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    Ganta Igarashi/"Woodpecker" 
Voiced by: Romi Park (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)
Branch of Sin: Ganta Gun, Ganbare Gun

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"Because we have friends... and there is hope... That's why... We don't have time to die!"

The Hero of Deadman Wonderland, Ganta is Mistaken for Murderer and imprisoned in Deadman Wonderland after his entire school class is massacred by the "Red Man". Implanted with the Red Man's Branches of Sin, Ganta earns the nickname Woodpecker, becoming a Deadman. Wishing to gain freedom, Ganta meets the cheery Shiro, a long lost childhood friend, and tries to survive in the prison against the other inmates, Deadmen and the Red Man.


  • The Reveal about Shiro and Ganta's mother has left Ganta blaming himself for Wretched Egg existing. He is now determined to make things right.
  • Also subverted. He struggles with his feelings of love and his hatred for the monster that she is, and in their fight he is alternating between a heartfelt plea and trying satisfy his rage by ripping her to shreds.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His Ganta Gun turns his blood into bullets. The thing is, while all the other Deadmen's fighting styles let them recycle blood easily, Ganta's does not. Meaning he shoots out his own blood to fight, without getting it back. Though this has obvious consequences early in the series, see Difficult, but Awesome for its true potential. It helps that, once Crow teaches him how to make his shots break the sound barrier, he's able to hit faster, harder, and with less blood expended on top of bypassing the prison's Worm Eater devices. Leaving that aside, though, the crystal in his chest that is the source of his powers is slowly killing him.
  • Batman Gambit: He frequently tries to distract his foes while getting ready to attack them. When working with Senji against someone else, they both rely on each other taking certain openings when they're available.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He goes berserk every time the Red Man is seen, mentioned, resembled, etc.
    • He also hates being called a murderer as he was blamed for the massacre on his classmates for which he did not commit.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is a nice and friendly guy, but he won't hesitate to call someone out in their bullshit or even kill them.
  • Bloody Murder: He uses his blood as ammunition for his gun.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Presumedly as Ganta is alive and well as of the final chapter.
  • Cast From Hit Points: Well, when you are using your blood as ammunition that you shoot at other people, your hit points are literally your ammo. Ganta learns this the hard way during is second fight with Crow.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Very good at using the environment to his advantage, and throws in headbutts and such. When fighting The Wretched Egg towards the end of the manga, he actually gets up close to exchange blows.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Drew his symbol on Shiro's hand, in his own blood. Justified due to him being, well, a Deadman, and due to Rule of Symbolism.
  • Covered with Scars: He accumulates quite a few scars over the course of the series. Not surprising given the hell he goes through. By the end, his own scaring looks pretty similar to that of Shiro and Hagire. Yes, this is symbolic.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Though "deadpan" is an exaggeration most of the time, in the anime especially he has some smartass moments.
  • Destructive Savior: The Woodpecker analogue. The recurring song is that the woodpecker's beak is full of poison and it goes around boring holes in trees, eventually destroying the forest and everything it loves in the process. Close to the ending of the manga validates him as such.
    • The Red Man (AKA his childhood friend Shiro) fits this more than Ganta, since he (actually she) caused the earthquake that devastated Japan, slaughtered his friends and classmates, and framed him for it just so he would be in Deadman Wonderland with her. Really, it's just the last fight that nets Ganta the straightforward trope due to just how destructive his Ganta Gun became at the end.
  • Determinator: In the words of Shiro, "Ganta always gets back up."
  • Deus Angst Machina/Trauma Conga Line: Starts off bad in chapter one alone, and only gets worse and worse.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Ganta's ability is one of the most powerful single Branches of Sin. However, the shots can't be recycled, so he has to make them count. If he concentrates, he can utilize a sound barrier-breaking variant through just tiny droplets of blood, which are faster, less costly, and more destructive. He can do the opposite and charge the shots to be explosive. This, combined with the long reach means that his power is extremely versatile in addition to being powerful. Unfortunately, the high cost and the inability to aim his shots after firing means he typically has to attack from close range or aim really well. Thankfully, Ganta is very good at choosing his shots. Comes to a head in the epic Chapter 56, where he counters Shiro's many incredible powers with precise powerful shots, though he can't get a bead on her.
  • Flipping the Bird: He flips off the audience of the Carnival Corpse when they demand that he kill his defeated opponent.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Will eschew his blood powers to physically attack his foes if he has an opportunity. Makes sense, since he needs to conserve as much blood as possible. He actually attacks The Wretched Egg up close and does pretty well for himself, forcing The Wretched Egg to retreat.
  • Hand Cannon: The upgraded form of his Branch of Sin is this. By the end of the series, it's a full-blown Wave-Motion Gun that totally levels Deadman Wonderland while fighting The Wretched Egg.
  • In-Series Nickname: He earns the name "Woodpecker". Coincidentally, there's a recurring little nursery song about Woodpeckers that's pretty relevant to Ganta.
  • Marked Change: When using his improved Ganta Gun.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Deliberately setup to end up in Deadman Wonderland by Shiro's other self, The Wretched Egg.
  • Ordinary High-School Student:
    • An ordinary middle school student, at least until he encounters the "Red Man".
    • He goes back to being one in the epilogue, though he visits Shiro in the prison hospital every single day, and brings her candy.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • After realizing how dangerous the situation with Shiro was getting, Ganta's mother sends him off on a van while she stays behind. There's also no mention whatsoever of his biological father.
    • Chapter 53 reveals that she did this so that she could finish the Mother Goose System. She kills herself shortly after, both to prevent Hagire from learning how to turn it off, and out of guilt for what she did to Shiro.
    • Chapter 54 also reveals that before giving birth to Ganta, that she was as heartless as Hagire ever was and had even planned on using her then unborn child as their needed test subject. After his birth, however, motherly instinct kicked in and she gave him to the care of a male doctor who was leaving the facility to save Ganta from the fate that she herself had given him prior.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Holy God, chapter 56. He and Shiro destroy Deadman Wonderland, as in sinking it after razing the amusement park to the ground, merely by the crossfire of their attacks.
  • Took a Level in Badass: An incredible leap right before Chapter 56, where he is skilled with his branch of sin and powerful enough to destroy, absolutely obliterate, level, shred and sink the island Deadman Wonderland is on. The entire time, Shiro is doing the same thing to him, which he deflects.
  • Unstoppable Rage: The death of his friends at the start of the series is an incredible source of anger for him. It's enough to make him hate Shiro with murderous, homicidal rage. Though he alternates between that and incredibly strong love. It's ultimately subverted. When push comes to shove in Chapter 56-b, he can't bring himself to finish Shiro off, and instead wants her to come live a normal life with him.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: At one point when he fights The Wretched Egg, he lands a vicious hook to her head. She nimbly flips away, but Ganta reflexively turns, reaches out and grabs her leg to yank her back.
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    Shiro 
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (JP), Monica Rial (EN)
Branch of Sin: The Original Sin

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Aceman... Has arrived!

A mysterious but cheery Albino girl, Shiro becomes Ganta's closest friend in the prison. A bit of an airhead with a child-like mind and love for eating bread and candy, Shiro is actually Ganta's Forgotten Childhood Friend. She's actually The Red Man aka The Wretched Egg, who is responsible for killing Ganta's friends, the upbeat Shiro is one side of her personality. Her antics as the Wretched Egg in her and Ganta's youth traumatized Ganta into forgetting she ever existed.


  • Badass Adorable: She's plucky, cute, and she can kick your ass with ease.
  • Berserk Button: Don't bully or insult Ganta in front of her if you value your life.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Without her powers, she spends most of the final chapter in a coma in prison, though she does eventually wake up.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She seems blissfully unaware of her surroundings.
  • Covered with Scars: Under her spandex suit, her body is covered with scars.
  • Cute Bruiser: The Cutest girl in the show is also the most powerful being in the show and one responsible for the destruction of Tokyo.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: During her childhood, she was subjected to horrible experiments to test her powers.
  • Death Seeker: The reason she brought Ganta to Deadman Wonderland was so that he would kill her, although this is a lie as revealed in 56-b. She wants to be a normal girl but since that's highly unlikely to happen, death is her Plan B.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Chapter 55 reveals that she crossed this after finding out from Ganta's mother's journal that she was a replacement subject for Ganta. And she was still a little girl when this happened...
  • Does Not Like Shoes: As a child, she was always barefoot. In the present, she wears a jumpsuit that covers part of her soles, but her bare toes and heels stick out.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Once the truth of The Wretched Egg's identity was revealed to Ganta, she ditches her Nude-Colored Clothes in favor of a pink and purple-laced bodysuit with a shackle for a collar.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Under her bodysuit, her body is badly scarred, invoking this.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: A very tragic variant, as Ganta basically wiped her from his memory over the traumatizing things he witnessed in his childhood.
  • Healing Factor: She can regenerate any damaged tissue instantly. In the anime, her broken legs visibly snapped back into place in a second, complete with a crack sound.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Finally admits this after Ganta refuses to kill her in Chapter 56-b.
  • Idiot Hair: She has a permanent cowlick in front of her hair.
  • Ill Girl: In the epilogue. Justified in that she's lost her Healing Factor, and requires actual medical care after the absolute hell she's been through.
  • Karma Houdini: Sort of, given that she's now in a prison hospital without any of her healing powers.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Deconstructed Character Archetype.She portrays herself this way to Ganta, buts its all an act she puts on. Truth is, she resents him and is the one who functionally destroyed his life, then insinuated herself back into his life and played up this version of herself on purpose to get close to him.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her name means white in Japanese. Also of note is the fact that the lieutenant general of Unit 731, a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that operated during WWII, was named Ishii Shiro. This was a hint at her origins as a human experiment.
    • There is also a type of Indian sweet called Shiro, which fits in well with her love of candy.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sort of. While she's not evil, she is dangerous.
  • Redemption Earns Life: Ganta, even after everything that happened
  • The Reveal: Chapter 55 makes it clear that the personalities of Wretched Egg and Shiro never actually existed. All the evil stuff she did? That was all Shiro, from beginning to end, and she did it all out of resentment. The kicker? She wishes that Ganta will return and kill her since the Mother Goose System wouldn't let her commit suicide.
  • Sensual Spandex: And it's the same color as her skin...
  • Split Personality: The Red Man/Wretched Egg. Averted in that its all an act. Shiro alone did the things the Red Man did as herself and the supposed split personalities never existed.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: After the prison was shut down. Its actually an aversion; there was never a split personality. Shiro just drops the act and assumes her real personality.
  • Sweet Tooth: She loves candy.
  • Tears of Joy: After Ganta refuses to kill her, draws his symbol on her hand in his blood, and then promises he's going to give her a normal life.

    Senji Kiyomasa/"Crow" 
Voiced by: Masayuki Kato (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)
Branch of Sin: Crow Claw
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"Dead Center"

The first Deadman who Ganta meets, Senji is known as Crow. He uses his Branches of Sin to form blades extending from his forearms. Enjoying a good fight, Senji supports Ganta after he defeats him in a fight in the Carnival Corpse.


  • Big Brother Mentor: He becomes this to Ganta as he grows very close to the kid after beating him in a fight.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He loves making these kinds of entrances where he's being as badass as he usually is.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: The power of his Branch of Sin, which forms one of these made of his own blood.
  • Blood Knight: Senji very much loves a good fight and expressing his eagerness to get into a brawl with a Slasher Smile.
    Senji: You little fuck... What the hell's wrong with you!? Think you can just square off with whoever you damn well please? You don't get to fight 'less I get front-row!
  • Catch Phrase: "Dead Center."
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Ganta befriends him in their second fight.
  • Eye Scream: He loses his right eye as a penalty for losing a fight to Ganta.
  • Fan of Underdog: He supports Ganta at his match with Minatsuki.
  • Handicapped Badass: He loses his eye as a penalty for losing to Ganta and loses his arm later on, but can still kick ass.
  • Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: Before coming to prison, was an honest cop.
  • Heroic Build: He has very muscular physique.
  • The Last DJ: Prior to coming to Deadman Wonderland, was the last honest cop on the police force.
  • Mr. Fanservice: As much as there can be one.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: He says this to Shiro the first time they meet.
    Senji: Argh! Just put this on, lady! Full-body tights are too risque!
  • Rated M for Manly: It is Senji's job to essentially make every other man in the series look like a wimp.The final chapter has him going rockclimbing with just the one arm!
  • Spiky Hair: As evident in the picture above, his hair is spiky.
  • Tattooed Crook: He has the initials DSMK tattooed above his right eyebrow, which represents the names of his dead friends in the police force.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was already a badass, but when confronting Mockingbird, who has dozens if not hundreds of powers, and his two agile, gun-wielding guards, Senji is able to hold off all of them with his close range blades, eventually killing the guards and giving Mockingbird a hell of a fight. This after being trashed by the Mockingbird just shortly before.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: The guy is shirtless 99% of the time.

    Minatsuki Takami/"Hummingbird" 
Voiced by: Iori Nomizu (JP), Leah Clark (EN)
Branch of Sin: Whip Wing
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Yoh's sister, also known as Hummingbird. A Combat Sadomasochist, Minatsuki is a bit of a psychopath and enjoys harming others, caused by the abandonment of her mother during the Tokyo earthquake ten years ago. Yoh looks out for her, although she believes he is obsessive. She has a fondness for flowers, and her Branches of Sin extend from her hair.


  • Ax-Crazy: It may not seem obvious at first, but just you wait until she reveals her "true self".
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts sweet and nice but her niceness is just an act.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Accuses Yoh of this on a regular basis after her fight with Ganta. This is even Played for Laughs. Again, it's not clear if it's just Refuge in Audacity on her part, or if there is actually truth to any of her claims.
  • Chained by Fashion: Her wrists are loosely chained together for no apparent reason. Evidence seems to suggest it's because she likes it.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: When her first episode was aired on Toonami, there were twenty-two censor bleeps. Nineteen came from Minatsuki. Although even Leah Clark was surprised "Why don't you jack off in a bottle of formaldehyde and call it our firstborn?!" made it through unedited.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: She gets off on the feelings of pain and betrayal she causes in others. She's not totally uncomfortable with being hurt herself, either.
  • Combination Attack: She performs one of these with Peacock: A thorn-covered whip they used against Uzume Sumeragi.
  • Consummate Liar: Much like her brother, she's a pathological liar and a very good actress. It's implied that Ganta wasn't the first to fall for her 'fake moe act.'
  • Cute and Psycho: She switches from adorable The Ingenue to a vicious bitch in seconds. Justified as the first is an act.
  • Cuteness Proximity: To an armadillo. She actively tries to fight it.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She becomes less of a Blood Knight and even a bit more optimistic as the series goes on.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: 'Friendship' might be a bit of a stretch, at first, anyway, but she drops most of her more overt antagonism towards Ganta after her Carnival Corpse match against him.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Ganta. Ganta was framed for a murder he didn't commit, while Minatsuki was convicted of murder for a clear-cut case of self-defense. They were railroaded by the same court and the same crooked defense attorney. Both were abandoned by their mothers. The difference? Minatsuki reacted to all this by becoming completely insane. Becomes Fridge Horror when you consider that Minatsuki has been in Deadman Wonderland in general and G-block in particular a lot longer than Ganta, and so it's a distinct possibility that Ganta is headed down the same road and it just hasn't set in yet.
    • A key difference between Ganta and Minatsuki, though, is Minatsuki was already crazy before coming to Deadman Wonderland due to the trauma with her mother leaving her to die. This shows in both her admitting to Ganta that she was crazy before she came to Deadman Wonderland and that she lied to her brother about her Dad raping her, so that her brother would kill her father. Her reason? A mixture of For the Evulz and the fact that she gets off on betraying, manipulating and being cruel to others. Granted, this past is highly questionable due to Minatsuki being an Unreliable Narrator.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She goes ballistic upon learning that Yoh knew she was lying all along, and still cared for her as a sister.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She may be an Ax-Crazy Sociopathic Hero, but even she was disgusted when she learned the truth about the truth behind the Nameless Worm Virus and what horrible things Rin'ichiro Hagire and Sorae Igarashi did to Shiro.
  • The Fake Cutie: Was this in the beginning, until she dropped the act all together.
  • Freudian Excuse: During the earthquake, she was shaken off and abandoned by her mother as their home collapsed around them. Taken Up to Eleven in the anime, where her mother turns around and picks up a shattered pot of primroses right next to where she's trapped under a pile or rubble and runs off with the flowers.
  • Innocent Flower Girl: Subverted. She acts shy and sweet and grows flowers, but her nice personality is just an act.
  • Little Miss Badass: Cute, diminutive and she can kill you in a hundred different ways.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: A more deadlier version. In her fight with Ganta, she says she gets off by looking at the faces of people in pain. She later stops this though.
  • Makes Us Even: In the anime, she repays Ganta for having the Penalty Game rigged to let her off with a haircut instead of the usual Organ Theft by slaughtering a squad of Undertakers after they cornered him while he was en route to the confrontation with Genkaku. She makes it clear that this doesn't mean she wants anything to do with Scar Chain, and only did this because she felt like she owed him. This didn't happen in the manga.
  • Moe: Invoked; Minatsuki introduces herself as the perfect moe archetype at first, small, shy, cute, meek, virginal, and afraid to hurt a fly. This is inverted when she reveals that the whole "moe" act is just a facade, and that she's really a sadistic sociopath who likes fighting, can and will kick your ass and torture you to turn her on, and is, on the whole, a Combat Pragmatist who is really not inexperienced with pain. Even after her defeat with Ganta and she mellows out a bit, you still only piss her off if you have a death wish.
  • Mommy Issues: Her cruel nature comes from her mother leaving her to die in the Great Tokyo Earthquake.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: To keep anyone from abandoning her the way her mother did, she deliberately acts as crass and cruel as she can so that no one will ever get close to her.
  • Not So Different: Ganta calls her out on being a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, saying that if she hates her mother so damn much, why the hell would she act like her then?! Possibly why she drops the act eventually.
  • Prehensile Hair: Her Branch of Sin extends out of her hair.
  • Rape as Backstory: By her father. Later implied to be a lie.
  • Ship Tease: There's been quite a bit of it with her and Ganta throughout the series, but Chapter 37 has the most obvious example. Never really goes anywhere, though.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: She's one of the most fouled-mouth characters in the manga.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Special emphasizes on the sociopath part.
  • Token Evil Teammate: She easily the most unstable and brutal of the main characters, as some of them are somewhat off-put by how far she goes in her fights, but compared to the likes of Tamaki and Rin'ichiro Hagire she isn't that horrible of a person.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Lost most of her hair during a Penalty Game after losing to Ganta.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Minatsuki lies a lot, using her lies to get sympathy often. This puts her past into question quite often.
  • Villain Decay: More or less dropped all antagonism after Ganta defeated her in their fight, and joins the heroes in their ventures afterwards. All of her more disturbing traits are increasingly downplayed, as well.
  • Whip It Good: Her Branch of Sin, Whip Wing, forms whips which extend out of her hair.

    Masaru "Chaplin" Sukegawa/"Peacock" 
Branch of Sin: Peacock's Peak
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I'm stronger than men and kinder than women. That's why I can punch anyone equally. That is Chaplin Sukegawa's way of life!!"

A friendly Transgender woman known as Peacock. She was imprisoned after murdering a woman her lover was caught with. She acts as an announcer for the Carnival Corpse matches.


  • Accidental Murder: After finding her lover was cheating on her, Chaplin slammed the woman against the wall, but at the same time her Branch of Sin activated for the first time and killed the woman. Chaplin was horrified after what she did and it's obvious that she did not intend to kill her.
  • Adapted Out: She doesn't appear at all in the anime adaptation.
  • Berserk Button: Do not call her by her birth name Masaru.
  • Bewarethe Nice Ones: Chaplin is a rather nice person but not piss her off, she is an experienced Deadman who has incredible control over her Branch of Sin.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Likes to try and drum these up with Minatsuki. It rarely works out.
  • Combination Attack: Does this with Minatsuki against Uzume Sumeragi, one of the Complete Forgeries. They combined their Branches of Sin to create a whip covered in thorns, and promptly handed her ass back to her just as she was about to use her finishing move.
  • Epic Flail: Peacock's Peak, her Branch of Sin. They resemble miniature morning stars.
  • Femme Fatalons: Averted. She has long nails, but she's not a bad person.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: She's harmless, though. Just an audacious flirt.
  • Nice Girl: Chaplin is a fairly kind individual who attempts to help others who are in distress.
  • Stripperiffic: Her usual outfit is a black halter top with black panties, fishnet stockings, a vest lined with fur, and high-heeled boots.
  • Write What You Know: In-Universe. She becomes an actress and directs a play named "Deadman Flowers" in the epilogue.

    Kazuya Itadaki "Masu" 
Voiced by: Akira Harada (JP), Keith Kubal (EN)
Branch of Sin: Unknown
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A bizarre Big Eater, Masu appears to be able to eat anything. Serves as comic relief.


Tropes associated with Masu:
  • Bald of Awesome: He has very little hair, and what little there is is confined to the top of his head.
  • Big Eater: He'll eat absolutely anything he can get his hands on.
  • Bilingual Bonus: His last name and nickname when combined is 'itadakimasu', a phrase spoken by Japanese before a meal.
  • Extreme Omnivore: As stated prior, he enjoys eating anything.
  • Flat Character: Was introduced in the same manner as the other major Deadmen, but was quickly reduced to comic relief.
  • Manchild: He even looks like an overgrown infant.
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    Idaki Hitara/"Condor" 
Branch of Sin: Condor Candle
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Because my flames are hotter than ice... Because that sorrow is hotter than flame... That's why I can't be burned and I am still left alive..."

Known as Condor, Idaki claims all of his actions are told to him through his dead daughter who "speaks" to him through the headphones he wears. He believes he is responsible for his daughter's death.


  • Cool Old Guy: He's 77 but he can still kick just as much ass as the other Deadmen.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After deciding that Ichi and Hajime were incapable of killing him (and getting his blood all over the room), he ends the fight with a snap of his fingers.
  • Eye Scream: His eye was gouged out by a fork held by his enraged daughter Yuki.
  • Hearing Voices: Claims that his daughter constantly advises him through his headphones. She doesn't; the headphones are silent.
  • The Insomniac: He hasn't slept in nearly forty years. Even Ichi and Hajime's "Mix Soft," an extremely potent sleeping poison, couldn't put him under.
  • Playing with Fire: He uses his Branch of Sin to ignite his own blood to fight.
  • The Stoic: To an almost inhuman degree. When his daughter stabs him in the eye with a fork, he calmly pulls the fork out, wipes it off, and gives it back to her.
  • Survivor's Guilt: He blamed himself for his daughter's suicide, saying he killed her. This confession is what landed him in the prison to begin with.

    Karako Koshio/"Game Fowl" 
Voiced by: Kumiko Itou (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)
Branch of Sin: Fists of Blood
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"Even if his hopes and dreams are all mirages, I'll stand by him. That's my only desire and that is my ideal of a true free woman."

A member of the Scar Chain gang hoping to expose the prison's true purpose. Known as Game Fowl. She has a crush on Nagi.


  • Ambiguously Brown: Her obvious tan is never explained.
  • Battle Axe Nurse: The good variant, of course. Though her friends think the occupation is at odds with her nature, her aspirations to Proper Lady-hood would make it an obvious career choice. The "Battle Axe" part is sadly just Karako being herself.
    • Oddly enough, in practice she appears to be an expert trauma surgeon, despite being specifically noted to be a nurse.
  • Badass in Charge: Eventually leads Scar Chain and the Wonderland reclamation forces against Toto/Rinichirou Hagire.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit exposes the majority of her stomach.
  • Blood Knight: Subtle in the anime, but it's there. Just look at her smile whenever she fights.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Her Branch of Sin hardens her blood around her hands and feet, giving her blows increased strength.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Not quite in the same way Shiro's Healing Factor works, but after she was stabbed by Genkaku, she used her Branch of Sin to crystalize the blood caused by the wound, stopping the bleeding and most likely saving her life.
  • The Lancer: To Nagi; she's a black skinned female with blood armor while he's a fair skinned brunette male who attacks with projectiles. She's a Blood Knight and he's an Apologetic Attacker. Later takes his place as The Leader following his death.
  • Number Two: To Nagi. Before becoming the Number One.
  • Super Toughness: She's able to use her Branch of Sin for defensive purposes, covering herself in crystallized blood, giving her a shiny, defensive coat reminiscent of Emma Frost. It's not clear just how tough it is, though she can apparently survive being doused in boiling acid sprayed by Necro Macro with it and walk away unscathed.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Likes to claim to be one, though most people beg to differ.

    Nagi Kengamine/"Owl" 
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN)
Branch of Sin: Owl's Eyeballs
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"It's the sound of a precious friend. When you hear the chime, you know that you have a companion nearby. When I hear your bell, I get the feeling that even in this place the sun can shine".

The leader of Scar Chain, known as Owl. He had a relationship with a female Deadman until she was killed during a Carnival Corpse match by Azuma.


  • Ax-Crazy: He goes berserk after being made Brainwashed and Crazy by Genkaku.
  • Fake Memories: Averted oh so cruelly. During his torture, Nagi screams that the memories of him going on a rampage were planted by Genkaku's injections, but they weren't. He just repressed them under stress. The drugs actually brought out the real memories.
  • Kirk Summation: Gives a pretty scathing to Hibana:
    "So you're… a lady… The most I could ever call you is a little girl and nothing close to proper at that, a sad, sick twisted little girl with a rotten heart."
  • Made of Iron: Survived Hibana's little ling chi session and ripped out his left arm once it's slice off with little to no reaction. Might be a hint that he's a lot tougher than he looks, with that Superpowered Evil Side locked inside him.
  • Not Brainwashed: He tells Karako he is quite sane before going on a rampage against Scar Chain.
  • Taking You with Me: Dies holding down Genkaku so Ganta can kill him. Genkaku seems fine with it though... too bad he survives.
    "I'm your guide to hell."
  • Unstoppable Rage: Had an incident like this after his wife was killed, and after Genkaku reveals that he not only killed Nagi's wife, but also their unborn child, he goes on another one.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The scarf he wears belonged to his dead wife.

    Rokuro Bundo 
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (JP), David Trosko (EN)
Branch of Sin: Unknown
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"Don't fuck with the human calculator!"

The technical expert of Scar Chain. Also an undercover spy for the Undertakers.


  • Ax-Crazy: While he won't hurt you himself, he will get people to hurt you for him.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: His neck-cracking tic, and obsession with calculations, to the point where in the original Japanese version his initial meltdown resulted from them being "destroyed", rather than the bomb not killing the remaining Scar Chain members as seen in the dub could be used to indicate that he has something else wrong with him other than just being another run-of-the-mill psychopath.
  • Berserk Button: Whatever you do, don't destroy his calculations.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: His Branch of Sin is a flat, disc-shaped shield which he used to deflect bullets. It hasn't been seen being used offensively.
  • Mad Bomber: The data chip was actually a bomb. And he made it.
  • Master of Disguise: He was the one who posed as Ganta in the leaked video in the first episode, which made everybody in the courtroom want to kill him. Maybe. Rokuro is seen to be very capable of editing footage, so he might have just digitally fabricated this.
  • Mood Whiplash: At first he acts calm in episode ten but then he completely loses it in under five seconds.
  • Obviously Evil: Given that he's mean to Ganta right off the bat, and that he shows his true colors as soon as things don't go his way, you'd think someone would have suspected him of something earlier.
  • Teen Genius: He looks no older than 20, yet he's obsessed with calculations and also made a bomb the size of a thumbdrive.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He did not take the sight of survivors very well, mainly because it messed up his calculations. It gets even further when Senji showed up and threw his math off even further by improvising a move to bypass the Worm Eater.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the anime he's left in the Scar Chain hideout, and is never mentioned again, while the manga he's seen on a bus leaving the prison but is never seen or mentioned again, not even the ending.

    Toto Sakigami/"Mockingbird" 
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro, Hiroshi Naka (Rinichiro) (JP), Ryan Reynolds, R. Bruce Elliott (Rinichiro) (EN)
Branch of Sin: Love Labyrinth
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"Aha!"

The true antagonist of the series. Toto Sakigami, or Mockingbird, has been missing since he won the previous Carnival Corpse tournament but reappears claiming to know Shiro. Seemingly a nice guy, he is actually evil, with a diet of Branches of Sin. His real name is /Rin'ichiro Hagire.


  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Had one for Yosuga, his 'older sister.'
    • Shiro referred to Hagire's second body as 'Grandpa,' despite knowing they weren't really related.
  • Ax-Crazy: Hagire in later chapters. The original Toto was apparently only this while in the ring, but was otherwise a pretty nice guy.
  • Body Surf: Hagire can possess people's bodies and overwrite their personality completely, going from body to body.
  • Came Back Wrong: After winning the last Corpse Carnival, he lost all of his Branches of Sin, his body became a fragile Frankenstein's Monster construction, and his personality did a complete 180.
  • The Chess Master: The Chairman was using/toying with Tamaki the whole time.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Seemed to be slightly delusional and very playful before the last Carnival Corpse tourney.
  • Deadly Upgrade: For the final battle, Hagire installs caps all over Toto's body that allow him to hemorrhage blood with little effort, turning him into a walking armory of Branch of Sin. He loses blood at such a high rate that he's practically mummified himself before the other Deadmen finish him off.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: A lot of people actually did think he was Toto Sakigami for a while, although they noticed the drastic change in his personality before realizing he was Hagire.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's the Big Bad but his death two chapters before the finish leaves for a Ganta time for a climactic end with The Wretched Egg/Shiro for the ultimate conflict.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He's awfully cheerful for being in a hellhole like Deadman Wonderland. Mostly because Hagire is freaking insane, and he's the guy in charge of it.
  • The Dreaded: The most feared Deadman alive this side of The Wretched Egg; being put in a match with him was a death sentence. Even Crow was visibly nervous just by being in the same room as him.
  • Dying as Yourself: When he sees the fake gun, Toto remembers that his Onee-chan was his reason for living. Tragically enough, Hagire killed her with Toto's body.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Seemed genuinely confused as to why Yosuga saved his life after Senji cut off two of his limbs. Her response? "Yosuga has... always been Toto's 'Nee-chan,' right?"
  • Faux Affably Evil: Don't let his cheerful demeanor fool you, this guy is not nice.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Apparently needs glasses for reading, specifically computer screens. Hagire's original body wore glasses all the time, however.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: His appearance. His body is falling apart and needs to be constantly replaced with fresh parts from other deadmen.
  • Grand Theft Me: Had his body stolen by the Chairman and Big Bad, Rinichirou Hagire, the man responsible for torturing Shiro into becoming The Wretched Egg.
  • Heroic Spirit: Hagire seems to hate all who bear this, including Ganta, all of La Résistance and even the original Toto.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He has been known to get the blood needed to copy powers through cannibalism. Hagire has, anyway; not Toto.
  • Kick the Dog: Hagire does this to Yosuga in chapter 53, right before dying himself. Although this delves into an act of Stupid Evil, as she was his sole ally at that point and the only reason he was still alive.
  • Killed Off for Real: As of chapter 53 he's gone for good, without the twins he's no longer able to write his memories into anyone else.
  • Lack of Empathy: You can't really have any if you get your jollies torturing a little girl to the point of insanity.
  • Lecherous Licking: Justified, though; his Power Copying abilities require him to ingest a Deadman's blood before he's able to use their powers. He just does it like this for Rule of Creepy.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To his "older sister" Yosuga, whom he's sworn to kill and be killed by, thus giving them both impetus to survive anything and everything else until then.
  • Mad Scientist: Hagire was a lunatic even before he started body-hopping. His interference is what made the experiments on Shiro turn into utter atrocities.
  • Nice Guy: While he was somewhat Ax-Crazy in the ring outside of it Toto is generally friendly to those who approached him. Hagire on the other hand is defiantly not a good guy.
  • Older Than They Look: Once Hagire got hold of his body. Interestingly, Hagire body-hopped from an old geezer into Toto, who was in his late teens at the most.
  • Parental Substitute:
  • Power Copying: After doing it enough times, it more or less resolves into an all purpose Shapeshifter Weapon made from his blood anywhere on his body. Wings, tentacles, blades, wings made out of blades, etc. Though, there are a few he can't copy; specifically, Ganta's Ganbare Gun (though he can copy the original ability, Ganta Gun), and Shiro/Wretched Egg's Branch of Sin. Word of God also stated he wouldn't have been able to copy any of the Forgery Branches of Sin in the series' guidebook, The Irational World.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Was by all accounts vicious in battle, but outside the ring is childish and playful, hardly paying anything serious mind.
  • Rasputinian Death: In his first showdown with the Deadmen, he loses two limbs. At the start of the final battle, he's a hobbling, dessicated shell that spews weaponized blood in all directions. Finally, he's whipped into the air, Frankensteiner'd onto a bed of spikes, lit on fire, and then blown to shreds by Ganta's enhanced Ganta Gun.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers an absolutely vicious one to Tamaki, leading to his immediate Villainous Breakdown.
  • Redemption Equals Death: In a sense. The original Toto Sakigami took over right in the last seconds of Hagire's life, for one last view of Yosuga's plastic gun.
  • Self-Surgery: Does this an awful lot. There's a reason the seams and stitches all over his body are eerily similar to those of Shiro, and why he exhibits many of the same symptoms she had early on in her experimentation...
  • The Sociopath: Hagire is this in spades. A monstrous Ax-Crazy Mad Scientist with both an astonishing disregard of human life other than himself and a vicious streak that never really seems to have a limit.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Deservedly ends up on the receiving end of this in chapter 53. Nearly every member of Ganta's crew has their fun beating the bastard to a bloody pulp before Ganta fittingly deals the finishing blow.
  • Villainous Glutton: And his palate of choice consists of blood and human flesh.
  • Villain Has a Point: When Sorae Igarashi activated the Mother Goose System,Hagire demands that she deactivate it so Shiro's powers can be unleashed. Sorae then tells him that she would not tell him because she does not want him to make Shiro suffer, to which Hagire then declares that she does not have any room talk because her hands were just as dirty as his, a point that she does not deny.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Toto doesn't shut up about it. Hagire doesn't understand the concept at all, but mentally associates it with violence against Shiro - hence why his ultimate goal is to get a body that can fight and kill her over and over again until he knows what it is.
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    Yosuga Mitsuzaki 
Branch of Sin: Unknown
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A Deadman, and the "older sister" of Toto Sakigami in G Block, despite being younger than Toto and them not being blood-related. She appears late in the story, to take part in the mission to return to Deadman Wonderland.


  • Anti-Villain: Types II and IV. She doesn't agree with Hagire's goals - and in fact makes it pretty clear she doesn't like Hagire himself at all - but damn it, she is not going to let her 'brother' die, and wants nothing more than to have her Toto back.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Played with. She tells Ganta she was in love with Toto, but despite them having 'adopted' each other as surrogate siblings and are for all intents and purposes serious about it, they're Not Blood Siblings.
  • Death Seeker: Prior to becoming Toto's new official 'Nee-chan'. To the point where she actually questioned if her Branch of Sin was keeping her alive against her will.
  • Declaration of Protection:
    • Toto was really, really fond of his 'sister.' Before Hagire took him over, if you knew what was good for you, you did not mess with her.
    • She returned the favor later. … sort of. Not only did she save Hagire's life after Senji dismembered him, she used her Branch of Sin to block the attacks of several 5other Deadmen when he recovered.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair in pigtails, which sit above her headband.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Pleads with Hagire to let her be with Toto again. He kills her instead.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Her and Toto more or less adopted each other as surrogate siblings. They were probably the only friends either of them ever had in Deadman Wonderland.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Her Branch of Sin is strong enough to block four orher Branches of Sin at the same time without budging, though its stated earlier in the manga that she has difficulty controlling it.
  • Parental Substitute: Toto's new 'sister.' She was promoted to this after he witnessed her being bullied, but not before he ripped her harassers to shreds.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Kind of. Her usual outfit appears to be a long, oversized sweatshirt which doubles as a skirt of sorts, worn over tights which she wears as pants.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Toto is childish and playful and universally feared amongst the other Deadmen. She was a quiet, introverted Death Seeker who enjoyed reading, and was routinely bullied before Toto started protecting her. Turned Up to Eleven when it comes to Hagire, who she still refers to as her 'younger brother.'
  • Suicide Pact: Ironically, her 'reason for living.' Well, it's more like a 'Mutual Simultaneous Homicide Pact,' but close enough. It's also why she refuses to believe her Toto is gone for good.
  • Thicker Than Water: Somewhat subverted in the sense that Toto isn't really her brother. Her entire motivation for returning to Deadman Wonderland was to protect Toto from the other Deadmen despite knowing full well why they felt he needed to be stopped. Even though he's Hagire now, she believed until the very end that her Toto was still in there, somewhere. It later turns out she was right.]]
  • Third-Person Person: Constantly refers to herself in the third person, quite possibly even more than Shiro does.
  • You Gotta Have Pink Hair: The cover of Volume 12 shows that she has pink hair.

Prison Staff

    Chief Guard Kiwako Makina 
Voiced by: Takako Honda (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)
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"Twisted or not, reality is made to be unfair and unjust".

The chief guard of the prison, Makina takes nonsense from nobody and is more than willing to wound an inmate who gets on her bad side. She has a firm disliking for Tamaki, and investigates the true purposes of Deadman Wonderland.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She's Deadman Wonderland's chief guard, and by far the most lethal non-superpowered character.
  • Badass Normal: She doesn't have a Branch of Sin, but is still lethal on her own.
  • Big Good: After her Heel–Face Turn she leads the Infiltration team in Operation Mother-Gizmo Reinforcement in order to infiltrate Deadman Wonderland and set the Mother Goose System to maximum.
  • Boobs of Steel: Has, by her own admission, G-Cup (enormous) breasts, and is the strongest non-superhuman woman in the series.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Her assistant is in love with her.
  • Handicapped Badass: Wheelchair-bound after fighting Wretched Egg. She gets better in the epilogue, though.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Surprisingly, her simplistic view of justice allied her with the heroes, instead of against them.
  • Hero of Another Story: Her Knight Templar tendencies forced her to try and uncover the conspiracy surrounding Deadman Wonderland on her own from the other side of the fence, as it were.
  • Jerkass: In her introduction she is harsh to the inmates and (non-lethally) slices Yoh's chest when he interrupts note . However, her rather one-dimensional view of justice inadvertently sided her with some of the more moral prisoners against the warden, after which she was a useful ally. She just kind of settled down after that.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Makina is a harsh, stone-cold enforcer, who doesn't hesitate to punish, often brutally, the prison population, but she also cares for her friends and those she calls comrades.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Or the closest thing you can get to one in a series like this.

    Kyouko Kasuga 
Voiced by: Chika Horikawa (JP), Mary Morgan (EN)
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Makina's assistant, Kasuga is usually seen by her bosses' side. Kasuga often praises Makina and asks her personal questions, which Makina often answers.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She's blonde in the manga and a Brainy Brunette in the anime.
  • Mysterious Past: The anime gives away one hint about her background during the closing credits: she's shown as a student at Nagano Middle School, with Idaki as her teacher and Rokuro as a fellow student.
  • Nice Girl: Her personality is a firm juxtaposition to her boss and the other guards, as she's never seen harming any of the prisoners and is rather kind.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Hints of this in regards to Makina, openly asking "What's your secret? while in the locker room, enjoying being placed in Marshmallow Hell, and offering to give her a massage afterward.
  • Token Good Teammate: Unlike the rest of the Deadman Wonderland staff, Kasuga is rather a kind and caring individual and is never seen brutalizing any of the prisoners.

    Tsunenaga Tamaki 
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP), Eric Vale (EN)
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"What do you do when you get a birthday present? I'm the type of guy that rips it open right there."

The childish but intelligent assistant warden and promoter of Deadman Wonderland, Tamaki believes he is the mastermind behind the prison and its secrets. A Villain with Good Publicity, Tamaki is seemingly allowed to get away with all of his vile actions due to his status... for a while.


  • Amoral Attorney: He posed as Ganta's lawyer during his trial, making sure that Ganta would be found guilty.
  • Ax-Crazy: It becomes clear soon after we see him that there's something evidently wrong with him despite his cheerful demeanour. But when the wall separating his true nature does come down, it reveals that he has nothing resembling sanity.
  • Big Bad: He is the primary antagonist for most of the series, being the man who more or less runs Deadman Wonderland (with The Director, a frail old man, having very little to do with the series with his worsening health), as well as the leader of the Undertakers and 1st Unit Forgeries. Everything from the very beginning to the Forgeries arc ultimately has him driving the conflict as the man responsible for how Deadman Wonderland is run.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Ultimately, however, it's revealed this was only due to Hagire's manipulations. Hagire simply allowed Tamaki to believe he was the villain of the story because it suited him and it was a good way for Hagire to be able to act: with everyone focusing on Tamaki, Hagire in both his bodies throughout the series could act from behind the scenes. Tamaki realizing he was not the actual mastermind behind everything happening is what leaves him to his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Driven to Suicide: He shoots himself in the head to prevent Toto from taking his belief that the prison was his game.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His superficial politeness just barely hides the monster lurking within.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses and acts polite, although this is merely a facade to conceal his true personality.
  • For the Evulz: His motivation for his actions essentially boils down to his gaming computer melting down.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was a reclusive gaming addict who lived with his mother and then the Great Tokyo Earthquake happened.. .
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: He has slicked-back hair, which is a classic hairstyle of a villain.
  • Otaku: Was a gaming otaku before the Great Tokyo Earthquake.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He's a sick, twisted asshole... who's frequently shown playing with bubbles or other kids' toys, and has a dancing sunflower novelty in his office.
  • Smug Snake: He fancies himself the ultimate Chessmaster but in reality is just an overly confident and entirely Unwitting Pawn in the schemes of the director.
  • Stepford Smiler: He looks cheery and polite enough, until you dig a little deeper.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Pushed into one by Hagire, after receiving a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.

    Rei Takashima 
Voiced by: Mina (JP), Lydia Mackay (EN)
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A seemingly normal looking prison doctor at Deadman Wonderland. That is until she reveals her more sadistic side.


  • The Dragon: To Tamaki, as he put her in charge of creating the Forgeries.
  • Hospital Hottie: She's obviously a very attractive doctor and wears clothing that accentuates this. Much to Crow's chagrin.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After spending the previous chapters taking sexual gratification in mutilating Deadman, she is eventually eviscerated by Wretched Egg. Who happens to be the Ultimate Deadman. Fancy that.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She's a twisted doctor who is not merely a sadist, but actually aroused by human suffering and mutilation.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: At one point, Tamaki ends up grabbing her by the throat in a threatening matter, only for her to be aroused by this. Even he appears to be creeped out by this and promptly releases after stating: "that wasn't meant for your enjoyment".
  • Torture Technician: Removing a body part or an organ from a living person ('without anaesthesia') is her favourite part of the job. She likes it so much she's hugely disappointed when she can only cut Minatsuki's hair as a punishment for losing a match because it's not "exciting".

    Chan and En 
Voiced by: Shohei Kajikawa (Chan) and Yuka Saito (En) (JP), Micah Solusod (Chan) and Apphia Yu (En) (EN)
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Left to right: En and Chan.

A pair of Creepy Twins who work for the Director. Both are Deadmen.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Their deaths are easily the saddest in the series as they gave up their lives to save a man whom they loved but never loved them back and the worse part is that they already knew that he never loved them but they didn't care and gave up their lives for him anyway
  • Brain Uploading: Their Branch of Sin lets them do this. Prior to Hagire turning them into cyborgs, the damage they did to Japan's electronic infrastructure made the government think they were being targeted by professional cyberterrorists. Utilizing their Branch of Sin in this way was also how Hagire was able to Body Surf.
  • Creepy Monotone: Complimented by them always Speak in Unison, giving them an uncanny vibe.
  • Creepy Twins: They're a pair of albino twins who always speak in unison.
  • Cyborg: Their backstory showed that they were born with half a brain each, and the only reason they were even alive (despite being in a vegetative state) was due to their Branch of Sin compensating for their missing brains. Hagire took them in, and gave them a cybernetic implant to replace the missing halves of their brains via their Branch of Sin. This caused them to become Single-Minded Twins, and is also the reason for their Undying Loyalty.
  • Dance Battler: In terms of combat, they're some of the most acrobatic fighters in the entire series. What's more, due to them having a single mind, their attacks were perfectly synchronized with one another, making them able to attack from multiple directions at once. However, Senji was able to exploit this, because their synchronized style of fighting also made them predictable.
  • The Dragon: Both of them act as this to the chairman.
  • Love Martyr: Knew that Toto/Hagire didn't love them back, but died for him anyway.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: To use their Branch of Sin, they each cut off an arm without so much as flinching.
  • Meaningful Name: Their names are likely derived from Chang and Eng Bunker, a famous pair of conjoined twins.
  • Parental Substitute: Saw the chairman as one, and loved him as a father. It was completely unrequited, and they not only knew, but didn't care.
  • Transferable Memory: Their Branch of Sin was the key to Hagire's Body Surf tactic. They essentially linked Hagire and the victim to a type of computer, and then downloaded Hagire's memories into the new body, essentially rewriting their personality with Hagire's. Though it was later revealed that this method wasn't COMPLETELY flawless...

Undertakers

    In General 
  • Anti-Magic: Or rather "Anti-Branch of Sin" in this case as all Undertakers possess technology called Worm Eater that allows them to nullify a Deadman's Branch of Sin.
  • Attempted Rape: The foot soldiers of the undertakers are shown to be not only murderous but completely immoral as shown when they attempted to gang rape Shiro and Karako when they were both captured by Genkaku.

    Azuma Genkaku 
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Jason Douglas (EN)
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"DEATH IS ROCK AND ROLL!"

Leader of the 1st Undertaker Platoon. A self-proclaimed "super monk", he kills people under the belief it will free them from their suffering. He wields a guitar which doubles as a pair of machine guns.


  • Adults Are Useless: The head monk at Genkaku's monastary never even considered that the reason Genkaku always appeared so beat up was because the other monks were physically and sexually abusing him, assuming instead that Genkaku was getting into fights that he instigated.
  • Insistent Terminology: He's not a monk, he's a super-monk, this got changed to "Uber"-monk in the dub.
  • Instrument of Murder: His guitar can transform into a pair of machine guns, and later gets upgraded into a cannon.
  • Karma Houdini: He manages to come out alive in the fight between him and Nagi despite being the one responsible for killing his wife and driving him to insanity.
  • Law of Disproportionate Response: He doesn't bat an eye at a bunch of people dying, but breaks down crying when Shiro destroys his electric guitar.
  • Made of Iron: He manages to survive a blow from Ganta's Ganbare Gun.
  • Metal Head: He seems to like the metal genre of music, and he even wields a guitar that can turn into a pair of guns.
  • More Than Mind Control: He manages to make Nagi temporarily revert back to being berserk and Ax-Crazy by convincing and reminding him that he doesn't actually have any hope for a family and that most of his happy memories are made up.
  • No Eyebrows
  • Save the Villain: An interesting variant. In the anime, taking a Ganbare Gun to the face is probably preferable to what almost happened to him considering he's confirmed alive in the manga; right before Ganta's Marked Change, Shiro went Wretched Egg, and would have slaughtered Genkaku and probably everyone else in room except Ganta had he not taken the initiative... without realizing what had just happened to Shiro, of course. This didn't happen in the manga.
  • Straw Nihilist: He believes that he is "saving" people by killing them.

    Daida Hibana 
Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori (JP), Tia Ballard (EN)
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The leader of the 3rd Undertaker squad, Daida is a psychotic little girl who carries a huge sword around with her.


  • Abusive Parents: Her mother was a psychotic cult member who inflicted downright hellish punishments on her for minuscule things like bedwetting and vomiting, and would abuse her for just about anything simply because she could.
    • On the other hand, the ending credits in the anime seem to indicate that her father might not have been such a bad guy.
  • Affably Evil: She may a twisted Ax-Crazy little girl but she always maintains a polite attitude even while ripping an opponent apart. She drops this though when her Berserk Button listed below is pressed however.
  • Berserk Button: Go on, tell her she's not a 'lady.' See what happens.
  • Badass Normal: Fought and won against Nagi, albeit getting knocked unconscious for her trouble, while she herself is not a Deadman. Definitely qualified to be an Undertaker.
  • BFS: The sword that she wields is twice the size of her entire body.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Has a really unhealthy obsession with this. See Abusive Parents for why.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She gets ripped to shreds after stumbling across the newly revived Toto.
  • Freudian Excuse: When she was a young girl, she was repeatedly tortured by her mother.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Her hair is tied up in a ridiculously long ponytail that somehow stands almost straight up.
  • Knight Templar: She has a very twisted sense of justice.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: When arrested, said she was taking orders from her dead mother.
  • Obliviously Evil: She doesn't actually understand the concept of proportional response. All that torture she endured from her mother convinced her that extreme acts of violence were the appropriate punishment for misbehavior.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Started protesting through tears that she was a lady after Nagi told her that she wasn't one, and made her have a flash back about her abuse from her crazy mother.
  • Whip Sword: Her weapon of choice. It's actually blunt, which is arguably worse.

    Mōzuri Gazuchi 
Voiced by: Minoru Hirota (JP), Paul Giovanni (EN)
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A freakishly massive and muscular Undertaker. Who leads the 2nd Undertaker squad.


  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Despite his imposing frame, he get's absolutely destroyed by Crow within a matter of seconds.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He gets killed off by Crow in his very first fight.

    Shinagawa Dōkoku 
Voiced by: Unknown (JP), Scott Freeman (EN)
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A serpentine Undertaker who serves as Mozuri's lieutenant.


  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Along with Mozuri, he get's annihilated by Crow. It happens so fast that he didn't even have time to react.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Much like Mozuri, he get's killed off by Crow mere minutes after his introduction.

Ordinary Prisoners

    Yoh Takami 
Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji (JP), Aaron Dismuke (EN)
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An inmate who Ganta befriends, Yoh is a kleptomaniac who works for Tamaki as a mole. Yoh is actually in prison to keep an eye on his sister Minatsuki, a Deadman.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has blond hair in the manga, brown in the anime.
  • Badass Normal: He is the only one of the main characters who isn't a Deadman, but he uses his kleptomania to disable a giant terrifying robot and is a very cunning liar.
  • Becoming the Mask: Even though he initially befriended him for his own benefit, Yoh eventually sees Ganta's good heart and comes to see him as a true friend. He proves this, for example, when he cannot bring himself to tell Ganta what Yō has seen Shiro do, especially after Ganta recalls his memories with the albino girl.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Yoh is in Deadman Wonderland to earn the freedom of his sister, Minatsuki, who killed their father.
  • Brother–Sister Incest:
  • Butt-Monkey: He ends up getting beat up or injured in practically every episode he's in.
  • Chekhov's Skill: He's a kleptomaniac who 'steals' Makina's Worm Eater sword, which was how he was able to help the rest of La Résistance bypass Yosuga's otherwise seemingly impenetrable shield Branch of Sin, allowing them to give Mockingbird the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of his life.
  • Consummate Liar: He's as good at lying as he is stealing.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has brown eyes to match his brown hair.
  • The Mole: Spying on Ganta for Tamaki, which Ganta actually figures this out on his own, but flat out doesn't care. He's just glad to have someone around who's (relatively) sane and friendly.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: however he has blue eyes, and has a few schemes of his own.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His bangs cover his left eye.
  • Sticky Fingers: He loves to steal, which got him in trouble with Warden Makina in the first episode. Later on he steals her Worm Eater sword.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Anime only. He was last seen in episode eight unconscious and getting treated for his injuries and is only mentioned once more by Makina in episode 12.

    Kozuji Kazumasa 
Voiced by: Takeshi Maruyama (JP), Lee Murphy (EN)
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A vicious thug, who with the help of his minions, terrorizes the rest of the inmates.


  • The Bully: His first scene is to pick on a already injured Yoh by crushing his arm and batting Ganta around.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the anime adaptation, he ends up getting impaled in the pit of spikes at the end of the dog race.
  • Jerk Jock: By far the most arrogant and vicious of all the inmates.
  • Names to Run Away From: In his days as a fierce martial arts master he was known as the "pulverizer". In the anime this was changed to the "Ultimate Warrior".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the manga, he somehow survives falling into a pit of spikes, and is last seen being threatened by Chief Makina, who gives him the choice of either one year in solidarity confinement or a knife to the heart. His fate is left ambiguous until he is seen boarding a bus leaving the prison. After that he is never seen or mentioned again.

    Azami Midou 
Branch of Sin: Snake
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An ordinary inmate who Ganta befriends, she owns a pet armadillo. Later on, she gets turned into a Forgery, but snaps out of it thanks to Ganta.


  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Delivered a successful Snake bite to Wretched Egg. Even though it didn't really do anything to her due to her Healing Factor, it still made her hesitate. Wretched Egg then curiously asked Azami if she really was Ganta's friend. Right when it looked like Azami might actually be getting through to her, Hagire decapitates her and asks what's taking Wretched Egg so long.
  • Delinquents: She's the former leader of an all-girl gang.
  • Demoted to Extra: She was one of the first friends Ganta makes inside the prison when she shares her meal with him. She seems like she's going to be a major character but nearly disappears from the story entirely after Ganta is moved to G Ward. She comes back later after getting turned into a Forgery, but is killed pretty shortly after returning to the heroes' side.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Was initially this as she was kinda rude, but still shows her soft side when she gives Ganta half of her meal after teaching him about Cast Points, while at the same time scolding him because he didn't read the rulebook. Thanks to her Character Development, she grows out her rude attitude.
  • Nice Girl: What she eventually becomes thanks to her Character Development, as she is hardly ever rude and even opens up easier.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: Having been let down by both her neglectful parents and her so called "friends" who let her take the fall for crime they committed, Azami does not let people get emotionally close to her. Thankfully Ganta helps her grow out of this mindset.

Forgeries

    Shishito Madoka 
Branch of Sin: Jūshin Shinjū
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A timid looking Forgery who serves as Tamaki's abused servant. It's later revealed that he is actually the most powerful of the Forgeries


  • Alas, Poor Villain: After he is killed by Ganta and Shiro, Azami and him give him a look of pity as they realize that in the end he was just another pawn of Tamaki.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: He enjoys both causing harm to others as well as having harm caused to himself.
  • Token Good Teammate: Unlike the other Forgeries he is rather kind to Ganta. Subverted later on when it was reveled to be an act.
  • Tragic Villain: Because Madoka had been severely bullied as a child and lost his father to the earthquake, he grew into a psychopath who enjoyed being "unhappy", so he made others "unhappy" as well.

    Ikazuchi Akatsuki 
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (JP), Bill Jenkins (EN)
Branch of Sin: Decimating Frenzy
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A physically imposing looking Forgery.


  • Adapted Out: The only Forgery to actually avert this trope in the anime as he was shown near the end of the OVA "Red Knife Wielder".
  • Arch-Enemy: To Senji, as he was the one who killed Senji's police squad including his mentor Domon.
  • The Brute: He is the most physically strong of the Forgeries and he relies mostly on pure strength when fighting since his Branch of Sin only increases his muscle mass by injecting Dopamine into his blood stream.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: After he and Senji charge at each other one last time Ikazuchi is killed, as Senji had slashed through his shoulder to his lower torso.

    Ichi & Hajime Mikawa 
Branch of Sin: Sōrin Musō
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A pair of sadistic twin Forgeries, who are far deadlier than they appear.


  • Kill It with Fire: How the two eventually meet their end after Idaki ignited his blood, which is all over Ichi and Hajime, causing them to be burned alive.
  • Older Than They Look: They both look like children, but in actuality they are over 30 years old.

    Uzume Sumeragi 
Branch of Sin: Nanairo Chōchō
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A beautiful yet deadly Forgery.


  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. After being defeated by Masaru and Minatsuki, her face is left looking like a beat up hamburger stake.
    Minatsuki: Damn! She's butt ugly now!
  • Parasol of Pain: One of her abilities involves using her umbrella to fabricate a flower that is made from her blood, which then appears to disperse into a number of butterflies, using her poison that is known as hallucinogen.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After being left battered and unconscious by Minatsuki and "Chaplin", she is never seen or mentioned again. She isn't even seen boarding a bus leaving the prison like other characters whose fates were left ambiguous.

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    Sorae Igarashi 
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Ganta's mother and a scientist. Deceased.


Tropes associated with Sorae:
  • Mama Bear: She's not just protective over Ganta, but Shiro as well.
  • Mercy Kill: Played with. Putting aside that Shiro is nearly indestructible, she couldn't bring herself to end Shiro's life, no matter how much she thought she should or how much Shiro wished she would because she finds Shiro fascinating. She does however discover and create things that can destroy Shiro (namely the Red Crystal and Ganta).
  • Mommy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: She sends Ganta away to be raised by someone else, before offering Shiro as his replacement.
  • Motherly Scientist: When she was alive. Specifically this to Shiro while growing up, being one of the only people to treat her like both a little girl and a person. Sorae also seemed to be the only scientist that Shiro sort of liked.
  • Motherly Side Plait: She grew one after giving birth to Ganta as she started to act less like a Mad Scientist and more like a human being.
  • Posthumous Character: She's already been dead for years before the series even begins.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Sorae seals Shiro to keep others safe from her and then shoots herself in the head when Hagire tries to force her to undo the process.

    The Red Man/The Wretched Egg 
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (JP), Monica Rial (EN)
Branch of Sin: The Original Sin
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Without the mask. 

The one who killed Ganta's classmates and the origin of the Branches of Sin. Also the other side of Shiro's split personality, created through brutal experiments on Shiro as a child, her unlocked power causing the Tokyo earthquake.


  • Ax-Crazy: Delights in butchering people just for shits and giggles. The Wretched Egg has wracked up a higher body count than the entire rest of the cast combined.
  • Badass Boast:
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: The absolute nightmare Shiro went through at Hagire's hands broke her brain, leading to The Wretched Egg side of her being created.
  • Big Bad Friend: In the sense that she's the alter ego of Shiro, Ganta's closest friend.
  • Blood Knight: Played with. She makes it seem like this was her sole motivation for her partnership with Hagire, stating that he can fully satisfy her bloodlust and desire for chaos and destruction, despite the fact that Hagire is one of the two main reasons she suffered so much in her childhood. In reality, she literally needed him, because he was her best shot at shutting down the Mother Goose System. Hagire's probably aware of this, but he doesn't care. Fighting her is his life's joy.
  • Blow You Away: Her Branch of Sin lets her create tornadoes from blood with winds strong enough to tear human beings limb from limb.
  • Cool Mask: At least until adopting the purple bodysuit, though she later starts wearing the mask again with it, sans helmet.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Subverted in this case. While she's referred to as The Red Man, her voice actors in both the original Japanese and English dub are female.
  • Death Seeker: Her 'wish' is to die, and she wants Ganta to be the one to do it.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She nearly takes Ganta's head off with an intentional miss of her Branch of Sin the moment Ganta starts saying everything bad that happened to them was his fault.
  • The Dreaded: The reason there is a Mass "Oh, Crap!" every time the Mother Goose System stops working in Deadman Wonderland. Basically, when the lullaby stops, people die.
  • Expy: In-universe example. Wretched Egg in her Red Man attire is intentionally dressed up as darker version of the In-Universe superhero Aceman.
  • Fan Disservice: She's depicted naked more than once in the Return to DW arc, though the context under which it happens takes a lot away from the scenes.
  • Fille Fatale: She shows shades of this towards Hagire in Chapter 43. The fact that she tolerated being touched by him as much as she did, while naked, says a lot, though it's seriously doubtful she's doing anything beyond simply using what she knows Hagire wants in exchange for shutting down the Mother Goose System.
  • From Bad to Worse: After Hagire's death, Wretched Egg destroys the MacGuffin that powers the Mother Goose System, the one thing restraining her full power.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For the most part throughout the series. After killing all of Ganta's friends and being responsible for his incarceration in Deadman Wonderland, for the most part, The Wretched Egg plays very little direct antagonism in the story until Hagire is finally defeated and the Mother Goose System is destroyed, thus fully unleashing her power and letting her take front-stage as the main villain of the story for the finale, with Tamaki and Hagire serving as the primary antagonists for almost all of the story. Ultimately, however, everything bad that happens traces back to The Wretched Egg: the Great Tokyo Earthquake, the origin of all Deadmen, and literally everything Tamaki and Hagire do is to respectively kill her since Forgeries were specifically created to combat her, and unleash her full power respectively, thus making The Wretched Egg the ultimate root of everything bad that happens in the series, no matter how indirectly.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She killed Ganta's classmates out of sheer jealousy.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: They tried. The result? The Great Tokyo Earthquake.
  • In-Series Nickname: Ganta refers to The Wretched Egg as the 'Red Man,' and Shiro refers to them as 'Aceman.' This is because The Wretched Egg side of her first manifested when Shiro cried out for Aceman to save her while being tortured.
  • Ironic Echo: The very first words the Red Man ever says to Ganta are repeated again in Chapter 42, albeit under very different circumstances.
    Wretched Egg: "Welcome home, Woodpecker."
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Inverted. She wants to die at Ganta's hands, and only at his hands.
  • Meaningful Name: She's the progenitor of the Branches of Sin, and the original Deadman. Hence the 'egg' part, since most Deadmen are named after birds.
  • Mercy Kill: Her "wish" is for Ganta to do this to her, as his Branch of Sin is the only thing capable of killing her.
  • Pet the Dog: A heartwarming, if curious, moment happens in Chapter 55. Even though she loathes sweets, The Wretched Egg consumes an unfinished pudding, as she knows that her Shiro personality loves sweets and misses Ganta.
  • Power Floats: She appears to be the only Deadman capable of flight without a Branch of Sin that involves wings.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Ganta immediately assumes her identity to be male, even referring to them as "The Red Man" but she is eventually revealed to be Shiro.
  • Slasher Smile: Comes with it's own sound effect, skrkt.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: The Great Tokyo Earthquake was a result of her trying to use her Branch of Sin to such a degree that it would destroy her own body faster than it could regenerate. Subverted because, obviously, it didn't work.
  • Super Empowering: She is the source of the Nameless Worm that gives Deadmen their powers.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Subverted, Shiro is revealed to be fully conscious and in control during the atrocities The Wretched Egg commits.
  • Walking Spoiler: She is Shiro's alternate personality, as is also the progenitor of the Branches of Sin, as well as being responsible for causing the Great Tokyo Earthquake and killing Ganta's classmates.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Once you consider her backstory, she is most definitely this. Even Ganta seems to agree, according to Chapter 54. Their Ferris Wheel Date Moment has Ganta apologizing profusely for not being there to save Shiro, and it ends with him promising to 'end her suffering.'
  • Worthy Opponent: She seems to view Ganta as one. Most likely because of remembering just how much of a Determinator Ganta was as a child, and actually proving her wrong when she called him weak. Keeping in mind her insane cynicism borne of endless torture, Ganta was probably the only spark of humanity that ever got through to her. Though it inspired fascination more so than hope. Although it inspired some hope, too since chapter 55 reveals that Ganta's unique Branch of Sin was actually designed by Sorae, and that it's the only Branch of Sin that is capable of killing her.
  • Yandere: Her only motivation for butchering his entire classroom was sheer, unadulterated jealousy.


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