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Tokyo Ghoul


    In General 
Humanoid beings that feed exclusively on human flesh, and possess enhanced physical traits. They typically live in hiding, periodically hunting human victims in order to survive. In turn, they are hunted by the Investigators of the Ghoul Countermeasures Bureau. Half of the series focuses on their viewpoint, and the conflicts between various factions of Ghouls.

  • Animal Motifs: Many Ghouls are associated with a particular animal, used as part of their cover when hunting.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: It is possible for a Ghoul that devours other Ghouls to mutate, becoming one of the rare Kakuja types.
  • Cool Mask: Many Ghouls wear a mask when hunting or fighting, to protect their identities.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: It is shown that many young Ghouls struggle with the idea of killing humans, but grow into ruthless killers after their loved ones were slaughtered by Investigators.
  • Game Face: When revealing their true nature, their eyes become black with red pupils.
  • Healing Factor: All Ghouls possess one, allowing them to heal from injuries that would prove fatal to a human. Multiple Ghouls have been shown to be able to regrow limbs, while the Rinkaku-type is noted for having the strongest healing ability allowing them to mend injuries within seconds.
  • Horror Hunger: Ghouls are defined by their need to devour human flesh to survive.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Ghouls naturally prey on humans.
  • In a Single Bound / Roof Hopping: Ghoul agility is such that many are capable of leaping onto the second story of a building, or across roof-tops to get around quickly.
  • Made of Iron: Ghoul bodies are extremely durable and are able to survive wounds that would otherwise be fatal for normal humans.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: It's noted that cannibalism isn't uncommon among Ghouls, particularly in the more violent Wards. Some Ghouls frown upon it, particularly because their flesh is described as "coarse" or "foul" compared to human flesh, while others take pleasure in preying on weaker Ghouls.
  • Natural Weapon: All Ghouls have a specialized extra "limb" used for fighting or feeding, created from the unique organ located in their back. There are four primary types, with a rare mutation that can result in a specialized fifth kind.
    • Blade Below the Shoulder: The Koukaku type either wields it like a blade, wrapped around their arm, or simply uses it as a shield.
    • Combat Tentacles: The Rinkaku type grows tentacles from their waist.
    • Feather Flechettes: The Ukaku type sprouts what looks like wings, and can fire off "feather" darts to attack from a distance.
    • Instant Armor: The rare Kakuja mutation, which results from extensive cannibalism. These Ghouls can grow a protective exoskeleton.
    • Tail Slap: The Bikaku type grows a tail, considered the most balanced of the types.
  • The Nose Knows: A Ghoul's sense of smell is superior to a human, allowing them to track prey or identify another of their kind. Some, like Hinami, take it to extremes.
  • Our Ghouls Are Creepier: These Ghouls are essentially super-humans with a Horror Hunger, with numerous traits in common with modern vampire myths.
  • Red Baron: CCG assigns aliases to Ghouls, with some happily adopting them with pride.
  • Super Speed: Ghouls, in general, are capable of incredible feats of speed and agility. It varies greatly from individual to individual, with some barely above the human norm while the strongest Ukaku-types can perform a Flash Step .
  • Super Strength: Ghouls are typically stronger than humans, with even weak ones capable of decapitating another Ghoul or smashing concrete with a single blow.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Human flesh and coffee.
    • Must Have Caffeine: Coffee is the only human food Ghouls can digest, and as a result many adore it.

    Ken Kaneki 
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae

The protagonist of the series. Kaneki is a first year college student, and after narrowly surviving a Ghoul Attack finds himself transformed into a Human-Ghoul hybrid. He struggles to find a balance between his two natures, and is taken in by the moderate organization Anteiku.

  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Kaneki in his deranged state, usually does a Shaft head tilt.
  • Adorkable: This is even commented on in-verse by some characters who find Kaneki adorable.
  • Abusive Parents: After his parents died, Kaneki went to live with his aunt. She became jealous that he excelled academically while her own son did not. She started giving him less food and eventually stopped feeding him, merely giving him some money so he could buy his own food. At the start of the series, Kaneki is a college student living alone and seems to have no contact with his aunt.
    • Wicked Stepmother: His aunt seems to follow the Evil Stepmother handbook in her treatment of Kaneki, being petty and cruel to him for the crime of existing.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: During the timeskip, he develops from a mousy young man prone to wearing pullover sweaters or dress shirts into a confident and aggressive leader prone to wearing all-black combat gear with strategic cutouts. He also buffs up considerably, and gets rid of his medical eye-patch in favor of one with a stylized centipede on it.
  • A Glass of Chianti: The vampire variant, as a sign of his changed personality after the timeskip. While discussing business with Itori, he's seen drinking from a martini glass. Suffice to say, it isn't alcohol he's drinking.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: How the series begins, as Kaneki goes from a normal young man attacked by a Ghoul to a Half-Human Hybrid.
  • Animal Motifs: Kaneki is often associated with centipedes. He even upgrades his eyepatch to one with a centipede pattern. His kagune eventually end up taking a centipede-like form after the events in Kanou's lab, after he goes temporarily goes crazy due to acivating his kakuja for the first time, gained from cannibalizing ghouls.
  • Anti-Hero: He develops a more ruthless personality after enduring nearly a week of torture at the hands of Yamori, becoming willing to do whatever is necessary to protect the ones he cares about.
  • Badass: Oh, yeah. Kaneki may have started off weak, but with training and experience, he becomes one of the most dangerous ghouls in the series. When using his half-Kakujya, he's a SS ranked Ghoul.
  • Badass Bookworm: Although Kaneki lacks the experience that other ghouls have, he is able to quickly process information and creates strategies. At some points, we also see him pull off moves because he studied them so hard from books. After he leaves Anteiku, he has shown to read martial art books to train.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Played with. His ordeal leaves him a much more dangerous character, and he starts things off by EATING all of his tormentor's kagune, followed by systematically breaking half of another enemy's bones one by one.
  • The Berserker: While in his Half-Kajuka state, he loses control of himself and viciously attacks everything in his path. He's barely able to restrain himself enough to only eat Shinohara's Quinque armor, and later is horrified by his actions.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: His kindness masks a frightening capacity for ruthlessness or brutality, especially after being tortured by Yamori.
  • Bookworm: He really likes to read books, to the extent that his ideal date is a bookstore date.
    • Cute Bookworm: He starts out as one, being incredibly shy and more comfortable with his books than most people.
  • Break the Cutie: After the operation, Kaneki's life seems to be a series of traumatic events. Just becoming a Ghoul takes an enormous toll on him psychologically and emotionally, but after he's tortured by Yamori he begins a dark spiral.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the finale of the Aogiri Arc, Kaneki decides to leave Anteiku and forms his own tight-knit gang in order to continue fighting Aogiri Tree on his own.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: He began devouring ghouls after the Aogiri arc in order to strengthen his ghoul abilities, which allowed him to become a half-kakuja. Notably, he was able to overwhelm Shinohara, and would have eaten him had he not barely held himself back from doing so.
  • Character Tic: After bring tortured by Yamori for over a week, he inherits his habit of cracking his fingers right before he gets into a fight. Interestingly, Yamori himself picked up the tic from the man who tortured him and turned him insane.
  • Childhood Friends: With Hide. They knew each other since elementary school.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: Expected, considering the training that Kaneki has been doing since he became a ghoul. You don't see the results until after the Aogiri Arc. He still looks as scrawny as usual with clothes on.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He endured a week of torture at the hands of Yamori, and since then he's broken half the bones in Ayato's body and threatened Madam A with torture.
  • Combat Tentacles: He's a Rinkaku type. In his case, his kagune manifests as four tentacles from his midsection, just like Rize. His kakuja Kagune emerge from the same area, but he has six of them and they're shaped and act like centipedes.
  • Cool Big Bro: To Hinami. He even teaches her how to read difficult Kanji.
  • Cool Mask: It has one eye exposed (his ghoul eye, as opposed to the eyepatch he normally wears to cover it) and a false mouth that gives him a Slasher Smile until he unzips it.
    • When using his kakuja, another mask forms over his face. It features an eye-like structure on the middle of his face, between his normal eyes, and it has a jagged beak-like design going downward.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: His father died while he was still very young, and his mother later worked herself to death attempting to provide for her own family and her sister's family. His aunt took him in, but ultimately began to emotionally abuse him.
  • Creepy Centipedes: He becomes associated with them during the Aogiri Arc, leading up to Yamori sticking one in his ear as torture. After the timeskip, he begins wearing an eyepatch with a centipede pattern and later, develops a half-Kakuja form that resembles one. CCG gives him the alias "Centipede" as a result.
  • Creepy Monotone: He's had a tendency to switch to this during his more ruthless moments, ever since being tortured. He pairs it with Dissonant Serenity for an extra dose of creepiness.
  • Cruel Mercy/Throw 'Em to the Wolves: After beating Yamori within an inch of his life and devouring his Kagune, Kaneki refuses to finish him off. He instead leaves the other Ghoul weak and vulnerable, with CCG Investigators battling their way through the building and sure to find him eventually. Sure enough, one does eventually find and finish Yamori off in a suitably brutal fashion.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He was on the receiving end with Tsukiyama and later Shachi in their first battle. He dishes one out to Yamori, in a case of The Dog Bites Back.
  • Death Glare: He's gotten quite good at it, to the extent that Nico compares him to Yamori.
  • Declaration of Protection: He declares he will protect everyone at Anteiku, but his methods are.....questionable at times.
  • Determinator: He first shows signs of being one when fighting Nisho, and becomes even more of one after his week-long ordeal.
  • Disease Bleach: His hair is bleached white after being tortured extensively by Yamori.
  • Dissonant Serenity: While other Ghouls tend to become more loud and aggressive when they snap, Kaneki has a tendency to be eerily calm while doing things like forcing Yamori to count by Sevens or systematically breaking half the bones in Ayato's body while naming them.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Quite literally, when he finally broke free and turned on Yamori. He tears off and eats several chunks from the other Ghoul's face, then uses the regained strength to beat Yamori within an inch of his life.
  • Extreme Doormat: "Better to be hurt than to hurt others". After being told this by his mother, he clings to it as a motto in life and decides it's better to be a victim than to lash out at others. He abandons and completely rejects this notion, once a hallucination of Rize makes him realize his mother's inability to stand up to her sister not only killed her but left him alone.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He wears one to conceal his Ghoul eye, originally just a plain medical eyepatch. He later begins wearing one with a centipede motif.
  • Eye Scream: The victim of this more than once. Yamori injects him with an RC suppressant by jabbing a needle into the tear duct, and near the end of the series Arima stabs out both of his eyes.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Kaneki slowly becomes an Anti-Hero version of this trope. He begins the story as a meek college student, but his life takes a very different turn when he's transformed into a Half-Human Hybrid. After Yamori tortures him, he decides that he will "remove all the weeds" and spends six months becoming one of the most feared Ghouls in Tokyo. Between satisfying his Horror Hunger through cannibalism and slaughtering the members of the Ghoul Restaurant, he becomes something of a mythological figure feared by both Ghouls and CCG.
  • Genius Bruiser: He is an intelligent, bookish young man but also one of the strongest Ghouls in the series.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: He gains these during particularly brutal moments.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Kaneki's Healing Factor is abnormally strong even for a Ghoul, allowing him to regenerate lost appendages repeatedly with little effort.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human half-ghoul, though he became one through a transplant rather than naturally.
  • Healing Factor: His healing factor goes from above average to exceptional once he starts eating regularly, allowing him to heal broken bones within seconds. This is demonstrated when his leg is twisted around several times, and he simply whips it back around and snaps it back into place.
  • Heroic Safe Mode: After he's knocked out by Amon in their fight in chapter 133, his Kakujya awakens and the fight continues.
  • Heroic Willpower: He brought out his kagune for the first time to save Hide from Nishiki.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Hide. Kaneki especially said, Hide's friendship kept him sane. This is proven when in chapter 136, when Hide meets Kaneki and reveals he long knew Kaneki was a ghoul and doesn't care.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: After escaping Aogiri Tree, Kaneki primarily feeds on other Ghouls rather than humans. He does it explicitly to become more powerful, rather than out of any altruistic intentions.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Boku", in line with his gentle personality.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: When he first manifests his Kakuja form, he ends up stabbing his arm through Banjou's gut and beating the others up pretty badly. This event makes him take a step back, horrified to realize just how far gone he really has become in his quest to destroy Aogiri.
  • Kill 'em All: After suffering at their hands, he determines that Aogiri Tree must be wiped out entirely.
  • Last Name Basis: Almost everyone refers to him by his last name, even his closest friends like Hide.
  • Laughing Mad: When Yamori puts a live centipede in his ear, Kaneki notes that he can hear someone laughing. After a moment, he realizes that he's the one laughing, having finally gone completely over the edge.
  • Mama's Boy: Kaneki adored his mother, and gained his gentle nature from her.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: After being tortured, his pain tolerance has reached such a level that he reacts to most injuries with mild annoyance (at most) as opposed to the usual screaming or crippling shock. He even points out how in comparison, things like a broken leg are nothing.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: His sanity was greatly damaged by Yamori torturing him, as his increasingly brutal actions while cannibalizing other Ghouls takes a massive toll on his mind.
  • Mistaken For Romance: When going to a book signing with Hinami, he corrects the assumption that she is his girlfriend.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: As a sign of his growing ruthlessness, Kaneki actively engages in cannibalism in order to become more powerful. Tsukiyama notes the heavy toll doing so takes on his sanity over time.
  • Mood-Swinger: After the Aogiri Arc, Banjou expresses concern with how easily Kaneki swings between his normal, gentle self and a far more ruthless personality. That he can go from laughing nervously at teasing to calmly thinking about chopping someone's arms off to gain information shows just how fractured his mind has started to become.
  • Morality Adjustment: After his torture and resulting acceptance of his nature as a Ghoul, Kaneki begins a slide into Anti-Hero territory, becoming more brutal and ruthless in his efforts to achieve his goals.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Several times during the early stages of the series when he nearly does things that would have gone beyond the blurred line that defines ghouls and humans. At one point, he impales Yomo with his arm while in the throes of his hunger, and later on after developing his Kakuja he wounds Banjou and during the attack on Anteiku, he slices off Amon's arm.
  • Nephewism: After his mother died, Kaneki was put under the care of his aunt, who basically treated him like trash.
  • Nice Guy: He starts out as a very kind young man, which earns him many friends among Ghouls.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: He comes to this conclusion, while hallucinating a conversation with Rize about his mother's fate.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: After his ordeal at Yamori's hands, he adopts this policy.
  • Perma Shave: He spends nearly two weeks in captivity, and is absolutely filthy by the end of it but never develops so much as a bit of peach fuzz from it.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: He says this to a hallucination of his mother, finally admitting to the resentment he felt over her working herself to death and leaving him an orphan.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Sports one throughout his fight with Yamori.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives a great one to Dr. Kanou, upon learning the truth about the doctor's experiments.
  • Red Baron: "Eyepatch" or "One-eyed Ghoul" Later, "Centipede" as well, though the CCG except for Amon thinks it's a separate ghoul entirely.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Hide's Red. Also the Blue to Touka's Red.
  • Red Right Hand: A subtle one. After his torture and slide into Anti-Hero status, Kaneki's nails have turned black.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He sets off on one at the conclusion of the Aogiri Arc, having decided to destroy Aogiri Tree and anyone else he deems one of the "bad beans". It lasts roughly six months, before he's forced to realize how far off the rails his quest for revenge has taken him.
  • Sanity Slippage: Begins when he is tortured for a week, and it just gets worse from there on out.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Hide's Manly Man.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: After the timeskip, he begins wearing a form-fitting black battle suit. Its backless to allow for his kagune, though exposes much more than necessary — possibly because Tsukiyama designed it for him.
  • Ship Tease: He has multiple moments hinting at mutual attraction between him and Touka, who warms up to him as time goes by. Their time apart only seems to strengthen the mutual attraction, with Touka dreaming of what she would say to him and him wanting to keep her safe.
  • Shirtless Scene: When he emerges from the shower in chapter 88, showing off just how buff he's gotten since leaving Anteiku.
  • Shower of Angst: He takes one after the death of Ryouko Fueguchi, having come to understand the harsh reality of life for Ghouls.
  • Shrinking Violet: Male version. Before the start of the series, he only had one friend due to how shy he was. He later grew out of it.
  • Smells Sexy: Zigzagged. While Nishiki complains that he "reeks like a female Ghoul", Tsukiyama and his compatriots at the Ghoul Restaurant find his scent utterly entrancing. This results in plenty of Perverted Sniffing from Tsukiyama.
  • Stages of Monster Grief: A major element of his Character Development, as he struggles to accept his new life as a Ghoul.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Early on, when he loses control his Ghoul side functions as this — he gains considerable strength, but also begins to behave more like Rize. He eventually embraces this side of himself, and becomes more powerful for it. His Half-Kakuja form later serves as this again, since the boost in power is accompanied by increased savagery and madness.
  • Super Prototype: He was only ever intended to be a test of the procedure, in preparation for testing it on Kuro and Shiro. Instead, he surpasses all expectations and Dr. Kanou refers to him as his ultimate creation.
  • Tarot Motifs: XII. The Hanged Man. Later, he gains associations with VII. The Chariot and finally IX. The Hermit.
  • Terror Hero: As the series goes on, Kaneki is willing to use fear to defeat his opponents.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He becomes stronger and more willing to fight throughout the series, but the most noticeable jump in awesome comes after being tortured for ten days by the Aogiri. He becomes one of the most dangerous and powerful Ghouls in the setting after that. And becomes far more dangerous after gaining a kakuja kagune after eating other ghouls.
  • Tragic Hero: In the opening chapter, Kaneki states that if he were the protagonist of a story, it would be a tragedy.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Seriously, Kaneki has horrible luck. First his less-than-stellar childhood, his pseudo girlfriend turns out to be a ghoul and he gets critically wounded that he needs a transplant from her dead body, finds out he's a half-ghoul and has a hard time transitioning...the list could go on and on. It gets even worse for him during the Aogiri arc, where he was systematically tortured for ten days and had a mental breakdown due to it. Can someone give this poor guy a hug?
  • Uncertain Doom: His CCG file states that he was "Erased", leaving some ambiguity over whether or not he survived his battle with Arima.
  • The Unfavorite: His aunt despised him, resenting the way he made her own son look bad in comparison and projecting her hatred of his mother onto him. Over time, she stopped feeding him (leaving meager change for him to buy snacks with) and did spiteful things like throwing out all his father's books to hurt him.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Played with. After being tortured, he emerges with white hair and a greater willingness to commit brutal deeds.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: As Kaneki grows stronger, his sanity slowly disintegrates. This started after being tortured by Yamori and then continued as a side effect due to eating Ghouls. When he manifests his Kakuja for the first time, he becomes a rambling lunatic and Shinohara describes him as the most insane Ghoul he has ever met.
  • Worthy Opponent: He has great respect for Amon, even asking his name the second time they meet face to face. Afterwards, he mentally pleads for Amon to not die after seriously wounding him.

    Touka Kirishima 
Voiced by: Sora Amamiya

A 16-year-old high school student Ghoul working in the local cafe, Anteiku. She is helping Kaneki understand what it means to be one and the thin line between humans and ghouls. She is fascinated by humans, and longs to live a normal life among them as much as possible.

  • Action Girl: And how. Not only will she kick ass, but she won't hesitate to kill anyone who threaten her friends or risk revealing they're ghouls.
  • Animal Motifs: She is often associated with rabbits. She is also associated with birds due to her Ukaku Kagune that resembles a wing.
  • Badass: She can effortlessly outfight common Ghouls, and even more infamous Ghouls like Tsukiyama consider her a dangerous opponent.
  • Beneath the Mask: She keeps up a mask of cold indifference or hostility, but is actually a very kind girl that longs for a normal life.
  • Book Dumb: Her grades aren't the best. Though it doesn't help that she never went to elementary school.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Ayato's Cain.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards Hinami, whom she more or less acts as guardian for. She tried to be one for her brother, Ayato, but it...didn't work out, suffice to say.
  • Cool Mask: Well, at least if you like rabbits.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Her parents were killed when she was younger. Mado and Shinohara hunted down her father.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She gave one hell of one to Tsukiyama.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Her father, Arata was a kind and loving father, that tried to teach them the importance of living with humans. He was killed by the Doves.
  • Death Glare: She's a master at these.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's initially cold and harsh towards Kaneki, but slowly warms up to him over time. She even wants to go with him when he decides to leave after the Aogiri Arc but he encourages her to stay and take her entrance exams so that she can go on to college and keep leading a normal life.
  • Determinator: Every one of her fights end with her bloody. But she never gives up.
  • The Dreaded: All Ghouls acknowledge how dangerous Touka is, and even Tsukiyama will admit how terrifying she can be at full power.
  • Fragile Speedster: Her type is noted to be exceptionally fast, but not very strong or tough.
  • Freakiness Shame: When Nishiki's girlfriend Kimi sees Touka's kagune, she thinks Touka looks beautiful. Touka, who had just tried to kill Kimi because she knows they're ghouls, runs away wondering how a human could think a ghoul is beautiful.
  • Genre Savvy: She wears a wig and a hoodie when going after Investigators, helping to conceal her identity. She also knows how to spread false information to help throw them off Hinami's trial.
  • Good Is Not Nice: As a member of Anteiku, she helps to encourage peaceful coexistence between Ghouls and Humans. However, she's still willing to kill when necessary and can be brutal to other Ghouls.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Her friend Yoriko thinks Kaneki is her boyfriend/the boy she likes when she sees them together. Touka is not amused.
    Yoriko: (whisper)-"Go for it!" *fist pump*
    Touka: "Whadya mean, go for it?!"
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Her and Yoriko. She would even eat Yoriko's food despite it being bad for her.
  • Hot-Blooded: Her icy disposition belies a fierce temper and passionate heart. She's all smiles when dealing with customers at the cafe, but will quickly get annoyed and insult others who she cannot stand. Kaneki is on the receiving end of most of it. This facet of her personality is responsible for the final event that brought the doves over to the 20th ward.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She wants to experience everything in the human world like a normal girl, despite the threat of being revealed as a ghoul.
  • I Will Wait for You: After Kaneki refuses to let her come with him at the end of the Aogiri Arc, she decides to wait for his return to Anteiku, although she's deeply resented from his drastic change of personality and how he left her behind. At the end of the series, she's still waiting for him, even though there isn't an Anteiku to return to anymore and it's unclear whether Kaneki is still alive.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is rude and aggressive to Kaneki at first. But was kind enough to stop Kaneki from eating Hide when Kaneki when insane with hunger.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Touka's brother Ayato directly compares Kaneki to their father, Arata.
  • Living a Double Life: She chooses to live as close to a normal human life as possible, attending high school and making human friends. Uta describes this as a balancing act, with those living like Touka having an incredibly narrow rope to walk.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She goes through this after killing Mado and seeing his wedding ring.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She took revenge for Hanami's mother, but in doing so she killed the wrong CCG agent and caused the organization to turn their attentions to the 20th ward, instead of letting the murder go and avoid their attention in the first place.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Twice with Kaneki. First, when Touka lifts Kaneki's shirt to check his muscles after training, Uta just happens to walk in. The other time is Yoriko finds Kaneki in Touka's apartment.
  • Parting Words Regret: Implied. In their last conversation, Touka got into a fist-fight with Kaneki and concluded by calling him "trash" and telling him to stay out of Anteiku. Soon afterwards, Anteiku is raided by CCG and Kaneki is defeated by Arima with his ultimate fate ambiguous.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her bangs typically conceal her right eye, visually signifying she is an individual who has something to hide.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers more than one to Kaneki over time, generally aimed at calling him out of his self-pity or self-destructive behaviors. In the final one, she screams at him to stop acting like a Tragic Hero and deciding things for other people.
  • Red Baron: "Rabbit."
  • Ship Tease: She has considerable hints of mutual affection with Kaneki, who she warms up to and begins to show great concern for. She is willing to abandon her efforts at a normal life for him, and during their time apart she dreams up multiple scenarios of what she would say to him.
  • She's Got Legs: She has long, pretty legs and a lot of her clothing shows this off. Especially in the anime.
  • Shorttank: The tomboyish female lead who constantly gets angry at the main character, but likes rabbits.
  • Speed Blitz: She's so fast she can carve up her opponent with dozens of cuts in the blink of an eye.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: We see that Touka looks just like a darker haired version of her mother.
  • Tarot Motifs: II. The High Priestess.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Touka has called herself a murderer that probably should die.
  • Training from Hell: How she trained Kaneki, beating him up and even breaking his finger.
  • Tsundere: She is typically brash, rude, and violent, demonstrated in her first encounter with Kaneki. However, she does warm up to people and she is shown caring about others such as Hinami and her human friend Yoriko. She even forces herself to eat the food Yoriko gives her because it makes the other happy despite the fact that it tastes terrible to ghouls and even makes them ill.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: She looks just like her brother, Ayato. So much so that when Banjou first met her, he thought she was Ayato.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Once Nishiki starts working at Anteiku, the two constantly bicker with each other. However, they're actually on the same page about a lot of things and will readily help each other out when necessary.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Birds: Due to a bird picking at her right eye when she was young, Touka HATES birds.
  • Winged Humanoid: Her kagune resembles an insect's wings, and is used for delivering quick slashes.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Touka has been on the losing end of a fight with Tsukiyama because she insisted on eating food Yoriko gave her, which affected her fighting abilities.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has short dark blue hair.

    Rize Kamishiro 
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa

A sweet girl with a fondness for books. However, under her charming personality and appearance she is known as "Binge Eater" Rize, a well-known Ghoul that terrorized several other wards before moving to the 20th ward. Her kagune is started to be extremely powerful and unique, making her a much-sought after target by multiple groups.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is depicted as a light purple in the anime.
  • Badass Bookworm: It seems that she liked reading and was reading the same book at Kaneki when he asks her out on a date. Tsukiyama also mentions that she liked to read and many chanters comment on the fact that she was one of the strongest ghouls. She was in fact able to take over the feeding grounds of several ghouls in the 20th district.
  • Big Eater: She's a ghoul known to eat humans more often than necessary, hence the moniker 'Binge Eater' Rize.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She initially seems like a shy and modest girl but that personality turned out to be a ruse in order to seduce Kaneki. She then proceeds to try and eat him.
  • Boobs of Steel: She was stacked and has been repeatedly stated to be a very powerful ghoul.
  • Combat Tentacles: She has four that emerge from her back, and she's quite good at using them to play with her food.
  • The Corrupter: In Kaneki's mind, it is a psychological manifestation of Rize that constantly encourages him to embrace his Ghoul instincts.
  • Cute Bookworm: Invoked. Coupled with her great fondness of books, she showed a shy and cute personality to seduce her victims just like she did with Kaneki.
  • Curtains Match the Window: When her eyes are normal, at least.
  • Damsel in Distress: Banjou sees her as this and comes looking for her in the 20th ward because he thinks that she's in danger. We later find out that she really is in danger. The beams that crushed her at the beginning of the series did not kill her and since that time she's been kept by Dr. Kanou as a means to create more ghouls. When we finally see her alive, she is powerless.
  • Dark Action Girl: Rize is implied to be this at the beginning of the series. She is stated to have thrown several wards into chaos before moving on to the next. Her killing of the strongest Ghouls in District 11 allowed Aogiri to move in and take over.
  • Femme Fatale: Known for using her beauty to lure in men. Interestingly though, she didn't play up her sexuality and instead projected a "shy girl" persona to lure in men. It worked too since that's what attracted Kaneki to her. Presumably, he wasn't the first guy to fall for this.
  • Flower Motifs: The Red Spider Lily, traditionally associated with Death and Abandonment or Loss. Her kagune are represented by these flowers in the opening, while her appearance to Kaneki in a vision prompts the flowers to begin appearing around them.
  • It Amused Me: She lived solely for her own enjoyment, doing things to ease her boredom.
  • It's All About Me: She's incredibly selfish and doesn't care about how her actions affect others.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Banjou seems to have viewed her as this, while everyone else recognized the damage her selfish actions caused to everyone around her.
  • Meganekko: She played this trope up, coming across as sweet and demure prior to revealing her true nature.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's pretty, has big boobs and even had a shower scene.
  • Mysterious Past: Her past is shrouded in mystery, partially because of her tendency to move from Ward to Ward once she'd worn out her welcome. Her name is also revealed to be an alias. Since Ghouls almost never abandon their given name even when changing identities, her choice to create an entirely new identity hints that she was hiding something.
  • Naked on Arrival: Her first appearance in the anime had her naked.
  • Not Quite Dead: Although initially it seemed like the beams definitely crushed her, it is later revealed that she is not dead and is being kept alive to create more half ghouls. She is found half starved in Kanou's lab. However, she's barely even a shell of the person she used to be, as both her eyes are missing, she may not have any kagune left, and all she can do is eat.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: If she's in your district, you can expect the CCG to be breathing down your necks soon due to the sheer damage she can cause.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Itori reveals that "Kamishiro Rize" does not exist, but is rather a name she adopted at some point.
  • Posthumous Character: She dies fairly early in the series, but is referenced to by several characters. It also seems that she was specifically killed so that her body could be used to turn humans into ghouls.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her hair, eyes, and accents in her clothing are purple. She's noted to have been an exceptionally powerful Ghoul, with unique Kagune that made her the target of more than one party.
  • Red Baron: "Binge Eater."
  • The Sociopath: She displays all the hallmarks of a textbook Sociopath, with a superficial charm she uses to lure in her victims and a constant need for amusement. Her binging sprees do considerable damage, but she couldn't care less and skips town the moment things look bad, leaving others to deal with her messes.
  • The Vamp: A beautiful, deadly woman that used her beauty to seduce her victims. Shinohara eventually figures out that the Binge Eater was a young woman, based on Rize's tendency to prey on attractive young men.
  • Villainous Glutton: An unusual example, to say the least. She goes on brutal sprees of binge eating, leaving destruction and chaos in her wake.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She lures Kaneki into a trap by claiming to be afraid of walking home alone, getting tears in her eyes and shaking with false fear. It works like a charm.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple.

Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo

The owner and boss of the ghoul cafe, Anteiku. He is an advocate for peaceful relations between Humans and Ghouls, and is noted for reforming many violent young Ghouls over the years. Though kind and wise, his long lifespan is evidence that he is an exceptionally powerful Ghoul. His past is shrouded in mystery, with many secrets that continue to haunt him.

  • Animal Motifs: The Owl, a bird typically associated with wisdom. He is the second Owl, having impersonated the original to protect his child.
  • The Atoner: In his youth, he was a brutal Ghoul that preyed on humans and Ghouls alike. He came to serve an organization that employed him as a "Cleaner", murdering humans and Ghouls that caused them problems. However, when his human lover turned out to be a reporter investigating the organization, he was forced to kill her and abandon their Half-Human Hybrid child in the 24th Ward. Since then, he has worked to reform other violent Ghouls and offer a peaceful alternative to killing humans. He even posed as the One-Eyed Owl in order to cover for his child.
  • Badass: It's noted any Ghoul that lives to old age has to be incredibly strong, and he's able to take on multiple Doves in battle by himself. He is one of the most powerful Ghouls in the series, holding an SSS rating.
    • Badass Boast: He gives a great one when the CCG invade the 20th ward
    "...the act of taking is equally evil. From the moment we are born, we continue to take. Even from our own relatives who feed us, we take, living to the utmost, continuing to slaughter, kill, take. Life is constantly sin. Life is evil itself. We continue to do sinful things. I'm aware I am evil and so are you all. Now come kill me and I shall do the same!"
    • Retired Badass: He has settled into a quiet life running his cafe, and managing the affairs of the 20th Ward with a gentle hand. He rarely has to exercise more than a stern presence,
  • Big Damn Heroes: He jumped between Yomo and Arima just when Airma was going to kill Yomo, many years ago
  • Big Good: As the leader of Anteiku, he seeks to promote a more peacefully Ghoul society and co-existence with humans. He is noted to have taken over the 20th ward and divided territories between the Ghouls there, as well as his tendency to take violent Ghouls under his wing and rehabilitate them.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: In his youth, he devoured other Ghouls. As a result, he has developed a Kakukja-type kagune that provides him with armor.
  • Cool Old Guy: He is the ever-wise, unflappable manager of Anteiku and makes a habit of taking wayward young Ghouls under his wing.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He left his half-human child in the 24th Ward, in a desperate attempt to protect it from the organization he once served. When they approach him and make it clear they're making him An Offer You Can't Refuse, even after all these years he still refuses to give up his child to them.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Implied. The flashbacks and comments of several members of Anteiku (and Ayato) imply Yoshimura's tendency to take troubled, violent Ghouls under his proverbial wing involved beating them into submission before becoming a stern-but-kind grandfatherly figure to them.
  • The Dreaded: To CCG, at least. As his advanced age would imply, he is an incredibly powerful Ghoul and any Investigator that faces him in battle has good reason to be afraid.
  • Exact Words: He states he has "no son". While initially it seems to be a denial to protect his child, it turns out to be true. The One-Eyed Owl is female.
  • Eyes Always Shut: He is almost always seen with his eyes shut. His Ghoul eyes are usually active anytime he does open his eyes.
  • Foil: To Kureo Mado. Both are older and wiser mentors to a protagonist, and both men were changed by the death of the woman they loved. Both also have a very significant daughter they are devoted to. While Mado's loss twists him into a cruel and hateful man, Yoshimura is changed for the better and wishes to honor his lost love by finding a peaceful way to live.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: His cafe is a peaceful haven that serves humans and Ghouls alike, while providing a secondary service in the form of "cruelty free" human flesh for Ghouls.
  • Interspecies Romance: In his youth, he fell in love with a human woman and fathered a Half-Human Hybrid in the process.
  • The Last Dance: After being visited by his old comrades from "V", and warned by Kaneki about the impending raid on Anteiku, he makes the decision to face them head-on. Unlike all previous battles he'd been involved in, he goes in without an ounce of mercy and is seen mowing down hysterical CCG mooks with his Kagune.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Perhaps the greatest example within the series. Being an Ukaku type, he has incredible speed and the ability to fire off projectiles with strength compared to a shotgun. Unlike most Ukaku, though, he is also tough enough to face two Special Investigators with specialized S-class equipment without taking damage.
  • The Lost Lenore: Ukina.
  • Love Redeems: His change from remorseless killer to the head of Anteiku started when he fell in love with a human woman.
  • Monsters Anonymous: Anteiku has been set up as a haven for Ghouls that attempt to live peacefully with humans, providing food for those that cannot bring themselves to hunt.
  • Mook Horror Show: Any time he actually fights, the narrative shifts to focus on the CCG Investigators as they desperately fight against a Ghoul of legendary strength. It is a powerful reminder that beneath his grandfatherly demeanor is a Ghoul of exceptional experience and strength, one that rarely needs to act to keep order in the Ward he oversees.
  • Papa Wolf: Though forced to abandon his child, he remains fiercely devoted to keeping them safe through whatever means necessary. This includes impersonating the Owl in order to carry out a third attack on CCG, and dooming Anteiku rather than give his child up to his former superiors.
  • Red Baron: Owl, though only because he impersonated his child to throw off the trail.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Ukina. When Ukina was exposed as a reporter investigating the organization he served, they forced him to kill her.
  • Swallowed Whole: His daughter does this to carry him to safety, and spits him up once she's escaped pursuit.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Anteiku's food supply comes from scavenging dead humans, typically suicides from the nearby mountains.

    Shuu Tsukiyama 
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano

A young man with an eccentric personality and taste to match it. He is known as the Gourmet, and models his feeding off high-class dining with a focus on "interesting" or unique victims. After meeting Kaneki, he becomes obsessed with him.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: A male variant of the trope, with Kaneki as the object of his unwanted attentions. His obsession begins because of Kaneki's "intoxicating" scent, and only increases after he realizes that Kaneki is a Half-Human Hybrid. While his intentions are to eat the object of his interest, Tsukiyama goes through all the expected motions of courting. He's particularly delighted with Kaneki's transformation into a ruthless Anti-Hero, with the lines between murderous intentions and romantic interest further blurring.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Hinami calls him "Flower Man" in side material.
  • Agent Peacock: He may look like a ridiculous fop, but don't be fooled - he's one of the most influential and physically dangerous ghouls in Ward 20.
  • A Man Of Wealth And Taste: He zigzags between this and a Fashion-Victim Villain, depending on what he's wearing. But at his finest, he's dressed in designer suits and enjoys having his victims prepared as though it were a five-star restaurant.
  • Angst Coma: After failing to prevent Kaneki from going to his apparent death, he is seen laying there listlessly while Nishiki watches over him.
  • Autocannibalism: This is how he survives his battle with Kaneki and Touka. While they think that they left him for dead, Tsukiyama in fact ate his own flesh in order to regain the strength to leave the church. He notes that he tastes delicious.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Regardless of his questionable fashion sense, Kaneki's first impression of him is that he looks like a model.
  • Becoming the Mask: Implied. He originally joined Kaneki with the intention to wait for his chance to eat him, and continues to anticipate it. He even thinks of befriending Hinami as a chance to get closer to Kaneki. But when Kaneki decides to go on a suicide mission to the 20th Ward to help Yoshimura, he is desperate to stop him and after failing to do so, loses his will to live. With Kaneki's apparent death, he seems to have fallen into an Angst Coma.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Chie, his human friend/"pet". Their friendship seems to be based on both being completely nuts, and obsessed with the ultimate experience of their chosen interests. Food for him, photography for her.
  • Bishōnen: He's extremely handsome and well-dressed, playing up his good looks with fashionable clothing and a stylish haircut.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His kagune is wielded like this, with it typically wrapping around his arm so he can use it like a sword.
  • Broken Tears: When his efforts to physically stop Kaneki from heading to Anteiku during the CCG raid fail, he begs Kaneki to not go while weeping.
  • Camp: He is prone to posing dramatically and making over-the-top displays, which at first indicates his unstable personality. After his Heel-Face Turn, it's primarily used for the purpose of comedy.
  • Child Eater: Subverted. He actually considers the elderly an exceptional and rare treat, especially old men.
  • Civilian Villain: When Touka and Nishiki confront him in front of Hinami, he pretends to be shocked by their accusations and insists he has changed his ways. Of course, not long before that he'd been in the bathroom sniffing the handkerchief stained with Kaneki's blood while thinking about eating him.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He proposed an alliance with Naki when the Doves arrived at the lab, but secretly plans to finish him off once he's exhausted.
  • Cool Mask: A crescent moon-shaped mask, themed after the Man in the Moon.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He considers anyone attempting to eat or otherwise harm Kaneki to be a serious offense, flying into a rage.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Played with. While his interests in his targets appears to be sexual, its only to the extent of valuing them as food. Kaneki seems to be main target of his unwanted affection although he has shown interest in Touka and Kimi as well.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Nobody will blame you for seeing some homoerotic undertones in his behavior and how he gets close to Kaneki. There's also his rather blatant victim blaming of Kaneki, claiming that everything is his fault for being too irresistible; this is the same sort of logic rapists and rape apologists use.
  • Easily Forgiven: Zigzagged. At first, it seems his past is readily forgiven by Kaneki....until he makes it clear that Tsukiyama will die if he steps out of line. Meanwhile, Touka and Nishiki continue to nurse grudges against him and warn Hinami about associating with the likes of Tsukiyama. When Kaneki disbands his group, he refuses Tsukiyama's request to continue following him, stating that he does not trust him but he's a useful ally.
  • Eye Scream: His introduction involves him tearing out a woman's eyes because he liked their color, and having them sauted for his consumption. Later, he becomes the victim of this trope when Touka ambushes him and slashes him across the face taking out both his eyes in the process.
  • Finger Twitching Revival: Chapter 46 concludes with two panels focused on his hand, and his fingers twitching slightly. It isn't until the Anteiku rescue team is put together that his survival is revealed.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Loves to use French, Italian AND English, especially when he's... excited.
  • The Hedonist: He surrounds himself with the finest things in life, and is obsessed with experiencing the most unique and pleasing flavors. Classical music, fine literature, beautiful flowers, interesting people, and designer clothing are all things he savors.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Played with. He agrees to participate in the mission to rescue Kaneki, and offers to become the "Sword" of Kaneki's group when he leaves Anteiku. However, it's entirely for the chance to remain close to him and eat him when the opportunity arises. However, by the end he's genuinely come to care for Kaneki as more than simply a potential meal.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Because he is obsessed with Kaneki, he becomes instantly distracted from his surroundings when he sees Touka bite the other. His clothing also turns out to be impractical for combat since Nishio grabs onto his tie and holds him in place long enough for Touka to take out Tsukiyama's face and arm.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: His obsession with Kaneki grows after the Aogiri arc once Kaneki becomes even more deadly and cold hearted. He is delighted when Kaneki issues him a death threat.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: In a show where the strange intimacy of cannibalism is repeatedly drawn attention to, this guy proceeds to completely dispense with the subtlety. His attempts to groom Kaneki to be the perfect meal and his delighted anticipation of that moment (complete with Perverted Sniffing of a stolen handkerchief) read more like something out of Humbert Humbert's playbook than Hannibal Lecter's.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Boku".
  • "Just Joking" Justification: He frequently tries to cover up his actions by claiming them to be poor jokes, such as the incident at the Ghoul Restaurant or threatening to kill the Gas-mask trio.
  • Large Ham: He is melodramatic to the extreme, shouting foreign words and posing bizarrely as though an actor on the stage.
  • Licked by the Dog: He attempts to cultivate this trope by befriending Hinami, as one more way to get close to Kaneki. But it actually serves to hint that he's Becoming the Mask, though he doesn't realize it until it's too late. The next time we see him, he's desperately trying to keep Kaneki from going off to his certain death and falls into an Angst Coma after failing.
  • Living a Double Life: When he isn't stalking victims as The Gourmet (or just plain stalking Kaneki), he's a 4th Year student majoring in Social Work.
  • Muggle Best Friend/Human Pet: One of the side novels reveals the "Chie" he mentions is actually a human girl he befriended in High School, after she photographed him feeding. He seems to consider her a particularly charming pet, but she disagrees and seems to be one of the few people capable of putting him in his place.
  • Obsessed with Food: He is obsessed with fine dining and finding the right "parts" to turn into meals. In his first appearance in the manga we see him steal a woman's eyes to turn into a meal because he thought they were beautiful. He also participates in an underground restaurant that lures humans to become entertainment and food for ghouls.
  • Odd Friendship: With Hinami, of all people.
  • Old Money: He belongs to an extremely wealthy and influential family that own an Import/Export business, with strong political ties within the Ghoul world as well as the Human one.
  • Narcissist: He is incredibly self absorbed and arrogant but also very obsessed with appearances. He disliked Rize for the fact that she didn't care about the appearance or quality of her meals and that she indiscriminately ate humans.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The ghouls in the 20th ward and even the CCG try to avoid him as much as possible with good reason.
  • Perverted Sniffing: He has a handkerchief with Kaneki's blood on it and seems to enjoy the taste and smell of it a little too much... We later see that he keeps it inside a plastic bag to preserve the scent and seems to periodically be smelling it because it's as close to eating Kaneki as he's going to get.
  • Picky People Eater: He only takes the eyes of a beautiful young woman after complimenting them. This also serves to contrast him with Rize. While Rize will eat mostly anything, Tsukiyama will only eat specific people. His obsession with Kaneki comes from the way the other smells and the rarity of being a one eyed ghoul. Their differences is also why Tsukiyama actually disliked Rize despite giving Kaneki the impression that they were friends.
  • Please Don't Go: After being soundly beaten by Kaneki, Tsukiyama gives one last desperate plea for him to not go off to his certain death. It doesn't work.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He acts very mature most of the time and seems to have very high class tastes. However, he also is prone to fits of anger and jealousy. He throws tantrums such as during his fight with Touka in which he loses it when she takes a bite out of Kaneki. He starts screaming at her that Kaneki belongs to him. He can be childish and unreasonable when he doesn't get what he wants.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: A variation of this. He joins a rescue mission to save Kaneki during the Aogiri Arc not because he cares about the other, but because he still seeks to devour him.
  • Red Baron: The Gourmet, a title earned due to his dining habits. Within the Ghoul Restaurant, he was known as "MM".
  • Serial Killer: He is the Ghoul equivalent of one, with such strong patterns and preferred types of victims that Investigators are able to figure out several key pieces of evidence simply because he'd changed his strongly ingrained habits.
  • Shout-Out: He quotes Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin more than once.
  • Sissy Villain: Apart from the tiny detail that he wants to fillet Kaneki rather than bone him, he's a walking Camp Gay stereotype.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He randomly shows up at Kaneki's school in order to have a chance to talk to him privately and smells the handkerchief with his blood. And after the Aogiri arc it seems that he's doing everything he can to stay close to Kaneki and even becomes an official member of Kaneki's group. But its all so he can eat him.
  • Token Evil Teammate: After the Aogiri arc, he decides that if Banjou is to become Kaneki's "shield," then he will become Kaneki's "sword." He becomes a member of Kaneki's crew but still has the intention of eating the other. Kaneki even warns him not to step out of line or he'll kill him.
  • Wicked Cultured: He seems to be able to speak multiple languages or at least know phrases in other languages. He shares a strong interest in literature with Kaneki and Rize and knows a lot about high class culture. Rize calls him out on this. She finds it amusing that all these things and his obsession with the taste of his food make it seem like he's trying to act like a human rather than a ghoul. This is what really makes him start to hate her despite wanting her to become a part of his dining club.
  • Worthy Opponent: He pretends to extend this towards Naki, who in turn considers him a "decent guy".
  • Yandere: Toward Kaneki since the moment he met him. He became fascinated with the other because of his unique scent and this later turned into an obsession once he realized that Kaneki was a one eyed ghoul, making him incredibly rare.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He's got purple hair (dark purple in the manga, lighter in the anime).

    Kazuichi Banjou 
Voiced by: Kentarō Itō

A ghoul from the 11th Ward, and former associate of Rize. He comes to the 20th Ward in search of her, and has lingering feelings for her. Though a pacifist, he as a strong sense of duty and becomes one of Kaneki's allies.

  • Amazon Chaser: Attracted to Rize's independence and strength.
  • Book Dumb: He's illiterate, even as an adult. Probably justified, since many Ghouls grow up without attending school or otherwise obtaining a formal education.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He looks tough, but he's actually a caring and peaceful guy.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: He tends to throw himself into harms way for others, shielding them from attacks or attempting a Heroic Sacrifice to let others escape.
  • Cool Down Hug: He manages to talk down a berserk Kaneki, placing one hand on his shoulder and giving him a You Are Not Alone speech to bring him back to his senses.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's noted for being the biggest chicken around, frightened by Ghost stories and horror movies that he watches with Hinami. But when it comes to the people he cares about, he'll leap into the fray without a second thought.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He is arguably one of the nicest ghouls in the series. He is also hopelessly in love with Rize, who doesn't care about him at all.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: He puts himself at risk by going to the 20th Ward to warn Rize that she might be in danger despite the fact that he hardly knows her and it's very clear that she won't return his affection. It's also clear that Rize is incredibly selfish and doesn't care about how her actions affect others. It becomes apparent that Banjou has an idealized image of her.
  • Fragile Speedster: Subverted. He turns out to be an Ukaku-type, which are noted for their speed and lack of endurance. Banjou, on the other hand, is slow and clumsy but his large body is fairly durable. The Gas-Mask Trio immediately mock him upon seeing his kagune for the first time.
  • Gentle Giant: He's tall and heavily built, and as a result looks pretty intimidating. But in reality, he's as much of a pacifist as possible for a Ghoul and incredibly softhearted.
  • Healing Factor: Unlike most Ghouls, his Kagune seems to be used exclusively to heal his injuries.
  • The Heart: His kindness and caring nature are his defining trait in any group he joins.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempt when he threw himself between Kouto and one of the Bin Brothers and then forced the rest of the Anti-Aogiri group to leave. He survived because Kaneki and the gas mask brothers came back for him.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Banjou is really hard on himself for being weak.
  • Honor Before Reason: Regardless of his weakness and peaceful nature, he readily places himself in harm's way for others' sake
  • Hopeless Suitor: He harbored feelings for Rize, even after she called him a "boring guy".
  • Horrible Judge of Character: At least when it comes to Rize. He considers her a remarkable and admirable woman, and actually asks her to become the new leader of the 11th Ward. She laughs in his face, and mockingly suggests he should do it himself — he takes this as genuine encouragement and attempts to live up to what he thinks are her high expectations of him.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's a passionate guy, and this leads to an initial confrontation when he mistakes Kaneki as Rize's boyfriend.
  • The Lancer: He becomes the second-in-command to Kaneki, acting as a more moderate voice to Kaneki's increasing ruthlessness.
  • The Leader: He tries to be the leader of 11th ward after Rize left, but was defeated when Aogiri Tree arrived. He admits he took on the role because he thought it was what Rize wanted.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: His feelings for Rize completely blind him to the fact that she's a terrible person who doesn't care about anyone but herself. She is incredibly selfish and causes problems for other ghouls in the 11th ward by attracting the attention of CCG as well as destabilizing the area. He even goes to the 20th ward to find her despite knowing that he'd incur the wrath of the Aogiri Tree.
  • Nice Guy: Perhaps one of the kindest characters in the series. While he lacks strength, other Ghouls willingly follow him because he genuinely cares for their well-being.
  • Non-Action Guy: Despite his best effort, Banjou is pitifully weak. He can't even use his kagune, so his only advantage is that he's heavily built.
  • Rated M for Manly: Even if he's pretty weak, he's pretty intimating looking.
  • Team Dad: To the other weak ghouls in the 11th Ward, who he attempts to protect from Aogiri.
  • Technical Pacifist: He's noted by the others to be a peaceful guy, not even bringing out his kagune in a life-or-death situation. Even so, he is a Ghoul.
  • Undying Loyalty: After being saved by Kaneki, he decides to devote himself to becoming the other Ghoul's "shield".
  • You Are Not Alone: To Kaneki, begging him to remember that he doesn't need to take all the burdens onto himself.

    Nishiki Nishio 
Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma

A young Ghoul who is a second year in Kamii University, and an upperclassman to Hide and Kaneki. Before the start of the series, his hunting territory was overtaken by Rize and his efforts to reclaim them place him at odds with Kaneki. He has a human girlfriend, and his devotion to her slowly leads him to change his ways.

  • Alliterative Name: He adopts the name "Nishiki Nishio" after the death of his sister, using a blank family registry their parents had saved for emergencies. She even points out that the name is a bit odd, but asks him to bear with it.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted. His sex life is one of the many things he gets teased or harassed over, in contrast to the more respectful treatment of his more innocent male peers.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Inverted. His eyes appear completely black, at the moment when he realizes his feelings for Kimi.
  • Butt Monkey: If he appears in an omake, he is certain to be the butt of at least one joke. Highlights include Kaneki spreading a rumor he eats manure, and starring as the Prince in Rapunzel, only to realize his princess is....Shachi.
  • Character Development: He's introduced as a petty and selfish Ghoul who's willing to kill other Ghouls who simply interlope on territory he deems to be his, but has yet to actually (re)claim. He also nearly murders both Kaneki and his human best friend. Later on, he winds up realizing the error of his ways and joins the gang at the coffee shop.
  • Chick Magnet: He's not unpopular with the ladies.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Complains at length about being saved by Kaneki, making it clear this doesn't change things.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: His parents died at a young age, and later he lost his sister as well.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: He had an older sister, but she was killed after a human she trusted reported her as a ghoul. Nishio then killed the guy who reported her and decided never to trust anyone. That was until Kimi found out he's a ghoul and she accepted him instead and even offered him to eat her, showing him that there are humans you can trust.
  • Determinator: When his human girlfriend, Kimi, is kidnapped by Tsukiyama. Even starving and badly injured, he just won't give up no matter how much punishment he receives.
  • Good with Numbers: He's shown helping classmates with their math homework, easily working out the errors in his head.
  • Heel-Face Turn: He eventually becomes one of Kaneki's allies, after receiving help from him.
  • Heroic Resolve: Every single time Tsukiyama threatens Kimi, he manages to find the strength to get back up.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Hide and Kaneki walk in on him during a very hot-and-heavy session with his girlfriend, who runs out shrieking. He later asks them (for Kimi) how much they actually saw.
  • Interspecies Romance: He has a human girlfriend, as evidenced when Kaneki and Hide walk in on them getting hot and heavy.
  • I Owe You My Life: He states that he owes Kaneki and has a debt to repay, since he helped save Kimi.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: As he prepares to flee the 20th Ward and go into hiding, he states that he doesn't want Kimi to waste the rest of her life waiting for him.
  • Jack of All Stats: His kagune type is described as such, being far more balanced than the other types that specialize in either speed, strength, or regeneration.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude and condescending towards others, but he also genuinely loves Kimi to the point of starving rather than harm her. After Kaneki helps him, he returns the favor and feels the need to repay his debt.
  • Living a Double Life: Though a Ghoul, he lives most of his life like a human. Besides having a human girlfriend, he's a 2nd year Pharmacy student at Kamii University and well-known around the school.
  • Love Redeems: He risks everything to save Kimi, and gives up on hunting humans for her sake. That Kaneki helped save Kimi leads him to become an important ally, feeling indebted to him.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: In light of CCG raiding Anteiku, he states his intentions to see Kimi one last time before disappearing. It isn't clear yet whether he'll actually go through with it, but staying with her certainly puts her life at risk if they're caught.
  • Megane: His glasses add to his aloof demeanor, and he started wearing them as a teenager around the same time he began to become more cynical.
  • Non-human Lover Reveal: He nearly attacks Kimi when she comes to check on him, revealing himself as a Ghoul. He's unable to kill her, and she willingly keeps his secret.
  • Opt Out: He is one of several members of Anteiku that flee in preparation for the CCG raid on the 20th Ward, and readily tells Kaneki he intends to save himself.
  • Sir Swearsalot: He's prone to referring to others as "shitty", and gets called on his nasty mouth more than once.
  • The Sixth Ranger: He joins the crew at Anteiku long after the others, and remains somewhat abrasive towards the others even after settling in.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He wears them, and is described by Itori as a "prodigy".
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kimi. The forbidden nature of their relationship is explicitly discussed, as exposure means death for him and prison for her.
  • Tail Slap: His kagune resembles a blue glowing tail, and investigators discussing different Kagune types describe it as a "trump card".
  • Troubled, but Cute: Noted even at school for his abrasive personality, though apparently quite popular with the ladies. Ironically, his nasty personality is how he behaves while passing himself off as human, rather than his true Ghoul personality. He's actually a decent guy under it all, though.
  • Tsundere: Shintaro Asanuma, his voice actor, describes him as being one towards humanity.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When he was very young, he hated having to kill humans in order to survive. His sister did all of the hunting for him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Touka, once he starts working at Anteiku. They constantly bicker, but he shields her from an ambush by Ayato and even helps her prepare for the college entrance exams.

    Renji Yomo 
Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura

A stoic man that serves as Yoshimura's right-hand man, carrying out odd jobs for Anteiku. He was once a violent thug, but has been reformed into a wise man of few words. Along with Touka, he provides guidance to Kaneki on life as a Ghoul and teaches him how to defend himself.

  • Animal Motifs: Birds, particular carrion birds such as crows and ravens.
  • Arch-Enemy: Arima, the Investigator that killed his sister.
  • Badass: He is probably the second strongest character affiliated with Anteiku, behind Yoshimura.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a large coat, covering his massive frame from neck to shins.
  • Cant Holdhis Liquor: An omake is centered around this, with Itori getting him plastered. He becomes exceptionally talkative.
  • Cool Mask: It resembles a gas mask with a long beak much like the masks worn by Plague Doctors.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: He lost his parents and older sister at a young age.
  • Due to the Dead: He briefly prays over the body of a suicide victim, prior to bagging it to take back to Anteiku.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Inverted, he has a goatee but is a good person.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's noted for his incredible durability and strength, but turns out to be a speed-based Ukaku type.
  • No Sell: He doesn't even flinch when impaled through the stomach by Kaneki's Combat Tentacles.
  • Number Two: He acts as Yoshimura's second in command, carrying out duties behind the scenes for him.
  • The Quiet One: He rarely speaks, something that initially creeps Kaneki out.
  • Red Baron: "Raven", first coined by Uta.
  • Retired Badass: He and Uta made the 4th ward practically impossible to live in back when they were younger due to their fighting.
  • Shout-Out: When wearing his mask and coat, he resembles a Plague Doctor. Fitting, considering his job "shopping" for food for Anteiku.
  • The Stoic: He is quiet and rarely shows strong emotion.
    • Not So Stoic: There are moments when even he loses his cool, such as when he encounters Arima.
  • íThree Amigos!: With Uta and Itori.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted. While he initially seems frightening and is the one that "shops" for Anteiku's food supply, he turns out to be a good person.
  • Winged Humanoid: His Kagune resemble wings when is use, and coupled with his mask make him look like a very angry bird.
  • Zen Survivor: Straight answers from him are rare, but he quietly encourages Kaneki to find his own answers. He also offers lessons in survival and combat, primarily through either letting Kaneki fall off a cliff or beating him senseless.

     Uta and Itori 

See their entries under The Pierrot.

    Hinami Fueguchi 
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi

A sweet little girl who comes under the care of Touka and Kaneki. Though a powerful Ghoul, she is gentle and kind-hearted.

  • Badass Adorable: She's actually a powerful Ghoul, being one of the rare cases where a child gets both kagune types from their parents.
  • Break the Cutie: Both of her parents are now dead and she watched her mother die. She's holding up quite well considering the events that happened, but she's definitely not the same anymore.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Hinami's kagune resemble a butterfly's wings, and emerge for the first time shortly before the death of Kureo Mado — a turning point for several characters in the series.
  • Combat Tentacles: They look a bit like a Scorpion's tail.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Tsukiyama places one in her hair when he visits, and everyone notes how cute she looks.
  • Hair Decorations: She usually wears something in her hair, usually a barrette or hair band.
  • Mission Control: She coordinates the efforts to capture Madam A, helping Kaneki's group corner her.
  • Nice Girl: She's very sweet and friendly, and hasn't killed any humans.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: An innocent version of the trope. Sweet, gentle Hinami really loves horror movies and her favorite author, Takatsuki Sen, writes novels about human cruelty and madness.
  • Odd Friendship: With Tsukiyama, of all people.
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: She's heavily associated with Sunflowers, even wearing them on her clothing. And regardless of the terrible circumstances she's endured in life, she remains sweet and cheerful.
  • Super Senses: She's noted to have exceptional senses, even by Ghoul standards. Unlike most Ghouls, she recognizes that Kaneki's scent is strange and her hearing is good enough to detect what is going on elsewhere in a large building.
  • Sword over Head: After badly injuring Mado, she ultimately decides not to avenge her parents by killing him.
  • Trauma Conga Line: She loses her mother, sees a Dove using her mother's stolen kagune as a weapon against Ghouls, nearly gets killed, and soon finds herself mixed up in all of the dark conspiracies Kaneki and co are pulled into.
  • Winged Humanoid: Her second kagune resembles a moth's wings, though they aren't wings so much as large shields for defense.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: She shows occasional glimpses of wisdom, realizing that revenge won't change anything and later recognizing that Kaneki was not well after his ordeal.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the anime, her excitement at catching her father's scent results in her running straight into a trap.

    Enji Koma 
Voiced By: Anri Katsu

An experienced waiter at Anteiku, frequently acting as manager when Yoshimura is not in. Though he looks harmless, in truth he was once the leader of a violent gang and was called the "Devil Ape".

  • Animal Motifs: Great Apes.
  • The Atoner: Yomo hints that this is the reason he chooses to remain at Yoshimura's side.
    • Death Seeker: Similarly, Yomo suggests that he goes into battle fully intending to die as "punishment" for his past.
  • Backto Back Badasses: With Irimi.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Don't let his looks and kind attitude fool you. When he actually does get serious, he's a force to be reckoned with.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He views himself as being this to the younger employees of Anteiku, though it's questionable whether or not they agree.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: He was last seen, heavily wounded and among those evacuating through the V-14 tunnels. Later, Kaneki finds Arima waiting in an area strewn with the bodies of the Ghouls trying to flee....
  • Bowties Are Cool: He tries to invoke this trope, convinced his bowties (and other dreadful fashion choices) are cool. No one agrees.
  • Cool Mask: A stylized, Gorilla mask with enormous lower teeth.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's usually goofy and friendly, but in his "Devil Ape" persona he is a terrifying and brutal opponent.
  • Faceless Goons: "Oni Yamada", his old gang. They come out of retirement to fight during the raid on Anteiku.
  • Gag Nose: His nose is enormous and goofy-looking, adding to his harmless appearance.
  • The Last Dance: He comes out of retirement during the raid on Anteiku, fully intending to go down fighting.
  • Lightning Bruiser: When he does step up to fight, he shows exceptional speed and strength as well as endurance.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Subverted. He would frequently brag about his prowess as the great "Devil Ape", and be shrugged off by the younger employees at Anteiku. But when he actually goes into battle, it becomes clear it wasn't just talk.
  • No Respect Guy: His younger coworkers tend to brush off any mention of him being anything but a goofy waiter, and outright ignore him when he tries to assert authority.
  • Prehensile Tail: He uses his kagune at one point to swing himself out of harm's way, suggesting he's a Bikaku-type.
  • Red Baron: "Devil Ape", a title he held in his more violent youth.
  • Reformed Criminal: A former Gang Leader, he was responsible killing Doves in multiple Wards. Yoshimura eventually reformed him, leading him to settle down as a waiter in a cafe.
  • The Reliable One: He is left in charge of Anteiku whenever Yoshimura is out.
  • Retired Badass: He was once an infamous ghoul and leader of a dangerous gang prior to being taken under Yoshimura's wing.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He likes to brag about his prowess as a Retired Badass, even though none of the employees of Anteiku have ever heard of him and generally ignore him. But it turns out to be Subverted: he's merely been in retirement for long enough for the teenaged Ghouls to not know about him, but the Doves immediately recognize and get scared the moment they see him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Yoshimura, who rehabilitated him and gave him a new start in life.

    Kaya Irimi 
Voiced By: Fuyuka Ōura

One of the waitresses at Anteiku, a quiet and reserved woman with a violent past. She was the leader of the gang Black Dobell prior to encountering Yoshimura, and was rehabilitated by him.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's rather quiet, and quite lovely in a composed and mature fashion.
  • The Atoner: Yomo hints that this is the reason she chooses to remain at Yoshimura's side.
    • Death Seeker: Hinted to be fully intending to die in battle, as "punishment" for her past.
  • Backto Back Badasses: With Koma.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Though she is soft-spoken and polite, she's also a SS-ranked Ghoul.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: She was last seen, heavily wounded and among those evacuating through the V-14 tunnels. Later, Kaneki finds Arima waiting in an area strewn with the bodies of the Ghouls trying to flee....
  • Cool Big Sis: To Touka.
  • Cool Mask: A black mask that resembles Anubus, the Egyptian God of the dead.
  • Faceless Goons: "Black Dobell", her former gang. They come out of retirement for her, and follow her into battle when CCG raids Anteiku.
  • Fragile Speedster: An Ukaku type, her greatest asset is her speed and agility.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Run through by an Investigator, leaving her badly wounded.
  • The Last Dance: She comes out of retirement during the raid on Anteiku, fully intending to go down fighting.
  • Mission Control: During the rescue mission, she uses her Super Senses to coordinate the various groups.
  • Red Baron: "Black Dog"
  • Reformed Criminal: As the leader of Black Dobell, she was an infamous Ghoul that killed quite a few Doves. Then Yoshimura took her under his wing, reforming her into the mild-mannered waitress most people know.
  • Retired Badass: She earned an SS-rank and led the ''Black Dobell' gang prior to being recruited by Yoshimura.
  • Super Senses: Her senses are far beyond even those of other Ghouls, allowing her to track a battle in a different area of a building based solely on vibrations.
  • Taking the Bullet: When the Investigator she was fighting disregards the safety of an elderly (human) woman caught in the crossfire, Irimi throws herself in the way and takes the hit.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Yoshimura.

    Ichimi, Jiro, and Sante 
Voiced By: Shūto Miyazaki (Ichimi), Reina Ueda (Jiro), Sōta Arai (Sante)

A trio of siblings, all clad in matching hoodies and gas masks. They are Banjou's gang, and follow him loyally regardless of his weakness. Along with their leader, they become member's of Kaneki's gang.

  • Color-Coded Characters: Primarily told apart by the color of their hoodie — Red for Ichimi, Blue for Jiro, and Purple for Sante.
  • Cowardly Lion: They are well-aware that they're weak, but show great courage when their companions are in danger.
  • The Faceless: Even when hanging out without their masks, their faces are never shown.
  • Fragile Speedster: They're quick, but not particularly strong.
  • Gas Mask, Longcoat: Or hoodies, in this case, since Ghouls seem to prefer shorter coats for easier movement.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: A heroic example.
  • In the Hood: Their matching hoodies, worn to conceal their identities.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Their names mean "One", "Two", and "Three", respectively. They even have these numbers on their hoodies and masks.
  • Red Baron: The Gas-Mask Brothers, even though Jiro is a girl.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: They're prone to mocking Banjou for his weakness and cowardice, but they're also the first to leap into the fray to help him.
  • Scifi Bob Haircut: Jiro has one.
  • Spiky Hair: Ichimi has spiky, black hair under his hoodie.
  • íThree Amigos!: Though they are apparently siblings.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Banjou, sticking with him through thick and thin.

    Ryouko Fueguchi 
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa

A gentle and kind-hearted ghoul, and the mother of Hinami. She sacrificed herself to protect Hinami from Investigators, and was killed by Mado and Amon. After her death, Mado would use her kagune in tandem with her husband's stolen kagune.

  • Barrier Warrior: A Kouhaku type, she uses her kagune primarily for defense. Mado modifies them into a shield after her death.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Her final moments are spent wishing for her daughter to live on, doing her best to smile bravely.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She faces down four Investigators on her own, all to give Hinami a chance to survive.
  • Mama Bear: Though gentle, she fights fiercely to protect her daughter.
  • Motherly Side Plait: She wears her hair this way, symbolizing her gentle and caring nature.
  • Off with His Head!: Decapitated by Mado, using the Quinque made from her husband.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Her death served to show the cruel reality for Ghouls, hunted and slaughtered even when they tried to live peacefully with humans.
  • Technical Pacifist: Her husband and later, Yoshimura, provided her with food because she could not hunt. Only when her daughter is in mortal danger does she fight, but even then only to distract the investigators long enough for Hinami to escape.
  • Winged Humanoid: Her kagune resemble four flower petals, sprouting from her back like a butterfly's wings.
  • You Shall Not Pass: She does everything in her power to prevent the investigators from chasing Hinami.

    Maiko Abe 
Voiced by: Mayumi Asano

A member of the Ghoul Restaurant known as "Madam A", and the owner of several "Scrappers". She was living in poverty, jealous of the well-off Ghouls until Dr. Kanou offered to let her take charge of his failed experiments.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: She originally appears as a member of the Ghoul Restaurant, but is later tracked down by Kaneki's group when it turns out she knows Dr. Kanou.
  • Eat the Rich: She thinks that wealthy people probably taste better.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She's extremely resentful of those well-off and able to enjoy the good life.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Her reason for signing on with Dr. Kanou.
  • Mock Millionaire: She pretends to be wealthy and powerful, but she's actually living in humble conditions and stuck handling Dr. Kanou's castoffs.
  • Red Baron: "Madam A", the alias she uses at the Ghoul Restaurant.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She's last seen fleeing when Aogiri members interrupt the search of Dr. Kanou's underground lab. It isn't clear whether she escaped, or ran into the Doves that showed up later.

    Donato Porpora 
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue

A powerful Russian Ghoul imprisoned by CCG, who once posed as a Priest and raised Kotaro Amon. He is considered a valuable source of information on other Ghouls, due to having no loyalty to others.

  • Ax-Crazy: He enjoyed the screams of pain and agony when Aogiri broke into the ghoul detention cell.
  • Bad Habits: He posed as a Catholic Priest, giving him access to child victims through the orphanage he ran.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: They're almost like caterpillars.
  • Boxed Crook: He gets to continue to live, as a source of information for CCG.
  • Child Eater: He was infamous for favoring child victims, and ran an orphanage as part of his cover.
  • Consulting a Convicted Killer: Amon comes to his "father" for information, much to Donato's delight.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Implied, as he clearly favored Amon enough to spare his life even after being exposed.
  • Offing the Offspring: His favorite victims were the orphans he raised. Strangely, he spared Amon after the boy caught him butchering another child. This fact continues to haunt Amon.
  • Red Baron: "Father", back in the day.
  • We Can Rule Together: He invited Amon to join him, when the boy learned the truth about him.

    Arata Kirishima 
Voiced By: Yūya Uchida

The father of Touka and Ayato Kirishima, a pacifist Ghoul that encouraged his children to coexist with humanity. He lived with his family in a human community and scavenged the corpses of humans and Ghouls to survive. This caused him to become a Kakuja, and earned him the title "Corpse Collector". He was eventually tracked down by Shinohara and Mado, and killed by them. His kagune would be used to develop CCG's quinque armor bearing his name.

  • Badass Pacifist: Though gentle and kind, he was a Kakuja.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: He mutated into a Kakuja due to his scavenging Ghoul corpses.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His death was this for his children, especially Ayato.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: He was a loving and gentle father, that encouraged his children to live peacefully.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: He was a genuinely kind person, and a good neighbor to boot. He similarly encouraged his children to find a way to live peacefully alongside humans.
  • Ghoul Resources: His remains are Shinohara's quinque armor, which bear his name.
  • Instant Armor: His Kakuja kagune took the form of a full suit of armor, and in turn became the basis for the development of CCG's armor.
  • Posthumous Character: He died while his children were still young, and is only seen in flashbacks.
  • Real Men Cook: He enjoyed learning to make human recipes, even though he couldn't serve them to his own family.
  • Red Baron: "Corpse Collector".
  • Super Prototype: His remains were used to develop the Quinque Armor, Arata. At least three sets of armor were created, with a total of three different versions seen throughout the series.
  • Technical Pacifist: He did his best to refrain from harming others, scavenging the corpses of the dead for food.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: He did his best to live peacefully with humans, but was shown no mercy by the Investigators.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: He scavenged Human and Ghoul corpses, as an alternative to killing.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His children got their blue hair from him.

    The One-Eyed Owl 

A legendary Ghoul that slaughtered numerous Investigators a decade ago, and remains at large. Little is known about it, other than its unimaginable power and hatred for the world. It is rumored to have come from the 24th District, and may be connected to the leader of Aogiri Tree. For more information, see Secret Identity.

  • Ambiguous Gender: The Owl is a mysterious being in a massive cloak, with layers of Kakuja armor sticking out. As such, it's impossible to distinguish if it is male or female.
    • Samus Is a Girl: The Owl is a petite young woman, able to pass herself off as a child when she's dressed as Eto.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: She's actually Yoshimura's child and an executive of Aogiri Tree, Eto. In the final chapter, it's revealed she captured him, presumably for future ghoul experiments Kanou will conduct in his new lab.
  • Arch-Enemy: Both Kureo Mado and his daughter, Akira, want to kill it for personal reasons. Mado's wife held it back to let others escape, and was brutally killed in the process. The Owl itself seems to consider Arima this, expressing excitement when the Investigator that once wounded it appears.
  • Badass: It is the most powerful Ghoul ever recorded, and killed an incredible number of Investigators prior to being driven off.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: Noted to be one of the rare Kakuja types, meaning that it gained power by eating other Ghouls.
  • Cyclops: A distinct feature of its Kakuja mask, giving it the appearance of only having one massive eye in the center of its face.
  • Daddy's Girl: She is ecstatic after meeting her father, in spite of him abandoning her. In turn, Yoshimura is completely devoted to keeping her safe regardless of her crimes.
  • The Dreaded: The very thought that it might show up results in CCG shutting down the 20th Ward and bringing in everything they have.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She comes to her father's rescue, and greets him with a joyful (if deranged) expression. Then it's zigzagged, with the revelation that she's handed him over to Dr. Kanou as a new "donor" for his experiments.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The child of Yoshimura and Ukina, a human woman.
  • Hero Killer: It earned its reputation by killing almost everyone that encountered it. When it shows up again, it tortures and then mortally wounds Shinohara.
  • Instant Armor: Kakuja armor functions this way, and the Owl takes it to extreme lengths.
  • Living MacGuffin: Both CCG and the mysterious Organization "V" are looking for it.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Its Kakuja form is enormous and barely human in appearance, showing just how far the mutation can take a Ghoul.
  • Naked on Arrival: Justified by its full-body Kakuja armor. She emerges naked, but quickly wraps herself in the tatters of her cloak.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Most enemies can barely scratch Owl's armor let alone inflict bodily harm.
  • Ominous Owl: The most infamous Ghoul on record, and pretty disturbing to look at in person.
  • Parental Abandonment: Yoshimura was forced to abandon her in the 24th Ward, in a desperate attempt to protect her from his former superiors.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Most of its dialogue is either deranged giggling, or sing-song teasing of its victims.
  • Razor Wings: Owl's Ukaku wings can slice through just about anything, demolishing flesh and quinque with little effort.
  • Secret Identity: Eto, one of Aogiri Tree's executives. She's also Sen Takatsuki, the horror novelist admired by Kaneki.
  • Shrouded in Myth: It is legendary among both CCG and the Ghouls, for the sheer amount of carnage it left in its wake.
  • Slasher Smile: It's default expression, made all the more disturbing by its Kakuja mask.
  • Super Speed: Owl moves deceptively fast for its size. Surviving more than a few seconds without being torn to shreds is quite a notable accomplishment.
  • Swallowed Whole: Uses a nonlethal variant to rescue her father from the CCG, vomiting him back out when they've safely escaped.
  • Walking Spoiler: Once the Owl begins to emerge from myth into the actual story, the spoilers come fast and hard.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Implied to be one, having been abandoned as an infant in The City Narrows and hunted by the mysterious organization "V" for the crime of simply existing. Her father was forced by them to kill her mother, and she was left with nothing but her mother's journal to explain everything to her. Yoshimura expresses the hope that Kaneki can "save" her from herself.

    Kuro and Shiro 

Twin sisters that, like Kaneki, became One-Eyed Ghouls. They are Dr. Kanou's bodyguards and their past may contain hints about a larger conspiracy at play.

  • Bodyguard Babes: They initially act as this to Madam, while at the Ghoul Restaurant. In truth, they are Dr. Kanou's bodyguards.
  • Combat Tentacles: Notably similar to Kaneki's kagune, which makes him suspicious.
  • Creepy Twins: They're quite eerie, indeed.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: They were the children of a wealthy father, and lived happily in a mansion. One day, a Ghoul came and murdered their parents in front of them. They were taken in and trained by CCG prior to becoming Dr. Kanou's test subjects. It is suggested their parents may have been murdered as part of a larger conspiracy.
  • Disease Bleach: Shiro once had dark hair like her sister, prior to the surgery to make a One-Eyed Ghoul.
  • Emotionless Girl: They initially behave as such, repressing their emotions.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Like Kaneki, they are humans implanted with tissues from Rize Kamishiro.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Kuro' means black, and 'Shiro' means white.
  • Scifi Bob Haircut: Test subjects working for a Mad Scientist, sporting modified bobs.
  • Single-Minded Twins: They don't show much individuality, possibly due to their unemotional nature.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Originally among the children raised by the CCG as future Investigators. However, they became involved with Dr. Kanou's experiments and abandoned their humanity.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Their fate remains unclear after the battle at Dr. Kanou's laboratory. The last time we saw them, Nashiro had been seriously wounded and Kurona had refused to abandon her. It isn't known whether Nashiro survived, or what happened to Kurona afterwards.

Aogiri Tree

    In General 
An organization of Ghouls, that has taken over the 11th Ward. Their leader is a legendary Ghoul known as the One-Eyed King, surrounded by rumors and myths. They are the primary antagonists of the story, targeting both Kaneki and the Ghoul Investigators.

  • Anti-Human Alliance: CCG takes note of them as the largest and most organized group of Ghouls ever known, united by their hatred for humans.
  • Fantastic Racism: Noted to be a militant group defined by their belief in the superiority of Ghouls, and general disdain for the weakness of humanity.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: The rank and file wear generic masks, while its leaders each has their own unique Cool Mask to conceal their identities.
  • The Social Darwinist: Pacifist and weaker Ghouls find themselves forced into servitude by the organization, which values strength above all else.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Yamori and Ayato serve as this, when they show up at Anteiku and proceed to beat Touka and Kaneki into a bloody pulp.

    The One-Eyed King 

The mysterious leader of Aogiri Tree. Little is known about him, with some even doubting whether he exists.

  • Big Bad: Presumably.
  • Evil Overlord: He seems to be one, ruling over Aogiri Tree with an iron fist while remaining unseen by all but his closest executives. When discussed, the imagined image of him is a skeleton resting on a throne.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His title suggests he may be another Ghoul-hybrid, just like Kaneki.
  • Secret Identity: Eto is actually the One-Eyed King, but pretends to merely be a subordinate. Her human identity is Sen Takatsuki, the horror novelist with many Ghoul fans.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Multiple rumors and legends circle about the King, with little concrete information.

Voiced By: Koji Yusa

The One-Eyed King's right hand man, a ruthless and proud Ghoul. He has little tolerance for weakness, and quickly discards Kaneki as useless. He is almost always with Eto.

  • Arch-Enemy: Houji seems to be one to him, as he flies into a rage the moment he sees someone using a Quinque he associates with the man.
  • Bishounen: He's notably very handsome, especially when compared to the likes of Yamori.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Off-panel, he interrogates Dr. Kanou's assistant about where the doctor is hiding, and later emerges carrying her severed foot. No details are given, but Naki's comments suggest torture as involved in the process of gaining information.
  • Cool Mask: He wears one over the lower half of his face.
  • The Dragon: He is the second-in-command of Aogiri Tree, and is stated to have exceptional fighting strength.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He absolutely towers over the child-like Eto.
  • Man in White: He cuts an eerie figure in his all-white clothing, with his white hair and red mask as the only contrasting element.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His decision to toss aside Kaneki ultimately leads to him becoming one of the strongest Ghouls in the story, with a serious grudge against their organization. Eto even points out that Tatara should have just killed Kaneki, instead of leaving the chance for him to develop into a threat.
  • The Social Darwinist: He apparently has no use for anyone he views as weak, and quickly tosses Kaneki away upon deciding that he isn't strong enough for their purpose.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Hinted at, with Banjou explaining to Kaneki that Tatara and Eto frequently work together as opposed to the other, more independent leaders of Aogiri Tree.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: A handsome and utterly ruthless man with white hair. He shows no patience or sympathy for others, writing Kaneki off very quickly as useless.

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One of the executives of Aogiri Tree, usually seen with Tatara. A child-like Ghoul of unknown gender, Eto is covered in bandages and possesses knowledge of many important secrets.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Due to being covered in bandages, it isn't clear what Eto is. Later revealed to be female, when it turns out that Eto and Sen Takatsuki are the same person.
  • And Show It to You: Tears out several of Banjou's ribs, doing it so quickly that the other Ghoul only realizes he's been wounded when shown the bones.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Kaneki suspected that Aogiri's leader was Yoshimura's child. Actually it was more complicated than that. While Eto is revealed to be his daughter and she is a member of Aogiri Tree, she comes to her father's rescue and seems absolutely delighted to see him. However, it seems that she intends to use him for the second stage of Dr. Kanou's experiments in creating artificial One-Eyed Ghouls like her.
  • Badass: Able to tear through multiple powerful opponents with ease, and holds one of the highest ranks among the Darwinian organization Aogiri Tree.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's an accomplished author, but also the deadliest Ghoul on record.
  • Bandage Mummy: An utterly terrifying example, that only makes Eto look creepy.
  • Break Them by Talking: Manages to deeply unsettle the twins by hinting about their Dark and Troubled Past, suggesting some level of personal knowledge about what happened.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She is the One-Eyed Owl, the half-human child of Yoshimura being sought by multiple organizations.
  • Compressed Hair: The combination of hood and bandages probably help, but still she's got quite a lot of hair to neatly hide under them. When we first meet her as Takatsuki, her hair is a back-length bushy mess.
  • Creepy Child: Seemingly, as Eto has a small and child-like build.
  • Flash Step: Possesses speed sufficient to almost appear to be teleporting, using this to great advantage.
  • Foreshadowing: Subtle, but definitely there.
    • The flashback of the original encounter with the One-Eyed Owl, as shown in chapter 124, reveals the Owl is a small figure in a knee-length hooded cloak with wrappings around their feet. In other words, very much like what Eto wears.
    • Her right eye is the only one ever given any detail, hinting that she's another One-Eyed Ghoul. When her face is finally shown, her left eye remains normal.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tatara and Noro both absolutely tower over the child-like Eto.
  • In the Hood: Wears a bright purple, knee-length cloak with a hood.
  • Killer Rabbit: The tiny child-like Ghoul wearing a pink floral scarf seems like the least dangerous member of Aogiri Tree, right up until bones are being torn out before their owners realize it and Eto is dancing circles around the Twins without even trying.
  • Red Baron: The One-Eyed Owl / The One-Eyed King.
  • The Reveal: She is the One-Eyed Owl, as well as author Sen Takatsuki.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: It's pink and floral.
  • Super Speed: Displays speed far beyond any other Ghoul, easily out-maneuvering the twin sisters and taking down Banjou before he'd even realized Eto was there.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Hinted at, with Banjou suggesting that Tatara and Eto operate together most of the time.
  • Voice of the Legion: There's something distinctly off about Eto's voice, giving it an inhuman quality.
  • We Have Reserves: Subverted. Though their plan required half their forces to act as decoys, afterwards Eto asks how many of their comrades ended up falling in battle and seems displeased at their deaths.


The other direct subordinate of Aogiri's Leader, a massive man that never speaks. He displays regenerative abilities far beyond the norm for a Ghoul, and is noted for his enormous appetite.

  • Badass: He's one of the top members of Aogiri for a reason, able to fight Yomo, Uta, and Tsukiyama at the same time.
  • Big Eater: It's noted that he eats an absurd amount of food, compared to other Ghouls.
  • The Brute: His defining trait is his brutality and strength, acting as the other primary agent of the One-Eyed King.
  • Combat Tentacles: His kagune are a pair of tentacles ending in hideous smiling mouths, used to tear his victims to pieces.
  • Cool Mask: A seemingly-eyeless mask with a giant smile as its main feature.
  • Evil Redhead: This ruthless Ghoul has extremely dark red hair, looking almost black in most light.
  • Eyeless Face: His mask gives this appearance, with no obvious place for him to see out.
  • Fed to the Beast: Tatara casually feeds Takizawa to Noro.
  • Healing Factor: Far beyond the norm seen by other Ghouls, allowing him to simply pull himself back together when Yomo decapitates him with a kick.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: There's definitely something strange about Noro, something Yomo immediately comments on when they cross paths. He's noted for his abnormal appetite even by Ghoul standards, as well as displaying regeneration far beyond what should be possible for a Ghoul.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: A main feature of his mask. His kagune end in similarly gruesome smiles.
  • Red Right Hand: Black fingernails, a trait some Ghouls seem to develop.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: The battle with Tsukiyama, Yomo, and Uta is interrupted by a mysterious clock Noro is carrying, which has just gone off. Noro immediately wanders off, carrying a wounded-Ayato with him. Tsukiyama jokes that maybe he has a curfew.
  • The Voiceless: As an executive of Aogiri, presumably he can speak. But he's never said anything on panel, adding to his intimidating presence.

    Yakumo "Yamori" Oomori 
Voiced by: Rintarō Nishi

One of the executives of Aogiri Tree, famed as "Jason of the 13th Ward". He is a brutal sadist that enjoys torturing other ghouls for his personal amusement. After encountering Kaneki, he becomes obsessed with obtaining the half-Ghoul as his personal "toy", manipulates events in order to capture him.

He appears in the Spin-Off prequel, Tokyo Ghoul: Jack as an associate of the infamous Lantern.

  • Ambiguously Gay: After his death, more than one former associate has made comments suggesting he had questionable relationships with them.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He always wears a three-piece suit, with the jacket and slacks white for bonus points. He removes the jacket, pins up the sleeves, and wears an apron when indulging in his....hobby.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Inverted. He's fairly ugly, and is one of the most vicious characters in the series.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: It isn't clear what his personality was like prior, but after his imprisonment and torture he emerged a brutal sadist. He describes the moment the torture drove him insane, and how he took on his tormentor's personality to survive. After Kaneki is tortured by him and escapes, he begins to take on Yamori's Character Tic and personality traits.
  • The Berserker: One he activates his Kakuja form, he completely loses what little control he had left, shouting Kaneki's name over and over again while recklessly attacking him.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: One of the most vicious characters in the series, with white-blond hair. If his appearance in Tokyo Ghoul Jack is any indication, he started bleaching it at some point.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: His kagune has been enhanced through his eating other Ghouls, giving him an armored shell.
  • Character Tic: He cracks his fingers, a tic he picked up from his tormentor.
  • Cool Big Bro: Naki views him this way, though it's debatable how much of one he actually was.
  • Cool Mask: A hockey mask, which earned him his nickname.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He was on both sides of this, having lashed out at his tormentor upon breaking free and likewise, was on the receiving end when Kaneki broke free from his restraints.
  • The Dragon: In Jack, he acts as Lantern's subordinate in the plan to kill Arima and Taishi.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: One of the bonus comics features him reminiscing sadly about his mother, in another nod to his namesake. After Kaneki critically wounds him and leaves him to die, he repeatedly cries out for his mother.
  • Exact Words: He reassures Kaneki that he never tells "boring lies". When Kaneki later calls him on lying, he invokes this trope by pointing out he's having too much fun for it to be a boring lie.
  • Expy: An in-universe example. His name came from Investigators being reminded of a certain Hockey mask-wearing murderer related to the number 13...
  • Foil: To Juuzou. Both are associated with the number 13, and both became sadistic monsters as a result of extensive abuse suffered at the hands of the opposite species. When the two meet, Juuzou kills him and has him used as the material to make his Quinque, which he promptly names "Jason".
  • Freudian Excuse: He was taken to a Ghoul Detention Center sometime in the past, and handed over to an interrogator in hopes of getting information from him. His interrogator was sadistic and completely out of control, subjecting him to torture that finally drove him insane. He emerged from his captivity having taken on his tormentor's personality, and became the brutal killer known as "Jason".
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: He enjoys torturing and even eating other Ghouls.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Boku", typically used by young males. It's kind of jarring.
  • Jerkass: He fully embraces the worst of his nature, being cruel and sometimes even downright petty because he has the strength to do what he wants.
  • Karmic Death: The torturer that enjoyed preying on others ends up beaten within an inch of his life by his victim, and left so that he ends up getting "played with" by a Psychopathic Manchild.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Nico appears to have functioned as this to some extent, serving as both a willing target and a voice of reason to bring Yamori back down when he threatened to go too far.
  • Man in White: Our first glimpses of him in the anime involve focuses on his fancy, white suit.
  • Pet the Dog: In one of the bonuses, he pretends to have forgotten Naki's birthday, before surprising him with a new tie.
  • Red Baron: "Jason of the 13th Ward."
  • Sadist: As Kaneki soon learns.
  • Sadistic Choice: He orders Kaneki to choose between a mother and a child, stating he will kill one of them. When Kaneki refuses to do so, he simply kills them both out of anger.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Jack, when he realizes things aren't going their way, he abandons Lantern and runs away.
  • Shout-Out: Invoked in-series. His alias comes from his sadistic nature and choice to wear a hockey mask.
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: He's from the 13th Ward, and was driven insane.
  • Threshold Guardians: He serves this role in the series, as Kaneki is only able to free himself and defeat Yamori after choosing to fully embrace his Ghoul side.
  • Throw 'Em to the Wolves: What Kaneki ultimately does to him, leaving him crippled and unable to defend himself when CCG finally finds him.
  • Torture Cellar: His "playroom", where he indulges in his hobby.
  • Torture Technician: He is delighted to torture Kaneki.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He suffers one during his battle with Kaneki.

    Ayato Kirishima 
Voiced By: Yuuki Kaji

An executive of Aogiri Tree, and Touka's younger brother. He is a harsh and brutal, but Kaneki suspects he harbors a lingering affection for his older sister.

  • Badass: He can quite literally tear his way through most Investigators, and Kaneki theorizes that Ayato is actually stronger than Yamori was.
  • Bad Boss: He greets his subordinate, Banjou, by asking whether he needs to beat him until he vomits blood again.
  • Bishounen: He's quite good looking, and pretty enough that Banjou initially mistakes Touka for him when they first meet.
  • Cain and Abel: Seemingly the Cain to Touka's Abel. Kaneki isn't so sure, though.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Kaneki systematically breaks 103 of his bones, one by one while calmly listing them.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: After being orphaned, the neighbor they thought of as their "Aunt" came to check on them.....and promptly turned them in to CCG investigators waiting outside. He repeatedly warns Touka that humans cannot be trusted.
  • Disappeared Dad: He has....serious issues concerning his late father, and ends up transferring a lot of this anger onto Kaneki.
  • Enigmatic Minion: It's implied he may have ulterior motives for joining Aogiri Tree, and Kaneki suspects it involves his sister.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Kaneki confronts him over his repeated sparing of Touka, and taking her down to prevent Yamori from going after her. He suspects Ayato still loves his sister very much, something he tries to deny.
  • Fragile Speedster: As a Ukaku user, he's incredibly fast but lacks strength or stamina.
  • Freudian Excuse: His father's death and subsequent betrayal by neighbors cemented his hatred of humans. His hatred towards Kaneki is a projection of his resentment towards his late father.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He wears a black leather jacket and boots, and later favorites a leather trenchcoat.
  • Jerkass: He treats anyone he views as useless or weak harshly, and piles considerable abuse on Kaneki.
  • Red Baron: Black Rabbit.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: A purple one.
  • The Social Darwinist: He despises weak people, and views them as useless.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As a child, he was a distrustful but sweet boy that loved his older sister very much. The two nursed an injured bird back to health, and risked going back after being exposed in order to free their pet.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair
  • Young and in Charge: He's only a teenager, but is one of the top leaders with numerous subordinates that answer to him.

    The Bin Brothers 

A pair of siblings that are executives of Aogiri Tree, always acting in unison. They are strong believers in the supremacist beliefs of the organization, and deeply loyal to the One-Eyed King. They were slain in battle by Amon during the raid on the 11th Ward.

  • Attack Pattern Alpha: The brothers fought in unison, using different attack patterns assigned numbers.
  • Badass: Powerful enough to be S-ranked, and among the top leaders of Aogiri Tree.
  • Badass Longrobe: They wear flowing robes that conceal their forms.
  • Chekov's Gun: Their kagune are combined with the remaining pieces of Amon's first Quinque to make a new Chimera-type Quinque. This lance is specially designed to take down Kaneki, and inflicts a horrific injury that even his regenerative abilities cannot handle.
  • Combination Attack: Famous for fighting together, making them exceptionally difficult to take on alone.
  • Creepy Twins: Possibly. It isn't clear if they're actually twins, but they behave as such.
  • The Dividual: They look and act as a single unit, with only their masks showing a sign of individuality.
  • The Faceless: Their masks are never removed, leaving their appearances a mystery.
  • Flipping the Bird: When Kaneki gets one of the brothers down and orders him to surrender, he responds with this gesture.....right before his brother ambushes Kaneki from above.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When challenged by Yamori, they have the sense to back down and let him have his way. They're not happy about it, considering his actions dangerously close to defiance.
  • No Name Given: Their personal names are never revealed.
  • Red Baron: "The Tail Brothers".
  • Red Right Hand: At least one of the brothers has black fingernails, an unusual trait some Ghouls possess.
  • Sibling Team: It isn't clear if they're twins or simply an older and younger brother. But they are a lethal team, either way.
  • Spin Attack: Several of their moves involve doing so, partially to build up force and partially to confuse their targets.
  • Tail Slap: Their primary method of attack, being Bikaku types.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the One-Eyed King. They are noted among the leaders of Aogiri for their exceptional devotion to the cause.


A member of Aogiri Tree, originally held prisoner in the Ghoul Prison. He is Yamori's right-hand man, and imitates his "Big Bro" in every way possible. He shows extreme signs of emotional instability, and isn't particularly bright.

  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears one to imitate Yamori's look, and complains when extending his Kagune damages his clothing.
  • Benevolent Boss: He's willing to risk his own life to protect his lackeys, something that even impresses Tsukiyama.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's overly emotional and childishly stupid, but still an S-Rated Ghoul able to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Tsukiyama and Akira Mado.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: He wraps his kagune around his arm to wield it like a sword, the same technique used by Tsukiyama.
  • Character Tic: He cracks his fingers, just like his beloved "Big Bro".
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Some of the things he says or does make little sense.
    Naki: ELBOW! (knees Amon in the face)
  • The Ditz: He's prone to mishearing words, and behaves in a childish fashion.
  • Enemy Mine: Teams up with Tsukiyama when their duel is interrupted by the arrival of Amon and Akira.
  • Evil Counterpart: An eviler counterpart to Tsukiyama, being a powerful Ghoul that wields his kagune like a sword and has an unhealthy obsession with another Ghoul. The two duel on more than one occasion, and express a mutual respect for each other.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow/Guyliner: He wears heavy black liner around his eyes.
  • Faceless Goons: He's accompanied by a pair of burly lackeys in matching suits, wearing hockey-styled masks. According to him, they're twin brothers.
  • Heroic Resolve: Inversion. When Akira uses a prototype anti-RC grenade that disables Kagunes, he throws himself between her and his twin mooks. He follows this up by kicking her to the ground, tearing a chunk out of her leg, and then attempts to physically rip his kagune out of his back so he can fight.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: He admired Yamori's brutality, and dreamed of one day being tortured by his "Big Bro".
  • Laughably Evil: He's quickly established as a comedic character, but still very much a threat in his own right.
  • Man in White: He models his style after Yamori, favoring white suits.
  • Number Two: Yamori's second-in-command prior to being imprisoned, and claims to have handled cash for their operation.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He states he's "destined" to torture Kaneki to death, in revenge for killing Yamori.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He veers wildly between ruthless, brutal behavior and child-like whining and crying.
  • Taking the Bullet: Throws himself in between Akira and his goons, getting seriously wounded in the process.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He thinks Tsukiyama is a great guy, placing trust in him moments after they'd just been trying to kill each other.
  • Villainous Valor: Even if he's emotionally unstable and pretty dumb, he genuinely cares about his comrades and puts their safety above his own. Tsukiyama is duly impressed.
  • Worthy Opponent: He considers Tsukiyama to be this, and describes him as a "great guy".


The former leader of the 6th ward, before Rize defeated him. He is an incredibly skilled martial artist, and decides to throw his lot in with Aogiri Tree.

  • Badass: A powerful Ghoul that also happens to be an insanely skilled martial arts master. He is one of the strongest Ghouls to appear in the story to date.
  • Barbarian Longhair: His hair is left loose and wild, adding to his savage appearance.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He's never seen wearing shoes.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: He sports Fu Manchu-style facial hair, and is an absolutely terrifying opponent.
  • Hot-Blooded: He seems to always be yelled and posing dramatically.
  • Kiai: His fighting style employs the stereotypical martial arts shouting.
  • The Leader: He was apparently an exceptional leader while in control of the 6th Ward, and even in his absence his subordinates seem to be well-suited to keeping the Ward stable. Kaneki notes Shachi made wise choices in putting together a balanced trio to work for him.
  • My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: He challenges Kaneki to become stronger, noting he cannot hope to take on Aogiri with his current strength.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Shachi, or "Orca", is merely his nickname. His given name is actually Matasaka Kamishiro, suggesting some sort of connection with Rize.
  • Rapunzel Hair: His hair is fairly long, and this gets parodied when an Omake casts him as the titular long-haired Princess.
  • Rated M for Manly: His appearance and behavior invokes the heroes of series such as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Fist of the North Star.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He rarely, if ever, wears a shirt.
  • Worthy Opponent: He seems interested in Kaneki developing into a stronger opponent, so that he can fight him.

The Pierrot

A gang of Ghouls originating from the 13th Ward, and noted for their iconic Clown-themed masks. Their members have connections to various other groups within the Ghouls world, and they have a hand in the mysterious events going on behind the scenes.

  • Chekhov's Gun: Mentioned throughout the series, with their members appearing among the various factions of Ghouls. They were the reason Yamori was imprisoned and interrogated for information, Nico is the one to provide Kaneki with clues about the connection between Madam A and Dr. Kanou, and Souta dropped the steel bars on Rize. Uta and Itori also played their parts in stringing Kaneki along for their own purpose.
  • It Amused Me: They seem to do things solely for their own amusement, declaring that life isn't worth living if it isn't entertaining.
  • Monster Clown: Their primary identifying trait is the use of Clown-themed masks, and they appear to be a particularly dangerous group.


Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai

A laid back man with numerous tattoos who makes mask for other ghouls. He was once the leader of the 4th Ward, but has since settled into a quiet life running his shop.

  • Badass: When he was younger, he was the leader of the 4th Ward and created considerable chaos during his battles with Yomo.
    • Retired Badass: He chose to step back from leadership, settling down to run a studio and make masks for other Ghouls.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: His kind and friendly demeanor hides the fact he has been playing Kaneki the entire time, as a member of Pierrot.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Noteworthy among Ghouls, since he never bothers to hide them.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Subverted. While he had light-colored hair in his youth and described himself as far more violent, he still showed glimpses of his true kindness and was the one to extend the hand of friendship to Renji. Only not so much.
  • Cool Mask: He's the one Ghouls go to for their masks, and he has a massive collection displayed in his studio.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In a flashback, Uta is seen munching on something while talking to his subordinates. Only on very close examination does one realize exactly what it is.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He has tattoos all over his body, piercings, and never bothers to hide his Game Face. Even so, he's very laid back and mild-mannered. Except that he's not nearly as kind as he seems.
  • Eyescream: Casually eats an eyeball in front of Kaneki.
  • Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: Looks aside, he's easy-going and really a nice guy. Or so it seemed...
  • Mad Artist: He has the look and odd tendencies of one, but is surprisingly laid back compared to his youth.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Apparently the leader of Pierrot, he's been manipulating Kaneki all along for his own amusement.
  • Red Baron: "No Face", the title he held while the leader of the 4th Ward.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Covered in them, hinting at his violent past as well as his artistic nature.
  • íThree Amigos!: With Yomo and Itori.


Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki

A playful woman that runs a bar in the 14th District. She is old friends with Yomo and Uta, and has an extensive information network.

  • A Glass of Chianti: The Vampire variant of the trope, with blood served like wine.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's part of Pierrot, and laughs over the misfortune that seems to have befallen Kaneki.
  • Cool Mask: A clown mask, revealing her to be one of the members of Pierrot.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's quite loud, outspoken, and loves to mess with people. Her vibrant red hair matches her personality perfectly.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She gives off this impression, even though Ghouls can't drink alcohol.
  • Honey Trap: Uta used her as such when they were younger. She did not appreciate it.
  • I Do Not Drink Wine: Instead, she drinks blood as though it were wine. Kaneki is suitably unnerved.
  • Knowledge Broker: She teases Kaneki with several pieces of information, but wants him to find out about the rumored Ghoul Restaurant in exchange. Her bar seems to be an important place to trade in information, regardless of faction.
  • Marshmallow Hell: The first time they meet, she shoves Kaneki's face against her breasts.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Beautiful and often wearing revealing clothing, in her youth she actively used her looks to her advantage.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: For all her playful teasing and loud personality, she is a major broker of information for the Ghoul community. You've got to be incredibly shrewd to navigate the various factions and gangs, and owning a business as a Ghoul can be incredibly dangerous.
  • Shout-Out: Her bar is called Helter Skelter.
  • Tarot Motifs: VI. The Lovers, seen in blood droplets on her chest in the final chapter.
  • The Tease: She absolutely loves to make Kaneki flustered, and rarely seems to behave seriously.
  • íThree Amigos!: With Yomo and Uta.


Voiced By: Kenjiro Tsuda
An associate of Yamori, and noted for being flamboyant. While he allies with Aogiri initially, he is actually a member of the clown-themed gang, Pierrot.

  • Agent Peacock: He's a powerful Ghoul in his own right, earning a place in both a major Ghoul gang and Aogiri.
  • Bondage Is Bad: His interactions with Yamori have a district S&M tone to them, and it's presented as part of the overall twisted picture.
  • Camp Gay: Flamboyant to the extreme, and shamelessly so.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He flirts with every man in sight, but doesn't actually try anything further. He also shows compassion towards the most innocent of Yamori's victims.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Incredibly flamboyant, and into very twisted things. He describes an exposed spinal cord as "beautiful", and enjoys ruining people's lives for fun.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He usually allows Yamori to have his "hobby" without issue, but when Kaneki is told to choose whether a mother or her child will be killed, Nico attempts to stop it.
  • Gayngster: A member of both Pierrot and briefly, Aogiri.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: He definitely has a taste for deranged men, noting that his favorites are Yamori and Tatara — both ruthless and sadistic.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Yamori, acting as a voice of reason when the other got too worked up.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: His ideal man is a deranged sadist that regularly punches holes in his torso and keeps a Torture Cellar.
  • Pet the Dog: He attempts to talk Yamori out of killing two prisoners, and expresses sorrow over their deaths afterwards.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the raid begins on Aogiri's hideout, he abandons it without a second thought. It seems he was only hanging around because of Yamori, but once his "love nest" is ruined he loses interest.
  • Smells Sexy: Subverted for laughs. In an omake, he cradles Yamori's mask to his chest. The next panel has Yamori sniffing his mask and wondering if he needs to replace it because it smells gross.
  • Super Senses: His senses of smell and hearing are vastly superior to the average Ghoul, allowing him to lead Yamori to Anteiku (and Kaneki, the "one who smells like Rize") and to overhear the plans of Banjou's group.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Having a hole punched in his side by Yamori seems to be flirting, with him responding that they should save the rest for home.
  • Transvestite: Very fond of fashion, as well as makeup. He even refers to himself as "Big Sis".
  • Villainous Harlequin: A member of Pierrot, a gang of Ghouls that wear clown-themed masks.


Voiced By: Ōki Sugiyama

A Ghoul in a clown mask, originally encountered as a member of the Ghoul Restaurant. However, as a member of Pierrot he has been acting behind the scenes.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced early on as a member of the Ghoul Restaurant, in truth he is the one that attacked Rize at the construction site.
  • Cool Mask: A clown mask with stitching on it, giving the impression of facial scars.
  • Monster Clown: He wears a clown mask, and takes part in some truly horrible past times even before his full involvement is revealed.
  • Nasty Party: He lured a human woman to the Ghoul Restaurant with promises of marriage and a fancy evening out on the town. Then he throws her to the Scrapper and laughs while she's roasted alive.
  • Slasher Smile: His mask sports one, and for bonus the stylized teeth look like needles.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He was the one responsible for Rize's accident and Kaneki's getting the transplant that turned him into a One-Eyed Ghoul.

Roma Hoito

A young Ghoul that becomes a waitress at Anteiku, fascinated by the stories of Kaneki. She comes across as a cute and shy girl, treated like a little sister by others.

  • The Cutie: She is innocent and rather shy, and wants to meet Kaneki after hearing stories about him.
    • The Fake Cutie: Except she's actually part of the Clown gang, suggesting everything we've seen of her was a lie.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She's noted as being prone to making mistakes at work, such as serving Ghoul customers sugar in their coffee or breaking plates.
  • Cute and Psycho: Implied. While discussing Kaneki's alleged death, she dreamily declares that she wants more terrible things to happen.
    "I want to see a more depressing scene!"
  • Hair Antennae: She has two short pieces that stick straight up, indicating her foolish and clumsy nature.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a barrette to pin back her bangs.
  • Hero-Worshipper: She appears to be a big Kaneki fangirl, coming to the 20th Ward and getting a job at Anteiku in hopes of meeting him.
  • The Mole: She seems to have been this, with the revelation that she's actually part of Pierrot and not just a random girl wanting to meet her hero.
  • Sixth Ranger: She joins the staff at Anteiku long after everyone else, and doesn't quite fit into the dynamics already established among the others.
  • Villainous Crush: Possibly. Souta teases her about having a thing for Kaneki, which she doesn't deny.



    In General 
The Ghoul Countermeasures Bureau (Commission of Counter Ghoul) is a government agency that investigates and hunts Ghouls. Their members are divided into office and research staff, and field agents known as Investigators.

  • Badass Normal: Investigators are ordinary humans, but take on and frequently kill dangerous Ghouls using Quinques. These specialized weapons are developed from the unique predatory organ found in Ghouls.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Children orphaned in Ghoul attacks are typically placed into CCG's academy, and trained to become future Investigators. As a result, almost all Investigators have lost a loved one to Ghouls at some point in their life.
  • The Dreaded: The local Ghoul population gets very nervous whenever news of Investigators becoming active in their Ward, with some outright fleeing the area.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Several Investigators shown have become just as brutal and merciless as the Ghouls they hunt, whether torturing their targets or being willing to disregard the safety of human civilians caught in the crossfire.
  • The Hunter: The Investigators are a mixture of this and Police Officers, enforcing the law by hunting Ghouls.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The audience is introduced to quite a few Investigators over the course of the series, most of which are fairly minor.
  • Red Baron: A group-wide example. Ghouls refer to the Investigators as "Doves", in reference to the organization's seal.
  • Tarot Motifs: V. The Hierophant.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Quite a few Investigators will show no mercy to a peaceful Ghoul, viewing them all as monsters.

    Kotaro Amon 

A CCG rank 1 Investigator, and the secondary protagonist of the series. He was raised by a Ghoul pretending to be a Priest, and becomes curious about Kaneki after being spared by him in battle.

  • The Ace: He's a less extreme version than Arima or Suzuya. But he made Special class at the young age of 27. Many don't even get to that level.
  • An Arm and a Leg: His third fight with Kaneki ends with him losing his right arm.
  • Archnemesis Dad: It's....complicated to say the least. The priest that raised him is a Ghoul, currently being detained in the 23rd Ward. However, he refers to Kotaro as his "beloved son" and when CCG requires information they send him to speak to his father.
  • The Atoner: He sees himself as this, feeling ashamed for not being able to stop the priest that raised him from eating many of his classmates. He works for the CCG to prevent similar events from occurring.
  • Awesome by Analysis: While previously overshadowed by his partner, Kureo Mado, after the time skip, Amon shows off his detective skills by linking the Binge Eater case with Kaneki and suspecting that Kaneki may be involved in the ghoul world
  • Badass: He is noted for his exceptional strength, and is able to fight Kaneki on equal footing even as the other becomes stronger and stronger.
  • Badass Normal: Like all the other Doves, Amon is human but is able to hold his own against most ghouls.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He gets his own Arata Quinque which gives him the strength and speed of a ghoul.
  • Berserk Button: If any of his allies are hurt, he becomes a berserker.
  • Black and White Morality: He starts out this way, having believed all Ghouls to be monsters. Meeting Kaneki changes his worldview, and leads to him desperately wishing to speak to him again.
  • Broken Pedestal: His foster father, a Priest that turned out to be a brutal Ghoul preying on the orphans in his care. He also initially feels this way about Kaneki after he witnesses Kaneki seemingly eating Shinhara.
    • Rebuilt Pedestal: He regains his respect for Kaneki when Shinohara wakes up and states Kaneki only ate the Arata while restraining himself.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: His foster Dad can easily tell when Amon is lying.
  • Celibate Hero: He seems to have no real interest in romance, rejecting Akira's advances. This is likely due to still not being over Harima's death, and being a workaholic.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He learned this valuable lesson from Mado, understanding that humans can only win against Ghouls by using their wits and whatever dirty tricks are at their disposal.
  • Comically Serious: He is exceptionally serious, especially when Akira teases him.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Orphaned at a young age, which resulted in him being taken in by a Ghoul posing as a priest.
  • Cool Teacher: He tries to be this to Akira, to questionable effect.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Raised by a Ghoul passing himself off as a Priest, using his position to eat the orphans put into his care. For some reason, Dontaro spared him out of all the children, even when he learned his foster father was a Ghoul.
  • Defrosting Ice King: When he first appears, he is very quiet and doesn't seem interested in socializing. But as the series continues, he opens up and is shown to be a very reasonable and nice guy.
  • Determinator: Amon believes in the CCG code to keep fighting even if it costs one every limb they have.
  • Deuteragonist: He is the focal character during chapters about the CCG.
  • Drop the Hammer: Uses a cylinder shaped hammer to smash his opponents. When Kaneki destroys his weapon in a fight, he upgrades to a more versatile club that can detach into blades.
  • Dual Wielding: He can do this with Kura, splitting it into two blades.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When really mad, he's shown with these.
  • Hannibal Has a Point: During his first confrontation with Kaneki, he points out how the world is twisted because of the ghouls. And Kaneki admits, he isn't wrong.
  • Hero Antagonist: He is a model Investigator, showing no mercy to the Ghouls he encounters in battle.
  • Heroic Build: Under that suit is a body built like a ton of bricks. Behold!
  • It's All My Fault: How he feels about Mado's death, blaming himself for not arriving in time to save him.
  • Kill 'em All: He had this attitude toward Ghouls at first.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: Like many Investigators, he deeply admires the legendary Arima.
  • The Lost Lenore: Harima. Her death continues to haunt him, especially when Akira makes a move on him.
  • Manly Tears: Opens up the waterworks after Mado is killed.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: He states that muscular strength and endurance are vital to a human being able to fight a Ghoul, and focuses on keeping his body in peak condition.
  • Never Found the Body: Invoked. The report of his death is questioned, because no one actually saw a body. In a following scene, it is revealed that many of those declared dead are actually missing, with Aogiri Tree preparing to begin new experiments using Investigators.
  • Nice Guy: He is kind to everyone in the CCG. And during his first job, he even hesitated to kill a crazed ghoul when she begged. He also puts more value in saving human lives than killing ghouls.
  • Not So Different: He has quite a bit in common with Kaneki, and his encounter with the Eyepatch Ghoul leaves him questioning what he knows.
  • One Head Taller: With his current partner, Akira. He towers above her.
  • One-Hit Kill: With his large Quinques and muscular frame, this is his usual MO.
  • Rank Up: After the Aogiri arc, he becomes a Special Rank Investigator.
  • The Secret of Long Pork Pies: It's implied his foster father was secretly feeding him the flesh of the other children disguised as a favorite snack.
  • Ship Tease: With his new partner, Akira. She's tried to kiss him more than once, only to be rejected.
  • Super Prototype: He's given an Arata armor for the raid on Anteiku.
  • Sweet Tooth: He loves donuts.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: He is very tall, wears mostly black and has been called handsome before.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He's granted his own Arata armor, as well as a lance that allows him to face Kaneki on equal footing.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He has several. The cross he wears is from the church he grew up in, worn to remind him of what occurred there. Each of the Quinque he uses was passed to him after the death of the original owner.
    • Excluding his final one, which was rebuilt using parts of his original Quinque that Kaneki broke into a Chimera-type with Akira's help, designed specifically to counter The Centipede.
  • True Companions: He sees all of the CCG as this.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Shinohara especially said, his eyes still have the same shine as when he was in the academy.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Kaneki. He has an obsession with being able to talk to Kaneki one on one, in hopes of making sense of an event from his childhood.

    Kureo Mado 
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa

A CCG First-Class Investigator, and partner to Kotaro Amon. He is a ruthless individual obsessed with amassing a large collection of Qunique, and harbors a deep hatred of all Ghouls. However, in stark contrast to his behavior in the field, he is a devoted family man and supportive partner. His death results in the 20th Ward falling under greater scrutiny.

  • Arch-Enemy: The One-Eyed Owl, an infamous Ghoul that slaughtered many investigators and his wife.
  • Awesome by Analysis: A master at tracking ghouls and nearly exposes Kaneki as part ghoul.
  • Backstab Backfire: After Hinami spares his life, he tries to attack her in disgust. This leads Touka to finish him off to save Hinami.
  • Badass Normal: He is a normal human, but his experience and pragmatism allows him to easily go toe to toe with Ghouls.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He prided himself on being one, even carrying multiple weapons.
  • Crusading Widower: His hatred of Ghouls is driven by the death of his wife, leaving him to raise their daughter alone.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Played with. While alive, he seemed like a fairly vile character. However, after his death we learn that he was a devoted father to Akira and several omakes show them to be a surprisingly normal family.
  • Evil Genius: He is fascinated by ghouls and becomes delighted when he meets particularly unique or strong ghouls. He was steadily developing a large collection of unique Quinque from his study of Ghouls.
  • Face of a Thug: Played with. When he's hunting ghouls, he's exactly as much of an insane, sadistic monster as he looks, but when he's off the job, it makes his genuine kindness to his friends, family, and co-workers look a lot more sinister than it actually is.
  • Foil: To Yoshimura. Both are older and wiser mentors to a protagonist, and both men were changed by the death of the woman they loved. Both also have a very significant daughter they are devoted to. While Yoshimura's loss makes him more humane, Mado's loss twists him into a brutal sadist.
  • Freudian Excuse: His cruelty towards Ghouls and obsession with making Quinques was because he was determined to gain the strength necessary to avenge his wife.
  • Gut Feeling: His instincts are very sharp and he can often identify a Ghoul based solely on outward appearances and vague behavior.
  • Hidden Depths: While he tries to eradicate ghouls with great glee, he is devoted to the cause of CCG and his co-workers, and a good husband and father to his family.
  • Hero Antagonist: Despite his sadistic methods, Mado is technically on the right side of the law. As a CCG Investigator, he fights and kills Ghouls for the public safety.
  • Mad Eye: Constantly. It underlines his unstable, sadistic personality, but hides the fact that there's a little more to him than that.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: The more experienced partner to Amon, and killed in action. His death leads to development for Amon, as well as a complex relationship with his daughter Akira.
  • The Obi-Wan: He was a kind and respectful partner to Amon, and left his equipment to him after his death.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He is almost always seen wearing a Psychotic Smirk despite the serious and dangerous nature of his job.
  • Sadist: He derives amusement and pleasure from slaughtering Ghouls, even helpless ones.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Though ugly, it seems he had a very beautiful wife and his daughter looks just like her.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: He wants to kill all Ghouls, including those of the more peaceful kind.
  • Walking Armory: He had MANY Quinques, because he was trying to gather the strength to kill the One-Eyed Owl.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He views all manner of cruelty towards Ghouls as justified, and expresses disgust over them displaying positive traits such as familial love or mercy. His views seem to be normal for most humans.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Correctly guesses that Kaneki isn't human but dismisses his hypothesis when his Rc scanner doesn't work, never stopping to think that hybrids could fool such testing equipment. Justified because hybrids were regarded as myth, since the probability of a hybrid fetus being carried to term is essentially non-existant. Also, Kaneki's case was completely unheard of, and any previous instance of a researcher bringing up this theory were quickly shot down and halted.

    Rei "Juuzou" Suzuya 
Voiced By: Rie Kugimiya

A strange and psychotic Investigator, partnered with Shinohara. He can be prone to acts of violence, against Ghouls and Humans alike. At the same time, he can be whimsical and almost childlike.

  • Abusive Parents: He was raised by a sadistic female Ghoul, and referred to her as his mother. She tortured him until he no longer responded to pain, and trained him as a Scrapper for the Ghoul Restaurant. It is implied she may have also been sexually abusing him, and she castrated him so that he would never become too masculine.
  • The Ace: He became an investigator simply because of his fighting skills. While others had to spends years in a academy, he's one fastest third-class investigators to be promoted besides Arima.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Invoked. While at the Academy, his gender was listed as "Unknown".
  • An Arm and a Leg: He loses his right leg to Yoshimura during the attack on Anteiku. Even so, when the Owl appears and kills Shinohara, he gets back up and keeps trying to fight.
    • Artificial Limbs: The Joker special portrays him as a 1st Rank Investigator, and suggests he'll get a prosthetic at some point in the future.
  • Axe Crazy: Definitely unhinged for the most part.
  • Badass: Amon guesses that Suzuya has at least the strength of a rank 1 Investigator.
  • Badass Normal: Like other ghoul investigators, he has superior fighting abilities. However, he also uses more force than necessary when dealing with humans unlike other investigators.
  • Body Horror: His former "Mama" hung him from hooks in his back, and had his genitals smashed with a hammer to prevent him from maturing. It's probably best that it isn't further elaborated on.
  • Book Dumb: He doesn't know any of the CCG rules.
  • Character Development: His unhinged behavior lessens as the story goes on, with Shinohara helping him to develop into something closer to a normal person. In the Joker side-story, an older Suzuya is shown to be a kind partner to a younger Investigator.
  • Child Prodigy: There's no denying that he's an incredible fighter for someone his age and size, and he's been one since he was very young. This is because he spent his childhood as an elite Scrapper for the Ghoul Restaurant.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: During his battle with the twins Kuro and Shiro, he seems equally excited by hurting them as he is them hurting him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Raised by a Ghoul as a Scrapper, and regularly subjected to torture to make him Feel No Pain. She also castrated him to prevent him from becoming too masculine, hinting that she may in fact have also been sexually abusing him. After the Doves found her, he was rescued and placed into the Academy. There, he became a scapegoat to cover up the crimes of the instructor that once tortured Yamori.
  • Death Wail: He gives a heart breaking one when the real Owl kills Shinohara.
  • Determinator: Despite losing his right leg, he tried to fight Owl till he fainted.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: If you make him even a little angry, he's liable to do something horrible to you as revenge. Something as small as getting detained by a policeman who didn't believe his claims of being a ghoul investigator note  resulted in said policeman getting his eardrum sucked out and crushed for his trouble. This isn't the first nor the last time things likes this have happened.
    • Disproportionate Restitution: He himself never apologizes since he doesn't care at all. The apologies are made by Shinohara on the CCG's behalf, along with monetary restitution. He never faces retribution for his violent actions and behavior. Most likely, this is because his fighting abilities are too good to consider throwing him in jail.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Everyone that met him has had trouble guessing his gender. There's a VERY good reason why. See Dark and Troubled past.
  • Enfant Terrible: Even as a child, he exhibited psychotic tendencies.
  • Feel No Pain: He isn't phased at despite losing his right leg.
  • Foil: To Yamori. Both are associated with the number 13, and both became sadistic monsters as a result of extensive abuse suffered at the hands of the opposite species.
  • Foregone Conclusion / Saved by Canon: Since he's a major character in the one-shot Joker, we know that he survives to become a Rank 1 Investigator.
  • Freudian Excuse: His unhinged behavior is almost certainly a result of the trauma he went through as a child.
  • Groin Attack: A truly horrifying example. He was castrated with a hammer, to prevent him from undergoing normal puberty.
  • Hyper Awareness: On multiple occasions, he displays an unusual ability to pick up on small details.
    • While visiting Anteiku with Shinohara, he startles Touka by commenting that she'd thrown up recently.
    • In the Joker one-shot, he's able to identify the leader of the Skulls gang because he'd previously caught a whiff of her perfume at a crime scene.
  • I Call It "Vera": Names his scythe Jason, after the Ghoul used to make it.
  • It's All My Fault: He blames himself for what happened to Shinohara, apologizing to his wife for his failure to protect her husband. She reassures him that it wasn't his fault.
  • Knife Nut: His primary weapon, an assortment of blades called "Scorpion". He was also very fond of knives during his childhood serving as an expert Scrapper in the Ghoul Restaurant.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: When he loses his leg, he barely reacts. He's even surprised when Shinohara begins to cry over his injury, not understanding the reason.
  • No Social Skills: He's utterly lacking in the most basic of social skills, with no concept of how normal humans behave.
  • Older Than He Looks: He's 19, but still looks like a preteen. Justified, since his "Mama" castrated him to prevent puberty.
  • Pet the Dog: His relationship with his partner and parental surrogate, Shinohara, reveals that there is still a good person buried deep beneath his psychotic personality.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: His appearance and strange, child-like behavior are disturbing to say the least. He is noted to be deeply disturbed, prone to bouts of violence and sadism that frighten even other Investigators. Even former classmates are not given much consideration, and he seems to genuinely enjoy the suffering of others when fighting. At the same time, he seems to have little comprehension of social norms or empathy — he doesn't understand the grief of others when a classmate dies, but likewise is unable to understand Shinohara's concern for his well being. He is even suspected of torturing animals during his time at the Academy. In truth, he was innocent of those crimes and his behavior is because of the horrific abuse he suffered as a child. Under Shinohara's care, he begins to stabilize and is genuinely horrified when his partner is killed in action.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: A truly chilling example, as it turns out. The Ghoul that raised him castrated him because she liked to dress him up as a girl and never wanted him to look like a man.
  • Raised by Orcs: He was raised by a female Ghoul, and still thinks fondly of her as his "Mama" even years later. It is the cause of all his disturbing tendencies.
  • Red Baron: CCG's "Jason".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Hinting at his unstable, oft-times violent personality.
  • The Scapegoat: He never really tortured animals at the Academy. Instead, the staff decided to blame him for the actions of an instructor to avoid the potential scandal.
  • Sinister Scythe: His anti-ghoul weapon, which he promptly names after the Ghoul it was made from.
  • Smells Sexy: After passing each other on the street, Kaneki looks surprised and comments on how incredible Juuzou smells. Of course, it's not exactly because he smells sexy, so much as he smells tasty.
  • Sticky Fingers: He's prone to petty theft, stealing Kaneki's wallet in his very first scene and later reveals he's been stealing Quinque knives from headquarters to create a MASSIVE collection of them in his jacket.
  • Tarot Motifs: XIII. Death, though in the final chapters he comes to be associated with XII. The Hanged Man.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He's prone to doing this to Ghouls, as illustrated during the raid on Aogiri's hideout. More than one than one Ghoul is subjected to being stabbed again and again and again, while he tells them to "hang on" and is disappointed when they die too soon.
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: His hairpins form the roman numerals for 13, an early hint that he's a troubled character.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Thanks to Shinoara's influence, he has slowly begun to become a more stable individual. In stark contrast to his early behavior, when he meets Mrs. Shinohara, he expresses sympathy and remorse over his partner's fate.
    • As shown in the oneshot Joker, he's still as crude as before but at least he's genuinely TRYING to be nice now.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: A horrifying version of the trope. His "Mama" trained him to Feel No Pain by doing things like suspending him with fishhooks through the skin on his back and arms. As such, he no longer responds to pain like a normal person.
  • Trickster Mentor: In the Joker one-shot, he messes with his rookie partner to teach him valuable lessons.

    Yukinori Shinohara 
Voiced by: Yutaka Nakano

A former academy instructor for the CCG and a special investigator. He is currently investigating the binge eater.

  • A Father to His Men: He is a kind and caring superior, playfully teasing Amon and later takes Suzuya under his wing as both a partner and a father figure.
  • An Arm and a Leg: The One-Eyed Owl slices off his leg, then slices it into neat little pieces in order to eat it. It mocks him, stating that now he "matches" the similarly-wounded Suzuya.
  • Badass Normal: Much like other members of the CCG. He's a special investigator, meaning he's a top-class combat specialist.
    • Empowered Badass Normal: His Arata quinque grants him the speed and strength of a Ghoul, but it also begins to devour him in the process.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He acts as this to his partners, offering them advice or doing his best to reign in their worst behaviors.
  • Boring, but Practical: He's called this compared to Arima and Mado. While he isn't flashy and hasn't completely mastered his Quinque, he never the less gets results.
  • By-the-Book Cop: He dislikes when people get out of hand, and attempts to prevent Ghouls from suffering unnecessarily cruel deaths.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He mentions liking to drink with his comrades, stating that someday he wants to drink with Juuzou. However, Amon comically recalls an occasion when a drunken Shinohara beat up 20 of his buddies.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The real One-Eyed Owl slices off his leg, and eats it before finishing him off with a stab to the chest.
    • Not Quite Dead: Twice he's seemingly been killed in action, only to turn out to have barely survived. The second time leaves him on life support, with no chance of recovery.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Activating his Arata quinque gives him strength and speed of a ghoul, but in exchange the armor slowly attempts to consume him.
  • The Dreaded: He has earned a reputation among the Ghouls, and is feared by them as a result.
  • Foregone Conclusion / Doomed by Canon: He does not appear in the "Joker" one-shot, a future story focused on Suzuya. As such, it's clear the two are no longer partners and something happened to him. In the final chapter, he is left on life support in the hospital and declared Brain Dead due to the injuries inflicted on him by the One-Eyed Owl.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He blames himself for Suzuya losing his leg, even crying over it. He also has a tendency to make jokes at his own expense, whenever he's injured in the line of duty, such as referring to himself as "Futon Shinohara" while recovering in the hospital.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He survived getting predated by Kaneki. He's lucky his armor protected him, as well as the fact that Kaneki barely held himself back from actually devouring him.
  • Manly Tears: He weeps openly when his partner is injured in combat.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Acted as a surrogate father to Suzuya, and ends up being brutally maimed by the One-Eyed Owl while his partner watched on helplessly.
  • Morality Chain: To Suzuya.
  • Nice Guy: He's very kind and polite. It's due to his influence that Suzuya is slowly reforming.
  • Only Friend: To Suzuya. Shinohara is perhaps the first person to show him genuine kindness, treating him with respect and encouraging him rather than treating him like something to fear.
  • Red Baron: "The Invulnerable Shinohara".
  • Super Prototype: He has a full body armor quinque made from kakujya, which is a new type of quinque that seems to share it's original incarnation's tendency to consume the user's mind.
  • Younger Than He Looks: He looks middle aged, but he's only 33.

    Akira Mado 

The daughter of Kureo Mado, and a Rank 2 Investigator assigned as Amon's second partner. She is highly talented and has keen intuition, but has a tendency to mess with people. While she initially blames Amon for the death of her father, she begins to develop feelings for him.

She returns in Tokyo Ghoul:re as an Investigator First Class, and former partner to Haise Sasaki. The Mado squad has been affiliated with the newly-formed Quinix, placing her in a supervisory role.

  • Action Girl: She's an exceptionally skilled fighter, able to use an infamously difficult anti-ghoul weapon type few can master.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: When confronted over her seemingly cold behavior after Amon is reported dead, she breaks down in tears and admits that she was in love with him.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Even her father says she inherited his intuition.
  • Badass Normal: She's an investigator of great skill, able to take on S-rated Ghouls even though she's a normal human.
  • Beneath the Mask: Although she acts calm, she is still deeply upset over her father's death.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: She got drunk with one glass.
  • Cry Cute: Twice, she's broken down in tears and shown a more gentle side. The first time, while drunk and thinking about her father. The second, when she admits her feelings towards Amon.
  • Daddy's Girl: She loves her father very much, as he raised her on his own after the death of her mother.
  • Death Glare: She's pretty good at giving them. It was played for laughs when she gave one to Amon when she found him collapsed in her hallway drenched in sweat.
  • The Faceless: She has a small cameo in the anime, visiting her father's grave. Her face is partially hidden in this scene.
  • Foil: To Touka. They are both women who are lonely due to their families but mask it with cold indifference. They both deeply respect their fathers and look very similar to their mothers. They both inherited their fathers' defining trait. Akira, her father's intuition. Touka, her father's love for humanity. As well as having ship tease with the leads of their stories Amon and Kaneki respectively. To make the comparison even more apt, Touka's father Arata was killed by Akira's father Mado. And Mado was killed by Touka.
  • Gut Feeling: She is noted for having exceptional intuition, something that her father believed was important for an Investigator. She even predicts that Amon had been seriously injured long before anyone had reported it. Unfortunately, voicing this uneasy feeling results in Takizawa going off to find Amon alone, resulting in his death.
  • Ice Queen: Acts rather coldly to her partner and coworkers, though this may simply because she is still coping with her father's recent death.
    • Defrosting Ice Queen: Based on Takizama's memories, she never talked to anyone in the academy. The fact she's talking that with Amon is pretty shocking.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: One of her early moments revealing a softer side to her is showing her pet cat.
  • Lady of War: She's quite beautiful and graceful, with the skill necessary to wield a compound Quinque and make it look easy.
  • Rank Up: In Tokyo Ghoul:re, she is an Investigator First Class and commands her own team.
  • The Rival: Takizawa considers her to be his rival, and when drunk she starts egging him on over it.
  • The Smart Girl: Using old data, she was able to correctly pin point where Tsukiyama is hiding.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks quite a bit like her mother.
  • She's Got Legs: When she reveals her pants while drunk, it turns out she has very long and shapely legs.
  • Ship Tease: Quite a bit between her and Amon, especially when she gets drunk and he's forced to look after her. While drunk, she attempts to kiss him. Prior to the raid on Anteiku, she tries to kiss him again and is stopped by him. After his apparent death, she breaks down and confesses that she was in love with him.
  • Troll: Nearly everything she has said to Amon is a joke.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She definitely did not inherit her father's looks.
  • Whip It Good: Her anti-ghoul weapon is essentially a tentacle used like a whip, with a blade built into the handle.
  • You Killed My Father: She blames Amon for the death of her father, stating she hates him for this reason.

    Arima Kishou 
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa

A famed Special Class Ghoul Investigator, said to be the strongest of all. He is considered a genius that can master any weapon, and many Investigators look up to him as a role model. Among Ghouls, he is greatly feared and known as the "God of Death" due to being undefeated in battle. He returns in Tokyo Ghoul:re as the mentor of protagonist Haise Sasaki, and supervisor of the Quinix project.

He is the protagonist of the Spin-Off mini-series Tokyo Ghoul:Jack, which focuses on his teenaged years.

  • The Ace: To Ghoul Investigators.
  • Badass: Perhaps the strongest character in the entire series. He is a legendary Investigator, noted to have ended the killing spree of the One-Eyed Owl by dealing a supposedly-fatal blow to the most dangerous Ghoul ever encountered, and survived to tell about it. He has earned his title as "Shinigami" for effortlessly slaughtering Ghouls, and he manages to effortlessly deal Kaneki in his half-Kakuja state a devastating blow.
  • Blade on a Stick: One of his two preferred Quinque is a large, morphing lance.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of Jack, he transfers out of school and prepares to leave, having completed his assignment.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: With Kaneki in chapter 138. Poor guy didn't even know what hit him. Please note that at this point in time, Kaneki has become one of the most powerful Ghouls in the setting.
  • Disease Bleach: Possibly. Something has made his originally black hair go white.
  • The Dreaded: To Ghouls.
  • Flash Step: He moves so fast that Kaneki can't sense him at all.
  • Hero of Another Story: The new manga, Tokyo Ghoul Jack is his origin story and starts when he's in school.
  • Hero Killer: Even the most powerful Ghouls find him a difficult opponent, leaving no choice but to flee. He defeats Kaneki, and it isn't known whether he survived this encounter or not.
  • Instant Expert: He can bring out the full potential of any Quinque.
  • Invincible Hero/Invincible Villain: Depending on which side the story has the audience rooting for at the time. Kaneki and the One-Eyed Owl, two of the strongest Ghouls in the setting, cannot even touch him.
  • Lonely at the Top: Several Investigators discussing what they wrote in their Wills prior to a major combat operation talk about how Arima always hands in a blank paper. One thinks that it means he's confident in his victory, but another states it is because Arima has nothing to write — no one to say goodbye to or affairs to put in order. The next page shows Arima starring sadly at a blank piece of paper.
  • Megane: He wears glasses, adding to his cool and aloof demeanor.
  • The Mentor: He has numerous proteges, among them Koori Ui and Haise Sasaki.
  • Mystical White Hair: His unusual hair color seems to hint at his nigh-superhuman abilities, and frightening reputation. It was originally black, but like Kaneki he went through something that turned it white.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: This is his cover in Tokyo Ghoul: Jack so that he can investigate the school as he searches for the ghoul Lantern. Fura agrees to keep his identity a secret so that Arima can continue attending school and live normally for a while.
  • Red Baron: CCG's Shinigami.
  • Sadist: Described by the author as "massive and sadistic".
  • Shock and Awe: The other of his two Quinque is a gun-like mirror that fires lightning.
  • Tarot Motifs: XI. Justice, X. The Wheel of Fortune.
  • Teen Genius: As a teenager he pursued and killed Ghouls without a Quinque.
  • Wham Line: "You're good... Kaneki Ken.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: His white hair hints at his ruthless nature, showing absolutely no mercy in battle.

    Seidou Takizawa 

A Rank 2 Investigator, assigned to investigate the Gourmet Ghoul alongside Houji. He deeply admires both Amon and Arima, and harbors something of an inferiority complex.

  • Adorkable: He's very young and somewhat awkward, as well as prone to fanboying over his more exceptional peers.
  • Always Second Best: The source of his inferiority complex, as he's always ended up coming in just behind more talented individuals like Akira or Juuzou.
  • Always Someone Better: Akira and Juuzou are always this to him, leaving him with serious feelings of resentment.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Noro bites his arm clean off, and takes part of his torso with it.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He frequently talked about wanting to get out in the field. He finally gets his wish, and ends up being killed by Noro.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: When Tatara grabs him, he's so terrified that he wets himself.
  • Butt Monkey: Due to his inferiority complex, he frequently tries to look cool or assert himself as a senior to people like Juuzou. It always backfires in his face.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: When he has an after-work drink with Amon and Akira, he quickly ends up plastered.
  • Cowardly Lion: Though weeping with fear, he refuses to abandon a wounded-Amon and faces down Tatara, who had just finished slaughtering his squad.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 123, Homefront, focuses on him. He spends time with his family, and struggles to deal with his upcoming participation in a major combat operation.
    • A Death in the Limelight: It may also count as this, since he's listed among the deceased at the conclusion of the operation.
  • Delinquent Hair: He responds with shock and criticism upon seeing that his younger sister has bleached her hair, and her shallow, mocking attitude fits the stereotype of delinquent schoolgirls.
  • Fed to the Beast: Tatara casually tosses him into the air, and simply calls for Noro. Noro's ever-hungry Combat Tentacles do the rest.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He's jealous of people like Akira and Juuzou, that surpass or overshadow him.
  • Hesitant Sacrifice: While putting his affairs in order prior to a major operation, he spends quite a bit of time pondering what to write in his Will. He starts out writing a normal letter, but then ends up writing "I don't want to die" across the entire paper. Later, he sacrifices himself trying to protect a wounded Amon from Tatara, weeping in terror the entire time.
  • Idiot Hair: He has a single lock sticking up straight in the air, hinting at his excitable nature.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass/I Just Want to Be Special: He desperately craves attention and the chance to prove himself.
  • In Vino Veritas: When he gets rip-roaring drunk, he ends up screaming challenges to Akira and answers his phone by calling the person (his partner) names.
  • Kill the Cutie: He's reported among the dead at the conclusion of the attack on Anteiku, having been killed while trying to protect a wounded Amon from Aogiri.
  • Kinda Busy Here: Parodied. While drunk and arguing with an equally-sloshed Akira, he answers his phone by demanding to know what "bastard" is interrupting his "battle against destiny". He's horrified when he realizes it's Houji.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: He's one of the top graduates of the Academy, but absolutely worships truly skilled individuals like Amon and Arima. He even goes on about the clippings he keeps of Arima's cases.
  • Momma's Boy: He spends his day off with his mother, getting badgered at about not having a girlfriend and generally fussed over by her. He originally became an Investigator because of how frightened she was after a Ghoul killed one of their neighbors.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Emotional, immature Takizawa is the Red to Houji's cool, composed Blue.
  • Ship Tease: As he leaves to check on Amon, he berates himself for always having "only seen her from the side" while thinking about Akira.
  • Tarot Motifs: XV. The Devil.
  • Tears of Fear: While working on his Will prior to the operation in the 20th Ward, he ends up huddled in a corner weeping in fear. Later, when facing down Tatara on his own, he's so frightened he begins crying hysterically.
  • Unknown Rival: Downplayed. He maintains a certain level of jealousy towards Akira, the top of their class. But his sense of rivalry doesn't really come out until both end up roaring drunk, at which point he declares it a serious battle.

    Iwao Kuroiwa 
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A Special Class Investigator involved in the Owl Incident ten years prior, and Vice-Commander of the 11th Ward Special Countermeasures Unit. He is an old friend of Shinohara, and the two use the same prototype armor.

  • The Ace: Dealt a fatal wound to the One-Eyed Owl, and established himself as one of CCG's strongest Investigators.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Shinohara calls him "Iwaccho".
  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses his arm below the elbow in the battle with Owl. Others tell him he's lucky it wasn't his dominant hand.
  • Badass: He is noted to have been one of two people that managed to wound the One-Eyed Owl in battle, and survived to tell about it. The other being Arima.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: They are enormous and bushy, adding to his bird-like appearance.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Arata armor is powerful, granting the speed and strength of a Ghoul but it actively attempts to consume the user.
  • Instant Armor: He has a full set of armor as his Quinque, though using it is dangerous for all but the strongest individuals.
  • Super Prototype: He is the other user of the prototype "Arata" armor.

    Itsuki Marude 
Voiced By: Yuji Ueda

A Special Class Investigator, and commander of the 11th Ward Special Countermeasures Unit organized to combat Aogiri Tree. He is highly experienced, but also has an abrasive personality.

  • Badass: If his high rank weren't evidence enough, he proves himself when he finds his men pinned down by gunfire from Ghoul snipers. He berates them, but then grabs the nearest gun and takes out several snipers in a row like it was nothing.
  • Badass Biker: He likes to think he's this, but instead his motorcycle keeps getting stolen by the real deal.
  • Boom, Headshot: Delivers several in a row to Aogiri's snipers, establishing he's more than a big mouth.
  • Jerkass: He's prone to running his mouth, saying unflattering things about Mado after his death or teasing Suzuya about his youthful, androgynous appearance.
  • Running Gag: Suzuya stealing and promptly wrecking his motorcycle while doing something heroic and awesome.
  • Tempting Fate: He gets in Suzuya's face and mocks him, but is saved by Shinohara's intervention. The last person to annoy Suzuya got his ear drum sucked out and crushed for his efforts.
  • We Have Reserves: Averted when Shinohara's team face off against the One-Eyed King. He tells Shinohara to have all troops who can't hold their own against the creature back down lest they needlessly die.

    Kousuke Houji 
Voiced By: Sho Hayami

An Associate Special Class Investigator assigned to the 20th Ward. He is famed for his exploits in China, and works alongside Seidou Takizawa on the Gourmet case.

  • The Ace: His talents are such that he was scouted by the Chinese branch, and spent time working there before returning to Japan. His exploits are quite famous, according to Takizawa.
  • Arch-Enemy: Tatara seems to harbor an especially deep hatred of him.
  • Badass: He is well-known and highly regarded for his strength.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: An incredibly skilled Investigator, and always impeccably dressed even when compared to other CCG employees.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When a drunk Takizawa answers his phone by demanding to know what "bastard" is bothering him, he introduces himself as "Bastard". His smirk as he does this only adds to the scene.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm, unflappable Blue to Takizawa's emotional, immature Red.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Like all Investigators, he wears a suit while working. His hair is always neatly slicked back, and he gives off an air of class.
  • The Stoic: His cool demeanor rarely changes, giving the impression of an unflappable and aloof man.

    Take Hirako 

An Investigator First Class, and former partner to Arima. He is in command of the 21st Ward, and an exceptionally skilled fighter.

He returns in Tokyo Ghoul:re, in command of his own squad operating out of the 1st Ward's home office. His team is at odds with the Quinix.

  • Badass: He seems quite ordinary and unexceptional, but inflicts the worst damage against Irimi while fighting her.
  • BFS: His Quinque is one.
  • By-the-Book Cop: He argues that their regulations call for the protection of human life above all else, including killing a Ghoul.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: He seems like one, even described as being "normal looking with no special characteristics". However, Irimi warns that he is much stronger and far more dangerous than his appearance would suggest.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Defied. When Irimi is wounded in battle Taking the Bullet for a civilian, he protests killing her. While he claims that it's because she might be a valuable informant, in truth he's doing it to save her after recognizing her selfless act.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He rails against Hachikawa when the other man nearly kills a civilian.

    Misato Gori 

A skilled Rank 2 Investigator from the 13th Ward. She comes across as harsh, but in truth has a deep admiration for Amon.

  • The Knights Who Say Squee: She's a highly-skilled Investigator in her own right, but deeply admires Amon to the point of being flustered in his presence.
  • Lady of War: She's very composed and cool in the heat of battle.
  • More Dakka: Her Quinque, the Ukaku-type "Emelio".
  • Never Found the Body: She Invokes the trope, deeply in denial of the reports that Amon has been killed in battle because no one saw a body.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's almost as tall as Amon.
  • Tsundere: She's prone to being harsh in reaction to Amon, primarily due to being flustered around him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She tears into Akira for not seeming sad enough over the reported deaths of Amon and Seidou, only to stop in shock when the other woman begins weeping.

    Koori Ui 

An Associate Special Class Investigator, and one of Arima's proteges. She is the Investigator in charge of the violent 4th Ward, and has a playful personality.

  • The Ace: She's highly-regarded for her skill, and called the "Hope" of the Arima group.
  • Action Girl: She's an exceptionally skilled fighter.
  • Badass: She manages to hold out on her own against the One-Eyed Owl, making her one of the few Investigators to survive facing it directly.
  • Badass Biker: She helps Juuzou pull off another insane motorcycle stunt, and wrecks Maurde's second motorcycle in the process.
  • Blade on a Stick: Taruhi, her Quinque, resembles a spear.
  • Just Following Orders: In the aftermath of the raid on the 20th Ward, she expresses misgivings about the entire situation and how they all simply followed their orders without thinking.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: After all the loss on both sides during the raid on Anteiku, she wonders if anyone could even be considered the victor.

    Mougan Tanakamaru 

A Special Class Investigator, assigned as the captain of Squad 2 during major operations. He is highly emotional and prone to eccentric behavior.

    Chuu Hachikawa 

An Associate Special Class Investigator, assigned as the captain of Squad 3 during major operations. He is a deranged individual with little regard for life, whether ghoul or human.

  • Arch-Enemy: Kaya "Black Dog" Irimi.
  • Ax-Crazy: He enjoys fighting, and doesn't seem to care who might get hurt in the process.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He is a cruel, deranged individual with no concern for human life. Even his subordinates are disturbed by his behavior.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He's missing most of his right cheek, exposing teeth and tendons. He usually hides it behind a tall collar.
  • Kick the Dog: When an elderly woman gets caught in the middle of a fight, the other CCG Investigators back off out of fear of hitting her by mistake. Hachikawa, on the other hand, decides the innocent bystander can just die. Irimi throws herself in the way, Taking the Bullet to protect the old woman.
  • Scars Are Forever: His scars seem to be the result of a past battle with Irimi.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Prone to this, due to his disturbed personality.
  • Shoot the Hostage: He doesn't care who gets hurt in the process of killing Ghouls.


    Hideyoshi "Hide" Nagachika 

He is Kaneki's best friend. Although he comes off as a goof ball, he is incredibly perceptive and intelligent when he wants to be, so much so that some ghouls see him as a threat since he could expose them.

  • Amateur Sleuth: He admits that he enjoyed bugging and tailing anyone he thought was suspicious, in the hopes of solving crimes. When he tails Yamori and discovers the existence of Aogiri, he leaks it anonymously to CCG. Later, he officially joins them as an Intern and gets promoted to an assistant in the Investigation department due to his great intuition.
  • Childhood Friends: Kaneki's best friend since elementary school.
  • Genre Savvy: Nishiki warns Kaneki that Hide is actually more clever than he seems, something that proves to be true. He figures out how to pass through an area with a high concentration of Ghouls by stealing clothing off a dead Ghoul, masking his scent.
  • Guile Hero: What he lacks in physical ability, he more than makes up for in cunning. He's able to elude Ghouls hunting him, as well as manipulate events to gain himself access to the inner-workings of CCG and place himself on the front lines of a major operation as part of Mission Control.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kaneki. He happily accepted Kaneki despite knowing that he's a ghoul.
  • Hyper Awareness: He shows incredible intuition, and follows these hunches to great results. He's exceptional at picking out suspicious people, noting that he always found Nishiki to be an untrustworthy person and his skills are eventually recognized by Marude as exceptional enough to earn him a promotion to Investigator Assistant.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: After Touka threatens to kill Hide should Kaneki ever slip up, the friends slowly begin to see less and less of each other. Kaneki actively shuts Hide out of his life to protect him, leaving him unaware of all the things going on in his best friend's life.
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: After months of Kaneki fretting over Hide learning his secret, Hide tells him he already knew and that it doesn't matter.
  • Mission Control: During the CCG raid of Anteiku, he's assigned to help out at the on-site communications base.
  • Muggle Best Friend: He is Kaneki's best friend, but he worries about what would happen if Hide were to discover his secret.
  • Nice Guy: He's an extremely upbeat and kind fellow, something that gave Kaneki comfort on multiple occasions.
  • Non-Action Guy: He can't fight to save his life.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He intentionally plays up his more goofy behaviors, to throw people off. When discussing with Kaneki his theories about a peacekeeping organization of Ghouls in the 20th Ward, he suddenly switches into cheerfully talking about a book (by a known hack) about Ghouls.
  • Only Friend: Hide reached out to Kaneki upon seeing the other boy always alone, and remains his only friend until Kaneki decides to stay away from him for his own safety.
  • Out of Focus: Kaneki's relationship with Hide is vital at the beginning of the series, shaping much of Kaneki's struggle with his changed nature. However, as Kaneki became more involved in the ghoul world, interactions between the two became scarce and we didn't see Hide for many, many chapters. After the timeskip, he becomes an Intern at CCG and begins working with Amon's team.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: To Kaneki, being the more bright and energetic of the pair.
  • Robbing the Dead: He explains that stealing clothing off a dead Ghoul allowed him to travel through an area with numerous Ghouls without being noticed, since it concealed his human scent.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's the more confident and aggressive guy, in contrast to Kaneki's gentle and submissive personality.
  • Tagalong Kid: He's eventually promoted from an intern to an actual employee, and assigned to work with Amon on his investigations. He's not actually trained to do anything related to CCG's work, but proves to be exceptional at it anyway.
  • Tarot Motifs: I. The Magician.
  • Uncertain Doom: He is officially Missing in Action after the battle in the 20th Ward. He was last seen comforting a wounded and hallucinating Kaneki, leaving the possibility that his best friend ate him.

    Sen Takatsuki 

A famous author, noted to have published her first work as a teenager. She is Kaneki's favorite writer, and has several fans among the Ghouls in the story. In person, she is easy-going and somewhat quirky, but far more insightful than it would seem. For more information, see The Reveal.

  • Adorkable: She's a weirdo, but also very sweet.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She's the author of Kaneki, Rize, Tsukiyama, and Hinami's favorite books. As a result, she's been discussed repeatedly throughout the story and begins playing a role in the plot once she finally appears in person. Turns out, she's actually not only Eto of Aogiri Tree, but the infamous One-Eyed Owl.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: She comes across as very quirky and strange, cheerfully ignoring the rules of her own autograph sessions.
  • Cool Big Sis: She takes an immediate liking to Hinami, and offers her advice.
  • Government Conspiracy: She seems to believe there is one, offering Amon hints that CCG may have a hand in the creation of Ghoul Hybrids like Kaneki.
  • Lampshade Hanging: She wrote a book about MacGuffin. Later, she was revealed to be the One-Eyed Owl, the Living MacGuffin.
  • Living a Double Life/Triple Shifter: When she isn't working on her latest novel or doing publicity events, she's Eto, the real leader of Aogiri Tree. One wonders when she finds the time to get anything done.
  • Meganekko: She frequently wears large-rimmed glasses, adding to her dorky but cute appeal.
  • Messy Hair: She shows up to her official autograph session straight of bed, with a huge mess of hair.
  • Most Writers Are Male: Averted.
  • Mystery Writer Detective: At least in that she managed to dig up some interesting information, offering it to Amon while interviewing him for her new book.
  • Parental Abandonment: Like most of the cast, she lost her parents early on. Or rather, her father was forced to abandon her in the 24th Ward to protect her from the organization known as "V".
  • Pen Name: Sen Takatsuki isn't her real name, but rather the one she uses for her writing.
  • The Reveal: She's the Half-Human Hybrid child of Yoshimura, the One-Eyed Owl. Not only that, but she is also the Aogiri Tree executive, Eto.
    • Foreshadowing: Multiple pieces easily missed the first time. Yoshimura states he has "no son", because of course he has a daughter. As Takatsuki, she shows an unusual insight into the events going on behind the scenes and interest in the RC sensors at CCG headquarters. She also expresses interest in writing a book about a Ghoul after talking to Kaneki, because of course she already knows all about him.
  • The Southpaw: During her book event, she signs with her left hand. This minor detail turns out to be significant, since its actually A Sinister Clue, with the revelation that she's the One-Eyed Owl.
  • The Storyteller: Her novel, The Black Goat's Egg, seems to be a reflection of Kaneki's unfortunate circumstances. After meeting him, she becomes interested in writing a story about a Ghoul.
  • Teen Genius: She published her first book as a teenager, and it went on to be a best-seller. She's published 8 works total, and she's only 24.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Though we've never seen her anything but disheveled, Kaneki states that she's admired by fans for her great beauty.
  • Walking Spoiler: See The Reveal for more information.

    Akihiro Kanou 
Voiced by: Kenji Nomura

The doctor who performed the operation that transformed Kaneki into an One-Eyed Ghoul. While initially he seems innocent, in truth he has his own plan and has strong ties to Aogiri Tree. Though he left them in the past, when located by them he chooses to side with them to continue his research.

  • Above Good and Evil: He views himself this way, at least. He knows his research will be viewed by others as evil, but believes his work transcends normal standards of judgement.
  • Bad Samaritan: During Kaneki's operation, we see that he is dedicated to saving the other's life despite not knowing him. He even breaks hospital policy and operates without notifying Kaneki's family. Later, we see that he treats Kaneki kindly and seems worried about his overall well being. This is because he wanted to use the other to create a one eyed ghoul. He was also involved in the accident that incapacitated Rize so that he could use her organs in his experiments. Since he also considers Kaneki his "ultimate creation", he wanted to check his development and gain his trust.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He presents himself as a kindly doctor when in reality he's running illegal experiments on humans and doesn't even seem to care about how his actions hurt others.
  • Evil Plan: Kaneki's transformation into a ghoul was no accident nor was he the doctor's first or even last attempt to create one eyed ghouls.
  • Light Is Not Good: He wears a white lab coat for the entirety of the series so far.
  • Mad Doctor: He said he gave Kaneki a kidney transplant but in reality he transplanted Rize's kakuhou into him. It seems that he is purposefully turning humans into ghouls.
  • Man in White: He wears a white lab coat in all his appearances since he's a doctor and has a very kindhearted face and demeanor. In contrast, many of the other characters wear dark clothes and scary masks.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He saves Kaneki's life but unintentionally causes Kaneki's body to undergo a physically and mentally taxing transformation that removes any chance of continuing a normal life. As more information is learned about ghouls, the more Kaneki and the audience learn how impossible it is to do this surgery by mistake.
  • We Can Rule Together: He offers Kaneki a chance to become a part of his plans and seems impressed with how far Kaneki has come considering how most of the people he experimented on became nothing more than mindless monsters.
  • Worst Aid: Putting the organs of a victim that was pulverized by steel beams into a patient in critical condition is an extremely high risk procedure and in a normal operation would more likely kill the victim as opposed to save them. Although he already knows Rize is a ghoul and that her regenerative abilities would likely save Kaneki's life, regardless of his reckless procedures.

    Chie Hori 

A young woman obsessed with photography and finding interesting "scoops". She attended the same High School as Tsukiyama, and befriended him after uncovering his secret. Years later, she helps Kaneki's group by obtaining information for them.

She returns in Tokyo Ghoul:re, in a greatly expanded role.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Tsukiyama calls her "Little Mouse", aptly enough.
  • Animal Motifs: Tsukiyama compares her to various rodents in appearance (Hamsters) and behavior (Rats), until he finally settles on her nickname.
  • Ascended Extra: She's a minor character from the side novels, with only a single mention in the original series. However, her role seems to be greatly expanded in the sequel.
  • Birds of a Feather: Her friendship with Tsukiyama seems to be based on both of them being completely nuts, with their own unique worldviews and obsession with the ultimate experience of their chosen interest.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: She doesn't seem to have any consideration for normal morality, but has her own unique ideals and morality.
  • Camera Fiend: She's always taking pictures, whether doing so endangers her life or not.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She was famous at school for being "odd", always climbing trees and taking pictures of random things.
  • Generic Cuteness: She's described as very plain, and utterly uninteresting in appearance.
  • Genre Savvy: Before going to meet with Tsukiyama, she arranges for a blog post revealing his true identity to go public if she fails to return home in time to cancel the post.
  • It Amused Me: As long as it's interesting, she doesn't seem to care about what happens to other people.
  • Muggle Best Friend/Human Pet: To Tsukiyama, who comes to the conclusion that she's a very amusing pet.
  • Nerves of Steel: She is utterly unshaken by Tsukiyama's multiple threatening acts, including holding her out an 8th story window. He's duly impressed.
  • Older Than He Looks: She's described as looking like a 12-year old, but actually around the same age as Tsukiyama.
  • Playful Hacker: Implied. Itori states the list of escaped inmates could only be obtained by hacking CCG's database.
  • Refuge in Audacity: When cornered by a Ghoul she's just photographed, her response is to demand that he buy her a parfait. It works.
  • Secret Keeper: She is aware Tsukiyama is a Ghoul, but decides against exposing him.
  • Sweet Tooth: She frequently strong-arms Tsukiyama into buying her fancy desserts.
  • Tarot Motifs: 0. The Fool.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Stalking and photographing a Ghoul when they can easily spot you? Not the brightest idea.

    Yoriko Kosaka 
Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki

She is Touka's best friend at school.

    Kimi Nishino 
Voiced by: Yurie Kobori

The human girlfriend of Nishiki Nishio. She discovers that he is a Ghoul after he is seriously injured, but accepts him regardless of the risk to both their lives.

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Her love for Nishiki resulted from him unknowingly giving her comfort after she lost her entire family in a plane crash.
  • Berserk Button: Played for Laughs. Nishio insults the gift she gives him, leading her to lose her temper with him.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: She had lost her entire family in an accident just before meeting Nishiki.
  • Damsel in Distress: Kidnapped by Tsukiyama, in order to lure in Kaneki.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The death of her family left her suicidal, and only meeting Nishiki gave her the strength to go on living.
  • Freakiness Shame: She calls Touka's wing-like kagune beautiful, startling the other girl so much she flees rather than carry out her threat to eliminate Kimi to protect their secrets.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Kaneki and Hide walk in on her and Nishiki getting hot and heavy, to her great embarrassment. In the manga, she's topless, while the anime tones things down considerably.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Nishiki.
  • Love Martyr: She's willing to let him eat her, if that would save his life. This is fair in her eyes, since his being there for her when she lost her family is what saved her from her despair.
  • Morality Pet: To Nishiki.
  • Scars Are Forever: She has an ugly scar on her shoulder, from encouraging Nishiki to feed on her to save his own life. It's the only time he's ever hurt her.
  • Secret Keeper: She hides the fact that her boyfriend is a ghoul and also agrees to keep secret the fact that Kaneki is one too.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Kimi mentions the forbidden nature of her relationship with Nishiki means they're both in danger if he's discovered. CCG will kill him, and she'll be sent to prison for the crime of helping a Ghoul.


The human lover of a young Ghoul that would eventually become Yoshimura. She was a reporter investigating a certain organization, and was murdered to protect its secrets.

  • The Faceless: The flashbacks of her never show her entire face, obscuring or omitting her eyes entirely.
  • Flower Motifs: Pansies, which symbolize Remembrance, Forbidden Love, and Fond Memories.
  • Hot Scoop: Though her face is never shown, she was seemingly quite beautiful.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In desperation to save her child, she resorted to cannibalism during her pregnancy.
  • Interspecies Romance: The human lover of a Ghoul, and the mother of the half-breed child that would become the One-Eyed Owl.
  • Intrepid Reporter: She was actually a reporter looking for information on a certain organization, though the couple had no idea the other was involved.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: She was killed as a result of investigating the organization known as "V".
  • The Lost Lenore: To Yoshimura.
  • Missing Mom: To Eto/Takatsuki.
  • Morality Pet: She came this to her lover, a formerly ruthless killer. Long after her death, Yoshimura continues to seek a way for humans and Ghouls to coexist.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Her death led Yoshimura to leave the organization, and forced him to abandon their Half-Human Hybrid child alone in the 24th ward.
  • Posthumous Character: She's been long dead by the time of the series.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Yoshimura. When the truth came out, the organization forced her lover to kill her.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Likely one reason her face is never shown is that her child seems to look quite a bit like her.

Tokyo Ghoul: Jack

Characters appearing in the prequel Spin-Off.

     Tokyo Ghoul:Jack 

Taishi Fura

The protagonist of the side story Tokyo Ghoul: Jack, along with Arima. He is a reckless and wild teenager, and becomes involved in hunting down the Ghoul "Lantern" after it kills his friends. As an adult, he is a Rank 1 Investigator and married his sweetheart from high school.

  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: As a high schooler, he doesn't have any of Arima's fighting abilities or experience so his mode of attack is to take something blunt and bash some ghouls.
  • Action Duo: He survives a ghoul encounter twice and ends up becoming Arima's ghoul hunting partner in high school.
  • Action Survivor: He starts out as an average high school student until he sees his two childhood friends get attacked by a ghoul (one even dies). He gets rescued by Arima and ends up teaming up with him to hunt down ghouls. Despite having much less experience than Arima, he ends up getting better at ghoul hunting and later joins the CCG.
  • Book Dumb: He was not an especially motivated student and had a hard time studying. It was also noted that he skipped class a lot.
  • Delinquent Hair: Tokyo Ghoul: Jack shows his hair as being orange colored but in Tokyo Ghoul we see that his hair is black. It seems he probably had dyed hair as a teen, which goes with his somewhat delinquent personality.
  • Former Teen Rebel: In Jack, he is a hot-blooded delinquent. As an adult, however, he's a straight-laced Investigator.
  • Happily Married: In the present time, he seems to be happily married to Aki and has a family with her.
  • Hero of Another Story: He's a background character in the main series, but the protagonist alongside Arima in the side story, Jack.
  • Hotblooded: It's what got him into trouble with teachers all the time.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When introduced in Tokyo Ghoul: Jack he seems like a lazy student with a bad attitude. He also immediately gets off on the wrong foot with Arima. However, he honestly cares a lot about his childhood friends and can be a good guy when he wants to be.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: His hotblooded nature means that he doesn't always think things through.
  • Odd Friendship: With Arima of all people. They were classmates in high school and ended up bonding over ghoul hunting despite having clashing personalities.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: He was this at first in Tokyo Ghoul: Jack, albeit kind of a slacker and not that great of a student. His normal life gets disrupted once his childhood friends get attacked by a ghoul and he meets Arima.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: He expresses sympathy for Lantern — and all Ghouls, really — because they can never be human, no matter what they do or how hard they struggle.


The primary antagonist, a mysterious Ghoul wearing a Jack-o-Lantern helmet.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Taishi, after killing his friends and wounding Aki.
  • Badass Longcoat: Part of Lantern's disguise while hunting is a large trenchcoat, which helps disguise her age and gender.
  • Big Bad: The primary target being hunted by Arima, and sought by Taishi for revenge.
  • Blood Bath: She reveals that she bathed in human blood to cover up her scent, so other Ghouls would think she was human.
  • Cool Mask: .....not really cool, but there's something creepy about a murderous Ghoul wearing a Jack-o-Lantern as a mask.
  • Decoy Damsel: She tricks another Ghoul into attacking her, all to get close to Arima and Taishi.
  • Genre Savvy: She soaks herself in human blood prior to visiting a Salon she knows is run by a Ghoul, in order to trick his sense of smell. She then uses him to get close to Arima and Fura.
  • Evil Is Petty: She killed Fura's friends because they were too noisy at school, and annoyed her.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Ultimately, she just wanted to be a normal girl attending High School like everyone else.
  • Motive Rant: Gives one to Arima and Taishi.
  • Red Baron: Dubbed "Lantern" by the media, thanks to their Halloween-themed outfit.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Actually an attractive High School girl.
  • Secret Identity: Minami Uruka.

Minami Uruka

Class Representative and classmate to Taishi and Arima. She becomes involved in their investigations after their rescue her from a Ghoul.

  • Amateur Sleuth: She eagerly throws herself into helping Arima and Taishi, and proves exceptional at information gathering.
  • Class Representative: She is their class rep, even though she's a transfer student.
  • Damsel in Distress: She is rescued by Arima and Taishi, after Katou targets her.
  • Hero Worship: She describes Arima as being "like a knight", and expresses interest in him.
  • Love Triangle: Taishi notes that he started coming to school regularly after she transferred in, and clearly has an interest in her. On the other hand, she seems to only have eyes for Arima.
  • New Transfer Student: Taishi recalls when she suddenly transferred to their school.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She is extremely beautiful, and her black hair is the reason Katou targeted her.
  • The Reveal: She is not only a Ghoul, but actually Lantern's true identity.

Aki Sasada

A high school delinquent, and friend of Taishi. She is seriously injured by Lantern, but survives the attack. Eventually, she becomes Taishi's wife.

  • The Atoner: She feels that Lantern's attack is punishment for being a delinquent, and decides to reform.
  • Damsel in Distress: Rescued by Arima and Taishi, when Lantern attacks her.
  • Eye Scream: She loses her eye to Lantern.
  • Happily Married: By the time of the main series, she has become Taishi's wife.
  • Japanese Delinquents: She is a troublemaker, and enjoys riding around on motorcycles with her friends.
  • Love Interest: To Taishi, who she eventually marries.
  • Second Love: Taishi becomes this to her, after her boyfriend is killed by Lantern.
  • Sole Survivor: The only member of Taishi's group to survive being attacked by Lantern.
  • Survivors Guilt: She struggles with feels of guilt, after losing her friends to Lantern.

Katou Sumiharu

A 22-year old Ghoul that owns a hair salon. He is obsessed with his clients' hair, and enjoys targeting beautiful women.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He comes across as very kind and supportive, but in truth he is not only a sadist but utterly creepy.
  • Chatty Hairdresser: In his human persona, he chats amiably with his clients and seems very kind.
  • Crazy Consumption: He eats the clippings of his clients, and clearly enjoys it a little too much.
  • Fetish: He has a rather creepy thing for his clients' hair, secretly eating the clippings while fantasizing about the owners.
  • Fragile Speedster: He is an Ukaku-type, with a focus on speed over endurance or strength.
  • Sadist: He fantasizes about tearing out of the hair of his clients, follicle by follicle and then scalping them.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Minami, who he has been planning to eat for several months.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Minami tricks him into attacking her, so that she can get close to Arima and Taishi.
  • Winged Humanoid: His kagune resembles a pair of wings.

Tokyo Ghoul:re

Characters introduced in the sequel.

    Haise Sasaki 

A 22-year old Rank 1 Ghoul Investigator and protege of Arima Kishou. He is the leader of Quinix, and like his subordinates, is an artificial Ghoul-Human Hybrid. His kind personality causes him difficulty in reigning in his team, and his reputation among his fellow Investigators is poor as a result.

  • The Ace: Akira refers to him as "The Ace of the Mado group".
  • Adorkable: He can be adorably awkward on occasion.
    • When his superior tells him to aim for the sky, he asks for a goodbye hug to conclude his Hurricane of Puns.
    • He makes many cute, awkward expressions whenever lamenting how lame he is acting.
    • He has a poster of bananas in his room, of all things.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Akira mentions that he's "an existence" that other Investigators look down on, tolerated less than the Quinix.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a high-ranked Investigator, and seems to be very fond of books.
  • Black Sheep: He's looked down on by his peers in CCG, to the point of being humiliated in front of a subordinate.
  • Blade on a Stick: His Quinque is essentially a spear, and heavily resembles one used by Arima years ago.
  • By-the-Book Cop: When his subordinates ignore protocol, he attempts to quote Article 13 at them. They immediately brush him off.
  • Continuity Nod: He first met Akira in a graveyard, while she was visiting a grave and discussing her new partner. This is the same way that Akira and Amon once met.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He is a Ghoul-Human Hybrid in the service of CCG.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He definitely feels overwhelmed by his assignment, and difficulty keeping his team in line, something he readily admits to.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Though technically a Ghoul, he is a high-ranked Ghoul Investigator.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Unleashes several on Akira, until she tells him to shut up.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Implied. It's mentioned that he cannot eat human food like his subordinates, suggesting he probably has to live off flesh.
  • Meaningful Name: "Haise" means "Ash" and can also be pronounced as "Grey", the color of his hair. His family name can be translated as "assistant", a nod to his subordinate relationships with Arima and Akira.
  • Multicolored Hair: White with black roots.
  • Nice Guy: He's very kind, which is probably one reason he struggles to control his subordinates.
  • Pro-Human Transhuman: Devoted to protecting humans from Ghouls, using the abilities resulting from his hybrid status.
  • Real Men Can Cook: He enjoys cooking for his team, even though he's unable to enjoy it with them.
  • Sequel Hook: A disjointed "ha i se ..." appeared in final CCG scene in the last chapter of the original Tokyo Ghoul, hinting at his role as CCG's new secret weapon in the sequel.
  • Shrouded in Myth: When he first became an Investigator, there were already rumors about him being "different" from other Investigators. Akira knew of him even before meeting him for the first time. However, since then he's pretty much become the guy his coworkers look down on.
  • Skilled, but Naive: He's a highly-skilled Investigator, but criticized by his peers as extremely naive. Akira even warns him that this will be his downfall.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He wears glasses while reading, and has numerous bookcases in his room.
  • Superior Successor: CCG has assigned him with the task of creating an Investigator that can surpass Arima.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He has many similarities to the previous series' protagonist Ken Kaneki in terms of appearance, personality, and hobbies.
  • Tarot Motifs: VIII. Strength.
  • Team Dad: He's desperately attempting to be this to his team.
    • Team Mom: What he actually is, taking care of his team both professionally and at home.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Averted. He's repeatedly criticized for showing mercy to Ghouls, and accused of having sympathy for them.

    Tooru Mutsuki 

A 19-year old rookie Ghoul Investigator and member of Quinix. He is an Artificial One-Eyed Ghoul, though his health is considered poor. Unlike his teammates, he is reliable and hard-working.

  • Afraid of Blood: He mentions that he has trouble with the sight of blood, even protesting that he doesn't like to eat meat if it's rare.
  • Ambiguously Brown: He's much darker in complexion than any other character.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He wears a medical eyepatch.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: One of the Ghoul-Hybrids employed by CCG.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: He wears an eyepatch because he cannot control his Kakugan.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Though technically a Ghoul, he works for CCG.
  • Ill Boy: He seems to be prone to suffering bouts of anemia, and the weakest member of the team.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Ore", in contrast to his youthful looks.
  • Nice Guy: He's very kind and so normal one wonders how he ended up in the Quinix.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's stated to be the weakest member of the team, with an RC level barely above the human norm. As a result, Sasaki states he isn't suited to the team's purpose of creating a high-level Investigator.
  • Only Sane Man: He seems to be the only member that actually follows orders and does what is expected of him.
  • Pro-Human Transhuman: His hybrid status is entirely for the sake of protecting humanity from Ghouls.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has blue-green hair.

    Kuki Urie 

A 19-year old Rank 2 Ghoul Investigator, and Squad Leader of Quinix. He has a harsh and cold personality, openly criticizing his superior and acting on his own without approval.

  • Ambition Is Evil: Implied. He mentions that he wants to get promoted, and get transferred to the mysterious "S3" squad. This results in him not only pushing the limits of his abilities, but also ignoring orders and treating his teammates poorly.
  • Black Sheep: His squad is considered an "embarrassment" by CCG, and looked down on by other Investigators.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: He wields his kagune like a blade.
  • Facial Markings: Three dots beneath his left eye.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: One of the Ghoul-Hybrids employed by CCG.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: He always wears headphones, and doesn't seem to like working with others.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Though technically a Ghoul, he works for CCG.
  • The Nose Knows: His sense of smell is exceptional, something he comments on.
  • Pro-Human Transhuman: His hybrid status is entirely for the sake of protecting humanity from Ghouls.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Though Squad Leader, he doesn't seem to play well with the others. This nearly results in him coming to blows with Shirazu.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has purple hair.

    Ginshi "Shirazu" Fuchi 

A 19-year old rookie Ghoul Investigator, and member of Quinix. He has a violent personality, and shows little concern for the well-being of others.

  • Badass Biker: Subverted. While it initially seems he's going to arrive at the scene of a battle on a motorcycle, it turns out he's actually on a moped.
  • Beady-Eyed Loser: His tiny pupils add to his unusual appearance.
  • Black Sheep: Considered an "embarrassment" to CCG, due to his squad's unusual nature and failure to produce outstanding results.
  • Friendly Fire: He doesn't seem particularly concerned when his shots graze a comrade, making light of it.
  • Friend to All Children: He seems to be very fond of kids, immediately warming up the moment he meets Chie.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: One of the Ghoul-Hybrids employed by CCG.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Though technically a Ghoul, he works for CCG.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: He threatens to eat Urie, a sign of how unstable he is.
  • The Nicknamer: He gives nicknames to his peers, calling Sasaki "Saasan" and Urie "Uliuli Cookies".
  • Pro-Human Transhuman: He seems more interesting in fighting Ghouls than protecting humans, but even so his hybrid status is used for the sake of humanity.
  • Say It With Stars: When he greets Urie, his speech includes a star symbol.
  • Scary Teeth: He has shark-like teeth, adding to his unsettling appearance.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Urie, to the point they nearly come to blows.

    Saiko Yonebayashi 

A 19-year old rookie Ghoul Investigator, and member of Quinix. She is the only female Ghoul Hybrid, and has a lazy personality.


A mysterious Ghoul, currently being investigated by CCG.

  • Ax-Crazy: He appears to be violently insane, even by Ghoul standards.
  • Cradling Your Kill: He apparently enjoys cuddling with his victims' bodies. While they're headless. And playing with their bleeding stump. Yeah.
  • Lean and Mean: He appears to be quite gaunt, and is a particularly brutal killer.
  • Living MacGuffin: Both the home office of CCG and Orochi are hunting for him, suggesting some importance.
  • A Love to Dismember: Our first glimpse of him is a shadowy figure cradling a headless corpse while moaning about his "lover".
  • Serial Killer: His feeding patterns mimic the behaviors of one, dismembering and dumping remains in a different location later.
  • Shout-Out: He may be one to the famous (and unsolved) Cleveland Torso Murders.
  • Tarot Motifs: III. The Empress.


A mysterious S-rated Ghoul being investigated by Hirako's squad. He has become a major player known for hunting other Ghouls, and is currently pursuing Torso.

     Minor characters 


A young and eccentric Ghoul with a connection to Tsukiyama.

Itou Kuramoto

A Rank 1 Investigator, and member of Hirako's team.

  • Ascended Extra: He appears as an unnamed extra in the original series, and now plays a much more significant role as one of Sasaki's coworkers.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Giving the impression of someone untrustworthy.
  • False Friend: There's definitely something suspicious about him suddenly befriending Sasaki and offering information to him, considering his previously established opinion about the Quinix.
  • Fantastic Racism: Played with. He chides his teammates and reminds them to be polite because the Quinix are their coworkers. But he follows this up by calling them "scary" and complaining that he doesn't understand what their superiors are thinking employing them.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: Like many other Investigators, he greatly admires Arima and mistakes his blank Will as a sign that Arima is supremely confident.

Dr. Shiba

The physician in charge of monitoring and caring for the Quinix. He gives off a kind and fatherly air when dealing with his patients.


An Investigator operating out of the 1st Ward, and assigned the "Torso" case. He does not bother to hide his disdain towards the Quinix, and uses multiple opportunities to humiliate Sasaki.

  • Fantastic Racism: His resentment and mistrust of Sasaki and his team seems to be based on little more than their hybrid status, even with Sasaki being a highly-decorated Investigator.
  • Gonk: He has a rather large nose and enormous lips.
  • Jerkass: He intentionally humiliates Sasaki in front of others at every chance, and doesn't even bother to act professionally towards him.
  • The Rival: His team is at odds with Team Mado, and he crosses the line of professionalism in antagonizing them.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He calls out Sasaki for capturing a Ghoul rather than killing it outright, stating their duty as Investigators is to eliminate all Ghouls. He suggests Sasaki himself is untrustworthy as a result of his hybrid status.

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