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This is the character page for To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts.
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese), Ray Chase (English)
"Beast Hunter" Hank is an Incarnate, and the former Captain of the Incarnate Solider Unit during the Civil War.
- Affectionate Nickname: He usually referred to his squad members by shortening their names.
- Badass Longcoat: His uniform is basically a white trenchcoat.
- Badass Baritone: Has a deep voice when truly serious.
- Childhood Friends: with Elaine and Cain, which is one of the reasons that losing one at the hands of the other hurt him so deeply.
- A Father to His Men: He deeply cared for all the Incarnates in his squadron, hence why it pains him so much to kill them now.
- Healing Factor: implied. Despite being a war veteran fighting on the front lines, and having been shot or wounded several times on-screen, whenever Hank's shirtless it's shown that the only scar he possesses on his upper body is from when Elaine shot him with one of her original Godkiller bullets.
- Heroic Spirit / Heroic Willpower: implied to be one of the reasons he's kept his sanity as well as he has.
- Hour of Power: the longer he maintains his werewolf form, the less chances he will turn back to human and his feral instincts will take over.
- I Gave My Word: the oath taken by the Incarnate Platoon: "Those who lose their souls will be killed by one of their own." It's why Hank is determined to perform all the Incarnate Mercy Kill himself, despite the anguish it causes him.
- The Lost Lenore: Elaine is this to him.
- Mercy Kill: After Elaine dies, he wants all Incarnates to die peacefully by his own hands.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: His werewolf form is typical for a normal werewolf, but he can turn back to normal unlike most of his comrades.
- One-Winged Angel: When Cain shoots Schaal, he unleashes his true form as the Incarnate Fenrir, a wolf big enough to crush fully transformed incarnates under its paw alone. However, the transformation comes without his humanity to control it, turning the beast into a true god of the apocalypse with nothing capable of stopping its path of destruction as long it remains active.
- The Power of the Sun: inverted. Hank is a rare case who can only activate his Incarnate form at night. This might be another reason for his continued sanity - he simply hasn't been forced to transform as much as the others were.
- Required Secondary Powers: Interesting variant. Because Hank can only activate his Incarnate form, Werewolf at night, and most of the Civil Wars battle were fought during the day, he became a superbly skilled warrior in his human form as well, in order to keep up with the rest of his platoon.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He has constant nightmares about watching Elaine getting shot by Cain, shortly after he himself was shot by Elaine. Being reminded of that traumatic event is his Berserk Button.
- Shirtless Scene: Hank doesn't wear a shirt underneath his uniform coat (understandably, given he'd rip it to shreds every time he transformed). So post-transformation or just whenever he goes to bed, he's in pants and nothing else. If nothing else, it shows that he still has a scar where he was shot by Elaine - and that he's incredibly ripped (which would also make sense, given his Incarnate form means he'd use his entire body to fight).
- We Used to Be Friends: He and Cain once were close as brothers, but it all ended once Cain turned evil.
Nancy Schaal Bancroft
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma (Japanese), Erika Harlacher (English)
The daughter of John William Bancroft who is killed by Hank.
- Action Girl: She can hold her own in a fight and use a rifle.
- Animal Motif: Schaal's trademark braid is fastened with a clip that strongly resembles a butterfly, and in the anime EP a butterfly leaves and returns to her hands. Given the butterfly's symbolic association with 'transformation' the implications are interesting, to say the least.
- Battle Couple: She has this dynamic with Hank despite not being in a relationship.
- Braids of Action: Has her hair in a long braid, and she becomes more competent as time goes on.
- Cool Big Sis: For the younger children adopted by her father.
- Lamarck Was Right: possibly. It remains to be seen whether Schaal has inherited whatever genetic condition made it possible for Will to become an Incarnate. However, it's a popular theory in the fandom as to why Cain didn't kill her in Whitechurch.
- Letting Her Hair Down: First seen this way when she starts understanding Hank isn't a remorseless killer. It also makes her look very similar to Elaine.
- Living Emotional Crutch: to Hank, to a certain extent; at least, it's witnessing her supposed murder at Cain's hands that sends Hank into his Fenrir form.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Variant - while she introduces herself with her full name several times, Schaal is only addressed by her middle name. Her reasons for not using the name 'Nancy' are unknown - however, her father went by his own middle name as well.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her braid goes all the way down to her backside.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In some media, her name is spelt phonetically, as 'Sharl'.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The anime gives her dark purple hair.
- You Killed My Father: She says this to Hank. She follows him anyway wanting to know the reason why Hank killed her father.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: When Claude commends her for killing her father herself after the hunt on him had concluded, she shows clear discomfort with both the "compliment" and how cheery he sounded when he said it.
- You Remind Me of X: Her Innocent Blue Eyes and strong nurturing tendencies (when she's not trying to shoot someone) remind Hank of Elaine. This goes a step further in vol 8, when she and Hank visit Ecole, the Incarnate's Research center, and Schaal passes out after hearing "the Voice of God" - just like Elaine did.
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)
Liza is an intelligence Agent who meets Schaal and Hank.
- Absolute Cleavage: The only time she zips her shirt is on a cold weather.
- Boobs of Steel
- Cool Big Sis: Towards Schaal. When she tries jokingly pulling Marshmallow Hell on Schaal, Schaal looks shocked, blushes, then just shifts her face a bit to use part of Liza's cleavage as a pillow.
- The Gadfly: Teases Claude by shoving his face into her ample bosom to get him to relax a bit.
- Hidden Depths: She might look like a silly party girl, but she's very good at her job; given the public's attitudes towards Incarnates she must be constantly talking people out of attacking Hank when the reader's not looking (particularly Claude), and she seems to be the one in charge of logistics and supplies for Hank (and by extension, Schaal).
- Ms. Fanservice: Well, duh. She has large breasts, shows cleavage and wears a miniskirt. Surprisingly Subverted In-universe however. While she is not actively looking for attention it legitimately bothers her that she's not getting any.
- Rapunzel Hair: If her hair curls were undone, it would probably reach past her waist.
- Southern Belle: Her accent in the English Dub come off as this.
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura (Japanese), Mick Wingert (English)
The Big Bad of the story. The former Vice Commander of the Incarnates during the war.
- Ax-Crazy: Due to the war, Cain is not only a major nutcase but has an Evil Plan to Take Over the World.
- Berserk Button: Don't mention his real name, Cain Withers.
- Big Bad Friend: He was once Hank's best friend, now his greatest enemy and a monstrous terrorist and murderer.
- Bishōnen Line: His Incarnate form is more human-like than other monsters.
- Blue Blood: He is the (now disowned) first son of the current Northern Union president.
- Cain and Abel: He's the Cain (fittingly) to Claude's Abel.
- Childhood Friend: to both Elaine and Hank.
- The Corrupter: Cain loves plunging others into evil and madness like him, especially Incarnates.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The only person Cain was seemingly ever close to was his mother, and he visits her grave with a curiously somber look at one point.
- Evil Former Friend: Cain wants Hank and Elaine be his friends again, only this time he determined to bend both of them to his corrupt, selfish ideals.
- Evil Is Hammy: And boy does he chew scenery every time he and Hank meet.
- Evil Laugh: His laugh makes Terumi look like Bucciarati. Or Po looke like Lord Shen.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Yuichi Nakamura and Mick Wingert, especially after turning evil.
- For the Evulz: Some of Cain's pettier actions, like brainwashing a prostitute and having her eat her friend's throat, are done for no other reason than his own amusement.
- Founder of the Kingdom: As part of his plan to take over the entire continent of Patria, Cain founded the Free Nation of New Patria, which is made up of the underdeveloped territories west of the Northern Union and the Southern Confederation. Cities and people dissatisfied with the old governments are slowly enabling this new country to grow, giving rise to the looming threat of a new civil war.
- Healing Factor: It's so powerful he can regenerate from having his entire upper half blown up!!
- Manipulative Bastard: Knowing that Elaine's death remained a very sore subject for Hank, Cain shot Schaal with the goal of triggering Hank's traumatic rage and complete corruption into a truly monstrous Incarnate. Cain also specifically designed Schaal's dress so that the bullet wouldn't kill her immediately, which meant that he spared her life for an as yet unknown, future scheme. He is also charismatic and savvy enough to manipulate others into doing what he wants, whether it involves persuading disaffected nobles to fund his ventures or convincing millions of people that building a new country is in their best interests.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Cain and he's Claude's evil brother. His assumed last name definitely sums up his sanity.
- No-Sell: He takes a blow to the chest by Claude and is impaled in the head by Hank, causing him to explode. He completely regenerates from this due to his immortality as a vampire.
- Obviously Evil: His first name comes from the first murderer in the Bible and his last name contains "mad". Its no surprise he turned out to be evil.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Cain's Incarnate model is 'vampire,' with no traditional vampire weaknesses, no seeming need for blood, and crazy superpowers.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Cain's rebellion is a blood soaked nightmare.
- Slasher Smile: He smiles like a madman when he shoots Elaine in the episode 1 of the Anime and later Schaal, provoking Hank into unleashing his One-Winged Angel form.
- The Social Darwinist: He wants all Incarnates to rule the world.
- Take Over the World: Cain believes Incarnates should rule everything and he's not about to let something as trite as morality or sanity get in the way of it.
- Villain Has a Point: Given that Hank and the Northern Union government offered only Redemption Equals Death to the Incarnates, and the fact that most people treated all Incarnates as threats to be destroyed at any cost, despite having won a recent war for them, Cain might be somewhat justified in his contempt and cynicism regarding ordinary humans. Unfortunately, this contempt has also resulted in him having little regard for everyone except Incarnates, making Cain little more than a megalomaniacal killer with a thin veneer of respect.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He is the leader of the newly-established Free Nation of New Patria. While the Northern Union still publicly considers Cain a criminal and a murderer, the Free Nation citizens are loyal to their new leader, helped by the fact that most of these citizens are disillusioned with the post-war Northern Union government.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He kills all of his sponsors once he has created enough Incarnates to reignite the war.
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese), Billy Kametz (English)
The leader of the Incarnate Execution Squad, Coup de Grâce, who wants to kill all Incarnates. And that includes Hank.
- Berserk Button: Don't mention his brother or his fate within an earshot of him.
- Blue Blood: He is the second son of the current Northern Union president. This relationship is the main reason why Claude was promoted rapidly through the ranks despite his young age.
- Cain and Abel: He's the Abel to Cain's uhm, Cain.
- Fantastic Racism: He wants all Incarnates killed, and that includes Hank, who wants to Mercy Kill all of his former comrades who lost their humanity.
- I Have No Son!: More like I have no brother towards his own brother, Cain.
- Nepotism: Somewhat averted. He is well-aware that his rapid promotion to major is largely due to his father's influence, but he still does his best to live up to expectations.
- Overranked Soldier: Despite being barely older than Schaal, he's a major who leads Coup de Grâce.
- Van Helsing Hate Crime: Cares little to nothing about if any incarnates still got their humanity intact and not hurting anyone around them, he will still kill them all without distinction anyway and berate anyone trying to defend them with spite and scorn afterwards.
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Allegra Clark (English)The creator of the Incarnates and Hank and Cain's childhood friend.
- Childhood Friends: with both Hank and Cain, which is why she trusted Cain to help her Mercy Kill the Incarnate Squad, and how he got the Incarnate process from her.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: implied during the flashbacks in vol 8 & 9. At one point in the past, Elaine heard "the Voice of God" while working at Ecole, the Incarnates Research facility. It's implied that this "Voice" drove her to switch from research into somnium to creating the Incarnate Transformation.
- Hot Scientist: A beautiful female scientist.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Despite loving Hank, she was willing to kill him if it meant preserving his sanity. Cain made sure she failed.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction when she realized overuse of the Incarnate transformation eroded the sanity of the soldiers, and would eventually trap them in their Incarnate forms.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She had waist length black hair arranged in a Hime Cut.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: played with. Elaine must have had a fair idea that turning humans into Incarnates wouldn't be good for them; however, it's implied that she really thought she'd be able to turn them back again afterward. She certainly didn't realize what Cain would do with the power she gave him.
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese)
- Co-Dragons: Alongside Miles and Roy, she's one of the few members of the Incarnate Squad who willingly joined Cain, serving as this.
- Meaningful Name / Mythology Gag: According to Greek mythology, Arachne was a weaver who challenged Athena to a contest, and was turned into a spider for her hubris.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair now goes past her waist.
- Razor Floss: Could create webs capable of trapping and cutting her enemies.
- Spider People: Her lower body eventually turned into a grotesque and gigantic spider.
- The Tease: She certainly liked to tease Hank about his relationship with Elaine.
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese)
- Chameleon Camouflage: Can turn himself invisible.
- Lizard Folk: Looks like a huge, humanoid chameleon than a Basilisk.
- Overly Long Tongue: He can also shoot his tongue like a chameleon.
- Starter Villain: In the anime he's the first Incarnate Hank kills.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He was the first of the Incarnate to be killed.
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana (Japanese)
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even as he lost himself, he still thought of helping his mother and the people of his hometown.
- Eyes Always Shut: When he was normal, which showed his generally placid temperament.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He worked well with the much smaller Beatrice/Siren.
- Rhino Rampage: Looks like a huge humanoid rhinoceros.
- Starter Villain: In the manga he's the first Incarnate Hank kills, but in the anime he's the second.
John William Bancroft/Nidhogg
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)
- Breath Weapon: Capable of breathing fire as Nidhogg.
- Friend to All Children: He ran an orphanage alongside his daughter.
- Gentle Giant: For a time at least, despite permanently becoming a dragon, he was the same kind-hearted father Schaal and the other children knew.
- Giant Flyer: He was the biggest Incarnate capable of flight in the squadron.
- Not Quite Dead: Despite being believed dead by Hank and Schaal, his body, now deprived of his sanity, reanimates some time after both left Rivulet Wood, going on a rampage.
- Were Dragon: Before his powers went out of control, he could alternate between human and dragon form.
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama (Japanese)
- An Axe to Grind: His weapon is a huge axe.
- Crazy-Prepared: Attempted to become this, as he wanted to do everything he could to assuage his fear of incoming threats. Ultimately, it isnt enough.
- Face Death with Dignity: Ironically, actually dying brings him peace, as he doesnt feel he has to be afraid of it eventually happening.
- A Load of Bull: Has some huge horns as a minotaur.
- Lovable Coward: Before his Sanity Slippage, despite being terrified about the possibility of dying in the war, he pulled through thanks to Hank's motivation.
- Mortality Phobia: Utterly terrified of the prospect of dying, to the point that it drove him to madness.
- Nervous Wreck: He was scared of everything and prone to panic even after becoming Minotaur.
- The Paranoiac: His fear of enemies drove him mad, making him believe there were enemies everywhere and that the war still raged on.
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese)
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Has tanned skin and dirty blonde hair.
- Gentle Giant: The biggest Incarnate within the squadron and the kindest one, as he went to great lengths to ensure there would be not a single human casualty as he made his way to his goal, neither intentional or collateral once the war was over.
- Healing Factor: He can eventually regenerate from wounds and make become even stronger.
- Hidden Depths: Turns out the one thing he wanted to see after the war ended was the sea.
- Kaiju: Behemoth is the biggest of all the Incarnates, even larger than Nidhoggr.
- The Quiet One: He wasn't very talkative. Even Hank admits he didn't knew much about him because he mostly kept to himself.
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese)
- Knight Templar: His sense of justice degraded into a desire to punish the wicked and free them from sin, until it turned into a All Crimes Are Equal mentality.
- Large Ham: He was quite bombastic in order to motivate his companions.
- Our Gargoyles Rock: Looks like a typical, stone-skinned, winged gargoyle.
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Tara Sands (English)
- Actual Pacifist: Due to how her powers manifest as an Incarnate, she actually doesn't even have a body-count, neither from the war or post-war times, only leaving targets open for the finishing blow from her allies. Even when going off the rails in one moment of her Despair Event Horizon when giving in to her incarnate-instincts, none actually dies from her actions in the aftermath. Even so, she fully acknowledge that even if she never committed the deed herself, she still carries the blood of the casualties on her hands/(wings), much to her deep regret.
- Cute Monster Girl: Her Siren appearance remains beautiful, even with the wings and fish's tail.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Another use for her amazing vocal cords, leaving those affected wide-open for a follow-up strike from her allies.
- Personality Powers: She worked as a professional singer before being recruited as an Incarnate whose manifestation turned her into a siren, fittingly enough.
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese), Ben Diskin (English)
- Blood Knight: Embraced the beast within, loving the bloodshed brought by war.
- Co-Dragons: Alongside Miles and Elizabeth, he's one of the few members of the Incarnate Squad who willingly joined Cain, serving as this.
- Hell Hound: He looks like a purple, infernal-looking werewolf.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: Often functioned as this to Hank during the Civil War, being the Heroic Dog to Hank's Noble Wolf.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)
- Co-Dragons: Alongside Elizabeth and Roy, he's one of the few members of the Incarnate Squad who willingly joined Cain, serving as this.
- Deadly Doctor: After becoming an Incarnate.
- Frontier Doctor
- Jousting Lance: His weapon is a huge lance.
- Mad Doctor: The hopelessness of being unable to save everyone in a war caused his sanity to break.
- Our Centaurs Are Different
- Body Horror: By ingesting large amounts of food Doppelganger could manifest a 'gestation organ' that would birth all his copies.
- Me's a Crowd: Doppelganger's powers. Though the copies were all inferior to the original, and would die quickly due to having underdeveloped digestive systems.
- Power Incontinence: The gestation organ, which Doppelganger could originally detach from, eventually took control of his body. By the time he is killed, Doppelganger could only watch as his body produced continuously degrading copies against his will.
- A Father to His Men: Was like this to the miners under his employ, which makes his return home as the bestial Griffin all the more tragic.
- Arc Villain: Of Volume 10
- I'm a Humanitarian: Notable that while there were other Incarnates who killed enemies with their jaws, or those like Sasquatch who were driven to it by starvation, Griffin specifically seeks out people to eat.
- Irony: The one most dead-set at returning home a human ended up becoming one of the most monstrous Incarnates.