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The character pages for the sequel are split up by class. The page for the third game can be found here.

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Ai Aizawa Na Lee

SHSL Paparazza Blackmailer
If you’re talking tabloids, the name Ai Aizawa will surely come up. A paparazza working for the weekly magazine Yansin Beki, she’s notorious for her prolificness and her accuracy. She seems to know just when celebrities are making trouble, and pounces on them with a high success rate; she’s rarely without some sort of news story. This proficiency at her job has made Yansin Beki incredibly successful, and made many others fear seeing the flash of her camera at their window. Her dark hair and dress makes her nigh invisible in the night, but she certainly makes her presence known.

One victim of the third murder.


SHSL Street Artist
Somehow always found on skates, the elusive street artist Angelos was eventually discovered after 6 years. Spanning from small cute butterflies to large-scale waves, Angelos has made her mark in Tokyo becoming well-known and even managing to make her art become a public attraction. Every morning it’s a wait-and-see to find out where the Midnight Painter had painted her latest piece.

Not the Chapter 4 murderer, but is executed anyway due to a mistrial.

  • But Not Too Foreign: In fact, not foreign at all. Angelos is clearly not her real name, but it's the one she goes by.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: Won't take them off during the first trial, but the second body drop has her forgetting to put them on entirely, revealing the scars on them.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Not Helping Your Case: In the beginning of the first trial, Angelos was high up on the list of suspects. She promptly began the trial by yelling and getting mad, drawing a lot of suspicion towards her.
  • Only One Name

Briana Castillo

SHSL Good Luck
This previously ordinary girl has cropped up as the winner of the coveted Good Luck lottery for Hope’s Peak; an immigrant from Spain with no special talents other than her optimistic attitude and a way with cats. It actually seems like an incredibly unlucky coincidence, since her older brother was a talent student at Hope’s Peak before his death.

  • Animal Motifs: Of a black cat, to be exact.
  • Born Lucky: Since she won the Good Luck lottery, though that's also questionable now that she's stuck in a mutual killing situation.
  • Break the Cutie: Once she's given her screen for the third motive, which shows her older brother, who she thought to be dead.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's moved from Spain, but knows Japanese. However, it is obvious to look at her that she isn't from Japan.
  • The Cutie
  • The Empath: Is always eager and able to help and comfort others.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one of these upon seeing her screen for the third motive. Who wouldn't when it was her dead brother?
  • Official Couple: With Rosario!
  • The Pollyanna

Cady Landcaster

SHSL Wake Surfer
Surf’s up! Cady Lancaster is the three-time youngest champion of the World Wakesurfing Competition and she’s got the sporty personality to match. Cady’s always up for a good time, though don’t try to drag her to a party. She once skipped her own birthday party. But set her up with a body of water and some water sports, and she’ll be happy.

She was the second culprit, having killed Maiori.

  • Ax-Crazy: Her reasoning for killing Maiori was flawed at best, as shown by the displeased reaction of all the other students.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Another one of the many students with a clearly 'not Japanese' name, making it clear that she is not of Japanese descent. However, she has displayed that she does know Japanese well enough to get by.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Blue and blue!
  • Hair Decorations: Important, because that's what sold her out in the end.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Dakota Merryweather

SHSL Standup Comedian
Dakota lives in a beachy neighborhood, she’s also the SHSL standup comic in town, mostly because nobody else can stand up to the gut-busting humor she can dish out, the main reason behind that is that nobody else can say her material with a straight face. She is assaulted in Chapter 6, but ultimately survives.

Eliot Ghanem

SHSL Movie Critic
Eliot is a Syrian boy who moved to Japan when he was about 8. He runs a practically famous blog as a well-known (and feared) movie critic. He posts the occasional book or play criticism as well. He’s 17 years old, an only child, and lives with both parents. He’s got a very good head on his shoulders, but he never quite got the hang of getting along with people, and he can be a little abrasive due to his brutal honesty. Besides that, his fame has gone to his head a bit and he thinks pretty highly of himself.

Fumiyo Oshiro

SHSL Opera Singer
More than just a pretty face, this native of Italy moved to Japan at a young age, and has been training in the vocal arts for as long as she, or anyone, can remember. Tending towards opera as she grew older, Fumi began performing in local venues, and her perfomances slowly began attracting attention. This escalated until Fumi and her chords of steel were invited to perform in the New National Theatre in Tokyo, one of the youngest opera singers ever to perform. Sunny, kind, and matronly, she was viewed as a wonderful symbol for the youth arts, and an example of just how far someone could go with passion… and vibrato.

Victim of the first murder. She was killed via electrocution for knowing too much.

Kuroi Kato

SHSL Student Council President
A very well known name at Hopes Peak Academy, Kuroi Kato is the student council president of Hopes Peak’s student council. He’s a very diligent and hard-working young man that does his best to make sure that the school is running properly and that the students are happy.He’s been noted since elementary school to have always been a top student in sports and academics, which got him a scholarship to the elite private school, Mikami Academy, where he had pulled off the largest and most successful school festival that garnered a lot of attention and praise from the school board and student body. This also managed to catch the attention of Hopes Peak where he has been awarded with the title of “Super High School Level Student Council President”.

  • Alliterative Name: Kuroi Kato
  • Animal Motifs: Yet another black cat.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting any of the other students.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kuroi is normally polite and mild-tempered, even addressing Monokuma with the polite suffix of, "-san"; and yet it was Kuroi of all people to attack Monokuma to defend Sachiko.
  • Bishounen: Despite being a messy haired tired nerd, some consider him to be this.
  • Break the Cutie: Subverted. Despite getting his eye damaged and having his [[childhood friend tortured]] all in the same chapter; he remains calm and level-headed.
  • Blind Without 'Em: His vision is apparently so bad that without his glasses everyone looks like coloured blobs to him.
  • Class Representative: He was chosen by the headmaster of Hope's Peak to go to Kaiyou with the others.
  • Eye Scream: When confronting Monokuma, who had just stabbed Sachiko, he gets a nice slash to the eye.
  • Japanese School Uniform: He wears a gakuran.
  • The Leader: He is the Student Council President, after all!
  • Married to the Job: He's very dedicated to his responsibilities as the SHSL Student Council President, but, this proves to be a rather fatal flaw for him since this attitude is what get's in the way of him making close relationships.
  • Nice Guy: Nobody (so far) seems to have a problem with him as he remains polite to everyone he talks to.
  • Nerves of Steel: Maybe not entirely, but he's the one to drag the second victim's corpse out of the water, while the rest of them either watched or decided to leave it in there.
  • Only Sane Man: Has yet to really yell at any of the students and remains calm throughout all of the trials so far.
  • Punny Name: "Kuroi" is written as "黒井". The first character of his name is "黒", which means "black". His last name said out loud sounds like "cat". Given his appearance, the pun should be clearer.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: He shows up to one of the class trials in his school uniform while everyone else was (presumably) in their pjs. Apparently he slept in his uniform.
    • Subverted as his new sprites has him wearing casual clothes after he gets attacked by Monokuma.
  • Stoic Spectacles
  • Trauma Conga Line: Dude lost his fucking eye and found out the HPA Student Council members, which are comprised of all his friends were being tortured. This happened in literally the same day.

Maiori Rikarudo

SHSL Ghostbuster

Maiori is the star of a TV show about ghosts and other paranormal phenomena. The show is a complete joke, but she doesn’t know that. However, her enthusiasm and charm captured the hearts of Japan, as well as Hope’s Peak’s faculty.

She's the second victim.

Masami Kojima

SHSL Object Heads
An artisan of quite the unique craft, Masami Kojima is a sculptor of wearable object heads, and their online shop, Faceless Portrait, is mentioned from time to time in Harajuku. Their skill is envied among many the avant-garde fashion designer and their creativity and attention to detail is simply to die for, but in person, Masami is a much different person than their legacy makes them out to be. Quiet, shy, and awkward, it’s a bit hard to believe that they’re a leading beacon in the cutthroat world of fashion. Show an interest in purchasing one of their works, however, and they’ll show off the business-oriented side of themself that let them defend their niche so effectively!

The Chapter 3 murderer, responsible for the deaths of Ai and Moeko.

  • Animal Motifs: Masami has a fish motif, first hinted at by the fact they wear a fishbowl on their head.
  • Apologises a Lot
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As Chapter 3 clearly shows.
  • Death by Irony: They get their face practically slashed off and then get decapitated. By entities impersonating their moms. Who, coincidentally, were the people they intended to save by killing people.
  • Don't Look at Me!: In particular, their unobscured face.
  • Extreme Doormat: Anything Ryoko Yomihiro tells them to do, they'll bend over backwards to do to the best of their ability.
  • Gonk: Averted, depending on who you ask.
  • Multicolored Hair: Though it has a bit of a bluish tint through the fishbowl, their hair is black with the ends dyed blue.
  • Nice Hat: Nice fishbowl.
  • Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: Can be considered a trademark characteristic of theirs.
  • Tears of Fear: Come the third motive, much like many of their classmates.

Mitsuo Yomihiro

SHSL TV Producer
The name Mitsuo Yomihiro isn’t quite as well-known as that of his sister Ryoko, host of Pātītaimu!(Party Time!). But if you look close enough, you can see him credited as the producer of her show. He was always behind her career goals, working his hardest to support her however he could. When she struck it big with Party Time!, who else would she want producing her show other than the one who helped her get that far to begin with? He’s proven himself studious and reliable, the firm, down-to-earth voice that keeps his sister’s show running, day in and day out.

The Chapter 4 victim.

Moeko Oinuma

SHSL Tea Photographer
Is tea your aesthetic? Are you a regular tea-drinker? Maybe you know someone who’s nutty about the stuff. Either way, if you’re versed in the world of tea you’ve surely heard of a one miss Moeko Oinuma! From her own freelance work to being sponsored by big companies, she’s made herself the go-to girl for all your tea photography needs. Her pictures can be found both in stores to enhance the atmosphere, as well as on her own website.

The other victim of the third murder.

Prince Akihiko Oshiro

SHSL Prince
The soon-to-be leader of a tiny island nation, Prince Akihiko Oshiro is the SHSL Prince. He’s a bit shy but coming from an island with a population of about 100 people it’s to be expected. He scares easily but deep down he’s a good friend to have. The victim of Chapter 5.

  • Blue Blood: He is a prince, after all.
  • Break the Cutie
  • The Good King: Or rather the prince. Chapter 3 shows that he really cares for the people of his country, as they are the ones on his screen.
  • Modest Royalty: Actually very shy and seems to think less of himself than the other students.

Queen of Spades / Chinatsu Watanabe

SHSL Vigilante / SHSL Comic Book Collector
Very little is known about the Queen of Spades. Of what is known, it appears that the Queen of Spades has only been active for about a year. The only real evidence of her existence in an online archive, most of which seems to be written by only two people. Despite this, she has become a popular myth among high school students. It seems that there is a story being written about her. She's the fifth killer


SHSL Pokemon Master
Hailing from scenic Lima,Peru, Rosario is the five time defending world champion of the Pokemon video game conference. Coming out of nowhere one day she took the competition with Pokemon that surprised the world. Remember that kid that won with Pachirisu? This girls done it been there and won the worlds sweeping the competition with a Magikarp. If her mastery of the games isn’t impressive enough. She’s completely mastered every spin-off, ranking in the top five of every Pokemon shuffle competition, Rosario holds the world record for speed run completing the classic Nintendo 64 spin off Pokemon snap, and owns almost every Pokemon card ever made. Speaking of the cards, it’s safe to mention she’s a contender in the world championship for the card game. It’s just not where her focus is at. Everything about Pokemon she’s mastered. Hope's Peak was drawn to her colossal world wide following, even if it was just Pokemon.

Ryoko Yomihiro

SHSL Talk Show Host
If you haven’t heard of Ryoko Yomihiro, you may want to consider crawling out from under that rock you’ve been living under. Being born to two parents that, for the most part, live in the public eye and on camera, Ryoko’s rise to fame was hardly a surprise to anyone. What was a surprise was her incredible charm and wit on screen, paired with the ability to make even the most seasoned talk show veterans quake in their boots under the mercy of her scrutiny. It’s pretty entertaining–and entertainment is her business! Just last year her talk show, Pātītaimu!(Party Time!), was ranked among the top ten most viewed television shows in Japan–and even stole the number one spot with its New Year’s special! What a cool cat.

Ryuunosuke Sakakibara

SHSL Acrobat
Dancing through the sky, Ryuunosuke Sakakibara is the self-proclaimed ‘world’s best acrobat!!!!!!!!’ Starting at the ripe age of 12, he’s been charming and winning over crowds for five years now with his spectacular displays of agility and flexibility. Never have you seen someone so effortlessly look like they’re soaring. With the energetic personality to go with his physically demanding work, you’re likely to remember this kid, whether you see him or hear him from a distance.

  • Allergic to Routine: He's easily bored and always looking for something else to do. Once he finds something else, he gets bored with that, too!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Once the third trial starts, he loses his mind, knowing that his roommate was the one behind it and being determined to nail them down.
  • Berserk Button: "Wake up."
  • Break the Cutie: He's beaten up, bound, and gagged by an unknown assailant during the Chapter 3 murder. Upon waking, he also learns that two friends of his are dead. He's not doing very well.
  • Bromantic Foil: Ryuu is ridiculously optimistic and bubbly, while his bro Eliot is full of snark and much more down to Earth.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Seems to have his head very firmly in the clouds.
  • Cool Down Hug: Gives one of these to Eliot during the third motive.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The Chapter 3 trial. That's what happens when your roommate murders your friends and pushes you down the stairs!
  • Determinator
  • Dumb Blond
  • Everyone Hates Math: And if you're Ryuu, you also hate English, calculus, literature, and...
  • Face–Heel Turn: Chapter 3 trial begins this motion, and by the time the chapter 4 trial is over, he's done a very solid turn from light-hearted and perpetuating obliviousness to distrusting most, if not all of his classmates and no longer caring.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He seems like a pretty nice guy!
  • Heroic BSoD: Sachiko's getting stabbed, his sister is getting tortured... It's a bad time.
    • Has a much more serious one the moment he realizes Masami is the culprit that murdered two people. Ryuu becomes more infuriated than he's ever been, and is beyond ruthless in his accusations because he refuses to let someone he trusted get away with murder.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Eliot, since the actual partner part is taken up by Sachiko. Some people ship them, anyway.
    • As of Chapter 5, however, this no longer applies to them.
  • Motor Mouth: Please, stop talking, Ryuu.
  • The Nicknamer: Affectionately refers to everyone, by default, as "name-chan".
  • Official Couple: With Sachiko, much to everyone's surprise.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted. Is Ryuu even capable of negative thought?
    • He is. He really, really is.
  • The Resenter: No matter what the reasoning may be, he was so livid with Masami for killing Moeko and Ai that the execution barely sparked a reaction.
  • Stepford Smiler: Displayed as Queen of Spades chews him out, and he proceeds to smile as he always does and agrees with it all.
  • Team Dad
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Did he ever!

Sachiko Arakawa

SHSL Relationship Counselor
Did your sweetheart forget about your anniversary? Did they forget today was your birthday? Then there's a good chance that you may need to visit Sachiko-chan, known for her sassy but great advice Sachiko-chan is one of the best Relationship Counselors at Hope's Peak. It would be hard to miss the girl despite not knowing who she is though, towering at the height of six foot seven and flowing green hair, the girl is easily seen.

Suzuka Sawamura

SHSL Lifeguard
Suzuka Sawamura is currently the head Deck Supervisor of Hope’s Peak Academy Pool. She attained her title of SHSL Lifeguard after becoming the youngest lifeguard ever to place first in all categories in the Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships. In addition to being certified in all forms of life guarding, Suzuka also has all her Instructors certifications, and occasionally teaches NLS. Prior to her enrollment in Hope’s Peak Academy, Suzuka has help to coach a prestigious middle school competitive swim team that has won Nationals for three years straight.

Takumi Ueno

SHSL Jeweler
Takumi grew to fame after taking over the shop and making jewelry on order and fast. Everyone would be impressed by this young man’s assiduity and focus. He did come from a poor background but his fascination with gems and love of precision has helped him gaining interest in the jewelry area. One day, hearing that a small boy would learn the art of jewels, the once recognized jeweler took Takumi under her wing and taught him that art. The 7 years old boy learned how to make jewelry and while at the start it was quite nice, by age 10, he already made beautiful necklaces who was ordered for graduation students in a bal, and the jewels lasted forever. One day on age 15, few weeks before his birthday, there was a small while left before a huge gala with actors and singers, one designer in particular asked for a specific jewel to use and the colors at a very last minute. No one could respond to his crazy request. However among skilled and renowned jewelers, stood one teenager who claimed he could do it. He earned a lot of mockery, but Takumi didn’t care and managed to respond to the request few hours after the request and the quality of the product was so excellent, no one dared to laugh at him. After the gala, the celebrity wanted to see who made it and talked to the teenager in enthusiasm. Using their status, they pushed Takumi to the public, who then recognized his amazing natural talent, hence Hope’s Peak Academy sending him an invitation. Takumi did not hesitate and agreed to go to school so he could study easier.



Monokuma/Monosuke Kurokuma

A pirate bear who showed up out of nowhere. He charged into the island before their classes could begin, explaining that the only way they could leave now was if they killed another student and got away with them. Has no problem in attacking students who break the rules, as shown with Fumiyo, Sachiko and Kuroi. What's his game?

Monomi/Usami Kurokuma

The so-called teacher of the students. In the beginning, she explained that this was going to be a fun vacation for all the students to get to know each other, in which they would begin attending classes. However, Monokuma appears, much to her shock and chagrin. Seems to genuinely care for the students, and dislikes seeing them suffering.

Kumi Nogitsu

A person in a fox mask who stopped Monokuma from killing Fumiyo during chapter one. While they seem relatively opposed to the idea of mutual murder going on, they haven't stopped any of the things Monokuma has done. Are they on the side of the students, or do they simply not care enough to help?

To the shock of many, they are the tenth victim of the sequel, killed by the culprit of Chapter 7 (heavily implied to be Shirou).

  • Abusive Parents: Based on what's been revealed so far, their parents... weren't the nicest.
  • Affably Evil: Actually fairly polite.
  • Alien Blood: Their blood is a vibrant purple.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Though they have a bedroom in the castle, they've slept on the rafters, in the basement, outside...
  • Black Sheep: They can't perform the magic that the rest of their clan is capable of. This is a big part of why they were disowned.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: While they have no problems with telling students to kill one another, they also have no problem trying to help them in other ways if asked.
  • Cool Mask: A very nice fox mask.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Their cause of death is spinal cord transection, and part of their spine is visible in their body art. This in addition to the fact that they were burned from the nearby temple fire. Ouch.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Well, they are a fox...
  • The Faceless: They almost never take their mask off.
    • Anticlimax: Their mask is knocked off when they first appear in the sequel, revealing their face. Their face seems perfectly normal.
    • And finally, in their death art, they aren't wearing their mask.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Subverted in that they aren't really evil; they just aren't on the side of the students. However, it can't be debated that their canines are sharp.
  • The Gadfly: Conversations they've had with Kayo (where they seem to be deliberately difficult) and Hanzo (dropping a glass bottle of antidote onto the floor after he demanded it) cements this.
    • No Social Skills: They were serious both times. They just aren't the best at expressing it.
  • Mysterious Past: They even make reference to it in the second game. Fortunately, the second game also sheds some light on it.
  • Punch-Clock Villain
  • Purple Eyes / Supernatural Is Purple
  • Self-Made Orphan: They lost control of their powers when they were young, accidentally burning down the castle they called home. Since their family were bound to the castle...
  • Technopath: They were the SHSL Virtual Reality Developer.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: According to Word of God their favorite food is strawberry mochi, but in the game itself, they've been seen more frequently with sandwiches.
  • Unreliable Narrator: They claim they always tell the truth, but they haven't revealed everything.
  • You Gotta Have Light Blue Hair
  • Younger Than They Look: Would you believe that they're only 19? It's probably the mask; when their face is revealed in the sequel, they do look rather young.


A small girl who lives in the fountain. She's... a jellygirl. As she cannot talk, Kumi must translate for her.


The shopkeeper. He's a small eel who lives in a tank, talking to the students who come in to use their coins. Always having something nice to say, he's well liked by all of the students, which is a stark contrast to his fellow NPCs. Also gives useful testimony to students if he happens to overhear something during a murder.

Hunter Keelhalls

A young boy with purple hair. One of the many NPCs who watch the trials. Behaves like a cheerful young boy, but has a darker side to him. He was the culprit of the first murder, and seemingly was executed, but come the beginning of chapter two, he was back. According to him, he had to do it, and he's 'sorry'.

Sea King and Queen

A mermaid and merman who live by the docks. While the King cannot speak, the Queen speaks for them both, and claims that while they can't bring the children home, they are doing their best to protect them from what lies in the depths of the sea itself. Ryuu takes it upon himself to name them Natacha and Theo.

  • Expy: They're quite clearly Natacha and Theodore, Original Characters of two of the players.
  • Out of Focus: They didn't appear on the main blog after their introduction, and their character blog has no posts on it at all.


The mouse living in Dakota's bed. It's unknown to what extent he can communicate, as Dakota has said very little about him.

  • The Ghost: Only mentioned by Dakota. Is he real? Who knows.
    • Real After All: Ai finds him under the equivalent of Dakota's bed in Youkai, and he shows up again during the final investigation. He seems to be real enough.
  • Pokémon Speak: When Ai finds him in Youkai, all he says to her is George.
    • Troll: After Ai stops talking with him and leaves, he then says "What the fuck," which clearly is not his name.
    • Evidently, in order for him to avoid this, his conversation partner has to face away from him.
  • Shipper on Deck: His presence in Dakota's bed is what forces Ai and Dakota to share a bed. Given Daikota is a fairly popular ship...

Maru Nyakko

A young girl with cat ears! She appeared in one of the hot springs, and she doesn't seem to like Kumi.

  • All There in the Manual: Her name was only publicly revealed in the sequel.
  • Out of Focus: Never really appeared publicly again after her initial "discovery." Until the end of the mastermind trial, where she very rapidly came back into focus.
  • She Is All Grown Up: She's a little girl in the first game. At the end of the first game and in the second game, she appears as an adult, at her true age.

     Spoiler Characters (Spoilers Are Unmarked) 

Shinji Collumcille

The prince of Kirandel. After Maru chases Kumi off at the end of the first game, he appears to both the living and the dead students in order to return them back to their world.

Sora Nogitsu

The elder child of the Nogitsu clan, and Kumi's older sister. She comes back to life at the end of BDB 2.

Honoka Nogitsu

The patriarch of the Nogitsu clan, and the father of Sora and Kumi. Like the rest of the Nogitsus, he perished when the castle burned down a decade ago.


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