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Ghouls

    General 
Humanoid beings that feed exclusively on human flesh, and possess enhanced physical traits. They typically live in hiding, periodically hunting human victims in order to survive. In turn, they are hunted by the Investigators of the Ghoul Countermeasures Bureau. Half of the series focuses on their viewpoint, and the conflicts between various factions of Ghouls.
  • Animal Motifs: Many Ghouls are associated with a particular animal, used as part of their cover when hunting.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: In the Tokyo Ghoul universe, both Humans and Ghouls possess structures called Rc cells, which are described as "liquid muscles" and can become as solid as teeth. However, Ghouls naturally have much higher levels of these cells than Humans. By concentrating these cells in a sac-like organ in their back, they can manifest a Lovecraftian Superpower called a Kagune, which is used for hunting and combat. The form it takes depends on the Ghoul's Rc type.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Their sclera turns black when they reveal their true nature.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: The Koukaku type either wields it like a blade, wrapped around their arm, or simply uses it as a shield.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: It is possible for a Ghoul that devours other Ghouls to mutate, becoming one of the rare Kakuja types.
  • Combat Tentacles: The Rinkaku type grows tentacles from their waist.
  • Cool Mask: Many Ghouls wear a mask when hunting or fighting, to protect their identities.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: It is shown that many young Ghouls struggle with the idea of killing humans, but grow into ruthless killers after their loved ones were slaughtered by Investigators.
  • Driving Question: In-universe, no one seems to know where they came from in terms of biological evolution, except that the manga suggests that they first showed up in the late 1800s.
  • Fantastic Racism: Ghouls are the subject of considerable racism, including the Ghoul Countermeasure laws that make their very existence a capital offense. In turn, some Ghouls view themselves as a superior species and look down on humans as inferior creatures that exist as food or amusement for them.
    • Playing with the justification of this for drama gives the series its primary moral. Humans are understandably terrified of ghouls but the question is constantly raised of whether this justifies killing them all in the name of human security.
  • Fatal Flaw: Ghouls are really bad at joining together for a common goal. This is partially because having too many of them in a group tends to make them stand out, as well as their Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors kagune make them reluctant to trust each other. As a result CCG-Ghoul battles generally have ghouls outnumbered 7 to 1. The Aogiri organization was created to avert this but their Social Darwinist nature and loose restraint on their more Ax-Crazy members cause them to be attacked by other ghouls almost as much as by the CCG.
  • Feather Flechettes: The Ukaku type sprouts what looks like wings, and can fire off "feather" darts to attack from a distance.
  • Game Face: When revealing their true nature, their eyes become red with black sclera.
  • Healing Factor: All Ghouls possess one, allowing them to heal from injuries that would prove fatal to a human. Multiple Ghouls have been shown to be able to regrow limbs, while the Rinkaku-type is noted for having the strongest healing ability allowing them to mend injuries within seconds.
  • Heroic Resolve: Where idealism or kindness motivates a Ghoul to action, Ghouls realize that standing by and doing nothing makes them feel guilty about what happens when they didn't intervene.
  • Horror Hunger: They can only feed on human flesh or that of other ghouls.
  • Human Subspecies: While the exact origins of the species are unknown, something Touka states she would like to study in the future, Ghouls are so closely related to humans that both organ transplants and interspecies reproduction between the two are possible.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Ghouls naturally prey on humans.
  • In a Single Bound: Ghoul agility is such that many are capable of leaping onto the second story of a building, or across roof-tops to get around quickly.
  • Instant Armor: The rare Kakuja mutation, which results from extensive cannibalism. These Ghouls can grow a protective exoskeleton.
  • Living a Double Life: Some Ghouls chose to live among human society, creating human identities and doing normal things like going to school or holding down jobs. Uta describes it as walking a tight-rope, with the proverbial rope thinner the closer they are to humans.
  • Masochist's Meal: All human foods, with the exception of water and coffee, tastes awful to them, and can even give them food poisoning if they ingest it.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: It's noted that cannibalism isn't uncommon among Ghouls, particularly in the more violent Wards. Some Ghouls frown upon it, particularly because their flesh is described as "coarse" or "foul" compared to human flesh, while others take pleasure in preying on weaker Ghouls.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Coffee is the only human food Ghouls can digest, and as a result many adore it.
  • Natural Weapon: All Ghouls have a specialized extra "limb" used for fighting or feeding, created from the unique organ located in their back. There are four primary types, with a rare mutation that can result in a specialized fifth kind.
  • The Nose Knows: A Ghoul's sense of smell is superior to a human, allowing them to track prey or identify another of their kind. Some, like Hinami, take it to extremes.
  • Our Ghouls Are Creepier: These Ghouls are essentially super-humans with a Horror Hunger, with numerous traits in common with modern vampire myths.
  • Parental Abandonment: The vast majority of all Ghouls are orphaned during their childhood, and forced to survive on their own.
  • Red Baron: CCG assigns aliases to Ghouls, with some happily adopting them with pride.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Their irises become bright red when they reveal their true nature.
  • Secret Identity: Ghouls are almost without exception cautious about protecting their identities, since CCG will quickly hunt down any Ghoul that has had their face exposed. Many wear masks and body-obscuring clothing while hunting, and are quick to kill anyone that discovers their true nature.
  • Super Speed: Ghouls, in general, are capable of incredible feats of speed and agility. It varies greatly from individual to individual, with some barely above the human norm while the strongest Ukaku types can perform a Flash Step .
  • Super Strength: Ghouls are typically stronger than humans, with even weak ones capable of decapitating another Ghoul or smashing concrete with a single blow.
  • Super Toughness: Ghoul bodies are extremely durable and are able to survive wounds that would otherwise be fatal for normal humans.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Although extremely rare, it's possible for two Ghouls with different Rc types to have a child that inherits the abilities of both.
  • Tail Slap: The Bikaku type grows a tail, considered the most balanced of the types.
  • Tainted Veins: Raised, red veins sometimes appear at the outer corners of their eyes when showing their true nature.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: The most terrifying thing about Ghouls is that they look perfectly human, right up until they reveal their Game Face. It requires lengthy investigation for CCG to begin building a case against suspected Ghouls.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Human flesh and coffee.


Anteiku Café

    General 
Anteiku Café is a quaint little cafe located in the 20th Ward, but actually an organization of Ghouls that control the ward and enforced peace there. Considered moderates or fence-sitters, they have kept the peace for the last decade and provide scavenged meat for those Ghouls unwilling or unable to hunt.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: They are about as pro-human as a Ghoul can be, discouraging excessive hunting or attacks on CCG.
  • Martial Pacifist: The staff of Anteiku are a peaceful and friendly lot for the most point, but also some of the most powerful Ghouls in the 20th Ward.
  • Monsters Anonymous: The cafe serves as a meeting place for the ward's Ghouls, where they exchange information or socialize safely with others of their kind.
  • Retired Badass: Excluding newcomers, everyone on staff is implied or explicitly stated to have been a powerful, dangerous ghoul before settling down. Of particular note are Renji Yomo and Enji Koma.
    • Yoshimura himself was once quite a terror, albeit a long time ago.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Yomo scavenges for suicide victims and other bodies, providing meat for the staff and weaker Ghouls that come to Anteiku for help.

    Ken Kaneki 

Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese), Austin Tindle (English)

Played By: Masataka Kubota (Film), Yūki Ogoe (Stage Play 2015), Ryo Matsuda (Stage Play 2017)

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"If, for argument’s sake, you were to write a story with me in the lead role, it would certainly be... a tragedy."
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click here  to see him after torture

The protagonist of the series. Kaneki is a first year college student, and after narrowly surviving a Ghoul Attack finds himself transformed into a Human-Ghoul hybrid. He struggles to find a balance between his two natures, and is taken in by the moderate organization Anteiku.


  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Kaneki in his deranged state, usually does a Shaft head tilt.
  • Adorkable: This is even commented on in-verse by some characters who find Kaneki adorable.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: During the timeskip, he develops from a mousy young man prone to wearing pullover sweaters or dress shirts into a confident and aggressive leader prone to wearing all-black combat gear with strategic cutouts. He also buffs up considerably, and gets rid of his medical eye-patch in favor of one with a stylized centipede on it.
  • Alliterative Name: Ken Kaneki.
  • All-Loving Hero: Played with. He expresses the desire to protect everyone, and realizes as a half-Ghoul he's the only one capable of seeing both sides of the conflict between the two species. However, after his Despair Event Horizon, his desire to protect others takes a decidedly darker turn. Touka eventually calls him out on his behavior, suggesting rather than wanting to protect everyone he's actually just terrified of losing people and is acting selfishly.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He's on more than one occasion thought of other men as "beautiful", while having outright romantic interests or Ship Tease with women.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: How the series begins, as Kaneki goes from a normal young man attacked by a Ghoul to a Half-Human Hybrid.
  • Animal Motifs: Kaneki is often associated with centipedes. He even upgrades his eyepatch to one with a centipede pattern. His kagune eventually end up taking a centipede-like form after the events in Kanou's lab, after he goes temporarily goes crazy due to activating his kakuja for the first time, gained from cannibalizing ghouls.
  • Anti-Hero: He develops a more ruthless personality after enduring ten days of torture at the hands of Yamori, becoming willing to do whatever is necessary to protect the ones he cares about.
  • Ax-Crazy: After being tortured for 10 days, Kaneki begins a slow spiral into greater and greater extremes of violence and madness. He reaches his pinnacle when he mutates into an incomplete Kakuja, babbling nonsensically about the various horrors he's endured over the course of the series while trying to violently murder Shinohara, who outright declares him to be the craziest Ghoul he's ever faced.
  • Badass Bookworm: Although Kaneki lacks the experience that other ghouls have, he is able to quickly process information and creates strategies. At some points, we also see him pull off moves because he studied them so hard from books. After he leaves Anteiku, he has shown to read martial art books to train.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: He starts out as a kind, gentle young man and an Extreme Doormat who doesn't like to hurt others. The hardships he suffers as a result of becoming half-Ghoul, along with his ordeal at Yamori's hands, cause him to become a brutal, ruthless Anti-Hero with a Pay Evil unto Evil mentality.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Played with. His ordeal leaves him a much more dangerous character, and he starts things off by EATING all of his tormentor's kagune, followed by systematically breaking half of another enemy's bones one by one.
  • The Berserker: While in his half-Kajuka state, he loses control of himself and viciously attacks everything in his path. He's barely able to restrain himself enough to only eat Shinohara's Quinque armor, and later is horrified by his actions.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: His kindness masks a frightening capacity for ruthlessness or brutality, especially after being tortured by Yamori.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: His battle with Yamori and escape from Aogiri took place on December 20th, ironically and appropriately his 20th birthday.
  • Bishōnen: Quite the pretty young man, which is even pointed out by others.
  • Bookworm: He really likes to read books, to the extent that his ideal date is a bookstore date.
  • Break the Cutie: After the operation, Kaneki's life seems to be a series of traumatic events. Just becoming a Ghoul takes an enormous toll on him psychologically and emotionally, but after he's tortured by Yamori he begins a dark spiral.
  • Break Them by Talking: Happens to Ken in two ways at the same time.
    • Yamori repeatedly tortures Ken by cutting off pieces of his body over and over while forcing him to recite numbers to preserve his sanity. At the same time he continuously lectures Ken for his peaceful nature and refusal to accept that as a ghoul he is a killer by default. This culminates in a Sadistic Choice between watching Yamori kill a little girl or her mother - but because Ken asks to be killed himself in exchange for their lives, Yamori kills them both instead, sending Ken into the second phase...
    • After witnessing Yamori's brutality, Ken manages to do this to himself via a hallucination of Rize, who forces him to examine his childhood without any nostalgia filter and realize that his attempts at peaceful resolution are meaningless if they only get other people hurt or killed - so he might as well hurt or kill others himself to protect the ones he cares about. He loses a large part of his self restraint and becomes far more dangerous as a result.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the finale of the Aogiri Arc, Kaneki decides to leave Anteiku and forms his own tight-knit gang in order to pursue answers about Rize, Kanou and others involved in his becoming a ghoul.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: He began devouring ghouls after the Aogiri arc in order to strengthen his ghoul abilities, which allowed him to become a half-kakuja. Notably, he was able to overwhelm Shinohara, and would have eaten him had he not barely held himself back from doing so.
  • Character Tic: After bring tortured by Yamori for over a week, he inherits his habit of cracking his fingers right before he gets into a fight. Interestingly, Yamori himself picked up the tic from the man who tortured him and turned him insane.
    • Hide eventually reveals to Touka that Kaneki touches his chin whenever he's being evasive or attempting to lie, something he picked up from his mother.
  • Childhood Friends: With Hide. They knew each other since elementary school.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: Expected, considering the training that Kaneki has been doing since he became a ghoul. You don't see the results until after the Aogiri Arc. He still looks as scrawny as usual with clothes on.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He endured over a week of torture at the hands of Yamori, and since then he's broken half the bones in Ayato's body and threatened Madam A with torture.
  • Combat Tentacles: He's a Rinkaku type. In his case, his kagune manifests as four tentacles from his midsection, just like Rize. His kakuja Kagune emerge from the same area, but he has six of them and they're shaped and act like centipedes.
  • Cool Big Bro: To Hinami. He even teaches her how to read difficult Kanji.
  • Cool Mask: It has one eye exposed (his ghoul eye, as opposed to the eyepatch he normally wears to cover it) and a false mouth that gives him a Slasher Smile until he unzips it.
    • When using his kakuja, another mask forms over his face. It features an eye-like structure on the middle of his face, between his normal eyes, and it has a jagged beak-like design going downward.
  • Cosmic Plaything: The universe seems to hate Kaneki, heaping tragedy after tragedy on him.
  • Creepy Centipedes: He becomes associated with them during the Aogiri Arc, leading up to Yamori sticking one in his ear as torture. After the timeskip, he begins wearing an eyepatch with a centipede pattern and later, develops a half-Kakuja form that resembles one. CCG gives him the alias "Centipede" as a result.
  • Creepy Monotone: He's had a tendency to switch to this during his more ruthless moments, ever since being tortured. He pairs it with Dissonant Serenity for an extra dose of creepiness.
  • Cruel Mercy: After beating Yamori within an inch of his life and devouring his Kagune, Kaneki refuses to finish him off. He instead leaves the other Ghoul weak and vulnerable, with CCG Investigators battling their way through the building and sure to find him eventually. Sure enough, one does eventually find and finish Yamori off in a suitably brutal fashion.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: So many. Early on, he shows his potential strength by leaving Nishio in a state that takes weeks to heal. Not long after, he suffers one from Tsukiyama. In the Aogiri Arc, he dishes one out to Yamori, in a case of The Dog Bites Back. Then he takes one from Shachi and finally, Arima takes him down with efficient brutality near the end of the series.
  • Cute Bookworm: He starts out as one, being incredibly shy and more comfortable with his books than most people.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: After he's captured and tortured for over a week, Kaneki abandons his pacifist ways and becomes a ruthless Anti-Hero.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: After his parents died, Kaneki went to live with his aunt. She became jealous that he excelled academically while her own son did not. She started giving him less food and eventually stopped feeding him, merely giving him some money so he could buy his own food. At the start of the series, Kaneki is a college student living alone and seems to have no contact with his aunt.
  • Death Glare: He's gotten quite good at it, to the extent that Nico compares him to Yamori.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Kaneki remembers his mother with extreme devotion and holds on to the principle she taught him, that kind people can tolerate any pain or any wrong done to them and still be happy, even as his aunt abusively neglected him out of spite. Although he resolves the Extreme Doormat issues this caused him, we learn in the sequel that his memories of his mother up to this point are rosier than the reality, as he has been suppressing memories of his mother beating him.
  • Declaration of Protection: He declares he will protect everyone at Anteiku, but his methods are.....questionable at times.
  • Determinator: He first shows signs of being one when fighting Nishio, and becomes even more of one after his ordeal.
  • Diagnosis from Dr. Badass: Kaneki gives Ayato a play-by-play education in anatomy while methodically breaking half of Ayato's bones.
  • Disease Bleach: His hair is bleached white after being tortured extensively by Yamori.
  • Dissonant Serenity: While other Ghouls tend to become more loud and aggressive when they snap, Kaneki has a tendency to be eerily calm while doing things like forcing Yamori to count by Sevens or systematically breaking half the bones in Ayato's body while naming them.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Quite literally, when he finally broke free and turned on Yamori. He tears off and eats several chunks from the other Ghoul's face, then uses the regained strength to beat Yamori within an inch of his life.
  • Emergency Transformation: The story kicks off with him being turned into a Half-Human Hybrid as a result of a life-saving organ transplant.
  • Enemy Within: Rize serves as this to him early in the series, as a representation of his Ghoul side and darker urges.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Including Tsukiyama and Hide, to name a couple.
  • Evil Tastes Good: He describes the temptation to give in to his Horror Hunger as "falling into hedonism," and has to struggle with how good human flesh tastes compared to the more humane options available to him.
  • Extreme Doormat: "Better to be hurt than to hurt others". After being told this by his mother, he clings to it as a motto in life and decides it's better to be a victim than to lash out at others. He abandons and completely rejects this notion, once a hallucination of Rize makes him realize his mother's inability to stand up to her sister not only killed her but left him alone.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He wears one to conceal his Ghoul eye, originally just a plain medical eyepatch. He later begins wearing one with a centipede motif.
  • Eye Scream: The victim of this more than once. Yamori injects him with an RC suppressant by jabbing a needle into the tear duct, and near the end of the series Arima stabs out both of his eyes.
  • Fatal Flaw: Protecting others. Initially, he attempts to do it by conciliation and submission as his mother taught him. Post-Aogiri, he is no longer a doormat but goes to the opposite extreme to protect the people he loves by isolating himself from them and constantly pushing himself to eliminate threats.
  • Fingore: Yamori decides to rip off all twenty of his digits over and over, because each time he does so, they regenerate. As a result, he ends up with bruised nail crevices and incredibly mottled skin shown in excruciating detail.
  • Flower Motifs: Numerous flowers appear in his visions, or in artwork.
    • Sweet Olive, as "Kaneki" and "Kinmokusei" are different readings for the same Kanji.
    • White Carnations, in association with his mother.
    • Red Spider Lily, in association with Rize.
  • Foreshadowing: Kaneki has a vision with himself in Chapter 140. While it appears to be a Dying Dream, it turns out that it can be seen as a visual metaphor for his memories starting to fade away and becoming an amnesiac.
  • A Glass of Chianti: The vampire variant, as a sign of his changed personality after the timeskip. While discussing business with Itori, he's seen drinking from a martini glass. Suffice to say, it isn't alcohol he's drinking.
  • Gaining the Will to Kill: Initially believing that it was better to be hurt than to hurt others, Kaneki eventually discards the ideology entirely, becoming more complacent with killing ghouls and humans alike.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: He gains these during particularly brutal moments.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Kaneki's Healing Factor is abnormally strong even for a Ghoul, allowing him to regenerate lost appendages repeatedly with little effort.
  • Gray Eyes: Initially, it shows his innocent nature. However, as the story progresses it comes to symbolize his strength of will and dangerously unstable nature.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human half-ghoul, though he became one through a transplant rather than naturally.
  • Hates Being Alone: Kaneki realizes in his hallucination after being defeated by Arima, that his desire to protect everyone he cared about was out of fear of being alone.
  • Healing Factor: His healing factor goes from above average to exceptional once he starts eating regularly, allowing him to heal broken bones within seconds. This is demonstrated when his leg is twisted around several times, and he simply whips it back around and snaps it back into place. In the end, his healing ability is so potent that he can get stabbed lengthwise through the base of his skull twice, and still not die.
  • Heroic Safe Mode: After he's knocked out by Amon in their fight in chapter 133, his Kakujya awakens and the fight continues.
  • Heroic Willpower: He brought out his kagune for the first time to save Hide from Nishiki.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hide, his Only Friend since childhood. He begins to slowly push Hide away after becoming a Ghoul, fearful of what would happen if Hide were to find out. Even so, Hide never stops looking for him and eventually when they are finally reunited, Hide reveals he knew almost the entire time Kaneki had become a Ghoul and didn't care.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: After escaping Aogiri Tree, Kaneki primarily feeds on other Ghouls rather than humans. He does it explicitly to become more powerful, rather than out of any altruistic intentions.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Is reduced to this at the end of the first episode, tears and snot running down his face even as he refuses to take human flesh from Touka, screaming that he's still human, not a Ghoul. Touka, who is less than sympathetic, eventually loses her patience and literally shoves a piece of human meat down his throat.
  • It Tastes Like Feet:
    • In the early series, Kaneki tries to eat ordinary food but his new physiology renders it revolting to his taste, a disgust which he describes with rather colorful reviews.
    • After biting a chunk of meat out of Yamori's face to revitalize himself, he declares that it tastes like "the intestines of a fish on the verge of spoiling."
  • Karmic Transformation: Kaneki expresses fairly typical sentiments about Ghouls being monsters, and finds himself transformed into a Half-Human Hybrid. His insistence that he was still human and not a "monster" like normal Ghouls quickly earns him a beating by Touka.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: When he first manifests his Kakuja form, he ends up stabbing his arm through Banjou's gut and beating the others up pretty badly. This event makes him take a step back, horrified to realize just how far gone he really has become in his quest to uncover those involved in making him a ghoul.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Yamori was a sadistic bastard who tortured him for ten days and planned to eat him; needless to say, he deserved every second of it when Kaneki broke free, ate his kagune, and beat him into submission.
  • Kill ’Em All: After suffering at their hands, he determines that Aogiri Tree must be wiped out entirely.
  • Last-Name Basis: Almost everyone refers to him by his last name, even his closest friends like Hide.
  • Laughing Mad: When Yamori puts a live centipede in his ear, Kaneki notes that he can hear someone laughing. After a moment, he realizes that he's the one laughing, having finally gone completely over the edge.
  • Locked into Strangeness: The moment he decides to stop restraining Rize's kagune, his hair suddenly dyes white.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: After being tortured, his pain tolerance has reached such a level that he reacts to most injuries with mild annoyance (at most) as opposed to the usual screaming or crippling shock. He even points out how in comparison to what Yamori put him through, things like a broken leg are nothing.
  • Mama's Boy: Kaneki adored his mother, and gained his gentle nature from her. However, he also harbors deep-seated resentment towards her for working herself to death and leaving him alone.
  • Mask of Sanity: Kaneki masks his enormous psychological issues behind a meek, shy personality. It isn't until he's forced to confront his own damaged mind that it begins to become clear just how unstable he really is. He's prone to hallucinating conversations with people alive or dead, suffers Trauma-Induced Amnesia, and is deeply suicidal at various points. His insanity is at it's worst during his tenure as the "Black Reaper", masking his fracturing psyche beneath an intimidating and cold mask.
  • Masochist's Meal: After hearing on TV that all human food tastes bad to Ghouls and can make them sick, he desperately cleans out his entire fridge in an attempt to find something edible... only to find himself continually running to the bathroom to puke. He's very relieved to find that he can still drink coffee.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: His sanity was greatly damaged by Yamori torturing him, as his increasingly brutal actions while cannibalizing other Ghouls takes a massive toll on his mind.
  • Mistaken for Romance: When going to a book signing with Hinami, he corrects the assumption that she is his girlfriend.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: As a sign of his growing ruthlessness, Kaneki actively engages in cannibalism in order to become more powerful. Tsukiyama notes the heavy toll doing so takes on his sanity over time.
  • Mood-Swinger: After the Aogiri Arc, Banjou expresses concern with how easily Kaneki swings between his normal, gentle self and a far more ruthless personality. That he can go from laughing nervously at teasing to calmly thinking about chopping someone's arms off to gain information shows just how fractured his mind has started to become.
  • Mook Horror Show: During the Anteiku Raid, he fights his way through numerous groups of CCG mooks. At one point, he disarms one and looms over him as a black figure with one glowing eye and a Slasher Smile. The mook promptly begins weeping in terror and loses control of his bladder.
  • Morality Adjustment: After his torture and resulting acceptance of his nature as a Ghoul, Kaneki begins a slide into Anti-Hero territory, becoming more brutal and ruthless in his efforts to achieve his goals.
  • Morality Chain: He keeps Tsukiyama in line, partially through threat and partially through Tsukiyama's desire to remain at his side. This desire leads Tsukiyama to not only give up his "gourmet" habits and betray the Restaurant, but causes him to hold back against Banjou and his followers.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Several times during the early stages of the series when he nearly does things that would have gone beyond the blurred line that defines ghouls and humans. At one point, he impales Yomo with his arm while in the throes of his hunger, and later on after developing his Kakuja he wounds Banjou and during the attack on Anteiku, he slices off Amon's arm.
  • Naïve Newcomer: To the world of Ghouls, with Yoshimura actively inviting him to learn about their world and come to understand them with his human eyes.
  • Nephewism: After his mother died, Kaneki was put under the care of his aunt, who basically treated him like trash. Said aunt was a gold digger who leeched of his mother's income and helped wear her to death.
  • Nice Guy: He starts out as a very kind young man, which earns him many friends among Ghouls. He remains this way.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: He comes to this conclusion, while hallucinating a conversation with Rize about his mother's fate.
  • One-Man Army: In the final arc, his mere presence during the battle is sufficient to begin turning the tide and leaves the commanding officers trying to figure out how to counter him.
  • Orifice Invasion: Is a victim of this during his torture at Yamori's hands, having a live centipede stuffed into his left ear. After breaking free and beating Yamori into submission, he pauses just long enough to pull the centipede out.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: His father died while he was still very young, and his mother later worked herself to death attempting to provide for her own family and her sister's family. His aunt took him in, but ultimately began to emotionally abuse him.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: After his ordeal at Yamori's hands, he adopts this policy, starting when he beats Yamori into submission and eats his kagune.
    Kaneki: Remember, you're the one that tried to eat me first. So you'll get what's coming to you... when I eat you instead.
  • Perma-Shave: He spends nearly two weeks in captivity, and is absolutely filthy by the end of it but never develops so much as a bit of peach fuzz from it.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Initially, he was moved around by events without taking action. This is deconstructed by showing the realistic results of such "neutrality". Kaneki grew up with a mother who was a doormat and tried to do good even though it meant it would be at her own expense. Kaneki took after her because he thought that her example was right. Not exactly. He's just remembering her as he wants to, until a hallucination of Rize reminds him of all the unpleasant things happening behind the scenes. His mother didn't stand up to people who were clearly taking advantage of her, and because of that, her income was constantly being wasted on a deadbeat relative and she worked herself to death trying to make ends meet. Kaneki grew up just as meek and feeble as her, unwilling to really get his hands dirty if it was for his or someone else's good. That's when Rize made him realize that he's actually not on the side of good- he's actually wedged in the middle and grown complacent with it. It takes an extensive amount of torture and the deaths of a couple to finally make him realize that if he keeps playing both sides, everyone's going to lose... which causes him to ditch the lily white mentality and dye it crimson red.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: He says this to a hallucination of his mother, finally admitting to the resentment he felt over her working herself to death and leaving him an orphan.
  • Prematurely Grey-Haired: Kaneki's hair turns white after ten days of extensive physical and psychological torture. The torture wasn't entirely responsible for the color change- it was Kaneki's conscious decision to stop suppressing Rize's kagune that caused his hair to whiten, probably as a side effect of letting the Ghoul aspects fully manifest and integrate inside him. It serves to also mark his shift to a more ruthless mentality. One eerie thing to note about the color white in Japanese culture is that it is associated with harbingers of death.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Sports one throughout his fight with Yamori.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Has dark hair and a very pale complexion. Eventually, his hair becomes white.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives a great one to Dr. Kanou, upon learning the truth about the doctor's experiments.
  • Red Baron: "Eyepatch" or "One-eyed Ghoul" Later, "Centipede" as well, though the CCG except for Amon thinks it's a separate ghoul entirely.
    • Even after 3-4 years of inactivity, in TG:Re his dreaded reputation among ghouls is still present, as when Haise went to investigate alone while wearing Kaneki's 'Eyepatch' mask. The ghouls he tried approach immediately fled on sight of the masked Haise
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Hide's Red. Also the Blue to Touka's Red.
  • Red Right Hand: A subtle one. After his torture and slide into Anti-Hero status, Kaneki's nails have turned black.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He sets off on one at the conclusion of the Aogiri Arc, having decided to destroy Aogiri Tree and anyone else he deems one of the "bad beans". It lasts roughly six months, before he's forced to realize how far off the rails his quest for revenge has taken him.
  • Sanity Slippage: Begins when he is tortured, and it just gets worse from there on out. Until finally, he breaks and goes into a deranged fit of laughter. At that moment, Yamori gleefully mentions that he "popped".
  • Scars Are Forever: He has a surgical scar on his lower abdomen, from the surgery that transformed him into a Ghoul.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Hide's Manly Man.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: After the timeskip, he begins wearing a form-fitting black battle suit. Its backless to allow for his kagune, though exposes much more than necessary — possibly because Tsukiyama designed it for him.
  • Ship Tease: He has multiple moments hinting at mutual attraction between him and Touka, who warms up to him as time goes by. Their time apart only seems to strengthen the mutual attraction, with Touka dreaming of what she would say to him and him wanting to keep her safe.
  • Shirtless Scene: Three instances throughout the series, showing the audience how he physically develops over the story. The first is after the death of Ryouko Fueguchi and he looks every bit as soft as Rize and Nishiki said he was. The second occurred at the ghoul restaurant, showing a little more firmness and definition, the early result of his training with Yomo and Touka. The third scene takes place after the Aogiri battle and a timeskip of several months; his body has become extremely muscular and lean.
  • Shower of Angst: He takes one after the death of Ryouko Fueguchi, having come to understand the harsh reality of life for Ghouls.
  • Shrinking Violet: Male version. Before the start of the series, he only had one friend due to how shy he was. He later grew out of it.
  • Smells Sexy: Zigzagged. While Nishiki complains that he "reeks like a female Ghoul", Tsukiyama and his compatriots at the Ghoul Restaurant find his scent utterly entrancing. This results in plenty of Perverted Sniffing from Tsukiyama.
  • Stages of Monster Grief: A major element of his Character Development, as he struggles to accept his new life as a Ghoul.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Early on, when he loses control his Ghoul side functions as this — he gains considerable strength, but also begins to behave more like Rize. He eventually embraces this side of himself, and becomes more powerful for it. His Half-Kakuja form later serves as this again, since the boost in power is accompanied by increased savagery and madness.
  • Super Prototype: He was only ever intended to be a test of the procedure, in preparation for testing it on Kuro and Shiro. Instead, he surpasses all expectations and Dr. Kanou refers to him as his ultimate creation.
  • Tarot Motifs: Most notably, XII. The Hanged Man, with the number "12" appearing in the artwork during several perspective-flipping moments. While he is also associated with VIII. Strength from early on, later, he gains further associations with VII. The Chariot and finally IX. The Hermit.
  • Terror Hero: As the series goes on, Kaneki is willing to use fear to defeat his opponents.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He becomes stronger and more willing to fight throughout the series, but the most noticeable jump in awesome comes after being tortured for ten days by the Aogiri. He becomes one of the most dangerous and powerful Ghouls in the setting after that. And becomes far more dangerous after gaining a kakuja kagune from eating other ghouls.
    • This becomes deconstructed as his ability to kick ass is proportional to his willingness to kick ass. As soon as he discards the pacifism he inherited from his mother, he becomes more effective in combat despite his physical abilities remaining the same.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After his ordeal with Yamori, he becomes a much darker and more violent character.
  • Tragic Hero: In the opening chapter, Kaneki states that if he were the protagonist of a story, it would be a tragedy.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Seriously, Kaneki has horrible luck. First his less-than-stellar childhood, his pseudo girlfriend turns out to be a ghoul and he gets so critically wounded that he needs a transplant from her dead body, finds out he's a half-ghoul and has a hard time transitioning...the list could go on and on. It gets even worse for him during the Aogiri arc, where he was systematically tortured for ten days and had a mental breakdown due to it. Can someone give this poor guy a hug?
  • Troll: In the omakes and extras, Kaneki has fun with Nishiki's tendency to compare everything to horse crap.
  • Uncertain Doom: His CCG file states that he was "Erased", leaving some ambiguity over whether or not he survived his battle with Arima. The sequel reveals him to be alive as Sasaki
  • The Unfavorite: His aunt despised him, resenting the way he made her own son look bad in comparison and projecting her hatred of his mother onto him. Over time, she stopped feeding him (leaving meager change for him to buy snacks with) and did spiteful things like throwing out all his father's books to hurt him.
  • Voice of the Legion: When his kakuja is active, he babbles in a manner reflecting his splintering personality and his voice becomes more resonant and guttural.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Played with. After being tortured, he emerges with white hair and a greater willingness to commit brutal deeds.
  • Wicked Stepmother: His aunt seems to follow the Evil Stepmother handbook in her treatment of Kaneki, being petty and cruel to him for the crime of existing.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: As Kaneki grows stronger, his sanity slowly disintegrates. This started after being tortured by Yamori and then continued as a side effect due to eating Ghouls. When he manifests his Kakuja for the first time, he becomes a rambling lunatic and Shinohara describes him as the most insane Ghoul he has ever met.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Virtually everything Kaneki's been subject to has turned him into a raving madman whose only desire is to kill any who oppose him.
  • Worthy Opponent: He has great respect for Amon, even asking his name the second time they meet face to face. Afterwards, he mentally pleads for Amon to not die after seriously wounding him.
  • Wrecked Weapon: He usually avoids killing humans, which is generally okay because his offensive power is more than enough to obliterate most of his opponents' weapons just as quickly. He'll also occasionally eat a ghoul's kakuhou rather than killing them.

    Ken Kaneki in √A 
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In the anime's second season, which partly follows an alternate route, Kaneki goes through many of the same events he did in the manga, but ends up experiencing some that are quite different too.


  • Adaptational Wimp: In the manga, Kaneki is able to unite a small group of ghouls under him (Hinami, Banjou and the gas mask siblings, and Tsukiyama) and proves to be a fairly competent leader and strategist, instead of merely joining Aogiri. In addition, he is able to briefly overwhelm Shachi and recover from being smashed through the floor, is able to run away after Amon and Juuzou destroy his kakuja (which he generally has control over), and Amon needs to use the Arata quinque to even stand a chance of winning (and even then, he still loses a limb for his troubles). However, in √A, Shachi easily defeats him and Kaneki does not immediately recover, Amon is able to destroy his kakuja unaided and the One Eyed Owl has to rescue him, he's seen struggling to control his kakuja, and Amon is able to fight him on equal terms without the Arata armor.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a trenchcoat during the attack on Cochlea, but sheds it once he encounters Shachi.
  • Body Horror: The result of his evolution into a Kakuja, with randomly twitching tentacles and Abnormal Limb Rotation Range as well as raised veins.
  • Bridal Carry: The main image for the series is Kaneki holding a sheet-covered body this way. The finale reveals it to be Hide, whose body he carries back to the CCG base camp.
  • The Coats Are Off: Throws aside his trenchcoat in preparation to fight seriously.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hide's death, with him burning Anteiku down and going off to attempt Suicide by Cop.
  • Evil Costume Switch: His battle-suit becomes this, adopted after he joins Aogiri.
  • Face–Heel Turn: At the end of the first episode, he joins Aogiri instead of forming his own gang. However, he soon returns to Anteiku after a while.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He appears nude in the opening, as well as a nightmare sequence.
  • Pet the Dog: He teaches Naki how to write Yamori's name, proving that he's still kind beneath his cold exterior.
  • Red Baron: He's officially called "Eyepatch" by CCG in this continuity, as opposed to it merely being Amon's nickname for him.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: In the end, his decision to join Aogiri to seek the power to protect Anteiku and Hide leads to nothing but tragedy. He sacrifices his sanity, Anteiku is destroyed, and Hide dies as a result of joining CCG to search for him.
  • Suicide by Cop: Implied to be his intention after Hide's death, with him carrying the body into the main field base of CCG and straight up to Arima.
  • Tears of Blood: He weeps a single, bloody tear in the opening. He weeps a bloody tear from his kakugan during the finale, when Hide dies in his arms.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Though working for Aogiri, Kaneki is subtle in disarming or disabling rather than killing humans. During an attack, he discovers an Investigator hiding in an office, but leaves without attacking or drawing attention to him. However, this mercy doesn't seem to apply to Ghouls....
  • Together in Death: Possibly.
    Let's go home...
  • Uncertain Doom: He's last seen facing Arima, with no indication afterwards what happened to him.
  • Used to Be More Social: He's become very quiet and withdrawn, offering only a few words to his comrades.


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    Touka Kirishima 

Voiced by: Sora Amamiya (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English),

Played By: Fumika Shimizu (Film), Aya Tabata (Stage Play)

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"Everything is ‘terrible?’ Don’t make me laugh. So what about me…for me, it’s been terrible since I was born."
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A 17-year-old high school student Ghoul working in the local cafe, Anteiku. She is helping Kaneki understand what it means to be one and the thin line between humans and ghouls. She is fascinated by humans, and longs to live a normal life among them as much as possible.


  • Action Girl: And how. Not only will she kick ass, but she won't hesitate to kill anyone who threaten her friends or risk revealing they're ghouls.
  • Animal Motifs: She is often associated with rabbits. She is also associated with birds due to her Ukaku Kagune that resembles a wing.
  • Anti-Hero: She can be quite ruthless at times, but she is really just trying to protect the people she cares about.
  • Beneath the Mask: She keeps up a mask of cold indifference or hostility, but is actually a very kind girl that longs for a normal life.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Making fun of her father as Ayato found out.
    • Never suggest that Ghouls are monsters in front of her. Kaneki doing this earned him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Book Dumb: Her grades aren't the best. Though it doesn't help that she never went to elementary school.
  • Broken Bird: She had a difficult childhood, having lost her parents, been sold out to the CCG by a neighbor, and living on the streets before showing up at Anteiku. As a result, she initially has No Sympathy for Kaneki bemoaning how his transformation into a Half-Human Hybrid has ruined his life:
    Touka: "Everything is 'terrible?' Don’t make me laugh. So what about me…for me, it’s been terrible since I was born."
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Ayato's Cain.
  • Character Development: She undergoes quite a bit. At first, being a very aggressive young woman finding it justified to murder any dove to a woman that desires an understanding between the differences between ghouls and humans. She becomes much more calm minded and open about her emotions.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards Hinami, whom she more or less acts as guardian for. She tried to be one for her brother, Ayato, but it...didn't work out, suffice to say.
  • Cool Mask: Well, at least if you like rabbits.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She gave one hell of one to Tsukiyama.
    • And suffered one to Ayato
  • Death Glare: She's a master at these either for comedy or drama.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Her father, Arata was a kind and loving father, that tried to teach them the importance of living with humans. He was killed by the Doves. And her mother was killed in much the same way.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She is cold and rude to Kaneki at first. Actively trying to avoid him, but slowly warms up to him over time. She even wants to go with him when he decides to leave after the Aogiri Arc but he encourages her to stay and take her entrance exams so that she can go on to college and keep leading a normal life.
  • Despair Event Horizon: She crosses in the end of the first series as Anteiku is torn down, she is forced to flee for her life and Kaneki is missing
  • Determinator: Every one of her fights end with her bloody. But she never gives up.
  • The Dreaded: All Ghouls acknowledge how dangerous Touka is, and even Tsukiyama will admit how terrifying she can be at full power.
  • Flash Step: At full speed, she more or less teleports.
  • Flechette Storm: Her kagune's primary attack is firing off a massive amount of shards at her opponents.
  • Fragile Speedster: Her type is noted to be exceptionally fast, but not very tough.
  • Freakiness Shame: When Nishiki's girlfriend Kimi sees Touka's kagune, she thinks Touka looks beautiful. Touka, who had just tried to kill Kimi because she knows they're ghouls, runs away wondering how a human could think a ghoul is beautiful.
  • Friend to All Children: She is very kind to Hinami, acting like a kind big sister to her.
  • Genre Savvy: She wears a wig and a hoodie when going after Investigators, helping to conceal her identity. She also knows how to spread false information to help throw them off Hinami's trial.
  • Good Is Not Nice: As a member of Anteiku, she helps to encourage peaceful coexistence between Ghouls and Humans. However, she's still willing to kill when necessary and can be brutal to other Ghouls.
  • Hates Being Alone: Touka hates being alone. Having lost her family either by death or them leaving her, she dreads the idea of losing people close to her. It was shown in a flashback, she was crying when Ayato left, wishing someone with her.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Her friend Yoriko thinks Kaneki is her boyfriend/the boy she likes when she sees them together. Touka is not amused.
    Yoriko: (whisper)-"Go for it!" *fist pump*
    Touka: "Whadya mean, go for it?!"
  • Heroic BSoD: Goes one a bad one when Kaneki is kidnapped by Aogiri Tree. And when Yomo prevents her from fighting in the final battle
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Her and Yoriko. She would even eat Yoriko's food despite it being bad for her.
  • Hot-Blooded: Her icy disposition belies a fierce temper and passionate heart. She's all smiles when dealing with customers at the cafe, but will quickly get annoyed and insult others who she cannot stand. Kaneki is on the receiving end of most of it. This facet of her personality is responsible for the final event that brought the doves over to the 20th ward.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: While Touka's retribution against the CCG was personal, and proven to be disastrous for Anteiku in the long run, she wasn't wrong when berating Kaneki for his selfish actions to protect those close to him. After suffering a brutal defeat by Arima, Kaneki admits to the fact that he was really trying to protect himself from being alone after the death of his mother.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She wants to experience everything in the human world like a normal girl, despite the threat of being revealed as a ghoul.
  • I Will Wait for You: After Kaneki refuses to let her come with him at the end of the Aogiri Arc, she decides to wait for his return to Anteiku, although she's deeply resented from his drastic change of personality and how he left her behind. At the end of the series, she's still waiting for him, even though there isn't an Anteiku to return to anymore and it's unclear whether Kaneki is still alive.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is rude and aggressive to Kaneki at first. But was kind enough to stop Kaneki from eating Hide when Kaneki when insane with hunger.
  • Kick Chick: Touka uses a lot of kicks in her fights
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Touka's brother Ayato directly compares Kaneki to their father, Arata.
  • Living a Double Life: She chooses to live as close to a normal human life as possible, attending high school and making human friends. Uta describes this as a balancing act, with those living like Touka having an incredibly narrow rope to walk.
  • Masochist's Meal: She regularly forces herself to eat Yoriko's cooking, and becomes sick as a result.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She goes through this after killing Mado and seeing his wedding ring, as well as an innocent CCG Agent just to get to him.
  • No Sympathy: In the second episode, Kaneki is on the ground before her, tearfully begging her for help and bemoaning that his date with Rize has ruined his entire life. Touka nonchalantly agrees with that statement, and tells him outright that she doesn't pity him.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Twice with Kaneki. First, when Touka lifts Kaneki's shirt to check his muscles after training, Uta just happens to walk in. The other time is Yoriko finds Kaneki in Touka's apartment.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Her mother died while she was still young, and one night her father was caught by Mado and Shinohara. Touka and Ayato spent several days alone in their apartment waiting for him to return, but eventually a neighbor came to check on them. The old woman promptly betrayed them, calling in Investigators to kill them — they escaped and spent the next several years living on the streets, becoming an infamous pair of violent Ghouls. Yoshimura eventually took her in and gave her a home.
  • Parting Words Regret: Implied. In their last conversation, Touka got into a fist-fight with Kaneki and concluded by calling him "trash" and telling him to stay out of Anteiku. Soon afterwards, Anteiku is raided by CCG and Kaneki is defeated by Arima with his ultimate fate ambiguous.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her bangs typically conceal her right eye, visually signifying she is an individual who has something to hide.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers more than one to Kaneki over time, generally aimed at calling him out of his self-pity or self-destructive behaviors. In the final one, she screams at him to stop acting like a Tragic Hero and deciding things for other people.
  • Red Baron: "Rabbit."
  • Revenge Before Reason: She becomes fixated on avenging the death of Hinami's mother, rather than let the murder go and avoid attracting the CCG's attention. Because of this, Touka is indirectly responsible for the CCG's raid on Anteiku, as her killing Mado caused them to turn their attentions to the 20th ward.
  • Ship Tease: She has considerable hints of mutual affection with Kaneki, who she warms up to and begins to show great concern for. She is willing to abandon her efforts at a normal life for him, and during their time apart she dreams up multiple scenarios of what she would say to him.
  • She-Fu: Due to her Ghoul type, she is quick and agile. Using a lot kicks and flips when fighting.
  • She's Got Legs: She has long, pretty legs and a lot of her clothing shows this off. Especially in the anime.
  • Shorttank: The tomboyish female lead who constantly gets angry at the main character, but likes rabbits.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Touka has a pretty filthy mouth, but usually for her enemies and Kaneki
  • Speed Blitz: She's so fast she can carve up her opponent with dozens of cuts in the blink of an eye.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • We see that Touka looks just like a darker haired version of her mother.
    • She looks just like her brother, Ayato. So much so that when Banjou first met her, he thought she was Ayato.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Her first murder was in self defense as a child
  • Tarot Motifs: II. The High Priestess.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Touka has called herself a murderer that probably should die.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • Preseries, Tsukiyama said she was much more ruthless before she joined Anteiku.
    • After the timeskip, she is noticeably more calm as well.
  • Training from Hell: How she trained Kaneki, beating him up and even breaking his finger. She states she was trained the same way.
  • Tsundere: She is typically brash, rude, and violent, demonstrated in her first encounter with Kaneki. However, she does warm up to people and she is shown caring about others such as Hinami and her human friend Yoriko. She even forces herself to eat the food Yoriko gives her because it makes the other happy despite the fact that it tastes terrible to ghouls and even makes them ill.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Once Nishiki starts working at Anteiku, the two constantly bicker with each other. However, they're actually on the same page about a lot of things and will readily help each other out when necessary.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Due to a bird picking at her right eye when she was young, Touka HATES birds.
  • Winged Humanoid: Her kagune resembles an insect's wings, and is used for delivering quick slashes.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Touka has been on the losing end of a fight with Tsukiyama because she insisted on eating food Yoriko gave her, which affected her fighting abilities.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has short dark blue hair.
  • You Killed My Father: Subverted. Touka had no idea when she fought and killed Kureo Mado that he was the Investigator that took down her father.

    Kuzen Yoshimura 

Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (Japanese), Sean Hennigan (English)

Played By: Kunio Murai (Film), Tadayoshi Katō (Stage Play)

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"We're always trying to justify our actions with ideals. But ideals cannot give grounds for killing another person. The act of taking a life will always be considered... evil."
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The owner and boss of the ghoul cafe, Anteiku. He is an advocate for peaceful relations between Humans and Ghouls, and is noted for reforming many violent young Ghouls over the years. Though kind and wise, his long lifespan is evidence that he is an exceptionally powerful Ghoul. His past is shrouded in mystery, with many secrets that continue to haunt him.


  • Animal Motifs: The Owl, a bird typically associated with wisdom. He is the second Owl, having impersonated the original to protect his child.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He mentions having lost an arm to Arima in the past, but has long since healed the injury. Juuzou slices off his arm during the battle on the roof top, though likewise it eventually regenerates.
  • The Atoner: In his youth, he was a brutal Ghoul that preyed on humans and Ghouls alike. He came to serve an organization that employed him as a "Cleaner", murdering humans and Ghouls that caused them problems. However, when his human lover turned out to be a reporter investigating the organization, he was forced to kill her and abandon their Half-Human Hybrid child in the 24th Ward. Since then, he has worked to reform other violent Ghouls and offer a peaceful alternative to killing humans. He even posed as the One-Eyed Owl in order to cover for his child.
  • Badass Boast: He gives a great one when the CCG invade the 20th ward
    "...the act of taking is equally evil. From the moment we are born, we continue to take. Even from our own relatives who feed us, we take, living to the utmost, continuing to slaughter, kill, take. Life is constantly sin. Life is evil itself. We continue to do sinful things. I'm aware I am evil and so are you all. Now come kill me and I shall do the same!"
  • Big Damn Heroes: He jumped between Yomo and Arima just when Airma was going to kill Yomo, many years ago.
  • Big Good: As the leader of Anteiku, he seeks to promote a more peacefully Ghoul society and co-existence with humans. He is noted to have taken over the 20th ward and divided territories between the Ghouls there, as well as his tendency to take violent Ghouls under his wing and rehabilitate them.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Unlike most Ukaku, his kagune take the form of a pair of massive blades sprouting from his shoulders.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: In his youth, Yoshimura was a ruthless killer who lived in solitude while cursing his fate. He then met Ukina, a kind human woman who managed to get close to him and she became the first person he let into his heart. When she found out he was a Ghoul, instead of getting scared Ukina accepted him and comforted him after realizing the lonely life he must have lead.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: In his youth, he devoured other Ghouls. As a result, he has developed a Kakukja-type kagune that provides him with armor.
  • Cool Old Guy: He is the ever-wise, unflappable manager of Anteiku and makes a habit of taking wayward young Ghouls under his wing.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He left his half-human child in the 24th Ward, in a desperate attempt to protect it from the organization he once served. When they approach him and make it clear they're making him An Offer You Can't Refuse, even after all these years he still refuses to give up his child to them.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Implied. The flashbacks and comments of several members of Anteiku (and Ayato) imply Yoshimura's tendency to take troubled, violent Ghouls under his proverbial wing involved beating them into submission before becoming a stern-but-kind grandfatherly figure to them.
  • The Dreaded: To CCG, at least. As his advanced age would imply, he is an incredibly powerful Ghoul and any Investigator that faces him in battle has good reason to be afraid.
  • Eyes Always Shut: He is almost always seen with his eyes shut. His Ghoul eyes are usually active anytime he does open his eyes.
  • Fate Worse than Death: He replaces Rize as the new donor for Dr. Kanou's experiments, an experience that left her a gibbering lunatic.
  • Flechette Storm: As an Ukaku, his kagune can fire off shards. Unlike other Ukaku, his hit with the ballistic force of a shotgun blast.
  • Foil: To Kureo Mado. Both are older and wiser mentors to a protagonist, and both men were changed by the death of the woman they loved. Both also have a very significant daughter they are devoted to. While Mado's loss twists him into a cruel and hateful man, Yoshimura is changed for the better and wishes to honor his lost love by finding a peaceful way to live.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: His cafe is a peaceful haven that serves humans and Ghouls alike, while providing a secondary service in the form of "cruelty free" human flesh for Ghouls.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The Oma-bien drama reveals he is a master of word play and puns.
  • Interspecies Romance: In his youth, he fell in love with a human woman and fathered a Half-Human Hybrid in the process.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: The flashback to his youth shows that Kuzen was an incredibly handsome young man.
  • The Last Dance: After being visited by his old comrades from "V", and warned by Kaneki about the impending raid on Anteiku, he makes the decision to face them head-on. Unlike all previous battles he'd been involved in, he goes in without an ounce of mercy and is seen mowing down hysterical CCG mooks with his Kagune.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Perhaps the greatest example within the series. Being an Ukaku type, he has incredible speed and the ability to fire off projectiles with strength compared to a shotgun. Unlike most Ukaku, though, he is also tough enough to face two Special Investigators with specialized S-class equipment without taking damage.
  • Love Redeems: His change from remorseless killer to the head of Anteiku started when he fell in love with a human woman.
  • Martial Pacifist: He would rather avoid conflict as much as possible, and helps maintain the peace of the 20th Ward. But he's still an SSS-rated Ghoul, and when forced to act he is compared to a natural disaster.
  • Monsters Anonymous: Anteiku has been set up as a haven for Ghouls that attempt to live peacefully with humans, providing food for those that cannot bring themselves to hunt.
  • Mook Horror Show: Any time he actually fights, the narrative shifts to focus on the CCG Investigators as they desperately fight against a Ghoul of legendary strength. It is a powerful reminder that beneath his grandfatherly demeanor is a Ghoul of exceptional experience and strength, one that rarely needs to act to keep order in the Ward he oversees.
  • The Mourning After: He loved his human lover Ukina dearly and was shattered when he was forced to kill her under V's orders. Ukina's death was the catalyst for Yoshimura's change in personality as well as his inspiration to create Anteiku.
  • One-Man Army: He is compared to an unstoppable force of nature, a single Ghoul that can bring both CCG and rival Ghoul Gangs to their knees.
  • Papa Wolf: Though forced to abandon his child, he remains fiercely devoted to keeping them safe through whatever means necessary. This includes impersonating the Owl in order to carry out a third attack on CCG, and dooming Anteiku rather than give his child up to his former superiors. To a lesser degree, he is one to his followers/employees, only stepping out of his self-imposed retirement when they are in danger.
  • Parental Substitute: How he acts to the members of Anteiku, Touka even considered him a father figure.
  • Red Baron: Owl, though only because he impersonated his child to throw off the trail.
  • Retired Badass: He has settled into a quiet life running his cafe, and managing the affairs of the 20th Ward with a gentle hand. He rarely has to exercise more than a stern presence.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Ukina. When Ukina was exposed as a reporter investigating the organization he served, they forced him to kill her.
  • Swallowed Whole: His daughter does this to carry him to safety, and spits him up once she's escaped pursuit.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: In his youth, he was an handsome and mysterious dark-haired man in very nice suits.
  • Taking the Heat: He posed as the One-Eyed Owl in order to protect her, carrying out an attack against CCG to throw his former superiors off her trail. Eventually, Kuroiwa and Shinohara realize that there are two Owls, though CCG sees them both are major targets.
  • Tragic Dream: Just prior to the raid on Anteiku, he sadly notes that his dream won't come true after all. It's implied that it was as simple as wanting to share a cup of coffee with his beloved daughter — saving an antique coffee cup for that very day.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He keeps a pair of antique cups in the cafe, but never actually uses them. Instead, in the anime he is seen drinking coffee alone with both cups set out as though waiting for company to arrive. One is for Ukina, while the other is for Eto.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Anteiku's food supply comes from scavenging dead humans, typically suicides from the nearby mountains.
  • Voice of the Legion: In his Kakuja form, his voice has a distorted and inhuman quality to it.

    Nishiki Nishio 

Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma (Japanese), Eric Vale (English)

Played By: Shunya Shiraishi (Film), Shōgo Suzuki (Stage Play)

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“Trusting a human is difficult...but...maybe being betrayed by you wouldn't be so bad.”
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A young Ghoul who is a second year in Kamii University, and an upperclassman to Hide and Kaneki. Before the start of the series, his hunting territory was overtaken by Rize and his efforts to reclaim them place him at odds with Kaneki. He has a human girlfriend, and his devotion to her slowly leads him to change his ways.


  • Adjusting Your Glasses: He's first glimpsed pushing his glasses up by the bridge, hinting that he's more dangerous than he seems.
  • Alliterative Name: He adopts the name "Nishiki Nishio" after the death of his sister, using a blank family registry their parents had saved for emergencies. She even points out that the name is a bit odd, but asks him to bear with it.
  • Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend: Subverted. All evidence suggests he would be one, being a hostile and abrasive guy that treats everyone around him with disdain......but all that sarcasm and hostility melts away when he's with Kimi. Instead, he would do anything to protect her and even cherishes a tacky gift of matching bracelets simply because she gave it to him.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Inverted. His eyes appear completely black, at the moment when he realizes his feelings for Kimi.
  • Butt-Monkey: If he appears in an omake, he is certain to be the butt of at least one joke. Highlights include Kaneki spreading a rumor he eats manure, and starring as the Prince in Rapunzel, only to realize his princess is....Shachi.
  • Character Development: He's introduced as a petty and selfish Ghoul who's willing to kill other Ghouls who simply interlope on territory he deems to be his, but has yet to actually (re)claim. He also nearly murders both Kaneki and his human best friend. Later on, he winds up realizing the error of his ways and joins the gang at the coffee shop.
  • Chick Magnet: He's not unpopular with the ladies.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Complains at length about being saved by Kaneki, making it clear this doesn't change things.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: He had an older sister, but she was killed after a human she trusted reported her as a ghoul. Nishio then killed the guy who reported her and decided never to trust anyone. That was until Kimi found out he's a ghoul and she accepted him instead and even offered him to eat her, showing him that there are humans you can trust.
  • Determinator: When his human girlfriend, Kimi, is kidnapped by Tsukiyama. Even starving and badly injured, he just won't give up no matter how much punishment he receives.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He states that he owes Kaneki and has a debt to repay, since he helped save Kimi.
  • Good with Numbers: He's shown helping classmates with their math homework, easily working out the errors in his head.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He eventually becomes one of Kaneki's allies, after receiving help from him.
  • Heroic Resolve: Every single time Tsukiyama threatens Kimi, he manages to find the strength to get back up.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He enjoys being able to live like a human, attending college and spending time with his girlfriend. He really doesn't have any interest in getting involved in matters concerning other Ghouls, other than to defend his territory or loved ones.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Hide and Kaneki walk in on him during a very hot-and-heavy session with his girlfriend, who runs out shrieking. He later asks them (for Kimi) how much they actually saw.
  • Interspecies Romance: He has a human girlfriend, as evidenced when Kaneki and Hide walk in on them getting hot and heavy.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: As he prepares to flee the 20th Ward and go into hiding, he states that he doesn't want Kimi to waste the rest of her life waiting for him.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: His kagune type is described as such, being far more balanced than the other types that specialize in either speed, strength, or regeneration.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude and condescending towards others, but he also genuinely loves Kimi to the point of starving rather than harm her. After Kaneki helps him, he returns the favor and feels the need to repay his debt.
  • Kick Chick: A male variant of the trope, with a fighting style that focuses on kicks — and focuses on his tight pants and long legs.
  • Living a Double Life: Though a Ghoul, he lives most of his life like a human. Besides having a human girlfriend, he's a 2nd year Pharmacy student at Kamii University and well-known around the school.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: He's this to his girlfriend Kimi. Meeting him gave her the will to live on after she lost her family.
  • Love Redeems: He risks everything to save Kimi, and gives up on hunting humans for her sake. That Kaneki helped save Kimi leads him to become an important ally, feeling indebted to him.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: In light of CCG raiding Anteiku, he states his intentions to see Kimi one last time before disappearing. It isn't clear yet whether he'll actually go through with it, but staying with her certainly puts her life at risk if they're caught.
  • Megane: His glasses add to his aloof demeanor, and he started wearing them as a teenager around the same time he began to become more cynical.
  • Masochist's Meal: Through him, Kaneki (and the audience) are introduced to the fact Ghouls can swallow human food safely as long as they throw it up soon afterwards.
  • Non-Human Lover Reveal: He nearly attacks Kimi when she comes to check on him, revealing himself as a Ghoul. He's unable to kill her, and she willingly keeps his secret.
  • Opt Out: He is one of several members of Anteiku that flee in preparation for the CCG raid on the 20th Ward, and readily tells Kaneki he intends to save himself.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: His parents died while he was young, leaving his older sister to raise him in poverty. Though she worked hard to provide for him, eventually she was killed as well. He was able to start a new, better life thanks to her savings, but was left deeply bitter.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: As established under Cynicism Catalyst above, he resolved never to trust anyone again after a human his sister trusted sold her out to the CCG. This lasted until his human girlfriend, Kimi, discovered he was a ghoul and not only accepted him, but offered to let him eat her, showing him that some humans can be trusted.
  • Sir Swearsalot: He's prone to referring to others as "shitty", and gets called on his nasty mouth more than once.
  • The Sixth Ranger: He joins the crew at Anteiku long after the others, and remains somewhat abrasive towards the others even after settling in.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He wears them, and is described by Itori as a "prodigy".
  • Smug Snake: Had shades of this, before his Heel–Face Turn. He used to act like he was one of the strongest ghouls around, defending his territory by antagonizing everyone else, but as soon as Tsukiyama shows up and kidnaps his girlfriend you realize he's not all that. Inverted and otherwise played with in the sequel, :RE, where he really is a high-level badass who happens to have been named... Orochi (Serpent) by the CCG.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kimi. The forbidden nature of their relationship is explicitly discussed, as exposure means death for him and prison for her.
  • Starter Villain: He’s the first enemy Kaneki fights.
  • Tail Slap: His kagune resembles a blue glowing tail, and investigators discussing different Kagune types describe it as a "trump card".
  • Teen Genius: Though he grew up with a spotty education, he's a brilliant student others come to for help with their assignments. He's a Chemistry major, and does his own experiments in a personal lab.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Noted even at school for his abrasive personality, though apparently quite popular with the ladies. Ironically, his nasty personality is how he behaves while passing himself off as human, rather than his true Ghoul personality. He's actually a decent guy under it all, though.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: Done in the anime, while screaming at Roma for breaking dishes.
  • Tsundere: Shintaro Asanuma, his voice actor, describes him as being one towards humanity.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When he was very young, he hated having to kill humans in order to survive. His sister did all of the hunting for him.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: He makes a joke about the heavy-handed tactics of CCG, when Anteiku is targeted for a major extermination campaign.
    Nishiki: "The Doves are so childish, too. It's just a coffee shop....so what if some Ghouls are just brewing some coffee?"
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Touka, once he starts working at Anteiku. They constantly bicker, but he shields her from an ambush by Ayato and even helps her prepare for the college entrance exams.

    Renji Yomo 

Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura (Japanese), Phil Parsons (English)

Played by: Shuntarō Yanagi (Film), Yoshida Tomokazu (Stage Play)

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A stoic man that serves as Yoshimura's right-hand man, carrying out odd jobs for Anteiku. He was once a violent thug, but has been reformed into a wise man of few words. Along with Touka, he provides guidance to Kaneki on life as a Ghoul and teaches him how to defend himself.


  • Animal Motifs: Birds, particular carrion birds such as crows and ravens.
  • Arch-Enemy: Arima, the Investigator that killed his sister.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a large coat, covering his massive frame from neck to shins.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Is both the caretaker of his niece Touka and the one who teaches Kaneki how to fight. Interesting enough, Yomo is also one of the few characters to actually refer to Kaneki by his given name.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: An omake is centered around this, with Itori getting him plastered. He becomes exceptionally talkative.
  • Cool Mask: It resembles a gas mask with a long beak much like the masks worn by Plague Doctors.
  • Due to the Dead: He briefly prays over the body of a suicide victim, prior to bagging it to take back to Anteiku.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Inverted, he has a goatee but is a good person.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's noted for his incredible durability and strength, but turns out to be a speed-based Ukaku type.
  • No-Sell: He doesn't even flinch when impaled through the stomach by Kaneki's Combat Tentacles.
  • Not So Stoic: There are moments when even he loses his cool, such as when he encounters Arima.
  • Number Two: He acts as Yoshimura's second in command, carrying out duties behind the scenes for him.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Like many Ghouls, he was orphaned young and raised by his older sister. Her death at the hands of Arima left him obsessed with revenge, having lost everything.
  • The Quiet One: He rarely speaks, even occasionally ignoring some of Kaneki's questions.
  • Red Baron: "Raven", first coined by Uta.
  • Retired Badass: He and Uta made the 4th ward practically impossible to live in back when they were younger due to their fighting.
  • Shout-Out: When wearing his mask and coat, he resembles a Plague Doctor. Fitting, considering his job "shopping" for food for Anteiku.
  • The Big Guy: A tall, broad man and the resident muscle for Anteiku.
  • The Stoic: He is quiet and rarely shows strong emotion. Much of what what occurs throughout the series rightfully horrifies, traumatizes and enrages his peers, but he usually keeps his composure under pressure.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Uta and Itori.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted. While he initially seems frightening and is the one that "shops" for Anteiku's food supply, he turns out to be a good person.
  • Winged Humanoid: His Kagune resemble wings when is use, and coupled with his mask make him look like a very angry bird.
  • You Killed My Father: In his back story, his response to seeing Arima for the first time is to scream at him, demanding his sister back.
  • Zen Survivor: Straight answers from him are rare, but he quietly encourages Kaneki to find his own answers. He also offers lessons in survival and combat, primarily through either letting Kaneki fall off a cliff or beating him senseless.

    Hinami Fueguchi 

Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese), Lara Woodhull (English)

Played by: Hiyori Sakurada (Film)

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"Is it wrong for Ghouls to live?"
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A sweet little girl who comes under the care of Touka and Kaneki. Though a powerful Ghoul, she is gentle and kind-hearted. She is taken in by Kaneki's group after the Time Skip, but usually confined to their apartment for her own safety. She forms an unlikely friendship with Tsukiyama, and occasionally uses her keen senses to help the group's efforts.


  • Badass Adorable: She's actually a powerful Ghoul, being one of the rare cases where a child gets both kagune types from their parents.
  • Break the Cutie: Both of her parents are now dead and she watched her mother die. She's holding up quite well considering the events that happened, but she's definitely not the same anymore.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Hinami's kagune resemble a butterfly's wings, and emerge for the first time shortly before the death of Kureo Mado — a turning point for several characters in the series.
  • Combat Tentacles: They look a bit like a Scorpion's tail.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Tsukiyama places one in her hair when he visits, and everyone notes how cute she looks.
  • Hair Decorations: She usually wears something in her hair, usually a barrette or hair band.
  • Important Haircut: She got a trim and ditched her bangs after the demise of Kureo Mado and overcoming the loss of her parents, showing how she matured from a timid girl into a more confident woman.
  • Mission Control: She coordinates the efforts to capture Madam A, helping Kaneki's group corner her.
  • Nice Girl: She's very sweet and friendly, and hasn't killed any humans.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: An innocent version of the trope. Sweet, gentle Hinami really loves horror movies and her favorite author, Takatsuki Sen, writes novels about human cruelty and madness.
  • Odd Friendship: With Tsukiyama, of all people.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: She witnesses her mother's death, and is hunted and tormented by Mado. Though she has the support of Anteiku to help her heal, the loss of her parents clearly leaves her haunted.
  • Precocious Crush: The anime adaptation may imply this, with her beginning to ask questions about romance and love.
  • Puppy Love: The 5th chapter of Tokyo Ghoul:Days focuses on this, between Hinami and a human boy. He turns out to be the son of an Investigator, but ends up deciding to keep her secret.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Completely and gloriously defied. Though she has every reason to be distraught over the loss of her parents, her friends expect to want payback, and spends several days bawling uncontrollably from the resulting pain and loneliness, she loves the memory of them so much that she doesn't want revenge- she just misses them. Ironically, that opens the door for her to avenge them, as if she earned her right to justice by having such a good heart.
  • Sensor Character: She begins learning to use her senses this way, under Irimi's guidance.
  • Shipper on Deck: Implied. When Kaneki disbands his group, she states that she believes Kaneki and Touka should be together at Anteiku. She's one of several characters to push the two towards each other.
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: She's heavily associated with Sunflowers, even wearing them on her clothing. And regardless of the terrible circumstances she's endured in life, she remains sweet and cheerful.
  • Super Senses: She's noted to have exceptional senses, even by Ghoul standards. Unlike most Ghouls, she recognizes that Kaneki's scent is strange and her hearing is good enough to detect what is going on elsewhere in a large building.
  • Sword over Head: After badly injuring Mado, she ultimately decides not to avenge her parents by killing him.
  • Teens Are Short: She's 14, but looks much younger and is tiny compared to the other characters.
  • Tender Tears: She becomes very weepy after being orphanized, spending several days on end locked in her room and dribbling tears as she mourns over drawings of her mom and dad. It isn't until she discovers an injured bird that the tears finally go away, because it makes her realize that there are others out there hurting and abandoned just like her and they need someone to care for them as well.
  • Trauma Conga Line: She loses her father, followed by her mother, sees a Dove using her father's and mother's stolen kagune as weapons against Ghouls, nearly gets killed, and soon finds herself mixed up in all of the dark conspiracies Kaneki and co are pulled into.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the anime, her excitement at catching her father's scent results in her running straight into a trap.
  • Winged Humanoid: Her second kagune resembles a moth's wings, though they aren't wings so much as large shields for defense.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: She shows occasional glimpses of wisdom, realizing that revenge won't change anything and later recognizing that Kaneki was not well after his ordeal.
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    Enji Koma 

Voiced By: Anri Katsu (Japanese), Tyson Rinehart (English)

Played by: Kenta Hamano (Film)

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An experienced waiter at Anteiku, frequently acting as manager when Yoshimura is not in. Though he looks harmless, in truth he was once the leader of a violent gang and was called the "Devil Ape".


  • Almighty Janitor: The dude typically left to cleaning duty is in fact one of the most powerful Ghouls in the series.
  • Animal Motifs: Great Apes.
  • The Atoner: Yomo hints that this is the reason he chooses to remain at Yoshimura's side.
  • Backto Back Badasses: With Irimi.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Don't let his looks and kind attitude fool you. When he actually does get serious, he's a force to be reckoned with.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He views himself as being this to the younger employees of Anteiku, though it's questionable whether or not they agree.
  • Blood Knight: As the Devil Ape, he enjoyed hunting down strong Investigators for the challenge.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: He was last seen, heavily wounded and among those evacuating through the V-14 tunnels. Later, Kaneki finds Arima waiting in an area strewn with the bodies of the Ghouls trying to flee.... He survived
  • Cool Mask: A stylized, Gorilla mask with enormous lower teeth.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's usually goofy and friendly, but in his "Devil Ape" persona he is a terrifying and brutal opponent.
  • Death Seeker: Yomo suggests that he goes into battle fully intending to die as "punishment" for his past.
  • The Dreaded: In his youth, he was quite feared by CCG and for good reason. His return in the final arc causes the troops that recognize him to shake in terror.
  • Faceless Goons: "En", his old gang. They come out of retirement to fight during the raid on Anteiku.
  • Gag Nose: His nose is enormous and goofy-looking, adding to his harmless appearance.
  • The Last Dance: He comes out of retirement during the raid on Anteiku, fully intending to go down fighting.
  • Lightning Bruiser: When he does step up to fight, he shows exceptional speed and strength as well as endurance.
  • Magnetic Hero: In his youth, he was considered unusual for his ability to unite so many powerful Ghouls under his leadership. Unlike most gang leaders, he did this through charisma and personality rather than fear or force.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Subverted. He would frequently brag about his prowess as the great "Devil Ape", and be shrugged off by the younger employees at Anteiku. But when he actually goes into battle, it becomes clear it wasn't just talk.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: When he first started working at Anteiku, he was utterly in awe of the great power of Baking Soda.
  • No Respect Guy: His younger coworkers tend to brush off any mention of him being anything but a goofy waiter, and outright ignore him when he tries to assert authority.
  • Prehensile Tail: He uses his kagune at one point to swing himself out of harm's way, suggesting he's a Bikaku-type.
  • Red Baron: "Devil Ape", a title he held in his more violent youth.
  • Reformed Criminal: A former Gang Leader, he was responsible killing Doves in multiple Wards. Yoshimura eventually reformed him, leading him to settle down as a waiter in a cafe.
  • The Reliable One: He is left in charge of Anteiku whenever Yoshimura is out.
  • Retired Badass: He was once an infamous ghoul and leader of a dangerous gang prior to being taken under Yoshimura's wing.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He likes to brag about his prowess as a Retired Badass, even though none of the employees of Anteiku have ever heard of him and generally ignore him. But it turns out to be Subverted: he's merely been in retirement for long enough for the teenaged Ghouls to not know about him, but the Doves immediately recognize and get scared the moment they see him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Yoshimura, who rehabilitated him and gave him a new start in life.

    Kaya Irimi 

Voiced By: Fuyuka Oura (Japanese), Morgan Mabry (English)

Played by: Nozomi Sasaki (Film)

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"...I wonder if I've made the right choices up until now?"
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One of the waitresses at Anteiku, a quiet and reserved woman with a violent past. She was the leader of the gang Black Dobers prior to encountering Yoshimura, and was rehabilitated by him.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's rather quiet, and quite lovely in a composed and mature fashion.
  • The Atoner: Yomo hints that this is the reason she chooses to remain at Yoshimura's side.
  • Arch-Enemy:To Hachikawa, for killing his teacher and fellow investigators a decade ago.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Koma.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Though she is soft-spoken and polite, she's also a SS-ranked Ghoul.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: She was last seen, heavily wounded and among those evacuating through the V-14 tunnels. Later, Kaneki finds Arima waiting in an area strewn with the bodies of the Ghouls trying to flee.... She survived
  • Cool Big Sis: To Touka and Hinami.
  • Cool Mask: A black mask that resembles Anubus, the Egyptian God of the dead.
  • Death Seeker: Hinted to be fully intending to die in battle, as "punishment" for her past. Further supported by the fact that the cover page featuring her on Chapter 131 has her in a simple white outfit with her shoes taken off, which is a sign of intending to commit suicide in Japan.
  • The Dreaded: Black Dog killed many Investigators in the past, and is rightly feared as a result.
  • Faceless Goons: "Black Dobber", her former gang. They come out of retirement for her, and follow her into battle knowing they will die when CCG raids Anteiku.
  • Fragile Speedster: She's an Ukaku, with incredible speed and agility. However, once she's actually hit, she goes down quickly.
  • Go Out with a Smile:Ends up subverted in the anime, she smiles as Take deals her the final blow but Kaneki rescues her several seconds later.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Stabbed through by investigators and heavily slashed by Take's quinque several times, leaving her badly wounded.
  • The Last Dance: She comes out of retirement during the raid on Anteiku, fully intending to go down fighting.
  • Mission Control: During the rescue mission, she uses her Super Senses to coordinate the various groups.
  • Red Baron: "Black Dog"
  • Reformed Criminal: As the leader of Black Dobell, she was an infamous Ghoul that killed quite a few Doves. Then Yoshimura took her under his wing, reforming her into the mild-mannered waitress most people know.
  • Retired Badass: She earned an SS-rank and led the ''Black Dobber' gang prior to being recruited by Yoshimura.
  • See You in Hell:Said word for word to Hachikawa when she is defeated by Hirako's team.
  • Sensor Character: Using her incredibly keen senses, she can track the movements of multiple forces through Aogiri's stronghold — a sprawling complex with multiple buildings with several stories each.
  • Super Senses: Her senses are far beyond even those of other Ghouls, allowing her to track a battle in a different area of a building based solely on vibrations.
  • Super Speed: As an Ukaku, her fighting style is centered around her incredible speed. She's shown to be able to move at inhuman speed, dodging gunfire and taking out several opponents in the blink of an eye.
  • Taking the Bullet: When the Investigator she was fighting disregards the safety of an elderly (human) woman caught in the crossfire, Irimi throws herself in the way and takes the hit.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Yoshimura.

    Roma Hoito 

Roma Hoito

Voiced By: Suzuko Mimori (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)

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A young Ghoul that becomes a waitress at Anteiku, fascinated by the stories of Kaneki. She comes across as a cute and shy girl, treated like a little sister by others.


  • The Cutie: She is innocent and rather shy, and wants to meet Kaneki after hearing stories about him. Except she's actually part of the Clown gang, suggesting everything we've seen of her was a lie.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She's noted as being prone to making mistakes at work, such as serving Ghoul customers sugar in their coffee or breaking plates.
  • Cute and Psycho: While discussing Kaneki's alleged death, she dreamily declares that she wants more terrible things to happen.
    "I want to see a more depressing scene!"
  • Dark Action Girl: Very, very subtly foreshadowed — she's the "Clown" listed in the SS-rated Escapees that Itori pointed out.
  • Hair Antennae: She has two short pieces that stick straight up, indicating her foolish and clumsy nature.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a barrette to pin back her bangs.
  • Hero-Worshipper: She appears to be a big Kaneki fangirl, coming to the 20th Ward and getting a job at Anteiku in hopes of meeting him.
  • Loony Fan: To Kaneki. She adores the idea of him as a Tragic Hero, and wants to see him suffer more because it "makes him beautiful".
  • The Mole: Revealed to have founded the Clowns decades ago, and having joined Anteiku after breaking out of Cochlea in order to meet Kaneki after hearing about his actions at the Ghoul restaurant.
  • Older Than She Looks: Despite looking like a young girl, she's revealed to be 51 at the time of her breakout from Cochlea and subsequent employment at Anteiku.
  • Sixth Ranger: She joins the staff at Anteiku long after everyone else, and doesn't quite fit into the dynamics already established among the others.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Kaneki, joining Anteiku out of the hope of meeting him.
  • Villainous Crush: Possibly. Souta teases her about having a thing for Kaneki, which she doesn't deny.

Kaneki's Gang

    Shuu Tsukiyama 

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)

Played by: Yoshihide Sasaki (Stage Play)

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"I'm not going to protect you by being your shield or armor, but I'll be the dagger hidden below your pillow".
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A young man with an eccentric personality and taste to match it. He is known as the Gourmet, and models his feeding off high-class dining with a focus on "interesting" or unique victims. After meeting Kaneki, he becomes obsessed with him.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: A male variant of the trope, with Kaneki as the object of his unwanted attentions. His obsession begins because of Kaneki's "intoxicating" scent, and only increases after he realizes that Kaneki is a Half-Human Hybrid. While his intentions are to eat the object of his interest, Tsukiyama goes through all the expected motions of courting. He's particularly delighted with Kaneki's transformation into a ruthless Anti-Hero, with the lines between murderous intentions and romantic interest further blurring.
  • Action Fashionista: He has an endless supply of designer clothing, which he wears into combat without concern for it being damaged by his kagune or stained in blood.
  • Adorkable: Later in the series, he's shown to be very awkward when trying to be genuine and become closer to the other members of the group. He comes across as painfully awkward and eager to please, as well as clueless how his wealthy upbringing compares to how normal people live.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Hinami calls him "Flower Man" in side material.
  • Agent Peacock: He may look like a ridiculous fop, but don't be fooled - he's one of the most influential and physically dangerous ghouls in Ward 20.
  • A Man Of Wealth And Taste: He zigzags between this and a Fashion-Victim Villain, depending on what he's wearing. But at his finest, he's dressed in designer suits and enjoys having his victims prepared as though it were a five-star restaurant.
  • An Arm and a Leg: His right arm is sliced off by Touka, but he (obviously) regenerates it by the time Yoshimura recruits him to help rescue Kaneki.
  • Angst Coma: After failing to prevent Kaneki from going to his apparent death, he is seen laying there listlessly while Nishiki watches over him.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Gourmet arc.
  • Autocannibalism: This is how he survives his battle with Kaneki and Touka. While they think that they left him for dead, Tsukiyama in fact ate his own flesh in order to regain the strength to leave the church. He notes that he tastes delicious.
  • Badass Bookworm: His passion for literature and music is matched only by his reputation as a dangerous Ghoul.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Regardless of his questionable fashion sense, Kaneki's first impression of him is that he looks like a model.
  • Becoming the Mask: He initially joins Kaneki with the intention of earning his trust, all so he can groom him into the ultimate meal. However, over the course of the months spent working together, his devotion becomes genuine.
  • Big Fancy House: He mentions that his bedroom as a child was 70 square meters large. Another glimpse of his parents' manor shows a multi-story library.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Chie, his human friend/"pet". Their friendship seems to be based on both being completely nuts, and obsessed with the ultimate experience of their chosen interests. Food for him, photography for her.
  • Bishōnen: He's extremely handsome and well-dressed, playing up his good looks with fashionable clothing and a stylish haircut.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His kagune is wielded like this, with it typically wrapping around his arm so he can use it like a sword.
  • Blood Knight: Among Ghouls, he's rather infamous for his enjoyment of a good fight. In the past, he intentionally sought out the Kirishima siblings to fight them, and is delighted whenever he encounters a strong opponent.
  • Broken Tears: When his efforts to physically stop Kaneki from heading to Anteiku during the CCG raid fail, he begs Kaneki to not go while weeping.
  • Camp: He is prone to posing dramatically and making over-the-top displays, which at first indicates his unstable personality. After his Heel–Face Turn, it's primarily used for the purpose of comedy.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: The second story in the Oma-bien drama cd centers around him getting plastered with fellow light-weight Yomo. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Character Development: He begins the series as a completely self-centered and hedonistic individual. Over the course of the months spent working with Kaneki's group, however, he becomes slightly more mature and begins to care about more than just himself.
  • Character Exaggeration: In √A, his Camp tendencies are played up to the extreme, while removing much of the Character Development of his manga counterpart.
  • Child Eater: Subverted. He actually considers the elderly an exceptional and rare treat, especially old men.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He proposed an alliance with Naki when the Doves arrived at the lab, but secretly plans to finish him off once he's exhausted.
  • Cool Mask: A crescent moon-shaped mask, themed after the Man in the Moon.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He considers anyone attempting to eat or otherwise harm Kaneki to be a serious offense, flying into a rage.
  • Demoted to Extra: In √A, with his role downgraded significantly.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Played with. While his interests in his targets appears to be sexual, its only to the extent of valuing them as food. Kaneki seems to be main target of his unwanted affection although he has shown interest in Touka and Kimi as well.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Kaneki's apparent death, which leaves him non-functional and apparently under Nishiki's care.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Nobody will blame you for seeing some homoerotic undertones in his behavior and how he gets close to Kaneki. There's also his rather blatant victim blaming of Kaneki, claiming that everything is his fault for being too irresistible; this is the same sort of logic rapists and rape apologists use.
  • Easily Forgiven: Zigzagged. At first, it seems his past is readily forgiven by Kaneki...until he makes it clear that Tsukiyama will die if he steps out of line. Meanwhile, Touka and Nishiki continue to nurse grudges against him and warn Hinami about associating with the likes of Tsukiyama. When Kaneki disbands his group, he refuses Tsukiyama's request to continue following him, stating that he does not trust him but he's a useful ally.
  • Enfant Terrible: In the Novels, he's described as having been one.
  • Eye Scream: His introduction involves him tearing out a woman's eyes because he liked their color, and having them sauted for his consumption. Later, he becomes the victim of this trope when Touka ambushes him and slashes him across the face taking out both his eyes in the process.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain: When Touka and Nishiki confront him in front of Hinami, he pretends to be shocked by their accusations and insists he has changed his ways. Of course, not long before that he'd been in the bathroom sniffing the handkerchief stained with Kaneki's blood while thinking about eating him.
  • Finger-Twitching Revival: Chapter 46 concludes with two panels focused on his hand, and his fingers twitching slightly. It isn't until the Anteiku rescue team is put together that his survival is revealed.
  • Flaying Alive: In the first novel, he peels skin from an elderly victim and eats it. This victim would have survived, if not for the Battleaxe Nurse that finishes him off. The second novel reveals that Tsukiyama later did the same thing to her, killing her in the process. Other Ghouls gossip about this in disgust.
  • Flowers of Romance: He brings bouquets of flowers to Kaneki's apartment, as one of his many efforts to earn his favor. Hinami affectionately dubs him "Flower Man", as a result.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Banjou and his followers openly dislike him, and Kaneki often keeps him at arm's length. Several omakes deal with how the group excludes him from social activities, and only Hinami seems to enjoy his company.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Loves to use French, Italian AND English, especially when he's... excited.
  • Groin Attack: In Chapter 20, his Wanted Poster is seen outside of CCG's 20th Ward branch. It mentions the murder and mutilation of a City Councilman at the hands of the Gourmet Ghoul. The particular body part taken in that case? The Councilman's genitals.
  • The Hedonist: He surrounds himself with the finest things in life, and is obsessed with experiencing the most unique and pleasing flavors. Classical music, fine literature, beautiful flowers, interesting people, and designer clothing are all things he savors.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Played with. He agrees to participate in the mission to rescue Kaneki, and offers to become the "Sword" of Kaneki's group when he leaves Anteiku. However, it's entirely for the chance to remain close to him and eat him when the opportunity arises. However, by the end he's genuinely come to care for Kaneki as more than simply a potential meal.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Because he is obsessed with Kaneki, he becomes instantly distracted from his surroundings when he sees Touka bite the other. His clothing also turns out to be impractical for combat since Nishio grabs onto his tie and holds him in place long enough for Touka to take out Tsukiyama's face and arm.
  • In Love with the Mark: Initially, he got close to Kaneki for the purpose of eventually serving him for dinner. But by the finale, his feelings have changed even if he doesn't seem to understand them. His character profile in Pash Magazine even explicitly states that he loves Kaneki, putting aside any ambiguity concerning things.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: His obsession with Kaneki grows after the Aogiri arc once Kaneki becomes even more deadly and cold hearted. He is delighted when Kaneki issues him a death threat.
  • In Vino Veritas: In the Oma-bien drama, while drunk Tsukiyama rants about preparing Kaneki as the ultimate meal...before rambling incoherently about how Kaneki is "different" and "amazingly incredible".
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: In a show where the strange intimacy of cannibalism is repeatedly drawn attention to, this guy proceeds to completely dispense with the subtlety. His attempts to groom Kaneki to be the perfect meal and his delighted anticipation of that moment (complete with Perverted Sniffing of a stolen handkerchief) read more like something out of Humbert Humbert's playbook than Hannibal Lecter's.
  • Interspecies Friendship: One of the side novels reveals the "Chie" he mentions is actually a human girl he befriended in High School, after she photographed him feeding. He seems to consider her a particularly charming pet, but she disagrees and seems to be one of the few people capable of putting him in his place.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: He frequently tries to cover up his actions by claiming them to be poor jokes, such as the incident at the Ghoul Restaurant or threatening to kill the Gas-mask trio.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: He's hinted to be extremely fond of cats. A piece of bonus art features Chie tricking him by playing a video of a cat — Tsukiyama comes running, carrying an armful of cat toys. Though calling him kindhearted would be a stretch.
  • Large Ham: He is melodramatic to the extreme, shouting foreign words and posing bizarrely as though an actor on the stage.
  • Licked by the Dog: He attempts to cultivate this trope by befriending Hinami, as one more way to get close to Kaneki. But it actually serves to hint that he's Becoming the Mask, though he doesn't realize it until it's too late. The next time we see him, he's desperately trying to keep Kaneki from going off to his certain death and falls into an Angst Coma after failing.
  • Living a Double Life: When he isn't stalking victims as The Gourmet (or just plain stalking Kaneki), he's a 4th Year student majoring in Social Work.
  • Meal Ticket: In the side novels, Chie teases him about using wealth to earn Kaneki's trust, comparing him to a Dirty Old Man trying to charm a Hostess with money. He doesn't deny it.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Parodied in an omake, with him posing in progressively sexier poses with less and less clothing. When asked what he's doing, he explains he's going to be featured on the next volume's cover. (The photographer, meanwhile, is taking a picture of his crotch.)
  • Obsessed with Food: He is obsessed with fine dining and finding the right "parts" to turn into meals. In his first appearance in the manga we see him steal a woman's eyes to turn into a meal because he thought they were beautiful. He also participates in an underground restaurant that lures humans to become entertainment and food for ghouls.
  • Odd Friendship: He seems to only have these, since his closest friends are the human Chie Hori and sweet, innocent Hinami.
  • Old Money: He belongs to an extremely wealthy and influential family that own an Import/Export business, with strong political ties within the Ghoul world as well as the Human one.
  • Narcissist: He is incredibly self absorbed and arrogant but also very obsessed with appearances. He disliked Rize for the fact that she didn't care about the appearance or quality of her meals and that she indiscriminately ate humans.
  • Perverted Sniffing: He has a handkerchief with Kaneki's blood on it and seems to enjoy the taste and smell of it a little too much... We later see that he keeps it inside a plastic bag to preserve the scent and seems to periodically be smelling it because it's as close to eating Kaneki as he's going to get.
  • Picky People Eater: He only takes the eyes of a beautiful young woman after complimenting them. This also serves to contrast him with Rize. While Rize will eat mostly anything, Tsukiyama will only eat specific people. His obsession with Kaneki comes from the way the other smells and the rarity of being a one eyed ghoul. Their differences is also why Tsukiyama actually disliked Rize despite giving Kaneki the impression that they were friends.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: After being soundly beaten by Kaneki, Tsukiyama gives one last desperate plea for him to not go off to his certain death. It doesn't work.
  • Princely Young Man: In sharp contrast to the other characters, he's the son of an extremely wealthy family and comes across as a Spoiled Brat used to getting whatever he wants. In school, he was fawned over by his classmates because of his wealth and social status.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He acts very mature most of the time and seems to have very high class tastes. However, he also is prone to fits of anger and jealousy. He throws tantrums such as during his fight with Touka in which he loses it when she takes a bite out of Kaneki. He starts screaming at her that Kaneki belongs to him. He can be childish and unreasonable when he doesn't get what he wants.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: A variation of this. He joins a rescue mission to save Kaneki during the Aogiri Arc not because he cares about the other, but because he still seeks to devour him.
  • Red Baron: The Gourmet, a title earned due to his dining habits. Within the Ghoul Restaurant, he was known as "MM".
  • School Idol: He was one in High School, adored as the handsome, academically and athletically gifted son of a distinguished family.
  • Serial Killer: He is the Ghoul equivalent of one, with such strong patterns and preferred types of victims that Investigators are able to figure out several key pieces of evidence simply because he'd changed his strongly ingrained habits.
  • Shout-Out: He quotes Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin more than once.
  • Sissy Villain: Apart from the tiny detail that he wants to fillet Kaneki rather than bone him, he's a walking Camp Gay stereotype.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He randomly shows up at Kaneki's school in order to have a chance to talk to him privately and smells the handkerchief with his blood. After the Aogiri Arc, he swears loyalty to Kaneki in order to remain close to him in hopes of grooming him into the perfect meal.
  • Starter Villain: In the anime, where he’s fought before Kureo and is the first major villain.
  • Tarot Motifs: XVIII. The Moon
    • Chapter 128 adds VI. The Lovers, appearing three times in the same scene.
  • The Team Benefactor: He finances the group, and uses personal or family connections to aid them.
  • Token Evil Teammate: After the Aogiri Arc, he becomes this to Kaneki's group. He's allowed to remain due to being so useful, but not trusted and kept outside their "family" since the only thing he considers is Kaneki's safety. This is, of course, because he remains focused on eventually eating Kaneki and is only kept in line by Kaneki threatening him.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Inverted. Tsukiyama's eccentric behavior makes him seem like one to other Ghouls, but within Human society he is considered exceptionally gifted. Besides standing out for his academic accomplishments, he's well-read and a classically trained pianist — he's also a Social Welfare Major, and has expressed interest in working in a hospital as opposed to simply living off his family's money.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Affection is something that Tsukiyama has trouble comprehending, often giving it a different label for lack of understanding. He refers to his best friend, Chie, as a "pet" because he's unable to comprehend his affection towards a human and continues to think of Kaneki as simply a meal long after his feelings have become more complicated. He also mistakes Nishiki's desperation to save Kimi for a mere dispute over a meal, and can't understand the other man's willingness to risk everything for a mere human.
  • Wicked Cultured: He seems to be able to speak multiple languages or at least know phrases in other languages. He shares a strong interest in literature with Kaneki and Rize and knows a lot about high class culture. Rize calls him out on this. She finds it amusing that all these things and his obsession with the taste of his food make it seem like he's trying to act like a human rather than a ghoul. This is what really makes him start to hate her despite wanting her to become a part of his dining club.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Would murder and eat, yeah.
  • Worthy Opponent: He pretends to extend this towards Naki, who in turn considers him a "decent guy".
  • Yandere: Toward Kaneki, in a violent obsession that blurs the lines between amorous and murderous intentions. He becomes violently jealous when Touka eats a small piece of flesh from Kaneki, and later decides to swear loyalty to Kaneki as his "Sword" so that he can remain at his side. When the Gas-mask Trio ask him to help them search for Banjou, instead of Kaneki, he comes within moments of turning on them for (in his mind) putting Kaneki in danger.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He's got purple hair (dark purple in the manga, lighter in the anime).

    Kazuichi Banjou 

Voiced by: Kentaro Ito (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)

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A ghoul from the 11th Ward, and former associate of Rize. He comes to the 20th Ward in search of her, and has lingering feelings for her. Though a pacifist, he as a strong sense of duty and becomes one of Kaneki's allies.


  • Amazon Chaser: Attracted to Rize's independence and strength.
  • Book Dumb: He's illiterate, even as an adult. Probably justified, since many Ghouls grow up without attending school or otherwise obtaining a formal education.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He looks tough, but he's actually a caring and peaceful guy.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: He tends to throw himself into harms way for others, shielding them from attacks or attempting a Heroic Sacrifice to let others escape.
  • Cool Down Hug: He manages to talk down a berserk Kaneki, placing one hand on his shoulder and giving him a You Are Not Alone speech to bring him back to his senses.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's noted for being the biggest chicken around, frightened by Ghost stories and horror movies that he watches with Hinami. But when it comes to the people he cares about, he'll leap into the fray without a second thought.
  • Demoted to Extra: He becomes a very minor character in the anime after the Aogiri arc, as opposed to becoming Kaneki's Lancer.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He is arguably one of the nicest ghouls in the series. He is also hopelessly in love with Rize, who doesn't care about him at all.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: He puts himself at risk by going to the 20th Ward to warn Rize that she might be in danger despite the fact that he hardly knows her and it's very clear that she won't return his affection. It's also clear that Rize is incredibly selfish and doesn't care about how her actions affect others. It becomes apparent that Banjou has an idealized image of her.
  • Fragile Speedster: Subverted. He turns out to be an Ukaku-type, which are noted for their speed and lack of endurance. Banjou, on the other hand, is slow and clumsy but his large body is fairly durable. The Gas-Mask Trio immediately mock him upon seeing his kagune for the first time.
  • Gentle Giant: He's tall and heavily built, and as a result looks pretty intimidating. But in reality, he's as much of a pacifist as possible for a Ghoul and incredibly softhearted.
  • Healing Factor: Unlike most Ghouls, his Kagune seems to be used exclusively to heal his injuries.
  • The Heart: His kindness and caring nature are his defining trait in any group he joins.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted when he threw himself between Kouto and one of the Bin Brothers and then forced the rest of the Anti-Aogiri group to leave. He survived because Kaneki and the gas mask brothers came back for him.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Banjou is really hard on himself for being weak.
  • Honor Before Reason: Regardless of his weakness and peaceful nature, he readily places himself in harm's way for others' sake
  • Hopeless Suitor: He harbored feelings for Rize, even after she called him a "boring guy".
  • Horrible Judge of Character: At least when it comes to Rize. He considers her a remarkable and admirable woman, and actually asks her to become the new leader of the 11th Ward. She laughs in his face, and mockingly suggests he should do it himself — he takes this as genuine encouragement and attempts to live up to what he thinks are her high expectations of him.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's a passionate guy, and this leads to an initial confrontation when he mistakes Kaneki as Rize's boyfriend.
  • The Lancer: He becomes the second-in-command to Kaneki, acting as a more moderate voice to Kaneki's increasing ruthlessness.
  • The Leader: He tries to be the leader of 11th ward after Rize left, but was defeated when Aogiri Tree arrived. He admits he took on the role because he thought it was what Rize wanted.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: His feelings for Rize completely blind him to the fact that she's a terrible person who doesn't care about anyone but herself. She is incredibly selfish and causes problems for other ghouls in the 11th ward by attracting the attention of CCG as well as destabilizing the area. He even goes to the 20th ward to find her despite knowing that he'd incur the wrath of the Aogiri Tree.
  • Nice Guy: Perhaps one of the kindest characters in the series. While he lacks strength, other Ghouls willingly follow him because he genuinely cares for their well-being.
  • Non-Action Guy: Despite his best effort, Banjou is pitifully weak. He can't even use his kagune, so his only advantage is that he's heavily built.
  • Rated M for Manly: Even if he's pretty weak, he's pretty macho in his appearance and outward behaviour.
  • Team Dad: To the other weak ghouls in the 11th Ward, who he attempts to protect from Aogiri.
  • Technical Pacifist: He's noted by the others to be a peaceful guy, not even bringing out his kagune in a life-or-death situation. Even so, he is a Ghoul.
  • Undying Loyalty: After being saved by Kaneki, he decides to devote himself to becoming the other Ghoul's "shield".
  • You Are Not Alone: To Kaneki, begging him to remember that he doesn't need to take all the burdens onto himself.


    Ichimi, Jiro, and Sante 

Ichimi, Jiro, and Sante

Voiced By: Shūto Miyazaki (Ichimi), Reina Ueda (Jiro), Sōta Arai (Sante) (Japanese), Justin Pate (Ichimi), Whitney Rodgers (Jiro), Aaron Dismuke (Sante) (English)

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A trio of siblings, all clad in matching hoodies and gas masks. They are Banjou's gang, and follow him loyally regardless of his weakness. Along with their leader, they become member's of Kaneki's gang.


  • Color-Coded Characters: Primarily told apart by the color of their hoodie — Red for Ichimi, Blue for Jiro, and Purple for Sante.
  • Cowardly Lion: They are well-aware that they're weak, but show great courage when their companions are in danger.
  • The Faceless: Even when hanging out without their masks, their faces are never shown.
  • Fragile Speedster: Their speed is their one advantage, and their fighting focuses on out-maneuvering their opponents since none of them can handle being hit.
  • Gas Mask, Longcoat: Or hoodies, in this case, since Ghouls seem to prefer shorter coats for easier movement.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: A heroic example.
  • In the Hood: Their matching hoodies, worn to conceal their identities.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Their names mean "One", "Two", and "Three", respectively. They even have these numbers on their hoodies and masks.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: They're prone to mocking Banjou for his weakness and cowardice, but they're also the first to leap into the fray to help him.
  • Scifi Bob Haircut: Jiro has one.
  • Spiky Hair: Ichimi has spiky, black hair under his hoodie.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Though they are apparently siblings.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Banjou, sticking with him through thick and thin.


Unaffiliated Ghouls

    Rize Kamishiro 

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

Played by: Yū Aoi (Film), Yuri Hamada (Stage Play)

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A sweet girl with a fondness for books. However, under her charming personality and appearance she is known as "Binge Eater" Rize, a well-known Ghoul that terrorized several other wards before moving to the 20th ward. Her kagune is started to be extremely powerful and unique, making her a much-sought after target by multiple groups.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is depicted as a light purple in the anime.
  • Ascended Extra: In the anime, she is given a larger role as a figure of Kaneki's imagination.
  • Asshole Victim: Considering the fact that she was indirectly responsible for Kaneki's transformation into a half-Ghoul and all the misery he's endured as a result, as well as her reputation as a selfish, gluttonous bitch who terrorized and killed countless people for her own amusement, it's hard to feel sympathy for her for being used as Dr. Kanou's kakuhou farm, as well as her current insane state.
  • Badass Bookworm: It seems that she liked reading and was reading the same book at Kaneki when he asks her out on a date. Tsukiyama also mentions that she liked to read and many characters comment on the fact that she was one of the strongest ghouls. She was in fact able to take over the feeding grounds of several ghouls in the 20th district.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Though she dies early on, she remains as Kaneki’s Enemy Within and isn’t even really dead, attempting to influence him to become as cruel as her and playing a key role in Souta’s plan.
  • Big Eater: She's a ghoul known to eat humans more often than necessary, hence the moniker 'Binge Eater' Rize.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She initially seems like a shy and modest girl but that personality turned out to be a ruse in order to seduce Kaneki. She then proceeds to try and eat him.
  • Boobs of Steel: She was stacked and has been repeatedly stated to be a very powerful ghoul.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm bored."
  • Combat Tentacles: She has four that emerge from her back, and she's quite good at using them to play with her food.
  • The Corrupter: In Kaneki's mind, it is a psychological manifestation of Rize that constantly encourages him to embrace his Ghoul instincts.
  • Cute Bookworm: Invoked. Coupled with her great fondness of books, she showed a shy and cute personality to seduce her victims just like she did with Kaneki.
  • Curtains Match the Window: When her eyes are normal, at least.
  • Damsel in Distress: Banjou sees her as this and comes looking for her in the 20th ward because he thinks that she's in danger. We later find out that she really is in danger. The beams that crushed her at the beginning of the series did not kill her and since that time she's been kept by Dr. Kanou as a means to create more ghouls. When we finally see her alive, she is powerless.
  • Dark Action Girl: Rize is implied to be this at the beginning of the series. She is stated to have thrown several wards into chaos before moving on to the next. Her killing of the strongest Ghouls in District 11 allowed Aogiri to move in and take over.
  • Femme Fatale: Known for using her beauty to lure in men. Interestingly though, she didn't play up her sexuality and instead projected a "shy girl" persona to lure in men. It worked too since that's what attracted Kaneki to her. Presumably, he wasn't the first guy to fall for this.
  • Flower Motifs: The Red Spider Lily, traditionally associated with Death and Abandonment or Loss. Her kagune are represented by these flowers in the opening, while her appearance to Kaneki in a vision prompts the flowers to begin appearing around them.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Goes from being The Dreaded Binge Eater to Dr. Kanou's personal kakuhou farm to an insane shell of her former self who can only cry, drool, and beg for meat.
  • It Amused Me: She lived solely for her own enjoyment, doing things to ease her boredom.
  • It's All About Me: She's incredibly selfish and doesn't care about how her actions affect others.
  • Lack of Empathy: Blows off any and all pain and anguish she causes, caring only for her own personal amusement.
  • Living MacGuffin: She was this, prior to being killed. Kaneki is considered a potential substitute by Aogiri, due to inheriting her kakuhou.
  • Karmic Death: She's killed by one of her victims: Kaneki.
  • Mad Woman In The Attic: After being rescued from Kanou's lab, Yomo keeps her tied up and hidden in his makeshift home. He admits that he only feeds her enough to survive, but not enough to regain her strength.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Banjou seems to have viewed her as this, while everyone else recognized the damage her selfish actions caused to everyone around her.
  • Meganekko: She played this trope up, coming across as sweet and demure prior to revealing her true nature.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's pretty, has big boobs and even had a shower scene.
  • Mysterious Past: Her past is shrouded in mystery, partially because of her tendency to move from Ward to Ward once she'd worn out her welcome. Her name is also revealed to be an alias. Since Ghouls almost never abandon their given name even when changing identities, her choice to create an entirely new identity hints that she was hiding something.
  • Naked on Arrival: Her first appearance in the anime had her naked.
  • Not Quite Dead: Initially it seemed like the beams definitely crushed her, with Kaneki's doctor even telling him that her funeral was quietly taken care of by her family; but she is later revealed to be in Kanou's lab, half-starved and with most of her limbs chopped off. After Yomo rescued her, she's barely even a shell of the person she used to be, restrained and reduced to crawling on the ground and crying and desperate for food, and unable to even recognize Kaneki.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: If she's in your district, you can expect the CCG to be breathing down your necks soon due to the sheer damage she can cause.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Itori reveals that "Kamishiro Rize" does not exist, but is rather a name she adopted at some point.
  • The Ophelia: Played With. She seems to be this when Kaneki first sees her at Yomo's place, with messy hair and an unfocused gaze but still very much the beautiful woman he remembered. But then she finally reacts to him... by screaming hysterically for food, while sobbing and drooling everywhere. He's absolutely horrified to see her reduced to such a state.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Wherever she goes, mass destruction and death are almost guaranteed to follow.
  • Posthumous Character: She dies fairly early in the series, but is referenced to by several characters. It also seems that she was specifically killed so that her body could be used to turn humans into ghouls.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her hair, eyes, and accents in her clothing are purple. She's noted to have been an exceptionally powerful Ghoul, with unique Kagune that made her the target of more than one party.
  • Purple Eyes: Not only are they quite striking, but actively sought by multiple parties for some unknown reason.
  • Red Baron: "Binge Eater."
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She basically kickstarts the entire plot.
  • The Sociopath: She displays all the hallmarks of a textbook Sociopath, with a superficial charm she uses to lure in her victims and a constant need for amusement. Her binging sprees do considerable damage, but she couldn't care less and skips town the moment things look bad, leaving others to deal with her messes.
  • Tarot Motifs: XV. The Devil. Makes sense considering her personality.
  • The Vamp: A beautiful, deadly woman that used her beauty to seduce her victims. Akira Mado eventually figures out that the Binge Eater was a young woman, based on Rize's tendency to prey on attractive young men.
  • Villainous Glutton: An unusual example, to say the least. She goes on brutal sprees of binge eating, leaving destruction and chaos in her wake.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She lures Kaneki into a trap by claiming to be afraid of walking home alone, getting tears in her eyes and shaking with false fear. It works like a charm.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple.


     Uta 

Uta

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Aaron Roberts (English)

Played by: Minosuke Bandō (Film), Mitsu Murata (Stage Play)

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A laid back man with numerous tattoos who makes mask for other ghouls. He was once the leader of the 4th Ward, but has since settled into a quiet life running his shop.



     Itori 

Itori

Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)

Played by: Maho Tomita (Stage Play)

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A playful woman that runs a bar in the 14th District. She is old friends with Yomo and Uta, and has an extensive information network.


  • A Glass of Chianti: The Vampire variant of the trope, with blood served like wine.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's a Clown, and laughs over the misfortune that seems to have befallen Kaneki.
  • Cool Mask: A clown mask, revealing her to be one of the Clowns.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's quite loud, outspoken, and loves to mess with people. Her vibrant red hair matches her personality perfectly.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She gives off this impression, even though Ghouls can't drink alcohol.
  • Honey Trap: Uta used her as such when they were younger. She did not appreciate it.
  • I Do Not Drink Wine: Instead, she drinks blood as though it were wine. Kaneki is suitably unnerved.
  • Knowledge Broker: She teases Kaneki with several pieces of information, but wants him to find out about the rumored Ghoul Restaurant in exchange. Her bar seems to be an important place to trade in information, regardless of faction.
  • Marshmallow Hell: The first time they meet, she shoves Kaneki's face against her breasts.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Beautiful and often wearing revealing clothing, in her youth she actively used her looks to her advantage.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: For all her playful teasing and loud personality, she is a major broker of information for the Ghoul community. You've got to be incredibly shrewd to navigate the various factions and gangs, and owning a business as a Ghoul can be incredibly dangerous.
  • Shout-Out: Her bar is called Helter Skelter.
  • Tarot Motifs: VI. The Lovers, seen in blood droplets on her chest in the final chapter.
  • The Tease: She absolutely loves to make Kaneki flustered, and rarely seems to behave seriously.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Yomo and Uta.


    Ryouko Fueguchi 

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)

Played by: Shōko Aida (Film)

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A gentle and kind-hearted ghoul, and the mother of Hinami. She sacrificed herself to protect Hinami from Investigators, and was killed by Mado and Amon. After her death, Mado would use her kagune in tandem with her husband's stolen kagune.


  • Barrier Warrior: A Kouhaku type, she uses her kagune primarily for defense. Mado modifies them into a shield after her death.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Her final moments are spent wishing for her daughter to live on, doing her best to smile bravely.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She faces down four Investigators on her own, all to give Hinami a chance to survive.
  • Mama Bear: Though gentle, she fights fiercely to protect her daughter.
  • Motherly Side Plait: She wears her hair this way, symbolizing her gentle and caring nature.
  • Off with His Head!: Decapitated by Mado, using the Quinque made from her husband.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Her death served to show the cruel reality for Ghouls, hunted and slaughtered even when they tried to live peacefully with humans.
  • Technical Pacifist: Her husband and later, Yoshimura, provided her with food because she could not hunt. Only when her daughter is in mortal danger does she fight, but even then only to distract the investigators long enough for Hinami to escape.
  • Winged Humanoid: Her kagune resemble four flower petals, sprouting from her back like a butterfly's wings.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: She does everything in her power to prevent the investigators from chasing Hinami.


    Maiko Abe 

Voiced by: Mayumi Asano (Japanese), Lydia Mackay (English)

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A member of the Ghoul Restaurant known as "Madam A", and the owner of several "Scrappers". She was living in poverty, jealous of the well-off Ghouls until Dr. Kanou offered to let her take charge of his failed experiments.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: She originally appears as a member of the Ghoul Restaurant, but is later tracked down by Kaneki's group when it turns out she knows Dr. Kanou.
  • Eat the Rich: She thinks that wealthy people probably taste better.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She's extremely resentful of those well-off and able to enjoy the good life.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Her reason for signing on with Dr. Kanou.
  • Mock Millionaire: She pretends to be wealthy and powerful, but she's actually living in humble conditions and stuck handling Dr. Kanou's castoffs.
  • Red Baron: "Madam A", the alias she uses at the Ghoul Restaurant.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She's last seen fleeing when Aogiri members interrupt the search of Dr. Kanou's underground lab. It isn't clear whether she escaped, or ran into the Doves that showed up later. (A bonus page in the volume release, however, shows her peeking out from behind some equipment. It's a blink-and-you-miss-it picture, hidden in the corner of what first appears to be a blank page.)


    Asaki Fueguchi 

Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (Japanese), Chuck Huber (English)

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A humble Ghoul running an underground clinic who provided his services to others in need for a profit to support his family, who serves a relatively minor role in the series. Husband to Ryoko and the father of Hinami, he once had a hand in the 13th Ward's dangerous operations, but got out of it when his daughter was born. Unfortunately, his illicit line of work ultimately caught up with him.


  • Adaptation Expansion: He was already dead in the manga, but the anime pushed back the timeline a little bit to feature him right before the day of his murder.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: His manga appearance gives him short, cropped hair. In the anime, he has long and slightly unkempt black hair held back by a ponytail, as well as some other disheveled and grungy features. It's mostly done to indicate he runs a back alley clinic and is not a legit doctor.
  • A Death in the Limelight: All he did, even the morally ambiguous stuff, was to provide a stable source of income and food for his family, who despised hunting. Sadly, it came with a price, because he drew the attention of shady figures, and eventually ran into the one person who hates Ghouls who side with humans most (having been tortured by one while helpless)- Jason.
  • Badass Labcoat: He's a moderately threatening Ghoul who runs a clinic, and wears the physician's garb to go with it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He made the mistake of telling Jason to go away and not come back. Jason then beat the hell out of him and punched him through his clinic's wall. That left him badly wounded and exposed their presence to the Doves. Although they were preoccupied with Jason, Asaki was too gravely wounded to get away. When Jason fled, he was unable to properly fend off the Doves, who promptly swept in like vultures to finish him off. Ultimately, the people who did him in got their comeuppance.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: He decorated his office with drawings that Hinami made for him, and immediately took a stand when Mado decided to complete the set after dealing with him first. Sadly, that was all it took to make him too angry to pay attention to his surroundings; he lunged forward at Mado, and Mado brought him down right away.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: He fought for his life against the Doves, yet they ended up trouncing him.
  • Expy: An enigmatic man with glasses in a labcoat voiced by Chuck Huber? Hmmm... now why does that sound familiar?
  • The Faceless: The manga keeps his face hidden at all times, being a Posthumous Character and all. Overlaps with The Ghost in the anime, being adapted from someone who is Doomed by Canon. The anime seems bound and determined to avoid giving us a good look of his face and casts light in front of it when he's shown at an angle that would reveal it, as if it doesn't want us to get attached to him very well... and when he does show up, it's for the chopping block.
    • Even an Omake at the end of the third volume/episode where Mado dies follows suit, showing him and his wife sipping coffee together in Heaven, with his back turned to us and a halo now above his head.
  • Fatal Flaw: Honesty. Had Asaki basically not told Yamori to buzz off for good and treated their last meeting normally, it wouldn't have incited the man to bash his head in with pliers. But he had to go and open his big mouth...
  • Irony: His last client was Yamori, who needed a new set of pliers after he lost them in a previous altercation. He then clunked Asaki over the head with them upon learning Asaki had lost his spine for crime.
  • Megane: Wore glasses, adding to doctor vibe already given off from the labcoat.
  • Off with His Head!: Mado deals a final blow to him via decapitation. Worse yet, he uses the head as a lure to reel Ryoko and Hinami in to his familiar scent.
  • Kick the Dog: The day he finished his work, the sadistic Yamori, AKA Jason, a frequent client from the 13th Ward, paid him a visit and took offense to thought of letting a human-sympathizing Ghoul run free. After beating him bloody, the poor man was then cornered by Mado and Amon, and decided to face them head-on. Grossly outmatched and already messed up from Jason's assault, it wasn't long before the veteran Dove Amon put the final nail in his coffin. After his death, Mado would use his kagune to replace the Quinque Jason destroyed, and baited the rest of his family with his cadaver, targeting his widow next, and sending her to join him in the afterlife.
  • Papa Wolf: Implied to be fiercely protective of his family.
  • Prehensile Tail: His Kagune. It manifests as a long, winding tendril with several bladed vertebrae. When it's turned into a Quinque, Mado notes it's an excellent weapon for ranged combat, but terribly limited in narrow spaces.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: When he dies, it snowballs into the death of Ryoko.
  • Posthumous Character: Outright dead in the manga four months before the start of the series, which his wife is unaware of. In the anime, it changes into The Ghost.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Asaki was once a Ghoul who got mixed up with the wrong crowd and turned to crime to survive. He tried to put that life behind him. Karma decided he wouldn't get a free pass. It's bad enough Jason turned on him- he then got fed to the Doves.
  • Retirony: He was about to pack up shop... if only his last client didn't happen to be Jason of all people, who got pissed at the idea of a scraggly-looking whelp of a man that showed compassion toward humans going back to his life with a family and betraying his own kind in the process by leaving his life of crime. Worse, Asaki's clinic happened to be stationed in the 20th Ward, and the Doves were out cleaning house in that district.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: His death was the first real taste of tragedy in the series, proving that Ghouls who make plans for the future are more than likely to never see them come to fruition.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Exists mostly to set up an Orphan's Ordeal. He appears very fleetingly and is only mentioned a few times before being murdered, but his death leads directly to the death of his wife's.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: Heavily implied that Mado cut off his head and used it to trap Ryoko and Hinami. Mado then taunted Ryoko with the knowledge that her husband was now dead and brandished a freshly-constructed Quinque made out of his kagune.
  • Technical Pacifist: He provided his wife with food because she could not hunt, and only fought when cornered. It was because he wasn't used to fighting that he got taken by surprise and was easily beaten into the ground by Yamori, then caught off guard by the subsequent arrival of the Doves who came to raid his clinic.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Unlike his wife, his appearance is really bedraggled and evocative of a Lazy Bum, featuring long, shaggy hair pinned back in a ponytail, a labcoat, hairy legs with a pair of shorts and sandals, and Perma-Stubble.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Comparatively weaker to most Ghouls and easily beaten by a single strike from Yamori, but Mado noted his kagune was formidable, and he destroyed a Quinque before going down for the count.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: In the anime, he appears, we find out a little about him and what he does, he gets the shaft, that's it. In the manga, he's just plain dead already.
  • With Friends Like These...: He frequently tended to Jason's needs. However, when he started a family, his attitude changed and he was no longer living for himself. He had kin to support. By the time he wanted to leave the business of underhanded dealings, he thought he could trust Jason with the news he was going to pack up and leave. He reacted seemingly composed. Then Jason started cracking his knuckles, itching for blood...


    Donato Porpora 

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese), Greg Dulcie (English)

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A powerful Russian Ghoul imprisoned by CCG, who once posed as a Priest and raised Kotaro Amon. He is considered a valuable source of information on other Ghouls, due to having no loyalty to others.


  • Ax-Crazy: He enjoyed the screams of pain and agony when Aogiri broke into the ghoul detention cell.
  • Bad Habits: He posed as a Catholic Priest, giving him access to child victims through the orphanage he ran.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: They're almost like caterpillars.
  • Boxed Crook: He gets to continue to live, as a source of information for CCG.
  • Child Eater: He was infamous for favoring child victims, and ran an orphanage as part of his cover.
  • Consulting a Convicted Killer: CCG considers him one of their most valuable informants, sending Investigators to consult him on cases. As long as he continues to be useful to them, he is allowed to continue living.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: His eyes are a piercing blue color, and add to his overall creepiness.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Implied, as he clearly favored Amon enough to spare his life even after being exposed.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He comes across as polite, even warm and caring. In reality, he's a brutal monster that enjoys the suffering of others.
  • Offing the Offspring: His favorite victims were the orphans he raised. Strangely, he spared Amon after the boy caught him butchering another child. This fact continues to haunt Amon.
  • Red Baron: "Priest", back in the day.
  • Sadist: Noted to have enjoyed killing his victims in particularly brutal ways. When Aogiri attacked the prison, he laments not being able to join in the slaughter.
  • Significant Birth Date: Valentine's Day.
  • We Can Rule Together: He invited Amon to join him, when the boy learned the truth about him.


    Arata Kirishima 

Voiced By: Yūya Uchida (Japanese), Robert McCollum (English)

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The father of Touka and Ayato Kirishima, a pacifist Ghoul that encouraged his children to coexist with humanity. He lived with his family in a human community and scavenged the corpses of humans and Ghouls to survive. This caused him to become a Kakuja, and earned him the title "Corpse Collector". He was eventually tracked down by Shinohara and Mado, and defeated by them. His kagune would be used to develop CCG's quinque armor bearing his name.


  • Badass Bookworm: He enjoyed reading, as well as studying the human world. He was also a major target hunted by CCG.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: He mutated into a Kakuja due to his scavenging Ghoul corpses.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His death was this for his children, especially Ayato.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: He was a loving and gentle father, that encouraged his children to live peacefully.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: He was a genuinely kind person, and a good neighbor to boot. He similarly encouraged his children to find a way to live peacefully alongside humans.
  • Human Resources: CCG has used his kagune in the production of experimental Quinque Armor.
  • Ill Boy: Described as sickly by his neighbors, though his actual health was unknown.
  • Instant Armor: His Kakuja kagune took the form of a full suit of armor, and in turn became the basis for the development of CCG's armor.
  • Martial Pacifist: Though gentle and kind, he was a Kakuja and would fight fiercely to protect his family from harm.
  • Masochist's Meal: He regularly ate the food given to him by his neighbors, and encouraged his children to learn how to swallow human food. Since people commented on his sickly appearance, it's likely he made himself sick with eating human food.
  • Posthumous Character: He died while his children were still young, and is only seen in flashbacks.
  • Real Men Cook: He enjoyed learning to make human recipes, even though he couldn't serve them to his own family.
  • Red Baron: "Corpse Collector".
  • Super Prototype: His kagune was used to develop the Quinque Armor, Arata. At least six separate armors appear over the course of the series, as CCG attempts to perfect the technology.
  • Supreme Chef: He states that his neighbors considered him an excellent cook, something that made him happy.
  • Technical Pacifist: He did his best to refrain from harming others, scavenging the corpses of the dead for food.
  • Uncertain Doom: There is some ambiguity concerning his fate, since CCG produces so many Quinque from him. Whether he was simply killed, or is being farmed for materials is unknown.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: He did his best to live peacefully with humans, but was shown no mercy by the Investigators.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: He scavenged Human and Ghoul corpses, as an alternative to killing.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His children got their blue hair from him.


    Kurona and Nashiro Yasuhisa 

Voiced By: Aoi Yuuki (Kurona), Haruka Tomatsu (Nashiro) (Japanese), Michelle Lee (Kurona), Michelle Rojas (Nashiro) (English)

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Twin sisters that, like Kaneki, became One-Eyed Ghouls. They are Dr. Kanou's bodyguards and their past may contain hints about a larger conspiracy at play.


  • Berserk Button: They are fiercely protective of each other, and will fly into a blind rage if the other is hurt.
  • Bodyguard Babes: They initially act as this to Madam, while at the Ghoul Restaurant. In truth, they are Dr. Kanou's bodyguards.
  • Combat Tentacles: Notably similar to Kaneki's kagune, which makes him suspicious.
  • Creepy Twins: They're quite eerie, indeed.
  • Dark Action Girl: They were highly-accomplished at the training Academy, and became even stronger after their transformation into Ghouls.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Their happy life with their wealthy family was destroyed when a Ghoul broke into their mansion and slaughtered their parents in front of them. There is some indication that a greater conspiracy may have been in play, since their father had ties to CCG and should have had protection.
  • Disease Bleach: Shiro once had dark hair like her sister, prior to the surgery to make a One-Eyed Ghoul.
  • Emotionless Girl: They initially behave as such, repressing their emotions.
  • Facial Markings: They each have a mark beneath their kakugan, on opposite sides.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Like Kaneki, they are humans implanted with tissues from Rize Kamishiro.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Kuro' means black, and 'Shiro' means white.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Witnessing the murder of their parents left them traumatized, and CCG encouraged feelings of bitterness so they would become Ghoul Investigators as adults. Instead, it led to them getting manipulated by Dr. Kanou, making him their surrogate father.
  • Revenge: They agreed to work with Dr. Kanou on the promise that he would help them get revenge for the murder of their parents.
  • Scifi Bob Haircut: Test subjects working for a Mad Scientist, sporting modified bobs.
  • Single-Minded Twins: They don't show much individuality, possibly due to their unemotional nature.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Originally among the children raised by the CCG as future Investigators. However, they became involved with Dr. Kanou's experiments and abandoned their humanity.
  • Tyke Bomb: They were being groomed by CCG as future Ghoul Investigators, prior to being recruited by Dr. Kanou.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Their fate remains unclear after the battle at Dr. Kanou's laboratory. The last time we saw them, Nashiro had been seriously wounded and Kurona had refused to abandon her. It isn't known whether Nashiro survived, or what happened to Kurona afterwards.


     Kazuo Yoshida 

Kazuo Yoshida

Voiced By: Teruyuki Tanzawa (Japanese), Ryan Ingrim (English)

A middle-aged Ghoul living in the 20th Ward. He was killed by Nishiki, over a disputed hunting ground.


  • Almost Dead Guy: He manages a few words to Kaneki, before getting offed with little warning.
  • Ascended Extra: He dies within moments of first appearing, but seems to show up in all kinds of side material and artwork.
  • Author Avatar: Possibly. When asked what he looked like, Ishida claimed to resemble the ill-fated Kazuo Yoshida.
  • Extreme Doormat: His side story in the Light Novels reveals him to be this, getting taken advantage of by others.
  • Off with His Head!: Decapitated by Nishiki. His head is later thrown at Kaneki by an angry Touka.


Aogiri Tree

    In General 
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An organization of Ghouls, that has taken over the 11th Ward. Their leader is a legendary Ghoul known as the One-Eyed King, surrounded by rumors and myths. They are the primary antagonists of the story, targeting both Kaneki and the Ghoul Investigators.

  • Anti-Human Alliance: CCG takes note of them as the largest and most organized group of Ghouls ever known, united by their hatred for humans.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Aogiri values strength above all else, with the Executives enforcing their place in the organization through violence — both towards their own minions and each other.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The higher ranked members are all at least S-Ranked, with the group led by a legendary SSS-class Ghoul.
  • Fantastic Racism: Noted to be a militant group defined by their belief in the superiority of Ghouls, and general disdain for the weakness of humanity.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: The rank and file wear generic masks, while its leaders each has their own unique Cool Mask to conceal their identities.
  • The Social Darwinist: Pacifist and weaker Ghouls find themselves forced into servitude by the organization, which values strength above all else.
  • The Syndicate: They function much like a human criminal organization, with money laundering operations and mercenaries recruited from across the globe to serve as front-line soldiers. They are the most influential Ghoul organization that CCG has ever encountered, with hundreds of members.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Their appearances in the (oft-canon) omakes are almost entirely them doing absolutely normal things, such as playing video games or gossiping about each other. The final appearance of Naki and his gang shows them playing on a see-saw.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Yamori and Ayato serve as this, when they show up at Anteiku and proceed to beat Touka and Kaneki into a bloody pulp.


    The One-Eyed Owl 

The One-Eyed Owl (Real Name: Eto Yoshimura)

Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Lindsay Seidel (English)

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A Ghoul surrounded in myth, considered both a legendary killer and an urban legend of sorts. Rumored to be the offspring of a human and Ghoul, it emerged from the 24th Ward a decade prior to the series and began to slaughter Investigators. Its rampage was finally ended by Kishou Arima, but the organization continues to live in fear of its return.

Mobilizing radical Ghouls from the 13th and 24th Wards, it created Aogiri Tree and commands it as the mysterious One-Eyed King. Acting primarily through its right-hand men, it rules from the shadows and has an unknown goal.


  • Ambiguous Gender: The Owl is a mysterious being in a massive cloak, with layers of Kakuja armor sticking out. As such, it's impossible to distinguish if it is male or female. Regardless, everyone refers to them as male, which turns out to be a mistake.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: She's actually Yoshimura's child and an executive of Aogiri Tree, Eto. In the final chapter, it's revealed she captured him, presumably for future ghoul experiments Kanou will conduct in his new lab.
  • Arch-Enemy: Numerous Investigators consider the Owl their greatest nemesis, having lost someone during its rampages. Kureo Mado in particular is driven by his desire to get revenge for his wife's death, and Akira carries on her father's hatred of the Owl after his death. In the sequel, Kuki Urie likewise seeks to become stronger so that he can take revenge for the Owl killing his father.
  • Bastard Bastard: Her parents were never officially married.
  • Big Bad: Built up to be the largest threat in the series, feared by humans and Ghouls alike. Actually Eto and Sen.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Though the Owl is the biggest threat, Rize, Dr Kanou, and especially Souta are additional threats.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Its kagune take the form of a pair of massive blades sprouting from its shoulders, as well as an enormous massive of spiked "plumage" that earned it the name "Owl".
  • Cannibalism Superpower: Noted to be one of the rare Kakuja types, meaning that it gained power by eating other Ghouls.
  • Cyclops: A distinct feature of its Kakuja mask, giving it the appearance of only having one massive eye in the center of its face.
  • Daddy's Girl: She is ecstatic after meeting her father, in spite of him abandoning her. In turn, Yoshimura is completely devoted to keeping her safe regardless of her crimes.
  • Dark Action Girl: Brutal, cruel, and with a habit of leaving victims scattered all over the place. And, as it turns out, a girl.
  • The Dreaded: The very thought that it might show up results in CCG shutting down the 20th Ward and bringing in everything they have.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She comes to her father's rescue, and greets him with a joyful (if deranged) expression. Then it's zigzagged, with the revelation that she's handed him over to Dr. Kanou as a new "donor" for his experiments.
  • Evil Overlord: Seems to be one, ruling over Aogiri Tree with an iron fist while remaining unseen by all but its closest executives. When discussed, the imagined image is of a masculine figure sitting on a throne.
  • Genius Bruiser: Due to its massive size and deranged behavior, few realize the Owl is actually an exceptionally brilliant Ghoul.
  • Hair Color Spoiler: The anime gives greater hints to the eventual reveal of the Owl's identity, as a result of both showing her hair color as an infant and later, when she speaks.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The child of Yoshimura and Ukina, a human woman.
  • Hero Killer: It earned its reputation by killing almost everyone that encountered it. When she shows up again, it tortures and then mortally wounds Shinohara.
  • Instant Armor: Kakuja armor functions this way, and the Owl takes it to extreme lengths.
  • King Incognito: Eto pretends to simply be a high-ranking member of Aogiri, leaving it unknown how many outside her Co-Dragons know that she's the One-Eyed King.
  • Living MacGuffin: Both CCG and the mysterious Organization "V" are looking for it. Villainous example, being the Big Bad.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Its Kakuja form is enormous and barely human in appearance, showing just how far the mutation can take a Ghoul.
  • Naked on Arrival: Justified by its full-body Kakuja armor. She emerges naked, but quickly wraps herself in the tatters of her cloak.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Most enemies can barely scratch Owl's armor let alone inflict bodily harm.
  • Ominous Owl: The most infamous Ghoul on record, and pretty disturbing to look at in person.
  • One-Man Army: The Owl alone is a nigh-unstoppable force, able to leave devastation and death in its wake whenever it appears.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Legend goes that the experience of growing up without a family in the violent 24th Ward led to the Owl's hatred towards the world.
  • Parental Abandonment: Yoshimura was forced to abandon her in the 24th Ward, in a desperate attempt to protect her from his former superiors.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Most of its dialogue is either deranged giggling, or sing-song teasing of its victims.
  • Razor Wings: Owl's Ukaku wings can slice through just about anything, demolishing flesh and quinque with little effort.
  • Samus Is a Girl: The Owl is a petite young woman, able to pass herself off as a child when she's dressed as Eto.
  • Secret Identity: She uses her real name, Eto, while pretending to be a mere Executive of Aogiri. She has also established a human identity as Sen Takatsuki, a famous horror novelist.
  • Shrouded in Myth: It is legendary among both CCG and the Ghouls, for the sheer amount of carnage it left in its wake.
  • Slasher Smile: It's default expression, made all the more disturbing by its Kakuja mask.
  • Super Speed: Owl moves deceptively fast for its size. Surviving more than a few seconds without being torn to shreds is quite a notable accomplishment.
  • Swallowed Whole: Uses a nonlethal variant to rescue her father from the CCG, vomiting him back out when they've safely escaped.
  • Walking Spoiler: Once the Owl begins to emerge from myth into the actual story, the spoilers come fast and hard.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Implied to be one, having been abandoned as an infant in The City Narrows and hunted by the mysterious organization "V" for the crime of simply existing. Her father was forced by them to kill her mother, and she was left with nothing but her mother's journal to explain everything to her. Yoshimura expresses the hope that Kaneki can "save" her from herself.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Many ghouls revere the Owl as a benevolent savior instead of the genocidal maniac they really are.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The Owl's voice in the anime is somewhat jarring, hearing the same voice used as Eto coming out of that thing.


    Tatara 

Voiced By: Koji Yusa (Japanese), Christopher Wehkamp (English)

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The One-Eyed King's right hand man, a ruthless and proud Ghoul. He has little tolerance for weakness, and quickly discards Kaneki as useless. He is almost always with Eto.


  • Arch-Enemy: Houji seems to be one to him, as he flies into a rage the moment he sees someone using a Quinque he associates with the man.
  • Berserk Button: Anything related to Houji, with the mere sight of a Quinque he associates with the Investigator causing him to lose his cool.
  • Bishounen: He's notably very handsome, especially when compared to the likes of Yamori.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Off-panel, he interrogates Dr. Kanou's assistant about where the doctor is hiding, and later emerges carrying her severed foot. No details are given, but Naki's comments suggest torture as involved in the process of gaining information.
  • The Comically Serious: His role in the omakes.
  • Cool Mask: He wears one over the lower half of his face.
  • The Dragon: He is the second-in-command of Aogiri Tree, and is stated to have exceptional fighting strength.
  • Evil Albino: Sports white hair, pale skin and permanently red pupils, and is one of the coldest and most devoted in Aogiri.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Renji Yomo as a tall, coated, stoic and loyal follower, as well as considered one of the strongest ghouls.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He absolutely towers over the child-like Eto.
  • Man in White: He cuts an eerie figure in his all-white clothing, with his white hair and red mask as the only contrasting element.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His decision to toss aside Kaneki ultimately leads to him becoming one of the strongest Ghouls in the story, with a serious grudge against their organization. Eto even points out that Tatara should have just killed Kaneki, instead of leaving the chance for him to develop into a threat.
  • Orcus on His Throne: While stated to be incredibly powerful, he hasn't actually....done much on-screen. He primarily gives orders, or watches smugly while his minions slaughter his foes. Until :re, that is.
  • Ship Tease: With Eto. If his final words and actions are anything to go by, he may have been in love with her.
  • The Social Darwinist: He apparently has no use for anyone he views as weak, and quickly tosses Kaneki away upon deciding that he isn't strong enough for their purpose.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Hinted at, with Banjou explaining to Kaneki that Tatara and Eto frequently work together as opposed to the other, more independent leaders of Aogiri Tree.
  • Villainous Friendship: The omakes suggest he's actually close to Eto and Noro, showing them worrying over him and him confessing his worries to Eto.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: A handsome and utterly ruthless man with white hair. He shows no patience or sympathy for others, writing Kaneki off very quickly as useless.


    Eto 

Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Lindsay Seidel (English)

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One of the executives of Aogiri Tree, usually seen with Tatara. A child-like Ghoul covered in bandages, Eto behaves in a playful manner that conceals a keen mind and knowledge of many important secrets.


  • Ambiguous Gender: Due to being covered in bandages, it isn't clear what Eto is. The anime makes it clearer, giving Eto a girlish voice and brightly-colored pink and maroon clothing.
  • And Show It to You: Tears out several of Banjou's ribs, doing it so quickly that the other Ghoul only realizes he's been wounded when shown the bones.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Kaneki suspected that Aogiri's leader was Yoshimura's child. Actually it was more complicated than that. While Eto is revealed to be his daughter and she is a member of Aogiri Tree, she comes to her father's rescue and seems absolutely delighted to see him. However, it seems that she intends to use him for the second stage of Dr. Kanou's experiments in creating artificial One-Eyed Ghouls like her.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's an accomplished author, but also the deadliest Ghoul on record.
  • Bandage Mummy: An utterly terrifying example, that only makes Eto look creepy.
  • Big Bad: As it turns out, she’s the One-Eyed Owl.
  • Break Them by Talking: Manages to deeply unsettle Kurona and Nashiro by hinting about their Dark and Troubled Past, suggesting some level of personal knowledge about what happened.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She is the One-Eyed Owl, the half-human child of Yoshimura being sought by multiple organizations.
  • Compressed Hair: The combination of hood and bandages probably help, but still she's got quite a lot of hair to neatly hide under them. When we first meet her as Takatsuki, her hair is a waist-length bushy mess.
  • Creepy Child: Seemingly, as Eto has a small and child-like build.
  • Dark Action Girl: She rarely shows off her true strength, but is quite powerful and merciless when she does.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Eto does not wear shoes and only wears bandages around her feet which leave her toes exposed.
  • Flash Step: Possesses speed sufficient to almost appear to be teleporting, using this to great advantage.
  • Foreshadowing: Subtle, but definitely there.
    • The flashback of the original encounter with the One-Eyed Owl, as shown in chapter 124, reveals the Owl is a small figure in a knee-length hooded cloak with wrappings around their feet. In other words, very much like what Eto wears.
    • Her right eye is the only one ever given any detail, hinting that she's another One-Eyed Ghoul. When her face is finally shown, her left eye remains normal.
  • Giggling Villain: Eto's distorted, child-like giggling is quite unnerving.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tatara and Noro both absolutely tower over the child-like Eto.
  • In the Hood: Wears a bright purple, knee-length cloak with a hood.
  • Killer Rabbit: The tiny child-like Ghoul wearing a pink floral scarf seems like the least dangerous member of Aogiri Tree, but this assumption would be wrong. She is perhaps the fastest Ghoul in the series, and effortlessly defeats the Twins.
  • Magnificent Bitch: A very competent and ruthless Chess Master. She's behind almost the entirety of Kaneki's ordeals, and her goal is to create a world where the reviled and hated ghouls can live in peace.
  • Mysterious Waif/Waif Prophet: Evil example. The lost daughter of Kuzen Yoshimura and his human wife, Ukina Her small body is loaded with more secrets, power and insight than almost anyone else in the series and she's in control of a massive amount of the plot. She also foretells many events and revelations throughout the collection of Tokyo Ghoul works, through her books written with the pen name Sen Takatsuki.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: She does this in the first episode of Tokyo Ghoul √A, moving locations every time the mist obscures her form.
  • Older Than They Look: Her tiny frame, high voice, and childlike behavior make it easy to mistake Eto for a child — something that seems intentional on her part. She's actually 24, and an incredibly beautiful grown woman.
  • Red Baron: The One-Eyed Owl / The One-Eyed King.
  • The Reveal/Two Aliases, One Character: She is the One-Eyed Owl, as well as author Sen Takatsuki.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: It's pink and floral.
  • Softspoken Sadist: She's rather calm and cheerful, even while ripping people apart.
  • Spit Take: In an omake, when Tatara shows her a comical drawing Nico did of him.
  • Super Speed: Displays speed far beyond any other Ghoul, easily out-maneuvering the twin sisters and taking down Banjou before he'd even realized Eto was there.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Hinted at, with Banjou suggesting that Tatara and Eto operate together most of the time.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Noro and Tatara, with the omakes showing her alternately teasing or offering advice to them.
  • Voice of the Legion: There's something distinctly off about Eto's voice, giving it an inhuman quality.
  • We Have Reserves: Subverted. Though their plan required half their forces to act as decoys, afterwards Eto asks how many of their comrades ended up falling in battle and seems displeased at their deaths.


    Noro 
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The other direct subordinate of Aogiri's Leader, a massive Ghoul that never speaks. They display regenerative abilities far beyond the norm for a Ghoul, and is noted for an enormous appetite.

  • Ambiguous Gender: While Noro's height and (apparent) build seem masculine, their name is linked to a type of Priestess and Spirit Medium. Likewise, in the special playing cards made for the series, Noro is the Queen of Spades. In an omake, it's suggested even Yamori, Nico, and the Bin Brothers aren't sure whether Noro is a man or a woman.
  • Big Eater: It's noted that Noro eats an absurd amount of food, compared to other Ghouls.
  • The Brute: Noro's defining trait is brutality and strength, acting as the other primary agent of the One-Eyed King.
  • Combat Tentacles: Noro's kagune are a pair of tentacles ending in hideous smiling mouths, used to tear victims to pieces.
  • Cool Mask: A seemingly-eyeless mask with a giant smile as its main feature.
  • Evil Redhead: This ruthless Ghoul has extremely dark red hair, looking almost black in most light.
  • Eyeless Face: Their mask gives this appearance, with no obvious place to see out.
  • Exorcist Head: In the anime, Noro turns their head almost completely around to look at someone behind them — including horrific sounds of bones snapping/popping for extra Body Horror.
  • The Faceless: Noro has never been seen without their mask. An omake features Yamori, Nico, and one of the Bin Brothers drawing what they think Noro looks like, suggesting even other Aogiri members aren't sure what Noro looks like.
  • Fed to the Beast: Tatara uses Noro for this purpose, feeding Takizawa to them.
  • Healing Factor: Far beyond the norm seen by other Ghouls, allowing Noro to simply pull severed parts back together when kicked in half by Yomo.
  • Made of Plasticine: Uta remarks on the lack of resistance upon running Noro through with his bare hands.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: There's definitely something strange about Noro, something Yomo immediately comments on when they cross paths. Noted for his abnormal appetite even by Ghoul standards, as well as displaying regeneration far beyond what should be possible for a Ghoul.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Both the prominent feature of Noro's mask, and a distinctly horrifying feature of their kagune.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: When decapitated, Noro's head suddenly sprouts strands of flesh in mid-air and reattaches to their body.
  • Red Right Hand: Black fingernails, a trait some Ghouls seem to develop.
  • Silent Antagonist: Noro never makes a sound, and seems to simply be there when not slaughtering on Tatara's orders.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: The battle with Tsukiyama, Yomo, and Uta is interrupted by a mysterious clock Noro is carrying, which has just gone off. Noro immediately wanders off, carrying a wounded Ayato away. Tsukiyama jokes that maybe they have a curfew.
  • Villainous Friendship: The omakes suggest that Noro actually cares about both Tatara and Eto.
  • The Voiceless: Presumably, as a leader Noro should be able to speak. However, it's never happened on panel and lower-ranking members have apparently never heard Noro make so much as a sound.


    Yakumo "Yamori" Oomori/Jason 

Voiced by: Rintarō Nishi (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English)

Played by: Yoshitaka Yamagami (Stage Play)

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One of the executives of Aogiri Tree, famed as "Jason of the 13th Ward" for his sadistic tendencies and hockey mask. He enjoys torturing other ghouls for his personal amusement. After encountering Kaneki, he becomes obsessed with obtaining the half-Ghoul as his personal "toy", manipulates events in order to capture him.


  • Ambiguously Gay: After his death, more than one former associate has made comments suggesting he had questionable relationships with them.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Aogiri arc.
  • Asshole Victim: Yamori was a brutally sadistic bastard who tortured Kaneki for ten days straight purely for fun; needless to say, he deserved every second of Kaneki's wrath when The Dog Bites Back.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He always wears a three-piece suit, with the jacket and slacks white for bonus points. He removes the jacket, pins up the sleeves, and wears an apron when indulging in his....hobby.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: It isn't clear what his personality was like prior, but after his imprisonment and torture he emerged a brutal sadist. He describes the moment the torture drove him insane, and how he took on his tormentor's personality to survive. After Kaneki is tortured by him and escapes, he begins to take on Yamori's Character Tic and personality traits.
  • The Berserker: One he activates his Kakuja form, he completely loses what little control he had left, shouting Kaneki's name over and over again while recklessly attacking him.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: His kagune has been enhanced through his eating other Ghouls, giving him an armored shell.
  • Character Tic: He cracks his fingers, a tic he picked up from his tormentor.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: His hobby; he tortures Kaneki for ten days solid, purely for fun.
  • Cool Big Bro: To Naki, his right-hand man.
  • Cool Mask: A hockey mask, which earned him his nickname.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After beating Naki to a bloody pulp, he accepted the young Ghoul's request to work for him.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He was on both sides of this, having lashed out at his tormentor upon breaking free and likewise, was on the receiving end when Kaneki broke free from his restraints.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: One of the bonus comics features him reminiscing sadly about his mother, in another nod to his namesake. After Kaneki critically wounds him and leaves him to die, he repeatedly cries out for his mother.
  • Exact Words: He reassures Kaneki that he never tells "boring lies". When Kaneki later calls him on lying, he invokes this trope by pointing out he's having too much fun for it to be a boring lie.
  • Expy: An in-universe example. His name came from Investigators being reminded of a certain Hockey mask-wearing murderer related to the number 13...
  • Foil: To Juuzou. Both are associated with the number 13, and both became sadistic monsters as a result of extensive abuse suffered at the hands of the opposite species. When the two meet, Juuzou kills him and has him used as the material to make his Quinque, which he promptly names "Jason".
  • Freudian Excuse: He was taken to a Ghoul Detention Center sometime in the past, and handed over to an interrogator in hopes of getting information from him. His interrogator was sadistic and completely out of control, subjecting him to torture that finally drove him insane. He emerged from his captivity having taken on his tormentor's personality, and became the brutal killer known as "Jason".
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: He enjoys torturing and even eating other Ghouls.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Near the end of his beatdown at Kaneki's hands, he breaks down in tears as Kaneki impales all of his limbs with his kagune and forces him to count backwards from 1000 by sevens.
  • Jerkass: He fully embraces the worst of his nature, being cruel and sometimes even downright petty because he has the strength to do what he wants.
  • Karmic Death: The torturer that enjoyed preying on others ends up beaten within an inch of his life by his victim, and left so that he ends up getting "played with" by a Psychopathic Manchild.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Nico appears to have functioned as this to some extent, serving as both a willing target and a voice of reason to bring Yamori back down when he threatened to go too far.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: When Kaneki breaks loose and fights back, he doesn't notice that Kaneki bit a chunk of meat out of his face until he notices him wiping blood from his mouth, as well as the blood running down his face.
  • Man in White: Our first glimpses of him in the anime involve focuses on his fancy, white suit.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Yamori is just his nickname, but no one calls him Yakumo.
  • Pet the Dog: Bonus material paints his relationship with Naki as one big Pet the Dog moment, showing him patiently explaining things to Naki in increasingly simple terms so he would understand and even pretending to forget his birthday before surprising him with a present.
  • Red Baron: "Jason of the 13th Ward."
  • Sadist: As Kaneki soon learns.
  • Sadistic Choice: He orders Kaneki to choose between a mother and a child, stating he will kill one of them. When Kaneki refuses to do so, he simply kills them both out of anger.
  • Shout-Out: Invoked in-series. His alias comes from his sadistic nature and choice to wear a hockey mask.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: He's from the 13th Ward, and was driven insane.
  • Threshold Guardians: He serves this role in the series, as Kaneki is only able to free himself and defeat Yamori after choosing to fully embrace his Ghoul side.
  • Throw 'Em to the Wolves: What Kaneki ultimately does to him, leaving him crippled and unable to defend himself when CCG finally finds him.
  • Torture Cellar: His "playroom", where he indulges in his hobby.
  • Torture Technician: He is delighted to torture Kaneki.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He suffers one during his battle with Kaneki.


    Ayato Kirishima 

Voiced By: Yuuki Kaji (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)

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An executive of Aogiri Tree, and Touka's younger brother. He is a harsh and brutal, but Kaneki suspects he harbors a lingering affection for his older sister.


  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a trench coat in the sequel, apparently having traded up from his previous taste in fashion. He also wore one as part of his disguise as Black Rabbit.
  • Bad Boss: He greets his subordinate, Banjou, by asking whether he needs to beat him until he vomits blood again.
  • Bishounen: He's quite good looking, and pretty enough that Banjou initially mistakes Touka for him when they first meet.
  • Cain and Abel: Seemingly the Cain to Touka's Abel. Kaneki isn't so sure, though.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Kaneki systematically breaks 103 of his bones, one by one while calmly listing them.
  • Cool Mask: One with a creepy, stylized smile full of sharp teeth. He later trades this in for a black rabbit-themed mask.
  • Cry Cute: In √A, his expression of pure anguish actually causes an Arata-equipped Shinohara to hesitate in finishing him off.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: After being orphaned, the neighbor they thought of as their "Aunt" came to check on them.....and promptly turned them in to CCG investigators waiting outside. He repeatedly warns Touka that humans cannot be trusted.
  • Disappeared Dad: He has....serious issues concerning his late father, and ends up transferring a lot of this anger onto Kaneki.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything??: Ayato's eating of Touka's kagune looks all the more disturbing because the way he presses her against his body makes it look like he's raping her.
  • Dynamic Entry: Leaping through a window, and breaking Banjou's arm in the process. The anime ramps it up even further, as he enters Anteiku by dropping from the roof and casually kicking in the store's front window without missing a beat, hands shoved into his pockets the entire time.
  • Enigmatic Minion: It's implied he may have ulterior motives for joining Aogiri Tree, and Kaneki suspects it involves his sister.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Kaneki confronts him over his repeated sparing of Touka, and taking her down to prevent Yamori from going after her. He suspects Ayato still loves his sister very much, something he tries to deny.
  • Evil Counterpart: To his sister, Touka. Ramped up further when he takes on the identity of Black Rabbit, with Hide being the first to realize that the two Rabbit-masked Ghouls are not the same person.
  • Flechette Storm: As an Ukaku, he can fire off shards of his kagune at a high rate of speed.
  • Fragile Speedster: As a Ukaku user, he's incredibly fast but lacks stamina.
  • Freudian Excuse: His father's death and subsequent betrayal by neighbors cemented his hatred of humans. His hatred towards Kaneki is a projection of his resentment towards his late father.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He wears a black leather jacket and boots, and later favorites a leather trenchcoat.
  • Jerkass: He treats anyone he views as useless or weak harshly, and piles considerable abuse on Kaneki.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: He clearly never got over the loss of his parents, harboring deep feelings of resentment towards his father and the elderly neighbor that betrayed him. Unlike Touka, he refused the chance at a peaceful life Yoshimura offered and continued to live on the streets as a violent Ghoul until recruited by Aogiri.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He calls Nico a "faggot" on more than one occasion.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: A purple one.
  • The Social Darwinist: He despises weak people, and views them as useless.
  • Speed Blitz: As Black Rabbit, he tears through a pair of Investigators in a burst of speed, quite literally shredding them mid-sentence.
  • Teens Are Short: He's the youngest leader of Aogiri, and shorter than any of his peers by far. An omake reveals he's actually insecure about this, which probably isn't helped by Naki calling attention to his height.
  • Troubled, but Cute: He's quite good looking, something commented on by others. He also has a fondness for leather jackets, messy hair, and using safety pins for earrings.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As a child, he was a distrustful but sweet boy that loved his older sister very much. The two nursed an injured bird back to health, and risked going back after being exposed in order to free their pet.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Like his sister, he has dark blue hair.
  • Young and in Charge: He's only a teenager, but is one of the top leaders with numerous subordinates that answer to him.

    The Bin Brothers 

Voiced by: Yuuki Fujiwara (older), Sota Arai (younger) (Japanese), Sonny Strait (older), Jean-Luc Hester (younger) (English)

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A pair of siblings that are executives of Aogiri Tree, always acting in unison. They are strong believers in the supremacist beliefs of the organization, and deeply loyal to the One-Eyed King. They were slain in battle by Amon during the raid on the 11th Ward.


  • Attack Pattern Alpha: The brothers fought in unison, using different attack patterns assigned numbers.
  • Badass Longrobe: They wear flowing robes that conceal their forms.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Their kagune are combined with the remaining pieces of Amon's first Quinque to make a new Chimera-type Quinque. This lance is specially designed to take down Kaneki, and inflicts a horrific injury that even his regenerative abilities cannot handle.
  • Combination Attack: Famous for fighting together, making them exceptionally difficult to take on alone.
  • Creepy Twins: Possibly. It isn't clear if they're actually twins, but they behave as such.
  • The Dividual: They look and act as a single unit, with only their masks showing a sign of individuality.
  • The Faceless: Their masks are never removed, leaving their appearances a mystery.
  • Flipping the Bird: When Kaneki gets one of the brothers down and orders him to surrender, he responds with this gesture.....right before his brother ambushes Kaneki from above.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When challenged by Yamori, they have the sense to back down and let him have his way. They're not happy about it, considering his actions dangerously close to defiance.
  • No Name Given: Their personal names are never revealed.
  • Red Baron: "The Tail Brothers".
  • Red Right Hand: At least one of the brothers has black fingernails, an unusual trait some Ghouls possess.
  • Sibling Team: It isn't clear if they're twins or simply an older and younger brother. But they are a lethal team, either way.
  • Spin Attack: Several of their moves involve doing so, partially to build up force and partially to confuse their targets.
  • Tail Slap: Their primary method of attack, being Bikaku types.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the One-Eyed King. They are noted among the leaders of Aogiri for their exceptional devotion to the cause.


    Naki 

Voiced By: Hiro Shimono (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English)

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A member of Aogiri Tree, originally held prisoner in the Ghoul Prison. He is Yamori's right-hand man, and imitates his "Big Bro" in every way possible. He shows extreme signs of emotional instability, and isn't particularly bright.


  • Affably Evil: He's quite childish and likable for a violent Psychopathic Manchild and even risks his own life to save his Mooks.
  • Ambiguously Gay: His devotion to his "Big Bro" is just slightly questionable.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears one to imitate Yamori's look, and complains when extending his Kagune damages his clothing.
  • Benevolent Boss: He's willing to risk his own life to protect his lackeys, something that even impresses Tsukiyama.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's overly emotional and childishly stupid, but still an S-Rated Ghoul able to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Tsukiyama and Akira Mado.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: He wraps his kagune around his arm to wield it like a sword, the same technique used by Tsukiyama.
  • Book Dumb: He has.....very limited ability to read or write, and considers himself a grown-up because he's capable of handling money and shopping for himself.
  • Character Tic: He cracks his fingers, just like his beloved "Big Bro".
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Some of the things he says or does make little sense.
    Naki: ELBOW! (knees Amon in the face)
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After Yamori beat him to a bloody pulp, Naki asked if he could call him "Big Brother" and started following him around like a puppy.
  • The Ditz: He's prone to mishearing words, and behaves in a childish fashion.
  • Enemy Mine: Teams up with Tsukiyama when their duel is interrupted by the arrival of Amon and Akira.
  • Evil Counterpart: An eviler counterpart to Tsukiyama, being a powerful Ghoul that wields his kagune like a sword and has an unhealthy obsession with another Ghoul. The two duel on more than one occasion, and express a mutual respect for each other.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: He wears heavy black liner around his eyes.
  • Faceless Goons: He's accompanied by a pair of burly lackeys in matching suits, wearing hockey-styled masks. According to him, they're twin brothers.
  • Heroic Resolve: Inversion. When Akira uses a prototype anti-RC grenade that disables Kagunes, he throws himself between her and his twin mooks. He follows this up by kicking her to the ground, tearing a chunk out of her leg, and then attempts to physically rip his kagune out of his back so he can fight.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: He admired Yamori's brutality, and dreamed of one day being tortured by his "Big Bro".
  • Laughably Evil: He's quickly established as a comedic character, but still very much a threat in his own right.
  • Like a God to Me: Played for Drama. After Yamori explains the concept of "God" to him, Naki concludes that the other man must be his "God" — the thing that gives him courage and strength during trying times.
  • Love Martyr: Bonus material reveals that he was regularly subjected to Yamori's more violent impulses, but enjoyed it. He fondly recalls being thrown out a window and having all his fingers broken....and doesn't get it when others try to point out these shouldn't be happy memories.
  • Man in White: He models his style after Yamori, favoring white suits.
  • Number Two: Yamori's second-in-command prior to being imprisoned, and claims to have handled cash for their operation.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He states he's "destined" to torture Kaneki to death, in revenge for killing Yamori.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He veers wildly between ruthless, brutal behavior and child-like whining and crying.
  • Scars Are Forever: He's missing chunks out of his ear, an injury Word of God states was the result of Yamori biting him.
  • Taking the Bullet: Throws himself in between Akira and his goons, getting seriously wounded in the process.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He thinks Tsukiyama is a great guy, placing trust in him moments after they'd just been trying to kill each other.
  • Villainous Valor: Even if he's emotionally unstable and pretty dumb, he genuinely cares about his comrades and puts their safety above his own. Tsukiyama is duly impressed.
  • Worthy Opponent: He considers Tsukiyama to be this, and describes him as a "great guy".


    Shachi 

Voiced By: Kiyoyuki Yanada (Japanese), Andrew T. Shandler (English)

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The former leader of the 6th ward, before Rize defeated him. He is an incredibly skilled martial artist, and decides to throw his lot in with Aogiri Tree.

  • Arc Villain: Of the Lab Raid arc.
  • Barbarian Longhair: His hair is left loose and wild, adding to his savage appearance.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Unlike other ghouls that use their kagune primarily to fight, Shachi focuses mainly on the enhanced strength of a ghoul and hones it to absurd levels, smashing flesh and bone with his fists and feet alone. He really only uses his kagune defensively.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: One reason Shachi is such a terrifying opponent is that he has devoted his life to studying martial arts, taking full advantage of the superior physical abilities of a Ghoul.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He's never seen wearing shoes.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: He sports Fu Manchu-style facial hair, and is an absolutely terrifying opponent.
  • Hot-Blooded: He seems to always be yelled and posing dramatically.
  • Kiai: His fighting style employs the stereotypical martial arts shouting.
  • The Leader: He was apparently an exceptional leader while in control of the 6th Ward, and even in his absence his subordinates seem to be well-suited to keeping the Ward stable. Kaneki notes Shachi made wise choices in putting together a balanced trio to work for him.
  • My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: He challenges Kaneki to become stronger, noting he cannot hope to take on Aogiri with his current strength.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: He possesses a dense musculature that allows him to push the limits of ghouls physical ability allowing him to do impossible feats such as jump the heights of three story buildings, throw people through walls, and hang upside down by his toes! His muscles are also dense enough that it is difficult to land a lasting injury, allowing him to defeat opponents simply by allowing them wail on him until their stamina is depleted.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Shachi, or "Orca", is merely his nickname. His given name is actually Matasaka Kamishiro, suggesting some sort of connection with Rize.
  • Rapunzel Hair: His hair is fairly long, and this gets parodied when an Omake casts him as the titular long-haired Princess.
  • Rated M for Manly: His appearance and behavior invokes the heroes of series such as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Fist of the North Star.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He rarely, if ever, wears a shirt.
  • Worthy Opponent: He seems interested in Kaneki developing into a stronger opponent, so that he can fight him.


The Clowns

    In General 
A gang of Ghouls originating from the 13th Ward, and noted for their iconic Clown-themed masks. Their members have connections to various other groups within the Ghouls world, and they have a hand in the mysterious events going on behind the scenes.

  • Chekhov's Gun: Mentioned throughout the series, with their members appearing among the various factions of Ghouls. They were the reason Yamori was imprisoned and interrogated for information, Nico is the one to provide Kaneki with clues about the connection between Madam A and Dr. Kanou, and Souta dropped the steel bars on Rize. Uta and Itori also played their parts in stringing Kaneki along for their own purpose.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: The revelation that two of Kaneki's most valuable and trusted allies were playing him all along is particularly harsh, even with the Downer Ending.
  • It Amused Me: They seem to do things solely for their own amusement, declaring that life isn't worth living if it isn't entertaining.
  • Jerkass: All of them have little to no empathy for anyone human or ghoul, simply wanting a good laugh.
  • Monster Clown: Their primary identifying trait is the use of Clown-themed masks, and they appear to be a particularly dangerous group.
  • Walking Spoiler: While there have been hints about the Clown Gang throughout the series, their true nature, intentions, and membership are not revealed until the final chapter of the original series.


    No Face 
See Uta.

    Clown I 
See Itori.

     Big Sister 

Nico

Voiced By: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese), Christopher Bevins (English)

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An associate of Yamori, and noted for being flamboyant. While he allies with Aogiri initially, he is actually a member of the Clowns.


  • Agent Peacock: He's a powerful Ghoul in his own right, earning a place in both a major Ghoul gang and Aogiri.
  • Bondage Is Bad: His interactions with Yamori have a district S&M tone to them, and it's presented as part of the overall twisted picture.
  • Camp Gay: Flamboyant to the extreme, and shamelessly so.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He flirts with every man in sight, but doesn't actually try anything further. He also shows compassion towards the most innocent of Yamori's victims.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Incredibly flamboyant, and into very twisted things. He describes an exposed spinal cord as "beautiful", and enjoys ruining people's lives for fun.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He usually allows Yamori to have his "hobby" without issue, but when Kaneki is told to choose whether a mother or her child will be killed, Nico attempts to stop it.
  • Gayngster: A member of both the Clowns and briefly, Aogiri.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: He definitely has a taste for deranged men, noting that his favorites are Yamori and Tatara — both ruthless and sadistic.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Yamori, acting as a voice of reason when the other got too worked up.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: His ideal man is a deranged sadist that regularly punches holes in his torso and keeps a Torture Cellar.
  • Pet the Dog: He attempts to talk Yamori out of killing two prisoners, and expresses sorrow over their deaths afterwards.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the raid begins on Aogiri's hideout, he abandons it without a second thought. It seems he was only hanging around because of Yamori, but once his "love nest" is ruined he loses interest.
  • Smells Sexy: Subverted for laughs. In an omake, he cradles Yamori's mask to his chest. The next panel has Yamori sniffing his mask and wondering if he needs to replace it because it smells gross.
  • Super Senses: His senses of smell and hearing are vastly superior to the average Ghoul, allowing him to lead Yamori to Anteiku (and Kaneki, the "one who smells like Rize") and to overhear the plans of Banjou's group.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Having a hole punched in his side by Yamori seems to be flirting, with him responding that they should save the rest for home.
  • Transvestite: Very fond of fashion, as well as makeup. He even refers to himself as "Big Sis".
  • Villainous Harlequin: A member of the Clowns, a gang of Ghouls that wear clown-themed masks.
  • Voice of Reason: Strangely enough, Nico often serves as the more reasonable and moral of whatever pair he happens to make up at the time.


     Souta 

Voiced By: Ōki Sugiyama (Japanese), David Trosko (English)

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A Ghoul in a clown mask, originally encountered as a member of the Ghoul Restaurant. However, as a member of the Clowns, he has been acting behind the scenes.


  • Big Bad: It’s revealed in the sequel that he is the mastermind behind many of the events in the series.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Shares the role with Eto, one of his main enemies.
  • Bishōnen: It's implied that he's actually very handsome beneath his mask, with his "Guest" for the Restaurant a woman he seduced.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced early on as a member of the Ghoul Restaurant, in truth he is the one that attacked Rize at the construction site, and the Big Bad of the sequel.
  • Cool Mask: A clown mask with stitching on it, giving the impression of facial scars.
  • Monster Clown: He wears a clown mask, and takes part in some truly horrible past times even before his full involvement is revealed.
  • Nasty Party: He lured a human woman to the Ghoul Restaurant with promises of marriage and a fancy evening out on the town. Then he throws her to the Scrapper and laughs while she's roasted alive.
  • Slasher Smile: His mask sports one, and for bonus the stylized teeth look like needles.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He was the one responsible for Rize's accident and Kaneki's getting the transplant that turned him into a One-Eyed Ghoul. Subverted in the sequel, where he’s promoted to Big Bad.


    Gypsy 
Founder and leader of the Clowns. Form more information, see Roma Hoito.


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