Characters / Dorohedoro

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Mukokuseki: There's a lot of japanese naming, but except for Natsuki, who looks like a stereotypical asian character, most of them look Caucasian, European, or Latino.

    Hole Residents 

Click here to see his usual mask 
The main protagonist. He's lost his memories and got a Caiman Lizard head. He seeks to regain both his face and memories by hunting down Magic-Users, whom he believes to be responsible for his state. His M.O.? Find em and stick their heads in his mouth, where they meet a strange man later revealed to be a duplicate of Risu who, so far, has said nothing but,"You're not the one." Yes, this man is living inside his mouth. Then he pulls em out, and when they tell him that they are not the one, he kills them. Horribly.

Aikawa/Ai Coleman
Click here to see him as an adult (spoiler)  
Aikawa is what Kaiman was before he was caught on Ebisu's smoke. Was Risu's best friend, but things got complicated because of his powers, ending up killing him. Later, Risu comes for revenge

Click here to see her in a mask 
Kaiman's friend. She follows him into his quest of regaining his memories and human face. She runs the Hungry Bug restaurant and makes the best gyoza in the city. She's a Magic-User who came to Hole and vowed to never use her Magic again. She has the ability to manipulate time, and gets hunted down by En because of it.

  • Action Girl: Strong enough to fight Noi.
  • Anti-Hero: Nice gal all around, yet it's wisely recommended to don't get on her bad side. Or hurt her friends.
  • Badass Normal: Survives a few blows from the Devil-trained Noi, which would turn pretty much anyone else into a thick, red paste. Noi is very surprised by this. Subverted early when she is revealed to be a magic user like most of the people she's fighting, especially once she begins her devil training from Asu. See Fights Like a Normal.
  • Brainwashed: When En hunts her down and makes her his partner.
    • However, she can resist the contract (albeit with severe drawbacks) and eventually gets better after En dies.
  • Chef of Iron: She makes the best gyozas in Hole (according to Kaiman anyways), and can karate-chop off your head.
  • Cute Bruiser
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her life was not that bad, seeing as she had friends and a family of sorts. The dark and troubling part about it is that she erased it with her Time Travel powers.
  • Empty Eyes: Inverted–she's usually drawn without pupils but they are drawn when she is under the influence of devil transformation.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Initially, and after Kaiman finds out she's a magic user, Nikaido promises to stop using magic. This doesn't last for long, though, as she eventually does learn to use her magic and fights with it.
  • Genki Girl: When she gets an influx of devil energy she becomes extremely energetic.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Zig Zagged: while there's nobody truly good in the manga, she's one of the most kind and caring persons in the setting. Despite that, she, like most characters in this series, has killed many.
  • Little Miss Badass: As a child, she could defeat adults in hand-to-hand combat.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has a lot of pretty skimpy Stripperiffic outfits. Or nothing at all.
  • Orgasmically Delicious: The gyozas she made one time when she was in a devil-induced manic state.
  • Our Demons Are Different: She's becoming a devil accidentally (unfortunately those parts were skipped by the translators, but it seems to be Asu helping her to control her powers), mainly because unlike most magic-users she's used to not using her powers.
  • Perpetual Smiler: When under the influence of devil transformation.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When under the influence of devil transformation.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Skull-shaped knee pads are part of her devil outfit.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After training under Kawajiri.

Dr. Kasukabe/Haze
Click here to see him as an adult 
A scientist and Hole resident who studies magic users. He was married to magic user who later became a Devil.

  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Fluffy Tamer: Decided a giant, man-eating cockroach would be a handy pet. The two have been inseparable ever since.
  • For Science!: Claims to be more interested in research than in saving lives.
  • Gone Horribly Right he operated on Ai to see if he could make him able to use magic. A few days later Ai was found dead, except he wasn't... He succeeded. Very well.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Whenever he interacts with Shin. The two of them are downright friendly and even end up helping each other.
  • Happily Married: Sort of. He hadn't seen her for years prior to the story, though they are still very fond of each other.
  • Haunted House: Lives in one due to magic users' smoke filling the place.
  • Mad Scientist: He has a lab filled with the corpses of magic users and a door that he made out of magic user body parts. He also operated on Shin to help him use magic. For no apparent reason. See For Science! above.
  • Oh God Why His operation on Ai was a little too successful.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Mere seconds after stepping into a hallway made out of the heads of dead magic users, he says he hasn't felt so excited in decades.
  • Older Than They Look: He's actually in his sixties but looks like a teenager. His explanation is that he was a test subject for a magic user.
  • Only Known by His Nickname: His real name is Haze, though it seems only Haru knows this. In addition "Kasukabe" is actually his wife's real name.
  • Teens Are Short: Yup.
  • Tattooed Crook: it's a wonder he's able to work with those tattoos.

Dr. Bauks
A doctor that works in an hospital in hole which helps those affected by Magic Users.

A cockroach changed by the residual magic in the Hole to become human-sized. Wears sneakers and proclaims, "Shocking!"

A Hole resident who eats at Nikaido's restaurant and plays baseball.

    Magic-Users' World Residents 

Click here to see him without his mask 
Owner of a restaurant in the Magic Users' World.

Worker at Tanba's Meatbags.

Other worker at Tanba's Meatbags. Badass Normal that helps Tanba with his food, wears a bear suit.

Ex-worker at Tanba's Meatbags turned rival. Her magic charms men making them fall in love with the food and her.

    En's Family 

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Click here to see him without his mask 
A Magic User and gang leader of a sort. His "Family" engages in various enterprises, obviously quite successful as he lives in what amounts to a small town. He has great influence in the Magic Users' world and has connections to Devils. If the origin story in his movie is to be believed, his magic was strong enough as a child to turn both of his parents into mushrooms. Afterwards, he was abducted by weak Magic Users who held him prisoner and sold his smoke on the black market. Eventually, he was discarded and ended up in hell, where he apparently impressed the Devils enough to escape. He returned to the place where he had been imprisoned and freed the others, starting his "Family." Somewhere along the line he sent his men to fight the Cross-Eyes, and many of them died. After that, En decided that his destiny was to take down the boss of the Cross-Eyes.

  • A Father to His Men: His most redeeming feature. Overlaps with Benevolent Boss.
  • Anti-Villain (Type I): Orders to kill his enemies around the town and threatens to turn his subordinates in mushrooms if they double-cross him. In the other hand, he does care for his subordinates and despises injustice despite the whole Yakuza-like behavior.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's not in charge of much of the magic-using world for nothing.
  • Badass Beard: has a nice goatee.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He's always dressed like a Mafia don.
  • Badass Long Coat: It's shown that he has a sweet pimp coat in the Bonus chapters.
  • Benevolent Boss: He's quite nice to his subordinates. Overlaps with A Father to His Men.
  • Breath Weapon: Like his cousin, he prefers exuding smoke with his mouth instead of through his fingertips.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Has an obsession with mushrooms: it's the only thing he eats and he's filled his mansion with the stuff. Doesn't change the fact that he's the strongest magic-user in the series.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one to Kaiman.
    • He, in turn, gets a fatal one from Kai.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Runs a number of mushroom-related franchises alongside his more shady dealings.
  • Evil Redhead: More or less Evil (it's a mafia don, after all) but you can't deny that he's a redhead.
  • Guyliner
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: His smoke grows mushrooms of various sizes and transforms basically anything into mushrooms.
    • Even better, he can then use these mushrooms to fight, with devastating results.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Serves the mushrooms he makes out of people in his restaurant, much to Shin and Noi's disgust.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Killed Off for Real: Though he makes an appearance in Hell in a bonus chapter.
    • Back from the Dead: If his family can get his devil-tumor and Kikurage to his reconstituted body, currently (I believe) in the morgue at Hole's hospital.
    • He's Back: after dying halfway through the manga, he's finally resurrected near the end and kicks Shin's zombified ass.
  • Large Ham: He makes a movie about himself, with an overly dramatic origin story and description of the Cross-Eyes' boss as his fated enemy. And in a visual example, his estate has statues of himself everywhere.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste
  • Mask Power
  • No Brows
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Well, technically he doesn't destroy things so much as turn them into mushrooms. Entire towns, if you push him too far.
  • Refuge in Audacity: En hid his secret room a statue of Chidaruma because no one would dare touch a statue of a devil.
  • Renaissance Man: He's an actor, singer and successful business man, also, he's a fan of fine art.
  • Spiky Hair: Believe it or not, he appeared a couple of times with his hair down, either in the barber, or just while sleeping. He looks pretty good.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak

Click here to see his mask 
A Magic-User who works for En as a "Cleaner." He wears a heart-shaped mask. Underneath, he has an ordinary appearance. He likes to eat and engages in casual conversation with Noi. On the job, he becomes bloodthirsty and ruthless, ripping apart anyone in his way. His magic involves vivisecting people, who remain alive no matter how much he tears them up. He comes from the Hole, where, due to being half-Magic User, he was attacked by the militia from the Hole. After cutting off his arms in an effort to use magic, he gets Dr. Kasukabe to help him. He uses his newfound power to massacre the militia and heads to the Magic Users' world. There he meets and fights Noi, and gets a job working for En.

Click here to see her mask 

En's cousin and Cleaner, Noi works alongside her partner Shin, wearing a sort of wrestler's mask. Shown to be albino in colored pictures, Noi is almost always friendly and laughing. However, she can't take people being stronger than her, and she worries a lot about her partner. Her magic is a Healing Factor, allowing her to rebuild anyone from almost anything unless they're dead. When she was younger, she was trying to become a devil, and had gone with Shin to face an incredibly tough opponent three days before the Blue Night came. The final phrase of becoming a devil involves not using your magic until the Blue Night; unfortunately, moments before the hit had ended, Shin was fatally wounded, having jumped in to save Noi from a killing blow. Noi ruined her contract to heal Shin, but she never held a grudge against it - when that Blue Night came, they signed a contract to become partners and have been that way ever since.

Click here to see him without his mask 

A weak Magic User who works for En. Despite being something of an errand boy, he ends up getting involved fairly regularly with the higher up members of the family, most likely because of his connection to Kaiman. Who, incidentally, killed his partner Matsumura.

  • Avenging the Villain: Wants revenge for Matsumura's death.
  • Butt Monkey
  • The Chew Toy: This verges on being downright sadistic, like when he ends up playing baseball against a zombified, disfigured Matsumura.
  • Fear Is the Appropriate Response: Compared to the others of En's Family, Fujita shows what most of us would usually do in the situation. It's exactly why he's picked to go undercover and invisible to find out information about the Cross-Eyes and their boss; everyone else, especially the best fighters Shin and Noi, would use the opportunity to attack and would likely die.
  • Finger Gun: he used it so little times, but this is his power.
  • Gag Nose: His mask's defining quality.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Spends two days in bed unable to wake up after the shock of En's death.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Ebisu. He's taller than Nikaido. Who's pretty tall for a woman.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Having very weak magic and being bullied because of it, Fujita asks Shin and Noi to teach him to be stronger, which they turned him down immediately.
  • Invisibility: Shou makes him invisible for a mission to retrieve En's devil-shaped tumor.
    • Visible Invisibility: Zigzagged. For a while, the scenes played out with Fujita completely unseen to both the characters and audience. However, in Fujita's own flashbacks and in scenes from his perspective, he's drawn as lines but not shaded.
  • Multicolored Hair: Blond and black.
  • Muscle Angst: Or angst toward his lack of muscle, as demonstrated when the first thing he does when under the influence of En's lucid dream-inducing mushrooms is imagine himself enormous and muscular.
  • Nice Hat
  • Oh Crap!: When he's forced to work with one of the Cross-eyes to escape the wrecked shopping center and the Cross-Eye realizes Fujita's hiding something — the tiny devil-shaped tumor that can help resurrect En.
  • Ship Tease: With Ebisu, but in a more playful manner.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: What he briefly thinks he's having for the Cross-Eyes after following them around while invisible.
  • Underestimating Badassery: When the ocassion requires it, he'll kick your ass, or at the very least, put up a fight

Click here to see her without her mask 
A young female Magic User who loses her memory and her sanity after getting her face ripped off by Kaiman. She gets "rescued" by Fujita, who wants her for her expertise in reptilian transformations, thinking she might have a connection to whoever cursed Kaiman.

  • A-Cup Angst: Has plenty of it. She's constantly jealous of Noi and Nikaido's Boobs of Steel.
  • Big Fancy House: Her childhood home.
  • The Chew Toy: Even more so than Fujita. At times to the point of deconstruction. She gets eaten, disemboweled, zombified and otherwise nearly killed on a regular basis. In her character description she's even listed as "En family comic relief"!
  • Children Are Innocent: Some comments she does come across as this, or not realizing what she says hurts.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: At first it was because of the psychological trauma of having her face ripped off. Then it was because of a hairpin that makes its wearer happy got trapped in her brain.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When using black powder. She turns into a large lizard and chomps down on her opponents.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Hers are... kind of several circles, not like an spiral, but like several rings inside one another.
  • Hairy Girl: Averted completely! believe it or not, but in Volume 15 she's shown from the front, and we have a clear view of her, ehem, lady bits, and she's completely shaven.
  • I Really Do Care:
    Fujita: Tomorrow he'll be defenseless.
    Ebisu: You m'ght die in the process.''
    Fujita: I don't care.
    Ebisu: I do.
    Fujita: Ebisu...
    Ebisu: If you die, how am I gonna come back?
    Fujita bangs his head against the wall
  • Likes Older Men: She's 13 while Fujita is 18.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Had Fujita arrived a moment later the whole incident with her face would not have happened (Kaiman would have spat her out to ask what the man inside his throat said to her).
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Early on she acts wacky due to her amnesia, but after recovering her memory it's due to Chota's devil hairclip stuck in her brain.
    • Sad Clown: Played With as she shows involuntary signs of this due to the devil hairclip. In the aftermath of Kai's attack on the En household Fujita noticed that, while Ebisu could only laugh at everything, she actually looked very sad.
  • Purple Eyes: Which shows that she can be deadly when stimulated enough, the thing is, that she's actually pretty weak.
  • Replacement Gold Fish: When she ran away from home her parents paid a magic-user to make a clone; unfortunately the clone was very unstable and scared them out of their house.
  • Squee!: after seing En naked... from the front.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Towards Fujita, but it's mostly teasing, it's pretty obvious she has a crush on him.
  • Token Mini-Moe
  • Tom Boy And Girly Girl: Presently a tomboy, in the past she dressed extremely girly.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Until her memories come back as a result of tripping on En's mushrooms of all things.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair

A Magic User who works for En. Wears a bird mask and can reverse magic.


En's beloved pet. Likes to play with Ebisu. Can also revive the dead.

Veteran assassin working for the En family. Uses invisibility magic.

Friend of the family. Specialty is clone magic.

  • The Faceless: His mask (a whole roast turkey) has no eye or mouth holes.
  • Nice Guy: He's actually pretty friendly.
  • Supreme Chef: He's capable of creating clones of everyone.

    The Cross-Eyes 

A gang which sells black powder, a substance that dramatically increases the amount of smoke a Magic User can produce. They set themselves up as the heroes of the weak Magic Users, who are treated little better than humans.

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The mysterious boss of the Cross-Eyes. After he met Dokuga and his friends, about to be exiled by some Magic Users to the Hole, he killed the Magic Users, took them along with him through the door into the Magic Users' world, and formed the Cross-Eyes. He was attacked by Risu's Curse power after killing Risu and ended up in the Hole as Kaiman. He is revealed to be a product of Hole, a vengeful conscious entity formed from the bodies of humans killed by Magic Users centuries ago. Hole entered Ai Coleman's body when he jumped into the Lake of Refuse and manifested itself as Kai. He becomes an artificial devil through the absorption of multitudes of devil-shaped tumors and the use of new bodies created for himself. Due to Mega Manning and his own strength, he is an extremely formidable fighter.

Also rather insane.

Click here to see his mask 
A member of the Cross-Eyes who went into hiding after the boss vanished. He is extremely skilled in hand to hand combat and can kill Magic Users with ease. Solemn and serious, he is also capable of wreaking havoc when needed. He is devoted to his small group of friends, who, like him, live in poverty to make sure that En does not find them.

  • Almighty Janitor: The second-in-command of the Cross-Eyes, an organization that even En takes seriously, and also a termite extractor, bath attendant, and whatever else he can land as a job.
  • Anime Hair: Although, done in a realistic way.
  • Badass Normal
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Gets chopped up by Shin and nearly eaten by Chota's "diet bug".
  • Exotic Eye Designs / Animal Eyes: Has pupil-less irises that look like crystals or insect eyes.
  • A Father to His Men: Dresses up like a woman and sneaks into a party of Magic Users and kills them all in order to get high quality healing smoke for his friends.
    • He also tries to save Natsuki from Kai.
  • Disguised in Drag: See above.
  • Identity Amnesia: After crashing into Hole's Central Department Store he apparently thinks he's Ebisu's butler. Ebisu's certain this will wear off if he sees En's corpse (which he's carrying).
  • Knife Nut
  • Macabre Moth Motif: Played with, while he has moth eyes, and wears a moth mask, he's no less evil than everyone else in the series.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Wants desperately to believe that the Boss cares about his subordinates, but is the only one who knows of the Boss's true treatment of the Cross-Eyes. He knows that Kai murdered Risu because he was charged with hiding Risu's head and knows that the Boss will kill Natsuki for her powers as soon as he finds out about them. He tries to send her on a mission in hopes that she won't encounter the Boss, though tragically, she does.
  • Poisonous Person: His saliva is toxic. Which is why he eats, bathes and brushes his teeth separately from his comrades. Of course, if he wants to poison the punch at a party...
    • Played for Laughs when he uses this to exterminate termites in order to earn some money.
  • The Stoic: He actually can't laugh, or he'll end up killing his friends.


A former member of the Cross-Eyes, who is searching for his killer. He is the man in Kaiman's mouth, having cursed him after the Cross-Eyes' Boss (a.k.a. Kaiman's Split Personality) killed him. Shin and Noi find and restore his head, and he eventually gets his normal human body back. He wields Curse magic.


A cheerful girl who joined the Cross-Eyes because she saw them as heroes, sticking up for the weak and powerless. However, she is disillusioned with her boss when he attempts to con said weak and powerless. She follows Kaiman, thinking him to be a real Cross-Eye and eventually joins Dokuga's gang. Her magic is defensive, manifesting itself as a large, impenetrable blob around her body.

A member of the Cross Eyes, he's shown most of the times eating

A member of the Cross Eyes, he's quite pessimistic most of the time, but nevertheless, devoted to his friends.

Second in command after Dokuga and a very loyal Cross-eye. He's blind from one eye.

A bald, bearded man with great strength.


Click here to see him before he was a devil 
A Devil who knows Nikaido and helps her out on several occasions. A former Magic User named Kawajiri.

  • Balloon Belly: Wakes up with one after eating gyoza that Nikaido made while under the influence of her devil transformation.
  • Biseinen
  • Body Horror: He gets butchered (as in gets his horn cut off and then has his skin and several inches of flesh taken away to be sold) and turned back into a Magic User. A bloody, nearly dead Magic User.
  • Childhood Friend: Nikaido's. Though, since she changed the past with her magic, he doesn't know it.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: After the above body-horror he has a chunk of flesh missing near the base of his spine in the shape of an upside-down cross.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin - When Asu serves Nikaido devil-meat it looks a lot like his former head.
  • Eye Scream: When he tries to use his clairvoyance to find a way out of Hole Central Department Store after it's been taken over by demon-Kai/Aikawa "something bad" gets in his eyes, blocking his powers and blinding him.
  • Facial Markings
  • Fantastic Racism: Used humorously with him and Thirteen.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A sidestory revealed that he both worked at a devil orphanage and drove people to death for his own amusement.
  • Lawful Evil: When he was a demon, he was not a bad guy, but had a soft spot for Nikaido.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair is styled spiky and weird, but he actually has soft features.
  • Older Than They Look: He's actually 32 years old.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Not terribly obvious, but after being turned back into a magic-user he finds he can only wear fine clothes.
  • Supreme Chef: He's one for the devils.
  • Telepathy: Can read minds. Or at least Chota's.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: His magic.
  • That Man Is Dead: or rather devil when he's back to normal, as a magic-user called Kawajiri.

An apparently high-ranked Devil who knows En. He loves pranks, but will unflinchingly inflict horrible deaths upon people. Poor Asu.

Click here to see her as a magic user 
Kasukabe's wife. A former magic user, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a devil sometime before the start of the story.

  • Action Girl: Don't piss her off.
  • Amicably Estranged: Despite not having seen in each other in 25 years, Haru and Kasukabe are still friendly and have feelings for each other.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her magic user form.
  • Berserk Button: People who hurt Haze.
  • Dreadful Musician: Likes to sing. However, because she's a devil, humans and magic users find her singing to be horrendous, while devils love it.
    • Loud of War: When her singing is used to get rid of Curse. Also a quirk of being a devil.
  • Horned Humanoid: An antler variation.
  • Older Than They Look: Her magic user form still looks like a thirty-something, which makes sense because that's the age when she became a devil.
  • Only Known by Her Nickname: Her real name is Kasukabe, but everyone calls her "Haru".
  • Shota Con: Averted. Haru is a bit peeved that her husband is now physically 16 years old.
  • Skin Walker: She can act in her human body for limited amounts of time, and seems to actually wear her devil body.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Not that Haze is a bad looking guy, but, good lord, she's gorgeous.
A devil with a dog's face. Became Shin's pet dog on a whim.


Not a devil but something more powerful, he/it sells "a certain kind of meat" butchered devil at his shop.


A living being in the shape of a small, floating house that the devils use during the Blue Night. It's currently diving down the refuse pit to meet Ai/kawa/Kai.