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  • Abandon Shipping: When the teaser for Chapter 3 came out, people were pairing up Sou and the real Sou, also known as Midori because the two characters had known each other previously. This changed once the first part of Chapter 3 was released and Midori was revealed to have manipulated and deeply unsettled Shin during the time they were friends.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Keiji x Sara is by far the most Fan-Preferred Couple on Pixiv and in Japan, having about three times as much fanworks on the site versus the second most popular ship. However, in the West, it's a very Broken Base ship due to the age difference between Saranote  and Keijinote , where such ships have been seen as controversial.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
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    • Sou Hiyori is by far the most divisive out of the participants. He's either seen as the most interesting and complex character who added to the story or just a straight-up unpleasant asshole who antagonizes Sara just because people are willing to trust her more. The Reveal that Sou is actually not the real Sou Hiyori but a man named Shin Tsukimi who was trying to survive did smooth things over but it caused a different kind of Broken Base. Either Sou/Shin Tsukimi is an understandable and tragic Jerkass Woobie, or you like Shin Tsukimi because he put to light various things along with being able to understand his motives... but you still hated his actions when he masqueraded as Sou Hiyori.
    • Kanna Kizuchi has quite the split opinion on her. While fan opinion of her at first was pity and sympathy due to losing her sister in her First Trial, opinions on her started to split as the game continued on. You either continued feeling sorry for her with all she went through and found her the biggest woobie, or were irritated and frustrated with her lack of a spine and stupidity for teaming up with and trusting Sou instead of Sara or even Reko.
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  • Captain Obvious Reveal: After the Room of Lies scene, Reko having been replaced with a duplicate is hinted at pretty heavily. By the time the negotiation scene at the end of the chapter brings up the possibility of someone having been replaced by an impostor, a lot of players will know right away where the scene is going.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Due to his popularity from fans, Ranger's exceedingly cruel antics from the moment of his introduction are oftentimes overlooked by his fans. Though honestly, this was likely inevitable once it turned out he had a quite pitiable backstory, especially with the exceptionally cruel nature of both times he died.
    • Safalin's more sinister and darker shades such as claiming she was never your friend in a certain ending at Chapter 2 all with a smile on her face, and her clear pleasure at seeing Sara getting addicted to the machine which leads to a Bad Ending tend to get handwaved due to her providing medicine and the infirmary to the participants, and being the least outwardly antagonistic of the Floor Masters.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
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    • By far the most popular Floor Master is Rio Ranger, the only member of the lot to actually be an artificial intelligence-powered doll. Though he's only introduced in chapter 2-1 and shot to death at its end, his highly active role throughout, gimmick of wearing the deceased's clothes, and somewhat tragic character traits have earned him a lot of adoration from fans.
    • The other participants who died in their first trials are also very popular, especially Ranmaru, after the third chapter introduces and fleshes them out heavily as robot doubles. Pretty much the only already-deceased character who doesn’t have all that many fans (if anything, what was learned about her made people like her less) is Megumi Sasahara, who also has the misfortune of not actually being in the chapter in person.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • A common theory is that the real Sou Hiyori, named in game as Midori, is Kanna's biological older brother. Fans point to the fact that Kanna is adopted and that Midori has similar hair and eye colors to her.
    • There are theories suggesting that Sou's victory rate of 0.0% was fabricated. Since he is good at lying and manipulation and has hacking skills, it's almost baffling that he would place so low when Kanna and Gin, two children, would have higher victory rates than. It's believed that the real Sou Hiyori had a hand in manipulating Shin's survival rate since he has been stated to enjoy unsettling Shin and seeing him on edge. Not to mention Sue Miley was the one to tell him about the survival rates and Miley has demonstrated a fondness for misleading others to bring them to despair, as what she did with Sara during Joe's execution.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot:
  • Fanon:
    • Fanartists have often depicted Kanna wearing Sou's scarf as a Tragic Keepsake in post 2-2 scenarios in which Kanna lives.
    • In most fan media made of Chapter 3, the 2-1 survivor is more often than not depicted to be Reko Yabusame. While the 2-2 survivor is more of a toss-up, there is a slight leaning towards it being "Sou Hiyori"/Shin Tsukimi.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Nao x Reko is very popular among the fandom, due to their many moments of protectiveness over one another, their shared screen time, their shared trust and support and depending on the route, they deeply mourn the other's death and/or end up Together in Death with a small scene afterwards.
  • Funny Moments:
    • If you click on Gonbee during his interrogation, his reaction indicates that Sara punched him. The fact that you have to find this out on your own suggests that the punch came from nowhere.
    • Early on in 2-2, Gin calls Gashu "Uncle Crabstache". Not only does Gashu treat it as a compliment, but his next few lines are billed as Uncle Crabstache.
  • These 4-Koma gag comics made by Nankidai are very amusing, highlight include Sara confusing Reko's bongos with her ''breasts'', Q-taro almost pulling up Keiji's collar and getting it stuck on his head, and revealing that under Kanna's bucket there's pudding.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Danganronpa and Zero Escape due to their similar premises.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • In the route where Sara votes for and thus kills Sou, their final act before dying is to activate the AI of Joe (whose death he contributed to in the first round,) stating it's his "last present" to Sara. Getting to meet her best friend again as an AI, Sara is reassured at last that Joe doesn't hate her and puts to rest the hallucinations that plagued her all through part two, gaining the strength to continue fighting the death game. The fact that it's the deceitful loner Sou who does this for her makes it even more heartwarming under the circumstances.
    • A bittersweet moment comes during the route where Alice dies, and you can overhear a conversation between Reko and Safalin. Safalin offers to wipe Reko's painful memories of Alice much like she does for Sara in Chapter 2-1. Reko refuses; since she and Alice had been separated for so long, nearly all of her memories of him are painful ones, so she refuses to give them up rather than risk forgetting her brother entirely.
    • Though Reko's death route is hardly lacking in that same sort of bittersweet heartwarming content as its alternative. While both are mourning deeply over the loss of Reko, Nao gives Alice one of Reko's gloves and keeps the other, swearing to carry on her spirit and reunite with the rest of their family to break the news. Even posthumously, meanwhile, the usage of the tokens left behind on Reko's body are what are used to trade the sacrifice card away from Nao. Gashu may have made sure it came back to her, but still, Alice even remarks in the Main Game how, in this way, Reko had protected Nao one final time. In general, even when he's devastated enough to require the treatment from Safalin his sister would refuse in his shoes, he's legitimately making much more of an effort to be an involved and open member of the group.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • "Gonbee Yamada"'s true name is Alice Yabusame, and he is Reko's brother.
    • Joe Tazuna dies. Not only does his guilt-formed hallucination self show up on dozens of fanarts, the character's death is the manga adaptation's R-Rated Opening.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Sou Hiyori, the gloomy loner in the group. Through the bulk of the first two rounds he's nothing but antagonistic to the other players, especially Sara, he uses Kanna for his own gain, and he lies constantly (not to mention how he's the one who gave Joe the Sacrifice card in the first Main Game. But it's also true that, like all of the other participants, Sou was kidnapped and placed into a deadly game and is just trying to survive. He's just as crushed as anyone when his attempt to help them all escape ends in failure. It's also revealed that his first trial involved him learning the victory rates of the other candidates, and learning in particular that his victory rate was 0%—meaning that from the very beginning, he knew that the group was going to inevitably vote him out and kill him. His distrust of the main group, and especially Sara who has the highest victory rate, is at least understandable.
  • Love to Hate: So far, as of 3-1A, the Doll of Midori is garnering this reaction due to being a smiling yet silently threatening and unrepentant Jerkass who somehow always has another trick up his sleeve, even if he's seemingly pushed into a corner.
  • Moral Event Horizon: It’s actually relatively rare for characters in this game to actually hit this even if they seemingly have, but a few secondary characters still definitely do. Of note are Rio Ranger going out of his way to get one of the Yabusame siblings killed at the end of 2-1 for really no reason, 2-2’s Gashu being willing to literally kill himself just to take Nao and Shin/Kanna down with him, doing so with a smile, and in 3-1 Midori has several things that can qualify. He was a toxic and abusive friend to Shin who may have made him into the untrusting wreck he is today, not to mention how he arranged for Keiji’s traumatic shooting of his beloved mentor figure, which also posthumously serves as a definite one for Megumi Sasahara for her role in it. Nobody is in disagreement that he probably deserved Alice killing him, and if she’s alive in her brother’s place, even Reko wants the bastard’s head without hesitation.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Plenty to be found here.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Chapter two introduces the hallucinations mechanic, where being reminded of Joe's death will cause Sara's hallucinations to get increasingly worse (with a bad ending if you let them get too bad). This gives an undertone of quiet menace to nearly everything you do in the chapter, since you can never be sure if an innocuous dialogue option won't end up veering off in a traumatic direction...
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Those who didn't like Sou started to lighten their opinions on him upon his actions in the second trial if you choose him to kill off. This is due to how he pulled a Redemption Equals Death where he gets the Joe AI to motivate Sara onward.
    • Though Q-taro was more divisive than an outright scrappy, a lot of the one-time detractors of his sometimes selfish, cowardly personality were very pleased to see his Character Development into an extremely selfless character after the game's halfway point.
  • Tear Jerker: Has its own page.
  • Trans Audience Interpretation: As a result of his Gender-Blender Name, speech patterns wherein he seems to be deliberately affecting a "masculine" tone despite being more used to speaking in a "feminine" one, slipping into it while panicked (and having apparently had it more consistently while younger in a flashback), and a scene in Chapter 2-1 wherein he gets extremely defensive and angry when asked about what group he ought to bathe with, it's not at all uncommon for fans to interpret Alice Yabusame as a Transgender male who opted never to change his birth name. Earlier in the game's development, there's evidence to suggest that Alice was written as a female character. There's unused portraits of a beta!Alice character in the game's files and, on the save/load screen, beta!Alice's feminine silhouette is in a group shot. The creator of the game is on record saying that her character and role overlapped with Sou Hiyori's and so he reluctantly set her aside despite how much he liked her design. In the spin-off game Your Time to Shine, during his third fondness scene with Mishima, Alice reveals that his mother had raised him as a girl until he confronted her about it. This is vaguer in Vgperson's translation to be more fuel for the theory, but it must be said that in the original wording in Japanese, Alice told Mishima that the impetus to his confrontation was that both his body and spirit were becoming more masculine.
  • Woolseyism:
    • vgperson's translation added in a nice, albeit simple, bit of foreshadowing at the very beginning of the game. Sara speaks about how looking into one's reflection in the water seems like something a loner might like to do, and Sou Hiyori - nicknamed "loner" in the English translation by Gin - is, in fact, haunted throughout the entire game by a shadowy version of himself.
    • The Floormasters' names, which were already punny in the original Japanese, were also creatively adapted into English. Hoemi (smile) became Sue Miley (smiley), Toto Noel (totonoeru, to arrange)/Coco Roel (kokoroeru, to gain a heart) became Rio Ranger (rearranger)/Rio Laizer (realizer), and Han'nakii (on the verge of tears) became Tia Safalin (tears are falling).

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