This page lists the characters of Elfen Lied
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Maple House Residents
Lucy & Nyu
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Somewhat. In the manga her hair is bright pink, but the anime has it as a notably darker shade of pink. Also, in the manga her eyes are green instead of red.
- Artistic License – Biology: Lucy/Nyu's nipples are placed very inconsistently; they're always somewhere on her breast, but "where" depends on the artist.
- Betty and Veronica: Veronica (darker and more "masculine") to Yuka's Betty (lighter and more "feminine").
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead (sort of) to Mariko's blonde and Nana's brunette/purple in the manga.
- Cute Monster Girl: Her horns look like cute cat ears. Tragically deconstructed.
- Disney Death: Though it was left up in the air.
- Friend to All Living Things: Diclonii are naturally friendlier with animals.
- Godiva Hair: Her hair is sometimes depicted this way.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Near the end of the manga, it's revealed that "Lucy" (real name "Kaede") isn't the Hyde to Nyu's Jekyll. In fact both of them are alternative personalities of the original Kaede, who was a relatively normal girl until she snapped under the constant abuse and death of her dog, where her evil instinct took over and created Lucy, who only cared about exterminating humanity.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Just contrast the innocent Nyu persona's wide, bubbly eyes with the narrow, hateful, tortured eyes of the Lucy persona.
- Horned Humanoid: And her horns look like Unusual Ears. In the manga, they become larger during a convenient power-up that allowed her to take down a helicopter and smash it onto Nousou and the Mariko clones.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Toward the end of the manga, the Lucy/Kaede and Nyu personalities beg Kouta to kill her now that her homicidal Diclonius instincts personality has finally taken over, and she must depart their ruined body, leaving the DNA voice in control, not to mention agony.
- Important Haircut: Lucy/Nyu chops off her hair in order to impersonate Kouta's younger sister Kanae, which signifies Lucy's guilt over murdering her. Coincidentally, it also makes her resemble her younger self.
- Interspecies Romance: She is a Diclonius and Kouta is a human.
- Monster Roommate: A mass murdering superhuman with horns and invisible telekinetic Combat Tentacles ends up crashing at a random family inn owned by Kouta and Yuka, although they aren't made aware of it at first.
- Ms. Fanservice: Just about every other scene has her showing off her fairly toned figure. Ahem, not that we mind.
- Naked First Impression: Kouta and Yuka find Nyu naked on a beach. This is averted for Kouta, however, as he first met Lucy when they were younger.
- Naked on Arrival: She's completely naked save for a helmet as the series opens.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Manga only. After the Time Skip, Nyu has shoulder-length hair. The first time Lucy awakens after the Time Skip, her hair grows and reaches her back. It stays at this length for the rest of the series.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches her hips until her Important Haircut.
- Split Personality: One has the mental capacities of a small child, the other's an insanely powerful killer out to take out a significant portion of humanity. The switch between Lucy and Nyu and back is triggered by either a nasty injury (usually a blow to the head) or a very traumatic memory. She even holds the current page image. In fact, it turns out that Lucy and Nyu are both split personalities.
- Split Personality Takeover: The shift between Lucy and Nyu; Lucy knows when Nyu has been in control, but doesn't try to stop it from happening.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: She and Kouta have... so many fucking issues between them that it's a miracle they still love each other at all.
- Tragic Dream: Her love for Kouta extended to wanting to marry him, which Kouta only finds out towards the end of the final chapter years after her death in the letter she left for him.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is pink, like all Diclonius in the anime.
The main character of the series. Lucy has 4 vectors in the anime and around 12-15 (though one panel near the end shows her with 28) in the manga with a limited range of two meters. However, she demonstrates prodigious control over her vectors and can be swift and lethal within that range in addition to being able to use nearby objects as high velocity projectiles to kill at greater distances. She is also capable of stopping or deflecting most standard ammunition. Her great skill, murderous intent and ability to reproduce
have caused her to be regarded as the most dangerous of the Diclonius.
Lucy hates humans mainly because of how she was treated by her human peers as a child. Consequently, she discounts non-Diclonii, claiming they are not real people, to the point of stating that she has "not killed anyone yet". She seems to lack empathy, kills without much concern, and acts sadistically. Despite this lack of concern for human life she will not harm Kouta, as he was her only childhood friend.
Tropes associated with Lucy:
- Adaptational Badass: Played with. While certainly powerful and competent, Lucy in the manga is as likely to kick ass as she is to get her own ass kicked and usually relies on clever tricks or diversions to get the upper hand. Her anime counterpart however seems to bulldoze through everyone casually without the slightest bit of effort, only meeting her match with Mariko. The difference is that most of her anime counterpart foes end up being a lot weaker or less competent than their manga counterparts and the fact that even before her vectors get longer, Manga Lucy has shown more vectors and a much more vicious and merciless nature.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Yes, she's a bitter, mass murdering bulldozer, but she went through some serious shit in her life that she'd done nothing to deserve.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Lucy was relentlessly bullied by the other children at the orphanage due to her emotionless demeanor and her horns. She later snaps and slaughters them all after they take the puppy she'd been caring for and beat it to death right in front of her. Later, thinking she has been betrayed by Kouta, she goes on a massive slaughter rampage.
- Aloof Big Sister: She kills her half-brother along with his father, Director Kakuzawa. It's a Mercy Kill, since her brother was born specially for impregnating her and he's controlled by Director Kakuzawa. She does express remorse over killing him.
- Later on, she decides to kill Mayu, when she learns enough of her secrets to jeopardize Lucy's life with Kouta. Her face is tinged with tender regret, as are her words and gestures, but it is clear she still means to do it, and only Bando's sacrifice stops this in time. Mind you, Mayu is not a physical or romantic threat, and has cared for her for many months by this point. The worst part is, it would have only postponed The Reveal for those at Maple House by a few days. That said, she chose not to follow up on it after she failed to kill Mayu the first time, and when Kouta finds out anyway, Lucy entrusts Nana to protect Mayu, showing that she still lives up to the "Big Sister" half.
- And Your Little Dog Too: Inverted, Lucy does it to the antagonist and Kouta.
- Played with early on when Lucy comes across Mayu's little dog, Wanta. She looks down at the dog, which is barking frantically at her but unable to run away because it's tied to a leash, and we're treated to what seems like a Gory Discretion Shot as we hear Lucy use her powers. When Mayu comes outside, the audience's expectations are subverted when it's revealed that Lucy actually cut the dog's leash. It's our first hint that Lucy's not as bad as she seems.
- The Antichrist: A near-literal example because of her horns and her name being the female version of Lucifer, a demon.
- Anti-Hero: Part of her Character Development involves graduating her into one, both in the anime and manga. Says a lot about Elfen Lied that being an Anti-Hero is preferable to what she used to be at the beginning.
- Apocalypse Maiden: Toward the end of the manga, her homicidal Diclonius instincts personality finally takes over and starts killing humans everywhere on the world at rates that would make the deadliest WMDs look like mere fireworks in an attempt to destroy humanity in a spiteful decision that since Diclonii, and mainly her, can't rule the world, she'll destroy it.
- The Atoner: As things go along, you'll find that Lucy really does regret her actions, and she tries her damnedest to make amends for it several points in her history, because ultimately, she's content to live with Kouta and would rather stop killing (hence why she doesn't do so in front of him). Unfortunately, this being Elfen Lied, fate just keeps trying to pull the rug under her feet anyway. At the very end, when she has her Superpower Meltdown, she atones in the only way she can - by convincing a very reluctant Kouta to Mercy Kill her.
- Ax-Crazy: In the manga, at least, Lucy doesn't just nonchalantly tear people to pieces, she does it with a huge grin on her face and a really Evil Laugh.
- Bad Ass: Most definitely. At her weakest, she's considered a terrifying killer capable of killing dozens of armed guards with nothing on. By the end of the manga she's capable of destroying islands, cities and nearly taking out the entire planet.
- Badass Adorable: When she starts defrosting, she builds up an immense reservoir of Moe.
- Barbarian Long Hair: Meant to emphasize on how tough, murderous, antisocial and uncontrollable she is.
- The Baroness: The Sexpot type but with the fear factor of the Rosa Klebb type turned Up to Eleven.
- Blank White Eyes: In the anime, when her right horn gets ripped off during the fight with Mariko. She appears to be in shock or comatose for several minutes.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Kouta was the first person to treat her kindly and befriend her despite knowing she's different. Her days with him are her only happy memories, which is why Lucy fell deeply in love with him and he's the only human she refuses to harm.
- Beleaguered Childhood Friend: She and Kouta were very close friends when they were kids. In the present, he has conflicting feelings about her since she's now a mass murdering sociopath in the run not to mention she's responsible for the deaths of his father and sister. In the end, he has to reconcile his lack of ability to forgive her with his lack of ability to hate her (no matter how much he says otherwise).
- Berserk Button: Do not threaten anything she cares about, or she'll literally tear you apart. This especially applies to Kouta and dogs.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: After she snaps and commits her first murder, the room she's in is almost totally covered with the blood of her victims.
- Blood Is the New Black: Frequently ends up being covered in blood after attacking people with her psychic powers.
- Body Horror: Towards the end of the manga. Half of her face is melted off by that point.
- Break the Cutie: Her entire life has been one big moment of this.
- Broken Bird: Treated like crap by most humans, bullied relentlessly during her childhood... yeah, Lucy's about as broken as it's possible to get.
- Bully Hunter: Though not actively hunting, Lucy takes this trope to the logical extreme and beyond in her backstory. Just...don't hurt dogs near her. Though this is less a case of wanting to get her own back on bullies than a case of having a full-on psychotic breakdown.
- Byronic Hero: Morally neutral? To put it mildly. Largely concerned with personal interests? Check. Disrespect of common authority? Check. Tragic past? Dear God... Defined by conflict, inner and outer? Definitely. Attractive? Oh yes. Introspective loner? Check. Cynical, jaded, brooding and self-destructive? Definitely.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She has been in love with Kouta since her childhood.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In the most frightening way imaginable. Her jealousy involves murdering Kouta's family because he went to the festival with Yuka instead of her. She spared Yuka's life only because Kouta would hate her if she killed her.
- Late in the manga, as she leaves her Maple House family for the last time, she asks Yuka to care for Kouta and Nana to protect their family. When Chief Kakuzawa makes his offer, all the residents of Maple House are in her thoughts, as she only wants to get back to them. Probably not at the same level as Kouta, but she has begun to put aside thoughts of the others as obstacles.
- Combat Pragmatist: Her vectors can't reach beyond two meters... so she'll just throw a car at you, as Bando learned the hard way.
- The Comically Serious: Yeah, some of her funniest moments involve her saying something either really snarky or really odd while in a complete deadpan. Some of it is played for Black Comedy.
- Contralto of Danger: In her Nyu persona, she is like an innocent young girl. When she switches to her Lucy persona, she has a much lower voice to match her dangerous and threatening nature.
- Creepy Child: In flashbacks, which probably contributed to peoples' mistreatment of her.
- Kind of a Catch-22. She became an Emotionless Girl in order to deny her tormentors the joy of seeing her in pain, which then became another reason why she was despised, reinforcing the original bigotry and egging some on to make her react. They got their wish, yeah.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Pretty much any "fight" she takes part in, although this is reversed in the battle between Lucy and Mariko, but only in the Anime. And also completely Inverted in her second fight with Bando in the Manga. Averted by her duel with Nana, which is more or less an even match; Nana gets the advantage, but Lucy wins because she's far more willing to hurt Nana than vice versa.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Lucy's Kill All Humans mentality began because of the loss of her puppy at the hands of some very cruel kids, got worse when she felt betrayed by Kouta later on, and practically crossed the Despair Event Horizon after finding out that the human she tried to spare when she turned herself in dies from her wounds.
- Dark Action Girl: Fits both the "dark" and the "action" parts with emphasis.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Understatement of the century...
- Dark Is Evil: In the only other outfit she's most seen in, she wears a black teddy. Pretty much spells out that she's not a pleasant person.
- Dark Magical Girl: With emphasis on dark considering that she's more violent than most.
- Deadpan Snarker: A particularly cruel one. This exchange stands out:
- Death Glare: And a swift death follows. Always.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Most of her arc in the anime. "Defrosting" also includes being slightly less murderous.
- Desperately Craves Affection: It's her greatest strength and her Fatal Flaw, because it pushes her to commit atrocities if she felt betrayed.
- Determinator: No matter how many people oppose her. She will find Kouta and she will apologize to him, and anyone who gets in her way will die. Horribly. Also, if your name is Kurama, don't ever let your loved ones near her. She will kill every last one of them. And there's nothing you can do to stop her.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
- Disproportionate Retribution: Lucy killed Kouta's little sister Kanae and his father in cold blood because he lied to her about the gender of his cousin Yuka. She was eventually aware of this.
- The Dog Bites Back: After the bullies at the orphanage push her too far by killing her puppy right in front of her, Lucy wastes no time dishing out swift payback with her newly activated vectors.
- The Dreaded: Being a mass murdering girl who can rip apart armed soldiers and wants 99% of the people see sees dead will do that. Practically the only people who don't end up wetting themselves when she's near is Kakuzawa Senior who gets his head ripped off and Bando who gets mutilated. Though Bando at least is capable of putting up a good fight the second time.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: A trademark identifier of Lucy.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Particularly in the manga. It is Lucy, not Nyu or Kaede, who ultimately defeats her Enemy Within, recieves a Mercy Kill, and gets reincarnated (along with Nyu) at the very end. So Proud of You does not begin to cover it.
- The Eeyore: Particularly in the anime, where damn-near every moment of screen time has her as a Perpetual Frowner.
- Emotionless Girl: As a child until the children at her orphanage killed her puppy right in front of her.
- Enfant Terrible: In her younger days.
- Enemy Within: She has a pretty complicated mindset. Ultimately, however, it is her DNA personality, the embodiment of her basic instincts, that is the undisputed, unambiguous villain who pushes her to do everything horrific on screen.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She has no qualms against killing... but avoids committing such acts in front of Kouta as much as possible. She also doesn't harm animals, as seen in her interactions with Wanta.
- Evil Is Hammy: Loves setting up cruel Mood Whiplashes in particularly creepy ways, to the point where she may even be Trolling the readers. Loves laughing on the dead bodies of her victims. Always boasts and taunts about her power whenever she meets a foe she hates. And yet can somehow find a reservoir of Moe whenever she's near Kouta and boast about why she loves him.
- Evil Laugh: Manga-only. On some pages, it is rendered with an extremely thick font.
- Evil Redhead: Though she is more specifically a hot-pink head, and it's more specifically her DNA Voice that's truly evil.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Lucy's voice is low, deep, and quite ominous in comparison to Nyu's chirpy, childish, high-pitched voice.
- Many of Lucy's traits are identical to Johan Liebert. Both of them were once innocent kids, but turned insane when affected by secret military experiments (in Lucy's case, her insanity was the result of the DNA voice stemming from her Diclonius instincts as well as just having a rotten life due to bigotry. While Liebert's twisting was the result of sadistic experiments, the Diclonius are the result of a random evolution supported by the delusional Big Bad), are experts at manipulating people, are comparable to The Antichrist, have ambitions to end the world, passion of destroying human life, multiple personalities, traumatized their lovers, an obsessive and murderous love towards someone that cares for them, Biblical and German-related motifs, and try to have the person who actually cared for them kill them. The difference here is that Lucy is portrayed much more sympathetically.
- Also, her traits matched with Dragon Ball's Lunch. Both have multiple personalities; one is a ditzy nice girl, and the other is a sociopathic heroine, but also stoic. Eventually, the latter sides eventually gain a heart of gold and working with the main character and his friends. That gives them both an odd friendship with a girl who is a non-combatant (Yuka and Bulma) and an unrequited love interest (Kouta and Tenshinhan). They eventually disappear after the end of their works (while the former being killed by Kouta in the manga and having her bad side killed by the army in the anime with the latter being written out).
- Face Death with Dignity: In the anime finale, she shares a Last Kiss with Kouta before calmly going to face a Bolivian Army Ending, though the final scene implies she survived.
- Fiery Redhead: She is one you would not want to provoke, or you would be dead.
- Forced to Watch: Her Start of Darkness was when a group of bullies beat the puppy she had started caring for to death while making her watch. They don't survive the consequences.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Kouta initially met Lucy in his childhood after she killed her first victims. Unlike everyone else, he found her horns fascinating and forged a strong bond of friendship with her, thus keeping her murderous Diclonius instincts repressed. However, he erased her from his memory after she brutally killed his father and sister right in front of him because he neglected to specify his cousin's gender.
- Freakiness Shame: She hated her horns since she was bullied because of them, but Kouta told her he thought they are cool.
- Freudian Excuse: In spades.
- Friendless Background: She spent her childhood in an Orphanage of Fear where she had no friends and was frequently bullied by the other children for her horns and emotionlessness. The one person who it seemed like she was gonna become friends with at the orphanage later betrayed her and sold her out to the boys that had been bullying her. She then made two more attempts to reach out to someone else and become their friend. The first ends with her feeling betrayed once again, while the second ends in her new friend being killed and her being captured. After that it's sort of understandable why she stopped trying.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She was resigned to being bullied by the other children at the orphanage for being a freak of nature. Then she got the power to turn a perfectly ordinary living room into a blender.
- Full-Frontal Assault: The fact that Lucy has nothing on but a helmet in the first scene of the anime does not stop her from taking on and killing dozens of soldiers as she fights her way free from a military facility.
- Good Girl Gone Bad: She was nice and sweet, until a group of orphans beat to death Lucy's puppy, the only being in the world she actually cared about. And they found out about it from a girl who pretended to be her friend, the first human she was beginning to trust. That's when her murder spree began, although it was put down eventually thanks to Kouta. However, after he lies about his cousin's gender and she finds out the truth, she's gone for good.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Manga only and literally.
- Ground Punch: The manga has Lucy using her vectors (basically invisible hands) to strike the ground in order to jump long distances, they even leave hand marks and small craters behind.
- Hearing Voices: This is how the (presumably) genetic urge to Kill All Humans manifests itself to Lucy for the first time. It probably put a damper on her childhood relationship with Kouta when she didn't even notice that she was strangling him.
- The Heartless: Her "DNA" voice could count since it's the result of all the abuse she went when she was a child.
- Hellish Pupils: Only in the manga, but she does not have them always.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Well, not exactly a hero, but she clearly has a soft spot for dogs. It was the brutal murder of a puppy that she cared for that finally made her snap.
- Heroic RROD: Toward the end of the manga, she literally melts due abusing of her telekinetic powers.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Toward the end of the manga.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Villainous version. She puts herself down very often, usually when it involves Kouta.
- Hidden Eyes: Quite often, although very prominent when she's just reverted back to Lucy.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Lucy believes strongly this (and textually says this). And considering all she'd been through, one can't honestly blame her.
- Implacable Woman: Go ahead. Keep throwing shit at her. She will always plow through it to get to you.
- The Juggernaut: A very graphic version of this trope. It's shocking to those who hear "Juggernaut" and think of the huge, muscly guy from X-Men. Lucy is a cute pink-haired teenage girl... until she rips you in half, spilling your blood everywhere.
- Karma Houdini:
- Averted in the manga; Kouta does not forgive her for brutally murdering his dad and sister in cold blood, and she dies by Superpower Meltdown, but the personalities of Kaede and Nyu are reincarnated as twin girls and are reunited with Kouta some years later. In the anime, however, she is implied to survive her last showdown with the army, and while Kouta doesn't exactly forgive her (or at least not her actions), he's much more sympathetic to her plight, and he'd rather see the killing stop than seek revenge.
- Her Anime fate can very well be a subversion of this, as it's strongly implied (even more so if we add an element from the Manga) that Kaede purposefully killed her Lucy side so Nyu can finally live in peace with Kouta.
- Kick the Dog: Very, very much.
- Brutally murdering Kouta's father and little sister without any provocation was so horrible and over the top that that even Lucy herself agreed that there was no atonement for that.
- When she goes on her rampage in the festival, she kills a woman because she showed concern for Lucy. In this case, however, it's slightly justified in that Lucy was... not exactly in her right mind at the time.
- Slicing off Nana's limbs after the threat she posed was completely neutralized.
- Trying to kill Mayu after Mayu tried to help her. However, this is partially negated by Lucy's own regret at even considering it (see Shoot the Dog and Pet the Dog below).
- Killing an entire family in a house, both so she could crash for the night and because she was jealous at how the family was having a happy life. This event was meant to really show just how bitter the world made her.
- She keeps attacking Alicia and Barbara who are trying to save Nousou while they are helpless and she kills one of them. It's not like they didn't see it coming, since they took her home.
- Kick the Morality Pet: She brutally killed Kouta's father and sister Kanae because he lied to her about his cousin's gender. Quite a bit of guilt over said incident remains in her heart.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: The cruel kids at the orphanage, along with Bando (the first time around), the Unknown Man, and Kakuzawa (Junior and Senior), all had it coming.
- Kids Are Cruel: As a child, she was tormented by cruel kids because of her "cute little horns" and her emotionlessness. They even killed a puppy just to mess with her. Gets worse when you realize they wanted to torture the dog first to mess with her. It just happened to die on the first blow.
- Kill All Humans: If it wasn't for Kouta, she would've done this long ago.
- The Last Dance: Kouta has a fatal gunshot wound, Lucy/Kaede's body is already at limits from a abortive attempt at avenging the aforementioned fact on a global scale, and JSDF air and maritime forces are already scrambling to take her out with their full firepower. What does Lucy/Kaede do? She proceeds to sing Elfenlied while patching up Kouta's body on a cellular level and blasting the JSDF forces out of both sky and sea, ''simultaneously. And she knows full well that she's going to end up with a fatal Superpower Meltdown.
- Last Kiss: In the anime, Lucy kisses Kouta shortly before confronting the soldiers who have been assigned to kill her. Her fate, however, is left ambiguous.
- Limp and Livid: Quite a lot. Whenever Nyu flips over to Lucy her head drops so her hair covers/shades her eyes.
- Long Lost Sibling: In the manga, she has a younger half-brother, the first male Diclonius. Upon meeting each other, she kills him. She doesn't hate him, but she did it because their kind can't exist anymore and the fact he was being controlled by Kakuzawa, making it a Mercy Kill.
- Love Makes You Evil: At first, but she does get slightly better.
- Love Martyr: For starters, it was her love of Aiko that made Lucy subject herself to years of human experimentation - tantamount to a living hell, yet she was fine with it as long as Aiko survived... and when she was told Aiko didn't survive, Lucy was crushed. When she gets free, she spends the rest of her life trying to find Kouta so she could apologize for what she did to his family, even though she knows she can't atone for it. When that happens, and he flat out says that he hates her for what she did to his family, she still embraces him when he accepts her into his house in exchange for not killing anymore. When he takes the bullet for her from Kurama, it was her love of Kouta that drove her to heal him at the cost of a Superpower Meltdown.
- Made of Iron: She survives taking an anti-tank slug to the head in the first episode. To be fair, though, the thing barely grazes her, she's wearing a helmet, and she has her vectors to protect her. She still does survive falling hundreds of feet off a cliff into the ocean without drowning immediately afterwards though.
- Manipulative Bitch: Well, specifically, her DNA personality, which follows an Enemy Within scenario.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Kouta's Feminine Boy. She's a psychotic mutant who will single-handedly fight and kill armies in order to protect Kouta, the Non-Action Guy.
- Magical Girlfriend: Dismembers the genre with a rusty chainsaw.
- Meaningful Name:
- Can be seen alternatively as a female version of Lucifer (the devil, which fits her role as an evil mass-murderer), and also sounds like "lucid," which could refer to Nyu only initially talking in full sentences when Lucy is at the wheel.
- Lucy is also the name of a protohomonid skeleton with an upright gait and small brain capacity, suggesting a missing link between the great apes and modern humans. Lucy, being the first of her kind capable of "proper" reproduction, could also potentially serve as a missing link between humans and some future Diclonius race.
- Memento MacGuffin: Lucy's letter to Kouta. It also reveals her true name.
- Monster Progenitor:
- She's not the first diclonius by a long shot, but her vectors are capable of spreading the diclonius condition to the gametes of humans she touches with them.
- And how can we forget that she's the only fertile female of her species.
- Monster Sob Story: Her backstory, and holy hell, is it sad.
- More Than Mind Control: Turns out Lucy, or rather Kaede, was Driven to Murder in part, by the manipulations of an Omnicidal Maniac Split Personality within her (born from either snapping at the constant abuse, her own genetic drive to Kill All Humans, or both).
- Murder Is the Best Solution: If you even slightly irritate or wrong her in any way, shape, or form, you're dead. Justified to a degree, as her... not-so-happy life prompted this as a defense mechanism for her.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: This is what she is trying to do to Yuka. The only way that stops her from attempting to do that is Kouta's presence near her. In the flashbacks, she does this to Kouta's sister and father.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Her murders of Kouta's father and little sister. They're the only kills she actually feels any remorse over.
- Mysterious Waif: It's what got Kouta and Yuka to adopt her into the family at first.
- Nominal Hero: On her very best of days.
- Not So Stoic: In the manga, whenever she's on a killing spree, she's happier than a kid high on weed.
- Off with His Head!: Her preferred method of killing people she hates. It's swift, fast, bloodless, and efficient. Everyone else (including Bando) fall under Ludicrous Gibs.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Pretty damn much. Justified, in that Kaede, the original personality, had been put through so much abuse that she created Lucy specifically to act on her (supposedly) inborn drive to butcher all humans.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Most people seem to either not know or forget that "Lucy" isn't her real name. As revealed toward the end of the manga, "Lucy"'s real name is Kaede.
- One Woman Army: She's known for gaining a massive headcount.
- The Ophelia: She's pretty and she's broken on account of Love Makes You Evil. Yup.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Okay, that was an awful fucking orphanage, man.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Downplayed. Though she is more sadistic towards people who deserve it. She'll kill anyone, but she'll torture people like Bando half to death.
- Peek-a-Bangs: She has one eye covered by her hair, though not when she's in her alternate personality Nyu, and not during flashbacks either.
- Perpetual Frowner: In stark contrast to Nyu. An exception is reserved for when everybody else is unhappy.
- Person of Mass Destruction:
- Pet the Dog: Her moments of compassion are rare, but very poignant, because it shows that she still has some humanity left in her fractured mind. As time goes on, both in the anime and the manga, the more these moments pile on, the more humanity ultimately returns to her.
- The first instance that shows she still has a heart came in the form of her meeting Mayu's dog in a cage. While it looks like she killed the puppy, it turns out that she actually cut the rope that kept him restrained and allowed him to reunite with Mayu.
- Speaking of Mayu, Lucy actually took the time to protect her from a fight with another Diclonius, and that was when they first met. She literally had no reason to even acknowledge Mayu's existence, but she went out of her way to protect her anyway.
- She may be a mass murdering sociopath fueled by her hatred of humans, but her ability to love is powerful. The shit that she allows herself to suffer through, purely for the sake of her loved ones, is her single greatest trait. See Undying Loyalty below.
- Nothing will excuse her Kick the Dog moments, but she has shown that she can (and does) learn from her mistakes if given a chance. In particular, after the incident with Kouta's family, she refuses to kill Aiko's asshole dad purely because she'd rather not make Aiko sad; she encourages and actively tries to get Aiko to reunite with her mother; she offers to take the blame after Aiko accidentally killed her father; she doesn't commit infanticide after what happened with Kanae (and even feels bad about trying it with Mayu so Kouta wouldn't have to relive his memories of Kanae); and she refrains from killing anyone in Kouta's presence, no matter how much she personally hates her targets.
- She was surprisingly regretful at the idea of killing Mayu (an attempt to keep Mayu from triggering Kouta's own memories as a result). To her credit, she doesn't do it again, and even entrusts Nana to protect her towards the end of the manga.
- She hated her mother for all her life... but when she finds out the truth of what her mother went through, Lucy forgives her.
- Her genuine grief over her murders of Kouta's father and sister. That was awful, but it was nice to see Lucy herself show remorse for once. She knows she can't fully atone for it, but she still wants to atone anyway, which says a lot about how much it was eating her up inside.
- When she accepts his offer to stay with him on the condition that she doesn't kill again, it shows that, yes, she really would rather just stop killing altogether if it meant living a normal life.
- When the Maple House is attacked, and Nyu holds off much of the invasion force, Lucy wakes up, and notices that Kouta had regained his memories of her killing his family. Perhaps resigned to the fact that she and Kouta could never be together, the first thing Lucy does... is to ask Nana to care for the Maple House and its residents. Furthermore, she even asks Yuka, of all people, to take care of Kouta - something that was utterly unthinkable at the beginning of the series.
- The Power of Love: At the very end, it is her love of Kouta that eventually enables her to beat her Enemy Within.
- The Promise: Lucy and Kouta agree to meet at the stone behind the festival terrain on the last day of the summer festival.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: A combination of Types C, D because of Nyu, and E.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": She very rarely smiles unless she's killing someone.
- Redemption Equals Death: In the manga, she defies her DNA Voice's desire to go on a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum by stopping her vectors from causing anymore damage and asking Kouta to Mercy Kill her. The anime is more ambiguous, but she does lose her other horn and a woman in her figure shows up in front of the Maple House.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the anime. In the manga, they're green according to the cover art.
- Reincarnation: At the end of the manga, where the twins are apparently separate reincarnations of Kaede and Nyu.
- Retired Monster: Yes and no. By the time the series starts, Lucy pretty much has murder as the only option regarding humans, but she seems to limit her present-day killings to unsavory people. She does get better, though, ala Defrosting Ice Queen.
- Sanity Slippage: A chapter dedicated to her childhood shows she got so unstable and murderous through this trope.
- Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: When Bando decides to kill Lucy by shooting the grenade next to his dead teammate, he forgot an important object: the teammate's automatic machine rifle. It went to hell from there.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Before her capture (sometime after she killed Kouta's father and sister), she turns herself in as a final attempt to give humanity a chance and to save a new friend's life. She later finds out when being bound in the very place first seen that her friend died from her wounds and that practically drove Lucy to cross the Despair Event Horizon.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Unlike Nyu, she does know that being naked is a problem, but she often has other things on her mind.
- Shoot the Dog: The only reason she even considered killing Mayu was because Mayu remembered Lucy's fight with Nana. Lucy feared that Kouta would regain his own memories if Mayu put two and two together, so she tried to kill her to keep that from happening, but Bando took the bullet for Mayu. This oddly merges with Combat Pragmatist (even if unintentionally) and Kick the Dog (since it was still a pretty selfish thing to do).
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls for Kouta because he is the first person to be genuinely kind to her and not shun her because she is different (he even finds her horns cool). Even though she gets, to say the least, deranged and murderous later in life, she continues loving Kouta for his virtues and refuses to harm him.
- Slasher Smile: When she's killing folks, but only in the manga.
- Sociopathic Hero: She does show lack of regard for human life and has shown empathy for other people (namely Aiko) in the past, but by the time Elfen Lied starts, she's too far gone in her hatred of humans.
- The Southpaw: She's not left-handed, but both times she uses a machine gun, she fires it with her left hand.
- Start of Darkness: Episodes 8 & 9 show Lucy's backstory, along with the only happy day she spent while with Kouta when they were kids. The manga does this sooner, at the time of episode 6.
- The Stoic: When outside of a fight, but mostly in the anime which takes away her Slasher Smile.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Tends to have this appearance whenever she reverts back to her Lucy persona from her Nyu persona.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Cold and deeply cynical, but only because she's been hurt so badly every time she lets her guard down. She can be very genuinely caring and insanely loyal towards those she becomes attached to. She may slaughter humans without hesitation or remorse, but her capacity for love is still very real.
- Superpowered Evil Side: She's it, except there's an even more evil side that's essentially her basic instincts.
- Superpower Meltdown: Toward the end of the manga, Lucy goes into a literal meltdown due abusing of her telekinetic powers while destroying some planes and then for saving Kouta.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Even being a mass murderer with a penchant for Slasher Smiles and Cold-Blooded Torture isn't enough to keep her from being sympathetic; her backstory is just that crappy.
- Theme Music Power-Up: In the manga, Lucy sings the German song "Elfenlied" while taking on an entire army from thousands of kilometers away. Apparently, the more thematic the song, the bigger the powerup.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: She's a member of a race genetically predisposed towards the destruction of the human race. Which was only ever triggered because the humans she met all treated her like shit. Nice going there.
- Token Evil Teammate: In the main cast (consisting of herself, Kouta, Nana, Yuka, and Mayu), she's easily the most unhinged and villainous of the bunch.
- Tragic Villain: A very tragic one at that. A broken little girl who became a murderous monster after she snapped at the world's relentless cruelty and her own budding insanity.
- Tranquil Fury: In the anime, where she kills without a change in her facial expressions.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Her vectors activated after the bullies at the orphanage killed her puppy and made her watch.
- Tsundere: Type A, when she was young. Also when she's older, she tries to show Kouta the cold shoulder, but has some adorable moments when he faces her.
- Tsurime Eyes: Narrow, tortured and focused, in contrast to Nyu's bright and happy ones.
- The Unfettered: She will find Kouta, and she will express how awful she feels about killing his family. No way you'll ever stop her from doing that. No way she'll let you stop her from that single goal.
- Alternatively, her DNA Voice personality has no reservations about doing anything in her considerable amount of power to kill all the humans and replace them with her species.
- Undying Loyalty: If her Fatal Flaw is that she Desperately Craves Affection, then her greatest quality is her insane devotion to the people she loves. In fact, her loyalty is arguably greater than her desire for affection, because she willingly puts herself in harm's way for the people she cares about, frequently sacrifices her own betterment in exchange for theirs and absolutely refuses to abandon them or hate them even if they treat her badly.
- Ungrateful Bitch: She once tried to kill Mayu right after Mayu saved her from being killed. Granted, Lucy chose not to continue attacking Mayu after she dealt with Bando (who tried to save Mayu as a result), so one could argue this was at least partially attributed to her being a Combat Pragmatist.
- Unstoppable Rage: About 90% of the time.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She started out as a kind-hearted, but shy little girl, but through enough torment, crippling loneliness, and a psychotic inner voice, became an Ax-Crazy mass murderer bent on killing all humans.
- Villain Protagonist: She has killed armed men and innocent children, for reasons ranging from "trying to kill me" to "You killed my dog" to "I envy your happy, normal life, and I need a place to crash." Here's our heroine, ladies and gentlemen.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: If she sees you as a threat to Kouta, you will die. Period.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: During her breakdown at the summer festival we hear her vomit with the back to the audience (Strangely, tons of severed heads and oceans of spilt blood are not as bad as a small pool of vomit).
- Weak, but Skilled:
- She's actually not that powerful compared to some of the other diclonii; Nana has longer vectors and can hold her at bay, while Mariko is an outright nuke. Lucy is a far more experienced killer, and when Nana tries to go easy on her, Lucy rips her limbs off.
- Subverted in the end of the manga where her vectors can split islands and have a reach of at least hundreds of kilometers.
- When She Smiles: She hardly ever smiles (when she's not killing someone), but when she◊ does...◊
- Woman Scorned: Sure, Kouta! Don't tell Lucy that you're going to the festival with your female cousin! Even if she finds out, it's not like she'll go so far as to murder your little sister, your father, and dozens of other people, right?
- To be fair, Lucy admits that if Kouta had told her he was going to the festival with a female cousin, she probably would have hunted down the cousin and killed her.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Several characters think that it's her natural instinct to eradicate humanity, but given her past, her experiences alone would be enough to make her what she is. She truly believes that she's doing all those atrocities out of instinct, so if we look at the nurture aspect, we come to the conclusion that she Mind Raped herself (with a little help from nearly everyone around her and an inner voice / alternate personality that wants to eradicate all life) into believing that she was, in her own words, "born to wipe out mankind".
- Would Hurt a Child: Would kill them, actually.
- Yandere: Played Up to Eleven. As it turns out, the reason she killed Kouta's father and sister was that she was angry at Kouta for lying to her and saying that the cousin he was going round the festival with was a boy instead of a girl (apparently, even if Kouta did tell her it was a girl, someone was going to die anyway). Disproportionate Retribution at the worst, although she seriously regretted it later, to the point that the thought of eventually apologizing to him gave her the will to survive.
Not a separate character in the strictly technical sense, Nyu is the split personality of Lucy that developed after a .50 BMG round grazed the metallic helmet protecting her head. Nyu has a childlike personality, an infantile knowledge of the world, and lacks spoken language skills, only able to say "Nyu" and "Kouta" most of the time. Nyu is innocent and incapable of violent acts, a foil to the normally cold and sadistic Lucy; she is the manifestation of Lucy's "good side".
When Nyu is attacked violently she regresses into Lucy; likewise, when Lucy is treated with love and kindness or wants to hide herself from Kouta, she will switch back into Nyu. While Nyu exists first due to trauma, it is believed that Lucy subconsciously encourages her presence due to her feelings of guilt towards Kouta. In the manga, this is confirmed by Lucy herself.
Tropes associated with Nyu:
- Alternate Identity Amnesia: She has no memories of her past or what her Lucy side does.
- Ambiguously Bi: She only loves Kouta... but that doesn't keep her from groping other girls. Even after she becomes intelligent, she wonders why she wants to Skinship Grope Yuka, likely due to her former self's influence.
- Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Gets worse after she gets the memories back.
- Anything That Moves: Nyu tends to be rather... indiscriminate when it comes to others. Not exactly indiscriminate, as she prefers bigger boobs than small ones like Mayu's.
- She also does not grope Kouta because she explains that men have no boobs. Though, she prefers that he would grope her.
- Attempted Rape: Played for Laughs. What she does to Nozomi looks like attempted rape, though Nyu is not aware what's going on.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Let's just say that putting her in danger, hitting her on the head hard enough, or getting her drunk or drugged will make her revert to her Lucy persona.
- Blank Slate: She has no useful speech abilities, latches emotionally on to the first people she meets, and frequently doesn't seem to understand what's going on. The anime cuts off before Lucy is reduced to an extended coma and Nyu is allowed to develop. She is even able to talk in full sentences, and is, at that point, a full personality that directly contrasts Lucy perfectly. She still keeps her Verbal Tic, though.
- Buxom Is Better: Nyu likes groping bigger breasts and is disappointed of Mayu's small ones.note
- Cute Mute: In the sense that her trauma left her with a very limited vocabulary. She gets better.
- Driven to Suicide: In the manga, when she finds out that she's a mass murderer, she tries to kill herself, but cannot do it.
- Forced Kiss: To Yuka and Nozomi.
- Genki Girl: Much more prominent in the manga. After being able to form sentences, she has such a happy personality that the manga looks like a Reconstruction of an Unwanted Harem anime.
- Helpless Good Side: In spades. Lucy is a psychotic murderer. Nyu is an innocent amnesiac girl who initially doesn't even know how to use a restroom. She's not so helpless when she's able to use her vectors herself.
- Heroic BSOD: When she is captured again, she thinks it was impossible that her actual side is the killer.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Too many incidents to count. Probably the most notable is that she has walked up to Kouta and shoved his hand against her breast, twice, and the 2nd time they were both naked.
- Innocently Insensitive: She cheerfully breaks the seashell Kanae gave to Kouta, which greatly infuriates him. Yuka tries to defend Nyu, saying that maybe she broke the seashell because she thought it made Kouta sad.
- Instant Expert: When Nozomi teaches Nyu how to sing, she chooses her favorite song Elfenlied, a German song in old German. Nyu is able to sing it fine and has no trouble with the language at all.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: At least, in the manga. She is constantly making Kouta grope her and molesting the other girls that live at the inn. Subverted in that she doesn't understand the gravity of her actions, and is only (for the most part) copying things that she's seen others doing.
- Nice Girl: One of the biggest contrasts to her alter ego.
- No Periods, Period: Rather graphically subverted.
- No Sense of Personal Space: She constantly glomps Kouta, and fondles Yuka's breasts on more than one occasion. Not to menton Nozomi's crotch.
- Pokémon Speak: Technically, she was nicknamed after the only word she could speak at first. It later becomes subverted after the cutoff from the anime.
- Potty Failure: In the first anime episode.
- The Prankster: In the manga, she tries to play a prank on Kouta as revenge for scolding at her (and maybe for stopping her Attempted Rape on Nozomi) by surprising him. The timing of her prank is really bad, as the person she surprise turns out not to be Kouta, but Nana, who attacks her because of Lucy dismembering her.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: She's innocent, cheery and optimistic in contrast to Evil Redhead Lucy.
- Satellite Love Interest: She's a Blank Slate, picked up by Kouta from a beach. Possibly a subversion, in that Nyu's attraction to Kouta is a reflection of her true personality Lucy.
- Skinship Grope: She recognizes this behavior as acceptable due to Kouta's mishap.
- Suddenly Bilingual: Nyu has no trouble to sing the German song "Elfenlied" for the first time.
- Tareme Eyes: A contrast to Lucy's eyes.
- Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: Nyu is essentially an infant in an adult body.
- Verbal Tic Name: Although her speech pathology makes sense, as she took a bullet to the head.
- Woman Child: Averted later on in the manga.
An 18-year-old student who arrives in the Kanagawa Prefecture to attend college. He is the male lead and Deuteragonist
of the series. Kouta lives in a closed-down inn with his cousin, Yuka, while attending university.
Kouta has repressed traumatic memories of witnessing, firsthand, the deaths of his father and sister. He ended up in a psychiatric ward for over a year following the event, but eventually made a full recovery. As a result, he is particularly sympathetic towards girls in trouble
and is extremely generous to and protective of the girls around him. He is very kind and gentle as well, offering to shelter the various suffering characters he and Yuka stumble across, and treating them as part of his family. He and Yuka both initially meet Lucy as she washes up on the shore of a nearby beach.
Tropes associated with Kouta:
- Absurdly Youthful Father: Kouta and Yuka adopt Mayu, despite there only being a 5 year age difference.
- Accidental Pervert: Yuka slaps him a lot for this. The first time it happened, Nyu had been out in the rain and her clothes were soaked. Kouta tried helping her change with his eyes closed, but his cousin walked in at just the right moment for his honest explanation to be hardest to believe.
- Adoptive Peer Parent: He and Yuka both adopt Mayu despite the fact that they're both university students and Mayu is 14.
- Angst Coma: In the backstory, spent an entire year in a coma after watching his little sister Kanae and his father get slaughtered right in front of him by Lucy.
- Babies Ever After: The Distant Finale shows him going to the place where he first met Lucy/Kaede to wait for her with his daughter Nyu, who resembles Yuka.
- Break the Cutie: Him seeing his father and sister killed got him hit mentally & emotionally hard.
- Caught in the Rain: When Kouta and Yuka are looking for Nyu and it suddenly starts raining. By the time they find shelter at a nearby shrine, they're both drenched, so they huddle together for warmth. Yuka admits her feelings for him, kisses him unexpectedly, and tells him that she doesn't want to be separated from him again. Kouta wipes her tears away and returns the kiss. The rain stops just as suddenly as it started, and when Kouta comments on it, Yuka realizes what she did, panics a little, and falls off of Kouta's lap. Cue Panty Shot, Accidental Pervert, and Megaton Punch.
- The manga takes their encounter a few steps further...
- Chick Magnet: Attracts a teenaged, mutant girl with horns on her head and even his own cousin! Also Nozomi, but she does not fall for him that hard like the others.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Lucy, but he doesn't remember her.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Kouta is a protagonist with no superpowers, has some psychological issues and not any talents. He's also a student in a rather low-leveled university.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anyone?
- Death Glare: To Lucy, right after he regains his memories in the manga.
- Deuteragonist: He's the second most important character over here, due to his relationship with Lucy.
- Did Not Die That Way: Kouta eventually finds out that his father and sister did not die from an accident and an illness, respectively, but that they were both murdered in front of him by Lucy, and the trauma of witnessing this caused him to block the memories out.
- The Dulcinea Effect: Only slightly, but Kouta is undeniably more inclined to go the extra distance to help out a girl in need.
- Expy: Kouta bears some resemblance to other characters from Lynn Okamoto's previous works. To Aoki from Lime Yellow and the nameless protagonist of Memoria, who also has a Forgotten First Meeting with a girl he meets many years later. A later one-shot, Allumage, has young boy who looks very similar to Kouta, especially when this child grows up.
- First Kiss: Stolen by Yuka.
- Forgotten First Meeting: In actuality, Kouta met Lucy in his childhood after she killed her first victims. Unlike everyone else, he found her horns fascinating and forged a strong bond of friendship with her. However, he erased her from his memory after she brutally killed his father and sister right in front of him because he lied to her about his cousin's gender.
- Freaky Is Cool: He was the first person to think that Lucy's horns are cool.
- Friend to All Living Things: Kouta loves animals and he studies biology to work with animals.
- Heroic BSOD: He went through one when he was a child that lasted for a year, and caused him to repress some painful childhood memories.
- Interspecies Romance: With Lucy, since she's a Diclonius.
- I Will Wait for You: In the manga, after he kills Lucy/Nyu he goes to the place where he first met Lucy/Kaede the last day of the summer festival to wait for her every year, even though he knows she won't come. However, it's implied he manages to meet Lucy/Kaede's and Nyu's reincarnations.
- Kissing Cousins: He is attracted to his cousin Yuka, as the temple scene indicates, but then there's Lucy/Nyu muddying things up. In the final chapter of the manga, it's implied they end up together. If Kouta's daughter's resemblance to Yuka is any indication.
- The manga also implies that his feelings for Yuka were always stronger than for Lucy/Nyu, judging from his many scenes with Yuka.
- Living Emotional Crutch: He is both this and a Morality Chain to Lucy. She still loves him and one of, if not the only thing that gives her the will to go on is the thought of one day finding Kouta again and apologizing to him for killing his father and sister.
- Loves My Alter Ego: He tells Lucy he loves both her and Nyu.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Lucy's Masculine Girl. Kouta isn't exactly archetypically girly, but he is much more quiet and less-action geared than Lucy.
- Maybe Ever After: He promises Yuka to never leave her again at the end of the manga. In the Distant Finale, his daughter resembles Yuka.
- Morality Chain: His very existence is the only reason Lucy hasn't completely snapped right now.
- Morality Pet: To Lucy; he's the only human that she will never hurt or try to hurt.
- Nice Guy: Though not always, but case in point: he was the first human to ever treat Lucy with an ounce of human decency.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Him telling Lucy that he was going his cousin to the festival and lying about her gender was what caused her to kill his father and sister.
- Non-Action Guy: Kouta. He isn't very strong, smart, has no powers, weapons or anything except some cool friends.
- Although he has a knack for solving his problems by slapping/punching people in the face.
- Not What It Looks Like:
- Played straight when Kouta tries to change Nyu's wet clothes, as she doesn't know how to do it herself.
- Subverted once when it's exactly what it looks like. Kouta is most definitely groping Nyu, mostly because she made him. Yuka is not exactly convinced by his explanation.
- Happens again when Mayu sees him and Nyu in the bathtube.
- Only Friend: He was Lucy's only childhood friend; she even admits that the time they spent together are the only happy memories she has.
- Ordinary University Student: Kouta is just a normal young man with no speciality.
- Parental Hypocrisy: He tells his daughter Nyu to not play in the mountains, despite the fact he used to play in the same mountains with Lucy/Kaede when they were little.
- Parting Words Regret: His last words to his little sister Kanae were a threat that he'd "hate her forever" unless she apologized to his friend Lucy, who Kanae had just accused of murdering people at the festival they were at. He then sees her bifurcated in front of him... by Lucy herself. He shows clear regret in present times for fighting with her just before she died.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: When an angry Kouta finds Lucy in the beach near the end, he tosses her his coat.
- The Promise: Lucy and Kouta agree to meet at the stone behind the festival terrain on the last day of the summer festival.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Kouta or Kohta of Kota.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: The murder of his family at her hands really puts a huge problem for his relationship with Lucy.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Though he himself admits he can't condone or forgive Lucy's actions, Kouta just can't bring himself to hate her.
- Team Dad: Sometimes referred to as the "Father" of the group, and he acts like it. Despite looking like a typical Nice Guy, he can be surprisingly strict and gruff when he needs to be.
- This Is Unforgivable!: He does not forgive Lucy for killing his family, but he's still conflicted with his feelings for her.
- Tragic Keepsake: The seashell Kanae gave to him on the day of her death.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: A significant part of the plot, as it's about Lucy killing his father and sister in front of his eyes.
- Unlucky Everydude: Very unlucky. He is constantly found in compromising positions with female characters by... other female characters, and is given a lot of flack for this by Yuka. Not to mention his entire family ends up being killed because of one white lie.
- Would Hit a Girl: Not necessarily brutal, but he has slapped his sister, because he thought she was telling horrible lies, and Nana, who suddenly attacked Nyu, in the face, and he hits Nyu with a slipper because she is going to, er, rape Nozomi.
Kouta's cousin, who is around 19 years old and planning to attend the same university as Kouta. She moves in with him at the inn after having not seen him in many years. Having had a crush on Kouta since childhood, she still harbors strong feelings for him, and is openly jealous of Kouta's attention to Nyu, to the point of being irrational.
Despite her brash tendencies, Yuka is geniunely as kind and caring as Kouta. Though she is hesitant and reserved, she is accepting of Kouta's decision to use their inn to shelter those in need.
Tropes associated with Yuka:
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Kouta and Yuka adopt Mayu, despite there only being a 5 year age difference.
- Adoptive Peer Parent: She and Kouta both adopt Mayu despite the fact that Yuka is only 19 and Mayu is 14.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Yuka gives such a hard one to Kouta early in the anime that in the next scene you can still see her hand imprint on his cheek.
- Betty and Veronica: Betty to Lucy/Nyu's Veronica, since Yuka is not a psychotic murderer.
- Caught in the Rain: See Kouta's entry.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In a grating manner as well. People tend to dislike her for this... while forgetting that Lucy can be even clingier. At least Yuka would NOT try to kill Lucy, whereas Lucy HAS used her vectors to push Yuka down and started her Roaring Rampage of Revenge because she was jealous of her.
- Cool Big Sis: Arguably. She tries, bless her heart, but it doesn't necessarily work.
- Cross-Popping Veins: Happens to Yuka twice, once when Kouta was about to mention that her cooking wasn't special, and when his little sister teases her in the flashback.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Yuka tends to get pretty violent on Kouta several times.
- Expy: Yuka's design looks very similar to characters from Lynn Okamoto's previous works: Sara Wyoming from Elfenlied and Kasumi from Digitopolis, especially when he redraws them. Yuka's design becomes the basis for Nono Nonomiya and Ryouta Murakami, especially the former looks identical to her. It should be noted that Sara, Kasumi, Nono and Ryouta are all main protagonists of the respective works.
- First Girl Wins: She is the first girl Kouta met in the story, in both, his backstory, and in the main story. They eventually marry and have a daughter.
- First Kiss: With Kouta. In the manga, it's a French kiss.
- Kissing Cousins: She is infatuated with her cousin Kouta. Kouta is also attracted to her, as the temple scene indicates, but then there's Lucy/Nyu muddying things up.
- Lets See You Do Better: During the festival flashback, Yuka is constantly breaking the clay animals at one of the stands. Kouta says that she's terrible at it, so Yuka tells him to do it if he's so awesome at it. Then he does and manages to get the animal shape out of it, and she promises to get better at it.
- Love Confession: When Yuka confesses to Mayu how jealous she gets whenever Kouta pays attention to other girls, Mayu gently asks Yuka if maybe the reason she gets so jealous is that she loves Kouta. Yuka tearfully admits she's right.
- Love Makes You Evil: To a lesser extent and not extreme.
- Maybe Ever After: Kouta promises Yuka to never leave her again at the end of the manga. In the Distant Finale, Kouta's daughter resembles Yuka.
- Misery Poker: Very much so. She spends so much time fuming over the fact that she can't get close to Kouta when everyone else has been to hell and back.
- Ms. Fanservice: See Reluctant Fanservice Girl below.
- Only Sane Woman: To an extent. She is the only main character without any serious traumatic event in her backstory.
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Takes up the Ms. Fanservice role rather unwillingly, due to her being a frequent victim of Nyu's antics or getting Panty Shots that are seen by Kouta.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Her daughter, Nyu Jr., looks exactly like Yuka.
- Team Mom: As the older of the girls, she is sometimes referred as the "mother" of the group in the anime.
- Tsundere: Type B. She's usually a sweet girl, but she can be violent and harsh towards Kouta.
- Woman Scorned: What? Kouta can't remember a promise due to his sister and father getting violently murdered in front of him about twenty minutes after making said promise in some rather guilt-inducing circumstances? That bastard. Guess I have to kick his ass now. Granted, she has no idea that he repressed his memories of that day, and she regrets her earlier reaction once she figures this out, but still.
Voiced by: Emiko Hagiwara (JP), Cynthia Martinez (EN)
A 14 year old girl, neglected by her mother and a victim of sexual abuse by her stepfather. She eventually runs away and is homeless at the start of the series, living on the beach and subsisting on bread crusts from a local bakery under the pretense that they are for the small puppy, Wanta, that accompanies her. She ends up living with Kouta and Yuka as her legal guardians, and later befriends Nana and tries to take her under her wing.
Tropes associated with Mayu:
- Abusive Parents: Her stepfather sexually abused her, and when she told her mother, the latter's reaction was to slap her and express jealousy of all the "attention" the former gave Mayu. Later, her mom gives up custody of her to Kouta and Yuka without a fight.
- Attempted Rape: She was very nearly raped by the Unknown Man in the manga.
- Break the Cutie:
- Her Abusive Parents. Yes, nary a cutie escapes unbroken in this series.
- There's also when she hears about Lucy, she doesn't believe that the person she knew as Nyu could be a sadistic killer and saves her during her 2nd fight with Bando, after which Lucy tries to kill her.
- Broken Bird: The result of the rapes.
- Cooldown Hug: She tries one on Lucy when she and Nana begin to fight at Maple House; Lucy just pushes her away.
- Does Not Like Men: She follows this to a degree; the manga implies that her traumatic experience with her stepfather has soured her on men in general, and finding Kouta in the bath groping Nyu doesn't help. Ironically, she appears to bond most closely with Bando, who generally treats her like crap, yet saved her from the Unknown Man.
- A Girl And Her Dog: She rarely goes anywhere without Wanta.
- Happily Adopted: By Kouta and Yuka. They later track down Mayu's mother, who signs over legal guardianship to them without any complaint (she didn't want Mayu in her life anyway). Afterward Mayu is seen living quite happily with Kouta and Yuka, and says she considers the two of them to be her real family.
- Interrupted Suicide: Possibly implied in the anime after running away from home. She was about to walk into the ocean, but stopped after she heard a puppy barking from the beach; she adopts the puppy and names it Wanta.
- Let Them Die Happy: When Bando lies dying after Taking the Bullet from Lucy for Mayu, he asks what happened to Lucy. Before Nana can tell Bando she got away, Mayu says that Bando's last bullet killed her, so he can die believing he finally got his revenge on Lucy. Subverted when Bando turns out to be alive in the last chapter.
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother gives not a damn about Mayu being adopted by strangers.
- Nice Girl: Mayu is very friendly considering her Dark and Troubled Past.
- Plucky Girl: Mayu's got bravery to spare when she's pushed to it, as she shows when Bando tries to threaten her into revealing Nyu's location and she has the presence of mind to call him out to his face.
- Rape as Backstory: She was sexually abused by her stepfather.
- Rape as Drama: Mayu is an unfortunate victim of Rape as Backstory and Attempted Rape.
- The Runaway: A textbook Abused Runaway.
- Sailor Fuku: Wears this as a school uniform after moving in permanently with Kouta and Yuka.
- Shrinking Violet: Moreso in the beginning, due to being homeless and having a traumatic backstory.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Mayu does this to a lesser extent regarding her witnessing Lucy's brutal dismemberment of Nana.
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Occurs between Mayu and her mother.
A puppy that Mayu found when she was helpless. It's apparently a strays with the name "James", but he choose to stay with Mayu and lives together with the Maple House citizens.
Tropes associated with Wanta:
- Animal Companion: He follows Mayu almost everywhere and everytime.
- Heroic Dog: Both supported and subverted in Mayu's dog Wanta. His loyalty to Mayu (even over a woman who claimed to be his true owner) and the others is stellar. But like his human and otherwise friends, his ability to save them is way limited, and he is nearly killed by the vicious Unknown Man.
- Precious Puppies: He's a little, adorable white puppy and one of Mayu's best friends.
- Team Pet: He's the pet of the Maple House citizens.
Voiced by: Yuki Matsuoka (JP), Sasha Paysinger (EN)
Also known as Number 7
, she is a young Silpelit (Diclonius born from a human) girl who has the physical appearance of being 14 years old. Most Diclonius babies are euthanized at birth, but Nana was one of a handful kept alive for use as a test subject. As a result she has spent her entire life in the Diclonius research facility. Nana can be seen as the exact opposite of Lucy. While Lucy's default personality is serious and cold, Nana's is fragile, friendly, and kind. Nana's default personality is very similiar to Nyu and she also has an endearingly immature knowledge of the world.
Nana was a stand-out subject among the Diclonius for being able to effortlessly repress her murderous instincts. Accordingly, she has never used her vectors to harm humans (or anything for that matter). Chief Kurama sees her as his daughter and cares very much for her. In the end, Nana and Kurama are regarded more instead as a couple with Nana referring to herself as his 'wife', as Kurama couldn't accept Nana as her daughter after his real daughter's death.
Tropes associated with Nana:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is purplish-blue in the manga, but is purplish-pink in the anime. Also her eyes were green rather than rose-pink.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the anime, she's completely curb-stomped by Mariko. This also happens in the manga, but there Nana fights back and gets even the upper hand. Actually, she wins and nearly kills her if Kurama has not appear there.
- An Arm and a Leg: The end result of her fight with Lucy ends with Lucy tearing off all of her arms and legs one by one.
- Artificial Limbs: Realistic ones that respond to her vectors.
- A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Kurama explicitly told her not to engage Lucy when he found her, but she chose to do so anyway in an attempt to make him proud. It ends badly.
- Badass Adorable: Nana is one of the sweetest characters in the series. However when pushed she is more than capable of kicking ass, especially if someone threatens Kurama.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The reasons for her personality may be because despite her brutal life as a test subject, Kurama treatey her with genuine kindness and concern.
- Berserk Button: Threatening to hurt her "papa".
- Beware the Nice Ones: The few times said cutie-persona/psychological-defense-mechanism is broken through. During Nana & Bando's first meeting on a moonlit beach, Bando pushes her too far and she snaps on him, gaining the same dead look in her eyes that Lucy almost-constantly has and trying to kill him (and coming very close) until a .50-caliber bullet grazing her head knocks her back to her senses. Later in manga Chapter 74, the Unknown Man threatening Mayu and casually killing Number 28 right in front of Nana is enough to set her off again. Unfortunately, he blasts her before she can attack, taking her out of the fight.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In the manga. The brunette to Mariko's blonde and Lucy's readhead.
- Break the Cutie: An extremely clever inversion. It's explicitly stated that her "Cutie" persona is a psychological defense mechanism that she developed as a result of the universe's constant attempts to break her.
- Can't Catch Up: Despite smarts in battle and ever-increasing savvy, she has a good showing but always gets curbstomped by opponents.
- Cassandra Truth: Nana knows about Nyu's alternate personality Lucy, but no-one else believes her.
- Clothing Damage: See Shameful Strip.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Finds herself at the end of these, most noticeably against Mariko. However in the manga she often ends up returning the favor, often to the person who was just beating the living crap out of her as Mariko can attest.
- She also casually beats the clone of Mariko, Barbara, senseless until the latter takes Kurama hostage.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Combine with Artificial Limbs that are quite prone to popping out and, well...
- It's much rarer in the manga which mostly consists of her limbs falling off when fighting.
- Cyborg: She gets four prosthetics and they're not as strong as flesh-and-blood limbs, but Nana gets creative with combining their detachable nature and her vectors.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She wears black, yet she is the most moral and pure out of all the characters, especially given the morality of the series.
- Detachment Combat/Rocket Punch: Prosthetic limbs plus vectors equals projectile appendages!!!
- Determinator: She's on the receiving end of several Curb Stomp Battles, but still gets up for the next one.
- Disability Superpower:
- See above, plus her prosthesis are naturally Immune to Bullets (as Bando realized during their brief first fight).
- It's rather that Nana doesn't feel the pain inflicted on them, because, well... they're prosthetics.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In the manga, where she has purple hair.
- Fingore: In the anime, Lucy chops off all of the fingers on her right hand before ripping her right arm off.
- Fragile Speedster: Nana's vectors are weaker than Lucy's and Mariko's, but hers are very fast, allowing her to get the upper hand whenever she executes a quick surprise attack.
- Friendly Neighborhood Diclonius: She even lives with the other protagonists together.
- Good Counterpart: To Lucy. Nana is peaceful Diclonius who has never killed a person in the entire series.
- Handicapped Badass: Having all of her limbs ripped off and replaced with prosthetics doesn't stop her from taking on Bando and winning.
- Hellish Pupils: In the manga, whenever she acts like an evil Diclonius.
- Hero Antagonist: To Lucy. While she does work for the Research Containment Facility, she works for Kurama and she's got to be the most straight-up heroic character in the series.
- Imaginary Friend: Cruelly subverted. Nana tries to tell the others that Cute Mute Nyu has a murderous Superpowered Evil Side named Lucy, but they think that it's just this.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Everything dumped on her only made her sweeter and more heroic, not less.
- Interspecies Romance: Implied with Kurama at the end of the manga.
- Last Of Her Kind: Possibly. Her fate isn't made clear at the end, but given her sweet nature and the fact that she never takes a life, she very well could be the last Diclonius following the development of the vaccine.
- Lethal Chef: Given that she was raised in a lab, this isn't all too surprising (especially in the OVA: first, she burns some in a pan, then she's too enthusiastic cutting the lettuce, her prosthetic arm comes of and the knife nearly hits Mayu).
- Made of Iron: She takes a bullet to the face from Bando, and all it does is knock her back to her senses and freak her out from the sight of the blood.
- Money to Burn: A variation; she's so clueless over the concept of money that she uses the yen Kurama left her with for kindling.
- Morality Pet: To Chief Kurama. She is kind of a substitute for his own mutant daughter.
- Ms. Fanservice: There are TONS of scenes of her naked throughout the series.
- Mundane Luxury: To someone who was raised as a test subject like she was, a simple hot bath is a luxury.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Nana invokes this one constantly, usually just after she's been dealt a severe injury in combat, with "This doesn't hurt at all!" Also usually, the trope is horrifically subverted. Occasionally the reverse occurs, and Nana goes on to triumph in the encounter (albeit, usually, temporarily).
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Diclonii are genetically driven to murder, right? Not this one.
- Naked on Arrival: Like any other Diclonii, she's introduced completely naked.
- Nice Girl: She is kind and sweet to just about everyone. She only ever loses her temper when it comes to Lucy, for understandable reasons.
- No Social Skills: She knows absolutely nothing about the world outside the complex where she used to live, to the point of burning a "bunch of papers" that turned out to be money. And being gullible enough to believe that the money when kept together would attack her in her sleep.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
- Lucy keeps dismembering her limbs even if she's already defeated.
- Receives a brutal one from Mariko. In the manga however, Mariko makes the mistakes of threatening Kurama. Nana's response is to punch her senseless and disable her vectors before threatening to kill her.
- No Longer with Us: Nana just felt like being melodramatic for some reason...
- Not So Different: Nana can act like a "normal" Diclonius when the situation calls for it.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Subverted in her battle with Lucy; after she gets her leg and fingers chopped off, she insists it doesn't hurt... only to drop the tough girl act and scream in agony when Lucy takes off one of her arms.
- The Pollyanna: Admirably and heroically. Under ridiculously brutal circumstances that turned other Diclonii into killers. Choosing not to be one of the series' unstoppable killing machines, Nana maintains an unshakable positive outlook, anchored by her belief that everything will be OK when she can be with papa again.
- Power Nullifier: She can use her vectors to temporarily disable other Diclonius's vectors.
- Redemption Equals Life: If you count simply being a Diclonius as a state in dire need of redemption, Nana definitely qualifies. She is one of the kindest characters in the series, meaning she staunchly rejects the inherent, ingrained desire to eradicate all humans. She never takes a single life throughout both the anime and manga and is amply rewarded by being the only Diclonius to survive the manga.
- Rocket Punch: Bando lured her on the beach, where she couldn't use anything as a projectile to throw at him. She used her artificial arm. She later uses her arms this way again.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Her anime counterpart, as her hair was purple in the manga.
- Seven Is Nana: Nana is Diclonius subject Number Seven.
- Shameful Strip: Courtesy of Mariko at the end of Episode 11.
- Slasher Smile: Even she has these kind of smiles, mostly when she fights other Diclonii and has the upper hand.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: She's the only Diclonius to have never killed a person, even when she's at her worst.
- Token Good Teammate: Of the Diclonius research institute in the beginning and also to the entire Diclonius species.
- Token Heroic Diclonius: Is the only known Diclonius who isn't a sadistic killer.
- Took a Level in Badass: After her defeat by Lucy, Nana becomes better in battles. Often because of her Artificial Limbs she can throw as projectiles and other quick surprise attacks. Also, in every battle with Mariko and her clones, Nana gets the upper hand at least once per battle, depending on the occassion.
- Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: Raised in a lab, and thus, unable to even cut a cabbage with an ordinary knife. When she first meets Mayu, she is completely clueless over the concept of money and uses the yen Kurama left her with for kindling.
- Tranquil Fury: Bando makes the exceedingly foolish mistake of pushing Nana too far the first time they meet, and she lapses into this: he even gets a flashback of Lucy looking at her like this.
- Wife Husbandry: In the manga, it's implied she and Kurama will get married in the future.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purplish-blue in the manga. In the anime, it's purplish-pink.
- Younger than She Looks: Silpelits age at about double the rate of normal humans. Nana looks 14 and is really only around seven years old, she also ACTS like her real age too.
A 15-17 year old girl who's Yuka's best friend and kohai
, she aspires to become a famous opera singer like her late mother
. However, her father does not approve of her dream, due to her being the only heir of his business, and also because she has a throat defect that will eventually make her lose her voice if she strains it too much
Due to Dad's rather... violent
opposition of her dream, Nozomi developed a psychological trauma that makes her wet herself whenever she becomes too nervous
. Despite this, she tries to get into a music high school, secretly training at the Maple Inn, which Yuka invited her to, during her free time and moving there permanently after getting accepted
Tropes associated with Nozomi:
- Abusive Parent: Her father abused her for disobeying him. Though it turns out that he did not want her to become an opera singer like her mother, who lost her voice and commited suicide, especially since Nozomi has the same throat defect as her mother.
- Adapted Out: Surprisingly few people are aware of Nozomi's existence. Despite being a main character, she was written out of the anime.
- Attempted Rape: Played for Laughs. What Nyu does to Nozomi looks like attempted rape, though Nyu is not aware what's going on.
- Bring My Brown Pants/Potty Failure: Due to her father's abuse, she's developed a bladder control problem that causes her to wet herself whenever she gets too nervous. It actually happens to the extent that she has to wear diapers.
- Cute Mute: In chapter 83, her throat gets crushed by a soldier, turning her into this until the final chapter.
- A Day in the Limelight: She has a special chapter in the manga depicting her past. Arguably the Lightest and Softest chapter in the entire series.
- First Kiss: Stolen by Nyu. It's a Forced Kiss.
- Hime Cut: Is a borderline Yamato Nadeshiko.
- Missing Mom: Her mother, who was a famous opera singer, commited suicide after losing her voice.
- Pursuing Parental Perils: Nozomi's mother lost her voice from singing due to a vocal cord defect. Nozomi has this same defect and never learns about it. Except when her father tells about it.
- The Runaway: While she didn't really run away in a direct way like Mayu, she still kind of qualifies as an Abused Runaway.
- Shrinking Violet: With damn good reason. She even pees herself on at regular basis.
- Title Drop: Her favorite song is "Elfenlied" and she teaches it Nyu.
Diclonii Research Facility
The director of the Diclonius research facility. He is a repulsive, power-hungry man lacking any sense of morality and will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He is from a long line of Diclonius ancestry that has been watered down by inter-breeding with humans. As a result, he has no vectors and much smaller horns on his head. The aim of him and his son is, in part, to replenish their bloodline with the Diclonius they are experimenting on (of which Lucy was the first specimen capable of reproducing) and consequently become "kings" of the new race.
Tropes associated with Director Kakuzawa:
Voiced by: Osamu Hosoi (JP), Jay Hickman (EN)
The chief of research of the Diclonius children in the research containment facility. He is also the surrogate father of Nana and biological father of Mariko. His wife died from when she tried to stop him from killing their daughter shortly after she gave birth to Mariko.
Kurama was initially respected for his stern, no-nonsense attitude and his devotion to his job, in spite of the horrible atrocities that were being carried out. However, recent events cause Kurama's ironclad devotion to waver...
Tropes associated with Kurama:
- Death by Adaptation: He dies in the anime, but he stays alive in the manga.
- The Dragon: To Director Kakuzawa in the first half of the manga, as well as in the whole anime.
- Expy: Kurama looks very similar to the nameless, stoic main character of Lynn Okamoto's MOL. Furthermore, a later one-shot, Registrar, has a villain who looks similar to Kurama.
- Fond Memories That Could Have Been: His Diclonus daugther, Mariko. As they both die (at least in the anime). A definite Tear Jerker.
- The Heavy: Why does Lucy do what she does? A friend (and her only one) took a bullet for her not knowing Lucy could deflect it so Lucy gave herself in to try and save the friend when Kurama offers to help if she comes quietly. Later Kurama flatly informs Lucy the friend died. She now wants to make him suffer.
- In the anime, merely informing Lucy her friend died was enough to set her sights on Kurama. In the manga version, Kurama twists the knife by casting aspersions on the girl he killed, and saying that all this was Lucy's fault for not surrendering and the Diclonius' refusal to co-exist with Humans. Needless to say, this inverted accusation has no appeal for Lucy, and explains her single-minded hatred all the more.
- Heroic BSOD: After shooting Mariko.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He has this attitude as he executes baby diclonius.
- Karma Houdini: He appears to be one anytime he confronts Lucy. While the latter would kill just about anyone without a second thought, she never attacks him and at one point even pats him on the back with a bloody handprint from one of her vectors. The reason for this is because when he had Lucy surrounded with a female friend she made after Kouta, one of his men accidentally shoots the girl. Kurama promises he would do everything in his power to make sure she survived if Lucy turned herself in. Since she didn't want to lose yet another friend, she agreed to it. But later Kurama tells her that the girl died from her wound. So Lucy promises to make him suffer the same way he made her suffer, hence why she doesn't kill him, but merely wants to destroy everything around him.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Nana, who could only withstand all the experiments conducted on her by becoming attached to and wanting to please her "papa".
- Necessarily Evil: Having to sacrifice children and adult women for the sake of saving the human race.
- The Needs of the Many: He's willing to terminate innocent children and not-so-innocent adult women alike, for the sake of saving the human race.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Him shooting Kouta in Lucy's presence was what caused her to almost destroy the world in a callous combination of Revenge and Taking You with Me.
- Nominal Hero: In the anime. And in the manga for a bit by disowning Nana.
- Offing the Offspring: Kurama was initially in charge of terminating Diclonus children because he was the only one who could do it with no signs of regret. That is, until, his own daughter Mariko turns out to be one as well...
- Zigzags. Ultimately subverted in the anime, when Kurama dies with Mariko because Mariko explodes rather than him doing anything to her. Eventually played straight-ish in the manga, though Kurama only kills a clone of Mariko and not the real article, with the clone vehemently insisting on not being treated as Mariko.
- Parental Substitute: To Nana. However, at the end of the manga, Nana and Kurama are regarded more instead as a couple with Nana referring to herself as his 'wife', as Kurama couldn't accept Nana as her daughter after his real daughter's death.
Kurama's young, clumsy secretary who works for him for at least five years and admires him. She's killed by Lucy early in the series, just to mess up Kurama.
Tropes associated with Kisaragi:
- Bulletproof Human Shield: While escaping during the first episode, Lucy decapitates Kisaragi and uses her corpse to block a hail of 9mm bullets.
- The Ditz: Brutally deconstructed.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Messily deconstructed. Despite being one of the few characters with any significant dialogue in the first episode, she gets her head ripped off ten minutes in.
- Expy: In many respects, the she seems like one for Love Hina cast member Mutsumi.
- Off With Her Head! As courtesy of Lucy.
- Too Dumb to Live: The moment she saw the devastation that was being caused you would have expected her to realize that a noncombatant like herself should do the smart thing and get to the exit ASAP.
Kurama's new secretary, who is secretly in love with him.
Tropes associated with Shirakawa:
- All Love Is Unrequited: To Kurama. In a brutal way.
- Expy: Her appearance strongly resembles Aoki, the heroine of Lynn Okamoto's Flip Flap, his first drawn manga. It's not obvious because of Art Evolution, but the redrawn picture of her looks very much like Shirakawa.
- Half the Woman She Used to Be: Lucy rips her in two in the anime.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: In the anime.
- Meganekko: Sometimes they become Stoic Glasses.
- Off With Her Head!: How Lucy kills her in the manga.
- Reverse Mole: Preceded the Agent in this regard, sending enough information to her superiors for them to realize the gravitas of the situation and send in the second.
- Sex Slave: In the manga, she's a Sex Slave to Director Kakuzawa to get information from him.
- Sexy Secretary: To Kurama. Director Kakuzawa even use her as a sex slave.
- Uriah Gambit: Sending Mariko in to fight Lucy was her idea. They were counting on Mariko winning, and even if she didn't, it wouldn't be a total loss. The Director accuses her of doing it to destroy parts of Kurama's past life so he'll let it go and move on. Her reasons for doing it are likely a combination of that, risking less human lives, and trying to divert suspicion from her Reverse Mole Status.
- Yandere: In the manga, it was her idea to implant bombs within Mariko's body, not Kurama, who was unaware of it. The reason? It was a child from another woman. Shirakawa is not even his lover.
An assistant of Kurama.
Tropes associated with Isobe:
Professor Yuu Kakuzawa
of Director Kakuzawa and a collegue of Kurama. He has the same goal as his father.
Tropes associated with Yuu Kakuzawa:
- All Men Are Rapists: To impregnate Lucy, he needs to rape.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To his father. He wants to become god himself like Director Kakuzawa.
- Attempted Rape: On Lucy. He failed.
- Asshole Victim:
- Nobody shed a tear for him, when Lucy took his head off, since he wanted to rape Lucy to father Diclonii and try to bring about the end of the human race.
- Lampshaded by Lucy herself when she says after murdering him, "Waiting for that? Because it's all you deserve."
- Bald of Evil: Is actually a diclonius with horns on his head, and wears a wig to cover it. But even after revealing that to Lucy, she still kills him nonetheless for trying to rape her.
- Devil in Disguise: Literally and metaphorically: His horns are hidden under a wig and nobody knows of his plans to destroy humanity.
- A God Am I: Wants to be this like his father does.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Lucy kills him when he's basically telling her that he's going to rape her and wants to create new race.
- Killed Mid-Sentence:
: "Lucy, it's different for you. You're the pure one that I've been—" (cue decapitation
- Mad Scientist: He wants to destroy humanity because For The Science.
- Off with His Head!: How Lucy kills him.
- The Starscream: To his father, wanting to rule the Diclonius race in his own name. He fails.
Voiced by: Eriko Ishihara (JP), Jessica Boone (EN)
A researcher working alongside Professor Yuu Kakuzawa to find a vaccine for the Diclonius virus.She, along with Kouta, ends up seeing Professor Kakuzawa's mutilated body. She reports to Chief Kakuzawa what she's seen, but he doesn't intend to let her off scot-free, and threatens her with death lest she take up the rest of Professor Kakuzawa's research
In the anime, she's basically only there for comic relief, but in the manga, she plays an extremely important role as the story progresses on.
Tropes associated with Arakawa:
- Action Survivor: At the end of the manga, she survives the riot of the clone Silpelits.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Manga only. She ends up finally creating the Diclonius vaccine.
- Deadpan Snarker: Again, manga only.
- Expy: She bears a striking resemblance to Yomi Mizuhara.
- Girlish Pigtails: She wore two braids in her middle school life. The boys view her as unfeminine and ugly, though.
- Hot Scientist: She actually looks pretty good. She has a lot of Panty Shots and later goes only with a shirt and panties.
- Identical Stranger: A weakend Diana mistakes Arakawa for Nousou, probably because of their similar hair style. This actually saves her life and allows her to command Diana.
A young researcher who is Mariko's foster mother and communicates with her per speaker and monitors. She claims to love Mariko like she's her real child, but Saito is brutally murdered by her, though she manages to blow one of Mariko's arms off.
Tropes associated with Saito:
- Beware the Nice Ones: She seems to be a sweet and nice woman. But in the verge of death, she pushes one of Mariko's bomb buttons.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Her death is more graphic in the anime, when her torso explodes and her organs and bones are flying everywhere.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Despite losing the lower half of her body, Saito manages to push the bomb button and blows Mariko's right arm off, just before she dies.
- Girlish Pigtails: She wears two braids that gives her a girlish vibe.
- Good Parents: Played with. She's introduced as a potential first good parent in the series, but when Mariko decapitates her, Saito blows Mariko's right arm off, showing that she didn't love Mariko that much.
- Averted later in the manga, when Kurama's assistant Isobe learns that Saito manipulated Mariko with the lie that neither birth parent wanted her, when her mother definitely did, and her father made a devil's deal to keep her alive.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Mariko throws her torso at the person who is about to push the button. This becomes unfortunate for Mariko.
- Half the Woman She Used to Be: How she is killed by Mariko.
- Not Quite Dead: She stays alive for a few seconds when Mariko decapitated her and pushes Mariko's bomb button.
- Parental Substitute: To Mariko, who does not care for having a foster mother.
- You Are Not My Mother: Mariko says this right before killing her.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She's killed very quickly after her introduction.
The daughter of Director Kakuzawa, who is turned into a "goddess" with precognition powers.
Tropes associated with Anna Kakuzawa:
- Anti-Villain: The "Villain in Name Only" variant. If it wasn't for her father, Anna would probably be one of the sweetest characters in the manga.
- Black Sheep: The only member of the family who has a low intellect and no talents. Her human form only.
- Eldritch Abomination: A massively engorge brain several tons and capable of predicting the future. Ironically more Eldritch than Abomination and ultimately she returns to her normal form at the end of the manga.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She is this to Director Kakuzawa and vise versa. In fact the reason she helps her father is out of love and a desire to be useful to him.
- Evil Genius: Subverted. While a genius in her goddess state, Anna can hardly be described as evil (At least not in comparison to her father or some of the other questionable people) and only wishes to help her father out of a need to support him and prove herself. Ironically this was subverted entirely in her human form where she is neither evil nor a genius.
- Genki Girl: Her human form.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: The Stroge and Agape variants. She goes through some horrific experiences because she wants to be useful and appreciated by her father.
- Naked on Arrival: Inverted. She's naked in her last appearance.
- Physical God: What her father claims.
- Redemption Equals Life: Played with, in the end Anna does nothing to actually redeem herself. However at the same time out of all the antagonists she is perhaps the least evil and thus remains he only Kakuzawa to survive the end of the manga.
- Seers: Her goddess form has precognition powers. Actually it's just very complicated and long math.
- Tom the Dark Lord: A very horrifying Eldritch Abomination goddess with the name Anna.
- Unexplained Recovery: She somehow returns into her human form after Lucy destroyed her goddess form. Though, there is an implication that her father had something to do with it.
- White Sheep: The only kind person in her family.
The Unknown Man
The Unknown Man
A minor manga-only character, a man clad in a black trenchcoat and wide-brimmed hat, with opaque sunglasses and greasy-looking hair. At first appears relatively civil, he soon reveals his true colors as one of most horrifically evil bastards, if not the
most evil, in the entire series. A brutal, heartless, Hidan
-level sadist, rapist, and all-around not very nice man, he delights in causing pain and suffering, especially in Diclonius and/or teenage girls.
Tropes associated with the Unknown Man:
- Abnormal Ammo: Let's just say that heavy spiked balls coated in potent toxins isn't exactly what you'd expect a crossbow to fire.
- Agony Beam: A low-tech variation, in the form of a crossbow that fires spiked metal spheres coated in a toxin that causes horrible, cripplingly agonizing pain to those it hits. Bites him in the ass - literally - during his fight with Bando.
- All Men Are Rapists: He rapes Number 28 before amputating her lower body half and tries to rape Mayu.
- Attempted Rape: He tries to rape Mayu. Bando stops him.
- Ax-Crazy: Perhaps the craziest. And considering the likes of Bando and Lucy, that's saying something!
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a dark long coat, similar to Alucard.
- Dirty Coward: He gleefully tortures and rapes defenseless Diclonii and normal children, but runs away when he confronts Bando.
- Eviler Than Thou: Definitely worse than Bando and/or Lucy, and arguably worse than even Kakuzawa Sr.
- Basically the most repulsive parts of Alucard and Randall Flagg rolled into one humanoid mass; combining the looks and personality (Minus the Dirty Coward part) of Alucard and the sheer wickedness and depravity from Randall Flag.
- Judging by his brief appearance, high memorability, and specialized weapons within the series, he could also be an Expy to Boba Fett, whose screen time in the first trilogy totaled all of ten minutes. Fett, though, is usually shown to have a deep sense of honor and morals, something Unknown Man obviously has no traces of at all.
- Karmic Death/Hoist by His Own Petard: During Lucy and Bando's showdown, he tries to save Lucy from Bando, and she responds by popping off his head and throwing it at Bando since there was nothing else around for her to throw.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Shortly after he tries to rape Mayu, Bando comes in and kicks his ass. He's later decapitated by Lucy in a rather unceremonious manner.
- Lennon Specs: He wears these.
- Nice Hat: In tune with his "Alucard wanna-be" appereance.
- No Name Given: This arguably just makes him worse.
- Psycho for Hire: Less Hammy than Bando, but much more sadistic.
- Rape as Drama:
- Does this to Number 28, and tries (and comes terrifyingly close) to do it to Mayu (And probably would've done the same to Nana).
- It's also implied that he was allowed to rape many more Silpelits by the staff of the facility.
The head scientist of Chief Kakuzawa after Kurama's departure.
Tropes associated with Nousou:
- Bishōnen: Just look at his face!
- Cloning Blues: He cloned Mariko.
- Dissonant Serenity: He performs brutally horrific experiments on Diclonii while having a calm expression all the time.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: He looks very feminine.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He really loves Alicia, Barbara, Cynthia and Diana. He's ultimately killed by Barbara when he removed the mind-control device of her.
- Gender Flip: His appearance looks very similar to Arakawa. He has a similar hair style like her, just having light hair and mirrored bangs. This becomes a plot point, when Diana mistakes Arakawa for him.
- Karmic Death: After removing the mind-control device of Barbara, in hope that she really loves him as a father, she beheads for all the experiments he did to her numerous failed sisters.
- Heel Face Door Slam: He tries to redeem himself. Doesn't work out well.
- Heel Realization: Feels regret over his tortuous experiments after realizing he loved the clones of Mariko he created as if they were his daughters.
- Mad Scientist: Oh so much...
- That's an Order: He orders Alicia and Barbara to let him die so they would survive and could capture Lucy. They refuse to do so. While Alicia dies, Barbara manages to save him, and Lucy is captured thanks to Cynthia and the Agent.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Seen with something that does not look like Pocky.
An ambiguously looking operative that goes alongside Nousou at the assault of Maple Inn. Is the one that knocks Lucy out and brings her back to the facility.
Tropes associated with the Agent:
- Anti-Villain: She really is trying to save the world. She'll willingly sacrifice innocent lives if it means getting her job done, though.
- Bifauxnen: The Agent was confused for a man for almost all of her appearances, but was revealed as female at the very end, where her shirt rips, and reveals her cleavage.
- Badass Normal: The only person to defeat Lucy. Even though it was a cheap shot.
- Combat Pragmatist: Ruthless, but not sadistic. Will use any means to win.
- Cry Cute: She cries before the Diclonii seemingly kills her and she says she does not want to die.
- Disney Death: She's surrounded by Diclonii, and the view point shows a Gory Discretion Shot, but she shows up later, no worse for wear, because the ground had given way and she fell into an underground cavern.
- Genre Savvy: She recognizes that removing the mind-control device from the clones leads to dangerous things (See Nousou's entry). So when Arakawa does it, she quickly put it back in right before the clone went all Ax-Crazy
- Hidden Depths: Introduced as a replacement for the former hunters (the aforementioned Bando, and the Unknown Man), and at first acts as a quieter and less sadistic hunter. Eventually she's revealed to be a government agent sent to shut the facility down, she's also quite the Determinator, and shows she's willing to die if it helps to save humanity.
- Not So Stoic: Stays behind to face certain death so Arakawa can escape with the Diclonius vaccine. Starts crying as soon as Arakawa is gone.
- Shoot the Dog: When the security forces break into Kouta's house, they quickly, and violently subdue the occupants, with The Agent Pistol Whipping Kouta to prevent him from interfering, and warning him not to try anything. When Nozomi has her throat crushed, Kouta grabs a gun and threatens Nousou, the Agent casually shoots him in the chest. The shooting was necessary to both save Nousou from disfigurement and possible death and to allow her to complete her mission, to save the world from the Diclonius faster, and without raising suspicion.
- Sunglasses at Night: Just like the rest of the 'Hunters'.
- Reverse Mole: Works for the Japanese goverment. Sent to Kakuzawa as a spy.
- The Stoic: The Agent is a very serious person and shows few emotions.
- Token Good Teammate: See Reverse Mole above.
Diclonii and Silpelits
Also known as Number 35, she is a young Silpelit girl who is the biological daughter of Kurama
. She is regarded as the most powerful of the Silpelits, possessing 36 vectors each with an approximate range of 11 meters in the anime (the number and range is much higher in the manga).
After her mother's Death by Childbirth
Mariko was imprisoned as an infant and raised inside a steel container with human contact consisting of nothing more than a scientist acting as a sort of foster mother Saito through speakers and monitors. Her physical impairment is seen in her atrophied limbs as she moves around in a wheelchair. Despite the environment she was raised in, she is relatively well developed psychologically (for a given degree of "psychologically"), unlike Nana. She is extremely homicidal and sadistic, and enjoys torturing and dismembering her victims. However, her personality is not blatantly evil: she is only having fun, and the pleasure she gets from it is equivalent to a child playing with toys, not really noticing the differences.
Tropes associated with Mariko:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Played with. Due to weird lighting, she seems to be blonde in the anime for most of her early appearance, but outside the funky sunset light (which would need to contain an enormous amount of dust to have that effect, by the way) she's got the classic Diclonius pink hair.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Regardless of how you feel about her, it's hard not to pity Mariko as she's breaking down in tears in front of Kurama.
- An Arm and a Leg: Her right arm gets blown off by one of the many bombs implanted in her body.
- Artificial Limbs: She gets a prosthetic arm in the anime before being sent out to hunt Nana down.
- Ax-Crazy: Extreme emphasis on crazy.
- Blank Slate: In the manga, after being flattened by a huge-ass missile, Mariko temporarily takes on a Nyu-esque persona, even down to only being able to say "Myu". She snaps back to normal when Lucy shows up.
- Blondes Are Evil: She's blonde in the manga.
- Calling the Old Man Out: In a rather emotional scene, she berates Dr. Kurama for treating Nana as his daughter while allowing Mariko herself to be imprisoned in a dark and lonely room with almost zero human contact for her entire life.
- Cloning Blues: Only in the manga. Has a terrifying effect on an already beyond-broken Kurama.
- Creepy Child: She's the most dangerous of the Silpelits with an extra helping of Ax-Crazy, who sees killing as a game. She's also about five years old.
- Cry Cute: When she meets her father.
- Curbstomp Battle:
- In the anime, she utterly dominates Lucy. In the manga? Not so much...
- She actually easily takes care of Lucy in the manga as well and its only thanks to the cell phone timing Mariko's bombs and getting her off guard that Lucy is able to get the advantage.
- Cute Is Evil: Compared to the other characters, her design pretty much screams moe, and yet she is a psychotic maniac.
- Enfante Terrible: Emphasis on the terrible.
- Evil Cripple: She has spent most of her life in isolation and has extreme atrophy in her legs, so she has to get around in wheelchair.
- Explosive Leash: Taken to an extreme. She has multiple bombs planted in her body set to go off every 30 minutes if a specific code does not get constantly transmitted. It was set off once when she started going out of control, and was also used to keep her under control, since she couldn't use her vectors if she was in that much pain.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Mariko looks like an innocent, cute girl, but she's an Ax-Crazy Silpelit. This is even invoked by her in the manga, when she tries to get the code from Isobe.
- Faux Affably Evil: She tries to get sympathy from adults and later kills them.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason why she became evil is because she's captured in a dark cage since her birth and is left alone by her own parents.
- Go Out with a Smile: In the anime, as Kurama takes her for a walk, they tearfully reunite with him promising never to let her go again. The bombs inside of her go off shortly afterwards, killing both of them.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Manga only and literally.
- Hair Decorations: Wears two cute little ribbons in her hair to hide her horns.
- Handicapped Badass: Being wheelchair-bound and having only one (real) arm doesn't stop her from curb-stomping Lucy.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the manga, she charges a now-quite-unhinged Lucy and gets right next to her, allowing herself to be killed just in time for the explosives implanted in her to go off. The explosion knocks Lucy's horns off and causes her to regress to Nyu, thus saving Dr. Kurama from Lucy.
- Hime Cut: Mariko wears a lolita style and also seems to have this hair naturally. Apparently, this becomes the basis for Kana Tachibana's design, who is an Elegant Gothic Lolita and is portrayed with Mariko's outfit on her character card.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: She throws Saito's torso at the person who is about to push the bomb button. Unfortunately, Saito is still alive at this moment and pushes the button herself, resulting Mariko's loss of her right arm.
- Improbable Age: 5 years old. And the strongest Silpelit.
- Kids Are Cruel: Mariko is this to a certain extent, as her ruthless killing is more or less the Diclonius equivalent of burning ants with a magnifying glass (at least the way she treats it). Of course, she wasn't really raised to know any better...
- Lack of Empathy: She's basically a borderline Sociopath.
- Light Is Not Good: Compared to Lucy and Nana, Mariko has light hair and wears light clothing, and is enormously insane.
- Little Miss Badass: The strongest Silpelit is also the smallest and youngest.
- Love Makes You Evil: A lesser extent than Lucy, but most definitely present.
- Naked on Arrival: Like any other Diclonii, she's introduced completely naked, but had a helmet.
- Obliviously Evil: Maybe.
- Redemption Equals Death: In the manga, she does her best to protect her father to be killed.
- Sadist: Oh, dear...
- Slasher Smile: Like any other evil Diclonius.
- Stepford Smiler: An extreme Type C example.
- The Southpaw: Due to her loss of her right arm, she's this. Judging that her clones are right-handed, Mariko is not naturally left-handed to begin with.
- Too Powerful to Live: Hence the Explosive Leash.
- Verbal Tic: When suffering temporary amnesia, the only thing she says is "Myu".
- World's Strongest Man: She is the strongest Silpelit in existence.
- Yandere: Though not as bad as Lucy, she still beats the tar out of Nana in a fit of jealousy upon hearing her call Kurama "Papa".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair in the anime.
A relatively minor manga-only character, 28 is mainly known for the nauseatingly horrific fate she suffers at the hands of the Unknown Man.
Tropes associated with Number 28:
- And I Must Scream/Fate Worse Than Death/Cruel and Unusual Death: After suffering as a lab rat in the research facility all her life, she is raped by the Unknown Man, has everything below her torso amputated and her vocal chords removed, is trapped in a cramped container, which regularly injects a neurotoxic drug directly into her spine which keeps her in constant agony so that she can't use her vectors, and she only has 3 more hours to live. All so that the Unknown Man could use her as a radar to find Lucy. When he finds Nana instead, he kicks over her container in anger, which finally kills the poor girl. Earlier, when Nana had sensed her presence, she kept hearing a voice crying out, begging for someone to kill her. Sweet mother of God...
- Half the Girl She Used to Be: Everthing below torso amputated so she becomes portable in a bag.
- Naked on Arrival: Like any other Diclonii, she's introduced completely naked.
- No Name Given: We only know that she's called "Number 28".
- People Jars: Is carried within a container by the unknown man, only in a much worse fashion.
- Rape as Drama: Courtesy of the Unknown Man.
- The Voiceless: She doesn't get any spoken lines before the Unknown Man first gets his hands on her, and afterward she can't speak because the bastard ripped her vocal chords out.
Alicia, Barbara, Cynthia & Diana
Alicia, Barbara, Cynthia & Diana
The four are the only successful clones of Mariko, created by Doctor Nousou, but they are physically older than their original. Each of them have a mind-control device inside their forehead that prevents them from going amok and makes them peaceful. Nousou has perfect control of them and they listen only to him, but sometimes they do not if they try to save his life. The clones are used to capture Lucy.
Tropes associated with them:
- Alphabetical Theme Naming: Their names start with a letter from A to D: Alicia, Barbara, Cynthia and Diana. Furthermore, their names end with an A.
- Anti-Villain: Due to the mind-control devices, their evilness is surpressed and they are sweet girls who are working for the villains. Barbara subverts this later, and Diana for a few seconds.
- An Arm and a Leg: Lucy throws stones to torture Alicia, dismembering her an arm and a leg. Then, Lucy beheads her.
- Badass Adorable: They are Mariko's clones after all, the strongest Silpelit.
- Badass Arm-Fold: Barbara does this a few times after she's out of control.
- Berserker Tears: Barbara cries for her dead failed clone sisters when she kills Nousou.
- Blondes Are Evil: This is their true nature.
- Cat Suit: What Alicia, Barbara and Cynthia wear during the mission.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Diana is demoted to stay back because of her Game-Breaking Injury. She shows up later, when Arakawa is in danger.
- Cloning Blues: They are clones of Mariko. This has a terrifying effect on an already beyond-broken Kurama when he finds Cynthia, who dies in his arms, and Barbara, who claims not to be Mariko.
- Cool Helmet: Each of them wear helmets similar to Lucy's, but the number of eye holes depends on the one who wears it. Alicia has one on both sides, Barbara has two, Cynthia has three, and Diana has four.
- Cry Cute: Diana cries after stabbing on her arm. Cynthia cries when she's ripped apart by Lucy, and Barbara and Alicia cry because of that event and later when they try to save Nousou.
- Defusing The Tykebomb: After his near death experience, Nousou considers whether the girls could live a normal life or not.
- Determinator: Alicia and Barbara do not give up to save Nousou, regardless of the pain the have to feel or the danger they in there.
- Does Not Like Shoes: For some reason, Barbara does not wear shoes when she's in hospital with Nousou, resulting that she goes (and "flies") barfooted after she leaves it.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Cynthia dies in Kurama's arms, who mistakes her for Mariko. Coincidently, it is night when it happens.
- Expendable Clone: Ordering a Diana to stab herself in the heart to prove a point isn't the worst thing done.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Nousou orders Diana to stab into her heart. She gets better, thanks to a replacement heart, but this injury makes her useless for the mission to capture Lucy, that's why she stays in the labor. This is fortunate for Arakawa, who is later saved by her.
- Go Out with a Smile:
- Barbara, when Kurma shoots her in the head.
- Diana smiles at Arakawa before she's suddenly beheaded by a random clone Silpelit. Unlike Barbara, Diana does not realize her death and does not see it coming.
- Half The Little Girl She Used To Be: Cynthia is cut in half by Lucy. Not only reminds this Kouta of Kanae's death and brings his memories back, it does not kill her instantly.
- Handicapped Badass:
- Cynthia manages to break one of Lucy's horns, despite being cut in half.
- A weakened Diana manages to kill several other Silpelits before being killed herself.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Alicia and Barbara disobey Nousou's order to capture Lucy or run away, but they decide to save him from being crushed by a helicopter. Lucy uses the opportunity to attack them with objects, since she is out of their range. Alicia gets killed by her, and Barbara still disobey Nousou and jumps in front of him to tear the helicopter above him apart, since the clones' vector's ends are weaker.
- Hime Cut: Like Mariko, they have this kind of hair cut. Their fringes also hide the mind-control devices in their foreheads.
- Hope Spot: Diana becomes one for Arakawa and the Agent. But not for long.
- Killed Off for Real: All four of them die during the course of the story, but under different circumstances. Cynthia is cut in half and dies a few minutes later after that. Alicia is beheaded by Lucy before Cynthia finally dies. Barbara is shot in the head by Kurama. And Diana is beheaded by one of the random clone Silpelits.
- In the Back:
- Lucy keeps attacking Alicia and Barbara from behind, who are trying to save Nousou from being crushed by a helicopter. This ultimately kills Alicia.
- Barbara is shot in the head by Kurama from behind. He comments that she probably noticed his gun and he wonders why she didn't dodge or something.
- Made of Iron: They are specially modified for being able to use their vectors regardless how much pain they feel.
- Mind-Control Device: They have these in their foreheads, that prevent them from being evil. They are under Nousou's control.
- Naked on Arrival: When they are introduced, they wear nothing but helmets.
- Not Quite Dead: Cynthia is not immediately killed after being in cut in half by Lucy. With the help of the Agent, she is able to break one of Lucy's horns. Unfortunately, Kurama finds Cynthia, mistaking her for Mariko, and she dies in his arms.
- Not Quite Flight: Barbara uses her vectors to move her in the air like she could fly. Combined with Badass Arm-Fold, it looks cool.
- Off With Her Head: Lucy beheads Alicia with a stone monument. Diana gets beheaded by one of the random clone Silpelits.
- Opening a Can of Clones: Never remove the mind-control devices!
- Our Clones Are Identical: They all look identical with each other. In comparison to Mariko, they look older.
- Redemption Equals Death: Implied with Barbara, who might chose to be killed by Kurama.
- Replacement Goldfish: Cynthia becomes this to Kurama, despite it's only her upper half of her body. And even when she's dead. Kurama gets the same reaction when he meets Barbara.
- Send in the Clones: They are sent to capture Lucy.
- Sibling Team: They are created to capture Lucy. But because of Diana's Game-Breaking Injury, the team consists only of the three when they mission starts.
- Single-Minded Quadruplets: They all have the same personality.
- Slasher Smile: Barbara and Diana when they are out of control.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Barbara does not forgive Nousou for his experiments on the failed clones, whom she considers as sisters. Even when he apologizes for this.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Like Nousou, they like pocky.
- Turned Against Their Masters:
- Nousou removes Barbara's mind-control device to find out if she's really not an evil monster and does love. He's wrong and this costs his life.
- Arakawa does the same to Diana, though Arakawa is not aware of the purpose of those devices. Fortunately, the Agent puts them back into Diana's forehead before anything could happen.
- Tykebomb: They are the research's "weapons" that are barely treated as people. Initially.
- Undying Loyalty:
- Diana stabs herself into her heart with knive to prove how loyal the four are to Nousou.
- Alicia and Barbara disobeyed Nousou's orders to save his life, even at the cost of their own. Later, Nousou tests if it's really the girls that saved him or the mind-control devices. It's the latter.
- Verbal Tic: Under mind-control, the only thing they can say is "Myu" (and "Papa"), just like Mariko under her temporary amnesia.
- Walking Spoiler: They are Mariko's clones. Of course that's a spoiler.
- Younger Than They Look: They are only a few months old at most, but they look physically older than Mariko, being in their puberty. Since Silpelits age double as fast as humans, and clones of in general age faster than their originals, this combination justifies this trope.
The Male Diclonius
The Male Diclonius
The only male Diclonius and the second one who is not a Silpelit. He's the son of Director Kakuzawa and Lucy's mother, being Lucy's half-brother, who is specially born for impregnating her. He also has a mind-control device in his forehead and is controlled by his father.
Tropes associated with the male Diclonius:
- Brother-Sister Incest: He's born to impregnate his sister, so the pure Diclonii race won't extinguish, and Director Kakuzawa becoming god.
- Child by Rape: Director Kakuzawa found, kidnapped, and raped Lucy's mother, so he can impregnate her. He meant the boy to be the first of many, but the mother killed herself, and efforts to harvest her unique womb failed.
- Death By Child Birth: His birth killed his mother. This is not surprising, since she was half-dead to begin with.
- Long Lost Sibling: To his half-sister Lucy. This is justified, since Lucy was abandoned as a baby and he's born much later.
- Lucy, This Is Your Brother: How Director Kakuzawa introduces the male Diclonius to Lucy.
- Mercy Kill: Lucy kills him together with his father, who controlled him and created him for a single purpose. She feels sorry for him.
- Mind-Control Device: Like the Mariko clones, he has a mind-control device in his forhead that prevents him from being evil. He's under Director Kakuzawa's control.
- Naked on Arrival: Averted. Probably because he's not a girl.
- No Name Given: Makes you wonder if his father even bothered to give him a name.
- Depending on how you interpret the text in that chapter, and the Adam & Eve symbolism, Kakuzawa may have named his son Adam.
- Off with His Head!: How Lucy kills him.
- The One Guy: The only male Diclonius.
- Walking Spoiler: A male Diclonius? Lucy's brother? The circumstances of his birth? His purpose? That's all a spoiler, right?
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Is killed in the same chapter where he's introduced. And that's only a couple of pages.
Voiced by: Joji Nakata (JP), Jason Douglas (series), David Wald (OVA) (EN)
An operative for the National Police Agency's Special Assault Team. Although he is technically human, he is as homicidal and apathetic to other people as the worst Diclonius are. He is incredibly skilled in combat and widely-regarded as a lethal and bloodthirsty soldier.
Tropes associated with Bando:
- Adaptational Villainy : While a Jerk Ass, Bando in the manga was a badass with redeeming qualities to him and character development. The Anime decided to get rid of anything that could make Bando likable while adding more things to hate. The end result was a character who at his best was still worse than Manga Bando at his worst.
- Anti-Hero: Though unlike Kurama, he kills mostly For the Evulz, or Revenge.
- Anti-Villain: The Noble Variant in the manga after his character development. He's also kinda this in the anime, though arguably not as much as in the manga.
- Artificial Limbs: After his skirmish with Lucy, who wouldn't?
- Ax-Crazy: Not only he is a self-admitted Psycho for Hire, and not only he refuses to personally kill Nyu who can't defend herself, because he can't be arsed to do something so ''boring'', at the beginning, he will smash your face if you as much as try approaching him from the back, even if you are a harmless woman. Though, only at first. He gets notably less crazy later in the manga as a part of his Character Development.
- Bad Ass: Easily one of the most badass characters in the series. At least in the manga.
- Badass Boast: Offers some subtle but still cool lines in the manga and backs up every single one.
"What are you surprised about stupid? Didn't I tell you that I can never die?" After coming back at the final chapter of the manga after being cut in half by Lucy.
"You dumbass! Me alone is plenty for the likes of you!" Lucy mockingly tells him and Nana to come at her together. He gives this line and avoids all of her attacks and proceeds to beat the crap out of her.
- He tries to give one in the anime. "You think I need a gun to kill you? I'll do it with my bare hands." Which might have been incredibly badass had he not been a broken bleeding mess on the ground whom Lucy obviously didn't see any threat and was unable to back his words up.
- Badass Normal:
- Takes on several Diclonius including Lucy (twice) Nana and Mariko in the manga and holds his own using nothing but his skills and some heavy bullets and comes close to winning a few of them as well. Not even getting torn in half will stop him.
- In the manga at least, he, after surviving multiple encounters with Dicolonii, learns how to dodge vectors.
- He also nearly manages to beat Lucy in his 2nd fight with her, losing because the Unknown Man got in the way, and then because Mayu got in the way.
- Also when facing the Unknown Man, he gets hit with one of his toxic spiked balls, and he endures the pain and rips it out despite being hooked into his skin with barbs.
- Berserk Button:
- Don't litter on the beach, or else.
- Also, he can't stand pedophiles.
- Big Damn Heroes: Manga exclusive, combined as it often is with a nice case of Dynamic Entry, when the Unknown Man assaults Mayu and Nana in chapter 75, things look really bad even for this manga.
- Blood Knight: He refuses to kill Lucy when Nyu is in control because he can't be bothered to do something so boring.
- Byronic Hero: Chapter78's introduction drives the point home.
- Character Development: Bando is probably the most Dynamic Character in the series. He goes from a Sociopathic Soldier who joins the SAT to legally kill people who'd give him a challenge, to a less dangerous Jerkass who, while still treating everyone else like utter shit, will still repay people who are in his debt, and is also obsessed with having his Revenge against Lucy, to finally, a Jerk With A Heart Of Brass and Jerkass Woobie who risks his life to stop the Unknown Man from raping Mayu in a truly Bad Ass manner, but is still obsessed with killing Lucy.
- Chekhov's Classroom: Bando remembers the instructions given to him earlier in the episode about the 2 meter effective range of Lucy's weapon.
- Combat Pragmatist: Bando dips into Crazy-Prepared territory, getting his fight with Lucy in a place where he set up, hid traps, and cleared of debris for her to throw.
- Cool Shades: Very cool.
- After getting his ass handed to him by Lucy early on, he completely cleaned up the beach in order to make sure Lucy had nothing to attack with, figured out her range of attack, and got modified Desert Eagles that fired rounds too heavy for Lucy to block or at close range knock away.
- His crazy preparedness actually works against him in the manga where his attempt to blind Lucy with a flash grenade and tear gas worked against him when the bright flash kept most of the gas from entering her eyes. Though even she admits that if it wasn't for the Unknown Man, he'd have won.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- He gets the short end of the stick when he meets Lucy.
- He gives one to the Unknown Man, even though he had his crossbow and Bando didn't use a gun.
- Having been prepared this time around, his second fight with Lucy in the manga ends with him stomping her face into the ground and nearly killing her twice. Unfortunately, people like to get in the way.
- Cyborg: He gets a prostethic arm and artificial eyes.
- Disability Superpower: His prosthetic arm allowed him to remove a spiked ball from his body during fight with the Unknown Man.
- Determinator: Through a combination of technology and sheer badassery, Bando walks off stuff that would kill most people. These include getting in order, his legs shot up, one arm ripped off, the other arm snapped, both eyes gouged out, the second arm ripped off and getting bisected. In short, by the end of the manga Bando is basically a head and chest on life support and isn't slowing down.
- Grabs hold of a spiked metal ball, which is coated in agony-inducing toxin, out of his body and baseball-pitches it straight into the ass of the guy who shot him with it.
- Disney Death: He's cut in half by Lucy. In the last chapter, he's fine and comes back to Mayu.
- Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: Bando punched a woman with that excuse.
- Electronic Eyes: He gets cybernetic eyes after Lucy blinds him during their first fight.
- Eye Scream: After disabling him during their first fight, Lucy uses her vectors to gouge out his eyes. He did tell her that "the next time I see you, you're dead," so...
- Flat "What.": His expression when Lucy throws The Unknown Man's head at him is priceless.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Saves Mayu from Lucy during his second battle in the manga and gets cut in half as a result. Unlike most examples he survives. It also completes Bando's character development in the manga.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Loses his lower half and his left arm (and his right one, though he lost it earlier, and It had been replaced with a cybernetic arm). He recovers, but with a cybernetic lower half (and arms).
- Hand Cannon: Bando uses two Desert Eagles chambered in .50AE, and is actually justified in using it: Most handgun bullets bounce off the Diclonius vectors, the heavier and more powerful .50AE round will go right through at a close enough range. The only other option is to use an anti-tank sniper rifle or something equivalent in power.
- Handicapped Badass: Blurred vision and a dysfunctional hand doesn't stop Bando from kicking extreme amounts of ass.
- Hitman with a Heart: Despite his intro as a Psycho for Hire and the other times where he acts the part after, he's not all bad, specially towards Mayu.
- Mildly Military: In the anime, Bando has done everything up from threatening other men with guns, to knocking out his own partner to just being a real jerkass overall. Averted to a significant degree in the manga. Bando may say a few threats, but never does more than that.
- Noble Demon:
- Bando has lines he won't cross. If he feels in someone's debt he will try to return the favor.
- And even he can't stand the Unknown Man.
- He may be crazy as fuck, but doesn't like people littering on the beach.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Beats the absolute crap out of the Unknown Man which culminates in him shoving the Unknown Man's poisoned spiked ball where the sun don't shine.
- Pet the Dog: Only when Bando is going through his character development. While his overall attitude doesn't change, his actions certainly do. And by the end of the manga, its almost surprising that he was a near complete monster in the beginning. Some of the things he ends up doing is...
- Seeing if Mayu is alright after roughing her up.
- Saving Nana and Kurama from an enraged Mariko.
- Preventing Kurama from committing suicide and sheltering him.
- Saving Mayu and Nana from the vicious unknown hunter and keeping his promise to Mayu.
- Sacrificing himself to save Mayu from Lucy.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Played With: he claims to clean up the beach because he's preparing for a fight with Lucy, and any and all trash can be used as a projectile. While that is true, he really does hate the litter and wants to keep the beach clean.
- Psycho for Hire: Before his Character Development.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Being the tough guy that he is, Bando curses far more than anyone else in the series. What makes it even more noticeable is that pretty much all the other main and secondary characters either don't swear at all or only do it once in a while.
- Staying Alive: He has come back from having one of his arms torn off while the other is broken and having his eyes gouged out by means of cybernetic implants. Later on he is torn in half (by the same character no less) yet returns in the end of the story healthy again (except he's half robot by this point). Somewhat jarring in that he was definitely dead the last time.
- Sunglasses at Night: Partially justified, as he set up flash bombs on the beach, and he kept the glasses on, on the off chance he'd get into fight.
- Too Dumb to Live: Instead of just ventilating her, he chooses to play around with her first (a "duel"). In the ensuing fight he manages to accidentally awaken her "Lucy" persona and nearly gets killed.
- Took a Level in Badass: While hardly weak before, Bando goes through some major changes in the manga after his first defeat by Lucy. His fights afterwards end with him utilizing the knowledge about Diclonius to his advantage, using several good tricks and remaining the only human to fight Lucy twice (and surviving) but actually holding the advantage over her in their second fight and nearly winning.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Zigzagged somewhat in the anime. Ironically while he was taking several levels of badass and character development in the manga, the anime decided to do the opposite. Though he gets stronger weapons and learns about keeping his distance. His fights in the anime after being mutilated usually involved him kicking his opponent while they're down (and then realizing afterwards he shouldn't get too close) and shooting his gun in the general direction of people and yelling a lot.
- Villainous Rescue: He's a psychopath whose only goal in life is to find and kill Lucy/Nyu, but when the Hunter assaults Mayu, he comes to the rescue.
- Unexplained Recovery: The last chapter reveals that, just like Anna, this unkillable son of a bitch somehow survived and reunited with Mayu again. It should be noted that Kurama found him, so maybe there is some implication.
- The Unfettered: Anything is permissible so long as he has the opportunity to kill Lucy.
- Would Hit a Girl: Most notably on his introductory scene, when he viciously backhanded a woman who made the mistake of approaching him from behind without warning. He outwardly threatens Mayu at one point by citing this trait: see below.
- Would Hurt a Child: Despite having some standards, he is still more than willing to rough up Mayu and harrass Nana to get some information about Lucy. He also generally treats both girls like utter crap when he's not saving their lives from psychotic Diclonii like Mariko or Lucy or the even more psychotic Unknown Man.
Kouta's little sister who died before the series starts. She was actually brutally slaughtered by a jealous Lucy, and along with his father, serves as the trigger for Kouta's Trauma-Induced Amnesia
Tropes associated with Kanae:
The ringleader of the children who tormented Lucy as a child. Is also the one most responsible for her hatred of humanity.
Tropes associated with Tomoo:
Kurama's wife and mother of Mariko.
Tropes associated with Hiromi Kurama:
- Death By Child Birth: A cruel subversion. She survives giving birth to Mariko, but is left severely weakened and must undergo surgery to save her life. The complications of her weakened state plus the added stress of seeing Kurama try to kill their newborn daughter was what ended up causing her death.
- Driven to Suicide: Subverted. Kurama remarks that she attempted suicide after witnessing him trying to kill Mariko. We learn later on that she had suffered from complications due to the birth because of cancer. She ultimately tries to stop Kurama from killing Mariko, begging him to spare her, and ends up bleeding to death on the floor.
- Posthumous Character: She only appears in flashbacks.
A young girl and the second human to ever befriend Lucy.
Tropes associated with Aiko Takada: