Characters: Fatal Frame
This is a Character Sheet for the Fatal Frame series.
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Dr. Kunihiko Asou
Dr. Kunihiko Asou
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Fatal Frame 5)
The key character of Fatal Frame series. He was a brilliant occult philosopher and scientist whose primary fields of interest were Japanese folklore and the spirit world. Dr. Asou took the latest Western technologies that were introduced to Japan and modified them in an attempt to create devices that could capture supernatural phenomena, such as the Camera Obscura.
- Artifact of Doom: He created numerous such artifacts, leaving them to his descendants or fellow researchers.
- Ascended Extra: He has been mentioned a lot from the first four Fatal Frame games, and now he finally appears as the major character of the fifth game.
- Famous Ancestor: He's one to Mio and Mayu, Yuu, Misaki, and Ren.
- Hot Scientist: He was quite handsome, as it turns out.
- Love at First Sight: with Ouse Kurosawa
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: His curiosity was never intended to cause harm, but his inventions are considered dangerous or even cursed.
- Renaissance Man: He was a brilliant inventor, skilled photographer, and a gifted research that published numerous papers on his works.
- Seeker Archetype: He devoted his life to exploring the supernatural, creating numerous devices and traveling all over Japan.
Voiced by: Rika Wakusawa (Japanese), Rumiko Varnes (English, FF1), Kim Mai Guest (English, FF3)
The protagonist of the first Fatal Frame who goes into the Himuro Mansion in order to look for her brother, Mafuyu. She finds the Camera Obscura where her brother left it, and then she must collect five pieces of a holy mirror in order to stop the ghost of Kirie gone berserk.She returns in Fatal Frame III, again as a playable character and still lamenting the death of her brother, Mafuyu. Such guilt haunts her dreams, and so she finds herself trapped in the Manor of Sleep, where she can't help but to follow the ghost of her loved one. In Fatal Frame V, she has a daughter named Miu, but suddenly went missing in the past, which caused to Miu to search for her.
- Bare Your Midriff: In the third game.
- Big Brother Attraction: What initially appears to be Big Brother Worship turns out to be much more, thanks to the fifth game.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Red/Crimson. Her name can be read as "deep crimson", and her holly tattoo from the Manor's curse is also red.
- Crippling Overspecialization: A mild example in FF3. Her Sacred Stone (which slows ghosts) and 'Double' function (stacking a charge on top of a full one) special abilities are extremely useful, but in exchange she doesn't have any special lenses.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: When Miu was 3 years old, she sensed her time was nearly up and left to spare her daughter seeing her die. By entering the Box, she was artificially sustained for more than a decade, allowing mother and daughter to reunite one last time.
- Death by Childbirth: A rather....unusual variant. Giving birth to a Yomiko takes an incredible toll on the mother, reducing her natural lifespan to perhaps a scant few years.
- Hair Decorations: Never seen without her grandmother's hairclip.
- It's All My Fault: She blames herself for leaving Mafuyu behind, and tells Rei their being Cursed is her fault.
- The Magic Goes Away: It was meant to happen at the end of the first game, but it didn't.
- Memento MacGuffin: She wears her grandmother's hair comb.
- Mighty Glacier: Her camera in the third game is this; the 'Double' function gives her the the strongest exorcism power out of the three, but there's a longer wait time between shots.
- Missing Mom: Her mother committed suicide prior to the first game. Miku herself becomes one to Miu, in the fifth game.
- Plucky Girl: She pushes through everything being thrown at her, and does her best to keep her head up.
- Psychic Powers: She was born with a sixth sense.
- Sailor Fuku: Her outfit in the first game is modeled after one.
- She's All Grown Up: Played With. Only two years have passed since the events of FF1, but on FF3 she's noticeably more Fanservicey.
- Stepford Smiler: She puts up a cheerful front, leaving Rei unaware of just how much she's been through.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Miu discovers her sealed in a box, having been lured to the mountain years earlier.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Giving birth to Miu shortened her lifespan, leaving her with little time left.
- Zettai Ryouiki: On FF3 she wears a Grade B.
Voiced by: Dominic Allen (English)
Miku's older brother and only family, and the first character you'll control. He goes to the Himuro Mansion after the disappearance of his teacher, equipped with the Camera Obscura.
- Big Brother Instinct: He shows a strong desire to protect others.
- Heroic Spirit: He went to the Himuro Mansion not for a loved one, but just to rescue, or find out what happened to, his professor and his team.
- I Choose to Stay: In the first game's canon ending, he chooses to remain behind with Kirie so she's never alone again rather than escape the mansion with Miku.
- Nice Guy: Miku describes him as extremely kind.
- Promotion to Parent: He took over, after their mother's suicide.
- Psychic Powers: Like his sister, he possessed a spiritual sense.
Voiced by: Leene Hardt (English)
A maiden who lived at the Himuro Mansion and was finally sacrificed at the Strangling Ritual. However, the sacrificial failed, and so the Malice got unleashed.
- Apocalyptic Log: Her diaries can be found in the manor, detailing her final days.
- Barrier Maiden: The Rope Shrine Maiden's purpose is to hold the Hell Gate closed.
- Break the Cutie: Her backstory combines this and Kill the Cutie.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Ropes were tied to her four limbs and around her neck, and then slowly tightened until she was torn to pieces.
- Demonic Possession: Her spirit became possessed by the Malice.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From a sacrificial maiden to the embodiment of the Malice leaking from Hell itself.
- Hesitant Sacrifice: The Ritual failed because she was conflicted about dying, having fallen in love.
- Humanoid Abomination: The embodiment of the Malice, which surrounds her in the form of a mass of tormented souls.
- In-Series Nickname: White Kimono.
- Literal Split Personality: The malice caused her soul to split into two people: A vengeful spirit and younger version of her.
- Love Hurts: Falling in love caused her to become conflicted, torn between her duty and her desire to be with her lover.
- Mighty Glacier: Her touch is deadly, but she moves slow.
- Miko: She's the Rope Shrine Maiden
- Mysterious Waif: The Girl in White, her untainted self.
- One-Hit Kill: What she inflicts if you let her touch you.
- Power Floats: She hovers in midair, surrounded by tormented spirits that seem to hold her aloft.
- Psychic Powers: It was believed that since she was the last child caught during the Demon Tag Ritual, she had the strongest psychic abilities.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: She fell in love with a young man, even though her role required her to have absolutely no attachments to the world. The Priests murdered him in an effort to "protect" her.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: A classic example.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Her role in the Ritual.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her Malice-tainted soul wants everyone to experience her suffering.
- Woman in White: She always appears in a white kimono, suiting her role as a sacrifice.
Yae Munakata (née Kurosawa)
Voiced by: Bianca Allen (Fatal Frame (English)), Kari Wahlgren (Fatal Frame 2 (English)), Daphne Alexander (Fatal Frame 2: Deep Crimson Butterfly (English))
Miku and Mafuyu's great-grandmother. She lived in the Himuro mansion decades before the events of the game take place. She commits suicide due to her daughter's disappearance combined with overexposure from the Camera Obscura.She is reintroduced in Fatal Frame II, where she is revealed to have had a twin sister, and was the unwitting instigator of several events in the game.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: She was destined to become one, but ended up so traumatized that she lost her memories.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Butterfly Diary and Lady's Diary.
- Break the Cutie: Losing her entire village in a disaster she partially caused, and then years later, being driven mad by the power of the camera.
- Driven to Suicide: The camera's power and her daughter's disappearance drove her to kill herself.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Driven insane by the power of the Camera, and what it showed her.
- Identical Grandson: Her granddaughter, Miyuki, looked exactly like her.
- Ill Girl: She's mentioned to have been ill as an adult.
- In-Series Nickname: Hanged Woman.
- Ironic Echo: Both sisters died the same way.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: She lost her memories after escaping the village, likely a combination of the trauma of having contributed to its destruction and part of her soul being trapped there (but unable to reunite with Sae).
- Late to the Tragedy: She became lost in the woods, and only found her way back to the village after the Repentance had already destroyed it. An echo of her is seen by Mio in the opening movie, weeping in shock.
- Posthumous Character: She's long dead by the events of Fatal Frame I and II.
- Psychic Powers: It's unknown how long she had them, but the Camera Obscura worsened them until it drove her insane. Her great-grandchildren inherited their powers from her.
- Sole Survivor: She was the only living resident of Minakami village after the Repentance.
- Survivor Guilt: Her reason for escaping the village with Sae was to avoid this. She gets this anyway due to Sae being captured and the village being destroyed.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Sure, there was the possibility of her and Sae's ritual also failing, but had she not run away then the Repentance would have been avoided.
- Virgin Sacrifice: She was intended as one half of the sacrifice for the Crimson Ritual, but ran away.
Voiced by:Miku and Mafuyu's great-grandfather. A folklorist that moved his family into Himuro mansion decades before the events of the game took place. He was eager to study the lost rituals of the ruling family of the region, and but would his family and then his life to the mansion's curse.As a young man, he visited Minakami village with his mentor and hoped to reunite with his old friend, Itsuki. There, he met Yae and would eventually take her away from the village.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Green Diary and Research Notes.
- Childhood Friends: With Itsuki and Mutsuki Tachibana.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: His interest in the brutal murders and dark rituals of Himuro Mansion led him to move his family there. As he poked around the mansion, the curse drove his wife insane and resulted in his daughter being kidnapped by spirits. By the time he realized what was going on, he had little time to try to solve the curse before being killed.
- In-Series Nickname: Folklorist.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He came to regret his decision to move to the mansion, after his wife's death.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He played a small part in the destruction of Minakami village, helping Yae to escape. Years later, his curiosity would lead to his family being destroyed by Himuro Mansion's curse.
Voiced by: Matt Lagan (English)
A novelist, and mentor to Mafuyu Hinasaki. He went to Himuro Mansion to look for inspiration for his next work, but was caught up in the curse and killed. His cursed spirit alternately helps and attacks Miku, trying to show her how to break the curse.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Black Notebooks and Blue Tapes.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Kirie's curse, which resulted in him being torn apart on the ceiling on the hilltop shrine.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: Going to a supposedly-haunted mansion linked to a massacre, a family vanishing, and a long string of gruesome murders? What's the worst that could happen?
- In-Series Nickname: Novelist.
- The Mentor: To Mafuyu Hinasaki, Kei Amakura, and Yuu Asao.
- Most Writers Are Writers: He goes to Himuro Mansion in hopes of finding inspiration for his next novel.
Voiced by: Bianca Allen (English)
An assistant to Takamine, with weak psychic powers. She began to have visions while at Himuro Mansion, and was eventually killed by the curse before she could warn her employer. After her death, she attacks Miku while pleading for her to warn Takamine.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Red notebooks and tapes.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: She's associated with the color Red, wearing a red cardigan, and leaving behind the red diaries and tapes.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Kirie's curse, which slowly choked her to death.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: She was slowly driven mad by the spirits of the Mansion, unable to handle the things shown to her.
- In-Series Nickname: Assistant.
- Psychic Powers: She possessed weak psychic powers, causing her to feel unease about the mansion and eventually began to see the spirits haunting it.
- Subordinate Excuse: The Zero Novel hints that she had a romantic relationship with her employer.
Voiced by: Matt Lagan (English)Takamine's editor, who accompanied him on a trip to Himuro Mansion in search of material for his next book. He was the first to be claimed by the curse, dying at Kirie's hands. Afterwards, his cursed spirit attacks Miku while pleading for help.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Research Notes and Whit Tapes.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Kirie's curse involved tearing off his head and limbs.
- In-Series Nickname: Editor.
- Madness Mantra: He constantly screams about the ropes appearing on his body, and apparently whimpered about them after being cursed.
- Peek-A-Boo Corpse: He provides this type of scare, when Miku discovers an echo of his body in the closet.
Voiced by:The last head of the Himuro Family, and overseer of their rituals. He was driven insane by the Calamity, and slaughtered all survivors in the manor before taking his own life. His cursed spirit tries to kill Miku, still accompanied by the heads of the Priests he beheaded.
- Ax-Crazy: Driven insane by the Malice, causing him to go on a killing spree.
- Cool Mask: The Mask of Reflection, which changed to reflect the wearer.
- Driven to Suicide: After finishing off everyone in the manor, he took his own life.
- In-Series Nickname: Family Master.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He wields the katana he used in the massacre.
- Off with His Head!: He went around decapitating anyone he could find.
A Shrine Maiden tasked with performing the Demon Tag Ritual, and sacrificed to "blind" the spirits behind the Hell's Gate. After the Blinding Mask pierced out her eyes, it was her duty to select the next Blind Demon and Rope Shrine Maiden.....but she died prior to finding her successor. Her tormented spirit repeatedly attacks Miku, attempting to perform her duty.
- Eye Scream: Her eyes were pierced out with stakes, and still bleed profusely.
- Miko: Like Kirie, she was a Shrine Maiden chosen to carry out a ritual.
- Recurring Boss: Fought a grand total of 7 times during the 2nd Night.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Sacrificed in the Himuro family rituals. It's unknown what normally happened to the Blind Demon after she serves her purpose.
A member of the Himuro family from long ago, killed after he opposed his daughter becoming the Rope Shrine Maiden. His disfigured ghost haunts the mansion, desperately searching for his long-dead daughter and snatches away any children he encounters.
- Body Horror: He's quite horrific to look at, balding and hunched over with abnormally long limbs.
- Child Eater: He kidnaps children, having killed Mikoto's three friends while they were playing tag.
- Creepily Long Arms: His defining feature. It isn't clear why they are so long.
- Irony: He is tormented by the loss of his daughter, and inflicts that same grief on other parents by spiriting away their children.
- Papa Wolf: He was unwilling to let his daughter become a sacrifice.
Fatal Frame II
, Daphne Alexander (English, FF2: Deep Crimson Butterfly)The protagonist of Fatal Frame II and Mayu's younger twin. She has a weaker sixth sense, so she isn't as perceptive about the ghosts as Mayu, but this also makes her more resistant to their influence. Mio is very protective about her sister, feeling responsible for her leg wound years ago, and so she looks after her every single day.Mio comes back in Fatal Frame III, but not as a playable character. Still lamenting Mayu's death, she is afflicted by the Tattooed Curse, and her uncle Kei is trying to rescue her.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: In the third game.
- Baleful Polymorph: In the Deeper Crimson butterfly's Frozen Butterfly Ending, the crimson butterfly may be Mio after Mayu strangled her.
- The Caretaker: To her sister, Mayu.
- Cutscene Power to the Max: Her speed in the trailers.
- Eye Scream: In the "Nightmare Ending", she finds out why you aren't supposed to look into the Hellish Abyss the hard way.
- The Hero: She gets to be this in the good endings of Fatal Frame II, specially in the best one.
- Heroic BSOD: Upon realizing she just killed her own sister.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Her hair is layered outward, with her fringe parted and swept to the side. Her clothing evokes a more active person in comparison to Mayu.
- Mama Bear//Knight Templar Big Brother: There's nothing she wouldn't do for her sister, and by the old rules she is considered the older twin.
- Skirt over Slacks: Her ioonic outfit is a skirt over leggings.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After strangling Mayu and completing the ritual, she realizes what she had done. She chases after Mayu in her butterfly form and apologizes.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Subverted, but a specially rare case of a girl having this attitude.
- Protectorate: Mayu for her. In the non-canon Bad Ending, she becomes this to Mayu herself.
- Psychic Powers: Her powers are weaker than her sister's, but grow in strength as she explorers the village.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: She may have fallen victim to the Curse in the non-canon Bad Ending of the third game.
- Think Nothing of It: Her attitude towards Mayu, which seems to extent even after she loses her sight for her.
- Together in Death: With Mayu in Deep Crimson Butterfly, if you got the "Shadow Festival" ending.
- Trauma Conga Line: Type C. First, she's left feeling guilty for Mayu's childhood injury, then spirited away to a nightmarish village where she's forced to kill her sister to leave, then she's forced to revisit the trauma all over again in her dreams.
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Kim Mai Guest (English, FF2), Patricia Gannon (English, FF2: Deep Crimson Butterfly)
Mio's older, calm, reserved and considerate twin. She's got a very strong sixth sense, which makes her vulnerable to the influence of ghosts. This leads to get being possessed by Sae, causing quite a troublesome situation as the person Mio has to rescue is at the same time the person who could mean her immediate death.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Her hairstyle is layered close to her head, and her fringe is straight and covers more of her forehead. Her clothing also gives a more demure feel, compared to Mio's.
- If I Can't Have You: In Deep Crimson Butterfly, she actually murders Mio when the latter refuses to perform the ritual in one ending.
- Kubrick Stare: If you pay very close attention to her when she passes the screen, she stares at the camera.
- The Load: That said, she makes for an excellent distraction for attacking ghosts.
- Laughing Mad: In Deep Crimson Butterfly's Frozen Butterfly ending. She must've been taking lessons from Sae.
- Manipulative Bitch: In the Japanese Fanbook (as well as the novelization), it is revealed that when they were children, Mayu fell down the cliff on purpose so Mio wouldn't leave her behind, and has been using her injury to control Mio ever since. During the final battle against Sae, Mayu can be heard saying "Mio always thinks about me... and she will do whatever I say."
- Meaningful Name: Mayu means "cocoon" tying in with the butterfly theme. She does indeed become one in the default ending.
- More Than Mind Control: It's unclear if Mayu's Yandere tendencies are a result of Sae's posession or her own free will. While the original game endings seem to imply it is the former, the remake's extra endings imply towards the latter.
- Please Don't Leave Me: She says this several times, and seems to fear it more than anything.
- Protectorate: Mio is fiercely protective of her.
- Psychic Powers: Possessed strong powers, which made her vulnerable to possession and influence by Sae.
- Together in Death: In the Shadow Festival ending.
- Videogame Caring Potential: She's quite weak, and will plead with Mio if the player runs too far ahead of her.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Sacrificed to end the curse over the village.
- Yandere: Her relationship with Mio in general. She even kills Mio in one ending, just to keep her with her for good.
- You Are Worth Hell: For Mio, she clearly was.
Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (Japanese), Sam Saletta (English), Cameron Stewart (English, FF2: Deep Crimson Butterfly)
A white-haired young boy that is mysteriously imprisoned. Mio encounters him while exploring the lost village, and he'll assist Mio in his attempt to rescue Mayu, although most of what he says will cause confusion to the player.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: His failure to properly perform the ritual meant that his brother, Mutsuki, died for nothing. He killed himself to join his brother after he thought the Kurosawa Twins escaped.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Bound Diaries and Crystal Ore.
- Dead All Along: Unsurprisingly, he too is a Ghost.
- Driven to Suicide: He hung himself.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He's not the hero of the story, but still...
- In-Series Nickname: Imprisoned Boy.
- Locked into Strangeness: He has white hair, as a result of his own Ritual.
- Mr. Exposition: Guess who you're gonna go for every time you need answers.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His determination to stop the ritual ended in the complete destruction of the village, and the curse that continued to kill people nearly a century later.
- Selective Obliviousness: He won't cease referring to Mio as "Yae" and Mayu as "Sae".
- Virgin Sacrifice: He performed the ritual and killed his brother.
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Kim Mai Guest (English, FF2), Patricia Gannon (English, FF2: Deep Crimson Butterfly)
A twin shrine maiden who particularly had been always anxious about participating in the sacrificial ritual so she would become one with her twin sister, Yae. When Itsuki wanted to help Sae and Yae to escape the ritual, though, she apparently intentionally fell behind, hoping that Yae would return for her so they would fulfill the ritual. But Yae never came back, and so she was sentenced to do the ritual alone, which didn't go well.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She was close to Itsuki, but because he's the older "Remaining" twin and she is the younger twin that will be sacrificed, they can't be together.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Bound Diaries and Fluorite stones.
- Ax-Crazy: On par with Lord Himuro.
- Big Bad: Of Fatal Frame II
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Kusabi though she is the main antagonist and plays a more active role in the story.
- Break the Cutie: As tradition.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Generates a red mist to protect against the Camera Obscura during the final battle with her, and come on, how many ghosts are smart enough to realize that the only weapon in the protagonist's arsenal is the Camera Obscura?
- Death Glare: It's a blink-and-you'll-miss moment, but in the remake of the Lingering Scent ending, the look on her face as she strangles Mio is... quite unsettling.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: And the fact that she's looking directly at you doesn't help.
- Dying Alone: Hanged alone to try and complete the ritual without Yae.
- Dual Boss: One mission has you fighting both her and the Kusabi.
- Evil Brit: Has a British accent in the remake.
- Evil Laugh: A particularly nightmarish one.
- Final Boss: On harder difficulties only. Subverted in the Wii remake- she's the final boss for ALL difficulties if the Kusabi is beaten in under five minutes.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine among the four main antagonists.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From a sacrificial maiden to slaughtering her entire village.
- Giggling Villain: In sharp contrast to the other main Ghosts, she constantly laughs.
- The Hyena: She cackles constantly.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: The small break in her bangs distinguishes her from Yae.
- In-Series Nickname: Bloody Kimono (Hostile), White Kimono (Non-Hostile)
- Laughing Mad: Insane and constantly giggling.
- Light Is Not Good: The most vibrant colored out of the four main antagonists and the most psychotic.
- Manipulative Bitch: Like Mayu, she fell on purpose to try and get her sister caught in order to force her into the ritual, without any consideration for her sister's feelings. Unlike Mayu, her plan backfired horribly.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Her ghost name, Bloody Kimono
- One-Hit Kill: Notably the only final boss without one, though she makes up for it with her defenses and speed.
- Perpetual Smiler: She has a constant smile on her face, seeming to enjoy the horrors she's unleashed.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": She's got a lot of laugh tropes, huh?
- She Will Come for Me: Up until her death, this was her only thought.
- Slasher Smile: When she isn't laughing, this is her default expression.
- Smoke Out: Can generate a red mist around her during the final battle.
- Together in Death: With her twin, Yae, in the best ending.
- Turns Red: Like most ghosts in the remake, she will enter Dark Return and glow with a purple aura when low on health, making her faster and more dangerous.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Sacrificed in a failed ritual, after her sister failed to return in time.
- White Shirt of Death: Dressed in a white, bloody Kimono.
- Woman in White: She dresses in a white kimono, stained with blood.
- Yandere: She really loves her sister.
Seijiro Makabe (Kusabi)
Voiced by: Michael Bell (English), Nigel Carrington (English, FF2: Deep Crimson Butterfly)
A folklorist who happened to have visited Minakami village at a bad time. He eventually gets sacrificed to the Hellish Abyss, and when the Repentance occurs, he comes back as the Kusabi.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Folklorists' Notes and Lazulite stones.
- Badass Bookworm: A scholar that had the strength to survive the Cutting Ritual, and as a Ghost is the most dangerous being in the Village.
- Came Back Wrong: No part in thanks to the torture he endured before his death, he bears the least resemblance to his former self when he becomes the Kusabi.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: The Cutting Ritual involved slicing him over and over again, slowly torturing him for as long as possible.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: The Cutting Ritual involved causing as much suffering to the victim as possible, and tossing them into the Hellish Abyss while still alive.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: His fascination with the hidden rituals of the village ended up getting him killed.
- In-Series Nickname: Folklorist, Prisoner, or Rope Man.
- Not Afraid to Die: By the time he was to be sacrificed, he was actually genuinely happy to be experiencing something so secretive first-hand.
- One-Hit Kill: The Kusabi's touch is instant Game Over.
Voiced By: Michael Bell (English), Nigel Carrington (English, FF2: Deep Crimson Butterfly)
The Head of the Kurosawa Family, and Ceremony Master for Minakami Village. He was tasked with sacrificing his own daughters, and killed when Sae's ritual failed.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: He's also a Remaining, having once killed his brother. As such, he understands his daughters' pain but has no choice but to sacrifice them.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Ceremony Master's notes and Crysocolla stones.
- Flunky Boss: He summons a pair of Priests during his Boss battle.
- High Priest: The Ceremony Master of Minakami Village.
- In-Series Nickname: Ceremony Master.
- Mummy: His spirit sometimes takes on a form resembling a Sokushinbutsu.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Ultimately, he was willing to do terrible things to save the village.
Voiced By: Robin Atkin Downes (English), Charlie Hayes (English, FF2: Deep Crimson Butterfly)
A geological surveyor that disappeared near the Minakami area, after wandering into Minakami Village. His girlfriend, Miyako, looked for him and became lost as well. He was killed by the Kusabi while trying to find a way out of the village.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Village Reports, Bloody Memo, and the Sard stone.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: The Kusabi left him covered in horrible gashes all over his body, and he slowly bled to death while hiding in a closet.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: His investigation of the village led to him being killed by the Kusabi.
- In-Series Nickname: Unrest in Piece.
- Kill the Ones You Love: His spirit desperately wanted to see Miyako one more time....but the village's curse caused him to strangle her to death when he found her.
- Personal Effects Reveal: A side-quest allows Mio to find the blood-stained engagement ring he was planning to give Miyako.
Voiced By: Leigh Allyn Baker (English)
The girlfriend of Masumi, who went looking for him alone. She became lost in the village, and rested in Osaka House while he continued to look for a way out. His cursed spirit returned to her, and ended up murdering her.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Woman's Notebook, Red Notebook, and the Aragonite stone.
- Hope Spot: She was so happy when Masumi came back for her.....only for it to be his cursed spirit, which promptly murdered her.
- In-Series Nickname: Wanderer.
- I Will Find You: When authorities gave up the search, she went looking for Masumi alone.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Strangled to death by her lover's spirit.
Voiced By: Robin Atkin Downes (English)A doll-maker, using his skills to create mechanisms for the village. When his daughter was sacrificed, he made a lifelike imitation to comfort the surviving Twin. But the doll became possessed and killed him.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Dollmaker's Notes and the Dolomite stone.
- In-Series Nickname: Dollmaker.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He was horrified by what creating the Twin Doll led to, and desperate to make amends.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His attempt to comfort his daughter went horribly wrong, resulting in his own death and eventually that of his surviving daughter as well.
Akane and Azami Kiryu
Twin sisters sacrificed in the Crimson Ritual. After killing Azami, Akane became depressed and her father made a lifelike doll to comfort her. The doll became possessed, stealing Akane's soul and killing its maker.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: Akane became deeply depressed after killing her sister, unable to comprehend what had happened. Her father's efforts to comfort her went horribly wrong.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Violet Diaries, the Blue Crystal, and the Pale Purple Crystal.
- Creepy Doll: The Azami Doll, a life-like doll possessed by an evil spirit.
- Creepy Twins: The iconic Creepy Twins of the series.
- Demonic Possession: An evil spirit possessed the Azami Doll, using its powers to control Akane.
- Hell Is That Noise: The creaking of the Doll's joints, whenever they show up.
- Infant Immortality: Averted so hard. Akane had to kill Azami, and was herself killed after the Twin Doll ate her soul.
- In-Series Nickname: Twin Ghost, Twin Doll, and Doomed Girl.
- Recurring Boss: Fought at least three times during the game, but they also appear as a Random Encounter should the player waste too much time in the Kiryu House.
- Virgin Sacrifice: They performed the Crimson Ritual, with Akane killing Azami.
Voiced By: Kim Mai Guest (English), Julie Ann Dean (English, FF2: Deep Crimson Butterfly)
The younger sister of Itsuki and Mutsuki. She was nearly blind, wearing a bell on her wrist so that her brothers could find her should she become lost. Deeply afraid of strangers, she hid whenever people came to the house and died after being trapped in a closet during the Repentance.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Crimson Diaries, and the Red Speckled Stone.
- Cowardly Boss: Each time she's defeated, she flees to another part of the house and hides in another closet. The player must then hunt her down to continue fighting her.
- Crying Little Kid: She was the crying kid during the Repentance. No one came to save her, and she died alone crying in the closet where she hid. Now, she cries before she attacks "Yae" for taking away her brother....
- The Cutie: She's definitely one of the cutest spirits in the entire series.
- Handicapped Badass: As a spirit, she remains nearly blind.....but has a special attack that inflicts her condition on the player.
- Hell Is That Noise: The bell she wears on her wrist, which allows the player to track her through the house. But then she uses her Blinding attack, and the player is stuck in pitch darkness listening to her run around jingling.....
- In-Series Nickname: Crimson Kimono.
- Interface Screw/Standard Status Effects: Her screaming attack turns the whole area dark, making it impossible for the player to make out anything around them.
- Kill the Cutie: It's hard not to feel sorry for her, as one of the most innocent victims of the Repentance.
- Little Dead Riding Hood: Her vibrant kimono stands out from most dull-colored spirits, earning her the in-game title "Crimson Kimono".
- Recurring Boss: She can be fought a total of 5 times, but only 3 of those are required to gain the Bell Key.
Fatal Frame III
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Kimberly Brooks (English)
A professional photographer and protagonist of Fatal Frame III. She lived together with Miku and her boyfriend, Yuu, until he died in a car accident caused by her. Because of this, she gets dragged into the Manor of Sleep, following his ghost.
- Beauty Mark: She has one beneath her eye.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Her Camera Obscura is able to equip most of the available lenses and functions, along with having a large capture circle and decent damage.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Blue, the image color of the game and her tattoos.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: With Kei's help and the Handmaiden's Song, she figures out how to truly end the curse: sail the quelled "tattoos" (Reika) and "their offering of tears" (Kaname) to the other side of the Abyss.
- Death Seeker: She repeatedly talks about wanting to be with Yuu, even knowing that following him further into the manor will kill her.
- Informed Attribute: Rei claims she's the opposite of Yuu who was quiet and gentle, but this doesn't really show. Then again, she is severely depressed.
- It's All My Fault: It is. It was her irresponsible driving that got her boyfriend killed, after all.
- Please Don't Leave Me: When Yuu's spirit is crossing the Rift with other spirits, she begs to take her with him. He declines, telling her that he'll live on through her.
- Psychic Link: With Miku and Kei, allowing her to see their dreams of the manor within her own. However, as seen with what happens to the two, she has no influence on their decisions.
- Psychic Powers: Though they only awaken thanks to the Curse. The fifth game suggests this is because she's a descendent of shrine maidens.
- Shower of Angst: She takes more than one, breaking down in tears.
- Survivor Guilt: More than anyone.
Voiced by: Yusei Oda (Japanese), Josh Keaton (English)
Mio's uncle, a non-fiction writer. He was also good friends with Yuu, and writes letter to him during the game which Rei receives. These help her unravel the mystery of the Manor of Sleep. The main reason he is investigating the manor is to save his niece Mio, who fell victim to the Tattoo Curse.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Research Notes, and his letters to Yuu.
- Badass Bookworm: Comes with being one of the series' folklorists who can actually fight off ghosts and not end up one of them. Even then, up until you play his chapters he had no Camera Obscura and had to hide often, hence his ability and special filament. Regardless of how weak his sixth sense is, the man's certainly something to have been sneaking around a haunted manor for so long (the extent of his tattoos show that he's been in the manor the longest out of the three).
- In the good and apparently canon ending, he becomes the first male character to survive the game.
- Can't Catch Up: In a somewhat different way than most examples. Being the only playable man in Fatal Frame III, he's stronger than the girls and so he can move heavy objects they can't. But his sixth sense is said to be weaker than theirs, which results in his attacks being overall inferior, and that's when he has a camera to begin with.
- Gradual Grinder: His Camera Obscura though is best used to chip away at a spirit's health with rapid combos and bonuses, as he can't charge it to levels as high as Rei or Miku.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Indigo, if his clothing and tattoos are to go by.
- Hope Spot: He delivers this for Rei near the end.
- Identical Stranger: To Akito Kashiwagi, Kyouka Kuze's missing lover. As the ghost Brushing Woman, she is not happy to see him.
- Mr. Exposition: Subverted. His chapters are where you usually find the documents that explain the Kuze Family and their rituals, that which lead up to the existence of the Tattoo Curse and the Manor of Sleep.
- Meaningful Name: The character for his name means 'firefly', referring to the light of hope he has for finding a way to end the curse. However, fireflies are also known for their brief lifespans.
- Parental Substitute: He's apparently this for Mio and Mayu.
- Pocket Protector: If you obtain Kyouka's Echo Stone Earring on a second playthrough or later, Reika will spare him at the end of Hour XII.
- Psychic Powers: He possesses very weak powers, especially in comparison to Rei and Miku.
- Talking in Your Sleep: He does this when he's staying over at Rei's house, pleading for either his nieces or his close friends Mafuyu and Yuu not to leave him behind.
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Kimberly Brooks (English)
The tattooed priestess, and possibly the biggest Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds in the series. Like Kirie, she was a Virgin Sacrifice for a ritual that, because of a secret romance and a string of tragic events, lead to her unleashing the Rift and spread her suffering to others through their dreams.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Tattooed Diaries and the Mirror Shards.
- Break the Cutie: The final straw was Kaname being murdered right in front of her.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: She lived enduring this until the day of her death...
- Disproportionate Retribution: ... And she unleashed it all back, not only at the Kuze Household, but also those who longed to see their lost loved ones like the worshipers.
- Fate Worse Than Death: For eternity, she must dream of the grief engraved on her so that they won't have to.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Taken to literal extremes.
- In-Series Nickname: Tattooed Priestess.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Once the reasons for the ritual are revealed, it's hard to feel sorry for her initial victims.
- Miko: The priestess of the Kuze Shrine, the Tattooed Priestess.
- Memento MacGuffin: Her Echo Stone Earring, which was a gift from her childhood friend Kaname.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She took her revenge on every single person in the manor, and continues to try to spread her suffering to others.
- Sole Survivor: Of an avalanche that took out her village and family, hence why she was taken in by the Kuze Manor willingly.
- Storyboard Body: Her body is filled with tattoos, each and every one of them for the pain of someone else.
- Tattooed Crook: Literally every inch of her body is covered in tattoos, adding to her frightening appearance.
- Talking to Herself: Junko Minagawa voices both her and Rei.
- Trauma Conga Line: Dear lord! In order: She lost her family and village to an avalanche, adopted by another family and forced to endure Cold-Blooded Torture until she died during which she finally found love, only to have that love brutally murdered in front of her. Would someone give this girl a hug?!
- Virgin Sacrifice: Sacrified as part of her role as the Tattooed Priestess.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: She's topless, though the tattoos conceal any details.
Voiced By: JD Cullum (English)Rei's lover, killed in an accident while she was driving. The guilt over his death leads her to follow him into the Manor of Sleep. In life, he was an old friend of Mafuyu Hinasaki and Kei Amakura.
- Act of True Love: Reunited at the Horizon, he absorbs Rei's cursed Tattoos and tells her to go on living.
- Apocalyptic Log: His bookshelf is filled with these, written by Folklorists....many of which are known to have been killed in previous curses.
- Famous Ancestor: He's a member of the Asao family, and has quite a few old nicknacks stored around his house as a result....
- The Lost Lenore: To Rei.
- Nice Guy: Rei notes he was a very kind and gentle person, with a warm nature.
- Posthumous Character: He died prior to the beginning of the game, and it's his spirit that Rei follows into the Manor.
A woman that survived a plane crash, and was claimed by the Tattooed Curse. She pleads with Rei to wake her up, but soon dies and becomes an evil spirit.
- Apocalyptic Log: Yoshino's diary.
- Flunky Boss: She is always accompanied by Shadows, which will respawn until Yoshino is defeated.
- In-Series Nickname: Female Survivor.
- Sole Survivor: She survived a plane crash, and was trapped with the bodies of her loved ones for several days.
- Survivor Guilt: She was cursed as a result of her guilt for surviving.
- Tattooed Crook: As a ghost, she is covered in the tattoos that cursed her.
- Trauma Conga Line: In a plane crash, thrown from the plane, and left in the wreckage for several days surrounded by the bodies of her loved ones. Afterwards, she falls victim to the curse and by the time Rei encounters her, she's nearly insane with fear after being trapped in the Manor for an extended prior of time.
Voiced By: April Hong (English)A Handmaiden in the service of the Kuze Shrine, tasked with caring for the Priestess. She helped her older brother, Kaname, sneak into the manor to meet with Reika. For the crime of breaking the Kuze Code, she was killed by the other Handmaidens. Her spirit aids Miku, guiding her through the manor.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Blue Diary.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Crucified and left to bleed to death beside the leaking Rift.
- The Cutie: Unlike the other Handmaidens, she's a sweet and helpful girl.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She just wanted to help, but allowing Kaname to wake Reika up resulted in the Rift leaking out into the world.
Voiced By: Josh Keaton (English)The son of Kyouka and Akito, smuggled out of Kuze Manor as a baby. He fell in love with Reika, and was drawn to the manor by dreams of her. His sister, Amane, helped him sneak into the shrine to see Reika and his death was the trigger for Reika's curse.
Voiced By:The Head of the Kuze family, mother to Kyouka, and grandmother to Kaname and Amane. She had no mercy for those that break the Kuze Code, ruthlessly killing anyone she considered a threat.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Calico Notebooks.
- Asshole Victim: She brutally murdered several innocent men, and ruled the Kuze family with an iron fist.
- In-Series Nickname: Kuze Family Head.
- Never Mess with Granny: In life, she was the ruthless head of the Kuze Shrine. In death, her spirit is a deadly foe that all three characters must overcome.
Voiced By: Courtenay Taylor (English)
The daughter of Yashuu Kuze, and mother to both Kaname and Amane. She was an extremely beautiful woman, and fell in love with a man that came to the manor for the winter. After his disappearance, she waited for him to return while obsessively brushing her hair. After her death, her spirit continues to wait and mistakes Kei for her long-lost love.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Purple Diaries.
- In-Series Nickname: Woman Brushing.
- I Will Wait for You: She spent the rest of her life waiting for Akito, and continues to wait even in death.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: Her most distinct feature is her hair, which gained her much admiration in life.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her long, black hair surrounds her like a cloak and brushes the ground when she hovers.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Akito, a visitor to the manor.
Hisame, Minamo, and Shigure Kuze
Handmaidens in the service of the Kuze Shrine, working alongside Amane. They served the Priestess, and were tasked with impaling her in the shrine. After the curse broke out, they killed Amane and were themselves sacrificed to try to seal the Rift.
- Airborne Mook: In the later encounters, they beginning flying as opposed to simply hovering.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Red Diary (Hisame), Gray Diary (Minamo), and Green Diary (Shigure).
- Creepy Child: All three are this, especially Minamo.
- Creepy Children Singing: They can be heard singing the Handmaiden's Song periodically.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Crucified as sacrifices.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: The Handmaiden's Song, sung to calm the Priestess. It involves crucifixion, skinning, and threats of the Rift opening....
- Virgin Sacrifice: All were sacrificed in an effort to seal the Rift.
- Wolfpack Boss: Later in the game, the player must face all three of them at once....often in difficult locations to fight.
Fatal Frame IV
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
The 17-year-old, soft-spoken protagonist of Fatal Frame IV. She was the last victim of the kidnapping incident and can't remember much about her time on Rougetsu Island. When she hears about the mysterious deaths of the other victims, she decides to return to the island.
- Amnesiac Hero: She cannot remember her childhood.
- Apocalyptic Log: Ruka's Diary.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Yellow, as the color for her dress and the theme color of the game.
- Meaningful Name: Her name can be read as "the flow of a song". The Tsukimori Song plays a very important role in the story.
- Miko: The true Kiraigou considers her one, as a Tsukimori Shrine Maiden is required to fully complete the ritual and play the Lunar Melody. The practice died out, but Ruka's mother Sayaka took her bloodline as one seriously, teaching her daughter the song.
- Parental Abandonment: Sayaka died of illness some time before Ruka left for Rougetsu Island, and her father Souya was presumably killed during Sakuya's rampage.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Her outfit features a skirt and dark tights.
- Psychic Powers: As a Tsukimori.
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
A strong-willed girl who was kidnapped on Rougetsu Island as a child. Hearing that the other victims are dying mysteriously, she takes Madoka to their childhood place to recover her memories. She's a descendent of the Camera Obscura's inventor, Kunihiko Asou. She inherited a strong sixth sense that leads to her spiritual connection with Sakuya.
- Apocalyptic Log: Misaki's Diary.
- Jerk Ass: She drags an unwilling Madoka to Rougetsu Island (though, admittedly, she's trying to save both their lives)... only to thoughtlessly abandon her because she falls behind, leading to the poor girl's death. She also callously dismisses Madoka's fears, curtly telling her "It's fine, just do what I say."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Develops into this as the game goes on.
- Pet the Dog: In one Dummied Out diary entry, she would use her sixth sense to sense Madoka's suffering and protect her from Ayako's bullying.
- Psychic Link: With Sakuya.
- Psychic Powers: Noted to have strong powers, which made her an interesting subject for Doctor Haibara's research.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the tomboy to Madoka's girly girl.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
Voiced by: Saori Goto
A reserved girl who was one of the kidnapped victims. After the deaths of her friends, Marie and Tomoe, she was dragged along by Misaki to Rougetsu Island to uncover the truth. She ends up spirited away and reappears as a boss for Ruka and Misaki to fight.
- Apocalyptic Log: Madoka's Diary, Memos, and Notebook.
- Doomed Protagonist: She dies in the first chapter.
- The Legend of Chekhov: A letter from her mother tells her that their family bloodline will protect her. It doesn't, but the Tsukimori name becomes much more important later in the story.
- Replacement Goldfish: She believed she was one for Misaki's friend, the mysterious girl in black. In reality it's Sakuya, Misaki's actual friend. The girl in black was a doll Sakuya gave to Misaki.
- The Quiet One: Noted to be quite meek and soft-spoken.
- Sanity Slippage: Her memos hint this happened to her before she died; her writing becomes more childish and disjointed.
- Shrinking Violet: Meek and easily-pushed around by others.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the girly girl to Misaki's tomboy.
- Turns Red: Like other ghosts, she'll "Bloom" when her health is low, powering her attacks and giving her the chance to kill in one hit.
- When She Smiles: To Misaki in the Photograph Ending.
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi
Ex-police officer turned detective. He discovered the five abducted girls in a cave beneath Haibara Hospital and has been chasing the perpetrator, You Haibara, ever since. Unlike other playable characters, he uses a device called the Spirit Stone Flashlight to fight ghosts.
- All Love Is Unrequited: He had feelings for Sayaka, Ruka's mother.
- Apocalyptic Log: Investigation Records and Notebook.
- Big Damn Heroes: He places the mask back on Sayaka, when Ruka is unable to do so.
- Dead All Along: In a shocking twist, he died years ago and is himself a Ghost.
- Determinator: It causes him to be caught in a cycle of pursuing You Haibara until the moment of his death. On a more positive note, it also saves him from the Getsuyuu outbreak. His determination in finding Haibara snaps him out of his fear of Sakuya's distorted face (he caught a glimpse of You running away during so), which would have caused him to Bloom otherwise.
- Lunacy: How the Spirit Stone Flashlight exorcises ghosts: it shines absorbed moonlight from the Spirit Stones to purify their spirits.
- Perma Stubble: It adds to his rough appearance.
- Resurrected for a Job: Played with. The spirit of Sayaka contacts him to aid Ruka when she returns to the island. He's still dead, but it breaks the loop his spirit was trapped in, and later he can join the others to the afterlife.
- Go Out with a Smile: He gives Ruka one last smile, before joining the other spirits.
- Taking You with Me: How he kills You. Rather than let him escape, he tackles him off the roof so they both fall to their deaths, and right after he was stabbed no less.
- Tomato in the Mirror: When he sees his own corpse and realizes he's been dead the entire time.
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka
The antagonist of Fatal Frame IV. Her father and brother tried to cure her disease by making her dance in an ancient ritual. The ceremony failed so she now wanders the island inflicting death on all who look at her.
- Apocalyptic Log: Sakuya's Diary.
- Body Horror: She is constantly Blooming, a state that involves the face being horribly distorted in impossible ways.
- Brother-Sister Incest: It's implied that Ayako is the daughter of Sakuya and You.
- Came Back Wrong: The ritual did not kill her; only leaving her a state between life and death. However, that allowed her to Bloom, a normally postmortem and contagious symptom of Getsuyuu Syndrome.
- Cool Big Sis: She was this to her brother You, and also fellow patients Misaki and Ayako.
- Cool Mask: The titular Mask of the Lunar Eclipse.
- The Faceless: The nurses often mention that they can't remember her face even after seeing her, which horrified them.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: A subverted trope, her father and brother's obsession with curing her led to them going mad scientist on other patients to find one.
- Many Spirits Inside of One: As the Utsuwa of the Kiraigou, her true purpose is meant to be the vessel in which ghosts are sent through to enter the Afterlife.
- Meaningful Name: The characters of her name are read as "night of the new moon." Saku is also synonymous with the verb "to bloom".
- Psychic Powers: Noted for her strong psychic abilities, which worsened her condition.
- Sanity Slippage: Came with the later stages of Getsuyuu Syndrome, combined with an immensely powerful sixth sense. The reason why she isn't even referred to by her name early on is that the realization of severe lapses in her own identity caused her to have violent fits.
- Unkempt Beauty: She's repeatedly noted to be an incredibly beautiful woman, though disheveled because of her illness.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: When not taken over by her illness, she was very gentle and elegant as befits a Japanese lady. She had a strong devotion to her family, and gave Misaki considerable strength through their meetings.
Sakuya's brother, and a doctor at Haibara Hospital. For the sake of his sister, he conducted cruel experiments and killed many people. He helped kidnap the five girls for the ceremony, and tried to use it to cure Sakuya's illness.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Black Notebook.
- Brother-Sister Incest: It's implied that Ayako is the daughter of Sakuya and You.
- Dead All Along: Killed by Kirishima.
- Disney Villain Death: Tackled off the roof of the hospital.
- Mad Scientist: He became one, in his efforts to find a cure for his sister.
- Serial Killer: He was suspected of being one, due to many people that died during his experiments.
- The Unfought: While his spirit haunts the island, Kirishima's confrontation with him doesn't involve a battle of any kind.
Doctor Shigeto Haibara
Doctor Shigeto Haibara
The head of Haibara Hospital, and father to Sakuya and You. In the past, his family were ceremony masters for the islandand his obsession with curing his daughter led to him forcing her to perform the forbidden ritual.
- Apocalyptic Log: Director Haibara's Notes.
- Cool Mask: He wears a ceremonial mask during the ritual and as an attacking spirit.
- Find the Cure: He was determined to find a cure, in order to save his daughter.
- Harmful Healing: Many of his patients got worse from his experimental treatments, such as a little girl that mentions in her diary bleeding from her eyes.
- High Priest: He attempts to revive the traditions of the Haibara family, who served as the island's High Priests in the past.
- Mad Doctor: Some of the treatments he attempted are chilling to see or read about, and often killed the patients.
- Mad Scientist: He became one, in his desperation to cure his daughter.
Ruka's mother, who took her away from the island after the incident 10 years ago. She is in poor health, and asked Kirishima to look for her daughter.
- Apocalyptic Log: Sayaka's Diary and Letter to Souya.
- Dead All Along: She died some time during the decade between the eclipses, and it was her spirit that awakened Kirishima to help Ruka.
- Ill Girl: She fell ill at some point after leaving the island, and was bedridden for some time.
- Mama Bear: She was horrified by her husband's actions, and took Ruka away from the island to protect her. Even in death, she watches over her daughter.
- Miko: A descendent of the Tsukimori shrine maidens, and took her heritage seriously.
- Someday This Will Come in Handy: She made a point to teach Ruka to play a particular song on the piano, which turns out to be the song necessary to calm the Moon and defeat Sayuka.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She is a classic Japanese lady, with elegance and a strong devotion to her family and heritage.
Ruka's father, a master Mask Maker for the island. He became obsessed with re-creating and perfecting the Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, agreeing to help the Haibaras carry out the ritual.
- Apocalyptic Log: Souya's Notes.
- Cool Mask: He made them, and wears one for much of the game.
- Disappeared Dad: He has been absent from Ruka's life since her mother took her from the island years ago, and she recalls him spending little time with his family before then.
- The Faceless: Throughout the game, Ruka cannot recall what he looked like.
- Gone Horribly Right: He began to believe his Mask of the Lunar Eclipse was supposed to shatter, and cause Sayuka to Bloom.
- In-Series Nickname: Mask Maker.
- Married to the Job: His marriage and relationship with his daughter suffered as a result of his obsession with refining his art.
- The Reveal: After the curse is broken, Ruka (and the audience) finally see him without his mask.
An important patient at Haibara Hospital, hinted to be the daughter of Sakuya and You Haibara. She was a cruel and sadistic girl, often bullying Madoka or the nurses.
- Apocalyptic Log: Ayako's memos.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Hinted to be the product of such a union.
- Creepy Child: Certainly one of the creepiest in the series, due to her cruel nature.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her style of dress.
- Enfant Terrible: She enjoyed such past times as pushing people down stairs, dragging them down hallways by their hair, and cutting the heads off small birds.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: She was a very beautiful little girl with a sweet face, but a vicious nature.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: One of the nurses believes her to actually be a sweet girl. She's not.
- Only One Name: Her surname is very intentionally left out, with the staff only knowing that her family is very important and she has a connection to Dr. Haibara.
- Room Full of Crazy: Her room is filled with strange giggling, shifting lights, and doll limbs hanging from the ceiling.
- Sadist: She enjoyed torturing others, viewing them as her playthings.
Voiced by:A beautiful nurse from the Mainland. She was well-loved for her kind nature, and asked to play the role of the Vessel in the island's festival. During her performance, the failure of Sakuya's ritual caused her to die.
- Apocalyptic Log: Tsubaki Tono's Diary.
- Hime Cut: She has one, usually pulled into a bun while working.
- In-Series Nickname: Nurse, Vessel.
- Literal Split Personality: Her Nurse form is a kindly ghost that aids Kirishima, while her Vessel form is a hostile spirit that attacks Ruka.
- Woman in White: In both her Nurse form and Vessel form.
A young woman hospitalized at Haibara Hospital. After losing her twin sister, she recreated a life-sized doll as a substitute and believed it to be alive.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: She went mad after the death of her sister.
- Apocalyptic Log: Kageri Sendou's Letters and the Black Woman's dropped letter.
- Creepy Doll: "Watashi", the life-sized doll of her sister. There's also one in her room, which will look at the player if examined through the camera.
- Creepy Twins: Kageri and her twin doll, "Watashi".
- Dual Boss: Fought alongside her doll.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She appears to have been one in life, and is certainly creepy in death.
- Goth: She looks like one, at least.
- Nice Hat: She wears an elegant dress hat, with a veil.
- In-Series Nickname: Black Woman.
- Woman in Black: This is even her alias, as she dresses in black gowns.
Fatal Frame V
Voiced by: Risa Taneda
One of the protagonists of Fatal Frame V. She is able to see the history of objects she touches and brings people back from the spirit world. She is searching for the owner of the shop, Hisoka Kurosawa, who went missing in the mountains.
- Apocalyptic Log: Yuuri's notes.
- Driven to Suicide: She attempted suicide in the past. In the bad ending, she repeats her prior attempt and is successful.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: It is mentioned that Yuuri "is unable to ignore requests or people in trouble".
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Orange/Yellow.
- Psychic Powers: They tormented her until she met Hisoka and began to learn how to control them.
- Psychometry: Known as "Shadow Reading", which allows her to witness the past.
- Sole Survivor: Of a traffic accident.
- Sympathy for the Devil: In both endings, her sympathy towards Ouse Kurosawa lifts the curse off the mountain and soothes Ouse's spirit.
- Together in Death: With Ouse in the bad/bittersweet ending.
- Virgin Sacrifice: The Tadasume and Matchmaker both attempt to make her one.
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida
One of the protagonists of Fatal Frame V. She is searching for her mother Miku Hinasaki (the protagonist of the first Fatal Frame game and one of the protagonists of the third Fatal Frame game), who went missing when she was young. She never knew the love of a parent, and feels empty. Miu heads to Hikamiyama, believing her mother is there.
- Apocalyptic Log: Miu's note.
- Brother-Sister Incest: What she's implied to be the result of.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Maroon.
- Half-Human Hybrid: As a Yomi Ko, she's the child a woman and a ghost.
- Ms. Fanservice: A flashback shows her modelling in lingerie.note
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother disappeared when she was three years old.
- Psychic Powers: Inherited the abilities of the Hinasaki family.
- Psychometry: Like Yuuri, she can use "Shadow Reading" to view the past.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Yuuri discovers her in a box, prepared as a sacrifice.
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
One of the protagonists of Fatal Frame V. He is an author who has known Yuuri Kozukata (one of the main protagonists) for a long time. He's quite mischievous, and for that reason, he's scolded by his assistant. After hearing of a custom involving burial photos, he heads out to Hikamiyama to resarch for his new book. He's also a descendent of the Camera Obscura's inventor, Kunihiko Asou through a branch family.
- Badass Bookworm: He's a writer, and pretty much the only main character who doesn't get spirited away by the ghosts at some point. He also joins Kei Amakura from FFIII as a male character to survive the game, and he's the only one who's survival is assured, whichever ending you take.
- Does Not Like Men: An example of the rare "Does not like women" variant. Ren is extremely uneasy when interacting with women, unable to even look at them while talking. Rui notes that she's the only exception to this, and worries about the reason.
- Identical Grandson: To Dr. Kunihiko Asou, The Inventor of the Camera Obscura.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Black.
- Psychic Powers: As a descendent of Kunihiko Asou, he has a sixth sense.
- Psychometry: He has the ability to use "Shadow Reading" to view the past.
- Unwanted Harem: He finds himself with several women interested in him, both living and deceased. A vision at the marriage house even shows him all of the ladies in the game, dressed as brides and waiting to be chosen by him.
Voiced by: Wakana YamazakiA Cross Over Playable Character that can only be unlocked after completing the main story.
- Badass Normal: Ironically. Ayane does not have any way of fighting the spirits due to lacking the Camera Obscura, so she has to rely on her ninja skills to sneak around.
- Cross Over: She's originally from the Dead or Alive series.
- Ms. Fanservice: To be expected, her figure and clothing are rather sexy.
- Power Tattoo: After failing her first attempt at finding the missing girl, Ayane is given these so she can see the spirits that grabbed her the first time around.
- Stealth-Based Mission: Her chapter is this compared to the main game. Ayane only has a flashlight which can temporarily discorporate spirits for thirty seconds or less.
The main antagonist of Fatal Frame V. After losing her family to a flood, she gained an extremely strong sixth sense. She was chosen to a be a Great Pillar for the Black Lake, in order to appease the Yomi (Dark Spring) from the Other World at Mount Hikami. However, at the time of the ritual her fellow shrine maidens were being slaughtered, and their emotions that reached her (along with her own to live, not to die with Asou) weakened her resolve, releasing the Yomi from the box she was sealed in. She fell into the Lake as a result, eternally sinking into the depths and becoming a vengeful spirit.
- Apocalyptic Log: Stream-patterned Notebooks.
- Body Horror: Because of the Yomi, she looks like a drowned woman, with bluish skin, disheveled hair clinging to her, and glowing red eyes.
- Death Seeker: Inverted. In order for the Yuukon Rituals to be successful, they (the Togoshiebana Brides) must want to die with the man they are married to for all of eternity. Ouse secretly wanted for her and Asou to live together.
- Dying Alone: In the Good Ending, she accepts dying despite this, because Yuuri sympathized with her suffering. With that, she fulfills her duty to take back and seal away all of the the Yomi.
- Love at First Sight: with Kunihiko Asou
- Psychic Powers: She used them as a shrine maiden, easing the suffering of those taking their lives.
- Together in Death: The strongest form of the Yuukon Ritual sacrifice is when a man picks one of the Togoshiebana brides to marry and they are sacrificed together into the Black Lake. Ouse from the failed ritual calls for someone to "die with her". In the bad ending, Yuuri throws herself and Ouse off the cliff to put this trope to appease eachothers' loneliness.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Chosen to become a great pillar, and sacrificed to purify the Black Lake. Her ritual failed, causing the Yomi to flood the mountain.
- Woman in Black: Her bridal robes are stained black, giving her a creepy appearance.
- Woman in White: In the past, and then again in the Good End.
Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori
A white-haired young girl who appears around Katashiro Shrine and has a connection with Kunihiko Asou in their childhood.
- Apocalyptic Log: Shiragiku's notebooks.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: She had always wanted for Asou to become her yuukon partner. He agreed, but was so traumatised by her death that he forgot all about her.
- Creepy Child: Is this as a ghost.
- Emotionless Girl: Doesn't show many strong emotions.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: to Kunihiko Asou
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In her Good Ending, she sends him away because she wants him to be able to enjoy life and someday die a natural death.
- I Will Wait for You: She has been waiting for Kunihiko all this time.
- Mystical White Hair: Caused by her albinism, but is seen as a sign of her great spiritual power.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Sacrificed at a young age.
- Woman in Black: She's a strange and creepy young girl dressed in a black kimono.
The owner of Kurosawa Antiques, and Yuuri's employer. She vanishes on the mountain while investigating a missing person case.
- Apocalyptic Log: Hisoka's notebooks, Missing Person Files.
- Beauty Mark: She has one beside her lip.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: She goes missing early on in the game, after beginning to teach Yuuri how to control her powers. Inverted, actually. While Hisoka survives in all endings, in the bad ending, Yuuri commits suicide.
- Psychic Powers: She makes a living using them to help people find things or missing persons.
- Psychometry: Known as "Shadow Reading", she uses it to find lost items or people and is teaching Yuuri how to control it.
- Take Me Instead: She went into the box willingly, believing that it would protect Yuuri from being taken.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Yuuri finds her at the temple far off on the lake, where she had been placed into a box as a sacrifice. Luckily, she survives.
Ren's assistant, who secretly has feelings for him.
- Apocalyptic Log: Rui's Notebooks.
- Bifauxnen: Shiragiku is initially confused, asking whether Rui is a boy or a girl.
- Damsel in Distress: She's repeatedly taken by spirits, and has to be rescued by Ren.
- Subordinate Excuse: It's very clear she has feelings for Ren.
- Virgin Sacrifice: The spirits of the mountain repeatedly attempt to target her as a potential sacrifice.
A girl that hired Hisoka to find her missing friend. She goes to the mountain alone, and is found by Yuuri prior to killing herself.
- Apocalyptic Log: Fuyuhi's letter.
- Driven to Suicide: Forced to kill herself by one of the mountain's spirits.
- Before that, Fuyuhi and Haruka were a part of a suicide pact with a group of girls. The two of them were the only survivors.
- Hope Spot: Yuuri is able to catch up with her at the Unfathomable Forest, and even begin to bring her back down the mountain. Unfortunately, Fuyuhi wanders off in a fugue state and sees a knife floating in the stream...
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Haruka, the other girl to survive their suicide pact.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Shows precisely what happens to people who wander the mountain at night without a Camera Obscura.
- Slashed Throat: How she died.
- Suicide Pact: Once took part in one, attempting to drown herself with four other girls. She and Haruka survived, for some reason.
- Survivor's Guilt: She felt guilt over surviving her suicide attempt.
- Woman in White: She wears a simple, white shift dress.
A girl that went missing on the moutain. Her friend, Himino, hired Hisoka to find her.
- Apocalyptic Log: Haruka's notes.
- Damsel in Distress: Went missing on the mountain, and has to be rescued. Unfortunately, she ends up being lured back to the mountain and dies.
- Extreme Doormat: Described as having trouble refusing anyone.
- Psychic Powers: She possesses a sixth sense that makes her vulnerable to manipulation by spirits.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Fuyuhi.
- Suicide Pact: Once took part in one, attempting to drown herself with four other girls. She and Fuyuhi survived, for some reason.
- Survivor's Guilt: She wondered why she survived her suicide attempt.
- Virgin Sacrifice: She becomes one, placed into a box and later appearing as a ghost.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She doesn't get much screentime, and is really only defined by her friendship with Fuyuhi.
Voiced by:A half-Japanese folklorist from England, that moved onto the mountain to study it. After he vanished, his home became an urban legend and is said to appear in the fog on occasion.
- Apocalyptic Log: Folklorist's Notes.
- But Not Too Foreign: Japanese and English, with a fully Japanese name.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: It's hinted that he suffered the same fate as Ouse's other failed suitors, broken and shoved into a box.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: His interest in the mountain's rituals led to his death.
- Love at First Sight: Cursed upon seeing Ouse's photograph, and falling in love with her beauty.
Voiced by:A friend of Ren Hojo, that went missing near the mountain.
- Apocalyptic Log: Sakaki's notes.
- Body Horror: His neck and limbs are all broken.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: When Ouse rejected him, his body was broken and twisted so that it would fit into a box.
- Love at First Sight: He falls in love with Ouse upon seeing her photograph, and obsessively wants to meet her.
Voiced by:A man that went to the mountain to end his life, but panicked upon seeing the Miko's gaze. He fled and later returned to the mountain, beginning a massacre of everyone he found there. His slaughter of the Mikos contributed to the failure of Ouse's ritual.
- Apocalyptic Log: Bloody Notebooks.
- Ax-Crazy: After seeing the miko's gaze, he went mad and returned to the mountain to kill everyone. His spirit continues to brutally murder anyone he encounters.
- Man on Fire: When defeated, he'll set himself alight and charge the player. Taking a well-timed shot will put out the flames and allow the player to perform Mitori on him.
- Slashed Throat: How he intended to kill himself, and eventually did after his massacre.
- Tattooed Crook: He covered himself in spells prior to heading up the mountain to kill everyone.
The Maidens of Black Water
Emi, Inori, and Honoka Mikomori
Voiced by:A group of Shrine Maidens living on the mountain, tasked with using their powers to help people die free of their burdens. They were slaughtered by Kururugi, and their ghosts now haunt the mountain and beckon people to their deaths.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Played straight for most of the game, until encountering their murdered forms which bear the signs of their mutilation.
- Driven to Suicide: In life, they used their powers to comfort people ending their own lives. As cursed spirits, they drive those that encounter them into suicide.
- Eye Scream: Kururugi slashed out their eyes after killing them.
- Miko: A group of mikos devoted to serving the mountain's faith.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Sensing them dying contributed to Ouse's ritual failing.
- Psychic Powers: They used their powers to take in the thoughts and secrets of people, prior to committing suicide.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: All were classic Japanese beauties in life, and remain beautiful in death....at least until their final forms.
- Virgin Sacrifice: If they had lived long enough to exhaust their powers, they would have been sunk into the lake as sacrifices.
Marriage and Funeral Celebrants
Marriage and Funeral Celebrants
A pair of old women that oversaw the rituals on the mountain, respectively performing the post-morteum marriages and overseeing the sinking of boxes. Their spirits continue to try to lure people to the mountain — men, to marry Ouse, and women to become new pillars.
- Apocalyptic Log: Notebook with White Cover (Matchmaker) and Notebook with Black Cover (Tadasume).
- Dual Boss: They are fought together at the shrine far off on the lake.
- Hypnotize the Princess: Both use their mirrors to lure women into entering the boxes as sacrifices.
- The Matchmaker: Of the professional, old-fashioned kind. One of the old women is in charge of performing the marriages between men that are called to the mountain and the sacrificed mikos. She takes this task very seriously, attempting to find a proper match for Ouse and killing those that don't make the cut.
- Mind-Control Device: Each carries a sacred mirror, used to hypnotize their victims.
- Never Mess with Granny: Both old women are powerful, dangerous spirits.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Their intentions are ultimately good, as their tasks involve keeping the Black Lake purified and bringing comfort to the sacrificed mikos. But their methods are often....questionable at best.
- Woman in Black: Tadasume is dressed in black robes, and the one responsible for overseeing the sacrifices.
- Woman in White: The Matchmaker is dressed in white robes, befitting her important status.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Both carried out the sacrifices, and continue to lure young women to the mountain as sacrifices.