At fifteen, Neku is an ardent fan of graffiti, but far less enthusiastic about forging relationships with other people. When the Reaper's Game throws him into contact with other Players, he has two choices: open up... or get picked off.
Fashionable and fabulous at fifteen, Shiki knows clothes. While she puts on a cheerful face to lend Neku some much-needed moral support, deep down she harbors a secret... She never parts with her homemade stuffed animal, Mr. Mew; to survive, Neku can never part with her.
It's quickly evident Joshua is clever beyond his fifteen years and as sly as they come. Unfortunately, his insufferably snotty attitude only serves to widen the gulf between him and Neku... but his knowledge, especially about the Game, does earn him some points.
Hot-blooded and hard-headed, Beat is the polar opposite of Neku, even if they are the same age. Still, despite his emotional outbursts, he has a big heart. He's always ready to throw down and ollie into combat on his board, with Rhyme right there beside him.
Rhyme's earnest and hardworking attitude proves a big help to Neku and Shiki early on, as well as to her partner, Beat. She has an addiction to adages and no shortage of smiles, and without her, the others would be lost.
An energetic 17-year-old girl. In front of Neku she acts tough and arrogant. Though she has a low rank among the Reapers, she is a perfectionist in every aspect when it comes to her occupation.
Although he carries himself with a casual demeanor, he is considered to be the Reapers' "big brother". He always prefers to work beside Yashiro. Oozing confidence, this stoic perfectionist takes great pride in his work.
A 20-year-old powerhouse overflowing with power and ferocity, Higashizawa can shatter concrete with his fists alone. Although physically dominating, his emotions often get the best of him.
An 18-year-old whose cruelty is second only to his intelligence. His reputation as a Reaper has gained him notoriety in spades--along with a prestigious promotion within the Reapers' ranks.
While she may not look the part of a villain, Konishi is ranked among the highest in the Reaper hierarchy. She is the one who issues the orders for the missions against Neku and his friends, although she rarely appears before them.
One of the highest-ranking Reapers. Though overly fastidious, he has a mind like a steel trap, and believes he is the best.