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Ultimate PianistThe kind hearted but headstrong leader as well as the protagonist of this story.
- All-Loving Hero: She might not always agree with her classmate's methods of going about things, and their antics, but from the bottom of her heart cares deeply about each and every one of them. From the culprits to the most unorthodox classmate, she truly wants everyone to survive and to continue being friends.
- Amateur Sleuth: With some help from her classmates, notably from Kiyo and Kokichi, she's able to come to the conclusions of every trial case.
- Bi the Way: There's her Ship Tease with Shuichi and Rantaro (though its the former who's death affects her the most), and during the talent show she mentally notes how she finds some of her classmates attractive such as Kiyo and Kirumi.
- Birds of a Feather: Her friendship with Kaito(along with some Ship Tease) can be summed up as this. They both believe in reaching out to those who they deem worthy of being included in the group, and keeping moral high along with having faith in their classmates.
- Break the Cutie: Straight off the bat after Shuichi's execution, as it leaves her a near catatonic state that she doesn't even remember how she made it back to the dorms. Trial 1's events leave her with the paranoia of losing anymore of her classmates and will continue to beat herself over it through the story.
- Declaration of Protection: Through her actions and her words, as leader of the group she does everything within her power to keep trying to reduce the chances of Monokuma maniuplating the situation or her classmates from being driven to kill.
- Et Tu, Brute?: With every culprit she realizes, starting with Shuichi, it tears away at Kaede's mental state. Though it usually goes back to blaming herself from not being able to prevent the actions they took.
- Exact Eavesdropping: Her hearing is better than the average person's, so she can pull this off a lot. Sometimes this is the only way she learns about what her classmates are up to when she's not in the loop.
- First-Person Smartass: Her usual style of being a Deadpan Snarker, though who can blame her with all the chaos occurring around her.
- Foil: To Angie as they're both females with a compassionate heart towards their classmates and want nothing more than to cease the killing game. However while Kaede has the goal in mind of escaping, Angie thinks they're better off abandoning the outside world all together, where Kaede is more merciful Angie is ruthless. Not to meniton Kaede would prefer everyone to be united, Angie has no problem with keeping the remaining students divided until they convert to her ways. Another thing is Kaede though stern is a Nice Girl whereas Angie has undertones of being a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: This girl likes to see the good in everyone, and will jump at the chance to help her friends with just about anything. Take the girls' party, as soon as she noticed Kirumi still working hard to make it fun experience, Kaede wanted the Ultimate Maid to enjoy herself too.
- Hope Bringer: She refuses to leave anyone behind emotionally, and continues to find ways to keep moral alive.
- Kid with the Leash: With varying results, she takes it upon herself to keep an eye on some of the more trouble-some students like Miu, Kokichi, and Kiyo.
- Love Hurts: Suffers from both the romantic and platonic side of things as the story continues, she mourns over the loss of her classmates and blames herself for not being able to stop the culprits from going through their crimes.
- The Mourning After: Word of God states that despite some Ship Tease with her classmates, she is too caught up in her in her grief for him along with Shuichi being the only one confirmed to be her Love Interest in this story. Through her actions and thoughts without a doubt she misses him.
- Nice Girl: She's by no means a pushover, but she's still got a good heart for the goal of being there for her friends, and believing in them.
- Only Sane Man: Woman in this case, but the antics that her fellow classmates have can make her wonder what truly goes on in their heads. Though that's not to say she doesn't have moments of being Not So Above It All.
- Tragic Keepsake: After Shuichi's execution she vaguely recalls picking up his hat and taking it back with her to her room before mourning for him.
- She keeps Miu's letter after her execution along with her inventions.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Just like Kaito, she is afraid of the supernatural horror elements of the enironment during the exploration of the floor of where Kiyo and Angie's labs are that she has to be phyiscally pushed by Kokichi to continue on.
- Determinator: As per usual with her, but not to her benefit. This is ultimately lead to her death, since her spur of the moment lashing out at Ryoma upon seeing her motive video wasn't the end of her murderous intent. It just meant she had to bide her time in hopes of getting another chance where it wouldn't be as obvious that she did it so she could escape.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite her hostility towards Ryoma after her video the group doesn't hold it against her too much, with Angie having no issues allowing her to join her Student Council. She gladly takes advantage of this so she can make another attempt later, and the others try to avoid making the same mistake again after one of their own get away with a murder without graduating later on.
- Freak Out: By seeing her motive video with the group we see that learning she was the Prime Minister of Japan in all but title and her nation was at dire risk greatly unbalanced her, to the point that on impulse she nearly attacked Ryoma (who had no one in his video who'd miss him and as a convicted killer would be far from an "innocent" victim) presumably in a panicked bid to escape, but the others stopped her before any physical harm came to him.
Ultimate Child Caregiver (Ultimate Assassin)
- Ambiguous Situation: Her meeting with Kirumi confronting her over suspicions she was planning a murder is presented as one of these. As only Kirumi could say what happened that resulted in Maki's death, after Kirumi is killed the only thing the cast knows for sure is that there was a fight and Maki chose to carve her name into Kirumi's arms with her attacks before she lost.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Since "Maki" takes fewer lines to write in Katakana than it does in English the story makes a point of that being how she writes her name when she was fighting Kirumi and the only use of direct Japanese in the story so far.
- Irony: In canon having each other's motive videos made things hostile between her and Ryoma, with the aggressor of the conflict depending on the translation. Here by having Ryoma in a role like Shuichi's for Kaito's night training and the two having similar issues they are able to be on much better terms.
- Took a Level in Kindness: By having her real talent revealed earlier (and less dramatically) than it was in canon, and seeing how Kaito and Kaede helped diffuse the tensions it immediately caused, she was able to feel more comfortable around the others sooner than before. Of course being Maki "kind" is still rather subjective, particularly where those who still judge her are concerned.
Ultimate Aikido Master
- Action Girl: Easily one of the most physically powerful students trapped and even offers to help train others so they can defend themselves better. Unfortunately, being Tenko said offer is largely limited to the girls of the cast.
- Does Not Like Men: Though she does show more signs of trying to work through this than she had in canon.
- Friend to All Living Things: Except men. After the talent show she starts taking care of Himiko's "familiars" on a daily basis, up to adopting one dove permanently and getting the student council to help her move the swarm of piranha to her own dojo's trench so they could have more room to swim around.
- The Lost Lenore: Himiko, made worse by how Kokichi tore into her for how "creepy" her unwanted advances towards her were during her trial.
- Odd Friendship: With Angie. Her mental fortitude makes her immune to Angie's brainwashing, and thus limiting the trouble she can cause by letting Tenko stay a voice of (relative) reason, while Angie's manipulative nature makes her very aware of those who might try to take advantage of Tenko's gullibility.
- Third-Person Person: Despite otherwise following the official translation Tenko and Angie still do this.
- Color Motif: Blue, which she considers to be tied to the killing game's "truth vs. lies" theme and part of why she chose to get closer to Kibo after he changed his color scheme to pink. She also contrasts this with her past self, who she considers as "brown", like her natural hair and eye color.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: She's very fond of referencing anime and similar interests whenever she can, as much as the others tease her for it or don't understand her jokes. According to her narration Even "Tsumugi" as a concept is essentially a cosplay to her. Her original name isn't given, but the girl from her audition is described as being very different from the Tsumugi in the Killing Game.
- Evil vs. Evil: Though she does try to keep her being evil under wraps.
- As the "Mastermind" she should be in control of the killing game, but she's not and she's well aware that she's not the only "evil" student here either. She still eagerly hopes for her "friends" to kill each other to give Danganronpa's audience good entertainment but as more of the story diverges from how it "should" have been she realizes her higher ups have turned on her so her surviving her own game has become that much more difficult.
- She goes out of her way to antagonize Kiyo's sister when the latter shows up, going so far as to set up the reveal about the nature of her relationship with him to make it harder for them to get close to the other students. It's implied this is because she never wrote anything for his sister as an independent character, so she's less comfortable with trying to predict or manipulate her like she has been for everyone else and trying to limit how much of a wrench this could throw into her plans.
- I Hate Past Me: Like many of the others she's disgusted by the "past self" presented to her in her audition tape. Unlike everyone else it's more because she likes the monster she was made into. She is aware that her feelings on the matter are probably artificially enforced by the DR team, but doesn't care.
- Cute and Psycho: There's something unsettling about Angie whenever she talks about blood sacrifices as its not a big deal, and with her Tranquil Fury at Kiyo when he questioned her during the motive video party. Kaede herself notes despite Angie smiling, she can clearly tell how angry Angie is.
- Foil: She sets herself up as one to Kaede when trying to become the new leader for the group in chapter three, but she also has shades of this with Kokichi too. Both are big on manipulating others to do what they want, but he prefers to help Kaede lead rather than take the role for himself, and how much of what Angie says in regards to Atua is a lie to make her own opinions/goals sound more important is unclear.
- Perpetual Smiler: It takes a lot for her to get a smile off of her face, so her friends are well aware that just because she's smiling that doesn't mean she's happy. Turns out having a silly voice in her head does help keep the smiles more genuine than not.
- Pet the Dog: Like her canon counterpart she ends up making a series of wax effigies for the dead, despite only needing to make one since she already decided on who to revive, but here its clearly not just for the sake of the Necronomicon as she kept making them well into chapter four. She even spent the time to make statues of the Monokubs because of how Monophanie and Monodam tried to befriend them and it "felt mean" to leave out the rest of their siblings, resulting in 11 lifelike figures in total.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Her relationship with Kiyo in a nutshell. He finds her childish personality grating despite being genuinely interested in her culture (minus Atua) and she hates how he was able to translate her motive video when she wanted to keep its contents to herself and perceived disrespect towards her faith. Learning he killed Kirumi and let the former attempt her murder thinking Angie was going to be her victim didn't make things any better, but it's implied that her attempt to spike his tea the next day was just a Laxative Prank rather than something more serious.
- Third-Person Person: Despite otherwise following the official translation Tenko and Angie still do this.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: When Atua speaks to Angie it's a mix of this and Totally Radical surfer dude slang which she finds very amusing. Especially when she can add even more terribly out of place phrases to his personal dictionary.
- Chekhov's Gun: Kaede had her work on trying to make something so that they could use the Death Road to escape, but someone wrecked her lab when it was nearing completion. This resulted in Miu sneaking Kaede the prototypes, three different EMP grenades, by stuffing them in her backpack before the second trial. Kaede still has them, with the note on how to best use them, but no one else knows yet. The act of sabotage also comes back up when theories about the mastermind are tossed around, as it proves to the cast there has to be one among them, even if it was the Monokubs who did the deed.
- Story-Breaker Power: Having both Kaede and Kokichi ready to commission projects for her to make in order to escape made the mastermind take direct action against her for being too dangerous.
- The Lost Lenore: After her execution in chapter 2's conclusion, she has become this for Kibo who even changes some of his color scheme to bright pink and keeps her choker.
- Acquitted Too Late: He firmly believed he was being framed for Rantaro's murder, and uses that as his reason for not taking the First Blood Perk, but without anyone to accuse but him or Kaede still found himself executed for it in a parody of an escape room. As time goes on more of the students become convinced he was right, and from this assume Monokuma doesn't actually have to follow the rules he gave everyone at the start.
- Sacrificial Lion: From the actual protagonist of the game to the first executed student, despite having a talent that would have made him an invaluable asset in the killing game.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Kaede noticed he had some blood coming from his mouth after the third body discovery, and Ryoma was unconvinced by his claims that he only bit his tongue. While he still tries to hide his illness from everyone else, the stressors he faces in the killing game makes it seemingly progress faster than it did in canon.
- In Spite of a Nail: After all the motive videos are shown he decides the best way to help Ryoma through the depression his video caused and encourage Maki to open up more is to set up nightly training sessions between the three of them.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Kiyo confronts him about this, as his motive video established his older sister had the same symptoms and he recognized the similarities since without medical treatment Kaito's was progressing faster. While it isn't a surprise to Kaito himself, Kaede was less than prepared for it.
Ultimate Supreme Leader
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Downplayed. He's not as antagonistic but likes invoking their trope much to Kirumi's annoyance.
- First-Person Smartass: Even more so than Kaede's POV chapters as he likes to crack jokes to himself to keep his mood up or lampshading everything around him as much as he's able.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: To Kaede, as his talent would make him a better leader than her in theory and a lot better than she is at identifying liars in trials.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He seemed to assume the "protagonist" of this story was either Kaito or Keebo before he saw his audition tape, given how he has a brief panic over having made himself come across as the "Sassy Gay Best Friend" character of this "season" of Danganronpa if she is the real lead here.
- You Can Always Tell a Liar: He's not as perfect as a Living Lie Detector, since it hasn't helped him figure out who the mastermind is, but he is very good at spotting a fellow liar and even notes a few of his classmates' more reliable tells in his chapters. He tries to teach Gonta some of them too, as Kaede overheard Gonta commenting that Kiyo having another personality explained why Kokichi caught him having two opposite sets of tells which threw him off earlier.
Ultimate Tennis Pro (Ultimate Prisoner)
- Broken Ace: Though Kaito does try to help him heal after made aware of how serious his depression was. While Ryoma's self esteem is badly damaged due to his past incarceration and loss of his loved ones he's still one of the most useful inmates at the academy physically and socially, as he's both very considerate of those around him and mature enough to be able to give solid advice from past experience.
- Birds of a Feather: Has shades of this with both Maki and Kiyo. Maki for being another former murderer of the cast who doesn't regret the blood she's shed and a fellow snarker in contrast to Kaito's Idiot Hero personality. Kiyo for both having motive videos that appeared intent on causing them despair and a Lost Lenore the two used as an early bonding point. However, learning that Kiyo was also a Serial Killer motivated by said loss ended up being what destroyed what friendship they had rather than improving it.
- Crush Blush: He starts blushing more often around Kaede when he starts developing feelings for them, though they remain oblivious to being the cause when they notice it happening.
- Demoted to Extra: The story starts after his death and he's not referenced as often as the other students lost throughout the story by virtue of not getting particularly close to anyone beforehand, though not to the point of being a Forgotten Fallen Friend. Even his role from canon as the student Angie planned to bring back with the Necronomicon gets replaced with Himiko, not that it matters as it still didn't succeed.
- Plot-Triggering Death: As the first victim of the killing game.
- Exact Eavesdropping: Kaede's not the only person who can pull this off, as his hearing is at least on par with hers to help him when searching for bugs.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Gonta's narration reveals he's suffering a lot from this in exchange for using the dub's Tarzan speak means of writing him. His thoughts are split between what he thinks in the language he learned when he was raised by Reptites and what everyone else speaks, occasionally getting frustrated by aspects of the later language he can't get.
- Hidden Depths: He understands Keebo's concerns about being treated differently just because he's a robot from how the Reptites, well intentioned or not, focused on him being a primate when giving him presents. Which led to his dislike of bananas. He's also pretty good at hiding how hard he works to follow what everyone says, which Kiyo picks up on, and how much he dislikes translating the Purple Prose certain people speak with, which Kiyo is also aware of but does anyway even when it's just the two of them. In light of Kiyo getting away with murder he's also far more comfortable with the idea of putting down this "dangerous animal" to keep his innocent friends safe than he should be, ideally by exploiting the same rule himself so they wouldn't need to kill him afterward.
- Super Senses: His reflexes, hearing, and sight are all higher than normal, though it's easier for his friends to forget about. Kokichi tries to put these skills to use by teaching him some of his tricks for telling when someone's lying.
- Affably Evil: As per canon, when he's not trying to show off how evil he can be to see how the others will react he'll gladly give others genuinely good advice or support if he thinks they emotionally need it. This can leave characters like Gonta conflicted on how to feel about him once they learn about how he helps his sister "make friends". His sister's affability is more of an act to keep up appearances with him.
- Big Brother Bully: His older sister is indicated to have been one to him even if he didn't think of it that way, for as bad as their relationship already is. The one in his head definitely is, as she has no issues with manipulating him, pushing buttons when he doesn't do what she says, and intentionally outs the nature of their relationship to his friends in hopes of keeping him dependent on her.
- Gender Bender: The sprite changes he'd have in-game are noticed by other characters when his sister takes over. Similarly when his sister first appears in the virtual sim it takes her a moment to notice she's stuck using Kiyo's male avatar which Kibo fixes for later visits.
- In Series Nick Name: He gets called "Kiyo" like the official dub uses a lot here. The only times he isn't is when someone's pissed at him or it's his sister talking. A few also get tossed around by Angie and Kokichi for his sister too, since he never tells them her actual name, with "Kore" and "Cersei/Circe" being common ones.
- No Name Given: Korekiyo's older sister isn't given a name here. Made a tad more awkward by her showing up more often than she did before, as she refuses to be addressed by anything but her surname. This turns out to be one of the things that convinces Kiyo she's not as real as he wishes she was.
- Verbal Tic: He often ends his rhetorical questions with "No?". His sister uses "Yes?" in a similar manner and addresses his friends more formally than he does, which can be a tip off for who is really in control of his body.
- Break the Cutie: Miu's execution and hearing how he could have been her victim instead of Himiko hits him hard and results in him trying to be more proactive in avoiding further bloodshed.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: As much as he can have one, since he doesn't really have "clothes". After the second execution he takes to wearing Miu's necklace and uses an "upgrade" she gave him earlier in the story (since everyone else was able to "dress up" but him) to change his lights and eyes from blue to pink, which makes Kaede uncomfortable for reasons she can't explain.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name's spelled "Kibo" in this story rather than using the official dub's spelling, which can get confusing with Korekiyo's nickname of "Kiyo".