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    Shiki Ryougi 
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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.

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

  • '90s Anti-Hero: She's definitely got the rough outlook and personality, the overpowered abilities, and borderline psychopathy. Plus the book was written in the 90s and takes place in the 90s. What makes her stand out though is her rather conservative attire.
  • Action Girl: Quite possibly the strongest fighter in the series. She's incredibly skilled with the knife and even without it, she can kick a lot of ass.
  • 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 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 says she reminds him of a rabbit, though.
  • 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 Lust: "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."
  • 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: She likes to keep her hair short, as suits her masculine image and behaviour.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: And how! Shorter than the usual Badass Longcoat, but it definitely counts.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Inverted, where it's Shiki as the Brooding Girl and Mikiya as the Gentle Boy.
  • 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.
    • She also appears in the mobile game Fate/Grand Order as both an Assassin and Saber Servant that can potentially serve the player as her Master (so long as one can manage to unlock her). available only during the Kara no Kyoukai event.
  • 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.
  • Contralto of Danger: Her voice is rather low, and is certainly someone whom you should not mess with.
  • Convenient Coma: A big part of the overarching story; what led to and what happens during the coma, and the repercussions after the awakening.
  • Creepy Good: Shiki is a bloodthirsty sociopath with an inclination for murder and the power to see the death of anything in existence. There's still no doubt that she's a good guy, even if it's all thanks to Mikiya keeping her in line.
  • 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.
    • And also in the seventh movie against Lio, when she actually wanted to kill him. And she didn't just kill him, she destroyed his entire existence.
  • Cursed with Awesome: When her Mystic Eyes of Death Perception activated for the first time, Shiki hated it and even tried to gouge out her own eyes. Once she learned how to control their power, her eyes have made her nearly invincible in battle.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Dark brown hair and eyes.
  • 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: Her reaction to finding a dismantled corpse? Calmly kneel down, touch the blood in the ground and use it to paint her lips.
  • 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.
  • Does Not Like Spam: She says multiple times that she hates sweets and cold food.
  • 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.
  • The Dreaded: Has this reputation towards the characters in both her series and out of it. Of note, Kirie and Fujino were afraid of her during their respective fights against her (and if Garden of Oblivion's anything, Fujino is still scared of her even after Shiki saved her life in the third movie), and even Araya felt a sense of dread when Shiki made her killing intent clear during their second bout together. Even Mikiya and Tomoe, both of whom are explicitly in love with her, fear her to some extent (but not enough to dissuade them from loving her anyways). In the Garden of Oblivion light novel, Shizune's entire group, including Azaka, the aforementioned Fujino, and Ouji, do a collective Oh, Crap! when they see a zombified Shiki, still retaining her skills and abilities, spotting them and realizing they have to go through her in order to survive.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Carries off this vibe, what with her being an aloof, bloodthirsty Blood Knight and Sociopathic Hero.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She has a taste for killing, but dislikes the way Fujino Asagami kills as she pleases and only goes to fight her when she kills someone uninvolved with her revenge.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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, Shiki started yearning for a normal life with him. 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, she cuts her long hair before she proceeds to kick some ass now that she has resolved to not give in to death.
  • 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: She wears nothing but kimono, except for a red leather jacket over it. While not strictly traditionalist, she's incredibly conservative.
  • 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.
  • Licked by the Dog: In "Oblivion Recorder", Azaka's roommate's pet collie becomes attached to Shiki.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Limited Wardrobe: Shiki is shown to own three of the same jacket.
  • Loners Are Freaks: She's isolated, alienated, desperately lonely, and not quite mentally stable.
  • 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 why 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.
  • Muggle-Mage Romance: With Mikiya. One of the main conflicts at the start of their relationship was that Shiki couldn't believe someone of the world she came from could ever be with someone as normal as Mikiya.
  • 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.
  • Noble Demon: Shiki is a Sociopathic Hero Blood Knight with a bit of Blue and Orange Morality, 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.
  • 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. 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. She's an aloof and ruthless Sociopathic Hero, he's a friendly and compassionate Nice Guy.
  • 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 atashi 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Hero: 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. Shiki ends up losing her other personality after the car accident.
  • 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: Her Mystic Eyes of Death Perception allow her to "kill" pretty much anything - magic, emotions, ghosts, living people, etc. - and her powers work through projectiles, which just screams for a sniper rifle. Then we find out the full extent of her powers through her third personality 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 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, not to mention her previous male personality acting like a normal teenage boy albeit inside a girl's body.
  • 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bottled water, of all things (it's the only thing we ever see in her fridge). 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
  • 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.
  • Yandere: A very complicated example. When Shiki develops feelings for Mikiya, it threatens both her and SHIKI's stability because of her misanthropic nature and her frustration with knowing that she could never be normal like Mikiya. This culminates in Shiki trying to kill Mikiya with a knife when he refuses to get out of her life. However, it's subverted as Shiki couldn't bring herself to kill Mikiya and tried to kill herself instead.

SHIKI

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."
  • Go Out with a Smile: He gave Mikiya one last smile just before committing suicide.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Knowing Shiki could never become happy with him inside, SHIKI chose to die during the car accident so Shiki could finally live normally and be with Mikiya.
  • 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.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He has the speech and gestures of a child. He's also the one responsible for Shiki's murderous tendencies.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: He confirms to this teenage boy stereotype.
  • Rebellious Spirit: He's the literal manifestation of Shiki's suppressed rebellious impulses.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Shiki's Blue Oni. SHIKI is carefree with a free-radical nature, while Shiki is cold and brooding.

「Shiki Ryougi」 *Spoilers*

A third personality Shiki is unaware of. Having always existed in the gap between Shiki and SHIKI, she hid her existence from both personalities. This personality is housed in the body rather than the other personalities housed in the mind.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: She is effectively omnipotent, but just doesn't care about anything so she hardly ever uses the nigh infinite power she possesses.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: She is the Void/Origin itself.
  • Character Filibuster: The epilogue is basically just a half-hour straight of Shiki's third personality talking at length about the nature of the self and of Shiki's split personality with very occasional interruptions from Kokutou.
  • Divine Date: In a strange way; just like Shiki and SHIKI she's in love with Mikiya Kokutou. It's why she even bothers to show herself to him.
  • Empty Shell: She states she's essentially this; a hollow body without a soul or will of its own. The only reason why she can even speak is because of the Shiki personality giving her information of the outside world.
  • God in Human Form: She's essentially the goddess of the void in a human body.
  • The Omnipotent: She is the Origin of Void, and is capable of manipulating and replacing any forms of existence at will.
  • Pet the Dog: Fixes Mikiya's leg without any comment or mention of it at the end of the epilogue OVA.
  • Reality Warper: She 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.
  • Walking Spoiler: You can't know about her without giving away the biggest revelations of the epilogue.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Unlike Shiki, she is this in full. She's graceful, serene and soft-spoken and wears a much more elegant kimono than Shiki.

    Mikiya Kokutou 
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"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: His Origin is "one that will never hurt others, more so than anyone else."
  • All-Loving Hero: He's a compassionate and morally upstanding individual able to bring out the best of people, including those like Shiki. 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.
  • Babies Ever After: He and Shiki have a daughter named Mana in the Distant Finale.
  • Badass Pacifist: He's no fighter, but he still gets plenty of awesome moments just with an sheer amount of determination and courage. Other characters note how Mikiya is actually very strong despite being so normal thanks to his unbreakable will alone.
  • 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, Shizune and even his own sister Azaka in love with him.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Mikiya attracts plenty of ladies, but since his sights are firmly set on Shiki he doesn't even notice it. Although to be fair, aside from Shiki and Azaka, Mikiya doesn't interact much with his other suitors (Kirie, Fujino, Shizune) and didn't realize the effect he had in them with only one meeting.
  • 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 dedication to Shiki is beyond belief. 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). Later, he opposes killing Lio, who is already a Serial Killer more similar to a savage animal than a human being, 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.
  • 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: He has blue eyes and he's the most good-natured and compassionate character in the cast.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He briefly takes care of a cat in Extra Chorus.
  • 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.
  • Muggle-Mage Romance: With Shiki. Mikiya knows they come from very different worlds and she's anything but normal, but he still loves her and wants to be with her.
  • 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: He's clueless to any girl aside of Shiki falling for him. It's not as bad as other examples because he barely got to meet most of those girls more than once, but it is surprising he hasn't noticed his sister's affection for him is clearly not platonic.
  • 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.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Even though he is willing to protect him, Mikiya is disgusted with Keita Minato after the latter confessed that he and his gang had raped Fujino.
  • Opposites Attract: With Shiki. He's a friendly and compassionate Nice Guy, she's an aloof and ruthless Sociopathic Hero.
  • 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.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: His Origin is Normalcy, which makes him normal to the extreme.
  • 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
  • Token Good Teammate: The people he works with are morally neutral at best, while Mikiya is the most moral character in the series.
  • Unable to Cry: Mikiya says he couldn't cry even if he wanted to. He believes that crying is a "special" action that makes the person whom you are crying for "special" in return. Because he instinctively attempts to live a "normal" life as his Origin dictates, it is impossible for him to shed tears for someone unless they are truly special to him.
  • 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: Mikiya doesn't care about what makes Shiki abnormal; be it split personalities, eyes that see death, committing murder or being the incarnation of the Origin itself. He will love her and stay with her no matter what.
  • Unfazed Everyman: A completely normal guy working for a magus. Nothing out of the ordinary there...
  • 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 
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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.

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. Mahou Tsukai No Yoru eventually reveals she actually killed her original self years ago, just so she could get around a 10 year curse from her sister 9 years early.
  • 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. 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. Let's just say the rivalry between the sisters has gotten rather bad a good few times in the past.
  • 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.
  • Color Motif: Mikiya mentions that Touko always seems to wear something orange as a rule. In the movies, she is wearing orange earrings, a necklace with an orange stone, orange painted fingernails and occasionally an orange coat.
  • Continuity Nod: She was the creator of the glasses that Shiki Tohno wears in Tsukihime, as well as Shirou Emiya's new body in the True End of Heaven's Feel in Fate/stay night.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Dirty Red", which is a way of mocking her and saying she plays second fiddle to her little sister. God help you if you dare to call her that, though. In "Paradox Spiral" she kills a long time colleague simply for the crime of calling her hated college nickname, and even let's slip since college she kills every magus who calls her that.
  • 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: Invoked. With her glasses on, she's comparatively nice, thanks to an enchantment on them that implements the equivalent of self Mind Manipulation. 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.
  • Immortal Life 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.
  • 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. Touko 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.
  • 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: Not as obvious as Shiki, but Touko is not a heroic or benevolent person by nature and only acts for her own benefit. She only appears like a good guy because she's dealing with people way worse, she's genuinely fond of Shiki and the Kokutou siblings and her little sister isn't around. And indeed, when she gets to appear in another series as a villain, with her sister as the protagonist, we get to see just how nasty she can be.
  • Occult Detective: She works as an investigator for cases with supernatural or abnormal elements.
  • Off with Her Head!: In the fifth chapter, Araya decapitates her and keeps her head alive so that her next body doesn't activate.
  • Only in It for the Money: 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.
  • 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. She's a magi after all, so nearly complete Lack of Empathy and disregard for human morale is to be expected from her.
  • Squishy Wizard: She's one of the most powerful magi in the world and an expert puppet maker, but doesn't appear to be very good when it comes to physical combat. Lampshaded when Araya comments Touko herself once told him that a puppet user loses in the moment its puppet is defeated.
  • Tranquil Fury: When she's absolutely pissed, Touko will calmly tell you what you did to invoke her ire and proceed to kill you in cold blood.
  • 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 
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"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)

  • Action Dress Rip: In her fight against Ouji.
  • Action Girl: The sixth movie shows what she's made of when she shows off her skills as a Kung-Fu Wizard.
  • All There in the Manual: How she first met Touko was only briefly touched upon in the pamphlet that came with the sixth movie. Apparently, they met each other during the period when Shiki was still in her coma and that Tobimaru Tsukiji, Aoko's childhood friend, was somehow involved.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Not to her actual brother, but Shiki treats Azaka more like an annoying little sister than a real love rival.
  • 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: She has a crush on her older brother. 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: She hates anyone who gets close to Mikiya. This is why she can't stand Shiki.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She is the protagonist of the sixth movie.
  • Enemy Mine: With Misaya Ouji in Garden of Oblivion. The novel reveals that they still don't get along well even though they're technically allies now. Though this is can be seen as an improvement compared to their previous relationship.
  • 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 Fate/stay night's Rin.
  • Girly Bruiser
  • Girly Run
  • Hopeless Suitor: No matter how hard Azaka tries, Mikiya is unlikely to ever see Azaka as more than his cute sister.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: She admits she has a natural attraction to things that are "special" or "forbidden". 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.
  • Little Sister Heroine: She's Mikiya's cute little sister who has a huge incestuous crush on him and often challenges his actual love interest.
  • Nephewism: During her self-intro narration, she mentions she had their uncle adopt her in hopes it would make Mikiya stop thinking of her as his sister. In the novels however, her explanation for having her uncle adopt her in the first place was due to her poor health as a child. Her parents must have thought that letting her live there would improve her health since her uncle's place had a cleaner, and healthier environment than the city they lived in.
  • Playing with Fire: She is able to learn ignition spells due to her inborn ability of triggering Spontaneous Combustion.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Compared to the other characters, Azaka is pretty comical. Most of the scenes in which she's around are the most light-hearted moments in the series.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Rebellious Spirit: Her Origin is taboo, so she has a natural urge to do what she's supposed not to.
  • 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.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: She wears a Mystic Code, Salamander Skin Gloves, given to her by Touko in combat to make up for her subpar spell-weaving skills.
  • Tsundere: Type B. She's usually pretty nice and friendly to everyone and very affectionate to her brother. She only becomes harsh and hostile around Shiki. She's still able to admit 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
  • Unknown Rival: She sees Shiki as her ultimate rival for Mikiya's affections. Shiki, however, doesn't take her seriously and only treats her like a minor nuisance.
  • 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.

    Souren Araya 
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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.
  • Genre Savvy: He keeps Touko's head alive to prevent her from coming back.
  • 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.
  • 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: His ultimate goal is to reach the Origin so he can end this world so there can be no more meaningless deaths. To achieve this, he will make as many sacrifices as he sees necessary.

    Kirie Fujou 
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"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)

    Fujino Asagami 
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"Bend."

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 hair.
  • 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.
  • Arc Villain: 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.
  • 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.
  • Blind Seer: She loses her eyesight after her fight with Shiki, but the clairvoyance she got in exchange for it pretty much makes up for it.
  • 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 Shizune.
  • The Cameo: She briefly appeared in the beginning of movie 6.
  • Catch-Phrase: Bend.
  • 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.
  • 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 has no reaction to being hurt and won't fight back no matter how much others abuse her. She was even repeatedly raped by a gang because of her passivity and unwillingness to tell anyone about the absence of pain.
  • Fan Disservice: The scenes of Fujino being abused and raped by the delinquents.
  • Feel No Pain: She can't feel the sensation of pain, but she keeps this a secret from everyone else so they don't think she's abnormal. 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.
  • First Time Feeling: Ever since she can remember, Fujino has never felt the sensation 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.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a normal and passive model student to a terrifyingly powerful telekinetic with endless reserves of rage.
  • Glass Cannon: She might be the strongest psychic in the Nasuverse but her body is fragile and couldn't keep up with Shiki. Furthermore, with her appendicitis in its chronic state, Fujino is practically a time bomb waiting to explode.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: That thing above about her father sealing her powers? Yeah, turns out that ended up increasing them when they finally unlock.
  • Handicapped Badass: After the the Broad Bridge incident, Fujino loses her eyesight and has to walk with a cane afterwards, but not her powers.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Though she still finds killing enjoyable, Fujino is no longer a killer and even talks a fellow student out of suicide in Future Gospel.
  • 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.
  • Power at a Price: During her fight with Shiki, Fujino gains clairvoyance at the cost of her damaging her eyesight and going nearly completely blind.
  • 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 with her telekinetic powers 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.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: As gruesome as her murders are, it's very hard to not sympathize with Fujino given the circumstances that led to her becoming a murderer.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair.

    Tomoe Enjou 
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"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 
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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
  • 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.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Inverted. He's a villain, but he has a Doberman familiar that he cares about a great deal.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: His display of hatred toward Touko is over the top.
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: Nifty red tophat.
  • Older Than He Looks: He's fifty years old, but he has the appearance of "an agreeable youth in his twenties."
  • 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".
  • Vain Sorcerer: 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.

    Misaya Ouji 
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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

  • Accidental Murder: She accidentally killed Hideo Hayama during a struggle when she confronted him about what happened to Kaori. The movie, however, says that Hideo died from a heart attack in the middle of their argument and Misaya was just made to think that she killed him.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has blond hair in the novel, while her hair is lavender in the movie.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: In the novel, she's brainwashed by Kurogiri to believe that he is her brother and that she is in love with him so he can use her in his plans more easily. Though it may actually have been true, since she is adopted and it's revealed that Kurogiri really did have a sister.
  • The Bus Came Back: In the Garden of Oblivion novel and drama CDs, Ouji returns and joins up with Azaka, Fujino, and Shizune as a main character trying to survive the ordeals Shizune keeps seeing in her visions.
  • The Cameo: In the eighth movie, she makes a brief cameo appearance.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her hair and eyes are lavender in the movie.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Is it any wonder she's voiced by Nana Mizuki in the movie?
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a headband.
  • Memory-Wiping Crew: Wants to do this by stealing everyone's memories of what happened to Kaori so as to cleanse them of the "sin" of the event.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Only once, but what a laugh it is. It's awesomeness is even lampshaded in the Blu-Ray box's interview. Can possibly overlap with Large Ham.
  • Ojou
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Attempts to do this to all the girls of Class D in order to punish them for their treatment of Kaori, believing as a devout Catholic that they will go to Hell for committing suicide.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her hips.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After finding out what happened to Kaori the resulting vengeance is not pretty at all.
  • Sempai/Kohai: She's Azaka's sempai.
  • Student Council President
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has lavender hair.

    Satsuki Kurogiri 
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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

  • Changeling Tale: He was kidnapped by fairies at the age of 10, who made him lose all his past memory and cursed him so that he could still store future memories in his brain, but could not retrieve those memories and recognize them as his own.
  • 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?
  • Evil Feels Good: He does everything in the 6th chapter because he enjoys "killing time" that way.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul
  • Identical Stranger: Shiki and Azaka are surprised by how much Kurogiri resembles Mikiya Kokutou. It's lampshaded that the characters in "Kokutou" can also be read as "Kurogiri".
  • Last of His Kind: The last person capable of speaking the Unified Language.
  • Loss of Identity: 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.
  • 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 aliases 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 
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"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 left 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).
  • Blood Lust: He constantly licking up blood in a disturbing fashion to help highlight how Ax-Crazy he is.
  • 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.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Rather than to kill him immediately, Lio tries to bring Mikiya to his side as well. 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 and even poisons Mikiya with drugs to give him no choice but to become "special" like him in order to survive. Mikiya, being who he is, doesn't give in.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: He styles his hair like Shiki's, and wears a dress to resemble her. It also doesn't help the fact that he's batshit insane. The fact that he's terrifying in a rather silly looking skirt says a lot.
  • Curtains Match the Window: His hair and eyes were originally brown. They later changed to golden blonde hair and golden eyes.
  • 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.
  • 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: He was just a socially withdrawn guy until he committed murder for the first time and Araya awakened his Origin. Lio then became a mass-murdering, cannibal Serial Killer that is more like a group of beasts than a human being.
  • 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.
  • Hellish Pupils: He has reptilian/feline's pupils as a result of being the reincarnation of several carnivorous animals.
  • Horror Hunger: Can't expect much else from someone whose Origin is consumption.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: When he has Shiki at his mercy, he knocks her down, drugs her, chains her to the floor and tears open her kimono before drooling all over her.
  • 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 Just Want to Have Friends: Ultimately, this is why he wants to find someone like him; he wants to have companions in his madness. He's after Shiki because he believes she is the only one who is "naturally" like him, with Mikiya simply holding her back. Lio went as far as to use special drugs to make people like him, but all attempts failed.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Dear God, I'm gonna be sick.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: How he feels about Shiki. His goal is to turn her into a complete homicidal maniac like him so that they can be together. Unfortunately she's taken, so he decides to "kill what's holding her back" to get her to "come around".
  • Knife Nut: And how!
  • Lecherous Licking: The infamous scene in which he salivates over Shiki...dear god. 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! While Lio certainly starts out fairly normal, his obsession for Shiki causes him to become more and more insane.
  • 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.
  • 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 did NOT take it well when Shiki rejected him because he was "weak". He murdered upwards of a dozen people to cope. Later, he "kills" Mikiya when the latter definitely refuses to join his side.
  • 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.
  • Past-Life Memories: Araya had opened him up to his Origin, giving him access to the memory of all of his past lives; mostly carnivorous animals.
  • 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.
  • 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: The walls of his apartment room are covered with photo collections of Shiki. Could this guy get any more disturbing?
  • Stalker With a Crush: He has been obsessing over Shiki ever since he met her. He comes complete with a disturbing Stalker Shrine.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His brown eyes turned golden as a result of his awakened origin.
  • They Were Holding You Back: 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. Lio still ends up "killing" him when Mikiya rejects him and gives him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. And unsurprisingly, it works as Lio expected and Shiki kills him.
  • 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 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.
  • We Can Rule Together: Lio talked up both Shiki and Mikiya to convince at least one to join him. Unfortunately for him, he was rejected by both.
  • 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 
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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.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She develops a crush on 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".
  • Seers: One of three in Future Gospel.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: It almost seems to run in the family.
  • Ship Tease: Gets a bit with Touko, and even apparently went on a date with her, but it ultimately doesn't seem to go anywhere.

    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.

Voiced by: Akira Ishida

  • Deadpan Snarker: When it comes to dealing with the very energetic Mana.
  • 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, he turns his life around, giving up the bomber stint to live a more quiet life.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He became a bomber because he couldn't stand living a normal life that he could predict with 100% accuracy. So he decided to use his powers for something more exciting.
  • Improbable Age: Meruka was only 14 during his stint as a near mythical bomber.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: In the future, he's close to 25 years old and hangs around 10-year-old Mana.
  • 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. 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.
  • Seers: One of three in Future Gospel.
  • Starving Artist: In the future, he's a struggling picture book author who ended up deep in debt. He was only saved thanks to Mana convincing her parents to give him a job as a detective.
  • 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: His eyes have the power to see the future and the path to it; just to make clear they are special, they are the color of gold. After Shiki kills his power, his right eye turns grey.
  • That Man Is Dead: In the future, he states Meruka Kuramitsu disappeared from the world when Shiki defeated him. The one living now is Mitsuru Kamekura.
  • Work Off the Debt: He had to begin working for Mikiya to pay off his debts.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In the future, Mitsuru claims his life has been filled with nothing but failure ever since he lost his power to see the future and he's worthless. Mana tells him she can see he's a good person and there's still plenty of things he can do.

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

Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto

  • Cheerful Child: She's a cute and lively young girl.
  • 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: She got the blue eyes of her father and also seems to have inherited his kind-hearted and friendly nature.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: She likes to hang around Mitsuru, who is 15 years older than her.
  • 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.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Mana looks like her mother Shiki, with the eye and hair color of her father. She also closely resembles her aunt, Azaka, too.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Walking Spoiler: Since she's Shiki and Mikiya's daughter introduced in the epilogue, it's difficult to talk about her without giving away the ending of the series.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears black thigh-high stockings.

    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

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