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These characters could be considered the protagonists of the show.
- Ambiguously Gay: Due to his relationship with Tohru (who he calls Tohru-chan), particularly when he asked Tohru to ran away with him to escape from Tatsumi and the Shiki.
- Back from the Dead: In the manga and anime, he returns as a Jinrou.
- Badass Normal: Bashes a Shiki in the head with a shovel when it threatens his friends.
- Big Brother Instinct: After he befriends Akira and Kaori he starts to care for them in a "surrogate big brother" way.
- Came Back Strong: He returns as a powerful Jinrou.
- Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and eyes.
- Death Seeker: After becoming a Jinrou.
- Decoy Protagonist: He gets a relatively large chunk of focus during the first half of the story. And then he dies. Even after returning as a Jinrou in the manga and anime, he rarely appears again.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": He dislikes being called by his first name.
- Embarrassing First Name: He certainly feels this way.
- Empowered Badass Normal: After he becomes a Jinrou.
- He Knows Too Much: The reason why Tatsumi sends Tohru to kill him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tohru. With a bit of Ho Yay.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Natsuno is aloof to most of the villagers, but cares deeply about Tohru, Akira, and Kaori. He tries to send Akira and Kaori away, but they end up coming back to help him. After finding out that Tohru has become a Shiki, he lets him feed on him without much of a fight and even suggests trying to run away together. He later ends up saving Akira from a Shiki and helping both him and Kaori escape from their village before the final confrontation.
- Not So Above It All: Although he's one of the first people to really start investigating the vampires, once he learns that his best friend Tohru has become one he immediately loses all will to fight and suggests that Toru feed on him instead—until he dies! Sure, he comes back as a werewolf, but he had no way of knowing that would happen at the time.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: He rises as a Jinrou.
- Purple Eyes: Natsuno has blueish-violet eyes.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His pink sneakers.
- Red Herring: Near the beginning of the series, Natsuno starts showing signs of lethargy and tiredness, the exact symptoms of a Shiki bite. Turns out it was just exhaustion.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He doesn't come back as a Jinrou in the original novel.
- Taking You with Me: In the anime, after he pushes himself and Tatsumi into a deep pit, he blows both up with sticks of dynamite.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is purple.
- Agent Mulder: Oddly enough, the village's man of science is one of the first to think the epidemic may be supernatural.
- Batman Gambit: He outs the Shiki by pretending to surrender to them and tricking Chizuru into going on a date with him to get her to the Buddhist shrine so she can Freak Out and get a bunch of people to escort her away, allowing them to feel for themselves her lack of a pulse and body temperature.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His repeated failures in saving the villagers from the Shiki eventually lead him to experiment on his newly turned Shiki wife when she rises.
- Former Teen Rebel: Was one as a child and inspired Seishin into still hating the village later on in his life when he was on the verge of giving up. He also married his wife out of spite for his parents who hated her.
- Friend to All Children: Episode gives us a Pet the Dog moment where he is seen attending an injured child.
- He Who Fights Monsters: As he slowly loses more and more villagers to the plague, his psyche and determination begin to deteriorate, resulting in his appearance becoming haggard and strained. Eventually he resorts to experimenting on his wife when she rises as a Shiki in an attempt to either cure the plague and, failing that, to find the most efficient means of killing them.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Seishin.
- Ignored Expert: No one believes him about the vampires. Until he outs them anyway.
- Like Father, Like Son: He hates the idea of becoming like his father who he hated. He eventually does.
- Meaningful Name: His name means agile hero or sagacious hero.
- One Last Smoke: Before leaving Sotoba.
- The Paragon: Toshio becomes a rather dark take on this he he drives the villagers to riot against the Shiki.
- Pet the Dog: He has a few moments such as being friendly to children, and mourning over the loss of his loved ones.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Seishin's blue. Lampshaded in the second opening of the anime, where a red specter rises from him whilst a blue rises from Seishin.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Seishin's Sensitive Guy.
- Slasher Smile: Has one in Episode 18.
- The Smart Guy: He has his suspicions that the thing that's killing the village is weirder than normal as soon as his first appearance, but he doesn't connect the dots until Natsuno talks to him.
- Staking the Loved One: Literally does this to his wife when she rises...among other things.
- Was It Really Worth It?: Ends up asking himself something along these lines after his own actions bring about the destruction of his village when he was trying to save it.
- Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (JP), John Burgmeier (EN)
- Agent Scully: Not completely skeptical about the existence of the Shiki, but he still takes longer to convince than Toshio.
- Back from the Dead: He rises as a Jinrou.
- Came Back Strong: Muroi is much more violent and assertive when he rises as a Jinrou, as Ookawa finds out firsthand.
- Death Seeker: Tried to commit suicide once in the past, likely due to his hatred of his position, and offers no resistance to Tatsumi when he asks to feed from him.
- Driven to Suicide: Attempted it once in the past for obscure reasons:
- In the manga, he attempted suicide since he can never truly leave the village as long as people force and expect him to be a monk whether he wants to or not.
- In the anime, he attempted suicide because he desperately wanted to be free of the traditions and the weight of his family and the temple, but could not bring himself to leave.
- Hazy Feel Turn: Abandons Toshio and the other villagers to join the Shiki and protect Sunako, but considering the Grey and Gray Morality this story is based on, it's hard to tell whether he's a Face or a Heel.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Toshio.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Generally enjoys his chats with Sunako. Turned on its head half-way through.
- Morality Pet: To Sunako. Has a lot to do with her belief that the two of them are Not So Different.
- Not So Different: Both he and his father are a lot alike when it comes to what motivates them. They both also joined the Shiki.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: He rises as a Jinrou.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: After he rises as a Jinrou.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Toshio's red. Lampshaded in the second opening of the anime (see above).
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Ozaki's Manly Man.
- Stoic Spectacles: Fits this extremely well, right down to wearing the small, half-framed style of glasses common with the trope.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Through his conversations with Sunako, he comes to the conclusion that he and the Shiki are Not So Different and that he has more in common with them than he does with the other villagers.
- Warrior Monk: After rising as a Jinrou.
- You Are Not Alone: He uses a variation of this trope to try and get Sunako out of her despair after her encounter with Tomio in an attempt to bring her out of the burning church alive.
The residents of Sotoba. WARNING: Some of the characters below become Shiki, so highlight spoilers at your own risk.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the original novel, Megumi is more humanized and conflicted, and does not even commit some of the evil deeds that she does in the manga and anime adaptations, whereas in those she is a Card-Carrying Villain.
- Adorkable: As a human. It does not carry over when she becomes a Shiki.
- Back from the Dead: The first villager to rise as a Shiki.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She dreamed of being accepted by the people who lived in the "European" castle with open-arms. She got her wish.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT insult Yuuki in front of her. Masao found out the hard way.
- Bilingual Bonus: Megumi, Mega-Me, doubles as a lame pun.
- Card-Carrying Villain: In the manga and anime. She willingly antagonized the village for her her amusement and selfishness. Most of the others only did it to survive or were strong-armed into it. She has no such excuse and it was because of Shiki like her that the villagers came down so hard on the Shiki as a result.
- Childhood Friends: With Kaori. But she doesn't really like to be associated with her.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She hates it when people get close to Yuuki. She even kills his best friend because Yuuki likes him more than her. Not to mention how she starts to mess with Kaori's life just because she and Yuuki became friends.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: By the end of the series, particularly in the anime. She is hit by a truck in all versions, is impaled by five stakes in the novel and manga, and has her arm crushed before being completely run over by a tractor in the anime.
- Curtains Match the Window: Pink hair and eyes.
- A Day in the Limelight: She is the main focus of the first episode of the anime.
- Death by Irony:
- Gets run over by the same tractor that splattered her with mud in the prologue. It's either this or Alas, Poor Scrappy.
- Getting distracted by seeing an imaginary Natsuno in the manga and novel is what allowed her to get hit by a truck and get five stakes shoved into her chest.
- Death Equals Redemption: In the novel and manga, she comes to a peaceful state as she dies. Not so in the anime.
- Death Glare: Gives one to Masao in Episode 14, over him being happy Yuuki might not come back as a Shiki.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Not exactly, as she's more into japanese Goth/Punk style.
- For the Evulz: She often mocks those who refuse to kill like Masao and Tohru, and in Episode 13, she can be seen skipping around with a smile on her face saying how making someone she hates miserable makes her feel good.
- Freak Out: She cries and screams when she find out that her beloved Natsuno Yuuki, might not come back as a Shiki. It doesn't last long, thanks to Masao setting off Megumi's Berserk Button, earning him a Violently Protective Girlfriend's Death Glare, "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Genre Savvy: Particularly after rising as a Shiki.
- Go Out with a Smile: She dies while happily dreaming of being in the big city in the manga and novel.
- Hidden Depths:
- Unlike other dramatic teenagers who are self-absorbed pricks (like Masao), Megumi doesn't seem to want to be a self-absorbed prick to people and keeps her contempt largely to herself (until she becomes a Shiki anyway).
- In the original novel, Megumi actually has some internal conflict as a Shiki, not liking what she has to do and wishing she had remained human, and with her dark side taking over almost literally described as such. The manga and anime has none of this.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: The reason why she kills Tohru is because she wanted to be loved by Natsuno.
- Irony: In her human life, she was always complaining about living in the small village and wanting to go out and live in a big city. Then she dies and turns into a Shiki, gaining the freedom she long sought for, but can't leave because the Kirishiki won't allow her to be part of the Big City Unit which captures people to feed the Shiki in the village, so she takes out her frustrations on the villagers instead. This winds up backfiring big time when the villagers strike back, and by the time things have gotten so bad for the Shiki, only then does she decide to flee to the city, only to barely make it to the city limits before she is caught, staked, and put down for good, dying in the small village she always hated.
- It's All About Me: A central trait of her's is her inability to see beyond her own wants and needs.
- Jerkass: Self-centered, spoiled and condescending. She may have some moments of kindness after becoming a Shiki, but they're few and fair.
- Mad Love: She has a huge crush on Natsuno, who makes it clear he only finds her annoying. In response, she frequently chases after him and spies on him behind bushes.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Her Violently Protective Girlfriend side came out, and gave a good beating to Masao when he insulted Yuuki in front of her. Just watch the end of Episode 14.
- Our Vampires Are Different: She rises as a Shiki.
- Pet the Dog: Megumi is arguably one of the absolute least sympathetic characters in the series, but even she gets one of these when she first begs Tatsumi not to kill Natsuno and then offers to kill him so Tohru won't have to.
- In the novel, it was shown toward the beginning that she did hold some residual affection for Kaori due to their childhood friendship, and it was Kaori not being able to understand her dreams that angered Megumi to the point of taking the action that led her to becoming a Shiki. She also initially protests when she is told to attack Kaori's family. The trope becomes subverted immediately afterward once she is informed that Kaori has "come between" her and Yuuki by resident Manipulative Bastard Tatsumi.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Masao."Shut up you creep! How can scum like you rise up when Yuuki was cremated?! He deserved to be here instead of you! Why don't you take his place and die?! Just shut up. Yuuki should've risen up and become one of us, he would've climbed the ranks right away-straight to the top! He wouldn't be a bottom feeder like you."
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: After she becomes a Shiki.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: She's a self-centered brat and a Yandere, but she's girly, romantic and cheery.
- Slasher Smile: The one she has when she kills Tohru is a good example.
- Stalker with a Crush: She has a habit of watching Yuuki from his window while hiding in the bushes.
- Teens Are Monsters: Literally!
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: More or less the girly girl to Kaori's tomboy.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After rising up as a Shiki, Megumi becomes more malicious, openly expresses her disgust of the village and becomes a dangerous Yandere over Yuuki.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Well, not really. But she was still far better as a human than as a demon.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Although given how she and Natsuno never became an Official Couple, she is clearly one for him. Going as far as to yell at anyone who dared show any harm to Yuuki. She was willing even to disobey orders, regardless of what may happen to her, just to protect Yuuki.
- Yandere: Becomes one after rising as a Shiki, killing Tohru because, as his best friend, Natsuno likes Tohru more than her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink hair.
Voiced by: Haruka Nagashima (JP), Alexis Tipton (EN)A friend of Megumi and later Natsuno. She and her brother Akira are some of the first characters to make connections between the recent deaths and the mysterious new family. She is kind-hearted, but easily scared.
- Break the Cutie: First her best friend dies out of the blue... later her new friend, with whom she found out the truth behind the recent deaths in her village, dies after she and her brother try to save him. Then her father dies and she is informed of it by her ex-best friend, who is in fact her father's killer. Her mother also ends up dying and later her brother disappears, leaving her thinking that he is also dead. Poor Kaori goes Ax-Crazy when her undead father tries to kill her. She applies a baseball bat to his head multiple times, and when that doesn't kill him, she gets out a pickaxe to finish him off. She then proceeds to shove his unrecognizable corpse into a closet for good measure.
- Broken Bird: Poor Kaori... poor Kaori.
- Brother-Sister Team: With Akira.
- Childhood Friends: With Megumi. However, the feeling is one-sided and Megumi actually dislikes Kaori.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Brown hair and eyes.
- Despair Event Horizon: She goes through one after her parents die, Akira disappears and she presumes he is also dead... and then she has to kill her father again. While she and Akira reunite at the end, she never seems to really get much better.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: She ends up ditching her braids and lets her hair loose. Maybe in a way to represent how she lost her innocence.
- Final Girl: The only female character to make it out of Sotoba alive. Although in the anime, we see Kaname from the road-side restaurant, as well as one of the nurses from the clinic getting on the bus.
- Refusal of the Call: Really doesn't want to dig too deeply into what's going on or dredge up memories of her dead friend. Too bad the caller knows where she lives.
- Self-Made Orphan: Kills her father when he rises as a Shiki.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: More or less the tomboy to Megumi's girly girl.
Voiced by: Keiko Kawakami (JP), Luci Christian (EN)Kaori's younger brother and a friend of Natsuno. He discovers the existence of the Shiki early on and tries to out and fight them throughout the series.
- Big Brother Worship: He really looks up to Natsuno.
- Brother-Sister Team: With Kaori. He always tries to make her go along with him.
- Hot-Blooded: He's pretty gung-ho about his Shiki fighting duties and refuses to leave the village when things start to go south.
- The Lancer: To Natsuno, before he turns.
- Near-Death Experience: Natsuno saves him just in time from a Shiki.
- Never Found the Body: In the original novel, his fate remained unknown.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Natsuno saved him in the anime and manga, but his fate remained unknown (possibly dead) in the original novel.
- Too Dumb to Live: Yes Akira, go alone into a creepy abandoned house to stake some vampires. I'm sure this will go well for you.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: His attempts to stop the Shiki and criticism of the villagers' failure to listen to him hint at this.
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (JP), Chris Burnett (EN)A kind 18-year old boy and Natsuno's best friend.
- Anti-Villain: Shows shades of Types I, II, and IV.
- Back from the Dead: Megumi kills him early in the series and he also becomes a Shiki.
- Big Brother Mentor: To his younger siblings.
- Dirty Coward: Tohru kills people because he's terrified of dying himself. He feels bad about it, but not enough to simply refuse to kill.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Natsuno. With a bit of Ho Yay.
- Likes Older Women: If his attraction to Ritsuko is anything to go by.
- Manly Tears:
- Cries every time he bites Natsuno.
- And over Ritsuko suffering because she refuses to drink anyone's blood.
- The Mole: After Natsuno comes back as a Jinrou, Tohru gives him valuable information on what the Shiki plan to do with the village.
- Nice Guy: Easily the nicest character in the whole series. Even the local Jerkass Masao likes him.
- Non-Malicious Monster: He suffers from the guilt some new Shiki face of murdering humans for sustenance and still maintains his gentle demeanor.
- Punch Clock Villain: Doesn't like being a Shiki, and mostly sucks blood just to stay alive and to keep Tatsumi from coming for his family.
- Together in Death: With Ritsuko.
- Tragic Villain: He maintains his gentle personality after he becomes a Shiki, but gets also the all consuming bloodlust. He hates what he does, but can't help himself and is torn by guilt.
Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi (JP), Todd Haberkorn (EN)An obnoxious high school second year. Prone to whining and moaning about his lot in life despite others being much worse off.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In the anime, he's so terrified at the prospect of dying that he begs for help from his sister-in-law, though of course she kills him instead. It's arguably the most sympathetic he's been all series.
- Asshole Victim: Seems to get this treatment in the manga. He starts off this way in the anime too, but ultimately the focus gets less and less on the "asshole" part and more and more on the "victim" part.
- Back from the Dead: Another Shiki victim who rises.
- Butt Monkey: Particularly after he becomes a Shiki.
- Camp Straight: He acts in effeminate ways, which frequently get coded as gay; but the only people he expresses anything resembling romantic interest in are female.
- Dirty Coward: According to just about everyone who interacts with him.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He has sallow-looking skin and brownish-black hair, both as a human and as a Shiki.
- Foil: Variously functions as a foil to Tohru, Natsuno, and Megumi.
- Harmless Villain: Despite all his bad qualities, he apparently couldn't bring himself to kill innocent humans, which Megumi bitches him out for. Subverted in the manga, where he was more than willing to turn his family members into his slaves starting with his niece in order to survive, only to get a knife stabbed into his head and a speech that describes the kind of person he is from his sister-in-law before she kills him.
- Hidden Depths: He's essentially a Jerkass Woobie masquerading as a Straw Loser.
- Innocently Insensitive: Most of his dialogue consists of his acting this way.
- It's All About Me: Various characters have accused him of having this worldview, depending on the version.
- Jerkass: A jerk to pretty much everyone except Tohru.
- Mad Love: Implied to have a crush on Megumi, who is obsessed with another man and insults him and beats him up on a regular basis.
- Missing Mom: Masao is the only teenager in Sotoba—and one of the only younger villagers in general—who doesn't seem to have a mother.
- Sissy Villain: Although how much of a "villain" he is probably depends on your interpretation.
- Spoiled Brat: In the manga it's implied that he grew up as this, but now his nephew receives the attention he used to.
- Stalker with a Crush: His behavior toward Megumi shows signs of his being this.
- The Unfavorite: He seems to be treated like this by his family, to the point they let him die all alone while they look after his nephew and then later seem to have completely forgotten that he was one of the Shiki's casualties to avenge. Although he does more-or-less seem to bring it on himself, and at least in the manga it's revealed that he used to be the favorite before his nephew came along.
- What Does She See in Him?: He honestly can't understand why girls like Megumi would ever fall in love with cold cool guys like Yuuki.
Voiced by: Nozomi Sasaki (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)A nurse at the Ozaki Clinic and Toshio's right hand. She's kind and gentle to everyone, and works hard to help people get better. She has a dog named Taro and is the object of Tohru's affection.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Green hair and eyes.
- Heroic Willpower: Her refusal to drink blood as a vampire.
- Improbable Hairstyle: It defies gravity in more ways than one!
- Nice Girl: Easily one of the nicest girls in the whole series, from beginning to end.
- Reluctant Monster: She rises as a Shiki, but refuses to become a "monster" and prefers to die of starvation and stay dead than to kill another human being.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: She completely refuses to kill people. Even after becoming a Shiki she refuses to kill in order to survive and chooses to die of starvation instead.
- Together in Death: With Tohru.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: So sweet and pure that when she rises she chooses to die of starvation and stay dead than to kill another human being.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has green hair.
- Abusive Parents: Her biological parents were abusive towards her.
- A Death in the Limelight: The first OVA, which reveals information about her life prior to the beginning of the stories. And she dies by the end of it.
- Back from the Dead: Another Shiki victim who rises.
- Heel Realization: In the manga at least, when facing death at the hands of the villagers, she realizes that she is no different from the serial killers and murderers she once denounced.
- Irony: She escapes from her Abusive Parents and finally finds a loving family in Sotoba, only to have it all taken away from her when none of the others rise when she kills them. And she knows that it's her own fault, too.
- Transhuman Treachery: Whilst most of the Shiki are guilty of this, Nao is a particularly good example. She goes after her family before anyone else, hoping that they will rise too so that she won't be alone anymore.
- Abusive Dad: He tends to hit his son when his son is alive, especially when his mom was telling on his son. He also enjoys killing his son in the manga far too much.
- Badass Beard: Seriously crazy hair that curves upwards in three prongs, nicknamed the Thermal Updraft by the fanbase.
- Dope Slap: Often administers one to his son Atsushi.
- Drop the Hammer: After the Shiki are outed he takes to carrying around a huge mallet with which to drive in stakes.
- Karmic Death: He kills Seishin's family when the monk joins up with the Shiki. Muroi returns the favor.
- Knight Templar: In the anime, he kills a human who was under Shiki hypnosis, believing that he was a Shiki collaborator. He is also part of the group that killed Seishin's family after it became clear he was helping Sunako. Subverted in the manga at first, where he doesn't harm the hypnotized humans even after being stabbed by them, but then double subverted with his slaughter of the people at the temple in the manga.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a speech to Sunako in the climax where he proceeds to completely deconstruct her goals and motivations that ends up utterly destroying her self-conviction.You little murderess, you don't deserve my mercy. In this world there are crimes too depraved to ever be forgiven. There are certain unstated rules for living in a village, rules that go back far too many generations to count. Outsiders are welcome as long as they adapt to village ways. We're a community here, we work together, we protect each-other. In a village, the young don't die before the old. These simple rules keep places like Sotoba alive through the years. But you and your family has torn that apart. I'm going to send you back to the hell you came from. You'll never rise up again Shiki!
- The Unfettered: Ookawa is utterly devoted to wiping out the Shiki when they get outed in the anime, taking control of the mob from Toshio and showing little remorse for the often innocent people he kills in his goal.
A mysterious family who move into the Kanemasa mansion at the start of the series. They are the original Shiki group.
- Berserk Button: She does not like to be addressed as "Sunako-chan" (Miss Sunako in the dub). Anyone who attaches that honorific with her name risks her wrath.
- Big Bad: The leader of the Shiki and the reason behind the events of the series. Masterminds the plan to turn Sotoba into Shiki Heaven.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Has creepy hollow black eyes.
- Bookworm: She confesses so to Seishin, expressing her great admiration for his novels.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Sunako was originally a beloved daughter of a well-off family. One day, she was bitten by a vampire Western noble, who was a guest of her family, and died. After she rose as a Shiki, her family kept her confined and sent her servants to feed upon. After some time, she finally escaped her "refuge" and, after discovering her family had moved, went on a journey to find them. For many years she searched to no avail. As time passed, and decades went by, Sunako realized that, by now, all of her family must have passed. She lived many years alone, but slowly created a family of Shiki. However, they had to keep moving or were hunted.
- Despair Event Horizon: In the shows climax she is confronted by Tomio who proceeds to give her a verbal smackdown that ends up mentally destroying her and her will to live. The only reason she didn't burn in at the church was due to Seishin bailing her out.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: She mostly wears different kinds of Lolita fashion with accesories.
- Hypocrite: Perhaps her most driving flaw, she wants to be trusted and accepted, but doesn't trust and accept in turn. This leads her to act rashly and to jump to conclusions about others. And as Tomio points out, had she just tried a diplomatic solution then, just maybe, a lot of tears and bloodshed could have been prevented.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Like Ritsuko's, her hairstyle doesn't seem to be affected by gravity.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Admires and gets along well with Seishin.
- Interrupted Suicide: Decides to stay and die in the fire when her plan and the village burn around her. Seishin has a different idea.
- Japanese Christian: Makes several references to the Bible, especially Cain and Abel; and when things get bad her first impulse is to go to an abandoned church and ask God for forgiveness and protection.
- Karma Houdini: Despite all the people who die because of her, she gets away scot-free. Except she loses everyone she ever cared about save Seishin by the end, so she likely wouldn't be particularly happy with the outcome of her escape.
- Lack of Empathy: She is genuinely sad that she had killed many people, but she spends the majority of her mourning time finding excuses for herself and her actions, and never even tries to minimize the deaths. She's the one who planned to slaughter an entire village, and to kidnap random innocent people from the next city, just so she could have a village of her pawn to keep her company.
- Not So Different: Insists that she and Seishin aren't quite different after all.
- Parental Substitute: She serves as a mother figure to Chizuru rather than the other way around.
- Really 700 Years Old: Despite her appearance of a 13-year-old girl, she's at least two centuries old, and the oldest of the Shiki in Sotoba.
- Undead Child: She may look like a little girl, but she's actually the leader of the Shiki and is at least two centuries old. Her major case of Black Eyes of Evil comboed with her cutesy voice and Elegant Gothic Lolita fashions open up a big ol' box of creepiness.
- Villainous Breakdown: Goes through one as the Shiki hunts get closer to her location, trying to justify her actions to herself as she attempts to avoid death.
- The Woman Behind the Man: She's the real leader of the Shikis.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair, in her case.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Chizuru was a total bitch and ruthless killer, but it's hard not to feel sorry for her when she is getting lynched while begging for her life when she was discovered as a Shiki by the villagers.
- Black Eyes of Evil: As typical of older Shiki, she has solid black eyes.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When she was alive, Chizuru was a loving wife until her husband died during war, and she was later turned into a Shiki and wandered around lost without love until she found Seishirou.
- Devoted to You: Seishirou is hopelessly devoted to her.
- Happily Married: To Seishirou and before meeting him, while she was still human, she was happily wed to a soldier.
- Oh, Crap!: After realizing that Toshio tricked and outed her.
- Out-Gambitted: For a long time she was sure she had Ozaki under her thrall thanks to having bitten him. In reality, thanks to Natsuno having bitten him before she got to him, he was playing her like a fiddle, taking advantage of her conviction in order to gain her genuine trust and use her as a springboard to start the Shiki hunt by providing irrefutable evidence to the other villagers.
- Shout-Out: Appears in one episode dressed like Lady Gaga.
- The Vamp: Uses sex appeal to tempt the villagers out of their homes. Lampshaded by Seishirou when he helps her once, remarking that he can't believe he's helping his wife to have an affair.
- Woman Child: Not quite as mature as her daughter. Yoshie flat out says that Sunako is the mother in their relationship.
- Actually Not a Vampire: It's easy to assume that he's a Shiki since he's the "father" of the Kirishiki family, but he is completely human and apparently the one who funds Sunako.
- Brainwashing: Is bitten by Natsuno and ordered to hunt down and kill the rest of the Kirishikis. In the manga, he manages to commit suicide before doing too much damage.
- Exact Words: Thanks to Natsuno ordering him to "kill everyone who lives at the mansion", he was able to use it to kill himself.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Really wants to become a Shiki, but due to the fact that neither of his parents turned, the possibility of that happening is zero. However in the manga he was more happy that he could be with Chizuru and be with people who actually cared about him.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When we first see him, he appears to be friendly and harmless. Of course this is all a lie, but it's only around Episode 7 that he shows his true colors as a cold, cruel master manipulator.
- Chessmaster Sidekick: Is very competent and in charge of doing everything the Shiki need during the day, but is fiercely loyal to Sunako to the point of dying so she can get away in the end.
- Cool Shades: His glasses.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Bumbling fool one moment, horror on legs the second.
- Daywalking Vampire: Unlike other Shiki, he's immune to sunlight.
- Horned Hairdo: Resembles a pair of cat or wolf ears.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How he dies in the manga.
- Jerkass: Big time. Sends newborn Shiki after their loved ones, punishes anyone who doesn't. His only redeeming trait is his loyalty, affection and admiration to Sunako.
- More Than Mind Control: We see him doing this with Masao after digging him up (doubtless he does the same with every new vampire that falls into his care).
- Number Two: Sunako's right hand man.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: It's hard to tell how much of his goofy persona is an act.
- Rasputinian Death: The guy gets shot and driven over multiple times before falling into a fissure. What finally kills him differs between the manga (staked on a stalagmite) and anime (blown up by dynamite).
- Straw Nihilist: Reveals in his final moments that he is a nihilist in the manga. Knowing that Sunako's actions were futile, he just wanted to see the Shiki and mankind wipe each other out.
- Undying Loyalty: To Sunako.
- Villainous Valour: Acts as a decoy to the villagers and gives Sunako a chance to escape.