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Left to right, from the top row: Risu, Kikurage, Thirteen, En Family Goon, Noi, Shin, Vaux, Fujita, Ebisu, En, Chota, Kaiman, Johnson, Kasukabe, Natsuki, and Nikaido.
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  • Cool Mask: Nearly all magic-users, and a few others besides them, wear masks of some sort. For magic-users, it's a societal norm to wear a mask.
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    Kaiman 
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Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Japanese), Aleks Le (English), Miguel Ángel Ruiz (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 25 (Self proclaimed)
Magic: Gyoza Genie
The main protagonist. Kaiman is a simultaneously a food-loving dork and a huge, imposing knife fighter. Sometime before the story began, he fell victim to "Magic Practice", losing his memories and his human face in the process. Killing the one responsible breaks the spell, and luckily enough his fancy new lizard head, or rather the man inside it, seems to have an idea of who is responsible for his sorry state.

Kaiman is a Mage Killer extraordinaire and spends most of his time brutally killing any who dare step foot into his neighborhood in Hole. His unique affliction leaves him immune to their smoke, and that's often a very nasty suprise for a Mage Species so dependent on spells.

Behind the brutal, blood-spattered gas mask however, Kaiman's a pretty nice guy to the people who get to know him, and his affection for his friends and his love for Nikaido are very genuine.

Plus everyone he kills are assholes.


  • 11th-Hour Superpower: To combat Hole-kun, Kaiman is transformed into a magic user of unfathomable power. This manifests as a Green Lantern Ring in the form of a Magic Staff capable of granting his wishes, with a gyoza-flavored twist. Need to fly? He gets a pair of gyoza wings. Want to shoot a fireball? It's a grease fire, specifically. However, Hole-kun proves to be Kaiman's match regardless, and eventually de-powers him with a precisely aimed spike into his brain.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: See Split Personality.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Discovering who he was is the crux of his entire character.
  • Anti-Hero: Pragmatic Anti-Hero. He's rather nice with those he considers his friends, and it's mostly because he lives in a Crapsack World that he brutally slaughters any sorcerers that come to Hole, who usually show up there to practice their magic on people. On the other hand, his killing spree of mages is indiscriminate, he kills them immediately after biting their heads solely on the grounds that they're mages. (he would have killed a fortune teller had Nikaido not shown up and he turned out to be benevolent, and he later kills a taxi driver just so he wouldn't have to pay a tab with a currency he didn't have).
  • Anti-Magic: He's immune to Magic, which makes him very dangerous to the Magic Users, who often are too reliant on their powers. Unfortunately, this only makes him immune from being transformed or affected directly by smoke. Magical items can still hurt him, as seen when he fights En.
  • Benevolent Genie: Kaiman’s temporary magic by the end of the series, after being filled with magic power by all remaining devils Chidaruma had betrayed, he conjures a talking gyoza that looks silly at first, but it proves itself to be the most powerful magic ability in the series, being a literal genie that can materialize all sorts of offensive and defensive measures for Kaiman to use at his request, the gyoza is quite friendly to its master to boot, advising Kaiman on what he should use against Hole-kun.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mess with his gyoza. He loves his gyoza.
  • Big Eater: So much so that Nikaido is in debt because he does not pay his tab.
  • Bigger on the Inside: If he puts a person's head in his mouth, they sometimes experience the sensation that their entire body is inside an enormous, cavernous version of his mouth. To people outside, though, it just looks like Kaiman's biting the person's face.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Does a miniature dance of joy at being allowed to fight Shin and Noi.
  • Bully Hunter: He doesn't hurt Magic Users who refuse to pick on humans, what would be the point? But the more you abuse the weak...
  • The Bus Came Back: Kaiman reappears at the end of Chapter 117; the head he lost at the beginning of the manga has been resurrected, along with an entirely new body.
  • Catchphrase: "What did the guy inside my mouth say?"
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A gyoza loving dork, and a terrifying Mage Killer.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Shin pretty much dominates him when they first meet, and he and Nikaido barely make it out alive. At the very least, Kaiman manages to sneak in a stab at Shin's chest, and the latter collapses from blood loss afterwards.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He has the head of a lizard, wears a black leather jacket and a gas mask.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Played With. He is firmly the protagonist for the first half of the series. But then he gets decapitated and one of his alternate personalities takes over about halfway into the story. He does get revived in the final arc, but by that point, the story has become much more of an ensemble story than it was at the start.
  • Devious Daggers: His preferred weapon of choice. This is foreshadowing to him being a Cross-Eyes member, as each member of the gang is taught how to be a good knife fighter in order to circumvent their own lack of magical potential.
  • Disguised in Drag: Becomes Pieman when sneaking into En's manor.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: His magic immunity is not actually magic itself.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He brutally and immediately kills mages without trial, but he'll spare them if they don't use their magic on others.
    • In a downplayed instance, when he was doing his usual interrogation on Ebisu. He was genuinely disturbed when he pulled off her mask and found out she was a 13 year-old girl. Despite this, he chomps on her face anyway. It's unknown what he would have done afterwards because Fujita pulled her out at the last minute, but he didn't seem to have a problem with the fact that he accidentally ripped her face off.
  • Face of a Thug: Specifically a lizard. Provided you're not a mage, he's not actually as intimidating as he looks.
  • Good Counterpart: To Kai. While both are knife-wielding, Magic User slaying entities who originated as just another aspect of Ai Coleman, Kaiman isn't blinded by his hatred.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Was imbued magical power from every former devil to become the strongest magic user to ever live. His power? Wish granting gyoza
  • Healing Factor: He can regrow his entire head, And as Aikawa shows, the rest of his body as well.
  • Heroic Build: The guy looks like he came from the first few sagas of Jojos Bizarre Adventure.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Who or whatever Kaiman is supposed to be, he's something beyond any general explanation for either a human or a sorcerer. Aside from the lizard head (which actually sheds skin), he's utterly immune to the effects of magic, and anyone who's head he bites on ends up meeting a man who lives in his throat and appears to be looking for someone. Even decapitating him won't kill him for sure, as he'll just grow another one back the day after. His and Vaux’s attempt to investigate and dissect the decapitated head fail, because somebody appears out of no where and takes it without them noticing.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He hunts down Magic-Users in order to regain a human head and live a life as normal as Hole permits him. At the end when Kaiwajiri promises to restore his head back to normal as soon as he regains his Devil status, Kaiman says that he's okay with how he is now and doesn't want to change back.
  • Irony: Kaiman spends a large portion of the story hunting down Magic Users and showing them to the person inside his mouth, thinking that the person the man inside him is looking for must be the one who made him how he is now. It turns out that the person the man inside his mouth is looking for is Kaiman himself, or rather Kai, the previous personality to inhabit Kaiman's body.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Being rather lazy and sometimes violent aside, he's a pretty nice guy. It helps that he usually targets Magic Users and jerks.
    • Notably he subverts the Fantastic Racism present on both human and magic-user sides of the setting. He spares a Magic User living in Hole because he's both a pleasant guy who hasn't hurt anyone and someone who tries to help the downtrodden people in Hole by telling them their fortunes.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: While Kaiman is violent during combat, he makes sure to direct his anger towards assholes and villainous mage users. And despite his rather gruesome fashion of offing his foes, Kaiman would make sure that they deserved it. It also doubles with him being a Bully Hunter.
  • Large Ham: Kaiman is goofy and hammy even among the rest of the cast, and his seiyu shows.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: His memories were wiped at the start of the series.
  • Lean and Mean: In earlier chapters, he was still tall but he lacked much of the muscle he's known for now.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He disregards Nikaido's caution in their first meeting with Shin & Noi, assuming they couldn't beat him because they were sorcerers (And he got his head taken off for it). Then when they entered the sorcerer's world, he happily tried to start a massacre in public, which Nikaido points out would defeat the purpose of them wearing disguises in the first place.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: He's by no means Incorruptible Pure Pureness (he at one point murders a taxi driving Magic User to get out of paying cab fare) but he still protects Hole from the near universally malevolent Magic-Users, which puts him a few tiers above En's family in terms of morality.
  • Lizard Folk: Only the head, though. The rest of him is pretty much human.
  • Mage Killer: Made this into his profession.
  • Meaningful Name: Derived from "caiman", a reptile similar to the alligator but with a heavily armored belly that's native to tropical America.
  • Pet the Dog: In an early chapter, he shows his soft side by unconditionally sparing the life of a fortune-telling Magic User who hasn't ever hurt anybody and only wants to live peacefully in Hole. After his brutal treatment of other mages, this is the first sign he's really a Bully Hunter rather than an indiscriminate killer.
  • Phrase Catcher: His victim's usual responses to his catchphrase right before he kills them. "You're not the one."
  • Put on a Bus: Sort of. He's actually Aikawa — or at least, an alternate personality of him. It's complicated. In practical terms, he dies about halfway through the story, but comes back to life during the final arc.
  • Progressively Prettier: He starts off looking more genuinely and unsettlingly reptilian, but Art Evolution has left him downright cute.
  • Red Baron: The Magician Killer.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: From En's family's perspective, especially Fujita. They regularly refer to him as "that lizard bastard."
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can:The can for two entirely different evils: His previous identity Kai, and his best friend Risu's Curse Magic .
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Kaiman shoots down any assumptions made about Nikaido being his girlfriend. And for the most part, he means it, not even getting flustered about it like Nikaido does. Just don't ask him if it's okay to date her yourself, though. He wouldn't like it.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Rendered "Caiman" by the Viz Media translation.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Villainy is pushing it, as a matter of perspective in this story. That said he has natural spikes on the back of his lizard head. His mask even has holes for them to fit through. And he tends to get pillows stuck to his head whenever he wakes up on the bed.
  • Split Personality: He's shown to be Ai/Kai/Aikawa. He also has at least nine spare heads, though only there are only four personalities in total.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Nikaido's gyozas. In a bonus chapter, a pie chart of his desires reveals that he wants Nikaido's gyozas more than he wants to regain his face.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Kaiman ultimately saves the day not by his hatred, but through his sheer friendliness. After everything he’s seen, he forgives the Magic Users, helps kill the human revenge god Hole-kun, and breaks the Vicious Cycle. The mages reciprocate, and it’s said that few people even know if the hole statues work (though they definitely do) because under En’s new policy magic practice is seemingly over.
  • Underestimating Badassery: On the receiving end. He first expected Shin and Noi to be the usual walk-in-the-park mages because magic doesn't work on him. Then Shin takes his head off. He got better, but he knows not to make the same mistake again.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He is afraid of ghosts. But okay with zombies. Apparently zombies are just hungry. Which somehow makes them better.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Though he was reluctant about it at first, he showed no more mercy for Ebisu than any other magic users despite her being only 13. And when her face gets ripped off due to Fujita pulling her through a door back to their world while she was still being held within Kaiman's mouth, he seems more disappointed that he didn't get to ask her who was inside his mouth, while her skin is still hanging from his mouth.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To most mages after biting on their heads, a rare example of the protagonist doing this. He eases up on it later.

    Aikawa (SPOILERS) 
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Voiced by: Subaru Kimura (Japanese), Kaiji Tang (English), Ricardo Bautista (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 30
Speciality: Knife-fighting

A mysterious figure tied to the pasts of much of the main cast.

Originally a teenager named Ai Coleman, Aikawa wanted nothing more than to become a magic user and escape his dismal life in Hole. He would end up getting his wish when one day, he jumped in to the Lake of Refuse in Hole to save a man, and became terminally ill. Kasukabe took pity on him and granted his dying wish to become a magic user, figuring the kid was doomed regardless. To everyone's surprise, Ai pulled through. He abandoned Hole and started a new life as a student with a new name, "Aikawa", and spent his days hanging out with Risu and getting into harmless trouble. But as time went on he discovered his powers had come at a price. He now shared his head with an entity, one that would periodically control his body in return for small gifts of money and a place to stay. While it was easy to ignore at first, that was before the bodies began to pile up. The entity eventually did the unthinkable and used his body to kill his best friend Risu, kicking off a series of events that transformed Aikawa into Kaiman.

When Kaiman is "killed" at the mid point of the story, Aikawa re-emerges alongside the entity. But this time he's not going down without a fight.


  • Anti-Hero: Moreso than Kaiman. He's not really interested in playing hero the way Kaiman is, and often pushes away potential allies. Considering his history the behavior is justifiable.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Wanted nothing more then to become a Sorcerer and live in the Magic-User's realm, he unwittingly achieved this by becoming the host of a genocidal Eldritch Abomination who killed his best friend.
  • Cool Mask: Has a pretty badass looking gas mask.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He looks almost just like Kai, sans markings. Unlike Kai, he's a Loveable Rogue.
  • Death Seeker: He doesn't see his life worth living if it means Kai continues to live too, and with very good reason. Unfortunately he Cannot Self Terminate due to his other personalities.
  • Emo Teen: As Ai Coleman, he was never shown smiling. He mostly sulked in his room and pursued his research. He became much more outgoing after succeding in his dream of becoming a Sorcerer and starting a new life in their world...for a while anyway.
  • Healing Factor: Kai/Hole's influence undoes any damage to his body.
  • I Just Want To Be Abnormal: As a human, he was told it was impossible for him to become a magic-user. Oh boy did he prove them wrong.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He stole food, was fairly lazy, but's he's one of the most loyal friends anyone could ask for, and is willing to pay the ultimate price to take Kai with him.
  • Literal Split Personality: Eventually he, Kaiman, and Kai become seperate entities as they reach their final forms. It's only temporarily as eventually he recombines with Kaiman, giving Kaiman all his memories back but leaving the Gyoza loving lizard as the dominant personality.
  • Loveable Rogue: He's a petty thief but undeniably charming. Helping this is his strong sense of justice.
  • Older than They Look: He's actually 30 years old.
  • One-Track-Minded Hunger: Even moreso than Kaiman. Aikawa would regularly mooch or steal food from strangers, not just friends.
  • Ship Tease: With Nikaido, just like his lizard alter-ego. It should be noted that the romantic chemistry between her and Aikawa is actually more overt than with Kaiman's.
  • Slasher Smile: His head gives one of these as it is destroyed by Curse.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: 206cm, built and fairly handsome. However, Nikaido, who was turning into a devil at the time, reveals that's not enough in regards to the high standards that devils have.
  • Teens Are Short: Averted. He's quite tall as a teen. To be fair, he becomes even taller later in life.

    Nikaido 
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Voiced by: Reina Kondo (Japanese), Reba Buhr (English), Gabriela Ortiz (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 20
Specialty:Martial Arts, Cooking
Magic: Time Travel
The owner of the Hungry Bug restaurant and Kaiman's closest friend. She follows him into his quest of regaining his memories and human face. She also makes the best gyoza in the city. For a restaurant owner, she’s oddly dangerous; her near-professional grade combat training in particular hinting at a past Kaiman has yet to even remotely piece together.
  • Action Girl: Strong enough to fight Noi.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Though not on extreme levels like Noi, Nikaido herself is quite muscular and pretty tall among the female cast.
  • Anti-Hero: As nice and easygoing as Nikaido is, she’s just as ruthless as Kaiman in a fight and has no problem fighting dirty.
  • Badass Normal: Survives a few blows from the Devil-trained Noi, which would turn pretty much anyone else into a thick, red paste. Noi is very surprised by this. Subverted early when she is revealed to be a magic user like most of the people she's fighting, especially once she begins her inadvertent devil training from Asu. See Fights Like a Normal.
  • Bare Your Midriff: A few of her outfits, usually when she’s not wearing a full jumpsuit (She wears a tube top underneath).
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: While Kaiman uses knifes, Nikaido primarily fights barehanded. And her strikes are powerful enough to rupture Noi's organs and impress her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Nice gal all around, yet it's wise to avoid getting on her bad side. Or hurting her friends.
  • Boobs of Steel: She and Noi do the most physical brawling out of the female cast, and they're also the biggest-chested.
  • Brainwashed: Temporarily pulls a Face–Heel Turn when En hunts her down and forcibly makes her his "partner". However, she can resist the contract (albeit with near fatal drawbacks) and eventually gets better after En dies.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Once her magic runs out, in turn cancelling out her devil transformation, she's essentially back to the way she was.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Basically what her Devil-outfit is, as it doesn't even cover her ass. Doubles as Naked Apron given that the Devil-outfit is cooking-themed and made of supplies from her kitchen.
  • Chef of Iron: She makes the best gyozas in Hole (according to Kaiman anyways), and can karate-chop off your head.
  • Clothing Damage: On the receiving end of this several times, one of which precedes her chest flattening during her devil transformation.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's pretty damn adorable, but she's also capable of throwing down just as much as any other member of the cast.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Near the end of her devil training she had acquired some horns and tail that made her more cute
  • Dark Action Girl: After En brainwashes her into becoming his servant. She gets better.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her life was not that bad, seeing as she had friends and a family of sorts. The dark and troubling part about it is that she erased it with her Time Travel powers.
  • Deuteragonist: Kaiman may be the protagonist, but she receives as much focus as he does. This is especially true for the second half of the manga, when Nikaido is learning to control her magic and Kaiman isn't even present for much of it.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Whenever she's in a fight, Nikaido's friendly personality fades entirely and she wears a cold, blank expression until she's done.
  • Empty Eyes: Inverted — she's usually drawn without pupils but they are drawn when she is under the influence of devil transformation.
  • Expy: She is, without a doubt, Elaine from Genocyber.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Initially, and after Kaiman finds out she's a magic user, Nikaido promises to stop using magic. This doesn't last for long, though, as she eventually does learn to use her magic.
  • Foil: To Kaiman with regards to their origins. Kaiman was once Ai, a human who wanted nothing more than to become a magic user and live in the magic users' world. Nikaido was a magic user who stopped using magic and moved to the Hole.
  • Gender Bender: Transforms into a man to infiltrate En/the Cross-eyes' HQ. When her devil transformation is complete her outer appearance is very masculine (like all devils)
  • Genki Girl: When she gets an influx of devil energy she becomes extremely energetic. Subverted when she becomes a complete devil: her "outer self" is smiling behind her mask, her "inner self" has an apathetic expression.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Zig Zagged: while there's nobody truly good in the manga, she's one of the most kind and caring persons in the setting. Despite that, she, like most characters in this series, has killed many.
  • Horned Humanoid: In her devil transformation.
  • Hunter of Their Own Kind: She's a magic user but helps Kaiman slaughter them. Since she’s vowed to never use her powers again, she has a unique perspective on magic practice. However, she only hates Magic Users who practice; she was willing to spare The Needle immediately.
  • Limited-Use Magical Device: The cost of her time magic is consolidating it into a single cube that can only be used five times..
  • Little Miss Badass: As a child, she could defeat adults in hand-to-hand combat.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Considering she happily cooks for him without him paying, and the amount of time she spends with him it's easy for people to assume she and Kaiman are a thing.
  • Made of Iron: She can take a kick from Noi that sent her flying through the air (Or a punch across the street in the anime), and still stand long enough to escape while carrying Kaiman over her shoulders.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has a lot of pretty skimpy Stripperiffic outfits. Or nothing at all.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Usually finds herself in combat with her clothes buttoned down.
  • Nice Girl: Provided you aren't a threat, Nikaido is friendly and mostly tolerable to the people of Hole's weirdness. part of the reason she started helping Kaiman hunt Magic Users in the first place was because felt she owed it to her new home to protect it
  • Orgasmically Delicious: The gyozas she made one time when she was in a devil-induced manic state.
  • Our Demons Are Different: She's becoming a devil accidentally (unfortunately those parts were skipped by the translators, but it seems to be Asu helping her to control her powers), mainly because unlike most magic-users she's used to not using her powers.
  • Perpetual Frowner: When her devil transformation is complete.
  • Perpetual Smiler: When under the influence of devil transformation.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When under the influence of devil transformation.
  • Ship Tease: With Kaiman, quite a few times. She's even referred to as his girlfriend by other characters and her one wish when their quest is complete is to run a store with him.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Skull-shaped knee pads are part of her devil outfit.
  • Spiky Hair: Long flowing, blonde spiky hair.
  • Strong and Skilled: Nikaido is a very skilled martial artist and can make quick movements with power blows, strong enough to rupture organs.
  • Time Master: Her magic allows her to perform Time Travel and alter history.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After training under Kawajiri.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Downplayed. Nikaido is by no means weak, but she's not as insanely strong as Noi.

    Dr. Kasukabe 
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Voiced by: Mitsuhiro Ichiki (Japanese), Griffin Burns (English), Eduardo Martínez (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 64
An accomplished surgeon and Hole's leading (perhaps only) researcher into the bodies of Magic Users. In contrast to Dr. Vaux, he has a respect, or even admiration, for magic users and has spent much of his life trying to figure out how they work.
  • Affably Evil: For a man willing to make a door out of stitched-together human flesh (well, Magic-User flesh), he's remarkably polite, friendly, and non-bigoted.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: He will not turn down patients, even if the consequences of saving their lives are blatantly obvious. This bites him in the ass constantly, but up until he realizes he created Hole Kun he had absolutely no regrets.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Nearly everything about him. He looks like easy going kid (if not just an easy going person in general). Who experiments on the dead bodies of sorcerers, made a magic door out of said bodies, trained a giant, flesh-eating cockroach into being his pet/assistant, turned Matsumura into a Frankenstein zombie to fill in as a teammate for a baseball game, treats imprisonment and torture like fun...
  • Fluffy Tamer: Decided a giant, man-eating cockroach would be a handy pet. The two have been inseparable ever since.
  • For Science!: Claims to be more interested in research than in saving lives. Shin actually trusts him to treat magic users because of this, even when they are "enemies". Kasukabe would never intentionally botch a surgery, even of a foe, because he wouldn't learn anything.
  • Friendly Enemies: With Shin. Kasukabe is repeatedly, though politely, defiant while taken hostage, and Shin in turn is gentle with the guy. They seem to know exactly how much they can get away with without antagonizing or alienating the other, and try to work on their opposing goals (save Nikaido, keep Nikaido captured) within these boundaries so they can stay friends.
  • Feels No Pain: "Always keep your cool is my motto". The guy doesn't even react when his arm gets lopped off.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Whenever he interacts with Shin. The two of them are downright friendly and even end up helping each other.
  • Gone Horribly Right: He operated on Ai to see if he could make him able to use magic. A few days later Ai was found dead, except he wasn't... He succeeded. Very well.
  • Happily Married: Sort of. He hasn't seen her for years prior to the story, though they are still very fond of each other.
  • Haunted House: Lives in one due to magic users' smoke filling the place.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Haru. First it was human/magic user and now it's a human/devil romance.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He's been attractive for most of his life, if scrawny as a teen and a bit on the husky side as a middle aged man, but when Haru ages him up to his 20s so she can have sex with him, we discover he was once a buff, very attractive young man.
  • Mad Scientist: He has a lab filled with the corpses of magic users and a door that he made out of magic user body parts. He also operated on Shin to help him use magic. For no apparent reason. See For Science! above.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His operation on Ai was a little too successful. It’s notable as being one of the only times he shows regret for one of his operations.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Mere seconds after stepping into a hallway made out of the heads of dead magic users, he says he hasn't felt so excited in decades.
  • Older than They Look: He's actually in his sixties but looks like a teenager. His explanation is that he was a test subject for a magic user.
    • Even as a sixty year old man he looked remarkably young, appearing much closer to forty.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Haze, though it seems only Haru knows this.In addition "Kasukabe" is actually his wife's real name.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He approaches everything, from a kid who cut his own arms off, to himself being imprisoned and tortured, like a fun new experience.
  • Silver Fox: Take a look at that photo of him in his adult body. Pretty attractive for someone who's probably about 30-40 years old right? That's him as a sixty year old man. Continuous exposure to the magic user smoke in his house somehow caused his age to regress.
  • So Proud of You: He's nothing but astonished with Ai's success in transforming a human into a Magic-User, and (before it becomes clear that Ai's not the one in the driver's seat anymore) he tries to convince Kai to help him complete his newest project .
  • Tattooed Crook: It's a wonder he's able to work with those tattoos. Though compared to Magic Practice damage, tattoos are probably downright bland in Hole.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Put Shin back together, allowing him to finish wiping out the militia and dooming Hole to the sorry state we see it at the start of the story. He doesn't seem to regret it, despite the pain it has caused.
    • Also, while it is later revealed his surgery didn't quite make Ai a Magic User, it did make his body capable of handling Magic Smoke, Devil Tumors, and most importantly: Hole. Unlike the surgery he gave Shin, there was no way he could have predicted the surgery he gave Ai could have lead to so many deaths.
  • Teens Are Short: He barely comes up to Kaiman's hip in his teenager form.

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    Dr. Vaux 
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Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (Japanese), Michael Sorich (English), Óscar Rangel (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 53
Specialty: Medical Skills
A dour doctor that works in a hospital in Hole who helps those who were used as test subjects by Magic Users. He's also Kaiman's boss, although Kaiman only marginally listens to the man.
  • Badass Normal: He’s brave and competent enough to participate every year in Living Dead Day and he has yet to die or be infected. That said, he’s hopelessly outclassed by the other Badass Normal humans the story follows. The only reason he even gets into a dicey situation in the latest Living Dead Day is because Kaiman more or less ditches him.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He’s surprisingly competent despite appearances, though he’s held back by the fact the vast majority of his patients are incurable, a fact that colored his outlook and level of effort. He manages to flawlessly autopsy Kaimans severed head, despite the fact he had never worked with a head of that type before.
  • The Eeyore: Magic Practice victims are generally incurable as long as the spellcaster is alive. All he can do is try to stabilize them and provide them with a modicum of quality-of-living if (and that is a big if) they survive the initial spell. Because of his depressing situation, the guy looks like he's either bored or moody most of the time.
  • Facial Markings: Resembling a thermometer.
  • The Medic: Not as effective as his supernaturally empowered counterpart Noi, but he’s the one who patches up the Hole Crew in between fights or when they fall ill.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Vaux or Bauks?
  • Shout-Out: He looks an awful lot like Clown from Akira, in later stages of the manga.
  • With Friends Like These...: Him and Kaiman consider each-other friends and even hang out after work occasionally, despite the fact a large part of their relationship consists of Kaiman trying to weasel out of work and the doctor getting petty revenge (like interrupting his lunch to make him take out disgusting garbage) or throwing things at him in return.

    Jonson 
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Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura (Japanese), Joseph Whimms (English), Miguel Ángel Leal (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 2
A cockroach changed by the residual magic in the Hole to become human-sized. He wears sneakers and can only speak one word, "Shocking!"
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A seven-foot-tall roach wearing tennis shoes and can say "Shocking!"
  • Catchphrase: Shocking!
  • Cool Pet: A giant flesh-eating cockroach that serves you food and tea.
  • Creepy Cockroach: At first, definitely. Once Kasukabe trains him, he becomes much nicer.
  • Cyclops: It's not entirely clear whether the upper half of his head is one giant eye or whether it's actually a shiny, black Eyeless Face.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Eats baked goods, sentient fungi, and human flesh with equal enthusiasm.
  • Friend to Bugs: An ordinary cockroach helps Jonson out of a bind, and the two dance briefly in celebration.
  • It Can Think: He apparently made a present for Vaux for his birthday, and communicated with another cockroach to unlock his restraints when he and the Hole crew were locked in En's dungeon.
  • Logical Weakness: Jonson can't stand bug spray.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Is it Jonson or Johnson?
  • Super Toughness: Bladed weapons are useless against him, as we find out when Kaiman breaks his knife striking him.
  • Team Pet: Kasukabe has him trained using radio waves only insects can hear.

    Thirteen 
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Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English), Arturo Cataño (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 25
A Hole resident who eats at Nikaido's restaurant and plays baseball.
  • Body Motifs: Sharp teeth. He has em, and his hat and clothing have little sharp triangles meant to resemble them.
  • Born Unlucky: He links his general bad luck to his birthday, January 13.
  • Butt-Monkey: He generally gets dragged into the same life or death situations as the rest of the hole crew, but since he’s not a Badass Normal, he takes a lot of punishment without really dealing any in return. Combined with his unlucky personal life, it makes him come off as a punching bag.
  • Fantastic Racism: Despises sorcerers even more than the rest of the Hole cast. Even after living with Shin and Noi, his racism seems to stick unlike the other members of the baseball team.
  • Man in a Kilt: Wears a plaid one over his pants.
  • Meaningful Name: Dude is very unlucky, and clearly he chalks it up to his birthday. though he’s apparently accepted it enough to use it as a nickname.
  • Scary Teeth: Has unusual shark like teeth. No explanation is given for them, whether it was magic practice or he voluntarily had them sharpened.

Magic-Users' World Residents

En's Family

A Gang of magic users that essentially run the World of Sorcerers. En's Family behave like The Mafia, fighting rival crime organizations while trying to keep the peace. Despite the fact that they're rather ruthless, they're pretty nice to each other.

    Tropes applying to all 
  • Anti-Villain: They're the primary villains for much of the story. Specifically because Kaiman and Nikaido brutally murdered Fujita's friend. While they're brutal and most certainly terrifying, they have too many good traits of their own to be labeled as outright evil.
  • Death Is Cheap: The real reason they are so damn dangerous. Even before they had Kikurage and near guaranteed resurrection they still had the ability to petition Hell with wishes to have their members given back to them, which is implied to have a decent success rate since it was the very first thing Fujita tried.
  • The Syndicate: Have a more mafia/Yakuza feel than the Cross-Eyes and control much of the magic-using world.

    En 
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Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English), Andrés García (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 43
Magic: Mushroom
A Magic User, gang leader, and effectively the ruler of the Magic Users World. His "Family" engages in various enterprises both violent and non violent, based out of a mansion so large it amounts to a small town. He has great influence in the Magic Users' world and connections to high ranking Devils. If the origin story in his movie is to be believed, his magic was strong enough as a child to turn both of his parents into mushrooms. Afterwards, he was abducted by weak Magic Users who held him prisoner and sold his smoke on the black market. Eventually, he was discarded and ended up in hell, where he apparently impressed the Devils enough to escape. He returned to the place where he had been imprisoned and freed the others, starting his "Family." Sometime before the story began, he sent his men to fight the Cross-Eyes, and many of them died. After that, En has decided that his destiny is to personally take down the boss of the Cross-Eyes.

  • Affluent Ascetic: Downplayed, as he does live in an opulent mansion, but its very clear his early life of poverty left its mark on him and his habits and there are many cases where he takes frugality to the extreme despite being the richest man in either of the two worlds. As an example; he hates getting rid of or throwing anything out so much he would rather eat his enemies after he turns them into mushrooms than see any food go to waste.
  • Anti-Villain: Won’t hesitate to have his Cleaners kill his enemies, and often threatens to turn his subordinates in mushrooms if they double-cross him or catastrophically fail. On the other hand, he does care for his subordinates and despises injustice despite the whole Yakuza-like behavior. In addition, it is said under his rule the Magic User's World has become a far better, if still brutal, place to live compared to the Social-Dawrinian hellscape it was before he took over.
  • The Archmage: Considered by Chidaruma himself a contender for the strongest sorcerer in the world, En's power is only silly at first glance, later in the series he shows ludicrous applications to his mushrooms and boasts natural black powder reserves to absurd levels, with no other sorcerer matching said feat, like protecting his crew by spewing a magic mushroom shield for 26 hours straight!
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's not in charge of much of the magic-using world for nothing.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He's always dressed like a Mafia don.
  • Badass Long Coat: It's shown that he keeps a sweet pimp coat in the Bonus chapters. Made of fur, no less!
  • Benevolent Boss: He's quite nice to his subordinates. Overlaps with A Father to His Men.
  • Berserk Button: Black powder. Subpar magicians use it to increase their power, something that En detests. He immediately kills a woman that he tried to accost as his partner when he noticed some around her mouth.
  • Breath Weapon: Like his cousin Noi, he prefers exuding smoke with his mouth instead of through his fingertips.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Has an obsession with mushrooms: it's the only thing he eats and he's filled his mansion with the stuff. Doesn't change the fact that he's the strongest magic-user in the series.
  • Character Development: He is a rather benevolent boss from the get go, but it is also clear early on that En is not the type to consider himself someone who should stick his neck out for subordinates, En is good to his family so they will serve him well and stay loyal; it’s only after his death, and later resurrection, that he realizes how much his family has done for him, that’s when he starts fighting by their side and puts his new life on the line for them.
  • Character Tics: His rough upbringing means he has a hatred of wasting anything. He will eat enemies he turns into mushrooms and will use the corpses of his own henchmen as fertilizer in his garden, rather than let either go to waste.
  • Cool Mask: His mask is Devil made and therefore empowers his already incredibly strong magic.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one to Kaiman. He, in turn, later gets a fatal one from Kai.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He runs a number of mushroom-related franchises alongside his more shady dealings.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He arguably has it as bad as Guts, in the sense that life itself has had it out for him since he was born. He possibly turned his parents into mushrooms when he was a baby, then a thief took him and sold him to a factory that imprisoned high-level magic-users and extracted their smoke to sell at a high price. After 9 years of this, En was drained of his smoke and dumped into a river to die. Then a nearby devil found him... and thinking he was dead, he dumped him into hell. En survived there for 2 years living on mushrooms (which he turned the denizens into) and his hatred for everyone who tortured him until he was found by Chidaruma.
  • Enlightened Self-Interest: He’s A Father to His Men because if you treat people well, with kindness, and with respect, they respect you in turn, will work harder without being asked, and have no sensible reason to betray you. Most of his character development involves Becoming the Mask and truly learning to love his family as, well, a family
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's appalled by Risu's nonchalant reaction to his "friend" Miyamoto's brutal disfigurement.
    • He hates the practice of keeping people as Smoke producing slaves, especially as he himself was kept as one early on.
  • Evil Redhead: More or less evil (he's a mafia don, after all) but you can't deny that he's a redhead.
  • A Father to His Men: His most redeeming feature. Overlaps with Benevolent Boss.
  • Fiction 500: The dude is loaded from all the businesses he runs. The resale value from his various collections of memorabilia, art, and antiques alone is enough to keep the entire revitalized Cross-Eyes organization running more or less indefinitely after they take his mansion. And that’s not even accounting for his investments and liquid assets.
  • Guyliner: Like most magic users his stylistic sense leans towards the flamboyant.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: He manages to kick some pretty serious ass despite the fact that all he can do is turn things into mushrooms. Part of this is that he's a Genius Bruiser like most magic users, and is used to using his magic in creative and devastating ways. For example, he delivers a brutal Curb-Stomp Battle to Kaiman, getting around the latters Anti-Magic capabilities by mushroomizing the air particles his opponent has inhaled, tearing up Kaiman from the inside out.
  • He's Back!: After dying halfway through the manga, he's finally resurrected near the end and kicks Shin's zombified ass.
  • Humiliation Conga: As if his gruesome death at Kai's hands wasn't bad enough, En spends his first day in Hell running into, and getting beaten up by, some of the many, many enemies he's made in life. Then he's forced into a "group tour" with Natsuki, Saji, Ushishimada and Ton who, immediately after recognising his face, proceed to beat him up some more.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He turns people into mushrooms, and then has them cooked for later because he doesn't let things to go to waste. He also serves the mushrooms he makes out of people in his restaurant, much to Shin and Noi's disgust.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Chota has it bad for En, but En has shown no interest in men and especially in Chota.
  • It's Personal: Kill any of his men, and it becomes a personal issue with him. The Cross Eyes boss killed a lot of his men, so its become very, very personal issue to him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has a short temper and is pretty selfish (aside from the other terrible things he does) but deeply cares for his friends and family. Part of the reason why he goes up against Kaiman is because the latter murdered one of his subordinates in his quest to discover his original identity.
  • Killed Off for Real: Subverted. After Kai carves him to pieces, he's later seen in Hell in a bonus chapter. And once his family manages to retrieve his devil-tumor and get Kikurage to his reconstituted body, he promptly wakes up inside the morgue at Hole's hospital, naked and cold, but good as new.
  • Large Ham: He makes a movie about himself, with an overly dramatic origin story and description of the Cross-Eyes' boss as his fated enemy. And in a visual example, his estate has statues of himself everywhere.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Associated with Demons on account of his position in the Magic Users World, and he definitely enjoys the finer things in life. He’s something of a subversion however, as while he loves luxury, he’s can also be surprisingly and pointedly frugal despite having absolutely no need to be.
  • Moral Myopia: The first 9 years of his life were spent being enslaved and having his smoke being extracted to be sold at the highest bidder. This was part of the movie Chota had Nikaido watching, whom En captured and brainwashed into being his partner for her time magic. Granted, she was his enemy and her conditions aren't nearly as horrific as his was, but the twisted irony is there.
  • Mushroom Man: His smoke grows mushrooms of various sizes and can transform basically anything into said fungus. Even better, he can then use these mushrooms to fight, with devastating results.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: At the hands of Shou, who erased his memory of Nikaido so he'd leave her alone.
  • Narcissist: Subtle, but it becomes steadily noticeable the more we see of him. When Fujita asks him how Shin and Noi met, En starts the story at the noodle shop where they first met. Which he owned. Then he starts telling details about the ship’s top selling soba (which had fried mushrooms) before being put back on track. He also felt the need to talk about the song that the duo were listening to while eating in there. He was the singer.
    En: Incidentally, that song sold really well.
  • No Brows: He has no eyebrows, not even when he was a kid.
  • Not So Stoic: He’s not as stone faced as you think he might be. For example, whenever Kikurage is around.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Well, technically, he doesn't destroy things so much as turn them into mushrooms. Entire towns, if you push him too far.
  • Pet the Dog: His doting treatment of Kikurage is the most literal example, but he shows his good side in other ways too.
    • Using black powder is normally a death sentence for any family (and many non-family) Magic-Users if he finds out, due to it’s association with his nemesis. He spares Ebisu due to her mental illnesses despite having concrete proof she’s an addict
  • Refuge in Audacity: En hid his secret room behind a statue of Chidaruma because no one would dare touch a statue of that devil. This is because said devil is known for being a huge jerk, so even having a statue of him is a risk.
  • Renaissance Man: He's an actor, singer, successful business man, and a fan of fine art.
  • Self-Made Orphan: His autobiography movie says he accidentally turned his parents into mushrooms when he was a baby and ate them.
  • Spiky Hair: Believe it or not, he appeared a couple of times with his hair down, either in the barber, or just while sleeping. He looks pretty good.
  • The Stoic: For the most part he maintains a serious, matter-of-fact persona. It helps that he has his mask on 90 percent of the time.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He only eats mushrooms.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: He could give Vegeta a run for his money.

    Shin 
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Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese), Sean Chiplock (English), Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 28
Magic: Cutting

A Magic-User who works for En as a "Cleaner." He wears a heart-shaped mask. Underneath, he has an ordinary appearance. He likes to eat and often engages in casual conversation with his partner Noi. He's normally relaxed and casual, but on the job he becomes bloodthirsty and ruthless, ripping apart anyone in his way. His magic vivisects people, who remain conscious no matter what level of injury they suffer.


  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Gets zombified by Kai, or whatever Kai has become, and then mushroomed to death by En...
    • Back from the Dead: ...who immediately proceeds to resurrect him the following chapter, fully cured of his zombification/mushroomification.
  • Ax-Crazy: Only when he fights. He's otherwise a rather reasonable person.
  • Back from the Dead: En ordered to Ebisu and Dokuga to collect all the mushrooms to form him back. No one knows what's going to happen since Dokuga ran off with a couple of Mushrooms and then Kai appeared before him.
  • Badass Baritone: Yoshimasa Hosoya and Sean Chiplock both provide him with a deep, laid-back tone.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Most of the time he's dressed in a black suit. With sneakers.
    • En's family issued for specially made suits/dresses for the occasion of the Blue Night. He seemingly didn't change at all, but his confusion when En pointed this out implied he did have clothes made for him and he somehow didn't noticed.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: Even if he was a Bishōnen as a teenager, and had his hair tied, he was still a force to reckon with.
  • The Berserker: Without a doubt, the guy is a maniac who goes from relaxed to blood-crazed whenever there's a fight. Moreover, he and Noi came up with a combo-attack; where he just rushes toward their target while Noi heals whatever they throw at him.
  • Best Served Cold: His response to Vaux expressing concern for him, a young boy teenager at the time, going on a murder spree; this trope is a motto of his biological family.
  • Blood Knight: He gets an expression of crazed excitement when En tells him that a fight with Kaiman could be a fight to the death.
  • Body Horror: The victims of his magic, who usually end up as a head and a few assorted organs while still alive.
    • Somewhat fittingly, he had to do this to himself in order to get his powers in the first place, by cutting his arms open. Kasukabe and Vaux reattached them, but pointed out that they ceased function and were just rotting lumps of meat latched to him. By the time he met Noi, they were blue.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Stopped Shin from using his smoke? Well, don't worry, he'll just murder you the old-fashioned way.
  • Bully Hunter: Shin has stated he hates killing people who won't or can't fight back, and is disgusted by anyone who doesn't have the same qualms. He has even killed fellow magic users in particularly sadistic ways for trying to strong-arm weaker mages like Fujita.
  • Cool Mask: Has the shape of a heart. Though for some reason, he tends to wear it backwards.
  • Covered in Scars: His hands and arms are covered in horizontal scars. This is due to him cutting his arms open as a child to find the veins that produce black smoke.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He comes from Hole, where, due to being half-Magic User, his parents were killed and he was attacked by the Anti-Sorcerer militia. After cutting off his arms in an effort to use magic, he gets Dr. Kasukabe to help him. He uses his newfound power to massacre the militia and heads to the Magic Users' world. There he meets and fights Noi, and gets a job working for En.
  • Determinator: If he's angry enough, nothing will stop him.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: Knowing that Kasukabe's association with Kaiman will keep under En's radar, Shin warns him to stop helping Kaiman, to no avail.
  • Drop the Hammer: He favors fighting with a hammer rather than magic. It's just a regular claw hammer, and he favors the claw part.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Rarely uses his magic during combat, because using it against people who can’t feels bullying to him.
  • Forehead of Doom: Which each passing chapter his forehead became bigger. He's not going to be bald anytime soon, but it's noticeable.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was hunted down by the Hole militia for being a half-magic user.
  • Friendly Enemy: Once everything is resolved and Holey defeated, he encounters both Kaiman and Nikaido when delivering some gold bars to the hospital for their helping the En Family; despite previously decapitating the former, he declares things are cool between them as he considers Kaiman a totally different person from Ai Coleman/Kai.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Downplayed, but he’s definitely the good cop, which says something about En’s methods. Shin will, with some exceptions, usually hear out the other side before he decides if they have to die or not. He does this even knowing most people will simply try to kill him, but he feels he at least has to give diplomacy a fair shot.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, half-magic user.
  • Hard Head: His head is very hard, evidently when he's stabbed in Volume 8.
  • Heroic Build: YES
  • He's Back! After spending most of the final fight being hopelessly outmatched by people like Curse and Hole, getting killed, possessed, shroomed, revived wrong, and all other sorts of abuse, he comes back for real in time for the final fight and puts up a pretty good show.
  • Hunk: As an adult.
  • Hybrid Power: He's immune to the black rain, thought it still hurts it can't kill him.
  • Informed Attribute: He is said to be merciful to those who decide to surrender, but we really only see him sparing people who have either saved his life or are friends with people who saved his life. This is likely since Dorohedoro is a World of Badass, most people try to fight back when he comes knocking, with predictable results.
  • I Owe You My Life: Shin is grateful to Kasukabe for unlocking his magic and reattaching his arms. In exchange he honors Kasukabe's request to show the effects of his magic for research (by using it on the anti-magic militia as a calling card.) When Shin meets him the present day, he had Noi heal his friends who were afflicted by En's magic and give them a hiding space.
  • Leitmotif: El Corazon, a creepy accordion piece that highlights his strangely psychotic personality, and ends with a Last Note Nightmare befitting his violent tendencies.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When he puts his mask forwards (he normally wears it backwards), start to pray. Better yet, don't.
  • Limited Wardrobe: In the present day, he only wears black suits. Lampshaded within canon: when asked what kind of outfit he wants for Blue Night, his only criterion is that it be black, and he receives a suit that just looks like the one he always wears. Everyone else has an entirely different outfit than usual for the event.
  • Liquid Courage: At En's costume ball, he says he can't do the...unusual dances unless he's drunk.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: When he was a teenager.
  • Made of Iron: It takes a lot to get Shin to even start visibly reeling. A transformed Noi ripped some of his guts out, yet he was still able to knock her out and carry her on his back later on without any sign of issue. Getting blown in half can't even kill him immediately.
  • Magic Knight: He only resorts to using magic against other magic users, for defense, or to carry targets he needs alive in a trash bag. The "knight" part is the main reason why he's so deadly, as he's monstrously strong enough to rip people apart with his hammer.
  • Not So Stoic: He's fairly nonchalant about a lot of things around him in his default mood, openly screaming for blood when in a fight, and flustered when presented with a naked Noi.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By killing off the Hole Militia, he inadvertently allowed Hole-kun's summoning to be ushered into existence. Basically enacting the Sorcerers' version of the Apocalypse.
  • Older than They Look: Can you believe he's 28?
  • Punch-Clock Villain: It's just his job to 'clean' some people. His personality drastically changes when he's on the clock, becomming assertive, boisterous, and sadistic, compared to the mild mannered affable man he normally is.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Played with. He's always seen with a black and white suit, sometimes seen with blood stains, and he wears a red mask shaped like a heart. And at first, he’s portrayed as a bloodthirsty assassin and a primary antagonist, and during the time he’s introduced the Magic Users seem to be nothing but evil. But then we see his side of things, and discover the only category he doesn't fit into is "evil". Bloodthirsty? Yes. But strangely enough, not evil.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His wiping out of the Anti-Magician militia as a teenager.
  • Sadistic Choice: Loves to do this to his victims once they are split up. Would you rather die from a pierced heart or a cracked skull?
  • Scars are Forever: Despite Noi having long healed his arms, he still has the stitchings from their reattachment.
  • Screaming Warrior: When he's gets really riled up in a fight.
  • Secret Identity: Not him but his dog, who is actually a devil.
  • Sempai/Kōhai: He's Noi's Sempai, though she has been with En longer. Probably because he's been En's cleaner longer than Noi.
  • Ship Tease: Not so much on Shin's side, but he's incredibly modest about Noi, becoming embarrassed whenever he sees her under-dressed, and usually responding with a red face when she does her own side of the Ship Tease. Almost done when he implants the charms that could bring someone back from fatal wounds, but he pulls back the last minute.
  • Slasher Smile: More notable because of how mild mannered and affable he normally looks without his mask. It’s also is much more a toothy sneer of hatred than an ear-to-ear grin.
  • Start of Darkness: When he was a teenager, his parents were murdered on different occasions, due racism against magic users and those with ties with them.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: He spent his teenaged years on a killing spree against Hole's Anti-Magician Millitia. Which is hard to blame him considering they killed his mother and father, the latter of whom was tortured just for association.
  • Tsundere: Definitely. He's shown blushing with Noi (and becomes incredibly flustered by a nude clone of her), but it's pretty obvious he loves her. Also he doesn't like to being told nice things.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Child: Really was a normal teenager.
  • Use Your Head: As a desperate attempt to end a Cross Eye member, which ends with that member's head exploding in a mix of Gorn and Bloody Hilarious.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Kaiman blames his quest for personal revenge turning Hole into what it is today. As racist as they were, the militia were an entire army of people like Kaiman who were capable enough to defend humans from mages. Shin killed them to a man, ushering in a horrifying new era of totally unrestricted magic practice on innocent humans that would only end with the creation of the Hole-kun statues.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: When surprised and wearing his mask.
  • You Killed My Father: The Anti-Magician Militia killed both of his parents, starting a one-man rampage against him.

    Noi 
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Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English), Erika Ugalde (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 24
Magic: Healing

En's cousin and a Cleaner, Noi works alongside her partner Shin to eliminate threats to the family. An albino Boisterous Bruiser, Noi is almost always friendly and laughing even when fighting or killing. Her violent tendencies, Punch-Clock Villain attitude, love of food, and her unique magic make her the absolute perfect partner for Shin, and they are rarely seen apart. Despite her seemingly relaxed and easygoing demeanor, she can’t stand anyone being stronger than her, and very often (sometimes needlessly) worries about Shin. Her magic is a Healing Factor, allowing her to rebuild anyone from almost anything unless they're dead.


  • Action Girl: Shin, that terrifying mass of muscle with a hammer, is actually the brains. His partner is bigger, more aggressive, and just as terrifying. She’s usually the first one to start fighting when the two show up.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Most people thought she was a guy thanks to her usual outfit of choice: a loose-fitting jumpsuit + gruesome mask which conceals her entire features. Later on, her gender is revealed and some characters are surprised to find out that she's actually quite busty, not to mention has a very feminine face despite her bulk. Even later she starts wearing more flattering clothes and there are even a couple of panels where she's completely topless.
  • Badass Adorable: Coinciding with being an Amazonian Blood Knight, Noi is incredibly perky. She was even more adorable as a teenager, wearing a schoolgirl outfit, a bowtie around her hair, and had a few devilish features (horns and a tail) near the end of her training. And she wasn't any weaker than she is now.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: A rare female example.
  • Bash Brothers: With Shin.
  • Blood Knight: The official guidebook places her priorities in a "mental pie chart." "I want to fight strong people!" takes up over three-fourths of it.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: To the point where she makes games with Shin on how many targets they kill each. And is exceptionally joyful and childlike when fighting Nikaido especially.
  • Boobs of Steel: As far as raw physical strength goes, she's stronger than Nikaido. And bustier too.
  • Clashing Cousins: Admits after En's death that she never actually liked him, due to his treatment of her when she was young, and even half heartedly suggests to Shin that they go freelance after his death. Her opinion of En changes when he proves during the final fight he truly cares about his family, blood or otherwise.
  • Clothing Damage: She comes back from grave injuries just fine, but not her clothes. This happens often.
  • Combat Medic: Her smoke heals people instantly, so she can go from fighting to healing in literal seconds.
  • Combat Stilettos: Averted, she always wears sensible tennis shoes and the one time she wore heels she could barely walk.
  • Compressed Hair: When she wears her hair in her mask.
  • Cool Mask: A dark purple skull mask with indigo lenses. Like all high level magic users, it was made by a Devil.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Unlike Shin, who simply rarely uses his magic out of a sense of honor, Noi's power is completely unsuited for direct combat and she just uses it as a healing buff.
  • Friendly Enemy: When she meets Nikaido, she is pretty impressed by Nikaido's strength, and declares that the two of should be friends. When Nikaido is kidnapped by the family in a later storyline, Noi cheerfully greets the Bound and Gagged prisoner (whom she doesn't remember from before), and even heals her injuries while cleaning her. Later, when Kasukabe, Shin's close friend, starts to stay with them with several other Hole residents, Noi gets along with them just as well as Shin does.
  • Foil: Both she and Kaiman are musclebound Boisterous Bruisers who start off with a bad habit of assuming their respective Superpower Lotteries (Healing Hands and Anti-Magic) will carry them through any possible danger. But while Kaiman wears a black leather hoodie, fights mostly with his knives, and has the Face of a Thug, Noi dresses in a bright blue tracksuit, fights using her Super Strength, and is very pretty beneath her mask.
  • Genki Girl: Borders on being really creepy because she stays this way while killing people.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: The bad cop. She usually encourages Shin to show no mercy and simply kill whoever they’re dealing with, and is normally the first one to start punching. Though in this case it's less out of bloodlust, and more because she always expects a negotiation to turn into a bloodbath because of the opposing party. And she's usually right.
  • Happy Dance: She does a small victory dance for Shin when they think they've killed Kaiman.
  • Hidden Buxom: Her work clothes make her look like a man already. Put her in anything less compact and her large bust is noticeable.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Back in the day.
  • Jerkass to One: She's generally friendly, even to the people she's trying to kill at times. That said, she's consistently and openly bitter towards En, and wastes no time casually mocking him.
  • Kick the Dog: Downplayed. While she has some patience with Ebisu, she’s the only family member to be outright and blatantly dismissive of poor Fujita, basically telling him to shut up when he tried to help on an investigation, and outright rejecting his request for her to train him where Shin merely dodged the question. That said, she isn't outright cruel to him, and tries to cheer him up when he feels down from not having a partner.
  • Leitmotif: DAMN IT, a harsh industrial metal track which mixes in Ominous Latin Chanting and sample Zulu chanting. It befits her terrifyingly imposing presence and near unstoppable form of magic, as well as highlighting her love of violence.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: Her healing smoke might not seem like it has an obvious offensive application, but it turns out when you can effortlessly and instantly heal yourself, it makes intense strength training really effective at bulking a person up much more quickly than would be natural.
  • The Medic: Cut up? Rotting? Have large chunks of flesh missing? Zombified? She can help. Getting up after a fatal headshot is a matter of seconds for her.
    • Her ability is the reason why Ebisu's frequent mishaps are Played for Laughs.
    • It's also why Noi is highly valued in En's Family. Even though she can survive almost anything, she's often pestered into staying behind in a safe location when the going gets tough, much to her chagrin.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Noi is a walking tower of muscle who can cave men's skulls in with no effort.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Even before she became an Amazonian Beauty and was just moderately muscular for a teenage girl, she was still immensely strong enough to casually move around in 150kg armor and lift a boulder as big as she was over her head to crush someone's head into paste with it.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Gets her share of nudity and sexy outfits.
  • One Head Taller: With Shin... she's the tall one. Although she played this straight to him when she was younger and still in devil training.
  • Ore Onna: She uses the masculine ore to refer to herself, making it harder to tell that she's a woman while her face is covered.
  • Our Demons Are Different: She almost became a devil in her early years, and even already grew horns and a tail. But she used her powers to save Shin in the last minute of her magic power abstinence. She absolutely does not regret it.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Whatever she's wearing, it usually has a shade of lavender or dark purple.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Though, unlike Shin, her personality doesn't change. This actually makes it even scarier. You can always reliably determine whether you’re safe around Shin by his attitude towards you. If he’s acting casual and friendly, you’re safe. Noi will ask to be your friend while trying to punch your spine out, and she’ll actually mean it.
  • Punny Name: Noi = No.1
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Really enjoys a good fight.
  • Sadistic Choice: She was undergoing training to become a devil when she was younger, the final phrase of which involves not using your magic until the Blue Night. Unfortunately, three days before her train ended, Noi and Shin were attacked by a pair of magic-users and Shin was fatally wounded from having jumped in to save Noi from a killing blow. Noi chose to ruined her contract and heal Shin.
  • Samus Is a Girl: It's usually assumed Noi is male, since most people only see her in her work clothes.
  • Sempai/Kōhai: The Kohai to Shin.
  • Ship Tease: With Shin, to an unbelievable amount. On at least two occasions, Noi has kissed Shin to fully heal him even though just hovering over his open mouth would've work just as well, she's teased him onscreen once by sleeping on his bed (which lead to a regular member thinking he was interrupting something, and from how Noi worries about Shin, even in an omake becoming worried that he wanted to return to the Hole, it would feel like they're in a relationship or already married. Not helped by them sharing an apartment (though not rooms), and even Shin returning some feelings too.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In her introductory scenes, when the readers (and some characters) aren't expecting the 6'10" boisterous mass of muscle they've just met to be a beautiful woman. After that, though, it's pretty clear that she's always been beautiful without her mask.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 6'10" and one of the tallest women in the manga.
  • Super Strength: Enough to karate chop someone in half.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Shin criticizes her for relying too much on her healing magic and notes that she doesn't even try dodging attacks anymore. Though who could blame her when she is incredibly strong enough to demolish foes in her path. Though this comes back to bite her in the ass when going up against the Cross-Eyes for the first time.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: In her mask, especially when surprised.

    Fujita 

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Voiced by: Kengo Takanashi (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English), Alfredo Leal (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 18
Magic: Destruction

A weak Magic User who works for En. Despite being something of an errand boy, he ends up getting involved fairly regularly with the higher up members of the family, most likely because of his connection to Kaiman. Who, incidentally, killed his partner Matsumura.


  • Avenging the Villain: He wants revenge for Matsumura's death.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's very protective of Ebisu, even if he isn't interested in her as a partner.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nothing ever seems to go right for this poor sap...
    • This even goes for the clone that Turkey makes of him. It's made with substandard ingredients, gets burned so its ass sticks to the bottom of the cauldron, and finally falls off of a roof and is destroyed.
  • The Chew Toy: This verges on being downright sadistic, like when he ends up playing baseball against a zombified, disfigured Matsumura.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Discovers just how good his magic is when he uses it for throwing stuff during the Baseball Episode. Never makes the connection he could weaponize this, and promptly forgets it.
  • Excessive Mourning: His mourning of Matsumura is portrayed as a character flaw, since he’s driven to near suicidal lengths to revive or avenge his former partner, instead of living on which is what Matsumura would have actually wanted. It takes hearing those words from the man himself in a Dead Person Conversation to finally snap him out of it
  • Fear Is the Appropriate Response: Compared to the others of En's Family, Fujita shows what most of us would usually do in the situation. It's exactly why he's picked to go undercover and invisible to find out information about the Cross-Eyes and their boss; everyone else, especially the best fighters Shin and Noi, would use the opportunity to attack and would likely die.
  • Finger Gun: His power is to shoot puffs of black smoke from his fingers with concussive force. He uses it very rarely because the “concussive force” is so weak as to be useless. When powered up with black powder, it becomes powerful enough to blow people into Ludicrous Gibs — at the cost of blowing Fujita’s own arm off as well.
    • Heart Is an Awesome Power: During a baseball game in Hole, he can cast his smoke on the balls and throw them with frightening, lethal speed. He makes for a great pitcher. He unfortunately never realizes this would work in fights, too.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Nearly everyone in En’s family doesn’t care much for Fujita, sometimes they bluntly remind him that he’s not real family, and he knows it very well; Fujita sees himself as a coward weakling who can’t do anything by himself, so he worships En and the family’s big shots even if they don’t care much for him, because they still provide him with a level of safety. However, later in the series when Fujita is one of the key figures that lead to En’s resurrection, the Family does come to care for him.
  • Gag Nose: His mask's defining quality.
  • Heroic BSoD: Spends two days in bed unable to wake up after the shock of En's death.
    • He spends most of the series in one from Matsumura dying. Multiple characters point out how shortsighted or outright suicidal many of his actions are, especially when it comes to trying to fight Kaiman who is more than a match for most of the family barring En and Shin.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Ebisu. He's taller than Nikaido, who's pretty tall for a woman.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Having very weak magic and being bullied because of it, Fujita asks Shin and Noi to teach him to be stronger, which they turned him down immediately.
  • Invisibility: Shou makes him invisible for a mission to retrieve En's devil-shaped tumor.
  • Muscle Angst: Or angst about his lack of muscle, as demonstrated when the first thing he does when under the influence of En's lucid dream-inducing mushrooms is imagine himself enormous and muscular.
  • Never Bareheaded: He's usually wearing an Ushanka with ear flaps.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he's forced to work with one of the Cross-eyes to escape the wrecked shopping center and the Cross-Eye realizes Fujita's hiding something — the tiny devil-shaped tumor that can help resurrect En.
  • Ship Tease: With Ebisu, but played for laughs.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: What he briefly thinks he's having for the Cross-Eyes after following them around while invisible.
  • Underestimating Badassery: When the occasion requires it, he'll kick your ass, or at the very least, put up a fight.
  • Unknown Rival: He's hellbent on killing Kaiman to avenge Matsumura's death. Kaiman for his part barely acknowledges him, or Ebisu and Fujita never really confront him about it.
  • Visible Invisibility: Zigzagged. For a while, the scenes played out with Fujita remaining completely unseen to both the characters and audience. However, in Fujita's own flashbacks and in scenes from his perspective, he's drawn as lines but not shaded.

    Matsumura 
Fujita's former partner. Said to be a competent mage despite appearances, his death at Kaiman's hands triggers the overall plot of Dorohedoro.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He looks a little Gonk and was shown to be a glutton, but it is mentioned the only reason that Fujita is in the family at all is because En recruited Matsumura, and Fujita was brought in as well since he was Matsumura's partner already.
  • Came Back Wrong: Played for Laughs. He actually gets revived a couple times, but he's never revived properly, instead coming back as a baseball playing Frankensteins monster
  • Dead Person Conversation: In one of the most pivotal scenes of the manga, when the entire Family is depending on a borderline suicidal Fujita, Matsumura appears to his former partner. He implores the still living Fujita to keep living and “not come this way yet” (IE Hell) and then helps Fujita find Ens Devil Tumor. This last interaction gives Fujita the closure he needs to finally move on.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Kaiman killing him is what finally gets En's attention, setting the plot in motion.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Played for Laughs. Is revived in an increasingly deteriorating form only to be killed again, with Fujita then carrying out what increasingly little of him remains.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed at the very beginning of the series.

    Ebisu 

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Voiced by: Miyu Tomita (Japanese), Cristina Valenzuela (English), Lupita Leal (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 13
Magic: Lizard

A young female Magic User who loses her memory and her sanity after getting her face ripped off by Kaiman. She gets "rescued" by Fujita, who wants her for her expertise in reptilian transformations, thinking she might have a connection to whoever cursed Kaiman. Said rescuing results in her coming back from the dead semi-malformed and saddled with mental issues.

Ebisu has a vague past, with apparent connections to both high society and the criminal underworld. Recovering her past becomes a goal of the entire family, in the hopes of discovering the truth about Kaiman.


  • A-Cup Angst: Has plenty of it. She's constantly jealous of Noi and Nikaido's Boobs of Steel.
  • Big Fancy House: Her childhood home.
  • Break the Cutie: In her first appearance, she gets her face literally ripped off by Kaiman. Even after her face gets healed, her mind is completely broken. However, it's mostly played for comedy. It's that kind of story.
  • The Chew Toy: Even more so than Fujita. At times to the point of deconstruction. She gets eaten, disemboweled, zombified and otherwise nearly killed on a regular basis. In her character description she's even listed as "En family comic relief"! It does very little for her sanity.
  • Children Are Innocent: Some comments she makes do come across as this, or not realizing what she says hurts.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: At first it was because of the psychological trauma of having her face ripped off. Then it was because a hairpin that makes its wearer happy got trapped in her brain.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When using black powder. She turns into a large lizard and chomps down on her opponents.
  • Don't Fear The Reaper: Her design has a bit of grim reaper motif going for it, (skull mask, small scythes over her shoulders). Though she's hardly a threat under most circumstances and is one of the main sources of laughs in the series.
  • Epic Fail: When Fujita gets her to transform into a giant lizard, she reluctantly does and even adds a transformation sequencing pose for extra flair.. and ends up turning into a small, scaly worm thing with her head intact because she didn't have enough smoke.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Hers are concentric circles.
  • I Really Do Care:
    Fujita: Tomorrow he'll be defenseless.
    Ebisu: You m'ght die in the process.''
    Fujita: I don't care.
    Ebisu: I do.
    Fujita: Ebisu...
    Ebisu: If you die, how am I gonna come back?
    Fujita bangs his head against the wall
  • Fake Boobs: She notices the ...gap between her and Noi when taking measurements for their Blue Night attire, so Ebisu has her dress modified so it seems she “grew“. Noi is the only one who calls attention to it and isn’t squicked out.
  • Fan Disservice: Considering she’s only 13, her attempts at trying to look sexy comes across both as comedy and this. And one of those times she had her intestines eaten out from a seriously suggestive position.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She's not happy about Asuka getting Fujita's attention (unbeknownst of either of them, because of Asuka using magic to draw in customers.)
    Ebisu: What's so good about that bitch?
  • It's All About Me: Her mental pie chart outright states this trope. She mainly thinks about how she looks (the biggest one), her magic, herself in general, Kikurage and Fujita. In that order.
  • Ironic Name: She is named after one of the Seven Lucky Gods, but is anything but lucky.
  • Large Ham: Nearly every waking moment of her onscreen/panel time has her doing something outrageous and bizarre.
  • Likes Older Men: She's 13 while Fujita is 18.
  • Ms. Fanservice: No. She tries to be this, but it’s solely Played for Laughs because of how utterly flat it falls.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Had Fujita arrived a moment later the whole incident with her face would not have happened (Kaiman would have spat her out to ask what the man inside his throat said to her).
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Early on she acts wacky due to her amnesia, but after recovering her memory it's due to Chota's devil hairclip stuck in her brain.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Which shows that she can be deadly when stimulated enough. The thing is that she's actually pretty weak.
  • Replacement Gold Fish: When she ran away from home her parents paid a magic-user to make a clone; unfortunately the clone was very unstable and scared them out of their house.
  • Sad Clown: Played With as she shows involuntary signs of this due to the devil hairclip. In the aftermath of Kai's attack on the En household Fujita noticed that, while Ebisu could only laugh at everything, she actually looked very sad.
  • Scaled Up: Her smoke turns people into reptilian monsters. It wears off on its own after a while.
  • Squee: After seeing En naked... from the front.
  • Talkative Loon: She just loves spouting off random nonsense, or to comment what's happening in the most to .
    Noi: Woah! What's in these?
    Ebisu: Boing is in them.
  • Tear Off Your Face: In her first appearance no less. By Kaiman, who wasn't set on letting go of her yet when Fujita pulled her from Kaiman's maw and escaped. It had wrecked her sanity and the story doesn't let up on the abuse from there.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Towards Fujita, but it's mostly teasing, it's pretty obvious she has a crush on him.
  • Token Mini-Moe: The youngest of En's family at 13, and she's decidedly more messed up than the usual examples of this trope.
  • Tomboyness Upgrade: Presently a tomboy, but in the past she dressed in a more feminine way.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Until her memories come back as a result of tripping on En's mushrooms of all things.

    Chota 
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Voiced by: Anri Katsu (Japanese), Doug Erholtz (English), Alan Fernando Velázquez (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 38
Magic: Dispelling

A Magic User who works for En. Wears a bird mask and can reverse magic. He's really obsessed with his boss. Having been locked in a section of the mansion since the previous Blue Night to avoid him causing any... issues in his attempts to make En his partner, he is released during the events of the story.


  • Agent Peacock: More like Agent Crow.
  • Bathtub Scene: As Nikaido.
  • The Big Guy: He stands at 198 cm. tall
  • Dispel Magic: His magic is to undo spells cast by others.
  • Facial Horror: He looks like the Chatterer, and he's not proud of it.
  • Forced Transformation: Twice.
    • Asu turns him into Nikaido as a stand in for her, after she was momentarily freed of En's brainwashing into being his magic partner. Chota was most definitely not happy about it at first, until he realized that it would bring him closer to En.
    • He later gets turned into a mushroom man by En for tricking him. It was only supposed to be a message, with the idea being Chota would have to waste time and smoke to turn himself back, but Chota thought the form reminded him too much of En to give up. He eventually gets better
  • Gay Guy Seeks Popular Jock: Or Gay Guy Seeks Mafia Leader.
  • Gayngster: Given that he's technically part of the sorcerer mafia, and has the hots for his boss.
  • Gender Bender: Asu transforms him into a perfect copy of Nikaido (completely with reproductive organs, if we're to believe him), so he can trick En for a couple of days. Chota protests at first, but then reconsiders, saying that he'll be able to be near En.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He's clearly not happy about En having made Nikaido his partner, despite that the fact that she was brainwashed into it. He doesn't try to get rid of her on his own, but he torments her in childishly petty ways and even dances around her body when he thinks she's dead. He also goes along with her escape just to get rid of her, and is initially displeased with Asu turning him into Nikaido as a stand in.
  • Gym Bunny: Downplayed; he's actually quite buff due the fact that he wants to attract En. Unfortunately for him, En is straight as an arrow.

    Kikurage 
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Voiced by: Mayu Udono (Japanese), Cassandra Lee Morris (English), Denisse Aragón (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 3
Magic: Reviving

En's beloved pet. Likes to play with Ebisu. Can also revive the dead.


  • Accidental Misnaming: Dokuga couldn't remember Kikurage's name and tends to call her by other mushroom names (Kikurage is a type of mushroom).
  • Death Is Cheap: Provided you can convince Kikurage to revive the corpse, she will.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Looks like a mixture of a cat, bunny, goat and devil.
  • Team Pet: Of En's family.

    Shou 
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Age: 45
Magic: Invisibility

Veteran assassin working for the En family. Uses a sort invisibility magic and teleportation magic. His magic has a side effect of making him oddly forgettable, even to the other members of the family.


  • Bandaged Face: Instead of a mask.
  • Benevolent Boss: Keeps up the tradition after assuming control of the En family remnants. Very supportive of Fujita in particular.
  • Dead Drop: En doesn't actually keep a journal. He writes coded orders for Shou and Shou erases them when they are complete. Apparently Chota has stumbled upon this countless times while trying to read En's diary, and has to be mind wiped each time.
  • Invisibility: Can make himself, others, and objects invisible.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Capable of causing this.
  • Mass Teleportation: Another one of his powers, as an extension of his true powers of dematerialization.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Inverted, there's some pictures of him seen hanging in En's mansion before he first shows up, yet when he finally does no-one remembers who he is. Even more so in the anime, where during Blue Night he can be seen standing alongside the rest of En family several times, without anyone acknowledging his existence. This is apparently a side effect of his power.
  • Shout-Out: To H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man.
  • Slasher Smile: He's got a sharp set of teeth under those bandages.

    Turkey 
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Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese), Christopher Corey Smith (English), Javier Olguín (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 33
Magic: Dolls

A master chef and ally of the En family. Their specialty is clone magic, or more specifically they can use food to create exact copies of people that mimic their habits. These copies are also inexorably drawn to the original, making them useful in investigations.


  • Dissonant Serenity: They’ve been working with clones for so long they seem unbothered by aspects of their creation, like their nakedness at birth, that they can come out deformed if they screw up the recipe, or that their destruction is just as gory as that of a human and very upsetting to watch for the original.
  • The Faceless: Their mask (a whole roast turkey) has no eye or mouth holes.
  • Nice Guy: They're pretty friendly, being just affable instead of Affably Evil.
  • Non-Action Guy: Their clones, though formidable, are totally out of their control, leaving them with no real combat powers.
  • Supreme Chef: They're capable of creating clones of everyone.
  • Token Good Teammate: While it’s hard to call the En Family truly evil in such a gray story, Turkey is the only (albeit unofficial) member who is unambiguously good. They are simply a friendly chef who makes clones for people. Their powers cannot even intentionally harm others, the only danger coming if the clones go berserk on their own.
  • Queer as Tropes: It's not made explicit if they consider themselves trans, but they have been slowly transitioning into a female body over the course of the series. They still have their male voice, since the body comes as a surprise to the Family

The Cross-Eyes

The gang that sells black powder, a substance that dramatically increases the amount of smoke a Magic User can produce and can even allow some smokeless Magic Users to cast. They have set themselves up as the heroes of the weak Magic Users, who are treated little better than humans.

    Tropes applying to all 
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Many of them are trained to go after vital points in a Sorcerer's body that disable smoke production. This is why many of them use bladed weapons, they are severing the veins that push smoke throughout the body. Shin finds this out the hard way...
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The Surviving Cross-Eyes are members who were paid to fight instead of think, and their initial introduction is rather... unimpressive. They are so terrible at finances that even with all of them working and bringing in salaries they have to share one toothbrush. People who live in boxes are probably better with money than they are. Then they manage to bungle their attempt to cover up their landlady's death with slapstick levels of incompetence. AND they keep letting strangers into their supposedly well hidden hideout. Yet despite all this, when the chips are down many of them are capable of going toe-to-toe with En's family. Taken to new heights during the magic user genocide, when they prove that all along they were capable of killing hundreds if not thousands of Magic Users with only their knives in the span of days and were only kept underground by their broken morale and lack of coherent leaders. Although at this point you'll probably wish they'd go back to their bumbling old selves...
  • Mirroring Factions: As a gang of low-level magic-users picked and abused by powerful sorcerers, they face many of the same problems as the residents of Hole.
  • Facial Markings: Crosses on both eyes.
  • Fantastic Drug: They produce and sell the mysterious Black Powder that is seen throughout the series. Only their boss knows where it comes from though...
  • Fantastic Racism: The reason for the gang is that Sorcerer's societal order is more or less might makes right. The powerful ones who have powerful magic rule the world and the weaker ones are left to fend for themselves. The Cross Eyes create a sense of unity and protection for the members, bring safety in numbers, money, and giving members a purpose. They also return the hate from strong magic users and don't mind harming people such as En's family and the like for being high and mighty.
  • Gangbangers: Contrasted with En's family's more mafia/Yakuza feel.
  • Inept Mage: They're a gang of low level magic-users.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: By the end, everyone who still believes in the Cross-Eye's goal either died before they saw what it really meant... or has the name "Kai". The rest are filled with nothing but regret.
  • No Place for Me There: At the end of the series, the surviving members are shown to be in Hole. Either due to the fact they can't use magic to make a door or they see no reason to return to a world they almost destroyed
  • Perpetual Poverty: A running joke regarding the good members of the gang.
  • Tattooed Crook: They’re called the Cross-Eyes because they tattoo crosses over their eyes as part of their initiation. With the exception of the Boss, whose eye crosses are noted to appear less like tattoos and more like birthmarks.
  • Weak, but Skilled: From the perspective of the Sorcerer's World, they are barely above humans because they can't use magic at all or their powers are useless. However, they are trained to fight in hand-to-hand and make use of bladed weapons. The more dangerous ones can give people like Noi and Shin a good run for their money.

    Kai (SPOILERS) 
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Age: 30
Magic: Power Parasite, Brown Note to Magic-Users

The mysterious boss of the Cross-Eyes. After he met Dokuga and his friends, about to be exiled by some Magic Users to the Hole, he killed the Magic Users, took them along with him through the door into the Magic Users' world, and formed the Cross-Eyes. He was attacked by Risu's Curse power after killing Risu and ended up in the Hole as Kaiman. He is revealed to be a product of Hole, a vengeful conscious entity formed from the bodies of humans killed by Magic Users centuries ago. Hole entered Ai Coleman's body when he jumped into the Lake of Refuse and manifested itself as Kai. He becomes an artificial devil through the absorption of multitudes of devil-shaped tumors and the use of new bodies created for himself. Due to years of Power Copying, he is among the most powerful beings in Dorohedoro's universe.

He's also batshit insane.


  • Allergic to Evil: He is the Evil Allergen. His presence comes with an unmistakable aura that makes Magic Users experience a similar feeling to the one caused by Hole's rain.
  • The Antichrist: Definitely. The man seems designed to draw parallels to various parts of the Book of Revelations. He is Hole-Kun given a human vessel, has a strange charisma that allows him to amass a large crowd of followers who (wrongly) see him as The Messiah, like the mark of the beast said followers mark themselves to show their devotion to his ideals and later kill anybody lacking them, and lastly he is destined to summon his "father"/true self and end the world (or at least, A world).
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He is the leader of the Cross-Eyes because no one is better at Killing Magic users than he is.
  • Ax-Crazy: He started off as coolheaded and rational, but the trauma of death and Hole's growing influence turns him into a nigh-feral lunatic who leads the Cross-Eyes a Kill 'Em All crusade against all Magic Users.
  • Bad Boss: He's typically a Benevolent Boss because he's smart enough to not throw away useful minions, but he won't hesitate if thinks they're more useful to him dead then alive: he kills Natsuki to take her magic for himself, and attempted to do the same to Risu.
  • Big Eater: One of his few humanizing traits. The man loves food.
  • Big Bad: Ever since his resurrection into a new, independent body from Kaiman/Aikawa. He is their Enemy Without and proceeds to cause all sorts of mayhem.
  • Body Horror: His power-stealing method far eclipses even Sylar's in freakiness: he rips out a part of Magic-Users's brains and inserts it inside his own .
  • Body Motifs: He, Kaiman, and Aikawa all have a head motif. presumably to reflect their struggle for dominance.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Kills En without much trouble, and turns Shin and Noi in mushrooms while barely doing anything. At least in the latter case, it not really the first time. Except, the Cleaners only managed to get out because En had his showdown with Kai six years ago.
  • Dark Messiah: He's seen as a saviour by the humans and members of his gang. But in reality, he's closer to being The Antichrist.
  • Enemy Without: He has always been the physical embodiment of Aikawa/Kaiman's worst traits, but up until recent events they all shared the same body. Then he gets his own, fully separate from the other two personalities, and things quickly go chaotic from there.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Averted. In a series absolutely full of this, Kai stands out for his total lack of loved ones, not even his own split personality is anything more then a tool for him.
  • Extra Life: Kai has nine spare heads, but by the time he's defeated, most of them are gone.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Started out as a kid in the Hole who wanted to be a Magic User. He ends up a Humanoid Abomination who terrifies even En.
  • Fatal Flaw: Greed. Had he not tried to steal kill Risu (who was fully loyal to the Cross-Eye cause up to that point) just so he could have Curse for himself, it's likely his plans would have gone off without a hitch.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: he's always shown wearing his leather pants and black leather hoody.
  • Genius Bruiser: As skilled a fighter as Kaiman and a devout pupil of Dr. Kasukabe, he designed the procedure that turned him into a Magic-User himself.
  • Gorn: His fight scenes are among the goriest in the series, and his laboratory is covered with hundreds upon hundreds of decapitated Magic-User heads.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The reason he ended up in the Hole and became Kaiman: With Risu's Curse after him and no clue on how to stop it, he decided to bite the bullet and let it kill him; but not before using a bottle of Ebisu's smoke to render his head capable of regenerating after Curse thought he was dead and gone. It left him amnesiac, but he was eventually able to come Back from the Dead.
  • Humanoid Abomination: His head explodes and is replaced by Aikawa's whenever they switch personalities and his mere presence can cause reality to deform into an Escher painting. His nature as Hole's human form means it's not inaccurate to describe him as made of hatred.
  • Human Sacrifice: What he called the mass of corpses and devil tumors he brought with him to Refuse Lake in Hole.
  • I Just Want To Be Abnormal: As a human, he cannot become a magic-user and becoming a devil is impossible. He succeeds becoming one anyway.
  • In the Hood: That and his Cross Eyes are what make him distinguishable from both Kaiman and Aikawa. He's also the most sinister of the four personalities.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: The Hyde to Kaiman/Aikawa's Jekyll.
  • Knight of Cerebus: After his appearance, the whole story becomes Darker and Edgier. He kills En and takes over the Magic Users' World, leading to wholesale slaughter. The Gorn gets exaggerated.
  • Psycho Knife Nut: Par the course of being not only a Cross-Eyes member, but their leader as well.
  • Large and in Charge: Measuring in at nearly 6'10", he's noticeably taller than most of his subordinates. After he becomes a devil-like being he's four meters tall, making him the biggest of all the villains.
  • Licking the Blade: Licks...a lot of stuff, actually. This includes his knives.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: How he kills Natsuki: luring her in with a kiss before slicing her to pieces.
  • Power Parasite: His M.O.
  • Pet the Dog: Saving Dokuga and his friends, and giving Ton one of his hamburgers. Though it just makes what he does to Natsuki worse.
  • Sanity Slippage: Dying did a number on him. Kai was originally said to be a master criminal and a pretty good leader, and under his leadership the Cross-Eyes were equally good at both white collar and street crimes. His murderousness was more calculating and cold unless he was in the heat of a fight, and he walked around with a dour look on his face. After his re-emergence he's a whirlwind of hateful rage, can barely form an order more complicated than "kill everybody you see", and near constantly sports a Slasher Smile. That said, it's ambiguous how much this is Kai's personality, and how much is Hole asserting more control.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Aikawa and Kaiman are pretty decent fighters, but Kai is a Humanoid Abomination who can paralyse the most powerful sorcerers in existence with a glare.

    Dokuga 

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Age: 23
Magic: Poison

The second in command of the Cross-Eyes, Dokuga was the most trusted member of the gang and has become it's unnofficial leader after the disappearance of the boss. Loyal to his gang, extremely skilled in hand to hand combat, and able to kill Magic Users with ease, he reflects the ideal of what a Cross-Eye should be capable of. He is extremely devoted to his small group of friends, who, like him, live in poverty to make sure that En does not find them.

Dokuga's Magic converts all of his bodily fluids into an extremely potent toxin that only he is immune to.


  • Almighty Janitor: The second-in-command of the Cross-Eyes, an organization that even En takes seriously, and also a termite extractor, bath attendant, and whatever else he can land as a job.
  • Anime Hair: Although, done in a realistic way.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Has pupil-less irises that look like crystals or insect eyes.
  • A Father to His Men: Dresses up like a woman and sneaks into a party of Magic Users and kills them all in order to get high quality healing smoke for his friends.
    • He also tries to save Natsuki from Kai.
  • Disguised in Drag: See above.
  • The Dragon: Perhaps the only person the Boss ever trusted, Dokuga is unflinchingly loyal to him and participates in some of Kai's worst crimes after his revival. Only when the genocide of the Magic Users is almost complete is it enough to shake his loyalty to the man.
  • Identity Amnesia: After crashing into Hole's Central Department Store he apparently thinks he's Ebisu's butler. Ebisu's certain this will wear off if he sees En's corpse (which he's carrying).
  • Luminescent Blush: Blushes and averts his eyes when in awkward situations, particularly if naked females are involved.
  • Macabre Moth Motif: Played with, while he has moth eyes, and wears a moth mask, he's no less evil than everyone else in the series.
  • Meaningful Name: Dokuga (毒蛾) means "poison moth".
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Wants desperately to believe that the Boss cares about his subordinates, but is the only one who knows of the Boss's true treatment of the Cross-Eyes. He knows that Kai murdered Risu because he was charged with hiding Risu's head and knows that the Boss will kill Natsuki for her powers as soon as he finds out about them. He tries to send her on a mission in hopes that she won't encounter the Boss, though tragically, she does.
  • Poisonous Person: His saliva is toxic. Which is why he eats, bathes and brushes his teeth separately from his comrades. Of course, if he wants to poison the punch at a party...
    • Played for Laughs when he uses this to exterminate termites in order to earn some money.
  • The Stoic: He actually can't laugh, or he'll end up killing his friends.

    Risu (SPOILERS) 
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Voiced by: Soungdok (Japanese), Billy Kametz (English), Irwin Daayán (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 24
Magic: Curse

A former member of the Cross-Eyes, who is searching for his killer. He is the man in Kaiman's mouth, having cursed him after the Cross-Eyes' Boss (a.k.a. Kaiman's Split Personality) killed him. Shin and Noi find and restore his head, and he eventually gets his normal human body back. He wields Curse magic.


  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He's able to use the Curse Magic. Unfortunately, he doesn't quite have full control over it.
  • Cursed with Awesome: His Curse magic makes him perhaps the absolute strongest mage in the series barring Ascended Kaiman , but before he managed to get it under control he was apparently at risk of obliterating those around him by accident when Curse interpreted harmless actions as lethal ones. He gets a huge morale boost when he notices Asu is able to pull a Get A Hold Of Yourself Man and Curse is able to tell the gesture wasn't meant as a threat.
  • Cute Little Fangs: His pointy canines are generally drawn a little too small to count as an example of Fangs Are Evil, and they can often be seen when he's confused or smiling happily.
  • Dem Bones: How he looks as Curse.
  • Death Is Cheap: In the beginning of story, he was already dead, being killed by Kai. He was revived by Kikurage.
  • Death Seeker: According to Death, who appears as an extraordinarily beautiful woman, but eerie, he is a person full of hatred, ill will, and seeks to die.
  • Eldritch Abomination: His Curse form looks like the Grim Reaper crossed with a bird skeleton, and it's got the power to match: Not even Kai could find a way to beat it.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He's killed by Kai and wants revenge, even after he already killed (technically) Aikawa.
  • Extra Eyes: Sprouts an extra pair as Curse, along with an extra pair of ears, hands and an extra tongue.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Not played for laughs, surprisingly. For most of his revived existence, Curse ran the risk of sending him into a positively lethal Roaring Rampage of Revenge over even the slightest physical threat, like a drunk tussle with a friend, or a sparring match with a comrade. Eventually, he manages to get his anger under control to the point Asu can beat sense into him with a radish and Curse will only try to protect him without retaliating, knowing the attack isn't meant to really hurt him.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: After being revived, his head is put into some sort of Dungeonpunk Powered Armor. His full body is restored after Noi accidentally released her healing smoke onto him.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He just wants to be a Magic User, and goes to a magic academy to try and develop any latent abilities he might have.
  • Killing Intent: Sensing one triggers his transformation into Curse it re-enters his body.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When he crushes Aikawa's head he fulfills his Curse, leaving him powerless. Unfortunately, Aikawa was just the host for something worse.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Any attack that is meant to kill him will reverse, inflicting on the attacker whatever they intended to inflict on Risu and then some. This means he could potentially defeat literally anyone in the entire series (barring Devils) provided their own attacks are somehow capable of damaging themselves.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Subverted. His Curse power is the only type of magic that remains after the Magic User's death.
  • Punny Name: Risu means Squirrel. Fitting considering his behavior. The author even mocks this in one of Nikaido's nightmares.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As Curse.
  • Red Herring: The story leads you to believe early on that he's Kaiman somehow, but it turns out later that this is not the case. In fact, the person he is looking for is actually Aikawa, who is the "real" Kaiman.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He's prone to this.
  • Spikes of Villainy: The spikes in his usual character design don't really indicate villainy, but its his Curse form that fits it better.
  • Superpower Lottery: His Curse magic lets him project and eventually transform into a indestructible evil spirit, the only being shown capable of stopping him is a Devil, who's powers are innately superior to that of a Magic-User's.
  • Variable-Length Chain: When he's Curse, he uses chains to deliver a world of pain to his enemies.
  • Walking Spoiler: Like Aikawa, it's kinda hard to talk about him without spoiling major plot points.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: A Devil's song will weaken or destroy his magic.

    Natsuki 

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Magic: Barrier

A cheerful girl who joined the Cross-Eyes because she saw them as heroes, sticking up for the weak and powerless. However, she is disillusioned with the local boss after he attempts to con said weak and powerless. She follows Kaiman, thinking him to be a real Cross-Eye and eventually joins Dokuga's gang. Her magic is defensive, manifesting itself as a large, impenetrable blob around her body.


  • Blob Monster: Her magic, sort of. It does leave her impervious to attack.
  • Compressed Hair: While she's wearing her hoody it looks like normal Wild Hair; when she shrinks and comes back to her real size, albeit naked, her hair is much longer than expected.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Her design.
  • Genki Girl: Quickly because the heart of the group.
  • Kill the Cutie:The first of the main Cross-Eyes group to die after being sent on a mission, tragically killed by Kai, a man she considered an idol.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: She's downright saintly for a drug dealing Gang Banger.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Played for Laughs when, being the kind person she is, she asks the wish-granting Devil to let Dokuga laugh. Cue Dokuga laughing uncontrollably and spraying his poison spit everywhere.
  • Sempai/Kōhai: Considers Kaiman her sempai, would later consider the rest of the Cross-Eyes elite as such.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After getting her arm cut off and discovering her magic. She even fights off Risu's Curse power, which Dokuga and the others were unable to do.
  • The Ditz: Oh good lord is she ever. She seems to think being in a dead serious street gang like the cross eyes to be some kind of adventure.

    Ton 
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A member of the Cross Eyes. He's mainly seen eating, which explains his girth.
  • Big Eater: During Fujita's reconnaissance, he notes that Ton continuously snacks on his patrol every time.
  • Big Fun: Is the big optimist of the group, allows him to bond well with Natsuki.
  • Killed Off for Real: The remaining Cross-Eyes do not take it well. It just ends up with the others (except Tetsujo, who suffers a nervous breakdown) to be killed as well.
  • Punny Name: His name means Pig.

    Saji 
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A member of the Cross Eyes. He's quite pessimistic most of the time, but nevertheless, devoted to his friends.

    Tetsujo 
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Second in command after Dokuga and a very loyal Cross-eye. He's blind from one eye.

  • Determinator:
  • Handicapped Badass: He's blind from his right eye.
  • Heroic BSoD: when the Artificial Devil Kai kills at all other officers, he has an emotional breakdown upon realizing what his real goal was all along, all while shouting at him. He manages to escape with some of his comrades' heads, and the next time we see him, he's crying. Poor Tetsujo.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: For a while anyways...
  • Rōnin: has the appearance of one.
  • Rugged Scar: Over his blind eye.
  • Undying Loyalty: To all the Cross-Eyes, but particularly to Dokuga. No matter what happens, he'll always support him, even risking his life to ensure Dokuga is safe. In fact, the official guidebook reveals he thinks a lot about the organization, and worries about Dokuga a lot.

    Ushishimada 
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A bald, bearded man with great strength. Very protective of his fellow Cross-Eyes.

    Yasaka 
A new recruit to the Cross-Eyes after their return, and a gunslinger extraordinaire. He rose through the ranks rather quickly with his ability to incite others to fight for him and his combat skills. Unfortunately, he's very unstable.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Whether he's been sampling his own stuff, or is really just that ambitious, he will kill anyone who he thinks will interrupt his flow of black powder.
  • Foil: To Fujita, the other character associated with guns. Beyond the obvious fact they are in opposing factions, they also differ in pretty much every other aspect. Fujita has a closeted obsession with firearms (to the point his door is made of guns) but is banned from using them by En. Yasaka is encouraged by his gang to do whatever it takes to kill a target. Yasaka was born with no magic and despises magic users, Fujita was born able to use smoke and wants to be respected by elite mages. Fujita is perhaps the most loyal member of his entire gang, willing to throw his life away despite the mistreatment he's received simply because being loyal is what he signed up to do. Yasaka will betray anyone who even remotely stands between him and his goal. Lastly, Fujita wants to revive En, his boss, while Yasaka wants to capture Kai and use him as a sort of black powder cow, if you will.
  • The Gunslinger: Definitely the best firearm user in the entire manga.
  • The Resenter: It's said his utter hatred of magic users is one of his defining personality traits, and may infact be the central part of his personality. This ironically makes him resemble the Boss the most out of any Cross-Eye officer.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Practically speedruns this. By the time he's an officer leading his own team, he's already in open revolt against the other officers for their perceived hoarding of black powder.

Devils

    Asu 
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Click here to see him before he was a devil 
Voiced by: Hozumi Gouda (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English), Marco Viloria (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 32

A Devil who knows Nikaido and helps her out on several occasions.


  • Balloon Belly: Wakes up with one after eating gyoza that Nikaido made while under the influence of her devil transformation.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Nikaido.
  • Body Horror: He gets butchered (as in gets his horn cut off and then has his skin and several inches of flesh taken away to be sold) and turned back into a Magic User. A bloody, nearly dead Magic User.
  • Childhood Friends: Nikaido's. Though, since she changed the past with her magic, he doesn't know they were once adoptive siblings.
  • Creepy Crosses: After the above body-horror he has a chunk of flesh missing near the base of his spine in the shape of an upside-down cross.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: When Asu serves Nikaido devil-meat it looks a lot like his former head.
  • Eye Scream: When he tries to use his clairvoyance to find a way out of Hole Central Department Store after it's been taken over by demon-Kai/Aikawa "something bad" gets in his eyes, blocking his powers and blinding him.
  • Facial Markings
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Used humorously with him and Thirteen.
    • Used less humorously with him and Kaiman. He seems to think Kaiman can't possibly be of any use once shit has really hit the fan, as he's "just" a human and is trying to convince Nikaido of the same.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A sidestory revealed that he both worked at a devil orphanage and drove people to death for his own amusement.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair is styled spiky and weird, and his tattoo looks odd, but he actually has soft features.
  • Older than They Look: He's actually 32 years old.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Not terribly obvious, but after being turned back into a magic-user he finds he can only wear fine clothes.
  • Supreme Chef: He's one for the devils. They even pull him aside from the main conflict, and heal him up just to have him cook despite being a traitor. Being devils, they of course then maim him again when he's done.
  • Telepathy: Can read minds as part of his clairvoyance and devil powers.
  • Teleportation: His magic.
  • That Man Is Dead: Or rather, devil, when he's forcibly turned back into the magic-user Kawajiri.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: No other devil intervened or even complained when he was sent to Store for hiding things from Chidaruma. Later on, after all the over devils have had their own meetings with Store, they beg him for his help since he's the only one in the room who still has skin. He agrees, but first dances right in front of their maimed bodies to rub it in.

    Chidaruma 
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Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (Japanese), Christopher Corey Smith (English), Gerardo García (Latin-American Spanish)
The Devil with a capital D. The original inhabitant of Hell, and the ruler both of the realm and every other devil who calls it home. Chidaruma is a nearly omnipotent entity who could totally reshape Hole and the world of Magic Users if he wanted, but decides to stay on the sidelines as he's almost terminally bored with his all powerful existence. Loves mean if harmless pranks, but will just as happily unflinchingly inflict horrible deaths upon people with the exact same attitude.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: He could crush every other Magic-User or Devil in existence if he wanted to, but he's grown so bored of his all powerful existence that he lets them rule Hell and Earth in his stead.
  • Alien Space Bats: He showed up on a backwater planet that caught his fancy, altered the course of one of it's species evolution to turn them into the Sorcerers, and let them loose to sow murder and mayhem on Earth. Eventually creating the modern society of Hole and The Magic-User realm.
  • Big Red Devil: Not so much as red and big, but otherwise fits.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Inevitably grows bored with his pet projects and either allows them to be destroyed (En and his family, the world of Magic Users) or destroys them himself, as he did with his entire circle of devils he spent millions of years collecting. Anyone who thinks they are safe from being on the receiving end of these betrayals would be dangerously wrong.
  • Didn't See That Coming: The reason he becomes so fixated on Hole-Kun.
  • Graceful Loser: Shockingly. He accepts the punishment he gets for losing the biggest bet ever made in Hell, a bet he only made because he thought it was an absolute (and completely rigged) guarantee. Although side stories imply he may be bored of being perfect, and wanted to experience what suffering was.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He's the source of a lot of suffering in the story and is the one who sets a lot of things up purely for his own entertainment. While Kai/Hole eventually becomes his equal in power, he only got that way because Chidaruma let him.
    • On an even grander scale, he created Magic Users, and gave them the sadism it would take millions of years to even begin to get under control (early magic users wiped out the majority of humanity just because). None of the plot would have ever happened if Magic Users had refrained from using humans as lab rats and targets.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Curse can't touch him, his equal in power Hole-Kun doesn't seem to recognise him as a magic user (perhaps because he predates magic users) and thus would never attack him, and even Ascended Kaiman knows he wouldn't stand a chance. Chidaruma would have been a true Karma Houdini had he not made the bet that allowed the other devils to strip him of his rank and banish him.
  • Horned Humanoid: Like all devils.
  • Horns of Villainy: Just like all other devils, he's definitely not a pleasant being. Unlike other devils, he doesn't have a single shred of decency in him. According to Asu, this is true of anything that was born a Devil (So called "Pure Devils")
  • It Amused Me: A bonus story shows him pulling pranks on anyone he can. Said pranks involve scooping up bird poop and throwing it at people and making En's mushrooms rot.
    • This is his sole existence in life. Chidaruma seeks for ways to entertain himself, apparently bored with the total omniscience he carries over both hell and the mortal realm.
  • Jerkass: Apparently the longer you are a devil, the more bored you are, and the more of one you become. And he's been a devil longer than anyone else.
  • Large Ham: Dear Devil, he's so full of himself he knows it and enjoys it.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Presumably to Kai.
  • Lonely at the Top: His reason for allowing magic users to become devils like him, though he says he still doesn't feel like they're enough company for him. He eventually decides to eliminate all of them through a rigged deal, as he's grown that dissatisfied with their performance as companions
  • Magnificent Bastard: Thanks to his powers, he spends the majority of the series way ahead of everyone else.
  • The Omniscient: Knows pretty much everything going on around him, and if he doesn't do anything about it, it's because he'd rather not interfere with fate.
  • Physical God: Having created magic users, the other devils, and being in charge of hell, he's the closest thing the Dorohedoro universe has to a higher power. Meeting Hole-kun, another Physical God, gives him am absolutely massive man-crush as he’s never met anyone even close to himself in power before.
  • The Prankster: He spends nearly all day pranking people or trying to start messes.
  • Rich Idiot With No Day Job: Why he has time to scoop up bird crap in the first place is a mystery.
  • Satan: Or at least, the equivalent in this world.
  • Uncertain Doom: the Devils curse him to be a totally "normal human" for 50,000 years. "Totally normal" humans generally do not live that long, and if he really is just a human he will not go to Hell (Where his tortured soul form could have waited out the contract). Plus in a more short term sense, when he is thrown out into the world as a defenseless baby, what little remains of Hole-kun emerges from his clothing, staring at him and stating how much it hates sorcerers. It's ambiguous as to whether the remains of Hole-kun will try will protect the human he is now, or will sense the magic sealed inside him and kill him.

    Haru 
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Kasukabe's wife. A former magic user, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a devil sometime before the start of the story.
  • Action Girl: Don't piss her off.
    • Nikaido has to use up one of her charges of magic to undo a future where she and Kaiman antagonized her by accident, as there was essentially no other outcome besides her killing Kaiman and maiming Nikaido in the process, and even in timelines where victory via the Store knife was possible at all it was simply too costly.
  • Amicably Estranged: Despite not having seen in each other in 25 years, Haru and Kasukabe are still friendly and have feelings for each other. By the end of the story they seem to be dating again, as Haru not only tries to seduce Haze multiple times (and Haze would have been happy to oblige had the world not been ending) she tells Haze he can now expect her to visit regularly and he seems to be looking forward to it.
  • Anti-Villain: She's a devil, she torments souls. On the other hand, she has kept even more of her human attitude than Asu did. Unlike Asu, who at times seemed to be operating on residual instincts of protectiveness for Nikaido, Haru actually genuinely still likes and loves those who she liked and loved during her past life as a Magic User.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her magic user form.
  • Berserk Button: People who hurt Haze.
  • Cultural Rebel: Devils are supposed to love expensive elaborate costumes and fine food. Haru seems to love dressing like she just robbed a thrift store and slums it with humans. Subverted that, devils being devils, they don't exactly ostracize her for being entertainingly different and in fact seem to like this part of her.
  • Drama Queen: From bursting into song just to complain about blood on walls, to trying to instigate drama by urging Noi to be jealous when Shin talks to another girl, to killing another devil for giving her album a bad review, Haru lives for drama.
  • Dreadful Musician: Likes to sing. However, because she's a devil, humans and magic users find her singing to be horrendous, while devils love it.
    • Loud of War: When her singing is used to get rid of Curse. Also a quirk of being a devil.
  • Ephebophile: Averted. Haru is a bit peeved that her husband is now physically 16 years old.
  • Horned Humanoid: An antler variation.
  • Interspecies Romance: Loves Kasukabe even though he's just a weak, puny human.
  • Older than They Look: Her magic user form still looks like a thirty-something, which makes sense because that's the age when she became a devil.
  • Only Known by Her Nickname: Her real name is Kasukabe, but everyone calls her "Haru".
  • Skin Walker: She can act in her human body for limited amounts of time, and seems to actually wear her devil body.
  • Tsundere: She doesn't actually still like you pathetic, puny, disgusting Magic Users, and she definitely doesn't like those even more pathetic and disgusting humans. Honest. Really.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Not that Haze is a bad looking guy, but, good lord, she's gorgeous. Subverted in that when she gives Haze the body he had as an actual adult and not a teenager, he turned out to be extremely attractive

    Gura-Gura 
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A devil with a dog's face.


  • It Amused Me: Why he became Shin's dog. Also amusing: taking advantage of Shin's kindness by sitting on his head.

    Dustin 
A devil in pointy, papal looking robes, Dustin trains those looking to survive devil training and helps guide them through the hellish days they will have in store. As befitting a teacher, he is patient and likes to see the growth of his students.

  • Affably Evil: Even more so than other devils, probably because of his constant interactions with Magic Users and the fact his job is a reminder he used to be one himself. Still tortures souls, though.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Goes on random tangents and throws dance parties arbitrarily, even in the middle of dead serious business.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Accidentally kills students during sparring matches sometimes, to his immense disappointment.
  • Noble Demon: Dustin sometimes kills people by accident, sure. But for a very ancient devil he is nothing but reasonable and actually still has his human sensibilities.
  • Verbal Tic: Often ends his sentences with a very Skeletor-like “Nyehhh”
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Averted, unlike his boss. A normal devil would have been at the very least disappointed in Noi for throwing out her chances at devilhood (chances so promising Chidaruma had called dibs on designing her new form) to save a puny half-human. But Dustin fully understood that because of love, there was no other path she could possibly take. The two remain close friends.

    Store 
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Not a devil but something more powerful, he/it sells "a certain kind of meat" at his shop.


    House 
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A living being in the shape of a small, floating house that the devils use during the Blue Night.


    The True Villain (SPOILERS) 

Hole

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A devil born from the Lake of Refuse in the middle of Hole and Kai's true identity. It's a conglomeration of several different magic user victims that have morphed into one being, and its only goal is the eradication of all Magic Users as revenge for the suffering of normal humans living in Hole. It is the true antagonist of the story, and spends most of it using Aikawa/Kaiman as a host.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Chidaruma calls him "Hole-kun", probably to differentiate between the being and the location it's named after.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of humanity's hatred towards sorcerers.
  • Abstract Apotheosis: Inverted. while Hole represents the desire for vengeance, it is unable to act on its own for much of the story. It has to possess Aikawa until it forms a body.
  • Acrofatic: More in the chubby side, but still is a devil and can lay waste to enemies.
  • Big Bad: Every character in the story ends up against him in one way or another, with the only one not fighting him being Chidaruma- and even then, Chidaruma isn't an ally so much as he's a True Neutral to the whole situation.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He is entirely motivated by his hate of magic users, and as such the only thing he says is how much he hates them. He starts running out of insults very quickly and ends up resorting to "Magic users are uncool." There is also the fact that he begins singing about how much he hates magic users while Nikaido is trying to beat the hell out of him.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Downplayed. Most of his abilities are pretty much engineered to assure him victory if he fights magic users, but he's still really fucking strong.
  • Dark Messiah: Furthering the symbolism surrounding Kai, Hole-kuns death and the religion that pops up afterwards can be seen as a very dark take on the death of Jesus and the resulting creation of Christianity. He appears, balances the karmic scales (though instead of forgiveness, he enacted revenge) then is martyred in a way that his death keeps those scales balanced forever (in this case, his statues make any human holding one more than a match for a sorcerer, ending the power imbalance that caused the problems in the first place.)
  • Deity of Human Origin: Chidaruma either considers him an equal, or close enough. He fawns over him and is desperate to gain his approval in a way that he never was with any other entity in history. Since Hole only manifested by combining with Ai Coleman, he is this.
  • Dynamic Entry: At one point he chases enemies via breaking wall after wall with his head, flying horizontally.
  • Eldritch Abomination: While other Devils are this as well, Hole really stands out from the rest as it was born from a literal Rivers of Blood made from the corpses of magically-tortured humans, and desires nothing less than the total eradication of the Magic User Mage Species. It also doesn't talk coherently, unlike most devils who are fairly chatty.
  • Evil Is Petty: As explained in his song, he says he hates magic users for all sort of petty things. However the fact that he was born from the horrifying atrocities magic users committed upon humans makes his evil way more understandable.
  • Hammerspace: His pockets, in which he stores all sorts of things.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Fights with a giant knife and fork, which he uses to chomp down magic users.
  • Mook Maker: Is able to create devil-like creatures that help him fight.
  • Nightmare Face: Under that hood there is a terrifying ogre-like grin, and at one point it leaks whole corpses from its orifices.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The entity might be older than anything in the series apart from Chidaruma, but Hole was only recently born, and tends to act like a spiteful child.
  • Talkative Loon: Its speech is not lucid, and it only seems to talk to itself. It’s very much like a disgruntled worker, or more specifically exterminator, who thinks they’re alone at their job site and is complaining out loud.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Despite being a monstrous-looking Humanoid Abomination several stories tall, the people of Hole aren’t all that bothered by it because they understand on some instinctual level that it's human, just like them.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: oddly enough for a rambling Eldritch Abomination, the people of Hole are almost universally on his side. His death and lingering curse form the basis of a very popular organized religion in the epilogue. This is implied to at least be partially thanks to the same instinctual process described in Unusually Uninteresting Sight. Dr. Vaux, who became friends with Magic Users and no longer wants their total destruction, cannot resist getting a Hole-kun statue of his own, and cannot explain why he cannot resist getting one.
  • Walking Spoiler: It is the one entity in the story that cannot be named without spoiling a huge reveal about the world of the story, and its existence is tied to several story events like Kaiman's backstory and the origin of the "rain" in Hole.
  • Walking Wasteland: His existence creates one specifically for magic users, rain that slowly kills them in their world.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He's even more powerful then he was as Kai, but he's lost all traces of rationality and is completely obsessed with killed Magic-Users
  • You Are What You Hate: While possessing Kai, Hole gained power by murdering Magic Users for their Devil Tumors to implant into his own brain, and specifically hungered for extremely powerful or useful magic abilities. Eventually when Hole finally gained a body, it was through mimicking how Magic Users turn into Devils. His production of rain was via using his own gigantic door and his own black smoke from the original Lake of Refuse. In a sense, Hole had really evolved into a powerful Magic User whose power happened to be anti-Magic User abilities. Kaiman realizes that meant that Hole had the same fatal weakness as regular Magic Users, namely that the only way to fully kill Hole is to kill Hole's Devil Tumor.

Others

    Tanba 
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Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese), Jamieson Price (English), Beto Castillo (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 36
Owner of a restaurant in the Magic Users' World. Gruff exterior, but truly cares about his staff in his own way.
  • Anti-Magic: Limited example. He got so used to Asuka's love-powers he's grown immune to them.
  • Benevolent Boss: Probably the nicest as far as magic user bosses go. Best exemplified during a flashback that reveals how he took a young Kirion, then a runaway child slave, in his own care. He's been nothing but good to her despite her human background.
    • Notably, while his hours are long and the work is tough, he’s always working alongside his staff.
  • Chef of Iron: An amazing chef who can also rip people apart with his bare hands or butcher them with huge knives.
  • Expressive Mask: It's basically his face, just "furrier".
  • Face of a Thug: With his mask on, he looks like some sort of were-creature. Without his mask on, he looks like a Yakuza enforcer. Either way, he's actually one of the nicest characters in the series (Even Fujita was okay with magic practice)
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: How he fights.
  • Heroic Build: Only done in more of a traditional Japanese way. Which means...
    • Stout Strength: ...yep. He makes his introduction by squeezing a thug’s brains out and tossing him into window.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Implied to have realised that Kaiman was from Hole. But decided to give him a a place to stay and tolerate his antics out of sympathy for the suffering humans endure from Magic-Users.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to pull this during the eternal rainstorm to save his staff, only for Kirion to reveal her humanity and go out into the rain on his behalf.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be a greedy old bastard when he wants to be, but that's only 'cause he's got a business to run. Backstory shows him to be a kindhearted soul who's perfectly willing to shelter a runaway human slave from other (far less benevolent) magic users. Just ask Kirion. He also admits that he's never resorted to abusing humans with his magic, something he shares with Fukuyama and Asuka (though in the latter's case, she didn't think humans were attractive enough to warrant using her powers).
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: He's got a mouth like a piranha.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Is kinda disgusted with how most of Sorcerer-kind thinks it's okay to use humans, who are just as smart and emotional as them, for magic practice.
  • Tsundere: Platonic example. He’ll loudly complain about how people are lazy or idiots and put them in angry headlocks... then selflessly stick his neck out for those same people in huge, life changing ways. Tanba even risks the wrath of En to help Kaiman get inside his manor.
  • Spiky Hair: Even his goatee.

    Fukuyama 
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Voiced by: Takuma Terashima (Japanese), Michael Chapman (English), Arturo Castañeda (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 19
Magic: Meat Pie
Worker at Tanba's Meatbags. His magic ability allows him to turn anything into pies.
  • Bishōnen: He's actually pretty good looking.
  • Cowardly Lion: Very reluctant to fight, but when it comes down to it, he's willing to lay down his life to protect his friends.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: He can turn things into pies. Anything into pies. If his smoke touches a person, it's a One-Hit Kill. When Kai shows up after having taken En's Devil Tumor for himself, Fukuyama actually manages to hold him off in a smoke-based Beam Of War.
  • Nice Guy: Easily the nicest among Tanba's group, and just like the other two magic users, he never once looked down on humans nor thought of abusing his powers on them.
  • Screw The Money We Have To Get Outta Here: He wanted to get the hell out and escape as every other magic user when Kai appeared. Tanba wanted to make money off the refugees.
  • Technical Pacifist: Gruesome as the transmogrification may be, Fukuyama's power does not actually appear to kill people on its own. If the "pie" remains largely intact, the transformation can be dispelled or the victim can be healed back to their original state. We never see Fukuyama actually finish off his opponents, though we do witness others doing them in.

    Kirion 
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Age: 22

The other worker at Tanba's Meatbags. A quiet Badass Normal who helps prepare the food and wears a bear suit.


  • Anti-Magic: She's unaffected by Aikawa/Kai's paralyzing "force field" and the debilitating rain. That's because it's confirmed in chapter 138 that she's a full-blooded human.
  • Badass Normal: Can hold her own in a fight against mid level magic users.
  • Hero of Another Story: Being the only human living in the Magic-users world, she is the one that ends up not only keeping her coworkers alive, but ultimately being integral to helping stop Hole-kun by destroying his Door to stop the rain. All while the main cast don't even know what's happening there.
  • Mundane Solution: Spends a few days crafting an umbrella to ward off rain.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Kirion is almost always seen wearing an odd-looking costume (Fat Suit and all) which conceals her true appearance. And then she removes it...
  • Suddenly Voiced: Overcome with emotion upon finding out that her co-workers aren't the same kind of bullying magic users that ruined her life, she speaks for the very first time.
  • The Voiceless: For the most part, Kirion only communicates through gestures and facial expressions, that is until the event described in the above trope.

    Asuka 
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Voiced by: Rena Maeda (Japanese), Lauren Landa (English), Leyla Rangel (Latin-American Spanish)

Magic: Angel
Ex-worker at Tanba's Meatbags turned rival. Her magic charms men, making them fall in love with the food and her.

     Death 
A celebrity in the magic users world who is neither a magic user or a devil, but something else entirely. She fulfills her usual role as a psychopomp, but also manages to fit in a side gig as a movie star and fashion designer. Don't mess with her.
  • Out of Focus: As the worlds mythology was fleshed out to revolve around Chidaruma and Hole-Kun, she played a smaller and smaller role in happenings.
  • Psychopomp: Shin and Noi sometimes see her collect a few of their kills. Since Devils are normally the ones to drag people to hell, where she takes her harvest is anyones guess.

     "?" (Spoilers) 
A being seen in Aikawa and Kaiman's nightmares. It is eventually revealed during Aikawa's resurrection to be yet another split personality living within Kaimans body, but out of all it is the least understood. His only goal seems to be to remind Aikawa of the crimes he's complicit in by hosting Kai, and by extension remind Kaiman who he is so he can set things right.
  • Body Horror: Simple decapitation wouldn't be enough for this manga. Instead parts of his chest have been shaved off to, leaving a clear window into his innards.
  • No Name Given: We never figure out who or what he's supposed to be, other than he's always watching what the current dominant persoanlity is up to, much like Hole is. The fan wiki simply refers to him as "?".
  • Omniscient Morality License: His visions and nightmares arguably do more harm than good, but when one sees what Kai is capable of it's hard to blame him for trying too hard to convince Aikawa.
  • The Only Way They Will Learn: His nightmare visions don't do any favors for either of the main personalities in Kaimans body. They help leave Aikawa a guilt ridden suicidal wreck and Kaiman has literally never had a night where he hasn't had the same nightmare brought on by ?. Considering the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of deaths that occur because Aikawa didn't kill Kai in time, it's justified.
  • The Unintelligible: Can only make wet splashing sounds with what's left of it's neck. Aikawa still holds a full conversation with it.
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