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Characters: Monster
A character sheet for Naoki Urasawa's manga/anime Monster.
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Main Characters

    Dr. Kenzo Tenma 

Dr. Kenzo Tenma

Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi (JP), Liam O Brien (EN)

The protagonist of the series, he is a Japanese neurosurgeon working in Düsseldorf, Germany. In spite of his Director's explicit orders, he decides to operate on a critically wounded boy instead of the city's mayor, which results in his demotion and the break-up of his engagement. He is, however, shortly promoted after the mysterious murders of three of his superiors, and continues working at the hospital until it is revealed to him that the boy he risked his career to save is, in fact, a mass murderer.
  • Beware the Honest Ones: Tenma's idealism turned out pretty bad for his money-grubbing boss.
  • Big Good: This is particularly evident in arcs where he is offstage or not the main character. In keeping with his nearly messianic role, by the end, nearly all the characters would do anything to protect him.
  • Care Bear Stare: A lot.
  • Celibate Hero: Post-Eva, although there is some subtext involving Nina that may avert this. In Another Monster, it is explained that he was still quite the celibate during his high school years and even purposely didn't get together with a girl who liked him (and the feeling was somewhat mutual) merely because he was friends with her (cheating) boyfriend.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Averted, though not soon enough for poor Gillen's complex.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Despite his goal of hunting down Johan, he'll never turn down helping a stranger, even if the person's a criminal.
  • Clear My Name: Averted. His reason for hunting down Johan isn't to clear his name but to rather correct the error he made in keeping Johan alive.
  • Combat Medic: "This is the carotid artery. Even a ballpoint pen could kill him, if you pierce it in the right spot."
  • The Drifter: Justified since he was a murder suspect and has to be on the run from the police.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Starts off clean-cut, but gets progressively more disheveled.
  • Forgets to Eat: Quite frequently. At other instances, he'll bemoan the lack of soy sauce in Western cuisine.
  • Heroic Resolve: How Roberto got handicapped.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Wanted for the very murders that he keeps trying to stop.
  • Honor Before Reason: Though he cares about the "right thing" rather than any type of personal honor.
  • Humble Hero: He never takes credit for his good deeds and maintains that all people are equal despite conspicuously being better than everybody else in every imaginable way.
  • I'm Not Hungry: When he was captured by the police, he refused to eat for so long they had to put him on an IV. Which doubles as Fridge Brilliance, as he was trying to end up in the infirmary in order to get in touch with Gunther Milch.
  • Inconvenient Hippocratic Oath. All the more so (or not) for being an integral part of what he comes to be about after the first episode.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: One of the rare examples of this trope being pulled off successfully.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Starts out using the somewhat immature boku and progresses on to the more mature and formal watashi after the first Time Skip.
  • Just in Time: He saves Reichwein, who came VERY close to being killed by Roberto, just in time in episode 30.
  • The Last DJ: Both played straight and averted, in short succession.
  • Last Name Basis: People tend to call him by his last name rather than his first name, even when they've got to know him well—including Nina and Eva (though the latter is the one that does it least).
  • Married to the Job: Noted constantly, one of his fellow physicians tried to hook him up with other loves, but he was more focused on his job.
  • Messianic Archetype: To counter Johan's Antichrist
  • Mr. Fanservice: Probably unintentional on the creator's part. But as an older colleague enviously puts it, "Who would have thought you were talented in that department, too?"
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He helped Jonan, and then he's framed for murder.
  • Parental Favoritism: It's mentioned in Another Monster that his father favored him, his youngest son, over his other brothers. However, his mother favored his two older half-brothers (who are unrelated to her) more than him.
  • Save the Villain: At first unknowingly. If Runge would cuff himself to Cthulhu, Tenma does his part to drive the plot by wavering between Shoot the Dog and the urge to get Ctulhu the best available Eldritch Abomination veterinary treatment while delivering a (literal) Have You Tried Not Being a Monster? accompanied by Care Bear Stare, leaving it open until the end which way he will finally turn.
  • Skilled, but Naive: Tenma's a surgical prodigy, but it's not his relative inexperience with a scalpel that gets him into trouble in the beginning. It's his inexperience with another aspect of being a doctor: hospital politics.
  • The So-Called Coward:
    • "Tenma the Weenie! Tenma the Weenie! He peed his pants, too!"
    • Even more so considering the full story given in Another Monster. After the first time the other boys scared him during hide-and-seek, Tenma decided to go through it again in order to conquer his fear. What ended up happening was that they couldn't find him and thought that he just went home, so when one of the mothers told them it was time to go home, they left Tenma by himself. When they found him still hiding in the abandoned yard at night, they probably stopped picking on him simply because he had the guts to do all that.
  • Technical Pacifist: Although he has no problem pushing, kicking, shoving, and threatening with violence, he has a hard time causing harm to others even if it is to defend his own life.
  • Think Nothing of It: Does not like to take credit for his achievements, e.g. denying that he'd saved the Turkish district.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: A personal philosophy that looks especially interesting when pitted against his initial tantrums of, "These people need to die."
  • Took a Level in Badass: Early in the series, after receiving weapons training from an ex-mercenary.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Heckel notes that Tenma thinks that any recipe can be improved with soy sauce. And if the fandom on Tumblr has anything to say about it, sandwiches.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Constantly, over and over again.
  • Übermensch: By the end of the series, although he starts out as a very clear-cut Last Man.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Used, reused, and subverted. A lot of his actions, even his goal are propelled and encouraged by Johan.
  • White and Gray Morality: How he sees the world.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Determinedly and stubbornly so.
  • Wrongly Accused: The whole plot is to save Johan who framed him in the first place, though he's more concerned about saving him and less concerned about being proven innocent.

    Johan Liebert 

Johan Liebert

Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki (JP), Keith Silverstein (EN)

The antagonist of the story, he is introduced (outside Tenma's TV, that is) as a ten-year-old with a bullet in his brain. Shortly after being saved by Tenma, he escapes from the hospital with his twin sister Anna. He resurfaces nine years later as a killer, admits to having poisoned Tenma's superiors, and proceeds to wreak havoc across Germany. His identity is unknown to the general public, and his murders are subsequently blamed on Tenma.

He is alternately perceived note  as a vampire, an alien, the Devil, and the next Hitler. Both the manga and the anime open with a passage from Revelation that refers to the Antichrist and mirrors several events from Johan's life.
  • Agent Peacock: He's extremely effeminate in appearance, cross dresses, and is very poetic. He's also a monstrous sociopath.
  • The Antichrist: Not literally (though he might be), but certain Revelation passages parallel his life and are used as an epigraph for the series. He also likes to tempt people in high places and at one point hands someone an apple.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Dresses in drag and seduces Jan Suk. For a very old-fashioned girl sense of "seduce," anyway. Or maybe he has stubble issues.
  • Asexual: Displays no interest in anyone except his sister and Tenma, and that's purely platonic for the former and he just wants to mess with the latter's life.
  • Ax-Crazy: A very subdued and disturbing one. He never goes visibly nuts, is very soft-spoken, polite, and overall calm at almost all times. However, if you associate with him, you will die. If you meet him, you will die. If you make eye contact, you will die. If you so much as think about him, you will die. And if you won't think of him, he just has to think about you, and you'll be just as dead.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: The Thursday Boy, with all the apocalyptic and previous information about him changing names, you'd never suspect this was an impostor. The actual Johan tutored with the professor in Munich under a different day and under his own name, you got to hand to him pulling that off.
  • Big Bad: He's the titular Monster.
  • Bishōnen: He's very effeminate. Either way, bishonen plus homicidal, anti-christ-like psychopath makes for a very dangerous (if not deadly) combination...
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's a great guy to hang out with, and a good listener, too! He'll even shed Tender Tears when you tell your troubles. He'll also cheer up your ailing elderly parents better than you ever could, and get along better with your kids, too. Then he'll do utter atrocities to you when you're of no use to him.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Interestingly enough, his hair is conspicuously lighter than Nina's.
  • Broken Ace: Of the evil variety.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Anna's Abel.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He's fully aware of what he is and doesn't even try to justify his actions.
  • Cast as a Mask: The anime does this. To make the reveal that the pretty new girl in town is actually Johan more shocking, the studio used Nina's voice actress to play Johan whenever he dons this look. This is done both in the Japanese version and in the English dub.
  • The Chessmaster: An extremely effective one, able to control entire operations from great distances.
  • Commie Nazis: Having grown up in an East German orphanage, he'd have been raised communist. This doesn't stop Neo-Nazis exalting him as the next Hitler. Bonus points for the Anti Christ motifs. Truth in Television - the vast majority of Neo-Nazis in modern Germany are from the East German areas, which are harsher and poorer than the West. A lot of Neo-Nazis were disillusioned teenagers raised in a communist society.
  • Corruption by a Minor: Quite a few times, and we're not talking getting other kids to scrump apples here. Or just kids, for that matter. Inspires a taxi driver to emulate, uh, Taxi Driver without (thankfully) even going Lolicon about it, at the age of ten.
  • The Corrupter: What tries to do those with corrupt hearts, making them indulge in their desires and for those like Tenma, he wants him to become He Who Fights Monsters.
  • Creepy Child: He caused a mass homicide among a cult at the age of ten.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: And he's really pretty, too!
  • Creepy Monotone: Very apparent in the English version, where in the Japanese, he comes across as soft spoken.
  • Crocodile Tears: Johan, when "lending a shoulder", actually sheds a tear during a conversation with Karl, when the latter recounts his own childhood, the tragic life of his mother, and being moved from one foster home to another. And when he cries, it looks very convincing — but don't be fooled, especially when you, the audience, are already aware of what an amazing actor Johan is. So of course, his tears were fake.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Notably averted. He does use his borderline super-human skills and abilities to make a living, but it's never more than a means.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Not really. He just did what he always does.
  • Dissonant Serenity: His default facial expression changes about twice in the series' entire run. Both times it makes him even more creepy.
  • The Dreaded: Every character who has knowledge of Johan is deathly afraid of him. One commits suicide when he's brought up too much in conversation and others start shaking uncontrollably just thinking about him.
  • Driven to Villainy: Horrifyingly. Sure, he was already an Enfant Terrible by as a child, but he was severely warped by the empathic bond that formed between his sister and him when they were still very young. While she repressed the psychological torture she'd gone through, he began to think it had happened to him instead... and thus from that seed a monster grew.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though it is debatable on whether he's even capable of love, his obsession with Anna/Nina doesn't make it any less disturbing. However, it is notable that his greatest fear is forgetting about "Anna."
  • Even the Guys Want Him: He was cross-dressing at the time. On the other hand, Roberto worships him.
  • Evil Virtues: Works hard, is resourceful, ambitious, patient, and determined.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He charms, he smiles, he seems to care and he's such a beautiful and brilliant young man... as he uses you and kills you and if he takes enough of an interest in you, he will probably take the time to kill all your hopes and dreams, first.
  • For the Evulz: Some of the time.
  • Irony: One of the reasons he became the guy he is, is due to the empathy he felt for his sister's traumatic experiences. That's right, compassion made him a monster.
  • I've Come Too Far: Near the end, Johan reveals that he believes that he crossed the Moral Event Horizon long ago, and that it is too late for him to redeem himself. So there's no reason for him to stop committing his horrible actions anyway.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He does this for Anna/Nina twice. He willingly allows Anna to shoot him after finding out that he killed the Lieberts, and the reason behind his "perfect suicide" plan of a massacre in Ruhenheim along with eradicating his existence (mirroring Franz Bonaparta's Red Rose Mansion massacre, which is in itself an "expression of love" to the twins' mother) was partly due to how irredeemable he has become and to make Nina happy.
  • I Will Find You: One of Johan's goals is to reunite with Nina. He tries to make contact with her a few times, but either Tenma or Neo-Nazis who want Johan for their own benefit have a tendency to get in the way.
  • Jerkass: Well, duh. But at the same time, that would be putting it lightly...
  • Karma Houdini: The ending does not make his fate clear, but he might have escaped the hospital. In Another Monster, it is revealed that he is in fact alive three years after the events of Monster.
  • Klingon Promotion: Last-minute aversion when in his own words, "Something else came to mind." And by "something else," he does not mean resigning unobtrusively.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Any plots where he has a hand in the operation instantly becomes darker.
  • Light Is Not Good: He's a beautiful, almost angelic-looking man who gives off an aura of trust and kindness to all who meet him. Needless to say, he's almost unspeakably, irrevocably evil.
  • Madness Mantra: "But that's not my real name." Reinforced by his supremely creepy fairy tale.
  • Meaningful Name: Apart from the context the name Johan has within the series, it is noteworthy that this is a version of John, whose Revelations provide the source for the series' epigraph. Although the St. John of Revelations is usually referred to as Johannes, a different (and more formal) German version of John. John is also one of the most stereotypically generic names, which may be a reference to his own lack of identity.
  • Mind Rape: His specialty. So much that he's the God of it.
  • Mommy Issues: Check out his little chat with her portrait, for starters.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Creepy and evil, but quite handsome.
  • Nervesof Steel: a villainous example.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: One of the things that makes him so scary is the fact that he barely needs to lift a finger to commit evil depraved deeds. He can just talk, point, pull a trigger...
  • No Name Given: We never learn his real name.
  • Not So Stoic: He breaks his stoicism in regards to his twin sister.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Is Johan showing a facial expression other than Dissonant Serenity? well, it's been nice knowing you...
  • Parental Abandonment: There is a mystery behind what happened to the Liebert twins' biological parents. It's implied that their father was killed, but it's later revealed that the mother turns out to still be alive.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: Averted, when shot as a child and as an adult, there is no exit wound.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: A combination of Type C and Type D.
  • Pyro Maniac: Books, buildings, books and buildings...
  • Slasher Smile: Blink and you'll miss it, but when he sees that he's broken Richard, he makes an absolutely sadistic slasher smile.
  • Smart People Know Latin: Becomes a plot point as he reads books in Latin for Hans Georg Schuwald, a wealthy man who he is trying to get close to.
  • The Sociopath: He's the epitome of it.
  • Softspoken Sadist: This. Oh. So. Much. And if you watched the anime and reached episodes 25 to 27 — where we meet Karl Neumann and co. — even if Johan hasn't physically shown up in a long time since episode 4 (not counting flashbacks), seeing him speaking very kindly and acting very nice is... erm, very creepy, for lack of better words; and kinda heartbreaking too because of how beautiful he is and how sincere he sounds. Especially when considering the fact that, by this time, we already know what he's capable of and how he's a master manipulator.
  • Spell My Name with an S:
    • Johann is the German spelling; Johan the Czech. You choose.
    • Also Liebheart is to Liebert.
  • The Stoic: Remains emotionless, cool, calm, and collected while he murders people and burns down a library. However...
  • Straw Nihilist: Subverted, While he does think life itself is utterly meaningless, he also believes in something bigger. Unfortunately, what Johan believes in is evil.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: He points at his forehead to order people to shoot him.
  • The Svengali: He volunteers at an orphanage in order to drill his nihilistic philosophy into the children.
  • Trickster: He frequently uses people's hypocrisies and the lies they tell themselves against them. And he likes to spread havoc too.
  • Übermensch: A very evil and destructive one.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: A male version, lampshaded in the Munich arc. He's actually at least initially less overtly uncanny when cross-dressing... but then again he is (mostly) impersonating his sister.
  • Unperson: He is a rare case of this being self-inflicted.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Averted. Even then, he was pretty horrible.
  • Villainous Breakdown/Villainous BSOD: After re-reading "The Monster With No Name" and again (offscreen) after Nina points out that some of "his" memories are actually hers. And once more when Nina forgives him in Ruhenheim and it becomes apparent that Tenma won't shoot him unless he actually threatens an innocent.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: His hair isn't exactly white, but it's either a platinum blond or it's bordering on platinum blond. And it's natural too — no dyes. He's an evil character.
  • Wicked Cultured: This is part of what makes him so terrifying and effective. He is practically a genius knowing many languages with a keen understanding of law which he uses to Mind Rape a certain character and was even able to run a massive money laundering scheme at fifteen-years-old.

    Nina Fortner 

Anna Liebert / Nina Fortner

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (JP), Karen Strassman (EN)

Johan's twin sister. After the incident in 1986, she is adopted by a couple from Heidelberg where she leads a normal life. When Johan decides to contact her again, Tenma foils his plan by helping Nina escape. Her foster parents are, however, killed by Johan's henchmen, and their murder sends her on a quest for vengeance, across Germany and the Czech Republic where she picks up the forgotten pieces of her past.
  • Action Girl: Played straight and later deconstructed. Being an Action Girl does not equal having the mental fortitude to match.
  • Bad Dreams: Before she recovers her memories of Johan, she has recurring dreams of a monster attacking her.
  • Broken Ace: She would be perfect in every way, except that her mind is made of easily shattered glass.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Johan's Cain.
  • Celibate Heroine: There are a few guys in the series who seem to like her, but she either rejects them (Peter) or is outright oblivious (Lipsky). However, she does have some subtext with Tenma that may avert this.
  • Distressed Damsel: Subverted early in the series. Played straight several times later on in the series including one case where she is saved from certain death by the same man who murdered her step-parents., as a part of the deconstruction theme that is a huge part of Monster. Though double subverted as people constantly try to capture her as a hostage and bait for Johan, but she willingly allows it if it means reuniting with Johan and killing him.
  • Expy: She has qualities matching Laurie Strode from Halloween.
  • Forgiveness: "I... I forgive you. Even if we were the last two people in the world, I would still forgive you."
  • Good Is Not Dumb: She's a sweet girl and one of the best students in her class. However, she won't hesitate to use her Aikido or scare a Neo-Nazi shitless.
  • Heroic BSOD: It's amazing how often this happens to her.
  • Morality Pet: Subverted. She may be the one person in the whole world who Johan appears to care a great deal about and his greatest fear is forgetting about her, but he's not above mindraping her and nearly indirectly causing her to commit suicide. And her forgiving Johan doesn't stop the latter in wanting to get himself killed.
  • Murder-Suicide: Once she regains her memories, her plan is to kill herself after killing Johan.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: We never learn her real name.

    Inspector Lunge 

Inspector Heinrich Lunge

Voiced by: Tsutomu Isobe (JP), Richard Epcar (EN)

An agent of BKA (the German federal police), he is assigned to the case of the murders of the three Eisler Memorial officials. Believing Tenma to be the only logical suspect, but deterred by the lack of evidence, he resumes the investigation ten years later after an officer guarding one of Tenma's patients is killed using the same M.O. used on the three doctors. Personal pride, rather than an interest in justice, prompts him to chase Tenma across Germany and Czechoslovakia, concluding that 'Johan' is Tenma's alter-ego.
  • Agent Scully: So, Dr. Tenma, you're saying a ten-year-old fresh out of major brain surgery killed these people?
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He has a ridiculously impressive memory, but very strange mannerisms (such as his "imaginary typewriter") and is implied to obsess over closing his cases.
  • Busman's Holiday: Subverted in that when he finally takes a vacation, he turns down a request for assistance from the local authorities. Otherwise, not so much played straight as sneakily turned Up to Eleven.
  • Character Tics: His most distinguishing feature is his habit of moving his fingers as though he were typing, which helps him memorize information verbatim.
  • The Comically Serious: Particularly when attempting to become Japanese.
  • Defective Detective: Very defective. It's only towards the end that he starts to become less dysfunctional.
  • Determinator: He obsessively tracks Tenma across Germany, not caring how it affects his personal life. Not even risking death from blood loss prevents him from trying to prove Tenma guilty.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Inspector Lunge's name translates to Mr. Stake.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: There's an uncanny resemblance between Lunge and that other super sleuth.
  • Not So Stoic: Thanks in part to his Character Development, Lunge gets angry when Roberto starts talking about his failed marriage and how his grandchild doesn't even know his biological grandfather. He gets another one soon after when he starts up a Shut Up, Hannibal! moment.
  • Pet the Dog: In Ruhenheim, he helps save a lot of people, befriends Grimmer, and actually apologizes to Tenma!
  • Photographic Memory: deconstructed, his memory is oftentimes tainted by his bias and it oftentimes limits his objectivity.
  • Spell My Name with an S: The translated manga, some fansubbers, the English dub, and the official site of the anime all say 'Lunge' as the correct spelling, while the original Japanese anime itself shows "Runge" on his ID. This is likely due to a mishearing of the name Runge as the Japanese language does not have an equivalent R-sounding tone. And note that Runge is a real German name, while Lunge isn't.
  • Stern Teacher: To a hospitalized Suk.
  • The Profiler: Played with. He's usually correct on guessing who the culprits are, with Tenma being the exception. He just can't predict the reaction of how they'll react, one being Driven to Suicide and one almost killing him for revealing his motives.
  • The Spock: He's able to guess motives, but he's not able to read the emotional reactions of cornered culprits, which nearly kills him at one point.
  • The Stoic: He is always serious about his work and shows little emotion, which causes others to think they don't care about him.
  • To Know Him I Must Become Him: "I am Tenma. Domo."
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Played with. His assumptions on culprits of crimes is correct, he's not able to predict the reactions once they're cornered, especially one that manages to nearly kill him at one point. Then there's thinking Tenma has a Split Personality to justify the crimes rather than a ten year old boy doing so.

    Eva Heinemann 

Eva Heinemann

Voiced by: Mami Koyama (JP), Tara Platt (EN)

The daughter of the Eisler Memorial Hospital director, she is engaged to Tenma at the beginning of the series. When he falls out of favor with her father, she breaks off the engagement, but has a change of heart soon after Heinemann's death. Tenma's subsequent rejection leaves her embittered and with an advanced alcohol problem, and she spends the remainder of the story vacillating between love and hate for him.
  • All Take and No Give: How most of her relationships play out, Tenma declined her attempt to get back together for this very reason, still bitter on the whole thing, that and finding Johan was much more important.
  • Break the Haughty: Her father's death is this for her, proving she can't just casually throw away people.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Her father's death left her a drunken mess.
  • Fallen Princess/Princess in Rags: Revolves a few times between these in the course of the series.
  • From Bad to Worse: When waking up in a police cell with personal belongings missing, smoking someone else's cigarette butts off the ground outside the station just for the hit, and stealing booze from a panhandler is not the low point of her day, you know it's a steep downhill slope.
  • Hypocrite: She acted for a while that Tenma abandoned her, when it was her that threw him away in the first place.
  • If I Can't Have You: Though she is kind enough to not actually try to kill him, she does attempt to put him in prison for life.
  • I Will Wait for You: Waits for Martin at the Frankfurt Central Station to run away with him. He doesn't make it.
  • Lady Drunk: Through most of the series. She eventually stops drinking as a token to Martin, who didn't like alcohol, and continues to order coffee instead of alcohol three years later in Another Monster.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Most of the time, post-Tenma.

    Dieter 

Dieter

Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)

A young boy whom Tenma saves from physical and mental abuse at the hands of a former official of Kinderheim 511, he stubbornly tags along with the doctor (and, later, Nina), providing a foil to Johan.

Other Characters

    Franz Bonaparta 

Franz Bonaparta

Voiced by: Nachi Nozawa (JP), Michael McConnohie (EN)

Also known as Klaus Poppe, Emil Sebe, and by many other pseudonyms, Bonaparta is responsible for the eugenics program that resulted in the twins' birth. When he wasn't busy kidnapping his test subjects' mothers and killing their fathers, he engaged in educating the superior children with the aid of morally questionable fairy tales he had penned himself.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: He brainwashes and ultimately kills his father for stealing the affections of a girl he fell in love with.
  • The Atoner: after witnessing firsthand the suffering Johan brought to Ruhenheim, he fully commits to stopping Johan.
  • For Science!: Played partly straight, partly as a twisted excuse ("This is an experiment").
  • Heel-Face Turn: Rather a slow, maddening process in which he gives up his experiments and becomes a dull, old man, living incognito in a small town where he unsuccessfully tries to continue his creative pursuits.
  • I Have Many Names: Emil Sebe, Helmuth Voss and Jakob Vyrobek are all pseudonyms he has used in the past.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: By killing over forty people in front of your love interest's already traumatized child to give her a chance at a better tomorrow. But don't worry about how your Sadistic Choice affected her, or her other child; your books and the pedagogy you developed will help fix all that. Just leave your evil conspiracy in place, it'll be all right. However, in Another Monster, it is implied that he had a hand in erasing the twins' mother's past, and Lipsky hints that perhaps his reasons behind it was to isolate the twins' mother so only he would know of her existence.
  • Matchmaker Crush: One of the most warped exampless ever.
  • Taking You with Me: Attempts to do this to Johan, but he is killed by Roberto before he can do it.

    Wolfgang Grimmer 

Wolfgang Grimmer

Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)

A perpetually smiling man searching for Franz Bonaparta, the man whose pedagogic theories formed the basis of the brainwashing program Grimmer had been subjected to as a child. Unable to feel emotion in his regular state (according to himself, although that doesn't stop him from trying to "fake it"), he transforms into a brutal and unstoppable alter-ego when under extreme duress.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Takes out almost all of Roberto's men in a final outpouring of anger. Only it wasn't the "Magnificent Steiner", it was his other personality the whole time.
  • Fingore: Is tortured by Corrupt Cops in this manner.
  • Friend to All Children: Though his past at Kinderheim likely contributed to his protectiveness of children.
  • Gentle Giant: He's easily one of the tallest characters in the series and is only dangerous when provoked.
  • Intrepid Reporter: How he makes his living.
  • Nice Guy: Just don't make him angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.
  • No Name Given: His real name is never revealed.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sometimes comes across as a bit of a bumbling fool with a congenial and friendly personality; however, he's actually quite intelligent and even somewhat shrewd due to his sociopathic tendencies.
  • The Sociopath: A rare sympathetic version.
  • Sociopathic Hero: He is this literally. In spite of his lack of emotion, he's a pretty nice guy who actually performs heroic deeds because he wants to. His Magnificent Steiner persona is the more traditional version of this, as it causes him to kill his enemies in a more brutal fashion.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: His journalistic techniques sometimes amount to this.
  • Stepford Smiler: Unable to feel genuine emotion, he has to resort to this to try and appear normal.
  • Taking the Heat: For crimes committed by Johan, but for the sake of Jan Suk, who had been framed for them.

    Roberto 

Roberto/Adolf Reinhardt

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Katsube (JP), JB Blanc (EN)

A survivor of Kinderheim 511, he takes on different identities during the series in order to eliminate witnesses and obtain information as one of Johan's most devoted henchmen.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: It's hard not to feel a little sorry for him after Johan callously tells him all his work has been for nothing right before his death.
  • Ax-Crazy: Very much so.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: He has a large penis, if one is to believe the obese prostitute having sex with him.
  • Laughing Mad: His reaction to the fire in the University of Munich library shows how deranged he truly is.

    Dr. Julius Reichwein 

Dr. Julius Reichwein

Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai (JP), Paul St Peter (EN)

An elderly psychiatrist who becomes involved with Johan after the latter murders one of his patients. After being saved by Tenma from getting killed by Roberto, he becomes one of his main allies.
  • Badass Bookworm: Beats up two guys and brilliantly outsmarts Roberto when he tries to kill him.
  • Badass Grandpa: Takes down two hoodlums after getting the crap kicked out of him.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He looks a lot like Wilford Brimley.
  • Retired Badass: Used to work with the border police. This, being the West German border police during the Cold War, which was basically a paramilitary organization as they were expected to hold back a possible Communist invasion from the east, makes it even more Badass.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He'll take attempts on his life pretty much on the chin, but the prospect of running out of Weisswurst, not so much.

    Dr. Rudy Gillen 

Dr. Rudy Gillen

Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (EN)

A former classmate of Tenma's, he is a leading criminal psychologist who attributes his proficiency to possessing the brain of a serial killer. After initially planning to turn Tenma over to the police, he realizes the latter's innocence and becomes, along his former professor Reichwein, an active helper in Johan's case.
  • Not So Different: He explicitly invokes this towards the incarcerated serial killers that he interviews, though one may feel that he exaggerates. Also backfires, possibly due to his tendency to get "research subject" mixed up with "research assistant," leaving him repeatedly wide open to Hannibal Lectures from the "subjects."

    Martin 

Martin

Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda (JP), Roger Craig Smith (EN)

A criminal with a troubled past who is charged with looking after Eva when the mob discovers that she can be of use to them.
  • Death by Irony: He manages to take out a group of The Baby's men. The one that finally manages to fatally shoot him appears to be a scared, way-out-of-his-league newbie who simply got lucky.
  • Does Not Like Women: Initially at least, he was very insistent about this.
  • Failure Knight: His reason for being insistent on the above, as the last two women closest to him have died with himself feeling guilty as the indirect cause.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though given he's up against Eva, his initial jerkiness doesn't register that easily.
  • Love Martyr: He was this to the three women in his life: his alcoholic mother who died freezing in the cold because he left her there when he was a child, his drug-addict late girlfriend who committed suicide after he caught her cheating on him and refused to kill her, and Eva who he died protecting.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Eva admits that she made him wear the suits and neckties that she used to make Tenma wear in the past.

    Otto Heckel 

Otto Heckel

Voiced by: Yoshita Yasuhara (JP), Doug Erholtz (EN)

A small-time criminal who has a symbiotic, highly illegal, and fairly comical relationship with Tenma.
  • Black Market: He is one of Tenma's links to it, both willingly and unwillingly.
  • Corruption of a Minor: Attempted with Dieter.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The only recurring character who seems to avert this.
  • Hidden Depths: Gets quite serious about his gourmet cooking. Not to mention touchy about Tenma's apparently inevitable suggestion that whatever the dish, it could be improved by the addition of soy sauce. Seriously, this includes Chicken Marengo.

    Mr. Maurer 

Mr. Maurer

Voiced by: Yosuke Akimoto (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)

A senior reporter for the Heidelberg Post, he (initially reluctantly and skeptically) gets involved in Tenma's attempts to track down the twins.
  • The Pig Pen: First introduced by way of a voice-over of a colleague complaining about his failure to shower.

    Dr. Becker 

Dr. Becker

Voiced by: Yasuyoshi Hara (JP), Christopher Corey Smith (EN)

A colleague of Tenma's at Eisler Memorial Hospital, he is notable for being one of the few non-villains to hold hard onto his Jade-Colored Glasses even after long-term exposure to Tenma.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Though apparently not entirely unsuccessful.
  • Cynical Mentor: To Tenma, who is friendly in return but proves resistant once he's got his own way worked out.
  • Dr. Jerk: While not incapable of empathy (see his scene with Eva), he generally displays a burned-out lack of human response, including endangering patients by turning up late for surgery, possibly due to dalliances with nursing staff.
  • The Matchmaker: To Tenma, repeatedly and unsuccessfully after his break-up with Eva.
  • Only Sane Man: How he sees himself within the hospital, in relation to Tenma's idealism and more overtly amoral careerism of some other colleagues.
  • Sliding Scale of Cynicism Versus Idealism: Tends to stubbornly stick to the cynical side, even when a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming is going on all around him, such as the way he tries to pour cold water on Tenma's former patients when they band together to bankroll a defense lawyer for Tenma.

    Jan Suk 

Jan Suk

Voiced by: Hisayoshi Suganuma (JP), Michael Sinterniklaas (EN)

A young, idealistic Prague police officer who is unwittingly caught up in the chase for Johan.
  • Ensign Newbie: Very much so, constantly inspiring others to attempt mentoring him, generally to his annoyance. By the time Verdemann tries it, pointing out his professional and personal greenness verges on a Berserk Button.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Inspired to join the police by obsessing about cop shows as a child.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He gets better, eventually, and not too soured, but it's a rough process.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He's really not on the kind of cop show he thinks his work resembles. And not in the kind of Boy Meets Girl plot he thinks, either.

    Richard Braun 

Richard Braun

Voiced by: Hiroshi Arikawa (JP), Cam Clarke (EN)

A private eye in Munich attempting to deal with his alcoholism and his past. His life went downhill after he shot an alumnus of Kinderheim 511.
  • Character Title: Volume 7 of the manga.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Just like pretty much every other character in this series.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Volumes 6-7 is one long day-in-the-limelight arc where the action shifts from Tenma to some new characters, which happens fairly often throughout the series. Initially, he seems to be the main character of this arc (Volume 7 is even named after him), but a tragic run-in with Johan causes the focus to shift to his therapist, Reichwein for the rest of the arc until Tenma returns.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The fact that it's not revealed just how he dies makes the whole thing all the more maddening.
  • Heroic BSOD: In his final scene before he's killed off screen, he starts having one of these. Johan identifies it as a Heel Realization.
  • Off The Wagon: Somewhat complicated and it becomes a plot point.
  • Private Detective: Since being kicked off the force for shooting an underage suspect while drunk.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Braun would be the German version, but the Viz translation gives his name as Brown throughout.
  • Trauma Conga Line: He wasn't drunk when he shot Yost. He was completely sober and, upon seeing how the boy had become utterly depraved, shot him dead without remorse. To provide an alibi he drunk his ass off not long afterward, and forgot everything because of the combination of the trauma and the alcohol. Either way, his career was over and he started a new life. Things were looking up...until Johan forced him to remember and he commits suicide (or did he?) not long afterward. The kicker? The boy — a very dangerous serial killer who probably had no chance of rehabilitation — he shot came from 511 Kinderheim, so it was completely warranted and justifiable for Braun (drunk or sober, doesn't matter) to shoot him, but Johan's guilt-tripping words were much too powerful.
    • Actually, Richard may not have committed suicide, it just looked like he did; it's highly likely he got murdered. Besides, he knew too much while looking into the case. Of course, the same thing could be said about Tenma, but see, Tenma saved Johan's life — Richard never did anything to benefit Johan, so he was probably just a useless thorn on the side.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: If you didn't already hate Johan by this point, you will now.

    Hans Georg Schubert 

Hans Georg Schubert

Voiced by: Michio Hazama (JP), Dan Woren (EN)

A mysterious business juggernaut with a sentimental past, he is the center of one of Johan's extremely elaborate plots to wreak large-scale havoc across Germany.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Yes, he's got one of these too.
  • Dub Name Change: In the Vi Z translation of the anime, he becomes Hans Georg Schuwald and his nickname becomes the more sensible "Vampire of Bavaria".
  • Fiction 500: According to Lotte, his wealth keeps accumulating without check. He is rumored to singlehandedly control the German stock market.
  • Genre Savvy: The only person in-series to pick up on Johan's inhuman "perfection" this way.
  • Jerkass Façade: "The Vampire of Bayern."
  • Luke, You Are My Father: It's complicated. Johan complicates it some more.
  • Spell My Name with an S: The American broadcast went so far as to edit a poster in order to corroborate their mis-dubbing of his name as Schuwald. Schuwald is also the spelling used in the German edition of the manga.

    Fritz Verdeman 

Fritz Verdeman

Voiced by: Ryusuke Oobayashi (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)

An extremely talented lawyer known for always getting innocent verdicts. In fact, he only takes on clients if he believes they are innocent. Naturally, he ends up being Tenma's lawyer after he's arrested in Prague. His desire to free innocent people is rooted in his childhood, when his father was accused of being a spy.

    Christof Sievernich 

Christof Sievernich

Voiced by: Masashi Hironaka (JP), Travis Willingham (EN)

Johan's disciple and another Kinderheim 511 survivor. Johan and several associates try to turn him into a second monster.

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