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Super High-school Level Feline Biologist
- Aerith and Bob: Out of all the characters, who have predominantly Japanese names, hers seems to be most out of place. Ironic, considering her creator stated that her name started out as an attempt at Japanese.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: She overdosed herself on sleeping pills, probably afraid of Monobear's execution methods.
- Crazy Cat Lady: Arguably this. Although she didn't bring a lot of cats into the academy, she can talk to the one she did. There are speculations about how she does this.
- Right-Hand Cat: Not exactly a diabolical mastermind, but Risala does have her cat Lee by her side most of the time. And she technically can be considered a villain seeing that she almost immediately committed murder, and tried to take everyone down with her.
Super High-school Level Linguist
- Big Eater: Eats a whole large ham to himself and then wants another one...
- Cannot Convey Sarcasm: Since he treats murders as an everyday phenomenon and even jokes about his classmates murdering each other, they never know if he is joking or actually wants them to kill.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He set up a trap where he would attack when he heard Kaito's chain rustling, but Kaito tricked him into believing he came in earlier.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He usually acts as a jerk, but he showed compassion to Kaito and generally acts like a kind person, albeit a bit of a loner [[spoiler ...before he then attempted to kill Kaito.]]
- Karmic Death: He died while trying to complete his own murder plan.
- Non-Indicative Name: "Linguist" does not refer to his being an expert at linguistics, but rather to his knowledge of 5-6 languages. He points this out whenever someone expects him to correct grammatical mistakes or decipher messages.
- In-Series Nickname: Amy Sanders refers to him as "McBoring".
- Omniglot: Downplayed, but he's a SHSL Linguist for a reason.
- Only Sane Man: In terms of design, personality, and abilities, Kageida's probably the only person that isn't a borderline cartoon character.
- Sarcastic Clapping: He applauds Zodiak after he empties three bullets into Michio. Some people seem to think he applauded Michio for being near death.
- Smug Snake: While he is not overconfident, he smirks and snarks a lot. He even dresses in green.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: He spoke about both Risala and Marvin as fools who deserved to die. He even made up a twisted version of Marvin's will, along the lines of "I am a crappy magician and fail at everything. The end."
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Ironically, he dies in the following chapter.
- While Rome Burns: Kageida will clap.
Super High-school Level Illusionist
- Coat, Hat, Mask: Technically he wears a vest, but it's close enough.
- Dying Clue: Before he died, he left three diagonal streaks with his own blood, reminiscent of cat claws.
- Gentleman Thief: In his confession letter, he admitted to robbing banks for the thrill of it before coming to Hope's Peak.
- Insistent Terminology: Very insistent that he is an ILLUSIONIST, not a magician.
- Red Shirt: Oddly the one person in the entire game with a red shirt (or at least a red vest) is the first one to die in the entire game.
- Running Gag: "It's not a trick, it's an ILLUSION!!!"
Super High-school Level Thief
- Anime Hair: Amy Sanders loves to make fun of his bright red hair.
- Clear My Name: Almost immediately has to defend himself when he's seen holding Marvin's corpse after finding it in the fridge.
- In-Series Nickname: Amy calls him "Redhair McFidget", and Emi calls him "Bandit-kun".
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Kaito isn't a thief by choice. He's just a very skilled kleptomaniac that can't keep his hands to himself sometimes.
- Lovable Rogue: Despite being a thief, he is very shy and altruistic.
- Shout-Out: His first name, Kaito, is more than likely an allusion to another famous thief in anime.
- The Scream: An exceptionally loud one when he finds Marvin's body in the fridge, alerting the whole building.
Super High-school Level Archer
- Afraid of Blood: She entered a state of shock for more than half an hour after discovering the first body.
- Big NO: Upon seeing Risala Mavika's corpse.
- Kill It with Fire: How she meets her unfortunate end.
- Shipper on Deck: When it comes to Uezama and Tankyu, well...
- The Nicknamer: Adds "-chi" to the end of her fellow classmates' names. E.g. "Marvinchi", "Kagechi" etc.
- Sticky Fingers: Kind of. Its Running Gag that when she sees notes, texts or the like she usually runs off with them. So far she has done this with a shopping list, some documents, a bag of Monochocolate Crunch and Risala Mavika's suicide note.
Super High-school Level Chess Player
- Bad Dreams: Well, they're more day dreams and they're kind of rare but still...
- Expo Speak Gag: Speaks only in chess terms.
- Examples Using Chess Metaphors: Ryuuma is a walking, talking version of this trope.
- Smart People Play Chess: May have hints of Crazy People Play Chess as well.
- The Chessmaster: Inverted, as most of his character seems to focus on how little control he has in the situation at hand.
Super High-school Level Film Director
- Expo Speak Gag: Speaks only in film jargon.
- Genre Savvy: As a filmmaker, this is certainly required of her.
- Meta Gal: Along with Sylvie, she repeatedly invokes tropes in-story and treats the situation like a film set.
- Plucky Comic Relief: When paired with Uezama.Kame: Put more emotion into it!Uezama: WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT!? THIS IS THE HUGEST TWIST IN THE HISTORY OF NEEDLE MURDERS!!!Kame: Aaaand that's a wrap! Thank you, Uezama-kun!Kame: Emote more!Uezama: :D :P :O
- Shout-Out: Her last name, Kurosawa, refers to the famous Japanese director of the same name. Fitting, of course, for a film director.
Super High-school Level Rollerblader
- Betrayal Insurance: For everyone.
- Cool Big Sis: His type of girl. This leads to some debate on his end about whether or not Amy fits this trope.
- The Ditz: Acts generally goofy, with exaggerated reactions and expressions. He also offers next to no help during investigations. Some of his classmates find him annoying due to this.
- Good with Numbers: Prefers math problems to murder mysteries.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Seems to be heading this way with Tankyu. However, some players question the first part.
- Implausible Hair Color: He's Japanese, but has orange hair and freckles. It's even said that he gets his hair color from his grandparents.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: His constant fear. Not to mention what happened in chapter 3.
- Last-Name Basis: Only goes by "Uezama" and dislikes being called by his first name.
- The Nicknamer: Has multiple for the other students: Monogirl, snack chick, Spielberg-tan, Michikins. He seems to drop them and come up with new ones spontaneously.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Has a habit of leaning down close to other characters's faces. More than one character is discomfited by this. Is also fond of making Tankyu, who dislikes being touched, as uncomfortable as possible.
- Smarter Than You Look: He may act like The Ditz, but he's actually far more perceptive than you'd think, though murder mysteries aren't his genre.
- Ship Tease: Quite a lot, most notably due to him having No Sense of Personal Space.
- Surfer Dude: Replace surfer with rollerblader and you have Uezama.
- Sweet Tooth: Has a bunch of lollipops in his leg holster that he carries around with him everywhere. He also has other candies in his pouch and jacket pockets.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Throughout chapters 2 and 3. Unfortunately, his plans keep getting ruined, mostly by bad luck and timing. Eventually, they—and he—completely collapse.
Super High-school Level Attorney
- Amateur Sleuth: Seems to think this is part of her job description. Does have some knowledge of how to examine crime scenes.
- Badass Longcoat: Her duster.
- Bookworm: Very much. Seems to prefer children's books, and spends much of her time in the Library. During her Freak Out after receiving her motive from Monobear, she ended up nearly bludgeoning Emi Kasumi with a book she'd borrowed.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Though she has yet to do much lawyering (mostly due to player error), her behavior is less than professional.
- Cloudcuckoolander: More concerned about her Five-Man Band and making sundaes than actual investigation or, you know, trying to escape.
- Dramatic Wind: Inexplicably blows behind her in a few scenes.
- Empty Shell: How she actually feels, prior to her development. She considered suicide out of sheer boredom and despair prior to coming to the academy.
- Genki Girl: How she normally acts. It's a facade for her far less "genki" self in private.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Has no memory of anything prior to 5 years ago, including her identity or home. She claims to have fuzzy memories of her childhood, but doesn't even know if her family is even alive. Apparently has not stopped her from leading a successful law career at only high school age.
- Meta Gal: Along with Kame, she is highly aware of most tropes and enjoys invoking them, even going so far as to seek out her own Five-Man Band.
- Meganekko: They're fake, however. She removes them later on, along with a change of scarf.
- Shout-Out: Basically a huge walking one to the Ace Attorney series, and her dialogue is peppered with little nods here and there.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Gets a speech from Ryuuma on this after revealing her inner feelings of worthlessness. Whether she actually lives up is yet to be seen.
Emi Kasumi/Akane Riko
SHSL Secretary /SHSL Forger
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: She smacks Kaito comically in the back of the head for saying something she found stupid, then literally apologizes for pulling off this trope.Emi: Sorry for the surprise Boke and Tsukkomi routine.
- Deadpan Snarker: Uses this quite effectively against Monobear in the opening scene.
- The Nicknamer: Comes up with the moniker of "Pedokuma" for the Headmaster. She also nicknames most of the other students, such as "Bandit-kun" for Kaito and "Shades-kun" for Zodiak.
- Troll: Popular for her trollish behavior towards other characters, especially against Monobear. Seems to be done in part to keep up her appearances.
- Considered to be this due to the massive amount of red herrings she forged in Case 2, which cause much confusion at the crime scene.
Super High-school Level Bodyguard
- Aerith and Bob: It's understandable that his name sticks out since he isn't Japanese, but still, "Zodiak" is pushing it a little.
- Berserk Button: Whatever Monobear's "motive" for him was, it led him to assault Ryuuma, severely beat and even shoot Michio, and get into a fight with his fellow classmates, ending up with him stuck in the Detention Room.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His motive as a killer was to save the hostages that Monobear had captured.
- House Husband: To the extent that he would like to see himself with children and even considers cooking a meal for Emi.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: A black tuxedo isn't the first thing you'd expect a high school student to wear often.
- Sunglasses at Night: He wears his sunglasses in doors for no reason. Emi even points this out.
- Unstoppable Rage: Oh, dear god. He severely injures Michio and shoots him thrice into the foot after Michio tried to stop an argument. It later happens again, leading to a pretty brutal showdown with James and Suzuno.
Super High-school Level Paranormal Investigator
- Apologizes a Lot: A trait that he's been trying to tone down, with limited success.
- Bookworm: At least the library scene seems to imply it.
- Bishōnen: Michio is known for his slightly feminine appearance, and is even considered adorable by some of the players.
- Heroic BSoD: After his father is killed by Monobear. Thankfully, he manages to recover.
- Luminescent Blush: He usually gets embarrassed quite easily and blushes often.
- Nice Guy: Does his best to get along with everyone and is willing to listen to their problems.
- Paranormal Investigation: As a Super High School Level PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR, this should come as no surprise.
- Sympathy for the Devil:
- Michio seems to be one of the few people to feel bad for Risala, despite the fact that she murdered Marvin very early on, nearly got everyone killed with her posthumous red herrings, and seemed to care for her cat more than any of the students.
- He also even manages to remain calm after Zodiak nearly kills him.
Amy/ James Sanders
Super High-school Level Kickboxer
- Deadpan Snarker: Not to the extent of Kageida, but gets her fair share of snark in.
- Taking Up the Mantle: Not quite in the usual sense, she takes up Kaito Noboru's hat and coat (as well as chains) after his death, and begins calling herself "James".
Super High-school Level Salesman
- Accidental Pervert: Akai accidentally picks up what is implied to be a yuri doujin hentai manga. Hillarity ensues.
- Not What It Looks Like: Akai's accidental choice of book is, ahem, interesting to say the least.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Akai's nature of leaning in right next to Michio in the library could count as this.
Super High-school Level Tracker
- Hates Being Touched: Reacts negatively to any sudden physical contact.
- Heavy Sleeper: Tankyu has a tendency to fall asleep for a long time, often at odd moments.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Seems to be heading this way with Uezama.
Super High-school Level Miko(?)
- Action Girl: Took on Zodiak Kenward alongside Amy/James, and seems to have knowledge of martial arts.