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How do you become a ghoul??

  • Seriously. I can't remember and I have no idea how all the ghouls got to Tokyo. Maybe this goes a little beyond the show but even if you google what a ghoul is, it doesn't say how it happens. Vampires bite you and it can turn you or kill you. Is that how it works with ghouls too? 

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    • In folklore that pertains to the real world there really doesn't seem to be much history behind ghouls. Unlike their "cousin" monsters, vampires, zombies, and the like, they just don't have a rich lore. I guess ghouls are just born that way.

      In TG ghouls are also just born that way (not counting artificial ones). It hasn't been explained where they come from, but I kind of just assume that they're the natural predators of humans. There could be more behind it, like the idea that they were created has been those around by the fandom, but nothing is really known.

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    • Normally ghouls are considered as spirits, so it's safe to assume that the first ones just appeared.

      They are all concentrated around Tokyo because there are more people to feed on there and it's easy to blend in.

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    • But didn't they just start to form trom humans

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    • Ghouls are nasty creature's , why do you want to become one?

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    • i agree with first part but exist some exceptions . i don't think he\she want to became one just ask about ghouls how they were created (their history) :)

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    • Could it be possible to become a Ghoul if you are harmed by a Ghoul (bit, scratched, ect.) and survive, like with werewolves, zombies, and vampires?

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    • 72.0.138.163 wrote:
      Could it be possible to become a Ghoul if you are harmed by a Ghoul (bit, scratched, ect.) and survive, like with werewolves, zombies, and vampires?


      Nope , The only possible way is to be a half-ghoul which are stronger than an ordinary ghoul but to obtain that has a little percentage on succession .

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    • ^^ No, ghouls aren't the result of a virus or some supernatural thing. The only way for a human to become a ghoul is a kakuhou transplant.

      Also, the ghouls of TG are not the same thing as the mythological creatures. They're just named after them.

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    • HaiseSaki wrote:
      72.0.138.163 wrote:
      Could it be possible to become a Ghoul if you are harmed by a Ghoul (bit, scratched, ect.) and survive, like with werewolves, zombies, and vampires?

      Nope , The only possible way is to be a half-ghoul which are stronger than an ordinary ghoul but to obtain that has a little percentage on succession .

      thanks for the info

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    • Im honored .

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    • I'm A GHOUL

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    • Will in the 1st episode they switched he's lungs or whatever but right after he switched with a ghoul he turned into one

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    • Those twins were humans first but then turned into ghouls so I think it's possible to turn in a ghoul if they do some experiments

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    • Maybe there's a demonic disease and if some are lucky and immune enough, the virus might turn into RC cells.

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    • There are two ways of becoming a ghoul . You are either born one or Ghoul organs and/or blood is transferred into your body/bloodstream

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    • The ancient cultures make Ghouls different than "Zombies" (the mortuum) "Vampires" (Bloodsuckers) and even "Mummies" (Nerfertis).But if you start to Think, all these creatures are nothing but Ghouls. Different kinds of Ghouls to be true.Yet,it shows that each one of them have a particular "favorite" meal (but all from human bodies) Like Blood,Brains and even Hearts.Every creature who dies and comes back from the Dead need to feed on Human's vital forces in the form of flesh and other parts. "Vampires" can eat human flesh but they NEED to drain the Blood."Zombies" can eat human flesh but they NEED to eat the Brain. Can't you see it? They're different kinds of Ghouls.So it mean that every human who dies and comes back from the dead and have the need of feeding on humans to survive is a Ghoul.

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    • I don't really understand how kaneki turn into a ghoul

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    • I really want to be a ghoul because I could just kill the people that I hate and what makes it better is I get to have a perfect meal.

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    • Now I'm really scared to go back to Tokyo. I was planing on going there back. But your right it is easier for ghouls and murders to blend in with maskes there daily there, day to night.

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    • Well you can also become a ghoul by getting your brain rotted by a huge doze of radiation like in Fallout 4

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    • 108.199.207.153 wrote:
      I don't really understand how kaneki turn into a ghoul

      iirc he was hit in the stomach by Rize's kagune in the construction site (in the first chapter/episode). so I'm guessing Rize's stomach was operated into him, making him hunger for human meat rather than human food. I don't know how he got the kakugan though, I don't remember if he hurt his eye or if whole eye transplant is possible.

      As to where the ghouls came from as a whole (how did they get to Tokyo or other parts of the world), isn't it a bit implied that they existed alongside humans for a long time? CCG and other organizations battling them exist for a long time.

      I think the source of ghouls, if they evolved from humans or what, is one of Touka's main research in Kamii.

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    • Ghoul mythology comes from Arabs actually who describe ghouls sort of an "evil genie", they were said to be grave robbers who consumes human flesh.

      Now if we go by original stories, you don't become one but you are being born as one. They believed ghouls to be hybrids of devil mixing themselves with humans and as such giving offspring of ghoul. Now other three interesting things about ghouls from myths is that they are stated to look exactly as humans but if they don't feed regularly they will take more monstrous and deformed look as well lose grasp of their sanity and humanity, also they can take form of person they have devoured as well and also they are said to be able to shapeshift into animal forms, using mostly the form of animal such as hyena in here.

      It is all I know regarding the myth known as ghouls at least.

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    • i would love to be a ghoul

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    • ^ Be careful what you wish for, little Anon-chan.

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    • wow. Nimu dash is actually serious for once

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    • As we've seen so far, this series has been shown to be "scientific" (I use that word lightly). So I don't think the Arabian myth concerning ghouls really pertains here. To be honest here, I don't know what you're asking; how to become a ghoul or just the origin of the species as a whole? So I'll try to answer both questions.

      So we all know that you can be born a ghoul or you can have a kakuhou inserted into you and become one. I'll just guess that one needs an abnormally high amount of RC cells and then boom! you're a ghoul. Or ya got RC cancer. Don't think I need to go too in depth.

      As for the origin of the species itself...shit, I don't really know. We don't even know the wide-spreadness (not a word) of ghouls in the world; whether they're just in the East, or all over the world. So I'll just take a guess. So, basically, ghouls are said to be a "disgrace" from 100 years ago (it says that somewhere I think). I think that this means that the ghouls are a victim of some sort of disease/genetic mutation that was supposed to be quarantined, and that was obviously a failure. Of course, there seems to be quite a bit of ghouls, so it'd be a pretty big group of people that was quarantined.

      Anyways, just a thought I had to answer this question; feel free to pick it apart!

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    • ^Considering we know how do you "become ghoul" in this series it is safe to say that their question wasn't involving these ghouls but an actual origin of ghoul legend as whole and to that uncle Nimu gave an answer regarding it because ghoul mythology comes from Arabs originally as if in myth and word coming from them in here.So saying "So I don't think the Arabian myth concerning ghouls really pertains here." is incorrect considering word itself "ghūl" is coming from them!

      Suzuya-Chan wrote: wow. Nimu dash is actually serious for once

      Well this explains why puppies all around the world were dying.I knew it!

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    • In Tokyo Ghoul, the race known as ghouls just is. It's as if you'd ask "how do you become a human". They are just born from other ghouls. No magic, no virus, no experiment. The only way for a human to become a ghoul is to undergo a torturous transplant of ghoul organs into a human body, which was, until the beginning of the manga, considered an impossibility.

      So in short, unless Kanou gets your hands on you or you are part of the CCG, you do not become a ghoul, period.

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    • InternetIsSeriousBusiness I understand what your saying, guess I should have phrased it better.

      What I was trying to say was that I don't think that the Arab myth concerning ghouls has much to do with the incarnation of the species; after all, it's just a myth. But when the ghouls appeared, I think that they were named after the myth because that's what they most resembled.

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    • ^In every version ghoul is meant to be grave robber who is carving for human flesh.Pretty much every single version of ghoul has that part same.Only difference in ghoul mythology that is changed would be how they came to exist and what are they.

      Unlike Arabian legend of them which is original one,in where you get born as ghoul European version has twisted that part.According to Western take on this myth,ghoul is but a servant of vampire that gets created(like Igor from Frankenstein type of servant lmao).So according to West you become a ghoul when vampire drinks from you and almost drains you to death but doesn't kill you.Upon this you become "half undead" and ghoul as such that is "Igor" for vampire who turned him into one.

      Now seeing this version,game versions of ghouls I think we can all agree that Sui has definitely inspired his ghoul after original Arabic legend in here.Since his ghoul go like well Dash in his comment wrote,get born that way,look as humans and have lifespan as one,however they need to feed not to lose their humanity and sanity and become savage(which is pretty much same here).So yup ghouls from here for sure are more closer to original ones over "Igor" ones lmao.

      Anyway guy of this thread needs to be more specific with their question as if on what ghouls he means in here!If he means on these ones then Arabic version,meaning being born as one and in this series letting creepy Dr.Kanou to play with you to make you into one (shudders).

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    • Kanou's not that creepy, after all, they're just farts.

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    • InternetIsSeriousBusiness wrote:
      ^Considering we know how do you "become ghoul" in this series it is safe to say that their question wasn't involving these ghouls but an actual origin of ghoul legend as whole and to that uncle Nimu gave an answer regarding it because ghoul mythology comes from Arabs originally as if in myth and word coming from them in here.So saying "So I don't think the Arabian myth concerning ghouls really pertains here." is incorrect considering word itself "ghūl" is coming from them!

      Suzuya-Chan wrote: wow. Nimu dash is actually serious for once

      Well this explains why puppies all around the world were dying.I knew it!

      There are similarities, but Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul Ghouls are a completely seperate case. He might've gotten his basic idea from myths, but developed something that is unique on it's own, with big differences to the way myths describe ghoul. The only real similarity is how they need human flesh to stay somewhat sane.

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    • Uncle Nimu-Dash wrote:~snippity snip~

      these ghouls are assoicated with animals though can't take form of one

      think Uta just perhaps could be ghoul from myths assuming theory about his abilities proves to be right I'm not going there though not big fan of theories sorry

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    • erm what do you mean with Uta? care to elaborate?

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    • original ghouls were shapeshifters that was their ability in here to transform either into an animal form or steal identity of an another person


      now many think Uta is shapeshifter there was even one shot story about Hysoka from HunterXHunter that was done by master Ishida I won't give any spoilers I will just say that people think that certain character in it is like some sort of foreshadow to Uta's rumored abilities


      these are theories and I hate theories so I will keep long story short: if Uta is shapeshifter and only big if then in that case he would be closest thing to actual ghoul from myth

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    • ^Thanks for the TG folklore lesson.

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    • ^^For someone with master degree in Engrish as you said you sure know how to English Cherry.I mean your grammar is better then mine.

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    • perhaps I'm most likely using this thing that all people on Internet use which is called sarcasm and by saying I got master degree in Engrish I'm only being sarcastic about it


      or I simply do have master degree in Engrish and only way it appears I don't is because you can't see how long it takes for me to type response and check it's grammar because English grammar is beyond ridicules in comparison to what is my native language so it takes long time before I hit post|reply


      or there is bit of both in here


      feel free to pick your choice in here regarding it

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    • ^You are savage lmao I like you.

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    • Here you can witness the savage! He is a force to be reckoned with in his natural habitat the wikia, more specific the private chat.

      If you watch closely you can see the savage' slowly tiring it's prey with a barrage of dry humor and sarcasm. A deadly combination, guaranteed kill. Only the troll is immune and by that the natural enemy of the savage.

      The night is falling and we decided to take our leave and let the savage sleep. They can be extremely vicious when sleepy and their poisonous venom can kill in seconds. A well-timed retreat for today.

      Goodnight.

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    • ^So you(troll) x Cherry(savage) then?I can ship this lol

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    • Dayne X Cherry...I'm making a forum post. The admins'll take it down tho.

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    • 'love solves everything!' 

      Seems to be the reconciliation trope... Well as long as it's entertaining I don't mind you shipping me with everyone...

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    • Oh yeah!! my dear son Dayne has a GF/Bf!im so proud im gonna be a father in law * grabs shote gun and loads it*

      If Dayne hooks up with any Tramps or jerks they will regret the day they were born ok?:)

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    • Quality Bleach wrote: Dayne X Cherry...I'm making a forum post. The admins'll take it down tho.

      JUST DO IT!!!

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    • btw just read chapter 1 redrawn to know what ghouls are.

      Now back to the more important stuff! Just do it!

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    • fuck

      i did it

      then i accidentally clicked x

      no wonder i couldnt find it

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    • I love to be a tokyo ghoul but I don't know how and the person who said had to find a transplant, where is it and how the people have a ghoul organs?

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    • Well... i want to have ghoul parts... because im being bullied everyday i hate my teachers and classmates. If i could eat them like a ghoul and have kagome.... yay! I want to have ghoul organs too!

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    • I would want ghoul parts so that i have super pwers in a sense, and my everyday life would be more convenient and interesting.

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    • I wanna be a ghoul how do i be one but so i can taste food too

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    • 2.30.254.141 wrote: I wanna be a ghoul how do i be one but so i can taste food too

      Volunteer your body to a highly experimental and questionable Quinx surgery and voila! You can eat your favorite pizza with optional people toppings.

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    • people think ghouls are like the ones in Tokyo Ghoul.. but that's not the case.. I've done my studying and research and found 4 different types of ghouls. they do not have their "Kagunes" but they are just like us but at more fond of eating us humans..it's really hard to explain but they exist.

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    • 101.184.41.132 wrote:
      people think ghouls are like the ones in Tokyo Ghoul.. but that's not the case.. I've done my studying and research and found 4 different types of ghouls. they do not have their "Kagunes" but they are just like us but at more fond of eating us humans..it's really hard to explain but they exist.

      4 types, but you don't go out of the way to sum them up...? Shame.

      Didn't know they existed, but as far as I know the most common appearance when you say 'ghoul' is a creature that belongs to the realm of the dead, just like skeletons, zombies or mummies, you also have the ghouls. Zombielike scavengers of human meat. I think their stories are originated from Egyptian/Arabic mythology and was expanded on through the years.

      To exactly trace such stories back to their origin is no easy task.

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    • Crazy Suzy wrote:
      wow. Nimu dash is actually serious for once

      Never thought I would see the day

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    • I would love to be a ghoul

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    • I think you (if you really want it ) to try those ghoul subliminals...Idk if they work but why don't you give them a try...

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    • You guys realy wanna know how ghouls are created.... I mean some people here are a little you but okay...two ghouls got together and fucked THE END

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    • ^^I couldn't have said it better xD

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    • ^^ indeed

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    • Perfect reason Bravo Bravo A+++++ Bravo!!!

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      everybody, give the anon a round of applause!

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