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    Miki "Miko" Kuroda 

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English), Marie-Line Landerwijn (French), Valentina Souza (Latin-American Spanish), Cristal Álvarez Lázare (European Spanish), Beatrice Caggiula (Italian), Shandra Schadt (German), Tiana Bandeira (Brazilian-Portuguese)
Click here to see Miko after her transformation 

"Miki Makimura really is amazing, but I want to win at least one track event. Otherwise I can’t be 'Miki'. I’ll be 'Miko' for the rest of my life."

A member of the track team and a childhood friend of Miki and Akira. While talented and beautiful, she has long lingered in Miki's shadow to the point where her friends and teammates call her "Miko" to differentiate her from Miki, bothering her greatly...

  • Action Girl: She started as a Dark Action Girl after getting her powers, but then becomes this instead, following Ryo's Face–Heel Turn.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: In her original appearance in Susanoo, Miko was a free-spirited Genki Girl who was also quite sexually promiscuous and flirty. Here in Crybaby, on the other hand, she starts off as a shy and modest Nice Girl who later becomes a mean and vindictive Jerkass, but also becomes nicer after having a change of heart.
  • Always Second Best: Miko is a talented runner, but Miki had always been faster than her and more popular, giving her quite a bit of angst that eventually leads to her becoming a Devilman.
  • Amazonian Beauty: After her transformation into a Devilman, Miko gains a sturdy figure.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She developed a crush on Kukun after his heartfelt rap, kept his glasses after his death, has a physical attraction to Akira after his Devilman makeover, has a dark fantasy about an older man, and outright confesses to being in love with Miki. The ambiguity comes from how messy and destructive her heterosexual relationships are (especially compared to her wholesome, redemptive crush on Miki), leaving open the possibility that she's a closeted lesbian Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.
  • Anti-Hero: Likely more so then Akira; she is a callous Jerk Jock Devilman who did some few questionable actions without ever stepping over the line, but eventually sides with Akira and Miki to help them out.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: She tries to give one to the mob who is out to kill Miki, but it falls on deaf ears.
    Miko: Let me ask you. What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be good? What is justice? What is right?
  • Berserk Button: After becoming a Devilman herself, referring to Miki as Miko now counts as this to her.
  • Boobs of Steel: She is very busty, even more so after becoming a Devilman.
  • Butch Lesbian: Her tomboyish demeanor coupled with her Amazonian Beauty post-transformation and love for Miki would make her qualify. Though whether she's actually a lesbian or bisexual is ambiguous.
  • Canon Immigrant: She could be considered a heavily altered version of the similarly named Miko Kuroda, a female delinquent character from an obscure Nagai work named Susanoo. Otherwise, she doesn't exist in the manga universe.
  • Composite Character: Her name and a bit of her personality come from the aforementioned Miko Kuroda from Susanoo; her sexuality and athleticism are similar to Aoi Kurosaki from Devilman Lady; her personal arc occupies the place and takes a bit of Mikiko Kawamoto from the Devilman manga; and her Devilman form takes the place of the spider demon Rasber, who appears only in the manga; lastly her appearance after becoming a Devilman resembles a number of female characters from Go Nagai's other works who fall under the same Muscular, Tough Girl archetype, two good example are Chiiko-Sensei from Dororon Enmakun, and Rikki from Shutendoji and Violence Jack.
  • Contralto of Danger: Her voice, which was previously high-pitched, becomes much lower after turning into a Devilman.
  • Decomposite Character:
    • Of the original Mikiko Kawamoto, who makes a cameo in the last episode.
    • Also possibly of Miki Makimura, whose more aggressive traits from the manga were adapted out and presumably given to Miko. There's also the fact that Miko's actual name is Miki.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Akira/Devilman due to some similarities they share, like their change in character and appearance upon becoming Devilmen, and their love for Miki. Though compared to the anime's Akira, her personality upon becoming a Devilman is closer to the original manga's brash depiction of Akira.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: People started calling her Miko after Miki came to their school, despite being the first Miki. She doesn't let it show most of the time despite her dislike for it. Then she embraces it after talking with Miki.
  • Evil Makeover: See Visual Development below and Amazonian Beauty and Contralto of Danger above.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: She usually wears her hair loose, but after she becomes a Devilman she puts her hair in a braided ponytail.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Her final moments are spent not begging for her own life, but simply trying to appeal to her murderers' humanity and convince them not to hurt Miki. It sadly doesn't work...
  • Fan Disservice:After becoming a Devilman she's shown to be rather curvaceous, unfortunately this is shown off while she's being raped.
  • Forgot About His Powers: As seen in Episode 8, while she can't fly like Akira, she can leap great distances — which she does when she rescues Akira. She doesn't do this as much as needed when she carries Miki along in Episode 9, which then allows the lynch mob to catch up to them and kill them both.
  • Flower Motifs: Miko tends to be seen watering a bed of snapdragons, which she planted herself. Snapdragons symbolize both graciousness and deception/concealment; referring to how she doesn't seem to mind always being second to Miki, but deep down she's actually resentful of never being able to surpass her.
  • Gainaxing: When she runs on the track field, her noticeable assets bounce. It gets taken Up to Eleven when she runs as a Devilman, though this is justified since she's running at an even greater speed.
  • Giant Spider: Her Devilman form greatly resembles a large spider.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Despite her vendetta against Miki, she still nobly helps out Akira without question, acting as The Lancer for him following humanity's mental breakdown over the knowledge of the existence of demons.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She's envious of Miki being better at her, but keeps this to herself. This trait becomes more noticeable after turning into a Devilman, where her main priority is trying to best Miki in track.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Miko gets over her vengeful nature against Miki, and tries her best to save her.
  • Heel Realization: After having a heartfelt speech with Miki, Miko's slowly disappearing humanity is restored and the sweet girl she was before returns.
  • Heroic Host: Double-subverted. After turning into a Devilman, her personality and morale has become corrupted, but despite this, she sides with Akira without question after humanity goes mad with paranoia and even protects Miki — who she saw as her greatest rival — in her final moments.
  • Horse of a Different Color: She allows Miki to ride her while in her Devilman form, which takes the shape of a spider-like creature.
  • I Love the Dead: Certainly not out of preference, but as shown by the fact that she kept screwing the corpse of her rapist after crushing his head, she's not adverse to it. Though her doing that was probably just a result of her Devilman instincts.
  • In-Series Nickname: Her real name is Miki, but she was given the nickname of "Miko" in order to distinguish her from Miki Makimura. She's rather insecure about this nickname since it serves as a reminder that she's Always Second Best to the other Miki.
  • Jerk Jock: She becomes more callous, brash and arrogant after becoming a Devilman, with her jealousy of Miki getting the better of her that all she can think about is beating her at track-and-field.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being more callous, brash and arrogant after her change, deep down somewhere she has a Hidden Heart of Gold, which eventually surfaces when she teams up with Akira apparently without question following Ryo exposing the existence of demons that drove the world mad with Ax-Crazy and hate-fueled paranoia, and eventually confesses her love for Miki to her just before an angry mob comes crashing down on them and Wam's gang.
  • The Lancer: Following Ryo's Face–Heel Turn, Miko teams up with Akira and basically fulfills this role to him of sorts given their similar powers; and eventually plays a significant role in protecting Miki, no matter how vain the effort was.
  • Last Stand: She does this to give Miki time to escape while she herself is confronted by the mob.
  • Lesbian Jock: She develops a more tomboyish, brash and amazonian demeanor and appearance following her fusion with a demon and later confesses her love for Miki.
  • Love Redeems: Finally finds a positive, constructive purpose for herself after a life of pointless violence and hedonism thanks to her love for Miki.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has a very large bust, had a topless scene, and had sex with a total stranger on screen. The last one was a rape scene, but still.
  • Nice Girl: She starts out as this as a human, but after turning into a Devilman, she became a Jerk Jock and then a Jerk with a Heart of Gold when her Hidden Heart of Gold resurfaces.
  • Redemption Equals Death: She performs a Heroic Sacrifice to help Miki escape, which makes up for her past obsession of competing with her.
  • Sacrificial Lion: She dies trying to protect Miki from the angry mob near the end of the series.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: After getting gunned down, she yells at Miki to keep running and pleads to the riot to not lay a finger on her before she dies. Miki dies shortly after anyways.
  • Shrinking Violet: She started out as this, but with D-cups for breasts, but then turned into an Amazonian Beauty after merging with a demon.
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: After becoming a Devilman, she mostly wears tank-tops to fit with her new demeanor.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: After becoming a Devilman, she acts as the Tomboy to Miki's Girly Girl.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After her transformation, just like Akira and Moyuru, Miko's body was enhanced giving her superhuman abilities, such speed, agility, endurance, and strength. Also, she is not the shy Shrinking Violet that she was when she was human.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After becoming a Devilman she becomes callous, jerkish, and is even implied to have let her grandma die/killed her herself.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She held on to Kukun's glasses after the Sabbath party they went to that claimed his life. Unfortunately she didn't tell anyone why she kept them, which led to the events described below under Unwitting Instigator of Doom.
  • Tritagonist: Alongside Miki. She is the most important supporting character in the series, and becomes even more prevalent around the second half of the anime.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Keeping Kukun's glasses as a keepsake misguidedly clued in one of the silent members of Wam's gang, Hie, that she probably killed him (though it's unknown if she did), leading him to betray his friends out of blind vengeance for Kukun and help the mob by shooting her.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: After becoming a Devilman, other than her resentment towards Miki, negligence in watering her snapdragons until they die and her new callous demeanor, she never did anything truly malicious on screen at least. The only person she killed on screen was a rapist who held her at gunpoint, it's left unknown if she killed her grandma or let her die herself without any remorse, and finally she helps out Akira and Miki without ever going off the deep end unlike fellow Devilman Moyuru.
  • Visual Development: She is completely unrecognizable from her first appearance up to the end of Episode 4 in comparison to her later appearances afterwards. It only makes one think post-Devilman Miko in Episode 5 is a totally different separate character who came out of nowhere if it weren't for the in-universe confirmation that she is the same character.

    Moyuru Koda 

Voiced by: Junya Hirano (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English), Stéphane Pirard (French), Monti Castiñeiras (Latin-American Spanish), Gerardo Alonso (European Spanish), Alessandro Capra (Italian), Max Felder (German), Fernando Ferraz (Brazilian-Portuguese)

"One side should just hurry up and settle the matter. Demons or humans, I'll be on the winning side."

Famous across Japan as the "Super Highschooler", Moyuru Koda is one of the nation's up-and-coming track-and-field athletes. He has kept to himself following accusations of illegal doping and the death of a teammate.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: He was isolated on the track team after Junichi's death by their coach and fellow teammates, with track being his only tether to his humanity. Once he loses the latter, he abandons his humanity.
  • Beast with a Human Face: His Devilman form is a variation on this, as he takes the form of a bull with his original human face in the middle of his forehead. Any speaking he does in his Devilman form will come from his human face.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning anything regarding the murder of his teammate-slash-boyfriend is this, since when Akira brings it up, the others react in a horrified manner and Moyuru himself almost immediately loses it.
  • Big Eater: As a side effect of having become a Devilman.
  • Broken Ace: Moyuru is regarded as a "super high school student" for his stellar track and skill in running, being a target of national interest. Of course, this is after he became a Devilman, as he was stated to have previously struggled in the sport. However, his boyfriend Junichi was killed at the same Sabbath party where he became a Devilman, which torments him greatly.
  • Canon Foreigner: He doesn't appear anywhere in the manga, the side stories, or the sequels; and unlike Miko and the rapper gang, isn't anything close to either a Composite Character or Canon Immigrant.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He had this with his deceased boyfriend Junichi, since his teammates mention that they were childhood friends.
  • Death by Irony: Moyuru prioritized his self-preservation above all else, siding with the demons on the belief that the are the strongest and thus are guaranteed to win and thus has the best chance of living after the war's end. However, just before the final battle begins, Akira quickly kills him.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Akira tells him that he hides away something he fears he might be judged for from everyone. This refers to his secret identity as a demon, but it's wording could very well be referring to the fact he is attracted to men.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Akira quickly tears him in the middle and offs him before the final battle begins, he takes no part on the finale's climax. Given the circumstances and context behind his death, this underscores just how pathetic he really was.
  • Evil Makeover: As well as anyone who has been possessed by a demon, his looks changed drastically to the point of being unrecognizable following his possession.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the end, he quits Akira's side and joins the demons, believing he has a greater chance of surviving there.
  • Heartbroken Badass: He turned into a Devilman and became much better in track-and-field, at the cost of losing his lover, which deeply torments him.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: He seeks to join the stronger side once he decides his own survival is more important than anything else. Seeing Akira's defeat by Xenon in their first encounter convinces him to join the demons.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: He is shown having sex with a man at the start of one episode. Midway through it, he starts having flashes of the massacre he saw on the day Junichi died and the screen switches between the other man's moans and their sex to Moyuru's flashbacks and screaming Junichi's name.
  • It's All About Me: Moyuru prioritized his survival above all else, which is what led to him to side with the demons.
  • Karmic Death: Moyuru sides with the demons because he thinks he'll have better chances of survival this way. When the final showdown between humans, demons and Devilmen comes, Akira rips him apart before the battle really starts.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He's not the Big Bad, but it's when he's properly introduced in the series that the plot starts to get truly serious and morbid.
  • A Load of Bull: His Devilman form is an enormous bull with an Eyeless Face and his original human face in the middle of its forehead.
  • Power Incontinence: Moyuru has little control over his powers compared to Akira, and can actually start losing control over the demon after a short while of watching a video of his former deceased lover.
  • Straight Gay: He's very explicitly shown to have sex with men and had a male lover, but otherwise doesn't show any stereotypical Camp Gay behavior.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Despite their similar character designs, Moyuru is not Kukun after having come into contact with a demon. Some fans have actually mistaken Moyuru for Kukun, due to the odd decision on the creators' part to give the both of them dreads. Kukun is implied to have died in the Sabbath that transformed Miko into a Devilman, while Moyuru turned into a Devilman through a separate instance that's only alluded to in exposition and minor flashbacks.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He keeps his former lover's necklace with him. The necklace is gone after he and Miko confront each other.
  • Tragic Monster: He takes no joy in killing, nor is he happy with how he is now, but he has no control over his Devilman abilities. When he starts rampaging on the field and killing everyone who's unfortunate enough to be in his way, Akira notices that he's really just trying to find a way out of the arena. Even after joining the demons he doesn't go around killing people, only targeting Akira/Amon, one of the strongest beings around.
  • Transhuman Treachery: He willingly joins the demons after having lost everything but his life.
  • Trauma Button: Ryo intentionally pushes this by broadcasting the video of the Sabbath at the track meet (as well as drugging him beforehand), which emotionally distresses Moyuru enough to transform into a demon and go on a murderous rampage.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Zigzagged. Akira saved him after he went on a forced rampage, but Moyuru resents how Akira and Ryo were why that situation happened in the first place. He then makes it clear his own survival matters to him over anything else.


Voiced by: Rie Takahashi (Japanese), Cristina Valenzuela (English)

The Makimura family's pet cat.

  • Badass Adorable: Tako's Devilman form is quite cute and, as soon as he shapeshifts into it, he defeats all of his attackers with a supernatural flash.
  • Big Eater: He's always seen scraping and munching at his bowl.
  • Composite Character: Tako takes the place of the demon-possessed cat Refferro from the manga.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: His bright green eyes and his green tongue, both signs of him being a Devilman.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: He's hinted to be aware of Akira becoming a Devilman early in the series, as seen when he snaps Akira from his demonic lust-driven haze before the latter could do anything to Miki.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Tako had been pretending to be a normal house cat for most of the story, only unveiling his demon form after a lady stabs him during the mob's assault on the Makimura household.

    Mikiko Kawamoto

  • Adaptational Badass: Barely. Her lone appearance in Crybaby sees her burning a demon with her acid from inside her experimentation cage, while in the manga she had to be broken out of it and never faced a demon. Even if it is accidental, it is one more kill than she has in the manga.
  • All There in the Manual: Unless you're already familiar with the manga, it's unlikely that you'll even know her name or the demon she fused with, or even the fact that she's the character Miko is largely based off of.
  • Demoted to Extra: Mikiko was never a main character, but she received some depth in the manga and had somewhat of her own character arc. Here, she receives literally one scene, with Miko taking her original role.
  • The Faceless: Most of her face is covered by her headgear.
  • Super Sex Organs: She can emit a powerful acid from orifices in her breasts and groin, the latter of which is actually the demon Tollg's face.
  • Torpedo Tits: An acid variation.

    Bonds of Hinduism

  • Adaptational Ugliness: The original Bonds of Hinduism were among the most humanlike Devilmen in the manga, but in Crybaby they seem to be a single, fused Devilman with six bodies instead of six independent Devilmen (or at least the show's artistic style makes them look so), making them much more monstrous.
  • All There in the Manual: Much like with Mikiko, it's easy to think that they're just one of the random, nameless Devilmen who appear in the finale. You'll only learn that they do have a name and a slightly more prominent role in the manga, as they're the ones who helped Akira gather the entire Devilmen together.
  • Bald of Awesome: All of them are bald, as per the monk rule.
  • My Brain Is Big: Their skulls are enlarged, which is probably related to their psychic powers.
  • Psychic Powers: Although their role in founding the Devilman Corps is Adapted Out from the anime, meaning they don't get to show their excellent telepathic abilities, they still show some Mind over Matter in order to float around.


    Reijiro and Kaori Fudo 

Reijiro voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto (Japanese), José Carlos Sansegundo (European Spanish), Francesco Orlando (Italian), Gerd Meyer (German), Edu Rayce (Brazilian-Portuguese)

Kaori voiced by: Chie Nakamura (Japanese), Alicia Taboada (European Spanish), Lorella De Luca (Italian), Stephanie Kellner (German), Carla Martelli (Brazilian-Portuguese)

Reijiro and Kaori are Akira's parents. They often work overseas, and as such, leave Akira in the care of the Makimura family while sending running shoes to Akira on a regular basis.

  • And I Must Scream: Reijiro becomes possessed by Jinmen and devours several innocents, including Kaori. All of the people he consumes become "death masks" containing the tormented souls of his victims.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Even after Jinmen possesses him, Reijiro isn't fully consumed by the demon, as he's aware of what he's doing even when he no longer has any control over his body. He was even able to nearly overcome the demon upon Akira's urging until Jinmen fully silenced him.
  • Only Sane Man: Among all the victims stuck in Jinmen's shell, Kaori is the only one who is fully aware that they are dead souls trapped in a demon.
  • Parents as People: Akira's parents are good and loving towards him, but their professions require them to work abroad, leaving him in Japan. Of course, they have the sense to leave him in the care of another loving family and contact him whenever they have the time.
  • Parents in Distress: In the worst way possible. Reijiro gets possessed by Jinmen while he was abroad, and followed Kaori on her flight back to Japan before killing her and absorbing her into Jinmen's shell, then Jinmen completely overtakes his mind. At this point, they're beyond the point of being saved, and Akira is forced to kill both of them.
  • Troll: Downplayed; one of Akira's fondest memories of Reijiro is when he teased his son about the way bonito flakes move, claiming that it's because they're alive.

    Noel and Akiko Makimura 

Noel voiced by: Masato Obara (Japanese), Christopher Corey Smith (English), Simon Duprez (French), Raul Dans (European Spanish), Pino Pirovano (Italian), Oliver Scheffel (German), Rogério Duartti (Brazilian-Portuguese)

Akiko voiced by: Sayaka Kobayashi (Japanese), Anne Yatco (English), Elsa Poisot (French), Chelo Díaz (European Spanish), Giuliana Atepi (Italian), Andrea Wick (German), Rita de Cássia Oliveira (Brazilian-Portuguese)

Noel is a minister from a western country (possibly Ireland, going by the Celtic artwork in his house), living with his wife Akiko and his children Miki and Taro. They own a vegetarian restaurant. They are close friends with the Fudo family and took Akira in while his parents worked overseas.

  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Akiko runs away with Taro after realizing he became a Devilman, leaving a note apologizing to her husband, Akira, and Miki for what she's doing. Sadly, she has no way to help Taro after they go to the nearest church and ends up being eaten by him.
  • Good Parents: Both Noel and Akiko treat their children with kindness and understanding, and extend the same kindness to Akira even though he's simply their charge.
  • Mama Bear: When Akiko finds out that Taro is possessed by a demon, her response is to take him to a shelter and doesn't tell her husband and daughter why she's leaving them, both out of fear how they'll react and to keep them safe as well.
  • Motherly Side Plait: Akiko doesn't tie her hair in a side ponytail but simply parts the ends of her hair to one side, giving off this impression. No points for guessing whether she lives till the end of the story or not.
  • Papa Wolf: When the world devolves into chaos, Noel is still willing to throw himself into the fray to find his family; managing to survive on his own and steal a motorcycle.
  • Parents as People: As stated above, both of them treat their children well without reaching the point of spoiling them. However, it doesn't mean that they're always mindful enough when it comes to their children's activities. This is shown in how they are oblivious to the fact that their younger son watches a lot of porn and morbid stuff by logging in with Akira's internet account, which is implied to be the factor that allows him to be possessed by a demon and ultimately causes the family's demise.
  • Race Lift: In this version of the story, Miki's father is Caucasian instead of Japanese, making her and Taro mixed-race by extension.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Like Miki, they're shown to be pretty nice and decent people, which doesn't spare them from suffering grisly deaths later on.
  • We Could Have Avoided All This: It's made explicitly clear that while her actions were understandable, had Akiko simply confided in the family about what happened to Taro rather than try to take care of things on her own, a lot of misery would have been avoided.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Noel is a pacifist who doesn't wish for violence due to his devotion after demons are made public. Seeing the madness infesting the streets as he looks for his wife and son while grabbing a gun during the mayhem, Noel is confronted with his Devilman son eating his wife. He has a breakdown as he sees what Taro has become. Though he points the gun at Taro and even declares I Have No Son!, Noel can't bring himself to kill him and dies trying to talk down the soldiers seeking to kill Taro, with Taro being gunned down as well.

    Taro Makimura 

Voiced by: Eri Inagawa (Japanese), Dorothy Elias Fahn (English), Lise Leclercq (French), Jose Luis Piedra (Latin American Spanish), Annalisa Longo (Italian), Maximilian Belle (German), Carloz Magno (Brazilian-Portuguese)

"You can get stronger if you make a deal with a devil."

Miki's younger brother. Despite his age, he has a very wild and morbid curiosity as shown in his tendency to look up things that are either gruesome or erotic.

  • Adaptation Expansion: In the manga, Tare never became a demon and was among the casualties of the lynch mob that killed Miki.
  • Adaptation Name Change: More or less. Miki's younger brother was named Tare in the manga, but in Crybaby it's Taro.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Taro expressed awe at the sight of Koda's rampage, and it wouldn't be far-off to assume that he wishes to be a Devilman. Not only did it come true, but he was unable to handle the primal hunger for meat that now resided within him — eventually leading him to eat his mother. He's also completely aware of what he's done, and he can only cry helplessly.
  • Big Eater: Like the others, Taro gets a larger appetite upon becoming a Devilman. In fact, he may have a bigger need for food than Akira and Miko, since while they don't always have to be eating large quantities of food all the time, when Taro is deprived of meat for a few hours he's already in great need to sate his hunger.
  • Cheerful Child: He's a pretty upbeat kid, despite his growing interest in things that definitely aren't kid-friendly. Unfortunately, this all goes to hell after he becomes a Devilman.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: It's likely that Taro got possessed because of his curiosity in all things erotic and macabre in nature, which is one surefire way to attract the demons. He doesn't get possessed completely and becomes a Devilman, but he fails to control his powers or his hunger, and it eventually leads to his death... as well as his parents'.
  • Death by Adaptation: He dies earlier than his original incarnation and under completely different circumstances.
  • Dirty Kid: In the second episode, Taro is seen using Akira's account to browse his history and find pornographic images, and he seems to be doing this often. It's also possible that his habit of looking up grisly or racy things on the internet is what made him a target of Demonic Possession.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Taro tends to say rather inappropriate things without seeming to fully understand what they mean, like claiming that drugs make you "power up" or saying that Miki is only popular because people want to see her "bounce".
  • Guy Liner: Seen with pronounced marks around his eyes similar to Akira's, indicating that he is a demon.
  • Horror Hunger: After becoming a Devilman, Taro gains a massive appetite just like Akira did. However, Taro's hunger eventually becomes too much for him to control and he ends up killing and eating his own mother.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Taro, once his Horror Hunger becomes too much for him to bear, ends up eating his own mother. He seems to realize how awful this is and actually cries while he eats her.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Taro's Horror Hunger leads him to lose control and eat his own mother to satiate himself. Right then, Noel finds them and decides he needs to put Taro out of his misery; however, he can't and they are both gunned down by the military.
  • Matricide: Taro ends up eating his own mother after he becomes a Devilman and he can't control his overwhelming appetite.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Due to his father's Race Lift, Taro is half-European, half-Japanese in this adaptation.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: He shows hints of this, especially in Episode 6 where he's amazed rather than horrified while watching the massacre at the track meet. Even with the argument that he may be too innocent to understand what's really going on, it's still a bit disturbing.

    The Gang 

Wam voiced by: KEN THE 390 (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English), Sébastien Hebrant (French), Sergio Rodríguez-Guisán (Latin-American Spanish), Pascual Meza (European Spanish), Matteo De Mojana (Italian), Patrick Roche (German), Renan Villela (Brazilian-Portuguese)

Gabi voiced by: Subaru Kimura (Japanese), Ben Pronsky (English), Olivier Premel (French), Gaspar González Somoza (Latin-American Spanish), Alan Juárez (European Spanish), Marco Benedetti (Italian), Felix Mayer (German), Josué Galinari (Brazilian-Portuguese)

Kukun voiced by: Young Dias (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English), Maxime Donnay (French), Gaspar González Somoza (Latin-American Spanish), Roberto Salguero (European Spanish), Ruggero Andreozzi (Italian), Julian Manuel (German), Caio Magalhães (Brazilian-Portuguese)

Babu voiced by: Hannya (Japanese)

Hie voiced by: AFRA (Japanese)
Top picture (left to right): Gabi, Wam, Hie, Babu
Bottom picture: Kukun

Wam is a young delinquent who walks the streets with his crew: Gabi, Kukun, Babu, and Hie. They spend their days rapping with one another and causing trouble.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Before their Heel–Face Turn, the gang was much more violent in the original manga than here; having assaulted Akira and even threatening to rape Miki twice. Wam and his posse may come off as antagonistic at first but they never went to that level. Similarly Masa's discussions about the evil in the world parallels Wam's, but while Wam is hopeful and feels people can overcome their problems, Masa is decidedly more misanthropic and views the demon onslaught as a just consequence for man's actions against the world.
  • Adaptational Villainy: None of the banshos from the manga join the mob that killed Miki, but here Hie and Babu do. The rest are killed by the mob.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Wam seems to have a crush on Miki, who's completely unaware of his feelings.
  • Asshole Victim: Babu and Hie, who are killed by Akira's flames, had prior turned against their friends and killed them in cold blood as they tried to help Miki escape.
  • Bait the Dog: Downplayed. They all seem like good people until Hie and Babu betray them, but of all the gang they'd been characterized the least and weren't as sympathetic as Gabi or Wam.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Hie, especially near the end when he betrays his friends to the mob.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Miki's accosted by a trio of thugs, Gabi and Wam step in and beat them up.
  • Blinding Bangs: Hie's dreadlocks always cover his eyes.
  • Composite Character: Wam's character combines aspects of Masa and Dosu-Roku, the two heads of the gang from the original manga. Gabi is given a few of their traits as well.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Babu and Hie both get incinerated by Akira for turning on Miki and their fellow gang members, which they themselves did probably to get revenge misguidedly for Kukun.
  • Dead-Hand Shot: The audience is shown a piece of Kukun's hand in Episode 7, the "fly" part of his "butterfly" tattoo identifying it even with the rest of the body gone — serving as a final confirmation that the character is dead.
  • Dirty Coward: Babu joins the mob out of fear for his own life, killing Gabi after he lets his guard down.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: In contrast to the others in the gang who are either Killed Offscreen or by a blast of fire, Gabi goes down fighting against bad odds with a knife in his back; he even manages to hold his own for a while.
  • Elective Mute: Hie doesn't say a single word throughout the entire series. He only beatboxes.
  • Expy: Of Dosu-Roku's gang from the manga. They're both gangs of Japanese Delinquents who start off antagonizing Akira and Miki, but later become Fire-Forged Friends.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Gabi is notably shocked when Babu stabs him in the chest with a knife, even asking "Why...?" before the mob proceeds to finish him off.
  • Golf Clubbing: When the fighting starts up in Episode 9, Gabi grabs a golf club to beat back the invaders.
  • Gratuitous Rap: They rap almost every time they enter a scene. Their rapping typically reflects how they feel about what's currently happening with the plot, essentially making them a Greek Chorus.
  • Greek Chorus: They tend to provide commentary and observations of what's happening around them through their rapping.
  • Hidden Depths: At first, the gang seem like a bunch of troublemakers and slackers. In truth, however, they are highly empathetic and, when the chips are down, they can do some good (but only to a point, in Babu and Hie's case).
    • Wam's lyrics reveal a very introspective and pensive side to him as he laments on societal ills.
    • Kukun is a Stepford Smiler who is very anxious about his sense of identity.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Wamu/Wam has more than a passing resemblance to his voice actor, KEN THE 390.
  • Killed Offscreen:
    • Kukun is implied to have died in the Sabbath he and Miko visited, which also turned turned Miko into a Devilman. His glasses are heavily hinted to be a Tragic Keepsake that Miko keeps with her until the mob attacks the Makimura residence.
    • Wam is similarly killed out of shot. When Miko sees him again, he's already dead and propped up in a van's passenger seat.
  • The Mole: Babu and Hie becomes this for the mob out for blood, revealing to them their hiding spot and letting them in just to avenge Kukun's death after mistaking Miko hiding at Miki's house for his killer rather than the demoness Aleda and viewing Wam and Gabi traitors to Kukun by helping Miko.
  • Not So Stoic: Hie's the most reserved of the group and not even being held at gunpoint by the police changes that. There are points when that facade breaks as he is the first to draw a gun and fire when Akira is revealed to be a Devilman and he's positively elated at having killed Miki, Miko, and his own friends.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: It's implied that the names that they go by are nicknames, but aside from Kukun (who reveals that his real name is Mayuta during his heartfelt rap to Miko), it's never revealed what their real names are.
  • Punny Name: Or better, Punny Nickname - Kukun sounds like "cocoon", and he has the word "butterfly" tattooed on his knuckles.
  • Revenge Before Reason: When Hie discovered Kukun's glasses in Miko's bag, he erroneously believed Miko killed him rather than the demon Aleda who turned Miko into a Devilman, and is so consumed with blind misguided vengeance for Kukun that he would sell out not only Miko, but Miki and his own friends, likely out of believing them to be traitors to Kukun for siding with his alleged murderer Miko, to the murderous mob.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Kukun becomes the first casualty for the gang, which impacted characters like Miko, who kept his glasses as a Tragic Keepsake and a darker note Hie, who thinks Miko is his murderer and betrays his friends to the mob because of it.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Both Gabi and Wamu go down in the Last Stand trying to protect Miki and Miko from the psychotic angry mob.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Hie and Babu do not do much early in the series, but played a big part in turning on their friends that would lead to their deaths at the hands of the bloodthirsty mob.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Wam's name is also occasionally written as Wamu.
  • Tattooed Crook: They're not as notorious as most examples since they're mostly delinquents, but they all have tattoos on them, which causes them to be mistaken for a gang of serial killers recognized by their tattoos.
  • Tragic Mistake: Kukun's decision to take Miko to a Sabbath is pretty much this. While Miko does survive the inevitable massacre and becomes a Devilman, Kukun ends up being one of the casualties. It may not seem like it changes much at first, but the events of Episode 9 prove otherwise, since had he still been alive, Hie never would have been spurred to pull a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Tranquil Fury: Hie remains the same quiet character even when blinded with vengeance after mistakenly thinking Miko killed Kukun with Wamu and Gabi betraying his memory by protecting Miko, leading him to betray them and join the lynchers to kill them all.


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