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The Moe, Nice Guy with a massive Sweet Tooth Protagonist of the series. He's worked in the Enmacho Celestial Bureaucracy for 70 years since his death when he was 26.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Even the villain loves this guy!
- Actual Pacifist
- Almighty Janitor
- Ambiguously Bi: Is very frequently attracted to women, but also enjoys flirting with and teasing Hisoka on occasion.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: In the storybook arc. Even Tsuzuki thinks that fem!Tsuzuki looks good.
- Badass Longcoat
- The Beastmaster: Of his 12 shikigami.
- Break the Cutie: His entire life and afterlife.
- Broken Bird
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- Butt-Monkey: In his division.
- Chaste Hero
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Tsuzuki has the unfortunate tendency to try to help every suffering person he meets, usually at the cost of personal well-being.
- Cooldown Hug: Gives one to Hisoka at the end of the King of Swords arc.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Despair Event Horizon: When he (unwittingly) killed people back when he was alive.
- Driven to Suicide: Twice.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: After his Heroic B.S.O.D..
- Even the Guys Want Him: Tatsumi and Watari get accidentally turned on by him when he strips out of his yukata for a bath, The Count has been dogging him for years, Muraki has an unsettling fixation on him, and Hisoka turns Tsundere at the drop of a hat around him.
- The Fettered
- Friend to All Living Things
- Green Thumb
- Healing Factor
- The Heart
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Every time he realizes that he's killed people.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hisoka, although the heterosexual part is arguable.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness
- Interrupted Suicide: The second time he tries to kill himself, Hisoka snaps him out of it.
- It Never Gets Any Easier
- Lethal Chef
- Nice Guy: To the point where this is his fatal flaw.
- Not So Different: With Hisoka. They were both ostracised, abandoned, and called monsters as children.
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Perpetual Poverty: Maybe if he stopped eating so many sweets...
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Even Tatsumi can't resist.
- Purple Eyes
- Really 700 Years Old: Tsuzuki physically stopped aging at 18, lived on until his death at 26, and then worked the last 70 years in the Shokan division.
- Sexy Priest: When undercover at a catholic school.
- Ship Tease: With Hisoka, mainly.
- Stepford Smiler
- Stupid Sexy Flanders
- Summon Magic
- Supernatural Is Purple
- Sweet Tooth
- Taking the Bullet: For Hisoka, more than once.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth
- Trademark Favorite Food: Apple pie.
- Trauma Conga Line
- What Beautiful Eyes!: His bright purple eyes are noticed in-story as strange, especially by Muraki.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
- You Are Not Alone: Has to be reminded of this whenever he falls into depression, usually by Tatsumi or Hisoka.
Tsuzuki's younger, more serious partner.
- Abusive Parents: His mother and father locked him in the cellar ever since they found out about his powers. Physical abuse is not touched on, but his mother fervently believed he was a demon. He was disclaimed as her child.
- Actually, one of Hisoka's flashbacks-presented-as-nightmares features other village children asking him "Did your mother hurt you again?" This implies there was physical abuse, and that it was common knowledge to at least the other children.
- Ambiguously Bi: Develops feelings for Tsubaki, but also reacts tellingly whenever Tsuzuki teases him.
- Blessed with Suck: His empathy powers are useful, but can just as eaily make him disoriented or even cause him to pass out.
- The Cutie: Even (or especially) when he's being tsundere.
- Can't Hold His Liquor
- The Comically Serious
- Cooldown Hug: Gives a couple of these to Tsuzuki throughout the Kyoto arc.
- Covered in Curse Marks: His death-curse is etched all over his body, though it comes and goes at times. It's implied that even thinking about Muraki will cause the marks to appear on Hisoka's body.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Comes across as this in the drama CD when he walks in on Muraki molesting Tsuzuki.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Muraki raped him when he was thirteen and then cursed him to die slowly and painfully over the course of three years. Ouch.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Ever since his parents caught wind of his emphatic abilities, Hisoka had been forced to spend an enormous amount of time locked in the cellar of his home for using them. Moreover, it is his empathy that forces him to feel the emotions of others whether he likes it or not. Even after Hisoka becomes a Shinigami, the thoughts and emotions of others—or particularly gruesome visions—could overwhelm him and send his brain into overdrive.
- Muraki raped him at the age of thirteen and then cursed him to die slowly and painfully over the next three years after Hisoka manages to get outside for the night and witness him murder a woman. Hisoka could have died quickly enough, but Muraki wanted to draw things out. His reason? Because Hisoka was so beautiful, his death had to be 'special'.
- Declaration of Protection: Has a variation of this toward Tsuzuki. He swears that even should everyone else disappear from Tsuzuki's life, he'll stay by his side.
- Distressed Dude: Falls into this occasionally.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady
- The Empath
- Empathic Healer
- Even the Guys Want Him
- Family Theme Naming: All the members of his family have an aquatic name. Aside from "secret," the character for his first name (密) is more commonly read as "dense."
- Freudian Excuse
- Green Eyes
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Hates Being Touched
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tsuzuki, although the heterosexual part is up for debate.
- Ill Boy: Even in the afterlife, he encounters side-effects from his empathy (being in large crowds and/or witnessing a particularly gruesome vision) and curse marks (whenever Muraki is nearby). Hisoka is also extremely sensitive to the sun and he can't hold his liquor well at all.
- Ineffectual Loner
- Luminescent Blush: Several times, and usually in response to something Tsuzuki says/does.
- Meaningful Name: The characters in Hisoka's full name (黒崎 密) translate to "Kurosaki secret" when put together. Considering he spent the majority of his life hidden away in a cellar, that's rather apt.
- It gets more depressing when you consider it was originally his older sister's name, and all first born girls are killed, implying Nagare would have kept her alive as his "secret" if he could have.
- Mr. Fanservice: All the girls go wild when he enters the scene.
- The Not-Love Interest: To Tsuzuki.
- Not So Different: With Tsuzuki. They were both ostracised, abandoned, and called monsters as children.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Please Don't Leave Me: Begs Tsuzuki not to leave him all alone again when Tsuzuki tries to kill himself. It works.
- Power Incontinence: Sometimes Hisoka can't control his power to absorb emotions and he passes out.
- Rape as Backstory
- Rape as Drama
- Ship Tease: With Tsuzuki.
- Sidekick: To Tsuzuki.
- Straight Man
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: For Tsuzuki.
- Together in Death: Tries to invoke this with Tsuzuki at the end of the Kyoto arc, at least in the manga, since he can't bear the thought of being alone again. Tatsumi saves them both.
- Trauma Conga Line
- Troubled, but Cute
- Undying Loyalty: To Tsuzuki.Hisoka: Even if everyone else in your life disappears, Iíll always be here by your side.
- The Unfavorite
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy
- You Are Not Alone: Constantly has to remind Tsuzuki that he's there for him, even if Tsuzuki isn't receptive to the comfort. Tatsumi actually implores him to stay with Tsuzuki, and Hisoka decides that even should everyone else turn their back on Tsuzuki, he'll always remain by his side.
Chief KonoeTsuzuki and the others' boss, the Father To His Men Chief of the Shokan Division.
Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura
Seiichiro TatsumiChief Konoe's Sexy Secretary at Enmacho who terrorizes the division about expenses and work. He used to be Tsuzuki's partner.
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Berserk Button: Hurt Tsuzuki and you will pay.
- He gets a pretty crazed expression when he promises Tsuzuki he won't let anybody harm Hisoka, too.
- Calling the Old Man Out: He does this to Nagare in Hisoka's stead."Does your house... your land... your tradition mean so much to you? So much that you'd let your own son die without seeking treatment?!"
- Defrosting Ice King
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Toward Tsuzuki. He implores Hisoka to take care of him after he failed to do so, and during the storybook arc his counterpart character outright states this toward Tsuzuki's counterpart. Keep in mind that the characters in the book share the thoughts and feelings as their real counterparts.
- My Greatest Failure: Letting Tsuzuki go.
- Right-Hand Hottie
- Sexy Secretary
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- Took a Level in Kindness: After the storybook arc.
- Tsundere: For Tsuzuki.
Yutaka WatariThe division's resident quirky Mad Scientist.
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- Explosive Instrumentation
- Gadgeteer Genius: Though sometimes his inventions just blow things up.
- Kansai Regional Accent
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Mad Scientist
- Nightmare Fetishist: In the dub, at least, he sounds WAY too enthusiastic about murder victims and demons.
- The Spark of Genius
Kazutaka MurakiEveryone's favorite Creepy Awesome Stalker with a Crush Deadly Doctor. The main antagonist of the series.
Voiced by: Show Hayami
- Badass Normal: Muraki doesn't actually have powers the way the shinigami do, so it's astonishing that he's been able to give them so much trouble.
- Beauty Is Bad: How many characters who've said that Muraki looks like a white angel have died horribly?
- Bi the Way: He's in love with Tsuzuki, but also has a long-time girlfriend who the audience has never seen.
- Big Bad: Especially in the anime, where there's only one arc where he isn't directly responsible for the horrible things everyone goes through.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Hisoka remembers vividly the horrible things he did to him but it's just another day in the life for Muraki.
- The Chessmaster
- Combat Sadomasochist
- The Corrupter: Let's see, how many lives has he ruined now?
- Deadly Doctor
- Depraved Bisexual: Though he denies that he's gay, Muraki acts pretty disturbing whenever he's with Tsuzuki...
- Devil in Plain Sight: Please. He totally does not look like an angel.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- Freudian Excuse
- Gray Eyes
- Hellish Pupils: At times.
- Hero Killer: In a sense. He killed Hisoka but hasn't "killed" any of the shinigami, who are already dead.
- In Love with Your Carnage
- Interplay of Sex and Violence
- Karma Houdini: He really doesn't get justice for all of the horrible crimes he's committed.
- Mad Doctor
- Man in White
- Manipulative Bastard
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- No Sense of Personal Space: Especially toward Tsuzuki and Hisoka.
- Slimeball: A handsome one, but a slimeball nonetheless.
- Smug Snake: Driven home by the dub, where his voice has a smugly superior sounding tone to it.
- Stalker with a Crush
- The Unfettered
- Villain with Good Publicity
- White Hair, Black Heart
Saya Torii and Yuma Fukiya
- Mismatched Eyes
- Nice Girl
- Ship Tease: With Terazuma.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only named female who besides Saya, Yuma and Suzaku who appears multiple times and doesn't suffer a gruesome death.
- Ridiculously Cute Critters: A plucky duo of tiny birdlike creatures.
- Giant Flyer: A huge phoenix.
- Mama Bear: To Tsuzuki, especially in the Kyoto Arc where she attacks a girl-turned-monster that Muraki sent to kill Tsuzuki with. Unfortunately, this leads to Tsuzuki losing his mind and going catatonic. Lampshaded by Tatsumi, who compares her protectiveness to a mother bird protecting her chicks.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: See Mama Bear above.
- The Phoenix
- Undying Loyalty: Taken to the extreme in the Kyoto Arc, where she remains loyal to Tsuzuki even after he loses his mind (something that would normally lead a shikigami to abandon or try to kill their master).
Supporting human characters
- Broken Bird
- Driven to Suicide: Committed suicide because of how much her mother used her. Her mother made a deal with Muraki to bring her back.
- Evil Diva: Appears to be one, though it turns out that she's not exactly "evil".
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- Abusive Parents: Manipulated and controlled Maria to exploit her wealth and fame. After the stress drove Maria to suicide, her stepmother asked Muraki to bring her back so that she can exploit her more.
- All Take and No Give: Her relationship with Maria.
- Evil Matriarch
- It's All About Me/Skewed Priorities: Her reaction when her stepdaughter commits suicide? It's basically "how can I exploit my daughter if she's dead!?
- Kick the Dog: Forcibly bringing her daughter back to life despite the fact that Maria was happier being dead.
- Smug Snake
- Wicked Stepmother
- Affectionate Nickname: Kazusa calls him "Hi-Chan".
- Big Brother Instinct: To Kazusa.
- Demonic Possession: A victim of it, due to the eye that he was given.
- Driven to Suicide: Sort of; he tries to kill himself after everyone around him starts seemingly developing a Hate Plague and even Kazusa becomes scared of him (she actually sees the demon lurking within him), but Tsuzuki is sent to save him.
- Elegant Classical Musician: He's skilled with the violin. This drives the plot of his arc.
- Intergenerational Friendship: An adorable one happens between him and Kazusa.
- Nice Guy
- Precocious Crush: Seems to develop one on Tsuzuki by the end of his arc.
- Twin Switch: They're not twins, but Hisoka and Hijiri are identical enough to switch places so that the demon possessed Tsuzuki kills Hisoka instead of Hijiri, who is placed in hiding with Kazusa.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His possession by the demon.
- Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: In the anime, she dies offscreen and yet somehow comes back to watch Hijiri's performance, with no explanation. In the manga, she sort of becomes a shinigami (most likely because her True Sight would prove useful), which is explained to Hijiri in the hospital scene (a scene the anime cut her out of).
- Back from the Dead: Kind of. She's still dead, but now she's a shinigami!
- Children Are Innocent
- Companion Cube: Carries a teddy bear around. It disappears later, though.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Turns out that her father's death was NOT a coincidence...
- Cute Ghost Girl: Basically, after she dies.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: More like Dropped a PILLAR on Her.
- Heartwarming Orphan
- Heroic Sacrifice: Pulls one to save Hijiri.
- Infant Immortality: ...is what she doesn't have.
- Mysterious Waif: A minor example; she was suddenly orphaned, she's being pursuied by a demon, can somehow see its true form and invokes a protective impulse in the main characters.
- Token Mini-Moe
- True Sight: Can see the true forms of demons.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After she dies, her soul is brought back and Hisoka promises Hijiri that they'll look after her. She is never seen again afterward. She does appear in a flashback in the anime, though.
- While she doesn't make an appearance herself, her toys are shown strewn around Tsuzuki's room later on in the manga, they actually are looking after her on a personal level.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: So she asks Hisoka to do it for her. He takes it pretty well.
- Ill Girl: She has a very, very weak heart...
- Innocent Flower Girl: Which makes all the horrible things that happen to her all the more heartbreaking.
- Split Personality: Develops this thanks to Muraki's manipulations. She occasionally thinks that she's Eileen.
- Unwitting Pawn: For (surprise, surprise) Muraki.
- Innocent Flower Girl: Before being murdered and having her heart literally stolen so it can be given to Tsubaki.
- Only Friend: She once was this to Tsubaki. Poor Tsubaki did NOT take Eileen's fate well.
- Posthumous Character
- Affably Evil: The term "evil" only applies because he's allied with Muraki. For the most part, he's polite and amicable, and even gives Hisoka a fighting chance to save Tsuzuki.
- Friend to Psychos: When you're best bros with Muraki, this is kind of a requirement.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Muraki. This being "Yami no Matsuei", however, the term "heterosexual" should be used very, very loosely.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Master Swordsman
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ironically, given their choice in clothing, he is the blue to Muraki's red.
- Ship Tease: He really seems to like Muraki.
- Would Hurt a Child: Kill, actually.
- Abusive Parent
- Driven to Suicide: Attempted, at least. Fortunately Tatsumi finds him before he bleeds out.Nagare, crying: "This time, I thought I could go where Kasane and the children are..."
- Meaningful Name: The character for "Nagare" (流) stands for "flow," "stream," and "current." He has a water serpent inside of him.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In his monologue, he outright states he put effort into becoming someone worthy of the Kurosaki clan. He was pleased when his father declared him heir, since he took it as a sign he was finally accepted by he predecessor.
- Abusive Parent
- Angsty Surviving Twin
- Laser-Guided Karma: Rui disowned Hisoka as her son because he was "a demon"... and as of the current arc, she's been suffering for three years with what's implied to be an actual demon in her womb.
- Longest Pregnancy Ever
- Twin Switch: Sort of. Technically not quite, considering she's a replacement for her dead twin.
- Would Hurt a Child: She used to beat Hisoka, in an active attempt to kill him.