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Hide Is Evil [Tokyo Ghoul Theory]

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Hideyoshi Nagachika, a.k.a Hide.

Hideyoshi Nagachika, a.k.a Hide.

Introduction

Hideyoshi Nagachika, a.k.a Hide, is one of the most popular characters from Tokyo Ghoul. Despite the little times he has appeared in the story, he has captured most of the fans' hearts. Everyone is touched by his actions and the way he cares for his best friend Kaneki Ken. But, is that really the case? If you look a bit closer, you will be able to find some suspicious things about Hide, which indicate that he is not really who we think he is. So, here is my theory that Hide is actually evil.

Hide as a ghoul.

Hide as a ghoul.

In this theory we will talk about:

Hide's mysterious character

Kaneki's imaginary depiction of Hide

Hide's lies

Hide as a tragic character

Hide's connection to ghouls

Hide's disappearance

Hide's role as an informant

Hide's return

Hide's mysterious character

When reading the manga and especially when watching the anime, you will find yourself to be a huge fan of this very likeable character. He is certainly someone who deserves Best Friend of the Century Award. It is very hard to believe that Hide would be harmful or evil for that matter, but that is precisely why it would be so shocking to find that out. If you pay close attention and look at the small details and signs left, you will notice that something is not quite right with Hide. It may not be as noticeable, but it is undeniably there.

There is certainly more to this character than we think. First, if you read through our article Fourteen Facts About Hide, you can find some interesting things that support this claim of mine and this theory.

First we have the fact that he is the only character with "No Data". This may have changed, but he is still one of the more mysterious characters. We don't know anything about his family. I know we know nothing about Touka's friend Yoriko either, but Hide is way more involved in the story than her, and we got to witness Yoriko's engagement and wedding.

Second, is his unnatural talent when it comes to analysis and his great deduction skills. This may not seem that suspicious. He may just be this one extremely talented character, just like Mado. But, the fact that he gets this aura which scared even Kaneki and Nishio to the point that he labeled him as dangerous in chapter 30 of Tokyo Ghoul is something else.

Kaneki getting scared of Hide's deduction skills and Nishio stating that Hide is dangerous.

Kaneki getting scared of Hide's deduction skills and Nishio stating that Hide is dangerous.

Even before that, in chapter 8 of Tokyo Ghoul, Nishio stated and explained why Hide is so dangerous, especially for someone who is trying to hide that he is a ghoul. Nishio said that Hide is perceptive and he must have sensed something about Nishio, because he tried to stop Kaneki from coming with them. Even Kaneki confirmed that Hide is very observant and that he would notice even the smallest change. Kaneki thought that it was only towards him, because they have been friends for so long, but that is not true.

Nishio explaining why Hide is dangerous.

Nishio explaining why Hide is dangerous.

However, his deduction and perception skills are not the only things that are out of the ordinary. Hide is not afraid of ghouls, rather, it seems as though he is confident that he can easily deal with them and come out unharmed. If you don't believe me, here are some scenes that show this. First, we have Hide trying to prevent Kaneki from joining him and Nishio. If he sensed something, and we can be sure that he did, why didn't he himself refuse to go? Instead, he agreed, but didn't want Kaneki to go with him. It's as though he was sure nothing would happen to him, or that he could handle any situation that would occur.

Secondly, there is a scene, after the fight with Nishio in chapter 10, when a ghoul who was a customer at Anteiku observed Hide and even followed him later. We can clearly see that Hide was aware of the ghoul glancing at him and the ghoul himself even said: "Don't tell me that spiky-haired kid sensed I was...".

A ghoul observing Hide.

A ghoul observing Hide.

The ghoul losing Hide after he tried to tail him.

The ghoul losing Hide after he tried to tail him.

This kind of skill of being able to lose a ghoul that is tailing you despite their keen smell sense is extraordinary. Even his sense of awareness that it was a ghoul, in both this and probably in Nishio's case as well is unnatural.

This is still not all there is. Even when he tailed Jason/Yamori and put a tracking device under his shoe in chapter 84 speaks for itself. He did it knowing that Jason was a ghoul, who captured Kaneki. He even went so far to get so close to him to put a tracking device and the most shocking thing was how he covered his smell. He wore clothes of a DEAD GHOUL. Now this is clearly something a normal person, not even an investigator, would do. And where did he manage to find a dead ghoul to take the clothes?

Hide explaining how he put a tracking device on Jason.

Hide explaining how he put a tracking device on Jason.

Later, we can see him posing as a ghoul named Scarecrow, which would mean he was actively part of the ghoul world and their life style, though we don't know what he did during that time.

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