The main protagonist. In this AU, Makoto is a simple, ordinary farm boy who lived a normal life with his parents and little sister Komaru in the quaint Hope Village. Average in mostly every way, except for his optimism. He slings rocks and bullets to fight offensively, and supports his allies with Green Magic.
- Boring, but Practical: Hes a Jack-of-All-Stats character with his only good stat being Luck (which is the most trivial stat), and has no way to directly damage enemies besides his normal attack. His main purpose in battle is giving Status Buffs to allies and status ailments to enemies. According to the devblog, hes also the only one immune to and can cure the Despair status, one of the worst status effects in the game. Despite all that, unlike most support magic users in RPGs, he for the most part avoids Useless Useful Spell, and can be a big help in boss battles.
- Can't Drop the Hero: The blog mentions that once party members will be allowed to be swapped out, Makoto will be locked into the party unless the plot demands.
- Farm Boy: Pretty much.
- Fingerless Gloves: Ragged and brown, meant to show his poverty.
- Four-Leaf Clover: He wears a four-leaf-clover-shaped cloak pin.
- The Hero: The character that the player takes control of on the overworld.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: His stats are average and balanced, excluding his remarkable Luck Stat.
- Limit Break: Cheering of Hope, which gives the whole party the Protect and Shell positive statuses.
- Never Learned to Read: He never learned how to read, being a peasant and all. Until Byakuya joins the party, he and Yasuhiro havent a clue what signs say. You, the player can read the signs, however.
- No-Sell: Stated on the devblog to be completely immune to the Despair status effect.
- Pauper Patches: He has a patch on his sleeve and his pants.
- Rousing Speech: Cheering of Hope is probably this.
- Suffer the Slings: Though an out-there weapon for a protagonist, slings are his Weapon of Choice. A rare example of slings not being portrayed as a pathetic weapon. Despite this, characters like to hang a lampshade on the common depiction by doubting Makoto because of his weapon.
- Support Party Member: His main purpose is support, with his magic being focused on buffing his allies and crippling enemies. He does have a decent offense stat, but can only attack directly with his regular attack.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Curry, going by his bio in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls. Indeed, the item Royal Curry heals his HP fully, while for everyone else it only heals half.
- Useless Useful Spell: His enemy-targeting Green Magic can be this sometimes, but this is averted if you know what youre doing.
A shaman who resides in Hope Village next door to Makoto, who does way more scam- ...fortunetelling than actual shamanism. Kickstarts the events of the game when he predicts that the world will end at the hands of an army of bloodthirsty black and white bears. He specializes in healing allies and attacking with the light element.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Yasuhiro pulls this when the Monokuma breaks into Makoto's house and was being 100% serious.
- Anti-Hero: Yasuhiro is a Nominal Hero who seems to be Only in It for the Money. Despite this, his heart is in the right place, so hes not that bad of a guy.
- Collector of the Strange: Just look at his basement!
- Con Man: Always trying to rip off money from other people, including his own friends.
- Crystal Ball: Yasuhiro carries one around (whom he addresses as "Crystal Ball-chi") and consults it during cutscenes sometimes. He also has one equipped in his accessory slot.
- The Drag-Along: At first. Yasuhiro wanted to barricade himself inside Makoto's house instead of helping him fight the Monokumas invading Hope Village, and only came along because Makoto convinced him. Afterward when Chiaki is telling Makoto and Yasuhiro that they must set out and investigate, Yasuhiro refuses out of fear for his life. Yasuhiro only agrees to go with Makoto because he "makes a deal" with him that he must pay him one billion yen. We mean "makes a deal" loosely, because Makoto never actually agreed.
- Does Not Like Magic: Black Magic that is, because if he hated magic in general, hed be quite the hypocrite. To Yasuhiro, if you can cast black magic, youre a witch, no matter how or where those powers came from.
- Escape Battle Technique: Illusion allows him to do this for a 12 SP cost.
- Fortune Teller: With up to 30% accuracy. Also, if you check the crystal ball table in his tent, he will tell a party member one fortune for free.
- Healer Signs On Early: Hes a White Mage, and is the first party member that joins Makoto.
- Light 'em Up: Gets the offensive "Light" line of spells.
- Limit Break: Healing Wind, which heals HP to all party members at once.
- Never Learned to Read: Like Makoto, hes unable to read.
- Nobody Touches the Hair: If you try to enter the barber shop in Prospero City, Yasuhiro screams and runs back outside, refusing to have his hair cut.
- Only in It for the Money: As mentioned above, he joins Makoto because he forced him to agree to pay him in return.
- Plucky Comic Relief: The main source of comic relief in the game.
- Psychic Powers: Supposedly, anyway.
- Simple Staff: His Weapon of Choice.
- Sticky Fingers: It is heavily implied that he goes around and steals random things from random places to hoard them in his Treasure Room basement.
- Stone Wall: He is weak offensively, but has high defenses and HP, as well as possessing healing magic.
- The Pig Pen: Washes his hair "once a season" (like in canon), doesn't know how to wash his clothes so his mom does them for him when she visits him which probably isn't as often as it should be for such a thing, and leaves around dirty plates and spilled wine on the floor in his house.
- Token Adult: He's 20, and the other party members are teenagers.
- Treasure Room: Despite the so-called debt he claims to have, his basement is this. Its implied that hes dodging payments so he doesnt have to part with his money, or the treasures that he stole to sell for money for that matter.
- Verbal Tic: His -be is rendered as dude akin to the Project Zetsubou fan translation. He also applies the -chi honorific to everyones name.
- Video Game Stealing: Can steal items from enemies during battles.
- White Mage: Specializes in healing spells.
The crown prince of the Togami Kingdom. He goes out to investigate after Makoto and Yasuhiro alerted his father about the strange happenings, and "recruits" Makoto and Yasuhiro as his bodyguards. He fights with various sword techniques.
- Arc Number: His surname means 10 gods in Japanese. The kanji in his surname that means 10 is 十, which appear everywhere on his outfit.
- Anti-Hero: The most blatant of all the Anti-Heroic main characters in the game, besides perhaps Syo. He is a Good Is Not Nice Pragmatic Anti Hero.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the more competent fighters in the group, and he's a prince.
- Spell Blade: His Weapon of Choice is a longsword that would look like a BFS if it werent for him being 6 feet tall. He's able to make it into a lightning, ice, or fire blade whenever the situation calls for it.
- Counter Attack: He has an ability called Counter that lets him pay back physical damage double.
- Deadpan Snarker: As always.
- Defeat Means Friendship: In the loosest definition of "friendship."
- Don't Call Me "Sir": Byakuya insists that the party doesn't address him as "Prince" or "Your Highness" or other such titles in an attempt to try to lay low, which doesn't work well at all considering that he doesn't even attempt to pull a King Incognito whatsoever with his Pimped-Out Cape embroidered with the symbol of the Togami kingdom on the back of it and continues to wear his crown everywhere.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: His sword can be infused with Fire, Ice, or Lightning.
- Foil: To Makoto.
- Gratuitous French: He says several phrases in French.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Played with. While he is not the main protagonist, he has the attitude and determination of one, and his weapon is a sword.
- Lightning Bruiser: Above average balanced stats in all areas, except in the magic stats territory, which he doesn't need anyway. Overall a strong and fast offense oriented character.
- Limit Break: Critical Strike, which is not only always a Critical Hit, but assuming the target survives the attack, it also causes them to be unable to act for that turn.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: His attack power is one of the best in the party (behind Syo and Aoi) even though hes a scrawny Bishōnen.
- Nerves of Steel: He never displays fear, no matter the situation at hand.
- Redemption Demotion: After he joins your party, he's less powerful compared to how he was in his boss fight — losing all of the techniques he used in the fight except for Critical Strike and his Counter Attack.
- Royal Blood: Has Blue Blood in canon of course, but in this universe hes also royal.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is sent by his father to investigate the recent happenings.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Yasuhiro assumes that hes this right before they enter Quiet Woods at the end of the demo.
- Symbol Motif Clothing: 十 encased in a decagon, which is actually the Togami Conglomerate logo in canon.
- Victory Is Boring: Sometimes, when you defeat an enemy within two or three turns, he will say this.
- Warrior Prince: Skilled in combat with his Lightning Bruiser type stats, and is a prince.
Not yet playable in the demo.
- Black Mage: Specializes in offensive magic.
- Colony Drop: Her ultimate skill, Scribes Meteor.
- Crippling Overspecialization: According to the devblog, shes a very hard hitting magical attacker. She does that well, but shes terrible at anything else.
- Enemy Scan: Has a study skill that reveals enemy attributes.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: She has elemental magic.
- Hair Decorations: Bow-like things that look like two crossing quills on both braids.
- Life Drain / Mana Drain: The devblog mentions that she can suck HP or MP out of enemies.
- Limit Break: Paper Storm, which is shown on the devblog. It fires sheets of paper at all enemies, damaging them.
- Paper Master: Able to manipulate paper, shown by Paper Storm.
- The Pen Is Mightier: She uses quills as her Weapon of Choice. In addition to using them for her physical attack, she also uses it for spellcasting as a Magic Wand of sorts.
- Reclusive Artist: In-Universe. Despite being a well-known writer among the high class, nobody knows what she looks like.
- Spell Book: Concept art shows her holding a book as she casts magic, implying this.
- Squishy Wizard: She has a wide offensive magic skillset that hits very hard thanks to her MAT stat being so high, and can freely spam it too thanks to her high SP, but she has the defenses of a wet paper towel.
Not yet playable in the demo.
- Anti-Hero: Shes a goddamn Serial Killer. This is to be expected.
- Boobs of Steel: Notably averted because she has the smallest bust of all the female party members, yet has the strongest physical attack, even stronger than the one who does have Boobs of Steel, Aoi. You can say this fact is subverted, because the primary alter is a physically weak mage.
- Glass Cannon: Even moreso than Touko.
- Shear Menace: Her Weapon of Choice, of course. Wouldn't be good ol' Genocider without scissors now would she?
- Super-Powered Evil Side: She seems this way because people assume she works like how she does in Despair Girls, but in this, Syo is not necessarily more powerful than Touko because they both have their uses. Touko herself is quite useful against regular enemies, but Syo can cause significant damage with just her regular attack, whereas Touko must use her SP in order to do anything.
- Token Evil Teammate: She's a SERIAL KILLER, what did you honestly expect?
Aoi is a fisherwoman who hails from Flotsam Port. The devblog states that she joins the party to search for her brother Yuta who's gone missing.
Not yet playable in the demo, and is the only announced playable to not at least be mentioned in the Prologue.
- Blade on a Stick: Her Weapon of Choice.
- Boobs of Steel: Strongest physical fighter in the group, also has the largest breasts. This, however, is averted when Syo is in the picture, as she has even stronger physical attack power than Aoi, yet is the flattest.
- Combat Medic: This is her niche.
- Glass Cannon: She has strong offensive power, but her defenses are below average.
- Hair Decorations: A shell-shaped hair clip on her ponytail.
- Making a Splash: The only party member who can use water magic.
Kyouko is first spotted as Makoto and company are leaving Prospero City. She's trying to make it to Moonlight Town, but is blocked by large boulders.
Not yet playable in the demo.
- Archer Archetype: She uses a bow as her weapon, and rather fits this description.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: All of her stats are overall better than Makoto's except for Luck, but she falls under this.
- Mage Marksman: Is a mage, and uses a bow as a weapon, making her fall under the Arcane Archer variant.
- Master of None: She can take hits, use offensive magic, and even heal... however, anything she can do is done better by every other party member who can also do it. She has good stats, but Makoto has better Luck, Yasuhiro has better HP and defenses, Touko has better MP and Magic Attack, and Aoi has better Attack and Speed. Even Byakuya, another balanced character, has higher stats than her in some places.
- Red Mage: She has both offensive and healing spells.
Makotos sister. After the opening scene where she is shown as terrified of the Monokuma attack, she begs Makoto allow her to join him, but he tells her no to keep her safe.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Downplayed. She and Makoto get along well, but sometimes Komaru likes teasing him, to which Makoto displays clear annoyance to.
- Big Brother Worship: Also downplayed. She respects Makoto, but its not to the point of worship.
- Cowardly Lion: Cowers in fear when Monokuma breaks in the house and attacks, but not long after bravely begs Makoto to let her help him, being aware that it's scary.
- Genre Blindness: She is extremely naive.
- Malaproper: When Makoto is about to head out, Komaru accidentally calls Prospero City "Purposeful City."Komaru: Yeah, go to that Purposeful City or whatever it is!
- Miles Gloriosus: A rare female example. Komaru attempts to convince Makoto that she's able to fight by claiming that she'd "punch a bee and not care", thinking that her inability to fight is the reason he's not allowing her to go with him. However, given how quickly Komaru reduced to tears during the Monokuma attack, it's unlikely she'd follow through with her claim if given the opportunity.
- Nice Girl: Much like her brother, and her parents for that matter. It seems to run in the family.
- Pauper Patches: Has a patch on her dress.
- The Team Wannabe: As seen above, Komaru really wants to go with Makoto.
Makoto and Komarus parents, referred to in-game as "Mr. Naegi" and "Mrs. Naegi." As expected, they're just your average, well-meaning parents.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Right before Makoto and Yasuhiro leave for Prospero City, Mrs. Naegi reminds Makoto to change his underwear every day.
- Good Parents: In stark contrast to a majority of most of the other main characters parents, Mr. and Mrs. Naegi care deeply about their children, if a bit overprotective of Komaru.
- Mama Bear: Mrs. Naegi shows shades of this.
- Nice Guy / Nice Girl: Both of them; really, all of the Naegis are very kindhearted people. It's as if it runs in the family.
- O.C. Stand-in: Downplayed. Their only appearance in the series is as Makotos motivational video near the beginning of Danganronpa. They have way more lines here than they did there.
- Papa Wolf: Mr. Naegi. At the beginning of the game, he attempts to defend his family from the Monokuma that broke into their house. Makoto doesnt allow him to though and fights the Monokuma himself instead.
- Pauper Patches: Like their children, their clothes are patched up to show their poverty.
- Suffer the Slings: Mr. Naegi is all but stated to use slings for hunting. He also gives Makoto his first sling to equip.
- Unnamed Parent: Neither of them have given names. This is lampshaded by Yasuhiro.Yasuhiro: Hell be fine, Naegis Mom-chi, since I can do this!
- Your Favorite: Mrs. Naegi gives Makoto a Royal Curry item before he and Yasuhiro set out to Prospero City.
A mysterious girl with mysterious powers, who shows up at mysterious times, and says mysterious things. She helps guide Makoto and his friends, though in a very cryptic manner.
- Cryptic Conversation: She gives you cryptic hints that are more often than not, references to video games. The hints make no sense at first, but they turn out to be right later.
- Figure It Out Yourself: She pulls this right before she leaves the Hope Village inn.
- Heavy Sleeper: She randomly falls asleep when you first meet her.
A clumsy nurse that runs all the inns around the world. She heals patients that stay at her inns with her White Magic while they're asleep.
- Apologizes a Lot: As she always is.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Revealed to do this via magic when you visit her in the Prospero City inn — It's how she manages to run every inn in the world.
- White Mage: Must be a high-leveled one to be able to fully heal all her patients.
A knight employed by the Togami Kingdom, working under his father. He's first seen guarding the entrance to the castle grounds.
- Counter Attack: He has a move called "Hall Monitor's Shield" which causes him to shield himself from damage and counter all physical attacks for a single turn. He doesn't appear to have any particular pattern of when he uses it, so it can get quite annoying.
- For Great Justice: When Makoto and Yasuhiro tell him their goal, he tells them he likes their sense of justice.
- NPC Roadblock: He's blocking Togami Castle.
- Turns Red: He starts using Hall Monitor's Shield when his HP gets low.
Kiyotaka's father. A high-ranking knight employed by the Togami kingdom.
Byakuya's father, who is the current king of the Togami Kingdom.
- Jerkass: Now you know where his son gets it from.
- O.C. Stand-in: Yet another downplayed example. The only things he gets in canon are a mention by Byakuya in the first Danganronpa, and then hes given a name and a few lines in Danganronpa Togami. He doesnt even have official art. In this, however, hes given a design, and overall does more than he does in canon. Not much more though, but at least he actually appears on-screen.
- Royal Blood: Like Byakuya, canonically he only has Blue Blood.
The Togami Castle butler.
- Aerith and Bob: He has a western name as opposed to every other character's Japanese names.
- Battle Butler: Is an impossible-to-beat Optional Boss if you try to re-enter the castle after Kijou kicks you out.
Yasuhiro's mother. She doesn't actually appear, but she is mentioned several times.
Blood and despair thirsty black and white bears that mysteriously showed up after Yasuhiro predicted the End of the World as We Know It.
- Action Bomb: According to the Miniboss Monokuma you fight, Monokuma above "Lesser" rank explode upon defeat.
- Adorable Evil Minions: As you'd expect, they're Junko's minions. And if you try to put aside their bloodthirstyness... they are pretty cute.
- Evil Laugh: This game goes with his iconic "Upupupu" laugh like the original Japanese version, as opposed to "Puhuhuhu" from the English dub. Monokuma even have a turn-wasting attack where they just laugh, complete with a sound clip. It does absolutely nothing.
- Killer Rabbit: While the first type of Monokuma you encounter, the Lesser Monokuma isn't all that threatening, it's obvious that there are going to be stronger and stronger types of Monokuma as you progress in the game that will definitely apply for this trope.
- Miniboss: You fight a stronger Monokuma as one at the beginning of the game after defeating all the Lesser Monokuma that were invading Hope Village.
- Mook: They act as this.
- Open-Ended Boss Battle: Regardless of whether you win or lose the Miniboss fight, Monokuma will blow up in the following cutscene and knock you out.
- Warm-Up Boss: The Miniboss again, though winning is optional.