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     Chie Hori 
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Voiced by: Megumi Han

A strange girl attending high school with Tsukiyama. She is a freelance photographer, and comes to learn his secret, eventually forming an unusual friendship with the fearsome "Gourmet".

  • Batman Gambit: She pulls one on Tsukiyama, to prevent him from eating Mitsuba (her current model). After days of hiding out at one of his empty apartments, he finds them and corners his prey.....only for her to show him that she's been busy exchanging emails with Kaneki the whole time. She's built a business relationship with him, and the chase has resulted in them being exactly where she arranged to meet him. Kaneki shows up moments later, and Chie negotiates a new deal with him — Tsukiyama will be their go-between. Tsukiyama is so grateful for this extra chance to earn Kaneki's trust that he gives up on Mitsuba and agrees to let Chie have her.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Her plan for saving Mitsuba from Tsukiyama is to just show up at her apartment, and keep giving out orders. The Idol Singer is so baffled that she ends up following Chie, trying to figure out what this kid is doing.
  • Big Eater: She's very fond of food, often getting Tsukiyama to buy her expensive treats.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: She has her own, unique code that doesn't mesh well with normal humans. She's fairly impartial to the things she witnesses, and is noted to hold all lives in equal regard. While strange, it's described as a very pure sort of world view.
  • Bullying a Dragon: She's not above bossing around or playfully bullying the Ghouls she associates with, even though she knows they could easily kill her.
  • Camera Fiend: She's always looking for something to photograph, seeking out "interesting" subjects.
  • Food Slap: She dumps her hot chocolate on Tsukiyama's head during an argument.
  • Generic Cuteness: She's described as being very plain, and uninteresting looking.
  • Genre Savvy: Before going to meet with Tsukiyama, she arranges for a blog post revealing his true identity to go public if she fails to return home in time to cancel the post.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Though Tsukiyama mistakenly considers her as a Human Pet.
  • Nerves of Steel: Chie is utterly unshaken by verbal or physical threats, always ready with an argument why they shouldn't go through with it. She's been choked by a blood-splattered Ghoul, hung out an 8th story window, and threatened for getting in the way. She takes it all without batting an eyelash.
  • Older Than They Look: Tsukiyama initially mistakes her for an elementary student, and is surprised when she reveals they go to the same High School.
  • Refuge in Audacity: When cornered by a Ghoul she's just photographed, her response is to demand that he buy her a parfait. It works.
  • Scheherezade Gambit: She outwits Tsukiyama through keeping him guessing, leading him to eventually decide she's more interesting to keep around.
  • Scholarship Student: She managed to attend the same prestigious Academy as Tsukiyama, but got in on a scholarship because her family could never afford such an expensive private school.
  • Secret Keeper: She doesn't reveal the identities of any of her Ghoul associates.
  • Tarot Motifs: 0. The Fool.


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     The Nurse 

Voiced By: Rina Satō

A beautiful nurse working at a hospital owned by the Tsukiyama Group.

  • Battle Axe Nurse: Her true personality.
  • Beauty Is Bad: She's as ugly on the inside as she is beautiful on the outside.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While she acts sweetly in public, she actually abuses her patients at night.
  • Elder Abuse: She abuses her elderly patients, beating them and counting on them not remembering the abuse in the morning.
  • Flayed Alive: Just after her wedding, Tsukiyama tracks her down and does this to her.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: She blames the old man's murder on a Ghoul, which was only partially true.
  • Hospital Hottie: She's a beautiful young Nurse.
  • Kick the Dog: Or rather, the elderly patient. In the face.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Inverted. She uses the murder of an elderly patient to make herself look like a tragic heroine, and wins the love of the doctor she'd been lusting after.
  • Secret Keeper: She keeps Tsukiyama's secret, since he helped her hook up with her crush.
  • Unkempt Beauty: She's very beautiful, though her profession requires minimal makeup and plain hair.


     Yuuki 

A young boy that befriends Hinami, and is the son of a Ghoul Investigator.

  • Puppy Love: He has a crush on Hinami.
  • Secret Keeper: He decides to not tell his father, after finding out that Kaneki, Touka, and Hinami are Ghouls.


     Doctor Momochi 
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A skilled physician that adopted an infant Ghoul after a series of personal tragedies.

  • Despair Event Horizon: She had planned to kill herself, after losing first her husband and then her infant son.
  • Fantastic Racism: Completely averted. Upon crossing paths with a Ghoul, she realizes that they are both simply mothers that love their children.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: To her adopted son, Ikuma.
  • My Beloved Smother: She comes across as this, due to the many precautions meant to protect her son.
  • Secret Keeper: She's spent a lifetime protecting her son's true nature.
  • Supreme Chef: She's skilled enough to cook human flesh into things that can pass for normal food, and taught her son how to stretch out his supplies through unconventional cooking techniques.
  • Switched at Birth: She exchanged her dead child for a living Ghoul baby.


     Kyouhei Morimine 
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A member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, working in the 8th Ward. He works alongside Amon on the case of a missing teenaged girl, when evidence suggests a Ghoul may be involved.

  • The Cameo: He makes a brief appearance in :Re, as one of the police officers assisting with a civilian evacuation.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Since he's told normal bullets are useless against a Ghoul.....he shoots the chain she's holding onto, causing her to lose her grip and fall.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes off as a complete jerk, but slowly proves to be a much kinder individual beneath his layer of snark and bitterness.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: His years working as a police officer have left him jaded, but still ultimately cares about finding justice for victims.
  • The Lost Lenore: After his girlfriend vanished and was written off as a runaway, he decided to become a police officer to pursue the truth.
  • Police are Useless: Completely averted, as he turns out to be far more clever and capable than first appearances would suggest.
  • Rabid Cop: He makes a poor first impression by behaving like this, screaming at a receptionist in the lobby of the CCG.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Though she killed his girlfriend, Morimine expresses sympathy for Koharu and decides to investigate further into her circumstances.


     Tsumugi Yamagata 
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An elderly woman living alone in the 20th Ward, having worked as a tailor and mask maker. She is well-respected for her talents, having made friends with the like of Uta and Yoshimura over the years.

  • Cool Mask: She makes them for Ghoul clients.
  • Cool Old Lady: She's definitely seen it all, and doesn't let anything phase her. Uta greatly respects her as a fellow artist.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She dies content, protecting the secrets of the people she cares about and leaving her possessions and knowledge to Asa.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Uta and Asa, two Ghouls several decades her juniors.
  • Secret Keeper: She protects the identities of the Ghouls she knows, providing masks and chooses to die rather than go to a hospital and risk endangering her friends.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Her work is noted to be far more delicate and elaborate compared to the masks Uta makes, often making use of embroidery.
  • Trickster Mentor: She starts out ordering Asa to do "busywork", which is actually teaching her the patience and practical skills to be a good mask maker.


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     Mitsuba 
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A minor Idol Singer, considered unusual for her age and serious personality. She draws the interest of Chie and Tsukiyama, who end up fighting over her.

  • Cool Big Sis: Kiyone, her older sister.
  • Damsel in Distress: She's an ordinary human, being targeted by the infamous "Gourmet".
  • Extreme Doormat: She's noted for not having a very assertive personality, and pretty much lets Chie boss her around.
  • Idol Singer: She's not particularly famous, though considered very talented.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother vanished suddenly, and Chie offers to help in the search.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: She's pursuing her sister's dream of being an Idol, and after learning what happened to her family, she resolves to adopt her sister's name as her new stage name.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother left suddenly, and her father has moved overseas since remarrying. As such, she's all alone.
  • Secret Keeper: She doesn't reveal that Ikuma and Tsukiyama are Ghouls, nor that Chie knows about them as well.
  • Significant Green Eyed Red Head: A beautiful girl with red hair and green eyes, pursued by multiple parties.
  • Stage Names: She starts out going by her surname, but at the conclusion she decides to go by her sister's name.


     Yuujirou Utsumi 

A wealthy businessman living in the 8th Ward, with his two adopted children. In truth, he is a serial killer that uses the Ghouls he adopted to do his dirty work.


     Mayuhara 
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A girl that attends Kiyomi High School, and a classmate of Touka and Yoriko.

  • Alpha Bitch: She's a pretty standard example.
  • Girl Posse: She's got a pair of lackeys to help in her bullying.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She turns on Yoriko, after the other girl gets attention for her cooking skills.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She tries to break up Yoriko and Touka's friendship, by manipulating Yoriko's insecurities.
  • Mugging the Monster: She tries to bully Touka, who barely restrains the urge to reduce her to a messy stain. Her anger is sufficient to terrify Mayuhara into backing off.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Subverted. She tries to pretend she's as sweet as her pink hair, but she's actually a complete bitch.


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Ghouls

     Ikuma Momochi 
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A young street musician that moved to Tokyo from the countryside, and generally avoids other Ghouls in favor of human company.

  • Actual Pacifist: Ikuma is deeply opposed to violence, scavenging to survive and avoiding conflict with other Ghouls.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's repeatedly bullied by Tsukiyama, and spends much of his time getting dragged into Chie's schemes as her errand boy.
  • The Cameo: He makes a brief appearance in :Re, as a volunteer assisting with an evacuation effort.
  • Country Mouse: Humble, kind-hearted, idealistic, and possessed of a certain wisdom in comparison to the more jaded Ghouls that grew up in Tokyo.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: One of the kindest and most helpful characters in the entire series, even going so far as to readily use his superior strength and senses to help anyone in need. He is one of the members of Goat that assists the CCG in civilian evacuations, and risks his own life to defend humans against V agents.
  • Good Samaritan: His assigned territory is a suicide hot-spot, and in spite of needing corpses to survive.....he makes it a point to talk people down if he catches them in time.
  • Happily Adopted: He's extremely close to his human mother, but worries about being a burden.
  • Ill Boy: His mother falsified documents to pass his dietary needs off as "life-threatening food allergies" that require him to stick to a very strict diet. This allowed him to eat special "home-cooked" meals without arousing suspicion.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: He was adopted and raised by a human, after Investigators killed his birth mother.
  • Nice Guy: He's a kind-hearted guy, uninterested in conflict or hurting people.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's a fairly weak Ghoul, with little interest in fighting.
  • The Pollyanna: In spite of being born into a Crapsack World and well-aware of the cruelty of life as a ghoul, he continues to hold firm to his idealistic nature.
  • Shields Are Useless: While a Koukaku type, his kagune is too weak to stand up to much punishment. Even if his kagune doesn't break under the impact, he isn't strong enough to brace against attacks and gets knocked around.
  • Street Musician: He spends his spare time playing at various stations and parks for spare change.
  • Supreme Chef: He's extremely skilled at cooking, stretching his meals through various tricks and preparing his food to be virtually identical to human foodstuff.
  • Switched at Birth: As an infant, he was switched with a dead human child in order to save him from Investigators.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: His mother raised him on scraps brought home from the hospital, and as an adult he scavenges to survive.
  • Wandering Minstrel: He moved to Tokyo to pursue his dream of being a musician, but ultimately just does odd-jobs while playing to whatever audience he can find.
  • With Friends Like These...: Tsukiyama and Chie seem to be under the impression that they are his friends. Ikuma....is pretty terrified of them both, and the trouble they tend to drag him into.


     Cain 
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A charismatic Ghoul that pretends to be an expert on the Supernatural and Occult. He attempted to expose Kaneki as a Ghoul, but was outwitted by Hide and killed by Investigators.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He befriends humans, and leads them to isolated areas to eat them.
  • Blackmail: He blackmailed a fellow Ghoul into "dating" him, and used her to get close to potential targets.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He lures several people to an isolated area with the intentions of eating them. Unfortunately for him, Hide outsmarts him and tricks him into walking right into a pair of Investigators.
  • Smug Snake: He believes he's smarter than anyone else, and has complete control over the situation. Hide quickly proves him wrong.
  • Tail Slap: A Bikaku type, with a devil-like tail.


     Sankou 
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Voiced By: Kanae Itō

A member of Kamii University's Occult Research club, and former classmate of Tsukiyama.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Tsukiyama calls her "Miss Ikaru", another name for her namesake bird.
  • Blackmail: Forced to work for Cain, in exchange for not exposing her to her classmates.
  • Hime Cut: She wears her hair in a fairly traditional manner, and tries hard to avoid drawing attention to herself.
  • Mr. Exposition: Her appearance in Tsukiyama's story is solely to do an Info Dump about Chie Hori and the Tsukiyama Family.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: She gets angry when Touka calls Cain her boyfriend, revealing he was blackmailing her into working for him.
  • Shrinking Violet: Hide notes that she rarely speaks, preferring to let Kiyama do all the talking.


     Koharu Utsumi 
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An elegant and mysterious young woman Amon meets in the 8th Ward. She is actually a Ghoul, and deeply guilt-ridden over her actions.

  • The Atoner: Her guilt led her to leave clues, leading to her being discovered and killed. As she dies, she points the investigators to a room of neatly-organized boxes, each labeled with the name of a missing girl and containing their personal effects.
  • Damsel in Distress: Amon comes to her aid, when he witnesses what appears to be a man extorting money from her. She refuses to explain the situation, but tries to reassure him that it isn't what it looks like.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her beauty becomes quite a bit more creepy, once she's exposed as a Ghoul.
  • Femme Fatale: She lures an Investigator into a trap, using her beauty.
  • Happily Adopted: She continues to care for her ailing foster father, worrying for his health and taking on burdens for his sake.
  • Love Cannot Overcome: She dies at Amon's hands, after being exposed as a Ghoul.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: She falls in love with Amon, but is well aware that he'll have to kill her once he discovers what she really is.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: She was adopted by a wealthy businessman, a human Serial Killer that enjoyed eating young girls.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She's noted to be a classic Japanese beauty, with fair skin and long, black hair.
  • Reluctant Monster: She hates her existence as a Ghoul, and seems to go long periods of time without eating.
  • Thanatos Gambit: After her death, the Morimine theorizes that she intentionally left evidence and kidnapped a Ghoul Investigator for the sole purpose of getting someone to finally stop her. She seems to admit as much, thanking Amon for giving her courage.
  • Through His Stomach: She bakes Amon cupcakes, showing marked improvement with the second batch.
  • Winged Humanoid: She's an Ukaku, with delicate wings like a Dragonfly.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Amon is immediately struck by how elegant she is, very soft-spoken and beautiful but hiding a strong will beneath it all.


     Noyama 

Koharu's older brother, a cruel and vicious Ghoul. After his family was exposed, he went solo but was eventually killed by Kaneki for his crimes.

  • Asshole Victim: He's hunted down and eaten by Kaneki for his crimes.
  • Big Brother Bully: He has a reputation for mistreating his sister, and is first introduced terrorizing her in an alleyway.
  • Greed: He allowed Utsumi to keep them around, with the intention of stealing the old man's fortune.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: Adopted by Utsumi, along with his sister. Unlike Koharu, he didn't care at all for his new "family".
  • Winged Humanoid: An Ukaku, with dragonfly-like wings.


     Asa 
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An amateur mask maker, desperate to become Uta's apprentice. She is bad-tempered, and easily frustrated with people.

  • Bifauxnen: She's frequently mistaken for a guy, and at one point uses this to help Tsumugi by pretending to be her handsome young friend.
  • Fangirl: To Uta.
  • Hot-Blooded: She has a terrible temper, and tends to let her emotions get the better of her.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Tsumugi, an 80-something year old human.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Thanks to Uta, she forms a strong bond with Tsumugi, an elderly human seamstress. After the old woman's passing, she leaves everything to Asa.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: As her interest in embroidery grows, she calms down and becomes more patient.
  • Tomboy: She's very rough around the edges, and often mistaken as a guy.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She begins to have a strong interest and appreciation for embroidery, learning the delicate art from Tsumugi.


     Yuuri Akanuma 
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A beautiful newcomer to the 11th Ward. Banjou suspects her of framing Rize for a brutal killing, but she is ultimately killed in a fight with Rize.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She fakes a cute, sweet personality to win people over.....but proves to be sadistic in her own right.
  • Bullying a Dragon: She tries to go after Rize. It....doesn't end well, suffice to say.
  • Cat Fight: Oh-so horribly averted. Her fight with Rize is very bloody and messy, even by Ghoul standards.
  • Combat Tentacles: A Rinaku like Rize, but not strong enough to beat her.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Rize leaves her a very messy pile in an alleyway.
  • Flayed Alive: She mentions that she wanted to do this to her "friend".


Tokyo Ghoul Jail

Characters appearing in the video game.

     Rio 
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The Protagonist of the Spin-Off video game, JAIL. A young Ghoul imprisoned at the Detention Center for the crimes of another Ghoul, he was among the inmates freed by Aogiri.

For the canon version, see Shikorae's entry in Tokyo Ghoul:re Ghouls.

  • Alternate Continuity: The events of the game take place in their own, unique, continuity separate from the manga or the anime.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: He's shocked at himself, once he recalls the Jail Incident.
  • Arch-Enemy: Shiki Kijima, who relentlessly torments and hunts him.
  • Bishounen: He's very attractive, often described as "cute" rather than handsome.
  • Canon Immigrant: A canon version of Rio appears in Tokyo Ghoul:Re, though Shikorae has undergone a very different path.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He appears to be the third SS escapee from Kaneki's list, in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment.
  • Clear My Name: Though it wouldn't do much legally, he still seeks to expose the real Jail.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: He attracts several female admirers, but is incredibly innocent and often misses their flirtation.
  • First Love: A trophy, "Rio's First Love", is earned for being rejected by Touka.
  • Hero of Another Story: The Spin-Off game, JAIL.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: Falsely blamed for the crimes of the infamous Jail, and imprisoned.
  • Multicolored Hair: Light green, with black sidetails.
  • Mythology Gag: In Tokyo Ghoul:Re, Sasaki looks at one of his potential masks while visiting Uta's shop.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Jail Incident was the result of his brother's death.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Nearly trades it to Nico in exchange for information, until Itori intervenes.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Rio eventually discovers that he actually was Jail all along.


     Jail 

The primary antagonist of the Spin-Off video game, "JAIL". A mysterious Ghoul responsible for the mass-killings known as the "Jail Incident".

  • Arch-Enemy: To Rio and Shiki Kijima.
  • Big Bad: Of the game, "JAIL".
  • Hero Killer: The Ghoul responsible for a legendary mass-killing of Investigators.
  • Secret Identity: Rio, who merely believed himself falsely accused of another Ghoul's crimes.


     Ruchi 
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A Ghoul appearing in the video game, "JAIL".


     Rou 
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A beautiful female Ghoul, appearing in the video game, "JAIL".

  • Blade on a Stick: She wields her kagune like a spear, due to its unique structure.
  • Christmas Cake: She hints at this, mentioning how eating Rio will make her "10 years younger".
  • Facial Markings: A tattoo around her eye, which makes her a suspect in the search for Jail.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She's quite elegant in appearance, and wears a purple gown.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a massive ornament in her hair.
  • Lady of War: She's very elegant, and fights with a spear-like kagune.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: She decides she'd love to eat a cute young thing like Rio, even though most high-class Ghouls sneer at Cannibalism.
  • The Vamp: She's a seductive beauty, and flirts with Rio.


     Kinko 

A massive Ghoul, appearing in the video game, "JAIL".


     Rio's Brother 

The older brother of Rio, apparently held prisoner in Cochlea.


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