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    Shiki Ryougi

"I can kill anything that exists - even if it's a god."

The protagonist of the series, she is a beautiful teenage girl who possesses the "Mystic Eyes of Death Perception", a supernatural ability that allows her to see and bring into reality the inherent mortality of everything. She is peaceful and maiden-like in appearance, but fiercely determined, ruthless, and aggressive in manner.

Shiki originally had both a male and female personality due to her upbringing as a member of the Ryougi clan. After recovering from a traumatic accident, Shiki discovers that she can no longer feel the her male personality's presence while also feeling an uncomfortable detachment from her memories before the accident. While she knows that she is Shiki, she does not feel that she is.

In the hopes of regaining her former identity, she puts on a cold façade that is somewhere between the thoughtful, quiet nature of the female persona and the blunt, dissolute male persona.

Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (drama CD), Maaya Sakamoto (anime)

  • Action Girl
  • Action Girlfriend: Shiki is a Knife Nut with eyes capable of seeing how to kill even a god and the love interest of the Non-Action Guy Mikiya. Mikiya can't help her in battle, but he does a good job acting as her Morality Chain.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: Her Third Personality is effectively omnipotent, but just doesn't care about anything so she hardly ever uses the nigh infinite power she possesses.
  • All There in the Manual: While Shiki's relationship with her parents in the present is said to be a bit distant, in the past, Shiki's relationship with her older brother and grandfather are heavily implied to be close (the former being confirmed in one of the pamphlets). While her relationship with her brother is a little fuzzier in the present, they're still somewhat implied to be close since he had a chat with her in the hospital post-coma, though according to Nasu, she calls him a NEET nowadays.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is tall, dark-haired, beautiful and aloof.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Though not a twin in the strictest sense, Shiki goes through something like this after she loses her male personality SHIKI.
  • Animal Motifs: Usually associated with cats. Mikiya compares her to a rabbit.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Shiki is the Void/Origin itself.
  • Anti-Hero
  • Artificial Limbs: Her left arm is prosthetic, built by Touko. Her original was twisted off by Fujino Asagami.
  • Ax-Crazy: Due to her murderous impulses, she tries to feel a sense of living through killing.
  • Babies Ever After: She has a daughter with Mikiya in the Distant Finale, named Mana.
  • Badass Adorable: Most notably when she goes all dere for Mikiya.
  • Badass Boast: "I can kill anything that exists - even if it's a god."
  • Badass in Distress: In the fifth movie, Shiki is captured by Araya at the Ogawa apartment, but she manages to escape by herself.
  • Badass Transplant: Her prosthetic arm is able to grab spirits.
  • Berserk Button: Shiki's berserk button? Hurting Mikiya Kokutou.
  • Bifauxnen: Often described as both "handsome" and "beautiful," although she definitely possesses a very feminine figure in the movies. In the novel she is described as looking and sounding fairly androgynous. In addition she uses aggressive masculine pronouns as part of the masculine persona she adapts to compensate for SHIKI's loss.
  • Big Fancy House: Before her coma, Shiki lived in a large Japanese-style mansion with a grove of bamboo beyond the outer wall. Afterwards, she lives by herself in an apartment.
  • Blood Knight: Given the right opponent, Shiki is more than happy to engage in a good old-fashioned throwdown.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: She was seen covering herself in the blood of the victims of the murders of 1995-1996. However, she wasn't the killer.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The only way to describe some of the distinctions that she draws between 'murder', 'slaughter', and 'massacre'. All of these are completely different things to her. Only one is remotely okay.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: . She might not show any desire to have been born in another century (or any desire, period, aside from the desire to kill, really), but she's a warrior woman who only feels alive in a fight to the death, her weapons of choice are the tanto (knife) and katana (sword), she wears a traditional kimono whenever posible and she uses barely any modern conveniences (the lights and refrigerator in her apartment, and a phone she doesn't actually use
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Inverted, where it's Shiki as the Brooding Girl and Mikiya as the Gentle Boy.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: And how! Shorter than the usual Badass Longcoat, but it definitely counts.
  • Bungled Suicide: It's revealed in the seventh movie that aside from being interrupted by Araya Souren, Shiki couldn't bring herself to kill Mikiya because he was everything both of her personalities wanted. Believing they could never get Mikiya, and rather than get Mikiya out of her life, she decided to get out of his and threw herself in front of a passing car. This, however, only got SHIKI killed while Shiki ended up in a coma for two years.
  • Byronic Heroine: Morally neutral? Check. Largely concerned with personal interests? Check. Disrespect of common authority? Check. Defined by conflict, inner and outer? Definitely. Attractive? Check. Introspective loner? Check. Cynical and jaded? Definitely.
  • The Cameo: In Fate/EXTRA, as a hidden boss.
    Shiki: Sorry, but you're gonna have to die. It seems that if I kill a hundred of you guys, I get to return to my home world.
  • Character Filibuster: The epilogue is basically just a half-hour straight of Shiki's third, godlike personality talking at length about the nature of the self and of Shiki's split personality with very occasional interruptions from Kokutou.
  • Chastity Couple: With Mikiya. However, in "Mirai Fukuin" it's revealed that in the distant future, they actually do have a daughter, so eventually things change between them.
  • Chekhov's Gun (And Accompanying Skill): It is shown in the second chapter that Ryougi Shiki possesses a sword and is trained in its use by her father; it is later used in the fifth chapter, though it is broken in the end.
  • Convenient Coma: A big part of the overarching story; what led to and what happens during the coma, and the repercussions after the awakening.
  • Cry Cute: Positively Cry Adorable in the finale of the film series when she thinks Mikiya died.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers an awesome one to the ghosts in the first movie.
  • Cursed with Awesome
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Cute and Psycho: In reference to the anime fandom term Yangire, Nasu labels her as a Tsungire. For the non-Japanese speakers out there, tsun means cold/aloof and gire means cut, which is indeed sums up her approach quite well.
  • Death by Despair: Narrowly averted in the seventh chapter, where, thinking she had lost Mikiya forever, she gives up on living after killing Lio. Thank goodness a Not Quite Dead Mikiya finds and embraces her very shortly after.
  • Death Glare: "It's said that you can kill someone just by looking at them, but Shiki definitely has the potential." Indeed, she shows a Death Glare later that even makes Araya Souren pale with fear (but this last bit is only mentioned in the novels).
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Basically, her entire character arc revolves around her gradual defrosting by Mikiya.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: As a result of both losing SHIKI and spending two years alone in a void during her coma, when she wakes up she struggles with a sense of emptiness and complete apathy towards everything. This is the main reason behind her cold, standoffish personality, as well as her taste for killing - fighting to the death is the only thing that makes her feel alive.
  • Determinator: Shiki never lets things like major injury slow her down for long.
  • Dissonant Serenity: "She bends down and touches the blood flowing on the ground; streaks it across her lips. The blood drips down and her body trembles in ecstasy. The first lipstick Shiki has ever worn."
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She seems to like her leather boots, but aside from that, she is always shown barefoot at her place and often shown barefoot in official artwork and such. It's mainly used as a sign of purity, especially in shots of her wearing a white kimono and with a sword in hand.
    • She actually was barefoot in the original novel during the scene where she fights with the katana, but it was altered in the movies to have her wear a pair of boots.
    • Before she took to wearing her leather boots, she wore simple wooden getas and no socks - further making her outfit stick out as anachronistic with the red jacket. They were a little bit loud when walking, but had a great practical application in breaking the bones of random thugs.
  • The Don: In Mirai Fukuuin's preface Shiki is now on her thirties, married and a mother. She seems to have come in terms to be part of a Yakuza family and she became the Ryougi Family's head.
  • Dude Magnet: Mikiya, Tomoe, and Lio are head over heels in love with her, and even those who aren't particularly romantically interested in her note that she's very beautiful.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Carries off this vibe, what with her being an aloof, bloodthirsty Blood Knight and Sociopathic Hero.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Touko flirts with her during their first meeting and says she is her type.
  • Eye Scream: In the fourth movie, Shiki crushes her eyes when her mind cannot handle the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, but doesn't lose her vision. She tries to do it again later, but is stopped by Touko.
  • Gaussian Girl: When she and Mikiya first meet.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Shiki and her obsession with large knives.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Mystic Eyes of Death Perception glow visibly blue in the movies. Shiki's eyes glow blue once in the novels, when she's considering killing Enjou Tomoe because she's restless. She decides against it.
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: Well, "Sociopathic Heroine is incredibly conservative". Shiki makes almost no use of modern conveniences except for refrigeration and electric light, almost never even answers her telephone (and she hasn't changed the answering machine's message from its default), wears traditional clothing whenever possible, seems most comfortable in Touko's ancient, run-down office, and is utterly disgusted by drugs and casual sex (although gender is more or less a non-issue for her for personal reasons; she questions Tomoe's sexuality in a completely neutral manner and tries to make a vulgar joke when the Kokutou siblings bring up the possibility of her dating Azaka's female classmates). She's also isolated, alienated, desperately lonely, and not quite mentally stable, and while there's no causal link between all this, there are definitely the same forces in her history at work.
  • Gray Eyes: Shiki has the cold/dangerous variety. Interestingly, in Melty Blood, she is one of the few characters whose eyes don't glow red (Demon) or blue (not demon) in the opening "Versus" screen of each battle.
  • The Grim Reaper: Seeing as she can kill everything including intangible forces, beings who are already dead, and spirits. She's even explicitly called a "Death God" by Touko during Book/Episode 5, "Paradox Spiral." Her ability to kill anything gets taken to its logical/absurd conclusion in Future Gospel, where she cuts the future. A precognitive, Meruka Kuramitsu, had set up a perfect and inescapable trap that would definitely kill Shiki — so she kills that possibility and, by extension, Meruka's foresight.
  • Heartbroken Badass: In the seventh movie, when she believes Mikiya is dead.
  • Heir to the Dojo: She was chosen as the next head of the Ryougi family because of her older brother's inability to manifest his second persona, but apparently lost the position after losing her own. However, in the end she gained that position once more and ultimately succeeded as the new head.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Most notably sparing Fujino's life and giving Tomoe shelter.
  • Hope Is Scary: One reason why her feelings for Mikiya initially lead her to trying to kill him. He's a normal person who always believed she was a good person herself - a constant reminder that because of her upbringing, misanthropic nature, and the world she came from, she can't be normal like she secretly yearns for. This threatens both her and SHIKI's stability.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: After meeting Mikiya. This is essentially what her and SHIKI's "dream" boils down to. Touko in the fourth chapter bluntly reminds her not to dream about it as they come from the same 'side' of the world that belongs to magi and the supernatural.
  • Important Haircut: In the fourth movie.
  • In a Single Bound
  • Innocent Cohabitation: With Tomoe when she lets him stay at her apartment.
  • It Gets Easier: The reason Mikiya kept telling her not to kill Lio, and the probable source of her Blue and Orange Morality above.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: In the fifth movie, Shiki packs out a family katana to confront her most dangerous enemy yet. Subverted, however, when Araya realizes that it's not the katana itself that makes it so dangerous, but a self-suggestion Shiki placed upon herself to bring out the most of her fighting ability, merely triggered by wielding that particular blade.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: One time she fought in a really fancy dress, and technically she does all her fighting in various kimonos.
  • Kimono Is Traditional
  • Knife Nut: Unbelievably badass with it as well. Not that she has anything against swords, as shown in her fight against Souren.
  • Lady of War: That beautiful form-fitting kimono is likely the last thing you'll ever see.
  • Leitmotif: In the movies, a specific tune is usually associated with her.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Limited Wardrobe: Shiki is shown to own three of the same jacket.
  • Loss of Identity: After she wakes up from her two year coma, while Shiki knows she is Shiki Ryougi, she does not feel that she is due to being unable to connect herself to the "her" from her memories and losing her Split Personality.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: The reason Shiki wanted Mikiya out of her life. Her growing feelings and desire to be normal threatened her grip on the world, given her rather misanthropic nature. She eventually tried to kill him and when she realized she couldn't bring herself to do it, she tried to kill herself instead. To quote, she decided that if she can't make him go away, she'll make herself go away instead.
  • Love Redeems: Mikiya's love for Shiki is the reason why she represses her murderous impulses.
  • Mafia Princess: The Ryougi family are prominent Yakuza, although she is very indifferent to her family’s business and doesn't particularly like or dislike it. What she didn't like was being groomed to be their future head.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: She appears to be completely apathetic to being hurt. Sacrificing her left arm appears to be a fair tradeoff for winning to her, and gnawing her own thumb off to get free doesn't seem to bother her either.
  • Meaningful Name: Ryougi means "two equal sides of opposites", and while Shiki can be translated to "method" or "equation", it's more accurate to say that the name was derived from "Shikigami".
  • Mistaken for Murderer: She is suspected to have a connection with the murders of 1995-1996. Her appearing covered in blood at the crime scenes doesn't make her look like an innocent. However, at the end the real culprit it's revealed to be Lio Shirazumi.
  • Multi-Gendered Split Personalities: Shiki's entire bloodline is capable of developing this if a specific ritual is performed when they're infants, though she's the heir of the family rather than her older brother because he was unable to manifest his second personality. Shiki's male personality SHIKI was killed during the car accident that left her in a coma two years ago; a major plot point is Shiki accepting SHIKI's loss and moving on.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: Though not an actual sibling, Shiki does something like this for her male personality by adopting his masculine behaviour and speech patterns after losing him.
  • No Social Skills: To a degree.
  • Noble Demon: Shiki has Blue and Orange Morality and loves to fight, but she has standards and a kind of sense of responsibility. She loves killing people who are worth killing, but dislikes killing those who won't effectively fight back. She also dislikes the way Fujino Asagami kills as she pleases and only goes to fight her when she kills someone uninvolved with her revenge.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: She says she dislikes just thinking about someone else touching her hair. Although, according to Nasu and Takeuchi in an interview in the movie pamphlets, Kaname Ryougi, her older brother, was the only one she actually allowed to touch and fix her hair. Not even Mikiya was allowed this privilege.
  • Nominal Hero: A firm anti-heroine. If Shiki's enemies weren't all evil, and if it wasn't for Mikiya, she would have no virtues at all.
  • Official Couple: With Mikiya.
  • Ojou: Technically. Her family had effectively retired from the task of demon hunting, but they remained wealthy landowners. She also fits the Ice Queen variety. Her actual tomboyish, blunt and aggressive personality for most of the series doesn't fit this at all, but before she lost SHIKI the original female personality fit this perfectly.
  • One-Hit Kill: Co-deity of it, along with Tohno Shiki.
  • Opposites Attract: With Mikiya.
  • Ore Onna: Notably uses the aggressive-masculine pronoun of ore to refer to herself in spite of being the portrait of a classical dignified Japanese lady. She goes back to using watashi in the post-credits scene of the seventh movie, indicating that she had accepted both her past and present self.
  • Pet the Dog: Typically involving Mikiya (or Enjou Tomoe), and very strange but still sweet viewed in the light of it being Shiki. She also quite literally pets the dog in "Oblivion Recorder", when Azaka's roommate's pet collie becomes attached to her.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: Shiki is an aloof, bloodthirsty Blood Knight and Sociopathic Hero, while her love interest Mikiya is a sweet, incredibly patient and pacifist Nice Guy. Taken to its logical extreme when Shiki once puts a knife to his throat and threatens to kill him.
  • Pretty in Mink: Her jacket has a fur collar.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: Shiki was raised as a male to be a suitable heir to the family business, although Shiki herself was never really into it, especially after her male personality died and she met Mikiya, leaving her household to live by herself in an apartment.
  • Reality Warper: Her Third Personality is capable of destroying or recreating any aspect of existence at will. However, she never uses her powers and Shiki doesn't know about them.
  • Red Herring: She's made look as the prime suspect of the murders of 1995-1996. It really doesn't help she's always seen in front of the corpses covered in blood. However, the real killer turns out to be Lio Shirazumi.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Shiki is a borderline psychotic sociopath who, nonetheless, is one of the "good guys" because most of the people she fights are even worse. Her sidekick and love interest Mikiya, on the other hand, is a compassionate and morally upstanding individual with whom everyone wants to be friends—including some of the villains Shiki has to fight later.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Her SHIKI personality, her male personality and the one responsible for her murderous tendencies, has the speech and gestures of a child. To an extent, this is what she in general amounts to: a cold-hearted assassin who is only really enjoying herself when fighting and who has a rather simplistic view towards other people.
  • The Sacred Darkness: For what is essentially the human personification of the Grim Reaper, she manages to stay away from the typical villain tropes rather well, even getting a Theme Music Power-Up reminiscent of religious chanting. It helps that she is also essentially a void goddess.
  • Shatterpoint Tap: She uses her power this way, visualizing the weakpoints and mortality of her targets, then striking exactly at that point, or cutting along the lines, she obliterates them.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She loves the Nice Guy Mikiya, who has sworn to stay devoted to her and be by her side no matter what happens.
  • Slasher Smile
    Shiki: Hmph. I see, you really are quite something. In that case... (cue Psycho Strings) ...I'LL JUST HAVE TO KILL YOU!
  • Sociopathic Heroine: Both the Hero and the Sociopathic played up very much. It's weird.
  • Split Personality: To a much more complicated degree than usual. It's not that they're a single personality that was split - they were always separate entities that happened to occur in the same body. The Ryougi Family has the supernatural ability of dual personalities, which resulted in Shiki having both a (dominant) female side and a male side. The male's personality is carefree with a free-radical nature and talks like a guy, while the female's is brooding and uses Keigo.
  • The Stoic: Shiki usually has the same bored expression on her face. Her disinterest in other human beings started it, but it's her connection to the Root that made her empty.
  • Story-Breaker Power: She discusses the full extent of her powers in the original epilogue to the novels. It turns out Story-Breaker Power would be putting it lightly.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Shiki is often very brusque, businesslike, and aloof, although she does reveal a much more human and compassionate side towards Mikiya.
  • Super Speed
  • Technical Pacifist: Limits herself to avoid killing in the end for Mikiya's sake.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Whenever Shiki begins doing something particularly epic, a suitably epic background track starts up; the music used in these scenes changes from movie to movie, if not from scene to scene, but manages to stay relatively similar overall (the tracks from her showdown with Araya Souren and her fight with Asagami Fujino are great examples).
  • Tomboy: Almost to the point of being a girl in biology only... However, a lot of this is a conscious front put on as a memorial to her deceased male personality.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Azaka's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: For such a tomboy, Shiki likes to wear fancy kimono. Also, she at first says she doesn't like ice cream since her male personality loathes it, but it eventually becomes her favourite snack.
  • Tomboyish Name: The "Shiki" in Ryougi Shiki is a neutral name, hence Tohno Shiki of Tsukihime.
  • Tomboyish Voice: She has such a low voice that she could easily pass as a teenage boy that hasn't broken his voice yet. The fact that she talks like a guy and doesn't exactly act like a lady doesn't help.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In her fight against Araya Souren, Shiki becomes exponentially more proficient and deadly once she gets her hands on a katana. And what's even more badass than that? Shiki's third personality.
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Touko's Neither and Azaka's Femme.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bottled water, of all things (it's the only thing we ever see in her fridge). She says multiple times that she hates sweet food. She's also very much associated with strawberry Häagen-Dazs ice cream, even though her male personality loathes it. As she comes to terms with his loss, however, this becomes Shiki's favourite snack.
  • Tranquil Fury
  • Tsundere: She can be gruff towards Mikiya, but there's no doubt that she loves him.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Unscrupulous Hero
  • Uptown Girl: Shiki's family are wealthy landowners while Mikiya belongs to the middle-class.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: If you hurt Mikiya, you are dead.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Azaka. See Azaka's entry for more details.
  • When She Smiles: The first time she shows a genuine smile during the third chapter.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Subverted, for the most part. While she's definitely one in appearance, in truth, she's just a Dissonantly Serene Blood Knight Knife Nut. Unless you happen to meet the "Third Personality", where she is this in full.
  • Yandere: Being both "yan" and "dere" at the same time, as she seems to confuse her feelings for Mikiya as a desire to kill him.

    Mikiya Kokutou

"I guess it can't be helped. I'll bear your sins in your place."

An unassuming Ordinary High-School Student, he is the male protagonist of the series. After initially seeing Shiki in the snow, Mikiya confronts her and becomes her only friend. He becomes more and more attracted to Shiki as she confides in him until an accident leaves Shiki in a coma for two years. After crossing paths with dollmaker Touko Aozaki, he drops out of college to work for her as an investigator.

After Shiki awakens from her coma, Mikiya finds he still has feelings for her and vice versa. Their relationship continues to grow throughout the remainder of the series.

Voiced by: Kentaro Ito (drama CD), Kenichi Suzumura (anime), Eri Kitamura (Child in the sixth movie)

  • Actual Pacifist
  • All-Loving Hero: He's a compassionate and morally upstanding individual with whom everyone wants to be friends and he's able to bring out the best of people, including those like Shiki and to lesser extent, Lio. For God's sake, he once goes as far as to shelter a rapist from street justice so he can turn him over to the police instead and later he opposes killing Lio despite the fact that Lio had told Mikiya himself that the next time they meet he wouldn't be able to restrain his urges to murder him.
  • Babies Ever After: He and Shiki have a daughter named Mana in the Distant Finale.
  • Badass Normal: Oddly, he's one of the few characters who can be described as Badass AT BEING Normal. Like stated in Unfazed Everyman below, his Origin is Normalcy which makes him normal to the extreme. One of the effects this has is that he can give a very neutral viewpoint, which means he can easily listen to what other people say with an open mind while also letting others view him as very non threatening so they're more likely to open up. As a result he's able to easily make friends with pretty much anyone he wants. It's to the point that even when Lio has reached his breaking point of sanity, he notices that he hasn't fully lost it yet likely just due to Mikiya being present as he still recognizes him as a person who legitimately was always trying to help.
  • Badass Pacifist
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Inverted, where it's Mikiya as the Gentle Boy and Shiki as the Brooding Girl.
  • Chastity Couple: With Shiki. However, in "Mirai Fukuin" it's revealed that in the distant future, they actually do have a daughter.
  • Chick Magnet: Mikiya has Shiki, Kirie, Fujino, and even his own sister Azaka in love with him.
  • Determinator: In the seventh movie, Lio crushes his leg and then, just to be a complete dick, stabs it as well. And then, after refusing to take a drug that will prevent him from dying due to the effects of another drug, Lio stabs Mikiya in the face. Does any of this stop Mikiya from limping on said leg and then clawing his way to Shiki? Hell no.
  • Devoted to You: Mikiya's persistence to be by Shiki's side is insane. No matter how much she tried to push him away, even when she claimed to be a murderer, he wouldn't leave her alone. Not even attacking him with a knife affected his feelings for Shiki and he went to visit her at the hospital every week until she woke up from her coma.
  • Disney Death: In the seventh chapter/movie.
  • Distressed Dude: In the first movie, his soul is captured by Kirie Fujou and Shiki has to save him.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Shiki, to an insane extent, though he doesn't have a stalker vibe to him. He's incredibly patient with Shiki and nothing she tries to do will keep him away from her for long.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Or at least Lio does, according to Word of God.
  • Everyone Can See It: When he was in high school, it was obvious to everyone that he had a crush on Shiki. When one of his friends asked him if they were dating, Mikiya responded with a Spit Take and the usual She Is Not My Girlfriend/Just Friends talk.
  • Eye Scream: Loses an eye in the last chapter/movie courtesy of Lio.
  • The Fettered: For God's sake, in Remaining Sense of Pain he shelters a rapist from street justice so he can turn him over to the police instead, even though he's viscerally disgusted (see the Scary Shiny Glasses example below).
  • First-Person Smartass: On occasion, in the novels.
  • Good Is Dumb: His niceness usually leads him to do very stupid things. He even says he gets called an idiot a lot. On the other hand he is a competent researcher and detective and has no lack of book smarts.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes
  • Living Emotional Crutch:
    • To Shiki. Having Mikiya by her side is what maintains her mostly stable while dealing with her loss of sense of self and the death of her split personality. When she thinks Lio killed Mikiya, Shiki decides she doesn't care about anything anymore, murders Lio and falls over to the ground with no intention to get up again. Mikiya then claws his way back to her and promises to not leave her alone ever again.
    • While it's less obvious, he is also this to Lio. Mikiya was his Only Friend and the only person who truly cared about him, but Lio didn't realize how much Mikiya meant to him until it was too late. After he believes he killed Mikiya, Lio snaps completely and goes more Ax-Crazy than he already was.
  • Love at First Sight: He fell in love with Shiki the moment he first saw her that snowy night.
  • Love Martyr: He knows very well that Shiki is a complicated and dangerous woman with a lot of issues, but absolutely nothing, not even her outright trying to kill him, will keep Mikiya from staying by Shiki's side whether she wants it or not.
  • Megane
  • Morality Chain: The only reason Shiki doesn't go around killing people is because she understands that she would break Mikiya's heart if she betrayed his trust. Lio knows this and tries to break the chain by threatening her about killing him. And it works; once he (incorrectly) tells Shiki he killed Mikiya, Lio is diced into half a dozen pieces before he even hits the ground.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Mikiya is the only one who can bring out Sociopathic Hero Shiki's human and compassionate side.
    • Also, Lio is usually mild around Mikiya, acting like his old self only towards him.
  • Nice Guy: Kokutou is a really decent, polite and patient guy, and a devout Zen Buddhist.
  • Non-Action Guy: Mikiya sticks to investigation and information gathering, which he is very good at, and leaves all the fighting to Shiki.
  • Oblivious to Love: Has no idea of Azaka's feelings for him. Or anyone aside of Shiki.
  • Occult Detective: Since he didn't want to go to college without Shiki, Mikiya got a job as an assistant investigator in Touko's pseudo-detective agency that pursues cases with supernatural or abnormal elements.
  • Official Couple: With Shiki.
  • The One Guy: The only recurring male character among the protagonists.
  • Only Friend: To Shiki and Lio.
  • Opposites Attract: With Shiki.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: When he met Shiki, he was just an extremely normal high school student with exceptionally average grades who got himself involved in some weird stuff when he fell in love with a girl with a male split personality who could be a murderer. After Shiki ended up in a coma, Mikiya didn't want to go to college without her after graduating high school and started working under Touko as an assistant investigator.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: As of the 7th movie. Justified as it covers the eye he lost.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: Mikiya is a sweet, incredibly patient and pacifist Nice Guy, while Shiki is an aloof, bloodthirsty Blood Knight and Sociopathic Hero.
  • Really Dead Montage: In the seventh movie. Subverted in that he was Not Quite Dead.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: He's Sociopathic Hero Shiki's gentle and compassionate sidekick who is always trying to bring out the best of her and stop her from going too far on her enemies.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: The third movie after Keita Minato confesses how he and his gang repeatedly raped Fujino Asagami.
    Mikiya: You. Shut up.
  • Secret Keeper: After finding Shiki standing in front of a headless corpse, he didn't tell the police, deciding to believe she isn't the Serial Killer. Also, he promises Shiki's Third Personality to not tell Shiki about her existence and powers.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Azaka. Mikiya's Origin is Normalcy; Azaka's is Taboo.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He loves Shiki and no one else. He even claims that he wouldn't mind if Shiki were male...
  • Sophisticated as Hell: "She is either an eminent virtuoso, or just a big weirdo."
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Even the official manga translation can't seem to decide if it's "Kokutou", "Kokuto" or "Kokutoh".
  • Supporting Protagonist
  • Unbroken Vigil: During Shiki's two year coma, Mikiya goes to visit her every week. This even earns him the nickname "Puppy-kun" among the hospital staff.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Shiki tried to keep Mikiya away from her by revealing SHIKI to him. Mikiya, however, didn't care at all about SHIKI and his warnings and wanted to stay close to Shiki. He says that he doesn't care if Shiki is normal or not as long they can be together.
  • Unfazed Everyman: A completely normal guy working for a magus. Nothing out of the ordinary there... His Origin is stated to be normalcy, after all. All things considered, he might as well be considered a Badass Normal.
  • Weirdness Censor: Doesn't have one. In fact, Touko found it odd that he was able to find her and ask her for a job; given that she had spells around her office to make people ignore her.

    Touko Aozaki
Touko is an extremely powerful sorceress who masquerades as a puppet maker and occasionally a designer of buildings. Together with Mikiya, she runs a pseudo-detective agency that pursues cases with supernatural or abnormal elements.

She is a powerful Magus, able to reproduce parts of a body that can be used in place of the part that was lost. This proves useful as she can not only reproduce the part to perfection, but can augment it with her magic as well.

She is the sister of Aoko Aozaki and was the creator of the glasses that Shiki Tohno wears, as well as Shirou Emiya's new body in the True End of Heaven's Feel.

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (drama CD), Takako Honda (anime)

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Short, blue hair in the novels and long red hair in the movies to make her look more like her sister.
  • Artificial Human: Her greatest achievement as a doll maker was the development of a process to make perfect copies of herself that will awake when the current her dies. As one of the Toukos dies in "Paradox Spiral", this means either she was a copy up till that point in the story, or became one afterwards... assuming the "original" Touko wasn't already long dead. Touko herself suggests it doesn't really matter, pointing out since her other selves are all perfect copies, she can't even prove that the "original" her is / was any more real than the "artificial" her anyway.
  • Badass Bookworm: Knowledgeable in loads of fields.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Benevolent Boss: Although she's not good about paycheques. That said, she hauls Mikiya and Shiki out of trouble a few times apparently for no reason other than that they work for her.
  • Berserk Button: She's usually pretty calm, but if you call her a "dirty red," calm turns to Tranquil Fury and you're dead. It's her policy. But that's not even her real Berserk Button. Calling her a rotten red is just a way of mocking her and saying she plays second fiddle to her little sister. Her real Berserk Button is her little sister herself. Let's just say their rivalry has gotten rather bad a good few times in the past. It is also amusing to note that since the fifth movie came out, calling her a "dirty red" or simply mentioning that name on certain Imageboards bears a similar result to saying Candleja
  • Bi the Way: She blatantly flirts with Shiki the first time they meet. She also agrees to go on a date with Daisuke in the sixth chapter, and one of the men who appears in Mahou Tsukai No Yoru is an ex-lover of hers, and then there's the infamous open-mouthed kiss she gives Alice Kuonji from the same game. And Nasu says one of the first things she does when she moves to a new backup body is hunt for pretty girls.
  • Body Backup Drive: Played for Drama. As a genius dollmaker, she figured out how to create perfect copies of her own body which awaken when her current "container" is destroyed... which brings up existential questions of what it even means to be "real" if you can be perfectly replaced.
  • But Now I Must Go: Decides in the last chapter that she's been hanging around one area too long and moves on.
  • Cain and Abel: With Aoko, the Abel who (unintentionally) stole the rights of the Family Head of Aozaki Clan. Touko entered the Clock Tower academy to get her revenge on her, making her the Cain.
  • The Cameo: She has been seen in Fate/EXTRA. Along with her beloved little sister Aoko in the very same room, no less.
  • Christmas Cake: Touko is about twenty-seven or twenty-eight. She was a high school student during a fad for pop-a-point pencils (in The '80s) and the parts of the story in which she appears take place between 1998 and 1999.
  • Color Character: In compounds the 橙 kanji in her name means orange (and can be read as Tou___). Alba calls her 橙色の魔術師, the Orange Magus, and Mikiya mentions that Touko always seems to wear something orange as a rule. In one particular case, she was wearing black pants and a white shirt for a funeral, but she also wore one orange earring just to make a point.
    • In the movies, she is wearing orange earrings, a necklace with an orange stone, orange painted fingernails and occasionally an orange coat.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts this way towards Mikiya and Shiki. Not so much towards her actual sister, though.
  • Creepy Good: Although she is the boss through which our heroes are employed, Touko has an uncomfortable tendency to find amusement, if not outright viciously laugh at the irony of human suffering rather feel compassion.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Has red hair and eyes in everything but the original novel release.
  • Death Is Cheap: Thanks to what basically amounts to Body Backup Drive by means of one-to-one copies of herself that automatically awake when the current her dies, she can't be killed by any conventional means... not that the existential angst over realizing you can die and still be perfectly replaced is any less horrifying.
  • Drives Like Crazy: When Touko gets behind the wheel in the third movie, Mikiya's reactions tell us that she's like this. We find out in the 5th movie that she never went to driving school, which explains a lot.
  • Eccentric Mentor: She almost never has the money to pay her apprentices because she has a habit of making impulse purchases of weird things. There's also the massive collection of doll parts... and just about everything else about her.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Has a series of suitcases filled with increasingly terrifying shadow monsters, with the strongest we see having a multi-limbed shoggoth looking thing inside it that eats her enemies alive. She herself edges towards Humanoid Abomination, as she's created an endless series of Body Backup Drive copies that will replace the current her with the exact same personality and memories, one after another, the second the latest her dies, much to the existential horror of those unlucky enough to find out.
    Cornelius: Then was the you I've been dealing with this entire time... no... are... are you real?
    Touko: Really now... what's the point of a question like that when I'm the one you're asking!
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: At her core, this is what she boils down to (especially if you take into account her actions and personality in Mahou Tsukai No Yoru as effectively the Big Bad Friend of that story). She may be a complete monster, but she'll be damned if Shiki or the Kokutou siblings will end up the same.
  • The Glasses Come Off: With her glasses on, she's comparatively nice. When they're off, she's much more rude.
  • Hive Mind: Exploited to implement her Body Backup Drive concept. Her untold number of copies are all being fed memories and experiences through a magical connection from the current her. So as soon the current Touko dies, the next Touko wakes up with the same mind, abilities, and memories to continue right where the last her left off.
  • Lack of Empathy: Like many magi. Oh, she understands human feelings and pain. She is just so clinical and logical about it that she just doesn't care.
    Shiki: Are you... human?
    Touko: I'm a magus.
  • Loss of Identity: Downplayed with Touko, who at one point created an exact duplicate of her body, down to the last detail, which made her realize that her own individuality was completely meaningless, as that body could exist as her on its own. She links it to her consciousness and sets it to wake up the instant her current body dies, so it quite literally is her, complete with memories, and she sees no meaningful difference between that body and any other body she might make and use.
  • Marionette Master: Subverted. She does create an army of "puppets," but for a vastly different reason.
  • The Masquerade: She is allegedly an architectural draftsman and toy designer. Her workplace is one of the main settings; not only is this not all she does, she's barely ever shown doing it at all.
  • Meganekko: Sometimes, when she has her glasses on. When they're off she tends to get... unpleasant. Was a straight example when she was younger.
  • Nominal Hero: She's a supernatural detective because it's the best way to make a truckload of money with her skills, not out of any sense of justice or decency. And oh, it helps to kill the boredom of day to day existence.
  • Occult Detective: She works as an investigator for cases with supernatural or abnormal elements.
  • Only in It for the Money: She works as a supernatural detective because she can get tons of money from it, no other reason in particular.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Aoko's Red Oni.
  • Renaissance Man: She is, in name or in fact, an architectural draftsman, toy designer, bunraku puppet theatre techie, magus, detective, and speech therapist.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Has a short tenure as one in Paradox Spiral, where Araya rips out her heart but keeps her head alive to prevent her fail-safe duplicate from awakening.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With Aoko. Unlike other examples of this trope, this is taken in an uglier direction, lasting for years and splitting the two apart, the crux of it being Touko wanted the "Blue" title and the magic skill that Aoko had.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Aoko. Aoko is much more cheerful and outgoing while Touko is more reserved.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Like a chimney. Just try finding a shot of her ashtray where it's not full of cigarette butts.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Even moreso than Shiki. In "Paradox Spiral" she kills a long time colleague simply for the crime of calling her hated college nickname "Dirty Red" (a slight against her being second best to her little sister), and even let's slip since college she kills every magus who calls her that.
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Azaka's Femme and Shiki's Butch.
  • Tranquil Fury
  • Tsurime Eyes: Has eyes that slant slightly away from her forehead, to signify her maturity in comparison to the younger Shiki and Mikiya.

    Azaka Kokutou

"I have a confession. I love special things."

Mikiya's younger sister, who is obsessed with him. She becomes an apprentice of Touko due to her rivalry against Shiki and is talented in the magic of ignition.

Azaka actually likes Shiki and vice-versa, but both of them have trouble expressing it due to the fact that they have feelings for Mikiya. She is short-sighted, easily-agitated, and impulsive, but is good-natured at heart and a more-than-competent combatant. She is the protagonist of the sixth movie.

Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (drama CD), Ayumi Fujimura (anime)

    Souren Araya
A former Buddhist monk who has lived for around 300 years and a previous acquaintance of Touko from the Sorcerer's Association, he is a major antagonist of the series who appears during the fifth movie.

Though he may be an average Magus at face value, he is highly skilled in the creation of Boundary Fields. Over the course of the series, he sets into motion an elaborate scheme involving awakening supernatural powers in others in order to further his own goal of reaching the Origin.

Voiced by: Joji Nakata

  • Alas, Poor Villain: As Souren Araya dies, we learn that he was so torn up about being unable to save people he at least wanted their deaths to be known and recorded.
  • Badass Baritone: Being voiced by Joji Nakata makes this a given.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He started out as one.
  • Barrier Warrior: Has the ability to manipulate boundary fields, which he can wield offensively.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: Rips Touko's heart out of her chest.
  • Big Bad: Arguably the main antagonist of the series seeing as he's pretty much responsible for everything bad that happens to Shiki after she meets Mikiya in high school.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He easily defeats Shiki the first time around and disintegrates Enjou before he even gets to land a blow.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Inverted. Despite being one of the most important characters in the series, he only appears in the fifth movie. If we're counting flashbacks, then he also appears in a few in the seventh movie as well.
  • Evil Plan: Collect and record the deaths of people, and reach the Origin so he can end the world to prevent more meaningless deaths.
  • Genius Loci: His experimental apartment complex.
  • Harmful Healing: In the third movie, he repairs Fujino's cracked vertebrae and restores her sense of feeling. Yes, this is an evil act.
  • Hidden Eyes: Almost always, but he's the God of this trope.
  • Implacable Man: His Origin of stillness should give you an indication of just how implacable he is. This Origin bites him in the ass later, when, on the ground with a broken sword sticking in his chest, but with his dream of reaching the Origin a few feet away (Ryougi having been knocked unconscious by the impact), his body refuses to move.
    Araya: I see... truly my Origin is stillness.
  • Kung-Fu Jesus: One of his arms has a Buddha's remains grafted onto it, making him nearly unkillable when combined with the power of his Origin.
  • Man Behind the Man: He is the catalyst of villainy in most villains in the series.
  • Manipulative Bastard: To pretty much everyone, but especially Lio Shirazumi.
  • Meaningful Name: In Buddhism, the collective unconscious of humanity, it's will to survive, and therefore the "collective pool of humankind's selfishness", is called Arayashiki. Touko points out the irony of Araya having the very same name as that which he detests.
    • Fridge Logic: If Araya really was a Buddhist monk, how come he of all people didn't know this (judging from his startled reaction when Touko mentioned the above)?
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Nigh indestructible due to his Origin of "Stillness" and having a Buddha's remains grafted onto his left arm - combined, these were even able to block the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. For a little while, at least. Not only that, but in the original novels, he still had a considerable lifespan left after Shiki pierces him in his death dot. That's typical Nasuverse logic — the longer something has existed and the more magically powerful, the longer it will take to "die" completely when killed. There's some Dead Apostle Ancestors who have been dead for millennia and still exist.
  • No Cure for Evil: Subverted. Araya is very good at healing. He repairs Fujino's cracked vertebrae. That was not a nice thing to do.
  • Really 700 Years Old: More like 300, but who's counting?
  • Start of Darkness: A flashback/dream shows him standing in the aftermath of a bloody conflict 200 years ago, looking at the corpse of a little boy who got caught up in it. He resolves that since he cannot save anybody, he will at least collect and record the deaths of people and reach the Origin so he can end this world so there can be no more meaningless deaths.
  • The Stoic
  • Super Speed: Shown to be able to dodge a bullet after it has been fired.
  • Tragic Villain: When Touko calls him pathetic, she means it in the original sense.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: His reasoning for wanting to eradicate what he considers a Crapsack World.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist

    Kirie Fujou

"Can you fly?"

A member of the Fujou clan, she appears as the antagonist of the first movie. As a child, she was stricken with a terminal illness and has been bedridden ever since. Her powers grant her the ability to unconsciously perpetuate the Fujou Building Suicides, which are the main focus of the first movie.

Voiced by: Miki Ito (drama CD), Rie Tanaka (anime)


Shiki's male personality that she lost after the car accident.

Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto

  • Death of Personality: He dies after the car accident, which gives Shiki a connection to death while she's still alive. What's left is the hole that is her so-called "Third Personality."
  • Girly Run: Runs like this in the movie adaptation when chased by Mikiya just before committing suicide.
  • Heroic Sacrifice
  • Posthumous Character: While we do get to see him a couple of times in the chronologically first chapter/movie, most of his characterization comes from flashbacks and dialogue later in the chronology of the series.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: He confirms to this teenage boy stereotype.
  • Split Personality

    Fujino Asagami


The main focus of the third movie, she is a classmate and friend of Azaka. Fujino is secretly a killer and her murders are seemingly a way of giving her inner peace. She has the ability to bend space/objects with her mind and later gains clairvoyance, allowing her to bend objects without needing to see them.

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Had black hair in the novels, while the films give her very dark purple.
  • Anti-Villain: She's an unrepentant murderer, but Fujino remains one of the more sympathetic characters in the series. Good thing Shiki decides not to kill her.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She fell in love with her sempai Mikiya because he helped her after she sprained her ankle during a track meet when she was in junior high school.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Fujino is noted to be a model student, kind to classmates and never causing trouble at school, but she is also just as dangerous as Shiki is.
  • Broken Bird: A sorrowful person who has known almost nothing but either apathy or pain - and several people use this to victimize her.
  • Bully Hunter: Taken Up to Eleven. Basically, Fujino is to sexual abuse what the Bear Jew is to the Holocaust.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a brief cameo she makes her return in Future Gospel. She ends up talking Miyazuki out of suicide and later spends Christmas with Azaka and Shine.
  • The Cameo: She briefly appeared in the beginning of movie 6.
  • Clairvoyance: She gains this ability near the end of the third movie at the cost of her eyesight going bad.
  • Cute and Psycho: She's cute, nice and just as dangerous as Shiki is.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She was the main focus for Mirai Fukuin "Daylight", a manga sidestory where she helps out Miyazuki, a friend of one of the Fujou suicide victims.
  • Death Glare: Upon activating her psychic abilities.
  • Disc One Final Boss: The most powerful telekinetic master in the entire Nasuverse, bar-none; and yet the Tragic Villain of but one chapter in its multiverse of sagas.
  • Dissonant Serenity
  • The Dog Bites Back: She tears apart the gang that repeatedly raped her after she recovers her sensation.
  • Evil Feels Good: While she tries to deny it, she actually enjoys killing.
  • Extreme Doormat: As a result of her inability to feel pain, Fujino is extremely passive.
  • Fan Disservice: The scenes of Fujino being abused and raped by the delinquents.
  • Feel No Pain: She keeps this a secret from everyone else so they don't think she's abnormal. She was even repeatedly raped by a gang because of her passivity and unwillingness to tell anyone about the absence of pain. She starts getting her sensation back in fits after one of the gang hits her with a baseball bat. When another tried to stab her with a knife, she found she wanted to live despite the pain, awakened her powers and killed everyone else in the room. The injury worsens and causes her to lash out with her abilities though it turns out there was never a stab wound - she has an agonising abdominal disease that's slowly killing her. It turns out that the lack of pain was the result of her step-father medicating her as a child to seal her psychic powers before they got out of hand.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a normal and passive model student to a terrifyingly powerful telekinetic with endless reserves of rage.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: That thing above about her father sealing her powers? Yeah, turns out that ended up increasing them when they finally unlock.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: As the result of using her powers in the climax, she damages her eyesight, and has to walk with a cane afterwards.
  • Hime Cut: Conveying her status as a member of a powerful family.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Why she hid her insensitivity, and (she says) why she hunts down the remaining gang members.
  • Ill Girl: Her abdominal pain is not caused by a knife wound, as she initially believed, but by a terminal case of appendicitis. In addition to this, she is stated to suffer from Devic's disease, an attack of which causes significant impairment to her eyesight near the end of Remaining Sense of Pain.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Her killing of the gang that raped her.
  • Last of Her Kind: The last of the Asakami clan, though the Asagami branch (where her step-father comes from) continues to thrive.
  • Mind over Matter: Her ability to telekinetically bend things.
  • Not So Different: To Shiki. Though, Shiki's the one who keeps saying that.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Outright stated by Word of God to be the most powerful telekinetic-user in the entire Nasuverse. In the climax of her movie, she brings down a suspension bridge just to get Shiki.
  • Rape and Revenge: As gruesome as their deaths are, it's still very, very difficult to feel sorry for the men who raped her.
  • Rape as Backstory: She was repeatedly raped by a gang. She killed them after one of them hit her with a baseball bat and unlocked her sensation of pain along her powers.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has waist-length hair.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Though it's when the red becomes combined with green that you need to make peace with your gods.
  • Sempai/Kohai: She has a crush on an old sempai from when she was in junior high school. Ironically, she does not know that he is Azaka's brother.
  • Shower of Angst: Takes a shower at the beginning of the movie when Mikiya lets her stay at his place for the night.
  • Squishy Wizard: Fujino brings down an entire bridge to crush Shiki, but once Shiki closes the distance and Fujino's agony becomes unbearable she is helpless to defend herself.
  • Stealth Mentor: She attacks Miyazuki with her powers, in order to help her with her Survivor Guilt in Mirai Fukuin "Daylight".
  • Superpower Lottery: When her eyesight begins to fail her, she gains clairvoyance to make up for it. Combined with her telekinesis, she can potentially bend (and break) anything, anywhere. Shiki even complains about it to Touko after the battle.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair.

    Tomoe Enjou

"Ah, I wish this spiral was a paradox..."

The central character of the fifth movie, he is a high school student who crosses paths with Shiki Ryougi after she saves him from a group of bullies. He hides out in Shiki's apartment after admitting to her that he was forced to kill his parents because of his recurring dreams of getting killed by his mother.

Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara

    Cornelius Alba
Appearing in the fifth movie as an antagonist alongside Souren Araya, he is the Director of the Sponheim Abbey and an old acquaintance of both Araya and Touko from the Sorceror's Association.

He has an inferiority complex regarding Touko and sided with Araya in order to defeat her to prove his superiority. In terms of raw power and ability, he is technically more powerful than either of his colleagues, but lacks the finesse and versatility to make the most of his strength.

Voiced by: Koji Yusa

  • All There in the Manual: Apart from Touko, Alba canonically has bad compatibility against Kayneth Archibald El Melloi from Fate/Zero.
  • The Archmage: According to Word of God, he's by far one of the strongest non-Servant Magi we have ever seen, with a 500-year old bloodline and more Magic Circuits than Araya and Touko combined. Unfortunately, he doesn't get to show this off.
  • Asshole Victim: If he were any less horrible, what Touko did to him might have crossed the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Ax-Crazy: Cornelius Alba is a whole lot of crazy, but with sorcery instead of an axe.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Big, Friendly Dog: He has a Doberman familiar that he cares about a great deal.
  • Blood Knight
  • The Cameo: Shown for just a moment in Fate/Zero, episode 18, using the aforementioned fire skills to torch a village.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Anime only. The novel gives him more depth.
  • The Dragon: To Araya, in the fifth movie at least.
  • Driven by Envy: The root of his hatred of Touko.
  • Expy: Basically the most repulsive parts of Willy Wonka and Alexander De-Large rolled into one humanoid mass; combining the arrogance and loud fashion sense of both. He even goes as far as to gleefully sing Bethoven's 9th Symphony 4th Movement, the favorite tune of Alex from A Clockwork Orange, when he tried to murder Mikiya in a chillingly sadistic torture scene.
  • Famous Ancestor: A direct descendant of renaissance scholar (and in Nasuverse's Alternate History, magus) Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim.
  • Hime Cut: Rare Male Example.
  • Informed Ability: In the anime, anyway. Alba is an absolute top tier Magus, but Touko doesn't engage those abilities and crushes him almost effortlessly.
  • Jerkass
  • Karmic Death: Araya gave him Touko's still-aware head after he "killed" her. Albus proceeds to play with it like a toy, mutilate it, and insults it before he destroys it...and its destruction flips Touko's consciousness into a shiny new body, with which she gruesomely murders him. Good riddance, you son of a bitch.
  • Leitmotif: A waltz accompanied by a eerie-sounding flute, befitting his obsessive nature hidden beneath a façade of class and elegance, named Magician in the compilation soundtrack. A more sinister reprise can be heard in Spiral of the same soundtrack.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • A Love to Dismember: With Touko's severed - but still living and aware - head.
  • Mad Scientist: A co-creator of Araya's baffling death-trap of an apartment complex.
  • Older Than He Looks: Though he's really an old man, he uses his magic to give himself the appearance of a handsome young man. His real appearance comes through when he get upset however.
  • Nice Hat: Nifty red tophat.
  • Playing with Fire: Has the ability to incant eight lines in under two seconds and create a fire blast of over 1000 degrees, and then simply shout "Repeat!" to instantly do it over again. The author compares him to a fighting game character who fights by spamming super moves at will. Only shown in the original novel, though.
  • Psycho for Hire: Araya needs him for his skills in puppetry. That Cornelius is batshit insane is something he just kinda deals with.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: According to Word of God, Touko's "pizza crackers".

    Misaya Ouji
Appearing in the sixth movie, she is senior at Reien Girl's Academy and known to be strict but fair. Has the power to control "fairies" thanks to Satsuki.

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki

    Satsuki Kurogiri
Appearing as an antagonist in the sixth movie, he is a Magus known as God's Word. He has the ability to manipulate others through words alone.

Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu

  • Compelling Voice: Has the ability to control people's minds, as well restore people's memories by recalling them from their souls.
  • Cunning Linguist: The only sorcerer in the world to be able to speak the ancient Unified Language.
  • Demoted to Extra: Though he is the major focus as well as the primary villain of the sixth chapter and the one who orchestrated the events at Reien Academy, his role in the movie is largely as an antagonist for Shiki to fight. Isn't it sad, Sacchin?
  • Easy Amnesia: An unusual case. He was kidnapped by fairies at the age of 10 and cursed so that he is unable to comprehend any new memories or experiences since then as anything but impersonal data. He enlists the help of Misaya Ouji in an attempt to regain his sense of identity by collecting the memories his students have of him and feeding off of them.
  • Evil Feels Good: He does everything in the 6th chapter because he enjoys "killing time" that way.
  • Foil: To Mikiya Kokutou. It's Lampshaded that the characters in "Kokutou" can also be read as "Kurogiri".
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul
  • Last of His Kind: The last person capable of speaking the Unified Language.
  • Megane
  • Parental Abandonment: Literally. After he was returned from the fairies subsequent brain damage caused his parents to consider him a freak and give him up for adoption.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Averted. Although his name is Japanese, he was in fact born in the United Kingdom. His name was changed after he was adopted by a Japanese national.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: As a result of the below curse, he perceives human morality and behavior in the manner that a 10-year old would.
  • Red Baron: Is known by such alias's as God's Word May Day and Master of Babel: Unified Language Master.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His second name is "Godot Word" in the official subtitles.
  • The Unfought: In the anime at least. He gets into a small scuffle with Shiki, but what happens to him afterwards is unknown. In the novel, he dies at the hands of Ouji.

    Lio Shirazumi

"April 1995. I met her."

Introduced in the second movie as an older schoolmate of Mikiya who dropped out of school because he 'found something he wanted to do,' and takes on a much larger role in the seventh movie.

Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi

  • Alas, Poor Villain: How his death is treated after Mikiya finds his corpse in the novel.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Word of God claims that Lio has an affinity/obsession for the Anima: literally a preference for the feminine qualities of a male personality. In this regard, Lio fell for Shiki's male personality SHIKI but based on the personality's feminine traits. It's also possible that he has a gender identity disorder. Word of God also claims that although Lio and Mikiya had a simple senior/junior relationship, Lio once viewed it as an obsessive friendship bordering on unrequited love. Also, though he is described as normally hating men and women alike, Lio considers Shiki an exception having viewed her as neither one or the other. Despite all this, both Shiki and Mikiya note that his outward behavior and attempts to appease both of them seem to be a front to convince either of the two to become 'special' with him.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Shiki cuts off his right arm.
  • Animal Motifs: Large Predatory Cats. Araya mentions it's a shame that his name is one character off from being Lion. When Aozaki is discussing him, documentaries about lions are airing on her TV, and she specifically compares his origin of consumption to ravenous carnivorous animals tearing prey apart.
  • Ax-Crazy: Around five thousand different kinds of crazy.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Has a strong attachment to Mikiya because he was his Only Friend and the only one who encouraged him when Lio abandoned school. The film makes Lio more focused on Shiki, so unlike the novel, this is not developed.
  • Bishounen: The crew of the animated films describes him as one. He's certainly beautiful...when he's not looking like a total lunatic, that is. His 1995 appearance also counts. (Especially in the manga).
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the second movie, he got a brief mention and a small meeting between him and Mikiya, and Lio is seen briefly talking to Shiki, who doesn't even bother to remember/use his name. He doesn't get a major role until the seventh movie.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: He styles his hair like Shiki's, and wears a dress to resemble her. The fact that he's terrifying in a rather silly looking skirt says a lot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In his high school days.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After believing he killed Mikiya, he snaps completely. Mikiya was his Living Emotional Crutch, but Lio did not realize it until Mikiya "died".
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: In-Universe. A key plot element of the seventh movie is Lio being able to pass for Shiki, albeit at night and from a distance. Even Mikiya admits that he has ambiguous features. Combined with a Gender-Blender Name.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Only visible for a few seconds during his cameo in the second movie (it's easier to spot on the Blu-Ray release), but he definitely has them. Like Shiki's, they're matched to his hair colour. He's lost them by the seventh movie.
  • Fan Disservice: The infamous scene in which he salivates over Shiki...dear god.
  • Final Boss: As the main antagonist of the final movie, he is the true culprit behind all of the grisly murders in the city.
  • Foil: Playing against Shiki and Mikiya, of course.
  • Forceful Kiss: Forces one to Mikiya in order to make him swallow a drug.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare
  • Genetic Memory: Araya had opened him up to his Origin, giving him access to the memory of all of his past lives; mostly carnivorous animals.
  • Healing Factor: Is shown to have the ability to regrow limbs.
  • Heel Realization: Has a moment of this after "killing" Mikiya. Afterwards, he decides to accept his role as a monster and finally succumbs to his Origin.
  • Horror Hunger: Can't expect much else from someone whose Origin is consumption.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Does this to Shiki by knocking her down, drugging her, tying her to the floor and licking her body.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: After being rejected by Shiki, he decides to seek out a schoolmate who was known for bullying others over arcade games in hopes of beating him up, thus proving that he isn't weak. It backfired when he accidentally killed him... and then he was inspired to hide the evidence by devouring the body.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: The beginning motivation of Lio's Start of Darkness. While Lio never blamed Shiki for rejecting him, he still internalized Shiki's words in which she described him as a weak person. Where Shiki wishes to have a normal life to be with Mikiya (whom outright has a normal life, no matter what he does), Lio seeks to be special in a way that makes him stand out and makes his existence matter. By the time we see him... and as the rest of the tropes illustrate... he's special.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Dear God, I'm gonna be sick.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: How he feels about Shiki.
  • Knife Nut: And how!
  • Lecherous Licking: It's genuinely impossible to tell if he intends it as a sexual threat or physical one. Could be both. Either way, it involves way too much saliva.
  • Limp and Livid
  • Locked into Strangeness: His first appearance suggests that he's not a natural blond, and that his exposure to magic might have changed his hair as it's known to do in other parts of the Nasuverse.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Dear god, yes!
  • Manipulative Bastard: Heavy emphasis on the bastard.
  • Meaningful Name: As Araya said, "You were one letter away from being a lion."
  • Monster Sob Story: Subverted. With the Horror Hunger, you might start to sympathize with him at least a bit once his backstory is fleshed out. Well, that is until the Fan Disservice throws any pity for him out the window.
  • Murder Makes You Crazy: Love drove him to his most horrifying extremes, but it was his first kill (when he met Araya) that truly saw Lio snap.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Subverted. Lio plays up the idea of killing Mikiya as a means of removing Shiki's Morality Chain. This is more than likely a bluff to goad Shiki into becoming a murderer, as Lio never truly intended to harm Mikiya. Inversely, he plays up the idea that he and Mikiya are responsible for pushing Shiki into such a desperate state, as a means of corrupting him. It's heavily implied that Lio talked up both to convince at least one to join him (be it Shiki, or Mikiya). Unfortunately for him, he was rejected by both.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Mikiya (seemingly) dies, Lio realizes that he killed his Only Friend and the only person who truly cared about him.
  • Never My Fault: Part of his moral dilemma was his inability to accept his actions after he first killed someone. Also, after believing he killed Mikiya, even though he is upset about it, he insists that it wasn't his fault.
  • Not Good with Rejection: He murdered upwards of a dozen people to cope. And still failed.
  • Not So Different: Believes that he and Shiki are fundamentally similar, and that Mikiya is the only thing holding Shiki back from a murderous existence. Inversely, in the novel Shiki describes his smile as being similar to her own.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth: Strong enough to shatter the blade of a knife. Roberta would be proud.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Kind of. They're more orange/yellow than red, which means they also count as Supernatural Gold Eyes.
  • Room Full of Crazy: Just take a gander at his bitchin' Stalker Shrine, photo collections, and rat cage. I'm sure he wouldn't mind if you helped yourself to the drugs either.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Nasu himself describes his character as someone that is both sympathetic yet despicable for his actions. While Lio certainly starts out fairly normal, his obsession for Shiki causes him to become more and more insane.
  • Secret Diary: Possessed one that later serves as a Chekhov's Gun. Apparently it mostly composed of his descriptions of what Shiki was doing, his feelings for her and also for his Only Friend Mikiya.
  • Sempai/Kohai: He is Shiki and Mikiya's senpai.
  • Serial Killer
  • The Sociopath: A little bit before he finds his Origin, but afterwards? He's there. Willingly.
  • Slasher Smile: And a damn terrifying one at that, complete with pointed carnivore's teeth.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In some translations, his name is spelled as Leo and Rio.
  • Split Personality: To a degree. The novel describes Lio's mentality as two separate personae: the old Lio Shirazumi who held an attachment towards Mikiya, and the murderous monster/bloodthirsty killer that was born out of his initial love for Shiki (see Yandere). He even lampshades it in his diary and realizes that the cause of this is Mikiya. The film makes Lio more focused on Shiki, so this isn't developed.
  • Stalker Shrine: For Shiki, naturally. Could this guy get any more disturbing?
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Shiki of course.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: Mikiya outlines the true nature of his killings as a breakdown, in an attempt to put some sense into him. It backfires.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: In the 7th chapter, Lio Shirazumi styles his hair like Ryougi's, and wears a dress to resemble her. It also doesn't help the fact that he's batshit insane. The fact that he looks downright frightening in a rather silly looking skirt says a lot.
  • Villainous Crush: He has an obsessive crush on Shiki and feels a similar disturbing attraction towards Mikiya too.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about him without revealing his role as the villain of the seventh movie and the real person behind the murders of 1995-1996.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: And how!
  • Yandere: It looks that way on the surface, but surprisingly averted. While part of Lio wanted to kill Shiki, it wasn't out of love - it's due to the violent impulses caused by his Origin of Consumption.

    Shizune Seo

Azaka's roommate in the Reien Girls' Academy, and a woman who can predict the future through her eyes. She has a cameo appearance in the sixth movie, but her role is expanded upon in the Future Gospel epilogue.

Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi

  • Ascended Extra: Once just a cameo character in the sixth movie, Shizune goes on to become one of the focus characters and main narrator in Mirai Fukuin, and once again takes the helm as the narrator and main protagonist of the Garden Of Oblivion novel and drama CDs.
  • Book Dumb: She's bad at studying and at exams, despite the fact that she could easily use her power to know the answers beforehand.
  • Foil: To Meruka Kuramitsu AKA Mitsuru Kamekura. Both individuals have similar precognitive abilities that have made them unhappy with their lives and have given them despair over living. The difference is that Shizune cannot control the visions she sees (they appear randomly) and believes that the future can't be altered no matter what, while Meruka has an additional ability that helps him achieve the visions he sees. Shizune tries to live her life normally despite her powers and even tries to use these visions to save a life, while Meruka uses his for a living by bombing targeted places. Their character developments also fall under this category, with Shizune learning, after a pep talk from Mikiya, to live a happy life despite her powers since the future is something she realizes isn't concrete, and therefore uncertain and worth living, while Meruka learns the same lesson the hard way via an encounter with Shiki.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She falls in love with Mikiya, but realizes that she can't possibly hope to be as close to him as Shiki is.
  • Name's the Same: With Akira Seo from Kagetsu Tohya. They even share almost the same appearance and powers with only a couple of differences between them. Heck, they even share the same...hobby. It's unknown if they're related to each other however.
  • Prophecy Twist: Lampshaded by Mikiya. She predicted that Mikiya would die if he gets close to Shiki, he would get killed. In a strange sort of pun, it turns out that she was referring to his "eye".
  • You Can't Fight Fate: She firmly believes in this, until she meets Mikiya.

     Daisuke Akimi 
Mikiya's cousin and the police inspector in charge of 1995-96 murder spree investigation.

Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi

  • Agent Mulder: He seems to believe in the supernatural, but he never actually finds anything conclusive.
  • Friend on the Force: To Mikiya, apparently trusting his cousin enough to discuss confidential investigation details with him.

    Meruka Kuramitsu 
The main antagonist of the novel Future Gospel: recalled out in summer. Unsatisfied with a normal life that he can predict with 100% accuracy, he is a bomber who uses his ability to avoid capture.

His real name is Mitsuru Kamekura. Years later, he becomes a struggling picture book author and is hired by Mikiya to serve as his personal detective on Mana's recommendation.

Voiced by: Akira Ishida

  • Expecting Someone Taller: Shiki didn't expect that a near mythical bomber would actually be a 14 year old kid.
  • Eye Scream: Shiki permanently damages his right eye, sealing off his precognition abilities for good.
  • Far-East Asian Terrorists: Briefly was one as a bomber-type terrorist.
  • Foil: To Shizune Seo, his fellow precognitive psychic-user. See her entry for more details.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Shiki disables his eyes in an ambush.
  • Improbable Age: Meruka was only 14 during his stint as a near mythical bomber.
  • Mad Bomber: His main specialty.
  • Magical Eye: He possesses a right eye that can see the future, while his left eye can see "the path" to achieve that future.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Meruka Kuramitsu" is a nickname based on a comic character he liked. His real name is Mitsuru Kamekura.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Mana.
  • Stopped Caring: Thanks to his ability to predict the future with 100% accuracy, he submits to the idea that his life is absolutely worthless, hopeless, and pointless since he knows what's going to happen to the future without fail. Ironically, when Shiki gets rid of his precognitive abilities, the loss of his ability to predict the future actually gave him renewed hope to live, even though he's struggling with living in the present compared to how he lived in the past where he considered himself dead inside even though his life was relatively better materially.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes
  • Work Off the Debt: He had to begin working for Mikiya to pay off his debts.

    Mana *Spoilers* 

Mana Ryougi
Introduced in the epilogue to Future Gospel: recalled out summer, she is Shiki and Mikiya's daughter.

Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto

  • Cheerful Child
  • Daddy's Girl: She adores her "papa" so much that she doesn't want to share him with her mother. Though if official artworks are anything, she and Shiki seem to have a close mother and daughter relationship with each other despite this.
  • Electra Complex: Her wish is to defeat her mother so she can have her "papa".
  • Innocent Blue Eyes
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: The way she says she wants to "win over her papa" is portrayed as cute and innocent rather than creepy.
  • Mafia Princess: As Shiki once were, Mana is one as Shiki herself accepted her family business and became the next head.
  • Nom de Mom: She uses her mother's surname. Considering her father is just an average person compared to her mother’s heritage and current position, Mikiya probably married into the Ryougi, not the other way around.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Mitsuru. His pessimistic behavior is usually counter balanced by Mana's curious and cheerful disposition, and Mana usually requires so much attention that he doesn't really have the time to feel down.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Eye color and hair length aside, Mana is pretty much identical to her mother Shiki.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Walking Spoiler: Since she's Shiki and Mikiya's daughter introduced in the epilogue, it's difficult to talk about her.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: To Mitsuru.
  • Zettai Ryouiki

    Mother Mifune 
A famous and accurate Fortune Teller of Future Gospel who gave predictions to Shiki and SHIKI in the past.

Voiced by: Kujira

     Ririsu Miyazuki 
A character introduced in Future Gospel Extra Chorus. A student from Azaka's school whose friend was one of the suicide victims in Overlooking View.

Voiced by: Risa Taneda