Click here to see Aoba as he appears in Koujaku's bad ending
The main character of the story. Aoba lives a peaceful life in the East part of Midorijima, working part-time at a junk shop called Heibon and living with his Granny. He possesses a mysterious power that allows him to convince others to do what he wants with his voice. One day, he receives a message on his Coil with the subject title “Please save me”. After accidentally downloading the file attached to the message, he discovers that the file is a game called 'Silent Oath', where he has to rescue a princess. The game ends abruptly, but leaves Aoba with an ominous feeling. His Allmate is Ren.
Bad Powers, Good People: Aoba's Scrap can permanently destroy other people's minds if abused (and he does unintentionally do this to Mizuki in the first part of the game) or reduce them to mindless puppets, but he in no way wants to destroy or hurt anyone and ends up using his power to destroy only the mental demons harming his love interest in most routes. Further confirmed in Ren's route, where Aoba is specifically referred to as a "child of destruction" who can destroy the world and then rebuild a better world in its place.
Duality Motif: While both of Aoba's eyes are the same, he has noticeable central heterochromia; his eyes are sage green around the outside and brown closer to the pupil. Nine spells out the meaning of it upon meeting Aoba for the first time.
Nine: "How mysterious... there are two colors mixed in your eyes. You don't know which is the right one, so you won't pick. You're at a standstill, locked away in your own shell... or something like that."
Dude Looks Like a Lady: Koujaku thought Aoba was a girl when they were younger. Other characters don't mistake Aoba for a girl, but his fair skin and long hair are commented on several times.
Hates Being Touched: Feels pain whenever people touch his hair, not to mention when it's cut. This is why Aoba keeps his hair long.
I Will Wait for You: In Aoba's scenario of RE:connect, he, along with Tae, are still waiting for his adopted parents to return home.
Aoba's childhood friend and errant hairdresser. He doesn't actually own a shop; rather, he sets up and cuts hair in random places. He's quite popular with the ladies and tends to have one or two hanging off of him at any given time. Despite this, he tends to put Aoba's needs first, rushing to aid Aoba whenever he needs help. He also leads a gang in the Benishigure district, who do their best to help the residents out. His Allmate is Beni.
Abusive Parents: It's revealed in the Drama CD, his father beats his mother often to the point it drives her into depression when he decides to use Koujaku as the heir for the family. And when he tried to stand up for her once, he got punched.
Death Seeker: Upon realizing that Ryuuhou was in Platinum Jail, Koujaku immediately becomes this: he confesses when Aoba uses Scrap on him that he was planning to kill Ryuuhou and then himself in repentance for what he did.
Superpowered Evil Side: Koujaku's tattoos cause him to go into an uncontrollable rage in the bad ending, reducing his mind to a bestial state. This is also what caused the death of his family when Koujaku was younger.
Tattooed Crook: While Koujaku isn't a crook, he was the heir to a yakuza family and he does lead a gang. He's also sporting tattoos on his face and all over his back.
Click here to see Noiz as he appears in his good ending
A heavily-pierced young man obsessed with the virtual reality game Rhyme. Aoba first meets Noiz when the latter drags him into an impromptu Rhyme match, although Aoba is unaware of Noiz's identity at first. Noiz and Aoba properly meet after Noiz breaks into Aoba's room and hacks his computers. His Allmate is Pseudo Rabbit.
Abusive Parents: Instead of helping Noiz deal with his inability to feel pain, his parents locked Noiz away in a section of his house and ignored him. Noiz's parents complained about the shame Noiz had brought on them, with Noiz's dad wishing that Noiz had never been born. Within earshot of their kid.
Big Eater: Buys a ton of food when exploring the Green Playground.
Book Ends: Noiz leans across the counter and kisses Aoba suddenly at the beginning of the game, then does the same again after he reunites with him in his good ending.
But Not Too Foreign: His family lives in Germany, but there are no comments made during the game to suggest he's completely foreign, if at all. While the game doesn't give much information on Noiz's heritage, fandom seems to lean towards him being half-German. At the end of his route, he asks Aoba to move to Germany with him when he goes back.
There's a hint early on when Noiz buys food and he has no knowledge of the names of the food he bought. He ends up asking Aoba for their names and Aoba comments that it's strange he would ask about such a thing.
Casual Kink: Aoba is pretty certain he has a pain kink. Justified, once his Feel No Pain back story comes to light. He actively sought out anything that might cause him some kind of sensation. However, at the end of his route, with his ability to feel unlocked, he's definitely not put off by the idea.
The Cynic: Noiz does not understand why anyone would want to help him without getting something in return. He believes people are innately selfish, and that he's perfectly capable of living on his own without the love and trust of other people. This is the notion that Aoba tries to destroy in Noiz's Scrap sequence, which ends either in success or in failure.
Feel No Pain: Noiz is incapable of feeling pain except on his tongue. He can feel sensation on his skin, but not very well. For most of his life, he was unable to sympathize with others due to his inability to feel pain. As a consequence, he couldn't regulate his behaviour properly, leading to trouble for his parents. His parents found him annoying and left him.
Genius Bruiser: He packs a mean punch and mean computer hacker skills.
He Cleans Up Nicely: In his good ending, he takes out his piercings and puts on a suit, and he looks very nice indeed.
Knowledge Broker: Noiz makes a living off of sharing information, usually about Rhyme.
Lonely Rich Kid: He came from a wealthy family, although his parents found him a nuisance and essentially abandoned him.
No Social Skills: Painfully justified. His inability to feel pain, and parental neglect meant Noiz grew up with no basic understanding of sympathy, empathy or human interaction. When he made it to Midorijima, his social skills were only developed through Rhyme and people who were only interested in his body or money, so he developed a rather cold 'give and take' attitude towards people and social relations. When Aoba likens him to a kid, he's not far off the mark; he really is like a kid learning how to interact nicely with people for the first time.
Now Let Me Carry You: So appreciative of all that Aoba did for him, Noiz went back home, attempted to patch things up with his neglectful family, and took responsibility in his family's company all to ensure a happy life for Aoba. The trope is made literal when Noiz picks Aoba up and carries him out of Heibon, which is parallel to the way Aoba carried Noiz out of the collapsing Oval Tower.
Techno Wizard: Boy, can he hack. He hacks Aoba's computer to find out more about Ren; he tracks down where Tae is being held and plays the role of support when it comes to rescuing her; hacks the security system at Oval Tower in his route, wiping all trace of him and Aoba on the floor they were on; and in the true route he hacks himself, Koujaku, Clear and Mink into locked a Rhyme field to rescue Aoba and Ren.
What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Has never experienced a relationship where the other person isn't using him for his wealth or body. To say Aoba's no-strings-attached care and worry for him confuses the hell out of him is putting it lightly.
Click here to see Mink as he appears in his good ending
A mysterious, stoic ex-con who is determined to take down Toue. His Allmate is Tori, later renamed Lulakan in re:connect.
A Dog Named Dog: His cockatiel All-Mate is called Tori, which translates to bird. This trope is subverted in that Mink didn't choose the name; he actually didn't bother naming his All-Mate at all. Aoba uses 'Tori' to refer to the All-Mate for lack of a better name.
Though in re:connect, he finally gives Tori a proper name. He's now called Lulakan.
Bastard Boyfriend: Throughout his route he does next-to-nothing but abuse Aoba, physically or otherwise. Not to mention it was his fault Aoba was nearly gang-raped in the Common Route.
He also rapes Aoba three times (Aoba is too intoxicated to consent the first time) during his route and beats the living crap out of Aoba when he protests.
However, he is much more gentle and genuine with Aoba in re:connect. Their relationship develops into a much healthier one, as seen in the Summer Side Story and other post-re:connect material, and Mink never assaults or abuses Aoba again.
Badass Baritone: Probably has the deepest voice in the entire game, on par with Ren.
Brutal Honesty: He definitely doesn't sugarcoat anything in his route, and he's quick to call Aoba out on what he considers to be a self-centered attitude with a guilt complex. He's nicer about things in re:connect, though.
Death Seeker: Mink has no intention of surviving his confrontation with Toue. He was only hanging on long enough to avenge his family. This explains why he treats everyone, including Aoba, as tools; since he was planning to commit suicide, any emotional attachments were useless.
Though he changes this outlook after Aoba uses Scrap on him.
Eye Color Change: The final shot of Mink in his good end from the first game shows his once cold, dark blue eyes are now a much warmer and striking gold color. Aoba thinks they're very pretty.
Freudian Excuse: His entire clan was wiped out by Toue due to refusing to give him their tribal secret. Mink felt such deep despair over this, he focused on solely nothing but revenge on Toue, and committing suicide once he's done.
Hair Decorations: Wears pink feathers in his ponytail and at the ends of his braids. Later the feathers are replaced with a small dream catcher.
Hey, You!: When Aoba tries to find out Tori's name, Tori states that Mink refers to him by 'Hey' or 'You'.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Inverted. Clear was originally designed to subjugate the residents of Midorijima using his Magic Music by Toue. When he was declared defective, the researcher in charge of Clear's disposal took Clear, reprogrammed him and changed his serial number. This granted Clear free will, allowing him to develop his own good-natured personality and to choose his own master, Aoba.
Artificial Human: Clear is actually an android created by Toue. He, along with the Alphas, were created as part of Toue's scheme to brainwash and control the people of Midorijima. Clear was deemed defective, however, and was slated for disposal. Clear's 'grandpa' was the person in charge of disposal, found and adopted Clear as his own.
Attack! Attack! Attack!: After destroying his key lock, he beats down the Alphas mercilessly; according to Aoba, he completely foregoes defense.
Beware the Silly Ones: Manages to beat the crap out of the hypnotized Dry Juice members while shouting 'Stop the violence!' He also manages to single-handedly take out a group of Yakuza thugs in the Platinum Jail.
Came from the Sky: How Aoba and Clear first meet. Clear lands in front of Aoba, having seemingly fallen from the sky, nearly giving Aoba a heart-attack.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Aoba has to tell him that umbrellas can be used when it is raining. He breaks into Aoba's house by cutting the lock off of the veranda door and doesn't see a problem with entering through odd places.
Determinator: Throughout his route, Clear goes through extreme physical trauma, including (but not limited to) acid being thrown on him, being viciously beaten, and feeling the pain of his mechanical body literally breaking from the inside out. And through all of this, the most he says about it is "I'm fine", and he often fights back in spite of it.
Disney Death: His body completely breaks down after the fight with the Alphas. Granny manages to repair him.
Don't Look at Me!: Is absolutely terrified that Aoba will hate him if he sees Clear's face, since he was told that his face was unlike other people's. Aoba has to reassure him multiple times that he won't hate Clear no matter what he looks like before Clear will take his mask off.
Gas Mask, Longcoat: Constantly wears a gas mask for no apparent reason initially and sports a long white coat.
Good Thing You Can Heal: Clear suffers more physical abuse than any other character. He falls off a roof at least once; gets beaten up by yakuza members; has sulfuric acid poured onto his (masked) face, which sets his hair on fire. He isn't permanently damaged from any of these events due to his regenerating abilities. It's only when he fights the Alphas that his self-healing properties break down.
Heroic Sacrifice: Stabs himself in the head to break Toue's control over him. Later, he breaks down completely after having sex with Aoba.
Let's Get Dangerous: Starting from when yakuza try to attack Aoba in front of him, he practically adopts this as a dogma.
Made of Iron: Almost literally. As a super-advanced Ridiculously Human Robot, Clear is likely made of some other kind of metal, but he's definitely durable. He falls/jumps off roofs at least twice, gets the crap beaten out of him by yakuza members and gets sulfuric acid poured onto his face, with no lasting damage done to Clear.
Magic Music: His 'jellyfish song'. It has a calming effect on Aoba and is used to counteract the Alpha's incapacitating songs in the Oval Tower.
Mayfly-December Romance: The main topic of his Good Re Connect route. Both Aoba and Clear are painfully aware that Clear will live on much, much longer than Aoba. In the end, they both choose to make the most of the time they have together, day by day and not dwell on what will happen after Aoba dies.
Naked Apron: But with his mask still on! Aoba is not pleased.
Ridiculously Human Robots: Clear and the Alphas. Clear can cry, eat, love and appears to have a fully-functional set of sexual organs. You've gotta hand it to Toue; when they want to build an android, they do a great job of it.
OOC Is Serious Business: After he takes off his gas mask, the further his story is uncovered, the more he turns serious, and all the pity to you if you decide to mess with Aoba in any way while he's anywhere near.
Single-Target Sexuality: His feelings towards Aoba fall under this, as, during his re:connect, he shoots down even the slightest possibility of ever loving anyone but Aoba in his lifetime.
There Was a Door: He breaks the lock on Aoba's veranda to get into his room. A little later, Aoba even tells him to come in through the door next time because breaking in through the window and falling from the sky are not normal methods of entry.
Badass Baritone: Which contrasts pretty sharply with his small and cuddly appearance.
Become a Real Boy: In his route. After the Rhyme Incident, Ren started becoming an individual existence, different from Aoba. Fully completed, somehow, in the true ending, where Sei's body becomes his.
Split Personality: Started out as this. Ren was created to serve as a mediator between Aoba and his Super-Powered Evil Side. However, he forgets this after Virus and Trip manipulate Aoba's memories, coming to believe that he was always an All-Mate.
Vocal Dissonance: He sure has a deep voice for such a little dog. It matches his humanoid form perfectly, though.
Walking Shirtless Scene: In the latter parts of his route, he loses his poncho. Turns out that he's shirtless underneath it, to the joy of fans everywhere.
Virus and Trip are long-time acquaintances of Aoba, having met during Aoba's adolescence. The pair look nearly identical, causing people to assume that they are twins. Virus is more polite than Trip and appears to be the more chatty of the two.
Shonen Hair: Although not identical to Trip's hairstyle.
The Sociopath: Virus (and Trip) fit this trope to a T. Completely amoral, superfically charming, only seeking "fun and interesting things", and doing most anything they wish purely on impulse, all while being completely incapable of experiencing any sort of depth of emotion. It's all but stated within the game that they fall directly under this spectrum.
Stepford Smiler: Type B, Both Virus and Trip act and look friendly at first, but in Re:Connect, Aoba describes them as empty shells who manipulate people for fun
Stoic Spectacles: While Virus isn't stoic, exactly, he is always calm and composed.
Virus and Trip are long-time acquaintances of Aoba, having met during Aoba's adolescence. They are very similar in appearance, despite not actually being twins. Trip is much more casual in his speech than Virus. He calls himself and Virus 'fans' of Aoba; they kidnap and enslave Aoba instead of handing him over to Toue in Ren's bad ending.
Always Identical Twins: Subverted. Virus and Trip aren't actually twins: they have different birthdays in their intros.
Affably Evil: After he reveals himself to be the other leader of Morphine.
Blonde Guys Are Evil: He's one of the leaders of Morphine, a gang that kidnaps other gangs and brainwashes them.
For the Evulz: Their primary motivation seems to be interest in Aoba.
Psychopathic Manchild: In Re:Connect, Aoba notes that his childlike curiosity and innocence is utterly terrifying, as it drives Trip to do things such as suffocate Aoba with sweets and call his lion Allmate over to bully and abuse him.
The Sociopath: Trip (and Virus) fit this trope to a T. Completely amoral, superfically charming, only seeking "fun and interesting things", and doing most anything they wish purely on impulse, all while being completely incapable of experiencing any sort of depth of emotion. It's all but stated within the game that they fall directly under this spectrum.
Stepford Smiler: Type B, Both Virus and Trip act and look friendly at first, but in Re:Connect, Aoba describes them as empty shells who manipulate people for fun
Almighty Grandma: Considering she can make Aoba's group (which consists of three gang leaders and Clear) behave with a few stern words and some cuffs to the head, she definitely qualifies.
Apron Matron: She doesn't take crap from anybody, but she's still a caring grandmother towards Aoba.
The Atoner: Tae was a researcher whose findings were used to give Aoba and Sei their mind-control powers. However, she didn't know that her research would be used by Toue for his Designer Babies. She felt guilty about her research being used for this purpose and took an apparently still-born Aoba away so that he could have a proper funeral.
Cool Old Lady: Granny can make Aoba's group of misfits behave with only a stern lecture and cuffs to the head. She also invites them to eat her delicious cooking.
Good Grandma: Tae is shown to be a caring (if gruff) guardian to Aoba.
I Will Wait for You: In Aoba's scenario of RE:connect, she, along with Aoba, are still waiting for Nine and Haruka to return home.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Alongside Yoshie and Haga, she's one of the few adults encountered on Midorijima who isn't corrupt, evil, under mind control, or some combination therein.
Supreme Chef: According to Aoba, just about everything she makes is absolutely delicious.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Along with Tae and Yoshie, Haga is one of the few trustworthy older adults in Aoba's life. The three stay behind to distract the police when Akushima shows up at Aoba's house, allowing Aoba and co. to escape.
Mind Rape: Has his mind twisted by Morphine, causing him to threaten Granny in an attempt to get Aoba to join him in Morphine. Aoba also subjects Mizuki to this, albeit accidentally.
Sanity Slippage: The poor guy's mind breaks after Aoba accidentally uses Scrap incorrectly on Mizuki. He ends up spending the rest of the game in the hospital.
RE:connect shows that Mizuki was (miraculously) able to regain his sanity, much to this troper's relief.
Stepford Smiler: Type A. Whenever he talks to Aoba, Mizuki is usually fairly cheerful. He is actually hiding his worries about the growing popularity of Rhyme and the amount of people leaving Dry Juice and Rib.
The main antagonist. Calm, collected, and charismatic, Toue is the head of his own self-titled corporation and the owner of Platinum Jail.
Graceful Loser: Is surprisingly this when Aoba defeats him in Rhyme in the true ending; he takes Aoba's victory as a sign that his plans ultimately weren't destined to work and exits stage left to let Aoba meet Sei.