It's virtually impossible to list tropes for these characters without spoiling everything or creating Self Fulfilling Spoilers because of the large amount of surprising reveals and murderer/victim exclusive tropes this game contains.
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Ultimate Lucky Student (Unlucky?) (Ultimate Hope)
"Well, if I’m forced to give one redeeming trait, I guess I’d say I’m a little more optimistic than most people."
An utterly unremarkable Ordinary High-School Student who was only selected to attend Hope's Peak Academy through a random lottery, giving him the title of Ultimate Lucky Student. Naegi cites his most notable features as being his slightly below-average luck and his optimism. He takes command during the investigations after becoming the prime suspect in the first murder due to Maizono's machinations. He ends up motivating the surviving students to unite against Monokuma, securing their freedom from the school and gaining the title of "Ultimate Hope".
Amateur Sleuth: As the main character in a mystery game, he tends to be the one pulling the students through the trials, with some help from Kirigiri whenever he gets stuck.
Born Lucky: The reason he was accepted into Hope's Peak; he was randomly chosen from all the ordinary students in Japan. This is why he is considered to be the "Ultimate Lucky Student"...
Born Unlucky: ...but he himself believes he has super-bad luck. The sidestory Makoto Naegi's Worst Day Ever confirms this. His bad luck is so obscenely potent that everyone around him is infected with it as well. According to the story, his worst luck of all was getting picked to attend Hope's Peak... in the second round of the lottery. The person who won the first round never got their invitation letter, because the mail courier passed through Naegi's general area and the letter was consequently destroyed.
Catch Phrase: "You've got that wrong!" whenever he points out a contradiction during trials.
Chekhov's Skill: His talent/"skill" of being lucky ends up working out in his favor several times:
In Case 01, the murder happens in his room, not Maizono's, as Kuwata thought. Naegi, as the room's actual owner, knew the shower room's door was misaligned. Since the boys' rooms don't have locks on their showers, this was what proved the culprit couldn't have been him, since the culprit didn't know that fact and opted to unscrew the door handle entirely.
In Case 03, Celes executes an elaborate, multi-faceted murder plot involving the murder of an accomplice. She essentially is taking a huge gamble. On a meta level, she gambled against someone whose talent is being lucky.
In Case 05's good ending, Alter Ego infects the system in just enough time to save Naegi from his execution. He doesn't have enough time in the bad ending.
Defiant to the End: He stalwartly resists Enoshima's final attempt to browbeat him into falling into despair. She is annoyed to no end by this, and even admits that she absolutely hates him for his courage because it is "boring".
Distressed Dude: Despite being the main character he often needs to be rescued by the others. In the main story, Kirigiri saves him twice one by Junko when she attempts to kill him and frame her for the crime and the second time is after his failed execution and Kirigiri gets him out of the garbage dump.
In IF after Naegi takes the blow for Mukuro that was meant to kill her, she has to carry him to the infirmary to save him from dying.
He even gets into a bad situation in Dangan Ronpa Zero where the SHSL Bodyguard holds him hostage at one point.
Due to the Dead: He argues to Kirigiri that Mukuro Ikusaba's body should be handled with respect and not left out in the open, because, despite everything she may have done, she was still a victim in the end and should be treated as such.
The Dulcinea Effect: He's been pining after Maizono for a long time, and swears to stay by her side throughout Monokuma's game. Cruelly deconstructed when it's revealed that this is exactly why she was setting him up to take the fall for her.
The Everyman: Which is why his title is based on Luck, he is so normal he only got in due to the luck of the draw.
Failed a Spot Check: Naegi is sometimes a worrisomely long time about coming to pretty straightforward conclusions or noticing something obvious about a piece of evidence. In the worst cases either Kirigiri or Togami will point out a detail to him, but he will still fail to figure out the meaning of it until he prompted to consider it again during a trial. It is mostly done for rather transparent plot reasons.
Fashion Dissonance: During a free time segment with Ishimaru, he insists that Naegi's trendy hoodie is inappropriate for Hope's Peak Academy because it's chaotic and would throw discipline out of order. He'll change his mind if you tell him it's a safety helmet, though.
Friend to All Living Things: He was in an animal-rearing club when he was younger, and was able to calm down a large crane that ended up in the school pool. While hanging out with Owada, the options for his favorite animal include bears.
Heroes Love Dogs: Naegi can express this in a free-time event with Owada (along with cats or bears, though dogs are the best option to advance the event).
Hope Bringer: His defining trait is his optimism, which keeps everyone else from falling into despair. It turns out that this is his real talent, and what he uses to destroy the Mastermind.
Hypocrite: Accused for being one by Kirigiri for keeping a secret from her after he convinced her to trust him:
Kirigiri: Asking to hear other's secrets while keeping your own to yourself is rather cowardly, don't you think?
Idiot Hair: Has a noticeable spike sticking out on the top of his head, though he's not stupid, just a bit naive.
Nice Guy: His real super high-school talent seems to be the ability to get along with just about anyone, even the more difficult students like Togami or Celes. Even the most anti-social of classmates can be befriended in free time events.
On the flip-side his niceness is exploited several time by the other students, who has Naegi doing stuff they don't want to do themselves or consider dangerous, including going through doors that might or might not be bobby trapped. Naegi himself starts to snark about it near the endgame.
Why do I get to be the human bomb-detector all the time?
Meaningful Name: One meaning of makoto is truth/honesty. He's the one who solves the "truth" of the matter in every school trial. And when he keeps a secret about Oogami from Kirigiri, it really pisses Kirigiri off and Naegi feels guilty about it the whole time.
Messianic Archetype: Just look at the last trial in Chapter 6, if you don't believe it. He delivers some lines about hope and love and refusing to give into the despair crafted by Enoshima aka the Big Bad that would make Sailor Moonproud. In fact, finishing the game and getting the good ending has you-as-Naegi returning their hopes to the other living students, screaming 'You Must Not Lose Hope!! among other things. Kirigiri implies that this trait may mean that he may actually be Ultimate Hope instead of Ultimate Lucky Student.
Older Than He Looks: Though not as bad as Fujisaki, he looks and sounds fairly young for his age in the Japanese dub and is the second shortest student (alongside Asahina).
Ordinary High-School Student: In contrast to all the other students who are at Hope's Peak due to their extraordinary talents, Naegi's "talent" is simply being an ordinary student who was randomly chosen by lottery. Which is what makes him extraordinary in this particular setting, believe it or not. He does note that he's slightly more optimistic than other people as well. "Hope" and optimism are kind of the same thing too, and it's because he never gives up on hope that he's able to derail Enoshima's scheme in the end.
Monokuma: You're very good at repeating what other people say. That's what I call User Friendly. You're the worst.
Ridiculously Average Guy: He thinks this about himself. He seems to be above-average in crime-solving, however, because he's the only one who never jumps to conclusions or jumps on the bandwagon like the other students and thus can point out holes in his opponents' arguments, which is why he's the one who solves every case.
Teens Are Short: The second shortest person in the group only beating Fujisaki by a few centimeters. It's probably why he looks like one of the younger members.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: Even while his classmates are killing each other, he tries to think the best of people. He even notes his optimism as his one outstanding trait. This pays off near the end, where he counters Enoshima's despair and renews the hopes of his classmates, putting a stop to Enoshima's scheme. He even gets a new SHSL title for it: Ultimate Hope.
Ultimate Moral Compass
“My name is Kiyotaka Ishimaru! My motto in life is Simplicity and Fortitude! Let’s all work together and study hard!”
Ishimaru prizes one thing above all else: order. He's constantly preaching the virtues of exercising, respecting your elders, etc. He takes a role of leadership amongst the students, encouraging them to stick together, but not everybody listens or takes him seriously. He initially has a fierce rivalry with Owada, but the two end up becoming Blood Brothers over their mutual passion. He is bludgeoned to death in Chapter 3 by Hifumi Yamada, who was acting under the instructions of Celes.
The Ace: Subverted and Played for Laughs. He'd probably be spearheading the trials if not for his idealism, which prevents him from really suspecting anyone. And some of the students just ignore him.
Class Representative: Unofficially takes on this role in the class, even if Despair Academy doesn't have the usual school activities. Up until his Heroic BSOD, at least.
Determinator: To the extant that he insists on following school rules and guidelines to maintain order despite Hope's Peak Academy being a school in name alone at this point.
Dropped a Bridge on Him: Compared to the other victims in the game. While his death might have been a shock, the fact of it is not as attention-drawing later in the chapter.
Death by Irony: In his Free Time Events, Ishimaru states his ambition is to become a great leader and repair his families tarnished reputation. Not only does he fail to do any of that, but he beaten to death after being falsely accused of commiting rape and then promptly ignored by everyone, possibly the most humiliating fate possible.
Japanese Pronouns: "Boku", despite having the Hot-Blooded personality that would make you think of him as an ore user. Makes sense: he wants to do his best by the rules, so ore would be way too "rebellious". As Ishida he has no such reservations and switches to using "ore" instead, since that was also Mondo's preferred pronoun.
Large Ham: Gets even hammier after he becomes Ishida.
Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: After Ishimaru snaps out of his Heroic BSOD after Owada's death, it isn't clear whether he's really channeling Owada's spirit to become Ishida or if he's just adopting Owada's mannerisms as a way to cope with the whole ordeal.
Meaningful Rename: The name "Ishida" is a portmanteau of Ishimaru and Owada. Likewise the name Kiyondo is a combination of Kiyotaka and Mondo.
Mr. Fanservice: In the anime, he's the go-guy who'd go topless (especially when sauna is involved) and shows off his well-built muscles on the chest. Manservice indeed.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted. He's one of the nicest students, and never kills anyone, not even after his "transformation."
School Uniforms are the New Black: According to him, he wears his uniform all the time, even during school holidays. He even admits to having ten of the exact same one.
Sins of Our Fathers: His grandfather was seen as a genius, and became Prime Minister. Unfortunately, being a genius didn't bar him from making bad decisions. Ishimaru hopes to restore their family's good name through his own successes, as well prove that being a 'natural born genius' can't compete with hard work and dedication.
The scion of the wealthy Togami family, and one groomed to become a success since childhood. Togami has no intention of becoming friends with his fellow captives, seeing them as competitors in a challenge to be won. Intelligent, calculating and utterly ruthless, Togami is a force to be reckoned with. He tampers with the crime scene in Chapter 2 so he could scout out his competition and determine who would be the biggest threat to his own "graduation" attempt. In Chapter 4 he realises that Monokuma has no intention of running a fair contest, and turns his crosshairs to it instead. United with the other students against Monokuma, he survives the final trial and escapes with everyone.
Adaptational Heroism: While he's still a huge jerkass in the anime, at least he doesn't openly and contemptuously talk about his plans to eventually be the successful villain.
Aristocrats Are Evil: Well not actually "evil" since he never kills anyone, he is very amoral and a mean, selfish jerk to his classmates.
Berserk Button: Being called simply an 'Heir', with the implication that he was just fortunate to be born into wealth, seriously ticks him off. No, Togami is convinced he's just naturally superior, period.
Not naturally per se. Spending time with him reveals his title of heir comes from proving himself by winning a competition against his half-siblings as a Togami family tradition to choose the fittest to lead their corporate group. The losers don't get any of the inheritance, being expected to join the "plebeians". It's worth to notice he is the youngest sibling.
Blue Blood: Comes from the incredibly wealthy Togami family. In the final trial, we find out that he is the Sole Survivor of them thanks to "The Worst, Most Despair-inducing Incident in the History of Mankind". Togami didn't know this until then, and he did NOT take it well.
Bookworm: Uses a majority of his time digging through the school's library after it is rendered accessible in Chapter 2.
Even Evil Has Standards: Even he finds the Mastermind's Lack of Empathy disturbing - particularly because the Mastermind apparently found her assassinating of her own twin sister to be a pleasurable experience.
For most of the game he disregards and/or mocks cooperative efforts like the breakfast meetings and the Night Time rule. In the first chapter, though, he stirs himself to suggest Ogami accompany boys on garbage duty after Kuwata accuses Yamada of doing so with ulterior and perverted motives.
Fiction500: His family's ungodly rich already, but Togami at one point mentions dabbling in stocks to kill time, and making millions more in one day. He only stopped because it was too easy. He casually mentions that he has a personal account with "pocket money" for private use. Said account contains forty billion Yen.
Figure It Out Yourself: Justified by his desire to solve the crimes on his own and grandly present them to his ignorant classmates during the trial.
For the Evulz: He crucified Fujisaki's body and placed the blame for his murder on Genocider Syo just to make a bigger spectacle out of the second trial.
Heel-Face Turn: After Chapter 4's events, he decides to stop participating in the game and devotes himself to bringing down Monokuma. He's still a jerk, though.
Heroic BSOD: Seems dangerously near one thanks to Enoshima revealing that the rest of his family has kicked the bucket. Ultimately averted though: Instead of sinking to despair, he decides that he can rebuild the Togami family.
Hypocrite: Regularly withholds important information so that he can try to dramatically reveal it during the trials, but gets pissed off whenever he learns somebody else knows something he doesn't. To say nothing of how outraged he is over someone else tampering with a crime scene. Also, he claims Kirigiri's lack of squeamishness around corpses is unnatural when in the previous chapter he desecrated Fujisaki's body.
Jerkass: The largest jerk of the main cast, only possibly upstaged by the Mastermind themselves.
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: While there are occasionally hints that he might admire his peers (namely Naegi and Kirigiri) more than he lets on, they are few and far between - and his contempt remains constant throughout his stay at Hope's Peak.
Jerkass Has a Point: From time to time, such as when he reminds Naegi that just because he might not be motivated to kill by one of Monokuma's incentives, he can't assume everyone feels the same way...
Lack of Empathy: Which certainly helps him remain cold and distant to his peers.
Non-Idle Rich: It's said that he holds a number of management positions in his family's company.
Not So Different: Monokuma explictedly points out their similiar mindsets, which doesn't go over well with Togami. He also reacts poorly to the suggestion that, like Naegi, he benefited from good fortune by being born into the right family.
Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: When Naegi expresses surprise that he's allowed to play the stock market at his age, he simply replies "my name is Byakuya Togami" as though that should explain everything.
Smug Snake: Byakuya, on top of being a jerk who thinks he's better than everyone, isn't nearly as smart as he thinks he is.
Sole Survivor: Of the Togami family. We only find this out in the final trial, and Togami himself didn't take the news well.
Tempting Fate: In chapter 2, Togami claims that dying is "not even a possibility" for him. That's just asking for trouble. Ultimately subverted. Despite gaining the attentions of a serial killer, Togami survives the despair game.
Took a Level in Kindness: A Downplayed Trope. After learning of Oogami's suicide, he acts more cooperative to the remaining survivors in investigations. This isn't to say that he still isn't a jerk, as he still makes his disdain for the shortcomings of his companions known.
Tsundere: This is how Fukawa (and Syo) interprets Togami's disdain for her. She's not exactly a reliable source, though.
Syo: Hey, Byakuya-sama... Let’s skip the part where we pretend to hate each other and go straight to the lovey-dovey...
Hagakure: He's just covering up his shyness. That's what I choose to believe.
Victory Is Boring: Quickly loses interest in something if he gets too good at it, which is why he gave up Day trading after earning 40billionyen (or about 500 million dollars) by playing the stock market.
Wrong Genre Savvy: While aware of the nature of the game, he still believes he's invincible due to his pedigree and station, and that he is a natural, Levelheaded Leader. Nevermind how his behavior puts everyone off, and how Naegi and Kirigiri keep upstaging him. Lampshaded by Monokuma at the end of chapter 2; after Togami dramatically states that he plans to kill Monokuma after graduation, Monokuma sneers and says "You almost sound like a protagonist! Too bad you're just a side character!"
He was totally caught off-guard by Asahina attempting to commit suicide by Monokuma because it defies his no-friendship point of view.
Of course, he does end up surviving the game and no one even attempts to murder him. So, perhaps he was on to something after all.
Youngest Child Wins: Was the youngest among his crop of potential heirs, and wound up winning the competition to become the officially recognized scion of the Togami Family.
The leader of the Crazy Diamonds, Japan's largest motorcycle gang. Owada is foul-mouthed and doesn't take orders well, but would never hit a girl or break his promises. He is constantly at-odds with Ishimaru until they bond over their mutual passion and become Blood Brothers. He murders Fujisaki in a fit of blind rage and is executed by Monokuma after the trial, trapped in a motorcycle death cage that subjects him to lethal g-force.
Accidental Murder: He didn't intend to kill Fujisaki, he just lost control of himself for a moment and deeply regretted his actions afterward.
Alternate Character Reading: The Kanji on the back of his jacket is ateji of scattered kanji with "manly" meanings with readings that create kureiji daiyamondo a.k.a. Crazy Diamonds.
Big Damn Heroes: In IF, Owada rescues Mukuro Ikusaba from countless Monokuma units by using a motorcycle to get her to safety. Ironically, he uses the motorcycle that was prepared for his possible execution, and actually utilized in the game proper to do so.
Conflicting Loyalty: Between his friendship with the other students and his promise to keep the Crazy Diamonds together as long as possible.
Cruel and Unusual Death: Definitely the worst of the canonical executions, and one of the strangest. Tied to a motorcycle and sent around an electrified cage at high speeds until he's little more than a fine paste. Which Monokuma apparently eats.
Death Equals Redemption: He doesn't put up much of a defense during the trial in the game (and even less in the anime), believing he should atone for Fujisaki's death (and probably Daiya's, too).
Face Death with Dignity: Unlike the previous murderer, Owada accepts his punishment once he's been fingered as the culprit, and maintains a stoic demeanor even as the execution happens. His main regret wasn't to die, but to not fulfill his words.
Fire-Forged Friends: Though their personalities naturally put them at odds, he and Ishimaru quickly become fast friends.
Foreshadowing: He knocks out Naegi (who's much tinier than him) in the first chapter for trying to prevent a fight between him and Togami. In the second chapter, he kills Fujisaki, the only one smaller than Naegi, after the programmer inadvertently sets him off with a compliment.
Freak Out: Monokuma's "motivational" DVD (which shows the Crazy Diamonds breaking up without him) and threats to reveal their darkest secrets (Owada's being that he indirectly caused his brother Daiya's death) puts him under some heavy mental stress. Eventually, he snaps, flying into a rage during which he kills Fujisaki.
Gender Vocabulary Slip: Kirigiri realizes he was aware of Fujisaki's true gender when he starts referring to Fujisaki as "that kid" rather than "that girl", or going from calling them a "Chick" to "Dude" in the dub.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Which eventually leads him to kill Fujisaki in an uncontrollable fit of rage.
I Gave My Word: "A man's promise" is worth a lot to him. He even rearranges the changing rooms after Fujisaki's death to keep his secret for as long as possible. His Famous Last Words are him lamenting that he can't keep The Promise he made to the dying Daiya.
Improbable Hairstyle: His pompadour is big enough to get its own towel (and can even support its weight) in the sauna.
I Never Said It Was Poison: Referring to Fujisaki's blue sports jersey (when, aside from Celes, only his murderer could've known what color it was) is what exposes him as the killer.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure he's rough, rude and easily pissed off but he repeatedly shows that he is quite moral, apologizes for knocking out Naegi on the first day during a moment of stress and has a genuine friendship with Ishimaru that is quite heartwarming. This makes his murder of Fujisaki incredibly tragic, as he did it almost subconsciously due to the amount of pressure on his mind from Monokuma's "Incentive".
My Greatest Failure: Feeling overshadowed by his older brother, Daiya, Owada challenged him to a motorcycle race. His reckless driving almost led to him being hit by a truck, but Daiya saved his life. He died from his injuries, and Owada blames himself for never having been strong enough.
Sympathetic Murderer: He honestly didn't mean to hurt Fujisaki and cared enough to try and keep his promise to the poor boy, he just has very poor self control and snapped due to stress.
Villainous Breakdown: It bears mentioning that his version in-game is nowhere near as severe as the other murderers when found out, due to his status as Sympathetic Murderer, to the point the anime forgoes it completely.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: When he is charged with guarding the crime scene for the first case, Naegi points out that his adherence to this trope could cause trouble for him if the culprit is one of the girls, a thought that causes Owada visible discomfort. During a free time segment, he also challenges Naegi to a one-on-one match, but Naegi points out he's never been in a fight before, but maybe Sakura Oogami would be a better match! But Owada can't spar with Oogami because he won't hit girls. He later murders Fujisaki, but he's still not guilty of "hitting girls," since Fujisaki isn't really a girl.
The star player of Japan's champion high-school baseball team who, oddly enough, doesn't care much for baseball. Kuwata stays on the team so he can rake in athletic scholarships and attention from girls. His real dream is to become the lead vocalist for a punk rock band, and change his title to Ultimate Musician. He stabs Maizono to death (after she tries to kill him first) and is found guilty at the school trial. Despite his argument that he acted in self-defense, he is executed by Monokuma, bludgeoned to death by a barrage of one-thousand baseballs.
Accidental Murder: In the manga, his killing of Maizono is presented as an accident while he was frantically trying to snap her out of a Freak Out.
Adorkable: Invokes this in one of his School Mode events, when he speculates that his inability to eat a burger without dripping everywhere may endear him to girls.
Armor-Piercing Question: In the manga, as Maizono keeps attacking him with the knife, he asks if she really believes Monobear will keep his word and let her leave. She hesitates long enough for him to break her wrist with the wooden sword.
Attention Whore: When looking to recruit for his punk rock band, he stipulates to Naegi that he doesn't want anyone who's already famous because he's supposed to be the center of attention. He makes an exception for Maizono; one drama CD track has him begging her to join his band to perform at the school festival.
Big "NO!": Gets one after screaming 'no' repeatedly when Monokuma announces his execution.
Brilliant, but Lazy: When it comes to baseball. In fact, he barely shows up to practice. Naegi outright says that "God gave his genius to the wrong person". He does confess to missing the sport after they've been locked up for a while, though.
Chekhov's Hobby: He's an Ultimate Baseball Star. In the first chapter, the incinerator was activated to dispose of evidence even though the switch to activate it was behind a locked gate. Hitting the switch with a thrown object would have required an accurate pitch... which helps to prove his involvement.
Chick Magnet: Likes the attention he gets as a star player, and at least part of the reason he wants to become a musician instead is he thinks that'll impress more girls that way. In fact, during a free time segment, Naegi can learn that the reason he picked "musician" specifically as a girl-impressing career is that "the cute girl at the hair salon" will never go out with Kuwata the baseball player, since the cute girl at the hair salon likes musicians. He promptly follows up by asking Naegi if he thinks Maizono would also be into fellow musicians or if she'd prefer actors.
Comically Missing the Point: In IF, after Kuwata attacks Monokuma for their sake, a clearly guilt-ridden Maizono tells him there's something they need to confess to him later. Kuwata assumes it's going to be a Love Confession and is practically bouncing off the walls.
Custom Uniform: In the class pictures showing lost memories, he's seen wearing gym clothes but never the regular school uniform.
Death by Irony: Kuwata would often skip baseball practice. When he's executed, he's literally dragged to the batting cage and forced to stay there until he's dead from being shot with hundreds of baseballs.
Expository Hairstyle Change: When Naegi discusses the Ultimate Baseball Star at the beginning of the game before actually meeting him, Kuwata is shown to have a buzzcut typical of a high school baseball player in Japan. When he actually appears, he has his wilder haircut shown above—turns it he hates having close-cropped hair, but his teammates forced him to cut it (in the English localization, it's because of tournament regulations). The new haircut goes with his decision to abandon baseball and pick up music.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Kuwata gets worked up VERY easily. After Monokuma sends out the videos he intended to use as a motive, he acts downright accusatory. "You were trying to act all innocent and get me to confess what I saw, didn't you? I won't fall into that trap!" During the trial itself, it doesn't take too much to send him into a Villainous Breakdown.
If We Survive This: During a free time segment with Kuwata, Kuwata insists that if they survive this Naegi has to play baseball with him! He doesn't survive. In fact, he's the first culprit, and he doesn't make it out of Chapter 1.
Japanese Pronouns: "Ore". Considering his attitude and looks, it can't be anything else.
Madness Mantra: His reaction to being fingered as the culprit can be approximately summarized as "Retardedretardedretardedretardedretarded!"
The official English translation changes it to "Stupidstupidstupidstupidstupidstupid!"
Manslaughter Provocation: He could almost be viewed as this, since he only committed murder after Maizono attempted to kill him. It is subverted however, as he had a choice. When Maizono's plan went south and she locked herself up in Naegi's shower, Kuwata could have simply left the scene and taken the knife that she intended to stab him with, but he instead choose to get his screwdriver to screw up the door and stab her instead.
Not subverted in the supplementary manga because the manga goes on to explain that he went into the bathroom to calm her down and only attacked after Maizono chooses to attack him again instead of listening.
Not So Different: When found guilty, he argues that any of the others would have done the same thing if Maizono had targeted them instead.
Self-Deprecation: He gets one moment of this in his second free time event, when he tells Naegi he's aiming to become a vocalist in a punk rock band because, among other things, he won't actually have to be a good singer. Possibly a reference to allegations of such regarding bands like the Sex Pistols, which he mentions when listing examples of the genre.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: In IF, Kuwata uses Hagakure's crystal ball to destroy a Monokuma unit when it tries to break Maizono. Ironic, given that Kuwata killed Maizono and used Hagakure's crystal ball to get rid of evidence connecting him to the crime scene in the game proper.
The Slacker: Another perk of being an Ultimate Baseball Star is that you don't have to worry about your grades.
Straight Man: Strangely enough, he qualifies as this. As over-the-top as he acts, Kuwata is also extremely quick to point out other people's bizarre behavior.
To Fukawa's "Such moving words...": "You mean bowel movements, right?"
To Hagakure: "Are we supposed to laugh?!"
To Yamada: "You really don't care about embarrassing yourself, do you."
Sympathetic Murderer: Played with: while his victim tried to kill him, it's pointed out that he had to leave the room and get the tools he needed to break into where they'd taken shelter.
Undignified Death: The above cruel and unusual death. Kuwata is the only culprit who doesn't accept his guilt and Face Death with Dignity; in the anime he goes as far as to pound on the courtroom doors screaming to be let out. Then he's desperately clawing at the chain around his throat as it's dragging him to the batting cage, kicking and screaming, and he has a frightened-out-of-his-mind look on his face right up until the baseball cannon beats him to death by firing baseballs.
Villainous Breakdown: Not exactly villainous, but he makes some really crazy faces when he's feeling anger or despair, like when Naegi figures out he's the one who killed Maizono. In fact, once Kuwata's fate is sealed, he flips out and starts repeatedly screaming the word "retarded" over and over.
An Otaku artist whose work sells in the tens of thousands. He disavows any interest in 3D women and aims to become a famous sculptor (of anime figures, of course). His dialog is liberally peppered with references to anime and video games. In Chapter 3, he is manipulated by Celes into helping her murder Ishimaru, only to be betrayed by her and killed himself.
Acrofatic: He is shown to be able to keep up with the other students on a track run in one photograph.
Adorkable: There's something to like about his Otaku obsessions. Unlike most examples, this isn't portrayed in the most flattering fashion.
Demoted to Extra: Is notably one of the few students to not be spotlighted in the manga. As a result of its format, much of his scenes are cut and he mostly stands in the background, bar his interactions with Celes and his death.
Doujinshi: His calling and hobby. "Doujin Writer" is actually his Ultimate Talent in the Japanese version and was likely changed to "Fanboy" in the simulcast anime for the sake of requiring less explanation.
Drop the Hammer: He kills Ishimaru via beating him with one of these. And then he gets killed in a similar way.
Dying Clue: Revealing the identity of his killer, and the first hint that the students' memories had been tampered with.
He also happens to regain all of the memories that were taken from him, which is how he knows the killer's real name when the killer has so far been going by an alias. This inadvertently complicates things, since her surname is the same as the first name of the character who's already the target of a frame job.
Everyone Has Standards: Yamada spends his time in the story gushing over 2-D girls and generally giving everyone else the creeps. But even he thinks some things are just beyond the pale: when Celes lies to him and tells him Ishimaru stole Alter Ego and sexually assaulted her, this makes Yamada mad enough to beat Ishimaru to death... right before Celes double-crosses him and kills him.
Pet the Dog: In a free time event, Naegi learns that Yamada actually has an altruistic dream: since he realizes that there are some people who only read doujin casually, or only certain kinds, he wants to inspire those people to create their own doujins, so he can "save" those people by giving them a direction in life, as his favorite anime character Heretic Angel ★ Mochi Mochi Princess did for him which is how Yamada got into the doujin business in the first place.
Serious Business: His field, the doujin circle business. For example, he hates "losers" who only watch Heretic Angel ★ Mochi Mochi Princess because Bo-ko, the main character, turns them on; in his case, he watches the series because he sees it as a meta-science narrative and an answer to J.D. Gillard's theories. He also will get upset if Naegi misidentifies some aspect of doujins, and he talks about possibly attending certain conventions all by himself so that the "not serious" fans don't ruin it. Also, his dream is to save aimless people by inspiring them to create their own doujins, as his own favorite character had inspired him.
She Is Not My Girlfriend: In a bizarre take on this trope, Yamada insists that the entire world of 3-D women could never be his girlfriends, since he insists he is only attracted to 2-D women.
Shout-Out: A lot of his lines are references to various anime and video games.
Throw the Dog a Bone: Yamada gets the privilege of dying in Asahina's arms while Asahina is sobbing at his death.
Unwitting Pawn: Celes Played him hook, line, and sinker while he was none the wiser until it was too late.
A big name in Japan's fortune-telling community. Hagakure has made a killing off of his predictions, which he boasts have an 1-in-5 accuracy regardless of topic or scope. He's actually twentynote Twenty-one in the English localization, possibly because the legal drinking age is a year higher in America years old (having been held back a few times in high school) and is easily one of the more laid-back and gullible cast members. He gets framed for the murders in Chapter 3, and mistakenly believes that he killed the victim of Chapter 4. He survives the final trial and escapes the school with the rest of the surviving students.
And You Thought It Was a Game: Even after Monokuma reveals his Deadly Game, Hagakure continues to insist it's all some sort of weird initiation prank. When it finally sinks in after someone is gruesomely killed in front of him, he promptly freaks out.
Anime Hair: States in School Mode that its his natural hair.
Butt Monkey: His status as a Phony Psychic combined with his weird beliefs and general absent-mindedness leads to pretty much every character treating him like the punchline to a bad joke. Even Naegi, despite probably being the one who is most friendly towards him, has problems taking him seriously. He also ends up the primary suspect of two murder cases in a row with the manga implying Celes chose him as a scapegoat because she didn't like him.
Characterization Marches On: When he's first introduced, he's a bit odd and kind of slow, but as the game progresses, his actions and dialogue become increasingly more erratic and idiotic. Lampshaded.
Asahina: "Hey, Hagakure. When did you get that way? I don't remember you acting like that when we got here...
Hagakure: "My character wasn't yet well established back then."
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He thinks for the longest time that Monokuma and the scenario he presents is just some kind of weird stunt, and when it finally dawns on him, as the last of the students, that it is actually deadly serious his Freak Out lasts for an entire day. And even after that, he still spends most of his time acting laid-back and somewhat detached from the gravity of the situation.
Conspiracy Theorist: He has a few tendencies toward this, especially in his Free Time Events, with his belief in such things as aliens and cryptids.
The Cuckoo Lander Was Right: At least one of his predictions comes true: At the start of Chapter 4, he predicts that no one else will be murdered. He's right: Oogami's murder turns out to be a suicide, Ikusaba's murder is revealed to have happened back in Chapter 1, Naegi survives his "execution", and the mastermind commits suicide by "executing" herself. Who could have seen that coming?
And if that one is wrong (in the bad ending, where Kirigiri is murdered via execution), then another one of his predictions becomes true: that he and Naegi's kids will have the same mom.
Fortune Teller: His talent, though he only gets it right 20-30% of the time, depending on translation and adaption.
The Friend Nobody Likes: He seems to have no close friends among the other students. Even Naegi expresses distaste for him at the end of his free time events (Hagakure had just asked Naegi to donate his organs so he could pay off a debt without having to dip into his savings).
It outright gets meta. A lot of official group art tends to pair the students up based on their relationships. Hagakure, however, is usually just standing there by himself to the side.
Idiot Savant: Displays amazing self-trained penmanship and a working knowledge of electronics (by leading the dismantling of Monobear and rewiring an antennae to pick up television signals from the outside world) despite the way he acts.
I Take Offense to That Last One: Asahina calls him a "stinking idiot." He is placated when she amends it to "you just stink." He gets into this with Asahina a lot. Later, when she complains about the design of the Justice Robo costume, his first reaction is to tell her not to bash other people's designs, which only makes her more certain that he was the one who made it. Then in the next chapter, when she accuses him of "Killing someone... and then standing here chatting and smiling..." he first insists he's not smiling before adding hastily that he's not the killer either.
Insistent Terminology: No matter what it looks like, Hagakure's fortune telling is not occult. He hates the occult.
Jerkass: Though it is usually forgivable considering his status, he does admit that he has no problem hitting girls who can't fight back and attacks Sakura in Chapter 4, albeit in what he thought was self-defense. Less forgivable is the fact that he tried to frame Fukawa for the "murder", knowing full well that could get everyone aside from him executed if they accused the wrong person.
Literal-Minded/Sarcasm-Blind: Doesn't catch on to being insulted by Asahina or Togami, taking the former's comment that idiots can't catch colds as her stating an actual fact to him, and earnestly apologizing for the latter's exaggerated disgust with all of them.
The Nicknamer: In the anime subtitles his use of the suffix "-chi" is translated as this, i.e. "Naegs" and "Fujisakins."
One of the Kids: At twenty, he's older than the other students, yet can be the most immature, ditzy, slow to understand and quick to panic.
Opinion Flipflop: Tends to go along with the flow. While he does assert himself from time to time, and develops into a Deadpan Snarker, he also backs down and panics when faced with challenges.
Phony Psychic: Depending on your view of psychics and fortune tellers, his guaranteed 20-30% accuracy rating is either incredibly high or incredibly low for his profession. He still thinks he's good enough to charge people through the roof for his services.
Red Herring: In a meta case the Something Awful LP thread tends to accuse him of anything suspicious. And when it doesn't, it's because the game's doing it instead.
Skewed Priorities: In his story at the beginning of Chapter 4, his reaction to having his takeout abducted by aliens is to go back and confront the restaurant owner over false advertising because the aliens rejected over half of his "100% beef" burger for their cattle-mutilationary purposes.
The Stoner: Tends to get characterized this way in fanon due to his odd behavior and hairstyle. Actually averted, though the translation patch plays with it during his Free Time Events by having him worry about people stealing his "stash" of out-of-place artifacts while he's locked in the school.
Surfer Dude: The unofficial translation patch localizes his speech into this, having him end his sentences with "dude".
Verbal Tic: In Japanese he ends most of his sentences with "-be" since he speaks in a Touhoku dialect. The Let's Play has him end his sentences with "right?".
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Despite being a fortune teller, he freaks out at the mention of ghosts, and denies that they exist. To the point that in the fifth case, you must firmly establish that Kirigiri is not the victim, and therefor not a ghost while she is standing literally feet away from him.
Would Hit a Girl: Threatens to punch Genocider Syo, though he backs down with a claim that "I'm strong with girls, but kinda weak with strong girls..." And in Chapter 4, he panics and beans Oogami over the head with a bottle.
“You look a little… displeased. You’re not angry with me, are you?”
A Teen Genius currently developing top-secret AI programs for an unnamed company. Fujisaki is the smallest of all the students, and ashamed of being seen as weak. It is later revealed that he is actually a boy who crossdresses to disguise his frail stature, having been ruthlessly bullied for his unmanly physique. He is bludgeoned to death by Owada in Chapter 2 after inadvertently pressing his Berserk Button. He leaves behind a self-aware computer program called "Alter Ego" on a hidden laptop, which helps the other students.
All of the Other Reindeer: He was constantly bullied for being small and frail for a boy, so he decided to dress as a girl to make the bullying stop, as well as to distance himself from other people's perceived ideas of masculinity that he felt he couldn't live up to. In Chapter 2 he realizes that he can't keep doing this, so he decides to come clean about his true gender...but after he tells Owada his secret, he's murdered.
Apologizes a Lot: Which doesn't help him much in terms of presenting himself as a "strong" person, most likely due to being bullied so much in the past.
Attractive Bent-Gender: Genocider Syo certainly thinks so. And after seeing him smile in his introduction, Naegi thinks that he understands the rabid fanbase.
Corner of Woe: Gets one at the end of a◊ Yonkoma when he decides to become more manly but is promptly confronted by the other students flagrantly violating stereotypical gender roles. "I'm not sure... what 'manly' means anymore..."
Foreshadowing: There are lots of hints that Fujisaki is secretly a boy and identifies as such, but each hint on its own doesn't mean very much. For example, Fujisaki will usually go quiet for a second whenever people mention the differences between males and females, or when someone talks about Fujisaki's girlhood or femininity. Also, one of the presents that Fujisaki "likes" is a perfume that is intended for men, to attract women, because men hate the scent; it would only make sense for a boy to like such perfume, not a girl (unless the girl is Kirigiri). Another such gift is a 'unisex' thong. Also, gifts he loathes include feminine things like a kitten hairpin and Gothic Lolita accessories. Asahina and Oogami also at one point wonder why Fujisaki always refuses their invitations to train together even though he wanted to get stronger (this would be because he wouldn't be able to access the woman's locker room with a man's Electro ID and Fujisaki would thus be outed as a boy) and why Fujisaki spends more time with the boys than with the girls (since a boy-girl friendship in Japan is uncommon). During the last free time segment, Fujisaki casually invites Naegi into his room, and Naegi muses that it's dangerous, why would a girl invite a boy into her room so easily? And finally, he's voiced by a male seiyuu, though admittedly Kouki Miyata can do a pretty decent work as a very girlish-sounding young boy and thus fool those who aren't familiar with his VA work.
Something else is foreshadowed as well: almost all free time segments with Fujisaki are about her status as a programmer and the programs she's developing. After his death it's revealed that he created an artificial intelligence, "Alter Ego", which plays an important part in the plot later on.
Also in episode 4 of the anime, while he's working on Alter Ego, you can see a toolkit, something that is only given to the guys, on his desk.
Another thing foreshadowed very early on: in his introduction, he finds Naegi familiar and asks if they've met before. It turns out they have.
Gender-Blender Name: He's in the boy's section for a reason after all, but his name doesn't sound out of place for a girl.
Ill Boy: Fujisaki never had the strength to go out and play with others as a child.
Innocently Insensitive: Wants to train with Owada and become stronger, but Owada doesn't believe he's that strong and is also jealous of Fujisaki for working to change. Tragically, it triggers his Freak Out, resulting in Fujisaki's death.
Japanese Pronouns: Chihiro very rarely uses any personal pronouns for himself (since Japanese is a language that can easily get away with Gender Neutral Writing), but when he does, it's the masculine pronoun "boku", since he's actually a male crossdresser.
Larynx Dissonance: Chihiro's voice is slightly off, probably because their voice actor, Kouki Miyata, is male. Except it actually suits him well since Chihiro is male too...
Mistaken for Gay: In promotional material for the anime, he asks Yamada for advice on buying girls Valentine's Day chocolate. Yamada, still thinking he's a girl (not helped by the fact only girls give people chocolate on valentine's day in Japan), goes on a tangent about what the appropriate doujinshi genre would be.
Shrinking Violet: Even though they are interested in training and getting stronger, "she's" too shy to enter the changing rooms. Of course, that's because his gender won't allow him access to the woman's locker room (where all the sports equipment is) which is why he approaches Mondo to help him train instead.
Techno Wizard: Got into creating highly-complex computer programs as a way to pass time. And he was able to put a computer program capable of learning on a rather junky old laptop in a short amount of time.
Too Good for This Sinful Earth: One of the sweetest, most soft-hearted characters, who literally wouldn't hurt a fly, and he's killed in the second chapter.
Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Doesn't get much more unsettling than discovering his gender after he's been murdered and crucified. It also qualified for Owada — he didn't kill Fujisaki for turning out to be a boy, though, but because this set off his insecurities about never being strong enough (while Fujisaki wanted to overcome his weakness).
For worse? Monokuma later says that he always knew about Fujisaki being a boy... and that the "embarrassing memories" he wanted to use in regards to Fujisaki was revealing his gender to the others. Momobear adds that, were that to happen, he thought Fujisaki would fall into despair, thinking that he'd be bullied and ostracized more than he ever was in the past on top of being in Hope's Peak... but then Fujisaki wentPlucky Boyand decidedthe opposite: to get stronger, and tell the others himself later. Too bad his death ruined said plans.
When She Smiles: In his introduction, after he's reassured they haven't done anything wrong and laughs in relief, Naegi thinks that he's starting to understand "her" rabid fanbase.
Wholesome Crossdresser: A crossdresser, natch, but he's so wholesome that during a free time segment, you learn that he won't even swat a mosquito because he feels sorry for the mosquito being hungry!
The person who created the Monokuma Flower who was never a part of the killing game. Already dead. Literally nothing else is known about him, since he's only mentioned once (unnamed) in the whole series, besides supplemental material showing his name and appearance.
An enigmatic girl whose "Ultimate" talent is unknown. She radiates a cold and unfriendly attitude, and deflects any questions about her identity or past. Despite this, her insight and deductive abilities prove invaluable during the murder investigations. Her true identity is the estranged daughter of Jin Kirigiri, (Former) Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy. She is suffering from amnesia, which obscures this and her own talent as a "Ultimate Detective". When she begins to prove too meddlesome to Monokuma, he attempts to frame her for a fake murder so that she can be executed under the school rules. Along with Naegi, they work together to defeat Monokuma and lead the rest of the surviving students to freedom.
Alliterative Name: Which suits her status as most helpful character in the game, and the protagonist of her own spin off.
Aloof Ally: Towards the group as a whole but becomes closer to Naegi as time goes on.
Berserk Button: She really doesn't like it when people keep secrets from her, as Naegi finds out.
Also, the Headmaster.
Born Detective: The Kirigiri family is a secret legacy of legendary detectives.
Cruel and Unusual Death: In Chapter 5's bad end. Monokuma places Kirigiri in a student's desk that's moving on a conveyor belt. Kirigiri can't get up from her chair because her hands are pinned under the desk's top. Kirigiri is forced to watch a puppet Monokuma teaching a lesson on the chalkboard... and eventually the conveyor belt moves Kirigiri to be crushed to death by a huge block.
For extra unusual, the lesson Monokuma is giving is apparently on sex ed. Yuuuuup.
Emotionless Girl: In a free-time Event, she mentions that she actually invokes this, as not only does it make her really hard to read, it also gives others someone to mentally lean on since she comes off as calm and composed all the time.
Kick the Dog: In chapter 4, she cautiously tells Naegi about a secret room on the second floor containing the school's records, where he gets attacked by one of Monokuma's agents; Kyouko knew full well that this would probably happen. Then she just tell Naegi to take it like a man, even though that situation is potentially deadly for Naegi. And then she gets snippy immediately afterward when for some reason Naegi isn't as forthcoming as before.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: The reason why she refuses to reveal her talent is because she cannot remember it. At least, until the end of Chapter 5.
Spell My Name with an S: The fandom for the most part spells her first name as Kyouko. The official American release went with Kyoko, as did any romanizations in the anime.
The Spock: Though unlike Togami, she does acknowledge the importance of emotion at times.
The Stoic: Most of the time, which helps her seem reliable and rational.
Not So Stoic: In the worst possible way in the bad ending. The look of all-consuming fear on her face followed by her anguished expression of acceptance as she's slowly carried to her doom is an image that'll leave you wide-eyed.
When Naegi asks her what she saw on her motive DVD in the first chapter, and when the topic of the headmaster is brought up, she looks furious.
Story Breaker Power: In a series largely revolving around solving murders and uncovering secrets, Kirigiri's status as 'The Ultimate Detective' makes her incredibly useful. Acknowledged in-universe when Monokuma realizes this and tries to get her killed in Chapter 5.
Sugar and Ice Personality: While she may seem rather cold and analytical to her classmates, she is actually a rather sweet and caring girl.
Tempting Fate: Chapter 5 has her tripping death flags left and right, such as giving a letter to Naegi in case something happens to her. In the bad ending, this is played straight as she is executed for Ikusaba's murder, but otherwise it's subverted since she survives in the good ending.
True Companions: By the end of the game, she has solidified herself as this to Naegi.
Maizono is the lead singer of an incredibly popular idol group. She and Naegi were classmates; he caught her eye one day when he freed a crane that was stuck in the school pool, but they've never spoken. Recognizing him from that day, she asks Naegi if she can be his sidekick during Monokuma's game. She's the first murder victim, stabbed to death by Kuwata after trying to kill him first.
Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe. It isn't clear how much of her words were meant to manipulate Naegi, and whether or not she really loved him. It's implied that she left Kuwata's name at the crime scene to help clear Naegi's name, though; Kirigiri mentions the theory and, when Naegi wonders if she actually did it out of revenge against her murderer, she adds that she still wants to believe Maizono did it as a last apology to him for what she had done.
Asshole Victim: She invited Kuwata to Naegi's room, intending to kill him and frame Naegi for it so she could escape.
The Atoner: Maybe. She may have left Kuwata's name at the crime scene to clear Naegi's name once her plan went south, but we'll never know. In If, she decides to tell Kuwata and Naegi that she had planned to kill the former and frame the latter for his death once she had her My God, What Have I Done? moment below.
Attention Whore: Very sadly and cruelly deconstructed. Maizono, raised by a workaholic father and always alone, threw herself in her Idol Singer career to get the love and attention she lacked of and get over her lonely past. When Monokuma's Educational DVD showed her that she'd be forgotten and abandoned if she didn't "graduate" soon from Hope's Peak, Maizono snapped hard enough to try killing someone else and attempt to frame Naegi for it.
Crash into Hello: Runs into Naegi in this manner before deciding to become his assistant. The situation is thoroughly lampshaded as a "scene out of an old manga".
Decoy Damsel: At first, she looks like an ordinary love interest. Then she tries to betray Naegi and ends up getting murdered.
Everyone Has Standards: When deciding who to kill in the manga, she immediately dismisses Naegi because he's her friend, though she still plans to frame him.
Freak Out: When she sees Monokuma's "motivational" DVD, which shows her band breaking up and everyone forgetting her.
Honey Trap: She tried to betray Naegi via worming her way in his affections and then bringing Kuwata to his room so she could kill him and frame Naegi, so she'd go out and retake her career — and thus not being forgotten by anyone. It backfired horribly: Maizono was murdered instead, and Kuwata became the first execution victim.
Idol Singer: Self-explanatory—it's even her Ultimate "title" in the Japanese version.
I Just Want to Be Loved: As a popular idol she got plenty of attention, adoring fans, and a group of friends she could rely on. This is what leads to her snapping so early on since her idol group are shown as lying on a stage unconscious or dead in Monokuma's video and she wants to find out what happens to them.
Missing Mom: Which is part of why she craved attention so much and became an idol.
My God, What Have I Done?: In If, Maizono almost breaks down when Monokuma intends to reveal her plan to kill someone and frame Naegi for it. It didn't help that he also emphasized how the students had been her friends for two years.
Parental Neglect: She explains to Naegi that she was raised by solely by her Workaholic father, hence why she clings so much to her career and fans.
Patient Childhood Love Interest: Subverted in that she and Naegi weren't actually that close when they were in school, but otherwise she plays the "childhood friend" role to a T. Until she backstabs him, at least.
Running Gag: She frequently says exactly what Naegi is thinking, claims she can read minds, and then brushes it off as "good intuition".
Stepford Smiler: Though she appears cheerful at first, she's the first student to crack under the pressure of Monokuma's game and attempt to kill someone. Her fear of being forgotten and abandoned is that big.
A bubbly girl who takes to water like a duck. Though she is best at swimming, she is also skilled in all kinds of other athletic activities and is a member of six different sports clubs. However, she isn't the sharpest thinker and tends to be easily misled during trials. She spends most of her time with fellow fitness enthusiast Oogami, and loves donuts. She tries to get herself and the others killed in Chapter 4 after being manipulated by Monokuma, but snaps out of it after being read Oogami's real suicide note. She goes on to survive the final trial and escape the school with the others.
Berserk Button: Making light of the dead. Or speaking badly of Oogami. Enjoy a slap to the face, Byakuya Togami.
Berserker Tears: Downplayed, in the sprite used when she's really angry she's also crying.
Be Yourself: In Asahina's last Free Time Event, Naegi teaches her this lesson after she was worried she wasn't feminine enough and tried to be more girly by asking Naegi to pretend to be her boyfriend. After two hilarious missteps, Naegi eventually tells Asahina that she's fine the way she is, and he thinks all her qualities, including the tomboy-ish ones, suit her very well. This makes Asahina very happy.
Big Eater: Eats lots and lots of donuts, and still retains a womanly figure. Hanging out with her enough will also reveal that outside of donuts, her eating habits are disgusting—tonkotsu ramen with lard and butter, for example. The fact that she's an Ultimate Swimmer might involve enough exercise that it could explain how she hasn't gotten fat from all the donuts. The six different sports clubs could also explain it.
Break the Cutie: The poor girl takes the deaths of the students around her very, very badly. Chapter 4 is the worst, full stop. Sakura Oogami, her close and trusted friend, is revealed as Monokuma's mole. Then Asahina gets into arguments and fights with Fukawa and Togami over whether or not Oogami should be trusted or whether she should be killed. Then Oogami is found dead.
Cat Smile: When particularly excited, and often paired with her holding up her hands close to her face.
Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Asahina hates it when people talk about others' deaths as though they were nothing. This causes her to clash sometimes with others in the group who postpone mourning until the crimes are solved.
Nice Girl: Easily one of the friendliest and kindest students, which just makes what she goes through that much worse.
Passionate Sports Girl: She's in six different Sports Clubs and is excellent in all of them. She's just the best at swimming.
Plucky Girl: In the climax, when everyone has resolved to leave the school and go into the apocalyptic world, Asahina cites as her reason that she wants to open up her own donut shop. When she's asked what she's going to do if there are no donut shops left, she says she'll just use her own donuts. Well, what if there aren't any donuts? Then she'll make donuts using flour! Well what if there's no flour? Then she'll just make flour using wheat, and then make donuts!
Taking You with Me: She blames everyone, including herself, for pushing Oogami to commit suicide, and tries to frame herself for her death so that everyone would be punished for getting the culprit wrong.
Tomboyish Ponytail: Well she is a very sporty girl with issues about her own "Femininity".
Undercover as Lovers: In Asahina's last Free Time Event, Asahina begs Naegi to pretend to be her boyfriend, so she can teach herself how to act should she ever be in a romantic relationship for real. Naegi reluctantly agrees, but Hilarity Ensues as Asahina seems to forget that she's just supposed to act like Naegi's "girlfriend." She messes up twice; first she acts like Naegi's housewife, and then she acts like Naegi's mistress, complete with demanding to know why Naegi hasn't kept his promise to leave his wife for her! Eventually Naegi just tells Asahina that there's no real "right way to act" in a relationship, and Asahina's great just the way she is, which cheers her up immensely.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Very briefly, after Sakura's death. Due to Monokuma's manipulations, she comes to believe everyone in the school is responsible for her suicide and decides to intentionally convict herself, killing her along with the rest of the students. After it comes out that it was a way to defy Monokuma, however, and the others revealing they blame him and not her, she gets better.
A famous romance novelist who has been writing bestselling books since before she was ten years old. However, she has never had a real romance of her own, much less a friend. Having been bullied as a child, she has a severe persecution complex and always assumes that people think the worst of her. Because of this, she's extremely pessimistic and slow to trust others. She has Dissociative Identity Disorder, with her other persona being "Genocider Syo", an infamous serial killer that awakens whenever she sees blood and reverts when she sneezes. Syo is a textbook maniacal psychopath, but befitting of a serial killer is highly intelligent and methodical. She survives the final trial and escapes the school with the other surviving students. Tropes specific to Syo belong in her section in the "Other" folder, since it isn't clear if Syo also counts as a student.
Cute Bookworm: Despite her being an Abhorrent Admirer and The Pig Pen, she's one of the most conservatively-dressed, alongside Fujisaki. Not only does she wear huge thin-rimmed round glases, she also wears a long skirt as part of her high school uniform, and even has a a big reason for doing so. Her hair covers parts of her face, and also bears a beauty mark.
The Eeyore: Is regularly described as having an aura of negativity.
The Glasses Gotta Go: Implied. In the final class picture, when she looks her happiest, she isn't wearing glasses; this might be explained by the picture being taken during gym class, but Togami and Yamada still have theirs.
Has Two Mommies: ... And One Daddy. She refuses to explain why this is. It was finally revealed in the "School Mode" released in Japan: it's because her parents divorced, and her father remarried. The reason she "refuses to explain" is because divorce isn't something easily talked about in Japanese culture.
Hypocrite: She often assumes that whoever she's talking to hates her while insulting them right off the bat, and tends to accuse others of being perverted when she's shown to be a borderline Nightmare Fetishist.
Mad Love: Has this relationship with Togami, who makes it clear more than once that he doesn't think much of her. Fukawa, however, interprets his insults as his being secretly concerned about her and will do whatever he asks without question. On the other hand, Togami isn't above using her almost slavish devotion to him to his own advantage.
Meganekko: Her glasses suit her considering her bookish nature as a talented writer.
Nervous Wreck: To the point it's easiest to tell if she's herself or Syo "acting" as her based around how nervous she seems, since Syo doesn't have her stutter and isn't as prone to panicking.
Rapunzel Hair: Considering hair seems shorter than it really is when it gets braided, which becomes more obvious the thicker the braids are, and both of the braids are only slightly thinner than her arms and yet still go past her waist... Yeah, her hair is pretty long. Her official art manages to make her braids look even thicker and longer.
Spell My Name with an S: Nearly the entire fandom spells her first name as Touko. The official American release renders it as Toko.
Split Personality: Has Dissociative Identity Disorder, with her other persona being "Genocider Syo", an infamous Serial Killer that awakens whenever she sees blood and reverts when she sneezes and they don't share the same memories. As you can imagine, they're both very different people: Touko is gloomy and pessimistic, while Genocider Syo is a gleefully sadistic Large Ham. About the only thing they have in common is their infatuation with Byakuya Togami.
Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Her free time events reveal that she has been ditched in middle school by her date (because he was only going out with her due to losing a bet with a friend) and ridiculed in elementary school for writing a heartfelt love letter to her best friend, who instead pinned it on the school bulletin board. It doubles as the reason why she started writing in the first place (a teacher thought her style was pretty unique).
When She Smiles: During the duration of the game, a frown never leaves Fukawa's face (No, Syo's Slasher Smile doesn't count), but in one of the class pictures taken before they lost their memories, she appears legitimately happy.
She also smiles when she sees Naegi again in the cafeteria after his failed execution.
Ultimate Martial Artist
"If we can be beaten by force, death is an outcome we will accept. That is the way of my clan."
An MMA champion whose family has operated a famous dojo for 300 years. Despite her intimidating appearance, Oogami is level-headed and polite. She spends most of her time exercising and drinks a lot of protein coffee. Her size and strength make her a perfect candidate for guarding crime scenes. She's been nicknamed "the Ogre" online. She is blackmailed into acting as Monokuma's mole within the group. However, she decides to rebel against him and commits suicide after breaking the door to the Headmaster's Office, making her both the victim and the culprit of Chapter 4.
Action Girl: And one of the few with the muscles and scars to prove it.
Always Someone Better: As strong as Oogami is, her free time events reveal that there was one person she could never beat. That person was her boyfriend, Kenichirou.
Berserk Button: Threatening Asahina is one of the few things that will get her truly angry.
Big Damn Heroes: In IF, Oogami holds off countless Monokuma units so that Owada and Ikusaba can escape to safety.
Boobs of Steel: Not that the player would usually notice, however, since she usually has her arms crossed in front of her chest. During an "easter egg" fanservice picture of the girls in the hot spring wearing towels, however, you see Oogami's breasts from the side, and they're huge!
Face of a Thug: Looks scary as hell, is actually quite amiable and one of the nicest members of the cast.
Friendless Background: Implied to have had this, due to her scary appearance and her overall dedication to martial arts to the exclusion of much else in her life. In her suicide note, she says that Asahina and the other students were her first real friends.
Genius Bruiser: Not only does she frequently pick up on things others do not, her suicide is also by far the hardest murder to decode, as it defies both Togami's expectations of the whole "betrayal of friendship" that has been applicable to every trial so far and has a total of 4 (counting Genocider Shou) red herrings. Of course, she had intended things to be more straightforward, but Monokuma couldn't resist planting a fake suicide note.
Gentle Giant: She's the tallest and physically strongest of the students, and despite her intimidating appearance and extensive knowledge of how to kick people's asses she's actually quite a nice person, though she's quiet and somewhat aloof. There are few things that can make her angry enough to be not so gentle.
Go Out with a Smile: Since she found a way to give Monokuma the death they demanded her to in order for her to protect her family's dojo without killing any of her dear friends.
Heir to the Dojo: Naturally, as an Ultimate Martial Artist. Monokuma attempts to blackmail her into cooperating with him by threatening her dojo.]]
Heroic Sacrifice: Not only did her suicide get even Togami (and by extension, Fukawa/Genocider Syo) to stand and rally against Monokuma, but she managed to break open the headmaster's lock before committing suicide which allowed Kirigiri gain access to it.
Hidden Depths: She is much different then her appearance would imply.
Lady of War: In personality, though not in fighting style or appearance.
The Lost Lenore: Her boyfriend, Kenichirou, is this to her. He was the only person she couldn't defeat in a fight despite the fact that he was terminally ill and was given six months to live. Though Ogami states that he's still alive despite that, what makes it even more heartbreaking is that he's most likely dead by the time she commits suicide.
Rapunzel Hair: Though not as obvious as some of the other girls, thanks to how big she is compared to them.
Rasputinian Death: Hit twice directly on the head with a heavy, thick bottle with enough force to shatter said bottle each time. Normally, that'd be more than enough to kill any normal person, but in this case, Oogami only dies after ingesting poison herself.
Red Baron: In online circles, she's known as "the Ogre", a pun on her last name. Hagakure doesn't call her anything else.
Sleeves Are for Wimps: And despite being female its pretty clear this isn't being played for Fanservice (except for the fans of hyper-muscular girls), her arms are simply too muscled for simple sleeves to contain.
Spanner in the Works: Before dying, she knocked down the door to the headmaster's office, giving the students an advantage against Monokuma.
Spell My Name with an S: The Let's Play spells her name as "Oogami" and this has stuck with the western side of the fandom, though in other places it will occasionally be spelled as "Ookami".
In addition, Funimation uses Ogami, while the anime itself uses Ohgami.
The American localization went with Ogami.
The Stoic: With one exception: she screams bloody murder with a shocked expression on her face when she discovers that cute little Fujisaki is a man!
Take a Third Option: She commits suicide to avert harming Asahina and the other kids and to fulfill the requisite that would free her dojo from Monokuma's threats. (So Oogami must kill someone? What about that "someone" being herself?)
World's Strongest Man: In-series, she's officially the strongest person in the world. However, she doesn't actually consider herself to be this; rather, she believes that the strongest person in the world is her boyfriend, Kenichirou, since she's still never managed to defeat him. When he was sick in the hospital, he gave her the title of strongest person, and she plans to hold on to it until he's well again.
Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: How her (very formal) speech was rendered in the Let's Play at first; it made her sound like she came out of an old samurai drama, but didn't flow very well, so this was toned down.
Also known as the "Queen of Liars", Celestia is renowned for her exemplary luck in games of chance. She's accumulated a sizable fortune by robbing anyone stupid enough to challenge her blind. She speaks softly and smiles often, but in a way that tends to creep out everyone around her. She also hides a surprisingly short temper and will start shouting (usually at Yamada) if she isn't pleased. She is the culprit of Chapter 3, tricking Yamada into killing Ishimaru, then killing him and trying to frame Hagakure for it. She is exposed during the trial and executed by Monokuma, subjected to a faux "witch burning" that gets interrupted when Monokuma rams a fire truck into her.
Analogy Backfire: Before being executed, she mentioned that she'd like to be reborn as Marie Antoinette... to which Hagakure points out that she's going to die executed anyway. Probably subverted that considering Celes' character, she probably refers to how grand Antoinette's life is compared her generic life as Taeko Yasuhiro, and alludes to her wish of Face Death with Dignity, which she attempts in her execution, until Monokuma screwed that.
Awesome McCoolname: Look at the name, really. Celes picked that because her real name, Taeko Yasuhiro, to her, is pretty generic and she didn't like it due to implied isolation.
Believing Their Own Lies: She claims to be such a skilled liar, she can even fool herself. Of course, that might have been a lie as well, since she said it before being executed.
Becoming the Mask: The manga seems to indicate that she could fool herself as well. She's trying to bury her past as the overly generic and un-special Taeko Yasuhiro that she thought she's living herself as the fabricated persona of 'Celestia Ludenburg', including all of the romanticized stuffs that comes with such a romanticized name. On the bad side, it includes having a Lack of Empathy and lying to everyone.
Berserk Button: She has very strong feelings about how one ought to prepare milk tea. When Yamada was trying to have second thoughts, that was another time Celes lost her cool (though this one is Played for Laughs)
SHUT UP AND BRING ME THE GODDAMN TEA, YOU SWINE!!!
Born Lucky: Which is why she is such a talented gambler, in addition to having a great poker face.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: At the end of the flashback that shows how she coerced Yamada into being her accomplice, she actually says, out loud, "And this concludes my flashback", much to Yamada's confusion.
Burn the Witch!: Her execution. Though subverted when she's killed by a firetruck crashing into her.
Cruel and Unusual Death: Just as she's about to get burned at the stake, Monokuma crashes a firetruck into her. And that's one of the tamer executions.
Custom Uniform: In the class pictures showing lost memories, where other characters are wearing uniforms, she wears the same black dress and giant pigtails except in the final gym photo.
Decoy Damsel: Invoked this as part of her manipulations, as this is how she got Yamada to kill Ishimaru for her.
Dissonant Serenity: She often seems very calm despite being in the middle of a murder game while trapped inside a abandoned school.
Death by Irony: Word of God stated that Celes wanted a dramatic and romanticized death like the ones present in classic novels, such as being burned at the stake. However, Monokuma would have none of that.
Although only in the game and it's not helping her case being a murderer, Celes also states that she finds 'doing things For the Evulz' like Togami not to be her taste.
Also noted in her Free-Time events, with people she put on 'Rank F'. These kind of people are the type of people that Celes finds so disgusting that she'd hire assassins to have these people eliminated from the world. We just don't know the exact criteria of getting this rank or if there's someone else she treats as such (in the manga, she pegs Hagakure as an F).
Face Death with Dignity: Subverted! Like Owada, and unlike Kuwata, she makes no effort to escape her fate, in her case being burned at the stake. She calmly says goodbye to the remaining kids and hopes they'll meet again in their next lives, then stands still in her soon-to-be pyre with her hands steepled and looking up dramatically as her romanticized death approaches... but since she wants to go out with dignity, Monokoma pulls a bait-and-switch just to be an asshole and rams a fire truck into her instead of letting her burn to death.
Face-Heel Turn: In two ways. She was a witness in the first two cases and helps out Naegi solve the mysteries of both cases and preventing many to die from wrong accusation. Then in the third case, she suddenly decides to become the culprit. In the other way, Celes was one of the students agreeing with the Hope Peak's Academy program to stay in the school to keep the hope of the world. Due to the mastermind's machinations of tampering the students' memories, Celes ends up as someone who's very desperate to get out of the school, forgetting her agreement.
Femme Fatalons: She has long fingernails painted black. She also wears a metal armor piece on one finger, which sometimes looks like a claw.
Flipping the Bird: Played with, when she flips out she occasionally puts her hand so that only her pointer finger (the one with the aforementioned metal armor ring on it) is pointing upwards, as if she is trying to preform this trope but doesn't remember which finger is used to do it.
Graceful Loser: Though that might be a lie. She still owes up to her real name and Alter Ego's hiding place once she finally gives up, however, as an attempt to invoke this. Also she didn't even bother in cursing on Naegi for defeating and exposing her, which would've been in-line with her true, snappy self and selfish desires and motives.
Greed: Celes manipulated Yamada into helping with the scheme to murder two people. She didn't do this in self-defense, which motivated Kuwata, nor did she do this out of a loss of self-control, like Owada did; no, she did it because she wants to live like a princess in a fancy castle with servants waiting on her hand and foot. The others call her out for committing murder for a reason like that. (Though Naegi wonders if that was yet another of her lies...) Although Celes makes it clear that the Greed part was actually her secondary goal, her primary goal is 'getting out of the place', and she had to use her pissed-off mode to hammer the point home.
Hidden Depths: Free Time events reveal that Celes... is as much of a geek as Yamada, referencing to other works in her 'tales'. It also may imply that Celes is in fact delusional and suffering from a Inferiority Superiority Complex, she made up grand tales based on the things she read and implemented it to her Celes persona to the point she started to believe that's really how her life worked instead of a certain plain 'Taeko Yasuhiro'. Guess there is a bit of truth in how she said she could fool herself...
Hypocrite: In the anime 7th episode, Celes remarks that Togami and Syo are "Cold, heartless and devoid of calcium." for insulting how Yamada momentarily coming back to life just to die again. Um, lady, who's cold and heartless enough to mastermind the murder of two people and probably the rest due to the rules, and even called Yamada a fat idiot, just to get one selfish dream?
I Just Want to Be Special: Manga-only. Celes recalled her past as Taeko as someone who's overly plain that she's isolated. It possibly caused her to adopt the 'persona' Celes and to keep up with the charade, she ends up changing her dreams from 'want to be noticed' into 'live in a castle with cosplaying servants'.
I Never Said It Was Poison: A variation: Celes makes a casual comment about not believing that a murder like this would happen to "the guys". Problem is, no one had told her about Ishimaru's death yet... so how could she have known there was more than one victim at that point?
Know When to Fold 'Em: Unless not proven guilty and there may still be a chance, Celes would resort to even freaking out to defend her case. But once her chips are down and there's no way out, she'll calmly admit defeat. Said she also lost a few times in the past to know when she loses.
Justified Trope. She is the SHSL Gambler, and to succeed in underground gambling, she has to be as ruthless and devoid of empathy as possible as it's a harsh environment. It's the reason why she attained such a title in the first place.
Another good indicator of this is in the 2nd episode of the anime. After seeing Enoshima/Ikusaba getting killed, she coolly suggests that the students start investigating Maizono's death, and smiles in the middle of her 'Gendo Pose' while saying that they reaped what they sowed, much to Asahina's calling out. Also, when seeing that scene, while others (excepting Togami) look horrified and Fukawa just passed out, Celes just keeps her usual expression of 'put hands in front of mouth as if saying "Oh my."'
In the second chapter of the game, she says Fujisaki's death was his own fault for being out at Night Time.
The manga tones this down a bit, showing that deep down she feels rather horrible for killing Yamada. However, because she had to keep up the 'Celes' charade at all cost, she instead treats it as an Ignored Epiphany.
Mega Twintails: Those are some really huge drill-shaped pigtails she's got. A few pieces of character art show her without the pigtails, suggesting they're detachable hair extensions, and the manga also goes with the 'detachable hair extension' interpretation as there's a panel about Celes fixing her head to make it look like she was assaulted, but then one tail fell off.
No Social Skills: It's made very apparent during her free time events that she's incredibly bad at relating to people and treating them like... people. She tells tales of her exploits clearly lifted from popular manga (Akagi and Liar Game in particular) and calls Naegi a "D-rank" and insults him during regular discussion. This is later revealed to be a system she uses to rank people, and the manner in which she explains Naegi's promotion to "C" sounds like a very awkward way of telling someone you have feelings for them. The implications of her past in the manga seems to support that her ostracization prevents her to learn any social skills. However, on the downside, this trope caused her to not think of the other students highly to the point of eventually masterminding a murder of two students and couldn't care less about them despite interacting with and helping them through two trials.
Not So Stoic: She's calm most of the time, but every so often makes it apparent how much of that stoicism is a mask. The incident with Yamada and her tea for example, when her expression turns nasty and, more importantly, her voice loses its soft and whispery quality and she sounds like a harshly-voiced grown woman. When Naegi really manages to lay pressure on Celes during Chapter 3's trial, she freaks and spends most of the remaining trial this way until the end.
Only Known by Their Nickname: On top of being a pseudonym itself, her name is almost always shortened to "Celes". Ogami calls her this despite being on Last Name Basis with everyone else, and even the game's interface simply uses "Celes" where it would otherwise display a character's full name.
OOC Is Serious Business: Before and during the third trial, Celes acts a bit more aggressive than how she just took things calmly like usual. This is a hint that Celes is suspicious and eventually be exposed as the murder's mastermind.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the English localization, her affected French accent tends to slip when she's angry. When she admits defeat and that her real name is Taeko Yasuhiro, she temporarily drops it completely.
Rapunzel Hair: See Mega Twin Tails above. Subverted if they really are extensions which would mean she has actually has a pixie cut, giving her the shortest haircut of all the female cast.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: After all, she DID plan an elaborate murder scheme. Even beforehand, considering that she's into pragmatism a lot like Togami (though in a lesser extent) are like signs that you do need to take warning.
Shout-Out: The tales of her exploits she gives in her free time events are references to popular gambling manga such as Liar Game and Akagi. Whether they're just references, or just Celes lying again, is hard to tell.
That Man Is Dead: Her very persona as Celestia Ludenberg is a rejection of her past as Taeko Yasuhiro, vehemently denying that she could ever have such a 'plain' name as 'Yasuhiro' when confronted about her real name. The manga plays this up even more, even after she's owned up to her real name, insisting that above all else, she still has to persist as Celestia Ludenberg.
The Spock: Frequently insists that the group's best course of action is to adapt to life in the school as best they can and ignore any incentive to murder. It was all an act, though. She wanted to escape just as badly as the others.
Stepford Smiler: Type C. She's all smiles at first and even accepts the fact that they're locked in the school for life quite easily, but it turns out that she was lying the whole time and even tried to implicate another student for the murders she caused just to escape, collect the bribe money, and fulfill her dream. Simply angering her triggers her psychotic side. Near the end of her life, Naegi comments that she probably becomes Type A, her smile was faked to hide how much she's fearing to die.
Stock Foreign Name: Which is not a spoiler by itself, because right at the beginning of the game she introduces herself as Celestia Ludenberg and it's so unusual for a Japanese person Naegi asks for Celestia's real name. She say she can't give him that, Celestia is the name she goes by, and please just call her "Celes". The spoiler part is that her real name is Taeko Yasuhiro, which causes a huge problem when she kills Yamada and he says "Yasuhiro," Taeko's last name, with his last breath...which is also Hagakure's first name and causes Hagakure to be the prime suspect!
Trademark Favorite Food: In a Free Time Event, Naegi finds out that Celes' favorite food is "gyoza", and Celes is surprised at herself that she likes such a "common, smelly food", while she mostly goes around claiming that she liked tea the most. Gyoza was probably her favorite food as Taeko, and Celes claiming it as a "common, smelly food" would be another rejection of her past.
Tragic Villain: Although definitely the least tragic compared to Oowada and Kuwata. However, Naegi still noted that Celes was still one of them, doing all those to get out of the hellhole they're in instead of for the fun of it.
Unreliable Narrator: Most players usually deduce that the tales of her exploits she gives in her free time events are all gigantic lies, probably to grandify her Celes persona instead of her past, ordinary self.
Villainous Breakdown: Once she was nearly deduced as the killer in Case 3, she starts losing it. And boy, did the anime had a field day with this one, as it's not restricted with sprite limitations to animate the full extent of it.
A kogal who took the country by storm with her extravagant tastes. Enoshima has wanted to be a model ever since she was a child, but confesses that she wishes to try new things. She attacks Monokuma after Maizono is murdered, and is immediately killed by him for breaking the school rules. However, it is later revealed that her true identity is Mukuro Ikusaba, the identical twin sister of the real Junko Enoshima, with whom she has pulled a Twin Switch. Her body is later used by Enoshima to fake a murder in Chapter 5.
Dark and Troubled Past: She used to be homeless when she was growing up, and while being homeless is bad enough she was apparently homeless in a place where lots of men were around who preyed on innocent and helpless girls, so life was a warzone for her back then. In hindsight, life being a warzone for her was a major hint to her true identity.
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Enoshima kicks Monokuma, breaking one of the rules, and as punishment Monokuma uses a move called Gungnir Spear, in which he magically summons multiple spears out of friggin' nowhere and impales Enoshima through the chest.
The Matchmaker: If Naegi does enough free time segments with Enoshima, Enoshima pegs him as a "herbivore man" (not literally; she means he's likely to be "the passive one" in relationships) and promises to hook him up with a "carnivore girl." This is because Naegi was surprisingly perceptive about how annoyed Enoshima felt about having so many men after her, and hooking him up is how she plans to reward him. Discovering her true identity and her crush on Naegi in Dangan Ronpa IF, it is possible "Enoshima" was trying to hook him up with herself, perhaps an indication of her secret desire for the mutual killing to end, at least before Naegi and herself can be killed.
Sacrificial Lamb: Like Maizono, she was given heavy spotlight in promotional materials, but actually dies early in the story. Subverted in that her role in the story was bigger than it seemed.
So Beautiful, It's a Curse: She attracts a lot of guys who only care about her looks, which infuriates her. In fact, when Naegi responds to this complaint by acknowledging that her beauty is a curse (rather than mocking her), she's touched enough by his understanding that she offers to play matchmaker for him.
Twin Switch: This Junko isn't Junko, she's her freckled and older twin sister Mukuro.
We Will Not Use Photoshop in the Future: When Naegi comments that she looks slightly different in person, she tells him her photos are touched up before publication, and taunts him for expecting a completely flawless beauty. This isn't true. She looks slightly different because she isn't who she claims to be.
Youthful Freckles: Has a light dusting of these over her nose, which she tells Naegi is one of the things that gets airbrushed out of her glamour shots. Again, not true. While Ikusaba has freckles, the real Enoshima does not.
The mysterious sixteenth student, who Monokuma considers to be his "ace in the sleeve". Kirigiri refers to her as "Ultimate Despair". Her real title is Ultimate Soldier, having served with a radical mercenary group called Fenrir for three years without taking a single wound. She is actually the twin sister of Junko Enoshima, and "Ultimate Despair" refers to the group/philosophy they were both members of. Having collaborated with Enoshima to stage the "School Life of Mutual Killing", she pulls a Twin Switch to obfuscate her sister's identity as the Mastermind. However, Enoshima betrays and murders her (seemingly on a whim), and later uses her body to stage a fake murder in Chapter 5.Her role is expanded in the side-story "Dangan Ronpa IF", which reveals her to be dependant on Enoshima, having had her sisterly affection twisted into unquestioning loyalty by Enoshima's manipulation. After Naegi saves her from being murdered by Monokuma, she vows to destroy her sisters' plans both for the sake of her friends and to give Junko more despair.
Always Identical Twins: She's Enoshima's older fraternal twin sister. She looks very similiar to Enoshima when dolled up with cosmetics.
Badass: According to her file, she was so good at her job, she never came back from any mission with any scars. If that's not enough to convince you, you should see her in the IF scenario.
Subverted in the fifth chapter, where her corpse is blown up by her sister to conceal her identity.
Because You Were Nice to Me: In IF Enoshima accuses this of being the reason why Ikusaba is so intent on saving Naegi's life and brutally mocks her for it, with plenty of disturbing innuendo to boot. During the the two years spent at Hope's Peak, Naegi was the first person to smile at her, despite her title of Ultimate Soldier.
Word of God says in all class photos she only looks at the camera if he's holding it, if he isn't, her lines of sight is always fixed on Naegi.
Becoming the Mask In IF, after talking to Naegi in the infirmary, she jokes about how Naegi would be the only person she wouldn't be willing to kill. However, afterwards, she's left confused as she's not sure whether she was actually being serious or not, and whether that was something she or Enoshima would say.
Brutal Honesty: As "Enoshima", she did not censor herself at all, and showed no fear of offending anyone.
Chekhov's Gunman: There is an empty seat in the trial room, which Monokuma claims has no special meaning. The presence of a sixteenth student is confirmed by Monokuma in Chapter 2, but it isn't until the end of Chapter 4 where we learn her name. Then you find out in the last chapter that she was the Junko Enoshima that got killed all the way back in Chapter 1!
Child Soldier: She worked under a PMC by the name of Fenrir, which operates under the US military.
Dark and Troubled Past: As a child, she joined a mercenary group called Fenrir. When disguised as Enoshima, she sometimes slips and breaks character, but manages to explain it away. See her above entry as Enoshima for details.
Death by Irony: She follows Enoshima's orders to the letter like a good soldier... and dies because of it. The fact that Ikusaba could dodge any attack on the battlefield only underlines how completely off-guard she was caught by her sister's betrayal.
The Dragon: She was going to be one, and then Enoshima changed the plan on her.
Foreshadowing: Ogami points out Ikusaba (who is still posing as Enoshima) looks a little different from the magazine covers Enoshima appears in. Ikusaba laughs this off by saying it's because the images were photoshopped to make her look more attractive.
Full-Frontal Assault: Lets explosions burn all of her clothes off when charging for the switch of the main gate.
"Ikusaba" in alternate kanji can also mean "battlefield."
And let's not forget her title. Her real title is Ultimate Soldier, which also fits, though it's revealed early in Chapter 6 that her Ultimate Despair title is shared with a group of people.
Not So Stoic: "Junko" isn't stoic in the least, but as herself she seems rather impassive until she's standing up for Naegi in IF... or, in this Yonkoma, ordering ice cream flavors so that her cone looks like an Italian flag.
One-Man Army: Living up to her title, in IF, Ikusaba personally destroys countless Monokumas and manages to outsmart most of the students when they initially turn on her.
Parental Abandonment: Supplementary materials said she was actually separated from her parents in an accident on a trip abroad.
Walking Spoiler: Obviously, she is one of the many reasons this page needed to have unmarked spoilers.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Played with. Even after The Reveal, we still don't know how much of her Enoshima persona was an act. Not to mention that all we know from her actual personality comes from...Enoshima.
IF fixes this, revealing that most of her lines as "Enoshima" were scripted by the real thing. That said, she slips out of character every so often, most notably during the Free Time conversations with Naegi.
The self-proclaimed headmaster of Despair Academy. He's very eager to see society's biggest hopefuls start killing each other, so he heaps psychological torture on the students at every turn. There's actually more than one Monokuma: he's a series of highly-advanced robots, and can be instantly replaced if destroyed. He states that he's actually bound by the rules like everyone else, but he's willing to bend them for his own benefit to try to get rid of Kirigiri, by setting up a sham trial regarding the murder of Mukuro Ikusaba. When that doesn't work, Kirigiri gets him to allow the students to redo of the trial. During the final trial, the true mastermind behind Monokuma is revealed - Junko Enoshima.
Action Bomb: If Monokuma is damaged, he'll explode. That's not the only way he can protect himself, either...
Bears Are Bad News: Considering he is the only true consistent throughout the franchise you better believe it!
"See here, harmless and boring guys like you are either the first one to die, or the main character, right? I’ve decided that you’re gonna be the former this time!"
Disc One Final Boss: He is really just a proxy for the real mastermind: Junko Enoshima, and is also one of the personalities that she can take on a whim.
Dissonant Serenity: They normally sound rather lighthearted about all the despair they want the students to suffer. If you are familiar with his Japanese voice actress it gets even worse, See the "Triva" tab for details.
Dub Name Change: The Let's Play refers to him as "Monobear".note Kuma means bear Ironically the dub chooses to keep his name as Monokuma instead to stay closer to the "Monochrome" pun.
Faux Affably Evil: He speaks in a very easygoing manner (but still refers to the students very rudely), makes a lot of puns, and generally acts like an obnoxiously saccharine principal. It just underscores how incredibly screwed-up his entire game is.
Good Colors, Evil Colors: One side is white and looks generally harmless, while the other side is black and features an evil-looking red eye and a Slasher Smile. However, Monokuma is a bastard through and through, so this is instead used symbolically regarding the 8-bit sequences before an execution.
Hanging Judge: If you murder somebody, regardless of mental state or circumstances, then he executes you. End of story.
"The reason for today's murder... starts with the sad tale of two men. Ah! If anyone doesn't want to hear it, they should push the X button to skip."
Meta Guy: The source of most fourth-wall breakage - in addition to the above line, he censors a particularly explicit bit of dialogue in order to preserve the game's rating. Then there's the School Mode, where he has the students build backup versions of himself because he both explodes in the prologue and has them dissect him in Chapter 5. Then there's the ending, where Usami comes to life and he freaks out, saying she isn't supposed to appear now and that the plot will be ruined by her appearance - and, after their fight, remarks "I was supposed to end up like this in the second game instead..."
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: When Monokuma reads Ogami's suicide note to the students, he does so with the intent to instill more despair and to create a new motive for a murder, but it backfires on him, as it instead instills the surviving students with the determination to no longer turn their angers on each other.
Punny Name: His name is a combination of monochrome (monokuroomu in Japanese) and bear (kuma).
Rules Lawyer: And he states that he's actually bound by the rules as well. When he tries to bend the rules for his own benefit in Chapter 5, Kirigiri uses this against him so that the students can redo Ikusaba's trial.
Samus Is a Girl: Well, he is controlled by a girl. Although Monokuma himself is consistently referred to as male, though "he" still casually tells someone that the only thing they aren't willing to talk about are their "measurements" which tend to be used in regards to a woman's body.
Villainous Breakdown: One that can be seen toward the end of the Fifth Trial, and is entirely present during the Sixth Trial. In the former, he rigs the case with misinformation and imposes a sudden time limit on it, while in the latter, he childishly yells to shut Naegi up and he pauses for long lengths of time when the students have him figured out.
Vocal Dissonance: His voice sounds like something from a cartoon, and while it sort of fits with his design, it makes his role as the antagonist much more weird and unsettling. To put it into a western/American frame of reference, it would be the equivalent of being threatened by some thing that had a voice like Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny.
Will Not Tell a Lie: Technically he doesn't lie, although he heavily abuses Exact Words and often withholds information. When he starts lying in the 5th and 6th Trials, it is a telltale sign that things aren't going so hot for him.
The Mastermind (The real Junko Enoshima)
"I had reasons deeper than the deepest ocean! - That was a fuckin' lie! I had no such reasons!"
The true mastermind behind Monokuma, whose identity is revealed in the final chapter of the game. Enoshima is the twin sister of Mukuro Ikusaba, with whom she pulled a Twin Switch before the Despair Game begins. Both sisters were members of a movement known as "Ultimate Despair", which caused "The Worst, Most Despair-Inducing Incident In The History Of Mankind" and led to the world's current state. Enoshima has a paradoxical fetish for despair (both causing and receiving it) and wishes to share her twisted feelings with the entire world. The "School Life of Mutual Killing" is the final stage of her plan to plunge the world into an eternal state of anarchy, by proving that even the "best" of the world will turn on each other given proper incentive.During the events of the game, she murders her sister seemingly on a whim, claiming that Ikusaba couldn't impersonate her properly and wishing for her to taste the despair of betrayal. When Kirigiri starts to prove a nuisance to her plans, Enoshima attacks Naegi as a "masked man" to set up the fake murder of "Mukuro Ikusaba" in Chapter 5 and attempt to frame Kirigiri. After she is exposed and her last attempt to plunge the group into despair backfires, Enoshima follows the rules of her own game and gleefully executes herself as punishment.
Ambiguously Bi: As Monokuma, she makes lewd comments about everyone, regardless of gender. How legitimate this is is ultimately as to how much of the Monokuma persona is an act or not.
The Bad Guy Wins: Partially. She wanted to give herself ultimate despair, she got it.
Bad Is Good And Good Is Bad: She really, really loves despair and hates hope. It is made clear when she calls the first peaceful and happy year the class spent together at Hope's Peak "the worst school life ever!" When she's voted to be executed, she's ecstatic, because she gets to experience the ultimate despair of failing right as a plan to plunge all of humanity into despair was about to succeed, then dying an exceedingly cruel death on top of it.
Cute and Psycho: She looks like a normal, pretty, and fashionable high school girl. Her mental state? Not so much.
Covert Pervert: As Monokuma, she frequently made lewd comments about her classmates and talked about spying on them, unless she was putting on an act.
Cruel and Unusual Death: What sort of execution is most fitting for the ultimate villain? All of them. Enoshima goes through each and every execution in the game in rapid succession. Possibly subverted for her as she doesn't consider it "cruel and unusual"...she loves it.
Dead Man Switch: If she dies, the air purifier that's supplying the school with clean air shuts off.
Dissonant Serenity: Pretty much the whole time through her five executions, although the kicker is probably her meditating during the witch-burning]].
Hair Decorations: Befitting her role, the real Enoshima has bear-themed hairclips, one white, and one black on the same sides as Monokuma.
Japanese Pronouns: After the reveal, she switches hers up every time she changes her behavior. Mostly she calls herself "atashi", which is typical from teenage girls — but her punk personality uses "ore" and the arrogant kingly personality uses "watakushi-sama" (私様), a combination which is both incredibly formal and extremely condescending.
Laughably Evil: Her constant personality switching and the fact that all of them are hilarious would make it really hard to take her seriously if she wasn't eleven kinds of fucked up in the head.
Lost in Character: She implies that constantly acting as Monokuma for the whole game is the reason she has such wild personality shifts (she "forgot what kind of character she's supposed to be"), although it's more likely that she's just crazy...
Made of Iron: As described in Cruel And Unusual Death above, Junko goes through every single execution shown in the game, but all except the last one don't seem to even scratch her. She in fact enjoys every single one of them. It takes a giant crushing machine (and possibly the detonation of the Monokuma she was holding at the time) to actually kill her.
Mood-Swinger: Enoshima's entire personality and voice changes with her mood. She says she gets bored having the same character all the time. When Kirigiri suggested the mastermind was emotionally unstable, she wasn't kidding.
The Sociopath: As you'd expect from a serial killer. She hardly even cares that she killed her own sister, and is even amused by it.
Spartan Sibling: Ikusaba mistakenly believes that she can get through to her sister. Although she can, things always went bad because of Junko's whims. The sickest part is that Junko considers this being loving toward her sister, because she can't comprehend that maybe, just maybe, Ikusaba doesn't get off on pain and despair the same way she does but tries to.
Talkative Loon: Her set of greatly differing sprites would be hard to express in prose, so for IF and Dangan Ronpa 0, she talks in really strange stream of consciousness rants that change subjects every few sentences. Can go from talking about how she just murdered someone to how a recent summer blockbuster underwhelmed her, the kind of people who fixate on her bust and the economy in very few words that she, herself, has some trouble following.
Too Kinky to Torture:The executions given to other killers were pretty chilling. But Enoshima enjoys all of them with a smile due to enjoying her own despair.
Troll: Enoshima's motive is to put everyone into despair and trolling is one of the best ways to do so. In particular with the final class trial when she reveals to the remaining students, they have been killing classmates they had known for 2 years and for no reason other than for her own amusement.
Twin Switch: She had her twin use her name and title during the killing game since she thought it would be a waste for them to go unused while her sister's title was much less appealing.
The Unfettered: She describes herself as this, stating that because she has neither hope nor fear of death, there is nothing holding her back from doing what she wants.
Unreliable Expositor: It's noted in-series that she could be wrong about the state of the outside world.
We Can Rule Together: After her true identity is exposed, she offers to make the other students her "disciples". She's not serious about it. It also doubles as a Shout-Out to the Dragonlord's offer from Dragon Quest.
Xanatos Gambit: Due to her fetishization of despair, she actually views the final Class Trial this way — she views both proving her worldview correct and finally driving the last remnants of the world's hope into despair and having her worldview disproved and being sentenced to death as "wins."
A Serial Killer rumored to have killed thousands. Syo's trademark is writing BLOODSTAIN FEVER ("Bloodlust" in the English version) in the victim's blood and crucifying them with custom-made scissors. When Fujisaki is murdered, the crime scene makes it evident that Syo is among them. She's actually a Split Personality of Fukawa, and changes back with a sneeze. She does not share the same memories as Fukawa, which means that she can remember some things her other self has forgotten.
Abhorrent Admirer: In Syo's case, it's mostly the personality that's abhorrent. Though the giant tongue doesn't help.
A-Cup Angst: Her outbursts and personal attacks against Asahina strongly implies, if not outright establishes, that she has a severe case of breast envy and is also in deep denial about it.
Calling Card: There's actually more than one. The second calling card - crucifying the victim with specially-made scissors - has been kept hidden from the media, which proves that she didn't murder Fujisaki.
Card-Carrying Villain: She is unrepentant about the many murders she has committed, and actually takes a bit of pride in her macabre "craft". In fact she is actually quite insulted that someone copied her MO for the second murder, especially because the murderer did such a sloppy job of imitating her.
Eye Color Change: When changing into Genocider Sho, her eyes change from pinkish gray to red and the shape of the iris changes.
Gender-Blender Name: Syo is a normally male name, which is why it was changed to Jack in the dub since an English audience might assume it to be gender neutral.
Hidden Weapons: Genocider Syo keeps several pairs of scissors in a leg holster at all times. It's not clear why Fukawa doesn't just remove them while Syo is dormant, though the fact she constantly makes more may be a factor.
If I Can't Have You: All of Syo's victims were men that Fukawa was infatuated with. This is very bad news for Togami... Or not. Not in the way that gets him killed anyways: Syo's last Free Time Event reveals that Togami is the first man she's infatuated with who she doesn't want to kill.
Informed Ability: Despite being a serial killer supposedly responsible for hundreds of deaths, she doesn't kill anyone during the despair game, not even Togami. She justifies this very well though, pointing out that the whole purpose of Monokuma's game is to not get caught. Killing anyone with her usual MO would be an incredibly stupid thing to do, and she simply doesn't want to kill any other way.
Laughably Evil: Let's face it, Syo, is hilarious, and given their murders look like giving money to charity to Monobear's actions, you don't feel that bad about it.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Since she and Fukawa do not share the same memories, she remembers things that Fukawa doesn't, including what "The Worst, Most Despair-inducing Incident in the History of Mankind" is.
Love Redeems: Syo promises to give up serial killing in her last Free Time Event if Naegi sets her up with Togami.
Meaningful Name: Syo describes herself as a fujoshi (腐女子), the first kanji of which is the same character in Fukawa Touko (腐川冬子). Provides an interesting contrast, considering they're the kind of people who Fukawa hates.
In the dub the name Genocide Jack is a reference to Jack the Ripper while her alternate name Jill makes it a reference to the "Jill the Ripper" theory that "Jack" was actually a woman.
Meta Girl: Explicitly points out the overuse of Split Personalities to make villains, giving them a bad rap; even goes so far as to claim they're going to disprove the stereotype. While she is creepy as hell, Syo is ironically the more rational of the two personalities, as Fukawa has a tendency to panic and assume the worst. This makes her less of a danger than Fukawa: as Syo points out, she never became a famous serial killer by being caught, and trying to kill anyone under the circumstances of Monokuma's game would be incredibly stupid of her.
Motor Mouth: Surprisingly she never seems to bite her tongue no matter how much she says or how quickly she says it.
The Nicknamer: Tends to call most characters by a shortened version of their first name, then "-kun"/"-chan"/etc, i.e. "Ma-kun" (Naegi), "Hifumin" (Yamada), and "Chi-tan" (Fujisaki). In addition, she refers to Fukawa as Gloomy, and let's not even get started on the names she calls Asahina, such as Godzilla Tits.
The localization has them call Makoto "Big Mac" and "Makoodle poodle kit-and-kaboodle" among other things.
Pragmatic Villainy: They point out themselves that if the point of the game is to not get caught, then it would be idiotic to use all their calling cards as a serial killer if they did decide to murder someone at Hope's Peak. And since they don't want to murder in any other fashion, well, they simply won't murder at all.
Red Herring: Early on, Genocider Syo is suspected of being the mastermind behind Monobear. When she actually appears, Monobear himself confirms that he's not her. Furthermore, she neither kills anyone, nor is killed by anyone else due to her murderous ways.
Spell My Name with an S: Much like Oogami, Syo's name is inconsistently romanized. The original game uses 'Syo' the one time it's romanized. The fanmade patch, alternately, goes with 'Shou'. The anime manages to be even more inconsistent, going with 'Syo' on written files, but 'Sho' in the character's introduction screen. Funimation's subtitles, for their part, stick with 'Sho', as do newer supplementary materials.
Split Personality: The case file on Genocider Syo suggests that the serial killer shows signs of having Dissociative Identity Disorder. She is indeed a split personality of her original self, Touko Fukawa.
Stalker with a Crush: Towards Togami and all of her victims. She only kills guys she likes after all.
Token Evil Teammate: She's a remorseless mass murderer, but she's also one of the most stable students during the trials and lacks the others tendency of jumping to conclusions, as well as surviving the whole game and escaping with the others.
Yandere: For Togami. But not to the point of wanting to kill him or anyone else for his sake, which makes him a unique case for her.
Yaoi Fangirl: In contrast to Fukawa's seething hatred of anime and manga. In fact, she specifically refers to herself as a fujoshi (basically "rotten fangirl", a term fans of the yaoi genre might recognize).
You Didn't Ask: She does indeed remember The Worst, Most Despair-inducing Incident in the History of Mankind. The reason why she never mention it before the last trial?
A program created to help the students escape Despair Academy. Complicating matters is the fact that they have to keep it hidden from Monokuma... Unfortunately, they fail, and Alter Ego is executed by being crushed with construction equipment at the end of Chapter 4. Fortunately, Alter Ego managed to download itself into the mastermind's network beforehand, allowing it to prevent Naegi from being executed.
Killed Off for Real: Since Ogami killed herself, Monokuma executes Alter Ego instead...by crushing its laptop into a metal ball with Monokuma's features... Subverted since it didn't quite stick since they became a virus after that.
The original headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy, before Monokuma took over. All that is known about him at this time is that he's a man in his late thirties, and he might still be in the school. According to Alter Ego, the headmaster spearheaded a plan to lock the remaining students in the school following a Despairing Incident which forced the school to close. He's also Kyouko Kirigiri's father, which is why she was reluctant to believe that he could be the mastermind. As it turns out, the headmaster is in the school... as a pile of bones, likely the person killed by Monokuma in the "Space Journey" execution from the game's beginning. He had distanced himself from the Kirigiri family because he did not want to follow in the family business of being a detective, and cut all ties to them, leaving his daughter behind.
Red Herring: He isn't nearly as important or malevolent as one may initially assume, except for Kyouko's motivation.
Personal Effects Reveal: In his hidden room where his bones are found, a photo is found of him and Kyouko as a child. Additionally, the password to said room was her name.
Pet the Dog: Kirigiri knew him almost entirely as a father who abandoned her... until it's revealed that his room's lock is her full name and that he had a picture of him and her together that he seemingly cared a lot for. Even Kirigiri needs a moment alone to comprehend it, with some implications.
Posthumous Character: As mentioned above he is technically one of the first people you see in the game (during his execution) but you don't learn anything about him until much later.