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  • Accidentally Correct Writing: In the concept art book, Dan Salvato noted that "'Sayori' was some kind of unholy fusion between 'Sayuri' and 'Saori', and to this day I’m not even sure if it could pass off as a real Japanese name." However, "Sayori" (さより) is an actual Japanese girls' name (as well as the name of the Japanese halfbeak fish), albeit an uncommon one, as seen with voice actress Sayori Ishizuka as well as the pseudonymous artist behind Nekopara.
  • Creator's Favorite:
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    • Writer Dan Salvato stated in his Reddit AMA thread that to him, all the girls are precious and deserve to be loved.
    • Game artist Satchely's favourite girl is Natsuki.
  • Creator's Pest: Dan dislikes the Main Character, who was intentionally designed to be generic and unlikeable as a Take That! towards other stock visual novel protagonists.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Following an event where a 15-year-old male committed suicide shortly after playing Doki Doki Literature Club!, British news outlet BBC listed the game as an online psychological horror game aimed at kids due to the anime graphics and that it promotes suicide. This despite the fact that both the Steam page and the actual game itself upon initial boot up/after Act 1 warns that the game was clearly not made for children or the easily disturbed in mind. It even has you confirmed if you were above the age of 13 to play. The game isn't even online either as it's perfectly functional offline. The only thing BBC got right was that it's free-to-play, and that the game takes a drastic shift in tone towards the end of Act 1.
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  • Doing It for the Art: The game is free because Dan Salvato feared people might feel being ripped off for paying for a game whose plot swerves completely in content and tone after the end of Act 1. Fortunately, the merchandise sales have more than made up for it.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The girls and MC are often collectively referred to as "Dokis".
    • Individually, "Knife Wife" has caught on for Yuri, Sayori is known as "Cinnamon Roll", Natsuki is sometimes referred to as "Cupcake", and MC is referred to as "dense boi".
    • In Lattice's Japanese Let's Play, "Pro-chan" is used for Natsuki, who describe herself as one. Also, watchers will ask where "BGM-san" is gone whenever the background music suddenly stops.
    • Thanks to It Was His Sled, Sayori has been referred to in Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's animation on Zero Punctuation as "Saddo McKillmyself".
  • Follow the Leader:
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    • Defied. When Undertale was brand new and the buzz of the Internet, one of Dan Salvato's friends noted that the game had a few coincidental similarities with the project that would eventually become DDLC. Salvato then resolved to not take in any Undertale-related media throughout the game's development, lest he become subconsciously influenced by it and thus actually fall into this. Similarly, Salvato had noticed that DDLC has similar elements to the Japanese visual novel You and Me and Her, which features a pair of girls vying for the affection of a dating game protagonist and uses fourth wall breaking elements. He later clarified that he had no idea the game existed when he was making DDLC and any similarity between them is purely coincidental.
    • The game itself has a follower of sorts in How To Date A Magical Girl!, an animesque game about romancing typical anime-style girls in a magic academy setting, which hides some creepy and disturbing secrets. After a certain point murders and suicides abound, the girls' past often revolves around bullying and predators, and ultimately an AI is behind everything that happens.
  • Name's the Same: You're not gonna get any mention of Subcon here.
  • Reclusive Artist: According to Dan Salvato, Jillian Ashcraft, Monika's voice actress and the singer of "Your Reality", "prefers staying private" for now. There are a few videos online of her singing (she also plays guitar), but not much else.
  • Referenced by...: When Tyalie joins the team in BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm, a short, remixed snippet of “Your Reality” plays instead of the normal “new party member” theme, serving as an early hint to the character’s self-awareness.
  • Trolling Creator: The creator of the game sent a joke tweet that Natsuki was a trap. Some people took it literally and entirely missed that it was a joke, leading to the creator needing to step back in and clarify.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • A Skype conversation snippet shown in the art booklet for the game indicates that Dan Salvato considered Sayori being "the crazy one" before they shifted that characterization to Monika. There is some reference of this idea in the epilogue, as the player's interactions with post-Monika deletion Sayori show that anyone who becomes the Literature Club president gains the same Fourth-Wall Observer powers as Monika had. A Developers' Foresight moment involving deleting Monika before starting the game also leads to a moment like this.
    • According to a tweet by Dan Salvato, he originally wanted to release the game on April Fools' Day as the game was already a subversion of a dating sim. However, he felt like the game wasn't fully ready at that point.
  • The Wiki Rule: DDLCWiki.net and Doki Doki Literature Club! Wiki on Wikia.
  • Word of God:
    • The game's lead developer and writer, Dan Salvato, stated that it was born from his love-hate relationship with anime. In particular, he cited the "cute girls doing cute things" trope to be a double-edged sword.
    • Considering his history as a competitive Super Smash Bros. player (plus his involvement in Project M), he even confirmed "mains" for each of the characters if each of the girls were to ever play Melee.
    • Dan Salvato has confirmed his distaste for the Trapsuki meme, considering it disrespectful that some people would constantly do it, even to confuse some people as well. Additionally, he himself has stated that "all characters are 18".
    • Dan Salvato posted on his Twitter account that he disliked Gaia Online making a parody character of Monika (that was very non-transformative) and forcing players to pay for it. He stated his game was free and found it mind-boggling that they would force their players to pay to be able to buy a parody of the character.

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