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     Jin Kirigiri 
Jin Kirigiri

Super High School Level Private Investigator.

The Player Character. He prefers to keep to himself, and takes things very seriously- especially when it comes to his talent. Jin is best described as stubborn to the point of fault, Jin has his own ambitions and won't let anything stand in their way... not even family. And especially not a ridiculuous Monochrome bear. Despite this, Jin is portrayed as a very moral character, and pledges to ignore Monokuma's rules in favour of getting out his own way. Jin is the son of esteemed detective Fuhito Kirigiri, and despises this.

  • Being Personal Isn't Professional: Jin tries his hardest to separate himself from others, to avoid clouding his judgement with bias. In reality, he's much worse at this than he pretends to be.
  • Born Detective: The Kirigiri family is a clan of legendary detectives. Jin was forced to conform to their standards, at risk of being disowned.
  • Broken Ace: Jin is assumedly the best Private Investigator in Japan, and is super-intelligent... but on the inside, he's full of self-doubt and daddy issues.
  • Brutal Honesty: Jin usually just tells it as it is, regardless of whose feelings he hurts.
  • Comically Serious: Jin doesn't understand most jokes thrown at him, and often just stays serious. This can be humorous at times.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: As a Private Investigator, Jin has seen his fair share of dead bodies. He also doesn't seem surprised when he's kidnapped, and claims to recognise the scent of chloroform.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually keeps his remarks to himself, though.
  • Defective Detective: Jin prefers to keep to himself and forgo interpersonal relationships entirely- which conflicts with his natural desire for human companionship. This causes a lot of internal Angst.
  • Expy: If you read into it, he works as this for Shuuichi Saihara. Both of them are depressed teen detectives who hate their talents.
  • Family Business: Detective work. And he hates it.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Jin has to face off against Kotohiko during the first trial.
  • First-Person Smartass: His internal monologue can resemble this sometimes.
  • Friendship Denial: Internally. Whenever he gets too close to anyone, he chastises himself.
  • Great Detective: As his talent would suggest.
  • Hates Small Talk: This is shown in most of his Free Time Events.
  • Heroic BSoD: Jin falls into this after the first motive is revealed, and then falls into it again twice during the first trial.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Due to his untreated depression, Jin is abnormally hard on himself.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Comes with being a detective.
  • Idiot Hair: Has the trademark ahoge present on all Dangan Ronpa protagonists.
  • I'm Not Here To Make Friends: His general approach to the killing game.
  • I Work Alone: Tries to keep up this approach. Usually ends up failing.
  • Kid Detective: More of a "Teen Detective", really.
  • Meaningful Name: Kirigiri is written with the characters for "fog" and "cut".
  • Only Sane Man: He seems unamused by his fellow classmates' antics.
  • Parental Neglect: Jin's father doesn't care about his son's ambitions, and just wants him as a mindless follower.
  • Private Detective: As his talent would suggest.
  • Purple Eyes: Slightly lighter than his also purple hair.
  • The Spock: Hates showing too much emotion.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple, in this case.
  • You're Not My Father: Doesn't consider Fuhito to be his true father.


     Kotohiko Maizono 
Kotohiko Maizono

Super High School Level Tabloid Author

The first person Jin meets in the Killing Game. Kotohiko is an excitable young man with a strong love of gossip. He acts as Jin's guide throughout the Prologue, introducing him to the other characters in the Killing Game. Kotohiko runs and produces several tabloids, the most relevant of which covers the daily lives of Hope's Peak students. The Chapter One killer.

  • Aborted Declaration of Love: During his first Free Time Event. He gets interrupted before he can confess.
  • Bishōnen: His facial features are quite feminine.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: He doesn't have any family left to miss him if he dies. This is actually a good thing, considering he's in a Killing Game.
  • Crush Blush: During his first Free Time Event, he blushes regularly around Jin, who he is implied to have romantic feelings for.
  • Deuteragonist: Serves as Jin's sidekick during the Prologue.
  • Fan Boy: Of Hope's Peak itself.
  • Knowledge Broker: He's researched all the students in Hope's Peak, and thus knows a LOT about them.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name, Kotohiko, literally means "speech boy". He's quite the gossip...
  • Mr. Exposition: In the Prologue.
  • Nice Guy: He isn't outwardly malicious to almost anyone.
  • Ship Tease: With Jin.
  • Workaholic: Runs several tabloid magazines, which must take up a lot of his time.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Literally blue. Interestingly enough, he's said to dye his hair- but only the electric blue streak in the fringe. The rest is natural.

     Koichi Kizakura 
Koichi Kizakura

Super High School Level Boy Scout

Koichi is a cheerful boy scout who tries to foster team spirit in his classmates. His optimistic disposition seems to cover up his more mischievous, snarky side- and potentially a much less naïve personality than he puts on.

     Taichi Fujisaki 
Taichi Fujisaki

Super High School Level ???

A secretive conspiracy theorist who distrusts both his fellow classmates and the Japanese government. Despite his cowardly, unhinged personality, he's quite the brainiac.

     Tokiya Souda 
Tokiya Souda

Super High School Level Bicycle Racer

A flirty, self-interested boy who cares deeply about his reputation. He's a world-renowned bicycle racer, and loves the spotlight. The Chapter One victim.

     Takaaki Ishimaru 
Takaaki Ishimaru

Super High School Level Police Officer

A harsh, rude police officer who seems to be one of the most antagonistic members of the group.

  • Childhood Friends: With Ruka. They went to the same middle school.
  • Cigarette Burns: Inflicts these on himself, as well as on Jin.
  • Dirty Cop: Openly admits that he only gained his position through nepotism.
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: Takaaki is one of the most antagonistic characters in the story, and has a horrible smoking habit.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His and Ruka's friendship is... far from entirely respectful. It's gotten to the point where his apparent lack of empathy and the endangerment of her child is an in-joke for them.


     Maiku Saeki 
Maiku Saeki

Super High School Level Seamster

A dopey boy with his head in the clouds, who seems to live his life as romantically as he can.
  • Expy: Of Dorian Gray, pre-corruption. They share the same childish innocence and pre-occupation with a woman they love only for her art, whilst having an older (or older-looking, in Maiku's case) and more naturalistic best friend who seems to be enamoured with them. Maiku also liberally refers to himself as a Modern-Day Romeo, although the similaries between them are less glaring.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Maiku is geniunely sweet and seems to be one of the more morally sound characters, whilst also being one of two blondes.
  • In Love with Love: Maiku seems to value the concept of love more than he values the actual object of his affections.
  • Loving a Shadow: See above.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Maiku is always making flowery statements about love and romance.
  • Transparent Closet: Maiku is clearly gay/bisexual, based on his flirtations with Sadamu Yasuhiro, but seems not to recognise it himself, despite the other characters routinely commenting on it.

     Sadamu Yasuhiro 
Sadamu Yasuhiro

Super High School Level Beekeeper

Sadamu Yasuhiro is a Gentle Giant with a passion for all things Apoidea. He seems largely non-confrontational, except for his strange grudge on Takaaki Ishimaru. Sadamu earned his talent from his massive apiary and his strange way of communicating with his bees- on his farm alone, he has several species of bees and wasps, even including the super-deadly Africanized Honey Bees.

  • The Big Guy: He's around 6'11 and 255lbs of pure muscle.
  • Friend to Bugs: As his talent would suggest. He's not just a fan of bees, but also wasps and hornets.
  • Gentle Giant: He's the largest member of the cast, and also one of the most non-threatening.
  • Gratuitous French: Usually he slips into this as a way to insult people.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He can communicate with his bees in an almost abnormal way. He refers to this as "speaking their language".
  • Super Strength: He can break his own arm in one twist.

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