Characters / Paranoiac

Miki Takamura


Shinji Miura


  • Agent Scully: He doesn't believe there's a real monster and suggests that it could be a delusion due to Miki's feelings of guilt over her aunt's death. As Miki turns out to be schizophrenic, he could well be right.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Has an obvious crush on Miki and goes out of his way to help her with things he has no business helping her with (carrying all her luggage despite having an injured arm, for one thing). It reaches kind of creepy levels when he has a tendency to barge into her house when she doesn't immediately come to the door. Given that the house's last occupant committed suicide, he may have an excuse for this, though.
    • Notably, even though he doesn't believe in the monster, he still listens to Miki and is only concerned for her well-being, rather than judging her or thinking she's 'crazy'.
  • Green Eyes: He has very prominent green eyes, that seem almost cat-like.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only character who tries to help Miki and listens to her about the monster, providing rational explanations. May be a literal example, given that most of the other characters suffer from mental disorders.
  • Ship Tease: With Miki.
  • Stalker With AC Rush: Downplayed. He does have a habit of breaking into Miki's house to check up on her, though.

Saeki


  • Cool Aunt: To Miki, to the point that she seems much closer to her than to her real mother.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Ultimately, her grief over the miscarriage leads to her hanging herself.
  • Driven to Suicide: She slowly goes insane after her miscarriage, and with no one giving her emotional support, she eventually gives up on life and hangs herself.
  • Love Redeems: If the player chooses to believe the monster is real, her reconciliation with Miki helps her to move on and leave the house.
  • Nice Girl: She's incredibly kind to everyone, even her own sister despite her being so horrible to her. When she got pregnant, she started making lots of stuffed animals for the baby, figuring she could just hand them out to the other kids in the neighbourhood if her child didn't want them, and even offered to make Miki one even though she was in her teens.
  • Posthumous Character: She's been dead three years at the start of the story, and even though she's the monster haunting the house, everything you learn about her, you learn via flashback and notes lying around.
  • Sanity Slippage: After her baby died and her husband left her, she became very depressed and started becoming paranoid and Hearing Voices.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Whilst Saeki is kind, loving and infinitely patient, her sister is a selfish Jerkass who is rude and judgemental to everyone. Saeki loves her anyway.
  • Tragic Monster: She is the creature haunting the house and following Miki every night. It's implied she doesn't even realize she'll kill Miki; all she wants is to make up with her niece.
  • Walking Spoiler: Most of the plot's revelations involve her directly.

Miki's mother


  • Abusive Parents: Her daughter Miki doesn't seem too fond of her, and considering how nasty she is to her, it's not hard to see why.
  • Jerk Ass: While it can partially be attributed to having some of the mental health issues that seem to plague the family, the woman's just mean sometimes. Such as making Miki live in her aunt's house because Miki's been diagnosed with depression and her mother doesn't want to be around a "crazy". Or laughing at Saeki when Saeki has a miscarriage.
  • Kick the Dog: Makes Miki live in Saeki's old house because she wants nothing to do with her depressed daughter. Laughs at Saeki for losing her baby. In the Good Ending, she also tells her daughter to kill herself like her "crazy aunt".
  • No Sympathy: Neither for her sister nor for her own daughter.
  • Promoted To Parent: She had to look after Saeki after their parents died, until she couldn't cope and Saeki was placed in foster care.
  • You Are What You Hate: Despises her own sister and her daughter for being mentally ill; Saeki went mad from grief and Miki suffers depression. She just happens to be suffering from some kind of mental illness herself.
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