Characters / Paranoiac

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     Miki Takamura 

The protagonist of the game.
Due to certain circumstances, she has moved into her deceased aunt's house. On her very first night there, she encounters a monster that seems intent on following her around and does her best to hide from it. Now she hides from the monster every night, though the days don't go by uneventfully either...
  • Abusive Parents: Her mother is complete Jerkass to her.
  • Action Survivor: She manages to successfully escape and hide from the monster night after night.
  • Break the Cutie: The entire game revolves around her slowly breaking, with mommy dearest only making it worse.
  • Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: Comes across as this, if the monster is just a hallucination.
  • Cassandra Truth: If the monster is real, nobody believes Miki.
  • Driven to Suicide: It's implied to happen in the Bad Ending, given that just before the monster gets her on that night, Miki is talking about how guilty she feels about her aunt's death.
  • Generation Xerox: According to her family, Miki has an uncanny resemblance to her aunt. There's also the fact that the game reveals that Miki is becoming mentally ill to the point of delusions, just like her aunt did after suffering a miscarriage and killed herself. In the Bad Ending, Miki is also implied to have committed suicide.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Whenever Miki is caught by the monster.
  • Imaginary Enemy: If the monster really is just a hallucination of Miki's.
  • Implied Love Interest: She might return Shinji's feelings.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Miki has to choose this if the player wants the Good Ending.
  • The Lost Lenore: Miki misses her aunt a lot and was heartbroken when she committed suicide.
  • Nice Girl: Is this for the most part, when the monster isn't scaring her out of her mind.
  • No Medication for Me: Averted, she always makes sure to take her pills. They are anti-depressants.
  • Not So Different: Miki shows a lot of similarity to her deceased aunt.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She wears a pink-ish dress, but rejects a pink dress in the dressing room for being too gaudy.
  • Power Trio: Often in fandom, with David and Rin.
  • Tears of Fear: Often in the presence of the monster.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Averted, despite having written some.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: The entire game is played only from Miki's perspective, so if she truly is insane as the Good Ending claims, this is the case.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The game leaves everything open to interpretation, including if anything was real or just a hallucination of Miki's,which may have been caused by her shizophrenia. And this includes the Good Ending,where Miki insists on the monster being real.
  • Violation of Common Sense: The player must have Miki insist that the monster haunting her every night is real, despite the game having revealed by then that Miki may be suffering from delusions to get the Good Ending. Although the other option seems much more viable to be the correct answer, given the revelations.

     Shinji Miura 

The neighbor.
Shinji's been living next to Miki's aunt for years and has known Miki for about as long as well. He starts to drop in and check on Miki every day and shows concern for her, even when she begins to talk about a monster being in the house.
  • Agent Scully: Shinji doesn't believe that there is a real monster in the house and suggests that it might be a projection of Miki's because of the guilt she feels over her aunt's death. Since Miki is revealed to be shizophrenic in the Good Ending, he could very well be right.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He has an obvious crush on Miki and goes out of his way to help her with things that he really doesn't have to help her with - like carrying her luggage when he has an injured arm. He's the only one to show any support when Miki begins to talk about having a monster in the house, although Shinji doesn't believe in the monster, and shows concern for her well-being. It does reach slightly creepy levels when he often barges into her house uninvited, simply because she didn't answer the door right away. Given that the last occupant committed suicide, he may have a good excuse for that, though.
  • Green Eyes: He has very prominent green eyes, that seem almost cat-like.
  • Only Sane Man: Shinji is the only one to care for Miki's well-being and tries to calm her down when talking about the monster, often offering rational explanations. It could be a literal example, as the other characters all suffer from mental issues.
  • Stalker With a Crush: Downplayed, since he never does anything actually creepy toward Miki. Except for that habit of going into her house, but he has a good reason for that.

     Aunt Saeki 

Miki's decased aunt.
Saeki lived in the house Miki moves into for a long time, before she died. Her house has been left abandoned ever since, leaving a layer of dust and some notes of hers to be left behind.
  • Cool Aunt: Was one to Miki, to the point that she was closer to Saeki than her own mother.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Her grief over the miscarriage eventually drove her over the edge.
  • Driven to Suicide: Saeki suffered a miscarriage and nobody was around or willing to give her emotional support over this, to the point that she began to go insane and eventually gave up on life and hung herself.
  • Love Redeems: In the Good Ending, her reconciliation with Miki helps her spirit leave the house.
  • Nice Girl: She was an incredibly kind person to everyone, even to her sister, who was always being horrible to her. When she got pregnant, she started making a lot of stuffed animals for the baby and was going to give them away to the neighborhood children, if her own one didn't want them. And she even offered to make one for Miki, although she was already in her teens.
  • Posthumous Character: Saeki has been dead for 3 years by the time the game starts, so anything found out about her as a person is left to be learnt by flashbacks or her notes found lying around.
  • Sanity Slippage: After the miscarriage and her husband leaving her, Saeki became depressed and paranoid, to the point of hearing voices.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Saeki was a kind, loving and very patient women. Her sister is a selfish Jerkass, whose only forms of interaction seem to include being rude and judgemental. Nonetheless, Saeki loved her.
  • Tragic Monster: She is the creature roaming the house and following Miki. It's implied that she doesn't realize that her touch would kill Miki and only wants to reconcile with her niece.
  • Walking Spoiler: Beyond her name and the fact that she's dead, you can't say much more.

     Miki's Mother 

Miki's mother.
She calls Miki at the house to see how things are going, but becomes increasingly frustrated and impatient when Miki keeps insisting that there's a monster in the house that's chasing her.
  • Abusive Parents: She is absolutely nasty to her daughter.
  • Hypocrite: Suffers from conversion disorder, but relentlessly mocks her daughter and sister who are also sufferers from mental illness.
  • Jerkass: Part of her attitude could be attributed to suffering from mental health issues that run in the family, but this woman is just plain mean to people. She barely manages to hold a decent conversation and quickly resorts to rude comments or blaming people.
  • Kick the Dog: She laughed at her sister when she had a miscarriage. She also made Miki live in Saeki's house because she wanted nothing to do with her 'crazy' daughter suffering from depression and, in the Good Ending, tells Miki that she should kill herself like Saeki did.
  • No Sympathy: None for her sister. And even less for her own daughter.
  • Promoted To Parent: She had to look after Saeki after their parents died, but she couldn't cope for very long and Saeki was eventually placed into foster care.

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