Ray (レイ, Rei) is one of the main protagonists of The Promised Neverland and a former orphan from Grace Field House which he escaped from.


Ray was born on January 15, 2034, from Isabella, immediately after his birth, Ray was removed from his mother's hands, and a year later in 2035, he being sent to Plant 3, growing up along with Norman, Emma and several other children.


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Jailbreak ArcEdit

Promised Forest ArcEdit

Search For Minerva ArcEdit

Goldy Pond ArcEdit

Cuvitidala ArcEdit


Ray has dark, somewhat messy hair that slightly cover's his left eye, he wears the standard white uniform. He has dark eyes and a slender appearance wearing usually a tired like look. Ray stopped wearing the standard uniform when he arrived at the shelter where he found new clothes. He began wearing long, black pants, a black shirt, and a long white-colored coat together with the old brown shoes he wore at the Grace Field House.


Ray's strengths are his cunningness, sharp wits, and his manipulative nature, he is also rational, logical and highly intelligent, Ray is an academically inclined young boy who excels in the orphanage's daily tests, he also uses his intelligence to decipher problems and to come out with solutions.

An outspoken person with little patience for inconvenience and silliness (like Emma's), he frequently loses his temper or is often left dumbfonded when people such as Emma displays reckless behaviour and intentions, noticeably when he considered Emma as an "airhead" when she intended to rescue every orphan from Grace Field.[6]

Ray attempting to burn himself

Ray attempts to burn himself, showing the courageous side of him.

According to the data Krone obtained, Ray is a person who gives up easily. This was specifically proven when after the plan of saving Norman got foiled, Ray lost hope and excluded himself from helping the others to devise another plan to escape.[7]

Ray also seems to be rather aloof and introverted, as he often excludes himself from playing with the other orphans and prefers to read a book instead. However, he is able to interact well with his fellow siblings and is fiercely loyal to them. Even if there are times when they do not get along, he still deeply cares about their well-being and would go to great lengths to keep them safe.

Ray is also noted to be extremely courageous and audacious. He willingly risked his life by lighting himself on fire in order to allow the plan of the orphans' escape to run smoothly; he sacrificed his life to lure the man-eaters away from the other orphans; he has the nerves to blow up B06-32 (a shelter vital to both the orphans and the man) in order to get Yuugo to cooperate with him and Emma.

Skills and AbilitiesEdit


Ray is an extremely intelligent and cunning strategist. He is a highly studious boy. Ray gains knowledge of the outside world from the books that he reads hence act as a trump card for the group during and after their escape from the Grace Field House. Ray is also extremely perceptive, as it is revealed that he realized years ago that the "orphanage" is, in fact, a farm, with the children as livestock, without ever having to actually see the reality with his own eyes (like Emma and Norman) in order to realize this fact.
Ray was also the first human (possibly aside from those working for the demons) to discover the demons' physical weakness (their middle eyes) and managed to get Emma to slay a wild demon before it ate him. Hence showing his capability in quick-thinking under pressure in a life-and-death situation l.
Ray and Pepe cooking

Ray and Pepe cooking Yakisoba.

Enhanced StaminaEdit

Ray has proven himself to possess incredible stamina. He, together with Emma managed to follow Yuugo for hours without slowing down or losing track of him when they followed him to Goldy Pond.citation needed Ray was also able to outrun a wild demon for several minutes before Emma killed it.citation needed

Culinary SkillsEdit

Ray was shown to be an excellent and talented cook when he and Pepe helped Yuugo to make Yakisoba for his food stand. He was also fast at cooking them.[8]

Relationships Edit

Norman Edit

Norman's intelligence

Ray is familiar with Norman's strategic skills.

Growing up together for almost their entire lives, Ray has been close friends and brotherly figures with Norman in Grace Field. Of all the orphans, Norman is the closest to him besides Emma and often hang out with one another ever since they are toddlers, most noticeably when the three went to explore the gates which surrounds and guards the orphanage.

After discovering that Isabella is evil, Norman was the only other person besides Emma Ray initially put his trust on when they strategized their plan to escape from Grace Field. Ray acknowledges and understands Norman's strengths and weaknesses – knowing how Norman is one of the smartest children in the orphanage, he sees Norman as a strength and trump card he and the others can use.

Norman is one of the people that Ray swore not to let die, he believes Norman to be more logical and less reckless as opposed to Emma and hence trusts and rely on him more. This was proven when Ray was dumbfonded by Emma's reckless intention of rescuing all of the orphans and thus Ray preferred to work and rely on Norman more. The two, however, do have opposing views on various situations, like when Ray wanting to leave the others behind to heighten the chance of their survival, while Norman, believing in Emma, wants to help find a way to help everyone escape. While they have incredible differences, they are two of the smartest children and are making their effort to escape.

After Norman was shipped out from Grace Field, Ray was devastated and greatly saddened over the loss of his friend to the degree of "giving up" and excluding himself from devising the escape plan with the other orphans. Ray (and Emma) mourned over their friend   –whom they supposed is already dead– over a period of 4 months. Eventually, Ray revealed how he still had the desire to help Emma and the rest to make their escape, partially due to his thirst in avenging Norman. Hence showing the deep bond and friendship the two had.

Emma Edit

Ray and Emma arguing

Emma straightforwardly denied Ray.

Ray has a rather complex relationship with his close friend and adoptive sister. As their personalities are arranged to contrast with each other's; with Emma being a jovial, gullible and sociable person and Ray as more of an edgy and sharp-witted introvert. He often displays a brusque, casual attitude with her, which belies their deep bond and care for each other.

Emma slap Ray

Emma slapped Ray.

Despite his blunt exterior, he is always looking out for her, and will not hesitate to comfort or reassure her when he senses that she needs him to. Like typical siblings (or at least friends), they do not always agree and Emma's nature and opinions sometimes get on Ray's nerves. Since their escape from Grace Field, Ray has been an aid in her plans, and has gained more respect for her as their leader.

Isabella Edit

In his early youth, Ray revealed to Isabella that he knew the orphanage's true purpose. Since his early youth, Ray worked as a double-agent for Isabella. In reality, he has been planning escaping this whole time. While they mutually converse, their relationship remains tense. Ray knows Isabella will proceed with sending Ray and his friends to their deaths. This leads Ray to determine the best way to deceive Isabella, and avoid this outcome. It is later revealed that Isabella and Ray are in fact biologically mother and son, respectively. [9]

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Yuugo Edit

Ray and Yuugo do not see eye to eye ever since they first met. Their animosity deepens as soon as Yuugo threatens to kill him and Emma. During journey to Gold Pond, Ray is very suspicious of Yuugo and never lets his guard down around him. After their escape from Goldy Pond, Ray and Yuugo have come to terms and are now friendlier towards to each other.

Krone Edit

Ray tells his mama that Krone is acting on herself. It is currently unknown how Ray feels about Krone after she decided to help the children.

Leuvis Edit

Reactions to Emma getting stabbed

Ray stares in horror as he sees Emma getting stabbed by Leuvis.

Being enemies at the very start, Ray sees Leuvis as a threat and an enemy. In hopes of avenging Emma who Leuvis impaled, Ray consistently attempted to kill Leuvis alongside Yuugo, Nigel, Violet and Adam, and succeeded in doing so as Yuugo shot Leuvis in his eye, "killing" him in the process.

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  • Ray, unlike the other orphans, didn't experience childhood amnesia. This contributed greatly to his discovery about the truth of the orphanage. It is likely that he has hypermnesia- abnormally sharp or vivid recall.
  • The following are Ray's rankings in some of The Promised Neverland's official popularity polls.
    • Announced in Chapter 75, Ray is in 3rd place in the Color Illustration Character Poll which was held on The Promised Neverland's official LINE account.
    • In Shounen Jump's popularity poll results released in May 2018 in Chapter 88 of the Manga, Ray is in 3rd place.
    • In commemoration of the manga's 2nd Anniversary, in Shounen Jump's 2nd popularity poll results released in September 2018 in Chapter 102, Ray is in 3rd place with a total of 4651 votes.
  • One of Ray's favourite things to do is dissassembling machines. He likes to take items such as clocks apart together with Norman when they were younger.[10]
  • Posuka Demizu considers Ray to be a fast character to create as compared to Norman and Emma.[11]
  • Ray's dream when he can get into the human world in future is to see the famous Mona Lisa painting and the Sagrada familia church in Barcelona, Spain.[12]


  1. The Promised Neverland Manga: Chapter 37, page 12
  2. The Promised Neverland Manga: Chapter 1
  3. The Promised Neverland Manga: Chapter 32
  4. The Promised Neverland Manga: Chapter 102
  5. The Promised Neverland Manga: Chapter 31, page 19
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  8. The Promised Neverland Manga Chapter 97 Omake, page 24
  9. The Promised Neverland Manga: Chapter 37
  10. The Promised Neverland Questionnaire #2
  11. The Promised Neverland Questionnaire #1
  12. The Promised Neverland 100th Chapter Commemoration Questionnaire #8

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The Promised Neverland Characters
Main Characters: Emma  •  Norman  •  Ray
Escapees: Emma  •  Ray  •  Gilda  •  Don  •  Anna  •  Nat  •  Thoma  •  Lani  •  Dominic  •  Jemima  •  Mark  •  Ivet  •  Cristy  •  Alicia  •  Rossi
Shipped Out: Norman  •  Leslie  •  Conny   •  Hao   •  Cedi
Orphans: Phil  •  Shelly  •  Naila  •  Maya  •  Eugene  •  Carol
Grace Field House: Grandmother  •  Isabella  •  Krone
Ratri Clan: Peter Ratri  •  James Ratri  •  Andrew
Goldy Pond: Yuugo  •  Lucas  •  Oliver  •  Violet  •  Theo  •  Nigel  •  Zack  •  Sonia  •  Pepe  •  Gillian  •  Paula  •  Sandy  •  Adam  •  Monica   •  Jake   •  Windmill Girl
Main Group: DemonKing Name  •  Unnamed Demon
Heathens: Mujika  •  Sonju
Poachers: Lewis  •  Nous   •  Bayon   •  Nouma   •  Luce