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Characters in the webnovel, Million To One. Still under construction.

Camera

The protagonist, an anti-social young boy living a lonely if comfortable life at the boarding school, Silverstreet Academy. Has been moved around from relative to relative all his life, never staying in one place for long. As such, he's never really had friends in his life before. He's been living at the academy for the past three years. One fateful morning he receives a mysterious text message, and so his story begins.

Tropes associated with Camera:

  • Aesop Amnesia: As of the Fourth Loop, due to losing his memory of God's Game.
  • Aloof Big Brother: He very gradually grows into this for Sena.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Likely stemming from his past, but maybe it's just him.
  • Animal Motifs: Cats, weirdly. He gets turned into one in Entry #16 briefly and it's revealed he has a catboy cosplay outfit in an omake sequence.
  • Anti-Hero: Shifts back and forth between Types II and III, depending on the severity of the situation at hand.
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  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Once his powers develop into something suitable for combat, he has a tendency to act cocky to mask his fear.
  • Berserk Button: Breaking promises is an issue for him even at the beginning of the story, which is seemingly at odds with his usual personality.
  • Break the Haughty: Several times. Most notably in Entry #18 however, as that one seems to have stuck.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His childhood wasn't particularly pleasant...
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Mainly stems from being all but abandoned by his mothers and being left to his own devices. He doesn't like to think about what direction his life will take after he graduates because he's not sure he'll even have a future.
  • Determinator: Once you get him going, he doesn't stop.
  • Friendless Background: A major facet of his character, given much focus.
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  • Hates Being Touched: Early on.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: At the time the story begins, he's so disillusioned by society he acts like he doesn't care so he doesn't get hurt.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Deconstructed in that years of loneliness can have damaging psychological effects.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Implied.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Often, considering how he's often dragged into things.
  • Large Ham: When he gets emotional, or sometimes whenever the scene calls for comedic effect.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Camera' is a fitting nickname for someone who's more of an observer in life.
  • My Eyes Are Leaking: He cries for the first time in Entry #18.
  • Noodle Incident: How he got his nickname. Something to do with the Yearbook Committee, we'll probably never know.
  • Odd Friendship: With Etoile... eventually.
  • Otaku: Has a large collection of anime sets, manga volumes and video games.
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  • Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: Implied.
  • Safety in Indifference: One of his main hurdles as a person.
  • Smug Super: Has an odd habit of getting cocky in battle, likely as a defense mechanism to hide his fear.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Not as much as Jay, but Camera sure has a habit of acting more self-important than he is. Although it's obvious he doesn't believe it himself.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Justified, considering his lack of social activity in his life.
  • Tsundere: Male example. Mostly towards Deux-fois.
  • Unable to Cry: Until Entry #18, he'd never had a reason to. Atleast not that he'd admit.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: To a degree with all his friends, but especially with Deux-fois.

Aeolus Maverick

Another loner, like Camera, although not as much by choice. A calm and rational boy who lives with his senile grandfather on the outskirts of town, since his parents died when he was little. He's not the best with people, but seems to care deeply for the well-being of others. There's some secrets floating around about him as he has a bad habit of withholding information until absolutely necessary. Nevertheless, he's the brains behind the effort to understand what's really going on with God's Game.

Tropes associated with Aeolus:

  • Adorkable: Whenever his calm demeanor breaks, usually as a result of being embarrassed by something Camera or Etoile said.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Similar to Camera, something's up with him.
  • Awesome by Analysis: His forte is staying back and absorbing information. As such, he's usually the one who figures things out, even if he isn't proven right immediately.
  • Bad Liar: Granted, he doesn't so much lie as he withholds crucial information. He's ordinarily a firm believer in exposing the truth of things, but has trouble doing it himself.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Tends to put himself on the line to do the right thing, which contrasts to Camera's more passive nature and dismissal of threats to others. Atleast at first.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: He's pretty chill about not having parents, although to be fair he was only a year old when they died. Still, he does have some sentimentality towards them. He did learn how to play and maintain his dad's guitar after all.
  • Foil: To Camera. They're both loner boys around the same age, the difference being their outlook. Camera is cynical of others and tries to keep others away, believing them to be a waste of time, whereas Aeolus is more openly friendly and tries to figure out what he's doing wrong. Despite this, they begin to get along after awhile.
  • Genre Savvy: His theories tend to be half-right at their worst. Deconstructed as this tendency actually raises suspicion that he knows more than he lets on.
  • Guile Hero: On occasion.
  • Hypocrite: A big believer in always exposing the truth, yet constantly withholds information from others, even his friends. He's somewhat aware of this.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his inexperience interacting seriously with others, he's friendly enough if a little emotionally distant.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When he's actually terrified for Etoile's life in Entry #40, it's extremely jarring.
  • Only Sane Man: Tends to be the straight man to the other's more dynamic personalities. He actually briefly becomes depressed about it in Entry #23, wondering if he's "boring".
  • Ship Tease: With both Camera and Etoile, to the point of occasional Threesome Subtext.
  • Smart People Play Chess: He and Camera play in Entry #8, we don't hear many details though and the game is interrupted anyway.
  • Teen Genius: Downplayed. He's clever and well-read, but his intellect isn't played up to an unbelievable level.
  • The Smart Guy: To a Tee. And everyone acknowledges it.
  • The Stoic: It takes a lot to really phase him.
  • The Strategist: Frequently, but not always. Sometimes he takes too long gathering information and someone else's quicker thinking does the trick.

Etoile LeBlanc

A tomboyish girl in Camera's class who comes from a loving family. She had a difficult time adjusting to life at Silverstreet Academy until she met her friend Jeanne. She's energetic and perpetually cheerful, though not incapable of becoming serious when the situation calls for it. She too was invited into God's Game for reasons unknown and immediately tries to get everyone to work together to solve the mystery. She always sees the best in others, even if this tendency makes her slightly headstrong and gullible.

Tropes associated with Etoile:

  • Action Girl: Definitely. Especially early on when the boys on her team didn't have combat-oriented abilities.
  • A-Cup Angst: It doesn't really bother her specifically. But she was a bit embarrassed when Jay thought she was a boy because of this.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She becomes surprisingly vindictive when wronged.
  • Big Eater: If Aeolus is to be believed, she once ate an entire 12-pack of ramen for breakfast.
  • Break the Cutie: Several times, the first being Jeanne's death in Entry #7, and then when she came back as an enemy in Entry #26, and THEN when Jeanne died again in Entry #30, leaving her even more confused than before. And THEN Jeanne appears unharmed in the Fourth Loop and Etoile just doesn't know what to do anymore.
  • Damsel in Distress: Is captured in Entry #30.
  • Damsel out of Distress: She manages to break herself out before the others get to her.
  • Plucky Girl: The absolute pluckiest.
  • The Pollyanna: Especially at the outset. This is slowly stripped away as more bad things happen.
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