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    Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu
    "Some say shattering the cup is a bad omen, but I prefer it this way. I mean, if you break something, that means it can't be broken ever again."
    Gender: Male
    Type: Gangster
    Age: Early twenties
    Species: Human
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair


    Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu (九頭龍 冬彦), is a student of Hope's Peak Academy's Class 77-B, and a participant of the Killing School Trip featured in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. His title is the Ultimate Yakuza (超高校級の「極道」 lit. Super High School Level Gangster).

    Why He Rocks Now

    1. First and foremost, he goes through by far the most impressive character arc in all of Danganronpa 2. When he's first introduced, he's short-tempered, antagonistic, and hostile who openly says he won't hesitate to kill anyone who gets in his way. His introduction has him even straight-up admit he isn't there to make friends. However, after losing his bodyguard and only friend Peko and realising how utterly cruel his actions towards Mahiru and Hiyoko were, he decides not to let her sacrifice be in vain, and makes a genuine effort to become a better person. And by the end, he's one of the most protective and loyal students. And unlike Hiyoko, another character from he same game who died before her character arc could be significant, he doesn't just die in the next chapter before he can finish his arc. In fact, he survives the killing game!
    2. Despite his aggressive and irritable behavior, deep down, he was never truly a bad guy even prior to his character development, but in actuality, he's just a kid who grew up in a Yakuza family and doesn't know how to interact with normal kids his age.
    3. While he's self-conscious about it, his baby-like appearance makes him look straight-up adorable. Especially in sprites like this one.
    4. Whenever he does something, he always gets truly committed to it. For example, he became committed to winning Hiyoko Saionji's forgiveness after directly causing Mahiru Koizumi's death no matter what up to her death (to the point where he even cuts open his stomach before the wound on his eye was able to heal in order to prove to her how sorry he was), and he always participated in trials as best he could.
      • His attitude from the beginning was also a result of him wanting to prove he's strong enough to carry on his family's legacy. He thought that this behavior made him strong and depending on others would make him weak. But over the course of the game, he also learns he can still be strong while relying on others.
    5. Even some of his more amoral actions like planning Mahiru's murder and Hiyoko being framed for the deed are still understandable if you really take it into consideration. As he had been previously told that Mahiru had helped cover up the murder of his sister. Because of this, he was blinded by rage and the way he was raised caused his immediate response to the situation to be killing Mahiru. It may not justify everything he did during that chapter, but it still explains what exactly was going through his thoughts during that situation. And he even comes to recognize the error of his ways and help the other students survive the killing game.
    6. Even before his character development, he was still a good person deep down. As shown when he openly breaks down upon the announcement of Peko's execution and doesn't hesitate for even a second to interrupt the execution and risk his own life to save hers. Showing he's not at all the violent, cruel, heartless boy he was first made out to be.
    7. Despite how terribly characters like Hiyoko treat him over things like him directly causing Mahiru's death, he still doesn't insist on the other characters forgiving him over what he did before, but instead makes an effort to grow as a person to make up for his behavior in the past.

    Bad Qualities

    1. He was a short-tempered jerk during the first two chapters. But luckily, he has not just a character arc dedicated to him growing as a character, but also one of the best, more complex character arcs in the entire series.
    2. He, along with the rest of Class 77-B were brainwashed by Junko Enoshima into becoming the Ultimate Despair, a terrorist organization the brought upon the Tragedy.
    3. His swearing can get irritating after a while.
    4. Directly caused Sato's(justified or not its still murder) and Mahiru's deaths and indirectly caused Peko's and Hiyoko's(since if Mahiru wasn't killed Hiyoko probably would have died)
    5. His actions in 2-2 are also extremely hypocritical, he got Mahiru killed because she protected Sato and then proceeded to cover up her murder and protect Peko even though that put the entire classes lives at risk, in an ironic sense Monokuma did the exact same thing to him that him and Peko did to Hiyoko. Also while he did reject Peko's plan to escape he was still fine with the class dying if it meant saving her and even before put the classes life at risk for his revenge plot.
    6. Isn't exactly remorseful about Mahiru's death during the post trial calling her "that bitch" and victim blaming her for his actions, he also doesn't seem to care when Hiyoko tearfully asks him "what the heck" when he confirms he set her and Mahiru up and instead just continues justifying his actions.
    7. Threatens to send Mikan to a "fucking whorehouse" for next to no reason

    Trivia

    • His first name (冬彦) can mean “winter boy” or “winter prince”, while his last name (九頭龍) means “nine-headed dragon”, which happens to be a deity in Japanese culture. Ironically, despite his name meaning "winter boy", Fuyuhiko was born in the middle of summer.
    • His Free Time Events reveal that he hates milk due to being lactose-intolerant.
    • Fuyuhiko was the first actual person to interfere in an execution, as well as the first person to be harmed during an execution that was not prepared for him. The other being to interfere with an execution was Genocide Jack in Punishment of the Fighter.
    • Fuyuhiko's English voice actor, Derek Stephen Prince, also voices Kokichi Oma in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

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