Ai Aizawa Na Lee
SHSL Paparazza Blackmailer
One victim of the third murder.
- Alliterative Name
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- An Ice Person: After her death, she learns ice magic from Kumi.
- Animal Motifs: A black cat, though this is downplayed compared to others in the class.
- But Not Too Foreign: Part of her Chapter 2 secret is that she's Chinese. However, the secret also reveals that she's been living in Japan from a very young age, hence her proficiency with the language.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Black hair and.... black eyes. Downplayed slightly; Word of God has said they were meant to be gray.
- Dies Wide Open: Unlike the other Chapter 3 victim.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": The fact that her birth name is only revealed on her Monofile would imply this is the case. Confirmed in the Youkai mastermind trial, where she corrects the Queen of Spades on it (but doesn't bat an eye at being called Lois Lane).
- Paparazzi: She is the paparazzi. Somewhat subverted in that it's not her official Hope's Peak talent.
- Parental Abandonment: According to her secret, she was abandoned in Japan by her family.
- Rapunzel Hair: She's got four feet of the stuff.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- Ship Tease: With Dakota and another character outside the game.
- Traumatic Haircut: Her body was found with most of her long hair snipped off.
SHSL Street Artist
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
SHSL Good Luck
- 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
SHSL Wake Surfer
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
SHSL Standup Comedian
- Bare Your Midriff
- Break the Cutie: Ai's death really takes a toll on her.
- But Not Too Foreign
- Innocent Fanservice Girl
- Tap on the Head: The mastermind beans her with a brick in Chapter 6, to the point where the wound bleeds, but she's perfectly capable of participating in the trial that follows.
SHSL Movie Critic
- Bi the Way
- Bromantic Foil: Eliot is down to Earth, bordering pessimistic, and snarky, while his bro Ryuunosuke is so optimistic that it hurts to watch.
- But Not Too Foreign: He's from Syria, but moved to Japan many years ago and knows Japanese (as well as English) quite well.
- Cool Down Hug: Has to give a lot of these to his roommate.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Freak Out!: After the third motive is revealed, and again while talking to Ryuu. It ends in Eliot begging for Ryuu to kill him.
- Friendless Background
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ryuu. Definitely not with Kuroi.
- Stoic Spectacles
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Dishes one of these out to the Queen of Spades after Ryuu let it slip that the two of them had an argument — Ryuu didn't actually realize that was what it was, but Eliot did, and he didn't appreciate it.
- Tears of Fear: The third motive seems to have been his breaking point.
SHSL Opera Singer
Victim of the first murder. She was killed via electrocution for knowing too much.
- Ship Tease: With Mitsuo.
SHSL 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.
- This is actually double subverted; he's a Stepford Smiler
- 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.
She's the second victim.
- Dies Wide Open: Her body is found in some water, eyes open in shock.
- Implausible Hair Colour: That's awfully blue. Teal? Green?
- We Hardly Knew Ye
SHSL Object Heads
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.
SHSL TV Producer
The Chapter 4 victim.
- Animal Motifs: The floof kitten himself.
- Apologizes a Lot
- Break the Cutie: When his roommate dies. Even after the trial, he's clearly not okay, especially since he still has to stay in the room they once shared. He's very aware that she's no longer there.
- Famous Ancestor: His parents both attended Hope's Peak before he was born.
- Heroic BSoD: Upon discovering the body of his first roommate, he's inconsolable for a good period of time. Even once that passes, it happens yet another time during the third trial, after the execution.
- Japanese School Uniform: He wears one of those, albeit with a kind of ratty jacket.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The blue boy to his sister, Ryoko's, pink girl.
- Prone to Tears: Notably the most sensitive of the cast.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Heavily averted.
- Shrinking Violet: A rare, male example.
- Sibling Team: With Ryoko.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: His corpse was found in the freezer of the restaurant.
- Tears of Fear: Come the third motive.
- Thousand-Yard Stare
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A very, very dark blue, but still blue!
SHSL Tea Photographer
The other victim of the third murder.
Prince Akihiko Oshiro
- 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
- Amazonian Beauty
- Animal Motifs: The Queen of Spades has a dog motif.
- Boobs of Steel: She's rather... Large for a vigilante.
- Closet Geek: Goes with the talent!
- Cool Helmet
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Or whoever is on her screen.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She's gone off the end multiple times.
- Heroic BSoD: Level 4 post-Masami
- Important Haircut: After Masami's execution, she cut her hair like their's.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's displayed an ability to be a bit of a Jerkass, but she's also very kind and considerate towards those that are suffering.
- Nerd in Evil's Helmet
- The Nicknamer: Big time. She has a nickname for everyone she's interacted with, and a few she didn't, aside from the prince and Rosario. This nicknames include:
- Ai as Lois Lane
- Angelos as Hell Gall
- Eliot as Robin
- Maiori as Boo
- Masami as Fishbowl
- Mitsuo as Kitty or Kitty Boy
- Moeko as Tea Time
- Ryuu as Pop Culture Aquaman
- Only Known by Their Nickname
- Pet the Dog: Despite being kind of a Jerkass, she does her best to take care of Mitsuo after the first trial.
- Purple Eyes
- Statuesque Stunner
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Literally in her execution
- Vigilante Man: Or rather woman. But not really.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: In the literal sense, though she tries very hard to remain in control because she believes people need her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Under her helmet, it's teal, despite the blonde ponytail coming out of her helmet.
SHSL Pokemon Master
- But I Digress: Whenever she is allowed to talk about Pokemon she usually does
- But Not Too Foreign
- Curtains Match The Windows
- Deadpan Snarker
- Due to the Dead: Shown in the first chapter investigation when she prays over Fumiyo's body
- Gamer Chick: Involved in her character as she is the SHSL Pokemon master
- Nice Hat
- Official Couple: With Bria!
- Only One Name: Introduces herself as Rosario. Just Rosario.
- Pink Means Feminine: The her hair is pink! Some of her clothes are pink! Pink all around!
- Unlimited Wardrobe: She's seen in three outfits by the second chapter
SHSL Talk Show Host
- Animal Motifs: Among the many cats of the class.
- Big Sister Instinct
- Bizarre Taste in Food: She puts peppers in her ice cream.
- Brutal Honesty: She's well known for it, both in public and on her show.
- Burning with Anger: Played literally during the Chapter 4 trial.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Famous Ancestor: Her parents both went to Hope's Peak, as well.
- Hair Decorations: Has a cute hair tie with a rabbit on it.
- Important Haircut: Chopped all of her hair off shortly before (or after?) the chapter four motive began.
- Informed Attractiveness: Her beauty has been brought up in both narration and by characters on more than a few occasions. It doesn't hurt that she's essentially a celebrity.
- Japanese School Uniform: She doesn't wear it on her show, but is wearing it in the game.
- Little Miss Snarker: As a member of the sass squad, Ryoko isn't afraid to shoot someone down, be it live on her show, or among her fellow classmates, to her fellow classmates.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The pink girl to Mitsuo's blue boy.
- Pink Means Feminine: She's got the hair, too!
- Playing with Fire: It's revealed in Chapter 4's trial that Kumi taught her fire magic. Unfortunately, this magic is removed after she tries to throw fireballs at Hunter.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Masami would certainly agree with it, but it's mostly averted. She's got a lot of sass in her.
- Sibling Team: With Mitsuo.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Sugar for Mitsuo, and then.... everyone else.
- 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!
- Dumb Blond
- Everyone Hates Math: And if you're Ryuu, you also hate English, calculus, literature, and...
- FaceHeel 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!
SHSL Relationship Counselor
- Aloof Ally: She doesn't seem to want to go around killing anyone, but to say she sincerely cares about all of them would be an overstatement.
- Big Sister Instinct: Seems to have this with characters like Mitsuo.
- Broken Bird
- Conspicuous Gloves: She deigns to not take them off during the first trial.
- Cool Down Hug: Ryuu gets one of these a few times after the third trial.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Due to the Dead: After the trial to solve Fumiyo's murder, Sachiko tells Ryuu that she wants to pay respect to the victim.
- Guile Hero
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Hidden Weapons: Her boots.
- Ice Queen
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Becomes a lot kinder as time goes on.
- Little Miss Snarker: Very light on the little part, though.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Upon being stabbed by Monokuma, her response is a few choice swears. Later on, when she wakes up, she just asks Ryuu is she looked cool.
- Official Couple: With Ryuu.
- She's Got Legs
- Statuesque Stunner
- Tsundere: Type A, Tsuntsun.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: You gotta have green hair that looks like seaweed.
- Alliterative Name
- Heroic BSoD: Upon Sachiko getting stabbed, Kuroi losing vision in one of his eyes, and the added stress of her screen during the third motive, Suzuka does not have a time.
- Multicoloured Hair
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?
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.
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.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Someone questioning them about part of it actually drove them to tears.
- 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.
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'.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Kumi. And Eliot, as of Chapter 5.
- Anything That Moves
- Badass Gay: He's able to take down people twice his size and zap people who disagree with Kumi.
- Expy: He's obviously another OC of a mod, Hunter Halls.
- Shock and Awe
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: He shows up a lot more than the other NPCs in the first game. This tendency was greatly toned down in the sequel.
- Why Won't You Die?
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...
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.
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.
- Cool Mask: A rabbit mask.
- Squishy Wizard: According to Word of God, Shinji's a very skilled mage, but also very physically weak.
The elder child of the Nogitsu clan, and Kumi's older sister. She comes back to life at the end of BDB 2.
- Cool Big Sis: She and Kumi were really close.
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.
- Abusive Parents: Towards Kumi and, to a less obvious extent, Sora.
- The Dreaded: Everyone, including Kumi, fears his name.
- Hate Sink: One of the most despised characters in the BDB canon, and for good reason.
- Offing the Offspring: He's not exactly secretive about wanting to come back to life and kill Kumi.