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Characters: Kara no Kyoukai
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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 mannerisms.

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 soft, brooding 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.

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

  • Action Girl
  • Action Girlfriend: To Mikiya.
  • Action Mom: In "Mirai Fukuin", where she and Mikiya have a daughter.
  • 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.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is tall, dark-haired, beautiful and aloof.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Though not an actual twin, 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 Heroine
  • Artificial Limbs: Her left arm is prosthetic, built by Touko. Her original was torn to shreds by Asagami Fujino.
  • Babies Ever After: With Mikiya.
  • Badass: By far the biggest in the series.
  • 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. She now 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 isn'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: Oh so very much. She might not show any desire to have been born in another century (or any desire, period, aside from killing, really), but...
    • ...she's a modern day 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 possible.
    • ...she uses barely any modern conveniences (the lights and refrigerator in her apartment, and a phone she doesn't actually use
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Bring My Red Jacket: And how! Shorter than the usual Badass Longcoat, but it definitely counts.
  • Bungled Suicide: Shiki actually didn't end up in a coma because of a car accident. It is revealed in the seventh movie that aside from being interrupted by Araya Souren, Shiki couldn't bring herself to kill Mikiya, as he was her (well both of her personalities') dream. As she couldn't get Mikiya out of her life, she decided to get out of his instead and threw herself in front of a passing car.
  • 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.
  • Chastity Couple: With Mikiya. However, in "Mirai Fukuin" it's revealed that in the distant future, they actually do have a daughter, so at some point things change between them.
  • Cry Cute: Positively Cry-ADORABLE in the finale of the film series.
  • 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 quite appropriate.
  • 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
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: As a result of both losing SHIKI and spending two years 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
  • 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 well enough, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fountain of Expies: Within Type-Moon, she spawned Canaan, Tohno Shiki is also a partial expy.
  • Gaussian Girl: When she and Mikiya first meet.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Mystic Eyes of Death Perception
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: Not quite as much as "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 completely insane, and while there's no causal link between all this, there are definitely the same forces in her history at work.
  • Gray Eyes
  • The Grim Reaper: Seeing as she can kill pretty much everything including intangible forces, beings who are already dead, and spirits. She is even described this way several times in-series.
  • 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 male personality.
  • 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 is a normal person who also treated her like one no matter what happened, was 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.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: One time she fought in a really fancy dress.
    • Techically always does this, due to her habit of wearing kimono.
  • Kimono Is Traditional
  • Knife Nut: Unbelievably badass with it as well. Not that she has anything against swords though, 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 (heard with lyrics here) 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 stability 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 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. Sacrifing her 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.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: "Thank you. But I'm sorry. I know that I'll lose everything. But still... but still... I can't forgive him for killing you." Cue a Dark Reprise of her Theme Music Power-Up.
  • 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.
  • Noble Demon: Shiki has a Blue and Orange Morality and quite a taste for killing, 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.
  • No Social Skills: To a degree.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Playing Against Type: In an interview released with the Blu-Ray box set, Maaya Sakamoto mentioned that before being cast as the "cool-headed" Shiki, her roles were mostly "younger sisters or vivacious young girls".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serial Killer Incapacitator
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her relationship with Mikiya.
  • 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
  • Split Personality: To a much more complicated degree than usual. It's more of "United Independent Personalities." 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: 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: In spite of her cold, standoffish behavior, her capacity for love is still very real. She can be Tsundere towards Mikiya, though.
  • 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.
  • Tomboyish Name: The "Shiki" in Ryougi Shiki is a neutral name, hence Tohno Shiki of Tsukihime.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: For such a tomboy, Shiki likes to wear fancy kimonos. Also, she at first says she doesn't like ice cream since her male personality loathes it, but it eventually becomes her favourite snack.
  • 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.
  • 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: Type A towards Mikiya.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • 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: Averted, 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: Kentarō Itō (drama CD), Kenichi Suzumura (anime), Eri Kitamura (Child in the sixth movie)

    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.
  • Anti Heroine
  • Artificial Human: As a dollmaker, she's created a number of artificial backup copies of herself. She probably was one of those backup copies before the series began. Or's complicated.
  • Badass: You bet she is. Alba learned it in a rather gruesome way.
  • Benevolent Boss
  • Berserk Button: She's usually pretty calm, but if you call her a "dirty red," calmness 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.
  • Bi the Way: She 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: The Goddess.
  • 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 who stole the rights of the Family Head of Aozaki Clan. Touko entered the Clock Tower academy to get her revenge on her.
  • 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 Eighties) and the parts of the story in which she appears take place between 1998 and 1999.
  • Cloning Blues: Completely averted. She just doesn't care.
    Touko: See? The end result doesn't change.
  • 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.
  • Complete Immortality: A genius dollmaker who can create perfect copies of her own body which awaken when her current "container" is destroyed.
  • 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 any compassion towards it.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Death Is Cheap
  • Drives Like Crazy: The third movie. In the fifth, it's revealed that she never went to driving school.
  • Eccentric Mentor
  • Eldritch Abomination: You don't want to know what's in her suitcase. She herself skirts the line very nicely...
  • Evil Magi Want Good Apprentices: 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 lost, but she'll be damned if Shiki or the Kokutou siblings are.
  • The Glasses Come Off: With her glasses on, she's comparatively nice. When they're off, she's much more rude.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Occult Detective
  • Only in It for the Money
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Aoko's Red Oni.
  • Renaissance Woman: 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 Yin-Yang: With Aoko.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Like a chimney. Just try finding a shot of her ashtray where it's not full of cigarette butts.
  • Sociopathic Heroine
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Azaka's Femme and Shiki's Butch.
  • Tranquil Fury
  • Tsurime Eyes

    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

  • Badass: Anyone who can give Shiki that much trouble qualifies.
    • Not to mention how this guy fights. Cut off his left arm? He snaps it back on. Cut off his right? Its hand will be around your throat in a few seconds. Stab him? He'll just shrug it off. Stab him in his point of death, twice? He'll smack you around the first time, and stick around to give a farewell speech the second. Not to mention his barriers and his habit of teleporting around his apartment complex. You do not mess with Araya.
    • 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
  • Church Militant: At least in appearance.
    • When you learn about his plans and intentions, you might be reminded of Gendo Ikari as well.
  • 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 this world so there can be no 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. Araya knows good and well why...
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 Itō (drama CD), Rie Tanaka (anime)


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

Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto

    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.

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.

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto

    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

    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: Ryōtarō Okiayu

    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,' he is in actuality the real person behind the murders of 1995-1996 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: Disturbingly and horrifyingly so.
  • 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 looks downright frightening 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 unbelievable 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 more like a front as opposed to being genuine, in order to convince either two to join his side.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After believing he killed Mikiya, he snaps completely since Mikiya was his Living Emotional Crutch with Lio not realizing it until Mikiya "dies" and then he has a huge moment of Sanity Slippage.
  • 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 in order to prove his worth as a weak person. It backfires when he accidentally kills him.
  • 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.
  • 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 these. 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 doomed 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!
  • 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. Even 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 and every viewer just starts aching to see him die.
  • Murder Makes You Crazy: Love would be the thing that drags him to the point of insanity. But it is his first kill that truly makes Lio snap and from then on, his life could never be the same.
  • 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 herself, as Lio never truly intended to harm Mikiya. Inversely, he plays up the idea that he and Mikiya are responsible in pushing Shiki into such a desperate state, as a means of corrupting him. It's heavily implied that Lio merely acted up both of these roles as he was really desperate for someone to join his side (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 inabiilty 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
  • 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.
  • 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: Possesed one that later serves as a Chekhov's Gun. Apparently it mostly composed of his descriptions of what Shiki was doing and 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 he is very much this. Willingly.
  • Slasher Smile: And a damn terrifying one at that.
  • 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 persona: 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 resulting in this, in an attempt to put some sense into him. It backfires.
  • Walking Spoiler
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: And how!
  • Yandere: Almost, but surprisingly averted. While part of Lio wanted to kill Shiki, it wasn't out of love as 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

  • 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.
  • Name's the Same: Consensus holds it that she's the older sister of Akira Seo of Tsukihime.
  • 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.

    Meruka Kuramitsu 
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.

Voiced by: Akira Ishida

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

Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto

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

Voiced by: Kujira

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

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