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Asuka Ishikawa

Super High School Level Tattoo Artist

  • Amateur Sleuth: Forcibly becomes this as her classmates start dropping dead.
  • Berserk Button: Do not insinuate that she’s a Tattooed Crook. Although, considering her Yakuza ties, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong.
  • Dark Secret: An easy to miss thought of her's in 1-1 implies she has one. 2-2 reveals that as a result of being her father’s apprentice in his somewhat illegal tattoo parlor, Asuka has ties to the Yakuza.
    And... I can't let him find out about...
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Asuka invokes this if you choose to trust Natsumi, a self-proclaimed compulsive liar who just accused you of murder, after the end of chapter two.
    • It's worth noting that Natsumi is actually a far more benevolent person than she might initially seem to be. This trope is still invoked with both Asuka's distrust of Natsumi during the Belladonna route, and with her trust in Yumiko, as both these opinions begin to change during Abscence.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Asuka maintains that she can’t stand anyone else in the cast. This statement stops being true after Chapter One, when she begins explicitly referring to specific people as her friends. By Chapter Four, most of the remaining cast is her friend.
  • Missing Mom: 2-3 has this officially confirmed; when Asuka was seven, her mother abandoned her.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: How else would she show off her tattoos?
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Curses more than just about anyone else in the cast.
  • The Leader: Subverted. Kousuke and Saki make her a part of their ‘Leader Trio’ against her will. Saki kicks her from this in Chapter Two, following Kousuke's death.
  • The Protagonist: Self-explanatory.


Arata Takishida

Super High School Level Screenwriter

  • Dark Secret: He drove a classmate to suicide in middle school.
  • My Greatest Failure: Regards his Dark Secret as such.
  • Nerd Glasses: They’re reading glasses, sure, but they still apply.
  • Scars Are Forever: He has three large ones on his face. They're from his abusive ex-girlfriend.
  • Shipper on Deck: Unclear of how serious he is about these, but points out interactions he believes are ‘cute,’ much to the chagrin of everyone else.


Hikari Matsumoto

Super High School Level Gardener

Itsuki Yamasaki

Super High School Level Hiker

  • Blind Without 'Em: Can't see a thing without his glasses.
  • Brutal Honesty: Has no trouble saying exactly what he thinks, none of which is very nice.
  • Cigarette Burns: In the Belladonna route, his corpse has several of these, all over his body. It turns out later that they're not self-inflicted.
  • Dark Secret: Is hypersexual as the result of a childhood assault.
  • Jerkass: His introduction says it all, but his behaviour continues to be rotten as the story progresses.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Western readers might see his criticism of Asuka’s tattoos to be petty, but considering how stigmatized tattoos are in Japan, it’s reasonable for him to be wary of her. Not to mention that Asuka actually does have Yakuza ties, so really, Itsuki’s suspicions of her are completely valid.
  • Messy Hair: Has he ever seen a comb?
  • Only Friend: Kenta is this to him.

Kazue Kanagaki

Super High School Level Sharpshooter

  • Alliterative Name: Kazue Kanagaki
  • Deuteragonist: She doesn't become prominent until after the first murder, but she has an undeniable presence in the deadly life/class trial and chapter two. Following Saki's death, it becomes clear that the deuteragonist role actually belongs to Kazue.
  • Dark Secret: She assisted in her best friend's suicide.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Her first free time event reveals that she feels immense amounts of guilt about the people she's killed as a sharpshooter. Word of God confirms she also has undiagnosed PTSD.
  • The Atoner: Kazue feels nothing but regret for her past. She's allegedly shot nearly 500 people, and she says that she's killed more 'with [her] own hands.' She seems to be trying her best to be a good person, by caring for and defending her fellow captives.
  • The Stoic: Presents herself as very emotionally calm, despite the circumstances.
    • Turns out to be Not So Stoic in 2-2 after she has a mental breakdown. She’s really very emotional and highly affected by the deaths of everyone around her.

Shun Asari

Super High School Level Lip Reader

  • Bait-and-Switch: He’s set up to be the first victim when he doesn’t turn up to breakfast on the fifth morning. It isn’t until the last few lines where the victim is revealed to be Kousuke instead.
  • Dark Secret: He's tried to kill his stepfather multiple times.
  • Forgetful Jones: He’s told about the potentially deadly allergies of two people… and then instantly forgets about them, which leads to a massive mistake in the first trial.
    • In his first free time event, he reveals that he can't remember vast amounts of his childhood. Word of God has confirmed this to be trauma based amnesia.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: He doesn’t even hit five feet.
  • Translator Buddy: For Ayano, as most of what she says is difficult to understand.
  • Unfortunate Names: The kanji in it means ‘gathering of seafood with talent’, which is not the most flattering thing to be named.

Masuyo Okawa

Super High School Level Volleyball Player

  • Break the Cutie: At the beginning of chapter one, she's incredibly perky and upbeat. The incident in the lobby causes her to have a mental breakdown, and she's much less cheerful the following morning. She goes through this again during the first class trial.
    • (Heavy Content Warning) And for a third time in the Ch 3 (Belladonna) trial, when she reveals that Hachirou attempted to sexually assault her.
  • Cool Shades: Has sunglasses that are usually held on her forehead. They fall down when she’s mad.
  • Dark Secret: (Heavy Content Warning) She spent seven years being sexually abused by her father.
  • Genki Girl: Her introduction has her come off this way.
  • Hates Being Touched: To the point that it causes her to break down. Turns out, it's because she's a CSA victim.
  • Missing Mom: She's currently in foster care, and has no idea where her birth mom is.

Minoru Fujita

Super High School Level Finder

  • Bound and Gagged: Kousuke prevents the gagging, but Minoru ends up tied up on the storage room for about 24 hours starting in 1-2.
  • Dark Secret: They self-harm as an outlet to severe depression.
  • Disappeared Dad: Left for Europe shortly after Minoru's mother died, and refuses all contact with them.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: The narration describes it as ‘feminine’.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a suit jacket and tie.

Saki Yamura

Super High School Level Confidant

  • Can't Take Criticism: She really, really can’t.
  • Childhood Friends: With Yumiko. Later confirmed to be Childhood Friend Romance.
  • Control Freak: Doesn’t like it when her authority is challenged.
  • Dark Secret: She exposed someone's personal information over a grudge.
  • Deuteragonist: Becomes this more after Kousuke's death, when she spends more time bonding with Asuka. Unfortunately, like Kousuke, Saki is a decoy deuteragonist and ends up as the second victim.
  • First-Name Basis: Refers to everyone as ‘First name-chan’. The only exceptions are Yumiko, whose given name she doesn’t use an honorific on at all, and Minoru, whom she refers to by their surname alone from 1-2 and onwards
  • Hair Decorations: A bow
  • Lost Lenore: Seems to be this for Yumiko.
  • The Confidant: It's literally her talent.
  • The Leader: Appoints herself as such nigh immediately.

Hachirou Ikeda

Super High School Level Linguist

Natsumi Uchiyama

Super High School Level Liar

  • Consummate Liar: Her introduction, her SHSL talent…
  • Dark Secret: She's homeless.
  • Fake Kill Scare: She pretends to be poisoned during the first class trial in an attempt to force the culprit into confession
  • False Confession: She confesses to Saki's murder shortly after being accused of it. Turns out she's innocent of murder... but she did impale Saki's corpse on a sword. Not cool.
  • Living Lie Detector: She can pick out lies told by other members of the cast without too much of an issue.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Reaches her mid back.
  • They Died Because of You: Genuinely believes this. And it's true to an extent. Hikari killed Kousuke to prevent him from killing Natsumi, and the list of examples goes on.

Kousuke Kotara

Super High School Level Emergency Planner

Ayano Chiba

Super High School Level Surfer

  • Apologizes a Lot
  • Dark Secret: She's relapsing into stockholm syndrome.
  • Punny Name: The kanji picked for her name means ‘one thousand waves that come after night.’
  • Rapunzel Hair: Reaches her hips when loose.
  • Shrinking Violet: Runs away from Asuka in the middle of her introduction.
  • The Unintelligible: Most of her sentences are incoherent and difficult to follow. Her first free time event reveals that this is the result of a developmental disorder and premature birth.

Hiroki Ayugai

Super High School Level Sprinter

  • Badass Boast: Claims that he can run the length of the hill and back in 30 seconds. Amazingly, he backs this up too.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: Missing one of his front teeth. In 2-1, he explains that another kid punched it out. 2-3 reveals that said 'kid' was Kenta.
  • Dark Secret: He watched his mother kill his father.
  • Unfortunate Names: The kanji in his name means ‘freshwater shellfish defended by timber’ ...Whatever that means.

Yumiko Tsutaya

Super High School Level Carpenter

Kenta Hasekura

Super High School Level Tree Climber

  • Dark Secret: He plays dumb and purposely gets into fights to please his athleticism obsessed parents.
  • Gentle Giant: Second tallest member of the cast and the strongest physically. He's also just a really nice dude. Until you find out he's the guy who knocked out Hiroki's tooth. Then it's up for debate.
  • Nature Lover: Trees, especially.
  • Only Friend: To Itsuki. Nobody else can really stand him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It’s dyed, but still.

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