Characters / New Dangan Ronpa V3 - Male Students

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     Shuichi Saihara 
Shuichi Saihara

Ultimate Detective

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"For now... The Ultimate Detective is me, but... I always found that to be a weird choice."

Voiced By: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese), Grant George (English)

A boy who learned how to investigate crimes by assisting his uncle with his private eye business. While his uncle's office normally only dealt with things like infidelity investigations, there came a day where Shuichi happened to solve a murder before the police could, earning him the title Ultimate Detective. Solving the murder was apparently just luck, however, and Shuichi has trouble considering himself worthy of his Ultimate title.

After Kaede dies in Chapter 1, he takes the role of the protagonist and is determined to uncover the truth of the killing game, forming a close friendship Kaito Momota and Maki Harukawa in the process. He eventually discovers that the killing game they are a part of is in fact a reality TV show based on the Danganronpa franchise itself and that the "Ultimate Detective" Shuichi Saihara is a fake identity implanted into his personality and memory for the sake of the show. His real identity is unknown and it's implied that everyone involved in the killing game were fans of the franchise that signed up for it on their own will; Shuichi included, who was a fan of the series' Ultimate Detective characters but wanted to experience the thrill of making his own unsolvable murder. He is then forced to choose whether to end the killing game by escaping but sacrifice two friends to partake in the next Danganronpa in the name of hope, or staying in the academy and prolong the killing game in the name of despair. Disillusioned with the concept of hope and despair, Shuichi chooses neither, convincing the audience to allow him and his classmates to abstain from voting and form a Suicide Pact to end Danganronpa once and for all with a deliberately disappointing ending. While the audience allows for Danganronpa to end, he is spared by Ki-bo during the destruction of the academy due to the will of the audience, and as such manages to survive the killing game.

  • Accidental Pervert: In Chapter 1, it's implied he accidentally got a peek up Kaede's skirt when she was up a ladder in the library.
  • Alliterative Name: Shuichi Saihara.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Prior to being trapped in Monokuma's game, he solved minor cases until he solved a major one, receiving the title of Ultimate Detective as a result. Though he claims to have solved most cases by luck, it's highly unlikely that he's being fully honest with himself, and even Kaede disagrees with his assertion. During the events of the game, his investigation skills and logical thinking are usually top class; for instance, he is immediately able to discern that there is a Monokuma collaborator within the group.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: Near the end of the first trial the player's perspective changes from Kaede to Shuichi, and following the former's death, the role of protagonist remains with Shuichi.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: His former self seemed enthusiastic about participating in the Danganronpa TV show. Look at where he is now....
  • Berserk Button: Don't make nasty comments about his hat. When Miu calls him a pervert for wearing a hat, he gets pissed.
  • Bishōnen: His face is noticeably much more feminine than most of the other male characters.
  • Bi the Way: He is strongly implied to have feelings for Kaede, as throughout the game she acts as his Lost Lenore, yet Ki-bo's and Kaito's Love Hotel scenes show that he's not adverse to a romantic encounter with either of them and even though he's scared of Korekiyo in his Love Hotel scene (and as it quickly goes downhill from there he was certainly right to be) he "won't deny [he's] curious". One of Kaito's last Free Time events also results in him realizing his thoughts towards his "friend" aren't sounding all that platonic.
  • Bland-Name Product: The poisons in his laboratory are oddly named. There's "Night's Hate", "Harmlock", "Arsneak", and "Strike-9".
  • Bookworm: His report card states that he likes novels.
  • Brain Bleach: His reaction to seeing Miu repairing Ki-bo amounts to this.
    " I remained silent, and quietly closed the door."
  • Break the Cutie: He's been through a lot as the protagonist. What really breaks him is when he learns that everyone's characters were entirely fabricated and when he watches an audition tape featuring his past self.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Lie Bullets.
  • Chick Magnet: Like the many of the protagonists before him, Shuichi is quite the ladies man. Excluding Love Hotel events (as the genuineness of the other students' attraction to him is questionable due to the nature of those scenes), both Miu and Angie will admit that they have fallen in love with if he completes their free time events, and of course there is all those Ship Tease moments with Kaede.
  • Clear My Name: He becomes a major suspect in the first trial, but Kaede manages to clear him of suspicion. He also does this for Yumeno and Oma (twice each) in later trials and repays Kaede the favor in the final trial.
  • Color Motif: Black. His uniform is black and before the end of the first chapter, he wears a black hat.
  • Cool Car: Drives a yellow car during Psyche Taxi.
  • Consummate Liar: Just like Kaede, he can use Lie Bullets to sway the others in the desired direction. Often, his lies are bought by mostly everyone though Kokichi usually sees through them but doesn't call him out.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Talent aside, Shuichi is nothing like Kyoko when acting as the game's Deuteragonist. Averted, once he is revealed to be the true main protagonist, as he shares many character traits with the franchise's previous protagonists, Makoto, Hajime, and Komaru. Shuichi claims that he was able to solve his previous cases largely due to luck, similarly exerting a lack of confidence and self-worth that his predecessors had as well. Also, Shuichi has a lot of self-doubt, but progressively learns to be more confident with himself, much like Hajime and Komaru in their games.
    • Played straight in regards to his investigative abilities and presence during trials. Shuichi's investigation skills are comparable to that of Kyoko, and his deductions allow him to actively carry trials in a way that his predecessor could not.
    • Invoked in regards to Kyoko. There are implications that Ultimate Detectives had been up to that point upstanding and strong characters, Shuichi's weak willed nature was a plotline written by Tsumugi, as he was to become the weakest detective and the audience could watch him grow stronger.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Falls into one after finding out that the outside world has become completely uninhabitable, devoid of life and oxygen. For days, he did nothing but lay in bed, although he recovers to find out the rest of the mysteries of the Gifted Inmates Academy. Later on he crosses it again when he learns the events of the killing game were entirely fabricated, all the way to the point where Tsumugi nearly emerges victorious. He does recover from this as well, although he chooses not to side with Hope.
  • Detective Mole: If we trust the "audition tapes," Shuichi originally entered the killing game with the desire to pull this, but aside from becoming Chapter 1's suspect, he never commits any murders. The franchise itself averts this, as his audition also reveals that an Ultimate Detective has never been the blackened.
  • Deuteragonist: Promo material, the game's cover and the game itself up to the Chapter 1 Class Trial peg him as the secondary main character. Except he's actually the real protagonist.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: His talent is very useful for investigations, but Shuichi's poor self-esteem prevents him from taking much control during trials. Over time, he gets over this and becomes more confident in his skills.
  • Driven to Suicide: Threatens this by not voting during the final trial in order to stop Team Danganronpa and the Killing Game. Luckily for him, he survives.
  • Everyone Can See It: His feelings for Kaede are frequently brought up by the other characters.
  • Expy: There are striking similarities between him and Naoto Shirogane, such as their wardrobe, having several traits associated with the opposite gender, and their talents as detectives.
    • Also a fair number of similarities between him and another famous high school detective, Kudo Shinichi. Both have parents who are celebrities in the fields of writing and acting, are living overseas, and have a "hands-off" approach to parenting, and both Shuichi and Shinichi end up working at an "uncle's" detective agency.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Three times within this game as he was put into a "Argument Armament" with his Implied Love Interest Kaede and his two best friends, Maki and Kaito.
  • First-Person Smartass: He might actually be on par with Hajime in this department. Then again, considering he has to deal with the likes of Kokichi Oma and Miu Iruma, it's quite hard to blame him.
  • Guyliner: His eyelashes are very feminine, more than the female characters!
  • Great Detective: His talent, though Shuichi is doubtful of his own abilities and believes he mostly solved the cases he worked on through dumb luck.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Happens to him THREE TIMES in the game. The first one was being guilty of exposing Kaede as the killer and thus leading to her execution until he was given a harsh What the Hell, Hero? from Kaito. The second one was after seeing what the outside world has become. The final one was when he found out about the ''Danganronpa'' series, only to be snapped out of it by Ki-bo.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He believes he doesn't deserve his title because, as far as he is concerned, he only solved his cases by chance.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kaito.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: After Kaede dies, he effectively takes her place as the Protagonist. He has to face numerous obstacles and heartache afterward. It gets much worse in Chapter 6, when the Mastermind reveals the truth and it nearly breaks him.
    • Takes an especially cruel irony when it's revealed that he entirely brought this upon himself. In fact, he openly questions whether or not he actually did enter the game of his own volition.
  • Idiot Hair: Has one under his hat.
  • Kid Detective: Well, "Teenage Detective" would be more accurate, but Shuichi has solved cases far beyond what would be expected of his age.
  • Legacy Character: Takes up the title of Ultimate Detective after Kyoko. If his audition tape is real, then he wanted to be one and enthusiastically suggested that it would be "unexpected for a detective to be one of the killers".
  • Meaningful Name: Shuichi means "end one", fitting the character who ended Danganronpa in-universe.
    • As noted by Famitsu's main editor, his name can be shortened to Saishuu, the name of the "school" were the game takes place.
  • My Greatest Failure: An interesting case as it's also the murder case that made him famous. Shuichi ended up successfully exposing a Sympathetic Murderer who'd killed off an Asshole Victim. The murderer gave Shuichi a brutal Death Glare as he was taken in by the police, and Shuichi began to wonder if things would've been better had he not discovered the truth. As a result, he starts the game with low self-esteem, a reluctance to face hard truths, and uses his cap as a means of limiting eye contact.
  • Nice Hat: A black cap that he wears to avoid making eye contact with other people. He removes it once he becomes the protagonist, at the beginning of Chapter 2.
  • Nice Guy: Compared to how cold and aloof pre-Character Development Kyoko was, he's a lot nicer right from the get-go. In comparison to his predecessors, he's nicer than Hajime, though much shyer than Naegi. He ultimately fits into the same range as Komaru in terms of overall kindness.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Him finding out who the culprit was in Chapter 5 indirectly lead the killing game to continue as with Monokuma now knowing that info, he is able to execute anybody.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In Chapter 6, he reluctantly enters the girls' bathroom in order to investigate a secret passageway Himiko discovered. When he leaves the bathroom he runs into Maki, who immediately questions what he was doing in there, causing Shuichi to invoke this trope. Himiko coming out moments later to say that she had trouble peeing only makes him look worse. Surprisingly subverted after Maki tells Shuichi that she trusts him enough to know that he had he likely had a good reason to be in there.
  • The One Guy: By the end of the game, he's the only living member of the male cast.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents spend most of their time working overseas, so he lives with his uncle and aunt instead. When he talks to Kaede about it he shows he is a bit bitter over their "hands-off parenting", though given their work in screen writing and acting most people would view them as celebrities.
  • The Player Is the Most Important Resource: That's why the player, as Shuichi, has to commit a Fission Mailed to bore the audience as a way to stop the game itself. Shuuichi was even willing to end his and everyone else's lives to deny a proper conclusion and cause the Danganronpa show to flop.
  • The Protagonist: Zigzagged as there are two instances where it's seemingly averted but then played straight in both instances. It's a long story.
  • Recurring Element:
    • He was the second character to hold a title of Ultimate Detective; the first is Kyoko Kirigiri.
    • Because of Kaede being a Decoy Protagonist, he becomes the third male protagonist instead.
    • Like all the other protagonists, he is voiced by a woman regardless of gender (in the Japanese voiceover only, at least).
    • Of course, he, too, has an ahoge.
  • Replacement Scrappy: During the final Argument Armament, he is revealed to be one for Kaede in-universe. One of the things the outside world says to him is "This guy should have died instead of Kaede".
  • The Rival: To Kokichi for most of the game. Ends up directly opposing Hope (in addition to Despair), ultimately becoming K1-B0's rival in the final chapter of the game.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: He was the Savvy Guy to Kaede's Energetic Girl, he was the one making deductions about the secret room in the library while Kaede came up with the plan to catch the mastermind with the cameras.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Kaito's manly man.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: To Tsumugi Shirogane, who is the Mastermind of V3.
  • Smurfette Principle: Inverted. Shuichi is the only male survivor of the killing game.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: He, in the prologue, was outright shy towards Kaede, but warms up to her after a LITTLE while.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Actually in play alongside Contrasting Sequel Main Character. While he is definitely different from Kirigiri, he has on the other hand quite a bit in common with the previous player characters. Especially the facts that he is a pretty regular-looking student with (what he himself at least perceives as) an unremarkable talent and some self-esteem issues makes him quite similar to Makoto, Komaru and Hajime.
  • Switching P.O.V.:
    • When Akamatsu realizes that there is no finding the mastermind in the first trial, she decides to pass the torch onto Saihara and the GUI switches from pink to blue.
    • When he realized that all of his interactions with his classmates were nothing but fiction, his blue UI slowly flickered out until the player received a "Game Over" via "Bad Ending". After that, an unknown character's dialogue (revealed to be K1-B0's dialogue) asks the player what they should do. If they want to continue the game or "SAVE", they have to press the button that says Don't save until the screen flickered at the right selection, then they have to select the Save right after. The "Bad Ending" screen suddenly makes the Continue Your Mission, Dammit! moment when the point of view was now switched to K1-B0's as the new playable character.
  • Take a Third Option: In order to end the Killing Game, he picked neither Despair nor Hope.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Got trapped in a Killing Game, saw Rantaro's corpse with the knowledge of who killed him, had to fight Kaede and watched her being executed in front of his face, had to fight against Kaito again to prove Gonta killed Miu, had to deal with The Rival who was being The Chessmaster to everyone, had to fight Maki and lose Kaito in Chapter 5, faced the truth of being in a reality show where the role his past self wanted was "the detective who committed the best murder of all", had to go against K1-B0 while under the effects of Despair Event Horizon, and that's not even the full list.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Not one towards himself, but in a bonus mode interaction with Chihiro Fujisaki. He pretty much figures out Chihiro's gender after Alter Ego ended up talking about the AI's "father".
  • Walking Spoiler: It is very hard to talk about him without revealing that he is the true main character.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: While it appears bluish-black in most cases, some art of him makes it look bright blue.
  • You Are Too Late: In Chapter Five, he tries to lie about Kokichi (aka the victim of Chapter Five) being alive to trick Monokuma into getting the wrong verdict, but Monokuma was already too convinced that Kaito was the culprit at that time leading Kaito to step out of the Exisal to make sure that Monokuma doesn't execute anybody but him.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: In the final trial, the audience watching tell him that he should have been the one to die instead of Kaede.

     Rantaro Amami 
Rantaro Amami

Ultimate ??? (Ultimate Survivor / Ultimate Adventurer)

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"I'm not a suspicious guy, so let's work together."

Voiced By: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)

A mysterious boy with a rather cavalier demeanor. For some reason, he has forgotten his talent but decides to look forward to remembering it instead of worrying about it. Despite his attitude, he can quickly grasp the depth of a situation and gives off the impression that he may know something the others don't.

He is the victim of Chapter 1. Initially thought to having been caught by Kaede Akamatsu's death trap, he was actually murdered by Tsumugi Shirogane - the mastermind - in order to kickstart the killing game, as Monokuma's time limit motive was not having an effect on the students. It's revealed posthumously that Rantaro's true title was Ultimate Survivor; a special title given to people who have previously survived a killing game, giving them access to special perks that allows them to win the game easier. Since Rantaro was not a student involved during the Hope's Peak Academy incidents, his title becomes a major clue for Shuichi in uncovering the true nature of the current killing game.
  • Action Survivor: He's the Ultimate Survivor, apparently having survived previous instances of Mutual Killing games.
  • Advertised Extra: He follows the trend of a seemingly important and heavily promoted character being the first victim of the game, although unlike his predecessors he's largely Out of Focus even prior to his death.
  • Ambiguously Evil: The game very blatantly sets him up as a suspicious type similar to Komaeda, and some of his expressions are quite sinister. Being the first victim, we don't get to see this side explored. For what it's worth, he's more than willing to keep replaying (and winning) this game, even going so far as to leave himself messages, and since there are only two ways to survive a killing game, it's perfectly plausible that he has been a killer in a previous game.
    • The finale gives the remaining survivors the option to stay in the killing game forever, or sacrifice all but two to "punishment" while the remaining two leave the killing game as victors. Shuichi presses the mastermind on what "punishment" means, and makes the deduction that those that are sacrificed will have their memories wiped and be thrown into another killing game, and it is implied that Rantarou Amami gained the title of Ultimate Survivor by being punished this way.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Rantaro has no recollection of his talent.
  • Anime Hair: Messy, asymmetric, fork-like ahoge and green.
  • Anvil on Head: He is struck by a shot put ball, which falls from on top of the bookshelf he is standing in front of. Subverted when we later learn that Kaede's trap missed him, and Tsumugi hit him with an identical one afterward.
  • Asexuality: Ambiguously asexual in this case, as he displays a large lack of romantic or sexual interest in any character and has the sole platonic Love Hotel scene. Considering the Love Key turns Shuichi in the ideal partner of whoever goes to the hotel with him, and for Rantaro's the two just talk as if the former is his little brother, it's possible that Rantaro doesn't really have any interest in anyone that way as opposed to Tsumugi's theory he was gay.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He has 12 younger sisters, and he's shown to be very kind and protective of them. His Love Hotel scene shows a glimpse of his big-brotherly personality, as his delusion involves seeing Shuichi as a little brother he must protect.
    • In the free time events between him and Shuichi, he eventually reveals that one of his little sisters vanished while she was following Rantarou as he snuck off to explore during a family trip. He somehow lost contact with all 12 of his little sisters, all around the planet like this, and he gained the title of Ultimate Adventurer by relentlessly searching for them all around the globe.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He seems shallow and carefree, but is very sharp and willing to interrogate Monokuma. He also fully grasps the gravity of the situation they're in. As a survivor of previous killing games, he knows full well what's going on.
  • Bishounen: He's very handsome-looking and has somewhat feminine mannerisms that he probably picked up from his 12 sisters. He's even better at painting Kaede's nails than Tsumugi is.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Not his death itself (being smashed by a metal ball), but the reason why he's in the killing game again. It turns out the final execution is "re-doing the killing game," thereby subjecting Rantaro to another round of killing and murder.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Green hair and green eyes.
  • Dead Star Walking: In-Universe he was a popular celebrity for winning at least one Killing Game and was unceremoniously killed off first in this one. This trope applies out of universe as well, considering he's voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa. On top of that, he's rather popular in Japan for a first victim character (beating well-liked characters such as Ki-bo by being the 6th most voted character in their official popularity poll) and who's fans are clamoring for a spin-off starring him.
  • Death by Genre Savviness: Discovering the mastermind's lair during his own investigation led to his demise.
  • Edgy Backwards Chair-Sitting: Showcased in his official art.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: His hair is longer on the left side of his face, leaving his other ear and his various piercings exposed.
  • Guyliner: Not nearly as much as Shuichi, but he nonetheless has quite the lashes.
  • He Knows Too Much: In the prologue, while pretty much the entire cast seems clueless and terrified, he is the only one to stand up to the Monokumas and call them out on what he claims to be a "silly copycat routine". Quite tellingly, he loses most of his memories after the first Flashback Light transformation and is the first character to die.
  • Idiot Hair: He has a sort of fork-resembling ahoges coming out of the top of his hair. He wouldn't be out of place as a protagonist of another killing game, given his history.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: As a result of growing up with twelve sisters. He's even skilled in nail art, which he demonstrates to Kaede during a bonus scene in Chapter 1.
  • Lampshade Hanging: His first voiced sentence on the third PV of the game has him saying "I'm not a suspicious guy". There's absolutely nothing in him that does not look suspicious.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: In his Free Time Event, Shuichi wishes Rantaro well on his adventures and hopes that he can reunite with his lost sister... but Rantaro immediately corrects him, saying that he has 12 younger sisters, all of whom he somehow lost during his adventures. In the School Mode, he claims that he also has brothers, but he doesn't clarify the number. It seems his insistence to not being called a playboy is because his father is one.
  • Mellow Fellow: He acts pretty down to earth and calm despite the situation.
  • Messy Hair: To add to his generally casual, easy-going appearance.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his suspicious looks, he's a very polite, mild-mannered, and friendly guy.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: It's hard to say if he is "ordinary" or even a high schooler at this point, but in terms of looks, he is among the most average and normal-looking of the cast along with Maki and Kaede.
  • Out of Focus: Taking aside him being the first victim, he has a notable lack of screen time in comparison to Sayaka/Chisa/The Ultimate Imposter. He's the subject of a lot of in-game speculation and plot points posthumously as described in the below trope, though.
  • Posthumous Character: While he was alive, he was extremely Out of Focus but come to Chapter Six, his talent as well as what truly ended up happening with his murder case becomes extremely important.
  • Punny Name: An alternative reading of his name's kanji is "tenkai", which when written with a different set of kanji (展開), can be translated as "plot twist", referring to his "talent" as the Ultimate ???.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's a skilled nail artist, upstaging Tsumugi as he demonstrates by painting Kaede's nails. Him knowing how to paint nails probably has something to do with him having 12 younger sisters.
  • Recurring Element: Just like Kyoko and Hajime from the previous two games, his talent is unknown thanks to him having amnesia. He is, in fact the Ultimate Survivor, who has survived multiple killing games in the past.
  • Red Herring: Fans have pointed out how his innocent and friendly smile and overall mysterious though normal presence makes him look like Nagito, and in fact one of his beta designs looked nearly identical to Nagito. Turns out that it's a subverted trope, as he's nothing like Nagito.
  • Red Herring Mole: The promotional material heavily plays him up as a suspicious person and also as someone close to Kaede, leaving the impression he would be either the Token Evil Teammate or some sort of Deuteragonist, but instead he's the first victim and is pretty Out of Focus during the entire game. He also counts as either this or a Decoy Protagonist in-universe, since fans of his previous season would likely expect more out of him and his attempts to quietly take the game down.
  • Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: How Kaede apparently kills him - through a shot put rolled down the vents, redirected into the library by a vent cover, and down a staircase of books hidden by a wall of books acting as a stopper, with a gutter formed by open books onto Rantaro's head. In reality, her trap missed, and Tsumugi simply bashes him over the head.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Out of universe he's clearly this but in-universe he'd be seen as a Sacrificial Lion.
  • Ship Tease: With Kaede. Both of them seems to have formed a bond in Chapter 1, as Kaede is his only true friend, and they even get a special CG of Rantaro painting Kaede's nails in this chapter's bonus event.
  • Significant Birth Date: His birth flower is the "maple" or "Kaede" in Japanese, most likely to foreshadow how their paths crossed in the first chapter, eventually triggering the events of V3.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Despite his death in Chapter 1 and being noticeably Out of Focus for the majority of the game, a good portion of the final chapter is focused on the survivors trying to find out his true identity, which leads them to a mysterious video recorded by himself that eventually give them a clue to uncover the truth regarding his murder as well as the mastermind's identity.
  • Smarter Than You Look: His bio describes him as being more clever than he appears. Given that he's been involved in another killing game before this one, it's no wonder he's this.
  • Story-Breaker Power: His talent is actually Ultimate Survivor, which comes with perks that give him bonus information (such as a video of himself from before he got his memory wiped, and a map of the entire academy, although the hidden passage in the girl's bathroom is omitted from the map).
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In-universe. See Dead Star Walking.
  • Tareme Eyes: To help denote his apparent Mellow Fellow vibe.
  • Too Powerful to Live: He could have potentially ended the game very early. Unluckily for him, Tsumugi took advantage of Kaede's trap and bashed him over the head before he got the chance to interfere. Bonus points for having Angie attempting to resurrect him only for her to die before she could do so.
  • Walking Spoiler: An unusual case; while not as big as some other characters, he can still count due to being killed off earlier than many would expect, becoming Out of Focus within the story in comparison to what promotional materials made him out to be. On the more traditional side of this trope, his true talent and all the implications that come with it give away a massive spoiler for the game.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He has notably less screentime in comparison to the other first victims. Though this only applies out-of-universe, as in-universe, he had a Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: A cool-headed person who clearly has more of an idea than the rest of the group on what's going on and dispenses sound yet ominous advice for his fellow players, only to end up as the first victim. Learning posthumously that he was the Super High-school Level Survivor only made this retroactively more blatant.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A tone of green that is close to blond.

     Kokichi Oma 
Kokichi Oma

Ultimate Supreme Leader

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"Even though you say we should all work together, do you suspect that the mastermind is among us?"

Voiced By: Hiro Shimono (Japanese), Derek Stephen Prince (English)

A boy who claims to lead a secret society of over 10,000 agents. He's also an admitted liar, and Ultimate Detective Shuichi Saihara seems to have never heard rumors of this supposed evil cabal, so no one is sure what to think. True to his stature as an evil mastermind, Kokichi says exactly what will most rile up the other students, smiling the whole time.

He is the mastermind of Chapter 4's murder, using Gonta as a means to kill Miu, before becoming the victim of Chapter 5 as part of a plan of his to defeat the mastermind. With Kaito Momota following Kokichi's orders, he has himself crushed under a hydraulic press, leaving his body inaccessible. Kaito then proceeds to pilot an Exisal mecha and impersonate Kokichi and himself, making it ambiguous as to which one of them died.
  • Adaptational Villainy: He can come across as more villainous in the English version of the game when compared to the Japanese. For unknown reasons, the NISA localization removed direct mentions of Kokichi's (and by extension his organization's) hatred of murder, in favor of only implying it instead. In the original, when talking about his motive for wanting to end the killing game, he made it clear he thought that a game that involves killing couldn't ever be fun. In the English version, he instead offers a pettier reason saying that no game can be fun if you are forced to play it, which can come across as if despite his group's "only non-violent crimes" rule he would be fine with the killing game otherwise.
  • Adorkable: Deconstructed, he knows he is adorable and how to further play it up by acting silly. As a result, he manipulates others with Crocodile Tears, although it tends not to work. Other characters can easily see through his act.
  • Always Someone Better: Towards Shuichi. Kokichi's nature as a liar helps him massively in identifying culprits since of course they'd lie to save themselves, with their lies being so weak to a master liar like him. It's just that he just loves messing around in trials that he withholds all crucial information unless things get so boring that he has to give out clues to keep things going.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Downplayed, he's quite the Jerkass and takes an openly antagonistic position in trials, but it's unclear if he really heads an evil organization or is just lying about it. As it turns out, he was actually the leader of a group of clowns that commit laughable crimes. In addition, due to him being a Consummate Liar, it is really unknown if his claims for why he was doing "evil things" was really true or not. Right before he ended up dying and he talked with Kaito about his actions, Kaito himself isn't really sure if what Kokichi stated was 100% true or not.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • He's seen talking to himself about liking Shuichi, after lamenting Shuichi rejecting him in Chapter Four.
    • He also put Rantaro's life-size statue in his room as some of the "evidence" from the third case.
    • To further mess with everyone, he had Kaito (acting as if he were Kokichi) say that he loved Himiko in Chapter Five.
    • In the board game bonus mode, he calls Junko his "beloved Enoshima-chan" and says he "loves Hagakure-chan and Ishimaru-chan" too.
    • He repeatedly insults and Slut Shames Miu from the first trial onwards (even though Miu makes it clear she actually enjoys it quite a lot), and in their relationship chart, he demands she get on her knees for him.
  • Animal Motifs: He seems to have one with horses. His last name means "king horse" and his unique laugh is based on the onomatopoeia for a horse's whinny. He also has a horse mask with a crown on it in his bedroom to match his name.
  • Anti-Hero: Of the highly unscrupulous territory. Kokichi despises killing and opposes the mastermind, but is still ruthless and extremely manipulative to a fault.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: After learning the full story of Kokichi's death from Kaito, Shuichi thinks to himself that Kokichi might be the human embodiment of deception.
  • Asshole Victim: In Chapter 5, but it's downplayed near the end. For the majority of the chapter, no one even knows if he's the one who died.
  • Badass Adorable: Looks like a cute high-school boy. Is also a dangerous Manipulative Bastard who would have successfully outwitted the mastermind had Shuichi not figured out his scheme.
  • Badass Cape: Showcased in his official art.
  • Batman Gambit: His scheme in chapter 5 is to create a murder that is impossible for Monokuma to observe and thus fairly judge, believing that if he can fundamentally break the game, then it will have to end. To his credit, despite some obstacles the plan itself worked. The only problems are assuming that the audience actually cares about Monokuma's rules, and Shuichi exposing his plot.
  • Beneath the Mask: While it's hard to tell how much anything he does is genuine there are times when he breaks "character" that shows how he really feels, although he could have been lying then, too.
    • After hearing the first body discovery announcement, Kokichi was caught on camera running into the library looking visibly concerned.
    • Right before his death, he ended up swearing a lot towards his dislike towards the killing game and shows more "genuine tears" instead of the obvious Crocodile Tears. Again, it's impossible to tell if he was telling the truth.
  • Berserk Button: He seems to dislike it when people state that lying is wrong but continue to lie to themselves, thus making them look like Hypocrites in his eyes. He tends to give harsh What the Hell, Hero? speeches when people do so (For example, after Himiko and Kaito state they hate lying, he calls them out when the former lies about hiding her emotions and the latter lies to himself and refuses to believe that Gonta was the fourth culprit). When Shuichi lies about seeing Kokichi leaving the parlour in the Virtual World and Tsumugi fails to back him up, Kokichi gets so angry that he "takes the fun out of solving the mystery for Shuichi", and reveals the culprit was Gonta right then and there and pulls a creepy as hell Nightmare Face.
    • He can't stand it when people derail his plans by failing to follow instructions. Kokichi completely loses it when Gonta cooperates with him to lead Chapter 4's class trial to a false conclusion, only for Gonta to then forget the arguments they had prepared beforehand.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • In his bonus mode interaction with Celeste, he ended up lying about Hifumi inflating himself only to end up popping like a balloon.
    • Horrifically Subverted in the fourth trial. It's hard for the others to tell when Ouma is lying or telling the truth, and is generally disliked by the other characters; he plays on this trope so much that when he abruptly reveals that Gentle Giant Gokuhara is the one who killed Iruma, no one can believe him.
  • Brains and Brawn: He has tricked Gonta to be the "Brawn" to his "Brain" on more than one occasion.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The mastermind made him one for the sake of "good television." It kinda backfired on them.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He knows way ahead of everyone who the culprits in the trials are, but he'd rather let them all tear at each other because it amuses him.
  • The Bully: Love to mess around and pick on the other students, with Shuichi, Keebo, and Miu being some of his favorite targets. That said he doesn't seem to actually dislike any of them.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gonta traps him in a room full of bugs and he gets nearly strangled by Maki in Chapter 2, he steps on one of Korekiyo's tampered floorboards and smacks himself in the head in Chapter 3, he is punched in the face by Kaito and then nearly murdered by Miu in Chapter 4, he gets shot with a poisoned crossbow by Maki in Chapter 5, and Shuichi foils both of his plans to end the killing game in Chapters 4 and 5, even though Kokichi ended his own life for it to succeed.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Seems to revel in being the leader of an evil organization and openly proclaims himself to be a liar.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • He honestly didn't know who Junko Enoshima was as well as her Ultimate Despair organization. Due to how he stated that he was the mastermind and him being a Consummate Liar, Maki didn't believe him.
    • Invoked in Chapter Four where he stated that Gonta was the culprit and he expects everybody to believe that he did it and not Gonta.
  • Catch-Phrase: Him pretty much stating that something was a lie can be one for him.
    • "Who knows? I'm a liar after all."
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Has a couple of sprites with this. They're...unsettling, to say the least.
  • The Chessmaster: While at the first glance his actions are chaotic, there's a calculated madness in them. He never wants to play the Killing Game the way the mastermind wants, so he becomes the biggest naysayer in trials and clashes with Kaede and Shuichi because they dance right into the mastermind's game. His decision to manipulate Gonta into collecting everyone in one place in the second chapter is so everyone can watch each other's motive videos and know just who they need to watch out for. He trolls Maki into revealing her true nature because he suspects that Ryoma's zero resistance against his murder has something to do with his night visit with her. He even arranges his death so the mastermind is as blind and powerless as everyone else in the Killing Game.
  • Clothing Reflects Personality: He wears a checkered patterned scarf and his uniform looks vaguely like a straight jacket. Quite fitting given his skills as The Chessmaster and general unpredictability, though the only way he's actually "crazy" is being Crazy-Prepared.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • He managed to have an entire script for Kaito to use while he was in disguise as an Exisal in the fifth trial. In addition, after Maki shot him, he came up with a plan to save Maki from execution and defeat the mastermind right on the spot. Not only that, but he was dying of poison when he put the plan together, meaning that he has to have written most of the script in advance, just in case.
    • His room, when you finally get into it, is stuffed to the brim with evidence from old trials, sketches for possible tools to ask Miu to make, and other bits and pieces of various plans, making it clear that the plans we saw from him were only a small part of the things he'd prepared for.
  • Crying Wolf: Exploited during the Chapter 4 class trial. See Kansas City Shuffle.
  • Color Motif: Often associated with dark purple.
  • Consummate Liar: Self-proclaimed. It was gotten to the point where him stating that something was a lie could be a Catch-Phrase for him.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: He acts as an antagonistic figure during investigations and trials, as well as generally disrupting the group's peace, much like Nagito. However, unlike Nagito, he is openly antagonistic from the beginning, and instead of dying in a gambit made to kill everyone else, he allows someone else to kill him in an excruciating fashion to both smoke out the mastermind and save another student (who had poisoned him) from execution.
    • It is also noteworthy in comparison to the previous three Rival characters (Byakuya, Nagito, and Kyosuke), he actually despises killing people (with his organization even having a Thou Shall Not Kill policy) while Byakuya, Nagito, and Munakuta were willing to admit to killing someone at any time, either For the Evulz, for the sake of "hope", or for the sake of eliminating despair.
  • Crocodile Tears: He is prone to using a crying face to manipulate others. So much that in some situations, it's hard to tell if he's either showing these or shedding genuine tears.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Shot with two crossbow bolts, the second of which was poisoned, but let himself be crushed under a hydraulic press to the point where he's unrecognizable by Kaito, to save Maki (who shot him with the second arrow) from execution.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Purple hair and purple eyes.
  • Death Equals Redemption: As he was dying from being poisoned, he gave Kaito (who was also hit by a poisonous arrow) the only antidote and the two worked together to save Maki from being executed.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While he is a ruthless Manipulative Bastard, he actually despises killing and attempts to put the killing game into the end. He also shows a lot of disgust towards Maki after learning about her true talent.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Looks very cute and short but says he's evil, a liar, and a dictator. His rudeness and manipulation during a class trial doesn't make him one of the nicest characters. At least until it was revealed that he was playing it up during the entire killing game.
  • Famous Last Words
    Kokichi Oma: "The bastards who created this game to toy with our lives... and the shits enjoying it... They all... piss me off! Th-That's why... I'm willing to do whatever it takes... to end this game!"
  • Foe Romance Subtext: His Love Hotel fantasy involves being a legendary thief who's been captured by his archenemy, the detective Shuichi Saihara. Kokichi milks the sexual tension for all it's worth.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Kokichi's trolling and deceiving nature already doesn't win him much points with the others, but what sells this trope is how much he enjoys being a manipulative asshole. He even lampshades this trope in Chapter Four by stating that he is the least well-liked student.
  • The Gadfly: Purposely presses Ki-bo's Berserk Button in hopes of receiving a robot punch.
  • The Generalissimo: He calls himself a supreme leader and a lot of his official artwork shows him Putting on the Reich.
  • Genghis Gambit: This is generally his MO; he casted himself as an antagonistic force for the other to fight against. The most obvious is in the third trial; when Himiko complains that everyone is just focusing on Angie under the assumption that the murders have different culprits, Oma disparages Tenko's death as irrelevant because it looks like a suicide. Everyone, especially Himiko and Kaito, immediately push the trial discussion into the method of Tenko's murder just to prove him wrong.
    • Exploited in the fourth trial. He knew everyone suspects him because he's a chronic liar. With that knowledge, he guides people's opinion into blaming him for Iruma's death despite his innocence by blatantly pointing Gonta as the culprit so they will vote for a wrong person and get executed.
  • Good All Along: Downplayed. Close examination of Kokichi's actions reveals him to be (debatably) an ally of the students all along. Of course, this doesn't excuse his actions. He is still directly responsible for the deaths of Miu and Gonta, which could have easily been prevented even with Miu after him.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a proud liar, a chronic prankster, and a master manipulator, but not a coward. Several times his shenanigans are directly putting himself in the line of danger or embarrassment, even just for sake of putting up the front of an infallible schemer, because he's several steps beyond everyone else and believes that (except of select few) his peers are too busy turning on each other rather than trying to survive the killing game.
    • It's implied part of the reason he allowed himself to be killed in such a gruesome way was because he felt bad about the deaths of Gonta and Miu.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His rationale for why he chose to have Miu killed instead of neutralising her non-lethally or talking her out of it and why he got Gonta to do it.
  • I Meant to Do That: The reason why he doesn't seek immediate medical attention and does his fake death prank in Chapter 3 is because he doesn't want to lose face getting injured from a trap that caught him off guard. He wants to continue his ruse, but his concussion starts getting better of him that he gives up pretending.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Ore".
  • Jerkass: Everything he does and says is either to manipulate a situation or to amuse himself.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • As The Rival character of this game, he has made many accurate points towards the killer within the class trials. In addition, he calls out students on their major flaws that could lead into trouble for the other students, such as Kaede and Kaito's naive trust, Maki's lack of cooperation, and Shuichi's indecisiveness.
    • He calls out Himiko when she yells at him for saying Tenko's death was "meaningless", pointing out she didn't even seem to like Tenko before now and her grief looks inauthentic, which prompts Himiko to admit she regrets how she treated Tenko and wishes she could thank her for saving her life.
    • During the fourth trial, Kokichi mocks the rest of the class, Kaito in particular, for wanting to vote based on their feelings rather than the actual truth.
  • The Jester: It's clear that his trolling wisened up everyone else. He even holds up this persona even when he's put in danger; he provokes Maki to the point of her strangling him in front of everyone to show that she's dangerous if left alone and he goes through with his fake death prank despite almost passing out of a very real head injury so he can recount on a death trap rigged into the floor he stepped on.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Attempts this during the Chapter 4 class trial, accusing Gonta without evidence to provoke the others and draw suspicion towards himself. Kaito is completely suckered in and tries his hardest to defend Gonta, even accusing Shuichi of falling into Kokichi's trap when he proves Kokichi's innocence.
  • Kick the Dog: He is prone to doing such as a means of manipulating others, such making a disparaging comment about Tenko's death to Himiko's face (though it's implied he did that to make Himiko confront her own repressed emotions regarding Tenko), and happily laughing when he gets Gonta killed, though he waits until after Gonta dies. In a more lighthearted example, the first thing he does in the Virtual World when Miu is explaining the avatars can still feel pain is repeatedly slap Kiibo's one.
  • Killing in Self-Defense: Once he finds out the truth of the world and realizes that Miu's plan had him as her target inside the simulation game, he manipulates Gonta's desire to help his classmates as an attempt to have her be killed before she could do anything else.
  • Laughably Evil: His cheerful untrustworthiness and eccentricities seem to be shaping him up as this kind of character. His organization even commits "laughable crimes".
  • Living Lie Detector: Being a master liar himself he can see when others are lying with a fair amount of accuracy, so other game players lies tend not to fool him. He can see through almost everyone's lies, but due to him being a Troll, sometimes he just rolls with them and even defends them during class trials for the lulz.
  • Loving Bully: Despite his endless trolling, it's strongly implied that Kokichi does care about the other students, even those he tends to pick on most often. Kokichi seems to respect Shuichi and tries to help him during the trials, in his own way particularly when he notices Shuichi trying to lie. During the Ultimate Talent Development Plan bonus mode, Keebo admits he sees Kokichi, despite all his "robophobic" remarks, as a friend which is something that Kokichi seems both surprised and touched by. Also, it's implied he started Slut-Shaming Miu because he noticed she enjoys being talked down to in that manner and he does respect her talent as an inventor enough to go to her more than once for equipment and his room has various blueprints he'd drawn up for her. He also teases Himiko frequently and calls her ugly in the first chapter, but then claims he "loves" her in the fifth trial via written instructions to Kaito. Himiko even lampshades this by commenting a boy will often act mean towards a girl he likes.
  • Man in White: Outside of the black of his hair and the checkers on his scarf, his outfit is completely white.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Even though people find him suspicious, he is still somehow able to manipulate class trials, many times because he is seen as suspicious.
  • Master of Unlocking: He knows how to lockpick. This skill becomes useful in the second and third chapters.
  • Meaningful Name: Related to his talent, Oma means "King Horse". It is also a reference to his unique laugh in both dubs, as "nishishi" is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a horse's whinny while "Nee-heehee" is the English one. "King" and "Horse" (Knight) are both chess pieces, hinting his role as The Chessmaster. When you get to explore his room in chapter 6, you can find a horse mask with a crown on it.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: Supposedly heads one. It is cited by Chapter 5's Flashback Light that he leads the Remnant of Despair, but it contradicts his Chapter 2 motive video. His organization, DICE, is actually a group consisted of ten clowns including himself who are going around causing mild pranks, vandalism, and petty theft For the Lulz but would never kill.
  • Nightmare Face: He sometimes pulls these, defying common sense in the process as one of them involves somehow inverting his color palette.
  • Older Than He Looks: He looks fairly young for his age, and is the second shortest male in the game.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He has a sprite used once in a blue moon of him looking serious. It's heavily implied that, whenever this sprite is used, is a way to sign that he is telling the truth, such as when he compliments Kaede after she is considered guilty and shows genuine surprise that Gonta can't remember what he did or what they planned during Chapter 4.
  • Painting the Medium: While confessing that Gonta Gokuhara is the one who murdered Miu Iruma, he initiates a Rebuttal Showdown unprovoked just to make use of the split camera to do a Juxtaposed Halves Shot with the scared and confused Gonta.
  • Pet the Dog: In his own Kokichi way, he does encourage Himiko to stop lying to herself by bottling up her emotions after Chapter 3's trial. This leads to her finally expressing her grief over Angie and Tenko's deaths.
    • He compliments Kaede just before she dies, saying that she "wasn't boring", which coming from Kokichi is actually high praise.
    • For all his taunting of Miu, in the Fourth Chapter he actually seems to legitimately feel bad for her when she admits she's too scared to really put her trust in the other students.
  • Phantom Thief: Pretends to be one in his Love Hotel scene.
  • Plot Armor: Subverted, for once. In the previous games, the rival characters are practically untouchable (nobody except Asahina ever raises a hand against Togami despite wanting to and having reason to, while Komaeda's Ultimate Luck and bizarre worldview make him nigh impossible to deal with). Kokichi, meanwhile, is constantly hanging on by the skin of his teeth, and is frequently targeted by the people he's pissed off. Iruma even tried to murder him in the Neo World Program, but Ouma figured out and had her killed before she could.
  • Putting on the Reich: Enforced — He is the Ultimate Supreme Leader, and as such he has several references to Nazi Germany:
    • His Ultimate title in Japanese is 総統 (Sōtō), a term for some heads of state, such as the President of Taiwan. The term has a certain nationalistic bent, though—in Japanese, Hitler and Mussolini are both called Sōtō.
    • His favorite soda brand is "Panta", named after Fanta, which was created in Nazi Germany after embargoes starved the country of Coca-Cola.
    • His already military-style cap is adorned with a symbol resembling the Nazi Aquila.
  • Red Herring: In-Universe example. The students believe that he is the Mastermind when in actuality he isn't one.
  • Recurring Element:
    • Like Togami and Komaeda, Ouma is the antagonistic character who sticks around for a while.
    • Similar to Fuyuhiko, Ryota, Chihiro, and Makoto before him, he is a cute Tiny School Boy.
    • He also shares Mukuro, Nagito and Ruruka's title as the final (and most gruesome) murder case in their respective Killing Games.
    • Like Mondo and Fuyuhiko, he has a talent not positively seen by society at large.
    • He also shares a few similarities to Junko and Izuru, which helps his otherwise obviously false claim that he was the mastermind like they both were: he complains about being bored and is scarily intelligent.
  • The Rival: To Saihara, similar to Togami towards Naegi and Komaeda towards Hinata.
  • Room Full of Crazy: His room is stuffed full of evidence from earlier cases (like Angie's life-sized wax statue of Rantaro), a rubber horse mask with a tiny crown on it's head somehow, boxes full of random invention drafts for Iruma, and various bits and pieces of discarded plots.
  • Secret Circle of Secrets: Claims to be the leader of one.
  • Secret Test of Character: He provided one in Chapter Five. He threatens to kill everybody with a bomb except for one person. If somebody wants to live with him, they can just say so. In actuality, the bomb was actually just an EMP. He wanted to see if everybody was determined enough to end the killing game.
  • Self-Made Orphan: A possible one in which he claims that he ended up killing his parents in order to become the supreme leader. However, he passed it off as a lie, stating his brother killed his parents instead... which he also said is a lie.
  • Sharp Dressed Man: Subverted. He seems to be wearing a plain white suit, but closer examination reveals it to be seemingly a tattered and undone straitjacket. His magazine scan also showed him in a ragged cape and a military-style cap.
  • Shoot the Dog: Kokichi's using Gonta as his patsy to kill Miu in chapter 4 and later throwing him under the bus during the trial rather than continue with their "plan" to Mercy Kill the entire cast. Probably his most atrocious action in the game, but since he decided Miu had to die for planning to kill him (and everyone else) for her own escape there weren't a lot of other ways for him to do it. He was physically incapable of defending himself against Miu in the virtual world, he wasn't going to stay with the group to deny Miu an opportunity to kill him, and had her plan worked, the rest of the class would have likely died during the trial.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Aside from Ryoma, he is the shortest male character in the game, and his role as The Chessmaster in this game means he is very intelligent.
  • Shout-Out: One of his Nightmare Face sprites makes him look an awful lot like Dimentio.
  • Signature Laugh: In Japanese it's "Nishishi~" while in the Dub it's "Neeheehee", which occurs often when he's making trouble.
  • Slut-Shaming: Does this to Miu constantly in the trials, but Miu likes it.
  • Smug Smiler: He is constantly smiling as if he is one step ahead.
  • Spanner in the Works: In Chapter Two. His plan to gather everybody at Gonta's lab caused most of the students to have alibis for that murder.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Spelled "Ouma" in the E3 demo footage but "Oma" on the official website, in the demo, and the final game.
  • Stepford Smiler: He pretends to enjoy the killing game but in actuality, he hates it and wants it to end.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He believes his classmates are more focused on turning on each other than actually trying to survive the killing game.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: His plans crumbling around him, combined with the sight of the outside world and Gonta dying for his plan, causes him to milk the entire "evil mastermind" facade to its very end. Everyone is already blaming him for everything anyway, so why bother?
  • Tiny Schoolboy: He's the second shortest male character in the class, so with the exception of Hoshi, literally every male in the cast is taller than him.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Invoked, he bullies the others because he can, encourages everyone to distrust him ("Because I'm a liar") and the others as much as possible, gives false confessions during trials that could get he and the others killed, claims to enjoy the killing game and expresses an intent to "win" it clearly and often, and even goes as far as to claim he's the mastermind. Ultimately subverted though, as Korekiyo's the truly "Evil" male student here.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Carbonated drinks.
  • Tritagonist: Out of everybody who was not from the main Power Trio of the game, he has the most important role in the game due to his status as The Rival and his role in the investigations.
  • Troll: Oh boy.....
    • He likes to tease Ki-bo a bit and then tells Kaede that he is an evil secret society leader only to state he is a liar afterwards.
    • He faked his own death in Chapter Three - not for any tactical reason (he immediately reveals it's a joke), just for fun. The game even pretends he died by making a cutscene out of it.
    • Prior to his breakdown in Chapter Five, he sometimes lets out his "horror sprites" once or twice just to scare the shit out of people.
    • This even extends to Space Mode. If you do an excellent event with him, he will state that he actually had a bad time.....until he stated that he was lying as he actually had a great time. He also tells Shuichi that they made a promise when in actuality, they never made one.
    • He endlessly teases Himiko because she frequently doesn't understand what he's saying and is slow to react, then does so with delayed anger.
    • In the second trial he gleefully recounts the piranhas eating Ryouma's body, even when Tenko gets increasingly grossed out and begs him to shut up.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: He gives Momota the antidote to a poison they had both been shot with by Harukawa, then allows Momota to kill him via hydraulic press so that he would be the killer instead, saving Harukawa from execution.
  • Waxing Lyrical: In the official localization, when Kokichi, who is actually Kaito pretending to be him, starts talking in the Exisal in the fifth class trial, he belts out a Frank Sinatra lyric.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Basically, he is this as almost everything he has done in this killing game was to make sure that the killing game would end for sure.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He stated that he doesn't consider Ki-bo to be human.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • In Chapter Three, Himiko had made promises and talked at-length during the trial about how she wasn’t going to call things tiresome and she was going to embrace her emotions to the fullest and be honest with herself, but she wasn't actually doing it. Because of that, Kokichi called her out for running away from her own emotions and being a hypocrite.
    • He also gives Kaito one of these in Chapter 4 for his inability to accept Gonta is the killer. It all accumulates to an image which shows disturbing similarities to the one Kaito gives to Shuichi.
    • A minor one in his Harmonious Heart; when Shuichi agrees that he should stop lying, he deconstructs Relationship Values by saying that just because the main character waltzes in a person's life and talks with them several times, it won't change the person's fundamental character. Then he proceeds to call Shuichi arrogant for thinking that he's worth it to be a honest man for.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark purple, or black with purple tips.

     K1-B0 
K1-B0 ("Ki-bo"/“Keebo”)

Ultimate Robot (Ultimate Hope Robot)

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"Please stop making prejudiced remarks like 'Robots don't have hearts'! It's possible to achieve a heartfelt speech through calculations!"

Voiced By: Tetsuya Kakihara (Japanese), Lucien Dodge (English)

A robot equipped with an advanced learning AI. Invented by a robotics genius named Professor Idabashi, Ki-bo was born as a blank slate and matured the way a human child would and even went to school normally, which is why he can be titled the "Ultimate Robot" at the high school level. He is polite and rather serious and has trouble with human social interaction. Robot rights are also a sore point for him.

It is later revealed that he was an Unwitting Pawn working for Team Danganronpa as the first person camera in the Killing Game and the In-Universe protagonist of the Danganronpa Reality Television Show, giving him the real title of "Ultimate Hope Robot". His actions and inner monologue throughout the game was manipulated by viewer surveys. In the final trial his personality is overridden by the mastermind when he decides to abandon hope and join Shuichi's Suicide Pact, forcing Shuichi to instead make a plea to the audience controlling Ki-bo. He is successful, resulting in Ki-bo abstaining from voting and sacrificing himself by destroying the entire facility, but sparing Shuichi, Maki, and Himiko due to the will of the audience.
  • Arm Cannon: Shown in his promotional artwork, and eventually uses one in his upgraded form.
  • Ascended Extra: To the point when he became a playable character in the final trial and gained the title of Ultimate Hope Robot, which supposedly belonged to a character whose role was the Protagonist (which he turns out to be, In-Universe).
  • Adorkable: He's a robot with No Social Skills, so it's natural he'd fall into this.
  • Advertised Extra: He is played on the first teaser and first official art as a key character or even the protagonist before the true protagonist was revealed. However, it later turns out that he really is the protagonist all along! Not for us, the players, but for the in-universe audience who are watching the Dangan Ronpa reality TV show.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He wanted to hold hands with Shuichi in his Love Hotel event and he has some quite strong chemistry with Miu. Which make sense with him having a No Biological Sex.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: He briefly becomes playable at the final class trial.
  • Anime Hair: It's white, juts out a drastic angle and his ahoge is huge.
  • Audience Surrogate: Literally defined as such by Tsumugi, as Keebo is meant to take the responses of the audience's surveys and convey them as his actions. When he doesn't hear them, he can act on his own will.
  • Bad Liar: If he is ever in a situation where he has to lie, he instead just panics and says he can't remember anything.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Discussed by Oma, who even goes as far as to question whether robots have dicks.
  • Become a Real Boy: Played With. Ki-bo's greatest wish is to be acknowledged and treated as a fellow human by his classmates, but he is still very proud of being a robot and has no desire to change that.
  • Berserk Button: Discrimination against robots.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When he loses his inner voice and is forced to think for himself, his logical decision is to destroy the Ultimate Academy.
  • Big Damn Heroes: After Kokichi convinced Gonta that nobody liked bugs in order to make him bring everyone to his lab, Ki-bo plays an audio clip to let Gonta know that he was tricked.
  • Big Red Button: Double Subverted. The students were scared whenever Ki-bo displayed his robotic abilities in the thought that he'd explode, such as when he activated his "Headphone Ears" to rewind the tape when they thought that was his Self-Destruct Button. The actual Self-Destruct Button, however, was actually the third button above his navel. It also has a ticking sequence.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In a very much literal instance at the end of the game when he activated his Self-Destruct Button and then ramming himself to the dome when the timer stops. The Self-Destruct has created a quite powerful explosion that not only demolished the academy but literally broke the Fourth Wall itself.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's constantly being bullied by Kokichi, thrown into the side of the glass tank in Chapter 2 to break it as a battering ram despite his objections, and gets kicked out of the Caged Child seance after being forced to participate, just because everyone decides that robots and seances don't really go together. The other students are also constantly underwhelmed by how ordinary he is despite being a robot.
  • Catch-Phrase: "That's robophobic!"
    • A common voice clip for him is "Please stop!" ("yamete kudasai" in Japanese).
  • Chekhov's Skill: At the beginning of the game, he states to Kaede that he has audio-recoding functions. After Gonta was convinced that everybody hated bugs and he ended up putting everybody in his lab to appreciate them, Ki-bo plays an audio clip to let him know that Kokichi was lying.
  • Compliment Fishing: Ki-bo has a bit of a complex concerning his status as a machine and will sometimes make comments about himself hoping others will chime in compliments for him.
  • Driven to Suicide: In a way, as part of his backstory. When Professor Idabashi was injured during an accident when his AI went rogue, Ki-bo blamed himself for it, since he believed he broke the First Law of Robotics and under the weight of sadness and guilt his AI eventually reset itself. He came back, but as a blank slate, having lost all of his memories. Everything he knows prior to the incident came from Idabashi. The second one was when he blows himself up to give his classmates a chance to escape.
  • Expressive Hair: His ahoge changes wildly with his emotions.
  • Expy: He's meant to resemble Makoto Naegi design-wise, possibly to fool fans into thinking that he was the main character before Kaede's reveal.
    • By the end the game, this resemblance is revealed to have been invoked In-Universe, as Ki-bo was meant to act as an in-game avatar for the show's audience. From their P.O.V., he was the protagonist the entire time. This extends to even his SHSL talent, which is merely existing as a robot (loosely similar to Naegi's talent, which was to be randomly picked for a lottery).
    • He also has a similar situation with Alisa Bosconovitch from Tekken, being the two robots working for the enemy.
    • His fighting style was similar to Astro Boy, having an Arm Cannon he equipped himself with and putting up a good fight against an opponent who was much stronger than him.
  • Fighting Your Friend: He has to battle Shuichi Saihara twice during the final trial. The first instance is when the latter was suffering from the Despair Event Horizon, so Ki-bo tries to bring him back to his senses in the game's last Rebuttal Showdown. The second instance is when Ki-bo is hacked by Tsumugi and an enraged audience who demanded the students to pick a side and for Danganronpa to continue.
  • Final Boss: In a sense, he's the last person you have an Argument Armament with in the game.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: He claims and threatens that he will take legal action against Kaede if she makes "discriminatory remarks" towards him.
  • The Generic Guy: Despite being a robot, he's one of the most normal members of the cast. He even makes note if this in his Free Time Events, fueling his desire to find a greater purpose. Makes sense, considering he's a literal Audience Surrogate for the Danganronpa audience.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Once he finds Shuichi, Maki, and Himiko safe from the mass execution, behind the mask was his final smile before pressing the Self-Destruct Button.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He self-destructs to destroy the entire facility in the final trial and allow the surviving students to escape.
  • Hope Bringer: His "role" in a literal sense.
  • Idiot Hair: Wouldn't be DR without one. In this case, however, it's easily the biggest in the entire series. Probably because it also doubles as a TV antenna.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He is actually quite innocent and has little social skills or capacity to understand a lot of things normal people say.
  • Innocent Innuendo: In Chapter 3, when Ki-bo agreed to let Miu repair his body. While Miu clearly was making her suggestive comments on purpose, Ki-bo's responses certainly didn't help with the undertone.
  • Joke Character: His Ultimate talent is basically the fact that he exists, which is lampshaded by Kaede when they first meet. Despite being a robot, he's actually extremely ordinary, admitting that he only possesses an average intelligence and is about as strong as a strong old man, which results in him injuring his back while attempting to carry Shuichi in one of his Free Time Events. This is later subverted as his various upgrades from Miu help him become useful during investigations and class trials, and is ultimately averted in Chapter 6 when he awakens to the true extent of his power.
  • Legacy Character: Literally from Makoto and Hajime/Izuru, with their title of Ultimate Hope passed on to him in the final trial.
  • Light 'em Up: He was given a "light-up" function from Miu in Chapter 3 that allows him to use high beam lights built into his eyes. It helps the other students investigate in a dark room.
  • Light Is Not Good: His hope was rejected by Shuichi because it's what made the killing games continue until the 53rd season. Fortunately, he (and eventually the audience controlling him) decides to side with Shuichi.
  • Literal-Minded: When it's mentioned that he can't read the atmospherenote , he says he can—he has sensors that tell him if the air around him is dirty.
  • Luminescent Blush: One of his sprites has his entire face turn red from embarrassment, complete with Shy Finger-Twiddling.
  • Madness Mantra: During the final Panic Talk Action against Ki-bo, he is channeling the Dangan Ronpa viewers in the outside world. Towards the end, separate voices are chanting either "Despair!" or "Hope!"
  • The Mole: Ki-bo fills in the role of the requisite "traitor" within the school student ranks that every Danganronpa game has had, albeit in a different way than usual. In previous titles, the traitors of the cast were willingly complicit in working against the students by obfuscating vital information. Ki-bo on the other hand doesn't know that he is a tool of the mastermind until the final case, where it's revealed that he's the killing game audience's POV, and that his inner conscience is manipulated by the will of the people. Unlike previous traitors this means he isn't an active hindrance to the students during a majority of the game as what the audience wants is for him to help unravel the mystery, but it becomes a big problem when the students decide to end the Danganronpa franchise, which is something that the audience, and by extension Ki-bo, doesn't want.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: While he isn't disliked enough by the other students to be The Friend Nobody Likes, he tends to get this treatment from most the other students, namely Kokichi, Tenko, and Himiko, due to him being a robot, much to his dismay.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Miu upgrades him in Chapter 3, giving him both a flashlight and a camera function in his eyes, both of which become crucial to investigate a dark room during the chapter's investigation and to later corner the culprit during the class trial.
  • No Biological Sex: Counts as this being a robot, and he himself is unsure if robots even have genders. The rest of the cast recognizes Ki-bo as male, though, so he just rolls with that.
  • Noodle Incident: The reason Ki-bo wasn't built to have super strength is apparently because of a "tragedy" that occurred during the initial trials in his production.
  • No Social Skills: As a robot, he's very naive and clueless during social situations, and is unable to read the mood in a room. Kokichi endlessly makes fun of him for it.
  • Not Quite Dead: Tsumugi (along with the audience from the outside world) hacked Ki-bo by "deleting" his personality and memories in the middle of the final trial, which is the equivalent of actually killing Ki-bo in a sense. But it was revealed that he was able to become himself again and save the final three characters from the execution Tsumugi commanded him to perform.
  • No Water Proofing In The Future: Averted, although he can't swim at all; he'd just sink.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: His eyes become a solid bright blue when he is either malfunctioning or being hijacked by Team Danganronpa.
  • Only Friend: He's possibly the only person that Miu can call her friend (if Kaede and Shuichi didn't finish her free time events), and in return Miu seems to be his closest friend out of all the students. In Chapter 5, he was the only student that truly missed her and seemed to be more saddened by her death than Gonta's, while every other students were more upset by Gonta's death.
  • Only One Name: Naturally, since he's a robot.
  • The Protagonist: In-Universe to be exact, based on what the audience sees of him.
  • Punny Name: His name is one for "Kibou" (the Japanese word for "Hope"). To English-speakers, it can also sound similar to "keyboard". It's also the nickname of a real train.
  • Recurring Element:
    • The third character being a Token Non-Human similar to Alter Ego and Chiaki Nanami. Also being the third Token Non-Human to die, having himself willingly sacrifice his life to save his friends in the end. Ki-bo, however, manages to survive for a longer period of time, all the way up to Chapter 6.
    • He was also the one who "sabotaged" the final execution, similar to what Alter Ego did to save Makoto Naegi from getting executed and how Chiaki appeared in Hajime's vision during the last trial.
    • Similar to Sakura Ogami and Chiaki Nanami, it was revealed late in the game that Ki-bo was The Mole of the group, acting as an interactive audience character and being the first person camera for the Danganronpa TV Show. However, in his case, Ki-bo wasn't aware that he was the Traitor all along until it was revealed to everyone in the final trial.
    • The proclamation of having the title of Ultimate Hope, being the third (and the last) character to gain such title (however, his updated intro card lists him as Ultimate Hope Robot instead).
  • Restraining Bolt: His giant cowlick is actually an antenna, used as a receiver to catch command signals from the Danganronpa audience. Believing Angie's words to the heart, he's taken the voices inside his head as a God who gives him advice and cheers for him. When his ahoge gets broken off during Kaito's execution, he loses connection with the audience and does not hear their voices. This forces Ki-bo to use his own logic, tempered by his experiences inside the killing game, making his conclusion based on the desperate situation everyone is in. This makes him significantly more pragmatic and dangerous.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: He basically behaves like and even resembles a high-school boy. His complicated programming allows him to learn and develop just like a human would. Oma and, in the bonus mode, Izuru are rather nonplussed that he's shown interest to be more human than a robot, like rejecting his lab because it's too sci-fi or liking foods despite being unable to eat. In the end, his prowess is most significant when he embraces the fact that he has weaponry mounted on his arm.
  • Robot Names: Ki-bo, which is a pun on the Japanese word for hope (Kibou).
  • Robosexual: Ki-bo has admitted that he does feel an attraction toward humans and has a lot of Ship Tease with Miu.
  • Screw Destiny: In order to save the final survivors, he's this.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Has one installed in his body, and he activates it at the very end of the game to blow up a hole in the dome that would allow the three surviving students to escape.
  • Ship Tease:
    • With Miu Iruma, who clearly has feelings for Ki-bo. She regularly performs maintenance on his body, which Ki-bo greatly appreciates. In Chapter 3, he was noticeable jealous when Miu complimented the super computer in a suggestive manner. The two are often seen together during later chapters and in the manga anthology. He was also pretty saddened by her death, even coming close to crying at one point. In the Ultimate Talent Development Plan bonus mode, the two would even agree to move in together after they graduate so that Miu may continue preforming maintenance on him. It's worth mentioning that this scene can only be viewed by playing as a Ki-bo.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Possible interpretations include Ki-bo, Kiibo, Keebo, Keybo, et cetera.
    • In the English release, it's K1-B0, and his nickname is spelled "Keebo". But the pronunciation remains the same.
    • Ki-bo's Chinese name is "機望" (Ji Wang), which combines the first kanji of the word "machine" (機械) with the second kanji of the word "hope" (希望).
  • The Spock: During trials, he supports logical courses of actions completely, like checking all avenues of possibility just to be safe.
  • Story-Breaker Power: After upgrading himself in Chapter 6, Ki-bo gain the ability to overcome Monokuma's security measures, and defeating the 5 Exisals. Ki-bo probably could have ended the killing game as early as Chapter 4 (when his lab opened up and his upgrades become available to him) if it wasn't for his Restraining Bolt in his ahoge.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With him and Tsumugi Shirogane being part of the Evil Duo working for Team Danganronpa, even he wasn't aware that he was the Unwitting Pawn to the scenario.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Being 160 cm (5'3") tall, he can be considered the "tiny guy" to Iruma's "huge girl", who is 173 cm (5'8") tall.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: Being the same height that Makoto Naegi was in the first game at 160 cm (5'3"). His height isn't as noticeable as Makoto's since several of his classmates, like Ryoma and Oma, are noticeably shorter than him.
  • Token Minority: Some of his comments imply that he sees himself as such. As a robot, he is indeed a minority.
  • Token Non-Human: He's a robot, and has all the quirks that fact entails.
  • Tomato Surprise: For the majority of the game, Ki-bo was used as the camera for the audience, meaning we were seeing most of the events from Kaede's, Shuichi's, and his point of view.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After his Restraining Bolt was removed at the end of Chapter 5, he was able upgraded himself in Chapter 6 in order to gain Super Strength, Super Toughness, the ability to fly, and an Arm Cannon. Thanks to these upgrades, Ki-bo was able to fight off, and eventually destroy, all five Exisals by himself. With his upgrades Ki-bo is possible the strongest combatant in the V3 universe.
  • Unable to Cry: Shortly after finding Miu's body, Ki-bo was so upset by her death that he wanted to cry for her. However, he resolves to stay strong by not crying, partly because he is unable to shed proper tears, and claims that he is grateful to Miu for not giving him a cry function (This is changed in the English version of the game, with his resolve to stay strong removed, and instead wishing Miu did install a cry function so that he can cry for her properly).
  • The Unchosen One: Enforced to be as he becomes playable only because the player chooses to Save when Shuichi's Hope dies out from the revelation.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He was completely unaware that he served as the killing game's first-person camera until the mastermind revealed it during the last trial.
  • Verbal Tic: It doesn't really come to the point it becomes a tic, but Ki-bo does overuse the words "logical", "illogical" and "100%".
  • Voice of the Legion: During the final Argument Armament, when he's hacked by the audience.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: In his Love Hotel event, he asks Shuichi to teach him about love and romance.

    Gonta Gokuhara 
Gonta Gokuhara

Ultimate Entomologist

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"I want to be useful to you all, if I can do so without fighting."

Voiced By: Shunsuke Takeuchi (Japanese), Kaiji Tang (English)

An enormous but gentle boy. As a child, he wandered into the woods to go bug-hunting and went missing for ten years. During that time he stated he was raised by wolves and learned how to communicate with animals but in actuality, he was raised by dinosaurmen called "Reptites". He has vowed to become a true gentleman to repay his "woodland family". Having grown up outside of society, he lacks social skills and general cultural knowledge to a certain degree. Despite his appearance, he claims to have never killed a bug.

He is the culprit of Chapter 4, working with Kokichi Oma and strangling Miu Iruma in Virtual Reality in order to end the killing game with everyone's deaths. However, due to Gonta wearing the Virtual Reality equipment incorrectly, he is unable to remember murdering Miu upon leaving the Virtual Reality.

  • Adorkable: Despite looking menacing, he's really a young man who's been raised by Reptites and learned to love insects, along with the desire to be a gentleman.
  • Alliterative Name: Gonta Gokuhara.
  • Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Because he bungled the connection to the virtual world, he has no memory of murdering Miu.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Regretfully apologizes to Iruma as he is strangling her to death in the virtual world.
  • A Sinister Clue: Played with. When everyone prepares to use the VR headsets, Miu explains that the red cord should go into the plug on the right, and Himiko, in order not to make a mistake herself, reminded everyone that right is where the hand you use to hold chopsticks is. Turns out Gonta is left-handed.
  • Barbarian Longhair: Long, messy hair that makes him seem almost threatening.
  • Berserk Button: Not liking bugs is one, as he tends to assume people who like bugs must be good. This results in a lot of "false positives" when he asks others on their feelings towards bugs since he can be rather intimidating.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's very sweet and kind, but you don't want to get on his bad side. After Kokichi lied to Gonta about everybody hating bugs, he forcibly brought everybody he could into his Entomology Lab and released all of the insects to prove how great insects are.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Though he's actually the youngest of the cast, Gonta tries his best to protect his fellow classmates and every death in the game hits the poor guy hard.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Not nearly as much as Nekomaru, but his eyebrows are angular and noticeably larger than the rest of the cast.
  • The Big Guy: Easily the biggest character of the game, as per the usual form.
  • Brains and Brawn: Kokichi tricks him into acting as the "Brawn" to his "Brain" on a few occasions, like when he convinces him to gather most of the students to the Entomology Lab in Chapter 2, or when they team up to counter Miu's murder attempt in Chapter 4.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Gonta idiot!" and "I want to be useful for everyone". Also many lines about being a gentleman. Him having more and more frequent catchphrases might be a sign of limited vocabulary from being raised away from society.
  • Color Motif: Brown.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Well "killer" in this case since he's hardly a normal antagonist. He has many similarities to the past two Chapter Four killers as he is a Gentle Giant like Sakura and his talent revolves around animals like Gundham. His death even references how both died and the executions associated with them as he was poisoned like Sakura was, had the destruction of his Alter Ego included much like her stand in exection, and he was killed by animals like Gundham was in a similar desert setting. However, their motives for committing murder are completely different: Sakura and Gundham intended to make a Heroic Sacrifice with their murders while Gonta intended to Mercy Kill everyone by having the students incorrectly vote for Oma.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Tied to a wooden post, sprayed with a flurry of wasps, which sting his face repeatedly and make it look horribly swollen, then impaled through the abdomen by a giant insect. He, the insect and post are then incinerated by Monokuma wielding a flamethrower.
  • Death by Irony: For an entomologist, he manages to be killed by insects.
  • Defeat by Modesty: A rather interesting inverted example. In Chapter 2, when Gonta was tricked to gather most of the students to Entomology Lab at Kokichi's request, Miu was one of the few students to avoid capture by reluctantly stripping down to her underwear, resulting in Gonta being too embarrassed to look at her, let alone grab her.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The sight of the outside world makes him think, "If the school where everyone is killing each other is hell and the outside world is hell too, what should we do?" The conclusion he takes is to Mercy Kill everyone by winning the game.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Doesn't wear any shoes due to being a bug catcher.
  • Dumb Muscle: Due to being a Wild Child, he's not very smart (except when it comes to insects), and is very gullible.
  • Expy: Of Tarzan, as both were raised away from society for most of their lives by animals and encouraged to make an effort to become a gentleman after returning to human civilization.
    • He can also be seen as an Expy to Jonathan Joestar, both muscled individuals who desire to be gentlemen. His name even has an alliteration just like Jonathan's: Gonta Gokuhara.
  • Fatal Flaw: Gonta's gullible nature and his desire to protect his classmates allows him to be easily manipulated by Kokichi and boy, does it come back to bite him.
  • First-Name Basis: Everyone calls him by his first name except for Hoshi, Kirumi, Shinguji and Maki.
  • Friend to Bugs: Obviously, given his talent. He also tries to invoke the trope with others, since he doesn't think anyone who likes bugs could be a bad person and set up an "Insect Meet and Greet" to convince his friends about how great bugs are.
  • Gentle Giant: He makes an effort to be a kind gentleman, but can get very intense and scary about the subject of bugs.
  • Good Is Dumb: He has good intentions, but he's not very smart, so he sometimes gets strung along for Kokichi's personal plots. It bites him hard in the fourth case.
  • Guyliner: His eyelashes seem noticeably more pronounced than other male characters.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Has brown hair, but it sometimes appears green, such as his hanging doll.
  • Hulk Speak: In the English version only. Justified, since he was raised away from society for 10 years and likely forgot how to use proper grammar.
  • Hunk: He's the biggest character in the cast and quite good-looking.
  • Improbable Weapon: Strangles Miu Iruma to death with toilet paper, albeit toilet paper found in a virtual reality where the props are indestructible.
  • Luminescent Blush: In one of his sprites, showing a bashful side of the hulking Gonta.
  • Messy Hair: Wild, unkempt hair, clearly referencing his origins of being raised by wolves (later revealed to be a lie; he was actually raised by dinosaur men, although that's still away from human society).
  • Megane: He wears cultured rounded glasses, contrasting his otherwise untamed and wild look.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Without the memory that he killed Miu, he's this and he goes willingly to his execution after killing one of the classmates he wanted to protect.
  • Nice Guy: While he can seem intimidating, Gonta is a gentleman and would never use his strength to harm others. Not with malicious intent, anyway. He's so nice that nobody wants to believe he's responsible for a murder and everyone is in tears after he dies.
  • No Social Skills: He has trouble speaking with other students and lacks general cultural knowledge due to him being raised in the woods.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: He sports a pair of glasses despite the fact that, by his own admission, he has a borderline superhuman 20/0.625 eyesight. It's very likely that he wears them for the purpose of looking more gentlemanly.
  • Raised by Wolves: As a child, he got lost in the forest while searching for insects. He was found by some kind wolves and even learned to communicate with animals thanks to them. Subverted in his Free Time Events, where he reveals he is was lying about the wolf family and was actually raised by the dinosaurmen in exchange for not revealing their existence to humanity.
  • Recurring Element: As always, there's a Big Guy, similar to the previous Sakura, Nekomaru and Gozu. He's also the Gentle Giant who ends up dying in Chapter 4, only this time, he's the culprit rather than the victim.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Downplayed. He is technically a red-eyed character that committed a murder in this game. However, the circumstances around that murder and his personality as a Nice Guy made it very hard for somebody to call him a truly evil person.
  • Serious Business: Both the Official Art and his mannerisms indicate that bug catching is something he is really intense about; not a big surprise when you consider he was raised by dinosaurmen for much of his youth.
  • Smarter Than You Look: As The Big Guy, it's easy to assume he has some fighting related talent, like Sakura (Martial Artist), Nekomaru (Coach), Great Gozu (Wrestler), and Juzo (Boxer). But not this time; Gokuhara is an Entomologist, a scientist specialized in the study of insects.
  • The Southpaw: As it turns out he's left handed, which wouldn't be a problem (or in fact come up at all) had Himiko not made a mantra of "right is the hand you hold your chopsticks in" when plugging in the VR sets as it resulted in him getting them backwards by mistake.
  • Spanner in the Works: Kokichi's plot to have everyone killed would have gone without a problem if he correctly set up his VR headset. Forgetting about the plot, Gonta is incapable of raising the proper defense they had planned previously and Shuichi is able to break through the entire plot.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Due to him being Raised By Dinosaurmen, he ended learning how to speak with animals.
  • Super Gullible: To the point where he believes Kokichi when he stated he is a honest and trustworthy man at the start of Chapter Two.
  • Super Strength: It's seen in the first chapter that he's capable of lifting a manhole cover with only two fingers, whereas two other people tried and failed to carry the same manhole cover.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: His murder of Miu only happened due to his misguided attempt to "save" everyone after learning about the state of the outside world (believing that it was so horrible that it would be easier for everyone's well-being if they died rather than found out), something Kokichi used for his own reasons. Because of the bug, he is unable to recall anything happening, and he's horrified when he finds out.
  • Third-Person Person: In Japanese, it's to accentuate his more childish personality. In English, it's due to his time being raised by dinosaur men.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was this in Chapter Four. He crossed the Despair Event Horizon in that chapter by learning the state of the outside world and Kokichi manipulates him into thinking that the only way to protect the students from that state is Mercy Kill all of them.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Gonta remains courteous and kind throughout the entire game. Naturally, the reveal that he killed Iruma is incredibly tragic, especially since he can't remember doing it.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Unlike previous The Big Guy characters, Gonta's talent does not relate to fighting. However, some of the more skilled fighters among the students, like Tenko and Ryoma, admit that they wouldn't be able to beat him in a fight due to his size and monstrous strength.
  • Wild Hair: He has long, unkempt brown hair, though it sometimes looks green in certain sprites.
  • Younger Than They Look: Word of God says he's actually the youngest character in the game.

     Korekiyo Shinguji 
Korekiyo Shinguji

Ultimate Anthropologist

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"I wonder what kind of beauty humans will display under these trying circumstances."

Voiced By: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)

A person who's been all over the world studying folklore. Seeing the adversities found in poor areas of the world has led to him believe that hardship can bring out the true beauty of mankind, so he eagerly observes the events of the killing game.

At the end of Chapter 3, it's revealed that Korekiyo had an incestuous relationship with and eventually developed a female Tulpa based on his late sister. He is also the culprit of Chapter 3, killing Angie Yonaga after she catches him setting up a death trap that he would then use to stab Tenko Chabashira in the back.
  • Affably Evil: He is creepy and off-putting, but he is a soft-spoken and affable (in his own way) young man who genuinely enjoys teaching people about anthropology and discussing folklore and legends. He also truly admires people such as Kaede and Shuichi for all the right reasons. Unfortunately, he's also a psychotic serial killer obsessed with sending "friends" to his dead sister.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Even before The Reveal, he comes off as a very intelligent and observant young man, but extremely aloof with an odd moral code who thinks the situation he's put in is an interesting form of 'fieldwork' to observe humanity. When he's distressed, his panic attacks are so severe he's barely coherent and he almost knocks himself out with his hyperventilating. His split personality is less like Toko's disassociative identity disorder, and more like a personal delusion being used as a coping mechanism for stressful situations. He feels little discomfort at being seen as strange and even less remorse about his murders, maintaining that his actions are motivated by love for his sister, and seems to see no contradictions between his actions and his claims that he does see all of his classmates as his "friends".
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Nothing compared to Himiko, but Korekiyo speaks with pretty outdated kanji and frequent yojijukugos.
  • Asshole Victim: Korekiyo murdered Angie and Tenko just so he could give his sister "admirable friends" in the afterlife. It's also worth noting that while nobody besides Himiko necessarily condones his execution, nobody protests it either, unlike every other execution barring the Mastermind's.
  • Bait the Dog: All of his Free Time events regarding his sister are designed to work like this, since he deliberately conceals his sister's death and the sexual nature of their relationship. Replaying his events as Kaede after Chapter 3 can be brutal — she happily agrees to meet with and try to make friends with his sister once they all escape the Ultimate Academy, all while the player knows good and well that as far as he's concerned she's verbally agreed to letting him murder her.
  • Bandage Babe: For whatever reason, his hands are all bandaged.
  • Beautiful All Along: He's actually very pretty without his mask. Too bad his personality isn't so swell.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: And kinky. His Free Time events indicate that both his tulpa and his taste for BDSM originated from an incident where natives from a village he was observing "welcomed" him by tying him up and torturing him to near-death, causing him to experience intense hallucinations of his sister. His personality split to cope with the trauma, and he began to view rope bondage and painplay as ways to commune with his sister from beyond the grave.
  • Berserk Button: Do not say he has a sister complex, as accurately as that may describe him. He also does not take kindly to others disrespecting cultural artifacts, which Kokichi learns the hard way, but that being said it doesn't seem stop him from doing so for his murders.
  • Bishōnen: He's one of the most classically "bishie" characters to come out of Dangan Ronpa, with a very feminine face underneath his mask and waist-length hair. Since he has a female tulpa this works out just as well.
  • Boots of Toughness: They go towards pushing his militaristic design.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Korekiyo is obsessed with BDSM and rope bondage, and is certainly one of the most heinous characters among the cast.
  • Brains and Bondage: He's among the smarter of the academic based Ultimates, practically being a walking encyclopedia, and makes no secret about his kinks given the style of his mask.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: According to the Mastermind much like Kokichi the Korekiyo we know was "written" to be this way, and unlike Kokichi he's a lot more obviously "crazy" given what this would mean about his sister persona. Not to mention the implications of him thinking he killed a lot more people than he actually ever did if this is true.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Korekiyo says that he and his sister were in a sexual relationship before her death, and his female personality (based on his sister's) corroborates his claims.
  • Casual Kink: Like Miu, Korekiyo practices BDSM and is indicated to be a switch with a focus on bondage.
    • His report card says he likes straw rope. It also says he dislikes air conditioning, which given how extreme heat plays a major role in his execution may be reference to his masochistic tendencies.
  • Color Motif: Olive.
  • The Comically Serious: Due to how serious and creepy he generally is and looks, this tends to happen whenever he gets too excited. A good example of this is when he discovers his Study Lab and starts acting like he's a kid at Christmas, gushing over nearly everything that catches his eye and darting over to whatever Shuichi happens to take an interest in.
  • Commissar Cap: Wears one as part of his military dress uniform.
  • Cool Mask: One covering the lower half of his face, with a zipper directly covering his mouth, much like a bondage hood. He has multiple identical copies of it meant for eating, sleeping, exercising, etc. Even after seeing it in practice Shuichi has no idea how the "eating" mask works, as the cookie Shinguji eats while wearing it simply disappears.
  • Costume Porn: His uniform is the most elaborate of the cast, and he is said to take longer than a girl to get ready in the morning.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Korekiyo is spun around ridiculously fast by Monotaro and Monophanie before a samurai cuts the rope binding him, dropping him into a cauldron which begins to boil rapidly. As Monotaro and Monophanie watch him boil, Monodam suddenly runs into the flames, effectively killing himself while the remaining two Monokubs watch in horror as Korekiyo dies from the heat, blood seeping out of his eyes. His spirit flies up into the sky, seeing his sister reaching out to him, but before he can reach her, she and Monokuma sprinkle salt all over him, banishing his spirit from the human realm.
  • Deadly Euphemism: "Helping his sister make friends" serves as a broad one for him. Shinguji's sister is dead, so in order to meet her the would-be "friend" in question is going to need to be too, which Kiyo is more than happy to arrange. Poor Kaede just writes off him saying he needed to "plan" the two meeting as him wanting to make it a surprise for his sister.
  • Death by Irony: The cultural anthropologist focused on Japan gets to die in a very Japanese way: bound shibari-style and boiled alive, and when his spirit ascends to the sky to reunite with his beloved sister, she and Monokuma exorcise his corrupt soul by throwing traditional purifying salts at him.
  • Depraved Bisexual: In his Love Hotel event, he states that all human beings are "extremely beautiful" and he is willing to have strictly physical relationships with other people regardless of gender. It's all but stated the reason these relationships don't go further than that is because of his "feelings" for his sister, never mind that Korekiyo doesn't seem particularly concerned with whether or not these flings are even consensual as he has one of the most severe cases of dubious consent of all of the cast's love hotel scenes.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: His unmasked face when his female personality surfaces. The lipstick certainly helps, though oddly enough even his normal eyelashes get noticeably longer whenever "she" is in control. He also spontaneously starts sporting eyeshadow, and his chest mysteriously gets slightly bigger.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Pasty skin, black hair, and easily one of the most disturbing individuals of the entire franchise. When his "sister" takes over, which is even creepier to see happen, his skin seems to get a bit paler too.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He only kills girls, and not just any girls either. He kills only those he deems exceptional, which he determines through careful observation. Of all girls in the Gifted Inmates Academy, only Maki and Miu don't meet his standards because their vices are too apparent.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Toko Fukawa/Genocide Jack from the Hope's Peak Saga. Both characters are serial killers with an alternate personality (dissociative identity disorder for Fukawa, and a tulpa for Shinguji). Both exclusively kill people of the opposite sex; Genocide Jack only kills handsome men, while Korekiyo only kills "admirable" women. Toko goes on to being one of biggest heroes of the Hope's Peak Saga, while Korekiyo ends up being one of the most disliked characters in this game. And unlike with Toko, it's Korekiyo's "default" personality that's a serial killer.
  • Expressive Hair: Of sorts. When he's really nervous, his hair becomes wavy and messy, much like Mikan's.
  • Expressive Mask: The zipper on his mask sometimes subtly moves like it's turning into smile or grimace according to his moods.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: While he considers those around him his "friends" it's often pointed out he generally creeps everyone else out and doesn't have close ties with anyone in particular. Considering what he asks Kaede if she does try to get closer to him (despite still finding him rather unsettling) this is likely for the best.
  • Friends with Benefits: How he sees his "relationship" with Shuichi during his Love Hotel fantasy.
  • Gender Bender: If you compare his sprites when he's being "possessed by his sister" he actually has a few physical changes to make "him" look more feminine to suit her personality beyond the reveal he wears her lipstick underneath his mask. "Her" irises are larger than his normally are, his eyelashes become more pronounced, his already pale skin tone seems to lighten a bit, and confusingly enough he even develops breasts during these brief instances.
  • Giggling Villain: Not only one of the most evil characters of the franchise his Signature Laugh is a subdued "Kukuku~", or hiss-like "Kehehe" in the dub.
  • Guyliner: Not as much as Shuichi or Rantaro, but he does have fairly visible lashes.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Angie Yonaga was knocked out cold using a loose floorboard as a weapon. The only one who would ever think to use a floorboard as a weapon was the one who tampered with them to create the deathtrap used to kill Tenko Chabashira, which Korekiyo had already admitted to.
  • Humans Are Interesting: He studies the humans around him to understand their behavior and their beauty. He believes that humans have unlimited beauty and tries to study more about it.
  • I'm Melting!: During the second half of his execution, Monokuma and his sister purify/banish his spirit with salt to achieve this effect. Watching him melt away isn't very pleasant.
  • In-Series Nickname: In the English dub he prefers to be called "Kiyo" by everyone, and in both versions of the board game bonus mode Hagakure gives him one that he accepts. In Japanese it's "Shingu-cchi", which has Korekiyo note that being nicknamed is unusual for him, while in the English dub it's "Korey", which has him point out he already has a nickname the same way Yasuhiro ("Hiro") does instead.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Other characters often point out how unusually feminine he can be, from how long it takes for him to get ready in the morning to how he speaks at times. Turns out this is a bit more literal than they expected.
  • Ironic Name: "Korekiyo" can translate into "just and pure." Needless to say, he is not.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Boku."
  • Kick the Dog: Aside from his callous murder of both Angie and Tenko for terrible reasons, it's also implied he specifically picked Kaede's effigy to stab with a katana because it would disturb Shuichi, who is the Ultimate Detective and the one most likely to catch him.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Played with in the most coal-black of ways. In one of his Free Time events, after dismissing the idea of allowing Shuichi to meet and befriend his sister on the principle of him being male, Shuichi wonders how overprotective Korekiyo must be to only allow women near his sister. Then comes along Chapter 3 and exactly what Korekiyo meant by "befriending his sister" becomes horrifically clear.
  • Lean and Mean: Rail-thin, 6'2 and one of the most demented characters in the franchise.
  • Long Haired Prettyboy: Has waist-length hair, unusually elongated almond-shaped eyes, and, once unmasked, a very pretty face, all on a willowy frame. Makes sense, given that in some sense both a man and a woman coexist inside him.
  • Love Makes You Evil: By his admission everything horrible he does is out of his "love" for his sister and in general his twisted respect for The Power of Love is used to show just how unsettling and off he is as a person.
  • Madness Mantra: Before and during the Panic Talk Action against him, both he and his split personality tell Shuichi that since his logic is wrong, he should apologize to him, over and over.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: His split personality is initially presented this way, as he claims he's possessed by his older sister's ghost, which has happened in the Danganronpa series before like with Komaru in Absolute Despair Girls. Maki writes him off as simply being delusional instead. Further muddying the issue is his execution, which shows the "ghosts" of both him and his sister and could indicate Maki's assumption was correct, but since it was made by Monokuma it's not clear if even those are "genuine" or just something he created to be played after Korekiyo died for the sake of his "audience".
  • Meaningful Name: Korekiyo's surname includes the kanji for "[Shinto] shrine" and "[Buddhist] temple", both of which are symbolic of Japanese religious culture, relating to his talent. His given name is written with the kanji for "just" and "purity" which could darkly allude to his design's theme.
  • Mr. Exposition: Of the parody variety, he loves talking about his field and will gladly take any opportunity to do so at length, to the point Shuichi lampshades how all of his free time events result in largely off screen lectures. It's just that given he's a folklorist most of what he talks about doesn't apply to cases or the setting as a whole, aside from hanging a lampshade on the "truth bullets" mechanic and wordplay.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Notably averted; when Shuichi is going over the tragedy of the killing game, he includes Korekiyo's death with all of the other victims' and culprits', despite his terrible actions.
  • Nightmare Face: His second mask.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He adores all of humanity, and makes no effort to hide how this includes all the atrocities they can commit. He'll gladly start praising the ingenuity of the blackened mid-trial, has an obsession with séances that understandably creeps everyone else out, and has a particular interest in one tied to a girl's bitter hatred over the complete destruction of her home village. Shuichi gets really uncomfortable about this when he finds Kiyo's lab, hearing Kiyo explain just how "nightmarish" the things in there really are as he gets way too into it.
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: How he justifies dragging Shuichi back into their hotel room, pointedly telling him that it doesn't really matter whether or not Shuichi will consent to what he's going to do to him, because he will start to enjoy it.
  • Obviously Evil: His general creepiness is commented upon so often in-game it would have been more surprising if he hadn't turned out to be a murderer. In one of the investigations he even asks the player character if they suspect him, because he "has the traits of someone who could be a culprit".
  • Oh, Crap!: Maki causes him to have a particular one when she supports Shuichi's lie that Tenko's wound to the neck killed her instantly, as this destroyed the theory that Tenko killed Angie and then herself during the Seance, since he can't say she's lying without proving his similar experience with murders or his connection to Tenko's death.
    • On a comical note, even he has this reaction when he gets roped into Gonta's "Insect Meet-and-Greet".
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Given how calm he generally is the drastic effects of his panic attack certainly works but then we get to the issue of the "Sister" persona's reveal. This is the only time he removes his mask, which is visually unsettling with how out of place the lipstick looks on his face, and his demeanor and way of speaking completely change on a dime while he seems to have a conversation with himself. Not only does this serve to confuse and disturb everyone during the trial, seeing this comes out of nowhere, Sister is also the only "person" in the game to call Korekiyo by his real name in the dub as if to stress how wrong this is. Oddly enough when it's clear he's been caught it can sound like she's trying to coach him on how to get back "in character" so he/they can try to Face Death with Dignity.
  • Purple Prose: Along with his antiquated terminology.
  • Putting on the Reich: Even more so than Kokichi aesthetically, as his design is reminiscent of Imperial Japan with a distinct Nazi vibe due to the red armband and olive color scheme. This may be due to their common association with his other major interest.
  • Rapunzel Hair: A male example — he has waist-length black hair.
  • Recurring Element: He is the culprit who kills two people for an unsympathetic motive, similar to how Celeste murdered Hifumi and Kiyotaka for the sake of money, and Mikan in her despair-ridden state had murdered Hiyoko and Ibuki "for her beloved", only this time Korekiyo murdered Angie and Tenko just for the sake of wanting to give his dead sister 'admirable friends' in the afterlife.
  • Red Armband of Leadership: Despite him not being much of a leader as he prefers to watch things play out, which instead makes this bring their less pleasant association to mind.
  • Serial Killer: After his sister died, Korekiyo became obsessed with the idea of sending her "admirable friends" in the afterlife, and set himself the target of killing a hundred "worthy" female victims, which he almost met. Before his execution, the only thing he expressed regret about was being unable to reach that goal.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the Talent Development Plan bonus mode he tries to convince Togami to be more accepting of Toko's affections, even though when he met Genocide Jack earlier the two were very hostile to each other since neither fits the other's "standards".
  • Skewed Priorities: Locked inside the Gifted Inmates Academy with 15 other people and being forced to kill each other, Korekiyo takes his time studying his classmates to add onto his pet theories about humanity.
    • His immediate concern following Tenko's death is why the seance ritual failed, rather than how she was killed, and brings it up even after it's pointed out the "medium" they were using died midway through providing a pretty obvious reason for that.
  • Softspoken Sadist: Whenever he is talking about "humanity's unlimited beauty," he really means other people's fear and pain. He seems to enjoy watching the other students suffer, all the while acting calm and polite.
  • Something About a Rose: His official art shows him with rose thorns and petals all around.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His eyes have a bit of a green tint to them but are mostly yellow and given his interest in the occult and claims to be possessed by the soul of his dead sister it suits him. The irises in question even get larger when this "possession" is seen to happen, but how "supernatural" this personality switch is remains unclear.
  • Together in Death: Seemingly subverted. He wanted this when he's executed so he can be with his sister, but if the execution is in any way accurate Monokuma was having none of it. He not only executed him, but by pouring salt on his spirit he caused Korekiyo's spirit to melt and cross over alone while his sister's spirit stayed behind with Monokuma. The kicker? His sister's ghost is even seen happily assisting Monokuma! And this is all well before the reveal that his older sister may not have ever really existed beyond being a part of his "character's" backstory.
  • Token Evil Teammate: For the male students he's the only one who's a truly remorseless killer, even outside the game. He's just better at playing nice with the others than Kokichi is, until he decides it's time to "make Sister some friends".
  • Tragic Keepsake: According to him his uniform serves as one, since as cumbersome as it is even just in terms of how long it takes him to get it all on in the mornings (not to mention how uncomfortable it seems with how much it covers, but given who he is that may not be seen as a downside), his sister spent a lot of time making it for him while being largely confined to the hospital.
  • Tulpa: His split personality can also be seen as a tulpa, which seems more befitting.
  • Verbal Tic: He tends to end his questions with "yes": for example, when Angie decrees in Chapter 3 that only the student council will be allowed out at night, he notes that "that seems blatantly unfair, yes?".
  • Villain Respect: Despite her misandry, he comments that although his original target in his Death Trap was Himiko, he was happy when Tenko volunteered to take her place, because her kind heart and noble intentions would make her an excellent "friend" for his sister.
  • Villainous Incest: His Norman Bates-like obsession with his older sister and self-given goal of killing 100 innocent women just to give her spirit some "friends" in the afterlife certainly fits.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Notable in that he only targets girls for his killings. The only ones in the cast he claims he wasn't open to viewing as potential targets are Miu and Maki, and only because of how particularly unladylike they were.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: He is found out as Tenko's murderer early on during the trial, but states that because of Monokuma's rule, they can't vote for him because he isn't the one who killed Angie. Monokuma declared that if separate murders happen at the same time, only the first murderer becomes the blackened. Angie was killed before Tenko, and Korekiyo's connection to Angie's murder hadn't been proven at the time.

     Ryoma Hoshi 
Ryoma Hoshi

Ultimate Tennis Pro (Ultimate Prisoner)

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"Anyway… let me give you some advice. Don’t get close to a murderer like me so carelessly."

Voiced By: Akio Ohtsuka (Japanese), Chris Tergliafera (English)

A world-famous tennis player. During international matches, he would kill mafiosi by hitting them in the head with a custom-made steel tennis ball, earning him the nickname "Killer Tennis" and the death sentence. He has a jaded, hardboiled demeanor despite being a teenager, and claims that the Ultimate Tennis Player is already dead due to already being in jail before coming to the Gifted Inmates Academy.

He is the victim of Chapter 2, allowing himself to be drowned by Kirumi Tojo after learning that nobody outside the killing game cared about him, and he had no one outside the academy to live for.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the Japanese dub of the game, Kokichi suggested that Maki gave him his video because of how he knows about her talent, and she wanted him not to have a reason to live. However, in the English dub of the game, Kokichi suggested that Ryoma actually blackmailed her into showing his video, threatening to reveal her true talent otherwise.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's implied to be suffering from depression. Some symptoms include his loss of interest in tennis and general apathy towards most things, purposefully distancing himself from the other students, and many suicidal thoughts, specifically claiming he doesn't have a reason to live and offering to become the first victim after Monokuma announces a time limit, overall showing very little regard for his own life. In Chapter 2, he puts up no resistance and lets Toujou kill him, even when he had every opportunity to avoid it.
  • Badass Adorable: Looks like a children's plush toy, yet he took out an entire mafia organization with only a steel tennis ball.
  • Badass Baritone: Being voiced by Akio Ohtsuka gives him one, contrasting his cartoony design. Chris Tergliafera, the voice of Gundham Tanaka, another resident Badass Baritone, isn't too shabby in this department either.
  • Blush Sticker: Adding to his cartoony design.
  • Broken Bird: A rare male example. Ryoma used to be a lot more cheerful before he killed the mafia and was put on Death Row. The aftermath has caused him to become much more distant, both socially and emotionally, constantly warning the others to stay away from him.
  • Catch-Phrase: "You've still got a ways to go". Taken straight from Ryouma Echizen.
  • Cat Smile: In some of his sprites.
  • Chained by Fashion: Has a manacle with a broken chain on his left leg. This is a remnant of his days on Death Row.
  • Color Motif: Dark Blue.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: OH SO VERY MUCH. He is hit in the back of the head with a wooden board, then in his injured state drowned to death in a sink, which was noted by Shuichi to be a violent struggle owing to all the scratch-marks his handcuffs left. As if that wasn't bad enough, he also gets eaten by piranhas until nothing but his bones remain. Thankfully, he was already dead when this happened.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He admits to being a dangerous person, having used his talent to murder mafia members in the past, and even received a death sentence for his actions.
  • Death Seeker: He thinks that being a death row inmate automatically makes his life worth less than anyone else, so when Monokuma announces that everyone will die if a murder doesn't occur in 48 hours, he immediately volunteers to be the first victim. Rantaro temporarily manages to convince him otherwise.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Starting in Chapter 2, Ryoma vows to find a reason to keep on living. When the motive involves everyone obtaining videos of their loved ones in the outside world and he ends up obtaining Maki's instead of his, he goes to meet up with her so they can swap videos. However...
  • Driven to Suicide: After watching his video and learning that nobody from the outside world missed him, Ryoma loses his will to live and allows himself to be murdered by Kirumi.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As a death row inmate it's common to have his fellow students consider him to be "evil" at worst or a Fallen Hero at best, but this is sadly averted as shown by his motive video. It turns out he had absolutely no one left in his life that cared about him to appear in it, making him the only person in the series to have this openly be the case. He does speak about a beloved cat he misses dearly in his first free time event with Akamatsu, but he's certain the cat has long forgotten about him. Given how Celeste's cat and even Fukawa's stink bug were able to act as Hit List Targets in Absolute Despair Girls, which seemed to imply the targets were all subjects of their respective student's motive video, he's likely right about his cat moving on.
  • Fed to Pigs: Piranhas, actually - his body is put into the tank after he's murdered, separated from them by the tank lid. Then when his body falls into the tank at the magic show, the pirahnas devour him until nothing is left behind but his bones.
  • Flash Step: It is shown that he's capable of using this, complete with The Prince of Tennis reference. This comes up in the second trial; how could someone who was so alert and so fast be caught off guard by someone sneaking up behind him and nailing him in the back of his head? The answer: he let himself get killed.
  • Gonk: He has more of a plush looking appearance compared to everyone else.
  • He Knows Too Much: According to Kokichi's interpretation in the Japanese version of the game, since he ended up watching Maki's video and found out about her true talent, she gave Ryoma his video knowing that he would no longer have a reason to live and will become a Death Seeker. Maki has claimed in the beginning of the chapter to never have watched the video. It's advised to remember that Kokichi is very negatively biased against murderers.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He killed members of the mafia with steel tennis balls.
  • Irony: All of these students in a prison school, and he's the only one of the entire cast who has even been in an actual prison.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Despite his Dark and Troubled Past, he's one of the most selfless members of the group, and he used to own a cat before going to prison and passing it off to an acquaintance. His report card refers to his love for Russian Blues in particular.
  • The Lost Lenore: His Free Time Events with Shuichi have him talk about a lover he used to have, who was killed before the game started much like the rest of his family, despite him distancing himself from her for her own protection, something he greatly regrets doing.
  • Nice Guy: Though he acts gruff and purposefully distances himself from people, he really does treat the entire class genuinely decently and wants a reason to live on with them. He even outright allows himself to be killed when Kirumi confronts him, despite demonstrating how easily he could escape if he wanted.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a black hat with two points that has a picture of two tennis rackets on it.
  • Nightmare Face: The trial prior CG that shows the faces of all characters has a creepy close-up of his face that looks absolutely unsettling.
  • No Brows: The only character in the game to not have any eyebrows, though his eyelids take up the mantle of expressiveness to offset this.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: As per the series' standard Recurring Element he looks nothing like any of the other members of the cast, much in the same vein of Hifumi, Teruteru, Bandai and Daiki. And just like Bandai, Ryoma has a voice that completely contrasts his design. And much like those characters, he also dies in the first half of the game.
  • Older Than They Look: Thanks to his height and plush-like appearance (but not his voice), he could easily be mistaken for a small child. In reality, if Japan sentenced him to death row he can't be younger than 18 due to how the laws work.
  • Oral Fixation: He always has some sort of toothpick-shaped candy in his mouth. In the Ultimate Talent Development Plan, one event has Kiyotaka Ishimaru mistake the candy for the real thing. Ryoma has to put it away anyway, since any kind of eating when manning a food stall is seen as poor form.
  • Piranha Problem: His corpse gets eaten by piranhas, reducing his body to a skeleton in mere moments.
  • Prison Rape: If you take him on a date to the gym in Dangan Salmon Team and suggest that both of you should remove your clothes, he will complain that you are giving him flashbacks from his time in prison, implying that he was a victim of this.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Like Angie, he assumed the mastermind was the murderer of Rantaro, and did kill him by hiding behind the secret door. He also suspected Tsumugi of being Rantaro's murderer, by disguising in the toilets and kill him while he was distracted. While she didn't disguise herself, she did take the secret passageway in the toilets to get behind the secret door and killed Rantarô, before taking the evidence and hiding behind the bookshelf. His theory was proven false at the time because everyone assumed there was only one entrance to the secret hideout.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His family and lover were killed by the mafia because he refused to go along with their match fixing. In return, he killed all their members with steel tennis balls.
  • The Stoic: Easily the most serious and least emotional character in the game.
  • Tranquil Fury: Following Kaede's execution and Monokuma's gloating.
    Ryoma: ...I don't think I've ever felt quite this...irritated.
  • Shout-Out: He's quite obviously named after Ryoma Echizen, another short but excellent tennis player. Hoshi also makes frequent use of Echizen's Catch-Phrase. To top it off, Hoshi's first two Free Time Events are perfect descriptions of Echizen's teammates and major rivals (specifically Tezuka, Fuji, Inui, Atobe and Yukimura).
  • Stripped to the Bone: He gets devoured by piranhas when his body is discovered, reducing him to bones. Perhaps mercifully, this happens after his death.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Ryoma is aloof, jaded, and standoffish, but he loves cats, seems to think highly of most of the cast, and if his motive video in Chapter 2 is anything to go by, he's actually very lonely.
  • Tempting Fate: Says he wants to find a reason to stay alive at one point in Chapter 2. He doesn't, and he eventually becomes the second murder victim.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: The smallest male character in the game, and easily the shortest character in the entire series by a long shot (to the point where he has to stand on a box during class trials). Ironic, considering his talent.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Inverted, his legs are notably much more muscular than the rest of his body. Justified, since his talent requires a lot of movement to get from one end of the court to another.
  • Vocal Dissonance: His deep voice is contrasted by his cartoony appearance, just like Teruteru from the previous game.

     Kaito Momota 
Kaito Momota

Ultimate Astronaut

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"Space, ya know, is an ally to people who want to overcome their limits without closing up."

Voiced By: Ryohei Kimura (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)

A trainee astronaut. The astronaut program requires a college degree, but Kaito bluffed his way in with fake documents and even passed the test. He was eventually found out but was kept on due to his personality and real talent. Kaito still hasn't been to space but wants to go more than anything. He's a classic romantic and often talks about dreams and passion.

After Kaede's death in Chapter 1 he takes it upon himself to be an emotional pillar for Shuichi and becomes the game's primary deuteragonist, forming a close friendship with Shuichi and often accompanying him during investigations. This friendship later extends to Maki Harukawa, creating a Power Trio. He is the culprit of Chapter 5, cooperating with Kokichi Oma and crushing him with a hydraulic press on his orders, and in order to save Maki from becoming the blackened after her successful attempt in poisoning Kokichi. Following Kokichi's plan to derail the killing game, he pilots an Exisal mecha and impersonates both himself and Kokichi during the trial to make it impossible to tell which one died. He dies of his mysterious illness partway through his execution, making it the second failed execution of a core Danganronpa game.
  • Absurd Phobia: He's absolutely terrified of the supernatural.
  • Accidental Pervert: During the second trial where he has no solid alibi, Kokichi stated that he saw a silhouette of a woman only in her underwear. Trying to have an alibi, Kaito tries to point out that woman could be a guy (read: Kaito himself) in woman's underwear in which he unintentionally stated that that guy would be committing another crime of itself if that was the case.
  • Act of True Love: While he goes along with Kokichi's plan of killing him in order to upstage Monokuma, the main reason Kaito goes along with it and branding himself as the blackened is if he didn't step in to do so, Maki would've become the blackened instead after having poisoned Kokichi - and he cares too much about her to let her die.
  • Anime Hair: It's shaped like a moon and sticks up at an angle that would make Phoenix Wright blush. Interestingly one of his beta designs went the opposite direction, being shaped like a sun.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: During his execution.
  • Berserk Button: He gets mad when the other students repeatedly call him an idiot, but it's downplayed because nobody takes him seriously when he yells at them for it.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Inverted and played straight. Kaito takes Monokuma's execution not just to save Maki, but also because he was slowly dying of his sickness anyway. Midway through, Kaito succumbs to it and peacefully passes away, thus robbing Monokuma of a proper execution.
  • Beyond the Impossible: His Catch-Phrase is "Any impossibility becomes possible when you accomplish it".
  • Big Brother Mentor: He's described as having a reliable, brotherly sort of personality. He has shades of this in his relationship with Shuichi, pushing the latter towards becoming a stronger person.
  • Big "NO!": He does this in the third trial a lot because of theories being flown around that Angie/Tenko were killed by ghosts.
  • Bishōnen: Per his design notes.
  • The Bully: Not during the game itself, but if we trust the "audition tapes", he was actually this before his personality gets turned into a Nice Guy for this killing game.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Yes, despite appearances, this guy is an astronaut trainee.
  • Butt-Monkey: He lost badly in gambling against Ryoma Hoshi in Chapter Two, gets accused of being the culprit for 25% of that same chapter's trial, gets very sick throughout most of Chapter Three, gets involuntarily kicked out of the virtual world twice and was framed in an unsuccessful murder attempt in Chapter Four, and then gets kidnapped by Kokichi in Chapter Five. There is also the fact he often gets called an idiot by the rest of the students.
  • Catch-Phrase: "The impossible is possible. All you have to do is make it so!" and calling himself "Kaito Momota, Luminary of the Stars". The former is adopted by Shuichi doing the final trial.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: An inversion where Kaito forged the necessary documents to join an astronaut program and was found out, but they kept him on because of how passionate and genuinely talented he was.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Kokichi suggests Kaito could be the culprit in Chapter Two and says only a murderer would grow a creepy goatee, Kaito protests...because his goatee is not creepy! (He thinks it gives him a "glamorous celebrity vibe", apparently.)
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Has purple hair matches with his purple eyes.
  • Coat Cape: He wears his uniform like a cape.
  • Color Motif: He has purple hair, a purple coat, and purple eyes.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Possibly the sole aversion of any person who has been executed in the entire franchise as he actually died very peacefully. Bonus points for his execution being supposed to play it straight, as like the original 'Space Journey'/'Blast Off!', he was supposed to be subject to heavy G-forces, reducing him to bone a la Jin Kirigiri.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: During Chapter 5, Kaito takes control of one of the Exisals and uses a voice changer inside it to masquerade as Kokichi Oma during the class trial. Kokichi specifically gave Kaito a book with instructions on how to impersonate him perfectly.
  • Deuteragonist: Along with Maki after Shuichi was made the true protagonist of the game. Kaito acted as both a Big Brother Mentor and assistant to him during the investigation.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Maybe an In-Universe example. According to the "audition tapes," he was pretty much a Jerkass before the game but via brainwashing, his "character" was turned into a Nice Guy Big Brother Mentor.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Holds a large kiseru in his official art.
  • Expy: Let's see... A brash cocky guy with a brotherly bond with the protagonist, optimistic as hell, with his primary goal in life being to literally reach the heavens? And is voiced by Kyle Hebert in the English dub with lines about how you can make impossible possible? It'd be more surprising if he wasn't meant to invoke Kamina.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Decides to accept his execution mostly because his illness was slowly killing him anyway.
  • Fatal Flaw: His arbitrary complete trust is often misguided. He believes Maki without questions despite evidence against her during the second trial, prompting some of the others to call him an idiot. Though his trust toward Maki is paid off, Kokichi doesn't think so. In the fourth case, Kaito quickly accuses Oma of the murder and as retaliation, Oma challenges Kaito's belief by revealing that Iruma planned to pin his murder on him and Gonta, who Kaito unconditionally trusted, was the culprit. Kaito answers by desperately denying both because he's incapable of wrapping his mind on the extreme situation that will drive good people into desperation. Which is exactly just as Kokichi had predicted; his initial plan is for everyone to be executed by blaming him for the murder because everyone will take Gonta's side, which is urged by Kaito.
  • Fighting Your Friend: He battled Shuichi in the Rebuttal Showdown and the PTA of Chapter 4 when he didn't believe that Gonta was the murderer of Miu.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: As he delivers his Famous Last Words before being hauled off to his execution.
  • First-Name Basis: From chapter 2 onwards, he starts referring to Shuichi by his first name.
  • Friendly Rivalry: He imagines having one of these with Shuichi while in the Love Hotel. They're about to have a final challenge that will prove who's the best, but Kaito also has romantic feelings for his rival and wants to confess to him after they've settled things.
  • The Gambler: Inverted as Kaito is not good at gambling at all.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: He punches Shuichi after Kaede's execution and the latter is in a serious Heroic B.S.O.D., telling him that if he just sits around moping he's disrespecting the promise he made to her.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies with a smile, having saved Maki and fulfilled his dream of seeing space.
  • A Good Way to Die: Unlike the Cruel and Unusual Death Monokuma planned for him, he experiences this. He is placed into a rocket drill and gets to see space before he dies early, causing the rocket to experience an error and end.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Chapter 4. Everybody else completely relies on Shuichi to solve mysteries for them, Kokichi repeatedly mocks Kaito for trying to contribute when Shuichi is far more competent than him, Shuichi rejects Kaito and The Power of Friendship and indicts Gonta for the murder of Miu, and Kaito is forced to accept that if it weren't for Shuichi, Kaito would have probably gotten everybody killed by voting for Kokichi instead of Gonta. The frustration of it all causes Kaito to lash out at Shuichi and for the majority of Chapter 5, he is too ashamed of himself to say anything to Shuichi or even look him in the eye. They make up the night before his apparent death under the hydraulic press, and Kaito fully admits his jealousy during the aftermath of the Chapter 5 class trial, while he's at death's door from his illness and about to be punished by Monokuma.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: How Kaito was brainwashed, if the audition tapes are to be believed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Chapter 5, he ended up sacrificing himself to save Maki.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shuichi.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite what you may think about him at first, he is actually quite useful in investigations and trials and he is basically the fortification of the group.
  • Iconic Item: His jacket, which is used in Chapter Five to make everyone think that he's the one who died in the hydraulic press.
  • Ideal Hero: Presents himself as a skilled and confident leader who quickly takes Shuichi under his wing as a "sidekick" and claims to have done the same for many others in the past. Again, this is how he presents himself. He's more like an...
  • Idiot Hero: Much to his chagrin, he's constantly referred to as an idiot by the cast. While he isn't dumb, he has a tendency to follow his guts and his heart rather than logic, or sometimes even common sense.
  • Ill Boy: He spends most of Chapter 3 sick, which he blames on the occult nature of the two murders, but it's revealed at the end that he's been harboring the illness, which causes him to cough up blood, for some time and it's obviously far more serious than that. It's later implied to be a virus that wiped out most of humanity, but when that's revealed to have all been fake, Tsumugi admits the sickness was written into his character by Team Danganronpa because they thought it would make for an interesting storyline.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Of the Blood from the Mouth variety first seen manifesting at the end of Chapter 3, and it only gets worse from there.
  • Jerkass: If the "audition tapes" are to be believed, prior to the killing game, his past self was apparently this. In the game itself, nope.
  • Large Ham: He can be quite over the top and bombastic when riled up.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He is often quite reckless to the point where he nearly attempted to attack Kokichi with the Exisals on the Ultimate Supreme Leader's side in Chapter Five. This only results in him being kidnapped by Kokichi, and being separated from the group throughout the rest of the chapter. Kokichi slightly lampshaded this by calling him a reckless idiot.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Maki after his death in Chapter 5.
  • Love Freak: He's something of a romantic, believing wholeheartedly in following one's dreams and never giving up.
  • Love Interest: For Maki.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: He was apparently a Jerkass prior to the killing game and brainwashing.
  • Nice Guy: At his core, Kaito is a very caring and compassionate young man, willing to help and protect others.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He encouraged the other students to escape the school using Miu's inventions that Kokichi left for everybody. It should be noted that the other students doubted what Kokichi had said, and given how Kaito and Kokichi never really get along, Kaito should be also be extremely suspicious of Kokichi. However, given that he was Secretly Dying from his disease, he was so desperate to get out of the school and go to space that he decided to use Miu's inventions.
  • Power of Friendship: He's big on trusting people, like he's a shonen series' protagonist. In the second trial, he trusts the notion that Maki doesn't murder Ryoma, despite she has no alibi and the others are calling him a idiot for believing her without any evidence. In the third trial, he also believes in Himiko about Tenko not committing suicide because Himiko says that Tenko had no intention of dying.
    • Chapter 4 becomes a Deconstruction of the trope. His only basis for believing Gonta is not the killer is because of this, despite the fact that there's a mountain of evidence that says otherwise. Oma calls him out on this throughout the trial, and even Shuichi is unable to side with Kaito this time.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Most likely, since his Motive Video shows his grandparents and his parents are never mentioned.
  • Rated M for Manly: He seems to take acting "like a man" pretty seriously, often advising Shuichi to be more assertive and telling Gonta not to be so gullible. In Bonus Mode, he naturally bonds very quickly with Mondo over this.
  • Recurring Element: A hammy, quirky guy who quickly becomes "bros" with the more-reserved protagonist and has a brief falling-out with them midway through the game before they reconcile, just like Kazuichi and Hajime from Super Dangan Ronpa 2. Kaito and Kazuichi even have the same English voice actor.
  • Red Herring:
    • It never comes up in-game, but his official art depicts him holding a kiseru, which is a Japanese smoking pipe. This may have been intended to mislead players in regards to the nature of his illness.
    • Also, Shuichi stated in Chapter 2 that "it is not like I will never see Kaito again" after the Insect Meet and Greet, and with him not showing up at the magic show, it made it seem like Shuichi jinxed Kaito by saying that. Around that time, the player may have zero idea that he would be the Deuteragonist of the game as he gotten way more screen time in Chapter Two than in Chapter One, and they may just think that Kaito would end up being the second victim of the killing game.
  • Scheherezade Gambit: In the Chapter 5 trial, in spite of Kokichi's plan to induce a situation where Monokuma can't deduce the culprit of the case and ruin the killing game, Kaito knows fully well that he's going to die regardless due to his disease, which is why he eventually rejects Shuichi actually calling for everyone to follow through on his act. Because of this there's seemingly no point to him obfuscating the trial and impersonating Kokichi, but he goes through with it regardless - not because he wants to necessarily "ruin" the killing game but because he wants to stall the entire trial so that his disease will catch up to him and kill him before he can get executed. To Monokuma's frustration, this plan is a success, as Kaito gets to have a heartfelt goodbye to his friends, his love and dies mid-execution while in space, happy that he finally achieved everything he could possibly hope to achieve.
  • Secretly Dying: At first, his fever is vouched on the occult atmosphere of the chapter, since he's terrified of ghosts to the point that it could make him sick. But at the end of the chapter, it's revealed that his illness is far more serious and it only gets worse later on.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Shuichi's sensitive guy. From early on, Kaito tries to encourage Shuichi to toughen up and stand strong, even when the tragedies burden down on him.
  • Shounen Hair: Spiky purple hair that sticks up. It fits with his Hot-Blooded personality and belief in The Power of Friendship.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Surpasses even Mondo and Fuyuhiko on that ground. He somehow manages to have a friendlier image than those two despite that.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: In Chapter Five, he made a remark stating women should not use real weapons, much to Maki's displeasure.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: As an attempt to save Maki from being executed for poisoning Kokichi, both him and Kaito have willingly agreed for the latter to kill the former.
  • Talk to the Fist: In Chapter Four, Kokichi bragging about how he intends to "win" the Killing Game and mocking the others over wanting to end it makes Kaito totally lose his temper and he actually punches Kokichi in the face.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Narrowly averted when he attacked Monokuma in which the Monokubs nearly killed him with the Exisals if they hadn't accidentally destroyed Monokuma. Played straight with the Leeroy Jenkins moment as listed above.
  • Verbal Tic: Uses "bro" quite a lot with Shuichi.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Prone to these, beginning at the end of Chapter 1 when he punches Shuichi in the face and tells him that wallowing in his Heroic B.S.O.D. is disrespecting Kaede's Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Oma gives Kaito one of these in Chapter 4 for his inability to accept Gonta is the killer. It all accumulates to an image which shows disturbing similarities to the one Kaito gives to Shuichi.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ghost stories upset Kaito to the point where he can't eat or sleep properly. The whole deal with the Monokids' Necronomicon and Korekiyo's Caged Child ritual leave him completely useless for the rest of Chapter 3.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Kaito believes that everyone is "the protagonist of their own story." As such, he often encourages the others to do their best, more often Shuichi whenever he gets down.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's purple.

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