"I'm dense? Maybe it's true that my mind works out of step with everyone else's. It's just that I don't know what to say to other people. So I hide my nervousness and try to go along with what they say. That's how I've made the quasi-friendships in my life."
An unsociable seventeen-year-old high school student at Tennouzu High School and a member of the modern motion picture research club, Shu gains the ability "Power of Kings," enabling him to extract weapons from other people, after a chance encounter with Idol Singer Inori Yuzuriha. His Void is a crystalline arm that allows him to absorb the Voids he has drawn from the time he acquired the arm onwards. However, he also absorbs out the donors' weaknesses, whether physical or psychological, taking them upon himself. Also, if he dies while he has someone else's Void in him, they die too.See also his Self-Demonstrating article
Ambiguous Disorder: He's an Extreme Doormat with No Social Skills who admits to himself that his mind might be out of step with everyone else's, and has only made "friends" by going along with what other people say. When he makes a carelessly cold remark about someone else and is reprimanded for it, he can only think about his own feelings that were hurt, rather than feeling bad about what he said. He also has trouble with making eye contact with other people.
The discovery of what happens when people's Voids break at the end of Episode 16 sends him even further down the slippery slope, triggering a fit of maniacal laughter that ends with him thinking about breaking Argo's Void.
Gai breaks him even more by betraying him, cutting off his arm, and stealing the Void Genome.
Conflicting Loyalty: In the first few episodes, he wavers back and forth between trusting Gai and Funeral Parlor or distrusting them and potentially using the transmitter that he received from Major Segai to punish the rebels. This is ultimately resolved when he accidentally sees Gai's vulnerable side, along with the revelation that the transmitter was a targeting beacon for the Leucocyte and that using it would have killed him.
Cursed with Awesome: His Void Genome grants him the power to recreate Voids he has previously used. However, it has the side effect of carrying with it the weaknesses of the Void he's copying, in this case he acquires Souta's Apocalypse Virus.
Cynicism Catalyst: Hare's death took Shu's life a turn for the worst. He decides to go along with the Void ranking system to separate the "good" from the "trash" and become "king."
Determinator: Not so much in general (as far as we've seen), but there is one notable instance. He stupidly picks a fight with Gai, who hits him with a haymaker and a jab in the face and then with a vicious gut shot and another jab to the face in quick succession. He just shrugs it off and hits him back.
Distressed Dude: Spends most of Episode 4 in this role when he gets arrested by the GHQ.
Void extraction is a bit... evocative of something else.
His forced Void extraction on Inori after Hare's death gives off rape vibes, and continues to happen in other extractions afterwards.
Dude, Where's My Reward?: The only thing he got from saving the world was several of his friends' deaths, Inori's death, a prosthetic arm to replace the one Gai sliced off and permanent blindness.
The Dulcinea Effect: Double Subverted. He is unable to prevent Inori from getting captured but ultimately goes after her in the end. Of course, it's arguable how much of his motivation was "pretty girl in trouble" and not "repressed Extreme Doormat wants to finally do something interesting with his life." Since Episode 12, and the revelation that Inori is meant to be a vessel for Mana, he seems to have moved on to mostly platonic interest, needing Inori to confide in with his fears that his plans are failing.
Everyone Can See It: Gai, Segai, and Ayase easily deduce his feelings for Inori. Enough that it gets used against him twice: Segai subtly threatens Inori's safety, should he not cooperate with the GHQ, and Gai uses Inori to get him to join Funeral Parlor.
He starts to feel this in Episode 5 towards Inori's and Gai's relationship.
In Episode 8, his jealousy of Souta nearly confessing to Inori nearly makes him also almost confess his feelings to Inori with Funeral Parlor overhearing the exchange.
The Heart: He's growing into this, despite, or perhaps because of, being The Spock. His rationalist tendencies don't take into account things like blinding loyalty or patriotism, and his social awkwardness makes him more likely to speak up when no one else will. Therefore, as a new member of the fairly disciplined Funeral Parlor, he's likely to be the first and only one to bring up little things like 35% mortality rates, innocent bystanders, etc. to Gai.
A real doozy. The things he saw and did in Episode 9 did horrible things to his mind.
A Virus-infected Mana nearing killing Gai, getting Ax-Crazy, and causing Lost Christmas (all because of him) triggered this in his childhood enough to get Trauma-Induced Amnesia.
He is completely broken as of Episode 15 and Hare's death.
Episode 17 breaks him even more, as Gai reappears to steal the power of the king and Arisa causes the school to revolt against him.
Heroic Resolve: After the above, Inori showed him how much of a difference he really made for her. This, and her attempt to single-handedly fight off a troupe of GHQ Endlaves in order to save him gives Shu the strength to overcome his previous trauma and fight to gain the third Void Genome so he can stop GHQ.
Heroic RROD: Use of his Void in addition to the third Void Genome means Shu is going to die in all likelihood. He also used it to cure Souta of the Apocalypse Virus by taking the virus onto himself.
Shu: [about Inori getting captured] Should I really just accept this? I felt... a little relieved because I wasn't in danger anymore. That's how pathetic I am. When you get right down to it, she was way out of my league. I wanted to take it. I wanted to get close to her and touch her hand!
I Am Who?: The kid who accidentally triggered Lost Christmas.
Ignored Epiphany: Finding out what the destruction of their Void can do to someone. It gives him... ideas.
The Immune: Never contracts the Apocalypse Virus despite having essentially been at Ground Zero of Lost Christmas (unlike Gai who was there too) because his sister Mana, who essentially became the Apocalypse Virus, was in love with him. Subverted in episode 19 when he extracts Souta's Void and takes Souta's illness into himself, though even then he displays less severity than Souta.
Indy Ploy: He is an absolute master of adapting to and using his new powers. Even taking into account his being an Instant Expert regarding his weapons, he still uses them quickly and creatively to get out of tight spots in high stress situations, often without having any foreknowledge of what weapon he'd be pulling out next.
In-Series Nickname: He is called a "faceless bastard" by Daryl because the latter can't see his face through his Endlave monitor. Daryl finally sees his face in Episode 11.
Instant Expert: Appears to be one of the Required Secondary Powers of the Void Genome. He's able to use new weapons effectively immediately after drawing them. Confirmed later on. People have to train with their Voids before they can use them effectively. While Souta's Void had proved incredibly useful in his hands, Souta can only use it to open cans.
Jerkass Façade: After Hare's death, he forcibly extracts Inori's Void to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge on the Anti Bodies, blames Souta for Hare's death and gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, and decides that kindness is pointless and to go along with the Void ranking system with him reigning over the student body as their "king." However, when he's alone with Inori he goes back to his normal self and admits he does regret his actions. He quits the act by Episode 19.
Meaningful Name: His first name is written with the kanji for "gather" (集). Considering what he's been doing in regards to the Voids... Episode 20 reveals that it's meant as "group," because Kurosu (Shu's father) could do anything alone, but was always lonely as a result, and really wanted to be with other people. Thus, he named Shu as this, with the hope that Shu wouldn't be lonely like him.
Mega Manning: Unfortunately, his Void doesn't just pass on useful stuff—when he took Souta's Void, he took his dose of the Apocalypse Virus as well.
Mercy Kill: Forced to do this to Jun, and later to Gai and Mana.
My God, What Have I Done?: A mild example—after the apocalyptic devastation he unleashes during his first mission with the Funeral Parlor, he decides that whilst what he did was sort of worthwhile, he just isn't cut out for the life of a terrorist.
Mysterious Past: Which is eventually revealed at the end of the first half.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: After regaining his memories, he develops the true Power of the King; the ability to extract Voids without knocking people out, meaning other people can use Voids as weapons now, provided Shu extracts them.
No Social Skills: It's a pretty big deal for him, and it doesn't help that some of his worse habits (like avoiding eye-contact) make extracting Voids harder.
Parental Abandonment: His mother is neglectful and has to work for days at a time, and his father died ten years prior to the story during Lost Christmas. Despite that, he seems to have a genuinely caring relationship with his mother.
Refusal of the Call: He is initially obligated to help Funeral Parlor using his "Power of Kings" ability, but he declines joining their organization. Naturally, a New Transfer Student will change things.
Scylla and Charybdis: He has to decide whether to implement the Void ranking system and divide the students based on their Voids' effectiveness, or not go through with it since said students would feel discriminated against. After Hare's death, he's set on going through with it after all.
The So-Called Coward: He's very passive and sometimes apathetic, but he holds together pretty well in times of crisis, and for better or for worse, embroils himself in the war between the government and Funeral Parlor. Inori and later Hare, in particular, both inspire some level of self-confidence in him.
The Spock: Rationalizes (or tries to, anyway) just about every aspect of human interaction. Comes as a result of him having no intuition regarding feelings or empathy. It also leads him to easily misread social cues and make a fool of himself if he doesn't think things through very carefully.
Tragic Hero: He is probably one of the most tragic out there. Every time life begins to go well for him, it turns into a train wreck. And it doesn't help that literally no one except Hare understands how he feels inside.
Trauma-Induced Amnesia: He forgot his memories of his older sister Mana and of Gai being his best friend "Triton" due to witnessing Mana becoming increasing unstable due being infected Apocalypse Virus and triggering Lost Christmas.
The popular internet Idol Singer of the band Egoist, who Shu is a fan of, sixteen-year-old Inori doubles as a member of the resistance group, Funeral Parlor. After a covert mission to steal the GHQ's Void Genome goes wrong and she ends up injured, Inori meets Shu and entrusts the Void Genome to him.Her Void is an enormous sword with impressive cutting power and the power to shoot sword beams. She also seems to have the power to imbue the sword with other peoples' Voids. When extracted by Daath, it takes a more wing-like shape.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: She is shot, caught in explosions, kicked in the face, and is shown to be bleeding on more than one occasion. Her ridiculous outfit doesn't get a single tear, her hair remains absolutely perfect, and being kicked in the face leaves not a single visible trace.
Betty and Veronica: She is the Archie to Shu's Betty and Gai's Veronica and the Veronica to Hare's Betty for Shu.
Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts out as an Emotionless Girl who doesn't really care about Shu or anything besides Gai's orders. She quickly grows fond of Shu and thanks to him, she learns how to be her own person.
Emotionless Girl: She starts off as one, merely following Gai's orders with no qualms and having little understanding of Shu or his problems. However, she wants to learn more about Shu after spending some time with him, questions her own emotions, and even disobeys Gai to rescue an arrested Shu in Episode 4, clearly indicating that Shu has some influence on her that is enabling her to begin to think for herself. Which is Double Subverted the next episode when she says it was another of Gai's orders, and then Triple Subverted when she genuinely does begin to develop feelings for Shu.
Her early status is also justified. She was an Artificial Human that was originally meant to be nothing more than a vessel for Mana. It's only thanks to Shu that she learns how to be her own person.
Extreme Doormat: She's stoic, quiet and seems to only act to follow Gai's orders. This might have to deal with the fact that she turns out to be an Artificial Human that was originally meant to be nothing more than a vessel for Mana.
Grand Theft Me: Mana, at least partially, got into her head and has been murdering people to carry out her own agenda. Mana has been doing this in momentary bursts since Episode 16, and as of Episode 21, she has fully taken control over her body.
Heroic Sacrifice: She attempts to pull this off in Episode 18 by fighting off against the Anti Bodies in order to protect Shu. She is thwarted by Gai, who captures her. In Episode 22, she succeeds.
Honey Trap: She was ordered by Gai to lure Shu into Funeral Parlor through these means.
I Am What I Am: After the events of Episode 16, she starts to think she's a monster, but by Episode 18, she decides that she is herself and doesn't care if she's a monster if it means she can protect Shu.
I Owe You My Life: Her Undying Loyalty to Gai stems from the fact that he gave her a name and a world. It's to the extent that when Gai asks if she resents him for going to erase her feelings and memories, she replies that she is grateful to Gai instead because he gave her a life that allowed her to meet Shu.
Killed Off for Real: Somehow saved Shu from turning crystalline with her in the final episode, but dies in the process.
Living a Double Life: An internet idol singer by day and a member of a terrorist organization by night.
Not What It Looks Like: More so played for drama rather than laughs. Episode 5 has her basically choosing Gai over Shu, entering Gai's room with a half-naked Gai, and Ayase teasingly telling Shu that Gai and she spend the night together two or three times a month, implying to Shu that Gai and she have a sexual relationship. When the viewers are actually shown what is going on inside the room, turns out this isn't the case. In fact, it's implied that Gai encourages this interpretation, seeing as what's really going on is a great deal more complicated.
Rei Ayanami Expy: Stoic, seemingly emotionless? Check. Red eyes? Check. Unnatural hair color? Pink, to be exact. Mystical Waif? Check. Deeply devoted to her boss, and, later, the main character? Check. Eventually warms up and expresses more emotions thanks to the main character? Check. She's even an Artificial Human based on one of the protagonist's family members.
Replacement Goldfish: Hinted in her exchange with Gai in Episode 5, she is revealed to be an Artificial Human based on the appearance of Mana Ouma, Shu's older sister and Gai's motivation for his war against the GHQ.
To Gai. Ayase even notes in Episode 4 that prior to her meeting Shu, she would never disobey any of Gai's orders. In Episode 5, she rejects Shu's offer to leave Funeral Parlor with him in favor of Gai.
Inori: Gai gave me a name. I had nothing, and he gave me a name. He gave me a world. So I can't go.
And to Shu as well. After the events of Episode 17 and everyone literally kicks him to the curb, she's the only one who runs after him.
Inori: Even if everyone calls you a liar and you hate yourself, I'll be on your side, Shu.
The Unreveal: When she reveals to Shu that Voids are manifested forms of people's hearts and fears, Shu asks her why her Void is a sword. They are interrupted before she can answer his question. Episode 18 reveals that Shu did ask again, but he ultimately dropped the question saying, "Inori is Inori."
The seventeen-year-old rebel leader of Funeral Parlor, Gai is described as Shu's rival and seeks to use Shu's "Power of Kings" to fight against the GHQ.His Void is a gun that can unlock people's Voids.
Always Someone Better: Shu's opinion of him, partly due to Shu's own insecurity and partly due to everyone's idolization of him and Inori's closeness to him. Ironically, he seems to feel this way about Shu in regards to the implication that both the infected-Mana and Inori have chosen Shu over him.
Batman Gambit: Severed Shu's arm, stole his Void Genome, butchered his classmates, decimated an army, allowed Mana to possess Inori and instigate a second Lost Christmas, all while betting on Shu to somehow overcome his Despair Event Horizon, obtain the third Void Genome and kill him and Mana so they may rest in peace. AND IT WORKED.
Beneath the Mask: Initially comes off as an arrogant jerk who cares little for his subordinates, but is, in fact, deeply affected by their deaths and doubts his abilities as a leader. He acts so cocksure largely because he sees it as the best way to lead Funeral Parlor. See Jerkass Façade, below.
Celibate Hero: In spite of the above, he doesn't seem seriously interested in romance aside from his whole motivation for his war against the GHQ being a woman that he wants to hold in his arms. This turns out to be Shu's older sister Mana, who he eventually reaches, albeit Together in Death.
The Charmer: Ayase, Inori, and Arisa can surely attest to his sheer magnetism, though as with so many other things about him, it's unknown how much is him being a gentleman and how much is calculated manipulation.
The Chessmaster: An excellent strategist—every one of his moves appears to be planned down to the ninth decimal point. There hasn't been a moment yet shown where he hasn't known exactly what's going on, even when Out-Gambitted.
Child Soldier: Shinbugi reveals that he was one before starting Funeral Parlour... in Africa, for some reason.
Co Dragon: He plays this role for Da'ath along with Keido from Episode 17 onwards.
Disability Superpower: He's suffering from an advanced stage of the Apocalypse Virus, which is what allows him to see Voids. Only Inori's blood helps stave off the crystallization and even that starts failing later on.
I Just Want to Be Badass: Turns out that Shu was the much stronger one out of both of them when they were children, and he was determined to one day become like Shu.
I Just Want to Be Special: In Episode 22, he admits that the reason why he chooses to be with Mana is because he was afraid of being "selected out."
Ill Boy: Hinted in Episode 5 through him briefly looking unwell in the beginning of the episode (which is noticed by Shinbugi) and later when Inori gives him a blood transfusion (and it's indicated that this routine happens two to three times a month). Episode 9 hints that he had the Apocalypse Virus (as this is why he can see Voids) and is reinfected by it in Episode 10 and Episode 11.
Jerkass: While he is a charming leader to his followers, he can be an ass if things don't go according to his plans or if his followers don't obey his orders. Watch how he scolds Inori for not giving him the Void Genome but to Shu instead despite the fact that it wasn't her fault and it was out of her control. He also ordered Inori to pretty much lead Shu on to get him to join Funeral Parlor, only for her to "dump" him once he agreed.
Jerkass Façade: In a moment of apparent weakness, he claims to care very deeply about his men and feels deeply torn about the fact that so many of them have died because of him. However, because he feels that he cannot appear weak, the only person that he allows to see this side of him is Inori, who later allows Shu to see it when he threatens to withdraw from the Leucocyte mission. Given the suspiciously convenient timing of this revelation, though, and his known talent for manipulation, it remains to be seen just how honest he was being about this.
Love Martyr: Even after the Apocalypse Virus destroys Mana's sanity, she threatens and nearly kills him, and the virus results in her triggering Lost Christmas, he continues to try and save Mana and eventually succeeds in reaching her in the end.
Made of Iron: Gai takes a stupid amount of punishment throughout the series.
When he was 7, he was shot, then had a building collapse on him, only to stand up a few minutes later saying "I have to get stronger."
Manipulative Bastard: Par excellence. Being able to see people's Voids, and thus the shape of their souls, helps a lot.
Meaningful Name: Mana called him "Triton" because he came from the sea. Notably, this also ends up being the last thing Mana says to him.
Silent Scapegoat: After being revived, he joins GHQ as part of a Batman Gambit that would require Shu to overcome everything he and GHQ throw at him so that he may finally put Gai and Mana to rest once and for all, because if Gai had taken a simpler solution and not worked with Daath and Keido, Daath would have revived Mana once more and started things all over again.
The Spock: He hides his emotions behind a cool facade and always makes the "logical" choices regarding tactics. Unlike Shu, who also displays this trope, it's a successful concerted act rather than an awkward learned impulse.
Xanatos Speed Chess: An expert player, able to reformulate his plans and factor in new obstacles at a moment's notice. Episode 5 demonstrates that it's partly due to simply being Crazy-Prepared; for the upcoming operation, for example, he prepares 145 different alternative strategies should any problem present itself.
You Monster!: Inori is called by revived!Gai, along with Arisa in Episode 18.
Younger Than He Looks: He's the same age as, if not slightly younger than, Shu, but stick them right together, and he looks like he's got easily a few years, if not a decade, on Shu.
A wheelchair-bound member of Funeral Parlor who pilots an Endlave mecha.Her Void is a set of sleek, high-tech leg braces, boosting her leg strength and allowing her to 'rollerblade' at extremely high speeds.
Berserk Button: She does not like it when anyone tries to help her or when anyone or anything endangers Gai or his plans, shown when she yells at Shu for being the reason why Inori disobeyed Gai's orders — something Inori never did prior to meeting Shu — in Episode 4.
Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially dislikes Shu and has little patience for him, but overtime as they bond, she begins to ease up on him. As time goes on, Shu even seemingly replaces Gai as her secret love following his death.
Determinator: In Episode 19, she lunges out of her wheelchair, slides down a railing, just for the third Genome.
Deconstructed from Episode 13 onwards. Respecting her is all well and good, but she physically cannot do everything that normal people can, like run away when people sexually harass her. While she can fight with her wheelchair a bit, even that is of limited use against a large group.
So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Being extremely attractive and wheelchair-bound is not a good combination when you are surrounded by assholes and sexual predators in an isolated school.
Third-Option Love Interest: She is possibly this towards Shu, with Hare and Inori as the Betty and Veronica respectively. She cares enough for Shu that when Haruka mentioned that Shu may die if he uses Voids again, she volunteers to use the third Void Genome. If not for Segai butting in and Shu deciding to use the Genome, she really would have done this. And by the end of the last episode, she's the only love interest of Shu's that is still alive.
Morality Pet: She becomes this to Daryl as she was the reason why he didn't fire at Shu and the others in Episode 14 and he goes out of his way to protect her and help Funeral Parlor escape the Ghost Units in Episode 18.
Morality Chain: Brutually subverted in Episode 22. Daryl recognizes Tsugumi as this and blames her for his unlucky Character Development, deciding that killing her (and Funeral Parlor) would make him change back to "Kill 'em All Daryl." He fails, although seems to regain his head later.
Ms. Fanservice: Spends a lot of time in full-body spandex and seems to like popping her butt out. Just keep in mind that she's fourteen.
A seventeen-year-old member of Funeral Parlor who is skilled in hand-to-hand combat and the use of knives.His Void is a flashlight that projects a small field of perfect darkness that can also jam electronic signals. When fused with Kanon's Void, it becomes a black hole blaster.
Scars Are Forever: Has a scar on the left side of his face that somehow overlaps his hair. Gets another one on the right side of his face in Episode 19, thanks to Segai.
Sink or Swim Mentor: Argo's method of training Shu in close combat is to hand Shu a knife and then charge at him with one of his own, telling the newbie to fight like his life depends on it. Because it does.
Skunk Stripe: Has blond hair on top of his head and brown hair everywhere else.
A mass-murderer held prisoner at the GHQ Isolation Faculty Four due to his involvement in the "Sky Tree Bombing." He was rescued in Episode 4 by Shu and Funeral Parlor.His Void is a gun that can manipulate gravity.
Arisa's grandfather who funds Funeral Parlor's operations after Episode 7.
Badass Grandpa: Despite being at least in his seventies, he singlehandedly dispatches several GHQ commandos with a kitana
Big Good: He's ultimately revealed to be Funeral Parlor's largest backer in its struggle against GHQ. Later, he is implied to be one of the leaders of a powerful network of elites organized to combat Da'ath, the series' Big Bad.
Heroic Sacrifice: Heals Shu rather than herself and bleeds out. Her Void getting shot then causes the Apocalypse Virus to rapidly manifest itself and her corpse shatters shortly thereafter.
Hopeless Suitor: Subverted. Shu is aware of her feelings and even at one point tries to kiss her, but due to his Heroic BSOD (and is thus unable to accept her feelings thoughtfully), Shu is rejected by her.
Replacement Love Interest: Shu uses her in this fashion during his Heroic BSOD when everyone in Funeral Parlor, including Inori, leaves him. Initially, she tries to support Shu in any way she can, but she eventually calls him out on it. In Episode 11, Shu seemingly reciprocates, or at least treats her with a great deal of kindness for it.
Undying Loyalty: While not as vocal about it as Inori, Hare is very loyal to Shu. She's the only one of his old friends to wholeheartedly support him as student council president, right up until her death. Hare lampshades this in her speech about the "kind king," which represented Shu—while everybody else became dissatisfied with the king and eventually rebelled against him, she supported him because she saw the good in him.
Unknown Rival: She considers Inori her rival for Shu's affections. Inori vaguely notices her existence.
Hypocrite: Says he accepts responsibility for Hare's death, then gets upset when Shu actually blames him for it. Mostly because of OOC Is Serious Business; in the past Shu would have made a justification to make Souta feel better.
Leeroy Jenkins: While Shu and the others try to plan how to get into a hospital to get vaccine, he and the other "F"-ranked students rush there first in order to prove that their Voids are useful. It's deconstructed since doing so led to Hare's death.
Mundane Utility: Shu can use his Void to great effectiveness, but Souta can only use it to open cans of food.
My God, What Have I Done?: He blames himself for Hare's death, as he was the one who told her to heal the car that exploded when Daryl attacked them in the first place. Shu agrees with him and proceeds to punch him repeatedly.
In Episode 13, his idea to cheer up the other students by hosting a fair, while admittedly a good one, is what pushes a group of disgruntled refugees to attack the school.
In Episode 15, the "F"-ranked students and he attempt to retrieve vaccines at a hospital to prove their Voids are useful to Shu. Shu and Hare pursue them, and they all end up getting surrounded by Anti Bodies. The end result is Hare getting killed.
Not So Different: With Shu. Both of them have problems understanding people, but while Shu became withdrawn and stoic, he became loud and overbearing.
Knight Templar Big Brother: He's willing to sell out Shu and sell the Norma Gene drug to support his virus-infected younger brother.
Man Behind the Man: He is the driving force behind Shu's plans. Shu calls him out on this later. Yahiro denies it (or rather, attempts to justify it), as he claims to genuinely value Shu and wants to save people. Shu doesn't believe him.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His Void ranking system idea, though logical due to their shortage of supplies and need to properly defend themselves, ends up provoking those ranked useless to prove themselves, the Anti Bodies attack them when they attempt this, and Hare is killed in the crossfire.
Plague Master: His Void blows that don't score a One-Hit Kill, meanwhile, will infect anything they hit with the Apocalypse Virus, so you're pretty much out of luck either way. Yes, this includes machines like Endlaves.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Very pointedly failed to lift a finger during Arisa's coup, instead concentrating on helping with the evacuation effort.
Ship Tease: Episode 13 implies that he reciprocates Kanon's feelings. Either that, or he was just being nice. Very, very nice.
The Spock: Brings a harsh dose of reality to the school after the lockdown goes into effect. Even since then, his emotions seem to be completely under his control; the one time he has displayed overt emotion since was a calculated gesture to get Shu elected Student Council President.
The Stool Pigeon: Of the Betrayer Barry variety. He ends up selling out Shu to secure treatment for his sick little brother. Especially jarring since Shu was under the impression that they had sucessfully talked over their differences.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: His days selling Norma Gene to pay for his brother's treatments, and likewise, the Void Ranking system. He knows there aren't enough resources to save everyone, thus the Void ranking system.
The student council president.Her Void is a sphere-shaped shield that can separate and eliminate attacks.
Arranged Marriage: In Episode 16, her grandfather planned to give her to the leader of the Ming Hua Group as a wife in exchange for his help determining the future of Japan, and Argo is sent to retrieve her. The plan falls apart, though.
Ascended Extra: Appeared in all of a single episode on her own before joining with the rest of Shu's friends in his rush to save Inori.
Beware the Nice Ones: After Inori's attack on her (and her own belief that it was out punishment for trying to go against Shu), she decides to create a coup d'etat with the student body against Shu and succeeds.
Disney Death: It appeared as though she was killed off by Inori in Episode 16, but Episode 17 reveals that she's still alive and merely had her hand injured. She is shot in Episode 22 and is seemingly dead until she is shown with Da'at members, still alive but wounded.
Enemy Mine: She tentatively teams up with Shu in Episode 19 to look for Haruka.
Murder the Hypotenuse: Although never outright stated, it's very clear that she wishes to kill Inori after finding out that Gai seems to need her more. Were it not for being surrounded by many people who would most definitely have objected, and the fact that Inori is Beware the Quiet Ones brought Up to Eleven, she likely would have not succeeded.
Big Bad: As the leader of the GHQ Anti-Bodies forces, Shuichiro directly oversees a campaign of oppression and mass murder against the Japanese population as well as all operations against Funeral Parlor, the rebel organization comprising the series' protagonists. This trope is subverted when he is revealed to be a servant of Da'ath (albeit a high-ranking one).
Dragon with an Agenda: Despite providing his services to GHQ for the alleged purpose of eradicating the Apocalypse Virus, he secretly plans to use the organization's resources to bring about the world's end. Additionally, following the revelation that he is secretly in Da'ath's employ, he later admits that the only reason he helps the organization initiate a worldwide outbreak is to consummate a final act of vengeance against his longtime rival, Kurosu Ohma.
Dragon-in-Chief: While nominally subordinate to the leaders of GHQ, he and his Anti-Bodies function on a largely autonomous basis in Japan and are endowed with broad authority to formulate and implement policies for the express purpose of eradicating the Apocalypse Virus. This decision ultimately comes to haunt GHQ's leadership later when Keido exploits this lack of supervision to launch a coup and engineer the worldwide outbreak of the Virus.
Evil Genius: His groundbreaking research on Genomic Resonance provided the theoretical foundation for Kurosu Ohma's Void Genome. However, due to his hatred and envy towards Kurosu, Shuichiro ultimately uses the very same brilliance that once enabled him to advance his colleague's research to prevent their work from ever being used for humanity's salvation.
Intelligence Equals Isolation: In a flashback, he admits that he considered other people "mere annoyances" due to their inability to keep up with him intellectually prior to meeting Kurosu Ouma.
Jumping Offthe Slippery Slope: While initially beginning his career as a morally ambiguous scientist who devotes all his time to his research, his envy for Kurosu's superior intelligence drives him to become an omnicidal madman consumed by hatred.
Start of Darkness: Upon learning that Kurosu's children will become the progenitors of mankind following the Fourth Apocalypse, Keido's respect for Kurosu degenerates into an envy-fuelled obsession to provide Da'ath with an "Adam" of his own regardless of the cost.
¡Three Amigos!: Implied through one of Haruka's photos, he was this with Kurosu and Haruka.
Would Hurt a Child: Is more than willing to start, fund, and run an experimental facility where countless young boys are tortured and even killed in horrific experiments involving the Apocalypse Virus .
"I'll do as I please, got it? And if you get in my way... I'll tell Papa on you."
A juvenile officer with the rank of Lieutenant, Daryl is GHQ Endlave pilot and the son Major General Yan, the Commander-in-Chief of the GHQ forces.His Void is the Kaleidoscope, a gun that shoots beehive barriers.
Because You Were Nice to Me: His attachment to Tsugumi comes from how she (in her own way) treated him with kindness and gave him a candied apple as an award for (reluctantly) helping her. Judging from his background, she might be the first person who treated him kindly.
Character Development: First depicted as an unstable, Axe CrazyMilitary Brat that could very easily go into a murderous rampage. Later on he shows a degree of honor and determination. By Episode 22, he has been rendered even more mentally unstable and wants to return to his old ways, convincing himself that killing Tsugumi and Funeral Parlor is the only way to revert to "Kill 'em All Daryl." After that, his development status is unknown, although he seems to have snapped from the frenzy.
Clark Kenting: More justifiable than most. As an Endlave pilot (even if an unusually notorious one), not many people would know his face anyway.
Combat Aestheticist: Considers killing from a distance to be "unartistic," which is why he likes to be close to the frontlines even when he's remote-controlling his Endlave.
Daddy Issues: It's hard not to feel a little bad for the guy after seeing his father's attitude towards him, and watching him struggle through enduring his neglect.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: In Episode 15, he realises that Hare using her Void to repare a car is probably not a good thing for him, so he shoots and blows the car.
Declaration of Protection: In Episode 18, he reluctantly decides to protect Tsugumi and attacks the other Ghost Units because one of them threatens Tsugumi and provides a diversion long enough for Funeral Parlor to escape.
He refuses to protect a revived Gai Tsutsugami, though this is mainly due to still feeling that Gai is the enemy, Tsugumi getting threatened indirectly because of Gai, and him blaming Gai for having to kill his father.
Expy: A reckless blond-haired pilot who gets frustrated with the protagonists, so much that he joins them in the end? Sounds like he needs some Spiral Power.
Hair-Trigger Temper: In his first few appearances. Since coming under Segai's command, he appears to have been put on a tighter leash, resulting in less of his trademark psychotic outbursts and more snarking from the sidelines.
Hates Being Touched: He mentions a fear of infection at one point, but since he's just as leery about physical contact with clearly uninfected people, that seems to merely be one of many excuses.
The Nicknamer: He calls Shu a "faceless bastard" because he can't see the later's face on his Endlave monitor until Episode 11. He later calls Tsugumi a "runt," which seems to be doubling as an Affectionate Nickname.
Odd Name Out: His is the only Void to have a name, which is probably a codename given to it by Gai.
Pet the Dog: His Ship Tease with Tsugumi causes him to not attack Funeral Parlor in Episode 14, feel concerned for her well-being in Episode 15, and outright defend her and betray the Ghost Units in Episode 18.
Psychopathic Manchild: At the beginning of the series at least. While he's calmed down a bit since then, he still shows traces of his trademark bloodlust as evidenced in Episode 22 when he attempts to destroy Funeral Parlor.
Redemption Failure: His Heel-Face Turn in protecting Tsugumi and allowing Funeral Parlor to escape the Ghost Units in Episode 18 results in his imprisonment and having his Void taken, replaced with an experimental device to serve as a replacement. Due to these events, he loses his head and becomes convinced that it is Tsugumi's fault that he isn't his "Kill 'em All Daryl" self anymore, and decides that getting rid of her would change him back to the way he was. At the end, he seems to have regained again his conscience, specially after seeing Rowan die for him.
Eye Scream: He loses his eye after being struck by a random shard during the Scrooge vs Present fight.
Faux Affably Evil: An expert at unnerving and intimidating prisoners with seemingly friendly, innocuous comments. Among other things, he somehow manages to make asking for help with his crossword sinister.
Shame If Something Happened: He almost never makes an overt threat. He'll just mention things like how unpleasant prison food is, or how someone should really talk to that poor Idol Singer about those nasty terrorists who are hoodwinking her, and maybe ask for her help in stopping them. The message, of course, is entirely obvious.
Eaglelander: Type 2. Seemingly naive and a bit racist, he employs a ridiculous (if only unsuccessful due to Arisa's Void) strategy to obliterate a private yacht to kill the handful of Funeral Parlor members and allies that are on the ship, hundreds of innocents (and a few GHQ members, at that) be damned.
Karma Houdini: Shu and the rest of Funeral Parlor are a little TOO forgiving of her involvement in Shuichiro's mass murder of countless Japanese civilians following Episode 14.
Love Makes You Evil: Following the wishes of Shu's father leads her to create the Ghost Units that oppose Shu. She also reveals later that most of her actions during the lockdown was a Batman Gambit to rid Shu of his Void Genome and hopefully save his life.
Voiced by: Yuuka Hirose (Japanese), Morgan Garrett (English)
Yu/Daath the Death Keeper
Voiced by: Yuka Nishigaki (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)
Yu is an mysterious blond-haired boy who first appears in Episode 11 to aid Keido in his quest for world domination. In reality, he is the embodiment of humanity´s will to evolve and the leader of an Ancient Conspiracy by the name of Daath. After being rejected by Kurosu Ouma, he manipulates Keido into continuing his research on the Virus for Daath.His Void is a large bow with arrows that restrains whatever it hits. When fused with Arisa's and Kenji's Voids, it gains the ability to fire Apocalypse Virus-infected arrows.
Really 700 Years Old: His real age is unknown, but he apparently hasn't aged at all from first meeting Shuichiro and Kurosu and the present day. It's hinted that he is as old as the Daath organization itself.
Stealth Hi/Bye: Yu doesn't really bother with the usual laws of physics when he's saying hello.
A girl who Inori resembles from Shu's and Gai's pasts. She is revealed to be Shu's older sister and Patient Zero — and later, an embodiment — of the Apocalypse Virus.After the events of Episode 12, she becomes a Split Personality in Inori.
Brother-Sister Incest: She had some serious hots for her little brother, even before the Virus kicked in. She even claimed that she was in love with Shu, kissed him, and wanted to downright marry him. It's revealed in Episode 20 that she's wanted him to be her "Adam" before he was even born.
Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: While infected with the Apocalypse Virus, she asks Shu to promise to marry her and nearly forces this on him before Shu rejects her and her infection grows out of control.
Love Before First Sight: Implied to have been Yandere for Shu before he was even born. Her Slasher Smile while looking at her pregnant mother is possibly one of the most disturbing moments in the series, as is a similar one looking over Shu as an infant.
Mask of Sanity: Mana was Ax-Crazylong before Lost Christmas; as much as 8 years beforehand. Her "normal" personality is basically a fabrication.
Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: In execution, the trope is somewhat downplayed due to its brevity, but it's still laden with Squick. To count off all the factors that make her brief attempt at forcefully getting in Shu's pants all the more creepy: they're siblings, she had attempted to stab Shu'seye out in an earlier episode, she is the virus that is slowly killing everyone in Loop 7, she attempted to rape Shu through another person's body, (his actual love interest, for bonus emotional turmoil) and the fact that she should be dead at this point.
Reality Warper: As the first person infected by the virus, she's essentially the originator of Void technology.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: When the virus begins to infect her. This is notable because it is only after Shu Mercy Kills her that she wakes up with her regular pink eyes, a sign that she's finally free from the virus and is truly herself.
The Reveal: She turns out to be Shu's older sister.
Shu's father. He was a genius scientist who died during Lost Christmas, before the start of the series. He was actually good friends with Keido, though his string of successes (including the creation of the Void Genome) caused their relationship to sour spectacularly, eventually resulting in his murder at his old friend's hands.
¡Three Amigos!: Implied through one of his wife's photos, he was this with Haruka and Keido.
Lost Christmas OVA/Game
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese)
The protagonist of Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas, he was a subject of Da'ath's human experiments until he escaped from its facility with Carol. His right arm has a functionally defective form of 'King's Power'. Unlike Shu, he is unable to pull out voids from anyone but Carol because as soon as his hand touches others' body, they would start to undergo crystallization due to invasion by apocalypse virus. He suffers from amnesia as a result of Da'ath's experiments, and throughout the story he seeks information about Da'ath all the while making his escape, in order to rediscover his identity. He has a cool, cruel personality that licenses him to kill, and is vengeful against Da'ath.
Voiced by: Kana Asumi (Japanese)
Scrooge's main partner who accompanies him in his escape. She is also an experimental subject of Da'ath, but it is unclear what kind of experiments she was subjected to. Despite Scrooge's crystallizing power, she is somehow able to accept his right hand, and thus from her Scrooge can pull out voids which could be used as weapons. However, much unlike the characters from the anime Guilty Crown, her voids seem to take various forms and are much more fragile, and their damage doesn't lead to her death. She has a spontaneous personality, yet she is sharp and seems to carry ulterior motives behind her escape.
Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi (Japanese)
One of the members of the Christmas ghosts, a trio of assassins sent after Scrooge and Carol. He/she talks using the masculine pronoun "boku" but his/her gender is unknown. Also an experiment subject of Da'ath, he/she holds a mysterious ability to physically control the movement of the apocalypse crystal, a strong power he/she relies on to combat against Scrooge and Carol.
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki
One of the members of Christmas ghosts. Her voice is reminiscent of a small girl, but her true identity is unknown. She controls various kinds of Endlaves from a remote cockpit, and her powers are astronomically stronger than a typical Endlave user. Though the Endlaves that she controls are none but primitive in design, their abilities far surpass those of later models.
Yet To Come
One of the members of Christmas ghosts. His/her identity is unknown.