The character page for ''Manga/{{Shiki}}''. There are an [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters awful lot of them]], so this list will probably not cover them all.


These characters could be considered the protagonists of the show.

!!Natsuno Yuuki
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KoukiUchiyama (JP), Creator/JerryJewell (EN)

One of the main protagonists, a 15-year-old boy who was forced to move to Sotoba, and needless to say, he ain't happy about it. He's one of the first ones to become aware of the Shiki.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Due to his relationship with Tohru (who he calls Tohru-chan), particularly when he [[HoYay asked Tohru to ran away with him]] [[spoiler:to escape from Tatsumi and the Shiki]].
* BackFromTheDead: In the manga and anime, [[spoiler:he returns as a Jinrou]].
* BadassNormal: Bashes a Shiki in the head with a shovel when it threatens his friends.
* BigBrotherInstinct: After he befriends Akira and Kaori he starts to care for them in a "surrogate big brother" way.
%%* {{Bishonen}}
* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:He returns as a powerful Jinrou.]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Purple hair and eyes.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:After becoming a Jinrou.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: He gets a relatively large chunk of focus during the first half of the story. [[spoiler:And then he dies. Even after [[SparedByAdaptation returning as a Jinrou in the manga and anime]], he rarely appears again.]]
* DoNotCallMePaul: He dislikes being called by his first name.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: He certainly feels this way.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: [[spoiler:After he becomes a Jinrou.]]
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason why [[spoiler: Tatsumi sends Tohru to kill him]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Tohru. With a bit of HoYay.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Natsuno is aloof to most of the villagers, but cares deeply about Tohru, Akira, and Kaori. [[spoiler: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.]]
%%* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold
%%* MrFanservice
* NotSoAboveItAll: Although he's one of the first people to really start investigating the vampires, [[spoiler: 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, [[spoiler: he comes back as a werewolf]], but he had no way of knowing that would happen at the time.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: [[spoiler:He rises as a Jinrou.]]
* PurpleEyes: Natsuno has blueish-violet eyes.
* RealMenWearPink: His pink sneakers.
* RedHerring: 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.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:He doesn't come back as a Jinrou in the original novel.]]
%%* SupportingProtagonist
* TakingYouWithMe: In the anime, [[spoiler:after he pushes himself and Tatsumi into a deep pit, he blows both up with sticks of dynamite.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: His hair is purple.

!!Toshio Ozaki
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ToruOkawa (JP), Creator/DavidWald (EN)

The director of the clinic in Sotoba. He is baffled by the mysterious deaths and swears to solve the case and protect his village. He is one of the first people to discover the existence of the Shiki, and ends up taking pretty extreme measures against them.
* AgentMulder: Oddly enough, the village's man of science is one of the first to think the epidemic may be supernatural.
%%* BadassBookworm
%%* BadassLabcoat
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:He outs the Shiki by [[ISurrenderSuckers 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 FreakOut and get a bunch of people to escort her away, allowing them to feel for themselves her lack of a pulse and body temperature.]]
* CynicismCatalyst: His repeated failures in saving the villagers from the Shiki eventually lead him to [[spoiler:experiment on his newly turned Shiki wife when she rises.]]
%%* FieryRedhead
%%* {{Foil}}: To Seishin.
* FormerTeenRebel: Was one as a child and inspired Seishin [[spoiler: 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.
* FriendToAllChildren: Episode gives us a PetTheDog moment where he is seen attending an injured child.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: 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 [[spoiler: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.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Seishin.
* IgnoredExpert: No one believes him about the vampires. [[spoiler: Until he outs them anyway.]]
* LikeFatherLikeSon: He ''hates'' the idea of becoming like his father who he hated. [[spoiler: He eventually does.]]
* MeaningfulName: His name means ''agile hero'' or ''sagacious hero''.
%%* TheMedic
* OneLastSmoke: Before [[spoiler: leaving Sotoba.]]
* TheParagon: Toshio becomes a rather dark take on this he [[spoiler:he drives the villagers to riot against the Shiki]].
%%* PermaStubble
* PetTheDog: He has a few moments such as being friendly to children, and mourning over the loss of his loved ones.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Seishin's blue. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[ the second opening of the anime]], where a red specter rises from him whilst a blue rises from Seishin.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Seishin's Sensitive Guy.
* SlasherSmile: Has one in Episode 18.
* TheSmartGuy: 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.
* StakingTheLovedOne: [[spoiler:Literally does this to his wife when she rises...[[ForScience among]] [[MoralEventHorizon other things]].]]
* WasItReallyWorthIt: [[spoiler: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.]]

!!Seishin Muroi
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KazuyukiOkitsu (JP), John Burgmeier (EN)

A monk at the local temple in Sotoba, as well as the author of several famous novels. He is friends with Toshio since long, and befriends Sunako briefly after her arrival to town.
* AgentScully: Not completely skeptical about the existence of the Shiki, but he still takes longer to convince than Toshio.
%%* BadassBookworm
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:He rises as a Jinrou.]]
* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:Muroi is much more violent and assertive when he rises as a Jinrou, as Ookawa finds out firsthand.]]
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: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.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Attempted it once in the past for obscure reasons:
** In the manga, he attempted suicide since [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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.]]
%%* {{Foil}}: To Ozaki.
%%* GoodShepherd: Played with.
* HazyFeelTurn: [[spoiler:Abandons Toshio and the other villagers to join the Shiki and protect Sunako, but considering the GreyAndGrayMorality this story is based on, it's hard to tell whether he's a {{Face}} or a {{Heel}}.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Toshio.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Generally enjoys his chats with Sunako. Turned on its head half-way through.
%%* {{Megane}}
* MoralityPet: To Sunako. Has a lot to do with her belief that the two of them are NotSoDifferent.
* NotSoDifferent: Both he and his father are a lot alike when it comes to what motivates them. [[spoiler:They both also joined the Shiki.]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: [[spoiler:He rises as a Jinrou.]]
%%* TheQuietOne
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:After he rises as a Jinrou.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Toshio's red. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the second opening of the anime (see above).
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Sensitive Guy to Ozaki's Manly Man.
* StoicSpectacles: Fits this extremely well, right down to wearing the small, half-framed style of glasses common with the trope.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Through his conversations with Sunako, he comes to the conclusion that he and the Shiki are NotSoDifferent and that he has more in common with them than he does with the other villagers.
* WarriorMonk: [[spoiler:After rising as a Jinrou.]]
* YouAreNotAlone: [[spoiler: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]].


[[folder: Villagers]]
The residents of Sotoba. '''WARNING:''' Some of the characters below become Shiki, so highlight spoilers at your own risk.

!!Megumi Shimizu
[[quoteright:225:]][[caption-width-right:350:[[labelnote:Click here to see her as a shiki]][[/labelnote]]]]

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/HarukaTomatsu (JP), Creator/TiaBallard (EN)

A village girl who hopes to one day leave Sotoba and create a career for herself in the city. She has an unrequited crush on Natsuno, who finds her annoying and cannot stand her. Megumi is one of the first victims of the Shiki and is also the first to rise.
* AdaptationalVillainy: 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 CardCarryingVillain.
* {{Adorkable}}: As a human. It does '''not''' carry over when she becomes a Shiki.
* BackFromTheDead: The first villager to rise as a Shiki.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: She dreamed of being accepted by the people who lived in the "European" castle with open-arms. She got her wish.
* BerserkButton: Do NOT insult Yuuki in front of her. Masao found out the hard way.
* BilingualBonus: Megumi, Mega-Me, doubles as a lame pun.
* CardCarryingVillain: 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.
* ChildhoodFriends: With Kaori. But she doesn't really like to be associated with her.
* ClingyJealousGirl: 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.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: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.]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Pink hair and eyes.
* ADayInTheLimelight: She is the main focus of the first episode of the anime.
* DeathByIrony:
** [[spoiler:Gets run over by the same tractor that splattered her with mud in the prologue. It's either this or AlasPoorScrappy.]]
** [[spoiler: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.]]
* DeathEqualsRedemption: In the novel and manga, she comes to a peaceful state as she dies. Not so in the anime.
* DeathGlare: Gives one to Masao in Episode 14, over him being happy [[spoiler:Yuuki might not come back as a Shiki.]]
* ElegantGothicLolita: Not exactly, as she's more into japanese Goth/Punk style.
* ForTheEvulz: 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.
* FreakOut: She cries and screams when she find out that [[spoiler:her beloved Natsuno Yuuki, might not come back as a Shiki]]. It doesn't last long, thanks to Masao setting off Megumi's BerserkButton, earning him a ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend's DeathGlare, TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, and a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* GenreSavvy: Particularly after rising as a Shiki.
%%* GirlishPigtails
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:She dies while happily dreaming of being in the big city in the manga and novel.]]
* HiddenDepths:
** 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 [[SuperPoweredEvilSide described as such]]. [[AdaptationalVillainy The manga and anime has none of this.]]
* IJustWantToBeLoved: The reason why [[spoiler: she kills Tohru]] is because she wanted to be loved by Natsuno.
%%* IJustWantToBeSpecial
* {{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 [[spoiler: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.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: 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.
* MadLove: 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.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Her ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend 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.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: She rises as a Shiki.
%%* ParasolOfPrettiness
* PetTheDog: Megumi is arguably one of the absolute least sympathetic characters in the series, but even she gets one of these when she [[spoiler: 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. [[spoiler: 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 ManipulativeBastard Tatsumi.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: 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."
* RedEyesTakeWarning: After she becomes a Shiki.
* RoseHairedSweetie: She's a self-centered brat and a {{Yandere}}, but she's girly, romantic and cheery.
* SlasherSmile: The one she has when she kills Tohru is a good example.
* StalkerWithACrush: She has a habit of watching Yuuki from his window while hiding in the bushes.
* TeensAreMonsters: Literally!
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: More or less the girly girl to Kaori's tomboy.
* TookALevelInJerkass: After rising up as a Shiki, Megumi becomes more malicious, openly expresses her disgust of the village and becomes a dangerous {{Yandere}} over Yuuki.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Well, not really. But she was still far better as a human than as a demon.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Although given how she and Natsuno never became an OfficialCouple, 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.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Pink hair.

!!Kaori Tanaka
->'''Voiced by:''' Haruka Nagashima (JP), Creator/AlexisTipton (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.
%%* AnimeHair
%%* BrainyBrunette
* BreakTheCutie: 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 [[spoiler: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 AxCrazy 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.]]
* BrokenBird: Poor Kaori... ''poor Kaori''.
* BrotherSisterTeam: With Akira.
%%* TheChick
* ChildhoodFriends: With Megumi. However, the feeling is one-sided and Megumi actually dislikes Kaori.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Brown hair and eyes.
* DespairEventHorizon: She goes through one after [[spoiler: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.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: She ends up ditching her braids and lets her hair loose. Maybe in a way to represent how she lost her [[GirlishPigtails innocence]].
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler: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.]]
%%* FreakOut
* GirlishPigtails: They [[AnimeHair end in flowers]]. [[spoiler: Though she loses them when she starts to give into despair.]]
%%* ImprobableHairstyle
%%* NiceGirl
%%* PluckyGirl
* RefusalOfTheCall: Really doesn't want to dig too deeply into what's going on or dredge up memories of her dead friend. Too bad [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive the caller knows where she lives]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:Kills her father when he rises as a Shiki.]]
%%* StakingTheLovedOne
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: More or less the tomboy to Megumi's girly girl.

!!Akira Tanaka
->'''Voiced by:''' Keiko Kawakami (JP), Creator/LuciChristian (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.
%%* AnimeHair
* BigBrotherWorship: He really looks up to Natsuno.
* BrotherSisterTeam: With Kaori. He always tries to make her go along with him.
%%* CurtainsMatchTheWindows
%%* HornedHairdo: Averted.
* HotBlooded: He's pretty gung-ho about his Shiki fighting duties and refuses to leave the village when things start to go south.
%%* ImprobableHairstyle
%%* JumpedAtTheCall
* TheLancer: To Natsuno, [[spoiler: before he turns.]]
%%* LeastIsFirst
* NearDeathExperience: [[spoiler: Natsuno saves him just in time from a Shiki.]]
* NeverFoundTheBody: In the original novel, [[spoiler:his fate remained unknown]].
%%* NiceGuy
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Natsuno saved him in the anime and manga, but his fate remained unknown (possibly dead) in the original novel.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Yes Akira, go alone into a creepy abandoned house to stake some vampires. I'm sure this will go well for you.
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: His attempts to stop the Shiki and criticism of the villagers' failure to listen to him hint at this.]]

!!Tohru Mutou
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NobuhikoOkamoto (JP), Chris Burnett (EN)

A kind 18-year old boy and Natsuno's best friend.
* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Shows shades of Types I, II, and IV.]]
* BackFromTheDead: Megumi kills him early in the series and he also becomes a Shiki.
* BigBrotherMentor: To his younger siblings.
%%* {{Bishonen}}: Borderline.
%%* CurtainsMatchTheWindows
* DirtyCoward: Tohru kills people because he's terrified of dying himself. He feels bad about it, but not enough to simply refuse to kill.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Natsuno. With a bit of HoYay.
* LikesOlderWomen: If his attraction to Ritsuko is anything to go by.
* ManlyTears:
** Cries every time [[spoiler:he bites Natsuno.]]
** And over [[spoiler: Ritsuko suffering because she refuses to drink anyone's blood]].
* TheMole: [[spoiler:After Natsuno comes back as a Jinrou, Tohru gives him valuable information on what the Shiki plan to do with the village.]]
* NiceGuy: Easily the nicest character in the whole series. Even the local {{Jerkass}} Masao likes him.
* NonMaliciousMonster: He suffers from the guilt some new Shiki face of murdering humans for sustenance and still maintains his gentle demeanor.
%%* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* PunchClockVillain: Doesn't like being a Shiki, and mostly sucks blood just to stay alive and to keep Tatsumi from coming for his family.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:With Ritsuko.]]
* TragicVillain: 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.

!!Masao Murasako
->'''Voiced by:''' Shinya Takahashi (JP), Creator/ToddHaberkorn (EN)

An obnoxious high school second year. Prone to whining and moaning about his lot in life despite others being much worse off.
* AintTooProudToBeg: In the anime, [[spoiler: 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.
* AssholeVictim: 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 [[JerkassWoobie more and more on the "victim" part]].
%%* AttentionWhore
* BackFromTheDead: Another Shiki victim who rises.
%%* BeadyEyedLoser
* ButtMonkey: Particularly after [[spoiler: he becomes a Shiki]].
* CampStraight: He acts in effeminate ways, which frequently get coded as gay; but the only people he expresses anything resembling romantic interest in are female.
* DirtyCoward: According to just about everyone who interacts with him.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: He has sallow-looking skin and brownish-black hair, [[spoiler: both as a human and as a Shiki]].
%%* EmoTeen
* {{Foil}}: Variously functions as a foil to Tohru, Natsuno, and Megumi.
%%* {{Gonk}}
* HarmlessVillain: 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.
* HiddenDepths: He's essentially a JerkassWoobie masquerading as a StrawLoser.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Most of his dialogue consists of his acting this way.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Various characters have accused him of having this worldview, depending on the version.
* {{Jerkass}}: A jerk to pretty much everyone except Tohru.
* MadLove: Implied to have a crush on Megumi, who is obsessed with another man and insults him and beats him up on a regular basis.
* MissingMom: Masao is the ''only'' teenager in Sotoba--and one of the only younger villagers in general--who doesn't seem to have a mother.
%%* MotorMouth
%%* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* SissyVillain: Although how much of a "villain" he is probably depends on your interpretation.
* SpoiledBrat: In the manga it's implied that he grew up as this, but now his nephew receives the attention he used to.
* StalkerWithACrush: His behavior toward Megumi shows signs of his being this.
* TheUnfavorite: He seems to be treated like this by his family, to the point they [[spoiler: let him die all alone while they look after his nephew]] and then later seem to have completely forgotten that he was [[spoiler: 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.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: He honestly can't understand why girls like Megumi would ever fall in love with cold cool guys like Yuuki.

!!Ritsuko Kunihiro
->'''Voiced by:''' Nozomi Sasaki (JP), Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard (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.
%%* AnimeHair
%%* BackFromTheDead
%%* CoolBigSis
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Green hair and eyes.
%%* HelloNurse
* HeroicWillpower: [[spoiler: Her refusal to drink blood as a vampire.]]
* ImprobableHairstyle: It defies gravity in more ways than one!
%%* TheIngenue
%%* TheMedic
* NiceGirl: Easily one of the nicest girls in the whole series, from beginning to end.
%%* NumberTwo: To Toshio.
%%* OurVampiresAreDifferent
%%* PurityPersonified
* ReluctantMonster: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ThouShaltNotKill: She completely refuses to kill people. [[spoiler:Even after becoming a Shiki she refuses to kill in order to survive and chooses to die of starvation instead.]]
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:With Tohru.]]
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:So sweet and pure that when she rises she chooses to die of starvation and stay dead than to kill another human being.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Has green hair.

!!Nao Yasumori
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MikiIto (JP), Creator/CynthiaCranz (EN)

A woman who moved into Sotoba several years ago after marrying one of the villagers. Begins to show the symptoms of a Shiki bite early on and quickly succumbs to it.
* AbusiveParents: Her biological parents were abusive towards her.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: The first OVA, which reveals information about her life prior to the beginning of the stories. [[spoiler:And she dies by the end of it.]]
* BackFromTheDead: Another Shiki victim who rises.
%%* DarkAndTroubledPast
* HeelRealization: In the manga at least, [[spoiler:when facing death at the hands of the villagers, she realizes that she is no different from the {{serial killer}}s and murderers she once denounced.]]
* {{Irony}}: She escapes from her AbusiveParents and finally finds a loving family in Sotoba, only to have it all taken away from her when [[spoiler:none of the others rise when she kills them. And she knows that it's her own fault, too.]]
%%* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Done to her by Hasegawa.]]
%%* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* TranshumanTreachery: Whilst most of the Shiki are guilty of this, Nao is a particularly good example. [[spoiler:She goes after her family before anyone else, hoping that they will rise too so that she won't be alone anymore.]]
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!!Tomio Ookawa
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KoujiIshii (JP), Creator/RBruceElliott (EN)

The owner of the village liquour and bottle shop. A huge man who is quick to begin hunting the Shiki once their existence is uncovered.
* AbusiveDad: He tends to hit his son [[spoiler:when his son is alive]], especially when his mom was telling on his son. [[spoiler:He also enjoys killing his son in the manga far too much.]]
* BadassBeard: Seriously crazy hair that curves upwards in three prongs, [[FanNickname nicknamed the Thermal Updraft]] by the fanbase.
%%* BaldOfAwesome
%%* TheBigGuy
* DopeSlap: Often administers one to his son Atsushi.
* DropTheHammer: [[spoiler: After the Shiki are outed he takes to carrying around a huge mallet with which to drive in stakes.]]
%%* HotBlooded
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:He kills Seishin's family when the monk joins up with the Shiki. Muroi returns the favor.]]
* KnightTemplar: In the anime, [[spoiler: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 [[DoubleSubversion double subverted]] with his slaughter of the people at the temple in the manga.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Delivers a speech to Sunako in the climax where he proceeds to completely deconstruct her [[WasItReallyWorthIt goals and motivations]] that ends up utterly [[DespairEventHorizon destroying her self-conviction]].]]
-->[[spoiler:''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!'']]
* TheUnfettered: 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.


[[folder: The Kirishikis]]
A mysterious family who move into the Kanemasa mansion at the start of the series. They are the original Shiki group.

!!Sunako Kirishiki
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AoiYuki (JP), Creator/CheramiLeigh (EN)

The young daughter of the Kirishikis.
%%* AffablyEvil
%%* AnimeHair
* BerserkButton: She does not like to be addressed as "Sunako-chan" (Miss Sunako in the dub). Anyone who attaches that [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics honorific]] with her name risks her wrath.
* BigBad: The leader of the Shiki and the reason behind the events of the series. Masterminds the plan to turn Sotoba into Shiki Heaven.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Has creepy hollow black eyes.
* {{Bookworm}}: She confesses so to Seishin, expressing her great admiration for his novels.
%%* TheChessmaster
%%* CreepyChild
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: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.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:In the shows climax she is confronted by Tomio who proceeds to give her a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech 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.]]
%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* ElegantGothicLolita: 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. [[spoiler:And as Tomio points out, had she just ''tried'' a diplomatic solution then, just maybe, [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot a lot of tears and bloodshed could have been prevented]]]].
* ImprobableHairstyle: Like Ritsuko's, her hairstyle doesn't seem to be affected by gravity.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Admires and gets along well with Seishin.
* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler:Decides to stay and die in the fire when her plan and the village burn around her. Seishin has a different idea.]]
* UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian: 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.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: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.]]
* LackOfEmpathy: 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.
* NotSoDifferent: Insists that she and Seishin aren't quite different after all.
%%* {{Ojou}}
%%* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* ParentalSubstitute: She serves as a mother figure to Chizuru rather than the other way around.
%%* RapunzelHair
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Despite her appearance of a 13-year-old girl, she's at least two centuries old, and the oldest of the Shiki in Sotoba.
* UndeadChild: 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 BlackEyesOfEvil comboed with her cutesy voice and ElegantGothicLolita fashions open up a big ol' box of creepiness.
* VillainousBreakdown: Goes through one as [[spoiler:the Shiki hunts get closer to her location, trying to justify her actions to herself as she attempts to avoid death.]]
* TheWomanBehindTheMan: She's the real leader of the Shikis.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Purple hair, in her case.

!!Chizuru Kirishiki
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AiOrikasa (JP), Creator/LydiaMackay (EN)

The mother of Sunako and wife of Seishirou. Actually she's another Shiki and actually younger than Sunako.
* AlasPoorVillain: Chizuru was a total bitch and ruthless killer, but it's hard not to feel sorry for her when [[spoiler:she is getting lynched while begging for her life when she was discovered as a Shiki by the villagers.]]
* BlackEyesOfEvil: As typical of older Shiki, she has solid black eyes.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: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.]]
* DevotedToYou: Seishirou is hopelessly devoted to her.
%%* EvenTheGirlsWantHer
%%* FemmeFatale
* HappilyMarried: To Seishirou and before meeting him, while [[spoiler:she was still human, she was happily wed to a soldier.]]
%%* MsFanservice
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:After realizing that Toshio tricked and outed her.]]
%%* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* OutGambitted: For a long time she was sure she had Ozaki under her thrall thanks to having bitten him. [[spoiler: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]].
* ShoutOut: Appears in one episode dressed like Music/LadyGaga.
* TheVamp: Uses sex appeal to tempt the villagers out of their homes. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Seishirou when he helps her once, remarking that he can't believe he's helping his wife to have an affair.
%%* VillainousBreakdown
* WomanChild: Not quite as mature as her daughter. Yoshie flat out says that Sunako is the mother in their relationship.

!!Seishirou Kirishiki
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/{{Gackt}} (JP), Creator/JMichaelTatum (EN)

Sunako's father. Except not really.
* ActuallyNotAVampire: It's easy to assume that he's a Shiki since he's the "father" of the Kirishiki family, but [[spoiler:he is completely human and apparently the one who funds Sunako.]]
%%* BadassCape
* {{Brainwashing}}: [[spoiler:Is bitten by Natsuno and ordered to hunt down and kill the rest of the Kirishikis. In the manga, he manages to [[AteHisGun commit suicide]] before doing too much damage.]]
* ExactWords: Thanks to [[spoiler: Natsuno ordering him to "kill everyone who lives at the mansion", he was able to use it to kill himself.]]
%%* HappilyMarried: To Chizuru.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: [[spoiler: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.]]
%%* SecondLove: To Chizuru.
%%* SycophanticServant
* TokenHuman: [[spoiler:The only human Kirishiki.]]
* TrueCompanions: [[spoiler:What the Shiki are to him.]]
%%* UnusualEyebrows
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/WataruTakagi (JP), Creator/IanSinclair (EN)

Sunako's right hand man and the most dangerous of the Shiki due to lacking their various weaknesses.
%%* BattleButler
* BitchInSheepsClothing: 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.
* ChessmasterSidekick: 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 [[spoiler:dying so she can get away in the end]].
* CoolShades: His glasses.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Bumbling fool one moment, horror on legs the second.
* DaywalkingVampire: Unlike other Shiki, he's immune to sunlight.
%%* TheDragon
%%* TheHeavy
* HornedHairdo: Resembles a pair of cat or wolf ears.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: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.
* MoreThanMindControl: We see him doing this with [[spoiler: Masao]] after digging him up (doubtless he does the same with every new vampire that falls into his care).
* NumberTwo: Sunako's right hand man.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: It's hard to tell how much of his goofy persona is an act.
%%* ObiWanMoment
%%* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:The guy gets shot and driven over multiple times before falling into a fissure. What finally kills him differs between the manga ([[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice staked on a stalagmite]]) and anime (blown up by dynamite).]]
* StrawNihilist: [[spoiler: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.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To Sunako.
%%* UnusualEyebrows
%%* VerbalTic: "Ya".
* VillainousValour: [[spoiler:Acts as a decoy to the villagers and gives Sunako a chance to escape.]]
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair