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Celestia Ludenberg
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Data
Title Ultimate Gambler
Birth date November 23rd (Sagittarius)
Gender Female
Height 164 cm (5' 4.5")
Weight 46 kg (101 lbs)
Status Deceased
Voice Actor Hekiru Shiina (JP)
Marieve Herington (EN)
Lindsay Seidel (English anime dub)
Family Grand Bois Cheri (Pet cat)
Debut
Anime Episode 01
Game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Manga Danganronpa: The Manga
Novel Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc IF

Celestia “Celes” Ludenberg (セレスティア・ルーデンベルク Seresutia Rūdenberuku), real name Taeko Yasuhiro (安広 多恵子 Yasuhiro Taeko), is one of the characters featured in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.

Celes has the title Ultimate Gambler (超高校級の「ギャンブラー」chō kōkō kyū no “gyanburā”). She was renowned for managing to rob any who challenged her of all their money. Due to her nature, she was given the title “Queen of Liars”.

In Chapter 3, Celes was revealed to be the culprit of the third murder case, as part of which she has manipulated Hifumi Yamada into killing Kiyotaka Ishimaru and then murdered him herself, and was thereupon executed by Monokuma.

Appearance

Celes has a slim figure and pale skin. She has black hair (in the video game it is shown as dark, deep blue) in two large twin-drill pigtails (which are apparently clip-ons as mentioned in the art book), red eyes, gold earrings, and black nail polish.

Celes wears a Gothic Lolita-style outfit, consisting of a white blouse with a Peter-Pan collar, a black jacket that includes white ribbon lacing down the sleeves, fastened by a simple ribbon across her chest to show her red tie with a butterfly pattern on it and the waist of her skirt, which is many-tiered and features white lace.

Celes wears knee-high stockings trimmed in ladder lace, red mary janes with a thick heel, a white lace headpiece and a silver, almost weapon-like ring (reminiscent of a certain ring by Vivienne Westwood) on her index finger.

Personality

An experienced gambler, Celes appears collected and cunning by nature. She possesses the ability to manipulate others into her bidding and can lie with a straight face. She makes use of these abilities by tricking Hifumi Yamada into killing Kiyotaka Ishimaru and deceiving the other students for the most part of Chapter 3.

Celes is shown to be fairly intelligent, referencing several aspects of game theory such as Prisoner's Dilemma or Zero Sum Game, but her short-temperedness surfaces when something fails to go as well as she expects it to. Celes also show her politeness to the others as she use polite language whenever she talks to the others. 

Beside what mentioned above, Celes is an ambitious person, she declared that she will do anything whatever it took to win, even she drove so far to murder two people.

History

[Warning: Several spoilers follow this section!]

Prior to the Tragedy

Little is known about Celes's life prior to being trapped within Hope's Peak Academy. However, from Makoto Naegi's interactions with her during Free Time periods, one can discover that Celes has been gambling for the most part of her life, and that she has not heard the term “lose” for a long while.

Celes tells how she has won countless games, even ones at the stake of her own life, but was able to win regardless. Celes also reveals that she used to visit a cafe (with an owner that somewhat resembled Hifumi), where she would enjoy her preferred royal milk tea.

High School Life of Mutual Killing

Prologue - Welcome to Despair

Much like the other students, Celes awakens to find herself trapped inside the school grounds, to her annoyance. She appears to adapt quickly to the new conditions, claiming that it is the only way to survive, and suggests the others do the same. She was also the person who suggest the students to not went out from their room at Night Time, to prevent a murder.

Chapter 1 - To Survive

When Monokuma introduces the first “motive” to each of the students through individualized footage on CDs, Celes is horrified at what her CD shows (but refuses to say what exactly she saw, which is never revealed). She later appears in the gym after Sayaka Maizono is killed and Makoto falls unconscious. After witnessing the death of Mukuro Ikusaba (disguised as Junko Enoshima), she looks at the Monokuma File and notices Sayaka's murder was in Makoto's room, creating near unanimous suspicion on him.

During the class trial, Celes initially believed it was Makoto, and when Kyoko Kirigiri reveals that Sayaka sent a note to the killer to meet up in her room, she initially didn't believe it since going to Sayaka's room would be where Makoto was, however Makoto explained this with the nameplate swap, as it meant that the killer went to the Makoto's room which had the Sayaka nameplate on it, where Sayaka was.

When it is discovered that Sayaka tried to kill the culprit, Celes realizes that Sayaka was using Makoto and explained that it took care of the nameplate issue, as it was used as a part of Sayaka's plan to kill the culprit in Makoto's room to frame him.

Later it is found out that Leon Kuwata killed Sayaka after she tried to attack him, though he claims self-defence, Celes disagrees, stating that since he got his tools from his own room, he had plenty of chances to end it there.

Chapter 2 - The Secret of Mondo Owada

Makoto first encountered Celes and everyone in the cafeteria; using her poker face, she was able to manipulate Hifumi to make a cup of Royal milk tea, only for her to lose her temper and shout at Hifumi when he failed at first.

Celes plays a key part in Chapter 2, having encountered Chihiro Fujisaki in the storage room prior the latter's death. During this encounter, Celes notices Chihiro's blue jersey partially hanging out from his bag, which he then stuffs back inside before going off in a hurry. This later proves to be a major factor in figuring out Mondo Owada, as the culprit.

Chapter 3 - The Queen of Liars's Greed Re-Rise and Fall

After Mondo's execution, Celes is among the students who witness Monokuma present a ton of cash (10 billion yen) for whoever “graduates” from the academy. Succumbed to her own greed, Celes plans to commit a murder herself so she can get these cash just to escape the nightmare while ignoring her own comrade's survival.

To initiate her plan, Celes takes Alter Ego, the AI developed by Chihiro before his death, and hides it to cause confusion and upset both Hifumi and Taka. Using their conflict for Alter Ego as her first step of her plan, Celes enlists Hifumi as her accomplice (and tells him that she will act as his) by saying that Taka took Alter Ego, and that he plans to kill Hifumi.

Hifumi believes Celes and the two begin to conspire. They frame Yasuhiro Hagakure by knocking him out and stuffing him into a robot suit. Celes organizes Hifumi's “death” after Taka is killed, managing to trick the others into looking for the suspicious person wearing a robot suit. After Hifumi relocates himself and Taka's body to the Art Room, Celes turns against him and kills him, as she planned to do from the beginning.

During the class trial, Celes urges the students to declare Hiro (Hifumi's last clue before his real death) as the culprit to both murder since the robot costume matched his height. However, Byakuya Togami, Makoto, and Kyoko see past her lies and manage to prove Hiro's innocence.

Even with evidence having her cornered, Celes refuses to admit (changes her polite personality into her unusual rude mannerism), and would repeatedly deny Makoto's question over her real name and kept claiming that Hiro is the culprit of the third trial, since she never revealed her real name since their first encounter.

In the end however, Celes's last stand is proven futile as Makoto mentions her e-Handbook (real name displayed in every student's handbook) and would let her guard down and that evidence alone would lead to her downfall.

As she finally went to the gallows and Monokuma reveals her real name as Taeko Yasuhiro, Celes finally told them and admits to her crimes before facing her execution, stating that she wants to go out “gracefully”. Aoi Asahina and Hiro who still don't know why Celes would commit such a murder even though she was the one who tell the groups to 'adapt' with their environment.

Celes then declares she is the one who most wanted to get out from the Academy. She told to everyone that  she had a dream to live in an European castle and surrounded by handsome butlers for the rest of her life, but her dream will be ruined if she is forced to stay at the Academy forever. She also believed that after her death she will reincarnated as Marie Antoinette, Hiro mentions that she would just be executed again.

Celes gives Kyoko the key to the locker Alter Ego is stashed in, bidding her classmates farewell and having Monokuma drag her off to her execution afterwards.

Execution

Main Article: The Burning of the Versailles Witch

Relationships

Hifumi Yamada

Hifumi and Celes's relationship consists primarily of her bossing him around. A prime example of this is when Hifumi makes Celes tea, only for her to dash the cup to the ground, claiming that she only drinks a certain milk tea. This is later taken to greater extents as Celes manipulates him into murdering Taka with the premise of escaping the academy alongside her, using a photograph of Alter Ego in Taka's room to provoke his anger; however, she subsequently backstabs him by murdering him in a similar fashion, then framing Hiro.

Free Time

Presents

Obtained from the MonoMono Machine.

  • Rose-Hip Tea
  • Love Affair Ring
  • Crane and Tortoise Diamond
  • Rose Whip
  • Antique Doll

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.

  • Utsunomiya

Skills

These will aid you, usually during Class Trials.

  • Raise - Triples the number of Monokuma Medals in school, increases by 10% during Class Trials.
  • Menacing Focus - Increases the Focus Gauge by 5. Effective during the Class Trial. Costs 4 SP.

Quotes

  • “Delighted to meet you. My name is Celestia Ludenberg.”
  • “Heh heh... I’m afraid I can’t give you that. Celestia Ludenberg is the name I go by.”
  • “Would you like to play a game of chance with me? I would be happy to empty your wallet and show it to you.”
  • “Whatever the game, you must have a mind for strategy. This will allow you to increase your odds of winning. However, the exciting part about gambling is that there is a power which can overwhelm any strategy. That power is... luck.”
  • “There are only two types of luck-- good and bad. There is no in-beetwen. And that luck is built into every human at the moment of conception. Like a computer program. Some call it fate. The bottom line is, luck is life.”
  • “You see, I was programmed to have good luck when it comes to gambling. This is why I have never lost.”
  • “It’s a little… troubling for us. Spending the rest of our lives in this school…”
  • “Goodness me... A professional liar? It was hardly anything extraordinary, I assure you.”
  • “My lies must never be too extravagant...”
  • “Your heart really is made out of stone, I hope your body at least gets some good minerals out of it.”
  • “Ehehe. I'm quite proud to say I'm among the most talented liars in existence.”
  • “I'm rather proud of my ability to tell lies. I can trick not only others, but even my own heart.”
  • “Oh, Hifumi... such an easy mark... Ehehe, it's like he was born to be deceived.” (thinking about Hifumi Yamada)
  • “The power of love, however twisted that love may be, is a corrupting force.”
  • “I value human life less than a shard of a broken poker chip. I was simply doing whatever it took to win.”
  • “Lying through my fucking teeth! Every waking moment, it was all I could do to endure this! More than every. Last. One of you!! I wanted nothing more than to get out of this hellhole! You know why?! Do you?! Because I have a dream... and to live my whole life in this place was to throw away that dream. There's no way... I could do something like that... My participation in underworld gambling tournaments... betting my life for enormous sums of money... It was all... because of my dream... To live in a European Castle. And to surround myself with the most gorgeous men in the world... dress them as vampires and make them into my own personal secret service-- doubling as butlers.... Thus transforming my world into a world of perfect aesthetic decadence... My dream-- and my objective-- was to live out my life in that world... My life's work!”
  • “Regrettably... My dream has been shattered like a falling teacup. But I have no regrets. This is simply the result of me fighting for my dream until the very end.”
  • “Are you saying I should feel guilty? You're wasting your breath... I neither think anything of nor feel anything about sacrificing others for my own sake. That is simply... how I was made.”
  • “Ehehe... Isn't it amazing how differences in morals can make a conversation so awkward?”
  • “No, I am not afraid. So, please, kill me as many times as you'd like. However, should I ever be reborn... surely, I will reborn as... Marie Antoinette.”
  • “Does that... truly bring hope? I was never able to believe it would. And that's why... No... It needn't be said... Have a wonderful life, everyone. And may we meet again in our next...”
  • “You, on the other hand, were perfect. Your stupidity far exceeded my expectations and was of great help. Though i feel very sorry for your parents.” (to Yasuhiro Hagakure)

Machine Talk Battle/Bullet Talk Battle Statements

  • “You have it wrong!”
  • “I cannot agree!”
  • “You are a fool...”
  • “So pathetic...”
  • “Lies will get you nowhere!”
  • “Do your worst!”
  • “Away with you!”
  • “You miserable wretch!”
  • “Are you absolutely positive the dolly was in the equipment room when we found Taka's body?” (Final Argument)

Trivia

  • The name “Celestia”, or in its slightly shorter version “Celeste”, is a given name of Latin origin which means “heavenly”.
  • Celeste's self-styled last name, “Ludenberg”, is most probably a combination of the Latin verb “ludere”, meaning “to play”, with the common suffix for last names of German origin “-berg”, meaning “mountain” - thus making the last name Celeste came up with for herself consistent with both her title and her false claim that she is of German ancestry.
  • Celeste's actual given name, “Taeko” (多恵子), roughly means “child blessed with countless blessings” - making it somewhat fitting for Celeste, who considers her luck extraordinary and even admits at one point that her great success as a gambler is partially due to sheer luck.
  • Celeste's actual last name, “Yasuhiro” (安広), literally means “peaceful and spacious”. It could also hint at an unfortunate background, as another meaning for the character 安 is “cheap” or “low” - making it quite clear why Celeste, who strives to appear as a cultured person and even claims to be the daughter of a European aristocrat (clearly a lie), is embarrassed of her last name and avoids revealing it.
  • She has a cat named Grand Bois Chéri Ludenberg. The cat is most likely named after the type of black tea that it shares its name with. 
  • Celeste admits that she once managed to accumulate over ten billion yen through gambling.
  • Despite wanting to be a cultured person, Celeste admits that she likes gyoza.
  • In some Free-Time Events, she makes references to a few gambling-themed manga series:
    • She states that she played mahjong against a “crazy rich old man” and a “silver-haired boy”, referencing the manga series Akagi.
    • She won a tournament of shogi against an “unusual maid”, referencing the manga series 81diver.
    • She claims the most dangerous situation she ever found herself in was in a game of "The Liar King", in which she played against an unusual pair consisting of a “foolishly-honest girl” and a “master con artist”, referencing the manga series Liar Game.
  • In fitting with her Western masquerade, her Japanese title is written using the Japanese transliteration of the English "gambler", instead of the Japanese term "shōbushi" (勝負師).
  • Her name in the Japanese release, "セレスティア・ルーデンベルク" is romanized as "Seresutia Rūdenberuku", making the original anglicized version Celestia Ludenberck. It is unknown why it was changed in development.

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