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Not much is known about Apocryphos' past, though the Noah within Tyki claims to have been searching for it for around 7000 years.[1]

Apo and Red

Apocryphos watches Red

7 years ago, Apocryphos was observing the Garvey Circus from afar, seemingly stalking Red, an errand boy belonging to the circus. One day he entered the circus and bumped into Cosimov, shoving the clown on the ground and making him drop a vial of poison. As the young man hailed him, Apocryphos apologized.[2] The next day at dawn, Apocryphos watches Mana D. Campbell and Red mourn Allen and bond over their grief. He then cryptically comments that the two are bound by fate, and that the boy will destroy the Earl of Millennium, reviving the Heart[3]. Later he watches the two performing in the street. When Mana walks away and Red goes after him, the boy passes just by the human-shaped innocence.[4]


Seed of Destruction arc[]

Apocryphos is first seen, under the guise of the Unnamed Cardinal, accidentally being egged alongside Johnny Gill in the cafeteria by those who did not approve of Johnny still supporting Allen.[5] After cleaning himself up, he assures Allen's friends that he will not be executed[6] before going off to reorder his ruined lunch.

Cardinal Allen

Cardinal tries to "heal" Allen

Later, when Allen begins to have problems with his inner Noah, the Cardinal arrives to 'heal' him.[7] Howard Link, who has been watching Allen, backs off, only to notice that the guards outside of the room have been knocked out, just before he notices the Cardinal's hand transforming as he talks about the Heart being worried about Allen.[8]

Feather-like tendrils grow out of the Cardinal's hand, and he uses them to damage Allen,[9] and when Link attempts to defend Allen, the Cardinal outmaneuvers him, clasping Link's head in his hands and causing more of the feather-like substance to grow out of Link's eyes.[10]

Allen, who thinks the Cardinal is about to kill Link, lashes out with his Crowned Clown, piercing the Cardinal's skull,[11] and when Allen begins to panic over killing a fellow 'human,' the Cardinal simply walks back to Allen and states that there is no one so deeply connected to Innocence as Allen before resuming his attempts to 'absorb' him. During this Allen sees into the Cardinal's memories. Through this, Allen learns that it was the Cardinal who had attacked his master, Cross Marian, using Cross' own Innocence, Judgment.[12]


Apocrphos vs Tyki

Tyki Mikk and Road Kamelot then arrive, Tyki saving Allen from the Cardinal[13] and Road comforting him.[14] The Cardinal, who has been dealt a heavy amount of damage, starts to recover and begins to change his form. Allen noting as he does that he feels like an Accommodator. Tyki tells Allen that the Cardinal is not an Accommodator, but rather an independent Innocence that exists solely to protect the Heart.[15] Tyki then notes that the Earl of Millennium calls it Apocryphos.[16]

His true form revealed, Apocryphos engages Tyki in battle, quickly overpowering him.[17] Allen then rushes in and attacks Apocryphos, enraged over his hand in Cross' death.[18] Apocryphos states that Allen as a parasitic type has been influenced for years and resumes trying to absorb Allen, telling him that he is trying to help him. Crown Clown refuses to attack and Apocryphos states that it wishes for Allen to be absorbed, claiming that the greater power will suppress the 14th. Allen tells him the thought of joining with him makes him sick.[19] Enraged, Apocryphos prepares to deliver a fierce blow to Allen, but Road throws herself between them and is hit, instead.[20]

Link then rises and intervenes, using a destructive CROW seal on Apocryphos that results in a large explosion.[21] As Tyki escapes with Timcanpy, Allen and Road, Apocryphos attacks Link and assures Allen that he will not let him escape.[22] Apocryphos then resumes his Cardinal disguise and slips away,[23] going after Allen and tracking him with his powers over Innocence.[24]

Searching for A.W. arc[]

Three months later, Apocryphos arrives at a train station in London, in his Cardinal disguise, still tracking Allen Walker and vowing that Allen will not escape from him this time. Apocryphos appears again later on and asks Kanda how much the watch is. Kanda tells him that it is a repair shop and not a regular store. Meanwhile, Allen's Innocence reacts to Apocryphos' presence, knowing that he is near. Apocryphos expresses his regrets that the watch cannot be purchased but as he glares up at Timcanpy, he is crushed. However, he quickly recovers, piercing Timcanpy with tendrils of Innocence and throwing him back. A fight ensues between Apocryphos and Kanda but Apocryphos makes quick work of Kanda. He then informs Tim that he's aware of Tim's single weakness and despite a last ditch effort by Kanda to defeat him, Apocryphos still manages to pierce Tim with a peculiar shard from his mouth.


Apocryphos being ambushed by Jasdevi

Apocryphos then decides to leave Allen alone, stating to the two unconscious fighters he'll keep his promise for today and marvels at Timcanpy to end his life for his master's sake. As he leaves, he recalls the information inside Kanda's head and discovers that Link is alive. He notes that his betrayal is a felony regardless the reason and that Link will be pursued to death. He notes Lvellie's obsession to the 14th is what caused Link's predicament. Apocryphos then grows wings and blinds the civilians, erasing their memories of him all the while stating this is all for the Heart. Just then a large spiked coffin appears from the ground and closes on him and he easily breaks out of it only to be shot at point blank range by the Noah twins Jasdero and Devit and loses his head. A large monster erupts from where his head was and the twins begin to fight him.

Later on, the twins report to Fiedla that together with Cheryl and Maushyma they successfully captured Apocryphos and ask for Tyki's assistance. Waiting for Tyki, the twins have fun changing the form of the monster capturing Apocryphos in front of an annoyed Cheryl and a bored Maushyma.[25]


  1. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 203, Page 23
  2. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 235
  3. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 236
  4. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 237
  5. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 202, Page 19
  6. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 202
  7. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 202, Page 31
  8. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 202, Page 32
  9. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 203, Page 4
  10. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 203, Page 8
  11. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 203, Page 10
  12. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 203, Page 16
  13. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 203, Page 20
  14. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 203, Page 25
  15. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 203, Page 28
  16. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 203, Page 29
  17. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 204, Page 9
  18. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 204, Page 11
  19. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 204, Page 16
  20. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 204, Page 17
  21. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 204, Page 20
  22. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 204, Page 26
  23. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 205, Page 7
  24. D.Gray-man Manga Chapter 205, Page 16
  25. Volume 25, Bonus