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This is a partial character sheet for Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Visit here for the main character index. Visit here for the female students. Subjectives and audience reactions should go on the YMMV page. For the tropes related to them in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School, see here, but keep in mind that this page does contain spoilers for the anime!

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    Hajime Hinata 
Hajime Hinata

Ultimate ??? (as himself, actually a reserve course student)/Ultimate Hope (as Izuru)

"Right now, I'm more focused on what I'm supposed to do."

Voiced by: Minami Takayama (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
Played by: Ryusei Yokohama (Stage)

The Player Character. A young man who has always admired Hope's Peak Academy and finally achieved his dream of attending the school. Unfortunately, he has forgotten his past and the Ultimate talent that he was selected for. Hajime is a decent guy, but his personality is rough around the edges and very sceptical.

The truth is that he has no Ultimate talent, but his obsession with Hope's Peak led him to become the subject of the "Ultimate Hope Project", in which his identity would be completely erased and rebuilt as "Izuru Kamukura", the multi-talented "Ultimate Hope". Unfortunately, Izuru fell under the thrall of Junko Enoshima and triggered "The Worst, Most Despair-Inducing Event In Human History" by his participation in the first "School Life of Mutual Killing", causing the death of the student council. During the final trial, he is faced with the dilemma of remaining as "Hajime Hinata" and letting AI Junko win, or reverting back to "Izuru Kamukura". He ultimately chooses the latter, accepting responsibility for his bloodied past and resolving to create a new future for himself and his classmates, but as a result, is indicated to retain his old self.

  • Amateur Sleuth: As our protagonist, he is certainly one of these, with some help from his fellow classmates.
  • Ambition Is Evil: In the sense that he wanted to get a talent no matter what it took. By agreeing to become Izuru Kamukura he put the events into motion which caused the problems of not just the game, but the entire series by helping give Junko just the trigger she needed to spread her despair.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Can't remember his Ultimate talent. Which is justified because it turns out he doesn't have one. As Hajime Hinata anyways. According to the final trial, the reason behind his lack of memories is because they were destroyed when he became Izuru.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Was a huge fan of Hope's Peak and was ecstatic to become a student there. Though not for the reason he wanted.
  • Back from the Dead/Not Quite Dead: Hajime’s personality was completely suppressed to make way for Izuru. Thanks to Makoto and the Neo World Program, it’s the only reason Hajime ever resurfaced.
  • Battle Aura: After overcoming Izuru's despair, like when Kiyotaka became Kiyondo in the previous game.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted to have a talent and be recognized as someone special so badly, well, he did…sadly, it all went straight to hell.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: On both sides of this. For Hajime, it’s the reason why he’s hesitant to believe Nagito could betray him. As for Mikan and Nagito, it’s because of his persistent kindness and trying to understand them that they grow strong feelings for him.
  • Big Bad Friend: Technically yes, since Hajime, as Izuru Kamukura, is responsible for nearly everything wrong happening in the game. To make matters worse, because of his actions of wanting to have a talent, he indirectly helped Junko Enoshima bring the world to its end. And before that, besides Junko, he was the other main reason for all the chaos happening in Hope's Peak, the school he adored. To top it all off, as Izuru Kamukura, he killed most of the student council, and because he smuggled AI Junko, most of the friends he made are now in comas.
    • In Danganronpa 3 Despair Arc, we find out that Junko lied about the student council killing game. Izuru actually only killed one of them in self-defence; the rest killed each other while he was watching, except for one girl who was shot by Mukuro. He also didn't actually help Junko destroy the world, and only brought her AI for his own goals. Ultimately, while Izuru's still an antagonist to the group, he's not nearly as bad as led to believe.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Says this to Makoto during trial six after falling into despair.
  • Break the Cutie: All of the deaths, trials, executions, his missing memories, figuring his out his talent or lack of thereof, and Nagito's sanity slowly slipping away, were already pushing him to the limit bit by bit. Chapter Six and the final trial is what really causes him to call it quits on everything. The result? He's got a Broken Smile, Laughing Mad at the Sadistic Choice, and Dull Eyes of Unhappiness. Poor guy doesn't get a break until Chiaki shows up and helps him to snap out of it and get better.
  • Break Them by Talking: AI Junko does this to him by dropping bombshell after bombshell about who he is and the results of his actions. Not to mention his very existence was at risk of being erased forever and reverting back to Izuru. Luckily he snaps out of it, and even hands it back to her by telling her that they're nothing like her because of the faith and strength to at least try moving on with their lives.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Chiaki, who begins guiding Hajime as the situations become progressively more tragic.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: It isn't until his very last moments in the game before returning to the real world that Hajime finally brings himself to thank Chiaki for everything she's done for him.
  • The Caretaker: Played for Laughs in Chiaki's spin-off manga, Hajime gets assigned to briefly take care of Nagito when he gets the despair fever. He has to carry Nagito twice and even cook him a meal. He can even be seen wearing an apron and kitchen gloves bringing a very happy Nagito his meal.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "No, that's wrong!" when he points out a contradiction in court, just like Makoto in the original game.
    • To a lesser extent, "I agree with that!" when he agrees with someone else's statement in court.
    • There's also "Allow me to cut through those words!" when he wins a Rebuttal Showdown.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: His chest size is stated to be 36 inches, making it the fourth-largest among the guys. Chiaki also claims that he's surprisingly muscular after accidentally stumbling into him, while Nekomaru believes he would make an incredible athlete after feeling him up. This is possibly a leftover from Hajime's past as Izuru Kamukura, as he would have naturally had the talents of every single athletic student to have ever walked through Hope Peak Academy. In V3's Talent Development Plan, his character is an Athletic type, which specializes in physical attacks.
  • Classic Anti Hero: Past!Hajime was this. By the time Chapter 4 through 6 comes around, he begins to shift back into this. Luckily, after coming to terms with everything, he gets better.
  • Chick Magnet: With the exception of Peko, every girl in their Free Time Events shows to be interested in Hajime.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Compared to Makoto, Hajime is noticeably more cynical and outspoken. While Makoto was non-confrontational, polite (some might say overly so), and docile, Hajime is not afraid to say what's on his mind, to the point where he sometimes forgets to watch his mouth and is willing to take sides in an argument. Despite not remembering his talent, he treats the other students more like his equals, while at the same time trusting them far less. When Monokuma reveals his game, Hajime almost immediately accepts the idea that anyone around him might be willing to kill to escape. It actually gets much stronger than, namely that while Makoto had a complex over his talent not being as special, he still didn't let it get to his head and ultimately gained a new talent in the end. Hajime turns out to be so insecure about his lack of talent he willingly erased his whole identity just so he could be special. Furthermore, in their respective killing games, Makoto tries to stay calm(ish) and rationalize that everyone else must be scared as well, while Hinata freaks out and won't believe that anyone else is feeling the same way.
  • Covert Pervert: Played for Laughs. In order to see certain Fanservicey Easter Eggs, you need certain items in your inventory. Leading up to these scenes, Hajime can start acting very strangely. In the most blatant instance where he chooses to spy on Mahiru and Hiyoko bathing together, he comments afterwards about how he doesn't know what got into him. In the second most blatant example, he delivers a Rousing Speech to convince Kazuichi to spy on Nekomaru and Akane whom they suspect are doing IT (It turns out that Nekomaru was just giving Akane a massage).
  • Dead All Along: Zig-Zagged. While Hajime technically still exists, it turns out the Hajime we've been playing as was simply what could be pieced together from his original personality prior to surgery.
  • Death of Personality: He willingly underwent this before the game begins, being so desperate to have a talent and become special that he had his original personality completely suppressed in order to become Izuru Kamukura. The trope is played with a bit since Hajime technically still exists in this game, but the Hinata we've come to know is only what was pieced together from his original personality.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In addition to being a lot more casual compared to our previous protagonist, Hajime seems to enjoy snarking at his classmates in his thoughts among other things.
  • Declaration of Protection: He makes one toward Mikan and Mahiru in their Island Mode endings.
  • Enemy Within: Izuru Kamukura is his.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Doesn’t take Nagito’s betrayal well at all. He doesn't take Mikan's Face–Heel Turn well either; if anything, he begs her to just come clean about it during the trial so that he could still believe in her.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Nagito certainly does. Some of the guys (namely Nidai and Hanamura) also have suspect endings in Island Mode.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Averted. As Izuru, he wears a completely black suit and tie, with only a white dress shirt, but DR3 reveals it's just the usual Reserve Course uniform.
  • Evil Make Over: At some point the process that turned him into Izuru made his normally green eyes turn red and his hair darkens to black, which counted as this when he then fell into Despair.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: He has a prohibition symbol design in his eyes. They turn into something resembling a targeting reticle at the climax of the final trial, symbolizing his decision to form his own future.
  • Expressive Hair: His Idiot Hair noticeably wiggles whenever he makes an interjection during the trials, and straightens out completely when he's surprised by Mikan in Chapter 3.
  • Fighting from the Inside: After Junko induces a coma-like state in him, he has to overcome his and Izuru's combined despair in order for him to return to the trial and defeat Junko.
  • Foil: To Ryōko Otonashi. They both suffer from Alternate Identity Amnesia, Freak Out upon discovering their Enemy Within, and have experienced a Death of Personality due to memory loss. Both have a close friend/Love Interest who makes a promise to protect them but ends up dying because of their Enemy Within in some shape. When comparing their personalities, Hajime is cynical but very caring towards most of his classmates, while Ryoko is cheery but only cares about Yasuke, no exceptions. Hajime chooses to not kill anyone and stick to his morals, while Ryoko slowly became more unhinged and is completely fine with murdering someone. In terms of their situations with their "true" selves, Hajime is the original who was artificially replaced by the multi-talented Izuru, while Ryoko is the artificial replacement for the original, malevolent Junko. Finally, Ryoko is completely erased and suppressed by Junko, while Hajime and Izuru make peace and have a Split-Personality Merge. Fittingly, their "true" selves foil each other as well.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The motif in the background for his second intro is the radar-sight of Izuru's Exotic Eye Designs.
    • Hajime periodically notes that he feels isolated from the group. In the prologue, he's still uneasy and trying to figure out what the hell is going on while everyone else has accepted it and most have run off to go swimming; he outright mentions a "feeling of alienation". When he tries to push the issue, everyone else tells him to shut up (with varying degrees of politeness). The truth is that he feels isolated because he really doesn't belong in their ranks — he's not an Ultimate. Their scornful treatment of Hajime may also echo the arrogant elitist attitude of Hope's Peak (and its students) towards regular people and their concerns, which is revealed with the story of the Reserve Course.
    • This could only be caught if you have good knowledge of kanji and katakana, but according to Kodaka, another way to read his full name is "Kamukura".
  • Freak Out: Doesn't take learning his true identity well.
  • The Heart: Becomes this at the end of the sixth trial to help snap his friends out of their Heroic BSoD, and convince them to activate the forced shutdown. Indirectly, he shows shades of becoming this to the entire cast if one were to take in his interactions with them such as Free Time events or Dangan Island.
  • Heroic BSoD: Upon finding out that he not only caused his classmates' deaths as well as being the reason that The Worst Most Despair-inducing Incident in the History of Mankind started as Izuru Kamukura, the man who was meant to represent the fruits of Hope's Peak Academy's research into talents and "hope", but also that if he pulls the plug on the program as Makoto intends, he will come back as "Izuru Kamukura" instead of "Hajime Hinata".
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He was unsatisfied with who he was and agreed to the operation that would turn him into Izuru, another reason why he and Nagito are Not So Different.
  • He's Back: During the final trial, thanks to some encouragement from Chiaki, he emerges from his Angst Coma in his awakened form with a proud declaration of "NO, THAT'S WRONG!"
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Fuyuhiko.
  • Hurting Hero: Spends an entire day in bed after the trial of Nagito and Chiaki’s deaths, he states that he could only pray and hope nothing else bad happens to the others, hinting that even he is reaching his limits.
  • I Am Who?: When Junko drops the bombshell on who he currently is in the real world: Izuru Kamukura, HPA's attempt to combine every talent they researched to artificially create a false Ultimate Hope, and the cause of the Most Despair Inducing Event in History.
  • Idiot Hair: His hair is even pointier than Makoto's.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Deconstructed. He wanted to feel special and be a part of Hope's Peak Academy no matter what, even if it meant that he'd only be a Reserve Course student... He also underwent an operation to receive an actual talent, but sadly he wasn't aware that he would be erased in the process.
  • I Will Wait for You: He and the other survivors made a vow to wait until all of their comatose friends awaken.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's infamously snarky towards his classmates and won't hesitate to speak his mind, even if his statements come across as rude. However, he's a genuinely good guy who's protective of his softer classmates (ie Chiaki's and Mikan's Free Time Events) and tries to understand his weirder ones (ie Gundham's and Nagito's Free Time Events). He's even forgiving to the culprits.
  • Kid with the Leash: Besides trying to understand Nagito after the events of trial one, Hajime has his moments where he'll try to restrain Nagito whether it'd be from Hope speeches, or after Nagito begins to antagonize them. Sometimes it works, but after Chapter Four, he's completely lost his grip on the leash. Bless his heart for trying, but not even being possibly Nagito's Morality Pet will change or even stop Nagito anymore. On a lighter note, in Chiaki's spin-off manga, this is Played for Laughs when Nagito catches the despair fever. Hajime is literally chasing Nagito down to get him to stop causing chaos.
  • Laughing Mad: Has a small one when taking in all of the bombshells Junko has dropped on him.
  • The Lost Lenore: Chiaki's his, as he really took her death hard. The fact that he didn't get a chance to thank her until the very end of Chapter Six doesn't help him to cope with her death. Before he returns to the real world, he makes several references that he'll never forget about her. This was one of the reasons why he was a bit hesitant on doing the force shut-down, as there was a chance he and the other survivors would forget about her existence entirely.
  • Love Martyr: Towards Hope's Peak Academy and they took advantage of it, thus starting the events of everything in the series.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • A very subtle one. Hajime means 'Beginning' or 'First' but the characters used to write it means 'To cut'. Hence, Izuru began with a cut to the head and Hajime is the first protagonist in a Danganronpa game to employ the "Cut arguments to pieces" mini-game in the trials, the beginning of a new gameplay mechanic.
    • Another subtle one that doubles as Foreshadowing: according to Kodaka, another way to read his full name is "Kamukura".
  • Morality Pet: A complicated version of this with, but Hajime could be considered Nagito's. On the one hand, it doesn't stop Nagito from treating him terribly upon learning the truth about him being a Reserve Course student and part of the Ultimate Despairs. On the other, he still admits that he has a soft spot for Hajime, and in his final video message states that he should hold back on being too harsh on him.
  • Mysterious Past: Interestingly, he's shown to have suffered from some sort of extreme apathy and depression even before he entered Hope's Peak Academy as a reserve student (i.e. before his transformation into Izuru Kamakura). However, all that can be gleaned about Hinata's background is that he believed that he needed to enter the Academy to gain some sort of self-confidence.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Up to Eleven. To say his decision to become Izuru had consequences would be a massive Understatement. All things considered, Hajime is inadvertently responsible for causing the apocalypse.
    • To a somewhat lesser extent, his decision to take Monokuma's bait ends up getting the group trapped inside the funhouse, thus leading to Gundham killing Nekomaru.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: What he ultimately is. However, he agreed to a surgical operation that he believed would give him one talent, and unwillingly ended up with all of them.
  • Only Sane Man: Is very aware that practically everyone around him are special in ways beyond just their talents.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When he's forced to accuse Chiaki of being Nagito's "murderer" and the traitor in order to save everyone else, you can hear his voice shaking when he makes his typical lines for fingering the suspect, and you can see him with many distressed facial expressions.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Lampshaded and Played for Laughs in the extra scene you get with the "Man's Nut," during which he is overwhelmed by an urge to see Hiyoko and Mahiru bathing.
    Hajime: ...Wait, huh? Was my...characterization always this way?
  • The Paragon: In many of his Free Time events with others, he teaches his classmates to have more faith in themselves, or to realize what is important to them.
  • Precision F-Strike: He lets one off in an internal monologue after learning that he never had a talent.
    Hajime: My whole life...I've just wanted to feel confident about myself...And I thought getting into Hope's Peak Academy meant I had finally become someone I could be proud of. Not...some fucking backup student...!
  • Properly Paranoid: Of all the students, Hajime is the only one to suspect that something's off about Usami's class trip. Sure enough, his suspicions are confirmed when Monokuma returns...but this turns out to be subverted in that Usami has nothing to do with Monokuma. His return was made possible by Hajime himself, and if the class trip had gone as Usami had planned, everyone would have left together as she said they would as seen in the alternate universe Dangan Island. Though in his defence, he technically didn't have much control over what Izuru Kamukura did.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Played straight in his past, but subverted in his "Awakened" form, where he has come to terms with building a new future for himself.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Chiaki and Nagito's blue, and the blue to Kazuichi's red.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Part of Hajime's difficulty with figuring out his talent is how normal he appears to be. Mostly because he doesn't have a talent.
  • Rousing Speech: Hajime manages to talk his despairing friends into joining him in choosing to pursue the future.
  • Secretly Wealthy: It's mentioned that the tuition fees for reserve course students are incredibly high, so the fact that his parents could afford to send him to the school despite this implies that his family is quite well-off.
  • Ship Tease: Some with almost everyone in Free Time events/Dangan Island mode but canonically, gets by far the most with Chiaki. She plays a very critical role in restoring his hope and supports him extensively in every trial (even after her execution), and the thought of forgetting her plays heavily into nearly crippling his will to trigger the forced shutdown of the Neo World Program in Chapter 6. He also gets very flustered when seeing her in a swimsuit in Chapter 2 while barely reacting at all to the sight of Akane, Peko, or Sonia. Even Nagito and Kazuichi notice and comment on the affinity the two share at varying points.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the Hope's Peak Academy's Reserve Course students: everyone but him committed group suicide.
  • Straight Man: Somewhat. He's usually the one musing about others' bizarre personality quirks.
  • Super Mode: Gains one during the last class trial. After gaining the strength to continue, his hair turns white as he gains the power to shoot down any argument.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: During trial six, Hajime decides to call it quits. He refuses to side with either hope or despair and gets into a Heroic Safe Mode induced Angst Coma. It isn't until Chiaki steps in and he deals with Izuru through a Battle in the Center of the Mind that he finally snaps out of it and forces himself to wake back up.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Besides being part of Ultimate Despair group, they take it a step farther by revealing that he has been the main subject of a series of experiments where his personality was repressed completely in order to produce the "Ultimate Hope": Izuru Kamukura. Izuru Kamukura promptly fell to despair when Junko forced him to participate in the very first mutual killing, leading to him killing most of the student council of Hope's Peak Academy as detailed in Danganronpa Zero. This was covered up, then leaked by Junko, starting The Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History. Izuru Kamukura was also the one who inserted AI Junko into the Neo World Program, which allowed Monokuma/Junko to repeat the mutual killings that happened in Hope's Peak Academy.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Well, not that dark, but certainly snarky enough to qualify. Izuru brings him closer to the "Dark" requirement.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He's never happy to call on Nagito's help during a trial, but does so out of necessity.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Deconstructed after he becomes Izuru Kamukura. He goes from a student with no exceptional abilities to someone who's the best at literally everything... at the cost of giving up everything that determines his identity.
  • Tragic Mistake: His decision to become Izuru Kamukura led to him playing a very significant role in causing the end of the world, and since it involved the loss of his identity, he's unable to go back on his decision after agreeing to the procedure.
  • Tsundere: A Downplayed platonic example for Nagito - he clearly liked him as a friend, but was shaken by his betrayal in the first trial. This leads to situations like him being concerned about Nagito being ill, but also thinking "why should I care?" He justifies it to himself by saying that he doesn't want someone dangerous like Nagito out of his sight.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His decision to become Izuru is what allowed Junko to cause the Worst Most Despair-inducing Incident in the History of Mankind. In short, Hajime's actions caused the plot of the entire franchise.
  • Villain Protagonist: His true identity as Izuru Kamukura means Hajime can be considered responsible for everything horrible that happens in the series. Hajime as the player knows him, however, is very much a hero.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: At the end of the final trial of the game, Hajime is finally convinced by Chiaki that Talent nor Hope/Despair shouldn't decide the fate of Hajime and his friends and that instead, he should be able to make his own path after everything he and the other students have gone through, and the importance of believing in himself and not letting others choose for him. Following this, he wakes up and lays the smackdown on AI Junko, completely derailing her usual "You'll never be able to overcome Despair" Tangent, stating that they won't play her game anymore, and will make a future where they won't lose their memories despite everything she's worked for, which they do.

    Nagito Komaeda 
Nagito Komaeda

Ultimate Lucky Student
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English)
Played by: Hiroki Suzuki (Stage)

For tropes related to Nagito, see his separate page.

    Byakuya Togami 
"Byakuya Togami"

Ultimate Affluent Progeny (Ultimate Imposter)

"A person like me has a responsibility to watch over you weaklings."

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese), Jason Wishnov (English)
Played by: Yosuke Nishi (Stage)

The scion of the wealthy Togami family, and one groomed to become a success since childhood. Byakuya immediately takes the position of leader amongst the group, claiming that he will use his superiority to lead them all to safety. Intelligent, calculating and utterly ruthless, Byakuya is a force to be reckoned with. Also, he really likes food. He attempts to prevent a murder in Chapter 1, and although he manages to foil Nagito, he is accidentally killed by Teruteru (who was gunning for Nagito). Later on, Hajime discovers that he was actually not the real Byakuya, but another student known only by their talent, namely as the Ultimate Imposter: A person without a home, relatives, gender, or even a name who could only live by assuming the guise of another person.

  • Acrofatic: Hajime notes that he moves surprisingly fast for a person of his size. He also had to pull off some incredibly fast-moving during the blackout, being on the opposite side of the room from where Nagito hid the knife.
  • Ambiguous Gender: The Ultimate Imposter's true gender is listed as "???" on his file. This appears to be more intended to underscore his mysterious nature than anything though.
  • Be Yourself: His last Free Time event has him promising to start forging his own identity rather than impersonating others if he makes it off the island.
  • Big Eater: Byakuya seems to have developed an obsession with food since the last game, which might explain his weight problem... but in reality, this is a trait particular to the Imposter. In one of his Free Time events, he tells Hajime that he finds comfort in eating fast food, as no matter where he goes it always tastes the same — and implies that it's one of the only consistent things in his life.
  • Blue Blood: As the heir to the Togami family...or not.
  • Character Development: As compared to the real Byakuya. In Chapter 1 of Danganronpa 2, when the game gets switched back to the "murder" format, this Byakuya instantly decides to invite everyone to a party on the pretext of strengthening their bonds, when really he's trying to arrange to do away with all the murder weapons and have everyone where he can see them. That he's thinking of the others at all is a stark contrast to "his" selfish desire to graduate by winning the game in the previous Danganronpa, so it looks like Byakuya's undergone a lot of character development since then. In reality, it's just the Imposter's Nice Guy personality shining through.
  • Comfort Food: Fast food. Since he is The Drifter, he enjoys the fact that everywhere he goes, he will find the exact same restaurants serving the exact same menu items and takes comfort in the familiarity.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He implies that there was a time in the past when he couldn't trust anyone and no one could trust him, which is why he's taking precautions regarding the party. Turns out he was born with no name, no home and no family, and felt like he didn't actually exist, and as such began impersonating "real" people.
  • The Drifter: The Imposter has no real home and makes mention of moving from place to place frequently as a result.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Civet Coffee is one of the worst gifts to give him. Another hint he's not the real Byakuya since it was one of the best gifts to give him.
  • Expy: He's kind of a reverse Mukuro Ikusaba. Both Mukuro and "Byakuya" are impersonating someone else, both of them seem to have lived rather rough lives, and both of them are among the first characters to be killed in their respective games. However, Mukuro (as Junko) is a seemingly unimportant character that turns out be important after she dies. By contrast, the Imposter (as Byakuya) is a seemingly important character who turns out to be unimportant after he dies.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": When not being called by the name of the person he's disguised as he's usually referred to as "The Ultimate Imposter" or simply "The Imposter", the closest thing he has to a real name.
  • Fat and Proud: He has no insecurities with his weight and even talks down to his skinnier peers and pities them for being so thin, especially since he's still faster than them despite moving fast being about the only thing he thinks thin people are good for.
  • Fat Bastard: Subverted. The Imposter is occasionally somewhat of a jerk, but it is strongly hinted that is just a result of him attempting to stay in-character as Byakuya. Whenever the Imposter's real personality shines through, he tends to be generally nice, modest, and polite.
  • Formerly Fit: Subverted, since as it turns out, that's not actually the real Byakuya.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Evidence during the first class trial suggests that the reason why the Imposter shoved Nagito out of the way was that he saw Teruteru with the skewer underneath the floorboards thanks to his night-vision goggles and took the fatal blow instead.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: It's hinted that the Imposter, very much unlike the actual Byakuya, is a nice and polite person and his occasional stand-offish and arrogant behavior is him trying to stay somewhat in-character as Byakuya. This is especially noticeable and eventually confirmed in his Freetime Events.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The Imposter grievously overestimates Byakuya's character, assuming that he would step up, take charge, and try to save everyone when his real reaction to the situation was to sit back and enjoy the killing game while making plans to eventually kill someone and graduate.
  • I Have This Friend...: In his final Free Time event, he talks about being the Ultimate Imposter this way. Hajime suggests that he's talking about himself, but leaves it up to him to decide whether to tell him.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Part of the reason he is impersonating Byakuya specifically seems to be out of admiration for his achievements.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Teruteru accidentally stabs him to death while trying to kill Nagito.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The "jerk" part comes from imitating Byakuya, while the "heart of gold" part is very much his own.
  • Large and in Charge: The heaviest of the cast and the second tallest, he appoints himself as the leader early in the game.
  • The Leader: A Type II who immediately steps up to take charge after Monokuma takes over.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: In the first game, Byakuya tells Makoto that he was the youngest of the fifteen children of the Togami family head; here, the Imposter claims that he is one of 108 half-siblings.
  • Master of Disguise: His true talent and the closest thing he has to an "identity".
  • Mock Millionaire: Or multi-billionaire as the case may be, either way, he's not Byakuya.
  • Never Given a Name: Neither Hajime nor the audience learns his real name. His final free time event reveals that he doesn't have one at all.
  • Nice Guy: The few times we see the Imposter's real personality shine though he is shown to be very polite and modest. In other words: absolutely nothing like the real Byakuya. Even when he's in-character, he generally acts as nice and as protective towards the other students as he can reasonably justify within Byakuya's persona, doing things like invoking Byakuya's pride and his responsibilities towards "lessers" to look out for others.
  • Not So Different: Compares Fuyuhiko to how he used to act, though if he means himself or the real Byakuya is unclear and seems very amused by that. Fuyuhiko doesn't appreciate that.
  • Obsessed with Food: When not bragging about his superiority, conversations with him tends to lead to food. The best presents for him are the food options.
  • Parental Abandonment: Has no family to speak of, and apparently was somehow born that way.
  • The Proud Elite: While still acting arrogant, he's very quick to declare that he will ensure everyone's survival, and is equally quick to recognize Hajime's potential and try to recruit him as his assistant.
  • Red Herring: Doubly so. It initially seems that Byakuya will be an important character, and he has insight into what is really occurring on the island. Then he becomes the first murder victim. Then it turns out he wasn't really Byakuya but an imposter...but the reveal is treated as something unimportant. In fact, the imposter is so unimportant that he literally has no identity of his own. In short, he seems like he'll be relevant to the plot, then he gets killed, then he turns out to have never been relevant. And that was probably the point.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Survived the first game, only to become the first to die here. Subverted however, since he is not the real Byakuya, though his death still makes him qualify.
  • Serious Business: During Free Time events, Hajime learns that the "body mass index" and the qualities (or lack thereof) of various kinds of meats is this trope to him.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Surviving the first despair game doesn't mean he'll survive the second... though ultimately subverted when the real Byakuya survives.
  • Taking the Bullet: Chiaki suggests the possibility that he saw Teruteru moving under the floor with his night scope and actually moved to shield Nagito from him with his own body. Nagito laments the irony of this, as his Spinoff manga chooses to make this theory true there.
  • Tempting Fate: Declares that there will not be a single victim under his watch. Guess who the first victim is?
  • Walking Spoiler: In more ways than one. While the fact that his presence gives away Byakuya surviving isn't massive, given the sheer amount of Late-Arrival Spoiler the franchise is known for, the fact that he is an imposter is only revealed in the Chapter 5 investigation, well after he died.

    Gundham Tanaka 
Gundham Tanaka

Ultimate Breeder

"You may call me...Gundham Tanaka! Remember it well, for it is the name that will one day rule this world!"

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Chris Tergliafera (English)
Played by: Masahiro Inoue (Stage)

A highly eccentric individual who is rumored to be able to speak to animals. Gundham talks like a cartoon supervillain and aspires to use the dark arts to rule the world. He keeps a colony of hamsters, who he has dubbed the "Four Dark Devas of Destruction", under his scarf. He is the culprit of Chapter 4, emerging victorious in the Duel to the Death he challenged Nekomaru to due to being unwilling to simply give up and die when faced with choosing between committing murder or starving to death as a result of Monokuma's "motive". He is found guilty and executed by Monokuma, trampled to death by a stampede of animals.

  • Animal Stampede: The means of his execution.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: He talks in the manner of a stereotypical "evil-overlord-to-be," which is why it comes as a shock to Hajime when his special skill turns out to be "Animal Breeder."
  • Awesome McCoolname: Yes, his name in the Japanese version is actually Gundam. And Tanaka is an incredibly common surname in Japan, making his name all the more ludicrous. Also, it isn't spelt the way the franchise is; It is spelt with the characters for "Eye" or "Eyeball", "Snake", and "Illusion" or "Dream" to go with his "Evil Overlord" motif.
  • Badass Adorable: Naturally, the Four Dark Devas of Destruction themselves qualify as this for being able to do that alone.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Does this a lot.
  • Badass Baritone: Has one of the deepest voices among the male cast in both the Japanese and English versions.
  • Badass Boast: His last words include "I shall fill Hell with true hell!"
  • Berserk Button: When he's exposed as the murderer, he doesn't put up much of a defence, but when Nagito suggests that he took Nekomaru from behind with a surprise attack, he is infuriated. He confronted Nekomaru face-to-face and challenged him to an honourable Duel to the Death, giving him the opportunity to decline and flee if he desired, but he accepted.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: You'd be forgiven for thinking his ridiculous overlord persona and exaggerated boasts are completely for show, and he's played as a comic relief character for the most part and ultimately has a good heart, but he puts his proficiency with animals to good use when he successfully kills Mechamaru through using his pet hamsters.
  • Black Magic: He claims to be a practitioner of the dark arts, and that his "Animal Breeder" title is just a front.
  • Blasé Boast: Calls his round of Russian roulette "child's play."
  • Blasphemous Boast: Frequently claims the gods themselves fear his power.
  • Blatant Lies: His self-proclaimed motive for killing Nekomaru. When asked if he intended to sacrifice himself and Nekomaru in order to satisfy the murder requirement for leaving the Fun House, he denies it and attempts to push his Evil Overlord image (as usual) by claiming he just did it For the Evulz...before giving a rousing speech about the importance of hope and not giving up on life even in the face of despair. Needless to say, nobody is convinced by his declared motive.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: He gradually forms a duo with Sonia, as she is the only other classmate that actually humors his antics, and tries to understand him.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Specifically, Gundham's "bunny ears" part of this trope is his chuunibyou condition. Since middle school, he has been deluded into thinking he may be above ordinary humans, and yet, he earned his Ultimate Breeder status for a reason.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He'd certainly like everyone to think he's one, but you don't have to look very hard to see that underneath the hammy Evil Overlord persona he's really a good person. The Ultimate Despair version of him on the other hand was possibly one to rival even Junko.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "That's a nice line" when someone else says something he deems cool.
    • He likes to throw around the word "pandemonium" a lot when describing his motivations.
  • Chuunibyou: He fabricates a bizarre super villain-like persona for himself, treating his collection of pets like evil minions.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: Similarly to Hinata, his chest size is 37 in, the third largest among the males.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Half the time he seems to be stuck in his own world and not paying as much attention to the events around him as he should. It comes part and parcel with how he's a chuunibyou.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: There's one on his shirt, though difficult to tell due to his scarf.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: His hamsters are called the Four Dark Deva Lords of Destruction. They're not completely harmless, though: one of them makes it possible for Gundham to murder Nekomaru by sneaking up and pressing a button to shut Nekomaru off until Gundham can tie him up in a place where a struggle will get him killed. The bandages on Tanaka's arms were also caused by all of the hamsters getting into each other's territories.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: One of his supposed attacks/spells is called "Infinity Unlimited Flame", which he teaches to Hajime as a skill in his final Free Time Event and calls out the name of when instigating a Rebuttal Showdown in Chapter 4.
  • Determinator:
    • In Chapter 1, Gundham refuses to give up on recovering his earring (which he claims is instrumental to the fate of the world), even if it has fallen under the floorboards. Hajime wishes he'd use his determination for something more constructive to the investigation, though. Ultimately, it does prove to be relevant, since if Gundham could find a way under the floorboards, so could the killer...
    • An extremely rare negative example of this trope, since this is his motivation for being the culprit in Chapter 4. Specifically, to provide Chapter 4's "motive", Monokuma trapped all the remaining students in a building, then cut off their food so they'd be in danger of starving unless a murder occurred. Gundham didn't want to just roll over and die and give up...which is why he murders Nekomaru, since he wanted to do whatever he could to move forward. Since Hajime manages to figure out the culprit was him, however, his determination didn't help him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He threatens to basically burn Kazuichi alive for annoying him, though it's Played for Laughs since it's clear he's not going to actually follow through.
  • Emphasis On The Wrong Syllable: He has a very strange way of enunciating in the English version.
  • Empathy Pet: His hamsters count as this. When he's smiling with his eyes closed and his arms crossed, his hamsters (if they are part of the sprite) also mimic him. If he's in his thinking sprite, his hamsters also reflect that mood, too.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Gundham isn't evil or even bad, but his sensitivity towards his mother seems a little out of place given his callous Overlord persona. Apparently he used to eat the terrible food she made when he was a kid just to avoid making her cry, and it's strongly implied that it's his mother he's referring to when he talks about an "angel" in his fantasy scenarios.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While he's more-so pretending to be evil than actually being evil, during Trial Four, he admits that he still finds disgust in Nagito’s justification for murdering for the sake of “Hope”, and says that even one as "diabolical" as he would never kill solely for personal gain. He responds with “murder is simply murder”. He's also just as freaked out as the other students by Peko Pekoyama's Knight Templar philosophy as Sparkling Justice.
  • Evil Laugh: A ridiculously exaggerated one that leaves Hajime speechless.
  • Evil Overlord: Looks, talks, and acts like one, frequently boasting about his dark powers, addressing the others as "mere humans", and treating his hamsters as his loyal minions. It's mostly for show, though, as Gundham isn't actually an evil or even bad person.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He's the fourth culprit, but accepts his fate, even giving the others a Rousing Speech about not giving up and egging Monokuma on to bring on the punishment. Monokuma drives a stampede of animals towards him, and he takes a moment to place his hamsters out of harm's way, and then is one of the few people in the series who actually has somewhat of a fighting chance against his execution: he draws a huge "magic circle" meant to stop the stampede...but it doesn't work and the animals crush him to death, though he dies with a smile while being carried to heaven by his past pets.
  • Foil: To Kazuichi, as expanded upon in the latter's entry on this page. He also is one to Celeste from the previous game, as both are people with a bad case of Chuunibyou stemming from a lack of self-esteem and social skills due to troubled backgrounds. But whereas Celeste got into her feigned persona too deep and became a morally bankrupt person as a result, Gundham maintains his good nature in spite of his feigned persona being all about how "evil" he is. Meanwhile, Celeste would actually be a better person if her memories hadn't been forcibly tampered with, while Gundham would be a much worse one if his memories hadn't been forcibly tampered with.
  • For the Evulz: Bragged that he had no reason for killing Nekomaru, citing himself as senselessly cruel and sinister. Evidence, however, suggests his actual purpose was noble.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He loves animals and vice versa. During his first Free Time event, Hajime learns that Gundham even runs his own blog advising others how to properly care for animals (well, according to him it's a blog dedicated to his magical research, and the Glamour spell he applied to it causes Muggles to merely perceive it as a blog about raising animals, but still). In the Ultimate Talent Development Plan, he bonds with Gonta over this.
  • Going Commando: When the player receives his underwear for clearing his free time events, it's transparent, which may indicate this... though the description claims that his underwear is just invisible to those with "low astral level eyesight."
  • Go Out with a Smile: In a way similar to Sakura Ogami. As he dies, he smiles to his Four Dark Devas of Destruction.
  • Gratuitous English: At times, such as "INFINITY UNLIMITED FLAME!"
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He claims to have been born from a torrid affair between a human and a demon, unwelcome on either side of the family. This may or may not be Gundham-ese for being born out of wedlock.
  • Handwraps of Awesome: He wears these to protect himself from bites and scratches from his hamsters getting into fights over territory. He apparently removes them to make a contract with Hajime, but this doesn't get reflected in his sprites.
  • Hates Being Touched: By human hands at least. At the end of his Free Time Events, he makes an exception for Hajime.
  • Head Pet: Keeps hamsters in his scarf.
  • Heroic Bastard: During chapter 4 and his final free time event, he mentions that he was born of a "torrid affair" between a demon and a human/angel. Since Gundham often filters real events through his fantastical worldview, and he only ever speaks fondly of his mother, this implies he was born out of wedlock.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: It's implied that this is part of the reason he and Nekomaru tried to kill each other. Even if he didn't get away with it, at least the others would get out alive. When he's finally caught, he happily accepts his fate. Hajime and Chiaki ask if this is his motive, and he denies it in his usual manner, although Hajime is unconvinced.
  • Hesitant Sacrifice: Despite committing murder so that the others could survive, Gundham's philosophy of never giving up on life meant he couldn't make it easy for everyone to figure out he did it and get him executed, so he sets up an elaborate murder that would involve him being fast asleep in his room at the actual time of death, and really only got caught because of Fuyuhiko being a Spanner in the Works. That said, during the trial, when he does start to be suspected as the culprit, he doesn't put up much of a fight.
  • Hypocritical Humor: While arguing with Hajime in the third trial, he states Hajime's opinion is proof he is suffering from a "childish delusion", which the others quickly lampshade is a bit rich coming from a guy who believes he's an Sorcerous Overlord in a fantasy novel.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: In the fourth trial, he states a murder, no matter the reason, is still murder. This is all with the knowledge that he himself murdered Nekomaru. Although he is truthful in saying even he wouldn't kill just for personal gain, as his motives run deeper than that.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Downplayed. He accepts his fate, and doesn't try to justify his actions, but has this to say about murdering Nekomaru.
    Gundham: I have betrayed you all... That is the absolute truth... But... even so... Isn't this a better alternative to slowly starving to death here...?
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Implied in Chapter 2, when Hajime notices he's probably sulking due to his not being invited to go on the beach trip. His free time events make explicit the fact that he has an easier time dealing with animals than people.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Very much so. He was bullied as a child, and copes with it by saying he's better than everybody.
  • Insane Troll Logic: He tries to reason he can hear through soundproof walls because he has his pet hamsters, therefore he has 5 pairs of ears total, which makes his hearing 5x better than a human's. No one buys it.
    • Considering Gundham is labelled as an "Ultimate", as in a young superpowered entity of intelligence for Hope's Peak Academy, being able to use his hamsters' hearing abilities in unison with one another to hear past soundproof walls seems like a plausible idea in retrospect. Even though sound dampening walls are created for the human race's benefit, we don't actually know if they would work against hamsters that a prodigal animal breeder decided to mentor.
  • Irony: Despite talking openly about going to Hell before his execution, at the end of it, his body is lifted and carried to Heaven by the angels of animals he presumably cared for in life. Although, Heaven could be seen as a form of Ironic Hell for someone who proudly boasts about being a diabolical villain.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his...prickly persona and evil overlord shtick, he has a soft spot for animals, and even though he puts up a fight after killing Nekomaru, he challenged him accepting the possible fate of dying as a sacrifice, and the lack of resistance during his trial indicates he still intended to let himself become one.
  • Large Ham: Gundham is relentlessly bombastic. When he's not talking like a super villain, he's yelling out his words. He's called Gundham in the dub for a reason.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: He ultimately decides murder and risking his and his friends' lives is better than EVERYONE definitely dying of starvation.
  • Lethal Chef: Not him, but apparently his mother. He goes so far as to claim her cooking poisoned his entire body, which is why during his Free Time Events, he starts off by telling Hajime to stay away or to not touch him.
  • Loners Are Freaks: There are hints that Gundham is desperately lonely, which is why he seems to live in his own little world and why his best friends are (literally) his pets.
    Hajime: (After learning that Gundham actually wanted to be invited to the beach party) I never took him for... the lonely type.
  • Luminescent Blush: Which he tries to hide behind his scarf. Happened a couple times when Sonia takes his Overlord persona seriously, implying he doesn't normally expect people to do that, plus when she coos over his hamsters.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Gundham has a few noticeable features that fit this trope, such as his mismatched eyes, his black and gray hair, and the scar over his left eye. Of course, these features are most likely not natural - Dangan Island even reveals that the red eye is the result of a colored contact lens while the "scar" is labeled as a tattoo (Though if they mean a "true" tattoo or a "temporary" one is unclear) in the art book - so all of these are really Gundham's attempts to invoke this trope and look like a practitioner of the dark arts.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Seems like he would be this - with all the bravado he displays, he certainly qualifies - but possibly subverted when he becomes the fourth murderer.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Subverted. While his right eye is red, it's the result of a colored contact lens.
  • Morality Pet: A light example. While Gundham isn't truly evil or villainous, his hamsters play this very straight, showing that despite his Overlord persona and his near-complete lack of social skills, he's ultimately a good person.
  • Narcissist: Very subverted in that his conception of being a powerful, mythological overlord who should be feared by everyone else is actually a coping mechanism. He also doesn't have an unchecked self-centred personality as a result of this as he isn't ever willing to physically harm anyone collectively until the remainder of the cast is given a prisoner's dilemma (fatally starve, or kill) on top of the one they currently have (kill, or be killed) by Monokuma, where he tests everyone's will to live in the extreme.
  • The Nicknamer: While he usually refers to people by their surnames, he'll sometimes call the other students by monikers such as "the pretentious one" (Teruteru), "the substantial one" (Byakuya), or "the thoughtful one" (Chiaki).
    • V3's Ultimate Talent Development Plan shows that Gundham likes to come up with fantastical titles for some of his schoolmates, like "Queen of the Dark" (Sonia), "God's Colossus" (Gonta) and "Clown Prince of Lies" (Kokichi).
  • Noble Demon: Looks and talks like an Evil Overlord, and that's about the extent of how evil he is. His Establishing Character Moment is launching into a histrionic speech... asking if Hajime owns pets.
  • Not Good with People: Which is why he relates to his animals better. In fact, it's highly implied that his overlord persona was solely created in order to scare off people and some of his ramblings may indicate that he might've been victim of betrayal in the past.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Gundham isn't a villain or even a bad guy, but his Large Ham personality was pretty much Played for Laughs during the majority of the story. In Chapter 4, he's not only the culprit but sets up a very tricky crime scene and Fuyuhiko being a Spanner in the Works is a major reason that he got caught.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • With Sonia, the foreign European princess.
    • V3's Ultimate Talent Development Plan has him forming a natural connection with entomologist Gonta from their shared interest and talent that deals with animals.
  • Only Friend: Downplayed; he's cordial with all the other students, but Sonia seems to be the only person he makes a true friendship/meaningful connection with on the island, possibly because she's the only person who fully plays along with his Evil Overlord shtick.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When his penultimate defense in Chapter 4's trial is refuted, his speech becomes much less eloquent. (After regaining some composure, he resumes his melodramatic antics like nothing happened.)
  • Pet the Dog: Well, obviously, despite him talking like a future evil overlord, he's nice to his hamsters (as you'd expect from a Ultimate "Breeder"). But even as he's being executed for murder in Chapter 4, he takes the trouble to place his hamsters out of harm's way... and when the stampede Monokuma's using to execute him finally tramples him to death, animal angels come down from heaven to retrieve Gundham while his hamsters watch.
  • Poisonous Person: Claims he is this, as a result of his mother's vile cooking over the years.
  • Rousing Speech: Gives one to the other seven surviving members of the group right before his execution, in which he insists that giving up on life (as the others seemed to be doing while locked in the Funhouse) is a blasphemy to life itself, and encourages them to continue to fight to live. It's clear after his execution that the other students have taken his words to heart, especially seeing that Hajime and Akane—both of whom declared, upon going into the trial, that they would never forgive Nekomaru's killer—do, in fact, forgive him, understanding the intent behind his and Nekomaru's sacrifice and resolving along with the rest of the students to keep fighting to survive.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Though he's more prone to hide the fact he's blushing when he gets embarrassed than kicking ass.
  • See You in Hell: Right before his execution in the original transcript - To give up on living is nothing but shameful. And with this sacrifice, I, Tanaka Gundam, shall see you all in Hell! In the English translation, he instead announces his intention to "fill hell with true hell!". Though, ironically, after all of that, he ascends to Heaven in his execution.
  • Ship Tease: Gets a fair amount with Sonia throughout the game, with him blushing radiantly whenever she compliments him and his hamsters and referring to her as the "Dark Lady" and her taking interest in both his talent with animals and dark persona. It becomes especially prominent in Chapter 4, with her choosing to explore the Funhouse with him, both defending and praising him during the trial, and being reduced to tears and begging Monokuma to spare him when he's finally found guilty. Unsurprisingly, Kazuichi is blatantly jealous of this.
  • Shout-Out:
    • His first name is a very obvious reference to a certain long-running franchise, though in Japanese it's written in kanji rather than katakana and the English localization writes it as "Gundham" with a silent H. Despite that, the Shout-Out is definitely still intentional, as proven by his execution being named after the first episode of Mobile Suit Gundam ("Gundham Falls to the Earth" and "Gundam Rises Upon the Earth" respectively).
    • Individually, his hamsters are all named after the four biggest-selling Shōnen manga magazines: "Mirage Silver Falcon" Jum-P (Shonen Jump), "Star-destroyer Grey Fox" Sun-D (Shonen Sunday), "Invading Black Dragon" Cham-P (Shonen Champion) and "Steel Red Elephant" Maga-Z (Shonen Magazine). They also borrow from the Ham-Chat language of Hamtaro.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He's rumored to be able to do this, since he already has a way with animals.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Most official sources give his name as Gandamu, probably due to it being written in kanji (眼蛇夢) rather than katakana (ガンダム). In the English localization, it's romanized as "Gundham" (the H is silent) for copyright reasons.
  • Stars Are Souls: At the end of his execution, his hamsters (and Monokuma) look up to a star shining in the sky with his face transposed in front of it.
  • Stunned Silence: One interpretation of why Gundham refuses to speak so often during his trial; Sonia actually has to ask him at one point to respond to Hajime's deductions! (Another possibility is that Gundham wanted to be caught.)
  • Sympathetic Murderer: So much so that he gets taken to heaven at the end of his execution. Gundham tries to convince the others that he didn't engage in a death pact with Nekomaru in order to save the others from starvation, but Hajime doesn't buy it for second.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Tanaka is a rather common surname in Japan, which is Lampshaded during the second trial.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Orange squash marked with the face of the devil (translation: pumpkins).
  • Tragic Villain: Not truly a villain, but he is one of the culprits, having successfully pulled off a premeditated murder of Nekomaru. However, his motivations were strongly implied to be noble, as he and Nekomaru both agreed to engage in a fight to the death (which would doom them both, regardless of who won, thanks to Monokuma's trials and executions, as they were well aware) in order to save the rest of the group from starving to death. After being found out, he calmly accepts his execution, all while giving the rest of the group a Rousing Speech encouraging them to continue to fight to live.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Not necessarily because he often lies but due to everything being filtered through his distinctive way of looking at the world.
  • Verbal Tic: He always uses more eloquent adjectives with strong annunciation, such as "wonderful" or "splendid" when reacting to others.
  • Xanatos Gambit: His trial. If his plan succeeded, Gundham would survive and get to escape and live. If he failed, Gundham would die, but his friends would at least be saved from starvation.

    Kazuichi Soda 
Kazuichi Soda

Ultimate Mechanic

"At this rate, I'll take anything! A go-cart, RC toys, a baby carriage! Just let me tinker with something!"

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)
Played by: Issei Ishida (Stage)

A mechanical genius with the ability to fix anything. In spite of his scary appearance, Kazuichi is actually rather timid and is prone to freaking out at the drop of a hat. He survives the final trial and returns to the real world with the other survivors.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: A gender-flipped personality based example to Sonia. At first she just tries to completely ignore him and his behavior towards her, but as he keeps getting worse she even is quite disappointed that he's not the culprit of Chapter 4 (and this is before finding out that Gundham, the guy she does like, is the murderer). From that point on, she shows more open hostility towards him.
  • Abusive Parent: His father beat the hell out of him after finding out he was skipping class trips. Oddly, he didn't actually care if Kazuichi skipped his regular classes, and provided no support to deal with his school bullies other than letting him stay home and work in their bike shop.
  • Audience Surrogate: His purpose in the story is essentially to show how a more realistic teenager would react to being put in a sadistic death game; constantly freaking out, making random accusations out of paranoia, and obsessively focusing on trivial things such as his crush on Sonia to distract himself from the situation.
  • Author Avatar: Word of God states his personality is very similar to series writer Kazutaka Kodaka.
  • Bad Liar: Tends to fall very quickly into Implausible Deniability when he tries, such as when Nekomaru reveals they tied up Nagito or when trying to get invited to the girls' beach party.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: In Chapter 4 Kazuichi becomes paranoid that Hajime is a traitor and distances himself, even favoring Nagito over him. Kazuichi later apologizes.
  • Beneath the Mask: Kazuichi tries at times to act more like the image his physical appearance would suggest, with little success. His Free Times eventually reveal it's a deliberate act he's trying to assume in hopes of becoming better liked.
  • Bromantic Foil: The perverted, foolhardy friend to contrast Hajime's mild-mannered maturity.
  • Brutal Honesty: He's not very tactful, and tends to blurt out things.
  • Butt-Monkey: A common target for Monokuma, Hiyoko, and later Sonia, as his tendency to end up the butt of jokes and having horrible things escalate to the point that in Chapter 5, he flat-out gets Blown Across the Room by an explosion. Deconstructed in how badly this affects him: he gets very upset very easily, and in Chapter 4 completely melts down when the stress of Monokuma's latest motive combined with all his latest problems get to be too much.
  • Character Development: While his overall personality does not drastically change, over the course of the game Kazuichi learns to let go of his old trust issues and believe in his friends, allowing him to work together with the survivors and survive the killing game.
  • Compressed Hair: That wild mane in his official art is normally hidden under a simple black cap.
  • Covert Pervert: In Chapter 2, the girls decide to have a girls-only "beach party", and Kazuichi goes to quite a lot of trouble to figure out a way to get himself and Hajime invited to the party as well since the girls will all be in swimsuits. In Sonia's case he's disappointed, however, because she shows up in a wet suit instead, and a wet suit covers the entire body except the head. He's surprised for like two seconds before deciding he's totally okay with this.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Has bright pink eyes to match his hair. They're prescription contacts.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Comes from a poor background, and was heavily bullied in middle school. Casually refers to his father beating him for not going on class trips. Someone he thought was a friend was actually exploiting his trust to get good grades. This led to him drastically changing his image to try and fit in better, and he hoped Hope's Peak would give him a fresh start.
  • Delinquent Hair: Partially shaved but growing back, other parts going a bit past his shoulders, a braid opposite the buzz cut side and it all forms an almost shark-like fin... Not that you see it all that much due to the hat. His extravagant pink hair is also a dye-job, adding to the image.
  • Ditzy Genius: Kazuichi is legitimately brilliant when it comes to technology and mechanics, but his common sense and intelligence outside of that field is pretty questionable; his deduction skills are rather hopeless and he's usually one of the most irrational students at the class trials.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Often when talking about mechanics and Sonia. Can be borderline creepy when he's too clingy to Sonia or talking about messing with Nekomaru's robotic parts.
  • The Engineer: Technically he's actually a mechanic, but this trope is essentially his role in the game.
  • Extraverted Nerd: Bright clothes, brash attitude, and seems oblivious to how he comes off. Actually pretty self-aware, at least of how poorly he used to be received, and acts out in ways he thinks will make him friends.
  • Face of a Thug: He might look like a punk, with his narrow eyes and shark's smile, but that doesn't match his personality at all.
  • Fangs Are Evil: As a member of Ultimate Despair, now either a subversion or a toned down version with being creepy or a jerk instead of evil. Possibly invoked if he filed them himself to further mimic his prior bullies.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Keeps his sleeves and pant cuffs rolled up at different lengths. Wears a braid over his left ear while the right side looks like it's growing back from being partly shaved, along with a massive 'fin' over the top and growing out long on the other side and back. Even his earrings are like this, since his right one is based on a Philips head screw while his left is based on a slotted screw.
  • Foil: With Gundham as while they both have similar roots (roots they both seem to share with Celeste of the previous game in fact) they have branched out in very different ways, both prone to telling unbelievable lies, and have very opposite interests and talents. While Gundham embraced his oddities and plays them up despite being aware it drives others away and has a a lot of online friends/followers, Kazuichi is trying to suppress his in favor of traits he thinks would make him more liked since his only previous friend left him. Fittingly this reflects both in their main color schemes (Yellow and purple are opposite colors in addition to Kazuichi having a bright and colorful pallet while Gundham's is more subdued) and how Kazuichi ends up clashing with Gundham over Sonia's affections.
  • Freak Out: Does this a lot after Monokuma shows up.
  • Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: Though apparently this is a recent development for him to try and be more popular since originally he had normal black hair and glasses instead of his pink hair and matching prescription contacts, which was more in line with his shy and nerdy personality.
  • Friendless Background: Thanks to being a bullied Shrinking Violet growing and he really wants to change that. He did have one friend for a while until that friend used him to cheat on a test, got caught doing so (though Kazuichi willingly took the brunt of the fallout from it), and abandoning him shortly after. While the abandonment may have been a result from the friend feeling too guilty about what happened it still left a pretty big impact on him, since it helped lead to his massive image change.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Invoked this on himself as part of his self-makeover.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Played for Laughs. His massive crush on Sonia leads to him being extremely jealous of the affection she shows Gundham and his hamsters instead.
  • Heroic BSoD: Upon finding out that not only are he and his classmates the remnants of Ultimate Despair, but that if he pulls the plug as Makoto intends for them to do, Hajime Hinata will revert to the much less pleasant Izuru Kamukura. More so than the others, Kazuichi is terrified that they might be killed by the Future Foundation if they return to the real world.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Latches onto Hajime, calling him his 'Soul Friend'. Includes a brief break-up when he blames Hajime for 'leading them' into Monokuma's trap and turns to Nagito instead. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He was often bullied, and came away with the mistaken assumption that was what it meant to be strong.
  • Hopeless Suitor: For Sonia, who in the game proper has a lot more Ship Tease with Gundham (most often stressed when using Gundham to avoid Kazuichi) and can end up with Hajime if he pursues her in Dangan Island.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager:
    • In Chapter 2, the girls decide to have a girls-only "beach party", and Kazuichi goes to quite a lot of trouble to figure out a way to get himself and Hajime invited to the party as well since the girls will all be in swimsuits. In Sonia's case he's disappointed, however, because she shows up in a wet suit instead, and a wet suit covers the entire body except the head. He's surprised for like two seconds before deciding he's totally okay with this.
    • Talking to him with the right item at a certain point in Chapter 3 will lead to him deciding to spy on Akane and Nekomaru with Hajime, believing, as a result of a suspiciously worded argument in front of a few others in Fuyuhiko's hospital room, that they're going to do that. That turns out to be... a massage.
    • After Akane loses an argument to Hajime in Chapter 4's trial, she melodramatically suggests that he use her sexually. Kazuichi is vocally in favour of the idea.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He acts like a Sore Loser when playing against Chiaki, and calls her immature for not letting him win.
  • Idiot Ball: One very specific example of having one of these for the sake of the first mystery plot: You see that thing that looks like a spark plug he always has on one of his belt loops? According to the art book it's a mini-light. How much simpler the first case would have been if he remembered to use that during the black-out instead of stumbling in the dark to get to the breaker.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Which is why he tried to change himself (Both in appearance and personality) to accomplish this, with mixed results.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Is driven to tears very, very quickly and easily.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Kazuichi is aware of how poorly he used to be received as he was bullied for being a shy, nerdy kid and is trying to emulate the behavior of his former tormentors, but he doesn't understand that his copied behavior is also not the best way to go about making friends.
  • Jerkass: He is often outright mean and belitting to the other students, even when they've done nothing to deserve it, such as telling Akane at the beginning of the 3rd Trial that she's so stupid that even explaining to her what happened at the murder scene would be a waste of time, or trying to convince the others to avoid Hajime at the Funhouse for no reason other than his own paranoia.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On the jerk side, he's often jealous, harsh when stressed to classmates who don't necessarily deserve it, and somewhat creepy in his affections toward Sonia. On the heart of gold side, he's a nicer person than he seems at first glance, is one of the more empathetic ones when it comes to the deaths of their classmates, and has a few Pet the Dog moments.
  • Lovable Coward: Tends to freak out at the slightest implication of a threat.
  • Loving a Shadow: Sees "Sonia-san" as an utterly perfect Princess Classic, and is continually surprised by other facets of her personality.
  • Malaproper: Misquotes a few sayings, and in one Easter Egg repeatedly uses a phrase that he later admits he doesn't know the meaning of. Often overlaps with Gratuitous English.
  • Meganekko: A former male example since he used to wear glasses and was quite shy. He switched to contacts when he tried to change his image.
  • Mood-Swinger: He's not very good at hiding how he feels. At all.
  • Mr. Fixit: As a very talented mechanic he claims he can fix almost anything, and from what is seen in game he's right.
  • Must Have Caffeine: He can pull an all-nighter working on a project while subsisting mostly on cola. He even spends the last several days of the game without sleep thanks to this.
  • Nervous Wreck: After Monokuma hijacks the trip, if he's around you can pretty much bet there's gonna be screaming and crying.
  • Not So Different: Like Gundham, he's trying to cope with his past loneliness by changing his image — in his case, trying to transition from Shrinking Violet to overly brash and outgoing.
  • Pet the Dog: After the fourth chapter's trial, he uses what's left of Mechamaru (who was the victim of that chapter) to make a miniature Mechamaru for Akane.
  • Punny Name: His last name is Soda and he certainly drinks a lot of it.
  • Red Herring: His primary purpose at times. He looks like a dangerous punk: He isn't, and then he seems like a pretty friendly non-threatening guy... Then his jealousy of Gundham and his obsession with Sonia keep getting worse. Clearly this triangle is being played up for something: Nope, Sonia does end up accusing him during Nekomaru's case (which is ironically the one Gundham committed for unrelated reasons) but otherwise nothing comes of it.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Largely subverted. Despite trying his best to invoke the connotations it has by dying his hair pink specifically when changing himself to make people like him more, Kazuichi isn't especially nice, often being outright rude and insulting towards the others. It's telling in that the main times he does seem to really play it straight is when he is pushing himself to try finding ways to help other students (typically by trying to make or fix something) without any prompting, like the game system for Chiaki, the communication set up to deal with the fever outbreak, or Minimaru to help deal with Nekomaru's death (and for Akane in particular by including a feature he only knew about from a special event with her), though his delivery after the fact does tend to bungle those up too.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Hiyoko teases Kazuichi by calling him a 'background character' who's doomed to suffer an early death. His profile on the official Japanese site even implies the exact same thing. Subverted, because he's not! He survives the entire game, while Hiyoko herself gets killed in Chapter 3.
  • Sad Clown: He mentions in his final free time a lot of his positivity and more amusing antics are being forced to try and hide how scared he is.
  • Scary Teeth: His teeth are sharp and pointed like a shark's. It's not clear if he sharpened them himself or if he was just born with them.
  • School Bullying Is Harmless: Nope. Many of his issues stem from being severely bullied, and internalizing the idea that acting like a bully was acceptable behavior/made you look 'stronger'.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Which he is rather prone to doing, which isn't surprising considering the situation.
  • Shipper on Deck: During the fifth trial, after Chiaki confirms one of Hajime's arguments.
    Kazuichi: Why are you always on Hajime's side...!? Do you like him or something?
    • Also in Chapter 2, when Chiaki first showed up in her Bikini swimsuit, Kazuichi asked Hajime what his thoughts were about her appearance in a way that implied he thought Hajime was attracted to her.
  • Shrinking Violet: In middle school, and something he's been trying to change.
  • Slasher Smile: Likely unintentional, but due to the above efforts to change his image. He is not a culprit however, and ultimately survives the entire ordeal.
  • Spear Counterpart: To the first game's Toko Fukawa. They share many of the same issues with bullying and isolation at their old schools, unsupporting parents, and developing stalkerish behavior towards a high-class blonde classmate that they idolize. Regardless of how said classmate rejects them, they continue to idolize and seek to please them, hoping to finally get their attention and into the relationship they long for. While Toko developed the Split Personality of the Serial Killer Genocide Jack, Kazuichi instead openly adopted the negative behavior of those who mistreated him, mistaking that for strength.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Souda" in the Japanese version, "Soda" in the localization.
  • Straight Man: He often plays a tsukkomi-type who accordingly reacts with shock to his classmates' surreal antics or when they start making absurd declarations.
  • Stunned Silence: When Monokuma reveals there are only toy ship parts in the funhouse.
  • Sweet Tooth: To go with a hefty cola addiction, he apparently hates anything that doesn't have sugar in it.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Like Yasuhiro Hagakure before him, he overcomes his Butt-Monkey status and leaves the island with his life.
  • Unknown Rival: He latches onto Gundham as a rival simply because Sonia likes him. They proceed to spend quite a bit of the later trials arguing, although the aggression is completely from Kazuichi's side.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: As an Ultimate Despair member, but subverted by the end of the game.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Neon Pink. It's dyed, of course.

    Teruteru Hanamura 
Teruteru Hanamura

Ultimate Cook

"On the streets, I'm known as the Ultimate Cook... But, could you guys call me the Ultimate Chef instead? It has more of a...big-city flavor to it, you know?"

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)
Played by: TEAM Kondo, Shohei Nichogi (Stage)

A master of the culinary arts, who prefers to be called a "Ultimate Chef" because he thinks it sounds more sophisticated. Teruteru has as much passion for romance as he does for his cooking, and spends most of his time on the island chasing skirts. He becomes the culprit of Chapter 1 after he figures out that Nagito is plotting murder and tries to kill him first, accidentally killing Byakuya instead. He is found guilty and executed by being turned into a snack and "deep fried" in a volcano.

  • Absence of Evidence: This is what screws him over in Chapter 1's trial: Mikan trips and makes a fanservice pose while doing it, and he doesn't comment on it despite supposedly being in the room to see it. He of all people should be able to remember that, as Mahiru points out.
  • Accent Slip Up: When put on the spot, he slips into a "rural" dialect so impenetrable that Monomi needs to translate for him. In the English localization, it's an equally impenetrable Cajun accent.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The manga preforms a downplayed example, as his features are noticeably relaxed, making him appear more normal next to the others.
  • And You Thought It Was a Game: At first, Teruteru refuses to believe that Monokuma's game is real. However, when he finds out that Nagito is planning a murder, he hatches a plot of his own.
  • Anything That Moves: He may be a creep, but he's an equal-opportunity creep: he'll go after the guys with as much gusto as he does with the girls.
  • Asshole Victim: Teruteru is a pervert who constantly makes everyone especially the shy Peko and naive Sonia uncomfortable, knew of the everyone dies except the killer rule but still went ahead with his plan and worked with Nagito to win the trial and after his death he isn't really mourned by the cast
  • Bait-and-Switch: Offers to lotion anyone willing at the beginning of the game, seemingly hoping one of the girls will accept. When Nekomaru takes him up on his offer, he's a bit surprised... and he goes for it anyway.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He has a cartoonish appearance and a comical personality, but he's the first person in the cast to successfully commit a murder.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Has these, in contrast to the other characters. They do get bigger if he's acting especially perverse and the only time we can see any of his scalera is when his eyes go wide when he gets mad and starts ranting in court.
  • Call-Back: To the first murder in the original game. In both cases, the victim was not the original target of the murder, and the executions share some similarities in set-up (if not execution, thanks to a Bait-and-Switch).
    • He also shares some notable similarities to the culprits of the third case in the first game. Like Hifumi, he is a pervert with a Non-Standard Character Design and meets his end due to suffering a severe detachment from reality (albeit a more willful one than Hifumi's since he desperately doesn't want to believe reality) and like Celeste he puts on the act of being Sophisticated as Hell in order to conceal his true rustic roots, only for them to be exposed in his Villainous Breakdown.
  • The Chikan: Mentions that he's snuck into women's train cars in drag.
  • Chubby Chef: He's the Ultimate Cook and is visibly overweight, though he's not otherwise implied to be a Big Eater.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: His execution involves him being bound to a pole, pelted with missiles containing whisked egg and breadcrumbs by Monokuma, before being dragged off above an active volcano and dropped into it; deep-frying him alive.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The Ultimate Cook was actually mentioned back in Danganronpa Zero as a worker at the cafeteria Kamishiro meets Ryoko at. This actually leads to a subtle Continuity Nod, as Ryoko mentioned that its rumored the food served had drugs in it. Teruteru's final Free Time has him giving Hajime drugged food.
  • Evil Chef: Played with. While he's the first person to successfully commit murder (and unlike Leon, did it pre-meditated and knew in advance that he'd also have to get everybody else killed to escape), he's portrayed sympathetically and seems to regret his actions. His Ultimate Despair self, however, definitely qualifies.
  • Expy: Of Yuto Kamishiro from Danganronpa Zero, sharing the same basic design concept, as well as their status of relentless perverts and tendency to fake details about themselves. There's even official art of the two standing next to each other in a group shot, eyeing Mikan. Word of God confirms this as intentional, as Teruteru is the series' second attempt at the same archetype (with Kamishiro being considered a failure).
  • Gonk: While his design is sort of cute, the massive contrast it has with the rest of the cast pushes it into this territory, as he's meant to be quite weird looking in-universe.
  • Gratuitous English: Along with Gratuitous French. He even uses gratuitous English during the final Machine Talk Battle; Hinata has to shoot down arguments like "NONSENSE!" to break Teruteru.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Unlike most examples of this trope, however, he gets hormone-addled over pretty much anybody, girl or boy.
  • Ill Girl: Not Teruteru himself, but his mother, who has worked herself to the point of illness and exhaustion to keep the Hanamura restaurant afloat. Teruteru worries that she'll keep overworking herself in his absence. Her fate is currently unknown, though the fact that he was part of Ultimate Despair casts very sinister implications...
  • I Want My Mommy!: He desperately screams for his mother as he is about to be executed.
  • Implausible Deniability: He's the most fervently in denial about the mutual killing game, since he's the most desperate to believe that it's not true.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: His reaction to Hajime managing to figure out that he's the one who murdered Byakuya.
  • Insistent Terminology: He prefers to be called the Ultimate Chef as opposed to the Ultimate Cook, because the former sounds more sophisticated.
  • Last Request: After his motive to get back to his mother is exposed, he begs Monokuma to confirm what happened to her. Monokuma refuses to tell him, instead hurrying Teruteru's execution along as if he never even heard the boy's question.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He considers himself one.
    Teruteru: Hoh hoh... I may be a pervert, but I'm the lovable type of pervert that people just can’t bring themselves to hate!
  • Manslaughter Provocation: He tries to claim this because he knew that Nagito was planning murder. However, the other characters immediately point out that he could have told anyone else when he found out, and worked with everyone to neutralize Nagito in a non-lethal manner.
  • Momma's Boy: It's even stated so in his profile. After being revealed as Chapter 1's culprit, he briefly has a flashback that reveals how much he worries about his mother's health, and he screams for her just before Monokuma starts the execution.
  • Murder by Mistake: His intended target was Nagito, but he got Byakuya instead.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Even more so than Hifumi, Teruteru looks like something from an old cartoon.
  • Nosebleed: A fairly common expression, combined with a minor Art Shift where he gets bigger, determined eyes. Like the rest of the blood in the game, his nosebleeds are pink.
  • Pet the Dog: He's presented as a pervert who keeps hitting on people, and he's Chapter 1's murderer when his plan goes wrong and he ends up stabbing Byakuya instead of Nagito. But just before he's executed, we get treated to a flashback of him worrying over his beloved mother (who, appearance-wise, he strongly resembles). He really seems to love and appreciate her, which makes him more sympathetic when he screams out to her just before Monokuma executes him.
  • Repetitive Name: With the term "Teru", which when repeated means "shining". (like a "Teruteru bozu" weather charm, named for their bald head)
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: When Hajime figures out he's the murderer of Chapter 1.
  • Smarter Than You Look: His goofy design and perverted personality may give off the impression that he's a Fat Idiot, but he's an accomplished chef and has a surprisingly clever murder plan.
  • Starter Villain: The culprit of the first class trial.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: We get a flashback of Teruteru with his mother. He looks almost exactly like her, because she happens to be cutely chubby and has an identical facial structure.
  • Supreme Chef: He's a Ultimate Cook. Of course, he prefers to be called a Chef. He prefers to be called a "Chef" because he's trying to pretend he grew up in a sophisticated urban neighborhood, in order to hide the fact that he actually grew up in a rural area.
    • Most telling is the fact that he’s earned his 3 stars by high school. For comparison, celebrity chef Marco Pierre White was the youngest 3-star chef in history at 33.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Since the person he was really trying to kill was already planning to murder someone else and he only wants to go home to find out if his ill mother is okay.
  • Team Chef: Naturally.
  • Undignified Death: His execution stands out as more humiliating than the others in the game, starting out with a claw passing over all of the other characters before dragging him out of the trial room, and ending with him being covered in batter and dropped into a volcano.
  • The Unintelligible: When he's particularly riled up, his speech becomes impossible to understand for everyone except Monomi.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Turns out his attempt to kill Nagito was what Nagito was banking on. The only reason Byakuya got killed instead was because Byakuya pushed Komaeda out of the way.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As he becomes clearer he was responsible for the first murder, he becomes so agitated his accent starts coming through stronger and stronger, to the point only Monomi can understand him. Lampshaded by Nagito.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In both versions, his deep, sultry and sophisticated voice is contrasted by his goofy appearance and weird personality. This is even referenced in-universe, where Ibuki describes him as "Weird-looking but his voice sounds handsome." Of course, this is justified since he's putting on the voice intentionally and his real voice is something more suitable.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Compared to Leon from the first game, his murder is considerably more clever and complicated, requiring more effort and thinking to solve. His Panic Talk Action segment in particular can trip players up at first, due to the specific wording you need to use for the final statement.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: When he gets upset, his accent becomes so thick he's all but unintelligible. It's somewhat easier to understand in the official English localization, though. In the translation, It's an exaggerated Cajun accent, similar to the late chef Justin Wilson (known for having a cooking show on PBS).
  • Weirdness Censor: During the first chapter of the game, he denies everything happening as real despite it actually happening right in front of him. Monokuma takes advantage of this and leads Teruteru into the first murder.
  • Wingding Eyes: His eyes are swirling after being coated in whisked egg during his execution.

    Nekomaru Nidai 
Nekomaru Nidai

Ultimate Team Manager
Click here to see Mechamaru 

"Listen up. The secret to being healthy is a good appetite, a good night's sleep, and a good shit!"

Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)
Played by: Kunihiro Kawashima (Stage)

A legendary coach with a knack for taking terrible teams and turning them into champions. Though he looks more like an athlete than a coach, Nekomaru burns with intensity and passion, and has a massive voice to match his massive stature. He is gravely wounded after protecting Akane from an attack by Monokuma, and remade into a cyborg - christened by Chiaki as Mechamaru. However, his new metal body does not prevent him from becoming the victim of Chapter 4 when he is killed by Gundham in their death pact.

  • Antiquated Linguistics: In the Japanese version he speaks using an archaic dialect, and like a professor on top of that.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Falling from several stories after his roboticisation caused his right arm and ankle to snap off his body once he hit the ground.
  • Battle Aura: Always has one, including lightning from his eyes. Given his Ultimate title, it might symbolize his passion. Interestingly, when Nekomaru is turned into a cyborg, he stops having a battle aura for every single sprite, he only has it for three sprites (and two of them are subdued compared to before), and no lightning comes from his eyes. When Gundham recounts the battle leading up to his murder, both he and Nekomaru are shrouded in a dark aura.
  • Beyond the Impossible: As the Ultimate Team Manager, Nekomaru states its his duty to make his pupils do the impossible. Just as an example, a tennis player he trained managed to win a 36-hour match.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Nekomaru already sports a big pair, but prior to becoming a robot they're adorned with long strands that resemble lightning bolts.
  • Blessed with Suck: For the most part, he really likes being a robot, since he's even stronger and tougher than before and has some cool abilities. However, it robs him of simple human pleasures such as eating... and simple Nekomaru pleasures such as shitting.
  • Blood Knight: Seems to love fighting as much as team managing. He also hints that fighting was his greatest passion before deciding to train others.
  • Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: There's few things he likes as much as taking a good shit, and he will loudly proclaim whenever he needs to do so. Being turned into a cyborg deprives him of his ability to defecate, much to his despair.
  • Chained by Fashion: Wears a giant chain draped over his shoulders. He uses it to hold his coach whistle.
  • Combo Platter Powers: As "Mechamaru," he has a nearly invulnerable body, enhanced strength, never needs to eat or sleep... and can also produce soda from his eyes.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: After being released from the wire Gundham Tanaka hung him on the doorknob from, he fell onto the pillar directly below him. This resulted in decapitation, his right arm being disconnected, and his right kneecap being bent in an unrecognisable position, and right ankle disconnecting, all retreating from his original skeletal structure. This would be considered the most visibly gory bereavement in the series if not for him being in his robotic form.
  • Death by Disfigurement: After coming back from his injury with a radially different design, he's the very next character to die, barely half a chapter later.
  • Determinator: His will power is immeasurable. Nekomaru actually has a heart condition that could have killed him in his youth, but he has remained strong through dedicated training and sheer force of will.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Due to his lack of context, Nekomaru's description of his massages can easily sound like something else entirely. The effects of his massages and the reactions they garner also add to the confusion.
  • Expy: Of Franky from One Piece. Both are Big, burly men with tendencies to shout at the top of their lungs, while also bursting into Manly Tears at times. The similarities only grow once Nekomaru becomes a cyborg, same as Franky, and also having powers related to cola. To add to it even more, they are voiced by the same English voice actor. A more in game one to Kyotaka Ishimaru from the first game. Like Taka he's the most hot blooded member of the group as well as the loudest and most strict member of the class. Also similarly to Taka, one case ends with him going through an insane transformation only for him to end up as the next victim of the killing right after the transformation.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He gladly enters his sacrifice pact with Gundham, and when checking his cabin in Chapter 6, it's revealed that his final thoughts (after a brief moment of panic) were him mentally telling Gundham to "do it"... and laughing.
  • Gag Penis: It's heavily implied by the conspicuous bulge in his pants in his sprites as a human. Monokuma even almost makes a joke about it while talking about how he died, he was "hung", before Monomi cuts him off.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has symmetrical scars on both of his eyes.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Protects Akane without any reason to believe he'd survive being hit by a bazooka shot.
    • And pulls this again when he and Gundham make a mutual sacrifice pact so that the others wouldn't starve to death.
  • Hidden Depths: Aside from Team Managing, Nekomaru is also the self-proclaimed Ultimate Masseur. Furthermore, part of the reason he became a sports manager was to emulate his friend Daisuke, who died before his own team could reach victory.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Gets turned into one as a result of Taking the Bullet for Akane.
  • Hot-Blooded: So Hot-Blooded that he's constantly shooting lightning from his eyes.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: An intense dude with intense sideburns.
  • Ill Boy: His free time events reveal that he was born with a heart condition that kept him out of school for long periods of time.
  • In-Series Nickname: After he gets turned into a robot, Chiaki dubs him "Mecha-Nidai" in the Japanese version, and "Mechamaru" in the English version.
  • Large Ham: He's larger than life in almost every possible way. One of his arguments in a Nonstop Debate is several times the size of all the other text.
  • Love Freak: Well, "Spirit" freak. Teamwork and passion are very important to him.
  • Made of Iron: Once he's turned into a cyborg, he can withstand Monokuma's bazooka. However, this doesn't help him avoid being killed in Chapter 4 by Gundham.
    • It should be noted that he took a bazooka blast from Monokuma in his human form as well, and not only wasn't reduced to Ludicrous Gibs, but managed to hold on long enough to be turned into a cyborg.
  • Manly Tears: He weeps openly for Byakuya's death, and also for a defeated Teruteru.
  • Meaningful Name: "Ni" is Japanese for "two". His stats as listed in his profile include a lot of 2s, and he starts with a 2 in the Gathering stat in Dangan Island. Also, he has two bodies over the course of the main story, one human and one robot, both of which are killed.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Specifically tries to mentor and help Akane, up until his death.
  • Nice Guy: While he's very crude, he's also very supportive, very protective of those he takes under his wing, and won't hesitate to sacrifice himself for the good of those he cares for.
  • No Indoor Voice: To an absurd degree.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: After Gundham chains him up in the funhouse elevator, he falls three floors and is decapitated when he hits the pillar at the bottom.
  • Out of Focus: Has the somewhat embarrassing distinction of being the only character in the entire series to be entirely left out of a class trial while still alive, being entirely absent from both the investigation and the trial of Chapter 3.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: As a robot, he is bummed out by his inability to do certain things he used to be able to do as a human to the point of denial. For instance, when looking mournfully at a bathroom he can no longer use, he claims to be merely constipated.
  • Potty Emergency/Potty Failure: Played for laughs in Chapter 1 during Byakuya's big party. Nekomaru needs to use the restroom, but cannot because Peko, is already inside, suffering from stomach problems. Then, given his Hot Blooded tendencies, he apparently decides that his inability to "hold it" is something he needs to SHOUUUUUUT ABOOOOOOOUUT!
  • The Power of Friendship: Nekomaru believes understanding his pupils on a personal level is the key to their mutual success.
  • Rated M for Manly: A muscle-bound manly man who isn't afraid to fight, lead or cry.
  • Save Our Team: Nekomaru's specialty, which is why he got the title of Ultimate Team Manager. In his backstory he's frequently taken teams of terrible players and used his superior management skills to take them to national tournaments.
  • Saying Too Much: In Chapter 2, he insists that the traitor is tied up and can't move at the moment, implicating himself as the one who kidnapped and tied up Nagito (who isn't the traitor, though). He then asks Kazuichi what to do, implicating Kazuichi as his accomplice.
  • Ship Tease: He starts "training" Akane as a pet project, and his talents as an Ultimate Masseur lead to a number of highly suspicious conversations between them. When he perishes, both times, Akane is devastated with grief, despite her unwillingness to admit it to anyone, even herself.
  • Shout-Out: Nekomaru's entire character is a shout out to Dragon Ball, or is at least a love letter to fighting based "Shonen" series in general. He loves to train, constantly has a Battle Aura around him, and tends to have some rather long shouts and screams to punctuate his actions. Heck, his Taking the Bullet for Akane, specifically mirrors Piccolo's Heroic Sacrifice to save Gohan.
  • Taking the Bullet: For Akane, once she tries to attack Monokuma in Chapter 3. This causes him to be hospitalized and eventually turned into a cyborg, though this helps avert the trope when he tries it again in Chapter 4.
  • Team Dad: Despite his quirks, can be quite effective at playing this when things get serious.
  • Team Spirit: Confidently states passion and team effort are the key to victory when he manages his teams.
  • Toilet Humor: He often declares that some great life rules to follow are to "EAT WELL, AND SHIT WELL!" with many characters being mystified at why he gets so fired up about his bodily functions. Additionally, around the time the first murder occurs, he desperately has to go to the bathroom, but Peko is occupying it. NintendoCapriSun would be proud (and very much was when he played the game). When he and Hajime briefly team up in Chapter 4, Mechamaru always pauses in front of bathrooms to stare unhappily and also mentions that the inability to poop is one of the few things he regrets about his robotic condition.
  • Training from Hell: Nekomaru's starting work out routine for Hajime would be 10 laps around the island, 20 push-ups and 20 sit-ups... 50 sets of each and followed by a 12 mile swim.
  • Unfortunate Names: His full name (read family name first) translates to, "Two big round cats". He was teased about this often as a child.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: As Mechamaru, he's incredibly strong and tough, but hitting a button on the back of his neck forces him to shut down. Gundham uses this to kill him.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: At one point, upon being severely injured, he's upgraded into a robot. Unfortunately it doesn't help him avoid being murdered in Chapter 4, because the culprit, Gundham, uses one of his hamsters to press a button on Nekomaru to knock him out in order to set up his murder. Kazuichi eventually uses parts of cyborg Nekomaru to build a miniature robot version of him with his voice, to cheer up Akane.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?:
    • After Monokuma 'fixes' him, he reacts very poorly whenever the others treat him differently over it. Averted in that what Gundham does to him is still considered murder, even if it was in a death pact to save the others.
    • However, the trope is also used metafictionally. When the other students find Nekomaru's body, not only is his head bashed in and separated from his neck, but one arm has come off at the shoulder and he's lost the lower half of his leg. There is no way they would've been able to show this if he was still a flesh-and-blood human.
  • Would Hit a Girl: When it comes to fighting, he holds nothing back against Akane.
  • Younger Than They Look: Yes, he really is apparently supposed to be around the same age as the others.

    Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu 
Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu

Ultimate Yakuza

"What's up with that face? You got a problem with me?!"

Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (Japanese), Derek Stephen Prince (English)
Played by: Taizo Shiina, Ryujiro Izaki (Stage)

The baby-faced successor to the infamous Kuzuryu family, the largest criminal enterprise in Japan. Fuyuhiko's small stature and youthful looks hide a powerful temper and a large chip on his shoulder, and he has no interest in making friends with his classmates. In Chapter 2, he discovers that Mahiru was involved in the cover-up of his sister's murder, and Peko (his loyal hit-woman/bodyguard) kills her on his behalf after he plans her murder. However, after Peko is voted guilty he is unable to claim responsibility as the "true culprit" because it would confirm Peko's (incorrect) assumption that she was nothing but a tool to him. He tries to save Peko during her execution and loses an eye for his efforts. Between the loss of his eye and Peko as well as realising how cruel his actions towards Mahiru were, this humbles him greatly and he goes on to survive the final trial.

  • Abusive Parents: He grew up in a destructive violent home life where he was used to his father's hot-temper and was encouraged to be fine with killing someone you love if it means to get your point across. His parents' fights of attempting to kill each other have also nearly killed him a few times had it not been for Peko stepping in.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Towards Peko before her execution, tearfully proclaiming he never wanted a tool, he wanted her.
  • Anti-Hero: Deep down he has a good heart, but keep in mind he is leader of a Yakuza clan.
  • The Atoner: From Chapter 3 onward. In his fourth Free Time event, he resolves to help the group survive and get out so that the deaths he caused will not be meaningless, and resolves to visit a cemetery for Mahiru, as well as his sister and Peko, after he gets out.
  • Asshole Victim: A living version of the trope since he survives what could have been his death. While its hard not to feel sorry for him when he confesses his love to Peko and gets badly wounded trying to save her everything prior to this doesn't help him from his bratty violent attuide malicious planning of Mahiru's death and trying to kill her after she calls him out and then being willing to sacfice the class to save Peko who only did what she did to save him. After thankfully he stops being like this.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: "Kuzuryu" literally means "nine-headed dragon."
  • Bash Brothers: With Hajime after Peko's death.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't bring up his height or how cute he looks if you know what's good for you. He understandably doesn't take Kokichi calling him "Boss Baby"Original Japanese  in the Ultimate Talent Development Plan very well.
    • He does not take what happens in Chapter 2 well. Specifically, the implication that his sister may have been killed, and that Mahiru covered up for the murderer. But what really sets him off is when Mahiru chastises him for killing Sato, saying that he had no right to take revenge in that way (despite that fact that "an eye for an eye" is the norm in Fuyuhiko's yakuza family).
  • Blunt "Yes": In the first trial.
    Fuyuhiko: Byakuya, the bastard, was killed in the big hall, wasn't he? In that case, the suspicious ones are those who were there with him.
    Mahiru: Sure, sure. You're just trying to say that you're not the culprit, aren't you?
    Fuyuhiko: Obviously. It's you lot who started this mutual killing business... it's got nothing to do with me...
  • Blush Sticker: To drive his childish-looks home. They make quite the contrast being present on someone with an attitude like Fuyuhiko.
  • Break the Haughty: The aftermath of Chapter 2's trial. He learned his sister is probably dead, which he didn't even remember thanks to having his memories erased, and his revenge plays right into Monokuma's paws, leading to losing Peko and knowing it's completely his fault.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: In Chapter 2's trial, Hiyoko convincts Fuyuhiko of being the culprit by connecting the metal bat with Mahiru and Girl E. At first, no one believes her despite technically being correct, but Peko lampshades that the conclusion would be too obvious. It turns out that Hiyoko was a way. Peko herself is actually the one responsible for murdering Mahiru directly.
  • Character Development: Starts off angry and distant, but after suffering hardship and realizing his mistakes, he gradually allows his kind heart to shine through.
  • Childhood Friends: With Peko.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He and Peko are implied to have feelings for each other, but never got around getting close to admitting them until it's far, far too late.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The murder of his sister, and Mahiru covering for the murderer, which leads to him seeking revenge...
  • Dare to Be Badass: Does this to himself in his ending in "Dangan Island", insisting that he won't run from his weakness or from being compared to his sister, and he'll definitely continue the gangster line and reap the earth with his own hands.
  • Does Not Like Spam: The game states that he hates milk. This is because of the notion that milk helps you grow taller, and he was never able to drink it because he is lactose intolerant, combined with the fact that he hates how short he is. Even the very mention of the word milk pisses him off.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He starts wearing an eyepatch following the eye injury he sustained while trying to stop Peko's execution. It's debatable whether it makes him more "badass", though he was the first student in the series to attempt to interfere with an execution in progress.
  • Eye Scream:
    • When Fuyuhiko forces his way through the samurai Peko is fighting during her execution in Chapter 2, Peko ends up slicing him in the eye.
    • It's speculated that, based on the hairstyle and circumstances, the person who transplanted Junko's eye into themselves was Fuyuhiko, since the eye that person replaced is the same one Fuyuhiko lost in the game. This is supported by Danganronpa 3, which shows that he did indeed lose that eye in real life.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: He looks cute, but his title is Ultimate Yakuza for a reason. This becomes subverted over time, however, as he gradually opens up to the group and becomes nicer.
  • Family Values Villain: Fuyuhiko doesn't bat an eye to criminal activities and killings going on in his family's yakuza syndicate, and has personally killed someone at least once in the past (or at least made Peko do it). However, underage drinking, high schoolers sleeping together, and driving without a license is a big no-no.
  • Fedora of Asskicking: Showcased in his official art.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He's dismissive of everyone at first, but tries to make amends after Chapter 2, and can even become best friends with Hajime through their Free Time events.
  • First-Name Basis: In the Japanese version, he calls Peko by her first name after his relationship with her is revealed, signifying their closeness.
  • Foreshadowing: During the first trial, he steps in and makes an argument when Peko is accused of murder, despite originally having planned on not getting involved, a strong hint towards the revelation of their past.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Chapter 2's trial he starts opening up more and tries to be more helpful and friendly to the group.
  • Heroic BSoD: Upon finding out that not only are he and his classmates the remnants of Ultimate Despair, but that if he pulls the plug as Makoto intends for them to do, Hajime Hinata will revert to the much less pleasant Izuru Kamukura. Unlike the others, however, this is more due to his conflict over whether he wants to meet Peko again.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He's always had self-esteem issues, and does not believe he deserves the title of Ultimate Yakuza. His self-loathing only gets worse after Peko's death. His Free Time events with Hajime can help him overcome this.
  • Hey, You!: He seemingly goes out of his way not to refer to Peko by name in the first two chapters, as a way of distancing himself from her.
  • Hidden Depths: He actually has strangely strict morals such as objecting to driving without a license, lecturing Hajime about how high school students should act when he finds Mikan sharing his bed, and does not condone underage drinking.
  • I'll Kill You!: Constantly makes death threats toward others so much the line "I will fucking kill you!" may as well be his Catchphrase. He stops saying this after his Character Development.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: He is even worse about it than Byakuya was in the first game, to the point that even Byakuya himself (albeit an imposter) scolds him about this.
  • Jerkass: In the first two chapters, he is quite abrasive, casually threatens people with violence and claims to be willing to kill any of the others, he also plans Mahiru's death and goes for a bat when she calls him out. He grows out of this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Falls squarely into this after Chapter 3. He's still hot-tempered and fairly rude, but he's also extremely loyal to the other students and determined to stop the killing game.
  • Karma Houdini: Completely averted, every game had a legit killer surviving and its true that Fuyuhiko was as guility as Peko in Mahiru's murder but firstly he is badly injured to the point of losing an eye and his eye for an eye thing comes back both ways as Peko dies, in addition after the second trial he goes as far as Seppuku to show the group that he's truly sorry to the point of death for what he did to Mahiru and drops the whole asshole lone wolf thing and becomes a highly reliable and kind hearted member of the group, arugably the most useful after Hajime Chiaki and at times Nagito. He truly earns his survival.
  • The Lancer: After Peko's execution, Fuyuhiko becomes completely devoted to trying to help everyone survive on the island and is generally the first to volunteer to help Hajime. He's also notable for being the only character in the series that might have gotten away with being the culprit but refused out of the sake of principle.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: He's the heir to the Kuzuryu clan. His childhood wasn't very happy because his strict parents viewed him as the weakest Yakuza and always put a lot of pressure on him. The only people he was close to were Peko and his young sister, Natsumi. After both of their deaths, he learned to open up to everyone, understanding Peko would want him to be happy.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Isolated himself from the group initially, but eventually comes around and becomes one of the group's most loyal and steadfast members.
  • Love Hurts: For Peko, big time. Junko even mocks him over it in the final trial.
  • Men Are Tough: A Deconstructed version of this. Fuyuhiko postures a lot in a bid to prove that he is a worthy successor of the Kuzuryu family. His refusal to show any weakness leads to the events of the murder of Chapter 2 and his Poor Communication Kills with Peko.
  • Mister Big: A junior version.
  • Morton's Fork: At the end of the second trial, it's pointed out that regardless of whether he claims that Peko was his tool, or if she acted alone, he will live and Peko will die.
  • The Napoleon: While Teruteru is even shorter than him, he has no complexes about his lack of height. Fuyuhiko, however, very much does.
  • Not Helping Your Case: In the first trial, when it's pointed out that he was the only one not at the party, making him a likely suspect.
    Fuyujiko: Th-This proves nothing! I'm not the culprit!
    Mahiru: Is that so? Remind me who was it that said he won't "hesitate to kill" any of us?
    Fuyuhiko: Don't screw around with me! I'll fucking kill you!
    Mahiru: See? There he goes again!
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Immediately before his attempt at seppuku, he greets the students in an oddly formal manner. Hajime mentally notes that he doesn't usually say hi to people.
  • Odd Friendship: Strikes up one with Akane, of all people, in Chapter 4, bonding over how they are still alive because others sacrificed themselves.
  • Older Than They Look: He's noted to have a baby-face, and his short stature doesn't do him any favors.
  • Pet the Dog: In Chapter 4, he talks with Akane, who feels guilty over Nekomaru jumping in to save her and ending up as a cyborg, mentioning how Peko protected him in her final moments, and tries to help her work through her guilt.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Before Character Development at least. He notable calls Teruteru a "ponce" (often used as a gay slur) and Hiyoko a "midget."
  • Poor Communication Kills: Towards Peko. Peko believes that Fuyuhiko only views her as a tool and because of that was willing to kill Mahiru in his place in a bid to allow him to escape the island. Fuyuhiko deeply cares about her and views her as his equal, but his inability to properly vocalizing it and keeping her at arms length, led to Peko taking matters into her own hands rather than trying to talk him out of his rage.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I. Will. Not. Hesitate. To. Kill. You."
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Avenges the cover-up of his sister's murder... at the cost of Peko's life and realising that his actions towards Mahiru was extremely cruel, ironically Mahiru as shown by dr3 had nothing to do with Natsumi's death.
  • Seppuku: Attempts this while apologizing to his classmates for his previous actions.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's always seen in his professional suit and tie, being heir to the yakuza.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: He's quite foul-mouthed, and drops a Cluster F-Bomb from time to time.
  • Spanner in the Works: In the fourth case, his food-deprived self just happens to randomly space out in the lounge after seeing Nekomaru head downstairs. This turns out to be pretty much the only reason Gundham is caught as Nekomaru's killer, since it prevented him from returning to his room and pretending to be asleep, which would have been the perfect alibi for his time-delayed murder method. Instead, Gundham had to pretend he left his room along with everyone else to investigate the ringing alarm clock in the lounge, which exposes him as the killer since his Deluxe Room was soundproof.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Both the official localization and the original Japanese game spell his name "Kuzuryu", but most fan translations went with "Kuzuryuu".
  • Sweet Tooth: Despite his tough front, Fuyuhiko likes sweets, though this is something of an Unmanly Secret for him. His favorite is fried cookie dough.
  • Taking the Heat: He offers to do this for Peko after she kills Mahiru, and his attempts to deflect suspicion away from Peko, such as facing Hajime in the P.T.A. battle, are done with the goal of preventing her from being convicted.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: The second shortest male, third shortest overall.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As a result of his Break the Haughty after Peko's death.
  • Tritagonist: Could be considered one, as he arguably has the most character development of the side characters and gradually becomes The Lancer to Hajime. He also always had some sort of notable role each chapter, like being the only one who wasn't involved with the party in Chapter 1, the one ultimately responsible for Chapter 2's class trial, one of the students who volunteered to try keep the Despair Disease in control during Chapter 3, inadvertently thwarted Gundham's chance for a fake alibi in Chapter 4, giving a good amount of arguments in Chapter 5's class trial, almost to the point of filling Nagito's role in prevalence, and being one of the students to escape the simulation at the end of Chapter 6 and the game.
  • Tsundere: A male version towards the rest of the group. It's painfully clear that he wants to be involved in the group activities, but furiously denies it because he has his "hardass mob boss" image to maintain. Chiaki makes this observation about him when asked about the time she saw him walking by the party, and how he responded to her questions by claiming he was just taking a walk.
  • The Unfavorite: Fuyuhiko states that his family preferred for his younger sister Natsumi to inherit leadership of the clan over him, thinking he was too soft for the role. She turned it down due to her respect for him.
  • Unmanly Secret: In his Free Time events, he is embarrassed of his love for sweets because he feels that it damages his hardened yakuza image.
  • Walking Spoiler: A variation. Fuyuhiko's Free Time Events are locked from player access until he's released from the hospital in Chapter 3. As a result, it's difficult to talk about him without giving away the ending of the second trial; namely that he, a suspect for the murder, survives, and his Free Time events are full of spoilers for the outcome of the trial and his resulting Character Development.
  • We Do Not Know Each Other: Tells Peko to act as though they didn't know each other prior to coming to the island.
  • What You Are in the Dark: He spends the first two chapters boasting about how he's ready to kill and how he'll sacrifice everyone on the island to escape. Yet, when Peko claims he used her as a tool to murder Mahiru (which could have made him the true murderer of Chapter 2), he's unable to go through with her plan because doing so would mean condemning his innocent classmates and would also suggest Peko is nothing more than a tool to him.
  • When He Smiles: Rarely ever does so, but when he does, it's adorable.
  • Yakuza: His talent is based on this.
  • Youthful Freckles: Across the bridge of his nose.

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


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