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Characters: Deadman Wonderland
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    Ganta Igarashi 

Ganta Igarashi

Voiced by: Romi Park (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)
Branch of Sin: Ganta Gun, Ganbare Gun

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.
    • Badass Adorable
    • 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.
  • 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 litteraly 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.
  • Expy: 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia
  • 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.
    • 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 Are Worth Hell: To Shiro.
  • 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.

    Shiro 

Shiro

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (JP), Monica Rial (EN)
Branch of Sin: The Original Sin

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.
  • Big Bad Friend: She's the Wretched Egg.
  • Broken Bird: Dear lord, is she ever. Her resentment for Ganta living a privileged life and the dehumanizing experiments she was put through clinches it. She could seriously be a candidate for Goddess of this trope.
  • 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. She isn't.
  • 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: Very much so. She caused the Tokyo earthquake in an attempt to force an RROD on herself.
    • And even this too 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.
  • Easily Forgiven
  • 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
  • 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.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Finally admits this after Ganta refuses to kill her in Chapter 56-b.
  • Karma Houdini: Sort of, given that she's now in a prison hospital without any of her healing powers.
  • Kick Chick
  • Love Redeems
  • 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.
    • Perhaps more of a coincidence than intentional, but there is also a type of Indian sweet called Shiro, which fits in well with her love of candy.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Chapter 55 proves she blows even Minatsuki out of the water for being a good actress. Everything from her Cloudcuckoolander antics to her Split Personality were not only faked, but a ploy to make Ganta strong enough to kill her, both physically and emotionally. The only person who didn't seem to be fooled was Hagire, and even that is debatable.
  • Only One Name
  • Pet the Dog: Kinda. While she doesn't kill the lamb that the crazy evil scientists put out for her to use her branch of sin on, she brutally massacres all the scientists. However, considering how much they deserve it...
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sort of. While she's not evil, she is dangerous.
  • The Reveal: Chapter 55 makes it crystal clear that Shiro never had a Split Personality in the first place. Yep, both her bubbly, kind persona and her bloodthirsty "Wretched Egg" persona were fake all along. In reality, Shiro was brought in as replacement subject for Ganta. She deeply resents Ganta for this and grows up as a jealous, violent, and broken Yandere. 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: Played with. Her Wretched Egg "personality" first appeared for her to deal with the trauma of being experimented on as a child. If Chapter 55 is anything to go by though, there was never a split personality to begin with.
  • Split Personality Takeover: Played with. In the later chapters of the manga, her Wretched Egg "personality" supposedly takes complete control and we don't see her more tender, child-like side reappear for a while. Chapter 55 reveals this to not be the case. In her own words: "It's the same as that coin you have. From two identical faces... there is only one Shiro."
  • Stepford Smiler: Her bubbly, happy-go-lucky personality turns out to be a facade. She knows full well that she is also The Wretched Egg, and feels utterly broken because of it.
    • Chapter 55 brought this Up to Eleven. She resents Ganta for being able to live a privileged life while she was stuck in Hagire's hellish experiments. She thus went after Ganta's school to express her sheer jealousy to her childhood friend.
  • 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.
  • Yandere: Her split-personality antics were all just an act to get Ganta strong enough to end her life.

    Yoh Takami 

Yoh Takami

Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji (JP), Aaron Dismuke (EN)

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: Minatsuki accuses him of this on a regular basis after her fight with Ganta. This is even Played for Laughs. It's otherwise left ambiguous as to whether there is any substance to those claims.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 but then he just disappears, and is never mentioned again.

    Kiyomasa Senji 

Kiyomasa Senji

Voiced by: Masayuki Kato (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)
Branch of Sin: Crow Claw

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:

    Minatsuki Takami 

Minatsuki Takami

Voiced by: Iori Nomizu (JP), Leah Clark (EN)
Branch of Sin: Whip Wing

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:
  • Ax-Crazy
  • 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.
  • Genre Savvy: Acts like an innocent Damsel in Distress in order to get a wannabe Knight in Shining Armor (like Ganta) to protect her and go easy on her if they are picked to face her. So when she drops the act and literally stabs them in the back, they won't see it coming. It's not the first time she's pulled this particular gambit.
  • Innocent Flower Girl: Inverted. 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. But she seems to have stopped this.
  • 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 

Masaru "Chaplin" Sukegawa

Branch of Sin: Peacock's Peak

A friendly Transsexual known as Peacock. She was imprisoned after murdering a woman her lover was caught with. She acts as an announcer for the Carnival Corpse matches.
Tropes associated with Chaplin:

    Kazuya Itadaki "Masu" 

Itadaki "Masu" Kazuya

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.


    Idaki Hitara 

Idaki Hitara

Branch of Sin: Condor Candle

Known as Condor, Idaki claims all of his actions are told to him through his dead daughter who "speaks" to him through the headphones he wears. He believes he is responsible for his daughter's death.
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
  • Survivors 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.

    Makina 

Chief Guard Makina

Voiced by: Takako Honda (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)

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.
  • Kaiju Defense Force: Formerly a JGSDF special forces soldier. She learned how to use a katana from her time there.
  • Lady of War
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Or the closest thing you can get to one in a series like this.

    Kyouko Kasuga 

Kasuga Kyouko

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:

    Tsunenaga Tamaki 

Tsunenaga Tamaki

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP), Eric Vale (EN)

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:

    Toto Sakigami/Rinichiro Hagire 

Toto Sakigami/ Rinichiro 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:

    Karako Koshio 

Karako Koshio

Voiced by: Kumiko Itou (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)
Branch of Sin: Fists of Blood

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
  • 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.
  • Badass
  • 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:In the epilogue.
  • 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.
  • Proper Lady: Likes to claim to be one, though most people beg to differ.
  • 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

    Nagi Kengamine 

Nagi Kengamine

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN)
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:

    Rokuro Bundo 

Rokuro Bundo

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (JP), David Trosko (EN)
Branch of Sin: Unknown

The technical expert of Scar Chain. Also an undercover spy for the Undertakers.
Tropes associated with Rokuro:

    Azuma Genkaku 

Azuma Genkaku

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Jason Douglas (EN)

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:

    Daida Hibana 

Daida Hibana

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:

    Azami Midou 

Azami Midou

Branch of Sin: Snake

An ordinary inmate who Ganta befriends. She has a pet armadillo. Gets turned into a Forgery, but snaps out of it thanks to Ganta. Decapitated by Toto.
Tropes associated with Azami:

    Yosuga Mitsuzaki 

Mitsuzaki Yosuga

Branch of Sin: Unknown

A Deadman, and the 'older sister' of Toto Sakigami in G Block. She is neither related to, nor even older than Toto. She takes part in the mission to return to Deadman Wonderland.

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.
  • Face-Heel Turn
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Hagire. At least she got what she wanted.
  • 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. And the fact that he didn't just attack her on sight like he did pretty much 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.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog
  • 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.
  • Third-Person Person: Constantly refers to herself in the third person, quite possibly even more than Shiro does.
  • Token Good Teammate: Essentially becomes this to Hagire in Chapter 52.
  • 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)

Left to right: En and Chan.

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.
  • Half-Identical Twins
  • 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.

    Sorae Igarashi 

Sorae Igarashi

Ganta's mother and a scientist. Deceased.


Tropes associated with Sorae:

    The Red Man/The Wretched Egg 

The Red Man/The Wretched Egg

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (JP), Monica Rial (EN)
Branch of Sin: The Original Sin

Without the mask. 

The true identity of the Red Man who killed Ganta's classmates and the origins of the Branches of Sin. The other side of Shiro's 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
  • Badass Boast:
  • Big Bad / Final Boss: After Hagire's final death.
  • 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.
  • 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 she adopts the purple bodysuit, though she 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.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • 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 her Branch of Sin the moment Ganta started saying everything bad that happened to her was his fault.
  • The Dreaded
  • Expy: In-universe example. Wretched Egg intentionally dressed up as darker version of Aceman, a superhero both she and Ganta looked up to as children, for her 'Red Man' attire.
  • Evil Albino
  • 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.
  • From Bad to Worse: After Hagire's death, she destroys the MacGuffin that powers the Mother Goose System. The one thing restraining her full power is now gone.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The reason she killed Ganta's classmates is because she was jealous of them.
  • Healing Factor
  • Hero Killer
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: She tried. The result? The Great Tokyo Earthquake.
  • 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. She 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.
  • Person of Mass Destruction
  • Pet the Dog: A heartwarming (if curious) moment happens in Chapter 55. Even though she loathes sweets, the Wretched Egg also knows that her Shiro personality loves sweets and misses Ganta. She consumes the unfinished pudding, making Shiro believe that Ganta visited her cell while she was out.
  • Power Floats: Appears to be the only Deadman capable of flight without a Branch of Sin that involves wings.
  • Samus Is a Girl
  • Slasher Smile: Comes with it's own sound effect, skrkt.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: The Great Tokyo Earthquake was her trying to use her Branch of Sin to such a degree that it would destroy her 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: Played with. Turns out it was just Shiro expressing her masqueraded resentment for Ganta and her thirst for revenge against those responsible for her experimentation all along.
  • 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 she remembers just how much of a Determinator he 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.
    • Oh, it inspired 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: Flat out admitted to Ganta in Chapter 55 that the only motivation for her butchering his entire classroom was sheer, unadulterated jealousy.


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