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Dr. Kunihiko Asou
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa SuzukiThe key character to the Fatal Frame series. Asou was a brilliant occult philosopher and scientist, with primary fields of interest in Japanese folklore and the spirit world, in the second half of the 19th century.Asou took the latest Western technologies and introduced them to Japan, modifying them in an attempt to create devices that could capture supernatural phenomena, such as the Camera Obscura and similar.
- Artifact of Doom: He created several of them, leaving them to his descendants or fellow researchers.
- Ascended Extra: While he was mentioned continuously throughout the previous four Fatal Frame games, he finally appeared as a major character in the fifth one.
- Famous Ancestor: He is one to Mio and Mayu Amakura, Yuu and Misaki Asou and Ren Hojou.
- Growing Up Sucks: Following his spirit at Mt Hikami, Kunihiko can be heard lamenting how he fully believed in a world that was beyond the natural and was filled with things that couldn't easily be seen, but stopped believing in it as he grew up. But since he devoted his life to researching the supernatural, he obtained his old view of the world again.
- Hot Scientist: Asou was quite handsome, as it turns out.
- Love at First Sight: With Ouse Kurosawa.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: His curiosity was never intended to cause any harm to anyone, but most of his inventions were deemed dangerous or even cursed.
- Renaissance Man: Asou was a brilliant inventor, skilled photographer and a gifted researcher that published numerous papers on his various works.
- Seeker Archetype: He devoted his life to explore the supernatural, travelling across Japan and studying his field, creating numerous devices as a result.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Asou or Aso. Some of the earlier games spelled him as Asou, while the English translation of the fifth game picked Aso.
Fatal Frame I
Ever since I was a child, I have been able to see things that other people can't.
Voiced by: Rika Wakusawa (Japanese), Rumiko Vanes (FFI), Kim Mai Guest (FFIII)The main protagonist of Fatal Frame I and Mafuyu's younger sister.When Mafuyu disappears on his trip to Himuro Mansion, Miku heads in after him. She finds the Camera Obscura that he left behind and learns of the events that surround the mansion. Miku tries to find her brother, while also collecting the five pieces of the Holy Mirror to appease Kirie's spirit, which has gone berserk.Miku returns as a playable character in Fatal Frame III. She was taken in by Yuu Asou, on behest of Mafuyu, in case anything ever happened to him. She works as Rei's photography assistant and took over majority of the household, after Yuu died in a car accident. Miku still grieves over her brother's death and becomes trapped inside the Manor of Sleep, following his spirit.Miku returns as a minorly important character in Fatal Frame V. She disappeared years ago and now her daughter, Miu Hinasaki, heads off to Mt Hikami to search for her.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her default attire in III leaves a small strip of stomach visible.
- Big Brother Worship: Her reason for heading into Himuro Mansion was to find her older brother, whom she adored. This worship turned out to be a lot more in later games.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Red, a color that is present in her default attire. Her holly tatoo in III is also a red color.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Her backdraw in III. Her personal functions are Sacred Stone (which slows ghosts down) and Double (which stacks a second charge on top of the first) and make her one of the strongest attackers. However, she cannot equip any of the lenses.
- Death by Childbirth: Not exactly. Giving birth to a Shadowborn takes a huge toll on the human mother, which reduces their lifespan to a few years. She did survive the birth... for now.
- Glass Cannon: She's got the biggest damage potential in III, but has the lowest health.
- Gyaru Girl: The Special 2 outfit in Fatal Frame I gives her the Kogal attire with Ganguro skin and make up.
- Hair Decorations: Never seen without her grandmother's hairclip.
- It's All My Fault: She believes her brother's death is her fault, because she let him remain behind.
- The Magic Goes Away: Supposed to after I, but it's obviously back by III.
- Memento MacGuffin: Her grandmother's hairclip.
- Meaningful Name: Her name can be read as Deep Crimson, fitting her color theme.
- Mighty Glacier: Despite her offensive power due to the Double function in III, it takes her longer to charge shots.
- Missing Mom: Her mother committed suicide prior to the series. In V, Miku became one to her own daughter years ago.
- Mommy Had A Good Reason For Abandoning You: When Miu was three years old, Miku realized that she was likely going to die soon. She left her in a friend's care and disappeared, to spare Miu having to see her mother die.
- Older Than They Look: She's in her late thirties in Fatal Frame V, but looks only a few years older than her teenaged daughter. Justified, the Black Box she was locked in sustained her over the years and kept her from aging.
- Plucky Girl: She keeps herself smiling despite everything that happened.
- Psychic Powers: She was born with a strong sixth sense.
- Sailor Fuku: Her default attire in Fatal Frame I is modeled after it.
- She's All Grown Up: Played with in Fatal Frame III. It's only been two years since the events of the first game, but Miku is noticeably made more fanservicey.
- Stepford Smiler: Keeps up a cheerful front in III.
- Together in Death: She performed a Yuukon with her brother's spirit, to assure that they would be together in the afterlife.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Miu discovered her inside a Black Box.
- You Don't Look Like You: The localized version of Fatal Frame I altered her apperance. Her facial features were modified to make her look more appealing to a western audience. The Sailor Fuku aspect of her clothes was also removed. When the game was ported to the XBox, the changed appearance was made the default one.
- Your Days Are Numbered: She doesn't have long to live after giving birth to a Shadowborn.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Wears a Grade B in III.
Voiced by: Jun'ichi Kanemura (Japanese), Dominic Allen (English)The initial protagonist of Fatal Frame I and Miku's older brother.Mafuyu heads off to Himuro Mansion in hopes of finding, and hopefully managing to save, his professor and colleagues. However, he disappeared into the mansion himself some time ago, which led to Miku coming after him. Mafuyu can be glimpsed repeatedly throughout the course of the game, but not interacted with until the end.
- Apocalyptic Log: He leaves some notes for Miku in the mansion.
- Big Brother Instinct: He shows a strong desire to protect other people.
- Decoy Protagonist: He is only playable in the intro, before focus turns to Miku.
- Heroic Spirit: His only reason for heading into the mansion was to find his professor's team.
- I Choose to Stay: Mafuyu decides to remain with Kirie at the Hellgate instead of escaping.
- Identical Stranger: He looks remarkably similar to Kirie's unnamed lover, to the point that Miku mistakes the two when she sees Kirie's memories. His similarity is what prevented him from being instantly killed by Kirie's spirit.
- Missing Mom: His mother committed suicide some time ago.
- Nice Guy: Miku described him as being sweet and kind.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His intention on remaining with Kirie to appease her loneliness was self-sacrificial, but it led to more problems than solutions. His staying caused Miku a lot of grief and guilt, to the point that she willingly followed his spirit in the Manor of Sleep and getting herself spiritually married to him.
- Promotion to Parent: He took on the role, after his mother committed suicide.
- Psychic Powers: He possesses a strong sixth sense, just like Miku.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His main purpose in Fatal Frame I is to eventually remain with Kirie and die. But this has a longlasting effect on Miku, whose plot in III revolves around her desire to be with Mafuyu again and some of her actions in the fifth game.
- Together in Death: With Kirie, since he chose to stay behind. Also with Miku in V.
Voiced by: Yoko Yamamoto (Japanese), Leene Hardt (English)The antagonist of Fatal Frame I.Kirie lived in Himuro Mansion and was raised to become the sacrifice of the Rope ritual. Preparations for this began during her childhood and she was kept separate from people, to avoid her forming emotional attachments.However, a few days before the ritual was to be performed, she happened to meet a young man and fell in love with him. The conflict that rose in her mind caused her ritual to fail and the Hellgate was thrown wide open, unleashing the Malice. She now haunts the halls as a malevolent spirit that kills anyone who crosses it, while a second spirit of hers is more benevolent towards humans.Kirie reappears in Fatal Frame III as a very strong ghost, with a high chance of appearing during the later hours of the game.
- Apocalyptic Log: Her diary can be found, depicting her last days.
- Barrier Maiden: She was to hold the Hellgate closed.
- Break the Cutie: She was isolated from the outside world and the only people she came in contact with wore masks, to prevent her from forming an emotional bond with anyone. When she was old enough to perform the ritual, she was killed.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Ropes tied to her extremities tore her apart.
- Demonic Possession: The Malic corrupted her spirit into becoming hostile.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She didn't kill Mafuyu because he looked very similar to her lover.
- Hesitant Sacrifice: Falling in love made her hesitant to do the ritual.
- Humanoid Abomination: The Malice behind her, which is a blurry blob of body parts.
- In-Series Nickname: White Kimono or Girl in White.
- Literal Split Personality: The vengeful spirit of Kirie that was corrupted my the Malice and intends to kill anyone who crosses her and her younger, innocent self that is trying to get the former to calm down and allow her to fulfill her duty.
- Love Hurts: Falling in love caused her to become conflicted between her duty as a shrine maiden and her human desire of being with her beloved. It was the main reason why her ritual failed.
- Mighty Glacier: One touch of hers spells instant death, but she is very slow and easy to dodge. Though she does have an annoying tendency to teleport rather quickly, to compensate.
- Miko: The Rope Shrine Maiden.
- Mysterious Waif: The Girl in White.
- One-Hit Kill: One touch and Miku is killed instantly, even with a Stone Mirror.
- Power Floats: The embodiment of the Malice keeps her afloat.
- Psychic Powers: She had the strongest psychic powers and was the last child to be caught during the Demon Tag ritual, which is why she was considered the perfect sacrifice for the Rope ritual.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: She and her unnamed lover. He was a mere visitor and had no chance to stay, while she wasn't supposed to form emotional bonds with anyone for the sake of the ritual. The priests killed him to protect her.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: A typical example.
- Together in Death: With Mafuyu staying behind. The Photograph ending has Kirie and her lover's spirit reunite.
- Violation of Common Sense: Kirie appears as an unbeatable ghost at the end of each night. Going against the idea of the game, the player must let her touch Miku, in order to proceed.
- Virgin Sacrifice: For the Rope ritual.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her corrupted, malevolent spirit wants everyone to experience the suffering.
- Woman in White: Both of her halves wear white kimono.
Voiced by: Akemi Kanda (Japanese, FFII), Bianca Allen (FFI), Kari Wahlgren (FFII), Daphne Alexander (DCB)Miku and Mafuyu's great-grandmother. She moved into Himuro Mansion with her family several decades before the events of the first game take place. While her husband was studying the mansion's history and rituals, she helped him with the use of the Camera Obscura. She began to be driven insane by what the Camera Obscura was showing her. Yae's daughter ended up spirited away and Yae committed suicide.Yae reappears in Fatal Frame II and is reintroduced as Yae Kurosawa, the twin sister of Sae. She and Sae were originally planned to take part in the Strangling ritual, but the two decided to escape the village beforehand. Their escape failed and the Repentance took place.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: Averted, she has repressed her memories of a twin sister.
- Apocalyptic Log: Lady's Diary in I and Butterfly Diary in II.
- Break the Cutie: Yae lost her entire village in a disaster that she indirectly caused, repressed those memories and tried to have a normal life. Then she began to be driven insane what the Camera Obscura showed and, to top things off, her only child was taken by spirits.
- Driven to Suicide: She hung herself after Mikoto's disappearance.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: What she saw through the camera confused and scared her.
- Identical Granddaughter: Miyuki looks identical to Yae, which causes Miku to remember her mother's death upon seeing Yae's spirit hanging from a tree.
- Ill Girl: She was mentioned to have been ill as an adult.
- In-Series Nickname: Hanged Woman in I.
- Ironic Echo: Yae died from strangulation, just as Sae did years ago.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: She lost her memories of Minakami Village as a coping mechanism.
- Late to the Tragedy: When she noticed that Sae was gone, Yae went off to look for her. However, she got lost in the forest and only made it back to Minakami Village after the Repentance had occured.
- Posthumous Character: She has been dead for decades before the game starts.
- Psychic Powers: It's unknown how long she's had them and how strong they were. They were amplified through usage of the Camera Obscura, though, and began to drive her insane. Her great-grandchildren inherit her powers.
- Sole Survivor: Of the Repentance that struck her village.
- Survivor's Guilt: Yae tried to avoid this fate by escaping Minakami Village and not going through with the Strangling ritual. But Sae ended up captured and died, leaving Yae to suffer this fate anyway.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her running away from the village and getting separated from Sae was the beginning that allowed the Repentance to occur with no interference.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Was intended to be one for the Strangling ritual.
- Woman in White: In Fatal Frame II, she is always wearing a white kimono.
Miku and Mafuyu's great-grandfather. Decades before the events of the game, he moved his family into Himuro Mansion, so he could read up on the secret rituals of the family. While his research brought fruition, it came at the cost of his daughter being spirited away and Yae's suicide.Ryozo is reintroduced in Fatal Frame II as a student of Seijiro Makabe's. Makabe headed to Minakami Village to research the traditions of the place and Ryozo tried to find out what happened to his childhood friends, Itsuki and Mutsuki Tachibana. Following the instructions of Itsuki's letter, he helped Yae escape from the village.
- Apocalyptic Log: Research Notes in I and the Green Diary in II.
- Childhood Friends: Of Itsuki and Mutsuki Tachibana in II.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: His interest in researching the secret rituals of the Himuro Mansion led Mikoto to be kidnapped by spirits and his wife committing suicide. By the time he noticed what was going on, he had little time left himself.
- In-Series Nickname: Folklorist.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After his wife died, Ryozo regretted moving to Himuro Mansion.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He played a minor role in it, but his intent on helping Yae and Sae escape from Minakami Village allowed the Repentance to occur. In a similar vein, his moving to Himuro Mansion destroyed his family.
The daughter of Ryozo and Yae Munakata, and grandmother of Miku and Mafuyu Hinasaki.
- Guardian Entity: The young version of Kirie acted as one for her, protecting her from the hostile spirits and leading her to safety after the curse began killing her friends and family.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: She befriended the "Girl in the White Kimono", who her parents assumed was an imaginary friend.
- Sole Survivor: The only known case of someone escaping Himuro Mansion's curse, prior to Miku breaking it.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She found the Camera Obscura, and gave it to her parents...causing her mother to go insane, and the Hinasaki family to be burdened with the cursed camera and powerful psychic abilities.
Voiced by: Matt LaganMafuyu's mentor and a famous novelist. He headed for Himuro Mansion with his team for research and hopefully getting inspiration for his next book. Takamine is the last to get killed by Kirie's curse, though this allowed him enough time to try and find a way to break the curse.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Black Notebooks and Blue Tapes.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Torn apart on the Shinto shrine's ceiling.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: He purposefully headed into a mansion that was connected with a terrible massacre and a family that disappeared while living there, all for the sake of book research.
- In-Series Nickname: Novelist.
- Interface Screw: One of his attacks turns the environment dark, making it difficult to see him.
- The Mentor: To Mafuyu Hinasaki, Kei Amakura and Yuu Asou.
- Most Writers Are Writers: He wanted Himuro Mansion to inspire him for his next novel.
Voiced by: Bianca AllenOne of Takamine's assistants. She went along with him to Himuro Mansion, though she was hesitant to do so. Due to her weak spirit powers, she was still influenced by the spirits in the house and suffered from visions. Tomoe was killed before she could warn Takamine and tell him how Kirie's benevolent spirit taught her how to break the curse.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Red Notebooks and Red Tape.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Red, used for her tapes and clothes.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Kirie's curse had invisible ropes slowly strangle her.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: She began to go insane from the visions in the mansion.
- In-Series Nickname: Assistant.
- Psychic Powers: Rather weak ones.
- Subordinate Excuse: The Zero novel hints that she had a romantic relationship with Takamine.
The ropes...! The ropes...!
Voiced by: Matt LaganTakamine's editor.
He went along to Himuro Mansion with Takamine's group.
He very quickly ended up getting killed by Kirie.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Research Scraps and White Tapes.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Kirie's curse tore his head and limbs off.
- In-Series Nickname: Editor.
- Madness Mantra: The ropes... the ropes...!
- Peek-A-Boo Corpse: His spirit flops in front of Miku in a closet.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: All that's known about Ogata is that he was an editor and died.
The last head of the Himuro family and the overseer of the family's rituals. When the Calamity occured, the Malice drove him insane and he proceeded to slaughter every person in the mansion. In the end, he committed suicide.
- Ax-Crazy: Driven insane by the Malice and went on a killing spree.
- Cool Mask: The Mask of Reflection he was wearing, which changes its expression, depending on the wearer's true nature. Lord Himuro wearing it turned it into a demonic face.
- Driven to Suicide: Killed himself, after killing everyone else.
- In-Series Nickname: Family Master.
- Katanas Are Just Better: His weapon of choice.
- Off with His Head!: Everyone he found was decapitated by him.
- Offing the Offspring: He was among the ones to kill Kirie by pulling a rope.
- Is no-one here?
The Blinding Mask was put onto her face and stabbed out her eyes, to use her blood to weaken and temporarily blind the spirits at the Hellgate, in order to proceed with the Rope ritual. She was supposed to pick the next Demon Tag and Rope Shrine Maiden, but died before she could fulfill that duty.
An old member of the Himuro family, who was killed when he opposed his daughter becoming the next Rope Shrine Maiden. His spirit haunts the mansion, desperately searching for his long-dead daughter. He kidnaps any child he encounters.
- Body Horror: He's balding and crawls around on the floor, hunched over with his abnormally long arms.
- Child Eater: He kidnaps children, having taken and killed Mikoto's friend while they were playing tag.
- Creepily Long Arms: His defining feature. It's never mentioned why they are so long.
- Irony: He's tormented by his child having been taken away from him and now inflicts the same pain on other parents by spiriting away their children.
- Papa Wolf: He rather died than letting his daughter become a sacrifice.
Children Playing Tag
A trio of young children killed while playing a game of Demon Tag. They were Mikoto's friends in life, and continue to play even in death.
- Creepy Child: All three are incredibly creepy.
- Facial Horror: The Well Girl's face is disfigured from being dragged to her death.
- Infant Immortality: Averted. All three died terrible deaths at the hands of Long Arms.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: The Crawling Girl has an attack that paralyzes Miku by screaming.
- Puppy Love: The Clock Boy had a crush on Mikoto.
- Undead Child: Child ghosts that continue to torment Miku through their playing.
Fatal Frame II: (Deep) Crimson Butterfly
- Angsty Surviving Twin: In Fatal Frame III.
- Baleful Polymorph: In the Frozen Butterfly ending, it's implied that the red butterfly is Mio's spirit, after Mayu strangled her.
- The Caretaker: Towards Mayu.
- Creepy Doll: In the Frozen Butterfly ending, Mayu can be seen putting make up on Mio's corpse.
- Eye Scream: The Hellish Abyss ending has Mio learn why one isn't supposed to look into it.
- The Hero: Gets to be one in the happier endings of Fatal Frame II.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Suffers one upon relaizing that she killed Mayu.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Her fringe has a gap on her right side and is swept aside, laying outward. Her clothes invoke a feeling of her being a more active person, with her wearing leggings under her skirt.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Falls into this in the canon ending.
- Killed Offscreen: In the Frozen Butterfly ending, the camera cuts away shortly after Mayu puts her hands over Mio's throat. Upon cutting back, Mio is staring unblinkingly towards the camera.
- Knight Templar Little Sister: There's nothing she wouldn't do to keep her sister safe.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Stares at her hands after killing Mayu.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Subverted, as a rare, female example.
- Protectorate: Mayu to her. In the Hellish Abyss ending, it's reversed.
- Psychic Powers: Mio's powers are weaker than her sister's, which makes her less perceptive to ghosts. As she proceeds through the village and searches for Mayu, her powers grow stronger.
- Skirt over Slacks: Wears black leggings under her white skirt.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In the non-canon ending of Fatal Frame III.
- Think Nothing of It: Her attitude towards protecting Mayu.
- Together in Death: The Shadow Festival ending, with Mayu.
- Trauma Conga Line: Type C. Mio feels guilty over the knee injury that Mayu sustained during childhood and vowed to protect her. She loses sight of her in Minakami Village and searches for her, while fighting off spirits. In the end, she is forced to kill her twinsister and spends the sequel revisiting and dealing that trauma.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She comes across as weak and sweet, but there is more under the surface.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Her fringe is straight and her clothes are more demure.
- If I Can't Have You...: In the Frozen Butterfly ending, she murders Mio in frustration, since her twin is refusing to go through the Strangling ritual with her.
- Kubrick Stare: Paying attention, she stares creepily at the camera at times.
- The Load: Unfortunately, her most noticeable feature. On the other hand, she makes an excellent target for ghosts and Zero Shots are easier to obtain, if they choose to attack her.
- Laughing Mad: The Frozen Butterfly ending has her have a moment.
- Manipulative Bitch: The Japanese Fanbook and novelization reveals that she pureposefully fell and injured her knee badly as a child, in order to force Mio to never leave her again. It's mentioned in the background chatter of the battle against Sae, but the remake made this aspect of Mayu more obvious.
- Meaningful Name: Mayu means Cocoon, tying into the butterfly theme. And she turns into a butterfly.
- More Than Mind Control: It's unclear exactly how much of Mayu's Yandere tendencies towards Mio came from Sae's possession. Originally thought to be mostly Sae's doing, the remake makes it more ambiguous that Mayu was like this to begin with and Sae simply amplified it.
- Please Don't Leave Me: She calls out for Mio to not run too far ahead of her.
- Protectorate: Mio is fiercely protective of her. Switched around in the Hellish Abyss ending.
- Psychic Powers: Mayu has a strong sixth sense, making her susceptible to possession.
- Together in Death: With Mio in the Shadow Festival ending.
- Video Game Caring Potential: Her main purpose to the player.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Sacrificed to end the curse on Minakami Village.
- Yandere: Her relationship with Mio, though she tries to hide it.
- You Are Worth Hell: Mio goes through it for Mayu's sake.
Voiced By: Soichiro Hoshi (Japanese), Sam Saletta (English, FFII), Cameron Stewart (English, DCB)A white-haired boy that is imprisoned in the storehouse. Mio encounters him while exploring the village and looking for Mayu. Itsuki tries to think of ways to help Mio and Mayu escape the village, though his words tend to confuse players.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: He feels dreadful over having killed his brother. And, since their ritual was a failure, it means that Mutsuki died for nothing.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Bound Diaries and a Crystal Ore, which was labelled as Quartz Stone in the remake.
- Dead All Along: Unsurprisingly, Itsuki is nothing but a ghost.
- Driven to Suicide: After having killed his brother, being imprisoned for trying to prevent Yae and Sae's ritual and feeling like he failed everyone, Itsuki hung himself.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He's not the hero of the story, but...
- In-Series Nickname: Imprisoned Boy.
- Locked into Strangeness: His hair turned white, after he killed his brother.
- Mr. Exposition: Talking to him has Itsuki explain things on what to do next.
- My Greatest Failure: Having failed the ritual and unnecessarily killing his brother. Then there was the fiasco of Yae and Sae's escape, which was the last straw for him.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His determination to prevent the ritual from happening again led to the destruction of his village.
- Redemption Equals Death: His last diary entry has Itsuki wonder if trying to help Yae and Sae, as well as his suicide, would count as being forgiven by his brother's spirit.
- Selective Obliviousness: He always refers to Mio and Mayu as Yae and Sae, respectively.
- Virgin Sacrifice: He performed the ritual with his brother.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Sae was close to Itsuki, but because he is the Remaining twin and she was to be sacrificed, she knew nothing would come from it.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Butterfly Diaries and Fluorite.
- Ax-Crazy: Upon unleashing the Repentance.
- Big Bad: Of Fatal Frame II. She is also one of the more genuinely malevolent Big Bads given her past, though it's downplayed.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Kusabi, though she remains the main antagonist and has a more active role.
- Break the Cutie: As tradition. She was raised to potentially go through the Strangling Ritual with Yae and even looked forward to it, only for Yae to decide to run away with her. Her own escape failed when she purposefully fell behind and was captured, only to realize that her sister was not coming back for her and then forced to do the ritual on her own.
- Death Glare: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the Long Road Home Ending, the look Sae gives Mio is unsettling.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: And since she's looking right at the camera, and you, it doesn't help.
- Dying Alone: Hanged alone in an attempt to complete the ritual without Yae.
- Dual Boss: One mission has the player fighting her and the Kusabi.
- Evil Brit: Has a strong, British accent in the remake.
- Evil Laugh: A particularly nightmareish one.
- Final Boss: The original version had her only be fought on higher difficulties. In the remake, she becomes the final boss if certain conditions are met.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Of the four main antagonists, she is Sanguine.
- Giggling Villain: She mainly chuckles or giggles to herself.
- The Hyena: And sometimes she laughs out loud.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: A small break in her bangs on her right was the only thing that distinguished her from Yae.
- In-Series Nickname: Bloody Kimono for her hostile form, White Kimono for the non-hostile one.
- Laughing Mad: Constantly giggling or laughing.
- Light Is Not Good: The most vibrantly colored of the antagonists and the most psychotic.
- Lightning Bruiser: Contrast to Kirie, who was rather slow to attack, Sae teleports around a lot, has a shield to stop Mio's attacks, and as of the remake, has a One-Hit Kill.
- Manipulative Bitch: Sae fell behind on purpose, in an attempt to force Yae to stop and help her, hopefully getting both captured. Unfortunately, Sae's plan backfired horribly.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Bloody Kimono.
- One-Hit Kill: She originally didn't have one, but was much faster than Kirie. Played straight in the remake, where her touch is just as deadly as the Kusabi's.
- Perpetual Smiler: She always smiles. Creepily.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Laughing while having villagers killed is normal for her.
- She Will Come for Me: Until her death, this was Sae's thought about Yae.
- Slasher Smile: When she isn't laughing, this is her default expression.
- Smoke Out: Generates a red mist around her during battle.
- Together in Death: With Yae in the Promise Ending.
- Turns Red: In the remake, she can enter Dark Return and glow with a purple aura, making her much faster and more dangerous.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Sacrificed in a ritual that failed, after her sister didn't return.
- White Shirt of Death: Dressed in a white kimono, with the cord tied to her left side.
- Woman in White: She's dressed in a white kimono, usually stained with blood.
- Yandere: She really, really loves her sister.
Voiced By: Jun Hazumi (Japanese), Michael Bell (English), Nigel Carrington (English, DCB)A folklorist who happened to visit Minakami Village at a rather unfortunate time. Joined by his friend, Ryozo Munakata, the two studied the rituals and habits of the village.Eventually, Seijiro was imprisoned and used as a sacrifice to the Hellish Abyss as part of the Cutting Ritual. When the Repentance occured, he returned as a fully-fledged Kusabi.
- Apocalyptic Log: Folklorist's Notes and Lazulite stones.
- Badass Bookworm: A scholar with the physical and mental strength to withstand the Cutting Ritual and returns as the deadliest ghost in the game.
- Came Back Wrong: Partly due to the torture he endured before dying, his Kusabi form has barely any resemblance to how he looked in life.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He was submitted to the Cutting Ritual, which involved cutting and slicing him over and over, torturing him for as long as possible.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: As part of the Cutting Ritual, Seijiro was thrown into the Hellish Abyss while still alive.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: His fascination with Minakami Village's hidden rituals brought him there and led to him being sacrificed.
- Final Boss: He is the default one, except when playing on higher difficulties (XBox) or fulfilling certain requirements (Wii).
- Healing Factor: The Kusabi regenerates his health on every difficulty, except Easy.
- In-Series Nickname: Folklorist, Scholar, Prisoner or Rope Man.
- Mighty Glacier: As the Kusabi, he's actually pretty slow. He moves much faster in III, however.
- Not Afraid to Die: By the time he realized he was going to be sacrificed, Seijiro was actually genuinely excited to be allowed to experience such a secretive ritual first-hand.
- One-Hit Kill: The Kusabi's touch is deadly. Averted in III, though he gains a new attack to compensate and moves much faster.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He only has one visible eye, which is a creepy red color.
Voiced By: Michael Bell (English), Nigel Carrington (English, DCB)The Head of the Kurosawa family and Ceremony Master of Minakami Village. He was prepared to sacrifice his own daughters for the good of the village, but was killed by the Repentance when Sae's ritual failed.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: Ryokan is also a Remaining twin himself, having killed his brother ages ago. Because of that, he understands how much his daughters dread the ritual, but knows there is no other way.
- Apocalyptic Log: Ceremony Master's Notes and Crysocolla stones.
- Flunky Boss: He summons Priests during his boss battle.
- High Priest: Ceremony Master of Minakami Village.
- In-Series Nickname: Ceremony Master.
- Mummy: His hostile spirit sometimes takes on the form of a Sokushinbutsu.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Whatever terrible thing he was willing to do, it was for the sake of saving the village.
Voiced By: Robin Atkin Downes (English), Charlie Hayes (English, DCB)A geological surveyor that disappeared after wandering into Minakami Village. The search for him was called off after a while, leading to his girlfriend heading to Minakami Village herself to find him. Masumi was killed by the Kusabi when he was trying to find his way out of the village.
- Apocalyptic Log: Village Reports, Bloody Memo and the Sard/Carnellian stone.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: The Kusabi left him covered in deep gashes and Masumi hid himself in a closet, slowly bleeding to death.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: His investigation of the village allowed the Kusabi to kill him.
- In-Series Nickname: Unrest In Pieces, The Strangler and The Surveyor.
- Kill the Ones You Love: His spirit was obsessed with meeting Miyako again, but he was hostile because of the village's curse and he ended up strangling her.
- Personal Effects Reveal: A sidequest allows Mio to find a bloodstained engagement ring where Masumi died, implying that he was planning to give it to her.
Voiced By: Leigh Allyn Baker (English)Masumi's girlfriend. When the police gave up the search for him, she headed out to look for him herself. She got lost in Minakami Village and rested in the Osaka House, while Masumi was continuing to look for a way out himself. His spirit returned and killed her.
- Apocalyptic Log: Lady's Notebook, Red Notebook and Aragonite stone.
- Hope Spot: She was delighted when Masumi returned, but it was nothing more than his cursed spirit and killed her.
- In-Series Nickname: Wanderer.
- I Will Find You: She set out to find Masumi when authorities called the search off.
- Kill the Ones You Love: She was strangled by Masumi's spirit.
- Warm-Up Boss: She is the first enemy that Mio faces in the game.
Voiced By: Robin Atkin Downes (English)A dollmaker that created several of the mechanisms in the village. When one of his daughters was sacrificed to the Strangling Ritual, he created a lifelike doll of her to comfort his other daughter. The doll became possessed and killed him.
- Apocalyptic Log: Dollmaker's Notes and Dolomite.
- Creepy Doll: He summons these when battling you.
- In-Series Nickname: Dollmaker.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he realized what was happening with the Azami doll, he tried desperately to rectify his mistake.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His attempt at comforting his surviving daughter went wrong, resulting in his and Akane's death.
Twin sisters that took part in the Strangling Ritual once. After Akane killed Azami, she became depressed and lifeless. In order to comfort her, her father created a lifesized doll in the spitting image of Azami. The doll became possessed and stole Akane's soul, before killing its maker.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: Akane suffered terribly after having killed her sister, unable to comprehend why she had to do it.
- Apocalyptic Log: Violet Diary, Blue Crystal and Pale Purple Crystal.
- Creepy Doll: The Azami doll, which is lifesized and possessed by an evil spirit.
- Creepy Twins: The iconic Creepy Twins of the series.
- Demonic Possession: A malevolent spirit possessed the Azami doll.
- Dual Boss: They are always fought together.
- Hell Is That Noise: The creaking joints that foretell the doll's presence.
- Infant Immortality: Averted. Akane had to kill Azami and was eventually killed by the possessed doll.
- In-Series Nickname: Twin Ghost, Twin Doll, Doomed Girl.
- Mystical White Hair: Akane sports this in III.
- Recurring Boss: Fought at least three times during the game. They also appear as a Random Encounter, if the player is too slow when going through the Kiryu house.
- Virgin Sacrifice: They performed the Strangling Ritual, with Akane killing Azami.
Voiced By: Kim Mai Guest (English), Julie Ann Dean (English, DCB)Itsuki and Mutsuki's younger sister. She had severe vision problems, so she always wore a bell on her wrist that allowed her brothers to find her, if she ever got lost. Deeply afraid of strangers, she hid whenever there were visitors. She died during the Repentance, trapped in a crawling space.
- Apocalyptic Log: Crimson Diary and Red Speckled stone.
- Cowardly Boss: Each time she is defeated, she runs off to another part of the house. She needs to be fought at least three times before she gives up.
- Crying Little Girl: She was one during the Repentance. Nobody came to save her from where she was trapped and she cried in the closet. Now, she cries before attacking the player.
- The Cutie: One of the sweetest ghosts in the series.
- Handicapped Badass: She's almost blind, but has a very annoying attack.
- Hell Is That Noise: The ringing of the bell she wears. It allows the player to track her through the house, but when she uses her blinding attack and all the player hears is that ringing in the darkness...
- In-Series Nickname: Crimson Kimono.
- Interface Screw: Her scream causes the entire area to become dark, making it difficult to see anything.
- Kill the Cutie: It's hard to not feel sorry for her, as she was one of the more innocent victims of the Repentance.
- Little Dead Riding Hood: Her vibrant kimono stands out among the rather pale ghosts, earning her the in-game title of Crimson Kimono.
- Recurring Boss: She can be fought a total of five times, but only three are required to gain the Bell Key and proceed in the plot.
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented
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.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: One of the ways her given name can be read is "zero". The Japanese name for the Fatal Frame series is "Zero", and the European name for it is "Project Zero". It can also be read as "spirit".
- 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. He also resembles Reika's lover, who is Akito and Kyouka's son, Kaname. This, plus having the Echo Stone Earring in a second playthrough, saves him in the canon good ending.
- 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.
- Stone Wall: To compensate for his lower damage potential, he has the highest health out of the 3 playable characters.
- 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.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: She's topless, but the tattoos hide any appearance of nipples.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Kaname, her lover in life. Because of this, she spares Identical Stranger Kei in the Good Ending.
- 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.
- Lightning Bruiser: In battle, she walks fairly fast, can divebomb you from above very quickly, and deals a lot of damage when she attacks.
- 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.
- One-Hit Kill: Hers is unique in that it becomes a Luck-Based Mission where she ambushes you from a random spot. If you end up in front of her... bye.
- However, she also has the traditional One-Hit Kill of the other antagonists in the previous chapters.
- 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 (and Kimberly Brooks, for the English version) voices both her and Rei.
- Together in Death: An ugly version at first, with Kaname's corpse at her side while she was unable to look away. After her defeat, Rei breaks the Curse by sending Reika and Kaname to the Other Side together.
- 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.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Being forced to watch her lover die, and unable to ever look away from his corpse, drove her to lash out with the Tattooed Curse.
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 Asou family, and has quite a few old knicknacks 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.
- Token Good Teammate: She is the only Handmaiden that is not hostile, doing her best to aid Miku. Her spirit can only be fought in the bonus challenges.
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.
- Apocalyptic Log: Kaname's Letters, and the "Ototsuki" recording.
- Dies Wide Open: Part of the reason for Reika's trauma was that he died right in front of her, and they were forced to stare endlessly at each other.
- Identical Stranger: Like his father, he resembled Kei quite a bit.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His murder caused the Holly to enter Reika's eyes and unleash the curse.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Reika.
- Together in Death: His corpse lay next to Reika. After Rei defeats Reika and closes her eyes, she sends the two down the river to the other side.
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. Once Reika kills her, it's safe to say she completely deserved it.
- Disproportionate Retribution: There is only one sentence for breaking the Kuze code in any way: Death.
- Greater-Scope Villain: She is the biggest cause of everything wrong with the setting of III. She takes in Reika just for the sake of making her the next Tattooed Priestess, callously murders her daughter, Kyouka's lover, Akito without her knowledge, causing her to lose her mind, orders for the murder of her own granddaughter, Amane, just for trying to help, and eventually murders her own grandson, Kaname, just for wanting to see Reika one last time. While her intentions may have been good in trying to keep the Rift closed, her actions taken are quite appalling.
- 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.
- Recurring Boss: She appears and is fought for 4-5 times in total throughout the game.
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, unaware that Yashuu murdered him, 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.
- Prehensile Hair: Sort of. She can hurl some of her ridiculously long hair as a ranged attack.
- 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 begin 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.
- Drop the Hammer: They carry their ceremonial hammers with them, and will attack by either swinging with it or emerging from the floor to hammer the player's foot into the ground.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: The Handmaiden's Song, sung to calm the Priestess. It involves crucifixion, skinning, and threats of the Rift opening....
- Token Good Teammate: While all three are cases of Creepy Child, Shigure is the most morally conflicted of the three over having to kill Amane, as one quote from her spirit shows.Shigure: Amane... why?
- 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.
A pair of master Tattoo Artists, summoned to the shrine to tend to the Priestess. They made the sacred ink, and ritually engraved the tattoos into the Priestess's body. As part of their duties, they were forbidden from leaving the shrine and mutilated to show their devotion.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: They are topless, but their nipples are not visible.
- Body Horror: They bodies undergo extensive mutilation as part of their duties. Needles are driven into their hands and forearms, and after their eyes are gouged out, a hemp rope is looped through the sockets.
- Dual Boss: Sometimes fought as a pair, such as in the inner shrine.
- Eye Scream: They tear our their own eyes, to better experience the Priestess's dreams.
- Tattooed Crook: Like the Priestess, their bodies are covered in tattoos.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: They wear hakama, but without a top.
Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
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.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A in one of her alternate outfits.
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.
- Jerkass: 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 Sakuya Haibara, 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.
- Foreshadowing: When he shows up on the island, he appears to wake up on the ground for some reason. Also, he finds his notebook and investigation tools nearby.
- Lunacy: How the Spirit Stone Flashlight exorcises ghosts: it shines absorbed moonlight from the Spirit Stones to purify their spirits.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Unlike the other characters who use the Camera Obscura, Choushiro's Spirit Stone Flashlight works differently. For one, it switches between two modes, a mode that can take pictures (somehow), and the other mode which is used for combat. His "film" is recharged by standing in moonlight.
- 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.
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai
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
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.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His brutal experiments and the secret ritual were all to find a cure from the disease plaguing the island.
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 Sakuya 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.
- Ax-Crazy: With her extreme sadism and cruelty, it's safe to say she is very much this.
- 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. She's so creepy, she actually makes an appearance in Deep Crimson Butterfly as a mission boss.
- Creepy Doll: The dolls scattered across Rougetsu Island are implied to be all hers, as breaking the curse of the dolls has her suddenly appear and stare at the player, giggling.
- 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, and is in fact one of the most evil ghosts in the entire series.
- 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: Long hair, even bangs and such adds a refined air to a kind-hearted nurse.
- 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.
- Wolfpack Boss: Her Vessel form is sometimes fought along with the Accompanists from the festival, making a total of six ghosts fought at once.
- 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.
- Black Sheep: From a prominent family, she became the family's shameful secret.
- 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".
- Driven to Suicide: Kageri's obsession and controlling nature eventually drove her sister to presumably kill herself.
- Dual Boss: Fought alongside her doll.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She appears to have been one in life, and is certainly creepy in death.
- Expy: Of Akane Kiryu from II, both having twin sisters that died and had dolls in their image, and both being a Dual Boss.
- Goth: She looks like one, at least.
- Nice Hat: She wears an elegant dress hat, with a veil.
- In-Series Nickname: Black Woman.
- Villainous Incest: She was obsessed with her twin sister, and eventually confessed her feelings. Rejected, she crippled her sister and kept her confined to a wheelchair and dependent on her.
Voiced by:A patient at Haibara Hospital, going by what is presumably an alias. He was a wealthy painted, making many financial and artistic contributions to the hospital prior to his illness.
- Art Attacker: He can hurl paint, which blocks the viewfinder temporarily.
- Mad Artist: As a result of contracting Getsuyuu Syndrome.
- Psychic Powers: He began having visions of the disaster to come, painting images of the failed ritual and the Day Without Suffering.
- Starving Artist: Averted, prior to his illness. He was successful enough to become a financial patron of Haibara Hospital.
A very young girl committed to Haibara Hospital, with a severe case of Getsuyuu Syndrome. She died as a result of Dr. Haibara's experiments.
- Creepy Child: A very hostile and creepy little ghost girl.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: She died as a result of experimental surgeries, with her diary describing her suffering greatly before finally succumbing. She describes her "head turning red", her hair falling out, and crying bloody tears.
- Infant Immortality: Horribly averted. Not only does this 6-year old die, her death is described as particularly awful.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: She's a very small example of the trope, with long matted black hair hanging over her face.
- Tears of Blood: Her diary describes the experiments causing her to cry bloody tears.
Takashi and Iori Aiba
Siblings that traveled to the island to study Dr. Asou's work, and fell ill after attending the festival. Takashi was an old college friend of Choushiro, and hoped to set him up with his sister.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: Takashi was yet another ill-fated Folklorist studying Dr. Asou's research.
- Dual Boss: They can be encountered together.
- Eye Scream: Both siblings have bloody bandages covering their eyes.
- I Never Got Any Letters: The hospital staff attempted to destroy Takashi's letters to Choushiro, which he eventually discovers while investigating the hospital.
Fatal Frame V: Maiden of the Black Water
Voiced By: Risa Taneda (Japanese), Tressa Brooks (English)The main protagonist of Fatal Frame V, she lost her family in a car accident and gained the ability to see and interact with ghosts. However, constantly being haunted by them began to take its toll on her and Yuuri tried to commit suicide.Fortunately, Hisoka Kurosawa stopped her and gave her a new home and job. When Hisoka disappears on a missing person's case, Yuuri heads to Mt Hikami in order to find her.
- Apocalyptic Log: Yuuri's Notes.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: It's mentioned that Yuuri is 'incapable of ignoring requests or people in trouble'.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Orange, a prominent color on her default attire.
- Driven to Suicide: She attempted suicide by jumping off a cliff in the past, but Hisoka prevented her from going through with it. In Yuuri's Bad Ending, she repeats the previous attempt and succeeds, sinking with Ouse.
- Psychic Powers: Yuuri has been tormented by her powers until she met Hisoka, who began to teach her how to control them.
- Psychometry: She can perform 'Shadow Reading', which allows her to 'glance' at a ghost's past and see how they died.
- Sole Survivor: Of a car accident that killed her family.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Yuuri or Yuri? The English translation uses Yuri.
- Sympathy for the Devil: In both of Yuuri's endings, her sympathy for Ouse and the pain she experienced are enough to calm her and lift the curse off of Mt Hikami.
- Together in Death: In her Bad Ending, she ends up this way with Ouse Kurosawa.
- Virgin Sacrifice: The Tadasume and Matchmaker attempt to make her one.
- You Are Not Alone: Yuuri says these words to Ouse Kurosawa in her Bad Ending. Said character also says it to Yuuri, moments earlier.
Voiced By: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese), Joseph May (English)The second Fatal Frame V protagonist. Ren is an author who has known Yuuri and Hisoka for some time, even asking for their powers to help him in his book research. He's quite mischievous and is often scolded by his assistant because of that. Ren is a descendant of Kunihiko Asou through a branch family.After learning of a custom of post-mortem pictures, Ren asks Hisoka to find such a book. Seeing that one of those pictures includes a little, whitehaired girl that he has been dreaming about for some time, Ren heads to Mt Hikami to find out what's going on.
- Badass Bookworm: He's a writer and the only protagonist that doesn't get spirited away by ghosts at some point. Ren also joins Kei Amakura as a playable, male character to have survived the game. Unlike Kei, though, Ren's survival is assured.
- Can't Catch Up: Averted. Unlike Kei, he's every bit as strong as Yuri and Miu, despite being a man.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Black.
- Does Not Like Women: Ren is very uneasy when interacting with women, often unable to look them into their eyes while talking to them. The only exception to this is Rui.
- Identical Grandson: Ren looks practically identical to Kunihiko Asou.
- Psychic Powers: As part of the Asou family, Ren has inherited a sixth sense.
- Psychometry: He also has the ability to view a ghost's past, like Yuuri and Miu.
- Unwanted Harem: Ren finds himself desired by several women, both living and deceased. A vision at the House of Joining even includes all of the game's female characters dressed as brides and waiting for him.
Voiced By: Maaya UchidaThe third protagonist of Fatal Frame V, who is desperately searching for her mother, Miku Hinasaki, who left when she was a young child. She was raised by a friend of Miku's. Miu never really knew the love of a parent and feels empty.Miu heads to Mt Hikami, certain to have sensed her mother's presence.
- All There in the Manual: The released guidebook reveals that Mafuyu Hinasaki is her father, as it was heavily implied in the game itself.
- Apocalyptic Log: Miu's Note.
- Brother–Sister Incest: What she is the result of.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Maroon.
- Hair Decorations: A two-flower hairpin above her right ear.
- Half-Human Hybrid: As a Shadowborn, she is the daughter of a human mother and a ghost father.
- Ms. Fanservice: A flashback shows Miu modelling in a revealing, white bikini and scarf. note
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother disappeared when she was three years old.
- Psychic Powers: Inherited powers from her bloodline.
- Psychometry: Like Yuuri and Ren, she can see a ghost's past.
- Teens Are Short: Despite being in her late teens, Miu is pretty short. Even next to her mother, who was the shortest of the protagonists.
- Virgin Sacrifice: She was placed inside a Black Box, prepared to become a Pillar, before Yuuri found her.
Crossover playable character that can be unlocked after completing the main story.
- Badass Normal: Ironically, she is brought down to this. Since Ayane has no proper way of fighting the spirits due to her martial arts not working on them and the lack of a Camera Obscura, she is forced to rely on her ninja skills to sneak around and a stun gun to render them helpless for a short while.
- Crossover: She originates from the Dead or Alive series.
- In the Hood: Dons a black, short hoodie in her first chapter. Ditches it later.
- Ms. Fanservice: As expected, her figure and clothing are rather sexy.
- Power Tattoo: The Shadow Sigil. After failing her first attempt at finding Tsumugi, Ayane gets this so she can actually see the ghosts that grabbed her previously.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: The corset that she wears, which gives a glimpse of the spell written across her back.
- Stealth-Based Mission: Her chapters are mostly composed of this. Ayane merely has a flashlight that can temporarily stun spirits.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls this on Tsumugi during an early cutscene.
- Stun Guns: What the Spirit Stone Flashlight essentially is.
Voiced By: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese)The main antagonist of Fatal Frame V.After losing her family to a flood, she gained a strong sixth sense. Eventually, she was chosen to be a Great Pillar for the Black Lake, in order to appease the Shadowspring at Mt Hikami.However, at the time of her ritual, she saw visions of her fellow shrine maidens being slaughtered and their final moments, along with her own desire to live alongside Asou instead of dying with him, weakened her resolve. Her Black Box opened, the ritual failed and the Black Water was released, leaving Ouse to keep falling within the Lake and becoming a vengeful spirit.
- Apocalyptic Log: Water-Patterned Journal.
- Body Horror: The curse has left her looking like a drowned woman with blueish skin, disheveled hair and red eyes.
- Death Seeker: Inverted. Ouse secretly desired to live with Asou, and not die with him, which was one of the reasons her ritual failed.
- Dying Alone: In Yuuri's Good Ending, Ouse accepts it because Yuuri sympathized with her pain and suffering. Ouse manages to fulfill her duty and seal away the Black Water again.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even in her Cursed state, she shows Ren kindness and never attempts to harm him.
- Flunky Boss: During her actual battle.
- When fought underwater, she summons 5-6 Guardians around her, who disperse and attack separately if not defeated quickly. Fortunately said Guardians go down in one hit or two.
- When fought above water surface, she summons some Mook(s) you've encountered earlier in the story. And Guardian(s), if summoned, emerge out of water to grab you by the ankle before disappearing.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: You have to escape when encountering her for the first and second time.
- Love at First Sight: With Kunihiko Asou.
- Love Hurts: Her feelings for Kunihiko Asou were so strong that they frightened her and it hurt when he left the mountain. She describes those feelings as being a curse on her. In one of Ren's endings, his taking a picture of her makes Ouse think that he has rejected her a second time.
- One-Hit Kill: Played straight, if Ouse manages to touch the player when she is chasing them. Averted during her actual battle.
- Psychic Powers: Had them as a shrine maiden, using them to ease the suffering of those committing suicide.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: If you can actually see her red eyes, she's probably close enough to kill you.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Ouse or Ose? The English translation went with Ose, though the Katakana reveal that it is Ouse.
- Together in Death: Ouse's spirit is repeatedly heard calling out for someone to die with her, to ease her suffering as a pillar. In Yuuri's Bad Ending, she and Yuuri jump off the cliff, appeasing each other's loneliness.
- Virgin Sacrifice: She was chosen to become a Great Pillar. However, her ritual failed and caused the Black Water to overflow and curse the mountain.
- Woman in White: In the past, her attire as a shrine maiden. She reverts to this form in Yuuri's Good Ending.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She wanders the mountain, desperate to ease her loneliness and pain.....but ultimately killing almost everyone she encounters.
Voiced By: Natsumi TakamoriA white-haired girl that appears around the Doll Shrine and likes to 'play' with visitors. She seems to have some form of connection to Kunihiko Asou in his childhood.
- Apocalyptic Log: Shiragiku's Notebooks.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Before her ritual, she gave Asou a braid of her hair as a form of promise to come back and become her Yuukon partner. He agreed, but her death traumatized him so badly that he repressed his memories of her.
- Creepy Child: Turns into this as a ghost.
- Creepy Doll: She summons these when battling you.
- Emotionless Girl: She doesn't show very strong emotions.
- Flower Motifs: Her kimono is adorned with a higanbana design.
- Flunky Boss: She summons Dolls to assist her in her battles.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: Of Kunihiko Asou's.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In both of her endings, she realizes that she doesn't want Asou to be burdened with the same fate as hers and sends Ren, thinking he is Asou, away to live his life.
- I Will Wait for You: She has been waiting for Asou all this time.
- Mystical White Hair: Caused by her albinism, but is seen as a sign of her strong, spiritual powers.
- Unperson: She was told that she was not really alive or a real person, until she turned 7 years old. At which time, she was going to be turned into a pillar.
- Virgin Sacrifice: She was turned into a pillar at a young age.
Voiced By: Atsuko TanakaThe owner of Kurosawa Antiques and Yuuri's employer. While running the store, she also does minor fortune-telling or missing persons requests. Hisoka vanishes on Mt Hikami while looking for Haruka Momose and Yuuri heads off to find her.
- Apocalyptic Log: Hisoka's Journal and Missing Person Files.
- Beauty Mark: To the right of her lip.
- Continuity Nod: Word of God states that she is related to Rei Kurosawa, though how they are related is unknown.
- Ironic Echo: When she prevented Yuuri's suicide attempt, she told her that She is not alone. When Yuuri tries to bring Hisoka back from Mt Hikami and the latter refuses, Yuuri tells her those same words.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: She goes missing early in the game. Inverted, as Hisoka always survives.
- My Greatest Failure: When she was looking for Ayumi and finally found the girl, Ayumi threw herself off a cliff. Hisoka feels like she failed her client, and the girl, and wonders if her search for Ayumi drove her to suicide.
- Psychic Powers: She makes a living using hers to help others find items or missing people.
- Psychometry: Calls it 'Shadow Reading' and teaches Yuuri how to do it.
- Take Me Instead: Hisoka willingly entered a Black Box, to protect Yuuri from being turned into a pillar.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Yuuri finds her in a Black Box in a shrine far off the lake. Hisoka survives.
Voiced By: Maaya SakamotoRen's assistant, who has feelings for him and joins him when exploring Mt Hikami.
- Ambiguous Gender: In the Japanese version, Rui's gender isn't confirmed in-game. Word of God said that they are in full support of Rui being interpreted as either gender.
- Apocalyptic Log: Rui's Journal.
- Bifauxnen: Shiragiku asks if Rui is a boy or a girl when she first sees her.
- Damsel in Distress: She's repeatedly taken away by the spirits and Ren needs to rescue her.
- The Load: Given that she doesn't have a Camera Obscura, she's automatically this.
- Satellite Love Interest: She gets little focus, and what she does get only serves to emphasize her feelings for Ren.
- She's a Man in Japan: To an extent, as Rui is never stated to be male or female in Japan, but in the translation, she's confirmed to be female.
- Subordinate Excuse: She clearly has feelings for Ren.
- Virgin Sacrifice: The spirits of the mountain try repeatedly to make her a pillar.
Voiced By: Natsumi TakamoriA socially awkward girl, she had attempted suicide before heading to Mt. Hikami. She goes missing, which leads to Ayane being recruited to find her as part of a missing person's case.
Voiced By: Asaka Imai (Japanese), Katie Beudert (English)Fuyuhi recently hired Hisoka to find her missing friend, Haruka. Since Hisoka disappears herself and Fuyuhi is worried about Haruka, she heads to Mt Hikami on her own to look for her.At Mt Hikami, she is eventually forced to commit suicide by a hostile spirit.
- Apocalyptic Log: Fuyuhi's Letter.
- Bungled Suicide: She and Haruka were part of a suicide pact with other girls and tried to drown themselves, but Fuyuhi and Haruka failed to die.
- Driven to Suicide: When she gets separated from Yuuri at Mt Hikami, Fuyuhi is possessed by a ghost and forced to replicate her suicide. This time, she succeeds.
- High-Pressure Blood: Implied off-screen, when Fuyuhi cutting her throat is represented by showing a wave of blood splattering onto her shoes.
- Hope Spot: Yuuri is able to catch up with Fuyuhi in the Unfathomable Forest, but the two end up getting separated. While Yuuri does find Fuyuhi again, it's only seconds before she cuts her throat.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Haruka, given their intense connection.
- Sacrificial Lamb: She shows what happens to people who wander Mt Hikami without the help of a Camera Obscura and cannot resist a spirit's influence.
- Slashed Throat: How she kills herself.
- Suicide Pact: Took part in one with some of her friends; they walked into a lake to drown themselves in, but she and Haruka survived.
- Survivor's Guilt: She feels guilty over having failed the previous suicide attempt.
- Woman in White: Wears a simple, white dress.
Haruka went missing at Mt Hikami recently, causing Fuyuhi to ask Hisoka to try and find her. When Hisoka went missing, Yuuri took over in tracking Haruka down. She manages to bring her back down the mountain.Eventually, Haruka is called back to the mountain and ends up in a black box.
- Apocalyptic Log: Haruka's Notes.
- Bungled Suicide: She, too, survived the drowning attempt.
- Damsel in Distress: Went missing at Mt Hikami and has to be rescued. The mountain calls her back and Haruka is killed, after all.
- Extreme Doormat: She is described as having trouble refusing anyone.
- Psychic Powers: Possesses a sixth sense that leaves her vulnerable to manipulation by spirits.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Fuyuhi, her best friend.
- Suicide Pact: Took part in an attempt to drown herself with her friends, but she and Fuyuhi survived.
- Survivor's Guilt: Over having survived the previous attempt.
- Virgin Sacrifice: She was placed into a black box and was supposed to become one, before Yuuri managed to save her. Haruka ultimately becomes one, after all, when she goes back to the mountain.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Haruka doesn't have a lot of screentime before she dies and is, overall, mostly defined by her friendship with Fuyuhi.
Keiji is a half-Japanese folklorist from England. He eventually moved to a house on Mt Hikami. After his sudden disappearance and death, his house became a legend in the village and is said to appear and disappear with the fog.
- Apocalyptic Log: Folklorist's Notes.
- But Not Too Foreign: He is Japanese and English, but with a fully Japanese name.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: As one of Ouse's failed suitors, his body was broken and twisted to fit into a black box.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: His interest in Mt Hikami's rituals eventually led to his death.
- Love at First Sight: Upon seeing Ouse Kurosawa's photograph, he fell in love with her beauty.
Ren's friend. He went missing at Mt Hikami, but contacted Ren about 'getting married' soon.
- Apocalyptic Log: Sakaki's Notes.
- Body Horror: His neck and limbs are broken, causing his ghost to flail and stumble around.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Upon Ouse's rejection, his body was broken and shoved into a black box.
- Love at First Sight: He falls in love with Ouse upon seeing her photograph and is obsessed with meeting her.
Kyozo once went to Mt Hikami in order to end his life, but he panicked when one of the shrine maiden's gaze seemed to look into his soul. He fled in fear, but became enraged of her trying to see his secrets and returned to the mountain, killing every shrine maiden.After killing the shrine maidens, he committed suicide.
- Apocalyptic Log: Bloody Notes.
- Ax-Crazy: After reciprocating the shrine maiden's gaze, he went insane and killed every shrine maiden on the mountain. His spirit continues to kill anyone he encounters.
- Man on Fire: When defeated, he sets himself on fire and charges at the player. A well-timed shot can put the flames out and allow the player to Glance at him.
- Slashed Throat: How he eventually killed himself.
- Tattooed Crook: He covered himself in spells before heading up the mountain.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Kyozo didn't know that killing the shrine maidens was one of the factors that caused Ouse's ritual to fail, resulting in Mt Hikami being cursed. The fact that he killed the monks that were keeping the holy fire aflame which might at least have slowed down or locally restrict the curse certainly didn't help either.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: What he thought himself to be, when he killed his sister's lover in order to 'protect' her.
Emi, Inori and Honoka MikomoriA group of shrine maidens that lived on Mt Hikami. Their duty was to use their powers to allow people to commit suicide without any of their past burdens and see all of their selves.They were all slaughtered by Kururugi and their spirits now coax people to their deaths.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Played straight for a long time, their ghost forms are unblemished and beautiful. Subverted in the final chapter, when they show the injuries and mutilation that Kururugi caused them.
- Driven to Suicide: In life, they used their powers to comfort people before they committed suicide. As cursed spirits, they simply drive them to suicide.
- Eye Scream: Kururugi slashed their eyes out after killing them.
- Miko: All of them are devoted to the shrine's faith.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Their deaths are part of what caused Ouse's ritual to fail.
- Psychic Powers: They used their powers to observe the thoughts and secrets of people, before they committed suicide.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: All of them were typical Japanese beauties in life.
- Virgin Sacrifice: If they had lived long enough to use up their powers, they would have been turned into Pillars themselves.
Marriage and Funeral Celebrant
A pair of old high priestesses that oversaw the rituals at Mt Hikami. One was in charge of performing the post-mortem marriages and the other oversaw the sinking of the boxes into the Shadowspring.Their spirits continue to perform their duties, calling men to the mountain and marry them off to Ouse or by summoning women to become new Pillars.
- Apocalyptic Log: Notebook with White Cover (Marriage Celebrant) and Notebook With Black Cover (Funeral Celebrant).
- Dual Boss: Their last battle is fought together in the penultimate area.
- Hypnotize the Princess: Both use mirrors that disorient and manipulate women into entering the Black Boxes as sacrifices.
- The Matchmaker: The Marriage Celebrant, of course, who takes her duty very seriously. It is her job to find men to call to the mountain and perform a post-mortem marriage to the shrine maidens to be sacrificed. Any man that doesn't make the cut, especially for Ouse, is killed.
- Mind-Control Device: The sacred Dark Sun mirrors they hold can hypnotize victims.
- Never Mess with Granny: Both are very old and some of the most powerful spirits.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Both of their duties involve performing these on women.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Their intentions are ultimately good, as the marriages can strengthen the Pillar and the sinking of the Black Box will ultimately purify the Black Lake. But how they get to that is... questionable.
- Woman in White: The Marriage Celebrant is dressed in white robes.