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You… don’t have to reply…
~ Toko Fukawa
My theory is that happy people can only write happy, shallow novels. But the downtrodden can vividly imagine their ideal world, perfectly envisioned in true beauty... And that's the spirit I put into my novels.
~ Toko to Komaru Naegi.

Toko Fukawa (written as Touko Fukawa in Japan) is one of the six main characters from the Danganronpa series. She has the title Ultimate Writing Prodigy and she suffers from dissociative identity disorder. Her other personality comes out when she sneezes, or upon seeing blood (which also makes her faint prior). That other personality is known as Genocide Jill (also known as Genocide Jack or, in Japan, Genocider Syo, among those who aren't aware of her gender) who has the title Ultimate Murderous Fiend.

In the games, she and Jill are voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro in the Japanese version. In the English version, Toko is voiced by Amanda Céline Miller, while Jill is voiced by Erin Fitzgerald.

In the anime, she and Jill are voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro in the Japanese version, and by Carli Mosier in the English version.

History

She is a depressed novelist with a persecution complex. One of her romance novels, So Lingers the Ocean, was a huge hit that managed to make fishermen become popular with teenage girls for a few months. Despite her young age, she has already won several awards and is constantly on the top selling list.

Toko survived the final trial and escaped with the other survivors at the end of the game.

Appearance

Toko is always seen in an attire that consists of a dark female Japanese sailor school uniform, worn with a noticeably lengthy skirt compared to the other girls (and Chihiro), and her glasses. The length of her skirt is related to her dissociative identity disorder, as it hides the marks she carved onto her upper thighs as Genocide Jill.

She has long, dark aubergine hair worn in twin braids which she wears down in Ultra Despair Girls.

Genocide Jill's appearance is much like Toko's since she is still technically Toko, however some things differ and her general composure changes. Her eyes become red and she usually wears a wild facial expression, coupled with her long tongue that hangs out over her sharp teeth. She also has tally-mark kanji characters carved onto her upper thighs, one for each victim she murders.

Personality

Due to her severe persecution complex that originated from the bullying that she had to live through early in life, Toko is highly suspicious of other people, frequently accusing them of thinking bad things about her; her unusually quick tendencies to self-victimize quickly characterized her interactions with most of Class 78.

Because of that, Toko was more unsocial and would rather be a blind follower of the group, even if the populist ideas clearly did not fit the situations. For instance, during the first Class Trial, Toko quickly judged Makoto as a killer just because Sayaka was in "his" bathroom, before he explained that Sayaka had switched rooms with him.

Being a fan girl to her self-professed Prince Charming, Byakuya, Toko could often be seen stalking him, seeing him as the "ideal boyfriend". After the revelation of her counterpart, Genocide Jill, Toko's crush on Byakuya took on a more distinctively sexual undertone, and she was depicted as being capable of neither proper judgement, nor of control over her perverse fantasies.

Her obsession towards Byakuya was her major motivator to action, to the point of inflicting hurt on others, as she notably did to Aoi (in the form of Genocide Jill), cutting her on her arm in revenge for slapping Byakuya over his antagonizing the exposed mole that was Sakura.

Toko was known to be extremely hemophobic. Any sight of blood would make her faint, causing a murderous split personality of hers known as Genocide Jill to awaken.

Unlike Toko, Genocide Jill is very loud, anti-social, and straight to the point. Willing to give anything away, in Chihiro's murder trial she reveals (almost) everything about herself. She obsesses over Byakuya, using honorifics such as "-sama" which indicates that she has a submissive side - as this honorific is used primarily in addressing people much higher in rank than oneself. She is also quite lewd at times, not hesitant to harass Aoi over her figure or make inappropriate remarks to other characters. Jill is a self-proclaimed fujoshi and says that she only kills cute boys who "turn her on".

It is revealed in the final chapter that although her alternate personality had her memories of her past stolen, Genocide Jill still remembers due to the fact that the two personalities have the same general knowledge, but not the same memory. When shown the images of the outside world, Genocide Jill identifies that as the disaster that happened to the world as a result of "The Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History".

Trivia

  • Toko's last name ,"Fukawa", consists of the characters for "rotten" and "river". "Fu" is also the first character in the word fujoshi, a term Genocide Jill used to describe herself and Toko.
  • Her murderous identity's Japanese name can be alternatively romanized as "Genocider Shou" or "Genocider Sho".
  • Her English identities - "Genocide Jack" and "Genocide Jill" - are likely references to the "Jack and Jill" nursery rhyme.
  • She is Rui Komatsuzaki's favorite character in the series, believing that her character in general represents the entirety of the series' worldview and therefore, the best character in the series to represent the whole franchise, and describing her as "a unique character all by herself, but with Genocide Jack included we managed to make her ten times more so."
    • Kazutaka Kodaka also considers Toko the character who represents the franchise best as well. Stating that "[Toko Fukawa] is an excellent representation of the series. When I was writing the first game and figuring out what was going to happen to Junko, I started to write Genocide Jack and how different that character was from Toko. While I was writing this I felt this is the kind of tension and tempo I want the series to carry. At the end of the day, I felt Toko represented what Danganronpa was and the kind of storytelling might have."
  • Toko originally received a mixed reception from Danganronpa fans before receiving praise following the relese of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls for her character growth and exploration. While she still received fair amounts of criticism, she still became a much more popular character among the Danganronpa fandom following the release of Ultra Despair Girls. GameSpot praised her in the spin-off game as "contrasting well as a co-star to Komaru with her weird brand of aloofness––[especially for] a character I had not pegged as one who could carry a spin-off when I first finished the original game," praising the writers for "having done a fantastic job making her shine [compared to the] bitter, unsocial authoress Toko from the original Danganronpa: [Trigger Happy Havoc]. While God Is A Geek admired the "strong bond" in the relationship between Toko and fellow Ultra Despair Girls protagonist Komaru Naegi.

See also

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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Makoto Naegi | Kyoko Kirigiri | Byakuya Togami | Aoi Asahina | Yasuhiro Hagakure | Sayaka Maizono | Toko Fukawa | Chihiro Fujisaki | Sakura Ogami | Kiyotaka Ishimaru | Mondo Owada | Hifumi Yamada | Celestia Ludenberg | Leon Kuwata | Alter Ego | Jin Kirigiri


Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Hajime Hinata | Nagito Komaeda | Chiaki Nanami | Mikan Tsumiki | Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu | Ibuki Mioda | Gundham Tanaka | Sonia Nevermind | Hiyoko Saionji | Ultimate Imposter | Peko Pekoyama | Mahiru Koizumi | Akane Owari | Teruteru Hanamura | Kazuichi Soda | Nekomaru Nidai | Usami


Danganronpa/Zero
Ryoko Otonashi | Yasuke Matsuda | Yuto Kamishiro | The Madarai Brothers


Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
Komaru Naegi


Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy
Kyosuke Munakata | Chisa Yukizome | Juzo Sakakura | Miaya Gekkogahara | Seiko Kimura | Ruruka Ando | Sonosuke Izayoi | Ryota Mitarai | Koichi Kizakura | Daisaku Bandai | Great Gozu


Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Kaede Akamatsu | Shuichi Saihara | Tenko Chabashira | Miu Iruma | K1-B0 | Maki Harukawa | Kokichi Ouma | Gonta Gokuhara | Angie Yonaga | Rantaro Amami | Kaito Momota | Korekiyo Shinguji | Kirumi Tojo | Ryoma Hoshi | Himiko Yumeno

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