Madotsuki Profile
窓付き (With the Window)
Location Madotsuki's Room
• The Dream World
Role • Protagonist of Yume Nikki
• Begins with instructions, gathers effects from the dream world.
Size Standard Madotsuki walk front Madotsuki Sitting Small
Effect Reaction Uses all 24 Effects to transform with them.
Notes The Player Character of Yume Nikki

Madotsuki (窓付き, lit. windowed) (pronounced /mɑˈdɒts.kiː/) is the protagonist of Yume Nikki. She is one of the characters in Yume Nikki with an established name, since characters require a name for the menu screen in RPG Maker games.

As with virtually everything else in the game, Madotsuki's identity and life are a mystery. Only what can be seen in-game can be considered canon, although there are many varying interpretations of her.

Although there is no indication nor canon of age given in the game, fanwork often depicts her as a young person with the (fan favorite) Knife effect active.


Madotsuki in the Manga

Madotsuki as she appears in the manga

The word "Madotsuki" means "windowed" (as in a box or envelope) or "aperture" (see its dictionary entry here ). The name appears in the menu as the name of the player-character, and (in the Japanese language version) is the only place where kanji appears in the game. All other text in the game—the game menus, instructions, the "menu has changed" notice, Nasu, and even the title screen of the game—is written using the hiragana alphabet.

'Madotsuki' is not a word used as a name in Japan - in fact, it may not even be her true name at all. It could be thought of as being a metaphor; more a description of the character as the 'player's window into the dream world' rather than a literal name. It could also be a way to preserve the game's theme of loneliness by giving the character a functional, dehumanizing name, rather than a personal name.

It is similar to the colloquial Japanese term for 'windower', a person who spends a long time looking out the window; that is, a daydreamer.

It has been noted that when you reverse her romaji name (Madotuki in Kunrei-shiki romanization), it becomes Ikutodam: 行くと駄目 or 行くとダメ ("iku to dame"), a commonly used phrase that means "it is useless to go/leave." This may be a coincidence.

Real LifeEdit

Madotsuki doesn't have much to do in her room. Her television set doesn't receive any channels, so she can only use it to play a single Famicom game, NASU. She can go outside on the balcony, but the balcony itself must be rather high as her view always seems to be blocked by fog.

Madotsuki's DreamsEdit


Madotsuki's dreams and memories in the manga

Elements in Madotsuki's dream world seem to hint at her mental or emotional state. Some Effects seem to show her unhappiness. The knife, in particular, appears to hint at her misery. However, the player ultimately controls Madotsuki -- it is unknown whether she would use the knife on her own.

Since many dreams are disturbing when shared, Madotsuki may just be a typical lucid dreamer trying to find a release from her sadness by exploiting her dreams for fun and self-discovery.

Fan SpeculationEdit

Main article: Theories

See the Theories page for theories regarding Madotsuki and Yume Nikki in general.


  • 101824
    An image of a human figure that resembles Madotsuki has been found on a very ancient poncho. Maybe KIKIYAMA themself looked at this image before creating Madotsuki. Full scan of the poncho here and some info here.
  • Unlike of fangame protagonists, no official artwork of Madotsuki was ever released, aside from her sprites. This means that even her true appearance is subject to interpretation.
  • Madotsuki (her Houchou Shoujo Gensoukyoku version, to be percisely) is a playable character in the fighting game M.U.G.E.N


Madotsuki walk front big
Madotsuki walk side big
Madotsuki walk back big
Madotsuki Sitting Big
Madotsuki Chair Bounce
Madotsuki Chair Spin
Madotsuki Cheek Pinch

Effects Frog Front
Effects Frog Side
Effects Frog Back
Effects Frog Hopping
Effects Umbrella Front
Effects Umbrella Side
Effects Umbrella Back
Effects Umbrella Twirl
Effects Hat and Scarf Front
Effects Hat and Scarf Side
Effects Hat and Scarf Back
Effects Hat and Scarf Snowman
Effects Yuki-onna Front
Effects Yuki-onna Side
Effects Yuki-onna Back
Effects Hat and Scarf Melting Snowman
Effects Knife Front
Effects Knife Side
Effects Knife Back
Effects Knife Switching

Effects Medamaude Front
Effects Medamaude Side
Effects Medamaude Back
Effects Medamaude Fist