List of characters in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

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Villagers

Sonozaki family

Oryou Sonozaki (園崎 お魎 Sonozaki Oryō?)
Akane Sonozaki
Souhei Sonozaki
Mion Sonozaki
Shion Sonozaki
Tadataka Sonozaki
Sadao Sonozaki

Houjou family

Satoshi Houjou
Satoko Houjou
Teppei Houjou
Tamae Houjou

Maebara family

Ichirou Maebara
Aiko Maebara
Keiichi Maebara

Kimiyoshi Family

Kiichirou Kimiyoshi
Aki Kimiyoshi
Haruko Kimiyoshi
Natsumi Kimiyoshi
Touji Kimiyoshi

Furude Family

Rika Furude
Hanyuu Furude
Ooka Furude
Riku Furude

Outsiders

Kuraudo Ooishi
Kuraudo Ooishi is a detective with the Okinomiya Prefectural Police Department. He is obsessed with the yearly murders of Watanagashi due to his friend being the victim of the first murder incident. The villagers of Hinamizawa have come to despise Ooishi due to his constant prodding regarding Watanagashi.
Jirou Tomitake
Jirou Tomitake is a photographer and Lieutenant in the Japanese SDF. He visits Hinamizawa once a year ostensibly to take pictures of the Watanagashi Festival.
Miyo Takano
Miyo Takano is a nurse and Major in the Japanese SDF. She works at the Irie Clinic as a nurse but uses the Clinic's facilities to craft the Hinamizawa Syndrome virus. Miyo orchestrates the Great Hinamizawa Disaster.
Mamoru Akasaka
Rina Mamiya
Akira Otobe (乙部 彰 Otobe Akira?)
Akira Otobe comes to Hinamizawa as part of a suicide group intent on dying in Hinamizawa via carbon monoxide exposure. At the last minute, Akira abandons the suicide group and ventures into Hinamizawa on his own.
Yae Towada (十和田 八重 Towada Yae?)
Yae Towada comes to Hinamizawa with her boyfriend, Takumi Kurosawa, with the intention to kill him and free herself from his abusive behavior.
Okonogi (小此木 Okonogi?)
Okonogi is the leader of the Yamainu. He is the only character to directly appear in both Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Umineko no Naku Koro ni.