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This page describes the characters from Tsukihime, including characters originating in Kagetsu Tohya. For characters appearing in Melty Blood, please check Melty Blood.

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Tsukihime protagonists

    Shiki Tohno 

Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (JP - Anime), Steve Staley (EN - Anime), Kenji Nojima (JP - Melty Blood, Carnival Phantasm), Ryousuke Kanemoto (JP - Remake, Melty Blood Type Lumina), Keiko Nemoto (JP - Child), Wendee Lee (EN - Child)

"So you want to kill me, monster? Then we have something in common. Very well. Let's kill each other... Nrvnqsr Chaos."

An Ordinary High-School Student and the protagonist of Tsukihime. When he was just a kid, Shiki was involved in a particularly nasty car accident that left him with a massive scar on his chest, anemic and with a condition that allowed him to see mysterious lines everywhere. The lines are horrible to see and if he runs a sharp object along them the object will fall apart. In a fit, he tries to claw his eyes out and eventually runs out into an open field where he meets Aoko Aozaki. The two of them spend a long time talking and she teaches him to respect life and explains his strange new ability, which she calls the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. Her parting gift is his trademark pair of glasses that prevent him from having to see the lines.

Shiki goes to live with a branch family of the Tohnos for eight years before eventually returning to live with his sister Akiha. From here, the story splits into the Near and Far Side. In the Near Side routes, he runs into a beautiful young woman on the streets and feels a sudden urge to kill her. He then proceeds to cut her into 17 pieces, passes out and eventually returns home, unsure of whether what he just experienced was a dream or not. The next day, the woman shows up again demanding an explanation for why she was just murdered despite being very much not dead. From here he is launched into a battle between various vampires.

In the Far Side routes, Shiki returns to the Tohno mansion eager to renew his relationship with his sister and to hopefully see his childhood friend and a mysterious girl he sometimes saw in the window watching everyone play. However, he soon finds his family isn't all what it seems, and will have to face secrets about his family that connect them to the random murders occurring around the city.

  • Anti-Hero: When his bloodlust takes over he stops having any real regard for the lives around him. However, this only happens around beings that are dangerous to humans.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Shows shades of this. It's established that the only thing that means anything to him is the value of life - it's the one and only thing he truly believes in. Nothing matters, nothing has any meaning at all because "the whole world could perish in an instant", so Shiki holds that it's important to live a good life while you can, and he does what he can to preserve and improve the lives of others. Shiki's outlook has a lot to do with his Mystic Eyes - "Being able to see the "death" of things means you are forced to see the world's uncertainty and fragility. The ground is like it's not there, and the sky seems about to fall at any moment," as he puts it.
  • Back from the Dead: Shiki's supposed near-death experience was actually death. However, Akiha was able to use her ability to create Shikigami to bind Shiki's soul back into his body before it could dissipate into Akasha, effectively resurrecting him at the cost of half her life force.
  • Badass Boast: "I'll show you Roa, THIS is what it means to kill something".
  • Big Brother Instinct: He displays this in Carnival Phantasm when his male classmates start to creepily gather around a mentally-regressed Akiha in his classroom and is absolutely not pleased at all with the situation.
  • Biggus Dickus: Kohaku was rather impressed by what she saw of him, and she has the experience to tell.
  • Blessed with Suck: The Mystic Eyes of Death Perception are extremely powerful, but have huge drawbacks. They allow him to cut along any of the lines he sees causing unhealable wounds or flat-out kill when he stabs a point of death. However, the human brain isn't supposed to see death, so it is both exhausting and will kill him young. Also, if he doesn't wear his glasses, his mind will degrade even faster than his body.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: In the Tsukihime intro.
  • Came Back Strong: It was being brought to the brink of death and therefore closer to Akasha, the Ultimate Source, that allowed Shiki to perceive the death of things with his eyes.
  • Chick Magnet: Women flock to Shiki. The fandom jokes that this is because of some sort of mysterious "Tohno gland", in case you were wondering what all the talk about that was for. There are five Tsukihime heroines, Satsuki, Len, Sion, Akira, jokes about Aoko, and possibly Miyako. Since he is not exactly a social person, it is unknown if this applies to women in general. As his best and only friend at school, Arihiko, puts it, Shiki tends to attract the abnormal, of which Arihiko himself (who sees death differently than most people) is not excluded. Might have something to do with his Nanaya bloodline, which attracts them to the supernatural.
  • Composite Character: He's very similar in looks and personality to Mikiya Kokutou and is voiced by the same guy in the anime, while his power, choice of weapon and name are the same as Shiki Ryougi's (plus he inherited a milder version of her murderous urges, as well some elements of her backstory). Both are characters from The Garden of Sinners, an earlier Nasu work.
  • Cursed With Awesome: See above Blessed with Suck entry — the Eyes are generally seen as both simultaneously.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His Mystic Eyes cause great damage to his own body and mind if he uses them. Thus, he almost always wears glasses that block the ability to see the lines.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Just think about his life. He lost his entire family on a night, was then adopted by the man who orchestrated the whole thing, befriends the son of said man only to find out that he is an unstable Half-Human Hybrid, is killed by said boy after being possessed by a vampire, he is revived thanks to said boy's sister, gets brainwashed to forget all his memories of said boy and gets the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, which nearly drove him insane the first time. What a Trauma Conga Line.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": He tries to get Kohaku and Hisui to stop calling him "sama". Kohaku complies, Hisui does not.
  • Death of Personality: The original Shiki is explicitly stated to have 'died' when Makihisa brainwashed him. The current Shiki is considered someone new, born from the old one's figurative remains. The fading fragments of the original Shiki in the current one's mind describes himself as "your foundation but not your past".
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: If something angers him enough, he'll have these in Melty Blood. In particular, Roa's presence will invoke these instantly.
  • Familiar: A Shikigami bound to Akiha.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Lampshaded to you/Shiki in the Ciel-sensei sequence if the Relationship Values check in Arcueid's route fails. Ciel points out that just because you may be crazy, it's not an excuse for you to go around doing bad things (this Bad End usually happens if you had Shiki go crazy and rape Arcueid shortly before the check, just so you know).
  • The Gift: He is said to be the most talented (though not necessarily the most skilled, due to his stunted training) killer that the Nanaya clan has ever produced, due to his Superpowerful Genetics.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Literally since his glasses are special-made by Aozaki Touko to supress Mystic Eyes.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: In Kohaku's route, he encounters SHIKI in the middle of the night and ends up having coffee with him while they chat for hours about things like their abilities, killing and its meaning, and so on. Both are oblivious as to who the other is.
  • Harem Seeker: All the Type-Moon male leads seem to have far more love interests than they could possibly need, but Shiki is a little different. Unlike Kokuto or Shirou, after Tsukihime itself Shiki seems to be going out of his way to keep all the girls around him as seen in both Kagetsu Tohya and the non canon Carnival Phantasm.
  • Harmful to Minors: When he was six years old, his mother was killed in front of his eyes, and for that matter the rest of the clan too.
  • Ill Boy: The injury that gave him his Mystic Eyes leads to him often passing out from anemia and other characters constantly worry about his health as a result, but otherwise he's quite physically fit. it's because he's actually living on only half of a life force, borrowed from Akiha. This isn't at all good for either of them, but it's necessary for Shiki to remain alive.
  • In the Blood: He kept the assassination abilities of his true family, the Nanaya clan.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: In Melty Blood,?he has decent health, speed, and power.
  • Knife Nut: His signature is a knife named Nanatsu Yoru, the only thing he has willingly inherited from the Nanaya family.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Can happen in Arcueid's route if you choose to have him rape Arcueid in a craze. Since a Relationship Values check happens right afterwards, this action greatly decreases her relationship value, which may lead to her killing him out of a lack of affection (though it's apparently possible to pass the check even if Shiki rapes her as long as your relationship value with her is very high).
  • Last of His Kind: He's the sole surviving member of the Nanaya family after they were all slaughtered by Kouma Kishima under the orders of Makihisa Tohno.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Not touched on much in the main game, but in Kagetsu Tohya it's said that Shiki's casual regard for death subtly freaks out his more normal classmates. That's why he has such abnormal friends, such as Arihiko. Satsuki is unable to pinpoint what exactly is off about Shiki, but is nonetheless strangely attracted to it.
  • Magical Eye: His defining ability is the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception which allow him to perceive the nature of death as lines and dots over everything. Tracing or stabbing these lines will break them apart or flat out destroy them.
    • They started out as Pure Eyes of an unknown function that they appear to have retained despite their transformation, judging by Shiki's ability to see the Origami.
  • Martial Pacifist: As a result of his Anti-Nihilist tendencies and Aoko's teachings, he considers the idea of killing another sentient being utterly abhorrent, despite being one of the most deadly people on the planet. Unfortunately, he still has to kill anyway, since he understands that allowing people like Nrvnqsr or SHIKI to live would just mean more deaths. From a Doylist perspective, this is also a way of making Shiki's fights more interesting - instead of being simply 'Shiki stabs enemy, enemy dies instantly', they become fierce psychological struggles as Shiki knowingly tramples over the one thing that means anything to him. He's not quite a Technical Pacifist, since he dislikes even non-lethal violence, and won't resort to any kind of violence unless there is truly no other option.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is a homophone for 'corpse demon' or 'time of death' in Japanese. Not a bad name for someone who can kill just about anything.
  • Morality Chain: Discussed. Ciel states that with him around Sion "will not be able to do bad things" in Melty Blood manga, thought it doesn't seem to be the case, with her continuing to do questionable things despite his disapproval. Also notes silently that she wants to "pretend innocence to" him, again, depends whether you interpret that literally as her being deceitful, or genuinely acting better for him. When later Sion recalls that conversation, she asks Shiki if Arcueid avoids him to act good in front of him, he reacts with laughter: "Arcueid being worried what others think of her? Yeah, right". Akiha also invokes this trope in her Kagetsu Tohya sidestory. In any case, he is closer to Living Emotional Crutch, since he is only guy, and generally nicest and sanest person his love interests interact with. Some like Ciel or Akiha do have other acquaintances, but due to them keeping secrets like being assassin or half-human hybrid, they cannot really confide in them.
  • Morality Pet: Shiki is implied to be one for Kohaku. Early on her own route, one of the first times she shows her real personality is when she questions Shiki on why he decided to return to the mansion. Likely because his return started to give her second thoughts on her plan to destroy the Tohno family. Even when she goes as far as drugging him, she shows a lot of reluctance at first, only carrying through it when he insists he trusts her. And even then she shows a guilty expression after doing the deed.
  • Near-Rape Experience: Due to a combination of his Nanaya bloodlust and Arcueid accidentally using her Mystic Eyes on him, Shiki nearly ends up raping her. Arcueid blames her eyes alone and is under the impression that she made him do that. Shiki, on the other hand, thinks that neither factor had anything to do with it, leaving it questionable as to how much was his own intention and how much was not.
  • Nice Guy: If you are not superhuman or in bed with him, he's a perfectly nice guy.
  • No Saving Throw: The reason why the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception is such a fearsome power — it bypasses almost all forms of protection from injury and/or death with the exception of a few very special cases. Those that Shiki cut react with horror and dismay when they realize they cannot regenerate or reattach their limbs.
  • Not Afraid to Die: According to Arihiko's Kagetsu Tohya sidestory, when Shiki comes face to face with death he becomes very calm. However, this doesn't quite match his behavior in some of his fights such as the one against Nrvnqsr Chaos.
  • Not a Morning Person: According to Hisui, it is physically impossible to wake him up, or rather, he sleeps so deeply that no one will even attempt it.
  • Oblivious to Love: It takes Shiki a while to realize when a girl likes him, unless he is beat over the head with it.
  • One-Hit Kill: Can kill any person or object by interacting with their lines of death.
  • Psychic Link: Because he's living on Akiha's life force, he has one with her, which sorta crosses into Mindlink Mates. It's occasionally used for drama, mostly in the Akiha Route, but otherwise it's mostly used for quick gags, especially in Kagetsu Tohya. And, since SHIKI is stealing Shiki's life force, they also have one. While that one is mechanically weaker, its effects are more pronounced than the link with Akiha, for a variety of reasons.
  • Precocious Crush: Had one on Aoko, which may or may not have persisted into the present.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Roa before killing him. It's even better in the manga where he's casually killing Roa's magic and Roa is completely horrified and unable to understand.
  • Reverse Grip: His slashes tend to be reverse grip and his stabs tend to be normal grip. When he begins switching like this, it's a good sign that something awesome will happen.
  • Sanity Slippage: In the Flower of Thanatos sidestory in Kagetsu Tohya he narrates casually how he periodically raped Hisui and Kohaku out of boredom during his breakdown.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Although he's been shown to have casual clothes in Tsukihime, in all subsequent media, he is only shown wearing his school uniform. Which is all well and good because frankly, he looks good in it and his casual clothes are hideous anyway. The remake is notable as the first work since the original visual novel to give him an actual new outfit with a gray and black jacket on white t-shirt with jeans look along with redesigning his school uniform.
  • Sempai/Kohai: He calls Ciel "Sempai" almost exclusively.
  • Shirtless Scene: Gives one in Kagetsu Tohya to Hisui, Kohaku, and Akiha. He forgot to put one on after showering, which Akiha barely manages to point out to him through her stutter, as she and maids barely contain their awe for his body.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports this when his Nanaya instincts take over.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Played with. His Nanaya instincts at first seems completely sadistic and murderous to the point where Shiki wonders if he is the killer, but it turns out that it only acts that way towards dangerous nonhumans.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The Mystic Eyes of Death Perception made for a good story once, but sequels/spinoffs have had trouble coming up with ways to legitimately challenge him: He doesn't want to kill his 'opponent' in Kagetsu Tohya and can't use them for 95% of the story anyway and Wallachia is a unique existence that can't be properly killed at all except under very special circumstances. When you can kill anything in one hit, you either get to land a blow or you don't.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Shiki Nanaya, which is basically Shiki on autopilot and run only by instincts.
  • Super Powerful Genetics: He doesn't even know it himself, but he is weapons-grade badass when it really counts. He's actually from a clan of demon hunters capable of Charles Atlas Superpower and mild psychic powers. While he himself initially lacks the training and mindset to use it effectively, his instincts take over when he is around superhuman beings.
  • Taking the Bullet: As a child, Shiki shielded Akiha from newly-inverted SHIKI's knife, and would have died if not for Akiha giving him half of her life force.
  • Tsundere: Towards Arcueid, and only towards her. Since she's a bit of a ditz, at first she thinks he hates her or is just mean to everyone. Upon being informed that he only treats her that way, she reacts in an oddly genre savvy manner by being pleased.
  • Wall Crawl: Can do this when his Nanaya abilities come forth. Though, he himself lampshades that even he can't crawl on the wall like a spider and defy gravity, being only able to muster enough speed to go up the wall while moving through the hallway and taking a single step off the ceiling.
  • Weak, but Skilled: All Shiki has are his ability to detect dangerous non-humans, his eyes, and an untrained physique inherited from a clan of assassins. Yet he has killed dragons, unicorns, and other monsters summoned by Nrvnqsr Chaos, Nrvnqsr himself, Roa, Tatari, the forest of Einnashe and has shown the ability to beat Satsuki, Ciel, SHIKI and Vermillion Akiha. He even took down Arcueid at the start of the story and did a damn good job of doing it again at the end of Ciel's route. These are all heavyweights of the Nasuverse power tier and at their worst only ungodly killing machines.
  • Weirdness Magnet: In one side-story, Arihiko comments that Shiki gives off this "vibe" that repels anyone normal who are affected by death but attracts people who are abnormal. Arihiko himself classifies himself as abnormal after watching his grandmother kill herself in order to save him when they were both trapped in a collapsed building. The only other classmate who was similar was Satsuki. Aoko actually warns him about becoming a Weirdness Magnet, saying in regards to his Mystic Eyes that "special powers attract other special powers."
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Akiha gasps out and says this after Shiki takes off his glasses to fight her in the climax of Kohaku's route. In the Bad End where he decides to kill her immediately, they were the last things she ever saw.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Prolonged use of the Mystic Eyes puts an enormous strain on the human brain. Perceiving death is not very conductive towards one's mental stability.

    Arcueid Brunestud 

Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (JP - Anime), Michelle Ruff (EN - Anime), Ryoka Yuzuki (JP - Melty Blood, Carnival Phantasm), Ikumi Hasegawa (JP - Remake, Melty Blood Type Lumina)

"When everything's over, let's come here again, Shiki! It won't have any meaning, but I'm sure it will be really, really fun!"

Often called the Princess of the True Ancestors or White Princess, Arcueid is a vampire born as a living weapon to hunt down and destroy the True Ancestors who went rogue and the Dead Apostles, other formerly human vampires created by her kind. Shiki meets her the day after he cuts her to pieces, at which point she introduces herself in an oddly cheerful manner. Due to Shiki nearly killing her, she's temporarily vulnerable but still strong enough to kill him, so she strongarms him into helping her destroy the vampire she is hunting. Over the course of their temporary relationship, Arcueid gets the chance to really see the world for the first time due to sleeping almost all of her very long life.

She has a strange relationship with Ciel and is hated by Akiha. As the most powerful True Ancestor ever, she possesses super speed, strength, durability and resistance to attacks she has experienced before, higher power during the night and an extremely flexible ability called the Marble Phantasm.

  • Action Girlfriend: Heroine of the first route and about one of the most powerful beings in the Nasuverse
  • Advertised Extra: While she's more or less considered Tsukihime's main heroine, she only plays a major role in the Near Side routes, which make up less than half of the VN's total routes. She's reduced to a cameo in Akiha's route and is otherwise a complete nonentity in the Far Side routes. This is especially telling since Ciel, the other Near Side heroine, has a supporting role in the Akiha's route and at least appears in Hisui's and Kohaku's routes.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: In the official Type Moon manga, she gets drunk - from twenty bottles of wine. When Ciel tries to pick a fight with her, she starts fondling her butt, comments on how awesome it feels, and manages to get a blush and cute "Kyaaaahh!" out of her. After Ciel gets away, she angrily asks to let her touch some more. When fed up she finally leaves; Arcueid starts crying on how lonely she feels. She eventually falls asleep (in a ridiculous position with her head under her butt) in Shiki's room while trying to give herself Lap Pillow.
  • Animal Motif: A cat. Selfish, moody and elegant.
  • Anti-Hero: She won't involve normal humans in her business and only kills vampires, but she's not exactly doing it out of the kindness of her heart. And when we say kills vampires, we mean she brutally tears them apart no matter who they are or what they're doing. She refrains from killing the vampires she and Shiki know because he would get mad if she did. Her chief motivations in Tsukihime are revenge and not really having anything better to do.
  • Artificial Human: Or rather an Artificial True Ancestor. The other True Ancestors created her through unknown means to be a living weapon. Apparently, they intended to let her have a normal life after that was all done but things just didn't work out as planned.
  • Badass Adorable: A bright, cheerful and adorable young lady who can rip through armies like a lawnmower through grass, only ten times as messy.
  • Battle Aura: Whenever Arcueid faces down an enemy with the full intention of annihilating them, the atmosphere around her physically becomes more oppressive. Various people have described themselves as suffering actual physical pain merely from being the target of Arcueid's killing intent.
  • Battle Ballgown: In her original set of clothing as Archetype Earth.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: The cimax of her and Archetype Earth's plot in Current Code is this; with the winner coexisting with humanity or destroying it.
  • Boobs of Steel: Bustiest of the heroines and the most powerful.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Altrouge's Cain, in a way.
  • Character Exaggeration: She was perfectly capable of strategizing and even being a dead serious, outright scary combatant in the original story (mocking Nrvnqsr as he is being killed by Shiki, or Ending of Ciel Route come to mind), but some adaptations tend to focus almost entirely on her airheadedness.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She disappears from the story completely in the Far Side routes. She makes one appearance in Akiha's route when Shiki sees her walking down the street from behind, but that's it. This is even lampshaded in the "Teach Me Ciel-Sensei" scenarios.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In Ciel's route. Also, the reason why she thinks about breaking Shiki glasses — they were given to him by another woman.
  • Colony Drop: She can use her Marble Phantasm to create a copy of the Moon to drop on top of her foes. Luckily for Earth (and the plot), she can't use it during the story because she is at a fraction of her normal power due to various circumstances.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Most of time, when her behavior is causing people discomfort (mostly Shiki, Ciel or Akiha), it's because of her ignorance of social rules, rather than active malice (although the less serious work, the more likely is her just being a jerk). Endings of Ciel's route drive it up to Obliviously Evil, when she's genuinely confused and hurt, that Shiki resists becoming her slave, given that saving him from Roa's possession is her genuine wish (even if forcing him to stay with her forever is nice bonus as far as she's concerned).
  • Continuity Nod: Arcueid's Last Arc, if used against Shiki, will hit him 18 times and is a reference to how he originally cut her up into 17 different pieces. Also, her "true self" cuts Shiki into 18 pieces in Kagetsu Tohya. Shiki even points out how she one-upped him.
  • Daywalking Vampire: When Shiki asks her why she can go about during the day if she's a vampire, she agrees that it probably would work like that normally, but it just makes her slightly uncomfortable and tired.
  • Demoted to Extra: She only makes a brief cameo Akiha's route in the Far Side stories, in which Shiki gets distracted from his attempt to kill her.
  • Ditzy Genius: So we're told. The ditz part is undeniable, but the truth is that she's actually just lacking in social skills and common sense. Some side material in Kagetsu Tohya indicates that she's actually highly intelligent and able to learn just about anything she wants to instantly. Not that she should since it's dangerous for her.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: The first one is that she's forced to maintain herself at 30% power all the time. The second is that Shiki forces her to waste most of that power. Third is the fact that by the way he did that she's recovering incredibly slowly. Arcueid is one of the absolute top tier characters in the Nasuverse, but during Tsukihime she doesn't really get a chance to show off.
  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted, not that she's dumb but she really seems to lack in reading social cues
  • Emotionless Girl: What she was before Shiki "broke" her.
  • Enemy Without: In Melty Blood her bloodlust is manifested as Red Arcueid/Warcueid.
  • Eye Colour Change: Her eyes change color in accordance to how powered up she is in comparison to her "normal" state. In her "completely serious but still restrained" mode, the change merely applies to her irises, turning them from red to golden. In her "fully unleashed, batshit crazy" mode, the change extends to her sclera, which turn into a blood-red version of Black Eyes of Crazy.
  • Flash Step: Can do this like most vampires, but not as fond of it as Red Arcueid. Perhaps due to her disadvantage, or Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass status.
  • Forceful Kiss: Does it twice to Shiki in Ciel's Good Ending. The first time was to save him from Roa, which would had side effect of turning him into her servant whom she can mind control at will, if she succeeded. Second time is just an expression of love... in front of Ciel, who was not amused, especially since Shiki reciprocated the kiss.
  • Friendless Background: Arcueid didn't have friends until she meets Shiki in either her or Ciel's route which is justified as she was artificially created by the True Ancestors in the twelfth century to be a weapon with an emotionless soul but they did plan to give her freedom as a human being until Roa interfered for her to make him into one of the Dead Apostles forcing her to wipe out most of the True Ancestors and went into a deep sleep as Roa reincarnates into any of the host bodies right before his current body dies and she only awakes to kill off his incarnations then went into a deep sleep again and awake to repeat the killings as he reincarnates. She finally gains her own humanity when she meets Shiki.
  • Game Face: Like most vampires and demons in Tsukihime, the appearance of her face changes when she power-ups, although she has two variants rather than just one.
  • Hair Intakes: She has a rather impressive pair of intakes that resemble cat ears.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Innocent, beautiful and young in her own way since she hasn't been awake for very long. However, it becomes tricky when her occasionally amoral attitude enters the equation, making her more nice than good.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: So stunningly beautiful and cute she turned every head at Shiki's school the second she arrived there.
  • Heroic Willpower: After Shiki kills her, she's forced to resist her vampiric bloodlust on nothing more than her strength of will. It almost fails her several times. In the backstory too, as she's the only True Ancestor to have retained her sanity after drinking blood.
  • Hunter Of Her Own Kind: Created for the specific purpose of killing other True Ancestors who begin feeding on humans, A.K.A. Demon Lords.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Of the strongest sort, much more powerful than Ciel's. She does not appear to use this ability frequently, however, since she's so incredibly strong even without them.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: In her original set of clothing.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: She uses her Mystic Eyes of Enchantment for this purpose.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Even if she isn't at full strength, she still has higher strength and speed than the rest of the characters! Carried over into Melty Blood.
  • Magical Girl: A Parody as Phantasmoon, who becomes so by stealing Caster's staff.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Shiki, since they're the Official Couple, due to their vastly different lifespans. Made worse by the fact that Shiki's lifespan is even shorter than a normal human's. Given the circumstances at the end of Tsukihime, they probably would not have much time together even if they do finally find peace. However, Arcueid mentions in several works that when Shiki gets close to death, she'd be tempted to turn him into a vampire to keep him alive. However, there are implications that Arcueid herself won't last nearly as long as she would have originally.
  • No Social Skills: Justified as she was born to be a weapon by the True Ancestors, never mentoring her about the social conventions of each time era but they were planning to give her freedom until Roa made her drink his blood and under the vampiric impulse after drinking blood, she wiped out most of the True Ancestors against her will and had to go into a deep sleep and awake to kill Roa in his reincarnated host bodies then repeat again as her main duties until the modern time era where she meets Shiki and bonds with him.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Outright becomes the final boss of Ciel's route just because Shiki prefered another girl.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: According to moon runes from The Garden of Sinners, Elementals such as Arcueid are described as being "really powerful fairies".
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Has shades of this even when at 30% of her max power, but at full strength she's capable of feats such as instantly melting the polar caps, halting the rotation of the globe, and playing continental pinball with a thought.
  • Physical God: The Fate Complete Material Book IV about Fate/EXTRA reveals that as a True Ancestor born from Gaia, she's one step above Divine Spirits. She has the power to match it too at full strength as Archetype Earth, nearing that of the Types a.k.a. Ultimate Ones. Alas, she never gets a proper chance to show it off because she's using 70% of her strength to keep herself from succumbing to her bloodlust and losing her mind.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Her redesign for the remake.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Used to have extremely long, but eventually had its length and ability to grow taken away by her sister Altrouge.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She was born in 1200 AD, but as a True Ancestor she's probably The Ageless, on top of spending much of her time sleeping and waiting for Roa to reincarnate.
  • Red Baron: Referred to as "The White Princess of The True Ancestors" by Dead Apostle Ancestors and her other foes.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Red eyes are a Nasuverse standard for beings that are humanoid, but not human.
  • Secondary Character Title: While her actual name itself is not in the title, the title is a direct reference to her, the titular "Moon Princess."
  • SNK Boss: In Actress Again, she has another new form called Shinso Arcueid or "Archetype: Earth", which is a fragment of Crimson Moon Brunestud hidden deep in her mind that has become something that is neither Brunestud nor Arcueid, and yet also both of them. She can wield the full 100% of Arc's power. Be afraid.
  • The Social Darwinist: Subverted. While she does argue that only the strong can survive, she adds that humanity's particular strength is their ability to cooperate, which allows them to defeat beings far greater than themselves.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Her Marble Phantasm can pretty much make anything naturally possible happen regardless of its probability. So, naturally, she doesn't get to use it, being too debilitated from being sliced into 18 pieces in her first meeting with Shiki.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her Mystic Eyes of Enchantment are a bright golden color.
  • Sweater Girl: Her common attire is a white sweater.
  • Title Drop: A real title drop rather than a joke one as in the case of Tsukihime Souka. The title of Arc's True End is "Tsukhime." Also, the name of Arc's Blood Heat Arc Drive in Melty Blood is named "Melty Blood."
  • To the Pain: In Ciel's route. If Shiki decides to refuse her offer and cuts her neck open she gives us this gem:
    "Destroy. Destroy. Destroy. Slowly, completely, gently beyond comparison, cruelly to the point of numbness, I'll violate your life. That's right. The instant I rip off your limbs, tear open your ribs and pull out your intestines, biting into your neck as you scream in agony, chewing through your eyes as I ignore your pleas for mercy and spreading your brains on the ground like butter...!"
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • In Ciel's route, she hits it when Shiki Tohno rejects her attempt to save him from being taken over by Roa by turning him into her servant, by violently slashing her with his knife during Ciel's True Ending.
    • During Roa's arcade scenario in Actress Again, he goes on a rampage, kills Shiki Tohno, and then after finally coming face to face with Arcueid, he dismisses her as a disgrace to her former self for having compassion towards mankind. Arcueid snaps hard, adopts Red Arcueid's talking sprites, and then shifts the stage from Witch on the Holy Night (Aoko Aozaki's stage) to Red Arcueid's own stage before fighting him as his final boss.
  • Vampires Are Rich: Arcueid is able to rent out entire floors of hotels and apartment complexes despite having no obvious source of income. Word of God handwaves this by saying that a "fan" of hers in the Magus Association apparently sends her gold.
  • Vampires Hate Garlic: When Shiki makes her a meal which just happens to contain garlic in Kagetsu Tohya, Arcueid notices the flavor immediately and begs him never to make a meal containing garlic ever again. It's left ambiguous whether it's due to being a vampire or whether she just really dislikes the flavor.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: While she doesn't require blood to survive, she craves it to a literally crippling degree: She has to use most of her power to suppress her bloodlust. If she does drink blood, she'll turn into Red Arcueid.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: There are times when harming Shiki causes her to go on a rampage on his assailant. One example is in Melty Blood, where at one story branch after Shiki Ryougi kills Shiki (Tohno), Arcueid shows up to take Ryougi down.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: It may surprise you to know that she and Ciel are friends despite occasional attempts to kill each other.
  • Willfully Weak: Even without being affected by the below trope, Arcueid still holds her power back, directing 70% of it to suppressing her bloodlust.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: Her Marble Phantasm allows her to reproduce any phenomenon found in nature. However, this is limited to what is actually possible in nature and thus she cannot pull the tricks of a Reality Marble. The metaphor used is that in a bag of 99 black marbles and a single white one, her power lets her always get the white marble. A Reality Marble turns them all white instead, which is an 'impossible' trick.
  • Wolverine Claws: She's been seen turning her fingers into large claws. They make for pretty effective weapons.
  • Womanchild: She's never really interacted with anyone before or experienced the world, so her behavior tends to flip between that of a little kid and a woman slightly older than Shiki.
  • Woman Scorned: In Ciel's route, Arcueid does not take Shiki's rejection well. Subverted in Ciel's True Ending, when after killing Ciel couple of times and mortally injuring Shiki, she calms down, forgives him slashing her neck with knife and pleads with him again to accept her help. Averted nearly completely in Ciel's Good Ending, where Shiki rejects her in much less "scornful" way. She's still pretty pissed off, but not fullblown Yandere.
  • Worf Had the Flu: She's beaten by Roa not to show that Roa is powerful, but rather that Arcueid herself has been weakened so badly that someone as weak as he is can take her down easily.
  • World's Strongest Man: Arcueid was created to be the strongest True Ancestor, and is even to this day easily amongst the most powerful characters in the entire franchise when she's at her strongest, approaching that of the TYPEs.


Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP - Anime), Wendee Lee (EN - Anime), Kumi Sakuma (JP - Melty Blood, Carnival Phantasm), Kaede Hondo (JP - Remake, Melty Blood Type Lumina)

"Tohno-kun, you shouldn't say that. Please, listen to my selfishness. For once — For once, I want to protect you out of my own will. If I don't do that, I'll never be able to face you with a smile from my heart."

Ciel is one of Shiki's classmates and is a Sempai of sorts to his circle of friends, president and sole member of the Tea Ceremony Club and a model student. She also leads a double life as an Executor for a super-secret branch of the Catholic Church called the Burial Agency. Like Arcueid, she is in town to hunt a mysterious vampire, but due to working for a Knight Templar organization the pair refuse to work together. She also opposes Shiki's partnership with Arcueid while hinting at a more personal grievance with her. In spite of that, the relationship is not entirely hostile. On the other hand, she and Akiha seem to despise each other. Ciel has a high level of durability and fights with holy powers, thrown swords and some degree of magecraft.

Ciel also hosts the "Teach Me Ciel-sensei!" hint corners when the player meets a Bad End, in which hilarity often ensues as she and other characters lecture the player on what they did wrong, fill in random plot tidbits, and cause general Mood Whiplash.

  • Backstory Invader: We actually see the final stages of this process early on as Ciel completes her integration into Shiki's school community, and he has trouble "remembering" her at first, until she "reminds" him of their previous meetings. In reality, Ciel is an agent of The Church who has arrived in town to pursue an ancient vampire connected to Shiki's family, so she has been using magic to insert herself into his and his classmates' memories.
  • Badass Longcoat: The weird nun-like outfit she wears when she's doing business.
  • BFG: The Seventh Holy Scripture.
  • Blessed with Suck: Ciel's misfortune stems from being born an absolute freak of nature with extraordinary magical talent that would have been wasted on someone growing up in a Muggle village like her. All that potential did was serve as a giant beacon screaming out to Roa that she would be a good host, leading to her possession and the subsequent slaughter of everyone she ever knew and loved.
  • Boobs of Steel: Only outdone by Arcueid (and likely Aoko) in both battle prowess and bosom; they are even both E-cups.
  • Broken Bird: Some of the things she says are very sobering even before her past is revealed, hinting on her personal experiences. She was once possessed by Roa, went insane and killed everyone in town and was finally killed by Arcueid. Her body revived and was tortured until the Church decided she couldn't be killed.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Ciel is half-French and half-"Asian". Precisely what her mother's ethnicity was is never stated. (The easy assumption is Japanese, of course, but that's never been explicitly spelled out.)
  • Butt-Monkey: Fans and Type-Moon side materials aren't very nice to her, even compared to Akiha and Arcueid.
  • Church Militant: She's a member of the Burial Agency, the section of the Church dealing with assassinations.
  • Cosplay: Her Church Militant outfit is not a uniform provided by the church, but clothing she made herself.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She has dark blue hair and eyes to go along with it.
  • Enemy Within: In her backstory, Ciel was taken over by Roa and became one of his incarnations, slaughtering her entire family and hometown.
  • Fetish: Ciel has a weakness for anal sex.
  • Gratuitous French: "Zero! Trois!"
  • Hair Color Dissonance: She's noted to have black hair in the narration, but illustrations depict it as blue.
  • Hartman Hips: Has the largest hip measurement of the cast, and her wide hips and rear are considered her best physical feature. Even Arcueid envies them secretly.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Ciel possesses an unspecified variety of Mystic Eyes that allow her to implant hypnotic suggestions. She used them to convince the school that she's a student there and always has been.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She seems to enjoy her fake school life a great deal, hinting she wishes she could just be a student. She was born as a baker's daughter and all she wanted growing up was to take over daddy's business. Then look what happened.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: Ciel gets killed a good many times in her scenario in the original game.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Definitely deserves this trope, due to the fact she helps Shiki find Millennium Castle Brunestud in the manga.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: She has decent health, power and an edge in speed as well as varied projectile patterns in Melty Blood. And of course, in the wider Nasuverse, she's got her nigh-immortality to back her up.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: She does this in Kagetsu Tohya in a high percentage of her screen time. She appears rather depressed regarding her low popularity.
  • Male Gaze: Has the biggest ass of the cast (Arcueid even admitted while drunk that she was envious of Ciel's), although this mostly makes her the butt of fat jokes. Takeuchi has described her ass, more specifically her "entire posterior" as well as her "child-bearing hips", as Ciel's best point.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Ciel is French for "sky", though the word can also sometimes be used to mean "heaven," hinting at both her heritage and her association with the Church.
    • In the early stages of development, she was instead named Arc, referring to the shape of a bow, referencing her nickname within the Burial Agency: "Bow", for her use of projectile weapons.
  • Meganekko: Invoked, since Ciel's eyesight is just fine and her whole school persona is mostly just a mask.
  • Mortality Grey Area: Stuck in a weird limbo between life and death, having inexplicably come back to life after having been killed by Arcueid. This is due to a combination of possessing extraordinary magic potential and having suffered a Demonic Possession by the Big Bad, so as long as he exists, so does she — in fact, since coming back to life, she has enjoyed a Complete Immortality due to the paradox she represents (being both dead and alive and neither of the two at the same time).
  • Mutant: She certainly is one by the setting's standards. There have been several cases of mage families slowly dwindling over the years only to suddenly produce an heir with great potential such as Flat Escardos or Touko Aozaki. Ciel on the other hand has no such lineage, no reason why she was born with so much potential. She just is.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: By virtue of her being the previous incarnation of Roa, yet still being alive despite Roa being in a different form. To avoid creating a paradox from her dying while Roa still exists, the World itself keeps her alive no matter what, excluding Shiki's ability. Fans do occasionally wonder if a few other freakishly-powerful abilities that have shown up in a few later Nasuverse works might do the trick too (like Gilgamesh's Enuma Elish, King Hassan's Azra'il, and whatnot) but it's pretty much academic - for the purposes of Tsukihime, Shiki is the only one who could truly kill her.
  • The Nose Knows: Ciel has a curious tendency to draw close to Shiki and start sniffing him in public places whenever she suspects he's been engaged in suspicious activities, such as meeting up with Arcueid.
  • Naughty Nuns: As Executor she is technically more of assassin working for church than proper clergy, but her outfit is definitely based on a nun habit. She naturally has sex with Shiki in her route (but Nasuverse Catholic Church does not seems to be that insistent on celibacy), and if her scene is of any indication she is definitely not the most prudish heroine of game. Considering the fact that she raped her entire village while under the control of Roa but still remembers every detail of it, its not surprising that she's not exactly shy about sex.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Ciel masquerades as Shiki's nosy but well meaning senior as a way of investigating..
  • Not What It Looks Like: Averted late in her route. When she catches Shiki being forcibly kissed by Arcueid, she punches out Arcueid rather than Shiki, and listens to his explanation, despite being seriously pissed at him.
  • Older Than She Looks: Ciel is actually around 24 years old, and her body will remain that of a teenager's until Roa dies. She also spent a significant period of time dead, meaning it's likely that she was born even earlier.
  • Only One Name: She's only ever referred to as "Ciel". Her name pre-Roa was Elesia, but even then her surname is never given.
  • Orgasmically Delicious: She screams when she encounters the delicious curry from the Messian restaurant.
  • Paradox Person: The source of her immortality. Since she served as Roa's host for a time, the World considers her and Roa to be the same person. As long as Roa himself continues his Body Surf, the World will make sure Ciel stays alive as well since Roa cannot be alive and dead at the same time.
  • Pile Bunker: Seventh Holy Scripture - a rare magical example.
  • Randomly Gifted: In a multiverse where Older Is Better and mages arrange marriages to breed the strongest possible offspring over the course of many generations, Ciel was born to an ordinary family of Muggle bakers and with an outrageous amount of potential and Magic Circuits, surpassing Rin Tohsaka who was already considered gifted. In terms of numbers, Ciel has over a hundred average mages' worth of energy by herself.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Ciel killed her parents when Roa took over.
  • Self-Mutilation Demonstration: Ciel slits her own throat to prove her immortality to Shiki.
  • Sempai/Kohai: A core part of her character and relationship with Shiki.
  • She's Got Legs: Her Nun outfit has a very loose hem, tending to almost always be pushed at least slightly askew by something to show off her bare legs. Even more so with her kicks, such as some of her moves in Melty Blood. And then there is her Powered Ciel form, which shows off her long legs and thick, toned thighs covered only by a short dress and Zettai Ryouiki-type boots.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Possibly her relationship with the Church; or else she's decided working for them is the best scenario for her.
  • Superpower Lottery: Part of the reason why she is part of the Burial Agency, and also the main reason why she was chosen as Roa's 17th vessel. She had a body potent enough to revive from death 3 years after being killed. Despite having been born from a normal family, she still possessed 5 times the amount of Magic Circuits Tohsaka Rin has.
  • The Peeping Tom: She peeked on Shiki when he was changing while staying over at her place. He was not above teasing her about it after he found out.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Seems to be the chief method of using Black Keys. The manga shows them moving on their own even after they've left her hands, suggesting that either she or the swords have some telekinetic effect to them.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Curry, which is present in all adaptations and sequels except the anime.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Arcueid.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Once her true nature as an agent of the Church is revealed. Ciel tries desperately to convince both Shiki and herself that yes, it was all a lie, but in the end relents that she did fall in love with Shiki.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She calls out Arcueid on using Shiki against her enemies and deceiving him. Then Shiki calls HER out on the whole "brainwashed him and his schoolmates". She is rather hurt by him saying that.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Her main desire and mission is the elimination of Roa to end her eternal existence.
  • The Worf Effect: In Melty Blood, she proceeds to get her ass kicked by around half the cast as their arcade mode's midboss. Poor, poor Ciel.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Yes, she has dark blue hair.

    Akiha Tohno 

Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (JP - Anime), Julie Ann Taylor (EN - Anime), Minami Hokuto (JP - Melty Blood, Carnival Phantasm), Shino Shimoji (JP - remake, Melty Blood Type Lumina)

"Please don't say such foolish things. You are my only Nii-san. Now and back then, even if you forgot, from when we were little —— To Tohno Akiha, you are my only Nii-san, Shiki."

Akiha is Shiki Tohno's younger sister. After their father Makihisa dies, Akiha becomes the new head of the family and invites Shiki to come back to the Tohno family mansion. This is where the game begins after the prologue. Shiki quickly realizes Akiha has changed dramatically from the little sister he grew up with, and has become very focused on etiquette and acting according to her station. She is quick to scold Shiki on numerous things, but he takes it in stride. Circumstances soon cause him to suspect Akiha is hiding many things about the family from him.

Akiha is rather hostile towards Arcueid and Ciel, though she gets along well with the maids. Her family records claim that the Tohno family is of non human origins.

  • A-Cup Angst: It's very minor in Tsukihime itself with her only worrying about Shiki finding her smaller bust unattractive, but sequels and spinoffs play it up a lot more.
  • Aggressive Submissive: A very dominant young woman at first glance, she is actually waiting for Shiki to make the first move and turns into a total sub during the h-scene.
  • Assimilation Backfire: In Kohaku's route. Because she kills SHIKI Tohno by draining his life with her power, Akiha also absorbs his parasitic bond with Shiki Tohno, along with SHIKI's vampiric bloodlust. It results in Akiha leaving the house at night to hunt for victims to feed off of, so she can have the energy to maintain Shiki's life.
  • Becoming the Mask: In A Story for the Evening, Akiha describes her as a naturally cold and heartless person who acted sociable by emulating Shiki until that warmer side of her became a real part of her personality.
  • Berserk Button: In Kagetsu Tohya when Shiki accidentally walks in on her getting dressed and ends up being turned over to Kohaku for some "needle time"
    Shiki: Akiha, your chest is still as steep as a cliff side.
  • Big Brother Attraction: She's very clingy around Shiki. While she and Shiki aren't actually related she thinks of him as the only brother for her, yet is probably the one most obviously in love with him.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: She's the option you're supposed to go for first in the Far Side routes, though you can do Hisui first. Not that they're really related. Also, the real SHIKI figures that since she's in a relationship with Shiki she must want a relationship with her brother. Meaning him! He's kind of crazy.
  • Character Exaggeration: In Tsukihime, Akiha mentions that she's self-conscious about her flat chest during an h-scene. In Kagetsu Tohya, this is turned into a Berserk Button. Doujin authors and other fanworks have since then run with the idea to the point of it becoming an Over Used Running Gag.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Akiha's jealousy is a part of why she doesn't like Ciel or Arcueid, especially the latter. Or Shiki's male friends, like Arihiko or SHIKI (in the past). She's fine with Hisui and Kohaku. Well, she's fine with Kohaku once she's suppressed Roa anyway. Before that she was going in a severely Yandere direction.
  • Evil Laugh: Do Vermilion Akiha's Last Arc in Actress Again to hear this.
  • Expy: She shares Azaka Kokutou's Big Brother Attraction and looks from The Garden of Sinners. As far as personality goes, Azaka tends to be much less refined.
  • Familiar: She has an innate ability to create Shikigami, however, since Shiki is already using up half her life force, attempting to make any more would probably be lethal to her.
  • Fusion Dance: After Akiha absorbs Roa, this seems to be the result. There isn't much of Roa's personality in Akiha unlike his usual reincarnations, but she gained his tenacity and willpower, becoming incredibly greedy to say the least... But she can control her power to a much greater extend than before, so it mostly works in her favour in the canon ending.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The Tohno family descends from onis.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She doesn't normally drink, but when she does, it's to great excess. She handles her liquor well.
  • Hate at First Sight: She hates Arcueid and Ciel immediately. And her true brother SHIKI, since they were young. For Arcueid it seems to be pure clinginess and having really incompatible personalities while with Ciel it's that plus Ciel being a member of an organization that kills non humans like herself if they become dangerous. While when it comes to SHIKI, she found him creepy since she was young because of the demon blood and the fact that he killed Shiki didn't help. Ciel reciprocates and SHIKI is completely oblivious or simply does not care about it. while it's hard to tell what Arcueid is thinking. At first she seems oblivious to being hated, but in later works her treatment of Akiha descends into what can be described only as trolling. Though if interviews from Nasu and Takeuchi are anything to go by, since their relationship is said to be similar to the other Shiki's relationship with her love interest's little sister, it's safe to say that Arcueid really has an odd and genuine fondness for Akiha, while Akiha herself is on the fence with regards to how she regards Arcueid. Like with Azaka before her, the only thing standing in the way short of Akiha actually befriending Arc is Shiki.
  • If I Can't Have You...: In Kohaku's path only and due to Kohaku poisoning her to insanity.
  • Ill Girl: Even aside of her oni blood, the fact that she's giving half of her life force to Shiki is not doing wonders for her health.
  • I Know Karate: She apparently picked up a few moves from her friend Tsukihime Souka, as demonstrated in the climax to the side story "A Story For The Evening."
  • Joshikousei: Her uniform is a Sailor Fuku and there is a special version of her wearing it in Melty Blood: Actress Again.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Invoked by herself and very averted. She hates cats. Arcueid is probably responsible for that one.
  • Little Sister Heroine: A strong type A Tsundere version of the trope. She's also quite clingy, and finally cites him as the reason she's a tsundere instead of just a horrible bitch in her Kagetsu Tohya sidestory.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: At first, but as shown in later sequels, she gets better.
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: Played hilariously straight in Kagetsu Tohya. Cat-Shiki (It's a Long Story) catches her in the act of writing fan-fiction about her and Shiki about to... well, it gets cut off, but you get the idea.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: In Kohaku's route, she tries to kill Kohaku when she discovers her relationship with Shiki, also invoking If I Can't Have You.... Interestingly, in the Good End Shiki realizes that the reason she didn't suceeed is because she wasn't really trying.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Shiki isn't her biological brother. They met when they were seven and six years old, respectively, lived together for two years, and then separated for eight, somewhat short of "growing up together." Akiha knew the whole time that Shiki wasn't her real brother, and Shiki was at least vaguely aware of it.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Akiha realized a long time ago that Kohaku had to be up to something, but felt that since her family has wronged Kohaku to an incredible degree she ought to be at least given a chance.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: When she inverts, her hair turns from black to red. Though, technically, it would be more accurate to say the black hair is the one being dyed by power, since Akiha uses her power to restrain her demonic instincts, which has the side effect of turning her hair black, when it would normally be red because of her demonic ancestry.
  • Psychic Link: Since Akiha is using her life force to sustain Shiki's life as a shikigami, they have one, which can turn into Mindlink Mates.
  • Prehensile Hair: Her power takes this form — except that it's nonphysical, so only Shiki can see it.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her waist.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: If her eyes turn red, it's a sign that she has Inverted completely. That's not a good sign.
  • SNK Boss: In versions of Melty Blood, when she becomes Giant Akiha.
  • Spot of Tea: Akiha enjoys her English tea, served by Kohaku. In Hisui's True End, Kohaku realizes she keeps bringing tea to Akiha's room, even after she has died. She commits suicide because she caused this.
  • Stone Wall: Strangely, she has the highest defense in Melty Blood, her Inverted self is a GlassCannon however.
  • Taking the Bullet: For Kohaku in Hisui's route, against SHIKI (again). In the True End she dies in a truly heart-wrenching scene; she escapes with her life in the Good End. Subverted in that Kohaku was counting on Akiha doing so and intentionally made an opening for SHIKI for the sake of her revenge. The difference between the endings comes down to whether or not Kohaku can really go through with it.
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: When Akiha transfers to Shiki's school in her route, she continues to wear her school uniform from her previous school. She remarks she has no intention of wearing the new school uniform because she dislikes it and the old one suits her.
  • Tsundere: She's Type A in the Near Side routes and in her own route, and Type B in Kohaku's route, until she defeats SHIKI and accidentally absorbs him, causing a Yandere fit.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Her power is not that difficult to control unless she tries using too much of it, at which point she risks Inverting.
  • Yandere: Kohaku route only, after absorbing SHIKI, and consequently Roa's essence.

    Hisui and Kohaku 

A pair of twins who work as servants at the Tohno family mansion. They are not help hired from outside the mansion, but were raised to be maids there since their childhood. Shiki vaguely remembers them from his childhood, but since all of his memories from that time are fuzzy, he has forgotten their names.


  • Adopt-a-Servant: Hisui and Kohaku were adopted by the Tohno family because of their family, but in the end they mostly ended up as the family maids.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: They knew Shiki in his childhood before he left the mansion and both twins are romantic options in the game. Shiki remembers he played a lot with the cheerful twin, but wasn't that close to the emotionless one.
  • Energetic and Soft-Spoken Duo: Kohaku is the bubbly and talkative one while Hisui is the shy and reserved one.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Kohaku is the somewhat clumsy and occasionally irresponsible Foolish Sibling and Hisui is the dutiful and diligent Responsible Sibling.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Hisui and Kohaku knew Shiki when they were younger, though he muses that he never really got to know the quiet one very well. He doesn't remember them very well, though, and can't remember their names at all. This causes a meltdown for Kohaku since she doesn't really realize the Twin Switch she pulled with her sister.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Hisui has jade eyes, wears a bonnet on her head and dresses in a western maid uniform. On the other hand, Kohaku has amber eyes, wears a blue ribbon at the back of her head and dresses in a kimono and kappougi.
  • Intimate Healing: A Synchronizer can help bring stability or heal someone through 'sharing of bodily fluids'.
  • Meaningful Name: Their names refer to their respective eye colors; Hisui is Japanese for jade and Kohaku is Japanese for amber.
  • Meido: They serve as the housemaids at the Tohno mansion. Kohaku wears the traditional outfit of a Japanese maid (a kimono and a kappougi) rather than a more familiar western maid outfit like Hisui does.
  • Ninja Maid: They were promoted to this in Melty Blood.
  • Only One Name: Hisui and Kohaku are only known by their given names. They come from a branch family of the Fujou demon hunter clan, so there's a chance their family name might have originally been Fujou, but the twins were orphaned too young to know. Though, when pressed, Kohaku gives her last name as "Tohno," so perhaps Hisui does the same. Which would make sense, since they were legally adopted by Makihisa Tohno.
  • Personality Swap: Originally, Hisui was the cheerful twin and Kohaku was the unemotional one. After Hisui learned Kohaku was being raped by Makihisa Tohno, she locked her emotions away and Kohaku adopted a smiley facade to cope with her trauma. It's the personality exchange what causes Shiki to mistake which sister was his childhood playmate because he only remembers how they acted, not their names.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Kohaku is bright, friendly, and sociable while Hisui is hard to read, shy and withdrawn. Their specialties as maids are complete opposites as well; Hisui is excellent at cleaning but is a Lethal Chef, while Kohaku is a Supreme Chef but terrible at cleaning.
  • Sex Slave: In Kagetsu Tohya's sidestory Flower of Thanatos, it's clearly implied that Hisui and Kohaku live together with Shiki in the isolated Tohno Mansion, where they humbly serve him as a devoted maids. And fulfills him every wish. Even if it meant that he began periodically raping them.
  • Single-Minded Twins: At end of Flower of Thanatos sidestory, if Shiki decides to spend a night of passion with both twins, then we are witnessing how during their intercourse Hisui's and Kohaku's personalities slowly fuse into one leaving Shiki unable to recognize who is who and allows him to love them equally.
  • Tag Team Twins: Kohaku and Hisui can fight solo, or as a tag team in Melty Blood.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Hisui (jade) and Kohaku (amber) are named after their respective eye colors.
  • Twin Switch:
    • Used in Hisui's route and several others. Kohaku dresses as Hisui to feed Shiki poison in the form of medicine. Then she forcibly has sex with him to give him her synchronization power. It's revealed in the Plus-Disc that Kohaku has a special set of contact lenses which allow her to make her eyes look like Hisui's to complete the deception. Everytime Hisui says "my sister", it's actually Kohaku. Hisui only uses Nee-san to refer to her sister. Her eyes also become very dull.
    • This also happened accidentally over the years when Kohaku started faking being a Genki Girl and Hisui took her place as the Emotionless Girl without Kohaku really being aware of it. This causes severes issues in Hisui route.


Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (JP - Anime), Kate Higgins (EN - Anime), Miyu Matsuki (JP - Melty Blood, Carnival Phantasm), Kana Ichinose (JP - Remake)

"Good morning, Shiki-sama"

On Shiki's return to the mansion, Hisui is assigned to be his personal servant. Hisui is quiet and submissive by default. In the mansion, she takes care of the cleaning because her sense of taste is completely at odds with anyone else. She refuses to accept help from Shiki with her chores, or to talk with him less formally. She personally wakes him up every morning and waits for him to return from school at the front entrance or, after he complains, inside the lobby.

  • Broken Bird: Hisui was a happy little girl in her childhood until she learned her twin sister was raped by their master. Ever since then, Hisui lost her ability to smile and Kohaku is playing the role of the cheerful sister until Hisui can smile again, which only makes Hisui suppress her emotions even more.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: At Shiki's welcoming party, she's the first casualty since she rarely drinks even though she was drinking less heavily than anybody else. It eventually leads to a What Did I Do Last Night? moment for her and Shiki when he wakes up in bed with her. It turns out to have been perfectly innocent.
  • Cheerful Child: She was the happy and playful twin in Shiki's memories.
  • The Comically Serious: Several comedic scenes rely on the fact that she's straight laced and takes her job as Shiki's servant very seriously.
    Hisui: "...from now on, please refrain from sleeping while talking about the smallness of someone's chest, or the wideness of their foreheads, or other characteristics of their body. It makes my duty to wake you up a little more difficult."
  • Does Not Like Men: Hisui reacts badly to Shiki trying to touch her hand at one point. It's eventually revealed she reacts this way because she wanted to keep herself "pure" in honor of her sister's sacrifice for her.
  • Emotionless Girl: Shiki initially has a lot of difficulty telling what she's thinking, but as he gets to know her better he becomes able to read her better and realizes that she's expressive enough in her own subdued way.
  • Fetish: Hisui has a fetish for sucking on fingers.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: Her maid outfit has poofy shoulders.
  • Hates Being Touched: She doesn't like to be touched by men, though as noted below she's rather reclusive in general.
  • Hikikomori: Hisui hasn't actually left the Tohno Mansion grounds in years since she learned the truth of Kohaku's abuse. When she does so in Kagetsu Tohya, she's clearly very uneasy in crowds.
  • I Feel Angry: She can say this when she gets up in Melty Blood after being knocked over in her typical deadpan tone of voice.
  • Interface Screw: Her Last Arc in Melty Blood does negligible damage, but reverses an opponent's controls for about ten seconds.
  • Joke Weapon: Hisui fights with a feather duster, frying pan, explosive sandwiches, and even this chair in Melty Blood.
  • Lethal Chef: Due to her skewered sense of taste she can't even taste test her cooking as it always seems okay to her. She's also rather forgetful about people's preferences: Shiki tells her he hates plums but likes their smell and she makes him a sandwich made entirely of them. In Melty Blood she can place a picnic and it acts as a landmine!
  • Long-Range Fighter: In Melty Blood, she can throw ornaments very well, making it difficult to get close to her.
  • Morality Pet: To Kohaku. She's the only person Kohaku does not want to die.
  • Not So Stoic: Shiki makes her go from Emotionless Girl to Shrinking Violet in no time.
  • Only Sane Woman: The only one of the main cast who has not gone insane at some point of the game.
  • Shrinking Violet: A lot of Shiki's perception that Hisui is emotionless stems from the fact that she's actually quite shy. When he remembers her more clearly in her route, he tries nudging her to open up more.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She gives the impression of being an Emotionless Girl, but actually Hisui is a kind, loving and emotional girl who pretends to be emotionless for her sister's sake.
  • Undying Loyalty: She is completely devoted to Shiki. This is because she has a massive crush on him.


Voiced by: Kana Ueda (JP - Anime), Kari Wahlgren (EN - Anime), Naoko Takano (JP - Melty Blood, Carnival Phantasm), Yuuki Kuwahara (JP - remake)

"Yes. I liked this Kohaku the best, too."

Akiha's personal servant. She is very cheerful and upbeat in contrast to Hisui's stoic demeanor. She agrees to call Shiki -san, instead of -sama when he asks, and also lets him help her with her chores as long as Akiha doesn't find out. She was also trained as Tohno Makihisa's personal doctor and holds a license to practice pharmacology.

Unlike Hisui, Kohaku is a very good cook and has taken over that role in the household. While rather cheerful overall, she has a slightly morbid sense of humor.

  • Ascended Extra: Kohaku originally wasn't supposed to have her own route but one was added at the last minute. This is why she only has one ending instead of two like all of the other heroines.
  • Batman Gambit: The entire plot of the Far Side routes is shown to be the result of multiple gambits made by Kohaku, from Makihisa's death to Shiki killing SHIKI, and her plan to take revenge on the Tohno family succeeds in Hisui's True Ending. Contextually, Arcueid and Ciel are both Spanners in the Works because they keep Shiki away from the mansion. She would have failed if Akiha didn't feel really guilty about how her father treated Kohaku.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Became interested in Shiki due to him always looking up at her when she was trapped in the mansion, and giving her a slight amount of hope she could leave at some point. Which later becomes one of the driving factors in her motivations for revenge.
  • Becoming the Mask: Especially in Melty Blood.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: One such example is her interaction with Roa during her arcade route in Actress Again. Immediately upon facing him, she interrupts his evil speech, mocks him by telling him that he isn't cool enough to be a final boss, tells him that he looks too much like a pianist, and despite Roa claiming that Kohaku is the one person who should know his name, she calls him Nrvnqsr "Nero" twice, and then corrects herself and refers to him as Nrvnqsroa "Ne-Roa" instead. Roa's Freak Out, followed by Kohaku's sinister victory quote against him implies that she truly does hate his guts.
    Kohaku, after winning: "Winning through ability or biology... Such standards mean nothing to us. Fufufu~ My body remembers the hierarchy we established during those years in the underground room all too well. ♪"
  • Big Bad: The closest thing there is to one in the Far Side routes. The central focus of Far Side is Kohaku's plans to get revenge on the Tohno family for the abuse they heaped on her for years. Michael Roa Valdamjong is killed rather quickly in these routes and it turns out SHIKI was largely controlled by Kohaku the entire time.
  • Broken Bird: Behind her cheerful smile, there's an emotionally and mentally broken girl as a result of years of horrific sexual abuse.
  • Character Exaggeration
    • In Tsukihime, it's revealed that Kohaku is the only person with a television in the house. In Kagetsu Tohya, it's revealed Kohaku owns a Playstation 2 with several games for it including Bloody Roar 3, Grand Theft Auto, and Paperboy, as well as giving her a penchant for Cosplay as her alter egos ''Mister Chin'' and ''Broom Girl Magical Amber''. Some doujin authors have run with this and depicted Kohaku as an outright Otaku or Hikikomori.
    • Not to mention the Twin Threesome Fantasy erotic scene in Kagetsu Tohya, where Kohaku quite happily volunteers to prepare Hisui while Shiki recovers. Considering her sexual tendencies elsewhere and her history, there's some actual logic behind her actions, but doujin artists tend to grossly exaggerate this into flat-out twincestuous obsession.
    • Later works also tend to turn her into something of a crazy, hyperactive mad scientist.
    • Her true personality and dramatic aspects of her horrific backstory as well as her very dark reaction to it that helped set most of Tsukihime's Far Side routes in motion are completely overridden by her hyperactive, cheery, and mischievous personality in later works. She at least kept her scheming nature intact however, albeit watered down compared to her original self from the visual novel.
  • Cool Sword: In Melty Blood. Hidden in her broom no less.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: As could probably be expected from her rather carefree demeanor, she's a little klutzy and is thus not allowed to clean very often.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Kohaku went through this when SHIKI first raped her, and she realized even after Makihisa died, SHIKI would still be there to abuse her.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Despite everything she does, she actually feels no malice whatsoever towards the Tohno family. Rather, she has so much in the way of bottled up emotions and has no idea what to do that she picks up a revenge plot as a way of coping. Because that's what a normal person would do right?
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Despite everything she does in the Far Side of the Moon routes, she really is nothing more than a maid.
  • Driven to Suicide: In Hisui's routes. In Hisui's Good Ending, she survives, but loses her memory. It's implied she lost her memory on purpose.
  • Emotionless Girl: She's not emotionless, but she's highly inexpressive and tends to bottle things up, which led to her sacrificing herself for Hisui and then just continuing to pile up stress until she snapped.
  • Expy: Of Fujino Asagami from The Garden of Sinners. Both women belong to families in the Demon Hunters' Association, both have gone through the same horrible experience, and both Feel No Pain though for different reasons. Their stories' Shikis also end up killing "something bad" within their bodies using their respective Mystic Eyes of Death Perception: Fujino's terminal appendicitis and Kohaku's ingested poison.
  • The Fake Cutie: Shiki once notes that he thinks Hisui could use some of Kohaku's cheer. Her faked personality isn't revealed until you get to the second to last route of the game, though there are hints beforehand. However, it actually appears as though she's been faking her personality on accident and out of habit.
  • Feel No Pain: She says that so long as she imagines the pain happening to someone else it doesn't really hurt. Just pretend a doll got damaged or something! When she stabs herself, she claims it doesn't hurt at all.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: In Melty Blood. She creates a robot-version of Hisui. And an entire factory to mass produce them. It's implied that she doesn't actually have the skill to do this, but since the Tatari is around...
  • Genki Girl: In contrast to Hisui, Kohaku is very bright and active most of the time, leading her to end up breaking stuff when she tries cleaning instead of just cooking like normal.
  • Guest Fighter: As Magical Amber in Fate/tiger colosseum.
  • The Heavy: Her backstory is so dramatic, raw and heavily involved in all the Far Side of the Moon routes that spinoffs have to handwave her status as Comic Relief -any further explaination and she might swallow up the whole narrative.
  • Hope Is Scary: She tells Shiki that he is the only person she has ever hated because of him instilling a bit of hope into her back when she was being used by his adoptive father; which terrified her. Though Hisui denies this, and claims that it wasn't hate she felt but love, though it isn't hard to imagine why she would mix up the two in her mind.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: One of her first slip ups is when she is talking to Shiki about The Promise he thinks he made to Hisui. She suggests that he goes to the tree they made the promise under to help Hisui remember it. This later confuses Shiki because he realizes he never mentioned the fact that the promise he made was under a tree, and only the people involved knew about where they met.
  • Joke Weapon: Kohaku fights with plants, molotov cocktails, and a sword hidden in her broom in Melty Blood.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Most of Kohaku's Gambits rely on providing someone with disinformation, or revealing a real piece of information at the right moment.
  • The Lady's Favour: Just before Shiki left the mansion to live with the Arima family, Kohaku gave him her favorite ribbon and made him promise to return it.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Sequels not only don't hide her plotting nature, they greatly exaggerate it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She has amazing speed and devastating attacks in Melty Blood. Hisui had commented on Kohaku being like a tornado when she went on sweeping duty, making this a BrickJoke.
  • Love Hurts: Implied to be the reason why she activities tries to push Shiki in other directions. He makes her feel something in spite of her belief that she is just a doll, which terrifies her.
  • Mad Doctor: While her main job is to be a maid, she was also trained to be Makihisa Tohno's personal doctor and has a pharmacology liscense. As a result, she has a lot of medicinal knowledge which she sometimes uses to rather worrying ends.
  • Matchmaker Crush: Even in her own route, there are times where she tries to push Shiki towards either Hisui or Akiha rather than herself. Most likely because of her self-imposed rule that if he gave back her ribbon, she would immediately stop her plan of destroying the Tohno family.
  • Must Make Amends: At the climax of her route she goes off on her own to confront Akiha to make up for her actions up to that point.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She is affected by Akiha's death in Hisui Normal Ending. Even though she caused it.
  • Odd Friendship: With Kouma Kishima.
  • Playing with Syringes: In Kagetsu Tohya. "It's needle time!" ^_^
  • The Promise: She made one with Shiki when he left the mansion to return her favorite ribbon to her. Becomes a major factor in her route.
  • Rape and Revenge: She's plotting to kill everyone in the Tohno mansion except Hisui and maybe Shiki as her revenge for the years of sexual abuse she suffered at hands of Makihisa Tohno.
  • Rape as Backstory: Synchronizers like Kohaku can transfer energy through sex. Because of this, Kohaku was constantly raped by Makihisa Tohno and then SHIKI. Kohaku was eight when it first happened, and her abuse continued for years.
  • Stepford Smiler: Kohaku's cheerfulness is a mask for a completely shattered, emotionless psyche due to years of horrific sexual abuse at the hands of Shiki's stepfather/Akiha's father.
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: The final shot of her True Ending, with her waiting for Shiki in a sunflower field with outstretched arms and a bright smile.
  • Supreme Chef: She sucks at cleaning, but is a wonderful chef.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Kohaku's reaction to any hint that Shiki has taken advantage of Hisui.
  • When She Smiles: Her route ends with her giving Shiki a genuine smile from her heart and not as an empty doll.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Kohaku has become so emotionally broken that she thinks of herself as a doll and has no idea how she really feels about anything. Oh, and she's plotting the deaths of Akiha and SHIKI, is implied or perhaps stated to be involved in Makihasa's death, and may view Shiki as a target as well, though she doesn't succeed there in any path. It's okay if everyone dies except Hisui. Oh, and she's indirectly behind all the serial killing going on in the Far Side routes.
  • Yandere: She has shades of this especially towards Akiha. She fully becomes one during Hisui's route when she puts her plans into motion.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: She has amber eyes and she hides a twisted nature behind her smile.

Tsukihime antagonists

    Satsuki "Sacchin" Yumizuka 

Voiced by: Kaori Tanaka (JP - Anime), Carrie Savage (EN - Anime), Omi Minami (JP - Melty Blood, Carnival Phantasm)

"Tohno-kun, will you come and help me when I'm in a pinch?"

Satsuki is Shiki's classmate and has watched him from afar all throughout the year. Her crush began when her sports club was trapped inside a room after-hours in the winter, and Shiki freed them by 'killing' the lock. She liked him from that moment onward, but he never noticed her. One day she finally worked up the courage to walk home with Shiki, and convinced him to promise her: "If I'm ever in a pinch, you'll come and help me, right?" They soon part ways.

In the Near Side route, she vanishes. In the Far Side routes, the vampire in town gets to her and she goes berserk. Shiki is forced to kill her. In the anime and manga, Satsuki makes it out unscathed. Finally, originally she did have a route planned out, but due to several issues it was cut from the game. She is alive in Melty Blood and has formed the "Back Alley Alliance" with Sion and Riesbyfe. The reason she is alive still is unclear.

  • Butt-Monkey: In the original Tsukihime she was tragic. In side material, she's mocked mercilessly. She regains some dignity in Melty Blood X.
  • Character Exaggeration: Later adaptations make fun of the fact that Shiki is oblivious to her feelings or she is treated as the ignored one. He can't even remember her name!
  • Covert Pervert: Implied. Her victory quote over Shiki Tohno in Act Cadenza, amounts to "You are unconscious, and nobody is watching. I am gonna take a little liberty here!"
  • Cute Ghost Girl: In the not-really-canon Drinking Dreaming Moon side story.
  • Cute Little Fangs: VERY visible during Tsukihime and Kagetsu Tohya, but downplayed in Melty Blood.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: In the Far Side of the Moon routes Shiki believes at first that Satsuki is the vampire stalking the town. He's proven wrong when the incidents continue after he kills her.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Of the "two side up" variety.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Along with everything mentioned in Super Power Lottery, she also has the Mystic Eyes of Enchantment. How in the hell did she become the series Butt Monkey again?!
  • Just Friends: In the manga she manages to get promoted to Shiki's friend and avoid being vampirized. She's still not even a blip on the radar.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: In Melty Blood she can use this as a GrappleMove as well as heal herself this way.
  • Odd Friendship: With Sion and Len — the "Back Alley Alliance".
  • Psychological Projection: One interpretation of her talk about Shiki's murderous dark side is that she's projecting her own mental issues on him, and just happens to be, if not right, then not particularly inaccurate either.
  • Randomly Gifted: Just like Ciel, she was born with a lot of magic potential despite coming from an ordinary family.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her normally brown eyes turn red upon becoming a vampire. The in-game sprites show this inconsistently.
  • The Reveal: Satsuki is revealed to be a vampire when she lifts up her arms from behind her back, revealing they're soaked in blood.
  • Secret Diary: Revealed to have possessed one in Melty Blood X. Apparently it mostly composed of her descriptions of what Shiki was doing, and what her feelings for him were. For kicker, she made it before becoming a vampire, proving she was a little off from the beginning. Why else would she be attracted to Shiki?
  • Superpower Lottery: Satsuki just so happens to not only be one of the rare people to possess a psychic ability, but said ability just so happened to be a type of ESP that lets her leapfrog several stages of vampirism and instantly became a rather powerful Dead Apostle, though the rapid change caused her some fairly severe pain. The odds of anyone even surviving to become a full vampire is 1/10000 and is supposed to take years. In her unreleased route and Melty Blood she even has a Reality Marble called Depletion Garden that destroys mana in the air around her, once again jumping way up the ranks of the dead. To sustain her new body, she doesn't even need that much blood.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Her endings in the more recent Melty Blood games have things looking up somewhat for her, such as coming to terms with and even accepting her status as a Dead Apostle in Act Cadenza or welcoming Riesbyfe in the Back Alley Alliance in Actress Again.
  • Tragic Monster: In the Tsukihime routes that were actually released, she either vanishes or Shiki is forced to kill her since he can't cure her.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Due to winning the Super Power Lottery out of nowhere and being such a gentle person throughout her life she lacks any real technique or hand to hand ability, instead relying on her instinct and raw power by throwing clumsy punches, grabbing her opponents and tossing them, or jumping into the air with them and slamming them back into the ground.
  • Yandere: After her becoming a vampire, she's way too cheerful sounding when describing the acts of violence she's performed on random people. She also tries to make Shiki her vampire servant so he can't leave her. Given a chance to gain some stability, she eventually calms down, especially after meeting Sion.

    Michael Roa Valdamjong 

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (JP - Anime), Kirk Thornton (EN - Anime), Ken Narita (JP - Melty Blood, Carnival Phantasm)

"——I know. About death. About the darkness. The nothingness which I have journeyed through so many times——!"

Roa is Arcueid's primary target. He was once a high-ranking member of the Church who fell in love with Arcueid upon first sight. In his quest for immortality and as a way of expressing his confused feelings, he tricked her into sucking his blood and caused him to become the most powerful known Dead Apostle, though he was never accepted as a Dead Apostle Ancestor. Though he was eventually taken out, he had acquired a reincarnation technique that allows him to take over designated targets when his old body dies, usually those picked from magically unusual families with high status. When Tsukihime begins, he has already reincarnated himself seventeen times. His private war with Arcueid has gone on for centuries.

He also appears as an antagonist in the Fate/Grand Order Drama CD Heroic Spirit Lore Strange Tales ~ King of the Cavern Edmond Dantès which details the eponymous Avenger's backstory before starting his quest for vengeance.

  • Adaptational Badass: He is far more dangerous in the manga, where he has access to not only the magic he used in life, but also his powerful Reality Marble.
  • The Archmage: He used to be this. Knowledge inherited by Ciel indicates he had in-depth knowledge on High Speed Incantation, Simplified Repetitive Incantation, Suggestion, Church Sacraments, and Necromancy, as well as inventing an own branch of Magecraft still used to this day: Numerology. His knowledge even extends to spells from the Age of Gods, something that is completely unheard of among modern Magi.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Arcueid, for tricking her into drinking his blood, stealing her strength, and causing her to kill her fellow True Ancestors in a bloodlust-fuelled rampage.
  • Badass Bookworm: Most of Roa's former power came from his insanely massive knowledge of magic, even knowing several spells that date back to the Age of Gods; Nrvnqsr's trump card, The Soil of Genesis, being one such spell that Roa passed on to him. Nrvnqsr even theorizes that Roa may have even been able to tame the Chaos of his body had he been afflicted by the same magic.
  • Big Bad: He's the primary Tsukihime villain in the Near Side routes.
  • Butt-Monkey: In several story routes in Actress Again. In Kohaku's route she trolls him. In White Len's, she informs him with a smirk right after he makes a "strong-eat-the-weak-law-of-nature" speech that he is at the very bottom of the Back Alley Alliance.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Like Arcueid and Nrvnqsr, no mention is made of him in the Far Side routes. When asked why in one of the Teach me, Ciel Senpai! segments, he responds that he can't fully take over the mind of someone who has already lost their mind through insanity, so Tohno SHIKI retains his original appearance and identity.
  • Fallen Hero: He was one of the two founding members of the Burial Agency.
  • The Fog of Ages: With every reincarnation, more and more of Roa's original personality is sliced away. At this point he's just information and intent, with only the barest fraction of his original self hanging on.
  • Fusion Dance: After Akiha absorbs him, this seems to be the result. There isn't much of Roa's personality in Akiha unlike his usual reincarnations, but she gained his tenacity and willpower, becoming incredibly greedy to say the least... But she can control her power to a much greater extend than before, so it mostly works in her favour in the canon ending.
  • Graceful Loser: Only in the Good Ending of the Ciel Route.
  • Grand Theft Me: Everyone calls it "Reincarnation" but really, he just jumps to a different person's body.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: A large part of his character and role in the story is how far he's fallen and how truly pathetic he is, especially compared to when he was at the height of his power.
  • Immortality Immorality: He drove himself insane because he didn't understand his own feelings and thought immortality was the answer, and then he began to seriously lose his "self" after a few reincarnations. By this point all that is left of Roa is his need to live forever and a desire for Arcueid. Neither one is very conducive to being a nice a person.
  • Immortality Seeker: He technically found immortality but Arcueid keeps killing him when he gets a suitable host.
  • Jerkass: He's quite the douchebag.
  • Killed Off for Real: He dies with no chance of reincarnation in every route thanks to Shiki's Mystic Eyes of Death Perception which reduces its targets to Deader Than Dead. In Fate timelines he meets the same fate at Edmond Dantès's hands when the Avenger burns his very soul with black flames.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His C-Moon variant is one of the uncontested strongest characters in the game, thanks to having screen wide attacks that can be chained into each other and activate in nanoseconds. His H-Moon variant is able to turn into lightning and reach his opponent across the screen in a second as well. His F-Moon variant is a Shotoclone however.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Love Makes You Evil: He fell in love in Arcueid, but couldn't understand what he was feeling. He expressed his feelings the only way he could think of, tricking her into drinking his blood.
  • Magical Eye: He has the ability to see and cut the "Life" of things in a manner very similar to Shiki's Mystic Eyes. Since it is the "Life" of something, however, he cannot cut inanimate objects with them.
  • Mental World: Roa possesses a Reality Marble by the name of Overload that greatly boosts the effect of his spells when it is activated. Sadly, he never gets to show this off.
  • Nerf: He has lost a great amount of his former power, knowledge and drive due to the repercussions of his reincarnations. Back when he had just stolen some of Arcuied's powers he was so powerful that he singlehandedly defeated Altrouge Brunestad, who is infamous for defeating Arcuied at her full power.
  • Older Than He Looks: He's in the body of Akiha's brother, but he dates back to Arcuied's earliest years, making him at least a thousand years old.
  • Peek-a-Bangs
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: The Roa vs Arcueid fight in Roa's storyline of MBAA is full of this, from both sides.
  • Psycho Electro: In Melty Blood. This is based on his branch of magecraft, Numerology, something he never got to show off in the story.
  • Pure Is Not Good: He was described as a very pure man who's purity made it unable for him to accept his attraction to Arcueid.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: When he first possessed Ciel's body, he ran around violently raping and murdering her entire hometown, often not in that order.
  • Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny: The cause of his Face–Heel Turn was his inability to come to terms with his attraction to Arcueid.
  • Superpower Lottery: His arsenal used to be ridiculous; Mastery of several kinds of Magecraft, a Reality Marble, knowledge of Age of Gods-class spells, as well as an insanely powerful Healing Factor that allows him to regenerate when only his ankles were left, which were all that remained after Arcuied's Marble Phantasm caused a vacuum next to his body. On top of that he has Mystic Eyes similar to Shiki's (though they cannot be used on inanimate objects). Luckily he has lost a majority of these powers with time.
  • Thanatos Gambit: His psyche takes control immediately when a Tatari avatar of himself is formed. He knows he just has a single night to do anything so in his ending he awakens Archetype Earth within Arcueid just to see how long he could survive.
  • Villain Decay: Both In-Universe and outside of it. When he first became a Dead Apostle he was powerful enough to defeat someone even Arcueid wasn't able to win against. By his 18th incarnation he's barely able to beat a heavily weakened Arcueid. By Melty Blood he's regarded as a total joke. The manga subverts this however by making him very powerful.
  • Yandere: Ciel's route reveals that Roa is obsessed with Arcueid and doesn't care that she kills constantly him so long as it means she's coming after him.

    Nrvnqsr "Nero" Chaos / Fabro Rowan 

Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (JP - Anime), Jamieson Price (EN - Anime), Joji Nakata (JP - Melty Blood, Carnival Phantasm)

"Very well. I now recognize you as an obstacle to me."

A man who became a Dead Apostle vampire through magical research. He was once Fabro Rowan, a researcher in the Wandering Sea branch of the Mage's Association that studies the Age of Gods. In order to prolong his immortality, he took the bodies of many different types of beasts and made them a part of himself. However, he kept doing this to the point his body now contains 666 different animals inside him including mythological creatures. This grants him an almost indestructible body, but the downside is that all the minds in a single body are slowly degrading his mind into pure chaos. Fortunately for him, this is exactly what he wants. Unlike the other Dead Apostle Ancestors, Nrvnqsr Chaos gets along well with Roa.

  • Admiring the Abomination: A weird example, being the abomination his own body. Through his battle with Arcueid, he speaks about the peculiar nature of his body and the thrill that he gets of not knowing what kind of beast comes out from his body. For someone capable to unleash hordes of monsters for festing in human blood, he is comparing his power with the force that originated the life on the Earth.
  • Badass Baritone: He's voiced by Joji Nakata.
  • Badass Bookworm: He artificially made himself a vampire about 1000 years ago.
  • Badass Longcoat: It's part of his body.
  • The Comically Serious: Plays this role on occasion, especially when he's forced into a game of tag in Kagetsu Tohya.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Shiki believes Nrvnqsr is the vampire Arcueid is hunting until he realized Nrvnqsr ate all of his victims and the vampire Arcueid is hunting sucks their blood.
  • The Dragon: Averted, Nrvnqsr and Roa are friends but they don't cooperate.
  • Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: One of the beasts contained within him is a shark, which causes one of the most hilarious and unexpected Bad Ends in the game. Imagine being eaten by a shark at the top floor of a hotel.
  • Evil Knockoff: Nrvnqsr's power is compared to the Primordial Sea that created all life on earth. Fate/Grand Order reveals that he's aping Tiamat's ability to birth infinite, randomized offspring and her Chaos Tide.
  • Expy: Look at his above picture! Does it remind you of this?? They also share the same Japanese voice actor.
  • Fusion Dance: His body is made out of 666 beasts fused together in a single being. They literally leap out of his body, and he states that until they've taken a form, even he doesn't know what creature will come out.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He is genuinely amused that he is killed in such an unanticipated way.
  • I am a Humanitarian: When he feeds on humans, he prefers to devour them whole instead of only sucking blood. This is what clues Shiki to Nrvnqsr to being a different vampire than the one Arcueid is hunting.
  • Implacable Man: Arcueid says that she probably wouldn't be able to defeat Nrvnqsr even with her full powernote  and comments that he's far, far stronger than Roa.
  • Kick the Dog: He comes across a girl and consumes her merely for the sake of doing it during the fight against Shiki. She gets a fan written sidestory in Kagetsu Tohya.
  • Long-Range Fighter: In Melty Blood all his attacks reach far across the screen, his summons are also very oppresssive and can really restrict enemy movement.
  • Mad Scientist: His entire existence is basically one big experiment to him; he is fully aware that his personality is being destroyed by his unique nature, and rather than be worried about this, he's actually impatient to see what he'll become next.
  • Meaningful Name: The written out 'Nrvnqsr' may seem random, but the letters correspond to numbers in the Hebrew numbering system which add up to 666. The Hebrew characters for "Nrvnqsr" can be pronounced as "Neron Kesar" — Nero Caesar.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: So long as his internal Reality Marble is active, he cannot be destroyed without destroying all 666 of the beasts that make him up at once, an act that would require the same amount of energy that it takes to destroy a continent. Killing them individually will cause them to be reabsorbed and then revived. Fortunately, the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception get around this.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: How do you pronounce Nrvnqsr? As Nero, of course.
  • Number of the Beast: His name itself adds up to 666 in the Hebrew numbering system as noted above.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: He ultimately doesn't really have anything do with any of the story's major conflicts: he isn't the Dead Apostle Arcuied is hunting, he's not working with Roa, and he more than likely isn't even aware of SHIKI's existence. Not to mention that he only appears in two of Tsukihime's five routes. He ultimately serves as little more than an incredibly strong enemy for Shiki to defeat.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Nrvnqsr looks like a middle aged man with graying hair, but he is at least a thousand years of age as of the beginning of the story.
  • Villainous Friendship: Played with. He's actually good friends with Roa, but they don't work together, much to the surprise of Arcueid.

    SHIKI Tohno 

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (JP - Anime), Kirk Thornton (EN - Anime), Takako Honda (JP - Child)

" I will be counting on you. Nanaya..."

SHIKI Tohnonote  is the real brother of Akiha Tohno. He was imprisoned when his demon-powers activated and he tried to kill Shiki when they were children. After Shiki was saved by Akiha, SHIKI's mind seemed to calm down a little so Makihisa postponed killing him in the hopes his mind would recover. He bears a grudge against Shiki for taking away his role in the family. His own powers are technically not those of a vampire, but do including blood sucking, cannibalism and the ability to reattach severed limbs.

  • Affably Evil: Kohaku's route only.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In Hisui and Kohaku's routes. And in the manga, where his past and bond with Shiki are expanded.
  • Ax-Crazy: SHIKI has undergone Inversion, meaning his demonic blood has become dominant. His demonic blood has twisted his mind and caused him to become obsessed with taking back what he has lost, including both his status and his sister.
  • Big Bad: While Roa doesn’t awaken in the Far Side routes, that doesn’t make SHIKI any less of threat. Ultimately subverted, as he was ultimately little more than Kohaku's attack dog.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Akiha and Shiki (sorta), as shown in their childhood memories in the manga and Kagetsu Tohya.
    • Also pops up during Drinking Dreaming Moon, when he demands that Shiki watch over Akiha, Kohaku, and Hisui for him, since he can't, as well as telling Shiki not to show up where he is (I.E. the afterlife) any time soon.
  • Blood Magic: He's capable of shaping his shed blood and using them as bladed weaponry.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: As a child, in the manga.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Shiki's dream connection shows his serial killings are targeting girls he thinks are Akiha or look like her, because he wants to "defile" them. In her route he decides that if she's in a relationship with Shiki she must want a relationship with her brother, and SHIKI is her brother right? This makes it seem like it's actually some sort of twisted attempt on his part to give Akiha what she wants, but is too insane for anything approaching reason.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not as bad as Satsuki, but in the few side material he appears, he's mocked mercilessly.
  • Character Exaggeration: The few adaptations he appears in tend to portray him as a siscon Yandere or as a general loser.
  • Creepy Child: Was this, according to Akiha's route. However, since she was always afraid of him because of his dominant demon blood, this could be debatable, especially since Shiki's opinion of him (when he remembers, anyway) is entirely opposite Akiha's.
  • Composite Character: He's very similar in looks and personality to Shiki Ryougi's male personality while his power, connection to the male protagonist, choice of weapon, obsession with a girl who never noticed him, and backstory are the same as Lio Shirazumi. Both are characters from The Garden of Sinners, an earlier Nasu work.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: After inverting as a child, Makihisa kept him up imprisioned in hopes that his mind would recover. Interestingly, he seems to be aware of it in Akiha's route, but in Hisui's route, thanks to Kohaku manipulating him, he is convinced that Makihisa wanted to lock him up forever.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Lampshaded by himself in Kagetsu Tohya.
  • Decapitation Required: One of his demonic powers is his Death Resistive Body, also referred to as Immortality, which is part of why he's virtually impossible to kill - no matter what kind of damage is done to him, so long as his brain is intact, he can just keep on going. Doesn't matter if you cut out his stomach, slice him in half, or bleed him out, he'll still be alive. Of course, Shiki's Death Perception and Akiha's Plundering bypass this entirely.
  • Demoted to Extra: SHIKI is one of the only Tsukihime characters, major or minor, to not be featured as a playable character in any version of Melty Blood. Several 4koma comics have made jokes on this.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After killing Akiha in Hisui's True Ending.
  • Freudian Excuse: He's insane and that's why he's violent and eats people, but this isn't helped by the fact that he was 'killed' by his father and everything taken away from him and given to his best friend.
  • Forgotten Friend, New Foe: Before inverting, SHIKI used to play with Shiki and Akiha. Until fairly late in most routes, Shiki only has the vaguest recollection of there being another boy they played with, let alone his real identity.
  • Grand Theft Me: He's Roa's choice of host for his 18th incarnation, kicking off the plot in the Near Side routes when Arcueid awakens and arrives in Miyaki City to hunt him down. In those routes, Roa assumes complete control and changes the body to body to look like his original form. In the Far Side routes, SHIKI is the one in control as he's too insane for Roa to take over.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • While Roa's the one running the show in the Near Side, his grudge towards Shiki is a result of SHIKI’s influence.
    • In Kohaku's route, Akiha ends up inheriting his Inversion-induced madness after killing him, effectively becoming the route's Big Bad.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Not only is he a vampire because of Roa, his family also descends from Oni.
  • Healing Factor: He can heal wounds by consuming human flesh. The more severe the wound, the more flesh he needs to eat, but so long as he's still alive, there isn't a wound he can't heal like this.
  • The Heavy: What his role in the Far Side routes actually is.
  • Hot-Blooded: When sane and not acting like a Psychopathic Manchild, he is shown to be very energetic but immature.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: The manga version shows that during his childhood days he knew what eventually will happen to him, therefore when the time come he wished that his best friend will do what is necessary to protect his sister. Shiki's refusal to kill his friend and deciding to Take a Third Option instead is what sets the events of the game.
  • Insanity Immunity: This is how he keeps control in the Far Side routes. He's so far gone mentally that Roa has no hope of taking control of his body.
  • Locked into Strangeness: His hair and eye color changed when he Inverted.
  • Madman in the Attic: Was kept locked up by his father after injuring Shiki in his first inversion. After Makihisa's death, Kohaku releases him in the city to wreak havoc.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Wants to kill Shiki in order to regain his place in the Tohno family and to have Akiha back.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After killing Akiha in Hisui's Normal Ending.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: He appears as a Wraith haunting Shiki in Drinking Dreaming Moon and has a friendly chat with his brother over a bottle of sake under the full moon.
  • Parental Abandonment: Was locked up by his father after inverting, in hopes that he would recover. He seems to be aware of it in Kagetsu Tohya and Akiha's and Kohaku's routes, but doesn't mind much. In the manga and Hisui's route...not so much.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He's in his late teens, but he still acts very much like a young child. Justified in that he actually was a young child when he was locked in the Tohno mansion's basement.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Like his hair color shifting to white, it's apparently due to the Inversion.
  • The Resenter: He's got a major grudge against Shiki.
  • Room Full of Crazy: In the anime, when Shiki discovers the room SHIKI was imprisoned, he notices large covered portions of the walls written in blood saying "Help me" over and over.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He killed Makihisa under Kohaku's command.
  • Serial Killer: He attacks and eats people.
  • The Sociopath: When he is not being a Psychopathic Manchild. Especially in Kohaku's route and Kagetsu Tohya.
  • Soul Jar: Roa made him a flawed Soul Jar at the last minute, meaning his control is rather weak.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Surprisingly, he and Shiki manage to come to a peaceful resolution in the Kohaku route. Then Akiha comes along...
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In fandom, coffee, thanks to the infamous scene in Kohaku's route.
  • Tragic Monster: Moreso in the manga, where his role in everyone's childhoods was more emphasized.
  • Tragic Villain: Welcome to the Nasuverse, where everyone's lives suck horribly, especially the villain's.
  • Transformation of the Possessed: In the Near Side routes.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: According to Shiki in Drinking, Dreaming Moon, which is confirmed in the manga.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Kohaku, in the Hisui route. While Akiha and Shiki were also used as pawns, Akiha had deduced it beforehand and played along with it out of guilt while Shiki was somewhat aware and learned the truth a short time later. SHIKI, on the other hand, was being used as a tool the entire time and never realized it even to the moment of his death. However, it is implied in Drinking, Dreaming Moon that he was aware of it and feels guilty for all the crap he felt he put Kohaku.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As shown in the manga, he used to be a Bratty Half-Pint who was close friends with Shiki and was slightly jealous of Shiki's closeness to Akiha.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: In Hisui's route he takes his final moment to ask Shiki just who he is, since he was unaware who he was fighting. This serves as the vital clue to Shiki realizing Kohaku's significance in the route's series of events.
  • You Remind Me of X: In Kohaku's route, after SHIKI and Shiki have an encounter and discuss about killing, SHIKI points out that he reminds him of his important childhood friend, being oblivious that they are the same person.

Tsukihime minor characters

    Aoko Aozaki 

Voiced by: Akiko Kimura (JP - Anime), Karen Strassman (EN - Anime), Kotono Mitsuishi (JP - Melty Blood, Carnival Phantasm)

"Hey boy, you're in my way."

Aoko is one of the four remaining Magicians and the youngest. Her specialty is the Fifth Magic Blue, though this is never elaborated on in Tsukihime, but rather in Mahou Tsukai no Yoru. She met Tohno Shiki by chance after he was in the hospital. They formed a close bond, and she taught him many important things about life. Since she hates her name, Shiki decides to call her 'Sensei'. She provides him with the special glasses he has to block his Mystic Eyes of Death Perception ability. She then disappears. She shows up in the epilogue to Tsukihime, where she tells Shiki he's become a fine young man and Shiki finally thanks her for being there for him.

She is the main protagonist of the prequel visual novel, Mahou Tsukai no Yoru. For more information on her portrayal in that story, see her character entry here.

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Alliterative Name: Aoko Aozaki.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The epilogue supposedly takes place after each ending, even in Akiha's True End, where Shiki may be dead. Subverted in that Kagetsu Tohya reveals that Shiki survived that ending, so "Eclipse" could take place after that.
  • Beam Spam: In Melty Blood, courtesy of her powers.
  • Big Eater: Among other things is the winner of a beef-eating contest.
  • Big Good: She's one of the only users of True Magic and she's responsible for instilling good ideals in Shiki Tohno and giving him glasses to control his Mystic Eyes.
  • Boobs of Steel: Even in casual clothing and in Tsukihime's art style, it's clear she has a nice figure and is an insanely powerful hands for a Mage.
  • Brick Joke: In Melty Blood, one of her victory quotes is telling the loser that if they see Touko ("A smoking, teacher-like woman with glasses"), beat her up and tell her to stop buying stuff under her (Aoko's) name. In Clock Tower 2015, she shows up at the funeral instead of Touko (everyone was assuming the "Miss Aozaki" was referring to Touko) to ask for money since she's broke.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to her older sister Touko's Cain, who hates Aoko for stealing the rights of the Family Head of Aozaki Clan. Aoko doesn't like her back.
  • The Cameo: She can be seen in Fate/EXTRA along with her hated elder sister Toukoin the very same room, no less.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: She scolds Shiki for attempting to use his Mystic Eyes to impress her, telling him to use his powers for good. As a user of True Magic, she has huge authority in lecturing Shiki on this.
  • Destructive Savior: This seems to be her specialty. Also literally. When Shiki first met her, she threatened to kick his head off. She goes through with it in Carnival Phantasm in both their first and last meetings.
  • Dope Slap: Does something like this to Shiki when he tries to use his Mystic Eyes of Death Perception on a tree to impress her. She smacks him for using his powers for injustice.
  • The Dreaded: A Human Magus that even Arcueid is nervous of meeting. One of the few humans who can fight Servants on her own. Dust of Osiris also fears her putting an end to her ritual.
  • Everybody Has Standards: She views her grandfather as a monster.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's a redhead (mostly because of Fifth Magic; she's actually a brunette) and a hothead.
  • First Love: Happily abuses her status as Shiki's to mess with him and all the people who are in love with him, most notably Akiha. In fact, she consciously encourages his crush on her just for the fun of it, although she doesn't reciprocate. Probably.
  • Foil: To Touko. Touko is a successful Renaissance Man while Aoko is a decent mage, but Touko is a jerkass who is willing to kill even her friends (for calling her by her Embarrassing Nickname) on Disproportionate Retribution grounds as well as being a jerk because "[she's] a Magus" and because her "immortality" has given her a nihilistic view on life. However, she does have a soft spot for Shiki Ryougi and the Kokutou siblings and tries to lead them on a better path. She's also technically achieved immortality (the goal of all Mages) by using puppets (clones) that she uses to replace her body when she gets killed. Meanwhile, Aoko is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold (mainly because she's plucky and hotheaded; she's otherwise a good person) who cares deeply about her friends (she attempts to bring Soujuurou back to life when Touko kills him, and succeeds and her becoming The Mentor to Shiki Tohno) and she remains an idealistic person. Despite being average in most fields of magic, she's managed to achieve Fifth Magic, one of the most powerful and original types of magic that every other Mage has strived generations to access, all because she wanted to revive Soujuurou, and as a result, she's truly achieved immortality. Aoko also ends up being the mentor to Shiki Tohno, the owner of the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception in timelines where Shiki Ryougi doesn't have them, and is part of why he ends up being a good person.
  • Hair Intakes: She has two little intakes in her hair that resemble small cat ears.
  • Hero of Another Story: Heroine of Mahou Tsukai no Yoru.
  • Ironic Name: Her name means "blue child" and "blue blossom" (befitting her status as one of the only, if not the only, users of Fifth Magic, AKA, Blue), but her sister Touko had blue hair (in her original design) while Aoko has bright red hair. However, Aoko does have bright blue eyes...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's still just as harsh as she was back when she was younger but thanks to her experiences in her youth and as a now fully-grown adult she's now much more mature about it.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Her hair wasn't always bright red, though the reason why has changed over time. First it was dyed, and then it was because of overuse of magic. This is explained in Mahou Tsukai no Yoru. The latter is more likely, if we count Shirou's hair color change to white because of the overuse of his Projection magic.
  • Man Behind the Man: In Melty Blood Re-ACT.
  • Meaningful Name: As a user of Blue, her name also happens to mean "blue child" and "blue blossom". She also earned the title of Blue from the Mage Association.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Magic Gunner Blue".
  • Nice Girl: She's willing to steal one of Touko's magical glasses, made it indestructible, and pass it on to Shiki to help suppress his Mystic Eyes of Death Perception and teaches him the important value of 'life' to him so he can grow up to be a better person as he is now.
  • Noodle Incident: She stole Shiki's Mystic Eye Killers from Touko, which was apparently very difficult to do and doesn't want to do again. She also somehow enchants them into being indestructible.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's only a few years younger than her sister Touko, but her appearance does not give the vibe of being an older person (Touko is hinted to be in her thirties in The Garden of Sinners, but looks mid-to-late twenties at least. Justified with her being in a doll body). Even after the 7-year Time Skip in the game, she is still mostly the same. Possibly the side effect of mastering the Fifth Sorcery.
  • Parental Favoritism: According to Mahou Tsuki no Yoru, her grandfather chose her as the next head of the Aozaki clan, thus giving her the family Crest. Touko, who was the eldest child, was being groomed by their grandfather to be the family's successor, and should have received the Crest because of it. Soujuurou guesses that their grandfather had high expectations (which is saying something since this is Touko), so it can be assumed he did it to spite and punish Touko.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Her nickname is "Magic Gunner Blue" and she's indisputably the best at destroying things. Even Arcueid shows relief that she won't have to meet her.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has long hair, in contrast to Touko, who cuts her hair short or keeps it ponytailed/in a bun in order to contract with Lugh Beowulf.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Touko's Blue Oni. Quite literal with Touko's original design (kept in Fate/EXTRA) and pre-Mahou, where Touko had blue hair to compliment Aoko's red hair.
  • Shotoclone: Aside a stationary orb attack, the serial numbers are exact.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Not just that, but they absolutely loathe each other and would kill each other if given the chance... at least during Mahou Tsukai no Yoru. Touko apparently doesn't hate her as much by The Garden of Sinners (which takes place around the same time as Tsukihime, albeit in an alternate timeline), and Clock Tower 2015 suggests they've mended their relationship.
  • SNK Boss: Let's see... Formerly unplayable? Check. Beam Spam? Check. Overpowered? Check. All her attacks have godlike priority and cannot be canceled or stopped? Check. Yep, she definitely fits the bill. On the other hand, her attacks are blockable, and EX-shielding any of them basically refills your magic circuit. She gets a whole new moveset when she becomes a playable character in Act Cadenza. One that doesn't make her look like a character from a Touhou Project game.

    Makihisa Tohno 

Voiced by: Kinryu Arimoto (JP - Anime), Michael McConnnohie (EN - Anime)

Makihisa is Shiki's father and died immediately before the story began, at which his daughter Akiha takes over. He was a mysterious figure for Shiki and could be rather stern, but he truly did love his son. He was subject to fits of rage.

  • Abusive Parent: Akiha nostalgically remembers being thrown in the basement's cage (meant for whenever a family member got inverted) whenever she misbehaved.
  • Best Served Cold: It is implied that the reason he went after the Nanayas is because Nanaya Kiri badly wounded him during a moment of berserker fury.
  • The Faceless: We read his diary, and there's a lot of references to him, but no actual appearances of him, even in flashbacks. He also lacks any character artwork, and the only description of him is that he was very intimidating in stature and personality.
    • In the manga, we get a glimpse of him, and he looks like an older and short-haired SHIKI (not inverted, that is).
  • Hidden Depths: In general he's a heartless bastard but he did go against family to spare his son's life after he inverted.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: While being head of one of the strongest family of demon-hybrids, he worked with the demon-hunters.
  • Mood-Swinger: He is described as having been a kind man, but due to his inverting he could be extremely violent and kept that part of himself in control by repeatedly raping Kohaku, who has stabilizing powers. It only helped so much.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite the horrible way he treated Kohaku and the distant way he treated his children, he truly loves his son SHIKI and was unwilling to kill him, choosing to lock him up instead. He also kept mementos that were important to Kohaku and set her and Hisui very generous salaries that will be given to them if they ever leave the estate. They're enough to live on comfortably for the rest of their lives, apparently.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His death is what makes Shiki to move to the Tohno mansion.

    Kiri Nanaya 

"Hey, old man. People's lives are very well made."

Kiri was the head of the Nanaya clan of Demon Hunters, both famed and feared as the 'Red Demon God of the Nanaya Clan'. He retired to raise his son away from the life of an assassin, which ultimately led to his death at the hands of Kishima Kouma.

  • Aura Vision: Though it was thoughts he could see, they appeared as auras.
  • Badass Normal: Just a human, but able to kill untold numbers of demon hybrids.
  • Deliver Us from Evil: Never exactly evil, but the birth of his son changed him significantly. He retired from being an assassin and came to view life as something precious.
  • Disappeared Dad: Killed when his son was only six.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Again, not quite evil, but very determined that his son not follow the same path in life as he did. It... Doesn't quite work out.
  • Expy: He seems to have partly inspired Kirei Kotomine in his Fate/Zero depiction. Kirei physically resembles Kiri and they have similar first names, as well as being emotionally distant Professional Killers. Their emotional distance even towards their loved ones also creates some complicated issues (Kiri intended to leave Shiki in the care of his wife as he had no interest in raising him and just had him for the sake of his clan until he changed his mind and decided to be a father; Kirei also had no real interest in raising a family with his wife and daughter, only doing so because he wanted to see if he could feel, and when that failed, he intended on committing suicide and leaving them), including making their only child distant to them after they leave/are killed.
  • Flash Step: His "Sensou" technique lets him pull these.
  • Fragile Speedster: Able to outstrip the human eye, and decidedly fragile, at least in comparison to his chosen prey, who could kill him with one blow.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He's Shiki's actual father.
  • Magical Eyes: Pure Eyes that let him see thoughts.
  • Not So Different: He feels that he and Kouma are a lot alike, or at least used to be. An uninterested, emotionless killer with no fear. The difference is that Kiri changed, and thus died.
  • No Social Skills: Happens when you don't actually leave your room until you're in your teens.
  • The Quiet One: Actually didn't even learn to speak until his early teens. The way he sees it, what's the point in speaking to someone if you already know everything they're thinking?
  • Red Baron: Red Demon God.
  • Retired Badass: Retired from being an assassin after his son's birth, although he still did occasional bodyguard work.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: A three-person example. Kiri's sister was constantly fearful and especially terrified of demons, where his brother was hot-headed and enjoyed killing demons a bit too much, and Kiri himself was stoic and detached.

    Arihiko Inui 

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN)

"You're my dear friend, right? I'd exchange fists with even my parents, but I have a policy of not fighting with my friends. I'm the very model of chivalry."

Shiki's best friend and rival. One of the few muggle characters in the game. His role in Tsukihime is rather minor, but in Kagetsu Tohya he gets a sidestory that shows why he and Shiki are friends and shows him to be more complex than he looks.

  • Hidden Depths: Due to watching his grandmother commit suicide to save his life, he is not emotionally affected by death the way normal humans are. It's why he's friends with Shiki.
  • Japanese Delinquent: Pierced ears, incorrectly worn uniform, dyed hair, out late and often late to school... yeah, he fits.
  • Parental Abandonment: His only living family is his sister. The above quote? His parents are actually dead.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Oddly enough, he'd rather just be Shiki's normal friend. But by the time he was willing to be friends with Shiki, he himself had only moved from the category of stranger to this.

Plus Disc and Kagetsu Tohya


Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (JP)


Len is a dream familiar cared for by Arcueid. Her role in the original Tsukihime is to give Shiki an erotic dream as a reward for him destroying Nrvnqsr, though she goes unseen and unnamed. She never speaks and in general is quite similar to a cat; She is fickle, shy around strangers and affectionate in her own aloof way. She's the star of Kagetsu Tohya where she appears either as a small girl with elf ears or a black kitten. She's far more powerful than her appearance would suggest, though not in a manner suited for combat.

  • Cat Girl: Normally either a little girl or a black kitten, but when surprised at one time the two seem to slightly blend, which gives her cat ears instead of the normal pointy ones. This may imply that her shapeshifting ability is not limited to just those two forms and she merely prefers them.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: At some point while maintaining the dream she seems to fall for Shiki. After he saves her from Nanaya, she tries to interrupt him by shoving away Akira when they're chatting, but since she's so small she lacks the strength and she won't speak, so eventually she just has to give up. Akira and Shiki are just left feeling confused.
  • Cute Mute: By choice. She only seems to have two lines: One during a sex scene in Kagetsu Tohya where she says Shiki's name and one during Melty Blood where she rejects White Len.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Oddly enough, Len doesn't really realize that she's incredibly lonely and wants to be able to interact with others.
  • Dream Weaver: She has the ability to manipulate the dreams of others. She can also feed in this manner, but hasn't done so.
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: She uses...a lot of...ellipsis.
  • Emotionless Girl: She's unable to outwardly portray her emotions.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: For some of her attacks.
  • Familiar: Works for Arcueid at first, but is technically not her familiar because it's impossible to make a connection as they are too similar. Becomes Shiki's at the end of Kagetsu Tohya via a contract made either with sex or by feeding her his blood.
  • Glacier Waif: Despite appearances, in Melty Blood her energy ball based combat racks up damage in few hits while being quite fast and long-reaching. On the other hand, Len has low health and defense.
  • Hates Baths: As common with cats, Len dislikes taking baths.
  • Horny Devils: Her first mention is as a succubus that Arcueid sent to give Shiki erotic dreams. She's capable of feeding in this manner, but hasn't done so.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Despite never saying anything, Hisui and Shiki seem to be capable of understanding what she wants to say. Shiki has always had a sort of empathetic connection with her that seems to have strengthened after forming a contract with her. Hisui, on the other hand, seems to be able to understand her simply due to the two of them being "similar characters".
  • Intimate Healing: At the end of Kagetsu Tohya, Shiki and Len forge a contract in order to give Len the magical energy she needs to live. They can do this either by her drinking some of his blood, or by having sex. The choice is ultimately left up to the player, but the game drops several hints as to which is the 'correct' option.
  • Little Miss Badass: Playable in Melty Blood.
  • Pointy Ears: Her ears are pointy in her human form.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Her exact age is not really clear, but she's likely lived for several centuries.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes are a clear indication that she isn't human.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to White Len's red.
  • Reflectionless Useless Eyes: It seems that they're meant to symbolize her emotionless nature. In contrast, White Len, who was created from the unused parts of Len's personality, has normal, albeit demonic, eyes.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: A young-looking girl with light blue hair, red eyes and pale skin who always remains quiet and emotionless and despite her looks, is not a normal human.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: A quiet girl with light blue hair.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Not really siblings, but Len is literally the yin to White Len's yang.
  • Sweet Tooth: She loves anything sweet. Especially cakes.
  • Tsundere: Well, she's a cat, so she usually won't let you know when she likes you. She'll pretend otherwise or act all aloof, but it's clear that in her own way she cares a lot.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has long, light blue hair.

    Akira Seo

Seo is an underclassman of Tohno Akiha's at her school. Her first appearance was in the Tsukihime Plus-Disc, but she appears in Kagetsu Tohya as well. She has the power to see the future of others, but she can neither control it or nor are her predictions set in stone. She also has the tendency to speak too quickly and say things she didn't mean to say, especially about Akiha, who she both fears and admires to some extent. She nurses a massive crush on Shiki that he doesn't seem to notice.

  • Aroused by Their Voice: She notes in her narration that she has a thing for guys with nice voices. Naturally, hearing Shiki's voice over the phone makes her heart skip a few beats. This actually becomes an important clue in her Plus-Disc story since the man she'd been meeting up with thinking he was Shiki didn't produce a similar reaction.
  • Expy: Of Shizune Seo from The Garden of Sinners, one of Nasu's earlier works. They both share the same surname and have similar powers too. Her more recent artworks also heavily resemble Shizune a lot. They even share the same..."interesting" hobby.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Shiki hasn't even friendzoned her. She's a friend of Akiha, meaning her position is twice as distant.
  • Little Sister Heroine: She's considered a real little sister type and much more suited for the role than Akiha, though no one dares say it. This part of her personality tends to make people want to fuss over her or, in Akiha's case, to engage in some friendly bullying.
  • Screw Destiny: She can and has changed the futures she's seen to achieve a more favorable outcome. On the other hand, she's also accidentally caused the future she's seen to occur. Her power is hard to manipulate.
  • Seers: Possesses precognition.
  • Sempai Kouhai: With Akiha, who she's close with. She's still terrified of her however.

    Shiki Nanaya 

Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (JP)

"You know where you're going? If it's hell, give the devil my regards."

Nanaya is a representation of Shiki's fear of his inner demon hunter side. As an idealized form of Shiki's possible physical ability, he is far more agile and skilled. On the other hand, he does not possess Shiki's Mystic Eyes and thus does not wear the Eye Killer glasses. As both he and Shiki know perfectly well, this was never what Shiki was like as a child nor even what his inner demon hunter is truly like, but merely an expression of Shiki's fears. During Kagetsu Tohya, he can be found downtown as the rumored killer, but oddly enough does not seem to have killed anyone.

There are, technically, four different versions of him. The first is the original Shiki, who underwent Death of Personality at Makihisa Tohno's hands, the second is a manifestation of what Shiki Tohno erroneously believes the original Shiki Nanaya would have been like, born from Tohno's identity issues and need to deal with his murderous instincts, the third is more or less the same as the second, but existing only as a living nightmare representing the destruction of Len's dream world, and the fourth was created by White Len from all of Shiki Tohno's repressed and denied traits.

  • Badass Normal: Shiki at his best is never able to match up against him in Kagetsu Tohya. Although Tohno wasn't able to use his eyes, which probably would have leveled the playing field. And those fights were him fighting against his nightmare inside a dream.
  • Character Development: When he starts talking about his 'Pride as a Nanaya' in MBAA, you know he's changed a lot.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Kagetsu Tohya builds up to him as the big baddie Shiki needs to beat but right when he levels the playing field, Nanaya is decapitated by Kishima Kouma.
  • Enemy Without: He's pretty pissed about it too since his existence is based on him being a murderer, only he's not actually able to kill people due to Shiki's idea of murder.
  • Fragile Speedster: Quite fast, but his defense leaves much to be desired.
  • Knife Nut: He makes Shiki look inept in comparison. Having higher speed and much more graceful knife handling, likely a side effect of being Shiki's Jungian ShadowArchetype.
  • Lampshaded Double Entendre: Nanaya is afraid he 'spanked' White Len too much when he wins a battle against her. And muses whom is the 'master' in their relationship.
  • Shadow Archetype: Is, of course, this to Shiki Tohno. The incarnation created by White Len takes this the farthest, though, being literally Tohno's Jungian Shadow given form.
  • Stealth Mentor: It is implied that Master Panda, Miyako's fighting instructor, is actually Nanaya in disguise (speaking with the same voice in Carnival Phantasm, the symbol for "Nanatsu-yoru" on his back, their tagteam name in Act Cadenza is "The Long Road of the Panda," etc.)
  • The Stoic: Nanaya never gets angry at anyone, kills calmly and cooly, and enjoys it with the satisfaction of a spider eating a fly.
    • Not So Stoic: Except when Kishima Kouma appears. You can hear the emotion start cutting through his facade.

    Kouma Kishima 

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP)

"...Do as you wish. That is, if your tiny arms could pull it off."

Kouma is a 'perfect' half-demon hybrid from the Kishima clan, a sub-family of the Tohno family. He is very powerful, even relative to demon-hybrid standards with super strength, skin like iron and blazing fast speed. He only has one eye as he lost the other one to Shiki's father. He is the one who was brought in to help destroy the Nanaya clan, though Shiki can only just barely remember having seen him. He represents death in the Kagetsu Tohya dream world.

In Melty Blood he is revealed to be living as a hermit in the mountains, having decided to isolate himself from human society after Akiha decided to repent for her father's mistakes on time for Shiki's arrival on her mansion. She cut ties with the Kishimas, forcing Kouma out.

  • Abusive Parents: The first family he ever had kept him locked up alone in a dark room for years, never letting him out, and ultimately tried to kill him by shooting him in the head. The second family he ever had chained him up like a wild animal, and he only ever got loose when Shiki's father cut him down while merrily murdering them all.
  • All There in the Manual: Most of Kouma's background and character, given he plays a very minor role in current events of the series.
  • Alliterative Name: Kouma Kishima.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Usually averted, but every once in a while the wrong eye'll be uncovered by his hair.
  • Badass Longcoat: When Kouma actually wears his coat normally.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: His early portrayal, Kouma was just an extremely strong half-demon hybrid who attacked with his fierce strength alone. Even though Melty Blood gave him flame powers, he still fits as this to certain degree. In fact, he functionally lives as a monk now.
  • Blinding Bangs: Cultivates one long bit of hair over his ruined eye.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Kouma shouts out almost all of all his attacks in Melty Blood, but special metion goes to:
    Dokuhaku, Enbu ENNNNNNJOOOOOOUUU!!!
  • Coat Cape: Kouma is regularly seen wearing his coat like this, rarely will he actually wear it normally.
  • Close-Range Combatant: In Melty Blood, He can bulldoze through moves after some of his attacks, and his goal is to grapple the enemy into oblivion.
  • The Coats Are Off: Kouma drops off his white coat before he fights, also seen in one of his intros in Melty Blood.
  • Death Glare: His default expression, Hisui comments on the times Kouma lived in the Tohno mansion, he scared people away by just looking at them, with no clear intention. This is because his demon blood is so strong that it arouses an instinctive "prey animal" response in the people around him.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: To reflect his wild, simple nature.
  • Dramatic Wind: His idle animation in Melty Blood, it's not clear if it's his powers or the ambience, but there are wind currents available for his clothes and hair to be flapping in the breeze.
  • The Dreaded: It was settled in stone by the time anihilated the Nanaya family single handedly. He also personifies death itself for Shiki and easily rips off Nanaya's head.
  • Expy: Kouma borrows some aspects of Araya Souren's design: hair style, chiseled body and stoic expression.
  • Evil Laugh: Kouma drops one when he is being beaten in Melty Blood, he really likes the action.
  • Eye Scream: Had an eye put out by Kiri Nanaya when he was a child.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The only one that Kiri Nanaya couldn't kill.
  • Heroic Willpower: Most mixed-bloods snap under the pressure of their (comparatively weaker) murderous instincts. Kouma didn't. Part of it was because he was too broken to crack, and the rest was this.
  • Implacable Man: His incarnation as Shiki's fear, Kouma doesn't utter a word, he keeps pushing foward as Shiki struggles to defeat him, plowing through trees like they were nothing. It's actually nearly a replay of how Shiki's father died. The only difference is that Shiki has better offensive abilities, though his physique isn't up to par.
  • Insane = Violent: Played straight with the mental construct in Kagetsu Tohya. Generally averted with the real Kishima, who only becomes violent in situations where anyone would be. (Watching assassins kill your family, being shot in the head, etc.) He's still... decidedly non-neurotypical.
  • Large and in Charge: The strongest half-demon hybrid in the series, and the last leader of the Kishima family by virtue of the rest of them being dead.
  • Last of His Kind: The last Kishima, by his own doing no less. He held in his demon-blooded impulses for his entire life, instinctively trying to protect his family despite their wretched treatment of him, until someone shot him in the head to try to put him down like an animal. It didn't work, and it was the last bit of abuse they ever had the chance to heap on him.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: During his fight with Kiri, he is silent and mostly unresponsive as the assassin continually attacks him, his weapons bouncing off with no effect. However, when Kiri's final strike to his neck manages to -actually- hurt him (and would have killed him if it had gone just a little deeper), he goes on a batshit rampage and kills a good majority of the Nanaya clan by himself.
  • No Social Skills: He prefers the company of animals to people. See The Quiet One below.
  • Odd Friendship: With Kohaku.
  • Playing with Fire: Added in Melty Blood to tie his powers to Akiha's and to make his attacks look more impressive.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Extreme usage of his powers makes his hair go crimson red, the same as Akiha.
  • Red Baron: Kouma has been dubbed as Crimson Red Vermillion and Fierce Red God.
  • The Quiet One: Kouma is not fond of lengthy conversations and only talks when extremely necessary for him. Kouma's stay at the Tohno's Mansion had him at his most silent times, Hisui comments that he talked with no one except Makihisa, and even then as little as possible.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Reverting to his demon heritage grants Kouma striking red eyes.
  • Retool: His initial appearance in Kagetsu Tohya made no mention that Kouma could ignite flames, only that he was ungodly tough, fast, and strong. Come Melty Blood and Kouma's powers apparently shares similar origins to Akiha's, as they actually are distant relatives.
  • Rule of Cool: Apparently the reason Melty Blood introduced his flames as the standard power set for being a half-demon hybrid, it looks damn cool with his attacks.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Killed his entire family in a fit of rage, most likely by reverting to his demon heritage after one of them shot him in the head.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Real flesh-and-blood Kouma never appeared in the games or visual novels, so he has zero impact during the present story. However he plays a very important part in the past - right before meeting Kouma Kiri Nanaya has been doing pretty well in dispatching Tohno attackers on his clan, and was about to head and kill the leaders behind the raid, i.e Makihisa, and seemed to have a real shot at succeeding too. Even if he failed, other Nanayas could reasonably launch a better resistance and even repel the raid. Had Kouma not been there on that night to kill Kiri and slaughter Nanayas, then Shiki would have never been taken into Tohno family - the turning point that led to the series of events that defined the current situation, the cast's personalities and their relations between each other, would have never happened.
  • The Speechless: Kouma said only a few words through all of Kagetsu Tohya; his first appearance was that of a child that didn't know how to talk, because his parents kept him locked in a cage without any proper affection and education. His appearance as an adult was Shiki's fear taken form, while adult Kouma could talk normally, this illusion could not, or chose not to.
  • The Stoic: Not big on showing off his feelings. How much of that is due to his canonical mental disorder is anyone's guess.
  • Super Breeding Program: His family ran one for generations, trying to bring the demonic streak in their blood to the forefront. Of course, once they had what they thought they wanted...
  • Super Toughness: His skin is like steel, though he is not impervious to attack. All the same, well,...
  • Unskilled, but Strong: The reason why Kiri Nanaya was able to last so long against him. He had nothing but brute strength and incredibly tough endurance when they fought, though he's apparently been learning martial arts since.
  • Warrior Poet: Some of his winning quotes in Melty Blood are of poetic nature, which makes sense given his monk-like lifestyle and love of nature.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Strange mixture of played straight and subverted; he is the most powerful demon hybrid in existence, which he controls effortlessly by the virtue of being born insane. Despite that, he is an introvert who lives quietly in the mountains among the animals, and only ever seems to have done violence to other humans when goaded by someone else.
  • World's Strongest Man: Kouma is the strongest half-demon hybrid in the world, and one of the heavy contenders in the Nasuverse.
  • You Will Be Spared: Decided to spare a young Shiki during the massacre against the Nanayas because he believed fate would pit them against each other in the future. This echoes why Nanaya Kiri chose to spare the young Kouma, instead putting out his eye so that he will have a fighting chance when the latter is fully grown.


Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (JP)

Nanako is the spirit that lives inside of Ciel's ultimate weapon, the Seventh Holy Scripture and the focus of the sidestory told from Arihiko's perspective. She can manifest herself as a weapon or as a cute horse-girl with blonde hair. She runs away from Ciel to Arihiko's house in Kagetsu Tohya, where he gives her the name "Nanako" because previously she had only been referred to by Ciel as "Seven." She is afraid of Ciel's angry side, but is also attached to her. She was human once, but was willingly sacrificed and combined with the horn of a unicorn in order to make a powerful weapon.

  • Attending Your Own Funeral: Unlike most examples, she really was dead at the time. She rather enjoyed her send-off.
  • Beast Man: Nanako has hooves, a tail, and long ears. Otherwise looks human.
  • Butt-Monkey: She runs away from home to take refuge in Arihiko's house and escape Ciel's abuse. Considering how badly Arihiko treats her, she still doesn't want to go back home.
    Nanako: Wow, another insult. That makes it the two hundred and eighty-second time Arihiko-san has hurt my feelings.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She volunteered to be sacrificed due to her affinity with the dead unicorn. She held no grudge and was saddened when her guilty mother failed to understand that she was okay with dying for what she considered a noble cause.
  • Pointy Ears: Presumably she didn't have them as a mortal girl but rather acquired them during the sacrifice.
  • Seven Is Nana: Arihiko is annoyed at how she doesn't have a proper name and calls her Nanako instead.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Carrots, raw from the 'fridge.

    Tonami Kugamine 

Tonami is the head of the Kugamine family, which is another branch family of the Tohnos like the Arimas. Their family, like the Arimas, has very little demonic powers. However, the Kugamine family is incredibly rich. Tonami was a person living at the Tohno mansion as a freeloader before the events of Tsukihime and was engaged to Akiha. Once Makihisa died and Akiha became head of the family, she dissolved their engagement and kicked him out with all of the other relatives staying at the mansion before Shiki returned. He is fat, perverted, a Jerkass, and downright creepy. He's basically put in the story as a joke whenever a character needs to deal with or beat up someone especially slimy.

  • Arranged Marriage: Apparently, he liked the idea. Akiha did not.
  • Dirty Old Man: He has a pronounced tendency towards leering.
  • The Chew Toy: Many of his appearances involving him being abused.
  • Fat Bastard: Akiha was quite happy to have him out of the house.
  • Upper-Class Twit: One of the wealthier associates of the Tohno family, but he tends to annoy the main cast.

    Maiko Yamase 

The protagonist and viewpoint character of the Dawn sidestory in Kagetsu Tohya. Maiko Yamase was more or less ordinary in every way. She lived with her sister and mother, went to school, learned martial arts, and led a simple life. And then she was eaten. Having stayed out late to get a gift for her sister, she had been on her way home when she heard the sounds of a fight from the local park, and went to investigate, feeling confident that she could drive off the aggressor with her karate. She didn't even have the time to realise how far out of her league she was - as soon as she was near, Nrvnqsr Chaos consumed her, and she died.

And then something rather unexpected happened. She woke up. it transpired that, after Nrvnqsr Chaos' apparent death at Shiki's hands, the remnants had pulled themselves together and been reborn from the small amounts of Chaos that Arcueid had used to heal Shiki's wounds. Without the consciousness of Fabro Rowan, the identity and personality that acted as the 'face' of the gestalt being was now Maiko Yamase. Maiko, only barely in control of the Chaos and with no idea what was going on, was left to wander the streets, and eventually came to understand what she now was enough to know that she was a monster and a danger to others, and allowed herself to be killed by Shiki.

  • Aloof Big Sister: To her little sister, Akemi.
  • Ascended Fanfic: Dawn was written by a fan (Kugane Maruyama, later known for Overlord), but since it was mentioned as a source of information in Plus Period, its considered canon.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Again, to her little sister Akemi. Maiko is dedicated to protecting her little sister, to the point that Akemi being in danger is what pushes her to achieve enogh control over the 666 Beasts that Shiki can kill her, eliminating the danger to Akemi.
  • Came Back Wrong: Of the Inhuman Human sort. Sure, she came back from the dead, and she's still more or less herself, mentally, but physically she's Nrvnqsr Chaos.
  • The Faceless: Since she's the viewpoint character throughout Dawn, her face is never shown.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Maiko has Shiki kill her to prevent the Chaos going out of control. Shiki has to be the one to do it because his Mystic Eyes are the only thing that can reliably put Nrvnqsr Chaos down - even Arcueid couldn't manage it.
  • Identity Amnesia: At first, after her resurrection, she can't remember who she is and at first thinks she's Shiki Tohno, even taking his appearance. After it's made thoroughly clear to her that she isn't him, she wanders around lost and identity-less for a while, eventually finding herself drawn to the house where her family lives and recovering her memories.
  • Legacy Character: The second (and so far last) Nrvnqsr Chaos.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: She looks human enough from the neck up, but her skin feels like rubber, and most of it is coloured pitch black.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Just like the original Nrvnqsr.
  • Tragic Monster: An ordinary person who became an unstable conglomerate of 666 monsters just because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.


    Brunestud of the Crimson Moon/Type-Moon 

Crimson Moon Brunestud is the Ultimate One of the Moon, which is a kind of being a celestial body creates to protect itself. Because Gaia could not make a similar being for itself, the Crimson Moon offered to allow Gaia to make copies of it. Thus came into being the race known as the True Ancestors around 2000 BC during the Age of Gods. However, from Gaia's perspective there were two problems with them: The first is that, having foresaw its death, the Crimson Moon could use the True Ancestors to reincarnate itself. Since the True Ancestors were supposed to be exact copies of the Crimson Moon, this could be possible. The second flaw was that Gaia-created beings like fairies could not drink blood or they would go insane. Since the True Ancestors were Gaia-created beings, they could not drink blood either, but because they were copies of the Crimson Moon, they had an urge to drink blood that could not be controlled without using a large amount of their own power. This meant that True Ancestors who did drink blood and go crazy were more powerful than the sane ones as the Demon Lords did not suppress their power. This is why Arcueid was created. She was born without an innate desire for blood, and so could fight the Demon Lords at full power.

Eventually, the Crimson Moon revealed that it wished to create a kingdom on earth. Then its foreseen death came about, though unexpectedly. In 300 AD, Zelretch used the Second True Magic to warp it to an Earth with nothing on it, then dropped the moon on it. However, as an Ultimate One, it still, in a sense, exists. Currently there are two beings into which it can reincarnate. The first is Altrouge Brunestud. Though she does not possess the ability known as the Marble Phantasm that should be required, she still posseses the strength to hold Crimson Moon. However, she is noted to be unstable. The other candidate is Arcueid. However, Arcueid's sense of self is too strong. Even if Crimson Moon were to reincarnate into either, it would not be quite the same being it was before.

Due to being the original vampire, Crimson Moon ranks as the 3rd Dead Apostle Ancestor.

  • Ambiguous Gender: People default to calling Crimson Moon 'he' but whether it even has a gender is unclear.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Despite being opposed to the likes of Shiki or Arcueid, it doesn't seem particularly malicious and bears them no ill will, though it does wish to reincarnate through Arcueid. It's also been seen helping humans and some of its followers are more able to get along with humans than Dead Apostles who arose without its direct influence.
  • Antagonist Title: His status as Type-Moon, the Ultimate One of the Moon, is the namesake for the company that makes the Nasuverse franchise.
  • Blow You Away: Alt Nagel (German for Ancient Nail). It's a ridiculously powerful spell which is described as an immensely destructive pillar of wind which stretches as far as the heavens.
  • Cloning Blues: The True Ancestors are essentially its imperfect clones.
  • Friendly Enemy / Go-Karting with Bowser: Has a conversation with Shiki in the guise of Arcueid in a dream in one of Kagetsu Tohya's side stories. Although it does shred Shiki into eighteen pieces after the first conversation, the next chat was far more cordial.
  • Fighting a Shadow: In a sense. His body was destroyed, but he still exists inside every True Ancestor. Should they become powerful enough, he can revive inside of them. However, there were only ever two strong enough for this and neither is a suitable host.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Gaia wanted an Ultimate One of its own to bring humanity to heel. It wound up getting several from Crimson Moon in the form of the True Ancestors who were each, as it was loathe to discover, a Manchurian Agent for the sinister satellite in case something happened to its main body.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Its signature move is a Colony Drop. Zelretch defeated him using one on a barren Earth where the only thing to harm was Crimson Moon himself.
  • Humanoid Abomination: While it is more human than most of the other TYPEs it is still the same manner of being that they are.
  • Irony:
    • Despite being the origin of all vampires and thus closer in nature to a True Ancestor, Crimson Moon is actually listed among the Dead Apostle Ancestors. Furthermore, he is not even the highest number of that group- he is surpassed, at least in terms of threat to humanity, by Primate Murder and the Dark Six.
    • The Ultimate Lifeform was vanquished by having the Moon itself colony dropped onto him.
  • Magical Eye: It has Rainbow Mystic Eyes that allow it to "crush reality".
  • Mental World: It has a Reality Marble of an unknown nature, only that it contains the Millenium Castle Brunestud.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The god-like ultimate lifeform of the moon.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Among other things it can create giant wind pillars that reach into space that destroy whatever they touch, create mirror images of THE MOON AND THROW THEM and it has a Knight Arm that can be used to complete the true purpose of the True Ancestors, namely "restoring the world to its natural state".
  • Soul Jar: All True Ancestors are built with the capacity to become Crimson Moon again after its destruction. However, this isn't enough to allow it to return. They must also possess immense power even by the standards of True Ancestors and a weak sense of self. Those who are candidates are given the title of Brunestud and treated something like royalty. Both the remaining/active True Ancestors carry the title, though neither is in a state where they might be used to bring back Crimson Moon.
  • Ultimate Lifeform: The Ultimate One of the Moon.

    Altrouge Brunestud 

Altrouge is a mysterious vampire who is a mix of True Ancestor and Dead Apostle. She is called the "elder sister" of Arcueid because she is the only other thing in existence that can cause the Millennium Castle to appear, which earned her the 'Brunestud' title, and likely because she is older. Her normal form is as a 14 year old girl, though she apparently has a second form as well. She has no role in Tsukihime, and is only mentioned in world-building asides. She has reportedly won a fight against Arcueid in the past and is the reason Arcueid's hair is short, lost a fight to the first incarnation of Roa and was responsible for giving Wallachia his powers. She controls Primate Murder, the Beast of Gaia and some other Dead Apostles apparently work as her flunkies. She ranks as the 9th Dead Apostle Ancestor.

    Kishua Zelretch Schweinorg

Zelretch is known as the Wizard Marshall and is the master of the Second Magic known as Kaleidoscope, which deals with movement between alternate realities. He vanquished the Crimson Moon, though the latter managed to suck his blood, turning him into a vampire.

Though listed as the 4th of the Twenty-Seven Dead Apostle Ancestors, he is still friendly to humanity at large and has contacts with various characters across the multiverse: He knows Aoko Aozaki and is the godfather of Arcueid Brunestud and aided in the formation of the Fate/stay night Holy Grail War system. Despite having access to the entirety of the Nasuverse continuity, he very rarely appears directly.

  • Big Damn Heroes: In the True End of Heaven's Feel he pops in from an alternate universe (just as Rin was about to lose everything in a Mage Association's Kangaroo Court) to announce that he was taking apprentices. Rin's case was forgotten in the ensuing excitement; Zelretch praises her and takes her under his wing.
  • Blessed with Suck: Word of God notes that his influence over the Nasuverse is so great that, if he were to "observe" any given Alternate Timeline, it would be considered "real". While the meaning of this was vague for a long time, later works reveal that parallel worlds have certain events that they all must follow in order to maintain uniformity, meaning that whatever events Zelretch directly has a hand in will become fact across the the entire multiverse. As it turns out, this isn't a good thing - Zelretch wants to investigate the extremely irregular Fate/strange fake timeline, but cannot actually enter the timeline lest these irregularities spread across the multiverse for the worst. Thus, with his hands tied, he has to send Ayaka Sajyou to do the investigation for him.
  • Colony Drop: One of the few things we know he's done is taking Crimson Moon Brunestud, dragging it into an alternate reality with an empty Earth and dropping the moon on it. Dropping the moon on someone is badass enough, but he dropped it on TYPE-Moon itself.
    • He also once stopped Brunestud from dropping a replica of the Moon on Earth. This is a story known to even non-Magi, since you know, hiding the fact that someone threw and another stopped a Moon is kinda hard.
  • Cool Sword: His personal mystic code, the Jeweled Sword, is capable of drawing an infinite amount of magical energy from parallel worlds and unleashing it with immensely destructive results. It is the same sword that he used to vanquish Brunestud.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Why, yes. Yes he did defeat Crimson Moon. However, this was only possible because he took it by surprise and required an amount of effort that Zelretch can no longer duplicate.
  • Dimensional Traveler: As user of the Second Magic, Zelretch is capable of observing and traveling into parallel worlds across the Nasuverse. However as already stated in the Trope above, he must very selective of which worlds he can actually enter and influence.
  • Empathic Weapon: Created one known as the 'Kaleidostick'. Unfortunately, in addition to being sentient it's sort of a jerk and has a distinct taste for humiliating its wielders. So rather than using it himself, he 'loans' it to apprentices. Poor Rin... and indirectly Illya...
  • Flanderization: Later entries in the franchise portrays him as a good deal more goofy and cartoonishly Troll-like than he originally was, when he's otherwise shown to be a responsible and serious, if slightly whimsical person.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Well, he's still a jerk, but he's a good jerk.
  • Heroic RRoD: Defeating Crimson Moon Brunestud took an amount of effort that Zelretch cannot ever replicate, and caused his otherwise incredible physique to crumble and aged him to an elderly man instantly. This is why unlike other Dead Apostles, who all look young no matter their age, Zelretch looks like an old man.
  • Noodle Incident: One of his deeds involves stopping Crimson Moon from dropping a mirror image of the Moon on Earth through the use of a Magic Circle powered with mana from countless worlds to fire a limitlessly powerful Ether Cannon to stop and destroy it. Nasu states he would need 5 times the budget of Mahou Tsukai no Yoru to do it justice.
  • Old Master: Old enough that even as a vampire, he's starting to feel his age, and he is still one of the most powerful beings on the planet. He's one of the absolute most powerful things to have ever lived who defeated Crimson Moon by himself. He was 50 by the time he defeated Crimson Moon, but due to not feeding for a very long time, his body deteriorated to the point of being compared to a 70-year old man.
  • Parental Substitute: Of sorts. He's officially Arcueid's godfather, though it's unclear what that really means.
  • Present Absence: In Prisma Illya. Not only are his Kaleidosticks a major plot point, but his opinions and orders help move the plot forwards, since Rin and Luvia follow his orders, admittedly through Waver.
  • Pro-Human Transhuman: One of the few Dead Apostles who like humans.
  • Quantum Mechanics Can Do Anything: The Second Magic often makes things more convenient than they ought to be. This is Lampshaded several times in Prisma Illya.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Considering he was already an old man and a vampire when Arcueid was a child, he's at least 900-1200~ years old. The Lord El-Melloi II Case Files Material reveals that he fought Crimson Moon at 300 AD, placing him at a little over 1700 years as of the 21st century.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: Zelretch will occasionally take apprentices, but those that do it for the purpose of being "the pupil of a Magician" break completely mentally. Those that do it for the purpose of "being the pupil of a great magus" turn out as some of the best of their generation. It is strongly implied Rin Tohsaka is on the way to being the latter, much like her ancestor.
  • Secret Test of Character: It is stated that those who accept his apprenticeship out of greed for the fame, glory, and prestige of being his pupil are the only ones who crack under his Training from Hell, but those who simply desire to learn from him because he is a skilled wizard turn out okay.
  • So Proud of You: He says this word for word to Rin Tohsaka as he bails her out from a Kangaroo Court, happy that his apprentice, Nagato Tohsaka, has some great descendants.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His first name is sometimes romanized as 'Kischur.' Those who know Hebrew would probably consider it more appropriate as that means "Link" or "Connection", a fitting name for a walking conduit between realities... if it wasn't for the fact that "Kishua" also has a meaning, that being... "Eggplant". Which, in Japanese, is called "Nasu", thus making him a likely Author Avatar.
  • Time Master: In addition to its dimensional border-bending abilities, the Second Magic is said to also have the ability to interfere with time, though to what extent is unknown.
    • It can be slightly explained: since Kaleidoscope allows him to land on any universe, Zelretch can visit on any given time period of that universe on a whim and such, alter any particular timeline.
  • Training from Hell: Students (hand-picked and initially very eager, mind you) are more often than not left a gibbering mess and unable or unwilling to continue their careers, usually those who signed up merely for the status of being his student, rather than genuinely trying to learn from him.

Ultimate One of Mercury (?)
The Ultimate One of Mercury (?), who received Gaia's dying call to exterminate humanity and arrived in South America 5000 years before the Common Era to sleep until the promised time. Due to killing the previous 5th Dead Apostle Ancestor who was stupid enough to attack it, ORT has taken their rank among the Ancestors.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The Character Material book's profile on ORT openly questions if came from Mercury, hinting that it may be an Ultimate One from somewhere else. In Fate/Grand Order's Cosmos in the Lostbelt Chapter 5.2 Olympus, it's further hinted that the name "ORT" might actually be derived from its place of origin in a case of Named After Their Planet, and in reality it's the Ultimate One of the Oort Cloud. However, none of this is confirmed so the question still remains.
  • Caps Lock: Its name is officially romanized with all uppercase letters.
  • The Dreaded: It's virtually indestructible, rivals Primate Murder in terms of human-killing capacity despite not being specialized for it, and its mere presence overwrites reality and warps the area around it. It isn't talked about as much because it's content to sleep in South America and doesn't act at all unless it's disturbed, though when it is it annihilates the offenders rather quickly. However, in Fate/strange fake, the idea that it could be awakened a century early due to a wish made with a Holy Grail causes Zelretch to get involved.
  • Eldritch Abomination: ORT, the strongest being in the Nasuverse and the Ultimate One of Mercury (?), which is apparently sleeping somewhere in South America and is only on the list because it acts a little bit like a vampire and the previous number three on the list was stupid enough to attack it. It's so alien that it's slowly warping the territory around it into a place more like itself, no small feat since the World reasserts its reality and crushes any abnormalities, including Reality Marbles. ORT is doing something similar to a Reality Marble but on a much higher level, and winning against reality in its sleep.
  • Giant Spider: ORT somewhat resembles one at times, and is constantly referred to by other characters as "the spider." If someone randomly talks about a spider, chances are they're talking about ORT.
  • Kaiju: ORT is a forty-meter-tall, vaguely-humanoid-ish creature.
  • Non-Linear Character: Possibly, as it somehow received Gaia's dying call to exterminate humanity way ahead of time and arrived at South America in 5000 BC to sleep until the promised time.
  • Punny Name: If ORT is truly Type Oort-Cloud, then confusing it for Type Mercury is a Japanese pun. Both Mercury (水星) and Comet (彗星) are pronounced Suisei in Japanese. Further along these lines, its common description as The Spider can also be considered a form of this, as both Spider (クモ) and Cloud (雲) are pronounced Kumo, again presuming ORT is Type Oort-Cloud.
  • Reality Warper: ORT can change its surroundings to its native Crystal Valley.
  • Ultimate Lifeform: It's an Ultimate One, allegedly from Mercury.
  • World's Strongest Man: ORT is the most generally powerful known being in the Nasuverse that's currently alive. Apparently some of the other Ultimate Ones who will respond when the "Promised Time" in Notes comes are more powerful than it. And yet, the Dark Six, Primate Murder, Brunestud itself and Zeltrech himself outrank it in terms of being a threat to mankind! This is because ORT will generally continue sleeping for a very a long time and until it wakes up will only be a threat to those stupid enough to enter its domain. It doesn't rate lower still because it could, in theory, still be roused early.

    The Twenty-Seven Dead Apostle Ancestors 

The 27 most powerful and influential of the Dead Apostle vampires, recognized as such by the Church and the Mage's Association, with the ranking based primarily on how great a threat they pose to humanity. Whether they turned into vampires by having their blood sucked by other vampires or had their bodies warped by their own magecraft, they are those who have transcended the normal limits of humanity and now possess a limited form of immortality. Succession rites ensure that the number is kept constant at twenty-seven even if one is slain, though despite this some positions do not appear to be filled any longer. They are ranked not after strength, but after how much of a threat they are to humanity.

While the Dead Apostle Ancestor grouping only exists in Tsukihime worlds, the individual members still exists in other worlds where they are called "Superior Dead Apostles". However, many of their statuses differ greatly from their Tsukihime counterparts, such as already having died or never having reached the point of becoming a Dead Apostle.

Six of the known Dead Apostle Ancestors have their own entries on this or other pages: Nrvnsqr Chaos, The Night of Wallachia (in Melty Blood), Brunestud of the Crimson Moon, Altrouge Brunestud, ORT, and Kishua Zelretch Schweinorg, and one of the Ancestors also appears in Fate/Grand Order, though in a fairly unusual role, comparatively. For tropes concerning that character, consult the Grand Order character page, though beware of spoilers in their own right.

It should also be noted that Michael Roa Valdamjong, despite being an extremely powerful vampire, is explicitly excluded from the ranks of the Dead Apostles, with the given explanation that his "goals" differ from theirs.

  • All There in the Manual: Most of them appear only in supplemental materials.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • Gransurg Blackmore is styled after a raven. His Reality Marble is even called 'Nevermore'.
    • Primate Murder is often associated with canids, and is even described as "Altrouge's Demonic Dog" at one point. In Fate/Grand Order, it's much smaller than most (being about the size of a large squirrel or small housecat), but it's still recognizable as a fox-like canid.
  • Botanical Abomination: Forest of Einnashe, that is a forest corrupted in becoming the Seventh Dead Apostle Ancestor when Arcueid screwed up the disposal of the corpse of the previous number seven, Einnashe. It's considered strange even for Dead Apostle Ancestor standards, and it can spawn similar, but less dangerous offspring.
  • Canis Major: Primate Murder is apparently one, given that it's called a dog by multiple characters.
  • Clever Crows: Gransurg Blackmore, styled after a Raven.
  • Cool Big Sis: Sumire is described as being like a drunken older sister in Character Material. In Tsukihime 2 she was supposed to turn up and drunkenly annoy Shiki.
  • Cool Ship: Fina-blood Svelten is the captain of a "ghost ship".
  • Cool Sword: Enhance and his sword "Avenger", for which he killed his vampire master to get it.
  • Child Mage: When human, Merem was a kid with the power to talk to the animals and materialize the people wishes.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In Fate timelines where the Human Order is stronger, Gransurg Blackmore loses all hope after Zelretch defeats Crimson Moon and allows himself to be killed by the Church's Executors.
  • Detachment Combat: Merem Solomon fights by detaching his own limbs, which then turn into Divine Beast-class monsters (that is, something on par with a Sphinx or a Gazer) to fight for him.
  • The Dreaded: Primate Murder. There are other entities in the Nasuverse who are more generally powerful, but Primate Murder is the absolute, number one, standout pinnacle creature when it comes to ending the lives of "primates", including humans, with the only possible competition it has for the spot being Type-Mercury. A certain entity from Fate/stay night can match them in numbers killed, but will take much longer to do so. Any discussion of it tends to come with a veneer of terror.
  • Expy: Enhance is said to look exactly like Dante from Devil May Cry - though it's worth noting that this is, by the early 2020s, a very old statement and he's never been properly depicted on camera in a Nasuverse work.
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire: Merem Solomon and Zelretch are both friendly to humanity, with the former being employed by the Church's Burial Agency. Gransurg Blackmore and Enhance might also count, given that the former is a devoted servant of Arcueid, who defines this trope, and the only certain facts about the latter are his hostility to the other Dead Apostle Ancestors and him wielding a weapon from the Church alongside a trophy from his first kill. Sumire was also planned to appear in a fairly harmless role in Tsukihime 2. And a far less threatening Primate Murder shows up in Fate/Grand Order, though it's a little unclear how much this'd apply to the Nasuverse as a whole and Primate Murder himself says that in other times and places, he's far more ugly and threatening.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Sumire is described as being constantly drunk.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Enhance is said to have turned against a group of Dead Apostles planning to assassinate Arcueid.
    • If he manages to hang out with Merlin instead of Altrouge, Primate Murder turns out way more okay and less threatening (not to mention loads more adorable). He still retains a lot of his power, though, and in the exact right circumstances can even get around that "no true resurrection of the dead" rule that binds the Nasuverse otherwise.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Nearly all of the Dead Apostle Ancestors are this, with them being ludicrously strong Dead Apostles with powers defying sense even for Dead Apostle standards. Brunestud of the Crimson Moon is the same type of being as ORT, but seems to have had more of a human form to judge by True Ancestors being considered copies of it. However, it may actually have had a fairly human personality, though it's not quite clear. The only ones to fully break from this trend are Primate Murder, who is pretty much always a full-blown canine of some description, and Forest of Einnashe, which is, well, a bunch of trees. ORT just barely qualifies, since it does have a recognizable(ish) head, torso, and arms.
  • Klingon Promotion: If the one who kills a Dead Apostle Ancestor meets the requirements such as drinking blood, they will instantly earn the Dead Apostle's ranking. Incidentally, this is how ORT got on the list, by virtue of obliterating a Dead Apostle Ancestor foolish enough to disturb its slumber. It may also be how Primate Murder makes the cut, since it wasn't a vampire and isn't even human, but to date, this hasn't been elaborated on.
  • Meaningful Name: Caubac Alcatraz has been trapped inside a labyrinth of his own devising for the past century, although he insists he actually prefers his labyrinth to the outside world. On the bright side, he can still interact with the outside world by way of the animate cell phone Zelretch made for him.
  • Mental World: A multitude of them have Reality Marbles.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: One of the ones who don't even breach the top 10 is known as the "City Devourer", which should give you a vague idea as to how destructive the Ancestors can be.
  • Red Baron: Some of their names.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Dark Six, a.k.a. the first Dead Apostle. It's currently regenerating and summoning it is the focus of the Aylesbury Ritual. The risk of it being un-canned is the essential thrust of the proposed Tsukihime 2.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Enhance uses a Holy Scripture shotgun.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": It's "The 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors." The list is important in some way that is not clear, they themselves maintain it by replacing any who die. It is likely related to Crimson Moon (aka Type Moon) who created the True Ancestors who created the original Dead Apostles. In the Fate Series, Dead Apostles exist; but they aren't nearly as strong and there is no organized 27.
  • Superpower Lottery: All of them save Alcatraz has ridiculously powerful abilities, often possess Reality Marbles and ancient magecraft that should be impossible to achieve in the modern world, making even the weakest of the DAA extremely powerful. One of them even qualifies as a full-bore Evil of Humanity in Fate/Grand Order, putting it on par with beings like the primordial goddess Tiamat.
  • Sword and Gun: Enhance's fighting style.
  • The Beastmaster: Merem Solomon's preferred mode of combat. His beasts actually comprise his four limbs.
  • The Rival: Rizo-Waal Strout to Shiki Tohno in Tsukihime 2, according to Kagetsu Tohya.
  • Too Dumb to Live: There once was a certain Dead Apostle Ancestor who looked upon the sleeping, 40m-tall Eldritch Abomination from outer space and decided to aggressively wake it up for an examination. The Ancestor was instantly reduced to red paste on the ground, and that's how ORT ended up on a list full of vampires right after it went back to sleep.
  • Trans Human Treachery: Defied by Enhance - a Dead Apostle is supposed to be scornful of normal humans, but Enhance retained his humanity, and the first thing he did after becoming a full-fledged vampire (a sentient vampire, a fully-fledged Dead Apostle if not for the fact he's still subordinate to his sire) was to kill his master, usurp his position as Eighteenth Dead Apostle Ancestor, and start hunting down the other Ancestors with the purpose of destroying them.
  • When Trees Attack: The Forest of Einnashe, a tree that ended up becoming a sentient, mobile, and bloodthirsty forest after absorbing the blood of a Dead Apostle that Arcueid had killed and failed to properly dispose of. It can spawn smaller offspring called a Child of Einnashe, one of which appears in Lord El-Melloi II Case Files.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: Sumire is one of the very few able to use Marble Phantasm. Too bad she's typically too drunk to do anything with it.
  • Winged Humanoid: In Talk Enhance shows the abilty to sprout a pair of wings that "resemble neither those of a bird or those of an insect".

Alternative Title(s): Kagetsu Tohya


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