Naki (ナキ, Naki) is a ghoul who was imprisoned in Cochlea until Aogiri Tree's invasion of the prison. He was also liberated by Aogiri Tree due to being a direct underling and supposedly Yamori's right-hand man. He was almost always accompanied by the twins, Gagi and Guge.
He eventually climbed the ranks within Aogiri and had become an executive in his own right. The number of ghouls following him had grown considerably, forming a gang known as the White Suits for their distinctive dressing style.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Plot
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Powers and Abilities
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Quotes
- 8 References
- 9 Site Navigation
Naki always appears wearing a white suit. The most distinguishing feature of Naki being his eyes, which have pitch-black bags due to crying for his deceased comrades. Initially, Naki's hairstyle was neatly sorted into three parts, with his left and right side brushed to their respective side and the middle section's hair pushed back, revealing his forehead. After the time skip, Naki's hairstyle is combed to one side, fully to the back, mimicking Yamori's. After the Goat Wipeout Operation, Naki is lacking his left arm.
In the manga, Naki is missing two small portions of his left ear. In Tokyo Ghoul √A, however, this was changed to two black earrings for an unknown reason. In the Tokyo Ghoul:re anime this was reversed and Naki's ear appeared as it did in the manga.
In Naki's younger days his hair was let down in a messy, rebellious fashion, his bangs covering his forehead. Naki also wore rather shabby clothing that had notable sewing marks on the chest pocket.
Naki shows his personality with no efforts to hide it. He is a confident individual, boasting about his strength and that he is Yamori's right-hand man. Naki holds Yamori in the highest regard and goes as far as to imitate him, copying his style of dress as well as Yamori's habit of finger cracking, albeit with his middle finger. He can be potentially childish, believing that helping Yamori with counting money and running errands made him a responsible person worth others' respect. Though impulsive and easily irritated, Naki is very emotional and trusting, perhaps to the point of being naïve. Naki, according to Akihiro Kanou's observation, is illiterate, showing poor vocabulary, and nearly complete reading, writing, and even spelling inability, thus becoming victim to his own lack of general knowledge, due to the fact that most ghouls do not go to school, lacking basic education. Others commonly correct his sometimes inaccurate use of words and confusion with others, for instance, mispronouncing "scientist" or mishearing "forge an alliance." Notably, Naki can use difficult complex words without making mistakes but failed to understand basic concepts of knowledge, such as using the word "encroaching" but not remembering the names of directions. This is likely to be another sign of his ad-hoc self education.
True to his emotional characteristics, Naki has shown to become very brutal and violent when witnessing his comrades' death, as shown when he went on an emotional rampage upon seeing Gagi and Guge's death. He was devastated when he got out of Cochlea to learn that Yamori had been killed. He views loneliness as the most painful, and as such risks his life to protect his comrades to never feel the loneliness he felt when he got out of prison just to hear Yamori had died and left him alone. He is also an extremely compassionate individual, as he remembered every one of his fallen comrades and recited them at night.
It is unknown what happened to Naki's parents, though he mentioned to Ayato he had never known them.
Naki first encountered Yamori in the 13th ward, when he challenged the other ghoul without knowing his reputation. He lost the battle, but afterward begged to be allowed to follow him and began to call Yamori his "Big Bro" as a sign of respect. He would then begin imitating Yamori's style and carry out errands for him.
Raid of Kanou's Lab
Along with Matasaka Kamishiro, he was first seen attempting to kidnap Taguchi, a nurse of Kanou General Hospital. Coming into contact with Kaneki's group who had the same intention, the two groups fought against each other for the nurse. Midway through the battle, Naki realized Ken Kaneki was the one-eyed ghoul who killed Yamori and began to shed tears. After briefly fighting with Shuu Tsukiyama, Naki and the Aogiri members were persuaded to leave with the objective when Shachi got hold of the nurse, despite his desire to avenge Yamori.
Later on, he and Eto waited outside an apartment room for Tatara to finish interrogating Taguchi about Kanou's whereabouts. After Tatara had finished he gave Naki a foot that was presumably the nurse's.
He took part in the lab raid and interrupted the fight between Tsukiyama and the Yasuhisa sisters, Kurona and Nashiro Yasuhisa, claiming he would be the one to take Kanou the "mad scientoast." He engaged in a fight with Tsukiyama and yelled about how he damaged his suit the last time they fought. While they were still fighting, ghoul investigators arrived on the scene and Naki was confused as to which faction he was supposed to fight first. He was then offered a temporary alliance by Tsukiyama so both would not need to fight two different enemies, to which he agreed. He overwhelmed Koutarou Amon in a one-on-one fight but was interrupted by Akira Mado who later used a Control Rc gas grenade to dissolve his kagune. Unable to use his kagune, he leaped in front of his twin comrades, Gagi and Guge, when Akira targeted them with Amatsu's whip form, taking the blow and saying he would not let more of the people he cared about die after losing Yamori. Even though he received several blows he was still able to deliver a kick to Akira and bite off a chunk of her leg. Shortly after, he was sent flying by an enraged Amon's blow and unable to stand on his own, his comrades escaped the area carrying him with Tsukiyama, who commented on how — despite his idiocy — he held redeemable factors.
Post-Owl Suppression Operation
He was first introduced as a prisoner being transported by the CCG when the van came under attack by a group led by Ayato and Kaneki. Naki broke free out of the overturned van, but was hysterical and began to attack Ayato. He screamed for Yamori and threw a tantrum in front of the puzzled rescuers. When Ayato called him an idiot, he responded with anger and attacked them again.
Later on, he learned that Yamori had been killed during the previous battle against the CCG and became hysterical with grief. He smashed a toy store and threw himself to the ground while his twin lackeys attempted to calm him. Ayato stormed off in disgust, while Kaneki watched the tantrum from a distance. Naki began to try to write Yamori's name in crayon, but was unable to do so and became increasingly confused and upset. Kaneki joined him and taught him how to write "Yamori" in an act of kindness. As the half-ghoul tried to leave, Naki thanked him and told him he was a really good person, unaware of Kaneki's role in his beloved Big Bro's death. Naki participated in Aogiri Tree's Cochlea invasion. He fought Amon and Akira and was injured by Akira, but managed to bite a chunk of her leg which then resulted in Amon sending him flying using his quinque.
When Big Madam hired Aogiri to provide security for the event, Naki was mentioned to be among those selected for the job. When Juuzou Suzuya revealed himself and attacked, Ayato shouted for Naki and Miza as chaos erupted.
Ordered to secure an escape route, Naki charged into battle with his followers and killed the investigators in his path. He quickly gained the upper-hand, with his forces joined by Miza and the Blades. When confronted by Akira Mado, he noted that he recognized her face but did not remember her name before engaging in a one-on-one fight with her.
Naki found her quinque to be a pain to deal with, struggling to close the distance between them. He concluded the best chance to get close was when the Fueguchi quinque was fully extended and charged towards her at the next chance; the opening, however, was a trap Akira had set purposefully. He was impaled from behind and collapsed on the ground, badly wounded. She lectured him about being trapped in the past, still clinging to the memory of "Jason" and thus was unable to change. This enraged him, and Naki thought about how everything that mattered to him and his strength was from the past. Investigators surrounded him and opened fire, but Gagi and Guge leapt in front of him and shielded him with their bodies. As he begged them to stop, the rest of the gang went wild and took out the investigators with renewed strength. Horrified, Naki clung to the dying twins while begging them not to leave him alone. Along with the rest of the White Suits, he rallied and attacked the Doves to avenge his subordinates, killing several investigators before being wounded. He was again saved from being finished off by Ayato Kirishima.
Kanou was discussing Gagi and Guge with Naki, hoping to gain his consent to use the twins' kakuhou for experiments. He simplified what he was saying to Naki due to the ghoul's lack of proper education, telling him he would definitely revive the twins "in a sense" which led Naki to thank him and share his joy with other fellow White Suits.
Rushima Landing Operation
Naki was near Miza when she awoke with the latter seeing his slaughter of numerous investigators in order to protect Miza. Naki then fell down with blood coming from his mouth and a bleeding wound on his back as a shadowy figure appeared in the doorway. Believing Naki was dead, Miza resolved to battle against the newly arrived Koori Ui, but he was there to block Koori's strike at Miza with his kagune. He explained he was only taking a "brook." Members of the White Suits arrived, including Hooguro and Shousei Idera, who politely corrected Naki. He mentioned he would not die a death unworthy of bragging to Yamori about. Miza and Naki agreed on a united front and were interrupted with Shuu Tsukiyama's arrival, Naki demanding to know who he was. Naki and Miza arrived at the shore with the rest of the ghouls, successfully escaping Rushima island.
Post-Rushima Landing Operation
Naki was present at the gathering arranged by Kaneki and his allies, complaining and wanting to attack Kaneki for killing Yamori. As Kaneki and Tsukiyama collected white suits, an enraged Naki inquired about their goals, saying that he disapproved of Kaneki as his leader and that he wanted to fight him. Accepting his challenge, Kaneki quickly defeated him, as Naki acknowledged the latter's strength, and asked whether Yamori still lived within Kaneki. The latter responded that Yamori served as his symbol of power, and offered Naki a hand, which Naki accepted.
Naki was selected to be part of the force that would help Kaneki assault the 22nd ward's CCG headquarters so that the RC Suppressant drug needed to heal Akira could be retrieved. When V agents appeared, Naki remained behind to fight them alongside his White Suits and Tsukiyama whilst Kaneki moved ahead to the lab.
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He carried out the activities of the United Front with Tsukiyama and the others. He taught the orphaned ghouls, and trained with the volunteer ghouls who provide cooperation on the front lines. He and Miza are raising nine children.
Naki claims to have been Yamori's right-hand man and highly respects him for his strength. He is completely devoted to him and continued to grieve for months after learning of his death. Surprisingly, Yamori showed unusual kindness and patience towards him compared to others – explaining things in simple terms for him, and giving him birthday presents.
The two White Suits ghouls that acted as Naki's constant companions. They appeared to be very close with Naki, taking a blow from Akira Mado that was meant for one of them and was carried by one of them when wounded. At the Auction, the two ghouls leaped in front of a wounded Naki to protect him from investigators and were killed in the process, prompting Naki to go on a berserk rampage whilst crying.
During the raid on Kanou's lab, Naki and Tsukiyama formed a temporary alliance after dueling a bit due to the CCG investigation team's interference. Naki believes Tsukiyama to be a good guy (while Tsukiyama saw him as a trusting fool with redeeming qualities) but did not appreciate him talking in French (mistaking it as English).
Naki loathed Kaneki, knowing he was the one responsible for the death of Yamori. However, after Kaneki defeated him for the leadership of the White Suits he grudgingly recognized him as their new leader.
In Tokyo Ghoul √A he did not seem to know that Kaneki killed Yamori, and actually thought that Kaneki was a good guy.
They have fought twice, during the Kanou's Lab Raid and at the Auction Raid a few years later. Though Naki seemed to remember having faced Mado before, he did not recall her name.
They seem to be familiar with each other, although Naki misread her name when she was recruited by Aogiri Tree.
Despite not seen interacting with one another almost completely, Ayato did express concern for him, even going as far as disobeying his orders and rushing to Naki's aid when Naki was overwhelmed by the Doves.
They seemed to be familiar with each other and were partnered during the Auction Raid. It was implied that Naki has a strong sense of protection over her as he had shown to slaughter numerous investigators, in order to protect Miza from the investigators while she was unconscious. After the Dragon War, Naki and Miza married and had 9 children (6 boys and 3 Girls).
Kou was attacked by investigators from the CCG, but before they could take him out, he was saved by Naki who killed the three investigators. He appeared to be grateful to Naki for saving him and Naki protected the young ghoul until they reached Goat's base in the 24th Ward, not knowing he was a spy for the CCG.
Powers and Abilities
Ghoul Physiology: Naki is a moderately powerful ghoul, having fought skillfully against numerous dangerous ghouls and strong ghoul investigators in combat. Naki has further proven his skills by having killed numerous investigators surrounding him.
- Koukaku Kagune: As a koukaku user, Naki utilizes his kagune as a broadsword-like blade on his right arm. He has shown proficiency in battle. During the Auction Mopping-up Operation, he was seen killing four investigators with a single swing and with other Doves struggling to keep track of how many he had killed in the battle. He was shown giving Amon a lot of trouble during their battle and also being able to stand against Shuu Tsukiyama in battle as well.
- Enhanced Durability: Naki is shown to be quite durable, as shown when he was stabbed by Akira multiple times and was still able to fight. Naki survived a hard beating by Yamori, who was infamous for his brutal ways.
- Superhuman Regeneration: Despite his status as a koukaku ghoul, his regeneration is rather quick as he was able to regenerate multiple stab wounds quickly, with only a small amount of consumption of human flesh.
- He likes torture, Mafia movies, and errands; and respects Yamori.
- Naki is ranked eleventh in the latest popularity poll.
- In one of Ishida's drafts, it was revealed that the scarring on his ears was from being bitten by Yamori.
- In the anime, he is portrayed as illiterate while the manga showed that he could read and write, albeit poorly.
- Like Kaneki, Naki inherited the finger cracking habit from Yamori.
- His name has the same pronunciation as 泣き (naki), which meant "weeping" or "lamenting."
- In Tokyo Ghoul Trump, he is jointly featured with Gagi and Guge, as the "Two of Diamonds."
- He is left-handed.
- To Kaneki: "There's so many memories welling up in me. I can't fight... the tears won't stop."
- To ghoul investigators: "The amazing Naki will not be caged twice in Cochlea!"
- "Just when I thought I could meet with Big Bro Yamori, when I actually went to the 'outside world,' he wasn't there. Of course I cried every night even when I try to remember it now, I always get all tears. Which is why at least I won't let the remaining guys die... Compared to crying alone, crying while in pain is multiple times better!!"
- "If I'm gonna die, it'll be in a way that I can brag about to big bro on the other side."
- To himself: "Watch me, Big Bro. The flecks of my enemy's blood that stain this suit. They're my pride and joy. This suit looks white because of the red of the blood on it. That's why I fight. For you, Big Bro. The awesomely insane. To make you awesomely happy... Whether at Aogiri or Goat, I've fought at the very front lines. All the way. And towards the end, I even learned a few new words. Yep. I had fun. If only I had known a few more words. I'd have been able to talk to you more, Big Bro. I think about that, sometimes. I... I don't think just living is that big of a deal. I really believe I'll be able to see you, if I die. So I'm not scared. Death isn't that bad. Pretty crazy, right? Shousei... Hooguro... I guess I won't be seeing y'all for a bit. I hate the fact that I lost, though. But, you know, Bro. I... I'm not sad at all."