Everyone is alone. Everyone is empty. People have no longer any need of others. You can always find a substitute for any talent. Any relationship can be replaced. That's the world I grew tired of… And yet, for some reason... I can't even imagine someone else besides you killing me… Say, what do you think, Kogami? After all this is done, will you be able to find a replacement for me?

— Shogo Makishima in his final conversation with Kogami in Perfect World

Shogo Makishima

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Makishima gekijouban

Vital statistics
Romaji Name
Makishima Shogo
Kanji Name
槙島 聖護
Date of Birth
5'11" (180 cm)
143 lbs (65 kg)
Blood Type


Criminal (former)
Abettor (former)
First appearance
Manga Debut
Anime Debut
0101 Crime Coefficient
Takahiro Sakurai
Alex Organ

Shogo Makishima is a criminally asymptomatic individual whose primary goal is to liberate Japanese society from the Sibyl System, as he believes that it is turning its citizens into non-thinking followers, instead of independent thinking human beings.[2]


Makishima is a tall young man with long white hair and amber-colored eyes. He wears a variety of outfits, ranging from a yellow and black jacket with gray trousers[3] to a green pullover with a white shirt beneath.[4] Despite the fact that he possesses a callous nature, his facial expressions depict a variety of emotions. He is physically agile and strong — a skilled fighter, as demonstrated during his first fight with Shinya Kogami who he defeats with just a few blows.[5]


Makishima is a humanist on the dark side: someone hopelessly in love with cruelty, savagery and all the worst aspects of human nature with no qualms about witnessing or causing others' suffering. He has the ability to manipulate people to do his bidding, possessing both uncommon charisma and a true gift for persuasive speech. He has no compunction about dealing death to those who either stand in his way or those of whom he has grown tired, either with his own hands or through subordinates.[6][7] He enjoys reading dystopian literature[3][8] and Shakespeare,[9][7] as well as having a thorough knowledge of the Christian Bible.[10] He is often seen reading and even quoting texts from these works on occasion. The thing that truly separates Makishima from the rest of humanity, however, is the fact that despite his diabolical intentions and actions, his Psycho-Pass remains unsullied.[11][5]

Makishima personally states that he wants to see "the splendor of people's souls" and outwardly disdains humanity's way of living, considering humans worthless due to their dependence on the Sibyl System.[11] He aims to alert people to their false ways and to force them to examine their motives and to determine the direction of their lives based on their own will.
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The unhappiness Makishima faced in his childhood most likely changed him (in 0119 Transparent Shadow).

This adamant belief extends to the point where he is willing to die by the hands of someone "who has the will to kill".[11]

According to Kogami, Makishima likely suffered hardships in the early stages of his life and because of that fact, his Hue and Psycho-Pass remained pure. Kogami also claims that being "unrecognized" by Sibyl left Makishima feeling like a non-entity, which may have started him down the path of criminality in his single-minded goal of taking down the Sibyl System.[12] When Kogami confronts Makishima, it is shown that Makishima believes that isolation made him stronger.[13]


At some time in his life Makishima discovers that he can control his Psycho-Pass at will, while no one else can. It may be speculated that the alienation resulting from his feeling "different" than others and, in a way, rejected as a regular human being by Sibyl, who was unable to recognize him, torments him to the point that he loses his mind and feels compelled to destroy the Sibyl System.[12]

In 2102, Makishima meets Toyohisa Senguji.[14]

In 2109, Makishima meets a teacher named Toma who, like Makishima, is able to control his Psycho-Pass. It's hinted that Makishima abets Toma in the killings that he commits, thus making him just as responsible for those deaths as Toma.[15]


Shinya Kogami

Kogami's detective skills and his ability to deduce that the last murders[16] at the Oso Academy were not Toma's fascinates Makishima[7] and, as Senguji once put it, it makes Makishima happy simply mentioning his name.[4] He and Kogami understand one other and both are solely focused on the other. Makishima admits that he is displeased with Kogami's attachment to the Sibyl System and is willing to kill him as a result. However, after he came to know the true form of the Sibyl System and escaped (from the transport aircraft that was convoying to the NONA Tower), Makishima phones Kogami to let him know that according to him, it is not something worth putting Kogami's life on the line to protect.[17]

Gu-sung Choe

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Makishima's disturbance to what he saw in the video recording (in 0117 Heart of Iron).

Makishima is shown to be very close and highly trusting of Gu-sung,[2] despite their differences – Makishima likes books while Gu-sung likes technology. Makishima thinks of Gu-sung as a "genius"[8] and is vaguely disturbed upon witnessing his death at the hands of Toma. Out of all of his pawns or subordinates, Makishima seems to like Gu-sung the most, and never places the man's life on the line intentionally. When Makishima watches the video record on Gu-sung's phone, he is surprised and even a bit disturbed when he learns how he died and who killed him.[17]

Kozaburo Toma

Like Makishima, Toma is also criminally asymptomatic.[15] Makishima helps Toma commit his grotesque serial killings in the Specimen Case, and even captures and tortures Mitsuru Sasayama who is then later plasticized by Toma and displayed under a holographic projection.[14] When Toma is taken in by the MWPSB, Makishima feels it is very unfortunate but when he sees his chance to escape, there is no hesitation in killing him and crashing the aircraft in which they are located.[17]




  1. Gekijo-ban Psycho-Pass pamphlet ‒ Relationships Chart
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sweet Poison
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Nobody Knows Your Mask
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fruit of Paradise
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Gates of Judgment
  6. Nobody Knows Your Face
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 And Then, Silence
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Town Where Sulfur Falls
  9. Return of the Lunatic Prince
  10. Blood-Stained Reward
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Saint's Supper
  12. 12.0 12.1 Transparent Shadow
  13. Perfect World
  14. 14.0 14.1 Psycho-Pass: The Novel
  15. 15.0 15.1 Invitation from the Abyss
  16. Satsuki Kuzuhara and Yamaguchi Masami (discovered during 0107 episode); Yoshika Okubo and Kagami Kawarazaki (discovered together during 0108 episode).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Heart of Iron
  18. The full quote is: "To live is not merely to breathe; it is to act; it is to make use of our organs, senses, faculties - of all those parts of ourselves which give us the feeling of existence."
  19. The Language of the Chinese Orchid


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