|“||I hope we can all be happy forever through the RFA party. ^^||”|
—Rika, Comment from RFA Top Secret Book
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Background
- 4 Secret Ending (1 & 2)
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Etymology
- 7 Trivia
- 8 The spaceship reveals
- 9 Welcome messages
Rika is a beautiful and slender pale-skinned young woman with wavy waist-length blonde hair that transitions to a lighter color with bangs hanging on the left side, bright lime-green eyes and she is shown to be smiling most of the time.
On normal occasions, she is seen wearing a brown knee-length dress with a large cream colored bow just below her collar bone on her left side. She has also been seen wearing a formal suit with her hair placed in a high ponytail when hosting the RFA parties.
In Another Story, she wears a halter top open chest black dress and a black masquerade mask.
In Secret 01, she is seen wearing a long-sleeved dress adorned with rather intricate and elaborate designs.
On the outside, Rika is a kind, caring, bright, strong-willed and charismatic woman, portrayed by the RFA members as having a desire to always help others achieve happiness, which is the sole reason for her creating the RFA, she was also capable of hosting great parties and managing to invite a large number of guests from all different backgrounds, thanks to her tremendous influence on other and splendid persuasiveness, which is mainly because of her phenomenal speech skills, described by others as “having a way with words”, even going as far as saying that she can make anyone follow her blindly in a matter of minutes simply by speaking to them.
Unknown to most, Rika is severely mentally ill as she struggles with depression, anxiety, paranoia and (paranoia induced) delusion and a very low self-esteem, believing that she doesn't deserve to be loved, that she was born a ball of darkness, that she's a devil, viewing herself as mere filth, and a stupid, good-for-nothing orphan, She tries her best to hide this from all except V, the one she trusts most.
As stated by her, it was painful to act like the person she wasn't, so she always found herself avoiding people who “lived in the light”. and according to 707, she always looked anxious around people that didn't need her help.
As time goes on, her mental condition worsened after being with Mika, who gaslighted Rika into thinking that V is a liar who “only needs a victim to play savior for” and that he will eventually leave her because of her darkness, only for her condition to immensely intensify by the death of Mother Choi. after Mika’s death, she becomes extremely paranoid that Mika was right and that V never loved her, that he was being a hypocrite, which caused a a string of huge fights between the two that led her to injure V’s eyes before fleeing to pursueMika’s plan and start the Mint Eye, only to prove to herself and Mika that V will love her regardless, not matter what she does to him or other people. that led her to do extremely harmful things.
Rika fears that she will be forsaken due to severe separation issues. According to Unknown, she “always looked scared that people will leave her” which is one of the reasons that driven her to use people’s trauma as a way to brainwash them into thinking Mint Eye is where they'll find happiness, so that they'll stay by her side.
Rika is shown to being extremely selfish in some cases, only chasing her goals while severly hurting others in the process, manipulating others for her own gain, and teaming up with Saejoong Choi and the Intelligence Agency GFX/GIS to achieve her goals, while knowing how horrible they are, and how much trauma they caused the Choi twins.
Having a fragile ego, she never admits to her mistakes, blaming her actions on her “devil”, and masking her abuse as “salvation”, shirking from her punishments and so on. As stated by V “you have to admit you're sorry, you have to admit you gave them pain”.
As a victim of brainwash and abuse, Rika did strive for love, to “become love itself”, and that all her bad actions originated from such motive, and in some cases, she admits to everything, and actually attempts to help out and redeem herself after overcoming her demons.
The name Rika is only a pseudonym and her real name is only revealed to be Mina in the Rika Behind DLC.
Within the Casual and Deep Story routes, the player (MC) has limited information about Rika. When the player first joins RFA, the player is presented with the knowledge that Rika had passed away one and a half years ago due to suicide by jumping off a cliff. However, just like where she lives, the facts about her death were also so secretive and easily triggered suspicions, such as nobody ever seeing the corpse, V being the only witness to her jumping and not answering some of the police’s questions and so on.
Rika was the one to originally bring together the RFA and was the one to start the charity events for the RFA. Most of the members in the RFA are grateful towards Rika and viewed her incredibly favorably. The other RFA members reportedly went in the chatroom much less after she 'died' and the messenger only becomes active again when the MC joins.
However, more of her past is shown in Rika Behind DLC and Another story.
Mina was an orphan after her birth mother committed suicide, not much is known about her birth father. As a three-year-old, Mina was very tame, reserved, very innocent and fairly bright, as she learned how to talk early, she had separation anxiety and rarely cried. At the adoption center, Mina was close to Mika, a six-year-old Christian girl who acted as a bigger sister to the other orphans and often took care of them, especially Mina. Whom she formed a strong bond with. It was hinted that Mika was jealous of Mina and the other children, as it was stated by a teacher at the adoption center that “she always tried to stand out”.
Because of Mika’s past experience with adoption, she established and idea that “grow-ups love is weird”, because no matter how much their children love them unconditionally, it often goes unreciprocated, that the world doesn't work with love, but with conditions and comparisons. Later, Despite protest, Mika was too old to receive funds and services at the adoption center and had to be moved to an orphanage, which didn't sit well with neither Mika nor Mina, due to Mika’s fear of not being adopted if she went to an orphanage, and due to Mina’s separation issues and her love and attachment to Mika. Both girls ended up making a promise to be adopted together and live happily, away from “bad parents”.
A couple of months later, Rika's Mother visited the adoption center, looking for a child who can be a “devout servant to God” to fit her devout Christian family because “the Heavenly Father” has given her a sign. She was introduced to Mika, who fit her requirements perfectly. The woman was mesmerized by how angelic Mika was, so she left after telling an employee that she had to pray some more and bring her preacher tomorrow to confirm if Mika really is the sign given to her by God. After limited interaction, Mika concluded that the woman is a “bad parent”, but it was fine because “children need bad parents to survive in this world”, because parents “shouldn't raise children with love but with conditions”, showcasing Mika’s ideology of how children should be raised. Nevertheless, even though the woman preferred Mika, the pastor chose Mina over Mika, so Mina was adopted instead. Mika protested to not let Mina be adopted by such bad people, and begged to be adopted in her place, because they will forsake Mina if they didn't like her, exactly like what happend to her before. However, According to Rika, she was glad she was adopted instead, because she didn't want Mika to end up in this family.
Rika thought she'll be happy once she's adopted, but she lived every day in fear. Rika's Mother was shown to be extremely abusive towards Rika, who was named Serena after adoption. Always shouting at Serena that God will expel her to hell if she slightly misbehaves, which only made Serena timider and gave her a specific image of how cruel God is, which contradicts what Mika told her about how nice and forgiving God is. Serena was afraid of being forsaken and abandoned by God and her family, and as her fear grew, her tension around her parent grew worse. Serena’s foster father was revealed to be a non-christian hospital director, and that he never wanted to parent Serena, however, the Mother tried to reason with him that they can’t ignore God’s sign, and kept on praying to convert the Father as she wanted to go to heaven with him.
Rika endured extreme mental and sexual abuse, which started after the Mother doubted that Serena is the one God chose, so she resorted to the same pastor to make sure if she really is the sign sent by him, because Serena is “too useless, ignorant, and naive to truly hear God”. Serena always protested against staying with the pastor alone. The reason was later revealed, as the pastor chose Mina over Mika at the adoption center only because he liked her more, and sexually harassed her every time he was left alone with her, under the excuse that “Satan” has eyes on her and that she needed to be cleansed. Serena voiced out her issue with the pastor to her foster mother, but was only met with invalidation, by telling her that she was only being cleaned out of the devil living inside her, and that nobody would ever want to harass someone like her. According to Rika, she couldn't reject the pastor because she was afraid of being forsaken, and came to believe that she completely lost the power to protect herself, which was when she realized that people will be abused and forsaken if they’re weak, that there's no such thing as a kind or helping God, only a merciless one who will expel her to hell if she doesn't obey.
At school, Serena couldn't meet the school’s demands, and was constantly bullied as was only met by sneering and avoidance and rumors that she was “possessed by Satan”, and even after telling her mother, she was invalidated and told that “nobody would want to torment someone as stupid and dark as her”, Serena was told to smile when other children smiled, to follow them in playgrounds and offer them gifts first to befriend them, but nobody ever told her how to survive while voicing out her needs, the more she struggled to be loved, the more lonesome she grew. And as she couldn’t let her heart speak for years, the devil inside her only grew bigger.
One day, when rika was 16 years old, the mother wanted to visit the father’s hospital and pray there to let God convert him, but the pastor told her that he should visit and pray there himself because there's a higher chance of conversion if he did I it himself, and insisted on taking Serena with him to “protect her”. At the hospital, Rika took off on her own to find her father, because she “would’ve rather died than to stay with that monster”. By coincidence, she passed by a ward, which was Mika’s ward, who was 18 years old at the time, and looked rather sickly and thin like a “corpse”. A nurse is seen announcing to Mika that she would be getting discharged tomorrow and that she should take her medication. Once the nurse leaves, Serena enters, astonished to find her childhood friend, It was stated that the two haven't met ever since Serena’s adoption. Serena missed her dearly and felt really happy to have finally seen her again. It was revealed that Mika was still at the orphanage and was really envious of how Serena has a family and goes to a good school, but Serena didn't have the heart to tell her about how miserable she really was because Mika seemed really sick and she didn't want to add up to her troubles.
Finding Serena, the pastor interrupts their meeting asking Serena to come home with him, saying he's her guardian. Serena was seen clearly scared and uncomfortable, and refused to go with him, and expresses how much she hates him. Mika then tells the man off that Serena is her sister and that her ward is off-limits to everyone except family, so he wasn't welcomed. Mika then pleads with the nurse, since it was her last day, to take the man out since he isn't Serena's actual father. The pastor leaves, visibly angry. Rika questions how did the nurse make him leave without a lot of pushing, with Mika telling her that it's because she's a good patient. Then it was revealed that Mika was sent to the orphanage a year after Serena was adopted. Mika says that she's been doing community service as a hobby, and wants to become a nurse who help others, and encourages Serena to help others as well. Serena then informs Mika that the God Mika has been telling her about was nothing like a loving God, and He would forsake her for the smallest things. Mika then breaks into tears and Serena notices how skinny she's gotten. Eventually Mika brushes it off and says it's because she probably has tough day ahead of her, telling Serena that she's happy Serena is getting a lot of love, even the love Mika should've had instead. Mika didn't know how to show her sorrows to someone else, as she was also afraid of being forsaken, Serena didn't ask any further questions to prevent triggering her. According to to Rika, they were concerned about each other, yet they couldn't be completely honest with each other, they had to pretend to be okay because that was what the world taught them, that Mika kept on clutching Serena’s clothes, as a silent desperate way to plead with Serena to save her. And that is there really was a God, he wouldn't have let them meet again in a place like this.
Mika gave Serena an address and contact number for the orphanage she stayed at before letting Serena go back home with her father. Serena learned from her father after that Mika had eye cancer, close to untreatable, and that shell probably meet an early demise if not treated. Serena implored her father to pay Mika’s hospital bills. However, after trying to find her after she was discharged, it turned out both the address and contact number were fake, so it was impossible to find and help her. That made Serena doubt if she really diee grow up in an orphanage, and made her question why Mika didn't ask for her help knowing she's the adopted daughter of a hospital director. Rika blamed herself for being powerless and not picking up Mika’s signal begging Serena to save her.
Ever since Serena and Mika met again, Serena couldn't sleep, thinking of how miserable Mika was, walking into death's embrace all alone. And started thinking that maybe that's what would become of her. Convinced that Mika is already dead. And seeing how forsaken Mika was, Serena promises never to abandon anything in hope of providing it with 'true love'. Serena rescues Sally, and abandoned puppy who was roaming around her house alone. Her mother is not very pleased with her decision to help the dog, and kept on ordering Serena to send away the dog. Serena then tells her mother about how the pastor keeps sexually harassing every time they're alone, even after she told him many times to stop, to which her mother brushes off as "a ritual to condemn Satan out of her", and that “there’s nothing holy about her body, so there's no need for him to touch her”. Serena refuses to abandon Sally and insists that if Sally is gone, she’s going too, only for her mother to tell her to leave as “she’s no child of the lord”. Rika realized at that moment that her family wouldn't care if she was gone, that the real love Mika told her about is that real families will never forsake each other, no matter how much they hate each other, but Serena’s family was nothing but an empty case. And that they're no choice but to make a contract with devil breathing within her.
Serena and Sally then run away to the local cathedral where the pastor is holding a sermon. Her foster mother chases after her, much to Serena's amusement, seeing how her mother couldn't even speak out loud, afraid she’ll catch the attention of their neighbors. According to Rika, once she decided that it doesn't matter if her family forsakes her, she became free. Once reaching the cathedral, she expresses disgust towards everyone and blames them all for Mika’s lonesome death, yelling that God who forsakes people is bad, parents who forsake their children just because they've done something wrong are bad parents, and accuses the pastor of being a criminal, telling him to never use God to do his horrible acts again. She was wondering if her and Sally will end up just like Mika, when all she ever wanted was to love, love her family, and love her friends. Rika knew that neither her parent nor God will protect her. The only choice for her is to let the devil inside her to protect her in order to love.
Serena was dragged back home, where Sally was forcefully kicked out, Serena did everything in her power to convince her mother to let her keep sally, offering to be practically nonexistent, that she won't let the people from church see her again, she can transfer her somewhere else, that she’ll do nothing in this house except sleep. When none of her beggings worked, she resorted to threatening her mother, that if she does expel Sally out of the house, something bad will happen at the church. That's Satan is living inside of her and he’s telling her if she expels her, he will shut down her mother's path to heaven. Her mother trembled and believed every word Serena’s devil made up. Rika then realized that she can secure herself and make up for her weaknesses by stirring up fear.
At some point, Rika visits one of V's galleries and becomes enchanted with one of his photographs, to the point where she begins going there every day, which V eventually notices. He approaches her and begins talking to her, mentioning he sees her staring at this particular photograph every day, to which she states she feels happy and loved when looking at the picture. V then introduces himself, after gaining an interest in how she spoke and offers the photograph for free in return, they'd go out for coffee, eventually leading them to begin a relationship.
Rika had lived much of her life with paranoia, depression, anxiety, and psychosis, which later worsen once Sally (Rika's dog) died, which is three years before the events of the game, with Rika blaming her death on herself for not going through with the surgery, picking the 'natural' way. By this point, V sends her to see a therapist to help her cope with her mental illness, in which Rika only sees for three weeks before quitting.
Before the Death of Sally, Rika felt suffocated around V, she was paranoid that her darkness will melt and perish around his light, that the devil that protected her from childhood will melt with it, that caused her to ask V for her own apartment under the impression that she needed it to focus on her charity work. This was later proven to be an excuse for her to have a place for her and Mika to stay at and plan for Mint Eye.
Rika always had a dream, to “make forsaken people happy. She also was scared to be forsaken herself, feeling lost over what she should do to be loved. Mika used those to her advantage, by offering to make a plan so that they can survive in this world without being forsaken. That they won't the people struggling to find love, but rather become the people who give love.
Giving Rika the idea to use Unknown to steal all information from RFA. At first, Rika disagreed because she felt as she cannot use a boy who needed to be saved. Following with Mika telling her that she’s saving him by using him, that she needed to be strong enough to use harsh measures to truly save people and to stay protected. Because they find love one day and find hatred the next day, there's no point in being a “good child”, so she should be strong enough to be the person who gets to judge who is being a “good child”.
Rika later agreed to Mika’s plan after her mental state impossibly intensified because of the death of Mother Choi. Her death led Rika to feel as if she needed to save Saeran one way or another, even if it means hurting him in the process. According to Rika, her fear of being forsaken made the “Mina” inside her trust and follow Mika’s plan. Rika knew how wrong Mika is, and that they’re both abnormal to go through with it, but they're both devils, and devils can't forsake each other. Rika let Mika take over her as she wanted to let Mika protect her, because she knew how desperate Mika was, and how much she needed Rika.
Secret Ending (1 & 2)
During Secret Ending One, it is revealed that Rika is the founder of the cult Mint Eye (deemed as 'savior') and she is shown as being deeply disturbed and fixated on 'cleansing' the world and saving people. The players are also introduced to more of the backstory of Rika and how she ended up as she is now. Rika then later reveals that she originally planned to bring all of the RFA members to Mint Eye.
Rika seems to despise V at this point, calling him a traitor for being involved with RFA, stating that she's glad he's blind because she'll be free to do whatever she wants. However, V is still madly obsessed with Rika, stating she can 'destroy him' all she wants.
Further into the first secret ending, Rika hopes to be able to brainwash Seven implying that he is much better than his brother, Unknown. As well as stating she had no plans to kill Seven despite promising him she would. This greatly angers Unknown as he was entirely against it, as he was wanting to kill him for revenge for 'abandoning him'. Rika then scolds Unknown for disagreeing with her, implying he has no use to her now, causing great mental damage to Unknown.
At this point, Rika sends her disciples to brainwash Unknown some more, but Seven intercepts between the two, shocking Unknown before he faints due to his wound. Unknown then pulls out his gun, eventually shooting V, which causes Rika to come back to (somewhat) reality and grieves for V.
At the end of Secret Ending One, Rika is standing far from V's funeral, Yoosung mentioning that ever since his 'suicide', she had stopped talking. However, she begins talking about V being the sun, and how he is always with her.
Within Secret Ending Two, Rika is now being taken care of by Yoosung as the doctors believed it was best for someone from her family to take care of her, rather than a round-the-clock doctor. Yoosung and Zen watch her within her shared apartment with V taking photos and smiling, stating she is similar to that of a child with how happy she is.
After a while, Zen has a prophetic dream about her and tells Yoosung to send Rika away somewhere without informing Jumin and Jaehee. It's implied they do this in her best interest, and she will be better off wherever they sent her.
V was Rika's fiance and they are seen to have loved each other very much. Right before her "suicide", V proposed to her and the two became engaged. However, their relationship is highly dependent on one another to the point of it being unhealthy. Due to Rika's instability, she assaulted him which causes him to become blind. She also created a religious cult and blames V for bad things that happened to them in a twisted ideology she developed for "saving" people.
Rika is Yoosung's cousin through adoption. While the two did not meet until later on, Yoosung feels that they became close. The two worked on community service together. After the death of her puppy, Yoosung vowed to become a veterinarian. Yoosung ends up taking care of Rika after V's death. While Yoosung was very fond of Rika, it is revealed in the Secret End 01 that she hates pretending to smile and act a certain way around him.
Jumin, Rika and V are seen to be close friends. He also trusted Rika and respects her as seen most of the time, such as when he heard that there was a bomb implanted in Rika's apartment. He stated that he felt as if 'she was the only woman that understood him, could look right through him with just a glance' and he also felt as if 'he could trust her' and that 'she was the only woman, until MC came, that didn't like him just for his money'. It also seems that Jumin's feelings for Rika ran a bit deeper than friendship, as he constantly states that Rika was never supposed to be his throughout his route.
Rika is one of Zen's first fans who is also seen admiring his plays and acting. In Zen's route, it is shown when she gave him red flowers as a congratulation.
In the second and last part of the secret ending, Zen had a psychic dream that Rika would be interrogated and possibly incarcerated. But because Zen wasn't aware of Rika's deeds being "the leader of Mint Eye," the person who brainwashed Saeran and caused V's blindness; he instead strongly suggested to Yoosung that they should send her to Alaska for her to recover from her aphasia and mental illness. At first, he had a hard time convincing Yoosung but eventually was able to send Rika to Alaska believing that it was better for her to go there for treatment and hopefully recover.
Rika discovered 707 when he was a child, uncovering the unimaginable abuse he and his twin brother, Saeran, faced at the hands of their mother. She ended up turning Seven to Catholicism and helped him become baptized under the name Luciel. She also "rescued" Seven's twin from his abusive mother and took care of him right up until her breakup with V. After this, she used various brainwashing techniques to distort Saeran's view of his brother, forcing a wedge in between the two. At the end of the Secret 01 route, Rika revealed that she wanted to brainwash Seven into joining Mint Eye.
Sally was her pet dog, however around the age of seven she got cataracts in her eyes and Rika refused to pay for the surgery, causing Sally's death (she was blinded and got hit by a car). Rika is greatly depressed by this and regrets not allowing the surgery, going as far as to blame herself for the dog's death.
Yoosung's mother is Rika's aunt, but the details of their relationship remain unknown.
- The name Rika means "pear" (梨) (ri) and "blossom, flower" (花) (ka) in Japanese.
- The name Rika is also Norse baby name. In Norse, the name Rika is a feminine form of Eric, which means "forever strong". This alludes to the possible reference to how she remains strong despite her illness.
- In the first-of-two parts of the secret ending, it was revealed that Rika's name is not her real name when V asked her if "Rika" was her real name after he just revealed his real name to her. In Rika's behind story, it was revealed that she was named "Mina" at birth and then legally named "Serena Kim" when she was adopted by Yoosung's aunt and uncle.
- The name Rika is also Norse baby name. In Norse, the name Rika is a feminine form of Eric, which means "forever strong". This alludes to the possible reference to how she remains strong despite her illness.
- It is currently unknown if Rika's stated age is her current age or the age she was at her "time of death".
- By calculating the passage of time in her DLC (Rika's Behind Story), it's revealed she's actually 28 years old in Deep/Casual stories, and 29 in Another Story.
- Rika views V as the sun and the game's ending song "Like the Sun in the Sky" refers to how Rika views V.
- Rika suffers from depression, anxiety and paranoia.
- According to the RFA's Top Secret Book:
- Rika's phone number is +82)10-5514-$Q**
- Rika's email is Rika@cheritz.com
- Rika has a special talent for cooking and interior decorating.
- Rika likes apple tart, and dislikes anything hot and spicy, as she says she has a cat's tongue.
- Rika's most used apps are the camera, photo album and calendar.
- Rika desires world peace.
- Rika's favorite quote is "I can understand everything through love."
- Rika was the person who suggested to give Jumin Han a pet cat, which turned out to be Elizabeth 3rd, due to his inability of expressing his emotions to people.
- Rika has a pet dog named Sally, who has lost her sight. The vet had recommended eye surgery but Rika refused. Sally ended up running off into the roads losing her life (Yoosung suggests that she couldn't stand not being able to see).
- Rika views refusing eye surgery to Sally as a mistake, and hopes to eradicate all mistakes from humanity as a whole. This is presumably one of her reasons for starting Mint Eye.
- In the second and last part of the secret ending, it was implied that Rika's real mother committed suicide while Yoosung's aunt, Rika's adoptive mother, mentioned to Yoosung that she (or they) regrets adopting Rika. This is later confirmed in 'Another Story.'
- In Another Story, it is stated that Rika's adopted parents are rich and they are estranged (someone who is no longer close or affectionate to someone; alienated) from the rest of the family.
- According to Rika's Scrapbook:
- Rika designed RFA's logo by herself.
- Rika's belongings: cell phone, pendant with a picture of her and V, mint-flavored candies, picture of the sun taken by V, and a pen & notebook.