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We’re the dark side of this city itself! We have dozens of companies under our control; we have roots in this city’s politics and economy! A pathetic agency like you with just a few people… It won’t take even three days to burn you to the ground! No one has ever defied us and lived to talk about it!
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The Wardens of the Night. note 

Facts
Godfather: Ougai Mori
Executives: Kouyou Ozaki, Chuuya Nakahara, A, Dazai Osamu (former)
Base of operations: Yokohama
First appearance: Chapter 2/Episode 2

Character sheet for the Port Mafia of Bungo Stray Dogs. Characters on this page all have their names listed in Western order— given names followed by surnames.

The Port Mafia (ポート・マフィア) is a criminal organization that controls the Yokohama ports. Their primary business is smuggling, but they also wield a lot of political influence in the city. Their unique skill of strength in the dark - in both the literal and figural sense, and their cold-hearted reputation has earned them their name 'Wardens of the Night'. Their head is Ougai Mori.

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Executive Members

    Ougai Mori and Elise 
Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English) (for Mori)
Voiced by: Sora Amamiya (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English) (for Elise)
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森鴎外 - ヰタ・セクスアリス & エリス - ⬛⬛⬛ (舞姫)
Literary references: Ougai Mori is named after Japanese author and poet Rintarou Mori, who wrote under the pen name Ougai Mori, and his ability is a reference to Mori's novel Vita Sexualis. Elise is named after the title character of Ougai Mori's short story The Dancing Girl.

Personalia
Age: 40 (Mori, present), None (Elise)
Height: 175 cm, Unknown (Elise)
Blood Type: O (Mori), None (Elise)
Birthday: February 17 (Mori), None (Elise)
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius (Mori), None (Elise)
First appearance: Chapter 15/Episode 11 (Both of them)

The boss of Port Mafia. His ability is "Vita Sexualis". Elise is a young girl under the care of Ougai Mori, whom she calls "Rintarou."


Tropes pertaining to Mori:

  • Affably Evil: Even as the leader of the Port Mafia, he acts like a gentleman, being polite to allies and enemies alike.
  • Benevolent Boss: His subordinates hold him in high regard. (Dazai, notably, does not.)
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: One of the top contenders for the title of Big Bad.
  • The Chessmaster: He orchestrated a conflict between Mimic, the Mafia and the government by letting the terrorists into the country, then informed Gide of Oda's weakness so that Oda would attack Mimic, being the only one who could counter Gide's power. And in exchange for getting rid of Mimic, the government allowed the Mafia to operate legally.
  • Deadly Doctor: As a former doctor, he's more than capable of using his knowledge to hurt others.
  • The Don: Fulfills this role for the mafia, and is a textbook example of one. His aura of malice can stop Lucy and her demonic doll dead in their tracks.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Fukuzawa, being the leader of his respective faction, well-respected and coming from a mundane background.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Occasionally dips into this. The best example was when he sent a letter to the Guild's base asking them if they were in good health... before announcing that he had sent assassins to kill them all.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Was formerly just a medical doctor before he became leader of the Port Mafia. He got this by murdering his predecessor.
  • Improbable Weapon User: When Fukuzawa suggests the two of them settle their scores with a fight, Fukuzawa goes at Mori with his sword. Mori pulls out... a medical scalpel.
  • Karma Houdini: For some reason, he's able to do anything and everything as long as it protects Yokohama, and he keeps getting away with it.
  • Killing Intent: He can emit an extremely powerful aura of malice. It's enough to paralyze Lucy Montgomery in her tracks.
  • Klingon Promotion: How he became the boss of the Port Mafia. He killed his predecessor after deeming him unfit to rule and had covered it up as death by illness with the former boss choosing Mori as the next boss.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Wears one during his civilian disguise as "Rintarou", a harmless retired physician.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Very rarely fights himself, preferring to convince others to do it instead. Best shown when he gives a rousing speech to Atsushi so he will defeat Lucy for him.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Initially appears to be a clumsy and worried man. He reveals himself to be competent in an emergency and capable of scaring the piss out of his enemies.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: They're candy red. They are also a sign that that Innocent Bystander is not so innocent.

Tropes pertaining to Elise:

  • The Ageless: She appears in the Dark Era, set four years before the main story, looking exactly the same as she does in the present.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Especially when she gets out that gigantic murder syringe.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: On the cover of chapter 46.
  • Guardian Entity: Her true nature as the manifestation of Mori's ability, Vita Sexualis. However, unlike other Guardian Entity abilities, she has full autonomy when not being given orders by Mori.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a ribbon on the right side of her hair.
  • Hellish Pupils: Displays reptilian eyes after Mori is stabbed by Fyodor.
  • Historical In-Joke: She calls Mori "Rintarou," which was the writer Ougai Mori's birth name.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Mori has control over the details about her appearance and fighting abilities. She's expressed annoyance with this.
  • Mafia Princess: While her actual relationship with Mori is unclear, he leads the Port Mafia and she considers the mafia as a whole to be her family.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes well past her waist.
  • Shout-Out: She's named after the heroine in the short story "The Dancing Girl" by Ougai Mori.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Elise's name is often misread because of the katakana in her name, and as such is a victim of Engrish and Japanese Ranguage. There are variations like Erisu, Elisu, and even Alis and Alice. However, the character she's based on, is in the translations consistently referred to as Elise, so that is the way her name needs to be read.
  • Spoiled Brat: Mori satisfies all her whims and lets her do whatever she wants because she's cute.
  • Sweet Tooth: Loves desserts.
  • Token Mini-Moe: A little girl among a mafia made of much older people. Given the reveal that Elise is a manifestation of Mori's ability and Mori's admitted preference for underage girls, it wouldn't be surprising that Mori makes Elise look like that.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She seems perfectly okay with other people discussing murder right in front of her. She doesn't even flinch when she and Mori stumble across a dead body.
  • Walking Spoiler: If we went into further detail about her and explain why her personalia are like that, we'd reveal that she's not human at all.

    Kouyou Ozaki 
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Cindy Robinson (English)
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尾崎紅葉 - 金色夜叉 note 
Literary references: She is named after Japanese author and poet Tokutarou Ozaki, who wrote under the pen name Koyo Ozaki. Her ability is a reference to Ozaki's novel The Golden Demon, alternatively titled The Usurer.

Personalia
Age: 26
Height: 171 cm
Blood Type: A
Birthday: January 10
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
First appearance: Chapter 17/Episode 17

A Port Mafia executive, able to summon a sword-wielding phantom with her ability, "Golden Demon."


  • Badass Longcoat: Her haori extends past her kimono's hem, making it this.
  • Cool Big Sis: Appears to have been this to Chuuya and Dazai.
  • Dark Action Girl: Strong enough to take down Atsushi.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As twisted as her ways to get Kyoka back to the mafia are, Kouyou really does care deeply about Kyoka like she was her daughter or little sister.
  • First-Name Basis: Similar to Chuuya, she's known almost exclusively by her first name.
  • Gender-Blender Name: She's named after a male author.
  • Guardian Entity: Her ability, Golden Demon. It's similar to Kyouka's Demon Snow, except that Kouyou can control Golden Demon better.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Especially when she's acting coy.
  • Historical In-Joke: Before Kyouka joined the Agency, Kouyou acted as her guardian and mentor, and the two have similar abilities. Similarly, the author Kouyou Ozaki acted as a mentor to the author Kyouka Izumi, who carried on his mentor's style.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Just look at her.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: Everything about her design and mannerisms evokes traditional Japanese upper-class aesthetics.
  • Lady of War: Wears a kimono, is never seen without a parasol, and can kick your ass.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She and Nakahara Chuuya became this. The latter was under tutelage of the former, and is notably the only one to adress her as 'ane-san', a Japanese honorific specific to an older, mature sister figure (in contrast to 'onee-chan').
  • Love Hurts: Tried to run away from the Port Mafia with her "gentleman friend" when she was Kyouka's age, but they ended up getting caught, and her friend was executed by order of the previous boss. As such...
  • Love Is a Weakness: "Love" is listed as one of her dislikes.
  • Not So Different: With Kyouka. Like Kyouka, Kouyou once tried to escape the Port Mafia, but she failed, and her friend who she was trying to escape with was killed.
  • Oh, Crap!: When the standoff between her and the Agency gets interrupted by the Guild here.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her left eye is always hidden.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: Is shown to be perfectly capable of escaping captivity after her initial capture by the Agency, but sticks around anyway because Dazai promised her that he'd rescue Kyouka if Kouyou stayed out of the fight.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: Occasionally with Golden Demon, though Kouyou is also perfectly capable of fighting with her sword.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: She has her hair tied into a traditional Japanese bun.
  • Sword Cane: Her parasol conceals a katana.
  • Sword Plant: Does this with her Sword Cane sometimes, especially when she's summoning Golden Demon.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A rare villainous example.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is pink.
  • Younger than She Looks: Despite looking like one of the older members of the mafia, Kouyou is only 26 years old. This in high contrast to Ranpo, who is also 26, but is Older Than They Look.

    A 
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese)
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Literary references: His ability name may be inspired by The Madness of King George, making his character a Captain Ersatz of Alan Bennett. However, since Bennett is still alive, most of his character is an original creation to avoid legal troubles.
Personalia
Age: Unknown
Height: Unknown
Blood Type: Unknown
Birthday: Unknown
Zodiac Sign: Unknown, due to an unknown birthday
First appearance: Chapter 48

A Port Mafia executive. His name is pronounced "Ace". His ability, "The Madness of the Jewel King", allows him to convert the lifespan of his subordinates into jewels of the same value. He dies in the same chapter he's introduced.


  • Affably Evil: Is outraged when he discovers that his subordinates have left Fyodor Bound and Gagged on the floor, and orders them to get him clothes and drinks.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Subverted. As Kouyou puts it, his fighting skill is only on the level of that of a bodyguard. His real strength lies in his financial power.
  • Bad Boss: Keeps his subordinates in check using his ability.
  • Captain Ersatz: His ability name may indicate he's one for Alan Bennett.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Can create jewels from his subordinates' lifespans.
  • Driven to Suicide: Commits suicide, believing that Fyodor's mind-altering ability will be negated by dying inside the illusion. Too bad mind-alteration isn't Fyodor's ability at all.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: His fellow Executive Kouyou in particular seems to despise him.
  • Odd Name Out: Unlike virtually every other character in the series, Ace does not seem to be based on any author or their works. As such, the effect beams of his Ability do not show any kanji or words in them.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: They cover his right eye.
  • Smug Snake: Frequently thinks he's figured it out and will let it show.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Plans on overthrowing Mori someday. He compiles a list of all the Port Mafia members' abilities in preparation for this.

    Chuuya Nakahara 
Voiced by: Kissho Taniyama (Japanese), Nicolas Roye (English)
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中原中也 - 汚れつちまつた悲しみに note 
Literary references: He is named after Japanese poet Chuya Nakahara, and his ability is a reference to Nakahara's poem "Tainted Sorrow." The phrase he recites to activate Corruption is an excerpt from Nakahara's poem "Sheep Song."

Personalia
Age: 22
Height: 160 cm
Blood Type: B
Birthday: April 29
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
First appearance: Chapter 10/Episode 9

A Port Mafia executive and Dazai's former partner. His ability, "For the Tainted Sorrow," lets him manipulate gravity. The true form of his power, "Corruption," lets him manipulate gravity with far more destructive potential, but it burns through his life energy at an extremely quick rate and can kill him if he doesn't shut it down fast enough.


  • Bishōnen: He's a very pretty man.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Activates Corruption by chanting 'Oh Grantors of Dark Disgrace. Do Not Wake Me Again.' (交際よ、汝陰鬱なる汚濁の許容よ、更めてわれを目覚ますことなかれ, Nanji, inutsunaru oujoku no kyoyou yo. Aratamete ware wo mezamasukoto nakare)
  • Chained by Fashion: Wears a chain on his hat, and with Corruption activated he's lethal. Becomes a little more symbolic when you know that the god Arahabaki continually rests within him in a 'chained' state.
  • Coat Cape: Wears his black trenchcoat like a cape.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Corruption, the true form of his ability. It lets him manipulate the gravitons in his surroundings, allowing him to crush a tank with his bare hands and effortlessly throw around miniature black holes. On the downside, it puts him into a Berserker state that becomes harder for him to control the longer Corruption is active, and if Dazai can't shut it down in time, he'll eventually be consumed by Corruption and die.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: His voice actor, Kissho Taniyama, is the lyricist and lead vocalist of the band Granrodeo, who wrote and performed the anime's first opening theme alongside an Image Song called Darkness My Sorrow.
  • The Dragon: Seems to have taken Dazai's place as Mori's right hand man after the former's defection. After Mori is rendered in an Ability induced coma, Chuuya becomes the temporary leader of the Mafia.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Despises Dazai for betraying the mafia.
  • Expy: A refined and more well-mannered Yata Misaki from Project K, to put it simply.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: His hair is significantly longer on the left side.
  • Fiery Redhead: Hot-headed and quick to pick a fight with Dazai.
  • First-Name Basis: Nobody seems to refer to him using his surname, not even his subordinates. See Historical In-Joke below.
  • The Gloves Come Off: Literally. Due to the Dangerous Forbidden Technique nature of his ability, he holds back in fights. However, if he's pushed far enough and Dazai is around (and willing to cooperate), he'll take off his gloves and at that point you should probably run.
  • Gravity Master: His Ability lets him manipulate the gravity of anything that he touches.
  • Historical In-Joke: His real-life counterpart was also often called by his first name as well. This is probably because the real Chuuya wasn't born with the last name of Nakahara note  but was given it because the family from that side was rich.
    • His real version was on bad terms with Ango as well.
    • The strange relationship he has with Dazai, stems from one time that the authors had to work together. Real!Dazai had the idea of a literary magazine, and had gathered some friends and poets for it. He had only invited Chuuya because it was said he was a genius poet in that time. The two parted after some insults in a cafe (under which 'My favorite flower are peach blossoms, because they are small' from Dazai) and after some name calling ('slug' and 'mackerel'). The magazine ended after 1 issue.
  • Image Song: Darkness My Sorrow, sung by his actual voice actor.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He often gets tricked into acting like a woman. He complied to fulfilling Dazai's prediction of Chuuya walking and talking like an ojou-sama (or rich young lady in the subtitles) once their conversation is over. He gets to roleplay as a woman for Kajii's plan in the drama CD at one point.
  • Like Brother and Sister: He and Kouyou Ozaki became this. He was under her tutelage, and is notably the only one to address her as 'ane-san', a Japanese honorific specific to an older, mature sister figure (in contrast to 'onee-chan').
  • The Napoleon: His exact height with the hat is just 160 cm (5'3") and compared to the Port Mafia, he is considerably the shortest among them. In fact, the only people he is confirmed to be taller than are Q, Kenji, and Kyouka, who are all children under 15 years of age. In one of the chapters of BSD Wan, he's represented as a chihuahua.
  • Nice Hat: He's almost always seen wearing a fedora, likely an homage to the most famous photograph of the poet he's named after. The hat is so notable that his character profile lampshades it by listing "hats" as one of his likes. Ranpo even calls him "Mr. Fancy Hat" at one point!
  • Nightmare Face: Has one when he's just fifteen while revealing that he is Arahabaki here.
  • More Dakka: How does he fight against the all-powerful Hunting Dogs Squad? Summon dozens of bullets and using his Gravity Master powers to fire them in rapid succession, mimicking machine gun fire without a gun.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Manages to stand out even in a cast full of them.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Sometimes his first name has one U in it instead of two.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Wine. Doesn't seem to be an alcoholic though, since he does his job fairly well.
  • Unrealistic Black Hole: In his Corruption state, he's able to shoot balls of compressed gravity that act as black holes that swallow anything.

Members

    Ryuunosuke Akutagawa 
Voiced by: Kensho Ono (Japanese), Brian Beacock (English)
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芥川龍之介 - 羅生門
Literary references: He is named after Japanese author Ryunosuke Akutagawa, and his ability is a reference to one of Akutagawa's most famous short stories, "Rashomon."

Personalia
Age: 20
Height: 172 cm
Blood Type: A
Birthday: March 1
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
First appearance: Chapter 3/Episode 3

A feared member of the Port Mafia that is wanted by the police. He has history with Dazai. His ability, "Rashomon," turns his coat into a black monster that can rip apart anything, including space. He can also use it to shield himself.


  • Animal Motifs: Dogs, to counteract Atsushi's entire cat/tiger shtick. He's reckless, crazy and also eager to please (especially if it is about Dazai) and he's loyal to a fault. One of his nicknames is 'the Rabid Dog of the Mafia' and Rashoumon vaguely looks like a wild dog.
  • Ax-Crazy: Akutagawa is in no way a stable person, calmly murdering people by the dozen. He uses Rashomon to viciously rip his victims apart, making no secret of his murders. Hell, he even attacks Atsushi on a busy street in broad daylight!
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a long black coat and Rashomon makes him very badass.
  • Berserk Button: He can be pissed off almost by anything. What triggers him most is realization that Dazai has found a more capable subordinate than him. He even punched Dazai for stating that Atsushi is a better student.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: When called out by Atsushi for his dehumanizing of Kyouka, Akutagawa claims that he only helped her find her purpose in life. During his brief fight with Kyouka, he expresses muted but genuine happiness for his former subordinate, whom he realizes has found another purpose in life aside from killing. Considering Akutagawa's upbringing and treatment at Dazai's hands, Tough Love is likely the only way he knows how to express care. Therefore, he was legitimately doing what he thought was best for Kyouka during her time serving under him.
  • Casting a Shadow: His coat can be controlled by his ability, Rashomon, to give him this effect. His exact Ability is the 'Power to Control Clothing'. He's very good at it.
  • Classy Cravat: He wears a white cravat.
  • The Dreaded: Due the brutality of his methods and his powerful ability, he is feared by both the Agency and his subordinates (who only follow his orders due the fear they has for him). In fact, the first thing Kunikida says to Atsushi when he joins the Agency is precisely avoid any contact wit him.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Akutagawa has black hair and sickly pale skin. His pallor may have something to do with his illness.
  • Foreshadowing: The existence of Akutagawa's sister is revealed in chapter 24.5, almost 20 chapters before Gin's relation to Akutagawa is exposed.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: During his fight against Hawthorne, Akutagawa calls him "Irmão" (Portuguese for "brother").
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Hates Atsushi intensely. This is because Dazai praises Atsushi as a better subordinate than Akutagawa.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: His only power is to control clothing. He learned to create barriers, raise himself up in the air and make 'locks' that restrain enemies.
  • Historical In-Joke: His relationship with Dazai is rather ironic given that, in real-life, Ryuunosuke Akutagawa was an inspiration to Osamu Dazai, with his suicide at 35 being often cited an inspiration for Dazai's depression and ultimate death by suicide himself.
    • His coughing is a reference to his real counterpart who suffered from pleurisy.
  • Ill Boy: Looks sickly and is frequently coughing.
  • Ironic Nickname: All his nicknames involve dogs, but they're stated under his dislikes.
  • Lean and Mean: Strictly said, he's underweight. His BMI is just 16.9, with his length at 172 cm and his weight at 50 kg. That and his Undeathly Pallor may have to do with his coughing. In the original Dark Era novel, Odasaku remarks that 'he's light, like a withered branch'.
  • Mighty Glacier: Rashomon is extremely powerful, but quite slow to activate.
  • Mood-Swinger: He can go from calm to murderously angry in a matter of seconds.
  • Multicolored Hair: Has black hair with white tips.
  • Mythical Motifs: His overall character design has elements that are evocative of a classic vampire.
  • No Brows: He gives off this impression, but does actually have eyebrows although they're very faint and hard to see.
  • No Social Skills: Even though he's a part of the mafia, he avoids interacting with the other members. He's only seen interacting with his Ichiyo Higuchi, his subordinate.
  • Not So Different: He has more in common with Atsushi than either of them would like to admit. This is lampshaded by Francis when he sees them arguing and says they are very similar. There are hints that he was designed to be the "shadow' to Atsushi's "light".
    • Akutagawa himself also comments in the similarities between himself and Kyouka during their fight in Chapter 49, noting how she's realized the value in her own life, just like him (although the description he gives in the last line can also fit Dazai effortlessly).
    Akutagawa: "You've certainly changed, Kyouka. Those eyes...They're different from when I first saw you. Before, revenge was in your eyes. Revenge towards life. When you jumped with the bomb on the train, when you sank the smuggling ship, and when you went out on Moby Dick - I didn't see value for your own life in your eyes."
    Kyouka: "Why do you know about things like that?"
    Akutagawa: "I know because there was once a man with those same eyes."
    Kyouka: "What happened to that man?"
    Akutagawa: "The same as you. He met a certain person and joined a certain organization, and the hope for death in his eyes vanished. Kyouka, I'm glad for you."
  • Perpetual Frowner: Usually has a calm, emotionless expression on his face. That is, until his temper is roused...
  • Powers Do the Fighting: While he can fight a bit on his own, he mostly relies on his ability for combat.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Black and red are his general color scheme.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Atsushi's Blue Oni. Akutagawa is violent, ill-tempered and bloodthirsty, in contrast to the much more calm, meek and gentle Atsushi. This is reflected by how their abilities are visually represented- Akutagawa's is red (and black), Atsushi's is blue (and white).
  • The Resenter: He hates and deeply resents that Atsushi has gotten Dazai's acknowledgement and respect without even trying, when Akutagawa has been trying to get that for years with no success.
  • The Social Darwinist: He claims that weak people should die and give way to the stronger ones.
  • So Proud of You: Perhaps. He reveals to Kyouka that he's glad she's found another reason to live besides killing.
    Akutagawa: "Kyouka...I'm glad for you."
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Sometimes his first name has one U in it instead of two.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Right after Odasaku saves him, Akutagawa picks a fight with Odasaku thinking that the lowest ranking Port Mafia member couldn't possible be as strong as Dazai claimed. Moments later Akutagawa is completely defeated.
  • Unknown Rival: Of a sort. Atsushi knows who Akutagawa is, but has no idea why Akutagawa hates him in particular so much.
  • Weak, but Skilled: As to mirror Atsushi. His body is very frail, his complex is...worrisome, to say softly, and he is heavily underweight. In one of the anthologies, Higuchi is shocked when she hears his height and weight. However, he has a very versatile and fearsome power, and because he names his techniques, we know that there's at least 5 different uses to Rashoumon, each deadlier than the other. See them all here.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The thing Akutagawa wants more than anything is the approval of Dazai, his former superior and mentor figure. When Dazai praises him for the first time ever after Akutagawa helps Atsushi defeat Francis, Akutagawa faints from joy.

    Ichiyou Higuchi 
Voiced by: Asami Seto (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English)
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樋口一葉 - ??????
Literary references: She is named after Japanese author Natsu Higuchi, who wrote short stories under the pen name Ichiyo Higuchi.

Personalia
Age: Unknown
Height: 167 cm
Blood Type: Unknown
Birthday: May 2
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
First appearance: Chapter 3/Episode 3

Akutagawa's subordinate. Her Ability is stated to be unknown, but makes up for it in firepower.


  • Action Girl: Leans more towards Dark Action Girl like Gin.
  • Adorkable: Especially in Wan and omakes, whenever she's trying to catch Akutagawa's attention.
  • Badass Normal: Can hold her own against Ability users just by handling guns.
  • Characterization Marches On: She becomes significantly more dependent on Akutagawa and less ruthless after her introduction.
  • Cool Shades: Puts on a pair of sunglasses when she reveals her true identity.
  • Dark Action Girl: As with all mafia women.
  • Guns Akimbo: Her preferred fighting style.
  • Historical In-Joke: Her passionate, one-sided attraction to her superior Akutagawa is a reference to the real Ichiyo Higuchi's unrequited love for her mentor.
    • Like the real Higuchi, Bungo Stray Dogs Higuchi also has a little sister.
  • Love Martyr: She's completely devoted to Akutagawa and looks up to him, despite the fact that he treats her like crap.
  • More Dakka: Wields two sub-machine guns in her confrontation with Tanizaki, Naomi, and Atsushi.
  • Poke the Poodle: In an omake she suggests doing this.
    I'll order a large quantity of life-sized giraffe figures on Amazon and have them sent to the Detective Agency. Furthermore, it'll be payment on delivery!
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Usually wears her hair in a messy one.
  • Senpai Kouhai: Has this relationship with Akutagawa.
  • Undying Loyalty: She is fiercely loyal to Akutagawa.

    Motojirou Kajii 
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (Japanese), Brian Palermo (English)
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梶井基次郎 - 檸檬爆弾 note 
Literary references: He is named after Japanese author Motojiro Kajii, and his ability is a reference to Kajii's short story "Lemon."

Personalia
Age: 28
Height: 180 cm
Blood Type: B
Birthday: February 17
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
First appearance: Chapter 7/Episode 8

An infamous terrorist bomber. His ability, "Lemon Bomb,"note  protects him from damage caused by bombs that are shaped like lemons, but he has to make the bombs himself.


  • Advertised Extra: The anime put him among the cast listing from before the anime premiered, but he ends up having far less screentime than the other characters in the Port Mafia.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Due to the fact that his ability is simply immunity to the Lemon Bombs - not creating them, Kajii has to use his limited combat skills if his bombs aren't enough.
  • For Science!: Claims this as his motivation for killing people with bombs. He finds death fascinating and wants to kill as many people as possible to study it.
    • He brings it up again in his discussion with Hawthorne about how science, not religion will understand the nature of God and the universe.
  • Having a Blast: Carries a near infinite supply of lemon shaped bombs, which his Ability grants him an immunity to.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Wears a ragged labcoat and claims to be a scientist of sorts.
  • Mad Bomber: Gleefully blows people up with his ability while rambling on about the meaning of death.
  • Mad Scientist: His aesthetic, with the labcoat, safety glasses and all. And because he makes all the bombs himself, he may as well be this.
  • Outof Focus: Compared to the rest of its members, Kajii is rarely seen talking to other members of the Port Mafia.
  • Slasher Smile: Often sports one.
  • Smug Snake: Constantly speaks in a condescending tone to others and loves taunting his victims. Unfortunately, he has next to no combat abilities beyond his 'Lemon Bomb' power. He gets his ass handed to him by Yosano.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Hawthorne that he was so convinced in his superiority that he didn't question Kajii's ability in further detail and why he needed to infiltrate their base, this ends up costing them the Guild's ship "Zelda".
  • Weaksauce Weakness: As noted above, because his ability does not create the Lemon Bombs, he's very weak if he runs out or is separated from them.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He intentionally lets himself get caught and beaten up by Hawthorne so he wouldn't notice the cargo Hawthorne's men were loading had been switched with crates of Lemon Bombs.

    Kyuusaku "Q" Yumeno 
Voiced by: Haruka Kudou (Japanese), Tara Sands (English)
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夢野久作 - ドグラ・マグラ
Literary references: He is named after Japanese mystery author Taido Sugiyama, who wrote under the pen name Kyusaku Yumeno. His ability is a reference to Yumeno's novel Dogra Magra.

Personalia
Age: 13
Height: 146 cm
Blood Type: AB
Birthday: January 4
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
First appearance: Chapter 24/Episode 19

A Creepy Child member of Port Mafia introduced during the Guild Arc, known by his codename "Q". His ability "Dogra Magra" allows him to control the mind of anyone who injures him.


  • Ambiguous Gender: Technically. It's never revealed, but since the author Q's based on was male, the kid's mostly referred to with masculine pronouns in translations. Other than that, it's not uncommon to see Q being assumed female by people, and Q's wiki page is written in Gender-Neutral Writing.
  • Bullying a Dragon: While Yumeno has one of the strongest Abilities seen so far, he tries to use it on Lovecraft, which backfires horribly, resulting in his kidnapping and torture.
  • Cute and Psycho: Looks like a very adorable child, but has the personality and mindset of a demon.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Undergoes this due to Steinbeck torturing him with his vines that are connected all across Yokohama, so once Yumeno activities his Ability the city will be in chaos.
  • Creepy Child: Oh so very much.
  • Creepy Doll: Uses one that's linked to his Ability.
  • Cry Cute: Hard not to feel sorry for him when he cries like any normal child during Steinbeck's torture of him.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: He keeps razors tied to his arms so that simply bumping into him will cut him and thus trigger his Ability, cursing the one who harmed him.
  • The Dreaded: His power is so terrifying that Mori has to shut down him to avoid a disaster.
  • Enfante Terrible: Despite being a child, he's positively bloodthirsty. According to Dazai, people died by the masses to lock him up.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: His right eye has a star shaped pupil.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Seems innocent enough at first...
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: When Steinbeck tortures him to spread Dogra Magra by all Yokohama, he starts to cry that he didn't wanted to have his ability and just wanted to live a normal life.
  • Mind Rape: His specialty.
  • Multicolored Hair: Has black and white hair.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone calls him Q.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Tends to do these while his Ability is playing out.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Tries to mindrape Lovecraft of all people. He ends being the one screwed at the end.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Dazai and Chuuya rescue him from the Guild and are then attacked by Lovecraft, no mention is made of him afterwards nearly 20 chapters later. Presumably, Chuuya took Q back with him to the Mafia.
  • Wingding Eyes: The pupil of his right eye is a star.

Black Lizard Squadron

A hitmen squad operating in the name of the mafia.

    Ryuurou Hirotsu 
Voiced by: Atsushi Ono (Japanese), Greg Chun (English)
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広津柳浪 - 落椿 note 
Literary references: He is named after Japanese author Naoto Hirotsu, who wrote under the pen name Ryuro Hirotsu, and his ability is a reference to Hirotsu's short story "Falling Camellia".

Personalia
Age: 50
Height: 178 cm
Blood Type: A
Birthday: June 15
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
First appearance: Chapter 5/Episode 4

A sharply dressed man, he is a commander of Black Lizard, the mafia's squad of hitmen. His ability, "Falling Camellia," sends objects flying with a powerful force.


  • Affably Evil: Always polite to everyone, enemies and allies alike. Cross him, however, and you will regret it.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Shows up with the other Black Lizard commanders to back Higuchi up when she decides to storm into the enemy base alone to rescue Akutagawa, touched by her courage.
  • Consummate Professional: He's diligent in his work and dislikes unprofessional behaviour.
  • The Dreaded: Considering how Gin and Tachihara respond to his threats, Hirotsu is not someone to mess with.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: After slaughtering a warehouse full of people, he comments on how a cigarette tastes better after a job well done.
  • Hand Blast: How Falling Camellia works, using concussive force.
  • High-Class Glass: Never seen without his monocle.
  • Old Soldier: He's 50 years old and still actively working as an assassin for the Mafia. Apparently he's from the time of the previous boss. Tachihara even calls him "Gramps."
  • Not So Stoic: Shows uncharacteristic concern for Higuchi's safety in chapter 14, and towards Gin in chapter 48.
  • Shout-Out: The name of the squadron is named after Japanese author Ryuro Hirotsu's book, The Black Lizard.

    Gin 
Voiced by: Shiina Natsukawa (Japanese), Allegra Clark (English)
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芥川銀 - ⬛⬛⬛ (お銀)
Literary references: She is named after the titular character of Ryuunosuke Akutagawa's short story "O-Gin".

Personalia
Age: Unknown
Height: Unknown
Blood Type: Unknown
Birthday: Unknown
Zodiac Sign: Unknown, due to an unknown birthday
First appearance: Chapter 5/Episode 4

A commander of Black Lizard. Also happens to be Ryuunosuke Akutagawa's sister.


  • Cool Mask: The lower half of her face is covered with one.
  • Combat Stilettos: Wears high-heeled boots in the manga.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: In the manga, Gin has a cross on her choker, referencing how the protagonist of "O-Gin" was a Christian.
  • Dark Action Girl: As is standard for female characters in the Port Mafia.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: One of her sleeves covers her entire arm. On the other arm, her sleeve is ripped short above her elbow, and she wears an elbow length glove.
  • First-Name Basis: To hide the fact that she's related to Akutagawa.
  • Foreshadowing: The existence of Akutagawa's sister is revealed in chapter 24.5, almost 20 chapters before Gin's relation to Akutagawa is exposed.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Nearly attacks Tachihara after he taunts her, despite the fact that they were on a job.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Higuchi assumes that Gin is male at first. Dazai reveals that Gin is actually female and has a cute voice.
  • The Quiet One: She has no spoken lines in the first season, lampshaded by her voice actor being listed as "????". She does get a line of dialog in the second season, and it's revealed that her voice is actually cute.
  • Relative Error: Before finding out they were siblings, Higuchi thought Gin and Akutagawa were lovers after seeing them casually spending time together outside of work.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: On the rare occasions that she dresses casually. Also, this.
  • Shout-Out: She's named after the protagonist in the short story "O-Gin", by Ryunosuke Akutagawa.

    Michizou Tachihara 
Voiced by: Yu Hayashi (Japanese), Ben Diskin (English)
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立原道造 - ??????

Literary references: He is named after Japanese poet Michizo Tachihara.

Personalia
Age: Unknown
Height: Unknown
Blood Type: Unknown
Birthday: July 30
Zodiac Sign: Leo
First appearance: Chapter 5/Episode 4

A commander of Black Lizard with a short-temper. His Ability lets him manipulate metal freely.


Former Members

    Kyouka Izumi 
    Osamu Dazai 
    Ango Sakaguchi 

    Sakunosuke "Odasaku" Oda 
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe, Yuuto Uemura (young Oda) (Japanese), David Vincent (English)
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織田作之助 - 天衣無縫 note 
Personalia
Age: 23 at death
Height: 185 cm
Blood Type: Unknown
Birthday: October 26
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
First appearance: Dark Era Light Novel

Literary references: He is named after Japanese author Sakunosuke Oda, and his ability is a reference to Oda's short story Flawless.

A low-ranked member of Port Mafia and a close friend of Dazai's. The co-protagonist and point of view character of Osamu Dazai and the Dark Era. His ability, "Flawless," allows him to see a few seconds into the future when his life is in danger.


  • Badass Normal: His ability is purely defensive, so any fighting he does is using his own skills.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Used to work as an assassin before meeting Soseki.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When Mimic kills the children he was raising, his whole world crumbles. It's so bad he even gives up his dream for the sake of his revenge.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Dazai's arms while telling him that he won't find a purpose in life wallowing in darkness and urges him to become a better person.
  • Doomed Protagonist: He's the point of view character in the Dark Era, and in every timeline or universe, he will die. That is why the BEAST universe is there in the first place, because Dazai wanted a universe in which he lives. It doesn't quite work.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Related to the above.
  • Friend to All Children: He took in five orphaned children and they are fond of him. When Mimic kills the children, Oda loses his will to live and only cares about revenge.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Gangster: While he is in the Port Mafia, he refuses to kill people, to the point of being the most merciful member of all the organization. He even decides to stay in the lowest position of the organization despite his talent, much to Mori's and Dazai's confusion.
  • In-Series Nickname: Gets called "Odasaku" (a combination of his surname and the two first syllables of his name) by Dazai and Ango, although this also qualifies as Historical In-Joke because his namesake also received this nickname.
  • Last Request: In his final moments, Oda asked Dazai to become a better person and go to the side that saves people.
  • Mutual Kill: Manages to kills Gide at the end, but he dies from the wounds he received during the fight.
  • Only I Can Kill Him: Oda, Gide, and Mori all believe that Oda is the only one who can defeat Gide properly, since their abilities counteract each other's.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His demise is what prompted Dazai to leave Port Mafia.
  • Perma-Stubble: It's never shown being longer than on the image, but it's possible it's because the Dark Era is in fact an Extremely Short Timespan.
  • Posthumous Character: Was killed four years before the series began.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's working for the Mafia largely because he wouldn't be able to find legitimate work easily due to his past as an assassin and it pays well.
  • Pursue the Dream Job: His real dream is to be a writer. He plans to leave the mafia at some point, and is the reason why he doesn't want to kill anyone is he believes that someone who has killed people doesn't has the right to create stories. Unfortunately, he gives up on his dream when Mimic kills the orphans he raised and he decides to avenge them.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Gide's red. In contrast to Gide, who is passionate and quick to anger, Oda is mostly calm, rational and serious. This is reflected of how their abilities are visually represented- Oda's is blue, Gide's is red.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After deciding to avenge his adopted orphans, he goes to Mimic's headquarters and proceeds to kill every single member he encounters. He succeeds, but at the cost of his own life.
  • Seers: His ability allows him to see a few seconds into the future whenever his life is in danger, which allows him to avoid death multiple times.
  • The Stoic: He's usually very calm and collected, rarely showing emotions in his face.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Tries to adhere to this philosophy after meeting Natsume Soseki, but ultimately gives up after Mimic kills the orphans he was looking after.
  • Tragic Bromance: To Dazai.
  • Tranquil Fury: During his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Mimic, while killing every member he comes across, he never once loses his composure. He just pulls the trigger and kills with a completely stoic expression.

Alternative Title(s): Bungou Stray Dogs Port Mafia

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