Byakuya is the heir to the worldwide financial conglomerate that is the Togami family. The Togami family has a "peculiar inheritance system", in which the male head of the family does not take a wife, but instead couples with exceptional women from around the world, in order to bear as many children as possible. As such, Byakuya had fifteen half-siblings, all potential heirs to the Togami family and fortune.
Byakuya and his siblings were forced to battle against one another to become the next head of the family, and Byakuya was the last one standing, the first time in the history of the Togami family that the youngest male had won. The siblings who lost the battle were exiled from the family, considered "unfit for the name of Togami", and given a commoner life. Byakuya akins it to being killed, because being exiled is like death.
After winning the battle, Byakuya became the chosen heir apparent to the Togami family. Despite the Togami Corporation's significant reach and power, Togami aimed to take the Corporation to even greater heights. He began managing business operations within the family, and gained access to vast financial assets, investing his portion into day trading - selling stocks, shares and assets. Through this, he managed to amass a personal wealth of over four billion dollars, despite his young age. Within the family, the closest person to Byakuya was his butler, named Aloysius Pennyworth, who referred to Byakuya as "Young Master".
During the Tragedy, Jin Kirigiri, the Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy, planned to seal the school building and let the students live forever inside the Academy in order to protect them from the destruction. The class agreed to his plan, and they sealed the building together. The students lived peacefully inside the school building for a year without knowing that the Ultimate Despair members were already in their midst.
The students soon became forced into the killing game. As an incentive to murder in order to escape, the students were each given a DVD featuring a video from Monokuma which implied that their loved ones were in danger. Byakuya's butler, Aloysius, was captured by Ultimate Despair for this motive.
As the Killing Game began, Byakuya was extremely cold and dismissive towards the other students, making his dislike to them known and stating that he would not cooperate with them. He did not trust any of the other students, assuming any of them could be plotting a murder. Like the battle he had faced with to earn his place in the Togami family, he decided to treat the Killing Game as the game is claimed to be, one he intended to win. His dismissive and derogatory attitude towards the others ultimately led to Mondo snapping and attempting to attack Byakuya. Makoto tried to intervene, but became the target for Mondo's attack instead, resulting in Mondo knocking him out in a fit of rage.
After the deaths of "Junko", Sayaka Maizono, and Leon Kuwata, Monokuma opened up a new floor, where Kyoko found an old, dusty letter which stated that Hope's Peak Academy had been forced to shut down. Byakuya suggested that the letter could be fake, but believed that if it was real, then the mastermind may have placed them in a different school, citing that the mastermind was powerful enough to build a trial ground and a place for execution.
The next day, instead of attending the regular morning meeting, he spent the morning reading in the library. When the other students came to look for him, he stated that he was trying to come up with something "original" for his plot, should he become a villain in the game. Mondo got angry at him again and threatened to kill him. Chihiro Fujisaki tried to mediate the argument because they do not like the idea of friends killing each other or fighting - but Byakuya shut Chihiro down by stating that they aren't friends. Mondo threatened to kill him again for picking on those who couldn't fight back but declared that he wouldn't simply cooperate with anyone anymore. Byakuya remained in the Library, refusing to talk to anyone. Later when Toko and Makoto went to see Byakuya, he told them to get out and told Toko to take a bath, commenting on her smell. This caused Toko to misinterpret it as him caring about her and she quickly developed feelings for him. Before Monokuma's second motive, Toko told Byakuya her secret: that she was Genocide Jack.
Whilst at the library, before going back to his room, Byakuya noticed Mondo leaving the girl's changing room and had a look inside, noticing the dead body of Chihiro Fujisaki. He decided to stage the scene to make the killing game more interesting for himself, as well as to reveal Toko's identity as Genocide Jack. Using an extension cord which would lead the other students to deduce he could be a suspect, he crucified Chihiro's body on a weight bench frame and wrote Genocide Jack's calling card "Blood Lust" on the wall in Chihiro's blood.
The next morning, after the students received the announcement that someone had been murdered, Byakuya led Makoto and the others to the girl's changing room and agreed to co-operate with Makoto in the investigation, not revealing that he knew the true culprit. After investigating and finding a few more clues, Byakuya took Makoto to the library and showed him the Genocide Jack case file, where Makoto learned that Genocide Jack has a case of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Byakuya told him that all Genocide Jack killings had "Blood Lust" written beside them and top-secret information from police records stated that all victims were crucified. He then split up from Makoto.
During the Class Trial, he quickly exposed Toko as Genocide Jack, shocking the others. He explained that he knew because Toko had disclosed it to him, which made her faint and her Genocide Jack personality to emerge. The other students deduced that Genocide Jack couldn't have killed Chihiro, because Chihiro was a girl (Genocide Jack only kills boys), and that the murder weapon was a dumbbell rather than her signature Genoscissors. Suspicion quickly turned to Byakuya due to the extension cord the students had seen him using in the library, however, it was then revealed that Chihiro had actually been killed in the boy's locker room, and was actually born male; both facts Byakuya did not know, which determined Byakuya wasn't the killer. He admitted at this point to staging the crime scene; much to his classmates' disgust and anger. When asked about his motives, he called them irrelevant but said they should look for the real killer. Later Mondo was found as the killer and was executed.
The group's attitude continued to sour towards him after learning what he had done to Chihiro's body and potentially could have led to them failing the class trial and being executed, despite his claim that he would have revealed the truth if they had come close to doing so. This came due to a head after Sakura was revealed to be a mole within the group; Byakuya showed no respect to Sakura, which angered Aoi so much that she slapped him across the face.
After Sakura's death, Aoi fell into a deep state of depression and fury and attempted to manipulate the trial so that she would be the killer and lead to them all being killed. During the Class Trial, Byakuya became convinced that she killed Sakura, but when Makoto and Kyoko show evidence that showed that it wasn't her and was instead part of her plan, Byakuya became enraged that he had been so mislead in his deductions. Kyoko told that Byakuya that the reason he couldn't solve the case was because he was so dismissive of other peoples' feelings and does not understand that not everyone acts according to calculations and cost-benefit diagrams; much to Byakuya's shock.
After the further deaths of their classmates, the students were forced into an investigation to identify the missing 16th student and ultimately deduced that the true mastermind of the killing game was Junko Enoshima. Byakuya and the other remaining survivors were shocked to learn that the 'Junko Enoshima' they met was actually Junko's twin sister, Mukuro Ikusaba and that the world outside their walls was in a state of collapse due to The Tragedy. Byakuya was shocked when Junko illustrated his family's current situation - or, "lack of a situation", given that his family had apparently been "completely wiped out" - and was rendered completely speechless for the first time since the start of the Killing Game.
Byakuya and the other survivors began to fall to despair, only for Makoto to find his true self as the Ultimate Hope, and guide all of them back onto the path of hope. Makoto's speech to Byakuya helped him move past the initial shock of what Junko had revealed about his family, and he declared that as long as he were alive, the Togami Family would never truly die. He vowed to rebuild his family no matter what opposed him once he entered the outside world. Supporting Makoto, Byakuya and the remaining students voted for Hope - causing Junko to fall into one last episode of despair shortly before she executed herself in The Ultimate Punishment.
With Junko dead, the School Killing Life was finally over, and the survivors found an escape switch that would allow them to leave the academy. Their torments were finally over, Byakuya remained arrogant to his peers, but also finally admitted that, without anyone's help, he wouldn't have survived through this gruesome journey. Byakuya repeated his vow to rebuild his family with his own hands and declared that it would be far greater than before. With that, Byakuya emerged from Hope's Peak Academy as one of the survivors at the end of the game.
Joining the Future Foundation
At some point during or after The Tragedy drove the world to near-destruction, the Future Foundation was formed by alumni of Hope's Peak Academy to both defeat Ultimate Despair and undo the damage their actions had brought upon the world. The Future Foundation came to the assistance of the Hope's Peak Academy survivors following their victory over Junko Enoshima, and Byakuya and the other survivors decided to join the organization, and the Future Foundation helped them to restore their lost school memories. Byakuya became a member of the 14th Branch of the Future Foundation, 14th Division, which was tasked with public relations; spreading news of Future Foundation's activities to the public. After leaving Hope's Peak Academy all students lose their ultimate title, and as a result Byakuya's new title became Former Ultimate Affluent Progeny.
Byakuya, as a Future Foundation, was tasked with attempting to locate and rescue the loved ones of his former classmates who had been captured and held captive during the first motive of the Killing School Life. While attempting to rescue Komaru Naegi, the younger sister of Makoto, the two of them were ambushed and nearly killed by a group of Monokuma Units, and he quickly deduced that he and his group had been lured to Komaru's location as a trap. Byakuya gave Komaru a Megaphone Hacking Gun to defend herself with and told her to escape the building, leaving him to deal with the Monokumas. He was then captured and taken as a hostage but was later released by Komaru and Toko after they defeated the Warriors of Hope. Komaru recorded a message to give to her brother Makoto, which he delivered to him. While talking to Makoto over a video call, the two of them vowed to try and end the war they were all stuck in with their own two hands, no matter the cost. Byakuya agrees to partner with Makoto in his "mission" to repay his debt to Komaru and Toko for saving his life, and reminded with a genuine smile of Makoto's words at the end of the Killing School Life's final trial: "hope keeps on going".
Makoto, who had become increasingly sympathetic to the Remnants of Despair after seeing the effects of despair firsthand, hatched a plan along with the fellow survivors of the Killing School Life to capture the Remnants of Despair and rehabilitate them using the Neo World Program, a therapeutic virtual reality program that would hopefully reverse the brainwashing done by Junko Enoshima. Unbeknownst to Makoto, the Neo World Program was infact infected by Alter Ego Junko which instigated the Killing School Trip. When they learned what had happened, they travelled to Jabberwock Island to try and save the group by activating the Forced Shutdown. The Forced Shutdown allowed Usami to emerge and eventually erase Alter Ego Junko from the Neo World Program, clearing the virus and shutting down the program. The surviving students awoke with the knowledge of what they had done, but with a determination to work towards a hopeful future. Byakuya, Kyoko, and Makoto all sailed away from Jabberwock Island, leaving Hajime and former Ultimate Despair members on the island to try and resuscitate their comatose friends.
After returning from Jabberwock Island, Makoto was charged with the crime of treason for protecting the Remnants of Despair, and suspected he himself might be member of Ultimate Despair. A trial was set at a secret off-shore Future Foundation facility, where the heads of all the Future Foundation branches met to decide on Makoto's fate. Before the trial could be completed, the branch leaders and Makoto were all knocked out by sleeping gas and forced into a killing game - the "Final Killing Game" - a kill or be killed game of deduction. Byakuya, who was not in attendance, learned about the Killing Game after Makoto and Aoi managed to get in contact with him - Byakuya was shocked, because news of the Killing Game had not left the island. A "peacekeeping squad" was dispatched by Kyosuke Munakata to Jabberwock Island on behalf of the Future Foundation to kill the survivors, because they still believed them to be dangerous and under the influence of Despair, but Byakuya dispatched his own squad who successfully rescued them and transported them off of the island.
Byakuya mobilized his troops to go with him to the Future Foundation's headquarters. Byakuya suspected that Monaca Towa was behind the killing game, and contacted Toko and Komaru, who are still in Towa City, to go after her, and sent some of his own men to go find her. Byakuya arrived at the Future Foundation's headquarters just in time to save Yasuhiro from being shot by a helicopter. After he landed, Byakuya had Hiro and his men planted explosives to blow open the sealed entrance. As Byakuya and his men investigated the lobby, they found the robot Miaya Gekkogahara, who triggered an alarm which caused the building to explode and be destroyed. Along with Hiro, Byakuya and his men managed to rescue Makoto and Aoi, and ordered his men to restrain a group of soldiers that had been brainwashed by Ryota Mitarai. Yasuhiro and Byakuya found and rescued Aoi, and tied fresh bandages around her injured leg before heading for a tent outside.
The Hopeful Future
Class 77-B - the former Remnants of Despair - had been the ones to fight off the brainwashed Future Foundation soldiers and Monobeasts to stop Ryota Mitarai from broadcasting his Hope Video. After doing so, they broadcast a fake message of despair to the world taking credit for the Final Killing Game so that the Future Foundation would still have a positive reputation to the outside world. Byakuya thanked Makoto for giving the Class 77-B the chance for redemption, expressing that hope was infectious even though it came at a heavy price.
Several months after the Final Killing Game was over, Makoto became the principal of a newly re-built Hope's Peak Academy, which he was assisted in setting up by Byakuya and the other survivors.
In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, it is alleged by the mastermind Tsumugi Shirogane that the entire Danganronpa franchise is fictional in-universe; a series of games, anime, and later live-action dramas performed actors. In particular, Tsumugi, who is the Ultimate Cosplayer, claims she is only able to cosplay fictional characters (breaking out into a bright pink rash whenever she tries to cosplay a real person), and the fact she is able to cosplay as the whole cast of Danganronpa characters including Byakuya Togami is used as evidence to support her claim that all of the cast are fictional. However, due to a number of holes in Tsumugi's story which make her an unreliable narrator, whether or not she was telling the truth is deliberately left up to the player's interpretation; as a result, it is up to the player whether they believe Byakuya's story within the Danganronpa series was real, or a fictional story written by Team Danganronpa and performed by an actor.
Creation and Development
Byakuya was intended to be a cool character from the beginning, but because character designer Rui Komatsuzaki was not confident in drawing bishoujo/bishounen characters he ended up being the character that had the most retakes. After reading the game plot, Rui imagined Byakuya as a cold-hearted anti-hero, "so I added some traits here and there, most relevantly my personal brand of high fashion, but still designing in a way he would be easily recognizable as an affluent heir". According to Kazutaka Kodaka, Togami is designed to be sexy, cold and stylish, but was actually the designated butt-monkey on the creative team. For example, when they started considering a light novel with Togami as the protagonist, the conversation got derailed into jokes like "It’d be nice to have a story where the Togami Conglomerate goes bankrupt and Togami lives in poverty", "Togami is a very proud man, so he would totally dress fancy to pretend he’s not broke".
In Japanese Kanji, his name is written as 十神 白夜. His given name Byakuya (白夜) means "white night", referring to the Midnight Sun experienced in the Arctic or Antarctic circles. His surname Togami (十神) means "Ten Gods", refering to the ten gods of the Four Pillars of Destiny.
School Mode and Ultimate Talent Development Plan exist in two separate alternate universes where Byakuya still attends Hope's Peak Academy, but no students are in peril. As they are alternate universes, these events are non-canonical, but because Byakuya's personality in unchanged, backstory information shared by her in these events is considered questionably or dubiously canonical rather than fully non-canonical.
Free Time Events are also considered somewhat questionably canonical due to the nature of how Free Time Events are accessed (in that some characters' Free Time Events cannot be fully completed during the course of the canon game storyline due to limitations on the number of interactions you can have with them during one playthrough, and thus can only be accessed after they have canonically died either through a second playthrough or via School Mode). However, due to Free Time Events being largely experienced during the canon game storyline, Free Time Events are more grounded in canon than School Mode and Ultimate Talent Development Plan and are largely considered canon by the majority of players.
During Chapter 5 of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, if the player chooses to call out Kyoko Kirigiri's lie, it triggers a non-canonical bad ending in which Kyoko is executed. After Kyoko's execution, there is "never a single murder at Hope's Peak Academy ever again". The remaining survivors: Aoi, Byakuya, Makoto and Yasuhiro live peacefully inside the school for the rest of their days, with Aoi having the children of Byakuya, Makoto and Yasuhiro.
The section below is based on non-localized content only available in Japanese.
As such, this information is based on fan-contributed translation.
In the Danganronpa Visual Fanbook, there is a description of executions for all of the characters who did not have one. Byakuya's execution is called Human★Disqualification and described as the following:
"Byakuya would have been dropped in a garbage can which would fall into a place that looks like Hell. Monokuma, dressed like an elementary student, would appear and throw stones at him for looking like a dirty hobo. Byakuya would try to escape, but he would come out into a cold and snowy place. He would eventually die from his wounds and hypothermia."
Other Alternate Fates
The Danganronpa 3 box set included a feature detailing an alternate ending of Danganronpa called Danganronpa Another End which ultimately never made it out of the development phase. In this ending, all of the students escape alive, at the cost of giving up their talent forever. In Byakuya's ending, he decides he will "go travelling for a time" because "It wouldn’t be a bad thing to see that world first hand".
Byakuya is 6'1" (185cm in the Japanese version) and around 68kg, with a tall, slender build and strikingly long legs. He has pale skin, blue eyes, and has chin-length dirty-blonde hair. He wears a black suit jacket over a white shirt and green crossover tie. He also wears black dress pants accessorized with a black belt, and black dress shoes with a slight heel. He has a silver pocket watch in his suit breast pocket and had the pin of his former highschool on his lapel.
After he joined the Future Foundation, the only noticeable changes to his appearance are that he wears a dark green necktie and no longer has his pocket watch or Former High School pin.
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc design document
Danganronpa 3 design document
Byakuya is a cold and self-centered person who is very reserved. He is not interested in co-operating with others due to his own sense of self-superiority, and his opinion that others are, on the whole, lesser than him. This sense of superiority and black-and-white worldview comes as a result of his upbringing; Byakuya had to prove his worth in battle against his siblings in order to earn his role in the family as heir-apparent, whereas all his other siblings who lost the battle were effectively ex-communicated from the family and cut off financially, deemed "unfit for the name of Togami". Because Byakuya was raised in such a highly competitive environment of "haves" and "have-nots", he thinks all people only think about themselves and he dismisses emotional ties as petty and unimportant, in his own words:
"You're not about to claim she wouldn't kill a close friend, are you? You still don't get it, do you? The game we're playing here isn't so kind. Honeyed words like friendship don't matter here. What matters is outwitting the opponent, defeating them... Not a person alive would sacrifice themselves for another. In the end, we're all in it for ourselves."
Due to his lack of emotional ties with the other students, Byakuya was able to emotionally distance himself from the horrors of the Killing School Life, and thus proved to be one of the most competent and insightful investigators in the group due to his high level of intelligence. His compulsive competitiveness caused him to treat the Killing School Life as simply a game, and one he fully intended to win, just as he had won his battle to become the head of the Togami family - much to the disgust of the other students. An extreme example of this occured after the death of Chihiro Fujisaki, where he posed Chihiro's corpse to frame Toko Fukawa and "make things more interesting", and perceiving the dead body of Chihiro as simply "an object".
However, Byakuya's emotional detachment and lack of empathy towards the others sometimes made it very difficult for him to understand the reasoning for why people would behave altruistically or based on pure emotion; this came to a head during the case of Sakura Ogami's death, where he could not understand why someone would be willing to give her life to save their friends, or why Aoi Asahina would be willing to sacrifice herself and the others' lives purely to avenge Sakura's memory. This detachment would thus sometimes make him zero in on red-herring suspects and aggressively pursue them simply because he could not imagine an emotionally-driven motive. Sakura's case acted as a real turning point in Byakuya's approach to the Killing School Life, going from treating the other students as his enemies in the game, to focusing his energy on identifying and destroying the Mastermind:
"Sakura and Hina were both willing to sacrifice their own lives to deny the reality of the game. Thanks to them, it would appear the others have cast aside their fear for this game. There's no point in participating in a game which has lost that sense of excitement. Which is why I will no longer be participating in it. Now I have only one thing to look forward to. And that is to heap the harshest possible punishment onto the one who thinks they can control me!"
Despite still maintaining his cold and dismissive demenour towards others, the Killing School Life did appear to alter his worldview and make him more respectful and co-operative with others, though still denies that they are his friends. After initially being drawn towards Despair when Junko told him of the whole Togami family and corporation being destroyed, he seemed particularly effected by Makoto's relentless pursuit of hope and a brighter future for everyone, though he denied it to Makoto's face. He gave a rare genuine smile in Danganronpa: Another Episode when he was reminded of Makoto in the final trial asserting that "hope keeps on going", and agreed that the two of them would work together towards the common goal of ending the war of Despair vs Hope. From that point onwards, he used his wealth and power largely to support Makoto in their shared goal, particularly in helping to rescue and rehabilitate the Remnants of Despair, as despite their terroristic actions he and the other survivors of the Killing School Life were uniquely able to relate to their experience of being under the influence of Despair. He was also instrumental during the Final Killing Game, coming to Makoto's rescue and saving his life, as well as bringing his own men to aid in the survivors' defense. These considerate and generous acts at the risk of his reputation - something he holds as an intrinsic core value - would have been out of character for him before the events of the Killing Game, but show how much of an effect the events he has experienced and the people he has met have had an effect on him.
His newly developed sense of respect for others did not appear to ever extend towards Toko Fukawa, however. Toko, and her alter ego Genocide Jack, developed an extremely unhealthy obsession and attraction Byakuya not long after meeting him, and she began stalking him and calling him her "Master". Her feelings were entirely unreciprocated - in fact, Byakuya was disgusted by her, particularly the fact that she rarely bathed. Byakuya normally distanced himself from others by insulting them, but this trait actually attracted Toko even more, openly inviting him to debase and degrade her and perceiving it as simply a "lover's quarrel", which made him unable to shake her off. His attitude towards Toko highlighted his manipulative streak, taking advantage of Toko's obsession in order to make her do menial tasks for him, while having so little respect for her that he outed her identity as Genocide Jack to Makoto and the others almost as soon as she revealed her secret to him in confidence. Unlike with the other survivors, his opinion of her did not soften after the Killing School Life ended, although he did appear increasingly more apathetic towards her rather than combative. Even after Toko helped to rescue Byakuya from being held captive by the Warriors of Hope during the Demon Hunting game, when she tells Komaru that "Master and I are rock solid. Even if we're far apart, our feelings towards each other will never change" he counters her delusion by saying "Yes, that's correct. It's true what you said. Even if we're apart, my feelings of disgust towards you will never change". However, while later discussing the events with Makoto, he accepts that he owes a debt to Toko and Komaru for saving him.
Talent and abilities
Ultimate Affluent Progeny
Byakuya's talent offered him a range of different skills. He is incredibly intelligent, as he was the first one to deduce that one of the group members had been betrayed. He also beat out all of his siblings and ran multiple branches of the Togami Empire, as well as acquiring a massive fortune for himself.
His talent helped him in his role as a high ranking member of the Future Foundation's 14th branch. Despite serving under Kyoko Kirigiri, Byakuya was always ready to take the lead when the situation called for it, and used his considerable wealth and power to assist in the war of Hope vs Despair, noteably in the rescue of the surviving Remnants of Despair from the Future Foundation and in trying to locate and rescue his classmates' loved ones who were either captive or on the run from the Warriors of Hope in Towa City.
In other languages
Byakuya's talent as it appears in official translations of Danganronpa material.
"Okay, time to get down to business. This is no time to stand around making friends like a bunch of dull-eyed baboons."
"Right now it doesn't really matter if it's real or fake. What matters is... Is there anyone here who's seriously considering all this...?"
"Frankly, I don't want to hear anything from someone who waits for others to decide what to do for them."
"Someone here might already have started thinking about murdering one of us. Are you saying we should stand around with them in our midst and make it that much easier for them?"
"Don't bother saying it couldn't happen. You can't deny the possibility. That's why you all seized up with fear when that graduation rule was made clear to you. Am I wrong? So, I'm simply acting in accordance with what I think is best for me."
"One tiny bit of plankton, drifting across the sea. So minuscule, so insignificant, they couldn't possibly have any kind of influence on the boundless ocean."
"If I'd uncovered anything, naturally I would have more to say. But I didn't. So I don't."
"I'm only here to get breakfast. I have neither need nor desire to talk to you. Now withdraw."
"You can check once, twice, a thousand times. Sayaka is completely and irrevocably dead."
"You're like a child lost in the woods, you know that? A total waste of space."
"I don't know... I'm not sure our softhearted Makoto is capable of that kind of cutthroat behavior."
"We were "working together" and yet someone was still murdered. Anyone could betray us at this point. Now that it's happened once, it's a question of when, not if, the next one takes place."
"Keep telling yourself that. I'll be over here in the real world. Working together, fighting a common enemy... Like it or not, it's not that simple."
"Anyone who truly does want to escape...will just have to follow the rules. In which case, the only option is to deceive those around you, and win the game."
"If I decide to fight, of course I'll come up with something original. Otherwise, this game of ours will be totally boring, right? It's not often you get to take part in such a high-stakes, high-tension activity. So if you're going to do it, you have to make sure it's entertaining. Mhmhmhm..."
"But it *is* a game. It's a game of life or death, which can have only one winner. That's all there is to it."
"So, this game was designed from the beginning to force one of us to try and defeat all the others."
"But why would I want to stop playing? It's so much fun..."
"You know, I still just can't believe it... That an uneducated, brain-dead, useless piece of garbage like you has survived this long."
"Like I said. I won't die."
"Anyway, let me just say this to all of you. You all need to try harder. If an opponent isn't going to give it their best, where's the fun for me?"
"Friends? Who decided that? We're not friends. No, quite the opposite. We're in competition—we're enemies." (to Chihiro)
"But what? Stop trying to force your contradictions on me and just accept what I'm telling you."
"Yes? If you have something to say, say it. Otherwise, keep your mouth closed."
"So, you're back to pretending to be friends, huh? And how long do you think that's going to last?"
"Is that all you can say? It's unfortunate you would waste your breath on such empty gibberish."
"Anyway...I don't have any intention of working with the rest of you any longer. To cooperate during an elimination game is... Well, frankly, it's a waste of time. And I hate wasting my time. Engaging in "friendly" group meals is out of the question. Someone could easily poison our food. And I'd rather not become part of the Last Supper just yet. All I'm saying is that, ultimately, you are all free to do whatever you want on your own. Goodbye."
"I don't want to kill anyone. But I also don't want to stay here, living in blind denial day after day. I was just admiring how you could live like that and still keep your sanity."
"To judge someone else's values based on your own outlook... Do you realize how dangerous that is?"
"Did you already forget? This isn't a co-op game. It's every man for himself. What good does it do me to go out of my way to help you?"
"Unlike with Sayaka, this murder was not a crime of passion or necessity. It's almost as if whoever did this...did it for fun. You see what I mean, don't you?"
"Before you start screaming your head off, go round everyone up. It seems another game has begun. Another life-or-death game to uncover a killer..."
"Just accept it already. After all, blood is just a liquid. A dead body is a simple object."
"Of course. Life without purpose is quite dull, you know?"
"I'm purchasing your talent. The same talent which allowed you to solve Sayaka's case. You seem to have some limited use. Which is why I've chosen you. You have the honor of contributing to my investigation."
"New clues won't magically appear by standing around here. We need to check every aspect of this case."
"If I say I don't know, that means I don't know. Just let Hina take care of her."
"That's your guys' problem. Anything that doesn't fit into your preconceived reality, you label it a lie."
"I suppose it goes to show just how much Hope's Peak truly wields. Or perhaps... ...the mastermind may have wanted to provide us with enough entertainment to keep us from getting bored."
"What do you mean, usually? Usual? Normal, ordinary, simple? Those things don't exist anywhere in the real world. If you don't understand what they actually represent, you don't understand the nature of anything."
"And I have within me the bloodline that will allow me to one day bend the world to my will... But to become such a ruler, I must know all levels of this world backwards and forwards."
"Take responsibility for yourself and do something useful. Move the investigation forward on your own."
"I gave you plenty to work with. Show us how far your logic can take you."
"Don't waste our time with stupid questions. Let's get this over with." (to Monokuma)
"You have only yourself to blame—you came to me with your tragic little story. I didn't ask you to. This is the real world, not some romantic fantasy fairytale."
"What kind of question is that? Even in the world of disappointments, this is a true letdown."
"My reasons hardly matter right now. Uncovering the culprit is much more important, wouldn't you say?"
"How many times must I repeat myself? To judge others by your own standard is the height of folly. Even if you can't comprehend it, he obviously an. That's all there is to it."
"Why...? Isn't it obvious? Because it made things more interesting."
"I mean, what a waste of time to have the answer revealed right at the beginning. Which is why I decide to...lend a little helping hand." (About him tampering Chihiro's murder crime scene)
"Hmph. Whatever, it doesn't matter. In the end, I'm going to stand alone as the victor. And then everything will be revealed to me."
"Shut up. I would never stoop to the level of a childish criminal like you. Let me just say this... After I have achieved complete victory...you're up next. I'm going to find you and kill you. Understand? In the name of the Togami family, for which victory is a foregone conclusion... I swear, whatever it takes...I will kill you!"
"To be kept waiting by the likes of you. Rest assured, if we had access to firearms, you'd all be dead."
"Did you forget how to walk? Is that why you're late? It's simple—right foot, left foot. Right foot..."
"Have you so quickly forgotten the lesson from last time? You can't judge others by your own standard."
"Don't worry. Either way, whatever's going to happen will happen without warning. That is the nature of this game."
"But isn't this is a democracy? Or would you exclude those who don't fit into your tyrannical majority?"
"Did his spirit collapse or something? Was he unable to withstand this environment? Those men who clothe themselves in the cheap fabric of justice are often the first to fall... But perhaps things all the more interesting..."
"Let me leave you with a bit of advice. Don't come to rely on false camaraderie... ...or you'll reap its bitter reward."
"It seems I am unwelcome here. Then I will grant your desire and remove myself..."
"Taka... He seems to be even worse off than I'd heard. Well, maybe it's a good thing. Maybe he's finally starting to grow a personality."
"I'll lead the hunting party. That seems much more interesting."
"This isn't some stereotypical fantasy world. Tears can't restore a person's vitality."
"You're just angry. Going out of his way to return, just to leave us with those unnecessary dying words. Now this game has become exceedingly boring."
"Anyway, it's about time we tracked down the culprit in our little life-or-death game here. Although...this time it's not all that life-or-death. The trial will conclude without much trouble."
"Maybe he thought that no matter what happened, he'd be safe as long as his face was covered. Because he's the fool of the century, you see."
"Don't talk to me as if we're friends. But...you have my appreciation. Thanks to you, I might have some fun with this after all."
"If you have time to yell and carry on, you have time to search for your evidence. Right?"
"All things have a proper order."
"...I'm surprised. It seems there's some semblance of a brain knocking around that skull of yours, after all."
"Each piece isn't much by itself, but start putting them together and the picture gets very ugly indeed."
"It looks like you guys have stopped playing nice. You all have the same sunken look on your faces. You were all so ugly before. You shouldn't let them sink any lower. When I look at you, it makes me think of a frog sinking into a pile of manure."
"That's true enough. Your problems aren't mine. We are, and always will be, completely separate. So whatever's causing your faces to turn so ugly has absolutely nothing to do with me. And if I happened to discover a vital clue, it wouldn't concern you in the slightest. I don't mind telling you. Perhaps forcing your lazy brains to get to work might do you some good."
"I'm just impressed by your level of dismay. You finally see just how low on the totem pole of life you really are."
"Which means Sakura isn't our enemy. She's a friend who we can trust without question. Is that it? Ridiculous. Do you live in some sort of alternate reality fairy tale? She was the mastermind's tool. You absolutely cannot trust someone like that."
"Don't make that stupid face. We have to protect ourselves against the mastermind's tool."
"The game should be fair to all players. The existence of a spy for the mastermind upsets that balance."
"If Sakura were to die, that's one less person for the mastermind to control. I have no problem with that. In fact, if she did die, that would settle this entire issue, wouldn't it? It would put the whole problem to rest!"
"Sorry, I don't have time for your squabbling. The next game has already begun... If you want to be angry at someone, be angry at whoever killed Sakura."
"You're always a thorn in my side. This time just stand by and watch quietly. Consider that an order."
"Don't be stupid. Our lives are in just as much danger as yours! We have every right to investigate."
"What, you think studying science and mathematics has no practical application in the real world? The words of a lifelong loser. Which, I suppose, suits you well."
"Either way, the truth will be revealed soon enough. Because there can be no doubt, one of us is the culprit."
"And remember, this girl examines dead bodies as a hobby. Personally, I'm inclined to believe her."
"Could someone tighten the screws on his brain? I think they've become loose..."
"Just go away and die your meaningless death alone. Don't drag me into it."
"You're not about to claim she wouldn't kill a close friend, are you? You still don't get it, do you? The game we're playing here isn't so kind. Honeyed words lie friendship doesn't matter here. What matters is outwitting the opponent, defeating them... Not a person alive would sacrifice themselves for another. In the end, we're all in it for ourselves. Just like how this girl sacrificed Sakura...to save herself."
"But...Makoto, how did you—? How did you manage to—? How were you able to uncover the truth...that even I couldn't discern!?"
"Hina...why did you try to cover up what happened? If the truth hadn't come to light, you would have died along with the rest of us. And yet you...! Why did you do that!?"
"This is a life-or-death elimination match. The only way to survive...is to win. There can be no doubt that those are the rules of the game. Which is why...I am bowing out of the game. Sakura and Hina were both willing to sacrifice their own lives to deny the reality of the game. Thanks to them, it would appear the others have cast aside their fear for this game. There's no point in participating in a game which has lost that sense of excitement. Which is why I will no longer be participating in it. Now I have only one thing to look forward to. And that is to heap the harshest possible punishment onto the one who thinks they can control me!"
"Don't misunderstand. I haven't been moved by some thoughtless sentimentalism, if that's what you're thinking."
"Hmph. Dial back that ego a bit, girl. The kind of mystery someone like you could pose is absolutely no threat. I would never have lost to that kind of challenge. How many times do you plan to apologize? How about you make that the last one. I haven't reached a point where I need someone apologizing to me more than once..."
"If you want to keep up with me, you must refrain from pointless small talk."
"Regardless, if you want to defeat the mastermind, you need to follow my lead. They creep around the school like a mouse, but the mastermind's pride is as bloated as a cow's udder. And no matter what it takes, I *will* rid this world of them..."
"We're going to begin our search. Stop running your mouths and start moving your legs."
"Don't bother thinking about something that can't be understood no matter how much you think about it. Your tiny brains can only do so much, so focus on utilizing them efficiently."
"Sorry, I can still hear you. The sound of you breathing, of your heart beating...it grates on me."
"This is a battle, a fight to the death between us and the mastermind. We don't have time to deliberate."
"Everything comes down to this moment. Anything can happen, so prepare yourselves."
"We've come this far, we can't back down now. We agreed this is what we have to do. So we have to do it."
"No problem is solved by running away. Find your stones and be a man."
"Be ever so careful. There's no telling what you might find."
"You declared for the whole world to hear that you would never again inhale a single molecule of oxygen."
"Whether you believe it or not doesn't matter. The truth is the truth! If you refuse to believe, it's your responsibility to uncover the truth for yourself."
"So I'm going to begin my search. If you value your lives, you'll put everything you have into this. That is how this game works, after all..."
"God must have really hated you, to make you so dull."
"I demand an explanation! Why did you waste my time and make me wait like that!?"
"There's a limit to how much ridiculousness I can tolerate..." (About Yasuhiro's idiotic remarks)
"...Fine. Uncovering the identity of the mastermind will have to wait. But remember this... No matter what happens, we *will* find out who you really are. I stake my family name on it!"
"Jeez... You're like a stubborn little cockroach, you know that?"
"Not too many people can say they had their lives saved by a computer program. I imagine it was a learning experience for you."
"At this point, I can rely only on myself, on the Togami blood flowing through my veins. I have no time to worry about the rest of you. Each of you must uphold your responsibility."
"Well, don't put too much faith in her. The cost of that faith might be more than you can afford."
"I have nothing to talk to you about. Don't talk to me as if we're friends."
"Indeed. We only have one path in front of us."
"Rather than wasting time bickering, we should put our minds to work solving this mystery."
"Makoto's nit-picky nature seems to have surfaced with perfect timing..."
"I knew you couldn't be just some ordinary person. You're some kind of...abnormality."
"TH-They couldn't possibly be gone! The Togami family is destined to guide the world!"
"What's the matter? You're not actually trying to encourage me, are you? Hmph. Ridiculous. It never even crossed my mind that I might give in to despair. But don't misunderstand me. I couldn't care in the slightest what happens to you. I just have to keep my word. I swore I would end the life of the mastermind. Besides, the Togami family *isn't* dead. Because I'm still alive... So until I can restore the Togami family, and bring it greater glory than it's ever known...!"
"I already said I would claim the mastermind's life, by whatever means necessary."
"Let me tell you this right now. We no longer fear despair."
"To rebuild the world, we must first rebuild the Togami dynasty."
"You know how much I hate being annoyed. But if something does come up, you may as well let me know. I can't guarantee I'll actually bother listening, but you know..."
"How a commoner like you, with absolutely no unique talents or abilities, could get into this school. Oh, I forgot to mention boring. How a boring, untalented, utterly generic commoner got in..."
"You seem to think it's merely an issue of title. But make no mistake... My lineage, intelligence, figure, athletic ability—they are all ultimate. Which is to say, I am the Ultimate Perfection. Feel free to begin calling me that, in fact."
"You, who have nothing. I, who have everything. We are living proof that all men are *not* created equal. You have my pity, Makoto. Life can be very cruel indeed. And because I pity you so much, perhaps someday I'll allow you to hear my tale of glory. Consider it a blessing, a gift from me to you, to allow you to bask in my glory."
"Just to be clear, being the Ultimate Affluent Progeny is only one of my many talents. Some people think I rely on the care and protection of the Togami name. But I don't rely on my family. Rather, I am my family's savior. The Togami Corporation reaches across the world, true, but I will take us to even greater heights. It is expected of me, naturally. After all, even my own family has recognized my ultimate superiority. In other words, even among the Togami family, I am the chosen among the chosen. And that confidence is justified, I assure you. It comes from the battles I've fought and won."
"Of course, that's how I feel about anything I do. Frankly, life is too easy. It's only natural for me to do whatever I want in this world."
"You know...only a chosen few, perhaps 1% of us, are able to succeed in life. For the other 99%, their dreams never come true. Some never even have a dream in the first place... Spending every waking hour toiling to scrap together a meager living, just barely getting by... I just don't understand. Is there any meaning to a life like that?"
"Your complaints are as old and tired as a third-rate pop song from any generation... And yet, those are the words of the 99%. That is how you find comfort in your tiny, cold little world. Sorry, I can't not speak the truth. No matter how much you push and struggle, people like you will never be in a position to change the world. You could all disappear tomorrow, and nothing would change. Your existence is of no consequence. "
"Those who are "chosen" from birth have no concept of what that truly means. I have gone to battle and emerged victorious. *That* is why I am the chosen. You're spoiled, all of you. Running away into a world of self-indulgence. Battle, competition, rivalry—you run away from it all. *That* is why the 99% walk the path that they do. Good god, your absolute lack of understanding makes me want to weep."
"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. It's a proverb. It means if you can only obtain something inferior, that's still better than longing for something better."
"A useless commoner like you could never hope to earn more than, say, 100,000 dollars a year. But as my secretary, you would be guaranteed an ample salary and job security for the rest of your life. And in honor of it being my birthday today... ...how about I multiply your already impossible expectations by, oh, 5.5?"
"I'm trying to give you a chance to enter the battlefield of life and claim victory. Most commoners will never get that chance. This is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Do you understand? This is your chance. This is your one and only chance to rise above the 99%. Are you really so scared of having to fight, to compete, in order to win?"
"Now you have to enforce your will until the very end. If you can do that, if you can make it to the end, I'm afraid I'll be forced to acknowledge you..."
"I've been sacrificing all this valuable time of mine for *your* sake. But it's all amounted to nothing. We simply have nothing to talk about. We could talk forever and a day, and I would gain nothing from it. You and I will *never* understand each other. We live in different worlds. Our ways of life, our ways of thinking are totally incompatible. You're a loser. So go ahead and live your loser life, make a bunch of loser friends. Then together, you can lick each other's loser wounds. Whether your self-indulgence is a lie or not, it doesn't matter. Whatever happens, I'm going to keep on ﬁghting, and I'm going to keep on winning. That's one thing that will never change. Such is the fate of the chosen."
"So, now do you understand? I won my title in open combat. *That* is how l became the Ultimate Afﬂuent Progeny. I was not born into greatness. I had to earn it. I put my life on the line, and I *earned* the right to be called the chosen."
"You can't even imagine. Which is why the survivor is recognized as the chosen. When you take over as the head of the family, all the weight of that family comes to rest on your shoulders. That is how dedicated I am. I am forever dedicated to keep on winning. And so I shall. Otherwise, I would feel only pity for those I'd already defeated."
"All I'll say at this point, is that I'm going to win *this* game, too. It's been a long time since I've had so much fun. I need to get as much enjoyment out of it as possible. And in the end, I will stand victorious. I won't lose to the mastermind or you or anyone else. Even as the rest of you fall one by one, I will live and I will win. As long as my name is Byakuya Togami."
"Tch. It gives me chills to think I'll have to live here along with you unwashed masses... Well, whatever. I'll just have to make sure to finish things quickly... And then I will find whoever did this to me, and wipe them from the face of the Earth..."
"...I feel like I want to die right now."
"Rejoice, commoners, for today I will show you just how far above you I am."
"An empty statement inspired by a pitiful, microscopic worldview." (to Makoto)
"Fatty junk food loaded with empty calories. A stupid meal for a stupid person. I don't understand why anyone would ever eat one."
"Hmph. You may fool the eyes of mere commoners, but *my* discriminating intellect is not so weak."
"Stop subjecting me to your meaningless existence."
"But the distance between what you and I read is greater than the distance between the sun and the moon."
"There's no guarantee of safety. Falling asleep unprotected is the height of folly."
"If you just skim over the surface of a source of information, it slides right off of you. Once you truly put that information to use, only then does it become part of you."
"Your best bet to survive as a commoner is close your eyes, cover your ears, and keep your head down."
"The mere thought of my gaze meeting one of her books is enough to make my skin crawl..."
"Showing any weakness opens the door to defeat. My knowledge is my armor. Not that someone like you could even imagine what I'm talking about."
"Fate dictates that members of the herd such as you find themselves consumed by predators like me. How sad when they imagine themselves in any kind of meaningful role. But you see it now, don't you? The cruel but inevitable fate of mindless livestock? You have my pity, of course. You play out your hopeless life, yet you never truly live. Now *that* is a truly frightful ghost story."
"You would indulge yourself by simply imitating that which you long for? How terribly foolish."
"Honesty is a virtue, but also a good way to shorten your life span."
"It's impossible for a commoner to understand the inner workings of a noble. It shows a certain wisdom for you to recognize that you could never call yourself my equal. If you see yourself as having a tragic life, then you'll never rise above others. Do you have what it takes to climb over them?"
"If all you care about is self-satisfaction, you should remain on a level that can provide that."
"That's just an excuse. You avoid the struggle and use that to justify your position in life. These are the thoughts of an unmotivated loser. If you simply exist, you're no different from any other piece of livestock."
"Hmph. What do you know? Swinging your immature metaphysical theories around like you're someone. You need to recognize your limitations."
"If you really want to know the truth... If you really want to win, you must earn it for yourself."
"Don't misunderstand. I have never needed and will never need to depend on luck to win. "Luck" means nothing in the Togami family."
"There is no point in trying to understand the foolish ideas of the masses myself."
"Giving in to despair never even crossed my mind."
"The Togami group, and I myself, can move mountains. We are obligated to spread our grasp into space. A loser like you wouldn't understand."
"A gentleman aims for the upper class of society. I, of course, fit this mold. But not because I was born into it. It was because I fought for it."
"You underestimate me. I've never needed my burdens "eased." As a Togami, I will be fighting, winning, and mastering this world. I would never rely on the fickle and uncertain nature of a god for help."
"Don't get the wrong idea and start crying. I'm not the one who imprisoned you here." (to Komaru Naegi)
"What is the meaning of this? What are all these vermin Monokumas doing here? No matter how you look at it, the timing is just too perfect... Just as we show up, a riot breaks out... No, they must have known we were coming. Perhaps the intel itself was a trap to lure us here..." (to Komaru)
"So you don't even know Monokuma? That kind of ignorance must be nice." (to Komaru)
"I will... I will protect Komaru Naegi! I swear it on my life...no... I swear in the name of the Togami family!"
"Toko... You must never leave my side. Protect me, always. That is your purpose. Your destiny. Enough with the excuses. You are my property. I own you like livestock. My pig." (Toko Fukawa's fantasy about Byakuya)
"I-I won't give in! She's...on her way to save me right now! She'll save me... I...believe in her... I believe in Toko Fukawa!" (Toko Fukawa's fantasy about Byakuya)
"The Captives are safe, thanks to the relative of that idiot we know so well. I'll introduce you to her later. She's much more talented and useful than he is." (to Makoto, about Hiroko Hagakure and her son Yasuhiro Hagakure)
"Hearing you say that reminds me of what you said back at the academy. Hope keeps going, huh... Fine. I'll partner with you. For just a little while." (to Makoto, after he refuses to stand on the sidelines anymore)
End of Chapter Ratings
At the end of each chapter of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, your success in the chapter is given a rating (A, B, C, or D, with A being best and D being the worst). Based on that rating, you will receive a clip of Toko's romantic fantasy of Byakuya - a shoujo manga-esque and unrealistic version of him - judging Toko's performance in the chapter.
Chapter 1: "What a surprise... I never expected you to be this good... Listen up! Stay by my side, and I'll protect you for the rest of your life! That's an order! You are the dog, and I am the master! You have no right to decline."
Chapter 2: "Amazing. Far beyond even my expectations... Alright, I've decided. I will restore the glorious Togami family with you. But first, tell me... What is the size of your ring finger? A ring would look good on you..."
Chapter 3: "As expected of the woman I entrusted with my life. It was not wrong of me to believe in you. ...Hm? Why the surprised expression? You idiot... You're the only one I trust. Don't you know that by now?"
Chapter 4: "I'm relieved. It appears you aren't hurt. You are mine, after all. I would lose my temper if you got yourself hurt without my permission. Now listen. I am the only one who can hurt you. You better not be hurt by anyone else."
Chapter 5: "I... I finally realize... You actually make me angry and happy each time... You have more influence over me than anyone. Let's be together for the rest of our lives. Grow old together, die together... For now, we depart. Take off towards our future."
Chapter 1: "You did well... I guess you've earned some praise, for now. From here on... I'll allow you to stay by my side."
Chapter 2: "Hm, I figured you'd be able to do this well. As expected of the woman I... acknowledge."
Chapter 3: "You carried yourself quite well... Almost like...a cat... Interesting. Very well, I shall be your master. We'll need a collar and cat ears for you... And as a reward, I'll even let you sit on my lap."
Chapter 4: "I know you're working hard, but... I decide when you've worked hard enough. Keep doing your best. And I'll keep watching you."
Chapter 5: "To achieve success right to the very end... It appears I had underestimated your prowess. What? What are you upset about? I'm trying to...apologize here. I-I... I'm sorry. Please, forgive me."
Chapter 1: "Well, you did fine for a pig I guess. But it is a little strange... Why haven't you killed yourself yet, pig? Don't you just want to die from embarrassment?"
Chapter 2: "Hmph, still so much to learn. Is this really how much you care about me? Come at me like you're trying to rip me open! That's the only way to earn Byakuya Togami!"
Chapter 3: "Despite the fact that you're a foolish commoner... I suppose you at least worked hard."
Chapter 4: "...Your reward is withheld. Even if you beg like a dog, I won't budge. If you want to be acknowledged by a Togami, get results."
Chapter 5: "What happened? You look tired. Your expression brings out the conqueror in me. Come closer... Show me that frail little face..."
Chapter 1: "Filth! Take a bath in some bleach before you dare approach me again!"
Chapter 2: "Jeez, how pathetic. A piece of trash would be of more use to me. To actually have to rely on an imbecile like you... It makes me want to kill myself."
Chapter 3: "...There's gum on the bottom of my shoe. Get it off with your mouth. I suppose I can forgive you after that... Of course, I don't want your spit on my shoe, either."
Chapter 4: "Open your palm. I think I need to spit. I already know you're useless, but maybe you can at least be useful as a garbage can."
Chapter 5: "Jeez, right until the end you prove yourself a worthless piece of trash. A student like you requires after school lessons. I'll train you thoroughly later."
"It's true, if you did anything to me, you would certainly fill the world with despair... But obviously, that would be impossible for you."
"Ignorant idiots should just shut up. Your fate won't change whether you stay in here or not."
Byakuya and Makoto are the only characters to appear in every canon game and anime of the Hope's Peak Series.
He appears to be fluent in French, as he was easily able to read Mukuro's Fenrir Mercenary Corps profile that was written entirely in French, and he also knows how to play all the standard instruments, both skills he likely acquired as part of a standard Togami education.
He enjoys reading, watching movies, and pool games.