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Yugi Muto and His Friends

     Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi 

  • Accidental Pervert: Twice in one chapter. He accidentally gets a handful of Komaru's chest in Chapter 47, and later a faceful of Tea's.
  • All-Loving Hero: Despite what Celeste has done, Yugi is 100% willing to embrace her as a friend.
  • Badass Baritone: The Pharaoh's deep voice is mentioned as "being able to have babies with" by Celeste.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Yami holds a very high faith in what is written in the Egyptian Scriptures, and regards it as his destiny to defeat Marik. While part of the reason he doesn't want people dueling Marik is because he's genuinely concerned for their safety, another part is that he thinks only he can beats him.
  • Childhood Friends: He's known Tea since they were young.
  • Death Glare: The Pharaoh gives a rather intense one to Hajime for betraying his trust (ironic considering he himself betrayed Kaiba's trust in the same manner) at the end of the 4-Way Battle Royale.
    • He also gives one to Weevil in chapter 75 right before playing Berserker Soul.
  • Demoted to Extra: Due to sharing the spotlight with the Dangan Ronpa characters, duels such as the Arkana Duel, the duel with Strings, the duel at the pier with brainwashed Joey and the duel against Gansley are skimmed or just mentioned. He still plays a role in the story, he just isn't focused on much until the Battle City Finals. Averted in the Orichalcos arc where most of his canon role remains intact, and in some cases expanded upon.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Yami, while under the influence of the Seal of Orichalcos.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Discussed and deconstructed. Celeste and Yugi are both well-aware that Yami is the one who carries them through duels; the former uses this knowledge to blackmail Yugi into dueling her alone, while Yugi's self-confidence has taken a bit of a hit, making him strive to prove himself.
  • Friendless Background: Mentioned briefly as a plot point—Tea was his only friend growing up, Joey and the others only came about recently. So Yugi never saw the point in getting a cellphone.
  • Hero Antagonist: Played with and downplayed, mainly in regards to Yami and arguably more of an In-Universe example. While the Pharoah has never exactly been an openly antagonistic character in terms of his role, his interactions with the Danganronpa characters have been far from friendly.
    • Just before their duel at the Battle City Finals, he tries to talk Makoto out of dueling him. While he sees it as just being concerned for Makoto's safety, the others see it as a sign of cowardice or even fear on his part.
    • Hajime briefly gets on his bad side after the former refuses to heed to his words in order to challenge Marik himself.
    • His constant preaching about one's destiny being inevitable towards Kaiba is viewed as rubbing Kaiba's nose in and even gets Chiaki to speak up against him.
  • Heroic Safe Mode: After his duel with Junko, at first it seems taking his soul has caused a Heroic BSoD on him and not this trope, but after giving Junko's comatose body to Mukuro and mentally slapping his cheeks, Yami is back in action and ready to take the fight to Dartz, showing that not even Junko's despair and the loss of Yugi will slow him down when he really needs to stand tall and fight evil.
  • Honor Before Reason: Yugi. When Nagito off-handedly tells him he can have Exodia back if he wants, Yugi turns him down since the cards resonate with the luckster. This is despite Yami urging him to accept and the fact his victory over Marik would be easier with them.
  • I Gave My Word: Holds fast to this, even practically outright stating it.
    Yugi: You have my word, and my word is my bond.
  • Identity Amnesia: Yugi in the prologue, at least until the very end.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While calling Yami a "jerk" may be stretching too much, he is a bit more aloof and prideful than Yugi. Even so, his is still undoubtedly one of the good guys who is only out to do the right thing for everyone's sake.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Yami expresses this in light of Yugi sacrificing his soul to the Orichalcos in his place.
    • He shows similar regret when he realizes how overboard he went attacking Weevil with Berserker Soul.
  • The Napoleon: He's quite sensitive about his height, albeit not as much as Fuyuhiko. Chiaki was pleasantly surprised when she saw that she was actually taller than him when she compared their heights.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Yami, in contrast to Yugi. As said, he's all-too willing to accept Nagito's offer of returning Exodia, despite not having beat him for it.
  • Pride: Yami's already very proud in canon, but arguably moreso here. Due to the narrative framing, sharing the "main character" place with others, and the Screw Destiny messages the Dangan Ronpa protagonists like, the Pharaoh lecturing about destiny being inevitable and him being the only one who can defeat Marik comes off as arrogance.
  • Put on a Bus: During the Canada Nationals arc.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Up to Eleven compared to canon. When Weevil pranks him by ripping a card in half and claiming that "Yugi is gone forever", Yami plays Berserker Soul and continues to attack Weevil even though the latter's life points hit 0 after the second attack. In canon, Tea stops him. But that is not the case in this story. Junko is present instead of Tea and she actually eggs Yami on to continue attacking, injuring Weevil to the point that the resulting tumble off the train and down the cliffside more than likely ended up killing Weevil.
  • Secret Test of Character: Celeste helps orchestrate his pier duel with Joey as a way to see what was more important to Yugi—his friend, or winning. Yugi passed it, choosing Joey over winning the duel.
  • Ship Tease: With Tea and as off the Orichalcos arc, Junko.
  • Static Character: Yugi is this when it comes to his overall presence of this crossover. Compared to characters like Joey and Kaiba who have had expanded characterizations and development, Yugi remains relatively the same but with arguably even lesser presence considering he has yet to have any major interactions with the Danganronpa characters. Word of God though confirms that this will no doubt change especially if the prologue is anything to go by.
  • Take Up My Sword: Before he loses his soul to the Orichalcos, he entrusts the Millennium puzzle to Yukizome to protect her which also ensures that that Great Leviathan doesn't automatically awaken afterwards.
  • Taking the Bullet: Yami sends his Black Luster Dragon - The Chaos King to intercept an attack meant for Yukizome's Bakunawa during the RPG battle against Dartz. However he immediately gets reprimanded by Yukizome (whose proven herself a lot stronger than she appears) for his Senseless Sacrifice as Dartz's Orichalcos Mercury finishes him off not long after.

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     Joey Wheeler 
  • Adaptational Badass: While Joey was already quite the competent duelist in canon, he was still Over Shadowed By Awesome by the likes of Yugi and Kaiba in terms of skill level and cards. Here, not only does he rack up more impressive wins under his belt, but his deck is a lot stronger due to winning several powerful rare cards (one of even included The Wicked Dreadroot at one point) that make his spoils of war from canon look positively cute by comparison. In addition, when he duels against Kaiba during the Battle City Finals (as opposed to an unofficial duel); he comes extremely close to winning him and actually makes Kaiba work for the victory compared to the times they have dueled in canon where the duels were mainly one-sided in Kaiba's favor.
  • Amicable Exes: He and Natsumi used to date back in middle school, and though they still bicker when they meet again, it's light-hearted. Until she reveals she's working with Dartz.
  • Badass Normal: Like in canon, he's neither tied to an ancient power nor owns any special cards. All he relies on is simply his own guts and instincts.
  • Berserk Button: Natsumi really pissed him off by stealing a well-paid for burger and eating it in front of him. Of course, this was intentional.
  • Big Brother Instinct: For Serenity, natch. All his winnings from Duelist Kingdom were invested into her eye surgery and college fund, and he's very protective of her safety. Chapter 77 just shows how far he is willing to go to support her even at his own expense.
  • Book Dumb: He has a hard time understanding strategy and thinking ahead. Even Celeste's attempts at giving him pointers aren't producing much fruit.
  • Born Lucky: Not as much as Nagito, but quite a few of Joey's cards rely on the roll of the die, and usually work out.
  • Chick Magnet: So far, he's been teased with three girls—Celestia, Mai, and Ibuki. Chapter 65 also reveals that he and Natsumi were dating back in middle school.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Canada Nationals arc features him as one of the primary main characters alongside Mai and Byakuya.
  • Determinator: The worse his situation gets, the more bull-headed and resolute Joey becomes on escaping it.
  • Dumb Blonde: Is street smart, but not so much book smart.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite his issues with Kaiba and the loss of one of his strongest spoils from the tournament, Joey takes his loss against him with stride and bounces back to his usual self almost immediately.
  • Gut Feeling: He instantly gets a feeling that "Namu" isn't to be trusted. He is, of course, completely right.
  • Heroic Willpower: As in canon, he's able to throw off Marik's mind control at the end of his duel with Yugi through sheer force of will.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Despite his lack of critical thinking skills, he has what Celeste calls a frustratingly effective poker face.
    • He also shows wisdom and foresight on occasion, like when talking about how he knows he isn't cut for anything more than pro-dueling at best, and will probably end up in a dead-end job somewhere. He knows better than to spend money on his future, so he focuses on securing Serenity's instead.
  • I Let You Win: Unbeknownst to him, Yugi allowed him to win their duel for Red-Eyes Black Dragon in Chapter 60, out of recognition of Joey's strength and will.
  • Idiot Hero: He's none too bright, relying on guts, luck, and brute force to win his duels. But he's also kind-hearted, protective, and loyal, making for a true friend and a reliable person to have at your back.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. Everyone seems to love bringing up his reliance on and loss of Red-Eyes Black Dragon.
  • Nice Guy: In spite of all his flaws; deep down, Joey is a kind-hearted and selfless guy who will always have others' backs when they need it.
  • Slobs Vs Snobs: The slob to Kaiba's snob.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Because he never duels Marik during the Battle City finals, Joey never ends up in a comatosed/near-death state as in canon thus allowing him to spectate the rest of the tournament without his friends worrying about him.
    • He also does not lose his soul following his climactic duel in the Orichalcos arc, thus allowing him to participate in the final battle against Dartz.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From the start of the Battle City tournament up until his elimination during the finals, Joey not only strengthens his deck thanks to the very powerful cards he's won but his dueling skills have also improved substantially. So much that he was able to put Kaiba to his limits.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Both Fuyuhiko and Peko go after him during the early parts of the tournament, thinking him to an easy target without his Red-Eyes. Ho boy were they ever wrong...
    • Kaiba does this towards him in spades as per canon, which makes their duel during the Battle City Finals all the more surprising for Kaiba (even if he still ended up winning).

     Tea Gardener 

  • Childhood Friends: With Yugi, who she's known since they were kids.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Clearly doing her best to mark her territory of Yugi and Yami from Junko. When Junko kisses the Pharoah straight on the lips after their duel in Chapter 80, she gets downright livid.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Subjects Yugi into one during their reunion in Chapter 47.
  • Only Sane Woman: In a world that doesn't just have her own cast, but the very wacky Dangan Ronpa cast as well, she stands out for her common sense and normal attitude.
  • Ship Tease: With Yugi. Junko pretty much milks this for all its worth by flirting with Yugi right within her presence, with Tea reacting as she (and the readers) would expect.

     Tristan Taylor 

  • Adapted Out: His crush in Serenity from anime canon is completely absent in this story. Instead he retains feelings for Miho which later becomes official when she returns to the real world.
  • All Men Are Perverts: He checks Akane out appreciatively the first time he meets her.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's used as the metaphorical whipping boy for Byakuya to test his new deck against, facing and losing to him twenty-five times.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He gets a couple good hits in.
    Tristan: Only one voice could sound that annoying in only two words.
  • Distressed Dude: After losing to Miho in the virtual world. She doesn't want his body, she just wants him to stay with her, and kidnaps him.
  • Epic Fail: He loses to Byakuya twenty-five times in a row, as Duke snarks. He also acts a lot like an amateur in his duel with Miho, going down in just three turns.
  • Hidden Depths: He actually used to be a lot more presentable and rule-abiding—he was actually even an honor roll student. Miho's death hurt him so much he just gave up. Mai even lampshades it by admitting she had no idea he was so complex.
  • The Mourning After: Miho was his first love, and losing her hurt him so much it caused an entire personality shift.
  • Official Couple: With Miho after the latter's return to the real world.
  • Ship Tease: With Miho who was his first love ever since middle school and whose death caused a radical shift in his personality. Comes full circle later in Chapter 47 after Miho is finally brought over back to their protagonists' side, and the two become an Official Couple upon returning to the real world.
  • Tempting Fate: When preparing to duel Miho Nosaka during the Virtual World arc he thinks "How hard can she be?" He loses in 3 turns.

     Mai Valentine 

  • Adaptational Badass: In the original, Mai was the infamous recipient of The Worf Effect. Here, she has won 2 out of her 3 on screen solo duels—Won against Sonia and Valon, lost to Gundham and she could've actually won that one. And in group duels, she's usually the one pulling the most weight and really shows how her experiences in the pro circuit help her keep up with younger, but skilled duelists like Joey, Komaru, and Ibuki.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed. While Mai is already one of good guys in canon, she did pull a Face–Heel Turn during the Orichalcos arc which is non-existent in this story.
  • Amazon Brigade: In addition to running prominently female monsters, she also runs the Amazoness archetype.
  • Badass Normal: She's neither a God Card/Legendary Dragon wielder, nor someone tied to an ancient power yet is able to go toe to toe alongside those who are.
  • Berserk Button: Don't bring up her age.
  • Blow You Away/Winged Humanoid: Her signature Harpies.
  • Christmas Cake: Something that many characters are not shy about reminding her, much to her dismay.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She's none too happy about Joey's relationship with Ibuki and Celeste.
  • Cool Big Sis: Many of the female characters regard her as such, and Mai reciprocates with affectionate but fierce protectiveness. It especially shows with Komaru; when Nezbitt challenges her to a duel, Mai immediately steps forward and tells him to duel her instead.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Is one of the main characters of the Canada Nationals arc, alongside Joey and Byakuya.
  • Honor Before Reason: During her duel with Gundham in the Battle City finals, Mai gets a substantial early lead as a result of Gundham not thinking properly due to him being consumed by rage towards Marik after the latter sent Sonia to the Shadow Realm and could easily have capitalized on this for an easy win. Despite this, she gives Gundham a Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! speech, allowing him to duel normally...even if it resulted in her loss.
  • The Power of Friendship: As a result of her character development both from canon and in this story; Mai's life has changed for the better. She even admits to Natsumi that if not for this, she would probably be the one joining Dartz instead of her.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: Mentions that Joey's kindness has done this in Chapter 44, especially when she decides to effectively do a trust fall with Ibuki in the three-way duel.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Yugi/Yami and Tea.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Because of Yami Marik claiming Sonia as his first victim instead of her, Mai remains active in the Battle City arc, even accompanying the group during the Virtual World arc.
    • Because her canonical Face–Heel Turn during the Orichalcos arc never happens in this fic: Not only does Mai continue sticking around, but she also participates in the final battle against Dartz.
  • Taking the Bullet: She leaps in the way of Noah turning Joey to stone, briefly becoming petrified.
  • Tsundere: Type A for Joey. She inwardly wants to impress him, yet will deny this and/or get defensive about it. Her asking Joey if he's glad to see her unhurt in the virtual world, then bopping him on the head when he makes a snarky comment about her age, is perhaps the truest Tsundere behavior of all.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Her Harpie/Amazoness deck lacks the sheer raw power that many other decks have, but more than make it for by their swarming potential, sneaky effects, and powerful Spell/Trap support.
    • This also extends with Mai herself during the RPG battle against Dartz: Being a non-dragon wielder, her monsters lack the devastating damage output that the rest of her teammates have. However a lot of her monsters had powerful special abilities that were able to debilitate Dartz's Orichalcos minions and allow her teammates' monsters to attack with impunity.

     Ryou Bakura/Yami Bakura 
  • Big "NO!": Yami Bakura has this reaction in Chapter 28 when Chiaki uses Heavy Storm to destroy his Destiny Board, just when he was one letter way from its automatic win condition.
  • Demoted to Extra: In canon he was working alongside Marik and was a Battle City finalist alongside Yugi and the others. Here, his partnership with Marik is only hinted once in a throwaway line by Marik, and his spot as a finalist was taken by Espa Roba. In addition, his defeat by Marik in a Shadow Game takes place entirely off-screed between Chapters 37 and 38.
  • Killed Offscreen: Was apparently defeated by Marik in a Shadow Game in between Chapters 37 and 38, as he later seen in a comatosed state at the medical wing in the latter chapter along with Sonia.
  • This Cannot Be!: Yami Bakura gets this reaction in chapter 28 when Chiaki stands up against him after almost being taken by the Shadow Realm and summons Thunderclap Skywolf to take out the rest of his Life Points.

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     Duke Devlin 
  • Adapted Out:
    • His crush on Serenity from anime canon is omitted entirely. Instead it is Mahiru who is the object of his affections.
    • Is completely omitted from the Orichalcos arc, contrasting his minor supporting role in canon.
  • Amazon Chaser: He grows even more enamored with Mahiru when seeing her stand up to Kaiba. He also expressed a minor interest in Chiaki when she did the same in Chapter 32.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Tries hitting on Mahiru.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He gets a couple of great hits in on Tristan's "dueling ability" in Chapter 45.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to his canonical debut appearance, as he himself admits to Mahiru and Serenity.

     Miho Nosaka 

  • Ascended Extra: Big time. She goes from a minor character in Season 0, to a minor antagonist with a redemption arc, then finally rejoining Yugi's circle of friends.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Miho was first mentioned in Chapter 11, as being a former member of Sayaka's Sweet Orchard group before she died from a car accident. Fast forward to Chapter 45 and she makes her appearance in the Virtual World.
  • Cry Cute: At the end of Chapter 47, after being told she's not alone.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Delivers one to Tristan during their duel.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Being stuck in Noah's virtual prison has not been kind to her psyche.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Pulls one in Chapter 47 after Makoto and everyone else assures her that she has not been completely forgotten and that they will be there for her.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: She was initially a minor antagonist during the Virtual World arc, before officially joining Yugi and his circle friends by the end of Battle City.
  • Light Is Not Good: In both her duels, she uses all light-attribute monsters, including her Deck Master Dunames Dark Witch. However, while not a villain per say, she is definitely an antagonist.
  • Lonely Together: She and Noah were all the other had while trapped in the virtual world.
  • Love Redeems: Platonic love, but being reassured by Joey, Makoto, and Byakuya that no one has forgotten about her in the real world, that Sayaka is still trying to raise money to save her, and that they all still want her around, is what gets through to Miho and turns her to the heroes' side.
  • Morality Pet: To Noah. He snaps when he thinks the Big Five are going to go after her.
  • Not Quite Dead: Despite the mentions of her death back in Chapter 11, it appears that she survived via her mind being digitized into Noah's virtual world.
  • Official Couple: With Tristan, upon her return to the real world.
  • Older Than They Look: Downplayed. She's the same age as Yugi and his friends, but still looks as she did in middle school while in the Virtual World. No longer the case after returning to the real world where her body matches that of her age.
  • Only Friend: To Noah. She was the first human being stuck in the virtual world, and they quickly ended up bonding.
  • Ship Tease: With Tristan, obviously. Chapter 48 also adds a smidgen for her and Noah, with Kaiba mocking her as his girlfriend.
  • Third-Person Person: She has a tendency to talk like this.
  • Tragic Villain: She's just a young girl who's been trapped in a virtual world for two years and has slowly been going mad from it. She also believes that all her friends in the real world have forgotten about her, which fuels her possessive and anger behavior. At the end of the day, Miho is as much a victim as an antagonist. And fortunately, even the 'antagonist' part changes.
  • Walking Spoiler: Just look at all this white.
  • Yandere: Towards Tristan big time, when Tea, Tristan and Duke come across her in Chapter 45 she duels Tristan in the hopes his mind stays with her forever which is something she actually accomplishes.

Kaiba Corporation and their Associates

     Seto Kaiba 

  • Adaptational Heroism: While Kaiba already received this treatment in canon when comparing his incarnations from the original manga to the second anime, this fic goes even further than that via toning down or even removing some of his more selfish and ammoral actions. One major example would be his plans to blow up Kaiba Corp island at the end of Battle City: In canon he considered blowing up the island after he was eliminated from the Battle City tournament without anyone knowing (which would have killed everyone on it), and only stopped after Ishizu and Mokuba got through to him. In this fic; the idea of blowing up the island prematurely never crosses his mind and only plans to do so after the tournament when everybody is safe and sound.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Calling him a "nice guy" is still a stretch, but Kaiba here comes off as a lot more noble and considerate of others than his canon self. He expresses soft spots for Chihiro, Chiaki and Makoto every so often and treats them with more kindness and respect than he does Yugi and his friends. Also, while he still seeks to obtain the three Egyptian God Cards from Yugi and Marik, it's not out of the means to fuel his own ego, but more of to ensure that they are sealed away for good for the protection of everyone else.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: In Chapter 48, he gives one of these to Makoto for a job well done dueling Noah.
    • He gives another one to Mikan in chapter 62 when she won't stop crying.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: The guy is highly confident and smug about his dueling skills, and is damn sure to make it so that you never forget it.
  • Berserk Button: As per canon, the pride of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon is very important to him. He did not take kindly when Monokuma implied that he was the series mascot and not Blue-Eyes.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Mokuba, as per canon. Mokuba's welfare is about the only thing that could get Kaiba shaken up.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Just like in canon, this is his reaction to hearing Yugi lost in his duel (and to him his King of Games title) against Rafael. Unlike in canon however, he discovers this at the DOMA headquarters rather than phone so he does not get the chance to Rage Quit on him like he did there.
  • Break the Haughty: He ends up on the receiving end of this a couple of times throughout the story: Whether it is being told off by someone "weaker"/with less power and influence than he has, or by others getting ahead of him in finding breakthroughs during important moments.
  • Cherry Tapping: What his victory over Joey in the Battle City pretty much equates to: After a long duel of both of them exchanging strong monsters after strong monsters, Kaiba clinches the duel with a direct attack from none other than his Saggi the Dark Clown.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has a very sharp tongue, though he doesn't even use the veneer of politeness a Gentleman Snarker has.
    Kaiba: I'm sorry, what were you saying? I couldn't hear you over the sound of my victory.
  • Demoted to Extra: Zigzagged during the Orichalcos arc. While his role and influence stay exactly the same as it was in canon, all of his canonical encounters with Alister have been left entirely off-screen not unlike Yugi's canonical duels during the Battle City arc.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After losing to Yugi in the Battle City semi-finals as per canon, he breaks down emotionally in his office thinking he has nothing anymore. Thankfully Chiaki arrives and snaps him out of it not long afterwards.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Comes across this situation towards the end of his duel with Chiaki: Either he calls of Obelisk's attack, but loses to her and thus lose his chance to seal away the Egyptian God Cards, or he attacks for the win but at the huge cost of Chiaki's safety. Thankfully Chiaki eases up his worries, telling him to go through with the attack.
  • Friendship Denial: He's like this way towards Chiaki, even though pretty much everyone can agree the two of them are friends.
  • Graceful Loser: During the epilogue of the Orichalcos arc, he accepts that both Kirigi and Chihiro ended up being the ones in the right as opposed to him.
  • Honor Before Reason: Despite barely winning against him, Kaiba declines to take Byakuya's best card, The Wicked Dreadroot, and tells him to gear up for their rematch in the finals, where Kaiba will gladly take it from him then. The only reason is because he thinks the rematch would be "too unfair" if Byakuya lost his best card before it. Mokuba makes it clear as to Kaiba's use of this trope.
  • I Hate Past Me: Has shown distate for how he was back in the past - where he risked everything to win, even at the expense of others.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: Obtains the Wicked Dreadroot from Joey after defeating him in the Battle City Finals.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he still maintains his canonical aloof and arrogant persona, his interactions with Chiaki, Chihiro, and Makoto are notably less hostile than with Yugi and his group of friends. Especially noteworthy is the fact that when Hajime carries a sleeping Chiaki to the stadium on his back, Kaiba actually seems worried about her. Of course, this being Kaiba, he's not about to admit to it.
  • Last-Name Basis: With virtually everyone he meets. Him using the opposite is usually a sign that he is close to someone and/or is someone worthy of his respect.
  • Not So Different: To Byakuya. Each of them accuses the other of riding on others' coattails to get where they are, while declaring that they had to work hard to get to their current position. Thing is, that declaration is true in both cases—Byakuya had to fight his own siblings to get to the top of the Togami Corporation, while Kaiba was an orphan who had to win his way out with chess.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When he breaks down in front of Chiaki towards the end of Chapter 56, he goes as far as to fling his deck (containing his prized Blue-Eyes White Dragons) at her, causing the cards to scatter all over the floor. It's a clear sign that Kaiba is not right emotionally at all.
  • Pet the Dog: Aside from his moments with Mokuba as per canon, he has a lot of these moments with the Danganronpa characters throughout the story, which only prove to humanize him a lot more than in canon. Most specifically are his various interactions with Chiaki, Makoto and Chihiro.
    • Towards Chiaki:
      • When they first meet back at Hope's Peak Academy as part of Kaiba's test runs for his Duel Disk system, Kaiba is nothing but polite and respectful towards her despite maintaining his aloof and stern character, and even softens up around her. He even goes as far as to give her a few words of encouragement regarding the gamer's own problems and parts with her on good, civil terms.
      • Throughout the first part of the Battle City finals, he expresses open concern for her injured legs as seen when she and Hajime first arrive at the rendezvous spot to gather the finalists and also during their duel in Chapter 37 when he feels like the duel might be too much for her, specifically: his hesitance to attack her directly with Obelisk to win the duel (See Friend or Idol Decision above). In addition Mokuba even mentions to the others that whenever he talks about her, he seems a lot more positive compared to when he talks about Yugi and his friends.
    • Towards Makoto:
      • When he first meets the younger boy in Chapter 29, he gives Makoto his autograph no strings attached after Makoto makes it clear that Kaiba is his personal hero who got him to start playing Duel Monsters since Kaiba isn't that much older than him.
      • During the Virtual World arc, he even allows Makoto and Komaru to sit with him at the breakfast table. Later on when he and Makoto end up traveling together during their stay in the virtual world; he gives Makoto some words of encouragement over the latter's insecurities over being a good big brother and even takes this literally in chapter 48. See Affectionate Gesture to the Head above.
      • He also applauds Makoto for his amazing performance against Yugi during the Battle City finals, even telling Makoto that that he's getting a personal invite next time he holds a tournament and that should the younger boy have any problems regarding fees and expenses, he can turn to him.
    • Towards Chihiro:
      • Even as early as the start of the fic, Kaiba holds the programmer's skill at very high regard (despite him being an intern) with how he is able to trust him in taking part in some of Kaiba Corp's more complicated matters. By Chapter 51, he even considers the option of hiring him full-time in the future.
      • In Chapter 34, Kaiba lets Chihiro hold Obelisk. Granted, it was for a very good reason, but this is Kaiba we're talking about. Later on in that same chapter, when he finds Chihiro covered in soot, he hands Chihiro a towel.
      • During the Orichalcos arc, not only has Chihiro been officially employed under him; but he also does not take it against the programmer when the latter takes action without his permission (such as involving Kyoko Kirigiri into his investigation). In fact after Chihiro's progress, he even gives him a raise. Additionally at the end of the arc, when Chihiro was worried that he would fire him, Kaiba not only doesn't fire him but admits he was wrong and entrusts Chihiro with further responsibilities later down the line. The scene even ends with the implication that he's having a coat made for the young programmer with a similar design as his.
    • He's also a lot less aloof towards Mikan whenever they interact with how he's a lot more gentler towards her (well as gentle as Kaiba can be) and how he genuinely respects her skills as a nurse.
    • To a minor extent: In Chapter 59, when he, Chisa and Kyosuke list the demand to make the "Ultimate Duelist" title an annual title and to have Hajime transferred to the Main Course as such; Kaiba briefly mentions how Yugi would also make for a wonderful addition for Class 78.
  • Put on a Bus: During the Canada Nationals arc.
  • The Rival: To Yugi, obviously, but also somewhat to Byakuya, given that their companies are competitors. Kaiba doesn't really recognize him as a true equal, but still gets irritated by him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Any questioning Hope's Peak may have of his talent as Ultimate Duelist, thanks to his loss to Yugi, is quickly evaporated by Kaiba's generous donations, amounting to thirty percent of their revenue. Although, Kaiba is still incredibly talented.
  • Screw Destiny: As in canon, Kaiba is a firm believer that he alone determines his own fate. To no surprise, this puts him at odds with the Pharoah.
  • Slobs Vs Snobs: The snob to Joey's slob.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He's cold to strangers, straight-up rude to Yugi and his friends, but also shows a kinder side around people he likes or respects (Yugi nonwithstanding). Chihiro, Chiaki, Mokuba, and Makoto all get to see it, while Mikan gets part of it when he pays her a compliment.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • After watching Sonia get savaged by the Winged Dragon of Ra and administering some failed tests on Obelisk, he has decided to lock the god cards away forever, rather than want them for his deck. This is especially noteworthy, because it's something his canon counterpart would never even think of doing. Inherently though, on top of that, Kaiba is also highly respectful of Chiaki and even seems to have a soft spot for Chihiro Fujisaki. Chiaki states that she believes it's because Yugi and his friends piss Kaiba off, so he's always in a sour mood around them.
    • Considering that the events of the original manga happened in this fic's continuity, he took several of these after said events.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • He gets one from Chiaki after he still insists on continuing the Battle City finals, undermining Mahiru's condition and even ignoring the threat that Yami Marik brings to everyone else.
    • He also gets a second one from Chisa (via communication line) who makes him realized that he just broadcasted Sonia getting obliterated by the Winged Dragon of Ra on international television.
  • World's Strongest Man: In this story's universe, he is an Ultimate much like the Danganronpa characters, specifically his title is "Ultimate Duelist".
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: While dueling Monokuma, Kaiba agrees with him on the point of the MST3K Mantra existing within Noah's Virtual World and Duel Monsters in general. He then states that he never wants to agree with Monokuma on anything ever again.

     Mokuba Kaiba 

  • Distressed Dude: During the Virtual World arc, once again as per canon. Joey even lampshades it when he and the others find out.
    Joey (sarcastically): Show of hands, who's surprised?
  • Morality Pet: To Kaiba, again as per canon.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Kaiba, as per canon.

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     Chihiro Fujisaki 

  • Big Damn Heroes: Hacks into the virtual world's database to save the others from Gozaburo's monster, and also facilitate in their escape.
  • Disguised in Drag: He dresses like a girl to avoid being bullied for his "weak" personality.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady/Wholesome Crossdresser: As per his home series.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Towards Kaiba, whose confidence and attitude he considers something to strive for.
  • Morality Pet: He's one of the few characters in the story that Kaiba actually treats with genuine kindness and concern.
  • Non-Action Guy: While he is a duelist, his skills is minimal compared to the other characters in this story. Instead his talents lie in programming and technology.
  • Shrinking Violet: Shy, sweet, reserved, and started dressing like a girl to escape his frequent bullies.
  • Techno Wizard: He's an absolute genius with technology, accepted into KaibaCorp initially because of his father, but quickly proving himself on his own merits. Now, he's not only helping them with several projects, he developed an AI testing program for the tournament that made it much larger than in Yu-Gi-Oh canon, is working on his own AI, and talks about writing programs on the fly. By the end of the Battle City arc, he's officially employed under KaibaCorp
  • Undying Loyalty: To Kaiba. Noah even notes during the Orichalcos arc at how his loyalty is only exceeded by Mokuba.
  • Workaholic: Upon being kicked out of the tournament, he opts to go back to work instead of relaxing.

Class 77-B

     General Tropes that apply to all of them 

  • The Ace: Being Ultimates, all of them excel and are the best at their respective fields of expertise.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite their talents and statuses as Ultimates, they are all still teenagers with their own respective personality quirks that make them stand out but in no way diminish their accomplishments and capabilities.

     Hajime Hinata/Izuru Kamukura 

  • Almost Kiss: With Chiaki in Chapter 50 during their reunion, courtesy of their avatars de-synchronizing and sending them back to the real world.
  • Badass Boast: He delivers an epic one to Marik after beating his Rare Hunters for the first time.
    Hajime: I will take you down! Send one Rare Hunter! Send them all! I'll make sure that none of you harm Chiaki, or any other duelists like this again!
  • Badass in Distress:
    • Has his mind sent to the Shadow Realm by Yami Bakura after exhausting himself against Bonz, resulting in Chiaki dueling Yami Bakura in a Shadow Game to save him.
    • He also loses to Tengan in Chapter 42, resulting in his mind being digitized in order for the Steering Committee to start the Kamumkura project early leading to Chiaki and Nagito rescuing him.
  • Badass Normal: Like Makoto; he has no previous dueling tournament wins or renown, yet he makes to the Battle City finals. And unlike Makoto, he doesn't even have Ultimate Luck to help him out.
  • Be Yourself: His arc is about accepting himself as he is and acknowledging that, while he may not have an Ultimate talent, there are still things he can do well. It's finally completed in Chapter 50, where he resolves once and for all to be happy with who he is and not throw away his future.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Hurting Chiaki is one, as he's pissed when Marik's Rare Hunters kidnap her, to the point of shedding his self-deprecation (mostly, but he still bounces back).
    • When he works out that Marik is using duel monsters to hurt people, all for the sake of getting rare cards, he explodes.
  • Big Damn Kiss: The Almost Kiss mentioned above becomes this in chapter 59.
  • Casting a Shadow: His signature card Blackland Void Dragon, as well as his Five-Headed Dragon.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When his confidence is up, his sassy side comes out.
  • Deal with the Devil: He got Five-Headed Dragon from the Steering Committee, as part of his participation in the Kamukura Project. They come to collect their due in Chapter 42.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Defeats Marik in Chapter 57.
  • Diving Save: Does this to save Chiaki from almost falling off the blimp after she gets direct attacked by Obelisk.
  • The Dreaded: Becomes this to many of the characters when it is revealed that he owns Five-Headed Dragon, leading many to assume there is more to him than it seems. They're right.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After climbing through thick and thin throughout the Battle City tournament, including nearly having his entire personality overwritten; Hajime's fortune finally turns around for him when thanks to Kaiba, Chisa and Munakata's bringing up his case to the Steering Committee, he gets his wish and is accepted to the main course as the Ultimate Duelist under Class 77-B.
  • Expressive Hair: As in his game, his ahoge seems to reflect how he's feeling. Taking a bad hit in a duel makes it droop, for example.
  • Fusion Dance: His deck primarily focuses on Fusion Monsters, which is thematically appropriate for the subject of the Kamukura Project. However, since he does not have all the required materials in his deck, he runs multiple Fusion Substitute monsters to fill in their spots.
  • Graceful Loser: Izuru has no particular anger about losing, only wondering what's going to happen to him.
  • Grand Theft Me: Inverted. Part of the Steering Commitee's deal with the Big Five was that Hajime was off-limits for snatching, as they need him for the Kamukura Project. Instead, when he loses his duel, he loses his mind.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the virtual world, he has access to every card he could ever want, including the many powerful monsters and required fusion materials he was unable to buy in the real world. He's not able to stop himself from grabbing them, and only later realizes his fusion substitutes were what let his deck be as versatile as it was. Overall, being less familiar with what he had and being more restricted in his fusion summons contributed to his defeat and the subsequent early beginning of the Kamukura Project.
  • Hope Spot: He comes this close to winning in his duel with The Stern Mystic, aka Kazuo Tengan. Unfortunately, a spell card and Nobleman Eater Bug defeat his deck master, Blackland Void Dragon, costing him the duel. Even worse, upon losing his mind is digitized so the Kamukura Project can begin early.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He's still signed on with the Kamukura Project here, out of desperation to be someone talented and worthy. By the end of Chapter 50 and the Battle City finals, he eventually learns to be proud of who he is and stand with his head held high. He also gets his wish thanks to Kaiba, Yukizome and Munakata's efforts, allowing him to join the Main Course and Chiaki's class under the title "Ultimate Duelist".
  • Insecure Love Interest: Even though he's gaining confidence, he still sees himself as inferior to Chiaki, as shown when he tells her that "compared to me", she should be moving on in the finals, not him. No longer the case as of Chapter 50 where he finally learns to be proud of who he is.
  • It's Personal: He wants to take Marik down because of what his Rare Hunters and Shadow Games have done to Chiaki and Class 77.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: In both dueling and real life. Hajime's deck is able to switch between offense and defense rather well, but he doesn't seem to have a particular preference. As for Hajime himself, his desire to find a talent has led to him trying his hand at many different things. Even if he's not a master at any, he still has a varied skillset: besides dueling, he's a great gamer, a fast runner, and strong enough to carry Chiaki with ease.
  • Last Dance: Of sorts. He agrees to go to the tournament with Chiaki not because he expects to win, but because he's aware the deadline for the Kamukura Project is getting closer and he may not have many more chances to spend time with her.
  • Nervous Wreck: One of his weaknesses is his tendency to slip into this; as long as he's confident in himself, he does great. If he becomes filled with doubt, he falls apart.
  • Nice Guy: He's a generally kind, friendly and dependable guy explaining why many of his (future) classmates and other characters instantly warm up to him, and why Chiaki fell for him.
  • Not So Stoic: His face doesn't change, but Izuru is very surprised at whenever Hajime influences him—notably when he calls out Blackland Void Dragon's attack and when he returns Chiaki's hug.
  • Official Couple: He and Chiaki confess and have an Almost Kiss after she saves him in Chapter 50.
  • Oh, Crap!: His reaction when he realizes The Stern Mystic is about to win their duel.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Chiaki as of Chapter 50.
  • Screw Destiny: During the 4-way duel to determine the semi-finals, Yami constantly tells Hajime that it's his destiny to beat Marik and Hajime needs to help arrange that. Hajime responds by knocking Yami out of the duel and taking Marik as his own opponent. He doesn't care whether he can win or not, he wants a shot at Marik and thinking his loss is a Foregone Conclusion irritates him.
  • Self-Deprecation: The poor guy does not have many kind words for himself.
  • Ship Tease: Plenty with Chiaki as per their home series: Both of them are never far apart from one another, care for each other's well-being when the other is in danger (Chiaki when she was kidnapped by the Rare Hunters, Hajime when he was sent to the Shadow Realm by Yami Bakura), and have a lot of intimate moments with one another throughout the series. In Chapter 42 he begs the Stern Mystic to let him have just a little more time with her and outright says she means a lot to him. This all culminates at Chapter 50 where both of them get a Relationship Upgrade via confessing their love to one another and having an Almost Kiss moment and Chapter 59 where they officially become boyfriend and girlfriend.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Marik, mixed in with Badass Boast.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Hajime's self-confidence goes up a notch as a result of his Character Development during the Virtual Arc. In addition, it seems like the incomplete Kamukura project has given him a sharp boost to his other skills.
  • Walking Spoiler: Let's just say very plot-important things happen to him.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
    • Chiaki does this to him frequently, encouraging him to have confidence in his talents and who he is.
    • Both he and Chiaki give one of these to Nagito in Chapter 85, as the latter drowns in his self-induced inferiority.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Why the Steering Committee moves to neutralize him and begin the Kamukura Project early. They were fine with humoring him and letting him join the tournament; but an ordinary, talentless student not only lasting as long as he did, but outlasting the Ultimate Gamer? That just won't do.

Tropes that only apply to Izuru:

  • The Ace: Due to possessing every single talent imaginable considering he was created to be the Ultimate Hope that would usher the world towards a golden era. In his only duel, he is shown to always be one step ahead of both Chiaki and Nagito (both far from amateurs/pushovers as the Ultimate Gamer and Ultimate Lucky Student respectively) to the point that the former only wins the duel because he let her and only after the latter sacrifices himself for the duel to get that far in the first place.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In canon, he debuts around the middle of Danganronpa 3's Despair Arc, with his appearance pushing the overall storyline forward. In this fic, however, he appears as the final opponent of the Virtual World Arc, which takes place WAY before his canonical appearance.]]
  • Adaptational Wimp: In canon, Izuru's abilities and capabilities border on superhuman with him possessing every single talent in existence at their highest capacity. In this fic however, due to the integration process being halted prematurely by Chiaki and Nagito's efforts, Izuru only awakens at 62% and while he is still more than able to keep both Ultimates at bay; the incomplete process means he isn't as "perfect" as he is in canon. This later translates to Hajime himself as while Hajime does gain enhanced abilities that allow him to be more flexible, it does not make him any better than those who are more specialized in their respective fields.
  • Affably Evil: As affable as Izuru gets, but he's pretty mild and polite when Chiaki and Nagito wake him up. At first he intends to go back to integrating into Hajime's body and ignore them; it's only when they make it clear they're not going to let him that he agrees to duel.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: After losing to Chiaki as Izuru, Izuru starts expressing his fear of the unknown and wonders what will happen to him afterwards. Even though she wanted this outcome to save Hajime, it makes Chiaki feel sorry for him.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's not clear what happened to Izuru after he was defeated; even he's unsure whether he'll cease to exist, be stuck in the virtual world forever, be reborn, or something else.
  • Anti-Villain: Izuru's priority is the hope of the world, which isn't a bad goal in of itself. But his existence threatens Hajime's, which isn't something Chiaki is okay with.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a fancy business suit.
  • Disappears into Light: Happens to him after he loses to Chiaki.
  • Final Boss: Of the Virtual World Arc.
  • Irony: In canon, Izuru finds what he cannot predict, aka the unknown, interesting. Here, likely due to his very short life of maybe an hour, he finds it frightening.
  • Rapunzel Hair: His hair reaches down to his ankles.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: A weird case, as Izuru was never intended as a split personality, but to be the only personality. But since the project was interrupted, he's only 62% integrated; enough to be dominant, but also for Hajime to still be in there.
  • The Stoic: His expression doesn't change at all after he's introduced.
  • Tragic Villain: As in canon, but for different reasons. He's essentially an antagonist because he's fighting for his existence and muses that he didn't ask to be created. Even Chiaki feels bad for him.

     Chiaki Nanami 

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Much more of her background prior to Hope's Peak Academy is revealed in this fic, specifically showing the effects her gaming skills have had on her and her relationships with others. And well...let's just say they are far from being happy.
  • Almost Kiss: With Hajime in Chapter 50 during their reunion, courtesy of their avatars de-synchronizing and sending them back to the real world.
  • Amusing Injuries: Hugely subverted. Around Chapter 28, Chiaki injures her leg very badly in her Shadow Game with Yami Bakura. The injury is so severe, it almost costs her her spot in the Battle City Finals, as well as risks her being permanently crippled should she over-exert it. As a result, Mikan accompanies her and Hajime to the finals to do periodic checks, and Chiaki sits out on spectating the finals until her match.
  • Anti Meta Game Character: A non-video game example. Chiaki's deck and playstyle is designed to be "counter-meta" in response to how the majority of characters build their decks around high-ATK beatstick monsters. As a result, she designs her deck around that fact as the most efficient strategy to win.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Gives a pretty strong one to Kaiba in Chapter 56 during the latter's breakdown. Suffice to say, it was more than enough to shock the CEO back to his senses.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Chiaki always analyzes her opponents based on their card choices and moves, all while setting up the pieces of her winning formula along the way - both of which play huge contributing factors to most of her victories.
  • Badass Adorable: While a kind, friendly, cute gamer girl, Chiaki is undoubtedly among the most skilled duelists in the series, being on par with Yugi and Kaiba themselves. She is also not afraid to stand up to otherwise stronger/more intimidating characters such as Yami or Kaiba when giving them a piece of her mind, all without backing down or losing her composure whatsoever.
  • Badass in Distress:
    • In Chapter 12, she gets abducted by two Rare Hunters, requiring Hajime to duel both of them in order to save her.
    • She also loses her soul to the Orichalcos upon losing to Nagito.
  • Badass Normal: Despite not owning a Millenium Item nor an Egyptian God card, she is able to prevail over Yami Bakura in his shadow game, as well as coming extremely close to defeating Seto Kaiba after the latter had summoned his Obelisk the Tormentor.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Anyone who disrespects games and/or uses gaming to endanger or terrorize people's lives, it's about one of the few things that would cause her to break out of her regularly calm and gentle demeanor.
    • Do not dare mock, disrespect, and/or mistreat Hajime whenever she is around.
  • Big Damn Kiss: The Almost Kiss mentioned above becomes this trope in chapter 59.
  • Big Eater: She's able to put away an entire pizza by herself, much to Hajime's amused bafflement.
  • Big "NO!": Her reaction upon seeing Sonia lose to Marik.
  • Class Representative: Of Class 77-B, as per canon.
  • Cooldown Hug: Combined with Cry into Chest. She throws herself at Izuru in this fashion near the end of the duel, when he's about to attack and obliterate her, and begs him to let her save him and Hajime. It works.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Delivers one to Leon, despite losing half of her Life Points; she had complete control of the duel every step of the way. She later repeats this towards Crump in Chapter 39.
  • David vs. Goliath: How her duels tend to look like most of the time due to her focus on monster effects compared to her opponents who favor high-ATK beatsticks.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Briefly goes through this in Chapter 49 when it seems like she and Nagito are too late and that Izuru has completely overwritten Hajime's personality. Thankfully, Nagito reassures her not too long afterwards.
  • Determinator: When she sets her mind into something, nothing and I repeat nothing will stop Chiaki from wavering in her resolve.
    • In Chapter 28 when she duels in Yami Bakura's shadow game. By the end of the duel she can barely stand, having been electrocuted, bitten and knocked around, and absolutely refuses to bow to Bakura's will using The Power of Friendship to draw one last card, summon her favorite monster to win the duel, and save Hajime.
    • This trope comes in full force throughout the Virtual World arc upon learning about Hajime being captured and subjected to the Kamukura project, as Chiaki braves through many dangers, even going as far as to duel Izuru himself all in order to rescue Hajime. This determination is even enough to move Nagito into get serious with his efforts.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Invoked and Played for Laughs. When Chiaki loses consciousness after Hajime saves her from almost falling off the blimp due to Obelisk's attack, Hajime thinks this has happened...only to realize she just fell asleep.
  • The Dreaded: To Seto Kaiba of all people. Chiaki is the only other duelist besides Yugi capable of pushing him to his limits and even before their duel in the Battle City finals, shows visible worry about his chances against her to the point of specifically altering his deck should he face her. His concerns hold true come their duel at Chapter 37: she has him on the ropes for most of the duel, with Kaiba only winning at the skin of his teeth.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: She (or more specifically her soul) assists Hajime against the Great Leviathan while Hajime is inside it during the final battle of the Orichalcos arc.
  • Friendless Background: Prior to meeting Hajime and the rest of Class 77-B, she lived in her own solitary world as a result of her gaming turning people away and at worst succumbing them into despair. This explains part of her large attachment to Hajime as he was the first person to not turn away from her talent. It's also what drives her to the Despair Event Horizon when she thinks her talent has driven away even Hajime in chapter 49, when she thinks she's too late to save him from becoming Izuru.
  • Fusion Dance: Uses a mix of her deck and Hajime's Fusion-based deck during her duel against Izuru in Chapter 50 as a way for her to have Hajime by her side in spirit and to get through to him. She also runs a couple of Fusions in her new Thunder Dragon hybrid deck as revealed during the Canada Nationals arc.
  • Gamer Girl: As expected of the Ultimate Gamer.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Gives a really big one to Kaiba in Chapter 56, after the latter loses his duel with Yugi, complete with a strong slap to the face when he gets too far in his despair.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger:
    • Does this to cap off her Bad Ass Boast to Kaiba during the last turns of their duel in Chapter 37, clearly emulating Phoenix Wright when doing so.
    • She later repeats the gesture twice in Chapter 49: First when she defeats the duel computer, and later when she and Nagito challenge Izuru to a duel in order to get Hajime back.
  • Graceful Loser: She takes her loss to Kaiba with dignity and pride, even applauding Kaiba for not letting their friendship get in the way of the duel and stating to Hajime later on that she considered it the best duel of career.
  • Gradual Grinder: Her main strategy; Chiaki tends to focus on whittling down the opponent's LP and resources using her various card effects, before swooping in for the win at the very end.
  • The Heart: Amongst her classmates, hence why she was chosen to be their class representative in the first place. Her losing her soul during the Orichalcos arc causes a huge amount of morale to collapse amongst the surviving students.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Her duel with Izuru has her constantly appealing to him, and the Hajime in him. It ultimately works.
  • I Let You Win: Izuru could have won the duel with Chiaki, but her pleading touched him enough that he gave her one turn's grace.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Thrice so far, all pertaining to Hajime.
    • When she sees Hajime perfectly all right after her victory over Bakura's shadow game, she suddenly hugs him, breaks down into tears and starts muttering nonsensical gibberish while trying to tell him how scared she was.
    • See Despair Event Horizon above. Chiaki was crying her eyes out when she thought Hajime was gone.
    • And number three is when she reunites with him in Chapter 50.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: While being the "Ultimate Gamer" means she highly-skilled at a large variety of games; Chiaki can still be outmatched by characters who highly specialize on a particular game. A good example of this is Seto Kaiba, who as the "Ultimate Duelist" is more than match for her in Duel Monsters and it is suggested that Chiaki has actually yet to beat him in a duel despite coming in really close.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Upon learning about the Kamukura Project, she immediately charges in to save Hajime...without any plan on how to do it, as she admits in Chapter 46. Fortunately for her, Chisa has an idea.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Goes into this whenever she is finally ready to go for her winning formula and/or her Berserk Button gets pressed.
  • Lonely at the Top: Her gaming and dueling skills have led her to a life of incredible isolation; all her victories left her with nothing but a hollow feeling, people either didn't want to play with her because she always won or became so obsessed with defeating her. And sometimes her opponents take losing to her so badly, that they went down darker paths feeling disillusioned about their skills. Sadly, this included her own parents.
  • Morality Pet: Chiaki is one of the few characters Kaiba is remarkably nice to, and is also another one who brings out the better side of him.
  • Nerves of Steel: Chiaki has a tendency to takes most of what happens around her in stride. In duels, she rarely loses her cool and composure even when it seems like she's at the disadvantage or when she is facing against opponents like Celeste or Kaiba. Outside of duels, she won't flinch at the sight of Kaiba's glare, and isn't afraid to call out Nagito's bigotry towards Hajime or Kaiba prioritizing his personal interests over the welfare of everyone else after Yami Marik sent Mahiru to the Shadow Realm. Even wandering a virtual artic wasteland is no big deal for her; she simply treated it like one of her platform games, leading Crump to silently exclaim "does nothing really faze this girl?"
  • Nice Girl: Chiaki is kind, friendly and caring towards everyone she meets which endears her to her classmates, Hajime and even Kaiba. Gundham even gives her the nickname "The Thoughtful One" as a result of this. She was also willing to forgive and feel sympathy for Izuru Kamukura when he was about to disappear despite his existence being a threat to Hajime's.
  • Odd Friendship: With Kaiba, considering their contrasting personalities and viewpoints in gaming. Not like Kaiba himself will admit it though.
  • Official Couple: She and Hajime confess and have an Almost Kiss after she saves him in Chapter 50. As of Chapter 59, the two are officially boyfriend and girlfriend.
  • Parental Neglect: Both her parents would neglect her for long periods of time due to being so engrossed in their gaming habits, leaving her to starve and be deprived of other necessities over time. While this changed for a while when Duel Monsters was introduced, it eventually led to her parents playing without her, as she easily came to surpass them in it just like with gaming. This is why Thunderclap Skywolf holds such sentimental value to her as it represents a time where her father actually paid attention to her.
  • The Power of Friendship: During Chapter 28, when she is literally dying on the ground against Bakura's Shadow Game, she suddenly hallucinates all of her friends telling her to stand up and stand she does! It's implied that, thanks to this trope, she didn't have to look at Monster Reborn to know she drew it. Her friends helped her draw it.
  • Punched Across the Room: At the end of her duel with Kaiba, Obelisk's attack sends her flying off the arena and almost off the blimp. Luckily for her, Hajime catches her.
  • Red Baron: According to Celeste, Chiaki has the nickname "The Comeback Queen" in the underworld, due to her careful planning and tricky deck granting her a great ability to bounce back in duels.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Hajime as of Chapter 50.
  • Ship Tease: Plenty with Hajime as per their home series: Both of them are never far apart from one another, care for each other's well-being when the other is in danger (Chiaki when she was kidnapped by the Rare Hunters, Hajime when he was sent to the Shadow Realm by Yami Bakura), and have a lot of intimate moments with one another throughout the series. Her chapters near the end of the first round of tournament further confirm she's having romantic thoughts about him. This all culminates at Chapter 50 where both of them get a Relationship Upgrade via confessing their love to one another and having an Almost Kiss moment.
  • Shock and Awe: Her signature card Thunderclap Skywolf. She also used a Thunder deck during her duel against Crump in the Virtual World. Starting from the Canada Nationals arc, she officially adapts Thunders as one of her core focuses in her revamped deck, specifically focusing on the Thunder Dragon archetype.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Bluntly tells Yami to stuff it after he starts going on about destiny in Kaiba's face.
  • Spirited Competitor: Chiaki solely plays games for the sake of fun whether she wins or loses. As a result, she feels disheartened whenever she comes across people who act like winning is everything to them and that they see losing as a Fate Worse than Death, leading to her being isolated by others.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type A variety. Beneath her kind, caring and friendly personality is actually a lonely and guilt-ridden young girl who plays games mainly to numb her pain and to retreat from the world around her.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Even though his existence threatens Hajime's, Chiaki ultimately doesn't have a grudge against Izuru. She's even sad at the thought she won't get to meet him again, and hopes they can someday.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to most duelists, Chiaki does not have much going for when it comes to monsters with raw power. Her highest-ATK monster is only at 2500, and she only has at the bare minimum four monsters whose ATK exceeds 1500 in her whole deck. However, a lot of her monsters have nasty effects that allow them to get past stronger monsters and/or cripple the opponent in some way, and when combined with her Spells/Traps, her extensive knowledge and experience with the game, and her careful strategizing, this makes her one heck of a difficult opponent to face against.

     Nagito Komaeda 

  • Affably Evil: While working for Dartz, Nagito still remains ever the more genuinely respectful towards his fellow Ultimates (Hajime aside) and other similarly-talented individuals.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He values hope as the ultimate good and anything as okay if it's in the name of hope. Despair is hope's archnemesis, but is okay as long as it is used as a stepping stone for hope—despair for it's own sake is not. Not only do his classmates have trouble wrapping their heads around his philosophy, even the villains are confused by it.
  • Born Lucky: His Establishing Character Moment in this fic is drawing all five cards of Exodia on his first turn. In fact, his deck is so stocked with Ritual cards and Exodia because he trusts his luck will get him to draw whatever he needs.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Delivers one to Andrew of Duel Links by winning in just one turn as a result of him summoning Exodia. He later repeats this feat against Byakuya a few chapters later, and against Kemo in the Virtual World via his Deckmaster's ability.
    • In reality: A fair number of Nagito's duels end up being this, from both sides of the spectrum. Due to the way his luck works: Duels involving him can either end with him being the curbstomper or the curbstompee.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: When spectating Yugi and Kaiba's duel in Chapter 56, he gets a bit...too excited for his own good. In response, virtually everyone around him suddenly keeps their distance.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even he doesn't like the Kamukura Project, albeit because he thinks any hope born of it would be false. ...But in a more 'conventional' show of morals, he later admits that erasing Hajime's sense of self, talentless as it may be, rubs him the wrong way.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He joins Dartz to make his classmates' hope shine brighter during the Orichalcos arc.
  • Graceful Loser: Well as "graceful" as Nagito can be. When he loses to Hajime during the Battle City finals, he's utterly ecstatic that he possibly unlocked Hajime's talent.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Tends to do this a lot, repeatedly claiming that he is merely a "stepping stone" used to foster everyone else's hopes. This goes up a whole new level in Chapter 50 where he sadly muses how despite his resolve to be Chiaki's equal, in the end he was merely a stepping stone towards her hope.
  • Hidden Depths: He surprises Chiaki with a profound display of wisdom when he comments that he doesn't believe having all the talent from the Kamukura Project is worth the trade-offs; maybe it'll make you amazing, but if you lose your entire sense of self in the process, what's the point?
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As rude and harsh his comments may be, one cannot deny that there IS some merit to his words. Case in point: When he uses his "stepping stone" analogy to describe Yugi's friends, Yugi tries to protest that his friends are his power thanks to the support they give him...which only proves Nagito's point right in how their support equates to them being his "stepping stones". Not to mention in the bigger picture: It's Yugi and Yugi alone who directly fights his enemies and who gets all the fame and glory.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Which part you get depends on whether you're an Ultimate or not. To his classmates, Nagito is supportive and perky, if very strange; to "normal" students like Hajime, he's extremely rude and bigoted.
  • Kick the Dog: Has a frequent tendency to do this to those he doesn't deem "great" or "worthy" enough, with Hajime and Joey being among his targets.
  • Knight Templar: As always, he's a fighter for hope first and foremost, and doesn't care what he has to do or allow to promote it.
  • Lack of Empathy: While he might want to encourage his classmates to do their best, Nagito doesn't have much regard for their personal feelings. His response to Gundham breaking down over Sonia's comatose body is to blithely tell him to use her as a stepping stone for hope, which Gundham furiously calls him on.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: In Chapter 49 he decides to forego his talks about being others' stepping stone and faces down Izuru alongside Chiaki with him even busting out Black Luster Soldier as his Deckmaster. Sadly subverted in the next chapter where he sacrifices himself to save Chiaki relatively early in the duel with Nagito even lampshading the subversion of this trope.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He's shocked and horrified when he defeats Chiaki in their duel and the Seal of Orichalcos takes her soul; he dueled her to elevate her hope and force her to summon one of the dragons, not actually win.
    • He also feels this way after defeating Rebecca and claiming her soul considering that throughout their duel he was genuinely complimenting her skills.
  • Mythology Gag: His defeat of Chiaki resulting in the latter losing her soul during the Orichalcos arc tcould be one to their victim/murderer dynamic in the second game where Nagito's actions led to Chiaki (or specifically her AI) getting executed in order to save the surviving students. To add to this, Nagito never actually wanted to defeat Chiaki, but instead elevate her hope further much like how he wanted her to be the sole survivor out of the remaining students in canon.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • He has several moments that are immediately negated by Kick the Dog, but finally gets a real one when he asks Chiaki why she likes Hajime. No rudeness, just curiosity. And after listening to her explain why, he simply promises to redouble his efforts on helping her save him, even if he doesn't like Hajime that much.
    • He gets another genuine one in Chapter 49, where he promises to give his all to help Chiaki in the duel against Izuru and overall acts like a true, supportive friend.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He's very prejudiced against anyone who isn't an Ultimate, sneering that they can never measure up or become anything more than stepping stones. Even Joey, who Nagito acknowledges as belonging in the tournament, is dismissed as nothing compared to the "real" duelists.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives a rather brutal one to Weevil Underwood after defeating him in a duel, telling him how he's worthless as a stepping stone. That's about the worst non-despair crime in Nagito's book. Jerkass Weevil may be, it was still incredibly harsh.
  • Secretly Dying: Like in canon, he has frontotemporal dementia meaning he may not have much time left to live.
  • Seen It All: His reaction to Marik taking control of a Rare Hunter and telling him about the Millenium Rod is a simple "Okay." He doesn't see the point in questioning what's happening right in front of him.
  • Sherlock Scan: He's able to quickly work out how Weevil tricked Yugi just from one sentence. He later deduces Odion isn't the real Marik from a few oddities in his performance.
  • Stone Wall: His deck encompasses several high DEF monsters to Stone Wall his opponents until he can use them as Tributes for his Ritual Summons or until he gathers all five pieces of Exodia. Nagito refers to them as his steeping stones leading to his desired hope (the Rituals and Exodia) and the despair of his opponents.
  • Summoning Ritual: Runs Ritual Monsters as his main powerhouses.
  • Taking the Bullet: In Chapter 50, he sends his Deckmaster Black Luster Soldier to intercept an attack from Izuru's Tyrant Neptune that would have defeated Chiaki which destroys it and in the process eliminates him from the duel and the virtual world.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Nagito doesn't have much going for him when it comes to skills and strategy, opting to simply wait out the duel until he reaches his win conditions. However, the power of his Ritual monsters, Exodia, and his luck make him quite the formidable threat to anyone lucky (or unlucky) enough to face him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: More than once, and from multiple sources, Nagito is called out on either his beliefs, his bigotry, or his Lack of Empathy.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: He resolves to be Chiaki's equal in the duel against Izuru, only to be taken out early by sacrificing himself for her. In short, he tries to not be a stepping stone, but gets relegated to it anyway.

     Gundham Tanaka 

  • All of the Other Reindeer: During his younger years, he was shunned by his fellow peers for both his preference to hanging around with animals and his eccentric personality. Even his peers who were civil with him told him that it was better not to be seen with him and thus distanced themselves from him. It is only until later in his life that Takemaru and eventually Sonia that he found such close bonds with.
  • Amazon Chaser: His response to Sonia's anger is to comment on how lovely it is.
  • Anti-Villain: He knows accepting Dartz's offer is wrong, knows he's going to stain his soul if he does, and does it anyway because he wants to help Sonia.
  • Bash Brothers/Odd Friendship: With Espa Roba.
  • Batman Gambit: His Deal with the Devil is this; he knows turning evil and stealing the soul of one of their classmates will infuriate Sonia back into action, thus helping her become her old self again. And it works.
  • The Beast Master: Fitting for the Ultimate Breeder, he uses a Beast Deck.
  • The Berserker: Gundham is usually composed and strategic, but if he's angry, he falls back onto tactics of ruthlessly attacking and doing nothing else.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his appearance and his Supreme Overlord persona, Gundham in reality is a good-natured, well-meaning guy.
  • Deal with the Devil: Becomes an acolyte of Orichalcos for the power to save Sonia.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the Orichalcos arc, though this is just a ruse. He only played out the part to save Sonia.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Animals gravitate towards him, befitting of his status as the Ultimate Breeder.
  • Go Out with a Smile: When he loses his soul to the Orichalcos at Sonia's hands, he utilizes this trope as there is nothing more for him to regret, having saved Sonia from herself.
  • Good All Along: He reveals this to everyone after his defeat in the Orichalcos arc, even if it does not justify the actions he did for Sonia.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Gundham makes no excuses for what he did to get Sonia back on her feet, even if the others, especially Akane and Nekomaru, hate him for it.
  • Large Ham: It wouldn't be Gunhdam without being one. Naturally, this results in him engaging on Ham to Ham Combats against Espa Roba and Sonia.
  • Legions of Hell: Befitting his chuunibyou persona, he also runs Fiend-Type monsters alongside his Beasts.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Sends out his "Four Devas of Destruction" whenever he goes into this.
  • Love Makes You Evil: He accepts Dartz's offer because he wants Sonia to recover from her PTSD.
  • Manly Tears: He sheds a few when Sonia is sent to the Shadow Realm.
  • Mythology Gag: His defeat of Nekomaru resulting in the latter losing his soul during the Orichalcos arc tcould be one to their victim/murderer dynamic in the second game where Gundham is exposed as Nekomaru's (or Mechamaru's) killer in the game's fourth chapter.
  • Parental Abandonment: If the words of the kids in his flashback can be taken at face value, his father walked out on him and his mother when he was just six-years old.
  • Put on a Bus: Sits out at the KaibaCorp blimp during the Virtual World arc in order to look after the comatosed Sonia, as well as to keep an eye on Marik. He later returns in Chapter 47 to confront Marik personally.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He's furious when Marik sends Sonia to the Shadow Realm, and becomes single-mindedly focused on defeating him. So much so, it almost costs him his duel with Mai, as he wasn't really paying attention and had forgone strategy in hopes of getting through it as fast as possible.
  • Say My Name: "MARIIIIIIIIIIIIK!"
  • Ship Tease: With Sonia. Her defeat by Marik's hands and his reactions afterwards speak for themselves. He also spends the entire Orichalcos arc trying to lift her out of her PTSD by joining the bad guys.
  • Spirited Competitor: He lives for theatrics, and doesn't really care about winning or losing duels as long as he has a good time. Marik excepted.
  • Suicide by Cop: Gundham's actions in the Orichalcos arc are purely this. After making his deal with Dartz he spends the entire arc goading Sonia into taking his soul so that she can rise up from her trauma due to her time spent in the Shadow Realm.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Lord help you if you manage to piss him off, because he will not rest until he bowls you over. Sadly for Gundham, getting lost in his anger makes him forego all logic and reason.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: A meta version, but he gets a chance to live out his declarations of magic and shadow when he and Marik fight in the Shadow Realm via his hamsters turning into the demonic forms he claims they have.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: During the Battle City Finals, Gundham was literally an attack away from defeating Marik once and for all, unfortunately the damage to his soul takes its toll on him as he collapses mid-attack. To add insult to injury, Marik even takes his Dark Sword of Morningstar as his prize from his unconscious, collapsed form.

     Sonia Nevermind 

  • Adaptational Badass: Mainly in the case of the Sonia character from Yu-Gi-Oh! canon, who (obviously) was not a warrior princess much less a duelist.
  • And This Is for...: Declares "This is for Mahiru!" when facing Marik, as he had briefly tossed her in the Shadow Realm prior.
  • Ascended Extra: Downplayed. While Sonia has always been a major supporting character in Danganronpa canon, this trope mainly comes into play in a meta sense when it comes to the Sonia character who is Rafael's little sister in canon.
  • Badass Normal: Participates alongside the legendary dragon wielders during the final battle against Dartz, and proves herself just as capable of matching up to them.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting the occult, as Yasuhiro finds out.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sonia is a cheerful, rather easygoing person that is polite and friendly to everyone. One thing she isn't though is a pushover when it comes to dueling. Bandit Keith found that out the hard way. Mai even brings up the trope when Joey finds out Sonia's in the finals and she's smiling sweet as ever.
  • Composite Character: In this story, she and Rafael's canonical younger sister Sonia are the same character thus making her and Rafael siblings.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers an incredibly swift and brutal one to Yasuhiro after the latter presses her Berserk Button.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Her monsters certainly look intimidating, and she herself expresses interest in the occult. But otherwise she is a kind and friendly person.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: During the RPG battle against Dartz, knowing that she was on her last legs: Sonia has her Darklord Desire cast an incredibly powerful attack on Dartz's Orichalcos minion, but at the expense of damaging the rest of her soul as Sonia immediately collapses and loses her soul afterwards.
  • Face Defeat With Dignity/Graceful Loser: Upon losing to Mai, Sonia refuses to flinch from the final direct attack, instead choosing to stand tall and proud like the Ultimate Princess she is.
    • She also does this in the final battle of the Orichalcos arc, not minding even as she loses her soul to the Orichalcos after falling during the RPG battle.
  • Fallen Angel: Uses a Darklord deck.
  • Lady of War: Sonia is ever so graceful and poised in dueling, her monster preferences reflect this mainly composing of knights and fairies.
  • Nice Girl: Is polite, charming, and easily gets along with everyone. Case in point, shortly after being introduced to Hajime (who gets into a rocky start with Nagito regarding his Reserve Course status), Sonia is among the first ones to assure him that she and the others do not share Nagito's beliefs and immediately offers her friendship to him. A flashback also shows that she was the first one among their class to approach Gundham and open her hand of friendship to him; not caring, and actually being enamored by his personality and interests.
  • Omniglot: Is knowledgable and fluent in several languages, including Ancient Egyptian.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: She has one that also overlaps as a Catchphrase; when she is about to deliver the final blow in duel, she always exclaims "Bow to your princess!"
  • Related in the Adaptation: She and Rafael are siblings in this story.
  • Sacrificial Lion: She is Yami Marik's first victim which showcases to everyone that he is not someone to take lightly.]]
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: She's so traumatized by her time in the Shadow Realm that she can't duel anymore; she cries when she tries to duel Chiaki for fun, and spends a lot of her time listlessly in her room from the PTSD. Fortunately she slowly gets better overtime and fully bounces back during her duel against Gundham.
  • Ship Tease: With Gundham. Her defeat by Marik's hands and his reactions afterwards speak for themselves. [[spoiler:She also refuses to admit that Gundham could be so evil in the Orichalcos arc, ultimately getting over her PTSD just to save him from his self-destructive path.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Sonia gets angry, she doesn't yell. She only speaks in a very calm, furious voice, with the anger clear in her eyes.
  • Warrior Princess: She's a princess who has, in her words, been exposed to minor forms of torture as part of a coming-of-age ceremony. Pain doesn't scare her, and she is a fearsome duelist. She even almost manages to beat Marik.

     Ibuki Mioda 

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Not shiny per say, but while talking a mile a minute about friends in danger and putting together a rescue party, Ibuki slows down the speed of her speech and asks about the tasty smelling food.
  • Bi the Way: When talking about Mai Valentine, Ibuki swoons and says she has a thing for blondes in leather. Word of God outright confirms her as bi. She also admits to having played around with her (all-female) band back when she was in middle school.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's very silly and carefree, but has a fantastic ability to duel, keeping Joey on his toes for their entire match. She later keeps Nezbitt on his toes in the three-way duel, even delivering the killing blow after setting up an excellent surprise combo.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Nezbitt certainly thinks so.
  • Genki Girl: As always, Ibuki is full of energy, bouncing from place to place and tackling everything with a bright smile. Lampshaded a few times.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Tells Mai she feels this way about Joey, effectively sinking their ship.
  • Motor Mouth: Engaged in this at one point when she arrived back at school to ask for help rescuing Joey from Rare Hunters somuchsothatherwordswerentspacedoutproperly.
  • Nice Girl: While her personality gives the appearance of shallowness, Ibuki is very kind, consoling a distraught Natsumi after the latter loses to her.
  • No Indoor Voice: Volume control is not in her dictionary. Tea even lampshades it. Nezbitt also finds Ibuki's volume to be far too loud, asking if she comes with an off switch.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: She becomes completely serious when she realizes she's about to lose her duel to Natsumi, sincerely thanking Joey for being a good friend, saying their band is a lot of fun, and asking him to take care of it.
  • Perky Goth: Dresses like a heavy-metal punk, is very energetic and sweet in reality.
  • Pungeon Master: She likes cracking puns, like this:
    Ibuki: And now, Blowback Dragon attacks! Blowback Cannon Blast! Bye-bye Gearfried, it's been...a blast!
  • Ship Tease: She and Joey hit it off pretty well after their introductory duel together, much to Mai's concern. That is until Ibuki reveals to Mai what she really feels about Joey (See Like Brother and Sister above).
  • Shock and Awe: Her strongest and rarest card Thunder King, the Lightningstrike Kaiju. Appropriate given her attire and talent.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: In order to best showcase how much more serious and dramatic the Orichalcos arc is, it's befitting that Ibuki would be one of characters rendered soulless during the beginning stages of the arc. Her lack of wacky humor, as denoted by Miho, would be a levity for really tense situations.

     Mahiru Koizumi 

  • Break the Cutie: She's briefly sent to the Shadow Realm, watches several of her friends be sent there, her friend Sato loses her soul, and then she loses her soul again, courtesy of her friend Hiyoko. And according to the timeline, this all happens in less than a month!
  • Brutal Honesty: She does not mince words, like when she dresses down Joey for starting to give up in front of his sister, but she has people's best interests at heart.
  • Camera Fiend: Befitting for the Ultimate Photographer, heck at one point she even weaponizes her camera when she and Serenity were running from the Rare Hunters.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards Hiyoko and later on Serenity.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has short red hair and is very fierce.
  • Nice Girl: At her heart, Mahiru is a motherly and caring person, even to those who don't deserve it. For example, she protects Celeste, who she didn't even know beyond "traitor", from being sent to the Shadow Realm by Marik.
  • Put on a Bus: Sits out at the KaibaCorp blimp during the Virtual World arc in order to look after Serenity, as per Joey's request. She later returns in Chapter 47.
  • The Reliable One: Outright called this by her classmates, which is why she's sent to pick up Serenity and gets involved in the whole plot from there.
  • Shower of Angst: Has one after she's briefly sent to and rescued from the Shadow Realm.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: When cornered by Rare Hunters with no escape route in sight, Mahiru falls back on what she does best—scolding. It's her hope that if she confuses them enough, they'll leave her alone. She's wrong, but fortunately Duke is nearby.
  • Taking the Bullet: Instinctively jumps in front of Celeste, protecting her from Yami Marik's attack that would have sent the other girl to the Shadow Realm. Thankfully she gets better...sort of.
  • Team Mom: She worries about all her friends and classmates, and immediately takes Serenity under her wing.

     Mikan Tsumiki 

  • Cute and Psycho: Briefly comes off as this in Chapter 47. After enjoying her quality time with Mahiru so much, she finally vents out her frustrations with Hiyoko's treatment of her leading her to become unhinged and overly emotional.
  • Honor Before Reason: Tends to Yami Marik's injuries from his shadow game with Gundham despite him being their enemy and the one responsible for sending Sonia into a coma, with her monologue commenting that as nurse it was her duty to help people who were hurt.
  • Hospital Hottie: She's the Ultimate Nurse and is definitely quite the cutie.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Well, the feelings are thus far only on her end, but Mikan doesn't hold out any hope of Kaiba even being nice to "a fragile, dirty thing like me."
  • The Medic: She's the Ultimate Nurse, and actually escorts Serenity out of the hospital. Naturally, she puts her skills to good use at other times, helping Chiaki with her injuries and looking after Marik's comatose victims.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Platonic example. In Chapter 47, she expressed her plans to murder to Hiyoko - who she felt was getting in the way of her blossoming friendship with Mahiru, claiming she deserves to be her best friend and not Hiyoko.
  • Nice Girl: Mikan has a heart big enough for the world. For instance during in the Virtual World arc, she was even willing to tend to Yami Marik's injuries despite what he did to Sonia and him being the citing that as a nurse, she could not stand and watch people suffering, no matter who they were. Granted this doesn't change anything as Yami Marik still declares he will destroy her along with everyone else (though at least he does say he will destroy her last), but it's still the thought that counts.
  • Put on a Bus: Sits out at the KaibaCorp blimp during the Virtual World arc in order to look after the comatosed victims. She later returns in Chapter 47.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: Mahiru snaps her back to her senses by bringing up the implications of this trope in Chapter 47, telling Mikan that what she would be doing to Hiyoko would be no better than what Hiyoko does to her.
  • Ship Tease: She squeaks and blushes around Kaiba, and can't look him in the eye—partially because he intimidates her, but also, as she confides to Chiaki, because she likes him.
  • Shrinking Violet: The poor thing is painfully shy, with even lower self-esteem than Hajime.
  • Yandere: Briefly becomes a platonic version of this towards Mahiru in Chapter 47. When she expresses her desire to have Mahiru as her best friend, she even goes as far as saying she'll eliminate Hiyoko as well as carve the reminder onto Mahiru's arm.

     Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu 

  • Berserk Button: Don't bring up his height.
  • Casting a Shadow: Uses primarily DARK monsters.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite all his anger and bravado, when he loses to Joey, he's able to take it well even complimenting and comparing his bravado using such a luck-based strategy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's yakuza, swears a lot, and makes threats, but is ultimately a moral guy who looks out for his classmates. Natsumi and Dartz both try to get him to join Doma, but he throws it in their faces in disgust and rage.
  • The Napoleon: Compared to his classmates and other characters, but don't you dare bring it up him else you want him fitting you for cement shoes or cutting off the fingers of your hand.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: He cusses up a storm in his introduction, then cusses one up even further when Joey asks him if he'd like to watch his language with a lady present. He swears up one heck of a storm in Chapter 65, when he refuses Dartz's offer to join Doma.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He and Peko target Joey Wheeler during the first round of the tournament, thinking him to be an easy target without his Red-Eyes. Both of them proceed to lose, eliminating them from the tournament in the process.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He really lets Natsumi have it for joining Doma.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Actually attempts this on Dartz, instead of going for dueling. Unfortunately for him Nagito's presence causes his gun to be jammed.

     Peko Pekoyama 

  • Cuteness Proximity: Has this reaction to Joey's Scapegoats during their duel, to the point of being reluctant to attack them. It takes Fuyuhiko snapping her back to her senses to resume the duel (even if she's still troubled at their destruction).
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it when Fuyuhiko loses his soul in their triangle duel against Gurimo and she realizes she has nothing to avenge him with.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • She practically has a Squee! attack when she sees Joey's Scapegoats.
    • Fuyuhiko losing his soul provokes intense rage and loss of composure from her.
  • Underestimating Badassery: She and Fuyuhiko target Joey Wheeler during the first round of the tournament, thinking him to be an easy target without his Red-Eyes. Both of them proceed to lose, eliminating them from the tournament in the process.

     Nekomaru Nidai 

  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: His heart condition prevents him from getting involved in highly intense duels when the hologram system is active due to the strain it and the tension of any given high stakes duel puts on his heart. He's a pretty competent duelist without the handicap as shown when he wins a classroom tournament that had eliminated Battle City contestant, Fuyuhiko as his opponent in the finals.
  • Team Dad: Generally plays this role amongst Class 77-B befitting his character and his talent, such as when he offers to look after the rest of the class while Chiaki, Chisa and their other classmates are away during the Battle City arc.

     Hiyoko Yukizome (formerly Hiyoko Saionji) 

  • Ambiguously Gay: Chapter 62 has a lot of subtext that she's in love with Mahiru.
  • Ascended Extra: From a minor recurring character in the Battle City arc, to a major supporting antagonist in the Orichalcos arc.
  • The Bully: To poor Mikan.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: As usual, as per canon.
  • Deal with the Devil: In Chapter 62, Dartz offers her the power of the Orichalcos to have power and stay in control, and she agrees.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In Chapter 62.
  • Happily Adopted: Once Chisa adopted her as her younger sister, Hiyoko had never felt any happier.
  • Jerkass: As per canon, she's extremely unpleasant.
  • It's All About Me: In Chapter 62, her best friend Mahiru is upset because Sato has lost her soul, triggering her back to her own trauma in the Shadow Realm. Instead of trying to comfort her, Hiyoko throws a hissy fit that Mahiru isn't spending time with her. Brought to ridiculous degrees in Chapter 72 which shows just how self-centered she really is.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She was already unpleasant to begin with, but ho boy does she amp up the bitchiness in the Orichalcos arc following her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Post-Orichalcos arc. While it's still not much and Hiyoko still retains her snarky and bratty attitude, much of the malice within it has been reduced.

     Akane Owari 

  • Big Eater: As per canon.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Chapter 65 mentions that she threw a lot of threats around Hope's Peak so that her younger siblings would be fed and cared for while she was away.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her features have been noticed by a couple of characters such as Tristan and Byakuya.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: She begs Nekomaru not to go after he loses his soul to Gundham in Chapter 64.

     Kazuichi Souda 

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Sonia considers him one, thanks to his obsession with her.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Towards Sonia as per canon, making the fact that he was unable to qualify for the Battle City tournament while she spends the whole tournament being friendly with Gundham very upsetting for him.
  • Pet the Dog: He gets a nice moment of inspiring a traumatized Sonia to try and appeal to Gundham, not even caring that he's helping his romantic rival; he just wants her to feel better and Gundham's duel to stop.

     Teruteru Hanamura 
  • Anything That Moves: It's Teruteru, what do you expect?
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: A mild example, while neither his classmates nor Yukizome have openly expressed anything resembling dislike; they merely tolerate him due to his talents at best but are outright disgusted with his lecherous ways. During Chapter 67, both Hajime and Yukizone even admitted in the darkest depths of their minds that they wished it was him whose soul was taken by the Great Leviathan instead of their other friends.
  • Supreme Chef: As expected of the Ultimate Chef, he even cooks up a feast for the rest of his classmates who are watching the tournament/who were eliminated and is also why he did not enter himself.

     "Ryota Mitirai"/Ultimate Imposter 
  • No Name Given: As in canon, "Ryota Mitirai" is only the disguise he is using and the Ultimate Imposter never has his own name in the first place.

Class 78

     General Tropes that apply to all of them 
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Being that the story starts way before the events of the first game take stage, all of them qualify as this: All of them make appearances during the prologue, Makoto, Celeste, Byakuya, Leon, and Hijumi appear as Battle City contestants (with the first three even making it to the finals), Chihiro, Sayaka and Toko also appear during the Battle City arc as minor/recurring roles, and Kyoko makes her first full-fledged appearance in Chapter 67 during the Orichalcos arc.

     Makoto Naegi 
  • Adorkable: If his cute nerdiness didn't make it clear, then him shouting out "Dark Magic Attack!" in time with Yugi certainly will.
  • All-Loving Hero:
    • Proves himself as this when he shows sympathy to Miho and Noah, and raises the suggestion of saving them. This is despite the fact Noah has trapped them in a virtual world and is trying to steal their bodies, and Miho's kidnapped Tristan.
    • It goes a step further in Chapter 48: after watching Noah turn several of his friends, including his sister, to stone, Makoto is furious and yet still finds it in his heart to forgive him.
  • Badass Adorable: Makoto is a kind, gentle, albeit sometimes nerdy young boy. But in no way do those take away from his ability to kick your ass in a duel or engage in deduct reasoning. Just ask Noah. Come the Battle City Finals, he even managed to put Yugi to his limits!
  • Badass Normal: Despite not having any previous tournament wins or renown, he manages to become a competitor in the Battle City finals. And unlike Hajime, he lacks a powerhouse monster like Five-Headed Dragon to help him out.
  • Berserk Button: Do not under any circumstances mess with his sister because god have mercy on you if you do, ain't that right Noah?'
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Like hell. Mild-mannered Nice Guy he may be, but lord help you if you actually manage to piss him off. He will bring all his fury down on you and he won't back down, as Noah learns.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Komaru, as something he promised their parents. See No Kill Like Overkill on the main page for details of what happens when you mess with his sister.
  • Born Lucky: He hasn't been accepted as the Ultimate Lucky Student yet, but his luck is definitely watching over him. Unlike Nagito's, which goes in extreme cycles of good-bad, Makoto's works by causing apparently-bad luck that turns out to be good luck in disguise, like making him accidentally discard Swords of Revealing Light in his duel against Ishtar, forcing him to play something else that ultimately prevents his defeat.
  • Covert Pervert: He has a centerfold of Junko's cosplay as Dark Magician Girl, which is described as a risque pin-up.
  • Determinator: He will never, ever give up, much to Junko's delight and consternation.
  • Fanboy: Of both Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba, to the point of focusing on both Spellcasters and Dragons as his primary monsters. He does seem to gravitate more towards Kaiba though. Byakuya even lampshades in fanboyism in Chapter 56.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's a complete sweetie pie who believes in the best of everyone. He will also ruthlessly kick your ass in a duel if need be.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Primarily uses Dragon monsters.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": He is absolutely giddy when Kaiba gives him an Affectionate Gesture to the Head for his victory over Noah using Kaiba's deck.
  • Morality Pet: For Kaiba, who gradually softens towards and becomes protective of him. He's even proud of Makoto in Chapter 48 and gives him an Affectionate Gesture to the Head!
  • Nice Guy: So much. Makoto treats everyone with kindness and understanding, which has endeared him to many, including Mukuro Ikusaba and the otherwise aloof Kaiba.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: How his victory over Noah goes. With a combination of cards, he pumps up Kaiba's Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon to a whopping 13000 and then uses it to blast through Noah's 2200 ATK Yamato-no-Kami dealing 10,800 damage to Noah's remaining 4350 LP.
  • Put on a Bus: For being one of the defining characters of the Danganronpa series, he is notably absent from the Orichalcos arc.
  • Screw Destiny: His mindset is that the future is never set in stone and can always be changed. Additionally, his luck is so powerful it literally screws with Ishizu's future-seeing abilities.
  • Ship Tease: With Sayaka in Chapter 11 and Mukuro in the Chapter 21-23 mini-arc.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Gives one of these to Noah after he mocks Mai's Taking the Bullet for Joey. Even Makoto has limits to his patience and good will after all.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Makoto doesn't have the raw power or complex strategies of some other duelists—but he does have a wide assortment of knowledge of dueling strategies, come from following Yugi and Kaiba's careers closely, and has been using his deck for years, granting him intimate knowledge and comfort with it. Combined with his luck, it makes him a smart and tough cookie to pin down.
  • When He Smiles: It makes Mukuro practically fall in Love at First Sight.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He doesn't just want Miho and Noah to be saved; he truly believes they can be. And, thus far for Miho, he's right. As for Noah, he still believes this even after Noah used Mokuba to cheat on his victory against Kaiba, and turning Ibuki, Mai and especially Komaru to stone.

     Celestia Ludenburg 

  • Adaptational Badass: She was already competent to start with in canon, but here she's a freaking treat. Not only is she one of the more skilled duelists in the story, but she is putting that gambling talent of hers to work given her collusion with Marik.
  • Berserk Button: Bringing up Taeko Yasuhiro, her real name. Johnson pushing this button is the first thing to break her composure in the fic.
  • Born Lucky: Not as much as Makoto or Nagito, but as a gambler she does rely on quite a bit of luck. It usually pans out for her. Her luck is such that it's even able to beat a rigged game.
  • Casting a Shadow: Starting with the Canadian Nationals arc, Celeste runs a vampire deck, an archetype of dark-attribute monsters
  • Challenge Seeker: Why she enjoys her duels against Joey and Yugi so much—they're giving her a challenge, and she hasn't had one in way too long.
  • The Chessmaster: She plays Marik and the heroes for fools during Yugi's duel with Joey.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: If the side she's on isn't working out for her, Celeste has no problems leaving, usually finding some way to screw them over on her way out.
  • Consummate Liar: She is the "Queen of Liars", after all.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Delivers this to a Rare Hunter in her debut duel in Chapter 4 and later to Byakuya.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When she sees how upset Chiaki is before their duel, Celeste goes out of her way to deliver a pep talk. She has no problems psychologically breaking an opponent while playing, but she certainly won't start a battle until everyone is on the same ground.
  • Gentlewoman Snarker: She has a very poisonous tongue, but always whips out her insults in a polite manner and with a calm face.
  • Graceful Loser: She always makes it her policy to maintain an image of calm and grace, even when she loses, and holds no ill will for her loses to Chiaki, Joey, and Yugi.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Celeste works with whoever she damn well pleases. This includes Marik, then seemingly backstabbing Marik to help the heroes, then backstabbing him for real.
  • Heel Realization: Goes through one of this when she realizes just how much of a genuine threat Yami Marik is to everyone around especially after seeing what he did to Mahiru. This causes her to start helping out Joey and the others to increase their chances in defeating Marik.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: While she has used various assortments of monsters throughout her duels, she seems to have a particular preference for Winged Beast monsters with most of them encompassing the stronger monsters in her deck. She abandons this trope for vampires later. See Casting a Shadow above.
  • Professional Gambler: It is her talent. Luck and skill are both games she knows well and embraces.
  • Ship Tease: Has these with Marik, Yugi and especially Joey.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Losing to Joey, then Yugi, and still being treated as a friend despite her multiple betrayals gives Celeste much to consider. She's still her usual haughty self, but slightly nicer to them both.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Yugi tells her this several times over.

     Byakuya Togami 

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Like Kaiba, "nice guy" is still far too much of a stretch; but while Byakuya is still an elitist, condescending jerk, he comes off as less of a Jerkass than his canon self.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Plays a Monarch deck during the Battle City finals.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Has been on both the delivering and receiving end of this. Delivery-wise, he does this too Chihiro as a warm-up/warning to Seto Kaiba. Receiving-wise, he gets this from both Celeste and Nagito in quick succession.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Canada Nationals arc features him as one of the primary main characters, alongside Joey and Mai.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Does this at his suite after losing to Joey during the finals (and mind you, going off Chiaki's age, he's only fifteen!). When Joey and Mai confront him about the fact that he's only a minor, he simply replies with "I am Byakuya Togami."
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Egotistical Jerkass he is, even he will not stoop to certain lows. While he thinks Mai turning down his offer to bear his children is something she'll regret, he's not going to force himself on her.
    • He also refused to cooperate with the Big Five in taking down KaibaCorp, stating that if he ever wanted to do so, it would be under his own terms and within fair play.
    • When his company's history of slave trafficking is brought up, he sniffs that he'll use his money more ethically.
    • He also expresses disgust at Noah using Mokuba as a human shield.
  • Gentleman Snarker: He's a bit less rude than in canon, but still as snarky, making him more in line with this. In response to Komaru snapping at him to be careful of disrespecting Sweet Orchard in the presence of hundreds of the group's fans, he dryly says "Oh yes, dozens of rabid teenage females hoarding me because of something I said. Haven't dealt with that before."
  • Graceful Loser: As much as it pains him to even lose, he will at least acknowledge when others have beaten him and takes his losses with dignity.
  • Humiliation Conga: Not an entirely undeserved one, but he loses to Kaiba, Celeste and Nagito in rapid succession during the first part of the tournament. This results in him seeking to train under Solomon Muto and constructing his new deck just in time for the finals.
  • Kick the Dog: Calling Chihiro's monster, given when Byakuya wins their duel, "mediocre".
  • Not So Different: To Kaiba. Each of them accuses the other of riding on others' coattails to get where they are, while declaring that they had to work hard to get to their current position. Thing is, that declaration is true in both cases—Byakuya had to fight his own siblings to get to the top of the Togami Corporation, while Kaiba was an orphan who had to win his way out with chess.
  • The Perfectionist: "A Togami strives to be perfect in all things", as he puts it.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Defends Joey when Kaiba calls him a talentless hack, keep in mind this immediately after Joey defeats him in the Battle City finals.
    • He also backs Makoto's claim to Miho in Chapter 47 that Sayaka never stopped thinking about her even after her death although he immediately corrects Makoto in saying that he said this just to move the game forward and not out of sentimental care.
    • During the Canada Nationals arc: Not only does he make it so that Joey can participate in the tournament, but he also helps him become an official Pro Duelist. Somewhat mitigated when he later tells Joey he only did so to fuel his own agendas, but still.
  • Put on a Bus: During the Orichalcos arc.
  • The Rival: To Kaiba, given that their companies are competitors. Kaiba doesn't really recognize him as a true equal, but still gets irritated by him.
  • Self-Made Man: He had to work hard for his position in the Togami Corporation, despite the wealth he was born into, and he's completely self-taught in dueling.
  • Skeptic No Longer: At first dismissive of things like "friendship", "belief", and "The Heart of the Cards", Byakuya has come around to accept and use the last after losing three times in a row, and is slowly coming around to the first two.
  • This Cannot Be!: Expresses this whenever he loses.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: His strategy with his first deck was simply overpowering his opposition using low-leveled beatsticks and other cards that only money could buy. This changes by the time of the Battle City finals and after his training under Solomon Muto.

     Chihiro Fujisaki 

See his entry in "Kaiba Corporation and their Associates" above

     Kyoko Kirigiri 

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: As to be expected of her.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First appears in the prologue before making her first full-fledged appearance during the Orichalcos arc in Chapter 67.
  • The Smart Girl: Plays this role alongside Chihiro amongst Yukizome's group during the Orichalcos arc.
  • The Stoic: As per canon, she constantly presents herself in a professional and calculated manner.

     Sayaka Maizono 

  • Idol Singer: The leader of a group full of them.
  • Ship Tease: With Makoto throughout the entirety of Chapter 11.

     Toko Fukawa/Genocide Jack 

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Mako Tsunami and later on Yugi after the latter separates her from Jack at the end of Chapter 17.
  • Death by Adaptation: Not her specifically, but Genocide Jack who is sent to the Shadow Realm courtesy of Yami WAY before the events of the first game even transpire.

     Leon Kuwata 

  • Batter Up!: Uses a FIRE Baseball-themed deck.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Tries hitting on Chiaki within seconds of meeting her, unforunately for him Chiaki was far from interested.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Tries going for a One-Hit Kill against Chiaki but at the expense of his defenses. Chiaki then proceeds to decimate him with no trouble whatsover.
  • Mythology Gag: Him being the very first opponent in the story is likely a reference to him being the first killer in the first Danganronpa game.
  • Zerg Rush: His Ultimate Baseball deck focuses on mass-swarming Ultimate Baseball monsters to overwhelm the opposition. Unfortunately they tend to be on the weak side so the less numbers they have, the worse it is for them.

     Hifumi Yamada 

  • Light The Way/Fairy Sexy: Uses a LIGHT Fairy Deck composed of various female Fairy monsters.
  • Naughty Tentacles: Runs Lekunga - a one-eyed tentacle monster alongside his female monsters to invoke this Trope.

     Aoi Asahina 

  • The Cameo: Shows up as a spectator in the practical exams.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts like one to an amnesiac Yugi, not unlike how she is towards her own little brother Yuta in canon.

     Sakura Oogami 

     Kiyotaka Ishimaru 

  • Early-Bird Cameo: Shows up in Chapter 86 as a prospective ultimate currently being scouted by Hope's Peak.

     Mondo Oowada 

     Yugi Muto 

See his entry in "Yugi Muto and His Friends" above

Hope's Peak Academy Staff, Related Affiliations and other Students

     Chisa Yukizome 

  • Adaptational Badass: While Chisa was already fairly badass in canon, she did eventually suffer The Worf Effect resulting in her being lobotomized and tortured into despair by Junko and Mukuro towards the end of the Despair Arc and even has an anti-climactic death at the start of the Future Arc. In this story, not only does she get to show off more of her skills but she also attains victories on her end. To top it all off: During the final battle in the Orichalcos arc, not only does she last longer than many of her teammates and shrugs off the damage to her soul with no worse for wear; but she is also the only one left standing, even outlasting the Pharoah himself leading her to be the one to duel Dartz himself.
  • Ascended Extra: After spending the Battle City and Virtual World arcs as mainly a recurring supporting character, Chisa then serves as one of the main protagonists of the Orichalcos arc.
  • Badass Boast:
    • She delivers several top-notch ones during her duel with Gurimo. They are well-deserved.
    Chisa: I lose? Who decided that? No matter what I summon, you'll take out the last of my life points? Who decided that? I decide when and how I lose! And for me, this duel...is not over yet!
    • She then proceeds to deliver an even bigger one, in the lead-up to her duel with Dartz just moments after defeating him in the RPG battle.
    Chisa: You made me angry. I don't like being angry. Understand? We played your game. Now we play ours. Mine, my friends' the game the world cherishes. I beat you at your game and now I'm going to school you in mine. And know this Dartz, by the end of this duel, you'll be crying your eyes out to your daddy. Like a little, ''bitch!''
  • Badass Teacher: Being a teacher, maid, and a spy rolled into one already earns her badass points, but the kicker is when Kaiba checks her dueling record against his tournament's entry AI and sees she won without losing a single life point. This is later put to the test and proven several times during the Orichalcos arc when she defeats Gurimo for the first good guy victory in the Orichalcos Arc, and even further when she personally takes the fight onto Dartz himself.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Just because she's sweet and fun does not mean she won't kick your ass and smile while doing so if you touch her students. Gurimo, Hiyoko (who is one of her aforementioned students at that and even Dartz learned this the hard way.
  • Big Damn Kiss: With Kyosuke in Chapter 85, to further their cement to Official Couple status.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Gurimo thought she'd be an easy target because all he knew about her was that she's an air-headed teacher. Unfortunately for him, she's also a top-class duelist and spy.
  • Cool Big Sis: It's easy to forget, but despite her motherly nature towards her students: Chisa is only about a couple or so years older than them with her age making her qualify more as this than an outright parental surrogate. Officially becomes this to Hiyoko after becoming her official legal guardian as of Chapter 85.
  • Composite Character: With Iona, the former queen of Atlantis and Dartz's wife, due to being her reincarnation.
  • Death Glare: She nails Gurimo with an epic one during their duel in Chapter 66.
  • Hero of Another Story: She's investigating the Kamukura Project behind the scenes, which we don't get to see until she presents her findings to Chiaki and co. in Chapter 45.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!:
    • In Chapter 62, she vows to step up to the plate herself, after Mahiru is rendered comatose by an Orichalcos-empowered Hiyoko. And she makes good on this vow in chapter 66, much to Gurimo's horror.
    • After defeating Hiyoko, Yukizome loses all her patience regarding all the ensuring chaos and decides to bring the fight straight to Dartz without stopping for breaks.
    • By the end of Chapter 82, Chisa is very much all but done with Dartz after the long and intense RPG battle where all of her teammates lost their souls that she personally ditches the Housekeeper image and throws down the gauntlet hard upon him. This is even emphasized with her discarding her usual apron and letting her hair down just to further show how much she means business.
  • Let Them Die Happy: Downplayed twice. While Hiyoko doesn't actually die, the situation is pretty much the same. When she realizes Dartz only used her, she tries to reach for Yukizome in apology—despite everything she did—and Yukizome, being the kind, caring person that she is, gives Hiyoko a hug and lets her go with the sensation of feeling very warm. Even if others would've considered it "too good" for someone like Hiyoko, Yukizome refused to let Hiyoko lose her soul without knowing that she still cared about her.
  • Light 'em Up/Our Fairies Are Different: Predominately uses LIGHT Fairy monsters.
  • Mama Bear: "Never mess with my students."
  • Made of Iron: In Duel Monsters, she shrugs off even the strongest of attacks with no worse for wear. During the RPG battle against Dartz, she endures and shrugs off the damage to her soul even after losing a lot of her powerful monsters. She's even the last one standing among the heroes, eventually defeating Dartz's final minion before officially challenging him to a duel.
  • Nerves of Steel: Chisa rarely if ever loses her composure, always keeping a clear head and a stern mind even in the most dire situation.
  • Official Couple/Ship Tease: With Kyosuke, as per canon granted the two have mainly been teasing around the idea until finally getting the Relationship Upgrade come Chapter 85.
  • Reincarnation: To Queen Iona as revealed in Chapter 72.
  • Reluctant Hero: Casually admits that the big hero business isn't her thing. Doesn't mean she'll won't accept the role and fight her hardest if push comes to shove.
  • Say My Name: Shouts Dartz's name at the top of her lungs after Gundham loses his soul to the Orichalcos. Her Mama Bear instincts are furiously on display here.
  • Slasher Smile: A heroic example. She flashes several cold ones at Gurimo during their duel, usually right before she delivers a heavy amount of pain.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: During the tensest moment of her duel with Gurimo, her ponytail becomes undone.
  • Tranquil Fury: She is completely poised and calm while dueling Gurimo, but pissed as hell. So much so, that he compares her anger to Dartz's.
  • Uncanny Resemblance: During her group's field trip at the Atlantean exhibit in Chapter 72, Yukizome and others note the striking resemblance she has to the former queen of Atlantis, Iona. Later on in the chapter, it is revealed that this is because Yukizome is her reincarnation.

     Kyosuke Munakata 

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Is mentioned relatively early on in the story a couple of times by both Kaiba and Yukizome, until finally making his official appearance in Chapter 59.
  • Nice Guy: Considering that this is Munakata before the Tragedy struck their world, he is definitely this.
  • Official Couple/Ship Tease: With Chisa, as per canon.

     Juzo Sakakura 
  • The Cameo: So far, his appearances are limited to these.

     Kazuo Tengan 

  • Ambiguously Evil: On the one hand, he is trying to force Hajime to go through with the Kamukura Project. On the other, he mentions he's here because of the Steering Committee, who are more powerful than him. So whether he's acting willingly or because he's been ordered to isn't clear.
  • Blackmail: How he makes Hajime duel him. If Hajime says no, he'll be kicked out of Hope's Peak Academy.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Is polite and complimentary to Hajime, yet also casually puts him down. And the moment Hajime backtalks him, he reprimands him for speaking to his "superior" that way. He's also dueling to drag him back to the Steering Committee so he can be lobotomized.
  • Gradual Grinder: Employs a strategy remarkably similar to Chiaki's, wherein he uses many flip-type monsters and spell effects to slowly whittle down the oppositions' monsters and life points. And Hajime remarks he's never beaten Chiaki's deck...
  • Hypocrite: Regardless of his intentional malice, he previously told Hajime to be happy being normal. Now he's trying to force Hajime through the Kamukura Project.
  • No Name Given: Presents himself as The Stern Mystic; his real identity, Kazuo Tengan, is only implied in the duel and only confirmed in author's notes.
  • Worthy Opponent: Compliments his opponent on being a skilled duelist at the end of their duel.

     Seiko Kimura 

     Ruruka Ando 

     Sonosuke Izayoi 

Battle City Participants

     Espa Roba 
  • Ascended Extra: In canon, Espa was just a one-off opponent that Joey defeats and is never seen again afterwards. Here he actually makes it to the Battle City Finals making him more involved in the Battle City arc.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards his younger brothers. Espa took to dueling against bullies and other strong opponents in order for garner respect from everyone else so that nobody would ever pick on his brothers. This is also why he chooses to stay in the KaibaCorp blimp over accompanying everyone else to the Virtual World.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Develops this with Gundham throughout the story.
  • Heel Realization: Has one against Gundham, realizing that Gundham uses his theatrics to give a good show and have fun, while Espa uses them to cheat. This strengthens his resolve to start winning without such under-handed methods, and he makes good on it, working his way back to the finals.
  • Put on a Bus: Sits out at the KaibaCorp blimp during the Virtual World arc to look after his brothers and to help Gundham keep an eye on Marik.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Comes back with a much more powerful deck by the time of his second appearance.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He's much more friendly and less arrogant when he appears later in the finals.

     Natsumi Kuzuryu 

  • Achilles' Heel: Her Koa'ki Meiru deck: Even though it plenty of her monsters are very strong stat-wise and have powerful effects, all of them requite the discard of the Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru Spell or the reveal of another monster with the same Type as theirs in order to sustain themselves otherwise they get destroyed. Same can be said for the archetype's Spells/Traps that are powerful and potent, but need the Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru to even function and are thus useless without it.
  • Amicable Exes: She and Joey used to date back in middle school, and though they still bicker when they meet again, it's light-hearted. Until she reveals she's working with Dartz.
  • The Bully: To Sato and Mahiru.
  • Composite Character:
    • She takes up the character and role Mai Valentine took during the Orichalcos arc in Yu-Gi-oh! canon - as a female duelist suffering with feelings of insecurity when compared to her peers who makes a Deal with the Devil with Dartz for more power and directly opposes (and has some Ship Tease with) Joey. Case in point: The duel where Joey obtains Hermos is even in the same area and moment where he dueled Mai in canon.
  • Deal with the Devil: Strikes one with Dartz in Chapter 62 to save her life.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She makes an early appearance as a one-off contestant for Ibuki to defeat, before becoming much more important once Twilight Syndrome and the Orichalcos arc start.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Dones a biker chick type of costume, following her Face–Heel Turn to the Orichalcos.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Courtesy of Dartz.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She admits to Hajime that, while she's happy he got to move to the Main Course, she's jealous that it was him and not her.
  • I Have No Brother!: Disowns Fuyuhiko as her brother when he refuses to join Doma.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: In chapter 77, she laments that every guy she's had the hots for never liked her back, or eventually broke up with her. It's even implied that one of them is Hajime.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Like Hajime, she dearly desires to have an Ultimate talent and be in the Main Course.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: She acts all arrogant and oppressive, but for the most part it is to hide the her insecurities and frustrations of always being overshadowed and looked down upon by others around her whether it be Ultimates or even from within her own clan.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's abrasive and even bullies Sato, but she's also a good friend to Hajime, having encouraged him into going to the tournament with Chiaki in the first place.
  • Precocious Crush: Seems to be having a small one for Valon if Chapter 70 is any indication.
  • Shipper on Deck: Chapter 62 reveals she's one for Hajime/Chiaki.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In DR canon, she's murdered by Sato. Here, Dartz interferes and grants her the power of the Orichalcos, saving her life at the cost of a Face–Heel Turn. Afterwards, she moves to America to help build the American branch o Hope's Peak.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Implied; she accepts Dartz's offer to save her life, but later starts seeking revenge on Ibuki for beating her in Battle City. She also would have gone after Mahiru if Hiyoko hadn't beaten her to the punch. Most damningly, she disowns her beloved brother when he refuses to join her.

     Eliza se Arc 

  • Adorkable: Watch her act all brash and confrontational one minute, then act all polite and apologetic the next. Then there's also her reaction upon hearing that Hajime has the Black Luster Soldier.
  • Expy: Of Erza Scarlet as Word of God admits to.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has long, flowing redhead and can get very fierce and intense when competing.
  • Friendly Rival: To Chiaki in terms of Duel Monsters and gaming in general, when the two weren't competing with one another, they were hanging around for lunch or to share how one another was doing.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite never being able to defeat Chiaki in Duel Monsters or in gaming, Eliza never let it consumer her as she continued to challenge Chiaki over and over not caring that she lose every time - a sharp contrast from the many of the other people Chiaki has faced against in the past who believed winning was everything to them, and who only ended up succumbing to despair and/or going down darker paths in their desire to defeat her. She also acts this way towards Hajime after losing to him during the first part of the Battle City tournament.

     Ishizu Ishtar 

  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: She becomes a Remnant after being physically, emotionally, and sexually tortured by Junko.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Part of her initiation into the Remnants includes being mentally tormented into worshipping Junko.
  • Break the Cutie: Chapter 61, in horrifying detail.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Ishizu has been relying on her Millenium Necklace for so long that it's dulled her dueling instincts. As such, her composure becomes much more shaken if she's forced to go without it such as when going against Makoto, whose luck wrecks havoc with its future sight.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Courtesy of Junko.
  • Fan Disservice: She's part of a scene with explicit sexual girl-on-girl action...while she is being tortured, molested, and transformed into a Remnant, a la Chisa.
  • Tragic Villain: We get to watch her transition into a Remnant firsthand, and it is every bit tragic as her later actions are horrifying.
  • Walking Spoiler: Like hell.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The three Ishtar siblings return home at the end of Battle City, hoping to restart anew, only to be kidnapped by Junko. Ishizu is tortured into despair, Marik supplanted by his Superpowered Evil Side, and Odion killed.

     Rex Raptor 

  • Adaptational Badass: Gets to show just how competent of a duelist he is while dueling Makoto compared to his canon performance. Even though Makoto wins, it was not easy.
    • He is later shown competing in the Canadian Nationals and he has started to incorporate insects into his deck and runs a piercing damage type of deck, nearly getting him a victory over Joey.
  • Adaptational Heroism: An interesting example. In anime canon, Rex was hit with a major case of Adaptational Villainy when compared to his manga counterpart (who while still being a jerk, was WAY more honorable than Weevil ever was)which even led to him joining Dartz to get back at Joey. In this fic, his defection to Dartz still happens but what really sets this trope into play is his newfound Character Development during the Canada Nationals arc.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: During his reappearance in the Canada Nationals, he incorporates some Insect monsters that do piercing battle damage as a way to strengthen his deck, but also uphold the late Weevil's legacy.
  • Everything Is Better With Dinosaurs: Uses a Dinosaur deck as per canon.
  • Graceful Loser: In contrast to their past duels in canon, he takes his loss to Joey during the Canada Nationals in stride further enforcing his Character Development.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Sees Makoto as a walk in the park, only to wind up losing to him.

     Bandit Keith 

     Weevil Underwood 

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Uses an Insect deck as per canon.
  • Death by Adaptation: In canon, he survives Yami Yugi's Berserker Soul assault and was even brought to safety after the train they were in crashes. In this fic however, he gets attacked to no end courtesy of Junko egging the Pharoah which results in his body falling off the train and onto the canyons. If the continuous attacks didn't kill him, the fall certainly did.
  • Harmless Villain: Lampshaded by Junko. Weevil is annoying. He's hardly a threat to Yami. Sure, Weevil ends up sending Yami into an unstoppable rage, but that proved to be the last thing he ever did.
  • Killed Off for Real: Yes. You are reading that correctly. Weevil dies at the hands of Yami Yugi in chapter 75, courtesy of Berserker Soul and Junko egging him on to keep attacking.

     Vellian Crowler 

     Mako Tsunami 

  • Chick Magnet: Becomes one courtesy of Touko's So Lingers the Ocean book. Because of her book's success, fishermen had jumped to the top of "Hottest Men Polls" in Japan. And when combined with Duel Monster's popularity, caused Mako to be heavily desired by the female masses as if he was the "next George Clooney".
  • Making a Splash: Plays a WATER deck as per canon.

     Yasuhiro Hagakure 

  • Butt-Monkey: Arguably more so than in canon.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Was on a huge receiving end of this, courtesy of Sonia.
  • Demoted to Extra: Probably the biggest example out of every character in the series. Unlike the other Danganronpa 1 characters who have had a chapter or two where they were featured, Hagakure merely gets a brief scene or two before disappearing from the story completely and in such an undignified matter at that. And if that wasn't bad enough, the Prologue reveals that his spot in the first game's killing game/story and Class 78 is filled out by Yugi instead thus eliminating any remaining relevancy he would have had left.

     Bonz, Sid and Zigor 

  • Dirty Coward: Their plan was to scare Battle City contestants out of their rare cards and Locator cards. Suffice to say, when the trio end up crossing Hajime and Chiaki, the latter gets utterly furious.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Bonz ends up dueling Hajime instead of Bakura and are only chased off at the end, thus sparing him and his two lackeys from their canonical fate of being sent to the Shadow Realm.
  • Those Two Guys: Sid and Zigor.

Rare Hunters

     Marik Ishtar/Yami Marik 

  • Big Bad: As in canon, of Battle City. At least until the finals.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Yami Marik is a far greater threat than him, owing to lack of restraint and utter cruelty. Additionally, Marik gets played by Celeste a few times and never really moves to neutralize her, while Yami Marik has no such mercy and doesn't let her, or anyone, push him around.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Yami Marik packed a Dimensional Wall trap just in case someone turned Ra against him, which he promptly puts to use when Sonia does. While Traps do not normally work on the Egyptian God Cards, his Trap in particular disregards that as it affects the player instead. Cure massive amounts of Oh, Crap! from everyone else.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Marik goes over it after Junko tortures Ishizu into becoming a Remnant, reveals Ishizu murdered Odion, and forcing him to watch a video of her enjoying despair. It completely shatters his mind, allowing his dark side (now going by Melvin) to take over.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Just as it seems like he's on the road towards atonement; Junko ends up capturing him and and his siblings upon their return to Egypt. And in his case; Junko pushes him to the brink despair by torturing Ishizu into despair, and forcing him to watch a video of his sister murdering Odion, as well as her enjoying despair resulting in him being mentally broken and his dark side to re-emerge.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Yami Marik is his repressed side, full of anger, darkness, and hate, who takes over after Odion's defeat.
  • Lack of Empathy: Yami Marik. He doesn't care at all about potentially losing his own memories in his Shadow Duel with Sonia, only shrugging and saying he never cared for his Rare Hunters anyway.
  • Large Ham: Both of them are very theatrical.
  • Morality Pet: His adoptive brother Odion, of course, but Odion also suspects that he cares for Celeste more than he shows.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction when Sonia reveals that she can read Ancient Egyptian. Unfortunately it amounts to nothing, see Crazy-Prepared above.
  • People Puppets: He uses his Millenium Rod to mind-control his minions, or anyone he captures.
  • Pet the Dog: Strangely enough, Yami Marik does this in two occassions, albeit both times are immediately negated by his villainous words afterwards.
    • In Chapter 32, he complies with everyone's demands and releases Mahiru from the Shadow Realm but warning everyone that this will be his only shred of mercy.
    • In Chapter 50 he allows Mikan to tend to his wounds caused from his battle with Gundham. Afterwards he thanks her and promises to destroy her last when he plunges the world into the shadows.
  • Smug Snake: Both Marik and his dark half are perpetually cocky in their ability to win.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Yami Marik. Instead of being destroyed after his final Shadow game in the Battle City finals, he was only banished within Marik's mind as seen when he re-emerges after Junko mentally breaks Marik in Chapter 61.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: As in canon, Dark Marik takes over after Odion is knocked out of the finals. And then again after Battle City, thanks to Junko.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Yami Marik, as per canon.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Celeste extends him this offer, and he actually takes her up on it. Until she loses to Yugi, but he just drops the deal instead of going the other route.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The three Ishtar siblings return home at the end of Battle City, hoping to restart anew, only to be kidnapped by Junko. Ishizu is tortured into despair, Marik supplanted by his Superpowered Evil Side, and Odion killed.

     Odion Ishtar 

     Other Rare Hunters 

Steve

Noah Kaiba, his Associates and other Virtual World Residents

     Noah Kaiba 

  • Cruel to Be Kind: This is the reason he kept raising the prices Sweet Orchard had to collect to bring Miho back—because he knew the Awful Truth that neither he nor Miho could leave, and wanted to protect her from finding it out.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: His dueling strategy is using cards that pour thousands upon thousands of life points into him, ensuring he can take lots of damage without even blinking, while his Spirit Monsters harass you.
  • Dirty Coward: He uses Mokuba as a human shield in his duel against Kaiba, as in canon.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He truly cares for his Only Friend, Miho. Even during his duels with Kaiba and Makoto, where he comes very close to crossing the Moral Event Horizon, he's still kind to her.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: It's heavily implied that, like Miho, he's been going insane from being trapped in the virtual world for too long.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Has his at the end of Chapter 48, after seeing that Gozuburo's true colors and a lot of patience from Makoto and Miho.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • When the virtual world arc starts, he only targets those who are actually able to duel, allowing the injured to stay behind with their nurse. He was also right about to lampast Johnson for cheating in his duel before Celeste's luck kicked in and turned it around.
    • He also refuses to give anyone access to Hajime's body, saying he'll honor the deal he made with the Steering Committee.
    • Subverted hard in Chapter 48, where he tosses aside honor and morals in his duels.
  • Hypocrite: He looks down on Johnson cheating against Celeste, but has no problem doing the exact same thing against Kaiba.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Think just because he cheats he's a wimp? Think again; his strategy is very sound, using Spirit Monsters in combination with Spring of Rebirth to consistently perform hit-and-run attacks and raise his life points.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: After losing to Makoto, he tries to cheat his way back to the real world by attempting to take his opponent's body by force as in canon. Unfortunately for him, Kaiba introduces him to fist before he can do so.
  • Jerkass: Very much so, as Chapter 48 shows.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • As in canon, he uses Mokuba as a human shield against Kaiba and then turns them to stone right as they were about to reunite.
    • During his duel with Makoto, Noah decides to start turning his friends to stone for every turn Makoto fails to defeat him. He does this for no reason other than to be a dick, with the crowner being turning Makoto's sister to stone and then mocking him.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: In an interesting way. He's been raising the money Sayaka's group has to pay to bring Miho back...because he doesn't want to lose her. While sweet, it's ignoring Miho's own wishes, and contributed to her thought that people have forgotten about her. Makoto even comments it's the exact logic of a spoiled kid—not inherently malicious, but still hurtful. Plus there's the whole Cruel to Be Kind thing...
  • Lonely Together: He and Miho were all the other had while trapped in the virtual world.
  • Noble Demon: Antagonistic he may be, but Noah has standards he'll follow. Leaving alone people he has no qualms with is one, as is sticking to his word, and he's protective of Miho, who he does care about. Subverted hard during his duels with Kaiba and Makoto, though, as he throws away every one of his morals to try and win.
  • Older Than They Look: He's chronologically a teenager, but is stuck in the body of a child.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • He initially tells everyone at the tournament that he wants them all off the blimp. When Mikan timidly steps forward and explains that she's a nurse and can't leave her injured patients, he amends this so she can stay to care for them. He also allows Espa Roba to stay with his brothers and Gundham to stay with Sonia.
    • To Miho in general. He's furious when he thinks the Big Five might go after her and is completely sincere when he apologizes for lying to her, stating he was trying to protect her from the Awful Truth.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Tends to rapidly switch between mockery and throwing tantrums. To be fair, he never actually got the chance to grow up, and might actually be insane.
  • Spoiled Brat: Literally whines that he's entitled to KaibaCorp and shouldn't have to work hard for it.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In canon, he sacrifices himself to stop Gozaburo and the both of them perish alongside his Virtual World. Here, his data gets salvaged by Chihiro and placed onto his laptop.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In the face of Makoto extending the hand of forgiveness, what does Noah do? Try to steal his body. Fortunately Kaiba stops and punches him in the face.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He straight up deletes the Big Five, Hobson, Kemo and Emma from existence after Leichter fails to defeat Kaiba, claiming that once Izuru is created he'll just make a deal with the Steering Committee to borrow him for his company which is actually lot earlier than when he does it to the Big Five in canon.

     The Big Five 

Gansley

Crump

  • Adaptational Heroism/Adaptational Villainy: His sadistic delight in his opponent slowly freezing to death is absent—as is the actual freezing. However, at the same time, he had a sympathetic backstory about his Abusive Parents and only finding comfort in penguins. None of that is mentioned here.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In canon he proved himself to be quite the forminable opponent against the inexperienced Tea. In this story however his opponent of choice is the more skilled and experienced Chiaki who was in control throughout their duel and proceeds to steal the win from under his nose.
  • Dirty Old Man: Unnervingly, he specifically mentions wanting the body of a teenage girl, and looked up Chiaki's breast size before deciding on her. She's understandably grossed out by this.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Still using his penguin-themed deck.
  • Good with Numbers: Not only was he once KaibaCorp's head account, he actually attended Hope's Peak Academy as the Ultimate Mathematician.
  • Smug Snake: He remains arrogant about his ability to win all throughout his duel with Chiaki, right until the end.
  • The Spock: He uses number-crunching to calculate his odds of winning and predict what his opponent is going to do.

Johnson

  • Amoral Attorney: He was a lawyer while he still had his body, hosts his duel with Celeste in a courthouse, and uses a lot of legalistic terminology. He also cheats the entire time except when her luck overrides it at the end.
  • Fixing the Game: As in his canon duel against Joey, he rigs his duel with Celeste so that all her die rolls and bets go south. However, her talent is so strong that this eventually stops working.
  • Fusion Dance: His deck relies on these.
  • Hypocrite: He expresses disgusts with gamblers for wasting their lives, mocks the notion of luck, and claims the house always comes to collect. What stops this from being Even Evil Has Standards is that Johnson is perfectly willing to cheat himself in order to win.
  • Insistent Terminology: He repeatedly addresses Celeste with her real name, Taeko Yasuhiro.
  • Smug Snake: Like Crump, he lords a superior attitude over his opponent the whole duel.
  • This Cannot Be!: He mentally exclaims "inconceivable!" when Celeste's luck begins beating his fixed die rolls. Then again when he realizes he's about to lose.

Nezbitt

  • Arms Dealer: He was in charge of KaibaCorp's technological, and especially weapons, development, while Gozaburo was around.
  • Child Hater: He despises Kaiba wanting to pander to children with KaibaCorp, and sneers that technology shouldn't be wasted on games for them.
  • The Comically Serious: His stoicism and seriousness in the face of Ibuki's increasing energy and noise volume makes him come off as this.
  • Humongous Mecha: Becomes one when he fuses his deck master with Machine King, creating Perfect Machine King.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: He looks down on Duel Monsters as a stupid children's card game, yet as Ibuki points out, is playing it himself. He actually agrees with her, lamenting that it's his only choice and once he gets back to the real world, he'll never touch a duel disk again.
  • Ironic Echo: The first time Komaru takes damage during the duel, she refers to it as a minor setback. When Nezbitt takes damage later, he does the same thing. Ibuki takes the opportunity, in typical Ibuki fashion, to hang a lampshade on this trope's use.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Has a very dim view of humans, favoring machines over them and believing that they're utterly inferior to robots.
  • This Cannot Be!: Screams it word for word when Ibuki annihilates him.
  • Villain Has a Point: When his opponents are incredulous over his dismissal of games, Nezbitt counters that games won't protect people from armies or war. While he's wrong about restricting technology to only adults, he does have a point, and with Junko lurking in the background they may very well need real weapons.
  • Would Harm A Child: His target for a new body is Komaru, who, since this is set around the time period of Danganronpa 3's Despair Arc, is a pre-teen! Of his three opponents in the duel, she's the one he most focuses on attacking, and he shows her no mercy.

Leichter

  • Killed Offscreen: Like Gansley, his duel with Kaiba happens off-screen, though he at least gets to show up.

     Other Associates 

Kemo

  • A Load of Bull: Assumes the form of Minoan Centaur.
  • We Hardly Knew You: Is defeated by Nagito and digitized into cyberspace not long after his (re)introduction.

Emma

Crump's niece and former head programmer of KaibaCorp. An original character made for the fanfic. As Johnson ends up dueling Celeste instead of Joey, she becomes Joey's opponent.

  • Greed: Her fatal flaw in that by cutting safety corners to make a profit, Kaiba fired her after she almost set him on fire. This also plays into her gameplay style in that she'll make any sacrifice, including her own life points, to gain any sort of advantage. And, as lampshaded by Celeste, this leads to her defeat.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Cut safety corners to make more money and nearly set Kaiba and Mokuba on fire. Kaiba promptly fired her for her actions.
  • Magical Girl: Her deck revolves entirely around spellcasters, including the fruit-based magician girls. Her deck master is even Chocolate Magician Girl.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Her entire role is this as she wasn't even originally involved in the arc until Monaca Towa tipped her off about the situation. Monaca then sabotaged her virtual reality pod and used Emma's duel with Joey to help improve Junko's dueling skills.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Duels one duel against Joey and loses before she's digitized into cyberspace. Noteworthy in that, unlike the only other original character in the series, Eliza se Arc, Emma probably isn't coming back.

Hobson

  • Superpower Lottery: Out of the deckmaster abilities presented in the story, his is arguably the most broken out of all of them outside of Noah's Shinato. His Witty Phantom's deckmaster ability allows him to once per turn, look at this opponent's hand. He then has the option to take one card from their hand and force them to discard another.

     Gozaburo Kaiba 
  • Ambiguous Situation: Since the missile strike is comppletely omitted in this story and his defeat from Kaiba's hands happens off-screen; it is unknown what happened to Gozaburo at the end of the Virtual World Arc if he simply defeated or had his mind deleted.
  • Arch Nemesis Dad: To Kaiba as per canon.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: See Offing the Offspring below. He regards Byakuya's suggestion as "disgusting".
  • Killed Offscreen: His defeat by Seto's hands goes entirely off-screen (save for a brief cameo) to pave more focus to Chiaki's Hajime-rescue storyline.
  • Offing the Offspring: Byakuya theorizes that this is what he did to Noah, knowing full well the kind of man Gozaburo was back in the real world (a theory that horrifies everyone, including Kaiba). Gozaburo however proclaims that despite that Noah was a spoiled brat, he would never actually plot to get rid of him. However he does admit that Noah's accident was indeed convenient for him as it got an incompetent heir out of his way and made way for a more worthy one in Seto.

Doma/Paradius

     Dartz 

     Alister 

  • Bare Your Midriff: As per canon.
  • Demoted to Extra: Oh good lord. Not only are his canon duels with Kaiba unchanged, but even his smaller appearances have been axed insofar. For example, in chapter 73 when Alister is supposed to take Rafael away from Death Valley with a helicopter, one of Gundham's mind controlled giant birds takes his place.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Courtesy of his looks and wardrobe.
  • The Rival: To Seto Kaiba in the Orichalcos arc, as per canon. Hiyoko even lampshades and teases their dynamic as Alister having a "hate-boner" for Kaiba, much to his protests.

     Rafael 

  • Achilles' Heel: His Guardian strategy while very potent when pulled of perfectly, has many obvious and exploitable flaws that are easy to capitalize on: First off is obviously how his Guardians require their respective Equip Spell to be on the field as otherwise they cannot be Summoned making any Spell/Trap removal an instant hindrance to him. Secondly, his Guarded Treasure Spell limits his starting hand in order to allow him an additional draw in his Draw Phases which can easily be countered by once again - Spell/Trap destruction, or a card that skips his Draw Phase like Time Seal. Third and lastly while he has numerous ways to retreive his monsters from the Graveyard, he has little ways to retrieve them if they are removed via other means such as banishing.
  • Aloof Big Brother: To Sonia, considering she's on the opposing side and yet Rafael himself refuses to reach out to her despite the supposed death of his family being what led to his Despair Event Horizon in the first place. Junko naturally has a field day calling him out on his aloofness.
  • Anti-Villain: Like in canon, he joins Dartz's cause because he genuinely believes he can restore the world to a purer state.
  • Guardian Entity: Plays a Guardian deck.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite refusing to return with Sonia to Novoselic and being on opposing sides against her; Rafael still tucks her away in a safe location in the midst of his escape.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In this story, he is a thought-to-be deceased member of the Novoselic Royal Family and is Sonia's older brother.
  • Taking the Bullet: Will willingly go out of his way to protect his monsters from destruction, even at the cost of his other cards or his own LP.
  • The Rival: Towards Yugi/Yami during the Orichalcos arc, as per canon.
  • Schmuck Bait: Like in canon, he uses the Exchange Spell to forcefully give Yami the Seal of Orichalcos as part of his gambit to expose his true nature while also taking his soul.

     Valon 
  • Adaptation Name Change: This fic gives him the surname of "Hall".
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Implied after being beaten by Mai in chapter 75.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When it is clear that Joey and Mai have the upper hand against him and Natsumi during their tag duel in Chapter 71 with no way for either of them to make a comeback; he decides to use his emergency fail-safe option to break the Seal of Orichalcos mid-duel, letting him and Natsumi make a run for it.
  • Pet the Dog: His concern for Natsumi's well-being, as shown in Chapters 70-71.
  • Powered Armor: His Armor deck.
  • The Rival: Due to Mai not pulling her Face–Heel Turn from canon in this fic, Valon becomes this for her. He's also still this for Joey to some minor extent as per canon.
  • Ship Tease: Tries to invoke this Mai as per canon. Unlike in canon however, Mai chooses to have none of it and thus antagonizes him every chance she gets.
    • To a lesser extent with Natsumi, as seen from their interactions in Chapters 70-71 and how Valon seemed genuinely concerned about her well-being.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His Armor monsters tend to have 0 ATK and DEF points, but more than make up for it by having devastating and potent effects that can easily overwhelm the opponent.

     Gurimo 

  • Adaptational Badass: In canon, his only on-screen duel was against the Pharoah and was thus soundly defeated by him. Here, we see him winning a duel on-screen against Fuyuhiko and Peko showcasing a much stronger deck featuring the Wicked Eraser.
  • Smug Snake: He spends his duels with Fuyuhiko, Peko, and Chisa taunting about how their defeat is inevitable. Unfortunately for him, Chisa isn't having none of that.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He goes after Chisa because he thinks she's nothing more than a silly teacher. He is incredibly wrong and loses for it.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: This guy is taken out of the arc literally the chapter after he's introduced.

Junko Enoshima and her Associates

     Junko Enoshima 

  • Alpha Bitch: Is she ever. She's gorgeous, popular, and a highly-respected gyaru in society. She's also evil to the core.
  • Ascended Extra: She initially appears in only a minor role during the Battle City arc, only to take a more active involvement in the story by that arc's conclusion, starting with torturing Ishizu into a remnant of Despair, killing Odion, and breaking Marik back into his Superpowered Evil Side.
  • Big Bad Friend: This seems to be Junko's intentions for the moment as she has spent her screen time amongst Yugi and his friends very benign and rather helpful. Gird your loins.
  • Black Comedy: A good number of her quips and antics give off this vibe. Comedic in that they can be hilarious, black for the fact that well...it's freaking Junko we are talking about here.
  • Casting a Shadow/Dark Is Evil: In Duel Monsters, a majority of her monsters are DARK-Attribute and are mainly Fiend-Typed, reflecting her true demonic nature.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Inflicts this on poor Ishizu.
  • The Corrupter: She tortures, through various means, Ishizu into becoming a Remnant, and then reveals this to Marik to push him off the edge.
  • Domestic Abuse: Physically and emotionally horrible to her sister.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Pulls one of these on Rafael in Chapter 79, recording his direct threat on her as part of her ploy to slander him in everyone's eyes.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: During Chapter 73, when Yami reveals that Yugi offered his soul to the Orichalcos in his place, Junko actually feels confused if not outright distraught of why someone like Yugi would do such a thing.
  • Exact Words: During the duel with Seto Kaiba in Noah's virtual world arc, disguised as Monokuma, Junko promises to tell Kaiba where she sent Mokuba to if he won. Come the duel's end, and Kaiba's victory, Kaiba demands to know where Mokuba is, but Junko remarks that she only promised to tell Kaiba where he is, but never specified she would say how to get there. Kaiba was not amused.
  • Femme Fatale: Implied, what with dressing up like Pegasus's deceased wife to get in his good books. Outright confirmed in her interactions with Yami where she's not above applying her charms to mess around with his mind.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Junko is not the starring villain of Battle City, Virtual World, or Orichalcos arcs, but any Danganronpa fan knows this twisted little psychopath is cooking something up.
  • Honey Trap: In addition to crushing Yami's psyche and making him more prone to despair, Junko also seems to be keen on seducing him or Yugi to snatch them from under Tea's nose. See "Take That!" Kiss below.
  • Hope Crusher: Junko loves despair to fetish levels, and loves nothing more than spreading it. A particular favorite is winning or watching someone win right when their opponent thought they had it in the bag.
    Junko: I want to see that raw determination you showed Crowler...just so I can knock it down.
  • Insistent Terminology: When Kaiba likens Monokuma to a four-year-old's interpretation of a panda, Junko, as Monokuma, corrects him in that it's a 10-year-old's interpretation, likely referring to how Monokuma was made by Monaca Towa.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As soul-crushing as it was for Rafael, Junko does make several good points in regards to questioning his motives. She also calls him out ignoring his sister Sonia in favor of serving Dartz despite Sonia's condition is pretty much living proof that Dartz's words were lies. Suffice to say, Rafal does not take this well at all.
  • Knight of Cerebus: There is a sharp tonal difference between Chapter 61 and the rest of the fic, where she begins her plans to destroy the world. The author even bumps up the fic's rating to M starting from the Orichalcos arc.
  • Manipulative Bitch: This being Junko, you can expect a lot of moments where she shows this:
    • She wormed her way into Pegasus's favor by making emotional appeals and doing housework. And occasionally, dressing up as his dead wife.
    • She also worms her way into Yugi's circle of friends by pretending to be a good person all as part of her ploy to corrupt Yami as part of her long-term plans.
    • To say nothing of what she did to Ishizu.
    • Taken to the extreme levels in Chapters 79-80 where she not only defeats Rafael before the Pharoah can on top of also emotionally and mentally breaking him, but also initiates a Wounded Gazelle Gambit to make everyone think she's the victim among the two duelists. And even when displaying her true persona, it can easily be hand-waved by the Orichalcos corrupting her.
  • Not Me This Time: When Tea sees Yami Drunk on the Dark Side in chapter 73, she immediately assumes Junko is responsible and slaps her across the face. Junko quickly affirms, with supporting evidence, that, for once, she's not to blame.
  • Poisonous Friend: And very very subtle about it too. Junko has spent some of her interactions with the Pharaoh trying to guide him in the direction of falling into despair. And his duels with Rafael and Weevil aren't helping matters...
  • Precision F-Strike: During her duel with Rafael, she mimics a line from Abridged regarding his use of Dreadscythe and calls him a "Giant fucking hypocrite".
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Weevil by quoting the abridged series, including a mention of MushroomMan.
    • She also delivers one to Rafael that also doubles as a Breaking Speech during their duel.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type C, aka "looks nice and friendly on the outside, out for blood on the inside."
  • Troll: Never more evident than while posing as Monokuma. She also invokes a case of Did They or Didn't They? with Yami until she busts a gut laughing, unable to keep up the facade any longer and comes clean that she was just messing with him.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Junko manipulates Yami into kissing her after he defeats her in a duel while the Seal of Orichalcos is activated. She then invokes this trope by deliberately opening her eyes and making eye contact with Tea, just to irritate the brunette.
  • Villain Has a Point: Junko's betrayal of Dartz is justified by her by pointing out If the Seal of Orichalcos is going to take the heroes' souls anyway, she may as well be the one getting the 500 attack point boost.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Makoto's determination, luck, and optimistic nature catch her eye immediately. The fic also starts when Junko becomes interested in Duel Monsters as a potential way to bring despair.
    • She also appears to be quite interested in Yugi Muto.
    • In chapter 73, she explicitly refers to Rafael as "Not boring" due to his speeches greatly resembling her own philosophy. She unfortunately makes good on that interest in chapter 85.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Pulls this in Chapter 79 during her duel against Rafael, all to garner sympathy from Yami and everyone else present. Suffice to say, it works.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Junko is the master of this.
    • Her actions in the Orichalcos arc are this. She pretended to join Dartz and then took the Orichalcos seal with her, just so she could spend time among Yugi and his friends, acting as their friend and ally. She used this to great advantage so that, ultimately, Yami would take her soul and Dartz would be gotten out of her way by the good guys, leaving her in the good graces of the protagonists, and able to blame all of her horrible actions on the Orichalcos making her Brainwashed and Crazy. And it works. Time will tell how this will pan out in the long run.

     Mukuro Ikusaba 

  • Adorkable: Just watch her try to work out her feelings over Makoto.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Referring to Mukuro as an "enabler" to Junko's behavior aside, she at least tries to be a good big sister to the world's worst little sister alive.
  • Broad Strokes: The prologue shows that unlike in canon, she ends up participating in the Killing Game as herself instead of impersonating her sister Junko. However what caused this change and what in entails is still unknown.
  • Graceful Loser: Mukuro takes her loss to Makoto with calm acceptance.
  • Love at First Sight: She develops a crush on Makoto almost instantly.
  • My Sister Right Or Wrong: Is completely and utterly devoted to supporting her sister, no matter how immoral her ambitions are. Rafael actually calls her out on this mindset of hers at the end of Chapter 73.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: While "nemesis" might not be the proper word for it, Mukuro is certainly this to any would-be opponent of hers. She foregoes the cheesy one-liners and flourishing hand gestures, keeping her body still and speaking rather robotically of abilities activating. Makoto even tells her she can afford to loosen up a little.
  • The Stoic: Mukuro keeps a level head at almost all times and rarely expresses emotion.
  • Undying Loyalty: To her sister Junko.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Poor dear is completely confused by the feelings Makoto stirs in her.

     Monaca Towa 

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Like Komaru, Monaca doesn't come into relevance until Absolute Despair Girls. Here she appears (albeit with her name not dropped) throughout the background in the Virtual World arc as a accomplice of Junko's.

     "Melvin"/Yami Marik 

Tropes pertaining to him following the end of the Battle City arc apply here. For more information on him during the Battle City arc, look at Marik's folder above.

  • Walking Spoiler: His identity spoils the reveal that not only does Marik's dark half survive his defeat under Hajime's hands, but that he also resurfaces after Marik's second Despair Event Horizon courtesy of Junko.

Unaffiliated Characters

     Komaru Naegi 

  • Adorkable: As her three-way duel with Nezbitt proves, Komaru's her brother's equal when it comes to geekiness. She also shouts out Dark Magician's attack in time with the monster and inwardly squees when Yugi compliments her.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance/Ascended Extra: In canon Komaru doesn't have much relevance until Absolute Despair Girls. Here she appears early on as Makoto's one-man cheering squad, and we actually do see both siblings bond and interact with one another.
  • Cowardly Lion: After the full extent of Marik's powers is unveiled, Komaru urges her brother to give up and go home, believing that they don't belong in a fight like this. Regardless, she'll still follow him into danger, no matter what.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Minor example. Her ahoge pops up during her duel with Nezbitt, reflecting her recent level in badass. Though Makoto later wets it back down with his finger in a later chapter, likely referring to the fact that Komaru's time in the spotlight is at an end given the Danganronpa refers to the ahoge as "Protagonist Hair".
  • Fangirl: A huge one for Sayaka's idol group, Sweet Orchard. Watching her brother duel them and win, getting them both the opportunity to meet the group in person, makes Komaru totally flip out in excitement. She does this all over again when meeting Junko, who at that point she only knows as the leading fashionista for girls, and again when Yugi compliments her dueling.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She gets a chance to duel herself in the three-on-one duel, with Nezbitt facing her, Mai, and Ibuki. She still fangirls over them (and when he shows up, Yugi) throughout the duel.
  • Magical Girl: Uses a Spell Counter deck against Nezbitt, which is based off her one at home (albeit stronger since she can access any card she wants in the virtual world).
  • Plucky Girl: Constantly feisty and determined, even when the situation looks bad.
  • Shipper on Deck: She is totally onboard with Makoto/Sayaka, though in no small part because it'd make her idol her sister-in-law.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her turn to shine comes when Nezbitt challenges her to a duel, banking on her youth and inexperience. While she is still an amateur, she more than holds her own.

     Serenity Wheeler 
  • Demoted to Extra: Compared to anime canon. First off she does not play any part in rescuing Joey when the latter nearly drowned after the forced deathmatch between him and Yugi and second of all, she does not even accompany everyone else to the Virtual World instead staying behind the blimp.
  • Hero-Worshipper: She really looks up to Mai and Mahiru because of their confidence and protectiveness.
  • Self-Deprecation: When wondering about what she'll do after her eyesight is back, Serenity sadly muses that it probably won't matter, because she's only average at everything she does.

     Maximillian Pegasus 

  • Ascended Extra: Downplayed. While Pegasus was the Arc Villain for Duelist Kingdom—this story takes place after those events—he really didn't do much in the anime afterwards. In the Orichalcos arc, the duel where he loses his soul is actually shown, whereas he was defeated offscreen in the anime.

     Rebecca Hawkins 

  • Demoted to Extra: In canon, Rebecca plays a minor, if not supportive role in the anime. In this story, she has all of one major scene And ends up getting her soul stolen by Nagito for her troubles.
  • Worthy Opponent: Nagito views her as this despite her being too young to be considered an ultimate. He even mentions that she has potential to become one.

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