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* PurpleEyes: His eyes are a very pale lavender.


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* TechnicolorEyes: His eyes are a very pale lavender.


* UndignifiedDeath: The above cruel and unusual death. Leon is the only culprit who doesn't accept his guilt and FaceDeathWithDignity; in the anime he goes as far as to pound on the courtroom doors screaming to be let out. Then he's desperately clawing at the chain around his throat as it's dragging him to the batting cage, kicking and screaming, and he has a frightened-out-of-his-mind look on his face right up until the baseball cannon beats him to death by firing baseballs.

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* UndignifiedDeath: The above cruel and unusual death.CruelAndUnusualDeath. Leon is the only culprit who doesn't accept his guilt and FaceDeathWithDignity; in the anime he goes as far as to pound on the courtroom doors screaming to be let out. Then he's desperately clawing at the chain around his throat as it's dragging him to the batting cage, kicking and screaming, and he has a frightened-out-of-his-mind look on his face right up until the baseball cannon beats him to death by firing baseballs.



* AlmostDeadGuy: Briefly wakes up after being mortally wounded before he is KilledOffForReal.

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* AlmostDeadGuy: Briefly wakes up after being mortally wounded before he is KilledOffForReal.murdered.
* AssholeVictim: Not only was he a disgusting pervert, but he also murdered the innocent Kiyotaka in cold blood simply because Celeste made a FalseRapeAccusation against him and without even taking the time to ask him if the accusation was true, and was ''also'' willing to have all the other students executed for the sake of his "revenge" on Kiyotaka. Considering all this, it becomes hard to have any sympathy for his death.



* BiTheWay: Played with. When Yasuhiro points out that Alter Ego is as male as his programmer (Chihiro) was, he says he sees no problem with that--though he continues to refer to Alter Ego as female.

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* BiTheWay: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with.with]]. When Yasuhiro points out that Alter Ego is as male as his programmer (Chihiro) was, he says he sees no problem with that--though he continues to refer to Alter Ego as female.



* {{Foil}}: To Celeste surprisingly enough. Celeste's Free Time Events imply her to be an otaku herself, one who [[ClosetGeek desperately wants to obscure that fact from others]]. Small wonder Hifumi seems to piss her off so much.
** He's also one to Toko. Both are authors, both are [[FriendlessBackground loners]], and both are very attached to what they write: however, they don't get along at all because their writing fields are so different and because both undervalue the other's. Hifumi is also a pervert while Toko hates that kind of people.
* FriendlessBackground: A lot of his character arc shows that he rarely gets to ramble about all the fandom-related tropes he's so passionate about, save for Makoto if the player chooses to go through his Free-Time Events, and later Alter Ego. In his final Free-Time Event, he chooses to call Makoto a friend.

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* {{Foil}}: To Celeste Celeste, surprisingly enough. Celeste's Free Time Events imply her to be an otaku herself, one who [[ClosetGeek desperately wants to obscure that fact from others]]. Small wonder Hifumi seems to piss her off so much.
** He's also one to Toko. Both are authors, both are [[FriendlessBackground loners]], and both are very attached to what they write: however, they don't get along at all because their writing fields are so different and because both undervalue the other's. Hifumi is also a pervert while Toko hates that kind those kinds of people.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: He wears round OpaqueLenses and murdered an innocent man in cold blood over a FalseRapeAccusation with no evidence.
* FriendlessBackground: A lot of his character arc shows that he rarely gets to ramble about all the fandom-related tropes he's so passionate about, save for Makoto if the player chooses to go through his Free-Time Events, and later Alter Ego. In his final Free-Time Free Time Event, he chooses to call Makoto a friend.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Perverted otaku who makes it a point of pride to drive girls trying to be nice to him away aside, he is a man with a lot of genuine conviction underneath all his unsavory traits. He sincerely thinks the world of the world of doujinshi, wants to spread his passions to a wide, appreciative audience, and it takes a FalseRapeAccusation to convince him to kill Ishimaru. In free time events, he treats Naegi well while offering to make him his assistant. Though, others may view him as a...
** JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Even if he believed Celeste's FalseRapeAccusation to be truthful, he didn't have any qualms about letting all the others die to get his so-called "revenge". Not to mention, he gleefully murdered an innocent man without even asking said man whether the accusations against him were true.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Perverted otaku {{otaku}} who makes it a point of pride to drive girls trying to be nice to him away aside, he is a man with a lot of genuine conviction underneath all his unsavory traits. He sincerely thinks the world of the world of doujinshi, wants to spread his passions to a wide, appreciative audience, and it takes a FalseRapeAccusation to convince him to kill Ishimaru. audience In free time events, Free Time Events, he treats Naegi well while offering to make him his assistant. Though, others may view him as a...
** JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Even
But underneath ''that'', he is a guy who gleefully murdered an innocent man without even bothering to ask said man if he believed Celeste's the FalseRapeAccusation that motivated Hifumi to be truthful, murder him was true. Not to mention he didn't have any qualms about letting all the others die to get his so-called "revenge". Not to mention, he gleefully murdered an innocent man without even asking said man whether the accusations against him were true."revenge".



* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Compared to the more standard designs, Hifumi looks more like a caricature. He also lacks the series standard eye designs, and has a chipmunk-like upper-lip in most of his poses.

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* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Compared to the more standard designs, Hifumi looks more like a caricature. He also lacks the series series' standard eye designs, and has a chipmunk-like upper-lip in most of his poses.



* PetTheDog: In a free time event, Makoto learns that Hifumi actually has an ''altruistic'' dream: since he realizes that there are some people who only read fanfic casually, or only certain kinds, he wants to inspire those people to create ''their own'' fanfics, so he can "save" those people by giving them a direction in life, as his favorite anime character Heretic Angel ★ Mochi Mochi Princess did for ''him'' which is how Hifumi got into the fanfic business in the first place.

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* PetTheDog: In a free time event, Free Time Event, Makoto learns that Hifumi actually has an ''altruistic'' dream: since he realizes that there are some people who only read fanfic casually, or only certain kinds, he wants to inspire those people to create ''their own'' fanfics, so he can "save" those people by giving them a direction in life, as his favorite anime character Heretic Angel ★ Mochi Mochi Princess did for ''him'' ''him'', which is how Hifumi got into the fanfic business in the first place.



* ProudToBeAGeek

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* SeriousBusiness: His field, the fanfic circle business. For example, he hates "losers" who only watch Heretic Angel ★ Mochi Mochi Princess because Bo-ko, the main character, turns them on; in his case, he watches the series because he sees it as a meta-science narrative and an answer to J.D. Gillard's theories. He also will get upset if Makoto misidentifies some aspect of fanfics, and he talks about possibly attending certain conventions all by himself so that the "not serious" fans don't ruin it. Also, his dream is to ''save aimless people'' by inspiring them to create their own fanfics, as his own favorite character had inspired him.

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* SeriousBusiness: His field, the fanfic circle business. For example, he hates "losers" who only watch Heretic ''Heretic Angel ★ Mochi Mochi Princess Princess'' because Bo-ko, the main character, turns them on; in his case, he watches the series because he sees it as a meta-science narrative and an answer to J.D. Gillard's theories. He also will get upset if Makoto misidentifies some aspect of fanfics, and he talks about possibly attending certain conventions all by himself so that the "not serious" fans don't ruin it. Also, his dream is to ''save aimless people'' by inspiring them to create their own fanfics, as his own favorite character had inspired him.



* SympatheticMurderer: He kills Taka only because Celes made a FalseRapeAccusation against him and takes advantage of the LoveTriangle both men had with Alter Ego.

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* SympatheticMurderer: He kills Taka only because Celes Celeste made a FalseRapeAccusation against him and takes advantage of the LoveTriangle both men had with Alter Ego.Ego. On the other hand, though, you could argue that Hifumi had every opportunity to ask Taka if the accusations Celeste made against him were actually ''true'' or not before murdering him.

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* HeroProtagonist: Makoto is an optimistic, average, conformist male with an extreme inability to mentally process any abnormality. Randomly, he gets deposited into Junko's Killing Game and manages to succeed at saving the remainder of the case, despite how much suffering the Killing Game has him experience.


* LightIsGood: His uniform predominantly features white, symbolizing his spotless morality.



* ManInWhite: His uniform predominantly features white, symbolizing his spotless morality.


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* ManInWhite: Wears a predominantly white outfit.


* PurpleProse: This seeps into some of his narrations in nearly all translations, though conveying the gravity of the situation [[TropesAreTools probably wouldn't be possible otherwise]]. While he's describing Sayaka's last message, Kyoko dryly calls him a poet.

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* PurpleProse: This seeps into some of his narrations in nearly all translations, though conveying the gravity of the situation [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools probably wouldn't be possible otherwise]]. While he's describing Sayaka's last message, Kyoko dryly calls him a poet.

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* SympatheticMurderer: He kills Taka only because Celes made a FalseRapeAccusation against him and takes advantage of the LoveTriangle both men had with Alter Ego.


* VillainousBreakdown: He completely loses his cool in the Chapter 4 trial once as it becomes increasingly clear that Aoi, [[TheDitz of all people]], managed to completely outwit him due to his cold-hearted LackOfEmpathy blinding him to the truth, whereas Makoto and Kyoko were able to see that truth and solve the mystery. The idea that he might have gotten everyone, himself included, killed over a result [[SmugSnake he had felt so 100% confident in]] clearly upsets him.

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* VillainousBreakdown: He completely loses his cool in the Chapter 4 trial once as it becomes increasingly clear that Aoi, [[TheDitz of all people]], managed to completely outwit him due to his cold-hearted LackOfEmpathy blinding him to the truth, whereas Makoto and Kyoko were able to see that truth and solve the mystery. The idea that he might have gotten everyone, himself included, killed over a result [[SmugSnake he had felt so 100% confident in]] clearly upsets him. He [[HeelFaceTurn revokes his "villainous" status soon afterward.]]


* VillainousBreakdown: He completely loses his cool in the Chapter 4 trial once as it becomes increasingly clear that Aoi, [[TheDitz of all people]], managed to completely outwit him due to his cold-hearted LackOfEmpathy blinding him to the truth, whereas Makoto and Kyoko were able to see that truth and solve the mystery. The idea that he might have gotten everyone, himself included, killed over a result [[SmugSnake he had felt so 100% confident in]] clearly upsets him.



** While aware of the nature of the game, he quickly adapts and embraces the circumstances as [[ThisIsACompetition a competition]], believing he's invincible due to his pedigree and station, and that he is a natural, [[TheLeader Levelheaded Leader]]. Never mind how his behavior puts everyone off, and how [[PlayerCharacter Makoto]] and Kyoko keep upstaging him. In Chapter 4, all the students decide to band together against Monokuma, which eliminates the competitive aspect of the trials. So because no one will lie awake in fear of being murdered anymore, the game has lost its "thrill", and this causes Byakuya to withdraw from the game and unite with the other students against Monokuma. Lampshaded by Monokuma at the end of chapter 2; after Byakuya dramatically states that he plans to kill Monokuma after graduation, Monokuma sneers and says "You almost sound like a protagonist! Too bad you're just a side character!"

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** While aware of the nature of the game, he quickly adapts and embraces the circumstances as [[ThisIsACompetition a competition]], believing he's invincible due to his pedigree and station, and that he is a natural, [[TheLeader Levelheaded Leader]]. Never mind how his behavior puts everyone off, and how [[PlayerCharacter Makoto]] and Kyoko keep upstaging him. In Chapter 4, all the students decide to band together against Monokuma, which eliminates the competitive aspect of the trials. So because no one will lie awake in fear of being murdered anymore, the game has lost its "thrill", and this causes Byakuya to withdraw from the game and unite with the other students against Monokuma. Lampshaded by Monokuma at the end of chapter Chapter 2; after Byakuya dramatically states that he plans to kill Monokuma after graduation, Monokuma sneers and says "You almost sound like a protagonist! Too bad you're just a side character!"

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* AdaptationalHeroism: His tampering with the crime scene in Chapter 2 is downplayed compared to the game, and he only [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatically states]] that it was done to test his classmate's deductive abilities and shake up the real culprit so that they are more easily exposed, whereas in the game it was done for [[ForTheEvulz purely selfish reasons.]]


* AdaptationalHeroism: The anime cuts out his involvement in desecrating Chihiro's corpse and framing his murder as a Genocide Jack crime.


* PerverseSexualLust: For Hifumi, it's 2-D women only. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Allegedly.]] Going by the odd bit of dialogue, that seems to include [[ElegantGothicLolita Celeste]] as well.

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* PerverseSexualLust: For Hifumi, it's 2-D women only. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Allegedly.]] Going by the odd bit of dialogue, that seems to include [[ElegantGothicLolita Celeste]] as well. That may be part of the reason he went along so easily; not only a few well-placed bluffs, but the fact they're given by the one he may have idolized to an extent.


* {{Foil}}: To Celeste. Both are fabulously rich [[MagnificentBastard magnificent bastards]] who are both (allegedly) half-European, show no empathy to anyone, did not actually inherit anything by birthright, and got where they are today though their wits and through ruining the lives of others. But while Celeste [[FauxAffablyEvil puts on a mask of politeness]] and hides her history and intentions, Byakuya shows open contempt for everyone, and is very public about his desire to win the Deadly Game by any means necessary. Ironically, he doesn't commit any murders at all!

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* {{Foil}}: To Celeste. Both are fabulously rich [[MagnificentBastard magnificent bastards]] teenagers who are both (allegedly) half-European, show no empathy to anyone, did not actually inherit anything by birthright, and got where they are today though their wits and through ruining the lives of others. But while Celeste [[FauxAffablyEvil puts on a mask of politeness]] and hides her history and intentions, Byakuya shows open contempt for everyone, and is very public about his desire to win the Deadly Game by any means necessary. Ironically, he doesn't commit any murders at all!

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* AdaptationalHeroism: The anime cuts out his involvement in desecrating Chihiro's corpse and framing his murder as a Genocide Jack crime.


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