Characters: Kara no Kyoukai
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"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. Shiki is often very brusque, businesslike, and aloof, although she does reveal a much more human and compassionate side towards Mikiya.
"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.
- Actual Pacifist
- Babies Ever After: With Shiki.
- Badass Normal: 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.
- Badass Pacifist
- Chastity Couple: With Shiki. However, in "Mirai Fukuin" it's revealed that in the distant future, they actually do have a daughter.
- Chick Magnet: Before Shiki Tohno and Shirou Emiya, there was Mikiya Kokutou.
- Determinator: Definitely.
- 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.
- 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: He is this to most characters in varying degrees, but mostly to Shiki and Lio.
- Love at First Sight: He fell in love with Shiki the moment he first saw her that snowy night.
- Love Martyr: To Shiki.
- Morality Chain: To most characters in varying degrees. Especially to Shiki. Lio knows this and tries to break the chain by threatening her about killing him.
- Nice Guy: Kokutou is a really decent guy and a devout Zen Buddhist.
- He's such a good guy that 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
- 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
- Official Couple: With Shiki.
- The One Guy: The only recurring male character among the protagonists.
- Only Friend: To Shiki and Lio.
- Ordinary High-School Student: At least in the beginning.
- Peek-a-Bangs: As of the 7th movie. Justified as it covers the eye he lost.
- Really Dead Montage: In the seventh movie. Subverted in that he was Not Quite Dead; see Badass Normal above.
- 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 told 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: 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: 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.
- Weirdness Magnet: Arguably.
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
"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.
- Action Dress Rip: In her fight against Ouji.
- Action Girl
- Ascended Extra: Her role in the sixth movie is greatly expanded compared to in the novel, where Shiki received at least equal focus.
- Badass Adorable: Sure, Shiki may be charming and beautiful, but Azaka-chan fits this trope better as she acts in a more cutesy fashion.
- Big Brother Attraction: It stems from her Origin of Taboo, a natural attraction to that which is forbidden.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Openly states that she's in love with Mikiya, her blood-related brother - during her self-intro narration, no less. She even left home, had their uncle adopt her, and enrolled at Reien Ladies' Academy in hopes that their time apart would lead Mikiya to view her as a woman rather than his little sister.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Mikiya.
- A Day in the Limelight: She is the protagonist of the sixth movie.
- Everyone Can See It: Her feelings for Mikiya are quite obvious. Shiki knows about them and is quite sure she isn't the only who has noticed them. Of course, Mikiya has no idea of her feelings.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: Performs one of these against the big demon flower controlling Ouji. She even finishes it off with her best approximation of a Super Inazuma Kick.
- Girlish Pigtails: When she was a child, making her look identical to young Rin.
- Girly Bruiser
- Girly Run
- Hopeless Suitor: Mikiya is unlikely to ever see Azaka as more than his cute sister.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Stems from her Origin of "Taboo".
- Kawaiiko: Azaka-chan is a slightly older than usual example, but oh so very cute nevertheless.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Her style of combat. Anyone expecting her to be a worthless warrior in close combat because she practices magic is in for a very rude surprise.
- Playing with Fire
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Plucky Girl
- Rebellious Spirit: Her Origin is taboo.
- The Rival: To Shiki.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Mikiya. Mikiya's Origin is Normalcy; Azaka's is Taboo.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Ever since she can remember, she has only been interested in Mikiya.
- Technicolor Fire: Her flames are a mix of various shades of blue, green, purple, white and red.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Shiki's Tomboy.
- Town Girls: The Femme to Touko's Neither and Shiki's Butch.
- Tsundere: She's fairly tsuntsun towards Shiki while admitting that she actually likes her well enough. It's just that since she views Shiki as her rival she can't be too friendly towards her.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Vitriolic Best Buds: As revealed by Word of God, Azaka actually respects Shiki, and is quite fond of her; the feeling is mutual on Shiki's part. The girls understand each other enough to laugh at and finish the punch line of each-other's jokes, and marvelously complementing each together in abilities on the battlefield. The one thing, however, that prevents them from actually openly admitting their friendship to one another is their mutual love for Mikiya.
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.
"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.
Shiki's male personality that she lost after the car accident.
- 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
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.Despite Shiki's Blood Knight tendencies, she ultimately decided to save Fujino instead of killing her like we thought she would. She did this by cutting through a bad appendicitis that's not only slowly killing her but also the cause of her murderous impulses. Because of this, she breifly appeared in the beginning of movie 6.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Had black hair in the novels, while the films give her very dark purple.
- Anti-Villain: She's a psychotic 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 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, being kind to classmates and never causing trouble at school, but she is also just as dangerous as Shiki is.
- Broken Bird: Even when discounting the fact she is voiced by Noto Mamiko she is so adorable in this scene you would still wanna reach into the screen and hug her.
- Bully Hunter: Taken Up to Eleven. Basically, Fujino is to sexual abuse what the Bear Jew is to the Holocaust.
- Clairvoyance: She gains this ability near the end of the third movie just when Shiki is about to kill her at the cost of her eyesight going bad.
- Cry Cute
- 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 murder.
- 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: Both physically and emotionally, though 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 this unwillingness to tell anyone about her 'pain'. She starts getting her sensation back in fits after one of the gang hits her with a baseball bat. The pain makes her feel more alive... and murderous. They die messily. 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 a bottomless reserve of rage and pain.
- 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 RROD: 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
- 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.
- Physical God: Outright stated by Word of God to be the most powerful telekinetic-user in the entire Nasuverse.
- 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
- 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: Mikiya is the sempai she has a crush on. Ironically, she does not know that he is Azaka's brother.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: To Miyazuki, in order to help her with her Survivor Guilt in Mirai Fukuin "Daylight".
- 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
- Superpower Lottery: She gains clairvoyance at the cost of her eyesight going bad (not that bad of a trade). 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 Purple Hair
"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.
- Artificial Human
- Audience Surrogate: According to Word of God. Probably qualifies as You Suck given his status as The Woobie.
- Badass Normal: He has his moments. Namely, delivering a gruesome Eye Scream with no regrets, cauterizing a gaping wound without hesitation, and challenging Araya head-on, even knowing he stood no chance.
- Combat Pragmatist: His first attack in self-defense? A gruesome Eye Scream.
- The original Light Novel extends it, as in there the first thing he does is jam a can into an enemy's mouth then punch it in.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Dead All Along
- Death Seeker
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Described in the novel as having very feminine features to the point that he is often mistaken for a girl.
- Famous Last Words: "I was here..."
- First-Person Smartass: Tends to snark a lot in his internal monologues in the novels.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Once he realizes exactly what he is. At first, it seems a Senseless Sacrifice, but he did bring with him the Kuji-no-Kanesada, which allowed Ryougi to fight at her absolute best and defeat Araya.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Upon meeting Mikiya, Tomoe immediately realizes what is going on between him and Shiki. He takes it surprisingly well, believing that even he loves her, Mikiya is the one she needs. He still considers them to be an odd pairing, though.
- Innocent Cohabitation: With Shiki when she lets him stay at her apartment.
- Lost in Translation: His quote up there sounds a lot less ridiculous in Japanese.
- Love at First Sight: Towards Shiki. Araya says he simply imprinted such a desire in Tomoe's mind, but Tomoe claims his feelings for Shiki are real.
- Ordinary High-School Student
- The Runaway
- Self-Made Orphan: It's a bit more complicated than that, naturally.
- Spanner in the Works: Araya only lost because of Tomoe's love to his family.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Tomoe Enjou is an Artificial Human, as he himself confirms when he finds the Brain in a Jar with his name on it. The real one was killed off long ago.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Unlimited Haagen-Dazs Works!
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.
- 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.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- 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
- 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 Clock Work Orange, when he tried to murder Mikiya in a chillingly sadistic torture scene.
- Heroic Lineage: 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 has poor compatibility with Touko and therefore gets destroyed rather easily by her.
- Karmic Death: Good riddance, you son of a bitch.
- Leitmotif: A waltz accompanied by a eerie-sounding flute, befitting his obsessive nature hidden beneath a facade 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: The creator of Araya's apartment complex.
- Not Good with People: As he has a hard time loving other people, he came to enjoy the company of animals, since they can easily love someone.
- 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 thousand-degree flame. Only shown in the original novel, though.
- Psycho for Hire
- Trademark Favorite Food: According to Word of God, Touko's "pizza crackers".
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.
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.
"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,' he is in actuality the real person behind the murders of 1995-1996
and takes on a much larger role in the seventh movie.
- Alas, Poor Villain: How his death is treated after Mikiya finds his corpse in the novel.
- Ax-Crazy: Around five thousand different kinds of crazy, Ax Crazy being one of them.
- 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).
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Though 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.
- Chekhov's Gunman: First got a very minor mention in the second novel/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.
- Depraved Bisexual: Subverted. 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 fron to convince either of the two to become 'special' with him.
- 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".
- Disproportionate Retribution: 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.
- 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: Aside from a brief mention and a small meeting between him and Mikiya, Lio is seen briefly talking to Shiki, who doesn't even bother to remember/use his name.
- 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 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.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Towards Shiki and Mikiya, see Depraved Bisexual above.
- 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
- Love Makes You Crazy and Evil: 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.
- Pet the Dog: He is usually mild around Mikiya, acting like his old self only towards him.
- 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 BSOD: 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.
- Walking Spoiler
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- Tomboyish Sidetails
- You Can't Fight Fate: She firmly believes in this, until she meets Mikiya.
Mikiya's cousin and the police inspector in charge of 1995-96 murder spree investigation.
- 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.
The main antagonist of the novel Future Gospel: recalled out in summer. Unsatisfied with a normal like 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.
Introduced in the epilogue to Future Gospel: recalled out summer, she is Shiki and Mikiya's daughter.
A famous and accurate Fortune Teller
of Future Gospel who gave predictions to Shiki and SHIKI in the past.
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.