Super High School Level Seinen Mangaka
- After-Action Healing Drama: Participates in this after Genta crawls into her room through the window, wounded. She patches him up with water and toilet paper.
- The Fashionista: When she does leave the house, she's a big fan of dressing up in Lolita-style clothing.
- Like Is, Like, a Comma: She, like, adds like quite a bit when she's talking.
- Pen Name: Goes by "LACE" (yes, in all caps) online and on her manga. This is used against her to try to incriminate her in chapter 2.
- Shout-Out: Ai receives Chiyoko Ishihara's (DA4U) headband from the Item Machine.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Custard pudding.
- Working Through the Cold: In chapter 3. She shuts down once the trial ends, though.
- You Wouldn't Hit a Guy with Glasses?: Maybe not, but she'd definitely kick a guy who's glasses had just been knocked off of his face.
Ailani Fan/Yōujì Fēn
Super High School Level Sci-Fi Horror Author
- Accidental Murder:
- She did not intend to kill Yuka by messing with the bomb the pair was making.
- It is revealed she accidentally killed a friend of hers in her backstory. Probably accidentally.
- Aloof Darkhaired Girl: Dark hair, with a disconnected nature.
- Big Damn Kiss: Goes over to Yuka's podium during trial 5 and kisses her. That it's happening to Yuka of all people is "big" enough for this trope.
- Coincidence Magnet: In trial 6. She has a jacket that looks remarkably similar to Captain Adachi's — a copy of that jacket went missing the night of the murder. It also had a pocket to conceal a knife or firearm, and both were used during the murder. Has a collection of knives that raised suspicion. She also had a time period where she was relatively unaccounted for — the time period where Tomoka would've died. Despite this evidence stacking up, she wasn't the murderer.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Hinted at in-game, though details are yet to be revealed. It turns out that she was raised in a neglectful household, endured ableism regarding her Deafness, and saw her cousin injured in front of her eyes, which was followed by a move to Japan shortly thereafter. Then, her friend was murdered by her. Wow.
- Elective Mute: Due to having difficulties hearing, she instead uses a whiteboard to communicate.
- Important Haircut: Or... hair change. Her black hair is actually a wig that she removes to reveal short, brown hair.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Behind her helpful facade is a girl who is extremely bitter... and is genuinely unpleasant and bitter, no hidden hearts of gold.
- Not Helping Your Case: Admits that she doesn't have much of a confirmable alibi during case 6 after she's suspected.
- Reading Lips: How she understands other students. Because of this, she asks others to look at her when they are speaking. Of course, this doesn't always work out for her, and she is prone to misunderstanding others' words.
- Robotic Reveal: Subverted in that this was a farce to avoid being voted for by confusing everyone.
- Not So Stoic:
- Upon talking to Piney Pines in Trial 2 and seeing hes writing out notes for her so she can understand him better, she perks right up and the two start doodling and dancing together. Its as tooth achingly cute as it sounds.
- Several times have caused her to start yelling, the most prominent example being in trial 7 where she drew multiple knives and told the room to calm down.
- Shout-Out: Receives the Hassy stamina drink from DA5Ms Koji Banno and a slashed up uniform jacket from Hibiki Tsukino of DA4O.
- Will They or Won't They?: The nature of her and Yuka's relationship is still ambiguous as of endgame. It could be Romantic Two-Girl Friendship, or something more.
Super High School Level Visual Novelist
- All of the Other Reindeer: Seemed to be ruthlessly mocked by peers in school before Hope's Peak.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A world renown visual novel artist...and an adorable little guy who looks like a human hug and starts his Trial career with a colorful shonen-anime style speech.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: If his introduction is any indication, seems to believe that anime-style speeches are the key to motivation, or when he puts his three kirugumis together to create the Kiru-mera.
- Coincidence Magnet: During chapter 6. Not only was he seen firing a gun earlier in the night, but he had the strongest public motive to want to bring someone back to life. He is also, by his own admission, a good shot, and the bullet in Tomoka's head was right in the center of her forehead.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His pre-execution speech and execution allude to this. He lost his parents and was subjected to bullying at a young age, over time he may have had several controlling older partners.
- Declaration of Protection: From Chapter 2 update on the relationships, makes this about Hanako.If you made that kind of promise ... I'm going to do the same for you. I'm not strong, but! Please let me protect you too!
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Is pretty let down when his super cool introduction speech garners only the barest of reactions or even acknowledgment.
- Friendless Background: Seems to come from one, and is more use to being bullied and laughed at than anything else.
- Foreign-Language Tirade: Starts one in English after witnessing Ryouji come back to life.
- Hate Sink: In-Universe; Seems to think he is one, and defaults to believing that people hate him.
- Shout-Out: Got a dog collar from Hachirou Shibata of DA5M and incredibly questionable Vegetable Juice from DA3Es Kikuyo Shirabe.
Super High School Level Pianist
Aside from the more formal recognition, Ayato has also been recognized by his stage name, "Shinigami-kun", as the keyboardist of the recently popular band ARC/\NA. Known for their masks, Major Tarot themed stage names, and unique sound; the six-person band quickly climbed the charts and are one of the top 5 hottest bands of the year with their hit single, Train Station Melancholy. Despite all of this, nothing is known about Ayato Akiyama personally and is considered a mystery to others.
- Addiction Displacement: Reveals to have had a habit of smoking and uses candy, mostly lollipops, to curb his cravings.
- Alliterative Name: Ayato Akiyama
- Ambiguously Brown: Has noticeably darker skin but his ethnicity has not been stated yet.
- Beauty Mark: Has two vertical beauty marks underneath his left eye.
- Character Tics: He holds the wrist where a red scarf is tied when he's nervous, and is constantly having his hands in his pockets.
- Child Prodigy: Acquired achievements from his piano playing at the tender age of six.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Has very noticeable ones under his eyes and only seem to be getting worse as the story progresses.
- Gentle Giant: One of the taller students in the class and is pretty easy-going. He also doesn't seem to bear any ill-will to anyone that tried accusing him as the Trial 1 culprit.
- Oral Fixation: Almost always seen with a lollipop in his mouth.
- Perpetual Smiler: His sprite (and most art of him) has him always smiling, for whatever reason. This is including when hes being nearly indited of murder, leading to the possibility of Stepford Smiler.
- Stage Names: "Shinigami-kun", as the keyboardist of the band, ARC/\NA.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Apparently if he had tied his hair in a high-ponytail, he'd end up looking like his younger sister (except maybe prettier).
- Tap on the Head: Knocked out by Kanon, as he walked by the room where Sosuke was being kept. Thankfully, this only left him concussed.
- Tarot Motifs: The motif to his band, ARC/\NA. His friends/band mates all have stage names relating to the Major Arcana and his is (ominously enough), "Death".
- Wing Ding Eyes: His updated sprites has "X" shapes in his eyes to replace his pupils.
Super High School Level B-Boy
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Confesses this in Trial 2. Not to take away his title, just, go to school like he was supposed to.
- Summon Backup Dancers: His job is to BE the backup dancers.
Super High School Level Guardian/Guardian
Erm, wait, is the mic even on? Oh, for the love of—!
Well, truly, you dont have to hear this girls charming voice to know that shes the best of her kind. And woah, does she know how to fend off some raid bosses or what? When it comes to tanking (on World of Warcraft, League of Legends, and Final Fantasy XIV at least — she cant diversify that much), you really cant find any better — and especially any better that dedicates so much time to raiding tips, positioning tricks, and ranking the current tanks!
For the past six years EBULLIENCE has been making one of the oddest names for herself in the world of tanking — one laced with mystery, fun, and a certain kind of bullheadedness. Though she has permeated an online presence for a while, not once has our bully girl uploaded a single picture of herself — or given any clue to who she is. While she may tank some of the highest content in games, her guilds — while prestigious — are not consistent; the only constant is that she always keeps BYE✮BYE — her designated support — close.
But hey — that kind of mystery is part of the fun, right? Whoever she is, its clear that EBULLIENCE truly is a creature unlike any other!
She's a direct accomplice in the final case, and used her strength to subdue Ai Kimoto for Tadashi Matsuo. She was able to establish a false alibi by enlisting the help of her twin sister, Michiko Shoji.
- Acronym and Abbreviation Overload: Has a tendency to pepper her speech and text with needless abbreviations from her MMOs. While some of these make sense (BRB, G2G, etc), others (such as repeatedly spamming people with "r") ... are less obvious.
- A Father to His Men: Gender flipped version. If the class are her team she certainly counts as this: among other things, she sends silk flowers and chocolates to her classmates at the end of trials.
- Animal Motifs: Bulls to an almost absurd degree.
- Animal Stereotypes: The bull—a creature of incredible power, stamina, drive and stubborness; if a bull decides its charging somewhere, it WILL get there.
- Being Personal Isn't Professional: Has marked behavior changes from trial and personal interactions. She's usually upbeat and somewhat reckless, but shows care and consideration in trials.
- Breaking the Fellowship: After going to Hope's Peak, she was separated from her support, BYE✮BYE, that she partially attributes her own talent to. Or not. The two were only separated until the merge, after all.
- Challenge Seeker: The hum drum and every day are not enough for this bull!!
- Cute Bruiser: Shes very attractive, almost adorable, and shell take you DOWN.
- Fearless Fool: She doesnt fear meeting anyone one on one, even hanging out with the openly homicidal Sawako.
- Heroic BSoD: Undergoes a mild one at the end of Trial 2, when people are fighting and the weight of sending Madoka to her death weigh in on her. Shes good enough friends with most by now that multiple people offer her their help.
- Hopeless with Tech: Plays games competitively as her talent, but doesn't understand computers herself. Turns out that having a sister who works with tech for your benefit makes this less of a weakness.
- Identical Twin Id Tag: Her wig aside, Tomiko also has a belly ring while Michiko has a star tattoo.
- I Should Have Been Better: As head of the charge, she feels a lot of guilt following each trial—just because a murderer is caught does not mean a victory has been accomplished.
- The Leader: Unofficially, but she is the one who is able to chorale, organize and motivate this ragtag group of misfits better than anyone via her blend of energy and compassion. She takes initiative in trials, and is always a key player in finding who the culprit is.
- The Social Expert: Arguably. She reads the situations and feelings of her classmates to make appropriate calls during trials.
- Theme Twin Naming: Mich IKO and Tom IKO, and their nicknames Chiko and Miko. To a lesser extent, their screen names are meant to sound distinct but flow nicely together.
- Twin Banter: Often seen teasing and having fun with Michiko in group chats.
- Mama Bear: Plays a guardian druid (aka: a bear) in World of Warcraft, and is extremely protective over her healer, BYE✮BYE.
- Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game: Where her expertise lies: she tanks like no ones business.
- Super Reflexes: A good bulk of the reason as to why she's such a capable tank. She doesn't even know what wiping a group or letting a non-DPS die could possibly entail!
Super High School Level Philosopher
- Adjusting Your Glasses: Usually from on top of his head to his eyes and back again.
- After-Action Healing Drama: Runs away from Sarara after she injures him with a glass bottle. He climbs through Ai's window, gets help, leaves, and is chased throughout the hotel until he enters Michiko's room and is subsequently pushed out of the window when Sarara follows.
- Almost Dead Guy: Observed by Ai and Michiko pre-window-push, and then drags himself into the hotel to attempt to say his final words after he's pushed.
- Chuunibyou: Yuka believes that he represents this so much that she affectionately calls him "chuuni".
- Clear My Name: Must do this in the fourth trial, after his alibi leaves him as one of the only candidates that could have murdered.
- Clones Are People, Too: He is a clone of the original Genta Sugai, but embraces the philosophy of choice above all else. This is likely in reference to his own desire to be a unique person and avoid feeling as though he is an Expendable Clone.
- Death by Secret Identity: Killed directly so that he does not reveal Sarara's secret.
- Devil's Advocate: Engages in this role in chapters 1 and 2 to defend those being accused of murder.
- Enemy Eats Your Lunch: Takes Michiko's leftovers in chapter 2.
- Grievous Bottley Harm: Sarara attacks him with a bottle.
- Paralysis by Analysis: He just couldn't pick between the two suspects for chapter 2 and ended up defaulting his vote.
- Royal Brat: Chapter 4's motive turned Genta into a bumbling not-so-humble prince like figure. Very reminiscent of World is Mine, though less Miku and more princely ohoho's.
- Technicolor Eyes: Bright yellow!
- The Dead Have Names: Keeps accounts of each dead student in his room.
- Working Through the Cold: During chapter 3, he visibly wears a facemask throughout the trial. His plans to disrupt TWELVE weren't worked through, though.
Super High School Level Hanami Enthusiast
- Consulting Mister Puppet: He speaks for and with his stuffed bear almost constantly.
- Murder in the Family: Not accomplished by him, but by his brother, who committed matricide.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: His brother committed matricide and attempted to frame it on someone else in their family. Eisuke doesn't bat an eyelash after hearing about his death because of this.
Super High School Level Meteorologist
- Berserk Button: Dont call her by her first name unless shes given you permission. DONT call her a spoiled princess. And DO NOT call her short.
- Black and White Morality: After the heartache of losing Hana Trial 1, she seems to have taken this approach. It either Is or Is Not—and anyone saying otherwise is an idiot she has no time for, sans the time it takes to straighten them out.
- Break the Haughty: An interesting case where the break actually happens, and as a RESULT she becomes Haughty.
- Broken Bird: Finding out her new friend Hana was a murderer and losing her to execution has left Harunas already fragile trust in tatters.
- Brutal Honesty: Though what is truth and just truthfully her belief depends, either one she will state unflinchingly, and the amount shell go out of her way to make it polite depends.
- Child Prodigy: Has been winning awards since she was a child, and has been able to read at a high school level since she was 10. This left her with a distance between herself and her peers shes bitterly regarded ever since.
- Hypocrite: Has been accused of this by her classmates. A notable example is Veronica in Trial 2, calling her on her viciousness towards Madoka when her motive was very close to the motive of previous murderer Hana, whom Haruna still regards with total fondness.
- In the End, You Are on Your Own: Her belief is that ultimately, the only one you can trust is yourself.
- Not So Stoic: After Hana is outed as the murderer, Haruna breaks down and starts to sob.
- Older Than They Look: Looks 12, and is in high school.
- Only Friend: In her past, only a girl named Kotone was Harunas friend. This bleeds directly into...
- The Only One I Trust: Despite the group of acquaintances she is making, Kotone is still the only person she trusts and says as much during her backstory speech in Trial 2.
- Parental Neglect: Suffered this during her childhood, as she told the class in Trial 2, and only saw her parents during her birthdays.
- Rich Bitch: The impression people often get of her pre-murder game. How accurate this statement is depends on who in the class you ask.
- Skewed Priorities: Debatable. In Trial 2, she spends the end of the trial defending her own caustic point of view over paying any attention to the soon-to-be-executed or her last words. But one could also argue that if one considered a murderer not worth the time or sympathy, these priorities line right up.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In the group chat, she promises she can do this even with people she is arguing with. Then comes Trial 2...
- They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason:
- She and Hanako get into a Backstory Reveal contest at the end of Trial 2, revealing her lonely childhood and Only Friend. Theyre both called on this by multiple people, most memorably by Tadashi:
- Madoka Tojo is about to die, and youre all out here playing shit parent bingo..?
Super High School Level Water Polo Player
- All-Loving Hero: It seems to be pretty difficult to get Holly to actually dislike you. Even Haruna, Andrew, and Yuka, her three least favorite people, still have a soft spot in her heart and she clearly cares about them, even if it's begrudgingly in the former's case.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: You don't get to be the captain of a nationally acclaimed water polo team by being a softie.
- Big Brother Worship: Holly loves her brother Rafael, and nearly every chapter makes mention of how worried about him she is and how heartsick it makes her that she hasn't talked to or seen him in months now (and may never again). A few characters learned this the hard way and had to suffer through her minutes-long rambling about how awesome he is.
- Child Prodigy: She's been playing water polo since the age of seven, and has been team captain since age 9.
- Cute Bruiser: Holly's character as a whole can boil down to this trope. As a pretty teenaged girl who's also an international star at a high contact violent sport, it would be impossible for her to be anything else.
- Boisterous Bruiser: She is one of the most unerringly energetic and positive people in first the Tora, and then Telos classes.
- Cynicism Catalyst: As chapter 6 reveals, hers was losing Hisae when the castle fell. Ever since, her worldview has...significantly darkened, and she's become a lot more unhappy and reckless.
- Daddy's Girl: Although her brother is the one who gets the brunt of Holly's familial hero worship, it's clear that she is very, very enamored to her doting father.
- Despair Event Horizon: Reveals through narration at the end of chapter 6 that Hisae's death at the beginning of chapter 5 led to her snapping and attempting to attack one of the chaperones, fully aware that this will result in her death.
- Famed In-Story: Has gained quite a following on social media.
- Go-Getter Girl: Holly has devoted her life and all of her spare time to her sport and athletics in general.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Subverted. Doesn't actually have one, it's just that her assorted Berserk Button just get pressed...a lot.
- The Heart: Tries very hard to convince everyone to be friends and get along, by setting up a pool party in the first chapter and later getting frustrated and telling everyone to stop fighting so much and just work together. She doesn't seem to be very effective, however.
- Hot-Blooded: The girl is about as chill as an active volcano.
- Large and in Charge: She's the biggest girl on her team, both in body mass and personality. She's not really that tall, but she's muscular, which makes up for it.
- Meaningful Name: Fuentes refers to a spring, a body of water.
- Military Brat: Both her father and brother are in the army.
- Motor Mouth: Talks fast, and thinks even faster. Even she can't keep up with herself.
- Multicolored Hair:
- Brown with streaks of blonde and blue.
- After Chapter 3, she switches to brown with streaks of red and green, to match her Christmas motif.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Holly's week 2 and 5 outfit is inspired by America Chavez.
- Odd Friendship: With quiet, No Social Skills Tadashi. Somehow, they actually seem to get along great.
- Official Couple: Is in a relationship with Michiko Shoji as of Chapter 4. Spicy!
- Speaks Spanish, English, and Japanese. She'll often talk to other English-speaking classmates in English, or refer to people by Spanish words of affection. When she finds out Ryan speaks a little Spanish, she's openly delighted.
- People like EBULLIENCE confuse her via text because she's shaky when she tries to interpret frequent typos or specialized language in Japanese. This at one point led to her lashing out in frustration and sending a paragraph in Spanish to that week's groupchat.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Her introduction to Tadashi had him coming across her doing pull ups to stay in shape...from an enormous tree growing in the middle of the street.
- Revenge Before Reason: Normally she's against this, but does it herself following Hisae's death, losing all sense of self-preservation and attacking Peri.
- Sick Episode: Is sick throughout chapters 2, 3, and 4, the latter two being with pneumonia and then despair fever.
- The Pollyanna: Becomes known for her endlessly sunny demeanor, until it starts to crack in chapters 5 and 6. She remains this trope in more of a Stepford Smiler variant, but is trying hard to cling to her idealism.Holly: Al mal tiempo, bueno cara. Translation
- Troubled, but Cute: Her cheery attitude drops more and more as the game goes on, and it becomes increasingly obvious that there's something else going on beneath the surface.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Tries to deliver one to the class at the end of the sixth trial, but it doesn't have much effect considering the execution is immediately after.
- Wounded Hero, Weaker Helper: After she passes out in chapter 2, she needs two people to help carry her out.
Super High School Level Ghostwriter
- All-Loving Hero: He doesn't tend to dislike people and does his best to see the best in everyone! Or at least was the case up until Chapter 4's motive.
- Brutal Honesty: If he feels strongly about something, he won't sugarcoat how he feels. Even if it's mean.
- But Not Too Foreign: Despite his English name, he was born and raised in Tokyo, having had an American father however.
- Covert Pervert: Made allusions to wanting to sleep with TWELVE in Chapter 1.
- Goth: Or at least he dresses in all black. He reveals in his relationship page that he thinks he has no sense of fashion.
- Insufferable Genius: Assumes that since he's probably had to write about a topic in the past, he has enough knowledge on it to speak about it, even if that's not the case.
- Nice Guy: He likes people to like him, the best way to do so is to be nice after all.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Inspired by The Looking Glass's character Faceless.
- Technicolor Eyes: Bright yellow!
Kanon Kurosawa/Kazuko Kagami
Super High School Level Weapons Engineer/Body Double
- But Not Too Foreign: She's half Russian. Or not.
- Career Versus Man: Mentioned out of character that she's had several girlfriends before, but they always end up breaking up because her job keeps her so busy.
- Death Glare: Especially in trials. If you get on this girls bad side or on the bad side of her friends, expect to be catching this killer look sooner rather than later.
- Disproportionate Reward: In Chapter 1, she showed she'd die for anyone who so much as became her friend.
- First-Name Basis: Though she prefers this with everyone, specific mention goes to Haruna, as a sign of their friendship.
- I Should Have Been Better: Blames herself for what happened with Hana in the first trial, and apologizes to her memory on her relationship blog.
- Mama Bear: In Trial 1, fights to protect her friend Hana even when Hana has already confessed guilt. In Trial 2 she similarly tells off everyone involved in the overshare debacle except for her friend Haruna, who started it in the first place. Word of God states that Kanon is biased towards her friends.
- Meaningful Name:
- Kanon, pronounced like cannon, makes weapons... Strangely enough, her creator didn't notice this until it was pointed out.
- Her real name, Kazuko Kagami, translates roughly to "harmony child mirror", which pretty much points directly to her talent.
- Non-Idle Rich: Born into a rich family but works almost non-stop in her talent.
- Not So Stoic: Goes into a boiling rage at the end of Trial 1, promising swift vengeance on anyone who dares vote for her friend.
- Shout-Out: Receives Kenshin Takayuki from DA4O's severed head from the Monokuma machine. She did not take it well.
- Statuesque Stunner: She stands at 6' and is very attractive.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Changes her outfit every chapter.
- What Is This Feeling?: Kanon is not used to any strong emotion aside from anger. So when she feels something that is closer to sadness after Hanas execution is announced, she cant understand it and tries instead to see it through the lens of anger at the class that voted her friend to her death.
Super High School Level Energy Transfer Specialist
- Awkward Kiss: Sort of. Holly begs Masashi to let her die when he prevents her from punching Peri in the fifth chapter. He kisses her and expresses how important she is to him, and she panics and explains that she's already in a relationship with Michiko. Oops. To make matters even worse, Michiko finds them not long after. Awkward indeed.
- A Friend in Need: Is invariably there when Holly, and often Michiko, needs him.
- The Gadfly: Seems to take pleasure in being, what's the word...? A little shit. To everyone. Regardless of the setting. At least after the fourth motive.
- Mood Dissonance: Opens a loud soda can of Hee Haw as people speak with the murderer of case 5 for the final time.YEE HAAAAW!
- Punch Catch: Stops Holly from punching TWELVE, which would've led to her execution. With his face.
- Skewed Priorities: Doesn't really care about finding the culprits so long as he's entertained. He still typically votes with the majority, despite this.
- Spock Speak: Somewhat. He speaks very properly/formally, and avoids many contractions.
- You Should Have Died Instead: Muses that if people had voted to kill Sarara during the fourth trial, Genta would not have died and the previous murderer would have died from sickness.
Super High School Level Medic
- Artistic License Medicine: She's a bit young to be practicing medicine on the level that she is. Or not, considering she's a glorified school nurse.
- Bilingual Bonus: She speaks Korean, and will often text simple phrases such as "haha" or "omg." This was to participate in Korean gaming tournaments. Dislikes the nickname 'Michi' for herself given its rude usage in Korean.
- Break the Believer: She's the strongest defender of both Akio and Sarara, and even purposefully derails the trial in an attempt to acquit them. They're both guilty.
- Competition Freak: Even completely innocent activities can become competitive battlegrounds for Michiko.
- Identical Twin Id Tag: Has a star tattoo on her torso while her sister has a belly piercing. Up until the last case, they also had different hair with the help of Tomiko's wig.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Pulls out a wine bottle during trial 5, but doesn't get to drink because Holly confiscates it. Offers it to Sarara as a parting gift, completely forgetting that Sarara incapacitated Genta with a glass bottle before.
- Last of His Kind: As of chapter 4, she's the last medic in Tora and Telos.
- Non-Idle Rich: Ridiculously wealthy, but studied exceptionally hard to become a medic at her age.
- Official Couple: Is in a relationship with Holly Fuentes. Spicy!
- The Fashionista: Tends to wear beautiful designer clothes, from lines that haven't even been released yet!
- The Medic: One of a few, but it's literally her title.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The fashion-obsessed, makeup-everyday girly girl to Holly's sporty tomboy.
- Theme Twin Naming: Mich IKO and Tom IKO, and their nicknames Chiko and Miko. To a lesser extent, their screen names are meant to sound distinct but flow nicely together.
- Twin Banter: Often seen teasing and having fun with Tomiko in group chats.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: After that argument during Chapter 4, and even prior to it, both Michiko AND Yuka are extremely deserving of this trope. After Volleying Insults, lets hope they learn how to shape up!
- Your Makeup Is Running: Has mascara trails on her face throughout chapter 5's trial.
Super High School Level Minecraft Let's Player
- Alliterative Name: Misuto Morimoto.
- Fun Personified: As expected of a popular let's player, they are almost always upbeat even when it's inappropriate to be. Unfortunately, they happen to be surrounded by the fun police a lot of the time.
Piney Pines/Yuji Matsumoto
Super High School Level Mascot
- Ambiguous Gender: Piney has outfits for both genders, has played opposite male and female mascots in skits featuring romance, and when asked their gender they respond Piney is a tree. Their pronouns swap between he and they, but she is never off the table. They even put on big goofy eyelashes and blush for certain looks!
- Boisterous Bruiser: Meant to evoke this image, with his little red boxing gloves and title of the 'fighting pines.' In reality, his personality seems quite a bit more mellow, even nervous.
- Anthropomorphic Objects: A walking, talking tree.
- Crime Magnet: He's been directly framed for two murders since the two places merged, and has been the intended victim of one murder.
- Crowd Pleaser: As one of his talents as a mascot, he can gauge 'audience' reaction and respond accordingly—this was the main bulk of his job.
- Doing It for the Art: The only explanation that people can come up with for why someone would choose to be so inhumanly devoted to the 24/7 portrayal of the character.
- Fountain of Memes: In-universe. A vine meme where people would perform stunts with Piney plushies helped push him fully into memetic levels of fame.
- Goofy Suit: Part of his whole shtick is that he is never seen outside of it. Even in private.
- The Heart: In trials, its this tree that seems to be reminding people to respect the soon-to-be-deceased and to hear them out. They also offer moral support to classmates like Charmayne and assistance to sick peers like Andrew and Miho in their Chapter 3 Relationship updates.
- I'm Your Biggest Fan: Reacts this way to meeting Ryouji Nomiya, their favorite Viner, in person. Luckily for them, Ryouji feels just the same way!
- Limited Wardrobe: Averted, surprisingly. One wouldnt expect a Tree to have that much to wear, but a baseball outfit and a maid outfit have both been featured, with a closet full of more clothing to be found to anyone who looks through his room...
- Love It or Hate It: In universe. For all the popularity, there's always going to be people who think he's annoying, a corporate tool, or downright creepy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Yuji's design is based off of Vincent from Catherine and Shaggy from Scooby Doo.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Ryouji, the first person he was growing close to, died. His scream apparently broke vocal character.
- Playing a Tree: Literally.
- Pungeon Master: In media, Piney is almost unstoppable with his tree and nature related puns. It seems that the tension of the new situation pulled the puns out of them before the murder game even started.
- Recognizable by Sound: His shoes puff/squeak softly when he moves. Very distinctive, and gives him no chance to sneak up on anyone.
- Secret Identity: Who or even what is under the boughs is a mystery that has even incited the start of fanclubs dedicated to figuring out the trees real identity. Part of what makes them SHSL is that no one has been able to find out thus far.
- Slave to PR: Has been accused of this by detractors, which was replied to with a resounding 'duh'—he's a company mascot, of COURSE he is!
- Smarter Than You Look: On TV and as an image Piney is a tad ditzy, like most people expect a mascot to be. But when placed in a high tension situation like the awakening in Praetis, it seems that persona falls away in favor of a nervous and intelligent, if eccentric, tree.
- The Gimmick: Is this to his company, Bando Eco Logging.
- The One Who Wears Shoes: Piney's not like OTHER trees—his magical red shoes allow him to walk around!
- Third-Person Person: Pineys incredibly notable for this, and it depends on the person how long they can stand to listen to it. Moments where they slip up and use I are not unheard of however, though they seem to be important.
- Shout-Out: Received an incredibly fancy bottle of wine mixed with blood from Shuu Shimura of DA4U.
- Trademark Favorite Food:
- Piney has been stated in his 30 facts to be a big fan of melons and melon or green tea flavored treats and sweets. However, people note that Pineys own food choices when left to their own devices are incredibly simple in comparison and that its likely only melons because his company has some kind of contract with melon farmers to say that and promote the product.
- Interactions with Charmayne in Chapter 2 insinuate that Piney may have a soft spot for udon.
- Tragic Bromance: It's true for the first time Ryouji dies, but even moreso for the second time. It's revealed that Yuji still cares for Ryouji despite the betrayal, but Ryouji only realizes this before he's executed.
- Tragic Keepsake: Keeps Ryuoji's necklace after he is killed
Super High School Level Fabricator
...That would have been their fate had Hope's Peak Academy kept their distance from the situation. Known for being a prestigious institution throughout the whole world, Hope's Peak Academy, with the permission from the Japanese government, had officially declared that they would take Ryan in and rehabilitate them into a functional, member of society. A second chance at conforming to society, in other words. The fabricator has officially agreed under oath to the heavy restrictions placed on them, and that they would only use their criminal knowledge to assist in the identification of fabricated objects. According to a few more sources, they have also agreed to attend, and remain at the school under surveillance as well. It is certain to all that they've landed a place in Japan's blacklist after their capture.
- Ambiguous Gender Identity: Identifies as nonbinary, and dislikes being mistaken for a male, such as when Haruna used he pronouns with them during Trial 1.
- Cool Bike: Got this from the Monomachine right off the bat, and nearly kills Touya with it before the Murder Game even starts! Drives it right into the trial room during Trial 2 as well, when everyone was asked to bring their Monocoin items.
- Fame Through Infamy: Became well known for a false information leak that allowed a serial killer known as The Widower to get away from authorities
- Not Me This Time: Stated almost word for word Trial 1, when blame was passed to them right off the bat by Hana. They were right, and it was in fact the accuser.
- Pass the Popcorn: Does a non-food version of this while watching the fight that breaks out end of Trial 2, comparing the action to a midday soap opera internally.
- The Scapegoat: In universe, mentioned multiple times: as a former criminal, they are very susceptible to this should a better candidate not be tracked down in time...
- Shout-Out: Receives a Skull Chariot moterbike from DA3Es Gorou Inoue and a silk magicians top hat from DA1′s Seiichi Ichikawa.
Super High School Level Viner
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Sliced in half, but only just—still intact enough to spend a few seconds gasping for life, even as he begins to accordion in on himself unnaturally...brr.
- Death by Irony: Indirectly. Guy dies a few days after the Vine app is announced dead.
- He Knows Too Much: Presumably killed off for this: after referring to something on his keycard, Peri takes the card and panics, stating he 'shouldn't have seen that'. He is killed immediately afterwards by Monobear.
- I'm Your Biggest Fan: Reacts this way upon seeing Piney Pines for the first time—his little sister is a big fan. Luckily enough for him, Pineys a big fan of his too!
- The Pollyanna: The male version. Nothing gets this guy down for longer than a minute!
- Sympathetic Murderer: To some, notably to Piney Pines/Yuji. According to Ryouji, someone absolutely had to be killed in a timely fashion "or else," so he did it to prevent the unnamed bad consequence.
- Those Two Guys: Had the potential to be this or even Heterosexual Life-Partners with Piney Pines from starting chemistry alone. Then Monobear got his claws on him...literally.
- Tragic Bromance: With Piney/Yuji. It's true for the first time Ryouji dies, but even moreso for the second time. It's revealed that Yuji still cares for Ryouji despite the betrayal, but Ryouji only realizes this before he's executed.
- Tragic Keepsake: Piney keeps Ryuoji's necklace after he is killed.
- Unfriendly Fire: Attempts to shoot Piney Pines at first out of fairness — he didn't want his own personal feelings preventing him from killing someone at random.
Super High School Level Art Curator/ Forger
- Beneath Suspicion: Is left out of all suspect lists for chapter 5 despite meeting the height requirements of the suspect. Even when it's revealed that she has no alibi and fits many other factors that the murderer had to have, she's given a pass because her classmates think she "couldn't have killed anyone."
- Beware the Nice Ones: Well, she did kill Genta after all.
- Both Sides Have a Point: "I agree with... all of you?"
- Costume Copycat: Dresses to resemble Piney Pines.
- Doomed Appointment: Makes plans with several people before committing murder.
- Dressing to Die: She wears funeral clothing for her execution.
- She has a habit of adopting people's emoticon use and acronym use. This also helps to reveal her true talent. She uses this to impersonate Yuka, Genta, and Piney.
- Many people from the Tora class had no problem seeing her one-on-one to comfort her after Chou's death. This doesn't end well.
- Grievous Bottley Harm: Attacks Genta with a bottle.
- Human Pincushion: Would her insect pinning girlfriend be proud of how she went out, or...?
- Nice Guy: Is very concerned with presenting herself as an inoffensive person to others, as a result of anxiety.
- Not So Above It All: Has been known to let her hair down with alcohol, gossip, and even swear! Shameful.
- Official Couple: Is in an relationship with Chou Nakahara, however shortly after the "official" reveal of this fact, Sarara was quickly widowed due to Chou being executed. Tragic love story.
- Outlaw Couple: With Chou. Not only accompliced when Chou murdered two people, but murdered someone in her own right.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Although her grandparents' art gallery was nearly formally bankrupt before she famously rescued it, her upbringing and family background were quasi-aristocratic, and her ways can't be described as anything but 'sheltered' as a result.
- Skilled, but Naïve: While Sarara has an incredibly expansive knowledge of art history, handling, and restoration, her culture-focused upbringing left her social skills lacking.
- Take Care of the Kids: Akio places her in charge of looking after his dolls before he's executed.
- Technicolor Eyes: They're purple.
- The Ophelia: She's emotionally absent and grief stricken for the entirety of the time that the Praetis group knows her. Some of her arguments in trial also revolved around seemingly nonsensical points, such as Genta secretly being a dryad.
- Wham Line: I would have adored spending a future with you, Chou.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Often projected by the media as this due to public perception of her personality and her (family's) patronage of arts/culture, although she doesn't fit this trope so neatly in reality.
Super High School Level Personal Assistant/Loan Shark
- Tap on the Head: His wound was so severe that it injured his inner brain, killing him over time.
Super High School Level Wedding Photographer
- Ask a Stupid Question...: Doesn't put up with questions that people ask for clarification, or if it's information he's already answered.Tadashi: No, Sasaki-san. Clearly Ive been defending Shoji-san - and maybe EBULLIENCE-san by extension - up until this point because I thought it might be fun to count leaves or talk to myself instead of fucking watching them.
- Attention Whore: To the extremes of faking a personality entirely for at least two years so people talk to him more, and killing Ai without a motive in place and making himself look like a victim partly just so people would remember and talk about it.
- Beneath the Mask: While the full under the mask has yet to be revealed, he is actively aware of slips where hell become nasty, scathing and completely fed up with the idiots around him.
- Being Personal Isn't Professional:
- He seethes under a thin layer of politeness to his clients and his classmates, likely to remain professional.
- It's to remain professional from his true bitter self, and come across as a nicer person so people like him more in general, and thus pay attention to him. He's stunned when multiple people in game prove to like the real him more.
- Camera Fiend: His SHSL talent, specializing in wedding photography.
- Condescending Compassion:
- His nice guy routine can be seen as this, though how much it is for appearances sake versus how much of a genuine change hes trying to enact in himself is up in the air.
- Turns out to be a case of trying to pull Becoming the Mask: originally for appearances sake, Tadashi has since been trying to actually make this act his true personality to make a change. Slowly begins to drop this plan under EBULLIENCE's encouragement from Chapter 4 onward though, and by endgame, it's been given up on entirely in favour of his true personality.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Of what kind is still unsure, but several allusions to it have been made in internal dialogue. Turns out Tadashi's life until mutual killing has just been one long bitter string of never feeling included and growing disdain for relationships of any kind, hammered in by his beloved mother killing his father, and having to move in with other relatives to work on a job he sees as completely idiotic while being instructed to keep up a fake personality to get along with it all.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially when his face starts to slip. Used to deliver his particularly bitter two cents when he cant help himself.
- False Reassurance: Frequently apologizes for things he does not feel the real need to apologize for. It's part of his act to appear much more gentle and professional, though it's one of the first traits to be toned down once he decides to start weaning off it.
- Loophole Abuse: Decides in desperation to try and invoke this in the last mastermind trial to become a Karma Houdini, under the logic that if he helps catch the mastermind now, the mutual killing game will end and he won't be executed for killing Ai. Appears to actually have worked, probably to some people's chagrin.
- Love Is a Weakness: Starts out very much believing this of not just love, but all kinds of relationships, to the point of being downright terrified of people trying to get to know him in the event he reciprocates and screws himself over.
- Morality Chain:
- EBULLIENCE is this towards him, on several levels: her work in growing closer to him stopped Tadashi from feeling as put out about the idea of relationships, something which could have spurred bitterness in many places, and also kept him from focusing solely on killing the entire class to win the game and leave- because he couldn't leave her, or the people she was attached to in game.
- Comes off the chain a little bit in Chapters 8 and 9 when EBULLIENCE agrees to help him try to and actually commit murder respectively- though by endgame he's firmly back on, with Michiko and Ryan also counting further murder as being a dealbreaker for their friendship.
- No Social Skills: Seems to be working on his actively, thus coaching and berating himself in his head all through out his relationship page and internal dialogue.
- Odd Friendship: Arguably anyone Tadashi befriends, given his social skill troubles, but special mention likely goes to Holly and EBULLIENCE by sheer virtue of them both being energetic and friendly athletes.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Believes that he falls into this by late game: his father was killed before Tadashi accepted his Hope's Peak invite, and after six years, he thinks it's likely for his mother to have finally been executed for the crime that started a lot for Tadashi.
- Secret Relationship: Or secret build up to relationship. Tadashi and EBULLIENCE decided to keep the fact they were growing close a secret to avoid revealing embarrassing details they'd learnt about the other and for possible advantages in working together. The only decided to give up on their 'secrets pact' for good when they finally became an Official Couple. Still doesn't stop them not declaring the relationship though.
- Shout-Out: Received a broken tablet from DA4Os Hirashi Abe, a cult pamphlet from Zoombi Malware of DA5M and a collection of guro manga from DA3Es Koharu Amashiro. Poor guy...
- Surrounded by Idiots: Almost word for word in Trial 2. Tadashi believes that his classmates are complete morons who dont listen to him, and has a very hard time not raking them over the coals. By late game he has absolutely no problems holding back against some he deems idiots though.
- No Sympathy:
- Takes this stance in trials against the murderers, especially if they try to play a sympathy card.
- But actually averted for the masterminds, of all people: Tadashi becomes one of the original advocates for the idea of stalling the game out as long as possible to buy time to figure out how to prevent the masterminds from being executed when caught.
- Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Can definitely be argued as this by those who would see his 'customer service' persona as cover for his much more bitter, sarcastic, and willing to drag 90% of the class self.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Has EBULLIENCE and Michiko 'trap' him in the Greenhouse to try and convince the class that he was also attacked by someone and had been stuck there for hours before Ai died, making it impossible for him to be her killer. It works in confusing the class' timeline of events until proof is found that he's been sneaking between the Greenhouse and the crime scene.
Super High School Level Competitive Karuta Queen
- Cuteness Proximity: Gets friendlier the closer she gets to something or someone she sees as cute and has a hard time staying mad at them.
- Dumb Blonde:
- She has her moments, but is certainly not the brightest bulb in the pack. In fact, her reputation as a karuta champion is built off of her use of intuitive play to counter more strategic players.
- This is subverted, as she frequently paves the way to a verdict or deduces the correct culprit in most trials.
- Eureka Moment: Has one of these during the first trial, and it's due to this that the class ends up convicting the actual culprit.
- Girl Posse: Forms one with EBULLIENCE — "the queens."
- Hot-Blooded: She's famous for her spirited style of play.
- Innocently Insensitive: Says what she thinks, which right after someones friend gets sent to the chopping block, can be seen as harsh or worse...not that she particularly cares.
- Kimono Is Traditional: Wears traditional clothes as her everydays.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Her blog, outside of her interactions, heavily features cute pictures of cats doing stuff.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Seems to have many sisters, if the pictures in her room are anything to go off of.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: Is shot both in the leg and in her head.
- No Sympathy: As far as shes considered, a murderer is a murderer and a murderer is to be caught, simple as that!
- Paper Tiger: Despite her feisty reputation, she's only 5'2" and not exactly imposing. Further justified by being killed in her attempt to protect Piney Pines and herself.
- Shout-Out: Gets bloody scrubs from Yuuto Ikeda, DA3As Mastermind.
- Sweet Tooth: Tomo is regularly seen munching away on snacks she has stashed on her person. When she dies, the investigation finds tons of candies literally up her sleeves.
- Tearjerker: Tomoka is only 16 years old and tried to singlehandedly protect one of her classmates against her attacker, who had a gun. Her expression in death suggests that she was determined until the end.
Valor Fitzgerald Mckinney
Super High School Level Diplomat
- Crime Magnet: Discovered the victims of chapter 1 and chapter 2.
- Family Honor: The Mckinney family has produced many politicians that have influenced US history, and Valor holds himself to a high standard in order to live up to that legacy.
- Shout-Out: Valor receives Minako Ito's (DA3E) puppet from the Item Machine.
- Southern-Fried Genius: A Tennessee-born prodigal diplomat talented enough to become an honorary ambassador before the age of 20.
- Southern Gentleman: Tennessee born, and sweet as apple pie!
Super High School Level Mythologist
Veronica Shimizu has definitely a hand in the newly arising interest in mythologies, given that every work that she's done the research for has been more popular than other works of the same kind. Especially the famous movie Impundulu; was praised for its accurate presentation of the myths used there. Furthermore, she's also one of the people who found a more complete version of lsquo;The Tale of Genji; at Mitsumine Castle, as well as a collection of old, Japanese folklore that reveals new details about Izanagi. All these successes granted her an invitation to Hope's Peak Academy which she humbly accepted.
- Accidental Murder: A pre-despair example. Her secret for the first Telos case disclosed that she had already murdered before the events at Hope's Peak, though she clarifies that it was in self defense and non-intentional.
- Beauty Mark: Has one right under her mouth.
- Being Personal Isn't Professional: Although this is likely her cool nature, she detaches from trial situations emotionally.
- But Not Too Foreign: She's half Italian, half Japanese.
- Consummate Professional: In the trial room, it pays to be professional. And in the executions. And in the personal life. Uh...
- Dispense with the Pleasantries: During Trial 1, though she bothers with them first she does say this pretty much word for word. During Trial 2, she just wordlessly does this and starts with the facts.
- Emotionless Girl: One of her defining traits, and something that frustrates her classmates endlessly. Though she has admitted to having emotions she also has a very good grip on them, and is dispassionate to a fault on all of her observations.
- Emotions vs. Stoicism: VERY FAR on the scale leaning Stoic. This leaves a lot to be desired in her bedside manner, and seemingly strips her of the ability to consider the case from a human-heart perspective, leaving her questioning the motive and chalking it up as her classmates being illogical.
- Intimidation Demonstration: Pulls out her weapon during trial 6 to deter further violence.
- Omniglot: Speaks Japanese, English, and Italian. She can interpret ancient languages like Latin, Old Egyptian, and Old Norse, and has rudimentary knowledge of many other languages!
- Shout-Out: Got, of all things, shark themed condoms from Aqua Ooshima of DA3E.
- What Is This Feeling?: Has a few points where she seems near to experiencing an emotion, especially in trials. When casting her vote for Madoka in Trial 2, she felt a twinge of something like disappointment, or even sadness.
Super High School Level Entomologist
- Arranged Marriage: Set up to marry somebody officially, much to her distaste.
- Being Personal Isn't Professional: Makes a very stark effort to detach from her emotions during trials, however this sort of doesn't apply during Genta's case.
- Break the Believer: Trusts in her own ability to solve cases and the nightwatch that she spearheads, but this shatters after her nightwatch system is taken advantage of to assist in murder twice.
- Clear My Name: Has to do this aggressively in the fourth trial, as she was the person who made the cup of coffee that Chou poisoned to kill Kaito Adachi.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Brings cases of alcohol to events following Genta's death.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Yuka has an incredible interest with the insectile arts, all while appreciating all of the most pink and frilly things in the world- though, she doesn't mind getting said beautiful frills a mess. While she has Messy Hair on a usually basis, her typical style would be Girlish Pigtails, until Chapter 4 where she impulsively (and regrettably) gave herself an undercut.
- Holding the Floor: Often takes a more forward role in trials and chatrooms in the form of long, long, long speeches.
- Insufferable Genius: Her extreme intellect, penchant for intense investigation, prominent ego over others despite her self deprecation, and lack of social skills make her absolutely insufferable.
- Japanese Delinquents: Ripped up seifuku, short skirt, and a tendency to speak in a thuggish tone when irritated denotes her deliquent personality. Not to mention her bad history in not bothering to attend class... It is also revealed that Yuka has traditional Japanese irezumi, the staple tattoo that yakuza tend to wear.
- Jerkass Woobie: Yuka is sort of obvious in her attempts to be rude and cruel to others. While her anger and toxic behaviour is legitimate, her other personality traits make it obvious she is purposefully trying to keep others away, by being an incredibly rude girl.
- Loners Are Freaks: Yuka has a public habit of being a loner, and wanting nothing to do with topics that aren't related to her studies. Because of this, she has No Social Skills.
- Nervous Wreck: This changes as the game goes on, as the more as she works together with a few choice classmates, she learns to become braver.
- Properly Paranoid: In light of Yuka taking her contributions to the Nightwatch Crew up a notch by doing nightly surveillance despite being ill, it is to be noted that it is her paranoia that drives her to be Crazy-Prepared for upcoming trials.
- Reluctant Ruler: Yuka never considered herself a sort of leader, and is actually quite uncomfortable with voicing any sort of authority, or having people depend on her. However, her immense participation in class trials has given her the title of some sort of 'quasi-leader', as she says, and oh how she hates it.
- Shout-Out: Yuka receives Yori Tahara's (DA5K) picture of Vladimir Putin from the Item Machine.
- Trauma Conga Line: Yuka loses her idol, her closest friend, and then someone she supported back to back to back.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: While the ice is particularly prominent, it should be noted that with her (very few) friends, Yuka becomes an absolute teddy bear. Unless... you're Michiko. Then you get affection via carefully crafted snarky comments.
- Technicolor Eyes: Bright hot pink! Though, they do appear to be red in some pictures. They are revealed to be a lie! Yuka's natural eye colour is chocolate brown.
- The Sleepless: Staying up at night for 8-10 hours, just to do Nightwatch with Adachi, before he passed on.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Her outfit keeps changing every chapter, sometimes multiple times a Chapter... all due to the mun being indecisive. They are almost always pink outfits, as Pink Means Feminine and is her favourite colour. Her wardrobe is quite extensive... as she is a Rich Bitch.
- Working Through the Cold: She's very sick but very determined in Chapter 3.