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The Hero, Ganta is a Mistaken for Murderer and imprisoned in Deadman Wonderland after his entire school class were massacred by the "Red Man". Implanted with the Red Man's Branches of Sin, Ganta earns the nickname Woodpecker, becoming a Deadman. Wishing to gain freedom, Ganta meets the cheery Shiro, a long lost childhood friend, and tries to survive in the prison against the other inmates, Deadmen and the Red Man.
Tropes associated with Ganta:
- Animal Motifs: Like most Deadmen, he is associated with a bird, the Woodpecker. See Destructive Savior.
- The Atoner:
- The Reveal about Shiro and Ganta's mother has left Ganta blaming himself for Wretched Egg existing. He is now determined to make things right.
- Also subverted. He struggles with his feelings of love and his hatred for the monster that she is, and in their fight he is alternating between a heartfelt plea and trying satisfy his rage by ripping her to shreds.
- Awesome, but Impractical: His Ganta Gun turns his blood into bullets. The thing is, while all the other Deadmen's fighting styles let them recycle blood easily, Ganta's does not. Meaning he shoots out his own blood to fight, without getting it back. Though this has obvious consequences early in the series, see Difficult but Awesome for its true potential. Leaving that aside, though, the crystal in his chest that is the source of his powers is slowly killing him.
- Badass: Incredibly so, by the series' end. He manages to push through and not only survive, but also help bring down the prison that he was sent to.
- Batman Gambit: He frequently tries to distract his foes while getting ready to attack them. When working with Senji against someone else, they both rely on each other taking certain openings when they're available.
- Berserk Button: He goes berserk every time the Red Man is mentioned.
- Bloody Murder: He uses his blood as ammunition for his gun.
- Brought Down to Normal: Presumedly as Ganta is alive and well as of the final chapter.
- Cast from Hit Points: Well, when you are using your blood as ammunition that you shoot at other people, your hit points are literally your ammo. Ganta learns this the hard way during is second fight with Crow.
- Combat Pragmatist: Very good at using the environment to his advantage, and throws in headbutts and such. When fighting the Wretched Egg towards the end of the manga, he actually gets up close to exchange blows.
- Couldn't Find a Pen: Drew his symbol on Shiro's hand, in his own blood. Justified due to him being, well, a Deadman, and due to Rule of Symbolism.
- Covered with Scars: He accumulates quite a few scars over the course of the series. Not surprising given the hell he goes through. By the end, his own scaring looks pretty similar to that of Shiro and Hagire. Yes, this is symbolic.
- Determinator: In the words of Shiro, "Ganta always gets back up."
- Deadpan Snarker: Though "deadpan" is an exaggeration most of the time, in the anime especially he has some smartass moments.
- Deus Angst Machina/Trauma Conga Line: Starts off bad in chapter one alone, and only gets worse and worse.
- Destructive Savior: The Woodpecker analogue. The recurring song is that the woodpecker's beak is full of poison and it goes around boring holes in trees, eventually destroying the forest and everything it loves in the process. Close to the ending of the manga validates him as such.
- Difficult but Awesome: Ganta's ability is one of the most powerful single Branches of Sin. However, the shots can't be recycled, so he has to make them count. If he concentrates, he can use tiny droplets of blood, which are faster, less costly, and more destructive. He can do the opposite and charge the shots to be explosive. This, combined with the long reach means that his power is extremely versatile in addition to being powerful. Unfortunately, the high cost and the inability to aim his shots after firing means he typically has to attack from close range or aim really well. Thankfully, Ganta is very good at choosing his shots. Comes to a head in the epic Chapter 56, where he counters Shiro's many incredible powers with precise powerful shots, though he can't get a bead on her.
- Fourteen year old boy who starts off as a crybaby and takes multiple levels in badass afterward out of necessity? Check. Fourteen year old love interest who knew him from a long time ago that he doesn't remember and has a totally crazy, if tragic side to her? Check. Only sane man in a crazy, dangerous, game-like world that drew him in against his will and keeps trying to kill him? Check. Starts going semi-crazy mid-way through the series? Check. One-eyed, one-armed badass elder best friend who starts off as an enemy but becomes a sort of surrogate elder sibling? Aforementioned love interest asks him to kill her towards the end of the series? Check. Gee, where have we seen this before?
- The authors worked on the Eureka Seven manga before, which may explain why Ganta is also reminiscent of Renton Thurston.
- As well as Shinji Ikiari from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Flipping the Bird: He flips off the audience of the Carnival Corpse when they demand that he kill his defeated opponent.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Will eschew his blood powers to physically attack his foes if he has an opportunity. Makes sense, since he needs to conserve as much blood as possible. He actually attacks the Wretched Egg up close and does pretty well for himself, forcing the Wretched Egg to retreat.
- Hand Cannon: The upgraded form of his Branch of Sin is this. By the end of the series, it's a full-blown Wave Motion Gun that totally levels Deadman Wonderland while fighting the Wretched Egg.
- Heroic Resolve
- In-Series Nickname: He earns the name "Woodpecker". Coincidentally, there's a recurring little nursery song about Woodpeckers that's pretty relevant to Ganta.
- Marked Change: When using his improved Ganta Gun.
- Mistaken for Murderer: Deliberately setup to end up in Deadman Wonderland by Shiro's other self, the Wretched Egg.
- Ordinary High-School Student:
- An ordinary middle school student, at least until he encounters the "Red Man".
- He goes back to being one in the epilogue, though he visits Shiro in the prison hospital every single day, and brings her candy.
- Parental Abandonment:
- After realizing how dangerous the situation with Shiro was getting, Ganta's mother sends him off on a van while she stays behind. There's also no mention whatsoever of his biological father.
- Chapter 53 reveals that she did this so that she could finish the Mother Goose System. She kills herself shortly after, both to prevent Hagire from learning how to turn it off, and out of guilt for what she did to Shiro.
- Chapter 54 also reveals that before giving birth to Ganta, that she was as heartless as Hagire ever was and had even planned on using her then unborn child as their needed test subject. After his birth, however, motherly instinct kicked in and she gave him to the care of a male doctor who was leaving the facility to save Ganta from the fate that she herself had given him prior.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Holy God, chapter 56. He and Shiro destroy Deadman Wonderland, as in sinking it after razing the amusement park to the ground, merely by the crossfire of their attacks.
- Took a Level in Badass: An incredible leap right before Chapter 56, where he is skilled with his branch of sin and powerful enough to destroy, absolutely obliterate, level, shred and sink the island Deadman Wonderland is on. The entire time, Shiro is doing the same thing to him, which he deflects.
- Unstoppable Rage: The death of his friends at the start of the series is an incredible source of anger for him. It's enough to make him hate Shiro with murderous, homicidal rage. Though he alternates between that and incredibly strong love. It's ultimately subverted. When push comes to shove in Chapter 56-b, he can't bring himself to finish Shiro off, and instead wants her to come live a normal life with him.
- You Will Not Evade Me: At one point when he fights the Wretched Egg, he lands a vicious hook to her head. She nimbly flips away, but Ganta reflexively turns, reaches out and grabs her leg to yank her back.
A mysterious but cheery Albino girl, Shiro becomes Ganta's closest friend in the prison. A bit of an airhead with a child-like mind and love for eating bread and candy, Shiro is actually Ganta's Forgotten Childhood Friend. Actually the Wretched Egg responsible for killing Ganta's friends, the upbeat Shiro being one side of her personality. Her antics as the Wretched Egg in her and Ganta's youth traumatized Ganta into forgetting she ever existed.
Tropes associated with Shiro:
- Badass Adorable
- Berserk Button: Don't bully or insult Ganta if you value your life.
- Brought Down to Normal: Without her powers, she spends most of the final chapter in a coma in prison, though she does eventually wake up.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She seems blissfully unaware of her surroundings.
- Covered with Scars: Under her spandex suit, her body is covered with scars.
- Cute Bruiser: Holy crap.
- Dark and Troubled Past: During her childhood, she was subjected to horrible experiments to test her powers.
- Death Seeker: The reason she brought Ganta to Deadman Wonderland was so that he would kill her, although this is a lie as revealed in 56-b. She wants to be a normal girl but since that's highly unlikely to happen, death is her Plan B.
- Despair Event Horizon: Chapter 55 reveals that she crossed this after finding out from Ganta's mother's journal that she was a replacement subject for Ganta. And she was still a little girl when this happened...
- Does Not Like Shoes: As a child, she was always barefoot. In the present, she wears a jumpsuit that covers part of her soles, but her bare toes and heels stick out.
- Evil Costume Switch: Once the truth of the Wretched Egg's identity was revealed to Ganta, she ditches her Nude-Colored Clothes in favor of a pink and purple-laced bodysuit with a shackle for a collar.◊
- Frankenstein's Monster: Under her bodysuit, her body is badly scarred.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: A very tragic variant.
- Genki Girl
- Healing Factor: She can regenerate any damaged tissue instantly. In the anime, her broken legs visibly snapped back into place in a second, complete with a crack sound.
- Heroic Albino
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Finally admits this after Ganta refuses to kill her in Chapter 56-b.
- Idiot Hair: She has a permanent cowlick in front of her hair.
- Ill Girl: In the epilogue. Justified in that she's lost her Healing Factor, and requires actual medical care after the absolute hell she's been through.
- Innocent Inaccurate
- Karma Houdini: Sort of, given that she's now in a prison hospital without any of her healing powers.
- Kick Chick
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Deconstructed.
- Meaningful Name:
- Her name means white in Japanese. Also of note is the fact that the lieutenant general of Unit 731, a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that operated during WWII, was named Ishii Shiro. This was a hint at her origins as a human experiment.
- There is also a type of Indian sweet called Shiro, which fits in well with her love of candy.
- Only One Name
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sort of. While she's not evil, she is dangerous.
- Redemption Earns Life
- The Reveal: Chapter 55 makes it clear that the personalities of Wretched Egg and Shiro had fused after the Mother Goose System's destruction. The kicker? She wishes that Ganta will return and kill her since the Mother Goose System wouldn't let her commit suicide.
- Sensual Spandex: And it's the same colour as her skin...
- Split Personality: The Red Man/Wretched Egg
- Split Personality Takeover: After the prison was shut down.
- Sweet Tooth: She loves candy.
- Tears of Joy: After Ganta refuses to kill her, draws his symbol on her hand in his blood, and then promises he's going to give her a normal life.
An inmate who Ganta befriends, Yoh is a kleptomaniac who works for Tamaki as a mole. Yoh is actually in prison to keep an eye on his sister Minatsuki, a Deadman.
Tropes associated with Yoh:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Has blond hair in the manga, brown in the anime.
- Badass Normal: Is the only one of the main characters who isn't a deadman, but uses his kleptomania to disable a giant terrifying robot and is a very cunning liar.
- Big Brother Instinct: Yoh is in Deadman Wonderland to earn the freedom of his sister, Minatsuki, who killed their father.
- Brother-Sister Incest:
- Brown Eyes: In the anime.
- Butt Monkey: Got beaten up or injured in practically every episode he was in.
- Chekhov's Skill: Remember his kleptomania? He 'stole' Makina's Worm Eater sword, which was how he was able to help the rest of La Résistance bypass Yosuga's otherwise seemingly impenetrable shield Branch of Sin, allowing them to give Mockingbird the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of his life. All three of them.
- Consummate Liar: He's as good at lying as he is stealing.
- Curtains Match the Window: He has brown eyes to match his brown hair.
- The Mole: Spying on Ganta for Tamaki, which Ganta actually figures this out on his own, but flat out doesn't care. He's just glad to have someone around who's (relatively) sane and friendly.
- Occult Blue Eyes: however he has blue eyes, and has a few schemes of his own.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His bangs cover his left eye.
- Stepford Smiler
- Sticky Fingers: He loves to steal, which got him in trouble with Warden Makina in the first episode.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Anime only. He was last seen in episode eight unconscious and getting treated for his injuries and is only mentioned once more by Makina in episode 12.
The first Deadman who Ganta meets, Senji is known as Crow. He uses his Branches of Sin to form blades extending from his forearms. Enjoying a good fight, Senji supports Ganta after he defeats him in a fight in the Carnival Corpse.
Tropes associated with Senji:
- Big Brother Mentor: To Ganta.
- Big Damn Heroes: He loves making these.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Made of his own blood.
- Blood KnightSenji: You little fuck... What the hell's wrong with you!? Think you can just square off with whoever you damn well please? You don't get to fight 'less I get front-row!
- Catch Phrase: "Dead Center."
- He looks a lot like a smaller, thinner Kenpachi Zaraki, especially after losing an eye. This becomes a Casting Gag when you realize that Patrick Seitz replaced David Lodge as Kenpachi at one point in the dub.
- Also apparently an expy of one Tenge Sazen, an obscure fictional eye-patched and amputated samurai.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Ganta befriends him in their second fight.
- Eye Scream: Loses his right eye as a penalty for losing a fight to Ganta.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Fan of Underdog: Supports Ganta at his match with Minatsuki.
- Handicapped Badass: Losing an eye. And then an arm.
- Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: Before coming to prison, was an honest cop.
- Heroic Build
- The Last DJ: Prior to coming to Deadman Wonderland, was the last honest cop on the police force.
- Mr. Fanservice: As much as there can be one.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: He says this to Shiro the first time they meet.Senji: Argh! Just put this on, lady! Full-body tights are too risque!
- Rated M for Manly: It is Senji's job to essentially make every other man in the series look like a wimp.The final chapter has him going rockclimbing with just the one arm!
- Sociopathic Hero
- Spiky Hair
- Tattooed Crook: He has the initials DSMK tattooed above his right eyebrow, which represents the names of his dead friends in the police force.
- Took a Level in Badass: He was already a badass, but when confronting Mockingbird, who has dozens if not hundreds of powers, and his two agile, gun-wielding guards, Senji is able to hold off all of them with his close range blades, eventually killing the guards and giving Mockingbird a hell of a fight. This after being trashed by the Mockingbird just shortly before.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
Yoh's sister, also known as Hummingbird. A Combat Sadomasochist, Minatsuki is a bit of a psychopath and enjoys harming others, caused by the abandonment of her mother during the Tokyo earthquake ten years ago. Yoh looks out for her, although she believes he is obsessive. She has a fondness for flowers, and her Branches of Sin extend from her hair.
Tropes associated with Minatsuki:
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts sweet and nice but her niceness is just an act.
- Blood Knight: She loves to fight.
- Brother-Sister Incest:
- Accuses Yoh of this on a regular basis after her fight with Ganta. This is even Played for Laughs. Again, it's not clear if it's just Refuge in Audacity on her part, or if there is actually truth to any of her claims.
- Fridge Logic dictates that there probably isn't, with her accusations being a way for her to "rationalize" Yoh's caring for her to fit in with her trust and attachment issues: "I betray people before they can turn on me."
- Brown Eyes
- Chained by Fashion: Goes around with her wrists loosely chained together for no apparent reason. Evidence seems to suggest it's because she likes it.
- Cluster F-Bomb: When her first episode was aired on Toonami, there were twenty-two censor bleeps. Nineteen came from Minatsuki. Although even Leah Clark was surprised "Why don't you jack off in a bottle of formaldehyde and call it our firstborn?!" made it through unedited.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Gets off on the feelings of pain and betrayal she causes in others. She's not totally uncomfortable with being hurt herself, either.
- Combination Attack: Did one of these with Peacock: A thorn-covered whip they used against Uzume Sumeragi. Yes, it's as badass as it sounds.
- Consummate Liar: Much like her brother, she's a pathological liar and a very good actress. It's implied that Ganta wasn't the first to fall for her 'fake moe act.'
- Cute and Psycho: She switches from adorable The Ingenue to a vicious bitch in seconds. Justified as the first is an act, though she was likely the first before the Great Tokyo Earthquake.
- Cuteness Proximity: To an armadillo. She actively tries to fight it.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: White Knights and victims of The Dulcinea Effect, you have been warned.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Has become much less of a Blood Knight and even a bit more optimistic.
- Defeat Means Friendship: 'Friendship' might be a bit of a stretch (at first, anyway), but she drops most of her more overt antagonism towards Ganta after her Carnival Corpse match against him.
- Evil Counterpart:
- To Ganta. Ganta was framed for a murder he didn't commit, while Minatsuki was convicted of murder for a clear-cut case of self-defense. They were railroaded by the same court and the same crooked defense attorney. Both were abandoned by their mothers. The difference? Minatsuki reacted to all this by becoming completely insane. Becomes Fridge Horror when you consider that Minatsuki has been in Deadman Wonderland in general and G-block in particular a lot longer than Ganta, and so it's a distinct possibility that Ganta is headed down the same road and it just hasn't set in yet.
- A key difference between Ganta and Minatsuki, though, is Minatsuki was already crazy before coming to Deadman Wonderland due to the trauma with her mother leaving her to die. This shows in both her admitting to Ganta that she was crazy before she came to Deadman Wonderland and that she lied to her brother about her Dad raping her, so that her brother would kill her father. Her reason? A mixture of For the Evulz and the fact that she gets off on betraying, manipulating and being cruel to others. Granted, this past is highly questionable due to Minatsuki being an Unreliable Narrator.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She goes ballistic upon learning that Yoh knew she was lying all along, and still cared for her as a sister.
- The Fake Cutie: Was this in the beginning, until she dropped the act all together.
- Freudian Excuse: During the earthquake, she was shaken off and abandoned by her mother as their home collapsed around them. Taken Up to Eleven in the anime, where her mother turns around and picks up a shattered pot of friggin primroses right next to where she's trapped under a pile or rubble and runs off with the flowers.
- Innocent Flower Girl: Subverted. She acts shy and sweet and grows flowers, but her nice personality is just an act.
- Little Miss Badass
- Lovable Sex Maniac: A more deadlier version. In her fight with Ganta, she says she gets off by looking at the faces of people in pain. She later stops this though.
- Makes Us Even: In the anime, she repays Ganta for having the Penalty Game rigged to let her off with a haircut instead of the usual Organ Theft by slaughtering a squad of Undertakers after they cornered him while he was en route to the confrontation with Genkaku. She makes it clear that this doesn't mean she wants anything to do with Scar Chain, and only did this because she felt like she owed him. This didn't happen in the manga.
- Moe: Invoked; Minatsuki introduces herself as the perfect moe archetype at first, small, shy, cute, meek, virginal, and afraid to hurt a fly. This is inverted when she reveals that the whole "moe" act is just a facade, and that she's really a sadistic sociopath who likes fighting, can and will kick your ass and torture you to turn her on, and is, on the whole, a Combat Pragmatist who is really not inexperienced with pain. Even after her defeat with Ganta and she mellows out a bit, you still only piss her off if you have a death wish.
- Mommy Issues: Her cruel nature comes from her mother leaving her to die in the Great Tokyo Earthquake.
- Never Be Hurt Again: To keep anyone from abandoning her the way her mother did, she deliberately acts as crass and cruel as she can so that no one will ever get close to her.
- Not So Different: Ganta calls her out on being a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, saying that if she hates her mother so damn much, why the hell would she act like her then?! Possibly why she drops the act eventually.
- Prehensile Hair: Her Branch of Sin.
- Rape as Backstory: By her father. Later implied to be a lie.
- Self-Made Orphan
- Ship Tease: There's been quite a bit of it with her and Ganta throughout the series, but Chapter 37 has the most obvious example. Never really goes anywhere, though.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: She's one of the most fouled-mouth characters in the manga.
- Sociopathic Hero
- Traumatic Haircut: Lost most of her hair during a Penalty Game after losing to Ganta.
- Unreliable Narrator: Minatsuki lies a lot, using her lies to get sympathy often. This puts her past into question quite often.
- Villain Decay: More or less dropped all antagonism after Ganta defeated her in their fight, and joins the heroes in their ventures afterwards. All of her more disturbing traits are increasingly downplayed, as well.
- Whip It Good: "Whip Wing"
Masaru "Chaplin" Sukegawa
- Branch of Sin: Peacock's Peak
Tropes associated with Chaplin:
- Bare Your Midriff
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Likes to try and drum these up with Minatsuki. It rarely works out.
- Combination Attack: Does this with Minatsuki against Uzume Sumeragi, one of the Complete Forgeries. They combined their Branches of Sin to create a whip covered in thorns, and promptly handed her ass back to her just as she was about to use her finishing move.
- Epic Flail: Peacock's Peak, her Branch of Sin. They resemble miniature morning stars.
- Femme Fatalons: Averted. She has long nails, but she's not a bad person.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Enough said.
- No Sense of Personal Space
- Loveable Sex Maniac: She's harmless, though. Just an audacious flirt.
- Transsexual: M to F
- Spiky Hair
- Stripperiffic: Her usual outfit is a black halter top with black panties, fishnet stockings, a vest lined with fur, and high-heeled boots.
- Write What You Know: In-Universe. She becomes an actress and directs a play named "Deadman Flowers" in the epilogue.
Kazuya Itadaki "Masu"
Kazuya Itadaki "Masu"
- Voiced by: Akira Harada (JP), Keith Kubal (EN)Branch of Sin: Unknown
A bizarre Big Eater, Masu appears to be able to eat anything. Serves as comic relief.
Tropes associated with Masu:
- Bald of Awesome: He has very little hair, and what little there is is confined to the top of his head.
- Big Eater: Eats absolutely everything.
- Bilingual Bonus: His last name and nickname when combined is 'itadakimasu', a phrase spoken by Japanese before a meal.
- Extreme Omnivore: Again, he'll eat absolutely everything.
- Flat Character: Was introduced in the same manner as the other major Deadmen, but was quickly reduced to comic relief.
- Man Child: He even looks like an overgrown infant.
- Branch of Sin: Condor Candle
Tropes associated with Idaki:
- Cool Old Guy
- Cool Teacher: In the epilogue.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: After deciding that Ichi and Hajime were incapable of killing him (and getting his blood all over the room), he ends the fight with a snap of his fingers.
- Eye Scream: Via a fork held by his enraged daughter Yuki.
- Hearing Voices: Claims that his daughter constantly advises him through his headphones. She's doesn't; the headphones are silent.
- The Insomniac: He hasn't slept in nearly forty years. Even Ichi and Hajime's "Mix Soft," an extremely potent sleeping poison, couldn't put him under.
- Playing with Fire: Ignites his blood to fight.
- The Stoic: To an almost inhuman degree. When his daughter stabs him in the eye with a fork, he calmly pulls the fork out, wipes it off, and gives it back to her
- Survivor's Guilt: He blamed himself for his daughter's suicide, saying he killed her. This confession is what landed him in the prison to begin with.
Chief Guard Makina
The chief guard of the prison, Makina takes nonsense from nobody and is more than willing to wound an inmate who gets on her bad side. She has a firm disliking for Tamaki, and investigates the true purposes of Deadman Wonderland.
Tropes associated with Makina:
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Badass Normal: The most badass non-Deadman character.
- Boobs of Steel: Has huge breasts, is the strongest non-superhuman woman in the series.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Her assistant is in love with her.
- Handicapped Badass: Wheelchair-bound after fighting Wretched Egg. She gets better in the epilogue, though.
- Heel–Face Turn: Surprisingly, her simplistic view of justice allied her with the heroes, instead of against them.
- Hero of Another Story: Her Knight Templar tendencies forced her to try and uncover the conspiracy surrounding Deadman Wonderland on her own from the other side of the fence, as it were.
- Jerk Ass: In her introduction she is harsh to the inmates and (non-lethally) slices Yoh's chest when he interrupts note . However, her rather one-dimensional view of justice inadvertently sided her with some of the more moral prisoners against the warden, after which she was a useful ally. She just kind of settled down after that.
- Lady of War
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Or the closest thing you can get to one in a series like this.
- Voiced by: Chika Horikawa (JP), Mary Morgan (EN)
Makina's assistant, Kasuga is usually seen by her bosses' side. Kasuga often praises Makina and asks her personal questions, which Makina often answers.
Tropes associated with Kasuga:
- Mysterious Past: The anime gives away one hint about her background during the closing credits: she's shown as a student at Nagano Middle School, with Idaki as her teacher and Rokuro as a fellow student.
- Nice Girl: Especially when compared with her boss and the other guards.
The childish but intelligent assistant warden and promoter of Deadman Wonderland, Tamaki believes he is the mastermind behind the prison and its secrets. A Villain with Good Publicity, Tamaki is seemingly allowed to get away with all of his vile actions due to his status... for a while.
Tropes associated with Tamaki:
- Amoral Attorney: He posed as Ganta's lawyer during his trial, making sure that Ganta would be found guilty.
- Ax-Crazy: It becomes clear soon after we see him that there's something evidently wrong with him despite his cheerful demeanour. But when the wall separating his true nature does come down, it reveals that he has nothing resembling sanity.
- Big Bad: He is the primary antagonist for most of the series, being the man who more or less runs Deadman Wonderland (with The Director, a frail old man, having very little to do with the series with his worsening health), as well as the leader of the Undertakers and 1st Unit Forgeries. Everything from the very beginning to the Forgeries arc ultimately has him driving the conflict as the man responsible for how Deadman Wonderland is run.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Ultimately, however, it's revealed this was only due to Hagire's manipulations. Hagire simply allowed Tamaki to believe he was the villain of the story because it suited him and it was a good way for Hagire to be able to act: with everyone focusing on Tamaki, Hagire in both his bodies throughout the series could act from behind the scenes. Tamaki realizing he was not the actual mastermind behind everything happening is what leaves him to his Villainous Breakdown.
- Driven to Suicide: Shoots himself in the head to prevent Toto from taking his belief that the prison was his game.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: His polite facade conceals a nasty personality.
- For the Evulz: His motivation for his actions essentially boils down to his gaming computer melting down.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was a reclusive gaming addict who lived with his mother and then the Great Tokyo Earthquake happened.. .
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: He has slicked-back hair, which is a classic hairstyle of a villain.
- Otaku: Was a gaming otaku before the Great Tokyo Earthquake.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's a sick, twisted asshole... who's frequently shown playing with bubbles or other kids' toys, and has a dancing sunflower novelty in his office.
- Smug Snake: He fancies himself the ultimate Chessmaster but in reality is just an overly confident and entirely Unwitting Pawn in the schemes of the director.
- Stepford Smiler: He looks cheery and polite enough, until you dig a little deeper.
- Villainous Breakdown: Pushed into one by Hagire, after receiving a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
Toto Sakigami/Rin'ichiro Hagire
- Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro, Hiroshi Naka (Rinichiro) (JP), Ryan Reynolds, R Bruce Elliott (Rinichiro) (EN)Branch of Sin: Love Labyrinth
The true antagonist of the series. Toto Sakigami, or Mockingbird, has been missing since he won the previous Carnival Corpse tournament but reappears claiming to know Shiro. Seemingly a nice guy, he is actually evil, with a diet of Branches of Sin.
Tropes associated with Toto:
- Affectionate Nickname:
- Had one for Yosuga, his 'older sister.'
- Shiro referred to Hagire's second body as 'Grandpa,' despite knowing they weren't really related.
- Ax-Crazy: Hagire in later chapters. The original Toto was apparently only this while in the ring, but was otherwise a pretty nice guy.
- Badass: Even Crow was nervous to be around him when he showed up in the training room to chat with Ganta in Episode 11.
- Big Bad: He's really Rinichirou Hagire
- Body Surf: Hagire can possess people's bodies and overwrite their personality completely, going from body to body.
- Came Back Wrong: After winning the last Corpse Carnival, he lost all of his Branches of Sin, his body became a fragile Frankenstein's Monster construction, and his personality did a complete 180. See Body Surf for the reason why.
- The Chess Master: The Chairman was using/toying with Tamaki the whole time.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Seemed to be slightly delusional and very playful before the last Carnival Corpse tourney.
- Deadly Upgrade: For the final battle, Hagire installs caps all over Toto's body that allow him to hemorrhage blood with little effort, turning him into a walking armory of Branch of Sin. He loses blood at such a high rate that he's practically mummified himself before the other Deadmen finish him off.
- Dead Person Impersonation: A lot of people actually did think he was Toto Sakigami for a while, although they noticed the drastic change in his personality before realizing he was Hagire.
- Disc One Final Boss: And he's finally dead as of chapter 53 leaving Shiro/Wretched Egg as the Final Boss.
- Dissonant Serenity: He's awfully cheerful for being in a hellhole like Deadman Wonderland. Mostly because Hagire is freaking insane, and he's the guy in charge of it.
- The Dreaded: The most feared Deadman alive this side of the Wretched Egg; being put in a match with him was a death sentence. Even Crow was visibly nervous just by being in the same room as him.
- Dying as Yourself: When he sees the fake gun, Toto remembers that his Onee-chan was his reason for living. Tragically enough, Hagire killed her with Toto's body.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Seemed genuinely confused as to why Yosuga saved his life after Senji cut off two of his limbs. Her response? "Yosuga has... always been Toto's 'Nee-chan,' right?"
- Of Orochimaru in that they’re both Body Surfing Mad Scientists who collect abilities and show no concern for those who serve them.
- He could also very well be an expy of Franken Stein, albeit an even more psychotic version of him. They even have the same thin features and glasses, at least when Hagire was in his original body, as well as the same compulsive need to dissect things... including themselves.
- Faux Affably Evil: Don't let his cheerful demeanor fool you, this guy is not nice.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Apparently needs glasses for reading, specifically computer screens. Hagire's original body wore glasses all the time, however.
- Frankenstein's Monster: His appearance. His body is falling apart and needs to be constantly replaced with fresh parts from other deadmen.
- Grand Theft Me: Had his body stolen by the Chairman and Big Bad, Rinichirou Hagire, the man responsible for torturing Shiro into becoming the Wretched Egg.
- Hemo Erotic: And how! He literally equates violence with love.
- Heroic Spirit: Hagire seems to hate all who bear this, including Ganta, all of La Résistance and even the original Toto.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He has been known to get the blood needed to copy powers through cannibalism. Hagire has, anyway; not Toto.
- Kick the Dog: Hagire does this to Yosuga in chapter 53, right before dying himself. Although this delves into an act of Stupid Evil, as she was his sole ally at that point and the only reason he was still alive.
- Killed Off for Real: As of chapter 53 he's gone for good, without the twins he's no longer able to write his memories into anyone else.
- Lack of Empathy: You can't really have any if you get your jollies torturing a little girl to the point of insanity.
- Lecherous Licking: Justified, though; his Power Copying abilities require him to ingest a Deadman's blood before he's able to use their powers. He just does it like this for Rule of Creepy.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To his "older sister" Yosuga, whom he's sworn to kill and be killed by (thus giving them both impetus to survive anything and everything else until then).
- Mad Scientist: Hagire was a lunatic even before he started body-hopping. His interference is what made the experiments on Shiro turn into utter atrocities.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He licks people. Enough said.
- Older Than They Look: Once Hagire got hold of his body. Interestingly, Hagire body-hopped from an old geezer into Toto, who was in his late teens at the most.
- Parental Substitute:
- Toto himself isn't one, but he more or less adopted Yosuga as his "older" sister, despite her being younger than he is. They've resolved to kill each other and so won't let themselves be killed by anyone else.
- Hagire, however, could definitely be considered one to Chan and En, and arguably to a lesser extent, Shiro (after Sorae's death) as well. He just won't be winning any Father of the Year awards any time soon.
- Power Copying: After doing it enough times, it more or less resolves into an all purpose Shapeshifter Weapon made from his blood anywhere on his body. Wings, tentacles, blades, wings made out of blades, etc. Though, there are a few he can't copy; specifically, Ganta's Ganbare Gun (though he can copy the original ability, Ganta Gun), and Shiro/Wretched Egg's Branch of Sin. Word of God also stated he wouldn't have been able to copy any of the Forgery Branches of Sin in the series' guidebook, The Irational World.
- Psychopathic Man Child: Was by all accounts vicious in battle, but outside the ring is childish and playful, hardly paying anything serious mind.
- Rasputinian Death: In his first showdown with the Deadmen, he loses two limbs. At the start of the final battle, he's a hobbling, dessicated shell that spews weaponized blood in all directions. Finally, he's whipped into the air, Frankensteiner'd onto a bed of spikes, lit on fire, and then blown to shreds by Ganta's enhanced Ganta Gun.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers an absolutely vicious one to Tamaki, leading to his immediate Villainous Breakdown.
- Redemption Equals Death / Love Redeems: In a sense. The original Toto Sakigami took over right in the last seconds of Hagire's life, for one last view of Yosuga's plastic gun.
- Self-Surgery: Does this an awful lot. There's a reason the seams and stitches all over his body are eerily similar to those of Shiro, and why he exhibits many of the same symptoms she had early on in her experimentation...
- The Sociopath: Hagire is this in spades. A monstrous Ax-Crazy Mad Scientist with both an astonishing disregard of human life other than himself and a vicious streak that never really seems to have a limit.
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: Deservedly ends up on the receiving end of this in chapter 53. Nearly every member of Ganta's crew has their fun beating the bastard to a bloody pulp before Ganta fittingly deals the finishing blow.
- Villainous Breakdown: Chapter 52, HOLY SHIT
- Villainous Glutton: And his palate of choice consists of blood and human flesh.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Toto doesn't shut up about it. Hagire doesn't understand the concept at all, but mentally associates it with violence against Shiro - hence why his ultimate goal is to get a body that can fight and kill her over and over again until he knows what it is.
- Voiced by: Kumiko Itou (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)
A member of the Scar Chain gang hoping to expose the prison's true purpose. Known as Game Fowl. She has a crush on Nagi.
Tropes associated with Karako:
- Action Girl
- Ambiguously Brown
- Battle Axe Nurse: The good variant, of course. Though her friends think the occupation is at odds with her nature, her aspirations to Proper Lady-hood would make it an obvious career choice. The "Battle Axe" part is sadly just Karako being herself.
- Oddly enough, in practice she appears to be an expert trauma surgeon, despite being specifically noted to be a nurse.
- Blood Knight: Subtle in the anime, but it's there. Just look at her smile whenever she fights.
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Her Branch of Sin hardens her blood around her hands and feet, giving her blows increased strength.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Not quite in the same way Shiro's Healing Factor works, but after she was stabbed by Genkaku, she used her Branch of Sin to crystalize the blood caused by the wound, stopping the bleeding and most likely saving her life.
- Hospital Hottie: Was this before being incarcerated.
- The Lancer: To Nagi; she's a black skinned female with blood armor while he's a fair skinned brunette male who attacks with projectiles. She's a Blood Knight and he's an Apologetic Attacker. Later takes his place as The Leader following his death.
- Number Two: To Nagi. Before becoming the Number One.
- Super Toughness: She's able to use her Branch of Sin for defensive purposes, covering herself in crystallized blood, giving her a shiny, defensive coat reminiscent of Emma Frost. It's not clear just how tough it is, though she can apparently survive being doused in boiling acid sprayed by Necro Macro with it and walk away unscathed.
- Supporting Leader
- Taking Up The Mantle
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Likes to claim to be one, though most people beg to differ.
- Branch of Sin: Owl's Eyeballs
The leader of Scar Chain, known as Owl. He had a relationship with a female Deadman until she was killed during a Carnival Corpse match by Azuma.
Tropes associated with Nagi:
- Amnesiac Dissonance
- Ax-Crazy: After being made Brainwashed and Crazy by Genkaku.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Fake Memories: Averted oh so cruelly. During his torture, Nagi screams that the memories of him going on a rampage were planted by Genkaku's injections, but they weren't. He just repressed them under stress. The drugs actually brought out the real memories.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Having a Blast
- Killed Off for Real
- The Leader: Type IV of the Scar Chain.
- Made of Iron: Survived Hibana's little ling chi session and ripped out his left arm once it's slice off with little to no reaction. Might be a hint that he's a lot tougher than he looks, with that Superpowered Evil Side locked inside him.
- Memento MacGuffin: His locket and his scarf.
- Not Brainwashed: He tells Karako he is quite sane before going on a rampage against Scar Chain.
- Taking You with Me: Dies holding down Genkaku so Ganta can kill him. Genkaku seems fine with it though... too bad he survives.
- Unstoppable Rage/Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Had an incident like this after his wife was killed, and after Genkaku reveals that he not only killed Nagi's wife, but also their unborn child, he goes on another one.
- Tragic Keepsake: His dead wife's scarf.
The technical expert of Scar Chain. Also an undercover spy for the Undertakers.
Tropes associated with Rokuro:
- Ax-Crazy: While he won't hurt you himself, he will get people to hurt you for him.
- Ambiguous Disorder: His neck-cracking tic, and obsession with calculations, to the point where in the original Japanese version his initial meltdown resulted from them being "destroyed", rather than the bomb not killing the remaining Scar Chain members as seen in the dub could be used to indicate that he has something else wrong with him other than just being another run-of-the-mill psychopath.
- Berserk Button: Having his calculations destroyed. See Freak Out and Villainous Breakdown below.
- Black Eyes of Crazy
- Body Horror: At one point he cracks his neck so much that it actually gets stuck in a very cringe worthy angle and he had to forcefully push it back into place.
- Character Tic: He really should see a chiropractor given how he has a tendency to pop his neck rather often. And by rather often we mean that we're surprised he hasn't broken it by now.
- Chewing the Scenery: It's extremely obvious that Jun Fukuyama and David Trosko were milking episode ten for all it was worth.
- Combat Sadomasochist: His reaction when people on his side get cut in half.
- Control Freak
- Creepy Shadowed Under Eyes[[/]]Exhausted Eye Bags:
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Deranged Animation: The last part of his freak out in episode ten is a mild example of this.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: He's nothing like two other mathematical geniuses from another anime involving death if they were fused together.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette:
- Expy: Looks like L and acts like Light from Death Note.
- Evil Is Hammy: Though the hamminess only lasted one episode, it certainly proved that this would've been the case had it been allowed to go on longer.
- Freak Out: Some think that he managed to out do Light's infamous meltdown.
- Good with Numbers: "Don't fuck with the human calculator!" indeed.
- Gray Eyes: Ya know, when they're not Black Eyes of Crazy
- Idiot Ball: He was actually pretty smart until his calculations got destroyed. Then he took the idiot ball, and ran with it.
- Insufferable Genius
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Sort of. It's implied that he really was that batshit crazy all along, but he never showed it until episode ten.
- Large Ham: Not initially, but he certainly gains one during his Freak Out. See Punctuated! For! Emphasis! below.
- Law of Disproportionate Response: His reaction to getting his calculations destroyed.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: His Branch of Sin is a flat, disc-shaped shield which he used to deflect bullets. It hasn't been seen being used offensively.
- Mad Bomber: The data chip was actually a bomb. And he made it.
- Mad Mathematician: He really should be the trope image for this.
- Master of Disguise: He was the one who posed as Ganta in the leaked video in the first episode, which made everybody in the courtroom want to kill him. Maybe. Rokuro is seen to be very capable of editing footage, so he might have just digitally fabricated this.
- Clarified in episode four when Tamaki claims to "know a gifted imposter", heavily implying that it actually as him posing as Ganta. How he managed to do so, however, is never explained.
- Mood Whiplash: And how, at first he acts calm in episode ten but then he completely loses it in under five seconds.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Obviously delivered to him considering just how horrible he looked afterwards. Oooh, ouch.
- Obviously Evil[[/]]Obvious Judas: Well, given that he was pretty mean to Ganta right off the bat, and that he shows his true colors as soon as things don't go his way, you'd think someone would have suspected him of something earlier.
- Psycho for Hire:
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:"WHICH OF YOU! FUCKHEADS! SHAT ON! MY GODDAMN BOMB?!"
- Shout-Out: See Does This Remind You of Anything? above.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Until episode ten threw that all out window, and gave him a ham large enough to rival that of Light Yagami's!
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Bundo, or Bundou?
- Additionally, there was a brief bit of confusion during his introduction on whether or not Bundo was his first name or last name. This was due to that in Japanese Dub he was introduced as Rokuro Bundo. To clarify, in Japan people are usually introduced with their last name first, then followed by their first name. When the English Dub came out, he was introduced as Bundo Rokuro, even though everyone else was introduced with in the English way of first name followed by last name. Even more confusion was resulted from him still being called Rokuro, while everyone else (except for Genkaku) was called by their first names. It's widely accepted that his first name is Rokuro, however.
- Teen Genius: He can be no older than twenty, and he made a bomb the size of a freaking thumbdrive.
- The Engineer: Well he did make a bomb.
- The Insomniac: Maybe. He does have bags under his eyes. Or is that a shout out to another raven haired genius who loved using percentages?
- The Mole: For the Undertakers.
- Third Act Stupidity: See Idiot Ball above.
- Villainous Breakdown: He did not take the sight of survivors very well, mainly because it messed up his calculations. It gets even further when Senji showed up and threw his math off even further by improvising a move to bypass the Worm Eater.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the anime he's left in the Scar Chain hideout, and is never mentioned again, while the manga he's seen on a bus leaving the prison...but is never seen or mentioned again. Not even the ending.
Leader of the 1st Undertaker Platoon. A self-proclaimed "super monk", he kills people under the belief it will free them from their suffering. He wields a guitar which doubles as a pair of machine guns.
Tropes associated with Azuma:
- Adults Are Useless: The head monk at Genkaku's monastary never even considered that the reason Genkaku always appeared so beat up was because the other monks were physically and sexually abusing him, assuming instead that Genkaku was getting into fights that he instigated.
- Badass Gay / Depraved Homosexual: Confirmed as gay by Word of God, though a lot of Fan Fic writers seem to either forget or ignore this.
- Badass Long Robe: That is flame printed no less.
- Badass Normal: Being an Undertaker, he's one of the few non-Deadmen who can go up against a Deadman and win.
- Badass Monk:
- Bad Samaritan
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil
- Captain Ersatz: When Soul Eater was airing on Toonami, a lot of people compared him to Spirit 
- Card-Carrying Villain:"How the hell have you not learned yet that I am a jealous psycopath?"
- Cold-Blooded Torture: To Nagi
- Combat Sadomasochist
- The Dragon
- Evil Redhead
- Expy: Shares many traits with Ali al-Saachez (with Ganta as his Setsuna), such as being a Card-Carrying Villain, Evil Redhead, Faux Affably Evil, Psycho for Hire, and Bad Samaritan.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Freudian Excuse: Was beaten and raped repeatedly when he was young. And his kitty died.
- Good Shepherd: He calls himself an 'uber monk' who saves souls but it's just him being Faux Affably Evil.
- Go Out with a Smile: Though chapter 40 indicates that he's still alive, but unconscious and in critical condition..
- Gratuitous English: "Heyoo, fahking guyz!"
- Gray Eyes: Although in most fan works he either has blue, brown, or even red ones.
- Guns Akimbo: His guitar could also function as two machine guns. Well, before he got it upgraded into a freaking compressed air cannon gun.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: He has a freaking guitar that can turn into two machine guns. It later gets upgraded to point where it can blow a football-sized hole through a man's torso. Spine included.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Towards Nagi.
- Insistent Terminology: He's not a monk, he's a super-monk.
- "Uber"-monk in the dub.
- Instrument of Murder: See Impossibly Cool Weapon above.
- Karma Houdini: Managing to come out alive in the fight between him and Nagi despite being the one responsible for killing his wife and driving him to insanity.
- On the other hand, since he was confirmed to be in critical condition afterwards, being unable to "save" people by killing them and being kept alive through the care of others could be considered a fate worse than death for someone like him.
- Law of Disproportionate Response: Doesn't bat an eye at a bunch of people dying, but breaks down crying when Shiro destroys his electric guitar.
- Made of Iron: He's gotta be if he can survive Ganta's Ganbare Gun.
- Manipulative Bastard: Towards Nagi.
- Metal Head: He seems to like the metal genre of music.
- More Than Mind Control: He manages to make Nagi temporarily revert back to being berserk and Ax-Crazy by convincing and reminding him that he doesn't actually have any hope for a family and that most of his happy memories are made up.
- Musical Assassin
- No Eyebrows
- Rape as Backstory
- Rock Me, Asmodeus!
- Psycho for Hire
- Save the Villain: An interesting variant. In the anime, taking a Ganbare Gun to the face is probably preferable to what almost happened to him considering he's confirmed alive in the manga; right before Ganta's Marked Change, Shiro went Wretched Egg, and would have slaughtered Genkaku and probably everyone else in room except Ganta had he not taken the initiative... without realizing what had just happened to Shiro, of course. This didn't happen in the manga.
- Sexy Monk
- Straw Nihilist: Believes he is "saving" people by killing them.
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Nagi.
- Surfer Dude: A particularly deranged and dark version.
- The Gun Slinger: His guitar doubles as two machine guns.
- Too Kinky to Torture
- Trigger Happy
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Until his kitty died. Being brutally raped and beaten up multiple times doesn't really help either.
- Villainous Breakdown: He loses it after he kills Nagi. To specify, he kills everyone on his side.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He is stated to be alive in Chapter 40 after surviving Ganta's Ganbare Gun; although in a coma and critically injured.
- Made even worse by the fact that he's not even mentioned in the ending, so we'll probably never know his ultimate fate.
- Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori (JP), Tia Ballard (EN)
A member of the Caretaker Division, Daida is a psychotic little girl who carries a huge sword around with her.
Tropes associated with Daida:
- Abusive Parents: Her mother was a psychotic cult member who inflicted downright hellish punishments on her for minuscule things like bedwetting and vomiting, and would abuse her for just about anything simply because she could. She completely deserved her death at the hands of her own daughter.
- On the other hand, the ending credits in the anime seem to indicate that her father might not have been such a bad guy.
- Berserk Button: Go on, tell her she's not a 'lady.' See what happens.
- BFS: Wields a sword twice her size.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: She gets ripped to shreds after stumbling across the newly revived Toto.
- Cute and Psycho: Holy crap.
- Freudian Excuse: When she was a young girl, she was repeatedly tortured by her mother.
- I'm a Humanitarian: She might just be.
- Improbable Hairstyle: A ridiculously long ponytail that somehow stands almost straight up.
- Knight Templar: She has a very twisted sense of justice.
- Mummies at the Dinner Table: When arrested, said she was taking orders from her dead mother.
- Obliviously Evil: She doesn't actually understand the concept of proportional response. All that torture she endured from her mother convinced her that extreme acts of violence were the appropriate punishment for misbehavior.
- Self-Made Orphan: "I did punish them properly, didn't I? My mama taught me! She taught me so well, I taught her right back!"
- Villainous Breakdown: Started protesting through tears that she was a lady after Nagi told her that she wasn't one, and made her have a flash back about her abuse from her crazy mother.
- Whip Sword: Her weapon of choice. It's actually blunt, which is arguably worse.
- Branch of Sin: Snake
Tropes associated with Azami:
- Badass Long Robe: As a Forgery.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: After becoming a Forgery. She gets better, though.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Delivered a successful Snake bite to Wretched Egg. Even though it didn't really do anything to her due to her Healing Factor, it still made her hesitate. Wretched Egg then curiously asked Azami if she really was Ganta's friend. Right when it looked like Azami might actually be getting through to her... Hagire decapitates her and asks what's taking Wretched Egg so long.
- Cool Mask: ... well, at least it looks cool. What it actually does isn't cool at all.
- Delinquents: Was the leader of a girl gang.
- Branch of Sin: Unknown
Tropes associated with Yosuga:
- Affectionate Nickname: Enough said.
- Anti-Villain: Types II and IV. She doesn't agree with Hagire's goals - and in fact makes it pretty clear she doesn't like Hagire himself at all - but damn it, she is not going to let her 'brother' die, and wants nothing more than to have her Toto back.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Played with. She tells Ganta she was in love with Toto, but despite them having 'adopted' each other as surrogate siblings and are for all intents and purposes serious about it, they're Not Blood Siblings.
- Death Seeker: Prior to becoming Toto's new official 'Nee-chan'. To the point where she actually questioned if her Branch of Sin was keeping her alive against her will.
- Declaration of Protection:
- Toto was really, really fond of his 'sister.' Before Hagire took him over, if you knew what was good for you, you did not mess with her.
- She returned the favor later. … sort of. Not only did she save Hagire's life after Senji dismembered him, she used her Branch of Sin to block the attacks of several other Deadmen when he recovered.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hair Decoration: She constantly wears a black and white headband that covers her bangs.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Pleads with Hagire to let her be with Toto again. He kills her instead.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Her and Toto more or less adopted each other as surrogate siblings. They were probably the only friends either of them ever had in Deadman Wonderland.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Her Branch of Sin. It was strong enough to block four different Branches of Sin at the same time without budging, though its stated earlier in the manga that she has difficulty controlling it. Apparently not.
- Morality Pet: To Toto. ... not quite to Hagire, though.
- Although, she does point out that Hagire didn't completely rewrite Toto's personality, and still has many of his mannerisms. The fact that he didn't just attack her on sight like he did everyone else who set foot in Deadman Wonderland speaks volumes.
- Parental Substitute: Toto's new 'sister.' She was promoted to this after he witnessed her being bullied, but not before he ripped her harassers to shreds.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Kind of. Her usual outfit appears to be a long, oversized sweatshirt which doubles as a skirt of sorts, worn over tights which she wears as pants.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Toto is childish and playful and universally feared amongst the other Deadmen. She was a quiet, introverted Death Seeker who enjoyed reading, and was routinely bullied before Toto started protecting her. Turned Up to Eleven when it comes to Hagire, who she still refers to as her 'younger brother.'
- Suicide Pact: Ironically, her 'reason for living.' Well, it's more like a 'Mutual Simultaneous Homicide Pact,' but close enough. It's also why she refuses to believe her Toto is gone for good.
- Thicker Than Water: Somewhat subverted in the sense that Toto isn't really her brother. Her entire motivation for returning to Deadman Wonderland was to protect Toto from the other Deadmen despite knowing full well why they felt he needed to be stopped. Even though he's Hagire now, she believed until the very end that her Toto was still in there, somewhere. Turns out she was right.
- Third-Person Person: Constantly refers to herself in the third person, quite possibly even more than Shiro does.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair: Confirmed◊ as of the cover of Volume 12.
Chan and En
Chan and En
- Voiced by: Shohei Kajikawa (Chan) and Yuka Saito (En) (JP), Micah Solusod (Chan) and Apphia Yu (En) (EN)
A pair of Creepy Twins who work for the Director. Both are Deadmen.
Tropes associated with Chan and En:
- Brain Uploading: Their Branch of Sin lets them do this. Prior to Hagire turning them into cyborgs, the damage they did to Japan's electronic infrastructure made the government think they were being targeted by professional cyberterrorists. Utilizing their Branch of Sin in this way was also how Hagire was able to Body Surf.
- Creepy Monotone: Made worse by the fact that they Speak in Unison.
- Creepy Twins
- Cyborgs: Their backstory showed that they were born with half a brain each, and the only reason they were even alive (despite being in a vegetative state) was due to their Branch of Sin compensating for their missing brains. Hagire took them in, and gave them a cybernetic implant to replace the missing halves of their brains via their Branch of Sin. This caused them to become Single-Minded Twins, and is also the reason for their Undying Loyalty.
- Dance Battlers: In terms of combat, they're some of the most acrobatic fighters in the entire series. What's more, due to them having a single mind, their attacks were perfectly synchronized with one another, making them able to attack from multiple directions at once. However, Senji was able to exploit this, because their synchronized style of fighting also made them predictable.
- The Dragon: To the chairman.
- Evil Albinos: They have the requisite white hair, pale skin and red eyes.
- Love Martyr: Knew that Toto/Hagire didn't love them back, but died for him anyway.
- Major Injury Underreaction: To use their Branch of Sin, they each cut off an arm without so much as flinching.
- Meaningful Name: Their names are likely derived from Chang and Eng Bunker, a famous pair of conjoined twins.
- Parental Substitute: Saw the chairman as one, and loved him as a father. It was completely unrequited, and they not only knew, but didn't care.
- Single-Minded Twins: Literally, due to their Branch of Sin.
- Taking the Bullet: For the chairman.
- Transferable Memory: Their Branch of Sin was the key to Hagire's Body Surf tactic. They essentially linked Hagire and the victim to a type of computer, and then downloaded Hagire's memories into the new body, essentially rewriting their personality with Hagire's. Though it was later revealed that this method wasn't COMPLETELY flawless...
- Undying Loyalty: To the chairman.
What's below this line is nothing but spoilers, which will thus be unmarked. You have been warned.
Sorae IgarashiGanta's mother and a scientist. Deceased.
Tropes associated with Sorae:
- Chekhov's Gun: Developed the crystal that would serve as the source of Ganta's powers before she died. It protected her from Shiro's energy during the Earthquake.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Seen in flashbacks and photos.
- Deliver Us from Evil/Love Redeems: Originally intended to bear Ganta to raise him as an experimental subject for her lab research. Fortunately for Ganta, maternal instinct made her change her mind.
- Didn't See That Coming: It never occurred to her that she might actually care about her child until it was too late.
- Foil: The Motherly Scientist to Hagire's Mad Scientist. She ironically starts off as his Distaff Counterpart before becoming a mother.
- For Science!: A philosophy she eventually came to regret.
- Heel Realization/My God, What Have I Done?: Hagire walking into her hospital ecstatically shrieking about dissecting her newborn son is what finally drives home just how bad an idea her research really is.
- It's All My Fault: Damn right, it is.
- Mama Bear: Protective of not just Ganta but Shiro as well.
- Mercy Kill: Played with. Putting aside that Shiro is nearly indestructible, she couldn't bring herself to end Shiro's life, no matter how much she thought she should or how much Shiro wished she would because she finds Shiro fascinating. She does however discover and create things that can destroy Shiro (namely the Red Crystal and Ganta).
- Missing Mom: Because she's dead.
- Mommy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Sends Ganta away to be raised by someone else before offering Shiro as his replacement.
- Motherly Scientist: When she was alive. Specifically this to Shiro while growing up, being one of the only people to treat her like both a little girl and a person. Sorae also seemed to be the only scientist that Shiro sort of liked.
- Motherly Side Plait: She grew one after giving birth to Ganta as she started to act less like a Mad Scientist and more like, well, a human being.
- Posthumous Character
- Redemption Equals Death: Sorae seals Shiro to keep others safe from her and then shoots herself in the head when Hagire tries to force her to undo the process.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Woodpecker song, which she wrote.
- Shoot the Dog: Offering Shiro as Ganta's substitute and later, sealing Shiro.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Most of the manga is Sorae's fault. And she KNOWS it.
The Red Man/The Wretched Egg
The Red Man/The Wretched Egg
The one who killed Ganta's classmates and the origin of the Branches of Sin. Also the other side of Shiro's split personality, created through brutal experiments on Shiro as a child, her unlocked power causing the Tokyo earthquake.
Tropes associated with The Red Man:
- Ax-Crazy: Delights in butchering people just for shits and giggles. The Wretched Egg has wracked up a higher body count than the entire rest of the cast combined.
- Badass Boast:
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Holy hell. The absolute nightmare Shiro went through at Hagire's hands broke her brain, leading to the Wretched Egg side of her existing.
- Big Bad Friend: In the sense that she's Shiro's alter ego.
- Blood Knight: Played with. She makes it seem like this was her sole motivation for her partnership with Hagire, stating that he can fully satisfy her bloodlust and desire for chaos and destruction, despite the fact that Hagire is one of the two main reasons she suffered so much in her childhood. In reality, she literally needed him, because he was her best shot at shutting down the Mother Goose System. Hagire's probably aware of this, but he doesn't care. Fighting her is his life's joy.
- Blow You Away: Can literally create tornadoes from blood with winds strong enough to tear human beings limb from limb.
- Broken Bird: Biggest one in the series by a mile.
- Cool Mask: At least until adopting the purple bodysuit, though later starts wearing the mask again with it, sans helmet.
- Combat Pragmatist: Up to Eleven in Chapter 42. Any time you can pick this up and use it as a weapon, you are INSTANTLY badass. Somewhere, Magneto is applauding.
- Crossdressing Voices: Subverted in this case.
- Death Seeker: Her 'wish' is to die. And she wants Ganta to be the one to do it.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Nearly took Ganta's head off with an intentional miss of their Branch of Sin the moment Ganta started saying everything bad that happened to them was his fault.
- The Dreaded: The reason there is a Mass "Oh, Crap!" every time the Mother Goose System stops working in Deadman Wonderland. Basically, when the lullaby stops, people die.
- Expy: In-universe example. Wretched Egg intentionally dressed up as darker version of Aceman◊, a superhero from their childhood for the 'Red Man' attire.
- And out-of-universe… Split Personality with a childish side and an Axe Crazy one that end up merging by the end; Forgotten Childhood Friend of the hero, who when he first met her assured her that her white hair was totally cool; subject to inhumanly horrific experiments her whole life; Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds… Get out of this body, Lucy!
- Evil Laugh: After 53 chapters, she finally gets to indulge in some laughter.
- Fan Disservice: Depicted naked more than once in the Return to DW arc, though the context under which it happens takes a lot away from the scenes.
- Fille Fatale: Shows shades of this towards Hagire in Chapter 43. The fact that she tolerated being touched by him as much as she did, while naked, says a lot, though it's seriously doubtful she's doing anything beyond simply using what she knows Hagire wants in exchange for shutting down the Mother Goose System.
- Final Boss: After Hagire's final death.
- From Bad to Worse: After Hagire's death, the Wretched Egg destroys the MacGuffin that powers the Mother Goose System. The one thing restraining their full power is now gone.
- Greater Scope Villain: For the most part throughout the series. After killing all of Ganta's friends and being responsible for his incarceration in Deadman Wonderland, for the most part, Wretched Egg plays very little direct antagonism in the story until Hagire is finally defeated and the Mother Goose System is destroyed, thus fully unleashing her power and letting her take front-stage as the main villain of the story for the finale]], with Tamaki and Hagire serving as the primary antagonists for almost all of the story. Ultimately, however, everything bad that happens traces back to the Wretched Egg: the Great Tokyo Earthquake, the origin of all Deadmen, and literally everything Tamaki and Hagire do is to respectively kill her (Forgeries were specifically created to combat her), and unleash her full power respectively, thus making the Egg the ultimate root of everything bad that happens in the series, no matter how indirectly.
- Green-Eyed Monster: The reason for killing Ganta's classmates is jealousy.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: They tried. The result? The Great Tokyo Earthquake.
- In-Series Nickname: Ganta refers to the Wretched Egg as the 'Red Man,' and Shiro refers to it as 'Aceman.' This is because the Wretched Egg side of her first manifested when Shiro cried out for Aceman to save her while being tortured.
- Ironic Echo: The very first words the Red Man ever says to Ganta are repeated again in Chapter 42, albeit under very different circumstances.Wretched Egg: "Welcome home, Woodpecker."
- Karma Houdini: ...kind of, given the ending.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Inverted. Wants to die at Ganta's hands, and only at his hands.
- Meaningful Name: The progenitor of the Branches of Sin, and the original Deadman. Hence the 'egg' bit, since most Deadmen are named after birds.
- Mercy Kill: Her "wish" is for Ganta to do this to her.
- Pet the Dog: A heartwarming (if curious) moment happens in Chapter 55. Even though loathing sweets, the Wretched Egg consumes an unfinished pudding, as she knows that her Shiro personality loves sweets and misses Ganta.
- Power Floats: Appears to be the only Deadman capable of flight without a Branch of Sin that involves wings.
- Samus Is a Girl: Ganta immediately assumes their identity to be male, even referring to them as "The Red Man" but they are eventually revealed to be Shiro.
- Slasher Smile: Comes with it's own sound effect, skrkt.
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: The Great Tokyo Earthquake was them trying to use her Branch of Sin to such a degree that it would destroy their own body faster than it could regenerate. Subverted because, obviously, it didn't work.
- Super Empowering: The source of the Nameless Worm that gives deadmen their powers.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Subverted, Shiro is revealed to be fully conscious and in control during the atrocities the Wretched Egg commits.
- Walking Spoiler: Technically, it flies.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Once you consider her backstory, she is most definitely this. Even Ganta seems to agree, according to Chapter 54. Their Ferris Wheel Date Moment has Ganta apologizing profusely for not being there to save Shiro, and it ends with him promising to 'end her suffering.'
- Worthy Opponent: Seems to view Ganta as one. Most likely because of remembering just how much of a Determinator Ganta was as a child, actually proving her wrong when she called him weak. Keeping in mind her insane cynicism borne of endless torture, Ganta was probably the only spark of humanity that ever got through to her. Though it inspired fascination more so than hope. Although it inspired some hope, too: chapter 55 reveals that Ganta's unique Branch of Sin was actually designed by Sorae, and that it's the only Branch of Sin that is capable of killing her.
- Yandere: Her only motivation for butchering his entire classroom was sheer, unadulterated jealousy.