Humans introduced or returning in the Tokyo Ghoul sequel series.
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The Commission of Counter Ghoul, a Japanese federal agency tasked with eliminating all Ghouls. By the time of :re, the organization has engaged in open warfare with Aogiri.
- Conspiracy Redemption: After Marude ousts Furuta from the directorship, the CCG begins to drop their Kill Em All tendencies against Ghouls. They later ally with Goat against V during the Dragon Arc. By the time of the epilogue, the organization as a whole has disbanded, with many of its former members joining the TSC (Tokyo Security Council) alongside the Ghouls they once hunted.
- Enemy Mine: Through Hide's efforts, they eventually form an alliance with Goat during Dragon's rampage. This later plants the seeds for their successor, the TSC.
- Fantastic Racism: Against Ghouls.
- Taught by Experience: They've clearly learned from their mistakes in the original series.
- They no longer utilize the partner system from the original series. Ghoul Investigators are now assigned into squads.
The mysterious squad commanded by Arima, its members wear hooded trenchcoats that conceal their identities. After Arima's death, Hirako and the remaining members defected from the CCG and joined Ken Kaneki and his organization, Goat.
Original Members: Kishou Arima (Leader), Koori Ui (Vice-Leader), Hairu Ihei, Haise Sasaki, five unnamed members.
Current Members: Kishou Arima (Leader), Take Hirako, Rikai Souzu, Yusa Arima, Shio Ihei, two unnamed members.
- Badass Longcoat: They wear long trenchcoats.
- Blade on a Stick: The six members all wield identical long, bladed Quinque.
- Blessed with Suck: The squad primarily consists of hybrids, all blessed with superhuman strength at the cost of a shortened lifespan.
- Child Soldiers: Arima and Hairu both started their careers as teenagers, and the five unnamed members are all shown to be teenagers.
- The Dreaded: Their mere presence is enough to terrify any Ghoul facing them.
- The Faceless: In their appearances, the members have concealed their identities beneath their hoods. Only a single member, Ihei, has been identified since then. After Arima's death, three more members are shown to be young teenagers.
- Half-Human Hybrid: The majority of the squad are hybrids from the Sunlit Garden, with only a few exceptional humans ever serving alongside them.
- In the Hood: Their coats include a hood, concealing their identities.
- The Squad: They are by far the strongest Squad, commanded by Arima himself and taking on the most dangerous opponents.
- Tyke Bomb: The squad primarily consists of teenagers recently graduated from the Garden, and sent to train under Arima.
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese), Christopher Wehkamp (English)
The legendary "God of Death", a Special Class Investigator with a reputation for being impossible to defeat in battle. He began his career as a teenager and has many great accomplishments to his name, leading people to either worship or envy him for his strength. The ghouls of Tokyo fear him and consider him an incarnate of Death itself, impossible to escape once he appears on the battlefield.
Arima becomes the mentor and father figure to Haise Sasaki, training him as an investigator while ensuring that his powers remain under control. He is a mysterious individual, with even his closest associates admitting that they don't understand him. His relationship with Sasaki is strained by his secretive manner and harsh teaching methods, though he shows a softer side on rare occasions.
- BFS: His quinque, OWL. It has the appearance of a long, jagged blade with an elongated handle. It's also a Swiss Army Weapon capable of firing a Flechette Storm of projectiles resembling an Ukaku's feathers. Due to the sheer nature of the weapon, combined with Arima's natural skill, it's Too Awesome to Use and Arima himself never used it until his duel with Kaneki.
- Badass Bookworm: The strongest Investigator in Japan is academically gifted, and enjoys reading in his spare time. It seems to be a strong basis for the close relationship he shares with his protege, Sasaki.
- A Birthday, Not a Break: The battle in Cochlea begins on the eve of his 33rd birthday. Meaning he committed suicide on his birthday.
- Blessed with Suck: His hybrid nature granted him superhuman physical abilities on par with a ghoul, but also caused him to internally age at an accelerated rate. Though only in his early 30s, he was dying of old age.
- Broken Ace: He was the strongest and most capable Investigator of the CCG but constantly being forced to kill others left him with a deep seated sense of self-hatred, and an inablity to connect with others.
- The Cavalry: He spearheads the S3 Squad, arriving to help secure victory at the Auction Raid, mostly by scaring away the Aogiri forces.
- Child Soldiers: It is revealed he started working for CCG when he was fifteen. Investigator Atou recalls actually arguing against letting a child fight Ghouls.
- The Coats Are Off: He throws off his iconic trenchcoat in Ch. 75, just before unleashing a brutal series of attacks.
- Continuity Nod: He ends a sparing match by nearly stabbing Sasaki in the eye with a pen, much like he casually stabbed Kaneki's eyes out with IXA.
- Cool Big Bro: The other Garden alumni view him as this, and adore him.
- Cruel to Be Kind: During their entire final battle, Arima behaves in an incredibly cruel manner — taunting Kaneki, threatening to kill his friends, and repeatedly slicing off his limbs. But this all proves to merely be Arima's method of forcing Kaneki to realize his own desire to live, and aid him in mastering his abilities so that he will be strong enough to survive. Once defeated, Arima entrusts him with all his secrets, and shows that he truly cared for Kaneki all along.
- Death Equals Redemption: Commits suicide, and in his final moments imparts vital information to Kaneki—all apparently with the purpose of accomplishing something and/or helping Kaneki—before revealing how much he despised his own life for killing others and admits how happy he is to have done something good.
- Death Is Dramatic: Gives off a meaningful monologue and a metric load of exposition to Kaneki before dying of a slit throat.
- Death Seeker: He hated living as a tool of V, and wanted to die at Kaneki's hands so he could be free.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Kaneki's arms, confessing the secrets of V and the Washuus.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Youd think, since hes the One-Eyed King, that Kanekis journey would be over after his defeat. Not even close.
- The Dreaded: Juuzou jokes that ghouls faint when they see Arima. It actually isn't that far from the truth, with Hinami collapsing in despair when she sees him and the mere mention of him enough to send Aogiri's forces running. Sasaki is similarly terrified of him, and plans to have Arima kill him because "no one can win against Arima".
- Driven to Suicide: After his defeat, he confirms that Kaneki has no intention to kill him... then slits his own throat.
- Dying Declaration of Love: Of the familial variety. Kaneki spends much of their battle wondering how Arima feels, whether he is angry or disappointed by his protege's betrayal. In his final moments, Arima praises him with a warm smile, and uses the last of his strength to try to touch Kaneki's cheek.
- Elite Mook: It is all but outright stated that this is all he was ever "bred" to be by V, though he himself admits that he loathed it.
- Empty Eyes: He's prone to this sort of expression, in particular when out in the field. It turns out to be a hint of his vision problems.
- First-Name Basis: He uses Sasaki's personal name, and notably speaks to him as a peer instead of as his superior.
- Foreshadowing: Arima's hair losing its color in a short amount of time was actually a sign of his advanced aging.
- Good All Along: Arima hated his existence as a pawn of V, and never wanted to kill for his masters. Unable to escape them, he instead prepared Kaneki to defeat him, and left him with the truth about the CCG and V. His personal squad arrive as The Cavalry, revealing that he asked them to protect Kaneki and aid him in escape from Cochlea.
- Go Out with a Smile: Satisfied that he has finally been able to leave behind something good in the world, Arima gives a small contended smile to Kaneki before succumbing to his injury.
- Half-Human Hybrid: His abilities come from being a "Hybrid", a child with Ghoul genes that grants them increased physical ability on the downside of degenerative genes.
- Handicapped Badass: His advanced genes was causing his body to degenerate to the point that he went blind in one eye. This in no way stops him from being a One-Man Army but it is however the means in which Kaneki gets to defeat him.
- Heroic Bastard: He is one of Tsuneyoshi Washuu's many illegitimate children.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to provide the spark needed to ignite the One-Eyed King's revolution, giving Kaneki the clout he needs to unite many ghouls under his leadership.
- Hidden Depths: Despite being pretty cold and genuinely scaring the shit out of just about everyone, his relationships with Taishi and Haise seem to show a softer side of him.
- In his final moments he admits to Kaneki how much he loathed his life for only ever seeming to "take" from others.
- Hope Bringer: In the past, his mere presence in the field of battle had been enough to rouse the forces of the CCG from the despair of a seemingly hopeless situation. After his death, the members of his squad who hail from the Garden bid him a tearful farewell, and Hirako explains that he was their hope, and Kaneki refers to him as the man who gave him hope as well.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: His reputation as being impossible to defeat makes him this to any Ghoul unfortunate to face him. Kaneki plans to take advantage of this, fighting Arima in order to commit suicide.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: After Kaneki shatters IXA, Arima requests another suitcase with his final Quinque — the SSS-rated Ukaku "OWL". He explains that it was made for him after he ripped a kakuhou out of the Owl (Yoshimura) as a teenager, but he's never actually used it.
- Implacable Man: He has a reputation for being this, an unstoppable force of nature that brings death to anyone he pursues. During the Cochlea Invasion, he pursues Ayato, Touka, and Yomo through the levels of the prison and effortlessly shrugs off everything thrown at him.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: In his youth, his brilliant mind and skill as an Investigator kept him isolated from others.
- Invincible Hero: Depending on if you view him as hero or villain, he can be one of these. This is proven as he effortlessly defeats Shachi with no effort who is a SS ghoul, easily fend combine efforts of Yomo, Ayato, and Toukas attacks with ease. Even Eto, his co-conspirator, was never able to best him. He easily beats Kaneki multiple times in Cochlea. The only time he has been injured was once in the series, which was just a scratch from Kanekis attacks. Kaneki never fights him at the pinnacle of his strength, though his words make it clear he did surpass him even at his peak.
- Irony: He was either hated or admired by others for the very thing that was not only slowly killing him, but something he hated to the degree it made him long for death.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Sasaki refers to him as his father, and reassures himself that everything is fine because of Arima.
- Lonely at the Top: At one point, Sasaki recalls having asked various people their opinions on Arima. It became clear that even those closest to him don't really know or understand him. When he isn't resented by others, he's put onto a pedestal and viewed as someone impossible for normal people to relate to. It ultimately gives the impression that being the very best is incredibly lonely.
- MayflyDecember Friendship: With the exception of the other Garden children, all of his friendships and professional connections were this. He was already middle-aged by the time he befriended Fura as a teenager, having only about 1/3 of a human's potential lifespan.
- Meaningful Funeral: He's given an emotional, impromptu funeral in the bowels of Cochlea. His squad gathers to mourn him, and Kaneki plants his broken quinque as a marker and recites poetry as an eulogy to his beloved mentor.
- The Mentor: He has numerous proteges, among them Take Hirako, Koori Ui, and Haise Sasaki.
- Mole in Charge: The strongest Investigator, charged with exterminating the One-Eyed King was the One-Eyed King himself, and working with Eto all along.
- Mr. Fanservice: A subtle example. Though he's always full-clothed, Ishida seems very fond of drawing panels that focus of how his coat seems to cling to every inch of his perfectly heart-shaped rear end.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: His death is the catalyst intended to begin the revolution to overthrow V.
- Oh, Crap!: He loses his composure for the first time in the series and has this reaction when he realizes that he has been tricked into slashing at Sasaki's talking tentacles rather than Sasaki himself, giving the latter an opening against him.
- Only Friend: Taishi, with them having known each other since high school and Arima having been the one to inspire him to be a ghoul investigator. They seem to have drifted apart since JACK, though.
- Only I Can Kill Him: Inverted and zig-zagged; Arima recognizes that Kaneki is the only one capable of actualy killing him, and spends the final portion of their fight trying to goad the half-ghoul into doing that. When it does not work, he kills himself, and begs Kaneki to take the credit—as he was the only one capable of pulling off the feat—for some undisclosed purpose.
- Parasol of Pain: Hirako claims he once defeated a Ghoul with an umbrella. It's unclear whether this really happened, or is another wild story attributed to him.
- Parental Substitute: Sasaki refers to him as his "father". In response, Arima calls the Quinx Squad his "grandkids".
- Pet the Dog: He treats Sasaki kindly, chatting about books and generally blowing off his concerns over having lost control. Chapter 67 is an extended one for him, showing how the amnesiac Kaneki became Sasaki. He started out completely deranged, engaging in extensive self-harm and starving himself until Arima snapped him out of it. Over an unknown period of time, Arima visited him at Cochlea and brought him books, helping him recover and stabilize to the point of being allowed to begin work as an Investigator. Arima insisted that he be allowed to select his own name, suggesting the young man pick his favorite Kanji.
- A flashback Hairu has of her childhood right before her death shows a then teenaged Arima smiling at her before affectionately patting her on the head.
- As he dies, he reaches out to Kaneki with the last of his strength and praises him as the only good thing he could leave behind in the world.
- Red Baron: Feared among the Ghouls as CCG's Reaper.
- The Reveal:
- Ch. 63: Arima is a member of V.
- Ch. 83: He is a Half-Human Hybrid, which arguably be a case of The Un-Reveal in and of itself—fans have been theorizing about his status as a "human" once they learned just how powerful he was—but lacks a kagune or Healing Factor. He was Secretly Dying, as a result of hybrids aging at an accelerated rate.
- Ch. 86: Arima was the One-Eyed King, having met Eto as a teenager. Her vision of "fixing" the world interested him, and the two have been working together since.
- Run or Die: The only option when faced with him, sending Aogiri's forces fleeing for the hills the moment he arrives.
- Secretly Dying: He was dying of old age, as a result of his mixed heritage.
- To Franz Kafka's A Crossbreed. He mentions that it was his favorite among the short stories in the book he borrowed from Sasaki — notably, Arima bears a striking resemblance to the narrator of the story and also the "crossbreed" in the story himself.
- To Ringing Bell, with Arima revealed to be the Wolf and Sasaki, the lamb Chirin. Kaneki's parting words, calling Arima his "teacher and father", are directly taken from Chirin's farewell to Wolf.
- Shrouded in Myth: He's surrounded with all sorts of rumors and myths, but Chapter 31.5 focused on some of the more comical ones. Did you know he once defeated a Ghoul with an umbrella? And Ghouls usually faint when they see him? And sometimes, he even takes short naps in the middle of operations. That's what I heard.
- Slashed Throat: He does this to Yomo during their battle, and later slits his own throat after being defeated by Kaneki.
- Snot Bubble: He's sporting one in the story Juuzou tells about him.
- Stealth Mentor: His harsh and brutal behavior was all to ensure that Kaneki would regain his will to live, and possess the strength necessary to not only defeat him, but to also challenge V. Once defeated, he expresses his affection and pride for Kaneki, and leaves his squad with orders to further aid him.
- Stoic Spectacles: Arima is noted for always wearing glasses, and very aloof, almost to the point of detached apathy. His glasses seem to symbolize that there is an insurmountable wall between him and the rest of the world.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: As previously hinted in Jack, a lifetime of serving as the CCG's "God of Death" has resulted in him burying his emotions beneath a cold mask. Little glimpses of warmth slip out on occasion, but he's perfected acting as an emotionless soldier and ruthless killer. This is best illustrated by a flashback of young Arima catching a butterfly in his hand, seemingly killing it, but later, safely releasing it out a window while his superiors aren't watching him.
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: It turns out that while the younger generations worship Arima, the older generations have always resented him. Unable to compare to the young prodigy, many like Marude were openly hostile towards him.
- Thanatos Gambit: The fact that he's so unstoppable makes it so that the Ghoul that would kill him shall become legend. Just what he and Eto were counting on. While Kaneki and Arima do fight, Ken is unwilling to kill Arima even after winning, forcing Arima to finish the job himself.
- Whole Plot Reference: His whole relationship to Sasaki is basically one to Ringing Bell, to the point that Kaneki outright quotes the work while giving Arima a sendoff.
- The Worf Effect: Inverted. Arima is so absurdly powerful that he ends up inflicting this on almost every powerful Ghoul he fights, regardless of rank. Even SS and SSS rate Ghouls are in serious danger when faced with him.
- Invoked by himself later, though. He knows that his "death" at the hands of Kaneki will show the world just how powerful the latter is. This will inevitably give the ghouls hope, and horrify the agents of V.
- Wrecked Weapon: During the course of the battles in Cochlea, Narukami is rendered unstable by an enormous crack, and IXA is completely destroyed. Later, after regaining his will to live, Kaneki completely shatters Owl, leaving Arima to, briefly, attempt to continue the battle with the broken weapon.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Hybrids only have a limited lifespan, and Arima was dying of old age.
- Zero-Approval Gambit: Intentionally became the most feared Investigator, the very face of the CCG for most ghouls, all so his death would elevate his killer and make them a Hope Bringer.
Voiced by: Makoto Naruse (Japanese), Chris Burnett (English)
During the Time Skip between the first series and :re, Ui was promoted to a Special Class Investigator, joined the S3 Squad. He is a protege of Kishou Arima, and took part in the battle against the Owl two years ago as the Vice-Commander of Squad Zero. After the Human Auction operation, he becomes the leader of the S1 Squad. After the new Bureau Director was appointed, he became the director's chief advisor and gave the S1 Squad leadership to Tanakamaru.
- Authority in Name Only: Being the chief advisor of the Bureau Director, Ui should be the CCG's second-in-command, but he really has no control or idea over what Kichimura/Furuta is doing.
- Being Personal Isn't Professional: Recommends to Kuramoto to let go of any personal feelings or else he might end up losing everything important to him, after Hirako and "Haise" defected from the CCG. Ironically, Ui didn't take his own advice. Losing his teacher (Arima), his sempai (Hirako), his co-worker (Hairu), and even his kouhai (Haise), Ui realizes that he has lost everything important to him and starts to cry.
- Bishōnen: As pretty as ever, even while slaughtering ghouls.
- Black and White Morality: It's pretty simple for Ui. Humans are good, ghouls are bad. The CCG represent justice to him and their actions are thus just. He also believes that the CCG must not go too far with their methods, as he scolded Kijima for the way he tortured and killed their prisoners and forbids Sasaki to dress up like ghouls for intelligence. He is terribly conflicted when Hirako and Sasaki betray the CCG and deeply shaken when he learns that most of the "clowns" he mercilessly killed were actually humans.
- Break the Haughty: Proud and highly praised, he ends up commander of a disastrous operation that ruins him professionally and leaves him traumatized on a personal level.
- The Cavalry: He shows up to rescue Hirako Squad from the Clowns, leading the charge.
- Despair Event Horizon: The loss of everyone he cares about over the course of a few months breaks him, causing him to collapse under the strain and promptly attach himself to Furuta as a lifeline.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Ui comes from a wealthy family and actually did not go through a tragedy, which would motivate him to join the CCG. He is looking for justice and this is what the CCG presumably represents. It's apparent though, that he valued his personal relationships more than his sense of justice. When everyone important to him either died or left, he cries and asks himself what he is actually fighting for. He then clings to Furuta to make him the new Bureau Director, after Yoshitoki Washuu was killed.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's noticeably disgusted by Shiki Kijima's cruelty.
- Evil Costume Switch: After surrendering his morals in hopes of seeing Hairu revived, Ui begins wearing a black uniform to match Furuta and the Oggai.
- Fantastic Racism: Readily and openly shows disdain for Ghouls, scoffing at their displays of genuine emotion and refusing to consider them people. Ui also has this disdain towards Sasaki. However, despite seeing him as a ghoul, Sasaki was important to Ui and Ui is visibly distraught after Arima died, and Hirako and Sasaki betrayed the CCG.
- First-Name Basis: With his partner, Hairu.
- Friendless Background: Due to his personality, Ui doesn't really have friends. Word of God reveals his hobbies include horseback riding, karaoke and scrapbooking, but he does all of this alone. When those he considered to be the closest thing to friends (his partner, his mentor, his sempai and his kouhai) die or leave him, he cries.
- Heroic BSoD: Ui is not having a good run.
- He suffers one while approaching the scene of Hairu's death, naming all the stops along the Tokyo metro as a sort of Madness Mantra.
- He breaks down after discovering that the Clowns were mostly human hostages, and he'd just murdered them in cold blood.
- Honor Before Reason: He rejects a brilliant plan solely on the grounds that it doesn't meet his ideals of a "Hero of Justice".
- Horrible Judge of Character: Ui thinks Urie is a fool for putting his trust into Matsuri, not knowing Urie does not really think much of Matsuri and only uses him to climb ranks. He's completely taken in by Furuta, clinging to the younger man as a lifeline and backing him as the new commander of the CCG. He goes so far as to stake his entire career on Furuta, offering to take personal responsibility for his actions.
- Irony: Ui is noted for his deep hatred and disdain for ghouls, as well as his open suspicion of hybrids like Sasaki and the Quinx. His beloved mentor and his partner were both half-ghouls, and the masters he serves are secretly ghouls.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Arima, Hairu, and Hirako all kept him in the dark about the truth about the CCG, the half-humans, and Arima's rebellion.
- Love Makes You Evil: Ui abandons his morality, on the promise that Hairu can be revived by Dr. Kanou.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Ui is horrified at the direction the CCG is headed under its new leadership, with the (open) use of experimental Child Soldiers and public executions. When he sees the traumatized Investigators cheering Furuta's plan to occupy Tokyo for an extermination campaign, he realizes he has helped bring about the destruction of the organization.
- Number Two: He becomes Furuta's right-hand man, acting as the second-in-command of the CCG.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: He shoots down Sasaki's plan, for no other reason than it goes against his sense of how an Investigator should behave. It may also have to do with his own views of Sasaki and therefore tries to prevent Sasaki from ranking up.
- Only Sane Man: His role in an omake about Arima and his proteges. While everyone else gets into the challenge, he scolds Arima for putting his shoes on the table.
- Princely Young Man: He's from an extremely wealthy family, and is heavily concerned with proper social behavior.
- Rank Up: He starts :re as a Special Class, and later becomes the Second-in-Command of the CCG.
- Single Tear: In the aftermath of the third Cochlea outbreak, he bitterly cries a single tear, questioning himself why he is actually fighting after having lost everyone important to him.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: His sleek bob definitely stands out from the typical haircuts of other Investigators.
- Smoking Is Glamorous/Smoking Is Cool: His card in the Trump Deck features him in a nice suit, smoking a cigarette.
- The Squad: A member of the S3 Squad.
- Trauma Conga Line: The Tsukiyama Extermination operation effectively destroys him on a personal and professional level, humiliating and traumatizing him. Not only does it fail to accomplish its goal, heavy losses are taken, his partner is killed in action, and his rival ends up taking credit for the one positive to come out of the operation. He's left with his reputation destroyed, and still hasn't fully recovered even months later.
- Unwitting Pawn: Ui ends up becoming Furuta's pawn, helping him to take over the CCG. As his official Advisor, Ui is set to unwittingly help him carry out his schemes.
- Whip It Good: His Quinque's unique properties allow it to be used as a whip or a spear.
Voiced by: Akira Sekine (Japanese), Jill Harris (English)
A First Class Investigator, and partner to Koori Ui. At 20 years old, she is much younger than her peers and became an Investigator as a teenager. She is a member of the mysterious Squad Zero, commanded by Arima, and took part in the battle in the 20th Ward.
- Badass Longcoat: The uniform for Squad Zero includes a trenchcoat.
- Big Brother Worship: Implied by her flashback to be her relationship with Arima.
- Blessed with Suck: As a hybrid, she had superhuman physical abilities, but would have broken down and died of old age by the time she was in her 30s.
- Blood Is the New Black: She walks around splattered in the blood of her victims, while fighting.
- Book Dumb: Ui complains about her lack of formal education.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Showed up as one of the hooded figures alongside Arima during the Owl Suppression Operation near the end of the first series, and again at the end of the Auction arc, before making her official debut in Chapter 34.
- Child Soldiers: She became an Investigator at the age of 16, the same age as Arima.
- Cute But Psycho: She's a very pretty young lady, but her fight with Matsumae shows her to be more than a little bloodthirsty.
- Dissonant Serenity: Most prominent during her second encounter with Matsumae, where she dons an almost blissful expression... with blood spattered all over her face.
- Dull Surprise: Her reaction to slipping on blood and getting impaled by Matsumae is pretty mild.
- First-Name Basis: With her superior, Koori Ui. She has to catch herself and refer to him by his rank and his last name when talking to others. This and a flashback where they go drinking reveal these two had a close relationship. She also calls people who are or were below her rank by their first name, like Sasaki.
- Half-Human Hybrid: She came from the Sunlit Garden, a place where half-ghoul/half-humans are bred, which explains her superhuman abilities.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: She slips on blood while fighting Matsumae, leaving her open to Matsumae's strike. There's little doubt the blood was from one of Hairu's kills.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Matsumae stabs her through the chest.
- Improbable Age: She's already a Senior Investigator, at an age when most Investigators are just finishing their training at the Academy.
- Kansai Regional Dialect: Has a Hokkaido dialect that only comes out when she's angry.
- In the Hood: As a member of Squad Zero, she wears a hooded that completely conceals her identity.
- Little Miss Badass: She is a very pretty young woman, but strong enough to serve in Arima's personal squad.
- Mauve Shirt: She seems like an important newcomer, right up until she dies in battle with Matsumae.
- Mysterious Past: Apparently came from the "Sunlit Garden", wherever the heck that is. No mention of this place has been made anywhere in the series so far before her introduction. It's something very, very important.
- Off with Her Head!: Mairo decapitates her.
- One-Man Army: Not nearly to the same extent as Arima, but she absolutely slaughters dozens and dozens of ghouls in her wake at the Lunatic Building without so much as a scratch.
- The Reveal: Ch. 83 reveals that she was a Half-Human Hybrid, and would have eventually died from premature aging.
- The Rival: To Matsumae.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: She's a perky and cute girl with pink hair. At least when she's interacting with the Quinx.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: While she's a highly-skilled fighter, her formal education is severely lacking.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: She wears a modified, angled bob.
- Shock and Awe: Her Quinque, T-Human, is similar to Arima's Narukami and can fire blots of electricity.
- Slasher Smile: Quite good at sporting creepy, menacing smirks.
- The Squadette: Thus far, she's the only known woman on the team.
- Tagalong Kid: She feels this way, since she's always surrounded by older peers. She's delighted when she meets the Quinx and finally has people her own age to work with.
- Talking to Herself: Her bio states that she likes having conversations with herself. Could be a Split Personality, but it's more likely she just has a few screws loose.
- Tareme Eyes: Her eyes have a droopy, heavy-lidded quality.
- Tyke Bomb: She's been an active Investigator since she was 16, and grew up in a mysterious place known as the "Sunlight Garden". Arima seems to have been raised there as well.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Mentions wanting to be praised by Arima. When Fura responds that Arima has never praised anyone before, Hairu just states that just makes her desire it even more.
- Womanchild: Generally acted much younger than her age would suggest, whether interacting with coworkers such as Ui or in battle.
An accomplished squad led by Take Hirako, operating out of the 1st Ward. They have something of a rivalry with the Quinx, and many of the members look down on the unusual group. Their current target is the S-rated Orochi.
In the aftermath of the Auction, Kuramoto is given command of the squad after Hirako's re-assignment.
Members: Take Hirako (Leader), Kuramoto Itou (Vice Leader), Shinji Michibata, Yasuhito Nezu, Masami Umeno, Takeomi Kuroiwa.
- Affectionate Nickname: Kuramoto likes to assign the other members nicknames.
- Badass Crew: Their strength is sufficient to take on an out-of-control Sasaki, or face off against members of the Clown Gang without taking any losses.
- Fantastic Racism: Discussed among its members, who hold varying opinions on the Quinx Project.
- Mauve Shirt: They provide a secondary group of Investigators, with Kuramoto and Takeomi in particular becoming significant supporting characters. Then Michibata, Nezu, and Umeno all get eaten by Noro.
- Pet the Dog: After the Auction, the members of Hirako Squad greet Mutsuki and congratulate him on a good job in sharp contrast to having mocked him in the first chapter. They even give him his own nickname, "Eyepatch".
- The Rival: The Quinx Squad view them as rivals, due to their many accomplishments.
- The Squad: Noted to be a very skilled bunch, in particular Hirako and the promising up-and-comer Takeomi Kuroiwa.
A First Class Investigator, in command of the highly-decorated Hirako Squad. His squad was working on the Orochi Case, and was responsible for handling Sasaki should he lose control. After the Auction, he finds himself given a rather abrupt transfer back to Arima's squad. After Arima's death, he and the rest of Squad Zero quit the CCG and escort Kaneki out of Cochlea, carrying out Arima's final request.
Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi (Japanese), Dallas Reid (English)
A Ghoul Investigator, and member of Hirako's team. He is easy-going and cheerful, slowly becoming a good friend to Sasaki and the Quinx.
After the Auction, he finds himself suddenly given command of the squad and has misgivings about it.
- A Birthday, Not a Break: The Auction takes place on November 11th, which his profile in Volume 2 reveals is also his birthday.
- Alliterative Name: Lampshaded. His name and rank are both "Itou", so he suggests Haise to just call him "Kuramoto" for ease.
- Ascended Extra: He appears as a minor character in the original series, and now plays a much more significant role as one of Sasaki's coworkers.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Shimoguchi.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's always got a playful comment on hand, even in tense situations.
- Eyes Always Shut: Giving the impression of someone untrustworthy.
- Fantastic Racism: Played with. He chides his teammates and reminds them to be polite because the Quinx are their coworkers. But he follows this up by calling them "scary" and complaining that he doesn't understand what their superiors are thinking employing them. Later on, he's shown to have completely abandoned any misgivings and is friends with the Quinx.
- First-Name Basis: With Sasaki, after insisting that it would be too much of a hassle to call him "Itou Itou".
- Fun Personified: He compares himself to Hirako, explaining that his superior isn't the type for parties — unlike him. He proceeds to play video games with Saiko, and lead light-hearted conversations at the dinner table.
- Heroic BSoD: He did not take Hirako and Haise's betrayal well.
- Irony: The chest injury he suffers at the beginning of the L.E Building battle puts him out of commission during the fight with Noro, a fight which sees much of his squad and Shirazu lose their lives.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Like many other Investigators, he greatly admires Arima and mistakes his blank Will as a sign that Arima is supremely confident.
- The Lancer: Hirako's second-in-command, cheerful and energetic in sharp contrast to his leader's stoic nature.
- Mortal Wound Reveal: During the battle with Noro, he's knocked across the hallway. His initial concern is his Quinque, but then he realizes that there are pieces of his ribcage sticking out.
- The Nicknamer: He likes to give out nicknames to his teammates.
- Number Two: The Vice-Captain and long-time partner to Hirako.
- Rank Up: In Chapter 32, he becomes a First Class.
- Tarot Motifs: X. The Wheel of Fortune, which appears on his workout clothing in a bonus artwork.
- You Are in Command Now: He becomes the new Squad Leader after Hirako's sudden transfer, and isn't too happy about it.
Voiced by: Haruki Ishiya (Japanese), Alejandro Saab (English)
A 20-year old Rank 2 Investigator, and member of Team Hirako. He is the son of Special Class Kuroiwa, and considered to be an exceptionally gifted young Investigator.
- The Ace: He's considered a model student, and his Super Strength earns him comparisons to his father and Amon.
- Affectionate Nickname: Kuramoto dubbed him "Buujin", an alternate reading of his kanji. Buujin can also mean "military man". It's to avoid mixing him up with Take Hirako.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Do not threaten his loved ones. The normally stoic and kind Takeomi loses his temper when Mutsuki insults and threatens Yoriko and ends up arrested for assaulting another Investigator.
- Beta Couple: With Yoriko.
- Big Guy Rodeo: His tactic once his Quinque is broken while fighting Ganbo.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has them, just like his father.
- Childhood Friends: With Yoriko, of all people.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He seems to have started dating her, since their reunion.
- Fantastic Racism: Averted. He's well aware of what Sasaki is, having seen him go out of control. That doesn't change Takeomi's high opinion of him, and he seeks out Urie to ask how Sasaki is doing after the battle.
- Foil: To Urie. Both are the genius sons of Special Class Investigators that fought the Owl, but Takeomi is humble and kind while Urie is selfish and arrogant.
- Fourth Date Marriage: His marriage proposal comes across as this, since it's only the second time he's shared a scene with Yoriko. But it reality, he's had about 7 - 9 months to reconnect with his childhood friend.
- Heroic Lineage: People have high expectations of him, as a result of his father being a legendary Investigator.
- Humble Hero: He's the son of a famous Investigator, and possesses physical strength well above human norms. Even so, he's incredibly humble and respectful to others.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": He seems to greatly admire Sasaki, and expresses the desire to learn from him.
- Lamarck Was Right: He's already noted to be exceptional, and his heritage as the son of a Special Class Investigator is credited.
- Made of Iron: Even though he's only human, he shrugs off being repeatedly smashed into pillars by a massive Ghoul.
- Neck Snap: He kills Ganbo by climbing on his back and breaking his neck.
- Nice Guy: He's an extremely kind and humble young man, treating everyone he meets with respect.
- Rage Breaking Point: Takeomi is one of the nicest characters in the series, and avoids losing his temper even in battle. But when Mutsuki insults and threatens his wife, Takeomi comes out swinging.
- The Rival: Urie views him as one, though it's unclear whether this feeling is mutual.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Takeomi uses the chaos of Dragon's appearance to break into the detention center and rescue Yoriko. He flees with his wife, choosing to save her rather than remain with the corrupt organization.
- Shrouded in Myth: After his impressive feat at the Auction, he immediately gains fame. A month later, it seems the story has been elaborated on to the extent people now think he ripped a Ghoul's head off with his bare hands. The humble Takeomi is immediately embarrassed by this rumor.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Urie makes him the target of his hatred towards the elder Kuroiwa, holding him equally responsible for his father's actions.
- Spin-Offspring: The son of Iwao Kuroiwa, from the original series.
- Super Strength: Kuramoto notes that he is among the 0.01% of humans that possesses physical strength above normal human limitations, and can therefore actually fight Ghouls unarmed.
- Teen Genius: He was considered one of the brightest students at the Academy.
- Token Good Teammate: Takeomi is by far the most friendly of the bunch, with zero judgment towards the Quinx or their mentor over their Half-Human Hybrid status.
- Through His Stomach: When asked why he decided to propose to Yoriko, he explains that his father advised him to marry a woman that is a good cook.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Provides Mutsuki with a photograph of Touka and Yoriko together, unaware of the other's real intentions. This leads to Mutsuki presenting Touka with a mangled hand, claiming it belongs to Yoriko.
The squad commanded by Juuzou Suzuya, operating out of the 13th Ward. They are noted for their exceptional skills and teamwork, having won an award for excellence. The squad is later on taking the leadership of Arima's prestigious S3 Squad.
- Attack Pattern Alpha: The team carry out several coordinated attacks, using subtle hand signals to communicate their plans.
- Badass Crew: Tight-knit, and all badasses under Juuzou's leadership.
- Berserk Button: They are incredibly protective of their leader.
- Bishōnen: Juuzou and Tamaki are both very easy on the eyes.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Juuzou and Mikage are both odd to say the least.
- Quantity Versus Quality: Once they become the new Zero squad they rely on numbers as well as their skill to take on ghouls, compared to the smaller in number but more skilled Zero squad that was once under Arima.
- The Squad: Famous for their skill as a team.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: When they rescue Urie and Mutsuki from Big Madam, the squad falls in around them posed like a sentai team.
- Troll: The entire squad allows Kuro to think she's won, and then burst into hysterical laughter, right before Juuzou shows up behind her.
- True Companions: They're very much like a dysfunctional but happy family.
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Maxey Whitehead (English)
In the years since the battle with Owl, Juuzou has been promoted to an Associate Special Class and serves in the 13th Ward. His squad is assigned to work alongside the Quinx in investigating the mysterious Ghoul known as "Nutcracker". In the aftermath of the Auction, he achieves the rank of Special Class. After the third Cochlea outbreak, he takes over the S3 Squad.
- Ace Custom: The Arata Joker Armor.
- Artificial Limbs: He's gotten a rather advanced prosthetic leg, allowing him to continue working as an Investigator. Besides being incredibly life-like and granting a full range of natural motion, it includes a hidden compartment for storing numerous Quinque blades.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: He makes a stunning young woman, when in disguise. Of course, he's got practice.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Juuzou is still an odd-ball that wears slippers to work, eats snacks at the conference table, and generally marches to the beat of his own drum. He's also developed into an exceptional Investigator with keen instincts, decent leadership skills, and a track record of rapid promotions second only to Arima. Suffice to say, Shinohara taught him well.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Subverted. Juuzou reassures Big Madam that he never resented her, and indeed thinks back to a happy memory from his childhood.
- Disguised in Drag: He opts to partner with Mutsuki, infiltrating the Auction disguised as a woman.
- The Dreaded: His reputation proceeds him, causing the Ghouls at the Auction to panic the moment they recognize him.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: His disguise for the Auction, with the audience comparing him to a doll. Justified since he's had experience with this.
- Face Your Fears: Advises Mutsuki of this through quoting something Shinohara once told him. See Shout-Out below.
- Fire-Forged Friends: His partner explains that Juuzou and Sasaki became good friends as a result of having to work on cases together.
- Flechette Storm: His trademark move, peppering his opponents with knives before they can react. He demonstrates to Mutsuki how to accomplish this, through holding roughly four blades in his hands while juggling several more in the air.
- Friendship Moment: He greets Sasaki by rushing towards him with arms extended... and then starts frisking him. It turns out Sasaki likes to stuff candy into his pockets for him to find.
- Handicapped Badass: He's a high-ranked Investigator, and missing one leg above the knee.
- Hidden Weapons: His prosthetic leg doubles as a sheath for dozens of Quinque knives.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: During his battle with Kuro, he allows himself to be seemingly killed, and then deploys his custom Arata Armor and unleashes a Curb-Stomp Battle.
- It's Personal: He admits his desire to infiltrate the Auction is due to personal, unfinished business.
- Nothing Personal: However, he later admits to Big Madam that he's only doing it because it's his job, and still cares about her.
- Only Friend: After Kaneki's defection, Juuzou admits to feeling conflicted over the possibility of having to fight him due to Kaneki being the one person other than Shinohara that was nice to him.
- Pint-Size Powerhouse: Juuzou is fairly small and looks weak, but is one of the strongest Investigators and noted for having an incredibly athletic body.
- Play-Along Prisoner: Allows himself to be captured and imprisoned, then dragged up on stage to be sold. Once on stage and exactly where he wants to be, he starts slaughtering Ghouls with the knives hidden in his prosthetic leg.
- Rank Up: He's gone from a Rank 2 in the original series, to an Associate Special Class and commander of his own squad. In Chapter 32, he becomes a Special Class and is noted to be the first to do this since Arima.
- Red Armband of Leadership: Juuzou and his subordinates all wear an armband with a "XIII" on it, making them stand out from other teams.
- Shout-Out: He partially quotes boxer Mike Tyson, while giving advice to Mutsuki.
- Spanner in the Works: He completely derails Urie's plans, simply by being himself. It leaves the young Investigator furious at his inability to predict Juuzou's actions.
- Tearful Smile: Offers his beloved Mama a heartbreaking smile, before his squad finishes her off and Hanbee comforts him.
- Took a Level in Kindness: The first time they met, Juuzou repaid Sasaki the money he stole from him years prior.
- Trickster Mentor: In the Joker one-shot, he messes with his rookie partner to teach him valuable lessons. He's also shown to be a decent teacher to Mutsuki as well as a leader adored by his subordinates.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Furuta sets him against Kaneki, for the purpose of pushing him to the point where he must consume the Oggai to survive — triggering the "birth" of the Dragon.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Inverted. He's become a much nicer person now that he has black hair.
- Weapon of Choice: He has two:
- He is extremely competent with his switchblade Bikaku quinques, Scorpion 1/56 which as its name implies, is a set of 56 knives to be used in close combat or as throwing knives. However, he much prefers the destructive power of a:
- His use of a Sinister Scythe carries over from his appearances in the original series and Jack, it's an extremely powerful quinque that makes quick work of all but the most powerful of ghouls.
Voiced by: Masakazu Nishida (Japanese), Brad Kurtz (English)
A Rank 2 Investigator, assigned as Juuzou Suzuya's subordinate. He appears in the one-shot Joker, and struggles with serious doubts about himself. In the sequel, he has become the second-in-command of the Suzuya Squad and handles a good percentage of the formal duties such as leading meetings and covering for his eccentric boss.
- Afraid of Blood: He gets light-headed at a crime scene, nearly fainting.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Juuzou gleefully messes with him, making him feed him pudding during meetings and leaving him to make excuses for him when he's late.
- Blank White Eyes: He always has this look for some reason, which gives the impression of being blind. He's not.
- Butt-Monkey: He spends almost the entirely one-shot either being mocked, or falling into a panic over one thing or another.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: He states he's driven by the desire to save even just one person, but struggles to turn thought into action.
- Cowardly Lion: He struggles constantly with his fears, but steps up when Juuzou is in danger.
- Cowardly Sidekick: To Juuzou.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He's painfully aware of how pathetic he is, especially compared to his partner.
- My Greatest Failure: Zigagged. While he expresses guilt over his father being maimed saving him from a Ghoul, he also recognizes that trying to help would have gotten him killed.
- Nice Guy: His one redeeming trait seems to be that he's a fairly nice, average guy.
- Number Two: In Re, he serves as Juuzou's right-hand man and handles most of the work. He seems to have grown more confident under Juuzou's guidance, and leads the Squad whenever Juuzou is absent.
- One Head Taller: A non-romantic variant. He towers over the much-smaller Juuzou.
- Taking the Bullet: During the fight with Kaneki he acted as a shield that protected Suzuya from harm, even taking a lethal hit.
- Tarot Motifs: IV. The Emperor, appearing when he protects Juuzou.
- Took a Level in Badass: Since the Joker one-shot, he's become a far more skilled Investigator and fights with great precision.
- Undying Loyalty: To Juuzou, who he devotes considerable time and effort to helping.
Voiced by:A First Class Investigator, and Vice-Leader of the Suzuya Squad.
- The Ace: He graduated at the top of his class from the prestigious 1st Academy.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Omakes tend to feature him abusing his squad mates, such as stabbing Hanbee in the head or threatening to gut Mizurou. It's all played completely for comedy.
- Pet the Dog: Though noted for his harsh personality, he praises a wounded Hanbee for holding out so long without the rest of the squad.
- Sergeant Rock: He's a fairly stern presence in the squad, berating the others to get back to work. In particular, he's noted for bullying Hanbee and Mizurou.
- Straight Man: He's pretty much the only serious member of the team, and frequently bullies or abuses the others for it.
Voiced by:A Rank 1 Ghoul Investigator, and member of the Suzuya Squad.
Voiced by:A Rank 1 Ghoul Investigator, and member of the Suzuya Squad.
- Alliterative Name: Miyuki Mikage
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His considerable skill as an Investigator definitely makes up for him being a weirdo.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He likes to ramble about outer space, believes in Aliens, and does weird stuff like meditate with strawberries balanced on his arms. His squadmates seem to just ignore him when he gets weird.
- Too Much Information: In an omake, he mentions to his coworkers that he's constipated.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is light purple.
Washuu Clan (Unmarked Spoilers)
A clan of Ghoul Hunters with history traced back to the Feudal Era of Japan. Tasked by the Japanese Government with fighting Ghouls, they formed the CCG and have commanded it for more than a century.
Members: Tsuneyoshi Washuu, Yoshitoki Washuu, Matsuri Washuu, Daikichi Washuu (Founder), Yoshiu Washuu, Kichimura Washuu.
- Badass Family: Their family have hunted Ghouls for more than a century, and earned sufficient fame to be given absolute authority over matters concerning Ghouls in Japan.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Washuu clan consists of the main bloodline, and several Branch families. Revelations about familial practices demonstrate just how twisted the clan really is.
- Boomerang Bigot: The predominant authority on hunting ghouls, and leaders of the organization that oppresses ghouls turn out to be themselves ghouls. This doesn't stop members of the family from expressing disdain for ghouls.
- Breeding Cult: A very strict one within their own numbers to a disturbing degree to both maintain the bloodline´s purity and produce soldiers for their protection. Incest indicated.
- The Clan: One that specializes in hunting Ghouls, and has for more than a century.
- Evil All Along: While they were always a morally shady bunch, the events of Chapter 64 and 83 to be directly guilty of everything bad in the series thus far.
- Family Theme Naming: All first-born sons have the Kanji "吉" in their name, either at the beginning or end. Daikichi, Yoshiu, Tsuneyoshi, Yoshitoki. Strangely, Yoshitoki's first-born son, Matsuri, is an exception. This seems to be due to a tradition: the descendents of the Washuus only receive the kanji "吉" when they become the family leaders. When Matsuri thinks that he is going to become Bureau Chief he wonders if his name will be "Kissei" or "Seikitsu".
- Foil: To the Tsukiyama family, the ghoul clan that established an international conglomerate in their own name. Both are wealthy, influential families on opposing sides of the war. They are also both Ghoul clans that have concealed themselves and lived among humans for generations. The Tsukiyamas have taken pride in their ghoul nature, while the Washuus seek to "become human" and lead the hunt against their own kind. While both families reproduced within themselves (Tsukiyama for consanguineous marriages, and Washuu for inbreeding), the Tsukiyamas developed a birth defect that prevents them from developing a Kakuja, while the Washuus are born with it.
- Greater-Scope Villain: These guys are directly and indirectly responsible for most of the conflict and setting. They founded the CCG (as well as presumably V) and are responsible for the rise of many of the series' villains.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: The "famous Ghoul Hunters" are in fact Ghouls, explaining their abilities.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Arima thinks this might be why they do what they do. He thinks they want to become human. This might also explain the hatred they express towards Ghouls and their willingness to hunt them down — it's projected self-loathing.
- Incest Is Relative: The Washuus are noted to have an obsession with blood purity, taken to an extreme when their extended family tree gets explained. Tsuneyoshi appears to be the father of not only Yoshitoki and Furuta, but Arima and Rize — the girl he intended to one day use as a Baby Factory.
- In the Blood: The Washuus are noted for their brilliance and great strength, as well as their ruthless nature.
- Kill Em All: Furuta executes a purge of the entire clan sans Matsuri in an apparent coup d'etat.
- The Patriarch: The clan's current patriarch doubles as the chairman of the CCG, passed from father to son.
- Three Successful Generations: Chairman Tsuneyoshi Washuu (grandfather), Director Yoshitoki Washuu (father), and Special Class Matsuri Washuu (son).
- The Reveal:
- Chapter 64 They are cooperating with V.
- Chapter 83: Yoshitoki Washuu, and the entire family by extension, are ghouls.
- Superpowerful Genetics: The entire families Ghoul genes are so naturally strong they are born with natural Kakuja. This is the basis for Kanou using Rize for his research.
- Walking Spoiler: Its hard to discuss them without bringing up their true nature as ghouls who perpetuate the human-ghoul war.
- We Have Reserves: Their methods focus on maximum results, with subordinates considered little more than numbers on a page. Human lives are used and sacrificed without a second thought, if it means victory.
Voiced by: Katsunosuke Hori (Japanese)
- Abusive Parents: Is this to his many illegitimate children, whom he uses either as tykebombs or "wombs". It's no wonder why Furuta kills him.
- The Ace: In his younger years, he was famous for being able to defeat SSS-rated ghouls.
- Antagonistic Offspring: His illegitimate sons, Furuta and Arima, were both plotting against him. Furuta takes this to it's logical extent, by murdering him.
- Asshole Victim: He really had it coming.
- Badass Grandpa: His strength is legendary, though he now merely oversees things from the shadows.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: He organizes all the events from his office, and works to keep the awful status quo going- as such, hes one of the main antagonists. Overlaps with Greater-Scope Villain as hes the most powerful, yet most hands-off of the villains.
- Child by Rape: The majority of his offspring appear to be this, born from the Garden's Breeding Slave program to serve him.
- Evil Old Folks: The patriarch of a clan engaged in genocide of their own species, incest, a Breeding Slave program and Child Soldiers.
- The Ghost: He doesn't make his appearance until well into the series, and only briefly.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Hes essentially the one responsible for everything that happens in the series, including the birth and rise of Big Bad Kichimura/Furuta, but he himself rarely appears and is eventually killed off by Furuta.
- Informed Ability: We never actually see any of his famed battle prowess before Furuta murders him.
- Orcus on His Throne: He sits around and lets everyone else do the work for him, despite his supposed battle skills.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Zigzagged. Furuta expresses disgust over the thought of Tsuneyoshi raping Rize, but only because he can't stand the thought of another man touching her.
- Red Baron: Was known as "Demon Tsune" in his youth.
- Villainous Incest: Furuta states that Tsuneyoshi eventually planned to force Rize to bear his children, in spite of the family tree diagram indicating she may be his daughter.
Voiced by: Shunsuke Sakuya (Japanese), Kent Williams (English)The Bureau Director of the CCG, and the son of Chairman Washuu. He is the father of Matsuri Washuu, and the mastermind behind the Quinx Project. Unlike his relatives, he is noted to have an amiable personality and is often at odds with his eldest son.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Gossip within the organization notes that Matsuri doesn't get along with him, and openly opposes him on projects like the Quinx. Matsuri's weeping hysterics after Yoshitoki's death indicate that Matsuri really did love him.
- Asshole Victim: Hard to really feel sorry for him when he is killed by Marude.
- Badass Family: The middle generation of the Washuu Clan, the legendary heads of the CCG. His father is the current chairman, while his eldest son is an up-and-coming commander.
- Benevolent Boss: He's thought of as one, and comes across as very kind and interested in what his subordinates think. Or not, as Chapter 83 reveals.
- Boom, Headshot!: Marude shoots him in the face from close range, seemingly killing him. But he quickly gets back up, with the bullet embedded in his forehead.
- Bumbling Dad: The bonuses he appears in focus on him basically annoying Matsuri with his various attempts at family bonding.
- Evil All Along: The kind and friendly Yoshitoki has spent his life lying to everyone, and oppressing his own kind.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Matsuri discovers his corpse, impaled through the stomach with a massive spike.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: He tries to get Matsuri to play sports or go hiking, but this just results in him being soundly rejected.
- Man in White: He's almost always dressed in white, whether it's Dress Uniform or a white suit.
- Meaningful Name: A flashback reveals he used to be named "Chika", an alternate reading of "Toki". It appears that the Washuus do not gain the "Yoshi" part of their name until officially named Family Heir.
- Nightmare Face: Gives off a very disturbing face when he reveals himself to Marude.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He comes across as one, listening to what others say and offering his approval.
- Token Good Teammate: He's noted to be the kindest member of the Washuu Clan.
- Wham Shot: The fairly disturbing shot of Yoshitoki lunging forward with a bullet embedded in his forehead, and active kakugan.
Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara (Japanese), Bryan Massey (English)A Special Class Investigator, and member of the illustrious Washuu clan. He is the head of Division II, and noted for being highly opposed to the existence of the Quinx.
- The Ace: He distinguished himself while serving in Germany, eliminating the Rosewald Family and rapidly climbing the ranks.
- Armoured Closet Gay: As expected of the heir to a very traditional family, he conceals his sexuality through being a cold and cruel paragon of Japanese masculinity. He's extremely disdainful towards Sasaki for going undercover as a woman, and mocks Ui for being a "pretty boy". Of course, this starts to crumble after the Washuu Clan begins to collapse and he falls for Urie.
- Arranged Marriage: In an arranged marriage with a woman from another prominent, wealthy family. He finds her boring, and seems to want nothing to do with her. It may also have something to do with the fact that he's interested in men.
- Badass Bookworm: He's an avid reader, and skilled enough to have made Special Class.
- Badass Family: The third member of the legendary Washuu family to be introduced.
- Badass Gay: He lives up to the fierce reputation of the Washuu Clan, and seems to get stronger by embracing his feelings for Urie.
- Bad Boss: He's known for his callous attitude, and his teams taking heavy losses to get the maximum results.
- Battle Strip: During the "Clown Siege", his "heat of passion" seems to burn his clothes off in the middle of the battlefield, going full commando as he is about to face Kaiko and everyone present on the battlefield in his final stand, delivering a Badass Boast in the process.
- Boomerang Bigot: Despises Ghouls despite being one himself.
- The Chessmaster: As a member of Division II, his primary task involves tactics and intelligence. He quickly shows his willingness to use Investigators as pawns, and sacrifice them without a second thought.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Parodied. In Chapter 116, he is last seen making his Last Stand against members of V that have turned against him. The narration then makes a tongue-in-cheek joke about him being killed afterwards. It isn't clear whether this should be taken seriously or as a complete joke. He turns up alive in Chapter 138 during the storming of Furuta's office.
- Evil Counterpart: Very similar to Urie before he mellowed out a bit. He's also much worse than Urie ever was.
- Fantastic Racism: He opposes the existence of the Quinx, and treats Sasaki with disrespect. This is very ironic when the true nature of the Washuus is outed.
- Finger-Tenting: The first image of him involves him doing this, quickly establishing him as a scheming and untrustworthy individual.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses, and quickly establishes himself as an unpleasant individual.
- Full-Frontal Assault: He ends up naked, while facing off against Kaiko.
- Glory Hound: Wants to earn as much acclaim as he can, viewing his coworkers as expendable tools in his ruthless climb to the top.
- HeelFace Turn: Ends up being the sole Washuu to join up with the forces Hideyoshi has been building to combat the CCG under Furuta and Vs control.
- Insult Backfire: He notes that Sasaki's plan of having the team Disguised in Drag to get close to Nutcracker is not an idea that would have occurred to him. When Sasaki takes this as a compliment, he's quick to make sure he knows it wasn't intended as such.
- It's All About Me: His inner monologues reveal him to be incredibly self-interested, to the point he seems more concerned with glory and career advancement than with his actual job as a ghoul investigator or the lives of those under his command.
- Jerkass: Real piece of work, this guy.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Several omakes focus on father trying to coax his bookworm son into playing sports or going on outdoor hikes. Matsuri hates it all.
- Kick the Dog: He orders Mutsuki to be sent into a dangerous undercover mission alone, and lashes out at Sasaki when he tries to protest.
- And he does it again, deciding that Sasaki should continue "buying time", meaning being tortured by the enemy. He orders CCG forces to essentially abandon him to his fate. The closest he comes to showing any concern is that the broadcast of Sasaki's screams may have weakened morale.
- Talks about Ui's deceased partner, Ihei, as if they lost some holdings or assets.
- During the Special Class Investigator Conference, he again tries to speak ill of Ui's failure to exterminate the heads of the Tsukiyama family and instead stress how their only real merit was taking out Noro, but his father, Yoshitoki, firmly reprimands him.
- Lack of Empathy: Matsuri does not care about anyone but himself, seeing others as mere tools for his own advancement. When Urie demands to know if he feels anything about all the death around him, Matsuri stares at him as if he'd grown another head and states that he doesn't care.
- Last of His Kind: In the epilogue reveals that he's the last remaining Washuu surviving member left. According to his profile, he refuses to have children since he would rather have the Washuu bloodline to die out and be the last remaining Washuu.
- Lost in Translation: The narration in Chapter 116 is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a Japanese meme, but comes across as deadly-serious in most translations.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: He falsely reports the suicide of Itsuki Marude, as part of his plan to then kill the other man and thus silence him.
- Marriage of Convenience: He married solely because of her high status, but immediately left for Germany and had to be forced to write her at least once a month. He had no desire to come home to his wife, and readily tells Urie how much he doesn't like his wife.
- Scars Are Forever: He has a scar down the center of his forehead, as a result of having gotten a sword embedded into his skull.
- Sketchy Successor: There seems to be very serious concern about Matsuri becoming this trope, with Marude noting the unease in the organization and debate about whether the Washuu Clan's time as leaders is coming to an end.
- Smug Snake: Seems to fancy himself quite The Chessmaster, but at the same time doesn't seem to realize that getting everyone under you killed even if the job gets done isn't exactly the hallmark of a great commander.
- Sissy Villain: When his father is killed and he starts screaming that he'll kill Marude, he suddenly slips into a feminine (including use of "Atashi") that is heavily associated with gay men.
- Sole Survivor: As of Chapter 98, Matsuri is only member of the Washuu clan still alive besides Furuta/Kichimura Wasshu.
- Straight Gay: There's really nothing about him that telegraphs his orientation. There's also the fact that he's married to a woman.
- Token Evil Teammate: While the Washuu are noted for their ruthless ways, Matsuri is considered needlessly wasteful and cruel. Ironically, he is also the only one to pull a HeelFace Turn and join Hide.
- Unwanted Spouse: His "dull" wife, Iyo. He has little interest in her, and the feeling seems to be mutual.
- We Have Reserves: He is noted for having an extremely high body count on any team he commands, due to prioritizing results over human lives. He gets the mission accomplished, but does not seem to care if it gets everyone killed in the process.
- You Killed My Father: After finding his father's body, he becomes hysterical and swears that he'll make Marude pay. Oddly enough, he shows up along side Marude in Chapter 138 to save Urie.
Matsuri's wife, a woman from a prominent family. Their marriage was arranged, and there is little love between them.
- Ambiguously Human: In light of the Washuu's true nature, it isn't clear whether she's human or a ghoul.
- Arranged Marriage: Matsuri wanted nothing to do with her, and was forced to marry her by his family.
- The Beard: Implied, with Matsuri being Ambiguously Gay.
- Brainless Beauty: She at least presents herself as this, claiming that she doesn't really understand what her husband does for a living.
- Marriage of Convenience: She was married to him to solidify bonds between their two prominent families, as opposed to having anything to do with liking one another.
- Trophy Wife: She's there to look pretty, and improve her husband's social status. When meeting Urie, she admits she doesn't have any interest in her husband's work.
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (Japanese); Dave Trosko (English)
The main antagonist of the series, a man living under many identities. The bastard son of Tsuneyoshi Washuu, he was originally a child raised in the Sunlit Garden alongside Rize Kamishiro and trained to serve as an agent of V. In the CCG, he operated under the identity of Nimura Furuta as the junior partner of Shiki Kijima and was later assigned as Haise Sasaki's new partner.
As the Clown Souta, he was responsible for Kaneki's transformation and aided Dr. Kanou in his experiments. Obtaining Rize's kagune for himself, he conspired with members of the Clowns and V to overthrow the leaders of the CCG. Having assassinated the main line of the Washuu Clan, he claims leadership of the CCG for himself and positions himself to oppose Kaneki for an unknown purpose.
- 0% Approval Rating: Zig Zags between this and 100% Adoration Rating. The majority of the high-ranking members of the CCG are absolutely disgusted with Furuta. Juuzou and Urie both refers to him as trash in private, and Furuta actually has to coerce loyalty out of his Number Two, Koori Ui. Despite this, Furuta manages to win over the loyalty of the lower ranking members by playing into their fears and prejudice against Ghouls.
- Ambiguously Human: He's a member of the Ghoul-hunting CCG, the Ghoul group the Clowns, gleefully murders Ghouls and Humans alike, has superhuman strength, and eventually turns out to have the same kagune as Rize. As it turns out, he's one of the Washuu clan's many half-human offspring, and had Rize's kagune implanted into himself in order to become an artificial One-Eyed Ghoul.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He is one of many illegitimate children sired by Chairman Tsuneyoshi Washuu. This lifetime of resentment and hatred ends with him murdering his father and the rest of The Clan as part of a hostile takeover.
- The Bait: He poses as a drunk Salaryman to lure out their targets.
- Bastard Bastard: The illegitimate son of Chairman Tsuneyoshi Washuu, something that serves as a Berserk Button for him.
- Beauty Mark: He has one beneath his left eye. It lines up with the heart on Souta's mask.
- Berserk Button: He is surprisingly laid-back and rarely shows real anger, but one thing you must remember is that you do not taunt him about his family. Naturally, Eto does this with glee.
- Big Bad: After the Rue arc, he defeats Eto, kills the chairman of the CCG, and takes over both V and the Pierrot, becoming the main antagonist as he attempts to pull off his nefarious plans.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Eto, his main rival, and a handful of others. He wins, becoming the Final Boss.
- Bishōnen: He is no doubt very beautiful, which adds a sense of eeriness to his deeply disturbing actions.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He suddenly drops the innocent act, eyes going completely dead as he casually uses a comrade as a Meat Shield. He follows this up by very intentionally stepping on Kijima's corpse, and makes a game of maiming Matsumae before seemingly killing her.
- Blessed with Suck: His hybrid nature meant he inherited a ghoul's superior physical abilities, but left him aging at an accelerated rate. He later goes to Dr. Kanou to become a full-fledged One-Eyed Ghoul, by having Rize's kagune transplanted.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: He compares his partnership with Sasaki to the classic routine.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A villainous and darker version; with his usual demeanor, it is hard to take the fact that he is a very competent and powerful villain who has been manipulating the events throughout the whole series seriously.
- Calling Your Attacks: "THUMB ATTACK!!"
- Cassandra Truth: Furuta is surprisingly honest about his intentions and goals when talking to others about them, even if he doesnt give the specifics. Due to his personality and ability to make it come across as being Played for Laughs, very few actually take his words seriously until its too late. From his goal of Super Peace (hinted to be the complete destruction of both humans and ghouls, or at least the end of the war), Dragon (Kaneki as a rampaging monster), his goal of having lots of babies with Rize (the Oggai), and referring to Kaneki affectionately when revealing his own Rize Kagune (Kaneki is the foundation of his ultimate goals).
- Chainsaw Good: He inherits Rotten Follow as his new Quinque.
- Charlie Chaplin Shout-Out: In the Calendar, he's featured dressed as Charlie Chaplin.
- The Chessmaster: You will lose the exact count on how many major occurences in the series have happened because of him. All of which suit his own agenda.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Oh so horribly Deconstructed. He never got over Puppy Love, and became obsessed with her after she escaped the Garden. When she failed to come back for him, and went on with her own life without him, he lashed out to reclaim her, and now believes after he takes over the CCG, he will make Rize his wife and personal Baby Factory.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He can't stand the thought of Rize having children with anyone but him, so he crushed her with steel beams and handed her over to Kanou. He intends to force her to marry him, and bear him children once he's taken over the CCG.
- Crocodile Tears: In chapter 53, he cries over Kijima's death... until it turns into a silent laugh.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a total fop and runs like a sissy, but he's terrifyingly competent when he wants to be, effortlessly defeating Eto once he reveals that he had Rize's Kagune implanted in him.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: As Souta he's a member of both the Ghoul Restaurant and the Clowns, while also being a member of V/the Washuu Clan searching for the One-Eyed King, while also leaking CCG info to Dr. Kanou and providing him the body of Ginshi Shirazu and other test subjects, while also apparently not caring about any of that. When Eto asks what the hell he actually wants, Furuta's only reply is "Super Peace."
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: For most of the series, he was a barely noticeable extra. Then he turns out to be the one behind Kanekis transformation, and it gets worse from there.
- Due to the Dead: His violation of such standards by stepping on his superior's corpse, helps solidify him as an utterly immoral and cruel character.
- Dying Clue: Parodied. After Hinami impales him and leaves him for dead, it's revealed he's writing "What the hell" in his own blood.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He happens to be the same young man that Touka mistook for Kaneki in the original series, when she paid a visit to Kamii University. A bonus comic included in the fifth volume shows the scene from his perspective.
- Empty Eyes: Whenever he slips into his less pleasant state of mind, his eyes glaze over completely.
- Evil Counterpart: Has many similarities to both Kaneki and Eto.
- Evil Knockoff: He compares himself to Kaneki, revealing that he had Dr. Kanou implant Rize's kagune into him.
- Evil Is Petty: Eto mocks his daddy issues, so what does Furuta do to get back at her? Murders her manager, cooks him, and brings it to her in a bento purely to piss her off.
- Final Boss: Of :re; despite being Kaneki's second-to-last opponent before Rize, Furuta is the most powerful of the two and it takes an 11th-Hour Superpower for Kaneki to finally defeat him. Rize, on the other hand, is treated as a Post-Final Boss and her death is used to tie up any loose ends.
- Finger-Twitching Revival: As Kaneki and Hinami leave his "corpse behind, a final panel focuses on his fingers moving.
- Foil: To Kaneki. Kaneki has been The Chew Toy for most of his life, even before turning into a half-Ghoul, but he has friends that he can fall back on, most notably Touka, with whom he forms a loving relationship. Furuta on the other hand is always two steps ahead of everyone and responsible for most of the tragedy that unraveled itself throughout the series, but he has an unhealthy obsession with Rize that serves as his primary motivation.
- To Eto. Both want to end the eternal fighting between humans and ghouls, and are willing to sacrifice anything to do so, including hundreds of innocent lives. Both are also willing to play to their sides prejudices (anti-ghoul and anti-human) to manipulate them, and both have three aliases that they go by. Both have a Freudian Excuse that made them who they are, and as a result are Antagonistic Offspring who eventually kill their fathers in revenge.
- For Great Justice: Played for Laughs. Claims the true motivation for everything he's done is "Super Peace."
- Framing the Guilty Party: The last survivors of Ihei's squad die by Furuta who uses one as a Human Shield from Matsumae's attack and smashes the other one's head with Matsumae's kagune, which he ripped off of her body.
- Genghis Gambit: He discusses this with Eto, explaining how people are kept in line through presenting them with different threats. As long as they have someone to fight, they will remain obedient and V can maintain their "balance". As it turns out, his plan is to invoke this by turning Kaneki into an Eldritch Abomination Final Boss, to force humans and ghouls to work together.
- Genocide from the Inside: He not only kills his father, he is responsible for the death of his nephew, Matsuri, as well, and thus eradicated the main Washuu family. As Kaiko puts it, "the Washuu bloodline is in the way".
- Half-Human Hybrid: Originally one of the failed Half-Humans of the Garden, he had Dr. Kanou implant Rize's kagune to make him into a full-fledged One-eyed Ghoul.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: He says he had "personal reasons" for assisting Kanou. What that is has not been clarified. Neither has what he means by "Super Peace".
- Hope Crusher: His apparent hobby, waiting for the perfect moment before he ruins everything for people. He waited until Ami was convinced he was going to propose marriage to bring her to the Ghoul Restaurant to be slaughtered, allowed Matsumae to take a near-victory before cutting her down, and lets Eto think her bugging plan worked before revealing he knew about it. Oh, and he brought her a snack of her Muggle Best Friend just to be extra cruel.
- Humans Are Morons: He discusses how easy it is to manipulate people, because of course people are stupid.
- Hypocrite: He belittles Matsumae's sense of honor, stating none of it matters since she's just a monster. This, after he used his comrade as a meat shield and purposefully stepped on his superior's body.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Aside from his superhuman reflexes, he never shows himself to be an exceptional fighter. Until he is at serious threat of being killed by Eto, that is. He promptly reveals himself as a One-Eyed Ghoul and cuts her kakuja up with his own kagune in the blink of an eye.
- He outrights lampshades this during his confrontation with Kaneki, shortly after knocking away the latter with a gigantic kagune.
- I Have Your Wife: In order to "win over" Koori Ui's loyalty, Furuta reveals that it may be possible to resurrect his deceased parner, Hairu Ihei.
- I'm a Humanitarian:
- A former member of the Ghoul Restaurant, and a provider of "guests" for the Dinner Shows. As such, he's clearly dined on human flesh.
- He murders and then cooks Eto's manager, bringing her a fancy bento filled with liver pate.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Hinami runs him through with her Rinkaku, before tossing him aside.
- Invincible Villain: Never suffered from any real setbacks, is a dangerous fighter who killed Eto with ease, has a powerful group of ghouls at his disposal, and he perfectly manipulates Kaneki into becoming the "Dragon" without much difficulty.
- To rub salt on the wound, the closest he was to defeat was when Hideyoshi's group prevented him from killing Urie. Too bad that he now no longer needs the position of the chairman anyways, as his plans with Kaneki have reached fruition. Oh, and he still managed to stab Iwao Kuroiwa in the neck moments before Itsuki interrupted him.
- Averted at the end of the series, when Kaneki finally slays him for good.
- Irony: He killed Eto and sought to destroy everything Eto stands for, despite seeking to destroy the bird cage under Vs control just like her and Arima. Also throughout the series he used Kaneki to further his own goals... and Kaneki is the one to kill him for good.
- Kick the Dog: In rapid succession, he goes from using a comrade as a Meat Shield, to intentionally stepping on his superior's corpse, and finishes by mocking Matsumae's sense of honor before killing her.
- Laughably Evil: He's prone to frequently bizarre gestures and exclamations in fights.
- Madness Mantra: Repeatedly tells Eto to die after she presses his Berserk Button.
- Master Swordsman: In Chapter 173, he skillfully uses a katana to fight against Kaneki.
- Meaningful Rename: After taking over the CCG, he changes his name to "Kichimura" per the Washuu Clan traditions.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: He gets thrown into a wall, and promptly rolls around on the ground dramatically wailing. It's clear he isn't actually that bothered by the injury.
- The Mole: He leaks the route of CCG's medical transports to Aogiri, allowing them to steal a certain valuable corpse. He later reveals to Eto he was also one in the Clowns and the Ghoul Restaurant, using them to seek information or sow discord.
- Mole in Charge: After being "named" the next head of the CCG, he begins quickly establishing himself as a rising up-and-comer in the mold of the late Yoshitoki Washuu by rallying the CCG against a series of terrorist attacks carried out by the Clowns. Of course, it helps that he's a Clown and having his allies attack the CCG to help him establish himself as a hero.
- Monkey Morality Pose: In chapter 76, Furuta makes all three poses, while begging Eto not to fight him and mockingly saying he wants to solve this "peacefully" after revealing his kakugan. This was all happening after the remaining V members order Furuta to fight back, and he instead runs away until Eto kills every remaining V member.
- Monster Misogyny: All of his named victims in the series have been women, and it doesn't seem to be entirely coincidence. He dropped the steel beams on Rize, even though they knew each other as children. He seduced and brought Ami to the Ghoul Restaurant in order to see her murdered for his amusement. He belittled Matsumae's sense of honor, and blinded her before finishing her off. And he states that Eto is just the kind of woman he likes, while posing suggestively, and swears that he'll personally punish her for taunting him.
- New Era Speech: As the new Director of the CCG, he unveils the Oggai and has them publicly execute several "Clowns" and a Kaneki lookalike. He stirs up the crowd with this display, declaring that they will completely occupy Tokyo and exterminate all the ghouls once and for all. Many in the crowd, traumatized by their recent Accidental Murder of civilians, eats this up and cheer this deranged new direction of the organization.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His attempt to mock Eto, by killing her manager, Shiono, and turning him into pâté to feed her with, backfires horribly, as this allows Eto to use her kagune and kakuja again, which gives her the power to help Kaneki's friends leave Cochlea. It's questionable though if he planned this to happen, as she gets rid of all members of V in Cochlea, who would have caused him trouble otherwise.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Though he seems weak and cowardly, after his superior is killed, he reveals himself to be far more dangerous and ruthless than expected.
- Played yet again at Cochlea, where he runs away in fear when Eto shows up, leaving his fellow V members to die, only to reveal when backed into a corner that he's a dangerous Half-Ghoul and defeat Eto.
- Not So Stoic: It seems nothing can break his demeanour, until Eto taunts him over his family background. Furuta's response to break down and yell at her to die repeatedly.
- Odd Friendship: Played with. After their partnership, Sasaki and Furuta banter back and forth in an amusing fashion. It isn't clear whether either of them actually likes the other, but they certainly seem to play well off each other.
- Oh, Crap!: Furuta's response when Eto destroys the Compactor and begins rampaging through the disposal area. He frantically apologizes and pleads for her to calm down, while thinking about what a "crazy bitch" she is.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He drops his Laughably Evil and trollish attitude after surviving Dragon Kaneki eating his nucleus, apologizing to Ui about his plan (to revive Hairu and Arima using Dragon) having failed; even admitting that he is no longer bureau chief.
- Overarching Villain: He is the one who turned Kaneki into a ghoul, and the one who acts behind the other villains actions/origins by manipulations or outright deposes them when given the chance.
- Playing Drunk: As part of the trap to lure out their targets.
- Punny Name: Oh, indeed.
- A very subtle one. "Furu" can be read as "full" in Japanese. The kanji for "full" can be read as "Sou". Hence, "Souta".
- Nimura (二福) is read as "ni (2) fu (2) ku (9)". In other words, his name is also his birthday.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Zigzagged back and forth. He expresses his disgust for the Garden's breeding program, and the thought of Rize being used like that. But only because he wants to be the one to do it.
- Red Herring Shirt: He seems like he's just Kijima's cowardly and incompetent sidekick. He's not.
- The Reveal: Furuta is a man of many reveals.
- Chapter 63 reveals that Furuta is a member of V.
- Chapter 66 reveals not only that he is Souta, but that he is also a member of the Washuu clan.
- Chapter 76 reveals that Furuta is a One-Eyed Ghoul.
- Chapter 98 reveals that he is actually Chairman Tsuneyoshi Washuu's bastard son, giving him the leverage he needs to begin taking over the CCG. This is also the chapter that establishes him as the final Big Bad.
- Revenge by Proxy: After Eto pisses him off, he murders and cooks her manager. He brings a bento filled with liver pate to her, to rub it in.
- Secret Identity: Souta Washuu-Furuta, the illegitimate son of Tsuneyoshi Washuu and a member of the Clowns.
- Self-Made Orphan: He ends up murdering his own father, who he hated.
- Small Role, Big Impact: In the first series, he's the ghoul that pushes the pipes at Rize and Kaneki, causing the accident that kickstarted this whole tragedy.
- Straw Nihilist: His birthday artwork includes a speech about how meaningless life is. (But don't worry, he's just joking).
- Strong Family Resemblance: Close observation reveals that he bears a striking resemblance to the other Washuus. This is especially noticeable in a brief flashback to a young Yoshitoki, who looks almost exactly like his half-brother.
- Super Strength: He's strong enough to tear a Koukaku kagune free from a body and drive it into a pillar with his bare hands. That the only surviving witness's head just happened to be in the way at the time just adds to the horrifying implications of how strong he actually is. Given that he's at least a half-ghoul, this kind of stuff can be expected.
- Tarot Motifs: XVIII. The Moon. His birthday artwork from the calendar features imagery from the card, with a moon and a crayfish behind him.
- Teeth Flying: Kaneki knocks one of his front teeth out. He promptly makes a show of wailing dramatically and rolling around in pain... then casually picks up the tooth and shoves it back into place.
- Two Aliases, One Character: Three aliases, much like Eto. He is Kichimura Wasshu, Bastard Bastard son of Tsuneyoshi Wasshu; Nimura Furuta, mild-mannered assistant to Shiki Kijima; and Souta, member of the Pierrot Clown gang.
- Tyke Bomb: Furuta is another Investigator from the Sunlit Garden.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: The most recent appointed Director of the CCG and many of its members have been disgusted by his decisions.
- Unfriendly Fire: He shoves a comrade onto Matsumae's kagune, using him as a meat shield to create an opening.
- Vague Age: His age is noticeably absent on his profile provided in the fifth volume, adding to his mysterious aura. He was later however confirmed to be 24 (or six, due to his birth date) on Ishida's blog.
- Villainous Breakdown: Once Kaneki cuts off his arm in their climactic battle, he descends into ranting and raving about Kaneki's failures (including his Dragon rampage), going to the point of demanding Kaneki give him "everything."
- Villainous Incest: The family tree shown in his explanation of the Washuus appears to indicate that Rize is his half-sister.
- Villain with Good Publicity: When he takes over the CCG and makes it even more tyrannical than before, the lower ranks and civilians praise him for it. He even has adoring fangirls!
- Walking Spoiler: He's one of the biggest Spoilers in the entire series. For starters, he is the final Big Bad.
- Wham Line: "Sorry, Mr. MM."
- Wild Card: One really can't work out this guy's true allegiance. He's an agent of V, and has spent years sowing chaos and spying on various groups to pursue his own goals. Even this is called into question when it's shown he had the ghoul operation without the consent of V and abandons many members to be killed by Eto.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He beats himself up and puts on a convincing performance to explain away being the only survivor. After he'd killed all the other Investigators, that is.
- Yandere: Perhaps the most extreme example in the series. He states that everything is about Rize, the girl he wanted to marry as a child. He allowed her to escape the Garden, because he couldn't stand the thought of the Washuus using her as a broodmare. But when she went on to have a life of her own, the thought that she might someday have a child with someone other than him drove him to carry out the Steel Beam incident. He gave her to Kanou, and let her be experimented on, solely so that she couldn't be with anyone else, and intends to take over V and the CCG so he can marry Rize and force her to bear him a ton of children.
- Younger Than They Look: Not Furuta himself, but as Souta in the original series, he certainty doesn't look 19.
The Oggai (Unmarked Spoilers)
An elite unit created under the authority of Kichimura Washuu. Composed entirely of children implanted with Rize's kagune, they are ruthless killers and signal a darker turn for the organization.
- Ambiguously Human: Whether they were humans or half-humans prior to surgery is unclear.
- Badass Biker: Parodied. A team shows up to a scene riding bicycles. Because they're still underage.
- Child Soldiers: No attempt is made to hide that they are children, being used as a deadly combat unit.
- Combat Tentacles: Implanted with Rize's kagune, making them powerful Rinkaku types.
- Darker and Edgier: While the Garden alumni are children that kill when necessary, but are relatively normal off-duty, these are black-clad faceless minions that murder victims with sadistic smiles.
- Decapitation Presentation: They take part in a public rally, holding up the heads of their victims for the crowd to see.
- Elite Army: Kichimura introduces them as being an elite force, powerful enough to defeat the dreaded One-Eyed King and bring him to justice. With roughly 100 members, they make up a much larger force than is typical within the CCG.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Played for Laughs. The Oggai are murderous living weapons, but then they show up to a scene riding bicycles and wearing helmets, because they're underage, and therefore cannot drive. Kaneki is speechless.
- Evil Counterpart: Like the members of 0 Squad, they are weaponized children that serve as an elite squad to their side's commander.
- Foreshadowing: Their coming was announced by Furuta, when he told Kaneki that he would make Rize bear his children and that he wants Kaneki to "play" with them when they arrive. The Oggai have Rize's kagune and are referred to as her "children".
- Godzilla Threshold: They represent a major escalation within the organization, with the open usage of Child Soldiers that have been experimented on and lack any apparent morality.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Implanted with Rize's kagune, making them a new form of Quinx.
- Human Resources: Furuta's true plan for them is for the entire Oggai to be eaten against their will by Kaneki.
- Killer Rabbit: They're such adorable, murderous children~ .
- Malevolent Masked Men: They all wear masks that conceal their upper faces, further dehumanizing them.
- Shout-Out: The group is chock full of references to A Clockwork Orange, with members using the term "drogs" and squad leader Hajime singing a song made infamous by the movie. Also, they use the word "tolchok" when refering to attacking a Ghoul.
- Sinister Scythe: They wield hand scythes, which they use to decapitate their victims.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Introduced decapitating captives in a public execution.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The Oggai were the linchpin of Furuta's plan to "birth" Dragon, by being consumed by Kaneki after pushing him past the Despair Event Horizon. It's clear by their panic and terror in their final moments that none of them realized their true purpose.
Leader of Squad A, and a former associate of the Zero Squad. Orphaned by a ghoul attack, he was taken in by the CCG and trained to become a living weapon for the organization.
- The Ace: He was such an exceptional student at the Junior Academy that he was sent to train alongside the Zero Squad.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He first appeared in Chapter 13 of the original series, when Amon saw him being brought into the CCG after the death of his family.
- Child Soldiers: He's about 11/12 years old, and used as an elite soldier.
- Combat Tentacles: A Rinkaku type, having been implanted with one of Rize's kakuhou.
- Creepy Children Singing: When Kaneki visits his cell, he's been singing the iconic "Singin' in the Rain".
- Death of a Child: The first human to die at Kaneki's hands is a child, as his internal voices point out just before killing Hajime.
- Even Evil Has Standards: His subordinates note that he's very strict about following the law, because after all they're all minors and can't do things like enter a bar or drive a car.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He was originally human, prior to undergoing Dr. Kanou's surgery.
- He Who Fights Monsters: In his pursuit of revenge for losing his family, he's given up his humanity and become even more of a monster than the average ghoul.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Upon presenting the heads of Shio Ihei and Rikai Souzu in front of Kaneki, he has his face bitten straight through and impaled by his kagune.
- Loony Fan: He's a huge fan of Kaneki, as it turns out. Or rather, he worships the twisted concept of Kaneki as the "miracle human" that became powerful enough to slaughter ghouls as both Centipede and Haise Sasaki.
- The Mole: He infiltrates Goat under the guise of a ghoul child named "Kou".
- Tyke Bomb: He was taken in by the CCG as a child, and trained to become a killing machine.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He was used by Furuta to trigger the "birth" of Dragon, by provoking Kaneki and being consumed by him.
A member of Hajime's squad, known for being sadistic.
Voiced by: Sho Hayami (Japanese), Wyn Delano (English)
A Special Class Investigator, and member of the S3 Squad. He was previously assigned to the 20th Ward, and took part in the battle against the Owl. He was formerly the partner of Seidou Takizawa.
- Arch-Enemy: Tatara, the second-in-command of Aogiri.
- BFS: Chi Shie, a massive blade Ui once noted was incredibly difficult to wield because of it's weight.
- The Bus Came Back: He's finally makes an appearance in Chapter 31, after being unmentioned prior to that.
- The Cavalry: He arrives to help secure victory at the Auction, taking command of the survivors.
- Dead Sidekick: Seidou Takizawa. Only, not so much.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed off-panel by Takizawa.
- Dual Wielding: With Iitsu, a pair of bladed gauntlets.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: He firmly rejects Takizawa's attempt to change sides, ordering his squad to attack the "SS-rated Owl".
- Mercy Kill: He dies trying to put down his insane former partner.
- Mr. Exposition: He provides background info about Tatara's past, and the battle with Chi Shie Lian in China.
- Nerves of Steel: He never loses his cool demeanor, even in the face of Tatara's Unstoppable Rage.
- Not Afraid to Die: He cautions Akira that he will likely die fighting Tatara, but doesn't seem too bothered by this fact.
- Off with His Head!: In the aftermath of Takizawa's rampage, his severed head is briefly shown.
- Rank Up: He's now a Special Class.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He looks as flawlessly put-together as ever, even when he's already been involved in lengthy combat.
- Single Tear: One escapes as he orders his squad to attack Takizawa.
- The Squad: A member of the S3 Squad.
- The Stoic: He rarely loses his calm mask, and keeps his emotions mostly in check when ordering his squad to terminate Takizawa.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's a tall, handsome, and flawlessly dressed man with an air of mystery.
Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese)
A Special Class Investigator, and long-time commander in Division II. An old friend of Bureau Director Yoshitoki Washuu.
- BFG: His triumphant return involves him whipping out a newly-developed Anti-RC weapon that resembles a bazooka.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up with a team in Chapter 138 storming Furuta's office, saving Urie in the process.
- Celibate Hero: It's mentioned that he is very intentionally single, with no interest in settling down.
- Driven to Suicide: Matsuri falsely reported that he committed suicide during the Rushima Operation.
- Government Conspiracy: He discovers that the Washuus aren't Ghoul Co-Conspirators. They're ghouls.
- Gut Feeling: He cites "instinct" as the reason for turning on Yoshitoki, while also quoting Kureo Mado.
- Hes Back: Marude makes him triumphant return to the CCG, just in time for their greatest crisis. He simply strolls into the building and starts shouting orders, while everyone stares at him in shock.
- Oh, Crap!: When Yoshitoki, who he had just shot in the head, raises from the ground with his Kakugan active.
- Only Sane Man: He is perpetually the straight man to others, grumbling his way through things and pointing out how ridiculous or insane things are.
- Red Herring: In one of the series craftiest Bait-and-Switch moments he both is and isn't the dead Special Class. Marude survived his confrontation with Yoshitoki, but Matsuri plans to hunt him down and Make It Look Like A Suicide.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: He strolls into the command center and takes command, not even bothering to explain to people that he didn't commit suicide months prior.
- Spotting the Thread: He explains that his investigation of the Washuus found absolutely nothing out of place, except for one small thing. When he examined the records for the RC scanners, he found that they registered a false positive whenever a Washuu walked through them.
- The Summation: Gives one when confronting Yoshitoki.
- Walking Spoiler: He's been for the entire series a fairly minor character, only to play a big role in a massive Wham Episode. Discussions on him consequently are tend to bring this up.
- We Used to Be Friends: As Yoshitoki lunges at him, he recalls their first meeting and realizes everything was a lie.
- Wham Line: Just as he is attacked by Yoshitoki, he reflects, "It was just like you said... Nagachika."
The first woman to achieve the rank of Special Class, and Chief of Division I.
- An Arm and a Leg: It turns out that Kaneki sliced off both her legs below the knee. She's taking this all fairly well, and planning to receive a pair of Artificial Limbs like the one used by Juuzou.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: She fights while dressed like a stylish Office Lady.
- Beauty Mark: She has one beside her lip.
- BFG: Her Quinque is a bazooka.
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Struck in Ch. 86, while slicing and dicing a group of attacking ghouls to pieces.
- Boobs of Steel: The strongest female Investigator has quite a generous bust.
- Calling Your Attacks: "TWIN CANNONS!"
- Celibate Hero: She's described as "fiercely single".
- Christmas Cake: Defied. A middle-aged Japanese woman that has very intentionally remained single, and has no apparent regrets over this decision.
- Combat Stilettos: She's fighting in the sewers in a pair of stylish pumps.
- Dual Wielding: A student of the Nitouryuu sword school, dual-wielding is her specialty.
- Iron Lady: Implied. Unlike the other Special Class Investigators, she remains cool and professional during meetings. She's also rejected having a family, in favor of a career that has seen her become commander of the CCG's combat division.
- Lady of War: Idolized for her strength and elegance.
- Living Legend: As the first woman to become a Special Class, she is quite famous and idolized by the women of the organization.
- Maiden Aunt: Single, but apparently quite doting to her little sister's son.
- The Mentor: She's trained numerous proteges in her unique Dual Wielding style, including Arima.
- Office Lady: She looks like one, and is featured in the 2016 Calendar for "Office Lady Day". But she's definitely not one.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: While on duty, she is cold and professional, even intimidating. When relaxing, though, she is a warm and caring person that enjoys teasing those she is close to.
Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama (Japanese), Barry Yandell (English)
A Special Class Investigator, known for his flashy demeanor. He became an Investigator to avoid taking over the family temple. After Ui became the advisor of the new Bureau Director, he took over the leadership of Ui's S1 squad.
- Badass Moustache: A powerful Investigator with a bushy moustache.
- BFG: Higher Mind, his Quinque.
- Calling Your Attacks: He doesn't seem capable of attacking without shouting a named attack.
- Fun Personified: He enjoys keeping the atmosphere light, and organizes all the social events and festivals for the CCG.
- I See Dead People: He claims to have seen many ghosts in his lifetime, and is quite frightened of encountering ghoul ghosts.
- Large Ham: He only has two modes: Loud and LOUDER.
- Manly Tears: He's prone to shedding them, often for comical reasons.
- Rated M for Manly: He is a paragon of masculinity!
- Psychic Powers: He claims to have a strong sensitivity to the Supernatural.
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), Randy Pearlman (English)
An Associate Special Class Investigator heavily covered in scars. He is a sadistic former Interrogator, willing to push the boundaries in pursuit of his prey.
- Arch-Enemy: To the mysterious "Jail", and the falsely-accused Rio, who are the same person.
- Artificial Limbs: He has a peg leg, which is strange considering the CCG has highly-advanced prosthetics.
- Asshole Victim: Cool as he was, Kijima really deserved what happened to him.
- Ax-Crazy: He goes on about how exciting torture and torment are, comparing it to a tea party. He says this while wielding a chainsaw.
- Beauty = Goodness: He's fat, disfigured, and weird to look at, and easily one of the scummiest people on the office payroll.
- Big Bad: In Jail, as he hounds Rio to hunt himself and killed his brother at the beginning of the game. Hes the last opponent of the main story.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a skilled Investigator and murderous psychopath who puts fear in everyone, who just so happens to enjoy crosswords and tap dancing in his spare time.
- Canon Immigrant: He's slotted to appear in the video game, Tokyo Ghoul:Jail.
- Chainsaw Good: His Quinque, "Rotten Follow", is a chainsaw powered by a Kakuhou.
- Cool Hat: He sports a rather striking black hat, very unusual to see an Investigator wearing.
- Covered with Scars: There are skin grafts peeking out of his shirt, suggesting his entire body may be that way.
- Deadpan Snarker: When Ui asks Kijima if he cares about his own safety, Kijima tells him that if he was as pretty as Ui is he might.
- Eyes Are Unbreakable: His face is horribly scarred, but his vision appears to be completely intact.
- Facial Horror: His face heavily resembles that of a burn survivor, with distorted or missing features and obvious skin grafts.
- Foil: To Kureo Mado from the original series.
- Both men are shown to be borderline sadistic in their dealings with Ghouls and are seen as eccentric by their peers. But while Mado's co-workers overlooked his Ax-Crazy tendencies and viewed him as a hard-working employee, Kijima is thoroughly disliked throughout the CCG.
- Both were also introduced and later killed fairly early in their respective series. Mado's death was depicted as tragic and contributed to Amon's character development. Kijima's, on the other hand, was pretty much ignored and mourned by no one.
- They also differed in their approach towards working with their partners. Mado was a Benevolent Boss, mentoring and giving helpful advice to Amon. Kijima is shown to be far less courteous with Furuta, using the latter as bait for Ghouls.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His heavily scarred face definitely makes him look sinister.
- Handicapped Badass: He's heavily scarred and missing a leg, but still a skilled Investigator in the field.
- Hate Sink: Quite possibly the most despicable Investigator in the series, rivaling even Kureo Mado. Every scene he's in shows his immorality and sadism, with even his fellow Investigators showing distrust towards him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Winds up being gruesomely chainsawed through the head by his own Quinque.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He rapidly crosses the line, posting a graphic torture video to CCG's website for all to see and laughs when confronted over exposing the public to it.
- Kick the Dog: Since Yuuma won't talk, he cuts the Ghoul's tongue out. He then posts a graphic torture video on CCG's website to taunt the Ghoul's superiors in hopes of luring them out.
- He captures Aliza and tortures her for information, while teasing and mocking her over trying to save her lover. He then dumps both of their bodies in an alleyway like garbage.
- He taunts Matsumae about how he killed Yuuma and Aliza.
- When Hairu buys it, while the other investigators react with shock and sadness, Kijima simply mocks her before the body's even gotten cold.
- In Jail he mocks Rio about having killed his brother.
- Kill Steal: Played for laughs when he captures Yuuma with his capture quinque in the middle of a fight with Hairu, which Hairu then privately complains about to Fura later. At least until Kijima graphically tortures Yuuma and posts a video of it to the CCG website, that is. At which point it stops being funny.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He taunts Matsumae about how he killed Yuuma and Aliza with his Quinque. In response, Matsumae cuts off his arm and causes the chainsaw to come down on his head.
- In Jail, Kijima kills Rio's older brother and uses his kagune to create his quinque, Rotten Follow. This leads to the infamous Jail incident, a legendary mass killing of investigators in which Rio, as Jail, proceeds to annihilate Kijima's entire squad (leaving him the only survivor) and horrifically disfigure him.
- Murder.com: He posts a graphic torture video online, for all to see. He's not even remotely sorry for it, when reprimanded by Ui.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Interestingly. Like Fura, Kijima is able to see the potential of Sasaki's plan and votes in favor of it, openly asking Ui why they held off on it to begin with.
- Red Baron: "Chipping Expert" Kijima.
- Red Herring: By now it's pretty apparent Furuta was the partner we should have taken notice of.
- Obviously Evil: He's a hideously scarred man with an inhuman appearance who is noted to frighten his fellow Investigators, wields a chainsaw as a Quinque and is a former Torture Technician. Totally a nice guy.
- Sadist: Yeah. The warning signs are there.
- Self-Deprecation: Doesn't care "how an ugly body like his gets used."
- Shout-Out: He bears an extremely striking resemblance to Emil from NieR.
- Sole Survivor: Of the "Jail Incident".
- Token Evil Teammate: And when you work at the CCG that means something.
- Torture Technician: He's a former prison Interrogator, with skill sufficient to earn him a nickname.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Plays a big role in Jail and is a supporting character for precisely one arc before being rather suddenly killed off by Matsumae and Mairo using his own quinque without even so much as a fight.
Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura (Japanese)
A First Class Investigator and long-time associate of Arima. He is working with the S1 Squad on the Rose Investigation.
- Battle Trophy: His Quinque, Lantern, made from the first Ghoul that he ever killed. To say that he's had complicated feelings about it over the years is putting it lightly.
- Daddy's Girl: He's extremely close to his 4-year old daughter, Natsu.
- Former Teen Rebel: He's matured into a relatively clean-cut and respectable member of society, but retains his snark and enjoys a smoke at work.
- Gaining the Will to Kill: He discusses this with Shirazu, reassuring him that it's normal to struggle with the reality of their work. In fact, he considers it more healthy to have remorse or doubt concerning the Quinque and killing Ghouls, relating how it took him time to come to terms with using his own Quinque.
- Happily Married: To his childhood friend, Aki. He explains that he smokes at work for the sake of his wife and young child.
- Mr. Exposition: He lampshades this, explaining things about Ihei's background while joking about being an old man there to give info drops.
- Nice Guy: Laid-back, approachable, easy to talk to, and never afraid to shoot the shit with the younger generation.
- Older and Wiser: He's grown into a man with considerable wisdom and maturity, offering advice readily to younger Investigators.
- Precursor Heroes: Helped Arima hunt down Ghouls when they were in High School, and had one of the earliest recorded run-ins with Yamori.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's able to see the value in Sasaki's plans, but shot down by the higher-ranking Ui.
- Self-Deprecation: He jokingly refers to himself as an "old man", while offering information to his younger coworkers.
- Smoking Is Cool: He smokes with Ui at work, a nod back to his wild youth.
- Those Who Fight Monsters: He reassures Shirazu that feeling some unease about killing is normal, and cautions him about the Investigators that don't care.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Averted. Though he is a veteran Investigator and has suffered personal loss at the hands of a Ghoul, he reminds Shirazu that their work as Investigators is still taking a life. As such, it's clear that he doesn't fall in line with the mentality that Ghouls' lives are worthless and insignificant.
- Whip It Good: His bikaku Quinque, Lantern, is essentially a whip.
Voiced by: Soushirou Hori (Japanese), Marcus D. Stimac (English)
A First-Class Investigator operating out of the 1st Ward, and assigned the "Torso" case. He does not bother to hide his disdain towards the Quinx, and uses multiple opportunities to humiliate Sasaki.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: His anime design doesn't have such prominent lips, making him look more normal.
- An Arm and a Leg: Kanae slices off his left arm.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Kuramoto.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He responds to Sasaki's kind words about his recovery with anger, demanding to know if he's making fun of him.
- Fantastic Racism: His resentment and mistrust of Sasaki and his team seems to be based on little more than their hybrid status, even with Sasaki being a highly-decorated Investigator.
- Friendless Background: His last thoughts reveal he had very little in the way of friends growing up because of his looks, and he eventually chose to stop hanging out with anyone at all because he despised the way his face looked when he smiled.
- Gag Lips: They are enormous, and Akira declares her desire to see them quiver when he's humiliated.
- Gonk: He has a rather large nose and enormous lips. He's actually pretty insecure about them.
- Jerkass: He intentionally humiliates Sasaki in front of others at every chance, and doesn't even bother to act professionally towards him.
- Mauve Shirt: He survives one major operation, before getting slaughtered by Kanae.
- Off with His Head!: He's decapitated by Kanae.
- Perpetual Frowner: Rarely smiles, if ever. This is because he hates the way his face looks when he does.
- The Rival: His team is at odds with Team Mado, and he crosses the line of professionalism in antagonizing them.
- Sacrificial Lion: He's killed facing down Kanae, after having survived two previous run-ins with high-ranked Ghouls. He also happens to be the first character killed off during that battle, setting up the subsequent bloodshed.
- Shoo the Dog: He screams insults at his subordinates in a desperate attempt to get them to abandon him, and save themselves. Instead, they choose to stay and die defending him.
- Sole Survivor: His entire team was ambushed and slaughtered by Ayato, leaving him the only survivor.
- Survivor's Guilt: Akira suggests even with his personality, there's no way he isn't feeling guilt over what happened.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He calls out Sasaki for capturing a Ghoul rather than killing it outright, stating their duty as Investigators is to eliminate all Ghouls. He suggests Sasaki himself is untrustworthy as a result of his hybrid status.
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese)
An Associate Special Class, and veteran of the battle in the 20th Ward. He is heavily scarred and holds a deeper hatred for Ghouls than is normal even for Investigators. In the battle against Aogiri, he is assigned as Tooru Mutsuki's new superior.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The loss of his entire squad, which Hogi states caused him to become a much crueler and harsh individual.
- Dies Wide Open: His eyes remain wide with shock as he dies.
- Facial Horror: His face was already nightmarish before Shikorae ripped his nose off.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He orders his subordinates to run, and tries to hold off Takizawa and Shikorae by himself.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's impaled from behind by Shikorae's kagune.
- Jerkass: His harsh personality stands out, and he's fairly dismissive of his new subordinate.
- My Greatest Failure: Hogi reveals that his entire squad was once killed, because he tried to save a civilian. He changed significantly after that tragedy.
- Nightmare Face: Missing the flesh on the lower half of his face.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He survives the climatic battles of the original series, but returns just to be killed by Takizawa and Shikorae.
Voiced by: Rui Tanabe (Japanese), Morgan Berry (English)
The junior partner of Hachikawa, a First-Class Investigator and a veteran of the battle in the 20th Ward. She is a small and curious young woman, with her face always hidden.
- Action Girl: She's a highly-skilled female Investigator.
- Blinding Bangs: Her face is always obsecured by her hair.
- Bring News Back: She manages to survive the scouting mission, and delivers the Intel to headquarters.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Though tiny, she's an incredibly skilled fighter and one of the few to survive fighting the One-Eyed Owl in close combat.
- Sole Survivor: She's the only member of her squad to make it back, with the others written off as dead.
- Tender Tears: Our first glimpse of her face is her weeping.
- Youthful Freckles: She turns out to have a very young, freckle-covered face.
Voiced by: Hinata Tadokoro (Japanese), Cris George (English)
An Associate Special Class Investigator, and one of the Squad Leaders during the Auction Mop-up Operation. He was a veteran Investigator trusted by Matsuri, and held long-standing feelings of envy towards Arima.
He was based on one of the winners of a promotional contest.
- A Death in the Limelight: The chapter of his death gives him plenty of focus, especially compared to the other members of the Red Shirt Army.
- A Father to His Men: His key word is "Kindness", hinting at his caring nature towards his subordinates.
- Final Speech: He narrates about the unfairness of being Overshadowed by Awesome, and how anyone can become capable with enough hard work.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He describes how all the veteran Investigators have suffered from "Arima-pathy" ever since Arima began working for CCG.
- Japanese Spirit: Persistence. He firmly believed that anyone, with sufficient hard work, could become a great Investigator.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: "I do not want any more casualities to fal-..."
- Mauve Shirt: Given the most screentime out of the Red Shirt Army, prior to his untimely death.
- Off with His Head!: Decapitated by Takizawa.
- Sacrificial Lion: He's pretty much there to establish just how dangerous Takizawa is, after having proven himself a competent leader and skilled fighter.
- Shout-Out: He compares Arima to Heifetz, another prodigy that caused his older counterparts to feel great feelings of resentment and envy.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He recalls, in his youth, yelling at Marude when told that a 16-year old was going to fight a large group of Ghouls alone. That teenager? Arima.
Voiced by: Ryuunosuke Watanuki (Japanese), Jeff Johnson (English)
A First Class Investigator, and member of Ooshiba Squad taking part in the Auction Mop-up Operation.
He is based on one of the winners of a promotional contest.
- Destination Defenestration: Nutcracker throws him out a window.
- Hidden Depths: He's revealed to be a skilled hairdresser (a reference to his real-life model).
- Mauve Shirt: He starts out as a member of the Red Shirt Army, but survives his battles with an S-rated Ghoul and even earns praise for his actions during the Auction.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: He survives his fall as a result of landing in some trees and bushes. He's only a little bruised from the experience.
- Rank Up: In Chapter 32, he's promoted to First Class.
- Sole Survivor: He's the only member of Ooshiba Squad to survive the battle with Nutcracker.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He berates Shirazu for snapping at Commander Washuu, reminding him that not only is he speaking to a superior officer, he's talking to one of the Washuu Clan.
Voiced: Ryuzaburo Otomo (Japanese), R. Bruce Elliott (English)
A legendary Special Class Investigator, and the father of Takeomi. He is a veteran of numerous major operations, and continues to actively serve even after losing his hand in battle.
- An Arm and a Leg: He loses his entire right arm when Roma tears it completely off.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Urie's arms, after being stabbed in the throat by Furuta.
- Handicapped Badass: He's still working as an Investigator, even though he's missing his left hand.
- I Want Grandkids: He's thrilled about his son's engagement, and seems quite happy when Kiyoko points out he'll be a grandfather before too long.
- My Greatest Failure: The death of Urie's father, his Squad Leader.
- Old Soldier: He's middle-aged and a veteran of numerous significant operations.
- Sacrificial Lion: Furuta kills him, mere hours before carrying out the final stage of his plan and abandoning his position as Director.
- So Proud of You: In his typical fashion, he wordlessly claps his own son and Urie on the shoulder, displaying his pride at their accomplishments.
- Super Strength: Takeomi has casually mentioned that his strength is nothing compared to that of his father.
A veteran of the Kuroiwa Squad, a towering woman with a soft heart.
- The Chick: The lone woman in the squad.
- Dude Magnet: The epilogue shows that her strong work ethic resulted in many of her co-workers falling for her.
- Foil: To Akira Mado, the level-headed and petite woman that is more traditionally feminine in comparison to emotional, towering Lethal Chef Misato.
- More Dakka: Her quinque is essentially a machine-gun that fires spikes.
- Statuesque Stunner: She towers over most of her coworkers, and considered an attractive young woman.
The Warden of Cochlea.
- The Alcatraz: Cochlea has gained a reputation as being impossible to breach since he took command.
- Battlefield Promotion: His promotion was the result of his predecessor being killed when Aogiri raided the prison.
- Fantastic Racism: He is the current head of the Ghoul Prison, and oversees all the horrors that take place there. Ghouls, to him, are little more than trash.
- Gonk: Even without the scars, he's an odd-looking person.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His face is covered in scars, emphasizing his sadistic nature.
- Off with His Head!: Donato tears his head off.
- Villainous Breakdown: As Cochlea is attacked, he slowly starts losing his composure until he has a full meltdown.
- Wardens Are Evil: Implied, with the hints of horrifying abuse that take place under his authority.
Voiced by: Atsuyoshi Miyasaki (Japanese), Bradley Campbell (English)
An Instructor at the 2nd Junior Academy. He was once an Interrogator working at the detention center, but was dismissed after causing a major scandal involving a tortured Ghoul that went insane and escaped.
- Asshole Victim: Subjected to an hour of torture, when his victim got loose.
- No one sheds a tear for him when he's killed by one of his students.
- Cassandra Truth: He smugly warned Sasaki that Mutsuki was "trouble". Sasaki and the audience both dismiss his words, He's right, having acted as an Evil Mentor to the disturbed teenager.
- Character Tic: That distinct style of cracking knuckles, adopted by Yamori.
- Evil Teacher: He's a Combat Instructor at the Academy, and has a poor relationship with pretty much everyone. Sasaki notes that the students don't like him at all.
- Evil Mentor: He encouraged Mutsuki's disturbed behaviors, teaching him how to properly use and care for knives.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The left side of his face is horribly scarred, reflected his twisted personality.
- Karma Houdini: The Academy has been covering up his crimes for years, shifting the blame onto innocent students to avoid scandal.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: The epilogue reveals that he eventually got his just desserts and was murdered by one of his students.
- Karmic Death: After years of scapegoating innocent students for his crimes, he is killed by one of said students.
- Kick the Dog: He likes to torture and kill animals for lulz, and then lets innocent kids get blamed for the crimes. Though in Mutsuki's case, he acted more as an enabler for Mutsuki's preexisting problems.
- Pet the Dog: Subverted. He's known for being a cruel individual, and the students universally don't care for him. The one student he shows any sort of kindness towards? Mutsuki, who he recognized as deeply disturbed. He serves as an Evil Mentor, encouraging these sadistic impulses and then later using them to distract from his own crimes.
- Psycho for Hire: He enjoyed his job as an interrogator way too much.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Tokage means "Lizard" and he's certainly abhorrent.
- Sadist: He takes great pleasure in causing others suffering, and is considered twisted even among the CCG's interrogators.
- Torture Technician: He's a particularly brutal one, and "taught" Yamori everything he knows.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His torture of a prisoner named Yakumo Oomori resulted in the creation of "Jason of the 13th Ward", the serial cannibal and S-rated Aogiri Executive that would eventually torture Kaneki.
The father of Kuki Urie, and former commander of the illustrious S3 Squad. He was killed by the One-Eyed Owl, during her original rampage.
- A Father to His Men: He was well-loved by his men, and laid down his life to defend them.
- Beauty Mark: He had one under his eye, just like his son.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When he realized their hopeless situation, he ordered his men to retreat and stayed to hold the Owl back.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death is at the heart of his son's actions, fueling both his intense rivalries and his reckless ambition.
- Posthumous Character: He died 13 years prior to the series, one of the many victims of the Owl's rampage.
- Sins of the Father: Donato targets his son, as revenge for Mikito capturing him.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Urie indicates that his death as particularly gruesome, leaving very little to actually bury.
- You Shall Not Pass!: He stood his ground against Eto, blocking her path so that his men could escape.
Voiced by: Volcano Ota (Japanese), Francis Henry (English)
The physician in charge of monitoring and caring for the Quinx. He gives off a kind and fatherly air when dealing with his patients.
- As You Know: He explains information about the nature of the Quinx to various team members, introducing the audience to these concepts even though the characters themselves already know it.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: He has a thick, bushy moustache that adds to his air of authority.
- Motherly Scientist: His bedside manner towards his patients is very much like a fatherly figure, and he shows a certain amount of empathy towards their situation.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: He wears a large one that overwhelms his thin build.
- Mr. Exposition: He's pretty much there to explain the Quinx to the audience, providing infodumps every time he appears.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: He wears glasses, adding to his air of authority and intelligence.
- Tested on Humans: His patients are explicitly stated to all be human research subjects.
Voiced by: Asami Seto (Japanese), Morgan Garrett (English)
The daughter of Investigators killed in action, and the former partner of Koutarou Amon. She was tasked with mentoring an amnesiac Haise Sasaki, training him as his senior partner and surrogate mother figure. Though initially uncomfortable with this role, Akira becomes a vital part of Sasaki's life and serves as a kind but stern authority figure in his life. Her past losses come back to haunt her when she learns of Dr. Kanou's OWL experiments, and the survival of her loved ones as artificial half-ghouls.
In a violent confrontation with her former classmate, Akira ends up protecting Takizawa from her subordinates. Mortally wounded and labeled a criminal, she is saved through the efforts of Goat. Though reassured of their good intentions, she struggles to come to terms with her new reality. After recovering from her wounds, Akira decides to depart to parts unknown alongside Amon, finding herself unwilling to return to the CCG but also not being able to bring herself to join GOAT proper.
- The Ace: She graduated top of her class, and by the time of the sequel, she has earned the rank of First Class. Amon achieving the same rank at 27 was considered exceptional, and Akira manages to do the same. As of Ch. 32 she's an Associate Special Class, a feat even more exceptional for somebody her age. She plays it down, though, noting that it's easier to get promoted, as they are living in trying times.
- Affectionate Nickname: While Saiko calls Sasaki "Maman", she refers to Akira as "Mama".
- Ancestral Weapon: Fueguchi One and Fueguchi Two, the quinques once used by her father.
- Armor-Piercing Response: When Takizawa rants to her about his desire to be acknowledged, she tells him that people did see him. They saw that he had become a ghoul and a murderer.
- Badass Boast: She tells Shimoguchi that her team will solve the Torso case in one month's time, after he'd failed to find any leads in three months.
- Barrier Warrior: When using Fueguchi Two in battle.
- Becoming the Mask: It is revealed when Sasaki confronts her about his past, that she was originally ordered to play the "strong maternal figure" for him. She recalls this with an agonized expression, while hugging him and reassuring him that, "You are You. Names don't matter". As such, it seems over the years, she's come to genuinely care for him.
- Brick Joke: In the opening chapter, she immediately and firmly denies Sasaki's request for a hug (the finale to his Hurricane of Puns). 32 chapters later, he asks again expecting the same result, and is shocked when she warmly embraces him.
- Bridal Carry: Takizawa carries her while she's unconscious from her wounds.
- Category Traitor: Protecting a ghoul is a major crime, considered worse than aiding a human murderer or terrorist.
- Combat Stilettos: The Auction arc has her fighting Ghouls in a pair of high heels.
- Continuity Nod: She meets Sasaki for the first time in the exact same fashion she once met Amon, with the senior partner visiting a grave to report their recent promotion.
- Cooldown Hug: When Sasaki confronts her about Kaneki's past, angrily declaring that his name isn't Haise, she manages to calm him down by hugging him and assuring him that names are irrelevant.
- Cry Cute: She breaks down crying when admitting her guilt to Takizawa, and later weeps when forgiving Hinami over her father's death.
- Damsel in Distress: Her severe injuries lead members of Goat to raid the CCG's main laboratory, in order to steal drugs to save her life.
- Defecting for Love: Abandons her duties as an Investigator and betrays the ideals of the CCG to protect Takizawa, suffering serious injuries in the process.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: After letting go of her hatred for ghouls, Akira is left with an emptiness inside her, not knowing anymore what to do.
- Devoted to You: Kaneki uses Goat's forces in a plan to save her, while Amon and Takizawa are both equally devoted to her in spite of years apart.
- The Dreaded: She's become quite famous and Aogiri's Ghoul rightful fear her.
- Friendly Sniper: While her demeanor is cold and efficient when tasked with bringing Sasaki down with an RC Suppressant round, afterwards she helps calm him down and advises him to take it easy for a while.
- Heroic BSoD:
- When she sees Takizawa, she's rendered speechless with shock and horror.
- After Kaneki updates her on everything that happened while she was unconscious, Akira curls up into a fetal position and asks to be left alone.
- Internal Homage: In chapter 121, Akira gives Kaneki another "Mado-Punch" to the gut. The whole page is drawn in reference to chapter 2, when Akira punched Sasaki and warned him that his kindness would eventually kill him. In chapter 121, she seems to imply that she was really fond of that kindness of his.
- Lady of War: Her deadliness and elegance in battle have only increased, with her killing numerous Ghouls in a single attack from her Fueguchi One while looking fabulous.
- Letting Her Hair Down: We only see her this way when she's truly relaxed.
- Licked by the Dog: Even after trying to justify what she and her father did in the past, Akira ends up being hugged by a group of ghoul children.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Sasaki, providing both support as his senior partner and someone to bring him back when he loses control. She's not exactly a gentle one, but it works out.
- The Lost Lenore: Amon and Takizawa were both this to her in the past, dear people she lost before she could fully grasp how important they were. Her grief and regret leads her to betray the CCG's ideals, when expected to kill them both.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: She's able to use Fueguchi Two to protect herself from Tatara's napalm-like attacks.
- Mad Eye: She's started doing the same one-eyed squint as her father, while in the heat of battle.
- Mercy Kill: She explains that Houji felt killing Takizawa was the only thing he could do for his former subordinate.
- Neck Lift: Takizawa does this to her, while confronting her over trying to kill him.
- Not So Above It All: Despite being pretty serious, she still has some comical moments, like calling her punches Mado punches.
- Opt Out: After recovering from her wounds and reuniting with Amon, the two decide to back out of the continuing Human/Ghoul conflict. For Akira's part, it's due to her newfound empathy for ghouls conflicting with her not actually wanting to fight against the CCG.
- Parental Substitute: To Sasaki, having mentored him after he lost his memories. He even refers to her as being his "mother", for all intents and purposes.
- Prim and Proper Bun: She now wears her hair like this, suiting a Lady of War with a high status in the CCG.
- Rank Up: She's become a First Class Investigator by the beginning of :re, and in Ch.32 achieves the rank of Associate Special Class.
- Save the Villain: She throws herself in the way to protect Takizawa, in spite of previously having considered him too far gone to save.
- Ship Tease: With both Takizawa and Amon. All three have alternately fought to defeat or save the others, leading to a tangled mess of emotions between them all.
- Shoot the Dog:
- She's forced to shoot Sasaki to bring him back under control. Afterwards, she questions him on his (false) identity to ensure he's truly back under control. She doesn't seem pleased with it, but the alternative is much worse.
- Her reasoning for wanting to kill Takizawa? Mercy Kill.
- Sniper Rifle: She uses one in Chapter 7, to bring down an out-of-control Sasaki.
- So Proud of You: During the Award Ceremony reception, she shocks Sasaki by giving the hug he kept jokingly asking for.
- Taking the Bullet: She shields Takizawa from Mutsuki's kagune, getting stabbed in the process.
- Teacher/Student Romance: She's the product of such a relationship. Her mother was an instructor at the Academy when her father was a student, and the two ended up marrying after he graduated.
- The Team Normal: In the sequel, she is the only normal human associated with the Quinx Squad.
- Unfriendly Fire: She's badly injured by an Ax-Crazy Mutsuki, as punishment for protecting Takizawa.
- Whip It Good: She now uses her father's old Rinkaku Quinque, Fueguchi One.
- You Killed My Father: Sasaki notes that Akira is frustrated by not being able to confront Hinami over the death of her father. When she finally meets Touka and Hinami in chapter 120, she realizes she cant truly hate them, even if they killed her father.
A young woman obsessed with photography, and a long-time friend of Tsukiyama. She is clever and whimsical, often one step ahead of others. In order to help her friend, she begins to establish contact with the Quinx and becomes a target of the CCG for associating with Ghouls.
Chie is a character that first appeared in the Light Novel Hibi and is mentioned in passing in the original Tokyo Ghoul.
Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese), Mark Stoddard (English)
A human surgeon that allied himself with Aogiri, performing experiments to create Human-Ghoul Hybrids.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: With the CCG closing in on him and Kurona moments away from taking her revenge, Kanou casually takes out a pistol and shoots himself in the head.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: Reprising his role from the original series, he continues to be a major antagonist.
- Creating Life: Dr. Kanou's experiments ultimately involve toying with the full creative potential of ghouls, with him playing with the possibilities of reviving the dead or creating new life via the Dragon, born from his prototype (Kaneki) and the Washuu's unique Superpower Genetics. He even mocks the CCG for having focused all their efforts in creating weapons, when their ghoul research could yield world-changing advancements in medical science.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Ever since his mother got sick, he visited her in the hospital before she died every single day, without fail. Many years later, he is still visiting her grave.
- The Evil Genius: One of the thinkers and planners of Aogiri, leaving the combat to others.
- Evilutionary Biologist: His stated goal is to "free" humanity through the use of his Half-Human Hybrids, but whether this is true or not remains to be seen. Kuro recalls once seeing his study, filled with preserved insects that he had stitched together to create new creatures such as a "Scorpion-butterfly".
- Faux Affably Evil: He pretends to be kind and polite, but this is merely one more way to disarm and manipulate others.
- Freudian Excuse: Kanou was initially a friendly, fairly sociable youth...until right before he entered college, that is. His mother's long, painful death from an illness left him emotionally scarred for the rest of his life. The experiments with Ghouls? He initially was doing it for genuine medical research. That is, until he discovered the truth about the V and their twisted 'birdcage', after which he went far of the slippery slope.
- For Science!: Morals? Ethics? Genocide? Murderous past experiments out for his blood? None of this seems to be taken into account, so long as he gets to continue his experiments.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: He's the token human in Aogiri organization and is one of the most unambiguously evil characters in the manga.
- I Was Quite the Looker: A flashback in Chapter 103 reveals he was quite the Bishōnen in his young years.
- Kick the Dog: Kanou is perhaps the most unnecessarily cruel character in the series, taking puppy-kicking to a higher level.
- He refers to Kuro and Shiro as failures, simply because they weren't as powerful as Kaneki. And he immediately follows this up by convincing Naki that if he agrees to experiments using Gagi and Guge, Kanou will bring them back to life.
- Later mocks Kuro's sacrifice of her body to sustain her sister, saying she mutilated her body for nothing and Shiro has long since been dead. When Kuro says she felt her sister stirring inside her, Kanou casually explains its just gas.
- After hunger left Takizawa disoriented and confused, Kanou brought him food. Once his "patient" finished eating, Kanou joked about what the meat used to be.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: He continues to dress like a proper doctor, long after abandoning his practice and human life.
- Les Collaborateurs: Though human, he works for Aogiri because their goals happen to align. When Aogiri falls, he quickly abandons them and takes his research with him. After Furuta takes over the CCG, Kanou triumphantly returns as a "Research Consultant" in charge of the Oggai.
- Mad Scientist: The CCG considers him to be one, even though they have been doing experiments based on his work.
- Manipulative Bastard: He enjoys preying on the loneliness of others, manipulating them for the sake of his experiments.
- Meatgrinder Surgery: He insists using power tools to torture and mutilate Takizawa was a medical procedure, as doing so would result in the "patient" becoming stronger.
- Medical Horror: Dr. Kanou produces plenty of it.
- Mission Control: During the battle at the Auction house, he monitors from a control room.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Casually mentions to Takizawa that he'll be back later to collect various samples, including semen. It's only the beginning of the horrors that followed, but further displays Kanou's twisted and detached nature.
- The Sociopath: Manipulative, convinced of his own greatness, willing to do anything to achieve results, and utterly lacking in a shred of human decency or compassion.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Flashbacks reveal he was the one responsible for torturing Takizawa, brutalizing him with a cheerful bedside manner.
- The Unfettered: Utterly pragmatic about achieving his goal, he doesn't allow little things like morals, ethics, or emotions to get in his way. His goal of getting ghouls used for medicine even has him perfectly fine getting a city destroyed and its citizens eaten by a monster if his objectives could be reached.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Apparently was quite fond of jokes and brought laughter to his friends. Too bad that his mother's death warped his personality permanently.
- Wham Line: "How about it? Isn't it time to release the Owl?"
- Worthy Opponent: He considers Dr. Chigyou a genius, and would love to compare research notes even though the two are on very different sides.
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese), Clifford Chapin (English)
Kaneki's childhood friend. He joined the CCG as an intern to look for Kaneki, and disappeared during the Owl Suppression Operation.
Since then, he has been operating under the identity of "Scarecrow", a mystery low-rated ghoul.
- Big Damn Heroes: A flashback reveals that he was the one that rescued Amon from Aogiri, saving his life in the process. He also takes part in Marude's storming of the chairman's office, rescuing Urie from Furuta.
- Big Good: Probably the closest thing to this in the story, having worked in the background for years to gather allies and resources. Once he sees the opportunity, he takes part in Marude's retaking of the CCG and then takes the next step to begin fostering alliances between humans and ghouls for the purpose of saving both Kaneki and Tokyo.
- Brick Joke: Hide used to joke that "rabbits die of loneliness", when Kaneki avoided him. When Kaneki has a vision of Hide, he cries while stating he's lonely without his friend. Hide laughs, and asks whether he's a rabbit.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Marude indicates that Hide told him something, which led to him discovering that the Washuus are ghouls. It isn't clear what he revealed, or when the conversation happened.
- Dead Person Conversation: Kaneki and Hide share a brief heart-to-heart, with Hide advising him to go on living.
- Facial Horror: As he jokes, he's no longer very pretty to look at. The skin has been torn away from his lower face, extending from below his nose all the way to his left clavicle. His lower face has very little tissue left, leaving his teeth completely exposed and significantly reducing his ability to speak — requiring a voice prosthesis to be implanted into his throat. Little surprise he tends to wear masks or scarves to cover it up.
- The Ghost: Subverted. He seems to have only appeared in flashbacks and hallucinations, until it's revealed that he is Scarecrow and therefore has been hanging on the fringes of the story all along.
- Henohenomoheji: His name comes from having one drawn on his mask.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Discussed and implied. Kaneki remembers Hide offering his flesh to save him, and clings to the idea of "dying in style" in imitation of Hide. However, when he hallucinates a conversation with his old friend, Hide berates him for this line of thinking and encourages him to go on living.
- It Is Not Your Time: He tells Kaneki he still isn't finished, and will find his reason to go on living very soon.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Was one to Kaneki who, immediately after regaining his memories, seems to stack his priorities in a manner like: 1.) Get all your friends to immediate, relative safety, 2.) Die awesomely like Hide (supposedly) did.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Kaneki is either hallucinating his meeting with Hide, or encountered his friend during a Near-Death Experience.
- Nice Guy: Probably the single kindest character in the entire series, holding no real ill will towards anyone, even the ghouls who have attacked him and tried to eat him in the past. Even Kaneki eating half of Hide's face and most of his throat isn't enough to change his firm belief in their friendship.
- Nice Hat: As Scarecrow, he wears a dark-colored, large-brimmed hat.
- Nonchalant Dodge: He blocks one of Suzuya's knives with his playbook, while Ghouls around him are slaughtered by the showers of blades.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The normally expressionless henohenomoheji mask is replaced with one showing visible anger in chapter 145 after Kaneki becomes Dragon.
- Platonic Love Confessor: In Chapter 148, he confesses that he did all he's done because he loves Kaneki, when he talks to Amon and Akira.
- The Pollyanna: Despite all the crap he and Kaneki have gone through over the years, Hide remains as cheerful and optimistic as ever. His opinion of Kaneki hasn't been dampened at all even after he ate practically half of Hide's face and tearing out his vocal cords.
- Red Baron: Scarecrow, based on his mask.
- Refuge in Audacity: He shows up at the entrance of the CCG, and brings a horde of masked ghouls with him. When Marude demands to know if he actually expects anyone to willingly cooperate with ghouls, Hide cheerful responds with a simple "Yes". Marude is momentarily rendered speechless at the sheer audacity of Hide's plan.
- Secret Identity: The mystery Scarecrow turns out to be the long-missing Hide.
- Spanner in the Works: Subverted. He accidentally hits a button with his elbow, causing the battle between Sasaki and Takizawa to be broadcast for all to hear. The reveal that he's Hideyoshi makes it clear that this was intentional.
- The Speechless: He's barely able to speak, forcing him to write things down to communicate. After Marude retakes the CCG, he's fitted with a device that allows him to speak again.
- Starfish Language: His speech is written using game controller symbols. It isn't clear if he's just mumbling something the audience isn't supposed to understand, or if he really just is that weird. Given that he mentions getting an artificial voice box later, it's likely the symbols are meant to mean that everything he says sounds like mumbled gibberish.
- Trick Bomb: He uses a gas grenade to take out two Aogiri mooks, when rescuing Amon.
- Tulpa: Kaneki creates one based on Hide, who talks Kaneki out of killing himself during the fight with Arima.
- Uncertain Doom: Both in-series and for much of :Re, his fate was left a complete mystery. Kaneki believes that Hide died in the sewers, and he is considered a missing person that is likely dead. In fact, he's been there all along under an assumed identity.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Kaneki, to the point where he even managed to unite the Ghouls and Humans all with the goal in mind to save Kaneki.
- The Voiceless: A literal case of this after it gets revealed that Kaneki ate his vocal cords along with the lower part of his face.
- Wham Shot / Wham Line: The ending of Chapter 138, with Scarecrow using a hand-written sign to introduce himself to Urie.Scarecrow's Sign: "I am Hideyoshi Nagachika. Lend me your strength, Urie."
- What the Hell, Hero?: When he's about to give up, Kaneki has a vision of Hide coming to stop him from ending his life. Hide tells him that his work isn't done yet, and his desire to kill himself is selfish.
Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English)
In high school, she was Touka's best friend and dreamed of being a chef. Now, she works as a waitress in a bread shop and becomes the wife of Takeomi Kuroiwa.
- A-Cup Angst: While shopping for her wedding gown, Yoriko admires one particular dress, before complaining that it would be too loose in the chest for her.
- Beta Couple: With Takeomi.
- Childhood Friends: She was friends with Takeomi in elementary school.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She marries Takeomi, her childhood friend.
- Damsel in Distress: Double-subverted. While Mutsuki's initial threat against her proves to be a complete lie, Yoriko is in fact later arrested on allegations that she violated the Countermeasures Act.
- Fall Guy: With Furuta's blessing, Mutsuki and Shinsanpei arrest Yoriko and frame her by claiming that she knew Touka was a ghoul all along.
- Finger in the Mail: Mutsuki shows Touka part of a hand, wearing an engagement ring... and mentions that Yoriko is getting married. However, it turns out to be a complete lie.
- Flower Motifs: In the calendar, she's pictured with sunflowers and compared to them.
- Fourth Date Marriage: Takeomi's marriage proposal comes across as this, since it's only the second scene they've had together. In reality, the childhood friends have had about 7 - 9 months to reconnect.
- Friendship Moment: She learns the truth about Touka while in prison and facing execution for their association. In spite of this, Yoriko's only thought is that she was a terrible friend for failing to see how Touka suffered to make her happy.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Yoriko's blonde hair fits perfectly with her genuine, loving personality.
- Hope Springs Eternal: Her engagement is viewed by members of the CCG as a light of hope during a difficult time, and exactly what everyone needs to remind them why they fight. Which is probably why, thematically, she ends up targeted by Mutsuki.
- It's All My Fault: When she learns that Touka is a ghoul, Yoriko blames herself for failing to realize how Touka was suffering for her happiness all along.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Much like in the first series, Touka has never told Yoriko about her being a ghoul. Chapter 121 takes this even further by revealing that Touka effectively cut off ties with her after the Owl Suppression Operation from the first series.
- Make an Example of Them: She's sentenced to death for being associated with a ghoul in the past, as part of Furuta's new Zero Tolerance policies. He announces that the execution will be a huge spectacle for the public, to demonstrate just what happens to anyone that associates with ghouls.
- One Degree of Separation: She knows Takeomi, who is friends with the Quinx and a great admirer of Sasaki... who is an amnesiac Kaneki, who has been visiting Touka as a regular at her new cafe.
- Red Herring: Yoriko's visitor at the dress shop was this, giving some weight to Mutsuki's claim. But Yoriko is completely unharmed, and unaware of the plot against Touka.
- Sunny Sunflower Disposition: Ishida notes she has this type of personality, picturing her with a bouquet of sunflowers.
- Supreme Chef: She's still aiming for her dreams of being a chef, and makes delicious bread at the bakery where she works.
- Through His Stomach: She's always been a believer in conveying her affection through her cooking, and scores Takeomi partially because of her cooking skills.
- Unexpected Character: She was a very minor character in the original series, so many fans were surprised when she showed up again.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her fiance, Takeomi, is actually trying to track down Yoriko's childhood friend, Touka, who she lost contact with, for their wedding. He gives the photo of Touka to Mutsuki who believes he recognizes her.
Voiced by: Yurie Kobori (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English)
Nishiki Nishio's former lover, a medical student that attended Kamii University.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The "insurance" Hide promised would appear if Dr. Kanou died turns out to be Kimi. She comes rushing into headquarters with the late doctor's entire research team and all the documentation from his research.
- Les Collaborateurs: She's been assisting in Aogiri's ghoulification experiments.
- Official Couple: with Nishiki in the Distant Finale.
- Red Herring: Nishiki was introduced hunting Torso, a ghoul that targeted women with scars. It turns out that Kimi was safe and sound the whole time, but working for Aogiri.
- Starcrossed Lovers: Nishiki chose to leave her when Anteiku was discovered, hoping to keep her safe.
- Unexpected Character: Returns, not as a Damsel in Distress, but as one of Dr. Kanou's lab assistants.
- Zombie Advocate: She was one of the founding members of the pro-ghoul group, Great Wheel Act.
Voiced by: Teruyuki Tanzawa (Japanese), Bill Jenkins (English)
A famous media personality and "Ghoul Expert".
- Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced in the first chapter of the original series as a celebrity "expert", he makes his return as a prominent face of the Pro-Ghouls Rights movement.
- Connected All Along: He was Kannou's acquaintance from college and provides the human side with the much needed hint to finding the Mad Scientist after Kaneki turns into the Dragon.
- Zombie Advocate: He becomes a prominent advocate for Ghoul Rights, after the release of King Bileygr.
The younger sister of Quinx Squad Leader Ginshi Shirazu. She suffers from a horrific disease that has kept her hospitalized.
- And I Must Scream: Her disease causes intense pain, loss of the senses, memory problems, and mental regression to a child-like state. She also has a massive tumor growing out of her face, which would likely break her neck if not for the supports holding it up. As such, she's constantly in pain, unable to move much if at all, and slowly losing all her senses as well as her mental processes.
- Body Horror: She has a massive RC tumor growing out of her face.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father appears to have killed himself at some point.
- Eye Scream: The tumor begin growing beneath her eye, and she complained of it "itching". It seems to have since swallowed up that side of her face.
- Healthcare Motivation: Her disease pushed Shirazu to volunteer for the Quinx project.
- Ill Girl: Haru is hospitalized, driving her brother to volunteer for the Quinx Project for her sake.
- Littlest Cancer Patient: Her condition is incurable, and not very conductive to any sort of life at all.
- Mercy Kill: Shirazu begs the rest of the team to make sure she "dies peacefully" as he is dying from his horrific wounds, knowing that Haru will face a slow and painful death without him being able to procure money for treatment.
- Missing Mom: Her mother abandoned the family early on.
Voiced by: Junpei Matsuo (Japanese), Jean-Luc Hester (English)
The manager of best-selling horror writer Sen Takatsuki.
- Beleaguered Assistant: When Eto isn't late for events, she's teasing him about getting eaten by Ghouls.
- Butt-Monkey: His appearances always involve someone bullying, harassing, or throwing furniture at him.
- Can't Stop the Signal: He actively worked to keep any information about Eto's final novel under wraps, and set things up to see the widest possible distribution. He did all this, well aware of the contents of the book and the fact the Government Conspiracy would try to prevent it from being published.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: His job, in a nutshell. He's there to smooth over things when she goes off track, and try to convince her that interviewing Ghouls is a terrible idea.
- Cowardly Lion: He turns out to have been braver than it seemed, knowing full well that helping Eto publish her final novel would defy a Government Conspiracy not above murdering people.
- Finger in the Mail: Furuta brings a plastic container to Cochlea, and informs Eto that the pate inside was made from Shiono's liver.
- He Knows Too Much: His role as Eto's collaborator ends up getting him killed by V.
- Kill the Cutie: He's murdered by Furuta, partially because of his role in aiding Eto, but mostly to spite her.
- Morality Pet: It turns out that Eto is genuinely fond of him.
- Nervous Wreck: He's very easily flustered, and cowers in terror when actually faced with threats.
- Secret Keeper: He actually found out that she was a Ghoul long ago, and has kept her secret for nearly a decade.
- Tears of Remorse: He breaks down in tears when he sees Eto, having just confessed that she kept human meat in her fridge.
- Unwitting Muggle Friend: The poor guy seems to have absolutely no idea just who he's working for.
The childhood friend of Karao Saeki, and root of his twisted obsession.
- Abusive Parents: She grew up in an abusive household, and longed to escape.
- Adapted Out: She does not appear in the anime adaption.
- Lost Lenore: To Karao, who has spent his life trying to find a replacement "lover".
- Muggle Best Friend: She had no idea that her friend was a ghoul.
- Only Friend: Quite literally the first person Karao met, besides his abusive father.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Her death is the motivation for Karao's insidious actions in the series.
- Posthumous Character: She's long dead by the start of the series.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: After a night spent dreaming of the future together, young Karao emerges from his family's tent to see his father in the process of eating Minomi's mutilated corpse. This gruesome image fuels his obsession with collecting the torsos of women.
A bureau investigator and the information head of CCG's 20th ward branch.