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Once Shiro is revealed to be the Silver King, Adolf K. Weismann, Kuroh and Neko become his first clansmen. They later name their clan HAKUMAITOU.Tropes that apply to them as a whole:The main protagonists. They meet and join forces as Shiro is pursued by HOMRA as the supposed Colorless King and Tatara's murderer. They have their differences at first, but they eventually bond and become close friends. They reside in Shiro's dorm at Ashinaka High School.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Despite their initial differences, they become close friends after they have to cooperate and work together in the conflict of the clans and the murder mystery.
- Mayfly-December Friendship: Shiro is the Immortal King. Despite not looking like it, he's over 80 years old and he will likely outlive both Kuroh and Neko. However, at the end of the second season the Slate is destroyed, meaning Shiro is no longer immortal and now can live out a normal lifespan with Kuroh and Neko.
- True Companions: Once they bond, they become as close as a family. Shiro even refers to Kuroh and Neko as his family when he returns in Season 2.
Yashiro "Shiro" Isana / Adolf K. Weismann
"... Huh? I'm... a normal high school student...?"An Ordinary High-School Student who suddenly finds himself getting chased by several factions, all thirsting for his blood. He later realizes that he's appeared in this strange video of him murdering someone while evilly proclaiming himself as the "Colorless King" (which had been kindly broadcast through the entire city), even though he doesn't remember doing such a thing.
- Ambiguously Bi: He has blushed many times around Kuroh and even teasingly called him his wife, but he's also blushed at Neko when he saw her naked human body for the first time and the two share a few affectionate moments that are borderline romantic.
- Amnesia Danger: Remembering that his true identity was the Silver King all along might have helped him a lot in earlier episodes when he had no idea why people were out to kill or capture him. Kuroh, in particular, could have been convinced sooner of his innocence.
- Amnesiac Hero: He does not remember who he is or what his involvement in Tatara's murder may be. All his memories from the moment he came to school were fabricated with Neko's powers. He finally seems to have recovered his memories in Episode 11.
- Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Even when he first arrived in the school without any memories, he was still friendly to Neko which caused her to warm up to him immediately.
- Animal Motifs: The way Shiro holds his vivid pink parasol behind him may have been designed to evoke Peacock imagery. This is mostly notable because as a symbol, the peacock connotes royalty, refinement, spirituality and holiness, immortality and incorruptibility, and enlightenment and awakening. The peacock's defining nature is achieving integrity and beauty when one discovers and shows who they really are. In western culture, the peacock also symbolizes the heavens and stars. The relevance is ridiculously self-explanatory in the context of the latter half of the show.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Shiro (as the First King) is definitely not a fighter. Nevertheless, he effortlessly halts the pitched battle between Reisi and Mikoto, both of whom are powerful Kings and fighters.
- Big Good: Becomes this is Return of Kings now that he remembers who he is.
- Blatant Lies: His attempts to provide an alibi are pretty believable...unless you talk to anyone who knows him.
- Combo Platter Powers: As the First King, he displays immortality, control of gravity within his sanctum, and the ability to alter other people's biological makeup. If he uses the latter power to synch other people's biology to his own, he can lend them similar influence over gravity. He also seems to have actual psychic capabilities, being able to easily outmaneuver and trap a Body Surfer who does use psychic powers note .
- Complete Immortality: The Silver King possesses absolute immortality; unable to die, age, get sick, or be permanently wounded. He's absolutely self-sustained, and as his mind and soul are as immortal as his biological body, he's immune to mental/spiritual damage. Any injuries he suffers immediately heal, even if he is disintegrated, blown up, completely deleted, or even if he is completely destroyed to the sub-atomic level, he will still return to life. He is absolutely immune to all harm, nor can he die of any natural causes. He loses his immortality when the Slate that gave him his powers is destroyed.
- Consummate Liar: With the exception of the Line-of-Sight Name scene in Episode 2, where he actually stuttered in the middle of a lie (to show the viewer that he is lying), he's a pretty damn good liar.
- Crush Blush: He comes across as quite blushy whenever Kuroh is involved.
- Dynamic Entry: In season 2, he falls from the sky and crashes into the land just in time to save Kuroh and Neko from Yukari. Shiro implies he did it on purpose.
- Eating Lunch Alone: By choice rather than isolation in Episode 1. Shiro is actually quite popular with other students who willingly share some of their lunch with him, but Shiro isn't particularly close to any of them and is happy eating lunch alone on the school roof with only a cat for company.
- Fake Memories: Revealed in Episode 6 that his memories about his past seem to be entirely fictitious. Shiro admits this himself when he says every time he tries to remember something, the details wouldn't match up. Neko is later revealed to be the one who has been creating fake memories with her powers.
- First Name Basis: Shiro starts calling Kuroh by his first name by the end of Episode 3, as they seem to have made an alliance.
- The Gadfly: He likes to tease others, especially Kuroh. At one point, Shiro calls him his wife for making his lunch, for which Kuroh threats to cut off his tongue.
- Go Out with a Smile: His last expression is a peaceful smile as he closes his eyes after Mikoto blasts a hole through his chest with his powers.
- Go Through Me: When he stands in front of Neko as Kuroh is preparing to cut them both down in Episode 4. His simple act of doing so, however, is enough for Kuroh to hesitate and then back down.
- Gratuitous German: The moment he recalls his memories as Adolf K. Weissmann, he starts speaking in German for a while, and then continues to pepper his speech with German words in the following episodes.
- Gravity Master: He exhibits this power himself, and can momentarily synchronize the biological wavelength of other people with his own, enabling them to access his sanctum's manipulation of gravity as well.
- Guile Hero: Is able to think quick enough to invent a story about his (non-existent) sick little sister on the fly to escape from Kuroh, as well as to set two people who were after his blood, who didn't trust each other, against each other with a careful choice of words. He is also very charismatic and popular, and in Episodes 7 and 8 it is clearly shown just how manipulative he can be with the situation when the need arises, to the extent of even tricking Munakata twice.
- Hair Contrast Duo: He's playful, innocent-looking and shrewd in contrast to the serious and uptight Kuroh. No wonder their hair colors contrast.
- He's Just Hiding: In-universe (and likely out- as well). After Shiro lets Mikoto kill him, which obliterates the entire island, Neko and Kuroh find his parasol but not his body. Neko clings to the belief that as a King, he might have been powerful enough to survive the blast. Kuroh, recalling that Shiro's power as the First King was explicitly immortality, comes to agree. K: Missing Kings gives us the answer to this question: it's "Yes".
- The Hero
- Heroic Albino: Has white hair and really pale skin and he's the hero of the story and overall a really nice guy.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He pulls off one in order to let Mikoto destroy the Colorless King in his own body instead of Kukuri's.
- Holding Hands: Once with Kuroh during the first season, most likely for support as he attempted to make contact with anyone who would know him. Much more often in supplementary official art.
- I Am Who?: Certainly not who he thinks he is. Everyone believes him to be the next (technically the current) Colorless King. He is in fact an amnesiac Adolf K. Weismann, the Silver King, in the body of a 17 year old high school student instead of his normal one, due to attempted possession by the spirit that appears to be the actual Colorless King.
- Iconic Item: His pretty pink parasol.
- Identity Amnesia: He does not remember who he is or where he came from. His only memories are Neko's fabrications. However, he regains his identity in Episode 11 after getting stabbed by the Colorless King and finally remembers he is Adolf K. Weismann.
- I Lied: Smugly to Kuroh about his "little sister", before making a hasty escape.
- In-Series Nickname: "Shiro".
- It's Raining Men: He fell from a great height off an airborne zeppelin, and still landed unharmed in a high school despite crashing right through the ceiling of the building.
- He does this again in K: Return of Kings!
- Keet: He is cheerful, playful and carefree.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: He eats lunch with a kitten and keeps her perched on his arm all the time, even when running errands outside campus.
- The Kirk: Shiro fits in the middle of the stoic Kuroh and the emotional Neko, balancing them out as the center of the trio.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He can't remember anything beyond waking up in the school after crashing through the roof, and then meeting Neko and Kukuri for the first time. However, after Neko uses her powers to help recover his memory further, he soon recalls clinging to the edge of an airship and then getting kicked off it by a silver-haired man. In Episode 11 though, he finally remembers everything.
- Leitmotif: "Shiro #1" and "Shiro #2", both calm songs with similar tunes. They are also remixes of the K Main Theme. And then also "Shiro #3", which is noticeably darker than the first two.
- Line-of-Sight Name: In a few seconds of just glancing around at his environment, Shiro spins out a yarn about having an ill younger sister who he needs to write a letter to, and quickly does it again when he needs to think up a name for her and spots a nearby flier. In Episode 7, it's revealed that even his name "Yashiro Isana" came from a poster he saw on a wall of the school the very first night he arrived there.
- Loss of Identity: In Episode 6, when he realizes "Yashiro Isana" may never have actually existed. Confirmed in Episode 11 when it's revealed "Shiro" never existed—it was actually Adolf K. Weismann (with amnesia) all along.
- Loveable Rogue
- Luminescent Blush: Blushed twice so far when getting close to Kuroh, and once when he was utterly embarrassed at seeing Neko appear naked.
- Man in White: In season 2, Shiro returns wearing a white suit, showing his position as the Silver King.
- Meaningful Name: The kanji for "Yashiro" itself means a firm or an office, which isn't really meaningful, but his nickname "Shiro" can be written as "white".
- The name 'Isana' comes from the Shinto deity Izanagi, who was credited with the creation of many other Shinto deities. Shiro is the Silver King, whom Munakata referred to as the king of origins due to him being responsible for the birth of other kings.
- Mistaken for Murderer: A guy who looks exactly like him is seen murdering a member of Homura. Shiro insists it's not him and that he knows nothing about it. He's later proven right in Episode 11. The real killer is revealed to be the Colorless King who was controlling Shiro's body at the time.
- Mysterious Past: He claims he's just an ordinary person who came from a happy family and is living away from them to attend a high school, but he soon finds out that the house he thought he lived in doesn't even exist.
- Mystical White Hair: Hand in hand with a mysterious, mystic nature and background.
- Nerves of Steel: Even while being chased by people out of his blood, he does not completely lose his cool and manages to smoothly lie his way out.
- Never Found the Body: Shiro lets Mikoto kill him, but there's no trace of him afterwards, only his parasol. Neko and Kuroh choose to believe that there was a chance for him to survive. The Movie confirms he's still alive, but in hiding.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: As a result of his powers as the Silver King, which explicitly protect him against external influences of all kinds—this is the cause of both his immortality and his being completely fine after a number of extremely dangerous and/or lethal incidents with nary a scratch on him. Mikoto did manage to punch a hole through him at the end of the first season, with the implication that Mikoto made him explode—-and yet he's completely fine in K: Missing Kings. Daikoku's words imply that he regenerated From a Single Cell. If this isn't the definition of "immortal", we don't know what is.
- Nice Guy: Even while chased by a guy after his blood, Shiro stops to help a girl whose oranges got knocked over by Neko.
- Non-Action Guy: Not a fighter. Every time people pursue him, he either runs away or uses some trick to escape. Kuroh is doing the fighting for their team.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: He wears the prescribed Ashinaka High School uniform, but ties his red tie into a ribbon instead. He also rolls up his pant legs just enough to free up his ankles.
- Older Than He Looks: Mentally, if not physically, he's around eighty years old.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Yashiro Isana" is just a made up name for his amnesiac self. His real name is Adolf K. Weismann, but even after recovering his memory, he still prefers to be called by his alias.
- Ordinary High-School Student: A kid with no powers, fighting skills or understanding of the clans is swept up in their fight. He is not as ordinary as he seems. Double subverted in Episode 11, which implies that the body he's wearing really did belong to an ordinary high school student who had the misfortune of getting body-jacked by first the Colorless King and then the Silver King.
- Parasol of Prettiness: A rare male example. He always goes around with his rather feminine parasol.
- Pinball Protagonist: Seems to be so at first, but it's soon subverted.
- Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: He pulls this on Kuroh intentionally in Episode 2, so that the latter may feel bad and stop trying to kill him. It doesn't work. In Episode 6 he again offers Kuroh the chance to kill him, for real this time, after realizing his entire life is a lie and he no longer knows if he committed the murder or not.
- Power Floats: The Silver Sanctum he can manifest enables him and his clansmen to casually defy gravity.
- Power Glows: Shiro starts emitting a silvery glow whenever he uses his powers as the Silver King.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: He tried them on Kuroh. They didn't work.
- Quivering Eyes:
- The silly things that Shiro makes up when Kuroh is trying to kill him sound as if he doesn't care very much, but his shaking eyes clearly show that he's frightened.
- In episode 4, when he opened the door of his closet to find a bloodied shirt from the night when Tatara was murdered.
- Relatively Flimsy Excuse: At the end of Season 2, he has become a teacher at Ashinaka High School using the cover story of being a relative of Neko, who has officially become a student.
- Ret Gone: When HOMRA and SCEPTER 4 investigate Ashinaka High for clues on Shiro, they found no trace of his existence - Saruhiko searched the school records for him and nothing turned up, and Misaki questioned Shiro's friend Kukuri about him and she genuinely did not know who he was. Every aspect of his current identity was in fact made up and projected by Neko onto the rest of the students, which is why there are no records of a "Yashiro Isana" at all.
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: Again, when he's escaping from the HOMRA thugs, his carefree behaviour makes him seem pretty chill about it all, but he's clearly scared as seen from this.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: It is unclear what he is, or if he possesses any powers, but the fact that he's hinted to be the Colourless King is a sign. Later, he turns out to be the Silver King.
- Super Toughness: He freefalls hundreds of feet onto concrete without any ill effects thanks to his immortality.
- Taking You with Me: In the final episode he traps the Colorless's King soul inside his body and manages to reach Mikoto in time, who he then urgently asks to kill him before the Colorless King can free himself. Mikoto happily obliges by punching a hole right through Shiro's chest, thus killing them simultaneously by destroying the body they were in.
- Tareme Eyes
- Tearful Smile: When he asks Kuroh if he wants to kill him now after they both find out Shiro is not who he seems to be.
- The Trickster: Tricks are the only ways he can escape all the people trying to capture or kill him, as he's not much of a fighter. He lies his way out well enough.
- Unfazed Everyman: Despite seeing people use magical powers while either attacking or helping him, Shiro just takes it all in stride.
- Subverted when it's revealed that as the Silver King, he is anything but normal, though one might argue that he's very much an everyman before he regained his memories.
- The Watson: He has no idea what is going on, and has to ask Kuroh some questions about the kings and clans to find out why there are people are after him.
- Worthy Opponent: To Hisui Nagare.
Kuroh "Kuro" Yatogami
"In compliance with my late master's dying wish, I will slay the evil king!"A stoic young man, vassal of the former 7th King, Ichigen Miwa. His goal is to complete his master's dying wish and defeat the "evil" King. Believing Yashiro to be said King, he saves him from the members of HOMRA to kill him himself.
- Ambiguously Bi: He blushes when he first sees Neko naked, and after he begins to trust Shiro the two share some borderline romantic moments. Despite their short time together he becomes extremely loyal to Shiro and dedicates himself to finding him after the first season.
- Animal Motifs: The dog.
- Badass: Only second to the King when it comes to fighting ability, otherwise he curbstomps his way through life.
- Battle Butler: For his former master.
- Cain and Abel: He is now enemies with his former senior and older brother figure Yukari Mishakuji.
- Cassette Craze: The voice recorder he carries around has been used to record practically everything philosophical his former master once said to him. It even gets lampshaded by Shiro when he first finds about it:Shiro: Creepy!
- Catch Phrase: Lampshaded by Shiro in the Drama CD.Kuroh: I am the vassal of the former seventh King, Ichigen Miwa - Kuroh Yatogami.Shiro: You know, you're saying it so many times... It's kind of sounding like your catchphrase.
- Combat Tentacles: Kuroh's power appears to be greatly extendible "limbs" of telekinetic force, bearing a slight resemblance to a Diclonus's "vectors" from Elfen Lied.
- Come with Me If You Want to Live: Says this to Shiro when HOMRA is after him. Although he only saves Shiro from the HOMRA clansmen attacking him, so he can kill Shiro himself afterward.
- The Comically Serious
- Crazy-Prepared: Learned how to fly a helicopter. In his own manga, it's hinted that his master trained him to learn all sorts of things at a young age despite living in the mountains for most of his life.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Lived in a happy family until his parents died when he was 5. Was handed over to some relatives' house, before they also died from a fire. Nobody else would take him after that, and he was taken in by some really distant relative who was an alcoholic and gambler, who abused Kuro and wouldn't even let him go to school. Eventually that person also disappeared somewhere, and Kuro realized he'd been finally abandoned. He left the house and wandered around until he almost died in the snowy mountains before Ichigen found him.
- Defrosting Ice King: Goes from cold and aloof swordsman trying to kill Shiro to his close and loyal friend and clansman.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Seeing Neko naked is enough for him to let his guard down.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Shiro blushes a lot around him, and even jokingly calls Kuroh his wife.
- Flash Back Echo: When Shiro moves in front of Neko as she is trying to defend him from Kuroh, Kuroh flashes back to his childhood when Ichigen Miwa protected him while he was trying to defend his master. It causes him to hesitate in his strike and give Shiro a second second chance.
- Full-Name Basis: He calls Shiro by his full name at first, as a sign of his mistrust towards him. However, by the end of Episode 6, he's begun calling him Shiro instead.
- Hair Contrast Duo: Black to Shiro's white.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He's stoic and seemingly cold, but he is actually really moved by Shiro's fake sob story about his imaginary little sister.
- Hitman with a Heart: He's on the mission to kill the evil Colorless King, but he's not a heartless assassin, as seeing when he was willing to do Shiro a last favor for the sake of his "ill little sister" and later he was willing to make Shiro a nice last meal.
- Holding Hands: Once with Shiro in the first season, but much more often in supplementary official art.
- In-Series Nickname: "Kuro" (in katakana) by Shiro, and "Kurosuke" by Neko.
- I Will Find You: From the end of the first season and throughout the movie his main goal is finding Shiro.
- The Jinx: He was treated as this when he was young. His parents died in a car accident when he was 5, he himself spent over 2 weeks in the hospital for rehabilitation. He was eventually handed over to his aunt and uncle, whose house burnt down soon thereafter, leaving him alone again. All his other relatives would not take him in because they believe that he was a source of misfortune.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He prefers katanas over other swords or firearms, as they symbolise his status and attitude as a samurai.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: He worships his former master, complete with Luminescent Blush and acting like a fangirl.
- The Lancer: He's there to back up Shiro at all times, but contrasts heavily with him in personality and outlook.
- Leitmotif: Yatogami Kuroh.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Longing Look: Gives one to the image of Shiro in Anna's marble at the end of the movie.
- Meaningful Name: The first kanji in his name means "dog", and the pronunciation "Kuro" alone means "black". This possibly contributes to his title as the Black Dog.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: When we first meet him, Kuroh is very willing to kill Shiro for a murder he may or may not have done without hesitation just because of his previous master's request that he kill the next Colorless King if he turns out to be evil.
- Not So Stoic: He gushes madly about Ichigen Miwa, complete with Bishie Sparkle and Luminescent Blush.
- When Shiro comes back in Return of Kings, Kuroh tries (and fails) to hide the fact that he's about to cry.
- Old-School Chivalry: Of the samurai code variety
- Real Men Wear Pink: He cooks, like, really well. In a pink apron. He also carries a sewing kit with him. At this point, Kuroh is basically Yashiro's Housewife.
- Samurai: Wields a katana, is incredibly loyal to his master and follows a code of honour where he judges people by their actions, rather than their personality or looks.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Always well-dressed despite the occasion.
- The Spock: The most serious and level-headed member of the main trio.
- The Stoic: Calm, collected and composed at all times, especially in battle.
- Student and Master Team: Apparently with Ichigen in the past, as seen in a flashback.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: He looks distant and cold, but is actually very loyal and kind to those whom he deems worthy of his respect and trust, like Ichigen Miwa and Kukuri. Later he becomes a close and caring friend to Shiro and Neko.
- Supreme Chef: He even carries around a briefcase with all of his culinary tools.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Team Chef: He is the one who cooks for his eventual friends Shiro and Neko.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Undying Loyalty: His loyalty to Ichigen Miwa knows no bounds. Also to Shiro/Adolf, after becoming his clansman.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He forms this relationship with Neko.
- Walking the Earth: The Stray Dog Story manga pretty much have him doing this in his search for the new Colorless King.
- When He Smiles
- Willfully Weak: Oddly, he does this in his battle with Reisi since he only tries attacking the king like a normal fighter, which naturally doesn't end well for him.
- The Worf Effect: After beating Misaki twice without breaking a sweat, he gets totally owned by Reisi in episode 7 and Mikoto casually throws him aside in episode 11 without a glance, and easily shrugs off all his attacks. This is justified considering that they are Kings, episode 12 prove this as he proceed to curbstomp many Homra and SCEPTER 4 fighters.
- Reisi and Mikoto's fights are interesting cases, as Kuroh is aware that they could wipe him off the face of the earth and is clearly afraid of them for that. As a result, he strikes a balance between fighting too weakly to provoke them, but just well enough to warrant getting his ass kicked and thereby serve as a delay. Hence the reason he doesn't draw his sword.
- Would Hurt a Child: Doesn't hesitate to fight Sukuna to defend Shiro, his King. Justified as Sukuna is a dangerous enemy clan member.
- Would Hit a Girl:
- He was prepared to run through Neko for protecting Shiro, and fights against Seri without holding back.
- In episode 11, he also doesn't hesitate to pin down a possessed Kukuri after she attempted to stab Shiro.
Neko / Miyabi Ameno
"Neko is Shiro's cat and Shiro is Neko's Shiro!"A mysterious girl who appears before Shiro one day, claiming to have transformed from his cat.
- Action Girl: In the movie, she manages to fight off several guards from the green clan by herself.
- Animorphism: She has a cat form and a human form. While she retains her cat mannerisms in human form, she doesn't have cat ears or a tail.
- Badass Adorable
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Neko walks around buck-naked, yet you won't be seeing any more than you would when looking at a barbie doll.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason behind her devotion to Shiro.
- Big Eater: Gulps down Kuroh's cooking as if it's nothing.
- Cat Smile: Of course.
- The Chick: Her quirkiness helps reconcile Kuroh's and Shiro's personalities.
- Cute Kitten: Looks like a pink fluffy kitten in her cat form, only with Blank White Eyes.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Neko is a survivor of the Kagutsu Crater. In her childhood, she was looked after by her mother and father afterwards, and she often used her abilities to have fun. Later on, members of the Gold Clan approached her home, and explained to Neko that her 'parents' in fact lost their only son after the crater, and that, unknowingly, Neko used her abilities to manipulate the couple's memories into thinking she was their daughter. Devastated, Neko lifted the illusion, only to be called a 'monster' by the couple. While alone, Neko remembered a book her 'father' read to her, called "I Am a Cat". Thus, Neko remembered how the cat in the book lives independently and without depending on others, hence decided to live as a cat named Neko. Afterwards, she lived as a stray cat on the campus of Ashinaka High School, frequently stealing or hiding from the occupants or robots. She didn't have anyone who was nice to her until she met Shiro.
- Does Not Like Spam: She doesn't like vegetables, being a cat and all.
- A Dog Named Dog: Neko is Japanese for "cat."
- Empathy Pet: As a cat to Shiro, she can understand when he's not feeling well.
- Fun Size: Her cat form is incredibly small and cuter as a result.
- Funny Background Event: Source of many of these.
- Genki Girl: Extremely playful and energetic, even when someone is after Shiro's life!
- Godiva Hair: She has no clothing when she switches from her cat form to human form. Her long hair covers the naughty bits.
- Go Through Me: Played for Laughs. When Kuroh prepares to cut down Shiro in his room, Neko jumps in front of Shiro to protect him. Seeing as how she's naked, Kuroh reacts to the sight by blushing and then turning his face away in embarrassment, affording Shiro an easy getaway.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Neko either has really light pink hair, pink hair with white highlights, or white hair with pink shading. It could even be seen as pale lavender. It is as light in color as Shiro's white-with-grey-shading hair (which is really impressive considering it's white), but it's often interpreted in fan-art and cosplay and even some promotional artwork as bright cotton-candy pink (compare her portrait in this character page to the image on the main page). Of course, it doesn't help one bit that the color seemingly changes from scene to scene depending on the lighting.
- Idiot Hero: She nearly blows her, Shiro, and Kuroh's cover big time because she was bored. And she did so by yanking around the steering controls for the helicopter they were in.
- Inexplicably Awesome: Where she got her (very unique) powers is left even more mysterious than the rest of the powers in the series, which at least have a consistent shared origin. There are only three other characters who are Strains. Two of them are not in the actual show, and the other has less extravagant powers.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Since she's a cat-turned-human, she doesn't like (or possess) clothes. Yashiro spends much of Episode 2 trying to convince her to at least wear his jacket.
- Invisible to Normals: Neko can run around naked in her human form without anyone noticing, and when she bumps into someone they're not sure what happened. It's part of her power to manipulate people's senses.
- I Will Find You: With Kuroh, her main goal from the end of the first season and throughout the movie is to find Shiro.
- Japanese Pronouns: Uses 'wagahai'. Clearly a Shout-Out to I Am a Cat (Wagahai wa Neko de aru), to the point of using that exact line to introduce herself.
- This Shout-Out is significant in that the story was part of the reason why she chose to live like a cat.
- Leitmotif: "Kitten", an upbeat and playful tune.
- Mark of the Supernatural: She has a green left eye and blue right eye in her human form, which makes her look far from normal. She's not, of course, and is quickly identified as a Strain, an individual with supernatural powers that were not given by a King. Her specialty is creating illusions and modifying the memories of the people around her with her presence.
- Master of Illusion: Can easily mess with the five senses of her victims, thus making it seem as if she could create illusions.
- The McCoy: The most emotional and impulsive member of the main trio.
- Memory-Wiping Crew: Revealed to be the one responsible for altering the memories of the people around her, including Shiro and the students at the high school, making them all believe that people they met for the first time were longtime friends. The memory-changing effect doesn't seem to work with phones, though.
- Ms. Fanservice: The time she spends without clothing includes even the ending theme.
- Naked First Impression: Suddenly turns into a human on Shiro's bed. Naturally flustered, he offers his jacket.
- Naked People Are Funny: Both Shiro and Kuroh's awkward reactions to her nudity highlight this.
- Naked on Arrival: Her human form's first appearance has her naked. Justified since she's a cat so she usually doesn't wear any clothes.
- No Sell: Her power of altering peoples' perception can be almost immediately dissipated by a King if they become aware of its effect.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Neko" is only the name she decided to use after she decided to live as a cat. She doesn't even remember her original name. In the second season, it's revealed her real name is Miyabi Ameno.
- Only One Name: She used to have a proper name back when she lived as a girl, but has since abandoned it after deciding to live as a cat (Neko).
- Plucky Comic Relief: Provides most of the upbeat comedy, as she's the only one consistently giddy and happy-ish.
- Randomly Gifted: She is a Strain, an individual with supernatural powers that were not given by a King.
- Rapunzel Hair: Knee-length hair.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Her hair is pink (at least rose-colored) and she's a very energetic and playful cutie.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: When rewinding Shiro's memories, she wears an old-fashioned brown director's suit, complete with giant golf cap and baggy coat. Very 20s.
- Squishy Wizard: Her illusionary powers are amazing, but she has no fighting skills.
- Sweater Girl: A simple sweater gown
- This Is My Human: "Shiro is Neko's Shiro!" and "I found you, that means you're mine!" spring to mind.
- The Trickster: Her illusions to slow down Kuroh include fluffy, giant cats with slasher smiles. She also enjoys seeing Kuroh slam himself into walls she suddenly produces.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kuroh.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: She has a cat and human form.
- Waistcoat of Style: During the aforementioned memory-recovery sequence.
"No blood! No bone! No ash!"
Also known as the Red Clan, HOMRA is a gang where bonds run thicker than blood. All the members have the ability to control fire. Led by Mikoto Suoh, the Red King, their headquarters are located in a bar owned by Izumo Kusanagi.Below are tropes that apply to HOMRA as a whole:
- Achey Scars: All the clansmen's tattoos glow an angry red and start to hurt when Mikoto is about to die.
- Badass Crew: They like fighting, and are incredibly good at it as a team.
- Band of Brothers: The clansmen share bonds that run deeper than blood, and killing one of them is a surefire way to provoke an extremely violent response. Additionally. it's assumed (though not stated) that only men have joined HOMRA, except for Anna who doesn't even possess fire powers like the others.
- Leitmotif: "IKari".
- Meaningful Name: "HOMRA" seems like a pretty random name, until you realize that "Homura" in Japanese means "flame".
- Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: They are extremely loyal to their members, and killing one of their members is mentioned to be the best way to get on their bad side. They only seem to beat up people who deserve it.
- Playing with Fire: Fire powers are part of the package. Being initiated in the clan requires passing a test where Mikoto's flame does not burn you.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: HOMRA is disorganised, fiery and bonds mean everything to it. In contrast, SCEPTER4 is disciplined, everyone wears the same uniform, and the relationships within the clan seem to be professional instead of friendly.
- Rebel Relaxation: Homura as a whole gives off a rebel, street atmosphere.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When they use their powers.
- Revenge Before Reason: None of them care about the circumstances behind Totsuka's murder or how much damage they do in the process of killing his presumptive murderer. Or, for that matter, that they're attacking another king.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: There is a Shinto theme going with the members in their last names:
- Izumo Kusanagi is named after the sword of Kusanagi, one of Japan's three imperial regalia.
- Tatara Totsuka is named after the Totsuka blade, Susanoo's sacred sword.
- Misaki Yata is named after the Mirror of Yata, the third of Japan's imperial regalia.
- Anna Kushina is named after Kushinada-hime, the princess from the story of Orochi.
- Mikoto Suoh is named after a title for the gods.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "HOMRA", "Homura" or even "Howling Flame"?
The Third King, also known as the Red King. A stoic man of few words, he is the leader of HOMRA. Mikoto is captured by SCEPTER4 in the beginning of the series.
- Animal Motifs: The lion. Very apathetic, always sleeping, but incredibly powerful and naturally charismatic. When he's around, it's obvious who's in charge. His hair even looks sort of like a lion's mane. When fighting an enemy who tries invading his mind in Episode 9, Mikoto is represented by a lion made of flames that easily repels the enemy.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Red hair, golden eyes, fire user...
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Comes with being a King. He is the most powerful fire user and can wipe SCEPTER 4—sans their King—with little effort.
- Badass Boast: In an episode preview, probably the source of HOMRA's motto.Mikoto: "I won't leave a trace. Neither blood nor bone nor ash will remain."
- Bad Dreams: According to the prequel manga, he suffers from recurrent nightmares.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: A male/male version with Tatara. This characterized his relationship with Tatara who was the only one able to reassure him about his powers and let him feel relaxed whenever he was feeling stressed out.
- Bullet Dodges You: It's shown in the manga that bullets can't even touch him thanks to his powers being able to block them.
- Burning with Anger: Literally in Episode 6, when he remembers what Tatara's murderer said in the video clip after shooting Tatara.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Has literal red hair and is often portrayed with darker skin in official art.◊
- Death Seeker: Relentlessly pursues Tatara's killer despite the increasing deterioration of his Sword of Damocles and refuses to back down peacefully from his attack on the school in order to force Reisi to kill him. In the final episode, after he successfully completes his revenge by ending the Colorless King's life with his own hands, he simply opens his arms out and embraces death at either Reisi's hands or his own falling Sword of Damocles.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: After Reisi runs through Mikoto with his sword, Mikoto slowly leans against him and hugs him briefly, while saying something to him, before slumping to the ground if Reisi didn't catch him.
- Elemental Hair: He has red hair, and he uses fire.
- Expy: Of Spitfire, from Air Gear. They both have red slicked-back hair, control fire and are kings. They're even voiced by the same voice actor.
- Fiery Redhead: Downplayed. While he has an outwardly taciturn and cool personality, he's also said to possess quite a fiery temper and has a tendency towards violence.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Has tons of it with Reisi starting with their suggestive, almost flirtatious conversation in prison, which is later followed up by Reisi leaning down so close to Mikoto at one point that their faces are only inches apart.
- Friendly Enemy: To Reisi.
- A Good Way to Die: After avenging Tatara, he smiles peacefully and spreads his arms wide open as he waits for his death at either Reisi's hands or from his own Sword of Damocles as it comes crashing down above his head.
- Killed Off for Real: He was Mercy Killed by Munakata so that his sword of Damocles wouldn't fall and cause another disaster like the Kagutsu Crater.
- Mangst: Is implied to be suffering heavily from this after Tatara's death, but since he doesn't emote openly he only has troubled dreams about it instead. The fact that his powers are also going out of control adds more to his burden.
- Papa Wolf: He is very protective of his gang members and treats them as if they were family members. Hurt one of the HOMRA members, and he will hunt you down. He shows a bit of his Papa Wolf side in episode 9 when the Colorless King calls him up and provokes him by threatening the lives of the HOMRA members and even threatening to rape Anna.
- Person of Mass Destruction: It's mentioned that, when he's serious, he's on the level of a natural disaster. In the last episode he nearly destroys his surroundings after his Sword of Damocles begins to fall.
- Playing with Fire: Obviously. In a break from the usual Color-Coded Elements, his fire is always bright violet or pink.
- Poor Communication Kills: Or at least turns one "traitor." Supplementary material imply that he cares about Saruhiko's well-being as much as he does any of his loyal followers in HOMRA, but because he has a hard time expressing it and Saruhiko's unable to shake his fear of him and his power, it never quite gets through.
- Power Degeneration: His Weismann level is reaching its limit, and in Episode 6 his hand is shown to be charred black by his own powers, demonstrating his loss of control. His Sword of Damocles is also in a state of decay. By the season finale, he finally exceeds his Weismann level after killing another King, and his Sword of Damocles nearly falls on him (which would have triggered a Super Power Meltdown). This is narrowly averted by Reisi's Mercy Kill.
- Psychic Block Defense: Episode 9 implies he uses this to defend his mind from the intrusion of Tatara's killer and drive him out again.
- Reluctant Ruler: He doesn't seem too fond of being a king as shown in Episode 6 when he wonders aloud why he had to become one.
- Revenge Before Reason: He wants to get revenge for Tatara more than anything else and is willing to endanger himself, his clansmen, and even the entire city to seek out the murderer.
- Self-Restraint: Mikoto willingly surrenders to SCEPTER 4 at the start of the series so he could be closely watched by another king who would be the only one able to stop him in case he undergoes a Super Power Meltdown. As a result, he stays imprisoned for eight episodes straight (nearly half the season). However, by Episode 9, he breaks out of the prison in seconds as soon he finds out where Tatara's killer has been hiding all along.
- Smoking Is Cool: Like Izumo, he smokes a lot.
- Sorry That I'm Dying: "I'm sorry...Anna. I won't be able to show that lovely red anymore."
- The Stoic: You'd expect fiery powers to be accompanied by a fiery personality, but unless he gets angry, he's very laid-back and doesn't talk a lot.
- Suicide by Cop: He forces Reisi to kill him before his Sword of Damocles can fall completely to the ground and wipe out everyone around him.
- Super Empowering: As shown in the prequel manga, he can induct someone into his clan and bestow his powers onto them if they pass a dangerous test (wherein they must shake his hand while it's on fire) to prove their worthiness.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: As a king, his eye color seems to indicate both his powerful status and supernatural powers. However, the feline quality of his gold eyes is also evoked by Izumo who comments that Mikoto probably would be happier if he'd been a lion living in a savanna.
- Together in Death: His death can be seen as a way to reunite with Tatara since Mikoto stayed quite depressed for most of the series after Tatara was murdered, and finally seemed to be at peace when he avenged him upon which he willingly accepted his own death.
- Tragic Bromance: Was extremely close to Tatara and his death had a tremendous psychological impact on Mikoto, since it continues to affect his behavior for the entire anime up until his own death.
- Tragic Keepsake: His earring used to belong to Totsuka.
- Tsundere: Shows shades of this, especially around Tatara and Anna. Less in a "baka I didn't do that for you" sort of way, but more in the "I'm calling you dumb and telling you to take care of yourself but acting like I don't give a crap" way.
- Wake-Up Fighting: After Eric tries to assassinate him in the manga. The moment he touches him, Mikoto instantly awakens and nearly roasts him alive with his powers if he didn't happen to miss and burn a hole in the nearest wall instead.
- Worthy Opponent: To Reisi. As shown in the conversation between him and Reisi in one of the radio dramas, they may hate each other but still respect each other as Kings and understands each others' loneliness as Kings.
- Wreathed in Flames: Whenever he activates his powers, although it resembles a Battle Aura more than actual flames.
- The Lion : To Reisi's Wolf.
"As long as that video exists, we will be able to get somewhere."
The tender of the bar that serves as the HOMRA headquarters. He is also Mikoto's second in command.
- The Bartender: The bar he tends is the location where the HOMRA members assemble.
- Berserk Button: If you hurt his bar counter (imported from an English pub, very expensive), you'll pay.
- The Big Guy: Is the strongest in HOMRA after Mikoto, and as such on big missions takes on the role of the powerhouse.
- Blonde Guys Are Evil: Seems to be so in the first episode, but then subverted as the series goes by.
- Cool Shades
- Expy: Of Shizuo from Durarara!! appearance-wise, right down to the smoking and being a bartender.
- Friendly Enemy: Seri is a frequent visitor at his bar and the two get along well despite their clans being at odds.
- Gratuitous French: When taking Seri's drink order, he says, "Oui, mademoiselle."
- Kansai Regional Accent: Speaks in Kyoto dialect, but it doesn't get adapted in the English track.
- Leitmotif: Kusanagi Izumo.
- Number Two: The second in the HOMRA hierarchy, apparently leading operations in Mikoto's absence.
- Odd Couple: With Totsuka in all the expansion material set before the anime timeframe, where they usually did some kind of Boke and Tsukkomi Routine to counteract the quirky HOMRA crew's antics, but also managed the likes of Bad Cop and Badder Cop on occasion. It turns out he was quite affectionate around him, to the point Totsuka sometimes lamented on being treated like a kid.
- Only Sane Man: Made most evident when compared to the other members in the manga.
- Ordered Apology: Forces Yata and Rikio to apologize to his bar when they dent it while roughhousing.
- Papa Wolf: Frequently shows himself to be protective of Anna.
- Parental Substitute: After the events of the movie, he acts as this to Anna. By extension, he's also this to the entirety of Homra being the most level-headed member.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to every other (with the exception of Anna and Totsuka) Homra members' Red. He's actually very cool-headed and calm when not dealing with danger.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a black jacket over a shirt, long trousers, and a red scarf.
- Ship Tease: With Seri, they are shown having friendly banter and even an Almost Kiss in K: Memory of Red.
- Smoking Is Cool: Can't be seen without a cigarette. He even uses the burning cigarette ashes to send fireballs hurtling at Shiro at one point.
- Surprisingly Good English: Despite having a distinctive Japanese accent, as he is Japanese, he speaks English very well.
- Izumo (completely in English): This is the guy we are... looking for. See? Look at the gun he has - it's from your place. Don't you know anything about it? (smirk) Relax... and take your time to remember.
She succeeds Mikoto Suoh as the new Red King.
- Animal Motifs: Upon awakening as the Red King, a phoenix emerges from Anna's flames; this could perhaps symbolize the rebirth of HOMRA under a new king.
- Badass Adorable: Could you believe this adorable doll-like little girl is the new Red King?
- Body to Jewel: Ever wondered where her red marbles came from? She forms them using her own blood.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: She's the youngest member of the cast and she becomes the new Red King and leader of HOMRA in The Movie.
- Crystal Ball: Her red marbles act like this when used for scrying.
- Damsel in Distress: She gets kidnapped by the Green Clan in The Movie, since they need her powers to find Shiro, and before that, by a powerful member of the Gold Clan and his henchmen in SIDE:RED, in order to try and create the Blue King, before Reishi appears in the scene.
- Dark and Troubled Past: As Kusanagi, Totsuka and Fushimi come to realize in SIDE:RED, the car crash of Anna's parents was purposefully arranged by a powerful member of the Gold Clan, since they wouldn't hand her back to the Strain research (and experimentation) center fronting as an ordinary hospital (unknown to the Gold King). In there, the seven-year-old Anna turns out to have been drowned and burned then healed by them continuously so as to make the best "use" of her clairvoyant powers for when they make her a King.
- Disability Superpower: Anna is color blind, but she can still see colors when she looks at the world through her red marble, which also lets her read people's minds.
- Dream Walker: In the side novel, she once went into the barren landscape that is Mikoto's dreamscape and had a conversation with him.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Gothic dress and pale doll-like skin. It really contrasts with the other members who are plainly-dressed.
- Emotionless Girl: Perpetually expressionless and talks very little.
- Hair Decorations: A red ribbon and miniature hat on her head, making her look even younger.
- Happily Adopted: By everyone in HOMRA, who dote on her.
- Heroic Albino: She has white hair, pure white skin and red eyes.
- Hot Wings: She earns a pair of fire wings after becoming the new Red King.
- Leitmotif: "Kushina Anna"
- Little Miss Badass: Don't underestimate her for her appearance. This cute little girl is the new Red King.
- Living Lie Detector: Since her red marbles can read minds, she can see whether someone is lying.
- Mystical White Hair: It seems to signify she has special abilities, since she can use a tool to tell whether someone is lying and to locate people.
- Nephewism: She was left in her aunt's care after her parents died.
- Nice Hat: A cute little top hat on a ribbon.
- Parental Abandonment: Both of her parents died early on in her life.
- Parents in Distress: She continued to try to endure torturous experimentation by a faction of the Gold Clan in SIDE:RED so as to protect her aunt and surrogate mother Honami, but her resolve wavered on becoming the Blue King and fighting Mikoto back with that power, since in reality she wanted to be saved. Not to mention she's seven years old at the time.
- Pimped-Out Dress: She wears a gothic lolita style red dress full of layered ruffles.
- Playing with Syringes: In SIDE:RED it's revealed that the hospital center under the Gold King's branch (unknowingly to him) had her "arranged" under their care in order to create a King. Because her powers of clairvoyance require her to "take in the outside world", her true danger is when, under pressure, she "releases" what she takes in. So that she has powers useful to them to "take in"....the Center has her drowned and burned.
- Power Gives You Wings: Once she learns to control her Red King powers, she can manifest a pair of fire wings in battle.
- Power Incontinence: Since she's still very young and her powers awakened recently, she doesn't have much control over her Red King powers. By the second season, she has gained great control of her powers.
- The Quiet One: Even around Mikoto, she usually stays silent observing the people around her.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Red eyes, white hair, pale skin, special abilities, appears emotionless and quiet and is very attached to her boss.
- Rule of Symbolism: There used to be five of her red marbles. The night Tatara was gunned down, one of the beads splintered and broke. This is why she has only four in the main timeline.
- Say My Name: She screams out Mikoto's name in anguish after realizing he died.
- Sensor Character: She can use her red marbles to locate someone on a map.
- She Is the King: She becomes the new Red King in The Movie.
- The Stoic: Her facial expression almost never changes.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Comes off as a very distant and quiet Emotionless Girl, but Anna actually just keeps her stronger emotions locked up so she doesn't hurt anyone. Deep down, she's a caring and sweet girl.
- Telepathy: She can read minds by looking at someone through her red marble.
- Token Mini-Moe: The only child member of the cast, in a clan otherwise full of adult males.
- Took a Level in Badass: In The Movie, Anna awakens as the new Red King.
The loudest and brashest member of HOMRA. He's childish, aggressive and quick-tempered.
- Adorkable: His combination of brash Hot Bloodedness and innocence is very charming, especially in the presence of girls.
- Ambiguously Bi: In Lost Small World, he monologues after his and Saruhiko's first adventure together (along with Saruhiko's cousin) that he wants to befriend him "because he felt so excited his whole body trembled. Because he wanted to see him laugh." When waking up to see Saruhiko's father the first time, he sleepily thinks "ah, that guy with a quiet face will grow up to be this handsome." Later on, his asking Saruhiko to move in with him is written very much like elopement, with his eyes sparkling as he tells him that he means the world to him, and Saruhiko flushing in response. He also gets very flustered around girls, blushing and stammering, so there you have the other side of his spectrum.
- Batter Up: His Weapon of Choice is a baseball bat.
- Berserk Button:
- Do not insult Mikoto in front of him. Or HOMRA, for that matter. And, to a lesser extent, calling him by his first name. Saruhiko pushes all of these buttons painfully well with just one sentence that triggers him into Unstoppable Rage.
- In fact, Saruhiko is a walking Berserk Button for him because he defected to SCEPTER 4 when Misaki spent more time with HOMRA than him. Misaki doesn't get why he did it and is deeply hurt because of it, though he would never admit it.
- Cannot Talk to Women: He has trouble communicating with the female students in Ashinaka High, and is particularly protective of them.
- Cool Board: He uses his skateboard to pull crazy acrobatic stunts during fights.
- Devoted to You: Saruhiko is so obsessed with him that he joined SCEPTER 4 so that Misaki would pay more attention to him.
- Does Not Like Spam: Does not like milk as stated by Saruhiko, who apparently had to drink all of that for him back in school. That's a possible explanation for his height... Though he eventually could, unlike Saruhiko's inability to eat his vegetables, which Misaki considers a metaphor for why he could "move on" and Saruhiko could not.
- Embarrassing First Name: His first name, Misaki, is feminine-sounding, causing him a bit of a complex. Hence he always asked everyone to call him Yata, although he used to allow Saruhiko to call him by his first name when they were alone.
- Expy: Possibly of Zelman Clock from Black Blood Brothers. They resemble one another and even share the same voice actor.
- Fat and Skinny: Skinny to Rikio's fat.
- Fiery Redhead: Impulsive, brash, short-tempered and positively flips when he sees Kuroh the second time. As a member of HOMRA, his powers fittingly consist of fire.
- First Name Basis: Saruhiko, due to them knowing each other since they were students, calls him by his first name. After their friendship breaks, it's mostly to piss him off.
- Also, Anna uses his first name several times in the Memory of Red manga. She seems to have permission as Yata never offers even a token objection.
- Floral Theme Naming: "Misaki" means "beautiful blossom".
- Foil: To Saruhiko. He's short, loud, Wouldn't Hit a Girl, looks like a middle schooler and...let's face it, he's an idiot. And more grounded.
- Gender-Blender Name: The characters that make up his first name, "Misaki", mean "beautiful bloom" in Japanese.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He has a short temper and pushing his buttons is easy, especially if your name is Fushimi Saruhiko.
- Hates Being Alone: So much that he'd rather still be with his asshole friends in middle school than to have found out what they really thought of him.
- Hidden Depths:
- He got into what's implied to be a high-tier middle school for the rich, and despite many people calling him an idiot, even himself, he's actually very perceptive of others' feelings, such as his easily realizing Saruhiko's cousin Aya actually cared about Saruhiko despite always being open about despising him.
- In a similar fashion, he's very emotive towards Anna's ordeal, often berating himself for giving her trouble when she carries some of the heaviest burden in HOMRA after Missing Kings.
- Hot-Blooded: See Fiery Redhead. He just can't calm down.
- In-Series Nickname: Yatagarasu. Also, Yata-chan by Kusanagi.
- Image Song: "WILD CROW".
- Improbable Weapon User: He uses his skateboard to attack people.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his short temper and abrasive personality, he cares deeply for the rest of HOMRA and was devastated by Tatara's death.
- Kubrick Stare
- Last Name Basis: Even his closest friends in HOMRA call him "Yata", sometimes with the affectionate honorific "-chan", which may imply that he has a complex about his first name.
- Leitmotif: "Yata MisaKi".
- Lethal Chef: Subverted in one of the radio dramas, where Misaki wanted to cook something for Izumo, and Rikio was absolutely positive that his cooking would be absolutely atrocious (the resulting food apparently looked rather gross, too). It was surprisingly delicious. Although, that may possibly just signify a One-Note Cook.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Saruhiko.
- Luminescent Blush: Whenever he talks to girls.
- Made of Iron: He's almost perfectly fine even after Kuroh elbowed him roughly in the gut and threw him into the air, as well as when he crushed him with a giant bulletin board ten times his size.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: He gets mocked this way by Saruhiko who makes fun of his virginity. It was more of a reference to the fact that he Cannot Talk to Women instead of the literal sense of the word, though.
- Manly Tears: He's usually tough and looks thuggish, but he was very emotional and cried during Tatara's and Mikoto's deaths.
- The Napoleon: Short, brash and childish, and has a height complex.
- Oblivious to Love: Even after Saruhiko left HOMRA due to jealousy and his desire for Misaki to notice him, Misaki fails to realize the true reason behind Saruhiko's actions and simply thought of Saruhiko's betrayal as him turning into a different person from before.
- Older Than He Looks: He's 19, but everyone in HOMRA calls him the affectionate "Yata-chan" in regards to his small stature and childish appearance. In the Drama CD, Saruhiko also comments on how he apparently looks more like a middle school student.
- Only Friend: He was the only friend Saruhiko Fushimi ever had, and realising Yata had gained other friends did not sit well with him.
- Quivering Eyes: During the flashback to Saruhiko's betrayal. The look on his face is truly heart-breaking and one gets the feeling he's about to actually start crying.
- Redhead In Green: When he was younger, he wore a long-sleeved green top. Now he wears green trousers.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: In some of the English subtitles and the actual English dub. In the original Japanese, he speaks in a rather crass manner, but he never really swears.
- Super Reflexes: Fast enough to dodge a bullet that interrupted him while he was still talking.
- Supreme Chef: He can cook well, and was able to cook fried rice, porridge and curry at the age of 12. Sometimes, however, he gets too creative - a Running Gag is that he frequently puts pineapples and other fruits into dishes like hotpot or rice porridge, several times to Fushimi's distaste. He always says that he does that as Fushimi does not eat vegetables, but he has to get his vitamins somewhere.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Told Rikio not to interfere in his fight with Saruhiko, even though he was injured.
- Tsundere: A huge type A by default especially around Saruhiko. He still worries about Saruhiko despite his claim to hate him and that his betrayal still hurts deeply.
- Undying Loyalty: Misaki is incredibly devoted to people he wants to stay beside or follow, from Saruhiko in their youth (in Lost Small World, it's shown he initially becomes enamored to Mikoto because Mikoto saves Saruhiko, and Memory of Red confirms how much Saruhiko's betrayal hurt him), to Mikoto-san and HOMRA (he comes to idolizes him, to the point that after he's shut down by Saruhiko, he becomes unwilling or unable to see past Saruhiko's hateful outlook toward them), to Anna, Kusanagi-san and the reassembled HOMRA.
- Useless Accessory: He wears his headphones around his neck all the time. Also the jacket tied around his waist that he never seems to wear.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Saruhiko. They even joined HOMRA together, and the latter's betrayal obviously hurt Misaki. It is show multiple times that it still hurts and that he has hope left that his best friend is still in there somewhere. Also, his awesome wristwatch was a gift from Saruhiko and that he didn't toss it means he doesn't actually hate him.
- The Worf Effect: Misaki enters the show spectacularly by beating up tons of mafia goons single-handedly. He then proceeds to get owned by Kuroh twice, and then partially owned by Saruhiko before Seri butts in.
- Would Hurt a Child: Punches and hits Sukuna with his metal bar weapon during their fight in episode 12. Justified as Sukuna is a dangerous enemy clansman.
"Y-Yata, stop! What's the point of fighting this monkey here?!"
Misaki's buddy, a large man who wears shades. He can change his body weight according to the season, being fat during winter and thin during summer.
- Badass Beard: Has a goatee during wintertime.
- Beautiful All Along: Many fangirls squealed when they saw his summer appearance.
- Big Beautiful Man: To those who prefer him when he's fat and see him as a tasteful aversion to the stereotypical portrayal of fat characters in anime.
- Big Fun: Again, only during winter. He loses quite a bit of weight in summer.
- The Big Guy
- Butt Monkey: Often the end of Misaki's childish temper tantrums.
- Childhood Friend: Was a part of Misaki's friend group back when they were in first grade, and falls back into getting along with Misaki easily because of that, giving him a pretty good opening in finding a comfortable environment in HOMRA.
- Cool Shades: He is shown to be wearing them all of season one until they fall off in episode thirteen.
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- Fat and Skinny: With Misaki. Averted during summer.
- Made of Iron: Misaki threw him, head-first, into Izumo's bar counter, and there was a sickening crash. He came back unscathed.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He's the only male character who doesn't conform to the pale, slender Bishonen-style aesthetic. Later subverted when it's revealed that he can actually change from looking fat or skinny according to the different seasons. During wintertime, he's fat and bearded, but in summer when he loses weight and shaves the beard it's shown that he's actually Beautiful All Along.
"Hello there. I'm here to take some pictures of the night-time scenery, but what about you? My name is Tatara Totsuka, what's yours?"
The kindest, nicest member of HOMRA. He was killed by Yashiro before the story began. His death is one of the events that set the plot into motion.
- Actual Pacifist: Tatara isn't a big believer in violence.
- Alliterative Name
- Blood from the Mouth: He received a fatal gun injury and ended up dying like this.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: A rare male/male version. He was the gentle boy to Mikoto's brooding.
- Camera Fiend: In the manga especially, he was shown to love recording things with his camera. The tape which he took seconds before his death displayed the face of his murderer, who looked suspiciously alike to Yashiro.
- Catch Phrase: "Don't sweat it. It'll will work out somehow."
- Dies Wide Open: His eyes were only partly open, but still.
- Doomed by Canon: The prequel manga fleshes him out, but it's already a given that he dies.
- Lack of Empathy: Assumes this of himself, as does his neglectful and useless adoptive father who'd leave him alone for weeks at a time—sometimes without water or electricity—as a mere child, saying he's actually "cold" and doesn't care for others—till it all changes when he meets Mikoto and decides he wants to protect him and those that anchor him. Both Anna and Saruhiko describe him as calm amidst fire, but also use terms like "warm," and it may just be that like Anna, he'd muted his emotions in order to deal with his situation in life.
- Leitmotif: "TotsuKa Tatara", a heartwrenchingly heartbreaking song.
- The Lost Lenore: To Mikoto, in a non-romantic way (probably). His death had a tremendous psychological impact on Mikoto and continues to affect him through the entire anime.
- Morality Chain: SIDE:RED emphasizes that while Mikoto was the King that HOMRA adored and Izumo gave them the security of "home," he was by and large the glue that held HOMRA together, but most importantly, was there to stop Mikoto from going too far and letting his cynical and "beastly" side overtake him. Saruhiko even muses he has the quality to be a King.
- Nice Guy: Easily the nicest person in HOMRA, whether it came to his clansmen or strangers. He even treats Saruhiko as if the betrayal had never happened. For example, telling him how Misaki is doing or sewing a doll that looks just like him.
- No Badass to His Valet: Mikoto couldn't scare Tatara even if he tried. Even when other people told him that hanging around Mikoto was dangerous, Tatara continued to do so with no fear.
- Non-Action Guy: In fact, he's said to be the only member of HOMRA who never fought or used violence.
- Odd Couple: With Izumo in all the expansion material set before the anime timeframe, where they usually did some kind of Boke and Tsukkomi Routine to counteract the quirky HOMRA crew's antics, but also managed the likes of Bad Cop and Badder Cop on occasion. It turns out Izumo was quite affectionate around him, to the point Tatara sometimes lamented on being treated like a kid.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death is what causes the HOMRA clan to seek out his murderer who they believe is Shiro.
- The Pollyanna: Is always optimistic no matter what the situation.
- Posthumous Character: Tatara is already dead by the start of the series, so we learn about him through flashbacks and supplementary materials.
- Protectorate: For Mikoto. It's outright stated in the manga that hurting Tatara is a quick way to press the Red King's Berserk Button.
- Sacrificial Lamb: His death is used to establish his killer's cruelty and madness .
- Sorry That I'm Dying: To Misaki and Izumo when they find him bleeding to death.
- Suicidal Pacifism: He nearly gets stabbed by Eric Surt in the manga because of this, before getting rescued by Kousuke. It even gets lampshaded by his rescuer, who tells him that he'll wind up dead one day if he continues being defenseless around others.
- Stepford Smiler: Known to assume this—Izumo even thinks Tatara's ability to smile through struggle is a key reason HOMRA's able to tough out bad situations, and relies on that smile himself.
- Together in Death: With Mikoto, as shown in the movie.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: One of the few characters who is genuinely and unambiguously good and ended up dying out of cruelty.
- Torture Technician: Surprisingly invoked in SIDE:RED through Izumo leading them into a "conversation" with the enemy, wherein Tatara smoothly acknowledges that his low-key power allows him to specialize in more "subtle methods" of extracting information, and gives the enemy a taste of it—and as soon as they manage to get where they need to, Tatara wails that Izumo should stop dragging him into his skits, since he prefers more peaceful methods of negotiation.Izumo: It was plenty peaceful, wasn’t it? In the end, he told us the way to the basement without any further violence.
- Tragic Bromance: With Mikoto.
- Weak, but Skilled: Totsuka is hands-down the weakest HOMRA member, yet his control over his flames is second to none, being able to shape it into various forms at will and even pick a lock silently by precisely burning the necessary parts.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Little is given away about Tatara in the anime, and his death is acknowledged after six chapters in the manga. Flashbacks are used to flesh him out.
- Subverted in the prequel manga which has him as a main character, up to the final chapter where he dies.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He truly believed Mikoto would one day make a true and great King, so he became his first follower. He also avoided violence.
"I have become powerful. I can fight on my own, now..."
Voiced by: Saitou Hironori (Japanese), Christopher Corey Smith (English)
A young man who joined HOMRA for the single wish of gaining the power to save his childhood friend from being used by drug dealers, but later realizes there is more to HOMRA than just power, and becomes fiercely loyal. He is the main character of the first two chapters of the manga K - Memory of Red.
- Affectionate Nickname: "San-chan" for Bandou.
- Always Someone Better: Is seen this way by Bandou.
- Ascended Extra: Went from a reoccurring background character to a large role in the first two chapters of K-Memory of Red.
- Childhood Friends: With Bandou and an unnamed girl.
- I Will Protect Her: For his female childhood friend whom he saves.
- Oblivious to Love: Justified, as he was a kindergartner back then.Bandou: Why did you kiss Saya-chan?!Shouhei: (innocent) Eh? It's because Saya-chan wanted to kiss me.
- Naïve Newcomer: In the prequel manga. Averted in the anime where he's already become an experienced member.
- Nice Hat
- Spit Take: When his female childhood friend revealed that she was dating a rich drug dealer.
"You moron! Didn't I tell you? Your comrades aren't just people that come with the package."
Voiced by: Junichi Yanagita (Japanese)
Shouhei's best friend since they were young, who has a bit of an inferiority complex towards him.
- Always Second Best: The reason behind his inferiority to Shouhei.
- Anger Born of Worry: After finding out that Shouhei is going to endanger himself by breaking into a drug dealing organization alone, Bandou immediately sets out to follow him and the first thing he does when he finds Shouhei is punch him in the face and then yell at him.
- Ascended Extra: Like Shouhei, went from a reoccurring background character to a large role in the first two chapters of K-Memory of Red.
- Butt Monkey: Gets mistreated frequently by the other HOMRA clansmen in the manga, particularly Misaki.
- Childhood Friends: With Shouhei.
- Cool Shades
- Felony Misdemeanor: His reasons for feeling inferior to Shouhei are revealed to be incredibly petty ones.
- A Friend in Need: He helps Shouhei take down an illegal drug dealing group in the prequel manga despite getting severely injured in the process.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- In the Hood
- Sempai Kouhai: Acts like the sempai to Shouhei's kouhai.
- Taking the Bullet: To protect Shouhei, he took a clean hit from an enemy's crowbar.
- Talking Is a Free Action: When he falls after blocking an attack meant for Shouhei, he says several lines before he lands.
- They Call Me Mr Tibbs: At first he tells Shouhei not to call him "San-chan" anymore but to use the more respectful "Bandou-san". However, he later reveals he likes being called by the nickname more than he lets on since as soon as Shouhei tries to address him differently, Bandou tells him not to.
- Tsundere: Clearly cares very much for Shouhei, but he still tries bullying Shouhei into respecting his higher status and refuses to admit that he cares.Bandou: (after Shouhei tries addressing him differently) Shut up! That's disgusting...! Just call me how you used to call me! *blush*
- Wangst: In-universe, the other HOMRA members treat his inferiority complex like this.
- Voiced by: Kazuki Shimizu (Japanese)
A member of HOMRA who likes visiting clubs and hitting on women, once which almost cost him his life. He is the main character of Chapter 3 of K - Memory of Red.
- Bit Character: In the anime.
- The Casanova: Dewa mentions that after Chitose had a hard breakup he hasn't been able to get seriously involved with another woman.
- Cooldown Hug: Gives one to Maria after remembering what he was going to say to her.
- Handsome Lech
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dewa.
- Love Hurts: The reason why he is unable to get serious with any woman is because of a terrible break-up he once experienced.
- Pinky Swear: He promised Maria that he will hug her and say goodbye when they wake up. When he forgot about it, it drove Maria to try to kill him.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: The reason why Maria is out for his blood.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He seems to prefer running away even when they're trying to kill him.
- In K: Missing Kings, he is absolutely mortified to learn that the ninja he battled with, and hit is a girl.
Voiced by: Akitoshi Kimura (Japanese), Lucien Dodge (English)Chitose's long-suffering friend. He wears a derby hat.
- Bit Character: In the anime.
- Dashingly Dapper Derby
- Friendship Moment: Despite complaining a bit about his friendship with Chitose earlier, Dewa later moves in front of him protectively when Maria arrives.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Somewhat unwillingly with Chitose. He even calls it an "inseparable (but undesirable) relationship".
- Satellite Character: Unfortunately, the manga chapter that was supposed to focus on developing both of them ended up being mostly about Chitose at the expense of Dewa's backstory and characterization.
- Stoic Spectacles
Voiced by: Kouji Takahashi (Japanese)One of the main characters of Chapter 4 and 5 of K - Memory of Red. A young man who was taken in by Fujishima one day, into the bar HOMRA. He turned out to have been sent there by an organization who tasked him to kill either Mikoto Suoh or Tatara Totsuka, both of which he failed at doing so. He was later forgiven by Tatara and given a second chance after Mikoto made him a new member of HOMRA.
- Animal Motifs: The dog as a symbol of servitude to its owner.
- Assassin Outclassin': He fails to kill Mikoto in his sleep or stab the defenseless Tatara (albeit someone else stepped in to save Tatara before it could happen).
- Bilingual Backfire: He tries insulting Yata in English when he first wakes up only for Yata to yell that he can understand him and for Izumo to reprimand him as well.
- Bit Character: In the anime.
- Blinding Bangs: In the anime.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Ultimately subverted.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Implied to have happened to him since he was first found half-dead in a heap of garbage, and had bruises covering his body.
- Easily Forgiven: In the manga after trying to kill both Mikoto and Tatara.
- Forced into Evil: Either he follows his orders or he gets killed for failing.
- In the Hood: His design in the anime has him wearing a hoodie most of the time.
- I Owe You My Life: To Kousuke for saving him from dying and to Mikoto for freeing him from bondage after singlehandedly wiping out the organization he was forced to serve and then making him a new member of HOMRA.
- Jerkass: To most of the other HOMRA clansmen at first, except Kousuke.
- Made a Slave: Or a "dog" as he calls it.
- Parental Abandonment: Both of his parents died in his youth, but unfortunately they were part of a criminal organization that took him in afterward and then horribly mistreated him.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside
- Tears of Remorse: When he asks the HOMRA clan to help him.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The first thing he does when he wakes up is insult the people around him. And then he tries to assassinate Mikoto and Tatara.
- Volleying Insults: Often with Yata, whom he enjoyed comparing to a chihuahua due to his small size.
One of the main characters of Chapter 4 and 5 of K - Memory of Red. A kind-hearted young man who took Eric in after finding him lying half-dead on the side of a road. He often tries his best to watch out for his new ward.
- Bit Character: In the anime.
- The Comically Serious
- Friend to All Living Things
- Good Samaritan: For animals mostly, although he'll help an injured person, too, if he thinks they need it.
- Major Injury Underreaction: After getting his hand pierced by a knife, he later has to remind Totsuka he's still in need of medical attention by showing him his bloody hand nonchalantly.
- Nice Guy: He often picks up and brings back injured stray cats or dogs that he finds while walking outside and then takes care of them until they recover. He later does this for Eric as well, and even tries to take all the blame for him despite everything Eric did.
- Not So Stoic: After interrupting Eric's attempt to attack Totsuka by grabbing the blade of his knife barehanded, he angrily asks Eric what he's trying to do and then says he should've forced him to talk earlier. He also looked quite worried when it seemed like Mikoto was about to kill Eric.
- The Quiet One
- The Stoic
"Men, draw your swords!"
The Blue Clan, led by Reisi Munakata. They are the sworn enemies of HOMRA. On the surface, they are a sector in the government, meant to deal with supernatural activities. Though highly organized and technologically advanced, the members lack the strong sense of kinship that the HOMRA members have.Tropes that apply to SCEPTER4 as a whole:
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Scepter 4 is known for order and strictly professional relationships, but when actually shown on screen they tend to interact like they're family. Munakata cares about his men and tries to spend quality time with them, but often fails. The group's relationship is highlighted in K: Days of Blue, most notably in Chapter 2 where Reisi finds a Strain baby outside of Scepter 4's gates, and sends everyone into an uproar when they see him carrying the infant around ( they even speculate if the baby is his illegitimate child ) before his men pitch in and try to help care for it - with hilarious results since Kamo is the only one who seems to know how to take care of a baby. This is shown in Season 1, Episode 11 when a HOMRA member seemingly takes the Blue King down, and everyone is worried about the Captain's safety; it is also showcased more often in K: Return of Kings, where the group is concerned about Reisi's current state and worry about Fushimi when he briefly leaves Scepter 4. In episode 11, when Munakata's life is at stake, they disobey orders to try and help him. Even after Seri herself resigns, the new captain gives orders to protect her and even lets her use her old saber to defend herself.
- Badass Crew
- Barrier Warrior: Most of their powers involve making shields of some sort, usually projected outward to push enemies away.
- Blue Lightning: Although their power appears to be lighting, it's actually water themed. This fits well with how their group works as water will take the shape of any container synonymous with how everyone in the group is expected to 'fill' in their role.
- Flash Step: They all seem to have the ability to do this.
- Honor Before Reason: Like HOMRA, who are a reckless mob by default, SCEPTER 4 doesn't use battlefield tactics even when fighting an armed force (HOMRA) in open ground. This, despite having a trained and disciplined police force who all have consistent ranged weaponry and numbers comparable to the enemy. Instead, they rush in and attack one-on-one.
- Leitmotif: "Karma".
- Out of Focus: Compared to HOMRA. None of the members aside from Reisi, Seri and Saruhiko have been given any sort of character development or (much) backstory so far.
- Pure Energy: Their powers seem to be sort of generally formless, taking the shape of force fields and shock waves.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to HOMRA's Red Oni.
- Shock and Awe
- Tiger Versus Dragon: The Dragon to HOMRA's Tiger.
- Weapon of Choice: Cool Sword. Also, except for Reishi and Saruhiko, most SCEPTER4 members have only been shown channeling their powers through their swords.
"We of Scepter 4 carry out our duties as men of the sword. We do not allow disorder on consecrated land, we do not allow violence in this world, we clear the fog that threatens our boundaries! Men, draw your swords!"
The 4th King, the Blue King. Leader of SCEPTER4.
- Adorkable: A surprisingly interesting variation. While extremely classy and clever, he can be extremely socially awkward, and a Running Gag in the radio dramas is that all the members of Scepter-4, while they do respect and admire him, feel so awkward and intimidated that they frequently politely decline any invitation to a get-together involving Munakata himself. A certain get-together ended up with just him and Fushimi at a restaurant, wherein the latter still eventually abandoned him to chase Misaki.
- Munakata: Hmm... Fushimi-kun sure is taking his time in the toilet. ... Is Fushimi-kun done yet? ... Bill please, to Scepter-4. .... Hah. I'm alone?
- Adjusting Your Glasses: By the bridge with his fingertips.
- A Father to His Men: He sees is squad as his family and goes to great lengths to spend some quality time with them. Even if he has to force them.
- Anti-Magic: He can completely disable the effects of Neko's illusions just by taking one step in the affected area.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Badass Longcoat
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He prefers quietly sipping tea while his clansmen are getting themselves thoroughly thrashed by an enemy, but as soon as he steps out onto the playing field the odds change dramatically in his favor.
- Catch Phrase: "Let's get straight to the point."
- Classy Cravat
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: After Mikoto kills the Colorless King and awaits Reisi to kill him before his Sword of Damocles can fall, Reisi bitterly tells him that they could have avoided this outcome if Mikoto had only done something earlier to prevent it from happening.
- Cultured Badass
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Absolutely crushes Kuroh without even trying.
- Custom Uniform: Being the leader of SCEPTER4, he wears a cravat, unlike the rest of the members who have no neckwear.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Has tons of it with Mikoto starting with their suggestive, almost flirtatious conversation in prison, which is later followed up by Reisi leaning down so close to Mikoto at one point that their faces are only inches apart.
- Seri seems to be envious of their relationship.
- Friendly Enemy: To Mikoto.
- Gentleman Snarker: Especially when he snarks at Seri for ignoring Mikoto's human rights by suggesting they should dope him.
- The Glasses Come Off: When Kuroh punches him in the face.
- And when he fights Mikoto. He doesn't put them back on until after Mikoto is dead, and even makes a joke about it while giving a cute, wry smile as they're fighting.
- He is also shown to be super handsome and sexy without them on.
- Graceful Loser: After Kuroh punches him in the face and escapes from the stadium, he just slowly picks up his glasses, elegantly flicks his hair and smiles, admitting that he was too careless.
- Hair Flip: So fabulous.
- In-Series Nickname: "Boss with Glasses", courtesy of Neko.
- Japanese Pronouns: He uses watashi most of the time, but switches to ore in more personal scenes.
- Jerkass Façade: When faced with the Gold King's probing questions he replies icily, "Suoh Mikoto was not a man suited for friendship. If you will excuse me." but his stumbling, for once, over his words beforehand shows how shaken he still is.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When Shiro offers to share the burden of watching the Slates, Munakata brutally shuts him down by harshly stating Shiro had run away once before and therefore proved himself unreliable. Even Shiro admits that he had that coming.
- Just Toying with Them: For his entire battle with Kuroh in Episode 7 since he was not only dodging every attack easily, but also had one hand behind his back and didn't even bother to draw his sword.
- Kill the Ones You Love: In the final episode, he reveals that personally, as Reisi Munakata, he only wants to help Mikoto. In the end, however, he is still forced to kill him after making a split second, gut-wrenching decision before Mikoto's Sword of Damocles could fall.
- Leitmotif: "MunaKata Reisi", which also doubles as a secondary theme for SCEPTER4.
- Lonely at the Top
- The Needs of the Many: He is forced to kill Mikoto before his Sword of Damocles could fall and kill many innocent people from the resulting destruction it would create.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Drawing his sword from its scabbard.
- Nonchalant Dodge: And Casual Danger Dialog in his fight with Kuroh.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Towards Mikoto and Kuroh.
- Officer and a Gentleman
- Papa Wolf: Not too obvious in the anime itself, but there's a manga side story in which he claims he sees SCEPTER 4 as his family. Yet another way in which he and Mikoto are Not So Different after all.
- This side of him shows in K: Days of Blue when he finds a Strain baby abandoned at the gates of the Scepter 4 Headquarters, and takes the child under his wing; he even acknowledges that he is considering adopting the baby, while holding him tenderly. The baby also seems to enjoy his company, laughing, and gurgling when in his arms.
- It shows again in Return of Kings when he takes all measures to make sure Saruhiko would come back alive from his infiltration of JUNGLE, even if Munakata himself doesn't come out unscathed, or alive; for him, Saruhiko's life is more important.
- Parental Favoritism: Is not immune to this, even if he is not biologically related to any of his men. In a side story it is mentioned that Saruhiko is his favorite.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Reisi uses polite language even when he's insulting someone.
- Pastimes Prove Personality: He likes playing jigsaw puzzles, which indicates his intellectual nature.
- Power Degeneration: It's revealed in the Countdown side manga that his Weismann level is reaching its limit because of the burden of killing another king. There's even a crack in his Damocles.
- After being defeated by Iwafune, his Damocles gets damaged even further.
- Purple Eyes: His eye color seems to indicate both his powerful status and special powers as a king.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite being a stickler with rules, he's willing to listen Shiro that Weismann might be the culprit and investigate him. He's also willing to settle things peacefully with Mikoto and Homra rather than use violence at the risk of the civilians.
- Sadistic Choice: Either he is forced to kill the only person he ever considered his friend or let his Sword of Damocles drop to the ground and kill everyone around them - Mikoto included. He chooses the former, despite the grief it causes him.
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- Smug Smiler: Is he ever.
- Specs of Awesome: Unlike other guys who look dorky and unattractive because they're wearing glasses, he is one of the few who actually look awesome, and super sexy with his glasses on; he also looks this way without them on.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Reisi" or "Reishi"?
- Stoic Spectacles
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Seems cold and calculative, but relaxes around the people he trusts; he shows a warmer side of himself by showing that he is even willing to save members of other clans from a common enemy, such as when he saves Anna from the Green Clan's attack after she collapses from exhaustion, and greets her after she and her clansmen emerge from Mihashira Tower. He could have also ignored Eric's cries for help after the explosion in Season 1, Episode 11, but he chose to save him, even if he ended up getting stabbed in the left abdomen, resulting in the rubble he saved the former from collapsing on them both. He also offers Kuroh and Neko Scepter 4's protection against JUNGLE, even to let them stay at their home base. It's also noticeable how he speaks formally with Seri even when they are alone, but seems to relax, and speak almost casually with Saruhiko, even taking the time to tease him, much to the latter's annoyance, and his amusement. Also, in K: days of Blue, he even considers adopting a Strain baby he found outside of Scepter 4's gates, and shows a fatherly side of himself while cuddling the infant. Later when he chances on Fushimi reluctantly holding the child, and hearing him voice his thoughts, he shares his opinion on family before taking the baby into his arms; his opinion on family also indicates that he is aware of Fushimi's painful past, and why he is the way he is.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Spending time with the Slates seems be having a negative impact on his mental health.
- Tsundere: Towards Mikoto. He complains several times about breathing the same air as Mikoto made him sick, but clearly cared for Mikoto and actually spends a great deal of effort trying to talk to him, such as in Episode 3 where he went to his jail cell just to talk to him, and in Episode 10 when he went to the extent of getting Seri to request Izumo just so that he can spend some time with Mikoto.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Shows shades of this, as he is willing to strip people of their rights to keep everything stable.
- Worthy Opponent: To Mikoto. See Mikoto's section.
- The Wolf : To Mikoto's Lion.
"Yes, of course. And those who cannot manage the situation... have no need for eyes or ears."
Scepter 4's second-in-command, a cold and calculating woman.
- Action Girl: She's the only woman who actively fights alongside the men amongst the cast. However, it's in the Days of Blue manga where her true colors as a fighter are shown. She spends her day off catching dangerous animals sicked on SCEPTER4 while her clansmen cower in fear- even going so far as to kill a snake with her bare hands.
- Big Damn Heroes: She stops the fight between Saruhiko and Misaki before it got even worse.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: Wears a customized uniform emphasizing all of her assets as the only female member of SCEPTER4.
- Dangerously Short Skirt
- Deer in the Headlights: In Episode 9, she freezes when Mikoto launches a powerful fiery vortex at her and her men, forcing Saruhiko to run in front of her and throw up a barrier to try to block it. Episode 11 has her get surprised enough to nearly get beaten by Misaki if Saruhiko didn't protect her again.
- Though it is debatable whether he did it to save her or get Misaki all to himself.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Izumo calls her the "Tundra Woman" which somewhat embarrasses her when Misaki uses it as well when he first meets her, and she later tells Izumo not to say strange things to his clansmen.
- Faux Action Girl: For being SCEPTER4's second in command she certainly doesn't seem to fight much, and whenever she does she's easily beaten. Special mention to that the only move she uses is the same Stock Footage move that's used in the opening. It's exasperated by the fact that she picks fights or displays some measure of arrogance, but scares easy.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe
- Friendly Enemy: With Izumo.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a pretty, tiara-like hair clip on the back of her head which holds her two hair buns together when she's at work.
- Ice Queen: Reisi even comments on her willingness to ignore human rights in pursuit of their goals and Izumo nicknames her the Tundra Queen.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Has piercing light blue eyes, and a cold personality.
- Idiot Hero: She is shown to know squat about taking care of children in K: Days of Blue after Munakata leaves the Strain baby he found at the gates of the Scepter 4 Headquarters in the care of his men so he can attend to business. She and the others are clueless about what to do when the baby starts wailing because he's hungry ( although only Kamo and Fushimi seem to realize this ), orders everyone into battle formation, and draw their swords to contain the situation. Her reaction when Fushimi deadpans that the baby is hungry is priceless enough to make a blockbuster movie seem dull.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes
- Japanese Pronouns: Usually uses the formal "watashi" or even "watakushi" most of the time when on screen, but when speaking to Izumo, she uses the much less formal and more feminine "atashi".
- Lady of War: Especially so in the manga adaptation rather than the anime.
- Lethal Chef: She drowns all of her dishes in red bean paste making them look disgusting.
- Letting Her Hair Down: She is absolutely gorgeous in casual clothes with her hair down.
- Male Gaze:
- Rather narmy, actually. The camera is incredibly blatant about this whenever she's about to swing her sword.
- The exact same animation is reused in each fight (a ridiculous pan from her butt around up to her breasts before she finally swings her sword and fails to do anything useful at all). It goes beyond blatant.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Number Two: To Reisi.
- Pretty in Mink: Her casual wear which she wears when visiting Izumo's bar includes a white fur coat.
- She's Got Legs
- Ship Tease: With Izumo, they are shown having friendly banter and even an Almost Kiss in K: Memory of Red.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She has a cold outer exterior, but she lets her hair down (both literally and figuratively) before her friend Izumo.
- The Squadette
- Trademark Favorite Food: Apparently enjoys red bean paste so much she mixes it into her alcoholic beverages.
- Why Did It Haveto Be Snakes: Can't handle spiders.
"Ah, I forgot. You've always hated it when I called you by your first name, right? Mi... sa... ki...?"
The third-in-command of Scepter 4. A lazy, rather bored young man who is younger than both Reisi and Seri. He used to be a member of HOMRA before he switched sides, claiming that he didn't fit in with them and because he is seeking more power. It turns out another part of it is to get Misaki's attention, and though he won't not admit it, he sees Munakata as the good father figure he never had.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: Pushes them up by the bridge.
- All Your Powers Combined: Despite having left HOMRA, he can still use their fire-based powers and combine them with the powers he gained from SCEPTER4.
- Aloof Big Brother: Although they're second cousins, he's this to Aya in K - Lost Small World. Her feelings over him seem to darken by the time they're in late middle school, and his opinions and assumptions about her grow even worse.
- Ambition Is Evil: He left HOMRA for power, and wants to make Misaki see how well he's doing with it, without him. It turns out in Lost Small World that Misaki and his original goal had been to gain power to topple those who played around with society.
- Attention Whore: Towards Yata. Seeing as he'll go to lengths to just get Yata's attention. Especially obvious in episode 12 when Misaki's attention is shortly drawn towards Shiro's Sword of Damocles. He completely freaks out, raging with jealousy, demanding to have Misaki's attention back on him:Saruhiko: Misaki! Why are you looking away? I am your opponent! I am, remember?!
- This was even more prominent in supplementary materials, where he would deliberately rile up Misaki using childish taunts just to get him to show him some attention.
- Badass Longcoat
- Because You Were Nice to Me: According to an interview with the voice actor, Mamoru Miyano, Fushimi was originally a rather timid person who clung on to Misaki because he's the only one who was nice and actively tried to reach out to him. It's rather tragic.
- Misaki was probably the only person who was willing to keep 'saving' Fushimi because during their first encounter in LSW novel Fushimi complains about Misaki trying to save him from the bullies because he believes that Misaki expects some 'graditude' from him despite Misaki earnestly claiming to want to help him. Although it's likely the reason Misaki stayed with Fushimi is because he Hates Being Alone after his friends abandon him and he admired Fushimi's intelligence.
- Berserk Button: Do not try to interfere with a fight between him and Misaki. Rikio tried, and was immediately attacked by flame-covered daggers, and Saruhiko's maniacal shrieking. Subverted with Seri, possibly because she is his boss and he won't dare to go against her for such a petty reason. It would just backfire on him.
- Another one is taunting him about his mental instability and status as a traitor.
- Bishōnen: In K - Lost Small World, after initially describing Saruhiko as looking lame, when Misaki first meets Saruhiko's dad while half-asleep, he thinks "ah, that guy with a quiet face will grow up to be this handsome." It turns out he does.
- Blood Knight: Has been into pushing Misaki's buttons hard, and can be ruthless against those go against Scepter 4, to the point that other members are taken aback.Saruhiko: I am not interested in this country. I am only interested in blood and flesh.
- Break the Cutie: As expanded on in the Lost Small World novel, he's abused (by his dad) and neglected (by his mom) until his preteens, when he finally finds a best (and only) friend in Misaki who brings solace and brightens his unhappy life with a very close friendship (a [later] "lost small world") and excitement, and soon thereafter escapes his home situation by living together with him, filled with hope that they could topple those who played around with society together. That hope is initially crushed by Jungle, before they're saved by HOMRA from being mobbed, and decide to join them to gain their power. Not too long after that, as they grow comfortable in their life together with HOMRA, he starts to hallucinate his (now dead) abusive dad Niki, and even though HOMRA attempts to support and understand him, he can't bring himself to tell them about his hallucinations. Increasingly bitter that the one person he wants to understand him—Misaki—no longer does, he betrays them, joining Scepter 4...then learns the hallucination are due to the manipulation of the Green Clan, who wanted to separate him from Misaki, the only reason he stayed in HOMRA. This news is brought to him by his cousin Aya, who he despises due to thinking she wants to hurt him, those he loves, and ruin everything good in his life—like Niki—and who'd taken on the username of...NIKI. Saruhiko needs a fucking break. And a hug.Saruhiko: Heroes sure are convenient to have around, but no matter how long you wait for them, they'll never appear in real life.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He has been mentioned to be extremely talented, except that he slacks off more often than not, much to Seri's chagrin. There's a reason he's the third-in-command in SCEPTER4, behind only Seri and Reisi despite his tender age of 19.
- Broken Bird: Very much due to his dad and later, the manipulations of the Green Clan to get him away from HOMRA. His reaction to hearing about his father's death is heartbreaking.
- In Days of Blue, the very honest and forward Hidaka of Scepter 4 realizes Saruhiko's fragile nature when Saruhiko looks genuinely stunned to hear that Hidaka trusts him and cares about his well-being. From then on he makes it a mission of his to try to drag Saruhiko into the Blues' more lighthearted excursions whenever he sees a chance.
- Brutal Honesty: In the short story The King and the Traitor , Mikoto's surprisingly appreciative of how he's one of the few people left willing to speak harsh truths to his face.
- Cain and Abel: With Aya by the end of middle school, with her stating wild-eyed that she'll oppose anyone in her way, including Mikoto and HOMRA, because Saruhiko doesn't "see her," and he basically looks back at her and sees the twisted face of his father. (It's to the point she's even willing to take on the username of NIKI, Saruhiko's dad name.)
- Child of Two Worlds: Even if he's in denial or simply refusing to admit it, both the anime and the beginning of Lost Small World heavily imply that not only did he join the Blue Clan, he is STILL a part of the Red Clan. HOMRA's mark never disappeared, he can still use their red fire in combination with Scepter 4's blue, and when Mikoto dies, he feels the light rise from him and its pain.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He easily knocks out four HOMRA clansmen simultaneously in mere seconds.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The majority of it is due to his dad Niki, who abuses him from childhood to his preteens by attempting to destroy anything he cares about (including, at one point, threatening and possibly almost attempting to set Misaki on fire), because he finds it funny. Part of the reason Saruhiko hates being called Saru is because when Niki first looked at him as a baby, he'd derisively guffawed that he looked like "an ugly little monkey" and demanded that his name have "saru (monkey)" in it because of that, with his mother going along with it, and his majority similarly asshole relatives thereafter finding it funny. He doesn't seem to ever mention this to anyone, though, for good reason.
- Defrosting Ice King: In K - Lost Small World. When he was a child, due to having an absent mother and an abusive father, he was extremely cold and rejected any attempts at being his friend. When Misaki tried to help him out when they were 12, he coldly told him to get lost. Misaki continued to hang around him despite his annoyance, however, and Saruhiko eventually warmed up to him.
- Does Not Like Spam: Does not eat raisins, bamboo shoots and green peppers, and every other type of vegetable. Misaki always helped him eat them back in school.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he is not in wildly jealous-mode over Misaki. He also shows this side of himself in K: Days of Blue when he deadpans that the Strain baby that Munakata found is wailing, and nudging Seri's chest because h's hungry; Seri's reaction to the statement is priceless.
- The Dog Bites Back: Defeated his bullies in a game and got them into debt.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He's dark haired and extremely pale, almost gray, skinned. Misaki even comments on how unhealthy pale he is in a side-novel featuring their early life together.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: When he was back in HOMRA, his hair was surprisingly less unkempt, and similar to Reisi's current hairstyle.
- First Name Basis: With Misaki in their middle school years and the time spent with HOMRA, during which he was the only person whom Misaki allowed to refer to him by his (girlish) first name—though only when they were alone, of course. After their relationship is severed, Misaki starts to call him Saru, which he hates, and he begins to drawl out Misaki's name, which Misaki no longer wants him to say.
- Foreshadowing: In Days of Blue, when Hidaka states "No parent hates their kid!" the panel drops to focus directly on him.
- In Lost Small World, the first sign that Saruhiko's parents care nothing for him is given when Aya, his cousin, tells Misaki over the phone that when Saruhiko was a child, burglars once broke into the house while he was in it, and the first priority of his parents had been to replace the expensive possessions at the front of the house with inexpensive ones. Then Misaki realizes that his parents had left the sick Saruhiko alone—there's a maid that could make his food, but he doesn't trust her. Then, Saruhiko's dad comes home, and it all spirals downward from there.
- Foil: To Misaki. He's tall, a lazy genius, not a gentleman, Younger Than He Looks and not exactly together.
- Friend to All Children: Children love him throughout all the supplementary material despite the fact that he wants nothing to do with them (but somehow, always winds up indulging them—while scowling, of course), a hint to his secretly kind nature beneath his facade of not caring and overwhelming insecurities. Also, in Days of Blue, when he ends up being the one to reluctantly take care of a Strain baby Reisi had found outside of Scepter 4's gates while everyone else goes to take a shower, and is pretty annoyed by the infant's antics, it's noticeable how the child's grabbing onto his finger touches his hidden heart of gold.
- Friend to All Living Things: Some supplementary material also point out that small animals tend to like him.
- Freudian Excuse: Saruhiko's odd behaviour comes from his father's frequent abuse. In fact, his intensely desperate and jealous behaviour whenever Misaki is involved resembles the sadistic behaviour his father, Niki Fushimi, exhibited with him. It was heavily implied in Lost Small World that he acts like that around Misaki so that he does not show weakness, and the fact that he still needs Misaki. According to Word Of God, Saruhiko is a person who "in many ways, stopped maturing since middle school", explaining his emotional instability and childish attempts at getting Misaki's attention, despite his intelligence.
- Part of the reason he betrays HOMRA is due to not only feeling like Misaki, the one person he wants to understand him, no longer does, but the implication that he sees Mikoto as an unreliable King, thinking first of how he was willing to potentially burn two children alive to see if they were made for the Clan or not, from his perspective at least. His anxiety around Mikoto and his fire is brought up more than once in expansions.Seri: Suppose there really is a traitor who’s trembling while covered in cold sweat; I’d say at the very least it’s safe to assume he’s not switching sides because he likes it.
- Part of the reason he betrays HOMRA is due to not only feeling like Misaki, the one person he wants to understand him, no longer does, but the implication that he sees Mikoto as an unreliable King, thinking first of how he was willing to potentially burn two children alive to see if they were made for the Clan or not, from his perspective at least. His anxiety around Mikoto and his fire is brought up more than once in expansions.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: HOMRA apparently picked him up off the streets, and after defecting to Scepter 4 he climbed the ranks to third in command by the time he was 19. For reference, he appears to be the youngest member of Scepter 4 seen yet. And then he leaves the blue clan for JUNGLE...
- Giggling Villain: Not really the "villain" part... But he indulges in evil giggling a lot whenever Misaki is concerned.
- The Glasses Come Off: Accidentally happens when he fights Misaki, indicating that he's not Blind Without 'Em, although he still needs them to see well since he picks them up again shortly afterwards.
- Good with Numbers:Misaki: What is 37 + 21 - 44 x 17 / 4?
Saruhiko: 59.5, if you calculate it from left to right. -129 if you calculate it in the proper order.
Misaki: .... oh. Uh. Right.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's not all that thrilled that Misaki worships the ground Mikoto is on after both were picked up from the streets. It's enough to switch to SCEPTER4 not simply because of power, but due to his envy of HOMRA's importance in Misaki's life that ended up pushing himself further and further away from him.
- Hazy Feel Turn: At some point in his past he was a member of HOMRA, but later betrayed them to join SCEPTER4. Neither side is portrayed as overtly good or evil, though.
- Upgrades to full Face–Heel Turn when he leaves SCEPTER4 and joins JUNGLE.
- High Collar of Doom
- Ignore the Fan Service: In K: Countdown, after Kuroh and Neko trespass Scepter 4 territory and he catches them, Neko, who's upset with Kuroh, creates an illusion of a dozen cats in an attempt to allude them both, which then turn human...and, as in the beginning of K, every single one nude. Kuroh reacts by turning extremely beet red from head to toe, and confesses he's "too immature" to deal with them—while tellingly, Saruhiko's just white as a sheet.
- Image Song: I Beg Your Hate which shows again just how possessive he is of Misaki.
- In-Series Nickname: "Saru" (monkey) by Misaki and HOMRA's men in general. Also "mean glasses" by Neko.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his more frenzied moments in Season 1 (which has the implication of a front he puts on due to intense desperation, jealousy and insecurity, as in later supplementary material and Missing Kings he's typically calm and together even around Misaki), seeming heartlessness towards enemies in Days of Blue, and willingness to use less moral tactics, it becomes evident in his appearances that he's actually kind, with his allowing children to snuggle up to him and sleep on his leg (with a sour face of course), letting Anna (also a child) see White Bean Paste Stewed Tofu, a horse Strain that she'd befriended after it originally ran away from Scepter 4, even after she becomes the Red King and is thus violating countless laws (with a sour face of course), and excusing outsider Clansmen like Kuroh and Neko for trespassing Scepter 4 territory for benign reasons, even showing concern for them. He also shows this side in K: Days of Blue when the Strain baby Munakata found is left in his care while his comrades go to take a shower, and he lets the baby grasp his finger.
- Knife Nut: When he was in HOMRA. He still uses them, in addition to his sword.
- Leitmotif: "Knife", which also doubles as a theme for Saruhiko's broken relationship with Misaki.
- Le Parkour: The opening implies that he is able to do this. It shows him jumping from street light to street light, with his sword between his teeth no less, and he is very quick and agile in the anime proper.
- Loners Are Freaks: In flashbacks, he is rarely shown interacting with the HOMRA members aside from Misaki and when Misaki began idolizing Mikoto and embraced HOMRA, he became more bitter toward HOMRA as a whole.
- Ludicrous Precision: Knows Misaki's height to the nearest 0.1 centimeters. And this is without the latter even knowing his own height to the nearest 10 centimeters.
- Mark of Shame: The burnt HOMRA tattoo on his chest, which is later revealed to have been self-inflicted when he left the clan. It still seems to bother him though, since he scratches it whenever he's around other HOMRA members.
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: There is a scene of him, after joining Scepter-4 and copying some aspects of Niki Fushimi's personality so as to not appear weak, looking into the mirror and seeing an image of his sadistic deceased father staring back at him.
- Nonchalant Dodge: Happened a few times during his battle with Misaki in Episode 5.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: He is the only member of SCEPTER4 to leave his uniform coat unbuttoned and his shirt collar turned up.
- Nothing Up My Sleeve: In episode 5, it's shown that he keeps his throwing knives up his sleeves.
- Not So Stoic
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Towards Misaki. As soon as Rikio tries to get involved in their battle, Saruhiko cuts him off with an attack and then yells at him to stay out of it. Subverted as Saruhiko does not actually want to defeat him as much as he just wants to fight.
- Parental Favoritism: A non-biological version. He is Munakata's favorite, knows this and is not above using it to get something he wants. Like his single room, for example.
- Pet the Dog: Despite leaving HOMRA he still obviously cares for Anna to the point in the radio drama where he's willing to help her get unstuck. Granted, he can't help her because he's not physically strong enough to move the vending machines, but it's the thought that counts. Alas, Seri does not believe him one bit when he tells her he's helping a child out.
- He's also really awkward around children in general, but they tend to be quite fond of him.
- Poor Communication Kills: His being unable to express himself to Aya (and she in turn), HOMRA and Misaki leaves him with a lot to struggle with alone, and even now in Scepter 4 he's barely opened up.
- Psycho Electro
- Psychotic Smirk: Whenever Misaki is involved.
- Quivering Eyes: When Saruhiko thinks aloud about the fact that Tatara may be dead after all, his eyes were clearly quivering and he was visibly upset. Hints towards his Hidden Heart of Gold.
- The Red Mage: He still has his HOMRA powers...
- Single-Target Sexuality: It's always Misaki, Misaki, Misaki. His feelings are very obvious in this radio drama. Poor Izumo doesn't really know how to handle all that heartbreak.
- Slasher Smile: Whenever Misaki is involved.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: His true current nature, more or less, though the shadow of Niki tends to haunt him.
- Specs of Awesome
- Stalker with a Crush: Toward Misaki especially in the Drama CD. It's very suspicious that he knows almost everything about Misaki from his height to his blood type and birthday etc (since it's not written by GoRA and it's later revealed that they grew up together and were close till recently, Misaki mentioning that info to him in canon wouldn't be improbable, though). Even in earlier episodes, he showed his stalker tendencies particularly going to all the places Misaki was at and getting disappointed when he missed him.
- Stoic Spectacles
- Sugar and Ice Personality: In supplementary material, it's shown nearly once every manga or novel he features in that children tend to adore him, and while he puts on a sour face, he always winds up indulging them somehow. He's frequently overlooked unrelated Clansmen stepping into Scepter 4 territory for benign reasons despite how at each other's throats most clans are in default, from Kuroh and Neko to Totsuka and Anna (...even after she becomes the Red King!). There's also large implication that his frenzied behavior around Misaki in season 1 was a facade he put on out of desperation and insecurity, as in the supplementary material set afterwards and in Missing Kings, he's much calmer (and even sad-sounding) around him, and despite his cold front, frequently winds up aiding HOMRA and—at least once or twice—Misaki in some way.
- Troll: He loves to press Misaki Berserk Button's just to piss him off. He deliberately provokes him cruelly for no particular reason other than amusement at his pained, angered reactions. Turns out he does it to get Misaki to finally pay him some attention, and insecurities that lead him to want to make sure Misaki knows he can get the power they wanted in their childhood on his own and doesn't need him anymore—he doesn't.
Fushimi: I-It's not like I wanted to help you or anything. I just didn't like that machine, that's all.
- A rather strange example, but an example nonetheless - he hides the fact that he really cares about Misaki and what he feels and thinks towards him through either a sadistic, cruel exterior (e.g. Episode 5) or a bored, easily irritated one (Drama CD, where he grumbles about Misaki being annoying several times).
- It is played straight for laughs in a radio drama towards Anna, in a non-romantic way.
- This seems to be his attitude in general, since Episode 11 has him call HOMRA idiots and Scepter 4 recklessly obedient, then reveals that he wouldn't trade them for anything else before helping them infiltrate JUNGLE.
- Turn Coat: From one clan to another.
- Waistcoat of Style
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Has a variation with Mikoto, most prominently in the King and the Traitor short story, where he tries to get a rise out of Mikoto to see if he actually cares about his well-being, but is either in denial over the fact or doesn't understand that he does. Mikoto's final words to him are "You're fine the way you are, Fushimi."
- We Used to Be Friends: With Misaki.
- When He Smiles: Most prominent in Lost Small World when he and Misaki are middle schoolers. He has a hard time expressing himself, but after he warms up to Misaki he gives these sometimes, like when Misaki and he agree to live together and Misaki reacts happily, and Saruhiko gives him "a fond smile" in response.
- Worthy Opponent: To Misaki.
- Would Hurt a Child: Knifes Sukuna sucessfully multiple times during their fight in episode 12. Justified as Sukuna is a dangerous enemy clansman.
- Would Hit a Girl: Knocks Sakura Asama out with chloroform and boredly shoves her to one side to access the student database. This is likely a Foil to Misaki's Wouldn't Hit a Girl tendencies.
- Younger Than He Looks: He's 19, but looks like he's in his early twenties. Contrasts nicely with Misaki, who's four months older but looks like a middle schooler (according to him).
Voiced by: Kouji Takahashi (Japanese), Steve Staley (English)
- Cultured Badass: Due to his and Benzai's giving off this impression, Doumyouji makes fun of the duality of their becoming complete shut-ins once they're lured into the warmth in the kotatsu they pick up, as they lose the will to leave it and thus trash their whole room up.
- Bit Character: In the anime. His role is mostly limited to drawing his sword at the same time as the other members and then doing nothing else important for the rest of the episode.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Usually seen with Benzai, discussing whatever quirky topic is going on in a Days of Blue chapter.
Voiced by: Akitoshi Kimura (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)
- Cultured Badass: Seen as this together with Akiyama, which leads to Doumyouji making fun of them when they become unexpected Lazy Bums for a chapter in Days of Blue.
- Bit Character: In the anime. His role is mostly limited to drawing his sword at the same time as the other members and then doing nothing else important for the rest of the episode.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Usually seen with Akiyama, discussing whatever quirky topic is going on in a Days of Blue chapter.
Voiced by: Hirokazu Miura (Japanese), Christopher Corey Smith (English
- Bit Character: In the anime. His role is mostly limited to drawing his sword at the same time as the other members and then doing nothing else important for the rest of the episode.
- Taking the Kids: Only allowed to visit his daughter once every three months.
- Papa Wolf: In K: Days of Blue, he is shown carrying Doumyouji to their room after he passes out, indulges him when he acts like a child, and has to calm him down when the latter is cowering in fear after seeing Seri clutching a snake she found; he is also the one who realizes that the Strain baby that Munakata took under his wing is crying because he's hungry, and is also the one to out the child to sleep after seeing to his feeding.
Voiced by: Shingo Onitsuka (Japanese), Grant George (English)
- Animals Hate Him: Horses and cats alike.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Sits around cooking yam outside the Scepter 4 compound when he has nothing to do apparently, and his is the only nonsensical quote that's almost word for word in the paper that gets published.Quote describing Munakata in Monthly Annex Report by Andy: Woosh ping ping! Pow pow! That's what his head is like.
- Acts Likea Kid: In K: Days of Blue, he is shown to be extremely childish, with Kamo acting like his daddy.
- Blind Without 'Em
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: In contrast to the colorful or poetic names of the other swords, his is simply named "Tatsuya's Sword".
- Geek: Enjoys American comic books and collects figurines, but is rather well-adjusted.
- Megane: Secretly calls himself the "third glasses of Scepter 4".
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He himself admits that he hides in the shadow of the other two bespectacled members of SCEPTER 4 
Voiced by: Junichi Yanagida (Japanese), Grant George (English)
- Straight Man: For the group consisting of himself, Enomoto, Gotou, and Hidaka.
- Creepy Doll: Owns various figures, a few of which scare his roommate Hidaka.
- NEET: Before he joined SCEPTER 4
- Big Brother Mentor: Since noticing his hidden nature, he's put in several spirited attempts to get Fushimi to open up or at least relax around his comrades in Scepter 4.
- Genki Guy
- Motor Mouth: Due to his wanting to take it easy, he often runs his mouth when Munakata and Seri show up, usually to the detriment of everyone around.
The Green Clan, led by Hisui Nagare. On its surface, JUNGLE appears to be an ordinary social networking website. Members of JUNGLE complete missions in order to gain points in order go up ranks and temporary powers. Those who reach the highest rank (J-rank) get to meet the King in order to gain permanent powers. Given the nature of the clan, it's technically the largest of all the clans. However, most of the members are merely pawns to help carry out the clan's actual agenda.Below are tropes that apply to JUNGLE as a whole:
- Fantastic Rank System: The ranking system of JUNGLE is named after the letters of its name, with new accounts starting as E-rank, then going from L, to G, all the way up to J-rank. Those below J-rank are pretty much Mooks granted temporary powers while the J-rank members are the actual members of the clan with permanent powers.
- Meaningful Name: The Green clan has members all over the city, like a jungle spreading its roots everywhere.
- Mooks: Unlike the other clans, the majority of the clan is essentially composed of these due to its hierarchy.
- Shock and Awe
- You Have Failed Me: Failing a mission is grounds for losing your powers, as one failed assassin finds out when Kuroh and Neko confront him no worse for wear.
Voiced by: Kazuyuki OkitsuThe 5th King, the Green King.
- Affably Evil
- Alas, Poor Villain: He gets this shortly before his death, remembering himself and his closest subordinates spending time together almost like a family.
- Big Bad: Of The Movie and season 2.
- The Chessmaster: Was the one behind the chaos caused by the Colourless King by giving him the fox mask.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: He technically died in the Kagutsu Incident, but his powers keep him alive. Naturally, once the Slate is destroyed and his powers are gone, he dies.
- The Gloves Come Off: After Shiro rejects his offer at the end of episode 5, Hisui states he will no longer be holding back and declares war on the other clans.
- Go Out with a Smile: He dies with a smile on his face, claiming to feel satisfied even though his plan was foiled.
- Heart Trauma: He lost his heart in the Kagutsu Incident. The only reason he's still alive is because he has been using his powers to sustain his body.
- Hour of Power: He's powerful enough to evenly match the Gold King, but he can only maintain his power for a limited time.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mark of the Supernatural: Revealed to have one blue eye, while the other eye kept hidden under his bangs is green.
- Nothing Can Stop Us Now: While he's still smart enough to station his clan as guards, he still makes the mistake of assuming that he's invincible and that nothing can stop his plan once it reaches its final stages.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Has bangs completely covering his left eye.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: His hair changes from dark green to white when he unleashes his powers.
- Power Limiter: His wheelchair and his straitjacket seem to be limiters for his true power as a King.
- Psychopathic Manchild
- The Stoic
- Throwing Off the Disability: He stands up of his wheelchair and unleashes his true power when it's time for battle.
- Visionary Villain
- We Can Rule Together: He offers this to the Silver King Shiro, who rejects the offer.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His 'Dream' is to unleash the Slate's full potential to enable all humans to have power and not just Kings and clansmen. He is willing to go to great lengths to achieve that.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has dark green hair.
Voiced by: Masakazu MoritaA Clansman of the Green Clan. He was the former vassal of the deceased 7th King, Ichigen Miwa, as well as Kuroh Yatogami's senior.
- Agent Peacock: He is obsessed with beautiful things, wears lip gloss and nail polish, used to have a room full of perfumes and skin care products and speaks in a rather effeminate manner. He is also a powerful swordsman with powers of both the former Colorless King and the Green King.
- Badass Longcoat
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Kuroh's Abel. They once considered each other brothers, but now they are enemies.
- Dance Battler: In literally all his fight scenes.
- Dissonant Serenity: Shows no qualms about fighting Kuroh and is almost always smiling.
- The Dragon: To Hisui.
- Evil Counterpart: To Kuroh.
- Gender-Blender Name: Yukari is a very feminine Japanese name.
- Hair Intakes: His hair has a pair of what look like cat ears.
- Japanese Honorifics: Refers to everyone, even his King by the honorific '-chan'. The two exceptions are Miwa Ichigen who he refers to with '-sama' and Iwafune Tenkei who he calls by '-san'.
- Multicolored Hair: He has purple hair with blue sidetails.
- Older Than He Looks: Is actually 30 years old while he looks like he is in his twenties.
- Purple Is Powerful
- Sissy Villain: A powerful minion of the Green King and incredibly flamboyant. He's busy putting on a facial mask and looking himself in the mirror searching for wrinkles as his evil boss explains his plans.
- Would Hurt a Child: Threatened to kill Kuroh when he got in the way of Yukari fighting Ichigen, and was willing to attack Anna when she became the new Red King. Also warned Sukuna in Episode 3 that if Sukuna got in his way in Yukari's and Kuroh's fight, even Sukuna wouldn't be let off easily.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has purple hair.
Voiced by: Hiro ShimonoHisui's medium through he speaks through. Stated to have intelligence equal to a human.
- Action Pet: Kotosaka is Hisui's first clansman and is shown to have enough power to be able to fight and destroy Neko's illusion.
- Team Pet: To the J-rankers.
- Parrot Pet Position: Rides on Yukari's shoulder most of the time on missions.
- Mascot: To JUNGLE, so much so that an animated version of him appears as the guide on their website. Bombs are even made in his image.
- Willing Channeler: For Nagare.
Voiced by: Kaori NazukaWas captured by Fushimi at the end of the movie and ever since then has been held prisoner in Scepter 4's prison cells. She finally appears in episode 9 when Fushimi busts her out of prison.
- Advertised Extra: Despite appearing on several posters and the main visual, she doesn't actually show up in S2 until episode 9.
- Gratuitous Ninja
- Only in It for the Money: Only works for JUNGLE to get paid and it has been stated she has no loyalty to the Green King. This makes it easy for Fushimi to recruit her in order to get enough points to get to J-rank in JUNGLE within a month.
Voiced by: Rie KugimiyaA high ranking member of JUNGLE who is 13 years old.
- Badass Adorable: He's a 13 year old boy, who is stated to be as proficient in battle with his scythe as Yukari.
- Badass Longcoat
- Bratty Half-Pint: There's not a single scene, where he isn't retorting/mocking back at another character. The only person he does not talk back to is Nagare.
- The Brute
- Cute and Psycho: He looks adorable. He's also very willing to fight and seriously injure-if not kill- Nagare's enemies.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Dream of Green reveals Sukuna came from a wealthy, but highly manipulative family that heavily controlled their son. For example, they even monitored and selected the 'friends' Sukuna would mix with and disposed of a stray cat Sukuna wanted to raise, replacing it with a 'proper' one. It got up to the point where Sukuna ran away from home and shortly afterwards joined JUNGLE.
- Hair Decorations: Two white hair clips on each side of his head.
- Meta Guy: He likes to speak in videogame terms and refers to his opponents as "mini-bosses" or "final bosses".
- Pintsized Powerhouse
- Removing the Rival: To Fushimi. Sukuna's shown to be jealous over Nagare praising him and beating Sukuna's record. In episode 10 Sukuna challenges Fushimi to a fight and in episode 11 when Fushimi's true motives are revealed, Sukuna is far too eager to fight Fushimi.
- The Runaway: He had emotionally Abusive Parents back at home, which is why Sukuna ran away from his wealthy family.
- Sinister Scythe: Has one. Its blade is made from Sukuna's superpower of changing.
- Slasher Smile: Commonly makes these whilst fighting.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior
- White Hair, Black Heart
Iwafune Tenkei/ Seigo Otori
Voiced by: Hochu OtsukaA high ranking member of JUNGLE.
- The Alcoholic: Not surprising, after we see the nonsense he has to put up with the other J-rankers. While its Played for Laughs, its Harsher in Hindsight when a possible reason is after the loss of his entire clan and the ruin of his ideals, Iwafune may have resorted to drinking often to reduce the pain.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the Grey King, and he can easily defeat Reisi.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: He's initially presented just another J-rank in JUNGLE, but the reveal that he's the Grey King plants him in this territory.
- The Caretaker: Specifically to Hisui.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The Kagutsu incident and the loss of his entire clan put a huge damper on his former idealism.
- Faking the Dead: He's actually the Grey King, who allegedly died in the Kagutsu incident.
- The Gunslinger: He likes shooting at range, but he does know Gun Fu.
- King Incognito: He's the Grey King, but makes himself pass as a mere clansman of JUNGLE.
- Parental Substitute: Implied to be this for Hisui. In the Return of Kings ~ Prelude Green Side, Iwafune even says he is like Hisui's foster father and Hisui does not deny it.
- Ominous Fog: He can conjure these.
- Only Sane Man: Among the J-rankers, Iwafune is definitely the sanest.
- Team Dad: Considered the 'father figure' of the group despite his drinking habit.
- That Man Is Dead: He claims that his old identity of Seigo Otori died in the Kagutsu Incident.
Aya OogaiAppearing in K - Lost Small World, Aya is a cheerful girl in Misaki and Saruhiko's middle school who at first seems interested in Misaki. It turns out she's Saruhiko's second cousin, and just as sharp as the rest of her family. Considering them, she has her share of troubles. At the end of LSW, her JUNGLE account is permanently shut down by Hisui because of Aya confronting Fushimi without his orders.
- Always Someone Better: A driving force in her detoriated relationship with Saruhiko— she always feels as if she's being left behind, and grows increasingly bitter over how he hasn't been trying by the end of middle school and plans to quit.
- Ambition Is Evil: Because of her desperate need to prove herself, she's one of the first known characters working to rapidly climb the ranks of Jungle in order to attain "power."
- Beneath the Mask: Her personality can seem frivolous at first glance, and her style of speech might enhance the idea, but she has the same brains as the rest of the their family and is near the top of their grade. At first she acts cheerful around Misaki as well, but in reality she's resentful that he managed to open up Saruhiko's world and she couldn't due to her having the same struggles as Saruhiko to express herself—although it turns out she does care about Misaki.
- Broken Bird: She cares about Saruhiko but could never bring herself to express it and results with him coming to truly hate her—it's increasingly implied in his POV he sees his abusive father in her—and later despairs "should she have been like Misaki-kun from the beginning?"
- Cain and Abel: With Saruhiko by the end of middle school, with her stating wild-eyed that she'll oppose anyone in her way, including "the red monster" (Mikoto), because Saruhiko doesn't "see her," and he basically looks back at her and sees the twisted face of his father. (It's to the point she's even willing to take on the username of NIKI, Saruhiko's dad.)
- Distaff Counterpart: She and Saruhiko act as mirrors to each other in many ways, but near the end of middle school when she gets glasses, Misaki remarks with surprise—"Your glasses, don’t they look like Saruhiko’s?"
- Girlish Pigtails
- Good Parents: At first the reader is left to wonder if their house is as troubled as Saruhiko's considering how she talks about her parents, but although they may have their own issues, it seems as though her mother cares a lot about her, showcasing concern about the unhappiness she sees in Aya, thinking it has to do with parting with friends, and comforting her with a hug.
- Loners Are Freaks: Saruhiko thinks to himself about how she doesn't have friends, even though she boasts many "friends" on the Jungle app—one of the many ways they've paralleled for a while. Misaki considers her his friend, and she breaks down crying at the thought of not being able to see him and Saruhiko again as they take the first step of growing up—and apart.
- The Mole: Acts as this for the Green Clan.
- Poor Communication Kills: Not surprising considering her and Saruhiko's Big Screwed-Up Family, but it's the main reason their already highly contentious relationship takes a dive off a cliff. She openly displays her dislike of him, and he ends up hating her for real.
- Spoiled Brat: She seems to be at a point in life where everything about her mother annoys her.
- Tsundere: Like with Saruhiko, her pretending to despise and look down on people to bury her own insecurities has its real life consequences.
- Unknown Rival: Saruhiko doesn't acknowledge her as a rival and doesn't even acknowledge her existence as he never tried to remember her name. While Aya is always projecting her view of him being her rival on to him; possibly a result of them always being compared to during family gatherings because they're the same age.
- Valley Girl: Her way of speaking is frequently translated this way.
Adolf K. Weismann
- Ambiguously Evil: He is often seen acting creepily and downright psychotic at some points behind the scenes, but his identity and motivations remain mysterious. Turns out he is not evil at all, but the Colorless King possessing him indeed is.
- Body Surf: He has moved from his body into that of a 17 year old boy, lost his memories, and constructed a persona as Shiro. He still seems to be himself, even without memories. It's unknown who, if anyone, Shiro was before he became Adolf.
- Bystander Syndrome: After the death of his sister, he decided to completely detach himself from the world and never get involved with people's affairs. In the manga, he told the Colorless King that even though he saw how he killed Tatara, he wouldn't do anything about it.
- Celibate Hero: Lives up to his nineties without ever really having any love interests because he had isolated himself from the rest of the world.
- Complete Immortality: The Silver King's power is 'unchanging', and he's known as the 'Immortal King' who hasn't aged for decades. He also survived a bombing in WWII during which he lost his older sister.
- Cynicism Catalyst: He did not take his older sister's death well at all, and isolated himself for over sixty years as a result of his bereavement.
- Leitmotif: Adolf K. Weismann, a rather dramatically sinister song. This song is more often used as a Leitmotif for the evil Colorless King, though, than the innocent Silver King Adolf.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Grey long hair, compared to Shiro's hair color.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Dressed as a classy gentleman enjoying a refined lifestyle while scheming evily. Turns out he himself is not evil, merely possessed.
- Meaningful Name: Weismann—White Man, referring to his hair color and his role as the Silver King. More meaningful is the fact that he is known as Shiro and has white hair during the series.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: The "K" in his name.
- Mysterious Watcher: In the third episode, he appears to be observing Shiro from his airship. While dancing around inside his room, images of Shiro appear on the floor with each new step he takes until he finishes the dance.
- Mystical White Hair: His silver hair befits his position as the Silver King with the power of immortality.
- Not Himself: The unhinged behavior he shows in early episodes doesn't mesh with his behavior in the past as shown in Episode 9. Episode 11 finally reveals it was because he was possessed by Tatara's murderer at the time, explaining why he was acting so differently.
- Older Than He Looks: Hasn't aged a day in over sixty years.
- Rapunzel Hair: He has knee-length silvery hair, although in the past it was much shorter.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a classy ensemble consisting of a long dark jacket and pants paired with a ruffled white shirt.
- Soulless Shell: The Silver King's body survived the airship explosion without a scratch but it appears to be soulless, since his mind is in another body and the Colorless King has already abandoned it.
- Unfortunate Name: The unfortunate part is ultimately meaningless.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He appears as a crazy, creepy guy with grey hair. Subverted as this was just the result of the Colorless King possessing him.
- Wicked Cultured: Wears fancy-looking clothes and frequently dances around his room with an inanimate woman wearing a fox mask. This is later revealed to have been the Colorless King controlling him at the time, and not his own actions.
"This country is doomed."The 2nd King, the Gold King. He plays a supporting role behind the scenes.
- Antiquated Linguistics: When he demands if Reisi came to fight him or talk.
- Badass Grandpa: Judging by his status as a king.
- He's been described as an "invincible monster" by some. Even Munakata shares this opinion.
- Apparently, the only reason that the Green Clan wasn't active until Missing Kings was because of him. Once he's out of the picture, they don't hesitate to set their plans into motion and start harassing the other clans.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: His absence in K: Missing Kings is questioned several times by the characters. He's actually been travelling around with Shiro for most of the movie in an airship, on the verge of death. He passes away at the end.
- Dispense with the Pleasantries: He tells Reisi to get straight to the point when the other king visits him in Episode 9.
- Informed Ability: He's spoken of as if he were the most powerful character in the series, and is even called "invincible" at some point, yet we never actually see him fight. That said, it has to count for something if even a fellow king recognizes your higher authority.
- I Was Quite a Looker: In the flashback of his younger years, he was shown as a handsome lieutenant. Unlike the Silver King, age has taken a toll on Daikaku.
- Large And In Charge: At 210 cm, he's the tallest character in the series, standing one full head above the rest of the cast. He's also the one of the most powerful kings.
- Luminescent Blush: Sports one of these in the flashback to his youth, ostensibly in response to Claudia.
- Minor Major Character: For one of the strongest kings in the world who exercises the most control over Japan and its economy, Daikaku rarely shows up.
- Only Friend: To Weissman, until Weissman became the Shiro we know.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: This is the one thing he proves himself to be. He is the backbone of the country in many ways, from having a hand in Japan's continued functioning to making sure the mundane populace is kept unaware of the supernatural elements in their society.
- Secret Keeper: He's responsible for Shiro's going into hiding after the first season, and for keeping his whereabouts and even his survival under wraps. His efforts are ruined when the Green Clan hacks his headquarter's database in K: Missing Kings.
- Three Amigos: He seems to have shared this dynamic with the Weissman siblings, up until it all went up in flames. Literally.
- The Conscience: A posthumous example. His calm and benevolent approach tempered Kuroh's high-handed Honor Before Reason-ific tendencies.
- Cool Old Guy: Kuroh's flashbacks always give him an aura of wisdom along with serenity.
- The Hermit: Ichigen Miwa lived a secluded life along with Kuroh in the mountains. Only a few villagers are shown to know him.
- Hermit Guru: Though he was young, he was a veritable fount of wisdom—enough that Kuroh preserved his wisdom for posterity.
- Nice Guy: It's evident even after his death that he was a wise and gentle man.
- Nice Hat
- The Obi-Wan: An old, wise seer who taught Kuroh and the whole reason the latter came into the plot.
- Parental Substitute: He was a father figure to Kuroh.
- The Philosopher: His adages have remained relevant long after his death, during the series, and have given Kuroh guidance and pulled him from the brink of unjust murder more than once.
- Posthumous Character: He's dead by the beginning of both the anime and the manga, but Kuroh never misses a chance to impart us with his wisdom.
- Seer: His vision of the future caused him to tell Kuroh to kill the next Colorless King without mercy if he proved himself to be evil.
- Student and Master Team: Apparently with Kuroh in the past, as seen in a flashback.
"Is anyone free right now? We need someone to run an errand for the student council!"Yashiro's energetic, kindly classmate, and a member of the student council.
- A-Cup Angst: In a drama cd where the girls are at an onsen, she asks Seri how she can develop breasts like hers.
- The Ditz: Seriously—she is very oblivious.
- Fanservice Pack: Her boobs got an upgrade in the movie.
- Floral Theme Naming: Her name, "Kukuri", consists of the character "Chrysanthemum".
- Hair Decorations
- Grand Theft Me: She gets her body taken by "the Colorless King" in episode 11. Complete with a twisted Slasher Smile.
- Luminescent Blush: When Mishina confessed to her in front of the whole school, and henceforth whenever somebody mentions his name or when that event is mentioned.
- Muggle: For all the shenaningans she gets dragged in, Kukuri lacks any supernatural powers or connection to people who have them.
- Nice Girl: She is nice, helpful and friendly to everyone.
- Unspoken Love Interest: To Shiro and Kuroh. She seems to have a lot of romantic chemistry with both of them during the first and second seasons, but it seems to be more prominent with Kuroh; on more than one occasion, both she and Kuroh are shown to hold each other's gazes a bit too long before looking away.
- Wistful Amnesia: After Shiro's Heroic Sacrifice, Kukuri, even though she can't remember him, can clearly feel someone is missing.
- Zettai Ryouiki
"Wait, you haven't told Miss Yukizome about the naughty picture I showed you last week, right?"Yashiro's friend and classmate, a typical teenage boy who has a crush on Kukuri.
Voiced by: Kazuki Shimizu (Japanese) Grant George (English)
- Dogged Nice Guy: Kukuri is too embarassed to reciprocate his crush, especially since his confession is very...over the top.
- Grand Romantic Gesture: He announced his love for Kukuri from the top of a clock tower near the school in front of all of the other students, and then finished it off with a bunch of fireworks.
- Large Ham
- Mishina: MY HEART HAS BEEN BROKEEENNNNN!!!
- Luminescent Blush: When he confessed to Kukuri.
- Ocular Gushers: When Kukuri rejected his confession.
"Thanks to the President's interference, everything was kept under control. If she hadn't come in the nick of time, who knows what would've happened?"The vice-president of the student council.
Voiced by: Nozomi Yamamoto (Japanese), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (English)
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: She is the vice-president, and apparently has enough authorization to have free access to the entire student database and confidential records. This makes is easy later on for Saruhiko to just break in, knock her out, and gain that access for himself to search for Yashiro.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: She's incredibly fond of Chiho and always sings her praises but she doesn't seem to care or notice at all. Even Shiro's weirded out by her constant praise of her.
- Instant Sedation: She was knocked out by Saruhiko Fushimi in Episode 5 with a chloroform-soaked rag in the latter's attempt to gain access to confidential school records.
- Yes-Man: To Chiho.
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: She could easily authorize the usage of a hedge trimmer to break down the school clock tower door just to apprehend Mishina and prevent him from using all of the festival fireworks.
- The Stoic
- Stoic Spectacles
- Student Council President
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has green hair.
- Posthumous Character: She died long before the start of the series during a WWII bombing.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Plot-wise, she exists to die and prompt her brother's retreat from the world.
- "Hahahahaha! My little monkey got angry, he got angry!"
- Abusive Dad: It's subtly implied in Lost Small World that Niki would have tried to burn Misaki with fire for being Saruhiko's friend if the feverish Saruhiko hadn't run out of his room and pushed Misaki out the door, and even if he hadn't...just threatening in a "jokey" way to hurt the one friend Saruhiko has (likely due to him) hits the nail. A key point in LSW starts with Saruhiko—seemingly, at least—derisively comparing HOMRA to an ant farm... Only for the reader to later find out that when he was a child, there was a science project he'd painstakingly been taking care of—an ant farm, within which he thought "there was surely some kind of system that only those who belong to it know about," calling that "absolutely beautiful." It's revealed eventually that his father set cockroaches upon it then drowned it in gasoline, and the traumatized young Saruhiko came home to it and his laughter, and blamed himself for it. It's part of the reason Misaki wants Saruhiko to move in with him together two years later at fourteen—to get him away from his home situation. Niki continues to haunt him even after that, not long after they join HOMRA.
- Black Sheep: Despite Saruhiko and Aya's extended family sounding corrupt on their own, it turns out they keep a distance from him and nobody seems to care that it's his funeral they've gathered for when it happens.
- Obliviously Evil: Assumes in his head that Saruhiko doesn't care about how he acts towards him, as evidenced when a little Aya calls him out on having "destroyed things that are important to Saruhiko."
- Posthumous Character: Died when Saruhiko was a teenager. He never went to visit his father in the hospital.
- Psychopathic Manchild: His mentality seems quite childish and he frightens both Saruhiko and Aya due to his lack of moral compass and regard for others.
- Troll: Deliberately does anything to rile up his son, who is terrified of him, ranging from setting his first-grade project on fire (which Saruhiko had considered his 'little world' back then) to threatening to light firecrackers on Misaki's head when he visited to take care of Saruhiko when he was sick.
- Unwanted Spouse: Saruhiko was probably only reason why he got married.
- "Of course. I promised, didn't I?"
- Berserk Button: Breaking promises with her is life-threatening.
- Cute and Psycho
- Dark Action Girl
- Drowning My Sorrows: When she first meets Chitose.
- Femme Fatalons
- I Am a Monster: How she feels about her powers, especially since it was the reason why her boyfriend left her.
- Mind over Matter: Her powers as a Strain is highly implied to be something akin to telekinesis.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Her boyfriend dumped her and then ran off without even saying anything to her after finding out about her ability. To get over it, she asked Chitose to substitute for him by saying "Goodbye" to her the morning after spending the night.
- One-Shot Character: Only appears in the third chapter of K - Memory of Red as a character of the day.
- Pinky Swear: The reason why she kills people is because they break pinky promises with her.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- Stalker Without A Crush: To Chitose.
- Tranquil Fury: She calmly shreds apart a baseball that was heading right towards her after finding Chitose again and destroys the surrounding environment while attacking him.
- Woman in Black
- Woman Scorned: The reason why she's out for Chitose's blood.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry
- Zettai Ryouiki
Basashi/White Bean Paste Stewed TofuA horse Strain that appears in the prequel manga, K - Memory of Red. Anna befriended it after it ran away from SCEPTER 4's custody out of a desire to see its former owner get married at her wedding. It is capable of changing its form into a pegasus, but can't actually fly.
- Animal Reaction Shot: It has some pretty funny reactions to its hilariously awful names.
- Cool Horse: Not just any ordinary horse, but a Strain that can change its form at will and gain wings.
- Edible Theme Naming: A running gag to its chagrin.
- A Girl and Her Horse: With Anna in the two chapters it features in.
- Horsing Around: It kicks at least two people in the face when they try to stop it from running off with Anna on its back.
- Intellectual Animal: It understands human speech but cannot speak itself.
- Interspecies Romance: It clearly blushes at Seri when she smiles at it, and asks what its name is.
- Meaningful Rename: Played for laughs when Seri decides to rename it into something far worse than "Basashi".
- One-Shot Character: Only appears in the sixth and seventh chapters as a character of the day.
- Overly Long Name: Seri renames it "White Bean Paste Stewed Tofu", which is obviously quite a mouthful to say.
- Pegasus: It can make itself look like one, but it can't actually fly aside from flapping its wings and performing huge jumps.
- The Speechless: Justified as it's a horse.
- Unfortunate Name: Twice! Mikoto literally names it "horse meat sashimi" when he was feeling hungry from looking at it. Later on, Seri later renames it into something far worse: White Bean Paste Stewed Tofu.
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"I am the seventh king, the Colorless King! I'm waiting for someone here. A nice night, you say? Indeed it is."The current self-proclaimed Colorless King. A mysterious man who was caught killing Tatara Totsuka in cold blood in a video clip where he looks exactly like Shiro. He remains a mystery through the series.
- All Your Powers Combined: He was planning to obtain all of the seven Kings' powers by eating them one by one.
- The Assimilator: He has absorbed the identities of many people in the past whose bodies he took over. In the process, however, he lost his own sense of self.
- Ax-Crazy: He guns down Tatara for no apparent reason after meeting him on the rooftop of a building one night, and later stabs people with shards of glass while grinning madly.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: As soon as Mikoto opens his eyes in his presence, he manages to slip into the Red King's mind and tries to take over from there by consuming the fire that Mikoto's mindscape is filled up with. However, the moment he sees a lion emerging from the flames, he screams and promptly flees. He also tries to do this to Shiro in Episode 11 but loses the battle of wills and is forced to leave.
- Big Bad: Responsible for escalating the conflict between the clans into a war and Shiro's involvement.
- Body Snatcher: His powers let him do this with anyone who meets his eyes and has an emotional weakness he can exploit, starting with Shiro's original body when he was just a normal student at high school. His end goal was to possess the bodies of all of the Kings, starting with the Silver King but moving on to the others when he failed to take over Adolf's mind or soul.
- Body Surf: In Episode 9 he is shown possessing the body of a male student at the school when he phones Mikoto in prison, and even tries to do it to Mikoto as well but fails miserably. Episode 11 reveals he's possessed the bodies of quite a few people so far including Shiro, Adolf K. Weismann, Kukuri and other passersby from both HOMRA and SCEPTER 4.
- Card-Carrying Villain: When he smugly calls Mikoto to tell him he was the one who killed Tatara, and then provokes him further by claiming he'll hurt his other clansmen next.
- Cannibalism Superpower: He can consume the powers of another King if he can successfully take over their body.
- Establishing Character Moment: The video clip where he hums Ode to Joy while jerking his body from side to side, starts laughing and then turns around to shoot Tatara without warning.
- Evil Laugh: Oh yeah. His laughter in Episode 12 in particular gives Hollow Ichigo a run for his money.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Anyone he possesses speaks with a deeper tone than usual, including Shiro and Kukuri.
- Fighting from the Inside: While he was in possession of Kukuri's body, she sometimes managed to regain control and weakly cry out for help, though not for long. The Colorless King later does this himself in the final episode after Shiro traps him inside his soul before going to meet Mikoto.
- Fights Like a Normal: Unlike the Red and Blue Kings, the Colorless King's powers are limited to taking over other people's bodies so he has to rely on using guns, bombs, and other weapons for offensive purposes.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: His possession of the Silver King's body caused him to switch bodies with the other King the first time he did it instead of merely taking it over due to the way their powers clashed, after which he kicked Shiro (who is now possessed by Adolf K. Weismann) off the airship in an attempt to kill him.
- Grand Theft Me: Was gunning for the Silver King's body to obtain the First King's powers. For that reason he tried to possess the Silver King on the night when he shot Tatara but due to the Silver King taking over Shiro's body in the process when their powers clashed, the Colorless King makes another attempt in Episode 11 when they meet again.
- The Heavy: He's the only clear-cut and unsympathetic villain in the show, and his actions have definitely been driving the plot from killing Tatara, to trying to take over Adolf Weismann only to end up exchanging bodies in the process, then creating further conflict between the Red and Blue clans in the final arc of the anime by drawing the Red King to the school.
- Hidden Villain: Since the first arc of the anime made it unclear as to whether or not Shiro was the one who actually committed the crime since he was suffering from amnesia, while Episode 7 and 8 later seem to suggest Adolf Weismann might be the true villain all along. However, Episode 9 finally makes it clear that neither of them were responsible (and they are, in fact, the same person); there was another party involved who was using his body-snatching powers to control them at different times.
- Hijacking Cthulhu: The Colorless King tries to hijack the Silver King, who is effectively immortal. It backfires.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His third attempt to take over Shiro's body in the last episode is what leads to his downfall after he ends up getting trapped inside the Silver King's soul and then gets taken to meet Mikoto, who greets him by ramming a hand right through his chest and killing him.
- Japanese Pronouns: He uses ore in the video clip, but uses oira while talking to Mikoto in prison. In the final episode, his multiple identities cause him to use boku and ore-sama as well, showing how dissociated he has become by that point.
- Kitsune: In Episode 9, he's shown wearing a fox mask while possessing the body of a student. The white spirit that talks to Mikoto from the magical red phone also takes on the face of a fox as it later does in Episode 11 as well.
- Leitmotif: Adolf K. Weismann, a rather dramatically sinister song. This song was played for all the scenes when he is in Adolf's body.
- Loss of Identity: Shiro regards that he has switched bodies so many times he cannot even tell which is his original personality.
- Mad Bomber: Is quite fond of using explosives, which he uses to blow up Adolf K. Weismann's Zeppelin while possessing the King's body. He also uses timed bombs, which he plants all over the place in Ashinaka High School in Episode 11.
- Malevolent Masked Man: In Episode 9, he wears a fox mask while gleefully telling Mikoto he killed Tatara and is willing to kill more of his clansmen.
- Mind Hive: He's definitely more than one person in a single body, with the implication being that all the other voices are his previous victims.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: In Episode 11, his attempts to break Shiro's mind and make him run away into nothingness end up making his memories resurface.
- No Eye in Magic: Eye contact is his modus operandi for body takeover. He even has to provoke Mikoto into opening his eyes before he can steal inside his mind in Episode 9.
- No Name Given: He is only identified as "The Colorless King". Given the number of bodies and personalities he has consumed, it is dubious whether he even remembers his own name.
- Obviously Evil: Gloating, Evil Laugh while he shoots a random unarmed person in cold blood? No, he couldn't possible be evil.
- Power Parasite: His goal was to possess the other six Kings' powers and become the single, most powerful King left standing. Interestingly, he has never once shown to have been successful in gaining any powers with this method. Given how powerful the other Kings' mental defenses are by default, it's unclear whether or not his plan is even feasible. Given his state at the end of the anime, it's possible that he's just completely delusional.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The fox spirit's eyes are red and he's clearly villainous.
- Slasher Smile: Whenever he possesses someone, their smiles turn downright twisted.
- Smug Snake: He attempts to piss off Mikoto enough to open his eyes in order to possess him, but he bites off more than he can chew when he realizes Mikoto won't give up easily without a fight and ends up hightailing it out of there.
- Talking to Themself: When he possesses Kukuri, the personalities of his previous victims manifest and begin talking to one another.
- Villainous Breakdown: He sure seems to be suffering from this in Episode 12 after Shiro/Weismann gets the students out of the school and there are no ignorant innocents for him to possess.
- Walking Spoiler: A major one. Just knowing that he's a separate character from Shiro or that he has body-snatching abilities would instantly spoil the entire murder mystery plot, as well as kill any suspense in the first eight episodes.
- Wild Card
- Would Hurt a Child: He threatens to rape Anna in order to get a reaction out of Mikoto at one point during their conversation in Episode 9, and in Episode 11 he snipes at her from afar while possessing a SCEPTER 4 member.