The hero of the story. He wakes up in Hachiouji with no memory of the last two years, before quickly discovering his powers as a tekigousha. Upon learning of the government's actions and obtaining a lead on his older brother's whereabouts, he decides to embrace his new abilities and sets out to take down Kuroyuki.With his right hand, he can create large amounts of heat, generating magma and fire.
Amnesiac Dissonance: Once he learns that the tekigousha are servants of the government. Subverted, as he's actually been braindead for the last two years and so has never at any point been loyal to them.
Bandage Babe: Ignoring the fact that he's always wearing bandages around his arm, the above picture is most likely invoking this considering he's not even actually wearing bandages in the corresponding chapter.
Blessed with Suck: He's heating up his own body when he uses his ability, and so could accidentally burn himself black by overusing his ability. Fortunately, his body generally forces him to stop before that can happen.
Break the Cutie: Happens slightly during the Shibuya arc where the following happens, in order: he begins to doubt in the possibility of a happy ending, he finally lets the tears loose over everything that everyone's gone through, and the arc has a Downer Ending. Rather than fall apart, though, he lets it fuel his hatred towards Kuroyuki/determination to win for the upcoming finale.
Clothing Damage: While a lot of characters tend to suffer this, Takeru in particular gets it in spades, given that he goes around burning everything. By the climax, he's forgone with his shirt entirely, as it was beyond hope, and his jacket, pants, and cloth worn around his waist are in tatters.
Disney Death: Very briefly, but during the process of becoming a tekigousha again, no one's certain if he's going to be okay or not as he falls unconscious, and the entire thing reads like a death scene for a few moments.
Dork Knight: By the end of the series, he's the saviour of Tokyo and still every bit the carefree kid he usually is, even while defusing fights.
The Dulcinea Effect: Granted, it helps that Shirayuki's a) a little girl, and b) vital to his enemy.
Fish out of Water: A minor version, as he wakes up in the post-apocalyptic Tokyo with no memory of it and needs everything explained to him.
Flashback to Catchphrase: Takeru's whole "If you can smile it off, you'll always manage somehow!" thing? He got it from his brother, who encouraged him to stay positive when he was little (starting with their parents' deaths, from the looks of it).
For Happiness: Why he fights, with it coming up most prominently in the Shibuya arc.
I Am a Monster: He doesn't angst about it too much, but he does consider himself one during the Shibuya arc upon meeting the 'monsters' there, because they're simply trying to protect their allies, just as he is.
I Am What I Am: By about halfway through the first arc, he decides to accept that he's a tekigousha, since even if he has no idea what that truly means, he can't change it.
I Will Find You: Initially determined to find his brother—until Fujimaru tells him just what's become of Izumi (i.e. he's joined up with the government).
Let Them Die Happy: When Uzuki's real memories start resurfacing, Takeru feeds into her delusions so that she can die believing that she was right in everything.
Lethal Chef: One omake shows his attempt at cooking a Christmas meal. Things on fire are involved.
Let's Get Dangerous: Most prominently after meeting Kuroyuki for the first time. Before, he found himself unable to summon his powers and burn away the prison bars. Afterwards? He's determined enough that he does it with ease.
Living Macguffin: Possibly inherits this status from Shirayuki post-series, now being the container of the 'original' Grim Rock, with him telling Ken's dad that if he wants it, he'll have to steal it from him.
Lord Error-Prone: In the beginning, as he vows to crush the government, but it's soon made clear that Takeru has nothing in the way of a strategy and would've been doomed to failure if Souichi hadn't joined up with him. Otherwise, though, he's entirely competent.
Memento Macguffin: After Shirayuki's kidnapped back from them, the cloth that she wore around her sleeves is all they have left—and so Takeru wears it around his waist from then on.
Mood-Swinger: Takeru can go between incredibly cheerful to incredibly pissed off at an alarming rate.
My God, What Have I Done?: A mild version, when he's on his deathbed and it really clicks that he's killed so many and probably caused a lot of suffering, though he knows that it's ultimately for a good goal.
Naïve Newcomer: Takeru is a slight example in that, due to having amnesia, he starts off unaware of what happened to Tokyo and the situation it's in now. Needless to say, he quickly learns.
No Shirt, Long Jacket: In the finale, given a certain definition of 'long jacket'—it's a normal jacket combined with a piece of cloth tied around his waist, giving the appearance of a longcoat at a glance.
Not a Morning Person: In a flashback, he complains about having to get up so early to accompany his brother. Considering said flashback is about the day the apocalypse hit, it then gets a painful echo, as Izumi begs for the dying Takeru to wake up.
Not So Different: From Fujimaru. There's a subdued moment where Takeru takes note when Kuroyuki comments on how Fujimaru's defiant attitude got him sent off to Hachiouji.
Person of Mass Destruction: He doesn't have reason to push himself that far on a regular basis and his body won't allow more than one shot of this nature, but once his powers properly awaken, the potential range that he can cover with a single explosion is huge.
Phrase Catcher: Some sort of remark/complaint about his carefree attitude.
"Again with the carefreeness?"
Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Not to the same degree as Souichi, but for someone as short and lithe as Takeru, he's quite strong.
The Promise: As far as he's concerned, he's made a lot of these, and they're what push him to win.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Souichi's Blue Oni, with the two of them being the primary fighters of the group for a while.
Save the Villain: To an extent, he does this for Fujimaru, and he expresses a desire to help the Shibuya Ward Chiefs as well.
Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a sash (specifically, the cloth that used to be worn around Shirayuki's arms) around his waist during the latter half of the series.
School Uniforms are the New Black: He wears the jacket he got as part of his uniform for most of the series. In his defence, he honestly doesn't have a spare change of clothes.
Selective Obliviousness: See Big Brother Worship. In the revision, Fujimaru outright shows him a picture of Izumi with Amagiya, at which point Takeru insists that there must be a good reason for it. Turns out he's right.
You Shall Not Pass: A non-lethal version: he stands in front of the room where Fujimaru is attempting to disable Shirayuki's GPS, guarding him against any soldiers trying to attack and telling them that he won't let them get in Fujimaru's way.
A mysterious young girl who apparently knows Takeru, though he has no memory of her. She's the 'soul' of the government, making her very important to both them, who are desperate to get her back, and Takeru and co., who are just as determined not to let her go.
Harmful to Minors: There's at least one moment (albeit Played for Laughs) where Souichi brutally kills the enemies and Takeru's covering Shirayuki's eyes. Overall, however, the series definitely isn't shy about this.
Hates Being Alone: She can get pretty clingy—mainly to Takeru—and teary if she's left behind.
Heroic Sacrifice: She never dies from it, but whenever she has someone gouge out a Grim Rock from her chest—which is as painful as it sounds—it's always to save them. This is precisely why Amagiya's so devoted to her, in fact.
Heroic Suicide: This was likely her intention when she tried to get Izumi to kill her, considering that she's vital to her mother's plans.
I Cannot Self-Terminate: Tries to get Izumi to strangle her at one point. Granted, even if it'd gone through, it probably wouldn't have worked anyway.
The Load: Subverted. While you'd expect her to be this, being a a child who has to be constantly looked after, her Living Macguffin status is extremely useful—it means that the government can never directly attack their vehicle, and Souichi at least once takes advantage of the soldiers' unwillingness to attack while she's in the line of fire.
Purple Eyes: Being the resident Mystical Waif, it shouldn't be a surprise that she's one of two characters with distinctly purple eyes.
Psychic Radar: It's not touched on, but she appears to be capable of detecting tekigousha. Unfortunately, given the time that others have to spend trying to understand her, this usually isn't very helpful for anyone but her.
Tsundere: Towards Amagiya. For all her shunning, he's one of the most important people in her life.
Tykebomb: Far from loyal, and Kuroyuki has no reason to instill loyalty in her when she doesn't have a choice in the matter, but Shirayuki was essentially born and raised to be an experiment.
Walking Spoiler: While the first detail isn't revealed until almost halfway into the story and the second until towards the end, it's difficult to get around the fact that she's a tekigousha and Kuroyuki's daughter.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: She doesn't angst about it, but everyone's pretty happy in the epilogue to know that she's now growing.
The Ward Chief of Hachiouji. Despite his position, he's defiant and resentful towards the government—sentiments that Takeru use to convince Fujimaru to betray them. That said, Fujimaru's initially reluctant to become Takeru's ally, believing that he doesn't a chance against Kuroyuki.His right arm allows him to communicate with machinery.
Abusive Parents: His mother gleefully sold him to the government solely for the money, despite presumably having some idea of the hell he'd go through.
Accomplice by Inaction: While he's directly done a fair amount of things in the government's name, he carries a large amount of guilt for the countless people he's let die, though he presumably didn't personally kill them. Nevertheless, Amagiya tries to use this against Fujimaru in order to convince him not to pull a Heel-Face Turn.
After the aforementioned scene, he's forced to accompany the heroes when, as the army begins to attack, he realizes that none of them (aside from him) can drive and thus they can't escape from the area without his help.
Then, while driving them to where the auto-correction device for Shirayuki's GPS is and still with no intention of actually helping them out with the task, he ultimately chooses to go with them as he knows that he's only one capable of disabling Shirayuki's GPS.
Can't Kill You, Still Need You: While this apparently changes eventually, Ken urges him to return to the government for this reason (i.e. Fujimaru could get away with it, due to how useful he is), and it's presumably why orders are initially to capture him rather than kill him.
Changed My Mind, Kid: He parts ways with Takeru and co., not wanting to be a part of their rebellion. One chapter later, he returns to save them from Ken, driving the vehicle right between the two parties before Ken shoots them.
Death Seeker: While he doesn't display any suicidal behaviour in the present, there's one flashback where Ken tells him to take a break or else he'll die from the constant experimentation, to which Fujimaru implies that he wouldn't mind dying.
Defector from Decadence: He had no intention of becoming allies with Takeru after betraying the government—he just wanted out of there.
De-power: In the finale, due to overusing his ability.
Determinator: It takes him a while, compared to the other heroes, but he gets there.
Determined Defeatist: Post-Heel-Face Turn, before eventually dropping the 'defeatist' part entirely. Lampshaded by Takeru, who points out that Fujimaru only said that it's impossible to win—never that he doesn't still want to try.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: If his reaction to Takeru discovering the negative effects of his ability is any indication, he doesn't appreciate people worrying over him.
Foil: Again, to Takeru. He's set up as the second (confirmed) tekigousha, who happens to be Takeru's age, but appears to serve the government without remorse compared to Takeru's defiance. Even when it's revealed that this is a facade, he's still the opposite of Takeru—where Takeru keeps on fighting no matter what, Fujimaru has already given up.
Hero with Bad Publicity: In the epilogue, due to having been a Ward Chief. On one hand, he's known as the one who started the coup d'etat. On the other hand, his district was known for being especially tyrannical, so his reputation is rather mixed.
Neutral No Longer: When he decides that he wants to have faith in his ability to make a difference and thus joins up with Takeru and co., with a case of I Owe You My Life sealing the deal in the end.
No Social Skills: It's not clear how much of his lack of social etiquette—kicking down doors, driving his motorbike into trailers, etc.—stems from him simply not caring, as noted under Not Good with People, but one has to imagine that growing up in a laboratory didn't do much to teach him manners.
Not Good with People: The grumpy type—he generally likes machines more than people, but he's more anti-social than outright misanthropic.
Not So Different: From Takeru, upon the latter realizing that Fujimaru isn't nearly as subservient as he acts.
Son of a Whore: It's revealed in the revision of Ch. 46 that his mother was a prostitute. The scientists rubbed this in his face when he was a kid, commenting on how he was just an unwanted child worth some pittance.
The Ward Chief of Tachikawa, and a longtime friend of Fujimaru's. Unlike Fujimaru, he's genuinely loyal, in a sense, believing that carrying out your duty regardless of your beliefs is part of being a soldier. Ultimately, though, this doesn't stop him from joining the heroes.He is able to assimilate his right arm into a gun, with him forming bullets out of his own blood.
Abusive Parents: When Ken was about to be disowned for not living up to his father's standards and he asked for a second chance, his father's response was to have him agree to be experimented on.
Affably Evil: He gives Takeru a bag of N&Ns upon meeting him. And then tries to kill him two chapters later.
Bandage Babe: Yes, him too. Particularly in the final battle, where, aside from the ones wrapped around his chest, the ones around his arm are left partially untied in a Badass effect, not unlike Takeru's usual state.
Big Brother Mentor: Again, one of sorts to Fujimaru. Perhaps a bit of a dark example, though: Ken believes that Fujimaru is better off being subservient rather than defiant and advises him to be polite, as he knows that rebellion is futile.
Birds of a Feather: He's the one who empathizes most with the attitudes of those like Takeru and Souji—i.e. their desire to keep fighting, no matter how detrimental it is to them.
Black Sheep: He comes from a prestigious military family, of which he's considered the failure because he wasn't the upstanding soldier he was expected to be (rather, he was a coward who stayed off the front lines). That said, he's also a White Sheep, as noted below.
Blessed with Suck: Heck, one of his major roles is to demonstrate that being a tekigousha is this, in case all the mentions of him being on the verge of death due to his powers don't tip you off.
I Can Still Fight: Take a shot every time Ken pushes himself in spite of his injuries/being half-dead (and another every time Fujimaru yells at/scolds him for it). For a relatively short series, you'll be taking quite a few.
I Have No Son: His father was about to disown him for not living up to standards, before Ken begged for another chance.
The Last Dance: He just wants to be able to fight until his last breath, much to Fujimaru's chagrin.
Loophole Abuse: Veering on Insane Troll Logic, but Ken claims that he's not betraying the government, he's just carrying out his duties—after all, he's supposed to show off his ability, isn't he? He just happens to also be aiming roughly at his coworkers.
Nice Guy: While initially on the villains' side, he's generally a friendly person who's respectful even to his enemies.
No One Gets Left Behind: He's surprised when Takeru comes back for him while he's on the verge of death, as he knows that he's about to die soon to which Takeru responds that Fujimaru is worried, so they should escape together.
Not Afraid to Die: Becoming this was a major part of his backstory, having once been a coward.
Not So Stoic: If even Ken's clearly unsettled, the situation's probably bad.
Fujimaru: "Hey, Ken... I don't think of you as a burden. Back then, if you hadn't come, none of us would be here right now."
You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Despite him being a loyal subordinate, as he's dying from his ability in any case, the government intends to set up his death to their advantage as part of an experiment.
The elder of the two Ushio brothers. Due to his body's rejection of the experimentation, he's progressively de-aging and thus knows that he doesn't have long left to live. Consequently, he's determined to take down the government before he dies, both to restore hope to the people and as means of revenge for him and his brother.His ability was assimilating a blade with his right arm. However, due to overuse, he no longer possesses said ability.
Aloof Big Brother: He has some shades of this, as while he and Souji are very close, Souichi is on the aloof side and generally has an air of competence that Souji hopes to match.
An Arm and a Leg: While it fell off in an abnormal manner, he permanently lost his right arm during the experimentation, as revealed in a flashback.
Anime Hair: Maybe not as extreme as some, but even in the rain, he can ruffle it back into its spikes!
Anti-Hero: The most pragmatic and least idealistic of the group, as well as the one least inclined to sympathize with the enemy.
The Anti-Nihilist: As far as he's concerned, tekigousha tend not to live for very long, and so they should make the most out of their lives while they can, rather than focus on their inevitable deaths.
Apologetic Attacker: After threatening a civilian in order to force her cooperation, he understandably apologizes for having to do it.
Broken Ace: Smart, charismatic, a good brother, and a major Badass that waltzes in and takes the stage—and underneath it all, a lot more prone to insecurity than one might believe, even if he functions fine in spite of it.
Brought Down to Badass: Pre-series. If you think being tiny, one-armed, and lacking in special abilities makes Souichi incompetent, you've got another thing coming.
Dark and Troubled Past: He and Souji were taken away for 'manual labour' half a year ago—in other words, sent to be experimented on. Afterwards, they were locked up in a room, where they (or rather, only Souichi) had to slaughter wave after wave of people in order to survive, as the downsides of their powers came into effect. Souichi doesn't let it get to him, though.
Do Not Go Gentle: Forget wasting away—he's going to defeat the government before he dies.
Empowered Badass Normal: He regains his previously lost ability, thanks to Akane and Souji's efforts. That said, he never truly regains his right arm (in normal form).
Fake Arm Disarm: His right arm gets ripped off in the final battle. This time, though, as he still has his powers, the loss isn't permanent as he then assimilates with one of Amagiya's claws.
Family Theme Naming: His and Souji's name are identical save for the second character, with Souichi's being 'one' and Souji's being 'two'. One imagines that if they had a third brother, he'd be 'three'.
Hey, You!: Initially refers to Takeru as "stray" and Fujimaru as "Ex-Ward Chief".
Hope Bringer: Trying to be this for the people is part of why he fights against the government.
Human Weapon: Like Takeru, he and his brother are a failed version of this.
Humble Pie: He fails to realize how damaging his Big Brother Instinct is to Souji, even when Takeru points it out—it's not until that he honestly sees how much of a wreck Souji is that he has a change of heart (and apologizes to Takeru for ignoring him).
Hypocrite: Though he's a believer of living while you can and not fixating on your death, he (initially) has difficulty applying that notion to Souji.
Ineffectual Loner: He's not afraid to ask for help from Takeru and co., but his refusal to depend on Souji causes problems, with him eventually acknowledging that it was stupid arrogance on his part to think he could solve everything by himself.
Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: This trope is precisely why he wears old-fashioned clothing that can easily be adjusted. Furthermore, an easy way to tell if Souichi's de-aged is to check where the hem of his hakama lies as Takeru notices after Souichi regains his ability.
The younger of the two Ushio brothers. Like his brother, he's an experimental failure, though in his case, his body is rapidly aging. Because of this, Souichi dislikes having Souji fight; however, Souji, for his part, is eager to help out and take down the government, just as everybody else.Similarly to Souichi, Souji's ability is assimilating a blade with his right arm.
Harmful to Minors: He saw his brother be forced to slaughter countless people to protect the both of them, was understandably terrified by the entire thing, but later regrets that he didn't help out, with the guilt eating him from the inside.
Martyr Without a Cause: His desperation to help occasionally leans towards this. Particularly so in the revision, where he moves to hold the enemy off so that Takeru and Souichi can recover—before they point out that it's better to just run.
A civilian and back-alley doctor living in the Toshima district. Akane is an abnormality among tekigousha, having gained his power not through experimentation, but from inheriting them through his late father.He is able to communicate with blood.
All of the Other Reindeer: Seemed to have been a bit of an outcast when he was young, as he was rather curious about other people's blood and thus came across as a weirdo.
Bad Powers, Good People: Being able to talk to blood is a pretty ominous-sounding ability, but Akane only ever uses it to help people.
Badass Pacifist: He's not at all intimidated when Takeru and Souichi threaten him, and fearlessly accompanies the heroes into the final battle.
Bishōnen: Or rather, a biseinen, as he's likely somewhere in his twenties, but very effeminate.
Blessed with Suck: Subverted. He's one of the only tekigousha who neither appears to have any negative side affects to his ability, due to his unusual means of gaining it, nor is in a situation that makes the worst of it.
Creepy Good: He's introduced as a Back-Alley Doctor, scares the living daylights out of Takeru when he suddenly shows up, initially has several expressions framed in shadow, talks to blood, etc. He's also one of the most well-intentioned and compassionate people you'll ever meet.
For Science!: A benevolent version—he's curious about the tekigousha, which is a large part of why he accompanies the heroes.
Friend to All Children: He seems very happy over getting to be Shirayuki's designated guardian for a while, looks after Tama for a bit when Haruyama and Mogami die, and may have worked with children as a doctor if the omakes are any indication.
It's All My Fault: How he feels about the incident where Shirayuki was taken back from them, to which Souichi responds that there was nothing anyone could've done.
Keeping Secrets Sucks: The fact that he had to keep his power a secret meant that he couldn't tell the doctors what he knew about his mother's blood in order to save her life. He was hoping to become a doctor so that he could have all the knowledge he needed without others' help, but...
The main antagonist of the story. As the governor, Kuroyuki rules over Tokyo as a dictator, claiming to be the people's saviour. The creation of tekigousha is her doing, as she oversees the human experimentation.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: In a Kick the Dog moment, she blackmails the Shibuya Ward Chiefs into killing the heroes, in order to dissuade betrayal. Unsurprisingly, they end up defecting anyway—but it doesn't matter as, without even knowing, Kuroyuki destroys Shibuya anyway to kill them all.
Despotism Justifies the Means: Or rather, destroying Tokyo seems to have been more of a "Let's see if we can do it" sort of thing, but taking over certainly was a nice benefit. For starters, it's much easier to get experimental subjects.
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She apparently saved Uzuki's life at one point and appears to treat her kindly, compared to her other subordinates. Of course, this being Kuroyuki, it's hardly as kind in actuality as it sounds.
Self-Mutilation Demonstration: More so to prove to herself that she can heal in a flashback, though she also allowed Izumi to beat her up to establish this and her Mirror Boss abilities during their first meeting.
0% Approval Rating: Nobody likes Kuroyuki save for Uzuki. Who, unsurprisingly, has been brainwashed.
The lieutenant captain of the government's Imperial Guards and thus one of Kuroyuki's right-hand men. He's fiercely loyal to Shirayuki above all, however.He can transform partially into a sabertooth tiger, granting him fangs, claws, and abnormal physical capabilities.
Takeru's older brother and the captain of the Imperial Guards, making him Kuroyuki's other right-hand man. He has a reputation among the government for being cold and terrifying.He is an atmospheric tekigousha, allowing him to manipulate force in a telekinesis-esque manner.
Heroic Sacrifice: He nearly pulls one off in the finale, with him ultimately being stabbed through the chest, but things fortunately end in time for him to be saved.
Hidden Depths: He might seem like your typical cynical, brooding, and manly Badass, but he's also the one who inspired Takeru's "smile and remain positive no matter how bad things get" mindset, being a practitioner himself.
Jerkass Façade: Unlike Fujimaru, who wears one to cope with his misery, Izumi's seems to be to shake off suspicion directed towards him.
Kick the Dog: Upon reuniting with Takeru, the first thing he does is comment that Takeru should be dead, before ripping out his Grim Rock. Takeru's glad to see you too, Izumi. Though it's just part of his Jerkass Façade.
Licked by the Dog: Shirayuki really likes him, which has to mean something. Turns into a bit of a Kick the Dog moment, though, as he tells her to get back to Kuroyuki's side, at which point her expression falls. Again, part of his Jerkass Façade.
Perpetual Frowner: Though given the fact that he's the one whom Takeru inherited his optimism from and his behaviour once he finally drops the Jerkass Façade, this might not necessarily be who he really is.
Berserk Button: Traitors. This might be a slight projection of his own conflicted feelings, knowing that serving the government is morally wrong but feeling obliged to do it anyway, out of loyalty towards the late Uzuki.
Death Seeker: He seems a little too insulted that Ken won't kill him once he's been defeated.
Determinator: He could give the heroes a run for their money.
Evil Counterpart: Somewhat of one for Ken, both being the same type of tekigousha and similar in personality: serious, dutiful, etc. However, Ryuuichi chooses the lawful spectrum of To Be Lawful or Good and resents Ken for not doing the same.
Keeping Secrets Sucks: Knowing about Uzuki's brainwashing and that Izumi, whom she respects, isn't on the same wavelength as her means that he's always been painfully aware of alone Uzuki is, hence his devotion to her.
Perpetual Frowner: And unlike the other examples on this page, the reader never does get to see him smile.
Revenge Before Reason: His anger tends to get the better of him in the finale, and ultimately, it becomes clear that his desire for revenge won't really make him happy.
Secret Secret Keeper: Somewhat. He's aware that Izumi isn't loyal to the government, compared to Uzuki, who believed in him to the end. In the same vein, he knows that Izumi never really empathized with Uzuki.
The Shibuya Ward Chiefs, who have been tasked with killing the heroes when they pass through Shibuya.Mogami possesses a tree-like body and can turn his arms into root-like appendages; Haruyma can turn his arms into dinosaur-like appendages; Tama can transform into a pterodactyl-like creature.
Affably Evil: Haruyama, who good-naturedly teases Fujimaru and seems sincerely glad to see that Ken's in better health. Along the same lines, Mogami as well, albeit more of a stoic variety. None of this stops the two from trying to kill them.