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This page details the main protagonists affiliated with Kuoh Academy's Occult Research Club in High School DXD.

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The Occult Research Club

Formed by Rias Gremory during her first year at Kuoh Academy, the Occult Research Club is the extracurricular club that our heroes are a part of. Despite the club's name, very little actual research is actually done; after all, the members are not (or in some cases, no longer) human. The club is really just a front for Rias, her "family," and later, other supernatural beings, and it provides cover for their operations; namely dealing with paranormal activity and destroying hostile supernatural beings. The members often use the club as an excuse to get out of any classes they might be in at the moment when an emergency pops up, and the old schoolhouse in which they meet is secluded enough to prevent scrutiny from normal human students.

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    In General 
  • A Day in the Limelight: A member of the club is usually the focal point depending on the volume.
    • Volume 1: Issei and Asia's introductions into the devil world.
    • Volume 2: Rias's love life.
    • Volume 3: Kiba's tragic past with the holy sword experiment.
    • Volume 4: Gasper's introduction.
    • Volume 5: Koneko training to control her senjutsu powers.
    • Volume 6: Asia's background with Diodora Astaroth
    • Volume 7: Akeno's strained relation with her father.
    • Volume 10: Issei dealing with Raynare's "curse".
    • Volume 12: Kiba protecting the Club after Issei's departure.
    • Volume 14: Ravel dealing with the Phenex-tear black market.
    • Volume 16: Gasper's life in the Romanian vampire society.
    • Volume 17: Rossweisse's study of 666.
    • Volume 18: Irina's childhood with Issei.
    • Volume 19: Xenovia's work with the student council.
    • Volume 20: Issei and his relationship with his parents.
    • Volume 22: Issei's promotion to High-Class Devil and the graduation of Rias and Akeno.
    • Volume 24: Koneko and Kuroka's relationship.
    • Volume 25: Rosswisesse's love life.
  • All Women Are Lustful: All the girls want Issei's attention, including in more sexual manners.
  • Almighty Janitor: Everyone in the Club, except Rias and Azazel, are low-ranked devils. Rias is currently one of the weaker members of the Club. You do the math. Even after Issei, Akeno, and Kiba's promotion, it's implied they are still not promoted to a level which would indicate their strength. Justified by Sirzechs, since he believes they're far from ready to handle the responsibilities and pressures of a high-ranked devil.
  • Arch-Enemy: As a whole, the club serves as one of the Khaos Brigade's enemies.
  • Back from the Dead: Every Sacred Gear wielder in Rias' peerage had died right before she reincarnated them into a Devil. Issei, in particular, goes through this a second time.
  • Badass Crew: Hell yeah!
  • Badass Family: What Rias regards her club as, with her as the "mother" that holds it together.
  • Battle Harem: Even if you include Kiba and Gasper. It gets lampshaded by the author himself at one point.
  • Betty and Veronica: Within the club, we have Asia, Koneko, Ravel and Le Fay as the Betty and Rias, Xenovia, Rossweisse and Akeno as the Veronicas for Issei's Archie. Irina, being Issei's Childhood Friend, also acts as a possible Cheryl.
  • Break the Cutie: Almost all the members of Issei's harem after his "death", showing how psychologically dependent they are on him due to his help in overcoming their respective Dark and Troubled Past. Fortunately subverted after he comes back to life with some draconic backup.
  • Buxom Is Better: In the future, all of the girls (possibly including Ophis) have them to the point that their children thought at first that women should have large chests. Yes, even Koneko, Le Fay and Asia.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: One criticism Azazel throws their way in regards to Rating Games is that they have "muscles for brains"; they focus too much on straightforward power, and can easily be overcome with proper technique.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Most of them are devils. They're also the heroes of the story.
  • Declaration of Protection: Issei has given several to the girls, and keeping his word is a major factor in his growing harem. He also once set up a code of ethics with the other two male members of Rias' peerage, which mostly revolves around protecting the girls. Kiba once gave one to Issei himself for helping him overcome his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, but Issei is too creeped out by the fact that he's giving it to a fellow male to take it seriously.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Almost every single member of the club has or had issues that needed resolving.
  • End of an Age: By the end of the fourth story arc, Rias and Akeno have graduated from Kuoh Academy and Xenovia becomes the Student Council President.
  • Ensemble Cast: As the series progresses and more members join the club, the main cast continues to grow, eventually reaching 16 members. Add on Vali and Kuroka from the Vali Team and Sona and Saji from the Student Council, and the cast reaches 20 characters. With so many characters, the group usually has a Rotating Protagonist share the spotlight with Issei each arc, whereas the other characters take a backseat. Best example would be the Kyoto Arc, where Kunou has the most focus alongside Issei, while Kiba, Asia, Irina, Xenovia, Rossweisse, Azazel, and Saji get secondary focus. At the same time, Rias, Akeno, Koneko, and Gasper remain in Kuoh and are as such Out of Focus, while Vali, Kuroka, and Sona are completely absent.
  • Five-Man Band: Their original setup.
  • Gender Bender: In one Volume 13 short story, the group (minus Issei) underwent a gender change via Azazel's gender-swapping raygun.
  • Good Is Not Soft: The Occult Research Club is not against using deadly force against the various mooks or Big Bads they encounter and/or indirectly causing them to die. Only Issei had reservations about killing antagonists at first.
  • Involuntary Group Split:
    • Zigzagged. After Issei's promotion into a High-Class Devil in Volume 22, Rias trades Asia, Xenovia and Rossweisse into his peerage and Ravel is traded into his peerage by Lady Phenex. Due to Issei being Rias's pawn and Ravel being a member of the Occult Research Club, they haven't truly split though.
    • In Volume 19, Xenovia has to leave the Occult Research Club due to her becoming the new Student Council President. In Volume 18, Rias names Asia and Kiba the new president and vice-president due to her and Akeno's upcoming graduation from Kuoh's high school division, officially doing so during Volume 22.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Of the core group Rias, Akeno and Asia have long hair and are very feminine (in different mode) while Koneko and Xenovia are more Tomboy.
  • Non-Indicative Name: They don't do any occult research. The name was simply chosen as a cover-up for the fact the club was initially comprised of Rias' peerage.
  • Moment Killer: Everyone in Issei's harem is this to the others. It can count as a meta-example as well as this is Ishibumi's way of cooperating with the Can't Have Sex, Ever clause in writing this story.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: They don't actually do any occult research, the club is merely a front.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: They did win the Rating Game against the Student Council, but lost a lot of members to pull it off, and their ratings were lowered as a result.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: While they claim to be a club, its more accurate to call them a family comprised of people that don't really belong anywhere else. Their leader is a devil princess, and among their members include the sole survivors of a lethal experiment by the church, a nephilim priestess, two former agents of the church, one of the Angels of Micheal, a nekomata, a crossdressing dhampir, an eccentric fallen angel, a thrifty valkyrie, an ojou phoenix, the descendant of Morgan le Fey, a prankster grim reaper, a kitsune princess, the Dragon God of Infinity, and a very perverted Red Dragon Emperor. Despite these different backgrounds and any initial animosity, they all care for one another and won't hesitate to show it.
  • Run or Die: The girls are told by Ddraig to run away from Issei's wrath against Shalba or they'll die with him.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Most of the girls toward Issei for one reason or another. Rias sees all men as the same, Akeno hates men, Asia was too innocent to find interest in the opposite sex, Irina and Xenovia were both raised in the church, Koneko dislikes perverted things. However, they enjoy Issei and all love him to the point they can't live without him. The only exception amidst the girls is Tosca, who doesn't know Issei that well and is closer to her Childhood Friend Kiba.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The girls keep falling in love with Issei despite his perverted nature because he is a good guy at heart who will literally go through hell to protect them.
  • Spanner in the Works: Had Rias not provide Issei Hyoudou's Emergency Transformation after Raynare's killing, then Issei wouldn't have had to rescue Asia and battled Riser to stop his engagement with Rias. Had none of those recruitments after Issei happened, they wouldn't have formed an alliance with the Three Factions. Not to mention Xenovia never would've realized that God Is Dead and joined the club, or Irina would never have reunited with Issei, or Akeno wouldn't have reconciled with Baraqiel, and so forth.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The story is usually told through Issei's perspective, though at certain points we see the story through other characters' eyes, namely, Rias, Kiba (secondary narration if there's something going on with Issei), Azazel (when there's a discussion with the leaders involved), Asia for a brief period, and Irina in one of the short stories.
  • The Team: Their current setup.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Throughout the series, as time goes on everyone in the Occult Research Club starts actively grinding levels in badass, especially Issei and Kiba.
  • True Companions: Despite all the girls wanting to be with Issei, they still trust and help each other no matter what happens. Mocking any of them will set all of their Berserk Buttons off at once.
  • Undying Loyalty: To each other. Even from beyond the grave.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: During the Rating Games the Club showed a lack of experience, hence they often don't do so well. This is best exemplified in their match against Sona's group, which almost spelled defeat for them.
  • Unwitting Pawn: They become one for Vali in Volume 7 seeing as the latter wanted Fenrir on his side, thereby fighting alongside them.
  • What Does She See in Him?: With a bunch of really hot babes being head-over-heels for a Lovable Sex Maniac that most girls would typically avoid, this was inevitable. Though, subverted as all pervertedness aside, Issei cares deeply for all the girls in his life.

Leadership

    Rias Gremory 

Princess/President Rias Gremory

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Role: King
Species: Pure Devil
Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa (Japanese) and Jamie Marchi (English)

My name is Rias Gremory. I am a Devil. And I am your Master. Nice to meet you, Hyoudou Issei-kun. Can I call you Ise?

Rias Gremory is the president of the Occult Research Club and the head of the House of Gremory. She's also the daughter of Zeoticus and Venelana Gremory, younger sister of Sirzechs Lucifer, and aunt of Millicas Gremory. She is a top-ranked devil at Kuoh Academy who catches the eye of Issei Hyoudou. Later, he summons her with his dying words. Taking pity on the boy, and also because she's interested in his Sacred Gear, she revives him with eight Pawn pieces. After that, an interesting relationship blossoms between the two.


  • Action Girlfriend: Rias is a devil who appears when Issei summons her in his final moments. She then resurrects him as a devil and becomes his master, main love interest and eventual girlfriend.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: While Rias's eyes are turquoise in the first three anime seasons, they're colored blue in the the original light novels as well as the fourth anime season.
  • Adorkable: When Rias catches Issei with other girls and tends to act childish about it, like getting into a pillow fight with Akeno.
  • Ambadassador: She participates in missions that she often solves diplomatically. But when things go south, she's not afraid to go toe-to-toe with her enemies, like what happened in Katerea's invasion of Kuoh Academy.
  • And I Must Scream: Thanks to Loki's corruption in BorN, she's unable to fight his control until Issei snaps her out of it and her memory gets erased.
  • Arranged Marriage: Rias was placed into an engagement with Riser Phenex in an attempt to unite their families and to preserve the bloodline of Pure-Blooded Devils.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As the Heir Apparent to the great devil House Gremory and the President of the Occult Research Club, she can kick major ass when she needs to.
  • Babies Ever After: In the future she has a son with Issei, named Ex.
  • Badass in Distress:
    • That is, if you can call the engagement party with Riser being a distress moment.
    • Since her body gets corrupted by Loki's curse in BorN, she is trapped within herself.
  • Bathing Beauty: She has many Shower Scenes.
  • Battle Couple: She eventually gets together with Issei. Becomes more so when her breasts act as a battery for Issei.
  • Bedmate Reveal: In Volume 1, Issei wakes up up thinking the events of the previous night were just a dream. Then he notices he's naked. And that Rias is curled up under the blankets next to him equally naked before she awakens and is completely nonchalant about the situation. Hilarity Ensues when Issei's mother enters his room.
  • Belly Dancer: In the second OVA, she's strongarmed by Unas into becoming a bellydancer.
  • Benevolent Boss: She loves her subordinates so much she treats them as family rather than employees. Rias is utterly heartbroken when Asia is sent to the Dimensional Gap and Issei is once again killed by Shalba.
  • Berserk Button: Calling Rias "Switch Princess" to her face tends to tick her off, especially if the one doing it is Bikou.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Asia's Betty for Issei's Archie when she moved to the Hyoudou residence.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is one of the nicest and personable schoolgirls you will ever meet. Nevertheless, if you push her far enough (such as insulting her servants, especially Issei), she will be prepared to vaporize you into dust.
  • Big Good: She serves as one for the Occult Research Club as president way back in Volume 1.
  • Blood Knight: A subdued example. Rias has no love for life-and-death violence at all, but she does greatly enjoy Ratings Games as the good, clean combat sport they were intended to be. According to Ichiei Ishibumi, much as Issei's goal of ending the war is to focus on having a harem, her goal is to clean out the corruption so she can fight safely once again.
  • Boobs of Steel: Rias has the fourth-largest breast size in the series at 99 cm/39'', behind Akeno and Suzaku Himejima (tied for first place with 102cm), and Lavinia Reni (in third with 100cm); with Kuroka (in third place), and Rossweisse (in fourth place).
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In episode 10 of BorN, Loki corrupts her with his curse. Fortunately for Rias, her memory of that event gets erased after Issei snaps her out of it and defeats Loki's clone two episodes later.
  • Breast Expansion: An inverted example; restoring Issei with her breasts after Gift being used on them causes them to shrink. Fortunately (for Issei) they grow back after she rests.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: After finding out the dark secret before she became in charge of Kuoh Town, she calls out Zekram Bael, her maternal ancestor.
  • Can't Catch Up:
    • Unlike the rest of the club, she doesn't gain any new ability; thus, she did not get any stronger than where she was initially, to the point that she thought of herself as The Load during her and Issei's fight against Sairaorg and his Pawn.
    • This is eventually rectified as she does learn or gain various new abilities thanks to absorbing and adapting Issei's aura, such as the finishing move Extinguished Star and her own version of the boosted gear's armor.
  • The Chessmaster: As King of her peerage, she can determine where her pieces will go in Rating Games and in battles.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • After falling in love with Issei, Rias tend to get very jealous whenever girls get close to him and said that Issei belongs to her only. She's generally quite playful and teasing when confronting the relatively more aggressive Asia, only to become aggressive herself when confronting the more teasing Akeno.
    • Averted after Issei confesses to her and they start dating; Rias starts to accept Issei's dream of having a harem and doesn't get as easily jealous as before.
  • Club President: She is the president of the Occult Research Club until Asia replaces her by the end of Volume 19.
  • Contralto of Danger: While still distinctly feminine compared to Xenovia's, Yoko Hikasa's performance as Rias is deeper and more mature than even Akeno's, making her sound more "womanly" than the rest of the teenage girl cast. This dignified tone is fitting as she is the head of authority within the household of the Occult Research Club. However, this softens to a softer and more traditionally-feminine "kind big sister" voice beginning with Hero.
  • Cool Big Sis: Rias is lovingly kind or sternly mature as the situation calls for it.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Her magical breasts work because of this trope.
  • Crutch Character: At the start, she's the strongest member of the club. As time goes on, she devolves into middle tier (for a while that is). Technically she didn't get any weaker; the others just got stronger more quickly than she did (again, only for a while).
  • Cry Cute: In one scene in Season 1's opening, after Issei rescues her from Riser, and after Issei comes back to life at the end of Volume 12.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Some of the light novel artwork portrays her with these.
  • Daddy's Girl: She loves her father Zeoticus very much to the point where he and Sirzechs had nosebleeds by looking at how Rias acted as child.
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel: She didn't really want to play as the Damsel in Distress to lure out the remaining Issei clones. Then she gets into it, believing Azazel's suggestion. Sure enough, the Issei clones go and try to rescue her.
  • Deuteragonist: Behind Issei, who is the focal protagonist, Rias is the second main focal character of the series.
  • Dislikes the New Guy: More than anyone else, Rias disapproves of Azazel entering her territory and making advances towards Issei, who was understandably murdered by one of his accomplices. She reconsiders her opinion by the end of volume 4.
  • The Dividual: With Akeno in nature. From narrative perspective is clear that they are intended to work as an indivisible combo for all kind of actions. Yes, even (or maybe especially) that ones.
  • Does Not Like Men: A Downplayed example. She gets along fine with males, right up until they show any romantic interest in her whatsoever, at which point she promptly rejects them. This is because, as heir apparent to the house of Gremory, the only men who've ever been interested in her were only interested in her house and title, not the woman; by the time she grew up into a Ms. Fanservice, she'd been soured on the idea of romance altogether. Issei, being the Lovable Sex Maniac he is, helps her open her heart to him and him alone.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Rias starts taking an issue with Issei continuing to call her "President" instead of her actual name, as she wants to take their mutual feelings to the next level, but Issei is still treating their relationship as master-servant. This reaches its peak in Volume 10 before the rest of the Club spells out the problem for Issei.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: She does not take kindly to anyone mocking her servants and is willing to blast them to kingdom come.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: She is tough on Issei when he beings training with her.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Later on, she becomes known as "Switch Princess", much to her embarrassment, and blames Bikou for it; it's become a major Berserk Button for her since. She is later called the "Crimson Bust Princess" by Azazel in Volume 11.
  • Face Palm: She often does this all the time, usually out of frustration.
  • Fiery Redhead: Subverted; normally, she's overall rather level-headed and seldom raises her voice even when she's serious. She does, however, bring this out when it comes to Issei, but even then she does grow out of it to an extent later in the series.
  • First Kiss: She shares her first kiss with Issei by the end of Volume 2.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: During an OVA an Egyptian prince possessing Issei makes her dance for him in a very skimpy bikini outfit. Naturally and Issei both enjoyed it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: This trope is parodied in Volume 11, when her "Oppai Beam" replenishes Issei's aura, but leads to her breasts shrinking afterward. Issei is devastated, but Rias assures him that they'll return to normal size once she gets some rest, leading to the two tearfully and hammily expressing their love for each other.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She refers to Akeno as her best friend. Akeno is her Queen and the first person she added to her peerage.
  • Hidden Depths: Along with Akeno, Rias actually has a driving license so she can have driving dates with Issei.
  • Idiot Hair: While definitely not an idiot, Rias has a single hair strand sticking out from the top of her head.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Because of Issei's appreciation of her body, she becomes romantically interested in him.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Towards the end of BorN, Issei is forced to fight Rias because of Loki creating multiple timelines.
  • Image Song: Crimson No Binetsu
  • Intimate Healing: She heals Issei's wounds from Dohnaseek's by cuddling naked with him in bed.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: She makes quick work of Raynare after she heard enough of her toying with Issei's emotions. Given how she betrayed and murdered Issei and how she stole Asia's Sacred Gear, not a single tear was shred over her demise.
  • Large and in Charge: Rias is 172 cm/5'8'' and towers over everyone else.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: At the end of BorN, the memories of her and Issei's battle with Loki's clone of Issei are erased when they return to our world.
  • Last Girl Wins: While Rias is not Issei's first love, she is his last and true love, whom she eventually becomes her girlfriend.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After Issei died and returned, she created a new technique, considered too dangerous to use in Rating Games, because it would kill too fast for emergency teleportation to save the victim. Rias mentions she wanted it to be like that, since it's a technique to kill anyone who tries to hurt Issei again.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Subverted. While she has red hair and blue eyes like her ancestors from her father's side, her Power of Destruction abilities and strict demeanor come from her mother's side.
  • Made of Temptation: Successfully tempts Rossweisse to join the group as teacher and Rook despite her age. Issei notes that she could have a successful career selling insurance... or anything else, really. This comes to a head when EX reveals that Rias indeed becomes a very successful businesswoman, managing company holdings and franchises that her husband Issei and the family own.
  • Magnetic Hero: She has gathered quite a lot of powerful and special people in her group even before meeting Issei. Lampshaded by Sirzechs when talking with Azazel.
  • Mentor Archetype: She teaches Issei about how the Occult Research Club works in battles.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: She is the mistress to Issei's servant.
  • A Mother to Her Men: She really loves her servants; breaking their hearts and making them cry is a one-way ticket to the afterlife. Ddraig states that the Gremory family is known for being extremely affectionate toward their servants.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has the second largest bust in the series and not afraid to show it off. In general she is the character that appear naked more often (since the first episode).
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As the Crimson-Haired Ruin Princess, mentioning Rias by name and her Power of Destruction brings fear to her enemies. For that matter her surname, Gremory, is shared by one of the seventy-two demons of the Goetia.
  • Nice Girl: Despite her strict nature during missions and training, Rias is very kind and caring toward her Peerage than most other masters. That is, if you don't push her buttons.
  • Official Couple: In Volume 10, Issei finally confesses to her and she officially becomes his girlfriend. Issei still wishes for a harem and now that she's secure about how he feels about her, Rias will let him have it as long as she's always number one. He proposes to her in Volume 22 and she accepts, making her the first official fiancee in an ever-growing list of them. Koneko proposes to Issei in Volume 11, and he accepts on the condition that she grow taller and bustier, but this has yet to be revisited.
  • Ojou: The heiress of the Gremory Clan.
  • One Head Taller: Rias is taller than Issei by standing at 172 cm/5'8'' tall, while he's 170 cm/5'7'' tall.
  • Onee-sama: Along with Akeno, she's referred to as one of the "Two Great Ladies of Kuoh Academy".
  • Out-Gambitted: She was overpowered by Sona during their Rating Game in Volume 5.
  • Passing the Torch: Upon her graduation, Rias assigns Asia to take her place as the club's president.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: She has the "Power of Destruction", a type of demonic energy that allows her to release energies that can disintegrate matter, both living and inanimate, with relative ease. She is further able to control the shape and power of the technique such as creating multiple softball sized bullets to lessen the destructive force yet increase the range of her attack.
  • Playing Card Motifs: In the ending theme of the anime's first season, there's a playing card theme, and Rias is shown as the King.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: She gives one to Raynare, right before blowing her to smithereens.
    Rias: You've toyed with my servant's emotions for the last time. Be gone!
  • Property of Love: As Issei's master, Rias calls him her possession and says that he belongs to her only. This was taken Up to Eleven later on as Rias' feelings for him grow and she doesn't want any girls close to him. This eventually changes in volume 10 when they become an Official Couple, even letting him have a date with others and a harem.
  • Proud Beauty: Rias enjoys Issei ogling her.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Sometimes wears a pair of glasses, even though she has good vision.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her thighs.
  • Rebellious Princess: She's Heir Apparent to the great devil House Gremory, and little sister of one of the four Satans. Kings are supposed to hang back and command their pieces. Rias prefers to mix it in — and it's not a good thing, because a team loses if their King goes down. Both she and Sairaorg are called out on this.
  • Red Baron: She is known as the "Crimson-Haired Ruin Princess".
  • Red Is Heroic: She is one of the main heroes and has distinctive crimson hair.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She is the Red Oni to Akeno and Sona's Blue Oni; Akeno and Sona are the more logical and cool-headed ones while Rias has a bit more of a passionate personality.
  • Risking the King: Being a powerful devil with destruction magic is a double-edged sword when it puts the leader in harm's way. Happens literally in rating games, where a manpower shortage and her reluctance to let her peerage suffer for her sake lead her to get involved quite quickly. Best shown during the first Rating Game of the series, where her strategy is a glorified diversion so she can take on the enemy king directly.
  • Royal Blood: As the second-born child of the Gremory clan, she became its heiress when her brother Sirzechs became a member of the Four Great Satans.
  • School Idol: Rias is declared as the beauty of Kuoh Academy.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She's willing to be naked in front of her servants, especially towards Issei.
  • She Is the King: Using Chess Motifs, Rias is considered a King because she's the most important person in the Rating Game.
  • She's Got Legs: She often goes barelegged when wearing certain outfits such as the Kuoh Academy uniform.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Ichiei Ishibumi says that her given name comes from... Garchomp's Japanese name (Gaburias). The connection between a female Devil and a draconic Landshark is up to interpretation.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: By the time of Volume 11, she and Issei have fallen in love to the point that they forget people are watching them.
  • Sleeps in the Nude: Rias likes to sleep in the nude with Issei in the same bed.
  • Squishy Wizard: She's got awesome magical attack power, but she's terrible at taking hits.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She stands at 172 cm/5'8'' tall, is considered attractive by everyone else including her lover Issei, and is also the club's resident Ms. Fanservice.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She greatly resembles her mother Venelana in her later years, but with her father Zeoticus's hair and eye color.
  • Team Mom: Seriously, she is more of a mother to her servants than a "master" proper.
  • Top Wife: Issei is open about his desire of having a harem, but Rias is generally acknowledged to be the one to hold the title of his "legal wife" and immutable favorite. This doesn't stop the other girls from trying to usurp the position.
  • Torpedo Tits: Her "Oppai Beam", the ability to project a red light from her breasts, which recharges Issei's energy. Each use of this power causes her breasts to temporarily shrink in size, which makes Issei cry even though it's sometimes necessary. Her breast size will restore itself after a few days of rest.
  • Training from Hell: She makes Issei undergo one of these, by forcing him to run as fast as she can and stretching his body to the limit.
  • Tranquil Fury: Before Issei gives a Curb-Stomp Battle to Diodora in volume 6.
    Issei: May I?!?
    Rias: Go ahead.
  • Unrealistic Black Hole: Her Extinguished Star technique, named after the origin of black holes as the result of a star with significant mass burning out. It creates a Sphere of Destruction that sucks in and thoroughly disintegrates even tough-scaled Evil Dragons.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Harm Issei and Rias will vaporize you, as Raynare and her mooks found out the hard way.
  • Vocal Evolution: During the anime's first three seasons, Yoko Hikasa voices Rias with a husky, sensuous mature and womanly voice. By the time of Hero, it suddenly softens to a more sweeter, gentler and "traditionally" girly one.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Camels, actually, according to a short story. One would have to be knowledgeable about the Ars Goetia to understand exactly why this is so funny. note 
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is referred to variously as being either scarlet or crimson rather than a natural shade of red.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: In Volume 6, she wears thigh-high black stockings while cosplaying as a devil for Issei.

    Akeno Himejima 

Vice-President Akeno Himejima

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Role: Queen
Species: Human-Fallen Angel / Reincarnated Devil
Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (Japanese), Teri Rogers (English, 2013-14) and Bryn Apprill (English, 2015-present)

"You look so hot when you're being pleasured, I'm dying to know what you look like writhing in pain~"

Akeno Himejima is Rias's confidante, subordinate and fellow member of the Occult Research Club. Her mother, Shuri Himejima, was a Shinto priest and her father, Baraqiel, is a Fallen Angel. After her mother's death at the hands of Akeno's relatives, she went into exile. When Rias discovers Akeno, she transforms the latter into a devil and she eventually becomes the vice-president of the ORC.


  • The Ace: She is quite skilled and adaptable in combat, to the point that some of the other characters are fearful of facing her due to her abilities as well as her queen ranking.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She calls Issei "darling" after his match against Baraqiel.
  • The Aloner: She became a hermit after Shuri was killed in her backstory.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As Vice-President of the Occult Research Club, she is able to take down enemies singlehandedly.
  • Babies Ever After: In the future she has a son with Issei, named Kurenai. Interestingly enough, she is also the first haremette to have a baby.
  • Badass in Charge: She fills in a Cadre position in the Grigori organisation thirty years later, as shown in EX.
  • Bathtub Bonding: She walks in on Issei bathing and joins him in Volume 23. She wishes to be a good wife and washes every part of his body. They soon become intimate until they were interrupted by Ophis, Lilith, and Kunou.
  • Bedmate Reveal: At the beginning of Volume 5, Akeno enters Issei's bedroom and joins his friends after she moves into his residence.
  • Beneath the Mask: She's introduced as the friendly and cheerful - if a bit sadistic - vice-president of the Occult Research Club and Rias's Number Two. In actuality, she turns out to be a sad young girl who resents her father Baraqiel for not being able to save her mother from being murdered.
  • Blood Knight: She enjoys combat a little too much for comfort.
  • Boobs of Steel: Akeno is tied with her cousin Suzaku for having the largest breast size in the series at 102 cm/40'', the third being Lavinia Reni, the fourth being Rias, and the fifth being Kuroka.
  • Born of Heaven and Hell: She's part human/fallen angel and reincarnated devil. While normally she sprouts devil wings, she can actually sprout a fallen angel wing on one side.
  • Broken Hero: A female example. She's in quite a bad position, as she makes it clear to Issei that because Baraqiel wasn't around when her family murdered Shuri, she went into exile and is unwilling to forgive him. She's noted to be one of the more emotionally fragile members of the Club, especially regarding Issei, whose supposed death left her borderline catatonic.
  • Bunny Girl: She dresses up as one to attract Issei's clones. Naturally, they all fall for it, hook, line and sinker.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: One of the reasons she joined Rias's group. She called Baraqiel out for not being able to save Shuri and is unwilling to forgive him.
  • Casual Kink: Yes, she likes BDSM.
  • Catchphrase: She often quips, "Oh my...note ", before giving out a cheerful chuckle.
  • Cat Fight: She does this with Rias a lot once she falls for Issei too.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: She takes a great deal of pleasure from inflicting pain on others, and her primary method of doing this is in her combat support role as Rias Gremory's Queen.
  • Cool Big Sis: To the Occult Research Group and by extension, to the Academy.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Just like what happened with Issei, Shuri's death at the hands of her relatives led to her becoming disillusioned with the Fallen Angels, including Azazel. She eventually reconciles with them around the time of Loki's defeat.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Oh ye gods. Her's is possibly the worst of the bunch. Her priestess mother, Shuri Himejima, was killed by her own relatives from the Himejima Clan when she was a child. Akeno crossed the Despair Event Horizon and called out Baraqiel, her Fallen Angel father, for not being able to protect Shuri. After Shuri's death, she stayed with her mother's relative before being removed due to her Fallen Angel blood. Without food or money and finding herself unable to go home again, Akeno went into exile and journeyed throughout Japan using her skills to purify evil spirits that she learned from her mother in order to survive, doing so for a year-and-a-half. When she stumbled into a certain town, Akeno indirectly saved a human that was contracted with a Devil from the Gremory Clan. Fearing that the Devil would kill her due to her Fallen Angel heritage, Akeno decided to hide from them. Later, while trying to leave the town, Akeno was suddenly attacked again by her relatives who came to kill her. Before her great-uncle could deliver the coup de grâce, Rias and her father's Bishop, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, appeared and talked Akeno's family out of killing her. Akeno was transformed into a devil, moved into the Gremory Palace and eventually became Rias's close confidante and Number Two in the Occult Research Club.
  • Despair Event Horizon: She crossed it years ago when she witnessed Shuri Himejima's murder by her own relatives. She crosses it again in volume 12 when she thought Issei died.
  • Despair Speech: In volume 7, Akeno laments to Issei that Baraqiel should never have left her to fend for herself after Shuri was killed. She can't even call Baraqiel her father ever since.
  • Dissonant Serenity: How could she be giggling after killing someone?!
  • Dislikes the New Guy: Akeno has made no secret about her resenting Azazel given how one of his former subordinates inadvertently led to her mother's death.
  • The Dividual: With Rias in nature. From narrative perspective is clear that they are intended to work as an indivisible combo for all kind of actions. Yes, even (or maybe especially) that ones.
  • Does Not Like Men: She is implied by Rias to hate the other sex (except Issei) during their Cat Fight in Volume 4. It's not hard to see why, given her Dark and Troubled Past and her strained relationship with Baraqiel.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Played for Drama at the start of Volume 12, following Issei's (temporary) death. Played for Laughs in the Hot Springs short story, when she walks in on Grayfia and Issei, coming to the assumption that she has a "real affair" with him, and drops on the floor with hollow eyes.
  • Elemental Powers
    • Shock and Awe: She can zap enemies with her lighting.
    • Light 'em Up: Her Holy Lightning, which she inherited from her father. She initially hates using these powers until Issei convinces her otherwise.
  • The Exile: The double blow of losing Shuri and calling out Baraqiel for failing to save her mother (which Azazel also feels directly responsible for, since Baraqiel effectively served as his second-in-command and wasn't around at the time of Shuri's death) caused her to go into exile for nearly two years, disappearing from almost everything except for purifying evil spirits. However, after healing a devil belonging to the Gremory family, Rias would soon find her.
  • Eyes Always Shut: She sometimes keeps her eyes closed whenever she tries to seduce Issei.
  • Fantastic Racism: Originally, Akeno had a very low opinion on Fallen Angels. Then again, considering that Shuri was murdered by her own relatives when Azazel sent Baraqiel on a mission, Akeno called out Baraqiel for not being able to save her mother, and she went into exile after that, her views are understandable.
  • Freudian Excuse: She despises all Fallen Angels due to Baraqiel being unable to save Shuri from dying at the hands of her own relatives.
  • Hair Antennae: A rather unique variant in which they slope backward, rather than forwards.
  • Hair Decorations: She has an orange ribbon on her head.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, half-fallen angel (technically a Nephilim).
  • Hates Their Parent: Akeno despises her father Baraqiel ever since he failed to save Shuri from being murdered by the Himejima clan. However, she eventually reconciles with him once Issei learns her true feelings.
  • Heartbroken Badass: The loss of her mother has sent her into a Heroic BSoD, but she crawls out over it by the time of volume 7. She goes through it again when in volume 12 when she thought Issei was killed and was very determined to get the one's responsible.
  • The Hermit: After losing Shuri at the hands of her own relatives, she retreated into complete isolation for one year.
  • Heroic Seductress: Rias makes a comment that Akeno would make an excellent succubus. Noted that she only desires to sex up Issei.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She refers to Rias as her best friend.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being a tease-happy sadomasochist on the surface, Akeno is surprisingly innocent when it comes to having a true relationship, which stems from both her terrible past and dutiful personality.
  • Hollywood Personality Disorders: Discussed, Akeno claims that she is the kind of person that has to depend on men signifying Dependant Personality Disorder. This is later shown when Issei, temporarily, died; While the rest of the harem did show extreme amounts of grief, Asia contemplating suicide, Akeno went catatonic unable to come out of it, until her father was able to provide support.
  • Hope Spot: She gives one towards the Issei clones before decimating them with her magic.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: Her mother Shuri was a human Shinto priestess, while her father Baraqiel was a Fallen Angel.
  • I Am Not My Father: She tries to not make the same mistakes her father did during her childhood.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: An odd variant; while Akeno prefers being dominant in S&M sessions, much like in her bonding/reconciliation moment with her father, Issei is the only one allowed to see her masochistic side when the time comes.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: She clearly hated Baraqiel for not being able to save Shuri when the latter was killed, doing so to preserve her sanity.
  • Image Song: Kurokami BEGIN TALE
  • Informed Attribute: Despite Rias insisting that Does Not Like Men and therefore shouldn't be fighting with her over Issei, the only non-antagonistic males she has shown overt hostility toward (initially) are Azazel and her father, which has more to do with them being Fallen Angels than their sex.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: After taking in so much of Issei's ki from sucking all that power whenever Issei needs to have his arm back to human form, her powers have evolved to the point that they are dragon-shaped. Let's just say mayhem ensues more now.
  • It Runs in the Family: Technically, Akeno is a sadomasochist, meaning she can switch between being the giver or taker depending on the situation. She got the masochism from her father, and the sadism from her mother. She also inherited the Holy Lightning from her father.
  • It's Personal: She wants to exact revenge against the Khaos Brigade after thinking they killed Issei.
  • The Lancer: In as much as Rias is The Hero due her status as a Deuteragonist, Akeno is this. She's always smiling, especially in combat; she takes actions Rias would, sometimes without telling her beforehand to avoid the debate that would ensue, and she's never above flirting with Issei to get a rise out of Rias, especially after they've both fallen for him.
  • Lecherous Licking: She elevates this trope into an art form.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: She inherited her Shock and Awe powers and Fallen Angel wings from Baraqiel.
  • Long-Lost Relative: She's related to SLASHDØG protagonist Tobio Ikuse by blood since his grandmother was a Himejima, making him her distant cousin.
  • Marry Them All: Zigzagged in her case. Baraqiel criticizes Issei during their Rating Game match in Volume 22 for choosing Rias over Akeno, prompting Issei to declare that he will make all of the women who love him happy and shout out that he loves Akeno to the whole stadium (mirroring how he declares his love for Rias in Volume 10). Whether or not this counts as a proposal is debatable, as he only singles Akeno out because the whole thing was brought up by her father, but Akeno herself later says that marriage isn't necessary (because she thinks affairs are sexy, and you can't have much of an affair with your own husband...)
  • Miko: Dresses as one when it's time to get really serious. She inherited it from her mother.
  • Missing Mom: Akeno's mother, Shuri, died during her childhood.
  • The Mistress: What she wants to be for Issei. She actively pursues this. Rias is very aware of her "plan" and is not happy. She is crushed when it seems that Grayfia is one for Issei.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Female Fallen Angels are renowned for having very seductive bodies and Akeno's naturally sexy disposition, plus having the largest breast size in the series so far, only enhances this fact. Azazel himself stated that Akeno was particularly seductive even for a Fallen Angel.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A miko who is also a Fallen Angel and a Devil.
  • Nocturnal Emission: She tends to dream of her and Issei having sex.
  • Number Two: She is the first servant and friend Rias made in the human world, as well as the Occult Research Club's Vice-President.
  • Onee-sama: Along with Rias, Akeno's referred to as one of the "Two Great Ladies of Kuoh Academy".
  • Passing the Torch: After Akeno's graduation, Kiba replaces her as the club's vice president.
  • Playing Card Motifs: In the ending theme of the Season 1 anime, Akeno is shown as the Queen.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Says this tearfully to Issei after seeing him return from near-death.
  • Purple Eyes: She has violet eyes, which hints at her being half-fallen angel.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": She has a habit of laughing or giggling while engaging in violence. But, most prominently, when Issei offers to take her out on a date as a reward for defeating an opponent, Akeno's immediate reaction is to explode in power while giggling uncontrollably.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has very long black hair, usually tied in a long ponytail, reaching all the way down to her legs.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has black hair and white skin.
  • Red Baron: "Priestess of Thunder", and later "Priestess of Lightning" after mastering Holy Lightning.
  • The Resenter: She deeply resents her father Baraqiel for his greatest failure to save Shuri from dying.
  • Romanticized Abuse: A bonafide sadist, unless it's Issei, at which point she becomes the masochist for him and only him.
  • Sex Is Violence: Akeno really enjoys combat. Some of the expressions she wears in the manga go well beyond "suggestive".
    • This is one of the few things that had to be bowdlerised in the anime. During the first fight against a stray devil, Rias tell Akeno to back off when she starts torturing it. In the novel, Rias just stands back and waits for Akeno to "calm down".
  • Sexophone: Ryosuke Nakanishi's leitmotif for Akeno in the anime is a calm, jazzy saxophone piece. This is nearly played straight in New, when Issei has to have his excess dragon ki 'removed' by Akeno. As soon as she enters the room, the leitmotif starts... Plenty of sucking to be had.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Akeno, being half-Fallen Angel, is very much in touch with her perverted side and has no problem showing off her body in general, but especially for Issei.
  • She's Got Legs: Just like Rias, most of her outfits, including the standard Kuoh Academy uniform, feature skirts that show her long legs.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She loves only Issei, but doesn't mind sharing him with other girls.
  • Skinship Grope: Gropes Rias at the swimming pool of the Gremory household. She also gives quite a few to Issei as well.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Many of Akeno's relatives are appalled by the discovery that Akeno is half-Fallen Angel.
  • Smug Super: Always puts up a smile in battle.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Even though she's definitely one of the good guys.
  • Spit-Trail Kiss: In the first season's second short, to Issei; bonus points for being a CPR. It was all just a dream. Which later happens in Volume 22.
  • Stepford Smiler: She can be a smiling and cheerful girl. However, bring up her Dark and Troubled Past or harm Issei, and she'll electrocute you to death.
  • Stripperiffic: Her Fallen Angel Mode has skimpy clothes.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks almost exactly like her mother Shuri, especially in her later years.
  • Tareme Eyes: Her eyes are large and droopy.
  • The Tease: Oh so much. As this is her default setting, even normally innocent teasing can taken as flirty. Azazel noted that for someone with Fallen Angel blood in her, a race that is naturally very seductive already, she is extremely seductive.
    • As her love for Issei blossoms, she eventually no longer teases him, but flirts with a genuine desire for furthering her relationship with him.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Many scenes (mostly anime-original) involving the girls getting victimized in lewd ways (like slime dissolving their clothing, or monsters with tentacles) have her enjoying the experience.
  • Trauma Button: Her PTSD is triggered the moment she hears from Kokabiel that she is the daughter of Baraqiel in Volume 3 and later when she meets her father face-to-face by the time of Volume 7.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Though not his "Official Girlfriend" like Rias, Akeno will be prepared to zap you if Issei gets injured.
  • Virgin Power: She took advantage of this to lure the Unicorn go near her. She then smacks said unicorn and the group takes the unicorn's horn.
  • Walking the Earth: After Shuri's death, Akeno use her powers to help people while traveling throughout Japan. That is, until she heals a devil that belongs to the Gremory Clan and befriends Rias...
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Look for yourself. (slightly NSFW)
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: When not in sadist mode, Akeno comes off as a ideal Japanese woman due to her long black hair and gentle smile. Not to mention she is a great cook like Asia and Rias and her politeness and devotion to Issei and her teammates. In fact, Issei refers to her as such when he first saw her in the club building in Volume 1. However, Akeno has a fragile personality as she "depends" on men due to her sad past.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: She is a Human/Fallen Angel hybrid turned Demon.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: After Shuri's death, Akeno's unable to return to her family due to her Fallen Angel blood.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In one of the anime endings, her hair is changed to dark blue.
  • You're Not My Father: Unlike Issei, who easily forgives Azazel for his past actions, Akeno is unwilling to forgive Baraqiel for not being able to save Shuri and understandably refuses to think of him as her father. Fortunately with Issei's help, they reconcile by Volume 7.

    Asia Argento 

President Asia Argento

See her entry on the Issei's Peerage page.
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    Yuto Kiba 

Vice-President Yuto Kiba

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Role: Knight
Species: Modified Human / Reincarnated Devil
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (Japanese) and Sean O'Connor (English)

I seriously won’t know what will happen when I am within this group.

Yuto Kiba is the school prince of Kuoh Academy and Issei's self-proclaimed best friend. He was the lone survivor of a failed project which used a group of children to wield holy swords, and swore revenge on those who disposed of him and his friends.


  • Ambiguously Gay: A lot of his later interaction with Issei puts his true sexuality in question (at least in the latter's head).
  • An Arm and a Leg: In Volume 12, Siegfried cuts off his left arm, but Koneko, Ravel, and Asia help reattach it.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Apologizes to his enemies whenever Issei breaks out a new perverted technique, much to the latter's frustration.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He is a Master Swordsman and eventually gets promoted to the Club's Vice-President by the end of Volume 20.
  • The Atoner: For participating in the Holy Sword Project in which his friends were killed during the experiments.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: In one Volume 13 short story, to Issei's horror, he realizes "Yumi" is his type of girl.
  • Beauty Mark: He has one under his left eye.
  • Bishōnen: He's the pretty boy of the group. Lampshaded by Issei himself, who nicknames him "Pretty Boy Prince".
  • Bond One-Liner: Delivers an epic one to Freed, after impaling the latter's head with his sword. Issei grudgingly admits how cool it sounded.
    Kiba: "You can continue howling to the Grim Reaper in Hell."
  • Broken Ace: Has lots of fangirls compared to the unpopular Issei, plus he is intelligent and quite powerful. Despite his cool appearance, it is shown in Volume 3 that Kiba has an obsession with revenge, which makes him hot-tempered and irrational.
  • Broken Bird: Kiba is a male example, in which he still feels the pain of being experimented upon back during his childhood, even well into adolescence.
  • Broken Hero: He is a calm, confident and skillful Knight. His perpetual smile and collected demeanor hide the fact that he is the only survivor of the Church's Excalibur experiments, who were so brutal that left him traumatized and killed all his friends when he was a mere child and to top it off, he is an artificial human without sense of self-worth; he is so deeply loyal to Rias simply because he has nothing else to hold on, something that Rias knows but is unable to fix. He admits to it in the Kokabiel arc. Though it gets kinda fixed with Issei and Koneko's friendship (with a healthy dose of Rias's Tough Love to help).
  • Bros Before Hoes: This is the counterargument to Kiba's Ho Yay tendencies. May cross with Bromantic Foil.
  • Chick Magnet: He's popular with the girls at Kuoh Academy. His role as Darkness Knight Fang in the "Grabbin' Dragon" show garners a lot of attention from young mothers who watch with their children.
  • Childhood Friends: With Tosca after he is reunited with her as one of the survivors of the Holy Sword project.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His participation in "The Holy Sword Project" caused him to become disillusioned with the Holy Swords in general.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was originally called Isaiah, and was taken in by the Church and was chosen to be a part of a project called "The Holy Sword Project" supervised by Valper Galilei which led to the deaths of all of his friends and other participants when Valper decided to eliminate them, resulting in the latter's hatred of the Holy Swords namely Excalibur. After successfully escaping the facility with the help of his friends, he finally succumbed to the poison he inhaled. Lying on the ground, he was then found by Rias.
  • Defrosting Ice King: During his initial days as Rias's servant, Isaiah was distrustful of Rias and all those related to her. One day, when giving tribute to his deceased friends, he was confronted by a stray Devil and fought a hard battle until his master, Okita, came to rescue him. After this event, he finally opened up to Rias and took up the name Rias thought of specifically for him, "Yuuto Kiba".
  • Deuteragonist: Half of the series's point of view is through his eyes whenever Issei is not available.
  • Dual Wielding: And sometimes, triple wielding.
  • Elemental Powers: His swords can do this.
  • An Ice Person: Flame Delete
  • Casting a Shadow: Holy Eraser
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: His holy demonic swords, which are compared to a glitch.
    • Took this trope literally in Volume 12 when he briefly wields Issei's Ascalon, a holy sword, and Siegfried's Gram, a demonic sword.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He starts as a nameless orphan who eventually becomes a Master Swordsman and a devil for the Occult Research Club.
  • Fragile Speedster: By his own admission. And Issei points out later that Kiba's not blocking his attacks anymore whenever they spar.
  • Gender Bender: In one Volume 13 short story, the group (minus Issei) underwent a gender change via Azazel's gender-swapping raygun.
  • Handicapped Badass: Had one of his arms sliced off by Siegfried. He still kept on going, especially after Siegfried pushed his buttons.
  • Heartbroken Badass: The loss of his friends in the Holy Sword Project sent him into a Heroic BSoD.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He uses swords as his primary weapons.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: It is noted that Kiba does show some interest in the opposite sex, he just considers his friendship with Issei more important.
  • Hidden Depths: He owns a cooking vlog, called "Handsome Dude Does Cooking", that he manages in his spare time. Predictably, it's very popular among females.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During his spar with Xenovia in Volume 3, his anger toward the Excalibur fragments she and Irina were wielding leads to him irrationally whipping out a BFS for brute force. Xenovia easily defeats him afterwards, pointing out that creating such a large sword cut down his vaunted speed.
  • Idiot Hair: Easy to miss, but he does have a strand.
  • I Owe You My Life: After Issei rescues him, he becomes indebted.
  • It's Personal: He wants to avenge his friends deaths due to them being killed in the Holy Sword project.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Has this relationship with Koneko.
  • Master Swordsman: He attained the title of Shihan (Assistant Grand Master) courtesy of his mentor, Okita Soji's Tennen Rishin Ryu.
  • Mentor Archetype: He trains Issei's children in the future, most notably Zen and Ex.
  • Me's a Crowd: His second Sacred Gear when it was known that a user only gets to use one Sacred Gear at most.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: While Yuto is very Ambiguously Gay as a male, when he gender bends to Yumi, the attraction towards Issei is that much more apparent.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Unlike Issei, Yuuto's body is very muscular and fit from the start, plus he wears a pretty tight speedo when swimming or at the beach.
  • Nice Guy: Despite Issei's initial rudeness towards him, he still is as polite and encourages Issei more so than the rest of the Occult Club with the exception of Rias.
  • Oblivious to Love: He's as clueless as your standard shounen protagonist.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Yuto Kiba" is the name Rias gave him, he didn't have a name before that.  Before that, he is called "Izaiya/Isaiah" as his Code Name during the Holy Sword Project stint.
  • Only Sane Man: Considering that his fellow club members are a notorious pervert, a group of girls who'll eagerly jump over each other to appeal to said pervert's desires, and an (initially) extremely reclusive crossdresser, Kiba comes off as pretty down-to-earth in comparison. One noteworthy example is when the club members were spying on Issei's date with Akeno. He was the only one who didn't bother with a ridiculous Paper-Thin Disguise (like a hat with sunglasses, or wrestler mask) or trying to remain hidden, and waved a hand at him as if he was saying "sorry about this".
  • Parental Substitute: Issei's future children look up to him as a father figure due to always being there for them while their actual father is a celebrity and never home.
  • Playing Card Motifs: In the ending theme of the Season 1 anime, there's a playing card theme, and Kiba is shown as the Ace of Spades.
  • The Promise: Issei made him promise that if one of them dies, then they'll have to fight harder for the sake of the one who died. And then Issei did die (temporarily), making Kiba fulfill that promise.
  • Rank Up: After Akeno's graduation, Kiba takes her place as the ORC's vice-president.
  • Revenge: His reason for becoming a devil under Rias's service is to find and destroy all the holy swords.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Kiba can become very irrational when angry, to the point it severely hinders his skills. After learning his lesson, he keeps Issei away from this trope in Volume 20 when Qlippoth kidnap his parents and brutalize Ophis.]
  • Ron the Death Eater: A very rare In-Universe example. Darkness Knight Fang, the Big Bad of the "Grabbin' Dragon" series, is based upon Kiba. Hilariously, his devil fanbase turns it right around into a Draco in Leather Pants.
  • School Idol: Known as the school prince of Kuoh Academy.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He escapes from "The Holy Sword Project" once his friends are killed. By volume 3, he decides to leave Rias's team behind to avenge his friends' death.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: His Sacred Gear, Sword Birth, allows him to create numerous Demon Swords of different attributes according to his will.
  • Stepford Smiler: Throughout the first part of volume 12, coping with Issei's apparent death better than the girls, though he was still clearly devastated.
  • Survivor Guilt: Due to being the sole survivor of the "Holy Sword Project".
  • Switching P.O.V.: This trope occurs in several chapters of the Light Novels where the story is told from his viewpoint over Issei's; the switches are usually for chapters that aren't titled Life.
  • Trauma Button: Any kind of holy swords or mention of the Holy Sword Project will trigger an attack of PTSD. He gets over it by the end of volume 3.
  • Unwitting Pawn: For "The Holy Sword Project", which involved all of his friends getting killed trying to wield the swords.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Let's have a checklist: excluding Asia, his best friend is the incarnation of destructive power and all-around badass, his president and vice-president can mow down armies, his fellow club member can create explosions from her BFS, his two juniors, one capable of punching somebody so hard they get knocked out and the other being able to stop time, and his teacher can bombard enemies with magic. Him? Sure he can create any kinds of swords from out of nothing, but other than that, he mostly uses his speed. And yet he's the second most powerful member of the group. He lampshades that he's the only technique user in a group full of power-types.
    • This has begun to change after volume 12 where he gets control of Gram and the other demonic swords that Siegfried possesses. While he is their owner, user Gram puts a strain on him limiting his ability to use his brand new BFS in a fight, but he is slowly getting to the point where he will be both strong and skilled. In contrast Xenovia starts considering the use of techniques after volume 14 so she too might reach his level someday.
  • Wham Line: At the end of Volume 11.
    Kiba: "That day, we lost Issei."
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: His Balance Breaker, Sword of Betrayer, is both a Holy and Demonic sword.

Current Members

    Rossweisse 

Rossweisse

See her entry on the Issei's Peerage page.

    Issei Hyoudou 

Issei Hyoudou

    Koneko Toujou 

Koneko Toujou, born Shirone

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Role: Rook
Species: Nekomata / Reincarnated Devil
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese) and Jad Saxton (English)

...Are you thinking of lecherous stuff again, Ise-senpai?

Koneko Toujou is a nekomata and Kuoh Academy's mascot. She's in the care of the House of Gremory. Her real name is Shirone and she is the sister of Kuroka, who killed their master in self-defense after being subjected to experiments.


  • A-Cup Angst: She reacts violently when Freed calls her a "little girl." She goes into a chilling Tranquil Fury when she hears Issei praise a demon plant which produces fruit that makes women's breasts bigger. She explains that she feels this way about herself when offering to restore Issei's lifespan with senjutsu via sex.
  • Adaptational Curves: In Hero, Koneko is significantly bustier than the original light novels, manga or the first three seasons of the anime.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: She is afraid of using her Nekomata powers because she fears they will go out of control like it happened with her sister (or so she thinks).
  • Animal Jingoism: She has a cat motif, while Ravel has a bird motif; cats and birds generally get along poorly.
  • Animal Motifs: As part of her cat motif, her true form has a tail and cat ears.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: In volume 3, she states that not being looked at pervertedly gives her complex feelings.
  • Babies Ever After: In the future, she has a daughter with Issei, named Shirayuki.
  • Badass Adorable: She may be adorable, but she has some fight left in her.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not mistake her for a little girl or she will resort to smashing you to the ground, as Freed found out the hard way.
    • Whenever she sees students do perverted antics, Koneko resorts to beating the crap out of them.
    • Anything that reminds Koneko of Ravel will immediately set her off, at first.
  • Big Eater: She's nearly always seen snacking, to the point people worry when she goes a whole train ride without a bite to eat. Despite this, she maintains a tiny frame. Those feats of insane strength must be pretty good at burning calories.
  • Boobs of Steel: In Shirone Mode she ages up and winds up looking alot like her sister except with white hair.
  • Broken Bird: After her sister (allegedly) went berserk and killed her master, she was hunted down out of fear that she’d also lose control of herself. Rias saved her by making her part of her peerage, but her pursuers as well as her sister’s abandonment left her near emotionless and afraid to tap into her natural Nekomata abilities for some time.
  • Can't Catch Up: This is a major part of Volume 5, made worse by how the only way she feels she can catch up is to use her Nekomata powers which at the time she was too afraid to use.
  • Catchphrase: Koneko says "You're the worst" whenever Issei reaches a new level of perversion.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: She may be a nekomata, but she has a sarcastic and witty personality.
  • Cat Girl: In thematic appearance as well as actual lineage.
  • Character Development: She used to get angry over any of Issei's perverted antics and invokes Pervert Revenge Mode on him. Now she gets fussy only when his perverseness isn't directed towards her.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Can get jealous when Kuroka, Ravel, or the rest of the girls get too close to Issei.
  • Crutch Character: She ends up as the weakest combat unit and eventually asks Kuroka for help to get stronger.
  • Cry Cute: The beginning of Volume 12, after a futile attempt to try to maintain her composure following Issei's temporary death.
  • Cute Bruiser: Don't let her cuteness fool you, she can still kick your ass when she has to.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: After losing her parents, she and her older sister, Kuroka, were later taken in by a Devil who reincarnated her sister as one of the members of his peerage. However, Kuroka's power as a Nekomata supposedly soon grew out of control, eventually causing her to kill her master and become a Stray Devil. Following the incident and the failed manhunt that came after, Shirone was sentenced to death by the Devils in hopes of preventing another incident like Kuroka's from happening. However, Sirzechs Lucifer protected her and left her under his sister Rias's care.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has a dry wit and often speaks in a deadpan tone.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially harsh to Issei, witnessing his determination and strength eventually helps her warm up to him, to the point where she falls in love with him and once suggested having sex with him.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Her reaction to Kuroka double-crossing her after she killed their abusive master is of utter shock.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Koneko made it clear that she was unwilling to forgive Ravel for causing trouble to Issei and Rias during their Rating Game, but they eventually befriend each other over time.
  • Fantastic Slurs: She often calls Ravel a "fried chicken princess" to the latter's annoyance.
  • First Kiss: She shares her first kiss with Issei by the end of Volume 24.
  • Glacier Waif: Contrary to her small stature, her status as a Rook gives her specialization in brute force.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Her mother was a nekomata, while her father was a human. However, nekomata offspring with humans are still full-blooded nekomata.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a black cat-shaped hair clip on both sides of her hair. One is from Rias, while the other is from her mother and contains data about producing Super Devils.
  • Hair Intakes: Befitting her cat motif, her hairdo has a pair of "cat ears". After her One-Winged Angel reveal, her nekomata form has actual cat ears.
  • Heroic RRoD: Her Shirone mode counts as after a few minutes she is exhausted. Although Azazel claims that with time, it won't be a problem.
  • Hidden Depths: She's a fan of rapping and shows it off to Issei.
  • Image Song: Jounetsu-Unbalance
  • Intimate Healing: She does this for Issei in order to recover his lifespan. The fact that she does it happily is a sign of her growing feelings for him.
  • I Shall Taunt You: She had no problems pushing Ravel's Berserk Button by calling her a fried chicken.
  • Jailbait Wait: Issei invokes this on her for her own safety, because were she to have a child with him at her current size, it would spell disaster for her and their unborn child.
  • Little Bit Beastly: In her Nekomata form, she grows a pair of white cat ears and a pair of matching white tails.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Mostly in regards to Issei's perversion.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Koneko's is the Masculine Girl to Gasper Feminine Boy. Koneko is the Pintsized Powerhouse while Gasper is the crossdress.
  • Mating Season Mayhem: Goes into heat just like a cat. Unusually for the trope, the fact this is her instinctively trying to get pregnant is actually addressed and, with her tiny frame, acknowledged as a bad thing.
  • Meaningful Rename: In Volume 24, she takes back her original name Shirone but keeps her surname Toujou and she still uses Koneko as another name.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Played with. She actually seems to enjoy letting her catlike side out and using meows now and then, but suppressed it out of fear over her powers. Despite coming to terms with herself, she still only lets them show in private in front of Issei.
  • Mystical White Hair: Her white hair hints at her supernatural nature as a Nekomata.
  • The Napoleon: She might be 138 cm/4'6'', but she is a Rook, can have a snarkish personality and isn't someone you want to mess with.
  • Older Than She Looks: Just like all the devils reincarnated before the series began, but she gets bonus points for looking like a particularly small underclassman.
  • One Head Taller: With Issei, who is 170 cm/5'7'', while she's only 138 cm/4'6''.
  • One-Winged Angel: Wherever necessary, Koneko can transform into her true form: a less humanoid nekomata form with cat ears and white tails.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Koneko isn't her real name, rather it's Shirone.
  • Parental Abandonment: She and Kuroka lost their parents as children. Volume 24 reveals that it was even worse than that, and their father really never even aknowledged them as his children, but rather thought of them no more than as kittens a pet cat may have.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: She has limited tolerance for Issei's perverted nature because she's well aware of his antics. She grows out of it though once she falls in love with him. She even wanted to help recover his pervertedness when he lost it because she didn't want him to lose interest in her.
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Once again, Ayana Taketatsu is associated with cats. As well as Jad Saxton.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Size inversely proportionate to her titanic strength. Justified because her Evil Piece is a Rook, which gives her incredible strength and defense.
  • Playing Card Motifs: In the ending theme of the anime's first season, Koneko is shown as the Jack.
  • The Quiet One: She usually doesn't talk and if she does is to snark.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives one to Ravel in volume 10 when, after they meet again, she reminds her of what she did to Issei and Rias. This doesn't sit well with Ravel.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Pale skin, short silver hair, golden eyes, petite, is not human, appears cold and soft-spoken and eventually warms up to the main character.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Kuroka. They even have contrasting hair colors.
  • Soul Power: Senjutsu in a nutshell. It's not as destructive as demonic power or magic, but can slip past the opponent's defenses and damage their life force.
  • The Stoic: Speaks in a deadpan tone, usually preceeded by ellipses in the light novels, and most events don't impact her much.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She appears cold, distant and snarky. However, she is a sweet girl once you gain her trust.
  • Super Mode: "Shirone Mode" in volume 16, in more ways than one.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: She has golden eyes and she is a Nekomata.
  • Super Strength: Contrasted strongly with her build.
  • Sweet Tooth: Least in the anime, she's fairly often seen nibbling on snacks. Mentioned when the Club are off to the faction meeting, and Koneko prepared a box of snacks while she and Gasper wait - Issei privately thinks they're all for her.
  • Title Drop: When trying to name the organization that will fight against Rizevim Lucifer's group, she names it the D×D.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She is the smallest character in the main cast, at least until she is joined in this position by Ravel, Gasper and Ophis.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Koneko is the Tomboy to Ravel's girly girl.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ravel; their relationship is compared to a cat and a bird, as pointed out by Azazel.
  • When She Smiles: Koneko is so cute that every home should have one. See for yourself.
  • Willfully Weak: Her older sister Kuroka killed their master. Not wanting to become like her, Shirone sealed most of her powers until Issei convinces her otherwise.
  • Youkai: She is a nekomata.

    Irina Shido 

Irina Shido

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Role: Ace of Spades
Species: Human / Reincarnated Angel
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (Japanese) and Kristi Kang (English)

Amen!

Irina Shido is Issei's childhood friend and an exorcist of the Catholic Church. She returns to Japan to look for the Excalibur swords alongside Xenovia. At first, she doesn't like the idea that Issei is now a devil but comes to terms with later. At some point after learning the truth about God, she leaves the Church and joins Michael as an angel under the designation of "Ace of Spades" and after Issei rescues Asia from Diodora, she joins the Occult Research Club.


  • Ambadassador: Even after becoming an Angel, she often helps the Occult Research Club establish diplomatic relationships. When negotiations in finding the Excalibur go south, she's not afraid to fight enemies that may attack, such as when Kokabiel attacks Kuoh Academy.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Irina often calls Issei "Darling".
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: Her relationship with Issei is an In-Universe, literal example of this.
  • Babies Ever After: In the future, she has a son with Issei, named Shin.
  • Badass Cape: She wears a long cape just like Xenovia.
  • Berserk Button: She used to laugh it off, but now she gets upset when someone puts "Self-Proclaimed" in front of any of her titles. Especially angel and childhood friend.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Brings a projector that contains the Breast Dragon song Issei had to rehearse to snap him out of his Juggernaut Drive.
  • Black and White Morality: For a while, her thought process was "church good, heretics, fallen angels, and demons bad." It was to the point where she happily called Asia a heretic when they first met to Issei's understandable anger. Fortunately, she learned to perceive more grays eventually.
  • Bokukko: Probably helped contribute to Issei's misconception about her gender in the past. She currently uses "watashi" though.
  • Boyish Short Hair: As a child, she had very short hair.
  • But I Would Really Enjoy It: She would jump on Issei's groin in a second flat, but her status as an Angel would lead to her fall in case she outwardly expresses her carnal desires. Archangel Michael tried to circumvent this by creating a special room to let express her lust, but that only almost worked.
  • Celibate Heroine: She tries to stick to this trope as explained above, due to the Church's teachings about sexuality as well as the risk of becoming a fallen angel if she lets her urges show. Once she's given a special room that removes this risk, she pursues Issei as aggressively as the other girls in his harem.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: During Rias' Rating Game against Riser, the latter's Knight Karlamine caught Kiba's attention when she recalls fighting a Holy Sword user, who were targeted for his revenge at the time. During the rematch in a short story, that Holy Sword user is revealed to be Irina, who assists Riser's team to fight Xenovia.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She is in love with her childhood friend Issei.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Like Asia and Xenovia, she doesn't understand the aspects of reality.
  • The Coats Are Off: Like Xenovia, she takes off her cape when she gets ready for battle.
  • Comically Missing the Point: What does she say when she sees Issei groping both Xenovia and Asia in a shed in volume 6?
    Irina: "G... Go do it on a bed! This is too dirty, and the hygiene is terrible in this place!"
  • Cool Sword:
    • She uses an artificial version of Kiba's Holy-Demonic Sword as her preferred weapon.
    • She later gets Hauteclere, the sword wielded by the friend of Durandal's original wielder.
  • Enemy Mine: Despite being initially opposed to Devils and Fallen Angels as an exorcist, she and Xenovia still team up with the Occult Research Club to hunt down the Excalibur fragments.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: She didn't react well when her partner Xenovia left the Church and reincarnated into a Devil. Fortunately, they patch things up when she learns that Xenovia had no choice but to leave the Church after learning highly confidential information.
  • Fangirl: She and Issei used to be Super Sentai fans to the point she would pose just to mimic her favorite heroes. She's pleased when her childhood friend gets to have a TV series of his own.
  • Fanservice Model: As of Volume 2 of Shin High School D×D, she's featured on a Gremory-owned show as an underwear model alongside Asia and Xenovia.
  • First Kiss: She kissed Issei back when they were kids.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: In Volume 14, Issei comments on how he usually forgets that Irina really is his childhood friend, while Xenovia uses this as a chance to call Irina the self-proclaimed childhood friend. Later, despite her inner conflict between sleeping with him and refusing to become a fallen angel, she mentions that there is a way for her to sleep with him without her turning into one but on the condition that their thoughts must remain chaste, among a few other things, while Issei comments how impossible it would be for him to refrain from thinking lewdly while doing such a thing. Despite all of this Michael supports Irina's love for Issei, having gone so far as to create an alternate solution for her predicament in the form of a room that serves as a sort of pocket dimension where the angels' rules wouldn't be in effect allowing she and Issei to have sex in there to their heart's content without risk of her turning into a fallen angel.
  • Forgotten Friend, New Foe: When they have first met again after many years, she was conflicted between killing or sparing Issei, since she's an exorcist and he's a devil (as well as an extreme pervert). After the Peace Conference, however, this is no longer an issue.
  • In the Hood: Her white cape features a hood like Xenovia's, until she ditches it after she becomes an angel.
  • I Shall Taunt You: She and Xenovia mock Asia for her exile back when they first met in volume 3.
  • Light 'em Up: Using her light powers, she can create and morph weapons, akin Excalibur Mimic.
  • Malicious Misnaming: It's a sore point for her if people keep referring to her as a "self-proclaimed angel".
  • Marry Them All: Proposes to Issei immediately after seeing Xenovia do it, which apparently sets some kind of Rating Game proposal record. He accepts.
  • Master Swordswoman: She's quite capable of using swords in battles.
  • Morph Weapon: Her Excalibur Mimic, though she usually keeps it as a katana for simplicity. She later teaches it to Xenovia.
  • One of the Boys: She used to be a troublemaker like Issei back when she was a kid. So much so the latter was shocked when he discovers, many years later, that his "best friend" is a girl all along.
  • Pet the Dog: By the time she meets Asia and Xenovia again, she apologizes to them both for her actions towards them.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Self-proclaimed [title used to describe her]". Usually, it shows up as "self-proclaimed angel".
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: As part of her school uniform.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her twin tails go all the way down to her thighs.
  • Skewed Priorities: When she catches Xenovia and Asia getting intimate with Issei in a shed, Issei expects her to call the act dirty. She only ends up calling the shed dirty and tells them to Get a Room!.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Is actually in between the two characteristics. She's a girly girl to Xenovia but a tomboy to Asia.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: In the anime, she has her hair tied in a ponytail as a child.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Issei thought of her as a young boy given how she had very short hair and only realizes to his shock that years later, Irina's actually a girl.
  • Workaholic: The war in the EX future takes it's toll on Irina coming home late at night to collapse on the nearest couch out of pure exhaustion, to the point that she looks to be a future victim of Karoshinote .
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: A side story about when she first met Xenovia revealed that she was hesitant to seriously attack hostile humans, even if they were little more than mindless zombies after being fed upon by a Vampire. Xenovia's complete lack of hesitation to cut them down initially appalled her.

    Gasper Vladi 

Gasper Vladi

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(after losing it) All of you should be killed. I'll even devour your souls.

Role: Bishop
Species: Dhampyr / Reincarnated Devil
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura (Japanese) and Alison Viktorin (English)

Gasper Vladi is Rias's first Bishop and an extremely effeminate dhampyr who doesn't want to suck blood. Banished from his family as a child because of his powers, he is eventually transformed into a devil by Rias. He soon joins the Occult Research Club as a shut-in due to Rias trying to control his powers.


  • Achilles' Heel: Garlic is one of his weaknesses.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Born of a vampire nobleman and a human woman, Gasper is viewed as an outsider by vampires and humans alike for his powers.
  • Badass Adorable: He's cute but he can still kick ass when he needs to.
  • Badass Teacher: His number-one apprentice is Ernestine Galnstein, Issei's daughter with Elmenhilde.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He was kept in the dark about Issei's (temporary) death because it would be too traumatic. Then Georg just had the gall to taunt him about how senseless Issei's sacrifice to save Ophis was. Cue Gaspar losing it in a grisly scene seemingly ripped straight out of Hellsing.
  • The Bus Came Back: He was Put on a Bus after volume 6, but he returns four volumes later after Issei and his friends return from Kyoto.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Rias had stated back in Volume 1 that she had already used a Bishop piece when she revived Asia. He makes his first appearance in the middle of Volume 4.
  • Cowardly Lion: Normally, he'd be afraid to do almost anything without Issei's help. Until he decides to take a beating for Xenovia, and later when he flips against Georg.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Happens anytime he uses his Sacred Gear powers. And when he uses his true powers, Kiba outright narrated that his fight against Georg wasn't a fight at all.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Gasper's is probably the only one who can beat Akeno's past. How? His birth was very much troubled, having a fragment of Balor from the beginning by the time his mother delivered him, and she died because of the shock of giving birth of such an Eldritch Abomination. Then he and Valerie were exiled from the vampire society because of their powers and being considered as "different being", while the human society did so because they were still considered as vampires. Later, they are targeted by the upper echelons of the because of their powers, and has to constantly live under tight surveillance until Valerie were able to cover his escape.
  • Dhampyr: The child of a vampire nobleman and a human woman. He only occasionally needs blood (full-blooded vampires can't consume anything else) and can (but initially refuses to) go out in the sunlight as he pleases.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Taken Up to Eleven in the anime, complete with an incredibly cutesy tone that barely betrays his true gender.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Like Xenovia, he also made a brief appearance in the Season 1 anime's post-credits during the announcement for Season 2.
  • Eldritch Abomination: When he becomes truly enraged and enters his One-Winged Angel form, his surroundings plunge into the darkness he transforms into a living mass of darkness with several red eyes who can summon several deformed creatures which messily devour his opponents. It's later revealed that all this is the result of Balor, an evil god with a piece of his consciousness sealed within Gasper's Sacred Gear. He was born in a state like this, which understandably scared his human mother to death and cursed the surrounding hospital staff to die as well. His transformation gives enemies and allies alike a Mass "Oh, Crap!" reaction, but Balor, fortunately, treasures the Club as much as Gasper. EX reveals that he is able to contain the transformation and the darkness forms into a living shadow appearing from his body ala Shikamaru, subverting this.
  • Equippable Ally: In Volume 24 he becomes one for Rias called "Forbidden Invade Balor the Princess" which lets her use the same abilities as his Sacred Gear. It was inspired by Sairaorg and Regulus using Balance Breaker together.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: He somehow was able to collect fanboys despite knowing that he's male.
  • The Exile: He and Valerie were exiled by both the vampire and human societies.
  • Heartbroken Badass: When he finds out that Issei died, and when he finds out that Valerie Tepes, his best friend, is in a coma after overusing the Holy Grail.
  • He Is All Grown Up: In the future
  • Heroic Build: In the future. You wouldn't believe that he was once an effeminate crossdresser.
  • Hellish Pupils: Being a Dhampyr, Gasper's eyes are slitted at times, and plays this straight when he snaps and transforms after Georg taunts of Issei's (temporary) death.
  • Hikikomori: Of the agoraphobic variety, to the point that unless inspired by Issei, he will jump into a cardboard box he brings with him at the drop of a hat. Sometimes before the hat drops as well. Issei remedies this by giving him a paper bag with eye holes to help him with this, only for him to quip that Gasper looks like a pervert.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: He was born of a vampire nobleman and a human woman.
  • Male Gaze: Miyama-Zero and Ichiei Ishibumi sometimes treats him this way as if he were actually female instead of ludicrously effeminate.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Gasper is the Feminine Boy to Koneko's Masculine Girl. Koneko is the Pintsized Powerhouse while Gasper is the crossdress.
  • Meaningful Rename: In Volume 25 his Scared Gear gets renamed from "Forbidden Balor View" (The Evil Eye that Stops the World) to "Aeon Balor" (The Evil-Eyed King Who Dominate the Space and Time) when it becomes a proper Longinus.
  • Mentor Archetype: In EX, he teaches Ernestine Galnstein how to fight.
  • No Social Skills: Thinks cross-dressing is perfectly acceptable.
  • One-Winged Angel: Whenever he feels threatened, he can transform into his shadowy Forbidden Invade Balor the Beast form, which can engulf and devour a whole town.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: A cross-dressing vampire to be exact.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He looks like he wouldn't harm a fly until he loses it against Georg.
  • Sealed in a Person-Shaped Can: It's revealed that Gasper's version of Forbidden Balor View contains an actual fragment of the Irish evil god Balor from which the Sacred Gear takes its name.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Gasper is the Sensitive Guy to Issei Manly Man.
  • Shower Shy: He's very uncomfortable bathing with Issei and Kiba and even when Issei forces him to bath with them, Gasper keeps his Modesty Towel on. Issei calls him out on how unmanly he's acting, especially since Gasper wears the towel like a girl.
  • Shrinking Violet: At the beginning of the story, he's terrified of being around too many people. He gets better over time.
  • Stop Drowning and Stand Up: A brief gag in Volume 19 has him freaking out over being a vampire in water until Issei reminds him that he's only half-vampire and a reincarnated devil. Gasper replies "Ah, that's right" before standing up in the shallow pool.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Issei can't seem to think of him as a guy, seeing as he covers himself in a towel from the chest.
    Issei: "What a cruel reality!"
  • Superpower Lottery: There's a reason why his Bishop piece is mutated. And that's not counting what he can do without Forbidden Balor View.
    • It goes beyond that. It turns out that his Sacred Gear is an actual fragment of Balor itself, making it a Longinus level.
  • Story-Breaker Power: His ability is to stop time, lampshaded by Issei as "close to breaking the rules". On top of that, it becomes massively more powerful if he drinks even a drop of human blood. Luckily, for dramatic tension, he's Unskilled, but Strong (and even feared it for a long time).
  • Taking the Bullet: In Volume 10, when Xenovia's ability was sealed during the Gremory-Bael Ratings Game, he used his body as a shield to protect her.
  • Tender Tears: One of the reasons Issei just can't stop going Stupid Sexy Flanders over him.
  • Time Master: His future self-evolved Forbidden Balor View to be capable of using Balance-Breaker, which allows him to freeze time, travel through it, and send others through time. The exceptions are anyone of equal or greater strength to him.
  • Time Stands Still: His Sacred Gear, Forbidden Balor View, can temporarily freeze everything.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: While he stands at 150 cm/4'11'' tall, most of the girls in the Occult Research Club save for Koneko are much taller than him.
  • Token Heroic Orc: Once the Club gains insight into Vampire society in Volume 14, they quickly come to realize how loathsomely arrogant the majority of the race is, and are baffled how someone as sweet and shy as Gasper could share their blood. For quite some time, the only other pleasant vampire was Gasper's childhood friend Valerie, who is also half-human.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His decision after rescuing Valerie is to get stronger and later begins his training regime. He shows the results in EX
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Usually, the ability to stop time would be insanely broken (especially if the user has a Mutated Piece, which denotes incalculable potential). That said, hatred and fear of his power caused him to not train it for a long time.
  • Vampires Hate Garlic: Garlic is one of his main weaknesses, something Issei notes that he needs to get out of.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Gasper doesn't eat meat products, and he rarely drinks blood.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Nice, cute, feminine and no one would know he's a boy in a girl uniform if they were not told.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: He wears thigh-high socks.

    Ravel Phenex 
See her entry on the Issei's Peerage page.

    Le Fay Pendragon 

Le Fay Pendragon

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Species: Human
Voiced by: Minami Shinoda (Japanese) and Natalie Hoover (English)

Le Fay Pendragon is a powerful sorceress and the sister of Arthur Pendragon.


  • Ascended Fangirl: After Vali's team is pardoned of their crimes, she becomes Issei's contracted magician. And eventual Wife.
  • Apologizes a Lot: In part due to Kuroka always making a mess out of Issei's home when they moved in Volume 14.
  • Babies Ever After: In the future, she has a son with Issei, named Mordred, who despite having the ability to wield Collbrande, decided to be a wizard. Part of the reason the ten other children travel to the past is to avoid him being retconned out of existence.
  • The Chick: She earns a place on Vali's team due to her sorcery skills.
  • Cute Witch: One of the nicer members of the Vali team.
  • Fangirl: Of Issei when she asks for a handshake from him, revealing that she's a huge fan of his "Oppai Dragon" Show. Which she did in the middle of battle, mind.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blonde hair and is a girl with an affable disposition.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: She moves to the Hyodo Residence as a semi-permanent resident in Volume 14 alongside Kuroka. Much like Kuroka, though, this is not exactly innocent, as she turns into one of Issei's girls.
  • In Name Only: So far, she hasn't backstabbed her brother yet.
  • Nice Girl: She's the nicest girl you would ever want to meet.
  • Nice Hat: She wears a black witch's hat as part of her standard uniform.
  • Pretty Freeloader: Averted. She does help with the housework and does Kuroka's laundry.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: Her cape has a fur collar and pink flower patterns.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Starts wearing one from Volume 9 onwards.
  • Sibling Team: She fights alongside her brother Arthur.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Le Fay barely appears in the teasers for Hero — and for good reason, as she appears towards the end of the first half of the series to help Issei deal with Cao Cao.
  • Supreme Chef: If she's not around, the Vali Team defaults to cup noodles.

    Bennia 

Bennia

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Role: Knight
Species: Human/Grim Reaper Hybrid / Reincarnated Devil

Bennia is a half-Grim Reaper and Sona's second Knight. She enrolled at Kuoh Academy as a First Year student soon after Sona's graduation and proceeded to join the Occult Research Club.


    Kunou 

Kunou

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Species: Youkai
Voiced by: Sora Tokui (Japanese) and Sarah Wiedenheft (English)

The daughter of Kyoto's Yokai Faction Leader Yasaka, Kunou is a kitsune that meets Issei during his trip to Kyoto, requesting his help in rescuing her mother from the Khaos Brigade. She later develops a Precocious Crush on him, and proceeds to move into the Hyoudou House to be with him. She would later enroll at Kuoh Academy as a 1st Year student in the Middle School Division, and become a member of the Occult Research Club.


  • Antiquated Linguistics: She communicates in old-fashioned Japanese speech, highlighting her otherworldliness.
  • Badass and Child Duo: She's the child to Issei's badass.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her gold eyes match her blonde hair.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Besides fox tails and ears, she's a cute little girl.
  • Easily Forgiven: After attacking Issei and his friends by mistake when they first enter Kyoto, she apologizes to them. Luckily, they forgive her shortly afterwards and help her rescue Yasaka.
  • Kitsune: Like her mother Yasaka, Kunou is a Kitsune yokai, and possesses the ability to shapeshift. Due to her age however, her true form is about as big as a kitten.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: She inherits her mother's alternative fox form and her fire abilities, as well as her hair color.
  • Miko: She wears the traditional shrine maiden attire.
  • Mistaken Identity: When she's first introduced, Kunou thinks Issei and the Occult Research Club are the ones who kidnapped Yasaka. Luckily, they clear up the mis understanding later on.
  • Pals with Jesus: She become friends with Ophis, but knows her as a Dragon under the name "Phis" and is unaware she's the Infinite Dragon God.
  • Playing with Fire: Just like her mother, she can manipulate fire at will.
  • Precocious Crush: After Issei helps saves her mother Yasaka she gains one on him.
  • Sixth Ranger: She moves into the Hyoudou Residence in Volume 22, which was hinted prior in Volume 19.
  • Super Mode: Developed one referred as Beast God, hers is called "Koryuu" (Fox Dragon) because of her friendship with Ophis.
  • Tagalong Kid: To Issei, specifically after she moves into the Hyodou Residence in Volume 22 and joins the club as a Middle School student.

    Tosca 

Tosca

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Species: Modified Human

Tosca is an old friend of Kiba's and another survivor of the Chruch's Holy Sword project.


  • Childhood Friends: With Kiba after she is reunited with him as one of the survivors of the Holy Sword project.
  • Older Than They Look: She's around Kiba's age, but looks around 12-13 years old due to being in suspended animation due to her sacred gear.
  • Token Human: In a club containing Devils, Angels, Fallen, Yokai, Vampires, Valkyries, Grim Reapers, Magicians, and Dragons, Tosca is the sole member to be completely human, albeit one with a Sacred Gear.
  • Unknown Rival: Is completely unaware that Tsubaki considers her a rival for Kiba's affection.

    Ingvild Leviathan 
See her entry on the Issei's Peerage page.

Former Members

    Azazel 

Azazel

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Species: Fallen Angel
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese) and Phil Parsons (English)

Do you think a world without God is wrong? Do you think a world without God would decay? I am sorry to say but that isn’t the case. Me and you as well are both healthily living like this. The world moves even without a God.

Azazel is the former Governor-General of the Fallen Angels. First appearing as Issei's contractor, Azazel joins the club as an advisor at Sona and Sirzechs's suggestion. Towards the climax of the fourth arc, he and the other faction heads are forced to seal themselves away so they may do battle with Trihexa. Although he is still capable of contacting the others thanks to Beelzebub, his loss is mourned by the Occult Research Club, especially Issei.


  • The Ace: He's a Mad Scientist that reached several breakthroughs with Sacred Gears and created an artificial Sacred Gear. He's also an exceptional badass and leader of the fallen angels. To top it off, he's an extremely successful ladies man. Needless to say, he could be called perfect in every way.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: How he's described by Issei.
  • Ambadassador: He's sent to negotiate with the Three Factions for peace towards the end of volume 4. He luckily had his Sacred Gear with him when Katarea launches a full-scale assault on them. Then, in volume 9, he and Serafall start diplomatic relations between the youkai and the devils.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He chops off his left arm just before killing Katerea.
  • Artificial Limbs: He wears a robotic arm made to look like his actual arm after fighting Katerea.
  • The Atoner: Part of his reason for pushing for the peace conference is the fact that he still blames himself for the unintended consequences of his past orders, such as inadvertently causing friction between Baraqiel and Akeno when her mother Shuri was killed by her own family. When father and daughter reconcile, he silently thanks Issei for helping him lift that burden.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the Occult Research Club's advisor and one of the most powerful Fallen Angels alive.
  • Badass Beard: He wears a chin strap and is a Mad Scientist who can kick major ass.
  • Badass Boast: Azazel delivers one to Vali after killing Katerea.
    Azazel: "Now then, Vali. What will you do? Shall I go at it again? Even if I have no armor and only one-handed, I can fight with you adequately."
  • Badass Pacifist: The Club initially has a hard time believing that he's actually quite harmless given how much Fallen Angels antagonized them in the first few novels. During the Great War, the Fallen Angels led by Azazel were the first to cut their losses and pull out, and he makes every effort to ensure that war never breaks out again with the other factions, much to the frustration of Kokabiel and Vali.
  • Badass Teacher: He's the advisor of the Occult Research Club and teaches his fellow members from time to time.
  • Badass Transplant: Azazel replaces his missing arm he cut himself into a robotic arm that he's always wanted to try out.
  • Berserk Button: Anyone bringing up one of his previous inventions, the Blazer Shining Aura Darkness Blade, is bound to set him off.
  • Big Good: Even though Rias is the club's president, Azazel's millennia worth of expertise in training, Sacred Gears, and other mythologies means that the club often takes orders from him.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Like you would never believe.
  • The Casanova: To put it simply, he has a harem. A thousand of them in fact. No, that's not the number of chicks he made out with. He has a thousand harems — and he's made out with every single one of them.
  • Characterization Marches On: When Azazel was first revealed as the Fallen Angels' Governor General, he was depicted with an almost sinister undertone, and was established to be the one who hired Raynare to murder Issei. Later on, however, Azazel is shown to be an absolute fanatic when it comes to Sacred Gears, a goofball that his assistant Shemhazai has to threaten into doing work, and a rather kind individual. Even his involvement in Issei's death comes across as odd in hindsight as Issei's Foil, Vali, is not only a half-devil, but his surrogate son, making it seem odd he didn't just approach Issei and ask to study his Sacred Gear and possibly recruit him.
  • Combat Commentator: For the Ratings Game match between Team Gremory and Team Bael.
  • Cool Car: He also has an anti-Dragon missile and a Kill Sat.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The Occult Research Club initially despised him, since he was the head of the Fallen Angels who antagonized them early in the series and then suddenly introduced as their advisor on Sirzechs's request. Akeno was the most hostile because Azazel inadvertently caused her strained relationship with Baraqiel while Issei warms up to him fairly quickly with their shared perversions (though he's still often unwillingly subjected to Azazel's zany experiments).
  • The Gadfly: Azazel loves trolling Issei for the hell of it.
  • Genius Bruiser: He can kick ass and he can also study how to kick ass.
  • Handicapped Badass: He cuts off his own left arm to free himself from Katerea, then kills her by impaling her through his spear. Doesn't seem to faze him one bit.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A non-fatal example, but by the end of volume 21, he seals himself to help suppress Trihexa.
  • Incoming Ham
    "It's! HERE!" (After remembering Issei and Tannin's conversation after the latter accidentally summoned the breast fairy)
  • Ironic Echo: He warned Issei and the rest of the group not to make enemies of Hades. In volume 12, he, Sirzechs, and Dulio confront Hades to make a complaint.
  • I Shall Taunt You: He has no problems taunting his enemies to provoke them into fighting him.
  • Large Ham: When he has Rias "in hostage".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He finally gets his comeuppance after getting away with making Issei a Butt-Monkey, oh so many times, by the group. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: He's been hit by this, hard. In volume 21, it is revealed that though he's "enjoyed" a thousand harems during his life, he does not have a single blood descendant.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: He chops off his arm to free himself from Katerea. He's quite casual about it compared to most examples of the trope, and gets a replacement later.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: Although Akeno's initially hostile to Azazel, he admits that he views her as a daughter, given his close friend Baraqiel is her father.
  • Mad Scientist:
    • He's devoted to studying Sacred Gears, admitting that it's the only thing he respects his former God for after making him fall, and attempts to replicate the process with several artificial Sacred Gears. He got excited after seeing the Nemean Lion Regulus and demands to Sairaorg to bring that to his lab for studying.
    • The basis for replacing his arm with a cybernetic prosthesis, rather than, say, using his Sacred Gear research to heal it, is because he always wanted a robot hand.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He hacks off his arm using his light attack that supposedly is dangerous for him. He just brushes it off like it's nothing before he impales her with his spear.
  • The Man Behind the Woman: Raynare would never have murdered Issei if Azazel didn't let her.
  • Mentor Archetype: He becomes the advisor of the Occult Research Club at the end of volume 4.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He seals himself to duel with Trihexa.
  • Mistaken for Terrorist: He's accused of hypocrisy due to being a "terrorist" while suing for peace. Needless to say, he's not amused.
  • Mr. Exposition: Having lived much longer than the rest of the Club combined, he's usually the one to explain how things work outside of the Underworld.
  • Multicolored Hair: His hair fades to a lighter color at the front.
  • Not So Stoic: After seeing Rizevim, he destroys a wall to show how understandably frustrated he is at seeing him.
  • Parental Substitute: He's served as one to Vali for as long as they've been training together. However, it's Odin who officially adopts Vali because a former terrorist would publicly look better off under the care of a god than a fallen angel recorded as a villain in the Bible.
  • Powered Armor: He uses it infused with Fafnir's spirit. Unlike other Sacred Gears, his is only artificial.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: To Katerea, after hacking off his left arm.
    Azazel: "I'll give you an arm at least."
  • Really Gets Around: Over his life he's "enjoyed" one thousand harems. Not one thousand women, one thousand harems of women. To technically meet the definition, that's 3000 women, minimum.
  • Redemption Quest: This is his motivation for initiating the peace talks and joining the Occult Research Club. He clearly regretted his involvement in Akeno's life.
  • Retired Badass: Retires from his position as governor of the fallen angels, then joins the Occult Research Club.
  • Say My Name: When Indra reveals that he knows Cao Cao as a kid, he could only utter out "Indra!"
  • Spanner in the Works: He's the one who negotiated with the Three Factions to form The Alliance in volume 4. It leads to them discovering and fighting the Khaos Brigade.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: It is hinted that he dies in the future and Kurenai continues his research. So, more like "Sudden Spin-off Death Syndrome." When Volume 21 was released, many readers would have guessed that he would sacrifice himself. They were right.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: He confronts Indra — a god.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of all the Fallen Angels shown in the series, he's one of the very few good ones.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: After participating in one of Akeno's S&M plays.
  • Tragic Mistake: After sending Baraqiel out on a mission, which involved leaving Akeno and Shuri behind, the Himejimas decided to kill Akeno for her Fallen Angel blood. He deeply regretted this mistake.
  • Trickster Mentor: To everybody, but more on Issei and Vali than everyone else.
  • Tritagonist: If both Issei and Kiba aren't available or if the scene is a very serious matter, then it's usually through his point of view.
  • What Would X Do?: When he has a run in with Lilith, Ophis' clone he asks himself what Asia would do. He ends up offering her a chocolate bar.

    Xenovia Quarta 

Xenovia Quarta

See her entry on the Issei's Peerage page.

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