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    Chiaki Nanami 
Chiaki Nanami

Ultimate Gamer

"Don't you think there's something that's way more important than whether or not you have a talent?"

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese), Christine Marie Cabanos (English)
Played by: Nana Yamada (Stage)

An absent-minded girl who loves video games of all genres (even bad games) and is skilled at playing them. She tends to become so absorbed whilst playing that it's hard to hold a conversation with her, and has a habit of pausing for long periods of time while she mentally composes what she wishes to say. She is the mole of the group, placed there as an inside observer by the Future Foundation. Chiaki is actually an Artificial Intelligence from the same cloth as Usami, acting as a Non-Player Character within the Neo World Program. She is the accidental culprit of Chapter 5 but foils Nagito's plot to kill all of the students (except her) by confessing to the "murder", forcing her execution alongside Usami. She returns as a vision in the final trial, giving Hajime the hope to continue forward.

  • Accidental Murder: Played with. The fact that she killed Nagito is indeed an accident since she was merely trying to put out the fire in the warehouse, but he was banking on his luck that the one who would kill him with the poisoned bottle would be the "traitor", and she is.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In her POV manga, she's shown much more cheerful and shows more emotion over the course of the story.
  • Always with You: Chiaki seemingly expresses this sentiment after Hajime and the others end the final trial.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Aside from her persistent sleepiness, which many have interpreted as narcolepsy, Chiaki is a little odd. She always speaks with a shy, quiet voice even as she makes bold statements about the various cases in the trials, she can hyperfocus on any game she plays, she has a fear of animals that stems from the fact that she doesn't know what they'll do next, she occasionally mixes up reality with video games, and it's noted that she has trouble with social situations (which hinders her ability to play dating sims; she specifically says that she has trouble with games that require her to "manage relationships and guess what characters are feeling"), all of which seem to point to her being somewhere on the autism spectrum. It's left unclear whether it's due to her being an AI or part of her living self, but her appearance and actions in Danganronpa 3 seem to encourage the latter.
  • Ambiguous Situation: She appears to encourage Hajime in the final trial, yet what she is exactly is unclear. Hajime asks her who she is several times and wonders if she's his memory of Chiaki. Even Kodaka said she felt "a little bit off" from the Chiaki all game which is where he got the idea for her human counterpart from. It's possible she really is a spirit, Hajime's memories of her, his memories of her human self, or some combination of these.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Wears a hoodie with bat ears.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: She snaps Hajime out of his Heroic BSoD by asking him how much longer he's going to be indecisive, which leads into her motivational speech.
    • In the trial before, Chiaki asks a self-inflicted piercing in verbatim " chance...the traitor revealed themselves during that bomb scare...what would've happened? Would it have...stopped Nagito from acting so reckless?" This is also her Declaration of Protection.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Since she is really just an NPC in the Jabberwock simulation. It turns out that Chihiro Fujisaki, who created another artificial intelligence in the first game, created her as well. And she's easily one of the sweetest characters in the game.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Chiaki spiritually succeeds Kyoko as the protagonist's strongest ally in the trials. She is very proactive in collecting evidence and leads discussions by suggesting how to think, not what. This foils against Nagito, who excels at this trope as well, since he openly withholds evidence and ideas that prove totally central to the cases and often he alone already knows the blackened, while Chiaki works it out with everyone.
    • In her Relationships Chart in the official Danganronpa 2 artbook, Monokuma states verbatim that he considers her "the real brains of the class trials."
    • Nagito in particular remarks often on her perceptive and deductive skills, praising her gaming history as a contributing factor. Chiaki especially catches on the quickest to Nagito's hints, such as Mikan's imitation murder containing a hidden truth, and she even infers his entire murder-suicide-murder scheme down to the motive.
  • Beauty Mark: The Beach Episode shows that she has one her right breast, oddly enough. Not that we're complaining.
  • Berserk Button: She drops the space cadet routine and gets very serious when mutual killing is involved.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Chiaki may very well be the kindest member of the whole cast, nonetheless, both Hajime and Gundham each manage to get her slightly cross with them at different points in Chapter 3. She teases each of them in payback afterwards and each instance leaves both men bewildered.
    Gundham: (Demands a simplified explanation from Chiaki by attempting reverse psychology)
    Kazuichi: "What a jeeerk!"
    Chiaki: "Oh, I see. You want me to explain it to you, right? Because you don't understand what I'm saying, right?"
    Gundham: (Aghast at Chiaki's comeback) "An even BIGGER jerk!? Impossible!"
  • Big Damn Heroes: Returns in Chapter 6, defying death for the second time, to give Hajime the way to destroy AI Junko's argument.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Shouts "No! That's wrong!" alongside Hajime when destroying AI Junko's argument.
    • In a way, the character quote above. Even in real life, Chiaki had a very dim view of the Talent System of Hope's Peak Academy...
  • Call-Back: While it plays out differently, her execution pretty much ends the same way as Kyoko's bad ending in the first game: getting crushed to death.
  • The Cameo: She has two appearances in Danganronpa 3. The first is a in a Flashforward of her first time meeting Hajime. After the real life Chiaki's execution and death. and the second is in Side:Hope where Hajime asks her.... Spirit? Memory? Actual self? about why the AI took the appearance of Chiaki in the first place
  • Character Tic: Chiaki will often pause for a moment before speaking, needing time to sort what she wants to say first.
    • She also tends to say "I think" after a statement.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Tends to be a little slow in responses when talking to her, often putting things in a gaming perspective. But when things get serious...
  • The Confidant/The Conscience: When the time calls for it, she will act as both to Hajime, most blatantly in Chapter 4: when he was about to go into the Final Dead Room, she talks him out it, reminding of how pointless it is and that he shouldn’t push himself. After the dispute with Nagito (after he revealed that Hajime was a reserve course student), he confides in her that regardless of how he’s feeling, he will continue to pursue investigating Nekomaru’s murder. A second most blatant example is when Hajime hits his Heroic BSoD during Chapter Six and starts hallucinating. He lets out everything that has been dumped on him and is at a loss of what to do. She talks him out of being indecisive and gives him the strength to move forward.
  • Could Say It, But...: The way she hints to Hajime that she's the traitor without explicitly saying it. Her theory that the traitor may be unable to betray the future foundation is kind of odd and she makes it pretty obvious she's trying to communicate something.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Chiaki and the rest of the Usami/Monomi units are in a room with pixelated models, when Monokuma comes in with a tank and starts to shoot at them. Chiaki suddenly spots an exit and she and the Monomis run, followed by Monokuma in a Pac-Man-like vehicle that crushes all but one of the Monomi units. However, her and the last Monomi reach a dead end. With no more escape routes, Monokuma begins dropping Tetris blocks in the area, eventually crushing the last Monomi, and then Chiaki. The blocks then violently explode due to Monokuma forming three perfect lines.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On occasion, particularly when she feels annoyed or antagonized.
  • Declaration of Protection: During trial five, Chiaki states that she wanted to do was protect her classmates, and expresses sadness over not being able to protect them once she's executed.
  • Deuteragonist: Similar to Kyoko in the first game, although it's less obvious at first and only becomes apparent as the game progresses.
  • Disappeared Dad: She speaks about her dad (a programmer) in the past tense, hinting that he died. Chapter 6 reveals that her "father" was Chihiro Fujisaki, the Ultimate Programmer who died in the original game.
  • Friendless Background: She implies that this is the case, indicating that she's never been to an amusement park with friends, not having any friends until she met the other students. The truth about this matter seems related to her status as an Artificial Intelligence.
  • Gamer Chick: Her talent is based on her being one.
  • Genius Ditz: She's a savant when it comes to playing video games, and her wide experience of genres (murder mystery, edutainment, etc.) gives her an astonishing range of general knowledge, so much so that she's one of the best members of the group to talk to when you need insight into a murder case. However, there's only one gaming genre she struggles with: dating sims.
  • Genre Savvy: Because of all the games that she plays. After the first murder, she is the first to suggest that someone is nominated to guard the body just because "that's the kind of thing that happens in closed-circle murder mystery games".
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Slaps Akane in Chapter 5 to bring her to her senses when she's freaking out over Nagito's plans, and trying to strangle Nagito to death.
  • Godlike Gamer: Chiaki Nanami is considered "the Ultimate Gamer" and excells at almost everygame she plays with little effort. The only games she's bad at are Dating Sims.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Her free time with Hajime has her develop a curiosity for social activities. Monomi considers her willingness to defy her protocols and reveal her identity as a "miracle."
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Chapter 5, she works out that Nagito's plan was to kill everyone but the "traitor" (her). Instead, she urges everyone to vote her as the murderer, relying on Nagito's good luck and she was the one who accidentally killed him.
  • Hidden Buxom: While even in casual clothing it is rather obvious that Chiaki has a fairly large bust (she ties with Tsumiki for having the second-largest breasts among the cast of Danganronpa 2, and the two are only bested by Akane), her rather daring bikini in Chapter 2 of the game really shows off how big they really are. It is even lampshaded by Kazuichi in-game.
    Kazuichi: Seriously man...I never expected Chiaki to have such huge jugs...
    Chiaki: ...Jugs?
  • Hidden Depths: She proves remarkably competent at the trial despite her sleepy demeanor, being the one to both expose Nagito's act and put forth the idea the killer wasn't under the table in the first trial.
  • Hope Bringer: Her actions throughout the game and even after her death push Hajime and the others to not give up on the future, even when things look bleakest.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Her video game experience makes her surprisingly useful for investigating the game's murders. For example, she maps out the Twilight Syndrome crime scene using her experience from dungeon crawler RPGs.
  • The Illegible: The childish scrawl in the diary in Chapter 5 turns out to be hers, since Monomi, the alleged owner of the diary, can't write.
  • Implied Love Interest: She's this to Hajime, the game never says they're a thing it's quite clear that they care about eachother with Chiaki repetedly doing her best to help Hajime out and one of his biggest hangups about attempting to reset the program is the idea that she'd be permenetly erased from his memory. Heck her final free time event is her trying to take Hajime out on a date.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: As an AI who is trying to help the former Ultimate Despair students rehabilitation process she is completely immune to any of Monokuma's motives since she can't be driven to kill any of them... Which is why Nagito had to use his luck to make her his murderer.
  • I Will Wait for You: In her Dangan Island ending, she tells Hajime that she'll be waiting for the day he can teach her all kinds of new things. In her return, she promises that she'll learn more about dating.
  • Killed Off for Real: ...Possibly. Depends on whether you interpret her last words literally or just symbolically. Like most of the character's fates at the end, it's left ambiguous.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When Nagito tries to get everyone to give up on the first trial by insisting there's no evidence and no way they can catch the killer, she suddenly stands tall and shoots back with a "You've got that wrong!" Even though she softens it a moment later by adding "...I think", it signals the start of a devastating counterargument.
  • Loophole Abuse: As an AI she was explicitly programed to be incapable of revealing herself as the traitor sent by the Future Foundation. She gets around this by simply revealing the fact that it's impossible for the traitor to reveal themselves even if they wanted to and let the rest of the class figure out why she knew that.
  • Meaningful Appearance: Her hairclip resembles the spaceship from Galaga. Fits well with her status as gamer and "space cadet".
  • Meaningful Name: Chiaki, as in Chihiro Fujisaki, her creator and father.
  • The Mole: For the Future Foundation. However, in this case, she has the students' best interests at heart.
  • Nerves of Steel: Just like Kyoko Kirigiri, she will hardly ever lose her calm personality even under intense pressure. Hajime even calls her this and praises her for it.
  • Nice Girl: She's kind and good-natured to others, and comes to be considered a universally-close friend by the fifth trial. Her murder of Nagito was completely accidental because he set it up and relied on his luck to make the traitor (her) the killer. When she figures this out, she gracefully throws herself under the bus (with Hajime's help) to save everyone else.
  • Non-Player Character: What she really is in-universe, since the setting of the game is actually virtual reality.
  • Not Afraid to Die: She doesn't hesitate to sacrifice herself for the sake of the other students, though she does find the will to put up some resistance during her execution.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: You just got told it's a game, but the Ultimate Gamer died in the last chapter. As you reach an unwinnable segment of the game, Chiaki appears and proves her talent is not so useless after all in the game...
  • Rules Lawyer: Monokuma finds her attempts to clarify the rules and close loopholes rather irritating. It makes sense when you consider the truth about the events of the Killing Game.
  • Scheherezade Gambit: When she finally understands the extremist intention of Nagito's callous plan in Chapter 5, she attempts to break his gambit into shards by exploiting herself as the traitor of the group, which is not something he intended. Chiaki does this in order to protect the remaining students and encourage them to battle the mastermind.
  • "Second Law" My Ass!: While she admits she can't completely defy them, she does go against the Future Foundation's orders and her established programming to out herself as the traitor to save everyone.
    • Possibly subverted, as her refusing to reveal herself as the traitor would have gone against the First Law (as it would allow human beings to come to harm) - a fail-safe that the Second Law already has in place.
  • Ship Tease: Plenty with Hajime. Ignoring her Free Time Events, she plays a very critical role in restoring his hope to him and supporting him, and he's the most worried about forgetting about her. He also gets very flustered when seeing her in her swimsuit in Chapter 2. A couple of characters even make a few low-key remarks at their seeming connection at various points in the game.
  • Shout-Out: Chiaki carries on Hifumi's legacy of regularly making video game references.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivers a few of these to Nagito and Monokuma, such as telling the former to stop badgering Teruteru near the end of the first trial. Both listen, surprisingly.
  • Significant Birth Date: Like her DR 3 counterparts, Chiaki shares her birthday (March 14) with her father Chihiro Fujisaki. March 14 is also the White Day, a day where boys will give cookies as a return present for the reciprocated girl's Valentine's Day chocolate, marking her role as Love Interest.
  • Sleepyhead: She has a habit of falling asleep in the middle of sentences. A free-time conversation reveals that she frequently plays video games for so long that she forgets to sleep.
  • Smarter Than You Look: One can be forgiven to think that she's a kind hearted but ditsy girl who's only expertise was in video games until the first trial starts up and it becomes apparent that she's one of the if not the smartest person in the class.
  • Spirit Advisor: Becomes one to Hajime, after his mental breakdown, in the final trial.
  • The Spock: To Hajime's The Kirk and Nagito's The McCoy. She always keeps her cool during the trials and tends to think the most logically out of the three. Chiaki also upholds a strong "needs of the many, outweighs needs of the few" belief, or in this case, sacrificing one student to save the others, will always be a better outcome than sacrificing all the students to save just one life, even if that "one life" happens to be her own.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Can't get more sympathetic than being the murderer because you accidentally grabbed the wrong bottle in a 1 in 6 chance. Then pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to ensure that your friends would continue to live.
  • Terrible Artist: The colorful drawings she keeps in her diary could be mistaken for a preschooler's. That said, it could be a deliberate choice since she's trying to pass it off as Monomi's diary.
  • Token Good Teammate: She's the only "student" that was not a member of Ultimate Despair, so technically, she is this.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She's a Nice Girl who bears no ill towards anyone, and when she was made into Nagito's murder, without any second thoughts she proceeds to pull a Heroic Sacrifice to save her remaining friends. Exactly like her real-life counterpart
  • Uncertain Doom: The game treats her execution as a Final Death and she doesn't appear at during the present storyline in Danganronpa 3 except as a vision Hajime has at the end but considering her ambiguous appearance to Hajime in chapter 6, the fact that seemingly deleted AI's like Alter Ego and Usami have came back later, and the fact that said vision ends up explaining some things to Hajime that he had no idea about. leaves her fate open ended.
  • Verbal Tic: Has a habit of adding "...I think." to the end of her sentences. This is not present with her real self, indicating it's part of her AI's programming flaws...
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Averted. Even after finding out she's an NPC, Hajime still sees her as a living person.
  • What Would X Do?: She asks Hiyoko what she would think Mahiru would say in response to Fuyuhiko attempting Seppuku.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Chiaki is scared of swimming, due to the possibility of her falling asleep and drowning.
    • Also, while not afraid of animals themselves per se, she is nervous when up close with one because she doesn't know what it might do and that kind of unpredictability frightens her.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Her pep talk to Hajime in Chapter 6 full stop.
  • Yuri Fan: One of the problems she has with Twilight Syndrome Murder Case is the lack of romantic chemistry between Girl A and Girl B.

    Akane Owari 
Akane Owari

Ultimate Gymnast

"Can I solve this by hitting it hard enough?"

Voiced by: Romi Park (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)
Played by: Yu Takahashi (Stage)

A superb athlete with an unusually large bust for a high-school girl. She has a remarkable talent for inventing her own moves but tends to under-perform when she's in a bad mood. A brash and argumentative girl with a love of food and fighting, Akane isn't quite the sharpest thinker on the island. She survives the final trial and escapes to the real world with the other survivors.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Because her chest is too big to button her top up all the way.
  • Action Girl: Along with Peko, Akane is definitely the most physically-oriented girls in the game.
  • Battle Aura: One of her poses is accompanied by one of these.
  • Big Eater: She loves food, and was one of the only ones who had a chance to eat Teruteru's cooking because of it.
  • Blood Knight: A minor example - she just can't resist getting into fights.
  • Boobs of Steel: Has the largest chest of all the female students coupled with impressive physical strength.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She hates hard work (it even says so in her profile) but is undoubtedly talented in what she does.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Sort of. See Dark and Troubled Past below.
  • Contralto of Danger: She has the lowest female voice of the cast, fitting to a Tomboy, Ore Onna and Blood Knight.
  • Cool Big Sis: To her younger brothers and sisters, as she was responsible for them and did all kinds of unpleasant jobs for their sake.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Grew up in rough circumstances and had to deal with perverts throughout her life, such as being expected to work without wearing panties at her waitress job (though she seems rather oblivious to how perverted her admirers were). The reason she has such trouble remembering names is she saw people dying around her so often she didn't see much point in getting to know them better. Akane's family life wasn't any better either; she had 7 siblings and an unemployed father and had to constantly work part-time to support them until she started doing gymnastics. She also states that who her mom or dad was tended to "change", along with an increase in the number of siblings. Take that as you will.
  • Death Glare: One of her angry sprites, complete with spiky hair and a menacing aura.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: She threatens to kill Monomi until she dies from it, apparently.
  • The Ditz: Akane is noticeably unintelligent, at least compared to the rest of the cast; it takes her a few class trials to even understand the rules of the killing game, needs an explanation whenever someone else makes a point using a complicated word, and, while her gut feelings are usually right, she often can't interpret what they mean. She does, however, seem aware of herself being a bit slow intellectually but isn't bothered by it at all.
  • Dumb Muscle: Physically, she's very strong and athletic. Mentally, though, she is a bit of a lightweight.
  • Foil: To Aoi Asahina from the first game. They have a similar appearance, have close friendships to the cast's Gentle Giant, have an obsession with food, and they both even survive the murder game. However, their actual personalities are opposites: Akane loves to fight, never gives much thought to romance, lacks modesty when it comes to her body, and is comfortable with her lack of femininity. Aoi, meanwhile, is one of the nicest characters in her class, is insecure about her masculine traits, and will turn beet-red if anyone comments on her body. The biggest difference is their attitude toward their talent—Akane only does gymnastics for the prize money, while Aoi genuinely loves swimming and doesn't care much about winning or losing.
  • Forgetful Jones: She struggles to remember Hajime's name in her Free Time Events, although she more or less reliably gets it right in-game. This also extends to Talent Development Plan, when she accidentally calls Maki from V3 "Mookie," and tells Himiko that she generally forgets anyone who looks too small and weak. This makes sense when you take into account that when Akane was younger, friends she made had a tendency to die or just disappear, so eventually there became too many of them for her to bother remembering because they'd be gone soon anyway.
  • Gut Feeling: Perhaps her greatest asset is her keen intuition. She frequently stumbles into a breakthrough, just because her gut told her so.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Nekomaru takes a bullet for her, she begins to lose it and sinks into a deep depression. Subverted in that the real cause of her shift in personality is a Despair Disease released by Monokuma.
    • Also, upon finding out that not only are she and her classmates are the remnants of Ultimate Despair but that if she pulls the plug as Makoto intends for them to do, Hajime Hinata will revert to the much less pleasant Izuru Kamukura.
  • Hidden Depths: Every recurring joke about Akane has roots in her Dark and Troubled Past. She eats nonstop while in Jabberwock Island due to starving as a child and appreciating her newfound food security; she is eager to fighting mostly anyone she meets because of an obsession with being strong and a paralyzing fear of weakness, due to growing up in an ambient where being weak meant dying; and her portrayal as an Innocent Fanservice Girl is a result of being regularly harassed and conditioned to accept it as the norm.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Though Akane comes off as oblivious and aggressive at times, her heart is in the right place and even though it was reckless and stupid, she tried to fight Monokuma to try and protect her friends.
  • Hot-Blooded: It doesn't take much to get Akane pumped up - especially if it involves fighting or food.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: At 176 cm (5' 9") she is very tall for her age and nationality.
  • Idiot Savant: Hopeless deduction skills, but considered a genius as a gymnast.
  • Indy Ploy: Her preferred method of doing gymnastics is just to go out there and make up a routine on the spot. She is actually incredibly talented at coming up with innovative new moves (hence her Ultimate Talent) but the main reason she does this is that she hates the hard work and tedium that would come with composing and practicing a routine beforehand.
  • Inappropriate Hunger: Food is still the only thing on her mind even as her friends argue over murder suspects. Justified in that she starved growing up, and possibly indulges so much in eating while in Jabberwock Island as a way to cope with this trauma.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Treads the line between this and Shameless Fanservice Girl; she doesn't understand why most of the others think it's a bad idea for her to go swimming without a suit, nor does she care. This extends to the attention she got from perverted admirers as well.
  • Irony: While most gymnasts are small and petite, she is not.
  • Is It Something You Eat?: During Chapter 1's trial, at one point Akane asks what "aspersion" is and whether or not it's something you eat. This annoys Hiyoko enough for her to suggest Akane should try also eating asbestos.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for Nekomaru having to perform a Heroic Sacrifice and being turned into a robot.
  • It's Personal/I Owe You My Life: She vows to find Nekomaru's murderer, as he had saved her. Despite that, she's relatively understanding once she realizes that Gundam killed Nekomaru because he wasn't content with everyone starving to death.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: She's easily the most combative girl in the series and usually wants to start fights at some of the most inopportune times. This becomes an issue when Nidai has to save her from Monokuma.
  • Le Parkour: She mentions that she did quite a bit of it back in the slums, apparently to elude perverts.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: while she can be aggressive, and initially comes across as somewhat aloof and self absorbed and tries to kill Nagito(but Nagito at this point legit pretended to plant bombs to blow up the island while coldly taunting everyone over it), Akane is a very caring and loyal member of the group who wants to protect her friends to the point of fighting Monokuma and is never actively malicious, Chiaki notes as much after she stops her from killing Nagito saying "you're not the type of person who would do something like this", she's highly remorseful afterwards.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: One of her Free Time events reveals that she has 7 siblings and that she had to work hard to support them because her father was unemployed.
  • Meaningful Name: Akane was originally planned as a rival to Hajime, and her name shows it. "Hajime" means "beginning", while "Hinata" is an Alternate Character Reading of "sunflower" (向日葵). "Akane" means "madder" and "Owari" means "end".
  • Mood-Swinger: She can bounce between bored, to happy, to angry, and to happy again very quickly.
  • Morality Pet: To Teruteru, of sorts. While he's usually sexual towards mostly anyone, he drops this when it comes to Akane, despite her being one of the most fanservice-y characters in the game. Instead, he appreciates how passionate she is about his food, especially in V3's Ultimate Talent Development Plan.
  • Mundane Luxury: She thinks the lousiest room in the funhouse is dream-like compared to her last home.
  • The Nose Knows: In Chapter 1, this is how she discovers Byakuya's stabbed-to-death body underneath the table since she was able to smell Byakuya's spilled blood. At the beginning of the next chapter, she's the first person to notice how bad Hiyoko smells.
  • Odd Friendship: With Fuyuhiko from Chapter 4 on, as they both had someone in the killing game sacrifice themself for their sakes.
  • Only in It for the Money: If Akane is an Ultimate Gymnast, why does she like battles so much? Her Free Time events reveal she only became a gymnast in order to win lots of money from competitions by setting records, and the Ultimate part is because even though she only does gymnastics for the money, she also happens to be really good at it. However she uses this money to help her family move into a nicer area.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: While her crying the day after Nekomaru's Heroic Sacrifice is due to the Despair Disease (which causes those afflicted to act unlike themselves), her crying in response to finding Mechamaru dead is proof of how much his death affected her.
  • Ore Onna: She refers to herself with the very masculine and informal "ore", a sign of the poor conditions she grew up in.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: She's really strong by any realistic standard, but she's mostly self-taught, hates training, her ultimate talent isn't strictly combative and it's noted she poorly incorporates gymnastics into her fighting style anyway. As a result, she almost constantly finds herself in over her head.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Her family lived in terrible living conditions and often had little food. Akane alone provided support for her family, working anywhere she could and sometimes even stealing.
  • Plucky Girl: Even after losing Nekomaru a second time, Akane picks herself up in no time at all, knowing the only thing she can do is to keep moving on.
  • The Pollyanna: She actually seems to be so clueless that the tragedies around her don't faze her. Nekomaru's death is what finally breaks her carelessness, but she still manages to move on, believing moving on is part of what it means to live.
  • Prone to Tears: Her Out-of-Character Moment when Nekomaru gets shot to protect her. Actually caused by the Despair Disease. Although, at one point, she does cry at the beginning of Chapter 5, and has a full breakdown when she sees Mechamaru's body in Chapter 4.
  • Recurring Element: Like Asahina before her, she's the resident big-breasted, dark-skinned girl who has a physically-oriented talent who ends up surviving the game.
  • Ship Tease: Lots of it with Nekomaru, who takes her under his wing as a manager and quickly becomes her closest friend on the island. Both times he dies deeply affect her emotionally, despite her tough outer shell, and she ends up carrying around "Minimaru" as a memento of him for the rest of the game.
  • Slasher Smile: When she gets a Battle Aura as described above, she also has this kind of smile.
  • So Beautiful It's a Curse: Her figure has attracted plenty of unwanted attention from local perverts.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tries to attack Monokuma in spite of being outmatched, resulting in Nekomaru having to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Sonia's girly girl. While Sonia is refined and tries to keep a strong reputation, Akane does not bother with such things. Despite this, the two get along incredibly well.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Her first reaction to problems tends to be "Can I solve this by hitting it hard enough?"
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Hajime learns during Akane's fourth Free Time event that she's afraid of ghosts, and she threatens to kill him if he ever tells anyone about it.

    Sonia Nevermind 
Sonia Nevermind

Ultimate Princess

"It is a pleasure to make your esteemed acquaintance! May we endeavor to maintain a lasting friendship!"

Voiced by: Miho Arakawa (Japanese), Natalie Hoover (English)
Played by: Jamie Natsuki (Stage)

A royal princess from the small European country of Novoselic, who has come to Hope's Peak Academy as an exchange student. Sonia has all the beauty and grace that her title implies. However, she can be a bit naive and overly trusting, and her grasp of the native language is a bit...tenuous. She survives the final trial and escapes into the real world with the other survivors.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played within the main game, where she develops a close relationship with Gundham and is one of the few people who treat his overlord status semi-seriously. However, she seems to be attracted to his positive qualities more than his ominous persona.
  • Break the Cutie: Gundham being found as the culprit of Chapter 4 causes her to break into a fit of tears. She also takes Chiaki turning out to be the traitor quite hard, even going so far as to make arguments suggesting that she herself is suspicious.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: She becomes attached to Gundham, finding charm in him and his pets despite his bizarre and supposedly evil persona.
  • Character Development: Downplayed, as her personality traits do not dramatically change, but over the course of the game she does mature a bit when it comes to her behavior, as she becomes less naive and more willing to accept the harsher aspects of reality even when it's painful to do so.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Breaks into one in Chapter 5, entirely in Gratuitous English.
    Sonia: God damn it all to hell!
    Sonia: Jesus! Shit! You son of a bitch!
  • Covert Pervert: While there were subtle hints of this throughout the story, the final trial less-than subtly reveals her like this. During the final trial, Monokuma reveals that he does not need cameras to spy on the students and proves this by explaining how he knows that one of Sonia's trip to the bathroom took "a little longer than usual". Sonia's reaction was begging Monokuma not to tell others of what she did or as she puts it "will never be able to become queen". Kazuichi's reaction further cements the implication.
    • Further evidence of this also occurs during the final trial when Sonia finds out the Future Foundation was watching the students through the cameras and to Sonia's horror she blurt out how she did some "disgraceful" things in front of said cameras. Byakuya's laconic reply to her statement: "You...sure did."
  • Cuteness Proximity: Starts cooing over Gundham's Four Dark Devas the moment she sees them.
  • Crazy Cultural Comparison: Once in a while she'll do this when talking to Hajime, such as getting a little mad at him for not arriving to their meeting spot 13 minutes early because that is the expected time in Novoselic, or questioning why he doesn't know how to handle a tank because in Novoselic you start learning how to use such things in elementary school.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Heavily implied to have done this on 2 separate occasions. See also Covert Pervert above.
  • Ditzy Genius: She's able to make smart deductions when the time calls for it, is capable of complex political analysis, and has admitted to being able to speak and read over 30 different languages. The ditz part is more or less due to the language barrier, and her limited knowledge of Japanese culture, or society, in general.
  • First-Name Basis: In the Japanese version, she is the only student to be addressed by her first name.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: From Novoselic.
  • Funny Foreigner: Her grasp on slang, cultural norms and sayings are a bit shaky in some areas, leading to humorous attempts to bond with her fellow classmates.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: In contrast to Hiyoko and Junko.
  • The Heart: She's the Ultimate Princess, so it comes with the territory. She knows how to use her authority to put an end to pointless conflict. Later, this is deconstructed as her trusting nature and faith on her classmates are frequently put to the test once the traitor plotline takes the front stage (as she can't fathom the idea of one of her friends betraying them).
  • Heroic BSoD: Upon finding out that not only are she and her classmates the remnants of Ultimate Despair but that if she pulls the plug as Makoto intends for them to do, Hajime Hinata will revert to the much less pleasant Izuru Kamukura. In her case, she's particularly bothered by the idea that if they lose all their memories from the game, it will negate the meaning of everything they've done so far.
  • Hidden Depths: Early in the game, she proves she is capable of complex political analysis when she gives a speech about how power and wealth gradually lead to the ruin of civilizations.
    • When she wants someone to take her seriously, she speaks with an aura of absolute authority. She has no intention of either killing anyone or being killed herself, and she succeeds.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She is expected to put up the front of a strong and infallible princess back in her home country, and though she's more than willing to do that for the sake of her countrymen, she admits that it would be nice to experience life as a normal high school girl and be treated as one.
    • This could also explain why she's so frustrated with Kazuichi, as he's always putting her on a pedestal.
  • I've Come Too Far: In the end, she resolves to keep marching towards the future so that there is meaning to everyone's deaths. She does this despite being told she won't be allowed to keep her memories.
  • Jerkass to One: "Cruel to one" type, as she doesn't get along with Kazuichi, but this is justified by his creepy nature and legit saying that Gundham's final words didn't matter.
  • Kick the Dog: Granted Kazuichi's stalker-ish tendencies were being played up more than usual, but in the fourth trial Sonia says she's "disappointed" he's not the murderer, to his face.
  • Lethal Chef: What a bit of bonus art in the manga shows her to be.
  • Meat-O-Vision: Comes down with a bad case of Dessert-O-Vision when Monokuma is starving everyone to death in the funhouse; she starts hallucinating that the other students are delicious desserts and asks them (politely, of course) if she can eat them.
  • Micro Monarchy: Her native land of Novoselic appears to be one of these.
  • Moral Myopia: In the second trial, she scolds Fuyuhiko for threatening Mikan when she agrees with Hajime that Hiyoko couldn't have moved Mahiru's body, saying that "Only a coward threatens women", yet she says absolutely nothing to Gundham when he does something similar to her earlier on (although it's clear no one actually takes Gundham seriously to begin with).
  • Modest Royalty: That dress in the above picture is not what she normally wears, preferring ordinary school clothes. Her swimsuit is also a wet suit, and the most modest of the girls'.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Sonia is one of the students who show great respect to those who have died, and doesn't like it when their deaths are disregarded or they are insulted. A primary example of this is in Chapter 5 when she becomes upset with Nagito for insulting Gundham and Byakuya, and demands he apologize.
  • Nice Girl: She's polite and charming and gets along well with almost everyone. Which is probably why she's one of the few students who survive the entire game since she provokes no one into killing her and she never has any desire to kill anyone so she isn't executed. Subverted with Kazuichi since she can be quite hostile to him though more in a passive-aggressive way and verbally abuses him with more frequency as the game goes on but again this is due to his creepy nature growing especially during chapter 5 when he hits on her more after Gundham dies.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Chapter 3, Sonia suggests that Hiyoko use the full-length mirror at the back of the music stage to help her put her kimono on. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to Sonia, a murderer was waiting at the place, and Hiyoko dies because of it. Sonia is extremely remorseful despite it all basically being despair Mikan's fault further showing her kind nature/
  • Nightmare Fetishist: According to her profile she enjoys the occult, which is rather unexpected of a prim and proper princess. She says in Chapter 1's trial that she watches Friday the 13th with a gleam in her eye, and also has an avid admiration for serial killers, to the extent that when she talks about Genocide Jack she calls them splendid and that they represent the hope of the young generation.
    • This could also explain her attraction towards Gundham.
  • Occidental Otaku: She's from Europe and a big fan of Japanese TV dramas and anime.
  • Odd Friendship: With Gundham, the delusional animal breeder.
  • Of Course I'm Not a Virgin: When Gundham recounts having been to an "amusement park in hell" as a child, Sonia expresses interest in wanting to experience it for herself, to which Gundham remarks that he'd require the blood of a virgin as an entrance fee. To Kazuichi's utter shock, Sonia laments that she wouldn't be able to use her own blood.
  • Omniglot: She can read, write and speak in over 30 different languages.
  • Proper Lady: One of the most refined women on the island, if not the franchise.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Past her knees, slightly longer than Ibuki's.
  • Red Herring: She was hinted at being the traitor a few times such as being secretive during the discovery of the bomb or knowing that the bombs were fake. Sonia even used these points in her rebuttal against Chiaki being the traitor later during the trial and she's notable for never being considered as a suspect beforehand.
  • Selective Obliviousness: In regards to Kazuichi, as she ignores many of his attempts of grabbing her attention.
  • Serious Business: In Sonia's first Free Time event, Hajime learns that Japanese "TV dramas" are this to her. This seems to be the case for her whole country: at one point, Hajime learns that a popular Japanese Magical Girl anime for kids got a rating of 90% (that's 90% of the entire population) in Sonia's country.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Seems like this at first, but as time goes on there are more indications that she's smarter and worldly-wiser than she lets on.
  • Ship Tease: It's very deliberately shown that she's interested in Gundham, who comes to gradually enjoy her company despite his distrust of people.
  • Shout-Out: A walking Homage to the band Nirvana. Sonia's home country is named after the bassist, Krist Novoselic, and her last name is also the title of the band's second album, Nevermind. Supplementary materials reveal she went to In Utero School before Hope's Peak.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Sonia talks using very formal and polite language, as expected of a princess... except in addition to that, she also sometimes peppers her speech with informal slang such as "hella" or "you betcha", as well as lots of references to outdated popular culture.
  • Supporting Leader: During the endgame, as Hajime becomes more focused on dealing with his identity crisis and unravelling the mystery of why they're in the killing game in the first place, Sonia gradually becomes the de-facto leader for the other surviving students and is the main figure keeping the group united.
  • Statuesque Stunner: The third tallest female student in the series, who happens to not be an athlete, unlike Pekoyama and Owari. Also one of the second game's most charming girls.
  • Stealth Insult: Her tactful demeanor and contempt for Kazuichi sometimes result in this. They become less subtle as the game goes on, however.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Akane's tomboy. While Sonia is refined and tries to keep a strong reputation, Akane does not bother with such things. Despite this, the two get along incredibly well.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • In Chapter 2, she plans a girls-only beach party. Because Ibuki and Mikan were attending, Hiyoko was the only one who accepted Mahiru's invitation to discuss the implications of Twilight Syndrome Murder Case. Fuyuhiko and/or Peko was able to use this to manipulate both into a trap to murder Mahiru and frame Hiyoko.
    • In Chapter 3, she comes across Hiyoko struggling to put her kimono on after Mahiru's death and suggests she use the full-body mirror in the Titty Typhoon. This leads to her walking in on a murder in progress and getting her throat slit.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: In the alternate universe mini-game scenario "Dangan Island," if you get Sonia's ending Hajime and she makes plans to get married according to the customs of her people, by fighting and defeating a creature called a Makango. Which is the marriage custom for normal people in Sonia's culture, but if it's Sonia specifically, then since she's a princess it has to be a golden Makango on top of that.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Asks this of Chiaki after Chiaki is revealed as The Mole, wondering if all the time they spent together meant nothing, but soon concludes that Chiaki did not betray them.
    • She also asks the same of Peko in the second trial, to which Peko replies with a Blunt "Yes".
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Not a ruler yet, but as a member of the royal family she's used to hiding her fears. In Free Time she reveals that she's already been kidnapped twice, and she eventually breaks down crying in front of Hajime.
  • You Remind Me of X: In her free time events and Dangan Island ending, it turns out that because Hajime is wearing a white shirt and has his hair done in an antenna, he fits the description of a legendary hero in Sonia's culture, which is why Sonia wants the two of them to get married.

    Hiyoko Saionji 
Hiyoko Saionji

Ultimate Traditional Dancer

"I seriously love traditional dancing, Japanese candy, and Japanese food. And as much as I love these... I seriously love stomping on disgusting things!"

Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori (Japanese), Kira Buckland (English)
Played by: Ayumi Mizukoshi (Stage)

A rising star in the art of traditional Japanese dancing. Hiyoko is popular for her youthful appearance and grace but conceals an abrasive personality and a nasty mean streak. She is the first victim of Chapter 3 after she walks in on Mikan staging a murder and is silenced by having her throat slit.

  • Asshole Victim: Subverted to an large extent especially compared to Nagito. While her treatment of Mikan and everyone else can count her like this and she did in some ways remain the same in chapter 3 still being arrogant and toxic, she does in many ways change her attitude she forgives Fuyuhiko, is far more polite and friendly to the cast, unlike Terteru and Peko/Fuyuhiko she never betrayed the group or murdered anyone either, her death is caused by her grief over Mahiru and trying to tie her kimono, she died scared and alone her death being caused by Junko's unfair motive and Peko/Fuyuhiko's cruel actions in 2-2. While her death isn't mourned as much as Ibuki's Sonia is guilt ridden over it and Hajime notes that she was trying to change and didn't deserve to die just for trying to come to terms with Mahiru's death
  • Ambiguously Bi: Even if she can obtain a romantic ending with Hajime in Dangan Island, she also acts extremely clingy and affectionate around Mahiru, to the point that she outright drags Mahiru away to have a shower with her. The implications aren't lost on Ibuki.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: She's introduced squishing ants for fun, and later, she tries doing the same thing to a crab.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Mahiru was willing to look past her abrasive exterior and try to be nice to her anyway, which resulted in the two developing a close enough friendship that Hiyoko was outraged that the other students could possibly think she'd murder her. She can show her nicer half to Hajime as well in her Free-Time Events.
  • Birds of a Feather: Her and Mahiru's parental situation makes them this, though the divide is more based around Saionji cherishing the very few people that can be truly relied on, while Koizumi had to learn early to rely on herself.
  • Blush Sticker: Like Fuyuhiko's to make her appear more child-like and cutesy. They suit her about as much as they do him when she starts showing her true colors.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Even though she's just as old as the rest of the cast, she certainly appears this way physically, and her attitude more than qualifies her. In reality, Hiyoko only physically looks like a child because that's what she looked like when she entered the academy.
  • The Bully: Snipes at everyone, but particularly Mikan and Kazuichi because unlike the others who tend to either ignore her or laugh at her insults, they react to her insults the most.
  • Cassandra Truth: During the second trial after the Twilight Syndrome Murder Case mystery is solved, Hiyoko dominantly accuses Fuyuhiko of being the culprit, and has his motivations accurate as well (killing Mahiru as revenge for his sister's death). He accepts the accusation she makes, implying that he has a role in the case.
  • The Chain of Harm: Everyone in her family but her father were jealous of her talent and abused her, which caused her to become an abusive person herself. She tries to break the cycle later on, only to end up dead before anything notable can come of it.
  • Covert Pervert: While she'll still call Hajime a pervert, her only objection against taking her kimono off in front of him is if he doesn't know how to tie it back on.
  • Crocodile Tears: She has a tendency to fake crying at times, but actually genuinely cries other times, making it hard to tell which is which. To make things even more confusing, in her final free time event, she openly claims to have been manipulating Hajime by crying, but Hajime says there are still tears in her eyes.
  • Daddy's Girl: Her father is the only close relative she has whom she doesn't hate with a passion because was the only one who ever treated her kindly.
  • Death by Irony: A non-execution example. Hiyoko got murdered by Mikan, the one she most frequently abused.
  • Declaration of Protection: Surprisingly, she makes this in her Dangan Island ending, promising to protect Hajime and her father.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Her character profile states that she doesn't like sour food. This actually ends up being important, as the culprit of Chapter 2 attempts to frame her by planting a lemon-flavored gummy bear at the crime scene, which the particular brand she eats doesn't have.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Even by Danganronpa standards, her death is remarkably sudden and out-of-nowhere. Other than the initial shock of finding her body, not much focus is given to her during the investigation or trial, and you don't even find the murder weapon nor it is ever brought up by anyone.
  • Due to the Dead: In Chapter 3, Hiyoko takes the time to build a memorial in the dining hall for Mahiru after she is murdered, such as putting all the pictures she took up on a board so everyone can see them and placing rows of candles on an altar. Though the memorial doesn't look very...Inviting.
  • Establishing Character Moment: She's introduced as a seemingly cute little girl...who's casually crushing ants for fun, which gives you some idea of the contrast between her appearance and her personality.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While she is a cruel bully, she seems to find murder despicable to such a degree that she has absolutely No Sympathy for the murderers' motivations. It makes sense in the 2nd trial where she is personally invested, but even after the 1st trial, she expresses nothing but pure contempt for Teruteru, the first culprit, even wishing she could have spat on his corpse. Notably, this isn't used to make her more sympathetic, due to the tragic nature of his motivation which everyone else at least tries to sympathize with a little.
    • In V3's Ultimate Talent Development Program, she actually stops picking on Mikan when Mikan starts to display masochistic pleasure at it, outright encouraging it and thanking Hiyoko for always acknowledging her, which rightly creeps Hiyoko out. She's equally horrified when Miu sexually gets off on being insulted and humiliated by her.
  • Expressive Hair: The bottoms of her pigtails have a tendency to morph in her different expressions.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: A telltale sign that she's showing her true, nasty character is a shadow falling over the upper half of her face and her eyes taking on a certain intensity.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: She's so cute that she has legions of young male fanboys. But in terms of personality, she's cruel and sadistic.
  • The Fake Cutie: She uses her cute appearance and childish mannerisms to gain popularity as a traditional Japanese dancer, but her personality is anything but cute.
  • Foil: Her and Mikan arguably serve as this to each other. Both of them went through traumatic childhoods in which they were mistreated by others, but whereas the latter responded to this by becoming a spineless doormat who's often too timid to hold a conversation without tears and desperately tries to appease others, Hiyoko became an abrasive bully in order to drive others away, as well as becoming one of the most distrusting members of the group. Both of them are extreme opposites, yet also fairly realistic examples of how people often respond to bullying growing up.
  • Fountain of Youth: Downplayed. Hiyoko underwent a massive growth spurt while attending Hope's Peak, giving her a more mature-looking body. However, like her classmates, Hiyoko's avatar in the Neo World Program reflects the way she looked before going to the academy, reverting her to her former, childlike appearance.
  • Freudian Excuse: Though its factuality is disputable (see Unreliable Expositor below), the backstory she reveals helps explain some of her bullying ways. Many studies on bullying show that the bully is trying to recapture a sense of power and agency they lost from being mistreated by mistreating others.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: To a lesser extent than Nagito, but her attitude definitely doesn't win her any friends and when Mahiru dies, the evidence is placed at the crime scene to make it look like she did it and, despite that Mahiru was the only one Hiyoko liked, everyone except Hajime and Ibuki seems willing to believe she would do it. Hajime does note she was trying to change her ways during the third trial, but ultimately they are far mostly focused on Ibuki's death throughout (also partly because Ibuki's death has more evidence leading to the killer).
  • Girlish Pigtails: Tied back with cute little kitty bows.
  • Good Old Ways: Going with her preferred outfit and talent, her Free Time events reveal that she has a lot of respect for traditional Japanese customs and feels that they need to be kept alive. Of course, this is followed by her expressing contempt for those who like anything Western. In the Talent Development Plan, she also admits that she has disdain for contemporary pop idols.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: One of her free times implies she's jealous of Sonia, and she tries to recruit Hajime into some Revenge by Proxy by targeting Kazuichi first. When he refuses, she just thinks he wants to cut straight to the 'main event' and go after Sonia directly.
  • Hates Their Parent: Hiyoko implies that her mother was among the jealous relatives that abused her. As such, there is no love lost between them.
    "She's all pride and no talent. She's such a waste of oxygen."
  • Hate Sink: Downplayed. Hiyoko isn't a villain, but most of time she acts like a jerkass to her classmates (except Mahiru) and always gets away with her bullying habits and pranks, making it clear the audience isn't supposed to like her if they haven't seen her Free-Time Events that explain why she acts the way she does.
  • Hypocrite: She has very little issue bullying other people, most notably Mikan and Kazuichi, but complains that people are bullying her at the beginning of Chapter 2 when people remark on her smelling bad due to not being able to take a bath (even though everybody is just asking questions rather than being outright malicious).
  • Hypocritical Humor: She tells Mikan that she has no right to privacy when she complains about being "Girl A" in Twilight Syndrome, but when it turns out that Hiyoko is "Girl B", a character who used the insult Hiyoko just made against Mikan, she says the game is "taking way too much creative liberty" (In the original Japanese at least).
  • Informed Kindness: In Chapter 3, Hajime notes that she's trying to be a nicer person, but Hiyoko's previous bullying behavior stays the same up until her death as she continues bullying Mikan and when Akane, Nagito, and Ibuki caught the Despair Disease, she hoped that they would kill themselves. When Sonia calls her out on it, Hiyoko says, in regards to the infected, that "it wouldn't be that easy".
  • Insane Troll Logic: In Trial 2, when confronted on the footprints everyone saw her leave on the sand while fleeing the beach house, claims that the footprints are actually Mikan's based on how ugly they are.
  • Jerkass: To the point, she outright bullies Kazuichi and Mikan, who are not only almost twice her size but both have had very bad experiences with bullying in the past.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • After the first murder occurs, she's one of the few to keep her head on straight, and keeps bluntly reminding everyone that no matter how upset they are or how much they're freaking out, they need to investigate and solve the case if they want to live.
    • It's hard to entirely blame her for treating Fuyuhiko like trash post 2nd trial, as she points out that Mahiru died because of him. He fully agrees with her., Fuyuhiko needed to at the very least acknowledge his actions were wrong and until the seppuku scene he shows no signs of this understandably pissing off Hiyoko
    • After the outbreak of the Despair Disease, she's the first to suggest quarantining the infected and possibly infected, pointing out that since they don't know how to cure the disease the most important thing is to prevent everyone from being infected.
  • Jerkass to One: "Crueler to One" type. She is unpleasant to everybody (except Mahiru), but Mikan gets the worst treatment.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Probably the biggest jerk in the game aside from Nagito, pre arc Fuyuhiko and Teruteru but she's far from evil. While she is extremely vile to the class mainly Mikan, it should be noted that she does have a heart, she is extremely protective of Mahiru(and Hajime in island mode) as well as her father, she genuinely hates murder, is loyal to the class and has a genuine passion for her talent, while she's extremely far from a great person she's far from evil being this way because of a life dodging assanation and living in a world of violence, After Mahiru's death she tries her best to honour her legacy creating a memorial for her and holding a memorial concert, she's also the only member of 77 that actually calls out Fuyuhiko for his actions in 2-2, while she was as usual harsh she was correct in saying that he didn't seem like he cared(since at this point he hadn't apologised and even called Mahiru a "bitch" during post trial), she then forgives the guy who drugged her and stuffed her in a closet while him and Peko killed her best friend and framed her for it because its what Mahiru would have wanted.
  • Karmic Death: Averted. Hiyoko is killed by Mikan for witnessing the preparations for Ibuki's murder, and not as a form of revenge for the bullying, though the method Mikan uses is somewhat karmic — slashing her throat to permanently silence her and, to add insult to injury, Mikan ties Hiyoko's obi on backwards, which is how prostitutes used to wear their robes, as it made it easier taking them on and off. Mikan non-verbally calls Hiyoko a trashy skank, which was one of Hiyoko's favorite insults for Mikan.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Subverted, she looks like a kid and her introduction features her squishing ants just because, but she is actually the same age as everyone else. This makes her behavior come off as quite unsettling.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: Since she's a traditional dancer, she's always seen wearing one. Island Mode and Talent Development Plan reveal that she strongly dislikes any activity that poses a risk of getting hers dirty. However, it's later revealed that she doesn't know how to tie her obi by herself.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She tends to be this when she's not being an outright Jerkass.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Big on Psychological Combat and Crocodile Tears, as she repeatedly demonstrates during her free times.
  • Mega Twintails: Held up with little kitty heads to go with her child-like appearance.
  • Meta Guy: On rare occasions. She refers to Mikan's clumsy tripping as "fanservice", refers to Kazuichi as the sort of person who's one of the first to die in "kill 'em all" scenarios, and at the party after Hajime reassures Hiyoko that Byakuya physically searched everyone, not just her, Hiyoko bets that maybe Byakuya was "extra sticky" with her since "someone like her" is in "high demand" (she doesn't specify what she means, but it's obviously a reference to her "cute girl appearance").
  • The Nicknamer: Prefers degrading and insulting nicknames, like calling Byakuya "Mr Ham Hands" ("Mr Porkfeet" in the original Japanese) or Mikan "Trashy Skank" and "Pig Barf".
  • No Sympathy: The day after the first trial, she halfheartedly concedes that Byakuya's death was "sad," but then says that Teruteru, as a murderer, was "human waste," that she enjoyed his execution and that she wishes they could have spat on his body. Mahiru is the only dead student she actually mourns for.
  • Not Helping Your Case: In the second trial, she spends much of the early discussion of the actual murder drawing suspicion to herself, such as falsely claiming that she never went to the beach house.
  • Not So Different: Much like Monokuma, she thinks that the executions just 'even out' the score and are what the murderers deserve.
  • Older Than She Looks: Yes, she really is just as old as the other students. Subverted, however, when it turns out that she only looks so young in the game because that's what she looked like when she first entered the academy. Her real appearance is more in line with her age, though she was still likely around 17 when she entered Hope's Peak to begin with.
  • Paper Tiger: She likes to insult and torment her classmates, but the second somebody retaliates, she starts crying.
  • The Paranoiac: Her mistrust of her classmates gets worse and worse throughout the story, to the point where in Chapter 3, she locks herself up in her hotel room and refuses to see anyone because they might kill her. This ironically bites her in the ass, because it's going to Titty Typhoon alone to fix her obi that she accidentally witnesses Mikan setting up the crime scene and is promptly overpowered and murdered, and nobody even knew Hiyoko was gone until they went back to check on Ibuki's body.
  • Pet the Dog: Mahiru is the only other student who Hiyoko seems to have any respect for, calling her "big sis" and acting very affectionate and clingy around her. She can potentially act this way to Hajime as well (although it is a bit more subtle than with Mahiru) if he completes her Free Time Events.
    • In Chapter 3, she's one of the only students who actually enjoys Ibuki's concert and even compliments her song, which Ibuki wrote herself.
  • Picky Eater: She loves sweets and Japanese foods in general, but will only eat certain brands. This proves important in the second trial because a gummy is found at the crime scene, which is Hiyoko's Trademark Favourite Food, but a lemon flavored gummy, which the brand she eats does not make. This helps Hajime clear her name and find the real killer.
  • Psychological Projection: While accusing Fuyuhiko of being the killer in the second trial, she randomly adds "And I bet you're secretly very worried about your height!", making it pretty obvious that she's actually talking about herself.
  • Pungeon Master: How the English dub handles a lot of her snarking.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has long blonde hair.
  • The Scapegoat: In the second trial, the evidence is planted at the crime scene to make it look like she killed Mahiru.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Near the end of the game, the survivors find a picture of her where she appears to be a young adult. Her grown-up appearance is her real appearance, but because the erasure of the main cast's memories, Hiyoko's avatar in the game proper is what she looked like when she first entered the academy.
  • She Knows Too Much: The reason why Mikan murders her, she walked in on her making the preparations for Ibuki's murder.
  • Slashed Throat: How she's killed, although the murder weapon is never found or mentioned.
  • Slut-Shaming: She likes to hurl abuse at other girls like this, particularly Mikan, referring to her as a "trashy skank" and "dirty bitch" several times, but she also calls Sonia a slut during her FreeTime with Hajime as well.
  • Spanner in the Works: He ends up being this to Mikan in Chapter 3 as her sudden appearance at the Titty Typhoon while Mikan was setting up Ibuki's fake hanging led to her having to be hastily killed to make sure that she couldn't tell anyone about it. Said murder ended up leaving enough evidence around that Hajime was able to realize that the video he saw wasn't recorded at the music venue and had to of been done somewhere else.
  • Sweet Tooth: Doesn't see anything weird about eating candy for breakfast. Her Free Time events reveal that she's quite particular about candy; she prefers Japanese sweets over imported ones. This becomes important when Peko tries to frame Hiyoko - she drops a gummy so people find it and conclude Hiyoko was in the beach house, but she picks a lemon-flavoured gummy, which the brand Hiyoko eats doesn't make.
  • They Died Because of You: Says that Mahiru and Peko died because of Fuyuhiko. He agrees.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Aside from calling out Fuyuhiko for causing Mahiru and Peko's deaths she also angrily states that he doesn't care about them dying at all, in her defense at this point he had talked to the group two times and barely acknowledged either of their deaths nor did he apologize and in post trial very coldly calls Mahiru a bitch, of course she learnt seconds later that the reality was he was completely torn apart with remorse and grief.
  • Thin-Skinned Bully: Despite how she likes to torment everybody, she'll start bawling when the tables get turned on her.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: She absolutely refuses to forgive those that murder others, but especially Fuyuhiko since he was involved in a murder that planned to pin the blame on her and one of someone she absolutely adored. However, she doesn't make any snide remarks after Fuyuhiko goes so far as to slit his own stomach open as penance, a sign (Hajime claims) that she is attempting to change for the better.
  • Tempting Fate: She teases Kazuichi by calling him a 'background character' who's doomed to suffer an early death. She is killed in Chapter 3, while Kazuichi is one of the survivors.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Is she ever, though she usually has to rely on her mouth and psychological tactics to bully others as she's pretty weak, physically.
  • Token Mini-Moe: In appearance only, since she's the same age as the rest of the cast and the "moe" aspect is deliberate on her part.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: This is implied to happen in Island Mode, even if you don't get her ending. She actually refrains from bashing Mikan and agrees with her that she also enjoyed the island life, suggesting that she's on better terms with all of her classmates.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Gummy bears. She only eats a particular brand too, which clears her name in Chapter 2 when the culprit plants a gummy bear with a flavor it doesn't have.
  • Troubled Abuser: Hiyoko's Free-Time Events reveal that her family has treated her miserably out of jealousy regarding her dance talent, and the only person who ever treated her kindly was her father. It goes a long way in explaining her cruelty towards others.
  • Tsundere: Extreme type A example to Hajime, during Free Time events and Dangan Island.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: She breaks down crying after she isn't suspected of having killed Mahiru anymore in the 2nd trial, but when Mikan, who she's been horrible to this entire time, makes a genuine effort to cheer her up, Hiyoko lashes out and spits insults at her like usually instead of being touched by the gesture.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Exploits this by telling Hajime that she's been bullied and targeted by her own family out of jealousy for her position, that her father went mad trying to protect her, and that she's been raised by her grandmother without having any chance to even see her parents...before laughing and leading him to think she was lying about all or part of it. That said, she shows visible anger when Hajime calls her by her last name (since she hates her family that much) and genuinely starts tearing up when mentioning her father, implying that at least some of it wasn't a lie.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Sort of. Hiyoko's been wearing the same traditional Japanese dancing clothes for a long time because the clothing is apparently so complicated she can't tie her obi by herself (which means if she were to take the clothing off she wouldn't be able to put it back on), which means she hasn't bathed in a while. In Chapter 2, Mahiru agrees to help Hiyoko take her obi off and on. This helps clear her name in the second trial because she couldn't have showered Mahiru's blood off her if she cannot re-dress herself afterwards. This also ends up contributing to her death, as in Chapter 3, having trouble tying it now that Mahiru's dead, she takes Sonia's suggestion to use the full-length mirror at the back of the stage, where Mikan was setting up the murder of Ibuki.
  • Who Murdered the Asshole?: Subverted. With the exception of Mahiru she liked to insult everyone around her, especially Mikan and to a lesser extent Kazuichi, but Mikan didn't kill her for everything she had done, but rather because Hiyoko walked in on her as she was killing Ibuki.

    Mahiru Koizumi 
Mahiru Koizumi

Ultimate Photographer

"You should really listen to what people say, you know! Otherwise you’ll miss the important details! Like that, just now!"

Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi (Japanese) Carrie Keranen (English)
Played by: Ami Hachiya, Rina Chikura (Stage)

A promising young photographer who has won many awards for her portraits. Though she can be a bit critical at times, Mahiru is one of the more sensible and level-headed students on the island. She is the victim of Chapter 2, bludgeoned to death by Peko on behalf of Fuyuhiko.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Her relationship with both Sato and Hiyoko can suggest this due to the fact that, like most of the girls, Hajime can still romance her in Dangan Island.
  • The Atoner: She tried, anyway. Mahiru went to go talk to Fuyuhiko at the beach house (and invited Hiyoko, Mikan and Ibuki as well, but only Hiyoko ended up agreeing as the other girls had plans with Sonia) because she wanted to make amends for her involvement in his sister's death. Unfortunately, she ended up angering him instead and was killed by Peko. Ironically its her and Peko's death that leads Fuyuhiko on his own redemption arc, something Mahiru would be pleased to see despite their rivalry and him causing her death
  • Birds of a Feather: Oddly, she and Hiyoko both grew with only one parent they could rely on: the difference comes from one elder Saionji being cold and distant while the other protected her. Meanwhile, Mahiru romanticized the image of her mother who was rarely around and grew dissatisfied with a father who was actually there but largely negligent of her needs.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Even shorter than the very tomboyish Akane's.
  • Brutal Honesty: She is very blunt.
  • Cool Big Sis: While they're the same age, she acts as one toward Hiyoko such as helping her with her clothes and taking baths with her. She is also one of the very few students that Hiyoko doesn't insult and the one who she seems to genuinely adore.
  • Covert Pervert: In Island Mode, she one of the few characters to have a positive reaction to Hajime's suggestion of taking all clothes off. Although she assumes that he's the only one to strip off and she's very excited to take nude photos of him. And she emphatically denies that she wants to see his "shame".
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: While she died probably the quickest out of any victim in the second game the whole set up was extremely cruel. Firstly Monokuma literally frames her for Natsumi's death rightly knowing that Fuyuhiko would go insane. And then when she's remorseful about it and talks to Hiyoko about how to make amends Fuyuhiko over hears and instead of realising she felt this way he rather coldly plans her murder and lures her to the beach house, he then tells her "who cares about that" when she asks about Sato's death which obviously pisses her off into a "revenge is just wrong" speech, however she's evidently scared and sweating while saying this, and then he goes for a baseball bat which she likely saw and is killed at the hands of Peko, after like with Chihiro in 1, her corpse is dragged around the beach house and used as a doorstopper adding to the cold nature of her murder and to top it off Fuyuhiko first calls her a "bitch" in post trial(notably he never uses this insult again, remorse maybe) and then patheically tries to claim he tried to call it off(a rather useless excuse when she died regardless) The girl who always looked after others died alone and scared and unlike Peko she never got to say good bye to Hiyoko or Hajime or anyone all because Fuyuhiko refused to hear her out. Even though Peko and Fuyuhiko are remorseful and apologetic outside of despair Mikan's crime its probably the coldest murder in the second game and they didn't have the excuse of being brainwashed, she was essentially murdered for being too good of a person as if she hid away from everything in her lock proof cottage she probably could have got out alive but she faced the issue head on and got killed because of it.
  • Declaration of Protection: Inverted; she's the one who outright demands that Hajime promise to protect her. Not that it does any good, since she is murdered in Chapter 2.
  • Destroy the Evidence: She's girl "D" in Monokuma's game, the "motive" he provided for the second chapter, whose photos could prove that girl "E" (named Sato) murdered another girl. Rather than tell the police, she cleaned up the evidence that could have pointed to Sato and confronted her directly. She decides to not turn her in upon listening to her (Sato killed the girl because she bullied Mahiru). What does this have to do with the motive? The girl who Sato killed is Fuyuhiko's sister, and because Fuyuhiko completed the game first, he received the photos that Mahiru took, and upon seeing a photo of his dead sister (and possibly piecing together who "D" was in the game) he got angry and sent the photos to Mahiru, who felt guilty once she saw them. This is why Mahiru is murdered in Chapter 2: Peko kills her for Fuyuhiko's sake. However, the events of Danganronpa 3 muddles the truth of the cover-up crime, showing that Mahiru never took part in the cover-up of Fuyuhiko's sister at all, which contradicts Monokuma's 'Twilight Syndrome Murder Case' simulation.
  • The Ditz: Lampshaded by Mahiru herself. At random intervals, she characterises herself as someone without an intelligence streak (despite being a child prodigy). Also, in the trials of Danganronpa 2, she makes assumptions of her own that are incredibly insistent and brash despite the evidence gathered by Hajime. That being said, she's not stupid per se, just quick to jump to conclusions and prone to letting her emotions rule her head.
  • Does Not Like Men: Downplayed. While she doesn’t outright dislike men, she’s very rude and biased towards them compared to girls, whom she treats with more kindness. That being said, she doesn’t like seeing anyone hurt or upset, be it guy or girl; it’s likely that she just has some rather old-fashioned views.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While she has a negative opinion of most of the men she knows, in the Ultimate Talent Development Plan, she thinks Tenko's going too far by demanding the deaths of all "degenerate males."
  • False Confession: Not by her volition, but it is revealed in Danganronpa 3 that Mahiru, after the murder of Natsumi Kuzuryu, did not partake in the cover-up of the murder, and was also not informed by her friend Sato that she was the one who killed Natsumi. Fast-forward into Chapter 2 of Danganronpa 2, Mahiru is then tricked by Monokuma's 'Twilight Syndrome Murder Case' false simulation, believing that she did indeed have a hand in the cover-up after all. This leads to Mahiru confessing her 'crime' to Fuyuhiko, which then leads to her unjust murder.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her assertive argumentative personality ends up being this. Antagonizing the emotionally unstable Ultimate Yakuza after she'd just found out she was involved in his sister's murder wasn't a smart move. Even worse, Fuyuhiko was planning on calling off the hit until she denounced his actions.
  • Fiery Redhead: She can get a bit pushy and argumentative when people don't live up to her standards.
  • First-Name Basis: In the original Japanese. She tends to call the other female students by their first name and "-chan", possibly because she tends to get along with them better than the male students.
  • Hartman Hips: Because sprites are always as humane and believable as possible, her abdomen isn't small enough to wholly identify them as "Hartman," but her actual thighs seem to be the second largest a Danganronpa female has had them, the largest being Sayaka Maizono, whose thighs are big enough to conjoin if they were wider. Sayaka's seems more appropriate to her talent as an idol prodigy has to be extremely euphoric and beautiful in order to actually become idolised.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: If you get her ending in Dangan Island.
  • Hypocrite: Mahiru believes that it's a man's job to step up and take charge (and to protect the girls), but takes issue when Byakuya steps up and takes charge as the leader. She also says that his personality is too forceful, when hers isn't any different.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be short-tempered and impatient with boys, but her relationship with Hiyoko and free time events reveal she has a gentle heart. She organizes a baking session with the rest of the girls to take their minds off the killing game. She also is greatly affected by Byakuya's death, aids the investigation as much as she can, and genuinely believes that revenge is wrong and second-chances are important, her death alone sums up her pure heart, trying to make amends over the death of her bully to her bullies brother who also treats her like shit.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: In her free time events and her Dangan Island ending, Hajime learns her mother was also a great photographer, and she briefly wonders whether or not she can become like her mother just by taking photos of whatever she likes. Is taking photos all she can do...? Hajime cheers her up by pointing out Mahiru has lots of other good points.
  • Leg Cling: It's implied (on Mahiru's end) that Hiyoko appreciates her so much that she actively clings onto her. Mostly the lower field of Mahiru's body, though Hiyoko being the shortest member of the cast, she wouldn't be able to reach higher.
  • Morality Pet: In a sense, she's Hiyoko's; while Hiyoko isn't a villain, she's still a sadistic bully to everyone else but Mahiru, who she's very clingy and affectionate towards.
  • Moral Myopia: She has her moments, such as when she scolds everyone for "picking on" Hiyoko when they point out how bad she smells, but she never tells off Hiyoko for her nasty comments to everyone else - especially Mikan, who does nothing to deserve them. To be fair, Mahiru does defend Mikan from Fuyuhiko when he threatens her during the first class trial for speaking up and her strong moral sense is what causes her murder.
  • Only Sane Woman: Tends to react to situations in a more predictable manner, and is the only student without an obvious quirk.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Well, not really of course since she's an Ultimate Photographer, but she is this trope in spirit, if not on the letter. Notably, her pose in her official art is a lot more casual and normal compared to the rest.
  • Parental Neglect: Her negative opinion on men stems from her lazy bum of a father. But she still loves him regardless.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She can be a bit abrupt and critical, but she's capable of being nice: when she finds out Hiyoko isn't taking baths because she can't re-tie her obi properly, Mahiru offers to help.
    • Despite not getting along with Teruteru and being horrified and angry to learn about his decision to commit murder, she, reflecting upon what he said before his death, sympathizes with his desire to see his mother.
    • While her opinion of Nagito plummets after the events of the first-class trial, Mahiru is hesitant of the idea of the other classmates tying him up and isolating him from everyone else, and even willingly provides him with food to ensure that Nagito doesn't starve in spite of him freaking her out.
    • In the Talent Development Plan, despite criticizing Gonta for falling for Hiro's claim that there were OOPArts buried around the school, she understands that Gonta is a good person at heart and tells him she supports his goals to be a gentleman.
  • Shower Scene: In Chapter 2 with Hiyoko.
  • Tap on the Head: A lethal example of this trope, as she dies from being bashed in the head with a baseball bat.
  • Team Mom: Mahiru has a tendency to act very motherly, doing her best to look after everyone and scolding them for things like not doing their laundry. While this means she's good at nagging, particularly with the boys, it also means she has a gentle and kind heart beneath her initially brash exterior, and she genuinely does care very much about the well being of her classmates. She thinks it is very important for all of them to get along and work together. Tellingly, she is the only one who thinks of bringing Nagito food while he is tied up in chapter 2 and doesn't seem to agree with tying him up in the first place despite the danger he poses.
  • Tsundere: Harshly critical towards men in general, and keeps upbraiding people like Hajime and Kazuichi for not acting the way she feels they should, but she does have a softer side. She also acts the classic tsundere towards Hajime in her free time events and Dangan Island ending.
  • True Art Is Angsty: invoked Discussed, as she worries that her pictures of happy subjects don't have as much merit as her mother's war photography.
  • The Lost Lenore: Is this for Hiyoko with Hiyoko constantly mourning her death to the point of creating a memorial, holding a tribute concert with Ibuki, Chiaki and Hajime and trying to honour her final words against revenge by forgiving Fuyuhiko.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Subverted by her surviving the events of SDR 2 in hope arc but in spite of her flaws Mahiru is an extremely kind and selfless person who loves photographer because she loves seeing others smile and making them happen, when twilight syndrome framed her for covering up Natsumi's death she didn't run from it, she tried to make amends over the death of her school bully to her brother who was also a massive toxic bully, this of course ends up killing her coldly, the group especially Hiyoko are distraught and Hajime notes her kind hearted and forward nature and throughout the investgation is really saddened even both Fuyuhiko(Initially he's remorseless but later attempts seppuku out of his guilt over her death alone) and Peko (calling Mahiru's murder senseless and asking for the group to never let it happen again) seem to regret their actions and Hiyoko creates a memorial focusing on her pictures that while initially freaks the group out they come to really adore it as it shows how much her pictures made others happy(Fuyuhiko even has a hide to find scene where her looks at a picture with him and Peko where he reflectfully notes that its the first time he's ever seen a picture where they both look like equals and wonders when Mahiru took it.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her attempt to Destroy the Evidence which is revealed in Danganronpa 3 to be untrue in Monokuma's game is how Fuyuhiko ended up finding out that Sato killed his sister, leading to him to kill Sato in revenge. This action would later lead to both her own death and Peko's execution in the present storyline when Fuyuhiko played the video game and learned what happened.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Does this on three occasions.
    • She angrily asks Teruteru why he felt he needed to try to kill Nagito in order to stop his murder plot.
    • During the first trial she scolds Fuyuhiko when he threatens Mikan.
    • When meeting with Fuyuhiko, she asks him if he killed Sato, before telling him that "Revenge... is just wrong!" This leads to her death, as Fuyuhiko gets angry, and goes for the bat to try to kill her, but Peko kills her first, believing she's doing his bidding.
  • Youthful Freckles: Across her nose to match her red hair.

    Mikan Tsumiki 
Mikan Tsumiki

Ultimate Nurse

"U-Um...Other than dying, I can pretty much do anything! Please order me around whenever you want!"

Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese) , Stephanie Sheh (English)
Played by: Maasa Sudo (Stage)

A talented nurse who can treat any injury. Painfully shy and clumsy, Mikan can hardly hold a conversation without bursting into tears and apologizing. She is the culprit of Chapter 3, having been infected by the Despair Disease, which caused her to regain some of her lost memories (as a part of Ultimate Despair) and completely lose her mind. She goes on to murder Ibuki and Hiyoko and is executed by Monokuma after being found guilty, shot into space on a giant arm injected with rocket fuel.

  • Abusive Parents: Implied in her third Free Time event; Mikan says she was beaten up at home as well as at school. She also claims that "her beloved" was the only person who accepted her...
  • Accomplice by Inaction: Accuses the other students of this before her execution, stating that it was mostly their fault she became what she was because no one would come to her aid when she was ridiculed and humiliated by her peers.
  • The Alibi: The crux of her crime and how it then backfires. By staging a suicide video, she falsified Ibuki's time of death, and likewise with Hiyoko by revealing her body from behind wallpaper. Then, establishing she was with Hajime when the murders supposedly occured, her trap had succeeded to the point even Chiaki had fallen for it! The class was saved only by Nagito further doubting the intention of the obfuscation, cueing the trial intermission. This resulted in her trap reversing on her, as Hajime eventually questioned why only he and Mikan gained alibis through the fake video.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: Sort of. In the second chapter's Twilight Syndrome game, she is the "A" girl, who serves as the player character.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Due to her very low self-esteem.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: The locks of her hair, while uneven, resemble wrap bandages.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Reduced to one in her execution as she's blasted off into space.
  • Ax-Crazy: From what we see of her Ultimate Despair self in Chapter 3, how she murdered Hiyoko and Ibuki without remorse, and her behaviors during the trial itself we can safely say she used to be one of these. Before her execution, all she does is start giggling and seems a little too calm to be executed.
  • Bandage Babe: Possibly due to her clumsiness or her history of being bullied, or perhaps a Pointless Band-Aid aesthetic.
  • Based on a True Story: Even if it might be accidental, Mikan being called "Girl A" in the Twilight Syndrome game and her killing Hiyoko by slashing her throat is similar to a real-life murder known as the "Sasebo slashing" in which a Japanese schoolgirl, referred to as "Girl A" by the police, killed a classmate by slashing her throat.
  • Beauty Mark: She has one under her eye.
  • Bedmate Reveal: In Chapter 3, Hajime wakes up with Mikan on top of him. Twice.
  • Beneath Suspicion: When Hajime accuses her of being the murderer of Chapter 3, the others find it unlikely that she could have done it- both in that she doesn't seem to have it in her to do something so terrible, and that she doesn't seem capable of it. Her initial strategy is to be even more self-deprecating than usual.
    Gundham: Hmmm... to think there are people killed by a woman as thickheaded as she... it's beyond difficult to believe.
    Sonia: We could do without the "thickheaded" part...
  • Beneath the Mask: Outwardly Mikan is sweet, clumsy, and diligent in appeasing her classmates as best she knows how. However, even before regaining her memories as Ultimate Despair, Mikan showed (not so) subtle hints that she was hiding intense resentment, notable intelligence, and was capable of unconventional manipulation of her classmates. See also Hidden Depths and Look Behind You.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Played with. She committed murder largely because she caught the Despair Disease, which drove her insane from suddenly regaining her memories of being part of Ultimate Despair, but there is a very messed-up side to her that's so desperate for attention that she's willing to kill; she claims she did it for the sake of a person she loved, and it's later revealed that this person was Junko Enoshima, who likely manipulated her.
    • On a lighter note, before all that she had a disturbing enthusiasm for giving out shots, and one of her free time flavor texts involves her chasing Hajime with a syringe.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Surprisingly, she does this during Chapter 1's trial. The others are about to vote for Nagito as the culprit, but since his murder plan failed, if they'd actually voted for him they all would've been executed for voting for the wrong guy. So Mikan saves all their lives by suddenly screaming out to wait, the wounds on the victim's body don't match the supposed murder weapon!
  • Brainy Brunette:
    • Despite her timid nature and Cute Clumsy Girl tendencies, she is a skilled nurse and her autopsies prove very useful for the trials. She also mentions to Hajime that she likes to read medical textbooks in her free time.
    • Invoked and played with in her crime: Ibuki's murder was originally intended to be pinned on the crime-solving protagonist, however imitating the movie to cover two deaths would later prove impossible for Mikan's target by chance. Furthermore, Hiyoko's murder was unanticipated, leaving numerous clues, yet Mikan was able to incorporate a second kill and adjust her plan, all on the fly.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gets it especially hard from Hiyoko.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Her fanservice shots with her... interesting poses ended up being important. The first one is important because Teruteru made a lecherous comment about Mikan, but when the second one occurred, he was nowhere around to do so, which was proof against Teruteru and helped everyone figure out that he was the culprit. And later in Chapter 3, it's done to show that Mikan too, was suffering from the Despair Disease, thus raising her body temperature, something of which Hajime noted since she was on top of him and felt her hot body. Finally, her Free Time events reveal that she actually makes some of these poses on purpose, since she's convinced that the only way people will pay her any attention is if she humiliates herself in front of them.
  • The Coroner: Examines the victims for their cause of death, which often provides useful information (such as that Byakuya was not killed with the knife, and that since Mahiru died instantly, the killer would have had to move her body to block the door). She makes use of her knowledge by using the air conditioner to disguise her victims' time of death. This also rouses Nagito's suspicion, as she claims Ibuki was definitely hanged while he's seen evidence indicating that Ibuki was strangled—and after being so accurate before, why would she be wrong here?
  • Covert Pervert: Two of the gifts she really likes are the Gag Ball and Queen's Straitjacket.
  • Cute and Psycho: While her shy and nervous nature is genuine, that doesn't mean she's completely harmless. Aside from her already existing Yandere tendencies, she also enjoys horror movies for how helpless the victims are, tries to chase down an unwilling Hajime to give him an injection in her Free Time events, and implies that she became a nurse at least partly so sick and injured people would need to depend on her. To say nothing of what happens to her after she catches the Despair Disease...
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Or at least an overblown parody of one. It's implied that she exaggerates some of her clumsiness for attention, making her a rather depressing Deconstruction of this trope.
  • Creepy Monotone: Once she reveals her true personality, this is her default tone of voice.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Unlike the other executions, the "cruel" part is debatable since Mikan doesn't actually suffer on-screen, but the "unusual" part definitely isn't. Mikan is laying in a hospital bed, but Monokuma runs in wearing a nurse's outfit and injects something into the bed, which causes the bed to transform into a rocket that carries Mikan all the way out into space. She doesn't actually die on-screen since she's last seen holding onto the rocket for dear life, but it can be assumed that she died up there from lack of oxygen.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's strongly implied that as well as being horrendously bullied her entire life, Mikan also had Abusive Parents as she mentioned she got beat up as home as well as at school and given that she's very quick to offer to take her clothes off when she thinks Hajime is mad at her, it's possible she was sexually harassed as well.
  • Desecrating the Dead: After she kills Hiyoko, Mikan makes a special point of turning the knot of her obi around to the front of her kimono, which was how prostitutes used to wear their kimono to differentiate them from geisha, as it makes it easier to take them on and off. In other words, Mikan non-verbally calls Hiyoko a trashy skank, which was one of Hiyoko's favourite ways to insult Mikan.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: She was bullied so severely throughout her life that she's convinced that the only way people will pay attention to her is to humiliate herself in front of them, so she deliberately plays up her Cute Clumsy Girl tendencies for this reason. This is shown to have some very dark consequences when she's infected by the Despair Disease, as she commits murder in the name of her "beloved", who is Junko Enoshima.
  • Determinator: After Mikan is identified as the blackened, Hajime has to face two Nonstop Debates (the second of which hangs on a subtle slip of the tongue) then a Panic Talk Action before he finally takes her down. The only other culprits to put up this much resistance note  are Celestia with three Nonstop Debates, and Gundam and Kirumi who both launch a Nonstop Debate, a Rebuttal Showdown, then a PTA/Argument Armament. This pairs well with Mikan being The Dragon to Junko in Trial 3.
    Nagito: "It seems her desperate struggle is finally coming to an end."
  • Dissonant Serenity: Once she reveals her Despair personality and the finger of suspicion is placed firmly on her, she speaks nearly exclusively in a nearly monotone sing-song voice. Even after being pinpointed as the murderer, she accepts her impending execution as a way to reach her lost love.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Averted. Mikan kills Hiyoko because she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, not because she constantly bullied her.
  • The Dragon: In a way for Trial 3, since she remembered being Ultimate Despair and dedicated her crime to her beloved, Junko. Special points for standing at podium #8 which is in front of Monokuma's throne, the same podium later used by Tsumugi.
    • She manages to force the debate to hinge on Hajime's word against hers, and only Hajime can pull the class through. Then, facing the Ultimate Despair again later...
  • Expressive Hair: Her locks of hair grow more numerous and stick out at wilder angles based on her emotional state. When she has regained her Despair persona, her hair becomes even wilder.
  • Extreme Doormat: Her free-time events reveal she pretty much lets anyone do anything they want to her, specifically mentioning people stamping cigarette butts out on her or drawing on her. She lets people do these things because she believes it's the only way she can get attention since in her mind being everyone's Butt-Monkey is at least better than being ignored.
  • Face Death with Dignity: She's the third culprit. Unlike Teruteru and Peko, she doesn't resist her punishment, but she doesn't face her death with dignity so much as she accepts her fate with a calmness that's actually unsettling.
  • Foil: Her and Hiyoko seem to serve as this to each other. Both of them are characters with traumatic childhoods in which they were mistreated by others, but whereas Mikan responded to this by becoming a spineless doormat who's often too timid to hold a conversation without tears and desperately tries to appease others, the latter became an abrasive bully in order to drive others away, as well as becoming one of the most distrusting members of the group. Both of them are really two sides of the same coin, as examples of the unhealthy behavior victims of bullying often adopt as a result of it.
  • Freak Out: She snaps when exposed during her trial, but calms down to an unnerving degree afterwards.
  • Giggling Villain: During her calmer phase after she is revealed to have her Ultimate Despair memories back.
  • Hates Being Alone: She's willing to go to extremes, such as degrading herself in front of people, giving them her money, being exploited, and taking all kinds of abuse if it means she won't be alone.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: It's hard for her to accept that anyone would be interested in talking to her or getting to know her at all.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Literally with a rope. That is, Mikan strangled Ibuki first, then staged the body to look like a hanging/suicide. Nagito noticed both an out-of-place frayed section of rope and rope burn which was unlike a hanging's, and asked for Mikan's opinion as the Ultimate Nurse as to Ibuki's cause of death. Against the evidence, Mikan lies and confirms it as suicide. Come the trial, Nagito reveals exactly this evidence.
    • It can be inferred Mikan intentionally created contradictory evidence. Her original plan to kill Ibuki had Hajime framed as the suspect, since he discovered the body alone which meant he had opportunity to dress the scene (hence Nagito accusing him at the start of the trial). By making strangulation detectable, Mikan intended to create a solvable mystery that would further implicate Hajime as the only witness to the "suicide" video. Until Hiyoko walked in...
  • Hidden Depths: Her whole character:
    • First is her clumsiness and lewdness: in Chapter 1, she "trips" twice and ends up in compromising poses. This is easily written off as fanservice by the player, however in both instances Mikan does this after her classmates are in a tense scenario (ex. after a sudden total blackout). It can be inferred that Mikan was very consciously manipulating the mood to relieve the tension for her peers. For more sinister examination, see Look Behind You.
    • Second is her sweet and caring drive: during a Free Time event, Mikan states she enjoys helping the sick because "We are all equals when we are sick", which appears altruistic since Mikan can be strong and knowledgeable enough to help those weaker than her, however further interactions with Mikan suggest she actually enjoys the rare instances of power she has over others.
    • Third, and exceptionally obscured, is her intelligence: Trial 3 has all of her crime backfire on her in every way, however her plan failed only because Hiyoko walked in and her target, Hajime, had not seen the movie she then imitated. Had either of these factors been different, her crime would have been nearly unsolvable. Even before that in Trial 2, Mikan was the very first student to suggest an accomplice after Nagito brought up the three person discovery rule, and before that in Trial 1, Mikan was the first to doubt Nagito as the killer based both on Byakuya's wounds and the lack of blood splatter on Nagito.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Even Fuyuhiko is disturbed when Mikan really starts to lose it during her trial.
  • Hospital Hottie: It would seem this way at first, what with her dressing in a semi-short nurse's uniform, being wrapped in bandages, and having a large bust size. However, her hair is dishevelled and cut oddly, she's constantly crying or shrieking, or tripping and getting tangled in things and, in Chapter one, covered in food.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Accidentally outs herself as a culprit with this, speaking about the details of Ibuki's "suicide video" even though Hajime was supposedly the only one who viewed it. As a bonus, in the segue to Panic Talk Action, she starts arguing about the impossibility of a "one-of-a-kind" bag being used in the video and then be found on the real victim's head, telling Hajime she remembers it even if he doesn't.
  • Kick the Dog: Her Despair self seems to enjoy doing this based on her mockingly expressing pity for Nagito when she claims he could never understand her "love"-based motive because he has never had anyone to love or love him in return, which leaves him in a minor state of shock. She also plays up her tragic image as much as she can during the trial to cause her former friends as much distress as possible before making it sound as though they are to blame for how she turned out.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: While her murder of Hiyoko was only committed in order to Leave No Witnesses to Ibuki's murder (and not as revenge for Hiyoko's bullying of Mikan), it's still hard to feel bad that Hiyoko died because she was a cruel bully who also loved to mistreat small animals for fun.
  • Leave No Witnesses: She kills Hiyoko by slitting her throat since Hiyoko walked in on her staging Ibuki's murder.
  • Look Behind You: In an unconventional way. That is, in Mikan's trial, she successfully obscures details which would implicate her by making sudden, suggestive comments:
    • When Fuyuhiko states he and Mikan were looking for Ibuki, Mikan adds she "pled with him in various ways" which distracts Fuyuhiko from specifying that they split up, and;
    • When Hajime states that he and Mikan have alibis, Mikan adds they "woke up together" that morning which distracts Hajime from specifying that they were not together the whole night, just that she had come by.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Claims that she murdered because it would have pleased the only one who ever truly loved her. It's implied (and later confirmed) that this person was Junko Enoshima.
  • Madness Mantra: "Forgive me." and "Not fair."
  • The Medic: To the best of her ability. She's actually quite knowledgeable about human biology, which makes her essential for compiling autopsies about how the murder victims died. Which is why she knows, in Chapter 1's trial, that Nagito isn't the one who killed Byakuya: Nagito used a knife, but the victim was killed with something much longer and thinner than a knife.
  • Mood-Swinger: After being identified as the culprit during the third trial, she undergoes a Freak Out, beginning to rapidly switch between manic sobbing, furious screaming, creepy sing-song and a sinister calm.
  • Motive Rant: When she gets cornered by the others as the murderer, Mikan starts ranting about forgiveness and how she has been treated like garbage her entire life.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Subverted, since her fanservice moments are more often played for Fan Disservice. She often finds herself in embarrassing and suggestive positions, but considering how she clearly does not enjoy it, it becomes infinitely less sexy. Also, during her execution, it's implied that Monokuma's violent injection of her rocket bed is simultaneously stimulating her, even to the point of orgasm (complete with a split-second nude shot). It's disturbingly creepy that the final thing she experienced before skyrocketing to the vast beyond was forced sexual release.
  • Never Found the Body: A unique example in the series. While we see the bodies of all other victims and executed murderers in the series, Mikan was shot on a rocket at a peculiarly horizontal angle. Considering the virtual nature of the world and Mikan being the only character shown to fully re-embrace Ultimate Despair, it's plausible she was allowed to survive offscreen.
  • Nice Girl: She has a lot of unsettling tendencies and unresolved issues owing to her past, but she often is a genuinely sweet girl who desperately wishes to be helpful, and she attempts to be comforting even towards Hiyoko on several occasions, albeit with little success, she also spends the majority of chapter 3 in the hospital first nursing Fuyuhiko back to health and then the infected with Hajime noting how she doesn't look like she's slept once in the period.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She likes horror movies because of how helpless the victims are in them.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The whole reason she was infected by the Despair Disease was that she was trying to help those who were afflicted with it. Hajime even has to make her go to bed at one point because she spends so much time with the victims.
  • No Social Skills: She's very awkward, stays silent during her Free Time Events with Hajime and has a general lack of knowledge regarding what's socially appropriate and what's not.
  • Panty Shot: Subverted; the embarrassing poses she often ends up in are shown at an angle that could easily display a panty shot, but it's always conveniently censored in some way by a nearby object.
    • Played straight, however, when Hajime wakes up to find Mikan sleeping on top of him...
  • Prone to Tears: She's pretty much incapable of speaking to anyone without being on the verge of tears. Except during Chapter 1's trial, where she manages to speak up to get everyone to focus on figuring out what the true murder weapon was (albeit with difficulty), and when she freaks out upon being exposed as Chapter 3's murderer, upon which she goes from "fragile flower" to "psychotic woman" to "accepting her fate way too calmly".
  • Power Echoes: After being cornered as the culprit and her true nature as Ultimate Despair surfaced, the debate against her has the white noises made of her statements repeated twice, making her voice seemingly reverb. From someone else's white noise after that, they also seem to notice it.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Not as obvious as the other girls due to her choppy haircut but it goes past the edge of her skirt and a bit past the top her stocking-like bandages on her leg.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Parodied with how her klutziness results in her ending up in amazingly embarrassing poses... with others pointing out how odd that is. Also Deconstructed, as she's extremely uncomfortable with this, and yet is painfully used to that being the only way she got any sort of attention.
  • School Bullying Is Harmless: Ahahaha, no. Mikan's been systematically abused by her peers ever since childhood and learned that the only way anyone would be willing to pay her the slightest bit of mind was to utterly humiliate herself in front of them. In her Free Time events, if she feels Hajime's getting bored by her company, she'll offer to perform degrading acts like stripping or imitating a sea turtle laying eggs. As a Remnant of Despair, she yells about how she's sick of being mistreated and seems to blame the rest of the group for letting her turn out how she did, which seems less like raw brainwashing and more like feelings that becoming a remnant brought to the surface.
  • Secret Keeper: At the end of trial 3, after she's found as the culprit, Mikan admits she knows who's The Mole (Chiaki), and the fact that she strongly hinted that she knows about Hajime being part of Ultimate Despair as Izuru Kamukura. Though she chooses not to reveal any of this because she couldn't honestly care less.
  • Shrinking Violet: So timid, she can hardly hold a conversation without bursting into tears. At least, until she's revealed as Chapter 3's murderer, at which point she freaks. She also breaks "Shrinking Violet" character very briefly in Chapter 1's trial, when she shouts to her classmates that voting for Nagito as the culprit would be premature.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Nagito, who came down far harder on Mikan than any of the other murderers, tries to call her out for murdering only for "Despair", she states she did it out of love...and suggests he can't understand because he's never been loved.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: An odd retroactive example of this, since when she's first revealed as a murderer in Chapter 3 it's presented as her just going nuts upon recovering lost memories, trying to impress "someone she loves", which isn't very sympathetic. However, it's heavily implied that the person she loved was Junko Enoshima, and the final chapter only seems to reaffirm this; though all of the students had been slavishly devoted to her, Mikan was probably one of the most devoted due to Junko's manipulations and her own desperate need for affection. Danganronpa 3 shows what this toxic relationship was like, adding more sympathy for Mikan since so much of it came at her expense.
  • That Came Out Wrong: She says that she "pleaded with (Fuyuhiko) in many ways" to get him to help her look for Ibuki, prompting Fuyuhiko to tell her "Don't say anything that'll make people take it the wrong way..."
    • She also tries to help strengthen her and Hajime's alibis by saying they "woke up together that morning." Kazuichi is quick to ask what kind of situation that was, which Mikan says is because she "accidentally fell asleep on top of Hajime."
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: People generally seem to treat Mikan better in the Talent Development Plan, where she has a heartwarming conversation with Tenko who thanks her for all her hard work (driving Mikan to Tears of Joy) and when she insists on chasing after Mondo because his hand is injured, which he barely noticed, he actually apologizes for yelling at her out of reflexive nerves and pretty much lets her drag him to the infirmary so she won't start crying, Kokichi attempts to fake sick to get out of chores and when Mikan comments he doesn't seem sick, he merely lightly teases her before agreeing to go back to work and even compliments her for seeing through his lies. Even Miu is nice enough to show her all her inventions, albeit after bullying her until using the Hookup Counter on her and getting a (presumably high) reading. The cast also stands up to Hiyoko when Hiyoko tries to force Mikan to clean up after the party entirely by herself and everyone pitches in together.
  • Traumatic Haircut: The reason her hair is all choppy and uneven is that it was cut up by bullies.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Despite being the person with least reason to do so, she still has it in her to try to cheer Hiyoko up when she's recovering from being the prime subject for Mahiru's murder. She just gets insulted for her troubles.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Her explanation of the 'Destroyers of the World'/the Future Foundation is true... but only From a Certain Point of View.
  • Villain Has a Point: Her Despair persona admittedly isn't wrong when she points out that her classmates were fine standing around and watching her being bullied.
  • Weakness Turns Her On: Her romance in Island Mode has Mikan declare that she wants to be Hajime's private nurse and take care of him forever. She also wouldn't mind him being crippled for the rest of his life so that he needs to depend on her.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: After spending the first two chapters being a Reluctant Fanservice Girl who's constantly picked on by Hiyoko, it's revealed in Chapter 3 that she murdered two people. Though she was infected by the Despair Disease to prompt her into action, there really is a darker side to her that's willing to kill if it means impressing someone she loves. Everyone is left stunned after Mikan is executed.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She tries this when Hajime first reveals his suspicions that she's the killer in Chapter 3. While it ultimately fails, it's enough to make Hajime himself hesitate for a few seconds.
  • Yandere: She shows shades of this, both in Chapter 3 after revealing that she killed for the sake of someone she loved (who is heavily implied, and later confirmed, to be Junko Enoshima) and towards Hajime in her Dangan Island ending, in which she openly contemplates rendering him an invalid so she can take care of him forever. It's hinted that she could become a fully-fledged Yandere if she's pushed too far.

    Ibuki Mioda 
Ibuki Mioda

Ultimate Musician

"it's terrible! So terrible Ibuki has no time to capitalize her lines!"

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Julie Ann Taylor (English)
Played by: Anju Inami (Stage)

A girl from an all-girls high school who played guitar in a popular "light-music club" school band, whose hit single "After-School Poyoyon Hour" sold a million copies. However, she left the band due to creative differences and is now pursuing a solo career. Despite her punk-ish appearance, Ibuki is a very friendly and energetic person who's antics sometimes border the limits of comprehensibility. She is the second victim of Chapter 3, strangled to death by Mikan and then hung.

  • A-Cup Angst: Has the smallest bust out of all the girls besides Hiyoko, and after she sees Peko in a bikini and comments on her breast size, Ibuki considers getting implants.
  • Anime Hair: Dark purple-black with streaks of white, neon pink, and blue, along with cones.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Shows elements of it in her second free time event, where a self-initiated discussion of her hobbies sees her jumping through about 5 different topics seemingly at random.
  • Berserk Button: Specifically cites that she can't stand guys who only get into music to impress and pick up girls.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Although it could be her quirkiness, Ibuki makes frequent remarks suggesting that she is aware that she is in a video game.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She has a tendency to go off on strange tangents at times.
    "Ibuki learnt that most murder investigations involve a lot of legwork. So she's been walking her legs up and down this corridor all day!"
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Ibuki has a habit of going off on bizarre, unrelated tangents during trials. The funny thing is, sometimes she's right or her tangents lead to a critical breakthrough in the case. In Chapter 2, her sudden attempt to change the subject ("Let's talk about how she got hit with gravel instead.") turns out to be the breakthrough point of that Non-Stop Debate. Ibuki admits straight afterwards that she was just throwing stuff out there. Later on, in the same trial, she also asks why Fuyuhiko is getting upset when Peko has been identified as the killer, noticing that it's odd for him to be so upset when he isn't the suspect.
  • The Comically Serious: Her unique symptom brought about by the Despair Disease.
  • Covert Pervert: Less so than some of the others, but still has her moments when Mikan is concerned and she's pretty enthusiastic talking about how good Peko looks in a bikini.
  • Creative Differences: In-Universe, she left her group due to these. Her Free Times and an official Alternate Universe manga by Spike reveal that they had a falling out when they learned a talent scout was going to be watching one of their performances, and she refused to play more traditionally appealing pop music.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: A non-murderer example; while the other murder victims in this game get killed using methods that cause almost instant death (e.g. stabbed with an iron skewer, bludgeoned in the head, slashed in the windpipe, falling from two stories), Ibuki is unlucky enough to be killed by being slowly strangled to death with a rope. Her corpse is then hung from that same rope. That couldn't have been much fun.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Especially when she starts singing.
  • Death by Irony: A non-execution example, but the Ultimate Musician is killed by being strangled to death, thus being robbed of her voice.
  • Death Metal: Her preferred genre of music. And her performances are terrifying.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Of the "coincidentally correct" variant, when she suggests that the murder victim in Twilight Syndrome was killed by being hit on the head.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Was just as aroused as Kazuichi and Hajime when she saw Chiaki and Peko in their bikinis; she wasn't even subtle about it.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her stockings are different colors, one pink and one blue. She also wears an arm warmer on only one arm and has a stitch (or maybe a tattoo) running down one leg.
  • First-Name Basis: In the original Japanese, she calls everyone by their first names and with the affectionate honorific "-chan".
  • Fun Personified: The word "boring" just doesn't exist with Ibuki!
  • Genki Girl: Oh hell yes. Ibuki never does anything half-way.
  • The Heart: Ibuki is one of the most energetic, cheerful students and it's often her antics (especially in Chapter 3) that keep people's spirits up. Her death marks the game taking a darker turn...
  • Hidden Depths: If her Free Time Events are done, Ibuki will show a startlingly wise and contemplative side of her personality, giving Hajime some extremely profound advice about being himself, and speaking about the inner workings of group dynamics in a very emotionally intelligent way.
  • History Repeats: Like Kiyotaka Ishimaru in his game's third chapter, she tried to push for unity in the group and was later disallowed from dying as herself.
  • Horned Hairdo: While her strange hairstyle does resemble horns, it's not because she's secretly evil; rather, it's supposed to make her resemble an oni.
  • Insert Song: She holds a concert during the game's third chapter. It's... special.
  • Kill the Cutie: Poor Ibuki is murdered in Chapter 3, mainly simply because her particular Despair Disease symptom made it so easy for the killer.
  • Large Ham: Especially when she sings and she has some of the most exaggerated sprites and voice acting of the girls.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Becomes this for Hajime after enough free time events, where it gets revealed that all her goofing off and playing silly games was an attempt to help him recover his memories of his talent. When he still can't seem to remember, she convinces him to just be happy as himself that becomes more effective with later revelations about his character (this also gives her one of the odd final free time events in which the student helps Hajime through his insecurities instead of the other way around).
  • Meaningful Name: One of the meanings for 'Ibuki' can be "breath", which is fitting for the Ultimate Musician. Double as an Ironic Name considering how she was killed...
  • Metalhead: Though a conversation outside the hotel implies that her current musical stylings are just a recent Genre Shift done on a whim.
  • Multicolored Hair: Thanks to (presumably) hair dye, her hair is a bizarre combination of black, white, blue, and pink.
  • Nice Girl: Perverted tendencies aside, she's one of the most upbeat and kind of the students.
  • Pinocchio Nose: Since Ibuki's design is meant to resemble an oni, her bragging sprite gets this kind of nose to match.
  • The Quincy Punk: Subverted. Despite her bizarrely dyed hair, torn stockings, many piercings and taste in music, she's a very cheerful and friendly person.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It goes down past her skirt and the top of the stockings, almost reaching her knees.
  • The Rock Star: What her title basically makes her, though oddly, how talented she is at it is difficult to determine given how everybody reacts to her performance in Titty Typhoon.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Considering that Ibuki is a walking Homage to K-On! (where the main band mostly play light and fluffy J-Pop), you would expect this to be the case. Nope, it is actually full-on inverted. She's really closer to Sawako from that series: she's a delightful and peppy person to speak to but her repertoire (mostly Death Metal) is terrifying.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Ibuki is basically a walking Homage to K-On!. The kanji that spell out her name are each taken from the names of the four main characters (not including Azusa), and she used to be part of a light music club band.
    • Her name and design may also be a reference to Suika Ibuki from Touhou Project, an oni girl with horns similar to her hairstyle. Some elements of her design were also inspired by oni.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: She was one of the most upbeat characters in the cast, so at the midway point in the game, of course, she had to go. Turns out this was being invoked by Mikan to boot as she says her whole motive was to cause a motive that would make everyone despair and Ibuki is one of the most universally liked students both in and out of universe because of how her normal attitude helps keep morale up. The game also takes a particularly dark turn after the chapter in which she is killed.
  • The Stoic: When infected by the Despair Disease.
  • Super Gullible: Sadly Played for Drama, unlike most examples. The extent of her gullibility brought on by the Despair Disease made her an exceedingly easy kill.
  • Super Senses: Super hearing, to be precise. Ibuki has the most talented "ears" of any of the cast. This proves instrumental to solving chapter 1's murder since she overhears what everyone's saying during a "blackout", causing them to realize that Byakuya pushed Nagito away and got to the knife first, meaning that Nagito couldn't have killed them.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Subverted by [[spolier: surviving in hope arc]] but she's an extremely kind hearted loveable positive and sweet person who goes out of her way to make others happy and is very selfless and goofy and wouldn't hurt a fly(unless brainwashed by Junko), in chapter 3 she's cruely given a disease that basically makes her a dead woman walking with how vunerable she was and is strangled and hung by a brainwashed Mikan for no explained reason
  • Third-Person Person: Instead of saying "I" or "me", she says "Ibuki". It's somewhat downplayed in the English version since she only calls herself "Ibuki" on occasion.
  • Verbal Tic: Sometimes when she talks, she an odd tendency to trail off like thiiiiiiiiiiiiiis!!! It's meant to symbolize her enthusiasm.

    Peko Pekoyama 
Peko Pekoyama

Ultimate Swordswoman

"My destination has already been decided. Protect who I must protect, cut who I must cut. That alone is the original purpose of the sword. Wielding a blade in its truest sense is my aim... That is my reason for existing."

Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese), Janice Kawaye (English)
Played by: Yu Hamagashira (Stage)

A master swordswoman and kendo champion whose skill at swordplay surpasses even the strongest adult fighters. A stern yet polite woman, Peko carries herself with an intimidating aura. She was an orphan taken in by the Kuzuryu clan and serves Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu as a bodyguard to repay their generosity. She is the culprit of Chapter 2, beating Mahiru to death with a baseball bat on behalf of Fuyuhiko. Though she implicates herself so that Fuyuhiko can claim responsibility and win freedom from the island, she is found to be the sole guilty party and is stabbed to death by an army of samurai.

  • Abusive Parents: She was raised by Fuyuhiko's parents who drilled into her mind the outlook of being not more than a tool whose purpose is to be Fuyuhiko's hitman. Her birth parents weren't much better as they abandoned her as a baby.
  • Adopt-a-Servant: Adopted by the Kuzuryu clan when she was just a baby, raised to be Fuyuhiko's bodyguard and a servant of his will.
  • All for Nothing: Peko's effort and death do not save Fuyuhiko as she had hoped, though she didn't care much for her own life either way.
  • Alliterative Name/Repetitive Name/Meaningful Name: Alliterative since both her first and last names start with the term "peko" since when it is repeated ("Pekopeko", just like what her name forms when said western style) it can mean obsequious/servile, and Fuyuhiko's family raised her to be his tool.
  • Animals Hate Her: In her Free Time events, she reveals that animals are frightened of her since they can sense her fierce nature. Unfortunately, she just wants to pet them and be friends with them.
  • Batter Up!: She swings a bat just as well as a sword, as Mahiru finds out.
  • Bodyguard Babes: One for Fuyuhiko.
  • Bodyguard Crush: What her Dangan Island ending more or less reveals her to have towards Fuyuhiko. It just makes the events surrounding Chapter 2 all the more tragic.
  • Braids of Action: Which makes sense because of her talent and job.
  • Childhood Friends: With Fuyuhiko.
    • Childhood Friend Romance: In her last free time event, she tells Hajime that she intends to ask Fuyuhiko out once they get off the island.
  • Child Soldier: CGs in the second trial shows that she was trained in combat almost since birth.
  • Contralto of Danger: In Japanese, she has the second-lowest female voice of the cast, fitting to a stoic swordswoman.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: She's the second culprit. And she gets a cruel and unusual death both physically and emotionally: she is literally controlled like a puppet by Monokuma and made to slash through an army of samurai, then he releases control of her just long enough for her instincts to kick in and accidentally slash Fuyuhiko, the boy she loves and had sworn to protect.
  • Declaration of Protection: Towards Fuyuhiko, as she is his sworn bodyguard and self-proclaimed "tool". This comes back to bite her hard: instead of preventing him from killing Mahiru, she does it in his place, seeing herself as no more than an extension of his will. Her intention was to allow Fuyuhiko to escape the island by sacrificing herself and everyone else, but what she doesn't understand (until it's too late) is that Fuyuhiko did not see her as a "tool", but a cherished childhood friend he would never want to sacrifice.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Peko serves as one for the concept of Undying Loyalty and Bodyguard Crush, showing how twisted absolute loyalty towards your employer is if taken to the extreme. Peko has no personal interests, ideas or hopes for her life other than serving Fuyuhiko, and she's perfectly willing to kill herself and dozens of innocent people if their deaths result in a positive outcome for him. Indeed, her fundamental worldview revolves around her conception that her loyalty to Fuyuhiko means that any outcome that results in Fuyuhiko's gain is objectively good and everyone else is completely irrelevant and expendable, something Fuyuhiko himself is deeply uncomfortable with.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After accidentally hitting Fuyuhiko with one of her strikes during her execution, Peko completely gives up and just cradles him in her arms, not even trying to stop the robot army from stabbing her to death.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Subverted and Inverted. During her execution, she injures Fuyuhiko by accident and holds him before being pincushioned by an army of robot swordsmen. However, Fuyuhiko survives and Peko dies.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: She tells Monokuma that she will not feel despair as she dies because she achieved her goal of saving Fuyuhiko... then when he tries to intervene in her execution, Monokuma controls her into slashing him, permanently blinding him in one eye. The Monokuma-samurai then stab her to death.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: She misinterprets Fuyuhiko's desire to start over and have a relationship as classmates, rather than master and tool, thus assuming that he hates her as a tool of his clan.
  • Face Death with Dignity: She attempts this, declaring that she accepts her fate, which Monokuma mocks as Tempting Fate. However, she's left distraught upon hearing Fuyuhiko's Anguished Declaration of Love, and is shocked when she accidentally injures him as he tries to save her, leaving her to die heartbroken.
  • Fan Disservice: Peko gets more than a few CGs in Chapter 2 where she's clad in nothing but a bikini... and in all of them, she's in the midst of murdering Mahiru and framing Hiyoko for it. Even the very first one where she shows up to the diner soaking wet becomes this on subsequent playthroughs, where you know what she was really doing before she arrived.
  • Fatal Flaw: Peko is unable to see herself as anything other than Fuyuhiko's tool, viewing herself and everyone else as expendable, which leads her to kill Mahiru under the assumption that Fuyuhiko would be considered the true mastermind, and thus graduate after everyone else convicted her. As Monokuma points out, though, no true tool would have acted on its own like she did and thus she can't be considered having any will of her own, especially as she acted outside of Fuyuhiko's orders.
  • Frame-Up: In Chapter 2, Peko murders Mahiru and plants fake evidence to incriminate Hiyoko.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite her upbringing as a Yakuza assassin and her stoic personality Peko has a very gentle heart as shown by her love for fluffy animals and her dream of asking out Fuyuhiko when she escapes the island. She's very polite, sweet and helpful towards the group even if she can be overly intense. Also before 2-2s events she constantly urges Fuyuhiko to join her for breakfast showing she wanted to spend more time with him and wanted him to befriend the class. Her final words to the class are an remorseful apology over Mahiru's murder and a plea for them to eventually forgive Fuyuhiko and ensure that no one else dies showing she did care about the class despite her previous statement about the time they spent meaning "nothing" to her.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In the Nagito Komaeda POV manga, after Peko accidentally slashes Fuyuhiko's eye, she manages to save him from being run through, but is stabbed in the heart in the process. She's last seen faintly smiling before the rest of the puppets slash her to ribbons.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the Nagito Komaeda POV manga, she's shown being stabbed through the heart.
  • Just Following Orders: The lynchpin of her Thanatos Gambit—she argues that the "mastermind" of a murder should be considered the true culprit. She claims zero responsibility because she considers herself a "tool" without the will of her own.
  • Last Request: After it becomes clear that only she will be executed, she asks the others to forgive Fuyuhiko and ensure that there will not be any more murders.
  • Loophole Abuse: After the students have all formally accused her, she attempts to leverage her own self-image as Fuyuhiko's tool into an argument that the others accused a mindless weapon, not the person who successfully used it.
  • Lost in Translation: "Kirakira Seigi" is translated as "Sparkling Justice" in the English localization. While it keeps the meaning of the name, the Death Note reference is mostly lost.
  • The Lost Lenore: Fuyuhiko always keeps her in his thoughts, and he really wants to see her again. Her death is what motivates him to become a better person.
  • Mask of Sanity: She presents a stoic, calm demeanor at first, but as you discover in the second trial, she has an extremely twisted and somewhat deranged view of herself and the world around her.
  • Master Swordswoman: She's Ultimate Swordswoman for a reason.
  • Not So Stoic: She finally cracks after hearing Fuyuhiko's Anguished Declaration of Love. Also, in Free Time, she looks manic at the thought of getting to touch Gundham's hamsters.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: All Peko has is her role in the yakuza, and she is extraordinary lucky even to have that. Her dialogue about being a tool "[giving her] a reason to exist" implies that she accepts that role so completely because it allows her to rationalize negative or confusing feelings away.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her biological parents abandoned her as a baby, only to be taken in by the Kuzuryu clan.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: What her route in Dangan Island ultimately ends with. Hajime can't end up with her at all. Instead, they merely shake hands as a sign of friendship which is something that tends to happen often in the guy routes. The reason Peko's the only female exception is that Peko already has a childhood acquaintance she likes, but Hajime never finds out who it is. Since in Dangan Island Peko brings up having originally felt like this person's "tool", and given what you learn in chapter 2 of the main game about why Peko would ever think of herself as a tool, it's most likely that she is talking about Fuyuhiko.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Fitting her personality and action-oriented talent.
  • Psychotic Smirk: After the students vote her as the culprit, as she hoped they would, as she believes that Fuyuhiko is the true culprit and they can't go back and vote for him.
  • Satellite Character: To Fuyuhiko, her stated purpose in life is to protect him, she kills Mahiru on his behalf and she becomes The Lost Lenore to him once she dies.
  • Selective Obliviousness: She mostly ignores anything Fuyuhiko says that conflicts with her worldview.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: She knew Fuyuhiko probably wouldn't take the chance her crime gave him to escape, but she had to try anyway.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She only has eyes for her young master Fuyuhiko. She's also the only girl who can't obtain a romantic ending with Hajime at all.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Pre-execution, she speaks fondly of Fuyuhiko's sense of noblesse oblige.
  • The Stoic: Very straight-faced and calm.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Even during the trials she remains cool and collected, pretend split-personality notwithstanding.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Aside from gratitude, her loyalty to Fuyuhiko is all but stated to be fueled by romantic feelings.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Peko starts off serious and reserved, but as Hajime spends more free time with her, she opens up and even smiles a little.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Was doing what she had thought was Just Following Orders, as she had done her whole life. She even asks Hajime to prevent any more murders from happening, calls Mahiru's murder senseless and apologises to the class over it implying she was heavily remorseful over Mahiru's death (someone who prior to the murder she got along well with).
  • Taking You with Me: If Monokuma ruled her just a tool and that Fuyuhiko was the true murderer, everyone else would be executed alongside her for getting it wrong and he would've won the game.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Waited until the others officially voted her the murderer before revealing that she was Fuyuhiko's tool, knowing that if Monokuma ruled he was the true "mastermind" behind the murder, he would get to graduate while everyone else was executed. It ultimately fails, because while Fuyuhiko was about to kill Mahiru in a fit of rage, he didn't expect Peko to step in and do it herself. He also had nothing to do with the resulting cover-up. Monokuma was never going to accept Peko's arguments, rightfully claiming that a mere "tool" would never be so meddlesome.
  • Tyke Bomb: Was raised in the Yakuza from an early age.
  • Undying Loyalty: She takes this to the extreme for Fuyuhiko.
  • Unreliable Expositor: After her conviction, she declares that Fuyuhiko ordered the hit, and flashes back to him smiling and congratulating her. When her gambit fails, another flashback shows him horrified and shocked.
    • She also says, while explaining their relationship to the others, that Fuyuhiko hates her. It would be more accurate to say that Fuyuhiko hates her role but not Peko herself. Unfortunately, the two are hopelessly conflated in Peko's mind.
  • The Unsmile: She rarely smiles, so when she tries to force it, her face becomes intense and scary.
  • Vigilante Man: Claims that she's the murderous superheroine Sparkling Justice when exposed as a murderer, and that she'd chosen to kill Mahiru for her attempt to cover up a crime. However, this is a calculated lie to prevent the others from suspecting her true motive until it's too late.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She will do anything to protect Fuyuhiko, even if it means committing murder, and plotting to get the rest of the students executed... even going down with them.
  • Warrior Poet: She is rather philosophical about being a 'tool'- see her page quote- and stakes Fuyuhiko's life on the belief that she can convince Monokuma her ideals are correct.
    "Then you just don't know. You don't know that there are people who only exist to be tools."
  • Was It All a Lie?: Asked by the other students when she reveals her true identity. In the end, she states her loyalty will always be to Fuyuhiko and no one else.
  • When She Smiles: In her final free time event and when comforting Fuyuhiko before her execution.
  • Yakuza: Raised from birth to serve one.
  • You Did Everything You Could: During this second trial, Fuyuhiko continuously tries to protect her from suspicion, his arguments growing increasingly weak as Hajime debunks them. Eventually, Peko just tells him to be quiet because "saying anything more would be futile".

Alternative Title(s): Super Dangan Ronpa 2 Female Students


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