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* AlasPoorScrappy:
** The motives behind Teruteru's murder of Byakuya made readers who were previously disgusted by his horndog personality feel sorry for him. [[NightmareFuel The execution didn't really help matters.]]
** Monomi is more of an in-universe Scrappy, being seen as nothing more than annoyance even at the best of times. Then she finally starts to [[LetsGetDangerous Get Dangerous]] in Chapter 5, starting to talk back to Monokuma in such a way to even shut ''him'' up, continuing on with trying to cover for Chiaki when she's being outed as TheMole and even fighting back against Monokuma when he tries to execute her, only failing after finding out that he vastly outnumbers her. When he finally decides to execute her, too, she finally accepts her fate and gives one final pep talk to the survivors before going off with Chiaki to face her execution as everyone seems to have softened up to her a bit.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** How much of what Nagito says and does is real, and how much is a lie? It doesn't help that in his final Free Time event, he openly suggests that [[UnreliableNarrator he could've been lying]] after revealing his past -- but is he being honest about lying, or trying to backtrack after realizing he might've revealed too much? Supplementary materials support the latter interpretation more, but it's still debated rather frequently.
** Assuming the latter interpretation is true for the above, to what extent (if any) is Nagito's behavior influenced by his FTD?
** There is also the common debate on whether Nagito was justified in trying in trying to kill everyone after finding out the truth. It mostly comes down to how responsible the students were for their actions as Ultimate Despair.
** Izuru Kamukura is a magnet for this, not surprising given how little screentime the guy has. Is he a victim like the others of Junko or an accomplice? How much of Hajime actually remains in him? And what did he mean by him "using" the Junko AI? It doesn't help that [[UnreliableExpositor much of the information about him is given by rather dubious sources]] and that [[ShrugOfGod even the creators don't seem to have full knowledge of who he was]].
* {{Anvilicious}}: Specifically "Bullying is bad".
** A running theme about the pasts of the new cast is how badly being bullied has messed them up or those around them.
** Hiyoko, the resident bully is A) a victim of bullying herself by her family which caused her father to go mad and B) ends up going through a major case of BreakTheHaughty due to Losing her MoralityPet, being framed for the death of said dear friend, and then ends up being killed by her favorite victim before she has a chance to atone in any way (for seeing said victim commit murder, not as revenge for Hiyoko's actions).
** The "video game" motive is about how Fuyuhiko's sister was killed because of how she bullied her peers.
** All these victims of bullying fell into despair and subsequently destroyed the world.
** Also a case of SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped due to the belief that SchoolBullyingIsHarmless, which is what was the most common form of bullying described here, as it is a largely high-school based setting and is about teenagers.
* AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/DanganRonpa See here]].
* BaseBreaker:
** Nagito seems to be the prime example. People either love him or hate him, with very little in-between.
** Teruteru. His pervert personality is either a humorous addition to him as a character or it causes him to stray into DudeNotFunny territory at times.
* BrokenBase: The LP translation for this game on the SomethingAwful forums included several attempts at CulturalTranslation, which were met with mixed reactions; for example, there were accusations that the translation was overly liberal to the point of harming characterization.
* CounterpartComparison: The most popular OneTrueThreesome is between a guy likes wearing purple, fancy's himself an aspiring villain who fights with magic, has streaks in his hair (most prominently on his forelock), and wears a scarf, a sweet-tempered princess who has a surprising love for what most consider horrifying, and a guy who wears yellow, switches between moods at the drop of a hat, has a lot of shark-like teeth, and is great at fixing things for those around him. Now who does one think of first: Gundham, Sonia, and Kazuichi, or [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Eridan, Feferi, and Sollux]]?
* CrossoverShip: Nagito with [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite N Harmonia]].
* DemonicSpiders: The buff "armored" enemies in ''Magical Girl Miracle Monomi''. Unlike all the other enemies in the minigame, the armored enemies need to be repeatedly jumped on to knock off their armor before they can be destroyed if you don't want to bother with (at times difficult) task of catching them in her magic trails. Now, these enemies often dash around, dealing damage whenever they touch Monomi and often getting the ''out'' of said loops and they require ''lots'' of successful jumps to lose their armor, particularly on higher difficulties. Not to mention how jumping on top of them causes Monomi to bounce in a semi-random direction and her hit-detection ''sucks'', making repeated bounces very difficult. Plus, Usami [[FakeDifficulty loses all collision detection while jumping]], meaning that all you can do against them is essentially do a combat version of herding cats hoping you can "trick" them into dashing into the loops you make to damage them. Which as said is a task that, [[DifficultButAwesome while obviously effective since it bypasses the armor completely]], can still be an annoying pain of a tactic to get a hang of.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Downplayed in the case of Gundham Tanaka. Fans tend to gloss over the fact that he murdered Nekomaru largely in cold blood. Of course, there was also the fact that everyone would have starved to death otherwise, and that both he and Nekomaru declared to one another's faces that they would fight each other to the death (with Gundham being the winner) so the SympatheticMurderer angle is definitely present in canon. Still, he isn't as ''saintly'' as people portray him; he is aware that what he did is still murder, and he accepts his punishment. Those who focus on the implications he did do it with the intention of saving everyone else seem to overlook how he was clearly okay with either outcome ''and'' how setting things up the way he did strongly implies he was wholeheartedly playing to win at first and chose to "lose" graciously when he saw that wouldn't be possible since Fuyuhiko kept him from making his planned "perfect" alibi.
** Also downplayed in Mikan Tsumiki's case. There are several fans who gloss over or even outright excuse the horrific actions Mikan committed during her despair fever since she was clearly in a brainwashed state due to it at the time, as her murdering Ibuki and Hiyoko was caused by the return of her memories of being a part of Ultimate Despair, especially since most of the time she just seems too timid to do such things. However, the game makes it clear that the despair fever didn't change her personality at all and only put her back into her Ultimate Despair mindset (making her brainwashed by Junko at the very least or brainwashed by the memory return itself in a worst case scenario) and her Free Time events show that she wasn't as harmless as she seemed even in her most docile state of mind, being willing to injure Hajime [[DesperatelyCravesAffection just so he can stay with her]] and revealing that she became a nurse partly so that she would finally be in a position of power over people weaker than her after being bullied for years.
** Nagito manages to be this ''and'' RonTheDeathEater (see BaseBreaker). Some of his most ardent fans downplay the danger his BlueAndOrangeMorality poses to the other students and can go too far in trying to excuse his actions, while his worst haters ignore his [[WellIntentionedExtremist good intentions]], self-sacrificing nature and legitimate mental illness and describe him as a straight-up irredeemable villain. Fortunately, both sides are a minority in their respective camps, even if they can be [[VocalMinority rather loud]]. Part of the problem comes in translation bias, as many translations made some of his dialogue much harsher than it was actually supposed to be.
** Bizarrely enough, Izuru Kamukura gets this from people, who see him as yet another one of Junko's victims. This is despite much of the information about him coming from unreliable sources, with what we do know painting him as a nihilistic mass murderer who worked with Junko out of apathy for others. He also caused the island killing game to happen in the first place by smuggling Junko's AI into the Neo World Program, yet the fandom largely gives him a free pass for this.
** The Remnants of Despair as a whole. While a great deal of the information on them is of somewhat questionable veracity (as it's information that [[UnreliableExpositor Junko herself]] tells them, through Monokuma or the fake Makoto for the purpose of getting them to select Graduate and enable her to escape to the outside world), the indication that they've done many terrible things in the past is more accurate, and some fans tend to gloss over it. It doesn't help that Junko manipulated all of them, and that some characters seem far too nice and/or optimistic to be part of Ultimate Despair.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Like the original, every character is this to some circle and a BaseBreaker to others, but Fuyuhiko's sister (who is only ever mentioned, only actually being seen dead in a picture during chapter 2) has people who roleplay her as well as a decent amount of fanart. There is also the somewhat-popular {{fanon}} of her given name being Fuyuki (to match her brother).
** Of the main cast, Gundham and Ibuki are the most prominent darkhorses in the Japanese fandom, judging from how the amount of merchandise they get is on par with main characters of Hajime, Chiaki, and Nagito.
** On the American side, many absolutely love Chiaki to death, with Ibuki not falling so far behind. Sonia also has a decent following. And if trophy data is any indication, Gundham's the most liked out of the guys.
* EvenBetterSequel: By virtue of making many upgrades to content and presentation without losing any of what made the first one so popular (namely the large cast of interesting characters who each have some HiddenDepths and creative murders/executions) ''many'' fans view the game as one of these, which is what made them so anxious for the English localization in the run-up to its release as well as a potential anime adaption (based on the animated Dangan Ronpa's SequelHook of Usami at the end of the series). Even the staff seems to believe this trope applies, since according to producer Yoshinori Terasawa, there was a deliberate effort to make the game as such; in response to people telling the staff pre-release that they were looking forward to the new game but that "[[{{Sequelitis}} it probably won't be as good as the first]]", they strove to make the game better than its predecessor in every possible way.
* FanficFuel: Tons, both in regards to the students past as Ultimate Despair as well as the implication that the comatose students ''will'' eventually wake up.
* FanPreferredCouple:
** Hajime/Nagito or Komahina and Hajime/Chiaki or Hinanami are Hajime's most popular ships.
** Fuyuhiko/Peko or Kuzupeko is fairly consistently well-liked by the fandom, possibly for the canonical (going by Peko's Dangan Island ending) BodyguardCrush status.
** Sonia/Gundam or Sondam has quite a fan following too. This can turn into a OT3 with Kazuichi.
** Also Ibuki/Byakuya aka [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Heir Guitar or K-Ton]] based on some little bits of ShipTease in Canon they had before he was murdered and during the massive glitch in chapter 5.
** In the Japanese fandom, Junko Enoshima/Izuru Kamukura, given their history as both being Ultimate Despair members and that they're the [[BigBadDuumvirate main antagonists of this game]]. However this ship causes more division than the others since fans debate on what exactly was their relationship was as [[FoeYay Izuru clearly states he wants to take revenge on Junko]], how devoted Izuru was to Junko based on the implications he became [[TheDragon her right hand man]] after she killed Mukuro despite the above point, and if Junko viewed him any differently than how she saw the rest of her Ultimate Despairs since her relationship with Mikan is typically seen as Junko manipulating her making forming any romantic attachments to anyone after [[SingleTargetSexuality Matsuda's]] death highly unlikely.
* FoeYay:
** Though she might not be serious, Junko's AI tends to display a rather excited and flustered attitude whenever Makoto resists her attempts at despair.
** Towards the end of chapter 4, Nagito begins to antagonize the remaining students. It is also during this time that he tells Hajime that, even after he discovered after clearing the Final Dead Room, Nagito stills holds a soft spot for Hajime. However, it doesn't stop his plans of killing the remaining Ultimate Despair members, which includes Hajime as well. It gets worst from the start of chapter 5, all the way up until Nagito's death.
** Akane Owari makes it ''very'' clear that she doesn't like Nagito, and on two occasions, she gets very close to him by tackling him to restraint him. Nagito even taunts her for her efforts.
** It's unknown (again) if she was serious or not, but the very first thing AI Junko does when she reveals herself in trial Six, was offer a MarshmallowHell to Hajime (indirectly could be extended out to [[{{Archenemy}} Izuru]] as well, given that she knows who he is very well and personally), Kazuichi, Fuyuhiko, [[LesYay Akane, and Sonia]].
** Chapter 0 showed that Nagito absolutes hates Junko Enoshima, wishing the chance to kill given be. However, there is also the fact that Nagito joined the Ultimate Despair group, a group that goes completely against his ideals of hope. He also replaced his left hand with one of Junko's, though it is not functioning.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Nagito's strange behavior comes off as this when it's revealed in his last Free Time Event that he's suffering from frontotemporal dementia.
*** One of the symptoms of FTD is degeneration of communication ability, either causing people to use too-vague words or become tongue-tied, generally inhibiting their ability to express themselves. This not only keys in Nagito's tendency to use key terms like "hope" and "despair" to represent many concepts, but makes his Despair Disease of speaking only lies a kind of double-whammy of speech impediment.
** Similarly, try laughing at Mikan's clumsy girl status after her Free Time Events state she does it intentionally out of a desperation for attention.
** Many of Akane Owari's habits and casual references to some parts of her life can be this after you learn about her past. See IronWoobie below.
** Gundam's final free time event, where he tells Hajime that he's not allowed to die without his permission becomes a lot more painful at the end of Chapter 4, with Gundam's implied HeroicSacrifice.
** Ibuki's fifth Free Time Event, in which she headbangs with Hajime and he wonders how her tiny neck can keep up with it, suddenly gets much more disturbing after her death by strangulation.
* HellIsThatNoise: The loud, creaking sound of the ship carrying the members of Ultimate Despair rocking from side to side in Chapter 0. It persists throughout most of the scene, meaning that it can also tread into MostAnnoyingSound territory.
* HolyShitQuotient: The game goes pretty much off the rails when Mechamaru shows up.
* HoYay: Can be found [[HoYay/DanganRonpa here]] along with examples from the series as a whole.
* IdiosyncraticShipNaming:
** K-Ton for Ibuki/Byakuya, a pun on Byakuya's pig ("Ton" in Japanese) based nickname from Hiyoko and the direct translation of Ibuki's talent in Japanese.
** Soapies also gets used to refer to Hiyoko/Mahiru, based on Oren's specific translation of Hiyoko wanting to drag Mahiru into the shower with her.
* IronWoobie:
** Nagito. His entire life has been one long TraumaCongaLine, but he keeps going due to his belief in hope--though whether it's genuine or just something he tells himself is another matter entirely. The "iron" part may be subverted in that he reveals at the end of his Dangan Island events that he actually ''wants'' to die to escape his cycle of good and bad luck. Given the amount of trouble he causes, and his behavior after learning his classmates are responsible for the CrapsackWorld state of current affairs, he could also qualify as a JerkassWoobie.
** Akane has dealt with perverts, poverty, and being surrounded by death for much of her life. Her funny BigEater traits? She was regularly starving as a kid. Her [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Innocent]]/ShamelessFanserviceGirl moments? Sexual harassment was the norm for her. Her AccidentalMisnaming? People around her died or left her life so often that she doesn't have any reason to memorize names. Basically, she's ConditionedToAcceptHorror. And her developing a powerful mentor/student relationship and rivalry with Nekomaru throughout the game? He winds up dying ''twice'' to save her (along with everyone else from certain starvation in chapter 4's case).
** Sonia Nevermind. She's always been taught that her people must come before her own needs, has been kidnapped twice, and over the course of the game has to deal with [[StalkerWithACrush Kazuichi's antics]] and later her [[ShipTease friend/crush Gundam's]] betrayal and subsequent execution in Chapter 4. She tries her best to hold in her emotions and not to cry over stressful situations tries to keep the fact she will never truly have the freedom of being a normal girl from bothering her too much. Since her classmates are said to be the first friends she's ever had, she truly believes in The PowerOfFriendship, despite Hiyoko's blind hatred of her and trying to avoid and ignore Kazuichi's unwanted affections, and hates watching her friends turn on each other. During her free time events, it isn't until her final free time event comes around that she finally allows herself to cry. Regardless of all this happening, Sonia still believes in her friends(as shown clearly in trial five) that she holds strong faith that she'll make it out of this no matter what.
* ItWasHisSled:
** Peko is Fuyuhiko's [[BodyguardBabes Bodyguard Babe]], who only considers herself a tool for his advancement. Keep in mind that this is only revealed during this character's final appearance before dying, as both Fuyuhiko and Peko had gone through a great deal of effort to hide their relationship. Most official group art outright give away their status as a pair, despite the fact that it's supposed to be something you are not supposed to know if you haven't played the game.
** Also, Nagito having...very questionable morals and an obsession with hope. This is revealed fairly early on, but is a major twist that has very significant ramifications on the plot and heavily changes both the player and Hajime's view on him as a person.
** The fact that "Byakuya Togami" is really an impostor is also well known. This is different, as the actual revelation isn't very important to the plot, but is actually revealed very late into the story.
** Hajime being Izuru Kamukura is something ''very'' well known among the fanbase.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Some of Kazuichi's JerkAss tendencies come from his attempts to make friends by mimicking the boys who often bullied him growing up, mistaking these behaviors as being "strong" or "normal", and considering how casually he talked about his father beating him up for skipping a middle school field trip since, [[ShrinkingViolet among other reasons]], ''he knew his family might be too poor to afford it'' in his free times his home life doesn't sound much better. The fact his final one has him confess [[SadClown a good portion of his positive attitude is a deliberate act to hide how utterly terrified he still is]] thanks in part to his many trust issues and the situation at hand doesn't help.
** [[TroubledAbuser Hiyoko's]] free times [[UnreliableExpositor (assuming she's telling the truth)]] also confirm she had a pretty terrible home life, including but not limited to having her beloved father go mad trying to protect her from her rivals (which lead to her grandmother cutting her off from both her parents) and seeing/experiencing sabotage attempts which could have easily turned deadly.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Hajime, our protagonist, has been paired with ALL the characters in the game and even a few from the first Dangan Ronpa. It leads to the fan joke that, thanks to his underwear collection, Hajime's true talent is being a pimp.
* MemeticMutation: Can be found [[Memes/DanganRonpa here]] along with the memes from its [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa predecessor]].
* {{Narm}}: Hajime's SayMyName moment for Peko and Fuyuhiko after trial 2 is rather overblown and uncharacteristic.
* NeverLiveItDown: ''Oh boy''.
** Nagito is definitely the worst in this regard, as the events of the story have made many people label him as an evil sociopath whose whole character is based around HOPE and wanting Hajime's dick. This despite the fact that ''literally everything'', from statements in the main story to the bonus Dangan Island mode make it very clear ''this is not true''.
** Fuyuhiko cried only a handful of times over Peko's death, and yet much of the fandom in the west seem to think he's literally incapable of doing anything without her.
** Mahiru's introduction had her telling Hajime to act more like a man, and after Monokuma takes over, she arranges a girls-only get-together. The fandom promptly labelled her a misandrist and treat her supposedly hating men as one of her key character traits. While she ''is'' very much stuck on gender roles and ''is'' much harsher towards the male characters than the girls (with her excuse being that she grew up with a lazy bum for a father) the fact remains that many fans blow her sexism out of proportion and ignore her positive traits in the process. She softens up a little with Hajime if you do her Free Time events too as it is heavily implied that she has a crush on him.
* OneSceneWonder: Izuru Kamukura only appears in one scene, not counting Hajime's hallucinations in the final trial, and yet is very popular in the fandom.
* OneTrueThreesome:
** Sonia, Kazuichi, and Gundham are shipped as this.
** Chiaki/Hajime/Nagito is also rather popular, primarily among the Japanese fandom.
* PlayerPunch: As if the circumstances behind the end of the Chapter 5 trial weren't bad enough, the game ''forces'' you to manually choose Chiaki as the culprit. Sonia begging Hajime to stop doesn't help matters.
* TheScrappy
** Teruteru was assigned this from the start thanks to taking AnythingThatMoves to the extreme to the point where it got grating. Granted, his execution and the circumstances surrounding it earned him some sympathy, but much of it vanished after his Free Time Events, which reveal very little about him and end in him drugging Hajime.
** Kazuichi also tends to get lumped into this as, while well liked at first for his design and friendship with Hajime, his increasingly creepy behavior towards Sonia and jealousy of [[EnsembleDarkHorse Gundham]]'s relationship with her got him this reputation. Him distancing himself from Hajime in Chapter 4 over a suggestion that Nagito made, despite Kazuichi obviously distrusting Nagito did not get him love, nor did surviving to the final trial over several more likable students (by virtue of PlotArmor since his talent is the only one besides [[TheAce Hajime/Izuru's]] that can help revive the comatose students) and getting very little in the way of ''positive'' CharacterDevelopment.
** Hiyoko, a FakeCutie [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] [[TheBully bully]] with very little in terms of character development even after her MoralityPet Mahiru died and did nothing to really contribute to any cases before her own death. Not helped by the fact her two main targets both [[DudeNotFunny had long and painful histories with being bullied in school]], ''and'' she is ''never'' called out by anyone for her abuse. Eventually, one of her targets ends up killing her, but it's only because Hiyoko spotted her killing someone else and not out of revenge for being a constant victim of Hiyoko's abuse. It's somewhat telling that in discussions of Chapter 2, more people tend to sympathize with Fuyuhiko (who's largely responsible for the murder), and Peko (the killer) than they do with Hiyoko. The fact that she was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally going to be one of the survivors as the Byakuya parallel]] before being swapped with the ''much'' more likeable [[TheAtoner Fuyuhiko]] doesn't help her case either, since we can't tell what her original arc would have been like due to Fuyuhiko's development having a much stronger early in-game basis, while what we do see from her ends up being far too little much too late for most players and seems more like an InformedAttribute than a genuine change in her character.
* ScrappyMechanic: Improved Hangman's Gambit might as well drop the 'improved' part for many people, mostly because not having the right letters appear fast enough will actively harm you as the screen floods with pieces crashing into one another.
* SelfFanservice:
** A comparatively minor example occurs with Ibuki. She has a stitch running down most of her left thigh, which fan art tends to omit.
** Strangely inverted by Chiaki, who is occasionally drawn as rather chubby, when she's anything but in the actual game.
* ShockingSwerve: A common complaint about the final trial is that the stuff with Izuru and the Reserve students comes straight out of nowhere. In actuality, the twist is set up...in ''LightNovel/DanganRonpaZero'', meaning that this only applies if you never read the book. It doesn't help that ''Zero'' hasn't been localized yet.
* {{Squick}}: During the final trial, it is indicated that a member of Ultimate Despair (commonly assumed to be Mikan) transplanted Junko's womb into herself to have her children. Eugh. If anything, however, the localization makes this much worse, as the way it was translated implies [[ILoveTheDead that some members had sex with her corpse.]] In both cases it is even worse if you remember the end of the first game, Junko was ''crushed'' so in the first scenario the parts in question are ''dead and rotting mush'' more than actual organs and the latter... Yeah. Commence BrainBleach.
* StoicWoobie: Peko Pekoyama. She was abandoned as a baby only to be taken into the Kuzuryuu family... to be raised as a hitman/bodyguard for their son. She was told she only a tool, to the point even her name reflects it, and it stuck with her regardless of how many times Fuyuhiko pleads with her to drop that kind of mindset. She thinks of herself as being without purpose without her master because that is what a tool is. She even killed Mahiru to avenge the dishonor Mahiru helped bring upon the Kuzuryu name by trying to protect the murderer of Fuyuhiko's little sister so he wouldn't have to and try to save him by giving him a chance to escape the island without needing to dirty his hands.
* ThatOneBoss: The "horse" Monobeast in the ''Magical Girl Miracle Usami'' minigame. It needs to be stunned or baited to be hit, or it will trample its hooves and auto-hit Monomi, but if the player hits the sharpened "mane" blade on the jump (which is frequently with the mode's shoddy hit detection) then Monomi will instead take damage and fall right into its attack zone, so baiting is the most frequent method. But it ''also'' sometimes fires off boomerang blades that seem ''programmed'' to hit Monomi mid-attack and knock her out of the line if it ''doesn't'' charge after her into the damage field. It is far and away the most difficult boss in the minigame, handily eclipsing both the later Monobeasts and Monokuma himself.
* ThatOneLevel: The Chapter 4 Class Trial can become this on the first time, as it's very difficult understand most of the case without being confused, thanks to the secret about the structure of the Fun House.
* VanillaProtagonist: Subverted, Hajime is commonly praised as being a much more complex character than Makoto from the first game was. Pretty ironic, given that Hajime's lack of special traits is what inadvertently led to the plot of the whole franchise.
* TheWoobie:
** Usami/Monomi, who has to cope with the students' distrust, Monokuma's abuse, and being forced to watch helplessly as he plays out his wicked games.
** Mikan Tsumiki: While first presented as a deliberately-over-the-top example we later learn during her Free Times that she was picked on, bullied, and abused by her peers ''all the time'' in her childhood and she put up with all of it without complaint because it meant they were paying attention to her which was still better than being ignored in her mind. Then she's the murderer of chapter 3 and while it's first presented as her going crazy from Monokuma's "despair disease", which she only caught because she was trying to help those already afflicted, as it turns out her strain just made her recover her lost memories of being part of Ultimate Despair forcing her back into that persona. The same Ultimate Despair whose dearly departed "beloved" was [[BigBad Junko Enoshima]] who, as we know from experience, was only manipulating her for her own twisted amusement.