This is a list of tropes which applies to the characters of ''VisualNovel/TogainuNoChi''. This article is a work in progress. Most of these tropes are from the viewpoint of the visual novel, and some tropes pertaining to the BL aspect of the novel may not be present in other media.


[[folder: Akira]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KosukeToriumi


The protagonist. He is the reigning champion of Bl@ster, a series of street brawls, and childhood friend to Keisuke. When he is falsely accused of murder, he faces life imprisonment...until he is approached by a mysterious duo; Emma and Gwen. In exchange for his freedom, they send him to Toshima, a city ravaged by the war, and participate in the game of Igura. Upon arriving, he learns that Igura is completely different from the street brawls of Bl@ster, and in Toshima, it's either kill or be killed.
* BlessedWithSuck: [[spoiler: It turns out he was a part of Project Nicole, a genetic engineering program that sought to create a drug which enhances the natural capabilities of humans. His blood is the antidote for said drug, and is the reason he is framed for murder and placed in Igura: Emma wants to use him to lure Nano out, whose blood is the source of said drug.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: He's considered uncommonly attractive InUniverse, and the art style renders him more stereotypically "bishie" than it does other characters.
* TheDeterminator: When he first encounters Shiki, who is supposedly invincible, he refuses to run away, glaring at him despite a blade pressed to his neck. During their second encounter, he tries to block his sword with his knife, and actually ''succeeds'' for a while.
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: He becomes one to Shiki in one of the latter's two bad endings]].
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Justified, given that he's a pretty man in a set of circumstances that involve a whole hell of a lot of SituationalSexuality, but ''especially'' in [[spoiler: one of Shiki's bad endings, which he uses to his advantage to easily seduce Shiki's underlings]].
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: With [[spoiler: Nano]].
* GrayEyes: Or blue, or a mix of both.
* HeroicBSOD: Experiences this shortly after fighting with the [[spoiler: Line-addled]] Keisuke. It gets even worse if he [[spoiler: accidentally kills him in Shiki's route, to the point that he doesn't resist much when Shiki takes him captive]].
* HeroicRROD: Also after fighting Keisuke, where he struggles just to stay awake.
* KickTheDog: Whether he deserved it or not, [[spoiler:Akira telling off Keisuke]] is still the equivalent of kicking a puppy.
* {{Kuudere}}: Akira has shades of this. Sometimes turns into a full-on {{Tsundere}} with Keisuke, and with Motomi (albeit not to the same extent as with Keisuke).
* LackOfEmpathy: Arguably towards Keisuke, depending which route the player takes.
* MoralityPet: To [[spoiler: Nano]].
* TheStoic: He is a textbook example of this at first. As the story goes on however, he shows a wider array of emotions, but more or less, he still keeps a cool head.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: He was a bit more sociable when he was a child, and a whole lot kinder.
* WeakButSkilled: Compared to Line users and the unusually high volume of abnormally overpowered characters he encounters over the game. Although his physical strength is inferior, he strategically reads and analyzes his enemies' movements to find openings and ways to avoid attacks. He exploits these to the utmost rather than swinging his weapon around randomly like some other characters.
* {{Wimpification}}: Highly debatable, possibly justified, and even non-existent depending on whose route is taken. He starts off as a strong and confident fighter but when he realizes how outclassed he is by many of the other Igura participants, his assurance in his own abilities begins to waver, although he still remains largely self-reliant regardless of his chosen love interest. His role in sexual encounters is variable, and in quite a few of the game's sex scenes, he ''does'' take on traits reflective of the typical "uke", although the game does provide realistic explanations as to why, such as Akira's [[UnexpectedVirgin sexual inexperience]] or, for example, [[DespairEventHorizon guilt]] about [[spoiler: Keisuke's death]] in Shiki's route; in other sex scenes, however, he's a top himself or at least sexually-proactive, as seen in Rin's route, or in some of Shiki's endings.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Towards Keisuke; while he does begin to visibly appreciate their friendship more and more as the game goes on, he has always hated how Keisuke would praise him while belittling himself in the process, and wants their relationship to be more egalitarian and less sycophantic.

[[folder: Keisuke]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TomokazuSugita


Akira's longtime friend, having lived in the same orphanage at the same age. After learning Akira has been sent to Toshima, he follows Akira with a vague knowledge of the dangers of the city. In contrast with Akira, he is quite meek [[spoiler: until he takes the drug Line, after which he becomes violent and psychopathic]].
* {{Adorkable}}: Arguably the main appeal of his character [[spoiler: before the whole {{Yandere}} thing happens]], but also after.
* CannotSpitItOut: His feelings for Akira go unsaid for years, not that he's particularly good at hiding them.
* CorruptTheCutie: What happens to him when he [[spoiler:takes Line]].
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: His eyes and hair are the same shade of brown.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Keisuke is a ''very'' nice guy, and he's also been desperately in love with Akira for years, tagging after him for even longer. This is in spite of the fact that for most of the time they've known each other, Akira has been completely indifferent towards him, mostly because he doesn't understand exactly ''why'' Keisuke was always so interested in him in the first place.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He starts out as Akira's almost comically ineffectual "best friend" who's [[AllLoveIsUnrequited clearly harboring an unstated-but-obvious crush on him]], but when Akira [[spoiler: snaps at him for being TheLoad, Keisuke decides to take matters into his own hands, and bums some Line, not knowing that he was biologically engineered for the drug to turn him into [[TheBerserker a bloodthirsty killing machine]]]].
* GreenEyedEpiphany: Only admits that he's in love with Akira when he sees a woman drape herself over him at a Bl@ster match, notwithstanding his obvious disinterest in her.
* IncompatibleOrientation: A flashback [[spoiler:when Keisuke runs off after Akira snaps at him]] fills us in on Keisuke's first and only relationship with a girl. Though not for lack of trying, he can't bring himself to have sex with her, and the entire experience forces him to recognize the true extent of his feelings for Akira.
* InsecureLoveInterest: The entire reason he [[spoiler:chooses to take Line in the first place, when he can no longer handle his perceived inferiority and his own feelings of being a burden on Akira]].
* KillTheCutie: Occurs in every route save his own.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In his route, after [[spoiler:getting the Line out of his system]], he has this reaction to realizing that he murdered ''a lot'' of people and [[spoiler:raped Akira]] while under the influence. However, after Akira forgives and encourages him, he becomes TheAtoner.
* NonActionGuy: Just sits in the background doing nothing in particular, [[spoiler:until he decides to take Line, anyway]].
* RapeAsDrama: Inverted. Although he [[spoiler: rapes Akira, he later apologizes for his actions and the rape becomes the subject of his nightmares]].
* ShrinkingViolet: During conversations with other characters, he usually fades into the background to the point the audience forgets he's even there.
* SingleTargetSexuality: In his route, he describes his feelings for Akira as being this.
* TheLoad: A part of why he feels inferior to Akira, and also part of why he [[spoiler:chooses to take Line in the first place]].
* TookALevelInBadass: If he survives [[spoiler: having the Line in his body neutralized by Akira]], not only does he gain a noticeable increase in physical strength and mental fortitude, he becomes [[CharacterDevelopment less emotionally dependent]] on Akira and is able to find the resolve to participate in a fight against multiple enemies and win.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: He and Akira have been friends since they were children, and if you don't take his route, [[spoiler:he always ends up dead]].
** VictoriousChildhoodFriend: But he's also this in his own route.
* {{Yandere}}: Like you wouldn't even ''believe'', at least when [[spoiler: he's strung out on Line]].

[[folder: Rin]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JunFukuyama


A helpful young boy who has been participating in Igura long before Akira and Keisuke arrived in Toshima. [[DudeLooksLIkeALady Many people mistake him for a girl]]. He enjoys taking photos.
* BadassAdorable
* BrokenPedestal: He once admired [[spoiler: Shiki]] greatly, though that admiration turned to hatred after [[spoiler: Shiki killed his teammates]].
* CainAndAbel: He's the Cain to [[spoiler:Shiki's]] Abel. Too bad for him [[CurbStompBattle it's not working out so well.]]
* CuteAndPsycho: He is very nice and cheerful [[spoiler:and also a mentally-damaged DeathSeeker who will try to kill anyone in the way of his revenge]].
* CuteBruiser
* DeathSeeker: He wants to [[spoiler:kill Shiki or die trying to avenge his friends.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: The text of the novel states he is a "little girl" until Akira observes him closer.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: He is extremely friendly and generous to Akira and Keisuke, even trading his own tags for supplies when they are injured. [[spoiler: Until he stabs Akira in the back and takes his tags to face Il-Re anyway]].
* [[SheIsAllGrownUp He Is All Grown Up ]]: In his good ending.
* KnifeNut
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: During his first encounter with Akira and Keisuke, he happily huddles up with them, one on each arm, making the two feel rather uncomfortable.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: The shortest and youngest member of the cast, but he can easily defeat several Igura participants. ''At once''.
* StepfordSmiler: On the surface, he appears almost suspiciously as a cheerful, upbeat person in a CrapsackWorld. Later in the story, it is revealed his friends have been killed by [[spoiler: Shiki, who also happens to be his older brother]], and is participating in Igura to exact his revenge.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Throughout his route, the two become become so extreme Akira begins wondering which is the real Rin.
* SurvivorGuilt: Due to [[spoiler: Shiki killing his friends]]. Akira and the PowerOfTrust are needed before he can get over it by the end of his route.
* WaifFu: Demonstrated in the anime, where he defeats an opponent through the use of acrobatics.

[[folder: Motomi]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KazuyaIchijo


An older man living in Toshima as an information broker.
* CoolOldGuy
* [[DeterminedWidow Determined Widower]]
* KnowledgeBroker: He states he is an information broker, but we rarely see him giving information other than common knowledge about Igura to the protagonists. This is until he has an audience with Arbitro, where he uses previously unknown information to interrogate him. In his route in the game, he reveals even more information to Akira about Project Nicole, and comes complete with the romantic subtext.
* LikeASonToMe: He sees Akira as one, though if his route is taken, their relationship turns from familial to romantic.
* MayDecemberRomance: If his route is taken. While Akira and Motomi's ages are not specified, it's clear they are more or less twenty years apart.
* NonActionGuy: Chooses to be an information broker instead of participating in Igura. However, he still keeps a gun for self-defense.
* OnlySaneMan: He is the only person in the main cast who isn't obsessive, craves killing, mentally wounded from past events, or apathetic towards things which should be important to them.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Averted in that even that though [[spoiler: Nano is responsible for his son's death and indirectly for his wife's, he doesn't want to kill Nano for revenge. He wants to do it in order to stop the spread of Line]].
* TheMedic: Before coming to Toshima, he used to be a medic during WWIII.
* TheSmartGuy: Extremely knowledgeable about Igura, and the people controlling it. [[spoiler: He used to work as a scientist in ENED]], and therefore has had access to information he can use as leads to investigate further.
* TheTease: Downplayed, but in his route, he seems to be fond of poking fun at Akira.

[[folder: Shiki[=/=][[spoiler:Il-Re]]]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/HikaruMidorikawa


A powerful and feared man who mysteriously appears in front of Igura participants and kills them.
* AloofBigBrother: To [[spoiler: Rin]], with aloof being a huge understatement.
* BadassLongcoat
* BastardBoyfriend: To Akira in his route. [[DracoInLeatherPants Not like most of the fans are bothered by this]].
%%* BeautyIsBad
* {{Bishonen}}: Face it, he may be a BastardBoyfriend to the core, but there ''is'' a reason why he's ''very'' popular among fans.
* CurbStompBattle: Fight him, and expect it to be extremely one-sided. Even though Akira was able to hold his ground for a while, he was eventually overpowered by him. [[spoiler: [[PintsizedPowerhouse Rin]]]] couldn't lay a scratch on him either. The only one who could hold out against Shiki in a fair fight, and even turn the tides, is [[spoiler: Nano]].
* TheDreaded: His presence makes almost everyone who sees him run in fear. Not that he would let them leave alive...
* FinalBoss: InUniverse. [[spoiler: He is Il-Re, who has to be defeated to win Igura]].
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: Towards Akira's unwillingness to surrender to him.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Even if he had any ''slightly'' sympathetic traits, one can count the total number of them with only one hand.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: His weapon of choice, and is frequently shown slicing Igura participants (on Line) with hardly any effort.
* LimaSyndrome: Arguably, in his route, he has developed this towards Akira after the latter spent a while in captivity.
* PetTheDog: Believe it or not, he has his moments. In his good ending, [[spoiler: he shows Akira the way out of Toshima and tells him to go wherever he likes. He even goes as far as trying to comfort Akira when he was brooding about his blood, in an awkward Shiki-esque way]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: [[spoiler: In his good ending, should he choose not to drink Nano's blood, Shiki loses the will to live after killing him, since most of his life he was focused solely on defeating Nano. From this, he mentally regresses and becomes unresponsive to everything and everyone.]]

[[folder: Nano[=/=][[spoiler:Nicole Premier]]]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TakumiYamazaki


A mysterious man who is being pursued by Emma and Gwen.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: The reason why Nano is attached to [[spoiler: Akira]] is because he is the only one who showed any kindness towards him in the past.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: He appears to have this, being capable of holding a man and strangling him with one hand effortlessly despite his scrawny physique. [[spoiler: Then, we find out he is the product of Project Nicole, which intended to create the ultimate soldier.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Spending most of his time in a lab caused him to have a very limited knowledge on basic living. For instance, he survives on eating ''tree bark'', and in an attempt to eat a Solid, he forgets to remove the wrapper first.
* CoveredWithScars: His body and arms are full of them.
* CreepyMonotone: Combined with slow speech. Though both his tone and his speech get better in [[spoiler: his good ending]].
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He doesn't look like much of a threat, which makes it more surprising when the game reveals just how dangerous he actually is.
* CurbStompBattle: No one has any chance of winning against him, not even Shiki. Hell, the only reason [[spoiler: he even dies in Shiki's route is because he let it happen]].
* DyeOrDie: In his ending, he dyes his hair black to blend in better, since [[spoiler: he and Akira had become fugitives and are on the run from the military]].
* [[EmotionlessGirl Emotionless Guy]]: This is explained by [[spoiler: the manipulation of his genetic features in Project Nicole, which resulted in the suppression of his emotions, allowing him to become invincible as per the goal of the project]].
* TheFatalist
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Both Nano and [[spoiler: Nicole Premier]] are only his code names, and [[spoiler: while he does reveal his real name to Akira at the end of his route, the scene fades to the credits before the player can hear him say it]].
* PurpleEyes: Or more specifically, light blue eyes which turn purple on occasion.
* SuperStrength
* TheseHandsHaveKilled
* TheStoic
* ThouShaltNotKill: He makes this vow at the ending of his route, carving cross-shaped wounds on the back of his hands as a reminder.
* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]: During the end of his route.

[[folder: Takeru]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Hideki Ogihara

%%* BigBrotherInstinct
* EyepatchOfPower
* HoneyTrap: Resorts to this to get tags.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Attempts this against Il-Re, the circulator of Line, the drug responsible for the degradation of [[spoiler: his family, especially his mother.]]
* SacrificialLion: He is a powerful fighter, able to go toe-to-toe with Akira, a Bl@ster champion in a veteran's region. He survives in Toshima on his own, unlike others who are part of a small gang who tend to look out for each other. Despite this, he is convinced to [[spoiler: take a dosage of pure and undiluted Line, only to have it painfully neutralized by Akira's blood. In his weakened state, he is promptly killed by a Line-addicted Keisuke]]. This is the first major indicator that Toshima is dangerous for reasons other than Igura.

[[folder: Arbitro]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Kousuke Okano


A high-up of the drug syndicate Vischio, which is responsible for distributing Line.
* BerserkButton: Motomi [[spoiler: who got him fired from ENED once he discovered his hobby of mutilating young boys]].
* DepravedHomosexual
* EvilMakeOver[=/=]FashionVictimVillain: Believe it or not, Arbitro didn't always look so garish. He used to have short, black hair, wear glasses, [[spoiler: and sported a lab coat while he worked at ENED]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: He is extraordinarily polite and invites Akira to dinner, offering him some bread... laced with drugs.
* FreudianExcuse: His parent's neglect in favor of gathering young children to abuse left him wanting his own collection of "dolls" to play with.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Akira's first impression of him is how bad his taste in clothing is. Many other characters also point that he has bad taste.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant

[[folder: The Executioners]]
->Gunji voiced by: Creator/KisshoTaniyama\\
Kiriwar voiced by: Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi

[[caption-width-right:340:Gunji (left), Kiriwar (right)]]

A pair of men hired by Arbitro to enforce the rules of Igura, often through violent means. They are somewhat irresponsible and use whatever they can as an excuse to [[ForTheEvulz kill people randomly for fun]]. Consists of Gunji and Kiriwar.
* AxCrazy
* BewareTheSillyOnes
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Igura participants make a big deal of when they randomly kill people for fun. However, the Executioners themselves shrug it off and pay no mind to it.
* DumbMuscle: They are extremely strong fighters, able to kill a standard Igura participant with hardly any effort. However, Gunji is dimwitted, and Kiriwar confuses cats with dogs.
* ImAHumanitarian: Implied what Kiriwar may with some of the participant he captures in his ending.
* MurderersAreRapists
* PsychopathicManChild: They speak with childish mannerisms... while beating the living daylights out of you.

[[folder: Emma]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AsakoDodo

A mysterious woman who approaches Akira, offering him freedom from prison in exchange for his participation in Igura. She is cold and calculating.
* AbsoluteCleavage: Wears her jacket with zipper halfway down.
* ChekhovsGunman: Appears in the beginning of the story to release Akira from jail. Later, [[spoiler: she re-appears, revealing she knows about Nicole Premier, Akira's capability of neutralizing Line and is out to kill Nano, the source of Line fueling Igura]].
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler: She kills Gwen near the end of the anime when he disagrees with her.]]
* EvilRedhead
* ManipulativeBitch
* RevolversAreJustBetter

[[folder: Gwen]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Takuo Kawamura

Emma's right hand man.
* {{Expy}}: He looks like the splitting image of [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] and shows especially when he's the {{Only Sane Man}} of the series.
* OnlySaneMan: The only character outside the main cast to be reasonable and clear-headed.

[[folder: Kau]]

A heavily mutilated boy who Arbitro keeps as a pet.
* EyeScream: Part Kau's body modifications involved removing his eyes.
* HappinessInSlavery
* MalevolentMutilation: Aside from having his eyes removed, there's the scar criss-crossing his chest, and piercings covering his torso. Arbitro also removed his vocal chords.
* TheNoseKnows: He has a very sharp sense of smell, and is often brought around by the Executioners to detect any rule-breakers.
* StockholmSyndrome
* {{Stripperific}}
* TheVoiceless: Besides some breathing noises, he doesn't speak, due to Arbitro taking away his larynx.