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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 or 港區黑幫) 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.
Spoilers up to chapter 37 / episode 24 are unmarked.
- Arch-Enemy: Not always, but they frequently have arguments with the Agency, who don't appreciate their crimes. Lampshaded by Tanizaki after the conclusion of the Cannibalism arc.Director's orders were: 'Don't fight the mafia'. And what's the first thing we do? Fight the mafia.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The higher-up a member is, the more powerful they seem to be.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Unlike the Armed Detective Agency and the Guild, whose members' abilities skew more towards defense or utility, almost all of the Port Mafia's abilities are offensive abilities suited for combat.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: They draw a lot of influence from Roaring '20s gangsters and they're generally depicted in a very Evil Is Cool light.
- Empty Eyes: Many of the members of the Port Mafia have these in the manga. The artist says that they tend to draw bigger pupils on the more "tainted" characters. Thus, characters like Kajii, Akutagawa, and Mori all have dead-looking eyes.
- The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: The bad to the Agency's good and the Guild's evil.
- Villainous Valour: They may be criminals, but they'll rush to help defend Yokohama if it's in danger, like when Fitzgerald is planning to level it.
Ougai Mori and Elise
- 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.
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)
Tropes pertaining to Mori:
The boss of Port Mafia. His ability is "Vita Sexualis".
- Affably Evil: Even as the leader of the Port Mafia, he acts like a gentleman, being polite to allies and enemies alike.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a black trench coat, which looks cool in a fearsome mafia boss.
- 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 the 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.
- Combat Pragmatist: In the Cannibalism arc, he wins his fight against Fukuzawa by reminding him that if Port Mafia loses its leader, the organization would unleash chaos on the city, which makes Fukuzawa hesitate enough for Mori to stab him in the throat.
- Comedic Lolicon: He openly admits he only likes girls under twelve. Luckily, the most we ever see him do is pamper Elise.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Back when Yosano was 11, Mori would hold men at gunpoint if they tried to get close to "his" Yosano.
- 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.
- The Dreaded: His aura of malice can stop Lucy and her demonic doll dead in their tracks.
- Empty Eyes: Befitting of a mafia boss, his eyes are almost always completely dark and devoid of light.
- 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 the leader of the Port Mafia. He got this by murdering his predecessor.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: He unleashes Q to use him as the strongest card of Port Mafia to use against the Armed Detective Agency and The Guild. What ends up happening? The Guild captures Q and they make many citizens insane by using Q's ability. Port Mafia suffers a lot of casualties during the resulting disaster.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: Vita Sexualis changes his Guardian Entity Elise's appearance, personality, and capacities according to whatever Mori desires at the moment. If Mori wishes it, he can change Elise's form and give her superpowers like Flight, Super Strength, and Super Speed.
- 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.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Before he took over Port Mafia, he ran an underground clinic that served as neutral ground for all in the criminal world and he got illegal information out of his patients in exchange for medical treatment.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: What's his first solution to the three-way conflict of the Port Mafia with the Armed Detective Agency and The Guild? Kill the leader of the Agency and then go on to kill as many members of The Guild as he can.
- 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.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He feels disgusted at some South American illegal immigrants destroying a truck full of medical drugs because he could have sold them at high prices in the black market.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: He dresses in a black suit with black boots and a dark red scarf he leaves hanging over his shoulders.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: They're candy red. They are also a sign that that Innocent Bystander is not so innocent.
- Rejection Affection: He rejoices whenever Elise disobeys him because he wants her to act like that and got off on an eleven-year-old Yosano talking back to him.
- The Unfettered: Mori does anything he deems necessary to achieve his goals, not caring at all of how inhumane his methods can be.
- Villainous Crush: He was very attracted to Yosano when she was eleven, even claiming she belonged to him, to her great dismay. The feeling has probably vanished now that Yosano is an adult since Mori is only into girls under twelve.
Tropes pertaining to Elise:
Elise is a young girl under the care of Ougai Mori, whom she calls "Rintarou."
- The Ageless: Her physical appearance never changes because of Mori's creepy obsession with little girls.
- Badass Adorable: In battle, Mori summons her in a cute nurse dress and has her fight with syringes as her weapons.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: On the cover of chapter 46.
- Emotionless Girl: Flashbacks show Elise used to be devoid of emotions and utterly obedient of Mori in contrast with her highly expressive personality in the present. This is because Mori equipped Elise with the defiant attitude he liked so much in Yosano.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: She's a very cute little girl with blonde hair, with Mori even comparing her to an angel.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: When Mori summons her for battle, Elise wields a gigantic murder syringe.
- 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.
- 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.
- Little Miss Badass: Mori can alter Elise to make her combat capable and fight for him.
- Lust Object: Literally. Elise is the manifestation of Mori's Vita Sexualis, which gives a physical form to his desires. Because Mori is a self-admitted pedophile, Elise has the appearance of an adorable little girl and he never stops fawning over her cuteness. Fortunately, he never does anything disturbing or sexual to her (at least on-screen) and limits himself to overindulging her.
- Mafia Princess: Mori leads the Port Mafia and since she's the physical embodiment of his ability, she considers the mafia as a whole to be her family. Most of Mori's money is spent on buying desserts and cute dresses for Elise.
- Powers Do the Fighting: Mori has Elise fight for him in direct combat, although he's far from defenseless himself.
- 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. Actually, Elise acts this way because Mori loves it when she's being disobedient since that was how Yosano behaved with him when she was younger.
- 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 isn't 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. Then again, she's not actually a human child, but a physical manifestation of Mori's ability.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Evil Redhead: One of the strongest members of Port Mafia and also a redhead.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: She wears very prominent dark pink eyeshadow and she presented a great threat to the members of the Agency who came across her.
- 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.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Depending on the scene and lighting, her hair is pink, orange, or red.
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Especially when she's acting coy.
- Heartbroken Badass: Kouyou is a deadly swordfighter with a powerful Ability. She's also still grieving a man dear to her who was killed while attempting to run away from Port Mafia with her.
- 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: She doesn't even tarnish her fancy kimono when taking out enemies with some help from Golden Demon, but is also more than capable of kicking your ass with her own skills.
- 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 the tutelage of the former 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').
- 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.
- Make-Up Is Evil: She's possibly the most dangerous woman of Port Mafia and she wears heavy makeup.
- Mama Bear: She's very protective of Kyouka, caring for her as if she was her child, and she won't forgive anyone who might hurt her by "showing her the light".
- 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◊.
- Parasol of Pain: She carries a red Japanese umbrella which she uses as the scabbard of her sword.
- 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.
- Psychological Projection: Kouyou tries to take Kyouka back to Port Mafia against her will, telling her a talented assassin with an Ability made for killing isn't meant to live in the light, otherwise she will only suffer and come to regret it. Evidently, Kouyou is talking more about herself than Kyouka since when she was Kyouka's age, Kouyou also tried to leave Port Mafia with a man she deeply cared about, but they were caught and the man was killed. Thanks to Dazai, Kouyou is convinced that things are different in Kyouka's case enough for her to not experience the same tragedy.
- Silk Hiding Steel: A rare villainous example. Kouyou is a very elegant and seemingly demure woman and loses none of her cool while fighting.
- Single Tear: She sheds one when she thinks Kyouka is being manipulated and used by the Armed Detective Agency.
- Sword Plant: Does this with her Sword Cane sometimes, especially when she's summoning Golden Demon.
- Younger than She Looks: Despite looking like one of the older members of the mafia, Kouyou is only 26 years old. This is in high contrast to Ranpo, who is also 26 but is Older Than They Look.
Blood Type: 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.
- Asshole Victim: Fyodor manipulates him into his own suicide. Given his Smug Snake personality and cruel treatment of his subordinates, nobody feels sorry for him.
- 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: He puts Slave Collars on his underlings that give him the power to kill them and transform their lifespan into jewels.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He plans on overthrowing Mori someday. He compiles a list of all the Port Mafia members' abilities in preparation for this. His first step is attempting to control Fyodor. Ace dug his own grave with this huge mistake.
- Captain Ersatz: His ability name may indicate he's one for Alan Bennett.
- Cast from Lifespan: He 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.
- Faux Affably Evil: He gives off the impression of being gentlemanly and acts courteous when negotiating with Fyodor to work for him. He might also be the most amoral and despicable member of the Port Mafia seen so far.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: His fellow Executive Kouyou, in particular, seems to despise him.
- I Control My Minions Through...: He makes sure none of his subordinates defy him by literally having a hold over their lifespan so they obey him unless they want to die.
- 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.
- Professional Gambler: His experience at Port Mafia's casinos has made him an expert in gambling games.
- Smug Snake: Frequently thinks he's figured it out and will let it show.
- The Starscream: He plots to usurp Mori's position and take control over Port Mafia. However, he never got the chance because he was overconfident enough to think he could keep Fyodor under his thumb.
- Token Evil Teammate: Compared to the other members of Port Mafia, he has absolutely no sympathetic or Noble Demon qualities.
- Villainous Breakdown: He gradually loses his cool as it becomes clear Fyodor is the one in charge of the situation and drives him into a corner with his mind games.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies in the same chapter he's introduced.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He has white hair and is quite the Smug Snake.
- Voiced by: Kissho Taniyama (Japanese), Nicolas Roye (English)
- 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."
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.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He's one of the most powerful Ability users in the series and he stands out with how well-dressed he always is even among the Port Mafia.
- Bishōnen: He's a very pretty man.
- Breakout Villain: He's possibly the most popular antagonist in the series as a whole, mostly because his powerful Gravity Master ability and dynamic with Dazai are very appealing to the fans. He was included in an OVA based on a manga chapter he originally didn't appear in, was given several scenes in the Dead Apple movie and the first three episodes of the third anime season are dedicated to his backstory with Dazai.
- 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)
- Can't Hold His Liquor: He likes alcohol, but is a very poor drinker. Shown in an omake:Chuuya: "(Drunk) Hey, listen to me, could you believe that boss just told me yesterday..."
Hirotsu and Kajii: "Here we go again..."
- 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 ability 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?: He used to be the leader of a gang made of orphans. Port Mafia forced him to work for them by kidnapping some of the orphans and Dazai made Chuuya's companions distrust him so that they would turn against Chuuya since they believed Chuuya betrayed them first.
- Evil Redhead: He's one of the executives of Port Mafia and his hair is orange.
- 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.
- He has an affinity for using his power in addition to his kicks rather than punches, and even in the official game you'll see that most of his units use kicks as their attack animation, but the ones where he is in Corruption, he'll usually throw compressed gravity at enemies.
- Gravity Master: His Ability lets him manipulate the gravity of anything that he touches, and due to the training he underwent, he can also rain down bullets which leave the same impact on the ground as he left during the fight against Kenji and Yosano, despite not touching them directly.
- 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.
- The real Nakahara Chuuya was also famous for being a bad drinker. He likes drinking, yet he became poisonous and violent every time he got drunk, earning him a bad reputation. He once got arrested because of it, and his first wife left him eventually sickened by his behavior.
- 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 at that time, and the two parted eventually after some insults and name-calling. The magazine ended after 1 issue.
- Image Song: Darkness My Sorrow, sung by his actual voice actor.
- Immune to Bullets: Bullets have no effect on him because he can stop them through his gravity manipulation the instant they make contact with him.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: He often gets tricked into acting like a woman. He complied with fulfilling Dazai's prediction of Chuuya walking and talking like an ojou-sama (or a 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.
- It Was a Gift: His fedora hat was a present from Mori since it's a tradition for new members of Port Mafia to be given a garment from an older member. In Chuuya's case, his hat belonged to Randou.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Chuuya has no memories of his life before seven years old, the same age he merged with Arahabaki.
- Like an Old Married Couple: The most positive way to interpret his relationship with Dazai. They are at each other's throats whenever they meet, yet they can understand and read each other's actions better than anyone. Also, they do appear to have a high amount of trust in the skills of the other and can rely on each other in dire situations.
- 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') especially used to address women in the mafia. (because those that are, are usually in a high position like Kouyou is).
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: His permanent unit in the mobile game has a unique skill that deals damage based on the current amount of HP you have lost at the moment the skill is used instead of a set amount of damage based on ATK. As such, it will deal very small damage or even nothing at all (2.5 times 0 is still 0) when ones hp is full or almost full. When using him, you will need to gather as much damage without dying in order to make his skill effective. This makes using it a kamikaze move that is best saved up for when times get tough. As of the time of writing, there is no other SSR unit in the game using this sort of skill.
- 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 gunfire without a gun.
- Mysterious Past: What the heck his past was before age 7 is a big fat question mark to everyone, even Dazai, and possibly even Mori. Chuuya's not terribly troubled by it, though.
- The Napoleon: His exact height with the hat is just 160 cm (5'3") and compared to the Port Mafia, he is considered 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. Interestingly, his real-life counterpart is even shorter than this, having a height of 151 cm.
- 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◊.
- Noodle Incident: It is never made entirely clear as to why they wanted to put Arahabaki in Chuuya to begin with, and who 'they' were exactly. Precisely what the hell people were doing to him ending up as an orphan on the streets - a subject which Chuuya doesn't really have a helpful perspective on and Rimbaud has been notoriously tight-lipped about during the time he was alive. All we know is that he went out of control when Arahabaki was put in him at age 7, and Rimbaud and Verlaine wanted to capture it (which, predictably, failed).
- Older Than He Looks: Chuuya is 22, the same age as Dazai, but his petite body makes him look only slightly older than Kenji and Kyouka, who are 14.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Chuuya is the human vessel of the God of Chaos Arahabaki.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Chuuya and Dazai absolutely despise each other and get into squabbles whenever they're in the same scene together.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Sometimes his first name has one U in it instead of two.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Wine. Though he becomes pretty crazy when drunk, he doesn't seem to be an alcoholic, since he does his job fairly well.
- Tsundere: Has moments in the main story, and more apparent in the omakes and spinoffs (BSD Wan!, April fools' event).Student!Chuuya: "Huh?Why should I self-introduce? Annoying.··· Arrggh ! Fine, fine, I understand ! I'll do it, is that okay for you ! ?My name is Nakahara Chuuya.I don't want to say it, but I'm sort of rivals with Dazai.My favorite hat... I left it at home.Not not that it's confiscated for breaking school rules!My height...? Just shut up if you still cherish your life."
- Unrealistic Black Hole: In his Corruption state, he's able to shoot balls of compressed gravity that act like black holes that swallow anything.
- Volleying Insults: Whenever he is with Dazai, this happens.
- 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."
Height: 172 cm
Blood Type: A
Birthday: March 1
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
First appearance: Chapter 3/Episode 3
A feared Mafioso of the Port Mafia who is wanted by the police. He has a 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. He gets jealous easily (some dogs growl if another pet gets attention) and his hair can look like floppy dog ears. His constant coughing can be seen as barking, some languages have the word the same. One of his many dog-related 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 by almost anything. What triggers him most is the 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.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Akutagawa still has powers without clothes, but they're pretty useless without clothes, seeing as his Ability is the manipulation of any clothing he's wearing. He puts it to awesome effect, turning his Badass Longcoat into an Extreme Omnivore and creating anything from spikes to armor out of it.
- Clothing Combat: His basic power.
- Does Not Like Spam: Doesn't like oranges and horsebeans.
- The Dreaded: Due to 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 to the fear they have for him). In fact, the first thing Kunikida says to Atsushi when he joins the Agency is precisely avoid any contact with him.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Akutagawa has black hair and sickly pale skin. His pallor may have something to do with his illness.
- Empty Eyes: His eyes reflect no light, emphasizing his murderous nature and sickly condition.
- Even Evil Can Be Loved: His subordinate Higuchi is devotedly in love with him even though Akutagawa is an unhinged and brutal member of Port Mafia.
- Evil Wears Black: He's one of the most dangerous members of Port Mafia and his outfit is primarily black.
- Expository Pronoun: Akutagawa refers to himself as "yatsugare". This Japanese pronoun is considered a very old-fashioned and overly humble way to refer to oneself, which comes at odds with Akutagawa's rude and dismissive behavior. The reason might be that the real-life Akutagawa wrote stories based on ancient Japan.
- 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: He tries to kill anyone Dazai favors over him. The whole reason why Akutagawa hates Atsushi so much is because Dazai told him Atsushi is a better subordinate than him.
- Guttural Growler: He often speaks in a gruff tone befitting his Mafioso status and Ax-Crazy personality. This becomes even more apparent when he's yelling, with his voice becoming noticeably much deeper and growly than his usual speaking voice.
- Hates Baths: Akutagawa dislikes bathing because it means that he won't be able to use his Ability and would become defenseless. This is lampshaded in one of the CD dramas, where Chuuya has to force him to bath by commanding him to so as an executive.
- 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, Ryunosuke Akutagawa was an inspiration to Osamu Dazai, with his suicide at 35 being often cited as 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.
- The real Akutagawa hated baths too, finding them time-wasting.
- Ill Boy: Looks sickly and is frequently coughing. It is probably a reference to the real Akutagawa Ryunosuke, who spent large portions of his life being ill. note
- 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'.
- Love Martyr: Dazai treated Akutagawa poorly when the latter was his subordinate, even firing a gun at him when he disapproved of Akutagawa's actions, and then Dazai left Port Mafia without a word, essentially abandoning Akutagawa. Despite of it, there isn't anyone in the world Akutagawa respects more than Dazai, to the point Akutagawa almost worships him, and he still seeks Dazai's acceptance with desperation.
- Meaningful Name: 'Ryuunosuke', means, 'Dragon boy'. The author was named that because he was born in the year of the Dragon, at the hour of the Dragon in the month of the Dragon. Here, Ryuunosuke is the counterpart to a white tiger Ability user.
- Mighty Glacier: Rashoumon 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.
- Also dragons, since his name means 'Dragon son' and Rashoumon has a certain dragon-like body. This also reflects his opposite nature of Atsushi.
- These actually fit together, since Dracula means "Son of the Dragon".
- 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, and mainly only speaks with 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.
- 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...
- Pet the Dog:
- In Chapter 39 of the manga, Akutagawa chooses to let Atsushi off for only one time because the headmaster of his orphanage has recently died, so he's going to let him mourn the loss of his guardian.
- During the Cannibalism arc, Akutagawa takes a moment to tell Kyouka he's sincerely happy to see she has found a reason to live after joining the Agency.
- Powers Do the Fighting: While he can fight a bit on his own, he mostly relies on his ability for combat.
- Psychological Projection: When Akutagawa first met Kyouka, the hopeless look she had in her eyes and her plea for him to kill her caused Akutagawa to see his younger self before he met Dazai in Kyouka. When he tells Atsushi he has given Kyouka value by using her Ability for assassination, Akutagawa is also referencing how joining Port Mafia under Dazai's tutelage made him grow in power and stop wishing for death.
- Put on a Bus: He hasn't appeared in the main story since the Cannibalism Arc.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Black and red are his general color scheme.
- Red Baron: People call him the "Silent Rabid Dog" or "Black Cloaked Hellhound". One might almost see a pattern...
- 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 acknowledgment and respect without even trying when Akutagawa has been trying to get that for years with no success.
- Satisfied Street Rat: Akutagawa is an orphan who grew up in the unforgiving slums where every single day was a struggle for survival. Now, he's one of the strongest, most dangerous members of the Port Mafia, holding a view that those with harsh lives like him are the ones who stand on top of the weak.
- Shadow Archetype: There are hints that he was designed to be the "shadow" to Atsushi's "light". One could interpret Akutagawa as a representation of what Atsushi could become if he hadn't joined the Agency and became obsessed with seeking power only to destroy his enemies instead of protecting people in danger. This is even more obvious in the BEAST Alternate Universe where Atsushi and Akutagawa switch places in their respective organizations.
- The Social Darwinist: He claims that weak people should die and give way to the stronger ones.
- So Proud of You: 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.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Agrees to stop killing for six months so he can duel with Atsushi.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tea and figs. It's also mentioned that he likes shiruko (red bean soup).
- Troubled, but Cute: He's antisocial and a highly dangerous member of a criminal organization, but damn is he hot. He has at least one subordinate completely smitten with him.
- Underestimating Badassery: Right after Odasaku saves him, Akutagawa picks a fight with Odasaku thinking that the lowest ranking Port Mafia member couldn't possibly 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 are at least 5 different uses to Rashomon, 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 Fitzgerald, Akutagawa faints from joy.
- You Remind Me of X: He admits that seeing Kyouka's eyes filled with self-loathing reminded him of himself before he joined Port Mafia.
Tropes that apply in the BEAST universeIn another universe, Akutagawa never joined Port Mafia nor developed his idolization of Dazai. Taking Atsushi's place, Akutagawa was saved in the riverside by the still-living Sakunosuke Oda and made his apprentice. Akutagawa joins the Armed Detective Agency to find his sister Gin, who was taken away from him by Dazai years ago.
- Big Brother Instinct: BEAST!Akutagawa's main goal is to find his missing younger sister and kill the man who separated him from her.
- Byronic Hero: While undoubtedly more heroic in character than the Akutagawa from the main series, BEAST!Akutagawa retains a selfish, ill-tempered, impulsive, amoral, dangerous, and vengeful attitude. It's pointed out that even though he's on the side of the Agency in this timeline, he still shows signs of the soul of a villain.
- Commonality Connection: BEAST!Akutagawa quickly becomes close allies with Tanizaki because both want to eliminate anyone who harms their little sisters.
- For Want of a Nail: If Dazai hadn't recruited Akutagawa for Port Mafia, Akutagawa would be found starving on the riverside by Oda in a similar way Dazai meets Atsushi in the main universe. Akutagawa then joins the Armed Detective Agency.
- Friend to All Children: Surprisingly, BEAST!Akutagawa does a good job at babysitting Oda's adopted children and gets along with them very well.
- I Will Find You: His main goal is finding his long-lost younger sister Gin.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: BEAST!Akutagawa is quite a bit rough around the edges and brutal, but compared to the Akutagawa of the main universe, he's a saint. Despite his difficult personality, BEAST!Akutagawa does love his little sister Gin, manages to become friends with the members of the Agency, and can even hold a friendly conversation with Atsushi when they aren't fighting, all of which his Ax-Crazy self from the main series would never be able to do.
- Mundane Utility: He uses Rashomon to make a playground for Oda's adopted children.
- Sweet Tooth: He adds four sugar cubes to his tea. He also once saved up 300 chocolate bars from working as a bodyguard or assisting in fights, which got him sick from eating only chocolate every day. It's justified because he grew up in the slums where the kids needed to fight if they wanted to taste sweets.
- Literary references: She is named after Japanese author Natsu Higuchi, who wrote short stories under the pen name Ichiyo Higuchi.
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.
- Adorkable: Especially in Wan and omakes, whenever she's trying to catch Akutagawa's attention.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: She makes a Pose of Supplication in front of Atsushi and Kunikida when she thinks they know something about a beautiful woman she saw with Akutagawa.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She's in love with the dangerous and coldhearted Akutagawa.
- 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.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She loses it bad when she thinks her Akutagawa-sempai has a girlfriend (who was actually his little sister Gin). She goes as far as to chase Gin down with a gun in hand until they clear the misunderstanding.
- Cool Shades: Puts on a pair of sunglasses when she reveals her true identity.
- Dark Action Girl: She's part of a criminal organization and she's very skilled with guns.
- 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.
- Hopeless Suitor: She would be lucky if Akutagawa ever gives her positive attention as just his subordinate.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: It couldn't be more obvious she's head-over-heels for her boss Akutagawa, but he sees her as no one important.
- Love Martyr: Akutagawa treats her like useless garbage like he does with everyone who isn't Dazai, but Higuchi is completely devoted to him regardless.
- 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.
- Satellite Love Interest: Pretty much nothing defines Higuchi aside from her borderline obsessive crush on Akutagawa.
- Sempai/Kohai: She holds her Akutagawa-sempai in high regard, not only as her superior but as the man she loves.
- Shipper with an Agenda: When she mistook Gin for Akutagawa's girlfriend, Higuchi supported the idea of Atsushi giving Gin a love letter (although the sender was actually Katai).
- Subordinate Excuse: Working for Akutagawa is the reason why she stays in Port Mafia. Despite her blatant feelings, she's always making up excuses for everything she does for him, claiming it's all "part of her job".
- Undying Loyalty: She is fiercely loyal to Akutagawa.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She isn't Akutagawa's actual girlfriend, yet she doesn't hesitate to confront a criminal group that kidnapped him when he was unconscious.
- Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (Japanese), Brian Palermo (English)
- Literary references: He is named after Japanese author Motojiro Kajii, and his ability is a reference to Kajii's short story "Lemon."
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 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 lab coat, 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, and 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)
- Literary references: They are named after Japanese mystery author Taido Sugiyama, who wrote under the pen name Kyusaku Yumeno. Their ability is a reference to Yumeno's novel Dogra Magra.
Height: 146 cm
Blood Type: AB
Birthday: January 4
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
First appearance: Chapter 24/Episode 19
A Creepy Child Mafiosi of Port Mafia introduced during the Guild Arc, known by their codename "Q". Their ability "Dogra Magra" allows them to control the mind of anyone who injures them.
- Ambiguous Gender: Technically. It's never revealed, and in Japanese, Q is consistently not gendered. Q's wiki page is written in Gender-Neutral Writing.
- Bullying a Dragon: While Yumeno has one of the strongest Abilities seen so far, they try to use it on Lovecraft, which backfires horribly, resulting in their 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 them with his vines that are connected all across Yokohama, so once Yumeno activities their Ability the city will be in chaos.
- Creepy Child: Oh so very much.
- Creepy Doll: Uses one that's linked to their Ability.
- Cry Cute: Hard not to feel sorry for them when they cry like any normal child during Steinbeck's torture of them.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: They keep razors tied to their arms so that simply bumping into them will cut them and thus trigger their Ability, cursing the one who harmed them.
- The Dreaded: Their power is so terrifying that Mori has to shut them down to avoid a disaster.
- Enfante Terrible: Despite being a child, they're positively bloodthirsty. According to Dazai, people died by the masses to lock them up.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Their 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 them to spread Dogra Magra by all Yokohama, they start to cry that they didn't want to have their ability and just wanted to live a normal life.
- Mind Rape: Their specialty.
- Multicolored Hair: Has black and white hair.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone calls them Q.
- Psychotic Smirk: Tends to do these while their Ability is playing out.
- Underestimating Badassery: Tries to mind rape Lovecraft of all people. They end being the one screwed at the end.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After Dazai and Chuuya rescue them from the Guild and are then attacked by Lovecraft, no mention is made of them afterwards nearly 20 chapters later. Presumably, Chuuya took Q back with him to the Mafia.
- Wingding Eyes: The pupil of their right eye is a star.
Black Lizard SquadronA hitmen squad operating in the name of the mafia.
- 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".
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 behavior.
- 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.
- Not So Stoic: Shows uncharacteristic concern for Higuchi's safety in chapter 14, and towards Gin in chapter 48.
- 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."
- Shout-Out: The name of the squadron is named after Japanese author Ryuro Hirotsu's book, The Black Lizard.
- Literary references: She is named after the titular character of Ryuunosuke Akutagawa's short story "O-Gin".
Blood Type: Unknown
Zodiac Sign: Unknown, due to an unknown birthday
First appearance: Chapter 5/Episode 4
A commander of Black Lizard.
- Badass Longcoat: Similar to Akutagawa, Gin wears a black long coat as a member of Port Mafia.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Not much of a talker, but definitely deadly. Nearly attacks Tachihara after he taunts her, despite the fact that they were on a job.
- 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.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: A scary assassin with jet-black hair and pale skin. It's a trait she shares with her brother Ryuunosuke.
- 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: Everyone calls her Gin to hide the fact that she has the family name of Akutagawa.
- Foreshadowing: The fact that there are two Akutagawas is revealed in chapter 24.5, almost 20 chapters before Gin's relation to Akutagawa is exposed.
- Keigo: On the rare instances in which she talks, she has a very polite way of speech.
- Knife Nut: She mainly attacks people with a knife.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Higuchi assumes that Gin is male at first, and Hirotsu refers to her at her introduction as such too. Dazai reveals that Gin is actually female and has a cute voice.
- Letting Her Hair Down: She undoes the ponytail and goes around with her hair down outside of work.
- Professional Killer: She specializes in assassination for Port Mafia.
- 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.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches past her waist when down.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Not unlike her brother, she has raven-colored hair and light skin. When she lets her hair down and takes off the mask, she's incredibly gorgeous.
- Relative Error: Before finding out they were siblings, Higuchi thought Gin and Ryuunosuke were lovers after seeing them casually spending time together outside of work.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: As a member of Port Mafia, she looks intimidating and androgynous, causing many to mistake her for a guy. On the rare occasions that she dresses casually, she's a stunning beauty. Even Higuchi couldn't recognize her despite working together!
- Shout-Out: She's named after the protagonist in the short story "O-Gin", by Ryuunosuke Akutagawa.
- Vocal Dissonance: Given how threatening she looks as an assassin, her adorable high-pitched voice (courtesy of Shiina Natsukawa) comes off as a big surprise. When in a casual dress, however, it fits her perfectly.
Tropes that apply in the BEAST universeShe still works in the Port Mafia, but as Dazai's secretary rather than as a commander of Black Lizard. Her brother Akutagawa is trying to find her.
- Living Macguffin: In the BEAST universe, Gin's role is to be the person Akutagawa is looking for and the reason he wants to kill Dazai.
- Long-Lost Relative: In BEAST, Dazai only took Gin with him to Port Mafia and separated her from her brother years ago. Akutagawa's main objective is to find her.
- Sexy Secretary: She definitely looks more attractive dressed as a secretary than she does as an assassin in the main series.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gin does this to Akutagawa when they finally reunite, accusing him of never having cared about her given how he abandoned her to take revenge for his comrades when they were kids and not thinking twice about trying to kill Atsushi who is his only lead towards finding her.
- Voiced by: Yu Hayashi (Japanese), Ben Diskin (English)
- Literary references: He is named after Japanese poet Michizou Tachihara, and his Ability name is named after a poem he dedicated to a German painter whose father was an iron trader.
Height: 176 cm
Blood Type: A
Birthday: July 30
Zodiac Sign: Leo
First appearance: Chapter 5/Episode 4
A commander of Black Lizard with a short-temper.
- Advertised Extra: He has a very small role in the anime, despite appearing in the openings for both seasons. By chapter 68 in the manga he gets a bigger role by being revealed as the fifth Hunting Dog.
- Becoming the Mask: After exposing himself as a Hunting Dog, Tachihara begins to notice he got more accustomed to his cover at Port Mafia than he himself had realized.
- Blood Knight: In stark contrast to Hirotsu's professionalism and Gin's stoicism.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He spends a good portion of the series Out of Focus despite being one of the recurring members of Port Mafia. By chapter 68 of the manga, he's revealed as not only an undercover government agent but the fifth member of the Hunting Dogs.
- Delinquent Hair: He dyed his dark hair orange after he chose a delinquent lifestyle.
- Extra-ore-dinary: His Ability lets him manipulate metal freely.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Keeps his left sleeve rolled up inside his jacket.
- Fiery Redhead: Has red hair and a short fuse. Subverted because the red color is dyed and his real personality outside his cover is much calmer. His real hair color is way duller.
- Guns Akimbo: He usually wields only one pistol. But when things get rough, he uses two.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Nearly attacks Gin after he taunts her. Hirotsu has to threaten them to get them to stop.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: He looks far more professional in the Hunting Dogs' uniform. A more innocent/innocuous example would be this◊.
- Hot-Blooded: Especially compared to his Black Lizard colleagues.
- Marionette Master: He can control metallic mannequins with his ability.
- Not-So-Small Role: Did you think Tachihara was nothing but a mook of Port Mafia? He's the brother of the one soldier who gave Yosano her butterfly hairclip and the fifth member of the Hunting Dogs, the terrifying organization speculated to contain very powerful Ability users.
- Only Sane Man: Perhaps due to his generic design, Tachihara often plays the sane man in Port Mafia-centered Wan chapters and omakes, contrasting the more eccentric members.
- Pointless Bandaid: Across his nose. He takes it off when he's not undercover.
- Revenge: He blames Yosano for the suicide of his older brother and infiltrated Port Mafia in order to obtain the chance to face Yosano.
- Successful Sibling Syndrome: He had an older brother who was better than him at everything. Tachihara felt like he lived in his brother's shadow and in order to cope with it, Tachihara resorted to delinquency and crime.
- Tragic Keepsake: To this day, Tachihara keeps his deceased brother's dog tag in which the latter counted the number of times Yosano healed him.
- Undercover Cop Reveal: He's the last member of the Hunting Dogs who infiltrated Port Mafia to replace Ango as the government Double Agent.
- Walking Spoiler: More than any other character in the Cast Herd at this point. Everything you're led to believe about him is thrown completely out of the window by (the now infamous) chapter 68.
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Does one when he gets an identity crisis.
- You Should Have Died Instead: People voiced their disappointment over Tachihara living on after his talented brother killed himself.
Sakunosuke "Odasaku" Oda
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. note
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," note allows him to see a few seconds into the future when his life is in danger.
- Combat Clairvoyance: 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.
- 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 because it's what finally pushes Dazai to defect to the Armed Detective Agency. 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.
- Fights Like a Normal: His ability is purely defensive, so any fighting he does is using his own skills.
- 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.
- Lost in Translation: His Ability name, kind of. The term 天衣無縫 note is hard to translate, and it being named 'Flawless' in the English translation only carries part of the weight it carries (similarly to Light Snow). The fact that the series is the very first instance of the term being translated also does not help the matter. Read more about it here.
- Mutual Kill: Manages to kills Gide at the end, but he dies from the wounds he received during the fight.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: While his status as a "villain" is debatable (if nothing else, he is the nicest of all the organization's powered members) and he himself believes his ability to be nigh-worthless before he's forced to go all out against Gide, Dazai has a much more realistic view of what Oda is capable of. His words to Akutagawa (after the latter scoffs at the idea of Oda being dangerous) sum it up well."He could kill us all. Every single one of us, no matter how strong. He could kill us before we could ever fight back if he wanted to."
- 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 others.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His tragic death and dying wish were what motivated Dazai to leave Port Mafia and join the Agency, which eventually leads him to meet and recruit Atsushi.
- 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 the reason why he doesn't want to kill anyone is he believes that someone who has killed people doesn't have 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 in 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.
- 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.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Curry. Though he states instead of liking the dish he just gets used to eating it and feels uncomfortable if he doesn't. This obviously refers to his namesake, however, who was known for loving it and at this restaurant (which carries the same name as one of his namesake's works) you can see it too.
- Tragic Bromance: He was Dazai's Best Friend and his tragic death hit Dazai so hard that it triggered a drastic change in his personality and motivated him to leave Port Mafia and help those in need as Odasaku wanted.
- 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.