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Hideyoshi Nagachika (永近 英良, Nagachika Hideyoshi), also known as Hide (ヒデ), is a normal human and the best friend of Ken Kaneki.
He disappeared during the Owl Suppression Operation, and later resurfaced under the identity of Scarecrow (スケアクロウ, Sukeakurō). With the disguise of a low-rated Ghoul, he lingered on the fringes of several major operations and meddled without revealing his true nature or goals.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Manga Depiction
- 3 Anime Depiction
- 4 Personality
- 5 Plot
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Powers and Abilities
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Quotes
- 10 References
- 11 Site Navigation
Hideyoshi is a young man of average height with short, messy, dirty blonde hair with dark roots and olive eyes. He tends to wear bright colored clothes that consist of a yellow varsity jacket and green shorts. Because of his love for music, he usually wears a pair of headphones around his neck.
After the Aogiri arc, he lets his hair grow out, and most of the time he wears a red and white cap, and he no longer wears headphones. He mostly wears a light-blue jacket over a white dress-shirt with a red collar that serves as his uniform. He also carries around a green bag, black pants and green shoes, aligned with yellow.
During the Owl Suppression Operation he wears a military CCG uniform consisting of a black long-sleeved shirt, gray vest and black trousers.
Several years later, he continues to wear casual clothing and has cut his hair back into the short style he wore during college. When not wearing his Scarecrow costume, he opts to wear a scarf to conceal the lower half of his face and his throat. Underneath, heavy scarring covers his face from just above his upper lip and extending down to his left clavicle. The flesh has been almost completely stripped from his lower face, exposing his teeth and leaving very little to cover the bone structure. The Zygomaticus major muscle is missing, leaving a large hole in his left cheek. The damage continues down his throat, with a vocal prosthesis surgically implanted into his neck and several areas where the skin has been torn away. Across his left clavicle, there is exposed muscle tissue and evidence of the skin being stripped away.
Six years after the events of :re, his neck has healed back to a normal skin tone. Although his lips are likely still destroyed, so he opts to wear a face mask rather than a full bandana, covering his mouth but not his neck anymore.
When disguised as the ghoul Scarecrow, he pairs traditional Japanese attire with a straw hat and sandals. The robe consists of a vertical striped pattern on the left side and contrasting zigzag pattern on the right, tucked into a pair of loose hakama pants. Notably, he folds the shirt right over left, in the manner reserved for burial and therefore associated with restless spirits. He pairs this with a dark-colored hat and sandals, as well as a cloth mask. The mask has a henohenomoheji-face drawn on the front.
Most of the time, Hide has a carefree attitude, always joyful and friendly, which greatly annoyed Nishio. He doesn’t seem to share relationships with people beside Kaneki, despite his appearance. He commented to Kaneki that even though he hung out with Nishiki, he thought he was poisonous, and that he might even hate him. Hide is also incredibly observant and can figure things out about people in an almost Sherlock-like manner. He also becomes interested in things and works hard on them until he finds something else that interests him. Hide claims to have a habit of pretending to be a detective by putting tracking devices on suspicious people and notifying the authorities if his intuitions turn out to be right (however, the "hobby" part of it is most likely a lie he made up to hide his true motive from the CCG, which was to find clues about Kaneki's whereabouts).
Hide also has a very "determined" behavior. When he's set goals or decisions, he'll stick to them to the very end.
He looks out for his friend Kaneki, encouraging him about many things and worrying when he doesn't return his calls. In some ways, Hide is also the opposite of Kaneki, as he is the outgoing type for festivals while Kaneki, more the introverted type, does not like these kinds of events.
Though he is loud and outspoken, Hide is usually found keeping most of his concerns to himself in order to not trouble those surrounding him.
Just like his best friend, Hide has a habit of placing his hand on his face when he is nervous or is lying.
Hide appeared first with Kaneki at Anteiku in the 20th Ward listening to news about ghouls. He asked Kaneki about the girl he had been talking about and asked if the waitress, Touka, was the one, but Kaneki denied it. Then Rize Kamishiro, the one Kaneki had a crush on, entered the cafè. Hide tried to convince Kaneki that Rize was out of his league, but was unable to deter him. Hide left only wanting to see who Kaneki was interested in and went to work.
After Kaneki's incident with Rize, Hide invited him to Big Girl Restaurant to celebrate his discharge. There, Hide commented how nice the waitress Oohashi was. Hide soon talked about Prof. Akihiro Kanou's decision to save Kaneki with Rize's organs but then apologized thinking how it was tough for Kaneki to lose the girl he started going out with. While they ate, Kaneki suddenly vomited, which took Hide by surprise.
After Kaneki had disappeared for a long time, he finally went back to Kamii University. Hide yelled at Kaneki for how long he had disappeared. He invited Kaneki to accompany him to visit Nishiki Nishio in another department of the university to get the DVD of last-year's college festival. Hide barged into the room unannounced and they interrupted Nishiki and his girlfriend making out. Nishiki's girlfriend ran off embarrassed and Nishiki scolded Hide. Nishiki told them to help him look for the material, but then claimed that he took the disk home. He proposed that they should go to his home. In reality, he deceived Kaneki and Hide, took Hide out and started fighting Kaneki.
He provoked Kaneki by stomping on Hide's face, but Kaneki was no match for Nishiki with kagune. Before Nishiki could continue fighting Kaneki, Hide grabbed onto his pant leg, seemingly still unconscious. However, when Nishiki tried to kill Hide, Kaneki's kagune emerged. With his kagune, Kaneki heavily injured Nishiki. After that, Kaneki started to lose control over himself and was about to eat his own best friend, but Touka appeared and decided to help him. Later, Kaneki awoke inside Anteiku, where Yoshimura led him to his friend, seemingly unconscious. Kaneki noticed blood inside his mouth and realized that he ate human meat, so asked Yoshimura about what he had done and the manager replied that there was only one way to calm a hungry ghoul. Kaneki said he wanted to be with his friend but he could not. Kaneki cried out that he was neither a human nor a ghoul and there was no place for him, however Yoshimura replied that he was wrong and there were two worlds he belonged to. Yoshimura asked him to join working in Anteiku while he would teach him how to live as a ghoul. Hide opened his eyes as they left.
Hide paid him a visit when he found out that Kaneki started working part-time in Anteiku. Hide spoke out that he also came to thank Touka for nursing Kaneki and him after a car accident, a story told to him by Anteiku's manager to cover up Kaneki and Nishio's fight. After they had left Hide, Touka told Kaneki to make sure that Hide did not find out about him being a ghoul because she would kill him if that were to happen, so that the ghouls' identities would not be found out.
Later, Kaneki and Hide sat together at the university. Kimi approached them to give Hide the materials of the previous year's festival. Hide asked Kimi where Nishiki was hospitalized, but she did not answer. Then, Hide remarked about Kaneki's scary face when Kaneki was wondering whether Kimi was a ghoul or not.
Some time later in a class, Hide started talking about the news of the death of two ghoul investigators. Kaneki asked Hide why he was interested in such things, then Hide showed him Hisashi Ogura's newest book and said it was super interesting. Hide talked about joining the investigation, but Kaneki told him not to do so because it was dangerous. After that, Hide drank a can of coffee alone and commented on its bitterness.
Raid of Kanou's Lab
After the invasion on Aogiri Tree, Hide began working as a part-time Staff Assistant at the CCG. He became known as a cheerful hard-worker who got along with most people. He befriended, Seidou Takizawa in particular and Hide would try to coax information out of him over lunch. Although Seidou would not talk about the investigation, he was comfortable enough around Hide to talk about other personal things, especially since Hide could read him easily. While Hide worked at the CCG, Itsuki Marude and Katsuya Mabuchi discovered that he was the anonymous informant who tipped them off about the 11th Ward hideout.
Afterwards, Marude questioned him about whether he was the one to notify them of Aogiri Tree's base location and how he knew about it. Hide admitted it was him and claimed he found the base by accident. He explained that his hobby was tracking suspicious people and turning them into the police, but had not known at the time that Yamori was a ghoul when he placed a tracking device on him. He had already followed Yamori into the 11th Ward when he found out that there were many ghouls. To escape, he stole clothes off a dead ghoul to cover his scent then left and called in the CCG. However, while he told Marude his story he recalled seeing Yamori and Nico enter Anteiku and placed a device on him after he disguised himself. He had not mentioned it before in fear that it would look suspicious. Marude thought it was strange, but found him promising, so ordered Amon and Mado's daughter, Akira, to take him away as a new investigator assistant. Marude refused to explain his reasons, so they left confused, but Akira figured that must have had a plan. Akira suggested that they get lunch and Amon would be treating. Hide recommended a place as he knew a lot about the 20th Ward.
While Amon and Akira investigated Rabbit, Hide arrived to the office with lunch. Akira asked Hide his opinion and Amon was surprised that he already knew that kagune tracings could be analyzed. He gave his opinion regardless and thought that there were two Rabbits. He theorized that the Rabbit from the previous years killings was an "avenger" for the daughter ghoul and mother ghoul because of the timing and targets. The Rabbit that had been killing in the 7th Ward did not appear to have a motive. Akira stared at him and informed Hide that she had noticed for a while his interest in ghouls. Hide tried to brush it off as them being on the news a lot. Shinohara and Juuzou arrived with updates about the Binge Eater case. After he looked into the Steel Beam Incident, Shinohara became suspicious of Dr. Kanou. He found out that he used to be a coroner with the CCG and his whereabouts were unknown. His patient from the incident was also missing. Shinohara theorized that the girl in the incident might have been the Binge Eater, so wanted to find Kaneki. After the university Kaneki attended was mentioned, Hide admitted that he was Kaneki's best friend.
Hide and Akira researched Dr. Kanou and looked into his past. Sometime after graduating university he worked for the GFG and CCG for about four years before he suddenly quit. They were unaware of why he quit, but figured that he might have seen something that he did not like. Akira brought up that she would have been still carrying around a ransel at the time and they joked about it until Amon arrived. Annoyed, he ignored Akira and showed them the blueprints to another property. In their search, they discovered that Kanou owned many estates and most had already been checked out. The last one was purchased under someone else's name, so was more difficult to track. The property appeared suspicious, so Amon figured that Kanou might be there and they could find more information on Kaneki. Hide agreed, but appeared depressed.
Hide went to Sen Takatsuki's book signing to get a copy of The Hanged Man's MacGuffin autographed. When Hide told Takatsuki his name was Kaneki, she began asking him about Osamu Dazai. Confused, Hide told Takatsuki that he got into her books because of his friend. Hide really liked Unita, a character who had a craving for humans. Takatsuki also really liked that character and said that the character in her next book might be like that because she wanted to write a story about ghouls.
At Kamii, preparations were being made for the cultural festival and Hide hung posters. Against one of his peers wishes, he was about to tear down a missing persons poster of Kaneki to replace with a festival poster when he noticed Touka. They had coffee and Hide told her about Kaneki. When he was a child, he read a lot and was bullied because of it, but never fought back or acted troubled. He changed a bit after his mother died and seemed lonely. The most surprising thing was that he was the star of a school play and did really well. Hide felt that Kaneki was always playing a part or wearing a mask and took everything upon himself for reasons he did not understand. He figured that things were fine as long as Kaneki was safe, but wished he would talk to him more. To cheer him up, Touka insisted that Kaneki was fine and probably reading a book. Hide smiled and decided to tell her Kaneki's secret. He told Touka about his tell when he hid something and to use that knowledge to make him spill all his secrets when he returned.
Owl Suppression Operation
Marude asked Hide if he knew how to write a will and Hide advised him that it would not be good to kill himself. Marude insulted him and told Hide it was for him. Confused, Marude explained that he would participate in the next operation as part of Division II and it would be a learning experience. People in their position rarely died, but it was advised that he write a will anyway. Their target was Anteiku and they were after a certain ghoul. Hide agreed to write a will.
At the Owl Suppression Operation, Hide initially stayed near Marude and stood close by before it began. Sometime into the operation, personnel at the base received news that Amon had encountered Centipede. Marude observed monitors from a surveillance van and commented on the intense fight. Hide asked if ghouls could reach far enough to get to them, and Marude did not deny the possibility. Hide found the situation too scary.
Hide appeared in front of Kaneki who had fled into the sewers after he had been badly wounded in his fight against Amon. Hide revealed that he knew about Kaneki being a ghoul, and asked him to come home. As Kaneki began losing control, Hide told him that he wanted to help him. While Kaneki begged him to run away or else he might harm him, Hide asserted that there was almost no chance for a ghoul to escape from the way the blockade felt and the route had been blocked, and then apologized. Finally, as Kaneki was about to black out, Hide asked him to fight at full force once more as there would be no other way.
Later, Kaneki recalled the event as follows: After stating that he wanted to help him, Hide told Kaneki to eat him. However, Kaneki hesitated, disbelieving his ears. Hide explained that some dangerous guy was further ahead, and asserted that it would be impossible to escape and he would lose there, maybe even die. For this reason, Hide intended to show to Arima that there would be value in letting Kaneki live. Finally, he asked Kaneki to fight at full force once more.
When Kaneki regained his senses, Hide was gone and Kaneki tasted blood in his mouth.
Post-Owl Suppression Operation
Now living under the identity of Scarecrow, Hide helped Koutarou Amon flee from Akihiro Kanou after he was turned into a one-eyed ghoul. He threw a Control Rc gas grenade, disabling the two Aogiri Tree guards restraining Amon. Afterwards, he appeared in front of Amon, sitting on the ground and called out to him with a distorted speech.
Scarecrow was among the audience during the Auction, mumbling strange and nonsensical things. When the CCG raided Zeum hall he hid in a secure room where he accidentally pressed a button turning on the speakers. The speakers caught Owl torturing Haise Sasaki, playing the screams and mad chattering throughout the entire hall and lowering the investigators' morale while alerting the hall to Sasaki's distress at the same time.
Third Cochlea Raid
Critically injured in his battle with Arima, Sasaki decides that he has done enough and experiences a surreal vision of a dark river. As he began to wade into the water, a mental projection of Hide appeared and wondered whether he was trying to mimic the suicide by drowning of a certain famous individual. He teased his friend to put on some clothing, and the two sat down together to discuss the current situation. Hide pointed out that Sasaki was lying to himself, and he knew something had gone wrong elsewhere in Cochlea. Calling the wish to die an excuse, Hide told his friend that he would find his reason to go on living soon enough. He explained that his wish at that time, in the sewers, was to go on living together. As he began to walk away, Hide promised that he would tell his friend to go on living as many times as necessary.
After Itsuki Marude found out that his longtime colleague and friend, Yoshitoki Washuu, was a ghoul all along, he thought to himself that everything that he knew was a lie and that Hide had been right.
Furuta's Integrity Enquiry
Scarecrow joins Marude's team in their assault on the chairman's office and rescue of Kuki Urie. After Kichimura Washuu was driven off, Scarecrow stepped forward to greet Urie with a hand-written sign. He introduced himself as Hideyoshi Nagachika, and requested Urie's assistance.
When Marude asserted that the CCG has no dominion towards the Dragon, Scarecrow shows a hand-written sign asking for a "speciulist". Marude then confirms his spelling of "specialist" was incorrect.
While Marude was discussing the circumstances of Dragon with Hisashi Ogura, Hide approaches the room with a new speaking device, which was invented by Kouitsu Chigyou, embedded in his neck under a scarf. Chigyou protested that Hide would need practicing in using the device, until he humorously presented his simple speaking ability. Hide asks Ogura about Kanou. Ogura scarcely reveals Kanou's origin and motivations. Hide then concludes Kanou's whereabouts being at his mother's grave. Hide meets up with Akira and Amon. He tells them that the Washuu Clan was after him but now that they're gone, he doesn't need to conceal his identity anymore. Akira asks what Hide was doing as Scarecrow, and he states that he was watching from the shadows during the Auction and Rushima Landing Operation to see if there was anyone who could save Kaneki. He tells them that Dragon will remain domant for 72 hours as predicted by Chigyou and regrets not making enough use of himself to prevent Kaneki's transformation into Dragon. He adds that he has a plan and requires both Akira's and Amon's help. Amon asks why Hide is willing to go so far for Kaneki and Hide replies by stating that he loves Kaneki.
Hide appeared with Amon and Akira at the district where the remaining members of Goat, and comically asks Touka if she wants to "go dig up some Kaneki". Hide led the Goat members to the CCG Main Office, and settled with a mutual cooperation. Hide's encouragement led to the foundation of the unity between the CCG and Goat. 
Hide and Touka were observing the Dragon from atop a building. As Touka's request, Hide takes of his mask and admires the breeze. Hide then cheerfully questions Touka about how her infatuation for Kaneki begun, as well as their wedding. Touka suddenly remembered giving Kaneki a ring, which could be the key to locating him inside the Dragon kakuja. Hide appeared alongside a series of investigators during Dragon's awakening.
Kaneki was eventually extracted from Dragon, and Hide was one of the few that surrounded his unconscious body in a medical room. After Kimi Nishino explained the current status of Kaneki, Hide exits the room.
Kaneki reunites with Hide on a rooftop. Hide compliments Kaneki's appearance, while the latter asks about the copy of Sen Takatsuki's book was from him. Hide humorously asks for fifteen bucks back. Kaneki asks Hide to take off his scarf and reveal the wound which Kaneki inflicted on him during the climax of the Owl Suppression Operation. Hide follows the request, and Kaneki bursts into tears, and says how the former always hid things that he didn't want to see from him in order to protect him. Kaneki declares that he would bear all he has done, he'll take all the help that he could get, but he wants to be seen doing it. As the sunsets, Kaneki states that he is tired of being futile.
When the multitude of V agents undertake their attack on CCG headquarters, the Goat and CCG members were preparing for battle. Hide interrupts a discussion by implying that a small band should exhibit the Dragon's poisonous source. 
Hide recounts the events that occurred in the six years since the "Dragon War" ended and what has happened to each of the surviving and accountable people. He gathers the majority of allies to spend time at the Kaneki household. It is implied that Hide made use to the TSC by travelling around the world to speak about the word of the United Front and spread the peace. He remained friends with Kaneki for the rest of his life.
Hide biked to the perimeter of the 11th Ward Battle to observe the events with a pair of binoculars. Unable to do anything, he could only watch. Later, he worked as a part-timer at the CCG, and was noted as an outstanding worker. He claimed to be Takizawa's grunt.
By chance, Hide encountered Touka while she toured Kamii University. She was staring at a missing poster of Kaneki when he cheerfully took it down to replace it with a school related poster. They sat down for coffee and Touka asked about what kind of person Kaneki was in the past. Hide explained that he was a person who spent all his time reading and became distant after his mother died. However, he was in a school play once and was surprisingly good. Hide figured that Kaneki was the type to play a part in real life to hide his problems and that perhaps he left because it became too much. Hide appeared saddened and Touka noticed the collection of missing posters in his backpack. Touka attempted to cheer him up, saying that Kaneki was probably reading a book somewhere. Hide smiled and agreed. Before leaving, he told Touka about Kaneki's habit of touching his chin when hiding something. Despite appearing in a better mood, once he left he looked depressed once again.
At the CCG, Hide made a delivery to Takizawa and took an interest in his work. Hide asked about the Eyepatch ghoul, Cochlea, Aogiri, and other sensitive questions that Takizawa freely answered until Akira intervened. Akira noted his peculiar interest in ghouls and Hide tried to pass it off as them being a popular subject on the news before rushing off. When Hide was home alone he looked at one of Kaneki's missing posters. He smiled sadly at it and commented that he should not make a nice girl like Touka worry.
While Hide ran errands in the CCG, he bumped into Amon and caused him to drop all his documents. He helped Amon pick them up, and noticed one on Eyepatch. He stared at it in silence until Amon asked if he was okay. Hide said that he had been hearing about Eyepatch a lot lately and that it was scary. He gave Amon his documents back and hurried off to continue working.
While Shinohara and other investigators prepared for the attack on Anteiku, Hide watched curiously from afar. He stopped Takizawa who was on the way to the meeting to ask what was happening. Takizawa appeared nervous and said that he was not told anything despite being involved in the affair. Hide brushed Takizawa's behavior off, but looked determined after he left.
Hide snuck into the Owl Suppression Operation disguised as a regular soldier. He stayed hidden until there was news that the operation was over. Like everyone else in the operation, he was caught off guard by the arrival of a second Owl and Aogiri. He was caught in the ambush and witnessed Noro attack Takizawa. Noro caught sight of him, though Hide escaped from the battle alive. Later on, he found a wounded Kaneki outside of Anteiku and bought him inside the café. He attempted to make coffee for them both, and greets his old friend as though nothing has happened.
Hide apologized for the unpleasant taste of the coffee and talked about the past and revealed that he knew Kaneki was a ghoul. He reassured him that it did not matter, and they began to relax. Hide was able to cheer Kaneki up, but soon after began to collapse. He had sustained a severe stomach wound from earlier which he attempted to joke about. Bleeding out, he clinged to Kaneki and asked that they go home. Anteiku began to burn around them, and after a brief time Kaneki carried his seemingly lifeless body to the CCG's base camp. The troops watched on in shock, and Kaneki laid Hide down in the snow before going to face Kishou Arima.
Kaneki calls Hideyoshi by the nickname "Hide," and they have been best friends since childhood. Hide seems to care greatly about Kaneki and had been watching him carefully after the incident with Rize. If Kaneki was in trouble or danger, he would do his best to support him. He cares for Kaneki immensely and did not falter to help him even after finding out about Kaneki's transformation into a ghoul. When asked by Amon why he was willing to go so far for Kaneki, Hide outright declared that he loved Kaneki, and he didn't need any reason other than that.
He seems to have student-teacher relationship with Nishiki but stated himself that he most likely hates Nishiki, saying that he is poisonous to be around whilst Nishiki is equally cautious of him due to his very keen intuition and sees him as being dangerous to be around as he explained to Kaneki regarding his ghoul identity being a secret.
Although they do not know each other well, Hide is on friendly terms with Touka, and thinks she is cute. At Kamii, he spoke briefly about his and Kaneki's past, and gave her a tip on how to tell when Kaneki was hiding something. Later on in the series, Hide asks Touka about her relationship with Kaneki.
Hide worked under Amon and Akira when he joined the CCG. Amon sometimes chided Hide when he was socializing or not working, a small clash between Hide's carefree disposition and Amon's work-orientated mentality.
Hide worked under Amon and Akira when he joined the CCG. Akira seemed to have been suspicious of Hide, as she noted that he was strangely perceptive when asked about the mother and daughter ghouls' relationship to the Rabbit ghoul.
Hide had a friendly relationship with Takizawa, occasionally eating lunch together in the CCG building.
Hide was assigned as investigator assistant under Amon and Akira by Marude, who found out about him being the informant for the Aogiri Tree base location. He jokes around Marude sometimes, such as when he mentioned that committing suicide is bad when given an empty will before the Owl Suppression Operation. Despite his levity around him he apparently trusts him as he gives him information that causes Marude to discover the Washuu Clan's true species.
Powers and Abilities
Keen Intellect: Hide has proved to be very perceptive and observant, being able to distinguish the difference between the two Rabbit ghouls, while also noticing the changes and habits of people.
- In the first character popularity poll, Hide was ranked thirteenth. In the latest, he came in as fourth.
- In Chapter 83, the number "1" is on Hide's hat. This is a reference to the tarot card The Magician (I).
- Hide likes western music, interesting things, cute girls, and steak.
- Hide's voice actor Toshiyuki Toyonaga had auditioned for the role of Kaneki. Towards the end when there was three minutes left, he was surprised when the staff asked him to "act like you're suffering." He did not get the role, however the staff asked if he wanted to play Hide instead.
- In Tokyo Ghoul Trump, he is featured as the "Ace of Spades."
- Hide has a poster for Red Dragon in his room, the prequel in the Hannibal Lecter trilogy.
- It is revealed in the final manga chapter of Tokyo Ghoul:re that Hide is the son of a deceased investigator before being adopted and meeting Kaneki.
- To Kaneki: "I already knew man!... Who cares about that, let's just go home already."
- To Kaneki: "Dude. You eating properly? You don't look so hot. You better eat right or you won't hold up."
- To Kaneki: Seriously what happened to you? You look friggin' ripped!
- To investigators: "I know that university student... In fact... Kaneki is... my close friend."
- To Kaneki: "...Sorry. Can you fight for me at full power just one more time?"
- To himself: "✕✕...‼ ✕...! ✕✕⁉... ⬜▽▽⚪～... △⬜⚪⬜⚪⚪▽⚪"
- To a ghoul beside him: "⬜▽⬜..."
- To himself: "◯～で ✕⬜◯⬜▽△▽⬜かね hmmm? ◯ん◯⬜し◯?"
- To Amon: "Gbbbbo Aghmonn."
- To Amon: "Because I love him and I don't need another reason. Hehe."
- To Kaneki: "It may not be stylish, but live."