Character sheet for Psycho-Pass
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Being a detective isn't about bringing someone down, but rather protecting someone.
The main character of the series, Shinya is an Enforcer in Unit 1. In the past, he used to be an Inspector, but after a certain unsolved case, his Psycho-Pass exceeded the acceptable level and he was demoted to Enforcer. While a skilled fighter who trains his body daily, where he truly shines is in figuring out how a criminal's mind and motives work.
- Animal Motifs: All the Enforcers have a dog motif going on, but he's explicitly described as a wolf; a wild animal that's leashed but untamed, and is both vicious and relentless when tracking down prey.
- Anti-Hero: Generally cynical but well-meaning but has a darker side that comes out on occasion, especially when fighting Makishima. That part of him tends to bump him up to a more vicious person temporarily.
- Ambiguously Bi: In the novel, the tattooed man asks Shinya to sleep with him. He tells him "next time." He's implied to like women as Shion asks Akane if he grabbed her butt.
- Badass: The job requires badassery, but no one exudes it like he does.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Proficient in guns, hand-to-hand combat and always wearing the standard black Public Bureau suit. Back when he was an Inspector, his suits were specifically tailored.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He believes this is what makes him valuable to inspectors:
Kogami: Inspectors can't play vigilante, but I can.
- Bat Deduction: His profiling is always on the money, even if there's a significant number of facts not in evidence.
- Blood Knight: He gets very excited when fighting criminals. Akane compares him to a carnivore that's cornered its prey.
- Brutal Honesty: He never filters himself, which makes him come of as extremely cold, especially towards Akane who's sensitive and new to his behavior. The others just seem to pass this off, and she learns to do the same eventually.
- Byronic Hero: Well-meaning, cynical, follows his own rules, emotional (at least for the standards of his society), cultured, likes violence, unpredictable to many? Check and check.
- Cultured Badass: Very much so, so much so to the point he can quote Ortega as a counterpoint to Makishima quoting Blaise Pascal.
- Deadpan Snarker: Makes jokes with a completely straight face, making it difficult to tell when they're actually jokes
Kagari: Hm? Your wounds are okay?
Kogami: I told my doctor that I'd set fire to my room if he kept me there any longer.
Kagari: That's the Ko we know and love!
Kogami: I was kidding.
- Death Glare: Shoots an extremely toxic look at Makishima when they first meet.
- Decoy Protagonist: The promotional videos and general marketing seemed to make him out to be the protagonist, mostly ignoring Akane in favor of featuring him with Makishima in photos. While he's still the main character alongside Akane, he takes quite a backseat to her, who grows significantly more as a character and ultimately receives the most spotlight.
- Determinator: Nothing stops him from trying to do what is right, not even getting shot by a nail gun or getting his skull cracked, or even discovering the Public Safety Bureau is very corrupt. In the latter case, it just inspires him to do what's right outside of the law.
- Everyone Went to School Together: In the side materials, he and Ginoza went to the same high school and became best friends. When Ginoza told him his future plans on becoming an Inspector, Kougami quickly decided to also become an Inspector.
- Expy: Has a lot of similarities to Spike, except much more stoic. Also, in the way he is described and the looks, one can't but think of Amano's other character that's also a carnivore in combat, Hibari Kyoya.
- Foil: To Makishima, in everything from appearance to personality to even fighting style. However; they both are cultured, determined and like violence.
- Genius Bruiser: He's trains his body almost everyday to keep it fighting fit, because he knows he can't always rely on the Dominators. His training shows, since he quite obviously has a lean and muscular body. He's also way smarter than he looks, able to deduce what the mind of the un-sub of the current case thinks faster than most Enforcers.
- It's Personal: Everything that is connected to Makishima since the death of Sasayama and his demotion. This is also his reason why he left the bureau at the end of episode 18.
- Invincible Hero: Not so much in combat, where he does tend to get seriously injured, but as far as detective work goes, his guessing ability is effectively always correct, sometimes accurately predicting rather outrageous scenarios.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He´s actually a Nice Guy, but he´s rude and somewhat sociopathic.
- Just A Flesh Wound: Near fatal gun wounds? Never mind that, Tsunemori's in trouble!
- Hunk: See Mr. Fanservice
- Knight in Sour Armor: Gruff as hell but actually means well in helping society. As seen in 2nd episode during his interactions with Akane in the hospital after she stun-gunned him into not killing the victim turned latent criminal, he actually wishes to be a real detective helping to make society a better place instead of just a 'hunting dog' of Sibyl System.
- Made of Iron: Many examples, but most notably: survives from a massive kick to the head, by Makishima, which cracks his skull.
- Mighty Glacier: Downplayed, but his fighting style has elements of this. He can run, but he often gets into a fighting stance and stays in one place while trying to hit his opponents until he walks or runs again. His fight against Makishima highlights this, with his opponent using much more agile and graceful moves to dodge around Shinya's punches and kicks and take him down.
- Mr. Fanservice: He is featured in many, many shirtless scenes that show his nicely-shaped torso. It can't be accidental.
- Not So Different: With Makishima, something he learns to use to help him figure out Makishima's motives and plans in Episode 19.
- Only I Can Kill Him: Towards Makishima. "It has to be me."
- Perpetual Frowner: His default expression is this, though he smiles a few times. Contrasts to Makishima.
- The Profiler: Given that he studied Social Psychology before and since he's now an Enforcer, he has a better understanding of the criminal mind.
- Put on a Bus: Given for his actions in the Season 1 finale, he's absent in Season 2. His only presence are in the opening credits and episodes 7 and 10 , where he exists only in Akane's mind when discussing about Kamui's case and comforting her after being offered a Sadistic Choice by the Sibyl System. He'll eventually make his appearance in the movie.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Quits the Public Safety Bureau when he finds out Chief Kasei wants to protect Makishima, who is responsible for numerous deaths, rather than arrest or kill Makishima. He even admits to Akane in his letter that this is the only way where he can go after Makishima.
- Smoking Is Cool: Chain smoker extraordinaire.
- Start of Darkness: He was originally an Inspector, until during a particularly nasty case when he saw the mutilated corpse of Sasayama, a Enforcer who worked under him who was captured by the un-sub & killed. This caused his Psycho-Pass to exceed safe levels, which resulted in a subsequent demotion to Enforcer.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: In stark contrast to Makishima's white hair.
- Vigilante Man: Becomes this at the end of episode 18 since this is the only way where he could go after Makishima.
- You Can't Go Home Again: At the end of the first season, Shinya must leave Japan or the Sibyl System will find him and execute him for killing Makishima.
Everything you've been taught is based on theories and logic. Soon, you'll come to realize how pointless they are.
The oldest Enforcer in Unit 1. A veteran in his job, he provides exposition and helps Akane learn the ropes in her newfound job. He serves as the voice of reason in most circumstances.
Both you and I are trash who simply envy the happiness others have.
A happy-go-lucky and flirtatious young man, Shūsei has been diagnosed as a latent criminal since the age of 5. Contrary to the other characters who are very serious, he provides comic relief by, among other things, flirting with Akane.
I will become an enforcer.
A former guitarist who was recruited by Kōgami before Sasayama's death. She seems to spend time with Shion Karanomori.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: She pats Mika's head as a way to comfort her after the incident which killed Aoyanagi.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Stoic, detached and a popular former musician.
- Ambiguously Lesbian: Yayoi has quite a lot of subtext throughout the show, but for the most part it is just limited to implications. But then it becomes not so ambiguous in episode 22, when she is seen naked getting dressed while talking to an equally nude Shion on a bed.
- Autopsy Snack Time: She continues eating her noodles while looking at pictures of an exceptionally gruesome murder case.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Quite capable and drawn in this aesthetic.
- Heartbroken Badass: Implied in Episode 12, since someone she was very close to, turned out to not just rebel against the Sibyl System in music but also through usage of Molotov Cocktails and was implicated in burning down areas and murders. Yayoi tried to use the Dominator on this person but it didn't work as at the time, she was not an Enforcer. These events left her visibly saddened and traumatized for the only time in the series so far until she decided to become an Enforcer.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Plastinated bodies do not faze her at all. Shion claims that she is into "more violent and passionate stuff".
- The Stoic: She is always calm and collected, brushing off even gruesome crimes.
- Ship Tease: With Shion.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: In episode 2 she seems cold at first as she ignored Akane's greeting but then she also smacked Kagari for teasing the girl and even let Akane borrow her tablet. She also acts compassionate towards a civilian when the latter sees the body of her dead friend.
A former Enforcer who was under Inspector Shinya's supervision while he was still alive. Three years before the start of the series, he was involved in the unsolved "Specimen Case" where he found a lead concerning the gruesome death of the victims. However, this eventually led to his death.
After all I'm my mother's child... that is, a child of Sibyl. My will is society's will. My eyes are society's eyes.
Sakuya Tougane is one of main characters of Psycho-Pass Season 2 who joins Akane's team. He used to be a therapist whose family worked in pharmaceuticals.
- Ambiguously Evil: This becomes apparent about midway through the second season, though the opening also drops hints that he might not be what he seems. Apparently, it seems he's very interested in Akane's Psycho-Pass with the intent of darkening it and is aware that Mika's watching him. Becomes pretty clear once we find out he reports directly to Sibyl and is now planning to kill Akane along with Kamui.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's polite and friendly, but he also has the highest Crime Coefficient ever recorded in Sibyl's history. In Episode 7, a line of text briefly shown on his personnel file reveals that at the age of 10, his Coefficient was 769. He's also Sibyl's personal assassin.
- The Corrupter: Wants to do this to Akane, obsessing over "painting her black".
- Has a habit of doing this to all Inspectors he's assigned to, making them a target for Lethal Eliminator and executing them. His personnel file mentions five instances of this happening and it's not even a full record.
- Deadpan Snarker: Even more than Kougami, if that's at all possible.
- Enfant Terrible: He's a test tube baby designed from the ground up to be criminally asymptomatic, but backfired, causing him to have a high coefficient.
- Foil: To Kamui. Whereas Kamui clears people's Hues, Tougane darkens them. While Kamui is trying to destroy the Tougane Foundation along with the Sibyl System because they caused the plane crash that destroyed his life, Tougane is devoted to protecting both as they quite literally created his life.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: He is a Designer Baby that was meant to artificially create a criminally asymptomatic person. But instead of having a pure Psycho-Pass, the experiment backfired and resulted in him having an incredibly high Crime Coefficient.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: He wants to corrupt Akane, so something's definitely up. Turns out he was planted in Akane's team in order to "take care of her" for the system.
- Hunk: Just as his prototype, again giving Akane a chance of Eating the Eye Candy.
- If I Can't Have You: He loves his mother so much that as a child he killed her to prevent her from leaving him, directly causing his crime coefficient to rise.
- Kick the Dog: Quite literally. Well, more like kill the dog. Twice.
- He also manhandled Mika when she was terrified and is generally quite cruel towards her. And in episode nine, he killed Akane's Grandmother in The Stinger in an attempt to corrupt Akane.
- Life or Limb Decision: In order to hunt down Kirito Kamui, he cuts off his hand due to being handcuffed to a pole.
- Manipulative Bastard: Togane intends to provoke Akane into killing Kamui, thus eliminating two threats to the Sibyl System.
- Momma's Boy: Is really devoted to his mother, Masako Tougane, who is part of the Sibyl System. And in the final episode, he's horrified when he learned that she was killed by Kamui.
- Mutual Kill:With Kirito Kamui, though he survives for a while afterwards as only his arm is blown off. Of course, he still bleeds out and dies soon after.
- Non-Idle Rich: Is supposedly a heir to a large pharmaceutical company, but got his degree and practiced independently as a psychologist before showing an actionable Crime Coefficient.
- Passing the Torch: He is rather accepting of his death, after he sees that Mika is just as much of a slave to the system as he is and will do whatever it takes to protect Sibyl.
- Properly Paranoid: He keeps a hidden camera recording everything in his own room. Just in case some Inspector decides to go through his belongings on a whim.
- Psycho Psychologist: Received his therapist license after his high criminal coefficient was discovered.
- Stalker Shrine: Has a downplayed one to Akane in his room. Hidden in his room is a LOT of pictures of Akane. The strangest thing is these pictures have circles around her eyes, ears, and mouth.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Kougami, naturally. The opening even shows some parallels between them. This is likely intentionally invoked by him.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: To the point of sarcastically telling off Mika at any possible opportunity (he apparently takes offense at her "seen-it-all" haughtiness and fanatical attitude).
- Waistcoat of Style: Wears one under his jacket.
Sho Hinakawa is one of main characters of Psycho Pass 2 who joined Akane's team. Formerly a holo-tech designer, he still uses his skills to help out the team.
- Adorkable: Shy, stuttery, and possibly the most innocent of the Enforcers. Shion even called him cute after reading up about his past.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Was able to detect a lapse in the rendering of Kamui's holographic disguise while at the medical facility.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covers one of his eyes, and most of his face for that matter.
- The Eeyore: Being a Perpetual Frowner aside, he's revealed to have suffered from severe depression.
- The Quiet One: He doesn't speak much and tends to give very short answers.
- Shrinking Violet: Justified in that he's been suffering from severe depression for a long time. Also Subverted in that while he does suffer from depression, he does speak up for himself when he needs to and doesn't let it hinder him in his duties.
An Enforcer who worked under Division 2 Inspector Risa Aoyanagi. After Aoyanagi's death
, he is reassigned to Division 1 under Akane's command. He used to worked in a military drone construction facility.
- Chekhov's Skill: After we learn his background in drone construction, it becomes crucial in the next episode when the military drones are hacked and run amok throughout the base. He knows their weapons & limitations and comes up with the plan to destroy them.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He blames himself for killing Aoyanagi without knowing that it's really her. He tries to apologize to Ginoza about it but Ginoza tells him that he was just following protocol... right before he then says not to come anywhere near him for a while.
- My Greatest Second Chance: In the finale, he uses the Assault Dominator again... except this time he non-lethally paralyzes Inspector Shisui and saves Ginoza's life.
- Survivor Guilt: Strongly implied to be suffering from this after episode 4.
- Unfriendly Fire: He's the one killed Aoyanagi with the Assault Dominator, not knowing the person with the 300+ Crime Coefficient was his own boss.
- You Can't Go Home Again: While not really his home, it's clear that his coworkers at the drone facility didn't know he'd become an Enforcer for the Public Safety Bureau since he left the factory, and he is not comfortable making small talk with men who were once his friends.
Do you know the most demeaning thing you can do to the law that we should respect? Creating and administering a law that is unworthy of protection.
The Supporting Protagonist
and female lead of the series, Akane is a rookie Inspector assigned to Unit 1. A well-meaning, idealistic young detective, she works well with the Enforcers but often clashes with her more uptight colleague, Ginoza.
They say that fools learn from their experiences, while the wise learn from history.
A very strict and professional Inspector in Unit 1, formerly partnered with ex-Inspector Shinya. As Akane's senior, he often berates her naivety and idealistic views on Enforcers. At the end of Season 1, he got demoted to Enforcer
- Alone with the Psycho: In Season 2. It's actually retroactive. The second season revealed that his therapist was always Kirito Kamui under a holographic disguise, so the guy he was spilling his soul to in season 1 turned out to be the main antagonist of the second season.
- Artificial Limbs: Considering he gets his left arm ripped off and in the epilogue, he has both arms as an Enforcer, it seems he has another similarity to his Dad now.
- Broken Pedestal: The New Edit shows that Ginoza used to look up to his father until he got demoted to Enforcer.
- Butt Monkey: A toned down version given the show's mostly realistic setting, but he's often the brunt of jokes, gets told off a lot, and even gets grabbed by the collar and tossed aside like a cat at one point. Urobuchi says he likes picking on Ginoza the most.
- By-the-Book Cop: He believes wholly in the judgment cast by the Sibyl System, which puts him at odds with those who suggest deviations from it.
- Character Development: After becoming an Enforcer, Ginoza is more openminded and is willingly to accept Akane's decision to deal with latent criminals.
- Death Glare: Almost his default expression, but gives a major one to Akane when she hits a sore spot by asking him about his relationship with Masaoka.
- Defrosting Ice King: It's a hell of a slow thaw, but by the last episode he's more relaxed, smiles often, and is a lot warmer than he previously was.
- It apparently sped up in the two years passed, as in the second season he's essentially a younger, more sarcastic Masaoka.
- Demoted to Extra: In Season 2, most especially in the second half where he has less screentime.
- Digital Avatar: A big coin with the writing LIVERTY on its heads side (which, incidentally, has a Victorian gentlemen face on it a la old POTUS faces on US coins).
- Disappeared Dad: His father, Masaoka, became a latent criminal when Ginoza was nine, hence why he hates them so much.
- Foil: His views on Enforcers clash with Akane's. While she considers them colleagues, Ginoza treats them like hunting dogs in fear of butting his own Psycho-Pass.
- Everyone Went to School Together: He and Shinya went to high school together and became best friends. When Ginoza told him his future plans on becoming an Inspector, Kougami quickly decided to also become an Inspector.
- Generation Xerox: He is an Inspector descending into distrust of the justice system for which he works, which is reflected in his rapidly-rising Crime Coefficient. Masaoka suffered from more or less the same experience in the past, which is how he became an Enforcer, a fate his son eventually shares. Episode 21 hammers the point home: Masaoka's mechanical arm is his left, the same arm which Ginoza loses.
- Season 2 shows that in the intervening two years Ginoza slid into his father mindset (and role even more completely.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: He doesn't wear them anymore when he got demoted as an Enforcer. Akane lampshades this by asking if he wears them just for decorative purposes.
- Heroes Love Dogs: He's a dog lover and owns a Siberian husky named "Dime". His test attributes reveal that he can have a career as a dog therapist, and he manages to still keep the dog in the second season.
- Heroic BSOD:
- When Chief Kasei tries to make him shoot Shinya with a lethal Dominator.
- When Masaoka dies, he is reduced to being able to do almost nothing but cry and eventually scream.
- I Am Not My Father: Desperately tries not to repeat the same mistakes his father made — and fails.
- In the end, he becomes an Enforcer, despite starting out berating them and believing they were horrible people due to Sibyl's judgment (which he no longer believes in at the end).
- Despite belittling the enforcers as "hunting dogs," he's a dog lover and has an aptitude for dog therapy.
- The second season shows him actually living in his father's apartment.
- Jerkass: Towards the Enforcers, who he treats like dogs simply because they're Enforcers. But there are instances where he's civil with Shinya and Masaoka.
- Jerkass Façade: He's harsh on Akane for being too naive and too trusting to Enforcers (most especially Shinya), but he did this to prevent her from repeating the same mistake that Shinya and his father made before.
- Kick the Dog: Chastises Akane for making what he deemed a poor decision on her very first day on the job and constantly demeans her in the workplace. He also blames her for Shinya's disappearance in episode 10, which she was already shaken about.
- The Law of Conservation of Detail: He wears his glasses especially low on his nose and always seems to be looking above the frame rather than through the lens. While this may be seen as artistic liberty to show a character's eyes, no other character in the show who wears glasses wears them the same as he does. Becomes relevant in the very last episode.
- Life or Limb Decision: To escape Makishima's trap in Episode 21, he loses one of his arms.
- Nerds Are Virgins: Word of God has confirmed him to be a "1000% virgin", focusing far too much on studying to join the MWPSB to ever get around to dating.
- On the other hand he shamelessly flirts with Risa in the Season 2.
- Nom de Mom: According to the Psycho-pass Official Profiling Book, Nobuchika got his surname from his grandmother (Akiho Ginoza) who is his dad's guardian.
- Non-Action Guy: While he often does the shooting, he's rarely seen running around and never fights or does anything remotely "macho." Justified, given that his job as an inspector means that he shouldn't get too involved in the action to keep his Crime Coefficient as clear as possible.
- Non-Action Snarker: Occasionally.
- No Sell: In the second season's finale, he takes multiple crossbow bolts, but they don't harm him because they're hitting his bionic arm.
- Not So Stoic: When Masaoka dies, he completely loses it and is reduced to crying and screaming. Once things settle down, he becomes more mellow, and smiles often with more of a relaxed facial expression than usual.
- Perpetual Frowner: His stoic and serious expression rarely changes.
- Take Up My Sword: Season 2 has him wearing a brown trenchcoat and matching suit, with a glove to hide his artificial limb. He's just like his old man now.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Even Urobuchi admits as much.
- Took a Level in Badass: One Shotted a Drone with his robotic fist. He can also be seen training in Episode 4.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In Season 2, he seems to be nicer when he became an Enforcer and even tells Mika to accept what is happening around her instead of ignoring it based on his own experience.
- The Stoic: Zigzagged. He's prone to losing his cool from time to time, but ultimately tries to play this role as best as he can, usually succeeding.
- Stoic Spectacles: Thin-rimmed, narrow glasses to compliment his stoic bishonen look.
- We Used to Be Friends: His relationship with Shinya became this after the latter's demotion to Enforcer.
One of the students of the Ouso Girl's Academy. Her close friend was murdered by Rikako. By the end of Season 1, she becomes an inspector and starts working under Akane.
I feel that this lid starts to come off when I'm holding a Dominator. Because it starts to, my rationality stops it. That rationality is what makes me an Inspector
An Inspector from Division 2.
- Agent Scully: Blithely brushes aside Kitazawa's assertions that he had a friend who was helping him because there is absolutely no evidence or scan data of anyone assisting him with his crimes. While Akane is convinced this person exists, Risa dismisses it as "a ghost."
- Apologetic Attacker: She whispers a brief "sorry" right before she vaporizes her rebellious Enforcer Ryougo Kouzuki in New Edit episode 9.
- Ascended Extra: She appeared very briefly in episodes 17 and 18 of the first season, then had a special scene in the New Edit and eventually a larger role in the second season.
- Bond One-Liner: She delivers one to Kitazawa before killing him.
Kitazawa: Hey, tell me something, will you? What color am I?
Risa: What color? Let's call it..."Raw Sewage Red."
- Determinator: She took one whole of a beating in episodes 3 and 4, but would not stop fighting back against the criminal. It took a new model of Dominator, the Assault long-range model, to kill her.
- Fan Disservice: She spends the entirety of episode 4 in her black bra and panties and handcuffed while the latent criminal at the mental care facility is terrorizing the other hostages, who have also been stripped to their underwear. Then she gets her head put through a light fixture and blood pours all over her face before being killed by a Dominator shot.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. In the hostage crisis, the person who had the nail gun actually had the chance to shoot the villain, but Risa insisted that she should be the one to save everyone. Seeing as that person is a holographed Kamui, her flaw might have been part of his plan altogether.
- Heroic Resolve: Knowing the hostages at the mental health facility are in danger is what gives her the strength to stand up again after being thrown through a light fixture and keep fighting.
- Hollywood Mid Life Crisis: Admits to having one to Ginoza in the second season — which, ironically, gives him a chance to flirt with her.
- Knight Templar: When one of her Enforcers tried to escape during the chaos of the riots Makishima started, she hunted him down and killed him with no mercy, per Sibyl's policy. This was only implied during the original season 1, but the New Edit episode 9 explicitly shows her executing him.
- Loophole Abuse: The plan to get Kougami out of Nona Tower was to have her swap out a Division 2 Enforcer with him so he could leave without technically breaking any rules. Too bad Chief Kasei was one step ahead of the game for all involved.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Aoyonagi could have ended things earlier if she shot the villain in episode 4 with the Nail Gun. Heck, it didn't have to be lethal, it could just be to incapacitate the guy. But she insisted in using the Dominator and doing things right.
- Your Head Asplode: Admits she enjoys doing this to others with the Dominator somewhat. Then it happens to her due to Kamui's manipulations.
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Mizue Shisui is an inspector of Division 2 in Psycho Pass season 2. Her parents are both officials. She has quite a sense of inferiority about her relatively unstable Crime Coefficient.
- Brainwashed: Due to the injection Kamui gave her in episode 1, made worse in episode 3. By the start of episode 5 she is fully Drinking the Kool-Aid.
- Break Out the Museum Piece: She resorts to using a crossbow in the final episode.
- By-the-Book Cop: Disapproves of Akane's tactics like letting two Enforcers go after the suspect without a supervising Inspector.
- Determinator: In the finale, she has doped herself up on so many stimulants that multiple Paralyzer shots only stun her briefly. Sugo finally drops her when he hits her with a Paralyzer from the Assault Dominator.
- The Dragon: To Kamui.
- Evil Costume Switch: Now in a red leather outfit complete with red lipstick shown in the new trailer.
- Eyepatch of Power: Going with her new red outfit seen in the new trailer for the season.
- Eye Scream: Thanks to Kamui's work she is without her left eye.
- Face-Heel Turn: Stunned by Kamui's ability to decrease her Crime Coefficient, she joins Kamui's side and promises to stay with him.
- Fatal Flaw: Lust. Her desire to go by the rules not to mention keeping her Crime Coefficient clean drove her into accepting Kamui's ideas and perhaps even wanting to love him considering how hard she fought for him. In the end she is now a traitor locked up all by herself...
- Monster Fangirl: Eventually. It's also strongly implied that she's attracted to him.
- More Than Mind Control: By the time we get to episode 6, she's definitely with Kamui out of her own free will rather than any coercion on his part.
- Rogue Agent: Betrays the bureau and personally murders several agency members when she joins Kamui's side.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Despite being abducted and mutilated by him, she becomes a fervent supporter of Kamui after he decreases her CC.
- Sanity Slippage: In episode 10 she is completely obsessed with Kamui believing he will truly clear the entire world of its color. It's unsure if this is because of the medicine, Kamui's words to her before, or just her own desires for him.
- Sole Survivor: Of Kamui's team, as even Kamui himself is killed.
- Taking You with Me: Tried to blow herself up during the raid but she was stopped in time.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Thanks the corrupt politicians for fulfilling their roles but, in light of what occurred afterwards, she was really making use of this trope.
Public Safety Bureau Support Personnel
A latent criminal employed by the Public Safety Bureau's Analysis division. She provides backup in most of Unit 1's cases by analyzing data, samples and evidence. It is hinted she is close to Yayoi.
- Bi the Way: Confirmed by Word of God, as well as in supplemental material. She also flirts with both Yayoi and Shinya. The Psycho-Pass Profiling Book indicates she likes older men and cute women.
- Could Say It But: Variation, she tells Shinya in Episode 18 that he shouldn't take Makishima's helmet and that he was taken off the Makishima case. Shion says this as she turns off the security features guarding the helmet and then adds that maybe she isn't sure that he was taken off any case.
- Depraved Bisexual: Depraved due to her Latent Criminal status, and bisexual evident in both her apparent willingness to sleep with Shinya and her actual sex with Yayoi.
- Expy: Perhaps not intentionally, but she shares many similarities with another sexy blonde from Criminal Minds who also happens to be a flirtatious technical analyst. Her relationship towards Shinya even mimics Garcia's relationship to the resident Genius Bruiser, and they've both been called the "Goddess of Information."
- Hackette: Also performs hacking duties for the Bureau when needed, such as in the second season when she had to break into the Ministry of National Defense's servers.
- The Lab Rat: She's in charge of analyzing evidence and never goes out in the field since she's also a latent criminal who isn't allowed to leave the MWPSB headquarters without the consent from those in charge.
- Loveable Sex Maniac: The only thing she had to say to Shinya before he left? "Wait, I haven´t slept with you, have I?
- Mission Control: Asides from analyzing evidence, she relays information to the team when they need help in tracking down the suspect.
- Ms. Fanservice:
- First time we saw her onscreen, she's putting her pantyhose back on. In episode 6, she's betting her bra. Ookay...
- There's a scene of her discussing the fate of her former teammates with Yayoi in episode 22, after having sex with both of them naked. Happens again in season 2's episode 7.
- Ship Tease:
- With Yayoi.
- Brief one with Shinya in Episode 18.
- Smoking Is Cool: She's very fond of smoking. You rarely see her without a cigarette on her hand or mouth.
There are times when you can't solve the problem by following the manual.
Voiced by: Kazuhiro Yamaji (Japanese), Michael Federico (English)
A former professor in criminology and social psychology who is also an expert in criminal profiling. Shinya Kougami is one of his former students. He lives secluded from society and dislikes the Sibyl System. In Season 2, he's now part of the Public Safety Bureau as an analyst.
Warning: Walking Spoiler
- Brutal Honesty: He doesn't sugercoat things and is quick to point out that there are situations don't need to be resolved systematically.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Appears early on to help Shinya and Akane with their investigations, and again to help Shinya deduce Makishima's plans on how to make the Sibyl System obsolete after Makishima's first attempt to destroy the Sibyl System failed. In Season 2, he's recruited by Akane into the Public Safety Bureau as an analyst.
- Cool Teacher: He's friendly to Shinya and is willing to teach Akane in a crash course on profiling.
- Luxury Prison Suite: His cell in the isolation facility, as shown in Season 2 after he turned himself in. It even has a coffee maker.
- It's All My Fault: A minor one. He thinks it's his fault that Shinya went rogue and left Japan after killing Makishima which is why he turns himself in to the bureau. When Akane asked for his help for the Kamui case, he's a little hesitant at first until Akane reminded him that he helped her become a better detective.
- Nice Guy: Though he has a sour expression often, he is always willing to help Shinya and gives his advice to anyone who comes to him. Same with Akane in the second season.
- The Professor: Before the Sibyl System was established. But now, he's out of the job.
- The Profiler: He used to be one before he took up teaching.
- Sherlock Scan: He can do this Up to Eleven. One look at Akane, a person he'd never met before, and he could tell everything about her from her relationships to her inability to swim. In season 2, it's also how he identifies that Representative Masuda is an imposter.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite that Shinya is just his former student, he knows that telling him how to find and understand Makishima will make it so that if he ever gets scanned by the Sibyl System again, he will either be jailed or killed. He helps Shinya anyways, and ends up jailed for it in season 2.
The Director of the Public Safety Bureau who fully believes in the Sibyl System but still trusts the Enforcers and Inspectors to enforce the law. As Makishima becomes more and more of a threat, she gets more involved and leads the Enforcers and Inspectors to stop Makishima's plan. She also allows the Enforcers and Inspectors to use whatever means necessary to stop Makishima, seeing the threat he is becoming to society, as long as society is still standing.
In the second season, we find out that the Kasei body is modeled after an aged-up version of Misako Tougane, the first brain integrated into Sibyl.
- Badass: Capable of commanding respect from almost everyone including latent criminals, despite being an old woman who prefers to plan.
- Bad Boss: More than willing to let Ginoza take the blame for Kagari's disappearance...which arguably she/the Sibyl System killed.
- Chekovs Gunwoman: Appears in a few scenes to establish her position as the head of the Public Safety Bureau, then kills Choe and Shusei and is revealed to be a cyborg that shares similarities with the Dominator in terms of design motifs inside her cyborg body.
- Guile Hero: Quickly creates a counter-plan to Makishima's fake master plan. Her actions, combined with Shinya and Akane's action defeat Makishima anyways. Turns out she's not such a hero after all.
- He Knows Too Much: Kills Shusei as soon as he sees inside the Sibyl System.
- Hollywood Cyborg: With an inside similar to the Dominators, in terms of design.
- Iron Lady: Literally and figuratively.
- Mutual Kill: Subverts this to Shusei's surprise, when her being a cyborg allows her to survive a point-blank shot (though her flesh comes off) and kill Choe with the Dominator.
- Non Action Woman: Prefers to lead and give her employees support and tactical advice. Justified due to her age. Or maybe not, considering she is a cyborg capable of surviving Makishima's goons and a direct shot to her face.
- No Sell: She brushes off all of Mika's concerns with Akane and reflects that Mika's own faults will probably end up getting her killed.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted, kills Shusei and has the audacity to blame Ginoza.
- Robotic Reveal: And a brutal one at that, see Mutual Kill.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: She provides the only time in the series where a Dominator's trigger is unlocked and fired without registering the target's data when she kills Choe Gu-sung in Nona Tower's secret basement. Then when pointed at Kagari, the Dominator is overridden to change into Decomposer Mode when Kagari's CC should only be enough to warrant Paralyzer Mode. This almost happens again in episode 18 when she forcibly changes Ginoza's Dominator into Eliminator Mode to make him kill Kougami, but fortunately Akane paralyzes Kougami first before that can happen.
- Sharing a Body: The external "face" of the Sibyl System, she can be controlled by different brains/personalities that take turns inhabiting her.
- Spanner in the Works: If Joushuu had not shown up to kill Choe and Shusei, Makishima's plan to create societal breakdown and destroy the Sibyl System would probably have worked.
- Talking to Themself: There are several instances where she is alone in her office, but talking as if she is in a conversation. That means she's plugged into the interface in her chair and is consulting with the other brains in the Sibyl System.
- Truly Single Parent: Misako Tougane, now a member of the Sibyl System, artificially created her son Sakuya Tougane.
- Walking Spoiler: See the spoiler tags?
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: This trait is shown when she talks about how the Sibyl System is not perfect, but steps "must" be taken to make people think it is perfect to keep order. She also seems to think that the truth must be hidden from people.Which probably ties into why she killed Shusei as soon as he saw what the Sibyl System really is.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Tries this on Shinya, but is thwarted by Akane.
- Younger Than They Look: Depends on which brain is using the body.
I want to see the splendor of people's souls. I want to check and see if it really is precious. However, when humans base their lives around Sibyl’s, without ever consulting their own wills, do they really hold any value?
The main antagonist of the first season. A gifted individual with natural charisma at manipulating people and bringing their darkest urges to light, he serves as the mastermind behind many of the cases the Public Safety Bureau has to solve.
- Above Good and Evil: How he views his actions. He questions whether Sibyl's judgement can truly tell good and evil apart.
- Alas, Poor Villain: His last few moments are surprisingly pitiful, as he reflects on how easily relationships are replaced in this world and asks Shinya if someone else will take over his role in his life.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Shinya comes to believe that Makishima being criminally asymptomatic separated him from society, leading to Makishima not caring what he does to society.
- Arch-Enemy: To Shinya, due to being involved with the case that killed Sasayama three years ago. Makishima also arguably becomes this to Akane, when he murders Yuki in front of Akane.
- Badass: He kicked Shinya's ass. Granted, Shinya was wounded but still.
- Badass Bookworm: One of the smartest characters in the series, if not THE smartest. He´s also a flippin´ ninja.
- Badass Longcoat: At the end of Episode 20, he has one.
- Badass Normal: No fancy guns or weapons, no particularly high-tech equipment and no incredibly huge database to go through, just a genius sociopath and his old-fashioned razor blade.
- Big Bad: The mastermind behind many, many murders.
- Bishōnen: Helps fit his role as a partial foil to Shinya, as it contrasts Shinya's Genius Bruiser look.
- Blood Knight: Not only is he not actually an Non-Action Big Bad, he just doesn't like fighting since most people "bore" him and are no challenge. He fights Shinya and barely wins, but is shown to be loving the fight and sad it ended too quickly.
- Byronic Hero: An Evil Counterpart to Shinya. The villain status makes him somewhat of a deconstruction, showing that when you put such character in a society which literally denies him right to exist, except as a brain in a jar, his go-to solution would be attempt to destroy said society, killing everyone who get in the way.
- Contemplate Our Navels: Makishima is really fond of having philosophical and literary discussions when he monologues or is with someone else. The New Edit ramps it up.
- The Corrupter: Provides tools and advice to others just to bring out their darkest instincts.
- Cultured Badass: Well acquainted with literature, music and philosophy as well as ass-kicking. He even used a book to help him take down Touma.
- Cursed with Awesome: When Kougami and Prof. Saiga are brainstorming together and trying to get a handle on Makishima's personality, Kougami speculates that the turning point in Makishima's life was when he realized he was criminally asymptomatic. But while most people would think this was great, Makishima would have seen this as a constant reminder of how isolated he is from society.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Knows what Shinya will try to do to him, and uses it to his advantage on occasion. Also, listens to conversations carefully enough to know when someone is planning to try to kill him if he disagrees with them and can come up with a way to kill that person instead.
- Dark Messiah: Has committed a number of terrible murders in order to provide awareness for people to live like human beings.
- Dissonant Serenity: Has the biggest smile when he is about to destroy all of Japan's food, ruin the Sibyl System and cause societal breakdown.
- Evil Counterpart:
- To Shinya. Although they are foils, they have many similarities. Shinya is a Genius Bruiser Blood Knight while Shogo is a Badass Bookworm Blood Knight, and both are very cultured and have talents for planning, even if the planning is improvised. It gets Lampshaded and invoked in episode 19.
- He could also be considered this to Akane: Both of them have unusually low Crime Coefficients and have their issues with the Sibyl System.
- Evil Laugh: After killing Masaoka, he has the nerve to smile while looking at Ginoza grieving and then outright laughs at Shinya's disapproval of Makishima.
When you know there is something behind the curtain, you just got to look.
A Korean immigrant
hacker who has known Makishima for years and is instrumental in advancing his plans.
- A Lady on Each Arm: When we first meet him in Episode 4.
- Affably Evil: Had a friendly conversation with Shūsei and was even hoping to be friends with him.
- Afraid of Blood: Which is why he never stays around when the serial killers start doing their thing.
- All There in the Manual: Some of the novels mention that he used to serve in the Korean People's Army before North Korea was dissolved as a state.
- The Cracker: Responsible for spreading misinformation in the internet during the riots and locating the mainframe of the Sibyl System.
- The Dragon: To Makishima's Big Bad.
- Eyes Always Shut: Probably because they are cybernetic.
- Far-East Asian Terrorists: He is one along Makishima.
- Friendly Enemy: To Shūsei.
- Holographic Disguise: Has a holographic device that changes his appearance and voice.
- Mutual Kill: Subverted, attempts this on the Chief of Police, but she is a cyborg and so she survives her flesh being burnt off. Choe on the other hand, gets his head exploded.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His surname has a distinction of being pronounced radically different in the Northern and Southern dialects of Korean. Northerners pronounce it as "Tsoi", while southerners lean to "Chwe". Anime seems to take the middle ground and renders it as something like "Cho-".
- Token Minority: By modern standards, Koreans aren't all that prevalent in Japan. And considering that all the other named characters are Japanese, it can be inferred that this is still the case. He explicitly calls himself a foreigner as well.
- Villainous Friendship: Apparently childhood friends with Makishima.
- Wicked Cultured: Always polite and composed, and no less well-read than Makishima, to the point of knowledgeable discussion of century-old Cyberpunk literature.
"The fact that something is false does not invalidate its existence. You all failed to recognize that."
The main antagonist of season 2. He believes that latent criminals can be still be saved.
- Affably Evil: Although Kamui seems obsessed with making peoples' hues clear and still allowing them to do whatever they want (even crime), he can be quite friendly to people even when removing one of their eyes and forcibly drugging them, as he did to Inspector Shisui, all while giving her life advice.
- Alliterative Name: Kiroto Kamui
- Alone in a Crowd: This is depicted as we find out how he gradually became less and less recognized by Sibyl, to the point that nobody in society would ever acknowledge his existence.
- Anti-True Sight: Somehow, he is completely invisible to the Sibyl System. It's because he's a Walking Transplant who has so many foreign organs implanted in him that the overload of clashing biometric data renders Sibyl unable to get any kind of read on him.
- The Bad Guy Wins: He got exactly what he wanted in the end: a judgment on Sibyl.
- Best Served Cold: Almost literally in episode 9. With the help of a friend of his who is an official in the Ministry of Transportation, he manages to gather all the politicians who covered up the Season of Hell in one place and has them served food that is actually human organs under a holo-disguise. This causes their Crime Coefficients to shoot up to triple digit levels as Kamui's followers then shoot them with Dominators.
- Body Horror: There's a good reason◊ why he wears holographic disguises.
- Borrowed Biometric Bypass: He takes out Inspector Shisui's eye and replaces one of his own with it so he can use her Dominator. Later, he tasks Dr. Masuzaki with finding a way to equip the rest of his followers with Dominators, which Masuzaki does by creating some kind of glove that is keyed to Shisui's biometrics.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Kamui has big shoes to fill as Season 2's Big Bad since viewers are comparing him to Shogo Makishima. One thing that's different about them from the get go is that Makishima employs people so long as they keep on entertaining him, while Kamui appears to be genuinely concerned for their well-being. Both, however, are still railing against the Sibyl System.
- The Corrupter: Unlike Makishima who attempts to show a person's darkest instincts regardless of increasing one's crime coefficient, Kamui is focused on lowering the crime coefficient to make the hues clear but at the same time, lets them commit crimes whatever they want.
- The Cracker: A truly vicious one. In Episode 5, he links a whole fleet of military attack Drones to a portable video game. People think they're playing one of those harmless portable game wherein you shoot harmless chickens and pixels on a screen. In reality, they're unwittingly controlling military attack drones armed with miniguns who are shooting actual people. He does this to portable devices all over the city of Tokyo.
- Dark Messiah: This man inspires followers to cult-like devotion, to the point where they are even willing to commit suicide just to protect him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He can't stand the corrupt politicians who enabled the Season of Hell to occur, for what happened during said time and for what they've done to others.
- Evil Counterpart: Is shaping up to be one to Tsunemori as he is showing signs of a Wide-Eyed Idealist believing that the Sibyl System is wrong in judging people.
- Expy: Seems to be one to the Laughing Man. Both are black-haired young men who wear blue winter clothes and have the uncanny ability of not being well-registered by the cyberpunk system in control.
- Far-East Asian Terrorists: Is this for the second season.
- The Ghost: Is this in-verse to Sibyl who is informed about his existence by Akane, but is not able to measure his CC and therefore cannot "see" him. They could measure his Crime Coefficient if they measured collective Psycho-Passes but that would mean they could be judged.
- Go Out with a Smile: As he dies, he smiles to Akane.
- Kill and Replace: One major facet of his plan involves killing high-ranking members of society, and inserting his men in their place after they have undergone numerous organ transplants and plastic surgery to resemble them, such as Representative Masuda.
- Lima Syndrome: He becomes very close with Inspector Shisui after kidnapping her and taking her eye out, regularly holding her tight and apologizing for what he did to her.
- Many Spirits Inside of One: Considers himself the amalgam of all the people whose organs were used to reconstruct his body. Unlike most examples of the trope, this is meant to be metaphorical and not literal.
- Master of Disguise: He has 184 disguises to choose from.
- Master of Illusion: He's an expert programmer when it comes to generating holograms. He was able to fool the entire CID in the first episode through the use of a holographic female hostage and holographic bombs. Hinakawa's analysis of the hostage's image reveals that it was based off of an 8-year old girl who died 15 years ago and aged up appropriately, wrapped in layers and layers of holo-fields that would fool even the most sophisticated scanners.
- Meaningful Name: While his first name is practically guaranteed to bring to mind another popular anime character, his last name is the Ainu word for a divine being and is a very rare Japanese name. For an even bigger meaning, he uses an extremely unusual choice of kanji: Kamui is usually written as 神威 ("powerful god") but his last name is written as 鹿矛囲 ("deer surrounded by spears")... which is a perfect description of Japan's population ruled by Sibyl.
- Mix-and-Match Man: The reason for his invisibility. He's got the parts of 184 other people grafted into him. As far as the Sybil system can measure, he's a massive group of people in one, and the Sybil System cannot measure a large collective, without allowing itself to be judged.
- Mutual Kill: Dies blowing off Tougane's arm, which later kills Tougane.
- Passing the Torch: Before he dies, he admits that he wants Akane to one day judge the Sibyl System and knows that someone will one day continue to do so.
- Pet the Dog: Numerous instances. He ensured that Shisui was unconscious and sedated, and remained alive when he removed her eye. He lowered Inspector's Shisui's psycho-pass when her crime-coefficient was too high. He was able to rescue the elderly hostage taker from Episode 4 from eustress defficiency (a coma-like illness), and even offered to help the man escape from the surrounding inspectors. Compared to Makishima at least, Kamui is far more polite and considerate to his cohorts.
- Psycho Psychologist: Very effective as a therapist and not unwilling to kill others if necessary.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He's the sole survivor of a horrific plane crash, caused by the Sibyl System, that killed over 200 people, including all his classmates. His body was repaired by taking body parts from the other survivors, then grafting and implanting into his ruined body. The surgeries were very difficult and painful, and had almost non-existant chance of survival. Miraculously, he survived again. As his body gradually accepted the new body parts, the Sibyl System gradually lost its ability to scan him. As far as the Sibyl System is concerned, he's nothing more than a pile of corpses. When he tried to talk to people, they just ignored or dismissed him. He eventually became completely isolated from society. He eventually investigated what happened during the Season of Hell, and he discovered that the plane crash was caused by the Sibyl System. During that time, there was a replacement for the Sibyl System called Panopticon. When Panopticon was tested on traffic monitoring to see if it was ready, the Sibyl System used bribes and intimidation, as well as caused accidents, to cause the number of accidents to spike. The Sibyl System arranged for all those deaths in order to avoid being replaced. When he found out that all the horror and pain he suffered was due to the Sibyl System, he decided to take action against Sibyl. He acquired the skills and knowledge to lower other people's Hues, and started installing his followers into key positions of power, all to take down the Togane Foundation, and the Sibyl System.
- The Shrink: Can reduce the crime coefficient of others to the point that they can be considered criminally asymptomatic. Also masqueraded as Ginoza's therapist.
- Sole Survivor: He's the only survivor of a plane crash incident which killed 205 people. Apparently, he's using the identities of the deceased to have his followers impersonate them for his plan and to remain hidden from the Sibyl System.
- Survivor Guilt: It is strongly implied that he suffers from this, and that his whole mission is to find justice for the other people who died on that fateful plane crash. His friend Koichi Kuwashima most definitely feels this, as in a twist of fate, he happened to be moving the week before the plane took off and missed his flight.
- Take-That Kiss: Planted one on Inspector Shisui right after he paralyzed her with a hypodermic injection, then forced her hand up and made her pull the trigger on Enforcer Yamatoya.
- Talking the Monster to Death: What his goal all along essentially was. In the ending, he forces the Sibyl System to acknowledge a major flaw in its methods (its inability to only judge individuals and not a collective), and the realization of this causes the Sibyl System to terminate a large number of its brains (which would almost certainly be the most violent criminals it integrated) in order to reduce its own Crime Coefficient to zero.
- Undying Loyalty: He inspires this among his followers. These include Inspector Shisui, the doctor who operated on him as a child, and illegal immigrants he has recruited to take the place of certain individuals in society.
- Villain Has a Point: He is completely correct in his opinion of the flaws and failings of the Sibyl System. Of course, his methods for showing it are often horrific.
- Villainous Rescue: He shows up at the end of episode 10 during Tougane and Akane's confrontation, then in the finale, when Tougane is doing his hardest to darken Akane's Hue, he terminates Tougane at the cost of his own life.
- Walking Techbane: The insanely high number of foreign organs in his body cause his Psycho-Pass readings to register so far beyond the margins of error Sibyl is supposed to recognize that it ends up not registering at all.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He was the pharmacist being attacked by the old man at the mental care facility. He and his accomplice were clearly waiting for Aoyanagi to show up before staging the attack.
- Xanatos Gambit: The Sibyl System is either forced to admit it can't judge Kamui, indicating that it isn't fit to rule, or it forgoes the inability to be judged in order to eliminate him, rendering it susceptible to society's laws (i.e. judgment due to the crimes committed by the brains compromising it).
- And it works, forcing the Sibyl System to allow numerous of its members to die.
The perp in the first episode, which also happened to be the Akane's first day on the job
. A harried office drone with permanently butted Psycho Pass, he was frequently harrassed and bullied for his high Crime Coefficient until he finally snapped and kidnapped a woman from the street.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: See Tragic Villain. He specifically mentions that since he was scanned with a high enough Psycho Pass, his life is basically ruined at this point, so he might as well beat and rape his hostage.
- Tragic Villain: In a disturbing way, he shows that if the Sibyl System didn't exist, a lot of problems could have been avoided. He most likely wouldn't have snapped and committed horrible crimes if he wasn't constantly bothered about his Psycho-Pass rating for years. Unfortunately, he decides that if everyone believes he is a criminal, then he will fulfill their expectations... and goes too far to prove everyone right.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: The only villain to be shown raping anyone onscreen so far. Also the only named character to get gibbed for a few episodes. Rest in pieces, asshole.
- Villain of the Week: Number 1, as he appeared in Episode 1. He is also the only villain in the entire show to have absolutely no connection to the Big Bad.
Some people just take the 'Net life too seriously
, and Mido definitely was one of them. A big fan of countercultural 'Net personalities, he took upon himself to preserve the "purity" of their mission, lest they "sell out".
- Determinator: Will do anything to interact with the online avatars he enjoys, even running away from police while he has only one arm, since the other was exploded by a Dominator.
- Empty Shell: Makishima believes Mido relies so much on other peoples' online identities because Mido doesn't know or have his own identity. Mido doesn't really have a good response against this accusation.
- Internet Mimic: He pretended to be both Talisman and Spooky Boogy after killing both their original owners. The avatars and their Commu-Fields became more popular while he was impersonating their owners.
- Loony Fan: Believes that he is setting his victims' avatars free by killing them.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He gets shot THREE times by the lethal Dominator.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Makishima has no interest in him anymore, he leaves him at the mercy of the Enforcers.
A student in one of the nowadays rare Girls School
where the rich and powerful send their daughters to protect them from the ouside world and keep their Psycho Passes clear. A daughter of the once famous surrealist painter, who gradually lost the will to livenote
and was hospitalized till his death, she wanted to preserve his legacy by building the sculptures inspired by his paintings.
Rich and cultured industrialist
Voiced by: Katsumi Chou (Japanese), Charlie Campbell (English)
behind the influential company producing bionic limbs and stuff, he's a complete cyborg
and advocates the cyborgization as a way to the better world (and immortality). Unfortunately, his company still haven't perfected the way out of The Fog of Ages
, so he's fighting it for now by hunting people for fun.
- Creepy Souvenir: Uses Rikako's bones to make a smoking pipe.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Though he was a sick bastard long before he changed bodies, even enjoying watching one of his friends die in a war.
- Cyborg: His body is completely robotic except his brain and spinal column.
- Death by Irony: Kills people for Makishima, ends up (indirectly) killed by him.
There's a limit to the amount of pleasure a person can obtain. But pleasure brought out by intellect is infinite.
Touma was a criminal in the backstory
who killed many and turned their corpses to plastic, to make "art"
. He eventually managed to kill Sasayama before being caught. After Touma was captured, he disappeared. Touma was at least friends with Makishima at some point in the past.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Believes this has happened to him, since he is a part of the Sibyl System.
- Ax-Crazy: Even as Kasei, he has this trait.
- A God Am I: Believes this once he has become part of the Sibyl System.
- Dark and Troubled Past: In the prequel novel, Touma's childhood wasn't really a happy one. He never met his dad and his mom resorted into drugs to clear her hue. She never lets him and his twin sister out of the house until she overdosed. His sister started stealing and killing people and even has a disturbing affection to her brother. But Touma strangled her to death and stuffed her in the freezer where he could talk to her everyday until he was found by a charity group.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from a teacher to a Serial Killer to part of the Sibyl System.
- The Ghost: Never has a physical appearance in the story, until we find out that Touma's brain is in the Police Chief's body in Episode 17.
- Hobbes Was Right: Believes that humans need leaders more intelligent than they are.
- Irony: A serial killer masquerading as the Director of Public Safety Bureau. Yeah, doesn't need much more explanation.
- Mad Artist: Formerly.
Voiced by: Takuya Sato (Japanese), Duncan Brannan (English)
A demolition site supervisor. He could have become an elite member of society because of his high intelligence, but the Sibyl System decided that his irregular temperament butted his Hue too frequently and that his current job suited him better. His disillusionment over his life being chosen for him has led him to denounce the System through terrorist bombings.
- Chekhov's Gun: He mentioned he had other bombs ready to explode in episode 2, but he got eliminated before he could detonate them. These bombs reappear in episode 10, when Division 3 attempts to use them to destroy the hijacked subways. Unfortunately for them, Kitazawa had already provided Kamui with the detonation codes and the bombs fail to explode.
- Far-East Asian Terrorists: Becomes one after he got disillusioned over how the Sibyl System affected his life.
- Hope Spot: Akane's words of encouragement to him allow him to be taken in alive and perhaps to give him a second lease on life. Then his Coefficient somehow drops like a rock while in custody, which clears him to be transferred out of prison, and he uses the opportunity to try to escape and continue his crimes, this time lethally.
- Mad Bomber: While he might not enjoy it he does seem mad enough to use a bomb on himself. It gets worse in episode 2.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: His intention is to inspire the populace to revolt against Sibyl. To that end, he ensures that his publicly placed bombs will not harm anyone and will only raise Area Stress levels. However, he has no qualms against killing members of the Public Security Bureau, since they are the arms of Sibyl. Subverted in the second episode when the bomb he detonates does kill almost a dozen people.
- Starter Villain: For season 2.
- Taking You with Me: When cornered on a rooftop, he reveals that he has bombs strapped to his chest and will press the detonator. Fortunately, the situation is able to be defused.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Considering the nature of the Sibyl System...
The Sibyl System
The system that monitors all data registered from Psycho-Passes. It turns out that they are composed the minds of criminally asymptomatic individuals.
- A God Am I: Touma has this view of the Sibyl System and implies the others in it do as well.
- A Million Is a Statistic: In episode 10 of Season 2, when Kamui has taken hostage of the passengers in the subway, the system offers Akane to detonate bombs in order to eliminate him. When Akane points out that detonating the bombs will also kill the hostages, they explain that it's a necessity to get rid of Kamui once for all before he kills more people.
- Above Good and Evil: The Sibyl System also sees itself as above the common notions of morality, and, according to its own logic, this is what enables it to judge other people.
- Awful Truth: The Sibyl System is composed of the minds of criminally asymptomatic individuals, turned into a Hive Mind that controls society via controlling the internet and everything that relies on it.
- Big Brother Is Employing You; Well, if you're working under the Public Safety Bureau, you're working for the Sibyl System.
- Big Brother Is Watching: They have the authority to scan a person's mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes and judge them on the basis of that. They also have the means to suppress and regulate the media.
- Brain in a Jar: All that is left are the brains of criminally asymptomatic individuals who are in control of Sibyl.
- The Chessmaster: The Sibyl System revealed itself to Akane because it correctly deduced that she would not reveal its true nature to the world. Despite allowing Akane to pursue Makishima on her own terms, it still successfully used Akane's own ideals against her.
- In Season 2, they're fully aware about Kamui and the threat he imposes. Though they never disable Shisui's authority on the Dominator after she went rogue, they still let Akane continue the investigation while observing her and Kamui in the shadows.
- Computer Voice: It has a female voice which is the same voice as the Dominator.
- Cyborg: Cyborg bodies are used to let some members go into society to perform certain tasks. Chief Kasei's body is one of their often used bodies.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Inverted, as being soulless monsters is why they were chosen to be cyborgs in the first place.
- Everything Is Online: Including them, but they control everything through this trope.
- Evil Versus Evil: Makishima versus them, this continues after they manage to arrest him since he denies joining them and escapes. Then Kamui in the second season, who is so dangerous they want him dead with no questions asked.
- Evil Laugh: Combined with Kick the Dog, this is their response in the last episode to Akane's belief that humans will outgrow the Sibyl System and that humans always try to make the world better.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. Given how much they are proud of what they have done for the country, they failed to foresee the amount of violence created by Makishima. And not to mention, they failed to convince him to join their cause since Makishima is too Genre Savvy which also results in his escape. And related to the below, one reason why they refuse to disable the Dominators Kamui obtains in the second season.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: This system started off as an automated job placement database build in the mid-21st century to match candidates with occupations that would ideally suit their strengths. It still continues to do this, but it has expanded its responsibilities to the point where it now controls the entirety of Japanese society.
- Gender Bender: Male brains using Joushuu Kasei's body. At any given time, it's impossible to tell what gender her brain is because she acts in a very androgynous manner.
- Hive Mind: Though some get to have individuality when they go in Cyborg bodies and into society briefly.
- The vast majority of citizens were told that the Sibyl System's computers were superior to human thought for judgment. Yet, the Sibyl System is mainly made out of human brains.
- The criminally asymptomatic individuals that make up the Hive Mind of the Sibyl System highly value their individuality and believe their unique personalities and philosophies, according to Touma. Touma also says that they believe their uniqueness makes them better than the average citizen, and therefore, more fit to rule society. Yet, for all their love of uniqueness, they don't see the irony of them becoming a Hive Mind...until Makishima sarcastically points this out to Touma.
- Master Computer: What it essentially is. But it's much more than just a computer.
- Mole in Charge: They use cyborg bodies of Chief Kasei to do this to the protagonists in Unit 1.
- Not So Different: Highly value their own "individuality", prideful, criminally asymptomatic, sociopathic, brilliant at manipulation, understanding of society and its effects on people...are we talking about Makishima or the Sibyl System? The only major difference between them is their ideologies, with the Sibyl System valuing order at any cost to others and Makishima valuing freedom at any cost to others, ultimately landing him in the chaos territory.
- To a lesser degree, Kiroto Kamui is similar to them. Both are composed of a Hive Mind (at least Kamui views himself as one composed of the wishes of those who died due to Sibyl forcing a plane crash to save face), both go to extremes for their philosophies about judging others, both can't be judged by others until Kamui forces the Sibyl System to judge collectives like Kamui and the Sibyl System.
- Principles Zealot: The major reason why they refuse to revoke Shisui's authorization to use a Dominator, even though it would cripple Kamui's plans if they did. If they do such a thing, it would be the same as admitting that their system is flawed and can be compromised, and this is something that Sibyl absolutely cannot allow anyone to think. As Kasei said in first season, it does not matter if Sibyl is perfect; what matters is that everyone thinks it is.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Despite that the correct spelling of the system is Sibyl as seen in its logo (see the page image), most fans would still spell it as Sybil. It doesn't help that there are even instances in the official Funimation subtitles that spell it like that.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: There are several occasions where they override the Dominators to change their setting, even if the target's true Crime Coefficient does not warrant the use of that setting.
- Shadow Dictator: Most people think the Sibyl System is an unbiased computer. The "unbiased" part is wrong, and the computer part is only partially right; as most don't know about the criminally asymptomatic brains controlling the Sibyl System and by extension, society.
- The Sociopath: An entire hive mind of them, in fact Sibyl only selects criminally asymptomatic individuals, as in people who can commit brutality without raising their emotional criminality coefficient, as members.
- Too Dumb to Live: They finally manage to capture Makishima and put him under their custody. However, they don't bother restraining him or even have guards nearby in case he gets violent. Once Makishima realizes there's no serious security measures keeping him from escaping, he manages to escape Sibyl's custody in a matter of seconds, killing Touma in the process.
- Totalitarian Utilitarian: The philosophy they claim to cling to. Their stated desire is the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest amount of people. Their actual results tend to vary.
- We Can Rule Together: They try to convince Makishima to join their cause. He's not interested: he might be a villain himself, but it doesn't necessarily mean that he has similar goals.
- Wetware CPU: They are composed of brains kept in some form of liquid.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:Does this to a lot of people but the most surprising time is when due to Kirito and Akane's manipulations, they are forced to do this to a minority of brains within their own system.
Voiced by: Kazuo Komiya
Sakuya's mother who is a researcher and the founder of the Togane Foundation. She passed away prior to the events of the TV series. But she's actually criminally asymptomatic and her brain was one of the first ones (if not the first) to be integrated into the Sibyl System
- Bigger Bad: She's responsible for her son's "troubling" behavior and was in charge of Kamui's surgery which caused him much grief and led him to his Start of Darkness and mission to overthrow the Sibyl System. In addition to that, the brain-removal technology she invented was what allowed Sibyl to become the Wetware CPU it currently is.
- Evil Matriarch: While she does loved her son, she's a terrible mother. Her way of raising Sakuya resulted to being what he is at present as an adult.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. She's so proud that all of her work is for the benefit of society. Until Kamui showed up and everything went downhill.
- For Science!: Her experiments are considered unethical and yet, she keeps doing it for the benefit of society.
- My Beloved Smother: Dear God, this woman forced her son to kill puppies when he was a kid just to see if he was criminally asymptomatic. And even when her son is all grown up, she expects him to be obedient.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Nice going, doc! Now your former patient is hellbent in rebelling against the system that you're part of and finding your weaknesses by forcing the system to judge you.
- Posthumous Character: She died in 2099, years before the events of the TV series. It turns out that her brain was integrated into the Sibyl System.
- This Cannot Be!: She's shocked that a criminally asymptomatic person like herself got judged by the very system she's a part of.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Kamui's Dominator scanned her crime coefficient (which turned out to be 300) and shot her, she panicked and wondered how this could have happened before her head exploded.