|“||If, for argument’s sake, you were to write a story with me in the lead role, it would certainly be... a tragedy.||„|
|~ Ken Kaneki|
Ken Kaneki (金木 研, Kaneki Ken) is the protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul. Formerly a human studying Japanese Literature at Kamii University and living a normal life, everything was soon changed after he had Rize Kamishiro's kakuhou transplanted into him and became a One-Eyed Ghoul. After joining Anteiku as a part-time waiter, he learns how to live as a Ghoul and became known as Eyepatch (眼帯, Gantai).
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least 9-B, possibly higher | At least 9-B, possibly 9-A | 8-B | At least 8-B
Name: Ken Kaneki
Origin: Tokyo Ghoul
Age: 18 (At the beginning), 19, 23 (Tokyo Ghoul:Re)
Classification: Artificial One-Eyed Ghoul
Attack Potency: At least Wall level, possibly higher with his Kakuja (Ghouls far surpass normal humans in physical prowess, tore off Amon's arm despite the fact that he was wearing the Arata Quinque, which was made from a Kakuja) | At least Wall level (Still able to go toe-to-toe with S-Rank Ghouls with his Kagune), possibly Small Building level with Kakuja (Fought on par with Seidou Takizawa) | City Block level (Defeated Eto, tearing apart her Kakuja in the process, shattered Arima's Quinques and ultimately defeated him) | At least City Block level (caused an explosion during his rampage, just one of his kagune tentacles is the size of a skyscraper)
Speed: Subsonic (Ghouls far surpass the average human in terms of physical prowess, as a SS-Rank Ghoul and a Rinkaku-type, Kaneki is one of the fastest characters in the series) | Subsonic | Subsonic+ | At least Subsonic+ (Far faster than before, defeated Eto and tore apart her Kakuja, exchanged countless blows with Arima, eventually caught him off guard)
Lifting Strength: Class 5
Striking Strength: At least Wall Class | At least Wall Class | City Block Class | At least City Block Class
Durability: Building level (Survived attacks from Arima and SSS-rated Kakuja Ghouls) | Building level | City Block level | At least City Block level, Modern weaponry such as tanks and choppers barely scratched him, Regeneration makes him difficult to kill
Stamina: High, Can fight with broken bones and wounds
Range: Standard melee range normally, At least a dozen meters with his Kagune | Extended melee range with his Quinque, At least a dozen meters with his Kagune
Standard Equipment: His Kagune | His Quinque, Yukimura 1/3
Intelligence: After being tortured by Yamori, Kaneki embraced his Ghoul instincts, becoming a vicious fighter who can effortlessly tear apart entire ranks of Investigators and casually take down two S-Rank Ghouls, Yamori and Ayato, in quick succession, earning a SS-Rank designation for his acts. His bookish nature along with his tendency to be quick learner serve him well, picking up advanced martial arts in weeks by studying several books and later becoming an expert in using his Kagune and Quinque simultaneously under Arima's tutelage. He soon becomes one of the most skilled fighters in the series, disarming Arima even after he began using a SSS-Rank Quinque made from Yoshimura's Kagune and defeating Eto in single combat.
Weaknesses: Using his Kakuja causes Kaneki to lose his grip on his sanity, His Rinkaku is fairly brittle | Anything that reminds him of his past life can cause a mental breakdown, Mentally and emotionally unstable | None notable
Rinkaku Kagune: As a Ghoul, Kaneki has a special organ made of RC Cells called a Kagune, which he can manifest by allowing it to burst from his lower back in the form of tentacles that he can control at will. They're extremely swift and have high striking power, but are relatively brittle compared to most Kagunes, which is compensated by Kaneki's abnormal regeneration, even for a Ghoul. As the series goes on, he's able to shape them into various forms, such as a giant claw or a bundle of limbs, to suit his purposes and manages to control at least five of them independently of each other. During his clash with Furuta, he is able to utilize his kagune in order to devour enormous amounts of food, turning into a kakuja-like monster in the process.
- Kakuja Ghouls who cannibalize other Ghouls are able to develop a secondary mutation known as a Kakuja, which covers the Ghoul's body in an armor-like covering and drastically increases their abilities. For much of the series, Kaneki's Kakuja was incomplete, leaving him in a deranged, gibbering state as he tore apart everything in sight with his enhanced power and centipede-like appendages. However, after eating Eto's Kakuja, Kaneki was able to complete his Kakuja during his fight with Arima, gaining full control over it in the process. As a result, he is now able to access its power without losing himself to rage. During his rampage against Furuta, his Kakuja grows into a massive one, capable of causing tremors and explosions across the entire city.
Key: Tokyo Ghoul | Sasaki Haise | Post-Cochlea | Dragon