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Byakuya Togami

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Data
Title Ultimate Affluent Progeny,
Future Foundation 14th Branch
Birth date May 5th (Taurus)
Gender Male
Height 185 cm (6' 1")
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Status Alive
Voice Actor Akira Ishida (JP)
Jason Wishnov[1](EN)
Family {{{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 is the heir to the financial giant that is the Togami family. Rumor has it that he already held several management positions at a company and had managed to acquire a considerable amount of fortune on their 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 appears in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair as a returning character working with Makoto Naegi and Kyoko Kirigiri as a member of the Future Foundation to save students trapped in a rehabilitation simulation gone horribly wrong.

He makes another appearance in Zettai Zetsubou Shoujo - Danganronpa Another Episode as the one who saves Komaru Naegi, Makoto's little sister.

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 dirty blond hair, and he wears white framed glasses. Byakuya is usually seen with his arms crossed, which is a personal quirk in line with his arrogance.

Personality

Byakuya is an arrogant young adult who originally saw himself to be much more superior to others because of him being the heir to an extremely successful family business. He is often cold, blunt, and reserved, but he has a deviously manipulative tendency. Byakuya often expressed irritation from Toko Fukawa and Genocide Jill's obsessive behavior toward him, but he also often used it to his benefit by ordering them around.

Throughout the story, he frequently antagonized the others and often said they 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 progressed, Byakuya began to genuinely care about his classmates, to the point of 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, although he prefers 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.

Byakuya greatly revered his family, often speaking of the vast power of the Togami Corporation. When Junko Enoshima revealed the state - or rather, cessation of existence - of the entire Togami Corporation, he initially didn't take it well; though he would later recover from the shock to announce that they would rebuild the family from the ground up.

He is 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. Yet, in other instances, it became obvious that because of having spent much time within a highly competitive environment he was unable to account for the human factor; this led to 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 as an insight 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 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 of various genders. The candidates all fought for the position and in the end, he, the youngest, 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 only other fact that was known was that, around one year ago, Byakuya had agreed along with the rest of the 78th Class to confine himself within the premises of Hope's Peak Academy.

High School Life of Mutual Killing

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

At first, he showed his dislike towards everyone by stating that he will never cooperate with them. He considered the Mutual Killing to be a "game" of sorts, and kept to his own devices. As the 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 they learned through investigations, instead of thinking about abstract theories like Kyoko did. In Class Trials, Byakuya was usually the first to spot weaknesses and apparent logical fallacies within others' statements.

Byakuya was often seen bossing around Toko or Jill, usually making use of the girls' obsession over him to make the one currently present do their bidding.

Later on he became more and more arrogant and began considering himself and his opinions to be superior over everyone else. Sakura'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 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 defiantly reminded 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 vow taken at the conclusion of Sakura's Class Trial), and that he did not plan to fall into despair anytime soon. Byakuya further added that, as long as he were alive, the Togami Family would never truly die; Byakuya Togami is still alive, and he vowed to rebuild his family no matter what opposed him once he entered the outside world.

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.

Their torments were finally over, Byakuya remained arrogant to his peers, but also finally admitted that, without anyone's help, he wouldn't have survived through his gruesome journey. Byakuya repeated his vow to rebuild his family with his own hands, and declared 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.

Zettai Zetsubou Shoujo

Byakuya made his first appearance by saving Komaru after she was almost sliced by a Monokuma Unit. He made conversation with Komaru, but the two of them were intruded upon by the Monokuma force coming to dispose of them. Byakuya gave her the Megaphone Hacking Gun to defend herself and told her to escape the building, leaving him to deal with the Monokumas.

After the Big Bang Monokuma was defeated, Toko said that before they left they needed to save Byakuya. He were later revealed to be fine, and he was seen eavesdropping on Toko and Komaru's conversation about staying in Towa City. Toko said it didn't matter how far away she and Byakuya were, their relationship will never change. Byakuya agreed: no matter how far away they were, he would never have feelings for her.

He were last seen talking with Makoto about a woman who has good information. He showed Makoto the video message left by their sister, then ended the call while saying that he owed Komaru and Toko.

Island Life of Mutual Killing

Byakuya returns in the second game as a member of the Future Foundation, along with Makoto and Kyoko. The three of them arrived to save the remaining students by activating the Forced Shutdown. After defeating Junko's avatar and exiting the Neo World, Byakuya leaves Jabberwock Island with Makoto and Kyoko while Hajime Hinata watches from the island.

Execution

Human★Disqualification - If executed, Byakuya would get dropped in a garbage can which would fall into a place that looks like Hell. Monokuma, dressed like an elementary student, would appear and throw stones at him for looking like a dirty hobo. Byakuya would try to escape, but he would come out into a cold and snowy place. He would eventually die from his wounds and hypothermia.

This is just a draft, and was only shown in the official visual fanbook of Dangan Ronpa.

Relationships

Makoto Naegi

The first time they meet each other was during the High School Life of Mutual Killing, Byakuya saw Makoto under the impression that he was only an ordinary highschooler 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 the second game, Makoto, Byakuya, and Kyoko become companions and he supports Makoto's plan to save the remaining students from the will of the Future Foundation's higher-ups.

Toko Fukawa /Genocide Jill

Both Toko and her alter, Jill, possess an extreme obsession with Byakuya, who regards their crush as disturbing.

Toko finds Byakuya attractive. She can often be seen blushing when he address her, and misinterprets his disgusted remarks about her “stench” to be concern. She hopes to one day assume an affectionate relationship with them, but is content with him constantly insulting her for now, seeing his genuine dislike of her as mere “lovers' quarrels”. The two are frequently either seen together or noted to be absent from the group, although this is largely due to Toko's tendency to stalk Byakuya.

On the other hand, Jill insulted Byakuya at first, whom was very surprised as a result. However, Jill found Byakuya attractive as well, and declared in a Free Time Event that Byakuya was the only cute "boy" she wouldn't kill. Like Toko, Jill is usually seen stalking Byakuya and following him everywhere. Byakuya generally harbors animosity toward her in return, but this side to their relationship eventually evens out into simple apathy. Toko and Byakuya even managed to have several conversations that could be classified as normal, despite Jill's existence.

In the second game, Kyoko mentioned that “someone” was waiting for him to go back, possibly meaning Toko is still obsessed with them.

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 Composed - Steadies your aim a little. Effective during the Nonstop Debate and the Hangman's Gambit. Costs 2 SP.
  • Envious Influence - Increases the Influence Gauge by 5. Effective during the Class Trial. Costs 4 SP.

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..."
  • “Byakuya Togami, Future Foundation 14th Branch."
  • “So you don't know what Monokuma is... what a carefree person." (to Komaru Naegi)

Trivia

  • His first name is Japanese for "white night", an occurrence in the Arctic or Antarctic circles, and their 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's Fenrir Mercenary Corps profile that was written entirely in French.
  • Byakuya's official artwork for Danganronpa features him wearing a necktie, when in the game they wear 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 French cuisine, and that he dislikes commoners and instant food.
  • Byakuya's blood type is B.

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