalong Kid: Particularly in the second season, where he just sticks around for lack of other options. Or possibly lack of other reasons to be around Suo.
- The Unsmile: He uses his fingers like Yin. Unlike Yin, his goes back to creepy. It even manages to creep out Hei in full jerkass mode.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Contractor La Résistance
with a distinctly Social Darwinist
cast - think Magneto
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
- Affably Evil: Not evil, but she's constantly jolly throughout her run except on a few occasions.
- Amicable Exes: Extremely amicable to Hei. He disagrees but changes his mind in their final confrontation.
- Femme Fatale: Just ask Hei. .. although he'd give you the wrong answer. Hei thinks she is, since she betrayed his group in Heaven's War. However, his sister was in on it too, and they didn't tell him because they both knew that continuing to work for The Syndicate was safer for him in the long run. She still loves him and wants him to be happy.
- Fountain of Youth: Her remuneration.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She moved heaven and earth just to get into a position where she believed Hei could be happy by turning Japan into his own cosmic plaything at the cost of all Japanese humans.
- Meaningful Name: The mineral amber led to the discovery of electricity; see the entry on the main page for details.
- Necessarily Evil: Seen in how even in her "kill all Japanese humans" plan, she was willing to use the last of her power and seemingly Ret Gone herself.
- Not So Stoic: Breaks her jolly demeanour when Hei is facing a dilema on whether to let the Contractors or humans die, she's angrily asking if saving contractors is what he wanted in the first place. As this is one of the only times she's not smiling, it's rather jarring.
- Omniscient Morality License: Literally: Because she can see into any number of possible futures, she does morally questionable things on the logic that it is the best plan possible.
- Oracular Urchin: Since she's a lot older than she looks and has a limited ability to see the future.
- Ret Gone: Possibly her ultimate fate.
- Superpower Lottery: She won. She can control time itself, and her remuneration could theoretically make her immortal.
Amber's second-in-command. He has the very straightforward power of shooting waves of force.
- Big Eater: Not by choice, his remuneration requires him to eat a half dozen hard-boiled eggs.
- Brains and Brawn: Amber's the brains, he's the brawn.
- Died Standing Up: When his soul was taken by Yin.
- Disney Death: Seemingly burnt to death along with Brita at the end of the first season, he shows up in the third Gaiden, but now is bald with some signs of scarring, and has an Eyepatch of Power over his "shut" eye.
- Your Soul Is Mine: His fate at Yin's hands, along with the rest of the Contractor camp.
A contractor working for Amber. His power is to blow up anything he's touched, and he has an enormous crush on Amber.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Runs around blowing up buildings, hints that he intends to do more, attacks Hei because he's jealous and runs November 11 through a gauntlet for no real reason when his time would be better spent escaping. Not even Amber is sad when he dies.
A ridiculously sexy contractor working for Amber as a spy. She can teleport, taking along anyone she touches.
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.
A scientist working at PANDORA's lab at Hell's Gate.
- For Science!: He's actually not upset at all when Hei screws his anti-Gate system up since it gave him something new and interesting to observe.
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.
A cheerful scientist Hei meets while undercover at an observatory.
- Birds of a Feather: He and "Li" are both Nice Guy borderline-stoics who want to make the world better for their little sisters, and they get along really well. They even have the same powers.
- Evil Counterpart: He even has the same powers as Hei (the main difference is Hei's powers are straight Reality Warping that he uses almost exclusively for electricity, while Nick's are actually electricity)
- The Mole: He's the mole for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
A group of Japanese agents introduced in Season 2.
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
- Bait the Dog: Genma initially comes across as an affable, jokey Lovable Sex Maniac, and a pushover at that, since Suo "defeats" him by throwing a trash can over his head. Further appearances establish him as a sociopathic pedophile who finds wanton brutality incredibly amusing.
- Captain Ersatz: He is sometimes jokingly referred to as Emiya Kiritsugu.
- Depraved Bisexual / Anything That Moves: Genma makes so many sexual references that it's not quite clear what "direction" in which he swings or even if he's restricted himself to a "direction". Still, he seems to be attracted to children.
- Faux Affably Evil: He is a pretty laid back guy who initially seems to be a Plucky Comic Relief and keeps that attitude even after it becomes clear that he is a vicious psychopath
- Genre Savvy: He makes a reference to Dark and Troubled Past as adding Moe points.
- The Juggernaut: When in "armor mode".
- Locked Out of the Loop: Played for laughs; by episode 11, he's pretty much the only one who doesn't know that Suou isn't Shion.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Again, at first glance. Then the creepiness starts to show itself.
- Made of Iron: His power involves coating himself with nearly impenetrable armor. However, anti-tank fire can damage it and it doesn't do a damn thing against a laser katana to the eye.
- The Mole: He is ultimately revealed to be a spy for the CIA.
- The Sociopath: While his pronounced lack of empathy and capacity to deceive others effortlessly without a shred of remorse is typical of almost all Contractors, this trope uniquely applies to Genma given that he is also highly sadistic and almost perpetually preoccupied with appeasing an insatiable craving for stimulation.
- Stupid Evil: He doesn't really think his acts of pointless cruelty through very well.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Narratively, his role is very close to November 11's: they're both Contractors who end up working closely across organizational lines with Kirihara, despite her mistrust of Contractors in general. What's more, Genma and November 11 both cultivate relaxed, wryly humorous demeanors to obscure how dangerous they really are. And they both love doing the Anti-Villain boogie early on in their respective seasons. But whereas November 11 ultimately comes down on the side of integrity and fortitude, Genma lands in a much uglier moral space. The former is Affably Evil, while the latter is most certainly Faux Affably Evil.
A contractor with the ability to turn objects into laser katanas
. Part of the MIAC team hunting Hei and Suou.
- Blessed with Suck: Her Obeisance/Renumeration is to French kiss or have other kinds of intimate contact with men, despite having a sexual orientation towards women only.
- Badass: Had not one, not two but three fights with Hei. In the final fight with him, she would have killed him if she hadn't found out he wasn't the one who killed Yoko.
- The Ojou: A conversation with her grandfather in episode 9 suggests she was this and much more deferential prior to becoming a Contractor.
- Psycho Lesbian: "I got rejected..." Gee, ya think?
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: ...or the nearest Contractor equivalent. She really flips out when Yoko dies.
The group's token human
, a scientist who worked under Dr. Schrader.
- Bait the Dog: Initially appears very moe as well as friendly and outgoing, but she follows in the footsteps of the similarly affable Dr. Shrader in having For Science! as a mantra, pursuing "experiments" without concern for human life.
- For Science!: She basically rips Hei's soul in half just to see what happens.
- See the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Bureau.
A contractor serving the Chen Long Tang crime family. His power is to blow holes in anything he gets blood on.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He can't stand losing a fight.
- Badass: He's an evil psycho. But in a series where most people can't even come close to standing up to the main character, Wei nearly kills him two or three times.
- Blood Knight: This trait of his eventually becomes a DeconstructedTrope as it causes his death. Although he figures out Amber would only let him fight Hei if she knew Wei would lose and die and saw this via time travel, he still wants to fight Hei to the death due to a mix of pride and enjoyment.
- Cursed with Awesome: His remuneration is cutting himself, which he has to do anyway to use his powers.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Has to share the post of The Dragon with Amigiri, but otherwise fits in relation to Amber: the only reason he helps her is so he can fight Hei again.
- Finger-Lickin' Evil: He's been seen to slurp blood off his hands after killing someone.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Evil ones- his arms are covered with scars due to him cutting himself to use his powers/pay his Renumeration, and after Hei electrocutes him, half of his face and body is burned.
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.
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.
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
- Expressive Hair: It even curled into little heart shapes when she first saw Hei.
- Genre Savvy: Has occasional flashes of this amidst a lot of Wrong Genre Savvy; for instance, she accurately diagnosed someone under the influence of ME.
Havoc AKA Carmine
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
- The Butcher: Was the Contractor with the single largest body count.
- Dies Wide Open: Hei shuts them before going to confront the people who killed her.
- Eats Babies: Her Renumeration involved drinking the blood of children.
- Evil Redhead: Prior to reforming anyway.
- Heel Face Door Slam: Immediately after she gets her powers back but remains reformed, she is impaled by one of November 11's ice spears.
Bertha and Itzhak
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: Besides Itzhak's name, his personality is reminiscent of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: She's an overweight former opera singer who kills people with her voice.
- Beard of Sorrow/Perma Stubble: Itzhak’s appareance.
- Belated Back Story: Bertha's back story comes toward the end of her and Itzhak's arc. And it's devastatingly sad. 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 than 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.
- 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.
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.
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...
- Interrupted Cooldown Hug: A non-hug version: Hei has pretty much managed to talk her down from her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, when her coach comes up behind her with a taser and knocks her unconscious. Retribution was not long in coming, from both Hei and Azusa.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She seeks out Harvest in the first place in order to go on one of these.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Hei puts a lot of effort into trying to convince her to stop her rampage before the flower blooms and she's completely screwed. She decides to finish it at the last minute anyway, though he kinda deserved it.
A young coach for a girls' volleyball team in Shikkoku no Hana
. Loves the ladies
but goes about it in the most dickish way possible.
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."
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.
- Half Identical Twin: Or not.
- Hikikomori: On account of being imprisoned and his Remuneration, which left him temporarily crippled.
- 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.
- 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...
Suo's father and the inventor of a device which can pull memories from people even after they are dead.
A mysterious character with connections to the CIA. She's also known throughout the underworld as a reliable information broker.
- The Chessmaster: Apparently she was betting on the fact that Hei would head back to Tokyo.
A mysterious CIA agent seen interacting with Madame Oreille.
Suou's best friend who becomes a Contractor for the FSB at the start of the second season.
- Bee Bee Gun: Her power involves summoning a swarm of insects which she can control with her mind.
A Russian FSB Contractor featuring in the second series.
- Ax-Crazy: Played with: While most Contractors can kill without much thought, becoming a Contractor actually made him less kill-crazy. Also, theoretically, he now kills in the most painless way possible. But, yes, he's still crazy.
Claude / Shichi
A Contractor who features as a major antagonist in the interquel
- Attractive Bent-Gender: His disguise as Amber actually isn't all that different from his true appearance.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Manipulative Bastard: His habit of using shape-shifting to trick people into killing their loved ones.
- 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.