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Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Tenko Chabashira (茶柱 転子 Chabashira Tenko) is a student in Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles and a participant of the Killing School Semester featured in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

Tenko is titled as the Ultimate Aikido Master (超高校級の「合気道家」chō kōkō kyū no “aikidō-ka” lit. Super High School Level Aikido Master). She is a practitioner of the martial art she created with her master, called "Neo-Aikido".

History

Early Life

Before Joining Danganronpa

Tenko Chabashira was a normal talentless high school girl who participated in the 53rd Season of Danganronpa, a famous worldwide reality show made by Team Danganronpa.

Tenko attended Stone College Prep High School (亜巌大付属高校) during her high school days. However, it is unclear if this memory of her is a part of the fabrication made by Team Danganronpa or if it was genuine.

Fabricated Past

After she successfully participated in the 53rd Killing Game, Tenko's memories and past were fabricated by Team Danganronpa as follows:

Tenko used to live with her parents, with her father being a complaining drunk according to her. As a child, Tenko suffered from severe anger tantrums and over-activity to the point that her parents were worried that she might not be able to fit into the society. Not knowing how to handle her, they sent her to live in a temple to help discipline her mind.

However, it seemed that Tenko was trouble even for the priests, so they had to come up with something else. During her mental training at the temple, she called the head priest "Master" and respected him greatly, and thus he declared himself the Master of martial arts. The head priest and Tenko came up with the martial arts of "Neo-Aikido", an unusually aggressive form of Aikido, to channel Tenko's energy into a constant activity. Neo-Aikido helped Tenko and made her notably calmer, though she still remained very aggressive and overactive when compared to the norm. However, she also seemed to take the made-up martial arts a bit too seriously and dreamed of making it a national sport.

The Master also began to use Neo-Aikido as a way to develop Tenko's moral compass. As practitioners of Neo-Aikido, Tenko and her Master even used to wear masks and acted as "heroes of justice", helping people during day and night. This included things like carrying old woman's belongings, helping a child cross the street, catching thieves, punishing cheaters and sexual predators, and even helping girls who had tough break-ups.

In order to control her bad habits, the Master began to claim that various things would weaken her Neo-Aikido spirit and thus should be always avoided, such as being too excited about Christmas or Valentine's Day, eating more than three sweets a day, or failing to keep her environment clean. He also wanted her to not get too close with boys and thus told her that interaction with them would weaken her. Tenko believed everything without question and took it all very seriously. She already had a dislike for men, seemingly due to her drunk father and all the sex offenders she had seen, but this turned into hatred as she begun to consider all men enemies that would drain her spirit and prevent her from mastering Neo-Aikido (though, she never realized that this should've logically included her Master as well). She believed that men shouldn't even touch her. Other bad influences from the Master included the belief that ex-boyfriends deserve severe physical punishments, and that you can even use unfair methods such as weapons or attacking before the match starts.

The Gofer Project

Main article: The Gofer Project
The Gopher Plan V3 Kids
Part of the fake backstories created for Tenko and the other fifteen students was The Gofer Project, which supposedly happened before the Killing Game started. It was initiated by heads of nations from all over the world after countless meteorites crashed into Earth, spreading a deadly virus all throughout the atmosphere. To try and preserve the last vestiges of mankind before the Earth’s destruction, the government decided to select sixteen talented students chosen by the Ultimate Initiative that also somehow happened to be immune to the virus, put them in a spaceship colony, and have them escape before the Earth's destruction. Tenko was among these sixteen individuals.

Despite being chosen to participant, Tenko and the other fifteen participants had no intentions of going along with the plan, not wanting to abandon their loved ones. As a result, Tenko chose to forget about her Ultimate talent and decided to live as a normal high school student.

Around that time an extremist cult came into power. They believed that the meteorites were a punishment humanity brought upon itself, and having heard of The Gofer Project, tried to stop it. As a result, the “Ultimate Hunt” started and spread throughout the world, and the sixteen students selected for the Gofer Project were hunted down.

The Gopher Plan Fake Deaths

The government then decided to counter the situation by faking the students' deaths, calming down the “Ultimate Hunt” while providing protection to the students. The Gofer Project was then put into action while the Earth was being destroyed by meteorites. Tenko and the others went to space in the massive ark, the true form of Ultimate Academy of Gifted Juveniles, and were put to a cold sleep for several decades.

Much later on in Chapter 5, after the remaining participants cleared the Death Road of Despair, Kokichi Oma lied about being the mastermind of the Killing Game and that he was the leader of the cult bent on stopping the Gofer Project. He also lied about being the one who let Monokuma enter the spaceship, which effectively forced Tenko and the others to participate in the Killing School Semester. All of this was done in order to get everyone to fall into so much despair that they would not continue the Killing Game.

However, the true Mastermind, in order to get the remaining survivors at the time to continue the Killing Game, decided to connect everyone's memories of The Gofer Project to the story of Hope's Peak Academy. As a result, the true Mastermind prepared a Flashback Light that tricked the remaining participants into thinking that everyone, including those that had died, was actually students of the rebuilt Hope's Peak Academy. They also remembered that the ones behind The Gofer Project were Makoto Naegi, the headmaster of the rebuilt Hopes Peak Academy, and the Future Foundation. This Flashback light also revealed that the cult bent on stopping The Gofer Project were actually the Remnants of Despair, and that Kokichi was their leader. This lie filled everyone with the determination needed to stop the despair they were faced with.

In the Mastermind's rush, they accidentally overlooked slight inconsistencies and plot holes when linking both stories together, such as "Ultimate Despair" only referring to Junko Enoshima, and that Class 78 was trapped by the Ultimate Despair when they had actually locked themselves within the school in order to shelter themselves from the tragedy outside.

While Tenko did remember about the Ultimate Hunt in Chapter 2 and hers and everyone else's funeral in Chapter 3 thanks to the Flashback Lights, she ultimately has no complete recollection of the event, as she was murdered before she actually received a complete memory about The Gofer Project by the Flashback Light in Chapter 5.

Killing School Semester

Main article: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Introduction

NDRV3 Cast Prologue
Tenko was among the first fourteen people gathered in the gymnasium before Kaede Akamatsu and Shuichi Saihara arrived. Just like everyone else, Tenko was confused and frightened about their current predicament. Once the Monokuma Kubs arrived in their Exisals, Tenko grew more and more frightened as they threatened to kill them in numerous gruesome ways. However, after realizing that they had gone off script, the Monokuma Kubs revealed themselves from within their Exisals and gave the sixteen participants their Ultimate wardrobe, and their first memory via the Flashback Light. Tenko and the other fifteen talentless students underwent the fabrication process, where all of their past memories and personalities were heavily fabricated. She also received the talent and title of Ultimate Aikido Master. All of this was done for the sake of satisfying Danganronpa's audience from all over the world. After the fabrication process was completed, Tenko and the others entered the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles as totally different people, officially commencing the 53rd killing game season known as the Killing School Semester.
Students of Fabrication

Tenko was later found in the dining hall by Kaede, the Ultimate Pianist and Shuichi, the Ultimate Detective. Tenko and introduced herself to the duo by letting out passionate "Hyaaaahhhhh!", much to their confusion. Tenko told them that she was yelling in order to "raise her spirit energy" before introducing herself as the Ultimate Aikido Master. When Kaede told her that she looked cute, Tenko became highly embarrassed, making various excuses as to why she isn't cute. Kaede disagreed, and asked Shuichi if he thought she was cute. He complied hesitantly, which instantly caused Tenko's expression to turn sour and explain that she detests being praised by "degenerate males". She then stated that if a "degenerate" ever tried to touch her, she would not hesitate to throw them across the room, with Kaede thinking to herself that that's a far bigger problem than just being uncomfortable around men.

Killing Game Semester

Tenko would later gather with everyone else in the gymnasium after the Monokuma Kubs made their announcement. While some of the students were worried, Tenko had immediately taken a liking to Himiko Yumeno, the Ultimate Magician, seeming to believe in her real magic act. Tenko asked her what sort of training she does for her magic, but Himiko didn't reply because it was "too tiring". Afterwards, the Monokuma Kubs and Monokuma, the Monokuma Kubs' father and the self-appointed headmaster of the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles, arrived and announced that they would be participating in a Killing Game, much to almost everyone's shock and horror. With that, the Killing School Semester had officially begun.

Attempting the Death Road of Despair

After Monokuma officially started the Killing Game, Tenko read the rules on her Monopad. A majority of the group wasn't sure what to do after reading these rules and began to panic and argue. Thanks to Kaede's motivational argument, the panic died down and everyone seemed to become united. Afterwards, Gonta Gokuhara, the Ultimate Entomologist, then remembered that he found a manhole inside the boiler room behind the school building. Tenko along with everyone else immediately followed Gonta's lead, with a hope of finding a way out.

The Students become exhausted after failing to escape the academy via Despair Death Road
Descending the manhole, Tenko and the others found a tunnel leading outside of the academy. Though everyone thought that the tunnel probably ended up being a trap, they still had to test every single possibility in order to escape. However, Tenko and the others exhausted themselves both physically and mentally as they found that escaping through Death Road of Despair is next to impossible. Due to this, Kokichi Oma, the Ultimate Supreme Leader, revolted, saying that Kaede's repeated motivational speech is the source of the group's agony, added by some of her friends giving up on escaping the tunnel, Tenko included, the group's harmony came to a swift end. The tunnel ended up being a trap set by Monokuma and the Monokuma Kubs, much to everyone's dismay. Despite the group's failure and her own exhaustion, Tenko didn't seem to blame Kaede, wanting to believe and protect her fellow females. She reluctantly went to go sleep in her assigned dorm room.

The First and Additional Motive

After the first motive and additional motives are presented, the First Blood Perk and the time limit, Tenko like almost everyone else, became increasingly concerned. However, she was determined not to let a killing happen. She also tried getting closer to Himiko, though she didn't seem to treat Tenko as anything more than an annoyance.

During the morning of the next day, Angie Yonaga, the Ultimate Artist, tried to convince Himiko to believe in Atua, much to Tenko's annoyance and jealousy. Himiko declined, saying that believing in Atua sounds like "too much of a pain". Tenko ecstatically said that Himiko should believe in Neo Aikido instead, but the magician stated that that was a pain as well.

On The Clock

Gifted Students heading to the game room
On the final day as the time limit was drawing closer to its end, Kaito Momota, the Ultimate Astronaut, asked Tenko to join his strategy meeting, thinking that since she was an expert fighter that she would be useful when it came to fighting Monokuma. She agreed, and so her, Kaito, Angie, Himiko, Gonta, Maki Harukawa, the Ultimate Child Caregiver, and Rantaro Amami, the Ultimate ???, headed down to the game room in the basement to conduct their strategy meeting. Not long after however, Rantaro excused himself to go to the restroom while actually going to investigate the library, knowing of the secret room thanks to his survival perk mono-pad. Tenko and Kaito would also leave the game room and join Kaede and Shuichi in storming the library, only to find the bookcase in the back of the room closing and Rantaro's corpse not far away from it. Tenko's scream alerted the remaining people in the game room and they came rushing in. As everyone pondered what was going on and whether or not the Killing Game had officially begun or ended, the body discovery announcement played and eventually everyone was in the library.
Kaede, Tenko, Kaito, and Shuichi running into the library

During the investigation, Tenko didn't search for clues but instead, followed and watched Angie, finding it suspicious that she could remain so cheerful during this life-threatening situation. When she explained this to Kaede and Shuichi, Tenko became annoyed with Shuichi after telling her that everyone needed to work together regardless of gender, warning him not to act high and mighty with her.

The First Class Trial

During the early stages of the Class Trial, Tenko didn't do anything notable or remarkable and simply went along with what everyone said. Later on during the trial, when everyone was split on whether or not to vote Shuichi as the culprit due to his silence about the camera intervals, Tenko was on the side that accused him, wanting to believe in Kaede, but also acknowledging that Shuichi is suspicious, stating that staying quiet for as long as he had is "classic degenerate male behavior".

After Shuichi was cleared of blame by Kaede and he accused her of being the culprit, wanting to carry on her wish, Tenko refused to believe it, saying that there's no way that's possible. Despite her and a couple other student's protests, Kaede was eventually proven to be the culprit. However, after finding out that the Ultimate Pianist only did what she did so that she could save everyone, Tenko didn't hold Kaede accountable at all and still viewed her as a friend.

Protect Akamatsu

Despite no one truly blaming Kaede for what happened, the rules still remained in effect and Monokuma and his Kubs were eager to get on with the punishment, but the students revolted in order to protect Kaede. The Monokuma Kubs brought out their Exisals in order to enforce their rules, but Tenko along with Kaito and Gonta did not waver, determined by the fact that if Kaede was willing to put her life on the line, then so would they. Despite their confidence, Kaede told them to stop and that she had prepared herself. She told everyone to live and escape this place, believing in everyone. Tenko could only reassure Kaede that she would keep her promise along with most of the other students before the Ultimate Pianist was dragged to her execution. Tenko could do nothing but cry, saying that Monokuma is horrible for killing her friend in such a brutal way.

Exploring The Rest Of The Academy

The morning of the next day, Tenko along with everyone else would gather in the dining hall once again and have a normal, but forced the conversation to try and make themselves not think about the horrible events that transpired yesterday. When Shuichi arrived without his hat on in memory of his dear friend, Tenko angrily criticized both Kokichi and Kaito for being insensitive. Afterwards, the Monokuma Kubs showed up and handed out four random items that the students could use to unlock more areas in the academy.

One of the areas that would become unlocked was the pool. Tenko, Shuichi, and K1-B0, the Ultimate Robot, were the first ones to investigate the area. Upon seeing the resort-like pool, Tenko became excited and stated that she had always dreamed of swimming in a pool like a famous celebrity, except for the fact that she didn't know how to swim. Angie eventually told everyone to meet in the gymnasium, seemingly failing in discovering anything about the conspicuous flashlight that she and Shuichi had discovered earlier. After everyone had gathered, Monokuma appeared and told everyone that it was a Flashback Light and that it had the ability to restore lost memories before leaving and letting the students decide what to do with it. Although everyone was skeptical at first, they eventually gave in and used it, allowing everyone, Tenko included, to remember that they had been on the run from the "Ultimate Hunt". Though they could not remember the exact details and circumstances behind it, just that they had been on the run.

Danganronpa V3 - Everywhere Parasol Present
In a bonus scene in Chapter 2, Angie, Himiko, Kirumi, Shuichi, and K1-B0 joined Tenko for her "celebrity-like vacation" in the pool area.

The Motive Videos

During that same night, the Monokuma Kubs prepared the second motive, distributing various motive videos at random while the students slept. The next morning, Tenko joined everyone in the dining hall in order to discuss what to do with the motive videos. Despite Ryoma suggesting that they exchange them, wanting to see who could be the most important person in his life, everyone rejected the idea, afraid that it would cause another murder to happen, much to his annoyance. Once Tenko tried to goad Himiko into enjoying a tripe hot pot, wanting to get closer to her, Angie told her that she doesn't get it and that Himiko isn't hungry. Nevertheless, everyone has tripe hot pot for breakfast

Tenko's Jealousy

The next morning, Tenko and everyone else gathered in the dining hall once again, only to notice that Angie and Himko were both praying to Atua, much to the Aikido Master's shock and jealousy. Angie states that Himiko had abandoned reality to speak to Atua. Tenko accused her of brainwashing Himiko, only to correct her, saying that she had undone Himiko's brainwashing. Despite this, Tenko still urged Himiko to get ahold of herself, only for Angie to instill hers and Atua's authority into Himiko further by pulling her into a hug. Angie states that she understands Himiko and that she isn't scared, just sad, that she has no one to confide her anxieties to. She reassured Himiko that she wasn't alone and that a handsome god was watching over her. With that, Himiko didn't seem scared anymore and Angie praised Atua once again, much to Tenko's dismay.

Angie then passes on Atua's "divine message" to everyone else in the dining hall, saying that the academy suffers from the same sins as the outside world and that the only reason everyone is unhappy is because their greed is making them treat each other like adversaries. She proposes that everyone cast aside their greed and live within the academy in a peaceful harmony with divine purpose, turning the academy into "heaven on earth". She states that if they do this, their desire to leave will vanish, and in turn, the killings will also cease. This proposal baffled nearly everyone but Himiko, who stated that Atua's divine messages are never wrong. With Angie's advice, her and Himiko decide to hold a magic show the next morning in order to get everyone to forget about their desire to leave before leaving the dining hall in order to begin the preparations. Because of these actions and everything that would transpire later, Angie would be the only girl that Tenko was not on good terms with.

Gonta's Insect Meet and Greet

Gonta Insect Appreciation Club
During that same day, unbeknownst to Tenko, Gonta, thanks to Kokichi's lies, believed that everyone hated bugs and began kidnapping various students into his Research Lab in order to get them to like bugs. In reality, Kokichi simply wanted to get everyone to watch their motive videos in order make the Killing Game "more interesting". Tenko would be among the first students that Gonta detained, saying that not even she was a match for his power. Not long after, Shuichi, Himiko, and Angie were also brought into Gonta's Research Lab, and the Insect Meet and Greet began. Everyone panicked as insects began to buzz about and wreck havoc. Tenko would attempt to save Himiko as she was being buried alive by the insects. In order to finally end this absurdity, K1-B0 used his recording function in order to convince Gonta that Kokichi had tricked him, much to the former's anger. With that, Tenko and everyone else barring Gonta and Kokichi took back their motive videos before immediately leaving Gonta's lab, then heading to bed.

The Amazing Himiko's Magic Show

Magic show gone wrong

The very next morning, Tenko attended Angie and Himiko's magic show along with everyone else from Gonta's Insect Meet and Great, bar Kokichi. Angie thanked Atua for being with them today, much to Tenko's chagrin, who stated that she should be thanking them first for even showing up. Ignoring Tenko's comment, Angie explained the details of Himiko's trick before the Ultimate Magician jumped into the tank, having only a single minute to escape the water tank before the tank would fill with piranha's. Angie closed the curtains, but everyone grew increasingly worried as the timer continued to count down and Himiko had yet to come out. Gonta couldn't take it anymore and stormed the stage, wanting to save Himiko before the piranhas would fill the tank, much to Angie's disappointment. Once the timer ran out, the piranha's dropped into the tank along with some other large object, though Himiko had yet to come out of the tank. Tenko begged Angie to open the curtains, a plea that she promptly responded to by revealing the tank, however, no one was prepared for what they were about to see. Ryoma's lifeless, handcuffed body drifted within the tank, only having a couple seconds before the piranha's stripped the flesh from his bone, leaving nothing more than a skeleton, the handcuff's, and his belongings behind. With that, the second investigation had begun.

Tenko and Gonta throwing K1-B0 to break the water tank
After the body discovery announcement played, the remaining students gathered in the gym. Kokichi playfully urged Gonta to throw K1-B0 against the tank because it would take too long to drain by hand. Tenko helped Gonta use the Ultimate Robot like a battering ram and shattered the tank. During the investigation itself, Tenko was extremely protective over Himiko and threatened anybody that would try to "bully" Himiko by asking her the details of her magic trick, constantly claiming that it wasn't a trick, but real magic.

The Second Class Trial

As the Class Trial began, Angie was quick to suspect Himiko despite how close they had supposedly become. This outraged Tenko greatly, stating that if they were really friends that Angie should believe in Himiko. Angie countered this and stated that she's simply telling them what Atua is telling her and that they should be thankful lest he pours his holy wrath upon them all. Despite Himiko's commitment to her magic act, and everyone continuing to suspect her, Tenko proudly declared that no matter what, she would continue believing in Himiko until she took her final breath. This act of faith seemed to put Tenko and Himiko on somewhat good terms.

Later, when everyone was wondering just when Ryoma could have been killed after hearing Maki's testimony, Tenko was on the side saying that he was killed during nighttime. As the trial progressed, Shuichi was able to pin Kirumi Tojo, the Ultimate Maid, as the culprit of Ryoma's murder, much to Tenko's shock after Kirumi had taken care of everyone so well. After all the evidence was pinned on Kirumi and she admitted to her crime, Tenko cried once again, asking why did it have to be her. The Ultimate Maid wasn't sure how to respond to everyone asking her why she killed Ryoma, and so the Monokuma Kubs showed everyone her motive video, revealing that she was the de facto prime minister of all Japan and that her most important person was every citizen of the country. Kirumi refused to give up on life and made a mad, undignified run for it, but was executed nonetheless. Tenko was shocked at the horrifying way Kirumi was murdered, stating that they all had to stop the killings no matter what before leaving the trial grounds along with everyone.

Tenko's Research Lab

The next morning, at Kokichi's request after unveiling Maki's true talent the night prior, Tenko along with everyone else barring Maki paid a visit to the "Ultimate Child Caregiver's Research Lab" only to discover various weapons all throughout the lab, proving that Maki was, in fact, the Ultimate Assassin, not a child caregiver. Tenko said that she would help Gonta detain Maki if she became a threat to the group, but Shuichi countered by saying that it wasn't necessary to go that far as she hasn't tried to kill anybody. Tenko ignored Shuichi and proudly declared that a sneak attack was the way to go, which earned some confusion from Tsumugi Shirogane, the Ultimate Cosplayer, asking if that was what an Aikido Master should be saying. After the Monokuma Kubs showed up, usurped their father as headmaster, and passed out more items for the students to unlock new areas within the academy.

Chabashira's training with Saihara
One of the places that became unlocked was Tenko's Research Lab in the courtyard. Tenko, Himiko, and Shuichi were the first to explore it, with Tenko being increasingly ecstatic to finally have her own lab claiming that no school is complete without a dojo. She announced that sparing here would be very enjoyable before grabbing Shuichi and throwing him down on the tatami mat hard. While he obviously didn't appreciate the gesture, Tenko was able to determine that Shuichi lacked self-esteem and as a result, lacked strength. She stated that while he had more confidence in himself than before, he still questioned himself. She was seemingly able to tell when her sparring partner is burdened by doubt, as she hit every nail on the head. Tenko then asked Himiko if she wanted to combine her magic with her own Neo Aikido. Himiko didn't even get a chance to full reply before being thrown down on the tatami mat hard, just like Tenko did to Shuichi. From doing so, Tenko determined that Himiko didn't show her emotions all the time because she was too shy and claimed that it was a waste as she claimed that Himiko had "the richest heart of all". She recomended Himiko to try Neo Akido, as it would help her with her shyness, but she was too irritated with Tenko to care about what she was saying and instead threatened to turn her into a toad with her magic.
Chabashira's training with Yumeno

Later on, Tenko would gather with everyone else in the dining hall in order to inspect the new Flashback Light that Shuichi found. Upon using it, everyone remembered what seemed to be their own funeral, much to the student's confusion. Kaito reassured everyone that there's no way the funeral could be real considering they were all still here and alive. His small speech seemed to work, as everyone perked back up, enjoyed a small meal, then headed back to their dorms.

Angie's Student Council

Tenko gathered with everyone in the gymnasium the very next morning at the Monokuma Kubs request. The participants were presented with the third motive, the Necronomicon, and were told that they would be able to bring back someone who had died already as a transfer student. This motive baffled the students, saying that there's no way the dead could come back to life. However, Angie seemed to embrace the motive, saying the "corpses" so far may have just been very accurate imitations to make the real people seem dead. Some of the students argued that there's no way that's possible, but Gonta said that more letters were added to the rock in the courtyard, deducing that perhaps the four people who had died are actually alive and wrote that message. Angie praised Gonta and, like Himiko before him, pulled him into a hug. She instilled hers and Atua's authority into him by reassuring him that he's not alone and that Atua is like a gentle grandmother that always keeps him safe, effectively playing off of Gonta's desire for a motherly figure.

The Ultimate Academy Student Council reformed

Angie then said that Gonta should join the Student Council, wanting to make Gonta feel needed. Tsumugi, and Himiko both requited this feeling. As a result, the Ultimate Entomologist did not hesitate for even a second if it meant he could be useful to everyone and joined Angie's group. Shuichi however, was confused as to what Angie meant by "student council", but K1-B0 replied by saying that Angie summoned himself, Himiko, Tenko, and Tsumugi last night in order to discuss how to eradicate the Killing Game. As a result, this group of students ended up forming the "Ultimate Academy Student Council" with Angie as their president. The "brainwashed" members listen to Angie completely and without question, stating that her will is Atua's will and as a result, she cannot be wrong. In reality, Angie was simply trying to take control of everybody and make them dependent on Atua. Angie took the Necronomicon and told everyone else to "leave it to the student council".

In reality, Tenko was never brainwashed by Angie. She simply pretended to be so that she could look after Himiko and keep her safe, as Tenko did not trust the Ultimate Artist. Despite this, Tenko continued to go along with the student council and was able to see that Angie trying to unify the group with her student council only ended up causing discord between the student council and the non-student council members, such as during that same night when the student council ridiculed Maki for being out at nighttime. The very next morning, the two split parties came into conflict yet again after finding out that the student council had blocked off the manhole in the boiler room with a large rock. Angie even goes as far as to destroy a Flashback Light from the Monokuma Kubs, wanting to quell any desire to leave no matter the cost.

The Summoning Ritual

Despite their extreme methods, Angie's student council had no malicious intent for the group as a whole, only wishing to stop another murder from happening by whatever means necessary. Despite this, it was obvious that Angie was going too far. That same night, when Maki and Shuichi met up to train, Tenko finally realized just how dangerous Angie had become and begged the duo to join her in stopping Angie from going through with the ritual. They complied and headed up to the Ultimate Artist's Research Lab, only to find that Angie had made wax effigies of the past four victims in preparations for the ritual within the Necronomicon. Tenko, Shuichi, and Maki tried to convince Angie, saying that there's no way any of them could still be alive and that no matter how hard you fake a death, it is impossible to fake a soul grasping and struggling for life. Angie seemed to comply considering the Ultimate Assassin, who specialized in murder, agreed with Shuichi on this. But this only made her think that the ritual must actually be able to bring the dead back to life. As a result, they ended up failing to convince Angie to not go through with the ritual, and the trio begrudgingly left her lab, only to run into Himiko outside. As it turns out, Angie already knew that Tenko had betrayed the student council, but seemingly didn't hold it against her. Tenko urged Himiko to get a hold of herself one last time, saying that if she couldn't even see that she had been brainwashed that she wasn't a real mage at all, which seemed to greatly irritate Himiko. Tenko didn't mind however and told her to get mad and express herself, but Shuichi stopped her. Tenko then realized what she had just said to Himiko and apologized for yelling at her.

Failing to convince Angie, Tenko, Shuichi, and Maki returned to the dorms, and the Ultimate Aikido Master couldn't believe that she said all those horrible things to her. She feared that Himiko would never want to talk to her again now, though both Shuichi and Maki felt that she was exaggerating. Tenko bid the duo a goodnight before returning to her own dorm room.

The next morning, Tenko, Shuichi, and Maki headed to Angie's lab to try and convince her once again. They discovered Himiko outside of her lab, claiming that Angie wouldn't come out no matter how many times she knocked on the door. This worried Shuichi greatly, but Kokichi overheard the situation and used his lock-picking skills to break into Angie's lab. Shuichi's worries are confirmed as Angie's corpse lies in the center of the four wax effigies in a pool of her own blood.

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Danganronpa V3 Chapter 3 Body Discovery (1)

Everyone gathers in Angie's research lab following the body discovery announcement. All the student council members mourn her passing, wondering just how and why she was killed. Tenko meanwhile, was silent. She was never particularly fond of her, but she didn't wish death upon her. Korekiyo suggests that they perform a seance to commune with Angie's spirit, a suggestion that Tenko, Himiko, Kokichi, and K1-B0 agreed to, completely unaware that the Ultimate Anthropologist had sinister ulterior motives.

Spirit Summoning Ritual Preparation (2)

Shuichi would later replace K1-B0 for the seance due to the others wondering if a robot would really work for it, much to the Ultimate Robot's dismay. Korekiyo then says that they would need a spirit medium and that it would work best with a girl. Himiko offered to do it before Tenko offered instead, saying that Himiko wouldn't be able to say goodbye to Angie if she was the medium. Himiko was silent at this, but Tenko said one last thing before becoming the medium, that she should keep her chin up and live life facing forward and survive with everyone else. She tried to reassure Himiko that expressing her feelings is perfectly natural and that she would feel better if she did. With that, Himiko and Tenko seemed to be on good terms once again, neither aware that these would be Tenko's last words to Himiko due to not knowing the true nature of the seance.

Tenko lies in a position similar to child's pose in the center of a circle of salt inscribed with magical symbols. A cage, cloth, and statue are placed on top of her to complete the ritual. Unbeknownst to Tenko, Korekiyo hid a kama, a traditional Japanese weapon similar to a sickle, under the cloth covering the cage that would later be responsible for her death. The students then turn off the lights in the room and sing together as Tenko prays and attempts to commune with Angie's spirit. However, Korekiyo, using the magic circle to find his way to the loose floorboard he had prepared the night prior, stomps on it during the ritual, triggering a seesaw effect and sending Tenko flying off the ground. Her neck is pierced by the kama above the cage, killing her right before everyone's eyes while they were unaware of it. Korekiyo then makes his way back to his corner, acting as if nothing had happened, and finishing the song before asking if the "caged child" was Angie Yonaga. When no answer was given, everyone turned the lights back on in confusion and took away the cage, cloth, and statue, only to find Tenko lying in a pool of her own blood. Himiko, completely shocked, ran over to her and threw the cage off of her, screaming Tenko's name, but it was too late as she had already been killed. Himiko is far too shocked to say anything and everyone else aside from Korekiyo is dumbfounded as the second body discovery announcement plays.

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Danganronpa V3 Chapter 3 Body Discovery (2)

The Third Class Trial

Himiko was increasingly more agitated during this trial that she had been in any of the previous trials due to losing two people who considered her a friend and never being able to properly requite those feelings to Tenko. When Kokichi stated that Tenko's death was meaningless and that they had to solve the mystery behind Angie's murder, Himiko snapped at him for making light of her "friend's" death. Kaito reassured Himiko that they would uncover Tenko's death and that he won't let anyone say that her death didn't matter.

As they continued to discuss the cause of Tenko's death, Maki speculated that she could have killed herself, but Himiko denied it, choosing to believe in Tenko's final words. Shuichi decided to believe in Tenko as well and lied by saying that she had died instantly, giving her no time to get rid of the weapon used to kill her, a lie that Maki acknowledged. The group continued to discuss Tenko's murder until eventually, Shuichi was able to pin Korekiyo as her killer. After some arguing, Korekiyo acknowledges the claim, saying that Tenko's death ultimately didn't matter because the true culprit that they needed to search for was the culprit behind Angie's murder, much to Himiko's annoyance. However, Korekiyo was unaware that the clues left behind in Angie's murder, the piece of bloody duct tape and the dried blood on the loose floorboard in the seance room would be key pieces of evidence linking both murders together and as a result, pinning him as the culprit of both murders, not just Tenko's.

Following the trial's conclusion, Korekiyo revealed himself to be a serial killer whose goal was to grant his deceased sister one-hundred female friends in the afterlife and that he was very close to that number. He claimed that every girl in the school barring Miu Iruma, the Ultimate Inventor, and Maki had the potential to become "friends" for his sister. Korekiyo stated that Tenko's earnest and pure heart made her the perfect candidate to send to his sister and wondered how Himiko couldn't have liked her. Himiko however, could not accept this explanation, angrily asking why Tenko and Angie had to die for something so unfair. Korekiyo replied that there is no such thing as a death that can be accepted and wondered how they all would live a life that faced death before being dragged to his execution.

Tenko's Legacy

Himiko crying post the third trial
Afterwards, Himiko desperately tried to keep it together, but with Kokichi's persuasion, and remembering Tenko's last words to her, finally broke down in tears, crying out that she missed both Angie and Tenko but couldn't go to where they were yet. In the end, even though Tenko was no longer with her, Himiko still considered her a dear friend and along with Angie, would remain on her mind throughout the entirety of the Killing Game.
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Danganronpa V3 - Dark Belt Present

In a bonus event in Chapter 4, Himiko was trying to learn on how to "live life facing forward" just like how Tenko advised her before she met her demise. Later, Shuichi and Gonta helped her to train together in Tenko's Research Lab, and Shuichi was glad that Himiko became more cheerful than she used to, saying that Tenko's feelings finally reached her.

Creation and Development

Name


Her first name kanji 転子 tenko , means "rolling child". This is a reference to her talent, as Aikido includes rolling in its techniques. Her last name kanji, 茶柱 Chabashira (lit. "tea pillar"), is a figurative term referring to a how, when drinking green tea made with chopped tea stalks (see Kukicha), a few thin stems can go through the kettle into the drinker's cup and float around near the surface of the liquid. Chabashira specifically is when one such stalk ends up floating completely upright - an uncommon occurrence that is considered a lucky omen.

Alternate Fates


In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version), Tenko was inside the cafeteria along with Himiko Yumeno and Kaito Momota. She introduced herself to Kaede Akamatsu, who thinks that Tenko is cute, automatically making her blush and feeling embarrassed. However, when Kaede asked confirmation from Makoto Naegi, Tenko doesn't need his answer, showing her dislike towards men.

During the incident of Yasuhiro Hagakure's murder, Himiko was having a tea with Tenko in the cafeteria. She gives her the lecture about the difference between magic and witchcraft and stated that during that time there were always only two of them. However, Tenko noticed a male entered the kitchen but didn't have time to put a closer attention since Himiko's lecture intensified and doesn't let her to have a free time until the body discovery announcement was broadcasted by Monokuma.

Appearance

Tenko Chabashira Fullbody Sprite (Special)
NDRV3 Art Gallery Tenko Chabashira

Tenko has a fair skin tone, sharp green eyes and long black hair put into two long pigtails. Her hair is held by long white ribbons, a large green bow with a white floral pattern and she also wears a purple headband with a star-shaped adornment on the left side of her head. She wears a blue school uniform top that stops above her bellybutton, a frilly blue skirt, white socks with a blue stripe that ends under the knee and zōri. She has a beauty mark under the left side of her mouth and she has a pink choker with a yellow bell.

Personality

Tenko is an incredibly noisy and generally cheerful person. She wears her emotions on her sleeve and has the habit of yelling out in a loud voice to show her fighting spirit.[3] She suffers from overactivity and anger issues and directs her energy into her Neo Aikido. Even still, she claims that she is much calmer when compared to her childhood. She has also described herself as being "not very good at thinking" and appears quite gullible and very impulsive, using her emotions over logic. She refers to herself in the third person in the Japanese version.[4]

As a Neo Aikido practitioner, Tenko takes pride in facing the opponent from the front, and she courageously tries to confront the "Exisal" killing machines. Indeed, despite being an Aikido practitioner, Tenko can be very aggressive and quickly resorts to violence, insisting that it's self-defense.[5] She takes pride in inventing the Neo Aikido along with her Master and throughout the game, she will constantly threaten guys or Monokuma with her deadly Neo Aikido techniques, saying that it is very powerful. However, she admits that compared to Gonta Gokuhara's incredible power, she had no match for him. She has also admitted that she actually has very low tolerance to pain and is terrified of the idea of torture. She also occasionally has a panicky side in other situations, as she seems to panic in a Class Trial if she is suspected to be the culprit, and overall tends to react strongly in humorous ways. In the demo version, when Kaede talks to her after the murder, she immediately panics as she assumes she is being suspected.

Due to past experiences and her Master's irresponsible teachings, she feels strong hatred towards boys, to the point of referring to them as "awful boys" (lit. replacing part of the normal word for boys with the kanji for death) and openly stating all men should perish. She believes that interaction with boys will drain her Neo-Aikido spirit, and thus considers them her enemies. She also seems to believe that boys are much more likely to do negative and deceiving things than girls, like always being the first to lie and always shifting the blame right away. She dislikes boys so much that even the nice things they do can cause her to react very negatively. For example, she doesn't like boys praising her. If a boy compliments her looks, her expression will die in an instant. She also never allows a boy to touch her, throwing him reflexively if they even attempt to try. Her dislike of boys is portrayed as a very emotional and irrational opinion, as there are moments when a boy acts sensible and Tenko feels like agreeing with them, but then refuses solely because they are a boy. However, since there isn't much any actual reasoning behind her dislike for men, there are also moments when she seems to completely forget her hatred for a moment and she is shown to comfort boys such as Shuichi during moments of distress, occasionally does other acts of kindness for them and is at rare moments able to admit that a boy can be a good person. Despite her hatred of men, she is capable of respecting them, like Gonta who is very sincere and deeply cares about his classmates.

Contrasting her hatred towards boys, Tenko likes other girls much more. This also includes trans girls who have had gender reassignment surgery, supported by the fact she wants to shake Shuichi's hand but begs him to have gender reassignment surgery so she is able to do so.[6] During dangerous situations, she recklessly rushes to protect all the girls, and only them. She also gets very shy and humorously humble if a girl compliments her looks, blushing strongly and insisting that her looks definitely aren't good. She appears attracted to girls and is especially fond of idols, often having dreams about them, and dreaming of becoming a "pampered celebrity" herself. Himiko is her favorite, and she often admires, wishes to accompany and fusses over her, which annoys the magician. Even though she repeatedly accuses boys of being perverted, she herself is occasionally shown to be a bit perverted while thinking about Himiko, though she claims that her feelings for her are only pure and nothing like the way males think. However, Tenko is also shown to act embarrassed and panicky if Himiko points out her possible attraction to girls, and she seems to be shy about telling Himiko about it.

As she is so impulsive and reckless, Tenko occasionally doesn't notice other people's feelings and does what she wants instead. However, seemingly as a part of her Neo Aikido skills, she has a unique ability to read the emotions of those she throws. Whenever she does this, she correctly reads the other person's feelings and can give them right kind of advice as a result. Even when she doesn't throw others, she is occasionally shown to have a calmer moment when she is able to console and guide others, and show sympathy even towards boys. Notably, she is shown to get increasingly worried about Himiko, who keeps her real emotions hidden inside and even begins to ignore reality after Angie's "brainwashing". As the complete opposite of that, Tenko believes that expressing your feelings is completely natural and you shouldn't feel ashamed of them, whether it's crying, laughing or anger. She is disturbed by Angie, who uses her faith as means to escape reality and doesn't confront her true feelings.

Despite her loud and aggressive nature, she is polite to everyone, even boys, referring them with the formal suffix "-san" (original Japanese release only). Her politeness is so powerful that it surpasses her hatred toward boys. She also accepts boys to be practitioners of Neo-Aikido out of necessity, though she isn't fond of the idea and just considers them "tolerable". However, according to her words, she apparently wouldn't have any problem with the rare men who have fully mastered Neo-Aikido. In her Love Suite event, it's shown that she can even develop feelings for a boy if they are a fellow Neo Aikido practitioner, and it's apparently her fantasy to meet a boy like that. She is also very loyal to anyone she considers her best friend or a role model. This is seen in the way she risked her life in order to prevent Kaede Akamatsu from being executed, and her relationship with Himiko.

Talent

Ultimate Aikido Master

Tenko's talent as the Ultimate Aikido Master is a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa. Due to that fact, it is unclear whether Tenko is a talented Aikido practitioner in the past.

Tenko and her master developed a new style of Aikido named the Neo-Aikido. Different from the original teaching of Aikido, the Neo-Aikido that Tenko invented is more aggressive and has many offensive techniques. Tenko even believes that the only true way of training for Neo-Aikido is actual battle. However, in reality, Neo-Aikido was only invented in order to control Tenko's over-activity and anger issues when she was a child.

According to Nekomaru, despite her talent, she lacks refinement and does whatever she wants with her body. She possesses many other traits that seem to indicate she isn't a very fitting martial arts practitioner, like impulsiveness, low tolerance for pain and disregard for fair rules. This could be because it may not be her real skill.

In other languages

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

en-USUltimate Aikido Master
Title English Translation
日本語 超高校級の「合気道家」 Super High School Level Aikido Master
Français Aïkidoka Ultime[7] Ultimate Aikido Practitioner
‪中文(台灣)‬ 超高中級的合氣道家[8] Super High School Level Aikido Master
中文 超高中级的合气道家[8] Super High School Level Aikido Master

Relationships

Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles:

Himiko Yumeno

Tenko is shown to be very interested in Himiko since the first chapter. She constantly tries to get Himiko's attention and spend time with her, sometimes quite obviously trying to flirt with her, like telling her she can rest her head on her lap or offering to give her a massage. She describes Himiko as "small and cute", and occasionally even drools whenever she seems to think about something suggestive concerning Himiko.

Himiko tends to get overwhelmed by this and is often annoyed by Tenko, telling her to stop and wishing to be left alone. Despite this, Tenko persistently admires Himiko and promises to always be on her side whenever, and wherever. Notably, she is the only other student who seems to genuinely believe in Himiko's magic and just like her she keeps insisting that she is a real mage instead of a magician. Tenko also often attempts to convince Himiko to take up Neo Aikido, but she always declines, claiming to be too lazy.

Tenko is very protective of Himiko and was usually the one to save her from incidents, like when she was attacked by bugs. In Chapter 2, she also tried to convince Himiko not to perform her dangerous trick. During the second trial, when Angie turned against Himiko, Tenko protected her from all the suspicion towards her, saying that she will believe in Himiko no matter what and doesn't think she is a person capable of taking the others' lives. Tenko is also very protective of Himiko and was usually the one to save her from incidents, like when she was attacked by bugs. In Chapter 2, she also tried to convince Himiko not to perform her dangerous trick. During the second trial, when Angie turned against Himiko, Tenko protected her from all the suspicion towards her, saying that she will believe in Himiko no matter what and doesn't think she is a person capable of taking the others' lives. Thanks to this act, Himiko began to warm up to Tenko a little bit, as she later joins Tenko in her activities in the dojo. Tenko throws her, which allows her to read Himiko's emotions and give her advice. Though, Himiko gets angry due to being thrown and threatens to turn Tenko into an ugly frog.

Tenko later becomes jealous and worried when Himiko decides to follow Angie's footsteps in worshipping her "handsome" God. She asks Himiko if she's into handsome types and why she doesn't go for Tenko instead. Himiko then asks Tenko if she swings that way, slightly shocking Tenko who then turns embarrassed and nervously tries to explain it's not like that. In Chapter 3, Tenko even joined the Student Council led by Angie only so she could be close with Himiko and protect her. However, they get into an argument after Tenko outrightly tries to ask Himiko to leave the council, with Tenko even telling her she isn't a real mage for being so easily persuaded by Angie. Himiko refuses as she uses the council to cope with the killing game situation, though it also causes her to shut in her feelings. However, the argument notably affects Himiko, and Tenko, in turn, feels very guilty for yelling at Himiko and decides to apologize.

During the beginning of a seance, Tenko fulfilled her role as a protector for Himiko, as she was the one who told Himiko to stay back and voluntarily made herself as the medium, ultimately saving Himiko's life due to Korekiyo's trap and ending her own in Chapter 3. Just before her death, she gave Himiko advice about being open about her emotions, and the two made up with Himiko seemingly developing a much more positive view of Tenko than before. When Tenko is murdered, Himiko has a breakdown and she tries to act according to Tenko's example in the future, causing her to develop as a person. Her development is also helped by Kokichi's harsh words during the trial, as he calls her out for her hypocritical behavior, as she didn't show any care towards Tenko before her death. Himiko feels guilty because of this, wishing she could have thanked Tenko and overall be nicer towards her.

During her second Free Time Event with Kaede, Tenko is directly confirmed to have romantic feelings for Himiko and attraction towards magic-users and idols in general, apparently having a tendency to dream about them. She shyly explains she doesn't feel guilty about it or anything but asks Kaede not to tell Himiko about it. However, Kaede fails to understand what she even means by being attracted to Himiko.

During the bonus mode Love Across the Universe, when Shuichi talks to Tenko in order to spend time with her, she repeatedly mutters Himiko's name while blushing and wonders why she is so cute. She then calls her perfect and her ideal girl, and she and Shuichi then spend time talking about how cute Himiko is. Tenko has also referred to Himiko as her soulmate and said that they will be like an "old married couple" after getting past their argument.

Angie Yonaga

Tenko has a strange relationship with Angie since the start and Angie is the only girl she isn't that fond of. Tenko who doesn't believe in God's help sees Angie as a weird person, as she is always happy during the killing game knowing that God is on her side. When Angie answers Himiko's questions about Atua, Tenko is immediately suspicious of brainwashing.

Tenko later begins to dislike Angie and becomes jealous when Himiko decides to follow Angie's footsteps in worshipping her "handsome" God. In Chapter 3, Tenko even joined the Student Council led by Angie only so she could be close with Himiko. She betrayed Angie and the Student Council in the end when she guided Shuichi and Maki to the Student Council's exclusive study research.

However, Tenko was devastated to find Angie dead and tried to resurrect Angie with the others by performing a ritual to reveal the killer. However, she failed when she got killed by Korekiyo.

Gonta Gokuhara

Despite Tenko's hatred toward boys, she often has the same way of thinking with Gonta as both of them always wanted to protect their friends from dangers. While Tenko openly declared that she will only protect girls, Gonta volunteered himself as the boys' protector.

Tenko wondered how different Gonta is from any generic boys, for example, Gonta cries easily whenever one of his friends is dead and he wasn't able to protect them. Tenko, who also follows him to cry asked him why a man like him was able to cry so easily.

Kirumi Tojo

Tenko treats Kirumi as a friend and seems to trust her as well because of her talent. Tenko felt relaxed when Kirumi gave Tenko a massage on her back and took quite care of her which Tenko felt pleased. At first, Tenko didn't believe at Shuichi at first when he suspected Kirumi as the killer but accepted it then. She was one of the people who encouraged Kirumi to run away from her execution.

Korekiyo Shinguji

Tenko refers to Korekiyo as a weird creep and doesn't like it whenever he tries to speak in a creepy way because of her hatred towards males.

Even though she hates males so much, Korekiyo thought that Tenko is fit to become his older sister's "friend" in the afterlife. He was touched by her willingness to protect Himiko by joining Angie's Student Council and later offering to be part of the ritual in Himiko's place.

It's also possible that with her wariness towards men, Korekiyo believed she would keep other men away from his sister.

Kaede Akamatsu

Kaede has a tendency to compliment Tenko's looks, surprising her and causing her to blush. Due to her prejudice against boys, Tenko warns Kaede about Shuichi, even though there is no any real reason for it.

When asked by Kaede why she adores Himiko so much, Tenko blushes heavily, and confesses to the pianist that she admires performers. She tells Kaede of her dream to be a cute magical girl, but says she can't do magic, and she's not cute. Kaede, of course, tells Tenko she thinks she's cute, which flusters Tenko further. Kaede proceeds to compliment her smile, passion and body, which Tenko either refuses, or blushes at.

Nonetheless, Tenko seems to really like Kaede, and is heavily protective of her during the first trial.

Tenko doesn't believe that Kaede is the one who killed Rantaro Amami in the first case, even go far in risked her own life to prevent her from being executed along with Kaito and Gonta. After Kaede requested her and the others to stop, she witnessed the execution and started crying afterward.

K1-B0

With him being neither a boy or a girl, Tenko considers K1-B0 "barely passable", not treating him as harshly as boys, but neither being as nice towards him as she is towards girls. K1-B0 is unsure whether or not this should be considered robophobia.

Tenko later asks him to join her, Himiko and Angie to relax and be pretense celebrities while being pampered by Kirumi. However, K1-B0 doesn't really understand how it works, especially the parasol which doesn't really seem to have any actual purpose. Tenko then a bit meanly answers him that a robot like him wouldn't understand what it means to feel like a celebrity.

Shuichi Saihara

Tenko is extremely defensive of every girl that Shuichi comes near in the beginning. She even tells Kaede to watch out, since she thinks Shuichi must be spending time with her just to harass her. Tenko believes that every boy has perverted fantasies running through their heads, including Shuichi. Even going far as to say his timid and quiet nature is probably a coverup for how dangerous he really is.

Tenko is unsurprisingly harsh to Shuichi at the start, being a "typical degenerate male." Although she's able to stand his presence, Tenko makes numerous attempts to intimidate Shuichi into going away, such as growling and hissing. This only confuses him, and she gets angry that he won't go away, and accuses him of only hanging around her so he could get rid of her, "so [he] can sexually harass the other girls."

She eventually gets so worked up that when Shuichi attempts to calm her down, she shrieks and flips him because he touched her. She only continues to flip him a few more times until he blacks out.

It is implied she does, however, feel guilty for hurting people severely, male or not, since she begrudgingly carried Shuichi back to his room after he blacked out.

In her second Free Time Event, she does apologize for making Shuichi black out, but accuses him of having a fetish for being thrown around since he comes back to talk with her. Tenko insists she's as calm as calm can be, and tells Shuichi of her training rules, like how touching boys will have her never master Aikido, which he's shocked by.

Even if Tenko is cold to him for being a boy, she does gradually manage to trust him more often, telling him that Neo Aikido would accept him for being a male, and she has a semblance of care for the detective. After flipping him, she recognizes that he doesn't have a lot of confidence, knowing he doubts himself a lot. She knows he lacks self-esteem, so he doubts his true strength. She tells him Neo-Aikido is good for lifting doubt, before proceeding to flip Himiko as well.

Shuichi recognizes how gullible Tenko can be, and is concerned about her because of that. He's even the one who points out Tenko's master is a male as well, which manages to blow her mind. He notices how low her spirit is because of this revelation, and wonders if she'll be okay.

Tenko thanks Shuichi for helping her realize the truth, and confesses she's grown to trust him to a larger extent nearly on par as she does with her master. She tells him that even if he's a boy, she sees he's a good person... and proceeds to beg Shuichi to stop being a boy so she could shake his hand, which he vehemently refuses to do so.

Whether it be because she spotted Maki with him or not, Tenko also seems to rely on Shuichi enough to ask him and Maki to help her convince Angie to stop the ritual.

During the bonus mode Love Across the Universe, at the Love Suite, Tenko referred to Shuichi as her brother due to him being able to best her in a battle with his strength. She chooses to see him as more than a simple blood relative due to him taking the path of Neo Aikido along with her. She organized the mock battle and bet so that whoever lost would be at the mercy of the others command, allowing them to do what they wanted. She plucked up the courage to state the reason why she made such a bet was because she liked Shuichi, revealing her feelings for him and wishing to engage in a relationship. She stated that the offer still stood for him to do whatever he wanted with her if he felt like it.

Kokichi Oma

Unsurprisingly, Tenko strongly dislikes Kokichi, who has many traits she considers typical "degenerate male" behavior, most notably lying, and tends to refer to him as a "little degenerate" in a mocking manner. Kokichi does not seem to interact with Tenko much. This is possibly intentional from his part, since Tenko is very quick to violence and has threatened him multiple times, which is something Kokichi often wishes to avoid. Furthermore, Tenko isn't very smart, which is a trait Kokichi isn't very interested in if he doesn't find it useful.

Tenko especially dislikes Kokichi due to his habit of bullying Himiko. Before the trial in Chapter 2, she seems to assume that Kokichi might like Himiko, since she believes in the old belief that boys tease the girls they like. Kokichi answers with a slightly surprised and innocent "huh!? how'd you know?!", and then appears relaxed as he tells her they should focus on the class trial and talk about it later. Like in most situations, it's unclear to the others how serious he was, but he was likely attempting to mess with Tenko and Himiko's feelings.

During the bonus mode Love Across the Universe, Kokichi tries to prank Shuichi a few times—when Shuichi brings up something suggestive in a few situations, Kokichi claims that he should ask Tenko since she is actually just being a tsundere and would be a good stripper, which would obviously end very badly for Shuichi.

Free Time

Main article, including full dialogue: Free Time Events/Tenko Chabashira

Presents

Tenko Pixel Head Icon
Tenko Chabashira
Loves: 023. Workout Clothes, 056. Indigo Hakama, 073. 3-Hit KO Sandbag, 130. Key of Love
Likes: 002. Boba Tea, 003. Ginger Tea, 004. Cleopatra's Pearl Cocktail, 009. Astro Cake, 010. Bubble Gum Bomb, 014. Rock Hard Ice Cream, 024. Mono-Jinbei, 026. Hand-Knit Sweater, 031. Ladybug Brooch, 032. Cufflinks, 037. Travel Journal, 038. Dreams Come True ☆ Spell Book, 044. Tennis Ball Set, 045. High-End Headphones, 048. Illusion Rod, 061. Hand Grips, 069. Potted Banyan Tree, 071. Dancing Haniwa, 074. Sports Towel, 077. Clock-Shaped Gaming Console, 078. Everywhere Parasol, 079. Three-Layered Lunch Box, 080. Aluminum Water Bottle, 081. Jelly Balls, 082. Upbeat Humidifier, 083. Earnest Compass, 090. Electric Tempest, 091. Space Egg, 095. Home Planet, 098. Hammock, 100. Flower for Floromancy, 105. Bear Ears, 110. Fully-Automated Shaved Ice Machine, 113. Dark Belt

Quotes

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version) (English)

Introduction:

  • "I must be prepared for combat at all times, just in case someone tries to attack me!"
  • "I will protect myself with Neo-Aikido!"
  • "I'm Tenko Chabashira! HAIYAH! The Ultimate Aikido Master!""
  • "C-Cute!? Aaaahhh... St-Stop iiit... I... I-I'm not... cute... My face crinkles when I suck down a shake... And when I wipe my face, my eyelines turn inside-out." (after Kaede Akamatsu calls her cute)
  • "I don't like to be praised by degenerate males."
  • "If any degenerate tries to touch me, my reflex is to grab them and throw them across the room."
  • "Neo-Aikido is an original form of aikido that my master and I completely made up ourselves!"

Class Trial:

  • "I'm not the culprit either! Only degenerate males would commit such an act of violence!" (Defending herself from being the culprit during the Class Trial)
  • "Let me make this perfectly clear-- the art of Neo-Aikido is not used for murder! If I had to fight off a male, I'd throw him across the room!" (Refuting being the culprit during the Class Trial)
  • "Also, I don't tolerate lies from anyone, but especially not from degenerate males! Got it?"

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (English)

Prologue:

  • "You can't! It's too dangerous out there! (to Kokichi Oma‎)
  • "I'm yelling so I can build up my spirit energy! Don't you know you can unlock your brain's full potential by yelling to build up spirit energy!?"
  • "Y-You gotta be kidding me! Why would friends kill each other!?"

Chapter 1:

  • "I agree with Kaede, too! We must remember who the real enemy is! Master told me that strength must always be aimed in the proper direction!"
  • "My body is ready! You can tell by how outta control my pit sweat is!"
  • "Oh-hoho...Looks like this little degenerate wants his head smashed into the ground."
  • "M-Males in the soft sciences are pretty soft themselves, so I dont think he'll do anything..."
  • "I agree with Kaede, too! We must remember who the real enemy is!"
  • "If anything happens, I'll protect most of you! But the degenerate males are on their own!"
  • "The only thing I believe in is Aikido!"
  • "I just know, okay!? Violent crimes are almost always committed by violent, disgusting men!"
  • "Males are degenerate creatures who betray others easily, but I'll trust you this time..."
  • "The only good thing about males is that girls give birth to them!"
  • "Don't act all high and mighty with me, you two-faced degenerate!"
  • "Nggaaah! We've come so far already! We just gotta do it...SO LET'S DO IT!!!"
  • "First, let's breathe in! And breathe out! We need to remember our "No, No, No's"! "No pushing! No running! No talking!""
  • "W-Wait, please! No torture! My tolerance for pain is actually really, really low! I'll just tell you everything! Anything! Just please don't hurt me!"
  • "Don't thrust the blame onto me! You degenerate males and your...thrusting! Ugh!"
  • "A true Aikido master would never do something so dishonorable!"
  • "Well said! For a degenerate male, you're actually pretty reasonable!"
  • "I won't give up! I'll get out of here, no matter what!"
  • "You're the worst of the worst! Does human life have no value to you at all!?"
  • "Sucker punching is pretty low...even for a lowlife degenerate male like you. You better knock it off or I'm gonna explode my Neo-Aikido all over your face!"

Chapter 2:

  • "This is why I hate degenerate males! They're about as considerate as amoebas!"
  • "I...also feel that I must carry on Kaede's wish. No matter what, we'll get out of here! I won't give up!"
  • "Shuichi, don't ever conduct yourself in such a shameful manner ever again!"
  • "What are girls supposed to do against the filthy desires of degenerate males!?"
  • "Yes! Degenerate males should definitely know their place!"
  • "After hearing that degenerate's speech, running away would just frustrate me!"
  • "Hmph! How can he say such insensitive things when we're trying so hard to survive!"
  • "Himiko, please get a hold of yourself! You have to face reality!"
  • "Let's combine our power and work together, everyone! Now lend me your energy, everyone! So we can catch the culprit!"
  • "Screw Atua! That guy's got nothing on me!"
  • "Stop picking on Himiko! A cute tiny flower like her couldn't kill anyone!"
  • "Y-You lying, little brat! Telling lies is what turns you into a degenerate male!"
  • "Nnnngraaaahhh!!! I'll smash in your face with my fists of hot burning steel!!!"
  • "I don't care what anyone says! Himiko would *never* murder someone! That's what I believe more than anything! I *want* to believe in her, no matter what! If I can't do that, then I'd rather just die! So until this body takes its final breath, I'm gonna keep believing in Himiko!!!"
  • "When males get this quiet, they're either caught in a lie or thinking dirty thoughts..."
  • "Himiko, it breaks my heart to hear you say depressing things!"
  • "I-I won't let that happen, Himiko! I'll protect you, no matter what! I'll protect you, no matter what... B-But...I don't wanna do this anymore either... Please...let's just stop this killing game... I don't care if we stay trapped here forever..."
  • "Anyway, this killing game is over! I won't allow it to go on!"

Chapter 3:

  • "I'll help, too! I don't want another killing to happen."
  • "A sneak attack is the way to go! We have to strike before she does! Hit her from behind!"
  • "My spirit was weak last night... I meant it when I said that I was sick of the killing game... But I'm ashamed I even suggested that we give up and stay here forever. We're gonna escape this place, without resorting to killing! We can't give up! With Himiko by my side, I'll fight to carry on Kaede and Kirumi's wishes! Oh, and I guess...Rantaro and Ryoma's wishes too. Might as well... You should be grateful that I'm being nice and including degenerate wishes at all!"
  • "I'm so happy, I just can't contain my emotions! Like an excited dog that just pees everywhere!"
  • "You don't have a lot of confidence in yourself, do you, Shuichi? You lack self-esteem...and because of that, you doubt your strength. You seem more confident than before, but I can tell you still question yourself. ...Well? I'm right, aren't I? I can tell when my sparring partner is burdened by doubt! You know what works real good at lifting all that doubt!? Neo-Aikido! Because Aikido itself is a Japanese martial art, that treasures a pure heart above all else!"
  • "If we combine your magic with my Neo-Aikido, then we'd be able to solve things by force!"
  • "I see... It seems you are still too shy to show your emotions, Himiko. What a waste. You have the richest heart of all. You should do Neo-Aikido, Himiko! Training your body will help you express your emotions. Now, come sweat with me! And afterward, we'll hit the showers together!"
  • "Aikido is not about competing for fun to see each other's strengths and weaknesses. By working together and using techniques that make full use of your mind, body, and breath... ...you can measure your physical and mental growth. That is the true purpose of Aikido. You do not compete for superiority in Aikido. In fact, in Aikido you do not compete at all. Aikido is not a martial art for inflicting harm, but a way to improve yourself!"
  • "Oh, I heard males can tell they're healthy by how hard they get in the morning! Is that true!?"
  • "And if this idealistic degenerate can't believe it, no reasonable girl would believe it, either!"
  • "Don't worry! They're nicely shaped! Beauty is way better than size anyway!" (to Himiko)
  • "I only believe in Aikido! As long as I have that, I can't be swayed by anything! Aikido values mental fortitude, and Aikido moves are a reflection of that fortitude. Thanks to Aikido, my mental fortitude is too mighty to succumb to Angie's brainwashing!"
  • Wh-What? Do you think it's strange that...I *want* to listen to Angie? So what? It's also important to listen to others, so we can work together.""
  • "It's wrong for a person to commit murder! It doesn't matter what the reason is!"
  • "Then do something about it already! I thought males were supposed to be decisive!" (to Shuichi)
  • "Robots and seances don't mix! They're like toothpaste and orange juice!"
  • "Keep your chin up and live life facing forward! Survive with me and everyone else!"
  • "Expressing your feelings is perfectly natural. You shouldn't feel ashamed at all. So...if you feel like crying while you're talking to Angie, go ahead and cry your eyes out. ...You'll feel better when you do. Well, I mean...laughing makes you feel better too... And venting your anger onto something can really cheer you up! Train your heart by crying, laughing, and venting your anger, Himiko."

Free Time Events:

  • "If you've got a problem with any of the degenerates around here, please tell me! I'll squeeze their necks like a snake coiling around a mouse!"
  • "Listen! Society is 100% appearances! And they say handsome guys are always up to no good! But if you ask me... unassuming degenerates like Shuichi are the most dangerous of all! Who knows what sort of sick delusions are in his head!?"
  • "Don't you think it's weird for degenerate males to have Ultimate talents in the first place!? They're basically disgusting mud dolls! If those degenerates didn't have talents, this place would be an all-girls safe haven! But you don't have to worry! Because I'm here! My Neo-Aikido will keep you, Himiko, and the other girls safe from those degenerate snakes! So please rest easy, and just let me handle things!"
  • "My smile is crude and vulgar! And when I laugh, my mouth takes up my whole face!"
  • "My passionate energy, huh? I *have* been told that it gives people headaches! I thought I was being mocked! But it turns out, I was being praised the whole time!"
  • "What!? I don't mean to offend anyone! Geez, words are scary sometimes..."
  • "Oooohhh!!! An Aikido performer! I never even considered that! That sounds awesome! I could use my talent to help Neo-Aikido get more exposure!You've given me a whole new perspective! I'm so touched! Thank you, Kaede! You've given me a whole new perspective! I'm so touched! Thank you, Kaede!"
  • "Degenerates always need a reason for everything, don't they!? And you don't even know why you're scum because you don't criticize yourself! Master said so, too! As long as there are selfish males, I will never master Neo-Aikido!"
  • "A-Are you asking questions like that to get closer to me!? As I thought... There are no pros to males other than they are born from women! Can't you see I'm looking at you in disgust!? But you're still coming closer to me! Why, God, why!? Why would you create degenerate males!? Girls would be able to live in peace if you degenerates disappeared from this world! *gasp*! I knew it! Males are actually created by the devil, right!?"
  • "It may not seem like it to a degenerate, but I'm super duper calm for a girl!"
  • "Wh-Why are degenerate males so...! Do you think you can fix it just by apologizing!? Such cowardice! I won't allow it!"
  • "If you're gonna take away my freedom of speech, then I'll protest against you!"
  • "Shuichi... About before...I'm sorry for throwing you. But it's because you're a degenerate male. Blame yourself for being born that way."
  • "Well... You may not have anything else going for you, but at least you have guts. You still came to talk to me, even though I threw you around like a rag doll. You might have an ulterior motive like most males, but you have a lot of courage. Unless, you're one of those degenerates who enjoys being stepped on!!!"
  • "Geez, degenerates deny everything! Do you think it's cool or something? At this rate, you'll always be children. Stuck in rebellious puberty for 10,000 years!"
  • "Argh! How dare you say that!? Well, fine! New concepts are difficult for people to accept anyway! But one day, I'll make Neo-Aikido the national sport! That's my dream!"
  • "Don't worry! Neo-Aikido accepts degenerate males, too! Our goal is to become the national sport. Necessity knows no law!"
  • "Would swinging a bamboo sword in the air help you win in Kendo? Likewise, would swinging a bat in the air help you hit a homerun in baseball?"
  • "The only way you can improve is to fight an actual battle. That's the true form of practice!"
  • "As practitioners of Neo-Aikido, Master and I... ...are also heroes of justice! Master and I wear masks to disguise ourselves! We serve to save, whether it is day or night!"
  • "Why should we be embarrassed!? We're doing a good deed! Protect the weak and beat the strong! We crush evil and care for the poor! Aaaaahhhh!!! We're so cool!!! Master's ideas are always so stellar!"
  • "Of course! Nothing is more wretched than seeing a girl cry over a male! Sometimes, we teach the girls Neo-Aikido to help them exact their revenge on males!"
  • "Then I definitely can't forgive males! If I rid them, then there'll be no more obstacles! I already disliked degenerate males! But now, I hate them with every fiber of my being! It's how I feel when people think you can simply blow the opponent away with Aikido! The point of Aikido is to use your body! Put your feet on the earth's ground everyday! Unlike males who constantly stick their heads in the clouds with their delusions!"
  • "Degenerate males' entire existence is unforgivable! Inexcusable! You better not underestimate me, okay!? I may be physically weaker than males... But Neo-Aikido isn't determined by strength, but instead by how much you slack off!"
  • "I'm fine! Thank you, but I know males actually have an ulterior motive when they give sympathy! I can't let my guard down!" (to Shuichi)
  • "Even if you're just a male, you can improve and change yourself through Neo-Aikido... Master is a good person despite him being male! That's why he's Master of Neo-Aikido!"
  • "You can't determine your own limit! Now, have a real fight with me!"

List of Appearances

Trivia

  • Other characters who also speak in third person within the series beside Tenko are Ibuki Mioda, Monaca Towa, Gonta Gokuhara, and Angie Yonaga, though Tenko and Angie only do so in Japanese.
  • In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Tenko the 8th most popular Danganronpa V3 student.[9]
Tenko Chabashira doesn't know how to swim
  • She does not know how to swim, as mentioned by her in Chapter 2 when she arrives to the pool with K1-B0 and Shuichi. In the bonus mode Ultimate Talent Development Plan, she asks Aoi to teach her how to swim and it is mentioned she greatly improved her swimming thanks to Aoi.
  • She loves tripe hot pot, which gives her energy very quickly after consumed.
  • She is shown to have unusually developed sense of taste and sensitivity to food's texture. Because of this, Tsumugi Shirogane asks her if she has a God's Tongue.
  • In the prologue illustration with all the students, Tenko is missing her left hand.
Tenko Chabashira's missing hand error
  • Tenko is shown to have attraction to people of the same gender.
    • This is heavily implied in her general behavior towards Himiko throughout the game, but it's directly confirmed during her second Free Time Event with Kaede, when she acts flustered and reveals she is attracted to Himiko. She asks Kaede not to tell her, but Kaede misunderstands it as her being attracted to Himiko's title as a "magician". Tenko also reveals she is attracted to "magic users" and idols in general, having a tendency to dream about them.[10]
    • She is sometimes seen drooling whenever she seems to think about something suggestive concerning Himiko.
    • She has called Himiko her "ideal girl" in the bonus mode Love Across the Universe and official manga.
    • During Chapter 2, Tenko is jealous when Himiko appears attracted to Angie's "handsome" god, asking her why she doesn't go for Tenko instead. Himiko then directly asks her if she swings that way, shocking Tenko and causing her to embarrassedly claim it's not like that.
    • In her official English profile, it's mentioned that compliments from women will "make her heart aflutter" while the same compliments from men will "could result in [them] getting thrown across the room".[11]
    • During the bonus mode Ultimate Talent Development Plan, she strongly admires Sakura Ogami, and she states that in a different way than she feels for Himiko.
  • In her Love Suite fantasy event, it's shown that she can also be attracted to and develop feelings for a boy who is a fellow Neo-Aikido practitioner, as she doesn't dislike them nearly as much as most boys.

References

  1. During the events of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, it is revealed the students' talents are fabricated.
  2. Translated List V3 Students' Former High Schools
  3. Chabashira's profile from the official website.
  4. Famitsu Scan October 6th, 2016.
  5. Seiyuu revelation.
  6. The supporting dialogue comes from her final Free Time Event with Shuichi Saihara. After Tenko commends Shuichi for wanting to master Neo-Aikido, she exclaims: "Aaaahhhh!!! I thought I could shake your hand, but I can't! Shuichi, please get a sex change right now! Then, there won't be any problem!" (Image Source 1) (Image Source 2)
  7. @Dragii_Bus: French report cards from DRV3 Prologue at Japan Expo
  8. 8.0 8.1 Danganronpa Wiki: Danganronpa V3 Chinese Talents translated by User "St4r dust"
  9. MyNavi Poll
  10. Tumblr: NDRV3 Transcripts: Chabashira Tenko’s FTE#2 by @oumakokichi
  11. Danganronpa US Official Site

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