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The Kudo Family

    In General 
  • Badass Family: Each of them have very useful superpowers and are more than capable in a conflict, despite Yuusaku's and Yuukiko's attempts to subvert this with Shinichi.

  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Not big, unless you count in the Irregulars, but more than screwed up enough to count. Hakuba describes Yuusaku and Shinichi as "the father-son duo from Hell."

  • Dysfunctional Family: The family consists of Yuusaku, an abusive father seemingly with the weight of the world on his shoulders; Yuukiko, an absent mother whose job is to be a mood-altering propaganda mouthpiece; and Shinichi, the traumatized son determined to win his agency. There's a forth member to this mess if you count Hakuba, Yuusaku's depressingly complicit unofficial surrogate son/sidekick.

  • Psychic Powers: Each member of the family has one or more psychic ability: Yuusaku can forcibly enter peoples' minds and alter them, Yuukiko can force others to be content and happy, and Shinichi has so far demonstrated psychic empathy (the ability to experience the perceptions and emotions of another), retrocognition (the ability to perceive past events) and psychometry (the ability to sense an object's history). It's possible all of Shinichi's abilities are mere manifestations of the same power, perhaps some kind of mental absorption, making his powers both similar to and opposite of his parents' projective abilities.

    Kudo Shinichi 

"This wasn’t just about saving the city, saving the public, or saving the day. This was about saving one single life."

The main protagonist of Dominoes and its main perspective character. Shinichi is quick and clever, ravenously curious, and intimidatingly intelligent—but not a detective, much to his resentment. Forbidden and resolutely blocked from his ideal career path by his parents and their allies, Shinichi has had to be secretive and resourceful to claw his way into his status as an Intrepid Reporter in spite of them and seek out harmful truths wherever they've been hidden. It's a pity, then, that he's drowning in so many...

  • Abusive Parents: Yuusaku and his minions constantly go out of their way to Gaslight Shinichi into believing everything he tries to do without his father's express permission and support is crazy, useless, pointless, and worthless. Yuukiko's involvement isn't really clear as of yet, but she's rarely around and, if she disagrees with Yuusaku's parenting choices, Shinichi hasn't perceived it.

  • Amateur Photographer: Although it's not focused on as much, as Shinichi primarily considers himself an Intrepid Reporter, Shinichi almost never separates from his camera equipment and uses it for not only documentary but also expressive and sentimental purposes.

  • Beware the Mind Reader: Discussed. Shinichi "could know everything, if he wanted to"; until he found out how much everyone else was lying to him, the invasiveness of his abilities had made him very uncomfortable and he'd exercised careful restraint over the ability. It's also implied a part of this hesitation was due to an unstated fear about what he'd find out. He even directly narrates at one point that his own assumptions about Ran's motivations were probably less painful than any answers she could give him. Given that Shinichi states his discomfort in the past tense, it's likely he'll be more willing to use his abilities moving forward.

  • Born Detective: Much to his father's and surrogate brother's unending stress. Shinichi's still got his Sherlock Scan, he's still obsessed with mysteries, and he's still The Ace of the teen cast (if with a larger side of Almighty Janitor). The more we learn about his powers, the more they also seem perfectly tailored to detective work, even moreso than Yuusaku's or Hakuba's: while Kudo Yuusaku's telepathic abilities enable him to feel and read other people's minds and Hakuba's heightened senses means that he's able to perceive greater nuances in the sensory data around him, both of these abilities rely on the present state of the crime scene and who and what is still there when they go to collect information. Shinichi's Psychometry helps to mitigate this limitation, as he can absorb the perceptions of past events through exposure to not just the witnesses but also the objects and/or locations involved. While Hakuba's and Yuusaku's abilities are generally useful in a variety of circumstances, Shinichi's ability is insanely useful specifically in the context of investigation, arguably making him more of a Born Detective than either of them.

  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Played with and subverted. Many characters like to reprimand Shinichi using his apparently inadequate grades as evidence that he isn't focusing on what (they think) he should be, and the general wording of those who talk about Shinichi's efforts in school implies they find his effort lacking, but Shinichi actually works incredibly hard when it comes to his "scoops" and cases. Given Shinichi's intellectual ability, it's also possible that, besides simply not prioritizing them at all, Shinichi's attitude towards his unoutstanding grades may be the result of his complicated negative feelings towards those who use said grades against him, since the only time we hear of Shinichi's grades is in instances when other characters use them as a convenient excuse to chide and redirect Shinichi and putting more effort into them likely wouldn't actually change anything for Shinichi in a meaningful way.

  • Broken Ace: Shinichi's as talented as ever, but rather than being supported and admired for those talents, Shinichi gets quite the opposite treatment. The fact that he still is, unquestionably, the Ace of the cast is emphasized by the fact that, despite being Mind Raped, Gaslit, abused, exploited, called useless by his own father, and constantly treated like a burden, Shinichi's still the one to crack the overarching case connecting the missing children, the mysterious disasters, the Red Siamese Cats, and the Crows—no one else in the cast got anywhere close to the truth until Shinichi explained it to them.

  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Ran, although it's been functionally non-existent for a while. He only sees her every few weeks outside of class, and at one point during Part 1 Shinichi says that they haven't kissed since midsummer—it's April in the present. He breaks it off with her in chapter 10.

  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: All of his friends were selected to become superhero trainees and he's the son of a lead superhero and the International Super-Hero Association's propaganda mouthpiece, but Shinichi himself has been Locked Out of the Loop of the heavily enforced variety since childhood and was left to struggle through dealing with his metahuman abilities alone without training or support.

  • Cool Loser: Shinichi implies that he is seen as is this. Despite single-handedly running a fairly famous and accredited news site, semi-regularly being in the news himself for his scoops, easily being the greatest soccer player in the school, and being considered quite handsome, Shinichi believes the student body of Teitan High thinks Ran is too good for him, that they all expect Ran to break up with him for not being good enough, and that everyone he knows will hate him for breaking up with her and automatically take her side, all of which implies that Shinichi doesn't really have any friends in school.
    • The absurdity of this is possibly deconstructed by Shinichi's nature as an Unreliable Narrator. Shinichi's issues with Hattori and his distancing from Agasa demonstrate that one of the unstated but very clear scars Shinichi bears from his father's abuse is that he seems to expect everyone to view him as lesser, unworthy, and unimportant, something unfortunately repeatedly reinforced by the fact that the contesting loyalties his father set up drive the people Shinichi loves to choose between them, and they've pretty much always chose obedience to Yuusaku over Shinichi's wellbeing, with Yuusaku thereafter even inciting those close to Shinichi to spy on him. Throughout the story Shinichi seems confused by and distrustful of the idea that people would want to be around him because they actually like him, so it's unclear how accurate Shinichi's assessment of his Cool Loser status actually is.

  • Daddy Issues: Yuusaku is severely emotionally and psychologically abusive to his son, and has convinced most of the people around his son not only to accept this as justified, but to reinforce it as the right choice of action and thus become functional accomplices in the abuse. By his dialogue Shinichi is aware that his father continuously turns those around him into Shinichi's handlers on Yuusaku's behalf, and as much as Shinichi tries not to let it bother him (because he genuinely cares for most of them) he also feels constantly betrayed because of this. Worse still, Shinichi has become extremely paranoid of anyone who expresses interest in accompanying him and automatically suspects them of being a spy for his father, a suspicion which has unfortunately been proven right often enough that Shinichi now has trouble believing anyone actually wants to spend time with him for the simple pleasure of his company. All of this is unfortunately justified, as while Yuusaku seems to have a very serious reason and Hakuba insists that Yuusaku loves his son dearly, Yuusaku also seems to have targeted anything that Shinichi cares about about with disturbing precision; Shinichi has only ever won modicums of autonomy through stealth and subversion of his father's authority.

  • Destructive Romance: His relationship with Ran contains a whole lot of Domestic Abuse flags. To emphasize this point, the first two concrete things the reader learns about their relationship is that Shinichi would rather wake up and directly escape out a window than have Ran learn he was awake or be seen by someone who would tell her this, and that he sees Nakamori Aoko's physical resemblance to Ran as a reason to avoid Aoko, though he loathes to admit it. Shinichi also directly implies that Ran's presence destroys his ability to feel proud, successful, or even generally good about himself. Largely this is because Ran has adopted Shinichi's father's abusive attempts at behavioral control over Shinichi and mostly enforces this by shaming Shinichi for his attempts at achieving a fulfilling career that his father disagrees with. Ran does this because Shinichi wants to be an Intrepid Reporter (or better yet, a detective, but Yuusaku has gone out of his way to prevent the police from cooperating with Shinichi in any way) and she considers that too dangerous a career for him, an opinion later revealed to come from her considering him "normal, delicate, weak" and she's unable to bear the thought of him in danger.

  • Determined Defeatist: Even in the face of being shut down and abused, with seemingly no hope for being able to help or for getting anyone to fully respect or appreciate him, and even after fully accepting that everyone around him can be and do more than he ever could, Shinichi refuses to stop doing the little he can to pursue his dream of investigation and try to expose those who would do harm towards others.

  • Differing Priorities Breakup: This is a major aspect of Ran's and Shinichi's breakup, although there is a lot more to it. On Ran's side, she put her dreams of being an ISHA hero far before her relationship with her boyfriend but refused to give up the latter; in the end, because she prioritized being Angel, all she could give Shinichi without compromising her devotion to her ISHA training was a relationship with zero transparency or honest communication and run entirely on her terms and priorities, which she allowed to be dictated by Shinichi's abusive father. Even once things are out in the open between them, Ran still tries to justify how she treated him through her dedication to her supposed talents at heroism. On his side, Shinichi's dream is to be a detective, and when that is blocked, to be an Intrepid Reporter, a goal that is intimately tied in his mind with the achievement of personal agency, as his abusive father has been such a roadblock to Shinichi succeeding in his personal goals. While Ran used to support Shinichi, after joining the Irregulars under Yuusaku's tutelage her priorities changed and she began conforming to the attitudes taught by her ISHA training and expressing disappointment and shame at Shinichi as his father does. Despite each sincerely caring for each other deeply, they break up soon after Shinichi discovers Ran's secret identity, largely owing to the fact that Ran's newly-revealed life choices have made it clear that their respective priorities are and have been incompatible with any possible genuine romantic partnership between them for quite a while now.

  • Do You Trust Me?: He's asked this a lot, mostly because everyone around him has some level of uneasy awareness that they keep giving him more and more reasons not to. He doesn't trust anyone completely, and he has unfortunately valid reasons.

  • The Empath: Part of Shinichi's power set is psychic empathy—the ability to feel others' emotions. The ability strengthens the closer someone physically is from him, usually, but he can also pick up things from objects others have touched while emotional.

  • Emotion Suppression: Shinichi seems to do this to himself in order to keep functioning in difficult situations, since he was never trained on how to handle his empathic abilities and he himself is a victim of emotional and psychological abuse. Also, this is an implied repercussion of Yuusaku's Mind Manipulation; though rarely explicitly pointed out within the text, Shinichi will sometimes react to situations in ways he doesn't understand because he doesn't remember his reasons for the emotions and desires that motivate his actions. This is ironic, considering Hakuba has a flashback about he and Yuusaku having a conversation regarding how unhealthy forcibly suppressing Shinichi's emotions using meta-abilities would be; their alternative decisions still result in a similar effect.

  • Et Tu, Brute?: Of all the secrets revealed to him in part one, Ran's is the one that most expressly feels like betrayal, because of what it implies about how she sees him and how false all of his hopes had been for a long time regarding their relationship.

  • Face Death with Dignity: After the Nullifier appears to drop off the tower, Shinichi makes the decision to stay in the tower with Santa while Hakuba and KID seek out the Nullifier so that she won't have to be alone. KID protests that Santa will kill Shinichi, and Shinichi calmly replies that yes, he knows that, unless KID gets back in time—but he refuses to show fear to Santa, and refuses to leave her to suffer alone. Because of this, Shinichi is still in the tower when someone at ISHA launches a missile at it, and even then he appears totally calm. Fortunately/unfortunately, KID comes back and pulls Shinichi from the tower right before it explodes—but Santa is left behind to die.

  • Freudian Excuse: Shinichi is pretty terrible at maintaining relationships with people and tends to close off emotionally at the first sign of trouble, but whether he's conscious of this or not, it's pretty obviously a conditioned defense tactic against his father's control schemes, which often involve using any and all emotional bonds Shinichi's formed with potential friends as second-hand control mechanisms as well.

  • Hates Being Touched: Physical contact comes with a lot of emotional baggage for Shinichi, both figuratively and literally.

  • Heroic Blue Screen of Death: Almost boots up into this after his father's "The Reason You Suck" Speech in chapter 9, but painfully forces himself to still try to analyze and grapple with the situation in order to turn it somehow in his favor. His emotional vacancy is evidently so horrible to witness that Aoko and Kazuha immediately agree to Empty Promises with him at the first chance with the implication that they're desperate to somehow make themselves feel better about the situation, while Hakuba, Ran, and Hattori shudder in horror at the emotional implications of Shinichi's apparent surrender.

  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: In the extreme, and played realistically. Shinichi is brilliant, successful, and resourceful, but has been refused any positive feedback from those around him for the achievements that mean the most to him for basically his entire life, and one of the ways the effects of his years of living under his father's abuse truly manifests is through a constant underlying insecurity that he is as useless, stupid, and worthless as his father implies and/or directly claims, especially in comparison to everyone else around him. In chapter 9, Shinichi has an internal rant of shocking self-loathing which goes to show how much Yuusaku's and his allies' abuse has truly screwed Shinichi up: Shinichi genuinely concludes, upon discovering his father's and the Irregular's secret identities, that being managed for so many years by their abusive and deceptive power plays without fully realizing the scope of the manipulation and deception means not only that everyone around him probably thinks he's stupid and dumb and lacking credibility and "the village idiot," but that he deserves to be thought of as those things, that he is those things, because despite telling himself in the face of unanimous external disparagement that he was good enough to be a detective, he didn't realized the extent to which everyone around him was deceiving him. And in Shinichi's mind, that proves every horrible thing they've ever said or implied about him was true. He then, as he always does, represses that down to keep functioning and carries on with his plan, and thereafter spends the rest of the chapter internally attempting to process what's happened and unstably balancing between the instilled belief that he's worthless and the furious instinct to resist accepting that.

  • His Own Worst Enemy: Mostly subverted. Despite being psychologically and emotionally damaged from the abuse he recieves from his "friends" and family, Shinichi never lets it defeat him forever. It looks like it might at the end of chapter nine, when Shinichi boots up into Heroic BSoD after the confrontation with his father, but even then Shinichi throws himself a line with his "deal" with Hakuba. On the other hand, while Shinichi may be managing to hang in there for most of Part 1, his reactions to interpersonal conflict are not those of a psychologically or emotionally healthy person.

  • Implicit Prison: Lives in one, to the extent that his father has gotten all of Shinichi's "friends" and "girlfriend" to enforce Yuusaku's control over Shinichi (to the point where Shinichi refers to his girlfriend's grip on his hand as a "shackle") and has the police Gaslight him so as to better control him. More tellingly, Shinichi is so used to people who try to be his friend secretly being agents of his father's attempts to control and contain him that Shinichi has emotionally withdrawn from almost everyone around him. In chapter 1, in order to pursue his investigative reporting, Shinichi actually plots his escapes from the house while treating everyone else in it as obstacles, especially his parents and girlfriend. By the blasé way he thinks this through, escapes like this appear to be routine.

  • Intrepid Reporter: His way of getting around his father barring him from detective work.

  • It's All Junk: After breaking up with Ran, Shinichi looks through the photos on his phone and realizes that she'd given him up, whether she'd realized it or not, the day she agreed to become Angel and first started wearing her ISHA communicator earrings—the same day she'd quit all of her extracurricular activities sans her new training with his father, and the day that marked the beginning of her shaming him for his interests and activities rather than supporting him. At this realization, Shinichi deletes every trace of her from that day forwards off his phone. Then he deletes every picture of Hakuba, and every picture of his parents, and every communication with any of the Irregulars, erasing things faster and faster until his phone is "emptied of everything that wasn’t strictly professional," unable to really articulate why he did this other than their existence on his phone hurt and he wants it all to be gone.

  • Living Emotional Crutch: He and his girlfriend Ran are each other's, to an extremely toxic degree. Unlike in canon, Yuusaku's and Hakuba's choices basically forced Ran to be Shinichi's because she was his only consistent source of emotional support (until she became Angel), as they'd left him with no one else. Demonstrating exactly how damaged Shinichi actually is by this, he breaks up with Ran not because Ran's treatment towards him is wrong, but because he feels she thinks he's a burden, and to him that's the one thing he can't live with.

  • Love Martyr: Subverted at the last minute. Shinichi deeply loves Ran and has considered her the most important person in his life since they were small children but finding out about her secret identity finally clues him into at least some of the horribly toxic ideas and standards she's held him to, and how one-sided and condescending their relationship truly has become. He gives her one last chance to prove she (and the other Irregulars) are willing to make a relationship/friendship with him work, and they fail. He briefly internally argues with himself about how his hopes for their relationship were "childish dreams" and "fairy-tales," and how he should accept Ran's exploitation and emotional abuse because it's what's best for everyone, and who cares about his feelings? But her attempts to explain herself solidify his realization that she's stopped seeing him as an equal and partner and now sees him as a burden. He promptly breaks up with her, because whether he's willing to admit it to himself or not, being condescended to as a burden on her is more of a deal breaker than the fact that she exploited him and was complicit in his abuse, which really says all you need to know about the status of Shinichi's mental and emotional health.

  • Muggle Born of Mages: What most think Shinichi is, given that Yuusaku and Yuukiko didn't register him as a metahuman when his powers first developed and, noticably to others (especially to the Irregulars), gave Shinichi absolutely zero training in anything to do with metahuman, combative, or investigative abilities. Everyone thought he was The Family Normal, and since they never shared the fact that they had metahuman abilities with him, Shinchi was left to struggle through dealing his empath powers alone.

  • My Greatest Failure: A younger Shinichi once ran an article on the street kids of Tokyo under the assumption "that the publicity will help the reluctant subjects" and that the positive-attention-starved Shinichi himself would be "a savior for it." Instead Shinichi's article caused the children to lose their shelter and have to flee to another. While this event is only mentioned briefly, it evidently greatly changed Shinichi as a person; he's deeply ashamed of his past actions and past self, whom he openly decries as arrogant.

  • No Respect Guy: Enforced. One of the methods Yuusaku and his allies use to attempt control over Shinichi is Gaslighting him about the worth of his attempted contributions to society, repeatedly reinforcing the idea that his attempts at investigating and helping others are ultimately useless and pointless. This involves disrespecting him to his face and treating the fruits of his labor, and Shinichi himself, as worthless except for when he conforms to their desires. It's partially because of this treatment that the Irregulars and (possibly) Yuusaku are so late to learning about the experimentation conflict that arcs Part 1 and largely unprepared for the black hole crisis in its climax; Shinichi spent all of Part 1 collecting the pieces of the puzzle, but they'd brushed him aside until there was almost no time to manuver for options and the opportunities for most of the wiser solutions had already passed.

  • Parental Neglect: Like in canon, Shinichi's parents frequently left for months and years at a time, leaving the house to be inhabited largely by Shinichi alone. Given the nature of his family in this story, this Shinichi preferred things this way. Unfortunately, this is past tense - due to all of the chaos in Tokyo, Yuusaku has been around far more than usual, which has severely disrupted Shinichi's life.

  • Psychic Powers: Shinichi demonstrates psychic empathy, retrocognition, and Psychometry. It's possible all of these are mere manifestations of the same power. In one instance, Shinichi absorbs muscle memory from a door lock key pad in order to get inside a building, implying he can also absorb physical skills from people and the objects they interact with as long as his body is physically capable of reperforming them—which would further imply that he can absorb information and skills from just about anyone. It's implied by Hakuba and Yuusaku that Shinichi may unintentionally be capable of emotional manipulation or intensification as well, considering Hakuba's comment in chapter 5 about how loosing control of one's emotions when Shinichi is around is "a potentially fatal mistake." Another interpretation of this line could be that extreme emotions make it easier for Shinichi to gain information off people, as Hakuba and Yuusaku are very afraid of Shinichi learning more than they want him to.

  • Pursue the Dream Job: Shinichi really wants to be a detective, but has buried that dream in a shallow grave owing to his father's mechanizations and has instead chosen to work around those by becoming an Intrepid Reporter. This goal is tied up heavily into how Shinichi tries to cope with a lot of his self-worth and agency issues regarding the life-long abuse he's suffered at the hands of his father and those his father can convince to assist him. Shinichi puts it best while expressing that he's given up talking to those around him about it because they seemingly don't care:
    "What could he say? That this was important to him? That he wanted to help people, to feel useful? To connect with the world through the safe shield of a camera's lens? That he wanted to know the truth, about everything, and knew he couldn't, shouldn't know what he really wanted to know? That he tried to sate himself on any measly, impersonal truth the world had to offer him? That he was capable, he was skilled, and he was practical? That he could do this, if they'd all just let him?"

  • The Quiet One: Downplayed. We the reader are constantly provided with Shinichi's voice on matters, but we experience his internal dialogues and follow him through almost every important interaction he has over the time-span shown in Part 1. Outwardly, however, Shinichi expresses very little to other characters aside from providing or receiving strictly important, factual information; unless he's ready to pursue and advance his own cause in a conversation, he's actually quite quiet. This is demonstrated best by just how difficult it is to find a spoken line of dialogue that really expresses his character—even the character quote above comes from his internal narration.

  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: When Shinichi breaks up with Ran, he doesn't do it because she reinforced and willfully participated in creating an extreme culture of emotional and psychological abuse against him and still doesn't seem to fully understand what she did wrong. No, he does it because he feels he's become a burden on her, and that makes him feel even worse about himself. Yes, he does feel anger over the abuse and neglect, but he still tells himself that it's irrational anger and that what she did was probably reasonable and likely for the best in that bigger picture of the situation he hasn't been allowed to see, so he should have put up with it, who cares about how he feels in comparison? That being a burden on his emotionally neglectful and abusive girlfriend is a more valid reason to break up in his mind than the actual abuse says a lot about his mental state underneath his stoic and snarky facade.
    • It's worth noting that a part of Shinichi is struggling against this deeply unhealthy "logic"—a part of him is still as offended and angered by the implied presumption that he's worthless as he is hurt by the idea it might be true. Unfortunately, the second idea pervades his inner thoughts almost constantly when conflicts like this appear, because that's the idea everyone around him goes out of their way to validate.

  • The Resenter: Towards Hakuba, and mildly towards the rest of the Irregulars, since they benefit from Shinichi's parents' favoritism towards them and were given everything Shinichi's ever wanted.

  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Shinichi is cold, snarky, sarcastic, aloof, and calculating, but beneath the mask of composure he's bitter, resentful, rebellious, almost perpetually hurt and clearly emotionally and psychologically damaged, with constant self-worth battles and scars on his personality that, even if this abusive treatment ended tomorrow, would realistically take decades to psychologically heal if they ever do. He's had to suffer under the abuse of arguably the most powerful man on earth, and not only has no one been willing to help him, but those who've noticed have turned a blind eye or even supported this treatment under the assumption that his father has good reasons for this cruelty—include Shinichi's own girlfriend. And on some level, he knows this, which means he's constantly aware that even those who claim to love him consider his emotional and psychological wellbeing trifle in comparison to his father's orders. Even worse? Shinichi's a psychic empath, making emotion regulation and mental stability even harder to maintain than normal and making him arguably much more vulnerable to that kind of emotional and psychological damage. However, Shinichi's control over his own emoting is usually so convincing that even Hakuba deluded himself into thinking they weren't doing that much damage, only realizing this was a self-delusion once he sees a rare instance of Shinichi's rigorous emotional suppression slipping.

  • The Stoic: Shinichi has some of the most emotionally visceral perspective sections, but represses his emotions deeply and expresses very few personal feelings to others. This is partially a professional tactic for his investigative journalism, but it's also partly a repressive coping mechanism born out of dealing with both the empathic abilities no one helped him learn to manage and his father's carefully cultivated environment of emotional and psychological abuse.

  • That Liar Lies: Shinichi. Hates. Lies. And, due to his abilities, almost always knows when someone is lying. This trait was particularly prevalent in Shinichi's personality when he was younger, but ironically, due to his horrible family life, he's had to adapt to trickery himself in order to attain any agency as he grew older. He still hates it, but realizes it's necessary for maintaining his freedom and mental wellbeing as best he can.

  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Has one that can make even Hakuba flinch—and his angry one has so far been easier to withstand than his vacant one.

  • Twice Shy: A platonic variation: Shinichi has serious issues with reaching out to others emotionally because of how terribly he's been treated by those around him when he's reached out in the past, which has inspired some pretty intense self-worth issues and the constant suspicion that those choosing to spend time with him are there because they're serving his father's agenda, not because they actually care about him. It's unfortunately justified because we see those around Shinichi continue to do exactly this throughout Part 1, including Shinichi's father, surrogate brother, and girlfriend. As such, this baggage severely damages Hattori's attempt to befriend Shinichi in Part 1, owing to Shinichi's inability to trust him.

  • The Unfavorite: It's implied this is how Shinichi sees himself when compared to Hakuba, who was "given everything Shinichi had ever wanted" by Shinichi's own parents while said parents excluded Shinichi. This is ultimately played with, as it's implied Yuusaku is actually more concerned with and protective over Shinichi than over his surrogate son Hakuba or the other children he mentors (despite his words), but this concern appears to be Yuusaku's motivation for being crueller to Shinichi.

  • Unreliable Narrator: Though it's unclear to what extent, it becomes increasingly obvious over the course of the story that Yuusaku has meddled with large portions of Shinichi's memory throughout the course of Shinichi's life. Further, Shinichi can perceive the memories and experiences of others, and at least one memory that he thought was his own has been confirmed to have actually been someone else's which is why Yuusaku couldn't erase it despite trying: for some reason, he can only erase Shinichi's personal memories, so Yuusaku instead did his best to confuse the coherency of the memories and bury access to them instead. When combined with the Gaslighting and general extreme emotional and psychological manipulation and abuse Shinichi's been subjected to for years, it becomes hard to trust some of Shinichi's older and more illogical impressions and memories owing to the fact that they may have been instilled or modified rather than genuinely experienced, something Shinichi himself becomes aware of over the events of Part 1.

  • White Sheep: Shinichi is the only member of the Kudo family who is not part of ISHA's incredibly dubious power structure; his parents are one of their leaders and their emotion-manipulating propaganda mouthpiece respectively. He's also the only Kudo whose powers, as of yet, have not proven to be projective or altering to others' minds/emotions. Instead, his Psychic Powers are absorptive; rather than pushing foreign presences/thoughts/emotions onto others, Shinichi can psychically perceive the current and past perceptions of others embedded in the persons, places, and things around him. It's implied that Yuusaku believes Shinichi can project some kind of influence over others' minds and he regards this as a danger, but so far that has yet to be concretely proven.

  • Willful Blindness: Zig-zagged. Shinichi deliberately seeks out harmful secrets that he feels he can do something about, but shies away from those make him feel powerless or confirm painful truths about interpersonal relationships that he didn't want to confront. A lot of this comes from Shinichi's attempt to grapple with his father's abuse, and in particular Yuusaku's abusive insistence that Shinichi can have no possible worth or contribution ability outside of what Yuusaku has designated for him—that Shinichi is a "useless" burden in all matters Shinichi actually cares about. Tellingly, Shinichi thus challenges conflicts Yuusaku tells him he has no place in while avoiding the very presence of those whose words and actions imply agreement with the idea that Shinichi is a useless burden, such as Ran and Hakuba. Shinichi sets himself very low expectations for how others see and feel about him, likely in the hopes that if he does have to confront the reality of how they actually see him, he won't be as hurt if he already expected the worst. Shinichi directly expresses in chapter 10 that his own assumptions as to why others have chosen to hurt and neglect him still probably hurt less than the reality.
    • There's an element of this reflected in his powers: Shinichi, as a psychic empath, was not taught how to manage his abilities emotionally and so has resorted to blocking out his advanced awareness of others' emotions for the sake of his own ability to function day to day. As the narration of one of Shinichi's perspective sections puts it, "Shinichi spent the vast majority of his life trying to avoid unnecessary physical contact with others. Even soccer sometimes pushed the edges of his tolerance, and there had been a time when he’d only ever reach out to Ran willingly. He didn’t want the burden of other people’s shameful secrets and petty thoughts—he could barely manage his own."

    Kudo Yuusaku/"Night Baron" 

“Do you really think you’ll uncover something I can’t?”

Shinichi's father and the Irregulars' mentor. A famous detective in the public sphere, and as Night Baron considered the greatest of the Overseers, Yuusaku is quick, clever, and always seems to be hiding many things beneath his mask and mantle...

  • Abusive Parents: Yuusaku goes out of his way to make sure Shinichi feels worthless, up to and including creating competing loyalties with basically all of the people in Shinichi's life so that no one will side with Shinichi over Yuusaku and having all of them try to Gaslight Shinichi into believing everything he tries to do without his father's express permission and support is crazy, morally wrong, useless, pointless, and, again, worthless. He's called his son's dreams and aspirations "ridiculous" since he was a child, despite supporting others with the same dreams directly to Shinichi's face, and has encouraged others to put Shinichi down for these same aspirations, including Shinichi's peer group and the police. Yuusaku's also not afraid to force his son to behave in the manner he desires, such as when he wipes his son's memory of the previous few minutes and forces him to leave KID's heist and return home like a mindless puppet, after which Shinichi comes back to himself with no memory of encountering the Night Baron but evidence on his camera that he did. It's implied Yuusaku has done this with unfortunate commonality over the years, despite recognizing that this kind of mental coercion is damaging. Further damaging is Yuusaku's tendency to bury, confuse, scramble, edit, and outright erase Shinichi's memories at Yuusaku's own convenience, taking Gaslighting to such extremes that Shinichi himself has become an Unreliable Narrator regarding any and all events that occurred prior to the story. But in chapter 9 Yuusaku takes his cake and goes on a cold, manipulative diatribe about how Shinichi is "useless" and has proven through his acts of rebellion against Yuusaku's abuse that he isn't worth trusting or treating with respect—to Shinichi's face. It's further implied that Yuusaku was using his Psychic Powers on Shinichi during this, as Shinichi thinks and behaves in ways that do not align with his normal behavior, including quietly handing over the evidence he's spent the entire story trying to obtain and keep away from those who would take it from him while not even being fully conscious of doing this. It also takes Shinichi a full day to fully shake off mentally seeing himself as his father described. Yuusaku's interaction with Shinichi was such a clear-cut mental assault on Shinichi that even the most dogmatic of the Irregulars are stunned into silence, breaking into furious conflict over it full minutes later.

  • Ambiguously Evil: Yuusaku is a master of mixed messages in terms of his moral alignment; though Yuusaku is nominally the leader of the world's superheroes and Hakuba insists he's doing everything For The Greater Good, Yuusaku's also so manipulative that it's hard to guess what about him is ploy and what is genuine, or if anything about him can be trusted at all. He's capable of mentally altering and controlling the people around him and he's learned lying and trickery so well he can even convince a psychic empath that the falsehoods he speaks are truths (at least for a little while). Still, though he has some supportive and constructive moments with the Irregulars, most of his actions are characterized by abusive control tactics and a startling Lack of Empathy; his words towards his son honestly wouldn't be out of place as the dialogue of a genuine supervillain.

  • The Antagonist: Yuusaku isn't the villain (probably), but he is the constant opposing force to Shinichi's ideals and endeavors. It appears to be Yuusaku's decisions, choices, and influence that causes the entirety of the story's second main conflict (Shinichi vs. his loved ones). Yuusaku's role as this to Shinichi is all but acknowledged directly by Hattori and Hakuba in the first Interlude, in which they openly discuss how Shinichi is so completely repudiative towards being controled and manipulated any further by Yuusaku that any association with Yuusaku dooms any genuine friendship with Shinichi.

  • Beware the Mind Reader: Unlike Shinichi, Yuusaku plays this straight: he is perfectly willing to use and abuse the information and weaknesses he finds in others' minds—even those of the children in his care—in order to maintain control over them.

  • Bizarre Alien Psychology: Yuusaku is a human rather than a literal alien but otherwise appears to play this straight, up to and including a psychic character trying to read Yuusaku's thoughts and describing them as alien, vast, and incomprehensible.

  • Break Them by Talking: One of the major red flags in Yuusaku's behavior. Hakuba notes that Yuusaku has a specific voice, tone, and linguistic strategy he uses to do this specifically to minors. The most egregious example of this is Yuusaku's horrifically emotionally abusive "The Reason You Suck" Speech to his own son in chapter 9 (and the implications from that conversation of the exact depth and duration of the abuse). Hakuba also notes that Shinichi is the most common recipient of this strategy of Yuusaku's in general.

  • Cold Equation: Puts acquiring the Meta-Nulifier over the lives of the nine million people of Tokyo, the lives of the nine million people of Tokyo over the life of the children who have been experimented on, and his son's life over his son's psychological wellbeing.

  • Everyone Has Standards: As morally repugnant as Yuusaku's actions are, even he thinks the manner of Santa's death crossed a line.

  • Expy: His role as Night Baron bears a lot of resemblance to Batman.

  • For The Greater Good:
    • Yuusaku rationalizes the decisions made at Shinichi's expense by arguing that they bring about the most overall good and, tellingly, that it won't matter because Shinichi will (hopefully) never find out that they've repeatedly thrown him under the bus anyways. Yuusaku's mention of the latter excuse immediately after insisting it's for the greater good implies that he's really telling himself that it's okay because he won't have to face a Shinichi that knows what he's done—which underscores that some part of Yuusaku's abuse rationalizations are motivated by the desire to protecting himself from the consequences of his actions. Unsurprisingly, Shinichi does find out, and Yuusaku's reaction even horrifies the Irregulars. Despite Hakuba's insistence that Yuusaku loves and has deeply sacrificed for his son's happiness and wellbeing, Yuusaku is so emotionally and psychologically abusive that, rather than bringing about good, it's almost like Yuusaku's trying to push Shinichi to a precipice.
    • In chapter 11, Yuusaku pulls this again, stopping the Irregulars from destroying the Meta-Nullifiers during the black hole crisis by claiming that ISHA needs them. In doing so, Yuusaku puts possessing these nullifiers over the safety of nine million people, choosing not only to leave all of the superheroes in the city depowered during a time when as many options as possible are desperately needed, but to render any attempt to call for backup fundamentally pointless, because the backup will be made as powerless as the Irregulars as soon as they come near the city. As far as the Irregulars and Yuusaku know, this leaves four normal teenagers as Tokyo's only defense against the growing black holes that threaten to erase the city and millions of people from existence, and they have less than two hours before the entire city is gone.

  • Gaslighting: Yuusaku not only steals Shinichi's evidence of inconvenient events and edits and erases Shinichi's memories at his convenience, but when Shinichi calls him out on his many manipulative and controlling behaviors, Yuusaku insists that "Everything I’ve done has been for you. You just... Don't understand," which is an outright attempt to confuse, delegitimize, and dismantle Shinichi's ability to recognize harm as harm. Further, trying to convince Shinichi (and the watching Irregulars) to accept the irrational idea that Shinichi should trust that someone who repeatedly harms him and shows no remorse actually has his best interests in mind and it only looks like those who hurt him don't care because he himself just isn't capable of recognizing this care reeks of an attempt to program Shinichi and the watching Irregulars to accept the abuse as appropriate and allowable and Stolkholm Syndrome as the correct response Shinichi should have it.

  • His Own Worst Enemy: Most of the conflicts in the story that are implied to challenge and stress Yuusaku appear to derive from his own choices having consequences that come back to bite him.

  • Insufferable Genius: As with Hakuba, this is played with. Yuusaku is supposedly incomprehensibly smart, but when confronted with dissent or a loss of control of the situation, he tends to weaponize his own perceived intellectual superiority to shut people down with condescension aplenty. However, like Hakuba, Yuusaku doesn't actually display his intelligence while doing so. Instead, Yuusaku, like Hakuba, usually appeals to his own greater influence and reputation of intellectual superiority specifically in order to make those disagreeing with him look and/or feel powerless and stupid by comparison in an attempt to delegitimize their position without having to challenge their actual ideas. Yuusaku's intelligence is partially an Informed Attribute because, while he displays a high level of manipulative cunning on a social level, he refuses to be honest about his actual reasons for doing anything—most of his arguments in defense of his actions are, rather than an impressive display of facts and logic, comprised instead of personal attacks and fallacies. This charade of dialogue is Lampshaded in the narrative, which specifically describes Yuusaku's language when speaking with Kaito, for example, as "delivered like a speech given by the educated to the ignorant, only bereft of fact or explanation. No one cared if the ignorant understood or not, so long as they were quiet in their incomprehension."

  • Mystery Writer Detective: Aside from claiming the title of World's Greatest Detective and secretly being the Night Baron, Yuusaku also maintains his DC canon career of writing mystery novels.

  • Psychic Powers: Yuusaku outright attacks his own son's mind when Shinichi touches him, overriding his consciousness, blocking his memories, and forcing him to go home like a puppet on a string. Later, Shinichi regains awareness inside his room, with no memory of what happened after seeing Night Baron. It's unclear if Yuusaku's demonstration of power is a different usage of the same power as Shinichi, or a different kind of mental power altogether. (If he's as sensitive to the emotions and experiences of others as Shinichi and still choses to treat those around him as he does, he's even more abusive than previously thought).

  • Pyrrhic Victory: Yuusaku and Hakuba desperately want the Nullifier, to the point where they were willing to gamble the survival of a city of nine million people for the chance to get it. The reason they don't? They did their best to write off every investigative effort that Shinichi made as worthless... and he's the one who was investigating the case surrounding it. If they had treated him with respect and listened to him earlier, the three of them collectively probably would have been able to realize the connections between the kidnapped children, the Red Siamese Cats, and Professor Hirota much sooner and made better plans to handle the Nullifier and the experimented children; perhaps, for example, working with Professor Hirota to acquire further production of the Nullifier in exchange for his protection and support for his research. Because Yuusaku and Hakuba were more focused on invalidating the credibility of everything Shinichi was trying to tell them, they missed the opportunity for the Nullifier until there was almost no time to manuver for options and the opportunities for most of the wiser solutions had already passed. Thus, instead of having time to calmly decide how to manage the situation with the Nullifier and the children who needed it, Hakuba and Yuusaku had to choose between them and brought almost every conflict in Part 1 into crossfires, during which the Nullifier was lost. As a consequence of their own poor decisions and ill-chosen priorities, the city whose survival they were willing to gamble was saved at the cost of Yuusaku and Hakuba ultimately losing almost everything they'd gambled and compromised it and their own morals for: the victim who'd unintentionally caused the black holes, the Nullifier, and, it appears, Shinichi himself. "Won the battle, lost the war" seems quite apt; it'd almost be Laser-Guided Karma if the consequences for others weren't so much greater.

  • Quit Your Whining: In chapter 10, even Hakuba is outraged and hurt over Yuusaku's behavior in chapter 9, and confronts Yuusaku on the obviously abusive tongue lashing he gave Shinichi in front of the entirety of the Irregulars. Yuusaku reacts with deep condescension, writing off Hakuba's outrage and hurt at the injustice as something in the line of "Shinichi's dramatics" and implying that such emotions are childish and beneath someone like Hakuba—two points which serve to underscore both how emotionally abusive Yuusaku is willing to be towards anyone in order to maintain control of them and exactly how much he looks down on his own son.

  • Tough Love: Hakuba frames Yuusaku's abuse of Shinichi as this. It's unclear if this is an accurate assessment of Yuusaku's intentions or just what Hakuba tells himself.

  • The Unapologetic: So far, Yuusaku, about pretty much everything. Whenever someone calls him out on the pain he's caused others, he's at this point given nothing but self-flattering rationalizations before actually doubling down on causing that pain.

  • Unreliable Expositor: Every time Yuusaku gives a reason for his actions, they often superficially apply to the particular instance he's discussing but conflict with the bigger picture and the other things the reader knows he's said and done. Having proven himself both a masterful liar able to fool literal psychics and perfectly willing to mess with the minds and memories of those around him for the benefit of his own ends, it's impossible to know if he's ever been honest with any of the cast and, if so, with who, and about what. In chapter 11, the reader is left with an implication that may explain the rationale behind Yuusaku's and Hakuba's decision to functionally attempt to strip Shinichi of agency and imprison him in an extremely regulated pre-approved lifestyle—but with how twisted Yuusaku's other rationalizations have been, and how much of a self-centered martyr complex he has demonstrated concerning his framing of the conflict with Kaito, it's unclear whether Yuusaku's assessment of the situation, whatever that situation is, can even be trusted to be "the truth"—even if Yuusaku himself believes it.

  • Would Hurt a Child: His own child, as a matter of fact. Also, others' children, should the security of the city require it. He also personally runs a child soldier grooming process—and one of the ones currently under his "tutelage" has been seeing combat since they were in elementary school. For context, were this Real Life, Yuusaku's grooming of Hakuba as a Child Soldier alone is a human rights violation bad enough to, if it ever went to court, get Yuusaku put on several watch lists, banned from being within a certain proximity to minors, and have custody of his son taken from him, if not get Yuusaku outright jail time. If Real Life consequences were given for all of his actions towards the Irregulars, he'd likely be dragged before a High Court and possibly the Japanese Supreme Court, and if Japan turned a blind eye then the International Criminal Court would have jurisdiction to investigate Yuusaku for being in violation of the Rome Statute, which declares, among other things, that the grooming of child soldiers is a war crime.

  • Why Are You Not My Son?: Downplayed. He doesn't directly state this, but he does paint Shinichi quite negatively in comparison to Hakuba, especially when it's just Yuusaku and Hakuba around to hear.

    Kudo Yuukiko/"Edogawa Fumiyo" 
Shinichi's often-absent mother.
  • Abusive Parents: Her role in the Kudo family relationship disaster isn't really clear, but it can be concluded that she's likely willingly kept herself distant from Shinichi in accordance with Yuusaku's wishes, which would imply consent towards Yuusaku's treatment regarding their son if true.

  • The Face: Of ISHA. Following the trope to a T, she has emotion manipulation abilities to encourage audiences to have the reaction ISHA wants.

  • The Ghost: Her only impact in Part One is a brief scene in which she is revealed to be ISHA's propaganda mouthpiece under the alias of Edogawa Fumiyo. Other than that, she's only really felt through mentions by other characters.

  • Psychic Powers: Yuukiko can influence the emotions of others around her, usually to make them more complacent and happy, which makes her ideal as ISHA's propaganda mouthpiece.

  • Useless Bystander Parent: Does nothing to protect Shinichi from Yuusaku's abuse and spends most of her time abroad on work-related trips.


The Irregulars

    In General 

A group of teenagers invited by the International Super-Hero Association to train to be future superheroes. Their mentor is Kudo Yuusaku, who strangely insists they keep his son in the dark about everything.

  • Amateur Sleuth: The team's cover story for their constant meetings is that they're being specially trained in investigative work by the great detective Kudo Yuusaku.

  • Bystander Syndrome: A particularly ironic example. These five teenage superheroes who act as secondary protagonists are being trained to be active problem-solvers in any conflict—but they're simultaneously standing aside, permitting, and even reinforcing the abuse of someone they claim to care about because their boss and his sidekick have assured them it's all For The Greater Good.

  • Child Soldiers: What the Irregulars functionally are, under the veneer of superheroship. They're being trained by Yuusaku to function like a specialized military squad and even report, brief, and debrief like soldiers. The fact that Hakuba has apparently been going on missions since before middle school makes it clear that ISHA's superhero program is a glorified child soldier grooming process, something that automatically underscores the shady nature of ISHA as this would be a war crime in Real Life.
    • It's darkly fitting, then, that the bizarre "monsters" they occasionally fight and eliminate are also children, and often younger than them.

  • Expy: They're basically a conceptual deconstruction of the Teen Titans.

  • Five-Man Band: Subverted. They are a team of five superheroes in training, but they don't really fit the archetype well. Hattori and Hakuba fit the best, with Hattori as The Lancer and Hakuba as The Leader. Hattori is a good personality foil for Hakuba, making him a solid Lancer, but in terms of the classic leadership roles, Hakuba's not really charismatic, headstrong, or a mastermind, and while he has a levelheaded demeanor it's mostly used to emotionally tear down descent down rather than to unify, which leads just as often to internal group conflicts as it does to cooperation. The other three roles are The Big Guy, The Chick, and The Smart Guy, but none of those fit well with the three remaining members, Ran, Kazuha, and Aoko—or rather, none of these roles apply to any particular remaining members in ways that couldn't be arguably applied to the others just as much. The Five-Man Band archetype falls further apart when Hattori quits the team after the events of Part 1.

  • Good Is Not Nice: As a group they rescue civilians from gravity abnormalities, stop rampaging fire creatures from destroying downtown Tokyo, and fight terrorists. They genuinely desire to do good; they're just very bad at figuring out how to do that in their personal lives due to having no idea how to properly handle their complicated circumstances, which often leads to them being unkind in the extreme. Part of the tension and drama in the story comes from the ambiguity over the exact point at which good or understandable intentions cease to make up for cruel and exploitative behavior, and the Irregulars—a team of life-inexperienced teenagers who desire to do good but ignore how their decisions repeatedly hurt those around them—are one of the main ways this tension is communicated.

  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: Despite trusting that their mentor has good reasons for keeping Shinichi in the dark, each of them are uncomfortable to varying yet increasing degrees with the effects their actions are having on Shinichi's quality of life and emotional health, though they all react to this guilt in different ways—with some burying conscious acknowledgement of what they've done, others struggling to justify it, yet still more desperately trivializing it. Two or three have so far openly expressed regret over their actions and decisions, but only Hattori has so far taken action in an attempt to correct for them.

  • Hypocrite: Often complain about limitations to their privileges as Irregulars—lack of transparency, secrets, limited agency, not being allowed to act as they see fit—but actively push and enforce these same limitations onto Shinichi to a far greater degree, and unlike the Irregulars, Shinichi did not sign himself up for this.

  • Locked Out of the Loop: Despite keeping secrets from Shinichi and considering this justified, there's a lot they themselves haven't been told, and they're not happy about it.

  • Murder by Mistake: Overlaps with Obliviously Evil. When the Irregulars fight the fireball creature in chapters 1 and 2, they aren't aware it's actually a terrified thirteen year old boy named Moriguchi Satoshi, whose powers have gone out of control due to being the victim of kidnapping and experimentation. They proceed eradicate him so brutally that all that remains of him is "sludge," which get washed away by the flood they caused while attacking him.

  • Obliviously Evil: Whatever else was going on behind the scenes, the Irregulars genuinely didn't realize that the disasters they've been neutralizing originate with the missing children case and that when they smothered the flames of the fireball creature in chapter 2, they were literally suffocating a child to death. Given the implication that there have been similar mysterious disasters occurring in the months before the story began and the knowledge that there are forty-some children suspected to be kidnapped and experimented on in that time, it's very possible that the Irregulars, as Tokyo's resident team-in-training thus given most of the field work, have ignorantly murdered other children in a similar fashion.
    • Also, despite their intentions, the vast majority of their and Yuusaku's non-emergency efforts throughout Part 1 go towards stopping someone from trying to save said bunch of kidnapped homeless children until almost literally the last minute. Because of this, when the chance to save one of the children goes awry, there isn't enough time for another; Part 1 ends with yet another child's death in part because of the delay in focus and aid caused by Yuusaku and the Irregulars constantly setting up metaphorical roadblocks. It appears that most of them were so wrapped up in their own lives that they genuinely didn't realize what they were brushing off and impeding, and those that did were more focused on keeping a certain person in his place than on what that individual was trying to tell them; all they saw was Shinichi being rebellious against Yuusaku's decided order of things and decided they needed to make him stop and didn't want to validate anything he was trying to prove through his actions.

  • Part-Time Hero: They're superheroes in training but still in regular high school, and, as expected with this story, their inability to compromise the needs of their superhero careers with everything else in their lives is thoroughly explored—they've neglected and even exploited the ignorance of their non-ISHA relationships and many have abandoned their non-ISHA-related interests and activities, which has had disastrous personal consequences.

  • Pyrrhic Victory: Their one (still debatable) victory over the course of Part 1 is successfully smothering the fireball creature in Chapters 1 and 2 to death underneath Aoko's wall of water. But not only does their chosen method of defeating it immediately cause an incalculable ecological and financial catastrophe to the surrounding area, it's later revealed that the creature was a kidnapped child experimented on to the point of losing control of their powers, recasting the entire situation as the Irregulars pulverizing and destroying a terrified thirteen year old boy so thoroughly that only sludge remained of the body. Their apparent success makes them child murderers.

  • Secret Identity: All a Part of the Job.

  • Stunned Silence: Their supposedly respectable mentor Kudo Yuusaku's incredibly psychologically and emotionally abusive lecture towards his son Shinichi in chapter 9 leaves them absolutely stunned. After a few minutes of silence followed by failed attempts to comfort the victim whose abuse they were and ultimately still are complicit in, the shock turns to furious verbal conflict.

  • The Team: Of teenage superheroes.

  • Would Hurt a Child: Unwittingly, but still. When they find out that, rather than fighting ordinary monsters, ISHA has been sending them on missions to put down children that have escaped from experimentation, they're horrified by the revelation that they're guilty of murder. It's unclear as of the end of Part 1 how much ISHA knew about the truth behind the "monsters."

    Hakuba Saguru/"Hawk" 

"You shouldn't even be sticking your nose into a detective's case, anyway. How many times have we talked about this?"

The team leader of the Irregulars, and Yuusaku's sidekick and unofficial surrogate son. His meta-ability is his heightened sense of hearing and sight.

  • Abusive Parents: Not to the same extent as Shinichi, but Yuusaku's also abusive to Hakuba in order to maintain his allegiance, just in a more subtle way: when Hakuba is outraged and hurt over the openly abusive treatment Yuusaku gave Shinichi in chapter 9, Yuusaku reacts with deep condescension, writing off Hakuba's pain and emotional hurt as something in the line of "Shinichi's dramatics" and implying that such emotions are childish and beneath someone like Hakuba. As for Hakuba's biological parents, little is known but it can be concluded that they've been out of the picture for a while. An offhand comment made by Hakuba in the Interlude implies that his biological father does not approve of his life choices and that Yuusaku was the first person to believe in Hakuba's abilities, which makes Hakuba's active support for Yuusaku's discouragement of Shinichi all the more ironic and hypocritical.

  • Child Soldier: Stands out amongst a team of them. Unlike the rest of the Irregulars, who were recruited in their middle school or high school years, Hakuba has been going on missions as the Night Baron's sidekick since he was in the early grades of elementary school.

  • Emotion Suppression: Hakuba partially does this to himself to hide from how guilty and ashamed he feels at how they collectively treat Shinichi, but the unhealthy behavior is encouraged by Yuusaku to the point of causing Hakuba more hurt.

  • Failure Hero: Despite being a lauded Teen Genius, detective, and superhero, Hakuba fails even at things he should be good at throughout Part 1: his effectiveness as a leader appears mediocre at best; he doesn't solve Part 1's big case (that's done by the guy both Hakuba and Yuusaku have repeatedly insisted over whom Hakuba is superior); he doesn't protect the city—in fact, he and his team arguably destroy more structures than they protect; he does protect civilians... but not the ones whose need for protection drives the plot's conflict (he's notably led his team to kill and/or abuse those civilians and/or arguably cause their deaths through a failure to perform his duty proactively as both detective and hero); and just when it looks like he and the rest of the teenage cast are about to subvert this by working to solve one of the plot's major crises in an effective manner, ISHA cruise missiles the problem before they can do anything. By Part 1's end, Hakuba's failed to even perceive the majority of the arc's criminal case until someone else explains it to him in the last chapter, failed to impede KID from freely doing what he wants, failed to manage/control Shinichi, failed to protect Shinichi, failed to protect the kidnapped children like he promised Shinichi, failed to have a meaningful impact in the protection of Tokyo during the Black Hole Crisis, and doesn't even manage to obtain either kind of nullifying agent (neither the superior intravenous nor inferior aerosol varieties). About the only "successes" Hakuba leads his team to achieving in Part 1 are the death of the fireball "monster" in chapter 2 and assisting in the slew of minor incidents during the early gravity anomalies of the Black Hole Crisis, and even those are tinged with personal failure in hindsight. There's a deep and poignant irony to this situation, as Hakuba, positioned by Yuusaku onto a pedestal and stepping on Shinichi all the way up it, fails at everything he and Yuusaku have caused all of this misery for.

  • For The Greater Good: Hakuba's eventually revealed to be desperately clinging to this idea in order to live with himself as he watches Shinichi emotionally fall apart almost entirely due to Hakuba's and Yuusaku's choices. It's decreasingly comforting to the moral quagmire he's stuck in as Part 1 progresses, leading to him hanging up on Yuusaku while his mentor's giving orders and chancing Shinichi's incredibly risky plan to save the little girl whose existence is risking millions of lives.

  • Hypocrite: Hakuba supports and actively participates in Yuusaku's discouragement and abuse of Shinichi. Hakuba's apparent main reason for his allegiance to Yuusaku is that Yuusaku supported Hakuba's dreams and believed him capable even when Hakuba's biological father didn't. Hakuba evidently knows the pain of a critical and unsupportive father but helps his surrogate father figure hurt said father figure's biological son in a similar and likely worse manner.

  • Insufferable Genius: Played with. Hakuba is genuinely smart, but when confronted with dissent or a loss of control of the situation, he, like Yuusaku, tends to weaponize his own perceived intellectual superiority to shut people down. In an interesting twist, Hakuba doesn't usually display his intelligence while doing so; instead, he usually appeals to his own reputation of intellectual superiority specifically because he can't actually justify shutting the people around him down rationally, either because he is disinclined to share his real reasons for doing so or because he genuinely doesn't have rational arguments to justify his stance but wishes to steer away from the situation regardless. It's implied in the Interlude that, for Hakuba, this is also a (very flawed) personal control mechanism; Hakuba tries to dredge up some condescending indignation in response to Hattori's questioning specifically so Hakuba himself can feel more in control and comfortable, but in this instance he fails.

  • Internal Reveal: After shutting Shinichi down at the beginning of the story, Hakuba finally gives Shinichi the chance to debrief him on the missing children's case in chapter 12, which finally clues him into the fact that he and his team have brutally murdered at least one child without knowing it. This shakes him so much he almost tells Shinichi the second major secret they're keeping from him, until Kaito interrupts.

  • Irony: Hakuba's meta-ability is his enhanced sensory perception, but despite this superior perception and supposedly being privileged with inclusion to all the knowledge everyone else is excluded from, Hakuba fails to perceive the majority of Part 1's plot until Shinichi explains it to him.

  • Kick the Dog: In order to try to keep Shinichi away from subjects his father doesn't want him near, Hakuba Gaslights Shinichi and deliberately rubs salt in Shinichi's emotional wounds by bringing up Shinichi's percieved inadequacy in the eyes of his father. Hakuba has apparently used this tactic so many times to shut Shinichi down that he calls it "the Yuusaku button."

  • The Leader: Of the Irregulars. Unfortunately, not a very good one as of yet. He's smart and tactical, but horrible at emotional and moral leadership or support, very bad at managing his own mistakes, and outright terrible at handling or resolving conflicts and arguments within his team in a healthy or honest manner, resulting in he himself often arguing with rather than leading his teammates if the seriousness of the situation isn't conveyed well enough and others (often Yuusaku or Ran) having to intervene to save the situation from escalating because Hakuba can't manage it. He also doesn't have an accepted, unquestionable integrity to ground the team's trust when things go awry, or an ability to inspire much loyalty outside of personalities already predisposed to give it. When dealing with an interpersonal conflict he doesn't know how else to handle, he has a tendency to resort to the avoidant or abusive tactics he learned from growing up under Yuusaku, which often get the immediate result he desired but have long-lasting negative consequences. In essence, Hakuba's character is trying to become the great prodigy detective, upcoming leader of crime-fighting operations, and unifying force around which his team and friend group rally—but while Hakuba assumes the position and privileges of a leader, his behavior indicates that he's not naturally inclined towards the skills required to be one.
    • This is demonstrated pretty clearly by Hakuba's choosing between whether to follow Shinichi or Yuusaku on the Black Hole Crisis. On one level it's presented as a choice between Shinichi's refusal to compromise over the worth of human life vs. Yuusaku's idea of The Greater Good. On a a more subtle level, however, the fact that Hakuba chose a side to follow rather than taking the primary leadership position himself gives away how ineffective Hakuba is as both a detective and a leader in the overarching story of Part 1; for all his supposed insider knowledge, he ultimately knew the least about the situation at hand and how to handle it, let alone how to lead others through it. Indeed, he relies almost entirely on information and plans that either Yuusaku or Shinichi give him to follow for all of Part 1, and his emotional arc revolves around an eventual act of rebellion via choosing to follow Shinichi in spite of Yuusaku, after which he goes back to following Yuusaku. When given the opportunity to choose between taking the leadership role in a group or following another, Hakuba seems to still be a Child Soldier at heart, not a metaphorical general: despite knowing that he's supposed to be in charge of his team and being able to organize them to do basic things, he's still not yet proactive, competent, or assertive enough to define himself as a leader and tends to both default to others' plans and replicate the behavior of whoever is leading him when he does have to try to lead.

  • Meaningful Name: Hakuba's superhero alias, Hawk, references his keenly enhanced hearing and sight.

  • Mistaken for Cheating: There's implications in the early chapters of Part 1 that Shinichi suspected Ran was cheating on him with Hakuba; during the first Interlude, Hakuba proves that he's perfectly aware of what their behavior likely looked like and wonders whether they hurt Shinichi or not by behaving as they did.

  • Morton's Fork: Secretly feels horrendously guilty for cooperating with Yuusaku's abusive policies towards Shinichi but also feels he can't afford to be emotionally available or honest for Shinichi in any way. His attempts to play it Scylla and Charybdis have made both Shinichi and his own teammates upset at him, all the while loathing himself more and more for the pain he knows he's causing.

  • Parental Favoritism: It's still unclear why, exactly, but Yuusaku functionally adopted Hakuba and then gave him every privilege and advantage that he denied to his biological son. Predictably, Hakuba's and Shinichi's relationship didn't go well from there. It marked the first time Yuusaku's abuse fundamentally broke a close personal relationship of Shinichi's, but unfortunately not the last. Hakuba insists that Yuusaku dearly loves Shinichi and has sacrificed greatly for his wellbeing, but absolutely nothing so far besides Yuusaku's own frequently self-contradictory words to Hakuba in private supports this.

  • Poor Communication Kills: In chapter 2 Hakuba shuts down Shinichi's attempts to share his suspicions about the Crows and the Missing Children's Case and disparages Shinichi's information and suspicions as worthless. His choice to do so has terrible consequences moving forwards. Hakuba reflects on this moment regretfully in the Interlude; however, he also asks for Hattori's friendship while continuing to sanitize and omit important information when talking with him, including failing to correct Hattori's presumption that Shinichi never tried to reach out for support with the information he'd uncovered. In reality, Shinichi reached out to Hakuba and Hakuba turned him away. In other words, Hakuba realizes poor communication really did kill in this case but chooses not to inform Hattori of Hakuba's ow part in this, possibly setting himself up for a repeat of the mistake.

  • Prestige Peril: Hakuba always wanted to be a detective. Now he's a famous one despite his age and a superhero, following in the spotlighted footsteps of his famous mentor and surrogate father Kudou Yuusaku... but he got there because of Parental Favoritism at the cost of his moral and emotional integrity, his surrogate brother's happiness and freedom, and their entire relationship as brothers, so now Hakuba's miserable and quietly hates himself, spending the last several years avoiding Shinichi so he doesn't have to look at the consequences of his actions.

  • Sherlock Scan: As a dectective, of course. To his frustration and bewilderment, Shinichi still manages to be better than him at catching on to elusive and seemingly irrelevant details and using them to crack mysteries open, despite the fact that Hakuba was trained and Shinichi has been repeatedly barred from any training or involvement in investigation at all. Not that Hakuba will ever admit that to Shinichi's face.

  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Of the justified variety. Hakuba and Shinichi are both famous and successful in their own ways, but Hakuba's success has come a lot easier for Hakuba than Shinichi and has given Hakuba a lot more, owing to the fact that Hakuba's successes earned him privileges while Shinichi's successes just fought to maintain his rights as a person; for Hakuba, fame is a side-effect, for Shinichi it's a tool that helps protect him from his father doing anything too noticeable. For obvious reasons, Shinichi resented Hakuba for this difference growing up and still has a lot of baggage with it, mostly because this difference derives from Yuusaku's Abusive Parents status and Parental Favoritism; Yuusaku only ever supported the endeavors of one child, while doing his best to cripple the dreams of the other. Hakuba suppresses a lot of guilt over being complicit in this.

  • Super Senses: His power is his amplified sight and hearing.

  • Tragic Hero: In Part 1. Hakuba compromised everything for his belief in and support of Yuusaku's assertions on how to handle matters involving Shinichi, trusting that these policies were the best course of action in order to keep the situation safe and stable, but all his efforts end in Pyrrhic Victory at best mostly because of Hakuba's reliance on these very flawed policies. By the first Interlude, Hakuba's position is clarified: he's long been caught between Willful Blindness and Heel Realizations over how much harm and pain these policies have actually caused Shinichi, but he perpetually feels like he shouldn't help Shinichi because that would break the policy and may help cause the negative consequences the policy was created to forestall. Yet Hakuba's also continuously realizing in hindsight all the times he should have helped Shinichi and didn't because of these very policies, and the omission of his support and action caused harm and tragedy anyways. Hakuba's fear that acting against these prescribed policies will harm things further has so far prevented him from getting out of this spiral of self-perpetuating damage.

  • Undying Loyalty: To Yuusaku. It's not truly portrayed as a good thing, because Hakuba reinforces the destructive effects of a lot of Yuusaku's worst actions out of faith that Yuusaku is always right and no one has the right to question him. This turns Hakuba into an abuser just like Yuusaku, at least where their treatment of Shinichi is concerned. Current events have begun to strongly challenge Hakuba's loyalty, but the one time he strayed from Yuusaku's orders blew up in his face, so for now it seems they're still in this mess together.

  • Unreliable Expositor: Because Yuusaku is such a distant and closed-off presence, most of what is known about him and his intentions come from Hakuba and Hakuba's conversations with Yuusaku, as Hakuba claims that he is Yuusaku's closest confidant whom Yuusaku entrusts with secrets he tells few others. Hakuba insists that Yuusaku has good reasons, loves Shinichi deeply, and has sacrificed more for Shinichi than Hattori could know. But in Chapter 10, though alone with Hakuba and thus having no reason to lie, Yuusaku gives Hakuba similar illogical rationalizations to those that he fed to the Irregulars, and despite Hakuba telling himself that "Kudo Yuusaku was not a man that enjoyed hurting his son, that wanted to break people down and crushing their hopes," Hakuba is emotionally gaslighted by Yuusaku in a manner clearly intended to instill shame in Hakuba for feeling upset at the injustice of Shinichi's situation and to reinforce Yuusaku's own authority over Hakuba, and further, Yuusaku insults and condescends Shinichi with seemingly no need to, because, again, no one else was around but Hakuba to require any kind of facade. This not only implies that Yuusaku was and is abusive to more than just his biological son, but casts doubt over whether Hakuba has been honest with himself about Yuusaku as a person and whether Yuusaku has truly been honest with Hakuba about this situation, placing Hakuba and all information his perspective provides concerning Yuusaku firmly into this trope.
    • Discussed by Hattori in the Interlude, who not only (rightly) doubts Hakuba's ability to answer him honestly, but openly expresses the possibility that Hakuba was "fed" nonsense over the years to keep him complacent, an idea that disturbs (but, tellingly, does not surprise) Hakuba himself.

  • The Un-Reveal: There's a second major secret he and Yuusaku are hiding from Shinichi, but KID interrupts before Hakuba can tell him.

  • Was It Really Worth It?: This is the underlying nature of Hakuba's question to Yuusaku in chapter 10, after Yuusaku's Break Them by Talking scene in chapter 9. By this point, the information gleaned from Hakuba's scenes adds up to this: Yuusaku's apparent plan to spare Shinichi the pain of knowing whatever horrible secret they're hiding was predicated on being able to keep all of their secrets from Shinichi forever. Yuusaku then brought literally everyone around Shinichi in on at least some of the secrets Shinichi wasn't allowed to know, eliminating all possible emotionally open and honest relationships for his son. This is bad enough, but Shinichi is literally psychic, and can access others' memories through physical contact with them or objects they have come into contact with. In other words, from the beginning, the only feasible way to keep the secrets from Shinichi was Mind Rape, isolation, and abuse; tactics which only became more necessary to keep him ignorant as more and more people around him joined the conspiracy against him (although they would not have seen it that way). And Hakuba watched the entire time, a child and surrogate brother made complicit in his surrogate sibling's decade-long emotional battering. At that point, who did Yuusaku think he was sparing? The situation is so bad that Hakuba's moment of insubordination is only shut down by the fact that Yuusaku's convinced him that there is no other option left but to double down.

  • We Used to Be Friends: With Shinichi. Hakuba still cares deeply for Shinichi like a brother would, and refers to him by his first name in conversation—but only when Shinichi isn't around, as a hurt childhood Shinichi told him to no longer refer to him by his first name (and given their culture, it's actually very disrespectful that Hakuba continues to do so behind Shinichi's back). But though Hakuba cares, he typically ends up giving Shinichi lectures implying how he's not good enough or capable enough to solve cases or others' problems. Present-day Shinichi tries to reestablish a bond of trust by sharing information from his investigation, but Hakuba throws it back in his face—along with deliberately preying on all of Shinichi's abuse-originating insecurities in an attempt to get Shinichi to stop investigating. While Hakuba's aware of the growing tensions, he doesn't seem to fully comprehend that that lecture really started Shinichi's crossing of the Rubicon—his and Yuusaku's actions have effectively entoxicated everyone's relationships with Shinichi to the point where Shinichi now sees all of them more like jail wardens. By the time Hakuba does realize how thoroughly and completely their natural alliance as surrogate brothers has broken down, Shinichi has helped a supervillain strike against the Irregulars and almost defeat the Night Baron, and Hakuba can't bring himself to blame Shinichi one bit.

  • Willful Blindness: All but stated to be Hakuba's strategy for surviving the Kudo family with his emotional stability in tact. He supports and is one of the biggest contributors to Yuusaku's and the Irregulars' treatment of Shinichi because he feels these tactics are necessary, but he still can't actually handle the guilt when forced to look at the full reality of the effect on Shinichi's quality of life and so he's minimized his exposure to it, only willingly interacting with Shinichi in small groups or one-on-one when he feels in control—to the extent that he chose to attend a different school explicitly to avoid seeing or interacting with Shinichi, and placed the burden of being Shinichi's sole emotional support onto Ran... who, due to her involvement with ISHA, quickly became just as emotionally unavailable as Hakuba. This leads to them, and the Irregulars in general, missing or ignoring warning signs indicating that the entire situation is, for lack of a better term, fast approaching critical mass, because Shinichi can't and won't bear the emotional load for them anymore.
    • There's an element of this in his attitudes towards Kaito, too. Hakuba almost always treats Kaito less like a human being and more like a cardboard cut-out caricature of a supervillain; he often immediately assumes the worst motivations for all of Kaito's actions and never even considers that Kaito could feel love or be in pain, or could have any motivations outside of wanting to hurt others. This despite the fact that Hakuba knows why Kaito has chosen to oppose ISHA and the fact that even Yuusaku admits he deserves Kaito's hatred and has deliberately stoked Kaito's resentment and the escalation of his villainy by playing off the human emotions Hakuba never once dignifies with recognition. While Kaito can hardly be called a good person, it's tempting to wonder if Hakuba's total acceptance of the grinning KID facade as truth is more for the convenience of Hakuba's own mind, owing to how much more morally complicated KID's baggage would make Hakuba's already complicated current moral quagmire if Hakuba recognized Kaito as someone equally human.

    Hattori Heiji/"Heliopause" 

"Please, I know this secret thing is hard. But it's not like there's your dad's side and your side! We aren't against ya, Kudo. All that I ask is that you trust us. Just... trust me?"

The second official detective in the Irregulars' team and a literal hothead as a hero.

  • Conflicting Loyalty: Hattori deeply desires Shinichi's friendship, trust, and admiration, and he recognizes and is deeply troubled by the clearly unjust treatment Shinichi is given by his father and his friends... but that father and those friends are Hattori's teammates, who are the ones who ordered and have enacted that very specific unjust policy towards handling Shinichi. This puts him between contraditory loyalties: loyalty towards Shinichi, whom he wants to befriend, and loyalty towards his boss and his team, who insist on isolating Shinichi. Initially Hattori coped with this situation by denying that there even were two inherently opposed sides (as evident in his character quote) and searching for some way to compromise between these two loyalties, usually ending up in trouble with both sides and then defaulting to compliance with the main beats of Yuusaku's and Hakuba's orders. However, his temper, sense of justice, and desire for sincere and loyal friendship with Shinichi inspire increasingly obvious feelings of dissent throughout Part 1. This culminates in the first Interlude, in which both Hattori and Hakuba finally openly acknowledge and discuss the Irregulars' oppositional relationship to Shinichi; Hattori chooses Shinichi and resigns from the Irregulars to go find him.

  • Dumbass Has a Point: Hakuba and Yuusaku shut down Hattori's criticisms of their secrecy policy regarding Shinichi due to Hattori not knowing the full situation, thus considering him too ignorant to make relevant comments. But clearly Hattori picked up something they hadn't: by Hattori's attempt to assure Shinichi that they're not his enemies, it's obvious that he's realized that not only is the secrecy policy damaging and failing at its purported purpose of keeping Shinichi safe, but Shinichi is increasingly seeing them as his antagonists. Shinichi proves Hattori's concern warranted when he temporarily sides with Kaitou KID against them in order to further his cause of saving a group of missing children whom Yuusaku's minions have denied even exist.

  • Green-Eyed Monster: Played for laughs—Hattori deeply desires Shinichi's friendship and admiration, and resents Shinichi's favorite superhero solely on the basis of said superhero not being Hattori.

  • Foil: To Ran, in terms of their relationship with Shinichi. Ran's had a life-long friendship with Shinichi that even eventually budded into a supposedly committed romance, but she still withdrew any kind of emotional support for Shinichi after joining the Irregulars, never realizing this would have harmful consequences until things came to roost. Hattori was a relative newcomer working under Yuusaku's influence from the beginning whose growing desire to form a genuine friendship with Shinichi and full awareness that they are hurting Shinichi leads to him quitting the Irregulars so he can properly form that relationship.

  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Hattori wants to be Shinichi's friend, but his Conflicting Loyalty between Shinichi and Shinichi's abusers make this difficult.
    • At one point, Hattori openly admits to Shinichi that yes, he is keeping secrets, yes, he knows his team's actions have hurt Shinichi, but he really wants Shinichi to trust that they're not against him and for Shinichi to accept his honesty-less friendship in exchange for Hattori's absolute trust in Shinichi. Hattori wants Shinichi's friendship so badly he's willing to offer Shinichi a compromised and superficial friendship that, under any examination, is functionally impossible: how can Shinichi believe he has Hattori's absolute trust if one of the conditions of the proposed friendship is that Hattori never trusts in Shinichi enough to tell him anything?
    • After Shinichi disappears at the end of Part 1 and Hattori decides he's going to find him, Hattori leaves the Irregulars so he won't have to compromise again.

  • Ironic Name: Hattori's superhero name gives one heck of a mixed message. His powers both derive from and mimic the power of the Sun itself, but his superhero alias, Heliopause, derives its name from the furthest boundary point of the solar system at which the Sun ceases to have influence over anything further in space; hence, helio (sun) and pause (discontinuity). Hattori's superhero alias is literally named after the point at which a star's incredible power discontinues and is powerless to affect anything further.

  • Irony: Hattori is the first to really realize the dangerous scope to which the Irregulars and Yuusaku have isolated Shinichi, and is desperate enough for Shinichi's friendship that he implicitly offers Shinichi what he knows is a bad deal hoping he'll take it—Hattori's verbal assurances of complete trust in Shinichi in exchange for Shinichi accepting that their friendship will have no honesty on Hattori's end. Although Hattori probably doesn't intend it to be, it's basically a trick, offering to trade an illusion of trust for Shinichi's friendship. Shinichi rejects the offer. In the Interlude, Hakuba implicitly offers the same thing—Hattori comes to him for answers and Hakuba asks for friendship while giving half-answers and sanitized information. Hattori recognizes that Hakuba is still not willing to be completely honest with him, so Hattori sidesteps Hakuba's request for friendship and, in doing so, implicitly rejects the same offer he previously hoped Shinichi would take from him.

  • Playing with Fire: Heliopause has fire powers, and Hattori is noted by Shinichi to be involved in an unusual number of arson cases.

  • Take This Job and Shove It: As he puts it, "I quit." After Part 1, Hattori resigns from the Irregulars in disdain, having realized that for all the heroism ISHA sets out to accomplish, it won't actually help him do what he considers to be morally correct in the aftermath of the conflicts in Part 1—that is, helping Shinichi. In fact, Hattori now considers ISHA membership to be in his way.

  • Token Good Teammate: While the Irregulars can hardly be called outright evil and most have good intentions despite their questionably moral actions, Hattori is the only Irregular to actually question the morality of Shinichi's treatment and genuinely conclude that it's wrong entirely on his own without shrinking back from the moral implications, something he does even before the others were forced to recognize the situation's abusive nature in chapter 9; he's also the first to defend Shinichi's actions against the other Irregulars during the false kidnapping fiasco, the first and most resolute to show signs of dissent against Hakuba's and Yuusaku's now obviously abusive policies, and the first (aside from Hakuba) and most enthusiastic to jump on board with Shinichi's plan during the black hole crisis. It's not surprising, then, that he quits the team after the events of Part 1.

    Mouri Ran/"Angel" 

“Shinichi [...] I just wanted you to be safe.”

The Irregulars' most versatile member and Shinichi's girlfriend until chapter 10. Ran absorbes her energy from the sun, and possesses flight, super strength, and invulerabilty.

  • All Take and No Give: Ran's interactions with Shinichi revolve almost entirely around what she needs from him with little to no reciprocation. This makes their relationship an interesting variation on this trope, as Ran is a superhero and is very altruistic to everyone else, but the strain of this means that she's increasingly inflexible and ungiving in her relationship with her boyfriend—constantly expecting him to be understanding without being open with him so he can understand, shaming him for taking liberties she herself does, offering little to no emotional support or availability yet mourning his increasing unwillingness to be open with her, and in general expecting Shinichi to let their relationship work entirely on her terms without any consideration or respect for what Shinichi needs or wants from it. Evidently this is not how their relationship used to be, but once Ran became Angel, the health of their relationship was one of the first things to be put on the chopping block.

  • Break Them by Talking: Ran's conversations with and lectures towards Shinichi are basically Lighter and Softer versions of Shinichi's father's own emotionally abusive rhetoric, with the insulting perception of him heavily implied rather than directly stated. While we only see a few instances of this directly, it's all but said outright that this treatment characterizes the vast majority of their interactions in the last year or two because Ran, having cut everything but ISHA and Shinichi out of her life, has little else from her life that she can talk about honestly with him anymore. Early in the story it's directly implied by Shinichi that this has deteriorated their relationship to the point where Ran's presence destroys his ability to feel proud, successful, or even generally good about himself, and he subsequently contemplates leaving his house via the dining room window to avoid encountering her or anyone who would alert her to his presence.

  • Brought Down to Badass: As the Red Siamese thugs discover in Chapter 12, she has not neglected her karate skills even after winning the Superpower Lottery.

  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Shinichi, although it's been functionally non-existent for a while. She only sees him every few weeks outside of class, and at one point during Part 1 Shinichi says that they haven't kissed since midsummer—it's April in the present. He breaks up with her in chapter 10.

  • Condescending Compassion: As Part 1 goes on it becomes more and more apparent that Ran's love for her boyfriend now manifests as this, although of course she doesn't realize it. She fully believes in the sincerity of her love for Shinichi but isn't emotionally mature enough to realize the unhealthy dynamics present in their relationship, of which this is one. Ran considers Shinichi "normal, delicate, [and] weak," but loves him in spite of this, and so helps Shinichi's father "protect" Shinichi by monitoring and shaming him for his attempts to rebel against his father's pre-approved life plan in favor of chasing his own dreams, disappointed that Shinichi can't put aside the same drive to help people that she herself also feels and gets to fulfill. Ran sincerely believes all of this is an expression of love and considers herself weak for not being able to withstand the emotional burden of Shinichi's own weakness and the risk that she might lose him because of his flaws. Despite declaring that the more obvious abuse Yuusaku gives Shinichi is "not okay," it's heavily implied in her perspective during Shinichi's "rescue" and her conversation with Shinichi after the championship game that she actually agrees with the degrading and condescending ideas about Shinichi that are behind the abuse without realizing that they and the overt nastiness of Yuusaku's words towards Shinichi are the same and while continuing to claim that she loves Shinichi dearly. That conversation's seeming confirmation that Ran actually sees Shinichi as "the same weak little fool his father [sees]" is the last straw in their relationship; Shinichi breaks up with her.

  • Destructive Romance: Her relationship and one-sided power dynamic with Shinichi is extremely toxic to the point of containing more than a few emotional and psychological Domestic Abuse flags, though she's completely unaware of this until he begins pulling away from her. It's largely due to her desiring to maintain a romantic relationship with Shinichi while choosing to unquestioningly accommodate his father's abusive policies for the benefit of her chosen career path. Because of Ran treating Shinichi as her possession rather than as her equal, what was a healthy and supportive partnership devolved into a one-sided and oppressively restrictive Destructive Romance whose emotional effects are comparable to the neglect, deprivation, and abuse Shinichi gets from his father and Hakuba, with Shinichi spending the first story arc dreading Ran's presence arguably more than anyone or anything else. After a depressing nine chapters of this extremely toxic and harmful relationship, Shinichi breaks up with her in chapter 10.

  • Differing Priorities Breakup: This is a major aspect of Ran's and Shinichi's breakup, although there is a lot more to it. Ran put her dreams of being an ISHA hero far before her relationship with her boyfriend, and even once things are out in the open between them, still tries to justify what she did through her dedication to her supposed talents at heroism. On his side, Shinichi's dream is to be a detective, and when that is blocked, to be an Intrepid Reporter, a goal that is intimately tied in his mind with the achievement of personal agency, as his abusive father has been such a roadblock to Shinichi succeeding in his personal goals. While Ran used to support Shinichi, her priorities and attitudes changed under Yuusaku's tutelage and she began reinforcing Yuusaku's control and expressing disappointment and shame at Shinichi just as Yuusaku and Hakuba do, believing that Shinichi is too "fragile" to be allowed to pursue his dreams. Despite each sincerely caring for each other deeply, they break up soon after Shinichi discovers Ran's secret identity, largely owing to the fact that Ran's newly-revealed life choices have made it clear that their respective priorities are and have been incompatible with any possible genuine romantic partnership between them for quite a while now.

  • Flying Brick: Hers is a traditional power set: invulnerability, super strength, and flight.

  • Foil: To Hattori, in terms of their relationship with Shinichi. Ran's had a life-long friendship with Shinichi that even eventually budded into a supposedly committed romance, but she still withdrew any kind of emotional support for Shinichi after joining the Irregulars, never realizing this would have harmful consequences until things came to roost. Hattori was a relative newcomer working under Yuusaku's influence from the beginning whose growing desire to form a genuine friendship with Shinichi and full awareness that they are hurting Shinichi leads to him quitting the Irregulars so he can properly form that relationship.

  • Good Feels Good: Ran wants to be a hero because she genuinely wants to help people and enjoys doing so.

  • The Heart: Ran is the moral compass and peacekeeper of the Irregulars; she's usually the most willing to see good in both sides of any internal conflict and the one to intervene if one of her team members is currently engaging in unnecessary conflict or is about to start one. As Hakuba notes, she rarely gets angry at anyone except her father and Shinichi. She's also one of the two most vocal about moral integrity when she's aware it's been breeched, the other being Hattori. As one of the most assertive and purely well-intentioned members of the team, her beliefs about the morality of their actions tend to guide and reflect upon the team's self-image. If Ran's picked a side in an inner-team argument, something within the team has gone horribly wrong.

  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Subtly subverted. Despite Ran having genuinely good intentions throughout the entire story, it can be concluded that her idea of what is actually good has been subtly warped by her own powers and position. She genuinely enjoys helping people and wants to do as much good as she can for everyone in the world, but under the surface her ideas about others, what's best for them, and who gets to decide what's best for them can be pretty... problematic.

  • The Ingenue: Loving, caring, and completely oblivious to how much she's further damaged her boyfriend.

  • Innocent Bigot: Ran expresses some implicitly Super Supremacist beliefs regarding the innate delicacy and weakness of those lacking metahuman abilities, using them to justify her abusive control and shaming tactics towards her boyfriend—she behaves as she does because she can't emotionally handle that he wants to have a dangerous job when she considers him so powerless and weak. She seems completely ignorant regarding the moral implications of this belief.

  • Ironic Name: Ran's superhero name is somehow both this and Meaningful Name. In Judeo-Christian mythology, Angels are the obedient minions of God, the divine authority and supposed Big Good—and Ran is certainly obedient to ISHA, the supposed Big Good of her world, and to Yuusaku, its major representative in the narrative. But Angels are also supposed to be perfections of ultimate benevolence, and Ran (and her teammates) are neither perfect nor skilled at discerning between right and wrong. Her superhero alias ends up mirroring her own ignorant presumptions more than anything else.

  • Irony: Ran claims to love Shinichi despite his weakness and feared that she'd lose him because of his flaws. Their relationship ends mostly because of her own.

  • Living Emotional Crutch: Shinichi has always adored Ran from childhood, but it's discussed by Hakuba that the situation with Yuusaku's power plays and Hakuba's own switching schools to avoid seeing Shinichi basically forced Ran to be Shinichi's only consistent source of emotional support, as they'd left him with no one else. After Ran joined the Irregulars and ceased being that consistent source, she got away with taking a lot of unfair liberties in her relationship with Shinichi, which Shinichi seems to have tolerated since he was so deprived of other emotional connections. She doesn't seem to have been aware of how exploitative this situation became on her end because he's also her Living Emotional Crutch, to the point where she was clearly incentivized to continue the exploitation and replicate the atmosphere of emotional abuse because it gave her a perception of certainty over his physical wellbeing and continued presence in her life on her terms. The support for this by those around her meant she never recognized this behavior for what it was, just as others either also normalized it or were incentivized to keep their silence.
  • Love Cannot Overcome: Shinichi breaks up with her in chapter 10 after realizing she thought of him as a burden. A burden she wanted to carry around, yes, but that Condescending Compassion made it all the more painful.

  • Love Hurts: A sentiment she directly expresses herself. Ran truly believes she's in love with Shinichi, and throughout the entirety of her neglect and abuse of him, equally genuinely believed she was actually putting him first and doing what was best for him, only realizing after Shinichi finds out her secret that she has no good excuse to give him for what she's done. Even though she was aware of how much she herself was hurting and at least somewhat aware of how much her choices were hurting Shinichi, she never considered breaking it off with him because she loved him. When Shinichi breaks it off instead, both are devastated, but the fact that Shinichi simultaneously feels relieved demonstrates just how much pain their romance caused in the end.

  • Love Makes You Evil: Downplayed. Ran has never wished to do anyone harm but has made a number of callous choices that result in quite a lot of harm towards those she claims to care for anyways, and when called out on it, she appeals for understanding by claiming she did all of it for the sake of her boyfriend's safety. This backfires. It's worth noting that Ran herself realizes even before she says it that this is a poor excuse and she doesn't actually have any justification for her actions.

  • Mistaken for Cheating: There are significant implications in Part 1 and its interlude that, before discovering their secret identities, Shinichi suspected Ran was cheating on him with Hakuba. On their first day seeing each other in weeks, Ran breaks off plans with Shinichi claiming "important business"; when Shinichi is attacked by Tequila hours later, she shows up... With Hakuba, and unhelpfully clarifies that they were together. From Shinichi's bitter comments to Hakuba about how going to speak to Ran isn't worth it because he's sure she's already made plans he's not invited to, it's clear Ran has blown Shinichi off for the others' (and particularly Hakuba's) company with routine consistency.

  • Nigh-Invulnerability: When her powers are working Ran cannot be injured. She used to be capable of experiencing injury, but since the development of her metahuman abilities she no longer does. She remarks at one point that she can't remember how to judge the difference in pain between a bruise and a broken bone because of this.

  • Passionate Sports Girl: Ran was formerly the regional champion in her Karate Club and very serious about the sport, so when she suddenly stopped participating and dropped out, it was an alarming flag to those around her. Particularly since she wouldn't even tell her best friend or boyfriend why.

  • Saying Too Much: Her character quote above says it all. On one level, she desperately wants Shinichi to know that she dearly loves him and, in her mind, what's best for him is all she's ever wanted and fought for. But on another level, she's accidentally admitting via implication that her idea of his safety is all she's ever really prioritized. She "just" wanted him to be safe, in the exclusive sense; she didn't take time to think or care about whether he was happy, or successful, or stable, or free, and didn't even consider defending any other part of him but his physical wellbeing—at least, not since becoming "Angel." It isn't just that she's clearly come to see Shinichi as her burden, but that she wants Shinichi to be her burden, because then she gets to keep him for whenever she needs him and help decide, along with Yuusaku and Hakuba, what to do with him. Shinichi doesn't miss the implications of this line: he breaks up with Ran immediately after she says this.

  • Super Supremacist: Downplayed. She's not an outright supremacist, but she has some troubling subconscious leanings in that direction. A lot of her more condescending statements and attitudes regarding her boyfriend (that he's too "normal, delicate, [and] weak" to be trusted even with his own wellbeing) come with the heavy implication that Shinichi seemingly lacking superhuman abilities is her justification for treating Shinichi the way she does because, without powers, she considers him too fragile and precious to be allowed the freedom of his own agency in a world so dangerous. This implies that these statements describe how she views all non-supers and she's just more personally emotionally invested in Shinichi.

  • Toxic Friend Influence: Somehow both plays this straight in the emotional sense and inverts the usual way the trope functions. Instead of trying to emotionally manipulate Shinichi into actively doing bad things by encouraging him to break rules, as is more common for this trope, Ran tries to emotionally manipulate Shinichi into passively accepting harmful things by shaming him for not following rules. Because these "rules" are unjust policies put in place by Shinichi's Abusive Parents, this still makes Ran just as toxic as the usual variety of toxic friend.

  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Despite her and Shinichi's relationship being extremely toxic, the threat of others' harming him causes her to become incredibly emotional and destructive. To her own detriment, in the case of KID's false kidnapping.

    Nakamori Aoko/"Tsuyu" 

"You really don't respect me at all, do you? You think I'm stupid! You think I'm some idiot you can lie to and use however you want!"

The newest member of the Irregulars, a teenager girl who can control and manipulate water.

  • Black and White Insanity: With an increasing removal from reality.
    • Initially this manifests in what appears to be naivete.
      • She insists that "the world was good and innocent and only one heartless criminal (KID) was at fault for taking [Kaito's] father away."
      • She uses very childish phrases to describe moral conflicts, referring to ISHA's enemies as "bad guys with too much evil in their hearts."
    • As the story goes on, Aoko's simplistic view gains an increasingly insidious subtext:
      • In chapter 5, when Aoko begins to rant about all of the pain KID has made everyone suffer (by which she means her and her family), Kaito asks about the pain her side caused his family, and her response ("You're a criminal! A supervillain! Just like he was!") is not only a dodge, but when added to her previous line, seems to imply the Kurobas deserved the pain of losing a family member because of Kaito and Toichi being KID.
      • In chapter 10, Aoko demonstrates a complete inability to feel empathy for Shinichi's Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal and suffering at Yuusaku's and the Irregulars' hands because he "betrayed them" and "helped a criminal" (KID). When Hattori bites back that Shinichi had good reasons, Aoko dodges by refusing to acknowledge the point and instead emphasizing the small amount of superficial damage Shinichi did to Ran during the conflict, the implication being that she sees Shinichi's victimhood as illegitimate because those who hurt him are her team, who are justified in what they did to him simply by virtue of Aoko considering them the "good guys"—and since they're the good guys, any act Shinichi took against them, no matter what reason, makes him unquestionably the bad guy. (Especially if that reason involves KID).

  • Both Sides Have a Point: In her argument with Kaito in chapter 5, both she and Kaito make genuine points about the moral failings of each other's stances on the conflict between them; unfortunately, Aoko's self-evidently a hypocrite, and Kaito proves to be one himself later in the story, so neither take each other's points on good faith and both end up getting angry and largely ignoring the accurate parts of the criticism.

  • Daddy Issues: Though it's rarely explicitly focused on, Aoko has major difficulties emotionally confronting her father's neglect of their family in favor of his job, and exhibits a variety of mental gymnastics techniques in an attempt to displace the blame for his choices onto others so she doesn't have deal with reality of the issue.

  • Differing Priorities Break Up: Aoko and Kaito have a very extreme and explosive version of this which destroys both their budding relationship and their friendship—on their very first date, no less. When Hakuba exposes Kaito is KID to Aoko, Aoko suggests to Kaito a way to "fix" the situation so their relationship can be salvaged; namely, Kaito turns himself in, does his penance in prison, and ceases to menace ISHA and the public any further. Kaito is so insulted by Aoko's suggestion (given that Kaito does not see ISHA as a benevolent authority and perceives it to be wrong to do nothing to oppose them) that he verbally associates the life she wants for him with a surrender of identity and calls it "vapid." Aoko interprets this to mean that he saw their entire relationship as vapid, clings to the idea that she's trying to do the right thing, and Kaito replies with the character quote above. As much as they both did and likely still do really care each other, their currently irreconcilable difference of opinion on ISHA puts them at opposite ends of the battlefield, and given Aoko's Black and White Insanity and Kaito's obsession with Revenge, it'd take something pretty big for either to decide to change their minds.

  • Freudian Excuse: Aoko becomes irrational involving KID because her mother died alone in the hospital while her father was busy hunting that particular criminal. The legitimacy of this excuse is also subtly called into question by the fact that she's used KID as a scapegoat to dodge serious ethical questions about her own actions and the actions of others that she is complicit in; by the time of the story she's become the main embodiment of Black and White Insanity and arguably the most unstable and hypocritical and least empathetic member of the Irregulars. However, it should be noted that this death is implied to have been quite recent, and she apparently did her best to suppress the emotions so as not to ruin Kaito's own emotional recovery as he returned to the place of his traumatic childhood. Finding out Kaito is KID made her Black and White Insanity a lot worse.

  • Heroic BSoD: The events of Part 1 take their toll; Aoko appears to be in this state during the subsequent Interlude.

  • Hypocrite: When fighting with Kaito in Chapter 5, Aoko highlights the concepts of information abuse and abuse of trust, and when Kaito calls her out for this, she implies that it's okay for her to do those things because she's the hero, seemingly oblivious to the full implications of ISHA and her own team still using this tactic for their own convenience at the significant harm and expense of a number of innocents. This is highlighted further by her Not So Different status with Shinichi yet complete Lack of Empathy towards his position when he takes action against the same circumstances she herself decried when she was put in them.

  • I Reject Your Reality: Aoko's Black and White Insanity is beginning to descend into this territory. Aoko has claimed she joined the Irregulars to achieve justice for Kaito's dad and to protect other children from losing family members, but by chapter 10 both of these reasons have been slowly but thoroughly invalidated and Aoko is left pinwheeling desperately for reasons why Shinichi (and, by his proxy, Kaito) are the bad guys to the Irregulars' good but unwilling to examine or reflect on her reasons for feeling this way. Instead of accepting that these revelations change much of the circumstances surrounding her decisions, she refuses to acknowledge the obvious discrepancies between the reasons behind her choices and the reality of the situation, and instead deliberately dodges valid criticisms against her stance on the issue by firing off barely-related redirections and ad hominems. On the whole, Aoko so far demonstrates a pervasive tendency to seek refuge in a deliberately simplistic view of the world around her and scapegoat and strawman the antagonists in her life that may upset this view, with the implication being that this is because she doesn't want to face the more complicated and emotionally challenging reality. The resulting rejection of the reality of moral nuance appears to be her way of protecting herself from painful self-reflection, but it also makes her arguably and ironically the most villain-like member of the Irregulars as she arbitrarily justifies or condemns similar morally ambiguous behavior based almost entirely on which "side" committed the act, paving her way to Tautological Templar-hood.
    • The end of Part 1 and the revelation of the fates of Satoshi and Santa seems to have forced her to look in the mirror at herself and ISHA. It's unclear how she'll ultimately respond; she's currently booted up into Heroic BSoD.

  • Internal Reveal: Aoko finds out that Kaito is Kaitou KID in Chapter 5. Due to her Black and White Insanity when it comes to that particular criminal, she doesn't take it well.

  • Irony: Aoko really joined the ISHA to work out her personal issues by trying to use Kaitou KID as an emotional and physical punching bag, but she covers it up by telling herself and others that she wants to get justice for Kaito's dad and to protect children, especially from suffering loss of family like Kaito did. By the end of part 1, not only is her boss in ISHA revealed to be responsible for Kaito's father's death, but Aoko herself has ignorantly murdered a homeless child without realizing it and her own organization brutally murdered a second in front of the Irregulars' own eyes. Given that there were forty street kids kidnapped and experimented on, there's a high possibility that both ISHA and the Irregulars have killed more.

  • Lack of Empathy: Aoko can be quite empathetic for those she cares about, but she disturbingly demonstrates either a distinct unwillingness or inability to care about the pains and burdens of others if those others willingly oppose her and the side of the conflict she's chosen.

  • Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman: Aoko is romantically interested in Kaito until chapter 5 but intensely hates the Kaitou KID. Now that she's found out they are one and the same, her feelings are more confused, but she's so far fervently sided with ISHA against him and is currently desperately clinging to any reason she can find to maintain that he's the bad guy to ISHA's good, even though those reasons keep collapsing into irrationality.

  • Making a Splash: Aoko can control and manipulate water, though she's still new and inexperienced at it.

  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Kaito's and Aoko's prospective first date is ruined by her finding out he's Kaitou KID.

  • Meaningful Name: Aoko's superhero alias, Tsuyu, derives its name from Japan's midsummer rainy season.

  • Murder by Mistake: While all of the Irregulars are culpable for taking the fireball creature down in Chapter 2, Aoko is the one who directly kills it: she uses her control over water to create a great wave to smother it, and its remains turn to sludge and wash into the surrounding environment. The problem? While she fully intended to drown the creature, she didn't realize said creature was a terrified thirteen-year-old boy suffering from the side-effects of having been experimented on. Instead of heroically taking down a monster, Aoko's first major victory on the team is retroactively realized to have been Aoko literally suffocating a child until he drowned.

  • My God, What Have I Done?: Aoko is horrified after learning that the fireball creature she stopped was a child, and combined with all the other painful revelations about both Kaito and ISHA and her place in all of it, appears to suffer Heroic BSoD.

  • Not So Different: Despite Aoko insisting she's the good guy and Kaitou KID the bad, both have the same motivation and pretty poor ethical standards when it comes to enacting that motivation, having long ago conflated revenge with justice. In fact, the major thing that differentiates them morally is that, unlike Kaito, Aoko actively represses all self-awareness of this similarity, leading her to self-righteously claim a moral high-ground she hasn't earned.
    • She also has this with Shinichi, as one might guess from her character quote above, which serves to underscore her startling Lack of Empathy for those she sees as being on opposing sides. Aoko is the first and main vocalist to decry Shinichi's choices in the aftermath of the false kidnapping incident, but up until that point, she'd probably had the most parallels with him as someone not trusted, not confided in, and taken advantage of by those keeping secrets around her. They even have an almost identical moment of "why should I believe you?" when those who have kept painful secrets ask for their trust again (Shinichi with Hattori, and Aoko with Kaito).

  • Tautological Templar: Aoko points out that Kaito keeping the kinds of secrets he does is an abuse of trust and power... while her entire superhero team does this same thing for their own convenience at great expense to others. She outright claims that it's okay if she lies because she's doing it to protect people, a declaration whose validity has been challenged and refuted both before and after she says this within the story, even by Aoko herself in the very same chapter. One assumes, both from this conversation and from her dialogue in chapter 10, that the "logic" behind Aoko's thinking is that Kaito's actions are villainous because she considers him a villain, while her actions are heroic because she has dubbed herself a hero.

    Toyama Kazuha/"Banshee" 
The forth member of the Irregulars to join after she developed the ability of a dizzyingly loud screech. She can also bounce at high speeds in a psuedo-flight manner described similar to a slingshot.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Hattori.

  • Flat Character: Through part 1. She gets very little attention and is largely defined by her relationship with Hattori and Ran, and while Hattori, Hakuba, Ran, and Aoko grapple with their choices and morality with varying levels of acceptance, growth, and denial, all of which lead to some change, good or bad, in their characters, Kazuha in Part 1 has very little to do in the plot besides react to developments and shows little visible challenge or change. She has one scene focused on her perspective, which only serves to reinforce preexisting implications about her allegiances and morality reflected by her reactions in others' scenes.

  • Foil: Her relationship with Hattori superficially resembles Shinichi's and Ran's relationship in many ways, what with them being romantically involved childhood friends, one of whom (Hattori) hid a secret identity from the other, which is why Kazuha thinks she has the right to judge Shinichi's response to finding out Ran's secret identity. In reality, they're Not So Similar.

  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Kazuha can scream to volumes literally painful for others around her and thereby destroy or damage nearby items.

  • Meaningful Name: Kazuha's superhero alias, Banshee, sources its name from the spirit women of Celtic folklore infamous for their foreboding and terrifying Death Wail.

  • Not So Similar: Despite having superficial similarities, Kazuha's and Hattori's relationship contextually seem to have had little to none of the all-encompassing abusive power-plays that makes Ran's secret such a betrayal. Kazuha not accounting for this enables her to mentally frame the sobbing and devastated Ran as the wronged party when Shinichi breaks up with her.

Other ISHA Personnel

Coming soon

Law Enforcement

    In General 

  • Gaslighting: The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Force toes Yuusaku's line and does their best to keep Shinichi out of investigations, up to and including heavily implying to Shinichi that his memory can't be trusted because he's "tired" or "stressed," lying to Shinichi about the reality of situations Shinichi himself has witnessed, and confiscating Shinichi's proof that these situations occurred.
  • Police Are Useless: Unfortunately, as they're not the ones to respond to the majority of emergencies in the plot anymore, the most they've done so far in the story is wear red shirts and gaslight witnesses on the superheroes' behalves. In Real Life, the very public disappearance of an ignored witness at the apparent hands of criminals the police are on record denying exist would be grounds for a massive and brutal internal investigation, but given their record so far...

    Takagi Wataru 

  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: He and Date try this with Shinichi while debriefing him on the incident in the warehouse.
    • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: What he and Date actually come off as, owing to Takagi's good nature but maintainance of the policy line in place regarding how to handle Shinichi. When he tries to make excuses for why they haven't given Shinichi back his stuff despite doing their best to make Shinichi doubt the seriousness of the crime he's investigating, it makes it incredibly obvious to Shinichi and the reader that there's something underhanded and secret being done with Shinichi's evidence and that they're lying through their teeth.

    Date Wataru 

  • Detective Mole: He not only does ISHA's bidding when the orders come like Takagi, but he secretly reports back to Yuusaku about everything he hears. The first report we see him give is on the desperation surrounding the missing children's case, confirming to the reader that he was lying to Shinichi during their debriefing when attempting to make Shinichi doubt himself on the reality of the missing children.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: He and Takagi try this with Shinichi while debriefing him on the incident in the warehouse.
    • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: What he and Takagi actually come off as, owing to Takagi's good nature but maintainance of the policy line in place regarding how to handle Shinichi. The two attempt to gaslight Shinichi into doubting the events he witnessed at the warehouse and his knowledge of the case, but their fumbling to answer Shinichi's questions about when he'll get his belongings back makes it incredibly obvious to Shinichi and the reader that there's something underhanded and secret being done with Shinichi's evidence and that they're lying through their teeth.


    Kuroba Kaito/"Kaitou KID" 

"You all think you're so much better than everybody else, don't you? Like to pretend you know what's best, that you can decide who's good and who's evil. Like to play judge, jury, and executioner just because you woke up one morning with superpowers? Like to interfere where you aren't wanted, enforce your ideals on everyone else just because they don't have the means to stand up to you? Even now, you're acting like you have some sort of moral high ground. Bullshit... You didn't join the Irregulars to save and protect. We both know you didn't want Kaitou KID behind bars for the greater good. This is all about payback because you think KID tore your family apart. But you know what...? Your amazing, heroic Overseers tore my family apart. And I won't stop until they pay."

A teen thief who has adopted his father's alterego, Kaitou KID, and functionally declared war on ISHA for covering up the circumstances of his father's death. A Technopath, though he keeps his powers strictly secret; only Shinichi has so far managed to figure this out.

  • Big Brother Is Watching: Kaito's status as a Technomancer means, among other things, that all cameras do his bidding. Along with all electronic security systems, high-speed transportation, most forms of distance communication, and the internet. However, this may be downplayed, as Shinichi's deduced there are limits on what Kaito can control, though we don't know what those limits are yet.

  • Both Sides Have a Point: In his argument with Aoko in chapter 5, both he and Aoko make genuine points about the moral failings of each other's stances on the conflict between them; unfortunately, Aoko's self-evidently a hypocrite, and Kaito proves to be one himself later in the story, so neither take each other's points on good faith and both end up getting angry and largely ignoring the accurate parts of the criticism.

  • Create Your Own Villain: He's the villain Yuusaku's actions created. Regardless of what actually happened during the tragedy, Yuusaku's poor handling of the aftermath of Toichi's death caused the Kuroba family to turn against him, with the second KID's mission explicitly being revenge. Throughout the story Yuusaku continues to handle this situation terribly, making threatening demands rather than giving answers or showing compassion to the son of his deceased friend, driving Kaito to further extremes against him. Yuusaku proves that he's aware of this in chapter 10, but he tries to convince the Irregulars that he's the good guy for blaming KID for the deaths of four people including Toichi's and covering up his own involvement in them. Yuusaku even has the nerve to claim he's helping Kaito by deliberately antagonizing him, because without Yuusaku Kaito would have no purpose in life.

  • Cynicism Catalyst: Kaito was an excited and happy child prior to the first KID's last heist eight years ago; he was even excited at the idea that his father might secretly be the Night Baron. Then he witnessed the Night Baron kill KID, and it wasn't the Night Baron who was his father.

  • Differing Priorities Break Up: Aoko and Kaito have a very extreme and explosive version of this which destroys both their budding relationship and their friendship—on their very first date, no less. When Hakuba exposes Kaito is KID to Aoko, Aoko suggests to Kaito a way to "fix" the situation so their relationship can be salvaged; namely, Kaito turns himself in, does his penance in prison, and ceases to menace ISHA and the public any further. Kaito is so insulted by Aoko's suggestion (given that Kaito does not see ISHA as a benevolent authority and perceives it to be wrong to do nothing to oppose them) that he verbally associates the life she wants for him with a surrender of identity and calls it "vapid." Aoko interprets this to mean that he saw their entire relationship as vapid, clings to the idea that she's trying to do the right thing, and Kaito replies with the character quote above. As much as they both did and likely still do really care each other, their currently irreconcilable difference of opinion on ISHA puts them at opposite ends of the battlefield, and given Aoko's Black and White Insanity and Kaito's obsession with Revenge, it'd take something pretty big for either to decide to change their minds.

  • Foil: His initial role in the story appears to be one to Yuusaku, especially in chapter 9. Though his methods and designated "role" is supervillainous—chaotic, destructive, and unlawful—Kaito expresses empathy and a desire for fairness. One of his reasons for drawing Shinichi into his plans against Yuusaku was because he was genuinely upset at how Shinichi was being treated by the supposed heroes, relating it to the pain Kaito felt when he found out about his family's secrets the day Toichi died. In the very next scene Yuusaku demonstrates that, despite his supposed superheroic role, his behavior is that of a Faux Affably Evil villain; beneath his surface facade of passable civility and kindness is a sociopathic level of cruelty and dismissal towards the value of those whom he can't "use"—one could easily lay Yuusaku's speech about the "uselessness" of his son over the visual images of countless Machiavellian-type Big Bads with family relations to the hero and change surprisingly little of the dialogue. It doesn't help that his own words imply that he looks down on people whose abilities he sees as unequal to his own, calling into question whether he is even morally capable of making just decisions involving the lives of millions if not billions of non-powered civilians. In short, the two are supervillain and superhero but their contrasting dialogue highlights that each expresses personality traits usually attributed to the opposite role.
    • In chapter 12, they subvert this: their determination to get the nullifier and willingness to sacrifice others' lives for what they see as a more important priority actually makes them Not So Different. Despite all of Kaito's talk about valuing justice and fairness and possessing empathy, Shinichi points out that he's used everyone around him like tools, behaviors mirroring what Yuusaku openly expresses about usefulness in chapter 9. Despite being foils in how they present and express themselves, the reality of Kaito's and Yuusaku's behavior is very similar.

  • Freudian Excuse: Kaito became KID to bring down the man who murdered his father and used his position of power to escape consequences and lie about it to the entire world. Subverted by Shinichi, who, despite siding with Kaito on the idea that such injustice should be resolved, has no problem criticizing Kaito on his own more ethically problematic choices. In chapter 12, Kaito ends up hypocritically doing the thing he accuses Yuusaku of and seeks revenge for—serving his own agenda at the cost of someone else's survival.

  • Hypocrite: In chapter 12, Kaito ends up doing the thing he accuses Yuusaku of and seeks revenge on him for—serving his own agenda at the cost of someone else's survival.

  • Irony: Kaito is KID in revenge for Yuusaku murdering Toichi and then blaming him for the deaths involved. Because of this, much of the public think KID is a killer. But in chapter 12, in order to get tools for his revenge against Yuusaku for this frame-up and murder, Kaito steals the chemical needed to neutralize and stabilize an out-of-control metahuman child, and with no way to neutralize her, she's put down by missile strike. Arguably, in his quest for vengeance over the murder and slander, Kaito himself gave KID's reputation for callous bloodshed an underlying truth.

  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Kaito's and Aoko's prospective first date is ruined by Hakuba giving Aoko evidence that Kaito is Kaitou KID, and her subsequent decision to confront Kaito about it. Despite Hakuba believing that Kaito was only using her, Kaito was evidently very excited to date her and deeply hurt by the destruction of their relationship.

  • Not So Different: Despite Aoko insisting she's the good guy and Kaitou KID the bad, both have the same motivation and about the same ethical standards when it comes to enacting that motivation, having long ago conflated revenge with justice.
    • Both Yuusaku and Kaito put acquiring the nullifier before the lives of Santa and the citizens of Tokyo. By the end of the disaster their attempts to enact their agendas are paid for with the blood of the innocent.

  • Police State: Kaito believes that ISHA is a "brainwashing [...] superpowered police state." As the story progresses, we find he's not entirely wrong—ISHA appears to regularly commit human rights violations and war crimes, interferes with police investigations and procedures for the sake of its own interests, and uses emotion- and thought-manipulating metahumans as their spokespeople when public outcry occurs. ISHA is, however, more complicated than Kaito paints it—for all its effects, most of its members seen so far genuinely appear to have good intentions and take responsibilities like justice and public service very seriously, but are working with a flawed system and often very sensitive and complicated situations.

  • The Scapegoat: By chapter 9 it's clear that Kaitou KID has served as this for at least two "heroes":
    • Yuusaku blamed his murder of the first KID and the damage and other deaths involved on KID himself, hiding Toichi's identity and labeling him a civilian casualty of KID's deadly act.
    • Aoko blames her difficult and long-standing family issues on KID because it's easier for her to do that than working through the complicated emotions she feels for her neglectful but well-meaning father, who was at a KID heist when her mother died in the hospital and continues to neglect Aoko in favor of his work catching KID.

  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: As KID he still keeps up his cheerful facade, but rather than the fun-loving character from DC canon, Kaito's resentment of ISHA as a superpowered ruling elite, along with the public that uncritically adores them, has turned his civilian identity into a bitter, jaded troll that tends to upset and anger those around him rather than cause anyone fun or amusement. Of course, that hatred stems from said superpowered ruling elite apparently murdering his father, Toichi, and then framing Toichi for his own murder. To make matters worse, Kaito only found out his father was KID by witnessing KID's murder at Yuusaku's hands. This trauma and the lack of resolution or justice obviously still pains Kaito to the point where, despite being one of the cast members who exhibit the most Jerkass tendencies, he's actually the only person to express open empathy towards Shinichi specifically because he relates Shinichi's situation to his own.

  • Spanner in the Works: Ironically and cruelly, he becomes one to Shinichi, whom he'd previously cooperated with. Kaito steals the Meta-Nullifier that Shinichi needs to end the Black Hole Crisis without ISHA putting Santa, the child involuntarily causing it, down like a rabid dog. Because of this, ISHA orders an airstrike on Santa's and Shinichi's location; Kaito saves Shinichi at the last second, but leaves Santa to die.

  • You Killed My Father: His Cynicism Catalyst and the motive for his set against ISHA: he witnessed the Night Baron kill Kaitou KID when he was nine, and ISHA covered it up.

  • Villain Has a Point: Despite nominally being the villain, being very destructive, manipulative, and coercive when it suits him, and speaking from a place of vengeance and spite, none of the criticisms Kaito makes about ISHA's justice system have proven inaccurate—in fact, what little we've seen so far only supports and demonstrates his points; ISHA shows itself to absolutely be the super-powered police state Kaito accuses it of being when the chips are down, and it usually just hides or uses propaganda to excuse the morally questionable part of their actions after the fact. The "heroes" have really only managed to maintain the illusion of moral highground by at least intending to limit the destructive impact on the public and by sweeping KID's points under the rug as best they can. In fact, this particular villain makes so many points that when given a choice between ceasing investigating the disappearing children (as per the Irregular's repeated command) and helping KID for the benefit of evidence on the disappearances, Shinichi sees cooperating with him as the lesser evil.
    • By chapter 10 this plot point, represented in this case by Shinichi who's now openly demonstrated his willingness to ally with KID over the Irregulars if forced to choose, is one of the many things that splits the Irregulars into conflict after the horrifying end scene in chapter 9. Hattori and Ran hotly take Shinichi's side while Aoko sides against him (and KID), but even then Aoko can't really make a rational argument against the gaping moral failings pointed out by Shinichi's and KID's situation and Yuusaku's own actions right before their eyes.

"I'm not doing this for you. I'm doing it for him. Sometimes it helps just to know somebody's looking for you, that someone out there cares."

A homeless teen, street fighter, and minor criminal who tries to shelter and look after younger street kids.
  • Baker Street Regular: Downplayed. He is one of Shinichi's street informants, but he justifiably doesn't trust Shinichi, owing to Shininchi unintentionally compromising his and his kids' safety during what Shinichi calls an "arrogant" and "shameful" part of his career in journalism, but he's desperate enough for a solution to the current danger that he and his kids still act as Shinichi's street informants on the missing children's case.

  • Homeless Hero: The only person we see consistantly looking out for the kids on the streets when they're not the subject of an investigation.

  • King of the Homeless: Downplayed. He's the street kids' ringleader and protector, but it's implied there are a bunch of other "communities" like his around the city, and while he poses like a powerful leader he's characterized more like a scared teen desperately putting on aires in an attempt to protect people even less capable of defending themselves.

  • No Name Given: He's only ever referred to as "Daichi." Possibly justified both by the unfriendly relationship between him and Shinichi and by the fact that the homeless kids as a whole rarely use their real or full names for obvious reasons.

  • Street Urchin: The leader and main protector of a ragtag group of homeless children. We don't see the kids directly because he bars Shinichi from direct interaction with them.

A strange man Shinichi encounters while investigating an abandoned warehouse for missing persons. Shinichi concludes that he's deeply involved in an organized criminal conspiracy to abduct homeless children.
  • Elite Mook: In comparison to the Crows' other henchmen, Tequila has a codename and superpowers.
  • Faceless Goons: The Crows' members wear bird masks described similar to plague masks.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Naturally. Unlike in canon, it is Tequila who becomes the first high-ranking member of the Crows introduced to the readers as Tequila attempts to flush out the warehouse Shinichi's investigating for any homeless children to kidnap.


    Moriguchi Satoshi 
A thirteen-year-old from Osaka who vanished two months prior to the beginning of the story.
  • Abusive Parents: Ran away from a set of these a couple months prior to the story; they're currently being investigated by the police for the horrible living conditions discovered within their home.

  • Death of a Child: Shinichi eventually realizes that, due to the experiments performed upon him, Satoshi was the fireball creature that the Irregulars had destroyed in chapter 2.

  • Disposable Vagrant: Invoked and Subverted. It's highly probable that Satoshi and the other children were targeted by the Crows because, as street kids, no one would miss them. Fortunately for the other children, Satoshi had at least one person with both the will to bring as much attention as possible to Satoshi's disappearance and the sheer luck that that attention reached people able and willing to do something. Asakawa Shimpei was the volunteer frisbee coach at the local youth center whose concern over Satoshi's disappearance drove him to call the police on the Moriguchi parents and seek out Detective Mouri Kogoro to find Satoshi. Through Detective Mouri word of Satoshi's disappearance reached Shinichi, triggering an investigation into the whereabouts and fate of what turned out to be many kidnapped homeless children.

  • Missing Child: He actually goes missing twice. He first ran away from his abusive homelife in mid-February to live on the streets of Tokyo, but then he was noted to have disappeared by his fellow street kids a week before the start of the story.

  • Plot-Triggering Death: Shinichi investigating his disappearance and connection with the fireball creature and the mysterious Crows is what triggers the external plot of Part 1.

  • Street Urchin: Satoshi was living on the streets at the time of his final disappearance.

  • Walking Spoiler: Considering basically everything about him is a crucial plot point that triggers Shinichi's conflict with the Crows...

    Ishikawa Haruka/"Santa" 
A young girl who is "at most" ten years old with gravity-manipulating abilities, and one of the kidnapped children Shinichi was investigating.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Santa doesn't want to hurt anyone, but the experimentation has caused her gravity powers to go wildly out of control, and so she fled from everyone out of fear that she's a danger to them.

  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: If Yuusaku and Hakuba had spent as much energy considering the information Shinichi kept uncovering as they did trying to control Shinichi and push him away from that information, they would have been far more aware of the players and stakes involved in Part 1's external conflict and infinitely more prepared for the situation. The main factors that contributed to the stressful rush before Santa's death—solving the case mere hours before she was about to go critical, and having only one existing sample of the superior nullifier—would have been largely negated or managed in advance had Yuusaku and Hakuba heeded Shinichi's information weeks prior. Santa's death so far as it has been presented appears to have been completely unnecessary and avoidable, if only Yuusaku and Hakuba had used their brains and done their job rather than sabotaging others' efforts to do the same.

  • Death of a Child: Santa is "no more than ten" at the time of her murder, according to Shinichi's estimate.

  • Death from Above: Santa is destroyed via a missile strike ordered by mysterious higher-ups at ISHA.

  • Disposable Vagrant: Invoked and Defied. It's very likely, and discussed in-story, that Santa and the other children were targeted by the Crows because, as street kids, it was assumed no one would miss them. However, once Satoshi's coach went looking for him, the other homeless kids' awareness of the danger reveals the numerous other abductions and prevents the crimes against the kids from being swept under the rug completely.

  • Dying Alone: Shinichi desperately attempts to subvert this and assures her that he's not leaving her and she isn't going to die. But when the missile strike is launched, Kaito pulls Shinichi from the tower at the last minute, and Santa, unfortunately, does die alone.

  • Stay with Me Until I Die: She wavers between this and fearing anyone being near her for fear that she'll hurt them, convinced that she's going to die and end up killing others while she's at it; Shinichi promising to stay with her despite this makes him the last person she actively sought out comfort from before she died, attempting to cling to him for comfort as he went to check the windows for whatever new emergency Ran was trying to warn him about.

  • Walking Spoiler: If Satoshi's existence sets up the plot with the Crows, Santa's existence is Part 1's climax. Not that it's hard to guess what happened to her, given her character tropes.

  • You Remind Me of X: She reminds Shinichi of Shinichi, what with her terror over her inability to control a part of herself and her feeling like no one can ever be allowed to touch her or comfort her because of that. She feels that she needs to be alone and untouchable, but she doesn't want to be.

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