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Given that the sequel doesn't take place in the same timeline as the first, all sequel characters shall be found here; for the one shared character (Tamotsu Morita), go here.

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Aiko Kin/Hoshimi Abe

SHSL Conspiracy Theorist

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Always having an interest in all sorts of conspiracy theories, Aiko Kin is part of a group that uncovered a series of experiments a pharmaceutical company had been conducting with subliminal advertising. The experiments resulted in groups of people across the country having seizures and other neurological problems. As mysterious as their talent, not much is known about Aiko themself. A search for their name only brings up information on their discovery and few forum posts regarding other conspiracies she had researched.

Survives to endgame, and stays to work with Ultra-40.

Arthur Crane

SHSL Coroner

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Despite his youth, Arthur Crane has garnered a great deal of respect in the (admittedly niche) circles of the mortuary sciences. His autopsies are always thorough and efficient, and his advice and the information derived from his work with corpses has led to breakthroughs in many homicide cases. Due to a habit of muttering to himself as he works, and the depth of information he’s often able to determine, there have even been rumors that he can “speak with the dead.” However he’s really best known (at least among people who pay attention to that sort of thing) for his work regarding frostbite and the effects of freezing temperatures on dead flesh. Apparently he was able to discover a means to determine time of death from a corpse which had been frozen through a series of tests including measuring the extent of the frostbite and the development of the ice crystals, as well as the status of the blood cells. As far as coroners go this is essentially like figuring out how to turn lead into gold, so naturally he drew the attention of the international community and has taken numerous consulting jobs in several countries, including Japan. It’s no surprise that Hope’s Peak Academy took notice, really.

Survives to endgame, and stays to work with Ultra-40.

  • The Coroner: He's proven to be very useful for determining how the victims died.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Being angry that someone tried to kill Joss? Understandable. Amputating the attacker's hand in their sleep? Not so much!
  • Friendless Background: Easily seen on his relationships page — apparently, Aiko was his first ever friend.
  • Hates Being Touched: Tells Neo this when offered a handshake.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Word of God confirmed that he's very rich. Combine this with his lack of friends, mentioned above...
  • No Social Skills: His sense of humor is...questionable compared to the others, and he's very quick to consider someone a friend. He also doesn't have the best idea of what's appropriate to do for said friends.
  • Official Couple: With Joss.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Male version. After Yumie lets it slip that she tried to kill Joss, Arthur responds by later drugging her while she was asleep, and then cutting off the hand she had used to injure Joss.
  • Workaholic: Somebody make this boy take a nap.

Atenemhet/Farid

SHSL Egyptologist

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Egypt: a land filled with a vast history, pyramids, and cursed mummies. At least, that’s what most people think of when they hear the country’s name. Cairo native Atenemhet has a completely different story than any taught in schools, though: a story that would completely rewire the way that historians view the ancient world… or so he claims. As a descendant of the 18th Dynasty himself, he has written numerous articles on the effect of UFOs and Extraterrestrials on the Ancient World, with a particular focus on Atenism and the Amarna Heresy. His work is highly controversial and few people seem to actually believe it, but it doesn’t lessen the impact on the conversation that he has had.

The victim of Chapter 3, killed by Kosami as part of a plan to save Kimiko. He is revived by Ultra-40 some time after endgame, and chooses to stay with Kimiko and work with Ultra-40.

  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: This is the reason Kosami kills him. Both of them love Kimiko and want her to be safe, so Atty plans for Kosami to kill him and get away with it, to fulfill the motive and protect Kimiko.
  • Official Couple: With Kimiko. She describes him as the Solaris to her Luna. This turns tragic when Atenemhet plans to have Kimiko's other boyfriend kill her to keep her safe.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Most people only knew him as Atenehmet, but after his death, it was revealed to everyone that his name was Farid.
  • Only One Name: He goes by only Atenemhet, without mentioning his last name. Or his given first name, for that matter.

Gernot Faust

SHSL Scholar

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Known as an intellectual prodigy, Gernot Faust has been a keen honor student since he was born. He always sustained nothing less than an A in all his classes. His accomplishments scale across from being Germany’s best debate student, having been on the mathematics team, served on the school committee as multiple positions over the years, and his biggest achievement, having been the youngest person to solve the Beal Conjecture, earning the one million dollar reward from it. He is above many reading levels, ranging in the range of a graduate from university. He has written essays on how some literary texts have affected today’s society, earning him much credibility.With all of these accomplishments, the prestigious Hope’s Peak Academy has sent him an invitation to attend as the SHSL Scholar.

Survives to endgame, and stays to work with Ultra-40. He works undercover in his off time to either arrest his father, or see him die, which he then leaves Ultra 40 to return to the normal world and claim his father's riches and estate.

  • Hopeless Suitor: Gernot secretly loved Atenehmet, but Atenehmet was already in a relationship with Kimiko. Of course, Gernot never got to confess his feelings before Atenehmet's passing.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Gernot has feelings for Atenehmet, who is dating Kimiko, who is also dating Kosami. Kosami and Atenehmet are not dating.
  • Made of Iron: After having been beaten so many times, his skin has hardened, allowing him to feel minimal pain.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: For when he then brutally retaliated against Atenehmet, leaving many injuries behind, and almost killing him.
  • Rapunzel Hair: A male variant. It goes down to his waist.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: Having not had much affection given to him growing up, he is not used to the idea.
  • Steal the Surroundings: During Chapter 1's investigation, Gernot took the bloodied trumpet from the scene so that way no one could have it until the trial.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: During Chapter 2, the motive was if no one died, everyone's loved ones would slowly perish. Gernot tried everything he could to prevent any deaths from occurring so he could watch the terrible man that is his father die.
  • What Is Evil?: This is from when Kimiko asked him why he retaliated in such a brutal manner, where he tries to explain he was justified with self-defense. He then questioned her if she would have responded the same way.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: For when he called out Atenehmet for attempting to murder him.
  • Wild Card: He doesn't align with anyone, helping those whose goals help reach his.
  • Worthy Opponent: One would think two people who almost killed one another would hate each other, but Atenehmet and Gernot become very good friends.
  • You Gotta Have Teal Hair

Haruka Mikazuki

SHSL Criminal Profiler

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Surprisingly, the name Haruka Mikazuki is not well-known amongst people her age. However if you ask police in any prefecture in Japan, they'll recognize the name instantly. "Oh, that's her, the genius girl who solves cases out of her bedroom," they say. "Isn't that the girl who solved that twelve year old cold case in Tokyo?" others say. Across Japan, investigators know her well as the girl who was constructing accurate profiles and solving cases with only a few offhand glances at evidence others might dismiss. If you looked hard enough, you could find her name in the news as the girl who solved a cold case at a school assembly, and the girl who caught three serial killers before entering junior high. What is the truth to all these rumors and stories about her? She's not telling.

One of the victims of Chapter 5, killed by Michio's Faker. She is revived by Ultra-40 some time after endgame, and chooses to return to society with Neo.

Jocelyn "Joss" Thorne

SHSL Bass Guitarist

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Bass guitarists are often overlooked in most popular music, but Jocelyn Thorne of the Celtic Rock band ‘Drowned Royalty’ is a notable exception. Hailing from the Republic of Ireland, Joss is better known in Europe and the Americas than in Japan, but he is slowly gaining recognition across the rest of the world. One might argue that he’s recognizable mostly because of his singing and his stand-out appearance. However, it cannot be denied that Joss is very technically skilled, often carrying the melody on his fretless 5-string bass. Off the stage, though, especially in interviews, he is known for being frustratingly laconic.

Survives to endgame, and stays to work with Ultra-40, continuing work with his band on his off time.

Joseph Mbafia

SHSL Politician

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They say it takes a village to raise a child, but what if a child could raise up his village?That was the mission Joseph Mbafia set out to accomplish at the age of thirteen, embarking on the daunting task of bringing his village in the rural Adamawa region of Cameroon up from poverty and desperation. Beginning his mission by running for mayor to secure official representation of his village, Joseph successfully networked with a host of faith-based nonprofits, humanitarian NGOs, and governmental foreign aid programs to turn his village into a hub for receiving and distributing food, medicine, and clothing. He coordinated with his benefactors to dig wells, build houses and schools, and provide vehicles and equipment for the village to use.All of this was accomplished while simultaneously handling the tribal disputes in the area, friction with the northern Muslim population, and the inefficient and sometimes corrupt national government of Cameroon. When he decided to run for re-election at the age of fifteen, the village had seen a remarkable growth in population and he won by a landslide, securing himself a place in the hearts of his constituents and a spot on Time’s 100 Influential People list for that year.

Executed in Chapter 1, after having killed Tama. Although Ultra-40 is capable of reviving him after endgame, he instead chooses deletion.

  • The Alleged Boss: Type 3. Joseph fancies himself to be the group's leader, but lacks any real authority to make them do what he wants.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: His thoughts on the others reveals rather low opinions of many of them, despite his polite exterior.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Joseph leads the group into one. He's the first to get stomped.
  • Dark Shepherd: He may be trying to protect and guide the class, but his methods and intentions are brutal and morally bankrupt.
  • Death by Pragmatism: His pragmatic view of the world eventually leads to his execution.
  • A Father to His Men: Tries his best to treat his "constituents" with candor and warmth. If they require anything he will go out of his way to try and make it a reality. Including murdering one of the group to keep the rest safe.
  • Frontline General: When the first motive begins Joseph takes charge and leads from the front, which ultimately leads to his Start of Darkness.
  • Gender Is No Object: Surprisingly, considering some of his hidden prejudices, Joseph isn't particularly sexist and openly welcomes any role that his classmates choose to take... Provided it isn't as a leader.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Looks out for the good of the class like a leader, yet murders Tama with little hesitation.
  • Go Through Me: When the first motive begins he willingly puts himself in harms way to try and defend his fellow students.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: This is how he views his own murder of Tama. By staining his hands with blood, he has heroically kept the rest of the group pure and guiltless.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Joseph views Tama's death as a necessary sacrifice and would do it again if necessary.
  • Killed Off for Real: He chooses not to be revived when Ultra-40 has the technology, and instead opts to be deleted.
  • The Killer Becomes the Killed: The class votes to execute him after he confesses to his murder.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After it becomes clear the class has figured out the evidence and isn't buying his arguments, Joseph accepts his punishment with resignation.
  • Lack of Empathy: Subverted. While he was fairly stoic about his murder of Tama, he broke down in tears when confessing his crime to Kimiko.
  • Language Barrier: His arch-nemesis.
  • Likes Older Women: Sister Carlotta must be at least in her forties.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Thanks, Sister Carlotta!
  • Messianic Archetype: How he sees himself, leading to dark results.
  • Mistaken for Racist: One of his favorite tools for manipulating people is using his race against them.
  • Necessarily Evil: His view of Tama's death and any murders he may need to commit in the future.
  • The Needs of the Many: His basic argument for why Tama had to die.
  • Never Accepted in His Hometown: Neo received a note that Renée translated, explicitly stating a death threat against Joseph from a local tribal leader.
  • Nominal Hero: While he may be trying to keep the group alive, he has less than altruistic reasons for doing so.
  • Public Execution: Impaled with Extreme Prejudice, no less.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: After the failed defense from the Nowhere creatures in the first motive and his resulting capture, Joseph succumbs to his Despair Event Horizon and murders Tama.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: His one true love is debatable: Whether it is Cameroon, his teacher Carlotta, himself, or power alone. Whichever it is, it takes precedence over any other suitor.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Even though his actions were horrible, a sizable amount of the class chose to vote in his favor.
  • Translation Train Wreck: Any time he has to rely on his tablet for translation.
  • Ultimate Authority Mayor: While he was in Cameroon he had this position. It proved to be his undoing and the reason he fled to Hope's Peak.
  • Villain Respect: Despite their initial differences, Joseph and Kimiko come to mutual respect and friendship, despite the fact he is objectively awful.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Killed Tama in order to protect the rest of the students.

Kara Killdare a.k.a Kayu Tsugimori

SHSL Late Night TV Show Host

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Kara Killdare is the mile-a-minute self proclaimed Hostess With the Mostest of channel 51's seminal Sci-Fi and Horror schlock fest "Tales of Terror". Famed for her unbeatable enthusiam and willingness to try and spin the worst movies as worthy of love, she's managed to build a massive (if mostly ironic) fanbase.

After the class ends up in Nowhere Station (at the end of the Prologue), she disappears, and is later shown to have been cut up and repurposed by the Benefactors to serve as their mouthpiece. However, due to the combined efforts of the remaining members of the class, Kayu was restored to her former glory, damaged but otherwise healthy and sane.

Survives to endgame, but decides to stay in the Nowhere instead of returning with the class.

  • And I Must Scream: Formerly, she could not speak out against the Benefactors, or she would be punished. She could barely speak on her own at all unless the Benefactors willed it.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Killdare. Fitting for her being a hostess for horror movies. Naturally, it's not her real name.
  • Fighting from the Inside: She makes several efforts to resist the Benefactors' control on her. Sadly, it never actually works.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: Given that she's made into the game's mascot, it's kind of hard to discuss the game further without bringing up her horrific fate, or how she was saved from it.
  • Gratuitous English: My, Kara sure knows a lot of swears!
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Begs for Arthur to kill her.
  • Shock and Awe: Anyone who tries to touch her after the game starts gets an electric shock.

  • Back from the Dead: Saved by the class in Chapter 4, who pull off an impressive victory over the Benefactors to bring Kayu into the Nowhere.
  • Came Back Strong: From being cut up and restrained to a wheelchair, back on her feet through the magic of respawning.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Her luscious locks are returned to her healthy body.

Kimiko Setsuko

SHSL Figure Skater

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Setsuko Kimiko is a well accomplished figure skater in the leagues to becoming an olympic athlete. Having started skating competitively from a young age, she’s been quoted stating “It feels like figure skating is my whole life.” She’s been known to favour the scratch spin quiet a lot, being able to spin for a much longer time then normally capable by other skaters. She’s shown much promise in bringing her country back golds, but continues to turn down offers saying she wants to “Wait until she is finished school before she decides.”She also seems to prefer her privacy, not normally sharing much about herself with media. Though she is always polite she often says she is unsure or would rather not disclose such information when asked questions about her future or private life. She has only shared so much as “having a secret blog” and inviting fans of hers to try and find it jokingly. But the mystery only adds to her charm.

Survives to endgame, and stays to work with Ultra-40.

  • Action Girl: Athletic and handy with a knife. Monsters (and classmates) beware!
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Once she sees you as a friend, there's no going back; she's your loyal friend for life.
  • Beneath the Mask: Before the game's events, Kimiko had to constantly put on masks for the sake of her image in the media.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: One word: fruck.
  • Chaotic Neutral: Does as she pleases, with only mild concern about how others will view her (unless she considers them her friend).
  • Desperately Craves Affection: A complicated family life has led to her constantly craving other people's affection and love. (Whether she believes she deserves this love is debatable.)
  • Evil Albino: Not exactly evil, but she's albino, and can be pretty darned creepy.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Although she's got a cute face, she's proven on several occasions that she's not above violence, such as fighting Gernot after he severely hurt Atenemhet in self defense. Subsequently, she lost control of herself and tried to kill him.
  • Fangs Are Evil: She's drawn with distinct fangs, and while it's a bit of a stretch to call her evil...
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Word of God has stated that she was intended to be an albino, but her hair has been stylized to a pale blue to fit her color scheme.
  • Love Hurts: Although she desperately wants love, feeling them for others has become incredibly painful as the killing game has gone on. She became incredibly upset to find that Atenemhet had romantic feelings for her, because she views herself as a terrible person.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Unintentionally. Her ways of showing affection are unorthodox and easily misinterpreted, as Atenemhet finds out.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Rather than reacting with fear to the class being stranded in Nowhere Station, she seems...excited.
  • Official Couple: With Atenemhet and Kosami. She describes herself as Luna, and Atty and Kosami as Solaris and Terra, respectively.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Bright red eyes, she's a fan of the occult, she's a strong and merciless fighter...yup, Kimiko checks out. Subverted in that she didn't kill anyone at all over the course of the game.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Kisuke Usokami

SHSL Funeral Director

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Kisuke Usokami hails from the city of Uji, land known most for its teas and culture, from the acutely named Usokami Funeral Hall, a building passed down generation to generation of this (unfortunate) last name. He’s known mostly for his funeral services as a funeral director, which has gained media coverage and even country wide recognition. With the little supplies and services he had, Usokami Funeral services creates extravagant funerals for the deceased, honoring and celebrating one’s passing from the mortal world to the next. Kisuke has been integrated and trained in the various funeral rites of different cultures, from the most common western funeral service, to ancient ainu tradition. He has travelled worldwide, planning the funeral services and executing them with finesse. To have an Usokami Funeral Hall service is a luxury that comes with a price, due to the notoriety.

Survives to endgame, and stays with Kimiko to work for Ultra-40.

Kosami Akita

SHSL Bodyguard

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Do you like horror movies? If so, you might have heard the name Kokei Otsuka- a relatively large actor hailing from the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan. And you might have heard of his stepson, Kosami Akita, who doubles as his bodyguard, who in one fell swoop protected Kokei from an attacker, even taking the wound for himself and spending some time in the hospital. And you might be wondering why someone so young is allowed to work such a job for his parental figure, but for Kosami, he claims it’s more of a choice than a profession. That said, very little else is known about the young boy, other than suddenly being thrust into a life of fame after his mother remarried, and more information is available about his step-father.

Executed in Chapter 3, after having killed Atenemhet to protect Kimiko. His post-endgame fate is unknown, but presumably, he is revived and he chooses to stay with Kimiko and work with Ultra-40.

  • Official Couple: With Kimiko. She describes him as the Terra to her Luna. Given the third motive boils down to protection, this turns tragic.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: It's hard to fault him for wanting to keep his girlfriend from dying. Especially since the victim, his girlfriend's other boyfriend, was willing to die for that.

Michio Sato

SHSL Dollmaker

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Bunny-Puff Ball jointed dolls, a small home run doll company. It’s not well known because of how small the company is or that it's run by a young man but, because of the detail he puts into his dolls. Other than the name Sato and the fact that the creator is a male not much is known about him. He avoids interviews and the Bunny-Puff booth at a gatherings or conventions you're bound to meet a young lady, only known as Bunny or Bun, instead of Sato himself.

One of the victims of Chapter 5...and also the killer. He was replaced with a Faker midway through the motive, and it proceeded to kill Haruka and itself. He is revived by Ultra-40 some time after endgame, and chooses to return to society to his sisters, albeit a changed man after his experiences.

  • Gentle Giant: He's meek and mild-mannered, and in his Benefactor-mandated run after Chapter 2's trial, he's the one to suggest resolving the situation without death.

Renée Durant

SHSL Animal Geneticist

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A young prodigy in the obscure fields of animal biology and genetics, Renée was thrust into the spotlight when a paper she wrote on using gene therapy to increase survivability of species endangered from disease and malnutrition was published in the most popular journal in the field. In response, she was offered an internship that coming summer at a Japanese lab researching those things in Tokyo. She accepted the offer, fully intending to return to her native country of France at the end of the summer. Instead, she received and accepted an invitation from Hope’s Peak Academy.

The victim of Chapter 4, strangled, stabbed and burned by Tarou. She is revived by Ultra-40 some time after endgame, and chooses to return to society.

Ryuyo Chosuken

SHSL Logician

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Always calm and composed, this Logician is the author of multiple publications on the art of logic. This eventually got him the attention of Hope’s Peak Aceademy, into which he was enrolled. Not much else is known about him- he apparently moved in the town he lives fairly recently for reasons he prefer to keep to himself.

The victim of Chapter 2, killed by Uta so she could save her family. Although Ultra-40 is capable of reviving him after endgame, he instead chooses deletion.

  • High-Voltage Death: Dies of electrocution, after being pushed into an electrical box by Uta.

Taiki Yukimura

SHSL Tutor

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Need help in school? Struggling in a subject, two, or all? There’s no better person to go to for help than Taiki Yukimura! Students come from all around Japan to Taiki’s doorstep to get help in every school subject, from English to Maths, Science to History. Ever since junior high school Taiki has been assisting students from Elementary all the way up to University students. Taiki has even held several conferences to teach others how to teach themselves and help them excel in school. It’s no surprise that Taiki Yukimura has been selected to attend Hope’s Peak Academy under the title of SHSL Tutor.

Survives to endgame, and chooses to return to society with Yuudai.

Tama Fukumura

SHSL Inventor

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Tama Fukumura may not be a household name, but her inventions are world-renowned. As the child of Bioengineer Dr. Valini Bhambu of Tohoku University and Scientific Journalist Tarou Fukumura, she was exposed to science at a fairly early age. She took the the field like a bird to the air, soaring above and beyond her peerage. Her affinity for inventing stemmed from hobbyist robot building. She builds to make the world easier for everyone, to whole counties or her private clientele. Her inventions span from low-cost, low-maintenance water purifiers to weapons of mass destruction.

The victim of Chapter 1, killed by Joseph to protect the rest of the class. Although Ultra-40 is capable of reviving her after endgame, she instead chooses deletion.

Tarou Akiyama

SHSL Harbormaster

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As the current harbormaster for the port of Yokohama, Tarou Akiyama has proven himself more than an equal to his peers, despite his youth. A Yokohama native, Tarou took over the role of harbormaster two years ago, succeeding his father in the disarray left by his unexpected death. Despite some controversy and a media circus surrounding the actual legality of Tarou’s employment, the port’s increased efficiency and the minor economic boom that followed played a major part in convincing the Port and Harbor Bureau to hire him officially. Under his administration, the port city continues to experience steady economic growth, with no sign of stopping anytime soon.

Executed as the killer of Chapter 4. He is revived by Ultra-40 some time after endgame, though he takes longer to decide than the others. His fate after that is unknown.

  • Fiery Redhead: He can get very passionate when it comes to things in trials.
  • Not Me This Time: Reversed, so arguably inverted. He first claims knowledge of a crime he didn't actually witness by saying that he saw Farid get killed. The very next chapter, he says that he's innocent of Renee's murder, when he's actually quite guilty!
  • Red Is Violent: Not particularly from what we see at first, but Renee's deaths is one of the more brutal murders in the game, and the method actually touches on a trigger of hers. Not to mention he's somehow involved in taking down the Yakuza.

Tsuneo "Nutty Neo" Enjou

SHSL Daredevil

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It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Nutty Neo hurtling out of the sky at a hundred miles per hour! Tsuneo Enjou, known to the general public as Nutty Neo for the crazy feats he achieves on a regular basis, is a well-known daredevil and thrill-seeker of the highest order. The stunts he does are nothing short of extraordinary, ranging from setting the record for parachute deployment at the lowest altitude from a fixed height, to locking himself in a beehouse for two straight days, to highwire walking between the cliff walls of The Great Wall of China! Clearly, there is nothing that this young man won’t do, though recent media has shown him to be in and out of the hospital on a regular basis...Perhaps the stress of his high-profile work is starting to catch up to him?

Survives to endgame, and chooses to work with Ultra-40 until Haruka is revived. After that, he returns to society with her.

  • Adorkable
  • Arch-Enemy: Is this for the Indigo Child. He on the other hand views her with irritation, vengeance and quite a fair bit of respect.
  • Badass Adorable: The adorable part is undeniable, and if he didn't already qualify, taking down the Andromedean definitely fulfills the badass bit!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He may have the face and personality of a saint, but he didn't earn that title of 'Daredevil' for nothing, y'know.
  • Bi the Way: Word of God confirms he's panromantic.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He extends this fondness to some of his classmates, particularly Kisuke, Renée and Yumie.
  • Crazy Awesome: Thus far, Neo is arguably regarded as the most dangerous student to the denizens of the Nowhere. Aside from being the student with the most number of forays into the realm of darkness, he's proven to be both incredibly speedy and a proficient marksman, defeating the Mantid solo and taking down the Indigo Child twice. What's more, Neo was also the key to taking down the Andromedean, with his aforementioned skills and strong love-turned-hate. He's also brought back every single student who has gone with him into the Nowhere. At least, when he's not killing them to help them reset their injuries.
  • Cuddle Bug: Often cuddles with Haruka, especially during the third motive.
  • The Cutie
  • Dumb Blonde: Downplayed. He has no formal education, but is far from being stupid. That being said, he is quite the doofus.
  • Epic Fail: The cause for his first two deaths in the Nowhere. In the first instance, him tripping causes a Duchess to notice him trying to sneak around it and blow him up. The second time, he managed to get the Indigo Child so outrageously pissed towards him that she leaves her own Boss Room just to slam him into the abyss and kill him. He's had a running rivalry with her ever since.
  • Fragile Speedster: His speed and agility are amazing, and have helped him more than once in the Nowhere, but his body is his weakest stat. Given he's a leukemiac, this isn't unreasonable.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Above all else, do not make Neo hate you. The monsters in the Nowhere find this out the hard way.
    • The Fakers: Due to dungeon mechanics and his high speed, he can permadodge all of them with no ill effects.
    • The Indigo Child: On the two occasions that she's been defeated, he's been present.
    • The Andromedean (twice): The first time, he spearheaded the charge to kill it with the rest of the class. The second time, Neo was able to utilize his hatred of it to knock off half of its health in two hits, soundly defeating it once and for all.
    • Additionally, there is also the time he punched Arthur in the face for cutting off Yumie's hand.
    • And the time he nearly forced a mistrial by setting fire traps that threw off the third trial into disarray.
    • And the time he nearly forced a mistrial...again, this time in the fifth trial, just to spite the Benefactors.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Undoubtedly one of the kindest and friendliest members of the class.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Downplayed. He grows progressively more cynical over the course of the game, but he still retains his good heart.
  • Keet: Always full of positive energy, and it doesn't take very long talking with him to find that out!
  • Large Ham: Used to be this. Time and tragedy have mellowed him out considerably.
  • Meaningful Name: One note  that carries a lot of weight with it. It's not even his real name, which nobody knows, not even him - his real parents made no mention of it when they abandoned him, and the name he was given by his foster family was chosen simply to sound as pleasant as possible. Not that anyone's complaining.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest around.
  • Official Couple: With Haruka.
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • The Pollyanna: A male variant. When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Yumie. The two are together a lot, and Yumie obviously trusts him, since she's wandered through the Nowhere with him as her most frequent partner.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Haruka's blue. Interestingly enough, he also tends to be the blue to Yumie's red.
  • Secretly Dying: He's had leukemia since before the game began, and he only lets this be known in the fifth chapter.
  • Sweet Tooth
  • Taking the Heat: He attempts to do this in the third trial, since Kosami and Farid agreed to it out of love for Kimiko. Bonus points for actually setting a fire to do it.
    • He also tries to do this in the fifth trial, though this time it's less to protect a specific culprit and more to draw out some evidence.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pancakes!
  • Work Hard, Play Hard

Uta Yasutake

SHSL Cat Behavioralist

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A previously more or less unknown figure, Uta Yasutake entered the hearts of animal lovers all across Japan when she was featured on a segment of the tv show ‘For the Love of Cats’. She was shown working at a small animal shelter, gently calming a cat that was hissing and spitting at the cameraman only moments before. The show host went on to call Uta ‘The Cat Whisperer’, a title she lived up to— at her parents’ urging she went on to establish a small practice where she offered her services to those pet owners who were struggling with aggressive or poorly behaved cats.

Executed in Chapter 2, after having killed Ryuyo in the wake of the motive. She is revived by Ultra-40 some time after endgame and chooses to return to society to reunite with her family. She never really forgives herself for taking another person's life, especially after his deletion, but tries to work past this and become a better person.

  • Apologizes a Lot: Especially when she's upset or nervous.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's very good with cats, and she isn't one of the more difficult members of the class. That doesn't mean she won't kill to protect her family.
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Face Death with Dignity: The minutes before she dies are described as the only moments when Uta feels truly calm, and her stuttering stops for the first time.
  • Fatal Family Photo:
    • Neo believes that Uta was driven to kill (and subsequently be executed) because of a family photo he gave her during a motive that targeted the students' loved ones.
    • Ultimately averted. According to Uta, she would have killed regardless of whether or not she received the photo.
  • The Killer Becomes the Killed: Killed Ryuyo, and is voted to her death by the others.
  • Nerd Glasses: Glasses? Check. Nerdy? Given that she seems to have cat behavior down to a science, check!
  • Nervous Wreck: Stutters near constantly, and uses a variety of crutches to help her navigate social interactions, most notably her phone.
  • No Social Skills: Tends to come off as abrasive when she isn't nervous.

Yumie Yamauchi

Reserve Course Student

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Have you been reading the Reserve Hope Shimbun, the newspaper run by Hope’s Peak students, for Hope’s Peak students? If you haven’t, then you should, but if you have, then you know the name Yumie Yamauchi rather well! As both the head of the Newspaper Club that produces this newspaper and the main reporter, she's completely devoted to her work and has a great passion for it. Though she's merely a 17 year old Reserve Course student, she has great ambitions for her future. Overall, her goal is to become one of the best reporters that the world has ever seen, but for now she's set her sights on entering the Talent Course!

Survives to endgame, and chooses to stay with Neo and work with Ultra-40 until Haruka is revived. Once that occurs, she returns to society with the two of them.

  • An Arm and a Leg: During Chapter 3, she gets her hand amputated after attempting murder.
  • Asexuality: She's demisexual, which is on the asexuality spectrum. However, she's also romantically attracted to girls, so she usually just says she's gay without further explanation.
  • Badass Adorable: She might not have lived for the whole fight, but going up against the Andromedean is still no small feat!
  • Bilingual Dialogue: As shown during a conversation with Joseph in the prologue, she's fluent in English. Additionally, she uses a lot of English swear words.
  • Break the Cutie: Chapter 2's killer is someone she was crushing on, but she never got a chance to tell them how she felt. Then she tries to kill Joss to protect Neo, but he thwarts her attempt, and she gets a broken wrist for her trouble. Finally, Joss's boyfriend retaliates by cutting off her hand!
  • The Dog Bites Back: She eventually gets her revenge for Arthur maiming her. After they get out of the Nowhere and start working with Ultra-40, she punches him. Hard.
    • Additionally, Word of God says that if Arthur had ended up being the true mastermind, she would have laid into him much, much more harshly.
  • Fingore: At one point, her finger gets caught in a wall in the dungeons, and in the process of being freed, the finger gets ripped off. Since she dies in the dungeon shortly after, this doesn't end up being permanent.
  • Genki Girl: Cheery and eager to interview all her classmates about anything!
  • Going for the Big Scoop: She seems to be perfectly at ease with going after information in the Nowhere, to the point of risking her life once or twice.
  • Gratuitous English: Her English is actually very good. However, given that she learned the language from Homestuck...
  • Hair Color Dissonance: While her hair is undeniably purple, the exact shade has been debated.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: Downplayed. While readers would probably first learn that she's gay from her statements after the dungeon run with Neo to get rid of her concussion, she does have a relatively obvious crush on Uta, and is devastated when she is executed. Additionally, her desire to make it up to Kayu after she is rescued from the Benefactors could be interpreted as partially romantic in nature. Given that she gets a girlfriend during endgame, this trope arises more from lack of opportunity than hesitancy to show her orientation.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Yumie wants to be SHSL like the rest of her classmates, and believes that hard work will get her there!
  • Motor Mouth: Especially when she's angry! Neo finds this out firsthand when she tells him off after he gets rid of her concussion by killing her in the Nowhere.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Neo. She trusts him very closely, given that after Arthur cuts off her hand he's the person she seeks out for comfort.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Seemingly averted, since she doesn't appear to be sinister or to harbor any ill will. Played straight, but downplayed, as of Chapter 3, where she tries to kill Joss, but doesn't succeed. Subverted, too, given that she does feel remorse for trying to murder him, and she doesn't try to commit murder again.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Her pregame interactions show that she's the red compared to the blue of Akira and Robin. This continues into the game itself, where she tends to be the red to Neo's (comparative) blue.
  • Screaming Woman: She sure has quite a scream in the dungeons. She also screamed up a storm after waking up and realizing her hand had been cut off.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair

Yuudai Akiyama

SHSL Hip Hop Dancer

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The definition of hip hop would greatly differ depending on the culture, most specifically the North American hip hop and Japanese hip hop. However, someone dared to defy the line between two genres and so prefered the American style, specifically for the dancing. That someone is none other than Yuudai Akiyama, originally a complete stranger to the world whose only his own village knew of his existence prior to his recognition. Being an average student, the blond wasn’t expected to have any special talents, and yet when he was in his teens, Yuudai became interested in dancing and so tried to take classes on different genres before taking the hip hop one, particularly because the music was captivating to him. From then, the blond let his creativity juices flowing, coming up with new moves and sharing them with the fellow dancers. Together, they performed a lot at school and gathered a fanbase because of the contrasting music with what Japan had but mainly because Yuudai was the only short guy standing on the scene, making him plain obvious to the public, plus his movements were peculiar. As his popularity grew in the music world, it wasn’t long before the institution noticed him, prompting them to send him an invitation to the academy as the SHSL Hip Hop Dancer. Seeing it as opportunity to perform more in front of public and improve his dancing, Yuudai immediately agreed, looking forward to it, as well as studying when he could.

Survives to endgame, and chooses to return to society with Taiki.

  • Official Couple: With Taiki. Confirmed by his mun, who often draws art of the two together.
  • Reckless Sidekick: In several of his runs through the Nowhere. One notable instance has his adventuring partner, Taiki, get out of the dungeon alive shortly after Yuudai dies painfully.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: He's only about 5', which makes him one of the shortest members of the class.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Seems to be averted, because he doesn't seem to be any sneakier than the rest of the class.
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     NPCs  

The Benefactors

Strange, alien presences that trapped the students in Nowhere Station. They claim to be subjecting the students to an experiment to make them suffer and despair.

  • Eldritch Abomination: All we see of them are through opaque glass, but even then, they seem eerie and distinctly wrong.
  • Unscientific Science: Their twisted experiments rarely make any real sense and seem to serve their sadistic pleasures than any intellectual pursuits.

The Blob

The Mantid

The Indigo Child

A teleporting alien that dwells in the Nowhere, the child lives in a locked room and seems to keep mostly to herself. Anyone unfortunate enough to trespass or gain her attention finds she is quite the powerhouse.

  • Arch-Enemy: Considers Neo to be this, with good reason, given he's defeated her twice.
  • Creepy Children Singing: She likes to sing and hum to herself while playing with her toys.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Despite her eerie surroundings the child seems pretty serene.
  • Emotionless Girl: Averted. When playtime doesn't go in her favor, she throws violent tantrums.
  • Enfant Terrible: She's one of the bosses of the Nowhere, and is pretty strong!
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The moment you hurt her feelings, prepare to die.
  • It's Personal: She has a grudge against Neo that spans a long period of time.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's been a constant part of the Nowhere...for as long as the Nowhere has been going on.
  • Shock and Awe: Her attacks seem to have some sort of electrical component. A direct hit from her will have an accompanying thunderclap.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Considering her idea of "playtime" is beating people to a bloody pulp.
  • Tyke Bomb: One of the most dangerous aliens in the Nowhere, her blows are capable of breaking limbs. And bodies. And heads. Stay clear.

The Andromedean

  • Eldritch Abomination: Hard to get more grotesque than this monster.
  • Final Boss: Defeating it is one of the victory conditions for the students.
    • Damage-Sponge Boss: At a whopping 80 health (post Kayu rescue), and heavy-hitting attacks, it wasn't meant to be taken down in a single run.
  • Final Boss Preview: When the students rescue Kayu from the Benefactors, it shows up to stop them. They beat it back soundly, but it promises to return.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the sixth chapter, by Neo and Yumie.

Niko Belmont

A Boston native abducted by the Benefactors and put into the Nowhere at some point prior to the arrival of the Hope's Peak class. His amateur journalism allowed for recordings to be scattered throughout the Nowhere for other abductees to find.

  • All There in the Manual: Promo material provides an audio recording from the abduction incident that took him, along with his final log about Avalon's fate.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Other abductees can find his recordings scattered across space and time within the Nowhere, detailing his horrific experiences alongside Avalon.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Begins eating a human corpse found in the Nowhere, much to Avalon's disgust.
  • Posthumous Character: He's long dead by the time the Hope's Peak class arrives.

Avalon Trudeau

A college student who is abducted by the Benefactors and forced to wander the Nowhere alongside Niko.

  • All There in the Manual: Promo material provides an audio recording from the abduction incident that took her. Niko also describes her final fate in his last audio log, another promotional clip.
  • The Load: Doesn't particularly want to carry her pistol and often needs Niko's help to get out of scrapes.
  • Only Sane Man: When Niko resorts to cannibalism, Avalon is the one to remind him it's abhorrent and wrong.
  • Posthumous Character: She's long dead by the time the Hope's Peak class arrives.

Ultra-40

A mysterious organization, bent on saving the class and stopping the Benefactors.
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