Byakuya Togami is a student in Hope's Peak Academy's Class 78th, and a participant of the Killing School Life featured in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. His title is the Ultimate Affluent Progeny. Byakuya is 185cm (6’1”) and weighs around 68kg, with a tall, slender build and strikingly long legs. He has pale skin, lapis blue eyes with noticeably long eyelashes, and has chin-length blonde canary yellow hair. He wears a black suit jacket over a white shirt and lapis blue 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. 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. As described by Kazutaka Kodaka, he eventually became not just a serious character but often a butt-monkey, as he can sometimes appear comical due to how serious and dramatic he can be with his words and belief in his own superiority and how it frustrates the other students, and especially with his interactions with Toko or Genocide Jack. He constantly referred to the other students as "amoebas" and "plebeians". It also appears that he was taught strict manners by his family, as in the the first game he refused to use swear words and once said "effing" to avoid repeating Mondo's language, and is generally disgusted by vulgar words and behavior, and anything he considers barbaric. Due to his unusual upbringing, it's been shown that he has a bit poor knowledge on certain things that are considered common knowledge. He is confused by the idea of people making their own food, as his food is always prepared by a chef, and he doesn't know what toy vending machines are. As Byakuya greatly revered his family, often speaking of the vast power of the Togami Family, he initially did not take it well and had an unusually emotional reaction when Junko revealed the cessation of their existence. He would later recover from the shock to announce that they would rebuild the family from the ground up. Despite his generally cold attitude, he also does not look down upon his many half-siblings and instead feels some respect towards them. 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 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.