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     The 80th Class as a whole 
  • Cast of Snowflakes: All fifteen of the students are unique from one another in some way, whether that be in appearance or personality.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Judging by the cover art, the students seem to have some color associated with them:
    • Hana: Light Blue
    • Mikio: Neon Green
    • Akira: Red
    • Hiroshi: Gray
    • Azami: Purple
    • Rumi: Blue
    • Shiori: White
    • Tadao: Orange
    • Hinata: Blue-Violet
    • Ryoto: Gray-Blue
    • Asuna: Yellow
    • Kaneki: Brown
    • Saku: Gold
    • Shiro: Silver
    • Itachi: Dark Green
  • Ditzy Genius: Many of the students are quite...eccentric, but they were accepted into Hope's Peak for a reason.
  • Dwindling Party: With at least two students dying per chapter, not to mention that this is Danganronpa, this is bound to happen.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: Saku's hair is pulled into a ponytail reminiscent of the kind a samurai would have. And then there's everything about Itachi (minus his hairstyle, ironically).
  • Foil:
    • Hana and Akira. Both want to find the truth behind the murders that occur, both want to find a way to escape the castle and end the killing game, neither of them intend to commit any murders of their own, and they both try to prevent any murders when they can. However, Akira is cold-hearted and holds quite a bit of distrust towards the other students, not showing much care for them at all; meanwhile, Hana is empathetic and caring, and desires to protect her friends out of genuine care for all of them.
    • Hiroshi and Hana. Both care about their fellow classmates to a high degree and wish to find the truth of the murders for the sake of those who are still alive, and they both value emotions and feeling empathy for their friends; however, while Hiroshi isn't one to show his emotions too much, Hana is quite expressive with hers. Also, Hana tends to favor emotions over logic, while Hiroshi acts as a balance between the two.
    • Kaneki and Itachi. Both are some of the tallest students in the class, both have a friend whom they genuinely care for (Asuna and Shiro respectively), and they are both afflicted by a dark past that they wish to atone for. However, while Kaneki is atoning for her own past actions, Itachi is trying to atone for somebody else's (his father's) actions. Also, how they try to atone is different: Kaneki was willing to put her own life at risk to save the life of Asuna in order to keep history from repeating itself, Itachi was willing to kill and sacrifice his classmates if it meant graduating and restoring his family's honor.
      • The treatment of their respective friends also differs; though Kaneki and Itachi cared for Asuna and Shiro, Kaneki never acted to betray Asuna's trust, while Itachi exploited Shiro's trust to help in his murder plot (though he feels remorseful about it later).
  • Freudian Trio: The main trio of Hana, Hiroshi, and Akira fall into this:
    • Hana is the Id, with her impulsiveness and her tendency to be guided by her feelings.
    • Akira is the Superego, as she rejects feeling and emotions and makes her decisions based on evidence and facts.
    • Hiroshi is the Ego, since he is sensitive to his feelings like Hana, but understands that logic is just as important when it comes to making conclusions.
  • Iconic Item: All of the students have an accessory or item tied to them:
    • Hana's necklace
    • Mikio's glasses
    • Akira's tie
    • Hiroshi's vest
    • Azami's cloak
    • Rumi's jacket
    • Shiori's labcoat
    • Tadao's gloves
    • Hinata's scarf
    • Ryoto's cape
    • Asuna's hairpin
    • Kaneki's fedora
    • Saku's shorts
    • Shiro's notebook
    • Itachi's bandanna
  • Implausible Hair Color: While a handful of students actually have hair colors that would be normal in Japan, another handful...not so much. While one could explain Hana and Asuna's hair as the two likely coming from mixed heritage, and Ryoto and Hinata may have dyed their hair, that still leaves no explanation for Akira's bright red, Mikio's dark blue, Rumi's sky blue, and Shiro's silver hair colors.
    • And now, the 80th Class' photos appearing at the end of Chapter 2 reveal the existence of a mystery student...with green hair.
  • Last-Name Basis: Surprisingly averted, as each student refers to the others by their first names. The only characters who play this trope straight are Akira and Tadao.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The students are never described as wearing anything other than the outfits described in the prologue (outside of some mentions of pajamas).
  • Odd Friendship:
    • The tall, dark, and stoic Itachi and the short, bright, and cheerful Shiro. Despite appearing to be polar opposites, the pair has been depicted as getting along quite well throughout the story.
    • The sarcastic and serious Shiori and the bubbly and outgoing Rumi.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Several characters- namely Mikio, Azami, and Asuna- seem to be wearing their regular uniforms from their old school (or, in Azami's case, a modified version of hers).
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: How the students tend to react to some of Monokuma's attempts at verbally breaking them.
  • Teen Genius: Comes with having an "Ultimate" status.
  • Wacky Homeroom: This is an inevitability, considering how quirky the characters can get.

Female Students

    Hana Amari 
Hana Amari

Ultimate Surfer
Hana's pixel sprite

"I can't solve a murder! I'm just a surfer girl, I'm no investigator!"

The protagonist of Fractured Fates. Despite her average appearance, Hana is known for her practically unparalleled ability on a surfboard. She has participated in dozens of competitions over the years, and has come out on top every time no matter the conditions. She is very in touch with her emotions, and would rather solve her problems through feeling rather than pure logic.

In Chapter 3, she is attacked by Tadao in the West Wing's wine room after nearly discovering a part of his murder set-up by mistake. As of Chapter 3, Hana is still alive.

  • Accentuate the Negative: Downplayed and subverted. Hana doesn't actually start showing a true cynical side until partway through Chapter 3, and even then it only shows up on occasion. The subversion comes in when Hana herself doesn't understand why she's begun to feel such negativity, initially attributing it to the stress of the killing game and in Chapter 4 claiming the quiet of the watchtower is causing it.
  • Adorkable: She is this in spades, with her excitable and earnest demeanor mixed with some awkwardness.
  • All-Loving Hero: Though some of her classmates' behaviors can get on her nerves (namely Akira's coldness and Tadao's unwillingness to be a part of the group), Hana genuinely cares about all of them and does what she can to help them.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Extremely so, considering her talent doesn't even have anything to do with solving crimes to begin with. She still has to help solve her peers' murders, though.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: "TADAO, YOU SON OF A BITCH!"
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Being the Ultimate Surfer, it's clear she has talent, but it is completely useless in the context of a killing game inside a castle. Akira not only points this out to her in the second trial, but also during her first Free Time Event. Hana herself even acknowledges this in the quote above.
  • Berserk Button: To say she was angry when she found out Tadao was the one who attacked her in the wine room would be a massive understatement.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Furiously throws one of these at Monokuma shortly after the first execution.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Wait, that's wrong!" whenever she finds a contradiction in someone's statement.
    • "I'll cut through your claim!" during segments meant to resemble Rebuttal Showdowns.
    • "Here's what I think happened!" just before the imitation Closing Argument.
      • Hana's catchphrases are lampshaded on several occasions. For example:
      Shiori: [after the first "Rebuttal Showdown"] ...What was that?
      Hana: ...Um...I got caught up in the moment again.
  • The Confidant: Hana's kind and friendly nature makes it easy for the students to be able to talk to her as seen in several students' Free Time Events.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-universe, anyways.
    • In Chapter 1, Hana doesn't realize she actually needs to corroborate someone's alibi...not to mention thinking "corroborate" is "something metals do".
    • In Chapter 2, she mistakenly believes slashed throats are instant death due to their portrayal in the media. Hiroshi, however, corrects her misconception in...rather disturbing detail.
  • Declaration of Protection: A downplayed example; Hana never explicitly declares protection, but during a conversation with Kaneki she tells her that she's "not losing anyone like that again" (referring to the first murder case). Unfortunately, it doesn't do any good, as Kaneki is murdered that night.
  • Determinator: When she has her mind set on something, Hana isn't one to give up on it so easily. A notable example is during the second trial; when Hana finally decides to believe in Asuna, she's willing to go up against Akira in order to prove her innocence.
    • The end of Chapter 3 further proves this, as she resolves to follow the mysterious message's words and find an escape from the castle without murdering anyone, no matter what it might cost her.
  • Didn't Think This Through: During the third trial, Hana attempts to explain when someone could have placed the Despair Drink in with the other drinks in the banquet room, citing when Rumi and Tadao saw Saku messing around with the beverages some time before the party. It isn't until Akira starts speaking about this that she realizes she's just implicated Saku as the killer.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Almost happens in Chapter 3 following her attack in the wine room (in Rumi's arms, to be more specific)- but she gets better, so it's ultimately averted.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Hana was extremely dumbfounded when Tadao revealed his motive for committing double murder was, to put it simply, so he could escape and open a restaurant.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: At the climax of the third trial, Tadao refuses to listen to Hana's arguments due to the fact that she has next to no real skill in investigation. Right after that, as Akira is about to agree with Hana, she does agree that Hana isn't a top detective and that her deductions were mostly based on instinct and luck instead of real skill. Hana, meanwhile, is wondering what it would take to "get some validation around here."
  • Dumb Blonde: Downplayed; while Hana is certainly no idiot, but she does have her moments of these.
  • The Empath: Hiroshi sees her as this in one of his Free Time Events, believing that being in touch with her own emotions is what allows her to better understand the emotions of others.
    • Later on, in Chapter 4, Shiori tells Hana she is much better at "speaking from the heart" than she at "speaking from the head".
  • Failed a Spot Check: During Part 4 of Chapter 2, she and Ryoto initially fail to notice a discolored spot on one of the walls of the study. Possibly justified, however, in that they were more focused on figuring out what had caused Asuna to flee the room in terror.
  • Figure It Out Yourself: She is frequently forced to do this during trials, mostly due to Hiroshi giving her rather cryptic hints towards what is going on.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: After spending a portion of Chapter 3 feeling conflicted about her feelings towards the blackened students, she ultimately adopts this mindset towards them.
  • Gut Feeling: Some of her conclusions come down to this.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Hana is not happy whenever someone (mostly Rumi) suggests that she and Hiroshi are more than just friends.
  • Heroic BSoD: Hana falls into one several times, but most notably after witnessing Azami's execution.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Is prone to putting herself down from time to time.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: During the second trial, Akira tells Hana that she is: "not smart", a "fool", that her talent is useless for investigating, and that she's just "someone who spends her days on a decorated piece of wood in the ocean." Hana's response to this is to try and tell Akira that surfboards are actually quite complex.
  • Idiot Hair: It comes with being a Danganronpa protagonist.
  • It Was a Gift: The photograph of her and her parents standing outside Hope's Peak is...well, a gift from them.
    • The same applies to her necklace as revealed in Hinata's third Free Time Event.
  • Meaningful Echo: Hiroshi's advice to her, "trust in the evidence", is something she tells herself whenever she is nervous or doubtful during a trial.
  • Mood-Swinger: Hana's emotional state is capable of changing very quickly. In one of Hiroshi's Free Time Events, she tells him some of her classmates at her previous high school said she was "as sensitive as a landmine".
  • Nice Girl: For the most part, Hana is one of the nicest students in the cast.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Hana mentally tells herself this at the beginning of Chapter 4 when she starts to wonder if Hiroshi has something to do with the mystery behind the killing game.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Being the Ultimate Surfer, this is bound to some into play. One of Hiroshi's Free Time Events even has her wistfully saying how she wishes they were at Hope's Peak so she could practice her talent more.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Hana does this (mentally) when she and Ryoto find Kaneki's corpse.
  • Reluctant Hero: Hana really doesn't want to be the one to accuse her classmates of murder and ultimately find them convicted and sent to execution- but considering the alternative is the innocent students being killed instead...
  • Ridiculously Average Girl: Subverted; Hana is described as being average in appearance, and she seems to have a normal family life, but she still has an Ultimate talent like other Hope's Peak students.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: During the first half of the third trial, Hana claims the broken crate from the watchtower couldn't have been the weapon that was used to kill Shiro because it was too heavy for anyone to lift; Akira, however, points out how Saku could have easily lifted the crate and bashed Shiro with it. It's ultimately revealed that Hana was right the first time- the crate was not used to kill Shiro, but not because it was too heavy for anyone to lift.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: During the second part of the third trial, when asked about how the crate from the watchtower could have been broken if it wasn't the murder weapon, Hana proceeds to ask if she ever brings up things she can't answer herself...before quickly adding to the others not to answer that.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: She has been instrumental in solving the previous murders, but her reliance on her feelings and instincts leads to some naivety, which Akira calls her out on on several occasions.
  • Spirited Competitor: Played with; in Shiori's fourth Free Time Event, Hana mentions how there are times in a competition when she's concerned about losing (something that has happened before), but it's pretty clear that, at the end the day, she still loves the sport win or lose.
  • Tap on the Head: The end of Chapter 3, Part 2 shows her on the receiving end of this by an unknown assailant, later revealed to be Tadao.
  • Tender Tears: Hana cries these following Azami's execution...but they quickly turn into Berserker Tears when Monokuma starts talking.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: She blames Monokuma for driving Azami to kill Mikio, shouting that she would never forgive him or whoever was controlling him.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Lampshaded in Chapter 4 when Monokuma furiously asks her "Why is it that every time something happens, it's always YOU!?"
    Akira Rimutsu 
Akira Rimutsu

Ultimate Prosecutor
Akira's pixel sprite

"No matter the people or the crime, so long as I am on the case- the truth will never be able to hide itself from me."

A young woman of smarts and class who is a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. Learning the ins and outs of law from helping with her father's law firm, Akira is known for her relentless pursuit of the truth in every case she works. Though she acts as a leader figure for the other students, Akira is rather cold and condescending, rejecting emotions in favor of cold, hard logic.

As of Chapter 3, Akira is still alive.

  • Adjusting Your Glasses: Is described as doing this from time to time.
  • Anti-Hero: Akira genuinely wants to uncover the truth behind the murders, because finding the truth is her philosophy as a prosecutor, but her treatment of the other students while doing so is less than noble.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: When given the opportunity (usually in regards to Hana), in-story and in Free Time Events, she won't hesitate to talk about how skilled and great she is at investigating and solving mysteries- most of the other students aren't amused.
  • Batman Gambit: During the third trial, she deliberately waited to bring up her murder-suicide theory to see if someone else would bring up evidence that she hadn't seen yet and that would support her theory. Hana, being her usual vocal self, brings up how Rumi and Tadao encountered Saku in the banquet room, with Saku messing around with the drinks at the time. However, in her haste, she [[Didn'tThinkThisThrough doesn't realize]] the evidence implicates ''Saku'' as both the one who planted the Despair Drink and the killer...but Akira, who was waiting for this exact opportunity, does.
  • Brutal Honesty: She holds nothing back when speaking to the others, especially Hana.
Akira: ...I never liked you, Amari.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Akira isn't willing to let anything that could be a lead or evidence slip away from her. Played for laughs when she takes Kaneki's fedora, of all things, because she thinks it could be evidence.
  • Crusading Lawyer: Akira is a very serious prosecutor, focusing on finding the truth of any and every case she works.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She has red eyes to match her hair color.
  • Death Glare: She is prone to this when angered or trying to get someone to do what she says- Hinata even nicknames her "Medusa" because of how effective it is.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Though she feels no sympathy for the killers, even Akira disapproves of Monokuma's executions, referring to them as "perversions of justice".
  • Expy: Her arrogant attitude and stoic demeanor is very reminiscent of Byakuya Togami.
  • Fiery Redhead: Downplayed; she doesn't lose her cool or show much emotion...but watch out when she gets angry.
  • Good Is Not Nice: And how. Akira is devoted to finding the truth in any case she works (even more so in the killing game, since anything less will mean the deaths of the spotless students), but she is cold and callous towards the other students and does not put much trust in them.
  • Iron Lady: She's a no-nonsense prosecutor who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth behind a mystery.
  • I Shall Taunt You: She does this to Hana during the trials, specifically during Chapters 2 and 3.
  • Jerkass: She is cold-hearted towards her classmates, something that isn't lost on the others.
  • Lady in a Power Suit: Akira wears a fancy dark red suit to fit with her attorney image.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe, her nearly getting Asuna convicted for a murder she didn't commit is shaping up to be this, courtesy of Shiori.
  • Pet the Dog: She attempts to make amends for her treatment of Asuna during the second trial by giving her Kaneki's fedora, then giving her advice regarding how to handle her grief.
  • Pride: Her main flaw; she can't stand being the one in the wrong, especially when it's the inexperienced and emotional Hana who figures out the truth of the cases.
    • This is also shown when she physically cannot say to Asuna that she was wrong about suspecting her of being the killer.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is very long, described as going down to her knees.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Akira has bright red eyes, and she can be very threatening when she is angered enough.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Akira is one of the most intelligent students in the class.
  • Stoic Spectacles: A gender-flipped example.
  • The Rival: Serves as one towards Hana, especially starting in Chapter 2.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: As mean as she can be towards the other students, Akira makes it clear she has no intention of committing a murder, as it would go against her beliefs as a prosecutor.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: During the second trial, she is not happy with Shiro when it's revealed he was the one who locked the study's door and prevented Kaneki from being able to escape her killer (even if Shiro was unaware of this until the trial), since she came up with the rule of leaving the study door's lock alone in order to prevent a scenario just like that.
    Azami Kurobe 
Azami Kurobe

Ultimate Illusionist
Azami's pixel sprite

"I don't know whether to call you brave...or stupid. Because you have brought forth the attention of the one, the only, the Queen of the Dark Arts!"

The famed "Queen of the Dark Arts", an illusionist renowned for her mind-bending performances and tricks. Even offstage, Azami tries to act dark and dramatic like her onstage persona...but in reality, she's nervous and bashful (though friendly enough), simply hoping to make some real friends in the 80th Class.

She is the culprit of Chapter 1, attacking and killing Mikio in a frenzy of paranoia-induced panic. She is executed by Monokuma, strapped to a chair on a stage in an empty auditorium and shot at with hundreds of shards of broken glass until she bleeds out.

  • Accidental Murder: Azami never planned on killing Mikio, only doing so in a blind panic due to fear and paranoia.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call her a magician- if you do, she'll be quick to tell you how an illusionist is different.
  • Black Cloak: She wears one constantly as shown in her pixel sprite, and she even has spares.
  • Bookworm: Her official bio as well as implications in the story show she enjoys reading, spending much of her time in the library.
  • Chuunibyou: A subverted example, as she tends to slip in and out of her "Queen of the Dark Arts" persona depending on the situation.
  • Dark Is Evil: She tries to come off as this, but it is ultimately averted in that she is actually rather nice.
  • "Darkness von Gothick" Name: Her stage name, "Queen of the Dark Arts".
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Her execution ultimately amounts to this, with her being shot at and torn apart by thousands of glass shards.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When Hana first meets her, Azami is full into her Queen of the Dark Arts persona, making dramatic statements not unlike a certain canon character...and then she smacks her hand against a doorway by accident, letting out a high-pitched scream of pain before hiding in the library out of embarrassment.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Probably to compliment her "dark and mysterious" look.
  • Failed a Spot Check: When messing with the crime scene, Azami fails to notice a black smear (from her makeup) left on the murder weapon and a piece of her cloak left in the treadmill. Justified in that she was likely panicked after having committed a murder, and her only concern was turning off the treadmill and barring the door before escaping the scene.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her paranoia. After Monokuma announces the motive, she spends much of her fearing that she would die as the random student Monokuma selected, or that she would be murdered, or that one of these two scenarios would happen to one of her newfound friends. Monokuma pulling off a fake-out in the dining room the night of the deadline only worsens Azami's mental state, culminating in her attacking Mikio because she was afraid he was about to kill her.
  • Friendless Background: Heavily implied.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: About as magic as an illusionist can be. Also downplayed in that, unlike characters such as Gundham or Himiko, Azami doesn't claim or believe her tricks are real magic.
  • Gratuitous Latin: Azami's first Free Time Event has her demonstrating that she is actually fluent in Latin and tends to use the language during her performances simply because she believes it sounds cool.
  • Heel Realization: Azami comes to this conclusion just before she is executed:
Azami: [tearfully] I...I'm the one who screwed everything up, aren't I...? Because...Because of my damn paranoia, I...
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Heavily implied in her interactions with the other students, particularly Hana and the other girls (minus Akira).
  • Large Ham: Just look at the quote above.
  • Motive Rant: Goes on a minor one when Hana asks her why she killed Mikio.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Azami wanted nothing more than to survive the killing game with her friends...but her desire to do so lead to her not only risking the lives of her classmates with a trial, but it would ultimately lead to her death, which is what she feared all along.
  • Tears of Remorse: Azami cries these just before her execution, crying out how sorry she is for committing the murder.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By being the first one to become blackened, Azami effectively kickstarted the killing game, which would lead to the deaths of more of her classmates.
    Rumi Hamasaki 
Rumi Hamasaki

Ultimate Scuba Diver
Rumi's pixel sprite

"We may be in a killing game or whatever, but that doesn't mean we can't still be normal!"

A girl with a kind heart and a strong love of the ocean and all it holds. Rumi has helped make great strides in the field of marine biology with her diving skills. Beyond this, she is a very down-to-earth girl who chooses to focus on herself rather than her talent, and is eager to make some friends during her time at Hope's Peak. Not to mention, she's a bit of a hopeless romantic.

As of Chapter 3, Rumi is still alive.

  • Cry Cute: Is prone to doing this when a situation is particularly stressful.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She assists Tadao and/or Saku in cooking during Chapter 1. She seems to have fallen out of doing this, however, most likely due to Tadao's isolation from the group.
  • Genki Girl: Downplayed in that she's still rather down-to-earth compared to some of her peers, but Rumi is still rather energetic and cheerful for the most part.
  • The Heart: Like Hana, she is one of the more emotional and friendly members of the cast.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: A rather heartwrenching example, she tearfully says this to Hana in Chapter 3 while the latter is bleeding out from her injuries from the wine room assault.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: As one of the kindest students, she evokes this image well.
  • It's All My Fault: Appears to harbor some level of guilt regarding the deaths of Saku and Shiro due to her party being what allowed Tadao to give the Despair Drink to so many of the students.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Although it's not as long as Akira's hair, her design still invokes this.
  • Meaningful Name: Her surname means "beach, seashore" (hama) and "cape, peninsula" (saki)- fitting for someone whose talent revolves around water and the ocean.
  • Nice Girl: She's kind and caring towards her friends, as well most of the other students as well.
  • Noodle Incident: Her fear of pine trees.
  • Only Sane Woman: Rumi serves this role for the female students, as she is the most normal compared to the rest.
  • Shipper on Deck: She teases Hana and Hiroshi about how close they are in Chapter 3, clearly seeming to believe the two may have feelings for each other (which they vehemently deny).
    • She does it again in Chapter 4 (though Hiroshi isn't around for this one), scolding Hana for not taking the opportunity to investigate the East Wing with Hiroshi, claiming the two will never get together if they keep missing such "bonding opportunities". Hana is not amused.
  • Spanner in the Works: During Chapter 1, she comes across Azami exiting the library and goes over to talk to her, completely unaware that she had just committed a murder and hid evidence in the library. Rumi, who didn't have her e-Handbook on her, asks her for the time, forcing Azami to have to lie about the time in order to make Rumi think it was earlier than it really was. When this lie is revealed, Azami's credibility quickly crumbles.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Downplayed; it isn't very prominent compared to the rest of her personality, but her bio still lists her as being a hopeless romantic.
  • True Blue Femininity: Rumi's design has a lot of blue in it, and she's one of the most feminine of all the female students.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: In spite of everything Tadao did in Chapter 3, she nonetheless agrees to put his picture on the memorial of the dead students along with everyone else. Justified in that she points out Tadao was still one of their classmates and that there was a time when he was on somewhat good terms with the class.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The party that she plans and throws in Chapter 3 is what gives Tadao the chance to serve the amnesia-inducing Despair Drink to half the surviving class.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has long sky blue hair.
    Shiori Sauchi 
Shiori Sauchi

Ultimate Surgeon
Shiori's pixel sprite

"My job is my job. I save people when I need to, and that's that. To say I 'love' it is...inaccurate."

Considered the best surgeon in the country, Shiori has never lost a single patient in her time in the operating room. She prides herself on perfection and order in almost everything she does, which often keeps her out of most social situations. She has a prickly and sarcastic exterior in regards to her classmates, but has shown herself to be willing to help out when needed.

As of Chapter 3, Shiori is still alive.

  • Actually A Good Idea: Even Shiori acknowledges the merit in Ryoto's idea to keep a log of anyone who leaves the party, keeping track of when they leave and return.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Implied, as she becomes angry with Hana after seeing her trying to walk to the dining hall on her wounded leg only a few minutes after waking up.
  • Blue Blood: Implied. In her first Free Time Event, she tells Hana that her parents are very influential (she specifically mentions her father is the CEO of a prominent hospital where she received employment), to the point where they were able to get Shiori the proper training she needed to become a surgeon despite being a teen.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has the shortest hair of all the girls.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is prone to this quite often towards any and all of the students, though her most frequent targets tend to be Ryoto and Hinata.
    • Chapter 4 seems to justify this a little bit. She remarks in Part 5 how she usually reserves her sarcasm for those who "deserve it", but she also admits she tends to lash out at anyone if she's stressed, regardless if it was warranted or not.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: After mistaking the weapon that was used to kill Shiro, playing right into the killer's hands, she refuses to accept when any of the other students try to make her feel better about her error.
  • Dr. Jerk: Despite being the Ultimate Surgeon, Shiori is extremely snarky and prickly towards her classmates, only slightly lessening her attitude around those considered her friends.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In Chapter 3, she refuses to follow any more orders from Akira as a result of her overall treatment of the students as well as nearly getting Asuna wrongly convicted in the second trial.
  • Freak Out!: She has a minor one towards Hana, Asuna, and Rumi towards the conclusion of the girls' second hangout in Chapter 4, although what triggered it remains unknown.
  • Guilt Complex: Downplayed in Chapter 4. After falsely believing the broken crate was the weapon used to murder Shiro in the chapter prior, Shiori becomes incredibly hard on herself- she considers herself to be incompetent, feels that the other students are just as angry at her for her mistake, and feels that her error would have contributed to Tadao successfully framing Saku for the murders. Even when Hana tries to point out the flaws in her reasoning, Shiori refuses to believe it out of her own lost confidence.
  • Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: Downplayed in that Shiori doesn't seem to enjoy being a surgeon at all- however, she went into the medical field and remains there because it would be a job her parents would approve of.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite her immense skill at surgery, her Free Time Events reveal the only reason she became a surgeon was to please her parents, whom she constantly seeks the approval of. In her final Free Time Event, she reveals to Hana she would much rather be a simple candlemaker.
  • I'm a Surgeon, Not a Coroner: Due to there being two bodies to investigate, Shiori is asked to help examine one while Hiroshi investigates the other; Shiori, however, has concerns about this arrangement, as she claims doctors do not inherently make good coroners.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: As her influential parents' only child, both them and Shiori do whatever it takes to avert this trope (though the former's methods are...questionable).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her sharp-tongued exterior, Shiori has shown herself to care more about her friends than she lets on. Examples include:
    • During the second trial, Shiori is one of the only students who completely defends Asuna from Akira's accusations.
    • In Chapter 3, Shiori begins to despise Akira, partially due to how she treated Asuna during the trial (which could have led to a wrong conviction and the subsequent death of the spotless students had it not been for Hana).
    • All of her actions during and after the incident in which Hana was attacked by an unknown suspect (later revealed to have been Tadao) shape her up to be this, from allowing Hana to wear some of her clothes until she's able to go and change into her own clothes to helping the surfer to the dining room after seeing her having trouble walking with her injured leg.
    • In her fourth Free Time Event, Shiori (falsely believing Hana's parents were the type who wouldn't be happy if she lost a surfing competition) gives Hana some advice on how to best avoid loss or mistakes during times of stress. Although she was mistaken in her impression of Hana's parents, it was clear she was being genuine when advising her classmate.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: She wears a clean white one to compliment her doctor image.
  • The Medic: Her job as the Ultimate Surgeon.
  • Mistakes Are Not the End of the World: Shiori does NOT believe in this trope at all, making it strongly averted in her case.
  • Must Have Caffeine: The day after the first trial, Shiori is seen in the dining room having drank eight cups of coffee in order to wake up.
  • No Social Skills: Her bio implies she isn't in many social situations due to her work as a prodigy surgeon and her perfectionist tendencies when it comes to said job.
  • Not So Above It All: As much as she tries to remain serious throughout the story, there are times when even she finds herself caught up in the antics of the others.
  • The Perfectionist: She is often descried as "striving for perfection" in everything she does, both during the plot and in her Free Time Events. Possibly due to this, she doesn't take failure to live up to this well (see Guilt Complex above).
    • Her final Free Time Event seems to deconstruct this when it implies Shiori's perfectionism stems from her constantly having to work hard to earn the approval of her parents, who do not take kindly to her making any sort of mistakes.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: As bitter and aloof as she can be towards her classmates, deep down she is just a girl under a lot of stress who just wants her parents to love her (see "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl below).
  • Stepford Snarker: Implied to be the case in Chapter 4. She has a difficult time interacting with others, most likely due to her upbringing, and as a result she often ends up lashing out verbally at her classmates- even worse if she's stressed, in which case she'll snark anyone regardless of if they "deserve" it or not.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives one to Akira at the start of Chapter 3, calling her out for her cold treatment of the other students despite being their supposed leader.
  • Tsundere: Some of her mannerisms make her come off as this, most notably her repeated insistence that she doesn't care for her classmates as friends and making excuses as to why she does nicer things for them.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Her main motivation for most of her actions, from becoming a surgeon to planning to shift into neurosurgery, is for the purpose of earning the approval of her strict and high-class parents.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Monokuma compliments her medical skills upon seeing that Hana is alive after the incident in the wine room. Shiori doesn't take too kindly to it.
    Asuna Izumi 
Asuna Izumi

Ultimate Gardener
Asuna's pixel sprite

"M-My name is...Asuna Izumi. I-I'm the Ultimate Gardener, so I know a lot about flowers and plants and such...s-so if you ever have questions about those, d-don't be afraid to ask!"

A renowned gardening expert, Asuna knows all there is to know about proper flower and plant care, what types of soil work best, proper times to plant a certain type of flower, as well as various botany topics as well. However, she is painfully shy and timid; though she does seem to have a hidden inner strength, which may be brought out with the influence of her friends.

In Chapter 2, she is initially targeted by Itachi for murder, only to be made into a scapegoat when he ends up killing Kaneki instead of her. As of Chapter 3, Asuna is still alive.

  • Agony of the Feet: Is on the receiving end of this in Chapter 4 when Rumi, stuck in a not-so-mobile suit of armor, falls over and lands right on both of Asuna's feet.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Several of her Free Time Events include her making mention of being bullied or marginalized by her peers due to her appearance, mannerisms, etc.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason she became so attached to Kaneki was because of the latter's unwavering care, protectiveness, and guidance towards her- something Asuna never had in a friend growing up, but that Kaneki was more than willing to provide.
  • Berserk Button: A very downplayed example, but she is shown to be subtly irritated when Ryoto says common idioms wrong towards the end of Part 2 of Chapter 4, correcting him every time he does.
  • Break the Cutie: Chapter 2, full stop.
    • Heal the Cutie: In spite of what happened in Chapter 2, Hana's efforts in Chapter 3 bring her out of her despair-induced state, and she is mostly back to her old self by the time Rumi's party starts.
  • Broken Tears: She cries these when Hana helps her confront her real feelings regarding Kaneki's death.
  • Caring Gardener: Comes with her talent.
  • Cooldown Hug: Is on the receiving end of this courtesy of Hana after confronting her guilt regarding the events of Chapter 2.
  • The Determinator: The end of Chapter 3 implies she's become this, as she makes it clear to Hana that she intends to escape the castle with the rest of their classmates in order to ensure Kaneki's death wasn't for nothing.
  • Disappeared Dad: Asuna states in her first Free Time Event that she's never met her father.
  • Flower in Her Hair: It's actually a hair pin.
  • Frame-Up: She is nearly framed for Kaneki's murder in Chapter 2 by the real killer.
  • Friendless Background: She claims she hasn't had any real friends throughout her life, due to her shyness.
  • Grew a Spine: Downplayed as of the third class trial, as she still seems to have some nervousness about her as well her usual nervous stuttering. However, during that same trial, she has to make herself heard by her classmates in order to present evidence that she believes could point out the killer's identity- not only does she succeed, but she does so in a rather vocal manner reminiscent of how she spoke during her Sanity Slippage.
  • Heroic Bastard: When briefly speaking about her absent father again in her fourth Free Time Event, she mentions how even her mother doesn't know much about the man before explaining how the two of them "met each other by chance" and "one thing led to another". This, combined with Hana's apologetic reaction (which could be attributed to Japan's attitude towards illegitimate children), implies Asuna was born out of wedlock.
  • Innocent Flower Girl: She is kind and sensitive, and she is the Ultimate Gardener.
  • It's All My Fault: Feels this way about Kaneki's murder, believing that if she had been stronger, Itachi wouldn't have targeted her and as a result Kaneki wouldn't have died trying to stop him.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: The end of Chapter 2 reveals she may have been this for her friend Kaneki, when Asuna herself believed it was the other way around.
  • Madness Makeover: When she is first seen again in Chapter 3, Asuna's broken emotional state is emphasized with her altered appearance; her hair is disheveled, she has ditched her glasses, her uniform isn't done properly, and her eyes are described as being dark from sleep deprivation as well as being described as "intense" or "vicious".
  • Meekness Is Weakness: She seems to believe this, anyways, and initially fears that someone may try and kill her due to this (a fear that comes true in Chapter 2).
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she learns about Hana being attacked and nearly killed in the wine room, she is horrified at herself for what she had said to Hana in her rage-fueled state, fearing that that would be the last time they would ever talk.
  • Nervous Wreck: Her fearful and anxious mannerisms throughout the story make her come off as this, at least until some Character Development kicks in.
  • Nice Hat: In the final part of Chapter 3's Daily Life, she starts to wear the fedora that had previously belonged to Kaneki.
  • No Social Skills: She claims to not be good in social situations; this is evident in her first Free Time Event, when she finds it hard to talk to Hana despite the latter's best efforts.
  • Properly Paranoid: In Chapter 2, Asuna becomes afraid that someone will try to kill her after Tadao points out what an "easy target" she'd be (due to being the smallest and meekest student in the class). This turns out to be the exact reason Itachi targeted her for a murder- he needed a target, and she would be the easiest one to kill.
  • Sailor Fuku: She wears a normal white, blue, and red one.
  • Sanity Slippage: She undergoes one in Chapter 3 as a result of the grief and trauma she experienced in the chapter prior. She gets better, though.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Does this as a result of the Sanity Slippage she undergoes in Chapter 3.
  • Teens Are Short: Asuna is the shortest of all the students, standing at 4'5".
    • This becomes a plot point in the second trial when Hana realizes Asuna could not have killed Kaneki in the way they knew she died due to the differences in their heights, since Kaneki was standing at full height when the fatal blow was struck.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Chapter 3, she has a complete change in her usually shy but kind personality, now becoming much more hostile and standoffish towards her classmates (even the ones she considers her friends). Chapter 3 Part 4 reveals this is all an act, and that she is simply acting this way in a misguided attempt to follow Akira's advice.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She is given Kaneki's fedora by Akira at the end of the second trial.
    • She starts wearing it herself as of Chapter 3, Part 5, most likely to honor her friend's memory.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Chapter 2 puts her through the wringer, to put it lightly. When it seems like things are improving for her, especially since she found a best friend in Kaneki, things take a turn for the worse. To summarize:
    • Kaneki, her closest friend and sister figure, is brutally murdered.
      • Not to mention she is the first one to find her body.
    • She is considered the prime suspect due to her own poor decision making/untruthfulness and the killer's attempts to frame her.
    • She is nearly convicted for the murder, just barely being saved due to Hana's stubbornness.
    • She finds out Kaneki was not the killer's intended target- she was, and Kaneki essentially died because she was trying to protect her.
    • The killer, Itachi, reveals the only reason he targeted Asuna was because she was the easiest target as the smallest and weakest student.
      • This basically brings to fruition Asuna's worst fears regarding the killing game- that someone would try to kill her due to how weak she is.
    • Finally, Monokuma reveals Kaneki was living with a terrible amount of sadness and grief resulting from a tragic incident from her past, something Asuna was completely unaware of despite being her closest friend.
  • Verbal Tic: She stutters quite often, likely due to nervousness. As the story progresses, however, it shows up less and less.
    Kaneki Tenmaru 
Kaneki Tenmaru

Ultimate Explorer
Kaneki's pixel sprite

"We're supposed to be able to go anywhere, but most of the castle is blocked off! And exploring is my thing! It's like they're taunting me!"

A seemingly fearless and daring adventurer, Kaneki has traveled to places where most other explorers wouldn't dare to go. Her travels have helped make great strides in fields such as archaeology, geology, and anthropology. Finding it hard to stay in one place too long, she is extremely eager to explore every nook and cranny of Hope's Peak to discover what secrets they hold...even if she comes off as a little crazy to her peers.

In Chapter 2, she discovers and attempts to prevent a murder plot against Asuna, only to be murdered by Itachi via a slashed throat in her place.

  • Action Girl: Of all the female students, she probably fits this trope the most.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: She is the Ultimate Explorer and has helped make advances in archaeology according to her official bio.
  • Afraid of Blood: Kaneki has been shown to have a terrible fear of blood on several occasions.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Kaneki is the only student with dark, tanned skin; possibly justified due to all the traveling she does as the Ultimate Explorer.
  • Anger Born of Worry: A flashback depicting the final conversation between Asuna and Kaneki has this; it comes in the form of Kaneki becoming furious with Asuna because she mistakenly thought Asuna was going to the storage room to meet with whoever sent her the strange letter, despite Kaneki specifically telling her not to. She immediately regrets her harshness, however, and quickly apologizes.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Kaneki will do whatever it takes to protect Asuna, despite the two of them being the same age and not actually related. She's even willing to risk dying in order to stop a classmate from murdering her.
    • The end of Chapter 2 reveals Kaneki is a deconstruction of this trope. Growing up, Kaneki believed the biggest job of an elder sibling was looking after and protecting their younger ones. When she ended up failing at that job, resulting in the death of her little sister Yuna, she was devastated, and Kaneki never forgave herself for the incident. Eventually, when she met Asuna during the killing game, she decided that she would not allow Yuna's fate to befall the girl, no matter the cost. This would lead to Kaneki recklessly trying to prevent a murder plot against Asuna by herself, for she believed stopping it alone was the only surefire way to successfully protect her, and this recklessness is what would ultimately lead to her own death.
  • Braids of Action: Her hair is usually tied into a single, long braid draped over her shoulder.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Kaneki insists on exploring the castle as much as she can, believing there are hidden rooms and passages inside. She even insists that the library has a hidden room behind one of the bookshelves (see Genre Savvy below), and tears the shelves apart accordingly.
    • The Cuckoolander Was Right: As it turns out, there actually is a secret room inside the library...although not behind any bookshelves.
  • Comically Missing the Point: At the climax of the first trial, Hana reveals the existence of the hidden room in the library that Azami had shown her, and where she had hidden the bloody cloak. Kaneki's response:
Kaneki: Wait, mean to tell me there is a secret room inside the library!? And I completely missed it!?
  • Cool Big Sis: Kaneki tries to act as one for Asuna. According to Monokuma's story, she was also this towards her actual younger sister, Yuna.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When Kaneki was eleven years old, she took her younger sister Yuna (age seven) out to explore the woods near their home, even though their parents warned against it due to bad weather. Sure enough, the two girls ended up caught in a rainstorm while out; to make matters worse, Kaneki recklessly runs ahead of her sister, and Yuna is on the verge on losing her footing and falling down a long dropoff. When Kaneki realized this and tried to save her, a lightning strike frightened her and caused her freeze up, and as a result she was too late to stop Yuna from falling to her death. The result on Kaneki? Well, just take a look at the rest of the page.
  • Declaration of Protection: She makes it clear to Asuna that she will do whatever she can to ensure she survives the killing game with the rest of their classmates- a promise that she makes (tragically) good on.
  • Dies Wide Open: How she is found by Asuna, then Ryoto and Hana.
  • Dirty Coward: How she sees herself, anyways.
  • Dying Clue: Before she is killed, Kaneki fights back against her killer with her whip. This resulted in the killer not only having a wound from the attack, but their blood would also be left on the whip. Despite the culprit's attempts at destroying the evidence, the whip remained intact, allowing Hana to use it to definitively connect them to the murder.
  • Expy: Travels around as an Adventurer Archaeologist, wields a bullwhip, wears a fedora...Indiana Jones, is that you?
  • Fedora of Asskicking: Kaneki is rarely seen without her fedora, to the point where it's even considered her signature item.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Kaneki" is actually a more masculine name in Japan than feminine.
  • Genre Savvy: She tells Hana in Chapter 1 that libraries in old castles always have rooms hidden behind bookshelves, which is why she is searching the library to find such a room (much to Shiori's annoyance).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kaneki pulls this (possibly unintentionally) in her attempt to prevent a murder plot against Asuna. She convinces Asuna not to go to the meeting place on the fake note and confronts the killer in her place, succeeding in saving her but ending up murdered herself.
  • Her Story Repeats Itself: When she was younger, Kaneki failed to save her younger sister from a situation that Kaneki herself indirectly caused. Several years later, she finds out her closest friend/younger sister figure Asuna is most likely being targeted for a murder- this time, Kaneki resolves to do whatever it takes to ensure her sister's fate doesn't befall Asuna.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: She is the tallest of all the female students, with her height being described as 6'0".
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Kaneki holds herself responsible for Yuna's death, believing it was her actions that led to Yuna being killed in the first place, despite the incident being an accident at its core.
    • My Greatest Second Chance: However, several years later, she meets and befriends Asuna, and she ultimately decides to become a surrogate big sister to her in an attempt to atone for failing Yuna.
  • In the Back: She is stabbed in the back with a hunting knife (five times, no less), but these wounds aren't what killed her.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Kaneki starts being quieter and more anxious the day before her murder, many of the other students immediately realize something must be wrong.
  • Oh, Crap!: Kaneki has this reaction when Itachi pulls out one of his knives on her.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: She serves as this for the female students with her kind yet eccentric personality.
    • Shoo Out the Clowns: Come Chapter 2, however, and she spends the rest of her time in-story in a rather out of character state- and then she gets murdered in a gruesome fashion. And then Monokuma reveals her past following the second voting time (see Dark and Troubled Past above), shedding a new light on her eccentrics.
  • Rapunzel Hair: At the beginning of Chapter 2 when Hana sees her the morning after the first trial, her hair isn't in its usual braid, allowing Hana to see that her natural hair length rivals that of Akira's.
  • Slashed Throat: How she is ultimately killed.
  • Spanner in the Works: Whether she meant to or not, Kaneki was one of the biggest reasons Itachi's murder plan went off the rails like it did.
    • Itachi wasn't even planning to kill her, it was Asuna he was gunning for. This resulted in Itachi having to switch his plan and make Asuna a scapegoat, forcing him to forge new evidence and stage the crime scene to do so, which resulted in evidence that could later be used against him.
    • Not only that, but Kaneki attacked and wounded Itachi in self-defense with her whip, leaving blood on the wepon as a result. The whip would later become the final piece of evidence that would prove Itachi's guilt.
  • Stepford Smiler: A Type 1- though she appears cheerful and somewhat eccentric on the outside, deep down she is still grieving and guilt-ridden in regards to her sister's death.
  • Whip It Good: She carries a bullwhip around at almost all times. She threatens to use it against Monokuma in the prologue, and she actually uses it against Ryoto and later Itachi in Chapter 2.
  • Youthful Freckles: Is described as having these across the bridge of her nose.

Male Students

    Mikio Nakamura 
Mikio Nakamura

Ultimate Game Designer
Mikio's pixel sprite

"Yeah, that's cool, but- look, don't treat me as some kind of celebrity, okay? I'm a normal teenager and student, just like you, Ultimate status notwithstanding. Let's just leave it as that, okay?"

A rising star in the indie game market, Mikio has utilized his skills in programming and storytelling to craft critically acclaimed titles that are loved by both Japanese and western audiences. However, he doesn't want to be seen as someone famous- he simply wants to make friends and make through the next three years at Hope's Peak like most other teens. He is the first student Hana meets, and she (a big fan of his games) holds him in high regards despite his wishes at first, although it does mellow out as time passes.

He is the first victim of the killing game, being bludgeoned to death by a paranoid and panicked Azami.

  • Big Eater: Mikio loves food, with his main concern throughout the first parts of the prologue being when the students will get to eat something.
  • Blind Without 'Em: As shown in the prologue, Mikio is unable to see properly without his glasses.
    • This becomes important during the first case- when Hana has to explain why Mikio would have stepped onto a moving treadmill, she realizes it was because his glasses were broken in the attack, resulting in him becoming practically blind.
  • Generic Guy: His design invokes this, most likely to emphasize his role as the most normal and grounded of all the students.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Heavily implied in how he insists, mainly to Hana, on not being treated as some celebrity game developer.
  • King of Games: Not of playing them, though- making them.
  • Mama's Boy: Implied, as his first concern when being told the students are cut off from the outside world is that he promised his mother he would call her after his first day of classes, and that she's likely waiting for him now.
  • Nerd Glasses: He wears a pair of black glasses, and is a game designer.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: It's implied he was trying to calm down a clearly panicked Azami when the two of them were in the fitness room- unfortunately, Azami took it was him getting ready to murder her, and attacked/killed him as a result.
  • Only Sane Man: Mikio is the most normal of all the male students- in fact, one could argue he is the most normal of the entire cast.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: He wishes to be seen as this, despite his Ultimate talent.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He is the first victim after becoming Hana's first friend in the killing game.
  • Tap on the Head: A lethal example, he is bludgeoned multiple times with a dumbbell courtesy of Azami.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: He is a nice guy, one of the most normal of all the other students, and is the first student Hana meets and befriends while in the castle...and he goes on to become the first murder victim in the killing game.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He is the first death in the killing game, and as such he receives little attention when compared to the rest of the characters.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has dark blue hair.
    Hiroshi Ashi 
Hiroshi Ashi

Ultimate Coroner
Hiroshi's pixel sprite

"The dead never lie."

Hiroshi is a young man with an odd talent to many, but his passion for forensics shines through his ability to figure out any kind of information by working with a corpse- truly, there are no secrets the dead can keep from him. However, his mannerisms can be considered creepy to many, but he truly does have a good heart and sees the best in his classmates. He has shown himself to be one of the most competent when it comes to murder investigations, and he has also become one of Hana's closest allies throughout the story.

As of Chapter 3, Hiroshi is still alive.

  • All-Loving Hero: He doesn't appear to hold much ill towards any of the other members of the 80th Class, even some of the more antagonistic members. Even if someone does something more adverse, he forgives them relatively quickly (even the blackened students).
    • This is especially demonstrated when Tadao is outed as the killer of Saku and Shiro, as Hiroshi is the only student who doesn't react with total animosity towards him, instead showing a level of pity for the waiter.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: His Free Time Events imply he was ostracized by his peers due to him spending time around cadavers.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: He doesn't react with as much horror towards dead bodies as the other students due to working with corpses on a regular basis.
  • The Confidant: He serves as one of Hana's closest friends throughout the killing game.
  • The Coroner: The Ultimate one, no less.
  • Creepy Good: His overall demeanor and his position as a coroner make him rather off-putting at first, but at the end of the day there's no doubting his good intentions.
  • Creepy Mortician: Subverted; his calm and knowing smile combined with his unfazed attitude towards most things makes him come off as eerie at first, but in reality he genuinely means well.
  • Deuteragonist: Next to Hana, he appears to be one of the most prominent character in the story.
  • Due to the Dead: At the start of the second investigation, he closes Kaneki's eyes and mouth, telling Hana that "even in death, a person deserves some dignity".
  • Friendless Background: Implied in his Free Time Events, as he mentions people being weirded out by him due to his work.
  • Hates Being Touched: As much as he can handle dead bodies, he's not a fan of physical contact with living people. This becomes a point in his second Free Time Event, where Hana pats him on the shoulder and he becomes extremely uncomfortable. However, he seems to be trying to overcome this, as in his final Free Time Event he is the one who puts a hand on Hana's shoulder.
    • Outside of Free Time Events, Hiroshi actually puts a hand on Hana's arm at the start of Chapter 2- he was likely trying to put his negative feelings about physical contact aside for the sake of comforting her.
  • Hidden Depths: Although he puts on a levelheaded and intelligent face a majority of the time, his last Free Time Event shows he worries quite a bit about how the killing game is progressing and what will become of the other students.
  • Hyper-Awareness: He is able to figure out small details on the victims' bodies and as such can make several deductions based on those clues alone.
  • I'm A Coroner, Not A Doctor: After finding Hana half-dead after the incident in the wine room, Hiroshi tells Rumi that he can't help her because he, as a coroner, works with dead people, not living ones.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When the first murder happens, Hiroshi wastes no time taking initiative and putting his talent to use for the sake of discovering the truth.
  • Mellow Fellow: When he's not being quiet and observatory towards his peers, he's generally one of the calmest students in the cast no matter what Monokuma and the killing game throws at everyone.
  • Nerves of Steel: He reacts to most of the strange things happening in the castle with calmness- Hana frequently wonders if anything fazes him.
  • Not So Stoic: As calm as Hiroshi generally is, there are times when he shows more emotion than usual- usually in response to a murder or an execution.
    • This is especially played straight when Hana is critically injured by an unknown assailant, when he is almost as panicked as Rumi.
  • Punished for Sympathy: Downplayed; he seems to have forgiven Tadao, at least to an extent, for the events of Chapter 3 and agrees with Rumi's decision to have Tadao's picture on the memorial with everyone else. This results in Shiori calling him out on his incredibly forgiving nature.
Shiori: Well, you're as forgiving as they come- someone could hit you with a truck and you'd probably be cool with it.
  • The Quiet One: While he does engage in friendly conversation when prompted, especially with Hana, most of the time he tends to simply step back and observe events as they happen.
  • The Reliable One: When Hana is in doubt during the trial, it's often Hiroshi who points her in the right direction, albeit vaguely.
  • Stealth Mentor: He assists Hana during both investigations and trials, while never explicitly elaborating on an important point until after she has come to the basic conclusion herself.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Does this mainly after an execution.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Hiroshi's pep talk to Hana at the start of Chapter 1's Deadly Life amounts to this.
    Tadao Shimaru 
Tadao Shimaru

Ultimate Waiter
Tadao's pixel sprite

"As I said, we are not above giving into Monokuma's temptations. And, once again, you are all my competition. And this game...well, let's just say I have no intention of losing."

Tadao Shimaru, despite his wealthy background, has put himself to work as a waiter for a number of luxurious restaurants all over Japan. He puts his efforts into his work, and as a result his skills are unmatched by other workers. He is highly ambitious and will look down on those wasting his time; it is even to the point where he has cut himself off from the rest of the group, making it clear is perfectly willing to commit murder if it means fulfilling his own ends.

He is the culprit of Chapter 3, killing Saku and then murdering Shiro when he accidentally witnesses it. He is executed by being put through the preparation of an oversized chicken dish on a cooking show, ultimately ending with him being burned alive in a giant oven.

  • Ambition Is Evil: His entire motivation was that he wanted live his ambition of opening a restaurant that would go on to become the most popular in the country- so he nearly killed the main character and directly murdered two people after that.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He is stated to come from a wealthy family, and he openly admits to wanting to commit a murder so he can escape. (A threat he makes good on in Chapter 3).
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Just before his execution, he asks his classmates if any of them can say, with absolute certainty, that there is another way to escape the castle without committing murder. Literally no one can answer him.
  • At Least I Admit It: Tadao acknowledges that his motivation to commit murder was selfish, but then goes on to describe how the motivations of Azami and Itachi were just as selfish- he's just the only one who admits it.
  • Blue Blood: Tadao is from a rich family, though the details are currently unknown.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: When he stabs and knocks out Hana (i.e. the person who was instrumental in solving the previous two murders) in the wine room, instead of killing her right then and there, thereby getting rid of one his biggest threats, he simply finishes hiding the kitchen knife and flees the scene. This, ultimately, turns out about as well for him as you would expect.
    • Tadao himself lampshades this after he has been found guilty, lamenting how, yes, he should have just killed her when he had the chance.
  • Brutal Honesty: He holds back noting verbally in the time leading up to his death, claiming that, since he is about to die, he doesn't care who he offends with his words.
  • Confess to a Lesser Crime: He admits to being the one who attacked Hana in the wine room the day before the murders in an attempt to draw suspicion away from him. Not only does this not work, but it has the opposite effect later on (see Hoist by His Own Petard below).
  • Crazy-Prepared: He planned a murder days beforehand by obtaining the motive on the first day, exploring the West Wing intently, hiding a potential murder weapon in of the West Wing's rooms, and testing out the Despair Drink on one of his classmates to figure out its effects.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He is put through the preparation process of a chicken and vegetable dish (courtesy of a giant Monokuma chef and giant ingredients) on a cooking show, which includes: being nearly cut up, crushed by a meat mallet, and suffocated in a plastic bag. In the end, what actually kills him is being burned alive in the oven that is cooking the chicken.
  • The Cynic: Even before the first trial, Tadao is doubtful about how well his classmates will hold up in the killing game, especially when the first motive is announced.
    • He is also incredibly doubtful about there being an alternate way to escape the castle without utilizing the Graduation Clause.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: At first, as uncertain as Tadao was about the killing game, he still worked with the group as much as everyone else did. But then, a murder and an execution occur, forcing Tadao to realize both the true nature of the killing game and that the students aren't as above Monokuma's temptations as they want to believe.
  • Death by Irony: Averted throughout much of his execution (likely on purpose)- cut up by a kitchen knife like the one he used on Hana and Saku, bludgeoned to death by a meat mallet like Shiro was bludgeoned with the statuette, and suffocated in a plastic bag like he strangled Saku. The aversion comes when none of these are actually what killed him, though coming close to doing so.
  • Did Not Think This Through: He openly mocks and berates Ryoto at one point, claiming that he would never be able to stop him from committing a murder. He's likely doing this just because he can, but it results in Ryoto becoming so riled that he tries to punch Tadao.
    • Know When to Fold 'Em: When Kaneki whips Ryoto because he would have ended up punching Asuna (who was trying to break up Ryoto and Tadao) by mistake, he tries to add on to his insults from before...but one Death Glare from Kaneki tells him that he should leave very quickly.
  • Didn't See That Coming: For all the preparations he made prior to murdering Saku, the one thing he didn't count on was someone walking in on him finishing off his victim.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He detests Monokuma like the rest of the students, and he is also just as disturbed by the first execution as the others.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Every time someone brings up friendship or teamwork in his presence, he is quick to refute such words.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He tells Monokuma this is how he intends to die, and attempts to make good on this as he is being executed. In the end, however, it is averted when he realizes he is about to be cooked/burned alive.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Though he was still one of the more cynical students, Tadao was still willing to work with and cooperate with the group. Then, the first murder happens, followed by a trial and execution, and he decides to mostly cut himself off from the group and makes it clear he'll kill if it means escape.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts and speaks in an eloquent manner, but he is still arrogant and standoffish towards his peers. Also, he's gained quite a bit of murderous intent upon realizing how dangerous the killing game really is.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When Hana manages to connect the murder of Saku and her own attack in the wine room via the red wine bottles, Tadao ultimately confesses beyond any doubt that he was the one who attacked her; he does this to try and deflect suspicion towards him, as he claims the fact that the same type of weapon was used was just a coincidence. But then Hana makes a second connection between the two incidents, one that cannot be a coincidence, and Tadao is unable to defend himself due to his earlier confession.
  • Lack of Empathy: He is the biggest offender of this alongside Akira, showing little regard for his classmates, alive or dead.
  • I Know Karate: He apparently knows enough self-defense to be able to guard a crime scene.
  • Jerkass: Just take a good look at the rest of this page.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As mean as he can be, Tadao does point out how not all of the students will likely resist the temptation from Monokuma's motives. Sure enough, Azami and Itachi both kill as a result of Monkuma's respective motives.
  • Kill It with Fire: His execution ultimately ends with him being skeletonized in a giant oven with a dish of chicken- an oven with an interior that ultimately ignites into flames due to the sheer heat.
  • Leave No Witnesses: The reason he kills Shiro is because he walked in on him having just killed Saku, and Tadao realized using the Despair Drink would mean nothing if a literal witness had seen him commit the murder.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...:
    Tadao: You're honestly saying that I knocked out Yamamoto, strangled him, chased Koichi, killed him, took the knife and slit Yamamoto's stomach, climbed up the watchtower, pushed the crate down the stairs, took the debris into the wine room, and returned to the banquet room before the Despair Drink even wore off!? In the span of less than ten minutes!? What kind of divine intervention do you think was assisting me!?
  • Madness Mantra:
    "Impossible, impossible, impossible, impossible!"
  • Non-Idle Rich: He comes from a wealthy family, yet he holds the title of Ultimate Waiter.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Though Tadao has made it clear starting in Chapter 2 that he wanted to kill someone and escape, he had never really done anything to make good on those threats besides talk. Then Chapter 3 rolls around, and he kills not one but two students.
  • Sarcastic Confession: While he and Ryoto are guarding the halls to the two crime scenes, the two of them start to bicker yet again as Ryoto is openly suspecting him of being the killer. Tadao decides to mock him by sarcastically admitting that, yes, he was the one who murdered Shiro and Saku, the champion athlete; the best part? Ryoto takes him seriously.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Waistcoat of Style, dress pants, fancy shoes, and clean white gloves.
  • Smug Snake: He is as arrogant as he is a jerk.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Averted, unlike the previous killers. Tadao orchestrated the deaths of two people simply because he wanted to open a restaurant that would become the most famous in the country- the others are very verbal in their disgust towards such a selfish motivation.
    • Or, severely downplayed at the most, considering what Rumi and Hiroshi had to say about him in Chapter 4 (see Tragic Dream below).
  • Team Chef: Likely due to the amount of time he spends in restaurants, he is able to make quality food for his classmates.
  • This Is a Competition: Adopts this mindset as of Chapter 2.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He is the most sinister of all the students, openly claiming he'll kill any or all the students in order to escape the castle.
    • Even his motivation to commit murder reflects this- he wanted to open a famous restaurant, a motive that is much more selfish than the previous killers'.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: At the beginning of the story, Tadao was slightly cynical and arrogant, but was willing to cooperate all the same. Starting in Chapter 2, however, he realizes just how real the killing game is and makes it clear he intends to win, even if it means committing murder.
  • Tragic Dream: How Hiroshi describes his motive, anyways. He explains that Tadao's dream of opening a prominent restaurant was one that he just could not give up, and that combined with his growing cynicism about the killing game is what led to him committing murder.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As Hana and the others get closer to deducing him as the killer, Tadao continues to become infuriated by their accusations and yelling about how wrong each accusation is.
  • Would Hit a Girl: When he thinks Hana is about to discover his hiding place for the kitchen knife, he runs over and stabs her in the leg with it, then proceeds to knock her out with a large red wine bottle.
    Hinata Yonade 
Hinata Yonade

Ultimate Thief
Hinata's pixel sprite

"I'm not just some petty criminal stealing old ladies' purses, I do have some level of integrity!"

Considered to be the most prolific thief in the country, Hinata is responsible for numerous heists against prominent banks, museums, and even (according to rumors) the Togami corporation and the Kuzuryu clan. Despite being a criminal, Hinata is a laidback guy and a total jokester, not seeming to take many things seriously. Also, though he claims to enjoy what he does, his talent does seem to cause him some level of frustration...

As of Chapter 3, Hinata is still alive.

  • Anime Hair: Purple hair styled into spikes pointing straight upwards.
  • The Barnum: He makes no effort to hide the fact that he's the Ultimate Thief, and he still winds up being able to snatch random things from both around the castle and his own classmates.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason he gives a pearl bracelet from the treasure room to Rumi is because he wanted to thank her for being one of the only students to truly be kind to him.
  • Berserk Button: Do not suspect him of something just because he's a thief.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Before the third trial and during the first part of it, Hinata disregards what Hana has to say about Saku's note and chooses to hand it over to Akira, as he too believes Saku is the killer (and he simply does not want to be on Akira's bad side). However, come Part 2 and Shiro's dying clue that casts doubt on Saku being the killer, Hinata decides to help Hana by coming clean about having seen Shiro prior to the murders, which plays a large role in clearing Saku's name.
  • Delinquent Hair: He has purple hair styled in a set of spikes.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Though he's willing to swipe things left and right, he won't legitimately steal something deeply personal to someone as shown in his third Free Time Event.
  • Fame Through Infamy: He is well-known for all the daring heists he pulls off, although at its core being a thief is still illegal.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite his carefree and mischievous exterior, his agreement to help Rumi set up the memorial to their dead classmates at the beginning of Chapter 4 shows him to have this.
  • Honor Among Thieves: Despite what he does, it's made clear Hinata does have a set of morals, as evident by the quite above.
  • Japanese Delinquent: This is a given, with him being the Ultimate Thief.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a complete jokester and doesn't seem to take many things seriously, but he has been shown to have a good heart despite his talent.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: His first Free Time Event has him talk about how he comes from a poor neighborhood, and therefore he sometimes gives what he takes to some of his neighbors so they can afford decent stuff.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Chapter 3, Part 3 shows that he is has mysteriously forgotten a portion of the events of that morning, including him, Rumi, and Hiroshi finding Hana nearly dead from an attack in the wine room. The cause of his memory loss is later revealed to have been Tadao testing the Despair Drink.
  • Le Parkour: He has incredible skill at parkour due to all the running around he's done as a master thief.
  • Not Me This Time: When one of Itachi's knives goes missing, he is quick to blame Hinata. However, he vehemently inists he isn't the one who took it.
    • Turns out he's telling the truth; not only did he not take the knife, but the knife was never stolen to begin with.
  • Phantom Thief: Although he's far from classy, he does fall into this category as the Ultimate Thief who has stolen from places such as museums.
  • Robbing the Dead: During each Deadly Life, he tries to "investigate" the respective victims' rooms with the intent of seeking out anything valuable- he gets caught by Hana each time.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: He wears a crimson one around his neck.
  • Shouldn't You Stop Stealing?: Several characters call him out on his thieving ways, with many of them distrusting them as a result.
  • Sticky Fingers: His modus operandi- although he has pulled off legitimate heists big and small in the past, during the killing game he tends to just swipe random items off of his classmates simply for the fun of it.
  • Troll: He's a complete jokester, often swiping random things from his classmates for the fun of it. Fortunately, he'll return whatever he took soon afterwards.
  • Taking the Bullet: A non-lethal and unintentional example; Tadao intended to test the Despair Drink out on Ryoto, but Hinata being Hinata swiped the drink and, thinking it was just a normal beverage, ingested it. This resulted in him being the one under the Drink's amnesic effects instead of Ryoto.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: They go well with his purple hair, as well as befitting his title as a thief and his laidback, jokester tendencies.
    Ryoto Miura 
Ryoto Miura

Ultimate Racecar Driver
Ryoto's pixel sprite

"This? Ahahaha, this is nothing! You ought to see my racing outfit, it's truly fitting for one as fast as lightning as me, Ryoto Miura!"

A somewhat new face on the racing tracks, yet Ryoto has been a rising star with his incredible skills in a racecar and his current undefeated streak. When he's not racing, he is as boisterous and hot-headed as they come, acting like some kind of superhero half the time and lacking an indoor voice the other half. Although his heart is truly in the right place, his brain leaves a lot to be desired.

As of Chapter 3, Ryoto is still alive.

  • Anime Hair: It's spiky and dyed a bright yellow with cyan streaks. It's no wonder it gets made fun of often.
  • Badass Cape: He wears an electric blue one.
  • Badass Driver: He's the Ultimate Racecar Driver who has yet to lose a race.
  • Captain Obvious: Has been known to make such remarks.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: In Chapter 4, he plans to throw himself off the second floor of the South Wing in the hopes of injuring himself, thereby needing Shiori to fix him up and thus boosting her confidence back up. Due to Akira's untimely appearance, it doesn't quite work.
  • Dumb Muscle: Despite his talent technically not having anything to do with fighting, Ryoto is still one of the strongest students in the cast...but he's not exactly the brightest bulb in the bunch.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Ryoto, realizing that the party might make a good opportunity for a murderer to strike (especially with four people not attending), comes up with the idea to keep a log of who goes in and out of the party and at what times.
    • Played with in that the killer manages to get around the log rather easily; however, even though Ryoto's idea did not prevent a murder like he hoped it would, the log would still go on to be instrumental in sorting out the alibis of the amnesic party-goers.
  • Full-Name Basis: Downplayed in that he doesn't do this all the time, but he does call some of his peers (such as Hana) by their full names whenever he's being dramatic.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to set him off.
  • Hot-Blooded: The biggest example of this trope in the class.
  • I Have to Go Iron My Dog: Makes this excuse before fleeing his conversation with Hana in Chapter 4:
Ryoto: Uh, uh, uh- MY CAR'S ON FIRE!
  • Ignored Epiphany: His response to Hiroshi's explanation on Tadao's motive to kill is to immediately say he still hates what Tadao did.
  • Large Ham: When he's not being a ditz, he's acting as dramatic as an old comic hero, as described in his bio.
  • Literal-Minded: Inverted and played for laughs in Chapter 2:
Ryoto: Wh-!? Well of course she got stabbed in the back! One of our classmates fucking killed her, we ALL got stabbed in the back!
  • No Indoor Voice: He loves shouting, sometimes devolving into ALL CAPS LIKE THIS!!
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Serves as this for the male students with his Dumb Muscle tendencies and his dramatics.
  • Red Herring: In Chapter 1, he refuses to answer Itachi's questions regarding his whereabouts on the night of the murder. This, combined with Hinata's claim that he saw someone wearing what could have been a cape running past the courtyard doors, seems to be setting him up to be involved in the crime or to be some kind of scapegoat- but in reality, he is not involved in the crime at all and any suspicion towards him is cleared rather quickly.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Played with; in Chapter 2, he accuses Tadao of murdering Kaneki due to his threatening behavior the night of the murder- not only is this not true, but Tadao wasn't even remotely involved in the crime. In Chapter 3, he suspects Tadao again, once again because of his vocal desire to kill and escape- this time, he's actually right, but he has no actual evidence to back it up.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: He probably swears the most out of all his classmates.
  • Smart Ball: When helping to set up Rumi's party in Chapter 3, he comes up with the idea to keep a log of who goes in and out of the party area and at what times in the hopes that it would prevent someone from trying to commit murder. Subverted, however, in that the killer manages to find a way to leave the party without being seen by Ryoto, rendering the log useless in that regard.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: As mentioned in No Indoor Voice, Ryoto is prone to this as much as he is shouting in general.
  • Third-Person Person: Tends to slip into this from time to time.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He is afraid of mice.
    Saku Yamamoto 
Saku Yamamoto

Ultimate Kickboxer
Saku's pixel sprite

"I pray that tonight, the good spirits shall watch over and protect us all... I do not wish to see harm brought upon anyone here."

A renowned kickboxing champion, Saku is actually the heir to the expansive Yamamoto Shinto shrine system. However, he has chosen to hone his skills as an athlete rather than focus on his family's duties- though he still practices their beliefs whenever he can. Despite being the largest and strongest student in the class, Saku prefers to stay out of conflict and remain neutral when he can, and he tends to remain one of the most levelheaded students.

He is the first victim of Chapter 3, being knocked unconscious and then strangled to death by Tadao.

  • A Friend in Need: He takes it upon himself to try and talk things out with Shiro, despite the latter's clearly fractured mental state, because he doesn't want to see the formerly cheerful student so broken anymore.
  • The Big Guy: He's the token "giant" character of the cast.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: His speaking and general mannerisms make him come off as this.
  • Due to the Dead: He doesn't take kindly too Ryoto and Tadao arguing just outside the storage room, where Kaneki's body is.
  • Eyes Always Shut: His eyes are described this way, only opening them when he is particularly shocked or perturbed.
  • Frame-Up: He is on the receiving end of this (posthumously) in Chapter 3 courtesy of Tadao.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not only is the physically strongest character in the cast, but he also provides some intelligent insight into certain topics.
    • He is also the one to wonder why Kaneki was unable to simply leave the study through the door to escape her killer in Chapter 2, a topic that ultimately leads to a substantial breakthrough in the case.
  • Gentle Giant: He is the largest and most muscular student in the 80th Class, yet he tends to avoid conflict.
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: He is associated with the color gold (according to the cover art) and he is the strongest amongst his classmates (physically, anyways).
  • Good Is Not Soft: Downplayed. He tends to avoid conflict whenever he can, but he has shown himself to become angered and thus take some action when necessary, such as the Due to the Dead example above as well as saving Hinata from being blown up by Monokuma during the prologue.
  • Murder-Suicide: It appears that Saku had committed this in Chapter 3, but it is ultimately revealed to have been a cover-up by the killer.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: All Saku wanted to do was help Shiro overcome his guilt regarding his role in the prior murder, but he himself ends up murdered for his troubles.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He serves as this for the 80th Class with his unique design compared to the other students.
  • Not What It Looks Like/I Can Explain: He writes a note to Shiro that appears to be setting him up for a trap, and Hana initially thinks that's what it is...but in reality, Saku had to write it that way due to Shiro only responding to those who plan to murder him. He makes it very clear to Hana that he has no intentions of killing him.
  • Samurai Ponytail: His hair is tied into one.
  • Seppuku: Averted in that Saku did not actually kill himself this way, but the killer slices his stomach and leaves the knife behind to make it look like he did.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: He wears a sleeveless black tank top, most likely because his muscular arms would be hard to fit into any shirt sleeves.
  • Token Religious Teammate: His bio states he is a practitioner of Shinto, and he has been described as praying on several occasions.
  • World's Strongest Man: He's a champion kickboxer, with the size and muscle mass to boot. This is possibly subverted in that, because the fic takes place in the same timeline as the Hope's Peak arc, in-universe he is likely not on the same level as the actual official version of this trope, Sakura Ogami.
    Shiro Koichi 
Shiro Koichi

Ultimate Poet
Shiro's pixel sprite

"We're all friends, aren't we? And friends should trust each other, no matter what."

A boy with incredible writing skills that allow him to convey a variety of subjects through pen and paper. He has made a name for himself due to his ability to manipulate all forms of style and prose to best express the meaning of whatever poem he is working on. Shiro is incredibly kind-hearted and trusting, wanting nothing more than to brighten a friend's day however he can.

He is an unwitting accomplice in the second murder, having been tricked by Itachi into (unknowingly) trapping Kaneki in the study with her killer. He then becomes the second victim of Chapter 3, accidentally walking in on Tadao finishing off Saku, leading to the former bludgeoning him to death with a stone statuette in order to silence him.

  • Break the Cutie/Kill The Cutie: Learning his closest friend in the killing game not only murdered someone, but also used him for the crime crushes him. And unlike Asuna, who lives long enough to start to come to terms with the incident, Shiro is murdered just as he himself is starting to return to his usual state courtesy of Saku.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has gray-silver eyes to match his silvery hair.
  • Death Equals Redemption: He accepts this belief to the point where he tells the other students to murder him, believing that giving his life for one of the others is the only way to atone for his role in Kaneki's murder (though it's implied he began to abandon that idea shortly before his death thanks to Saku's efforts).
  • Despair Event Horizon: Come Chapter 3, Shiro seems to have crossed this as a result of the revelations from the second trial.
  • The Determinator: When Itachi is being accused of murdering Kaneki, Shiro refuses to give up on his friend's innocence, even after the revelation that Itachi was the one who asked him to lock the study door on the night of the murder.
  • Dying Clue: Downplayed in that he's not dying as he writes it, but Shiro does attempt to write a physical description of his killer just before he is killed; however, the killer catches up to him and murders him before he can finish writing.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He is absolutely devastated when Itachi is revealed to have both murdered Kaneki and tricked him into assisting with the plot, to the point where he questions if their friendship meant anything to him.
    • Possibly reconstructed in that Itachi tells him it wasn't a lie, and he feels extremely remorseful for what he did.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: During the second trial, the group realizes that the only reason Kaneki would have been unable to leave the study was because the door was locked from the outside, meaning the killer had an accomplice. Shiro starts to ponder aloud who the accomplice could be, listing out when they would have had to have locked the door in time for the murder...then comes to the horrifying realization that he was the accomplice.
  • Fatal Flaw: The absolute and naive trust he puts in his friends. This made it all too easy for Itachi to trick him into helping with his murder plot; all Itachi had to do was simply ask Shiro to do the task, and Shiro didn't even ask questions because, due to the trust he had towards Itachi, he never once considered the possibility that Itachi's intentions were anything malicious.
  • He Knows Too Much: The reason Tadao kills him; he was coming back to the sunroom after retrieving his notebook...only to walk in on Tadao and a freshly-killed Saku.
  • Heroic BSoD: The conclusion of the second trial leaves him a mess, to the point where he has completely shut down by the next morning.
  • Keet: Downplayed because he does not exhibit the hyperactive aspect of this trope, but he plays the small, cute, and cheerful part completely straight (the events of Chapter 3 aside).
  • Nice Guy: He's sweet and caring about his peers, wanting nothing more than for everyone to remain hopeful despite the circumstances.
  • Running Away to Cry: He does this after attempting to apologize for the role he played in Kaneki's murder.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Unless something like an investigation or a trial is happening, one can expect Shiro to always be smiling as part of his cheerful attitude.
    • Come the conclusion of Chapter 2, however, this trope now seems tragically averted.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: He tells the students in Chapter 3 that he wants one of them to murder him so they can have the chance to escape the castle, for he believes his life is no longer worth as much compared to the others.
  • Power of Trust: Wholeheartedly believes in this trope, stating several times how true friends should trust each other no matter what. Shame it gets exploited to high heaven (see Fatal Flaw above).
  • Shorter Means Smarter: He's the smallest of all the male students, but he's famous for his incredible writing ability.
  • Tap on the Head: Tadao murders him by bashing him on the head with a stone statuette of a Chinese dragon, killing him instantly.
  • Tragic Bromance: With Itachi.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Becomes one for Kaneki's murder, for he was the one who locked the study door from the outside, unknowingly trapping her inside with a killer.
  • Visible Silence: As a result of his emotional state following Itachi's execution.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Wears a gray one underneath his jacket.
  • Was It All a Lie?: He asks Itachi this, wondering if their friendship meant anything to him considering how easily he tricked him into helping with the murder.
    Itachi Kunata 
Itachi Kunata

Ultimate Weapons Expert
Itachi's pixel sprite

"Make no mistake, though my family name is 'Kunata', I am Itachi above all else."

The heir to the Kunata clan, Itachi is a young man who has mastered all forms of weaponry. He has learned how to properly wield, repair, and maintain everything from blades to firearms and everything in between. He has a strong sense of morality, valuing honor above all else and acting quite courteous despite his intimidating demeanor.

He is the culprit of Chapter 2, plotting to murder Asuna only to end up killing Kaneki instead. Monokuma attempts to execute him by forcing him to fight a group of robots themed after warriors from different time periods; however, Itachi ultimately sabotages the execution by committing seppuku instead.

  • Anime Hair: His hair is specifically described as being styled into three spikes pointing to the left, as seen in his pixel sprite above. How he gets it like that, nobody knows.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: He wears a dark green one around the lower half of his face.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears one of these, styled after a samurai's jinbaori.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: He's very...samurai.
  • Cultured Badass: Despite his intimidating appearance, Itachi is very polite and courteous to his classmates. He also particularly enjoys Shiro's poetry, and he has also been shown to enjoy drinking tea.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a child, Itachi held his father, Hanzo Kunata, in high regards and loved everything about his family. Then, his father became involved in a massive arms smuggling ring, attempting to throw the blame onto his brother/Itachi's uncle, Syo Kunata, when he was found out. In the end, Hanzo was sent to jail for his crimes against the country, Syo was thrown into a depression, and everyone even remotely related to Hanzo was shamed and distrusted. Itachi worked his whole life to try and restore his family's name, believing that graduating Hope's Peak would be a massive step in doing so. Monokuma's motive, the confirmation that those who won the killing game and graduated would still find success in whatever they chose to do afterwards, renews this desire of his enough to drive him to murder.
  • Dark Is Evil: Averted- while he looks like he would play this trope straight, he's actually one of the nicer students in the cast.
    • Played straighter come Chapter 2- while not evil per se, he is the culprit of that chapter's murder, thus making him an antagonist.
  • Death Equals Redemption: He commits to this belief, stating that the only to atone for what he did is to die.
  • Driven to Suicide: How Itachi ultimately dies, killing himself in the middle of his execution in a symbolic apology for murdering Kaneki.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Itachi is found guilty of Kaneki's murder and sent off to his execution just like any other blackened. At first, he actually plays along with Monokuma's death trap, fighting the robots sent to kill him. However, ultimately he stops fighting back, gets into a sitting position on the ground...then drives the knife into and across his gut. In doing so, he not only dies on his own terms as he wanted to, but he was able to (figuratively) wipe the smirk off of Monokuma's face like he wanted.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He not only accepts his impending execution, he makes it very clear to Monokuma that he wants to die on order to atone for his actions...but he makes it clear it will be on his terms, not Monokuma's.
  • Face–Heel Turn: At the start of the story, he was considered one of the most level-headed and honorable students in the 80th Class. He and Shiro even allowed Hana and Hiroshi to join them in some tea, helping improve the former's emotional state following her grief towards the events of Chapter 1. Then, Monokuma reveals the second motive, and it drives Itachi to commit a brutal murder. It's pretty telling when nearly everyone in the class is shocked and confused when he is revealed to be the killer.
  • Family Honor: His entire motivation for committing murder was graduating so he could restore the Kunata family name.
  • Freak Out!: Though he is willing to plan the murder, the idea of doing so puts Itachi at conflict with his morals, resulting in large amounts of mental stress. All he wanted was for his plan to go off without a hitch...but when Kankei shows up at the storage room instead of his target (Asuna) and tries to talk him out of committing the murder, Itachi snaps- becoming furious with her, pulling out his knife, and attacking her in his rage.
  • Get It Over With: He says this in regards to the voting time.
  • Gladiator Games: His execution is (initially) this, with Itachi being thrust into a Roman Colosseum and forced to battle to the death with a group of robots styled after fighters from different time periods.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: He has these, which go well with his quiet and stoic demeanor.
  • Irony: Discussed during the conclusion of the second trial:
Itachi: It's ironic, isn't it? I did all of this for the sake of honor. But now, after hearing Monokuma's story- I realize that, for Kaneki to sacrifice her life to save a friend, in an attempt to atone for her doubt, she had more honor than I ever will.
  • Knife Nut: He carries a pair of serrated hunting blades on him, which he even attempts to use on Monokuma in the prologue.
  • Last Request: His final request to the others is that they never repeat his mistake, never allow another murder like this to happen.
  • Multi-Melee Master/Multi-Ranged Master: Being the Ultimate Weapons Expert, he is skilled at both kinds of arms, as well as anything in between.
  • Nothing Personal: He says this to Asuna in regards to why he targeted her- he just needed a target, and Asuna was the smallest and weakest student in the class.
  • Reality Ensues: Anyone can plan and say they can commit a murder- but actually committing the act is another thing entirely. Itachi learned this the hard way when killing Kaneki- according to him, he was horrified as he watched her die from the slash wound he gave her, even telling the other students that he was still haunted by the sight.
  • Ronin: What his motif essentially amounts to, with his outfit and his mannerisms.
  • Seppuku: How he kills himself during his execution, using his remaining hunting knife.
  • Spanner in the Works: Based on what Tadao revealed at the end of the third trial, he had actually been planning to kill during Chapter 2, but had to scrap the plan due to Itachi's crime. In short, Itachi unknowingly prevented Tadao from being able to kill someone until Chapter 3.
  • The Stoic: He is the strongest example in the whole cast, even more so than Hiroshi or Akira.
    • Not So Stoic: However, even Itachi isn't immune to losing his cool at times, such as when he angrily accuses Hinata of stealing one of his hunting knives. And then there's his breakdown, as described below.
  • Tragic Bromance: With Shiro.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As Hana gets closer and closer to revealing him as the killer, Itachi starts to lose his cool more, to the point where he becomes uncharacteristically furious the more he is being accused.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Played extremely straight as he is the one who murdered Kaneki, one of the female students. Not to mention his initial target was another female student, Asuna.

Other Characters


Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy

The so-called headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy, Monokuma is a robotic bear with a sadistic side. He is the proprietor of the 80th Class's killing game, trapping them inside the castle, maintaining the rules, and putting pressure on each of the students to commit murder in order to escape.

Since this story's version of Monokuma acts largely similar to his canon counterpart, tropes applying to him can more likely be found on those pages.
    Minor Characters 
Hana Amari's Parents
Hana's mother and father. They appear in person during the Prologue to see their daughter off to Hope's Peak Academy, but after that they are merely mentioned by Hana herself on certain occasions or during Free Time Events.

  • Adorkable: Particularly Hana's father, who is described to be "excitable"- it's no wonder where she gets it from.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Hana appears to imply this during one of her Free Time Events with Shiori.
  • Doting Parent: They're both extremely encouraging and supportive of Hana, even during the short time they're seen.
  • Good Parents: From what little we see or hear of them, they seem to care about their daughter a lot, and Hana in turn visibly seems to love them just as much.
  • Ill-Fated Flowerbed: Asuna's second Free Time Event describes how Mrs. Amari attempted to grow a garden- twice. Both attempts ended about as well as you'd expect.
  • Invisible Parents: Actually downplayed, as they appear in person during the beginning of the story, but thus far that is their only physical appearance.
  • So Proud of You: Their overall feeling towards Hana being accepted into Hope's Peak Academy, to the point where they give her the photo Mr. Amari took of the three of them because this is her day, and as such she deserves to have the photo to commemorate it.
  • Unnamed Parent: Their names have yet to be revealed, and they're only referred to as Hana's mom and dad or Mr./Mrs. Amari.
Hanzo and Syo Kunata
Itachi's father and uncle respectively, with the former being the previous head of the Kunata family. At some point several years prior to the start of the story, Hanzo became involved in a large-scale arms trafficking ring, ultimately leading to him being sent to prison and disgracing the Kunata name.

  • Broken Pedestal: Hanzo serves as one for Itachi, as implied by Monokuma's story at the end of the second trial.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Syo apparently fell into a deep depression following his brother's betrayal and subsequent destruction of the family's honor.
  • Nephewism: It can be assumed Syo became Itachi's primary caretaker following Hanzo's imprisonment.
  • Satellite Character: Hanzo more than Syo serves as this, as it was his disgracing the family name that serve as Itachi's primary motivations in the fic.
  • The Scapegoat: Syo was nearly made this for his brother Hanzo's crimes- ultimately, it didn't work.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Hanzo's actions are what directly motivate Itachi in the present, and are what later drive him to commit murder- in short, his treachery is what would lead to the deaths of his son and one of his classmates.
Yuna Tenmaru
Kaneki's little sister. She died in a tragic accident several years prior to the start of the story, and her death continues to affect Kaneki in the present.

  • Big Sister Worship: According to Monokuma's story, Yuna loved and looked up to her older sister as much as Kaneki loved her.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Kaneki briefly talks about her at one point during Chapter 2's Daily Life, but the bigger role she plays in Kaneki's backstory isn't revealed until after the trial.
  • Death by Origin Story: Downplayed; while it's implied her death had no effect on Kaneki becoming an Ultimate, it does still play a massive role in her past and, as a result, her actions during the story.
  • Disney Villain Death: Inverted; Monokuma's story reveals Yuna died when she fell down a large dropoff, but she was far from a villain.
  • Posthumous Character: She's been dead for several years prior to the events of the fic.
  • Satellite Character: Her entire purpose is to give Kaneki motivation for trying to save Asuna from being murdered in Chapter 2.
  • Tagalong Kid: She used to tag along with her sister whenever she explored the wilderness around their neighborhood, a characteristic that would later contribute to her death. However, when Kaneki talks about this aspect of their childhood, she does so in a positive manner, indicating she enjoyed exploring with Yuna and never saw the younger girl's presence as a nuisance, making this trope a subversion if anything.

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