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This is a Character Sheet for Fatal Frame III.


Main Characters

     Rei Kurosawa 

Voiced by Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Kimberly Brooks (English)

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Rei Kurosawa lost her fiancé, Yuu Asou, in a car accident some time ago. While investigating a supposedly-haunted building, she sees what appears to be her dead fiancé, and follows him. She finds herself entering the Manor of Sleep, dragged there by her grief and guilt. Now afflicted with the Tattoo Curse, Rei wanders the manor in the hope of finding and catching up to Yuu.


  • Beauty Mark: Has one beneath her eye.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Blue, the color of her tattoos.
  • Death Seeker: Repeatedly talks about wanting to be with Yuu, even knowing that proceeding further into the Manor of Sleep will end up killing her.
  • Informed Attribute: Claims that she's the opposite of Yuu, who was quiet and gentle, but this doesn't really show. Justified, as she's still suffering from depression over her fiancé's death.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for the car accident that killed Yuu, since she was the one driving.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Capable of equipping most of the available lenses and functions, along with having a large capture circle, and dishing out adequate damage.
  • Meaningful Name: The kanji for her name can be read as zero, same as the game's original title.
  • Please Don't Leave Me
    • Towards Miku in Hour XI. Should the player choose to have Miku continue to follow Mafuyu's spirit into the depths of the Himuro Mansion, Rei will call after Miku to come back and not leave her behind, believing Miku is stronger than her.
    • Towards Yuu. When Yuu's spirit begins to cross the Rift, Rei rushes after him and begs him to take her along. Yuu refuses, saying that she should live on for him and his memory.
  • Psychic Link: With Miku and Kei, allowing her to see their dreams of the manor within her own. She doesn't have any influence over their decisions, though, as shown when Miku heads further after her brother's spirit, and Rei is begging her to stay.
  • Psychic Powers: Awoken through the Tattoo Curse. The fifth game suggests it's because she's a descendant of shrine maidens.
  • Shower of Angst: Takes several, often breaking down in tears.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Feels guilty over having survived the car accident that killed Yuu.

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     Kei Amakura 

Voiced by: Yusei Oda (Japanese), Josh Keaton (English)

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Mio's uncle, a non-fiction writer. He was also good friends with Yuu, and writes letter to him during the game which Rei receives. These help her unravel the mystery of the Manor of Sleep. The main reason he is investigating the manor is to save his niece Mio, who fell victim to the Tattoo Curse.


  • Apocalyptic Log: The Research Notes, and his letters to Yuu.
  • Badass Bookworm: Comes with being one of the series' folklorists who can actually fight off ghosts and not end up one of them. Even then, up until you play his chapters he had no Camera Obscura and had to hide often, hence his ability and special filament. Regardless of how weak his sixth sense is, the man's certainly something to have been sneaking around a haunted manor for so long (the extent of his tattoos show that he's been in the manor the longest out of the three).
    • In the good and apparently canon ending, he becomes the first male character to survive the game.
  • Can't Catch Up: In a somewhat different way than most examples. Being the only playable man in Fatal Frame III, he's stronger than the girls and so he can move heavy objects they can't. But his sixth sense is said to be weaker than theirs, which results in his attacks being overall inferior, and that's when he has a camera to begin with.
    • Gradual Grinder: His Camera Obscura though is best used to chip away at a spirit's health with rapid combos and bonuses, as he can't charge it to levels as high as Rei or Miku.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Indigo, if his clothing and tattoos are to go by.
  • Hope Spot: He delivers this for Rei near the end.
  • Identical Stranger: To Akito Kashiwagi, Kyouka Kuze's missing lover. As the ghost Brushing Woman, she is not happy to see him. He also resembles Reika's lover, who is Akito and Kyouka's son, Kaname. This, plus having the Echo Stone Earring in a second playthrough, saves him in the canon good ending.
  • Mr. Exposition: Subverted. His chapters are where you usually find the documents that explain the Kuze Family and their rituals, that which lead up to the existence of the Tattoo Curse and the Manor of Sleep.
  • Meaningful Name: The character for his name means 'firefly', referring to the light of hope he has for finding a way to end the curse. However, fireflies are also known for their brief lifespans.
  • Parental Substitute: He's apparently this for Mio and Mayu.
  • Pocket Protector: If you obtain Kyouka's Echo Stone Earring on a second playthrough or later, Reika will spare him at the end of Hour XII.
  • Psychic Powers: He possesses very weak powers, especially in comparison to Rei and Miku.
  • Stone Wall: To compensate for his lower damage potential, he has the highest health out of the 3 playable characters.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: He does this when he's staying over at Rei's house, pleading for either his nieces or his close friends Mafuyu and Yuu not to leave him behind.

Ghosts

     Reika Kuze 

Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Kimberly Brooks (English)

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The tattooed priestess, and possibly the biggest Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds in the series. Like Kirie, she was a Virgin Sacrifice for a ritual that, because of a secret romance and a string of tragic events, lead to her unleashing the Rift and spread her suffering to others through their dreams.


  • Apocalyptic Log: The Tattooed Diaries and the Mirror Shards.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: She's topless, but the tattoos hide any appearance of nipples.
  • Break the Cutie: The final straw was Kaname being murdered right in front of her.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: She lived enduring this until the day of her death...
  • Disproportionate Retribution: ... And she unleashed it all back, not only at the Kuze Household, but also those who longed to see their lost loved ones like the worshipers.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Kaname, her lover in life. Because of this, she spares Identical Stranger Kei in the Good Ending.
  • Fate Worse than Death: For eternity, she must dream of the grief engraved on her so that they won't have to.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Taken to literal extremes.
  • In-Series Nickname: Tattooed Priestess.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Once the reasons for the ritual are revealed, it's hard to feel sorry for her initial victims.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In battle, she walks fairly fast, can divebomb you from above very quickly, and deals a lot of damage when she attacks.
  • Miko: The priestess of the Kuze Shrine, the Tattooed Priestess.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Her Echo Stone Earring, which was a gift from her childhood friend Kaname.
  • One-Hit Kill: Hers is unique in that it becomes a Luck-Based Mission where she ambushes you from a random spot. If you end up in front of her... Say good bye.
    • However, she also has the traditional One-Hit Kill of the other antagonists in the previous chapters.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She took her revenge on every single person in the manor, and continues to try to spread her suffering to others.
  • Sole Survivor: Of an avalanche that took out her village and family, hence why she was taken in by the Kuze Manor willingly.
  • Storyboard Body: Her body is filled with tattoos, each and every one of them for the pain of someone else.
  • Tattooed Crook: Literally every inch of her body is covered in tattoos, adding to her frightening appearance.
  • Talking to Herself: Junko Minagawa (and Kimberly Brooks, for the English version) voices both her and Rei.
  • Together in Death: An ugly version at first, with Kaname's corpse at her side while she was unable to look away. After her defeat, Rei breaks the Curse by sending Reika and Kaname to the Other Side together.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Dear lord! In order: She lost her family and village to an avalanche, adopted by another family and forced to endure Cold-Blooded Torture until she died during which she finally found love, only to have that love brutally murdered in front of her. Would someone give this poor girl a hug?!
  • Virgin Sacrifice: Sacrified as part of her role as the Tattooed Priestess.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: She's topless, though the tattoos conceal any details.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Being forced to watch her lover die, and unable to ever look away from his corpse, drove her to lash out with the Tattooed Curse.

     Yoshino Takigawa 

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A woman that survived a plane crash, and was claimed by the Tattooed Curse. She pleads with Rei to wake her up, but soon dies and becomes an evil spirit.


  • Apocalyptic Log: Yoshino's diary.
  • Flunky Boss: She is always accompanied by Shadows, which will respawn until Yoshino is defeated.
  • In-Series Nickname: Female Survivor.
  • Sole Survivor: She survived a plane crash, and was trapped with the bodies of her loved ones for several days.
  • Survivor Guilt: She was cursed as a result of her guilt for surviving.
  • Tattooed Crook: As a ghost, she is covered in the tattoos that cursed her.
  • Trauma Conga Line: In a plane crash, thrown from the plane, and left in the wreckage for several days surrounded by the bodies of her loved ones. Afterwards, she falls victim to the curse and by the time Rei encounters her, she's nearly insane with fear after being trapped in the Manor for an extended prior of time.

     Amane Kuze 

Voiced By: April Hong (English)

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A Handmaiden in the service of the Kuze Shrine, tasked with caring for the Priestess. She helped her older brother, Kaname, sneak into the manor to meet with Reika. For the crime of breaking the Kuze Code, she was killed by the other Handmaidens. Her spirit aids Miku, guiding her through the manor.


  • Apocalyptic Log: The Blue Diary.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Crucified and left to bleed to death beside the leaking Rift.
  • The Cutie: Unlike the other Handmaidens, she's a sweet and helpful girl.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She just wanted to help, but allowing Kaname to wake Reika up resulted in the Rift leaking out into the world.
  • Token Good Teammate: She is the only Handmaiden who is not hostile, doing her best to aid Miku. Her spirit can only be fought in the bonus challenges.

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     Kaname Ototsuki 

Voiced By: Josh Keaton (English)

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The son of Kyouka and Akito, smuggled out of Kuze Manor as a baby. He fell in love with Reika, and was drawn to the manor by dreams of her. His sister, Amane, helped him sneak into the shrine to see Reika and his death was the trigger for Reika's curse.


  • Apocalyptic Log: Kaname's Letters, and the "Ototsuki" recording.
  • Dies Wide Open: Part of the reason for Reika's trauma was that he died right in front of her, and they were forced to stare endlessly at each other.
  • Identical Stranger: Like his father, he resembled Kei quite a bit.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His murder caused the Holly to enter Reika's eyes and unleash the curse.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Reika.
  • Together in Death: His corpse lay next to Reika. After Rei defeats Reika and closes her eyes, she sends the two down the river to the other side.

     Yashuu Kuze 

Voiced By: Nana Yamaguchi (Japanese)

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The Head of the Kuze family, mother to Kyouka, and grandmother to Kaname and Amane. She had no mercy for those that break the Kuze Code, ruthlessly killing anyone she considered a threat.


  • Apocalyptic Log: The Calico Notebooks.
  • Asshole Victim: She brutally murdered several innocent men, and ruled the Kuze family with an iron fist. Once Reika kills her, it's safe to say she completely deserved it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: There is only one sentence for breaking the Kuze code in any way: Death.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: She is the biggest cause of everything wrong with the setting of III. She takes in Reika just for the sake of making her the next Tattooed Priestess, callously murders her daughter, Kyouka's lover, Akito without her knowledge, causing her to lose her mind, orders for the murder of her own granddaughter, Amane, just for trying to help, and eventually murders her own grandson, Kaname, just for wanting to see Reika one last time. While her intentions may have been good in trying to keep the Rift closed, her actions taken are quite appalling.
  • In-Series Nickname: Kuze Family Head.
  • Interface Screw: She can make her hands temporarily block your vision with the camera.
  • Never Mess with Granny: In life, she was the ruthless head of the Kuze Shrine. In death, her spirit is a deadly foe that all three characters must overcome.
  • Recurring Boss: She appears and is fought for 4-5 times in total throughout the game.

     Kyouka Kuze 

Voiced By: Courtenay Taylor (English)

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The daughter of Yashuu Kuze, and mother to both Kaname and Amane. She was an extremely beautiful woman, and fell in love with a man that came to the manor for the winter. After his disappearance, she waited for him to return while obsessively brushing her hair. After her death, her spirit continues to wait and mistakes Kei for her long-lost love.


     The Handmaidens 

Hisame, Minamo, and Shigure Kuze

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Handmaidens in the service of the Kuze Shrine, working alongside Amane. They served the Priestess, and were tasked with impaling her in the shrine. After the curse broke out, they killed Amane and were themselves sacrificed to try to seal the Rift.


  • Airborne Mook: In the later encounters, they begin flying as opposed to simply hovering.
  • Apocalyptic Log: The Red Diary (Hisame), Gray Diary (Minamo), and Green Diary (Shigure).
  • Creepy Child: All three are this, especially Minamo.
  • Creepy Children Singing: They can be heard singing the Handmaiden's Song periodically.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Crucified as sacrifices.
  • Drop the Hammer: They carry their ceremonial hammers with them, and will attack by either swinging with it or emerging from the floor to hammer the player's foot into the ground.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: The Handmaiden's Song, sung to calm the Priestess. It involves crucifixion, skinning, and threats of the Rift opening....
  • Token Good Teammate: While all three are cases of Creepy Child, Shigure is the most morally conflicted of the three over having to kill Amane, as one quote from her spirit shows.
    Shigure: Amane... why?
  • Virgin Sacrifice: All were sacrificed in an effort to seal the Rift.
  • Wolfpack Boss: Later in the game, the player must face all three of them at once....often in difficult locations to fight.

     The Engravers 

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A pair of master Tattoo Artists, summoned to the shrine to tend to the Priestess. They made the sacred ink, and ritually engraved the tattoos into the Priestess's body. As part of their duties, they were forbidden from leaving the shrine and mutilated to show their devotion.


  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: They are topless, but their nipples are not visible.
  • Body Horror: They bodies undergo extensive mutilation as part of their duties. Needles are driven into their hands and forearms, and after their eyes are gouged out, a hemp rope is looped through the sockets.
  • Dual Boss: Sometimes fought as a pair, such as in the inner shrine.
  • Eye Scream: They tear our their own eyes, to better experience the Priestess's dreams.
  • Tattooed Crook: Like the Priestess, their bodies are covered in tattoos.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: They wear hakama, but without a top.

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Other Characters

     Yuu Asou 

Voiced By: Takaya Kuroda (Japanese), JD Cullum (English)

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Rei's lover, killed in an accident while she was driving. The guilt over his death leads her to follow him into the Manor of Sleep. In life, he was an old friend of Mafuyu Hinasaki and Kei Amakura.


  • Act of True Love: When Rei is reunited with him at the Horizon, he absorbs Rei's cursed Tattoos and tells her to go on living.
  • Apocalyptic Log: His bookshelf is filled with these, written by Folklorists....many of which are known to have been killed in previous curses.
  • Famous Ancestor: He's a member of the Asou family, and has quite a few old knicknacks stored around his house as a result....
  • The Lost Lenore: He's Rei's fiance, who had died in a car accident. Rei feels extremely guilty over his death.
  • Nice Guy: Rei notes he was a very kind and gentle person, with a warm nature.
  • Posthumous Character: He died prior to the beginning of the game, and it's his spirit that Rei follows into the Manor.
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