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The long list of bug-themed lunatics from Arachnid who are out to ruin a schoolgirl's day.


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    Spider/Kumo 

Spider (クモ; Kumo)

An experient member of the Organization who has trained Hibiki and Alice, the latter of which he kidnapped for having the same C.E.C. condition as him. Has had a death wish for quite a while, so even though he forms a bond with Alice, he forces her to fight and kill him.
  • Animal Motifs: All spider species.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Trains Alice to avoid being distracted by pointless things. Kumo himself is not shown acting like this, since he's long mastered his ability.
  • Badass Teacher: To Hibiki and Alice.
  • Bottomless Magazines: It seems Kumo could fill a lot of rooms with his threads without worrying about running out of them.
  • Cool Shades
  • Crazy-Prepared: Peharps not as crazy and paranoid as Alice, but he displayed some nice moves during his battle against Imomushi in the prequel, such as blocking her sudden attacks and making her unable to fire a gun at him by wrapping it in thread.
  • Cynical Mentor: Kumo appears strict towards Alice and says he's training her just because she can be useful against Suzumebachi, but does want the best for her. He once treated Hibiki similarly as well.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: C.E.C. did him no good before he learned to use it for killing.
  • Death Seeker: Has been looking for A Good Way to Die, so even though he comes to like Alice as a daughter, he trains her to surpass and kill him.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Gets killed by Alice in the first volume.
  • Disability Superpower: Also has "Congenital Excessive Concentration", which grants a combo of Instant Expert learning skills, Super Senses and Super Reflexes.
  • Hyper-Awareness: His C.E.C. ability grants him Hyperfocus.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He is Kumoito's original owner. It's said that its wire is made out of 190000 spider threads folded together and that they can withstand up to 600kg and 1500 degrees of heat.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The first person from Arachnid who attacks Imomushi in the Ageha group's ship during the prequel. He had actually been sent on very suspicious orders but didn't care because he values his own life that much.
  • The Mentor: Trains Alice and gets her to replace him. She spends the series remembering his various lessons to get out of trouble.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Forces Alice into a fight to the death after her training is finished.
  • One Last Smoke: Before her supposed mission to assassinate Suzumebachi, Alice finds Kumo smoking despite him having said he would stop...
  • Parental Substitute: Alice thought of him like this as he trained her. He does reciprocate her feelings, but sadly that doesn't keep Kumo from forcing Alice to kill him, which leaves her all alone and with no resources to fight against whatever assassins are thrown at her.
  • Posthumous Character: After his death, Alice and Hibiki sometimes remember his advices. It's also revealed he paid Kabutomushi to protect Alice.
  • Power of Trust: Upon being hired to protect Alice, Kabutomushi had threatened to run away with the money paid in advance without doing the job, but is convinced to do it because Kumo sincerely trusted she had the best skills to keep Alice safe.
  • Professional Killer: It's noted by Hibiki how impressive Kumo was for, unlike everybody else, assassinating people without excessive violence and rape.
  • Razor Floss: Almost indestructible wires that can be controlled remotely even when detached from the Kumoito make for terrifying traps that just seem to spawn everywhere in an instant.
  • Red Herring: C.E.C. may be a hereditary ability, but he's not Alice's biological father.
  • The Stoic: Always cold and calculated.
  • Suicide by Cop: Thought the best way to go was by his daughter's hand, like a sacrificial spider mother.
  • Too Powerful to Live: He uses this as an excuse to attack Alice and force her to fight him.
  • Trap Master: Uses his threads to capture and hang people.
  • Un-person: Died and got erased from history. Alice vows to carry his memory on.

    Hornet/Suzumebachi 

Hornet, Jin Togawa (スズメバチ; Suzumebachi)

The single member of the Organization who is able to contact their mysterious boss and acts as their front man.
  • Almighty Janitor: Prior to becoming Number Two of the Organization, Suzumebachi worked by day as a mailman.
  • Animal Motifs: Giant Japanese Hornets, the large wasps with potentially lethal toxins that dissolve human tissue. In the past he had the codename Ashinagabachi, after the Polistes genus of wasps.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Alice has learned from Kirigirisu that Suzumebachi is her father. He is responsible for her mother's death and according to Kumo, the Organization would crumble if Alice killed him. She later confronts him on the school's rooftop.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: We finally get to see how strong he is once Alice catches up to him.
  • Badass Back: Of course he pulls this trick as well as anyone else in this series.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: A sting over each hand. Instead of the flesh-melting effect of the giant asian hornets, they're based on paper wasp stings, whose pain can instantly kill the victim out of sheer shock.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: As soon as Jin got his promotion he became possessed by the will of the Boss, like all Suzumebachi before him. From time to time he'd get back to his senses and look after Ayana and baby Alice from afar, but that disrupted the powers of the Boss and Jin was eventually forced to kill Ayana in cold blood.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: His corpse shields Alice from a rifle bullet... out of a posthumous desire to help her instead of Alice pulling him with her strings. Sure. Also, clearly his shoulder is much sturdier than his head...
  • Death by Irony: Dies from a shot to the head like the previous Suzumebachi, and it happens just as suddenly. The killer was a sniping Ginyanma, whom Suzumebachi kept from killing Alice after her battle against Kumo in the beginning of the series.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Out of all things Alice could do, he didn't quite expect her to, say, drop her blade like an anvil on him. Although he tries to block it, it still goes through his arm and shoulder.
  • Disability Superpower: Congenital Excessive Concentration.
  • Disappeared Dad: Left his family behind in an effort to protect them from the Organization.
  • The Dragon: To the Organization's Boss.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He's loyal to the Boss' cause, being mind-controlled and all, but when he has no eyes on him he tries to give Alice a chance to escape the Arachnid hunt.
  • The Dreaded: He's noted to be a very danguerous person who is worthy of his position within the Organization, but his back-seat role in either story doesn't show much of what he can do. To his credit, he got a stealthy back stab on Imomushi to apparently kill her and is not only aware of the weaknesses of Alice's weapon, but also makes short work of Alice once she challenges him. For a while, at least.
  • Evil Makeover: Got a Beard of Evil and a Bald of Evil with sick tattoos when he had to abandon his family to become Suzumebachi. His clothes were the same back then, though.
  • Final Boss: He's the last person Alice has to fight before the secrets of the Organization are fully revealed to her. Ginyanma also threatens Alice's life after killing him, but she's more of a Post-Final Boss.
  • Flash Step: Warps across a large distance to get behind Alice when they begin fighting, because he's able to "stop time" like his daughter does.
  • Foreshadowing: His concern about Alice hints at him being her father. And if he's Alice's father, then he must also have her hereditary concentration superpower.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Sara is the mastermind of the Arachnid Hunt and the main antagonist for most of the story, while Suzumebachi manages the rest of the Organization in the background.
  • He Knows Too Much: The Boss has Ginyanma kill Suzumebachi before he can tell Alice anything he knows about the boss' identity. But this is because the Boss' ability requires him dead to replace him with Alice.
  • Hyper-Awareness: On the same level of Alice, if not above due to his greater experience.
  • In the Back: His prefered method of assassination is backstabbing people in such a a way that it instantly kills them from shock alone. It is how he gets rid of Imomushi, though she might have survived.
  • Kick the Dog: In the prequel he repeatedly tells Imomushi that it is her own fault her sister died but he knows she didn't and was secretly raised as an evil assassin. That's why Imomushi's out for his blood in the main story.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Upon getting his promotion he left his family behind and hoped they could be saved from the Organization's genocide plan. Unfortunately, this concern screwed with the Boss's agelessness powers and they tried to force him to kill his wife and daughter. Suzumebachi couldn't bring himself to kill Alice, but that didn't save her from the Boss' plans.
  • Legacy Character: Various people have served the Organization's Boss as Suzumebachi. Previous hornets include Hideki Tojo and an ambassador of Japan who was the Boss' adopted son.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Like Father, Like Son: Used to be a clumsy gentle man much like how Alice is now.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Alice is his daughter.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He claims to be loyal to the Boss but doesn't look like it sometimes, giving Alice chances to fight or flee during the Arachnid Hunt because she's his daughter. Turns out he never had a choice in the matter of becoming a vessel for the Boss and drawing the line at killing Alice made him expendable even before the start of the story.
  • Neck Lift: What better way to get your daughter to listen to why you abandoned her and killed her mother?
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: To his own defenseless daughter.
  • No Name Given: It's eventually revealed that he was named Jin Togawa back when he was Ashinagabachi.
  • No-Sell: Alice can hardly restrain him or block his attacks because he can effortlessly cut her threads. Alice gets around it by shooting the blade straight above into the sky so it pierces through Suzumebachi when it comes crashing down.
  • Offing the Offspring: Has given Alice chances to escape or become stronger during the Arachnid Hunt despite whatever orders he has been given by the boss, but shows no mercy to her in battle. Likely because at that point he feels killing Alice will save her from succeeding his role.
  • Put on a Bus: After talking to Dinoponera in chapter 37, he doesn't appear again until chapter 58, which not only confirms he had hired Kirigirisu for Alice's sake, but also shows him holding a locket with a picture of Alice and her mother.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His ability enables him to fire punches with extreme speed and precision, which he combines with his arm blades. Like Alice hasn't had enough of that already.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He's shot to death while trying to make amends with Alice. He still gets to help her from beyond the grave and this earns her forgiveness.
  • Stealth Mentor: Acts as one to Alice.
  • Super Reflexes: Plus Super Senses, given what his ability turns out to be.
  • Tragic Keepsake: A pendant with a picture of a child Alice and her mother.
  • Tragic Villain: Suzumebachi wanted to protect his family but became a puppet for the Boss and was forced to leave Ayana raising their daughter by herself. He is forced to kill Ayana in a test of loyalty and dies before he could reconcile with Alice.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Used to have grey hair, but he wasn't such a bad guy back in the day.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • It's implied he was the one who invited Dinoponera to the Arachnid Hunt to spur Alice's growth. He then sends Sasori to dispose of her after she loses.
    • After Suzumebachi refused to kill his own daughter, the Boss began plans to have her replace him. He is eventually killed after his loss to Alice.

    Dragonfly/Ginyanma 

Dragonfly (ギンヤンマ; Ginyanma)

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A sniper from the Organization. She was prepared to kill Alice after she killed Kumo, but got called off by Suzumebachi.
  • Abnormal Ammo: Her bullets are enhanced by dragonfly-like wings.
  • Animal Motifs: Dragonflies.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Cold Sniper: Literally all we saw about her is that she's a sniper.
  • Death by Irony: Shortly after sniping Suzumebachi, Ginyanma gets cut down the same way by Alice.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Back in her debut she was all covered up with no visible features save for googles and a beanie. Her gender and appearance are revealed when she next appears.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Averted for once. ...is what we'd say if poor dragonfly girl hadn't been no scoped by a magical knife.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: After using Suzumebachi's corpse to shield herself from Ginyanma's bullets, Alice is able to determine exactly where they're coming from and uses Kumoito to cut through Ginyanma's face.
  • Just Shoot Him: After Alice killed Kumo, Ginyanma argued that Alice could never join them and should be killed, but Suzumebachi stated the Boss needed Alice alive. And now both him and Ginyanma are dead.
  • Post-Final Boss: With Suzumebachi dead and Yoriko being a noncombatant, Ginyanma was the only one left to pose a threat to Alice. But if there's anything to be learned from what little screentime she got, is that even snipers standing a half-dozen kilometers away are no match for Alice.
  • Put on a Bus: Briefly appears in the beginning, looking over Alice and Kumo's Rooftop Confrontation. She says she'll keep an eye on the spider girl but isn't seen again for a long time. It is when Alice and Suzumebachi do battle that she returns to blow the loser's brains out and to get killed right after.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She barely appears in the story but Alice kills her as soon as she has the chance.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Inevitable when prior to her proper introduction she only appeared in chapter 5 for a couple of panels that gave little to no idea what she looks like, other than the googles and the beanie. If anything, the silhouette shown looks like that of a man.

    Praying Mantis/Kamakiri 

Mantis (カマキリ; Kamakiri)

An assassin who visits Alice after she killed Kumo to either take her to the Organization or kill her.

    Carrion Beetle/Shidemushi 

Carrion Beetle (シデムシ; Shidemushi)

A middle-aged man who cleans crime scenes and disposes of bodies and evidences left by the Organization's operations.

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    Scorpion/Sasori 

Scorpion (サソリ; Sasori)

A cruel assassin who infiltrates Alice's school as a part-time nurse and becomes interested in being the one to kill her. She uses syringes with poisons to paralyse, torture and kill her targets.
  • Animal Motifs: Scorpions. She has very danguerous poisons and a mechanical sting to befit her motif.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Her stinger was surgically implanted, but the ability to detect sounds with her body like scorpions do is just plain supernatural.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Rather than being hanged to death by Alice, Sasori stabs herself with her tail.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Has a long mechanical scorpion tail attached to her back which is loaded with her three toxins.
  • Catchphrase: She says that a scorpion has "three friends" and then explains the effects or her poisons.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: She always has a malicious smile on her face.
  • Climax Boss: Sasori's real battle against Alice begins as she kills Yoriko and claims to have killed her mother too, confirming all the suffering Alice has been through was not a coincidence. Alice internally screams that Sasori is her ultimate enemy in this battle royale.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Dissects her victims while they're numb and paralysed, but conscious.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Sasori usually avoids direct fights, going only after people who are off guard or weakened and paralyzing them as soon as she can.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Set fire to a chemistry room so she could ambush Alice a week later during the Arachnid Hunt. Of course, it turns out Alice had also visited that place beforehand.
  • Cute and Psycho
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Deadly Doctor: She really enjoys dismantling people.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Happily explains to Jigabachi how she found her life's calling back when she murdered her parents out of a twisted love for them.
  • Evil Feels Good: Hugs herself suggestively while her tail knocks Alice around, even comparing their battle to sexual intercourse.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: She explains her abilities and the effects of her toxins to people who she's already paralyzed.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Unlike other wicked females in the story, Sasori isn't really given any sympathetic traits to balance her well-mannered but sadistic personality and horrible murders.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When confronting Hibiki in chapter 16, a chunk of the doorframe above her explodes for no apparent reason. Later, how she paralysed Mukade without moving? That's because she has a mechanical scorpion tail.
    • In Caterpillar, when Imomushi first punches Sasori away she feels she's been countered by something and Sasori suddenly tears the rubble that's fallen over her afterwards.
  • Hammerspace: Despite her long coat, how was she walking around with a tail that long behind her for so long without anyone noticing? In some scenes - like when she poisons Imomushi and Mukade - it looks impractical or even impossible for her to hide and use it, but the implication is that she really is doing that.
  • Hospital Hottie: The gorgeous disguised assassin variety of nurse, of course.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Has the ability to detect, through sounds and vibrations, anything on a three meter radius around herself. And her tail reacts to incoming threats with frightening accuracy.
  • Just Between You and Me: She takes some time to gloat and trash-talk once she paralyses people.
  • Kick the Dog: Kills Mukade just to increase the reward for killing Alice, paralyses Dinoponera and throws her to rapists while joking about her finally having "friends", kills Yoriko in front of Alice and confirms that her mother's death wasn't a suicide...
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Nope. When a young Sasori got a kitten from her parents, she soon cut it to pieces.
  • Knife Nut: Carries plenty of knives and scalpels under her coat, among other things.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Out of all the psychopaths after Alice, Sasori is the most competent and is always close by when her prey can't put up a fight. Her scenes during the Arachnid Hunt are some of the darkest in the story.
  • Love at First Punch: Got a crush on Imomushi after their first encounter, even if all that meant was that Sasori really wanted to dissect her.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Sasori likes to record the dying screams of her victims.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Granted her deadly red poison to Suzumebachi for him to kill his ex-wife and make it look like a suicide.
  • Meganekko: Doesn't wear them outside of her nurse disguise, though.
  • Mythology Gag: Back in Jackals, a scorpion-themed man was handily killed by a witch with a thing for torturing people with scalpels.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Sasori teases Alice about how something big is going to happen inside the school soon, giving her all the more reason to booby trap every single room in there.
    • Revealing she's responsible for Alice's mother's death fuels Alice with so much hatred that her concentration control goes off the charts and she shrugs off all of her past injuries to fight Sasori despite barely being able to move just a while before.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Likes to dissect her victims.
  • The Paralyzer: Her yellow toxin leaves the victim numb and paralyzed.
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Goes after Dinoponera for no reason and gets her raped by the student mob. This both sets Sasori as the newest threat to Alice and knocks the mood of the story down a couple notches.
  • Say It with Hearts
  • Self-Disposing Villain: She stabs her own back with her tail when Alice has her hanging from the ceiling.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Before the surgery for her tail, she tells an amused Jigabachi about how she murdered her own parents. This scene was originally shown in grisly detail, but Volume 11 censored it with a black panel.
  • Smug Smiler: The first of many to appear in the story.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Appears inside the closed room Yoriko and Alice were in and stings Yoriko's neck without either of them realizing it.
  • Super Reflexes: Even if it doesn't look like she's aware of an incoming attack despite her sensivity to sound, her tail sure is and will respond on reflex.
  • Super Senses: Her body is able to recognize vibrations and sounds as if she's an actual scorpion.
  • Technicolor Toxin: As she often explains, her paralyzing toxin is yellow, the sleeping one is blue and the red one causes death.
  • To the Pain: Whenever she has somebody paralysed at her mercy, she likes to go on about the effects of her poisons and how she enjoys examining people's insides while recording their screams.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She already liked to dissect animals back when she was a child. Years later she would tear her parents apart as well.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Becomes very angry once she realizes that Alice had spent the past week preparing traps all over the school and more or less had the fight won before it even began.

    Camel Cricket/Kamadouma 

Camel Cricket, Hibiki Fujioka (カマドウマ; Kamadouma, 藤岡 響; Fujioka Hibiki)

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The disciplinary council head of Ouran High School. Hibiki was trained by Kumo and takes inspiration from the "Kahen Rider" tokusatsu show for his kick-focused fighting style. Has a rather twisted sense of justice and opposes Alice because she killed his master.
  • All Webbed Up: Alice immobilizes him with her thread, but he counters by slamming her into the ceiling.
  • Animal Motifs: Camel Crickets.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Badass Arm-Fold: He lets Alice wrap him with thread while holding this pose, then unexpectedly smashes her against the ceiling with a high jump.
  • Badass Back: He makes Alice's use of this trope backfire on her while playing it straight for himself when he slams her at the ceiling.
  • Badass Boast: Constantly. For example, when overcoming Dinoponera's poison:
    "A worm like you wouldn't understand. Your trifling venom... is powerless in the face of LOVE."
  • Badass Gay: Presumably. But has a crush on Kumo alone.
  • Badass Normal: Hibiki doesn't have unusual powers, but diligent training has made him able to total speeding cars with a single kick.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: To Dinoponera asking if he wants to bring a weapon to fight her, he responds that a true man only needs the body of steel they have built themselves.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Alice from Hanmyou, then from Dinopo— no, Kabutomushi was the one in peril at that time. And later Hibiki shows up to keep the Media ants from harming Alice, but Oki gets rid of him immediately after.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Blank White Eyes: When using his flying kicks.
  • Butt-Monkey: The idea of a Kamen Rider aficionado who wants to stamp everybody's faces with love-powered kicks gets increasingly played for comedy instead of awesomeness as the chapters go on.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Calls the names of his flying kick attacks.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower
  • Child Soldier: He's shown being trained by Kumo some years before the start of the story.
  • Combination Attack: Tricks Riock into launching him towards Dinoponera.
  • Determinator: Stood back on his feet over and over until he defeated Riock.
  • Disney Villain Death: The last time we see Hibiki is when Oki dropkicks him into a pit full of crazy army ants who might have zombified him.
  • Diving Kick: He frequently stamps justice and love on peoples' faces with Rider Kicks taken right out of the Kamen, er, Kahen Rider show.
  • Dynamic Entry: Makes some great entrances by dramatically kicking people.
  • He's Back: His Out of Focus periods usually end with somebody getting kicked across the room. Usually...
  • Heroic Spirit: Hibiki endures a dozen hits from Dinoponera's stings, which she claims are coated with venom worth a thousand dinoponeras.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: When Hibiki finds Riock has come back to challenge him, he tells Riock to hit him, to everyone's confusion. Turns out he wanted to try his punch-propelled kick against Dinoponera.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hits Alice with the strongest kick he has, only to get bounced back into a wall by the web she had set ahead of her.
  • Hotblooded
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: He fights with flying kicks like he's "Kahen Rider".
  • Ignored Enemy: Has to pause his battle against Dinoponera when Riock arrives on the scene, but then he unexpectedly uses a punch from Riock as a springboard to hit Dinoponera with a kick.
  • It's Personal: Wants revenge for Kumo's death, but doesn't know Kumo forced Alice to kill him. Even after Alice explains this, Hibiki still feels bitter about it.
  • Justice Will Prevail: He's always claiming to fight for justice and love, but since he's so inspired by Kahen Rider, people other than his underlings don't take him seriously.
  • Kiai: Repeatedly shouts "LOVE" while stomping people, then shouts "JUSTICE" when he's done.
  • Large Ham
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Made of Iron: Resists many powerful attacks from Riock and a large amount of Dinoponera's poison.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He's able to suppress the pain from Dinoponera's venom through force of will and earns jawdrops from everyone in the corridor, including a shocked ant girl who claims she just hit him a dozen times with venom worth a thousand dinoponera ants.
  • Manly Gay
  • Meaningful Name: His civilian name is likely a reference to Hiroshi Fujioka, the actor who played Takeshi Hongo in the original Kamen Rider.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Somewhat. Doesn't keep Alice and Dinoponera from beating him silly.
  • The One Guy: Hibiki is the most notable of the few recurring male characters in the story.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Hibiki has saved Alice a few times while claiming this, which is Played for Laughs. He saves Kabutomushi while thinking she was Alice and also gets kicked down a hole by Oki right after actually saving Alice.
  • Otaku: Has no shame whatsoever in worshipping Kahen Rider.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: A powerful fighter who's obsessed with Henshin Hero comics.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: After defeating Riock.
  • The Power of Love: One who has no love in his heart can't become a hero!
  • Put on a Bus: Gets comically kicked down a hole right after coming back from a previous bus trip. This turns out to be a case of being Put on a Bus to Hell, as when we next hear of him, he's presumed to have been caught by the rape zombies.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He notes that Kumo's assassinations were admirable for avoiding rape and other needless cruelties... right after sending his mooks to perform a "purification cerimony" on Oki and stating Alice deserves that, too. His excessive violence is noted to be hypocrital, but Hibiki insists he's only paying evil unto evil.
  • The Rival: Riokku, who also considers himself a real life Rider.
  • Running Gag: You know you're being used for comic relief when not only you can't harm a little girl with your awesome flying kicks four times in a row, later another girl dropkicks you into a hole.
  • Serious Business: Aspiring to become like Kahen Rider, Hibiki adopted his ideals and fighting style.
  • Signature Move: Various double-page spreads are dedicated to his Rider Kicks. He uses those attacks often enough that people soon learn to see them coming, so Hibiki has to find ways to surprise them anyway.
  • Strike Me Down: Concedes victory to Alice and asks this of her in shame from being tricked into bouncing back into a wall. Alice says she should kill him, but is too hurt to move much and would rather call a truce and let him understand she was forced to kill Kumo.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Hibiki idolizes and loves his master, Kumo. He wanted Kumo to accept his feelings once he surpassed him. Kumo just said it'd depend on whether or not he would still be alive by then. Do note that was Kumo a Death Seeker long before he met Alice...
  • There Can Be Only One: Upon meeting Riock, Hibiki isn't amused about someone else claiming to be the true Kahen Rider, let alone a person who believes in brute strength over the training of one's skills. Amusingly enough, the prequel eventually established Riock had actually personally received advice from the author of that manga.
  • Training from Hell
  • Tranquil Fury: During his fight against Alice, more or less. Anytime he wasn't glaring with hate or looking like he was having a lot of fun kicking her around.
  • Tsundere: Says the sort of things you'd expect from the type to Alice after their fight.
  • Wall Jump: Does one for the Triangle version of his Rider Kick.
  • The Worf Barrage: Hibiki kicks and stomps Dinoponera repeatedly but to no effect other than getting praised for actually "almost" scoring a few hits.
  • The Worf Effect: After a difficult battle against Riock he saves Kabutomushi from Dinoponera and fights her, but despite landing hits he only manages to make the sailor girl blush.
  • Uncertain Doom: Gets forgotten about by the plot and is presumed but not actually confirmed to have turned into a zombie.
  • Would Hit a Girl: And how.

    Army Ant/Guntaiari 

Army Ant/"Surveillance", Sara Kurokawa (グンタイアリ; Guntaiari, 黒川 沙羅; Kurokawa Sara)

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The mysterious Student Council President of Ouran High School. Sara is the Organization's boss and has set up the Arachnid Hunt game for the assassins to pursue Alice. A very nasty person, she greatly abuses her subordinate Kuramoto and somehow creates a Zombie Apocalypse of mind controlling rape in the school.
  • Animal Motifs: Army Ant queens. Sara has no fighting skills, but uses her charisma to manipulate people into working for her. Eventually she gets a mob of zombiefied students to rape or beat down the other characters. However, Sara is actually a decoy queen charged with leading the ant army for her master Kuramoto, who is the true ant queen with sexual powers.
  • Bad Boss: She treats Kuramoto terribly. But she's just pretending and appears to be in love with her. Kuramoto seems to treat her well in exchange, but she is also manipulative and doesn't return Sara's feelings.
  • Big Bad: Sara claims that she's the Organization leader. Alice finds it hard to believe, but Sara did plan the Arachnid Hunt and is the person who sends orders to Suzumebachi. However, she's actually a decoy who follows Kuramoto's orders. And both are working under Suzumebachi.
  • Blinding Bangs: Sara once was a shy girl with this hairstyle, but cut her bangs a little at some point after she met Kuramoto.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: After she first had sex with Kuramoto. However, Sara was then given a "special role" and became able to retain her autonomy. This doesn't save her from losing her mind once Kuramoto is killed.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She's constantly gloating with over-the-top expressions, chewing and drooling on scenery as she orders her zombies to rape everyone in the school. Even if she is only pretending to be the boss, it is a role that she greatly enjoys.
  • Charm Person: Due to her charisma, people flock to her like ants to candy.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When Alice and Kuramoto have The Big Damn Kiss supposed moment, Sara is shown in the background looking embarrassed and jealous.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When Kabutomushi defeats her huge henchmen, Sara already has other minions for setting the floor below Kabuto to crumble and separate her from Alice.
  • Cry Cute: Sara's breakdown at losing Kuramoto is surprisingly pitiable, but instead of looking cute she has her... usual expressions going on, making the poor girl rather disturbing to look at.
  • Cute and Psycho: Tends to look more psycho than cute, though.
  • The Dragon: She serves under Kuramoto and is tasked with leading her ant army.
  • Empty Shell: Even though Sara wasn't in a brainwashed state, her connection to Kuramoto still rendered her catatonic when Kuramoto died.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Sara sometimes gets disturbed at Kuramoto's actions and goals.
  • Evil Laugh: She laughes so loudly and wickedly that it is somewhere between scary and ridiculous. Sometimes she even has to force herself to stop.
  • Evil Makeover: Went from a timid black-haired mekakure girl to a psychopathic silver-haired eyepatch girl.
  • Expy: Her general design makes Sara resemble a Cute Monster Girl character whom Ifuji Shinsen designed before working on Arachnid.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears a very fancy-looking one over her right eye, either to hide she has Heterochromia or just to look good, considering she changed her whole appearance when running for council president.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Suddenly becomes a mind-broken zombie after Kuramoto dies.
  • Friendless Background: She had no friends before she met Kuramoto. Presumably she became the popular Student Council President of the school by following Kuramoto's advice and exploiting her ability.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Her actual relationship with her master, Kuramoto.
  • Hellish Pupils: Some characters get scary pupils when they're angry, but Sara has hers like this by default.
  • Hidden Depths: She appears to be a absurdly disgusting villain, but to some extent she's acting like that to draw attention away from her beloved boss Kuramoto, whom she is jealous of for her interest in Alice.
  • Humiliation Conga: Increasingly loses control over the Arachnid Hunt, then her queen dies and she loses her mind. And her clothes.
  • I Control My Minions Through...: There appears to be some kind of mind control going on with the way groups of students follow her with empty gazes. As it turns out, she is able to order them around because she's Kuramoto's assistant.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She used to be really lonely and jumped at the chance to become friends with Kuramoto.
  • Just Shoot Him: When Alice finally gets captured, Sara insists Kuramoto should kill Alice or at least break her limbs, being well aware of how absurdly resourceful the spider girl is. Naturally, Kuramoto doesn't pay attention and is foiled when Alice greatly exceeds Sara's expectations.
  • Landslide Election: It's never quite explained how Sara pulled it off, but Oki mentions a "gaudy festival" took place during the student council election. Sara likely exploited the Queen's Rule mind control to get elected easily.
  • Maniac Tongue: She's often seen sticking her overly wet tongue out while doing evil speeches or thinking to herself, which hints at how the Queen's Rule is spread through body fluids.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Tries her best to be this, but one clue of her true role is how unsubtle she is about it.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Being converted by Kuramoto and tasked to become the Student Council President somehow marked Sara with Heterochromia.
  • The Minion Master: Sara has no offensive abilities of her own and has to let the brainwashed student mob do all the fighting for her.
  • New Transfer Student: Transfered to Alice's school some months before her indroductory chapter and became popular enough to get elected as the Student Council President soon after.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Is no good at fighting.
  • Obviously Evil: Even when she's not being a sick Ham and Cheese villain, Sara's silver hair, elaborate eyepatch and ever present Slasher Smile radiate malice. The students, however, just consider that beautiful and elegant.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she finds out Dinoponera is looking for Alice despite not being invited to the hunt. Chapter 52 has Sara repeatedly freaking out for comedy as her plans to capture Alice fall apart. Ten chapters later, much of the same happens for drama when Alice is unaffected by Kuramoto's mind control and reluctantly kills her in self-defense.
  • Only Friend: A very poisonous one to Kuramoto. But it turns out she was the one taken by Kuramoto as her servant.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Spends most of the Arachnid Hunt on a security room, only leaving to set up the sex-crazed students once she realizes Dinoponera arrived at the school. Surveillance is her real job, though.
  • Pose of Supplication: Drops to the floor without hesitation if her master becomes angry at her. And after Alice kills Kuramoto, Sara begs Alice to not kill her too.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Implied but not really shown on-panel. Kuramoto's explanation of her Queen's Rule ability had reversed roles, you see.
  • Psychotic Smirk: The first glance she shares with Alice has Sara grinning wide-eyed at her.
  • Rape by Proxy: She takes Oki and Geji as her hostages and forces Alice and Kuramoto to have sex for her amusement. Although she's not too happy to see her master making out so enthusiastically with someone else.
  • Red Herring: Yes, she isn't really the boss. Her supposed slave is. Sara just acts so scandalously rotten that nobody doubts her or suspects Kuramoto.
  • Shameful Strip: Strips an unconscious Alice and in turn is told to grant her own clothes to her after being defeated.
  • Shrinking Violet: In the past, back when she first met Kuramoto. What a transformation, huh?
  • Sinister Surveillance: She watches over the events of the Arachnid Hunt from a security room.
  • Smug Smiler
  • Stockholm Syndrome: For Kuramoto, out of gratitude for being able to become a popular council president.
  • Student Council President: Of Ouran High.
  • Undying Loyalty: Nowadays Sara helps her queen, Kuramoto, out of loyalty rather than simply being under the effects of her "Queen's Rule".
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: How could you ruin that moe, Kuramoto?
  • Villainous Breakdown: A massive one when Alice outgambits and kills Kuramoto.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Kuramoto.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Begs Alice to not harm her after Kuramoto is killed, only for the Queen's Rule to go out of control and break her mind anyway.
  • Walking Spoiler: Sara's motivations for running the Arachnid Hunt make her this.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: She's a manipulative and sadistic silver-haired girl. Her hair is dyed and she was a nicer lonely person back when she had dark hair.
  • Young and in Charge: This little girl claims to be the head of a crime syndicate. But she's not.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Something like it. At first, her minions are just depraved people, but she somehow controls them to the point that later there are orgies everywhere and all the male students (and even the girls) infest the school as mindless zombie-like people who try to rape any women in their sight and further spread the effect. Turns out Kuramoto is who does the brainwashing.

    Water Strider/Amenbo 

Water Strider, Shinobu Takazawa (アメンボ; Amenbo, 高沢 忍; Takazawa Shinobu)

A sports teacher who turns out to be yet another assassin, one who specializes in drowning people.

    Tiger Beetle/Hanmyou 

Tiger Beetle (ハンミョウ; Hanmyou)

A scissor wielder who ambushes Alice after she defeats Shinobu.

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    Sia Ferox/Riock 

Sia Ferox (リオック; Riokku)

A brutish man who's another fan of the Kahen Rider show. He comes to kill Alice at her school but gets sidetracked by a rivalry against Hibiki. He doesn't do much in this story, but the Caterpillar prequel gives him a larger role as one of Imomushi's allies.
  • Animal Motifs: Sia ferox crickets.
  • Badass Normal: Has no unusual abilities other than punching really hard.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Whereas Hibiki is only seen kicking, Riock only punches people.
  • The Brute: A savage powerhouse who doesn't bother with skills and strategy during combat.
  • Combination Attack: Unintentionally does one with Hibiki to attack Dinoponera.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: One of his punches gets used as a springboard by Hibiki to jump off the walls and the ceiling to stomp him.
  • Megaton Punch: He can easily behead people with his punches.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Swings Hibiki around before making him bounce across the school's pool.
  • Mighty Glacier: Riock can punch heads off and tank severe punishment, but although he's capable of rapid fire punching he's slow on his feet. And quite weak to poison despite his size, it would seem...
  • Monster of the Week: Only has a minor role in Arachnid. After Dinoponera worfs him, he disappears from the story.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Against other built men, at most. When it comes to crushing nimble women and little girls, Riock gets badly hurt or outright K.O.-ed in a matter of seconds.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives Hibiki one hell of a beatdown.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He interrupts Hibiki's fight against Dinoponera to avenge his loss to him, only to attack her instead after she defeats Hibiki first.
  • Otaku: About the Kahen Rider show, much like Hibiki.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Riock takes a while to wake up after being defeated by Hibiki, so he winds up added to the death count of the Arachnid Hunt.
  • The Rival: Hibiki "Kamadouma" Fujioka, who has a different view of how a Kahen Rider should fight.
  • Serious Business: Another Kahen Rider nerd who sees himself as the best real life Rider. The prequel shows he actually met the mangaka of that series and got combat advice from him.
  • Talk to the Fist: When Hibiki first starts blabbling about how he is the one worthy of the Kahen Rider title, Riock just punches him through a wall.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He fights with raw strength, not caring about Hibiki's fancy trained techniques.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Dinoponera knocks Riock out, we never see him again.
  • The Worf Barrage: The guy hits like a truck, but other characters will often tank and counter his attacks effortlessly to set an impression on the reader.
  • The Worf Effect: Pretty much his role in either story. Hibiki is advised against attacking an unconscious Riock because he could still react, but Imomushi does it later and is able to counter him and establish her strength. Then when it's Riock's turn to attack Dinoponera, who already had proved herself whimsically stronger than Imomushi, Kabutomushi and Hibiki, he gets knocked out in a single hit.

    Digger Wasp/Anabachi 

Digger Wasp (アナバチ; Anabachi)

A boy who captures Oki and Yoriko to take them to Jigabachi.
  • Animal Motifs: Digger Wasps.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: He has a device that can be planted on people's spines to control their consciousness. He uses it on Oki and pretends he is Alice so she would obey him.
  • Child Soldier: The youngest assassin shown during the story's present events.
  • Cute and Psycho
  • Deadly Gas: Anabachi uses nerve gas to to weaken Oki, but it doesn't work on Kabutomushi.
  • Flash Step: He seems to run around Oki without her noticing, but it was because he had set up a nerve gas trap to slow her reflexes.
  • Monster of the Week
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: After brainwashing Oki, he dresses her in a dominatrix outfit.
  • Uncertain Doom: Kabutomushi slams his head into the floor, but it isn't made explict if that killed him.

    Sand Wasp/Jigabachi 

Sand Wasp (ジガバチ; Jigabachi)

A Mad Scientist who collaborates with Anabachi to brainwash Oki and take Yoriko hostage.
  • Animal Motifs: Red-Banded Sand Wasps.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: With Yoriko as his hostage, he finds himself wondering how much electricity it takes to damage a person's brain.
  • Deadly Gas: Attempts to take Kabutomushi down with nerve gas but it doesn't affect her at all.
  • Disney Villain Death: Kabutomushi shoves him through a wall and into the streets below.
  • Electric Torture: He orders a mind-controlled Oki to torture Yoriko with a electricity-charged rod.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: In both Caterpillar and Arachnid he has children helping him capture his targets.
  • Mad Scientist: Looks the part and tries to perform Electric Torture on a girl for giggles. Fittingly enough, he's acquaintances with Sasori.
  • Monster of the Week: Yet another crazy guy trying to kill Alice. At most, his claim that Yoriko is supposed to be kept alive becomes relevant later. In Caterpillar he doesn't do much, either. He captures Imomushi but Sasori puts him to sleep so she can fight her instead.
  • Posthumous Character: A flashback shows it was him who enhanced Sasori with a mechanical tail.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Jigabachi tries to escape from Kabutomushi once he realizes he lost but wastes time trying to bring his equipment along and gets shoved out of the building.

    Grasshopper/Kirigirisu 

Grasshopper (キリギリス; Kirigirisu)

A violinist who has been hired by Suzumebachi to take his daughter, Alice, out of the assassin-infested school.
  • Animal Motifs: Grasshoppers.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Has a wrist blade.
  • Bishōnen
  • Cassandra Truth: He reveals to Alice that Suzumebachi is her father, but Alice and Oki seem to have dismissed it as unbelievable.
  • Ceiling Cling
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Averted. Alice and Oki defeat Kirigirisu but don't believe what he tells them and leave him behind. He gives them no support either and goes to report what happened to his boss.
  • Flash Step: Kirigirisu overcame Oki by jumping all over the walls and ceiling... or peharps not, since Oki had to move around Alice's threads and lost on purpose.
  • Graceful Loser: Doesn't lose his cool when he finds himself all webbed up by Alice.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: He wants to end the Arachnid Hunt by taking Alice out of the school. However, Alice insists to find Yoriko first.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Greeted Hibiki from nowhere and left as soon as he looked away. He does the same to Alice, Oki and Kuramoto later. The latter is rather impressive— he's defeated because Alice had been setting traps in that room but he still managed to sneak up on her like that.
  • Tricked-Out Shoes: Which allow him to jump between walls without breaking stride.
  • Wall Jump

    Centipede/Mukade 

Centipede (ムカデ; Mukade)

An assassin who hides above the ceiling of the girls' bathroom waiting for Alice to appear.

    Horsefly/Abu 

Horsefly (アブ; Abu)

A swordsman who is known to have been killing other organization assassins while using minimal effort.
  • Animal Motifs: Horse-flies.
  • Disney Villain Death: Kabutomushi wanted to shoot him into space, but settles for shoving him out of a window instead.
  • Flash Step: He's able to disappear from Kabutomushi's sight and stab her during the split second she's distracted. It is the same "Brand Nero" Shadow Walker skill Isaac had in Jackals.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Kabutomushi even calls his style old-fashioned.
  • Master Swordsman: He's clearly a pretty danguerous fellow, even though he's then played for a fool and hilariously thrown off the building.
  • Monster of the Week: Pops in to fight Kabutomushi and gets popped out of the school shortly after. A rather shameful display for someone who's supposed to be a distant successor to Darkness Isaac.
  • Smug Super: He's certain that he can kill anyone in a single hit. And he actually would have killed Kabutomushi if it wasn't for that heart armor business.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Introduces himself by suddenly appearing behind Kabutomushi.
  • The Stoic

    Rhinoceros Beetle/Kabutomushi 
See the Main Characters page.

    House Centipede/Geji 

House Centipede (ゲジ; Geji)

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A speedy organization member who challenges Oki during the Arachnid Hunt. Her socks can be stuffed with anything she finds laying around and used as powerful clubs.
  • Animal Motifs: Scutigera coleoptrata centipedes, known as House Centipedes or Gejigejis. They're quite creepy looking, indeed. This centipede girl, however, not so much. Though she already acts like a hardened assassin in her age.
  • Attempted Rape: Almost gets raped by the brainwashed student mob which turns out to be strong and maniacal enough to ignore even broken arms, but Oki saves her. The students are set to not rape people anymore when they do capture Geji and Oki, but then she disappears from the story and Oki assumes she got raped into zombiefication offscreen.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Ceiling Cling: Geji uses this to try to hide from Oki. It might have worked better if she hadn't clung to the opposite side of the room, but moving over a Oki who was in the middle of entering and closing the door was already quite the achievement.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: In a sketch from Volume 8, with the author saying she looks familiar, but Geji only has eyebags for a couple of panels in the actual story.
  • Cute and Psycho
  • Cute Bruiser
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Damsel in Distress: She and Oki are captured by the student mob in chapter 60 and are put into some kind of crucification as the students form ant-like totems to hold them on display for Alice to see.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Oki and Alice just leave her tied and half-naked after defeating her, but the three get to work together later.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To throwaway character Mukade.
  • Expy: Geji looks like fellow Gangan Comics character Tomoko Kuroki, though she acts the opposite of her in many ways. Notably, the omake of Volume 8 goes out of its way to acknowledge their similarities and even shows Geji does have a few of Tomoko's quirks.
  • Flash Step: She's so fast she actually manages to outstep Oki over and over.
  • Fragile Speedster: While she may be faster than Oki, she turns out to have much less endurance and it only takes a couple hits to knock her out.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: A girl who bludgeons people with her socks.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She later helps Oki search for Kuramoto at Alice's request.
  • Improbable Weapon User: The "Geji Saps", which are resistent and stretchable knee highs that she can fill with heavy things to smash people with.
  • Inner Monologue: The WataMote parody chapter has her doing this while pretending to be asleep. She considers attacking the heroines, but doesn't feel confident enough to do it. She goes on to make excuses about how everything is awful and it's their fault.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's a good enough fighter for her age and is also a little shorter than Alice and Oki.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Has an openly abrasive personality.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Geji seems comfortable about being unpop— er, a lone assassin, even mocking Oki for wanting to be friends with normal people. Then again, Geji later works along with her just fine. Maybe her feelings are not all that different from how Oki's once were.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: A different school uniform than the one used by the Ouran High schoolgirls.
  • Monster of the Week: It looked like she was going to avoid this when she returned to side with the heroines after her fight against Oki. However...
  • Never My Fault: Like a certain someone, Geji is the kind of person who blames others for her own shortcomings.
  • No, I Am Behind You
  • Offscreen Teleportation: On one panel, she's wearing both of her socks. A couple pages later, despite standing still and facing Oki the whole time while mocking her, she has already taken a sock off, filled it with heavy stuff and smashed Oki's face with it. Really.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Oki grabs Geji's hair from behind and in a disturbing tone declares she will not let anyone harm Alice. Later, Geji is doing fine against the student mob until she freezes up upon seeing them forming bizarre towers to attack her and Oki.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covers her left eye.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Tells Oki she is a fool to want friendships with normal people despite living as an assassin. Oki responds she doesn't care about what Geji says and simply wants to live in her own way.
  • The Rival: Presented as a faster and cockier girl than Oki, but she soon becomes an ally.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Geji has been running around in her undies ever since she lost to Oki, but despite the rape festival going on the school she doesn't seem to care. She doesn't even complain about Oki stealing her clothes.
  • Ship Tease: A little Foe Romance Subtext with Oki, or at least Alice thinks so.
  • Significant Birthdate: September 22 is the birthdate of Sato, author of Flag Time and Living Dead!. She drew the WataMote parody featuring Geji on volume 8.
  • Slasher Smile: While about to deal a killing blow to Oki.
  • Smash Sisters: Helps Oki against the student mob so they and Alice can get out safely from the school.
  • Smug Smiler
  • Smug Super: Geji finds it hilarious that Oki is proud of her speed.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: She reminds Alice that the Arachnid Hunt should end if she manages to exit the school. This time, Alice agrees and decides to try and make a escape plan even if Kuramoto might have been captured.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Subverted in that Oki at least notices Geji somehow slipping over her and clinging to the ceiling on the other side of the room while she closed the door.
  • Stripperiffic: Oki claims Geji's clothes for herself after knocking her out, to get out of the dominatrix getup she was forced to wear. So, when Geji appears again she's only wearing underwear and is soon surrounded by undesirables.
  • Super Speed: Geji is faster than Oki and Alice.
  • Too Slow: Taunts Oki with this.
  • Trash Talk: Mocks Oki for her unimpressive speed and how she is protecting Alice and Yoriko for the sake of friendship.
  • Uncertain Doom: Gets forgotten about by the plot and is presumed but not actually confirmed to have turned into a zombie.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Thought she could make short work of Oki, but didn't count on "cockroaches having two brains".
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Geji attempts to flee from Oki when she realizes she can't defeat her, but Oki appears by the door and knocks Geji out.
  • The Worf Effect: Almost gets raped by the student mob so we see they can hold their own in combat despite their brainless condition. And then again with Oki when they're both spooked by the reveal of their ant-like attacks and are unable to avoid them.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.

    Dinoponera 

Dinoponera (ディノポネラ)

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"Someone who's as strong as me. Someone I can share my worries, my happiness, and this world with... I'm searching for a friend like that."

A cheerfully deadly girl who, as a Child Soldier raised by mercenary Paraponera in Thailand, awakened an odd ability named Concentration Driving Force that enables her to freely enhance her reflexes. One of the Organization's strongest members, Dinoponera takes part in the Arachnid Hunt to make friends... on her terms. She wields a pair of gauntlets with hidden blades coated with dinoponera ant venom, which she's always happy to be punchy and pricky with.


  • Agony of the Feet: After blocking Hibiki's entire repertoire of kicks, Dinoponera just raises her blade at his final attempt with a look of pity.
  • All Webbed Up: Alice eventually incapacitates Dinoponera like this without her noticing.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Volume 11, in which she gets defeated, paralysed and most probably raped, ends with a short omake about a 9 years-old Dinoponera and her father family bonding, with Paraponera seeming a surprisingly nice parent for a crazy mass murderer and little Dino telling him that she plans to go to Japan when she grows up.
  • Alternate Character Reading: Her name is given as "巨針蟻/Oo-hari-ari" in brackets with "ディノポネラ/Dinoponera" in furigana. Oo-hari-ari, the Giant/Asian Needle Ant, is a kind of ant she isn't likened to, though the term still describes her well. Fan translations use the term "Giant Amazonian Ant" instead.
  • Always Someone Better: At first she was excited about Alice being someone as strong as her, but how Alice became like that ruined Dinoponera's mood. Even more so when Alice starts taunting her while further powering up herself.
  • And I Must Scream: Sasori paralyzes and throws her to a bunch of sex-crazed students.
  • Animal Motifs: Dinoponera ants, which are the largest ant species. They are strong, efficient, make high-pitched noises when angry and have venom powerful enough to kill small animals and allergic people. This girl is all of that on a cutie pie package.
  • Apologetic Attacker: At first, she doesn't intend to seriously injure Alice and apologizes for getting carried away with her knee drops.
  • Arc Villain: She's the main threat for around three volumes.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Gets a very embarrassing slap from Alice. It doesn't hurt her, but it does damage her confidence.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Girl: Her nonchalance about everything says it all.
  • Ass-Kicking Pose: Crossing her arms with the elbow blades out, but like Alice she often stands still to look like she's wide-open.
  • Asshole Victim: She's one of the assassins who are callous enough to kill civilians during the Arachnid Hunt and tortures several Bugs including Alice before she is defeated and gets a harsh Fate Worse than Death.
  • Attempted Rape: Becomes a victim of the brainwashed students and is helpless to do anything about it.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Tries to use her full power to understand Alice's traps, but by then it already was too late.
  • Ax-Crazy: Her cutesy looks are accompanied by insane glee whenever she pummels people. It only worsens as she becomes more riled up.
  • Badass Adorable: She's the creepy kind of adorable most of the time, but nevertheless...
  • Badass and Child Duo: With Paraponera, though how protective of her he really was is unclear. It looks like he just had her try to keep up with him and imitate how he fought, or else die alone. On the other hand he seems to have treated her well enough whenever the two were not fighting.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Does this to display her gauntlets and needles. And Alice takes advantage of it.
  • Badass Back: Like Oki, she's fond of looking away from her opponents. It helps that she can easily use her needles from that position, but it does her no good when Alice realizes how fixated she is on attacking like that.
  • Badass Boast:
    • To Hibiki refusing to tell her about Alice unless she defeated him:
      "Oh, it's that simple? You'll tell me if I beat you? Thank you so much! Then I won't hold back... Allow me to beat you down!"
    • Subverted when she declares she'll put a stop to Alice's Instant Expert exploits. Alice takes the opportunity to shut her up.
      "Don't worry! Giving you three days, let alone tomorrow, I'll make sure you won't return, for all of eternity!"
  • Badass Normal: During her childhood.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Although the Sailor Scout expies she's a fan of have exposed navels, Dinoponera avoids baring her belly by wearing a black shirt under her uniform.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: All the kicks from Hibiki which had badly hurt Alice couldn't scratch Dinoponera or even get any dirt on her clothes. It's subverted when a badly hurt Alice slaps Dinoponera, smearing her face with blood.
  • Berserk Button: She hates people who didn't earn their power through effort. Her demeanor gets turned upside down as soon as she hears Alice mastered her ability without much combat experience. Alice exploits this thoroughly, repeatedly taunting Dinoponera into a flying rage that ultimately causes her to lose the fight.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Dinopo may be full of herself, but she did have to survive extreme conditions of war to become as strong as she is.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Keeps a easy-going and friendly facade when she greets people, but thinks little of them and has an arrogant bratty side that becomes more evident as she gets worked up.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Has extendable venomous needles inside her gauntlets.
  • Blade Run: She playfully jumps and walks on Kabutomushi's Kabuto Horn while dodging it.
  • Blood Knight: Dinoponera gladly welcomes any challenges made to her, even when they come out of misunderstandings. Her namesake bug is in fact one of the few ant species in which all the female workers beat the crap of each other for days until one is accepted as the colony's alpha.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: It's very likely Dinoponera got raped by the student mob after Sasori defeated her, but the outcome is not shown because the scene cut away once the students began stripping her. The series ends without showing what became of her.
  • Break the Haughty: Alice gives Dinoponera her just desserts. And Sasori humiliates and breaks her much further.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Dinoponera finds Alice wetting herself in pain very amusing, but has no better control over her bladder when she is the one agonizing on the floor.
  • Bullying a Dragon: She threatens Yoriko and Oki to get Alice to fight seriously against her.
  • The Cameo: In the first episode of WataMote, Tomoko's brother is seen reading volume 8 of Arachnid. Dinoponera's in the cover.
  • Catchphrase: Telling her opponents that they might be good enough to be her friends.
  • Cavalier Competitor: Dinoponera is the second kind. She treats battles as if they're games while going back and forth between complimenting her opponents' efforts and taunting or threatening to kill them because they're boring. When she grows hateful towards Alice, though, it is because she views her as undeserving of being powerful, rather than simply not liking that somebody is stronger than her.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: She grew so strong and agile from her years of fighting in battlefields. She even thinks of her C.D.F. ability as a divine miracle only made possible by how determined and hard-working she is.
  • Characterization Marches On: Dinoponera comes off as a serious, Emotionless Girl kind of character on the first scenes featuring her. But when she's properly introduced, it turns out she's a crazy Genki Girl. Her expressionless look from when she talked to Imomushi in chapter 35 even got changed into a smug smirk on the Volume 7 release to make the transition less jarring.
  • Cheerful Child: Which coupled with her being a little killing machine, makes her quite the Creepy Child.
  • Child Soldier: Among the younger Organization members, she's the one who fought in battlefields as a mercenary since she was a little kid.
  • Children Are Innocent: She's depicted as such on flashbacks, despite all the killing. And she's still rather naive despite her experiences in war.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: It's rude to act like this towards a girl you just met, Dino...
    "I said we're going to be friends... So why are you talking with other girls?"
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Dinoponera gives poor Alice the worst of her sting and pummel routine.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Doesn't refrain from things like stabbing Hibiki while he's distracted from talking to Kabutomushi.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Paraponera raised her to treat killing as fun and games.
  • Conflict Ball: Firmly holds it after finding out what Alice's ability really is.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Her senses and battle tactics seem to rival Alice's, but it's more like she's always using Bullet Time to react to things without really thinking some steps ahead or outside the box.
  • Cry Cute: Dinoponera once recalls her past self breaking down crying after barely surviving a battle, which explains why she's so sensitive about hard work and showing she isn't too bad of a person. She also becomes a puppy-eyed crying mess when restrained by Alice and hit by her own venomous needle, while apologizing and begging to be spared.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She's always either on the giving or the receiving end of those.
  • Cute and Psycho: Dinoponera is a brutal and adorable little psychopath who really wants friends.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's strong enough to knock out Riock, a Mighty Glacier who towers over her, in a single hit.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Her crooked bangs are explained as a mistake from being distracted by a cat while cutting her hair.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's powerful, sadistic and is so used to fighting that she kills on a whim.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She's very glad and proud of surviving who knows how many armed conflicts in Thailand with only Paraponera mentoring and helping her.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Has dark skin and white hair, and is southeast asian.
  • Death Glare: Gives a intense one to Alice upon declaring her an enemy.
  • Deer in the Headlights: A flashback of her childhood shows her frozen in fear as a handful of mercenaries prepared to kill her. Then "Concentration Driving Force" kicked in, and in the next instant she's surrounded by corpses while crying in relief.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Dinoponera says she fights people to test their worth as friends, but isn't ever satisfied by her opponents, even if she admits they're strong. Once Alice defeats her, Dinoponera runs away in fear, not helped by Kabutomushi still being hostile towards her.
  • Defensive Feint Trap: When Dinoponera is lying on the floor with her left leg skewered, she bawls her eyes out while begging for mercy. Alice feels sorry for her. Kabutomushi, not so much. While they discuss what to do with her, Dinoponera screams at Alice's face to loosen her threads and Kabutomushi almost crushes her in response. But then Dinoponera just runs away, having lost the will to keep fighting the two.
  • Didn't See That Coming: She narrowly avoids one of Alice's traps, only to painfully find out that she somehow was covered in threads all along. Then she leaps towards Sasori expecting to kill her easily and gets wrecked by Sasori's tail. To be fair, who would expect a long mechanical tail to come out of someone's back in an instant?
  • Die or Fly: Concentration Driving Force first manifested when she had to defend herself from a half-dozen mercenaries at once. The scene plays much like how Alice tried to attack Kumo in the beginning.
  • Disappeared Dad: Paraponera has been killed by Imomushi a year prior to the Arachnid Hunt. Whether he truly cared about Dinoponera is left ambiguous.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: "Former child mercenaries hate her! Civilian girl became an OP assassin in just two weeks." It's not like Dinoponera doesn't have a point, but she goes way overboard by immediately trying to kill Alice on principle, despite knowing little about her.
  • Dissonant Laughter: Dinoponera is fond of announcing her beatdowns with an "AHAHA!" and then laughing madly while punching her victim's face off.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She's nonchalant about being attacked by the other insects and treats those battles as games, wears a sickeningly sweet attitude as she beats them up and acts like their most powerful attacks are no big deal.
  • Doomed Hometown: She hails from a burmese village that was burned down by the Myanmar army.
  • The Dreaded: Hibiki once heard from Kumo that Dinoponera could grow to be unstoppable. And indeed, she's scary enough that Sara becomes afraid that she could kill everyone on her own. On the other hand, the usually well-informed Kabutomushi had never heard of her.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: She learned "Concentration Driving Force" when she was around 9 years old.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Sweetly asks for Imomushi's friendship... and is soon wiping the floor with her while declaring that Imomushi actually isn't the kind of person she's looking for.
  • Evil Laugh: She's the kind to laugh like a loon while hitting people. Besides that, she gloats over Alice peeing herself due to having all of her limbs stabbed with poison.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Crosshair-like waving irises indicate her use of Concentration Driving Force even before she explains it.
  • Eye Scream: She almost impales Kabutomushi's eye.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. Dinoponera clearly thinks the other insects and people in general are below her and goes ballistic when she learns that Alice's ability came from being an Instant Expert with The Gift rather than from years of fighting. And so she isn't able to get along with anyone despite wanting to make friends.
  • Fate Worse than Death: While cornered by enemies in a childhood flashback, Dinoponera is terrified of being captured and raped but she succeeds in killing them. Later she gets defeated by Sasori and is thrown to the orgy on the floor below while paralysed.
  • Faux Affably Evil: A bubbly and polite girl she may be, but Dinoponera is so eager to torture and murder people in cold blood that one wonders how serious she actually is about making friends. The reason she doesn't come off as completely heartless is that as messed up as Dinoponera is, she honestly is trying her best.
  • Fight Magnet: She just wanted to find Alice, but people kept jumping at her. It's ok, though. She can spare some time to play with them...
  • Flash Step: Her evasion stat is off the charts.
  • Foil: Every single one of Dinoponera's traits paint her as an Evil Counterpart for Alice, to the point of her being an Identical Stranger who's only a day younger and both girls repeatedly getting scenes that mirror each other.
    • She and Alice are orphans who have been trained by skilled assassins to become their successors, but whereas Alice is a good girl who was recently forced into this kind of job, Dinoponera was trained from a very early age and grew more than a little twisted from it.
    • They have the same sort of concentration ability, but while Alice was born with hers and only had to learn how to control it, Dinoponera earned hers after years of training. Both girls also favor opposite fighting styles.
    • Alice has always been shunned by people due to her disability and Dinoponera thinks the first step in finding people like her is to indiscriminately beat the crap out of everyone, so they both have No Social Skills to make the friends they desire so much.
  • Foreshadowing: After Dinoponera says she and Alice have the "same power", her eyes begin to be depicted with a waving effect similar to Alice's, further implying that her ability involves concentration.
  • Freudian Excuse: Grew up as a child soldier with a psychotic Blood Knight father encouraging her to grow into a violent elitist bitch.
  • Friendless Background: She could only relate to her father Paraponera, but she also says she doesn't consider him a friend. It's suggested that's because although he was her only family, she couldn't rely on him and was often left behind to fight on her own. One taunt from Sasori also implies that he eventually abandoned her.
  • Genki Girl: She's the one character who puts the most emphasis on cutesy manners.
  • Giggling Villain: While dodging or taunting enemies, if she's being playful.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: A girl who repeatedly impales people with her elbow blades.
  • Goomba Stomp: Knocks out Hibiki with this because she was distracted from impaling his head.
  • Green and Mean: She wears green, is cruel and selfish, and wields a poisoned weapon.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She's dangerous and gets ticked off at the nature of Alice's power.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Having spent her entire life in battles to grow as strong as she is, Dinoponera reacts badly to how Alice's power comes from a mental disorder she recently mastered in two weeks.
  • Hellish Pupils: Gets both the iris and pupil effects when she's furious.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: She gets increasingly tangled up without noticing and has a taste of her own "medicine" upon being forced to stab her leg. And since Alice forces it to get stuck in there, she agonizes in pain as much as Alice did from a dozen stabbings.
  • Humiliation Conga: Dinoponera gets toyed with and is tricked by Alice into poisoning herself. She agonizes terribly from the pain, becomes too scared and runs away. Then Sasori provokes her into a fight, pulls a tail out of nowhere to paralyse her and lets the brainwashed student mob have their way with her.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Due to her "Concentration Driving Force" ability, she can freely control her focus to perceive her surroundings in slow motion much like Alice does with her C.E.C..
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Dinoponera does sincerely want friends, but being far too picky and beating to death anyone she can't symphatize with unsurprisingly does her no good.
  • I Know You're Watching Me: When Sara first finds her, Dinoponera is ominously looking towards the camera... but she doesn't seem to be aware of Sara's plans. Or much of anything else.
  • Impaled Palm: Impales Alice's palms, arms, legs and even her butt with her venomous needles. Those are the only wounds to leave scars on poor spider girl.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: She makes good use of her evil acupuncture for torture. When intending to kill, she tries to stab Kabutomushi's heart and gets blocked by her armor. She also tries to impale Hibiki's head but gets distracted and just stomps him.
  • Implacable Woman: Steamrolls everyone on her way to meet Alice without taking any damage from anything she couldn't dodge or block.
  • In the Back: She often backstabs people. Even when she should be trying something else.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Her conflict with Alice boils down to this trope.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Dinoponera defines friendship as people on the same level who are able to share their feelings, but she's too self-centered and goes around beating everyone with extreme prejudice with no sign of ever being able to accept anyone. She also tries to kill Alice's friends so she can have her for herself, unable to see how this behavior scares people away from her. Her whole characterization is probably based on how dinoponera ants beat each other up for days until one is accepted as the gamergate, but even then the ants don't fight to the death.
  • Irony:
    • Dinoponera wants to prove that she's better than Instant Expert Alice, but the more they fight, the tougher Alice becomes by copying her. And besides the karmic method of her defeat, she's knocked out of the plot in such an unceremonious way that it looks like storywise she was just a device to provide Alice with a powerup.
    • Tells Kabutomushi that ants are light enough that they always fall as softly as feathers, no matter from how high they fall. When both Kabutomushi and Dinoponera fall from a good height later, Dinoponera lands much less gracefully.
    • She's always saying that she's looking for friends. Sasori sure gave her plenty. Not to mention how sad it is for Dinoponera to avoid getting raped back when she lived in conflict zones only to fall victim to it in a country she thinks is peaceful.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As nasty as she is, Dinoponera wouldn't treat a friend badly. Probably. Her bad personality makes it hard to make one to begin with. When Dino is trying to share her past with Alice she does seem genuinely kind, but then she blows up when the truth about Alice's ability is revealed.
  • Jerkass: Dinoponera has a massive ego for such a little girl. Even if she doesn't look like she bears ill will towards anyone, she really doesn't mind killing anyone who can't reach her high standards. And she brutally beats and tortures Alice with scorn, even though Alice is hardly at fault for having the C.E.C. ability or being dragged into being an assassin.
  • Kawaiiko: She's usually pretty cheerful, polite and adorable. However, she can be quite a bitch at times and is very violent and cruel to her opponents.
  • Kick the Dog: Dinoponera casually kills a random worker of the school just to intimidate Kabutomushi. She feels guilt upon considering that they could be related, but they weren't, so why should she care? And later she picks on Alice and tortures her badly for no good reason.
    Dinoponera: "I'm sorry, were you talking about this? I just swept some trash aside— Was he an acquaintance of yours?..."
    Kabutomushi: "Not really. Just a random old guy..."
    Dinoponera: "Ohhh, okay! Thank goodness!"
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Her stings aside, jumping on top of downed opponents to break their faces with rapid-fire punching is her Signature Move. She also flips a downed Alice with a kick to make her properly punchable.
  • Lack of Empathy: She feels most people are weak worms she wants nothing to do with, to the point that she tries to make friends with a strong person like Alice while also trying to murder her friends.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For all the fun she has poisoning people and laughing at Alice for wetting herself in pain, Alice forces Dinoponera to stab herself and it turns out she can't handle that much pain, either. She pees herself and cries like a baby, just like Alice.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She's fast and strong enough to take on Kabutomushi, Hibiki and Riock with little effort.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: She doesn't seem as horrible as her father, but is also a unreasonable fighting maniac psycho like him.
  • Little Miss Badass: Both as a child and as her present 15 years-old self.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Chirpy as she is, Dinoponera is harsh and condescending to people who bore her.
  • Loners Are Freaks: In a inversion, she does want friends but has no idea what she's doing.
  • Luminescent Blush: She often has a slight blush on her cheeks that covers her whole face when she's embarrassed.
  • Made of Iron: Even when clearly kicked all over or sent to crash her head on walls and floors, Dinoponera doesn't seem to get hurt. The one significant injury done to her is from a piercing attack, which admittedly does defeat her instantly.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: She evokes the trope, being a fan of the genre who is trying to violently befriend people.
  • Magical Skirt: Arachnid goes out of its way to avoid panty shots when she's knocked around or is viewed from below during her acrobatics despite all the fanservice with the other girls. However, the Caterpillar artist doesn't care and adds at least three in redraws of scenes where there weren't any before.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Since dinoponera ants make noises when they attack, this bowl-haired girl is able to stun people with her screams.
  • Menacing Stroll: Does one while walking on Kabutomushi's spear. And when she stands back up after being hit by one of Hibiki's kicks, she has this insufferably arrogant look on her face as she, unharmed, walks towards him.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: She wears a sailor school uniform, likely because she expected the schoolgirls at Alice's school to wear them. They're all wearing blazer uniforms, though, so her gauntlets aren't the only thing making her stand out in that place.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother died from a gunshot to the head when their home was destroyed.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: It's like her gauntlets give a huge boost to her attack power or something. Of course you know it makes peeeerfect sense because ants can carry several times their own body weight blah blah blah.
  • Nature vs. Nurture: The narrator once wonders if Dinoponera became so sadistic to be able to survive her battles in Thailand or if she survived because she was twisted all along. Given how Paraponera raised her and how misguided and somewhat innocent she acts, Dinoponera does tend more towards nurture.
  • Near-Death Experience: As a child, she awakened her "Concentration Driving Force" ability to kill some mercenaries much like how Alice tried to kill Kumo on the beginning of the story.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Dinoponera throws a big temper tantrum about Alice being unfairly strong, but loses the fight and Alice becomes even stronger by copying her C.D.F. ability like it's no big deal.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: She beats down Imomushi, Kabutomushi and Alice badly.
  • No, I Am Behind You: This false-tocandira girl is pretty good at this stunt. Except for when Alice is the one pulling it on her.
  • No Name Given: Actually, since Dinoponera was only a few months old when Paraponera picked her from her mother's corpse, that pretty much is her real name.
  • No-Sell: She barely dodges Hibiki's second Rider Kick, jumping back so it only grazes her. The third one, however, with all that stomping? She claims it still barely hit her at all.
  • No Social Skills: She has really... unusual ideas about how to befriend people.
  • No Sympathy: After Alice tearfully reminisces about her mother's death, Dinoponera thinks Alice's mother really did succumb to despair and coldly responds she was too naive and that Alice's whining is pointless.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Blocks and dodges many attacks with ease, while looking smugly tranquil.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Despite all the hype, it turns out Dinoponera's combat training against hapless mercs in the battlefield, as harsh as it was, couldn't prepare her for fighting the worst bug assassins around.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Subverted. Alice reduces Dinoponera to a sobbing mess and she starts begging for her life, even though Alice didn't look like she wanted to finish her off.
  • Not So Different:
    • Both she and Alice crave friendship and had terrible lives, but Dinoponera thinks Alice had it easy when compared to her and is so bitter at how she became powerful so quickly that she completely disregards Alice's feelings.
    • Oki and Dinoponera first met Alice hoping to make friends with her, but both left a terrible first impression as the first wanted to enslave her and the latter wanted to beat her up horribly.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: All it takes is a blink for her to inexplicably appear behind people.
  • Oh, Crap!: Whenever her opponents actually surprise her. She later gets a hilarious look of disbelief when Alice captures and causes her to stab herself. Much less funny is her horror at being defeated by Sasori and thrown to the rape zombies.
  • One-Woman Army: Was trained to be this. It shows.
  • Otaku: She doesn't geek about it like Hibiki and Riokku, but since Paraponera taught her japanese and she also liked the Sailor-Force anime, Dinoponera became obsessed about japanese culture and used to think it was a country full of strong magical girls. She likes wearing sailor fukus and becomes increasingly disgusted at how the japanese turn out to be as perverted as the people of her homeland.
  • Outside-Context Problem: She wasn't supposed to be at the Arachnid Hunt, but for some reason (probably a call from Suzumebachi) she comes out of left field to the school, wanting to get a good fight out of Alice instead of trying to kill her for the prize money.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Unless she's on a bad mood, angrily ranting, swearing and being overall unpleasant. And even then she might just change from ambiguously sweet smiles to creepy sharp grins.
  • Poirot Speak: Occasionally speaks in Thai.
  • Poisoned Weapons: While the stings of paraponeras are well known to hit like bullets and last for a day, information on how bad the sting of a dinoponera can be is all over the place. Is it actually not that bad and only lasts for a few minutes? Or does it do as much damage as a bullet ant's sting and is a threat to small animals and people with allergies? Either way, Dinoponera claims the poison coating her needles is worth a thousand dinoponera stings. That's got to hurt, but Kabutomushi, Hibiki and Alice just thrash on the floor for a bit before being able to resist the pain and stand up to resume the fight.
  • Power Fist: Her gauntlets make it apparent that she's far from harmless.
  • Psycho Lesbian: She hits Alice for "talking with other girls" and then threatens Oki and Yoriko. And is shameless enough to kiss Alice's mouth while Oki is watching. However, she completely drops this behaviour upon getting furious at Alice.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: After her battle against Alice, by way of imminent rape from the student mob while she's paralysed. Whatever happened afterwards is never adressed at all.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": She laughs maniacally whenever she's pummeling people.
  • Raised by Dudes: Became a bloodthirsty sociopath from being raised by an amoral mercenary, but her background didn't detract from her femininity at all. Bless them magical girl animes.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: She first jumps on top of downed people before pummeling them like this.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Alice's blue. It is noted Dinoponera draws focus from being worked up, unlike Alice who calms herself down while concentrating.
  • Religious Bruiser: Complains that God wouldn't allow someone like Alice to gain a power like C.D.F. without earning it like she did.
  • Retractable Weapon: The "Dino Spines" on her gauntlets.
  • The Rival: Everything about Dinoponera screams "Alice's rival character".
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: The magazine version of chapter 33's color page depicted her as bright pink-haired, but this was before she first displayed her Kawaiiko attitude. Her intended hair color appears to be white, but even then it has a hint of pink or purple in some illustrations.
  • Sabotutor: It is implied that Dinoponera would be long dead if she hadn't stumbled into her Concentration Driving Force power. For all we know, her jackass father pretty much just handed her a gun, expected her to fight as well as him and then abandoned her when she didn't.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: She's a great fighter, but since she grew up with only her Blood Knight father for company, she has No Social Skills and a Lack of Empathy for most people. Hardly a good thing for someone who's trying to make friends.
  • Sailor Fuku: She wears a green one and is a fan of the "Sailor-Force" magical girl anime.
  • Say It with Hearts: Both to punctuate her death threats and to sound just plain cute.
  • Shadow Archetype: Dinoponera is what Alice thinks of herself: a girl who really wants friends but isn't able to make any because she's a creepy and selfish murderer.
  • Ship Tease: Some Foe Romance Subtext with Alice.
  • Shrinking Violet: She becomes rather shy while asking Imomushi and Alice to be her friends.
  • Shy Finger-Twiddling: Does this gesture whenever she's feeling embarrassed.
  • Significant Birthdate: December 13. She just happens to be a single day younger than her lookalike Alice.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Dinoponera is very strong and has been a mercenary since she was a kid, but is still very childish, short-tempered when things aren't going her way and overconfident. Alice also calls her out on how she is over relying on her C.D.F. ability to the point she can't do much without it.
  • Slasher Smile: Briefly grins like this while attacking Sasori.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Carried firearms larger than herself when she was a kid.
  • Smug Smiler: To hilarious extremes. Her response to Hibiki kicking her several feet away? Just silently looking at him with the smuggest smirk ever. Oki is mad at her for having kissed Alice? Dinoponera just gives her a knowing glance.
  • Smug Super: Given Dinoponera is overly proud of her upbringing and abilities, she frequently looks down on other people and flips out at how a commoner like Alice can pose a threat to her. But although Dinoponera does put on a good show for a while, she isn't as strong as she thinks and her overconfidence brings about her defeat. Twice in a row.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Whether she is being too enthusiastical or chillingly serene while torturing people, she sure enjoys it a little too much.
  • Sole Survivor: The only survivor of a ruined village in Burma.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: For a while, at least... Volumes 8 to 10 focus more on Dinoponera than Alice.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Sometimes does this, such as when she first meets Alice by appearing between her and Yoriko.
  • Stepford Smiler: She looks cute and happy, but she's nuts.
  • Stunned Silence: Dinoponera's reaction to Alice's rant about how the Organization ruined her file and is still harassing her. And also when she's struck down by Sasori's frankly improbable stinger.
  • Super Reflexes: An effect of C.D.F. and the reason why she keeps dodging and blocking everything. Much like Alice, it's like Time Stands Still for her.
  • Super Senses: At one point, Dinoponera hears Alice talking on the floor above her and recognizes there are more people with Alice.
  • Super Speed: Her agility seems to be on par with Oki and Geji.
  • Super Strength: Her strength level is somewhere between Oki and Kabutomushi.
  • Superpower Lottery: Dinoponera's C.D.F. ability gives her Super Senses as good as Alice's, so there are few things she can't defend against. She is none too happy to learn that actually anyone can improve their concentration by controlling their heart rate and that Alice only needs a few days to catch up to her.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: It's danguerous to space out when you're fighting, Alice! That Oki is close by to rage at Dino only makes it funnier.
  • This Cannot Be!: When nervous, she repeatedly mutters "mây mii thaaŋ", which is thai for "no way".
  • To the Pain: Likes to explain the mind-breaking effect of her poison to her agonizing opponents while wearing that adorable giggling face of hers.
  • Too Slow: "Too fucking easy, slowpoke." The slowpoke in question being an impaled Alice about to scream her lungs out.
  • Training from Hell: She was raised as a mercenary in Thailand.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: To be expected of a girl raised to kill for fun.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She's Paraponera's adopted daughter.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Dinoponera really underestimated how danguerous Alice can be when she sets her mind to it. She also underestimates Sasori and gets defeated instantly.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: It's repeatedly noted that Dinoponera has become so complacent with her Hyper-Awareness power that she can't predict and outsmart enemies who are able to get past her gimmick.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The first impression we get of Dinoponera is Sara being scared that she would ruin the Arachnid Hunt by killing everyone on her own. What actually happens is that Dinoponera doesn't kill any assassins and just distracts and weakens Alice and Kabutomushi while Sara turns the school into some sort of rape dungeon to brainwash them all. Also, it is implied Suzumebachi was exploiting Dinoponera from the beginning and sent Sasori to get rid of her after her loss to Alice.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A messed up and bloodthirsty but rather innocent kid who wishes to have friends? Dinoponera really is the same as she's always been like.
  • Villain Ball: Dinoponera attempts to finish Alice off by leaping and backstabbing her. It doesn't work, but being blinded by rage at this nobody overwhelming her, Dinoponera still tries the same move over and over even after getting slapped to the ground and despite having an idea of how Alice likes to bait enemies into her traps.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She increasingly loses her cool once Alice, "a cheater who became strong despite having a peaceful life", surpasses her. By the time Alice is done with her, Dinoponera is so scared and confused that she can only think about apologizing and begging for mercy.
  • Villainous Crush: She's very friendly to Alice when they begin fighting, even if she does punch Alice and threaten Yoriko to get her attention. She even gives a passionate kiss to Alice to show how fast she can move.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Dinoponera flees upon being defeated by Alice, only to get cornered by Sasori right after.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Refuses to give a break to Alice while beating her down, yet can't help but beg for her life when Alice defeats her.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Dinoponera is most likely gangraped by the army ants, she's never seen again.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: She isn't too high on the evil totem pole, but is quite deranged, has no problem about killing and declares war on Alice over feelings of pride and jealousy.
  • The Worf Effect: To set up Dinoponera as Alice's strongest challenger, Imomushi, Kabutomushi, Hibiki and Riock are subjected to comically absurd one-sided battles. None of them could lift a finger against her. But after Alice's tricky string tricks deal with her, Dinoponera herself gets on the receiving end of the trope when she's pathetically defeated by Sasori's surprise tail just so the reader can know how truly danguerous the scorpion lady is.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Was stressed out from her defeat to Alice when Sasori ambushed her, so Sasori has an easy time getting on Dinoponera's nerves and goading her for what would've been a slow, bloody demise if getting Dinoponera raped instead wasn't so much more amusing.
  • World's Best Warrior: Much stronger and vicious than her father and with the added bonus of an Hyper-Awareness ability. At one point she even calls herself the "Worst" to differentiate from Kabutomushi's "Strongest".
  • Worthy Opponent: Her idea of friendship material. She thought Alice could be a kindred spirit to her, only to declare her the opposite of that instead.
  • Yandere: After just meeting Alice, Dinoponera gets annoyed at how she is avoiding her to "talk with other girls" and tries to get rid of Oki and Yoriko.
  • You Gotta Have Pink Hair: Pink light enough that it's hard to tell.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: It's implied Suzumebachi sent Dinoponera towards Alice as a means for Alice to improve her abilities. After Dinoponera loses to Alice, Sasori meets her with very bad intentions and says she heard about her from him...
  • You Killed My Father: She doesn't mind that Imomushi killed her father because he was always looking for strong opponents anyway.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.

    Media 

Media Army Ants

Two men who wield large ant jaw-shaped gauntlets and are sent by Sara to kill Dinoponera and any allies Alice might have, such as Kabutomushi.
They fail miserably.
  • Animal Motifs: Named after the media caste of worker ants, though they're soldier ant-sized.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: More like jaw-shaped clubs below each shoulder.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: They seem to be under the effect of the Queen's Rule. One is set to restrain his enemies and the other is made to go for the kill no matter what happens. Sara can't issue any other orders to them unless her life's at risk.
  • Cool Helmet: Helmets shaped like ant heads.
  • Disney Villain Death: One gets the honor of being knocked out of the building by Kabutomushi, after which the second one gets kicked by Hibiki into a trap hole Kabuto was tricked into.
  • Fake Ultimate Mook: Those two giant buff guys are a serious threat to a heavily injured Alice, but they're easily slapped around by Kabutomushi. After Kabutomushi falls for a trap, it is Hibiki who comes to Alice's rescue, suddenly kicking the remaining one down the same hole Kabuto fell into.
  • Monster of the Week: They only appear so Kabutomushi can have some much needed action after being useless against Dinoponera.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Given their performance against Kabutomushi, they don't actually mean much.
  • Psychotic Smirk: It's fixed on their faces.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene

    Spoiler Characters 

Army Ant Queen, Ai Kuramoto

As it turns out, Kuramoto is the real Army Ant Queen who has been charged with turning the Ouran High's students into zombified drones with her ability. She actually hates Alice and wants to have her humiliated, tortured and killed.
  • All Women Are Lustful
  • Animal Motifs: Kuramoto is the real Army Ant queen who turned the entire school into her ant colony. She also gets compared to Polyergus slave-making ants.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Has sex powers based on ant queens.
  • Attempted Rape: Very much a victim of this... in the past. Men trying to rape her on sight is still a regular occurrence, but while Kuramoto acts like she's helpless, her Queen's Rule ability binds to her will anyone who has contact with her body fluids. She eventually gets Alice at her mercy, while still pretending to be nice.
  • Bad Boss: Kuramoto is aloof around Sara, but at least isn't as mean as she has Sara pretend she is to her.
  • Beneath Suspicion: Alice did consider Kuramoto a friend and believed she was suffering under the cruel Sara. It was out of concern for her safety that Alice kept strings on her and wound up learning what they were up to.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts very friendly and even motherly to Alice, but wants to enslave and break her will to lengths that even Oki from back when she first met Alice would probably be unwilling to. And she first met Sara by taking advantage of her desire to have friends and date raping her into servitude.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Her ability is to inflict sexually transmitted mind control on people.
  • Big Bad: Kuramoto was chosen by the Boss to handle the Arachnid Hunt and so she was secretly the main antagonist for its duration.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: She ignores Sara's advice about immediately killing or crippling a captured Alice, preferring to personally zombify the girl to perform excruciating torture on her later. Obviously, this goes spectacularly wrong for Kuramoto.
  • Compelling Voice: The Queen's Rule gives her this power over her servants.
  • The Corrupter: Sara was just a naive and lonely girl until Kuramoto met her.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Alice uses her thread to not just strangulate, but to outright crush Kuramoto's death. One could call it a Mercy Kill, as Alice previously had attempted to give Sasori a slower and more agonizing death from hanging.
  • Date Rape: Just after making friends with Sara, Kuramoto brought her home, undressed and forced her to bed with a kiss. After the deed was done, Sara became twisted into the depraved ant girl we see in the series proper.
  • Death by Irony: Kuramoto discovered her power by accidentally forcing her father to strangle himself until his neck broke. She dies from having her neck crushed by Alice's thread, after being unable to control her.
  • Death by Sex: Inverted, as Kuramoto avoiding sex with Alice is what makes her unable to brainwash her and results in her own death.
  • Defiant to the End: Alice tries to give Kuramoto a chance to give up when she has her neck wrapped in string, but Kuramoto attempts to make the student mob stomp Alice to death anyway.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Alice doesn't resent how everyone wants to make her miserable? Let's see how she likes being enslaved and locked up in a dungeon, then.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Who'd think the damsel in distress was getting raped on purpose?...
  • Evil All Along: She is Sara's master, not her slave. She was only pretending to gain Alice's sympathy.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She can't understand how Alice would not end up hating the entire world from everything she gets put through.
  • Evil Plan: Kuramoto is supposed to use the Queen's Rule to take over Japan and let large amounts of people die as a form of population control, but she also gets very interested in making Alice's life a living hell.
  • Foreshadowing: It's implicit from the time Sara made 26 people rape Kuramoto that she somehow is the source of the brainwashing, which would make that a, uh, mating session with the proper queen. Her being evil and in charge of the incident is also hinted at by how unlikely it is for the boss' identity to have been revealed so soon and how over-the-top Sara acts.
  • Freudian Excuse: After enduring frequent sexual abuse for a long time, Kuramoto found herself with a STD mind control ability to turn the tables with. It's no wonder she snapped and became so vengeful.
  • I Control My Minions Through...: Mind control and corruption.
  • Irrational Hatred: Thought Dinoponera attempted to kill Alice for no good reason? Kuramoto manages to be even worse.
  • Kick the Dog: Wants to break Alice to pieces just because, of all things, she's still trying to be optimistic.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: It's kinda amusing that Alice kills her this way while Kuramoto herself was trying to prevent Alice from speaking her killing command. Really, there's no way Alice could've been shut up fast enough.
  • Kiss of Death: The Queen's Rule is mainly spread through saliva, so this trope is part of her ability. Kuramoto actually avoids having sex with Alice when she realizes they can just have a drawn-out french kiss instead, but it doesn't work because Alice spits out all the saliva.
  • Maniac Tongue: She gradually reveals herself as the direct source of Sara's manneirisms.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Kuramoto befriends Alice and soon disappears for Alice to get stuck on the school looking for her.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: She can bestow a special role upon her soldiers, which then gain Heterochromia and become more self-aware.
  • The Minion Master: Like Sara, she has no fighting abilities of her own, but she does have a horde of servants under her command.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Spends the latter parts of the story in her underwear until she drops dead from a crushed neck.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Depends on what kind of action we're talking about.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Averted. She spends a good amount of time watching over Alice's growth and gaining her trust.
  • Outgambitted: Tries to brainwash Alice, only to find out Alice had her on a leash all along.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: She first realized her power by unintentionally making her father choke himself to death.
  • Rape and Revenge: Pretty much the point of her ability.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: A target of this trope and someone who can exploit it to get everyone else raped and under her control.
  • Rape Leads to Insanity: Some bizarre trait of Kuramoto's body made her a rape magnet from childhood for everyone she knew until she killed her father by accident and got hired as an assassin. Predictably, it took that much of a toll on her mind.
  • The Reveal: Kuramoto is the real Army Ant and Sara is her servant.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Hard to blame her, though. And it's not like she knew telling her father to drop dead would work that well.
  • Shadow Dictator: Kuramoto is who really controls the Student Council while letting Sara enjoy her newfound popularity from becoming the apparent President. It's shown that Kuramoto even brainwashed some of the school's staff to do her bidding.
  • Sinister Surveillance: She watches Alice's battle against Sasori from the school's security room.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: But people preyed on her body even then, and this eventually corrupted her.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Sara, though she doesn't seem to treat her very warmly...
  • Walking Spoiler: Discussing the latter parts of the story reveals Kuramoto is a villain and that Sara is just her decoy.
  • The Woman Behind The Woman
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The transformation of people into mindless, drooling and blank-eyed "rape zombies" turns out to be her ability. Only she and Sara can control them. Her goal is to cause a nation-wide pandemic, which does come to pass even after her death.

Strepsiptera/Nejirebane, Yoriko Tajima

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The true leader of the Organization who spends her free time as a high school student, hanging out with Alice and Oki and putting them through the wringer that is the Arachnid Hunt. A 100 years-old girl needs a thrill every now and then, you know.
  • Abusive Parents: Yoriko's parents fought over who was to blame for her not growing properly and eventually began taking it out on her.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Enough for Sasori's instant death poison to only leave her on a period of suspended animation, thanks to the same "Adaptive Mutant" ability Imomushi demonstrated in the prequel.
  • Animal Motifs: Strepsiptera females, which never grow past their larvae form and spend their lives as parasites inside wasps.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Her twisted-wing parasite motif gives her poison immunity, some form of agelessness and telepathy powers that let her control minds.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Suzumebachi once said the boss is an assassin, but it was more or less a bluff as the boss is a plain girl with no combat prowess. Yoriko can use her mind control to force a single person at a time to kill for her, but while this ability got her far in life it doesn't work as well anymore.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: She dies, but the army ants do cause the death of most of Japan's population like she planned. She didn't really intend for the incident to grow into a uncontrolled worldwide apocalypse, though.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Yoriko has been running Japan's politics for most of the 20th century and beyond.
  • Big Bad Friend: To think she kept calling Goki untrustworthy and called out Dinoponera for her screwed up takes on friendship...
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Yoriko is really sociopathic to ridiculous extremes, as she gets Hiroshima and Nagasaki blown up on purpose like that would make Japan seem cool and makes a plaything out of Alice while still considering her a friend to the very end. Even the reasoning behind her goal of population control through mass catastrophes is ultimately ill-defined.
  • Compelling Voice: Yoriko can use mind control on whoever accepts to be Suzumebachi.
  • Depopulation Bomb: She's big on curbing overpopulation with major disasters, to the point of being responsible for the atomic bombings on Japan during World War II. Her reasoning for this isn't ever really explained, though.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Had some close brushes with death through the story due to circunstances she couldn't predict, such as Goki getting captured by Anabachi. Yoriko did know Sasori was nearby when she and Alice got attacked, but didn't expect to get smacked from nowhere by a mechanical stinger. She also doesn't expect a dead Suzumebachi to save Alice's life or Kabutomushi arriving to blow her off the school's rooftop, either.
  • Disney Villain Death: Number of people Kabuto-ed out of the Ouran Highschool: 4. Kabutomushi did say Yoriko wouldn't die just from falling for 3 meters. It's a case of Hoist by Her Own Petard, as Yoriko had just dropped Alice off the building.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Much unlike Sara, Yoriko is very gentle when she introduces her true nature to Alice. Of course she also looks a little sly about it, but wouldn't you too if you secretly were a yakuza boss and an ageless telepath?
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Who'd think some random delinquent girl is a centenarian mafia leader?
  • The Don: Of the Organization.
  • The Darkness Gazes Back: First depicted as a pair of creepy omniscient wide eyes staring from out of the darkness.
  • Evil Plan: The Arachnid Hunt had two goals:
    • Population control. The zombified students are expected to cut Japan's population by half. Instead, most of the country and possibly the rest of the world is gradually ruined.
    • Get Alice to grow into the ultimate assassin who'd become devoted to Yoriko and replace Suzumebachi by making her life hell and then gloating about it to her face.
  • Expy: If Alice is based on Turis from Jackals, then Yoriko would be a match for her manipulative mistress Lee Meilang... if she hadn't stepped so much on Alice's toes. Once everything is revealed, there's just no way Alice could pledge her loyalty to Yoriko.
  • The Faceless: Until the eventual reveal that it was Yoriko all along.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Since Alice has nowhere else to go, Yoriko thinks its fine to admit being the one responsible for the ruin of her family and demand Alice to be her right-hand woman at gunpoint. It's no wonder that once Alice gets over the shock of how ridiculous this situation is, she pretty much tells Yoriko to buzz the hell off.
  • Foreshadowing: That the boss is hiding at Ouran High was kind of a big deal, so it couldn't be a case of a Stranger Behind the Mask. And isn't Yoriko a little too convenient?
  • Graceful Loser: Takes her own imminent death well as she bids farewell to Alice, leaving her exponentially heartbroken.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Yoriko is the ultimate villain of the setting. She's more of this trope in Caterpillar, since its plot has little to do with her.
  • Hellish Pupils: The flashbacks about the faceless boss have the recurring pupil effect on her eyes for creepiness.
  • Join or Die:
    • If Jin refused to become Suzumebachi, both him and his family would have been killed on the spot.
    • Then she orders Alice to replace Suzumebachi as her main henchwoman, under the threat of Ginyanma aiming at Alice from afar. This is after Alice's father is killed and Yoriko admits being responsible For It All. Alice gets furious and refuses, so Yoriko tries to have her killed.
  • Kick the Dog: Frustrated over her abilities failing her, Yoriko forced Suzumebachi to kill his own wife and started bullying Alice out of spite sometime after.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Forcing Alice to "shoplift, become an underage prostitute and beat her ex-boyfriend to death" weren't the only things Yoriko had in mind when she let Alice live with her. With her mind-reading, Yoriko pretended to be such a good friend that the lonely Alice went from hating her to considering her family in less than a month.
  • Meaningful Name: Is it any coincidence that a girl with the word "yori" (より), for "turn" or "twist", on her name turns out to be a major plot twist themed after bugs known as twisted-wing parasites?
  • Never Grew Up: Yoriko stopped aging at 6 years old and stayed like that for decades, but after her son's death she suddenly aged about 10 years at once.
  • No Name Given: Yoriko named herself after her adopted son's original mother. Her real name isn't ever revealed.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Ironically, although Yoriko doesn't fight at all she gets closer to killing Alice than anyone else. Yoriko probably does have some sort of assassination skill, but being a child with parasiting bug powers, she's been relying on others to work for her and protect her.
  • Older Than She Looks: Female strepsiptera remain larviform when they mature, which means Yoriko ages really slowly. This effect also depends on her relationship with Suzumebachi, given her bug is a parasite.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Averted. Yoriko spent the entire series building a relationship with Alice while turning her into the ultimate assassin.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Her adopted son Masashi, who she took in at around the end of World War II, killed himself out of his own accord in order to be replaced by Alice's father. It was the only time Yoriko ever felt bad about swapping out a Suzumebachi.
  • Post-Final Boss: After defeating both Suzumebachi and Ginyanma, Alice finally collapses under the damage from all the battles. Thankfully her good friend Yoriko is still here to... throw her off the rooftop. Kabutomushi then comes and blows Yoriko away to her death while Oki rescues Alice.
  • Psychic Powers: Telepathy. Yoriko can read the minds of those who are close to her and even control their actions.
  • The Reveal: Oh look, Yoriko somehow survived Sasori's murder attempt after all and is the freaking boss of the Organization. Guess that explains how she's a rich lone girl.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Yoriko's mother realized how unnaturally subservient her husband was acting to their daughter and attempted to kill her. Yoriko wasn't surprised and made her father kill her mother and hang himself.
  • Shadow Dictator: Yoriko controls all of Japan from the shadows with only her hornet enforcers knowing her identity. Most people wouldn't accept a little girl as their boss, after all.
  • Slouch of Villainy: Is shown giving orders from a fancy armchair. That she had the body of a little kid back then makes this rather amusing.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: The old man we saw talking to Yoriko in a flashback from chapter 22 was actually her adopted son.
  • Villainous Crush: She calls Alice beautiful and says she intended to spend the rest of her life with her.
  • Walking Spoiler: Obviously. It's Yoriko.
  • We Can Rule Together: Yoriko does intend to treat Alice well for real after making her the last Suzumebachi, but Alice is both pissed off at her true nature and very unwilling to have her mind read and half-controlled.
  • The Woman Behind The Man Behind The Woman Behind The Woman: Welp.
  • Young and in Charge: As already mentioned, the reason this 15 years-old girl is the leader of an international crime syndicate is because she's actually 100 years-old. She has been leading the Organization as a little girl for decades before her body began to grow again some time prior to the beginning of the series.


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