|“||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: 9-B, at least 9-A, possibly 8-C with Kagune | 9-B, at least 9-A, possibly 8-C with Quinque and Kagune | 8-B, higher with Kakuja | At least 8-A
Name: Ken Kaneki, Haise Sasaki
Origin: Tokyo Ghoul
Age: 18/19 (Part 1), 21 (beginning of :Re, 22 as Haise) | 28-29 (end of the series, 30 as Haise)
Classification: Artificial One-Eyed Ghoul
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Regeneration Negation (Kagune secretions act as poisons that inhibit regeneration), Statistics Amplification (Ghouls grow stronger by activating their Kagunes. Can increase his strength beyond that with his Kakuja), Regeneration (Low-Mid in combat, can easily regenerate from being impaled through the torso repeatedly. Mid over time, regenerated after Arima stabbed him through the head twice), Body Control (Can produce a Kagune, several tendril-like limbs to attack foes), Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant, limited Reactive Power Level (as One-Eyed Ghouls regenerate from injuries, they increase RC Cell pathways through their bodies, growing stronger as a result) | All prior, Expert Swordsman | All prior on a higher level, can shape his Kagune into mouths capable of speaking and eating foes | All the previous except Martial Arts and Weapon Mastery, Absorption (grows larger by eating others - was stated that it would increase in size by more than 10 times over a few days), Creation (can passively produce humanoid "golems" made from his body that attempt to defend him), Poison Manipulation (passively produces an airborn poison, his golems can self-destruct on death, releasing poison into the atmosphere), Biological Manipulation (the poison his golems produce can give people an accelerated form of ROS, causing them to develop painful and cancerous kagune formations), Memory Manipulation (those infected with ROS suffer from memory loss, causing regression into a childlike state), Perception Manipulation (degrades the five senses of those infected with ROS), (Large Size (Type 3, 21.6 km), Longevity (the Dragon will take 200 years to dissolve)
Attack Potency: Wall level physically (as a one-eyed ghoul, he should be physically comparable or superior to other ghouls, who are capable of damaging concrete walls with their punches), at least Small Building level+, possibly Building level while using his Kagune (is capable of easily defeating adult ghouls, who themselves have higher RC Factors than Saiko Yonebayashi, and thus larger and stronger Kagunes. Tore apart Jason's Kakuja with his bare hands while using his Kagune. With his incomplete Kakuja, he incapacitated Yukinori Shinohara with a single hit while Shinohara was wearing Arata, which not even the Non-Killing Owl was able to do) | Wall level, at least Small Building level+, possibly Building level with Kagune and Quinque (He should be physically superior to before due to reactive evolution. Cut off Serpent's Kagune with his own and fought with Seidou Takizawa) | City Block level (Defeated Eto, tearing apart her Kakuja in the process, shattered Arima's Quinques and ultimately defeated him), higher with Kakuja. | At least Multi-City Block level via sheer size (caused an explosion during his rampage, just one of his kagune tentacles is the size of a skyscraper. His Kagune is stated to occupy multiple wards at the same time, stretching over 20 kilometers).
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 | Class M via sheer size.
Striking Strength: Wall Class, at least Small Building Class, possibly Building Class while using his Kagune | Wall Class, Small Building Class, possibly Building Class while using his Kagune | City Block Class | At least Multi-City Block Class via sheer size.
Durability: Wall level (comparable in durability to ghouls, which are stated to have skin as strong as steel), at least Small Building level+, possibly Building Class while using his Kagune (his Kagune are durable enough to clash with Jason's Kakuja, and can withstand the force of his own attacks) | Wall level, at least Small Building level+, possibly Building Class with Kagune | City Block level | At least Multi-City Block level via sheer size (Modern weaponry such as tanks and choppers barely scratched him). Regeneration makes him difficult to kill.
Stamina: Extremely high. Despite being imprisoned, tortured and starved for days on end by Jason, upon accepting his ghoul nature, he was able to break free instantly and defeat Jason. Can fight with broken bones and extreme 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. In his Dragon form however, he doesn't seem to act consiously, and attacks whatever is in his sight.
Weaknesses: Using his Kakuja causes Kaneki to lose his grip on his sanity, His Rinkaku is fairly brittle. Damage to his brain of the sort Arima did can cause him to lose his memories. | Anything that reminds him of his past life can cause a mental breakdown, Mentally and emotionally unstable. Again, severe damage to his brain will cause loss of memories | None notable except for damage to his brain.
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 six 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