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  • Alternative Character 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. Funny enough, there's even strong evidence to suggest that in earlier drafts of the game, Alice was written as a girl, which changed before his debut in 1-2 but after 1-1 was released. There's both a single unused portrait in the game's files and, on the save/load screen, a feminine silhouette matching it in a group shot with no Alice.
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    • Keiji x Sara is by far the most Fan-Preferred Couple on Pixiv and in Japan. However, in the West, it's a very Broken Base ship due to the age difference between Saranote  and Keijinote , where such ships are definitely seen as controversial.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • 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. Some, however, point out that some of his more antagonistic actions aren't all that much worse than what other characters do, and he spends great amounts of the game just trying to be a part of the group, or actively helpful to the cast.
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    • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Plenty to be found here.
  • 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.
  • Tear Jerker: As above.
  • 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.
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