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In any case...let me warn you. You shouldn't get close to a killer like me.

–Ryoma Hoshi, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony


Ryoma Hoshi (星 竜馬 Hoshi Ryōma) is a student in Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles and participant of the New Killing School Life featured in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

His title is Ultimate Tennis Pro[1] (超高校級の「テニス選手」 chō kōkō kyū no “tenisu senshu” Super High School Level Tennis Player). Despite his promising career, he killed a whole mafia organization and became a prisoner on death row before being shut in Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles,[5] earning him the nickname Killer Tennis.

History

Early life

Ryoma was a tennis player with a promising future, world famous since his middle school days and winning many international matches. Graduating from the middle school, Ryoma attended Fog Heights High School (霞ヶ丘高校).

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He used to be a positive individual with a family and a lover. However, they were murdered by the mafia and he decided to avenge them.
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He began to kill mafia members by hitting them in the head with his custom-made steel tennis ball. The entire organization was annihilated and as a result he earned the alias Killer Tennis. He ended up a prisoner on death row, seemingly throwing his whole future away.[5]

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Being an animal lover since a young age, he owned a pet cat he loved very much. However, he had to give it for an acquaintance after becoming a prisoner.

Due to losing his loved ones and becoming a murderer, Ryoma believes his former self is gone and he doesn't have much will to live, believing that even his beloved cat must have long forgotten him.

It is unclear how much, if any, of Ryoma's past before participating in the 53rd Killing Game was real, and which was fabrication by Team Danganronpa.

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Prior to the New Killing School Life

The Gopher Plan

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Part of the fake backstories created for Ryoma and the other fifteen students was the Gopher Plan, which supposedly happened before the killing game started. It was initiated by the government after countless meteorites crashed into Earth. To try and preserve the last vestiges of mankind before the Earth’s destruction, the government decided to select a number of excellent human beings, put them in a spaceship, and have them escape.

Ryoma and fifteen other high school students were chosen to participate. Not wanting to abandon their loved ones, they attempted to escape from the plan.

Around that time, an extremist cult came into power. They believed that the meteor crashes were a punishment humanity brought upon itself, and having heard of the Gopher Plan, they tried to stop it. As a result, the “Super High School Level Hunt” started and spread throughout the world, and the sixteen students were hunted down.

The Gopher Plan Fake Deaths

The government then decided to counter the situation by faking the students' deaths, calming down the “Super High School Level Hunt” while providing protection to the students. The Gopher Plan was then put into action while the Earth was being destroyed. Ryoma and the others went to the space in a massive colony spaceship, the true form of Ultimate Academy of Gifted Juveniles.

Kokichi Oma who declared himself as a member of Junko Enoshima's Remnants of Despair said that he is the mastermind behind the Killing Game who let Monokuma entered the spaceship, effectively forcing Ryoma and the others to participate in the Killing Game.

It should be noted that Ryoma has no complete recollection of the event, as he was murdered before he actually received a complete memory about The Gopher Plan by the Remembering Light in Chapter 5.

The True Event

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In actuality, Ryoma's memory about the Gopher Plan was a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa, a group of people who was responsible for Ryoma and the other fifteen students kidnapping in order to make them participate in their famous reality show called Danganronpa, a series which tells the story about Killing Games. Ryoma was asked to be a participant and he accepted it.

Students of Fabrication

Ryoma and the other talentless fifteen students later undergo the fabrication process, where all of their past memory and personality were heavily fabricated. He also received the talent and title of Ultimate Tennis Pro. All of this were done for the sake of satisfying Danganronpa's audience from all around the world. After the fabrication process done, Ryoma and the others entered the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles as a whole different person, officially commencing the 53rd killing game season known as the New Killing School Life.

New Killing School Life

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Because he was incarcerated before coming to Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles, he says that the Super High School Level Tennis Player already is no more to Kaede Akamatsu and Shuichi Saihara.[6]

As the time passes, no one including Ryoma intended to start the killing game. However, Monokuma's first motive that threaten all of the lives of the trapped students, made Ryoma allow himself to be killed so the others could survive and escape from the academy.

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Reason to Live

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After Monokuma Kubs gave everyone the second motive, Ryoma's MonoPad was misplaced and was held by Maki Harukawa. Ryoma paid her a visit and begged her to give him his MonoPad. This way was the only way to build his own spirit in living, as he wanted to know the people that love him. Seeing his determination, Maki had no choice but to give him his MonoPad.

It was revealed that nobody appears on Ryoma's MonoPad, meaning he doesn't have a person that considered him precious. This managed to break his spirit of living completely. Kirumi who wanted to escape from the academy decided to choose Ryoma as her prey because she thought he is the weakest person among the others, since he have already lost his ambition to continue living.

Ryoma was invited to visit his own Study Center by Kirumi in the middle of night. In the end, he showed no resistance and gives up his own life to Kirumi.

It was first shown that Ryoma's body was floating in the fish tank while being surrounded by piranhas, but were blocked off by a pane of glass. After Angie Yonaga and Himiko Yumeno performed their magic show, the glass was removed and piranhas begin to eat Ryoma's body until all that's left is his bones. Later in the class trial, it was revealed that Kirumi Tojo was the one who killed him by hitting him with a plank and drowning him in the sink.

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Creation and Development

Name


His given name kanji 竜馬 Ryōma, is composed of the characters for "dragon" (竜) and "horse" (馬) while his last name kanji 星 Hoshi, means "star".

Alternate Fates


In New Danganronpa V3 - Trial Version, Ryoma was first seen inside the lodging area along with Kirumi and Tsumugi Shirogane. After he introduced himself to Kaede, he warned her not to get close to a murderer like him.

Appearance

Ryoma Hoshi Fullbody Sprite (Special)
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Ryoma is the shortest character in Danganronpa V3. Contrary to his soft appearance, he has a very deep voice. He has black eyes with no visible pupils and pale rosy cheeks.

He wears a black hat with two points that has a picture of two blue tennis rackets on it. He wears a black leather jacket, and a black and dark blue striped jumpsuit underneath, similar to that of a prisoner. He wears brown shoes and has a metal cuff attached to his left leg with a bit of a chain attached to the cuff.

His legs are notably much more muscular than the rest of his body. He always has a candy in his mouth.

Personality

Ryoma is a hard-boiled dandy character.[7] Though he looks like a child, it's been said that his life experience would put an adult to shame. He has a coolness that common high school students don't have, heightened by his very deep, mature voice. He is the calmest, composed, and unperturbed person in the killing game. He isn't shaken by murders nor even if he is personally harmed.

Due to his grand past as an assassin, he considers himself a killer, the kind of person other people should not get close to. While generally not appearing very aggressive, he is apparently willing to harm and even kill people if he believes they deserve it. In the bonus mode of Danganronpa V3, he is very amused by the idea of "crushing" Nagito Komaeda.

Younger Ryoma was a big animal lover with a positive and proactive nature, but he states that he is now just a shadow of his former self and his old self no longer exists. Nevertheless, he still has certain kindness in him and retains his great love for animals. He empathizes with Kaede Akamatsu's wish to escape and become friends with everyone, considering it "not bad" option. However, he has a tendency to push other people away. He feels others shouldn't get close to him, because along with being a murderer he is on a death row and thus likely to die soon, which would cause his close ones emotional burden. During class trials, he generally trusts others, but doesn't hesitate to voice his doubts and use calm judgement. He is also willing to immediately apologize for incorrect doubts.

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Due to his past, Ryoma appears to be somewhat depressed and suicidal, assuming he has very little time left and is unable to have any close ones. He has little regard, if any at all, for his own life. He believes that being a death row inmate automatically makes his life worth less than anyone and he is very much willing to die for the sake of the other students. In Chapter 1, he offers to have one of the others kill him so that they may escape the school, allowing everyone to continue on with the killing game. Rantaro Amami manages to convince him otherwise, but he is still in a lot of doubt. He decided to look for a reason to live, but became even more suicidal after his motive video revealed that he apparently has nobody to care about him in the outside world, causing him to find no reason to live.
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Talent

Super High School Level Tennis Player

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Ryoma's talent as the Super High School Level Tennis Player is a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa. Due to that fact, it is unclear whether Ryoma is a tennis champion in the past.
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In other languages

Ryoma's talent as it appears in official translations of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

en-USTBA
Title English Translation
日本語超高校級の「テニス選手」 Super High School Level Tennis Player
‪中文(台灣)‬TBA TBA
FrançaisTBA TBA

Relationships

Family:
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Ryoma used to have a family he was very close with. However, they were murdered by the mafia. He avenged their murders by destroying the whole mafia, but in the end he was left alone with no close ones and a shell of his former self.
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Pet cat

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Ryoma used to own a pet cat he loved very much, supposedly a Russian Blue. However, after becoming a prisoner on death row, he had to give it away for an acquaintance. He misses the cat very much, though he gloomily assumes it must have long forgotten him.
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Love Interests:

Girlfriend

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Ryoma used to have a girlfriend he loved deeply. However, she was murdered by the mafia along with Ryoma's family. He avenged their murders, but in the end he was left alone and a shell of his former self. His love hotel fantasy event reflects his fears of losing another loved one, either by them getting murdered due to being close with him or them mourning him after his execution.

Since most of his history was faked by Team Danganronpa, she might not exist.

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Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles

Kirumi Tojo

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After Kirumi had discovered through a MonoPad given to her in chapter 2 that she was given a small country to rule over by the Prime Minister of Japan, she made Ryoma her target in order to escape, believing him to be the weakest one among them all. When told to come to his own Study Center by Kirumi, Ryoma did not hesitate to go along with her plans and willingly turned his back to her, fueling her killing intent. She hit him over the head, cuffed him, and drowned him. Ryoma seemed to strongly respect Kirumi for her will to live when he himself had none.
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Quotes

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Prologue Quotes
  • “The Super High School Level Tennis Player Hoshi Ryouma doesn't exist anymore... I'm... just a mere shadow of my former glory.”[8]
Chapter 1 Quotes
  • “For people who desperately want to live, this isn't the kind of time to be nitpicking your choices.”[9]
  • “To live or to die... It's up to you guys.”[9]
  • “The world is made so that "whoever speaks first wins". The truth can be easily distorted.”[10]
  • “To return the twisted truth back to normal, you need a power greater than the one that's doing the twisting...”[10]


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List of Appearances

Trivia

  • Ryoma has a very deep voice despite his small appearance. This contrasts Daisaku Bandai from Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School, who has a high-pitched, feminine voice with a very bulky appearance.
  • Ryoma's character background as a tennis player is heavily inspired by the fictional character Ryoma Echizen from the famous animanga series, The Prince of Tennis.
    • He shares his first name with Echizen, "Ryoma".
    • Both characters are famous and talented tennis player.
    • Throughout the game, Ryoma has his own catchphrase "Mada mada dana" (まだまだだな lit. No, not yet) similar to Echizen's famous catchphrase "Mada mada dane" (まだまだだね lit No, not yet).
  • Ryoma is the shortest character in Danganronpa V3, and the shortest human character in the entire Danganronpa series.
  • He loves animals very much, especially cats.
  • In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Ryoma the 15th most popular Danganronpa V3 student.[11]

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