History VisualNovel / Danganronpa

24th Sep '16 1:09:33 PM CombativeBoil
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* ApologizesALot: The story quite disturbingly reveals this to be the case from , regarding her sister.

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* ApologizesALot: The story quite disturbingly reveals this to be the case from , Mukuro, regarding her sister.
13th Sep '16 8:15:14 AM Alucard
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*** This issue finally gets appeased years down the line during the airing of ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'''s Despair Side where Ikusaba was actually shown present during said battle, and in fact drew first blood. Everything after that was still a result of the student council killing each other, while she was forced to sing Tsubasa wo Kudasai.
7th Sep '16 1:44:21 PM Luigifan
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* AllYourPowersCombined: A hilarious yet brutal example - when Junko loses Chapter 6's trial, she receives ''all'' the previous executions in a row as punishment.

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* AllYourPowersCombined: A hilarious yet brutal example - -- when Junko loses Chapter 6's trial, she receives ''all'' the previous executions in a row as punishment.



** Chapter 6 plays on the trope - the mastermind, after being revealed, offers for the students to join them. Accepting only leads to them saying they were joking. Later on the mastermind forces you to pick one of three identical options, only to immediately declare the player's choice as correct before Makoto even gets the chance to respond in the game just because they didn't want to bother waiting.

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** Chapter 6 plays on the trope - -- the mastermind, after being revealed, [[WeCanRuleTogether offers for the students to join them.them]]. Accepting only leads to them saying they were joking. Later on on, the mastermind forces you to pick one of three identical options, only to immediately declare the player's choice as correct before Makoto even gets the chance to respond in the game game, just because they didn't want to bother waiting.



** The "Space Journey" execution - the very first thing we see when beginning the game. While we don't get a direct answer for who was executed, it's implied that it was the original headmaster.
** In Makoto's introduction, and throughout the game, he notes that if there's one thing that makes him unique it's that he's slightly more optimistic than most people. At the ''very'' end, this makes him "Ultimate Hope", and thus the perfect counter to Ultimate Despair - optimism and hope are basically the same thing.

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** The "Space Journey" execution - -- the very first thing we see when beginning the game. While we don't get a direct answer for who was executed, it's implied that it was the original headmaster.
** In Makoto's introduction, and throughout the game, he notes that if there's one thing that makes him unique unique, it's that he's slightly more optimistic than most people. At the ''very'' end, this makes him "Ultimate Hope", and thus the perfect counter to Ultimate Despair - -- optimism and hope are basically the same thing.



* ChekhovsGag: At the end of each chapter, an 8-bit sequence video would pop up where Monokuma walks up the chapter's culprit and drags them away with "GAME OVER" being displayed on the screen. Come the last trial, where the mastermind is executed, and they go willingly with Monokuma whilst "CONGRATULATIONS!" is being displayed instead. It could be showing how hope has overcome despair, or alternatively if "GAME OVER" was a message to the culprits, then "CONGRATULATIONS!" is a message to the mastermind, who wanted this execution [[KarmaHoudini and]] ''[[TheBadGuyWins succeeded.]]''
* ChekhovsLecture: Some of the "Monokuma Theatre" segments foreshadow future events. One example is his lecture about the difference between "I killed someone" and "I ended up killing someone" - later, somebody is murdered, not out of intention but out of a loss of control on the culprit's part.

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* ChekhovsGag: At the end of each chapter, an 8-bit sequence video would pop up where Monokuma walks up to the chapter's culprit and drags them away with "GAME OVER" being displayed on the screen. Come the last trial, where the mastermind is executed, and they go willingly with Monokuma whilst "CONGRATULATIONS!" is being displayed instead. It could be showing how hope has overcome despair, or alternatively alternatively, if "GAME OVER" was a message to the culprits, then "CONGRATULATIONS!" is a message to the mastermind, who wanted this execution [[KarmaHoudini and]] ''[[TheBadGuyWins succeeded.]]''
* ChekhovsLecture: Some of the "Monokuma Theatre" segments foreshadow future events. One example is his lecture about the difference between "I killed someone" and "I ended up killing someone" - -- later, somebody is murdered, not out of intention but out of a loss of control on the culprit's part.



* DarkSecret: One of Monokuma's motives has him pass out cards to everyone with one of their biggest secrets written on it. He claims that if someone isn't murdered before 24 hours pass, he'll reveal these to the outside world. Only four of the dark secrets are revealed: Makoto's - because he's the player character - where he used to wet the bed until 5th grade. Chihiro's dark secret comes out during the investigation; Chihiro is actually a boy wearing girl's clothing, in a misguided event to not be seen as weak. After Mondo is revealed as the culprit, Monokuma reveals Mondo's secret for him: Mondo got his own big brother Daiya killed accidentally, and spread a lie saying his big brother got himself killed. Finally, Byakuya reveals during the trial that Toko's secret is her secondary personality: Genocide Jack.

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* DarkSecret: One of Monokuma's motives has him pass out cards to everyone with one of their biggest secrets written on it. He claims that if someone isn't murdered before 24 hours pass, he'll reveal these to the outside world. Only four of the dark secrets are revealed: Makoto's - -- because he's the player character - -- where he used to wet the bed until 5th grade. Chihiro's dark secret comes out during the investigation; Chihiro is actually a boy wearing girl's clothing, in a misguided event to not be seen as weak. After Mondo is revealed as the culprit, Monokuma reveals Mondo's secret for him: Mondo got his own big brother Daiya killed accidentally, and spread a lie saying his big brother got himself killed. Finally, Byakuya reveals during the trial that Toko's secret is her secondary personality: Genocide Jack.



* DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler: The completely-destroyed Alter Ego saving Makoto's life at the last second during his execution, via a virus she implanted in the network.]] Kyoko lampshades this, stating that Monokuma could never have forseen a being coming to their aid [[spoiler: even after he'd killed it.]]

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* DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The completely-destroyed Alter Ego saving Makoto's life at the last second during his execution, via a virus she implanted in the network.]] Kyoko lampshades this, stating that Monokuma could never have forseen a being coming to their aid [[spoiler: even [[spoiler:even after he'd killed it.]]
25th Aug '16 7:33:57 AM urutapu
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** The game is overall less outlandish than later instalments. While it does get a bit weird in some areas, later instalments took the series in a much more extreme direction. Notably, there are no elements of sci-fi like in the later games.
** The portrayal of Hopes Peak Academy is radically different to later games. While in the first game the school is presented as an ElaborateUniversityHigh with a very small population, later instalments portray it as an extremely corrupt AcademyOfEvil with a much larger population of students.
** The games noticeably more chaste, bar some HoYay, the only elements of romance are Makoto's crush on Sayaka (which is done in partway through Chapter 1 which the latter dies), Toko's love for Byakuya (entirely PlayedForLaughs) and Kyoko becoming the ImpliedLoveInterest. Compare this to later instalments, where the ShipTease and outright romance is considerably played up, [[LoveHurts usually to tragic results]].
** The portrayal of The Worst, Most Destructive Event in Human History is radically different, presented as if Monokuma had taken over the world. In the later instalments, the event is instead portrayed as a series of terrible events across the world, with Ultimate Despair being anarchic terrorists. The shorter name for the event (The Tragedy) also didn't see use until ''VisualNovel/SuperDangnRonpa2''.
** Most glaringly, the conflict between hope and despair is played as straight BlackAndWhiteMorality, which is bizarre in retrospect when much of the series from then on is built on how hope can also corrupting. This also makes the straight portrayals of [[AllLovingHero Makoto]] and [[DarkMessiah Junko]] an outlier.

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** The game is overall less outlandish than later instalments. While it does get a bit weird in some areas, later instalments took the series in a much more extreme direction. Notably, there are almost no elements of sci-fi like in the later games.
** The portrayal of Hopes Hope's Peak Academy is radically different to later games. While in the first game the school is presented as an ElaborateUniversityHigh with a very small population, later instalments installments portray it as an extremely corrupt AcademyOfEvil with a much larger population of students.
** The games game is noticeably more chaste, bar chaste--bar some HoYay, the only elements of romance are Makoto's crush on Sayaka (which is done in partway through Chapter 1 which only lasts about halfway into the latter dies), first chapter due to the latter's death), Toko's love for Byakuya (entirely PlayedForLaughs) PlayedForLaughs), and Kyoko becoming the ImpliedLoveInterest. Compare this to later instalments, installments, where the ShipTease and outright romance is considerably played up, [[LoveHurts usually to tragic results]].
** The portrayal of The Worst, Most Destructive Event in Human History is radically different, presented as if Monokuma had taken over the world. In the later instalments, installments, the event is instead portrayed as a series of terrible events across the world, with Ultimate Despair being anarchic terrorists. The shorter name for the event (The Tragedy) also didn't see use until ''VisualNovel/SuperDangnRonpa2''.
''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''.
** Most glaringly, the conflict between hope and despair is played as straight BlackAndWhiteMorality, which is bizarre in retrospect when much of the series from then on is built on how hope can also corrupting.corrupt. This also makes the straight portrayals of [[AllLovingHero Makoto]] and [[DarkMessiah Junko]] an outlier.



* IHaveYourWife: Monokuma's first motive - he gives everyone a DVD that implies horrible things will happen to the friends/family they care about the most, such as Makoto's family supposedly being attacked and killed. Given what we learn in the final trial, its implied to be true.

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* IHaveYourWife: Monokuma's first motive - he gives everyone a DVD that implies horrible things will happen to the friends/family they care about the most, such as Makoto's family supposedly being attacked and killed. Given what we learn in the final trial, its it's implied to be true.
24th Aug '16 2:42:39 PM eliaskelham
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** Most glaringly, the conflict between hope and despair is played as straight as straight BlackAndWhiteMorality, which is bizarre in retrospect when much of the series from then on is built on how hope can also corrupting. This also makes the straight portrayals of [[AllLovingHero Makoto]] and [[DarkMessiah Junko]] an outlier.

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** Most glaringly, the conflict between hope and despair is played as straight as straight BlackAndWhiteMorality, which is bizarre in retrospect when much of the series from then on is built on how hope can also corrupting. This also makes the straight portrayals of [[AllLovingHero Makoto]] and [[DarkMessiah Junko]] an outlier.
14th Aug '16 9:35:56 PM rjd1922
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* ApocalypseWow: The screens showing the results of the Despairing Incident imply a ApocalypseHow/{{Class 0}}.

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* ApocalypseWow: ApocalypseHow: The screens showing the results of the Despairing Incident imply a ApocalypseHow/{{Class 0}}.



* SecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics: Intentionally invoked: series writer Kazutaka Kodaka has said his main problem with murder mysteries was how underdeveloped the victims usually were, and so the series came to be based around a CastOfSnowflakes put through as much [[KillEmAll death]] and [[TraumaCongaLine psychological trauma as possible]]. By the end of the game [[ApocalypseWow the entire world turns out to be effectively destroyed]] just to make them [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn their happy ending]].

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* SecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics: Intentionally invoked: series writer Kazutaka Kodaka has said his main problem with murder mysteries was how underdeveloped the victims usually were, and so the series came to be based around a CastOfSnowflakes put through as much [[KillEmAll death]] and [[TraumaCongaLine psychological trauma as possible]]. By the end of the game [[ApocalypseWow [[AfterTheEnd the entire world turns out to be effectively destroyed]] just to make them [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn their happy ending]].
14th Aug '16 9:27:00 PM KEEP_IN
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** During Chihiro's final Free Time conversation, you're asked (obliquely) which guy would be best for helping them become stronger. Even if you've played to the end of Chapter 2 and know how it ends, the game still won't let you get out of that conversation without recommending Mondo.

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** During Chihiro's final Free Time conversation, you're asked (obliquely) which guy would be best for helping them him become stronger. Even if you've played to the end of Chapter 2 and know how it ends, the game still won't let you get out of that conversation without recommending Mondo.



* DarkSecret: One of Monokuma's motives has him pass out cards to everyone with one of their biggest secrets written on it. He claims that if someone isn't murdered before 24 hours pass, he'll reveal these to the outside world. Only four of the dark secrets are revealed: Makoto's - because he's the player character - where he used to wet the bed until 5th grade. Chihiro's dark secret comes out during the investigation; Chihiro is actually a boy wearing girl's clothing, in a misguided event to not be seen as weak. After Mondo is revealed as the culprit, Monokuma reveals Mondo's secret for him: Mondo got his own big brother Daiya killed accidentally, and spread a lie saying his big brother got himself killed. Finally, Byakuya reveals during the trial that Toko's secret is her secondary personality: Genocide Jill.

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* DarkSecret: One of Monokuma's motives has him pass out cards to everyone with one of their biggest secrets written on it. He claims that if someone isn't murdered before 24 hours pass, he'll reveal these to the outside world. Only four of the dark secrets are revealed: Makoto's - because he's the player character - where he used to wet the bed until 5th grade. Chihiro's dark secret comes out during the investigation; Chihiro is actually a boy wearing girl's clothing, in a misguided event to not be seen as weak. After Mondo is revealed as the culprit, Monokuma reveals Mondo's secret for him: Mondo got his own big brother Daiya killed accidentally, and spread a lie saying his big brother got himself killed. Finally, Byakuya reveals during the trial that Toko's secret is her secondary personality: Genocide Jill.Jack.



* TemptingFate: If a character is too happy, you can bet they're going to be involved in that chapter's murder. Sayaka implies that she has a crush on Makoto? Not only is she killed, but she had him pegged as her fall guy. Mondo and Kiyotaka become friends? Mondo kills Chihiro and Kiyotaka becomes completely broken. Hifumi finds his "ideal 2-D girl" in the ironically male Alter Ego and Kiyotaka bounces back after meeting Alter Ego? Kiyotaka's the next victim and Hifumi is killed by the person who convinced him to murder him. Sakura and Aoi, by far the kindest students? Sakura is TheMole and commits suicide, leaving Aoi heartbroken. Alter Ego gets over being a computer program and promises to help? Monokuma steals and crushes it. Makoto helps Kyoko screw over Monokuma? In the bad ending, Kyoko's the next one to be executed thanks to Makoto himself.

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* TemptingFate: If a character is too happy, you can bet they're going to be involved in that chapter's murder. Sayaka implies that she has a crush on Makoto? Not only is she killed, but she had him pegged as her fall guy. Mondo and Kiyotaka become friends? Mondo kills Chihiro and Kiyotaka becomes completely broken. Hifumi finds his "ideal 2-D girl" in the ironically male Alter Ego and Kiyotaka bounces back after meeting Alter Ego? Kiyotaka's the next victim and Hifumi is killed by the person who convinced him to murder him. Sakura and Aoi, by far the kindest students? Sakura is TheMole and commits suicide, leaving Aoi heartbroken. Alter Ego gets over being a computer program and promises to help? Monokuma steals and crushes it.him. Makoto helps Kyoko screw over Monokuma? In the bad ending, Kyoko's the next one to be executed thanks to Makoto himself.
14th Aug '16 9:09:48 PM KEEP_IN
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* CrotchGrabSexCheck: In the original Japanese version of Chihiro's ending, Chihiro proves he's a boy to Makoto by moving Makoto's hand somewhere "on his body", which is strongly implied to be this. In the localised version, it's specifically said that Chihiro moves Makoto to feel his chest, perhaps to appease the censors, or to avoid UnfortunateImplications as most Western countries have more accepting approaches to gender identity than Japan.

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* CrotchGrabSexCheck: In the original Japanese version of Chihiro's ending, Chihiro proves he's a boy to Makoto by moving Makoto's hand somewhere "on his body", which is strongly implied to be this. In the localised version, it's specifically said that Chihiro moves Makoto to feel his chest, perhaps likely to appease the censors, or to avoid UnfortunateImplications as most Western countries have more accepting approaches to gender identity than Japan.censors.
13th Aug '16 5:53:02 PM TaylorHyuuga
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* CriticalResearchFailure: In Case 2, you need to play Hangman's Gambit to prove that Toko has a split personality. However, you need to input "schizo". Schizophrenia is decidedly different from Dissociative Identity Disorder, which she ACTUALLY has and which the game correctly states before the trial starts.
13th Aug '16 5:52:18 PM TaylorHyuuga
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* CriticalResearchFailure: In Case 2, you need to play Hangman's Gambit to prove that Toko has a split personality. However, you need to input "schizo". Schizophrenia is decidedly different from Dissociative Identity Disorder, which she ACTUALLY has and which the game correctly states before the trial starts.
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