The protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul, he is a 19 year old university freshman, that receives an organ transplant from the ghoul Rize who was trying to kill him before she was knocked down by a fallen i-beam. After the operation he develops ghoul like tendencies and characteristics, and his rationality begins to wane. As one that is now both ghoul and human he struggles to keep his ghoul identity secret always fighting against his ghoul side while trying to continue to live like a normal human. He later works as a waiter for Anteiku under Yoshimura’s guidance. After his fight with Amon he gains the name “Eye patch” because of his mask’s design and becomes somewhat famous after a ghoul saw him defeating Amon. He loves to read and he is normally quiet and reserved. He has a bad habit of trusting strangers which sometimes puts him in life-threatening situations.
Haise Sasaki (はいせSasaki Haise)
The protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul:re, he is a 22 year old Rank 1 Ghoul Investigator and leader of the Quinx Squad, a special unit composed of half-ghouls like Kaneki. Haise is a self-contained individual who comes off as trustworthy, devoted to his work and believes that an Investigator should not annihilate more ghouls than needed. Though he is hailed as the mentor of Quinx, he shows apportioned respect and great concern for his colleagues, pledging a protective streak over them. He also complies with the obligations assigned by his seniors without hesitance. Haise habitually reads books, and is very co-operative; as he’d prefer to work with his group, than to single-handedly accomplish the CCG’s goals.
A sixteen year old ghoul of the 20th ward, that works part-time as a waitress in Anteiku and attends high school. She blends in well with human society and believes that keeping one’s ghoul identity is of top most priority. She is sometimes vindictive and is usually a very rash and reckless individual with violent tendencies. She also isn’t afraid to let anyone know when she is not fond of them. She later becomes Kaneki’s training partner, and their movements become in synch when fighting as a team. She is a good fighter and is more than a match for either Tsukiyama Shū or Nishio Nishiki on even grounds, though not nearly as strong as Yomo. She later comes to be known as “Rabbit” after her attack on some investigators, killing one of them in the process. She takes up the role as Hinami’s guardian after her parents are killed by investigators. She appears to have Ornithophobia.
Rize is a girl with glasses that Kaneki encounters, who tries to eat him after luring him out on a date with her. Parts of her body are transplanted into Kaneki after she is struck by a fallen i-beam. Before the i-beam incident Rize was a very powerful, fearless and merciless ghoul, often preventing other ghouls from hunting in areas she stole from them. Before she came to the 20th ward, she wreaked havoc in the 11th ward attracting the Anti-Ghoul Investigators to it. Before leaving she killed the ghouls that were in charge and caused a shift in power. She is known as the “Binge Eater” by investigators and like Kaneki she was very fond of reading. Originally believed to be killed during her encounter with Kaneki, later it is revealed that she is still alive and her body was used to produce materials for Ghoul/Human experiments, and Kaneki’s transformation into a ghoul was the result of one of them.
He’s one of the most troublesome ghouls of the 20th ward to the point where even some ghouls wouldn’t get involved with him. He is known as the “Gourmet” by investigators and is one of the most difficult ghouls to capture. He is a part of the “Ghoul Restaurant” under the alias MM. He is a very powerful, cunning, smug, and fashionable ghoul and was also an acquaintance of Rize. Like both Kaneki and Rize he is an avid reader. He sometimes says words or phrases in either English, Spanish, French or Italian and develops an obsession for Kaneki. He is very athletic and proficient in martial arts.
The manager of Anteiku, he is a very kind and reasonable ghoul that provides aid and food to ghouls that are incapable of hunting on their own like Kaneki and Hinami. He takes Kaneki in after he becomes a half-ghoul and teaches him the ways in which ghouls can blend in with humans.
Hinami is a 13-14 year old ghoul that came to the 20th ward with her mother after her father was killed by ghoul investigators. She is very shy and yearns for knowledge as she isn’t allowed to go to school. She meets Kaneki in Anteiku and becomes attached to him, seeing him as an older brother after he helps her with learning Kanji. She begins living with Touka after her mother is killed by Mado. She enjoys books from one of Kaneki’s favorite authors and loves learning new things. She is shown to have a heightened sense of smell, even more powerful than regular ghouls.
A ghoul that is a second year student that attends the same university as Kaneki. He is arrogant and hates it whenever his juniors talk back to him. He is very territorial and is hostile to other ghouls that invade his space. His hunting grounds were stolen from him by Rize after a fight which he lost and he tries to reclaim it after her death, but is stopped by Touka. He is a loner and fairly good fighter that even small groups of ghouls tend to avoid. Like Touka he blends in well with human society and is well known at the university.
Yomo is quiet and reserved and usually helps Yoshimura out by collecting food for Anteiku. Before working behind the scenes for Anteiku, he used to have very violent tendencies much like how Toka is now and would often fight with Uta making the 4th ward uninhabitable. Regardless of his cold demeanor he does genuinely care about those around him. He is good friends with Uta and Itori.
A ghoul that owns Hysy ArtMask Studio, in the 4th ward, he makes masks for both ghouls and human customers alike. Despite his appearance he is a very calm ghoul, and speaks very kindly, he is also close friends with Renji Yomo and Itori. In the past he would often get into fights with Yomo and this caused the 4th ward to become uninhabitable.
He’s a Rank 1 Anti-Ghoul Investigator and a friend of Mado. He has a very strong sense of justice and believes that he must make this ‘Wrong World’ right by killing the ghouls whose murders create orphans. He is very dedicated to his job and begins to work even harder after Mado is killed. He fought Kaneki but he lost; however, Kaneki let him go.
Nagachika is Kaneki’s best friend, nicknamed “Hide”. He has a sharp intuition, so much so that while Kaneki tries to keep his ghoul identity hidden from him, Nagachika seems to know something is weird about his best friend. After Kaneki disappears, Hideyoshi joins the Anti-Ghoul forces in order to learn about his whereabouts, eventually being promoted to Rookie Investigator and partnered with Amon and Akira.
He’s an Anti-Ghoul Investigator with the rank of Senior Investigator and he works with Amon to achieve his goal. A very experienced and ruthless fighter, he is more than a challenge even for the physically superior ghoul and always trusts his intuition, which is never wrong. His ultimate downfall came from the fact that he was obsessed with ghouls (or rather dissecting them) and while fighting Tōka and Hinami he let his guard down by his fascination with the latter, being killed by them. His daughter, Akira worked with his partner after his death. His goal was to get revenge on the “One-eyed Owl” ghoul for killing his wife.