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A Contractor (Hei) using his powers

Contractors are individuals who have gained superhuman powers due to the appearance of the Hell's Gate and Heaven's Gate. Known Contractors have a very wide array of powers, and each Contractor appears to have a power unique to him or herself. When a Contractor's powers are used, his or her eyes glow red and a blue glow occasionally surrounds its body. This phenomenon is called Lancelnoptchrotron radiation.[1]

The existence of Contractors is kept a secret from the general public by most governments around the world, but they are well-known to the higher echelons of society and in the criminal underworld. Contractors possess two other traits that give them a rather sinister reputation: the need to perform Obeisance, which is a bizarre, obsessive compulsive "payment" for the use of their powers, and a generally pragmatic, logical world view. This is described by the Contractors themselves as a lack of emotion in general, but not much evidence exists to verify this claim. Many Contractors exhibit at least some forms of emotion, including love, joy, guilt, and sorrow.

Later in the series it is explicitly revealed that Contractors are fully capable of experiencing emotions, but that those feelings do not play a prominent role in their thought processes. They are described as being totally rational, and totally amoral. The general rules seems to be that they feel no guilt, and they cannot form or retain social bonds. A normal Contractor cares, in essence, only about their own well-being, and everything is reduced to a cost/benefit analysis: Any other issues like laws, emotions, or the question of the sanctity of human life are irrelevant.

How a person becomes a Contractor hasn't been revealed. Shion Pavlichenko was born as contractor, and Suou became one after she absorbed Hei's powers, and, in the Darker than Black: Shikkoku No Hana manga, a character named Harvest has the ability to make people Contractors, but all other Contractors, such as Tanya, have become what they are via unknown means. In Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden it is revealed that Contractors are defects that emerge when humans are unable to become Dolls.

A list of known Contractors:

Contractor Ability Obeisance
Abigail Croft Induced Hallucination unknown
Alma Shape-Shifting Aging
Amagiri Concussive Blasts Consuming boiled eggs
Amber (February) Chronokinesis Aging backwards
Amitabh Kapoor Human Possession Smelling an old piece of cloth (Contract Paid)
April Atmospheric Pressure Manipulation Drinking alcoholic beverages
August 7 Magic (Space Distortion) Revealing the tricks of magicians
Bai (Xing) Molecular Manipulation Sleeping
Bertha Sound Resonance Manipulation Ingesting something to regurgitate it
Black Dandelion "Black Flower" Creation Being forgotten
Brita Human Teleportation Kissing someone
Dale Self Liquification unknown
Dash Super Speed unknown
Genma Shizume Material Armor Moxibustion treatment
Goran Super Speed Eating hamburgers
Harvest Matter Disintegration Swallowing round things
Havoc Vacuum Creation Drinking the blood of children
Hei Electric (Molecular) Manipulation none
Ilya Sokolov Brain Asphyxiation Drawing
Itzhak Doll Spectre Retrieval Writing poetry
Jean Material Transportation Arranging small stones in a line and ruining it
Louis Gravity Nullification Breaking his fingers
Luc Air-Weapon Creation Creasing the corners of every page in a book
Mai Kashiwagi Pyrokinesis Humming a song
Maki Remote Spontaneous Combustion Drinking hot liquids
Mao (Ricardo) Animal Possession unknown (Contract Paid)
Michiru Hydrokinesis Cooking
Mina Hazuki Weapon Energizing Kissing men
Musik (Mikata Misa) Contractor Power Theft unknown
Nick Hillman Electrokinesis Placing victim's shoes upside-down next to each other
November 11 Liquid Induces Cryokinesis Smoking a cigarette
Parcel Spatial Teleportation Wearing fake animal ears
Paul Object Explosion Eating flowers
Shihoko Kishida Internal Organ Rupture Temporarily regaining human feelings
Shion Pavlichenko Near-Perfect Duplication Losing control over his legs
Shizuma Shinoh Hydrokinesis unknown
Suou Pavlichenko PTRD-41 Rifle Materialization Folding origami
Tanya Akulova Insect Manipulation Pulling strands of her hair
Top-rope Rope Manipulation unknown
Wei Zhijun Blood Induced Matter Transportation Shedding his own blood
Shichi (Claude) Mind Control Eating a flower petal
Xiao Jie Gravity Manipulation Stripping


  1. Shikkoku No Hana; Chapter 16, page 13

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