Biggest Ouma flaws, GO
Oh boy, this is a fun one. Let’s see…
Well, he’s a self-centered, arrogant, prideful little shit. He genuinely does believe that he’s smarter than and knows better than everyone else. He refuses to share the burden of stopping the killing game with anyone else because he’s cynical and paranoid, and to some degree, his paranoia is justified—but he’s also at the extreme end of paranoia and skepticism, meaning everyone’s refusal to work with him or trust him is something of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
But it’s also because to some degree, he honestly believes he’s the center of the universe. He refuses to confide in anyone else, ask for help, or open up to others partly because he thinks they’re not worth it, and partly because he thinks The Incredible Ouma Kokichi is such an enigma and a mystery and a genius that those other people could never hope to understand him.
For all that he’s smart, he’s genuinely really immature at heart. That can be one of his strengths, because his childishness is so tied to his humanity, but it’s also the reason why he’s such a brat sometimes. Moreover, it’s why he’s absolutely unapologetic about being a brat. Ouma might not like human suffering or killing or anything that genuinely hurts people, but it’s true that he does get his kicks out of one-upping others and pranking the shit out of them—a bit too much, sometimes. That’s yet another trait he has in common with Beato, now that I think about it.
His immaturity also makes him stubborn. His childish refusal to admit when he’s wrong or when he’s crossed the line is exactly why he takes things much, much too far in Chapter 4, and why he goes so blank when Saihara calls him out on it. His reaction upon being proven wrong isn’t to admit to his mistakes, but rather to get angry, petty, and somewhat resentful.
And of course, he’s a liar. He’s a liar and a hypocrite, to some degree, because while he has no problems with lying to others, seeing himself as someone who truly understands the essence of lies, he gets really, really pissed off whenever anyone else tries to lie to him. Because he feels the rest of the group doesn’t understand him, or lies for that matter, he doesn’t like whenever any of the rest of them keep secrets or try to deceive others. Which is understandable, but also definitely hypocritical coming from a character who’s such a self-proclaimed liar and reminds everyone of it every five minutes.
Even when he told Himiko in the Chapter 3 post-trial that he “didn’t lie to himself about his own feelings,” that was fairly hypocritical of him, considering we know he definitely lied to himself about his feelings towards the killing game and towards Saihara in particular. Ouma is really, really good at spotting the same flaws in others that he sees in himself—he just doesn’t like anyone else reminding him that he still has those flaws, too.
To put it bluntly… he can be a huge jackass. And I love him. And he’s my son. He’s extremely flawed, and those flaws are constantly brought to light by the narrative, expanded on, and really help make his good points stand out all the more by the time we see more information about him in later chapters.
This was a fun ask, anon! Thank you for sending it!