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    Alice Fujii 

Alice Fujii (藤井 有栖; Fujii Arisu), alias Kumo

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In the time it takes you to read this she'll have booby trapped your whole home with thread.
"A person who harbors ugly jealousies, lies to others, and kills... There really is no way someone like that can make friends."

A kind but deadly Ordinary High-School Student with an unusual mental disorder named Congenital Excessive Concentration that she can control to enhance her reflexes and learning skills. Alice seeks to take her family register back from the Organization and to protect herself and her friends from their assassins, even if she has to kill some people along the way. She wields a pistol that fires a knife which spreads strings around her. Both the blade and the strings are controlled by hand gestures and sound commands with perfect precision thanks to her brain condition.

After surviving the Arachnid Hunt and hiding out for a month, Alice spends some time aimlessly fighting the zombie outbreak provoked by the Army Ant Queen's death. She is found by Hanakamakiri, who is following orders to let Alice into the Organization as their new boss...
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: To defeat Suzumebachi, Alice evokes the sharpest fangs of a tarantula and unites her senses with those of the Kumoito. This makes the living blade an Absurdly Sharp Blade that can cross several miles. Unfortunately, besides the Sensory Overload it causes Alice ends up losing her weapon after outsniping Ginyanma and as of the prologue of Blattodea she hasn't recovered it.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Alice defeats Dinoponera by entangling her in string and forcing her to stab herself in the leg with venom. Neither knew at the time, but Dinoponera's venom grants resistance against the Queen's Rule virus. Dinoponera is later zombified for a while, so Alice unknowingly saved her life.
  • Achilles' Heel: The thread from the Kumoito can be controlled from a distance by sound commands. Others who know of this could use it to their advantage, but this never actually comes into play: Imomushi shows her knowledge of this weakness when she disables the strings set to constrain Amenbo but doesn't act on it once she fights Alice. And when Suzumebachi did something to disable her strings, it turned out he was precisely stabbing them with his stings.
  • Action Girl: Alice successfully takes on lots of danguerous assassins all on her own, often by turning their own weapons against them and while enduring harsh wounds from previous battles. Then she goes and tries to kill all of the zombiefied Japan with a shovel, and then a hatchet. Doesn't get there at all, but kudos for trying.
  • All Webbed Up: Alice often uses her threads to immobilize people, although not to the extent that they become completely coccooned.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Alice doesn't show romantic interest in any guys (though, granted, there aren't that many male characters to begin with), but she does have a fair amount of Les Yay with Goki, Yoriko, and Kuramoto. In fact, at a few points, Alice all but says she's in love with the roach girl.
  • And I Must Scream: She gets paralysed by Sasori, but Yoriko distracts her for long enough to Alice to regain some control over her body.
  • An Axe to Grind: After losing the Kumoito, Alice fights the zombies who took over Japan with a hatchet. The opening scene in Blattodea is after she's completely dismembered a zombie girl as a form of Cruel Mercy.
  • Animal Motifs: Spiders in general, unlike most of the other characters who only get analogies with a single insect species. Due to this, Alice's abilities are much more versatile than anyone else's. She also often does things similar to the behavior of spiders that are not apparent at first and comments on how their predatory nature applies to herself.
    • She symbolically cannibalizes her parent Kumo by killing him, like an infant spider would.
    • Alice is mainly a Salticidae spider because she really, really likes jumping at people even if it rarely works.
    • She steals Dinoponera's C.D.F. ability and pretends to be fooled by the Army Ant Queen to assassinate her, essentially performing ant mimicry to defeat them.
    • Scorpions, hornets and ants are some of the worst threats to spiders, so it's appropriate that characters based off those bugs are the highest hurdles for Alice throughout Arachnid.
  • Anti Heroine: Of the pragmatic and not soft kind.
  • Apologizes a Lot: She's very nervous around Yoriko and repeatedly apologizes for doing anything that upsets her or puts her life at risk.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Hits Dinoponera with her bloody palm after faking not being able to avoid her attacks. Up until then, no one had been able to harm or intimidate Dinoponera.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: After surviving the Arachnid Hunt, Alice is roped into the Organization as their new boss and is expected to do something about the zombie apocalypse problem.
  • Ass Kicking Pose: She usually just stands still with an expressionless, zoned out look while countering attacks and moving Kumoito around, but sometimes she crouches in a pose reminiscent of Spider-Man.
  • Attempted Rape: From her uncle at the beginning. By coincidence, he gets interrupted and killed by Kumo. Later, she has to keep many mooks, assassins and an unending horde of sex-frenzied zombies from getting their hands on her.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Her Congenital Excessive Concentration is a fancy and controllable way of having Attention Deficit Disorder. Or rather, an inversion of it in which she frequently becomes too focused on something while forgetting about everything else for hours.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Figures out by herself how Dinoponera's C.D.F. ability works.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The last kind of attack Alice uses in the story is to shoot the Kumoito across massive distances, which requires a large amount of concentration to get right and means she might not be able to retract the blade. Which is what happens when she makes it fly miles away to kill Ginyanma.
  • Badass Adorable: She can be very cute when she's not out fighting for her life with a murderous gaze.
  • Badass Back: Due to her ability and the sensors on her weapon, she doesn't need to be looking at her opponents to attack or avoid them.
  • Badass Boast:
    • While outperforming and bitch slapping Dinoponera, Alice gives a long character-defining "World of Cardboard" Speech in realization that her misfortunes were all a part of somebody's plan:
    "The reason I'm being targetted by the Organization... isn't because we were of low social status, nor is it because of my uncle's debts. It wasn't because of stuff like that. Having all those things happen together was frightening. But now I've realized... If they wanted to kill me, they could've quickly done so. But they've killed my mother, killed my uncle, took my home, targetted my friend and dragged me into this game. Instead of killing me, they wanted to torture me. In other words, somebody hates me and has decided to target me so that I would hate them from the bottom of my heart. "My enemy" certainly exists. That's why I can't just run. To stay alive I have no choice but to find and kill them. If you get in my way I'll kill you as well. No matter how strong the enemy is or how many there are, I won't let them have their way. To protect myself, I'll fight. That is how a spider lives."
    • Another memorable one when defeating Suzumebachi:
    "I will become the fang. And like the tarantula who crushes its prey with brute force, I will swing down and pierce through him."
  • Badass Bookworm: She reads on her free time, but she avoids long books to not lose control over her ability and spend too much time reading them without noticing. It has been a gag in official illustrations, such as Yoriko balancing Arachnid volumes over Alice's head or Alice quickly learning English from a dictionary to thank a foreign reader.
  • Badass Creed: Her "kill to survive" motto.
  • Bandage Babe: Alice wears an eyepatch for a while after her battle against Hibiki. She's embarrassed about looking beaten up, but Yoriko and Oki beg to differ. Then later, when she's captured during the Arachnid Hunt and taken to Sara, Alice is left naked aside from some bandages patching up the pokes Dinoponera did on her limbs and butt.
    Yoriko: You need to be stylish! And bandages look cool anyway!
    Oki: It's needed to be moe!
  • Berserk Button: Becomes violent when people try to kill her or threaten her friends.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Can be awfully nice and forgiving, but is ruthless in combat.
  • Blessed with Suck/Cursed With Awesome: It took 15 years for her to even be taught about what C.E.C. was and how to control it. As great as it can be to become the world's greatest assassin in two weeks, Alice really never asked for it and would rather have a normal life than to be constantly fighting off crazy insect people.
  • Blood Knight: Alice eventually embraces how violent her life has become and takes satisfaction in tearing through crowds of maniacs in a lawless Japan.
  • Born Winner/The Gift: Congenital Excessive Concentration is a hereditary condition that had always affected her. Dinoponera antagonizes Alice over this during their battle.
  • Bottomless Magazines: The Kumoito is revealed to be, somehow, a Living Weapon that endlessly produces string.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Alice got a very deep mind-controlling kiss from Queen Kuramoto in chapter 61... and it didn't affect her at all because Alice already had an idea of how to prevent the effect.
  • Break the Cutie: Alice had a awful life up to the point Kumo taught her to control her ability. Then he makes her kill him. And she has to fight the Organization alone. And Yoriko is killed. And people just won't stop trying to rape her. And her real father Suzumebachi is revealed to have been forced into abandoning her and killing Ayana before being suddenly killed himself. And Yoriko is actually alive, at fault for everything and tries to kill Alice twice. Yoriko is killed off for good while claiming she does like Alice, the sequel shows Alice had to face Sasori again on top of that and ultimately Alice ends up a traumatized mess who ditches Goki and faces the zombie apocalypse alone because she believes herself to be nothing more than a psychotic murderer. Now that Blattodea is ongoing and she's being forced to be the new Boss, Alice's suffering might pile up even further.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Alice loses control of her bladder while Dinoponera tortures her. The ant ridicules her for doing this, but she doesn't go unpunished for too long.
  • Broken Ace: After a terrible childhood and getting kidnapped by an assassin, Alice becomes an extremely sharp assassin in just half a month. This does her no favors other than helping her survive, and she gets hated and repeatedly betrayed just for trying to be kind.
  • Brought Down to Badass: After all the insane wire techniques she pulls through the series, Alice loses the Kumoito's blade after killing Ginyanma and ends the story facing an endless horde of rapist zombies with her bare hands and a shovel. She survives on her own for quite a while, and is saved by Hanakamakiri when she does get defeated and nearly raped.
  • But Now I Must Go: Some time after the Arachnid Hunt, Alice quietly leaves Oki's underground bunker to fight the zombie apocalypse on her own. Alice had resigned herself to being a lone wolf on a life of violence and couldn't bear the thought of snapping and killing her only friend left for any reason.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Alice mostly doesn't call her attacks while fighting, but her traps have names that she explains after using them.
  • The Cameo: Makes a brief random appearance in chapter 74 of Caterpillar during a narration about cockroaches. She's wearing the same clothes shown in a flashback from the main story that took place around the same time as the prequel, and, as she is having trouble whacking a roach with a newspaper, it can be seen as a Call-Forward not only to her troubles with Oki but also to her having to share the spotlight with Chiyuri in Blattodea.
  • Catchphrase: Hers is that in order to survive, she has no choice but to kill.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: With training, she turned a troublesome mental disorder into a superpower.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Alice is rather clumsy outside of her fighting mode, has practically no social skills and feels guilty for the troubles she brings for being a target of the Organization. She only kills in self-defense and even tries to resolve conflicts peacefully when possible because she doesn't feel happy about being a murderer.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: What does Alice have to say about Oki assaulting another girl?
    "O-Oki-san... ARE YOU FINE WITH ANYONE, AS LONG AS IT'S A GIRL!?"
  • Clothing Damage:
    • Sometimes gets hit by this trope for the sake of fanservice. The lack of damage to her body when she gets slashed is kinda justified by her using threads as improvised armor.
    • Over a month into the zombie apocalypse, we see Alice marching onwards in a very worn out outfit. Her skirt goes missing between scenes.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She's a damn good Trap Master, so some underhanded tatics are to be expected.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: The deaths of her mother and uncle kickstart the plot. Alice later reasons that wasn't a coincidence and somebody, for some reason, is sparing no expense to ruin her life.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Poor Alice was fated from birth to be a pawn of the Organization. The entire story is just a serial escalation of misfortune for her.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Thanks to her "Congenital Excessive Concentration" and string skills, she can trap and defeat people when they least expect it. Hell, it turns out Alice not only had nearly the whole school covered in traps before the Arachnid Hunt, but she was already aware of Kuramoto's identity during her capture because she had set a thread on Kuramoto just before they got separated.
  • Creepy Good: Most of the cast is afraid of her prodigious talent for killing and her invincible fighting style, but she's a good girl, isn't she?
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Can be clumsy when not fighting or using her ability correctly.
  • Cute and Psycho: When she's serious about killing.
  • Cute Bruiser: Alice mainly relies on her wire traps, but can fight hand to hand very well when needed.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: When outside of her fighting mode.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was despised by everyone due to her odd mental disorder and had to live with her drunken, abusive uncle after her mother allegedly committed suicide.
  • Deadly Lunge: Taking notes from the Salticidae spider family, Alice often leaps at her enemies when she goes berserk.
  • Death from Above: How she defeats Suzumebachi. Unable to reliably fight him up close or set any restraining traps, Alice suddenly shoots the Kumoito high into the sky, only for it to simply fall back and cut him down.
  • Death Glare: Alice has a piercing, psychotic glare with rippling and glowing eyes when she's really angry or intending to kill.
  • Deer in the Headlights: Even before she trained her ability, one good thing about it was that she could focus on finding a solution to deadly situations and act on it instead of just freezing up.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: She defeats Dinoponera, who was in a winning streak against everyone else.
  • Determinator: Alice is driven to survive no matter what. Even when she takes absurd amounts of damage from people like Hibiki and Dinoponera, she doesn't stay down until she gets them to give up.
  • Die or Fly: Her first offensive use of C.E.C. was to attack Kumo, who wanted to kill her for witnessing her uncle's death.
  • Disability Superpower: Her "Congenital Excessive Concentration", which causes Alice to single-mindedly concentrate on the most inconvenient things. With training, though, it allows her to enter a controllable hyper aware state and formulate battle strategies in seconds, and serves as arguably her greatest weapon.
  • Disappeared Dad: He died before she was born. But turns out to be Suzumebachi, of all people.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap:
    • Sara wisely takes the Kumoito away from Alice when she's finally captured. This ends up not mattering because Alice had set strings on Kuramoto's neck in advance and activates them to kill her, rendering the army ants powerless.
    • At the end of the series, Alice sacrifices the Kumoito to kill Ginyanma and becomes helpless when Yoriko tries to throw her off the building. She only survives because Kabutomushi and Oki rescue her. By the time of Blattodea's prologue, Alice is all beaten up, depressed and only has a hatchet for defending herself from the zombie outbreak. If not for Hanakamakiri saving her, she would've been infected as well.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Kumoito is a Living Weapon that will wrap and kill its wielder if not properly tamed. Once Alice masters it, she becomes able to extend all of her senses through the threads.
  • Establishing Character Moment: She's presented as a clumsy and helpless girl... who tries to chomp an assassin's neck off to survive.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Her reaction to discovering Kuramoto and Yoriko deceived her all along, though Alice doesn't despair over it like the first wanted her to. Instead she's very angry and in the latter's case, is also dumbfounded at their various... quirks.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Rippling pupils indicate her use of Congenital Excessive Concentration. Waving irises are for Concentration Driving Force.
  • Eye Scream: Looking back, Alice has something of a taste for ripping eyeballs off. She does it at least thrice.
  • Fight Magnet: There is a great prize for whoever manages to kill her, but besides that Alice draws an absurd amount of hate from people just for trying to be kind.
  • First Kiss: Got a forced kiss from her uncle while he was trying to rape her and then a surprise kiss from Dinoponera. Alice later bemoans her kissing history when Sara is forcing her and Kuramoto to make out. The ensuing kiss would be the most genuine one in the story despite the situation... if Kuramoto wasn't the brainwashing ant queen and if Alice wasn't secretly aware of that. Those incidents also bring the Kiss of Death trope to mind, because those three met terrible fates after kissing black widow Alice.
  • Flash Step: Eventually surpasses Dinoponera on this, practically teleporting away from her attacks even though Dinoponera can perceive things in slow motion. It turned out that Alice was using her threads to both move herself and to make Dinoponera miss her attacks while not realizing what Alice was doing.
  • Foil:
    • Alice here is clearly designed after Turis from Jackals, but:
      • Turis was a competent assassin but wouldn't ever try to fight anyone stronger than her or that she couldn't sneak on. Alice on the other hand will kick anyone's ass no matter what it takes.
      • Turis is a Perky Female Minion who has no problem with killing. Alice can go way crazier than her but has a bashful personality and is ultimately conflicted over her true nature.
      • Turis was very loyal to her mistress Lee Meilang and willingly went through a battle royale to earn a role as her personal bodyguard. Yoriko ruins Alice's family, further manipulates her life and puts her through the grinder of the Arachnid Hunt while posing as her best friend. Alice is outraged and wants nothing to do with her.
    • Alice and Dinoponera are two sides of the same coin, so there is a certain tragedy to them being unable to resolve their differences in the Arachnid Hunt:
      • Alice is a troubled civilian girl who wants friends but fears she'll ruin everything due to her self-centered personality and murderous instincts that become ever prominent as she's forced into combat. Dinoponera was raised to be a killing machine but can never match her father's feats because as much as she is a self-centered deranged bitch, she's also too naïve, emotionally vulnerable and is as desperate for friends as Alice is.
      • Alice fights with traps and intricate plans. Dinoponera fights physically and turns out to be too careless to properly use her ability to avoid anything but immediate threats.
      • In general, a lot of things that happen to Alice echo things that happen to Dinoponera, with the difference being which of the two is most unfortunate at a given time.
  • Friendless Background: Was tormented by everyone due to her mental disorder.
  • Full-Name Basis: Most of the cast calls her "Fujii Alice", except for Oki who calls her "Alice-sama". Dinoponera also called her Alice at first, but then fell into this when she got mad at her. It might have something to do with how Alice refused to let those Unpeople claim her identity.
  • Gaining the Will to Kill: Alice tried to kill Yoriko to get confortable with her new lifestyle, but failed, threw up and had a brief breakdown. Her first kill is Kumo, at his own request. Spiderlings of certain species do in fact eat their mother to grow, awaken their hunting instincts or avoid being eaten by them - like how Kumo attacked Alice.
  • The Ghost: Once Caterpillar catches up to the events of Arachnid, Alice only appears in person at the very end.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: A girl who wields a very versatile knifegun.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her grey-yellow eyes light up when she's using Congenital Excessive Concentration, as depicted in the cover for volume 10.
  • Golf Clubbing: In chapter 13, she uses Kumoito to grab an odd nailed golf club a man is holding and swing it at his eye. Way more noteworthy than the plain nailed bats that were also flying around.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Although she didn't intend to kill Oki and Dinoponera, she makes it clear that she could and punishes them hard.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Alice uses the Kumoito for this purpose at least once.
  • Guile Heroine: Handles her fights like a very cunning huntress.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Alice was taught to use firearms in the beginning and wields a normal gun at least thrice. Afterwards, her skillful knifegun wire traps render it obsolete.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Gets forced to kill her master, thinks her mother commited suicide because of her, loses Yoriko, kills Kuramoto and loses Yoriko again and so on but doesn't lose her fighting edge.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Alice looks and acts the part, but everyone hates her. Most people ignore and bully her, Yoriko dislikes how Alice let her orphaned state define herself, Dinoponera doesn't care about her sob stories and Kuramoto gets internally mad at Alice pretending her issues are no big deal.
  • Hellish Pupils: Gets both the recurring rippling pupil and iris effects when she's furious.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Once Yoriko is killed by Sasori, Alice gets very... upset. After Alice avenges her, she goes blind with grief and carelessly charges against the invading student mob which are able to overwhelm and knock her down. However, it turned out being captured was part of her plan to defeat Kuramoto.
    • At the end of Arachnid, it turned out the person closest to Alice's heart was a mind reader who believed her to truly be no more than a murderous psycho deep down. Alice accepts that and snaps, attempting to fight the zombie apocalypse on her lonesome. Not too long after she starts running on fumes and despairs over having no home to come back to.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Defeated Hibiki in a desperate need to stay alive, finally overcame Dinoponera by removing some tangentially related weight off her conscience and shrugged off being repeatedly stabbed with poison for the second time in the same day to turn the tables on Suzumebachi.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Alice hates herself for being dishonest and distrusting towards Yoriko and Oki for selfish reasons. She's also wary of her own mental stability and believes she could become a threat to both of them.
  • Honor Before Reason: Refusing to sell her name to the Organization got Alice into deep trouble. And even though she can end the Arachnid Hunt just by leaving the school at any time, Alice doesn't want to betray her friends who are still lost and in danger. She insists to personally find Yoriko and Kuramoto first.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: How she defeats most of her enemies. The weapon she wields is also set to backfire and wrap the user if it is not controlled in the precise way only a C.E.C.-affected person would be able to.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: She had to learn from Kumo how to make the best use of her mental condition. It's a literal example because she does it by wielding a complex thread-based weapon.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Her "Congenital Excessive Concentration" makes her perceive things in great, slow-motioned detail. However, she has to train and control it to avoid being needlessly absentminded to everything else. Her range is even increased by a sensor on Kumoito that allows her to hear sounds through her threads. She later learns to improve her focus into Concentration Driving Force and becomes able to extend all of her senses through the Kumoito's threads.
  • I Am Your Opponent: Tells Dinoponera she's going to get the match she's asking so much for, so she shouldn't try to go after Oki and Yoriko.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Even when Alice has personal reasons for killing people, she still rambles on her mind that she's doing it because she has no choice. Guess she really is a little bit crazy.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Alice comes to realize she values her freedom over everything else and would rather risk being killed or making the whole world go to hell than letting anyone control her. It's also part of why Alice ditches Goki at the end, as she knows how sexually agressive her friend is and can't stand the thought of accidentally killing her in response to her advances.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Alice would rather keep living as an ordinary student than deal with this insect crime organization nonsense, which might explain why she casually goes to school as usual despite knowing that at the very least Sasori and Hibiki are lurking there.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Alice was really happy to have made friends out of Yoriko, Oki and Kuramoto; and was constantly worried about their safety. Ironically, Kuramoto and Yoriko turn out to be horrible people who betray and try to kill her, so a depressive Alice ditches the not exactly trustworthy Oki and becomes a loner. For further irony, in Blattodea this is juxtaposed with Dinoponera managing to resist her zombiefication because she actually had a genuinely kind friend, Chiyuri, waiting for her the whole time.
  • I Miss Mom: Feels guilty about her mother's "suicide" and feels like she didn't belong anywhere after it happened.
  • I Want My Mommy!: Alice cries for her mom when Dinoponera injects poison all over her limbs.
  • I Work Alone: Alice ends up facing most of her battles alone whether by choice or not. Ultimately she even leaves Goki behind out of worry that she's becoming too mentally unstable and could kill the roach without meaning it. At the end of Caterpillar, Imomushi even praises her for this.
  • Idiot Ball: Alice is usually as resourceful as any string-wielder, being able to set and spring fancy traps from nowhere and hear anything going on a sizable radius around her. However, she occasionally makes short-sighted decisions and gets caught off-guard in ways that her abilities really should have been able to prevent.
  • Impaled Palm: As early as the Kamakiri fight. Also of note is when she gets her palms, arms, legs and butt impaled by Dinoponera's venomous needles. Those wounds from Dino actually left scars on her.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: And not long after that, Suzumebachi comes with more rapid-fire stabbing on Alice's pressure points.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: If Alice concentrates really hard, she can cut down people who are standing kilometers away from her.
  • Improbable Weapon User: The Kumoito (Spider's Thread) that she received from Kumo is a Grappling-Hook Pistol that fires a blade hooked to a length of resistant spider-silk. Once she fires it she can use her concentration ability to control the blade and make it fly around to spread countless traps in what seems like instants without anyone noticing. It can hit harder than a bullet, has apparently infinite ammo and she has control over any thread in the vicinity even when the pistol is taken away from her. Improbable, indeed.
  • Indy Ploy: Although she's usually the Crazy-Prepared type, she's once described as not planning in advance while reacting to attacks in Bullet Time.
  • Informed Flaw: Alice is surrounded by horrible people who insist she will eventually turn evil and that she already was inherently as rotten as the people she fights, but Alice never does anything worse than killing a few antagonists in self-defense.
  • Instant Expert: The defining trait of Alice's C.E.C. condition turns out to be how it affects her learning skills. Under Kumo's tutelage, Alice figures how to use it and learns eveything he knows in the most productive two weeks ever. She later says she only needs a couple of days to master Dinoponera's C.D.F. concentration method, but is soon using it to great effect against Sasori.
  • It Gets Easier: Alice tried to kill Yoriko as revenge for her bullying and to get used to her new job, only to miss and feel sick enough to vomit. She gets better at it once she kills Kumo and Kamakiri, but she does avoid killing her enemies if she can and isn't too proud about being an assassin.
  • It's All My Fault: How she feels about Yoriko and Oki's lives being threatened because assassins are attacking her.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: Alice leaves Gokiburi at the end not because the roach wanted to force her to have sex, but because Alice can't stand the thought of snapping and harming Goki no matter the reason.
  • It's Personal: Sasori kills Yoriko and states that Alice too is going to die like her mother did. Needless to say, Alice gets pissed off and hangs her in revenge.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Survival-driven Alice doesn't really find her killings excusable, but they all count under this trope. Including how she beat up and got close to killing Yoriko, Oki and Dinoponera.
  • Killing Intent: Alice becomes bloodthirsty whenever people threaten her life and always has a plan to kill anyone she meets, but it's not like she goes out of control. She only kills if she can't avoid it.
  • Knew It All Along: By placing her threads on Kuramoto, Alice became aware that she and Sara were in cahoots with each other.
  • Knife Nut: The Kumoito is a flying knifegun, but for most of the story Alice rarely stabs anyone with the blade and mostly uses the weapon to set her magic strings. It is only towards the end that she learns to unite her senses with the Kumoito, making it tear through people like butter across massive distances. Like the fangs of a tarantula, as she puts it (is that what Killing Bites is?).
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When Suzumebachi appears and disables her threads to keep her from attacking Sara, Alice finds him too intimidating and just escapes with Kuramoto.
  • Legacy Character: Alice is Kumo's apprentice and is trained to use the Kumoito and his spider techniques. She might even be a distant successor to Turis Flag from Jackals.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her fighting style makes this trait less noticeable than on Oki and Dinoponera, but Alice has been trained in hand-to-hand combat, is physically resilient and also faster than Oki.
  • Little Miss Badass: 15 years-old and "A natural-born killer".
  • Luminescent Blush: Gets tomato-red when she's embarrassed or worried.
  • Made of Iron: Gets attacked by one assassin after another and endures a lot of damage but keeps going. Nevermind the horrible pain and much less the neurotoxins of the dinoponera and hornet poisons she gets repeatedly stung with. It seems to help that she often puts some thread under her clothes or around herself as armor.
  • Martial/Technical Pacifist: Although Alice is fine with killing for the sake of survival, she only fights in self-defense and will try to spare opponents if she can afford it. Just don't screw with her too much or she will follow through with her threats.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Her blue school uniform.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother committed suicide due to depression. Alice is traumatized about it and can't clearly remember that incident's details. When Alice remembers, she realizes her mother must actually have been assassinated by the Organization.
  • My Kung Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Anything the other characters can do, Alice can do better via Awesomeness by Analysis.
  • Nature vs. Nurture: Several characters insist that with her concentration powers and a strong desire to live freely, Alice would've turned into a monster even if the Organization hadn't ruined her life since before she was born. It's bullshit, but she does have her fixation with having no choice but to kill, and so much trauma and frustration pile up that she starts believing it can only get worse.
  • Near-Death Experience: She sure felt like this when Kumo tried to kill her when they first met.
  • Neck Snap: Kills Kuramoto by crushing her neck with thread. Would she have done the same to Oki had the roach chickened out or betrayed her back when she tried to convince Hibiki to leave them alone?...
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: No matter how dire the crisis, the Alice Fujii spider always comes up with some technique she learned from Kumo in her two weeks of training. Meanwhile, most of the other characters are limited to a single species of a insect to get their techniques from.
  • Nice Girl: Despite being willing to kill people, she would rather avoid it and is usually very polite and friendly.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Her attempts to directly protect Yoriko and Kuramoto despite being able to halt the Arachnid Hunt by escaping it are wasted because both of them were false friends who plotted the whole incident to begin with. Downplayed with her friendship with Gokiburi, who never quits being a sexual predator but at least honestly cares for Alice.
  • No, I Am Behind You: Taunts Dinoponera with this maneuver by using a trap to quickly swap their positions.
  • No Social Skills: She was enough of a shut-in to not even know what a shopping mall is.
  • Nothing Personal: Alice sheepishly tells her teacher Amenbo she's glad that she somehow survived being drowned while trapped underwater, despite Amenbo having tried to kill her.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Dinoponera notes that Alice fights in a sloppy way to distract and bait her opponents into the traps she sets... but still falls for it.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: On the moment she begins to outperform Dinoponera, she goes from being unconscious with Dinoponera sitting on her to somehow standing far behind the ant girl, who hadn't even finished standing up.
  • One-Woman Army: One scene has Alice say that unlike Kabutomushi her abilities are not good for fighting large groups of people, which doesn't make a lick of sense. Thanks to her amazing spatial awareness and traps, she can take down a dozen people while barely moving. The series even ends with Alice fighting hordes of zombies on her own, without using Kumoito.
  • Only Sane Woman: For someone who's repeatedly called a natural-born bloodthirsty murderer who's always thinking up ways to kill everyone she meets, Alice is very reasonable and never really does anything that could make her unsympathetic to the reader.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Who becomes a spider-themed assassin.
  • Oxygenated Underwater Bubbles: Like the Diving Bell Spider, Alice is able to collect air on her webs to survive underwater. She uses this to trick and defeat Amenbo.
  • Panty Shot: Notably, it's after Oki flips her skirt and raids her other panties that Alice begins wearing pantyhose.
  • People Puppets: She can trap people with her threads to force them to move against their will. And if Alice happens to be paralysed or too hurt to move, she can pull herself around too. She calls it "Marionette del Ragno" in chapter 49.
  • Pose of Supplication:
    • Apologizes to Oki with this pose, feeling guilty about Oki and Yoriko being involved in her assassin troubles. In a much sadder scene, she falls to her knees over Yoriko's "corpse" and doesn't even get any peace to mourn her.
    • After Kabutomushi kills Yoriko for good and saves Alice, the spider-girl kneels in despair again while saying she wants to give proper burial to her former friend and her father Suzumebachi.
  • Post-Victory Collapse:
    • Alice faints some time after fighting Hibiki and is taken home by Oki.
    • Being so wounded that she has to pull herself around with strings, Alice collapses right after scaring Dinoponera away. While trying to help Alice, Kabutomushi realizes she is actually luring her into a trap because she doesn't trust her yet.
    • After killing Ginyanma, Alice falls on her back yet again. Yoriko picks her up, but only so she can throw poor Alice off the school's rooftop.
  • Power Copying: After understanding how Dinoponera's Concentration Driving Force works, Alice takes it for herself.
  • Power Incontinence: If left unckecked, her C.E.C. makes her space out and not pay attention to anything but what she is currently thinking or looking at.
  • Powers in the First Episode: Learned how to control her mental disorder and the Kumoito in the first volume.
  • Pragmatic Heroine: She is willing to kill as a last resort to protect herself and her friends.
  • Privileged Rival: Alice had a troubled but average life before she quickly learned to use to use her mental disorder as a power, so she becomes this trope in the eyes of Dinoponera, who had been fighting for years before she awakened her ability.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Alice starts wearing those after the panty raid attempts from Goki.
  • Properly Paranoid: Alice sets traps everywhere she goes and puts nooses on everyone she meets. It pays off.
  • Razor Floss: While Alice's strings aren't sharp like the usual examples of this trope nor do they have fantastical aspects such as turning herself or her surroundings into string, she still has a Paranoia Fuel-heavy weapon that allows her to control the environment as she pleases without anyone noticing. Her enemies regularly stumble on layers upon layers of traps set from out of nowhere and get restrained and controled or outright hanged and neck-snapped. The strings can also be used as tools to craft barriers, collect underwater air and detect sounds in a 20m radius.
  • Recursive Ammo: Can make her strings unravel into a web of thinner ones that go unnoticed by the other assassins with Super Senses. They of course remain, somehow, as resistant as usual.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Dinoponera's red. Alice cools her head to concentrate and work up her string traps, though turning redder than Dinoponera is what helps her against Sasori...
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Not happy at all to have her clothes torn off by enemies every few chapters, and most of the pin-up posters she gets have her looking bashful.
  • Repressed Memories: Alice avoids thinking about her mother's suicide and often gets interrupted when she does, as she believes her mother had killed herself because of her. But when Alice finally comes to reflect on what happened, she realizes she was most likely not at fault.
  • Retractable Weapon: The blade on the Kumoito. The thread is often left lying around to trap Alice's enemies.
  • Reused Character Design: Of Turis Flag, the spider-themed assassin from Shinya Murata's previous work, Jackals. In fact, Arachnid started out as a 2001 one-shot with Turis as the heroine. After Pure in Killing Bites and Himeno in Himenospia, the author can be expected to put a character who resembles or acts like Alice (or as a foil to her) in every other story.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: It's bad enough that Sasori kills Yoriko, but then she tells Alice that she too is going to die like her mother did, which immensely enrages Alice.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: A dark pink-haired Shrinking Violet.
  • Sanity Slippage: Towards the end, Alice accepts she's close to her breaking point and will eventually end up killing anyone who remotely presents a threat to her.
  • Scars Are Forever: Dinoponera's torture of Alice left her with scarred palms and presumably scarred arms, legs and buttcheeks. However, Hayami Tokisada doesn't portray them in Blattodea — much like how Imomushi is supposed to be Covered with Scars that we can't see.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Alice all but outright says she has romantic feelings for Oki.
  • Shameful Strip: A then-villainous Oki forces Alice to strip as part of her demands for releasing Yoriko. Oki would have had Alice crawl around the school while naked for further humiliation, but thankfully it turned out Yoriko hadn't been kidnapped at all and Alice fights back. Much later, Alice is stripped by Sara's minions and is forced to have sex with a also semi-naked Kuramoto in front of them.
  • Ship Tease: Alice goes from being understandably annoyed at Oki's Stalker with a Crush tendencies to having outbursts of jealously when the roach girl is near a half-naked Geji. She also gets a little tease with Kuramoto and Dinoponera. She kills the first and is on bad terms with the latter. She also ditches Oki in the end because she's tired of people trying to jump on her and thinks being alone with Oki could only end with her unintentionally going berserk and strangling the hapless roach to death.
  • Shovel Strike: Alice smashes a guy's face so hard with a shovel that his eye gets ripped out. Notably, it's the last attack she uses in the story after losing her thread-knife-gun.
  • Shrinking Violet: Has been growing out of this since Kumo died.
  • Skyward Scream: Lets out a long despairing scream after she kills Kumo.
  • Smash Sisters: With Oki, but aside from capturing Kirigirisu they spend most of the story separated, fighting on their own.
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: Tries to keep Yoriko from smoking.
  • Smug Super: Alice sometimes muses on how spiders are the deadliest of all arthropods, but her enemies are smug extraordinaries themselves and have it coming. In particular, Alice shamelessly flaunts to Dinoponera how her brain condition allows her to quickly copy and improve on the advanced concentration method Dinoponera took years to learn, just to make the previously smarmy Child Soldier reckless and easy to catch.
  • Sole Survivor: After her uncle is killed, she has no relatives left.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Fujii/Fuji.
  • Stepford Smiler: Alice tends to be rather shy and depressed, but when Kuramoto talks to her about her family and bullying issues, she smiles and acts like all of it is no big deal.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Alice eats Crazy-Prepared for breakfast and is an Instant Expert who's very creative with her threads, so no matter how bad things seem to be for her she tends to turn the tides against her enemies all on her own with some impressive counter attack or a strategy she had planned in advance. She ends up getting nerfed at the end of Arachnid, losing the Kumoito after an impressive sharpshooting feat.
  • Stunned Silence: A sizable amount of panels in Chapter 68 are of a speechless Alice gawking at Yoriko's countless absurd revelations and demands. Afterwards, it is as if Alice reacting in complete confusion to anything becomes a Running Gag.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: When Sasori shows up to dare Alice to a fight after Yoriko is killed, Alice accepts it despite Kabutomushi's protests, the loss of the Kumoito and being barely able to even stand. Kabutomushi just blasts Alice out of the air in response, so the spider-girl is at least spared from possibly being humiliated like Dinoponera or even straight-up killed.
  • Super Drowning Skills: She can't swim. Good thing her sports teacher is willing to train her alone after class, eh?
  • Super Reflexes: She has this as an effect of C.E.C.. From her perspective, it's like Time Stands Still.
  • Super Speed: She's very agile and her concentration ability allows her to do cut corners and catch up to people like Oki.
  • Superpower Lottery: Alice's C.E.C. ability gives her incredibly heightened senses to avoid any danger and make life or death decisions on the fly. It allows her to control her string weapon with surgical precision and overwhelm people with traps. Most importantly, she can absorb decades' worth of knowledge in a short amount of time.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Despite all the trouble Dinoponera caused and knowing nothing about what she went though, after trapping her Alice can't bring herself to hurt her any further, since she's now a sobbing wreck who's begging for mercy and crying about how she just wanted a friend.
  • Tender Tears: Often cries Tears of Joy out of concern for her friends, especially when Yoriko doesn't think badly of her for having killed before and remains her friend. Those become Broken Tears not too long after Sasori makes her presence known.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Despite her mindset that she has to kill to survive, she's actually very ashamed for having killed at least two people. She feels she's suffering from Sanity Slippage and can't truly become friends with Yoriko and Oki because of it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Begins as a normal girl, but is trained to kill and grows more skilled from each battle.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: It's implied early on that she likes pudding. Oki later confirms that Alice loves it "more than the three main meals".
  • Tragic Keepsake:
    • The Kumoito, after Kumo's death. She also keeps an amusement park ticket that her mother gave her some time before she supposedly killed herself.
    • In Blattodea, Alice nearly gets caught and raped by the zombies when one pulls her by the teddy bear Kumo gave her. So far, tt is unclear if she got to keep the plush after Hanakamakiri saved her.
  • Training from Hell: Alice had no choice but to become Kumo's apprentice and receive strict training from him. Fortunately for her, she's a very fast learner.
  • Tranquil Fury: Even in her worst moments of ire, Alice cools down into this trope after some time.
  • Trap Master: She can set thread traps everywhere around her in moments and capture even the most careful and attentive of her foes.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Alice goes through a large amount of both physical and mental trauma as the story goes on. And a lot of it takes place over the course of a single day!
  • Unexpected Successor: To Kumo.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Practically burns with hate while fighting Sasori after she killed Yoriko and actually manages to see and avoid Sasori's tail attacks while staring her down the entire time.
  • Unwitting Pawn:
    • Alice won't leave the Arachnid Hunt without Yoriko, Oki and Kuramoto. Unknowingly to her, the last one is who started this whole mess. Subverted in the long run, because Alice had set strings on Kuramoto and eventually learned about her intentions before being caught. And then it is played straight when it turns out the one behind everything, everything, is her precious friend Yoriko.
    • At one point, Imomushi makes fun of Alice lamenting being targeted by everyone, saying the girl is just a distraction for something much grander. While there was indeed a Zombie Apocalypse in the works, the ironic thing is that Alice's life was far more tied to the Organization than either of them could've thought. And although Alice ultimately was expendable in the Boss' eyes for refusing to cooperate with her, Suzumebachi and Hanakamakiri were plotting to make Alice the new Boss the whole time and Imomushi had no idea.
  • Victory by Endurance: She often tanks big amounts of damage and drags fights, learning her opponents' patterns and leading them to get trapped by her threads either due to carelessness or because it's that hard not to when they're all over the place.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: When Alice finally goes crazy at the end of Arachnid and begins racking up kills, it is from fighting the semi-undead Army Ant drones. In regards to more significant characters, she feels glad Amenbo survived, argues killing Dinoponera would be "pitiful", regrets killing Kuramoto and acts like Yoriko's death was also her fault. Sasori and Ginyanma, on the other hand, can go to hell for all she cares.
  • When She Smiles:
    • Alice is meek and gloomy most of the time from all the bad things that happen to her, so seeing her able to smile brightly is quite the heartwarming sight... until the proverbial rug is inevitably pulled from under her feet seconds later in most of such instances.
    • The only time Alice is shown taking pleasure in injuring someone is when she smiles smugly after crashing the Kumoito on Suzumebachi. She's getting a bit edgy, but good for her.
  • The Worf Barrage: It's scary to see her lunging at people in a most freaky way to rip their necks off, but Alice has never defeated anyone with that move and is always knocked off either during or after the leap.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • She seems to forget her wounds from fighting Dinoponera during her battle against Sasori, but after winning she gets overwhelmed by the brainwashed student mob that she would likely be able to defeat if she wasn't so physically and mentally drained. The truth is that by then she already knew Kuramoto was deceiving her and lost on purpose to be taken to her without raising suspicions.
    • Turns out one reason Alice was doing badly against Dinoponera is that she was concerned about a certain something her "string telephone" let her realize at that time.
  • You Can Barely Stand: While fighting Dinoponera, Alice was so hurt that she could only move by pulling herself like a puppet. Then she made an effort to defend herself against Sara's henchman after being separated from Kabutomushi, but it was hopeless. Thankfully, Hibiki kicked him away.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has pink-colored hair. The tone varies with each illustration — its closer to dark purple or red on the volume covers but is colored lighter in some other promotional artwork.
  • You Killed My Father: Alice doesn't care much about Kumo having killed her abusive uncle. Surpassing Kumo in two weeks, outsmarting and then holding him at gunpoint is enough payback for both that and how he kidnapped her. When Sasori reveals she had a hand on her mother's death, though, then Alice becomes livid. Furthermore, it was Suzumebachi—Alice's own father—who was told by the Boss to poison his wife to death. After he explains this the Boss has him shot dead and comes to introduce herself to Alice. The identity of this person ultimately responsible for Alice's mom's death and who just had her deadbeat dad's head blown off? Yoriko.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wore Grade A for a couple of volumes, but wears pantyhose later.

    Yoriko Tajima 

Yoriko Tajima (田嶋 頼子; Tajima Yoriko)

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A student who bullied Alice until she turned out to be more dangerous than expected, but then gradually became nicer after letting Alice live with her, even if initially it's just for the sake of protecting herself from the Organization.
  • Alpha Bitch: Begins the story as one, but gets better.
  • Animal Motifs: When Yoriko asks Alice if she really is the kind to murder people, a nearby spider is shown preying on a butterfly. But no, Yoriko's bug is something else...
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Asked Alice if a person with a personality like hers could really be a murderer. Alice only agreed with her to avoid souring their relationship.
  • The Bully: She abused Alice in the beginning to the point Alice considered killing her, but after the first encounter with Sasori, Yoriko has to keep Alice with her for protection and the two begin to get along.
  • The Chick: Doesn't have a very nice personality to match the trope but isn't a fighter and encourages Alice and Oki from a distance, while also being a reason Alice tries to not get too carried away with her killing instinct.
  • Damsel in Distress: It's subverted in the first time because Oki lied about kidnapping her. Yoriko does try to stay out of harm's way when Alice is fighting other assassins, but is still vulnerable to this trope. At least it seems the assassins, or at least Jigabachi, have been told to not kill her. Because unknowingly to them, she is their boss. This doesn't keep Jigabachi from trying to fry her brain, Dinoponera from wanting to stab her or Sasori from trying to poison her to death.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Had a lonely childhood thanks to the death of her mother and her father's neglect. What's really going on, though, is that over the past decades running the Organization, Yoriko has barely had any friends or a family to care about.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Gets beaten up by Alice and becomes her friend.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Despite their rough start, Yoriko comes to care for Alice as a friend.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Yoriko tells Alice that they shouldn't let their family issues bother them, but to her annoyance Alice still sheds a tear upon hearing of her past.
  • Easily Forgiven: Since Alice can beat her up, almost killed her in revenge and Yoriko lets homeless Alice live with her, Alice forgave Yoriko for all the bullying she did. Alice is desperate about having friends, after all. But not so much that she'd brush off Yoriko turning out to be the Manipulative Bitch who ruined her family.
  • Forehead of Doom: Oki makes fun of Yoriko's hairstyle, calling her "Miss Forehead".
  • Heel–Face Turn: After almost having her brains blown out, bullying Alice doesn't seem so fun anymore.
  • Hidden Depths: She's actually the Organization's boss and has been living for over a century.
  • Jerkass: Introduced as a horrible bully, but she becomes softer, if still rude, after Alice beats some sense into her.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Alice really treasures her and is desperate to personally get her safe-and-sound out of the Arachnid Hunt.
  • Minor Living Alone: Lived alone until she took Alice and Oki in, due to having no contact with her father or stepmother.
  • Mugging the Monster: This happens once Alice learns to fight. She retaliates against Yoriko and almost kills her. However, Yoriko already knew Alice, the daughter of Suzumebachi, was being trained by Kumo and was very likely becoming very a danguerous person, so this looks even dumber in hindsight.
  • Near-Death Experience: Alice tackled her into a wall and would have shot her to death if she didn't break down due to feeling so sick at the idea of killing someone.
  • Non Action Girl: The best Yoriko can do is a Kabuto Slide of sorts by flailing a mop around.
  • Not So Different: Yoriko comes to admit that both herself and Alice suffer from having no family and figures she should treat her better, as long as Alice learns to stand up for herself.
  • Odd Friendship: This grumpy delinquent becomes close with the rather murderous Shrinking Violet she bullied for little to no reason. Even when Yoriko's adamance at getting rid of Alice for knowing too much gets herself killed, she dies telling Alice she cares about her.
  • Only Sane Woman: It speaks volumes that the cruel bully from the beginning is one of the few sane people in the story. Or is she?
  • Ordinary High-School Student: She's just a normal delinquent student...
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother died and her father left her alone for unknown reasons. She says she doesn't get along well with her stepmother either. The truth is that Yoriko lost her real family long ago. The man who looked like her father was actually her adopted son, who was to kill himself and be replaced by Alice's father, who held the Polistes Wasp title.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Looks serious or annoyed most of the time.
  • Really Dead Montage: After Sasori poisons Yoriko to death, Alice cries over her body while reminiscing their times spent together... only for Yoriko to survive, reveal herself as the true big bad and try to throw Alice off the school before being blown off by Kabutomushi. A heartbroken Alice goes over the same thoughts again as Yoriko is about to die for real.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Has the guts to call out Dinoponera of all people on how she is being such a troublesome bitch to Alice.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Alice disagrees, though.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: When Alice asks if they can still be friends despite her being a murderer, Yoriko replies that yes, she doesn't mind that about her. The next thing a very happy and thankful Alice sees is a huge scorpion tail stinging Yoriko, who immediately falls dead... for a while.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After she stops bullying Alice, she does consider Alice and Oki her friends and later admits it to Alice.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Yoriko already was mean and cynical in her childhood. This is a hint that she didn't actually have the mind of a child.
  • Tsundere: Towards Alice.
  • Walking Spoiler: There's plenty more to Yoriko than it may seem...
  • When She Smiles: Sometimes shows her more caring side to Alice. In fact, it's the last thing she does.

    Cockroach/Gokiburi 

Cockroach (ゴキブリ; Gokiburi), alias Megumi Oki (沖 めぐみ; Oki Megumi)

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A quiet student from Alice's class who turns out to be a sadomasochistic lesbian girl and a member of the Organization. Gokiburi is sent by Hibiki to kill Alice but tries to enslave her instead. After being defeated, she's taken home by Alice and becomes devoted to her. Oki has various abilities related to cockroaches, from their high speed, strength and durability to how they can react to sudden shifts in air current and become slippery by sweating lots of oil.

She has been trained by Kabutomushi, who in Caterpillar tasks her with assassinating Imomushi in order to graduate from the assassin training institute Pomario. After Arachnid, Goki is focused on finding Alice who has been finally caught by the Organization.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Alice doesn't seem very bothered by the perverted attention she gets from Oki, other than restraining her with thread if she gets too clingy. And she doesn't want Oki to lust after anyone else. She doesn't even care that Goki wants to rape her as much as everyone else, and only leaves at the end because she's afraid of going mad and killing Goki for any reason.
  • Airplane Arms: Runs with her arms behind herself.
  • All Webbed Up: Alice finds that just tying her sound-detecting string to Oki's finger isn't enough to make her behave, so she completely wraps Oki in thread once.
  • Animal Motifs: A perverted cockroach girl.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: When a baby Goki was about to starve to death from being abandoned by her parents, she caught sight of a cockroach and her body subconciously adapted into having that bug's characteristics.
  • Attempted Rape: When Hibiki sent his goons to perform a "purification cerimony" on her, but Alice put an end to that. At the end, though, Goki plans to repay this by "forcefully raping" Alice herself, which is Played for Laughs.
  • Badass Adorable: A cute roach who's good at wrestling.
  • Badass Back: She has a habit of turning her back to people when she stands behind them.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • When Kabutomushi is having a hard time fighting Dorcus titanus, Goki gets to bring Kabuto's secret weapon to her.
    • "Saved" Alice from Hibiki, who actually had just rescued Alice from Sara and the Media army ants.
    • She and Kabutomushi rescue Alice from certain death at the end of Arachnid.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Goki enjoys dominating her opponents and at one point is dressed in a dominatrix outfit to torture Yoriko. Sometimes she claims she gets off on being hated and humiliated, but Goki never actually displays Too Kinky to Torture traits when she's being beaten up.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Oki's personality seems to remain the same when she's mind-controlled by Anabachi, but she's forced to see him as Alice. She's affected to the point that she doesn't notice how strange "Alice"'s orders are and gladly attempts to torture Yoriko when "she" asks even though Anabachi is explaining the situation to Yoriko right in front of her.
  • Bridal Carry: Carries Alice and Yoriko like this while taking them away from danger.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Oki wets herself when Alice overpowers her and fires a gun too close to her face.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Oki is the one who gets into some of the most embarrassing situations in both stories and basically gets her butt kicked constantly. In the prequel, all she does is stand to the side looking stupid, scared of whatever Kabutomushi is currently handling.
    • From a meta angle, too. In Killing Bites, Eruza is obviously "Gokiburi with a cat-girl theme" when she's first introduced and she too gets beaten up a lot. Despite being the one who finishes off the main villain of the Destroyale arc, she then gets knocked out by a cowardly bunny-girl due to a fluke. In Choubu no Shinobi, Goki gets a counterpart with blue hair. She seemingly gets poisoned to death right after scoring her first kill, but actually just sits out of the conflict until the end and tries to assassinate the protagonists. Then the story's child counterpart of Kabutomushi slams her head-first into the floor. Finally, one point of the sequel Blattodea is that it hypes cockroaches as beings superior to spiders but Goki is immediately usurped by Chiyuri, a wild American roach.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Says the name of her abilities out loud.
  • Catchphrase: Hers is saying that she enjoys being hated.
  • Character Tic: Shinya has drawn Goki grabbing people by the head in some illustrations like it is a quirk of hers, even though she only does it once, to Geji, in the story proper.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: She's been trained to detect air pressure changes, to fight while unconscious and to... sweat lots of oil from her skin?
  • Child Soldier: Presumably got taken in by the Organization and endured Kabutomushi's training at Pomario since she was a little kid.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Since Alice is so unpopular, Oki doesn't need to be jealous of her until Kuramoto and Dinoponera come along.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Was taught by Kabutomushi to use her oil secretion ability to leave a trail for Kabuto to follow in case she needed help. And even if Oki becomes unconscious, she can still attack randomly.
  • Cute and Psycho: Oki's not that bad in comparison with some of the other insect assassins who are way more deranged, but Yoriko still can't quite trust her personality.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's much stronger than she looks. An artwork even depicts her doing pushups while Kabutomushi is sitting on her and lifting weights.
  • Damsel in Distress: When she got defeated by Hibiki and Kirigirisu, but Alice was already nearby to help in both fights. She is once again beaten up and captured along with Geji in chapter 60.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Before being taken to an orphanage, Gokiburi was left to die alone in a wrecked home when she was just 2 years-old. This near death experience somehow awakened cockroach powers within her.
  • Death Glare: Gives murderous glares to Geji, who wanted to kill Alice, and to Dinoponera, who had kissed Alice.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Alice corners her and makes it clear that she could kill Oki if she wanted, but would rather have her as an ally instead.
  • Depending on the Artist: Ifuji Shinsen drew her with Big Ol' Eyebrows in Arachnid, but in sketches by Shinya or the other stories illustrated by Hayami Tokisada she doesn't have them. Also noticeable is that in colored illustrations drawn by Ifuji, at some point Goki is consistently portrayed with the ends of her twintails dyed pink.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Amusingly enough, Alice chooses to fight an entire rape zombie apocalypse on her own instead of letting Oki exploit the moment to get her into having Sex for Solace.
  • Dumb Muscle: She has described herself as a "blockhead with enormous strength".
  • Dynamic Entry: She once came from nowhere to kick Hibiki into a hole, thinking he was a threat to Alice.
  • Easily Forgiven: Alice doesn't really trust Goki at first and keeps her under close watch (which Goki doesn't mind) while worrying that she would betray her. Alice comes to feel bad for this once she realizes Goki really would risk her own life for her sake.
  • Electric Torture: While mind-controlled, she attempts to do this to Yoriko because "Alice" asked.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Goki seriously considers employing emotional manipulation and rape on Alice, but won't go as far as raping Alice while she's too injured to even move (though she kinda regrets it).
  • Evil Feels Good: Gets turned on by people being angry at her.
  • Expressive Hair: Her antennae move when she reacts to something or is detecting the flow of air.
  • Faux Action Girl: When first introduced, Gokiburi acts like she's plenty skilled and even has fought some arachnid person before Alice before, which isn't ever elaborated upon. In Caterpillar, Kabutomushi also mentions Goki is among the best of her students. Looking back, though, Goki has a terrible battle performance across both series. The single person Goki defeats gets walloped alongside her when they team up afterwards.
  • Flash Step: She constantly does those.
  • Freudian Excuse: Appears to have trust issues and her general nasty personality from being abandoned by her parents as a baby.
  • Friendless Background: Had no friends before meeting Alice. Her sadomasochistic tendencies probably didn't help.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Woman: Oki slaps herself to quit hesitating to talk to Hibiki about not killing Alice.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Wields a pair of poisoned "Goki Fang" blades in the prequel.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Wears her hair like this.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Back when she lived in an orphanage, she beat up some kids to get a bunny plush for herself. Also, in the aforementioned babyhood backstory, there was a different bunny plush close to her.
  • Go Through Me: When she defends a weakened Alice from Sasori.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Oki had a gun in the early chapters, but nevermind that...
  • Hair Antennae: She identified so much with a cockroach back when she was a poor abandoned toddler that she spontaneously got antennae and presumably the rest of her abilities with them.
  • Happiness in Slavery: After her defeat, Oki only wants to serve Alice (or so she says). It helps that Alice isn't remotely interested in having a slave, and just treats her as a friend instead.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Begins as an antagonist but becomes Alice's most loyal friend.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: The stripperiffic dominatrix costume that for whatever reason Anabachi dressed Goki in while brainwashing her.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Uses "Air Detection" to avoid attacks by detecting changes in air direction and pressure.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She tells Alice that being alone is convenient for her job, but doesn't sound too happy about it and is glad to have become friends with her.
  • In-Series Nickname: Some characters shorten her codename to Goki.
  • Informed Attribute: Is supposedly a competent up-and-comer assassin when she really isn't and is supposedly a Combat Sadomasochist despite rarely if ever acting the part.
  • Irony: She seems to like telling enemies to be her slaves, but gets "enslaved" by Alice and brainwashed by Anabachi.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Goki is plenty friendly and helpful to Alice, and genuinely so, but the ending shows she still would rape her if she had the chance.
  • Kick the Dog: Oki starts out plenty bitchy, trying to turn Alice into her sex slave, stripping and kicking her for laughs. Afterwards she does grow devoted to Alice but at the very end it turns out she isn't above acting in bad faith to force the spider-girl to have sex with her, bringing up the time Alice saved her from getting raped while planning to rape her in return.
  • Little Miss Badass: A bit shorter than Alice, but is still a dangerous fighter (not that she gets to show it off much).
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Alice becomes very, very concerned about Goki's well-being, and the roach intends to exploit this to get into her pants.
  • Loners Are Freaks: She claims to love being hated, but gets (kind of) better after befriending Alice.
  • Love at First Punch: Oki got interested in Alice when she became a threat to the Organization. After being defeated and spared, Oki comes to respect and admire her more.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: She briefly gets those kind of eyes while mind-controlled by Anabachi.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Her blue school uniform.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her panty raid and dominatrix antics have been remarkable. And she wears a Playboy Bunny costume all the time in the prequel.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Is very tough despite her looks. And unlike Kabutomushi, Oki isn't augmented.
  • The Nameless: Discusses this with Alice. "Megumi Oki" is a name the Organization gave her. Given how she was abandoned as a baby, she might not even know what her birth name is, and much less care about it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Oki takes Alice to rest with Yoriko inside a locked and under maintenance room when she is asked to search for Kuramoto. However, that room was set that way by Sasori to spring an ambush on Alice. And the Ant Queen has cameras everywhere and makes her servants force their way inside to rape Alice, who didn't have a chance to put a barricade on the door.
  • No, I Am Behind You: And looking the other way for good measure.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Alice walks on her while she's taking an unconscious Geji's clothes for herself. Amusingly, Alice is only disturbed because she's jealous.
  • Offhand Backhand: Hits Geji with one, then misses another while fighting Kirigirisu. That poor violin...
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Here one moment, gone the next. That's how Gokiburi is.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Not really.
  • Panty Shot: Of note is that we see her panties when she's on the floor after being captured by Kirigirisu, even though she was stripped of her usual outfit by Anabachi and didn't take Geji's underwear while stealing her clothes. In a omake the author concludes Goki was carrying a spare pair of panties just in case something like being brainwashed and and forced to wear a bondage getup would happen.
  • Panty Thief: On her first night with Alice, she sneaks away to mess around with her beloved's panties.
  • Parental Abandonment: An omake shows her living in an orphanage when she was 5 years-old. The prequel further explains that Oki was left to die when she was 2 years-old.
  • Playboy Bunny: Oki wears a black bunny costume in the prequel.
  • Poisoned Weapons: As expected from a cockroach, her Goki Blades induce sickness on anyone she cuts. This is something she only used in the prequel, though.
  • Pose of Supplication: Apologizes to Alice with this pose after her attempt at asking for Hibiki's help goes terribly wrong. Later she drops into it again when Alice says she likes Kuramoto.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: She acts soft around Alice, but is not as nice to everyone else.
  • Say It with Hearts: Hearts appear in her speech bubbles on occasion, especially if she's talking to Alice.
  • Schoolgirl Psycho Lesbian: Oki fought Alice to make her a sex slave, but her psychotic crush only made her happy to surrender and work for Alice when she proved too strong.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Imomushi and Kabutomushi's duel in the prequel ended with the latter accidentally flooding the corridor they were in. By the time the two begin to freak out and run, Goki is already miles away. She even isn't seen at all for the rest of the chapter. During the Arachnid Hunt, she considers accepting Kirigirisu's advice to immediately leave the school, but follows Alice's choice to search for Yoriko instead.
  • Sex for Solace: After the Arachnid Hunt is done with and Japan has gone to hell, Goki starts planning to make her moves on a depressed Alice — going as far as to contemplate raping the poor spider girl. Alice leaves without a word, though, and starts taking out her frustrations on the zombies instead.
  • Shameful Strip: When Goki asks the Weaver Ant triplets to help her carry the Hercules Horn over to Kabutomushi, they tell her to strip for them first. She does show off her breasts with an amusing embarrassed face, but then also strips them and takes pictures to blackmail the boys into serving her.
  • Ship Tease: With Alice, of course. There's also some Foe Romance Subtext between her and Geji, with Alice being jealous even though, Oki complimenting Geji's looks aside, the roach and the centipede don't seem really interested in each other. One promotional poster shows the two eating popsicles together at a beach, bu both look very annoyed about it.
  • Slave Collar: Oki tells Alice to wear one and crawl naked around the school, but she is who comes to wear it with pride after becoming Alice's "slave".
  • Smash Sisters: During Arachnid, Oki would like to be this with Alice but they rarely get a chance to unite against anyone. The one time it happened was just the roach goofing around and getting caught so Alice could reveal she had set traps on their enemy while he was busy. Oki later teams up with Geji to look for Kuramoto, but that doesn't last either...
  • Smug Smiler: Plenty smug.
  • Smug Super: She's very confident about her speed, but it doesn't look all that special when a lot of the other assassins are stealthy or fast enough to seemingly teleport around in all sorts of ways.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Oki is a flirty and perverted girl who spies on Alice and steals her panties, but for someone who wanted to enslave Alice "like in the bad ending of an eroge", she does have her limits and is portrayed as very loyal and caring. Alice isn't too bothered by her friend's antics and sometimes shows that she does reciprocate Oki's feelings.
  • Stripperiffic: She spends some chapters on a leather dominatrix outfit that Anabachi made her wear after mind-controlling her.
  • Super Reflexes: Thanks to her Air Detection ability she has an easy time dodging things.
  • Super Senses: She can easily feel the direction and pressure of air and use that to dodge attacks.
  • Super Speed: She's able to run incredibly fast.
  • Super Strength: She is surprisingly strong.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After becoming friends with Alice.
  • Training from Hell: According to her, Kabutomushi's training begins with students being knocked out until they learn to move and fight in an unconscious state.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Already wanted slaves back when she was a little kid.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has one when Imomushi reads her moves in the prequel and starts ineffectively swinging her knives in frustation until Kabutomushi takes over the fight.
  • Villainous Crush: Oki's crush on Alice soon results in a Heel–Face Turn and makes her behave well around the spider.
  • Unconscious Objector: If Oki gets attacked while she's unconscious, she dashes around and attacks randomly until she wakes up. Although the narrator goes into an analogy about how cockroaches have two brains to explain this ability, Kabutomushi teaches it to all of her students.
  • Undying Loyalty: She obeys whatever Alice says and this becomes a bad thing when Anabachi exploits this to brainwash Oki and make her torture Yoriko. Despite her obvious ulterior motives, by the end of the story Oki really is one of the few people who haven't manipulated, betrayed or repeatedly tried to kill Alice.
  • Use Your Head: Although Oki can fight while knocked out, it appears all she can do in that state are tackles and headbutts.
  • The Worf Effect: Oki is introduced as a formidable member of the Organization, but quickly becomes someone who's beaten up to show off the skills of new antagonists. Even her supposedly incredible speed is no big deal since most of the cast keeps popping out of nowhere behind each other. Furthermore, even Riokku, a guy who's pretty much the series' designated Jobber, scored more wins than her both in and off-panel!
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: She tells Geji that she doesn't care about the Organization anymore and will kill or protect people as she wishes.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Uses lariats and dropkicks as finishing moves. And holds Geji in a Cobra Twist once.
  • Yandere: Says that if Alice liked any boys, she would kill them.
  • Years Too Early: Oki uses this taunt against Alice and Anabachi, but she was declaring victory too soon. Later she says it again for real after defeating Geji. Cockroaches have been around for a very long time, after all.


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