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Ayako Itou

Super High-School Level Visual Novel Artist

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An artist with a particular talent for drawing scenery, who started off doing artwork for online projects for free, and got her big break after doing the illustrations for a visual novel called Forest Class. Since then, she has gone on to illustrate several other visual novels. The first victim of Doubt Academy Alpha, accidentally killed by Emiko.


  • Ascended Fangirl: She always enjoyed doing illustrations as a young girl thanks in part to her painting grandfather's influence, but she previously couldn't put her talent to use except by adding illustrations to work online. Her big break came when her artwork was used for a visual novel called "Forest Class", which was so good that she eventually started getting hired for pay, and thus, her SHSL talent of Visual Novel Artist.
  • Blood from the Mouth: She spits up blood after taking a knife to the gut.
  • Butt-Monkey: On her first day in Ouranos alone, she's insulted by Nanoka and an encounter with Ryota ends up with her falling down the stairs. Later in the game, not even death spares her from further humiliation; in response to excessive questioning, Monobear starts kicking Ayako's body and eventually pulls a ventriloquist act with her. Twice. Then three times, as Monobear does it again just before the chapter 1 trial. It even comes complete with Ayako's sprites to make it more convincing. Then Monobear pulls it again, making it four times, by using Ayako's sprites to tell everyone they voted for the wrong guy as the culprit, so how do they feel knowing Ayako's killer is still on the loose?
  • Destructive Romance: In spite of the optimistic tone in her final posts, remarks from her player since then have suggested that this is likely the case. Being the Morality Chain for the guy who masterminded her and her class's deaths puts her in a very draining situation that she can't easily break from without grim consequences.
  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: She has a tiny flower hairclip.
  • Forgets to Eat: Not only does she not eat at all during her first day at Ouranos/Gaia, but she also squeezes in two back-to-back labyrinth expeditions and doesn't sleep until late at night. Unsurprisingly, she nearly faints the next morning.
  • Hates Being Touched: A fairly specific version: She would prefer that people stay away from her legs and back, but other forms of contact are okay with her. Unless she's in the middle of an emotional breakdown, in which case she will shy away from all physical contact. It's eventually explained that this has to do with body image problems, mainly involving self-inflicted scars.
  • It's All My Fault: Develops this attitude after attacking Emiko, which results in her own death, Yuuto getting executed, and Emiko being harassed and eventually murdered. Several people, including the two mentioned, try to stop Ayako from blaming herself for what happened, with little success.
  • Last Disrespects:
    • The amount of abuse and humiliation her corpse takes from Monobear during investigation is astounding. Additionally, Mitsu views Yuuto's constant probing for questions about her injuries as this, especially since they led to the previously-mentioned abuse. But the beginning and ending trial announcements blow everything else out of the water.
    • Kozure views the whole first trial as this, thanks to the constant drama, the lack of solid leads, and the conviction and execution of the wrong person. To quote his relationship page:
      "I hope she is too preoccupied with the glory of heaven to take note of the abortion that was her trial."
  • Love Martyr: Develops into this during the ending, still trying to defend her Mastermind boyfriend to the bitter end. It's portrayed in a mixed light in the posts, but her player confirmed that it does a lot of harm to Ayako in the years following the ending, bordering on a total Destructive Romance.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name includes the kanji for "colorful".
  • Mixed Ancestry: Her maternal grandmother was Italian. The lack of contact between her and her grandchildren resulted in very little influence being passed on, though.
  • Nice Girl: One of her skills; she's an expert at "collaboration", and is very good at working with a team and maintaining unity. This does not, however, stop her from panicking and attempting to kill Emiko when startled by her at night. Her backstory also reveals that she sabotaged a game she was working on and ruined her employer's reputation because of the exploitative nature of the script, even though doing so also put her coworkers suddenly out of a job. The stress of the game erodes away a lot of her sweetness by the end.
  • Not So Different: Runs into this a lot. The best example is Emiko. Both of them are plagued with severe self-esteem issues. They're both driven to self-harm and isolation as a result of ever-increasing pressure. When they confronted each other one night, they both panicked and assumed they were about to be killed by the other girl, which set off their fight. After it was all done they individually tried to shoulder all the blame for the fallout of this struggle, which claimed several more lives, while believing the other girl to have simply been defending herself. And they're natural brunettes who have dyed their hair with unusual colors. With all this in mind, it's not too surprising that they were able to become friends.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: The main colors of her design are orange, blue-green, and a neutral black.
  • Personal Effects Reveal: Most photos of Ayako, found in her room after her death, reveal that her natural hair color is brown. In her closet is a set of watercolor paints, which is briefly brought up during the trial to argue against her stealing Emiko's body paint for artistic use. Finally, her motive card is found under a pile of clothes, shedding more light on her reaction to it the previous morning.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Ayako is almost always wearing black leggings, even under a skirt or a dress.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives two of them out, first to Kozure for killing Emiko and letting Nanoka get punished in his place in Week 3, then Yuuto for withholding information about the Isolation Ward from her in Week 4. In both cases, the speeches backfire spectacularly on her: In the first speech, Kozure can't even hear her, and all Ayako accomplishes is busting open her knuckles as she futilely punches him. In the second, her words unintentionally cause Yuuto to have a breakdown, and between that and other events in the trial Ayako quickly slips into her own panic attack as well.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Mitsu. Their players frequently Ship Tease them and have admitted they had crushes on each other in-game, but circumstances led to limited interaction between the two, including separate romance arcs.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Not only does she fall down stairs, but when she doesn't respond, Ryota fears she's dead and tries to forcefully wake her up. By walloping her in the back of her head. There's also Monobear kicking around her corpse in Chapter 1 and Ryota crashing a jet-powered bike into her and knocking her down into the Labyrinth in Chapter 4, although the latter ended up played for some drama as the week progressed.
  • Staircase Tumble: When Ryota begins shaking her by the shoulders while they both stand on a set of stairs, she becomes so concerned about this happening that she tries to push him away from her, and the backwards force sends her down the steps anyway. It's only a few steps until the hits the bottom, but it's enough to stun her for a good while. A second event much later in the game happens when her sandals finally give out on her and a strap breaks while she's walking down some stairs. She sprains her ankle, but the accelerated healing of deadblog helps her recover in a few days.
  • Tap on the Head: Averted. Ayako slams headfirst onto a large rock, and instead of knocking her out, it smashes in part of her skull, killing her.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: For the first month in the Isolation Ward, Ayako is much more openly hostile and violent, to the point where she nearly endangers the life of a classmate just to win an argument. As explained later, younger Ayako acted pretty much the same way, suggesting it's less of an upgrade in Jerkass and more of a downgrade in Maturity. Either way, she mellows out a bit more as time goes on, although she still often has cruel thoughts.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Korokke (by itself or inside a sandwich, it’s all good), hayashi rice, oyakodon, green tea pound cake, and various types of omelets. She also really likes flavored milk, especially banana and chocolate varieties. Milk teas are also good for her.
  • Trash of the Titans: According to her 35 facts, her room seems like a disorganized mess, with a corner dominated by all kinds of objects splayed on the floor, but she can navigate it pretty well. It isn’t as if she intends to be messy: She just left out things she expected to use again soon rather than put them back up, and then it kind of added up over time.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She got stung by a hornet as a child, and while she usually tries to be understanding about animals, she now feels hornets to be "assholes".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: But as is revealed in both side drawings and the photos in her room, it's actually dyed, and her natural hair color is dark brown. It returns to its natural color when she is cloned during endgame.

Beatriz ‘Beat’ Pereira

Super High-School Level Deepground Miner

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A Brazilian miner, the daughter of a mining company foreman and a singer. Despite the influence of her mother’s career, Beatriz showed a talent more for the arduous physical labor of her father’s career than the fanciful and choreographed nature of her mother’s. Having managed to dig out a diamond vein long thought to be hopeless at the young age of 13, Beatriz cemented her name in the world of deepground mining early in her career, and has been going strong ever since. She is the sixth victim of Doubt Academy Alpha, shot in the chest by Dante.


  • Anger Born of Worry: Acts this way regarding her coworkers - anyone taking needless risks will be torn into fiercely, but only after she's done expressing her genuine concern for their safety or well-being. Before long, this extends to her classmates as well.
  • Bad Dreams: Occasionally still has nightmares about the cave-in, though she's learned to accept it and has resolved to never let it happen again. Events occurring in Gaia (Saki's death paramount among them) have not helped in this regard.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Not hers, her father's - a breakdown in the chain of command during one of Beatriz's digs led to a catastrophic cave-in that cost several workers their lives and both of her father's legs. As a result, he retired from being an on-site miner and became an executive at his company.
  • Chick Flick: The traditional womanly love of these is averted with Beat; save for a select few, she finds them insufferable.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: To a degree; working in a coal mine often has fairly gruesome results when it comes to injuries or deaths, some of which are borderline unavoidable even in the best of circumstances. Because of this, Beat has a much higher tolerance for blood and dismemberment than the average person. Gaia still manages to surprise her with its violence on occasion, though.
  • Daddy's Girl: Born to the foreman of a famous Brazilian mining company and a well-known singer, but showed more of a talent for her father's physical labor than her mother's singing.
  • Deer in the Headlights: This is part of the cause behind her father suffering from the loss of his legs: during the cave-in, when walls are beginning to collapse, Beat was either too shocked of too afraid to run and found herself standing underneath a support set to collapse. Realizing what had happened, her father rushed to pull her free and left himself with no time to escape. This reaction is also demonstrated during Saki's death and Yuu's execution.
  • Determinator: Beatriz, being a deepground miner, is not only strong, but has amazing stamina. Not only can she stay awake for long periods of time with little effort, but she can also engage in strenuous physical labor for extended durations with little need for breaks.
  • Dies Wide Open: In her death art, not only have her legs been completely crushed under rocks, but she has an absolutely horrified expression, eyes as wide open as they go.
  • Face Your Fears: Prior to the despair game. Months after the cave-in, she refused to go on any further digs, believing that her mere presence was a bad omen that would cost more coworkers their lives. She briefly took up performing with her mother during this time. Her mother, seeing her daughter's heart wasn't in it, urged her to do what she loved. Although hesitant, Beat eventually returned to mining, rediscovering her love for it in the process.
  • Fear Is the Appropriate Response: Displays a mix of the freezing and screaming aspects of this trope during the earthquake preceding Saki's death and likely the cave-in following the third trial.
  • Foreign-Language Tirade: Beat will occasionally lapse into Portuguese when irritated. This can turn into a full-blown rant if someone manages to push her enough to be legitimately angry.
  • Guilt Complex: Over the cave-in. Despite there being a number of contributing factors, she believes that, had she been more attentive, it never would've happened.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Sort of. She believes Chiemi is mocking her for her bust, rather than being jealous of it.
  • Ironic Fear: She's a miner afraid of earthquakes.
  • Heroic BSoD: As we eventually learn in chapter 2, this is the reason Beatriz didn't do or say anything in chapter 1: the seemingly unrealistically terrifying situation sent her into a catatonic state of denial, and she's been wandering around listless and not talking to her classmates since she thinks she's just in a nightmare. Once she realizes that This Is Reality, however, and not a nightmare, she then resolves to be more helpful and practice more teamwork with her classmates from then on.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Beat is more than happy to share her food for the most part. Take something she was saving, however, and be prepared to relocate to a safe distance.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: When she became the foreman of her father's mining company and their early operations, the employee's beneath her constantly remarked upon how if she weren't the owner's daughter, she wouldn't have that position. Her response was to pick up a pickaxe and a headlamp and show all of them exactly how well she knew the job.
  • Omniglot: Beatriz is familiar with English, Japanese, and Portuguese.
  • Pet the Dog: During the second trial, Beatriz is the only one to express concern about Emiko's gravely injured state.
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: Beatriz turns out to be the second murder victim in chapter 5; she was killed by a chest wound, and then the killer buried her in rocks.
  • Sherlock Scan: Beatriz has an eye for valuable objects. Despite mining primarily for coal and oil, Beatriz has occasionally come across precious gems and ancient artifacts, and over time, has learned to discern the real deal from the secondhand junk.
  • Shocking Elimination: A completely unintentional and in universe example of this trope: due to circumstances, it was thought that Orikus was the sole chapter 5 murder victim, because the class didn't investigate the rocks until later. Once they did, they found Beatriz's body, so because of the timing issue Beatriz's death comes as a bigger surprise than it otherwise would have.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: On site. She's able to turn it on and off. When working with the other miners, she can swear with the best of them; part of appearing as 'one of the guys' to earn their respect. Can occasionally lapse into this on her own, however.
  • The Tease: Although she wants to be more "cute" than "sexy", she isn't above using her amazonian beauty and curvaceous figure to get people to do what she needs them to.
  • Women Are Delicate: Part of her desire to be more "moe" is that she thinks working in mining and on dig shafts is detracting from her femininity.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: While normally friendly and generally happy, Beat's temper is something to be feared. Considering she made a name for herself manually breaking earth, it's not wise to be within striking range if you're the object of her ire.

Chie Narita

Super High-School Level Etymologist

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Born to a prominent Japanese botanist and an American field biologist, Chie was expected to take to the sciences growing up. She enjoyed the subject, but upon closer inspection of both terminology and her parents’ studies, she found herself more interested in the Latin terminology than she was with the materials she was looking at. Enrolling quickly in the Latin classes available at her school, she devoted herself to learning just exactly how Latin has influenced the English language – it fought with Japanese for her first language, after all. She returned to Japan from her extended stay on the west coast of America at age 13, and after orchestrating a successful event in Tokyo for an English teacher at an international school, she found herself in possession of an invitation from Hope’s Peak Academy. She kills Kaoru in Chapter 9, confesses, and is executed.


  • But Not Too Foreign: She was born in Japan, but raised for most of her life in America. At age 13, her family returned to Japan. Her mother is also an American Field Biologist.
  • Crash-Into Hello: How she first meets Kosuke (and technically Saori as well, although the latter manages to jump out of the way before being caught in the tackle). Not even she understands how exactly the crash happened.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: She is chained by the feet to a platform and presented with a hard-boiled egg (since the person she killed was a student with an interest in birds' eggs), a sprig of mint, and some other plants - but that's not what kills her. The platform she's standing on then swivels round to face a table of Monobears dressed as judges, and she's tested on the Latin roots of various words associated with death. When she gets the twelfth word, 'compression', wrong, a giant metal plate comes down and crushes her. Chiemi, who is standing very close by, gets sprayed with her blood, and Monobear sweeps what is left of Chie into a trash can.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Is so desperate to erase a certain secret from her past that she falls for Chapter 9's motive and kills Kaoru. We never find out just what that secret is, however.
  • Disappointed in You: Apparently this was written on Chie's card for the first motive. Recently her card has been placed in her room after you fix the mattress, and it reads:
    "Dear Chie, Your family is worried sick about you. Don't you know? You're a disappointment. They wanted you to do something. And you did something else. They think you're a waste. Now, they only want you back so they can fix you. So what happens next? Kill to find out!"
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Subverted in her backstory. Her parents were scientists, so she was expected to grow up studying the sciences. Which she did, except she then became more interested in the Latin words the sciences used as terminology, rather than the sciences themselves. So she ended up becoming a SHSL Etymologist, studying the science of words, instead of either of her parents' professions.
  • From the Latin "Intro Ducere": Etymology is her SHSL talent - explaining where words come from is exactly what it's all about.
  • Important Haircut: At the end of chapter 3, after the amount of stress she's subjected to finally makes it's appearance on Chie's new short hairstyle.
  • Official Couple: With Chiemi, until they broke up following Nanoka's death.
  • Punctuated Pounding: After Nanoka's death, Aqua decides to just take her keycard and her wheelchair. Chie proceeds to repeatedly ask 'What? What the fuck are you doing?' and clobbers him nonstop.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Investigating her room reveals that in her dresser, she has body glitter belonging to Eiji from Doubt Academy White.
    • Later, from the Monomachine, she wins a Sentai Mask from Blazing Justice Phoenix from Doubt Academy Black, and a hi-tech microphone from Tomiko in Doubt Academy White.
    • There's a very twisted one in her execution; one of the items she has to eat is an egg, as a Shout-Out to Kaoru's SHSL talent.
  • The Caretaker: Becomes the caretaker for Nanoka following her blinding, and the two lived in Nanoka's apartment for the duration of this time. However, Nanoka's death left Chie temporarily homeless, as Nanoka's room investigation reveals Chie's keycard is on Nanoka's coffee table.

Chiemi Shinozaki

Super High-School Level Broadway Performer

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A musical theatre actress who has appeared in more than 20 Broadway productions, and performed all over the world. She started small by attending a talent seeking venue. There, her current employers, the ‘Black Rose Troupe’ sought her for their own because of her quirky nature in her performances. She survives all trials, and chooses to stay behind in Arcadia.


  • Afraid of Blood: This explains why she fled Ayako's murder scene to conduct the trial elsewhere. This is more prominent at the end of Chapter 2, when she sees Ryota's corpse, causing her to collapse and stress vomit.
  • Alpha Bitch: She's quick to judge, elitist, well-connected, and not afraid to act nasty.
  • Ballet: One of her skills, and she had her original debut as a ballerina, though it's not her passion or SHSL talent. She's only good at ballet because her parents encouraged her to partake in ballet; she's described on her profile as disliking even the mention of ballet.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: In the fourth trial, when it looks as if things are going to end up with her being voted for, she makes her apologies and places a knife to her throat. The only reason she doesn't go through with it is when someone else confesses to the murder.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: Not her belief, but it was apparently what was written on Chiemi's card for the first motive, because Chiemi goes berserk and asks Monobear to get back here since there's no way she'll ever be forgotten.
  • Daddy's Girl: Her dad was pretty doting on her as a child, although he wouldn't bend any of the rules her mother enforced.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In Chapter 9, after hearing that chapter's motive, she reveals one of her darkest secrets straight off the bat. A teenage paparazzi photographer threatened to attack other members of the Black Rose Troupe if Chiemi didn't give him what he wanted, and she attacked him and left him paralysed from the neck down. She has no regrets about doing this, and adds that her manager praised her for protecting the troupe.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Chiemi has recently revealed to Mitsu that Chiemi is an orphan now because her parents died because of a "suicide bomber" attack, but before then Chiemi's dad was a big hero who went out of his way to help people.
  • Does Not Like Men: Or, at least she screamed this at Kosuke, stating all men are pigs at the end of chapter 1's trial.
  • Empty Shell:
    • Trial 4 leaves Chiemi in such a catatonic state, she even forgets to bathe, eat or sleep two days after the fact. She only speaks when spoken to and doesn't show an ounce of emotion.
    • She's not in a good place after Chapter 9's trial either, especially after getting soaked in her ex-girlfriend's blood.
  • First-Name Basis: Yuu and Chiemi are on a first name basis; in fact, this is notable enough that Yuu mentions it on his "relationships" page.
  • Flower in Her Hair: A trademark that most of the Black Rose Troupe have, but she doesn't always wear it. As of Chapter 4, she begins to wear her Black Rose barette again.
  • Former Child Star: A positive example, she was first scouted for Broadway at the young age of 12, and has been very successful ever since.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: A bit in the middle, according to her 35 facts. She’ll occasionally go for a cigarette when stressed, but she tries not to go overboard, as she knows it can fuck up her lungs. She thinks a little bit at a time isn’t ‘bad’.
  • Guilty Pleasures:
    • Aged Tofu and grilled salmon soaked in a weird cinnamon sauce of her mother’s creation.
    • Also smoking itself, it seems. Her manager even warned her in detail how forming a habit could jeopardize her career.
  • Heroic BSoD: Goes through a major one due to Chie's execution. She's practically catatonic, and Shun and Minako have to cart her off to a bathroom to clean her up.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for Yuuto's wrongful execution, which influences her passion to get chapter 3's trial voted as a murder and not a suicide, since she believes Emiko is innocent of having killed herself. It unfortunately doesn't work; the class still votes for a suicide, and it turns out to have been a murder instead.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In chapter 2, Chiemi starts to develop this mindset regarding Chie, since Chiemi feels that she would rather die herself than watch Chie be killed.
  • Lethal Chef: Don't let her make something more complex than a sandwich. She could burn a kitchen down.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She's defiantly loyal to her friends, and can be very kind and friendly to others. It's just that usually she sees no reason to be, and/or the person has pissed her off.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: In a rare non-spoiler example, in this post, we learn that because people rarely cared for Chiemi, she wonders why she should care for others.
  • Official Couple: With Chie, until they broke up following Nanoka's death. Predespair, she had a relationship with Fuyuuko, which she rekindles after meeting her in Tartarus.
  • Omniglot: Because she travels to perform musical theatre with her troupe, she knows several languages (mainly English, French and some Russian).
  • Parental Substitute: In the prologue, Chiemi tells Yuu that she is an orphan. It is heavily implied that her manager raised her from age 12 until this point, as they died after she left to join the Black Rose Troupe.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: At least so far in chapter 3's trial, when Chiemi tries to turn over a new leaf by doing her best not to pick fights with the others. It turns out that Shay, Naori, Eva and even Kikuyo (in her thoughts) seem to think she's still fighting. Some call her out on it, even though she's trying to stick to the case and hasn't triggered many fights in the trial in the first place. Well, they never said change was easy.
  • Sanity Slippage: As of chapter 5. Because being forced into an execution chamber when your friend is killed in front of you really screws you up. Doesn't help that almost everyone she cares about is dead.
  • Screaming at Squick: When she is half of the pair that finds Emiko's head.
  • Shipper on Deck: Literally ships Emiko and Yuu together in character. Since the beginning, she kept teasing Emiko and telling Yuu that Emiko liked him.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The "Roles" section of her profile is technically an entire page of Shout Outs, because due to her SHSL talent she's played roles in multiple famous Broadway plays and musicals.
    • When everyone discovers Ayako's body, Chiemi is wearing her favorite "Larry Lang" T-shirt. Larry Lang was one of the Doubt Academy White characters.
    • It seems as if Chiemi found 'Cold Comfort' in the Monomachine. This is a smut fanfiction that the creator of Larry Lang wrote about Mimi Arakaki and Larry Lang for Doubt Academy White. But did it actually happen or is this a mere fanfiction?
    • In later updates, she's been seen sporting the pink jacket that Koemi Takibana wore in Doubt Academy White.
    • After Chie is executed, she sings 'All I Ask Of You' from The Phantom of the Opera.
  • Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter: Since she was one of the suspects before the class finally executed the wrong person, Chiemi asks the class while crying, don't they have grudges against her and Emiko-chan? Why aren't they stabbing her in the back as retribution? Come on, Chiemi's right here! Kill her already!
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Has recently developed this attitude as of chapter 3's trial, since she feels that she's attacked no matter what she does, even if she tries to be a, quote, "goody-goody slut" like Eva.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Delivers this during chapter one's trial to the anonymous voters before Emiko does. She states that people are all voting anonymously and are disgusting cowards because of this. Emiko offers a similar speech as well.
    • Delivers one during chapter 3's trial, because as Chiemi angrily explains, since the class voted for Emiko's suicide, and since Emiko turns out to have been murdered, the class has just voted to let a murderer walk free, even though the class thought they were protecting innocent people with a suicide vote.
    • She's on the receiving end of one from Eva, for being a jerk to Kikuyo.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She claims Yuu's kimono and one of Emiko's figure skating dresses.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Loses friend after friend, to the point where when Minako tries to comfort her, Chiemi pushes her away, saying she doesn't want to lose her too. First Yuu is executed, then Emiko is murdered, then Mitsu is executed - and Chiemi sees just what's going on behind the curtains - and to cap it all, Chie is executed, and Chiemi ends up getting drenched in her blood.
  • True Companions: Appears to be in this sort of relationship with Emiko and Yuu, as she defends Emiko from accusations that may not have even really been leveled in the first place and casts suspicion upon Yuuto. At the beginning of the first trial, in which Emiko appears to somehow be involved, she and Yuu both reach over to hold one of Emiko's hands. A little while into the trial three people all vote for Emiko all at once. Chiemi responds by furiously casting a vote for Yuuto Ikeda, who was the one who had not only thrown Emiko under the bus, but Chiemi's other dear friend Chie as well.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Despite how desperately her mother wanted her to follow in her footsteps as a ballerina, Chiemi refused and decided she would rather be a musical theatre actress instead. It is possible that her relationship was strained with her mother after.
  • You Monster!: Chiemi addresses Yuuto as "that monster" in response to her friends Emiko and Chie being named as possible suspects in chapter 1's murder.

Dante Valencia

Super High-School Level Masquerade (Super High-School Level Larcenist)

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An actor/larcenist from Europe who worked as an assistant to another performer (revealed to be Eva). He also performs under the name of Hades. He is the culprit in chapter 5, having murdered both Orikus and Beatriz, and is executed.


  • Canon Foreigner: Dante was originally submitted to the Omega roster, but the Powers That Be decided to have Dante and Shinji switch games, so now Dante is part of the Alpha roster, and thus on this character page.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His "masquerade" act was a lie, his true talent is Larcenist.
  • Deus Exit Machina: As we learn in this post, the person who plays Dante has recently been hit by a car and is in the hospital. Until the player recovers, Dante's character will be written as sick in his room, with Monomi taking care of his health. Which also means Dante will not be selected as a killer in the random drawing, and any selected killer may not choose Dante as a victim, until the person who plays Dante recovers. However, this immunity ended up applying only through chapter 1—at the beginning of chapter 2, Dante's player became well enough that Alpha's moderator lifted the immunity, so now Dante is capable of being killed or of killing someone again. And he does eventually kill someone, or rather two people, in chapter 5, but is correctly voted as the culprit.
  • Humble Hero: Was talented enough to pursue a life of fame, but chose not to, and in his own modesty he chose instead to become an assistant to another performer, who's a close friend of his. It is revealed in chapter 2 that this other performer was Eva, who is now pissed at him, so they're no longer close friends.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Described in those very words on his profile, complete with the "master of none" caveat.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Ladron the ferret. Usually found in the Parrot Pet Position. However, it's recently been revealed that Ladron was originally Eva's pet, and after a recent argument between Eva and Dante upon their reunion, Eva takes Ladron back, so now Ladron is with Eva instead of Dante.
  • Only One Name: He's just called "Dante", no last name has been given. Finally averted in chapter 5, when it's revealed to be "Valencia".
  • "Rashomon"-Style: The event that led to Dante and Eva splitting up when they used to perform together. According to Dante's version of events, he does blame himself internally but refuses to acknowledge it aloud because he thinks Eva acted like an immature child, making it all about her, and is still doing so. We don't yet know whether Dante's account of the event is true or Eva's is.
  • Spanner in the Works: In Chapter 2, although Naori's plan was the catalyst and true genius behind finding the culprit, they would never have discovered Yuu's injury if Dante hadn't come up with the idea of jumping and exercising.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Dante helps Naori's plan to expose chapter 2's culprit succeed by being the first to exercise, and thus persuading the rest of the class to follow his example, causing the true culprit to bleed from an injury the culprit had hidden under makeup.

Emiko Shiromura

Super High-School Level Figure Skater

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A troubled young figure skater whose talent was discovered when she was aged 5, during a casting call for a yogurt advert. She has performed with over sixty male partners, and has a reputation for creating a different character for every performance. Before entering Hope's Peak, she was training for the Winter Olympics. She is the culprit of chapter 1, having accidentally murdered Ayako, and later becomes a murder victim herself in chapter 3.


  • Abusive Parents: Her agent Aima is also her mother, not that Emiko tends to call her that; Aima is constantly pressuring Emiko to keep up a certain image, and she's very dismissive of the psychological impact her career has on her, calling her troubles "conceived mental illness" yet still talking about how "sick in the head" Emiko is even when she's right there in the same room, listening.
  • Accidental Kiss: Twice, in a very short span of time. First, Emiko kisses Sayuri while under the impression that he's Yuu. Moments later, Chiemi slips and doesn't just kiss her, but also gropes her breast.
  • Accidental Murder: According to a note found in Emiko's pocket after she's murdered in chapter 3, Emiko really did kill Ayako back in chapter 1, but it was a freak accident—Ayako was waving around a knife, and Emiko took the knife away. Ayako tried to grab the knife back, and in the ensuing struggle, Ayako got stabbed.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Averted. Emiko has a range of disorders, all of which were thoroughly researched and can be named and pointed out.
  • Becoming the Mask: She sort of does this regularly, with her ability to completely become any new character (and her tendency to stay in character or revert to one in actual social situations).
  • Body in a Breadbox: Her missing head is hidden in Ayako's storage locker, which is only accessed through following a chain of missing keycards. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that many characters suspected that she killed Ayako.
  • Child Prodigy: Began figure skating at the age of five and rapidly advanced to a point where she was considered a starlet, winning high-profile competitions as young as eight years old.
  • Clueless Dude Magnet: This remains to be seen in-game, but out of it, she's apparently had more than a few offers. Yuu, Shun, and Sayuri have at least thought she was beautiful; though Shun could just be being polite as is his talent. She doesn't appear to be aware of this, though. She's not completely clueless, though; her motive reveals she has - or had - a boyfriend before entering Hope's Peak.
  • Contractual Purity:invoked Emiko's status in Japan's media is almost that of an idol. Because of this, she is extremely distrustful of most strangers and does not enjoy being in unfamiliar situations. She also isn't likely to reveal anything personal about herself, no matter how benign. Many things she keeps from the public are generally normal quirks or problems, but she inflates them (and so do the paparazzi). Therefore, she has to stay chaste in the public's eye.
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • During the first trial, Emiko is the main suspect in the murder of Ayako Itou and only survives thanks to the interference of those stronger than her.
    • It happens again twice in quick succession; she needs to be treated for the injuries inflicted upon herself in the Abandoned Ward after the trial, and after being left alone again, attempts to commit suicide by throwing herself into the Labyrinth. She has since been rescued by Gei.
  • Double Consciousness: She has almost no sense of self beyond her characters, and has trouble trying to vacillate between them.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Emiko confesses to the first death and appears to be genuinely trying to atone for everything she's done, and is attempting to reach out to Nice Guy Kosuke... only for him to reject her. She is subsequently murdered.
  • Incriminating Indifference: In Shun's eyes. It turns out Emiko was chapter 1's culprit, but she only killed Ayako by accident and was trying not to openly break down in tears either about that or about Yuuto's death. So Shun was correct that she had incriminating motives, but not that she was indifferent or callous.
  • Nerves of Steel: For the sake of her performances, she has gained the ability to maintain perfect calmness and stoicism under a surprising amount of duress. However, sadly, sometimes she does actually break under the pressure. Like at the end of Chapter 1.
  • The Nicknamer: Emiko sometimes refers to Monobear as "L'Oreal", which is a French cosmetics and beauty company. It's a reference to Monobear's Rapunzel Hair and the fact that one of Emiko's Olympic sponsors was L'Oreal cosmetics.
  • Not So Stoic: After the first trial, Emiko runs to the Abandoned Ward and has what appears to be a total mental breakdown.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: She is the third murder victim. The healing self-inflicted wounds that occurred during Chapter 2's Extended Normdays had been cleanly sliced back open, and if that wasn't enough, she had also been crucified and decapitated.
  • Official Couple:
    • Predespair, at least, with a boy named Emmet.
    • In-game, with Yuu Sagara. Unfortunately, it's cut short when Yuu kills someone in chapter 2, and is found out and executed. Although Emiko dies in chapter 3, giving them a chance to rekindle their romance.
  • Omniglot: She travels a lot, and is at least functionally fluent in French, English, German, Danish, and Spanish.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: It's subtle because of how quiet she can be, but Emiko really does love figure skating and is incredibly good at it. She dedicates her entire life to the sport and recreates her personality for every role she plays. That's passion.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Emiko tells Usami that Monobear isn't a judge, so Monobear can't legally change Usami's name to Monomi. Besides, Usami is more like an "Usami" anyway. However, to avoid the wrath of Monobear (either for herself or for Emiko), Usami politely turns down Emiko's advice and calls herself Monomi.
    • She's more disturbed by Ryota's death than most of the other students, even though she had never even spoken to him. Her first action upon seeing his body is to go up to it and close his eyes and caress his cheek in a motherly manner. Emiko is angry that Ryota was the one to die, since he was basically the most lively person in the place and did everything he could to get them out of there. She is far more preoccupied with finding his killer than she was the previous trial; as she says, this murder was absolutely savage. It could also be due to her guilt and grief over the events of the first chapter that she is so dedicated to finding the murderer.
  • Physical Scars, Psychological Scars: The wounds she inflicted upon herself reflect the guilt she feels, as she was trying to destroy whatever incriminating evidence linked her to the crime (frame job or not).
  • The Power of Acting: One of her skills, and it's also part of her personality; she's very good at putting on "new characters" to show others, so not even she sometimes remembers who she really is, according to her profile.
  • The Quiet One: Her voice, unless specified otherwise (usually when defaulting to more brash personalities) is very demure.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Emiko directs one at all the anonymous voters in chapter 1's trial for being cowardly, like children, unable to vote for Emiko to Emiko's face and thus at least own up to their decisions.
    • She directs one at the people who were treating the deaths with indifference to the victims and people who died overall, saying that everyone had already forgotten Saki and Ayako and Yuuto by the time Yuu killed Ryota. With the way the third trial went, it's likely she's even more unhappy.
  • The Reveal: After Yuu's death, she confesses to Kosuke that she was the one who killed Ayako Itou, after all. However, it was a complete accident, and Emiko has been grieving her ever since. The truth has driven her insane.
  • Red Baron: She's also known as Kori no Daiyamondo, or "Ice Diamond."
  • Reluctant Psycho: She certainly goes to great lengths to hide her mental instability, however benign, from everyone else.
  • Riddle for the Ages: We never find out who killed her.
  • Self-Harm: After the conclusion of the first trial, Emiko flees to the Abandoned Ward and tries to remove her body paint by pouring acetone all over herself and clawing at her skin. When her corpse is discovered in chapter 3, the marks on her arms are the self-inflicted wounds from Chapter 2, though they've been reopened.
  • Shout-Out: Her author claims she is a gigantic reference to Frozen. The post where her body was revealed was titled "Snedronnigen Regeringstid Ender", which means "The Snow Queen's Reign Ends" in Danish. The first word is the title of the original legend of the snow queen, which Frozen was based off of.
  • Single-Issue Psychology: Most definitely averted. According to her player, Emiko has a variety of disorders with no set traumatic event to act as a catalyst. They were simply developed as a result of her lifestyle.
  • Slept Through the Apocalypse: In Chapter 1, Emiko sleeps through the body discovery and most of the investigation.
  • Speech Impediment: Only when acting as Kori no Daiyamondo, as this is her shyest personality. It's a hesitant stutter.
  • Stripperific:
    • Emiko's first outfit isn't too bad, but most of her other ones don't leave much to the imagination. It's actually sort of justified - just look at real figure skating costumes. It's how she's used to presenting herself. Not to mention she's explicitly mentioned to have absolutely no problem with cold weather and overheats very easily.
    • Her body was found dressed in only a sports bra and shorts.
  • Symbolic Mutilation: When she is found dead, the self-inflicted wounds she clawed into herself after the first trial, trying to get incriminating evidence off of her have been sliced open once again. The murderer was possibly after her for this reason - to get revenge on her for escaping death.
  • Tempting Fate: Emiko tends to sleep with her door unlocked because locked doors terrify her. It's pointed out in chapter 1's trial that because everyone is currently in a mutual killing game, sleeping with her door unlocked means Emiko is lucky to be alive, but so far nothing's come of it. She is eventually killed, in chapter 3, but it isn't clear yet where she died. All that is known is that the elevator was used to decapitate her and that she was dead before that happened.
  • Therapy Is for the Weak: It is mentioned on a list of 35 facts about Emiko that she believes in at least a variation of this. She would seriously benefit from seeing a therapist, but she never has. In her mind, it would be admitting to herself (and, by extension, the rest of the world) that she isn't actually perfect - and she'd see it as a betrayal of everything she stands for.
  • They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason: Refuses to see a therapist or talk about her problems (it's been implied that she has borderline personality disorder).
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Did this in-universe which is how she got accepted into Hope's Peak: she got accepted because she mastered a very complicated figure skating move called 3F + 3T, which is described as "a triple flip/triple toe loop jump that showcases more height and raw skill than all other competitors." Also, even as a child, she initially learned figure skating because it was a required skill for a yogurt commercial. Now, years later, she's so talented that figure skating is her SHSL talent.
    • She's taken another one as of the end of the prologue, losing her careful and shy personable self in favor of a bold, more unapproachable one.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Not the usual version of troubled, but she does have dissociative identity issues and suffers from a lack of sense of self. She's also extremely adorable.
  • True Companions: Appears to be involved in a relationship like this with Yuu and Chiemi. The two of them are adamant that she is being framed for the first murder, and at the beginning of the first trial, in which Emiko appears to somehow be involved, Chiemi and Yuu both reach over to hold one of Emiko's hands. The two of them actually cast a vote for who they think is railroading Emiko in the first trial, desperate to protect her.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Emiko has "cleithrophobia", or "fear of being locked in". It's not quite the same thing as claustrophobia, because Emiko can handle small spaces. What she can't handle are locked doors or windows that might trap her inside. This is why she sleeps with the door unlocked.
  • Winter Royal Lady: Not technically royalty, but her nickname is kori no daiyamondo (or Japanese for Ice Princess).
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Emiko uses her body paint to make it seem as if she was framed, smearing some on Ayako's body directly from its container, then revealing during the trial that when she wears it, it doesn't simply rub off her skin without certain cleaning materials. A few people see right through this, but those who are convinced turn against the person who throwing the most accusations towards her, resulting in his execution. Most students are simply left uncertain about her involvement, but after the trial many of them quickly suspect that Emiko really was the killer.

Eva Valencia

Super High-School Level Escape Artist

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A Spanish street performer, also known as Persephone, who rose to fame in her native Barcelona after being featured on a TV show about street entertainment. After travelling the world for several years with her assistant (Dante), she settled in Japan. She is the first victim of chapter 9, killed by being drowned.


  • Breaking the Fellowship: She used to have a travelling companion and assistant, and they were inseparable. However, Eva suddenly vanished off the performing scene and settled down in Japan, and her companion hasn't been seen with her since, causing quite a stir among their fans. The exact circumstances of what caused the split were unknown, but in chapter 2, we at least find out who the travelling companion and assistant was. It was Dante, and Eva's version of "the split" is that he whisked her away from her home and after several years of traveling together, he allegedly left her alone to live on the streets. Since we don't know the full details of the event, we don't know at this time how much (if any) of this account is accurate.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: The "collar" of her white shirt has a black cross on it, the cross being "creepy" or "cool", not the character. Since the character in question has turned out to have a cheerful and even flirty kind of personality, apparently the cross is "cool" in this case instead of "creepy."
  • Deus Exit Machina: She's nowhere to be found during chapter 1's trial, and it turns out this is because a panel fell on her head and knocked her out, so she's been unconscious all this time. She is now awake, so she should be present from now on.
  • Femme Fatale: Starts showing signs of this when she responds to Handsome Lech Shun's flirting with showing more leg and a giving a suggestive response. He's left absolutely speechless.
  • Genki Girl: Has an energetic, bubbly personality, which is how she first caught the media's eye.
  • Humble Hero: She's been offered "sponsorships, TV shows, and documentaries", but has turned them all down for a happy medium between peace and excitement in her life.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Ladron the ferret, after Eva takes him back from Dante in chapter 2. Usually found in the Parrot Pet Position, but now on Eva's shoulder instead of Dante's.
  • Only One Name: She's just called "Eva"; no last name has been given. Finally averted in chapter 5- her last name is "Valencia".
  • Precision F-Strike: After discovering chapter 5's corpse and deciding that the class will just screw up again and mistrial, Eva calls the class a bunch of "FUCKING LOSERS".
  • "Rashomon"-Style: The event that led to Dante and Eva splitting up when they used to perform together. According to Eva's version of events, after Dante whisked her away from her home and took her with him to have fun for 6 years, he then abandoned her in a foreign country so she had to live on the streets.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Chiemi after Chiemi yells at and shakes Kikuyo. Eva asks Chiemi who the hell Chiemi thinks she is to treat Kikuyo that way.
  • Slept Through the Apocalypse: Eva was unconscious, having been struck by a loose panel, since just before Monobear showed up, so the last thing she remembers is the robot girl, Usami, greeting them all. This means in chapter 2 when she finally meets everyone else, Eva has to ask what happened and whether they're in a twisted reality show. After all, she wasn't around for Monobear's first appearance, or Ayako being murdered, or the completely innocent Yuuto being executed.
  • Stopped Caring: After Orikus is announced dead, she declares everything to be pointless, that the class will just mistrial, condemn someone innocent to death again, and that they're all fuckups. And she's going to go raid the kitchen.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: One of her skills is her ability to hold her breath for up to ten minutes or longer, and this took her years of practice to master. Which is kind of ironic, considering how she dies.
  • Take Me Instead: Despite being mad at Dante, Eva tries to get herself voted as chapter 5's culprit. It doesn't work; Eva was merely an accomplice, it was Dante who killed both of the chapter 5 victims, and the class figures that out.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In-universe. She started out as a young street performer from Barcelona, Spain, and was featured in a travel show about street entertainment, which gave her a much-needed kick-start to her popularity and her career and allowed her to start travelling.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers one to Dante upon their reunion. We don't know the precise details of the event they're talking about yet, but while Dante does blame himself, Dante apparently assumes that Eva is "making it all about her".
    "You ripped me away from my home, regardless of my family situation, and dragged me off far away for 6 years. Do you think living on the streets was something I enjoyed? That it was fun for me?"
  • Working Through the Cold: One of her skills is her ability, through having trained herself, to withstand extremely cold temperatures.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Eva herself is not "sneaky" because she's turned out to have a friendly personality; rather, she has yellow eyes and her talent, "Escape Artist" is "sneaky".

Gei Shingen Nishiguchi

Super High-School Level Graffiti Artist

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An enigmatic graffiti artist, said to have been trained in the ways of traditional Japanese art by tattoo artists, before taking his art to the streets and tagging everything from trains to skyscrapers. He survives all trials.


  • Charm Person: One of his skills is a silver tongue he's developed from "street cred" and his personable and charismatic nature.
  • Cool Mask: To keep fumes out of Gei's face, according to Gei's quotation on the character's main page.
  • Doing It for the Art:invokedWhy Gei does all of his graffiti art. Plus, he wants to inspire other people to develop that same artistic passion, or at least "passion" in general.
  • Eye Scream: Very narrowly avoids getting skewers through the eyes courtesy of Nanoka, who wants to help free him of his sight like she has been. Gei is bedridden with severe wounds and can't defend himself, but thankfully others walk in on this.
  • Funetik Aksent: A lot of sounds in his words are dropped. He's described as having an accent from southern Japan.
  • Humans Are Diplomats: Can parlay his charm skills into resolving conflicts and fights; however, if he's holding a grudge against you or believes you have done him wrong, he can use the same skills to make others believe you're a pariah.
  • No Sense of Direction: Inverted, one of Gei's skills is a keen sense of direction and intuition based off of navigating and creating landmarks all over Japan.
  • Only One Name: He's just known as "Gei"; no last name is listed.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Helps clear away the rubble from Saki's body.
    • He also turns out to be the person who rescued Emiko from the Labyrinth in the second chapter.
  • Photographic Memory: His memory is impeccable; it's hard for him to forget anything.
  • Shout-Out: According to recent "voice meme" Gei's player did, the hat Gei is wearing is based on a character from Hellsing called "Jan Valentine", whom Gei's player likes even though Jan is, to quote Gei's player, a "total scumbag".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Revealed in Chapter 6 to have dyed his hair pink; he is a natural brunet.

Kahori Abe

Super High-School Level Editor

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A curious, enthusiastic young book lover who gained a reputation as an editor of potential bestsellers (see below). She has a love of language and an ability to identify the 'voice' of any character. She survives all the trials.


  • Ascended Fangirl: Kahori's loved the written language ever since she was young, and by the age of thirteen, rumors flew that if she read someone's work, that work was guaranteed a spot in the bestseller list. She then happily took up all offers, doing a job that she loves.
  • Berserker Tears: When Kahori discovers that Nanoka, her 'angel', has been murdered, she breaks down in tears of rage, screaming at the other students and calling them 'monsters'.
  • Constantly Curious: Even the subtitle of her page is "whatcha mean I ask too many questions?"
  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: She has a pink ribbon in her hair.
  • Funetik Aksent: When Kahori talks, sometimes she leaves out the last letter of the words she's speaking, and this is portrayed literally in the dialogue. For example:
    "Wha’s she mean ideal worl’? How’d we get here? Where’s the school? Ain’ we s’pose to be at Hope’s Peak? If we ain’ there, w-why can’ we jus’ go home? We’ve gotta stay here in this place with people we don’ know? A-an’? Create a community? Why?! Why why why?!"
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • It only lasts a few seconds, but when Monobear's first motive explains to her something she failed to live up to on a card, she's briefly driven into unpleasant traumatic memories, though what those memories are is unclear at this time.
    • She's sent into this again when covering her ears fails to block out what she thinks is the first culprit's screams during the execution (they were actually her screams, though, since the soundproof glass blocked the first culprit's screams out), and Kahori briefly wonders if "her" screams had sounded like that. For a moment, Kahori even sees someone completely different screaming in front of her. Apparently this is a Noodle Incident reference to something in her past.
    • In reaction to Monobear's chapter 2 "starvation motive", she sits under a tree and hugs herself, willing reality to go away, but since this isn't Oz, saying there's no place like home doesn't work.
  • My Greatest Failure: A Noodle Incident variation, since we don't actually know what it was, but when Kahori receives Monobear's card for the first motive, apparently what is written on the card was something that Kahori failed to live up to, because Kahori's reaction is to scream in her mind that wasn't it enough that she tried?
  • Pink Means Feminine: She has a pink ribbon in her hair, and the collar of her shirt is pink.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Kahori's reaction to the others stripping in chapter 2's trial.
  • Sherlock Scan: Used to having to identify not just a writer’s voice, but a character’s as well. She's able to easily notice people’s speech patterns and consistent habits.

Kaoru Kitayama

Super High-School Level Oologist

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A cheerful young man with an enthusiasm for wild birds, their nests and, in particular, their eggs. He enrolled in Hope's Peak Academy due to 'legal issues surrounding birds' eggs'. He is the third victim of chapter 9, killed by a cranial fracture, courtesy of Chie.


  • And You Thought It Was a Game:
    • An unusual example of this trope, as even after the life of mutual killing begins, Kaoru persists in thinking that this is all just some really fun game, even if his classmates can get really angry and serious about. It's not until ten weeks in, in the final chapter, that he realizes he's not playing a game. And this is after the trial for his own murder comes and goes.
    • After Koharu's execution, he realises that it is all too real, and does not take this well. However, it appears to be because of his illness altering his mindset, and once he recovers he brushes that revelation off as entirely a side-effect of being sick.
  • Blithe Spirit: Described on his profile as being childish, ditzy, and carefree.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander:
    • He's under the impression that the "mutual killing game" is just that, a game, and even Saki's death only convinces him that Saki must be in on it. So, he resolves to have fun.
    • He shows up to chapter 2's trial with a new piece of evidence, a fabric. But he shows up in blue animal pajamas, addressing Saori as "Bunny-chan" and Monobear as "Beary". The post even lampshades this, asking whether Kaoru thinks anyone's going to take him seriously like this.
    • And in chapter 3's trial, Kaoru votes at random, for Ayako, who was already dead and thus could not possibly have killed Emiko. Hilariously, a note found during investigations revealed that Ayako did attack Emiko back in chapter one, resulting in her own death at the skater's hands.
    • Even his very first vote was entirely random — and he ended up voting for himself (something most of his classmates were doing anyway, though they were consciously abstaining from voting for a culprit). Voting at random is what he tends to whenever he seems uncertain about a culprit: In Chapter 6 it's Eikichi, who died in the prologue, and in Chapter 7 it's Emiko, whose own mistrial resulted in Chapter 7's victim being maimed in a punishment.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father left (the profile does not list under what circumstances), and Kaoru originally turned to studying bird eggs to fill the void.
  • Shout-Out: Comes out of the bank wearing an origami flower belonging to Jack Myoji from Doubt Academy 1, and a Beagle Puss belonging to Hitoshi Nakamura from Doubt Academy Black.

Kikuyo Shirabe

Super High-School Level Vocaloid Producer

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A Vocaloid producer and musician who goes by the name of Sunless-P, and has made several albums of varying genres. She was discovered by Hope's Peak during a live hologram concert featuring her songs. She is the culprit of chapter 7, having murdered Nanoka, and is executed.


  • Accidental Murder: When attempting to find a cure for the virus in chapter 7, Kikuyo accidentally picks some poisonous hemlock and mixes it into the concoction she's making for Nanoka. Things turn violent and Nanoka ends up dead.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: She is revealed to be the murderer in chapter 7, and claims that she killed Nanoka purely because she wanted to get out, that she would have had no qualms about killing anyone else, and that she was purely in it for herself. While she later reveals that this is a facade and that she didn't even plan to murder anyone, much less for selfish reasons, the fact remains that she mangled Nanoka's corpse to try and frame whoever killed Emiko.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Her execution, The Farthest End. Kikuyo is placed in Nanoka's wheelchair in manacles, on the stage of a Vocaloid rhythm game, being broadcast to the courtroom. Monobear begins to dance to the music, and as it does so, the restraints begin to heat up, burning her skin. As the dance continues, the heat- and electrical shocks- begin to grow in intensity until they're overwhelming, and Kikuyo's body literally cooks in the heat. At the end of it, Monobear shows off a bottle with Kikuyo's face on it, filled with 'juice' presumably made from her.
  • A Friend in Need: Kikuyo repeatedly sees people in distress, particularly Kosuke and Shun, and hesitantly goes to their aid because she (reluctantly) cares more than she's willing to admit.
  • Meaningful Name: Her producer name is "Sunless-P", and according to a "voice meme" that Kikuyo's player did, the name comes from the fact that Kikuyo very rarely gets any sun.
  • Nice Girl: During chapter 1's trial, Kikuyo isn't willing to jump on the bandwagon of the others hurling accusations at either Emiko, Yuuto, Chiemi, etc. Instead, Kikuyo simply brings up the fact that her cup was lost during the murder, and could she please have it back?
  • Not So Stoic: Kikuyo presents herself as totally emotionless and remorseless when explaining how she killed Nanoka. However, it turns out to be an attempt to burn every bridge before her death, and the reactions of people dear to her slowly break her down until she finally begins crying, taking back many of her claims and saying that she didn't plan to kill Nanoka, but instead had accidentally poisoned her, resulting in things going wildly out of control.
  • Online Personas: Online she's known either as the Nico Nico Douga user kagi94 or by her producer name Sunless-P.
  • The Quiet One: Kikuyo is a generally reserved person, who prefers her solitude and her music. However, she feels the need to take it one step further and be emotionless despite demonstrating a subtle kindness.
  • Shout-Out: Kikuyo gets a poster from the Capsule Machine depicting two boxers: Katsuo Shinobu (from Doubt Academy Black) and Larry Lang (from Doubt Academy White), although Kikuyo of course has no idea who they are. Later, she gets the horse head mask worn by Angelo Caballero in Doubt Academy Black.
  • Super Senses: She's very good at analyzing sound, reading music, and playing the piano, because she has very skilled ears.
  • Tears of Remorse: In chapter 3's trial, after realizing that there is no way the class can win, since Monobear will just punish them anyway if they vote a suicide, which Kikuyo herself did.

Kosuke Aozora

Super High-School Level Tarot Enthusiast

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A Tarot Card reader who got into the art through a culture festival. He sees himself as a counselor, rather than an oracle or a fortune teller. He survives all trials, and chooses to stay behind in Arcadia.


  • Ascended Fanboy: According to his profile, Kosuke Aozora first found out about Tarot Cards when he was in elementary school and visited a high school culture festival with his older brother. He was immediately taken by the gorgeous card artwork and the way the reader’s voice danced across their meanings. He’s been practicing ever since, and does readings professionally on a regular basis.
  • The Charmer: According to his profile, his voice is incredibly smooth, honed from years of practicing tarot readings. It is clear, disarming, and resonant. He has often been chosen to do tarot readings over other readers due to this trait.
  • Covert Pervert: Outwardly, Kosuke is very embarrassed and shy about his sexuality, part of the reason very few know about his orientation. However, he has an unspoken 'internal monologue' that voices much more... direct and clear motivations.
  • No-Sell: Apparently what is written on his card for the first motive is a personal fault of his. He doesn't react, since what is written on the card is partially true and partially false, and at any rate, if he keeps his faults close to him so he can improve, he won't be driven either to wallow in self-pity or to kill anyone.
  • Parting Words Regret: The last thing he said to Emiko was to leave, and live. However, he (understandably) failed to forgive her for what she had just confessed to, which drove her into a fit of despair and made her run away from him. Nobody saw her again until her body was discovered, so it's entirely likely that these were the last words anyone ever said to her. In the note she left for Kosuke, the last words of her letter are "Just leave. And live." - however, they have a much different context.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: He's wearing mostly blue, as opposed to Emiko's pure pink. They're not dating, though, they've only interacted.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Kosuke usually uses formal language with those around him. When stressed or excited, that facade drops quickly. He's also not above slipping in some vulgarities when appropriate to draw a reaction out of others.
  • Straight Gay: There's very little about Kosuke that hints at his sexuality, although he tends to include innuendo in his speech if he finds someone attractive and they reciprocate.

Kozure Fierro

Super High-School Level Hematologist

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The son of a famous hematologist, currently following in his father's footsteps and specialising in leukemia research. Clinics in Japan and Spain have taken an interest in employing him once he is of age. He survives all trials, and decides to leave. It was revealed in the dead blog that he was responsible for murdering Emiko Shiromura.


  • Above the Influence: When Monobear passes out cards with stuff written on them to drive people to kill, Kozure is among the students who aren't affected by the cards. In Kozure's case, it's because he doesn't even open his, since it's better to avoid temptation if you can than have to face it.
  • Determinator: Has several clinics offering him jobs in both Spain and Japan upon graduation, because of his determination. Also, one of his skills is his constant exercise and visits to the gym to keep his heart healthy.
  • Flipping the Bird: Does this to Mitsu and Nanoka after chapter 3's incorrect verdict, since Mitsu and Nanoka both feel the incorrect verdict proves the true culprit was Kozure.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: He's the son of a prominent hematologist, and is outright guaranteed to follow in his father's footsteps, in those very words in fact.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Even more than the two born-and-raised Spaniards.
  • Karma Houdini: He is responsible for murdering Emiko in chapter 3, and although he falls under suspicion for the act during the trial, he ultimately escapes execution and survives the events of the game.
  • The Nicknamer: He typically refers to Monobear as "Diablo", the Spanish word for "Devil."
  • Only Sane Man: He feels this way since, in his opinion, all his classmates just want to make Yuuto's death all about themselves, instead of carrying the weight of their sin like they should.
  • Overly Long Name: His full name is apparently "Kozure Fierro Martinez Rodriguez Garcia Escobar Lozano Delvalle".
  • Pet the Dog: He asks Usami to help him extract Saki's body from the rubble after Monobear executes her for standing up to him. This is because Kozure feels that since Saki was so brave, the least they could do is put her body to rest properly.
  • The Power of Blood: His SHSL talent of "Hematologist" means he specializes in the study of blood, the blood-forming organs, and blood diseases.

     Students L-Z 

Mitsu Higashi

Super High-School Level Sex Educator

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After going through mandated sex education in public school, Mistu found herself entering into puberty displeased with the information she’d been given. This prompted her to begin researching on her own, and she discovered a large amount of information that seemed to be common knowledge in other parts of the world. Mitsu began an advice and discussion blog/forum concerning sexuality, safer sex, and contraception focused towards her high school peers. Currently being translated with the assistance of several other blogs, Mitsu’s blog and advice has become a worldwide gathering of discussion for the realm of safer sex for young adults 16 to 24. She confesses to Takumi's murder, but this confession turns out to be false. However, it doesn't save her from being executed.


  • Animal-Eared Headband: Mitsu wins a headband with pink bunny ears from the Capsule Machine, which causes Mitsu some embarrassment (although Yuu thinks they look cute on her).
  • Coming-Out Story: Accidentally does this in Chapter 4 when speaking to Kozure and Chiemi. Narration dictates she's attracted to more than one gender, but Mitsu herself never offers further explanation.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Mitsu falsely confesses to chapter 4's murder, and the class votes for her. Mitsu is tied to a bed, struggling against the ropes, while Monobear approaches her with a phallic-looking outfit that turns out to be a chainsaw. Then the lights go out, hiding what happens next, but when they come back on, Mitsu has been sawn in half.
  • Destructive Romance: Mitsu takes advantage of Takumi's need to serve and be useful in increasingly outlandish ways to highlight her own needs to feel loved and appreciated. By the end of the game, it's implied that she has coerced him despite Takumi's ambivalence towards some aspects of their relationship. However Takumi still appears to be devoted to her.
  • Determinator: She can't bring herself to look at the screen for the first execution, but after the execution is over, she resolves to find something to bind everyone together and to build bridges of friendship to stave off any more deaths.
  • Forgets to Eat: Mitsu is fairly forgetful when it comes to eating. She drinks a lot of tea/coffee/water, so she doesn’t really notice when she hasn’t eaten yet for the day.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Mitsu is a researcher and educator, and thus is not "sheltered" from the ways of the world. She understands the depths to which people can sink and chooses to help in spite of that.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Mitsu's execution ends with her getting sliced in half by a chainsaw.
  • It Was a Gift: Her key necklace was a Christmas gift from her father the year before she entered Hope’s Peak.
  • Madness Mantra:
    • When her room is open for investigations, her journal can be read, and some of her recent entries are disturbing. The first instance of this is after Ayako's death: "ayako itou is dead ayako itou is dead ayako itou is dead she’s dead she’s dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead" — it's noted that this goes on for an entire page. A milder one later happens when discussing Takumi: "Yoshirou will open his door because he is a good person a good person he is a good person remember that yoshirou is a good person."
    • A non-journal example happens in the second trial after the murderer is revealed: "her brain... repeated like a scratched CD", as she thinks " There was never a reason to harm another person. There was never a reason to harm another person. Nevereverevereverevereverever"...
  • Miscarriage of Justice: By design, since Mitsu confesses to chapter 4's murder so the students vote for her, but it wasn't really Mitsu.
  • Motherly Side Plait: She's not a mother, but it gives her the soft, relaxed, gentle impression described by the trope.
  • Neat Freak: Not in terms of personality, but one of Mitsu's skills is her ability to get oddly specific stains out of most common fabrics.
  • Nice Girl: In terms of how she treats people, anyway. However, according to a journal found in her recently-opened room, she doesn't actually think that highly of many of her classmates and feels a few of them should be avoided. She still fits the trope, however, since she still treats everyone well regardless of what opinions she puts in her journal.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: As she angrily lectures to the class after chapter 4's verdict, she could have offered them so much in terms of getting their heads straight, but they chose to fight each other instead, so Mitsu might as well have made that false confession since at least then they'd find her useful as a scapegoat.
  • Offscreen Breakup: Implied after the endgame break. Mitsu eventually ditches Takumi after she finds out his father is a police officer. They don't remain in contact.
  • Precision F-Strike: Her first major swears in dialogue, which include two f-bombs in quick succession, come after Ayako, the closest thing she has to a friend at that point, is found dead.
  • Prepare to Die: Mitsu receives a fully-sized church confessional booth in one of the Monomachine capsules. After the third trial ends in another mistrial, she walks over to Kozure, gives it to him, and tells him to use it.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: When Yuu is revealed as the murderer in the second round- which saved them from all from starving to death- she claims it would have been better if they had all starved together so Yuu could have died without becoming a murderer.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After chapter 4's incorrect verdict, Mitsu gives the class a lecture about how they never appreciated her, or even tried to understand her, and they were so caught up in not trusting each other that they never bothered to subject Mitsu's confession, which Mitsu claims was full of holes, to scrutiny.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Ayako. Their players frequently Ship Tease them and have admitted they had crushes on each other in-game, but circumstances led to limited interaction between the two, including separate romance arcs.
  • The Scapegoat: Intentionally. Mitsu confesses to chapter 4's murder, but it wasn't her, and the students mistrial by voting for her.
  • Start My Own: She was inspired to develop her SHSL talent of "Sex Educator" because, upon entering puberty, she was displeased with the information she'd been given in her sex education classes, and she discovered information about sex that was common knowledge in other parts of the world. So she began a discussion blog/forum where she could discuss sexuality, safer sex, and contraception with her peers, and this blog/forum became a worldwide information source for young adults 16 to 24 years old.
  • The Talk: Usually having to give "the talk" is awkward, since it is discussing something as unwieldy as two people using their "equipment" for certain purposes. However, that's why "Sex Educator" is Mitsu's SHSL talent: she's so good at explaining the facts that instead of being awkward, people all over the world come to her blog/forum for advice on how to do it properly.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During chapter 2's investigation, Mitsu found all the evidence in the boy's bathroom that, she then concluded, meant the culprit had been injured. During chapter 2's trial, Naori used this information to suggest that if everyone in the court exercised, the culprit would expose himself/herself due to their injury.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Anything lemon-flavored.
  • Tragic Keepsake: A pair of glasses- Takumi's, after he's murdered.
  • Turtle Power: Mitsu’s favorite animal is the tortoise because she saw one at a zoo once and fell in love with him. Ever since then, it’s been her favorite animal.

Nanoka Era

Super High-School Level Koto Instrumentalist

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A musician who started on the piano before progressing to string instruments, including the koto (a Japanese zither-like instrument). She has composed several songs and inspired thousands of fans to take up the koto. She is the victim of chapter 7, shot in the head by Kikuyo.


  • A God Am I: She considers herself a god and the rest of mankind as things that need to be guided, corrected, and "fixed".
  • Blue and Orange Morality: To Nanoka, right and wrong are determined by what promotes and doesn't promote harmony in the universe. This can sometimes lead to some strange conclusions on her part.
  • Child Prodigy: As a child, she was a piano prodigy of such renown that when she retired from piano and took up string instruments, the whole world's gaze followed her.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • Subverted. Since in chapter 3 the class incorrectly votes for a suicide, Monobear decides to set off the bombs in the labyrinth, and Nanoka Era's the one who ends up getting blown underground. It's set up like an "execution", with artwork to match; Nanoka wanders around in the labyrinth, guiding herself using music that's playing all around her. The music changes on her constantly, from complicated tunes to one that reminds her of her family, but she still constantly follows the sound. Eventually she follows the music away from the exit door, which proves to be a mistake as more dynamite is set off, burying her in a cave-in. The subversion comes when we eventually learn, much later, that she's not dead, she's just now blind and both her legs are broken (which admittedly isn't much better).
    • Nanoka dies for real in Chapter 7, and it's one of the most horrific deaths yet. When Shay and Gorou pull her corpse from the lake, they find that not only has she been stabbed repeatedly, with gaping wounds all over her body, but most of her face has been blasted off by gunfire. It's determined that while the stabbing was postmortem, she was alive for quite a while after her face was shot off and bled to death in the lake.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The "motive card" Nanoka was given asked, "Won't the world end?" Perhaps Nanoka should kill someone to find out! Nanoka responds by fraying her glove but ultimately deciding the card is "phony" (after first wondering whether the card was "false" or "fake"; she doesn't like the latter word because the k sounds harsh).
  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: Nanoka wears a brown headband with pink flowers on it (and according to Nanoka's player in a "voice meme" she did, Nanoka actually made the headband herself).
  • Eye Scream:
    • When Nanoka recovers in the hospital bed after chapter 3's cave-in, Nanoka tries to use her thumb to put out Sayuri's eye. However, she only succeeds in pushing the socket a bit and making Sayuri a bit uncomfortable.
    • Nanoka attempts this again with Gei (who is bedridden with severe wounds and can't do anything to stop her), this time trying to use metal skewers to put out his eyes. And she believes it would be a good thing for his mind and soul to lose his vision. Thankfully, Koyomi and Rune intervene just in time.
  • Gratuitous French: After overhearing Chie and Takumi have a conversation in English that uses the word "bomb" a few times, Nanoka, despite not knowing what it means, tests the sound of the word out herself by saying "<Bomb>jour". Takumi and Chie struggle not to laugh too loudly, while Ryota doesn't hold back.
  • Harmony: What she has most of, and she wishes to teach others how to find it too, whether others understand her definition of "harmony" or not.
  • Multicolored Hair: It starts out white at the roots and turns purple close to the tips. According to a list of facts about Nanoka, this is the result of poor hair care, with white being where the color has faded out.
  • Mundane Luxury: Her "Dorm" description is a description of where she lives, rather than which room she is staying in at Hope's Peak. And surprisingly for a prodigy of such renown as Nanoka, it’s an absolutely tiny apartment. There’s a carpet hanging off one of the walls for some unexplained reason, a TV on the other side of the wall, some bookcases full of books with titles you can’t even begin to understand...
  • No Sympathy: Sort of, although a less malicious example than most due to her Blue and Orange Morality detailed above. Her reaction to Ayako's death is to chastise Ayako's dead body for spilling her innards on the ground so carelessly, and Nanoka muses that she had failed to fix the flaws in the victim's soul before the victim died. It should be noted that Nanoka wasn't deliberately being insensitive or cruel, but rather was coming to a bizarre conclusion because of her strange sense of right and wrong.
  • Pet the Dog: Nanoka can be a bit brusque, but when the class votes for the wrong person as the culprit, Nanoka tries to offer comfort by reassuring that person that his sacrifice will not go unforgotten by the universe and that among everyone, he is the person who least deserves to die, and Nanoka will be sure to try to fix things in his absence.
  • Picky Eater: Won't eat meat, caramel, or overly spicy foods.
  • Prophet Eyes: After she is blinded during her punishment, Nanoka's eyes take on a milky color. This doesn't seem to give her special powers, but she herself believes that losing her sight was more of a boon than anything else, and that she should share that gift with anyone else that's been injured in the Labyrinth, as poor hospitalized Gei nearly finds out several weeks later.
  • The Rival: To Sayuri, because Nanoka feels that there is too much dissonance in Sayuri's soul, which is even more dangerous since as a SHSL Cult Leader Sayuri has so many followers.
  • Romanticism vs. Enlightenment: According to her profile, she has attained "Enlightenment", and now wishes to spread Enlightenment to the whole universe.
  • The Scapegoat: Randomly selected to be punished after the third trial ends in an incorrect suicide vote. Her reaction and those of some other classmates note that not a single person even voted for her as the culprit, but Monobear doesn't care.
  • The Stoic: She's not disturbed at all by Saki's death, thanks to her enlightenment and familiarity with harmony; instead, she reacts as follows:
    "She understood the situation perfectly well. Death was neither a surprise nor a sorrow to someone like her, enlightened as she had become. Threats were all dissonance, and dissonance was hers to shape and clear away. None in the visible world could harm her."
  • Super Senses: She has amazing hearing, able to isolate a single voice in a crowd or memorize and play back a single melody in tandem with counter-melodies. With her hands, she can also recognize different types of wood by touch or cut strings and other objects into fractions by eye, and even use power tools.
  • Symbolic Mutilation: She is blinded and made half-deaf as the scapegoat for the third trial. She is also the talent most dependent on her senses.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She has two favorites: baked salmon and ikizuruki.
  • Uncertain Doom: When Nanoka is thrown into the Labyrinth as punishment, she's last seen and heard shrieking as an explosion sends an avalanche of rocks down on her, and a corpse is never shown. Given how openly displayed all the other bodies of punished students have been, this tips off several students that Nanoka may not actually have been killed; even the meta-information (like her ID card) is unclear on just what happened to her. A search party eventually does find Nanoka, and while she's suffered serious, permanent injuries, she's at least alive.
  • White Void Room: Not a literal example, but this is the general decor of her bedroom at her apartment.
  • The Wonka: Her personality traits line up really well with trope. Her position of authority seems to be her view of herself as a teacher, educating followers on the koto and how to harmonize with the universe.

Naori Haribara

Super High-School Level Acupuncturist

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The daughter of an acupuncturist, who learned through observation and is hoping to inherit her father's practice. She survives all trials. She assisted Shay with the murder of Takumi in Chapter 4, but neither she nor Shay were caught.


  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: She has red needles in her hair.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Born into the family practice, there hasn't been a time when Naori hasn't been interested in acupuncture. She even taught herself using her father's study and then became one of the youngest licensed practitioners of acupuncture in the country.
  • Genius Ditz: She has many qualities of The Ditz, but being a Super High School Level Acupuncturist pretty much qualifies her for this trope by default.
  • Karma Houdini: Works with Shay to murder Takumi, shooting him and chasing him into the trap at the theater. She allows Mitsu to take the fall and keeps the whole affair a secret to the very end of the game; the fact that both of them are revived makes it easier for her to pretend it didn't happen.
  • Mind Screwdriver: We actually learn what was on Naori's "motive card" during the chapter 1 trial, because Naori voluntarily shows her card to everyone:
    "Dear Naori, The family business is yours to take on, isn't it? But you're not there to keep it afloat. It's gone, now. And it's all on you. Your family has fallen due to your negligence. What a pitiful daughter you are. So what happens next? Kill to find out!"
  • The Nicknamer: She calls Monobear "Monobun".
  • Pet the Dog: She helps with the effort to excavate Saki's body from the rubble.
  • The Stoic: Deliberately invoked on Naori's part after the first execution. Naori predicts that the others will lock themselves in their rooms and wail and sob and feel sorry for themselves, so Naori resolves to just keep digging and try to find an exit.
  • Sweet Tooth: Candies were found among her belongings in her room and Naori decided to go meet people using offering candy as an icebreaker. Not without eating a few herself, of course.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In chapter 1's trial, Naori's fixation on the coffee cup was of little use. But in chapter 2's trial, it's her plan that exposes the true culprit; by having everyone exercise, she was able to make an injury bleed the culprit had previously hid under makeup.

Orikus Gamlefeld

Super High-School Level Floriculturist

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A gardener from a family of carpenters, who loves flowers and beautiful things, and bred hybrids of various flowers whilst in high school. They are the fifth victim, shot in the back by Dante in chapter 5.


  • Beware the Nice Ones: Orikus' response to the first motive, to whatever is written on their card, is to angrily rip up the card and insult Monobear in their head. Then Orikus has to calm themself down by putting their hands to work to avoid putting them in someone's face.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite standing over six feet tall and having a massive Viking-like build, Orikus takes care of flowers and cares deeply about making the world more beautiful.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: The title of one of Orikus' investigation posts is "I'm A Scientist, Not A Detective".
  • Peaceful in Death: Orikus is murdered in chapter 5, and the body is found in a peaceful sitting position, causing a couple of the others to theorize that Orikus may not have seen the culprit coming before being shot.
  • Plant Person: Orikus is heavily based off an orchid that Kiyoshi Takeda of Doubt Academy White had carried around and bonded with.

Ryota Hatagami

Super High-School Level Videographer

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Starting off as a photographer, Ryota dabbled in film-making at the age of 12, and has worked on several projects since, from high-budget movies to indie films. He is the second victim, killed by Yuu in chapter 2.


  • All-Loving Hero: According to his profile, he treats everyone as if they were his best friend.
  • Asexuality: His profile describes him as "asexual, but not necessarily aromantic."
  • Berserk Button: According to his profile, "Call him a videographer to his face and face the consequences." It's never seen in-game, because he's murdered in chapter 2.
  • Big Eater: He eats way too many snacks for his own good.
  • Body in a Breadbox: Ryota's corpse is stuffed into his own storage locker. His keycard, which unlocks it, is then given to Shay in an attempt to frame him.
  • Decapitation Presentation: After Yuu is executed, Ryota picks up a copy of his severed head and greets him by knocking on his door and showing his own head to him. Unsurprisingly, Yuu immediately attacks him.
  • Drop the Hammer: Attacks Yuu in the hardware store with a hammer, giving him several large bruises. He literally drops the hammer when he's shot down, and Yuu finishes him off with it.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: His pupils are almost always shown as stars, aside from in a few distressed or empty expressions.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Does this to himself to try and straighten out his thought process during the first trial. The narration itself is astonished by this. —>"What the hell? Who even does that?"
  • Hidden Depths: Although he may appear to be empty-headed and naive by his behaviour, any fan of his would tell you that he’s much more than he seems to be. Unfortunately Ryota dies before those depths can be revealed.
  • Instant Death Bullet: Averted. Even when shot right in the forehead, Ryota initially survives the wound, though he is left unconscious. The culprit figures that he would have died pretty soon after that anyway, but he's so disturbed by how Ryota is still breathing and twitching that he finishes him off with a hammer.
  • Last Disrespects: Monobear imitates Ryota's corpse to invite everyone to chapter 2's trial, imitating his behavior with Ayako's corpse in chapter 1's trial. Which notably drives Emiko up the wall.
  • The Nicknamer: Has one for everyone - it's likely he doesn't even remember their real names. Examples include "Gumi", Haricchi", "Zuzu", "Emirin", "Kocchan", "Sheimi", "CYH-kun", and "Stripes".
  • No-Sell: His reaction to his card for the first motive is...no reaction at all. His mind comes up a blank, as he continues to think about how interesting and fun everything is.
  • Off with His Head!: Does this to himself in the deadblog, in order to test out the Isolation Ward's rules on healing.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Ryota's the chapter 2 murder victim, and his body is discovered stuffed in a locker.
  • The Pollyanna: He tries to keep himself in high spirits no matter how tough the ordeal, and will never stop pushing forward. His pushing forward is cut short when he's murdered in chapter 2.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: He lets out "a high-pitched, shrill shriek" after Saki's "death by invoking Monobear's wrath."
  • Sherlock Scan: Very good at noticing others' quirks and how they behave.
  • Shout-Out: He has no reaction to what's written on his card for the first motive, but he thinks it would be pretty funny if he was a genius boy scientist who killed his colleagues in a fit of rage, like something out of a crazy sci-fi murder drama. This is actually a shout out to Doubt Academy Black, because this is a reference to the secret past of Kyou.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sour candy and potatoes.
  • Worst Aid: Ryota, confronted with the possibility that Ayako might be dead, attempts to wake her up through what he hopes is similar to "shock therapy". Which according to him involves slamming a hand into the head of the prone person. It should also be noted that despite his fears, he was too panicked to check for a pulse.

Saki Shimizu

Super High-School Level Bartender

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A bartender who works in her mother's bar, and has a talent for mixing cocktails. She is executed by Monobear for defiance, by being thrown into the labyrinth and crushed with rocks.—-

  • Blithe Spirit: One of her special skills is her unending creativity: she constantly comes up with new drinks by mixing new things, which is part of what made her bar so popular.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: She stands up to Monobear and pisses him off, so he pushes her into the underground labyrinth and plays party music, such as that you'd find at a bar. Saki tries to climb back up from the abyss, but Monobear presses a button on his remote control, triggering an explosion and causing rocks to fall and crush Saki to death. Her death is called, "Party Rock Anthem", a fitting combination of her talent as a bartender and her death by falling rocks.
  • Dark Secret: Directly listed on her profile: she won't give you drinks if you're not of age... or "on her good side", but "keep that on the down-low."
  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: She has a purple flower in her hair.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: There's been a store in Saki's family for generations, but the store started to fail until Saki's mother turned it into a bar, which Saki secretly worked as a bartender at before being accepted to Hope's Peak.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: There are four "cat plushies" on the bed in her dorm room.
  • Kansai Regional Dialect: Saki is from Osaka, and speaks with a slight Kansai/Osaka dialect. Of course, this isn't very apparent, seeing as the roleplay itself is in English.
  • Nice Girl: She's bubbly and sweet, to match the drinks she mixes.
  • Omniglot: Sort of; she can speak, and read in English, judging from the books on grammar, composition, and linguistics that are literally in English in her dorm room.
  • Sherlock Scan: One of her skills is the ability to analyze others' feelings and mood changes, which comes from lots of people she serves talking to her like she's their best friend.
  • Schmuck Bait: On the first page of her journal in her dorm room, Saki has written that you're not supposed to read her journal, but if you put the journal down right away, she'll make you something to drink. If you continue to read her journal it turns out you can't, actually, because the rest of the pages are blank. There's literally nothing in the journal but her warning message.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Midori melon liqueur.

Saori Machiko Shiomiya

Super High-School Level Geiko

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A geisha skilled in the arts of conversation, traditional dance, the tea ceremony and the shamisen. She is often hired to perform at corporate and political events, and is deemed to be 'one of Japan's most precious jewels'. She survives all trials, and decides to stay behind in Arcadia.


  • Abusive Parents: Saori's biological father blamed her for the death of her mother, as she had stopped buying her vital medication in order to have enough money to feed Saori. When she died, Saori's father beat her so severely that she still bears scars from the belt. He then abandoned her, and she was found, hospitalized, and adopted into an okiya. Saori repressed everything about her life before her adoption, however, including the abuse she suffered; she doesn't know how she got the scars on her back.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • Averted, a handful of rumors persist in portraying Saori this way, but if you met her outside of work you would know how baseless they were.
    • The "beauty is only skin deep" variant is what was written on Saori's card for the first motive, but Saori dismisses it. She's not just a pretty face, after all; she has years of practice and experience in her movements and everything else, and that is what makes Saori beautiful and will continue to make her beautiful even as she grows older.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: She has a great affection for rabbits. She tries to style her hair to invoke bunny ears.
  • Charm Person: One of her skills is her ability to charm patrons, and she can adjust her persona depending on the patron.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: On the first day, Saori completely trips on Kaoru and topples over him, leaving them both on the ground coughing and covered in dirt.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Apparently people used to abuse the rules by eating in front of Saori while she was entertaining them, but never offering her a plate and telling her she could eat, just for the fun of seeing how long she could last through her hunger.
  • Determinator: Resolves after Saki's death that while she may never be able to put Ouranos whole again, or everyone's friendship, goddammit, she's going to try.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Starts to show this after Kaoru is murdered and his killer is executed; thankfully, spending some time with Shay is enough to return some happiness to her expression.
  • Geisha: More specifically, her SHSL talent is "Geiko", which is usually used to refer specifically to geisha from western Japan.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Saori was extremely jealous of the fact that Kikuyo could make Kosuke smile; she staved this off by constantly telling herself that at least she did make Kosuke happy. Then Kikuyo hurt him by murdering someone and being executed, in turn gaining her Saori's ire.
  • Ill Girl: Saori has cystic fibrosis, and as a result of both the filthy living conditions in Gaia and her Despair Sickness causing her health to plummet, she develops a lung infection. Her condition slowly worsens over the second half of the game, to the point where by the end she's coughing up blood into tissues. Post-timeskip, she's forced to breathe with an air tank.
  • In-Series Nickname: Rather than everyone using the nickname, Kaoru alone calls her "Bunny-chan".
  • Japanese Politeness: It comes with her talent; Saori has been trained in good manners and etiquette, and is accustomed to treating her patrons with undying respect.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: In chapter 3's trial, she lets her hair down to her shoulders, and to complete the metaphorical "letting her hair down" effect in addition to the literal, she's wearing pink pajamas instead of her usual purple kimono.
  • Only One Name: She's just called "Saori" with no last name has been given, as per geiko tradition.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Offers Monomi a hug, but Monomi politely refuses (while still thanking Saori for the offer and acknowledging that Saori is trying to be nice), fearing that if Saori is too nice to Monomi, it would invoke Monobear's wrath.
    • In the tenth trial, her sprites show her either holding Monomi, or Monomi peeking out from behind her.
  • Screaming at Squick: When she is half of the pair that finds Emiko's head.
  • Shout-Out: In an interaction with Shay, Saori tries "pitching" the t-shirt that was evidence from the first case. She references GEICO's slogan: "15 minutes could save you 15%".

Sayuri Matsumoto

Super High-School Level Cult Leader

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The current leader of a cult known as the Heaven's Touch Spiritual Health Organisation, who moved up the ranks due to his ability to captivate an audience. Billed as a 'stress-free way to reach new horizons', the cult has gained followers all over the world. Sayuri broadcasts lessons and exercises almost daily through web streams, and makes public appearances all across the world to spread the group's lessons himself. He survives all trials.


  • Accidental Kiss: Emiko kisses him, thinking he's Yuu Sagara. To be fair, she was utterly delirious.
  • Bishōnen: He has a feminine hairstyle, and a girl's name "Sayuri" that means "small lily", but he's male.
  • Blood Lust:
    • His reaction to finding Emiko bleeding and in pain after the first trial is to take her to the Apartments, prepare for her a bath, and then drag his tongue across a stream of blood on her face. The narration helpfully supplies:
      "What the FUCK?"
    • Comes back in full force after Chiemi is reduced to an Empty Shell after Mitsu's execution. Chiemi has refused to eat or drink in the days following it, and Sayuri helpfully decides to feed her by cutting open his own hand and making her drink his blood. In his mind, since he licked up Emiko's blood earlier, her essence now flows through him and can thus be transferred into Chiemi.
  • Canon Foreigner: Sayuri was originally submitted to the Omega roster, but the Powers That Be decided to have Sayuri and Alphonse switch games, so now Sayuri is part of the Alpha roster, and thus on this character page.
  • Charm Person: One of his skills is his uncanny ability to calm others down and ease others into a relaxed state.
  • Compelling Voice: One of his skills is his ability to draw a crowd into whatever he's talking about at the time; even if you don't agree with him, he can make damn sure you hear him.
  • Cool Pet: Has two pet wolves at home, and their names are Romulus and Remus.
  • Dark Secret: His cult usually advises everyone to eat vegetarian or vegan diets, but Sayuri himself enjoys a rare steak every now and then (don't tell the Elders, though).
  • The End Is Nigh: After Emiko is murdered and her body is mutilated, her killer goes free in a mistrial, and Nanoka is randomly selected to be punished, Sayuri announces that they're all signs that the end of existence is drawing near; specifically, a new cycle is about to begin.
  • Insistent Terminology: He prefers the term "SHSL Spiritual Advisor", since the word "cult" has too negative an association for his taste.
  • Lemony Narrator: The narration in Sayuri's posts does not hesitate to snark at him whenever he says or does something that's extraordinarily creepy and/or nonsensical even for him.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: In regards to Emiko accidentally kissing him while delirious from blood loss.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • At one point during the Chapter 1 trial, Sayuri defends Emiko by saying that he can see auras, and hers is clean.
    • After the trial, he comes across Emiko screaming and obviously terrified, and takes her back to the Apartments to heal her.
  • Show Some Leg: A rare male example. Sayuri lifts up his robes during chapter 2's trial to prove he doesn't have an incriminating leg injury, a daring decision since apparently his cult's Elders forbid exposing his Sacred Form to those who aren't ascended. The post describes Sayuri as having divine legs, but no leg injury.
  • Stress Vomit: Sayuri's reaction to discovering Emiko's corpse in chapter 3 is to run to a side corner of the room and vomit.
  • The Rival: To Nanoka, because Nanoka feels that there is too much dissonance in Sayuri's soul, which is even more dangerous since as a SHSL Cult Leader Sayuri has so many followers.

Shay Yasui

Super High-School Level Pitchman

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A cheerful half-Irish boy with a gift for persuasion, Shay first appeared on screen at the age of twelve after some joke footage of him talking about a new product was shown during a late-night broadcast instead of the infomercial itself. Although his Japanese at the time was rough at best, his enthusiasm and antics around the studio quickly endeared him to a rapidly growing audience. In spite of the hour, the mistake went viral, bringing calls rolling in not even partway through the program and continuing to flood in well into the afternoon the following day. Since then, he has appeared in several adverts. He survives all trials, and decides to stay in Arcadia. It is revealed after the game that he killed Takumi, and was relieved that Mitsu took the fall for him, and that both she and Takumi were revived as it was a weight off his conscience.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: He became a star by accident; he achieved stardom because joke footage was shown of him talking about a late-night product instead of the infomercial itself, but the audience liked the joke footage better, thus jump-starting Shay's career.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": At one point in chapter 1's trial, Shay yells, "QUIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEET!"
  • But Not Too Foreign: He is a half-Irish Japanese student.
  • Catchphrase: "Yasui-kun here with Instavita!"
  • Exotic Eye Designs: His pupils are in the shape of crosses.
  • Foreign-Language Tirade: Rants in heavily-accented English near the end of the second trial, after realizing that Yuu was trying to frame him for killing Ryota.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: "Chiemi Shinozaki, can you actually stop." It's noted that he uses the same vaguely parental tone to reprimand his sisters. Chiemi returns the favor in her response.
  • Fun T-Shirt: His sleepwear includes a t-shirt with the "As Seen On TV" logo on it.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: It's frequently mentioned by characters and even the narration for his room inspection that he has atrocious fashion sense.
  • Karma Houdini: Works with Naori to murder Takumi, delivering the final blow by smashing him with a stagelight. He allows Mitsu to take the fall and keeps the whole affair a secret to the very end of the game; the fact that both of them are revived makes it easier for him to pretend it didn't happen.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: Some years ago, Shay fell into a grain thresher while trying to stop his sisters from playing around on it. His left arm was mangled and pinned inside the machinery, and the paramedics were unable to take the thresher apart to rescue him. His arm had to be amputated to get him out.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name can mean "gift", while his surname means "cheap". Thus, his name means "cheap gift".
  • Mellow Fellow: Because of the hatemail he gets, one of his skills is to have an easier time than most brushing aside rude or malicious comments. Also, he doesn't react negatively to his version of the "first motive card", because in his line of work as a pitchman, he's received flyers that were more cutting. In fact, he has to stroll out of the city hall stoically just to avoid bursting out laughing in public.
  • Only Friend: Saori actually seems to play this role. Though Shay gets along with others, like Naori, his only real friend appears to be the geiko.
  • Only in It for the Money: Possibly Shay's motivation for continuing with his skill to the extent he has. He really likes money.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a minor one in chapter 3's trial, to all the people patting themselves on the back for actually having voted for someone, and criminalizing the people who voted for a suicide because they were hoping to avoid condemning an innocent.
  • Revealing Injury: During an investigation, a confused and disoriented Aqua attacks him, stabbing him in the arm with a scalpel. Not only is there the sound of metal scraping metal, but Shay is able to pull it out without any pain or bleeding. His left arm is a prosthetic.
  • Say It with Hearts: He occasionally sprinkles a ☆ into his dialogue. At one point Takumi wonders how exactly he's managing to pronounce them.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bitter drinks.

Shunichi ‘Shun’ Hikeshi

Super High-School Level Waiter

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A waiter who worked as a busboy in his uncle's restaurant, gaining a reputation for excellent service and rapport with customers. It was thanks to him that the restaurant was awarded a five-star rating by a visiting food critic. He is Chapter 10's murderer. He confesses to poisoning Minako.


  • Accidental Murder: How Minako really died. Shun reveals in the tenth trial that he had intended to commit suicide by drinking water spiked with cyanide. However, he couldn't go through with it. When Minako had found out that Shun was planning to kill himself, she had become angry and a fight over the glass had ensued, which had culminated in her drinking the poisoned water instead.
  • Agitated Item Stomping: Upon flying into a rage in response to the filthy state of the cafe, Shun destroys a table. With his foot.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting his uncle's restaurant, which the first "motive card" did.
  • Bi the Way: Shun does a solid to the world and doesn't confine himself to one gender.
  • Distinguishing Mark: Shun has a notable burn mark on his left shoulder that he finally shows during Week 4.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Particularly with Chiemi. Their initial meeting started with a peeved Shun throwing a towel at her, when Chiemi was on a date with Yuu, due to them lounging around the cafe instead of cleaning. However, Chiemi was indignant because Shun didn't bother asking if she wanted to help first and instead assume she wouldn't. They argued fiercely to the point where the actress stormed out of the cafe. Afterwards, they were on continuous bad terms. However, the turning point of their aggression happened when Shun passed out due to stress of the first trial. An uncertain Chiemi ends up helping him with the assistance of Kosuke and Kikuyo. Eventually, they rekindle their bumpy start and they shake on it - with a kiss on the cheek.
  • Foreign-Language Tirade: At the end of chapter 9, upon learning that Eva took her own life, he starts an angry and devastated rant in Italian, demanding how she could have done such a thing when she had him and Ladron.
  • Friendship Moment: With Kikuyo, after she comforted him by staying the night in his room to help him with his nightmares.
  • Handsome Lech: This waiter is very willing to use his looks to flirt with anyone, anytime.
  • Heel Realization: Emiko dies in the third chapter and leaves a note for him. When Shun opens it after the trial expecting to find harsh, spiteful words, he was shocked to see that she was in fact asking for his forgiveness and saying she wished she could have been his friend - however, she recognizes she made too many mistakes. She said he hopes that he is at peace now that she is dead and the threat is gone. Upon reading it, Shun breaks down into tears and does nothing but stare at the letter, as he comes to the realization that when he met her, Emiko was more fragile than the rest of them, like a girl who didn't know how to be herself. She was just a scared, broken little girl in the end, and he'd let her fall into the rut she died in. Though his distrust of her was apparently justified, it was still painful to find out the truth.
  • Immune to Flinching: After years of serving tables with precision, Shun's learned to keep perfect balance and flow with his body.
  • It's All My Fault: He blames himself for Emiko's death, and by proxy, the deaths of Nanoka and Kikuyo as well.
  • Knight Templar: Shun is very convinced that Emiko was the true culprit of chapter 1's murder, and Shun is pissed off that Emiko didn't simply confess rather than let the innocent Yuuto be executed. Despite his attempts at ignoring her, Shun starts a fight with Emiko outside the cafe and angrily argues with how she response to Kosuke and Kikuyo's silence, feeling that Emiko is the self-righteous one for claiming they hated her without any evidence of how they feel. In addition with his biased resentment over the wrongful execution, Shun ends up threatening her since in his opinion Emiko should just fess up already. That Shun has no proof of Emiko's guilt does not impact his decision. However, it should be noted that Shun was terribly upset by the death of an innocent Yuuto Ikeda and Emiko was their only real suspect.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Shun is a quarter Italian and three quarters Japanese.
  • Nice Guy: One of his skills is his ability to act like the perfect host.
  • The Nicknamer: He's started calling Minako "principessa."note 
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Under the belief that "no one should be alone right now", Shun offers to help with the excavation of Saki's body.
    • He considered having a smoke before the trial began, but took one look at a nervous Emiko and decided against it, as she had pleaded with him not to smoke around her earlier. This is later called back during the second trial; Shun considers having a smoke, remembers Emiko's problem with it, and deliberately lights up anyway. It just shows how far their relationship has fallen.
    • At the end of Chapter 9, he comforts Saori, who is in mourning for Kaoru, and helps get Chiemi to a bathroom in order to wash Chie's blood off her.
  • Sanity Slippage: Seems to be heading this way, as more and more people he cares about end up dead. In the trial of Chapter 10, he fires Imogen's Uzi at Hidoiko's podium and threatens to kill anyone who gets in his way.
  • Self-Made Man: Worked his way up to Waiter after starting out as a "busboy" in his Uncle's restaurant. He was recognized as being SHSL-talented at it when the restaurant got 5 stars solely because Shun made a good impression on the food critic giving the review.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Triggered a house fire that killed his parents (and unborn brother); several students believe this to be an intentional arson and treat him accordingly, but Shun points out that he was just seven years old and forgot to put out the candles.
  • Serious Business: On his personal blog, he blows up at Kikuyo for being willing to allow uncooked noodles near her mouth. He is angry not so much at her, as at the fact that he feels she needs to eat something worthy of her body, and "NOT UNCOOKED FUCKING NOODLES!"
  • Sherlock Scan: One of his skills. He's immensely talented at "reading" his customers by their clothes and by their personalities so he can figure out how to serve them better.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: He delivers one to Saori, detesting her (in his opinion) self-righteous speech about how the about-to-be-executed and innocent Yuuto should still find hope from the situation.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Subverted, Shun appears to be unhealthily addicted to nicotine after repeated chain smoking in multiple situations.
  • Spring Cleaning Fever: He pulls Saki and Yuuto into taking the cafe by storm and completely cleaning it of dust and dirt. He even makes a table cloth into a makeshift apron and cleaning mask.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: After the second trial, Shun develops a sort of angrily sympathetic tolerance towards Emiko Shiromura because Yuu was trying to save her by killing and helps get her out of the trial room before she sees the scene that just occurred. He does this by yanking her up by the wrist even though she's still pretty seriously injured. It's still a kind gesture on his part.
  • To Absent Friends: For Saki, Shun refused to visit the cafe more than absolutely necessary during the first week - going so far as to withhold eating so he didn't disrespect her memory.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Gelato

Takumi Yoshirou

Super High-School Level Gunsmith

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The son of a policeman, who discovered an affinity for assembling and disassembling firearms while visiting a family friend in America. He is the victim of chapter 4, killed by Shay and Naori, via internal injuries caused by stage equipment.


  • Achillesin His Tent: He felt completely disgraced after the first trial's failure, sure that everyone would despise him. The narration notes 'go to your room, think about what you did, and don't come out for a long time'.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He was raised in Japan, and went on a trip to America at age 7. While in America, Takumi took an immediate interest in a policeman's gun collection, and the man humored him by letting him learn all the basics of firearms, after finding out that Takumi had disassembled a gun behind his back. Takumi went back home with a new love that he couldn't do anything about until he was 13, and then he went back to America to live there. Then, he worked to develop his gunsmithing skills tirelessly, and finally a gunsmith noticed and helped him get better, to a point of eventually becoming almost a celebrity in gunsmithing circles.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Eventually, Monobear gets so fed up of his sass as they investigate the third murder that he starts ignoring him, denying him answers to his attempts to find out about the murder.
  • Destructive Romance: Mitsu takes advantage of Takumi's need to serve and be useful in increasingly outlandish ways to highlight her own needs to feel loved and appreciated. This includes things like being in near constant contact with him and sharing living space with him. By the end of the game, it's implied that she has coerced him despite Takumi's ambivalence towards some aspects of their relationship. However Takumi still appears to be devoted to her.
  • He’s Back: Subverted. He goes into the second trial and unloads a lot of information, only to have a significant error in it pointed out very quickly, which only succeeds in making him feel even worse.
  • It's All My Fault: His reaction to the first execution, since the one being executed, Yuuto, was innocent. Takumi feels that if he had only pressed on one specific point (it's not clear what that point is), Takumi could have altered the outcome. In a Noodle Incident, Takumi briefly remembers a previous failure of his from a year ago, but it's not clear what that failure was.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After realizing that, in his pride, he's helped get a completely innocent Yuuto voted guilty of murder.
  • My New Gift Is Lame: He uses a coin to try win something good from the Monomachine, but he gets a multicolored afro wig instead. Takumi's reaction is to throw the wig to the floor in disgust and decide that his coins are useless after all.
  • No Sympathy: He doesn't react to Ryota being murdered in chapter 2 except to start investigating the murder, since Takumi found Ryota to be obnoxious to a fault and Takumi disliked Ryota, so it's a good thing Ryota was murdered and not anybody Takumi cared about.
  • Official Couple: With Mitsu.
  • Offscreen Breakup: Implied after the endgame break. Mitsu eventually ditches Takumi after she finds out his father is a police officer. They don't remain in contact at all.
  • Safety in Indifference: Eventually, during the second trial, he gets so frustrated he stops caring that he's voting to kill someone.
  • Sherlock Scan: One of his skills, according to his profile:
    "Can determine a lot of things from a bullet wound/hole at a glance, e.g. caliber, angle, velocity."
  • Shout-Out: The multicolored afro wig's description is "DADADADADADA DADADADADA AFRO CIRCUS AFRO CIRCUS POLKA DOT POLKA DOT POLKA DOT AFRO", a line sung by the zebra from Madagascar. Also, according to the description, the wig originally belonged to Hidehisa from Doubt Academy White.
  • Tap on the Head: He was whacked unconscious for mysterious reasons before Emiko died, possibly to stop him from interfering.

Yuu Sagara

Super High-School Level Onnagata

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An onnagata (a male actor who plays women's roles) from a long line of kabuki actors. He is the second culprit, having killed Ryota in chapter 2, confesses to the murder, and is executed.


  • Crime of Self-Defense: Ryota attacked Yuu with a hammer; Yuu shot Ryota out of self-defense. At least, that's what Yuu claims. But Yuu confesses right before his execution that actually, he was planning to murder Ryota all along, but then Ryota surprised him during Yuu's planned ambush.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: For chapter 2's execution, Yuu's arms and body movements are manipulated by a huge robot shogun with spider-like multiple arms, and his eyes are held open, and Yuu is forced to commit seppuku by ritually disemboweling himself. Finally, Monobear shows up dressed like a samurai and wielding an oversize katana, and he decapitates Yuu as the final blow.
  • Dark Secret: He confesses in chapter 2's trial that Yuu discovered his father's suicide at age 12; his father tried to commit seppuku by himself (which is notable since seppuku is supposed to be done with an assistant), and Yuu has had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ever since, which is why he primarily reacts to things with fear.
  • Drop the Hammer: He ultimately kills Ryota with a hammer to the head, having been on the receiving end of it shortly beforehand.
  • First-Name Basis:
    • Yuu and Chiemi are on a first name basis; in fact, this is notable enough that Yuu mentions it on his "relationships" page.
    • He and Emiko are as well. It may have just been emotionally induced stress at first, seeing as this first happened when he found her under the impression that Sayuri was murdering her, but considering they now appear to be dating, it's likely going to continue.
  • Freudian Excuse: For his flirting of all things. It turns out his mother didn't give him enough love and affection, and in fact his mother thought he was weak and cowardly. He now believes she was right, given how rattled he gets at the first execution.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Dante, who is tall, handsome, and sharply-dressed, and has an adorable furry thing on his shoulder. To Yuu's dismay, he can just see the "panties dropping", to use his expression. Yuu eventually comes to the conclusion that Dante isn't so bad, but that's because he's so charming that he's even affecting Yuu. It also should be noted that Dante no longer has an adorable furry thing on his shoulder, because Eva took her pet back from Dante after an argument at the beginning of chapter 2.
  • Handsome Lech: Upon waking up in Ouranos, he wastes no time flirting with the "lovely ladies" that he gets to meet, although he is polite and respectful about said flirting. He appears to be especially fond of Emiko, and Monobear even calls him out on what could be construed as this sort of behavior towards her during the chapter one investigation. He's still very kind to her, and respects her space.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Emiko constantly refers to him as a beautiful man, with extra attention given to his long hair.
  • Manslaughter Provocation: According to Yuu, Ryota went crazy and ambushed Yuu with a hammer; if Yuu hadn't stolen the gun and shot Ryota, Yuu would be dead. But then Yuu confesses, right before his execution, that it technically wasn't really self-defense, as Yuu was planning to murder Ryota all along but Ryota surprised him by taking a gun along, so Yuu had to change the plan.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: This is his reaction after realizing that while he successfully took the heat off Emiko, he also helped pin the crime on a completely innocent Yuuto.
  • Official Couple: With Emiko, but it's cut short when Yuu murders Ryota in chapter 2, and is correctly found out and executed. Emiko herself dies the very next week, however.
  • Precision F-Strike: In the chapter 1 trial, upon realizing that Emiko has the most votes, his reaction is to scream at them all:
    "I can’t believe you guys aren’t even paying attention to the only explanation that really narrows down who could’ve done it, like holy shit! Whoever we vote for is going to FUCKING DIE don’t you realize that?! And right now the person with the most votes is Shiromura-chan! ARE YOU FUCKS SERIOUSLY GOING TO WATCH HER DIE?"
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: He screams at the top of his lungs in a "high and girlish manner that in any other circumstances might even seem comical." It's not comical here, however, because the scream comes after Saki's "death by invoking Monobear's wrath."
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Sort of. He's chapter 2's culprit, but while at first Yuu tries to claim it was self-defense, just before Yuu's execution Yuu confesses that he was actually planning to murder Ryota all along, but had to change the plan when Ryota surprised him and ruined Yuu's initial planned ambush.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sushi.
  • Trauma Button: He reacts very badly to the sight of Ayako's corpse, especially the stab wound in her stomach, as it reminds him of someone he knew who also suffered such a wound. As he reveals later, he saw the aftermath of his father attempting to commit seppuku by himself; Yuu was diagnosed with PSTD as a result of the trauma. And, with the game being as cruel as it is, Yuu himself is forced into committing seppuku as his execution.
  • True Companions: Appears to be involved in this sort of relationship with Emiko and Chiemi. At the beginning of the first trial, in which Emiko appears to somehow be involved, Chiemi and Yuu both reach over to hold one of Emiko's hands. After three people abruptly cast their votes for Emiko, who appears to have been framed, he responds by angrily asking them what the hell is wrong with them and, unable to actually lash out at whoever had done it for sure, immediately votes for Yuuto Ikeda - who was the one who was throwing Emiko under the bus. After the trial, he and Sayuri are the ones to take care of Emiko when she is found in the Abandoned Ward. He also committed murder and framed a person for it in order to take down the people who attacked Chiemi and Emiko during the last trial.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Yuu's chapter 2's murderer, because Monobear locked up all the food as the "motive" and said the class could have it back if a murder occurred. Yuu committed murder to get everyone the food back, which is noble. That he murdered Ryota specifically was for petty reasons, however; Ryota had previously voted for Yuu's friend Chiemi in chapter 1's trial.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: When he's on-stage, since "Onnagata" (which is his SHSL talent) means a male kabuki actor who specializes in playing female roles.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Panics upon realizing that Ryota did not die from his gunshot wounds to the head and arm, and resorts to bashing his head in with a spare hammer.

Yuuto Ikeda

Super High-School Level Emergency Medical Technician

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Yuuto Ikeda became one of the youngest EMTs to work at a major hospital after displaying remarkable bravery and aptitude during a crisis in which another paramedic was injured while on the job. Showing no hesitation, he took the wheel of the ambulance and successfully saved both the patient and the paramedic. Making a name for himself as a bit of a local hero, he continued to give nothing but his absolute best effort while on the job, gaining the respect of his teammates as well. Born into a family of doctors, Yuuto was surrounded by pressure to enter a field of medicine since he was very young. Glad that he had finally found a profession he excelled at and made his family proud, he’s eager to take his title as far as it will carry him, determined to save as many lives as he can along the way. He is executed in chapter 1 after being wrongly convicted of Ayako's murder. He is later revealed to be Gaia's mastermind.


  • Actually, That's My Assistant: Despite his equal skill, still serves as the assistant to higher-up paramedics.
  • All-Loving Hero: Strives to show equal compassion to all his patients and peers.
  • Being Personal Isn't Professional: He takes on a much more serious attitude when on the job.
  • Blood from Every Orifice: Or at least his mouth, nose, and ears, the last one being emphasized in the writing.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He takes small naps throughout the day to be always alert and prepared for an emergency. He can also perform a wide variety of emergency care quickly and accurately.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Yuuto is placed inside a soundproofed jar flanked by large loudspeakers. These are broadcasting his heartbeat, so as he becomes more anxious the noise gets faster and louder. Eventually the vibrations are so intense that his blood vessels begin to burst and his heart ruptures.
  • Dem Bones: He has a skeleton in his dorm room called "Mr. Bones." If you investigate the skeleton enough, you can even find a Shout-Out to the Walt Disney 1929 "Skeleton Dance".
  • The Extremist Was Right: He was rather hostile and angry to Emiko during chapter 1's trial, because he was sure that Emiko murdered Ayako, and he badgered her to confess. This was a contributing factor to the class deciding to vote for Yuuto instead... but as has been revealed too late, the chapter 1 culprit was Emiko.
  • Family Business: Comes from a family of medical professionals.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: After he faints and temporarily dies from starvation during Chapter 4, Ayako takes care of him before and after he wakes up. While he's still fairly dismissive of her opinions immediately after this, it helps them begin the road to reconciliation and eventually romance.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Relies on Ayako as this, to the point where just separating from her for a few minutes during a challenge makes him feel uneasy. And this isn't even getting into their relationship in the ending.
  • Mind Screwdriver: We actually learn what was on Yuuto's "motive card" during the chapter 1 trial, because Yuuto voluntarily shows his card to everyone:
    "Dear Yuuto, Think about all the lives you've saved. Now think about all the lives you've lost simply by being here and not there. So many, Yuuto. So many. All because you never helped them. You're disgusting. So what happens next? Kill to find out!"
  • Miscarriage of Justice: Yuuto's voted to be the culprit of chapter 1's murder, but as Monobear confirms, Yuuto was innocent.
  • The Munchausen: He has a story for every occasion, and all from experience.
  • Nerves of Steel: He first got wide attention when he took the wheel of an ambulance without hesitation when the paramedic was injured on the job. He ended up saving both the patient and the paramedic.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His reward for doing his best to help everyone out in chapter 1's trial is to be voted as the culprit, even though it turns out he's innocent. So he asks everyone to at least watch him die, so they can all learn what sort of reward you get when you try to be a hero. To add to no good deed going unpunished, it later turns out he even tried to accuse the right person—Emiko's recently revealed to Kosuke that she was Ayako's murderer.
  • The Nicknamer: He refers to Monobear as "panda".
  • Only Friend: Ayako and to an extent Kosuke end up filling this role for him, as his relationships with other people range from neutral to hostile.
  • Pet the Dog: Apologizes to Emiko near the end of chapter 1's trial for directing suspicion on her.
  • Precision F-Strike: When Monobear shows up, after Monobear executes Saki for standing up to him, Yuuto tells everyone else to calm down, but as for Monobear, Yuuto promises to turn Monobear into scrap metal and calls Monobear a "fucking panda."
  • The Scapegoat: Due to his behavior being perceived as dramatic and suspicious, he gets a slight majority of votes in the first trial even though there's no evidence linking him to the murder. He ends up being executed despite his innocence.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Asked the most questions about the most details of all the students during the chapter 1 murder investigation, to the point where Monobear got sick of seeing his face. Monobear even lampshades it when he asks if Yuuto thinks Yuuto is going to get more "protagonist points" by doing the most investigating.
    • When chapter 1's trial begins, Yuuto lays out all the evidence and is the first to come up with a coherent theory of the murder (although the rest of the class very strongly disagrees with the manner that Yuuto chose to express himself, except Shun who's on Yuuto's side and thinks Yuuto was just trying to make a point).
  • To the Pain: Yuuto threatens Monobear that when everyone gets out of here, Yuuto is going to melt Monobear down and use Monobear's parts in hospital equipment for saving lives.

    The Mastermind 

The Mastermind

The traitor behind the Game of Mutual Killing: Yuuto Ikeda. He was one of the students who worked for the Collective. After the ending of Doubt Academy 2, he worked with Wakana to take down both it and Doctrina Artifice, attempting to destroy the sin in the world and lead it to a pure rebirth. During endgame, the humanoid robot body of Monobear takes on Yuuto's personality from right before his death.


  • Anyone Can Die: Executed in the first week for a murder he didn't even directly commit. The only other scenario that would have embodied this trope so much would be if he was outright chosen as the first victim.
  • Body Backup Drive: Monobear glitches out at the beginning of endgame and is left with an empty shell of his humanoid body. It soon uploads the data containing Yuuto's personality and memories from before his execution.
  • Cain and Abel: An unstated incident resulted in Yuuto murdering Shingo, the older brother that he had once idolized.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • The Game of Mutual Killing backfired big time on Yuuto when someone turned up dead and her killed managed to pin the blame on him; Masterminds aren't given immunity, unfortunately, not even from a false conviction. It should also be noted that the victim was someone he deliberately harassed in order to push her into violence, which directly led to her own death and the ensuing trial.
    • Happens a second time after he kicks off Wakana's execution; one of the Monodemons he brought in goes after him instead, and reducing him to molten metal.
  • I Hate Past Me: Deadblog Yuuto underwent months of development that made him a lot more remorseful over what he had done, while Robo-Yuuto only had the memories and personality he had just before he died; this results in the former getting to see just how violent and remorseless his past self could be. Not only does this horrify him, but it convinces him that the living will never realize that he did regret his actions and try to atone.
  • Morality Chain: His deadblog self has one in the form of Ayako, who plays a major role in his Heel Realization and eventually becomes the object of his devotion. However, he fares very badly without her; it's suggested that she's the only thing keeping him from committing suicide post-game.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Compared to Wakana, the other mastermind; his color scheme mostly has cooler colors (blue and green).

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