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     Shuichi Saihara 
Shuichi Saihara

Ultimate Detective

"They call me the Ultimate Detective, but..."

Voiced By: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese), Grant George (English)

A boy who learned how to investigate crimes by assisting his uncle with his private eye business. While his uncle's office normally only dealt with things like infidelity investigations, there came a day where Shuichi happened to solve a murder before the police could, earning him the title Ultimate Detective. Solving the murder was apparently just luck, however, and Shuichi has trouble considering himself worthy of his Ultimate title.

After Kaede dies in Chapter 1, he takes the role of the protagonist and is determined to uncover the truth of the killing game, forming a close friendship Kaito Momota and Maki Harukawa in the process. In the final chapter, he discovers that the killing game they are a part of is in fact a reality TV show based on the Danganronpa franchise itself and that the "Ultimate Detective" Shuichi Saihara is a fake identity implanted into his personality and memory for the sake of the show. His real identity is unknown and it's implied that everyone involved in the killing game were fans of the franchise that signed up for it on their own will; Shuichi included, who was a fan of the series' Ultimate Detective characters but wanted to experience the thrill of making his own unsolvable murder. He is then forced to choose whether to end the killing game by escaping but sacrifice two friends to partake in the next Danganronpa in the name of hope, or staying in the academy and prolong the killing game in the name of despair. Disillusioned with the concept of hope and despair, Shuichi chooses neither, convincing the audience to allow him and his classmates to abstain from voting and form a Suicide Pact to end Danganronpa once and for all with a deliberately disappointing ending. While the audience allows Danganronpa to end, he is spared by Ki-bo during the destruction of the academy due to the will of the audience, and as such, manages to survive the killing game.

  • Accidental Pervert: In Chapter 1, it's implied he accidentally got a peek up Kaede's skirt when she was up a ladder in the library.
  • Alliterative Name: Shuichi Saihara.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Prior to being trapped in Monokuma's game, he solved minor cases until he solved a major one, receiving the title of Ultimate Detective as a result. Though he claims to have solved most cases by luck, it's highly unlikely that he's being fully honest with himself, and even Kaede disagrees with his assertion. During the events of the game, his investigation skills and logical thinking are usually top class; for instance, he is immediately able to discern that there is a Monokuma collaborator within the group.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While the Love Hotel scenes and Love Across The Universe mode allows Shuichi to have seemingly romantic scenes with all of the boys as well as the girls, how valid they are as a sign of Shuichi's sexuality is questionable at best. However, in his fourth free time event with Kaito, Shuichi briefly goes into an inner monologue in which he says that only someone like Kaito is capable of helping him and saying the things he needs to hear. It ends with Shuichi becoming flustered and thinking to himself that he "shouldn't be talking about another boy like that", implying that he does have some sort of romantic interest towards Kaito in particular.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: Near the end of the first trial the player's perspective changes from Kaede to Shuichi, and following the former's death, the role of protagonist remains with Shuichi.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: His former self seemed enthusiastic about participating in the Danganronpa TV show. Look at where he is now....
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't make nasty comments about his hat. When Miu calls him a pervert for wearing a hat, he gets pissed.
    • Finding out that Kaede was executed on false charges really pissed him off.
  • Bishōnen: His face is noticeably much more feminine than most of the other male characters.
  • Bland-Name Product: The poisons in his laboratory are oddly named. There's "Night's Hate", "Harmlock", "Arsneak", and "Strike-9". Of course, knowing Monokuma, this is probably less Bland-Name Product and more him modifying the poisons to make them even more deadly than their original versions.
  • Blessed with Suck: He occasionally comments that his talent is not something he enjoys utilising, because he can't use it to save people, it only comes into use after people die so their killers can be brought to justice.
  • Bookworm: His report card states that he likes novels.
  • Brain Bleach: His reaction to seeing Miu repairing Ki-bo amounts to this.
    " I remained silent, and quietly closed the door."
  • Break the Cutie: He's been through a lot as the protagonist. What really breaks him is when he learns that everyone's characters were entirely fabricated and when he watches an audition tape featuring his past self.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Lie Bullets shave off some of his Influence Gauge if he misses with them.
  • Cassandra Truth: After the first trial with the mastermind not revealing their true identity, Shuichi has a Heroic BSoD over Kaede believing him about the door behind the bookcase leading to the mastermind's lair. As it turns out, once the time limit set by K1-B0 is set, the door is opened and the mastermind's lair is revealed, with significant information at the helm of the Motherkuma unit living inside.
  • Character Development: A bizarre Deconstruction. Over the course of the game, he grows more confident in himself and his abilities, but according to the Big Bad, his journey as The Protagonist was decided from the start.
    Tsumugi: "When we saw your audition tape, we had a flash of inspiration. The weakest Ultimate Detective ever... Wouldn't it be great to see him grow? And that's why we made your character and had you join the gang."
    • Reconstructed by the end. He is the first Danganronpa participant to reject both Hope and Despair. His experiences within the game have caused him to deny Danganronpa in all its entirety, and not just Despair as per series tradition.
  • Chick Magnet: Like the many of the protagonists before him, Shuichi is quite the ladies man. Excluding Love Hotel events (as the genuineness of the other students' attraction to him is questionable due to the nature of those scenes), nearly all the girls will show subtle signs of being attracted to him, both Miu and Angie will admit that they have fallen in love with him if he completes their free time events, and of course, there are all those Ship Tease moments with Kaede.
    • Some of the comments seen in the sixth trial reaffirm this.
    "Shuichi is my husbando!"
    "Shuichi's eyes ^q^"
  • Clear My Name: He becomes a major suspect in the first trial, but Kaede manages to clear him of suspicion. He also does this for Yumeno and Oma (twice each) in later trials and repays Kaede the favor in the final trial.
  • Color Motif: Black. His uniform is black and before the end of the first chapter, he wears a black hat.
  • Commonality Connection: With Himiko, as when she has a severe Heroic BSoD in the third trial, Shuichi sympathizes with her because he knows exactly what she's feeling after he lost Kaede. He reminds her of Tenko's final words in order to motivate her to continue on.
  • Compressed Hair: A fairly minor example, but he keeps the trademark ahoge of a Danganronpa protagonist under his hat.
  • Cool Car: Drives a yellow car during Psyche Taxi.
  • Consummate Liar: Just like Kaede, he can use Lie Bullets to sway the others in the desired direction, and unlike Kaede he's far more convincing when he needs to be. Often, most of the others believe him, except for Kokichi, who usually sees through them but doesn't call him out.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Talent aside, Saihara is nothing like Kirigiri when acting as the game's Deuteragonist. Averted, once he is revealed to be the true main protagonist, as he shares many character traits with the franchise's previous protagonists, Makoto, Hajime, and Komaru. Shuichi claims that he was able to solve his previous cases largely due to luck, similarly exerting a lack of confidence and self-worth that his predecessors had as well. Also, Shuichi has a lot of self-doubts, but progressively learns to be more confident with himself, much like Hajime and Komaru in their games.
    • Played straight in regards to his investigative abilities and presence during trials. Shuichi's investigation skills are comparable to that of Kyoko, and his deductions allow him to actively carry trials in a way that his predecessor could not.
    • Invoked in regards to Kyoko. There are implications that Ultimate Detectives had been up to that point upstanding and strong characters, Shuichi's weak-willed nature was a plotline written by Tsumugi, as he was to become the weakest detective and the audience could watch him grow stronger.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Wears an all-black uniform, but is one of, if not the nicest of all the Dragontropa protagonists.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Falls into one after finding out that the outside world has become completely uninhabitable, devoid of life and oxygen. For days, he did nothing but lay in bed, although he recovers to find out the rest of the mysteries of the Gifted Inmates Academy. Later on, he crosses it again when he learns the events of the killing game were entirely fabricated, all the way to the point where Tsumugi nearly emerges victorious. He does recover from this as well, although he chooses not to side with Hope.
  • Detective Mole: If we trust the "audition tapes," Shuichi originally entered the killing game with the desire to pull this, but aside from becoming Chapter 1's suspect, he never commits any murders. The franchise itself averts this, as his audition also reveals that an Ultimate Detective has never been the blackened.
  • Deuteragonist: Promo material, the game's cover and the game itself up to the Chapter 1 Class Trial peg him as the secondary main character. Except he's actually the real protagonist.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: His talent is very useful for investigations, but Saihara's poor self-esteem prevents him from taking much control during trials. Over time, he gets over this and becomes more confident in his skills.
  • Driven to Suicide: Threatens this by not voting during the final trial in order to stop Team Danganronpa and the Killing Game. Luckily for him, he survives. He also experiences this, alongside everyone else, in Chapter 5, when everyone was under the belief that they were the last surviving humans and that there's nothing in the outside world worth escaping to; he doesn't go through with it, as a new flashback light is discovered and the contents of it give them renewed motivation.
  • Duet Bonding: When spending time with Kaede during Love Across the Universe, he practices a piano duet with her.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: It turns out he isn't just a Chick Magnet either, as in the main game alone Kokichi flirts with Shuichi and Kiibo can show some signs of growing quite attached to him as well and Kaito grows a close bond with him after taking Shuichi under his wing as his "sidekick". Needless to say the Love Hotel events and dating sim mode also brings this up, but how genuine these are in either case is naturally less clear.
  • Everyone Can See It: His feelings for Kaede are frequently brought up by the other characters, both to encourage and to hinder him.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: At the start of chapter 2, he takes off his Nice Hat, which he had been using to avoid eye contact, to signify his character development. This also reveals his Idiot Hair, signifying that he is now the protagonist.
  • Expy: There are striking similarities between him and Naoto Shirogane, such as their wardrobe, having several traits associated with the opposite gender, and their talents as detectives.
    • Also a fair number of similarities between him and another famous high school detective, Kudo Shinichi. Both have parents who are celebrities in the fields of writing and acting, are living overseas, and have a "hands-off" approach to parenting, and both Shuichi and Shinichi end up working at an "uncle's" detective agency.
  • Extreme Doormat: He tends to easily bend to the whims of others, like retrieving the sign in Chapter Four after Miu orders him to, getting dragged into training with Kaito in the middle of the night, etc. The only time he isn't like this is during trials when everyone is depending on him to solve the case. Character Development sees him slowly become more assertive.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Poor Shuichi is forced to do this three times within this game as he was put into a "Argument Armament" with his Implied Love Interest Kaede and his two best friends, Maki and Kaito.
  • First-Person Smartass: He might actually be on par with Hajime in this department. Then again, considering he has to deal with the likes of Kokichi Oma and Miu Iruma, it's quite hard to blame him.
  • Futile Hand Reach: He reaches for Kaede's hand just as she's dragged off to her execution.
  • Guyliner: Averted: although his eyelashes are very feminine, more than the female characters, they're completely natural according to the artbook.
  • Great Detective: His talent, though Shuichi is doubtful of his own abilities and believes he mostly solved the cases he worked on through dumb luck.
  • Heroic BSoD: Happens to him THREE TIMES in the game. The first one was being guilty of exposing Kaede as the killer and thus leading to her execution until he was given a harsh What the Hell, Hero? from Kaito. The second one was after seeing what the outside world has become. The final one was when he found out about the ''Danganronpa'' series, only to be snapped out of it by Ki-bo.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He believes he doesn't deserve his title because, as far as he is concerned, he only solved his cases by chance.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kaito.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Kaito makes him his "sidekick" during the second investigation, but it is really Shuichi who technically takes the lead during all the investigations and trials and is the one who figures out who the culprits are. Despite this, everyone refers to him as Kaito's sidekick, even Shuichi himself.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Downplayed, but one of his favourite gifts is a whale plush toy and he's the protagonist that openly displays the Monokuma dolls you collect rather than Kaede.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: After Kaede dies, he effectively takes her place as the Protagonist. He has to face numerous obstacles and heartache afterwards. It gets much worse in Chapter 6 when the Mastermind reveals the truth and it nearly breaks him.
    • Takes an especially cruel irony when it's revealed that he entirely brought this upon himself. In fact, he openly questions whether or not he actually did enter the game of his own volition.
  • Idiot Hair: Has one under his hat.
  • Kid Detective: Well, "Teenage Detective" would be more accurate, but Shuichi has solved cases far beyond what would be expected of his age.
  • Legacy Character: Takes up the title of Ultimate Detective after Kyoko. If his audition tape is real, then he wanted to be one and enthusiastically suggested that it would be "unexpected for a detective to be one of the killers".
  • Meaningful Name: Shuichi means "end one", fitting the character who ended Danganronpa in-universe.
    • As noted by Famitsu's main editor, his name can be shortened to Saishuu, the name of the "school" where the game takes place.
  • My Greatest Failure: An interesting case as it's also the murder case that made him famous. Shuichi ended up successfully exposing a Sympathetic Murderer who'd killed off an Asshole Victim. The murderer gave Shuichi a brutal Death Glare as he was taken in by the police, and Shuichi began to wonder if things would've been better had he not discovered the truth. As a result, he starts the game with low self-esteem, a reluctance to face hard truths, and uses his cap as a means of limiting eye contact.
  • Nice Hat: A black cap that he wears to avoid making eye contact with other people. He removes it once he becomes the protagonist, at the beginning of Chapter 2.
  • Nice Guy: Compared to how cold and aloof pre-Character Development Kyoko was, he's a lot nicer right from the get-go. In comparison to his predecessors, he's nicer than Hajime, though much shyer than Naegi. He ultimately fits into the same range as Komaru in terms of overall kindness.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Him finding out who the culprit was in Chapter Five indirectly lead the killing game to continue as with Monokuma now knowing that info, he is able to execute anybody.
    • In the third trial, he breaks through Kokichi's lie that he killed Angie by pointing out he couldn't have be the culprit, because in order to do that he would have her to unlock the door, kill her and then relock it and the laboratory only locks from the inside. Kokichi then says he was trying to lure the killer out by pretending to be guilty and hoping the killer would push for him to be convicted and that Shuichi ruined it.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In Chapter Six, he reluctantly enters the girls' bathroom in order to investigate a secret passageway Himiko discovered. When he leaves the bathroom he runs into Maki, who immediately questions what he was doing in there, causing Shuichi to invoke this trope. Himiko coming out moments later to say that she had trouble peeing only makes him look worse. Surprisingly subverted after Maki tells Shuichi that she trusts him enough to know that he had he likely had a good reason to be in there.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents spend most of their time working overseas, so he lives with his uncle and aunt instead. When he talks to Kaede about it he shows he is a bit bitter over their "hands-off parenting", though given their work in screenwriting and acting most people would view them as celebrities.
  • The Player Is the Most Important Resource: That's why the player, as Shuichi, has to commit a Fission Mailed to bore the audience as a way to stop the game itself. Shuichi was even willing to end his and everyone else's lives to deny a proper conclusion and cause the Danganronpa show to flop.
  • The Protagonist: Zigzagged as there are two instances where it's seemingly averted but then played straight in both instances. It's a long story.
  • Precision F-Strike: Shuichi isn't one to swear, though he gets a few spoken ones in. The most notable one in particular, however, is when he's absolutely furious at Monokuma (and by proxy, Tsumugi) for executing Kaede in spite of her not being Rantaro's killer:
    Shuichi: And you want to tell us that this game is fair? That there are rules?! That's all bullshit!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • He gives a surprisingly blunt one to Kokichi after the fourth trial, pointing out that for all Kokichi's intelligence and thinking he's several steps ahead of everyone else, he hasn't really "won" anything, nobody likes or trusts him and at the end of the day, he's alone and has nobody to blame for it but himself. Kokichi has no rebuttal to this.
    • He also gives one to the mastermind at the end of the killing game.
    "You never appreciated us... And it looks like you didn't appreciate the power of fiction! No one wants you anymore! No one wants to hear your sick, twisted stories anymore!"
  • Recurring Element:
    • He was the second character to hold a title of Ultimate Detective; the first is Kyoko Kirigiri. At least, he's the second that we've seen. His audition tape says that there have been other Ultimate Detectives over the years.
    • Because of Kaede being a Decoy Protagonist, he becomes the third male protagonist instead.
    • Like all the other protagonists, he is voiced by a woman regardless of gender (in the Japanese voiceover only, at least).
    • Of course, he, too, has an ahoge.
  • Replacement Scrappy: During the final Argument Armament, he is revealed to be one for Kaede in-universe. One of the things the outside world says to him is "This guy should have died instead of Kaede". Ouch.
  • The Rival: To Oma for most of the game. Ends up directly opposing Hope (in addition to Despair), ultimately becoming K1-B0's rival in the final chapter of the game.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: He was the Savvy Guy to Kaede's Energetic Girl, he was the one making deductions about the secret room in the library while Kaede came up with the plan to catch the mastermind with the cameras.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Kaito's manly man.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: To Tsumugi Shirogane, who is the Mastermind of V3.
    • And earlier, he gives one to Kokichi in the aftermath of the fourth trial.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: He, in the prologue, was outright shy towards Kaede, but warms up to her after a LITTLE while.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Yes, really. Despite being average at push-ups and needing Kokichi to help him lift the heavy iron cage in chapter three (and not being able to pick up the 175 lb. dog statue by himself much less carry it), after one of Keebo's free time events he picks up the nearly 200 lb. robot and takes him back to the dorms as if that should be normal for him to be capable of.
  • Stunned Silence: When he realises who the culprit is in the first trial, Shuichi enters such a bad Heroic BSoD he can't even bring himself to speak until Kaede encourages him to find the truth, no matter what.
  • Stumbled Into the Plot: Being the Ultimate Detective, he searches the school on his own accord like Kyoko did throughout Trigger Happy Havoc's first five chapters; only this time his completely independent detective work is done in the first day of the Killing Game and the fifth case. Upon encountering the library in the basement, he finds the bookcase that the mastermind is most likely hiding behind, the black-and-white Monokuma theme making him sure of the idea.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Actually in play alongside Contrasting Sequel Main Character. While he is definitely different from Kirigiri, he has on the other hand quite a bit in common with the previous player characters. Especially the facts that he is a pretty regular-looking student with (what he himself at least perceives as) an unremarkable talent and some self-esteem issues make him quite similar to Makoto, Komaru and Hajime.
  • Take a Third Option: In order to end the Killing Game, he picked neither Despair nor Hope.
  • The One Guy: By the end of the game, Shuichi is the only male survivor of the cast.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Got trapped in a Killing Game, saw Rantaro's corpse with the knowledge of who killed him, had to fight Kaede and watched her being executed in front of his face, had to fight against his closest friend, Kaito to prove Gonta killed Miu, had to deal with The Rival who was being The Chessmaster to everyone, had to fight Maki and lose Kaito in Chapter 5, faced the truth of being in a reality show where the role his past self wanted was "the detective who committed the best murder of all", had to go against K1-B0 while under the effects of Despair Event Horizon, and that's not even the full list.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Not one towards himself, but in a bonus mode interaction with Chihiro Fujisaki. He pretty much figures out Chihiro's gender after Alter Ego ended up talking about the AI's "father".
  • Walking Spoiler: It is very hard to talk about him without revealing that he is the true main character.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: One of the comments in chapters six's trial mentions his eyes with a drooling emoticon, implying that the viewer finds them attractive.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He's on the receiving end of this trope a lot during trials, usually when he's targeting somebody the others don't want to be targeted, like Gonta.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: While it appears bluish-black in most cases, some art of him makes it look bright blue.
  • You Are Too Late: In Chapter Five, he tries to lie about Kokichi (aka the victim of Chapter Five) being alive to trick Monokuma into getting the wrong verdict, but Monokuma was already too convinced that Kaito was the culprit at that time leading Kaito to step out of the Exisal to make sure that Monokuma doesn't execute anybody but him.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: In the final trial, the audience watching tell him that he should have been the one to die instead of Kaede.

     Kaito Momota 
Kaito Momota

Ultimate Astronaut

"Space, ya know, is an ally to people who want to overcome their limits without closing up."

Voiced By: Ryohei Kimura (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)

A trainee astronaut. The astronaut program requires a college degree, but Kaito bluffed his way in with fake documents and even passed the test. He was eventually found out but was kept on due to his personality and real talent. Kaito still hasn't been to space but wants to go more than anything. He's a classic romantic and often talks about dreams and passion.

After Kaede's death in Chapter 1, he takes it upon himself to be an emotional pillar for Shuichi and becomes the game's primary deuteragonist, forming a close friendship with Shuichi and often accompanying him during investigations. This friendship later extends to Maki Harukawa, creating a Power Trio. He is the culprit of Chapter 5, cooperating with Kokichi Oma and crushing him with a hydraulic press on his orders, and in order to save Maki from becoming the blackened after her successful attempt in poisoning Kokichi. Following Kokichi's plan to derail the killing game, he pilots an Exisal mecha and impersonates both himself and Kokichi during the trial to make it impossible to tell which one died. He dies of his mysterious illness partway through his execution, making it the second failed execution of a core Danganronpa game.

  • Accidental Pervert: During the second trial where he has no solid alibi, Kokichi stated that he saw a silhouette of a woman only in her underwear. Trying to have an alibi, Kaito tries to point out that woman could be a guy (read: Kaito himself) in woman's underwear in which he unintentionally stated that that guy would be committing another crime of itself if that was the case.
  • Act of True Love: While he goes along with Kokichi's plan of killing him in order to upstage Monokuma, the main reason Kaito goes along with it and branding himself as the blackened as if he didn't step in to do so, Maki would've become the blackened instead after having poisoned Kokichi - and he cares too much about her to let her die.
  • Anime Hair: It's shaped like a moon and sticks up at an angle that would make Phoenix Wright blush. Interestingly one of his early designs went the opposite direction, being shaped like a sun.
  • Badass Armfold: During his execution.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He gets mad when the other students repeatedly call him an idiot, but it's downplayed because nobody takes him seriously when he yells at them for it.
    • Belief in another person is something he takes very seriously. When Shuichi succumbs to grief after Kaede's execution, Kaito becomes enraged at Shuichi violating Kaede's faith in his ability to keep moving forward after her death and punches him hard enough to knock him down.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Inverted and played straight. Kaito takes Monokuma's execution not just to save Maki, but also because he was slowly dying of his sickness anyway. Midway through, Kaito succumbs to it and peacefully passes away, thus robbing Monokuma of proper execution. Possibly averted as Tsumugi, the mastermind of the Killing Game, claimed to have personally infected him with the virus that gave him his illness.
  • Beyond the Impossible: His Catchphrase is "The impossible is possible! All you have to do is make it so!".
  • Big Brother Mentor: He's described as having a reliable, brotherly sort of personality. He has shades of this in his relationship with Shuichi, pushing the latter towards becoming a stronger person.
  • Big "NO!": He does this in the third trial a lot because of theories being flown around that Angie/Tenko were both killed by ghosts.
  • Bishōnen: Per his design notes, though unusually he has a goatee.
  • The Bully: Not during the game itself, but if we trust the "audition tapes", he was actually this before his personality gets turned into a Nice Guy for this killing game.
  • Born Lucky: Inverted as Kaito is not good at gambling at all. Tsumugi Shirogane also claims during the final class trial that she gave him a lethal illness as part of his characterization, which means that Kaito Momota, the Ultimate Astronaut was literally born to die. See also: Butt-Monkey.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Yes, despite appearances, this guy is an astronaut trainee.
  • Butt-Monkey: He lost badly in gambling against Ryoma Hoshi in Chapter Two, gets accused of being the culprit for 25% of that same chapter's trial, gets very sick throughout most of Chapter Three, gets involuntarily kicked out of the virtual world twice and was framed in an unsuccessful murder attempt in Chapter Four, and then gets kidnapped by Kokichi in Chapter Five. There is also the fact he often gets called an idiot by the rest of the students.
  • Catchphrase: "The impossible is possible. All you have to do is make it so!" and calling himself "Kaito Momota, Luminary of the Stars". The former is adopted by Saihara doing the final trial.
  • Character Tics: He never wears his jacket properly, only putting his arm through one sleeve. This is a major clue about the true identity of the victim in Chapter Five.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: An inversion where Kaito forged the necessary documents to join an astronaut program and was found out, but they kept him on because of how passionate and genuinely talented he was.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: If his Argument Armament is to be believed, he's shockingly buff underneath his shirt and coat.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Kokichi suggests Kaito could be the culprit in Chapter Two and says only a murderer would grow a creepy goatee, Kaito protests...because his goatee is not creepy! (He thinks it gives him a "glamorous celebrity vibe", apparently.)
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Has purple hair matches with his purple eyes.
  • Coat Cape: He only wears his left jacket sleeve, leading the right side hang freely. This becomes a plot point in Chapter 5, when Shuichi must disprove Maki's assertion that it's not odd for the sleeve hanging out of the hydraulic press to not have an arm in it since it's his left sleeve.
  • Color Motif: He has purple hair, a purple coat, and purple eyes.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Possibly the sole aversion of any person who has been executed in the entire franchise as he actually died very peacefully. Bonus points for his execution being supposed to play it straight, as like the original 'Space Journey'/'Blast Off!', he was supposed to be subject to heavy G-forces, reducing him to bone a la Jin Kirigiri.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: During Chapter 5, Kaito takes control of one of the Exisals and uses a voice changer inside it to masquerade as Kokichi Oma during the class trial. Oma specifically gave Kaito a book with instructions on how to impersonate him perfectly.
  • Deuteragonist: Along with Maki after Shuichi was made the true protagonist of the game. Kaito acted as both a Big Brother Mentor and assistant to him during the investigation.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Maybe an In-Universe example. According to the "audition tapes," he was pretty much a Jerkass before the game but via brainwashing, his "character" was turned into a Nice Guy Big Brother Mentor.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Holds a large kiseru in his official art.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Downplayed—Kaito wears slippers rather than normal shoes.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Knowing that he's dying of an illness anyways he takes the heat for Maki's attempt on Kokichi's life while at the same time going along with Kokichi's plan to try and stop the true mastermind. When the rest of the group discovers the truth, he willingly goes on to his execution as he starts coughing up blood. In the midst of his execution he holds on long enough to see space then he lets out one last gasp of blood before dying with a smile on his face, interrupting Monokuma's execution and essentially giving Monokuma and the killing game one last giant middle finger. The killing game, however, may have given an even bigger middle finger back as Tsumugi as mastermind claims to have given him his illness as part of his character, even with the reveal however Monokumas reaction implies that the failed execution wasn’t intentional.
  • Expy: Let's see... A brash cocky guy with a brotherly bond with the protagonist, optimistic as hell, with his primary goal in life, is to literally reach the heavens? And is voiced by Kyle Hebert in the English dub with lines about how you can make impossible possible? It'd be more surprising if he wasn't meant to invoke Kamina.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Decides to accept his execution mostly because his illness was slowly killing him anyway.
  • Fatal Flaw: His arbitrary complete trust is often misguided. He believes Maki without questions despite evidence against her during the second trial, prompting some of the others to call him an idiot. Though his trust toward Maki is paid off, Oma doesn't think so. In the fourth case, Kaito quickly accuses Oma of the murder and as retaliation, Oma challenges Kaito's belief by revealing that Iruma planned to pin his murder on him and Gonta, who Kaito unconditionally trusted, was the culprit. Kaito answers by desperately denying both because he's incapable of wrapping his mind on the extreme situation that will drive good people into desperation. Which is exactly just as Oma had predicted; his initial plan is for everyone to be executed by blaming him for the murder because everyone will take Gonta's side, which is urged by Kaito.
  • Fighting Your Friend: He battled Shuichi in the Rebuttal Showdown and the PTA of Chapter 4 when he didn't believe that Gonta was the murderer of Miu.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: As he delivers his Famous Last Words before being hauled off to his execution.
  • First-Name Basis: From chapter 2 onwards, he starts referring to Saihara by his first name.
  • Friendly Rivalry: He imagines having one of these with Shuichi while in the Love Hotel. They're about to have a final challenge that will prove who's the best, but Kaito also has romantic feelings for his rival and wants to confess to him after they've settled things.
  • Foreshadowing: Kaito's apparent laziness during the training sessions with Shuichi might seem odd at first, given his status as an astronaut and how seemingly in shape he is, but at the end of Chapter 3 it's revealed that he's been afflicted with a deadly disease.
    • Additionally, Kaito notes in his second free time event with Kaede that she tends to go ahead on her own sometimes, something she agrees with him on. This trait eventually leads to her demise as she attempts to kill the mastermind without consulting Shuichi or anyone else about her plan.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: He punches Shuichi after Kaede's execution and the latter is in a serious Heroic BSoD, telling him that if he just sits around moping he's disrespecting the promise he made to her.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies with a smile, having saved Maki and fulfilled his dream of seeing space.
  • A Good Way to Die: Unlike the Cruel and Unusual Death Monokuma planned for him, he experiences this. He is placed into a rocket drill and gets to see space before he dies early, causing the rocket to experience an error and end.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Chapter 4. Everybody else completely relies on Shuichi to solve mysteries for them, Kokichi repeatedly mocks Kaito for trying to contribute when Shuichi is far more competent than him, Shuichi rejects Kaito and The Power of Friendship and indicts Gonta for the murder of Miu, and Kaito is forced to accept that if it weren't for Shuichi, Kaito would have probably gotten everybody killed by voting for Kokichi instead of Gonta. The frustration of it all causes Kaito to lash out at Shuichi and for the majority of Chapter 5, he is too ashamed of himself to say anything to Shuichi or even look him in the eye. They make up the night before his apparent death under the hydraulic press, and Kaito fully admits his jealousy during the aftermath of the Chapter 5 class trial, while he's at death's door from his illness and about to be punished by Monokuma.
  • The Heart: Kaito is the one who frequently lifts the group's spirits when the conversation turns dark or after the emotionally-taxing trials, he also refuses to isolate Maki after her talent is outed and goes out of his way to be supportive to Shuichi after Kaede's death. This shows when the remaining students rush to his side in concern when he collapses at the end of Chapter Four's trial and completely ignore Kokichi's Hannibal Lecture as they do so, much to Kokichi's frustration.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: How Kaito was brainwashed if the audition tapes are to be believed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Chapter 5, he ended up sacrificing himself to save Maki.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shuichi.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite what you may think about him at first, he is actually quite useful in investigations and trials and he is basically the fortification of the group. Additionally, his first free time event with Shuichi, he reveals that Kaito is fluent in Japanese, English and Russian. Shuichi himself notes at the end of the event that he'd been underestimating Kaito.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He states that he is against lying when he lied to everybody else about the fact that he was dying from a mysterious illness.
    • Also, throughout most of the game, he always encourages Shuichi to find the truth. Come to the aftermath of Gonta's trial, he became extremely upset at Shuichi when he does that.
  • I "Uh" You, Too: While Maki's feelings for Kaito are made very clear in the game, Kaito's are somewhat more ambiguous - he affectionately calls her "Maki Roll", he's the only one initially willing to reach out to her after she's outed as an assassin, he desperately clings to her when his fear of ghosts overwhelms him and he's even willing to kill Kokichi so she won't be executed as the Blackened. But when Maki gives him an Anguished Declaration of Love just before his execution, Kaito simply tells her not to cry and to never give up.
  • Iconic Item: His jacket, which is used in Chapter Five to make everyone think that he's the one who died in the hydraulic press.
  • Ideal Hero: Presents himself as a skilled and confident leader who quickly takes Shuichi under his wing as a "sidekick" and claims to have done the same for many others in the past. Again, this is how he presents himself. He's more like an...
  • Idiot Hero: Much to his chagrin, he's constantly referred to as an idiot by the cast. While he isn't dumb, he has a tendency to follow his guts and his heart rather than logic, or sometimes even common sense.
  • Ill Boy: He spends most of Chapter 3 sick, which he blames on the occult nature of the two murders, but it's revealed at the end that he's been harbouring the illness, which causes him to cough up blood, for some time and it's obviously far more serious than that. It's later implied to be a virus that wiped out most of humanity, but when that's revealed to have all been fake, Tsumugi admits the sickness was written into his character by Team Danganronpa because they thought it would make for an interesting storyline.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Of the Blood from the Mouth variety first seen manifesting at the end of Chapter 3, and it only gets worse from there.
  • Jerkass: If the "audition tapes" are to be believed, before the killing game, his past self was apparently this. In the game itself, nope.
  • Karmic Death: A rare positive example. Kaito is one of the friendliest characters in the whole game who sacrificed himself to save Maki and derail the killing game. His execution ends up with him getting to finally go to space and die relatively painlessly, compared to the brutal execution Monokuma had in store for him.
  • Large Ham: He can be quite over the top and bombastic when riled up.
  • Lazy Bum: Kaito never actually finishes any of the exercises he puts Shuichi and, later, Maki through, eventually reaching a point where he's not even trying anymore. This is subverted, however, when Chapter 3 reveals his Incurable Cough of Death, meaning that he skipped on training not out of laziness, but because his illness most likely made physical activities much more painful for him.
  • The Leader: After Kaede's death, Kaito is the closest thing the group have to a leader, as Shuichi is too weak-willed to influence them. Kaito isn't anywhere near as successful as Kaede was and butts heads with the other students at times, especially Kokichi, but he does his best to push the others forward and he's initially the only one who reaches out to Maki after Kokichi outs her as the Ultimate Assassin.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He is often quite reckless to the point where he nearly attempted to attack Kokichi with the Exisals on the Ultimate Supreme Leader's side in Chapter Five. This only results in him being kidnapped by Kokichi, and being separated from the group throughout the rest of the chapter. Kokichi slightly lampshaded this by calling him a reckless idiot.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Maki after his death in Chapter 5.
  • Love Freak: He's something of a romantic, believing wholeheartedly in following one's dreams and never giving up.
  • Love Interest: For Maki.
  • Men Don't Cry: Subverted. Despite his manly attitude, Kaito is visibly crying when punching Shuichi in the aftermath of Kaede's death and he's also among the students who end up crying alongside Himiko in the aftermath of the third trial. However, he does take issue when other guys do nothing other than cry and wallow in self-pity, which is the driving issue between him and Ryoma, as well as the reason behind the aforementioned punching of Shuichi.
  • The Münchausen: The truth behind his stories about fighting pirate captains and befriending lost civilizations is questionable at best, even before the reveal that everything about his character was fabricated.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: He was apparently a Jerkass prior to the killing game and brainwashing.
  • Nice Guy: At his core, Kaito is a very caring and compassionate young man, willing to help and protect others.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: He encouraged the other students to escape the school using Miu's inventions that Kokichi left for everybody. It should be noted that the other students doubted what Kokichi had said, and given how Kaito and Kokichi never really get along, Kaito should also be extremely suspicious of Kokichi. However, given that he was Secretly Dying from his disease, he was so desperate to get out of the school and go to space that he decided to use Miu's inventions.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Kaito means well, but he can be quite sexist at times - he frequently chastises Shuichi and Gonta for being too emotional or submissive and goes out of his way to try and encourage Shuichi to be more confident and "manly" by training with him. He also often underestimates the girls, such as thinking Maki won't be able to handle doing one-hundred push-ups despite her assassin training or stating he doesn't think women should use weapons. Unlike Tenko, this isn't treated as a serious character flaw, though Kaito's assumptions towards Maki, in particular, tend to make him look fairly ridiculous, since it's clear that Maki outclasses Kaito in every way when it comes to physical activities and it's actually Kaito who is the more compassionate, romantic one of the two of them. His old-fashioned values may have something to do with being raised by his grandparents.
  • Power of Friendship: He's big on trusting people like he's a shonen series' protagonist. In the second trial, he trusts the notion that Maki doesn't murder Ryoma, despite she has no alibi and the others are calling him an idiot for believing her without any evidence. In the third trial, he also believes in Himiko about Tenko not committing suicide because Himiko says that Tenko had no intention of dying.
    • Chapter 4 becomes a Deconstruction of the trope. His only basis for believing Gonta is not the killer is because of this, despite the fact that there's a mountain of evidence that says otherwise. Oma calls him out on this throughout the trial, and even Shuichi is unable to side with Kaito this time.
  • Rated M for Manly: He seems to take acting "like a man" pretty seriously, often advising Shuichi to be more assertive and telling Gonta not to be so gullible. In Bonus Mode, he naturally bonds very quickly with Mondo over this.
  • Recurring Element: A hammy, quirky guy who quickly becomes "bros" with the more-reserved protagonist and has a brief falling-out with them midway through the game before they reconcile, just like Kazuichi and Hajime from Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Kaito and Kazuichi even have the same English voice actor.
  • Red Herring:
    • It never comes up in-game, but his official art depicts him holding a kiseru, which is a Japanese smoking pipe. This may have been intended to mislead players in regards to the nature of his illness.
    • Also, Shuichi stated in Chapter 2 that "it is not like I will never see Kaito again" after the Insect Meet and Greet, and with him not showing up at the magic show, it made it seem like Shuichi jinxed Kaito by saying that. Around that time, the player may have zero ideas that he would be the Deuteragonist of the game as he had gotten way more screen time in Chapter Two than in Chapter One, and they may just think that Kaito would end up being the second victim of the killing game.
  • Rivals Team Up: With Kokichi in Chapter Five in order to create a murder that even Monokuma can't solve.
  • Scheherezade Gambit: In the Chapter 5 trial, in spite of Kokichi's plan to induce a situation where Monokuma can't deduce the culprit of the case and ruin the killing game, Kaito knows fully well that he's going to die regardless due to his disease, which is why he eventually rejects Shuichi actually calling for everyone to follow through on his act. Because of this, there's seemingly no point to him obfuscating the trial and impersonating Kokichi, but he goes through with it regardless - not because he wants to necessarily "ruin" the killing game but because he wants to stall the entire trial so that his disease will catch up to him and kill him before he can get executed. To Monokuma's frustration, this plan is a success, as Kaito gets to have a heartfelt goodbye to his friends, and dies mid-execution while in space, happy that he finally achieved everything he could possibly hope to achieve.
  • Secretly Dying: At first, his fever is vouched on the occult atmosphere of the chapter, since he's terrified of ghosts to the point that it could make him sick. But at the end of the chapter, it's revealed that his illness is far more serious and it only gets worse later on.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Shuichi's sensitive guy. From early on, Kaito tries to encourage Shuichi to toughen up and stand strong, even when the tragedies burden down on him.
  • Shipper on Deck: In Ultimate Talent Development Plan, there are a couple of moments where Kaito brings up Shuichi in regards to Kaede (such as telling Maki that seeing Shuichi during a performance would get Kaede psyched up, as well as taking Kaede expressing surprise that he came to her performance alone as a disappointment that Shuichi didn't come with him) showing that he's very much aware that there's something between the two going on and is actively encouraging it. He also punches Shuichi at the end of the first trial when he doesn't think Shuichi is honouring Kaede's last wish.
  • Ship Tease: With Maki. She's the only character Kaito comes up with an Affectionate Nickname for and she ends up being the person he clings to when he's scared in the third investigation. He's also the only one willing to befriend her following the reveal of her true talent, but even before that he was very adamant on defending her when she was accused during the second trial, despite not having any actual proof of her evidence, even collaborating with Shuichi when he lies to protect her. It all culminates in him sacrificing himself in Chapter 5 partially so that she wouldn't become the blackened for killing Kokichi. His feelings towards her are never outright confirmed though, unlike Maki's.
    • He also gets a surprising amount of moments with Kaede, despite her short presence in the plot. He's more affectionate towards her than with anyone else at the time, even offering to give her a hug at one point. He's also one of Kaede's most adamant supporters, getting angry with the rest of the students on her behalf after they all turn on her following their failed escape attempts through the Death Road of Despair; as well as making one last ditch effort to defend Kaede at the end of the first trial, with Kokichi even teasing him about how weirdly desperate he sounds. Lastly, he's among the students who were willing to give their lives to prevent Kaede from being executed. Interestingly enough, as mentioned on Shipper on Deck, Kaito seems to encourage Kaede and Shuichi's relationship, implying that, if he does have feelings for her, he's perfectly happy to set her up with his best friend if he thinks that's what she wants.
  • Shounen Hair: Spiky purple hair that sticks up. It fits with his Hot-Blooded personality and belief in The Power of Friendship.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Kaito punches Kokichi in the face when the latter boasts about how he's going to "win" the Killing Game.
  • Significant Birth Date: April 12, the International Day of Human Space Flight.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Surpasses even Owada and Kuzuryu on that ground. He somehow manages to have a friendlier image than those two despite that. It's downplayed in the localization, however.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: As an attempt to save Maki from being executed for poisoning Kokichi, both him and Kaito have willingly agreed for the latter to kill the former.
  • Talk to the Fist: In Chapter Four, Kokichi bragging about how he intends to "win" the Killing Game and mocking the others over wanting to end it makes Kaito totally lose his temper and he actually punches Kokichi in the face. Unfortunately, this impulsive act is implied to be what inspired Miu to frame Kaito for her attempted murder of Kokichi and Kaito is the prime suspect for Chapter Four's trial until Shuichi is able to prove Kaito couldn't log out of the Virtual World by himself.
  • Third-Person Person: He likes to call himself "Kaito Momota - Luminary of the Stars!" a lot.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Narrowly averted when he attacked Monokuma in which the Monokubs nearly killed him with the Exisals if they hadn't accidentally destroyed Monokuma. Played straight with the Leeroy Jenkins moment as listed above.
  • Tragic Bromance: After Chapter One, he takes Shuichi under his wing and they become very close friends, with even other characters like Miu commenting on their bizarre "bromance". Then Chapter Five arrives...
  • Verbal Tic: Uses "bro" quite a lot with Shuichi.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Prone to these, beginning at the end of Chapter One when he punches Shuichi in the face and tells him that wallowing in his Heroic BSoD is disrespecting Akamatsu's Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Oma gives Kaito one of these in Chapter Four for his inability to accept Gonta is the killer. It all accumulates to an image which shows disturbing similarities to the one Kaito gives to Shuichi.
    • Despite respecting her dedication to her people, he calls Kirumi out when she tries to get one of her fellow students to sacrifice themselves in her place because she views her life as "more important" than that of her fellow students. Notably, this is one of the only times he and Kokichi are in agreement about something.
    • When he is confirmed the culprit of Kokichi's murder case, mainly Shuichi and Maki abrasively chide Kaito himself for killing someone despite his adamance about never becoming a murderer, mainly due to them knowing that he'll receive execution if he ever did decide to commit a murder.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ghost stories upset Kaito to the point where he can't eat or sleep properly. The whole deal with the Monokubs' Necronomicon and Korekiyo's Caged Child ritual leave him completely useless for the rest of Chapter Three.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Kaito believes that everyone is "the protagonist of their own story." As such, he often encourages others to do their best, more often Shuichi whenever he gets down.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's purple.

     Ryoma Hoshi 
Ryoma Hoshi

Ultimate Tennis Pro (Ultimate Prisoner)

"Anyway...I'm warning you. It's dangerous to just walk up to a killer like me."

Voiced By: Akio Ōtsuka (Japanese), Chris Tergliafera (English)

A world-famous tennis player. During international matches, he would kill Mafiosi by hitting them in the head with a custom-made steel tennis ball, earning him the nickname "Killer Tennis" and the death sentence. He has a jaded, hardboiled demeanour despite being a teenager, and claims that the Ultimate Tennis Player is already dead due to already being in jail before coming to the Gifted Inmates Academy.

He is the victim of Chapter 2, allowing himself to be drowned by Kirumi Tojo after learning that nobody outside the killing game cared about him, and he had no one outside the academy to live for.

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the Japanese dub of the game, Kokichi suggested that Maki gave him his video because of how he knows about her talent, and she wanted him not to have a reason to live. However, in the English dub of the game, Kokichi suggested that Ryoma actually blackmailed her into showing his video, threatening to reveal her true talent otherwise.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's implied to be suffering from depression. Some symptoms include his loss of interest in tennis and general apathy towards most things, purposefully distancing himself from the other students, and many suicidal thoughts, specifically claiming he doesn't have a reason to live and offering to become the first victim after Monokuma announces a time limit, overall showing very little regard for his own life. In Chapter 2, he puts up no resistance and lets Kirumi kill him, even when he had every opportunity to avoid it.
  • Badass Adorable: Looks like a children's plush toy, yet he took out an entire mafia organization with only a steel tennis ball.
  • Badass Baritone: Being voiced by Akio Ōtsuka gives him one, contrasting his cartoony design. Chris Tergliafera, the voice of Gundham Tanaka, another resident Badass Baritone, isn't too shabby in this department either.
  • Blush Sticker: Adding to his cartoony design.
  • Breaking Old Trends: He has a Non-Standard Character Design much like Hifumi and Teruteru, but they primarily served as comic relief whereas Ryoma is more serious and has a pretty tragic backstory. And while Hifumi and Teruteru have prominent perverted streaks, Ryoma does not display such behavior.
  • Broken Bird: A rare male example. Ryoma used to be a lot more cheerful before he killed the mafia and was put on Death Row. The aftermath has caused him to become much more distant, both socially and emotionally, constantly warning others to stay away from him.
  • Cassandra Truth: In the first Rebuttal Showdown, he deduces that Rantaro's murderer sneaked out of the library after killing him and then feigned ignorance after regrouping with everyone else, but Kaede insists he's wrong because she thinks she herself is the culprit. It's not until the last trial that his deduction is proven to be on the right track, but because of the mastermind's manipulations, there was not enough concrete evidence to point to the real killer and save Kaede from execution.
  • Catchphrase: "You've still got a ways to go". Taken straight from Ryouma Echizen.
  • Cat Smile: In some of his sprites.
  • Chained by Fashion: Has a manacle with a broken chain on his left leg. This is a remnant of his days on Death Row.
  • Color Motif: Dark Blue.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: OH SO VERY MUCH, probably the worst non-execution death in the game. He is hit in the back of the head with a wooden board, then in his injured state drowned to death in a sink, which was noted by Shuichi to be a violent struggle owing to all the scratch-marks his handcuffs left, not to mention he had to stare at the handcuffs as he drowned, a vivid reminder of his criminal past. As if that wasn't bad enough, he also gets eaten by piranhas until nothing but his bones remain. Thankfully, he was already dead when this happened.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He admits to being a dangerous person, having used his talent to murder mafia members in the past, and even received a death sentence for his actions.
  • Death Seeker: He thinks that being a death row inmate automatically makes his life worth less than anyone else, so when Monokuma announces that everyone will die if murder doesn't occur in 48 hours, he immediately volunteers to be the first victim (of course, this is compounded with the "First Blood" perk offered by Monokuma, which would allow the first murderer to skip the Class Trial and graduate without everyone else being executed). Rantaro temporarily manages to convince him otherwise. He doesn't last long in the killing game.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Starting in Chapter 2, Ryoma vows to find a reason to keep on living. When the motive involves everyone obtaining videos of their loved ones in the outside world and he ends up obtaining Maki's instead of his, he goes to meet up with her so they can swap videos. However...
  • Driven to Suicide: After watching his video and learning that nobody from the outside world missed him (or perhaps more accurately, there was nobody from the outside world left to miss him since they were presumably all killed by the mafia), Ryoma loses his will to live and allows himself to be murdered by Kirumi.
  • Dramatic Irony: As described under Cassandra Truth and Right for the Wrong Reasons, his theories about the murder in Chapter 1 are actually VERY close to the truth. But because of what the cast knows at the time, they're ultimately thrown out, and what really happened isn't discovered until very late in the game.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As a death row inmate it's common to have his fellow students consider him to be "evil" at worst or a Fallen Hero at best, but this is sadly averted as shown by his motive video. It turns out he had absolutely no one left in his life that cared about him to appear in it, making him the only person in the series to have this openly be the case. He does speak about a beloved cat he misses dearly in his first free time event with Akamatsu, but he's certain the cat has long forgotten about him. Given how Celeste's cat and even Fukawa's stink bug were able to act as Hit List Targets in Ultra Despair Girls, which seemed to imply the targets were all subjects of their respective student's motive video, he's likely right about his cat moving on.
  • Face Death with Dignity: A rather tragic subversion. Ryoma, when confronted with Kirumi's desire for freedom, believes that she is in the right to target him with his depression reaching an all-time high preventing him to have any motivation to move forward. He turns his back to her and allows her to enact the plan that will ensure his death. However, as he regains consciousness, he's filled with the desire that all people have to live and spends his last moments struggling as anyone else would.
  • Fatal Flaw: His depression means that it is exceptionally easy for Monokuma to drive him to despair by showing him an empty motive video, and Ryoma loses all motivation to survive and turns his back on Kirumi, allowing her to knock him out and kill him.
  • Flash Step: It is shown that he's capable of using this, complete with The Prince of Tennis reference. This comes up in the second trial; how could someone who was so alert and so fast be caught off guard by someone sneaking up behind him and nailing him in the back of his head? The answer: he let himself get killed.
  • Fragile Speedster: He is extremely fast, as noted above, but once Kirumi grabs him, he is unable to fight her off and Shuichi notes by the scratch marks on the sink and handcuffs that Ryoma struggled a lot before succumbing.
  • Gonk: He has more of a plush looking appearance compared to everyone else.
  • He Knows Too Much: According to Oma's interpretation in the Japanese version of the game, since he ended up watching Maki's video and found out about her true talent, she gave Ryoma his video knowing that he would no longer have a reason to live and will become a Death Seeker. Maki has claimed at the beginning of the chapter to never have watched the video. It's advised to remember that Oma is very negatively biased against murderers.
  • Huge Girl, Tiny Guy: Tiny Guy to Kirumi's Huge Girl, making it very easy for her to overpower him. Though Ryoma is heavily implied to have allowed her to knock him unconscious, Shuichi comments he still struggled when being drowned in the sink.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: He used his tennis skills to kill members of the mafia with steel tennis balls.
  • Irony: All of these students in a prison school, and he's the only one of the entire cast who has even been in an actual prison.
    • Also, how does a guy who took down The Mafia end up? Eaten by piranhas. As in, he sleeps with the fishes.
    • Despite being one of the youngest-looking characters in the game, he's implied to be one of the oldest members of this cast considering he calls everybody else "kid" and the laws protecting minors from capital punishment.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Despite his Dark and Troubled Past, he's one of the most selfless members of the group, and he used to own a cat before going to prison and passing it off to an acquaintance. His report card refers to his love for Russian Blues in particular.
  • The Lost Lenore: His Free Time Events with Saihara have him talk about a lover he used to have, who was killed before the game started much like the rest of his family, despite him distancing himself from her for her own protection, something he greatly regrets doing.
  • Nice Guy: Though he acts gruff and purposefully distances himself from people, he really does treat the entire class genuinely decently and wants a reason to live on with them. He even outright allows himself to be killed when Kirumi confronts him, despite demonstrating how easily he could escape if he wanted.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a black hat with two points that has a picture of two tennis rackets on it.
  • Nightmare Face: The trial prior CG that shows the faces of all characters has a creepy close-up of his face that looks absolutely unsettling.
  • No Brows: The only character in the game to not have any eyebrows, though his eyelids take up the mantle of expressiveness to offset this.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: As per the series' standard Recurring Element he looks nothing like any of the other members of the cast, much in the same vein of Hifumi, Teruteru, Bandai and Daiki. And just like Bandai, Ryoma has a voice that completely contrasts his design. And much like those characters, he also dies in the first half of the game.
  • Older Than They Look: Thanks to his height and plush-like appearance (but not his voice), he could easily be mistaken for a small child. In reality, if Japan sentenced him to death row he can't be younger than 18 due to how the laws work.
  • Piranha Problem: His corpse gets eaten by piranhas, reducing his body to a skeleton in mere moments.
  • Prison Rape: If you take him on a date to the gym in Dangan Salmon Team and suggest that both of you should remove your clothes, he will complain that you are giving him flashbacks from his time in prison, implying that he was a victim of this.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Like Angie, he assumed the mastermind was the murderer of Rantaro and did kill him by hiding behind the secret door. He also suspected Shirogane of being Rantaro's murderer, by disguising in the toilets and kill him while he was distracted. While she didn't disguise herself, she did take the secret passageway in the toilets to get behind the secret door and killed Rantaro, before taking the evidence and hiding behind the bookshelf. His theory was proven false at the time because everyone assumed there was only one entrance to the secret hideout.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His family and lover were killed by the mafia because he refused to go along with their match-fixing. In return, he killed all their members with steel tennis balls.
  • Serial Killer: A former example, unlike active cases like Syo, Kiyo, or Maki. He only targeted the mafia who murdered his own loved ones, but it earned him both the name "Killer Tennis" and a spot on death row after he was caught.
  • The Stoic: Easily the most serious and least emotional character in the game. The most emotion he's shown is either mild shock or Tranquil Fury.
  • Shout-Out: He's quite obviously named after Ryoma Echizen, another short but excellent tennis player. Hoshi also makes frequent use of Echizen's Catchphrase. To top it off, Hoshi's first two Free Time Events are perfect descriptions of Echizen's teammates and major rivals (specifically Tezuka, Fuji, Inui, Atobe and Yukimura).
  • Smoking Is Cool: Befitting the image of a badass, hardened criminal, he always has a cigarette in his mouth... except it is really just cigarette-shaped candy. Candy Cigarettes are also one of the best gifts to give him during Free Time. In the Ultimate Talent Development Plan, one event has Kiyotaka Ishimaru mistake the candy for the real thing. Ryoma has to put it away anyway since any kind of eating when manning a food stall is seen as poor form.
  • Stripped to the Bone: He gets devoured by piranhas when his body is discovered, reducing him to bones. Perhaps mercifully, this happens after his death.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Ryoma is aloof, jaded, and standoffish, but he loves cats, seems to think highly of most of the cast, and if his motive video in Chapter 2 is anything to go by, he's actually very lonely.
  • Tempting Fate: Says he wants to find a reason to stay alive at one point in Chapter 2. He doesn't, and he eventually becomes the second murder victim.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: The smallest male character in the game (according to his report card, he's 3'5), and easily the shortest human character in the entire series by a long shot (to the point where he has to stand on a stool during class trials). Ironic, considering his talent. invoked
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Inverted, his legs are notably much more muscular than the rest of his body. Justified, since his talent requires a lot of movement to get from one end of the court to another.
  • Tranquil Fury: Following Kaede's execution and Monokuma's gloating.
    Ryoma: ...I don't think I've ever felt quite this...irritated.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Discussed between him and Tsumugi in Ultimate Talent Development Plan. Even with his Nonstandard Character Design, Tsumugi believes Ryoma must be a hit with the fairer sex thanks to his brooding demeanour, only for Ryoma to point out why such a thing would be horrible considering his Dark and Troubled Past as a hitman pursued by the mafia.
  • Vocal Dissonance: His shortness and cartoony appearance make him look like a very young child, but he has a deep, manly voice.

     Rantaro Amami 
Rantaro Amami

Ultimate ??? (Ultimate Survivor / Ultimate Adventurer)

"But I promise, I'm not a bad guy. Nice to meet ya."

Voiced By: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)

A mysterious boy with a rather cavalier demeanour. For some reason, he has forgotten his talent but decides to look forward to remembering it instead of worrying about it. Despite his attitude, he can quickly grasp the depth of a situation and gives off the impression that he may know something the others don't.

He is the victim of Chapter 1. Initially thought to have been caught by Kaede Akamatsu's deathtrap, he was actually murdered by Tsumugi Shirogane - the mastermind - in order to kickstart the killing game, as Monokuma's time limit motive was not having an effect on the students. It's revealed posthumously that Rantaro's true title was Ultimate Survivor; a special title given to people who have previously survived a killing game, giving them access to special perks that allows them to win the game easier. Since Rantaro was not a student involved during the Hope's Peak Academy incidents, his title becomes a major clue for Shuichi in uncovering the true nature of the current killing game.

  • Action Survivor: He's the SHSL Survivor, apparently having survived previous instances of Mutual Killing games.
  • Advertised Extra: He follows the trend of a seemingly important and heavily promoted character being the first victim of the game, although unlike his predecessors, he's largely Out of Focus even prior to his death.
  • Ambiguously Evil: The game very blatantly sets him up as a suspicious type similar to Komaeda, and some of his expressions are quite sinister. Being the first victim, we don't get to see this side explored. For what it's worth, he's more than willing to keep replaying (and winning) this game, even going so far as to leave himself messages, and since there are only two ways to survive a killing game, it's perfectly plausible that he has been a killer in a previous game.
    • The finale gives the remaining survivors the option to stay in the killing game forever, or sacrifice all but two to "punishment" while the remaining two leave the killing game as victors. Shuichi presses the mastermind on what "punishment" means, and makes the deduction that those that are sacrificed will have their memories wiped and be thrown into another killing game, and it is implied that Rantaro Amami gained the title of Ultimate Survivor by being punished this way.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Rantaro has no recollection of his talent.
  • Anime Hair: Messy, asymmetric, fork-like ahoge and green.
  • Anvil on Head: He is struck by a shotput, which falls from on top of the bookshelf he is standing in front of. Subverted when we later learn that Kaede's trap missed him, and Tsumugi hit him with an identical one afterwards.
  • Asexuality: Ambiguously asexual in this case, as he displays a large lack of romantic or sexual interest in any character and has the sole platonic Love Hotel scene. Considering the Love Key turns Shuichi in the ideal partner of whoever goes to the hotel with him, and for Rantaro's the two just talk as if the former is his little brother, it's possible that Rantaro doesn't really have any interest in anyone that way as opposed to Tsumugi's theory he was gay.
  • Berserk Button: From Dangan Salmon Team, if you take him on a date and suggest that you could accept living in the academy forever (after promising to travel the world with him to find his younger sisters), he shows off a unique Nightmare Face sprite almost on par with what Kokichi can do.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He has 12 younger sisters, and he's shown to be very kind and protective of them. His Love Hotel scene shows a glimpse of his big-brotherly personality, as his delusion involves seeing Shuichi as a little brother he must protect.
    • In the free time events between him and Shuichi, he eventually reveals that one of his little sisters vanished while she was following Rantaro as he snuck off to explore during a family trip. He somehow lost contact with all 12 of his little sisters, all around the planet like this, and he gained the title of Ultimate Adventurer by relentlessly searching for them all around the globe.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He seems shallow and carefree, but is very sharp and willing to interrogate Monokuma. He also fully grasps the gravity of the situation they're in. As a survivor of previous killing games, he knows full well what's going on.
  • Bishounen: He's very handsome-looking and has somewhat feminine mannerisms that he probably picked up from his 12 sisters. He's even better at painting Kaede's nails than Tsumugi is.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Kyoko and Hajime, the two other students with initially unknown talents, each survive their respective killing games. Rantaro is the first casualty in his.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Not his death itself (being smashed by a metal ball), but the reason why he's in the killing game again. It turns out the final execution is "re-doing the killing game," thereby subjecting Rantaro to another round of killing and murder.
  • Dead Star Walking: In-Universe he was a popular celebrity for winning at least one Killing Game and was unceremoniously killed off first in this one. This trope applies out of universe as well, considering he's voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa. On top of that, he's rather popular in Japan for a first victim character (beating well-liked characters such as Ki-bo by being the 6th most voted character in their official popularity poll) and who's fans are clamoring for a spin-off starring him.
  • Death by Genre Savviness: Discovering the mastermind's lair during his own investigation led to his demise.
  • Edgy Backwards Chair-Sitting: Showcased in his official art.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: His hair is longer on the left side of his face, leaving his other ear and his various piercings exposed.
  • Foreshadowing: Sharp-eyed players will notice a few things off about his corpse. Firstly, the wound from the shot-put ball is not quite consistent with where it landed: the bleeding wound is on the back of his head rather than the crown of his skull. Secondly, the blood splatter on the wall doesn't exactly line up with the open book. These hints foreshadow that Kaede's attempt failed and that he was actually attacked from behind.
  • Guyliner: Not nearly as much as Saihara, but he nonetheless has quite the lashes.
  • He Knows Too Much: In the prologue, while pretty much the entire cast seems clueless and terrified, he is the only one to stand up to the Monokumas and call them out on what he claims to be a "silly copycat routine". Quite tellingly, he loses most of his memories after the first Flashback Light transformation and is the first character to die.
  • Hero of Another Story: The previous killing game he survived. Also, his adventures to find his twelve missing sisters across the globe.
  • Idiot Hair: He has a sort of fork-resembling ahoges coming out of the top of his hair. He wouldn't be out of place as a protagonist of another killing game, given his history.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: As a result of growing up with twelve sisters. He's even skilled in nail art, which he demonstrates to Kaede during a bonus scene in Chapter 1.
  • Lampshade Hanging: His first voiced sentence on the third PV of the game has him saying "I'm not a suspicious guy". There's absolutely nothing in him that does not look suspicious.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: In his Free Time Event, Saihara wishes Rantaro well on his adventures and hopes that he can reunite with his lost sister...but Rantaro immediately corrects him, saying that he has 12 younger sisters, all of whom he somehow lost during his adventures. In the School Mode, he claims that he also has brothers, but he doesn't clarify the number. It seems his insistence to not being called a playboy is because his father is one.
  • Mellow Fellow: He acts pretty down to earth and calm despite the situation.
  • Messy Hair: To add to his generally casual, easy-going appearance.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his suspicious looks, he's a very polite, mild-mannered, and friendly guy.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: It's hard to say if he is "ordinary" or even a high schooler at this point, but in terms of looks, he is among the most average and normal-looking of the cast along with Maki and Kaede.
  • Out of Focus: Taking aside him being the first victim, he has a notable lack of screen time in comparison to Sayaka/Chisa/The Ultimate Imposter. He's the subject of a lot of in-game speculation and plot points posthumously as described in the below trope, though.
  • Posthumous Character: While he was alive, he was extremely Out of Focus but come to Chapter Six, his talent as well as what truly ended up happening with his murder case becomes extremely important.
  • Punny Name: An alternative reading of his name's kanji is "tenkai", which when written with a different set of kanji (展開), can be translated as "plot twist", referring to his "talent" as the Ultimate ???.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's a skilled nail artist, upstaging Tsumugi as he demonstrates by painting Kaede's nails. Him knowing how to paint nails probably has something to do with him having 12 younger sisters.
  • Recurring Element: Just like Kyoko and Hajime from the previous two games, his talent is unknown thanks to him having amnesia. He is, in fact, the Ultimate Survivor, who has survived multiple killing games in the past.
  • Red Herring: Fans have pointed out how his innocent and friendly smile and overall mysterious though normal presence makes him look like Nagito, and in fact, one of his early designs looked nearly identical to Nagito. The English dub takes it a step further by having the same voice actor as the previous game's protagonist voice him, which was the same situation with Nagito. Turns out that it's subverted, as he's nothing like Nagito.
  • Red Herring Mole: The promotional material heavily plays him up as a suspicious person and also as someone close to Kaede, leaving the impression he would be either the Token Evil Teammate or some sort of Deuteragonist, but instead he's the first victim and is pretty Out of Focus during the entire game. He also counts as either this or a Decoy Protagonist in-universe, since fans of his previous season would likely expect more out of him and his attempts to quietly take the game down.
  • Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: How Akamatsu apparently kills him - through a shot put rolled down the vents, redirected into the library by a vent cover, and down a staircase of books hidden by a wall of books acting as a stopper, with a gutter formed by open books onto Rantaro's head. In reality, her trap missed, and Shirogane simply bashes him over the head.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Out of universe he's clearly this but in-universe he'd be seen as a Sacrificial Lion.
  • Ship Tease: With Kaede. Both of them seems to have formed a bond in Chapter 1, as Kaede is his only true friend, and they even get a special CG of Rantaro painting Kaede's nails in this chapter's bonus event.
  • Significant Birth Date: October 26, Mountain Climbing Day. His birth flower is the "maple" or "Kaede" in Japanese, most likely to foreshadow how their paths crossed in the first chapter, eventually triggering the events of V3.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Despite his death in Chapter 1 and being noticeably Out of Focus for the majority of the game, a good portion of the final chapter is focused on the survivors trying to find out his true identity, which leads them to a mysterious video recorded by himself that eventually give them a clue to uncover the truth regarding his murder as well as the mastermind's identity.
  • Smarter Than You Look: His bio describes him as being more clever than he appears. Given that he's been involved in another killing game before this one, it's no wonder he's this.
  • Story-Breaker Power: His talent is actually Ultimate Survivor, which comes with perks that give him bonus information (such as a video of himself from before he got his memory wiped, and a map of the entire academy, although the hidden passage in the girl's bathroom is omitted from the map).
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In-universe. See Dead Star Walking.
  • Tareme Eyes: To help denote his apparent Mellow Fellow vibe.
  • Too Powerful to Live: He could have potentially ended the game very early. Unluckily for him, Tsumugi took advantage of Kaede's trap and bashed him over the head before he got the chance to interfere. Bonus points for having Angie attempting to resurrect him only for her to die before she could do so.
  • Walking Spoiler: An unusual case; while not as big as some other characters, he can still count due to being killed off earlier than many would expect, becoming Out of Focus within the story in comparison to what promotional materials made him out to be. On the more traditional side of this trope, his true talent and all the implications that come with it give away a massive spoiler for the game.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He has notably less screentime in comparison to the other first victims. Though this only applies out-of-universe, as in-universe, he had a Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: A cool-headed person who clearly has more of an idea than the rest of the group on what's going on and dispenses sound yet ominous advice for his fellow players, only to end up as the first victim. Learning posthumously that he was the Super High-school Level Survivor only made this retroactively more blatant.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A tone of green that is close to blond.

     Gonta Gokuhara 
Gonta Gokuhara

Ultimate Entomologist

"Gonta do his best, too! Gonta do his best to be even little bit useful for everyone!"

Voiced By: Shunsuke Takeuchi (Japanese), Kaiji Tang (English)

An enormous but gentle boy. As a child, he wandered into the woods to go bug-hunting and went missing for ten years. During that time he stated he was raised by wolves and learned how to communicate with animals but in actuality, he was raised by dinosaurmen called "Reptites". He has vowed to become a true gentleman to repay his "woodland family". Having grown up outside of society, he lacks social skills and general cultural knowledge to a certain degree. Despite his appearance, he claims to have never killed a bug.

He is the culprit of Chapter 4, working with Kokichi Oma and strangling Miu Iruma in Virtual Reality in order to end the killing game with everyone's deaths. However, due to Gonta wearing the Virtual Reality equipment incorrectly, he is unable to remember murdering Miu upon leaving the Virtual Reality.

  • Abusive Parents: The only information given about Gonta's biological family is in his Free-Time Events, where he states they not only rejected and disapproved of Gonta's forest family despite raising Gonta and helping him survive far longer than they did but also seemed to be angry and harsh towards Gonta himself because of his lack of manners.
    Gonta: So they get mad at Gonta. Say Gonta not worthy of family name. They blame Gonta's forest family. Say it all their fault.
  • Alliterative Name: Gonta Gokuhara.
  • Amnesiacs are Innocent: Because he bungled the connection to the Virtual World, he has no memory of murdering Miu.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Regretfully apologizes to Iruma as he is strangling her to death in the virtual world.
  • A Sinister Clue: Played with. When everyone prepares to use the VR headsets, Miu explains that the red cord should go into the plug on the right, and Himiko, in order not to make a mistake herself, reminded everyone that right is where the hand you use to hold chopsticks is. Turns out Gonta is left-handed.
    • Though exceptionally subtle, Gonta was always depicted as left-handed. To avoid getting in the way, his bug case is on his non-dominant side: his right. Just to reinforce this, he lifts the manhole with his left hand as well.
  • Barbarian Longhair: Long, messy hair that makes him seem almost threatening.
  • Beetle Maniac: Naturally, as the Ultimate Entomologist. In particular, some of his most menacing moments are the times when he thinks he might be talking to someone who doesn't like insects very much.
  • Beneath Suspicion: In the fourth case, he is such an unlikely murderer (due to his overwhelming kindness and him being too dumb to lie) that Shuichi doesn't even briefly consider him as a suspect, up until Kokichi outright names him as the culprit.
  • Berserk Button: Not liking bugs is one, as he tends to assume people who like bugs must be good. This results in a lot of "false positives" when he asks others on their feelings towards bugs since he can be rather intimidating.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's very sweet and kind, but you don't want to get on his bad side. After Kokichi lied to Gonta about everybody hating bugs, he forcibly brought everybody he could into his Entomology Lab and released all of the insects to prove how great insects are.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Though he's actually the youngest of the cast, Gonta tries his best to protect his fellow classmates and every death in the game hits the poor guy hard.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Not nearly as much as Nekomaru, but his eyebrows are angular and noticeably larger than the rest of the cast.
  • The Big Guy: Easily the biggest character of the game, as per the usual form. Unfortunately...
  • Brains and Brawn: Kokichi tricks him into acting as the "Brawn" to his "Brain" on a few occasions, like when he convinces him to gather most of the students to the Entomology Lab in Chapter 2, or when they team up to counter Miu's murder attempt in Chapter 4.
  • Catchphrase: "Gonta idiot!" and "I want to be useful for everyone". Also many lines about being a gentleman. Him having more and more frequent catchphrases might be a sign of limited vocabulary from being raised away from society.
  • Color Motif: Brown.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Well "killer" in this case since he's hardly an antagonist even during his own trial. He has many similarities to the past two Chapter Four killers as he is a Gentle Giant like Sakura and his talent revolves around animals like Gundham. His death even references how both died and the executions associated with them as he was poisoned like Sakura was, had the destruction of his Alter Ego included much like her stand-in execution, and he was killed by animals like Gundham was in a similar desert setting. However, their motives for committing murder are wildly different: Sakura and Gundham intended to make a Heroic Sacrifice to some degree with their murders while Gonta intended to Mercy Kill everyone by having the students incorrectly vote for Oma.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Tied to a wooden post, sprayed with a flurry of wasps, which sting his face repeatedly and make it look horribly swollen, then impaled through the abdomen by a giant insect. He, the insect and post are then incinerated by Monokuma wielding a flamethrower.
  • Death by Irony: For an entomologist, he manages to be killed by insects.
  • Defeat by Modesty: A rather interesting inverted example. In Chapter 2, when Gonta was tricked to gather most of the students to Entomology Lab at Kokichi's request, Miu was one of the few students to avoid capture by reluctantly stripping down to her underwear, resulting in Gonta being too embarrassed to look at her, let alone grab her.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The sight of the outside world makes him think, "If the school where everyone is killing each other is hell and the outside world is hell too, what should we do?" The conclusion he takes is to Mercy Kill everyone by winning the game.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Doesn't wear any shoes due to being a bug catcher.
  • Dramatic Irony: Right after Miu dies, Gonta is distraught and declares he cannot forgive her killer and lambastes himself for failing to protect yet another classmate...then it turns out he is the culprit.
  • Dumb Muscle: Due to being a Wild Child, he's not very smart when it comes to many subjects (though he's in a level of his own when it comes to things like insects and ropes), and is very gullible.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: In the fourth trial when the students are shocked at Miu's plans to kill Kokichi and win the Killing Game, Gonta argues against any condemnation of her and says Miu is not a bad person - it's the Killing Game that's bad. He's actually totally correct about this, as both murderers and victims alike in the game are manipulated and toyed with until their breaking point, as we see most clearly with Kirumi.
  • Expy: In addition to Tarzan Boy below, he can also be seen as an expy to Jonathan Joestar, as they are both muscled individuals who are younger than they appear and have a desire to be gentlemen. His name even has an alliteration just like Jonathan's: Gonta Gokuhara.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Even though he doesn't remember killing Miu, he goes to his execution bravely, believing he deserves his fate for killing a classmate he wanted to protect. He doesn't even struggle when he's tied to a post and about to be impaled.
  • Failure Knight: Gonta's intentions are noble and he honestly does wish to be a gentleman and protect his classmates from harm, but as he himself lampshades in the fourth chapter, he never manages to save a single one from being killed.
  • Fatal Flaw: Gonta's gullible nature and his desire to protect his classmates allows him to be easily manipulated by Kokichi and boy, does it come back to bite him.
  • First-Name Basis: In the Japanese version, everyone calls him by his first name except for Hoshi, Tojo, Shinguji, and Maki.
  • Friend to Bugs: Obviously, given his talent. He also tries to invoke the trope with others, since he doesn't think anyone who likes bugs could be a bad person and set up an "Insect Meet and Greet" to convince his friends about how great bugs are.
  • Gentle Giant: He makes an effort to be a kind gentleman, but can get very intense and scary about the subject of bugs.
  • Good Is Dumb: He has good intentions, but he's not very smart, so he sometimes gets strung along for Kokichi's personal plots. It bites him hard in the fourth case.
  • Guyliner: His eyelashes seem noticeably more pronounced than other male characters.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Has brown hair, but it sometimes appears green, such as his hanging doll.
  • Hulk Speak: In the English version only. Justified, since he was raised away from society for 10 years and likely forgot how to use proper grammar.
  • Hunk: He's the biggest character in the cast and quite good-looking.
  • Improbable Weapon: Strangles Miu Iruma to death with toilet paper, albeit toilet paper found in a virtual reality where the props are indestructible.
  • Innocently Insensitive: As a result of him having No Social Skills, he can make some comments that can be viewed as this such as accidentally agreeing with Kokichi when he says Miu is an embarrassment to the whole world, Gonta tells her not to worry. He also tells Kaito that it's okay to be an idiot if you believe in people.
  • Irony:
    • Despite being based on Tarzan, his report card states that he hates bananas.
    • What proved to be a Spanner in the Works for Gonta in the Virtual World? A computer bug.
    • What does Monokuma shoot him with during his execution? A B.B Gun.
  • Luminescent Blush: In one of his sprites, showing a bashful side of the hulking Gonta.
  • The Killer Was Left-Handed: The main reason why he couldn't remember a thing about killing Miu is because of his confusion regarding Himiko's mantra on how to insert the cords to the VR set - she says that right is the hand you use to hold your chopsticks, but Gonta takes this to mean his dominant hand, causing him to do it with his left hand, put them in the wrong plugs, leading to a total wipeout of his memory of the virtual world and the murder in specific.
    Himiko: He couldn't have messed up. I said it over and over. "Right is the hand you hold your chopsticks in".
    Gonta: (indicating his left hand) Oh, but Gonta hold chopsticks with this hand...
    Himiko: Oh! THAT'S YOUR LEFT HAND!!
  • Messy Hair: Wild, unkempt hair, clearly referencing his origins of being raised by wolves (later revealed to be a lie; he was actually raised by Reptites, although that's still away from human society).
  • Megane: He wears cultured rounded glasses, contrasting his otherwise untamed and wild look.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Without the memory that he killed Miu, his reaction is nothing but this and he goes willingly to his execution after killing one of the classmates he wanted to protect.
  • Mythology Gag: Much like how Miu's death parallels Ibuki's death from Danganronpa 2 where the story takes a darker turn after their deaths, both of their respective killers can be viewed as unexpected as many students initially refuse to believe that Gonta or Mikan could be the killer largely due to their demeanour. Both causes of death were also the same, with Gonta and Mikan both strangling their victim with a long object.
  • Nice Guy: While he can seem intimidating, Gonta is a gentleman and would never use his strength to harm others. Not with malicious intent, anyway. He's so nice that nobody wants to believe he's responsible for a murder and everyone is in tears after he dies.
  • No Social Skills: He has trouble speaking with other students and lacks general cultural knowledge due to him being raised in the woods.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Before he goes to his death, Gonta tells everyone not to be mad at Kokichi and to forgive him for his role in manipulating him into killing Miu. Kokichi doesn't take this well at all.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: His Famous Last Words to the group before his execution is one, fitting with how often he stressed he wanted to help and protect them.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: He sports a pair of glasses despite the fact that, by his own admission, he has a borderline superhuman 20/0.625 eyesight. It's very likely that he wears them for the purpose of looking more gentlemanly.
  • Raised by Wolves: As a child, he got lost in the forest while searching for insects. He was found by some kind wolves and even learned to communicate with animals thanks to them. Subverted in his Free Time Events, where he reveals he is was lying about a pack of wolves being the "forest family" he talks about and was actually raised by Reptites in exchange for not revealing their existence to humanity.
  • Recurring Element:
    • As always, there's a Big Guy, similar to the previous Sakura, Nekomaru and Gozu. He's also the Gentle Giant who ends up dying in Chapter 4, only this time, he's the culprit like Sakura was rather than the victim.
    • Also, similarly to the other chapter 4 culprits, his motive involves some form of noble self-sacrifice. Sakura commits suicide after breaking into the Headmaster's office in order to unify the remaining survivors and take the fight to the mastermind, Gundham arranges a fight to the death with Nekomaru to prevent the others from dying of starvation while trapped in the funhouse, while Gonta mercy kills Miu after learning the horrible truth of the outside world so he can take on the burden himself. Subverted slightly in that he was being manipulated by Ouma, who had far more selfish intentions.
    • As a culprit, Gonta bears a considerable amount of similarities with Mikan, the previous game's Chapter 3 blackened - both of their murders involve strangling someone to death and killing the comic-relief, vulgar blonde who dishes out insults but can't take them back, both of them are characters with an outwardly soft and incompetent demeanour that causes most of the group to struggle with condemning them, and some kind of program interference involving their physical body and virtual avatar's memories ends up being crucial to the case, with Mikan's entire motive stemming from Monokuma's despair disease giving her avatar her real-world memories and Gonta's trial being complicated immensely by his slip-up separating his memories from his avatar.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Downplayed. He is technically a red-eyed character that committed murder in this game. However, the circumstances around that murder and his personality as a Nice Guy made it very hard for somebody to call him a truly evil person.
  • Red Herring: In the first trial it seems like Gonta could be Rantaro's killer because he locked himself up in the AV Room, which lies adjacent to the library's rear entrance and Gonta is the only student who would have been strong enough to throw the shot-put ball from that distance and hit Rantaro. However, Kaede correctly realizes that the hidden door was still open at that point, which would have blocked the shot.
  • Serious Business: Both the Official Art and his mannerisms indicate that bug catching is something he is really intense about; not a big surprise when you consider he was raised by Reptites for much of his youth.
  • Smarter Than You Look: As The Big Guy, it's easy to assume he has some fighting related talent, like Sakura (Martial Artist), Nekomaru (Coach), Great Gozu (Wrestler), and Juzo (Boxer). But not this time; Gokuhara is an Entomologist, a scientist specialized in the study of insects, and while he doesn't think much of his own intelligence it's mostly in regards to things outside of this field.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Kokichi's plot to have everyone killed would have gone without a problem if he correctly set up his VR headset. Forgetting about the plot, Gonta is incapable of raising the proper defence they had planned previously and Shuichi is able to break through the entire plot.
    • In the second chapter, he's able to help clear Himiko of suspicion because when he jumped onto the top of the tank to rescue her, he was able to provide an eyewitness testimony that Ryoma's body only entered the tank with the piranhas.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Due to him being Raised By Reptites, he ended learning how to speak with animals, which allows him to bond with Gundham in the Ultimate Talent Development Plan.
  • Super Gullible: To the point where he believes Kokichi when he stated he is an honest and trustworthy man at the start of Chapter Two.
  • Super Strength: It's seen in the first chapter that he's capable of lifting a manhole cover with only two fingers, whereas two other people tried and failed to carry the same manhole cover.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: His murder of Miu only happened due to his misguided attempt to "save" everyone after learning about the state of the outside world (believing that it was so horrible that it would be easier for everyone's well-being if they died rather than found out), something Kokichi used for his own reasons. Because of the bug, he is unable to recall anything happening, and he's horrified when he finds out.
  • Take Me Instead: He offers to be killed in the place of Kirumi, because he feels that she has more to offer the world than he does, but Kaito talks him down from doing so and calls Kirumi out on trying to manipulate everyone.
  • Tarzan Boy: Like Tarzan, he was raised away from society for most of their lives by animals and encouraged to make an effort to become a gentleman after returning to human civilization.
  • Third-Person Person: In Japanese, it's to accentuate his more childish personality. In English, it's due to his time being raised by Reptites.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was this in Chapter Four. He crossed the Despair Event Horizon in that chapter by learning the state of the outside world and Kokichi manipulates him into thinking that the only way to protect the students from that state is Mercy Kill all of them.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Gonta remains courteous and kind throughout the entire game. Naturally, the reveal that he killed Miu is incredibly tragic, especially since he can't remember doing it.
  • The Unfought: He is the only culprit (aside from Tsumugi) you do not have an Argument Armament with - instead, Kaito takes his place. Justified given how he doesn't remember the virtual world thus he can't really make any counterarguments to the claims of Shuichi and Kokichi.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Unlike previous The Big Guy characters, Gonta's talent does not relate to fighting. However, some of the more skilled fighters among the students, like Tenko and Ryoma, admit that they wouldn't be able to beat him in a fight due to his size and monstrous strength.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His goal of becoming a gentleman stems from a desire to make his biological family accept his forest family - though he does specifically state it's his forest family he wants to make proud more than his seemingly less pleasant human family, it's still presented in this light. By his final Free-Time Event, Shuichi is able to convince Gonta how his talent and accomplishments as the Ultimate Entomologist would already be enough to make his forest family proud, and Gonta finds the resolve to want to become a gentleman for his own sake rather than for anyone's approval.
  • Wild Hair: He has long, unkempt brown hair, though it sometimes looks green, such as in his hanging doll.
  • Younger Than They Look: Word of God says he's actually the youngest character in the game.

     Kokichi Oma 
Kokichi Oma

Ultimate Supreme Leader

"How are you going to find the culprit when you're all worried about each other's feelings? If you want to expose a liar, you have to corner them psychologically...only then will they reveal their true selves, hidden beneath a layer of deceit!"

Voiced By: Hiro Shimono (Japanese), Derek Stephen Prince (English)

A boy who claims to lead a secret society of over 10,000 agents. He's also an admitted liar, and Ultimate Detective Shuichi Saihara seems to have never heard rumours of this supposed evil cabal, so no one is sure what to think. True to his stature as an evil mastermind, Kokichi says exactly what will most rile up the other students, smiling the whole time.

He is the mastermind of Chapter 4's murder, using Gonta as a means to kill Miu, before becoming the victim of Chapter 5 as part of a plan of his to defeat the mastermind. With Kaito Momota following Kokichi's orders, he has himself crushed under a hydraulic press, leaving his body inaccessible. Kaito then proceeds to pilot an Exisal mecha and impersonate Kokichi and himself, making it ambiguous as to which one of them died.

  • Always Someone Better: Towards Shuichi. Kokichi's nature as a liar helps him massively in identifying culprits since of course, they'd lie to save themselves, with their lies being so weak to a master liar like him. It's just that he just loves messing around in trials that he withholds all crucial information unless things get so boring that he has to give out clues to keep things going.
    • In a downplayed way, towards Angie, as he's far more competent at manipulating the other students to do what he wants, whereas Angie's attempts to take charge results in the students either joining her cult or rejecting her entirely, and he doesn't even have to put up an affable persona, claim to speak for a higher power or even have them particularly like him to make them do it.
    • On the flip side, Tsumugi may very well be this to him. For all his skill at lying, he never figures out that Tsumugi was acting the entire time (though it’s rather downplayed given he likely would have discovered her if he had a bit more time, plus Tsumugi is merely following orders from Team Dangan Ronpa.)
  • Ambiguously Evil: Downplayed, he's quite the Jerkass and takes an openly antagonistic position in trials, but it's unclear if he really heads an evil organization or is just lying about it. As it turns out, he was actually the leader of a group of clowns that commit laughable crimes. In addition, due to him being a Consummate Liar, it is really unknown if his claims for why he was doing "evil things" was really true or not. Right before he ended up dying and he talked with Kaito about his actions, Kaito himself isn't really sure if what Kokichi stated was 100% true or not.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • There's significant evidence that he falls in love with Shuichi as things go on: talking to himself about being in love with him after lamenting Shuichi rejecting him as a "partner" in Chapter Four, being satisfied that he "stole Shuichi's heart" in his free time events, and has a love hotel scene where he keeps Shuichi as a "detective" as if to blur the lines between if Foe Yay is his "kink" (as he's a "thief" here) or if he's trying to still see Shuichi as himself.
    • He genuinely seems bothered by Kaede's death despite how short a time he knew her for and in his Free Time Events with her, he has her chasing around after him trying to catch him and also tries to persuade her into "joining forces" with him once they graduate for reasons unclear.
    • He also put Rantaro's life-size statue over his bed as some of the "evidence" from the third case.
    • To further mess with everyone, he had Kaito (acting as if he were Kokichi) say that he loved Himiko in Chapter Five - though it's unclear whether this was part of Ouma's script, and if that's honest or not, or one of Kaito's admitted ad-libs. Plus he seems to be legitimately concerned for her in the third trial by forcing her to confront her repressed emotions, which helps kickstart Himiko's Character Development.
    • In the board game bonus mode, he calls Junko his "beloved Enoshima-chan" and says he "loves Hagakure-chan and Ishimaru-chan" too.
    • He repeatedly insults and slut shames Miu from the first trial onwards (even though Miu makes it clear she actually enjoys it quite a lot), and in their relationship chart, he demands she get on her knees for him like he actually has her do in Chapter Four. When she has him cornered on the roof, the first thing he asks is if she called him up there for a booty call. He also mentions (to himself) just before leaving the Virtual World that "he'd do anything for the person he loves...even strangle them", which is what he just finished doing to Miu, if indirectly.
    • For all his snide remarks and antagonism towards Maki, he seems to take a lot of delight in riling her up and making her angry, even though he's well aware how dangerous she is and he starts calling her "Maki Roll" as Kaito does. He even willingly allows Kaito to kill him to prevent Maki from being executed as the blackened.
  • Animal Motifs: He seems to have one with horses. His last name means "king horse" and his unique laugh is based on the onomatopoeia for a horse's whinny. He also has a horse mask with a crown on it in his bedroom to match his name.
  • Anti-Hero: Of the highly unscrupulous territory. Oma despises killing and opposes the mastermind, but is still ruthless and extremely manipulative to a fault.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: After learning the full story of Oma's death from Kaito, Shuichi thinks to himself that Kokichi might be the human embodiment of deception.
  • Asshole Victim: In Chapter Five, but it's downplayed near the end. For the majority of the chapter, no one even knows if he's the one who died and his death is arguably what redeems him after his atrocious actions in Chapter Four.
  • Attention Whore: Kokichi really can't resist showing off, particularly in the trials where he gets to toy with both his classmates and the Blackened to his heart's content and gets particularly disgruntled in the second trial when Tenko keeps interrupting him, whining that it won't be a good trial if she keeps talking over him.
  • Badass Adorable: Looks like a cute high-school boy. Is also a dangerous Manipulative Bastard who would have successfully outwitted the mastermind had Shuichi not figured out his scheme.
  • Badass Cape: Showcased in his official art.
  • Batman Gambit: His scheme in chapter 5 is to create a murder that is impossible for Monokuma to observe and thus fairly judge, believing that if he can fundamentally break the game, then it will have to end. To his credit, despite some obstacles, the plan itself worked. The only problems are assuming that the audience actually cares about Monokuma's rules, and Shuichi exposing his plot.
  • Beneath the Mask: While it's hard to tell how much anything he does is genuine there are times when he breaks "character" that shows how he really feels.
    • After hearing the first body discovery announcement, Kokichi was caught on camera running into the library looking visibly concerned.
    • Right before his death, he ended up swearing a lot towards his dislike towards the killing game and shows more "genuine tears" instead of the obvious Crocodile Tears.
  • Berserk Button: He seems to dislike it when people state that lying is wrong but continue to lie to themselves, thus making them look like Hypocrites in his eyes. He tends to give harsh What the Hell, Hero? speeches when people do so (For example, after Himiko and Kaito state they hate lying, he calls them out when the former lies about hiding her emotions and the latter lies to himself and refuses to believe that Gonta was the fourth culprit). When Shuichi lies about seeing Kokichi leaving the parlour in the Virtual World and Tsumugi fails to back him up, Kokichi gets so angry that he "takes the fun out of solving the mystery for Shuichi", and reveals the culprit was Gonta right then and there and pulls a creepy as hell Nightmare Face.
    • He can't stand it when people derail his plans by failing to follow instructions. Kokichi completely loses it when Gonta cooperates with him to lead Chapter 4's class trial to a false conclusion, only for Gonta to then forget the arguments they had prepared beforehand.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • In his bonus mode interaction with Celeste, he ended up lying about Hifumi inflating himself only to end up popping like a balloon.
    • Horrifically Subverted in the fourth trial. It's hard for the others to tell when Ouma is lying or telling the truth, and is generally disliked by the other characters; he plays on this trope so much that when he abruptly reveals that Gentle Giant Gokuhara is the one who killed Iruma, no one can believe him.
  • Brains and Brawn: He has tricked Gonta to be the "Brawn" to his "Brain" on more than one occasion.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The mastermind made him one for the sake of "good television." It kinda backfired on them.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He knows or suspects way ahead of everyone who the culprits in the trials are, but he'd rather let them all tear at each other because it amuses him.
  • The Bully: Love to mess around and pick on the other students, with Shuichi, Keebo, and Miu being some of his favorite targets. That said he doesn't seem to actually dislike any of them.
  • Bullying a Dragon: After outing her as the Ultimate Assassin, Kokichi cannot resist taking verbal potshots at Maki, even though Maki makes it perfectly clear she can and will kick his ass and she comes very close to killing him in Chapter Five.
  • Butt-Monkey: A justified case since it's almost always meant to be seen as karma, given how often he bullies and harasses the others. Gonta traps him in a room full of bugs after he tricked Gonta into forcing everyone else he could through it and got exactly as much sympathy as he gave Gonta's previous "victims". He gets nearly strangled by Maki in Chapter Two only after he keeps pushing her even after learning how dangerous she was to prove his own point. In chapter 4 his "joking" murder threats result in Kaito punching him and Miu is later revealed to have been trying to kill him which resulted in him turning the tables and getting her killed instead. And naturally his attempt in chapter 5 to paint himself as the mastermind (including kidnapping Kaito and threatening the others with the Exisals) led to Maki shooting him twice with poisoned crossbow bolts and ultimately led to his death. The biggest exception of this was when he tripped on one of Korekiyo's tampered floorboards and smacked himself in the head hard enough to ''bleed' in Chapter 3, as he was just helping with the investigation, but since he immediately downplayed how serious his injury was Shuichi assumed it was just another prank he was paying for.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Seems to revel in being the leader of an evil organization and openly proclaims himself to be a liar.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • He honestly didn't know who Junko Enoshima was as well as her Ultimate Despair organization. Due to how he stated that he was the mastermind and him being a Consummate Liar, Maki didn't believe him.
    • Invoked in Chapter Four where he stated that Gonta was the culprit and he expects everybody to believe that he did it and not Gonta. He's counting on his reputation as a liar, that no one will believe he's telling the truth this time.
  • Catchphrase: Him pretty much stating that something was a lie can be one for him.
    • "Who knows? I'm a liar after all."
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Although he may be introduced to the player as a comic relief with a puckish behavior, every class trial but the first has at least one Kokichi-related Truth Bullet, illustrating just how prominent he is throughout the course of the game. Fittingly enough to his character, two of these are used as Lie Bullets in order to progress trials 4 and 5.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Has a couple of sprites with this. They're...unsettling, to say the least.
  • The Chessmaster: While at the first glance his actions are chaotic, there's a calculated madness in them. He never wants to play the Killing Game the way the mastermind wants, so he becomes the biggest naysayer in trials and clashes with Kaede and Shuichi because they dance right into the mastermind's game. His decision to manipulate Gonta into collecting everyone in one place in the second chapter is so everyone can watch each other's motive videos and know just who they need to watch out for. He trolls Maki into revealing her true talent after seeing her motive video and recognising its danger. He even arranges his death so the mastermind is as blind and powerless as everyone else in the Killing Game.
  • Clothing Reflects Personality: He wears a checkered patterned scarf and his uniform looks vaguely like a straight jacket. Quite fitting given his skills as The Chessmaster and general unpredictability, though the only way he's actually "crazy" is being Crazy-Prepared.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • He managed to have an entire script for Kaito to use while he was in disguise as an Exisal in the fifth trial. In addition, after Maki shot him, he came up with a plan to save Maki from execution and defeat the mastermind right on the spot. Not only that, but he was dying of poison when he put the plan together, meaning that he has to have written most of the script in advance, just in case.
    • His room, when you finally get into it, is stuffed to the brim with evidence from old trials, sketches for possible tools to ask Miu to make, and other bits and pieces of various plans, making it clear that the plans we saw from him were only a small part of the things he'd prepared for.
  • Color Motif: Often associated with dark purple.
  • Consummate Liar: Self-proclaimed. It was gotten to the point where him stating that something was a lie could be a Catchphrase for him.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: He acts as an antagonistic figure during investigations and trials, as well as generally disrupting the group's peace, much like Nagito. However, unlike Nagito, he is openly antagonistic from the beginning, and instead of dying in a gambit made to kill everyone else, he allows someone else to kill him in an excruciating fashion to both smoke out the mastermind and save another student (who had poisoned him) from execution.
    • It is also noteworthy in comparison to the previous three Rival characters (Byakuya, Nagito, and Kyosuke), he actually despises killing people (with his organization even having a Thou Shall Not Kill policy) while Byakuya, Nagito, and Kyosuke were willing to admit to killing someone at any time, either For the Evulz, for the sake of "hope", or for the sake of eliminating despair.
  • Crocodile Tears: He is prone to using a crying face to manipulate others. So much that in some situations, it's hard to tell if he's either showing these or shedding genuine tears.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Shot with two crossbow units, the second of which was tainted with poison from Shuichi's research lab, followed by convincing Kaito to crush him asunder by the force of a hydraulic press to direct Maki, the one shot him with the second crossbow unit, away from execution.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Forces Himiko to acknowledge her repressed grief after the end of Chapter 3's class trial by scolding her for lying to herself. Later, the plot of Chapter 5 gets rolling when Kokichi attempts to end the killing game by tricking everyone into thinking of him as the mastermind, followed by Kokichi crushing everyone's hopes of ever leaving the killing game by revealing the outside world's total destruction. When Maki shoots him with a poisoned crossbow and tries to interrogate him, he says this:
    Kokichi Oma: "But a-anyway... why are you... starting up the k-killing game... when it should've ended? Y-You already... know it's all meaningless... and th-that I'm the mastermind... Do you... love killing that much?"
  • Crying Wolf: Exploited during the Chapter Four class trial. See Kansas City Shuffle.
    • And is on the receiving end of this when Maki confronts him in Chapter Five. She thinks he's the Mastermind and working for Ultimate Despair. He isn't, but when he denies his involvement, she doesn't believe him and tries to kill him.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Purple hair and purple eyes.
  • Dead All Along: For the majority of Chapter 5, while everyone else believes that it was Kaito who was crushed by the hydraulic press, it was actually Kokichi all along, dressed in Kaito's coat.
  • Death Equals Redemption: As he was dying from being poisoned, he gave Kaito (who was also hit by a poisonous arrow) the only antidote and the two worked together to save Maki from being executed.
  • Dying Alone: His ultimate fate. Working together with Kaito, he sets out to create a case that even Monokuma can't solve and lets Kaito crush him in the hydraulic press, knowing that his surviving classmates despise him, he's the reason Gonta and Miu are dead and he never does discover the true identity of the mastermind.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Underneath the floor of the academy's entrance, Kokichi has a stereotypical underground base, fitting for a supreme leader of evil like himself.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Deconstructed, he knows he is adorable and how to further play it up by acting silly. As a result, he manipulates others with Crocodile Tears, although it tends not to work. Other characters can easily see through his act.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His very first scene has him relentlessly teasing and harassing his favorite bullying target, Ki-bo, before introducing himself as the Ultimate Supreme Leader and teasing Kaede and Shuichi about whether it's really his talent or if he's just lying.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In Chapter Six, we finally see Kokichi's motive video where we learn about DICE, his organisation that performed "laughable crimes" and treated one another like family. Whether or not they actually exist in the real world, as far as brainwashed Kokichi was concerned, they were the most important people in his life.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • While he is a ruthless Manipulative Bastard, he actually despises killing and attempts to put the killing game into the end. He also shows a lot of disgust towards Maki after learning about her true talent.
    • And, like everyone else, even Kokichi was disgusted by Korekiyo's relationship and obsession with his sister.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: At the end of trial four, when Kaito is proven wrong about Gonta's innocence and Gonta is executed, Kokichi seems baffled about why everyone still flocks to Kaito's side when he collapses from his illness, to which Shuichi responds with an armor piercing Kirk Summation.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Looks very cute and short but says he's evil, a liar, and a dictator. His rudeness and manipulation during a class trial don't make him one of the nicest characters. At least until it was revealed that he was playing it up during the entire killing game.
  • Famous Last Words
    Kokichi Oma: "The bastards who created this game to toy with our lives...and the shits enjoying it...They all...piss me off! Th-That's why...I'm willing to do whatever it end this game!"
  • Fan Disservice: We see him shirtless in the closing argument for chapter 5. Right before he gets crushed under a hydraulic press into an unrecognizable splatter.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Hubris, in parallel to Kaede. Despite working to end the Killing Game, Kokichi trusts no one with the truth of his actions until his impending death. This ensures that his goal required he use his life, as his last decision was between surviving by sacrificing more students or derailing the Killing Game, and he already had enough of sacrificing others. His path could have only led him to the hydraulic press.
    • Kokichi's lying nature tends to bite him in the ass as often as it benefits him:
    • In Chapter Two, he suggests they watch the motive videos, which the other students are reluctant to do. Instead of explaining that he wants to see everyone's motive videos so they can try to prevent a murder, Kokichi instead says he wants to see the videos For the Lulz, goes into everyone's rooms while they're away and steals the videos and coerces Gonta into making everyone gather in his Research Lab, thus giving Kirumi plenty of time to kill Ryouma without being seen, as the only students who had not been caught were Kaito, Miu and Maki.
    • In a more lighthearted example, when he lies to Gonta that he loves bugs, before affirming to his fellow classmates that he doesn't when Gonta isn't there, Kiibo is able to catch him in a trap by playing his confession back to him. This results in Gonta forcing Kokichi to stay behind at the Insect Meet and Greet to truly learn to love bugs.
    • Pretending I Meant to Do That when he hits his head on the floorboard in Chapter Three mean that he's practically concussed for half the trial and nobody realized he needed actual medical attention because Kokichi played it all off as a prank.
    • In the aftermath of Chapter Four, Gonta and Miu are dead and it's almost entirely his fault, so he fakes being the Mastermind when the other students turn on him. Therefore he misses out on a crucial Flashback light that made it look like Kokichi is a member of Ultimate Despair, and when he (truthfully) denies this when Maki interrogates him, she doesn't believe him and shoots him with a poisoned arrow, thus forcing Kokichi to become the final victim of the Killing Game, in hopes of creating an unsolvable murder.
  • Faux Affably Evil: An initially invoked trope on his part. Kokichi likes to act fairly silly and childish, even providing quite a lot of comedy relief throughout the game, but often goes out of his way to play this up while he's being a Jerkass or trying to stress his "Token Evil Teammate" status. However, this is likely subverted, since he is actually against the killing game and is trying to trick the others into thinking otherwise, likely because he suspects the Mastermind is among them.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: His Love Hotel fantasy involves being a legendary thief who's been captured by his archenemy, the detective Shuichi Saihara. Oma milks the sexual tension for all it's worth.
  • The Foil: To Shuichi and Kaito.
    • Kokichi is described by Hiro Shiromo as actually being quite meek; the only thing that really stops him from being a Shrinking Violet like Shuichi is his desire to be the smartest person in the room. This makes the two of them shy or introverted, up until they have an opportunity where they can be clever and make the most of their talents. For different reasons, they're both talented liars - Kokichi is because he deliberately makes the truthfulness of his words vague, while Shuichi can get away with lying because he's earned everyone's trust and they assume that, if Shuichi's saying it, it must be true. They're also both talented at telling when other people are lying, and their talents rely on being knowledgeable about crime.
    • Kaito, as the Ultimate Astronaut, needs to have amazing communication and leadership skills in order to survive up in space, and he uses those skills to rally around a team of allies; similarly, Kokichi also has those same skills as The Ultimate Supreme Leader, and, in his own way, he's also able to convince people to work with him and cooperate with his plans.
  • Foreshadowing: Shuichi and Keebo both agree to try the hydraulic press on the latter, testing whether or not the press should sense Keebo's presence despite not being human. The hydraulic press eventually crushes Kokichi, the only other male character smaller than him (besides Ryoma who was already dead) who also co-operated with Kaito to create an unsolvable murder mystery.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Kokichi's trolling and deceiving nature already doesn't win him many points with the others, but what sells this trope is how much he enjoys being a manipulative asshole. He even lampshades this trope in Chapter Four by stating that he is the least well-liked student.
  • The Gadfly: Purposely presses Ki-bo's Berserk Button in hopes of receiving a robot punch.
  • The Generalissimo: He calls himself a supreme leader and a lot of his official artwork shows him Putting on the Reich.
  • Genghis Gambit: This is generally his MO; he cast himself as an antagonistic force for the other to fight against. The most obvious is in the third trial; when Himiko complains that everyone is just focusing on Angie under the assumption that the murders have different culprits, Oma disparages Tenko's death as irrelevant because it looks like a suicide. Everyone, especially Himiko and Kaito, immediately push the trial discussion into the method of Tenko's murder just to prove him wrong.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Kokichi wanted everybody to think he was the Mastermind in Chapter Five and oh boy, does this backfire on him when Maki decides to hunt him down herself.
  • Good All Along: Downplayed. Close examination of Oma's actions reveals him to be (debatably) an ally of the students all along. Of course, this doesn't excuse his actions. He is still directly responsible for the deaths of Miu and Gonta, which could have easily been prevented even with Miu after him.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: He seems to enjoy invoking this. Usually, he has wide, tareme-ish eyes that make him look adorable and innocent. When wants to be intimidating, his eyes can become tsurime-like, or head straight into Humanoid Abomination territory.
    • A lot of fan art portrays him with Tsurime Eyes, rather than Tareme Eyes, befitting his cunning, manipulative personality.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It's strongly implied that Kokichi is jealous of how Kaito inspires the others into following his leadership despite Kokichi being the one who tends to lead everyone to the correct conclusion in the trials.
  • The Heavy: He's responsible for quite a lot of the game's headaches in how he goes about his various plans.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a proud liar, a chronic prankster, and a master manipulator, but not a coward. Several times his shenanigans are directly putting himself in the line of danger or embarrassment, even just for sake of putting up the front of an infallible schemer, because he's several steps beyond everyone else and believes that (with a few exceptions) his peers are too busy turning on each other rather than trying to survive the killing game.
    • It's implied part of the reason he allowed himself to be killed in such a gruesome way was that he felt bad about the deaths of Gonta and Miu.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Kokichi is well aware by the beginning of the fifth chapter that, though he didn't kill either of them personally, it's his fault that Gonta and Miu are dead and that he's become the very thing he hates - a murderer. Since he decided that Miu had to die for planning to kill him and everyone else, Kokichi actually follows his own rules and ends his life as well in the hopes he might be able to create an unsolvable murder, end the killing game and prevent Maki from being executed as the blackened.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He endlessly mocks Kaito for letting his emotions cloud his judgement, but Kokichi's personal hatred of murder leads him to be needlessly antagonistic towards Maki and it comes back to bite him in the ass more than once.
    • He makes fun of Kiibo for being an unfeeling robot, but Kokichi himself is incredibly callous when it comes to other people's feelings at times, while Kiibo is almost always a Nice Guy.
    • He calls Kaede out on her plan to kill the mastermind, stating she played right into Monokuma's hands by doing so, but later he actively conspires with Monokuma to help him execute his plan to kill Miu after he realised she was going to kill him in the Virtual World and uses Gonta as his scapegoat. Even he realises how low he's sunk by the end of the chapter.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: He picks on the other students as much as he pleases, but apparently he doesn't appreciate it if other people do the same. In Ultimate Talent Mode, when Junko starts bullying Gonta, Kokichi appears out of nowhere and starts insulting her on Gonta's behalf.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His rationale for why he chose to have Miu killed instead of neutralizing her non-lethally or talking her out of it and why he got Gonta to do it.
  • I Meant to Do That: The reason why he doesn't seek immediate medical attention and does his fake death prank in Chapter 3 is that he doesn't want to lose face getting injured from a trap that caught him off guard. He wants to continue his ruse, but his concussion starts getting better of him that he gives up pretending.
  • Irony: Out of all the students, Kokichi bullied Ki-bo the most and even claimed he didn't see Ki-bo as human. Kokichi is later killed by a machine that only recognizes humans.
    • Despite his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Kaede for kickstarting the killing game, Kokichi ends up participating in it himself, which leads to his death as well.
    • He manipulated Gonta into killing Miu with a Flashback Light planted in the Virtual World. In Chapter Five, the group witness a Flashback Light that makes Kokichi look like a member of Ultimate Despair - leading to Maki trying to kill him personally.
    • He hates murder and murderers, yet ends up giving his life partly in order to help save Maki, a professional assassin.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • As The Rival character of this game, he has made many accurate points towards the killer within the class trials. In addition, he calls out students on their major flaws that could lead into trouble for the other students, such as Kaede and Kaito's naive trust, Maki's lack of cooperation, and Shuichi's indecisiveness.
    • He calls out Himiko when she yells at him for saying Tenko's death was "meaningless", pointing out she didn't even seem to like Tenko before now and her grief looks inauthentic, which prompts Himiko to admit she regrets how she treated Tenko and wishes she could thank her for saving her life.
    • During the fourth trial, Kokichi mocks the rest of the class, Kaito in particular, for wanting to vote based on their feelings rather than the actual truth.
    • In the first chapter, he calls Kaede out on making the other students go through the escape route over and over again and says she's just getting their hopes up for nothing. Kaede concedes she got a bit carried away, but the other students don't hold it against her the next day.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Attempts this during the Chapter 4 class trial, accusing Gonta without evidence to provoke the others and draw suspicion towards himself. Kaito is completely suckered in and tries his hardest to defend Gonta, even accusing Shuichi of falling into Kokichi's trap when he proves Kokichi's innocence.
  • Kick the Dog: He is prone to do such as a means of manipulating others, such making a disparaging comment about Tenko's death to Himiko's face (though it's implied he did that to make Himiko confront her own repressed emotions regarding Tenko), and happily laughing when he gets Gonta killed, though he waits until after Gonta dies. In a more lighthearted example, the first thing he does in the Virtual World when Miu is explaining the avatars can still feel pain is punching Ki-bo's one repeatedly. Viciously insulting Miu while her corpse is in the room also counts, even if it was just a part of his plan he hatched with Gonta.
  • Killing in Self-Defense: Downplayed. Once he finds out the truth of the world and realizes that Miu's plan had him as her target inside the simulation game, he manipulates Gonta's desire to help his classmates as an attempt to have her be killed before she could do anything else. However, he never thinks of alerting his other classmates to what Miu was planning or neutralizing her non-lethally.
  • Laughably Evil: His cheerful untrustworthiness and eccentricities seem to be shaping him up as this kind of character. His organization even commits "laughable crimes".
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In Chapter 4, just after Miu's death and before he leaves the Virtual World, he comments that he'd "do anything to make the person he likes notice him...even strangling them", which only the player is around to hear.
  • Living Lie Detector: Being a master liar himself he can see when others are lying with a fair amount of accuracy, so other game players lies tend not to fool him. He can see through almost everyone's lies, but due to him being a Troll, sometimes he just rolls with them and even defends them during class trials for the lulz.
  • Loving Bully: Despite his endless trolling, it's strongly implied that Kokichi does care about the other students, even those he tends to pick on most often. Kokichi seems to respect Shuichi and tries to help him during the trials, in his own way particularly when he notices Shuichi trying to lie. During the Ultimate Talent Development Plan bonus mode, Keebo admits he sees Kokichi, despite all his "robophobic" remarks, as a friend which is something that Kokichi seems both surprised and touched by. Also, it's implied he started Slut-Shaming Miu because he noticed she enjoys being talked down to in that manner and he does respect her talent as an inventor enough to go to her more than once for equipment and his room has various blueprints he'd drawn up for her. He also teases Himiko frequently and calls her ugly in the first chapter, but then claims he "loves" her in the fifth trial via written instructions to Kaito. Himiko even lampshades this by commenting a boy will often act mean towards a girl he likes.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Even though people find him suspicious, he is still somehow able to manipulate class trials, many times because he is seen as suspicious.
  • Master of Unlocking: He knows how to lockpick. This skill becomes useful in the second and third chapters.
  • Meaningful Name: Related to his talent, Oma means "King Horse". It is also a reference to his unique laugh in both dubs, as "nishishi" is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a horse's whinny while "Nee-heehee" is the English one. "King" and "Horse" (Knight) are both chess pieces, hinting his role as The Chessmaster. When you get to explore his room in chapter 6, you can find a horse mask with a crown on it.
  • Mirth to Power: It's clear that his trolling wisened up everyone else. He even holds up this persona even when he's put in danger; he provokes Maki to the point of her strangling him in front of everyone to show that she's dangerous if left alone and he goes through with his fake death prank despite almost passing out of a very real head injury so he can recount on a death trap rigged into the floor he stepped on.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: At the end of Chapter Four, though he tries to hide it by pretending to be the Mastermind, it's clear that Gonta and Miu's deaths weigh heavily on Kokichi and in Chapter Five he hatches The Plan and ropes Kaito into helping him - the plan being Kokichi has to die in order to make a truly unsolvable murder.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: Supposedly heads one. It is cited by Chapter 5's Flashback Light that he leads the Remnant of Despair, but it contradicts his Chapter 2 motive video. His organization, DICE, is actually a group consisted of ten clowns including himself who go around causing mild pranks, vandalism, and petty theft For the Lulz but would never kill.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Averted, Kokichi is fine with trash-talking the recently deceased, particularly Miu, though it's implied that he was doing this as part of his plan to have the others wrongfully convict him for her death and was merely playing up his Jerkass behavior more than usual.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Assuming it wasn't his goal all along, but him outing Maki as the Ultimate Assassin actually kickstarts her Character Development and she begins working more actively with the group, becoming an important ally to Shuichi and Maki even leaves the killing game alive.
    • Rounding everyone up to watch the Motive Videos in Chapter Two means that he leaves the school almost empty, thus giving Kirumi the perfect opportunity to set up and carry out Ryoma's murder without anybody seeing her.
  • Nightmare Face: He sometimes pulls these, defying common sense in the process as one of them involves somehow inverting his color palette.
  • Not So Different: From Maki, as both of them lie to their classmates, Kokichi for both For the Lulz and to maintain his reputation as the Ultimate Supreme Leader, Maki in order to hide her true Ultimate talent. They also both have talents that are viewed negatively by society, a willingness to do unpleasant things in order to get things done and they both act in a manner deliberately designed to push people away, though while Maki gradually overcomes this, Kokichi never does and ends up becoming the final victim of the killing game.
    • Also from Miu, as both of them are The Friend Nobody Likes because of the abrasive personalities they use to hide their true feelings. They both also hold the belief they cannot trust their fellow classmates in the Killing Game and it's partly due to this that both of them end up getting killed.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: He has a sprite used once in a blue moon of him looking serious. It's heavily implied that, whenever this sprite is used, is a way to sign that he is telling the truth, such as when he compliments Kaede after she is considered guilty and shows genuine surprise that Gonta can't remember what he did or what they planned during Chapter 4.
  • Older Than He Looks: He looks fairly young for his age, and is the second shortest male in the game.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Is able to move around well enough to steal a bottle from Kaito and drink it, with a crossbow bolt lodged into the arm he uses to drink the bottle with, and another one in the center of his back, presumably through his spinal cord.
  • Only Sane Man: Downplayed. Despite his insane nature, he's actually one of the most level-headed, unbiased members of the cast. This most significantly shows itself every post-trial until the fourth.
    • After Kaede explains her reason for attempting to kill the mastermind being that she was paranoid the time limit would randomly be shortened due to a ploy, Kokichi isn't hesitant to expose her as a cold-blooded murderer since she was being successfully controlled by Monokuma. He also implies her naivete and persistence in saving everyone was her downfall since everyone (other than Rantaro) made it clear that they accepted their collective death.
    • Kirumi attempts to convince everyone that allowing her to die is a mistake in order to lure someone else into being executed instead of her. Kokichi mentions this manipulation of hers, telling her that she gave everyone the truth in order to gain sympathy.
    • After Himiko laments that Tenko and Angie had to die for as unfair a reason as being sent to Korekiyo's dead sister, Monokuma tells her that all deaths are unfair, and television channels that display them receive high ratings. Almost sarcastically, Kokichi dissects Monokuma's motivations as the game they're currently playing being broadcast to the world, telling him that anyone watching would be entertained due to the philosophical nature.
  • Painting the Medium: While confessing that Gonta Gokuhara is the one who murdered Miu Iruma, he initiates a Rebuttal Showdown unprovoked just to make use of the split camera to do a Juxtaposed Halves Shot with the scared and confused Gonta.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In his own Kokichi way, he does encourage Himiko to stop lying to herself by bottling up her emotions after Chapter 3's trial. This leads to her finally expressing her grief over Angie and Tenko's deaths.
    • Before then, he congratulated Himiko for picking the middle room as the seance room due to it being the same room that Angie was killed thus they are able to find evidence for both murder cases thanks to that decision.
    • He compliments Kaede just before she dies, saying that she "wasn't boring", which, coming from Kokichi, is actually high praise.
    • For all his taunting of Miu, in the Fourth Chapter, he actually seems to legitimately feel bad for her when she admits she's too scared to really put her trust in the other students.
    • Despite mocking her for it, he provides Miu's alibi in the second trial when everyone is trying to confirm where she, Kaito and Maki were when Gonta was capturing everyone, thus clearing her of suspicion.
    • In the Ultimate Talent Development Plan, he tries faking sick to get out of the sports festival. When this doesn't fool Mikan, he only lightly teases her before cheerfully acquiescing to go back to work and compliments her for seeing through his lies.
    • When Junko starts messing with Gonta in the Ultimate Talent Development Plan, Kokichi shows up and refers to her as a "rude blonde bitch".
    • During his FTE with Kaede, Kokichi tries to warn Kaede that her version of "common sense" is not necessarily going to be the right choice and it could end up getting her hurt. He turns out to be right about this, but unfortunately, because of his previous messing with her, Kaede doesn't take his advice to heart.
    • In the third trial, Kokichi calls Himiko out on how she treated Tenko, which implies that he did at least feel sorry for Tenko getting killed in Himiko's place.
  • Phantom Thief: Pretends to be one in his Love Hotel scene.
  • Plot Armor: Subverted, for once. In the previous games, the rival characters are practically untouchable (nobody except Asahina ever raises a hand against Togami despite wanting to and having reason to, while Komaeda's Ultimate Luck and bizarre worldview make him nigh impossible to deal with). Kokichi, meanwhile, is constantly hanging on by the skin of his teeth and is frequently targeted by the people he's pissed off. Iruma even tried to murder him in the Neo World Program, but Ouma figured out and had her killed before she could.
  • Putting on the Reich: Enforced — He is the Ultimate Supreme Leader, and as such he has several references to Nazi Germany:
    • His Ultimate title in Japanese is 総統 (Sōtō), a term for some heads of state, such as the President of Taiwan. The term has a certain nationalistic bent, though—in Japanese, Hitler and Mussolini are both called Sōtō.
    • His favorite soda brand is "Panta", named after Fanta, which was created in Nazi Germany after embargoes starved the country of Coca-Cola.
    • His already military-style cap is adorned with a symbol resembling the Nazi Aquila.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • After the Chapter One class trial. He explains to Kaede Akamatsu that no matter what her intentions were, the moment she decided to commit murder, she had already lost against Monokuma and the killing game. Kaede agrees with him.
    • He gives an even harsher one to Himiko in the third trial:
      Kokichi: Himiko, stop it with your crappy lies.
      Himiko: Lies...?
      Kokichi: Everything you said is total BS. You didn't give two shits about Tenko when she was alive, but you're like, "Oh no, poor Tenko!" after she's dead. C'mon, really?
    • And he's not immune to being on the receiving end, either. Shuichi gives one to him in the aftermath of the fourth trial:
      Kokichi: Hey... why are you all so worried about this pathetic guy-
      Shuichi: Pathetic? Look at yourself, Kokichi.
      Kokichi: ...What?
      Shuichi: Kaito always has us by his side, see? But no-one wants to be around you. You're alone, Kokichi. And you always will be.
  • Red Herring: In-Universe example. The students believe that he is the Mastermind when in actuality he isn't one. This comes back to really bite him in the ass when Maki decides to get some answers from any means necessary.
  • Recurring Element:
    • Like Togami and Komaeda, Ouma is the antagonistic character who sticks around for a while.
    • Similar to Fuyuhiko, Ryota, Chihiro, and Makoto before him, he is a cute Tiny Schoolboy.
    • He also shares Mukuro, Nagito and Ruruka's title as the final (and most gruesome) murder case in their respective Killing Games.
    • Like Mondo and Fuyuhiko, he has a talent not positively seen by society at large.
    • He also shares a few similarities to Junko and Izuru, which helps his otherwise obviously false claim that he was the mastermind like they both were: he complains about being bored and is scarily intelligent.
  • The Rival: He fills the usual role of this to Saihara in trials, similar to Togami towards Naegi and Komaeda towards Hinata, but he serves as a more direct one to Momota, with their ideals and guises as a blindly optimistic and ambitious hero type and a distrustful and deceptive evil leader clashing repeatedly throughout the game, which comes to a head during Chapter 4 especially.
  • Rivals Team Up: In the fifth chapter, he and Kaito team up to create an unsolvable crime where even Monokuma cannot identify the victim.
  • Room Full of Crazy: His room is stuffed full of evidence from earlier cases (like Angie's life-sized wax statue of Rantaro), a rubber horse mask with a tiny crown on its head somehow, boxes full of random invention drafts for Iruma, and various bits and pieces of discarded plots.
  • Running Gag: He claims to have killed the victim in every single trial he's in, and even posthumously in Chapter 5 through the script Kaito reads. He's lying every time.
  • Sanity Slippage: After Gonta is killed, Kokichi plays up his "evil" personality Up to Eleven, complete with a Nightmare Face and mad laughter. It's strongly implied that the stress and guilt of his actions are behind it, even as he claims he was only pretending to cry at Gonta's death.
  • Secret Circle of Secrets: Claims to be the leader of one.
  • Secret Test of Character: He provided one in Chapter Five. He threatens to kill everybody with a bomb except for one person. If somebody wants to live with him, they can just say so. In actuality, the bomb was actually just an EMP. He wanted to see if everybody was determined enough to end the killing game.
  • Self-Made Orphan: A possible one in which he claims that he ended up killing his parents in order to become the supreme leader. However, he passed it off as a lie, stating his brother killed his parents instead... which he also said is a lie.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Subverted. He seems to be wearing a plain white suit, but closer examination reveals it to be seemingly a tattered and undone straitjacket. His magazine scan also showed him in a ragged cape and a military-style cap.
  • Shirtless Scene: Surprisingly, he gets an extremely brief one during the closing argument of chapter 5. Though, this might count as Fan Disservice because he takes his shirt off just before being murdered to help obfuscate who the victim is, so it's less 'sexy' and more 'upsetting'.
  • Shoot the Dog: Kokichi's using Gonta as his patsy to kill Miu in chapter 4 and later throwing him under the bus during the trial rather than continue with their "plan" to Mercy Kill the entire cast. Probably his most atrocious action in the game, but since he decided Miu had to die for planning to kill him (and everyone else) for her own escape there weren't a lot of other ways for him to do it. He was physically incapable of defending himself against Miu in the virtual world, he wasn't going to stay with the group to deny Miu an opportunity to kill him, and had her plan worked, the rest of the class would have likely died during the trial.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Aside from Ryoma, he is the shortest male character in the game, and his role as The Chessmaster in this game means he is very intelligent.
  • Shout-Out: His Nightmare Face sprite with inverted colors makes him look an awful lot like Dimentio.
  • Signature Laugh: In Japanese, it's "Nishishi~" while in the Dub it's "Neeheehee", which occurs often when he's making trouble.
  • Slut-Shaming: Does this to Miu constantly in the trials, but Miu likes it.
  • Smug Smiler: He is constantly smiling as if he is one step ahead unless he's using his rare "serious" sprite that is one of the few indicators he's being truthful.
  • Spanner in the Works: In Chapter Two. His plan to gather everybody at Gonta's lab caused most of the students to have alibis for that murder.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Spelled "Ouma" in the E3 demo footage but "Oma" on the official website, in the demo, and the final game.
  • Squashed Flat: His body is crushed completely by the hydraulic press in the Exisal hangar.
  • Stepford Smiler: He pretends to enjoy the killing game but in actuality, he hates it and wants it to end.
  • Story-Breaker Power: On paper, the title "Ultimate Supreme Leader" may not seem like much of a talent but Kokichi's talents are a sight to behold. For starters, since Kokichi is a master liar himself, he is, in turn, makes him able to easily pick up on other people's lies. Because of this, Kokichi often knows who is the culprit is from the start and what keeps him from telling everyone who the culprit is that he is hell-bent on making the Class Trials more "fun" for him (not that anyone would've believed him anyway). Another is his ability to lockpick into almost any room in the building. This even includes rooms that Monokuma specifically keeps locked (barring the hidden room in the library as that can only be accessed via card key). He probably could've accessed Rantaro's Ultimate Lab if he had the chance. These facts make Kokichi one of the most intelligent characters in Danganronpa history as he knew that "horse a" was a clue and intentionally spelt out "The world is mine. Kokichi Omi" to throw off the mastermind thinking he was the one that wrote that and later left a hint to "twins b" that was used to access the safe in Rantanro's lab. If Kokichi was still alive during the ending moments of the game, there was no doubt he would've been able to crack the case wide open.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He believes his classmates are more focused on turning on each other than actually trying to survive the killing game.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: His plans crumbling around him, combined with the sight of the outside world and Gonta dying for his plan, causes him to milk the entire "evil mastermind" facade to its very end. Everyone is already blaming him for everything anyway, so why bother?
  • Tiny Schoolboy: He's the second shortest male character in the class and the third shortest student in the V3 cast overall. Apart from Ryouma and Himiko, Kokichi is shorter than every other student, male or female.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Invoked, he bullies the others just because he can, encourages everyone to distrust him ("Because I'm a liar") and the others as much as possible, gives false confessions during trials that could get he and the others killed, claims to enjoy the killing game and expresses an intent to "win" it clearly and often, and even goes as far as to claim he's the mastermind. Ultimately subverted though, as Korekiyo's the truly "Evil" male student here.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Carbonated drinks.
  • Tritagonist: Out of everybody who was not from the main Power Trio of the game, he has the most important role in the game due to his status as The Rival and his role in the investigations.
  • Troll: Oh boy.....
    • He likes to tease Ki-bo a bit and then tells Kaede that he is an evil secret society leader only to state he is a liar afterwards.
    • He faked his own death in Chapter Three - not for any tactical reason (he immediately reveals it's a joke), just for fun. The game even pretends he died by making a cutscene out of it.
    • Prior to his breakdown in Chapter Five, he sometimes lets out his "horror sprites" once or twice just to scare the shit out of people.
    • This even extends to Space Mode. If you do an excellent event with him, he will state that he actually had a bad time.....until he stated that he was lying as he actually had a great time. He also tells Shuichi that they made a promise when in actuality, they never made one.
    • He endlessly teases Himiko because she frequently doesn't understand what he's saying and is slow to react, then does so with delayed anger.
    • In the second trial, he gleefully recounts the piranhas eating Ryouma's body, even when Tenko gets increasingly grossed out and begs him to shut up.
  • Unmoving Plaid: Surprisingly averted. The checkerboard pattern on his scarf does change depending on what angle it's viewed from.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: He gives Momota the antidote to a poison they had both been shot with by Harukawa, then allows Momota to kill him via hydraulic press so that he would be the killer instead, saving Harukawa from execution.
  • Waxing Lyrical: In the official localization, when Kokichi, who is actually Kaito pretending to be him, starts talking in the Exisal in the fifth class trial, he belts out a Frank Sinatra lyric.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Basically, he is this as almost everything he has done in this killing game was to make sure that the killing game would end for sure.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He stated that he doesn't consider Ki-bo to be human.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Oftentimes, he will call people out on their bullshit.
    • In Chapter Three, Himiko had made promises and talked at-length during the trial about how she wasn’t going to call things tiresome and she was going to embrace her emotions to the fullest and be honest with herself, but she wasn't actually doing it. Because of that, Kokichi called her out for running away from her own emotions and being a hypocrite.
    • He also gives Kaito one of these in Chapter 4 for his inability to accept Gonta is the killer. It all accumulates to an image which shows disturbing similarities to the one Kaito gives to Saihara. He also points out that Kaito himself has been lying to everyone - Maki and Shuichi in particular - about his illness.
    • A minor one in his Harmonious Heart; when Shuichi agrees that he should stop lying, he deconstructs Relationship Values by saying that just because the main character waltzes in a person's life and talks with them several times, it won't change the person's fundamental character. Then he proceeds to call Shuichi arrogant for thinking that he's worth it to be an honest man for.
    • He calls Kirumi out for trying to manipulate one of the other students into taking her place during the execution, notable because this is one of the few times he and Kaito agree on something.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark purple, or black with purple tips.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: He planned to make the others believe he was the mastermind in order to outsmart the real one and end the killing game. The real mastermind responded him exactly what he wanted, and implanting the rest of the class with memories of them being students at Hope's Peak, with Kokichi as a Junko-worshipping Remnant of Despair who masterminded the killing game, which causes Maki to try and kill him.

     Korekiyo Shinguji 
Korekiyo Shinguji

Ultimate Anthropologist

"Our present situation is rather...intriguing. What beauty will I be able to witness here?"

Voiced By: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)

A person who's been all over the world studying folklore. Seeing the adversities found in poor areas of the world has led to him believe that hardship can bring out the true beauty of mankind, so he eagerly observes the events of the killing game.

At the end of Chapter 3, it's revealed that Korekiyo had an incestuous relationship with and eventually developed a female Tulpa based on his late sister. He is also the culprit of Chapter 3, killing Angie Yonaga after she catches him setting up a death trap that he would then use to stab Tenko Chabashira in the back.

  • Affably Evil: He is creepy and off-putting, but he is a soft-spoken and affable (in his own way) young man who genuinely enjoys teaching people about anthropology and discussing folklore and legends. He also truly admires people such as Kaede and Shuichi for all the right reasons. Unfortunately, he's also a psychotic serial killer obsessed with sending "friends" to his dead sister.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Even before The Reveal, he comes off as a very intelligent and observant young man, but extremely aloof with an odd moral code who thinks the situation he's put in is an interesting form of 'fieldwork' to observe humanity. When he's distressed, his panic attacks are so severe he's barely coherent and he almost knocks himself out with his hyperventilating. His split personality is less like Toko's disassociative identity disorder, and more like a personal delusion being used as a coping mechanism for stressful situations. He feels little discomfort at being seen as strange and even less remorse about his murders, maintaining that his actions are motivated by love for his sister, and seems to see no contradictions between his actions and his claims that he does see all of his classmates as his "friends".
    • Korekiyo also seems to be an erotophonophiliac as he feels aroused by the behaviour of the blackened, and is unfazed by the four corpses, and two executions he watches, simply showing no emotion or showing explicit arousal.
  • Ambiguously Evil: After the Mastermind's reveal in Chapter 6, Korekiyo becomes this, since it's not clear if Korekiyo's personality is his natural one or if it was one implanted into him. However, considering the Mastermind's revelation is a case of Unreliable Narrator (with Shuichi even susupecting that not all of the student's personalities were altered, at least not completely), Monokuma's disgust at his incestuous relationship, and the fact that Kodaka outright states his execution was well-earned, it's very likely the former.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Nothing compared to Himiko, but Korekiyo speaks with pretty outdated kanji and frequent yojijukugos.
  • Asshole Victim: Korekiyo murdered Angie and Tenko just so he could give his sister "admirable friends" in the afterlife. It's also worth noting that while nobody besides Himiko necessarily condones his execution, nobody protests it either, unlike every other execution barring the Mastermind's.
  • Bait the Dog: All of his Free Time events regarding his sister are designed to work like this since he deliberately conceals his sister's death and the sexual nature of their relationship. Replaying his events as Kaede after Chapter 3 can be brutal — she happily agrees to meet with and try to make friends with his sister once they all escape the Ultimate Academy, all while the player knows good and well that as far as he's concerned she's verbally agreed to letting him murder her.
  • Bandage Babe: For whatever reason, his hands are all bandaged.
  • Beautiful All Along: He's actually very pretty without his mask. Too bad his personality isn't so swell.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: And kinky. His Free Time events indicate that both his tulpa and his taste for BDSM originated from an incident where natives from a village he was observing "welcomed" him by tying him up and nearly torturing him to death, inducing intense disassociation and hallucinations of his sister. To cope with the trauma, his personality split, and he began to view rope bondage and pain play as ways to commune with his sister from beyond the grave.
  • Berserk Button: Do not say he has a sister complex, as accurately as that may describe him. He also does not take kindly to others disrespecting cultural artifacts, which Kokichi learns the hard way. That being said, it doesn't seem to stop him from doing so for his murders.
  • Bishōnen: He's one of the most classically "bishie" characters to come out of Danganronpa, with a very feminine face underneath his mask and waist-length hair. Since he has a female tulpa, this works out just as well.
  • Boots of Toughness: They go towards pushing his militaristic design.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Korekiyo is obsessed with BDSM and rope bondage, and is certainly one of the most heinous characters among the cast.
  • Brains and Bondage: He's among the smarter of the academic-based Ultimates, practically being a walking encyclopedia, and makes no secret about his kinks given the style of his mask.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: According to the Mastermind, much like Kokichi, the Korekiyo we know was "written" to be this way, and unlike Kokichi he's a lot more obviously "crazy" given what this would mean about his sister persona. Not to mention the implications of him thinking he killed a lot more people than he actually ever did if this is true.
  • BrainyBrunet: Korekiyo is among the more intelligent of the class, and his inferences are very accurate, though he himself does not quite make the connections due to lack of evidence. A notable example includes Korekiyo being the first to propose that the mastermind exploited the cameras in the library, which was later denied in light of Kaede's confession.
    • Subtler examples can be found in Trial 2: first, Korekiyo proposes the culprit overcame Ryoma's Shukuchi Method by knocking him out, which Kirumi's recollection proved true. Second, Korekiyo correctly suggests that the culprit "steered the conversation away" from the crimescene, which was yet discussed. Earlier in the trial, Kirumi did just that by redirecting the conversation back to when the body was placed in the tank. Third, see the second entry under Foreshadowing.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Korekiyo says that he and his sister were in a sexual relationship before her death, and his female personality (based on his sister) corroborates his claims.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: When caught as Tenko's killer, Kiyo revels it and doesn't show any shame when confronted by Himiko for what he did. He's pretty proud to admit his serial killer status to when he gets caught.
  • Cassandra Truth: Korekiyo is the only student to be suspicious of Tsumugi in the first trial, noting that she left to use the bathroom. This is quickly brushed off as insignificant due to nobody knowing about the bathroom's secret passage at the time, but in the final trial, it's revealed that he was on the right track all along.
  • Casual Kink:
    • Like Miu, Korekiyo practices BDSM and is indicated to be a switch with a focus on bondage.
    • His report card says he likes straw rope. It also says he dislikes air conditioning, which given how extreme heat plays a major role in his execution may be a reference to his masochistic tendencies.
  • Color Motif: Olive.
  • The Comically Serious: Due to how serious and creepy he generally is and looks, this tends to happen whenever he gets too excited. A good example of this is when he discovers his Study Lab and starts acting like he's a kid at Christmas, gushing over nearly everything that catches his eye and darting over to whatever Shuichi happens to take an interest in.
  • Commissar Cap: Wears one as part of his military dress uniform.
  • Cool Mask: One covering the lower half of his face, with a zipper directly covering his mouth, much like a bondage hood. He has multiple identical copies of it meant for eating, sleeping, exercising, etc. Even after seeing it in practice, Shuichi has no idea how the "eating" mask works, as the cookie Shinguji eats while wearing it simply disappears.
  • Costume Porn: His uniform is the most elaborate of the cast, and he is said to take longer than a girl to get ready in the morning.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Korekiyo is spun around ridiculously fast by Monotaro and Monophanie before a samurai cuts the rope binding him, dropping him into a cauldron, which begins to boil rapidly. As Monotaro and Monophanie watch him boil, Monodam suddenly runs into the flames, effectively killing himself while the remaining two Monokubs watch in horror as Korekiyo dies from the heat, blood seeping out of his eyes. His spirit flies up into the sky, seeing his sister reaching out to him, but before he can reach her, she and Monokuma sprinkle salt all over him, banishing his spirit from the human realm.
  • Deadly Euphemism: "Helping his sister make friends" serves as a broad one for him. Shinguji's sister is dead, so in order to meet her the would-be "friend" in question is going to need to be too, which Shinguji is more than happy to arrange. Poor Kaede just writes off him saying he needed to "plan" the two meeting as him wanting to make it a surprise for his sister.
  • Death by Irony: The cultural anthropologist focused on Japan gets to die in a very Japanese way: bound shibari-style and boiled alive, and when his spirit ascends to the sky to reunite with his beloved sister, she and Monokuma exorcise his corrupt soul by throwing traditional purifying salts at him.
  • Depraved Bisexual: In his Love Hotel event, he states that all human beings are "extremely beautiful" and he is willing to have strictly physical relationships with other people regardless of gender. It's all but stated the reason these relationships don't go further than that is because of his "feelings" for his sister, never mind that Korekiyo doesn't seem particularly concerned with whether or not these flings are even consensual.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: The third case would have been nigh unsolvable if he had only killed Angie, but he decided to kill Tenko too (even though only one murder was needed to graduate) with the seesaw effect trap he had been preparing that night solely because he didn't want to waste a perfectly good trap. Of course, he probably cared far less about graduating than he did about sending more "friends" to his sister.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: His unmasked face when his female personality surfaces. The lipstick certainly helps, though oddly enough even his normal eyelashes get noticeably longer whenever "she" is in control. He also spontaneously starts sporting eyeshadow, and his chest mysteriously gets slightly bigger.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Pale skin, black hair, and easily one of the most disturbing individuals of the entire franchise. When his "sister" takes over, which is even creepier to see happen, his skin seems to get a bit lighter too.
  • Elemental Motifs: Darkness:
    • Literally, Kiyo's premeditated crime hinged on a blacked-out séance obscuring his opportunity to strike and, though not intentional on his behalf, his murder of Angie occurred well after midnight on the dark, ominous fourth floor.
    • Design-wise, Korekiyo is distinguished by his long, black hair, especially when panicked.
    • Metaphorically, this theme continues into his trial as Kiyo's entire strategy: shroud facts and evidence behind uncertainty and misdirection.
    "It's full of doubts! Of mystery! Of a dense, impenetrable fog! Nothing is clear at all! "
  • Everyone Has Standards: He only kills girls, and not just any girls either. He kills only those he deems exceptional, which he determines through careful observation. Of all girls in the Gifted Inmates Academy, only Maki and Miu don't meet his standards because their vices are too apparent.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Toko Fukawa/Genocide Jack from the Hope's Peak Saga, most likely intentionally so as part of the in-universe reality show. Both characters are serial killers with an alternate personality (dissociative identity disorder for Fukawa, and a tulpa for Shinguji). Both exclusively kill people of the opposite sex; Genocide Jack only kills handsome men, while Korekiyo only kills "admirable" women. Toko and Jack both go on to be two (one?) of the biggest heroes of the Hope's Peak Saga, while Korekiyo ends up being one of the most twisted blackened in this game. Also, it's Korekiyo's core personality who is the serial killer, although his other personality certainly approves of it, while Toko's core personality is not the serial killer and does not approve of what Jack gets up to.
  • Evil Gloating: He brags that even though he killed Tenko, they can't vote for him because they don't have any proof that he killed Angie. He regrets it when turns out there is evidence left behind. In fact, the only reason the others are able to prove that he killed Angie is that he admitted to killing Tenko, enabling them to prove that he attacked Angie in the same room where Tenko was murdered.
  • Evil Laugh: Lets out an arrogant laugh while taunting Himiko and the others that only Angie's killer could be voted for when he confesses to murdering Tenko.
  • Expressive Hair: Of sorts. When he's really nervous, his hair becomes wavy and messy, much like Mikan's.
  • Expressive Mask: The zipper on his mask sometimes subtly moves like it's turning into a smile or grimace according to his moods.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Despite his breakdown earlier in the trial, when voting time comes he does accept his fate without contest. He's even one of the only cases in the game where a person refrains from voting at all, rather than vote for himself, keeping the votes otherwise unanimous. However, unlike others in the game, this is due in part to his firm belief in life after death and expresses his intent to continue watching over everyone with all the other dead. Too bad he didn't account for Monokuma being able to "kill" him twice for that offense.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He didn't notice that the tape covering Angie's head injury had come off, which Shuichi uses to prove that Korekiyo could have knocked Angie unconscious and taken her back to her laboratory even though there was no blood trial.
    • He also fails to take into account that Kiibo might be able to record evidence against him in the séance, even though he saw Kiibo play Kokichi's confession back to Gonta during the Insect Meet And Greet. Granted, he didn't know Kiibo had been given a photographing function specifically, but given he's a robot you'd think he would have considered the possibility.
  • Fan Disservice: In the aftermath of the third trial, we get to see a close-up of him and his lover, both fairly attractive-looking people, embracing each other while naked... then it's revealed that's his sister. The game even self-consciously states that there is "no physical connection" pictured.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • After Tenko is killed, the very first thing Korekiyo asks when Monokuma shows up is what happens if a second person can commit murder before a trial occurs. Naturally, the answer is instrumental to his plan during the trial.
    • He is a foreshadow during Trial Two:
    Kiyo (regarding Kirumi): "Ah, beautiful! Your spirit of self-sacrifice is just too beautiful!"
    Kiyo (regarding the culprit): "Such a bold, beautiful plan! (...) Ah! Respect begins to bloom in my heart for this wonderfully cruel culprit!"
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: No one can deny that his past was pretty messed up. Despite this, no one in the third trial can bring themselves to see him as a Sympathetic Murderer like the previous culprits—they killed because they were driven to desperation (or at least, they thought that was the case with Kaede), but Korekiyo murdered Angie and Tenko entirely by choice and remorselessly killed many many more people before them, all because of his obsession with his dead sister who we later learn didn't even care about him. The fact that his ghost gets executed shows that even Monokuma thinks he's past sympathy at this point.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: While he considers those around him his "friends" it's often pointed out he generally creeps everyone else out and doesn't have close ties with anyone in particular, and it certainly isn't mutual by the time the third trial is over. Considering what he asks Kaede if she does try to get closer to him (despite still finding him rather unsettling) this is likely for the best.
  • Friends with Benefits: How he sees his "relationship" with Shuichi during his Love Hotel fantasy.
  • Final Boss: He can count as this when murders that can be committed under manipulatable circumstances are concerned. After his episode of extremely precise locked room mystery convenience and archaic seesaw effect usage with the various cultist, pandimensional themes such as religion and spirits supporting his actions, the fourth murder is set entirely in a simulation using avatars of the characters, and the fifth murder is intended to represent when the culprit of a case appears instantly identified but contrasting traits deny the identification to be true.
  • Gender Bender: If you compare his sprites when he's being "possessed by his sister" he actually has a few physical changes to make "him" look more feminine to suit her personality beyond the reveal he wears her lipstick underneath his mask. "Her" irises are larger than his normally are, his eyelashes become more pronounced, his already pale skin tone seems to lighten a bit, and confusingly enough he even develops breasts during these brief instances.
  • Giggling Villain: One of the most sinister characters of the franchise, and his Signature Laugh is a subdued "Kukuku~", or hiss-like "Kehehe" in the dub.
  • Graceful Loser: There were ten students who participated in the third trial, and the voting results showed nine tallies for Kiyo. Being that no one died for not voting, Kiyo did not vote for himself (so not as graceful as could be) or anyone else.
  • Guyliner: Not as much as Shuichi or Rantaro, but he does have fairly visible lashes.
  • Hate Sink: To some degree. Even though he starts off as a pretty affable and reserved character whose eccentricities have a certain charm to them, his motive is by far one of the most twisted in the series, his actions as a blackened manage to get anger from even the likes of Gonta during the trial, and his Serial Killer history isn't treated nearly as humorously as the likes of Toko's. While just about nobody in the class seems to actually hate him by the end of the third trial, the likes of Himiko and even Gonta are clearly angered at how pointless his murder of Tenko seems during the trial, and it's noticeable that it's also the first execution in the game not one person objects to. Even Kodaka himself said his death was well earned.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In layers, chronologically:
    • Angie's murder would essentially have been unsolvable if Korekiyo had not used the seesaw trap at all, as the only possibly incriminating evidence would have been the katana - evidence which anyone had access to, as he states in an appeal to reason when it becomes relevant. Even if someone had discovered Angie's blood, it only proves that she was attacked elsewhere first, which opens possible suspects.
    • Manipulating Himiko to select the room for the séance allowed her to select the same room Korekiyo attacked Angie in, which let Shuichi discover Angie's bloodstains. The odds of this occuring was 1/9 ! (1/3 * 1/3; the odds of Korekiyo being caught in the middle room multiplied by the odds of Himiko selecting the middle room).
    • By accepting the Ultimate Robot as a séance participant, Korekiyo provided him with the opportunity to witness and produce evidence of the altered magic circle, which Korekiyo himself had designed to be destroyed by the investigation.
    • Korekiyo murdered Angie in her lab to implicate the Student Council. Despite Angie's murder occurring well past midnight during an enforced curfew, the Student Council may have walked in on him setting up again, and in his haste to execute the locked room mechanism and vacate the fourth floor, Korekiyo failed to notice some of the tape used to staunch her laceration. This proved she was transported into her lab, opening suspects beyond the Student Council.
    • Finally, Korekiyo confessed to killing Tenko in an attempt to derail the discussion and divert attention away from the bloodstains below the floor. This entrapped him as Angie's killer, as Angie's forehead wound was inflicted with the same floorboard used in the seesaw homicide of Tenko. As mentioned above, nothing specifically points to him killing Angie - all that was proven was that the same person who killed Tenko had killed Angie, and since he already confessed to killing Tenko...
  • Humans Are Interesting: He studies the humans around him to understand their behavior and their beauty. He believes that humans have unlimited beauty and tries to study more about it.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Huge Guy (6'2") to Angie's Tiny Girl (5'1"), which made it very easy for him to knock her out and then carry her from the seance room to her laboratory to finish her off.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He says that Maki and Miu are the only two girls he deems unsuitable to be "Sister's friends", presumably because Maki is a Professional Killer and Miu is a pervert, which is pretty rich coming from a Serial Killer who has killed nearly one hundred girls and had sexual relations with his own sister.
    • Also, he gets furious at any of the other students touching any of the artifacts in his lab since they are priceless relics that cannot be tampered with...which does not stop him from moving, breaking, and defacing many of those same artifacts to carry out his murder plan.
  • I'm Melting!: During the second half of his execution, Monokuma and his sister purify/banish his spirit with salt to achieve this effect. Watching him melt away isn't very pleasant.
  • In-Series Nickname: In the English dub he prefers to be called "Kiyo" by everyone, and in both versions of the board game bonus mode Hagakure gives him one that he accepts. In Japanese, it's "Shingu-cchi", which has Korekiyo note that being nicknamed is unusual for him, while in the English dub it's "Korey", which has him point out he already has a nickname the same way Yasuhiro ("Hiro") does instead.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Other characters often point out how unusually feminine he can be, from how long it takes for him to get ready in the morning to how he speaks at times. Turns out this is a bit more literal than they expected.
  • Ironic Name: "Korekiyo" can translate into "just and pure." Needless to say, he is not. Unless you want to say he's just pure evil.
  • Irony: He views all of the female students with the exception of Miu and Maki as good friends for his deceased sister. One of those potential friends for his sister happens to be the Big Bad of this game, and Kiyo would probably not view her a good friend for his sister had he known her true nature. In addition to that, Himiko actually lives through the killing game, meaning the only "true" potential friend for his sister that lives after Kiyo's death actually became a survivor. Double points for Kiyo nearly killing Himiko if Tenko had not stepped in and do the sénce instead.
  • Karma Houdini: In his Love Across the Universe bonus mode ending, Shuichi decides to travel the country with Kiyo and even states that he trusts him without question. Kiyo, meanwhile, is planning on making an exception to his usual gender rule and introducing Shuichi to his sister...
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Aside from his callous murder of both Angie and Tenko for terrible reasons, it's also implied he specifically picked Kaede's effigy to stab with a katana because it would disturb Shuichi, who is the Ultimate Detective and the one most likely to catch him.
    • Not to mention, in the trial, he tries to pin the blame for Tenko's death on Himiko initially, since she was the one who suggested they use the middle room for the séance. He goes even further when he is proven to have murdered Tenko, outright mocking Himiko by claiming that she won't be able to execute him no matter how much she hates him because he doesn't think they can prove he killed Angie and tries to frame that death on Tenko herself, which Himiko could still blame herself for. Even after he is facing execution he almost seems to goes out of his way to torment her, as despite seeing how distraught losing Tenko made her he says he can't understand why she never liked the girl while she was actually alive.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Played with in the most coal-black of ways. In one of his Free Time events, after dismissing the idea of allowing Shuichi to meet and befriend his sister on the principle of him being male, Shuichi wonders how overprotective Korekiyo must be to only allow women near his sister. Then comes along Chapter 3 and exactly what Korekiyo meant by "befriending his sister" becomes horrifically clear.
  • Lean and Mean: Rail-thin, 6'2" and one of the most demented characters in the franchise.
  • Long Haired Prettyboy: Has waist-length hair, unusually elongated almond-shaped eyes, and, once unmasked, a very pretty face, all on a tall, willowy frame. Makes sense, given that in some sense both a man and a woman coexist inside him.
  • Love Makes You Evil: By his admission, everything horrible he does is out of his "love" for his sister and in general his twisted respect for The Power of Love is used to show just how unsettling and off he is as a person.
  • Madness Mantra: Before and during the Panic Talk Action against him, both he and his split personality tell Shuichi that since his logic is wrong, he should apologize to him, over and over.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: His split personality is initially presented this way, as he claims he's possessed by his older sister's ghost, which has happened in the Danganronpa series before to Komaru in Ultra Despair Girls. Maki writes him off as simply being delusional instead. Further muddying the issue is his execution, which shows the "ghosts" of both him and his sister, but since it was made by Monokuma it's not clear if those are real ghosts or just something he created to be played after Korekiyo died for the sake of his "audience". Ironically, the ghosts being real could actually be considered proof of him being delusional since his sister personality approved of him killing in her name, but the ghost of his sister very well may not, given that she happily helps Monokuma banish his ghost with salt.
  • Meaningful Name: Korekiyo's surname includes the kanji for "[Shinto] shrine" and "[Buddhist] temple", both of which are symbolic of Japanese religious culture, relating to his talent. His given name is written with the kanji for "just" and "purity" which could darkly allude to his design's theme.
  • Mr. Exposition: Of the parody variety, he loves talking about his field and will gladly take any opportunity to do so at length, to the point Shuichi lampshades how all of his free time events result in largely off-screen lectures. It's just that, given that he's a folklorist, most of what he talks about doesn't apply to cases or the setting as a whole, aside from hanging a lampshade on the "truth bullets" mechanic and wordplay.
  • Nightmare Face: His second mask seen in his official art.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He adores all of humanity, and makes no effort to hide how this includes all the atrocities they can commit. He'll gladly start praising the ingenuity of the blackened mid-trial, has an obsession with séances that understandably creeps everyone else out, and has a particular interest in one tied to a girl's bitter hatred over the complete destruction of her home village. Shuichi gets really uncomfortable about this when he finds Kiyo's lab, hearing Kiyo explain just how "nightmarish" the things in there really are as he gets way too into it.
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: How he justifies dragging Shuichi back into their hotel room, pointedly telling him that it doesn't really matter whether or not Shuichi consents to what he's going to do to him because he will enjoy it.
  • Obviously Evil: His general creepiness is commented upon so often in-game it would have been more surprising if he hadn't turned out to be a murderer. In one of the investigations, he even asks the player character if they suspect him because he "has the traits of someone who could be a culprit".
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Maki causes him to have a particular one when she supports Shuichi's lie that Tenko's wound to the neck killed her instantly, as this destroyed the theory that Tenko killed Angie and then herself during the Seance, since he can't say she's lying without proving his similar experience with murders or his connection to Tenko's death.
    • On a comical note, even he has this reaction when he gets roped into Gonta's "Insect Meet-and-Greet".
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Given how calm he generally is the drastic effects of his panic attack certainly works but then we get to the issue of the "Sister" persona's reveal. This is the only time he removes his mask, which is visually unsettling with how out of place the lipstick looks on his face, and his demeanor and way of speaking completely change on a dime while he seems to have a conversation with himself. Not only does this serve to confuse and disturb everyone during the trial, seeing this comes out of nowhere, Sister is also the only "person" in the game to call Korekiyo by his real name in the dub as if to stress how wrong this is. Oddly enough when it's clear he's been caught it can sound like she's trying to coach him on how to get back "in character" so he/they can try to Face Death with Dignity.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: During his Villainous Breakdown, his Antiquated Linguistics begin to slip and he starts talking more like everyone else, using slang and contractions, which is actually more unsettling than his formal speech. His "sister" persona has to coach him back into character.
  • Purple Prose: Along with his antiquated terminology.
  • Putting on the Reich: Even more so than Kokichi aesthetically, as his design is reminiscent of Imperial Japan with a distinct Nazi vibe due to the red armband and olive color scheme. This may be due to their common association with his other major interest.
  • Rapunzel Hair: A male example. In illustrations, his hair is waist-length. In sprites, it is butt-length. And in the official art, it is down to his knees.
  • Recurring Element: Like the past chapter 3 culprits, he kills two people for a relatively cold-blooded motive, similar to how Celeste murdered Hifumi and Kiyotaka to get out of the school while getting money in the process, and Mikan in her despair-ridden state had murdered Hiyoko and Ibuki "for her beloved", only this time Korekiyo murdered Angie and Tenko just for the sake of wanting to give his dead sister 'admirable friends' in the afterlife. And unlike the previous two where there was some clear degree of sympathetic quality (especially when tampered memories are taken into consideration), no such quality is given here.
  • Red Armband of Leadership: Despite him not being much of a leader as he prefers to watch things play out, which instead makes this bring their less pleasant association to mind.
  • The Reveal: We finally see what's under his mask in the third trial. It's...weird.
  • Serial Killer: After his sister died, Korekiyo became obsessed with the idea of sending her "admirable friends" in the afterlife, and set himself the target of killing a hundred "worthy" female victims, which he almost met. Before his execution, the only thing he expressed regret about was being unable to reach that goal.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the Talent Development Plan bonus mode he tries to convince Togami to be more accepting of Toko's affections, even though when he met Genocide Jack earlier the two were very hostile to each other since neither fits the other's "standards".
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: In a conversation eerily similar to one between Nagito and Mikan, Maki calls Korekiyo delusional for murdering just for the sake of his dead sister, causing Korekiyo's "sister" persona to retort that Maki doesn't understand love. She only responds with Visible Silence.
  • Significant Birth Date: July 31, sharing his birthday with the most famous Japanese anthropologist Kunio Yanagita.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Locked inside the Gifted Inmates Academy with 15 other people and being forced to kill each other, Korekiyo takes his time studying his classmates to add onto his pet theories about humanity.
    • His immediate concern following Tenko's death is why the seance ritual failed, rather than how she was killed, and brings it up even after it's pointed out the "medium" they were using died midway through providing a pretty obvious reason for that. Of course, given who caused her death to begin with...
  • Softspoken Sadist: Whenever he is talking about "humanity's unlimited beauty," he mostly means other people's fear and pain. He seems to enjoy watching the other students suffer, all the while acting calm and polite. And that's not even getting into Chapter 3.
  • Something About a Rose: His official art shows him with rose thorns and petals all around.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: In the manga anthologies his major Running Gag is surprising other students by showing up behind them unexpectedly, leaving them terrified more often than not.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His eyes have a bit of a green tint to them but are mostly yellow and given his interest in the occult and claims to be possessed by the soul of his dead sister it suits him. The irises in question even get larger when this "possession" is seen to happen, but how "supernatural" this personality switch is remains unclear.
  • Together in Death: Seemingly subverted. He wanted this when he's executed so he can be with his sister, but if the execution is in any way accurate Monokuma was having none of it. He not only executed him, but by pouring salt on his spirit he caused Korekiyo's spirit to melt and cross over alone while his sister's spirit stayed behind with Monokuma. The kicker? His sister's ghost is even seen happily assisting Monokuma! And this is all well before the reveal that his older sister may not have ever really existed beyond being a part of his "character's" backstory.
  • Token Evil Teammate: For the non-mastermind students he's the only one who's a truly remorseless killer, even outside the game. He's just better at playing nice with the others than Kokichi is, until he decides it's time to "make Sister some friends".
  • Too Kinky to Torture: In his fifth FTE, Korekiyo tells Shuichi that he visited one village wherein the natives welcomed him by binding him so tightly he nearly passed out and then whipped him until he was near death...and then adds, "It was such a warm welcome."
  • Tragic Keepsake: According to him his uniform serves as one, since as cumbersome as it is even just in terms of how long it takes him to get it all on in the mornings (not to mention how uncomfortable it seems with how much it covers, but given who he is that may not be seen as a downside), his sister spent a lot of time making it for him while being largely confined to the hospital.
  • Tsurime Eyes: His eyes are slightly narrowed and sharpened.
  • Tulpa: His split personality can also be seen as a tulpa, which seems more befitting.
  • Two Siblings In One: Regardless of what she actually is, Korekiyo thinks this is his current situation with his sister, complete with "her" taking over his body at points with key changes made to his sprites when "she" does and using a different vocal range than his.
  • Verbal Tic: He tends to end his questions with "yes": for example, when Angie decrees in Chapter 3 that only the student council will be allowed out at night, he notes that "that seems blatantly unfair, yes?".
  • Villainous Breakdown: He starts to lose his composure as Shuichi begins to reveal him as the one who also murdered Angie, with him losing it so much, he constantly switches with his sister, and as the trial goes on, he continues screaming in denial.
  • Villain Respect: Despite her misandry, he comments that although his original target in his Death Trap was Himiko, he was happy when Tenko volunteered to take her place, because her kind heart and noble intentions would make her an excellent "friend" for his sister and tells Himiko he can't understand why she didn't like Tenko in the first place.
  • Villainous Incest: His Norman Bates-like obsession with his older sister and self-given goal of killing 100 innocent women just to give her spirit some "friends" in the afterlife certainly fits.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Notable in that he only targets girls for his killings. The only ones in the cast he claims he wasn't open to viewing as potential targets are Miu and Maki, and only because of how particularly unladylike they were. However, he does make an exception in his Free Time supports with Shuichi...
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: He is found out as Tenko's murderer early on during the trial, but states that because of Monokuma's rule, they can't vote for him because he isn't the one who killed Angie. Monokuma declared that if two separate murders happen at the same time, only the victim whose body was discovered first counts as the victim for the case, and the second one becomes a wasted kill with no blackened. Angie's body was discovered before Tenko was even killed, and Korekiyo's connection to Angie's murder hadn't been proven at the time.

K1-B0 ("Ki-bo"/“Keebo”)

Ultimate Robot (Ultimate Hope Robot)

"That is a harmful stereotype. I can produce heartfelt remarks through calculations!"

Voiced By: Tetsuya Kakihara (Japanese), Lucien Dodge (English)

A robot equipped with an advanced learning AI. Invented by a robotics genius named Professor Idabashi, Ki-bo was born as a blank slate and matured the way a human child would and even went to school normally, which is why he can be titled the "Ultimate Robot" at the high school level. He is polite and rather serious and has trouble with human social interaction. Robot rights are also a sore point for him.

It is later revealed that he was an Unwitting Pawn working for Team Danganronpa as the first person camera in the Killing Game and the In-Universe protagonist of the Danganronpa Reality Television Show, giving him the real title of "Ultimate Hope Robot". His actions and inner monologue throughout the game was manipulated by viewer surveys. In the final trial his personality is overridden by the mastermind when he decides to abandon hope and join Shuichi's Suicide Pact, forcing Shuichi to instead make a plea to the audience controlling Ki-bo. He is successful, resulting in Ki-bo abstaining from voting and sacrificing himself by destroying the entire facility, but sparing Shuichi, Maki, and Himiko due to the will of the audience.

  • Arm Cannon: Shown in his promotional artwork, and eventually uses one in his upgraded form.
  • Ascended Extra: To the point when he became a playable character in the final trial and gained the title of Ultimate Hope Robot, which supposedly belonged to a character whose role was the Protagonist (which he turns out to be, In-Universe).
  • Advertised Extra: He is played on the first teaser and first official art as a key character or even the protagonist before the true protagonist was revealed. However, it later turns out that he really is the protagonist all along! Not for us, the players, but for the in-universe audience who are watching the Danganronpa reality TV show.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He confesses to being in love with Shuichi and wants to hold hands with him in his Love Hotel event, while he has some quite strong chemistry with Miu. Which make sense with him having a No Biological Sex.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: He briefly becomes playable at the final class trial.
  • Anime Hair: It's white, juts out a drastic angle and his ahoge is huge.
  • Audience Surrogate: Literally defined as such by Tsumugi, as Keebo is meant to take the responses of the audience's surveys and convey them as his actions. When he doesn't hear them, he can act on his own will.
  • Bad Liar: If he is ever in a situation where he has to lie, he instead just panics and says he can't remember anything.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Discussed by Oma, who even goes as far as to question whether robots have dicks.
  • Become a Real Boy: Played With. Ki-bo's greatest wish is to be acknowledged and treated as a fellow human by his classmates, but he is still very proud of being a robot and has no desire to change that.
  • Berserk Button: Discrimination against robots, though like with Kaito, nobody listens to him when he gets mad.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When he loses his inner voice and is forced to think for himself, his logical decision is to destroy the Ultimate Academy.
  • Big Damn Heroes: After Kokichi convinced Gonta that nobody liked bugs in order to make him bring everyone to his lab, Ki-bo plays an audio clip to let Gonta know that he was tricked.
  • Big Red Button: Double Subverted. The students were scared whenever Ki-bo displayed his robotic abilities in the thought that he'd explode, such as when he activated his "Headphone Ears" to rewind the tape when they thought that was his Self-Destruct Button. The actual Self-Destruct Button, however, was actually the third button above his navel. It also has a ticking sequence.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In a very much literal instance at the end of the game when he activated his Self-Destruct Button and then ramming himself to the dome when the timer stops. The Self-Destruct has created a quite powerful explosion that not only demolished the academy but literally broke the Fourth Wall itself.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's constantly being bullied by Kokichi, thrown into the side of the glass tank in Chapter 2 to break it as a battering ram despite his objections, and gets kicked out of the Caged Child seance after being forced to participate, just because everyone decides that robots and seances don't really go together. The other students are also constantly underwhelmed by how ordinary he is despite being a robot.
  • Catchphrase: "That's robophobic!"
    • A common voice clip for him is "Please stop!" ("yamete kudasai" in Japanese).
  • Chekhov's Skill: At the beginning of the game, he states to Kaede that he has audio-recording functions. After Gonta was convinced that everybody hated bugs and he ended up putting everybody in his lab to appreciate them, Ki-bo plays an audio clip to let him know that Kokichi was lying.
    • And in Chapter Three, Miu gives him a light-up function that proves crucial to solving the case and nailing Korekiyo as the culprit.
  • Compliment Fishing: Ki-bo has a bit of a complex concerning his status as a machine and will sometimes make comments about himself hoping others will chime in compliments for him. More often than not, they don't.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Interestingly zig-zagged. Keebo was the displayed prominently in the first poster, and even his similar design to Makoto Naegi (including Idiot Hair) seemed to imply that he was the Player Character. Subverted in the trailer as it was Kaede who took his role as the seemingly real protagonist, only to be the decoy to Shuichi. It all gets Double Subverted up until the final chapter of the game where Keebo is temporary playable during the final class trial and is is fact, the true protagonist to the Danganronpa audience as he serves as the first person camera for them.
  • Driven to Suicide: In a way, as part of his backstory. When Professor Idabashi was injured during an accident when his AI went rogue, Ki-bo blamed himself for it, since he believed he broke the First Law of Robotics and under the weight of sadness and guilt his AI eventually reset itself. He came back, but as a blank slate, having lost all of his memories. Everything he knows prior to the incident came from Idabashi. The second one was when he blows himself up to give his classmates a chance to escape.
  • Expressive Hair: His ahoge changes wildly with his emotions.
  • Expy: He's meant to resemble Makoto Naegi design-wise, possibly to fool fans into thinking that he was the main character before Kaede's reveal.
    • By the end the game, this resemblance is revealed to have been invoked In-Universe, as Ki-bo was meant to act as an in-game avatar for the show's audience. From their P.O.V., he was the protagonist the entire time. This extends to even his SHSL talent, which is merely existing as a robot (loosely similar to Naegi's talent, which was to be randomly picked for a lottery). His true talent as the Ultimate Hope Robot draws parallels to Naegi becoming the Ultimate Hope; he also gains a Hope Truth Bullet to advance the story when he's playable.
  • His fighting style was similar to Astro Boy, having an Arm Cannon he equipped himself with and putting up a good fight against an opponent who was much stronger than him.
  • Foreshadowing: Ki-bo mentions he has an "inner voice" that he turns to for guidance, but Kokichi interrupts him before he can get any further. This information proves very important in the final trial.
  • Fighting Your Friend: He has to battle Shuichi Saihara twice during the final trial. The first instance is when the latter was suffering from the Despair Event Horizon, so Ki-bo tries to bring him back to his senses in the game's last Rebuttal Showdown. The second instance is when Ki-bo is hacked by Tsumugi and an enraged audience who demanded the students to pick a side and for Danganronpa to continue.
  • Final Boss: In a sense, he's the last person you have an Argument Armament with in the game.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: He claims and threatens that he will take legal action against Kaede if she makes "discriminatory remarks" towards him.
  • The Generic Guy: Despite being a robot, he's one of the most normal members of the cast. He even makes note if this in his Free Time Events, fueling his desire to find a greater purpose. Makes sense, considering he's a literal Audience Surrogate for the Danganronpa audience.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He gets rather jealous when Miu is gushing over the computer in the newly-unlocked computer room in Chapter 4.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Once he finds Shuichi, Maki, and Himiko safe from the mass execution, behind the mask was his final smile before pressing the Self-Destruct Button.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He self-destructs to destroy the entire facility in the final trial and allow the surviving students to escape.
  • Hope Bringer: His "role" in a literal sense.
  • Idiot Hair: Wouldn't be DR without one. In this case, however, it's easily the biggest in the entire series. Probably because it also doubles as a TV antenna.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He is actually quite innocent and has little social skills or capacity to understand a lot of things normal people say.
  • Innocent Innuendo: In Chapter 3, when Ki-bo agreed to let Miu repair his body. While Miu clearly was making her suggestive comments on purpose, Ki-bo's responses certainly didn't help with the undertone.
  • Joke Character: His Ultimate talent is basically the fact that he exists, which is lampshaded by Kaede when they first meet. Despite being a robot, he's actually extremely ordinary, admitting that he only possesses an average intelligence and is about as strong as a strong old man, which results in him injuring his back while attempting to carry Shuichi in one of his Free Time Events. This is later subverted as his various upgrades from Miu help him become useful during investigations and class trials, and is ultimately averted in Chapter 6 when he awakens to the true extent of his power.
  • Legacy Character: Literally from Makoto and Hajime/Izuru, with their title of Ultimate Hope passed on to him in the final trial.
  • Light 'em Up: He was given a "light-up" function from Miu in Chapter 3 that allows him to use high beam lights built into his eyes. It helps the other students investigate in a dark room.
  • Light Is Not Good: His hope was rejected by Shuichi because it's what made the killing games continue until the 53rd season. Fortunately, he (and eventually the audience controlling him) decides to side with Shuichi.
  • Literal-Minded: When it's mentioned that he can't read the atmospherenote , he says he can—he has sensors that tell him if the air around him is dirty.
  • Luminescent Blush: Despite him being a robot, One of his sprites has his entire face turn red from embarrassment, complete with Shy Finger-Twiddling.
  • Madness Mantra: During the final Panic Talk Action against Ki-bo, he is channeling the Danganronpa viewers in the outside world. Towards the end, separate voices are chanting either "Despair!" or "Hope!"
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: He's the feminine boy to Miu's masculine girl.
  • Meaningful Name: "Ki-bo" is Japanese for hope, which is what his purpose is for.
  • The Mole: Ki-bo fills in the role of the requisite "traitor" within the school student ranks that every Danganronpa game has had, albeit in a different way than usual. In previous titles, the traitors of the cast were willingly complicit in working against the students by obfuscating vital information. Ki-bo on the other hand doesn't know that he is a tool of the mastermind until the final case, where it's revealed that he's the killing game audience's POV, and that his inner conscience is manipulated by the will of the people. Unlike previous traitors this means he isn't an active hindrance to the students during a majority of the game as what the audience wants is for him to help unravel the mystery, but it becomes a big problem when the students decide to end the Danganronpa franchise, which is something that the audience, and by extension Ki-bo, doesn't want.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: While he isn't disliked enough by the other students to be The Friend Nobody Likes, he tends to get this treatment from most the other students, namely Kokichi, Tenko, and Himiko, due to him being a robot, much to his dismay.
  • N-Word Privileges: Ki-bo seems more willing to tolerate "robophobic" remarks from Miu, Kaede and Shuichi than the other students, since Miu is the one who gives him maintenance and has the closest friendship with him, whereas Kaede and Shuichi are Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold and Nice Guy, respectively and mean no harm with their comments.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Miu upgrades him in Chapter 3, giving him both a flashlight and a camera function in his eyes, both of which become crucial to investigate a dark room during the chapter's investigation and to later corner the culprit during the class trial.
  • No Biological Sex: Counts as this being a robot, and he himself is unsure if robots even have genders. The rest of the cast recognizes Ki-bo as male, though, so he just rolls with that.
  • No Social Skills: As a robot, he's very naive and clueless during social situations, and is unable to read the mood in a room. Kokichi endlessly makes fun of him for it.
  • Not Quite Dead: Tsumugi (along with the audience from the outside world) hacked Ki-bo by "deleting" his personality and memories in the middle of the final trial, which is the equivalent of actually killing Ki-bo in a sense. But it was revealed that he was able to become himself again and save the final three characters from the execution Tsumugi commanded him to perform.
  • No Waterproofing in the Future: Averted, although he can't swim at all; he'd just sink.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: His eyes become a solid bright blue when he is either malfunctioning or being hijacked by Team Danganronpa.
  • Only Friend: He's possibly the only person that Miu can call her friend (if Kaede and Shuichi didn't finish her free time events), and in return Miu seems to be his closest friend out of all the students. In Chapter 5, he was the only student that truly missed her and seemed to be more saddened by her death than Gonta's, while every other students were more upset by Gonta's death.
  • Only One Name: Naturally, since he's a robot.
  • People Puppets: In the final trial, poor Ki-bo is hijacked by the outraged Danganronpa audience and is forced into an Argument Armament with Shuichi, which is implied to be rather painful for Ki-bo if his cries during it are anything to go by.
  • The Protagonist: In-Universe to be exact, based on what the audience sees of him.
  • Punny Name: His name is one for "Kibō" (the Japanese word for "Hope"). To English-speakers, it can also sound similar to "keyboard". It's also the nickname of a real train.
  • Recurring Element:
    • The third character being a Token Non-Human similar to Alter Ego and Chiaki Nanami. Also being the third Token Non-Human to die, having himself willingly sacrifice his life to save his friends in the end. Ki-bo, however, manages to survive for a longer period of time, all the way up to Chapter 6.
    • He was also the one who "sabotaged" the final execution, similar to what Alter Ego did to save Makoto Naegi from getting executed and how Chiaki appeared in Hajime's vision during the last trial.
    • Similar to Sakura Ogami and Chiaki Nanami, it was revealed late in the game that Ki-bo was The Mole of the group, acting as an interactive audience character and being the first person camera for the Danganronpa TV Show. However, in his case, Ki-bo wasn't aware that he was the Traitor all along until it was revealed to everyone in the final trial.
      • Coincidentally, all three Traitors are also the last participants to die in each of their killing games.
    • The proclamation of having the title of Ultimate Hope, being the third (and the last) character to gain such title (however, his updated intro card lists him as Ultimate Hope Robot instead). He also uses a single Truth Bullet to advance the discussions after he gains this title.
  • Restraining Bolt: His giant cowlick is actually an antenna, used as a receiver to catch command signals from the Danganronpa audience. Believing Angie's words to the heart, he's taken the voices inside his head as a God who gives him advice and cheers for him. When his ahoge gets broken off during Kaito's execution, he loses connection with the audience and does not hear their voices. This forces Ki-bo to use his own logic, tempered by his experiences inside the killing game, making his conclusion based on the desperate situation everyone is in. This makes him significantly more pragmatic and dangerous.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: He basically behaves like and even resembles a high-school boy. His complicated programming allows him to learn and develop just like a human would. Oma and, in the bonus mode, Izuru are rather nonplussed that he's shown interest to be more human than a robot, like rejecting his lab because it's too sci-fi or liking foods despite being unable to eat. In the end, his prowess is most significant when he embraces the fact that he has weaponry mounted on his arm.
  • Robot Names: Ki-bo, which is a pun on the Japanese word for hope (Kibō).
  • Robosexual: Ki-bo has admitted that he does feel an attraction toward humans and has a lot of Ship Tease with Miu.
  • Screw Destiny: In order to save the final survivors, he's this.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Has one installed in his body, and he activates it at the very end of the game to blow up a hole in the dome that would allow the three surviving students to escape.
  • Ship Tease: With Miu Iruma, who clearly has feelings for Ki-bo. She regularly performs maintenance on his body, which Ki-bo greatly appreciates. In Chapter 3, he was noticeable jealous when Miu complimented the super computer in a suggestive manner. The two are often seen together during later chapters and in the manga anthology. He was also pretty saddened by her death, even coming close to crying at one point. In the Ultimate Talent Development Plan bonus mode, the two would even agree to move in together after they graduate so that Miu may continue preforming maintenance on him. It's worth mentioning that this scene can only be viewed by playing as Ki-bo.
  • Significant Birthdate: October 29, the Internet's anniversary.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Possible interpretations include Ki-bo, Kiibo, Keebo, Keybo, et cetera.
    • In the English release, it's K1-B0, and his nickname is spelled "Keebo". But the pronunciation remains the same.
    • Ki-bo's name in the Chinese version is rendered in hanzi as "機望", which combines the first character of the sequence for "machine" or "robotic" (械) with the second character of the sequence for "hope" (希). It is essentially an inversion of Alternate Character Reading, because if the hanzi sequence was read as if it were in Japanese, then the result would still be "Kibō", making the "hope" pun much more obvious.
  • The Spock: During trials, he supports logical courses of actions completely, like checking all avenues of possibility just to be safe.
  • Stereotype Reaction Gag: If given an obvious "robot" gift, he calls you a bigot for assuming he would like such a gift... and then accepts it anyway, grudgingly admitting that yes, as a robot it actually would be very useful for him to have.
  • Story-Breaker Power: After upgrading himself in Chapter 6, Ki-bo gain the ability to overcome Monokuma's security measures, and defeating the 5 Exisals. Ki-bo probably could have ended the killing game as early as Chapter 4 (when his lab opened up and his upgrades become available to him) if it wasn't for his Restraining Bolt in his ahoge.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With him and Tsumugi Shirogane being part of the Evil Duo working for Team Danganronpa, even he wasn't aware that he was the Unwitting Pawn to the scenario.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Being 160 cm (5'3") tall, he can be considered the "tiny guy" to Iruma's "huge girl", who is 173 cm (5'8") tall.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: Being the same height that Makoto Naegi was in the first game at 160 cm (5'3"). His height isn't as noticeable as Makoto's since several of his classmates, like Ryoma and Oma, are noticeably shorter than him.
  • Token Minority: Some of his comments imply that he sees himself as such. As a robot, he is indeed a minority.
  • Token Non-Human: He's a robot, and has all the quirks that fact entails.
  • Tomato Surprise: For the majority of the game, Ki-bo was used as the camera for the audience, meaning we were seeing most of the events from Kaede's, Saihara's, and his point of view.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After his Restraining Bolt was removed at the end of Chapter 5, he was able upgraded himself in Chapter 6 in order to gain Super Strength, Super Toughness, the ability to fly, and an Arm Cannon. Thanks to these upgrades, Ki-bo was able to fight off, and eventually destroy, all five Exisals by himself. With his upgrades Ki-bo is possible the strongest combatant in the V3 universe.
  • Unable to Cry: Shortly after finding Miu's body, Ki-bo was so upset by her death that he wanted to cry for her. However, he resolves to stay strong by not crying, partly because he is unable to shed proper tears, and claims that he is grateful to Miu for not giving him a cry function (This is changed in the English version of the game, with his resolve to stay strong removed, and instead wishing Miu did install a cry function so that he can cry for her properly).
  • The Unchosen One: Enforced to be as he becomes playable only because the player chooses to Save when Shuichi's Hope dies out from the revelation.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He was completely unaware that he served as the killing game's first-person camera until the mastermind revealed it during the last trial.
  • Verbal Tic: It doesn't really come to the point it becomes a tic, but Ki-bo does overuse the words "logical", "illogical" and "100%".
  • Voice of the Legion: During the final Argument Armament, when he's hacked by the audience.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: In his Love Hotel event, he asks Shuichi to teach him about love and romance.

Alternative Title(s): New Dangan Ronpa V 3 Male Students


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