Maho Hiyajo (比屋定真帆 Hiyajo Maho ) is Makise Kurisu's senior university associate at the Institute of Neuroscience at Victor Chondria University in the United States. She works as a research assistant to Professor Alexis Leskinen and specializes in neuroscience and artificial intelligence.
A feisty young woman, due to her extremely short stature, she is often mistaken for a grade/primary schooler despite being in her twenties.
As a character she appears in Steins;Gate - Epigraph of the Closed Curve, Steins;Gate - Pandora of Eternal Return, Steins;Gate - Altair at the Apoapsis of Infinity and the drama CDs Epitaxy of the Projected Curved Surface, Pandemia of Artificial Machinery, and Arpeggio of Time Rotation. She is a main character in Steins;Gate 0 visual novel and the anime version of the visual novel.
She is aware but is often annoyed every time other people mistake her as a child, unaware of her true age and occupation. In Steins;Gate 0, Based on her interactions with Amadeus Kurisu, she often has quarrels with the real Kurisu although deep inside she holds great respect towards her colleague.
She also develops a deep platonic bond with Rintarou Okabe as well as developing connections with the rest of the Future Gadget Lab members including Moeka Kiryu.
- In the Epigraph Trilogy Maho ends up wearing mismatched clothing after her belongings burn in a car crash in Steins;Gate: Epigraph of the Closed Curve.
- She loves Okinawan dishes as depicted in the Pandemia of Artificial Machinery drama CD.
- Faris theorizes that Maho's family had roots in Okinawa based on her surname.