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|“||How do you expect to find the culprit when you're all worried about each other's feelings? If you're planning to expose a liar, then you have to corner them psychologically... Only then will they reveal their true self as a liar—hiding beneath a layer of deceit!||„|
|~ Kokichi describing his class trial strategy.|
Kokichi Oma is the secondary antagonist in the videogame Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, serving as the main antagonist of both Chapter 4 and Chapter 5. He is one of the sixteen participants of the Killing School Semester. Thought not outright evil, he commits many questionable and anti-heroic actions throughout the game which includes manipulating Gonta into becoming the blackened and pretending to be the mastermind in order to stop the killing game. He was later murdered by Kaito Momota.
He was voiced by Derek Stephen Prince in the English dubbed version of the game, and by Hiro Shimono in the Japanese dubbed version, the former previously dubbed Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu in the previous Danganronpa installments.
Kokichi has a very childlike appearance, as the keyword for his design was 'shota'. As such, he is quite short, being 5'1, with a thin build, making him the second shortest boy after Ryouma. He has very large, rounded, purple eyes which give him an innocent look, something he uses to advantage to get others to do things for him. Kokichi is also capable of making his eyes appear much sharper, or even somewhat inhuman, usually when angered. He had dark purple, wavy hair, with brighter purple tips. His hair sticks outwards from his face at the sides, though does not do so in the back.
Kokichi wears a white, straight jacket-like suit with several straps with red buttons around his arms. His shirt is double-breasted with mismatching buttons and held together with a series of metal clips. Just above the clips is a small, broken chain and his school emblem is printed on his right shoulder. The back of the shirt is decorated with stitches forming a series of Xs down his back, two buttons and a broken chain are attached near the hem beneath it. His pants are white, stopping just at the ankles with a dark belt going around the waist. They also have two fake belts sewn at the mid-thighs, resembling bondage belts. Kokichi wears a pair of plain, black shoes with purple heels. Around his neck, he sports a signature checkerboard-patterned scarf. Kokichi's suit, upon closer inspection is rather ill-fitted with jagged edges.
In promotional art, he wears a dark cape with a high collar fastened with a large, metal clip. He also wears a military-style peaked hat with gold emblems.
Kokichi's voice is usually very childish as his appearance would suggest, but can switch to a much deeper, mature one if he is being flirty, intimidating or angry. This is more prominent in the original Japanese audio.
Described by Shuichi Saihara as "the human embodiment of a lie", Kokichi is a masterful schemer who enjoys creating lies and freely states whatever he's thinking, regardless of how it makes others feel. He often says things in an attempt to anger the others, such as constantly teasing Keebo and Miu and calling Maki a nerd for knowing a lot about killing. Because of this, Kokichi is easily capable of manipulating the class trials, often leading the others into dead ends or in an attempt to intimidate the culprit.
After the conclusion of the fourth class trial, Kokichi pretends to mourn for the now deceased Gonta, only to reveal it as a lie soon after and state that he'd never cry for him. From this point onward, Kokichi's mischevious and somewhat childlike demeanor is dropped, with Kokichi now acting cold, uncaring and nearly insane. He claims to enjoy the suffering and pain of others, with the Killing Game serving as a perfect source of it.
In spite of Kokichi's antagonistic nature on the surface, as well as his various cruel deeds throughout the game, Kokichi does indeed possess a compasionate side; albeit one that is rarely seen by the other students. During his private conversation with Kaito in Chapter 5, Kokichi expresses his true feelings towards the Killing Game, stating that those who are enjoying the students' suffering "piss him off" and that he had to "lie to himself" in order to get any enjoyment out of it. Kokichi considers lying to be a major part of who he is, believing lies to be just as - if not more - important than the truth. He also claims to use them as a way to entertain those around him.
Kokichi is capable of displaying empathy, albeit in a twisted way. He becomes upset when Himiko refuses to acknowledge her true feelings concerning her grief over Tenko and Angie's deaths, prompting her to finally face her emotions. He also appeared genuinely saddened by Kaede's execution, saying "[she] wasn't boring", which is a very high compliment from him. Conversely, he is uncaring about the majority of the students, treating their deaths as trivial or entertaining.
Kokichi has a vendetta against killing, and as such hates the killing game. He also loathes Maki, possibly due to her occupation as an assassin. He openly mocks and antagonizes her at every opportunity, driving her to nearly strangle him multiple times. Kokichi often encourages the class to turn against Maki and tries over and over again to isolate her from everyone else, citing the fact that she has killed before and cannot be trusted. He is also willing to drag Kaito into their feud, insulting and harming the astronaut in order to enrage Maki and even using it as a key point in his last-ditch attempt to defeat Monokuma.
Kokichi's hatred of the killing game drives him to end it at any cost. He sacrifices both Gonta and Miu in an attempt to mercy-kill the entire class by having them vote incorrectly for the killer. These acts shatter any trust the class had for him and even lead Shuichi, who is usually very compassionate, to tell Kokichi he will always be alone. Later, the supreme leader finally reveals the secret of the outside world to the remaining students- that the world was actually destroyed and they are the soul survivors of humanity. Immediately after he declares himself the mastermind and hijacks the exisals to kidnap Kaito in an attempt to make everyone lose the will to continue the killing game. Unfortunately, the true mastermind gives everyone, save Kokichi and Kaito, a flashback light detailing their past as 'beacons of hope' while Kokichi was an evil 'Remnant of Despair'. This caused Maki to make an attempt on Kokichi's life, which he ultimately decided to sacrifice as a final attempt to end the game.
He appears to be extremely distrustful and paranoid of everyone around him, refusing to divulge information about himself. After his death, Shuichi and Maki visited his room where they discovered Kokichi had been hoarding evidence from previous trials and keeping track of murderers and victims. Notably, he wrote "trustworthy?" next to a portrait of Saihara, further demonstrating his distrust. His lying made it in turn, impossible for anyone else to trust him, and he opted for unethical and even cruel measures to get people to cooperate with him. When the Motive videos were given out, he suggested the class watch them together to prevent a murder, only for his idea to be shot down as everyone believed his goal was to incite a killing. He then manipulated Gonta into kidnapping everyone, allowing Kokichi to steal the videos and watch the videos, though he was unable to force anyone else to view them, leading to another murder.
Prior to joining the cast of Danganronpa, Kokichi was an ordinary and talentless boy. However, once he successfully participated in the 53rd season of Danganronpa, he received various fabricated memories.
Upon meeting Kaede Akamatsu and Shuichi Saihara, the Ultimate Pianist and Ultimate Detective respectively, stating to be the leader of a super powerful and evil organization - one that he claims to have hundreds upon thousands of members across the world, though neither of them buy into his claims.
The organization in question is actually a small group of pranksters who go by the name "D.I.C.E.", who pull pranks on others for the sake of entertainment and have a strict rule against killing.
- Kokichi's English voice actor in the game, Derek Stephen Prince is also known for voicing the Digimon Emperor in Digimon Adventure 2.
- The death scene of Kokichi is obviously one of the most brutal deaths among the entire Danganropa franchise, along with the death of Nagito Komaeda, who is also a Chapter 5 victim.
- Kokichi Ouma on Heroes Wiki.
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