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    Kurou Daijuji
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Voiced by: Kentaro Ito

The protagonist of the story. A dropout from Miskatonic University with a cursory education in matters of sorcery, Kurou is now trying (and mostly failing) to earn a living as a Private Investigator. After receiving a job from the Hadou Group to locate a powerful grimoire for them, he stumbles across both Al Azif and Demonbane, and gets thrown into the heart of the Hadou Group's war against Black Lodge.

  • Accidental Pervert: Often accused of being a pervert and a paedophile by Leica and the kids.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Happens to him and Al during her Good End when they become Elder Gods.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: He looks so beautiful in a dress that it's ridiculous.
  • Badass Cape: Sports one during Al's Route following her disappearance.
  • Badass Longcoat: His magius form grants him one. The coat can also function as wings, granting him unassisted flight.
  • Battle Couple: He and Al pilot the Demonbane together and gradually fall in love throughout their battles.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: He realizes his love for Al after she performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save him and turns back into a grimoire with the possibility of never regaining her human form.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He and Al bicker a lot, which means it's inevitable for them to fall in love.
  • BFS: In his Elder God form.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: His dong is huge. As in "how does that even fit in his pants" huge.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Despite losing Al's support in her route, and thus the massive boost of power that comes with her, he's still able to hold his own by using the Tyrant's guns.
  • Butt-Monkey: As Al notes, Kurou does not have good luck with women in his life. Most of the women he does meet treat him rather poorly (at least at first).
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: If he sees someone in distress, he just has to help them out, even if doing so will bring him more trouble in the future. Al gets irritated by this. Due to Nyarlathotep's manipulations, being a pure and perfect "hero" is pretty much completely entwined with Kurou's personality and fundamental nature, which provides some explanation as to why this is.
  • Deity of Human Origin: He starts off as an ordinary human and becomes an Elder God in Al's Good End.
  • Dragged into Drag: He's put in a wedding dress as part of the antics during the Beach Episode of the PS2 version.
  • Eternal Love: With Al. In a few endings their love literally conquers eternity.
  • For Great Justice: While he tries to reject the call at first, he readily admits that doing nothing when injustices are being committed would leave a bad taste in his mouth.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After Al's disappearance in her route, up until her resurrection.
  • The Hero: Kurou is the heroic protagonist who fights an evil organization and protects those he cares about.
  • Hot-Blooded: Oh yeah. He can barely do anything without screaming.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Al barely reaches his chest.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's sarcastic and tactless when dealing with people, but there's no doubt that his heart is in the right place.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: In the PS2 version of the Shadow over Innsmouth chapter, the magic mist that makes Kurou horny causes him to pin down Al and forcibly kiss her until she snaps him back to his senses.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He has no illusions that there are terrible things in the world, and he doesn't believe that everyone, deep down, is good. Nonetheless, he will protect what good there is in the world to the end of his life.
  • Magic Contract Romance: With Al. She made him her master with a kiss. While he knows she's a grimoire, he treats her like a girl and reciprocates her feelings.
  • Magic Hair: One of the many powers he gets in his Magius form.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is the Japanese romanization of Titus Crow, the main character in the Cthulhu Mythos novels written by Brian Lumley.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Kurou forms a contract with Al Azif, a Moe Anthropomorphism of the Necronomicon who looks like a small girl despite being over a thousand years old. Obviously, Leica gets the wrong idea when Al introduces herself as Kurou's property. Al even calls him a lolicon for showing attraction to her.
  • Near-Rape Experience: In Al and Leica's routes, upon inhaling an gas leaked by Deep Ones. It causes him to trying to rape either of them, up until he comes back to his senses at the last second.
  • Only Sane Man: The sillier moments of the game have Kurou bemoaning he seems to be the only one with a constantly level head.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both his parents died around the time he was in high school, leaving him penniless.
  • Perpetual Poverty: His business is constantly terrible, such that he isn't surprised at all to find his utilities deactivated when he comes home. He also considers being able to have instant coffee in the morning to be a luxury.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: His hair becomes white upon using his powers.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: With Magius Style, his hair grows long enough to be used as a weapon.
  • Private Detective: Works as one.
  • Prone to Tears: Prone to crying, especially when it involves his financial situation.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Magius Style gives him red eyes. In this case, however, it's to signal he becomes more powerful instead of evil.
  • Refusal of the Call: Kurou basically gets dragged into the plot when he meets Al by chance and she chooses him to be her mage in her battle against Black Lodge. Kurou spends the early part of the story trying to get away from Al because he wants nothing to do with magic and crazy battles with Humongous Mecha. It's until his first fight against the evil Master Therion that Kurou finally agrees to help Al and defeat Black Lodge.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: He's the only one who can remember the events of the series after Black Lodge is erased by a Cosmic Retcon.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From impoverished private detective to one of the greatest sorcerers ever to walk the Earth to Elder God.
  • Was It All a Lie?: After Ennea reveals her true identity as Nero the Tyrant and attacks him, Kurou demands to know if everything about their time together was a lie. She responds that she simply approached him so she could get to know him and she did have fun with him.

    Al Azif
Click here to see Magius Style Al Azif 
Voiced by: Rie Kanda

The most powerful and legendary grimoire in existence, the Necronomicon itself, a grimoire so powerful that it has its own body and soul rather than simply being a book. Al Azif has been passed from sorcerer to sorcerer over the centuries as she constantly does battle against Evil. She latches onto Kurou as her latest master, and despite his inexperience as a sorcerer, she soon takes a liking to him, moreso than any master she's had previously...

  • Antiquated Linguistics: She speaks in a rather old manner, notably using the archaic pronoun "warawa" for the first person.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Happens to her and Kurou during her Good End when they become Elder Gods.
  • Back from the Dead: During the end of her route, she comes back to life after her apparent death earlier.
  • Battle Couple: With Kurou. She gives him access to her near limitless power so he can enter Magius Style and they pilot the Demon Bane together. They gradually fall in love as they fight as a team.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason why she falls in love with Kurou: it's the first time she and her master treated each other as comrades rather than tools.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Kurou. Even at the best of times, they are bickering and fighting over every trivial thing. No better way to make obvious they're falling for each other.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: It's especially prevalent in Ruri's route, but in general she gets annoyed when Kurou spends time with other girls.
  • Cool Helmet: When driving Demonbane, her book "wings" transform into a helmet with adorable cat ears.
  • Crash-Into Hello: She first meets Kurou when she falls from the sky and lands on his face.
  • Cry Cute: Seeing this terribly bossy girl get emotionally fragile and cry is just adorable.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: The main point of the romance in her own route is for Al to realize that Kurou doesn't think of her as a mere tool like her previous masters did, which softens her harsh personality and makes her fall in love with Kurou.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Her body turns back into a grimoire while Kurou holds her in his arms after she's mortally injured protecting him from a lethal attack. She comes back later, though.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She hits, kicks and blasts Kurou with magic on a regular basis for comedy's sake.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her white mini dress closely resembles Shiro Lolita-style clothing.
  • Erotic Eating: The way in which she eats the insides of a lobster is quite... suggestive.
  • Eternal Love: With Kurou. In a few endings, their love literally conquers eternity.
  • Ethereal White Dress: She wears a pure white dress and she's the human form of the most powerful grimoire in the world.
  • Fun Size: In Magius Style, she turns into a small Super-Deformed version of herself with a Cat Smile and Blush Sticker.
  • The Gadfly: Al loves to mess with Kurou for fun.
  • Gender-Blender Name: She's usually known simply as "Al", which Kurou notes is really a male name, but he thinks "Al Azif" is too much for casual conversation, so he shortens it.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Not that one can notice at first glance, but her ribbons split up her hair at the back. It suits her childish appearance and Tsundere character.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Her hair is described as silver, but it's depicted with a light pink hue.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • She sacrifices herself to shield and teleport Kurou and Demonbane away from an attack that would definitely have killed them.
    • Near the end of her route, Al uses the last bit of Demonbane's power to let Kurou return to Arkham City while she stays with Demonbane wandering between time and space.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Kurou. Al barely reaches the middle of his chest.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: She begins to realize this late in her route; she's never experienced attraction and affection before, and now that she has with Kurou, she desires it more than anything.
  • Immortal Immaturity: For someone who has been around for over a thousand years, Al looks and acts like a normal teenage girl with a bossy attitude. Kurou points out Al is as emotionally mature as she looks despite having lived for so long.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: She moves in with Kurou after they form a contract, although not without warning him that if he tries anything with her, she will kill him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bossy, condescending and disrespectful. Despite all that, Al's main purpose is to fight evil and she does grow to care deeply for those who show her kindness, like Kurou.
  • Little Miss Badass: She looks like a young teenage girl, and can call upon the powers of Great Old Ones.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She never misses the chance to make sarcastic quips at those around her, particularly Kurou.
  • Magic Contract Romance: With Kurou. While she's his grimoire, he treats as a normal girl instead of a tool. Al falls in love with Kurou because of this.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She can be considered one for Kurou. As soon as she comes in, his drab, monotonous life gets turned upside down.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Al is a thousand-year-old grimoire with the eternal appearance of a young girl and she falls in love with the regular young man Kurou. Depending on the route, he reciprocates her feelings and they become a God Couple to be together forever.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: Is the Mistress to Kurou's Servant, despite their stated role of Grimoire and Master, since she is the one in command for the first half of the story.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: She's the grimoire Al Azif, also known as the Necronomicon, in the form of an adorable young girl.
  • The Napoleon: She's quite short, has little to no tolerance to humans and it doesn't take much to get her angry.
  • Odango Hair: She ties her hair up into double buns when wearing a swimsuit.
  • Panty Shot: She gets a lot of these due to that Dangerously Short Skirt of hers. Generally she pays it no mind, though.
  • Pretty Freeloader: She gets called a freeloader by Ennea since Al crashes at Kurou's place under the excuse that she's his grimoire.
  • Proud Beauty: She thinks it's impossible for anyone to not be entranced by her beauty.
  • Pursued Protagonist: Her introduction has her being chased by Doctor West and some Mooks of Black Lodge.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches all the way to her shins.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She has the appearance of a young girl while being the ancient Necronomicon that was written over a thousand years ago.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: She invokes this by wearing Kurou's shirts as pajamas while living in his apartment. When Kurou complains she's wasting his clean clothes, Al tells him he should be happy to have such a pretty girl wearing nothing but his skit, specifically emphasizing the Fanservice elements of the trope.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She doesn't feel even slightly embarrassed to join Kurou in the bath.
  • Shana Clone: Al is a Moe Anthropomorphism of the Necronomicon, taking the appearance of a short, flat-chested girl with pink Rapunzel Hair and clad in an Elegant Gothic Lolita-style dress. She's a high-and-mighty Tsundere and bosses Kurou around even though he's supposed to be her master, although her attitude softens as she falls in love with Kurou.
  • Smug Super: She never misses the chance to brag about being the most powerful grimoire ever.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She is extremely arrogant and tends to take the view that she should just take what she wants from others. Given her power, there's often little reason why she couldn't.
  • Tsundere: Harsh type. Al is domineering, quick-tempered and tends to give Kurou a hard time. Once she falls in love with Kurou, she can turn sweet and affectionate to him. When Kurou confesses his love for her, Al yells insults at him to then calm down and admit that she loves him too.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has silvery pink hair since she's a grimoire in human form.

    Ruri Hadou
Voiced by: Junko Asami

The young head of the Hadou Group, and probably one of the wealthiest and most influential people on the planet. Ruri leads the war against Black Lodge, continuing from where her grandfather, Kouzou Hadou, left off. She is the owner of Demonbane, and is often annoyed that Kurou and Al Azif are able to pilot it while she cannot.

  • Action Girl: Only in her route, where she joins up with Al to fight in Kurou's place when Kurou is hospitalized.
  • Big Good: As owner of Demonbane, and the one who coordinates all of the efforts against Black Lodge.
  • Brainy Brunette: She is very smart, given the fact that she's the president of Hadou, and is personally involved in managing their finances and resources.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: She appears to get drunk easily during the Beach Episode, at which point she demands the others entertain her on pain or torture.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She ties up some of her hair in a pair of twintails, signifying her youthfulness and inexperience in the real world.
  • Keigo: Speaks very formally, holds herself to elegance and propriety (most of the time).
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Or Like Grandparent, Like Spouse in her case. The reasons why Ruri falls for Kurou are very much the same reasons why she admired her grandfather. It turns out Kurou (or at least an alternate version of him), is actually her grandfather via adoption.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She's noted to have never been walking around the city, been on a date, or really done much of anything fun.
  • Mission Control: From her base, she has access to several of Demonbane's functions and can enable them at will.
  • Oblivious Adoption: Unbeknownst to her, a Kurou from an alternate future is her adoptive grandfather.
  • Ojou: The Hadou are one of the wealthiest and most influential people on the planet. She comes complete with the Big Fancy House and a set of butler and maids at her service. Kurou likes to call her "princess" due to this.
  • Pen-Pushing President: Depicted as this in the sequel. She compares herself to the beautiful princess being held captive by a terrible demon, and this demon's name is "paperwork".
  • Raised by Grandparents: When she was a young child, her parents were assassinated by agents of the Black Lodge. After that, she was taken care of by her grandfather Kouzou Hadou.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: A weird case. While she makes a good commanding officer, she's really unused to actual action.
  • Status Quo Is God: Played for laughs in Kishin Hishou. Turns out that Ruri still has to handle all business even if they're alive, since her parents went on a "twenty year honeymoon" after her grandfather's death, leaving her to run the company.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Undergoes one in her route following Kurou's hospitalization. She is then seen using the Scimitar and the Tyrant's guns.

    Sister Leica Crusade
Click here to see Metatron 
Voiced by: Nami Kurokawa

A nun who runs a church/orphanage near Kurou's home. She is good friends with Kurou and he often stops by to have dinner with her (mostly because he can't afford food himself). She constantly pesters him to earn a living himself, but never turns him away from a meal.

As time goes on, it's clear that there's a lot more to her than is at first apparent, and she is much more familiar with Black Lodge than one would ever have expected...

  • Cool Big Sis: She is one to the orphans.
  • D-Cup Distress: She actually sees little good about her large breasts, noting the back and shoulder pain, and the uncomfortable stares from other people.
  • Demoted to Extra: Since "Metatron" is absent from the anime, Leica's role is reduced to being Kurou's Muggle Best Friend.
  • Gag Boobs: The second-largest pair in the game.
  • Henshin Hero: She can transform into the white angel "Metatron".
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Though Metatron is called "The Angel of Justice" by the citizenry, she disdains the title and repeatedly says that she has "never claimed Justice". She considers herself a sinner little better than Black Lodge, as her primary motivation (at least at first) for fighting them was revenge.
  • Mama Bear: Just ask Tiberius, who found himself on the receiving end of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown when he tried to assault Alison.
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses constantly... except as Metatron.
  • Naughty Nuns: While she doesn't display any overt interest in sex, her very revealing swimsuit, the striptease she does while drunk, and the simple fact that she's a potential Love Interest all go sharply against a nun's vow of chastity. Somehow, the reveal that she isn't an actual nun isn't all that surprising.
  • Nice Girl: One of the kindest people in the series, although she still enjoys teasing Kurou.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She pretends not to know what's going on, but she knows quite a lot more than she lets on.
  • Orphanage of Love: The church may be run-down and not that financially well-off, but she treats the orphans she looks after like her own children, and they in turn love her dearly.
  • Parental Substitute: To the three orphans at the church. And Kurou.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: As Metatron, her hair color changes from blonde to silver.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Her hair is much longer when she transforms into Metatron.
  • Secret Identity: As Metatron, the angel of justice.
  • You Are Number 6: Referred to as "Test Subject #4" when she was being raised by Black Lodge for the C project.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her true hair color.

Click here to see Elder God Demonbane 

The machine the whole story is based around. Demonbane is a Deus Machina, designed to be used by a human sorcerer and a grimoire. Demonbane is unique among Deus Machina in that it is not generated directly by a grimoire and was built through a combination of human technology and sorcery. It is repeatedly stated to be a Deus Machina built specifically for humanity, enabling them to fight back against horrors that they would otherwise be powerless against.

Demonbane is often treated as a character by those in-story, though it's debatable as to whether it actually does have its own will or not.

  • As Long as There Is One Man: Of a sort. The characters like to say that if anyone ever needs Demonbane's help, and calls for it, it will come to fight, no matter what stands in its path. This actually becomes true when Kurou and Al ascend to Elder God status alongside Demonbane, declaring they will fight evil forever, where ever and whenever it may appear.
  • Destructive Saviour: A major force for good though it may be, Demonbane tends to cause massive amounts of collateral damage whenever it fights. Even the act of summoning it usually knocks at least a few buildings down.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: The Mirror of Nitocris grants it this ability. The doppelgangers are mere illusions that shatter at the slightest touch, but when you need a split-second distraction, it works wonderfully.
  • Eldritch Abomination: It starts showing more signs of this once it starts reaching the higher tiers of its power. Most notable is its War God form, seen in a prequel novel, where it gained infinite power but lacked the Shining Trapezohedron.
  • Finishing Move: The Shining Trapezohedron is its ultimate weapon, only brought out at extreme need. It can also only be wielded when Demonbane is at full power, piloted by a "pure" human being. Once this comes out, the battle is effectively over, as it is completely unblockable and can break space-time in ways that even the Outer Gods find surprising.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Elder God Demonbane can use the Shining Trapezohedron to do this, a maneuver called "Athleta Aeturnum": It summons versions of itself from... well, basically every universe ever (as well as some universes that don't technically exist), granting itself an infinite army of back-up should it ever require it.
  • Guns Akimbo: It usually wields Cthugha and Ithaqua in tandem with one another.
  • Healing Factor: Only at higher levels of power, where it gains the ability to self-repair. One method it uses to do this is abusing the time-warping powers of DeMarigny's Clock, rewinding its own time to a point where it wasn't damaged, but not affecting the time of anything else, including its own pilots.
  • Humongous Mecha: It stands about 50 meters tall in its normal form, matching other Deus Machina. War God Demonbane is a Sizeshifter, and grows so large that it pops the universe it's in and begins crushing a bunch of other universes by accident. Often considered to be the single largest mecha in fiction.
  • I Have Many Names: The Innocent Blade, the Innocent Wings, the Sword That Smites Evil, That Which Defies the Dark Mythology... the list goes on.
  • Magitek: Most Deus Machina are pure magical constructs and drain the energy of their pilots as they fight. Demonbane's basic chassis is man-made and runs off its own power source, eliminating the need for this.
  • Not Quite Flight: The massive shin-guard things on its legs are the "Chain Severing Systems, Timaeus and Critias". They charge up energy by warping spacetime and release massive amounts of force in bursts. Demonbane can use this to boost its jump height enormously as well as "jump" off of thin air or in vacuum. Once it gets Shantak, it can fly freely with no restrictions. Demonbane can also use these to supercharge its kicks, a maneuver dubbed "Atlantis Strike".
  • Perpetual Motion Machine: Demonbane's engine, the Cor Leonis, is explicitly an infinite power source that never runs dry. This mainly serves to power the actual machinery though: Demonbane's magic attacks depend much more heavily on its pilot and grimoire.
  • Signature Move: Lemuria Impact, which involves trapping the enemy within a closed-off region of spacetime and compressing it all to a single point, generating near-infinite heat. Needless to say, there's not much that can survive a hit from that. It does however, require outside approval in order to be used.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Anywhere else, its War God and Elder God forms would be impossible to write without ending the story in a heartbeat.
  • Super Robot: Most definitely, given that the supernatural is literally built into it. What's never made entirely clear is whether or not Demonbane has a will and consciousness of its own. Kurou and Al like to refer to it like it does, though they may just be waxing poetic about that. On the other hand, in Kishin Hishou, it smashes Tiberius for Ruri despite not currently being turned on or piloted (though this did happen in a dream world).


Hadou Estate

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu

Ruri's butler and bodyguard. Winfield is constantly at her side and ready to assist. He is an astonishingly powerful fighter, even capable of matching up against Black Lodge's Anticross.

    Sonia, Makoto, and Chiaki
Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi (Sonia), Yuu Asakawa (Makoto), Kaoru Morota (Chiaki)

Ruri's three maids, who also run the command center whenever Demonbane is launched. They all have rather... interesting quirks.

  • Bridge Bunnies: They fulfill this role whenever Demonbane goes into combat. Chiaki's in charge of mechanics, Sonia runs the radio, and Makoto does analysis.
  • Genki Girl: Sonia, who is almost always cheerful and full of energy.
  • Meido: The three of them are always wearing their maid outfits, even when doing non-maid things.
  • Pædo Hunt: Makoto is very obviously a paedophile, to the point that she disturbs Al Azif. When you manage to disturb the Necronomicon, you might want to tone it down a bit.
  • Wrench Wench: Chiaki, who is in charge of Demonbane's maintenance.


Arkham City

    George, Colin, and Alison
Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (George), Mitsuki Saiga (Colin), Hyosei (Alison), Sawa Ishige (Alison, anime)

Three young orphans that Leica has taken in, now living at the church.

  • Alice Allusion: When Alison gets a hold of the Mirror of Nitocris, the phantoms it summons take the form of characters from Alice in Wonderland, her favorite story.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: George has tanned skin and blond hair.
  • The Gadfly: They love teasing Kurou whenever he comes around. Kurou usually responds by chasing them around in mock anger.
  • Shrinking Violet: Alison, at first. After the Mirror of Nitocris incident, she starts opening up to people a bit more.
  • Power Incontinence: It turns out that Alison has a lot of magic potential within her. This usually manifests as a burst of magic energy when she gets really scared.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Which causes a bit of friction among them, since the boys will sometimes gang up on Alison. This seems to be as much due to her withdrawn personality and the fact that she's the newest member of the group as due to her gender, though.

    Stone and Ness
Voiced by: Takuo Kawamura (Stone), Kazuhiro Nakata (Ness)

A pair of police officers who often lament their inability to do anything against the Humongous Mecha and Eldritch Abominations that constantly battle in Arkham City. Stone takes his job very seriously and wishes to fight regardless of the difference in strength, while Ness is more laid-back and prefers to leave the heavy lifting to people who can actually survive a fight.

  • A Day in the Limelight: They finally get to do something awesome during Anticross's second attack on the Hadou Group. The two of them take on Tiberius, with Ness going so far as to taser the crap out of him. It only slows down Tiberius of course, but even so...
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Stone is the Red to Ness' Blue.
  • Those Two Guys: No real impact on the story, they just provide a common man's look at all the wackiness going on.


A shoggoth Al Azif procures soon after moving in with Kurou. Dunsany primarily spends its time as Al's servant, doing whatever she requires at any time. Kurou is a bit creeped out at first by its presence, but Dunsany is a pretty friendly creature, all things considered, and soon becomes part of the household.

  • Intelligible Unintelligible: "Tekeli-li" appears to be all it is capable of saying, though the characters often manage to understand it regardless.
  • Mundane Utility: What does Al do with this otherworldly creature summoned from beyond time and space? Mainly she sleeps on it, using it like a water bed (Kurou doesn't try this himself until the sequel, and even then he's still creeped out by the idea of a living bed). It is also seen shapeshifted into an inner tube for the Beach Episode and brewing coffee in the morning.
  • Team Pet: It's mainly there to be strangely adorable and provide some comic relief.

Black Lodge

    Master Therion

The founder and leader of Black Lodge. Referred to as the Beast or the Antichrist, and undisputably the most powerful sorcerer in the world. He is so secretive that many believe his existence to be nothing but a myth. He tends to view everything going on around him with disinterest and extreme boredom. He serves as Kurou's rival and the primary antagonist of the story. His grimoire is Etheldreda, the Pnakotic Manuscripts, and his Deus Machina is Liber Legis.

  • The Anti-Christ: He's the offspring of the Outer God of Time and Space Yog-Sothoth and his ultimate plan is to summon his father so he can open the gates to unleash the Great Old Ones on Earth and destroy the world.
  • The Archmage: Best sorcerer in the world. Period. It says something about his status when the Anticross, who generally are extremely selfish and powerful, will immediately obey any order he gives for fear of their lives.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: And how! The only thing who stands the slightest chance in a fight with him is a fully powered Demonbane.
  • Back from the Dead: Comes back to life near the end of Al and Ruri's route, or more exactly being born from the captured C Priestess.
  • Bare Your Midriff: His outfit has an opening that leaves the front of his abdomen bare.
  • Beauty Is Bad: He's so incredibly beautiful that it's almost sickening.
  • Biggus Dickus: Same deal as Kurou.
  • Bishōnen: His face is unbelievably pretty. It comes off as freaky.
  • Blood Knight: He cares little about those who cannot match his vast, mystical power, thus allows Kurou to survive their many scuffles so as to provide him a challenge and amusement.
  • Born-Again Immortality: Apparently, he can be reborn every time he's killed as long as there's a woman impregnated by Yog-Sothoth around.
  • Born as an Adult: His next incarnation is "born" from Ennea with a fully-grown adult body.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Although Anticross finds his methods questionable, there's no questioning his sheer magical power. Then again, they still kill him off anyways, rejecting his plan to destroy the world.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Yellow hair to match his yellow eyes.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: In the first game, he's the mastermind behind all the chaos, but Master Therion himself is a pawn in Nya's scheme, and Nya is the real Big Bad of the whole epic.
  • Dissonant Serenity: His expressiveness rarely goes beyond boredom or some sort of vague entertainment.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone is completely terrified of him. In his first meeting with Kurou, Kurou describes the sensation he got as if his entire body froze over with fear and dread.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Kurou, which is lampshaded quite a few times in the story itself.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Part and parcel for being part of Black Lodge.
  • Expository Pronoun: He uses the archaic "yo" as a first-person pronoun, which is considered rather haughty.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Etheldreda is about as tall as half of his body.
  • Human Mom Non Human Dad: The offspring of Nero and... Yog-Sothoth itself!
  • Knight of Cerebus: Whenever he's onscreen, things immediately turn dark and serious.
  • Lack of Empathy: Oh, yes. He makes his entrance by shoving Leica aside with enough force to knock her unconscious... and then apologizes and says he can't be bothered to look at insects while he walks.
  • Light Is Not Good: He's a gorgeous Bishōnen with blond hair and porcelain skin, yet he's the most prominent villain in the series and The Hero's Evil Counterpart.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has shoulder-length blond hair and he's described as so pretty that it's kinda disturbing.
  • Meaningful Name: "Master Therion" is a pseudonym of British occultist Aleister Crowley.
  • Non-Linear Character: Due to his parentage, he doesn't seem to view time in the same way most do. In fact, if you want to get technical, he isn't even born until the climax of the story.
  • Number of the Beast: According to one of the trivia pages, Master Therion translates to 666 in a magic system that assigns numerical values to letters.
  • Older Than He Looks: Has the looks of a young man despite being stated to be very old.
  • Ret-Gone: He is retroactively erased from history after his defeat.
  • Semi-Divine: The half-human son of Yog-Sothoth the Outer God of Time and Space.
  • Slouch of Villainy: He rarely takes things seriously, mostly because he doesn't need to.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His eyes are yellow and coincidentally, he's the most powerful sorcerer in the world as well as the son of an Outer God.
  • Together in Death: He and Etheldreda are reunited after death at the end of the first game.
  • Uncanny Valley: Invoked by Kurou, who states that there is something unnatural and wrong about his extreme beauty.
  • The Unfought: In the sequel, the story looks like it's building up to a climactic battle with him. Nope. You get to briefly play as him in one battle against an unexpected foe, and then he gets dissolved by The Power of Love and vanishes.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Despite his incredible evil, it's hard not to feel at least a little bad for him after you learn his past and his motivations.
  • Worthy Opponent: He considers Kurou and Demonbane to be his, and an all-out fight to the death with them is the only thing he looks forward to. This is the only reason Kurou actually survives to the end of the visual novel, as Therion demonstrates early on that he is easily capable of killing Kurou, but chooses not to, and several times prevents the Anticross from finishing Kurou off.

Voiced by: Rie Kanda

The oldest grimoire, the Pnakotic Manuscripts, in the service of Master Therion. Nearly as powerful as Al Azif, but utterly devoted to her master, she rarely allows any kind of emotion to show on her face.

  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She can't stand the thought of not being able to shoulder her master's hatred while Kurou and Al can.
  • Dark Mistress: She fulfills this role for Master Therion, complete with the utter devotion to her villainous lover and often being depicted clinging to him.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In contrast of the pink-haired Al, Etheldreda is dark-haired which makes her white skin stand out more. Unsurprisingly, Etheldreda is servile to the main villain.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her general fashion sense, as a contrast to Al's pure-white clothing.
  • Enemy Mine: Upon becoming the Hunting Horror in Leica's route, she allows herself to be used by Metatron and Sandalphon in order to kill the remaining Anticross and coming back to life upon absorbing their life force.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Al-Azif in pretty much every way. She wears black to Al's white, and is stoic and self-sacrificing compared to Al's energy and selfishness.
  • Evil Wears Black: She's the Evil Counterpart of the game's main heroine and her dress is completely black to direct contrast Al's white dress.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She barely reaches the middle of Master Therion's chest.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Her sapphire-colored eyes match her stoic demeanor perfectly.
  • Little Miss Badass: As small and cute as Al Azif, and, again, capable of calling on the power of the Great Old Ones.
  • Magic Contract Romance: Like Al, Etheldreda is a grimoire that is deeply in love with her mage.
  • Meaningful Name: Etheldreda is named after Aleister Crowley's dog.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: The most ancient grimoire of the Cthulhu Mythos in the form of a cute girl dressed in Elegant Gothic Lolita.
  • The Older Immortal: The oldest grimoire. At one point she scoffs at Al's "mere" thousand years of existence, and hints that her own age is well over three thousand.
  • People Puppets: One of her powers, used to great extent in Leica's route.
  • The Quiet One: She only speaks to answer Master Therion's orders.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes down to about her knees.
  • Satellite Character: She's solely defined by her devotion to Master Therion.
  • The Stoic: She's rather calm and composed in her appearances, except in the final battle where she expresses a wide range of emotions.
  • Subordinate Excuse: She's devoted to Master Therion not only as her master, but as the man she loves.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She rarely expresses any sort of emotion. The only one who gets to see her being tender and loving is Master Therion.
  • Together in Death: In the end, she and Master Therion are reunited after death at the end of the first game.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Master Therion. This seems to be generally expected of a grimoire, but she goes above and beyond the usual calling.
  • You Are Worth Hell: After the final battle, Etheldreda joins Master Therion in the void of the universe and they vow to keep aimlessly wandering the empty space until the end of time.

    Doctor West
Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki

A crazed genius inventor working for Black Lodge. His main hobby is creating "Destroyer Robots" with which to terrorize Arkham City. He also rides motorcycles and plays electric guitar.

  • Badass Biker: Drives a motorcycle around. In one route he even turns it into "The Hunting Horror", a flying motorcycle capable of killing Deus Machina.
  • Benevolent Boss: He's probably the only Black Lodge member that treats his underlings well, even taking them with him for a holiday at Innsmouth. Other Black Lodge Mooks, such as the ones under Caligula and Claudius, have no such luck.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Behind all his quirks, the man is a pure genius. He built a fully sentient Robot Girl and the fact that his mechs can even stand up to Demonbane despite being 100% science and not Magitek (outside of Demonpain) is really impressive.
  • Butt-Monkey: He constantly gets "the shit beat out of him" and always fails at everything he does.
  • Determinator: Despite his repeated failures, he refuses to be daunted and continues his efforts each time.
  • Ditzy Genius: He's just... weird, and doesn't seem to grasp common sense. That doesn't stop his intellect.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Albeit slightly twisted standards. He's perfectly fine sending Destroyer Robots after Arkham, but completely wanton destruction goes against his standards of beauty.
  • Expressive Hair: His Idiot Hair often twists into a heart shape for some reason.
  • For Science!: He's still an evil sociopath, but his motives are purely scientific, not for any love of destruction or pain.
  • Hair Intakes: The two triangular tips growing from the middle of his bangs.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He disapproves of Anticross's insurrection against Master Therion, which leads to Augustus stabbing him. He and Elsa then escape and join forces with the Hadou Group for revenge.
  • Idiot Hair: He has a long strand of hair standing atop his head.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Even after Master Therion was Ret-Gone and the Black Lodge ceased to exist, he's still terrorizing Arkham City with giant robots, because it's fun.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's a threat at the beginning of the series, but once the Anticross show up, he's relegated to comic relief.
  • Iron Butt-Monkey: A building fell on him and he was suddenly fine just by covering himself in bandages.
  • Large Ham: He's larger-than-life and bombastic, always doing everything in the most spectacular way possible.
  • Laughably Evil: He constantly makes hilarious facial expressions and Large Ham proclamations.
  • Mad Scientist: Besides building giant robots of doom, he dabbles in crafting androids, and is hinted to have some cyborg experiments going on as well, though we don't see them.
  • Multicolored Hair: Green hair with white at the tips.
  • Musical Assassin: Uses his guitar to control his robots.
  • Redemption Promotion: While he was working for Black Lodge, he lost every battle he fought. After his Heel–Face Turn, however, his competency level went through the roof.
  • Rotten Rock & Roll: This Mad Scientist generally introduces himself by rocking out a crazy riff on his guitar.
  • The Team Normal: Unlike other members of the Black Lodge, Doctor West doesn't have any magical abilities. He makes up for it with his genius, resorting to machine guns, rocket launchers and mechs.
  • They Called Me Mad!: Subverted and Played for Laughs.
    Doctor West: "With my greatest masterpiece, I will take revenge on the academic world! ...Not that I have anything against it."
  • This Is a Drill: One of his Destroyer Robots has multiple.
  • Unknown Rival: He fancies himself Kurou's rival, but in truth is more of a nuisance than an actual threat, although he does have his moments.
  • Villain Protagonist: In the De Marini no Tokei prequel story.
  • Wild Card: He's on the side that benefits his scientific goals. The writers have confirmed that despite the universe being trapped in a Stable Time Loop, he is the one person who never does the same thing twice.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has green hair, but in his case, he's a human who happens to be a Mad Scientist.

Voiced by: Mikako Sato

A combat gynoid built by Doctor West. She is fully intelligent and even seems to be capable of feeling emotion, leaving most characters stunned that West is actually smart enough to have built something like her. While she remains loyal to Doctor West, she quickly falls in love with Kurou... sort of.

  • Anti-Villain: The only reason why she's a villain is because her master works for Black Lodge. Outside of that, she's a really nice person to everyone, including the heroes.
  • BFG: "Dig Me No Grave", her Anti-Magic energy cannon.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: She's a master at this. Especially toward her creator.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually towards Dr. West's craziest ideas.
    "It's the doctor's fault for being stupid, robo."
  • Nice Girl: Aside from a few moments of meanness, which are Played for Laughs anyway, she doesn't have one bad bone in her body.
  • Perky Female Minion: To Dr. West, though she's generally laughing at him rather than with him.
  • Pointy Ears: She has very long elf-like ears despite being a Ridiculously Human Robot.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes down to her hips.
  • Rescue Romance: She develops a crush on Kurou after he saves her from being hit by the Scimitar of Barzai.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Looking at her, you'd never think she was actually a robot. She even proves capable of emotions. Her actions on the other hand show a lot to be desired.
  • Robot Girl: While she's a robot, she looks and acts like a teenage girl.
  • Robosexual: She's a cute Robot Girl who is smitten with the human man Kurou.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: She and Kurou are already married in her mind.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: "Dig Me No Grave" is almost larger than she is, but she can wield it pretty effectively.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Kurou, but it's Played for Laughs.
  • Verbal Tic: You better believe she has one-robo! Kurou remarks that this tic removes any doubt in his mind that she's a robot.
  • Villainous Crush: She works for Black Lodge, making her Kurou's enemy. That doesn't stop her from having a huge crush and flirting with him right in the middle of a battle.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is green since she's a Robot Girl.

    The R'lyeh Text
Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi

The grimoire concerning all matters of Cthulhu and its ilk. Like Etheldreda and Al Azif, she takes the appearance of a young girl. Unlike the other grimoires, she is not bound to any sorcerer and constantly seems to be in her own world.

  • Anime Chinese Girl: She wears a Qipao and has Odango Hair, referencing the R'lyeth Text's Chinese origin.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She rarely if ever takes notice of the things happening around her, instead chanting songs of worship to Cthulhu. The narration implies that her eyes and ears can only see and hear things that are not of this world.
  • Duality Motif: Her bun covers, parts of her dress and her eyes are purple at the right side and yellow at the left side. This may have something to do with the fact that she's described as constantly gazing into the other world.
  • Happiness in Slavery: When she's offered to Cthulhu along with the C Priestess, she appears to be in ecstasy as Cthulhu's tentacles constantly violate her.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Like other grimoires in this visual novel, the R'lyeh Text appears as a cute young girl.
  • Mystical White Hair: Her long white hair is the first indication that she's not actually human.
  • Odango Hair: She has the typical double bun Anime Chinese Girl hairstyle with covers.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down the back of her knees.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets captured by Black Lodge shortly after her introduction to be used in the summoning of Cthulhu. She hardly shows up afterwards, and when she does, she is quickly used as a sacrifice by one of the remaining villains (who does it depends of the route).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the anime, she simply disappears halfway through the eleventh episode. We never see her being killed and absorbed by one of the villains like in the Visual Novel.

Voiced by: Kazuki Yao

An Anticross sorcerer and dressed like a clown. His power primarily comes from the fact that he's immortal: his body is a constantly rotting corpse, but thanks to his sorcery he does not die no matter how much damage he takes. He wields the power of De Vermis Mysteris, and his Deus Machina is Beelzebuth.

  • And I Must Scream: His final fate in Al's route. He's absorbed into the Shining Trapezohedron, forever trapped in a dimension of shrieking madness and suffering.
  • Ax-Crazy: He loves violence and death, and is always willing to cause some mayhem for fun.
  • Body Horror: His whole body is decaying, which brings to rather disgusting moments during a battle involving him.
  • Dumb Muscle: He claims that he doesn't like complicated stuff because his "brain is rotten" (which is actually true, but...)
  • Expressive Accessory: He constantly wears a mask that changes expression depending on his mood.
  • Groin Attack: Done to him by Kurou when Tiberius tried to rape Ruri in their first encounter. Sadly, it was nothing Tiberius couldn't regenerate from.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He's usually rather jolly, though in a sadistic way... but as soon as something goes wrong, he flips his lid.
  • Hate Sink: Tiberius is a sadist, rapist, murderer, and all-around completely abhorrent person.
  • The Hyena: When he starts laughing, he really laughs.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Emphasis on 'malevolent'.
  • Monster Clown: Wears a clown get-up, and is among the most monstrous characters (given that this game has Lovecraftian horrors in it, that is saying something).
  • Pædo Hunt: Not even small children are safe from his disgusting lusts.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: His ultimate attack uses the souls of those he has killed and/or violated, focusing their despair, pain, and hatred on whomever he uses it against.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Just one of the reasons why even his fellow Anticross members despise him.
  • The Sociopath: An extreme, very low-functioning case.
  • Spirit Bomb: His Vengeful Spirit Bomb, which works on The Power of Hate.
  • The Worm That Walks: His body is dead and rotting, and there are many maggots within him at any given time. He can also summon massive clouds of flies as part of his sorcery.

Voiced by: Joji Nakata

An Anticross sorcerer modelling himself after the samurai. His greatest wish is to find a powerful opponent that can give him the battle of a lifetime, and is inhumanly skilled with his dual katana. He wields the grimoire Cultes de Goules, and his Deus Machina is Ogre.

  • Anti-Villain: He'd rather not kill people he has no beef with, if it can be avoided, and all he's looking for is a match that will push him to his limits.
  • Blood Knight: The only thing driving him is the possibility of a Worthy Opponent.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: In Al's route, moments before his death, he finally realized the reason for his perpetual feeling of emptiness, even after he defeated Winfield: it's because he took the easy route by giving up his humanity in exchange for power, while Winfield became strong despite having all the limitations of a normal human being.
    • This is proven true in the manga set in the same universe, D.Y.N. Freaks, where he never made a contract with a grimoire and as a result, became much more powerful than when he was as an Anticross.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Always walks around barefoot.
  • Dual Wielding: Holds one katana in each hand. And then we find out he has four arms.
  • In-Series Nickname: Winfield calls him "Mr. Bushido". He was doing this long before Mobile Suit Gundam 00 came out, incidentally.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His primary weapon. He can generate new ones from the palms of his hands if he's ever disarmed.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Both his Deus Machina and himself hide an extra pair of arms, giving him unexpected attack options.
  • Noble Demon: He doesn't like killing those weaker than himself, and finds ganging up on the enemy to be distasteful. Doesn't mean he won't do those things, just that he doesn't like it.
  • Samurai: He certainly gives this vibe. The narration often describes him as a "dark samurai".
  • Worthy Opponent: To Winfield. To Kurou to a lesser extent.

Voiced by: Masashi Hirose

An Anticross sorcerer, and one of the most senior members. Vespasianus prefers to manipulate things from the background and have underlings carry out tasks for him, though he isn't afraid of doing the dirty work himself if it's necessary. His grimoire is The Book of Eibon and his Deus Machina is Cykranosh.

  • Back from the Dead: His familiars allow him to survive fatal wounds up to three times.
  • Beard of Evil: Sports a great evil orange beard.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The only side Vespasianus is on is his own.
  • The Evil Genius: Fits this more than most of the other Anticross, constantly scheming and performing experiments rather than blowing things up. He previously oversaw the Moonchild Project, an attempt to turn children into living magical weapons by infusing them with both magic and technology, resulting in Sandalphon and Metatron. Its real purpose was actually to create the C Priestess (which was also successful, resulting in The Tyrant). Sandalphon was simply a nice bonus created as a side effect.
  • Evil Redhead: His hair color is closer to an orange, but he's definitely evil.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His polite mannerism and erudite speech only hide his black heart.
  • For Science!: Vespasianus' main objective is to satisfy his scientific curiosity, and he doesn't care about the morality or the consequences of his experiments.
  • Mad Scientist: To an event greater extent that Dr. West, who at least has lines he will not cross.
  • Smug Snake: Despite his intelligence, his arrogance and delusions of grandeur limit his effectiveness.
  • The Starscream: Not only does he go along with Augustus's plan to overthrow Therion, he betrays Augustus as well in the end to usurp power for himself.


An Anticross sorcerer, Caligula is a huge man possessed of immense strength. He speaks very strangely, altering the emphasis of his words in odd places. He typically deals with sheer brute force, which he is certainly not lacking. Usually teamed up with Claudius. His grimoire is Cthaat Aquadingen, and his Deus Machina is Kraken.

  • Berserker Rage: Enters one when he's maimed. He loses all reason and just attacks as hard as he can.
  • The Brute: He favors brute force and direct action.
  • Combat Tentacles: Kraken's primary form of attack is launching its extendable arms at extremely high speeds. It can also burrow them through the ground to hit the opponent from beneath.
  • Dumb Muscle: Not a lot of planning going on here. He does keep a more rational head than some other members of the Anticross, but when he gets hurt, he just goes ballistic.
  • Eye Scream: Gets an eye taken out by Kurou during their first battle.
  • Moral Myopia: See Claudius' entry. Caligula sees nothing wrong with causing lots of collateral damage, not giving a damn about the people he kills. However, Claudius is a friend and must not be harmed.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Claudius, in a Vitriolic Best Buds kind of way.

Voiced by: Yuka Imai, Tomoko Kawakami (anime only)

An Anticross sorcerer, he is apparently the youngest of the group. He is violent and impulsive, and wields the power of Hastur. Often teamed up with Caligula. His grimoire is the Celeano Fragments, and his Deus Machina is Lord Byakhee.

  • Blow You Away: His magic focuses on wind control, as befits an adherent of Hastur.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: He's got the dirtiest mouth in the whole visual novel, far beyond even Kurou or Dr. West.
  • Enfante Terrible: He looks about ten years old. Whether he actually is is another question.
  • Evil Knockoff: The sequel reveals that his grimoire and Deus Machina are actually inferior copies of the real things, which are owned by Laban Shrewsbury.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It does not take a lot to set him off. Even Caligula's well-meant warnings to him tend to make him livid.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Lord Byakhee is extremely fast, reaching supersonic speeds in less than a second. It also has a very powerful energy cannon and can take hits as well as any other Deus Machina.
  • Killer Yo-Yo: One of his magic items. He also carries around explosive tops and a kendama.
  • Moral Myopia: Claudius and Caligula kill civilians without a care in the world, but when Caligula is killed by Kurou, Claudius swears bloody revenge.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Caligula's death, he utterly snaps, and shows more raw rage and bloodlust than anyone else has by this point.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: A 12-13 years old member of a cult of evil sorcerers whose way of speaking would put a sailor to shame. How's that for troubling and unchildlike?

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto

An Anticross sorcerer, and the de facto leader of the group. He mostly serves as Master Therion's lieutenant, delegating orders to the rest of the Anticross. Despite this, he is a formidable sorcerer himself. His grimoire is The Golden Bough, and his Deus Machina is Legacy of Gold.

  • Adaptational Intelligence: In the Visual Novel, he is completely blindsided by Vespasianus' betrayal in all three routes. In the anime, he predicts it and prepares a countermeasure, allowing him to usurp Vespasianus's powers and kill him.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Emphasizing his strangeness, although he may simply dye his hair.
  • The Dragon: To Master Therion
  • Drunk with Power: After taking control of Cthulhu and calling himself emperor of the world, his restraint - not to mention his common sense - takes a nosedive.
  • Evil Is Hammy: At first glance he seems to be a very stoic and composed person. Than he gets Drunk with Power and starts reminding everyone that he is voiced by Norio Wakamoto.
  • God in Human Form: In Al's Good Ending, Nyarlathotep takes his appearence to serve as its latest avatar.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Master Therion starts losing his trust when he refuses to finish off Kurou at first opportunity. To prove his point, Augustus first act after overthrowing Master Therion is to have every Anticross gang up on Demonbane. He even points out that while some of them may want to torture him for longer, he is not taking any risks. When Kurou miraculously survives and manages to kill Caligula, he sends three Anticross plus Sandalphon to destroy their hideout and kill him. It's even implied the only reason him and Vespasianus remained behind was to put the finishing touches to the C Project, which he considered to be an Instant-Win Condition.
  • Smug Snake: Oh, he thinks he's the most awesome schemer and holder of ultimate power. He never does much to back it up though.
  • The Starscream: He's the one who comes up with the plan to betray Master Therion (although Vespasianus didn't seem too surprised by it).
  • Stone Wall: His robot, the Legacy Of Gold, is definitely one. It is protected by an extremely powerful forcefield and by an extremely thick armor, and even if an attack gets past all of that, the Legacy Of Gold has huge regenerative powers that can negate all damage in a few seconds.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: His Legacy of Gold's ultimate attack.

    Nero / Ennea
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Voiced by: Mia Naruse (credited as Ari Yunohara in Super Robot Wars UX)

Formerly an Anticross sorceress. Nero has the appearance of a young girl, but such is her personality that she is known primarily as "The Tyrant". Her power far exceeds that of the rest of the Anticross, and she is considered comparable in ability to Master Therion himself. After she rebelled against Black Lodge's designs, they locked her away with great difficulty, as she still has a large role to play in their plans. Her grimoire is Unaussprechlichen Kulten, and her Deus Machina is the Nameless One.

  • Anime Hair: Her hairstyle looks like cat ears.
  • The Archmage: Known as the greatest and most wicked sorceress in the world.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Something happened to her other than a normal death. She shows up in the Elder God ending of the original game, in an unknown time and place but clearly not modern-day Earth, and has a chat with Nyarlathotep before summoning the Elder God heroes to fight it. In the sequel, she appears at the very end alongside the Elder God versions of the heroes, and introduces herself as "Rhapsodus, the Singer of the Myth". It's a little unclear what exactly she's become, other than an apparent ally of Elder God Kurou and Al.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Her jail clothes play up the bondage aspect, and she delights in violence and destruction.
  • Cat Girl: Ennea has the mannerisms of a cat and she has cat ears in her hair, although they aren't real (probably).
  • Cessation of Existence: The Nameless One's most devastating ability, a spell that completely erases everything it hits. Not destroys, but erases. There is no blocking it, there is no surviving it. All one can hope to do is dodge.
  • Covered with Scars: She has scars all over her body, which is the first thing that lets Kurou and Al know she's involved in something bad.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Her son by Yog-Sothoth bursts out of her belly and completely mangles her body until it's left in pieces.
  • Cute and Psycho: As Tyrant, she's psychotic, murderous and frightening. As Ennea, she's cutesy, cheerful and mischievous.
  • Cute Little Fangs: She has these as part of her Cat Girl image.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: She somehow got pregnant by Yog-Sothoth. Master Therion is the result. Whether this was by her own choice is not clear, but she certainly regrets it now.
  • Death by Childbirth: A particularly gruesome one. When your child decides to explode out of your belly instead of coming out the natural way, there's no woman who could survive such childbirth.
  • The Dreaded: The rest of the Anticross need a change of pants when they realize she's gotten loose. These are the guys who were seemingly invincible up until this point.
  • Dressed Like a Dominatrix: Her Stripperiffic getup is an extreme version of this, to the point a regular dominatrix would look wholesome next to her. To specify, her outfit consists of a red leather cape-like top held up by a belt around her chest, nothing but a belt around the waist to cover her private area, opera gloves, thigh-high boots and a red leather choker. She even wears a S&M mask and a ball gag in her mouth!
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: When Kurou takes her to buy her clothes, Ennea picks a black and red Gothic Lolita mini dress. She keeps wearing it for the rest of the game.
  • Faking Amnesia: She feigns amnesia when Kurou takes her in so she can avoid giving explanations of who she is.
  • Faking the Dead: She makes Kurou think that she was crushed by debris during one of his battles with Anticross. It's until much later that Ennea appears before Kurou again and it's the moment she reveals herself as Nero.
  • Fille Fatale: It isn't clear if she's as young as she looks, but she does act very sexually aggressive at times.
  • The Gadfly: Ennea loves getting angry reactions out of Al, who usually falls for it hook, line, and sinker.
  • Genki Girl: Subverted. When she's staying with Kurou, she acts very energetic and playful, but it's mostly an act to throw Kurou and Al off.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She spends her final moments smiling at Kurou and thanks him for treating her as Ennea to the very end.
  • Guns Akimbo: Her Weapon of Choice are twin guns, which she later gives to Kurou.
  • Humongous Mecha: Even compared to other Deus Machina, the Nameless One is absolutely gigantic, over three times the size of the others. It houses Liber Legis within itself, and "gives birth" to the machine when Nero gives birth to Master Therion.
  • Last Kiss: She steals one final kiss from Kurou before the new Master Therion bursts out of her belly and kills her.
  • Meaningful Name: Ennea means "nine" in Greek, referring to her identity as the ninth prototype of the Moonchild Project.
  • Offing the Offspring: She tries this in the sequel, despising her child (Master Therion) for the role it played in her misery.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Nero gives herself the name Ennea when living with Kurou for a short time. Kurou still calls her Ennea even after The Reveal and she herself admits she likes her nickname better than her actual name.
  • Pretty Freeloader: Subverted. Unlike Al, Ennea does cook and clean Kurou's place when she stays there for some time.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She has lavender eyes and is an immensely powerful sorceress with unusual powers.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Both her outfits have red and black. She's also known as the most dangerous mage of Anticross.
  • Red Baron: So fearsome, she is usually referred to as "The Tyrant" instead of Nero.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: When Kurou finds her, he lends her one of his shirts since she has nothing else to wear.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She has no reservations about showing her naked body to Kurou whatsoever.
  • Stepford Smiler: She acts cheerful and carefree when staying with Kurou and Al, but that's a façade to not make them suspicious of her.
  • Stripperiffic: As Nero, the most covered parts of her body are her arms and legs. The PS2 version does tone it down a bit by giving her a more decent top and shorts.
  • Token Good Teammate: Well, it'd be a stretch to say that she's good, but she is the one member of Anticross who allies (kind of) with Kurou against them.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of Anticross.
  • Thanatos Gambit: She's the one destined to give birth to Master Therion, as one of the final pieces in Nyarlathotep's plans. To throw a wrench into them, she tries to force Kurou into killing her. However, Kurou manages to disable her Deus Machina, the Nameless One, without killing her.
  • Third-Person Person: She refers to herself in third person.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: She has kinked eyebrows.
  • Vapor Wear: Her outfit as Nero couldn't make clearer that she isn't wearing underwear.
  • Villainous Crush: While she's a member of Anticross, she has strong affections for Kurou, which is why she approaches him without letting him know her identity until later.
  • Womb Horror: Ennea at some point got pregnant from the Outer God of Time and Space Yog-Sothoth. Her son, the new Master Therion, is born by literally bursting his way out of Ennea's womb and rips his mother's body apart in the process.

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama

One of the results of Vespasianus' Moonchild Project, Sandalphon has the appearance of a black angel. His one and only goal is to fight to the death with Metatron, Arkham City's "Angel of Justice", whom he harbors a deep hatred for.

  • Ax-Crazy: He's willing to do anything to make Metatron fight him seriously.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: As opposed to Metatron laser blades and beams, he only fights unarmed.
  • Cain and Abel: Secretly Leica's brother, Ryuuga Crusade.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Dies in a cave-in with little fanfare in Ruri's route, while saving Metatron's life.
  • Dying as Yourself: Averted, as he dies in his insanity, still hating Leica.
  • Enemy Mine: When Metatron is captured by Black Lodge, he allies with Kurou due to sharing the objective of freeing her from their clutches, the only difference being that he wants to kill her himself.
  • Evil Counterpart: Being the angel of despair to Metatron's angel of justice.
  • The Power of Hate: His hatred of Metatron is pretty much the only thing keeping him going. It is so strong that he absorbs Etheldreda and replaces Master Therion as pilot of Liber Legis and the final battle in Leica's route, just to kill her (and Kurou, who is protecting her).
  • Obviously Evil: Black clad angel, allied with Black Lodge, constantly tries to kill Arkham City's "Defender of Justice"? Yeah, he's evil.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Metatron for (almost) killing him.
  • Yandere: For Leica / Metatron. He doesn't want to possess her, he just wants to kill her.

Click here to see a glimpse of her true form 
Voiced by: Ai Orikasa

A mysterious woman who appears before Kurou and Master Therion, and seems to be manipulating everything from the shadows. Her goals are unclear, but she is clearly more than she seems and is not someone to be trifled with.

  • Absolute Cleavage: She wears a mostly unbuttoned jacket that leaves almost her entire front for exposed for everyone.
  • Body Horror:
    • During her sex scene with Master Therion, it's mentioned that there are countless leeches inside her womb, sucking up all the juices, eesh.
    • It's mentioned that at the end of her throat, there is a tongue lapping the wine she drinks up.
  • Bokukko: She refers to herself with the masculine pronoun 'boku'. It's also an early hint that she's not actually a woman...
  • The Chessmaster: Which isn't at all surprising when you realize exactly who and what she is.
  • Depraved Bisexual: First demonstrated when she initiates a threesome with Master Therion and Etheldreda. Takes a much more horrifying turn in the bad end of Al's route, where she rapes both Kurou and Al.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Jet-black hair, pale skin and being an avatar of Nyarlathotep makes her very eerie.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her pants have a flame-like pattern on the right leg while the left one doesn’t.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears Scary Shiny Glasses, and is an avatar of Nyarlathotep, the Big Bad of the whole series.
  • Gag Boobs: Easily the largest pair in the game.
  • A Glass of Chianti: During the emergence of Cthulhu, she sits calmly in the throne room and drinks wine.
  • God in Human Form: None other than an avatar of Nyarlathotep itself.
  • Louis Cypher: "Nya" is short for Nyarlathotep. Anyone even vaguely familiar with the Mythos can see where this is going.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The role of the Big Bad goes to Master Therion, but it's Nya who is setting things up behind the scenes for her own ends.
  • Nightmare Face: Whenever a hint of what she really is is revealed.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: She has red eyes, another hint that you should be wary of her.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: She wears glasses, likely purely for fetishistic reasons.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: In her attempts to seduce Kurou, she goes as far as joining him in the bath and embracing him while they're both completely naked.
  • The Vamp: Sometimes comes to seduce Kurou, and whether or not he resists in the final chapter of Al's route determines whether he gets the bad ending or not.
  • Villain Teleportation: She tends to show up out of nowhere and in the strangest places, only to vanish just as completely.

Lovecraftian Horrors


A Great Old One associated with spiders. Summoned by the out-of-control power of Al Azif's lost pages, it appears in the form of a woman, captures people in webs, and takes them away.

It is eventually recaptured by Al and lends her power to Kurou and Demonbane.

  • All Webbed Up: It's a spider god, what did you expect?
  • Horny Devils: It uses sex to drain the life force out of its victims.
  • Prehensile Hair: The power it gives to Kurou and Demonbane: the ability to make a giant magical web out of their hair to trap and ensnare enemies.
  • Spider People: Again, we're talking about a spider god here.

    Dagon and Hydra

Servants of Cthulhu summoned during "The Shadow over Innsmouth" as a "test run" for the C Project. Because Dagon was summoned before "the stars were right", it is weakened and extremely angry. It soon summons its mate, Hydra, to help it against Demonbane.

  • Combination Attack: Several times during the battle, Dagon and Hydra combine themselves into a single creature. It's described as part of their "mating" process.
  • Kaiju: Dagon is the first giant non-robot fought in the game, and the first encounter with a true Elder Creature that Kurou has.
  • So Last Season: Thousands of Dagon and Hydra appear at Cthulhu's behest to do battle against the combined human military. By this point, Demonbane has powered up so much it can take them down by the dozens without even trying.
  • Vampiric Draining: They can drain the life force from mortal creatures to sustain themselves.

Click here to see its humanoid form 

The Great Old One of flame and fire, Cthugha is among the deities Al Azif can summon. However, due to Kurou's inexperience, it takes quite some time to get Cthugha under control.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the anime, she and Ithaqua never try to rape Kurou.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After Kurou... subdues Cthugha, it takes a liking to him and brands him with its mark, allowing Kurou to summon it even without Al's help.
  • Empathic Weapon: Kurou eventually transforms the Cthugha summoning spell so that Cthugha arrives in the form of an automatic pistol, which makes its power much easier to control. Demonbane can summon a suitably scaled-up version as well.
  • Kill It with Fire: Pretty much what Cthugha does whenever it gets summoned. Anything within several miles of it melts or vaporizes almost instantly.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In the Mythos proper, Cthugha is generally a gigantic living fireball. And while it does often appear in that guise, there's a great horned beast at the center which is Cthugha itself.

Click here to see its humanoid form 

The Great Old One of ice and snow, Ithaqua is another deity that Al Azif can summon. Again, due to Kurou's relative inexperience, it takes a while for him to reliably control it.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the Visual Novel, she is first seen attacking Demonbane while under the influence of Nya. After Cthugha frees her, they try to rape Kurou together. None of this happens in the anime, where Nero sends the two to Kurou and they immediately join him.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After Kurou... subdues Ithaqua, it takes a liking to him and brands him with its mark, allowing Kurou to summon it even without Al's help.
  • Empathic Weapon: Kurou eventually transforms the Ithaqua summoning spell so that it arrives in the form of a silver revolver, making its power easier to control. Demonbane can summon a scaled-up version as well.
  • Kill It with Ice: Ithaqua's presence means that anything nearby is instantly frozen.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Ithaqua in the Mythos proper is generally a humanoid thing with glowing red eyes that can walk on wind. In the game, it first appears as a blizzard (with glowing red eyes amongst the clouds), and later as a dragon made of ice.


The "Great C" himself, Cthulhu is the Great Old One destined to awaken "when the stars are right" and reign over Earth once more. Black Lodge plans to intervene with the summoning and use Cthulhu's powers for themselves.

  • Eldritch Abomination: Stands out even among the other Great Old Ones; his mere appearance causes everyone's mind and will to grind to a halt.
  • Living MacGuffin: Due to Black Lodge's manipulations, Cthulhu spends most of his time either half-asleep or under their control.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Because he is summoned into Black Lodge's Illusory Heart Mother, Cthulhu appears as a gigantic flying ball of metal with flesh and tentacles emerging every which way, rather than the squid-headed humanoid he's usually depicted as.

This is about as comprehensible as he can appear.

The Outer God of Time and Space, the All-in-One and One-in-All. He makes an appearance near the end of the story and plays an important role in its climax.

  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Turns into a giant floating gate in the sky soon after showing up. He also appears in his guise as 'Umr at-Tawil to guide Demonbane to the final battle.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Moreso than any other in the story, Yog-Sothoth briefly overwrites reality and nearly annihilates everyone's sanity when he appears, before he shifts forms into something less incomprehensible.
  • Noble Demon: The one Eldritch Thing that isn't hostile to the heroes, and indeed is even somewhat helpful.

    The Dunwich Horror / Wilbur Whateley 

The reason Kurou decided to leave Miskatonic University and never deal with magic ever again. He is quickly dispelled by the senior staff, but his presence continues to haunt Kurou.

He is re-summoned for the sequel and plays a larger role in the narrative.

  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Where Kurou and Ruri eventually fight and finally defeat him, within Kurou's memory.
  • Combat Tentacles: His favorite form of attack. Sometimes he doesn't even bother manifesting fully, instead just tearing a hole in space-time and attacking with his tentacles through that.
  • Composite Character: He acts much more like Wilbur's Eldritch Abomination twin brother than Wilbur himself. Strangely enough, the fact that Wilbur had a twin is mentioned repeatedly in the story.
  • Enemy Within: His presence remains in Kurou's mind, and needs to be exorcised before he can fully reach his potential.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Looks like a mishmash of human, goat, and tentacles.
  • Human Mom Non Human Dad: Anyone who knows the Mythos will be familiar with his lineage: he was born of a human woman and Yog-Sothoth. This makes him Master Therion's half-brother, a fact which is acknowledged by Therion in the sequel.
  • Invisible Monster: According to Al, he can shift himself into other dimensions, rendering himself invisible to normal sight. When he tries this in the sequel, the Miskatonic Professors use a spell to anchor him to this dimension.
  • Kaiju: The form he assumes in the sequel: a gigantic, fleshy tear-drop shaped body with no legs, no head, and two extremely long arm-tentacles. A Deus Machina is required to take him down in this form.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: In the sequel, he really doesn't seem to be fully aware of what's going on around him, and is just lashing out in fear at dangers to himself. His final words are even a desperate plea for Yog-Sothoth to save him. Doesn't apply to the first game, where he is most definitely malicious.


The series primary antagonist. Nyarlathotep is the will and messenger of the Outer Gods, spawned directly from Azathoth itself. It has thousands of different "avatars" through which it interacts with the world(s), but a common feature to all of them when they show their true nature are three evil red eyes. It makes appearances in every entry in the franchise, through one of its various avatars.

  • Big Bad: Of the whole franchise. Every bad thing that happens in the story, including in alternate universes, can be traced back to one of Nyarlathotep's schemes.
  • The Chessmaster: It prefers to operate from the shadows, manipulating others rather than acting directly.
  • Eldritch Abomination: It appears as a great winged being of darkness with three red eyes, but it can assume one of thousands of other forms at will. It has a "mask" in every universe that has ever existed, does exist, or will exist. Killing one mask is ultimately irrelevant; Nyarlathotep cannot ever be truly destroyed, and it can always come back from another timeline and another universe. For this reason, it also cannot be sealed in the Shining Trapezohedron with the other Outer Gods.
  • Gambit Roulette: The whole series is one spun by it in order to release Azathoth and the other Outer Gods.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Too bad for it, it didn't expect Kurou to be able to combine the power of two Shining Trapezohedra into a single Laser Blade BFS and use it to effectively make its own plan negate itself.
  • I Have Many Names: The Clockwork Phantom, the Black Pharoah, the Haunter in the Dark, the Crawling Chaos, Nya, Nyarla, Father Ny... Nyarlathotep.
  • Louis Cypher: It really isn't all that imaginative with the names it gives its human avatars in this series.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He/she/it doesn't tend to use overt displays of power all that much, preferring to meddle from the shadows.
  • Nightmare Face: Whenever a hint of what it really is is revealed.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Glimpses of its true self sports this color-scheme.
  • Slasher Smile: It's, um... face, has a design that easily resembles this.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Displays of its power are rare, but when they happen, they tend to be game-changers. Its raw power, when it chooses to wield it, is among the greatest in the infinite universes. Examples: Teleporting Cthulhu against his will, erasing entire timelines with a thought, and time-looping multiple universes as part of its grand master plan.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A pretty epic one whenever it realizes it has lost. Outer Gods are not used to being Punched Out.

Sequel Characters

    Another Blood
Voiced by: Rie Kanda

A mysterious girl calling herself the Necronomicon: Blood Edition. She is highly skilled in blood sorcery and pilots a blood-red Demonbane known as "Demonbane Blood". She is very hostile towards Al Azif, wanting to devour her to gain her power, but rather more affectionate toward Kurou.

  • Ancestral Weapon: Let's just say there's a reason she is piloting Demonbane.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: She's Kurou's and Al's potential Kid from the Future. Angered that her timeline never came into existence, she antagonizes her parents and tries to absorb her mother so she can become real.
  • Blood Magic: Her specialty. Pretty much everything about her is named for blood.
  • Electra Complex: Her goal is to devour her mother to steal her power and obtain the love of her father.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She ties some of her hair up in twin tails, matching her youthful appearance.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: She is half-human, half-grimoire. She's more of a spirit than a physical existence, though.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After she works out her parental issues and realizes that Nyarlathotep is manipulating everything (again).
  • Kid from the Future: She's actually a potential daughter of Kurou and Al that never existed, because that timeline never developed. The reason she exists now is because Nyarlathotep did some Outer God things and pulled her out of potentiality.
  • Manchurian Agent: Unknown even to herself, she is, at least partially, an avatar of Nyarlathotep. When she consumes Al Azif and "becomes real"... so does Nyarlathotep, who immediately discards her identity to take its own form.
  • Meaningful Name: She hates her name, since it's an indication of her circumstances: she is an alternate version of Kuzaku, therefore she is "Another" version of his "Blood".
  • Paradox Person: She's not even supposed to exist. And she's really, really angry about it.
  • Parental Abandonment: She sees herself as having one of the worst possible cases of this: the timeline in which she was born never happened, meaning that her parents never took the steps that would lead to her birth. This is basically the reason she hates everything: it exists, it has a purpose, but she does not.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Played With. Another Blood is an existence from a timeline which never happened. She wants to become real which is why she's trying to absorb Al.
  • Reality Warper: She tries to overwrite the universe with a "nightmare world" born of Al Azif's memories. As a result, she revives all the old enemies that Al Azif has ever faced, including the Anticross, the Dunwich Horror, Zs-A-Wia, Master Therion... Fortunately, the revived versions all seem to be slightly less powerful than the originals.
  • Secret Character: In the fighting game Nitro Royale. To unlock her, beat Arcade Mode six times.
  • Significant Double Casting: She and Al are voiced by the same voice actress. Another Blood is Al's daughter with Kurou from another timeline.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like her mother Al with coral pink hair and red eyes.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Her greatest desire is to be acknowledged and loved by Kurou, her father.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has coral pink hair.

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga

A strange boy who appears around the same time as Another Blood, piloting yet another Demonbane known as the "Demonbane Two-Swords". He does battle against Another Blood and seems to bear a grudge toward Kurou and Al Azif, despite cooperating with them.

  • Alternate Self: He's technically a male version of Another Blood from another timeline, since he's also a possible child of Kurou and Al.
  • Ancestral Weapon: He can wield Cthugha and Ithaqua, just as Kurou does. Not to mention that he's piloting Demonbane.
  • Berserk Button: Do not imply that Kurou and the original Demonbane are better fighters than he and Two-Swords are.
  • Blood Magic: While he doesn't craft his entire character around it like Another Blood does, he's nearly as skilled with blood sorcery as she is.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Kurou and Al left him behind when they went to war with the Outer Gods, not wanting him to get involved.
  • Dual Wielding: His specialty, as one might infer from his title. In addition to the guns, he also dual-wields swords by the names of Lloigar and Zhar (implied to be summoned Great Old Ones in the same manner as Cthugha and Ithaqua).
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, and half-grimoire. He explains it as all the data in a grimoire, rather than being encoded as written words, is encoded in his genetic makeup.
  • Kid from the Future: He's Kurou's and Al's son from another timeline.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: He calls himself as such, and his speech reflects this. Another Blood mocks him for it, calling him "Don Quixote".
  • Parental Abandonment: He was left in the care of the Ruri Hadou from his timeline, while his parents disappeared. He has not forgiven them for this.
  • Red Baron: He's known as "Two Swords, Two Guns" for his signature dual-wielding style.
  • Short Hair with Tail: He has short, spiky hair and a long braid growing from the back.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks like his father Kurou with the hair and eye color of his mother Al.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lavender hair in his case.

    Laban Shrewsbury 
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka

Author of the Celeano Fragments, protagonist of the Mythos story "Trail of Cthulhu", and a professor at Miskatonic University. He is also the operator of the Deus Machina Ambrose. He appears in the sequel, looking into the case of the mysterious "blood monsters" that have been appearing.

  • Badass Longcoat: The only dress he wears above the waist. It has giant black feathers on the hem.
  • Badass Teacher: A renowned professor at Miskatonic University.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Every other appearance in the sequel has him bailing Kurou out of a jam.
  • Cool Old Guy: Sorcerer, Deus Machina pilot and the author of a grimoire. He may be old, but he can still kick quite a lot of ass! Although he's taken off-guard by Claudius' power several times at first, the final time they fight he thoroughly schools the Anticross sorcerer.
    Shrewsbury: Did you really think... that Hastur's powers were limited to the wind?
  • Cool Shades: Always, always, always wears sunglasses. Because he gouged out his own eyes after they saw... something.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: His "Song of Hastur", a magical scream/song/wail that causes the blood to literally boil in anyone who hears it (save himself).
  • Sinister Scythe: His Ambrose's main weapon.
  • Super Prototype: His Ambrose is the original form of Claudius' Deus Machina, and is far more powerful than the latter.

Voiced by: Hyosei

The original Celeano Fragments, written by Laban Shrewsbury. She remains by his side, and refers to him as "Daddy". She appears in the sequel, aiding him in his efforts.

    Drs. Henry Armitage, Warren Rice, and Francis Morgan 
Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki (Armitage and Morgan), Takuo Kawamura (Rice)

Three professors at Miskatonic University. They begin investigating the "blood monsters" in the sequel, and try to enlist Kurou's help in dealing with them.

  • The Cameo: Armitage is mentioned several times in the original game, but doesn't appear and has no impact on the plot. He also shows up briefly in the prequels, revealed to be working closely with Kouzou Hadou with Demonbane's development.
  • The Mentor: Armitage seems to have been a mentor to Kurou, before he dropped out. Kurou refers to him as "Armitage-ojisan", or "Uncle Armitage". Armitage has made it clear that Miskatonic would accept Kurou back in a heartbeat if he wanted to, but Kurou has no intention of doing so.
  • Mission Control: They don't have Deus Machina of their own, so they're a bit out of their depth in dealing with the threats currently facing Arkham City, and they know it. Thus they get this job, alongside the Hadou crew.

Prequel Characters

    Kouzou Hadou
Voiced by: Hitoshi Bifu, Kazuki Yao (young)

Ruri's grandfather and founder of the Hadou Group. Originally a simple miner, he found something extraordinary in the Arizonan desert and used that to start investing and building his massive corporate empire. He is described as more of a "force of nature" than a human being, constantly on the move, eccentric to the extreme, and forever investing in strange things that always turn out to be of great value.

In secret, he is a sorcerer and the original finder/builder of Demonbane. Everything he has done throughout his life has been for the sole purpose of preparing and using Demonbane against Liber Legis and Master Therion. For a grimoire, he uses a copy of the Necronomicon, and he is able to pilot Demonbane to a certain extent, though not anywhere near its full power.

  • Alternate Self: He's the Kurou from an alternate future that got Trapped in the Past.
  • Badass Beard: He has one of the most epic beards in the series, and is a highly capable sorcerer able to fight almost evenly with Master Therion.
  • Clock Punk: He manages to get Demonbane operational in the 1890s by building an analog mechanical computer (he bought Charles Babbage's Difference Engine to use as the prototype) into its cockpit, and using a Necronomicon made out of punch cards to run it.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: His true identity is a Kurou from an alternate future who was left him stranded on Earth in the past and assumed the identity of Kouzou Hadou when he died.
  • Fiction 500: He's described as essentially owning Arkham City and having influence and power comparable to entire first-world governments.
  • Stable Time Loop: In reality, he is Kurou after a failed attempt to defeat Liber Legis left him stranded on Earth in the past. He met the dying Kouzou Hadou and assumed his identity, eventually adopting Kouzou's son and building the Hadou Group as it exists in the original game.

    Augusta "Ada" Derleth 

A young and wealthy reporter from London, and a self-proclaimed "Knight of Science". She spends her time writing her self-published newspaper and attempting to be a superhero at night with the help of a diving-suit like Powered Armor, though she isn't very good at the latter. Her investigations lead her to Kouzou Hadou and the secrets of Demonbane and sorcery, and she becomes one of Hadou's closest friends and supporters.

She eventually marries Hadou's son, and is Ruri's mother.

  • Expy: She's basically 1890s female Batman, except rather bumbling in her attempts at crime-fighting.
  • Meganekko: Artwork shows her as wearing glasses.
  • Powered Armor: Her diving suit... thing. It has a tendency to overheat and vent steam into the helmet though, severely limiting its usefulness.
  • Steampunk: All of her inventions live and breathe it. She even builds a clockwork and steam-powered Humongous Mecha, Goliath.
  • Science Hero: She likes to think of herself as such. She is a legitimately brilliant engineer, but her suits never seem to live up to her hopes. She gets much better when she begins to incorporate sorcery into her work, with Hadou's help.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ice cream. She loves it so much that she willingly gets "ice cream headaches", believing that this pain promotes a person's mental growth and development.


Augusta's maid and servant. Nyarla is constantly by her side, helping her with whatever endeavor she's currently working on.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Described as dark-skinned, though her ethnicity is never made clear. Which is yet another clue: Nyarlathotep often prefers making dark-skinned human avatars in the Mythos.
  • Keigo: She speaks extremely formally and politely, which is more than a little creepy after Nyarlathotep drops the pretenses, and its speech clashes heavily with its tone.
  • Louis Cypher: This one is even more blatantly obvious than "Nya" above.
  • The Mole: As one might expect, she is yet another avatar of Nyarlathotep, maneuvering Augusta into the path she needs to take for the Crawling Chaos' plans to come to fruition.

Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu

One of Al Azif's past masters, before she met Kurou. Azrad is an Arabian man who became a sorcerer in order to hunt down and take revenge on an evil sorcerer who killed his family. He tends to be single-mindedly fixated on that goal, but joins up with Kouzou Hadou when he realizes that Hadou is fighting the same evil sorcerer he is. His grimoire is the Necronomicon, and his Deus Machina is Aeon.

Note that, despite many similarities, he is not al-Hazred, the author of the Necronomicon, who is a separate character in the series.

He makes a return appearance in the sequel, subconsciously summoned up by Al Azif in a desperate attempt to have someone to defend her against the nightmare world. As his revenge has been accomplished by this point, he throws all of his efforts into helping the heroes against Another Blood.

  • Back from the Dead: He appears in Kishin Hishou due to Al Azif interfering with Another Blood's spells, resurrecting him alongside Anticross.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Always described as wearing the suit of a British gentleman, complete with cane and top hat.
  • Revenge: It's all that motivates him. Averted in his appearance in the sequel, where his goals are much more altruistic.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Scimitar of Barzai. He's even better at wielding it than Kurou, and is able to do such things as duplicate it up to ten times and control each blade separately.

    Kanesada Hadou 

Kouzou Hadou's son, heir to the Hadou Group, and Ruri's father. He has always had a rather distant relationship with his father, but has nothing but respect for the man's accomplishments. He gets involved during Kouzou's disappearance in Gunshin Kyoushuu, the second prequel.

  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Quite a decent boxer. He also has no fear of knives in a fist fight, easily overpowering armed opponents.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: As a child, he blamed his mother's death on his father's disappearance. After his father made it big and came to the orphanage to retrieve him, he has always felt distant, like Kouzou is avoiding him. This is likely because "Kouzou" is in fact Kurou Daijuuji, and Kurou felt awkward treating another man's son as his own.


Another of Al Azif's past masters, whom she met after Azrad's death. Edgar is a British orphan who just wants to have fun doing whatever he wants, and hates others trying to tell him what to do. His grimoire is the Necronomicon, and his Deus Machina is Aeon.

  • Cynicism Catalyst: His younger brother, Arthur, whom he was unable to save from death.
  • Determinator: Arguably even moreso than Kurou, considering the events of his final battle.
  • Only One Name: His last name, if he even remembers it, is never given.
  • Ret-Gone: He got himself into an unbreakable stalemate with Master Therion. Nyarlathotep didn't like that, so it erased Edgar's existence, removing that timeline from the multiverse. It is suggested, however, that part of Edgar's indomitable will lives on in the current timeline.
  • Spanner in the Works: Nyarlathotep maneuvered him into becoming Al's master in an attempt to break the stalemate between Hadou and Master Therion. He ended up becoming War God Demonbane's pilot and fighting so evenly against War God Liber Legis that an eternal stalemate broke out between them, neither able to defeat the other.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Though he looks in his twenties, he's actually only about ten years old, which explains some of his behavior. Nyarlathotep aged him up when he made a pact with it to become Al Azif's master.

    Raal Rovdy 

An evil sorcerer and leader of the sorcery cult known as the "Dawn of Darkness". His goal is summon the ancient Great Old One Zs-A-Wia, who slumbers beneath the Amazon Basin, and he leads the tribe of lizard-men who worship said Great Old One. He is also the sorcerer responsible for the death of Azrad's family. His grimoire is The Prayer Book of Blood.

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: This is how he presents himself to the general public, and how he got funding to go into the Amazon wilderness in the first place.
  • Evil Sorcerer: An adherent of a Great Old One associated with death and pestilence. Leader of the "Dawn of Darkness". Definitely not a good guy.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He killed Azrad's wife, Warda, to gain her appearance. This is because the summoning ritual for Zs-A-Wia can only be conducted by a woman.


A Great Old One that lies dormant beneath the Amazon basin. It is associated with death and disease, and is worshipped by a tribe of lizard-men that have had no contact with the outside world. Raal Rovdy seeks to awaken it.

This appears to be an original Great Old One invented for the world of Demonbane, though it does share some loose similarities with established Great Old One Zushakon.

  • Early-Bird Cameo: After its death, a human body emerges from its remains... namely, Master Therion.
  • Eldritch Abomination: When it appears, it's as a vast sea of reddish-black, extremely toxic tar, with tentacles coming out. The remains of this tar crystallize into Liber Legis upon its death.
  • The Unpronounceable: "Zs-A-Wia" is an approximation by a man who accompanied Raal Rovdy on his "expedition". Apparently the "zs" is a sound the lizard-men produced by blowing air through their sharp teeth, that humans can't quite get right.
  • Walking Wasteland: Anything that touches its tar dies instantly. Arkham City's Sealed 13th District is where it died, and it is the reason the district was sealed: even decades after its death, walking into that area without protection of some sort means death.

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