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A very athletic girl with social anxiety. She is the first central protagonist that the story starts with.
  • The Ace: Sports-wise, she is leagues above everyone else, even with an actual official team around her age.
  • Asexuality: Word of God has stated that Diya is demisexual, which is on the asexual spectrum. In short, she doesn't develop any attraction towards anyone unless she forms an emotional attachment to them first.
  • Big Eater: Justified, given how athletic she is and how she's a growing teenage girl. She often gets leftovers that Noelle doesn't want.
  • The Big Guy: She's the friend everyone goes to when they need someone strong to open a bottle, carry something heavy or kill a wasp.
  • Childhood Friends: With Noelle and Min.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Min.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even Diya can throw some retorts towards Akarsha due to the latter's shenanigans.
    Akarsha: What's wrong with calling you Madrasi when you're from Madras?
  • Disabled Love Interest: Of a sort, she's deaf in her right ear and it really isn't much of an issue for Min.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Diya has a soft spot toward animals (especially dogs) and any she encounters equally like her back.
  • Gentle Giant: In spite of her incredible physical strength and how she vastly outshines everyone in sheer athletic activity, Diya is very reserved, quiet, gentle, and shy. Contrast the short, violent, and anger-prone Min.
  • The Heart: Its made clear that Diya is the central reasons the main characters are friends or (initially) even bother trying to stand each other.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Diya loves dogs and wants at least four or five when she grows up.
  • Lovable Jock: Due to being incredibly strong, good at sports and fond of running, Akarsha calls Diya a jock and jokes that it feels weird that she doesn't pick on her nerdy friends.
  • One Head Taller: Word of God states that Diya is 5'10'' (177-178 cm.), making her the tallest member of the main cast.
  • Opposites Attract: With Min.
  • The Quiet One: Diya doesn't really speak unless she has to, and her answers are often short or incomplete sentences.
  • Shrinking Violet: It's pretty obvious that Diya has some form of Social Anxiety, given her reluctance to interact with strangers and overthinking how she should approach casual social interactions.
  • Socially Awkward Heroine: Has a hard time speaking to new people and doesn't take to meeting strangers well.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'10'' and a high school freshman, and Word of God states that she might grow even taller when she gets older.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Word of God is that Diya is the kind of person who somehow looks good no matter what they wear. She's intentionally drawn with messy hair, casual/scruffy clothes and visible body hair on her arms, and considered attractive by multiple characters in-game even so. Akarsha describes Diya as being pretty without trying (which she, perhaps jokingly, attributes to "good genes")

Diya's childhood friend. She's your typical smart ace of the class at first glance. She's the second central protagonist that the story focuses on.
  • Abusive Parents: Her parents are extremely strict, only care about her success in school, and yell back at her if she dares to call them out for their ignorance.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Somewhat. Akarsha seems very keen on calling her "Frenchman" because of her French name.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Noelle evokes this, donning a long french braid, polite yet serious, and being the second tallest of the cast behind Diya. Diya herself even states Noelle is aloof "like a cat."
  • Asian and Nerdy: Obviously most of the cast are Asian-American and most of them have some nerdy traits, but Noelle is the one who best fits the trope. Min even calls her a stereotype for it at one point.
  • Beauty Mark: Noelle has a birthmark next to her left eye.
  • Broken Ace: She may be a straight A student, but really it comes from her parents strictness and it can jeopardize her health at times.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All the protagonists have their moments, but Noelle in particular always has a comment or retort ready.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Due to her upbringing, Noelle does her best to hide her emotions and appear cool and collected at all times, believing that emotions make her weak. Over time, she allows herself to express her affection to her friends and do something that isn't related to academics, though it takes a bit of nudging from all the characters. Towards the end of the game, she finally admits that she enjoys Akarsha's company at all, but it's obvious she still has a long way to go.
  • Facepalm: Her default reaction to Akarsha's antics, which is very often. In fact, Noelle is the only character to have a sprite of this.
  • Geek Physique: Noelle is noted to be scrawny with zero upper body strength, because her parents push her to spend all of her time studying instead of exercising.
  • Ill Girl: Was originally conceived of as this, according to Word of God. There are hints of it - she's physically weak, Looks Like Cesare, and owns a protective surgical mask.
  • Impossible Pickle Jar: Noelle has no upper body strength to speak of, so she often needs Diya to open a bottle of water.
  • Looks Like Cesare: Pale skin, dark hair, prominent dark circles under the eyes.
  • No Sense of Humor: Her responses to Akarsha's jokes is by angrily retorting about how she lacks intelligence, then hiding her smile/laughter, implying that she does find Akarsha funny but just can't let anyone know. This is why her and Akarsha's spats are endless.
  • Picky Eater: Implied. Noelle often gives Diya food she doesn't like or can't finish.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The serious and grounded blue to hyper and jokester Akarsha's red.
  • Rules Lawyer: While she's not physically any good at playing baseball, she turns out to be very good at using loopholes and trickery to even the playing field.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: She has the best grades of anyone in school, but she's the last person to pick up on what's going on between Diya and Min - at one point even saying it's impossible because they're both girls (which is wrong twice - not only are they a lesbian couple, but it's also heavily implied that Min isn't comfortable identifying strictly as a girl).
  • The Smart Guy: Has excellent grades and is overall very intellectual. Her capabilities are actually on-par with Akarsha, but the latter doesn't like to flaunt them as much due to personal issues.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Noelle and Akarsha, respectively.
  • Unknown Rival: To Min, who seems to view Noelle as competition for dating Diya. Noelle has no idea that this is the case and is confused as to why Min hates her so much.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Akarsha, and eventually Min to an extent.

A friend of Diya and Noelle at the start of high school. She loves to joke around. She is the third central protagonist that the story focuses on.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Akarsha's attacked by Min-seo, what does she do? Why, smear her period blood all over Min's face of course!
  • Death Seeker: Not exactly, but she does at one point admit to being depressed enough that she's unsure whether she'd bother to jump out of the way if she was being run over. Min promises that if the situation ever comes up, she'll solve it by hitting the car with another, tougher car.
  • The Gadfly: Trolls her friends—especially Noelle—just because she thinks it's hilarious.
  • Genius Ditz: Akarsha acts like she's Book Dumb just to annoy Noelle, but in reality, her grades rival hers. Noelle calls her out on this.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: This is Akarsha's reaction after Min pins her against a wall in their first interaction.
    Akarsha: Not gonna lie, if you were taller this would be pretty hot.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Noelle calls her "the other smart girl in class", and her grades reflect it, but she deliberately acts like an idiot to get laughs and annoy Noelle.
  • Otaku: Really loves anime, her avatar on the chatting app is Konata, shouts out Gratuitous Japanese lines, and her reaction when she first met "Yuki" and "Sakura" was an immediate "I FOUND MY PEOPLE!"
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Her "disguise" when she and Noelle are being Diya and Min's matchmakers? Large green shades and a mustache.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The hyper and jokester red to Noelle's serious and grounded blue.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Most of her excuses for whenever she messes up are comically absurd.
    Akarsha [after accidentally hitting Noelle]: That was... ghost.
  • Sad Clown: Her route reveals that Akarsha actually experiences a lot of expectations at home regarding her future plans and feels like she won't be able to live up to to them because of her successful older brother and thinking that her friends have their stuff more together than her.
  • Stepford Smiler: Because of her low self-esteem, Akarsha likes to dispense random meme humor since she's afraid to express her innermost emotions and fears.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Noelle and Akarsha, respectively.
  • Terrible Pick-Up Lines: Constantly hits on her friends using these. It's unclear whether they are terrible on purpose or not.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Her username on the chatting app is "YAOI SEME" and even suggests to make the baseball team "semes", much to Noelle's chagrin.

Diya's childhood friend. She had to move to Florida with her family at the beginning of the story. Min may be a violent hot-headed delinquent but she will always be loyal to Diya. She is the fourth and last central protagonist of the story.
  • Abusive Parents: Her father is violent and tends to throw things at her when he's upset. When Min confronts her parents about not wanting to be feminine, she is deemed as "retarded".
  • Angrish: A variation. When angry, Min will tell someone to shut up with her words mixed up (i.e. "Shut the hell your mouth", "shut your fuck up", etc.).
  • Batter Up!: As a child, her preferred method of navigating a crowd was to hit everyone with a bat until they stepped aside. When playing baseball as a teenager, she shows an affinity for the biggest, heaviest bats, even though she's too small for them.
  • Book Dumb: Noelle is absolutely stunned by the fact that yes, Min is that deficient in intelligence, rather than faking it like Akarsha does.
  • Boots of Toughness: Min is the most aggressive of the main characters and owns black combat boots with a zipper on the back. Word of God says they're partially unzipped because she thinks it looks cool.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She's had it ever since cutting off her long hair at age 8.
  • Enfant Terrible: At the age of 8, she brings knives to school and swears frequently, and at the very beginning she hits a man on the crotch with a baseball bat to get free popcorn.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Is jealous of Diya and Noelle's friendship, viewing Noelle as a threat to dating Diya.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: A lot of things will anger her, let's begin with that...
  • Hot-Blooded: And how. When Akarsha describes how to avoid getting hit by a car, Min's solution is to punch it out of the way, completely, absolutely seriously.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Prone to this even into her teen years. Child!Min describes an imaginary gun that fires another gun, which then fires a knife, which then explodes. When asked why the second gun was even necessary, she replies that she needs it to fire the knife.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her abrasive, often violent personality, Min would do just about anything for those she cares about. She tells Akarsha that she'd save her from being hit by a car by smashing it out of the way with her own car. She spends time with Noelle to keep their 'tutoring' arrangement. She'd do pretty much anything for Diya. Even as a kid she was determined to get her and Jun away from their abusive father.
  • Knife Nut: And how. She carries a butterfly knife with her all the time and is implied to have a collection of other knives—one scene has her dumping a dozen or so of them onto the floor from all over her body. Child!Min even drew a sharpie tattoo of a knife on her arm.
  • Like Father, Like Child: Min has a very volatile temper and is prone to using violence to resolve her issues, much like her old man.
  • The Napoleon: Min is the shortest of the cast (5'1), and also the most violent, aggressive, and anger prone. Contrast the much larger, physically stronger, but much gentler Diya.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Hot-Blooded red to Jun's quiet blue. She's also the red to Diya and Noelle's blue.
  • Opposites Attract: With Diya.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With her twin, Jun. They may look alike but their personalities beg to differ.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Even as a child, the only person right for Min was always Diya.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Min, by far, has the filthiest mouth out of all the four protagonists.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Seems to think this, given how she lights a cigarette in the middle of the game (and contributing to a fire because of it).
  • Trans Tribulations: Min identifies as non-binary (though still uses she/her pronouns). She is uncomfortable with gendered bathrooms and has traditionally male-oriented hobbies and interests such as baseball and video games. This is a huge source of friction with her parents who forced her when she was younger to wear dresses and have long hair.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Her swearing and aggression may count as this already, but she definitely exhibits it when we learn she at least once declared and intent to slit her abusive father's throat in his sleep.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Noelle end up as this after sharing grievances over their parents.


Side Characters

Min-seo's twin brother.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calmer and reserved blue to Min-seo's brash and foul-mouthed red.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With his twin, Min. They may look alike but their personalities beg to differ.

Diya and Min's friend from elementary school.
  • Token White: One of the few white characters of the visual novel. The other one being Liz.

A senior who starts up the baseball club.
  • The Comically Serious: She keeps her cool most of the time, but when she cracks a joke, it always strikes everyone.
  • Cool Big Sis: She's a senior, and the responsible head of the baseball club along with Liz.
  • Pungeon Master: Chryssa loves to crack pun humor, to her team's chagrin, especially Noelle's.
  • Punny Name: With Liz. Chryssa and Liz, as in "chrysalis," the pupal state of a butterfly.
  • Those Two Girls: With Liz, it's very hard to find scenes of them where they're not together.

A senior who starts up the baseball club along with Chryssa.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: When Diya meets her outside the school and ends up signing up for the baseball team, Liz acts as if she recognises her, but Diya doesn't remember her. Probably because she was presenting as a boy the last time they met.
  • Genius Bonus: It's revealed at one point she can lick her elbow. An old piece of Irish folklore holds that a baby who does so will change gender.
  • Punny Name: With Chryssa. Chryssa and Liz, as in "chrysalis," the pupal state of a butterfly.
  • Those Two Girls: With Chryssa, it's very hard to find scenes of them where they're not together.
  • Token White: Literally the only white person on the baseball team, and the only white character other than Hayden.
  • Transgender: There's some hints in the game (such as Diya having trouble remembering her), but otherwise the fact she's a trans girl only comes up by Word of God in the art book.
  • Trans Tribulations: Apparently quit playing baseball for some time because she felt like it was too boyish (until she met Chryssa). Word of God is also that she didn't explain to Diya that she actually played games with her (only saying that she saw Diya's games) because she didn't want to out herself to the team.

A tenth-grader who also joins the baseball club.
  • Fauxreigner: Introduces herself in Japanese, gives a fake Japanese name, and occasionally speaks with a Japanese accent. The joke is that she's very obviously ethnically Pakistani.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: In her introduction.
    "Sakura:" Watashi wa am in tenth grade.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Since Liz finds it funny to humour them, no-one ever does find out her or "Yuki's" real name. A peek into the game's files reveals her name to be Sumi.
  • Never Bare Headed: Always wears a headscarf. She even has one that matches the team colours.
  • Occidental Otaku: Downplayed in that she isn't white, but she's certainly not Japanese and openly admits to being a "weeb".
  • Those Two Girls: With "Yuki".
  • Token Religious Teammate: Is probably Muslim, since she wears a hijab-style headscarf even when in baseball uniform, making her the only named character with any indication of religion.

Another tenth-grader who also joins the baseball club.

The final member of the baseball club.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Has the most racially ambiguous appearance of anyone in the story. Word of God is that she's half-black and half-Chinese.
  • Closet Geek: She initially tries to hide the fact that she's a huge anime fan.
  • The Quiet One: Seems to be the most introverted person on the team, and has the least dialogue of any character.

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