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The three main characters of Guilty Crown themselves.


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    Shu Ouma 

Shu Ouma

Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji, Minami Tsuda (child) (Japanese), Austin Tindle, Lara Woodhull (child) (English)

"I'm dense? Maybe it's true that my mind works out of step with everyone else's. It's just that I don't know what to say to other people. So I hide my nervousness and try to go along with what they say. That's how I've made the pseudo friendships in my life."

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An unsociable seventeen-year-old high school student at Tennouzu High School and a member of the modern motion picture research club, Shu gains the ability "Power of Kings," enabling him to extract weapons from other people, after a chance encounter with Idol Singer Inori Yuzuriha.


  • Accidental Pervert: He often gets into compromising positions with girls such as Kanon and initially Ayase, and it even takes a few times to get him to draw out his Void correctly.
  • All-Loving Hero: By Episode 11, he's upgraded to this. He even asks permission before using Voids.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's an Extreme Doormat with No Social Skills who admits to himself that his mind might be out of step with everyone else's, and has only made "friends" by going along with what other people say. When he makes a carelessly cold remark about someone else and is admonished for it, he can only think about his own feelings that were hurt, rather than feeling bad about what he said. He also has trouble with making eye contact with other people.
  • An Arm and a Leg: His Void Genome arm is cut off by a Back from the Dead Gai.
  • Apologetic Attacker:
    • When extracting Voids. Not so much anymore.
    • Subverted in Episode 19. He asks and apologizes while extracting everyone's Voids.
  • Artificial Limbs: After Gai cuts off his Void Genome arm, Shu later gets a replacement with his crystalline arm Void. In the epilogue, he's shown with a prosthetic arm.
  • The Atoner: Following the disaster that was the Kingdom of the Void.
  • Badass Longcoat: Along with a Scarf Of Asskicking. However, it seems that it's just Shu's standard winter gear and that Shu happens to be a trendy dresser.
  • Bad Boss: This is the reason he eventually made the school turn against him in "exodus (Revolution)". He desires to separate the students using the void-ranking system after Hare's death and this makes everyone feel discontent.
  • Bad Liar: His delivery is pretty bad. However, the lies themselves are pretty creative as well as being plausible. Assuming they weren't rehearsed.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Shu becoming the Student Council President after Hare's death causes him to lose everything and everyone he loves by the time of "exodus (Revolution)".
  • Conflicting Loyalty: In the first few episodes, he wavers back and forth between trusting Gai and Funeral Parlor or distrusting them and potentially using the transmitter that he received from Major Segai to punish the rebels. This is ultimately resolved when he accidentally sees Gai's vulnerable side, along with the revelation that the transmitter was a targeting beacon for the Leukocyte and that using it would have killed him.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has matching black hair and black eyes.
  • Cursed with Awesome: His Void Genome grants him the power to recreate Voids he has previously used. However, it has the side effect of carrying with it the weaknesses of the Void he's copying, in this case he acquires Souta's Apocalypse Virus.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Hare's death took Shu's life a turn for the worst. He decides to go along with the Void ranking system to separate the "good" from the "trash" and become "king".
  • Determinator: Not so much in general (as far as we've seen), but there is one notable instance. He stupidly picks a fight with Gai, who hits him with a haymaker and a jab in the face and then with a vicious gut shot and another jab to the face in quick succession. He just shrugs it off and hits him back.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father Kurosu Ouma was killed during Lost Christmas.
  • Distressed Dude: Spends most of Episode 4 in this role when he gets arrested by the GHQ.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Void extraction is a bit... evocative of something else.
    • His forced Void extraction on Inori after Hare's death gives off rape vibes, and continues to happen in other extractions afterwards.
    • His leadership after becoming the Student Council President of Tennouzu High School may bring to mind Josef Stalin's dictatorship of the Soviet Union.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: The only thing he got from saving the world was several of his friends' deaths, Inori's death, a prosthetic arm to replace the one Gai sliced off and permanent blindness.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Double Subverted. He is unable to prevent Inori from getting captured but ultimately goes after her in the end. Of course, it's arguable how much of his motivation was "pretty girl in trouble" and not "repressed Extreme Doormat wants to finally do something interesting with his life". Since Episode 12, and the revelation that Inori is meant to be a vessel for Mana, he seems to have moved on to mostly platonic interest, needing Inori to confide in with his fears that his plans are failing.
  • Everyone Can See It: Gai, Segai, and Ayase easily deduce his feelings for Inori. Enough that it gets used against him twice: Segai subtly threatens Inori's safety, should he not cooperate with the GHQ, and Gai uses Inori to get him to join Funeral Parlor.
  • Evil Laugh: He makes one in Episode 16 that would make Light and Lelouch proud.
  • Extreme Doormat: He is often pushed around by his friends and classmates. He eventually gets over it.
  • Expy: The staff admitted in a recent Q&A in London that Shu is based off of the director, Tetsuro Araki.
  • Fallen Hero: Once Hare dies and he decides "to become king" and separate the "good" from the "trash", he pretty much becomes the anime highschool-aged version of Joseph Stalin. And it's just painful to watch.
  • Fatal Flaw: His kindness. Hare even calls him out on it before she dies.
  • Flight: The Power of Kings already allows Shu to Double Jump, but Inori's sword allows him to simply zoom around through the air.
  • Foil: To Gai, pretty obviously. Just check out how a few of Gai's character tropes reflect on his.
  • Freak Out!: Hare's death, and to a lesser extent Jun's, causes him to become seriously deranged.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Shu goes from an ordinary high school student to a hero fighting for Funeral Parlor to liberate Japan.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The things he saw whilst linked with Jun drove him perilously close to this. Afterwards, he displays pretty reasonably close symptoms to those of PTSD.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Shu switches to the evil variant at the end of Episode 15 after getting broken by Hare's death and deciding that he'll become king and separate the good from the trash.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • He starts to feel this in Episode 5 towards Inori's and Gai's relationship.
    • In Episode 8, his jealousy of Souta nearly confessing to Inori nearly makes him also almost confess his feelings to Inori with Funeral Parlor overhearing the exchange.
  • The Heart: He's growing into this, despite, or perhaps because of, being The Spock. His rationalist tendencies don't take into account things like blinding loyalty or patriotism, and his social awkwardness makes him more likely to speak up when no one else will. Therefore, as a new member of the fairly disciplined Funeral Parlor, he's likely to be the first and only one to bring up little things like 35% mortality rates, innocent bystanders, etc. to Gai.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Two of his three potential love interests end up dead by the end of the series. Shu really can't a catch a break.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He begins to turn evil after becoming the Student Council President when Hare dies. By the time of "exodus (Revolution)", he resumes being a hero for good.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: He has his father Kurosu's hair.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • He goes through a brief one towards the end of episode 5.
    • A real doozy. The things he saw and did in Episode 9 did horrible things to his mind.
    • A Virus-infected Mana nearing killing Gai, getting Ax-Crazy, and causing Lost Christmas (all because of him) triggered this in his childhood enough to get Trauma-Induced Amnesia.
    • He is completely broken as of Episode 15 and Hare's death.
    • "exodus (Revolution)" breaks him even more, as Gai reappears to steal the power of the king and Arisa causes the school to revolt against him.
  • Heroic Resolve: After the above, Inori showed him how much of a difference he really made for her. This, and her attempt to single-handedly fight off a troupe of GHQ Endlaves in order to save him gives Shu the strength to overcome his previous trauma and fight to gain the third Void Genome so he can stop GHQ.
  • Heroic RRoD: Use of his Void in addition to the third Void Genome means Shu is going to die in all likelihood. He also used it to cure Souta of the Apocalypse Virus by taking the virus onto himself.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He has next to no self confidence and repeatedly downs himself because of it.
    Shu: [about Inori getting captured] Should I really just accept this? I felt... a little relieved because I wasn't in danger anymore. That's how pathetic I am. When you get right down to it, she was way out of my league. I wanted to take it. I wanted to get close to her and touch her hand!
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: After Hare's death, he forcibly extracts Inori's Void to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge on the Anti Bodies, blames Souta for Hare's death and gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, and decides that kindness is pointless and to go along with the Void ranking system with him reigning over the student body as their "king." However, when he's alone with Inori he goes back to his normal self and admits he does regret his actions. He quits the act by Episode 19.
  • I Am Who?: The kid who accidentally triggered Lost Christmas that occured in 2029.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Finding out what the destruction of their Void can do to someone. It gives him... ideas.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: He has stated on more than one occasions of his hopes of becoming like Gai. He realizes in Episode 11 that he can't be like Gai and has to do things his own way.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: To Hare. Her death triggers his Face–Heel Turn.
  • The Immune: Never contracts the Apocalypse Virus despite having essentially been at Ground Zero of Lost Christmas (unlike Gai who was there too) because his sister Mana, who essentially became the Apocalypse Virus, was in love with him. Subverted in Episode 19 when he extracts Souta's Void and takes Souta's illness into himself, though even then he displays less severity than Souta.
  • Indy Ploy: He is an absolute master of adapting to and using his new powers. Even taking into account his being an Instant Expert regarding his weapons, he still uses them quickly and creatively to get out of tight spots in high stress situations, often without having any foreknowledge of what weapon he'd be pulling out next.
  • In-Series Nickname: He is called a "faceless bastard" by Daryl because the latter can't see his face through his Endlave monitor. Daryl finally sees his face in Episode 11.
  • Instant Expert: Appears to be one of the Required Secondary Powers of the Void Genome. He's able to use new weapons effectively immediately after drawing them. Confirmed later on. People have to train with their Voids before they can use them effectively. While Souta's Void had proved incredibly useful in his hands, Souta can only use it to open cans.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After Hare's death. Dear Lord.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In return for treating all the students like crap, Shu is quickly and promptly ousted by Arisa once the students no longer need his power to help them escape the quarantine zone.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name is written with the kanji for "gather" (集). Considering what he's been doing in regards to the Voids... Episode 20 reveals that it's meant as "group," because Kurosu (Shu's father) could do anything alone, but was always lonely as a result, and really wanted to be with other people. Thus, he named Shu as this, with the hope that Shu wouldn't be lonely like him.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Masculine Girls Ayase and Inori.
  • Mercy Kill: Forced to do this to Jun, and later to Gai and Mana.
  • Messianic Archetype: Post-Character Development.
  • Missing Mom: His mother Saeko Shijou was infected by the Apocalypse Virus, and pulled a Heroic Sacrifice to ensure Shu's birth.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: A mild example—after the apocalyptic devastation he unleashes during his first mission with the Funeral Parlor, he decides that whilst what he did was sort of worthwhile, he just isn't cut out for the life of a terrorist.
  • Mysterious Past: Which is eventually revealed at the end of the first half.
  • Naked First Impression: Ayase meets him like this on his first day of training with her. Shu's alone in a room wearing only a towel, when Ayase suddenly enters without knocking or anything, which scares Shu and makes him drop the towel. Cue an Oh, Crap! moment.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: After regaining his memories, he develops the true Power of the King; the ability to extract Voids without knocking people out, meaning other people can use Voids as weapons now, provided Shu extracts them.
  • Nice Guy: This is actually what leads to others taking advantage of him throughout the series while his void is the embodiment of self-sacrifice, which is what he tries to do for humanity in the finale.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Shu's rejection of Mana's incestuous advances 10 years ago ensured that she would cause the Lost Christmas event.
  • No Social Skills: It's a pretty big deal for him, and it doesn't help that some of his worse habits (like avoiding eye-contact) make extracting Voids harder.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: He's an intelligent but isolated student at Tennouzu High School.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother is neglectful and has to work for days at a time, and his father died ten years prior to the story during Lost Christmas. Despite that, he seems to have a genuinely caring relationship with his mother.
  • The Peter Principle: Gets him (and just about everyone else) into serious trouble from Episode 14 onwards. Turns out that he's so far outside his competence zone that he has to resort to being a brutal dictator just to get everybody to listen to him. Needless to say, this works out absolutely swimmingly.
  • Power at a Price: Using his second Void Genome leads to him contracting the Apocalypse Virus.
  • The Power of Friendship: Ultimately how Shu uses his Voids, since he is literally wielding the weaponized hearts of his friends. Not so much after becoming a Fallen Hero.
  • Scylla and Charybdis: He has to decide whether to implement the Void ranking system and divide the students based on their Voids' effectiveness, or not go through with it since said students would feel discriminated against. After Hare's death, he's set on going through with it after all.
  • Second Love: Seemingly to Ayase following Gai's death.
  • Shoot the Dog: Shu does this Jun in the climax of Episode 9, at Jun's request, using Yahiro's Void. He later does this to Gai and Mana in Episode 12.
  • Skunk Stripe: He has one lock of hair that is distinctively lighter than the rest. His dad does too.
  • The So-Called Coward: He's very passive and sometimes apathetic, but he holds together pretty well in times of crisis, and for better or for worse, embroils himself in the war between the government and Funeral Parlor. Inori and later Hare, in particular, both inspire some level of self-confidence in him.
  • Special Odd Hand: Shu's right hand holds the special power called the Power of Kings.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is usually spelt as either Shu or Shuu.
  • The Spock: Rationalizes (or tries to, anyway) just about every aspect of human interaction. Comes as a result of him having no intuition regarding feelings or empathy. It also leads him to easily misread social cues and make a fool of himself if he doesn't think things through very carefully.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To his father.
  • Student Council President: As of Episode 14, though it doesn't last long.
  • Super Empowering: The True Power of the King works like this, though Shu still has to draw them out.
  • Synchronization: His Void allows him to absorb the Voids he has drawn from the time he acquired the arm onwards. However, he also absorbs out the donors' weaknesses, whether physical or psychological, taking them upon himself. Also, if he dies while he has someone else's Void in him, they die too.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Him becoming the Student Council President seems to double as making him The Leader of La Résistance.
  • Tears of Remorse: He has this throughout the anime most notably when Yahiro betrayed him to the GHQ, when Hare died, shortly after the student body betrays him and before Inori gets captured.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Gai and Mana.
  • Together in Death: Denied. He embraces Inori while she was being sucked up into the vortex caused by the Apocalypse virus. She pushes him out the energy field and is responsible or extracting his Void Genome the second time, along with making him permanently, incurably blind, and needing a prosthetic arm.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By the end of the first episode, and usually through each episode after.
  • Tragic Hero: He is probably one of the most tragic out there. Every time life begins to go well for him, it turns into a train wreck. And it doesn't help that literally no one except Hare understands how he feels inside.
  • Training from Hell: He has to undergo intense training in episode 5 in order to join Funeral Parlor. Sure enough, he passes.
  • Trauma Conga Line: From Episode 15 onwards, oooooh boy.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: He forgot his memories of his older sister Mana and of Gai being his best friend "Triton" due to witnessing Mana becoming increasing unstable due being infected by the Apocalypse Virus and triggering Lost Christmas.
  • Tron Lines: His Void.
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    Inori Yuzuriha 

Inori Yuzuriha

Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)

"Believe. You can do it. For sure. Because I... belong to you now."

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The popular internet Idol Singer of the band Egoist, who Shu is a fan of, sixteen-year-old Inori doubles as a member of the resistance group, Funeral Parlor. After a covert mission to steal the GHQ's Void Genome goes wrong and she ends up injured, Inori meets Shu and entrusts the Void Genome to him.

Her Void is an enormous sword with impressive cutting power and the power to shoot sword beams. She also seems to have the power to imbue the sword with other peoples' Voids. When extracted by Daath, it takes a more wing-like shape.


  • The Confidant: To Shu. He very much appreciates it.
  • Damsel in Distress: Pretty much spends the first episode in this role, and gets kidnapped in Episode 11 and Episode 18.
  • Dark Mistress: Has some shades of this after Shu becomes a borderline Villain Protagonist, although her relationship with him is still platonic.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts out as an Emotionless Girl who doesn't really care about Shu or anything besides Gai's orders. She quickly grows fond of Shu and thanks to him, she learns how to be her own person.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Nearly all the theme songs of the series are sung by her.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": She dislikes it when Shu speaks way too formally to her and calls her "Inori-san" and she tells him to quit it.
  • Dude, He's Like, in a Coma!: Kisses an unconscious Shu in Episode 18.
  • Emotionless Girl: She starts off as one, merely following Gai's orders with no qualms and having little understanding of Shu or his problems. However, she wants to learn more about Shu after spending some time with him, questions her own emotions, and eventually begins to develop feelings for Shu. Her early status is also justified. She was an Artificial Human that was originally meant to be nothing more than a vessel for Mana. It's only thanks to Shu that she learns how to be her own person.
  • Enemy Within: Turns out that Mana's psychotic post-infection personality got passed along in the cloning.
  • Extreme Doormat: She's stoic, quiet and seems to only act to follow Gai's orders. This might have to deal with the fact that she turns out to be an Artificial Human that was originally meant to be nothing more than a vessel for Mana.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Right before her Heroic Sacrifice, Shuu sees a vision of her smiling at him.
  • Grand Theft Me: Mana, at least partially, got into her head and has been murdering people to carry out her own agenda. Mana has been doing this in momentary bursts since Episode 16, and as of Episode 21, she has fully taken control over her body.
  • Hair Decorations: Her hairclip.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She attempts to pull this off in Episode 18 by fighting off against the Anti Bodies in order to protect Shu. She is thwarted by Gai, who captures her. In Episode 22, she succeeds.
  • Honey Trap: She was ordered by Gai to lure Shu into Funeral Parlor through these means.
  • I Am What I Am: After the events of Episode 16, she starts to think she's a monster, but by Episode 18, she decides that she is herself and doesn't care if she's a monster if it means she can protect Shu.
  • Idol Singer: She is the vocalist of the band, Egoist.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She seems to see nothing wrong with changing clothes right in front of Shuu.
  • I Owe You My Life: Her Undying Loyalty to Gai stems from the fact that he gave her a name and a world. It's to the extent that when Gai asks if she resents him for going to erase her feelings and memories, she replies that she is grateful to Gai instead because he gave her a life that allowed her to meet Shu.
  • Leotard of Power: Usually wears a skimpy red leotard during missions.
  • Living a Double Life: An internet idol singer by day and a member of a terrorist organization by night.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She becomes this to Shu after Hare's death.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: At first, she's just the Mystical Waif, but she is later revealed to be the vessel for the Apocalypse Virus.
  • Magic Music: In Episode 11, she stops the spread of the Apocalypse Virus by singing.
  • Meaningful Name: Inori, the name given to her by Gai, means "prayer".
  • Naked First Impression:
    • She's topless when she first meets Shu.
    • In a flashback, she appears to have had this with Gai after he woke her up in the GHQ labs.
  • New Transfer Student: Transfers into Shu's class at the end of Episode 2.
  • Non-Dubbed Grunts: Her songs are kept in Japanese for the English dub.
  • Not What It Looks Like: More so played for drama rather than laughs. Episode 5 has her basically choosing Gai over Shu, entering Gai's room with a half-naked Gai, and Ayase teasingly telling Shu that Gai and she spend the night together two or three times a month, implying to Shu that Gai and she have a sexual relationship. When the viewers are actually shown what is going on inside the room, turns out this isn't the case. In fact, it's implied that Gai encourages this interpretation, seeing as what's really going on is a great deal more complicated.
  • One-Woman Army: When she goes all-out.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: When Mana takes full control of her body, her hair grows past waist-length.
  • Property of Love: Shortly after meeting him, Inori tells Shu she is his possession now. At first, it isn't clear how much of this was an act she was instructed to put up to keep Shu and his powers available to her boss, but it becomes a genuine sentiment as the show progresses. Note that for Inori, being "his" also means always staying on his side and continuing to support him - which he needs quite badly.
  • Pursued Protagonist: Is introduced in a Dramatic Chase Opening.
  • Stripperiffic: Her usual fighting attire is a red leotard with the middle mostly cut out.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's deeply stoic and reserved, coming across as emotionless, but is very loyal and caring towards those she becomes attached to, like Gai and Shu.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Subverted. Mana may be plenty evil, but it turns out that both sides have access to the superpowers.
  • Sword Beam: Her Void. Elevated to Wave Motion Gun levels after absorbing Kenji's Void.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Episode 18.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Onigiri (Rice balls)
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • To Gai. Ayase even notes in Episode 4 that prior to her meeting Shu, she would never disobey any of Gai's orders. In Episode 5, she rejects Shu's offer to leave Funeral Parlor with him in favor of Gai.
      Inori: Gai gave me a name. I had nothing, and he gave me a name. He gave me a world. So I can't go.
    • And to Shu as well. After the events of Episode 17 and everyone literally kicks him to the curb, she's the only one who runs after him.
      Inori: Even if everyone calls you a liar and you hate yourself, I'll be on your side, Shu.
  • The Un-Reveal: When she reveals to Shu that Voids are manifested forms of people's hearts and fears, Shu asks her why her Void is a sword. They are interrupted before she can answer his question. Episode 18 reveals that Shu did ask again, but he ultimately dropped the question saying, "Inori is Inori."
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She fights off against an entire army of Endlaves in order to protect Shu.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Questions her own feelings for Shu in this manner in Episode 10.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has pale pink hair.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: In several of her outfits.

    Gai Tsutsugami 

Gai Tsutsugami

Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura, Akeno Watanabe (child) (Japanese), Micah Solusod, Terri Doty (child) (English)

"Remember this, Shu Ouma: there are only two paths you can choose. You can sit quietly and be selected out of this world, or you can adapt and make a change!"

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The seventeen-year-old rebel leader of Funeral Parlor, Gai is described as Shu's rival and seeks to use Shu's "Power of Kings" to fight against the GHQ.

His Void is a gun that can unlock people's Voids.


  • Always Someone Better: Shu's opinion of him, partly due to Shu's own insecurity and partly due to everyone's idolization of him and Inori's closeness to him. Ironically, Gai seems to feel this way about Shu in regards to the implication that both the infected-Mana and Inori have chosen Shu over him.
  • Ambiguously Evil: For the fearless leader of La Résistance, he raises a lot of red flags. Being a near-peerless Manipulative Bastard doesn't help.
  • Back from the Dead: As of Episode 16.
  • Badass Boast:
    Gai: Well, look at all these corpses.
    Thug: Huh? What corpses?
    Gai: I'm afraid you boys got yourself into a situation you'll have to die your way out of. So you all look like a bunch of corpses to me.
  • Badass in Charge: He's the leader of Funeral Parlor.
  • Batman Gambit: Severed Shu's arm, stole his Void Genome, butchered his classmates, decimated an army, allowed Mana to possess Inori and instigate a second Lost Christmas, all while betting on Shu to somehow overcome his Despair Event Horizon, obtain the third Void Genome and kill him and Mana so they may rest in peace. AND IT WORKED.
  • Beneath the Mask: Initially comes off as an arrogant jerk who cares little for his subordinates, but is, in fact, deeply affected by their deaths and doubts his abilities as a leader. He acts so cocksure largely because he sees it as the best way to lead Funeral Parlor.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: He joins Keido as the main antagonist from Episode 17 onwards.
  • Celibate Hero: In spite of the above, he doesn't seem seriously interested in romance aside from his whole motivation for his war against the GHQ being a woman that he wants to hold in his arms. This turns out to be Shu's older sister Mana, who he eventually reaches, albeit Together in Death.
  • The Charmer: Ayase, Inori, and Arisa can surely attest to his sheer magnetism, though as with so many other things about him, it's unknown how much is him being a gentleman and how much is calculated manipulation.
  • The Chessmaster: An excellent strategist—every one of his moves appears to be planned down to the ninth decimal point. There hasn't been a moment yet shown where he hasn't known exactly what's going on, even when Out-Gambitted.
  • Child Soldier: Shibungi reveals that he was one before starting Funeral Parlour... in Africa, for some reason.
  • Disability Superpower: He's suffering from an advanced stage of the Apocalypse Virus, which is what allows him to see Voids. Only Inori's blood helps stave off the crystallization and even that starts failing later on.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After being revived, he is determined to revive Mana and cause another Lost Christmas.
  • Fallen Hero: Once a beloved hero of Funeral Parlor before he comes Back from the Dead to revive Mana.
  • Final Boss: He becomes the main threat to Shu and Funeral Parlor after he is revived.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: With Shu.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Call Gai a garbage man because he knows how to take out the trash.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: It seems the only way to kill Gai is for him to let himself be killed. And even then, he doesn't always stay dead!
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Much like Shu, he expresses a lot of self-loathing during his inner monologues.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: In a moment of apparent weakness, he claims to care very deeply about his men and feels deeply torn about the fact that so many of them have died because of him. However, because he feels that he cannot appear weak, the only person that he allows to see this side of him is Inori, who later allows Shu to see it when he threatens to withdraw from the Leucocyte mission. Given the suspiciously convenient timing of this revelation, though, and his known talent for manipulation, it remains to be seen just how honest he was being about this.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Turns out that Shu was the much stronger one out of both of them when they were children, and he was determined to one day become like Shu.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: In Episode 22, he admits that the reason why he chooses to be with Mana is because he was afraid of being "selected out".
  • Ill Boy: Hinted in Episode 5 through him briefly looking unwell in the beginning of the episode (which is noticed by Shibugi) and later when Inori gives him a blood transfusion (and it's indicated that this routine happens two to three times a month). Episode 9 hints that he had the Apocalypse Virus (as this is why he can see Voids) and is reinfected by it in Episode 10 and Episode 11.
  • I Will Find You: His goal to reach Mana, which he eventually manages to succeed in doing right before they end up Together in Death.
  • Jerkass: While he is a charming leader to his followers, he can be an jerk if things don't go according to his plans or if his followers don't obey his orders. Watch how he scolds Inori for not giving him the Void Genome but to Shu instead despite the fact that it wasn't her fault and it was out of her control. He also ordered Inori to pretty much lead Shu on to get him to join Funeral Parlor, only for her to "dump" him once he agreed.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long hair and is considered handsome by his peers.
  • Love Martyr: Even after the Apocalypse Virus destroys Mana's sanity, she threatens and nearly kills him, and the virus results in her triggering Lost Christmas, he continues to try and save Mana and eventually succeeds in reaching her in the end.
  • Made of Iron: Gai takes a stupid amount of punishment throughout the series.
    • When he was 7, he was shot, then had a building collapse on him, only to stand up a few minutes later saying "I have to get stronger."
  • Manipulative Bastard: Par excellence. Being able to see people's Voids, and thus the shape of their souls, helps a lot.
  • Meaningful Name: Mana called him "Triton" because he came from the sea. Notably, this also ends up being the last thing Mana says to him.
  • Mentor Archetype: To Shu.
  • Mercy Kill:
    • Gai shoots Kyo in Episode 6 after she is mortally wounded.
    • By the end of the series, he and Mana end up on the receiving end thanks to Shu.
  • Missed the Call: He was originally supposed to use the Void Genome, but Inori allowed Shu to use it instead.
  • Mundane Utility: Along with its unique abilities, his Void also serves as a pretty decent assault rifle against non-human targets.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: After being revived, his hair covers his right eye.
  • The Power of Acting: He can effortlessly slip into the role of a charming, flamboyant Cloudcuckoolander.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After he's revived, he delivers this speech to Shu.
    Gai: King? Have you forgotten? You were just an usurper. The king has always been me.
  • Rebel Leader: The leader of Funeral Parlor.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Shu's Red Oni.
  • Rescue Romance: His feelings for Mana likely stem from the fact that she was the one who "brought him back to life" (via CPR).
  • The Rival: Is described as Shu's rival in his character bio. Episode 5 indicates this in more ways than one.
  • Shirtless Scene: In Episode 5 and in Episode 16 when he's revealed to be Back from the Dead.
  • Silent Scapegoat: After being revived, he joins GHQ as part of a Batman Gambit that would require Shu to overcome everything he and GHQ throw at him so that he may finally put Gai and Mana to rest once and for all, because if Gai had taken a simpler solution and not worked with Da'ath and Keido, Da'ath would have revived Mana once more and started things all over again.
  • The Spock: He hides his emotions behind a cool facade and always makes the "logical" choices regarding tactics. Unlike Shu, who also displays this trope, it's a successful concerted act rather than an awkwardly learned impulse.
  • Super Empowering: His Void.
  • Taking the Bullet: Does this for Shu in Episode 11.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Shu and Mana.
  • Together in Death: With Mana. Twice.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Episode 12 reveals that he's the one who really took a level in badass. Who would've thought that he used to be that kid who almost fell off a bridge? And then comes when he's revived later on.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As his revived self.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The cross necklace that he carries which belonged to Mana.
  • Walking Spoiler: The majority of his spoilered entries lead to his revived self after Episode 17.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: His revived self.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Seemingly implied to be his inner conflict of being the new "Adam" in Episode 21 is the fact that he will never be able to die.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: His innovative approach to international politics.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: An expert player, able to reformulate his plans and factor in new obstacles at a moment's notice. Episode 5 demonstrates that it's partly due to simply being Crazy-Prepared; for the upcoming operation, for example, he prepares 145 different alternative strategies should any problem present itself.
  • You Monster!: Inori is called by revived!Gai, along with Arisa in Episode 18.
  • Younger Than He Looks: He's the same age as, if not slightly younger than, Shu, but stick them right together, and he looks like he's got easily a few years, if not a decade, on Shu.

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