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     Student Tropes All Together 

The Students

Tropes applying to all students:

  • Despair Event Horizon: Due to the theming of this round, you better be prepared to see this pop up a lot, especially for the Ultimate Despairs.
  • Ho Yay: In-Universe. Ryo is the biggest contender for this, especially with his conversations with Hiroki. Though considering the cast is primarily LGBT, it's not doubtful that there are other contenders as well.
  • Oblivious to Love: Caelum, Rocky, and Ann are the number one offenders of this trope.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Every character that is alive has to figure out the murder and the culprit without any previous detective experience. All they've got on their belts are logic and clues.
  • Cast Full of Gay
  • Slumber Party: During the first chapter, they end up having multiple sleepovers to cope with being told to kill.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Aside from the traitor and the mastermind, the class suffers from this as they don't remember ever being classmates nor do they remember that half the class helped cause the apocalypse. For the first 5 chapters, anyways.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Multiple students have gained mementos from each crime scene, each culprit, or even from the monomachine itself. Here are a few examples.
    • Saturday: Received a four leaf clover from Junpei, who had always kept it with him at all times.
    • Caelum: Took Rocky's charm necklace from Rei during Ch. 4's investigation, Rei had also received the necklace from Hiroki after the 1st trial.
    • Junpei: Gained a cross necklace that originally belonged to Rei.
    • Hiroki: The biggest offender, as he:
      • Stole Rocky's charm necklace after having given it to him before his death and a piece of rubble that fell on Carrie (Chapter 1).
      • A few feathers from Ryo(Satan) (Chapter 2).
      • Alyssa's fairy lights, and Manami's jacket (Chapter 3).
  • I See Dead People: Played with, most of the living at this point can interact with the ghosts by hearing them and sensing their presence, but they can't exactly see them, not even Saturday, the Ultimate Reaper!
  • Pyrrhic Victory: While the simulation ended and the game is over, two of their classmates will never wake up. To those who cared about them, it wasn't terribly easy news to receive.
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending: Despite everything, it's all over now, and the class did have a chance to come together. Now, it's up to them to decide what they'll do with their second chances.

     The Mascot 

Does that look like a merciful smile to you?

"Oh, bravo! Bra! Vo! It only took you all two years to get to the good part! Hones’ly, I expected five."
Chapter 1 execution

The mascot and overall adviser of the Disneyland School Trip.

     Honoka Kosoka 

Ultimate Optimist

Alignment: Hope

Died in Chapter 5 by Yori/Yogi's hand.

     Shuichi Minamino 

Ultimate Botanist

Alignment: Despair

     Junpei Tenmyouji 

Ultimate Movie Fanatic (True title: Esper)

Alignment: Hope

"There has to be a way out. There is always another way. But you won't find that if you don't talk to people!"
Chapter 5 trial
"I can't turn back time, I can't undo my mistakes. God, I wish I could. But.... at the very least, please.... please, stop this. Don't let all this hurt have been in vain... please. I trust you."
Chapter 6 trial

Chapter 6's killer, and the traitor of the game. Killed Mugman.

  • Anti-Villain: Through the means of the Well-Intentioned Extremist. While his goal of helping the mastermind stop the war was genuine, helping create a second killing game was not the way to do it.
  • Bleed 'em and Weep: Junpei cried uncontrollably after Mugman's death, and cried again upon seeing Mugman's body for the first time during the body discovery. His tears were genuine, as he hadn't been able to bring himself to look at Mugman's body after getting shot.
  • Break the Cutie: Between the Nonary Game and the Killing Game, he's got a pretty significant amount of trauma.
  • Call-Back: Basically the entirety of his execution. It was all a reference to various things mentioned in 999.
  • Cooldown Hug: He's given them to Mugman and Saturday both at this point. As well, he received one from Saturday and Eliza both during his trial, and from Mugman and the other ghosts after his death.
  • Dark Secret: That his talent is not the ultimate movie fanatic, but the ultimate esper. This truth was hidden even from Junpei himself- he genuinely believed himself to be the Ultimate Unlucky Student.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Subverted. While he pretended for a bit as though he was an ultimate despair, he was actually on the side of hope the entire time. Despite the numerous traumas that Junpei has lived through, he never truly fell into despair.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Junpei mentioned to Saturday that because her father is Death, he doesn't fear what's waiting for him, and he's certain that it wouldn't be bad because she's not a bad person.
  • Dying as Yourself: The class saw past Junpei's attempts to pretend to be in despair, and allowed him to die without putting up any acts.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He had long since accepted he would be executed should something like this happen, so he didn't resist the execution. He accepted it and the vote, in hopes that doing so would reassure his classmates. Both subverted and not, as while that was not Junpei's real death, he did face his true death later on with equal dignity.
  • Friendless Background: He had no friends after elementary school, when Akane Kurashiki Moved away.
  • Hero of Another Story: He was the 'protagonist' of the Nonary Game, where his choices were necessary to find the best ending of that game. Unfortunately, it was this trauma which led to him developing a form of hero complex, and allowed him to think that the Killing Game could work to save his classmates and the world.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: About his exceptional bad luck. He repeatedly tripped, fell, and had general strokes of bad luck before the truth came out, and would remark about being an unlucky sort of person but being used to little events like that.
  • His Story Repeats Itself: The nonary game was a game designed to punish the people who caused a specific incident five years ago, resulting in the deaths of three of them. While the killing game wasn't designed for that purpose, it did have the same result.
  • In-Universe Catharsis: Upon seeing that the class had found the truth, and that the mastermind would be stopped, Junpei was finally able to be at peace.
  • Loving a Shadow: Despite everything that's happened to him, he would admit that he still has some feelings for Akane... even if he knows that's not exactly healthy for him.
  • Meaningful Name: According to word of god, his name is read as 'eclipse'. This is relevant, considering he's generally managed to stay positive, despite the significant amounts of trauma he's lived through in his life.
  • Not Afraid to Die: While dying itself is painful, death is something Junpei isn't afraid of. He had died before, and knows what it's like, after all.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: At the end of the simulation, Junpei makes no wishes or pleas for his life. Rather, he focuses on encouraging Mugman and his classmates before he will Go Out with a Smile. As the simulation fades into white, he really does then Go into the Light.
  • Oblivious to Love: With Mugman. They kissed in chapter 3, but Junpei wondered if it was a fluke. Subverted, considering Junpei had his memories the entire time. Instead, this seeming obliviousness was actually his attempts to suppress his feelings so that he wouldn't grow close to Mugman and hurt him.
  • Official Kiss: Once Junpei was executed, Mugman ran for him and gave him a big kiss first thing. Can't get much more official than that.
  • Properly Paranoid: He's insisted his bad luck would bring harm to people around them, killing them... and eventually, it's his decision to trust Mugman and tell him the truth that results in Mugman's death. As well, it was Junpei's bad luck that caused his true death outside of the simulation.
  • Pungeon Master: He likes puns. They make him smile.
  • Sweet Tooth: He's noted he likes vanilla cakes with strawberries.
  • That Man Is Dead: How Junpei feels about the mastermind. While he trusted them once, he's come to realize that he was a fool in doing so and that the classmate he once trusted did not deserve that trust.
  • The Unfettered: He had originally decided that he was okay with the killing game, so long as it would save the world. He used that line of thinking to justify the fact that he would be allowing his classmates to kill each other. Somewhat subverted, or rather, eventually his determination leads him to do whatever necessary to save his classmates, regardless of what it would mean for the world.
  • Tsundere: A textbook example of the trope. He's quick to be embarrassed by praise, and tries to brush it off.
  • You Are Not Alone: Said to Saturday, but meant for all the survivors at his trial. Even if he was going to be die, he would still be there as a ghost- and they would have each other. As well, once everything was over, the class would hopefully be able to rely on each other once he was truly dead.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: He attempted to pull one of these off when claiming he had murdered Mugman for despair.

     Manami Sangaku 

Ultimate Mountain Climber

Alignment: Despair

The killer of chapter 3, killed Alyssa.


     Inuyasha Taisho 

Ultimate ???

Alignment: Despair


Ultimate Sharpshooter

Alignment: Hope (Previously Despair, switched)

Chapter 6's victim, killed by the traitor of the game— Junpei.

     Russel Seager 

     Eliza (Rui Asuka) 

Ultimate Actress

Alignment: Hope

     Micheal Krane 

Ultimate Animal Rehabilitator

Alignment: Hope

"Like. I. Said. [The killing game] is entertainment [to Oswald]."

     Robin Hood (Rowan Blackmore) 

Ultimate Thief (True title: Assassin)

Alignment: Hope
DV 2
Ultimate Hope 

"What in the goddamn is even happening anymore?"

Killed by Cuphead in Chapter 4 along with Rei and Hiroki.


Ultimate Mascot (True title: Prince)

Alignment: Hope

Chapter 5's killer, killed Honoka.

  • I Did What I Had to Do
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Has this thrown at him multiple times in trial.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Killing a depressed person just so they don't to suffer anymore is pretty extreme when the reason you're doing it is so you can leave the park with your significant other, you know.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Zigzagged. Yori and Yogi don't quite share the same memories yes, but this does not mean Yori remembers their school life either. He's just as clueless as Yogi is.
    • As stated by Saturday and Caelum, this leads to Yori's downfall in the 5th trial, since the crime scene looked like it was created by two people— one who had prepared it, and one who had seen it, running off in terror and accidentally leaving evidence of the killer fleeing the crime in a hurry despite the fact they took their time to cover Honoka in makeup.
  • The Ditz: Yogi, more so than Yori.
  • Dark and Troubled Past

     Hiro Hamada 

Ultimate Roboticist

Alignment: Hope

Killed in Chapter 2 by Satan (Ryo).

     Caelum Selwyn 

Ultimate Nurse

Alignment: Despair

"I'm sorry. I'm so sorry that you did your best to take care of me, while I had my curse, and I... didn't notice what you were going through. I'm sorry I couldn't help. I'm sorry you had to... end up like this. I wanted so fucking badly to make sure it wasn't you."
Chapter 1 post-trial

The Ultimate Nurse, a young man meant to have great ambitions who instead dedicated his life to learning to help people. Beneath a mostly calm and caring exterior, he seems to be hiding a dark secret...

  • Act of True Love: Theoretically, there are many of these. Caelum became an Ultimate Despair and helped cause the apocalypse despite his own personal beliefs so that he could always be there to protect Rocky. And, of course, he made good on that intent on more than one occasion.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Caelum confessed that he was in love with Rocky by accident, in the middle of an argument with Peacock while he was unaware that Rocky was listening.
    ”I love him, and I’m not going to let you hurt him anymore.”
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Caelum considers his lycanthropy a curse, and in fact it does make him a danger to others during the full moon as he is not himself. Subverted, as Caelum turns out to be an Ultimate Despair who helped destroy the world.
  • Bad Samaritan: In the early days of Despair, Caelum still worked at the hospital. He used his position there to harm people while appearing perfectly well-intentioned and well-mannered until it was time to leave school entirely with Rocky.
  • Bait the Dog: Caelum can be kind of abrasive, but he’s also a nurse who’s perfectly willing to use his skills to help his classmates in whatever way he can. That only makes it more jarring when it’s revealed that he was an Ultimate Despair, and that unlike some of his classmates, he doesn’t regret his actions—he only regrets that according to his values, they were necessary. And of course, that makes it outright shocking when he turns out to be the Mastermind.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Caelum often stayed overnight with Rocky while they were still going to school together. Given his own insomnia, he watched Rocky sleep more than he would easily admit.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Caelum never really believed in Despair or the spreading of it as an ideology, but he participated as an Ultimate Despair in order to protect Rocky. He always knew that what they were doing was wrong, but he chose to do it anyway even though he hated it.
  • Berserk Button: Threw down a shelf of Oswalds due to the rabbit's smiling face making him angry.
  • The Chessmaster: The Mastermind of Class 69’s killing game, and all of it done with a purpose. As a notable specific example, he foresaw Junpei betraying him and acted to counteract him.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Caelum does his best to be a reasonable person. He has no particular desire to control Rocky, after all. But other people really need to leave his boyfriend alone, as far as he's concerned. Transgressions include telling a flirty barista that Rocky didn't have a phone while Rocky was in the chatroom, glaring off potential suitors, and attempting to find Rocky in the middle of the night while he was sick because he believed the other had gone off to receive a confession and he wanted to give the confessor a piece of his mind.
  • Covered with Scars: Caelum's whole body, including his face, is covered in scars both old and new. Some of these are from the time he was kidnapped, but most of them are due to his involuntary monthly werewolf transformations. His bite mark is on his left side.
  • Cry for the Devil: Caelum put everyone through Hell in the second killing game. And yet... It's clear that he suffered for it. Some of them can't help but feel bad for him.
  • Dark Messiah: Caelum has all intentions of saving people. In fact, it’s practically a compulsion for him at times. However, his methods of doing that include becoming the Mastermind of a killing game. Not exactly your average savior.
  • Darkand Troubled Past: A few things but most notably, being kidnapped during his middle school years. This incident resulted in a phobia of being restrained, the death of his older sister Lyra, and Caelum’s transformation into a werewolf.
  • Death Seeker: After his kidnapping, Caelum lived with the knowledge that Lyra had given up her life for his. He eventually came to the conclusion that he wasn’t allowed to kill himself, as it would be squandering the life she gave him, but he certainly wasn’t opposed to finding a death that was “allowed.”
  • Declaration of Protection: Caelum becomes an Ultimate Despair in order to protect Rocky, and he spends most of his time during that time period by his side or not far from it.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Much later than you would expect, considering Caelum’s role as an Ultimate Despair. Actually comes after Rocky’s death in Chapter One, settling in gradually only because he continues to put on a brave face for the sake of his classmates who could still have the future he no longer wanted.
  • Dismissing a Compliment: The only compliment Caelum will accept is about his medical skill, and even then it will be downplayed as much as he can manage politely.
  • Everyone Can See It: The last people to realize that Caelum and Rocky were in love were, of course, Caelum and Rocky.
  • First Love: Caelum didn't so much as have more than a passing appreciation for someone's appearance before his interest and subsequent relationship with Rocky.
  • Flirting Under Fire: Caelum and Rocky continue to be affectionate with each other in the midst of Despair-inducing activities: from riots, to smaller fights, to medical experiments.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Early on when Caelum and Rocky had first met, much of their interaction was between Caelum acting as a doctor treating Rocky acting as a patient.
  • Freudian Excuse: Caelum’s upbringing, his trauma in becoming a werewolf, being retraumatized monthly, his relationship with Rocky, who succumbed to Despair first… There were many reasons for Caelum becoming a villain as an Ultimate Despair. And then again, when Peacock’s death didn’t redeem any of the other Ultimate Despairs and he chose to become the Mastermind of a killing game including his classmates to force them to become redeemed himself.
  • Her Boyfriend's Jacket: Caelum wears Rocky's clothes semi-frequently.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Caelum and Rocky began dating in high school, and remained together past what would have been their graduation.
  • Holding Hands: Caelum and Rocky hold hands essentially as frequently as is reasonably possible.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Rocky is a famous rockstar. Caelum is a quiet nurse covered head-to-toe in scars. Caelum is frequently in awe that Rocky paid much attention to him at all, let alone fell in love with him.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Caelum realized while speaking to Junpei that he was becoming dangerously unstable, and that he was harming their class far more than he was helping them. He then proceeded to do nothing about it.
  • I Just Want Tobe Loved: Caelum will do mostly anything for validation from the people he values most. Usually, it would be a point of character growth for him to choose not to continue in this way… but does it really count when he makes that choice to make his classmates hate him in a killing game?
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Caelum is a werewolf, which comes with both advantages and disadvantages. But more than almost anything, he wishes he could go back to being a regular human.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: While Caelum is usually a pretty straight-laced person, he can get a little absorbed in trying to fit in with or appeal to his classmates because he wants them to like him.
  • Imagined Innuendo: When Rocky was trying to ask for a piggyback ride. Likely on other occasions as well, always resulting in an embarrassed, awkward atmosphere.
  • Inconvenient Attraction: Caelum doesn't believe he's deserving of love, so falling in love with Rocky wasn't exactly his intention. Luckily, it worked out anyway.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Caelum originally hides his romantic feelings from Rocky because he doesn't believe he's good enough for him, even if Rocky would obviously never return those feelings anyway.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed/justified. Usually if Caelum is being a jerk, it's because he's trying to show someone tough love, or because he doesn't mean to be a jerk, only to keep things hidden about himself... at least when it involves his friends.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Caelum has the benefit of being rich, but he also feels the brunt of exactly what his parents had to be like in order to be rich the way they are. They're egotistical, self-absorbed, even cruel, and the only reason they ever had a child in the first place was to further their dynasty.
  • Love Confessor: Subverted, as Rocky overhears Caelum's outburst and responds immediately.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Caelum became an Ultimate Despair due to his love for Rocky leading him to choose him over even the entire world. Eventually, he becomes the Mastermind of his own killing game due to his love for his classmates being twisted by Despair.
  • Mama Bear: Caelum doesn't, as a rule, intend to start fights. But he will absolutely go to bat for his classmates, and generally is very capable of making whoever drew his ire regret doing so.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: On full moons. Because Caelum is a werewolf, under the full moon he becomes compelled to take his wolf form and is completely out of his mind until the moon sets.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Caelum is a nurse, and that is his chosen primary ability. He generally doesn't ever go seeking out a fight, nor does he talk much about whether he'd be of any use in one. However, if it comes down to it, he's far more capable than he looks. He never trained in any kind of martial art, but he knows how to handle guns. Not to mention, he's a werewolf.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite appearing almost ill, Caelum is strong enough to carry any of his classmates with seemingly no effort, not showing signs of exertion even after holding them for lengths of time.
  • [[My God, What Have I Done?: At the end of the Mastermind trial. His classmates make it clear to him that although he chose to harm them in order to help them, they don't appreciate his actions. His death cuts this off, but he starts to question... Was it worth it as much as it was supposed to be?]]
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Downplayed. Caelum has incredible control over his more wolf-like instincts, but there are signs of this to someone playing close attention. He likes eating meat on the rare side, and he's much more relaxed when outdoors, to give a couple examples.
  • Necessarily Evil: Caelum is fully aware from the beginning of becoming an Ultimate Despair up through becoming the Mastermind that what he is doing is wrong. But he cannot allow the potential loss of Rocky and some of his other classmates, and then when he becomes the Mastermind, he believes that allowing things to continue as they are is a far worse evil and there is no other way to bring his class together again. Lampshaded; Caelum often points this out about himself.
  • Nerves of Steel: Caelum has been through a lot, and it shows. He rarely outwardly reacts even in the midst of incredibly traumatic events. Most notably, his hands always stay steady no matter what.
  • Non Human Lover Reveal: Caelum hid for as long as he could that he is a werewolf, even avoiding telling Rocky.
  • No Place for Me There: Caelum knows that by his own actions, he has no place with his reformed classmates or the world he hopes they’ll go on to create.
  • The Nose Knows: Averted. He can't smell at all.
  • Oblivious to Love: It took Caelum a long time to realize Rocky had feelings for him, even when it should have been obvious. This can be attributed to believing he is not worthy of love, and thus not expecting romantic intent to be an explanation for Rocky's actions.
  • Official Couple: With Rocky, reveals they were together before the game ever happened.
  • Opposites Attract: Caelum is quiet, Rocky is as loud as it gets. Rocky takes care in his appearance, Caelum only cares as far as he feels like he has to. Caelum is terrified of crowds, and Rocky performs in front of them regularly. Rocky is the moron, and Caelum is the morosexual. And they're as in love as it gets.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Caelum's strain of lycanthropy is unique to his story, combining elements from various versions of werewolf myths.
  • Outlaw Couple: As Ultimate Despairs, Rocky and Caelum incite riots, cause people to go berserk, and in those and various other ways cause the deaths of countless people.
  • Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: Implied. Caelum has no difficulty talking about sexual topics in a clinical sense, but when he has to consider the topic on a more personal level he becomes overwhelmingly flustered.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Said towards Rocky's ghost during Chapter 6.
    ”I don’t want that. There’s no point if you’re not here. I’m sorry, maybe I’m—it might be wrong t-to ask you, b-but. I don’t want you to g-go.”
  • Relationship Reveal: Caelum and Rocky almost forget to tell the rest of the class when they begin dating, as Rocky is sick at the time and Caelum is focused on taking care of him.
  • Roaring Rampage of Romance: Rocky and Caelum are key factors in the destruction of society as Ultimate Despairs. Being together and working together towards this goal exponentially multiplies the amount of destruction they each do, leading to this trope.
  • Romantic Hyperbole: Subverted. Caelum says he would end the world for Rocky, which seems sweet until he proceeds to go ahead and do it.
  • Scars Are Forever: Because Caelum's wounds from his werewolf transformations are cursed wounds, they cannot be healed by magical or supernatural means, despite his faster-than-average healing rate.
  • Separated by the Wall: After Rocky dies, Caelum can just barely sense his ghost due to being a werewolf. They frequently communicate in what little ways they can despite being separated by the veil between life and death.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Caelum and Rocky are just like this.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Caelum was kidnapped, and then turned into a werewolf, because of his family's status and actions. He was used to punish his parents.
  • Sleep Cute: During Chapter One, Caelum fell asleep on Rocky multiple times. This was largely due to the motive, as his curse made him unable to stay awake for long periods of time, but Caelum also just felt safe around Rocky, despite the class not knowing that the two were already a couple.
  • Start Xto Stop X: Caelum created the Class 69 killing game in order to show the class the worst kind of despair... in order for them to overcome it and end the despair covering the world.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Caelum is usually distant even when friendly and very sktitish about getting too close to people. But around Rocky, he can't help but melt (until they're Sickeningly Sweet).
  • Sweet Tooth: Despite being allergic to chocolate, he often still can't resist eating it.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Caelum intends to die, and for his death to serve a purpose—change society’s cognition of the all-encompassing nature of Despair.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Junpei spends so much time as the traitor pushing back against Caelum as the Mastermind, resisting his decisions and ideas regarding the game, that when he betrays Caelum he knows exactly what he’s going to do. If Junpei is going to be so insistent that he is evil, then he’ll show Junpei what evil really is.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Note what he did to Tooru, a student from Class 67 who targeted Rocky during Despair days.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Subverted when Caelum is actually not as uptight as he first appears.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Caelum creates the killing game of Class 69 with the intention of reforming those of his classmates who were fellow members of Ultimate Despair, and further, with setting society on the path to overcoming Despair as a whole.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Not as severe as expected... entirely because his classmates didn't want to listen to him monologue.
  • White Hair, Black Heart
  • You Are Worth Hell: Caelum had a choice to make when he realized what Rocky was doing with Peacock. And he knew that he didn't have the same passion for destruction that his boyfriend apparently did; on the contrary, that he might harm someone unknowingly was one of his greatest fears. But he chose to join Rocky in Hell rather than be parted from him, and he would make that choice again.

     Peter Pan 

Ultimate Trickster

Alignment: Despair

     Ryo Asuka 

Ultimate Anthropologist

Alignment: Despair

"It's true! I'm sure that despair is starting to sink in. Face the facts! Nobody is coming to save you! "

Chapter 2's killer, killed both Hiro and Phonon.

  • Badass Longcoat
  • Belated Love Epiphany: Though it's clear he has some sort of feelings toward Hiroki during the killing game, he doesn't realize just how much he had fallen for him until after his death.
  • Cain and Abel: To an extent, but the biblical reference tracks- with Ryo being Satan and Eliza as the archangel Michael. Michael was the one to strike Satan down from heaven, and later ordered to follow Satan once he was born into the human world.
  • Camera Fiend: Prior to the killing game, he had quite the obsession with filming a certain dancing demon during drama club.
  • Color Motif: Ryo is mostly associated with white, while Eliza is associated with black.
  • Dissonant Serenity: During Carrie's execution.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Ryo's already there by the end of the first trial.
  • The Devil Is a Loser: Though during the events of the killing game Ryo tends to be hated for his generally cruel disposition, he's known to enjoy a certain anime, even going as far as to have one of his collectible figurines put into the monomachine.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Ryo is unarguably extremely good looking, but does not have the personality to match. This is later proven to be extremely literal.
  • False Friend: Befriended Hiro to use his technological smarts to get into the park's internet, only to kill him in cold blood.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Given his talent as Ultimate Anthropologist, he has never hidden that he finds human behavior and history something fascinating. Later explained by the fact that he is very /in/human.
    • This is also the reason he fell in love with Hiroki. He was fascinated by Hiroki's love and subsequent obsession over Wataru, and ended up becoming obsessed himself.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He actually tends to give good advice to his classmates.
  • Lack of Empathy: Unless you're Hiroki. This seems to be triggered more by his realization of his identity as Satan, as he seemed to hold more normal levels of emotion before the killing game.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Ryo is more stoic and serious, while Eliza's personality tends to be more upbeat and optimistic.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: In his Satan form.
  • Psychotic Smirk: On several occasions, notably when Carrie admitted her guilt.
  • Techno Wizard: He's able to hack into Phonon's pass in order to use the park's wifi on his own device.
  • Teen Genius: Not unlike most of the students in Hope's Peak. Emotionally speaking, however, he's pretty dense.
  • The Bully: Becomes this in the afterlife, talking down any of the ghosts that aren't Hiroki.
  • Jerkass: Goes along with the previous trope.

     Saturday Grimm 

Ultimate Attorney (True title: Reaper)

Alignment: Hope

"I can’t bring myself to hate them…that’s stupid isn’t it? Being unable to hate those who wish you didn’t exist? But then again, I guess I know too many people who wish I didn’t exist to hate them all."

"The world isn't black and white and you're a bitch!"
To Caelum during the Chapter 7 trial

The Ultimate Attorney and daughter of Death himself. Saturday is an upbeat and friendly girl, who prior to the first murder comes off as a rather ditzy individual. When coming face to face with a murder and subsequent trial, she showed her true colors as a capable lawyer. Usually calm in the face of emergency, Saturday tends to be a combination of deadly serious and oddly quirky with her takes on human culture.

  • Don't Fear the Reaper
  • Eternal Love: Saturday's girlfriend Pearl is an angel, and similarly immortal.
  • Living Forever Is No Big Deal
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: Made a show of on multiple occasions of showing off her strong WLW arms.
  • Big Word Shout: Voted the most likely to shout "OBJECTION" in the middle of class. She's prone to shouting it in court as well, if given the opportunity.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Though literally a lawyer, it's been mentioned multiple times that she never passed the bar exam, let alone even knowing what it is. Despite this apparent lack of experience, Saturday is the Ultimate Attorney and has rarely lost a case.
  • Divine Parentage: He's not exactly a god per se, but Death is the physical embodiment of an intangible concept who is virtually immortal. Saturday's mother, Life, falls into the same virtually divine category as Death.
  • Meaningful Name: Saturday is the last day of the human week, signifying an end. However, as Saturday explains, Death always says it's a beginning of something as well. The name indicates a new beginning as Saturday's mother is Life, and Saturday has very few of her powers.
  • Braids Of Innocence
  • Genius Ditz: Calling birds (specifically pigeons) "dogs" and dogs "lizards" (later revealed because she wanted to avoid confusion of the fact she calls everything "dogs"), Saturday seems to be a rather air headed individual. Upbeat and quirky, she blames others' misunderstandings on the difference between her and humans. After the first crime scene was discovered, Saturday switched to an entirely different personality. Saturday remained calm in the face of Rocky's murder, and tried comforting her classmates at the same time as examining the body with no visible reaction.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: In their attempt to blow up the "Thot Spot", Saturday and Hiro find that the bomb doesn't go off. As the two are surrounded by murderous rides because of the motive, Saturday has a moment, but Hiro finds a way through the animatronics, leading both him and Saturday to safety. However, Hiro is nearly killed in the process, and Saturday pushes him out of the way, getting injured instead. Ultimately it seems Saturday's sacrifice is in vain as Hiro is murdered that same chapter. She seems to harbor some amount of guilt for being unable to save Hiro, and fears others blame her because she is Death.
  • Heroic BSoD: Chapter 2 Investigation Saturday passes out during the investigation as a combination of a feeling of failure to protect Hiro and the fact that she reopened her wound. She has the opposite reaction during the trial, see the Unstoppable Rage entry.
  • Unstoppable Rage: During the second trial, after finding out that Ryo had murdered Hiro in cold blood, Saturday lost her cool. Pulling out a scythe against Ryo, she likely would have killed him had it not been for her classmates holding her back.
  • Laughing Mad: In the second trial, Saturday has a breakdown from the stress of Hiro's death, and begins laughing when she realizes her getting injured to save Hiro's life did absolutely nothing in the end.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • I Am a Monster: Whether it's how her classmates view her or not, Saturday is considered a monster by many. People fear Death to the point where some would even go so far as to try to destroy him. During Chapter 2's trial Saturday screams "I DIDN'T ASK TO BE THIS WAY!" because of her nature as Death. She blames herself to an extent over Hiro's death, but her bigger worry is that people blame her simply because of what she was born as.
  • You Are Not Alone: Rei, Ann, Michael, and Junpei at the very least offered Saturday comfort (as well as holding her back) during the Second Trial, and Caelum and Saturday have had multiple interactions where she asserts the same for him.
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Important Hair Cut


Ultimate Bull Whipper

Alignment: Despair

Chapter 2's second victim, killed by Satan (Ryo).

     Rocky Road (Osborne Parker) 

Ultimate Rockstar

Alignment: Hope (Previously Despair, Switched)
DV 2
Ultimate Despair 

"I… I just… I just wanted everyone to stop sufferin’..."
Chapter 1 trial in the afterlife

The Ultimate Rockstar who took the U.S. (and the world) by storm! With a loud personality, you can't really miss the guy—- not when he's got that rocking guitar and hums in the hallways, and especially not when he yodels around the place either. Said to be the mood maker of the class, there's no group that Rocky can't cheer up just by being his loud and energetic self.

The victim of Chapter 1 who tried to kill, only to end up being killed by Carrie.

  • Teen Idol
  • The Rock Star
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Averted. Initially, anyways. Turns out he's part of Ultimate Despair— the group that helped Peacock destroy the world spreading despair in their wake.
  • Bishōnen
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Originally his name was Osborne Parker— however, he changed it to his stage name, Rocky Road.
  • Oblivious to Love
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Attempted to kill Carrie in a bout of anger, thinking that killing her would end the curses and make everyone stop suffering. Considering his death started the killing game and everyone was devastated with his death..., it's safe to say that he kinda made everyone suffer more.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Double subverted, while he wasn't successful in killing Carrie and instead was the one to be killed, he was still able to get rid of everybody's curses with his own death. However, this means that he was the one to start the killing game without even meaning to.
  • Mystical White Hair: Born with it, apparently it's a family trait.
  • Berserk Button: The very sight of Oswald (even as a plushie!) brought him to a rage.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Played with. In the first Chapter, everyone is given curses based off of Disney movies, and Rocky's just so happened to have the Snow White Curse. All animals, whether they be friendly or not, would flock to the rockstar. This eventually brings him to his breaking point later on.
  • "I Want" Song: Sung Snow White's "I'm Wishing" during Carrie's execution— though it might've been a recording of himself, considering he was dead at that point.
  • Distressed Dude: Becomes this when dealing with the unfriendly animals, having to rely on Caelum and Micheal to make avoid being attacked.
  • Book Dumb

  • Sweet Tooth
  • Kill the Cutie
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Has this during the first trial, while in the afterlife.
    Oswald: "You're not done. And you won't be for a long, long time. I just have to thank Rocky and Carrie for startin' it off."
    Rocky: "N-no— No— Shut up. I know, SHUT UP!!!"
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • The Heart: His loud personality and ability to get along with others makes it easy for him to change the mood of a room, it's very reason that his class calls him the moodmaker! Which is why his death hits that much harder than it should have.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns
  • Large Ham: Loud AND wears his heart on his sleeve? Now you're just asking for an emotional ham.
  • Everyone Can See It: It doesn't take any detective skills to see how much Rocky's death affected Caelum.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens in both the killing game and during his school days, as he's one of the first few students that Peacock drags into her group of Ultimate Despair.
  • Hope Crusher: Is revealed to be this, as he was one of the main ringleaders in helping Peacock spread despair over the world with his music and concert riots.
  • Evil Feels Good
  • The Atoner: Becomes this after CH.3, deciding to support the other dead victims instead of laughing at the misery of everyone.
  • Heel Realization: Has this during the afterlife in CH.3, after being reprimanded by Wataru and Goro, two ghosts from the previous killing game.
  • Being Evil Sucks
  • Evil Is Cool: In-Universe. Unfortunately, this goes along with Rocky's descent into despair during his school days. It doesn't help that Peacock was the one who made it seem cool in the first place.
  • The Butcher: While his preferred weapon during despair days was his trusty bat, Rocky would sometimes use other sharp weapons to kill folks.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: His smile isn't exactly off-putting and is actually lot softer in the afterlife, but during his despair days? Oh, absolutely.
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: Both his text in the chat rooms and his dialogue outside of it contain a bit of this.
  • So Beautiful It's a Curse: During their school days, multiple people would keep flirting with Rocky and confessing their feelings to him despite already having a boyfriend. Rocky didn't mind it much, but he knew that his boyfriend sure didn't like to be seeing people flirt with his boyfriend, or, you know, try to pull off a romantic confession in the middle of the night.
    • It turned out to not be a confession, but instead a look into the rockstar's actual 'future'. He didn't believe it all, of course.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His concert outfit. It wasn't always evil all over, but once that despair hit? Well, we all know how that goes.
  • The Social Expert: There's a reason they call him the moodmaker.
  • Official Couple: With Caelum, revealed when Caelum gains his missing memories back.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • The Lost Lenore: To Caelum after his death.
  • Guyliner
  • Elective Mute: Becomes this after the 6th trial.


Ultimate Gambler

Alignment: Despair (Previously Hope, switched)

The killer of Chapter 4, making a triple kill with Rei, Hiroki, and Robin.

     Rei Sakuma 

Ultimate Vampire (True title: Rocker)

Alignment: Hope

"…This hurts. ‘s not gonna stop hurting for a while. But I… don’t wanna just keel over ‘n let the rabbit win. That’d be like lettin’ you die for nothin’ and I… can’t do that."

The Ultimate Vampire, a young man with a somewhat peculiar way of speaking and a fairly mysterious attitude. Despite him stating himself to be the Ultimate Vampire, most around him seem to question the validity of such a title.

In Chapter 3's free time, he admits to the class that his real title given to him by Hope's Peak was actually the Ultimate Rocker.

Killed by Cuphead in Chapter 4 along with Robin and Hiroki.

  • Accent Slip Up: In both the first and second trials; when he begins to grow distressed over the revelations in each trial, his “elderly” speech pattern slips back into a much rougher way of speaking.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: His room in the castle has not a bed, but a coffin stylized for sleeping. And while his dorm room preDV has an actual bed, he's stated that he has a coffin somewhere in the academy for napping in.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Both to his actual blood-related sibling back home, and many of his classmates.
  • Determinator: Though he has his periods of self-doubt, Rei ultimately remains determined throughout all the problems he and his classmates face, insisting to himself that he will help find a way for as many of them as possible to escape.
  • Drama Queen: He often overplays his distress to minor situations such as an unintended insult, or purposefully acts a ham just to be dramatic. There are occasions where he’ll even fake cry, though it sounds incredibly ridiculous.
    "oioioi, i'm not holding it against you! it was simply a jest!! you're going to break an elder's heart!!!"
  • I Should Have Been Better: Rei admits that he feels as though he hadn’t done enough for Rocky, and that had he been able to pick up that something was wrong, or spend more time with him, he would’ve been able to do something in order to keep Rocky from succumbing to his emotions and ultimately being killed.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite all appearances, Rei is easily capable of lifting some of his classmates and carrying them. As well as carrying a coffin on his own.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: For all his claims to be the Ultimate Vampire, he seems to display very few traits of such. Aside from his weakness to the sun and the heat, he avoids questions in regards to blood drinking, and often claims that the things his classmates read and believe to be true are simply 'misinformation.'
  • Verbal Tic: Speaks as if he were an elderly man instead of a high school student most of the time. However, during the first trial, Rei seemed to shift towards an entirely different pattern of speech, becoming far less polite and much rougher in tone due to his emotional distress at the time. This hints at his 'elderly' way of speaking perhaps being false.
  • The Protagonist: As per DV rules, the first person to figure out the murder becomes the protagonist. However, since the culprit confessed it doesn't really count. Unless you count the fact that Rei was the one to suggest checking for injuries on everyone's heads in the first place. Of course, this doesn't mean that he's excluded from being killed off.
  • Vampires Sleep in Coffins
  • Sleepyhead
  • Messy Hair

     Ann Takamaki 

Ultimate Model

Alignment: Despair

"Even if it starts out with small acts of rebelling against all of this... we can find our own way through this."

  • Badass Adorable: After the first class trial, Ann decides to take her sadness and turn it into anger, specifically towards Oswald, telling him to shut up as soon as he dared to breathe. She has zero-tolerance for this killing game, opting to find another way out that doesn't involve anymore of her classmates dying.
  • Bad "Bad Acting"
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: She has a tendency to speak before she thinks sometimes, or even type before she thinks when it comes to the group chat. Depending on the situation, she might follow this up with a bad lie in an attempt to divert the topic.
  • Fashion Model: After being asked to join her parents' fashion show, she modelled a red, panther-like Halloween outfit, quickly going vial and being dubbed by the internet as 'Panther'.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Since she cannot attack or kill their captor, Oswald, she has become determined to make him wish that he was dead instead.
  • Gamer Chick: She loves video games and often gets distracted from studying by playing video games instead. Non-smartphone portable consoles are her favourite platforms to play on.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Having Finnish, American, and Japanese blood running through her, she was often subject to negative rumours based on racial sterotypes in Japan.
  • Hand Behind Head: She does this sometimes as an awkward reaction.
  • Nice Girl
  • The Matchmaker: To a far lesser degree. She likes to tease and encourage her friends when she can sense that love is in the air, but she tries not to take it too far. It's ironic since, if the situation were opposite, she would be oblivious.
  • Sweet Tooth: Crepes, cakes... she loves all the sweet food you could imagine. Crepes are her favourite but all serve as a form of comfort food to her, helping her through even a situation as terrible as the killing game.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: With her parents being famous fashion designers, Ann doesn't see them often.
  • Berserk Button: If Oswald so much as breathes, it makes Ann angry.

     Hiroki Watanabe 

Ultimate Phantom Thief (True title: Stagehand)

Alignment: Despair
DV 2
Ultimate Despair 

"How can you call yourself a functional homosexual but not know what a snack is?"

The Ultimate Phantom Thief, an individual that often leaves people feeling confused. With strange behaviors such as sudden shifts in personality, stealing, and impulsive decisions, no one can really understand his motives. However, something about all of that seems a little... fake?

Killed by Cuphead in Chapter 4 along with Rei and Robin.

  • Phantom Thief: His Ultimate Title. He's remarkably good at stealing things when you're not looking. He'll even steal things off of dead bodies, too!
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Wataru Hibiki. His obsession with his late upperclassman resulted in him replacing Wataru's personality traits with his own as a coping mechanism before the Second Killing Game.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Before the Killing Games, Tsukiya used his charm to turn the rest of the stagehands against him, leaving him to do most of the work, himself. Tsukiya anonymously tipping the police off about his family's shady practices didn't help his reputation, either.
  • Always Someone Better: Despite his talents in prop making and sewing, he feels inferior to the others because of how he is treated.
  • Amusing Abnormal Allergy: His allergies flare up whenever he sees a cat or dog, even if only in pictures. This is a conditioned response as a result of Tsukiya's tormenting.
  • Attention Whore
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Despite his wide array of talents, his strange and impulsive behavior often drives others away.
  • Beauty Mark: He has one under each of his eyes. However, only the right beauty mark is fake. The left is only makeup.
  • Becoming the Mask: Timid and quiet before the Killing Games took place, he took on a facade of a mixture of two of his upperclassmen's personalities. As a result, he became more flashy and confident.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He was never able to tell Wataru how he truly felt before he died in the first killing game.
  • Casual Kink: With his love of the "Thotful Spot", his refusal to give up the Fuzzy Handcuffs, and with a pile of rope sitting in his room, you can get the idea.
  • Catchphrase: "Amazing!" Obviously, this was stolen by Wataru.
  • Companion Cube: Aphra and Pirandello, two birds who he keeps with him at all times.
  • Covert Pervert: Before the Killing Games, but he becomes more obvious about it later on.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: It's been hinted a few times that Hiroki and Ryo's friendship is more than you'd think.
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel??
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: An issue he dealt with pretty often before the Killing Games, often making him the target of bullying by Tsukiya.
  • Extreme Doormat: Before the Killing Games.
  • First-Name Basis: Addresses everyone by their first name, and requests that others address him the same way as well.
  • Friendless Background: Before entering Hope's Peak Academy, Hiroki didn't have many friends, even if he tried to reach out to people. Of course, Tsukiya was the cause of this, and his bullying through middle and high school was what turned Hiroki into a timid, nervous wreck.
  • Great Detective: Part of his impersonation of Goro, whose Ultimate Title was the Ultimate Detective.
  • Hates Being Touched:Another thing related to Tsukiya. If people get too close to him without warning, he can end up in a full-blown panic attack.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: The snack joke.
  • Hero Worship: His admiration for Wataru Hibiki.
  • High-Class Gloves: Always wearing an expensive pair of black leather gloves.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Hiroki's feelings towards Wataru beginning to talk with him.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Claims that he has a "bland personality", and instead hides it with his facade.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Even if his feelings for Wataru are strong, he is content with Wataru being with Goro as long as he's happy. He even went as far as to take parts of Goro's personality as well, claiming that Wataru "wouldn't feel alone" this way.
  • Idiot Hair: He has two sprigs of hair at the top of his head. They're purposefully styled this way, as he naturally doesn't have it.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Because of his family's practice, he's insensitive to the idea of death. In fact, he doesn't react at all to dead bodies and carries on as if nothing happened.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades:
  • Lack of Empathy: Again, a result of his numbness to death. He doesn't mourn the loss of his classmates, and often makes people upset because of this.
  • Large Ham
  • Long Haired Prettyboy: When his hair is down, it goes all the way down to his hips.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Hiroki claims that Wataru and Goro's souls are a part of his own, but maybe that's just a way for him to cope with their deaths.
  • Money Fetish: Loves money and spends it like water. This is often on impulse.
  • Punny Name: "Hi" and "Ki" from Hibiki, "Ro" from Goro, "Wata" from Wataru.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Can cook and sew.
  • Really Gets Around
  • Retargeted Lust: His feelings for Wataru were eventually projected onto Ryo Asuka in order to deal with his one-sided love.
  • Shrinking Violet: Certain things can make him break his facade and make him nervous, but he tries his best to bounce back quickly.
  • Smug Smiler: Always seen with a smug grin on his face.
  • Something About a Rose: His calling card consists of a rose and a skull surrounded by thorns.
  • Sweet Tooth: Ate Ann's chocolate truffles from the Monomachine.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Wataru.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Dogs?: Has a fear of large dogs. Poodles are the only exception. He was tormented through middle school and high school by Tsukiya's Tibetan Mastiff, "Kuma-chan".
  • Workaholic: Constantly sacrificed sleep in order to get props done during everyday school life.
  • You Remind Me of X: Rei getting vague reminders of Wataru through Hiroki's impersonation of him.
  • Deuteragonist: Part of the TPG trio, he also came to the conclusion of the injury on the head along with questioning if the bat on the floor was used as self defense against Rocky. And he was partially right. For the bat was used to attempt to hit Carrie in the head, not for self defense.
  • Jerkass

     Neku Sakuraba 

Ultimate Pin Collector

Alignment: Hope

     Alyssa Myles 

Ultimate Dancer

Alignment: Hope

Chapter 3's victim, killed by Manami.

     Carrie White 

Ultimate Telekinetic

Alignment: Despair

"STOP, please STOP, why won’t you STOP, let it STOP I just wanted to be NORMAL–"
Chapter 1 execution

The Ultimate Telekinetic.

The first killer of Chapter 1, killing Rocky Road by throwing him into a shelf.

  • Berserk Button: Laughing, laughing and being hit. Given her past with destroying the prom due to bullying, it's entirely fair that being hit by the baseball bat is what causes her to lose it.
  • Unstoppable Rage
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: Getting hit by the baseball bat proved to be the trigger for Carrie's vision to go red—- immediately thinking back on the prom incident that happened before she was accepted into HPA, which leads her to think that Rocky is laughing just like the student body did back when the prank happened. Despite the fact that he wasn't, in fact, laughing.
  • Psychic Powers: Her ultimate title is Ultimate Telekinetic, however she also appears to be telepathic as well.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In the roleplay, before killing off Rocky.
"I am the angel’s fiery sword of destruction. [...] Run."

     Yuuto Shinkai 

Ultimate Younger Brother

Alignment: Despair

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