The myriad characters of this world.
SHSL Gonzo Journalist
However, they would not be gone for long! In recent months, F.C. Fan has risen once more, writing frequently both online and into a few offbeat magazines here and there about their latest exploits. Readers and observers have noted that they are making quite the name for themself as one-of-a-kind, a welcome fresh face in the world of subjective journalism. They take great pride in the fact that they do not simply report their stories, but make them, almost always being involved in the very events they relay. Their tone is coarse, blunt, but also eloquent, passionate, and undeniably fast-paced; in that respect, perhaps it is no surprise that the enigmatic youth under the mask is none other than one Farah Fujibayashi-Beauregard, devil-may-care politicker and self-proclaimed continential drifter, whose unique writing talent has earned them the interest of Hopes Peak Academy and the well-deserved title of Super High-School Level Gonzo Journalist.
- Animal Motifs: Rats. They're the rat kid.
- Intrepid Reporter: Of the "gonzo journalist" sort.
- Motor Mouth: Quick-witted, with a tongue to match.
SHSL Marine Animal Trainer
- Animal Motifs: Either dolphins or sharks. Dolphins were featured in relation to him in the roster video and he has sharp teeth like a shark.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Extreme Omnivore: Apparently he ate a piece of paper with calligraphy ink on it and raw seaweed. Somehow, both were apparently delicious.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Usually described as either spacing out or not paying attention and tends to have an unnerving stare. While usually harmless and keeps to himself, there's just...something off about him.
- Friend to All Living Things: Most likely, since it's his talent to take care of said animals. He's a lot more outspoken when it comes to animal rights and is much more friendly when he's interacting with creatures.
- Graceful Loser: After placing second in the dance competition, he's the most calm about it, even offering handshakes to the winners.
- Icy Blue Eyes
- Precision F-Strike: Says one after discovering Miyu's "corpse".
- The Quiet One: Doesn't say much and even when he does, it's not a lot.
- The Stoic: Related to the above, he isn't the most emotionally expressive member of the cast.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
SHSL Feline Behaviourist
They are an accomplice to the murder in Chapter 3. In Chapter 4, they are executed as a result of the mistrial.
- Animal Motifs: Cats, obviously.
- Catchphrase: To quote, "Motherfucker!"
- Cuddle Bug: They are extremely affectionate with their friends.
- Guilt Complex: As shown in Chapter 3, Mi-ke's guilt complex is so strong, they believe everything bad that's happened in the game happened because of them.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners / Platonic Life-Partners: With Shiba
- It's All My Fault: During Chapter 3.
- Meaningful Name: "Mi-ke" is a term used for Japanese Bobtails with a three coloured coat, which is seen as a sign of good luck in Japan. It translates to triple hair.
- Messy Hair: It looks like they lied it in a braid and forgot about it.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Upon realizing that they put their friends in real danger during Chapter 3.
- No Sense of Personal Space: They don't seem to recognize other people's personal space.
- No Social Skills: The cause of the above trope.
- Not Good with People
- Official Couple: As of Chapter 3, with Kris.
- Only One Name
- Rapunzel Hair: Mi-ke's hair comes to their mid-thighs, while braided, and just past their knees when loose. This leaves them with some of the longest hair in the cast.
- Sir Swearsalot
- The Nicknamer: Provides nicknames to the majority of the students the evolve over time based on Mi-ke's view of them
- Notable, they only use the real names of those they consider close friends. If they use your full name exculsively, that's a very back sign.
- Villainous BSoD: During the Chapter 3 trial, Mi-ke experiences a break down when the very real possibility of Shiba being executed it brought up, as well as seeing their other friend's reactions to their actions.
- Happens again when Kris starts to threaten Miyu's family, since Mi-ke was not informed of that part of the plan.
- Youngerthan They Look: At 15 years old and 6 feet / 183 cm tall, they are both the youngest and the third-tallest of their class. Mi-ke hides their age because people rarely believe they're that young; they've gotten in trouble at their middle school because no one thought they were supposed to be there.
SHSL Decora Fashion Model
They end up as one of the victims of Chapter 5.
- Beware the Nice Ones: During the Chapter 3 trial, Shiba loses their temper at both Kris and Miyu.
- Break the Cutie: Chapter 3 was kind to nobody.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners / Platonic Life-Partners: With Mi-ke
- Meaningful Name: "Shiba" calls to mind the shiba inu, and a lot of their accessories are dog-themed.
- Only One Name
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Shiba is quite strong, having spent years doing judo. They just look really cute and small.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
SHSL Horror Mangaka
A casualty of the third motive, Subaru succumbs to heatstroke and passes away.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: They have black hair, but the effect is similar.
- Perky Goth: Definitely carries this vibe, he's certainly equally as cheerful as his work is morbid.
SHSL Fashion Blogger
Despite supposedly getting blown up in Chapter 5, she doesn't turn up a victim as she survived the event. As it would turn out, she's also the one behind the explosion and manages to get away with Joon's murder successfully.
- Attention Whore
- Berserk Button: Most of the times she's physically attacked people outside it being for the laugh have been due to.... a particular kind of insult.
- Blood Knight: Takako practically makes it a hobby to revel in other peoples' arguments, but given the opportunity to fight...
- At the end of the 5th trial when it's revealed she was the one responsible for killing Joon, Takako gets into fights with both Reiko and Clove, apparently revelling in choking one and biting the other so hard she walks with a limp.
- Can't Take Criticism: Well, she threatened to "slaughter" Shiba for laughing at her during a fight, despite having done that to them a solid thirty seconds beforehand.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Has mastered the art of giving one of these.
- Combat Stilettos: Wears these during the dance event and isn't afraid to kick people with them.
- Dissonant Laughter: Reeeeeeeally enjoys adding "lol", "lmao" or just a little giggle into her dialogue in... practically every situation. Such as serious conversations, murder trials, or when someone gets injured.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Not romantic, exactly, but Takako starts hate-flirting with Miyu during the fifth trial. She treats the possibility of a bloody fight with her as a date.
- The Gadfly: It seems that one of her favourite pastimes is bullying people.
- Hypocritical Humor: Throughout Chapter 2's dance event, she calls out several of her opponents for unsporting behavior. This ignores that she's laughed at their misfortunes, overreacted to minor incidents, and tried to kick or stomp on people with her stiletto heels (at one point almost stabbing Kris in the face).
- Huge Schoolgirl: 6'1", not counting however much her heels add. For comparison, three of her female classmates tie for second at just 5'7" — still quite tall, just not in comparison to her or Tenpō.
- The Idiot from Osaka: The other Osaka students aren't an example of this, but Takako is. She spends her time getting overly invested in fights (if not joining in on them herself), reveling in both the good and bad results of her reckless actions, and in general not taking anything seriously. About the only thing that doesn't line up is that at present she can afford an expensive occupation in fashion.
- No One Could Survive That!: After being thrown off a particular cliff by an explosion, a fall that's killed multiple people, and being trapped in a tree during a forest fire, Takako walks out with a mild concussion, bruising, and a couple of broken bones.
- Odd Friendship: With Miyu. You'd think they would be at each others throats, but nope. This finally falls apart in Chapter 5 after Takako mocks two of Miyu's closest companions immediately after one is executed.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: During Chapter 5, Takako's body is the 4th discovered, trapped in a tree in the burning forest..... until there's no file for her body and she starts groaning and demanding ketamine from visitors.
- Statuesque Stunner: Ties with Shinobu for the tallest student at 6' 1", and she's quite attractive.
- Unluckily Lucky
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Takako is severely injured in the process of killing Joon. She claims that a third party attacked them both, even saying that she wouldn't have dove off the cliff if her life hadn't been in danger. Between this and last-minute confusion over another student's condition, the class believes her and goes right into a mistrial.
She is the culprit of Chapter 1, but because Miyu survived, the class votes not to have a trial and spares Airi. She is later murdered in Chapter 4 by Joon-young, though the class ends up mistrialing.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Bi the Way: Her crush on Sollith is rather prominent, but she's also capable of having feelings for people who aren't girls, as well.
- D-Cup Distress: Her breasts, while not ridiculously large, are noticeable, and she isn't a fan of the attention they've garnered in the past.
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Seems to be this around Mitsuo. When she wants to punch him, she knocks him out. When she wants to get into a catfight, she rips his throat out by mistake.
- Friend to All Children: She definitely has a soft spot for the younger children she finds in the labyrinth, and the young versions of the founders. There's also her little brother Naoya...
- Hidden Depths: More like "underdemonstrated depths," since her SHSL title gives it away, but Airi does have a passion for sculpting. She also has a genuine appreciation for the arts, and admires those artists who can do things she can't.
- Jerkass Realization: After tearing out Mitsuo's throat in the labyrinth, she realizes how much her actions have been hurting others.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: At least, until she gets a satisfactory punch in.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: She seems chill most of the time, but has a nasty temper.
SHSL Survival Gamer
She is the victim of Chapter 3, murdered by Miyu.
- Animal Motifs: Tigers. Unfortunately, she's in Suzaku, not Byakko.
- Bandage Babe: Given her talent, it's not exactly a surprise she's covered in various scrapes.
- Cute Bruiser
- Does Not Know Their Own Strength: They casually kicked down a classroom door while trying to get inside.
- A Father to His Men
- Friendto All Living Things: Gets along rather well with most of the critters at school, to almost humorous levels.
- The Gunslinger: Airsoft guns, but guns nonetheless.
- Hot-Blooded: They're very passionate, to say the least.
- Multicolored Hair: Various shades of brown and tan.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Ran straight out into an active battlefield and through a blazing fire without even stopping to think.
- Major Injury Underreaction: For someone who spends so much time in the labyrinth covered in blood, they don't seem to notice.
- Team Mom: Very protective of the people they're fond of. They weren't the team captain for nothing, after all.
It's revealed in Chapter 4's trial that he was the one who murdered Shinobu T. He's also a contributing factor in the mistrial of Chapter 4.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Mitsuo does not take it well when people try to express sympathies to him after his love interest Joon is murdered and even threatens to kill one of the people defending him.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Mittens", a nickname from Mi-ke that Joon-young starts using after overhearing it.
- Official Couple: With Joon-young
- Wake-Up Fighting: After being killed in the Labyrinth by Airi, he emerges in the real world swinging, unfortunately for the teammates who are still lingering in the area. He ends up breaking Holy's nose.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair
Shinobu Bechabechan Kanamori
SHSL Social Media Manager
- The Bully: Picks on other students, specifically Tsukuyomi. Seiji's death seems to have caused him to rethink his behavior, but he still bullies others.
- Break the Haughty: The Chapter 2 mistrial. Near the end of the debate, Shinobu's classmates start suspecting him of being the killer after he kept defending one of the suspects (Tsukuyomi), constant finger-pointing and saying the wrong shoe size. Once Yukie reveals they got it wrong, they immediately turn on him. He threatens everyone in his fear/confusion, questions the reality of the situation, and pulls out a knife when Kris gets near him. Once the knife is gone, he breaks down into tears.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Tends to do this when he gets overemotional. Notably after the Chapter 2 mistrial, he realizes that several people think he's the killer and responds with this.
- Cool Shades: An orange visor, to be exact.
- Mascot with Attitude: Bechabechan, the character he's the mastermind behind. He doesn't like being associated with her for some reason.
- Official Couple: As of Chapter 4, with Tsukuyomi
- Smug Snake: Oh, yes. Seems to have dialed back since Seiji's death.
- The Napoleon: Being 4'11", he's the smallest of all the students. He tries to keep a cool head, but fails miserably.
- The Nicknamer: Uses "[defining feature] Kid" to refer to his classmates, apparently to belittle them.
Sollith Izumi / Kohori Izumi
Sometimes, the answer to all of your problems is a swift punch to the face. Ok, maybe not, but when it comes to physical combat, you do what it takes to get the job done, and thats Sollith Izumi, the SHSL Brawler. Shes known for her not for her fighting, but for her reputation in ending fights, going from what seemed like vigilantism to receiving formal challenges from people attempting to besmirch her perfect win streak. Sollith is also known for defeating opponents bigger than her, Armed Opponents, Multiple opponents at once, and Multiple Armed Opponents at once. Having refused all interviews on the subject of her brawls, her reasoning is unknown but its safe to say she doesnt just randomly pick fights, there is definitely a method to her.
She is the first of three victims to be killed in Chapter 5.
- Hot-Blooded: She's a brawler, after all.
During the Chapter 3 trial, he is outed as the SHSL Phantom Thief.
- Afraid of Blood: Took this reaction to the first murder.
- Ascended Fanboy: Has stated in a number of threads to have taken up his talent due to his fondness for the Arsène Lupin novels.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Tsukuyomi Sato. He doesn't seem to like being called by his first name very much, though...
- Clear My Name: During the second trial, due to a few bits of evidence matching up with him, he comes under fire as a top suspect for a good portion of the trial and has to clear his name. Unfortunately, he isn't able to do so until the votes are tallied and Yukie confirms that the students got it wrong.
- Embarrassing First Name: Isn't too fond of his first name, and prefers being referred to by his surname.
- He doesn't protest when Mi-ke calls him Tsukuyomi, however, implying that he's alright with friends calling him by his first name.
- Gentle Giant: Standing at 6'0", he's the tallest member of Suzaku and among the tallest of the students as a whole, but he's a big softie, if not a bit shy.
- Insistent Terminology: He'd really rather you call him Sato.
- Lovable Rogue: A master thief, sure, but he's no less of a nice guy for it.
- Meaningful Name: His first name contains the character for "moon", befitting his moon/night sky motif.
- Nervous Wreck: Is portrayed this way.
- Nice Guy: Generally polite to others and treats them kindly.
- Official Couple: As of Chapter 4, with Shinobu Kanamori
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: Big square frames that hide his eyes.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Tries to pass himself off as this, though its very clear that hes hiding something
- Peek-a-Bangs: His hair falls in front of his right eye - though he's not hiding anything in particular under there.
- Phantom Thief: His talent, as it turns out.
- Precision F-Strike: Gives * Prone to Tears: Quite sensitive and withdrawn, and quick to cry
SHSL Investigative Journalist
When not in school, Clove works as a junior reporter at her parents newspaper with three of her older siblings. What she learned there allowed her to make her high schools newspaper club surprisingly professional, enough so that the club worked with the police to track down the source of a human trafficking operation run out of Berlins biggest opera house. Shedding light on the problem caused a nationwide scandal involving several politicians either directly or indirectly involved with the ring. Her family has drawn the criticism of some by letting a highschool student work on such serious stories, but they couldnt stop Clove even if they felt like it was necessary. In addition to writing articles, Clove runs a blog about her pet birds that shows a different side of the investigative journalist. She currently resides in Japan and attends Hopes Peak, a school for prolific youth at the top of their fields. Rumor has it that Clove is investigating a lead in the country, but nothing is confirmed.
- Berserk Button: Calm, cool, and collected, Clove prefers to battle with words instead of fists. The first time she ever physically fought on another student? After Takako, ch. 5's murderer, throttled Reiko during the first mastermind trial. Unsatisfied when the fight was broken up by Itona, Clove vowed to get her pound of flesh from the other girl in exchange from the bite she took out of her girlfriend's leg.
- Be Careful What You Say: She never expected yelling "die alone then, your mascaras clumpy, among other insults, to hit Takako as hard as they did - hard enough that she began choking Clove. Guess someone found Takako's Berserk Button?
- Misplaced Retribution: While Reiko may have started the fight with Takako, Clove was determined to end it. While that was one motivation for Clove taking a swing (or two, or three) at the fashion blogger, every mistrial has made Clove more bitter towards many of her classmates. Enough so to warrant that sort of reaction.
- Divided We Fall: A trope Clove makes a point of warning against in trials before inevitably falling into it
- Due to the Dead: After failing to find Tenpō's murderer, Clove starts rearranging the flowers on the deceased's pensieve, saying that this may be the only closure they can get.
- Failure Knight: In a few threads, Clove mentions that Shinobu Tenpō bore a striking resemblance to her older brother, Felix - down to the ginger hair and favorite color. In light of their falling out...no wonder Clove was so vengeful after her clanmate's death. She was, as Clove admits, essentially a Replacement Goldfish who helped her work out some metaphorical demons she brought with her to Mahaoutokoro. Sorry, Tenpo...
- Family Business: Can definitely be applied to the Rosenburg family paper, at which both Cloves parents and three of her siblings work. The Berlin Sun is generally a huge point of pride for the whole family, and journalism has sort of become a bonding thing among them.
- Germanic Efficiency: Stays on task when she needs to, even when her a few of classmates get stuck in the oven during the chapter 2 investigation.
- Intrepid Reporter: Of the "investigative journalist" sort.
- Meaningful Name: Word of God confirms that her last name, Rosenburg, has meaning both in terms of roses being a symbol of romance and the strong ties the flower has to Revolutionary Girl Utena, a show that shares some similar themes as her character, as well as being one of her favorites!
- Morning Routine: God forbid you interrupt Cloves morning routine, which is the only thing that makes her able to function in the morning. Otherwise, shes a zombie. Shown when she's woken up by the chapter 2 body announcement, when Clove is too tired to realize she walked down to the cold storage in her Minion pajamas. Hilarity ensues.
- Nerd Glasses: Red ones. She's incredibly nearsighted, so the thick frames are necessary.
- Nerves of Steel: Required by her talent, as Clove runs into some pretty upsetting crimes as an investigative journalist. This isnt to say that shes completely unshakable...Clove just has a higher threshold for keeping her cool and hiding her panic than some other students. She still feels these emotions quite a bit, but they take more to express. Shown during the investigation of Shinobu Tenpō's murder, where she appeared almost numb after discovering the body and referred to it as "the corpse." She then did a complete turnaround by crying after Tenpō's trial when the class failed to find the correct killer.
- Private Eye Monologue: Often happening in Cloves head. Would never dream of doing this where someone could hear her because that would be embarrassing, but sometimes it slips out without her realizing it. Oops?
- Proud to Be a Geek: In her chapter 3 talk with Reiko, she openly admits to really like shoujo animes. "Anime - that's quite the accusation. Romantic comedies are a wonderful way to end the day after dealing with corporate crime, it helps me destress! Even if it's absolutely, undeniably, sappy."
- The Nicknamer: She doesn't bother with honorifics in most cases, using them only with people she greatly respects. But then stops using them when she gets closer to said person and completely ignores them with her fellow Byakko students? In a conversation with Mi-ke, Clove admitted, "I don't fully understand the Japanese custom of calling one by their last name."
- Official Couple: As of Chapter 4, with Reiko
- Quirky Curls: Cloves hair is frizzy, curly, and tends to stick out all over the place. It generally wont be tamed, but can be made to look halfway presentable with a comb.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Played in terms of her personality while working, which is all business, vs. during free time, which is polite and friendly.
- Tragic Dream: Clove was not a fan of the Elysian Dreams motive. Although the Byakko and Seiryuu students got dreams that reflected their ideal life, one without loss or regrets, she stayed awake for almost three days straight to avoid them. It didn't matter, as she fell asleep in the end.
- Unknown Rival: Towards Mitsuo Ueno. Clove's always considered him smart due to his contributions and meddling in trials, but the feeling appears one-sided.
- Who Needs Enemies??: Has this relationship with Miyu Suzuki. With the way they collaborate on labyrinths and mastermind evidence, are both mutual friends of Kris Tenshi, and share a love of birds as well as somewhat cold upbringings by wealthy parents, there might have been grounds for them to be allies... however, they really, really don't get along. Clove's nosiness as a journalist and Miyu posing as the Byakko in ch. 3's murder investigation both opened old wounds. Said wounds were deep enough to cause a two-sided grudge. Because of their different motivations for finding the Ouryuu's "little one," they still work together, albeit begrudgingly.
A casualty of the third motive, Deborah succumbs to heatstroke and passes away.
- Creepy Good: At least embodies this aesthetic, considering she works at a horror-themed drive-in.
- Drive-In Theater: Her place of employment is one of these.
- Malt Shop: Works at a drive-in with this sort of aesthetic.
As the class mistrialed in Chapter 2 for his clanmate Shinobu's murder, he was randomly selected to be executed, despite being innocent. During the Chapter 3 trial he is outed as the SHSL Vigilante.
- Boxing Battler: He boxes, after all.
- Delinquent Hair: Bleached yellow, like the stereotype of many delinquents.
- Hot-Blooded: More or less.
Kris Tenshi/Shizuka Matsuoka
SHSL Street Magician
He is an accomplice to the murder in Chapter 3 and during the trial is outed as the SHSL Hitman. Later on, he is successfully convicted and executed for the murders of both Sollith and unintentionally Shiba in Chapter 5.
- Beware the Nice Ones: After the class fails to identify Tenpō's killer, Kris backs one of the suspects against a wall and delivers a very long threat against him, even managing to take his knife and turn it against him. It's enough to unsettle several classmates that find this completely uncharacteristic.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Even the narration notes that this is a side of Kris that was unexpected. Maybe the fact that this isn't the first friend he's watched die of frostbite that has something to do with it...
- It returns in absolutely devastating force in Chapter 3, once his real talent as the SHSL Hitman is revealed. Many characters note the sheer callousness and nastiness with which he conducted himself, and while it's mostly revealed to be a farce, the damage is certainly done.
- Big Brother Instinct: Kris is extremely fond of his family, but especially his younger sister Mei, and extends that same fondness to some of his classmates. Even the ones that are older than him.
- Color-Coded Characters: Blue. Hilariously enough, he's part of Clan Byakko, whose colour scheme is primarily green.
- Cosmic Plaything: Everyone in the class is subject to terrible luck (thanks to the Random Number God), but after several especially cruel Labyrinth incidents, Kris is convinced the castle is singling him out for the worst of it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not above making quips that show off his dry wit.
- Due to the Dead: He's the one who first conjures up the chrysanthemums for Tenpō.
- Embarrassing First Name: "What kind of Magician name, let alone Hitman name, is Shizuka?"
- Foreshadowing: Much of this with regards to his true talent:
- His proficiency with knives.
- His outbursts of anger against those who chose to evade justice.
- But most tellingly, the fact that he was sorted into Byakko despite being perfect for Seiryuu. Then you remember that the students in Byakko take on the thankless jobs no one else will, and it starts to make more sense.
- Gallows Humor: His way of coping with going through two very painful deaths in the Labyrinth.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has one under his left eye in the shape of a cross. Subverted in that it was self-inflicted as part of his performing persona and does not have any real purpose other than to look cool. Heck, it's actually made from waterproof ink.
- Hitman with a Heart: Despite his profession, he shows himself to be absolutely this trope as he dearly regrets the lengths he has had to go in order to save Miyu, and that's not including the genuine love he has for both her and Mi-Ke, amongst others.
- Last-Second Word Swap: Nearly drops the f-bomb when he realizes that the fursona misunderstanding is spreading to even more people, but changes it to a milder "fiddlesticks".
- Like Brother and Sister: With Miyu. Borders on Platonic Life-Partners, with the main disqualifier being that he has closer relationships with his other relatives and with Mi-ke.
- Magicians Are Wizards: In the most literal sense possible.
- Nerves of Steel: It's surprising how well-composed he is when faced with the advent of the Mutual Killing Game. Not to mention how terrifying he is when he's angry. Given his real talent, this does not come across as a surprise.
- Nice Guy: While stern and no-nonsense when faced with certain situations, ultimately he's this. He makes a conscious effort to be polite and charming to most. In the advent of the Chapter 3 trial, he's more along the lines of Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Odd Friendship: Seems to be developing a lot of these, from Reiko to Miyu to Kunie of all spirits.
- Official Couple: As of Chapter 3, with Mi-Ke.
- Precision F-Strike: Has one after the death of Shinobu Tenpō. It's not the last.
- Punny Names: Acknowledged in-character and by his creator: Kris Tenshi is a deliberate Affectionate Parody and Shout-Out to famous magician Criss Angel, and it's specifically noted that it happens to be an alias that Kris' sister gave to him, which ended up sticking. His real name is revealed during the Chapter 3 trial to be Shizuka Matsuoka, making it also a case of Embarrassing First Name.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Miyu, especially after she starts considering him a friend.
- Stage Names
- Tragic Keepsake: His jacket. It's an open secret that it was his late mother's jacket. faithfully kept even after the fifteen years she's passed. The bloodstained handprints adorning the back of it also symbolizes Miyu, who he failed to save.
- He gets two more throughout the course of the game: Mi-ke's hair ribbon and Miyu's ruby ring. Later, his farewell letter to his family asks them to keep them safe in his stead.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Downplayed - it's dyed. His real hair colour as evidenced by his eyebrows is a more realistic mousy brown.
- Zero-Approval Gambit: Pulls one of these in Chapter 3, playing up his real talent and the perceptions that would ensue in a bid to force the vote onto him as opposed to Miyu. Sadly, it doesn't pay off in the end.
SHSL Voice Actor
- Cool Shades: An obfuscating pair.
- Nice Guy: Very polite.
- Official Couple: As of Chapter 4, with Holy
She is the victim of Chapter 2; her murderer is revealed two chapters later to be Mitsuo.
SHSL Tarot Card Reader
SHSL Controllerism Artist
- Color-Coded Characters: Purple. There's a whole lot of purple incorporated into his clothing. He's even got purple eyes. Funnily enough, Genbu's clan colors just so happen to be purple and black.
- Cosmic Plaything: He's got far from the best luck in the cast. He's had his nose broken, he's been knocked out on two separate occasions (one of which was thanks to getting hit by celery sticks), he's been set on fire, he's gotten a minion puppet stuck to his hand for far too long... and this is all outside of the labyrinth.
- Dropping the Bombshell: In the Chapter 3 trial.HOLY: ... What sort of spells does the Super High School Level Hitman have?
- Exhausted Eye Bags: Has these after Chapter Two's motive release.
- From Dress to Dressing: Pulls this fairly often inside the labyrinth.
- Gentle Giant: At 5'11, he's among the tallest students in the class. While his neutral expression can look pretty intimidating, he himself is surprisingly soft.
- I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Has been so wrapped up in events around him before that he's not even realized he himself is injured. One of the best examples of this would be a labyrinth run with Mitsuo - HOLY had been so caught up in trying to make up for his mistakes earlier on that he didn't even notice he'd been stabbed in the side.
- Kitsch Collection: Technically speaking. He's been proven to collect socks.
- The Klutz: Unintentionally so. Bad roll after bad roll has given him a reputation for being very clumsy.
- Messy Hair
- Only One Name
- Odd Friendship: With Mitsuo - if it can even be called a friendship. The fact they're not on horrible terms after Mitsuo decked Holy in the nose and subsequently broke it is surprising in and of itself.
- Official Couple: As of Chapter 4, with Shino
- Precision F-Strike: Sends one to Kris Tenshi, one of the three suspects of the Chapter 3 trial.
- The Quiet One: Not the most extroverted person in the class.
- Reclusive Artist: There's next to no information about his personal life that's been released, and he's known to obscure his face when on camera or performing.
He is the one who murders Airi in Chapter 4. However, the class mistrials, and his life is spared; he reveals that he was the culprit shortly after the trial ends.
Ironically enough, he perishes shortly after as one of three victims in Chapter 5.
- Bishōnen: After all, he is a model.
- Fashion Model: A super high school level supermodel, to be exact.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After murdering Airi in Chapter 4 he falls victim to being murdered in Chapter 5.
- Official Couple: With Mitsuo
- Red Is Heroic: His colourscheme incorporates a lot of red, including a rainbow Gucci tiger sweater.
- Subverted as of Chapter 4.
SHSL Oil Painter
After several wealthy clients took an interest in the anonymous artist who had painted in the style of Western Impressionism, a brief journalist investigation led right to Miyu. Like it or not, she had earned the attention she wished to avoid. Her rapid success has not been without controversy: Because of her familys numerous connections, Miyu has been accused of benefiting from nepotism, especially after rumors spread that Hopes Peak had their eye on her. Worse still, the Suzukis have been recently disgraced by a scandal that ended with her fathers imprisonment. Distrustful of the gossipping media, Miyu has gone back to her original behavior of sheltering herself away from the public eye. This hasnt stopped her from accepting the invite from the academy, however.
She is the "victim" of Chapter 1, but is later discovered to have barely survived her injuries. She later murders Mio in Chapter 3. During the trial she's outed as the SHSL Art Forger, before being executed.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Played for laughs while she and Kris are teasing each other; turns out that a certain chain of misunderstandings has made its way to her, letting her say just four words to completely mortify him:Miyu: Tenshi-san, what's a fursona?
- Art Attacker: As revealed during the dance event, her personalized minor spell allows her to shoot oil paint at a target.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted after her near-death experience, after which Miyu has severe facial bruising that lasts for several weeks. She also has various bruises on her limbs from accidents in the dungeon.
- Break the Haughty: Chapter 3 gradually piles this onto her, but the first major break is having several people discover her true talent, then learning that Hope's Peak considered putting a hit out on her father. Later, the stress of the motive wears her down until she kills Mio, and she earns the hatred of almost the entire class after she preys on their sympathies and nearly causes a mistrial. By the end of the chapter, she breaks down weeping, realizing that she is about to die without having accomplished anything in her life. Things continue to get much, much worse in subsequent chapters.
- Cruel and Unusual Death:
- In the Labyrinth: Strangled by a mob of oni, cut in half when her painting is slashed by a palette knife, crushed under a giant's foot, bludgeoned by her own mace after breaking a rule, and decapitated by an exploding collar. Most of these happen in back-to-back runs, leaving her with rather... unhealthy attitudes towards the Labyrinth.
- Her execution ends with her being pincushioned by numerous arrows, being conscious of it all until the final arrow gets her through the eye and head.
- Cuteness Proximity: As aloof as she can be, Miyu does have a soft spot for birds, especially parrots, and will go out of her way to pet them.
- Deadpan Snarker: She finds it easier to express her emotions, positive and negative, with a dash of sharp wit.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: A platonic version, in which over time Miyu finds it easier to express her emotions around others and even starts trusting them enough to call them friends. There are some setbacks, though, especially after Miyu kills Mio and betrays everyone by trying to force a mistrial.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Miyu starts feeling this after the events of Chapter 1 leave her bedridden, and she tends to go out of her way to "prove" she can take care of herself. She does occasionally give a pass — if she thinks she can exploit sympathy to her advantage.
- Family of Choice: Her relationships with her blood relatives are awkward at best and estranged at worst, to the point where she barely even connects with her brother thanks to their age gap and her being their grandmother's unfavorite. After Mi-ke and Kris start treating Miyu like an older sister, however, she takes the role seriously and begins calling them her siblings.
- Family Theme Naming: Her father and his siblings have names that include the primary colors: Kintaro (technically gold, but loosely linked to yellow), Aoshi (blue), and Akahana (red).
- Flower Motif: She's associated with various kinds of lilies, especially water lilies, white lilies, and tiger lilies. Her association with water lilies comes from Claude Monet's Les Nymphéas series of around 250 paintings. Miyu managed to make several forgeries in the style of this series and pass them off as genuine Monet pieces.
- Full-Body Disguise: Her personalized major spell. She can use an illusion to appear as another person, but only if they're the same height as her. She utilizes this during Chapter 3 to throw suspicion towards Clove and Byakko in general.
- She earns an advanced version of this without the height restriction as a prize from the fashion show event.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple / True Blue Femininity: Some of her outfits fall into one or both of these, usually for the connotations of nobility. She's also comfortable wearing the purple uniform of Genbu.
- Gray Eyes: Reflecting her guarded, somewhat distant behavior.
- Hime Cut: During Chapter 5, she's given a "royalty wear" makeover that lengthens her hair to this style. The hairstyle is appropriate even out of costume thanks to her wealthy background.
- Hypocrite: It's pointed out many times that Miyu isn't in any position to call people out for their actions, when she herself is a known troublemaker, a frequent source of trial-related strife, and a murderer who frequently defends someone with over eighty kills.
- Hypocritical Humor: Throughout Chapter 2's dance event, she calls out several of her opponents for unsporting behavior. This ignores that she's laughed at their misfortunes, destroyed their outfits with paint, overreacted to minor injuries in an attempt to bait pity, and kicked Airi hard enough to make her bleed.
- Ignore The Fanservice: While none of them are intentionally trying to seduce her, Miyu keeps finding herself in the company of male classmates who, for various reasons, end up shirtless — including literal supermodel Joon-young. She reacts coolly to all of this due to having no interest whatsoever.
- Important Haircut: Inverted: The event in Chapter 5 magically lengthens her hair to waist-level. This takes place between several incidents that force her to reevaluate the nature of mortality, both hers and other's.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Feels this thanks to fair-weather friends and parents with busy work schedules. However, it's clear that most of her loneliness (especially in the game itself) is self-inflicted thanks to her own behavior.
- Multigenerational Household: Miyu's paternal grandmother lives in the same home as her.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Her surname, as well as her grandfather's given name, is a reference to Suzuki Harunobu, an Ukiyo-e artist who invented multicolor woodblock printing. An artist named Shiba Kōkan produced forgeries under Suzuki's name; Miyu's codename in her work was Shiba.
- Not So Above It All: Miyu tries to project an aura of refinement, even in the face of her classmates' antics. But she isn't completely immune to getting drawn in, as seen in Hypocritical Humor, and sometimes she's the instigator of these shenanigans.
- Not So Different: Miyu's thoughts point out that she can see parallels of herself in other people, like Mitsuo, Joon-young, and even Ouryuu. It's implied that a lot of her anger is based in part on projection.
- Odd Friendship: With Takako (they work frighteningly well together and feed into each other's competitiveness by mocking anyone that opposes them), Kris (they bicker even when checking in on each other's health and find common ground in their criminal talents), and Mi-ke (despite their earlier interactions, they bond over promises to safeguard talent-related information.
- After Chapter 5, the friendship with Takako implodes due to how she treats Mi-ke and Kris.
- Old Money: Wealth has been in her family for several generations.
- Precision F-Strike: Sends one to Shinobu Kanamori, one of the remaining suspects, in the aftermath of the Chapter 2 mistrial. She gets much looser with the word afterwards.
- Reclusive Artist: Miyu has made few appearances in the art world and is best known for submitting her artwork anonymously to her aunt's gallery. She also dislikes having too much public attention on any aspect of her life and is known to refuse any inquiries that get too personal.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Miyu is thought to have died of blood loss, which puts into motion an investigation. It isn't until Itona tries to compare a knife to her wounds by sticking it in said wounds that she whimpers, revealing that she's alive but unresponsive from severe shock.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Kris, especially after she starts considering him a friend.
- They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason: A firm believer in this. However, she takes it to such extremes that it causes tremendous strain to her friendships when she refuses to communicate serious problems.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Downplayed: It's sour and salty flavors in general that she likes, and she'll eat a variety of different foods. However, several of her scenes have her focusing specifically on umeboshi, mainly because she keeps losing out on a meal for one reason or another.
- Tsurime Eyes: In some artwork, befitting of her prideful nature.
- When She Smiles: A variant where she often has polite, snarky, or outright faked smiles, but rarely has a warm and unrestrained smile. Kris points this out when he sees how happy she is to pet an owl.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: During Chapter 3, she pretends that Kris blackmailed and threatened her, forcing her to help with Mio's murder; he supports this plan. It still fails to save her from execution.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Her hair color is a reddish purple, and some of her relatives have hair running all over the spectrum between purple and red.
- Child Prodigy: As per his bio, he was reading and writing his own music from an early age.
- Eyes Always Shut: Giving him a look much like a fox.
- Official Couple: With Morgan, one of the NPC ghosts
SHSL Cold Case Detective
Eigawa has famously claimed to view every homicide like a puzzle. This fact plus her age has called into question her credibility, but she continues to prove herself a capable (if not prideful) detective. She has also publicly bashed the Osaka Police Forces investigative team for their cowardly and ineffective approach to their big serial kidnapping case, which has also raised some eyebrows.
- Animal Motif: Wears hairclips in the shape of white and green butterflies as well as a similarly-patterned bolo tie. At certain times of the year, she keeps nurseries of them.
- Break the Haughty:In late game, both the narration and the Reiko herself comments on this in response to the heavy environment and that she's only been right about killers when they were or involved the people closest to her.
- Broken Bird: A common archetype among detective characters, Reiko's abrasive and arrogant attitude can be considered the effect of becoming heavily involved in a gruesome serial killer case at a young age. Being a 'child detective prodigy' isn't as glorious as anime, books, and video games will have you believe.
- Brutal Honesty: She rarely holds back her opinions on matters and appears to lack a filter at times.
- Child Prodigy: Solved upwards of 15 cold cases at a young age.
- Commonality Connection: Notably shared between her and Clove as two investigative talents and lesbians as well as her and Kris regarding the fact that both come from Osaka and they also share several parallels in their backstories.
- Great Detective: As implied in her SHSL title.
- Ice Queen: At game start she tended to be emotionally detached from her classmates, often acting coldly and viewing the others as beneath her. Following the events of the second trial and onwards, her stance has notably swayed.
- Intergenerational Friendship: She has a friend back home who is roughly 15 years older than her.
- Insufferable Genius: She takes great pride in her success as a detective and enjoys seeing other people squirm under pressure.
- Mega Twintails: Keeps her hair up in two large drills.
- Nerves of Steel: With homicides being her talent's area of focus, Reiko showed little to no signs of squeamishness when presented with murdered classmates and their executions.
- Official Couple: As of Chapter 4, with Clove
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Engages in this behavior in several threads - especially during her introduction, class trials, and when she doesn't agree with someone - which is often. This comes out the most when she's interrogating someone she believes to be a murderer.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Specifically given to Kris during Trial Three after she gets him to reveal the wounds on his hands.
- Tsurime Eyes: Her green eyes are usually described in this manner, and typically are drawn like this in art references.
Three individuals who are tasked with supervising the students' stay at Mahoutokoro.
ex-SHSL Cryobiologist, tour guideStanding squarely at the intersection between physics and biology, the name Yukie Amemori-Kozlova is associated with cutting-edge scientific discovery in her field of choice. No stranger to snowy wastes even as a child, she made her debut publishing papers on the benefits and drawbacks of cryonic preservation as a method to preserve organs. What began as a simple independent research project eventually saw her as a member of Samui, a research firm specifically focusing their efforts on the applications of science to the medicinal field. Here, her next groundbreaking achievement was a published paper on the possibility of providing a more effective cure for hypothermia. And while her line of work was mostly relevant to nobody under the age of thirty, it caught a reporters eye who made a story out of the teenage sensation, catching even more attention, an invite from Hopes Peak, and later a successful graduation to much applause. Now with increased focus on this field and its applications, the world (or maybe only the scientific community) are on the edges of their seats waiting to see where this young pioneer treads next.
Now, it seems, shes your supervisor.
- Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: When Mio says "ass" in front of Zoya, Yukie immediately appears on the scene to cover her ears and reprimand Mio for swearing in front of a child.
- Eye Color Change / Supernatural Gold Eyes: On occasion, her eyes flash yellow; it's currently unclear exactly what's happening to her, but it rarely accompanies good news.
- Dean Bitterman: Only a trip supervisor but embodies this trope.
- Ice Queen: In a literal and metaphorical sense.
- Statuesque Stunner: 6'3" with heels and described as pretty.
Tour GuideYour other guide. While Zoya holds no prestige in the world of mahounashi like her older sister, this sharp-tongued girl has made a name for herself in Mahoutokoro. Being the first to successfully make technology work in a magic-filled community, she's made leaps and bounds with her tendency to fuse magic and science together. Though, it's rumored that her original intentions of doing as such was to set up a wifi hotspot at the school in order to keep up with her social media accounts.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very much so.
- Huge Schoolgirl: At 6'3", she's taller than all of the Hope's Peak students, most of whom are 3-5 years her senior. She's even taller than the two adult supervisors.
- Not So Stoic: Breaks down after the mutual killing commencement announcement.
- Only Sane Man: Plays this role to the class, especially during murder investigations due to their tendency to want to touch, sniff, or even taste highly suspect materials. Zoya can often be seen lurking around, judging people for their foolishness and banning them from investigating certain areas if they ignore her warnings. Even outside of investigations, she often has to clean up after the wreckage of anything they break.
Hapless TeacherYour... other, other guide! A son of the Oharas, a prominent wizarding family, he graduated from Suzaku with top marks and became one of the youngest teachers at Mahoutokoro - being a professor of the History of Magic, while also becoming involved in wizarding espionage cases on the side. While he has settled down, his curious nature and boisterous tongue remain. Dies at the end of Prologue.
- Black Sheep: While many Oharas were mentioned to be successful and famous, he, well, wasn't.
- Heroic Wannabe: Apparently wanted to pioneer the bridge between the wizarding world and the mahounashi. Too bad his life was cut short.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Mentioned to have wanted to win the approval of his family.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair: His hair is naturally light pink. He used to dye it black in the past.
The proprietors of the item distribution system. For the low price of one hansatsu, they can summon one item for their customer. Given the gachapon-esque mechanics, however, there's no guarantee that the item is wanted or even worth the price...
Salve KamaitachiThe eldest of the three kamaitachi, wielding the healing salve. They are stern and serious, and do their best to keep the other two in line. It's something of an uphill battle, but nobody is more stubborn than they are.
- The Leader: Seems to take this role for the other two Kamaitachi, as their elder. How well it works is questionable.
- Mystical White Hair: White fur, but they are a magical weasel.
- The Quiet One: More reserved, as compared to their companions.
Club KamaitachiThe middle kit of the three kamaitachi, wielding the club. They act like a delinquent, and are, but somewhere deep, deep down they have a heart of gold. You'd just have to look very hard for it. The most likely to start a fight if someone else insults the trio.
- The Big Weasel: Acts as the muscle of the trio.
- Hot-Blooded: The most likely to start a fight.
- Japanese Delinquents: Embodies many of these stereotypes, at least as many as a weasel can.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They have one... deep, deep down.
Sickle KamaitachiThe youngest of the three kamaitachi, wielding the sickle. Don't be fooled by their accent and tendency to talk in circles, they're at least slightly more intelligent than they seem. They're surprisingly artistic and enjoy drawing in their free time. The most likely of the trio to cry over their own creations.
These patron spirits of the clans reside within the school's walls, occasionally interacting with the students.
Seiryuu Clan GhostVery shady Clan ghost of Seiryuu, who's always where you don't want them to be. With a propensity for trouble and a cattish smile on their face, this tengu seems to know a fair bit about what's going on... if only they'd tell.
- Bird People: A tengu ghost, they have human and avian features.
- Cat Smile: Their default expression.
- Large Ham: They're quite bombastic and dramatic.
- Loves Secrecy: As per their bio, they like hiding things from others, it seems.
- Smug Snake: Described as self-important.
Suzaku Clan GhostEqual turns dramatic and calculating, the ghostly fox that is Suzaku clan's resident spirit seems mostly content to keep to herself and stare down anyone who crosses her path. Something warns you you'd better not question her too much...
- Cunning Like a Fox: She's a fox spirit.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Doesn't have patience for incompetence.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As abrasive as she is, she genuinely does seem to care about the Suzaku students.
- Lady in Red: Is depicted in a red kimono.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: More abrasive than anything, but she has vivid red eyes.