This is the character page for Nobuyuki Fukumoto's ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}''. Currently under construction, but feel free to contribute.

!!Characters in ''Kaiji'':


[[folder:Main characters]]

'''Itou Kaiji'''

* ActionSurvivor: There's a reason why the series is called Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor. Kaiji ends up often getting put in life or death scenarios and his ability to survivor through them and keep pressing forward is often what allows him to last in the cutthroat world of underground gambling.
* {{Adorkable}}
* AwesomeByAnalysis: Kaiji's ability to read the room and come up with new strategies on the fly is one of his greatest strengths along with [[{{Determinator}} shear stubbornness]].
* BadassNormal: Sort of. Kaiji grows from a shrimp into a pretty competent gambler who acknowledges his weaknesses.
* BrilliantButLazy: Kaiji is initially presented as a down-on-his luck petty criminal whose compulsive gambling has left him penniless. But whenever he's thrust into one of Hyoudou's games, he demonstrates remarkable intelligence and skill at whatever game he's faced with--largely because failure usually ends up risking him his life.
* ButtMonkey: The series opens with Kaiji as a down on his luck gambler who hasn't worked since the new year and ends up in crippling debt with the Yakuza because of a loan he cooped. Suffice it to say things go FromBadToWorse.
* CharacterDevelopment
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Often gets him into trouble. [[spoiler:ESPECIALLY at the end of the first season.]]
* CryCute
** BerserkerTears
** ManlyTears
** TearsOfFear
** It is rare that he sheds TearsOfJoy but the most notable moment he did shed these [[spoiler:is when he beats the Bog.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Even after [[spoiler:losing over 60 million to the Bog, he continues going]].
* EightiesHair: A mullet.
* FanNickname: "Cryji".
* TheGambler
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* MoneyDearBoy: Because Kaiji's perpetually stuck in tremendous debt, he constantly strives to obtain riches through himself through taking gambles in extremely high-stakes games.
* {{NEET}}: By season 3 he's just leeching off of Sakazaki.
* NominalHero: He's got morals and standards like anybody else, but in the end he constantly finds himself stuck in ridiculously high-staked gambles solely because he needs the money.
* RousingSpeech: He has moments like these.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules
* SufferingBuildsCharacter: He starts off as a nobody who barely does anything with the life he's been given except indulge in petty gambling which has ended up locking him in severe debt. But put him in a situation where his life is ''literally'' on the line, and he turns dangerous.
* TrappedByGamblingDebts
* TrueCompanions: With most if not all his allies.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A.

'''Yuuji Endou'''

* BadassInANiceSuit
* CoolShades
* EvilDebtCollector
* [[spoiler:FireForgedFriends]]: [[spoiler:Later becomes this with Kaiji and Sakazaki.]]
* GenderFlip: "He's" a woman in the LiveActionAdaptation.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]
* JerkAss
* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini]]
* LoanShark
* ReadTheFinePrint
* SmokingIsCool
* {{Yakuza}}
* [[spoiler:YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness]]: [[spoiler:In the second series, due to Tonegawa having been demoted or fired.]]

'''Kazutaka Hyoudou'''

* BeardOfEvil
* BadBoss: He's quite cruel to his subordinates, as seen in season 2.
* BigBad
* EvilOldFolks
* {{Expy}}: Of Washizu from ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'', also by Fukumoto. They have quite similar looks and personalities, and they share a voice actor.
* FauxAffablyEvil
** NoYay
* GigglingVillain
* {{Hypocrite}}: When Kaiji accuses him of being afraid of losing to someone like Kaiji, he idly dismisses the claim, saying that if an amateur golfer played a professional often enough, he would eventually win. Because of this, he says that there would be no shame in losing to Kaiji. Kaiji inwardly reflects on how this doesn't match up with how Hyoudou had [[spoiler: [[YouHaveFailedMe forced Tonegawa to kneel on a red hot plate for losing to Kaiji in E-Card,]] even though he had done well for the majority of the game.]]
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming
* NightmareFetishist
* SanitySlippage: Subverted. He is pretty much off his rocker by the time the events of the story take place. [[spoiler: He's even willing to go so far as to build an underground "kingdom" then deliberately trigger nuclear war to hold onto his power, leaving the entirety of the lower classes to die in the initial bombings.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity


[[folder:Part 1]]

'''Takeshi Furuhata'''

* EasilyForgiven: Despite having scammed Kaiji in the past, he gets off the hook pretty quickly.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Unlinke Andou, who was planning to betray Kaiji from the start, Furuhata seemed like he genuinely wanted to buy Kaiji's freedom. Unfortunately once Andou gets into his head by telling him about the debt they will still be in if they help Kaiji Furuhata betrays Kaiji for a 10 million Yen profit.]]
* [[spoiler:UngratefulBastard]]: [[spoiler:He accepts Andou's offer to betray Kaiji at the end of the Espoir arc. This is pretty horrible when you think about it, since Furuhata was responsible for Kaiji's debt in the first place.]]
* WeakWilled: Furuhata only ever does what someone else tells him to which is why [[spoiler:it doesn't take much prompting from Andou to turn on Kaiji.]]

'''Mamoru Andou'''

* [[spoiler:ChronicBackstabbingDisorder]]: [[spoiler:He is in the story 4 hours in-universe, and betrays Kaiji ''twice'' during those hours.]]
* FatBastard
* JerkAss
* JerkassHasAPoint: [[spoiler:Argues that if they use their stars to save Kaiji, he and Furuhata won't be able to make enough money to pay off the debt they have, and end up with them leaving the ship with a debt of at least 3 million yen each.]]
* ScaryShinyGlasses: When he [[spoiler:betrays Kaiji the second time.]]
* UngratefulBastard


* BreakTheHaughty: Kaiji does a masterful job in the final round of restricted Janken of first revealing his cheating to the remaining players so nobody would want to play with him then forcing him into a final confrontation that Kaiji cant possible lose in order to squeeze Funai of five out of his remanning nine chips preventing him from making the profit he wanted from the games losers.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* {{Gonk}}
* JerkAss
* ObviousTrap: He offers Kaiji to help him early on, and then stabs the guy in the back. In the manga, he's acting ''somewhat'' less shady, but the fact that the chapter's name is "Scam" is a tip-off.
* SmugSnake


* JerkAss
* NeverMyFault: Blames his two subordinates for his loss against Kaiji, claiming that if they didn't rush him, he would have known that Kaiji knew which card he would use for their match. One of them are quick to point out that it was because of Kitami's words that Kaiji found out in the first place.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gets one from Kaiji for trying to back out of the gamble that he and Kanji set up after Kanji convinced Furuhata and Andou to wager their stars on the match.
* WorthyOpponent: He calls Kaiji this, because they originally thought up the same strategy.

'''Yukio Tonegawa'''

* BadassInANiceSuit
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The epitome of this, right down to his ReadTheFinePrint moment after the Brave Men Road.
* [[spoiler:[[DeathByIrony Defeat By Irony]]]]
* TheDragon: To Hyoudou.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: At one point in the E-Card game, [[spoiler:he is horrified when Kaiji bets the full length of 4,5 cm and tries to talk him out of it.]]
* GracefulLoser: While begrudgingly, he still accepts to go through "Roasting Kneeling" punishment all by himself, and holds on [[spoiler:with his forehead on a red hot plate]] for 12 seconds (2 seconds more than he actually had to) before finally passing out.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow
* LargeHam: Oh yes. Tonegawa can be just as hammy as [[Creator/FumihikoTachiki the Narrator]], and he doesn't even raise his voice that often. Doesn't hurt that his voice actor is a singer, too.
* [[spoiler:PoseOfSupplication: After losing to Kaiji, Tonegawa is forced to do one of these to beg forgiveness from Hyoudou for failing him...on a red-hot iron plate.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The ''master''.
* VillainHasAPoint: His speeches on society are disturbingly thought-provoking.
* [[spoiler:WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At this point, his fate is unclear.]]

'''Mitsuzi Ishida'''

* CoolOldGuy
* CowardlyLion
* [[spoiler:CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: While he's a spineless doormat for most of the series, his death implies he has a heroic side hidden very deep inside him.]]
* [[spoiler:GoOutWithASmile]]: [[spoiler:Before falling, that is.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]
* [[spoiler:ItsAllMyFault: Blames himself for his wife being indebted.]]
* ShrinkingViolet
* TearsOfFear
* [[spoiler:TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth]]


* InASingleBound: [[spoiler:His leap in episode 14.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: his leap of faith. In spite of reach the end of the bridge, as he opens a window at the end of it, [[KaizoTrap the sudden change in air pressure blows him back and he falls to his death]].]]
* [[spoiler:LeapOfFaith: Cruelling subverted.]]
* ThePrankster


[[folder:Part 2]]

'''Yoshihiro Kurosaki'''

* AffablyEvil: If you compare him to Tonegawa, sure.
* TheDragon

'''The 45'ers'''

* CryCute: Especially Miyoshi.
* {{Determinator}}
* [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn: In a particularly depressing turn of events, Miyoshi and Maeda betray Kaiji in series 3. It takes a long while for him to realize that they never really were on his side too.]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* [[spoiler:SecretTestOfCharacter]]: [[spoiler:In the manga, they offered more of Otsuki's money to Kaiji than anyone else; this was actually a test to see what a guy he really was. If he had accepted it, he wouldn't have gotten any at all. In the anime, they never mention this.]]
* TrueCompanions

'''Hiromitsu Ishida'''

* JerkAss: Comes off as this (or at least a JerkassWoobie) at first.
* [[spoiler:ThrowTheDogABone]]: [[spoiler:Kaiji buys him out of the "hellhole" along with the 45'ers at the end of season 2.]]

'''Taro Otsuki'''

* BadBoss
* TheBully
* EyesAlwaysShut
* FatBastard
* FauxAffablyEvil
* [[spoiler:HoistByHisOwnPetard]]
* HumiliationConga: Kaiji starts a huge one ever since he discovers his cheat. [[spoiler:Being blatantly disrespectful around him to provoke his anger, in the confrontation game Kaiji exposes his loaded dice, then proves that he did try to use the dice to win the last game (this really angers the crowd), gave him a HopeSpot trap by continuing the game with conditions that [[ExactWords allows loaded dice and sharing with each other]], uses dice made from a T-bone Steak that Otsuki ate that is all ones (this means that [[OhCrap he pays quintuple]]), then when trying to retreat Kaiji reminds Otsuki to [[OhCrap finish his turn as a dealer]] (he goes twice and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard for more irony this rule is used to help him cheat]]), Kurosaki intervenes to support Kaiji's decision, and in the end and in one night he lost 18 Million Perica and is utterly destroyed by Kaiji and the 45'ers.]]
* JerkAss: By episode 5 you'll hate him so very hard.
* ManipulativeBastard
* SmugSnake: For a man who for all intents and purposes works as a slave, he sure is condescending.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:When Yoshihiro interrupts their second game, he tells him to leave in a rude way. Never mind the fact that Yoshihiro is the only one there who wears fancy clothes instead of the standard labouring uniform, and that he's accompanied by several black suits.]]
* VillainousBreakdown

'''Kotaro Sakazaki'''

* BadassLongcoat: He wears one in a flashback.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Saves the day with money "borrowed" from his boss's safe near the end of series 2.]]
* {{Determinator}}
* CoolOldGuy
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:When his plan backfires, he's shocked, resorts to magical thinking and nearly spends all his money at a horse racing track. Kaiji snaps him out of it.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold


The young host of an illegal casino famous for its pachinko machine the Man-Eating Bog, which promises a really big payout, but is in fact impossible to win at. Without tricks, that is. He also works under Teiai and is voiced by Creator/DaisukeNamikawa.

* {{Bishonen}}: Well, in-universe.
* BreakTheHaughty
* CryCute
* EvilRedhead: Anime only.
* LongerThanLifeSentence: [[spoiler: Is sentenced to work 1050 years underground after Kaiji beats the Bog and he costs Teiai 700 million Yen.]]
* TheRival
* SlasherSmile: Ichijou ''loves'' doing these. One remarkarble and truly creepy example is the grin he makes while [[spoiler:[[{{Fingore}} torturing]] Kaiji]].
* SmugSnake
* VillainousBreakdown: Loses his coolness near the end of part 2, and makes some pretty crazy facial expressions.
* [[spoiler:WeWillMeetAgain]]: [[spoiler:After his defeat, Ichijou gets sent to the "hellhole". Kaiji feels bad for him and calls him a WorthyOpponent, asking if he will get back to get revenge. Ichijou's answer is "Of course". At this point it's unknown if he will keep his promise though.]]
* WhosLaughingNow: He's waiting long and hard to invoke this trope against his old friends, who bullied him for not having a respectable job.
* [[spoiler:WorthyOpponent]]


[[folder:Parts 3 and 4]]

'''Mikoko Sakazaki'''

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Mikoko looks just like her father and is head-over-heels for Kaiji. This is PlayedForLaughs.
* {{Gonk}}
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: She ''licks Kaiji's face''.
* ThirdPersonPerson

'''Takashi Muraoka'''

* BadBoss
* EvilLaugh
* {{Gonk}}
* JerkAss
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: He might seem silly enough, but he's by no means incompetent. Which Kaiji eventually learns the hard way.
* SlasherSmile
* SmugSnake

'''Kazuya [[spoiler:Hyoudou]]'''

* AuthorTract: In-universe example. Kazuya's book is one long story about betrayal and how you can't trust anyone.
* CoolShades: Wears shades at night and inside.
* EvilRedhead: Sort of. His hair is somewhere between red and brown.
* GigglingVillain
* KavorkaMan: He frequently has at least two women hanging on him, in spite of, er, inheriting his father's looks. The money probably helps.
* LonelyRichKid: Kazuya bemoans the fact that people only like him for his family's money.
* NightmareFetishist: Takes Kaiji first to a graveyard (complete with acting out a strangulation) and then to a torture/ BDSM club. Nice.
* [[spoiler:OverlordJr]]
* [[spoiler:[[MafiaPrincess Yakuza Prince]]]]