Characters: 20th Century Boys
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Kenji and his former classmates
Otcho (Chouji Ochiai)
- The Atoner: See Parental Neglect below.
- Bad Ass
- The Berserker: In Friend's virtual reality game, and occasionally in real life.
- The Lancer: Both in his childhood and as an adult in the La Résistance.
- Parental Neglect: Since he didn't spend much time with his family, he blames himself for his son's death.
- This is somewhat more reasonable than it sounds: since Otcho's son saw him so rarely, the boy thought a stranger was his father and chased him into the street, where he was hit by a car.
- Red Baron: "Shogun"
- Salaryman: Originally was one, but quit after he realized the effect his workaholism had on his family.
- Simple Staff: He's skilled with a bo, but usually uses a pipe instead of a wooden one.
- Training from Hell
- Big Eater
- The Big Guy
- Flashback Echo: He seems to develop post-traumatic stress disorder after the Bloody New Year's Eve.
- Taking You with Me: Comes very, very close to doing this with Friend and a bomb. But remembering Kenji's words about not hurting innocents convinces him not go through at the very last minute.
Mon-chan (Masaki Shimon)
- Animal Motifs: With the frog, both in looks and name ("kero" is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a frog's croak)
- Badass Normal: Lacks the kind of training that Otcho has, but still rushes into a burning factory to save lives regardless of his burns.
- Gonk: Sort of. Keroyon isn't hideous, but he has a very froglike visage.
- Refusal of the Call: Ignores Kenji's request to stop Friend, and terribly regrets it.
Donkey (Saburou Kido)
Sadakiyo (Kiyoshi Sada)
Yanbo and Manbo
Other good guys
'God/Kami-sama' (Kamigama Kyutaro)
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: To the point that after the second major Time Skip near the end, he's the only one close to having enough clout to match Friend's.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Realizes sometime after after Friend's "ressurrection", that the man was a fake who was planning something terrible. This is what led to his near poisoning so he could be replaced with a Friend-allied clergy.
- For Science!: One of the primary reasons for making his giant robot: he thought the fake one was such a piece of crap that he felt obligated to make a real one.
- It was probably all he had left, given he eventually realized (off-screen) that his daughter wasn't being held hostage, but had actively joined the Friends.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Appears early on as a successful enka singer who works with Friend, Later revealed that he's protecting Maruo and helping the La Résistance covertly.
- Stepford Smiler: Subverted when he turns out to be one of the good guys. Then you realize it's probably necessary to get close to Friend.
- The Atoner: Left Kenji's band to join another and felt obligated to help him when the time comes.
- Reverse Mole
(Other) Members and Allies of Friend's Cult
Police Officer Assassin
Prisoner #13 (Masao Tamura)