Ultimate Lucky Student
Voiced by: Koyuki (コユキ)
The main character of the story. She is an ordinary high school girl who doesn't have any particular talents. She was admitted to Hope's Peak Academy under different circumstances from other students.
- All-Loving Heroine: She has a good heart and wishes to see the best in others.
- Composite Character: Appearance-wise, her design is like a fusion of canon lucky students Makoto Naegi and Nagito Komaeda.
- The Determinator: One of her defining traits is her refusal to give up. This even extends to reaching out to her classmates such as the suicidal Tachihaki so they won't give up either.
- The Generic Girl: It comes with her archetype.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a red headband.
- Heroic BSoD: She briefly crosses this when all the evidence points to Tachihaki as Miharu's killer in the second trial mixed with how Tachihaki is willing to accept his fate.
- Honor Before Reason: During the second trial, she refuses to accept Tachihaki as the killer because doing so would go against her moral code of believing in everyone which she insists on upholding.
- Idiot Hair: A brown spikey one that designates her role as the protagonist.
- Innocently Insensitive: While she did mean well with trying to help Ryohei with his fear of dogs, she constantly brought up different ideas related to dogs even though it was making him more and more uncomfortable.
- In-Series Nickname: Referred to as "Ordinary Antenna" by Marin.
- In the Hood: She wears a teal hoodie.
- The Protagonist
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Her first reaction after finding out about the killing game life in the prologue was to run out of the gymnasium.
- She does this again when she and the other students discover Yukime's corpse.
- Sweet Tooth: She loves all things sweet such as cookies, donuts and ice cream.
Voiced by: Touma (とうま)
A girl who comes from a family of elite athletes in the sports world. Despite her masculine nature, she has a calmness to judge the situation accurately and has a tendency to be shy around other people.
After seeing the first motive video, she breaks down and attacks Konoe with a chair. Later on, she is framed for Yukime's murder in the first trial.
- Ambiguously Brown: Fits the role as the dark-skinned girl of the cast.
- Apologetic Attacker: After striking down Konoe with a chair, she quietly apologizes for going that far but confirms that she must go through with it.
- Berserk Button: In her Free Time Event with Konoe, she admits that she dislikes the following people: people who give up without even trying, people who act cowardly and can't accept reality, and Matsouka.
- Big Eater: Zigzagged. She prefers not to indulge in overeating, especially when it comes to junk food. But when she does, she likes to make it up with excessive exercises.
- Black Best Friend: To Konoe.
- Broken Tears: Chisa breaks down crying after realizing that Yukime already forgave her after her selfish display in the cafeteria.
- Embarrassing Nickname: She's known as the Woman Flying Over the Land. Naturally, she doesn't like it.
- FanGirl: To Coco because of her fashion designs.
- First-Name Basis: How she interacts with the other students.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: She does not take the reveal that the previous killing game resulted in the deaths of her, and her classmates', siblings very well. It escalates to the point that she knocks out Konoe with a chair in a desperate attempt to kill her.
- Hair Decorations: Her ponytail is tied with a gold band with a lightning symbol.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Her ponytail is loose during the first investigation.
- Malicious Slander: According to Miharu, Chisa is a victim of online haters who criticize and question her true value as an Ultimate Runner.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She has this reaction after she and Konoe visit the late Yukime's room and discover the calligrapher's attempts to make her own apology to the girls.
- No Social Skills: She admits that she's socially awkward when interacting with other people.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Subverted. She doesn't think highly of her talent as a runner despite coming from a family of professional athletes.
- The Social Darwinist: While she doesn't completely agree with it, Chisa acknowledges that her identity as a Komyoin and Ultimate Runner depend on her trampling on anyone that can be deemed as a threat to her career.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Chisa states this out loud twice during the first chapter; the first time is towards the unknown victor the previous killing game and then towards Yukime's killer.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears dark purple shorts.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has maroon dyed hair.
Voiced by: Ru~ (る～)
A young designer who creates original and sense-filled designs in the name of fashion. Although she has a tough and slightly weird personality, she is a loyal girl with a good heart.
- The Comically Serious: For the most part, she's fairly level-headed and bases her judgement on reality. But she tends to be overly dramatic when it comes to her accusations.
- The Fashionista: She is a professional designer and she has a tendency to give constructive criticism to other students regarding their outfits.
- Fat Girl: She's significantly larger compared to the other girls.
- Goggles Do Nothing: She wears a pair on her head but rarely uses them.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite her bluntness, she means well and is willing to make outfits/accessories for the girls she met for only a few minutes.
- I Work Alone: She decides to separate herself from the group after the disastrous influence of the Anti-Box in Chapter 2.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Her name is based on iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel.
- Sailor Fuku: Her uniform consists of different shades of red.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has metallic gray hair.
Voiced by: Īe (いいえ)
A maid that stands at the top of a maid cafe. She makes use of beautiful handicrafts and entertainment techniques as a way of serving both men and women. Without shy guidance, she is a character that can not be hated. Although she does have a habit of giving strange nicknames to others.
- Alliterative Name: Marin Momori.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She has some smug tendencies underneath her elegant appearance.
- Caffeine Bullet Time: Let's just say that it's best not to give Marin coffee.
- Crocodile Tears: She pulls this off in order to get Tachihaki to prepare miso soup for her after she gets a cut on her finger.
- Expy: Of Celestia Ludenberg. A sophisticated girl with a lady-like appearance who isn't afraid to express her disdain for her fellow classmates.
- Eye Colour Change: After getting hyper on coffee during the pajama party, Marin's eyes change from pink to green. They turn back to pink when she's in her normal attire which suggests that they're contacts.
- Freak Out!: She becomes emotionally distressed when she gets a cut on her finger.
- Freudian Slip: While giving Ryohei her makeup to use for the first investigation, she almost mentions that the foundation can be used for cosplay. This suggests that the maid may have an interest in that given field.
- Healing Hands: One of her main skills is that she can refuel Konoe's health gauge during Nonstop Debates.
- Hidden Depths: In reference to Ryohei, she openly admits that she hates it when wicked-hearted people use tricks to manipulate innocent people.
- Lady in Red: Her dress is primarily red and she comes off as pretty professional in her line of work.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Despite her smug remarks and pompous attitude, she has a good heart and wants to help her friends however she can.
- Meido: She is the designated maid character of the cast.
- Must Make Amends: As the host of the all girls pajama party, she holds herself responsible for allowing a murder to occur and is willing to offer any support she can to Konoe during the second trial.
- Nice Hat: She wears a pale green bonnet.
- The Nicknamer: Her character bio states that she likes to give nicknames to other people.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Her maid outfit includes a dark green corset.
- Shout-Out: One of her sprites features her doing the iconic "In the name of the moon" pose.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Her manner of speaking is very articulated.
- Supreme Chef: As an accomplished maid, Marin provides delicious and free meals for her classmates.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She enjoys miso soup, especially when other people make it for her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is dyed green.
Ultimate Assistant Detective
Voiced by: Hotakashi (穂隆)
A girl whose blood is based on a detective family that conducts detective activities on a daily basis. She sticks true to the tradition of the house and uses her family name as a way of making it big in the real world.
She is the second victim of Chapter 2 when Ryohei ties up her body with an electric cable followed by David taking advantage of his trap and finishing her off with a stun gun.
- Cute and Psycho: By Chapter 2, Miharu does alot of morally questionable actions such as drugging the coffee of her female classmates to make them fall asleep and chasing after Tachihaki with a taser.
- Daddy Issues: A flashback reveals that she had a strained relationship with her father due to their differences when it came to solving mysteries for their clients.
- Expy: Of Shuichi Saihara. Much like Shuichi, Miharu isn't an official detective and suffers from low self-esteem because of how she's unable to be of use unless something tragic has happened. She also frets about seeking and revealing the truth to everyone as it will only lead to more misery. Appearance-wise, she also has pale skin, dark hair and wears a hat.
- Girlish Pigtails: Has two long braided pigtails.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She gets jealous of Konoe for being able to solve the first case and receiving praise from their classmates.
- Hair Decorations: She has red clips at the top of her pigtails and a red ribbon tied at the bottom of each one.
- Heroic BSoD: She gets one after the first trial when she realizes that her duty in finding the "truth" of the cases will only lead to more suffering and death.
- High-Voltage Death: She meets her unfortunate end after being electrocuted by a stun gun.
- Iconic Item: Is always shown with a purple notebook and pen.
- In-Series Nickname: Referred to as "Chibi Detective" by Tachihaki.
- Kid Detective: Her main talent and is quite younger compared to her ancestor.
- The Lancer: She decides to become this to Konoe, serving as her assistant.
- Legacy Character: To Kyoko Kirigiri, Miharu aims to be a detective that is capable of solving any mystery.
- Lured into a Trap: In the second case, she worked alongside Ryohei as a means of capturing the suspicious Tachihaki while incapacitating a majority of the students. What she didn't count on was for the police officer to double cross her and use her body as bait for potential murder.
- Must Have Caffeine: Subverted. Her main dislike in her biography card is coffee.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She has this reaction when she wakes up tied with a cable realizing that Ryohei double crossed her. She even goes as far as to call herself an idiot for letting herself fall for his schemes.
- Nice Hat: She wears a detective cap with different shades of brown.
- Well Done, Daughter! Girl: Miharu feels that she isn't worthy of the Kirigiri name as she is only an assistant yet she wants to prove herself worthy of it by any means necessary.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her Batman Gambit in Chapter 2 was inspired after she suspected Tachihaki wanting to murder someone, thus leading her to commit morally questionable acts to stop him.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark blue to be exact.
Ultimate Dairy Farmer
Voiced by: Kurimu Sakigami (さきがみくりむ)
A friendly girl who specializes in handling farm animals. She is able to demonstrate her abilities and complete any farm task without fail. She's a tough girl with a warm heart, but you'll be sorry if you end up crossing her.
- Action Girl: Having worked on a farm her whole life, Miruku is physically strong and capable of jumping in when conflict arises. This is best shown when she physically restrains Tachihaki from harming Ryohei.
- Anger Born of Worry: After dragging Tachiahki away from his fight with Ryohei, Miruku starts to fuss over his injuries.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Befitting her career of working with cows and cattle, Miruku's hairstyle resembles a cow's horns.
- Demon Head: Her cow horns turn sharp and her expression becomes fierce when she's angry.
- Farm Girl: Her main occupation and proud of it!
- Horned Hairdo: Her cow horns on her head.
- Meaningful Name: Her first name is a pun on the word "milk", which is written in Japanese katakana as ミルク (miruku), a nod to her talent and origins.
- Statuesque Stunner: She stands out as the tallest girl among her peers.
Voiced by: Rika Kusaka (草下梨花)
A famous calligrapher who is known for making works based on beautiful dance performances and talented pieces. Because she grew up in China for a majority of her youth, she stands out as being a bit stranger than the average girl.
She is the first victim of the killing game as she was stabbed in the chest after answering the door to her room in the middle of the night.
- All-Loving Hero: She has one of the biggest hearts in the cast who wants everyone to get along. She even offered to reach out to Chisa despite her hostile display in the cafeteria in the hopes of getting to know her better.
- Anime Chinese Girl: She's a foreign exchange student from China and speaks with an accent every now and then.
- Brutal Honesty: She's very forward with how she perceives others. This would come back to bite her after she calls Issei a coward.
- Culture Equals Costume: She's a Chinese girl and her main attire is a fusion of a sailor fuku and a traditional cheongsam.
- Driven to Suicide: Averted. Yukime's killer made it look as if she committed suicide by stabbing her in the chest along with leaving a fake dying message in the hopes of misleading the other students.
- Must Make Amends: Despite Chisa's aggressive outburst after watching the motive video, Yukime invites her to come to her room later so they can bond and make up. After her death, Chisa and Konoe would visit her room where they discover a pile of apology letters Yukime attempted to make for the two of them.
- Nice Girl: One of the friendliest girls of her class.
- Odango Hair: She has two buns on the top of her head.
- Poirot Speak: Her dialogue comes off as this since she's fluent in Chinese and has some difficulty with speaking Japanese.
- Sacrificial Lamb: She is the first student to be killed in the story.
- SailorFuku: The top of her uniform resembles a sailor fuku while the bottom half is that of a cheongsam . It's also colored green and orange.
- Two Aliases, One Character: Her name in Japanese is Yukime Ryo while her name in Chinese is Liáng Xuě Méi (梁 雪梅).
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite being a socially awkward teenage girl, Yukime is shown to be very wise when it comes to maintaining bonds and relationships.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has dark purple hair.
David Fitzgerald Masuda
Voiced by: Naoki Kobori (小堀直紀)
Born to a British mother and a Japanese father, David is known as a professional practitioner of onmyoji. It is said that his powers, known as "Maginai", are good, bad and always effective. However, the habit of his powers can change because of his serious and daring personality.
He is the second culprit. He walks in on Miharu's body which was set up to be killed and takes advantage of the situation by finishing her off with a stun gun.
- Adorkable: Despite his serious display, he can be pretty cute when interacting with his classmates.
- Berserk Button: He really doesn't like it when people call him Dave.
- But Not Too Foreign: His English first name, his blonde hair, and his tendency to use English words in his speech are all tied to his British heritage.
- Fingerless Gloves: He wears one on his left hand.
- Graceful Loser: After being outed as Miharu's killer, David doesn't put much of a fight against his accusations and accepts his execution without struggle.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Zigzagged. David shows shades of this trope has he often expresses disdain for the girls he comes across, especially towards his female fanbase. Later on though, he shows several acts of kindness to Konoe and Chisa.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long, blonde hair and is quite handsome.
- Megane: He has rectangular glasses which add on to his handsomeness.
- Mixed Ancestry: He's half Japanese and half British.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In the morning before the group discovers Yukime's corpse, David brings up how he noticed the "Ghost Lady's" breath as he passed by Yukime's room.
- Onmyōdō: His area of specialty.
- Plot Allergy: He admits that he gets rashes when girls touch him. This becomes a plot point during the second trial where he removes his glove showing rash marks from when he was touched by Miharu. This is later used against him in his execution where he is ambushed by a group of fangirls in a virtual simulation that negatively impacts his body which results in death.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: One of his sprites features his glasses like this.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Despite his disdain for girls, he openly admits that he has an admiration for a mysterious "Ghost Lady" and wishes to be with her one day.
- Spanner in the Works: Ryohei's master plan to have Tachihaki incriminated as Miharu's killer would have been successful if David hadn't come across Miharu and killed her with a stun gun.
- Taking the Bullet: The reason he kills Miharu was to protect Tachihaki who was being targeted/manipulated into being her killer. After he's outed, David openly states that he's proud to have saved the unlucky student.
- Third-Person Person: He refers to himself in third person.
- Token Religious Teammate: This was a given considering his talent.
Ultimate Stage Actor
Voiced by: Mao Kagariya (篝屋マオ)
There are many plays and musicals that Issei has made popular with his attractive singing and acting skills. He loves himself to an advanced degree and intends to do things his way.
He is the first culprit of the killing game as he killed Yukime after he disguised himself as Chisa.
- All Men Are Perverts: Some of his unwanted self-taken photographs feature him naked. And in the first trial, he proudly admits that he sleeps in the nude.
- Ambiguous Situation: After Issei exposes his true colors during the first trial, a question mark appears next to his name which brings in the possibility that Issei Amagaya isn't his real name.
- Berserk Button: The reason he went after Yukime was because she called him a coward in the prologue.
- Blondes Are Evil: Subverted with the blonde part. He actually has violet hair and is the first student to commit a murder.
- Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: After he's exposed as the culprit, Issei refers to the world around him as his stage and how he must perform for the sake of the spotlight. The others deduce that he's become so desperate to satisfy his own ego that he willingly chooses to reject the real world.
- Catchphrase: Tends to say "Mhm!" quite alot.
- Curtains Match the Window: He actually has dark violet hair which matches his eye color.
- The Dandy: He cares deeply about his professional image.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His reason for killing Yukime was because she called him a coward when the students were first getting to know each other. He wasn't even inspired by the motivation video, he just wanted her dead because of what she said to him.
- Fake-Hair Drama: His blonde hair is actually a wig and hides his real hair which is dark violet.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Throughout the prologue and first chapter, Issei would give unwanted photographs of himself to the other students. This is used against him when the other students identify him without his blonde wig in one of the photos which lead them to suspect him as Yukime's killer.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His execution involves him being stabbed in the eye by a giant chandelier that comes crashing down on him.
- It's All About Me: Issei has one of the biggest egos among the cast. This gets deconstructed in the first trial as his desire to be the star of the killing game has lead to him becoming delusional and unhinged.
- Large Ham: He is a fame hungry actor afterall.
- Lost in Character: After exposing his true colors near the second half of the trial, Issei starts to refer to everything as if it was still a stage for him to perform. But moments before his execution, he realizes his identity crisis and demands to know who he really is.
- Master Actor: His recognized talent and boy is he proud of it.
- Narcissist: One of the most extreme examples in any Fanganronpa work. After he murdered Yukime, he openly declared himself to be the most perfect human in the universe.
- Not So Different: Before being executed, he openly states that Chisa is just like him because she too was willing to commit murder.
- Self-Serving Memory: After being convicted as Yukime's killer, Issei makes up different excuses in a pathetic attempt to justify him killing the calligrapher.
- Shadow Archetype: To Koin Hatoyama. While both of them are hammy performers, Issei has allowed the spotlight to consume him to the point that he thinks only of himself and his talent. In Koin's words, a performer is someone who uses their talent to inspire and bring joy to the audience. Not just to receive self-gratification.
- Slasher Smile: The sprites that feature Issei's true self have him featuring this type of smile.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Koin gives his Armor-Piercing Response, Issei is unable to follow through with his normal act and struggles to accept who he really is.
- Villainous Crossdresser: As part of his murder scheme, he disguised himself as Chisa complete with wearing makeup and heels in order to frame her for Yukime's death.
- Vocal Dissonance: For a pretty boy twink, he has an incredibly deep voice.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He actually has dark violet hair underneath his blonde wig.
Voiced by: Raguna (ラグナ)
A genius gardener called the "small green thumb" because of his landscaping talent. He comes across as pretty rough because of his impatient personality; this can come off as a negative thing as it makes him stand out as being more impulsive and reckless.
- Broken Pedestal: His respect and admiration for Ryohei goes down the toilet after he learns that the officer was responsible for Miharu's death.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Has several shades of this.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Kinji can pass for a girl when his hair is down and he's wearing his pajamas.
- Fiery Redhead: He has dark red hair and is pretty energetic.
- Handwraps of Awesome: His hands are covered in bandages.
- Hidden Depths: Kinji openly acknowledges how cowardly he is compared to the other students and commends them for being able to endure the trauma of the killing game, unlike himself.
- Iconic Item: He carries a tiny pair of red clippers in his breast pocket.
- Nervous Wreck: He completely loses his cool and becomes terrified due to the Anti-Box.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: His collard shirt is open which shows off his bare chest.
- Sarashi: He wears one under his white shirt.
- Sir Swears Alot: He has a tendency to use swear words in his speech.
Voiced by: Kudō Natsu (工藤なつ)
The Ultimate Magician himself. He loves to showcase magic tricks that blow people's eyes away thanks to his vivid techniques. He enjoys making others laugh and feeling surprised by his tricks.
- Armor-Piercing Response: He gives one to Issei just before he's executed which really breaks him.
- Koin: "Amagaya-kun, the only person who knows who you are isn't you. And the one who did, you killed."
- Beware the Silly Ones: Despite his playful personality, he knows alot more about the dynamics between his classmates and can be very serious when their lives are at stake.
- Does Not Like Spam: The taste of carrots makes him sick to his stomach.
- Expy: In a way, he brings to mind Kokichi Ouma. Both of them are chipper boys who act immature and carefree despite the intense atmosphere. But despite these traits, they can be quite serious when it comes to the actual killing game and have come across vital information regarding the killing game and specific students.
- For Happiness: His motivation as a magician is to inspire happiness and positive emotions amongst his audiences.
- Iconic Item: Is always shown with his playing cards and coins.
- The Idealist: He believes strongly in the power of dreams and positivity claiming that both of them are important in order to make the most of one's life. And while he does acknowledge how life can be filled with nightmares and bitter truths, Koin believes that constantly focusing on those themes will be of no benefit.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: His fingernails are painted with black and red nail polish.
- It's All My Fault: In his childhood, he blamed himself when he noticed that his mother figure was crying and wasn't able to help her.
- Keet: He's very energetic and childish at times.
- Large Ham: It comes with his profession as a magician.
- Playing Card Motifs: His earrings are modeled after the heart, diamond, club and spade symbols.
- The Pollyanna: Even after the first murder happened, Koin is still chipper as always.
- Punny Name: His first name is an alternate spelling of the word 'coin' and the magician tends to use coins for his magic tricks.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Regarding his physical appearance, he resembles Kiibo.
- Sympathy for the Devil: While he doesn't excuse Issei for murdering Yukime, he does acknowledge how Issei's mental health has worsened to the point that he's lost touch with reality and feels a bit of sorrow for him.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has snow white hair.
Voiced by: Rosuto (ロスト)
In need of a class cheering member for you're local high school? With this guy on your side, you can't give up! Restu's talent as a supporter will naturally blow away the dark feeling inside anyone and in doing so will unleash their powerful inner spirit! Despite having a few fans, he isn't bothered by it and continues to perform his job with a passion.
- Ambiguously Brown: He has a dark skin complexion.
- Badass Baritone: Befitting his appearance, he has a deep, masculine voice.
- Bald of Awesome: He has a shaved head and is pretty cool in his own way.
- The Big Guy: He fills this role for the TheAfter cast.
- The Cheerleader: A gender-flipped example. His talent as a supporter is the Japanese equivalent of a cheerleader. This trope is played straight in the "DR Change TheAfter" special as his gender flipped version becomes the Ultimate Cheerleader.
- Cutting the Knot: He personally destroys the Anti-Box in order to keep it from revealing more secrets. It's a noble effort, but it still works even after it's damaged...
- Face of a Thug: His face can be quite intimidating.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Chisa. Retsu sees her as a potential girlfriend thanks to their history of working together during past sports events while Chisa wants nothing to do with him.
- Meaningful Name: Retsu's given name literally means "hot", and possibly derived from the phrases 烈しい (hageshī), meaning "intense" or "relentless", and 烈烈 (retsuretsu), meaning "fierce" or "violent", which may both refer to his personality.
- Rousing Speech: As a professional supporter, Restu is capable of giving motivational speeches to anyone in need. (Ex. Konoe asked for one in order to be motivated to question the other students during the first investigation).
- Single-Target Sexuality: He has his eyes on no one else but Chisa.
Ultimate Police Officer
Voiced by: Yamato (山都)
A competent and gentle-hearted officer, Ryohei solves various incidents and is known throughout Japanese media as "a rookie policeman of great skill". He's young, hip, dependable and beloved by all.
In the second trial, he loses his Nice Guy persona and displays a cruel and darker personality. He's also revealed to have organized an elaborate murder scheme using Miharu's body in order to place Tachihaki, whom he has a personal grudge against, as her killer.
- Ambiguously Brown: One of the three dark skinned students of the cast.
- Awesome by Analysis: As a professional officer, Ryohei is able to pick up specific cues and traits from his classmates along with being able to fully analyze a given crime scene.
- Batman Gambit: He worked alongside Miharu in the hopes of potentially placing Tachihaki in a position to murder, even going as far as to use Miharu as the unfortunate victim.
- Black and White Insanity: Thanks to his reputation as a police officer, he deems it impossible to be Miharu's killer since 'police officers are heroes who never kill people'. Manipulating and using them yes, but never killing them.
- Break Them by Talking: He does this to his classmates when he pushes them to accept Tachihaki as the culprit for Miharu's murder. Needless to say, no one is comfortable throughout this period.
- Broken Pedestal: He loses everyone's faith and trust in the second trial after he's revealed to have been involved in Miharu's death.
- Embodiment of Virtue: Because of his impeccable accomplishments as an officer, his superiors and the other students consider him to be the embodiment of Justice. This trope takes a dark turn during the second case when he declares himself to be the very incarnation of justice and everyone else as sacrifices to uphold said justice.
- Eyes Always Shut: His eyes are always closed. The first time he opens them is when the Anti-Box in Chapter 2 begins to manipulate the other students into distrusting each other.
- I Am the Noun: As stated in the trope above, Ryohei declares himself to be Justice itself.
- Idiot Hair: He seems to grow one after displaying his dark side.
- Inspector Javert: Is setting up to be this after Tachihaki survives his Batman Gambit with Ryohei vowing not to give up in having the boy pay for his crimes.
- It's Personal: Ryohei's grudge against Tachihaki is because his brother was a victim of a previous killing game and Tachihaki is all but stated to have been responsible for his death.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: After the first trial, Ryohei develops a twisted admiration for the class trial process. He describes the experience of exposing the culprit, rendering them as the wicked and pathetic person they are, and sending them to a brutal punishment as life changing and beautiful.
- Laughing Mad: He has fits of maniacal laughter after revealing his dark side.
- Manipulative Bastard: His true personality behind his friendly demeanor. Along with taking advantage of Miharu's desire to apprehend Tachihaki, he also purposefully provoked the latter into attacking him so that the other students would deem him as suspicious and dangerous which would make it easier to incriminate him as a potential culprit.
- Meaningful Name: Ryohei's first name uses the kanji 良 (ryō), meaning "good" or "pleasant", and 平 (hei), meaning "even" or "equal". 平 can also be combined with other kanji to make various interpretations for his name such as 公平 (kōhei), which means "fairness", "equality", or "justice", and 平安 (heian) meaning "peace" or "tranquility", referring to his calming nature.
- Mellow Fellow: His mood is always calm and approachable.
- Nice Guy: He's very friendly and always works to achieve peaceful resolutions. This trope is unfortunately subverted after his ruthless display in the second trial.
- An Officer and a Gentleman: He's a police officer and is one of the most caring guys in the cast. That is until the second trial.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: After exposing his sinister motives, he opens his eyes revealing them to be blood red.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: Downplayed. When Ryohei display's his cruel/dark side, he suddenly has his black gloves on.
- Villainous Breakdown: He's downright furious when Konoe discovers that it was actually David who murdered Miharu and not Tachihaki like he was hoping for.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: His personality becomes akin to this during the second case.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has a strong dislike for dogs. Even mentioning the word is enough to make him panic.
Voiced by: SINKU
He is a genius conductor who manages music to his heart's content. Just speaking about his musical masterpieces is not enough to imagine his grand appearance or title. But be warned, he doesn't take kindly to being referred to as a girl.
- A Day in the Limelight: He becomes the POV protagonist in the special DR Change TheAfter.
- Berserk Button: He doesn't like being called a girl.
- Black Bead Eyes: One of his sprites feature his eyes turning into these whenever he's confused.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Seiha has a tendency to say some bizarre and erratic things throughout the trials.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Seiha's appearance is quite feminine which has lead to many people mistaking him for a girl.
- Iconic Item: Seiha often carries his conductor's baton. He seems to carry a multitude of them as he often breaks his baton when he's stressed out or scared.
- Idiot Hair: He has two curvy ones at the top of his head.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: His pajama set is a color-coded nightmare.
- Large Ham: He's full of energy and is all too eager to brag about his talent.
- Mood-Swinger: His emotional state can change in a moment's notice.
- Nervous Wreck: Seiha startles easily when faced with conflict.
- Plucky Comic Relief: The main source of light-hearted relief when things get too heavy.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's actually salmon.
Ultimate ???/ Unlucky Student
Voiced by: Kiryū (桐生)
A mysterious boy who entered the school without a recognizable talent. True to his serious image, he prefers to keep to himself and would prefer to avoid interacting with others.
His true talent is revealed to be the Ultimate Unlucky Student. It's also all but stated that Tachihaki was the victor of a previous killing game as he successfully killed someone and got away with it.
- Amnesiac Hero: He has no memory of his talent or past.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different:
- The POV switches to him throughout the second Chapter. He even fills in as the POV protagonist during the second half of the second trial.
- Born Unlucky: He's implied to be this after Koin reveals his talent as the Ultimate Unlucky Student.
- The Cynic: His perspective on the world and people in general is very negative.
- Deadpan Snarker: He often makes alot of snarky remarks about his classmates. Although he keeps them in his head rather then saying them out loud.
- Death Seeker: After being backed into a corner during the second trial, Tachihaki decides to give up and accepts his fate as Miharu's designated killer. However, thanks to Konoe's refusal to give up and with a little more discussion, they discover that Tachihaki wasn't the one who killed her.
- Dreaming of Times Gone By: He is revealed to have dreams of himself interacting with completely different students from Hope's Peak.
- Framing the Guilty Party: In Chapter 2, Ryohei organizes an elaborate Batman Gambit that would place Tachihaki as Miharu's unwitting killer. The reason he does this is because he discovers that Tachihaki was the elusive Ultimate Unlucky Student who was able to get away with an extreme murder case. A case in which Ryohei's brother was a victim of.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: He does this to Konoe after she tries to walk out of investigating Yukime's murder. He even threatens her with a knife as he talks to her.
- Ineffectual Loner: He prefers to stay away from the others but he isn't very happy with his situation.
- I Work Alone: He strongly dislikes working with others and needs to be pressed into offering any form of assistance.
- Jerkass: Comes across as serious and difficult to get along with.
- Knife Nut: He carries a small blade and will use it when necessary.
- His special skill during Nonstop Debates allows Konoe to cut "White Noise" to reach a given contradiction.
- The Rival: He's set up to be this to Konoe regarding their contrasting moral beliefs. He also serves as this to Ryohei.
- Smoking Is Cool: He likes to smoke when he's alone.
- The Stoic: The most serious student in the TheAfter cast.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He enjoys a specific energy drinks which is considered to be gross according to Konoe. This becomes used against him as Ryohei uses a can of that drink as part of his elaborate murder scheme.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has dark green hair with light green highlights.
The iconic mascot of the killing game series and is the headmaster of this particular game.
- Bears Are Bad News: He's a teddy bear and he's running the killing game.
- Big Bad: He is the main overseer of the killing game.
- Evil Laugh: His trademark 'Upupu' style laugh.
- Killer Teddy Bear: He's cuddly, cute and has no issues with driving teenagers to kill each other.
Voiced by Hino Komahara (狛原ひの)
An artificial intelligence modeled after a teenage girl. She has no proper Ultimate title, however she is known as the "Guardian of Kibōgamine Gakuen" (学園の番人) and functions as the school's "life support system" (学園生活支援プログラム).
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Enforced. Monokuma reprogrammed her to be one of the main overseers of the killing game.
- Call-Back: Her outfit is based on the uniforms worn by Hope's Peak Academy students.
- The Dragon: To Monokuma.
- Expositron 9000: Hold Nova fits this role whenever she's requested to explain something relating to the school or the investigations for the students.
- Greek Chorus: She serves as the host for "Hold Nova Theater" and gives cryptic lessons for the audience to learn about.
- Horned Hairdo: She has downward horns in each side of her head.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: She has red eyes and is willing to enforce Monokuma's rules throughout the killing game.
- Sinister Surveillance: Befitting her role as the school's life support system, Hold Nova is able to record and watch over the students as they go about their Daily Lives. The sinister part comes with Monokuma using her findings to create potential murder motives.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has malachite green hair.
A group of Ultimate students who were the unfortunate victims of a previous killing game. They have only appeared during Tachihaki's flashbacks as he was part of their class and is heavily suggest to be responsible for their deaths.
Voiced by SB-773
- All Women Are Lustful: Comes across as overly flirtatious and playful.
- Animal Motifs: Her appearance is a fusion of a cat and a butterfly. For the former, her hair on top resembles two cat ears and the girl is quite playful. For the latter, she has butterfly themed high heels and her ripped pants resemble the design of a chrysalis.
- Chekhov's Gun: Her butterfly heels have become an object of importance throughout the main storyline. In the first chapter, Issei uses them while disguising himself as Chisa when he murdered Yukime. And at the end of the second trial, David brings them up to the group and how important they are before he is executed.
- Nice Shoes: She wears blue high heels with butterfly decorations.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has bubblegum pink hair.
Voiced by Mē Maita (舞田 めぇ)
- Animal Motifs: Her hair and accessories make her akin to a sheep. This fits well with her tired personality since sheep are associated with sleep.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a headband with a European design and sheep horns.
- Nice Shoes: She has pale yellow dance shoes with bows on the front.
- Sleepyhead: She comes off as noticeably tired and sleepy during her scenes.
Voiced by Kaeru Inochū (井野中 カエル)
- Ambiguously Brown: He has noticeably dark skin and brown hair.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: He has this smile to showcase his eccentric and mischievous personality.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In his first appearance in the motive video, Sento was shown with mustard blond hair. A few years of production development later, his hair became brown with blond highlights.
- Hot-Blooded: His core personality.
- Idiot Hair: A bent ahoge that's tinted blond.
- Informed Attribute: It's implied that Sento is an athlete given that the Komyoin family has a strong reputation of being professional athletes. As to what sport he excels at has yet to be revealed.
- Life of the Party: Definitely stands out as the wild and carefree party animal of the group. When he was interviewed, he openly declared that he'd dedicate his entire time at Hope's Peak to partying.
Voiced by Zex Flaga (ゼクス・フラガ)
- Horned Hairdo: He has two small ones on the sides of his head.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair is long enough to tie into a ponytail and he's pretty cute by DR standards.
- Shrinking Violet: He has a timid personality and stutters when he speaks.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has apple green hair.
Voiced by Kazariri Nunomaki (布巻 飾理)
- Ambiguous Situation: It's unclear as to how he broke his right arm.
- Ambiguously Brown: He has tan skin and brown hair that matches his brother.
- Gender-Blender Name: His name can also be used for girls. This fact is actually used against his brother during the second trial to prove that he has a grudge against Tachihaki.
- Iconic Item: Is shown to wear a pair of handcuffs around his neck.
- The Lost Lenore: He becomes this to his brother Ryohei. His death along with the revelation that Tachihaki was his killer is what lead the police officer to become more cruel and vengeful.
- The Power of Friendship: He's shown to be a firm believer in this as he refers to Tachihaki as his "aibou" which is a more emotional version of the term "partner".
Voiced by Rika Kusaka (草下 梨花)
- Blush Sticker: She has pink, oval-shaped stickers on her cheeks.
- Exotic Eye Designs: She has big blue eyes and the pupils look like something a dragon would have.
- Hair Decorations: She has what appears to be a large bell tied to her hair strand.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Her short stature and big blue eyes make her this archetype among the group.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Her physical appearance and serious attitude bring to mind Ryoma Hoshi but with a feminine twist.