This page describes the characters from Tsukihime, including characters originating in Kagetsu Tohya. For characters appearing in Melty Blood please check Melty Blood.Spoilers abound!! Read at your own risk.
"So you want to kill me, monster? Then we have something in common. Very well. Let's kill each other... Nero Chaos."
An Ordinary High-School Student and the protagonist of Tsukihime. When he was just a kid, Shiki was involved in a particularly nasty car accident that left him with a massive scar on his chest, anemic and with a condition that allowed him to see mysterious lines everywhere. The lines are horrible to see and if he runs a sharp object along them the object will fall apart. In a fit, he tries to claw his eyes out and eventually runs out into an open field where he meets Aoko Aozaki. The two of them spend a long time talking and she teaches him to respect life and explains his strange new ability, which she calls the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. Her parting gift is his trademark pair of glasses that prevent him from having to see the lines.Shiki goes to live with a branch family of the Tohnos for eight years before eventually returning to live with his sister Akiha. From here, the story splits into the Near and Far Side. In the Near Side routes, he runs into a beautiful young woman on the streets and feels a sudden urge to kill her. He then proceeds to cut her into 17 pieces, passes out and eventually returns home, unsure of whether what he just experienced was a dream or not. The next day, the woman shows up again demanding an explanation for why she was just murdered despite being very much not dead. From here he is launched into a battle between various vampires.In the Far Side routes, Shiki returns to the Tohno mansion eager to renew his relationship with his sister and to hopefully see his childhood friend and a mysterious girl he sometimes saw in the window watching everyone play. However, he soon finds his family isn't all what it seems, and will have to face secrets about his family that connect them to the random murders occurring around the city.
Anti-Hero: When his bloodlust takes over he stops having any real regard for the lives around him. However, this only happens around beings that are dangerous to humans.
Badass: He doesn't even know it himself, but he is weapons-grade badass when it really counts. He's actually from a clan of demon hunters capable of Charles Atlas Superpower and mild psychic powers. While he himself initially lacks the training and mindset to use it effectively, his instincts take over when he's around superhuman beings.
Berserk Button: In Melty Blood, Yumizuka Satsuki's name is taboo for him. Also, Roa's very presence will invoke his killing intent instantly.
Blessed with Suck: The Mystic Eyes of Death Perception are extremely powerful, but have huge drawbacks. They allow him to cut along any of the lines he sees causing unhealable wounds or flat out kill when he stabs a point of death. However, the human brain isn't supposed to see death, so it is both exhausting and will kill him young. Also, if he doesn't wear his glasses, his mind will degrade even faster than his body.
Came Back Strong: It was being brought to the brink of death and therefore closer to Akasha, the Ultimate Source, that allowed Shiki to perceive the death of things with his eyes.
Chick Magnet: Women flock to Shiki. The fandom jokes that this is because of some sort of mysterious "Tohno gland", in case you were wondering what all the talk about that was for. There are five Tsukihime heroines, Satsuki, Len, Sion, Akira, jokes about Aoko and possibly Miyako. He's also popular in general with the girls in his class, though they go unnamed.
Expy: He's very similar in looks and personality to Mikiya Kokutou and is voiced by the same guy while his power, choice of weapon and name are the same as Shiki Ryougi's (plus he inherited a milder version of her murderous urges, as well some elements of her backstory). Both are characters from Kara no Kyoukai, an earlier Nasu work.
Go Karting with Bowser: In Kohaku's route, he encounters SHIKI in the middle of the night and ends up having coffee with him while they chat for hours about things like their abilities, killing and its meaning, and so on. Both are oblivious as to who the other is.
Harem Seeker: All the Type-Moon male leads seem to have far more love interests than they could possibly need, but Shiki is a little different. Unlike Kokuto or Shirou, after Tsukihime itself Shiki seems to be going out of his way to keep all the girls around him as seen in both Kagetsu Tohya and the non canon Carnival Phantasm.
Ill Boy: The injury that gave him his Mystic Eyes leads to him often passing out from anemia and other characters constantly worry about his health as a result, but otherwise he's quite physically fit.
In the Blood: He kept the assassination abilities of his true family, the Nanaya clan.
Loners Are Freaks: Not touched on much in the main game, but in Kagetsu Tohya it's said that Shiki's casual regard for death subtly freaks out his more normal classmates. Arihiko on the other hand can actually relate due to events in his own past, and Satsuki is unable to pinpoint what exactly is off about Shiki, but is nonetheless strangely attracted by it.
Magical Eye: His defining ability is the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception which allow him to perceive the nature of death as lines and dots over everything. Tracing or stabbing these lines will break them apart or flat out destroy them.
Near-Rape Experience: Due to a combination of his Nanaya bloodlust and Arcueid accidentally using her Mystic Eyes on him, Shiki nearly ends up raping her. Arcueid blames her eyes alone and is under the impression that she made him do that. Shiki, on the other hand, thinks that neither factor had anything to do with it, leaving it questionable as to how much was his own intention and how much was not.
Nice Guy: If you are not superhuman or in bed with him, he's a perfectly nice guy.
No Saving Throw: The reason why the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception is such a fearsome power — it bypasses all forms of protection from injury and/or death. Those that Shiki cut react with horror and dismay when they realize they cannot regenerate or reattach their limbs.
Not Afraid to Die: According to Arihiko's Kagetsu Tohya sidestory, when Shiki comes face to face with death he becomes very calm. However, this doesn't quite match his behavior in some of his fights such as the one against Nero Chaos.
Not a Morning Person: According to Hisui, it's physically impossible to wake him up. Or rather, he sleeps so deeply that no one will even attempt it.
Oblivious to Love: It takes Shiki a while to realize when a girl likes him, unless he's beat over the head with it.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Roa before killing him. It's even better in the manga where he's casually killing Roa's magic and Roa is completely horrified and unable to understand.
Reverse Grip: His slashes tend to be reverse grip and his stabs tend to be normal grip. When he begins switching like this, it's a good sign that something awesome will happen.
Sanity Slippage: In the Flower of Thanatos sidestory in Kagetsu Tohya he narrates casually how he periodically raped Hisui and Kohaku out of boredom during his breakdown.
School Uniforms are the New Black: Although he's been shown to have casual clothes in Tsukihime, in all subsequent media, he is only shown wearing his school uniform. Which is all well and good because frankly, he looks good in it and his casual clothes are hideous anyway.
Shirtless Scene: Gives one in Kagetsu Tohya to Hisui, Kohaku, and Akiha. He forgot to put one on after showering, which Akiha barely manages to point out to him through her stutter, as she and maids barely contain their awe for his body.
Sociopathic Hero: Played with. His Nanaya instincts at first seems completely sadistic and murderous to the point where Shiki wonders if he is the killer, but it turns out that it only acts that way towards dangerous nonhumans.
Story Breaker Power: The Mystic Eyes of Death Perception made for a good story once, but sequels/spinoffs have had trouble coming up with ways to legitimately challenge him: He doesn't want to kill his 'opponent' in Kagetsu Tohya and can't use them for 95% of the story anyway and Wallachia is a unique existence that can't be properly killed at all except under very special circumstances. When you can kill anything in one hit, you either get to land a blow or you don't.
Superpowerful Genetics: As with all members of the Nanaya clan, who are specifically bred in order to invoke this trope.
Taking the Bullet: As a child, Shiki shielded Akiha from newly-inverted SHIKI's knife, and would have died if not for Akiha giving him half of her life force.
Tsundere: Towards Arcueid, and only towards her. Since she's a bit of a ditz, at first she thinks he hates her or is just mean to everyone. Upon being informed that he only treats her that way, she reacts in an oddly genre savvy manner by being pleased.
Wall Crawl: Can do this when his Nanaya abilities come forth. Though, he himself lampshades that even he can't crawl on the wall like a spider and defy gravity, being only able to muster enough speed to go up the wall while moving through the hallway and taking a single step off the ceiling.
Weak, but Skilled: All Shiki has are his ability to detect dangerous non-humans, his eyes, and an untrained physique inherited from a clan of assassins. Yet he has killed dragons, unicorns, and other monsters summoned by Nero Chaos, Nero himself, Roa, Tatari, the forest of Einnashe and has shown the ability to beat Satsuki, Ciel, SHIKI and Vermillion Akiha. He even took down Arcueid at the start of the story and did a damn good job of doing it again at the end of Ciel's route. These are all heavyweights of the Nasuverse power tier and at their worst only ungodly killing machines.
Weirdness Magnet: In one side-story, Arihiko comments that Shiki gives off this "vibe" that repels anyone normal who are affected by death but attracts people who are abnormal. Arihiko himself classifies himself as abnormal after watching his grandmother kill herself in order to save him when they were both trapped in a collapsed building. The only other classmate who was similar was Satsuki. Aoko actually warns him about becoming a Weirdness Magnet, saying in regards to his Mystic Eyes that "special powers attract other special powers."
What Beautiful Eyes: Akiha gasps out and says this after Shiki takes off his glassesto fight her in the climax of Kohaku's route. In the Bad End where he decides to kill her immediately, they were the last things she ever saw.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Prolonged use of the Mystic Eyes puts an enormous strain on the human brain. Perceiving death is not very conductive towards one's mental stability.
"When everything's over, let's come here again, Shiki! It won't have any meaning, but I'm sure it will be really, really fun!"
Often called the Princess of the True Ancestors or White Princess, Arcueid is a vampire born as a living weapon to hunt down and destroy the True Ancestors who went rogue and the Dead Apostles, other formerly human vampires created by her kind. Shiki meets her the day after he cuts her to pieces, at which point she introduces herself in an oddly cheerful manner. Due to Shiki nearly killing her, she's temporarily vulnerable but still strong enough to kill him, so she strongarms him into helping her destroy the vampire she is hunting. Over the course of their temporary relationship, Arcueid gets the chance to really see the world for the first time due to sleeping almost all of her very long life.She has a strange relationship with Ciel and is hated by Akiha. As the most powerful True Ancestor ever, she possesses super speed, strength, durability and resistance to attacks she has experienced before, higher power during the night and an extremely flexible ability called the Marble Phantasm.
Anti-Hero: She won't involve normal humans in her business and only kills vampires, but she's not exactly doing it out of the kindness of her heart. And when we say kills vampires, we mean she brutally tears them apart no matter who they are or what they're doing. She refrains from killing the vampires she and Shiki knows because he would get mad if she did. Her chief motivations in Tsukihime are revenge and not really having anything better to do.
Artificial Human: Or rather an Artificial True Ancestor. The other True Ancestors created her through unknown means to be a living weapon. Apparently, they intended to let her have a normal life after that was all done but things just didn't work out as planned.
Battle Aura: Whenever Arcueid faces down an enemy with the full intention of annihilating them, the atmosphere around her physically becomes more oppressive. Various people have described themselves as suffering actual physical pain merely from being the target of Arcueid's killing intent.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She disappears from the story completely in the Far Side routes. She makes one appearance in Akiha's route when Shiki sees her walking down the street from behind, but that's it. This is even lampshaded in the "Teach Me Ciel-Sensei" scenarios.
Clingy Jealous Girl: In Ciel's route. Also, the reason why she thinks about breaking Shiki glasses — they were given to him by another woman.
Continuity Nod: Arcueid's Last Arc, if used against Shiki, will hit him 18 times and is a reference to how he originally cut her up into 17 different pieces. Also, her "true self" cuts Shiki into 18 pieces in Kagetsu Tohya. Shiki even points out how she one-upped him.
Daywalking Vampire: When Shiki asks her why she can go about during the day if she's a vampire, she agrees that it probably would work like that normally, but it just makes her slightly uncomfortable and tired.
Ditzy Genius: So we're told. The ditz part is undeniable, but the truth is that she's actually just lacking in social skills and common sense. Some side material in Kagetsu Tohya indicates that she's actually highly intelligent and able to learn just about anything she wants to instantly. Not that she should since it's dangerous for her.
Drama-Preserving Handicap: The first one is that she's forced to maintain herself at 30% power all the time. The second is that Shiki forces her to waste most of that power. Third is the fact that by the way he did that she's recovering incredibly slowly. Arcueid is one of the absolute top tier characters in the Nasuverse, but during Tsukihime she doesn't really get a chance to show off.
Flanderization: She was perfectly capable of strategizing and even being a dead serious, outright scary combatant in the original story (mocking Nero as he is being killed by Shiki, or Ending of Ciel Route come to mind), but some adaptations tend to focus almost entirely on her airheadedness.
Forceful Kiss: Does it twice to Shiki in Ciel's Good Ending. The first time was to save him from Roa, which would had side effect of turning him into her servant whom she can mind control at will, if she succeeded. Second time is just an expression of love... in front of Ciel, who was not amused, especially since Shiki reciprocated the kiss.
Foreign Fanservice: So stunningly beautiful and cute she turned every head at Shiki's school the second she arrived there.
Game Face: Like most vampires and demons in Tsukihime. Although, she has two. Her first, minor face is a simple eye color change from crimson to Supernatural Gold Eyes. This powers her as high as she can without turning into Red Arcueid. Her true Game Face is the one she sports as Red Arcueid. Gaining the Supernatural Gold Eyes in the iris but also changing the schlera to blood red. Other changes include her teeth becoming razor sharp, giving her a Slasher Smile, and having her face become somewhat inhuman all together. Her hair even joins in on the fun.
Green Lantern Ring: Her Marble Phantasm allows her to reproduce any phenomenon found in nature. However, this is limited to what is actually possible in nature and thus she cannot pull the tricks of a Reality Marble. The metaphor used is that in a bag of 99 black marbles and a single white one, her power lets her always get the white marble. A Reality Marble turns them all white instead, which is an 'impossible' trick.
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Innocent, beautiful and young in her own way since she hasn't been awake for very long. However, it becomes tricky when her occasionally amoral attitude enters the equation, making her more nice than good.
Heroic Willpower: After Shiki kills her, she's forced to resist her vampiric bloodlust on nothing more than her strength of will. It almost fails her several times, though. In the backstory too, as she's the only True Ancestor to have retained her sanity after drinking blood.
In Vino Veritas / Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: In official Take Moon Manga, she gets drunk - from twenty bottles of wine. When Ciel tries to pick up fight with her, she starts fondling her butt, comments on how awesome it feels, and manages to get a blush and cute "Kyaaaahh!" out of her. After Ciel gets away, she angrily asks to let her touch some more. When fed up she finally leaves, Arcueid starts crying on how lonely she feels. She eventually falls asleep (in ridiculous position with her head under her butt) in Shiki's room while trying to give herself Lap Pillow.
Mayfly-December Romance: With Shiki, since they're the Official Couple, due to their vastly different lifespans. Made worse by the fact that Shiki's lifespan is even shorter than a normal human's. Given the circumstances at the end of Tsukihime, they probably would not have much time together even if they do finally find peace. However, Arcueid mentions in several works that when Shiki gets close to death, she'd be tempted to turn him into a vampire to keep him alive. However, there are implications that Arcueid herself won't last nearly as long as she would have originally.
Person of Mass Destruction: Has shades of this even when at 30% of her max power, but at full strength she's capable of feats such as instantly melting the polar caps, halting the rotation of the globe, and playing continental pinball with a thought.
Secondary Character Title: While her actual name itself is not in the title, the title is a direct reference to her, the titular "Moon Princess."
SNK Boss: In Actress Again, she has another new form called Shinzo Arcueid "Archetype: Earth", which is basically what would happen if she hadn't fallen for Roa's tricks or if the damage was somehow undone.
Title Drop: A real title drop rather than a joke one as in the case of Tsukihime Souka. The title of Arc's True End is "Tsukhime." Also, the name of Arc's Blood Heat Arc Drive in Melty Blood is named "Melty Blood."
To the Pain: In Ciel's route. If Shiki decides to refuse her offer and cuts her neck open she gives us this gem:
"Destroy. Destroy. Destroy. Slowly, completely, gently beyond comparison, cruelly to the point of numbness, I'll violate your life. That's right. The instant I rip off your limbs, tear open your ribs and pull out your intestines, biting into your neck as you scream in agony, chewing through your eyes as I ignore your pleas for mercy and spreading your brains on the ground like butter...!"
Vampires Are Rich: Arcueid is able to rent out entire floors of hotels and apartment complexes despite having no obvious source of income. Word of Godhandwaves this by saying that a "fan" of hers in the Magus Association apparently sends her gold.
Vegetarian Vampire: While she doesn't require blood to survive, she craves it to a literally crippling degree: She has to use most of her power to suppress her bloodlust.If she does drink blood, she'll turn into Red Arcueid.
Wolverine Claws: She's been seen turning her fingers into large claws. They make for pretty effective weapons.
Woman Child: She's never really interacted with anyone before or experienced the world, so her behavior tends to flip between that of a little kid and a woman slightly older than Shiki.
Woman Scorned: In Ciel's route, Arcueid does not take Shiki's rejection well. Subverted in Ciel's True Ending, when after killing Ciel couple of times, she calms down, forgives him slashing her neck with knife and pleads with him again to accept her help. Averted nearly completely in Ciel's Good Ending, where Shiki rejects her in much less "scornful" way. She's still pretty pissed off, but not fullblown Yandere.
Worf Had The Flu: She's beaten by Roa not to show that Roa is powerful, but rather that Arcueid herself has been weakened so badly that someone as weak as he is can take her down easily.
"Tohno-kun, you shouldn't say that. Please, listen to my selfishness. For once — For once, I want to protect you out of my own will. If I don't do that, I'll never be able to face you with a smile from my heart."
Ciel is one of Shiki's classmates and is a Sempai of sorts to his circle of friends, president and sole member of the Tea Ceremony Club and a model student. She also leads a double life as an Executor for a super-secret branch of the Catholic Church called the Burial Agency. Like Arcueid, she is in town to hunt a mysterious vampire, but due to working for a Knight Templar organization the pair refuse to work together. She also opposes Shiki's partnership with Arcueid while hinting at a more personal grievance with her. In spite of that, the relationship is not entirely hostile. On the other hand, she and Akiha seem to despise each other. Ciel has a high level of durability and fights with holy powers, thrown swords and some degree of magecraft.Ciel also hosts the "Teach Me Ciel-sensei!" hint corners when the player meets a Bad End, in which hilarity often ensues as she and other characters lecture the player on what they did wrong, fill in random plot tidbits, and cause general Mood Whiplash.
Broken Bird: Some of the things she says are very sobering even before her past is revealed, hinting on her personal experiences. She was once possessed by Roa, went insane and killed everyone in town and was finally killed by Arcueid. Her body revived and was tortured until the Church decided she couldn't be killed.
Hypnotic Eyes: Ciel possesses an unspecified variety of Mystic Eyes that allow her to implant hypnotic suggestions. She used them to convince the school that she's a student there and always has been.
I Just Want to Be Normal: She seems to enjoy her fake school life a great deal, hinting she wishes she could just be a student. She was born as a baker's daughter and all she wanted growing up was to take over daddy's business. Then look what happened.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: She does this in Kagetsu Tohya in a high percentage of her screen time. She appears rather depressed regarding her low popularity.
Male Gaze: Has the biggest ass of the cast along with Tokie, although this mostly makes her the butt of fat jokes.
Meganekko: Invoked, since Ciel's eyesight is just fine and her whole school persona is mostly just a mask.
Nigh-Invulnerability: By virtue of her being the previous incarnation of Roa, yet still being alive despite Roa being in a different form. To avoid creating a paradox from her dying while Roa still exists, the World itself keeps her alive no matter what, excluding Shiki's ability.
The Nose Knows: Ciel has a curious tendency to draw close to Shiki and start sniffing him in public places whenever she suspects he's been engaged in suspicious activities, such as meeting up with Arcueid.
Naughty Nuns: As Executor she is technically more of assassin working for church than proper clergy, but her outfit is definitely based on nun habit. She naturally has sex with Shiki in her route (but Nasuverse Catholic Church does not seems to be that insistent on celibacy), and if her scene is of any indication she is definitely not the most prudish heroine of game.
Nosy Neighbor: Ciel masquerades as Shiki's nosy but well meaning senior as a way of investigating..
Not What It Looks Like: Averted late in her route. When she catches Shiki being forcibly kissed by Arcueid, she punches out Arcueid rather than Shiki, and listens to his explanation, despite being seriously pissed at him.
Older Than She Looks: Ciel is actually around 24 years old, and her body will remain that of a teenager's until Roa dies. She also spent a significant period of time dead, meaning it's likely that she was born even earlier.
Sempai Kohai: A core part of her character and relationship with Shiki.
Stockholm Syndrome: Possibly her relationship with the Church; or else she's decided working for them is the best scenario for her.
Superpower Lottery: Part of the reason why she is part of the Burial Agency, and also the main reason why she was chosen as Roa's 17th vessel. She had a body potent enough to revive from death 3 years after being killed. Despite having been born from a normal family, she still possessed 5 times the amount of Magic Circuits Tohsaka Rin has.
The Peeping Tom: She peeked on Shiki when he was changing while staying over at her place. He was not above teasing her about it after he found out.
Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Seems to be the chief method of using Black Keys. The manga shows them moving on their own even after they've left her hands, suggesting that either she or the swords have some telekinetic effect to them.
Was It All a Lie?: Once her true nature as an agent of the Church is revealed. Ciel tries desperately to convince both Shiki and herself that yes, it was all a lie, but in the end relents that she did fall in love with Shiki.
What the Hell, Hero?: She calls out Arcueid on using Shiki against her enemies and deceiving him. Then Shiki calls HER out on the whole "brainwashed him and his schoolmates". She is rather hurt by him saying that.
"Please don't say such foolish things. You are my only Nii-san. Now and back then, even if you forgot, from when we were little —— To Tohno Akiha, you are my only Nii-san, Shiki."
Akiha is Shiki Tohno's younger sister. After their father Makihisa dies, Akiha becomes the new head of the family and invites Shiki to come back to the Tohno family mansion. This is where the game begins after the prologue. Shiki quickly realizes Akiha has changed dramatically from the little sister he grew up with, and has become very focused on etiquette and acting according to her station. She is quick to scold Shiki on numerous things, but he takes it in stride. Circumstances soon cause him to suspect Akiha is hiding many things about the family from him.Akiha is rather hostile towards Arcueid and Ciel, though she gets along well with the maids. Her family records claim that the Tohno family is of non human origins.
A-Cup Angst: It's very minor in Tsukihime itself with her only worrying about Shiki finding her smaller bust unattractive, but sequels and spinoffs play it up a lot more.
Aggressive Submissive: A very dominant young woman at first glance, she is actually waiting for Shiki to make the first move and turns into a total sub during the h-scene.
Berserk Button: In Kagetsu Tohya when Shiki accidentally walks in on her getting dressed and ends up being turned over to Kohaku for some "needle time"
Shiki: Akiha, your chest is still as steep as a cliff side.
Brother-Sister Incest: She's the option you're supposed to go for first in the Far Side routes, though you can do Hisui first. Not that they're really related. Also, the real SHIKI figures that since she's in a relationship with Shiki she must want a relationship with her brother. Meaning him! He's kind of crazy.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Akiha's jealous is a part of why she doesn't like Ciel or Arcueid, especially the latter. She's fine with Hisui and Kohaku, though. Well, she's fine with Kohaku once she's suppressed Roa anyway. Before that she was going in a severely Yandere direction.
Flanderization: In Tsukihime, Akiha mentions that she's self-conscious about her flat chest during an h-scene. In Kagetsu Tohya, this is turned into a Berserk Button. Doujin authors and other fanworks have since then run with the idea to the point of it becoming an Over Used Running Gag.
Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She doesn't normally drink, but when she does, it's to great excess. She handles her liquor well, however.
Hate at First Sight: She hates Arcueid and Ciel immediately. For Arcueid it seems to be pure clinginess and having really incompatible personalities while with Ciel it's that plus Ciel being a member of an organization that kills non humans like herself if they become dangerous. Ciel reciprocates while it's hard to tell what Arcueid is thinking. At first she seems oblivious to being hated, but in later works her treatment of Akiha descends into what can be described only as trolling.
I Know Karate: She apparently picked up a few moves from her friend Tsukihime Souka, as demonstrated in the climax to the side story "A Story For The Evening."
Japanese Sibling Terminology: Akiha always refers to Shiki as Nii-san; if she's not she is actually referring to SHIKI, her true brother. She herself is always referred to by Arcueid as "little sister" (imouto) in supplementary materials.
Kindhearted Cat Lover: Invoked by herself and very averted. She hates cats. Arcueid is probably responsible for that one.
Little Sister Heroine: A strong type A Tsundere version of the trope. She's also quite clingy, and finally cites him as the reason she's a tsundere instead of just a horrible bitch in her Kagetsu Tohya sidestory.
Murder the Hypotenuse: In Kohaku's route, she tries to kill Kohaku when she discovers her relationship with Shiki, also invoking If I Can't Have You. Interestingly, in the Good End Shiki realizes that the reason she didn't suceeed is because she wasn't really trying.
Not Blood Siblings: Shiki isn't her biological brother. They met when they were seven and six years old, respectively, lived together for two years, and then separated for eight, somewhat short of "growing up together." Akiha knew the whole time that Shiki wasn't her real brother, and Shiki was at least vaguely aware of it.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Akiha realized a long time ago that Kohaku had to be up to something, but felt that since her family has wronged Kohaku to an incredible degree she ought to be at least given a chance.
Spot of Tea: Akiha enjoys her English tea, served by Kohaku. In Hisui's True End, Kohaku realizes she keeps bringing tea to Akiha's room, even after she has died. She commits suicide because she caused this.
Taking the Bullet: For Kohaku in Hisui's route, against SHIKI (again). In the True End she dies in a truly heart-wrenching scene; she escapes with her life in the Good End. Subverted in that Kohaku was counting on Akiha doing so and intentionally made an opening for SHIKI for the sake of her revenge. The difference between the endings comes down to whether or not Kohaku can really go through with it.
Transfer Student Uniforms: When Akiha transfers to Shiki's school in her route, she continues to wear her school uniform from her previous school. She remarks she has no intention of wearing the new school uniform because she dislikes it and the old one suits her.
Tsundere: She's Type A in the Near Side routes and in her own route, and Type B in Kohaku's route, until she defeats SHIKI and accidentally absorbs him, causing a Yandere fit.
One of the servants at the Tohno family mansion, along with her twin sister Kohaku. On Shiki's return to the mansion, Hisui is assigned to be his personal servant. She is responsible for all of the cleaning in the mansion. She refuses to accept help from Shiki with her chores, or to talk with him less formally. She personally wakes him up every morning and waits for him to return from school at the front entrance or, after he complains, inside the lobby. She is not help hired from outside the mansion, but was raised to be a maid there since her childhood. Shiki vaguely remembers her from his childhood, but since all of his memories from that time are fuzzy he has forgotten her name.Hisui is quiet and submissive by default. In the mansion, she takes care of the cleaning because her sense of taste is completely at odds with anyone else.
The Comically Serious: Several comedic scenes rely on the fact that she's straight laced and takes her job as Shiki's servant very seriously.
Hisui: "...from now on, please refrain from sleeping while talking about the smallness of someone's chest, or the wideness of their foreheads, or other characteristics of their body. It makes my duty to wake you up a little more difficult."
Does Not Like Men: Hisui reacts badly to Shiki trying to touch her hand at one point. It's eventually revealed she reacts this way because she wanted to keep herself "pure" in honor of her sister's sacrifice for her.
Emotionless Girl: Shiki initially has a lot of difficulty telling what she's thinking, but as he gets to know her better he becomes able to read her better and realizes that she's expressive enough in her own subdued way.
Fetish: Hisui has a fetish for sucking on fingers.
Forgotten First Meeting: Hisui and Kohaku knew Shiki when they were younger, though he muses that he never really got to know the quiet one very well. He doesn't remember them very well, though, and can't remember their names at all. Causes a meltdown for Kohaku since she doesn't really realize the Twin Switch she pulled with her sister.
Genki Girl: She's never really been very energetic, but when she was younger she would push herself to keep up Shiki and the others, which means Shiki remembers her as one of these when she's really not.
Lethal Chef: Due to her skewered sense of taste she can't even taste test her cooking as it always seems okay to her. She's also rather forgetful about people's preferences: Shiki tells her he hates plums but likes their smell and she makes him a sandwich made entirely of them.
Meaningful Name: Her name is the Japanese word for jade, referring to her eye color (however, her redesign has an eye color closer to blue).
Meido: Hisui and Kohaku were adopted by the Tohno family because of their family, but in the end they mostly ended up as the family maids. Oh, and she's the trope picture as well.
Polar Opposite Twins: Kohaku is bright, friendly, occasionally irresponsible and sociable while Hisui is hard to read, dutiful, shy and withdrawn.
Sex Slave: In Kagetsu Tohya's sidestory Flower of Thanatos it's clearly implied that she and Kohaku live together with Shiki in the isolated Tohno Mansion, where they humbly serve him as a devoted maids. And fulfills him every wish. Even if it meant that he began periodically raping them.
Shrinking Violet: A lot of Shiki's perception that Hisui is emotionless stems from the fact that she's actually quite shy. When he remembers her more clearly in her route, he tries nudging her to open up more.
Hisui's twin sister and Akiha's personal servant. She is very cheerful and upbeat in contrast to Hisui's stoic demeanor. She agrees to call Shiki -san, instead of -sama when he asks, and also lets him help her with her chores as long as Akiha doesn't find out. She was also trained as Tohno Makihisa's personal doctor and holds a license to practice pharmacology. Like Hisui, she was also raised to be a maid for the Tohno family from her childhood. Like Hisui, Shiki remembers knowing her as a child but no longer remembers her name.Unlike Hisui, Kohaku is a very good cook and has taken over that role in the household. As could probably be expected from her rather carefree demeanor, she's a little klutzy and is thus not allowed to clean very often. While rather cheerful overall, she has a slightly morbid sense of humor.
Ascended Extra: Kohaku originally wasn't supposed to have her own route but one was added at the last minute. This is why she only has one ending instead of two like all of the other heroines.
Batman Gambit: The entire plot of the Far Side routes is shown to be the result of multiple gambits made by Kohaku, from Makihisa's death to Shiki killing SHIKI, and her plan to take revenge on the Tohno family succeeds in Hisui's True Ending. Contextually, Arcueid and Ciel are both Spanners in the Works because they keep Shiki away from the mansion. She would have failed if Akiha didn't feel really guilty about how her father treated Kohaku.
The Cutie: Shiki once notes that he thinks Hisui could use some of Kohaku's cheer.
Despair Event Horizon: Kohaku went through this when SHIKI first raped her, and she realized even after Makihisa died, SHIKI would still be there to abuse her.
Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Despite everything she does, she actually feels no malice whatsoever towards the Tohno family. Rather, she has so much in the way of bottled up emotions and has no idea what to do that she picks up a revenge plot as a way of coping. Because that's what a normal person would do right?
The Dog Was the Mastermind: Despite everything she does in the Far Side of the Moon routes, she really is nothing more than a maid.
Driven to Suicide: In Hisui's routes. In Hisui's Good Ending, she survives, but loses her memory. It's implied she lost her memory on purpose.
Emotionless Girl: She's not emotionless, but she's highly inexpressive and tends to bottle things up, which led to her sacrificing herself for Hisui and then just continuing to pile up stress until she snapped.
Feel No Pain: She says that so long as she imagines the pain happening to someone else it doesn't really hurt. Just pretend a doll got damaged or something! When she stabs herself, she claims it doesn't hurt at all.
In Tsukihime, it's revealed that Kohaku is the only person with a television in the house. In Kagetsu Tohya, it's revealed Kohaku owns a Playstation2 with several games for it including Bloody Roar 3, Grand Theft Auto, and Paperboy, as well as giving her a penchant for Cosplay as her alter egos ''Mister Chin'' and ''Broom Girl Magical Amber''. Some doujin authors have run with this and depicted Kohaku as an outright Otaku or Hikikomori.
Not to mention the Twin Threesome Fantasy erotic scene in Kagetsu Tohya, where Kohaku quite happily volunteers to prepare Hisui while Shiki recovers. Considering her sexual tendencies elsewhere and her history, there's some actual logic behind her actions, but doujin artists tend to grossly exaggerate this into flat-out twincesty obsession.
Later works also tend to turn her into something of a crazy, hyperactive mad scientist.
Forgotten First Meeting: Hisui and Kohaku knew Shiki when they were younger, though he muses that he never really got to know the quiet one very well. He doesn't remember them very well, though, and can't remember their names at all. Causes a meltdown for Kohaku since she doesn't really realize the Twin Switch she pulled with her sister.
Gadgeteer Genius: In Melty Blood. She creates a robot-version of Hisui. And an entire factory to mass produce them. It's implied that she doesn't actually have the skill to do this, but since the Tatari is around...
Genki Girl: In contrast to Hisui, Kohaku is very bright and active most of the time, leading her to end up breaking stuff when she tries cleaning instead of just cooking like normal.
Polar Opposite Twins: Kohaku is bright, friendly, occasionally irresponsible and sociable while Hisui is hard to read, dutiful, shy and withdrawn.
Rape as Backstory: Kohaku was eight when it first happened, and her abuse continued for years.
Sex Slave: In Kagetsu Tohya's sidestory Flower of Thanatos it's clearly implied that she and Hisui live together with Shiki in the isolated Tohno Mansion, where they humbly serve him as a devoted maids. And fulfills him every wish. Even if it meant that he began periodically raping them.
Used in Hisui's route and several others. Kohaku dresses as Hisui to feed Shiki poison in the form of medicine. Then she forcibly has sex with him to give him her synchronization power. It's revealed in the Plus-Disc that Kohaku has a special set of contact lenses which allow her to make her eyes look like Hisui's to complete the deception. Everytime Hisui says "my sister", it's actually Kohaku. Hisui only uses Nee-san to refer to her sister. Her eyes also become very dull.
This also happened accidentally over the years when Kohaku started faking being a Genki Girl and Hisui took her place as the Emotionless Girl without Kohaku really being aware of it. Causes severes issues in Hisui route.
"Tohno-kun, will you come and help me when I'm in a pinch?"
Satsuki is Shiki's classmate and has watched him from afar all throughout the year. Her crush began when her sports club was trapped inside a room after-hours in the winter, and Shiki freed them by 'killing' the lock. She liked him from that moment onward, but he never noticed her. One day she finally worked up the courage to walk home with Shiki, and convinced him to promise her: "If I'm ever in a pinch, you'll come and help me, right?" They soon part ways.In the Near Side route, she vanishes. In the Far Side routes, the vampire in town gets to her and she goes berserk. Shiki is forced to kill her. In the anime and manga, Satsuki makes it out unscathed. Finally, originally she did have a route planned out, but due to several issues it was cut from the game. She is alive in Melty Blood and has formed the "Back Alley Alliance" with Sion and Riesbyfe. The reason she is alive still is unclear.
Butt Monkey: In the original Tsukihime she was tragic. In side material, she's mocked mercilessly. She regains some dignity in Melty Blood X, however.
Covert Pervert: Implied. Her victory quote over Shiki Tohno in Act Cadenza, amounts to "You are unconscious, and nobody is watching. I am gonna take a little liberty here!"
Superpower Lottery: Despite not being a magus nor even coming from a line of them, Satsuki has so much magical potential that she leapfrogged several stages of vampirism and instantly became a rather powerful Dead Apostle, though the rapid change caused her some fairly severe pain. The odds of anyone even surviving to become a full vampire is 1/10000 and is supposed to take years. In her unreleased route and Melty Bloodshe even has a Reality Marble called Depletion Garden that destroys mana in the air around her, once again jumping way up the ranks of the dead. To sustain her new body, she doesn't even need that much blood.
Throw the Dog a Bone: Her endings in the more recent Melty Blood games have things looking up somewhat for her, such as coming to terms with and even accepting her status as a Dead Apostle in Act Cadenza or welcoming Riesbyfe in the Back Alley Alliance in Actress Again.
Tragic Monster: In the Tsukihime routes that were actually released, she either vanishes or Shiki is forced to kill her since he can't cure her.
What Could Have Been: She was originally supposed to be one of the main Tsukihime heroines with her own route. This was removed at the last minute and she simply became a minor character. The upcoming remake is supposed to finally include a route for her.
Yandere: After her becoming a vampire, she's way too cheerful sounding when describing the acts of violence she's performed on random people. She also tries to make Shiki her vampire servant so he can't leave her. Given a chance to gain some stability, she eventually calms down, especially after meeting Sion.
Roa is Arcueid's primary target. He was once a high ranking member of the Church who fell in love with Arcueid upon first sight. In his quest for immortality and as a way of expressing his confused feelings, he tricked her into sucking his blood and caused him to become the most powerful known Dead Apostle, though he was never accepted as a Dead Apostle Ancestor. Though he was eventually taken out, he had acquired a reincarnation technique that allows him to take over designated targets when his old body dies, usually those picked from magically unusual families with high status. When Tsukihime begins, he has already reincarnated himself seventeen times. His private war with Arcueid has gone on for centuries.
The Archmage: He used to be this. Knowledge inherited by Ciel indicates he had in-depth knowledge on High Speed Incantation, Simplified Repetitive Incantation, Suggestion, Church Sacraments, and Necromancy, as well as inventing a own branch of Magecraft still used to this day: Numerology. His knowledge even extends to spells from the Age of Gods, something that is completely unheard of among modern Magi.
Adaptational Badass: He is far more dangerous in the manga, where he has access to not only the magic he used in life, but also his powerful Reality Marble.
Badass Bookworm: Most of Roa's former power came from his insanely massive knowledge of magic, even knowing several spells that date back to the Age of Gods; Nrvnqsr's trump card, The Soil of Genesis, being one such spell that Roa passed on to him. Nrvnqsr even theorizes that Roa may have even been able to tame the Chaos of his body had he been afflicted by the same magic.
Big Bad: He's the primary Tsukihime villain in the Near Side routes.
Butt Monkey: In several story routes in Actress Again. In Kohaku's route she trolls him. In White Len's, she informs him with a smirk right after he makes a "strong-eat-the-weak-law-of-nature" speech that he is at the very bottom of the Back Alley Alliance.
Fallen Hero: He was one of the two founding members of the Burial Agency.
The Fog of Ages: With every reincarnation, more and more of Roa's original personality is sliced away. At this point he's just information and intent, with only the barest fraction of his original self hanging on.
Immortality Immorality: He drove himself insane because he didn't understand his own feelings and thought immortality was the answer, and then he began to seriously lose his "self" after a few reincarnations. By this point all that is left of Roa is his need to live forever and a desire for Arcueid. Neither one is very conducive to being a nice a person.
Magical Eye: He has the ability to see and cut the "Life" of things in a manner very similar to Shiki's Mystic Eyes. Since it is the "Life" of something, however, he cannot cut inanimate objects with them.
Mental World: Roa possesses a Reality Marble by the name of Overload that greatly boosts the effect of his spells when it is activated. Sadly, he never gets to show this off.
Nerf: He has lost a great amount of his former power, knowledge and drive due to the repercussions of his reincarnations. Back when he had just stolen some of Arcuied's powers he was so powerful that he singlehandedly defeated Altrouge Brunestad, who is infamous for defeating Arcuied at her full power.
Older Than He Looks: He's in the body of Akiha's brother, but he dates back to Arcuied's earliest years, making him at least a thousand years old.
Superpower Lottery: His arsenal used to be ridiculous; Mastery of several kinds of Magecraft, a Reality Marble, knowledge of Age of Gods-class spells, as well as an insanely powerful Healing Factor that allows him to regenerate when only his ankles were left, which were all that remained after Arcuied's Marble Phantasm caused a vacuum next to his body. On top of that he has Mystic Eyes similar to Shiki's (though they cannot be used on inanimate objects). Luckily he has lost a majority of these powers with time.
Thanatos Gambit: His psyche takes control immediately when a Tatari avatar of himself is formed. He knows he just has a single night to do anything so in his ending he awakens Archetype Earth within Arcueid just to see how long he could survive.
Villain Decay: Both in-universe and outside of it. When he first became a Dead Apostle he was powerful enough to defeat someone even Arcueid wasn't able to win against. By his 18th incarnation he's barely able to beat a heavily weakened Arcueid. By Melty Blood he's regarded as a total joke. The manga subverts this however by making him very powerful.
Yandere: Ciel's route reveals that Roa is obsessed with Arcueid and doesn't care that she kills constantly him so long as it means she's coming after him.
"Very well. I now recognize you as an obstacle to me."
A man who became a Dead Apostle vampire through magical research. In order to prolong his immortality, he took the bodies of many different types of beasts and made them a part of himself. However, he kept doing this to the point his body now contains 666 different animals inside him including mythological creatures. This grants him an almost indestructible body, but the downside is that all the minds in a single body are slowly degrading his mind into pure chaos. Fortunately for him, this is exactly what he wants. Unlike the other Dead Apostle Ancestors, Nero Chaos gets along well with Roa.
Badass: Arcueid says that she probably wouldn't be able to defeat Nrvnqsr even with her full powernote Though this is likely due to the composition of his body rather than sheer strength and comments that he's far, far stronger than Roa.
The Comically Serious: Plays this role on occasion, especially when he's forced into a game of tag in Kagetsu Tohya.
Disc One Final Boss: Shiki believes Nero is the vampire Arcueid is hunting until he realized Nero ate all of his victims and the vampire Arcueid is hunting sucks their blood.
The Dragon: Averted, Nrvnqsr and Roa are friends but they don't cooperate.
Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: One of the beasts contained within him is a shark, which causes one of the most hilarious and unexpected Bad Ends in the game. Imagine being eaten by a shark at the top floor of a hotel.
Expy: Look at his above picture! Does it remind you of this??◊ They also share the same Japanese voice actor.
Fusion Dance: His body is made out of 666 beasts fused together in a single being. They literally leap out of his body, and he states that until they've taken a form, even he doesn't know what creature will come out.
Kick the Dog: He comes across a girl and consumes her merely for the sake of doing it during the fight against Shiki. She gets a fan written sidestory in Kagetsu Tohya.
Mad Scientist: His entire existence is basically one big experiment to him; he is fully aware that his personality is being destroyed by his unique nature, and rather than be worried about this, he's actually impatient to see what he'll become next.
Meaningful Name: The written out 'Nrvnqsr' may seem random, but the letters correspond to numbers in the Hebrew numbering system which add up to 666. The Hebrew characters for "Nrvnqsr" can be pronounced as "Neron Kesar" — Nero Caesar.
Nigh-Invulnerability: So long as his internal Reality Marble is active, he cannot be destroyed without destroying all 666 of the beasts that make him up at once, an act that would require the same amount of energy that it takes to destroy a continent. Killing them individually will cause them to be reabsorbed and then revived. Fortunately, the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception get around this.
Number of the Beast: His name itself adds up to 666 in the Hebrew numbering system as noted above.
Older than They Look: Nrvnqsr looks like a middle aged man with graying hair, but he is at least a thousand years of age as of the beginning of the story.
Villainous Friendship: Played with. He's actually good friends with Roa, but they don't work together, much to the surprise of Arcueid.
" I will be counting on you. Nanaya..."
SHIKI Tohno is the real brother of Akiha Tohno. He was imprisoned when his demon-powers activated and he tried to kill Shiki when they were children. After Shiki was saved by Akiha, SHIKI's mind seemed to calm down a little so Makihisa postponed killing him in the hopes his mind would recover. He bears a grudge against Shiki for taking away his role in the family. His own powers are technically not those of a vampire, but do including blood sucking, cannibalism and the ability to reattach severed limbs.
Ax-Crazy: SHIKI has undergone Inversion, meaning his demonic blood has become dominant.
Blood Magic: He's capable of shaping his shed blood and using them as bladed weaponry.
Brother-Sister Incest: Shiki's dream connection shows his serial killings are targeting girls he thinks are Akiha or look like her, because he wants to "defile" them. In her route he decides that if she's in a relationship with Shiki she must want a relationship with her brother, and SHIKI is her brother right? This makes it seem like it's actually some sort of twisted attempt on his part to give Akiha what she wants, but is too insane for anything approaching reason.
Demoted to Extra: SHIKI is one of the only Tsukihime characters, major or minor, to not be featured as a playable character in any version of Melty Blood. Several 4koma comics have made jokes on this.
Evil Albino: His hair and eye color have changed from when he was young, making this an unnatural example.
Expy: Of Lio Shirazumi from Kara no Kyoukai. Both men used to be decent people whose sanity decayed after the awakening of their powers after a serious incident. Also they used to be close friends with the main male character (Shiki Tohno/Mikiya Kokutou) and they are obsessed with a girl in their stories (Akiha Tohno/Shiki Ryougi) and wish to make them into someone like them. They also went through Despair Event Horizon and Sanity Slippage after believing they killed their most important person (Akiha/Mikiya). Causing them to become so Ax-Crazy that their stories' Shikis killed them easily.
Forgotten Friend, New Foe: Before inverting, SHIKI used to play with Shiki and Akiha. Until fairly late in most routes, Shiki only has the vaguest recollection of there being another boy they played with, let alone his real identity.
I Cannot Self-Terminate: The manga version shows that during his childhood days he knew what eventually will happen to him, therefore when the time come he wished that his best friend will do what is necessary to protect his sister.
Monster Sob Story: Let's look at his life: At a young age he had an ungodly violent awakening of his demon blood while simultaneously a vampire was taking him over from the soul outwards, which resulted in him trying to kill his sister and impaling his best friend through the chest. The nail in the coffin, though, was probably him spending eight years locked up by his father with at least part of the time spent with Kohaku twisting him even further. In the side story of Kagetsu Tohya, Drinking, Dreaming Moon shows that he really is a pitifully nice guy when sane.
Murder the Hypotenuse: Wants to kill Shiki in order to regain his place in the Tohno family and to have Akiha back.
Unwitting Pawn: To Kohaku, in the Hisui route. While Akiha and Shiki were also used as pawns, Akiha had deduced it beforehand and played along with it out of guilt while Shiki was somewhat aware and learned the truth a short time later. SHIKI, on the other hand, was being used as a tool the entire time and never realized it even to the moment of his death. However, it is implied in Drinking, Dreaming Moon that he was aware of it and feels guilty for all the crap he felt he put Kohaku.
Villain's Dying Grace: In Hisui's route he takes his final moment to ask Shiki just who he is, since he was unaware who he was fighting. This serves as the vital clue to Shiki realizing Kohaku's significance in the route's series of events.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's insane and that's why he's violent and eats people, but this isn't helped by the fact that he was 'killed' by his father and everything taken away from him and given to his best friend.
Yandere: His demonic blood has twisted his mind and caused him to become obsessed with taking back what he has lost, including both his status and his sister.
Aoko is one of the four remaining Magicians and the youngest. Her specialty is the Fifth Magic Blue, though this is never elaborated on in Tsukihime. She met Tohno Shiki by chance after he was in the hospital. They formed a close bond, and she taught him many important things about life. Since she hates her name, Shiki decides to call her 'Sensei'. She provides him with the special glasses he has to block his Mystic Eyes of Death Perception ability. She then disappears. She shows up in the epilogue to Tsukihime, where she tells Shiki he's become a fine young man and Shiki finally thanks her for being there for him.
SNK Boss: Let's see... Formerly unplayable? Check. Beam Spam? Check. Overpowered? Check. All her attacks have godlike priority and cannot be canceled or stopped? Check. Yep, she definitely fits the bill. On the other hand, her attacks are blockable, and EX-shielding any of them basically refills your magic circuit. She gets a whole new moveset when she becomes a playable character in Act Cadenza. One that doesn't make her look like a character from a Touhou game.
Makihisa is Shiki's father and died immediately before the story began, at which his daughter Akiha takes over. He was a mysterious figure for Shiki and could be rather stern, but he truly did love his son. He was subject to fits of rage.
Best Served Cold: It is implied that the reason he went after the Nanayas is because Nanaya Kiri badly wounded him during a moment of berserker fury.
The Unseen: We read his diary, and there's a lot of references to him, but no actual appearances of him, even in flashbacks. He also lacks any character artwork, and the only description of him is that he was very intimidating in stature and personality.
"You're my dear friend, right? I'd exchange fists with even my parents, but I have a policy of not fighting with my friends. I'm the very model of chivalry."
Shiki's best friend and rival. One of the few muggle characters in the game. His role in Tsukihime is rather minor, but in Kagetsu Tohya he gets a sidestory that shows why he and Shiki are friends and shows him to be more complex than he looks.
Delinquent: Pierced ears, incorrectly worn uniform, dyed hair, out late and often late to school... yeah, he fits.
Hidden Depths: Due to watching his grandmother commit suicide to save his life, he is not emotionally affected by death the way normal humans are. It's why he's friends with Shiki.
Len is a dream familiar cared for by Arcueid. Her role in the original Tsukihime is to give Shiki an erotic dream as a reward for him destroying Nero, though she goes unseen and unnamed. She never speaks and in general is quite similar to a cat; She is fickle, shy around strangers and affectionate in her own aloof way. She's the star of Kagetsu Tohya where she appears either as a small girl with elf ears or a black kitten. She's far more powerful than her appearance would suggest, though not in a manner suited for combat.
Cat Girl: Normally either a little girl or a black kitten, but when surprised at one time the two seem to slightly blend, which gives her cat ears instead of the normal pointy ones. This may imply that her shapeshifting ability is not limited to just those two forms and she merely prefers them.
Cute Mute: By choice. She only seems to have two lines: One during a sex scene in Kagetsu Tohya where she says Shiki's name and one during Melty Blood where she rejects White Len.
Dark Magical Girl: Oddly enough, Len doesn't really realize that she's incredibly lonely and wants to be able to interact with others.
Dream Weaver: She has the ability to manipulate the dreams of others. She can also feed in this manner, but hasn't done so.
Empty Eyes: It seems that they're meant to symbolize her inability to outwardly portray her emotions. In contrast, White Len, who was created from the unused parts of Len's personality, has normal, albeit demonic, eyes.
Familiar: Works for Arcueid at first, but is technically not her familiar because it's impossible to make a connection as they are too similar. Becomes Shiki's at the end of Kagetsu Tohya via a contract made either with sex or by feeding her his blood.
Horny Devils: Her first mention is as a succubus that Arcueid sent to give Shiki erotic dreams. She's capable of feeding in this manner, but hasn't done so.
Intelligible Unintelligible: Despite never saying anything, Hisui and Shiki seem to be capable of understanding what she wants to say. Shiki has always had a sort of empathetic connection with her that seems to have strengthened after forming a contract with her. Hisui, on the other hand, seems to be able to understand her simply due to the two of them being "similar characters".
Intimate Healing: At the end of Kagetsu Tohya, Shiki and Len forge a contract in order to give Len the magical energy she needs to live. They can do this either by her drinking some of his blood, or by having sex. The choice is ultimately left up to the player, but the game drops several hints as to which is the 'correct' option.
Legal Jailbait: Her exact age is not really clear, but she's likely lived for several centuries.
Seo is an underclassman of Tohno Akiha's at her school. Her first appearance was in the Tsukihime Plus-Disc, but she appears in Kagetsu Tohya as well. She has the power to see the future of others, but she can neither control it or nor are her predictions set in stone. She also has the tendency to speak too quickly and say things she didn't mean to say, especially about Akiha, who she both fears and admires to some extent. She nurses a massive crush on Shiki that he doesn't seem to notice.
Aroused by Their Voice: She notes in her narration that she has a thing for guys with nice voices. Naturally, hearing Shiki's voice over the phone makes her heart skip a few beats. This actually becomes an important clue in her Plus-Disc story since the man she'd been meeting up with thinking he was Shiki didn't produce a similar reaction.
Hopeless Suitor: Shiki hasn't even friendzoned her. She's a friend of Akiha, meaning her position is twice as distant.
Screw Destiny: She can and has changed the futures she's seen to achieve a more favorable outcome. On the other hand, she's also accidentally caused the future she's seen to occur. Her power is hard to manipulate.
"You know where you're going? If it's hell, give the devil my regards."
Nanaya is a representation of Shiki's fear of his inner demon hunter side. As an idealized form of Shiki's possible physical ability, he is far more agile and skilled. On the other hand, he does not possess Shiki's Mystic Eyes and thus does not wear the Eye Killer glasses. As both he and Shiki know perfectly well, this was never what Shiki was like as a child nor even what his inner demon hunter is truly like, but merely an expression of Shiki's fears. During Kagetsu Tohya, he can be found downtown as the rumored killer, but oddly enough does not seem to have killed anyone.He also appears in Melty Blood, where he is made into a TATARI avatar by Wallachia. This version appears to have Shiki's memories as well.
Badass Normal: Shiki at his best is never able to match up against him in Kagetsu Tohya. Although Tohno wasn't able to use his eyes, which probably would have leveled the playing field. And those fights were him fighting against his nightmare inside a dream.
Character Development: When he starts talking about his 'Pride as a Nanaya' in MBAA, you know he's changed a lot.
Disc One Final Boss: Kagetsu Tohya builds up to him as the big baddie Shiki needs to beat but right when he levels the playing field, Nanaya is decapitated by Kishima Kouma.
Enemy Without: He's pretty pissed about it too since his existence is based on him being a murderer, only he's not actually able to kill people due to Shiki's idea of murder.
Lampshaded Double Entendre: Nanaya is afraid he 'spanked' White Len too much when he wins a battle against her. And muses whom is the 'master' in their relationship.
Stealth Mentor: It is implied that Master Panda, Miyako's fighting instructor, is actually Nanaya in disguise (speaking with the same voice in Carnival Phantasm, the symbol for "Nanatsu-yoru" on his back, their tagteam name in Act Cadenza is "The Long Road of the Panda," etc.)
The Stoic: Nanaya never gets angry at anyone, kills calmly and cooly, and enjoys it with the satisfaction of a spider eating a fly.
Not So Stoic: Except when Kishima Kouma appears. You can hear the emotion start cutting through his facade.
"...Do as you wish. That is, if your tiny arms could pull it off."
Kouma is a 'perfect' half-demon hybrid from the Kishima clan, a sub-family of the Tohno family. He is very powerful, even relative to demon-hybrid standards with super strength, skin like iron and blazing fast speed. He only has one eye as he lost the other one to Shiki's father. He is the one who was brought in to help destroy the Nanaya clan, though Shiki can only just barely remember having seen him. He represents death in the Kagetsu Tohya dream world.In Melty Blood he is revealed to be living as a hermit in the mountains, having decided to isolate himself from human society after Akiha decided to repent for her father's mistakes on time for Shiki's arrival on her mansion. She cut ties with the Kishimas, forcing Kouma out.
Abusive Parents: The first family he ever had kept him locked up alone in a dark room for years, never letting him out, and ultimately tried to kill him by shooting him in the head. The second family he ever had chained him up like a wild animal, and he only ever got loose when Shiki's father cut him down while merrily murdering them all.
All There in the Manual: Most of Kouma's background and character, given he plays a very minor role in current events of the series.
Bare-Fisted Monk: His early portrayal, Kouma was just an extremely strong half-demon hybrid who attacked with his fierce strength alone. Even though Melty Blood gave him flame powers, he still fits as this to certain degree. In fact, he functionally lives as a monk now.
Heroic Willpower: Most mixed-bloods snap under the pressure of their (comparatively weaker) murderous instincts. Kouma didn't. Part of it was because he was too broken to crack, and the rest was this.
Implacable Man: His incarnation as Shiki's fear, Kouma doesn't utter a word, he keeps pushing foward as Shiki struggles to defeat him, plowing through trees like they were nothing. It's actually nearly a replay of how Shiki's father died. The only difference is that Shiki has better offensive abilities, though his physique isn't up to par.
Insane Equals Violent: Played straight with the mental construct in Kagetsu Tohya. Generally averted with the real Kishima, who only becomes violent in situations where anyone would be. (Watching assassins kill your family, being shot in the head, etc.) He's still... decidedly non-neurotypical though.
Large and in Charge: The strongest half-demon hybrid in the series, and the last leader of the Kishima family by virtue of the rest of them being dead.
Last of His Kind: The last Kishima, by his own doing no less. He held in his demon-blooded impulses for his entire life, instinctively trying to protect his family despite their wretched treatment of him, until someone shot him in the head to try to put him down like an animal. It didn't work, and it was the last bit of abuse they ever had the chance to heap on him.
Minor Injury Overreaction: During his fight with Kiri, he is silent and mostly unresponsive as the assassin continually attacks him, his weapons bouncing off with no effect. However, when Kiri's final strike to his neck manages to -actually- hurt him (and would have killed him if it had gone just a little deeper), he goes on a batshit rampage and kills a good majority of the Nanaya clan by himself.
Red Baron: Kouma has been dubbed as Crimson Red Vermillion and Red Fierce God.
The Quiet One: Kouma is not fond of lengthy conversations and only talks when extremely necessary for him. Kouma's stay at the Tohno's Mansion had him at his most silent times, Hisui comments that he talked with no one except Makihisa, and even then as little as possible.
Re Tool: His initial appearance in Kagetsu Tohya made no mention that Kouma could ignite flames, only that he was ungodly strong. Come Melty Blood and Kouma's powers apparently shares similar origins to Akiha's, as they actually are distant relatives.
Rule of Cool: Apparently the reason Melty Blood introduced his flames as the standard power set for being a half-demon hybrid, it looks damn cool with his attacks.
Self-Made Orphan: Killed his entire family in a fit of rage, most likely by reverting to his demon heritage after one of them shot him in the head.
The Speechless: Kouma said only a few words through all of Kagetsu Tohya; his first appearance was that of a child that didn't know how to talk, because his parents kept him locked in a cage without any proper affection and education. His appearance as an adult was Shiki's fear taken form, while adult Kouma could talk normally, this illusion could not, or chose not to.
Unskilled, but Strong: The reason why Kiri Nanaya was able to last so long against him. He had nothing but brute strength and incredibly tough endurance when they fought.
Warrior Poet: Some of his winning quotes in Mely Blood are of poetic nature, given his monk-like nature and love of poetry.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Strange mixture of played straight and subverted; he is the most powerful demon hybrid in existence, which he controls effortlessly by the virtue of being born insane. Despite that, he is an introvert who lives quietly in the mountains among the animals, and only ever seems to have done violence when goaded by someone else.
You Will Be Spared: Decided to spare a young Shiki during the massacre against the Nanayas because he believed fate would pit them against each other in the future. This echoes why Nanaya Kiri chose to spare the young Kouma, instead putting out his eye so that he will have a fighting chance when the latter is fully grown.
Nanako is the spirit that lives inside of Ciel's ultimate weapon, the Seventh Holy Scripture and the focus of the sidestory told from Arihiko's perspective. She can manifest herself as a weapon or as a cute horse-girl with blonde hair. She runs away from Ciel to Arihiko's house in Kagetsu Tohya, where he gives her the name "Nanako" because previously she had only been referred to by Ciel as "Seven." She is afraid of Ciel's angry side, but is also attached to her. She was human once, but was willingly sacrificed and combined with the horn of a unicorn in order to make a powerful weapon.
Butt Monkey: She runs away from home to take refuge in Arihiko's house and escape Ciel's abuse. Considering how badly Arihiko treats her, she still doesn't want to go back home.
Nanako: Wow, another insult. That makes it the two hundred and eighty-second time Arihiko-san has hurt my feelings.
Green Eyes: Her eyes appear to be of the mystic sort since her soul was fused with a dead unicorn.
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She volunteered to be sacrificed due to her affinity with the dead unicorn. She held no grudge and was saddened when her guilty mother failed to understand that she was okay with dying for what she considered a noble cause.
Tonami is the head of the Kugamine family, which is another branch family of the Tohnos like the Arimas. Their family, like the Arimas, has very little demonic powers. However, the Kugamine family is incredibly rich. Tonami was a person living at the Tohno mansion as a freeloader before the events of Tsukihime and was engaged to Akiha. Once Makihisa died and Akiha became head of the family, she dissolved their engagement and kicked him out with all of the other relatives staying at the mansion before Shiki returned. He is fat, perverted, a Jerk Ass, and downright creepy. He's basically put in the story as a joke whenever a character needs to deal with or beat up someone especially slimy.
The Chew Toy: Many of his appearances involving him being abused.
Fat Bastard: Akiha was quite happy to have him out of the house.
Upper-Class Twit: One of the wealthier associates of the Tohno family, but he tends to annoy the main cast.
Brunestud of the Crimson Moon/Type-Moon
Crimson Moon Brunestud is the Ultimate One of the moon, which is a kind of being a celestial body creates to protect itself. Because Gaia could not make a similar being for itself, the Crimson Moon offered to allow Gaia to make copies of it. Thus came into being the race known as the True Ancestors. However, from Gaia's perspective there were two problems with them: The first is that, having foresaw it's death, the Crimson Moon could use the True Ancestors to reincarnate itself. Since the True Ancestors were supposed to be exact copies of the Crimson Moon, this could be possible. The second flaw was that Gaia-created beings like fairies could not drink blood or they would go insane. Since the True Ancestors were Gaia-created beings, they could not drink blood either, but because they were copies of the Crimson Moon, they had an urge to drink blood that could not be controlled without using a large amount of their own power. This meant that True Ancestors who did drink blood and go crazy were more powerful than the sane ones as the Demon Lords did not suppress their power. This is why Arcueid was created. She was born without an innate desire for blood, and so could fight the Demon Lords at full power.Eventually, the Crimson Moon revealed that it wished to create a kingdom on earth. Then its foreseen death came about, though unexpectedly. Zelretch used the Second True Magic to warp it to an Earth with nothing on it, then dropped the moon on it. However, as an Ultimate One, it still, in a sense, exists. Currently there are two beings into which it can reincarnate. The first is Altrouge Brunestud. Though she does not possess the ability known as the Marble Phantasm that should be required, she still posses the strength to hold Crimson Moon. However, she is noted to be unstable. The other candidate is Arcueid. However, Arcueid's sense of self is too strong. Even if Crimson Moon were to reincarnate into either, it would not be quite the same being it was before.
Ambiguous Gender: People default to calling Crimson Moon 'he' but whether it even has a gender is unclear.
Blow You Away: Alt Nagel (German for Ancient Nail). It's a ridiculously powerful spell which is described as an immensely destructive pillar of wind which stretches as far as the heavens.
Cloning Blues: The True Ancestors are essentially it's imperfect clones.
Friendly Enemy / Go Karting with Bowser: Has a conversation with Shiki in the guise of Arcueid in a dream in one of Kagetsu Tohya's side stories. Although it does shred Shiki into eighteen pieces after the first conversation, the next chat was far more cordial.
Fighting a Shadow: In a sense. His body was destroyed, but he still exists inside every True Ancestor. Should they become powerful enough, he can revive inside of them. However, there were only ever two strong enough for this and neither is a suitable host.
Humanoid Abomination: While it is more human than most of the other TYPEs it is still the same manner of being that they are.
Magical Eye: It has Rainbow Mystic Eyes that allow it to "crush reality".
Mental World: It has a Reality Marble of an unknown nature, only that it contains the Millenium Castle Brunestud.
Person of Mass Destruction: Among other things it can create giant wind pillars that reach into space that destroy whatever they touch, create mirror images of THE MOON AND THROW THEM and it has a Knight Arm that can be used to complete the true purpose of the True Ancestors, namely "restoring the world to it's natural state".
Soul Jar: All True Ancestors who can summon the Millennium Castle (and therefore carry the title Brunestud) were originally intended to be these for it, allowing it to take a new physical body after death.
Altrouge is a mysterious vampire who is a mix of True Ancestor and Dead Apostle. She is called the "elder sister" of Arcueid because she is the only other thing in existence that can cause the Millennium Castle to appear, which earned her the 'Brunestud' title, and likely because she is older. Her normal form is as a 14 year old girl, though she apparently has a second form as well. She has no role in Tsukihime, and is only mentioned in world-building asides. She has reportedly won a fight against Arcueid in the past and is the reason Arcueid's hair is short, lost a fight to the first incarnation of Roa and was responsible for giving Wallachia his powers. She controls Primate Murder, the Beast of Gaia and some other Dead Apostles apparently work as her flunkies.
Shrug of God: Supposedly, a request to describe Altrouge's appearance was declined because "it's more interesting that way!"
Kishua Zelretch Schweinorg
Zelretch is known as the Wizard Marshall and is the master of the Second Magic known as Kaleidoscope, which deals with movement between alternate realities. He vanquished the Crimson Moon, though the latter managed to suck his blood, turning him into a vampire.Though listed as one of the Twenty-Seven Dead Apostle Ancestors, he is still friendly to humanity at large and has contacts with various characters across the multiverse: He knows Aoko Aozaki and is the godfather Arcueid Brunestud and aided in the formation of the Fate/stay night Holy Grail War system. Despite having access to the entirety of the Nasuverse continuity, he very rarely appears directly.
Alternate Universe: The Second Magic is the ability to manipulate the border between these.
Badass: He's one of the absolute most powerful things to have ever lived who defeated Crimson Moon by himself.
Badass Grandpa: Old enough that even as a vampire, he's starting to feel his age. And still one of the most powerful beings on the planet.
Big Damn Heroes: In the True End of Heaven's Feelhe pops in from an alternate universe (just as Rin was about to lose everything in a Mage Association's Kangaroo Court) to announce that he was taking apprentices. Rin's case was forgotten in the ensuing excitement; Zelretch praises her and takes her under his wing.
Colony Drop: One of the few things we know he's done is taking Crimson Moon Brunestud, dragging it into an alternate reality with an empty Earth and dropping the moon on it. Dropping the moon on someone is badass enough, but he dropped it on TYPE-Moon itself.
He also once stopped Brunestud from dropping a replica of the Moon on Earth. This is a story known to even non-Magi, since you know, hiding the fact that someone threw and another stopped a Moon is kinda hard.
Cool Old Guy: He's a bit jerkier than most though considering he spends his time traveling around trolling people.
Empathic Weapon: Created one known as the 'Kaleidostick'. Unfortunately, in addition to being sentient it's sort of a jerk and has a distinct taste for humiliating its wielders. So rather than using it himself, he 'loans' it to apprentices. Poor Rin...and indirectly Illya...
For the Lulz: Giving your apprentice a magic wand which provides a lot of mana (among other things)? Tres cool.Not telling her that said wand has a mind of its own and likes to force its wielder into embarrassing costumes? Hilarity Ensues.
Heroic RROD: Defeating Crimson Moon Brunestud took an amount of effort that Zelretch cannot ever replicate, and caused his otherwise incredible physique to crumble and aged him to an elderly man instantly. This is why unlike other Dead Apostles, who all look young no matter their age, Zelretch looks like an old man.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pretty much his personality in a nutshell. He's a good guy who is completely harmless to humans, but he's also a Troll and a prankster who enjoys messing with his disciples.
Really 700 Years Old: Considering he was already an old man and a vampire when Arcueid was a child, he's at least 900-1200~ years old.
Renowned Selective Mentor: Zelretch will occasionally take apprentices, but those that do it for the purpose of being "the pupil of a Magician" break completely mentally. Those that do it for the purpose of "being the pupil of a great magus" turn out as some of the best of their generation, however.
Secret Test of Character: It is stated that those who accept his apprenticeship out of greed for the fame, glory, and prestige of being his pupil are the only ones who crack under his Training from Hell, but those who simply desire to learn from him because he is a skilled wizard turn out okay.
Time Master: In addition to it's dimensional border-bending abilities, the Second Magic is said to also have the ability to interfere with time, though to what extent is unknown.
Training from Hell: Students (hand-picked and initially very eager, mind you) are more often than not left a gibbering mess and unable or unwilling to continue their careers.
The Twenty-Seven Dead Apostle Ancestors
The 27 most powerful and influential of the Dead Apostle vampires, recognized as such by the Church and the Mage's Association, with the ranking based primarily on how great a threat they pose to humanity. Whether they turned into vampires by having their blood sucked by other vampires or had their bodies warped by their own magecraft, they are those who have transcended the normal limits of humanity and now possess a limited form of immortality. Succession rites ensure that the number is kept constant at twenty-seven even if one is slain, though despite this some positions do not appear to be filled any longer. They are ranked not after strength, but after how much of a threat they are to the world.Five of the known Dead Apostle Ancestors have their own entry on this page: Nrvnsqr Chaos, The Night of Wallachia, Brunestud of the Crimson Moon, Altrouge Brunestud, and Kishua Zelretch Schweinorg.It should also be noted that Michael Roa Valdamjong, despite being an extremely powerful vampire, is explicitly excluded from the ranks of the Dead Apostles, with the given explanation that his 'goals' differ from theirs.
Animal Motifs: Gransurg Blackmore is styled after a raven. His Reality Marble is even called 'Nevermore'.
Badass: They could as well being called "The 27 Most Scary as All Fuck, We're Not Even Kidding, Beings in the World". That is how badass they are.
Badass Pacifist: ORT is even more powerful than Crimson Moon, but will only attack anyone who disturbs it's slumber.
Cool Big Sis: Sumire is described as being like a drunken older sister in Character Material. In Tsukihime 2 she was supposed to turn up and drunkenly annoy Shiki.
Cool Ship: Fina-blood Svelten is the captain of a "ghost ship".
Detachment Combat: Merem Solomon fights by detatching his own limbs, which then turn into Divine Beast-class monsters to fight for him.
Eldritch Abomination: ORT, the strongest being in the Nasuverse and the Ultimate One of Mercury, which is apparently sleeping somewhere in South America and is only on the list because it acts a little bit like a vampire and the previous number three on the list was stupid enough to attack him. It's so alien that it's slowly warping the territory around it into a place more like itself.
Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire: Merem Solomon and Zelretch are both friendly to humanity, with the former being employed by the Church's Burial Agency. Gransurg Blackmore and Enhance might also count, given that the former a devoted servant of Arcueid, who pretty much defines this trope, and the only certain facts about the latter is his hostility to the other Dead Apostle Ancestors and him wielding a weapon from the Church alongside a trophy from his first kill. Sumire was also planned to appear in a fairly harmless role in Tsukihime 2.
Heel-Face Turn: Enhance is said to have turned against a group of Dead Apostles planning to assassinate Arcueid.
Humanoid Abomination: Brunestud of the Crimson Moon is the same type of being as ORT, but seems to have had more of a human form to judge by True Ancestors being considered copies of it. However, it may actually have had a fairly human personality, though it's not quite clear.
Pretty much all of the Dead Apostle Ancestors are this, with them being ludicrously strong Dead Apostles with powers defying sense even for Dead Apostle standards.
Klingon Promotion: If the one who kills a Dead Apostle meets the requirements such as drinking blood, they will instantly earn the Dead Apostle's ranking. Incidentally, this is how ORT got on the list, by virtue of obliterating a Dead Apostle foolish enough to disturb its slumber.
Meaningful Name / Hoist by His Own Petard: Caubac Alcatraz has been trapped inside a labyrinth of his own devising for the past century. And he hasn't been able to free himself nor has anyone helped him so it's not even known if he is still alive after all that time.
Superpower Lottery: All of them save Alcatraz has ridiculously powerful abilities, often possess Reality Marbles and ancient magecraft that should be impossible to achieve in the modern world, making even the weakest of the DAA extremely powerful.
The Beastmaster: Merem Solomon's preferred mode of combat. His beasts actually comprise his four limbs.
The Rival: Rizo-Waal Strout to Shiki Tohno in Tsukihime 2, according to Kagetsu Tohya.
Trans Human Treachery: Defied by Enhance: a Dead Apostle is supposed to be scornful of normal humans, but Enhance retained his humanity, and the first thing he did after becoming a full-fledged vampire (a sentient vampire, a fully-fledged Dead Apostle if not for the fact he's still subordinate to his sire) was to kill his master, usurp his position as Eighteenth Dead Apostle Ancestor, and start hunting down the other Ancestors with the purpose of destroying them.
When Trees Attack: The Forest of Einnashe, a tree that ended up becoming a sentient, mobile, and bloodthirsty forest after absorbing the blood of a Dead Apostle that Arcueid had killed and failed to properly dispose of.