Characters / Yume Nikki

This is a list of characters from Yume Nikki, with all of the tropes associated with them. Due to the heavily speculative nature of Yume Nikki, be careful about taking the information regarding character personalities and motivation as hard fact.

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     Playable Characters 

Madotsuki

The main protagonist, who goes into her dream world to collect the 24 Effects.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: She goes into her Acid-Trip Dream Land, faces countless Eldritch Abominations like Uboa, can have her head completely removed from her body, and has the same expression throughout all of it.
  • Creepy Child/Teens Are Monsters: Possibly depending on how you play, if you interpret her to be a child or in her teens.
  • Driven to Suicide: After collecting all 24 Effects, Madotsuki jumps off of her apartment balcony.
  • Eyes Always Shut: The only exceptions being a few of her Effects.
  • Knife Nut: One common interpretation of Madotsuki, since the only way to get a different reaction out of many of the dream residents is to stab them to death.
  • Heroic Mime: Downplayed. While there isn't any text dialogue in-game, Madotsuki does have sound effects for if she can't perform a certain action ("Dame" and "Muri").
  • Hikikomori: One of the few traits everyone can agree on. Madotsuki would rather die than leave her room through the front door.

NASU

The protagonist of the Game Within a Game NASU.

     Madotsuki's Effects 
A separate folder for all of the Effects the player collects, to keep tropes involving Madotsuki separate.

General

Frog

  • Baleful Polymorph: Turns Madotsuki into a frog.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: The Frog Effect lets Madotsuki walk through water at normal speed! ... Except the Bike does the same thing AND provides a speed bonus outside of water, and there's only one section of the game where you'll actually be in water.

Umbrella

  • Ability Required to Proceed: Either the Umbrella or the Yuki-onna effect are required to douse the flames leading to the Poop Hair effect.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Switching to a different Effect allows Madotsuki to use another Effect while it's still raining. It lets Madotsuki use the Oni effect's thunder clap anywhere the player wants.
  • Weather Manipulation: Makes it rain anywhere in the dream world. Removing it also causes all rain to stop, even the rain in the Dense Woods.

Hat and Scarf

  • All Your Powers Combined: Using the Hat and Scarf while it's snowing enables Madotsuki to become a snowman.
  • Boring but Practical: Using the Hat and Scarf to become a snowman and going to the Block World enables Madotsuki to stay with Mafurako after the latter teleports away after interacting with her, shortening the time the player has to spend to get to the White Desert.

Yuki-onna

  • Ability Required to Proceed: Either the Umbrella or the Yuki-onna effect are required to douse the flames leading to the Poop Hair effect.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Switching to a different Effect allows Madotsuki to use another Effect while it's still snowing.
  • Weather Manipulation: Makes it snow anywhere in the dream world. Unlike the Umbrella, however, snow continues to fall in the Snow World after it's been unequipped.
  • Youkai: Based off of Yuki-onna from Japanese mythology.

Knife

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: It's capable of at least injuring most of the characters in the game, and killing many of that group.
  • Boring but Practical: It can be used to remove characters blocking Madotsuki's path, as well as for accessing certain areas.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Madotsuki can kill many characters in the dream for money with the Knife effect, and injure almost every character in the game that she can reach.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Stabbing a Toriningen will cause it to go insane, and stabbing certain objects and characters will cause bad things to happen.

Medamaude

  • Boring but Practical: Well, as boring as having your head replaced with an eyeball inside of a giant hand can be. It teleports Madotsuki back to the Nexus when in the dream world.
  • Escape Rope: Functions as this, teleporting Madotsuki back to the Nexus from anywhere in the dream world. Even in Uboa's Trap and the enclosed spaces the Torinigen send Madotsuki to.
  • Karma Houdini: Get caught by a Toriningen after stabbing it? Just use the Medamaude and you can get away from that area without having to wake up!

Fat

  • Cosmetic Award: Not counting the Frog Effect, this is the first Effect in the player's list that is completely useless.
  • Fat Girl: Turns Madotsuki into one of these.

Midget

Flute

Neon

  • Cosmetic Award: There's no point to collecting the Neon Effect besides completion.
  • Interface Screw: Changes the screen to various colors when the action button is equipped.

Nopperabou

  • The Blank: Given that it's based on the Nopperabou.
  • Cosmetic Award: There's no point to collecting the Nopperabou Effect besides completion.
  • Youkai: Similar to the Yuki-onna, it's based off of the Nopperabou.

Severed Head

  • Cosmetic Award: There's no point to collecting the Severed Head Effect besides completion.
  • Didn't Need Those, Anyway: Madotsuki is reduced to just a head, nothing else. Given that this is All Just a Dream, this trope is actually justified.
  • Off with His Head!: Obviously.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: You can use this Effect to view Closet Madotsuki in the Checkered Tile Path, since Madotsuki is too big to do it otherwise. Except you can also do it with the Midget Effect, and the Severed Head Effect reduces Madotsuki's movement speed to a crawl and Madotsuki can't pinch herself awake.

Towel

Cat

  • Cat Girl: Turns Madotsuki into one of these.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Enables Madotsuki to get past characters that would otherwise require her to kill them with the Knife Effect.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Quite literally, since using the Action button draws characters in the dream world to Madotsuki.

Lamp

  • Ability Required to Proceed: While it isn't REQUIRED, it makes getting the Knife Effect a lot easier since it lights up the Dark World.
  • Useless Useful Spell: It can light up dark areas! Too bad there are very few dark areas in the game.

     Toriningen 
Members of Madotsuki's Dream Land that function as the main antagonists of the game. A few "sane" Toriningen also appear occasionally.
  • Bird People: What their species name translates to.
  • Half-Human Hybrids: Their species name literally means "bird person".
  • Mook Bouncer: The crazy Toriningen always warp you to an inescapable area. Stabbing a nice Toriningen will make her into one of these.
  • Super Speed: The Candle World Toriningen, who moves 8x as fast as Madotsuki. There's no way to outrun it except turning invisible and exploiting a glitch that lets the player run at the same pace as it.
  • Turns Red: Stabbing one sane Toriningen will cause ALL Toriningen to go insane.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Stabbing a Toriningen will cause them to chase Madotsuki and put her in an enclosed space away from everything else.

     Other dream residents 
A folder for all of the other dream residents in Yume Nikki.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: What else would inhabit a creepy and surreal dream world?
  • The Quiet One: None of the dream residents speak except to scream if Madotsuki kills them with the Knife effect, with the only exception being the lizard people in the Famicon World and any sound effects the player can draw out by interacting with certain characters.

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