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Jeremias "Jeremy" Jaqueira

Super High School Level Balloon Artist

J.Jaqueira, also known under the pseudonym Jejack is a young Brazillian artist who works only with balloons. They make incredibly detailed sculptures without using tape, paint or glue, which have been exhibited at several art galleries across the country, and recently had their very own exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. They have stated that while they love making art, they love making people happy with simple balloon animals more, and would rather remain anonymous.

One of chapter three's victims, poisoned by Coralie Voclain

Edwin Black

Super High School Level Brain Surgeon

Edwin Black is a name frequently spoken in many international news networks, primarily as a young prodigy. Known for his development of Wwpine, a drug used to minimize the fatality rates of basic neurosurgery by 50%, Edwin is by all accounts a genius. Hailing from the obscure island country Wrwwwlwd, his heritage is often a bit of a talking point when it comes to ‘telling his story’. That being said, Edwin himself seems far from being a public figure himself, broodily refusing interviews and public footage of himself as often as he can. Well, you know what they say about geniuses and their eccentricities, you know.

Executed for the murder of Yukiko Fujimura in chapter two.

  • Affectionate Nickname: ‘Detective’ for Mal.
  • Consummate Liar: Capable of lying to even Mal and Yukiko.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He had a bomb strapped to his head, and was forced to defuse it by performing surgery on a cartoonish model of Monootter. Every time he made a mistake he would receive an electric shock. He managed to finish the surgery and was fully convinced he could escape, before a wooden stake stabbed him through the heart.
  • Dark Secret: Kidnapped the prince of Wrwwwlwd. He kills Yukiko because of his secret.
  • Goth
  • Insufferable Genius
  • Last Kiss: The last thing Edwin does before being taken to his execution? Kiss Mal.
  • Teen Genius

Levi Simms

Super High School Level Conspiracy Theorist

This bio has been redacted by the NSA… or was it the Illuminati? It’s Levi Simms, SHSL Conspiracy Theorist’s job to find out! Got a government official you think is involved in some form of coverup? Got a historical event you think was a coverup for a politician to make money? Is Area 11 real? He’s your guy to find out how that works and who was involved, and then post that online to unearth the truth and share it with the world. And when the world knows, so does Hope’s Peak Academy…

  • Agent Mulder: Makes sense for a literal SHSL Conspiracy Theorist. Referred to as such by Mal in-universe.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor kid gets beat up a lot
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Dead mom, asshole dad, Levi, weeaboo uncle, and don't even get the half sister involved...
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Literally his talent.
  • Honorary Uncle: Edwin asks Levi to take care of his kidnapped kid after he dies. He tells him he's going have Miles call him Uncle Levi.
  • I Am Not My Father: Part of why he doesn't want to kill anyone. But after you hear his backstory, does anyone want him to be like his father?
  • Missing Mom: His mom was publicly killed by an organization his father paid to do so.
  • * Odd Friendship: With Mal, Edwin and Ayako
  • The Woobie: He's starting to approach that territory as more of his friends are evil and die.

Takeo Akashi

Super High School Level Flyboarder

A rising star in a new field, Takeo Akashi is literally “making waves” with his flyboarding tricks. After a video he uploaded online reached millions of views, the young teen became a small celebrity as he continued to post bigger and better stunts. Despite past injuries, the nimble 16 year old continued to inspire awe as he mimicked dolphins and flew yards into the sky. Whether his moves outclass other flyboarders because of sheer talent or his ability to ignore his own safety is a mystery, but either way it’s impressive to watch.

Hoshi Itakura

Super High School Level Game Programmer

Itakura Hoshi, possibly better known by his online handle, seilestial, is the revered programmer for a multitude of games, several of which have made huge splashes in the media. Even if you haven’t heard of the duo behind the creation, odds are you’ve at least heard of sensational games such as Crappy Bird and Snapquest. He also makes games with a completely different spin, creeping into the genre category of horror and surrealism. Though these obscure games are much less well known, a tiny section of the fanbase hails them with cultlike fervor.

Finnegan Duff

Super High School Level Gameshow Host

Finnegan Duff is a well-known host of several popular comedy gameshows featured in Japan. He is set apart and distinguishable by his fresh and unusual position as a child TV show host, starring in various TV shows since the age of eleven. In the years before he earned his current place in stardom, Duff lived in rural Scotland and claims that life there was quite uneventful. “My interest in gameshows”, he states, “only started right before I left for Japan.” Duff currently lives in Japan with his uncle, aunt, and cousin, and attends school like any other child might. He hopes that, even after graduating, he will be able to keep up with his love of learning and running gameshows.

Clive Farenton

Super High School Level Good Luck

Clive Farenton has had an average life, filled with above average amounts of misfortune, judging by the number of times his name appeared in local newspaper headlines about various incidents, both good (for other people) and bad.

Kamiya Harada

Reserve Course Student

Harada Kamiya? Who? You’re more likely to learn about Harada Mitsuru, the Super High School Level Talent Scout who graduated from Hope’s Peak so long ago. It seems that now, in her older years, she’s remained wealthy and is still at it, using her sharp skills to recruit more students to the esteemed academy. Many would expect her to find at least one thing in her own son… but no, he’s by all accounts an ordinary kid, moderately popular on several social media sites as a skilled image manipulator going by the username “k@mira”.

    Female Students 

Momoe Minami

Super High School Level Acro Dancer

Minami Momoe has become an increasingly well-known name in the dancing industry. The way she combines classical dance movements and acrobatic techniques within her performances has captivated many audiences and brought her closer to the public eye. When the news media discovered that she was completely blind, her popularity skyrocketed to the point where she was known outside of the dance community, and soon received an invitation from the prestigious Hope’s Peak Academy.

Yuki Himura

Super High School Level Actress

Discovered straight out of a small town open casting call, the newfound star Yuki Himura has premiered in 12 box office hits this year alone! Yuki is the name on everybody’s lips; a 17 year old girl from poverty who climbed the ladder of success and became the greatest female actor of her time. She is a regular sweetheart in interviews, staying humble and loyal to her family, but the media has caught glimpses of her inner party girl! If there’s a social event worth attending, you better believe Yuki Himura will be there.

Yukiko Fujimura

Super High School Level Child Psychologist

Outspoken in her field, widely respected, with a focus on young transitioning children and developmental psychology in ages 6-12, Fujimura Yukiko has been on the psychology scene only a short time, but she is already making her mark. After publishing groundbreaking new insights in both personal anecdotal evidence and studies of her peers, she brings new light to the development of transgender youth. Expanding outwards into other fields of psychology, and with her most recent forward-thinking paper published in the international journal Science about biochemical approach, it seems that the mysteries of the human mind may yet be solved one day.

The murder victim of chapter two, dying after having her head bashed in with a piano lid by Edwin Black.

Kuki Moriyama

Super High School Level Fashion Blogger

Moriyama Kuki, better known by her pen name M-O-R-I, is one of the top most influential teens in the fashion industry. Her fashion blog, Tokyo Hot Spot, has attracted over 10 million viewers worldwide due to it’s honest critiques and analyzations linking social rights movements to fashion trends. Moriyama continues to use her influence in the fashion world to encourage young women to be themselves and out problematic companies who achieve their fame in immoral ways and promote body-shaming or transphobia. Moriyama Kuki was born in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo, Japan where she grew up and earned the title of Super High School Level Fashion Blogger.

She commits suicide in Chapter 1, initiating the start of the Mutual Killing.

Coralie Voclain

Super High School Level Fashion Designer

If you want to wear the latest hits in fashion, Coralie Voclains latest collection is to die for. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and has been worn by countless models all over the world, local celebrities are even wearing her designs. Even though they’re rather pricey, everyone is dying to get their hands on one of her well crafted outfits.

executed for the murder of Jeremy Jaqueira in chapter three

Kyoki Fujimori

Super High School Level Horror Novelist

Kyoki Fujimori is a dreamy, small, and shy girl doesn’t look anything like the sort of person who would write her gory, brutal, and horrifying bleak books. Her popular novels horrify readers to the core worldwide, with her most recent work, a cosmic horror story titled “If the darkness rests forever” being translated into 45 languages. Called such lofty titles as “The next Lovecraft” and “The next King” by Japanese and American critics alike, each of her books reliably reaches and often tops the bestsellers lists, and movie adaptations for some of her most famous works with big-name directors and casts are on the horizon.

killed by O'Malley in chapter three

Marina

Super High School Level Maid

Ads pop up all around for a specialty top to bottom home cleaning service. When contacted a cheerful young voice answers, and the same voice greets you at the requested cleaning date. She cleans anything and everything allowed by herself. Her work is incredibly thorough and done in one to two days, depending on what time limit you give her. Any size place, any size mess. It’s left spotless. Nothing is known of the girl otherwise and only a first name is ever given. Trying to find any records or information about “Marina” is impossible.

Svetlana Zolnerowich

Super High School Level Roboticist

Svetlana’s a Russian girl who excels in robotics, constructing them alone when it’s usually required a team for it. Coming from a rural village in Russia, she studied abroad in Germany, and now in Japan, to pursue her talent with the little machines. Her progress from how little she started with, and how much she achieved until now shows she’s very hardworking and determined for her age, although people that have met her can often say she’s stubborn and cold. Nonetheless, one cannot deny her talent and work regardless of how she might be personally.

Aira Tsubame

Super High School Level Speed Demon

Tsubame Aira is not necessarily a household name, yet to hobbyists of the vehicle industry, she is an ubiquitous presence well known by her epithet - “Supersonic Aira”. With the unique distinction of being the first person to break several world speed records, including one that has stood for nearly 60 years. At such a young age, the aeronautical industry has high hopes for the youngster’s future.

Ayumu Kawamoto

Super High School Level Surfer

Ayumu is a prodigy surfer who began her career at a very young age. She was surfing by her fifth year and entering competitions by her sixth. In her seventh year she won her first trophy for third place in a youth surfing competition and she only improved from there. Unhindered even when a sudden and tragic shark attack cost her her the lower half of her left leg, she never let her spirit die and continued to sweep competitions worldwide, taking the surfing world by storm.

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    Nonbinary Students 

Ayako Hifumi

Super High School Level Barista actually Cyberwarfare Specialist

Googling “Hifumi Ayako” gives you nothing but a headache. You don’t know why half these pages are popping up when they don’t seem to be at all related to the name of your new classmate. Some things about an anime, video games, giant robots… Uh, isn’t this guy supposed to be a barista? All the public records you find of him seem legit, but… why is his family name written with the kanji for numbers? Does February 30th even exist to be born on? Using image search winds up linking you to a blog, bytethebarista, that has a few odd, rambling posts on it (all about various anime) that all seem to have been made within the past year. Random coffee and tea recipes are strewn all over this blog.

Harper O'Malley Piper Hargrave

Super High School Level Criminal Profiler / The Streetlight Killer

Harper O'Malley is well-known in certain social circles for being the youngest person ever to gain the rank of Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI, passing the difficult FBI training to achieve their rank. SSA O'Malley was a member of the Federal Bereau of Investigation’s Behavioral Analysis Unit-3. They analyze crimes using their understanding of the criminal mind to create a ‘profile’, which they then deliver to local police. Their specialty is serial and spree killers. The one-eyed prodigy is an enigma - searching back before their FBI debut reveals nothing. No birth records, criminal records, social media profiles, or family. As far as any sort of record appears to know, Harper O'Malley didn’t exist before then.

executed for the murder of Kyoki Fujimori in chapter three, they were also the mastermind before being fired.

  • Alone with the Psycho: Many times, if Mal is to be believed. Especially notable is their encounter with the Kitchen Knife Killer. And with Edwin, as he was originally planning to kill them.
  • Apologizes a Lot: And will apologize when it's pointed out.
    Edwin: You...don’t need to apologize for apologizing.
    Mal: But you don’t like it when I apologize, so the logical next step is to be sorry for being sorry...
  • The Atoner: One of their reasons for being so devoted to justice is trying to atone for their supposed sociopathic tendencies.
  • Badass Bookworm: A talented behavioral analyst and avid novel reader as well as capable of killing adult psychopaths with small knives.
  • Beneath the Mask: Mal is not nearly as stoic or composed as they pretend to be.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Despite their clearly non-Japanese name, Mal is actually half Japanese.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Despite being trained to use guns, their weapon of choice remains a tiny switchblade.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Gets into a fight with Marina, partially motivated by fear of her stealing Edwin.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: While their past is entirely shrouded in mystery, it's clear from the way they act that it wasn't exactly pleasant. At the very least they were constantly kidnapped and threatened by criminals. They discovered their mother’s body, fought their serial killer father in close combat, were raised by their adoptive father to be an emotionless justice-delivering machine and after his death resorted to desperate attempts at reviving the dead and later vigilantism.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally.
    “Sir, are you attempting to intimidate me with a banana?”
  • Declaration of Protection: To Edwin, not that it does any good.
  • Defective Detective: So devoted to their job that they cease to care about their own safety in the slightest.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it after Edwin dies, to the point of having no objections to Ayako slitting their throat and bashing their head into a wall until they passed out.
  • Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: They have no problem waving around knives, and only stop once it’s clear this method is actually woefully ineffective.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: They let their bangs cover the left side of their face entirely after Edwin dies, to hide their now exposed eye socket.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Worn over their left eye.
  • Fallen Hero: Went from being a successful FBI agent to a serial killer.
  • Fanboy: To Kyoki.
    "The pleasure is all mine, Fujimori-san. Um, I was wondering…" they reach into the magical FBI hammerspace that is their pocket and pull out a book. "Could I…have your autograph?"
  • FBI Agent: Or rather, former FBI agent.
  • First-Name Basis: With Edwin and later Levi.
  • Friendless Background: Their job doesn’t allow for much social interaction, after all. Edwin was the first person in their entire life to call them a friend (or at least, so they claim). As they told Lana, this is because of the fact that they were always paranoid and convinced that people were lying to them about liking them, and thus pushed them away.
  • Gray Eyes: Or rather, eye.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Mal can be a downright jerk sometimes, and is generally cold and abrasive.
  • Guile Hero: Just as skilled in psychological warfare as they are in actual combat.
  • Guilt Complex: To the point of blaming themself for Edwin and Yukiko’s deaths due to not being able to reform him.
  • Hammerspace: Their coat pockets aren’t even that big, yet they can store insane amounts of Rubik’s Cubes, case files, several knives and even a textbook.
  • Had To Be Sharp
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Repeatedly invoked. Turns out to be entirely true. They are a literal serial killer, after all.
    Ayako: I imagine you not as a martyr but as the /night/. An executioner… those who hunt monsters…
  • Her Boyfriend's Jacket: Wore Edwin’s cape for a fairly long time. And continues to do so after his death.
  • Heroic BSoD: They tend to be prone to this. Edwin’s death really pushed them over the edge, too.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Taken way to the extreme - Mal practically has an inferiority complex.
  • Holding Hands: With Edwin, a ton.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Their threads are all named after Criminal Minds episodes.
  • Improbable Age: Sure, they’re in a class of prodigies, but FBI at thirteen seems a bit extreme. Supposedly many people suspect that they didn’t react their rank entirely fairly. And they were RIGHT - their superior officer and adoptive father was likely at least partially responsible.
  • The Insomniac: Literally didn’t sleep for their first week at the lodge. This is mostly due to them having horrible nightmares. After Edwin’s death they can barely close their eyes without seeing his face.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses
  • Knife Nut: Despite previously having one, Mal doesn’t actually own a gun anymore. They substitute this for a switchblade. Even in the mutual killing game they carry tons of knives.
  • Knight In Sour Armor
  • Kuudere
  • Last Kiss: The last thing Edwin does before being taken to his execution? Kiss Mal.
  • Last-Name Basis: Not only do they not call many people by first name, they themself refuse to be called by their given name under any circumstances except by Edwin.
  • Living Lie Detector: One of their skills. Though it never worked on Edwin.
  • The Lost Lenore: Edwin has started to become this for them.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Attacked a trained supersoldier to avenge Edwin.
  • Love Redeems: Attempted to redeem Edwin this way. Failed miserably
  • Madness Mantra: “I’msorryi’msorryi’msorryi’msorryi’msorry”
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Gets beat up by a supersoldier and essentially tells Edwin not to worry about it. This is mostly because they've certainly had worse injuries in their life. After Edwin’s death they are so out of it they literally don’t react to getting their throat slashed.
  • Married to the Job: They’ve literally never had a friend, can’t think of anything they enjoy outside their job, and even neglect to sleep.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Even goes into visible withdrawal when the first motive hits.
  • Nerves of Steel: After the things that Mal has seen they are a very hard person to unnerve.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: REALLY likes Kyoki’s horror novels. The criminal mind also seems to fascinate them, to the point where they claim half the reason they became a profiler was morbid curiosity. Also, literally made out with a corpse, though it was more out of grief than anything.
  • No Social Skills: They only ever interacted with other FBI agents, after all. For all their psychoanalysis Mal can’t talk to a person to save their life.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Their reflexes border on superhuman, after all, giving them the ability to pull this off - both in fights, where dodging seems to be their primary strategy, and when dodging a thrown Rubik’s Cube from Edwin.
  • Oblivious to Love: It took Ayako pointing it out for them to realize that Edwin had been flirting with them at all.
  • Odd Friendship: With Levi.
  • Official Couple: With Edwin.
  • Omniglot: Speaks English, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Latin, French and Spanish. Later also learns a decent amount of Wrwwwlwdian.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Their methods of dealing with criminals are said to be particularly brutal, and they had an unusually high body count for an FBI agent. As the Streetlight Killer they would literally dismember other murderers.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: After Edwin dies they throw their eyepatch into the void, though thankfully their hair covers their empty eye socket.
  • Photographic Memory: Good enough to perfectly recite a long sentence in a new and confusing language while flustered, apparently.
  • Please Wake Up: Begged Edwin to do so as they embraced his corpse.
  • The Profiler: Their SHSL Talent
  • The Promise: Swore to Edwin that they would save him. In the end they failed quite miserably.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Cora
    Mal: You're annoyed. I am getting on your nerves, aren't I? Asking the wrong questions…or perhaps the right ones. Did I strike a nerve there? Have your friends NOT told you all these things? Do you even have friends, Ms. Voclain? Or are you so horrifically intolerable that the only people who enjoy your company are your parents and whoever you pay to tolerate you?
  • Sanity Slippage: Seems to be experiencing it right now.
  • Serial Killer: They are also known as the Streetlight Killer, a vigilante serial killer who hunts down and dismembers criminals with switchblades, leaving proof of their crimes and their carefully removed right hands underneath streetlights.
  • Shout-Out: Their thread names are Criminal Minds episode titles
    • Their first skill, [Criminal Intent], is a shout-out to Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
    • Their pet snake is named Hotchner, after Criminal Minds’ Aaron Hotchner.
    • They refer to Levi as the Mulder to their Scully.
  • The Stoic: They initially seem like one, reacting to things coldly and analytically as one would expect from a detective.
    • NotSoStoic: However, certain social situations can quickly make them lose their composure entirely.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Acts cold and distant around most, but completely opened up to Edwin.
  • Super-Speed Reading: Mal reads ludicrously fast, including reading and memorising a Wrwwwlwdian-to-Japanese dictionary in less than a day.
  • Survivor Guilt: Has a severe case, which only gets worse after Kuki’s suicide. And even worse than that after Edwin and Yukiko’s deaths, which they are convinced they could have prevented.
  • Take Me Instead: After the first trial begs Monootter to punish them instead of Marina and Nanashi.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Edwin’s coat cape and notebook.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Supervisory Special Agent Harper O’Malley, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Behavioral Analysis Unit-3, Super High-School Level Criminal Profiler.
  • Vigilante Man: As the Streetlight Killer
  • Walking Spoiler: Most everything about them and their past is mysterious.

Kyou Geimu

Super High School Level Game Designer

Besides a chair-gripping and nail-biting plot, the next thing that really grabs a player’s attention is the art. The graphics behind the RIP★sei games is all done singlehandedly by a single artist, Geimu Kyou, more widely known as RIP online. No matter what type of game, their ability to create stunning character designs and scenery just before the deadline is gasp-worthy. Cheesecape, Snapquest, and, of course, Crappy Bird are all excellent games in their own right but, graphics-wise, only show a fraction of their abilities in comparison to their arcane releases. And, deep in the forums, they’ve achieved a rather ominous following…

Nanashi

Super High School Level Utaite

A mysterious utaite going under the name “Nanashi” has recently topped the utattemita view charts on Nico Nico Douga, known for her ridiculously wide vocal range and excellent covers of a handful of VOCALOID songs. Soon after her huge successes online, the mysterious character was invited to Hope’s Peak Academy to join them as a Super High School Level Utaite. Even though she has yet to reveal her identity to the public, she’s at least accepted the invitation quite willingly!
  • The Un Reveal: Nanashi has yet to reveal to the cast why she keeps her real identity a secret or wears a mask.
    The Reveal: During the Chapter 1 trial, Nanashi removed her mask before getting punished. It's revealed that there's nothing underneath there for her to be hiding. So, why does she wear it?
  • Becoming the Mask: Everything about Nanashi’s personality revolves around her want to remain mysterious and anonymous.
  • Idiot Hair: Nanashi has an ahoge, which moves around with her emotions accordingly.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Their yellow eyes definitely add to the fact that she's super mysterious.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: It's difficult to decipher what Nanashi has to say, most times, often speaking in inverted sentences or repeating phrases with synonyms of words.
  • Cute Mute: After Chapter 1's punishment, Nanashi loses their ability to speak.
  • Hair Decorations
  • You Gotta Have Pink Hair
  • Tired of Running: During the Chapter 1 investigation, Nanashi ran away from anyone who tried to interrogate her so they wouldn't figure out what she did.
  • Voice Types: While Nanashi has a wide vocal range, her ability to sing high notes is perhaps her strong point.
  • Petite Pride: Nanashi's the smallest of the bunch, at 5'1".
  • The Berserker: It’s hard to find a time when Nanashi isn’t itching to fight everyone in the cast.
  • Useless Protagonist: According to Ayako, at least.
  • Break the Cutie: Nanashi broke down crying after the first trial and in front of Mal and Takeo on one occasion.

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Monootter

The handsomest otter to ever walk the face of this earth. You don’t know much about him, except for the fact that he’s undeniably super handsome.
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