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Kenji and his former classmates
Kenji Endou Anti-Hero: Starts out as a former rock guitarist now living with his mother and working at a convenience store. He later starts La Résistance, and finally becomes a Rock and Roll Messiah! Decoy Protagonist: Once the first story arc finishes, the story stops focusing on Kenji to shift to Kanna for most of the remainder of the series. Determinator: His main trait, even noted as such in Friend's virtual reality game. Messianic Archetype: Finds self in the desert, spends three days simply grieving, seemingly dies and comes back to save the world? Nice Hat: Eventually gives it to Kanna as a memento. Otcho (Chouji Ochiai) 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. 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. Yukiji Setoguchi Yoshitsune (Minamoto) The Chains of Commanding: He really didn't want to be leader after being separated from the rest of the group, especially since the job requires a great deal of pragmatism he's frankly too nice to be comfortable with. Heroic Self-Deprecation: At first it's just regular Self-Deprecation but as time goes by and he reluctantly becomes leader of the heroes it turns into this. Reverse Mole: Infiltrated Friend Land by working there as a janitor. Maruo The Big Guy Flashback Echo: He seems to develop post-traumatic stress disorder after the Bloody New Year's Eve. : Comes very, very close to doing this Taking You with Me 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) Yamane Creepy Child: When he was a kid, of course. Mad Scientist: He considers it a game to make as terrible a virus as possible to see how long it will take Kiriko to develop a vaccine for. My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to finding out Friend planned to kill 99% of the world's population. Keroyon 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. Fukubei The Bully: He was quite a jerk as a kid. Dead All Along: Turns out Friend did die before thins started falling apart. Donkey (Saburou Kido) Agent Scully: Even as a child he firmly believed in science over superstition. : What ultimately leads to his death is He Knows Too Much the fact that he happened to witness Fukubei's faked "miracle," and would know that any other resurrection he would have as Friend would be fake as well. Sadakiyo (Kiyoshi Sada) The Faceless: He always wears a mask and can't even remember what he looked like as a child. Yanbo and Manbo Fat Bastard-> Bishōnen-> I Was Quite a Looker: Hilariously, they go from portly in childhood, to slim in attractive in adult-hood, back to fat and ugly when they become elderly. Heel-Face Turn: Originally sold Kenji's group out to Friend but eventually turned against him. Hidden Depths: They started defecting against Friend after a longtime employee of their company died from The Virus. Katsumata Dead Person Impersonation: Takes up the mantle of Friend after Fukubei dies. The Faceless: We never actually see his face before he underwent plastic surgery to look like Fukubei. In the virtual reality game, he simply has no face. Freudian Excuse: Despite being even worse than Fukubei as Friend, he actually has one. From Nobody to Nightmare: And how. In fact, it is because he was almost literally nobody that he became a nightmare. Start of Darkness: Several factors lead to him to becoming the second Friend.
Other good guys
Kanna Endou Heroic BSOD: Twice. First when she finds out that Friend is her father and again when Friend succeeds in killing 90% of the Earth's population and scattering the main characters again. 'God/Kami-sama' ( Kamigama Kyutaro) Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A homeless man with psychic powers and obsessed with bowling. He eventually uses his precognitive abilities on the stock market to become one of the richest men in Japan. Shouhei Chouno By-the-Book Cop: Was one until he discovered Friend control most of the police force. Early-Bird Cameo: An off-screen example, but he's the young grandson who's birthday party Chou-san is supposed to attend. Embarrassing Nickname: "Chou," pretty much the equivalent of Butterfly. Ensign Newbie: A detective, but incredibly inexperienced and living in his grandfather's shadow. Chou-san Kiriko The Atoner: Spends all of her time trying to treat people for the virus she created. Missing Mom: Left Kanna to Kenji shortly after she was born Kyoko Koizumi Accidental Misnaming: Her name itself isn't generally mistaken, but she's often annoyed by people claiming the "kyo" in her name means "misfortune/disaster" instead of "echo/reverberation". Break the Cutie: Her experience at Friend Land. Slightly subverted in that, traumatic as that was, she seemingly remains as adjusted as ever after her ordeal. Butt Monkey: Provides most of the comic relief in the seriously dark series. Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Well, not exactly a Bad Ass, but she did some very important things in the series. Intergenerational Friendship: With Sadakiyo. This is actually one of the reasons he has a Heel-Face Turn in the first place. She also has one with Yoshitsune, both the adult and the virtual version of him in the Bonus Level. Father Nitani Father Luciano The Pope Shikishima 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. Haru Namio 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.
(Other) Members and Allies of Friend's Cult
Friend note Plaguemaster: His main method of mass-killing, though mostly the first one. The Sociopath: Especially Fukubei, who was manipulative, callous and egocentric ever since childhood. Villainous Breakdown: Has a pretty epic one when Kenji apologizes to him at the end, which makes him decide to speed up his plans to kill everyone out of spite. Villain with Good Publicity: And HOW! He managed to become World President and got every leader in the world eating out of his hands. Willingly. Police Officer Assassin Prisoner #13 (Masao Tamura) Heel-Face Turn: Unclear exactly when it started, but he ended up helping the heroes in the very end. Professional Killer: Hitman for the Friend group, though he's in it for loyalty rather than money. Manjoume Takusugi Lady Looks Like a Dude: At one point, two characters confuse her for a man. Lady Macbeth: Tries to be one of these to Manjoume after the first Friend dies, but he doesn't show much interest. So she eventually kills him and takes the power for herself. Moroboshi's killer Card-Carrying Villain: He is very insistent that's he's evil and even compares himself to many famous anime villains. Then subverted when Kenji gets him to admit he's full of it. Driven to Suicide: He tries to off himself with a gun when Kenji makes him realize he's not as monstruous as he'd like to think, but is stopped.