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Byakuya Togami

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Data
Title Ultimate Affluent Progeny
Birth date May 5th (Taurus)
Gender Male
Height 185cm (6' 1")
Weight 68kg (150 lb)
Status Alive
Voice Actor Akira Ishida (JP)
Jason Wishnov[1](EN)
Family
Debut
Anime Episode 01
Game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Manga Danganronpa: The Manga
Novel Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc IF

Byakuya Togami (十神 白夜 Togami Byakuya) is one of the characters featured in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. His title is Ultimate Affluent Progeny (超高校級の「御曹司」chō kōkō kyū no “onzōshi”). He was the heir to the financial giant Togami family. Rumor has it that he already held several management positions at a company, and managed to acquire a considerable amount of fortune on his own. Before he entered Hope's Peak Academy, all of the schools he enrolled in to were exclusive ones. He survived the final trial and escaped with the other survivors at the end of the game.

He also appeared in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair as a returning character, working with Makoto Naegi and Kyoko Kirigiri as the member of Future Foundation to save students trapped in a rehabilitation simulation gone horribly wrong.

Appearance

Byakuya has a tall, slim figure and usually dons a black suit. He wears a white shirt underneath and a green criss cross tie. He has short blond hair and he wears white framed glasses. Byakuya is usually seen with his arms crossed, a personal quirk in line with his arrogance.

Personality

Byakuya is an arrogant young man who saw himself superior to others, being the heir of an extremely successful family business. He is often cold, blunt, and taciturn, but has a deviously manipulative tendency. Byakuya had often expressed irritation from Toko and Jill's obsessive behaviour toward him, though he often used it to his benefit by ordering them around.

Throughout the story, he frequently antagonized the others, saying he would be the one to emerge unscathed. Despite his prudish demeanor, he was actually one of the group's most sensible students, and had proven to be a competent investigator.  As the story progresses, Byakuya begins to genuinely care about his classmates, even announcing that he would no longer take part in the killings.  

Byakuya displays a high level of intellect, showing himself to be one of the most competent and insightful investigators in the group, preferring to work alone, due to a lack of trust among the others.  He is also seen reading often in the library when the second floor is accessed, even going as far as telling others to stay out and not disturb him.

He greatly revered his family, often speaking of the vast power of the Togami Corporation; when Junko revealed the state - or rather, cessation of existence - of the entire Togami Corporation, he did not take it well initially, although he would later recover from the shock to announce that he would rebuild the family from the ground up.

He is also quick to zero in on suspects without alibis - or those who seem to be most suspicious - as shown in the fifth school trial when Kyoko did not have credible alibis to support her absence, although it became obvious that, having spent much time within a highly competitive environment, he was unable to account for the human factor, thereby committing errors in judgment when attempting to resolve the death of Sakura Ogami.

He is also extremely reluctant to admit to any mistakes he might have committed.

History

[Warning: Several spoilers follow this section!]

Prior to the Tragedy

In one of Byakuya's free-time events, he spoke to Makoto about the process of selecting the heir to the Togami Family - this being a clue to his life before Hope's Peak Academy.

He explained that the head of the family did not have a single, dedicated wife, but instead had many, many children with “a number of the highest quality women” all across the world. He then mentioned that all of the potential successors were made to compete against one another, and the victor is named heir of the Togami Corporation.

In Byakuya's generation there were fifteen candidates in all, both male and female; they fought for the headship, and in the end, he, the youngest male, came out on top. It was the first time in the family’s history that the youngest had ever “taken the crown”.

The losing siblings were exiled from the family, but Byakuya harshly described them as being “killed” because, according to him, “(to be in) exile is pretty much the same as death”. Byakuya also had a butler named Aloysius Pennyworth, who referred to him as "Young Master".

The other fact that was known was that, at some point of time about one year ago, Byakuya had agreed, along with most of 78th Class, to confine themselves within the premises of Hope's Peak Academy.

High School Life of Mutual Killing

Like most of 78th Class, he lost memories of his school life before The Tragedy.

At first, he shows his dislike towards everyone, state that he will never cooperating with them.

As events progressed, Byakuya emerged as one of the prime investigators of murders, alongside Makoto and Kyoko, and tended to make swift logical conclusions, based on facts he learnt through investigations, instead of thinking about abstract theories (as would be Kyoko's forte). In Class Trials, Byakuya is usually the first to spot weaknesses and apparent logical fallacies within others' statements. Byakuya was often seen bossing around Toko Fukawa/Genocide Jill, making use of the girl's obsession over him to make her do his bidding.

Later, he became more and more arrogant, considering himself (and his opinions) to be superior to everybody else. Sakura Ogami's death prompted him to announce that he would abandon the game and focus his efforts on finding the mastermind, although it did little else to defeat his confidence; it was only during the farcical trial to Mukuro Ikusaba's death that he would finally realize his own limits.

Retrial of the Death of Mukuro Ikusaba; confronting the real Junko Enoshima

As the retrial progressed, Junko Enoshima was eventually revealed as the true perpetrator of the Mutual Killing incident. Byakuya was shocked when Junko illustrated his family's current situation - or, lack of a situation, given that his family had apparently been completely wiped out - and was rendered completely speechless for the first time since the start of the murders.

As he obtained motivation through Makoto's talk of hope to grasp past the horror, Byakuya would defiantly remind Junko that his sole reason to support Makoto was to destroy the culprit that had been responsible for the deaths of his former classmates (a fact he had avowed himself upon at the conclusion of Sakura Ogami's Class Trial), and he did not plan to fall into despair anytime soon. He further added that, as long as he was alive, the Togami Family would never truly die; Byakuya Togami is still alive, and he vowed to rebuild his family even if the The Tragedy had been real at all.

Supporting Makoto, Byakuya and the remaining students voted for Hope - causing Junko to fall into one last episode of despair shortly before she executed herself in The Ultimate Punishment.

Considering their torments were finally over, Byakuya remained arrogant to his peers, while admitting that without anyone's help, he would not have survived through his gruesome journey. Byakuya would repeat his vow, that he would rebuild his family with his own hands and that it would be far greater than before.

With that, Byakuya emerged from Hope's Peak Academy as one of the survivors at the end of the game, and would later join the Future Foundation; this in turn would lead him to become one of the three that reappear in Danganronpa 2.

Island Life of Mutual Killing

Byakuya returns in the second game as a member of the Future Foundation, along with Makoto and Kyoko. He and the two others came to save the remaining students by activate the Forced Shutdown.  After defeating Junko's avatar, and exiting the Neo World, Byakuya leaves Jabberwock Island with Makoto and Kyoko on a ship as Hajime watches from the island.

Execution

Human★Disqualification - Byakuya would have been dropped in a garbage can and fall into a place that looks like Hell. Monokuma, dressed like an elementary student, would throw stones at him for looking like a dirty hobo. Byakuya would try to escape, only to come out into a cold and snowy place and eventually die from his wounds and the cold. This is just a draft and only shown in the official visual fanbook of Dangan Ronpa.

Relationships

Toko Fukawa /Genocide Jill

Both Toko and her alternate personality, Jill, possess an extreme obsession with Byakuya, a crush he regards as disturbing. Toko finds Byakuya attractive. She can often be seen blushing when he addresses her, and misinterprets his disgusted remarks about her “stench” to be concern. She hopes to one day assume an affectionate relationship with him, but is content with him constantly insulting her for now, seeing his (rather genuine) dislike of Toko as mere “lovers' quarrels”. The two are frequently either seen together or noted to be absent from the group, though this is largely due to Toko's tendency to stalk Byakuya.

On the other hand, Jill insulted Byakuya at first, the latter being very surprised as a result. However, Jill also found Byakuya attractive, declaring that Byakuya was the only cute boy she wouldn't kill in her free time events. Like Toko, Jill is usually seen stalking Byakuya and following him everywhere. Byakuya generally harbors animosity toward her in return, though this is adverse side to their relationship is slightly toned down over time (or rather, he does not have any feelings, positive or negative, toward her), and he and Toko even managed to have several conversations that could be classified as normal, despite Jill's existence.

In Danganronpa2: Goodbye Despair, Kyoko mentioned that “someone” was waiting for him to go back, possibly meaning Toko is still obsessed with him.

Makoto Naegi

The first time they met each other, Byakuya slighted Makoto, thinking he was only an ordinary high school boy unworthy of his time. However, as the story progressed, Byakuya began to admire Makoto's investigative skills, although he would never openly voice it.

In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, he, Makoto and Kyoko eventually become companions and support Makoto's plan to save the remaining students from the will of Future Foundation's higher-ups.

Free Time

Presents

Obtained from the MonoMono Machine.

  • Luwak Coffee
  • Scarab Brooch
  • Golden Gun
  • Showa Radio
  • Crystal Skull
  • Golden Space Shuttle
  • Prince Shotoku's Globe
  • Millennium Prize Problems

Choices

During free time conversations, the player will occasionally be given a choice on how to respond to something that is said. These are the 'right' choices.

  • Day Trading
  • 55 Million Yen

Skills

These will aid you, usually during Class Trials.

  • Cool and Collected - Decreases Crosshair drift
  • Influential Voice of Envy

Quotes

  • “Name's Byakuya Togami."
  • “Hello there. Listen... who are you again? I apologize for my poor memory. But it’s just so hard to remember things I don’t care about."
  • “I’m fishing. What does it look like I’m doing?"
  • “Rejoice, commoners, for today I show you just how much far above you I am."
  • “Hmph. Dial back that ego a bit, girl."
  • “Shush. The adults are talking now."
  • “Did you forgot how to walk? Is that why you're late? It's simple - right foot, left foot. Right foot..."
  • “And remember, this girl examines dead bodies as a hobby. Personally, I'm inclined to believe her." (thinking about Kyoko Kirigiri)
  • “You're a loser. So go ahead and live your loser life, make a bunch of loser friends. Then together, you can lick each other's loser wounds."
  • “You know how much I hate being annoyed. But if something does come up, you may as well let me know. I can't guarantee I'll actually bother listening, but you know..."

Trivia

  • His first name is Japanese for "white night", an occurrence in the Arctic or Antarctic circles, while his last name translates as "Ten Gods".
  • Byakuya claims to have a personal fund of 400 billion yen.
  • He appears to be fluent in French, as he was easily able to read Mukuro Ikusaba's Fenrir Mercenary Corps profile, written entirely in French.
  • Byakuya's official artwork for Danganronpa features him wearing a necktie, when in the game he wears suspender-like ties.
  • Byakuya shares both his Japanese voice actor, Akira Ishida, and English voice actor, Jason Wishnov, with his imposter from the second game.
  • In  Zettai Zetsubou Shoujo Byakuya's profile states that he likes coffee and speaking French and he dislikes ordinary people and improvised foodstuff.

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