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Tokyo Ghoul: CCG Ranking System Explained and Character Ranks

Tokyo Ghoul: CCG Ranking System Explained and Character Ranks

The CCGs exist to safeguard humanity in a world where flesh-eating ghouls live among the human population.

The Commission of Counter Ghoul (CCG) is a federal agency tasked with investigating and solving ghouls related crimes.

To join the CCG, applicants must have graduated from a Ghoul Investigator Training Academy or Ghoul Countermeasures Training Center.

Similar to a military force, the CCG has a structured ranking system that defines an investigator’s authority and skill level.

Graduates from the academy start as rank three investigators and work their way up the ranks to become special-class investigators.

Here is an overview of the Commission of Counter Ghoul Ranking System.

The CCG Ranking System Explained

Tokyo ghoul CCG logo

The CCG is divided into two main divisions: The Ghoul investigator and the Bureau investigator.

The Ghoul Investigators are specialized experts tasked with tracking down, containing, and eliminating ghouls to protect the civilians of Japan. They are usually referred to as Doves by the ghouls.

Under normal conditions, only Academy graduates are qualified to become ghoul investigators and start as Rank 2 Investigators.

However, rare exceptions do exist where the officer starts out as a Rank 3 Investigator.

Then there are the Bureau Investigators who work at the CCG’s offices and deal mostly with paperwork.

They only join the front lines in dire situations as backups for the ghoul investigators.

The Bureau Investigators are trained at the Ghoul Countermeasures Training Center.

After graduating, they are sent to a branch office in one of Tokyo’s wards and start their career as Rank 3 investigators.

The ranking system primarily impacts Ghoul Investigators since Bureau Investigators hardly ever rise above rank 3.

Rank influences various facets of an investigator’s career, including their level of responsibility, access to dangerous missions and targets, rate of pay, and much more.

The investigator rank is divided into two separate categories: The senior and junior Investigator.

As the term suggests, the senior investigators are highly experienced officers.

While Junior investigators are subordinates, who are still in the training phase. They are strong in some areas but are restricted to take on certain missions and targets.

Senior investigators’ rank starts at first class through the special class. In contrast, junior investigators begin at ranks 3 through 1.

CCG Investigator Ranks in Order

Below is a list of the investigator ranks from lowest to highest.

  1. Rank 3
  2. Rank 2 (Third Class)
  3. Rank 1 (Second Class)
  4. First class
  5. Associate Special Class
  6. Special Class

6. Rank 3

Ippei Kusaba
Ippei Kusaba

This rank is majorly held by Bureau investigators. They start their career and hardly ever rise beyond this rank.

They spend their days at the CCG’s offices majorly doing the paperwork for the agency and only join the front line in dire situations as backups for the ghoul investigators.

Ghoul investigators who start their career at rank 3 are considered “exceptional cases,” appointed without undergoing official training at the academy.

5. Rank 2 (Third Class)

Saiko Yonebayashi with her hammer of justice
Saiko Yonebayashi with her hammer of justice

Ghoul investigators majorly start their career at rank 2 after graduating from the Ghoul Investigator Training Academy.

They are relatively new to the force and are usually partnered with a senior investigator.

These investigators must build up strength, accumulate experience, and achieve various amazing feats to be liable for a promotion.

4. Rank 1 (Second Class)

Kichimura Washuu
Kichimura Washuu

This is the highest rank assigned to a junior investigator. They are usually officers with experience but not yet at the pinnacle of their careers.

Rank 1 investigators still have a long way to grow and become senior investigators of the special class. They can’t even take on an A-rated Ghoul.

On average, rank 1 investigators are usually around twenty-seven years old when assigned this rank.

3. First class

Nobu Shimoguchi
Nobu Shimoguchi

We’ve now reached the ranks of the big shots. The first class is the lowest rank assigned to a senior investigator.

They are exceptionally skilled officers who are frequently in charge of training juniors but are also capable of handling themselves in a fight.

They can successfully take on C-rated through S-rated ghouls alone, which is no small accomplishment.

Few investigators advance past this rank and reaching it before their thirties is considered the benchmark for an extraordinary investigator.

2. Associate Special Class

Shiki Kijima
Shiki Kijima

This is the second highest rank in the agency, usually attained by a few number of investigators.

They possess the authority to oversee operations and manage certain wards as required.

Investigators of this level are usually able to take on SS-Rated and SSS-Rated Ghouls, second only to special-class investigators.

1. Special Class

Kishou Arima
Kishou Arima

This is the highest possible rank in the CCG agency, attained by a relatively tiny fraction of investigators.

The Special class investigators are usually on an entirely different level from all other investigators.

They are regarded as the strongest of all investigators and oversee the day-to-day operations of their assigned wards.

They frequently take part in official agency meetings, where their opinions are heavily weighted. We also get to see them in action now and then.

What Rank Is Ken Kanaki as an Investigator?

Kaneki as a CCG Investigator
Kaneki as a CCG Investigator

At some point in the series, Kaneki lost his memory after being defeated and captured by Arima, a special-class investigator.

He was granted a new identity and began working as an investigator for the CCG under the name Haise Sasaki.

Haise quickly ascended the ranks during his brief tenure as an investigator, acquiring the moniker Black Reaper while becoming an Associate Special Class Investigator.

Later, after regaining his memories and accepting himself as Kaneki, he left the agency to rule the ghouls as the One-Eyed King.

CCG’s Investigator Character Rank Table

Koutarou AmonSpecial Class Investigator (Defected)
Kiyoko AuraSpecial Class Investigator
Kousuke HoujiSpecial Class Investigator (Dead)
Fujishige IbaSpecial Class Investigator (Retired)
Iwao KuroiwaSpecial Class Investigator
Itsuki MarudeSpecial Class Investigator
Yukinori ShinoharaSpecial Class Investigator (Resigned)
Juuzou SuzuyaSpecial Class Investigator
Mougan TanakamaruSpecial Class Investigator (Resigned)
Koori UiSpecial Class Investigator
Mikito UrieSpecial Class Investigator (Dead)
Matsuri WashuuSpecial Class Investigator
Tooru MutsukiSpecial Class Investigator
Ken Kanaki | Haise SasakiAssociate Special Class Investigator (Defected)
ArineAssociate Special Class Investigator (Dead)
Daisuke AtouAssociate Special Class Investigator (Dead)
Mutsumi ChinoAssociate Special Class Investigator (Unknown Status)
Chuu HachikawaAssociate Special Class Investigator (Dead)
Shiki KijimaAssociate Special Class Investigator (Dead)
Akira MadoAssociate Special Class Investigator (Defected)
Kasuka MadoAssociate Special Class Investigator (Dead)
Taishi FuraAssociate Special Class Investigator
Kuki UrieAssociate Special Class Investigator
Naoto HayashimuraFirst Class Investigator
Take HirakoFirst Class Investigator (Defected)
Ayumu HogiFirst Class Investigator
Hairu IheiFirst Class Investigator (Dead)
Kenta IsaiFirst Class Investigator
Juuji IsoyamaFirst Class Investigator
Kuramoto ItouFirst Class Investigator
Yukio KurodawaraFirst Class Investigator (Dead)
Kureo MadoFirst Class Investigator (Dead)
Keijin NakaraiFirst Class Investigator
NiharuFirst Class Investigator (Dead)
Ryouta OoshibaFirst Class Investigator (Dead)
Nobu ShimoguchiFirst Class Investigator (Dead)
Hirokazu TainakaFirst Class Investigator
Hidenori TateshimaFirst Class Investigator
YanagiFirst Class Investigator
Yusa ArimaFirst Class Investigator
Hanbee AbaraRank 1 Investigator
Tomonori AkaiRank 1 Investigator (Dead)
Ching-Li HsiaoRank 1 Investigator
Takeomi KuroiwaRank 1 Investigator
Tougo KurumataniRank 1 Investigator
Katsuya MabuchiRank 1 Investigator
Shinji MichibataRank 1 Investigator (Dead)
Miyuki MikageRank 1 Investigator
OkahiraRank 1 Investigator (Defected)
Shion SatomiRank 1 Investigator (Dead)
Ryuuta SawaikeRank 1 Investigator (Dead)
Shunichi ShibashiRank 1 Investigator (Dead)
Mizurou TamakiRank 1 Investigator
Kichimura WashuuRank 1 Investigator (Dead)
Miho TogaRank 1 Investigator (Dead)
Fuuma YukimichiRank 1 Investigator
Waka AsachiRank 2 Investigator (Dead)
Shinsanpei AuraRank 2 Investigator (Defected)
Haru FujimiRank 2 Investigator
Misato GoriRank 2 Investigator
Shougo KukiyamaRank 2 Investigator
Sakino MuraRank 2 Investigator (Dead)
Yasuhito NezuRank 2 Investigator (Dead)
Jun NumaRank 2 Investigator (Dead)
Yuuta OkamochiRank 2 Investigator (Dead)
Ginshi ShirazuRank 2 Investigator (Dead)
Erina TagataRank 2 Investigator (Dead)
Seidou TakizawaRank 2 Investigator (Defected)
Hina TougiRank 2 Investigator (Dead)
Masami UmenoRank 2 Investigator (Dead)
Saiko YonebayashiRank 2 Investigator
ToujouRank 2 Investigator
Touma HigemaruRank 3 Investigator
Ippei KusabaRank 3 Investigator