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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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    General 

    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.

    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: Since when does Kamen Rider endorse murder and rape anyway...
  • 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 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: Has those, befitting his manly image.
  • 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: Of course he shouts variants of Rider Kick while attack.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Has no unusual powers, and is simply strong from harsh training alone.
  • 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: Very loud and eager to fight.
  • 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. But what is the in-universe Kamen Rider, and Sailor Moon for that matter, even about if him and Dinoponera love those and yet ended up like such psychos?
  • 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: Named after the series Kamen Rider Hibiki. Also, his civilian name is certainly 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.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Ultimately, Sara was just an innocent civilian dragged into the Organization by Kuramoto and who acted on a mixture of mind control and Stockholm Syndrome for her Queen. Seeing her turned into a brain-dead zombie can be disheartening, plus Alice has no reason to care and nobody would help her out of it.
  • Animal Motifs: "Army Ant" is a term for ant species that agressively forage in massive numbers and move from place to place by using themselves as "bivouac" structures to protect their queen and larvae. In this story, that is portrayed by Sara's minions being under the spell of a zombifying sexually-transmitted virus.
  • 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.

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    Tiger Beetle/Hanmyou 

Tiger Beetle (ハンミョウ; Hanmyou)

A scissor wielder who ambushes Alice after she defeats Shinobu.

    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 from Jigabachi 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: Just a kid with a cap on, but is as dangerous and perverted as they come.
  • 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: Incapacitates Goki but gets easily stomped by Kabutomushi just a while later.
  • 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 explicit if that killed him. Then in Blattodea, a still-living Jigabachi remarks Anabachi did get out safely too.

    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

    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.
  • Advertised Extra: She's on the cover of Arachnid volume 7 and the story at one point pretended she would do something significant along with Goki and Alice, but ultimately she just jobs to the army ants with Goki and is forgotten until the end of the story.
  • 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, the author of Fragtime and Living Dead! who is married with Murata Shinya. 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.

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    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.
  • Ironic Name: "Minor", "Media" and "Major" are terms for different sizes of worker ants, but in both Arachnid and Himenospia the author used Media for giant super-soldiers. The rapist army ant zombies, which are common-sized people, are considered Major instead — as mentioned in post 868 of his BBS.
  • 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, alias 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. The specific species she is compared to are the 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: Alice kills her mid-sentence 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, alias 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, and is more of this trope in Caterpillar, since its plot is tangentially related to 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.
    • To make it possible for Alice to become Suzumebachi, Yoriko nonchalantly orders her father's brains to be blown out by sniper fire. Then she brags about how easy it was to act friendly and become like family to Alice thanks to her mind-reading power.
    • And then, of course, she tosses a completely helpless Alice off the building when she refuses to become the final Suzumebachi. What did she even have to gain from that?
  • 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.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Yoriko is basically the only strepsiptera character in fiction, and only a few knowledgeable readers ever saw it coming from how she parasites wasp assassins.
  • 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: Listing her under her own folder would spell out that the Boss is not Sara. On top of that, it's Yoriko of all people. Bizarrely enough, not only is her identity spoiled midway through Caterpillar (at a time it is a prequel) but it is also mentioned in the ending of Choubu no Shinobi by its narrator despite it being set centuries earlier and having no direct connections to Arachnid.
  • 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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