The World Ends With You/Characters

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.
Jump to navigation Jump to search


This is a dossier for the characters from Square Enix's The World Ends With You. Welcome to their game!

Tomato-warning-sign.svg TOMATO SURPRISE WARNING:

This page contains one or more of the major spoilers known as Tomato Surprises. Knowing these in advance may negate the intended effect of the work.



The Players (Protagonists)

Neku Sakuraba

"All the world needs is me. I've got my values...so you can keep yours, alright?"
Cquote1.svg

Voiced by Kouki Uchiyama (JP) and Jesse David Corti (ENG)

Cquote2.svg

The main character of the game. He suddenly finds himself in Shibuya's Underground (UG) with little in the way of direction. He loves graffiti and street art, but doesn't like to interact with people.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Blue Eyes
  • Blue Oni: Neku is the Blue to Kitaniji's Red. Take a look at the headphones.
  • Chick Magnet: A disproportionate number of shopkeepers seem to develop crushes on Neku as their FSG rises.
  • Collared by Fashion
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Defrosting Ice King
  • The Dragon: To Joshua, albeit without knowing it.
  • Easily Forgiven: Shiki seems quite easy to forgive Neku for nearly killing her on Day 2. Granted, he was being an idiot, getting himself in a bad sitaution as well but even so.
    • This happens again on Day 4, after Rhyme's death when Neku basically lashes out on the idea of friendship and Shiki calls him out on this, saying he was no different from the Reapers. She later admits that it was kinda harsh.
    • Justified as their situation required cooperation and left no room for bad blood between Partners. Surviving the week took priority on personal feelings.
  • Emo Teen: Lampshaded in Another Day. "Must... fight... emo urges..."
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Ignoring the Ho Yay vibes he gets from Joshua for a moment, there's one point in Week 2 where Minamimoto starts following him and Joshua around, and Joshua wonders aloud whether it's because he's taken a fancy to Neku.
    • Also, the various male clerks met throughout the game start getting a little friendly to Neku after their FSG meter rises.
  • Fan Boy: Of artist CAT.
  • Freudian Excuse: In Another Day, it's suggested that his issues stem from waiting to meet a friend, only to find that his friend had died in a car accident. This may or may not apply in the main game, since after Rhyme gets erased, he thinks it is vaguely familiar, but is unable to remember the exact incident.
  • The Gift: He can use more than one Pin compared to other Players thus making him unpredictable and formidable in combat compared to an average Player. Neku can even use a Noise Pin that only Reapers are normally able to use.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Neku keeps his 'phones on to block people out. The ending shows a shot of him leaving them behind.
  • The Hero: Starts out as a Designated Hero who's only out to survive, but gradually evolves into a true hero over the course of the game.
  • Hero with an F In Good: At the start, although he matures into a genuine one as the story progresses.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Pins! Most Players are limited to a couple, but Neku can use all of them, including Pins that burn, throw things around, cut, shoot mind bullets, and conjure cans of soda that, uh, heal you. And that's just the starter set.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Enforced example. If Neku doesn't team up with a partner and learn to cooperate with them, he'll get erased.
  • In-Series Nickname: He has several, but "Phones" is used most often.
  • Jerkass -> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Starts out as incredibly cold toward other people and only concerned with himself, but grows into a more caring individual, albeit one with limited patience for Joshua and Beat.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: His memories were his entry fee for the first week.
  • Magic Knight
  • Mistaken for Gay: Poor, poor Makoto.
  • Mysterious Past: Besides Joshua, his past is the only one out of all the main Players that is never fully explored. Justified considering his loss of memories from the outset of the game.
  • Odd Couple: With every single partner he's ever teamed up with.
  • One Hero, Hold the Weaksauce: He can every use every dang pin the UG throws at him, whereas everybody else is lucky if they can use two.
  • Psychic Powers: He uses a varied collection of pins to combat the Noise.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: The Lace Bonnet is a lolita headdress, and the Dragon Lady is a Qipao. They both give bonuses to Neku only. That has some interesting implications, considering character-specific bonuses are normally from items the characters themselves like.
  • Red Oni: To Joshua.
  • Shonen Hair
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps
  • Straight Man: To several characters, but mostly for Beat.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Not as an evil character, but he tends to think of everyone around him as such and treat them accordingly. He gets better, fortunately.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: He's been working as the Composer's proxy all along.
  • Troubled but Cute
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Joshua.
  • You Gotta Have Orange Hair
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: An inversion of this trope. The Composer kills Neku in order to make him useful to him.

Shiki Misaki

"Let me in! Tell me what you're thinking!"
Cquote1.svg

Voiced by Anna Hachimine (JP) and Heather Hogan (ENG)

Cquote2.svg

Neku's first partner in the Reaper's game. Shiki is a cheerful aspiring fashion designer with a stuffed pig cat named Mr. Mew.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
Cquote1.svg

"I'm coming too. If anything happens, I wanna be there to see- I mean stop it."

Cquote2.svg


Yoshiya "Joshua" Kiryu

"Only by allowing strangers in, can we find new ways to be ourselves."
Cquote1.svg

Voiced by Ryohei Kimura (JP) and Aaron Spann (ENG)

Cquote2.svg

A mysterious boy who showed up in the UG unexpectedly. Despite his air of arrogance and secrecy, his knowledge of the UG becomes helpful to Neku... when he feels like giving it. Has a long history with Hanekoma.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Daisukenojo "Beat" Bito

"Come back when you grow a pair!"
Cquote1.svg

Voiced by Subaru Kimura (JP) and Crawford Wilson (ENG)

Cquote2.svg

A hot-blooded young skater who'll go out of his way to protect his friends, no matter the cost to him. While Neku likes to keep his thoughts to himself, Beat will always say what's on his mind.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Raimu "Rhyme" Bito

"We don't have time for mistakes either. Haste makes waste!
Cquote1.svg

Voiced by Hitomi Nabatame (JP) and Kate Higgins (ENG)

Cquote2.svg

Beat's Game partner and younger sister, who puts on a cheerful face and provided emotional support to Neku and the other Players.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Big Brother Worship: She's well aware of Beat's many flaws, but she accepts him for who he is anyway and still loves him all the same.
Cquote1.svg

Beat: Yo, I could rob a bank and she'd still be there for me.

Cquote2.svg

The Reapers (Antagonists)

Koki Kariya and Uzuki Yashiro

"That is so whatever!"
Cquote1.svg

Kariya is voiced by Anri Katsu (JP) and Andrew Kishino (ENG)
Uzuki is voiced by Satomi Arai (JP) and Kate Higgins (ENG)

Cquote2.svg

A Harrier Reaper duo who do a lot of the ground work during the Game. Kariya is always laid-back and relishes his job, making a game out of everything with Uzuki, who is almost constantly on edge.

Tropes exhibited by these characters include:
  • Affably Evil: Define evil.
  • Alliterative Name: Koki Kariya.
  • Almighty Janitor: Kariya is actually one of the most powerful Reapers around.
    • To the point even Beat is insecure about fighting him at first.
    • Although he's only an Almighty Janitor because he wants to hang out with Uzuki.
  • Anime Hair: Kariya.
  • Ax Crazy: Uzuki gets this way whenever her Hair-Trigger Temper gets out of hand.
  • Blue Eyes: Uzuki.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Kariya has refused several promotions because he prefers working on the field. Beat is rightfully afraid of fighting him.
  • Cool Shades: Kariya wears a cool-looking pair of orange-tinted shades.
  • Can't Catch Up: After Uzuki's defeat, she reveals that the reason she's so desperate to go up on the ranks is because she feels guilty for Kariya refusing his own promotion just so he could keep hanging out with her. In her own words:
Cquote1.svg

Uzuki: I don't wanna be your freakin' ball and chain!!!

Cquote2.svg

Yodai Higashizawa

"Welcome to my kitchen!"
Cquote1.svg

Voiced by Kenji Takahashi (JP) and Travis Willingham (ENG)

Cquote2.svg

Acting as a proxy Game Master for Kitaniji on the first week (Shiki's chapter). He chooses to hide himself from the players until the 7th day and attempts to pound them to pieces with his immense strength.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
Cquote1.svg

Higashizawa: "WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN!"

Cquote2.svg

Sho Minamimoto

"This is my Game. And I only allow two things. Flawless calculations... and beauty!"
Cquote1.svg

Voiced by Takayuki Fujimoto (JP) and Andy Hirsch (ENG)

Cquote2.svg

The Game Master on the second week (Joshua's chapter). Minamimoto is a considered a "loose cannon" by the other Officers because he prefers to work by his own rules, rather than those of the game. He's called that for good reason too, he's crazy and wants to replace Joshua as the Composer. He's also quite fond of math.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Mitsuki Konishi

"You vexatious monkey! You’re right. No analysis could ever plumb the depths of your fatuity."
Cquote1.svg

Voiced by Hitomi Nabatame (JP) and Lara Cody (ENG)

Cquote2.svg

The Game Master on the third and final week (Beat's chapter). She first appears to be utterly loyal to Conductor Kitaniji, but is much more interested in climbing the corporate ladder.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:


Megumi Kitaniji

"Any and all specifics are decided by the Composer. That is His exclusive and incontrovertible right."
Cquote1.svg

Voiced by Shane Johnson (ENG)

Cquote2.svg

The Conductor and direct superior of the Reapers. Because the Composer has long been absent, he has asserted control over the Game, and makes sure that everyone, Player and Reaper alike, play by the book. However, it hasn't stopped him from imposing his own "penalties" on Neku for violating the game's rules.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Other Denizens

Sanae Hanekoma

"Right. Neku. I got it now, Phones!"
Cquote1.svg

Voiced by Bart Flynn (ENG)

Cquote2.svg

The humble owner of the WildKat coffee shop on the upper-east side of Shibuya. He's also the Producer of Shibuya and an Angel.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Sota Honjo and Nao-Nao

A pair with uncertain circumstances surrounding their death. Both are genuinely nice people, who tell Neku not to give up hope after what happens to him during the second week. Hinted to be a couple but never explicitly mentioned what their relationship is.

Tropes exhibited by these characters include:

Eri

Eri is Shiki's best friend. Shiki uses a picture of Eri and herself as the wallpaper for her cellphone. Turns out that Shiki is actually the black-haired girl in the picture and that Eri is the one who normally looks like Shiki looks right now. Eri is described as charismatic and popular and she thinks of Shiki as a great friend and seamstress with a keen eye for details.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Shuto "Shooter" Dan

A young NPC who is a major fan of Tin Pin Slammer.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Ken Doi

The owner of the Ramen Don shop in Dogenzaka. He is a friendly businessman who is always looking for ideas on how to improve his ramen. He doesn't like to talk a lot about his past.

  • Berserk Button: Mentioning his role in developing Tin Pin.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: See above.
  • Hypocrite: He hates the Shadow Ramen store for deviating from traditional ramen recipes, only to realise that he's been doing the exact same thing himself.

Makoto "Mick" Miki

Originally a timid and unsuccessful businessman, he quits his job for Gatito (or, at least, a subsidiary of them) and opens up the Shadow Ramen store in the second week to rival the Ramen Don shop. He is also responsible for helping spread around the Red Skull pins, their purpose becoming much clearer by the end of the game.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: After becoming a success in Week 2, he sports an entirely new appearance and becomes quite arrogant.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Chekhov's Gun: while technically still a minor character, his role in spreading the Red Pins cannot be understated.
  • Mistaken for Gay: After opening up Shadow Ramen, where he takes up work, watch what he says (and his facial expressions!) when you increase his Friendship Gauge.
    • Well... he mistakes Neku for a gay mistaking him for gay, anyway.
  • Salaryman
  • That Came Out Wrong: His use of pop-culture catch phrases leaves something to be desired.

777 (Triple 7)

Leader of the band Def Märch, which also includes fellow Reapers B.J. and Tenho.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Anti-Villain: Type IV. 777 is pretty nice overall and seems more worried with his band and bandmates than actually being a Reaper. The only time he fights you, he's even honourable enough to give you a key after Neku spares him. His subsequent erasure by Konishi is used as a big Kick the Dog moment.
  • Everything Is an Instrument: Tenho steals the band's microphone, which, in turn, is swapped by Minamimoto for his megaphone. The band ends up attempting to incorporate the megaphone into their act.
  • Face of the Band: Invoked 777. BJ seems to resent this.
  • Informed Ability: Apparently his music is great... but you never get to hear it.
  • Mauve Shirt
  • Steal The Hypotenuse: Tenho ends up stealing Def Märch's microphone in order to stop 777 and BJ from fighting and possibly breaking up the band.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: BJ is resentful that 777 is always the singer. Until the Microphone gets stolen.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Very much so, as noted above he seems to view reaping as a side job to his band.
  • Sacrificial Lion
  • Street Musician: Def Märch is an indie band, and all three members got their start by singing on the streets.

Eiji Oji

A big-time celebrity and "Prince of Ennui" in Shibuya's RG whose blog, "F Everything", gets 100,000 hits per day.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Futoshi

The backstage tech of the Def Märch. He is unusually forgetful.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Ai and Mina

A pair of schoolgirls who are good friends. Lately, their friendship has been put under some strain when Ai suspects Mina is trying to steal her crush, Makoto, away from her, although it all gets cleared up with Neku and Shiki's help.

Tropes exhibited by these characters include:
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Ai, to an extent. However, it turns out she does appreciate her friendship with Mina deeply.
  • Fan Girl: Mina in Another Day.
  • Friendship Moment: Mina buys some tickets to a Tin Pin Slammer event to give to Ai so she can go out with Makoto. Unfortunately, Ai misunderstands her intentions at first, but apologizes as soon as she finds out.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Ai gets suspicious of Mina the minute she sees her talking to Makoto alone.
  • Joshikousei
  • Nice Girl: Mina.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Mina and Makoto really weren't doing anything together, apart from chatting, but Ai immediately starts to assume the worst when she catches them talking to each other.
  • Recurring Extra: Mina, mostly.
  • Those Two Girls: Played entirely straight.

Back to The World Ends With You