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List of characters in Alice in Borderland.
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Main Characters

    Ryohei Arisu 
Specialty: ♥ (Psychological)
Portrayed by: Kento Yamazaki

The protagonist of the story. He enters the Borderland along with Karube and Chota when he hangs out with them one night. He is very skilled at deduction and usually is the one to figure out the design behind each of the games.

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Displays this trait quite frequently in most of the games he finds himself in.
  • Character Development: Gradually develops from an unambitious, self-interested slacker to a determined young man hoping to put a stop to the games.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the Netflix series, despite having every appearance of a NEET for the most part, he casually solves 5x5 Rubik's cubes on his phone, showing he's much more intelligent than he appears.
  • Empty Shell: The next time Usagi sees Arisu, he is lying in a street, even as it rained following the loss of his friends in 7♥ Hide and Seek.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish side to his younger brother being responsible in the following way:
    • In the manga, he's an unmotivated slacker, while his brother is achiever who recently joins the school council.
    • In Netflix, he's a NEET, while his brother work in IT who is even trying to get a job for him.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • After his three friends sacrifice themselves in the game of Seven of Hearts, Arisu suffers a severe breaks down that he can't fully recover, even when he gradually gets over it.
    • The result of K♣ Osmosis breaks Arisu further, as the death of a team mate is required in defeating the King, an amiable man who Arisu wishes to be friends with. This makes him quit the game along with Usagi for a week until a confrontation between Niragi and Chishiya prompts them to join for one last game.
  • In the Hood: Covers his identity with a hooded jacket during 4♥ Survey.
  • My Greatest Failure: He views the deaths of Chouta, Karube, and Saori as his worst failure and vows from then on to stop the games without any more needless sacrifices.
  • NEET: In the Netflix series, Arisu is a college dropout who spends his time at home playing video games, to the chagrin of his father and successful brother. At the beginning, he avoids another job interview to focus on his game.

    Daikichi Karube 
Portrayed by: Keita Machida

One of Arisu’s best friends from the "real world". He worked as a bartender before entering the Borderland. He ultimately dies from losing in 7♥ Hide and Seek.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The live-action series adds a personal reason for him to survive the Seven of Hearts game: he was planning to propose to the wife of his bar owner boss.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the manga, Karube managed to own his own bar despite only graduating primary school; in the live-action, he was caught making out with the wife of his bar owner boss and was fired.
  • The Bartender: Works in a pub where Arisu and Chouta frequently visit.
  • The Big Guy: Karube is the primary fighter of his group of friends, being the most muscular and aggressive.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the manga, he dies offscreen after hiding from Arisu, with the sound of his bomb collar going off; in the live-action, Arisu finds him having his One Last Smoke and witnesses his death by bomb collar firsthand.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: When Arisu is paralyzed in fear upon seeing a rain of flaming arrows in 3♣ Good Fortune, Bad Fortune, Daikichi literally kicks him in the bottom to get him moving towards a safe spot.
  • One Last Smoke: In the live-action, he has one just before he dies by his bomb collar.

    Chouta Segawa 
Portrayed by: Yuki Morinaga

Arisu’s other best friend who was also brought into Borderland. He ultimately dies from losing in 7♥ Hide and Seek.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He has a slightly odd design in the manga, although it isn’t uncommon for a character with his personality. In the live-action, he is played by a normal-looking and reasonably attractive actor.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the manga, Chouta is Arisu's classmate in high school; in the live-action, he's an office worker whose mom donates his paycheck to the cult they've been part of since he was a child.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the manga version of the Seven of Hearts game, after Arisu tries to give away his chance to survive, Chouta refuses and hides himself until the game ends; in the live-action, he restrains Shibuki to keep her from chasing Arisu.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: He seems to consider himself a loser next to the well-off/Brilliant, but Lazy Arisu and the tough ladies man Karube. His friends disagree.
  • Cult: In the live-action, he and his mother are part of one. It's also implied to be a sex cult, as not only does his mother donate her (and eventually his) money to the cult, she also appears to sleep with one of the cult leaders.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the manga, he dies offscreen after hiding from Arisu, with the sound of his bomb collar going off; in the live-action, Chouta restrains Shibuki until the final seconds of the game when she stops struggling and instead hugs him, and he hugs her back while apologizing to her.
  • The Heart: He's the most kind member of the group and, unlike Arisu and Karube, never even considers dooming his friends in the 7♥ Hide and Seek challenge.
  • The Load: Played with. He considers himself this, especially after being seriously injured in the first challenge. However, Arisu and Karube never blame him, even when things become tense.
  • Stress Vomit: In 3♣ Dead or Alive in Netflix's Episode 1, he vomits upon witnessing a death first-hand.

    Saori Shibuki 
Portrayed by: Ayame Misaki

A determined woman and the first person Arisu and his friends meet within Borderland. She worked at a company and was recently given a promotion. She ultimately dies from losing in 7♥ Hide and Seek.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Though it's hard to call her a villain given the circumstances, she does not give in as gracefully as she does in the manga during the 7 of Hearts game. Logically, she has only known the other guys for a few days at this point and has little reason to want to sacrifice her own life for them, so Chouta forces her into hiding for the rest of the game's duration after he's decided he wants Arisu to live. She does at least stop struggling and give up with grace when she realizes there's no more time for her to find him and live, but she certainly didn't deliberately let Arisu win like she did in the manga.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the manga, she dies offscreen after hiding from Arisu, with the sound of her bomb collar going off; in the live-action, Shibuki stops struggling in Chouta's grasp and instead hugs him in the final seconds of the game.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In the live-action, given how she lied about her situation before being sent to Borderland, it's hard to take her at her word regarding everything else she says.
  • The Vamp: Due to her semi-warped view of sexuality, she often uses her body to get what she wants. Most notably with her boss at her job and with Chota in the live-action.

    Usagi Yuzuha 
Specialty: ♠ (Physical)
Portrayed by: Tao Tsuchiya

An athletic girl who is good at feats of agility, strength, and endurance. Ryohei first meets her in his second game, 5♠ Tag. He briefly bonds with her as they were close to clearing the game. The next time she sees him, Arisu despairs over the loss of his friends. She took care of him and accompanies him in his quest since.

  • Action Girl: An adept climber and survivalist, which makes her well-suited to handle the Physical games.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Bright red hair in the manga and OVA, dark brown in the live-action.
  • Deuteragonist: Usagi gets the second most focus after Arisu when his friends are killed.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father was scandalized after a supposed "no-oxygen" mountain climb was alleged to have been staged and that he actually did use an oxygen tank secretly. In the manga, he was Driven to Suicide in his home and Usagi found his hanging corpse; in the live-action, he instead left their home telling her he was going on another climb, and went missing afterwards.
  • Second Episode Introduction: She first appears in 5♠ Tag in Netflix's second episode.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Usagi' is the Japanese word for "rabbit". Aside from the Alice Allusion by extension, it also befits her agility and endurance.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Downplayed, since she can get easily bested as much as everyone else, but Usagi is still no woman to trifle with despite her small size.
  • Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: In the live-action series, Usagi sports this hairstyle, appropriate for her out-of-this-reality circumstance.

The Beach



    No. 1 Takeru Danma "The Hatter" 
Faction: Cult
Specialty: ♠ (Physical)
Portrayed by: Nobuaki Kaneko
The founder of the Beach. He wanted to create a paradise in hell, though putting up with people's indulgence took a toll on him...
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the Netflix series. Because he only has a few episodes before he's murdered by Aguni, his more extreme negative traits are downplayed or left out.
  • The Caligula: After spending a long time in Borderland, Takeru Danma slowly becomes this as the leader of the Beach. He has no hesitation in killing the residents who don't offer their cards to him and kills any person who betrays him.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Reaches this in the live-action series when Aguni begs him to put an end to the Beach and he realizes his attempt to create a paradise has failed. He’s so distraught that he points his unloaded gun at Aguni and mimics pulling the trigger, knowing Aguni will reflexively shoot him down.

    No. 2 Morizono Aguni 
Faction: Military
Specialty: ♠ (Physical)
Portrayed by: Sho Aoyagi
The leading opposition of the Beach. His side attracts people favoring violence and fear.
  • Adaptational Job Change: In the Netflix show, he's the No. 3 behind Kuzuryū, leading to a mutiny where the former takes power by force after Hatter dies.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: In episode two, he’s able to determine the tagger’s height, weight, dominant hand, and probable source of firearms training, as well the model, ammo capacity, and firing time of their gun even before he’s taken the tagger on up close in person himself, seemingly analyzing their encounters with other players from afar. This analytical ability is likely a learned skill, as Aguni has been both a member of the Yakuza and an officer in the Japanese Self Defense Force.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: After shooting it to no effect, he kills a tiger by punching it.
  • Death Seeker: Following the destruction of the beach, he seeks K♠ to kill or be killed by him.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Reaches this upon realizing that he fell for Takeru’s Suicide by Cop gambit and gunned down his last remaining friend.
  • My Greatest Failure: Views failing to save Takeru from his madness as this, made worse by the fact that Aguni was the one to shoot him down.
  • Self-Destructive Charge: In the live-action series, launches one on a trigger happy Niragi. He weathers several rounds of gunfire to take the both of them deeper into the burning resort and away from the few surviving members of the game.

    No. 4 Suguru Niragi 
Faction: Military
Specialty: ♦ (Intellect)
Portrayed by: Dori Sakurada

  • Ax-Crazy: After Hatter dies, he loses all reason to hide his psychopathy. During Ten of Hearts, he experiences even more Sanity Slippage, eventually just shooting anyone in sight.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: After being bullied in the past, Niragi has one purpose: to become the most hated person in the world, then proudly fall into Hell. He also doesn't regret the deplorable actions that he has committed.
  • Evil Makeover: Related to the trope above, it's revealed that Niragi once wore glasses in middle school, and was severely bullied by his peers. At some point, he got rid of his glasses, grew his hair out and got multiple piercings in his attempt to toughen up.
  • Man on Fire: Chishiya sets Niragi on fire using a homemade flamethrower in their faceoff.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Niragi nearly rapes Usagi before the Ten of Hearts game just to drive home that he's a complete bastard.

    No. 5 Yūji Mahiru 
Faction: Cult
Specialty: ♣ (Balanced)

  • Adapted Out: Originally appearing as an executive who later uncovers the truth about the Dealers, he does not appear in the Netflix version.

    No. 6 Rizuna An 
Faction: Cult
Specialty: ♦ (Intellect)
Portrayed by: Ayaka Miyoshi

  • Hot Scientist: An attractive woman who's also a capable scientist.
  • The Lab Rat: She was a forensic scientist in the real world and applies her knowledge to find out the real murderer in the Ten of Hearts game.
  • Sinister Shades: Subverted, she's definitely aloof, but turns out to be one of the only Execs that doesn't have some ulterior motive.
  • The Smart Guy: Rizuna's specialty is in games of intellect and she is the most Book Smart of the Executives, as shown in the Four of Diamonds game.

    No. 8 "Last Boss" 
Faction: Military
Specialty: ♠ (Physical)
Portrayed by: Shuntaro Yanagi
A violent and enigmatic man covered with tattoos.


    Hikari Kuina 
Specialty: ♣ (Balanced) → ♠ (Physical)
Portrayed by: Aya Asahina (Female, present), Rihito Itagaki (Male, past)

A tall, tanned woman in dreadlocks who is usually seen along with Chishiya. She is seeking to return to her world so that she could care for her supportive mother in return.

  • Action Girl: One of the main examples in the series. She fights Last Boss during the season one finale, wearing nothing but a bikini, through a lot of dodging and her martial arts training and ends up winning.
  • Agony of the Feet: During her fight with Last Boss, he breaks a number of glasses on the floor around her to stop her from moving. She steps on them anyway since the only other option is to let Last Boss kill her.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Kuina is a transgender woman. Her father, wanting "him" to be a strong fighter by the time "he" takes over the dojo, subjects her to harsh training. This ends when she decides to leave on her own accord.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Kuina wears her hair in a dreadlocked style and is one of the more capable fighters in the cast.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's in a bikini top for almost the entire series. There's even a couple scenes where she goes without pants.
  • Oral Fixation: In the live-action, she's almost always shown with a fake cigarette between her lips. She says that after entering Borderland she's resolved to quit smoking as it diminishes her ability to survive the games.
  • Punny Name: Kuina sounds pretty close to "queen".
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: Starts using her karate mastery to defeat Last Boss even though she has long left her dojo.
  • Trans Tribulations: Her father didn't accept that she was transgender and kicked her out.

    Kodai Tatta 
Specialty: ♣ (Balanced)
Portrayed by: Yutaro Watanabe
A Beach member in charge of keeping cars fueled.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Near the end of K♣ Osmosis, he had his hand severed so that Arisu can use his bracelet to win against Ginji and net the final points for the team. Unfortunately, he dies from excess blood loss afterwards.
  • I Owe You My Life: Tatta helps Usagi search for a captive Arisu out of gratitude for saving him in Five of Spades.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In the Netflix version, he pummels a female military member unconscious for shooting his friend down.

Face Cards and Citizens

    K♠ Isao Shīrabi 

    Team K♣ 
A team of five citizens opposing the players. To clear K♣ Osmosis, five players must team up to outscore them within a time limit.

K♣ Ginji Kyūma

The leader of the opposing side who hosts the most difficult game involving teamwork.

Sōgo Shitara

Specialty: ♦ (Intellect)
He is the one who made the rules of this game.

Uta Kisaragi

Specialty: ♣ (Balanced)

Takumi Maki

Specialty: ♠ (Physical)
The Drummer of Ginji's band. He's also a well-rounded athlete.

Gōken Kanzaki

Specialty: ♠ (Physical)
A parkour specialist, he can maneuver over the game field to hound down his opponent.

    Jack of Hearts 
The mystery citizen who is among the participants of J♥ Solitary Confinement. Surviving players get the game clear when this character is eliminated.

Eventually, the few survivors identified the J♥ as Enji Matsushita, a hypnotherapist who initially partner with serial killer Banda. Through subtle suggestions, he influenced other players into being more aggressive and rash.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When he realizes that he'll be spending subsequent round being subjected to Banda's torture, Enji intentionally gets a game over for himself.
  • Loophole Abuse: Gets away with breaking a rule in secret because the rule states what the players must not do, and he is a citizen.
  • My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Breaks a rule of the game he hosts, justifying that he's technically not a player.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Has a long streak of hair that covers his right eye, which is replaced with a device that shows which suit is on his collar.

    King of Diamonds 
Portrayed by: Tsuyoshi Abe
A conflicted, intelligent man who hosts the most difficult game of wits.

He is first seen in the Beach. Named Keiichi Kuzuryū, he is an executive ranked Number 3. He sides with the Cult Faction, serving directly under The Hatter.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the manga, he apparently dies from a game when he was away from the beach, and dies for real later in the Face Card arc on-screen from his own game. In the Netflix, he dies in the beach arc protesting against the Military faction over killing the people.

    Queen of Hearts 
Portrayed by: Riisa Naka
An elegant, young woman in black who handles the most difficult game not for the faint of heart.

She, named Mira Kanō, is first seen as an executive of the Beach. She is ranked Number 7 and is under the Cult Faction.
  • Big Bad: The closest thing that this series has, because her games are responsible for Arisu's depressed state and is also the last enemy to be dealt with. Fittingly, the Queen of Hearts usually overshadows her husband the King in Alice in Wonderland stories.

Other Players

    Shuntarō Chishiya 
Specialty: ♦ (Intellect)
Portrayed by: Nijiro Murakami

An enigmatic man Arisu meets in the latter's second game, 5♠ Tag. Resourceful and creative, but he works only for himself, so he sometimes ends up going against the greater good.

  • Glad He's on Our Side: He's incredibly intelligent, and equally manipulative. Kuina tells him she's glad she's on his side.
  • MacGyvering: In the live-action, he wields a Walkman converted into a Taser, and later turns a water gun into a flamethrower.
  • Meaningful Name: Chishiya is a Japanese approximation of "Cheshire", in keeping with the Alice in Wonderland theme.
  • Second Episode Introduction: He first appears in 5♠ Tag in Netflix's second episode.
  • The Sociopath: A non-serial killer example. He is genuinely unable to empathize with the plights of other people. In the real world during his work as a med student, a terminally ill patient gives him a letter to deliver to his family, as he wants to see them again one final time before he dies. Chishiya agrees, but then throws the letter away as he doesn't want to deal with the trouble of it. However, we see that he is somewhat disturbed by his sociopathy and wishes to understand why others care so much. It's what draws him to the King of Diamonds towards the end of the series. As Chishiya notes, the King of Diamonds is basically the exact opposite of him, he cares too much about the value of a life and is paralyzed by his inability to conclude whose life is inherently more valuable. When the King of Diamond concludes the game with an action that had a fifty percent chance of killing him (and does kill him) due to deciding that he can't choose which of their lives is more valuable, Chishiya finds he is jealous of him, as even though he died, he died due to empathy, something Chishiya lacks.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He's as intelligent as Arisu (and possibly more so), although he uses his smarts to manipulate as much as to survive.

    Hayato Dōdō 
Specialty: ♥ (Psychological)

    Akane Heiya 
Specialty: ♠ (Physical)

    Ōki Yaba 
Specialty: ♥ (Psychological)

  • Even Evil Has Standards: Yaba is a scumbag who manipulates the weak willed woman Shiga into being his partner by convincing her that he's the only one she can trust while secretly working with the psychopath Banda to win the game. While Shiga is hypnotized into turning on Yaba, Yaba keeps giving her the correct information she needs to live, even when the hypnotism leads her to lie to him about what he needs to live. When Banda says he would have given her the wrong info, Yaba says that he knew he didn't like him. Also Yaba disapproves of Banda's sadism, even though he makes no attempt to stop him from indulging in his proclivities.

    Sunato Banda 
Specialty: ♥ (Psychological)
  • Serial Killer: A convicted inmate who murdered around four women.