Super High School Level Debunker
- A Death in the Limelight: Kikuchi's execution actually takes place on a stage.
- Admiring the Abomination: After Jun gets blown the fuck up he gets all starry-eyed about the 'special effects.'
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Comforting Comforter: Snowbound hellcabins lead to a lot of penguin huddling.
- Cool Mask: Well, it is pretty cool.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Education Through Pyrotechnics: RIP, Meth Lab. Apparently his Youtube channel is also an example of this.
- First Kiss: Macks for science. Still capable of reducing participants to a puddle with one mention.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: See the obsessive tracking of every person he cultivates an acquaintanceship with, and how cutely excited he gets over it. The friendship trackers are still going on after he dies, which would be painful if it weren't also combined with the fact that he never gave a shit.
- Innocently Insensitive
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Until he came to Hope's Peak he lived pretty much alone in the middle of nowhere.
- Men Are Childish: This is readily apparent regardless of what character he's being compared to. Who needs pragmatism when you can have explosions!
- Perpetual Smiler
- Silent Scapegoat: Regardless of any fucked up behavior afterwards he didn't kill anyone. But he gets executed anyway.
- The Sociopath: None of it was real.
- There Is No Kill Like Over Kill: Just because someone you dislike is already dead doesn't mean you shouldn't beat the shit out of them anyway.
- Was It All a Lie?: Yyyyep.
Super High School Level Sociologist
The secretive sociologist that was serene for most of the game, who is most of the time found to be smiling in every situation. This includes the deaths of his classmates.With a few giggles here and there, he's known to be quite a creepy individual throughout the game, harboring a few secrets that he hides behind a smile.
- Backstory Horror: Within Cole's backstory, there are instances of forcible gender identification by his own family, car crashes, disappearance of his parents, and many other things. It's rather more complex than expected.
- Beneath the Mask
- Brutal Honesty: Shows up a lot when he's interacting with people.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Catchphrase: "Oh, I see!" In different variations of punctuation.
- Complexity Addiction: Complexity is his game.
- Dissonant Serenity: One of his traits that'll never stop being creepy.
- Everyone Has Standards
- Get It Over With: He's often the person that goes ahead and urges the rest of the students to hurry up with voting, or to urge on the execution to occur faster.
- Given Name Reveal: In some evidence that was found, his name was revealed to a selective amount of people.
- The Hedonist: He wants to be happy, and stay in the state that he's been in for the duration of the trial.
- Humans Are Bastards: As a sociologist, he's been dealing with a whole bunch of things that make him view humans to be bastards.
- Humans Are Flawed: For a duration of this game, this was his reasoning for trying to be nice to everyone. Although this nice act breaks apart at the death of Hagane, and his reasoning for blinding Shun was because he couldn't tolerate this.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: Cooking, sewing, and knitting are some of the many feminine traits he possesses. Of course, this is to make up for the lost time he had lost in his childhood.
- Kindness Button: Appears in extreme conditions where he's pushed over the edge.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Ties in with his new-found sadistic traits.
- Not as You Know Them: His fake name is an indicator for that, a European name mixed with a Japanese name.
- No Sympathy
- Mask of Sanity
- Men Are Childish: This appeared quite often around freetime period, although now his childish personality resurfaces in the times of near-complete despair.
- Out-of-Character Moment: At one point in a conversation with Reinheld, she first broke the fourth wall trying to correct her own mistake after it was pointed out IC, and Cole went along with it. Of course, this doesn't actually happen, right?
- Raised as the Opposite Gender
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Literally that's the color of his eyes.
- Sadist His sadistic tendencies are opened up by a certain offer.
- Shame If Something Happened He has a tendency to say this a lot more than he'd like to.
- Stepford Smiler: For a majority of the game.
- Sweet Tooth: The only thing that makes him happier than anything are sweets.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Orange juice.
- Tranquil Fury: He would probably murder someone with a smile.
- While Rome Burns: His lack of concern in all these murders occurring, except for one, but he eventually reverts back into his previous state.
- Who's Laughing Now?
- Who Needs Enemies?
- Villainous Breakdown
Super High School Level Pool Player
An eccentric sportsman and the son of one of the country's most popular baseball players. Known to be very passionate about his talent and the inner mechanisms of the game in question. While he's friendly at first, time soon reveals his actual character as cantankerous, scurrilous, and cautious to hell and back.
- Alcoholic Parent: Implied, given how often he talks of barfights.
- Being Good Sucks
- Character Tics: A strange case. His text color darkens whenever he sees Kikuchi.
- Competition Freak
- Custom Uniform: His gakuran, which just screams pool-themed.
- Famous Ancestor: His father. He didn't inherit any of his talent in baseball, though.
- Failure Hero
- Good Is Not Nice: Never attempts to derail trials and intends to steer the others towards the right answer... though his play-to-win attitude isn't exactly the nicest in the courtroom.
- I Call It "Vera": He's named his signature cuestick Valentina.
- Improbable Weapon User: In almost every fight he's shown to be in, he uses his cuestick to defend himself.
- Ineffectual Loner: Chapter 3 and onward.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Love Hurts: His competitive spirit leads him to construe romance as extremely dangerous when the game begins. Chapter 1 makes this worse.
- The Resenter: To Kikuchi especially.
- The Sociopath: Subverted. He claims he's this just to get out of a romantic confession.
- Took a Level in Jerkass
- Weapon of Choice: His cuestick. Not that it really helps him any.
Super High School Level Appraiser
Super High School Level Snake Charmer Con Artist
- Attention Whore: Seriously. Does this even need any backup.
- Because I'm Good at It: Despite already being pretty wealthy, he will probably never stop conning people. Why? Because it's fun.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: "Don't worry Daisuke, I'm your best friend I'm going to figure out who killed Rei for sure. Oh, wait, did I say help? I mean accidentally get you executed instead!" "Your secrets are safe with me.... Hey, I dare you to take your contacts out!" "Trust me. Tanji-san's fine. I don't have a reason to hurt her. ... Oops yeah I totally didn't push her down a flight of stairs."
- Con Man: Literally a con artist.
- Evil Is Sexy
- Expressive Hair
- Fangs Are Evil
- Hates Being Alone: "And he waited. And waited. Hoping that someone would knock on that door and tell him the truth."
- Hellish Pupils
- Jerkwitha Heartof Jerk
- Manipulative Bastard: He's literally a con artist who manipulated everyone into thinking he was a snake charmer.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Gets way too close to people, especially people that don't like being touched.
- Onlyin Itforthe Money
- Personal Gain Hurts
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent
- Sir Swears-a-Lot
- Smug Snake
- The Corrupter: One day he'll stop trying to get people to do bad things. That day is not today.
- Wild Card
- Yellow Eyesof Sneakiness
Super High School Level Geneticist
Super High School Level Student
- Blind Without 'Em: After losing his glasses in Chapter 3, he crawled around to get from room to room.
- Friendless Background: He's tried. But not hard enough.
- Gender-Blender Name: Because Yuzuki is a girl name. Not that anybody's pointed that out.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Shun, Rei, and Yuzuki all addressed each other as friends. Of course, that didn't stay for very long after Rei's body discovery.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: He does spend most of his time in his room. What is he doing, you ask? Maintaining his studies and work like the Schedule Fanatic he is.
- Interrupted Intimacy: What? No. He didn't see anything.
- Late for School: After waking up at Hope's Peak, Yuzuki automatically thinks that he's late and runs out... only to bump into Jun. Everybody's favourite moment in the Ouroboros Project Anime.
- Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: Obviously.
- No Social Skills: All that time with books didn't really improve them either.
- Out-of-Character Moment: A couple of times, he has threatened to punch the bartenders. Of course, that never happened.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: They also have swirls on them.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: Even though they've been moving place-to-place, he hasn't changed out of his uniform. Maybe because of his Limited Wardrobe.
- Teacher's Pet
- The Short Guy with Glasses: Not that short but you get the idea. Also fits in with Smart People Wear Glasses.
- With Friends Like These...: Not exactly friends, but him and Minori didn't exactly hate each other as well.
- You Must Be Cold: Like the gentleman he is, he gives Minori his coat. Well, it was also a dare but he didn't mind.
Super High School Level Escapologist
Jerkass Woobie is the only description you are getting right now. 'Tis all you need.
Super High School Level Kodona Model
rude and gay
Super High School Level Good Luck The Mastermind
The obligatory good-natured no-talent kid. A very chill and understanding guy, though sometimes a bit air-headed. He also happens to be the "Mastermind," despite not actually being in charge of the project. Most of his life is marked by a series of unfortunate events, and it ends with false hope and a bullet to the back.
- Accidental Misnaming: Frogs are his favorite reptile.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Even though he is named the Mastermind, most of the other students aren't exactly ecstatic about executing him after hearing his reasons.
- All for Nothing
- Boxing Battler: According to his backstory, he was once a part of his previous school's boxing team. This finally comes out in his execution, where he's forced to "box" against a giant Monocobra.
- Children Are Innocent: His own personal thoughts concerning the younger students, no matter how they act or what they do.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Like most of the other students, he's seen his fair share of pain. This is mostly in reference to the violent gang war, the betrayal of his so-called friends, and his experience in the 96th Hope's Peak class bloodbath.
- False Friend: His boxing team captain. Strangely (or maybe sadly) enough, he still manages to hold the guy in a positive light.
- Fearless Fool: That one time he jumped into the tank to rescue Rei's dead body. Y'know, the one with the shark in it?
- High Hopes, Zero Talent: Unless you count throwing really hard punches a talent, he's actually kind of average.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: He enters Hope's Peak with a failing future and a dream to put it back on a good course. Maybe even do something people will remember him by. Too bad nobody will remember him now.
- Simple-Minded Wisdom: On a few rare occasions, he has tried to cheer some of the other students up with a bit of hope-filled advice. Most of the time, he says it's advice from his boxing captain. Most of the time, it's actually his own thoughts.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: And he still is. If only he hadn't gotten involved with gang violence and expelled from his school.
Super High School Level Game Maker
- Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: Jerk, stupid, moron, idiot...
- Brutal Honesty
- Gray Eyes
- Groin Attack: His choice attack, by way of punching.
- Idiot Savant: Believed to be missing a chunk of his brain, but he did get into Hope's Peak, and is pretty good with video games and trivia.
- Jacob Marley Apparel: Like all dead kids.
- Kiddie Kid: Though he denies it.
- Messy Hair
- No Social Skills
- Our Ghosts Are Different: They're not even ghosts.
- Poltergeist: Opens some drawers and lifts a stethoscope while in the hospital. He's seen by Shun and Mori. Though that might not be the term if he's not really a ghost...
- Quirky Curls
- Youthful Freckles: Add to his childish appearance.
Super High School Level Lifeguard
Super High School Level Physician
and ur hot and then ur cold
ur yes and then ur no
ur in and ur out
ur up and ur down
literally u were up and then down
Super High School Level Foreign Representative Assassin
russian boob lady
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Everything from her title to her fakeass accent was a sham. Wow.
- Dark Action Girl
- Every Scar Has a Story: She says she got it in an assassination attempt. Of course it ends up being related to the whole assassin thing.
- Eyes Are Unbreakable: Has a scar going straight over one eye but the eye itself is fine.
- Mysterious Woman: She shows up in the first chapter and then seems to drop off the face of the earth until she kills Mori in chapter 5. What is even going on with that chick.
- Non-Indicative Name
- Serial Killer: With a cool fancy title of Callisto. What are her motivations? Who knows!
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Okay, wow, so the poison knife thing wasn't so far-fetched, who knew.
Aurora Jackson Landon
Super High School Level (????) Esper
The somewhat polite girl with an unknown talent, she tends to keep information about herself to a minimum at first, letting them fall into her web of mysteries. As time goes on, her little web comes crashing down as more and more people find out the truth behind her lies.
- Apologises a Lot
- Ask A Stupid Question: She never was much help when it comes to important things.
- Because You Were Nice To Me: After the fourth trial, she confided in Cole and told him about her talent as well as most of her background.
- Being Good Sucks: Instead of using her talent to figure out the culprits, she tries to investigate like everyone else. This ends up making her blame herself for the innocent executions of Kikuchi and Daisuke as she was clearly capable of knowing who it was.
- Conspicuous Gloves
- Dark And Troubled Past: When she was young, her mother neglected her while her family turned their heads, but she and said siblings ended up drowning in a car accident. Her father reclaimed her after she was put into foster care, but forced her into a lifestyle of crime.
- Dark Secret: Her talent.
- Eyepatch of Power: She wears a black eyepatch over her left eye. Although she never showed anyone and never planned to, there is a large scar under it and it is bruised.
- Faking Amnesia: She knew what her talent was through the entire game.
- Gentle Giant: She is like six feet tall, though her high heeled boots probably add on an extra inch or two.
- Hair Decorations
- Hates Being Touched: From the beginning to around the middle or near-end of the game.
- Idiot Hair
- If We Survive This: She had high hopes of escaping the mutual killing for a majority of the game if not all of it, and said things like this on multiple occasions.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- Never Be Hurt Again: One of the reasons she hid her talent was out of fear that she would be treated the same way others have treated her in the past. Though, this turned out to not be the case, as the people that did find out were pretty accepting of it.
- Power Incontinence: She mentioned that whenever she first discovered her talent as a child, she had no control over it, leading her to thinking she was insane.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Saying Too Much: After getting worked up during a conversation, she let it slip to Shun that she had kept her talent a secret, thus forcing her to explain everything.
- Self Made Orphan: Although she had claimed her father was murdered during the middle of the night, it turns out that she was the one who killed him instead.
Super High School Level Paranormal Psychologist
Reinheld (Rei) Kwaadsteniet
Super High School Level Polyglot
- Beware The Nice Ones: After her breaking point, she's a very primal example of that. Prevented from going in Unstoppable Rage by Daisuke many times while living, but not after she's dead.
- Break The Cutie: As it is a Dangan Ronpa roleplay, that was to be expected. The actual breaking point was in Chapter 3, where one of her best friends die.
- Brooding Boy Gentle Girl:
- Dead Guy On Display: Chapter 4's first victim, with her body exposed in the Aquarium for days until the trial.
- Despair Event Horizon: The entirety of Chapter 3's last events.
- Dont Make Me Destroy You: At Keiki.
- Everyone Can See It: In which people noticed Nakajima's crush before himself did (and Rei never noticing), then to Rei's
- Flashback Nightmare: After Chapter 3, she started to get nightmares about her sister's suicide.
- Foreign Language Tirade: Although that's obvious, giving her Super High School Level title. Foreign Cuss Word often happens.
- Freak Out: Multiple times. First in Chapter 3, after seeing Tori's corpse, learning of Eren's suicide and watching Nonna's death, then through Chapter 4 seeing Shun mugging Tanji, learning of the motive, and after each and every Nightmare.
- Friend To All Living Things: Not literally, but if she was in a Disney production, that would definitely be the case.
- Happily Married: Oh if only they lived long enough.
- Hope Is Scary:
- Love Makes You Crazy:
- Moment Of Weakness:
- Morality Chain: Nakajima's.
- More Deadly Than The Male:
- Nice Guy: Arguably the nicest character, and for that fooled many times for lies of others. Later, it changes a bit.
- Oblivious To Love: Recurring patter on her life, will not notice when people have a crush on her unless directly stated.
- Opposites Attract: A prime example of nice guy together with a jerk.
- Rage Breaking Point:
- Recurring Dreams: Rei keep getting nightmares even after her death. Although they start to change slightly- her sister becomes replaced by Chapter 3's victims, and then even her alive friends.
- Selective Obliviousness: At first.
- Team Mom: Acts like everybody's mother. By consequence, cares about everyone and at times a bit too much. First evidenced by insisting to keep an eye on Cole after he hit his head pretty badly.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend:
- Worth Living For: Screams Reisuke into distance.
- Your Worst Nightmare: She has that after witnessing Nakajima's execution.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry:
- Yandere: Evidenced by Afterlife shenanigans.
Super High School Level Microbiologist
'calm UR FUCKIG DESPAIR BONER DOWN'- Cole
Super High School Level Modder
can she do the robot
Super High School Level Police Officer
small cute police girl
Super High School Level Chess Player
The reticent chessmaster, known for snark, asymmetry, and topical ice-queeniness. Always doing things she shouldn't, and scared of almost everything, even if it doesn't show so often. Known to keep going for the greater good despite promises broken and friends lost, but when she snaps, pray you're not in the blast radius.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Initially.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: "I really do love you, you know. I should have said so sooner." Before Kikuchi gets himself executed in her place and it's revealed to the players, but not the living characters, that it was all an act anyway. Or was it. Who knows. Their last conversation before the mastermind trial, after he's already a ghost, is also chock-full of this..
- Arc Words: Kikuchi gets "disappointed", Mori gets "honest", Shun gets the comparative mouthful "we're always doing things we shouldn't", and finally Hagane, just before the mastermind trial, gets "exist".
- Atonement Detective
- Beneath Suspicion: So much so in trial 4 that even when she tried to confess to Mori he didn't believe her.
- Bi The Way: In keeping with the rest of the cast. Though it doesn't come up much in the main plot, Tanji and Rei were girlfriends in pre-despair and Tanji's first kiss was with a girl.
- Break The Cutie: She has been through a lot of shit. This is most apparent after she accidentally kills Hagane and goes completely catatonic.
- Chess Motifs: Has a bad habit of slipping into these. "People aren't pawns," most notably, and last thoughts concerning Chokichi: "Who faults the king for being the killswitch. Maybe he doesn't want to be a part of this game either".
- Crazy People Play Chess/Smart People Play Chess
- Damsel In Distress: Violence is scary and this happens way more often than she'd like to admit.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Despair Event Horizon: "Oh, they'll just remain dead." She'd been hovering at the edge for a long time but at least she'd had a tiny sliver of hope left. After that nothing mattered and she started proving it almost immediately.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her hair, obviously. (She cut it herself and was interrupted halfway through. Either way she decided she liked the outcome.)
- First Kiss: She and Kikuchi had 'macks for science', and she and Shun had...kissing as a defensive maneuver.
- Forced To Watch: Friends dying in front of her, more-than-friends being executed in front of her...well, the despair was intended.
- Forgets To Eat: Well, forgets...purposely avoids...after Rei died, who seemed worried about that sort of thing, she got better at it. Eh, not really. When Rei comes back for her own ghostly convo this is the first thing she asks about, too.
- Hates Being Touched: Keiki pushed this button accidentally and she went blue-screen-of-death and avoided being near him until he died. Shun did it on purpose, because he's Shun. Averted with Kikuchi.
- Her Heart Will Go On: She cared far more than she should have.
- Heroic BSOD: After the events of trial 3...everything about chapter 4...and the murder of chapter 5.
- He Who Fights Monsters: By the final chapter she agrees that she and Shun are alike, down to the 'no redeeming qualities'. Everyone else's transgressions are more easily forgiven and forgotten than her own.
- Human Shield
- I Didn't Mean To Kill Him: Well, that's true, it was completely unintended on her part, but according to Monocobra, getting pushed into someone means you're responsible for the fall damage.
- I Want My Beloved To Be Happy: Happiness was kind of a theme for her and Kikuchi; her confession ended with "and I like seeing you happy. So if I'm messing with that I could go," serotonin over oxytocin, and giving up confessing at the trial when he said it would be better this way. Even though it was all entirely one-sided. Maybe?
- One-Woman Wail: At Rei's, Kikuchi's, and Mori's deaths she proves herself surprisingly capable of tears, only to dust herself off afterwards and blearily act like nothing happened.
- Out Of Character Moment: Known for breaking the fourth wall constantly. Also concerns her one departure from being incapable of violence, when she blinds Shun after the fourth trial. She very much regretted it.
- Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality/Post-Kiss Catatonia: Don't surprise kiss her. Just don't do it.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Fits best with Eren and Kikuchi, who she actually had conversations with when she knew they were going to die.
- Shrinking Violet: Regardless of the snark and stoicism this happens a lot, and she's especially wary/nervous of people who have pushed her buttons before.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: From Shun over the subject of a very important and ultimately useless cleaver.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Well, if combat has to be involved at all. With Shun and to a lesser extent Cole.
- Suicidal Pacifism: "Tanji is so scared of violence that she would be physically incapable of defending herself from a murder attempt." This is put to the test in chapter 4 with the final result of Hagane dying trying to save her. She can't be called an actual pacifist, though, thanks to a total temporary psychotic break afterwards.
- Survivor Guilt: Every friend she ever made in here is dead, and some of them can reasonably be considered her fault.
- Talking to the Dead: Call it a bad habit. Eventually she actually gets a response.
- The Atoner: To be fair, she has a lot of shit to feel guilty about.
- Handy Helper After the dust and guilt settles she ends up chaperoning the blind dude through a trial and a field trip. Chaperoning meaning 'leading him around by the hand in the most stoic of manners.' Apparently he was actually cool with that because he lets her keep doing it even when he gets a bit of his sight back.
- Tragic Keepsake: The rook and serotonin pendants she got from Kikuchi.
- Was It All A Lie?: Yes. Wait. Maybe?
- Weapon of Choice: A certain lighter, because fire is the exception to the rule.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: Outside of sarcasm she does in fact appear to be and strive to be unerringly honest. This includes immediately owning up to Mori about killing Hagane and kissing Shun. The problem is getting people to believe her.
- Worth Living For: Had been planning on dropping all involvement in the mastermind trial and hopefully allowing them all to die. Ghostly visitations from Hagane and Kikuchi changed her mind.
- You Remind Me of X: Tanji's initial distrust of Shun was because he reminded her of her rapist. And she was entirely right to think so.
- Your Worst Nightmare: During the nightmare motive, the only things she sees are things that have already happened, no exaggeration: her father and her friends dying in gruesome ways, and her sexual assault by a friend when she was in public school.
Super High School Level Oneirologist
same goes to this oneliterally up and then down
Super High School Level Cryptozoologist
rest in hecking pieces—-