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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Badass Grandpa: Physically strong, focused while working and can detect people with elevated Psycho-Pass just by reading their body language. Masaoka was able to pin down and probably would have successfully captured Makishima had he not had to save Ginoza. Remember that Makishima is a much younger man and the same person who pretty much handed Shinya his ass.
Cool Old Guy: Kind and supportive of Akane, and very friendly when not on the job; Even on the job, he is generally a pretty decent guy.
I'm not fit to be called a detective. You are my son after all. Your eyes....look just the same as mine..when I was young.
Gender-Blender Name: The phonetic name of Tomomi is more commonly used as a girl's name; however, his particular way of writing it (智己) isn't particularly feminine, since it's neither in kana nor with the kanji 美 ("beauty") on the end.
Nice Guy: A nice man who is supportive of his co-workers. He has never show a hint of jerkassery.
Older Sidekick: Older than Akane and (so far other than Kogami) has been her most reliable Enforcer partner.
Older Than They Look: Looks no older than his mid-fifties, but is eventually revealed to already having been the officer with the Tokyo's old Metropolitan Police Department before the Sibyl System was established, which was about 50 years ago.
Team Dad: Whether you're an Enforcer or an Inspector; he knows that when things go wrong between them, he has to remind them that there are more important things which need to be deal with. Bonus points for being Ginoza's actual father.
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.
He Knows Too Much: Sees inside the Sibyl System and is killed by the Chief of Police moments later.
Informed Attribute: Invoked and discussed. Since the age of five years old - younger than our society deems able to take responsibility for their choices - the Sibyl System branded him a Latent Criminal, and he has been treated as a wild and criminal danger to society ever since. However, he's never felt any inclination to commit any crimes - at least not unprovoked by his awful situation in life. So, naturally, he has lived his entire life in rejection from society, and the resulting sullen resentment towards the Sibyl system.
Manchild: There are hints to this behavior whenever he's not on the job, such as having dinosaur figures near his desk, playing on a handheld gaming console, eating candy out of a jar, etc.
Never Found the Body: Though this is due to that no one on the police force can actually enter the room where Shusei was shot in. It also doesn't help that Shusei was shot with the Dominator in Destroy Decompose mode - normally used on robots rather than comparatively squishy human bodies - rather than the normal Lethal Eliminator mode, so there wasn't much left of his body to find.
Nice Guy: Contrary to the other very stoic members of Unit 1, he's genuinely relaxed and friendly.
The Nicknamer: Likes shortening people's names, like "Gino" for Ginoza and "Ko-chan" for Kogami.
Nominal Hero: Downplayed as Shūsei is still pretty much a good guy. That said, he does hate the Sibyl System, and only works as an Enforcer as he has no other choice due to being a latent criminal. In addition, he is apathetic to the safety of the town's citizens and also doesn't mind the destruction of the Sibyl System. However, Shūsei makes it clear that he hates Makishima, just as much as Sibyl, for his manipulation of others and genuinely wants to kill him for his crimes.
Kagari (to Choe Gu-Sung): Sibyl is a load of shit, but you guys reek just as badly.
Shoo Out the Clowns: Once the riots start and society is at stake, he survives for a bit...then is killed by Jousei.
Token Anti-Hero Teammate: Unlike the other Enforcers and Inspectors who try to improve society, he genuinely hates the Sibyl system and the society it has created. Also, he completely agrees with Choe Gu-Sung that the town's citizens deserved to die in the city riots for their mistreatment of latent criminals. Shūsei even went as far as allowing time for Choe to open and destroy the Sibyl System.
Verbal Tic: Uses a -ssu in the end of some of his lines. In later episodes, he seems to be using a lot of word contractions.
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.
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.
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.
Abusive Parents: In the prequel novel, Sasayama's father was very abusive to him and his sister, whom he also raped. One time, he thought that he killed him in self-defense and turned himself to the police. He became an Enforcer after that.
Big Brother Instinct: He was very protective to the would-be victim, Tohko Kirino, who reminded him of his sister in the prequel novel.
Blood Knight: He doesn't mind shooting latent criminals down and seems to enjoy it.
Chivalrous Pervert: He was described as a womanizer who constantly harassed his female co-workers and had a short temper, but he nearly killed a guy after seeing him on top of the girl he kidnapped.
Cowboy Cop: He would really go against standard procedure in dealing suspicious people despite Shinya's order on not to do something stupid. In the New Edit, this leads to his death.
Fatal Flaw: His recklessness and obsession to take down Touma and Makishima got himself killed by them.
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.
Badass Bookworm: Really smart and athletic but suffers from Naive But Skilled. However, once she is determined to take down Makishima, she knocks him out and arrests him.
Big Damn Heroes: When Makishima is preparing to kill Kogami, guess who shows up with a helmet in her hand to save him?
Born Winner: Through some unexplained fluke, she has an abnormally low and stable psycho pass. She doesn't have to put any effort into maintaining her mental health and even when stressed out her coefficient stays well within healthy limits. That's a big frickken deal in this society because, combined with her intelligence, it means she's got a lot more freedom than anyone else in the anime.
Brainy Brunette: She had top marks in all her exams and was stated to be the only one with a perfect score to enter the Public Safety Bureau.
Makishima kills her friend Yuki right in front of her as "punishment" for her inability to kill him without relying on the Sibyl System's judgement. She is seen quivering in terror right after that.
The whole series serves as a downplayed one for her. By the end, she has lost faith in the Sibyl System and is more cynical but still cares for and believes in people.
Character Development: After dealing with Makishima and her confrontation with Sibyl System in Season 1, she becomes a more experienced and battle-driven veteran of the bureau.
Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She did not really know what to do with her life, and her marks were great so they allowed her to pick any job she wanted. Because she was the only one to get a perfect score to join the Public Safety Bureau, she deduced that there was something there only she could do.
The Heart: She is willing to go against the supposedly-infallible judgement of the Dominators.
Heroic BSOD: After failing to save Yuki, she turns into a shaking wreck who can't stop thinking about it.
Heroic Willpower: She can take psychological shocks on the chin that would drive others screaming into latent criminality without flinching. While the above is true, there may be a simpler explanation.
I Have This Friend: Her inability to understand Shinya drives her to seek advice online from Talisman in Episode 4, but the rules of the Talisman chat are that "we do not talk about ourselves here, only others," encouraging this trope instead.
Naive But Skilled: Suffers from this a lot early on, as she is intelligent and athletic but very naive. She grows out of it.
Naïve Newcomer: Tsunemori is brought onto her first case with little knowledge of what to do, so other characters have to explain everything to her.
Puppy-Dog Eyes: Has noticeably larger oculars than anyone else in the series, which may serve to underscore her initial naievete and Wide-Eyed Idealist character(see below).
Shut Up, Hannibal!: She tells the Sibyl System this in the last episode of season 1, that eventually they will be shut down.
Supporting Protagonist: While the focus of the plot is Kougami and his determination in tracking down Makishima, the audience views the events through Akane Tsunemori and her induction into the MWSB.
Took a Level in Badass: Compare Akane at the beginning to later in the series, when she knocks out Makishima in Episode 16 and even forces The Sibyl System into following her terms during Episode 20. Episode 20 shows even her detective skills have greatly increased. Yayoi even Lampshades this in Episode 21, where she points out that Akane now seems like a completely different person.
The Pollyanna: Recovers rather quickly after her Break the Cutie moment, and when she decides to relive it to get the recording of Shogo's face, her Crime Coefficient actually goes down after she sees that it's successful.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: Though he's not a villain, she gives such a speech to Ginoza after constantly being berated by and demeaned by him, effectively preventing him from doing so again for the most part.
We Will Meet Again: In the After Stories radio drama which is set after the events of Episode 22, Akane received an untraceable call from Shinya, who contacts her for the last time. But Akane believes that there would be one day that they could meet again as normal humans instead of Inspector and Enforcer.
She doesn't believe in indiscriminately shooting people with high Crime Coefficients, especially civilians who were only caught into the frenzy by a latent criminal.
Also doubles as a literal version, considering her eyes are 25% larger than the rest of the cast's. Season 2 solicits show that the eyes have become a bit smaller, though.
You Are Better Than You Think You Are: She manages to talk down the criminal in the second season premiere by convincing him that he is not worthless and he can provide a valuable contribution to society.
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.
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 Pedastal: 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. By the end, he doesn't believe in the Sibyl System anymore.
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.
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 of latent criminals clash with Akane's. While she considers them colleagues, Ginoza treats them like hunting dogs in fear of clouding 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 implied 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."
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.
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, as seen in the promo art and the ending theme, he's now part of the Public Safety Bureau.
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 now a member of Public Safety Bureau.
Cool Teacher: He's friendly to Shinya and is willing to teach Akane in a crash course on profiling.
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.
The Professor: Before the Sibyl System was established. But now, he's out of the job.
Sherlock Scan: He can do this Up to Eleven. One look at Akane, a person he never met before, and he could tell her about everything from her relationships to her inability to swim.
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.
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.
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.
Gender Bender: The male Touma's brain was put in her body in order to talk with Makishima. At any given time, it's impossible to tell what gender her brain is because she acts in a very androgynous manner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Expy: of Johan Liebert. Based on looks, he resembles the anti-social Hayato Gokudera from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!! by Akira Amano, Makishima's character designer. However, if you also consider his obvious society-destroying designs and mind games, he's also pretty close to Byakuran of the same anime. (Heck, there's even a doujin portraying his as Byakuran and Mukuro's child)
Face Death with Dignity: Realizing that his plan failed and that he's bleeding very badly, Makishima accepts his fate as Shinya executes him with his pistol.
Say, what do you think Kogami...after this will you be able to find a replacement for me?
Faux Affably Evil: Can go from nice and charming to violent and sociopathic, in no time at all.
Foil: Set up as Shinya's foil, evident even in their contrasting appearances. Shinya has fairly normal but obviously muscular looks while Makishima is white-haired, thin and with golden eyes. Shinya is a BloodKnight, Makishima prefers to not fight if needed; Shinya wants to improve society but (mostly) follows the laws that the Sibyl System has created, Makishima is an Übermensch whose actions are dangerous for society and does not care for the Sibyl System's laws, etc. Even their fightingstyles are downplayed foils.
A mild case, since Makishima is fast and strong enough to fight and defeat an admittedly-wounded Shinya, in addition to previously quickly and easily taking down three armed thugs, but Akane knocks him out with a single surprise helmet-strike to the back of the head.
In episode 19 he's also restrained by Masaoka when the two fight hand-to-hand and is only able to escape, presumably, because he threw a grenade at an immobilized Ginoza, forcing Masaoka to make a Sadistic Choice.
Genre Savvy: Really loves dystopian fiction and social satire. He readily finds parallels and distinctions between the world around him and the works of George Orwell, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, and Jonathan Swift. An official character book reveals that his favorite books are Orwell's 1984 and Foucault's Discipline and Punishment, which opened his eyes to the true nature of the Sibyl System.
Go Out with a Smile: True to his character, he seems almost happy that Kougami is the one to execute him, and dies with a gentle smirk on his face.
Hannibal Has a Point: He wastes very little time before explaining in details what's wrong with the current system. The most disturbing thing in this is that he's absolutely right.
Hannibal Lecture: Fond of giving these to people he's lost interest in. Long winded lectures of why they failed to keep his interest and tearing down the concept behind the Sibyl system are his favourites.
La Résistance: He works to bring the Sibyl system down behind the scenes because he believes it's bringing society into stagnation.
Manipulative Bastard: Since he doesn't jump into the action himself, he relies on his evangelist-like talents to convince people. Very fond of using others' weaknesses to turn them into killers and eventually discarding them when they bore him.
Motive Rant: Has one in Episode 21 before him and Shinya get ready to have a knife fight.
Mysterious Past: There is almost nothing known about his past. Even the "Official Profiling" databook indicates that his age, birthplace, and educational and occupational history are all unknown. The closest we ever get is when Kougami and Saiga theorize about what made him turn to crime.
Non-Action Big Bad: Subverted, he may not like to fight but he certainly knows how to. Though he will like to fight if he feels he'll get a challenge from someone.
Does not give a damn about anyone, except Shinya who he seems to see as a Worthy Opponent and Choe, who actually gets him to seem momentarily disturbed when he found out about his death...for a second. Makishima doesn't even mention him after his death.
According to Urobuchi's comments in the official databook, Makishima only views Choe as a tool (albeit an important one), which fits his overall sociopathic behavior.
Shut Up, Kirk!: Does this to Shinya's accusations of his motivations in Episode 21.
The Übermensch: Values the free will of humanity and 'tests' people to act in accordance to their true will and desires, and holds the Psycho-Pass system and what it has done to Japan as his Last Man. Like the Trope Namer in Nietzsche's writings, he is literally impossible to judge by the 'slave morality' imposed by Sibyl.
Villain Has a Point: What makes him so appealing is that his criticisms of the Sybil System is actually spot on.
Villainous Friendship: With Choe. When Makishima sees video footage of Choe's death, he is shown to be momentarily disturbed; a huge contrast to how Makishima normally reacts to death.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Makishima can be considered as one, since he genuinely believes that Sibyl is detrimental to humanity.
Whitehair Black Heart: While the rest of the cast has fairly realistic colours, Makishima has white hair and sinister golden eyes.
Wicked Cultured: Very refined and always seen with a book. He quotes Shakespeare, and discusses societal issues and philosophy with Senguji.
Worthy Opponent: Sees Shinya more and more as one as the series goes on. The last episode has Makishima and Shinya knife fight, and Makishima seems to appreciate and admie Shinya, so much that he might even see Shinya as a kindred spirit or even a warped version of a friend. Makishima's last words have him wondering if Shinya will ever find someone who could replace him, just before Shinya shoots him.
You Have Failed Me: Or rather, 'you have lost my interest'. He abandoned people he had turned into murderers twice. If you're not interesting anymore, you are most likely dead.
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-".
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.
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.
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 clouded 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.
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 A frequent condition in this world, where due to the low level of eustress the brain stops getting stimulated and gradually shuts down. and was hospitalized till his death, she wanted to preserve his legacy by building the sculptures inspired by his paintings.
Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has long, black hair, pale skin and looks imposing compared to her classmates, befitting the traditional ideal of beauty present in the trope. She is also shown to be aloof and popular at school because of the proper lady image she puts forward.
Boom, Headshot: She meets her death by Senguji firing a gun point-blank in her face.
Hime Cut: A pristine version. It compliments her appearance as a perfect high-class lady.
I Love the Dead: In one scene, she's talking to someone she has in her bed...and then she pulls back the cover to reveal that her bedmate is already dead.
Ironic Hell: She is an artist above all, using living bodies as materials for her sculptures. In the end, Senguji makes a smoking pipe out of her bones.
Lack of Empathy: She pretends to care for her soon-to-be victims...but it's just a ruse to get close to them, hiding her emotionless nature.
Loony Fan: She holds her father's art in very high regard and took it upon herself to continue making art like him only now with actual people.
Her paintings and sculptures, inspired by the work of her late father, depict female bodies in rather gruesome and uncanny positions and shapes. This reflects on Rikako herself who is rather...unhinged.
An irony is that her father made similar paintings to teach others how cruel violence can be according to Makishima, but was genuinely a good man. Let's just say, Rikako does not make art with this in mind.
Parental Abandonment: Her mother is nowhere to be found and her father was hospitalized until his death.
Revenge: In a way, Rikako wanted this for what society and the Sibyl System had done to her Dad. By the Sibyl System taking away her father's ability to make art, he lost the will to live. Makishima believes Rikako makes "real" versions of her father's violent art as a way to "get back" at society. Considering the only person Rikako has any respect for is her father, and how Rikako tells Makishima about how she despises her society and the Sibyl System....
Schoolgirl Lesbians: Because she is refined, dignified and elegant, her schoolmates admire her and even fall for her. She uses her influence to inject them with a substance causing plastination.
Serial Killer: Her on-screen kill count is the highest in the show. Her M.O. is always the same: lure in or kidnap girls from her school, kill them, and plastinate them into weird, contorted "art pieces" and display them for the world to see.
Teens Are Monsters: Made especially clear by the fact that she has the highest Psycho-Pass rating displayed in the entire series to date, well over 400.
Voiced by: Katsumi Chou (Japanese), Charlie Campbell (English)
Rich and cultured industrialist 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.
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.
Expy: Of Yagyu Jouansai from Nitroplus' visual novel Full Metal Daemon Muramasa, when he is wearing goggles. His hobby of making human part souvenirs is modeled after another antagonist in the same VN, the monk Doushin.
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.
A God Am I: Believes this once he has become part of the Sibyl System.
Brain in a Jar: What is left of him and then put in Kasei's body until Makishima destroys his brain.
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.
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 clouded 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.
Mad Bomber: While he might not enjoy it he does seem mad enough to use a bomb on himself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to his escape.
Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: They frequently 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 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.
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.
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.