K1-B0 (or Keebo/Ki-bo) is a student trapped inside the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles and forced to take part in the Killing School Semester. He is agender as he’s a robot, but is considered male by others. When asked by Tenko in Chapter 2 about his gender (found here at 15:07), he replies that it’s a good question that he’s never thought about before. However, he goes by male pronouns throughout the game.
K1-B0 has been queerly read to be gay or bisexual because of his interactions with Miu Irumi and Shuichi Saihara. With Miu, he becomes jealous at one point of her working on computers in the computer room (found here from 5:13 to 5:43), which can be read as him wanting that attention on him specifically (whether that be in a romantic/sexual way or not), especially following a suggestive scene between the two of them earlier on. Also, K1-B0’s Love Suite event shows him asking Shuichi to form a “romantic pair bond” with him. Although Love Suite events have Shuichi take on a character’s “ideal,” K1-B0 expresses that he couldn’t go to anyone else about this, showing that his ideal in this scenario may very well be Shuichi.
As K1-B0 is naturally agender, but seems to be okay with a male identity, his character seems possibly queer, whether that be by being implicitly gay, implicitly bisexual, or just by having a non-normative gender identity.
LGBTQ References in this series:
Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (2014): Tokomaru Ship
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (2017): K1-B0, Kaede Akamatsu, Kokichi Oma, Korekiyo Shinguji’s Love Suite Event, Love Across the Universe: Dangan Salmon Team, Miu Iruma, Rantaro Amami, Tenko Chabashira
See also QRM’s entry for this game series.
- Cap’nCinnamonBun. (2017, September 24). Danganronpa V3: Iruma Does Maintenance on K1-B0 (English). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kCxjvMV2nA
- Isabelle_K. (2017, October 10). r/danganronpa – Which characters in V3 do you think are LGBT? Retrieved February 7, 2020, from https://www.reddit.com/r/danganronpa/comments/75jtmu/which_characters_in_v3_do_you_think_are_lgbt/
- justonegamr. (2017, September 30). Danganronpa V3 – K1-B0 Love Suite Event (English) [PS4]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXObEYSIBdo
- K1-B0. (n.d.). Retrieved February 7, 2020, from https://danganronpa.fandom.com/wiki/K1-B0
- Noire Blue. (2017, October 5). Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Walkthrough Part 39 No Commentary. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/EJYkIK6Gni4?t=907
- Noire Blue. (2017, October 10). Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Walkthrough Part 70 No Commentary. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/ac_x-35wjVk?t=313