Fan Fic / Never Say Never
Never Say Never
is a Dangan Ronpa
fic by hunterofcomedy
. In it the events of the first game seem to proceed as usual, however Mukuro Ikusaba begins having doubts about her sister's plan. Things truly change however when Naegi saves Mukuro when she's disguised as Junko, and Sayaka does not die from her stab wound...
The author also has the fic on Fanfiction.Net, which can be found here
This fic has examples of:
- Accidental Murder: Sayaka's murder scene is borrowed directly from the manga, Leon accidentally stabbed her while trying to disarm her.
- Same goes to Mondo, he attack Chihiro in blind rage after the later unknowningly pushes his Berserk Button.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Ishimaru becomes a self-righteous jerkass after the second trial, unlike the dormant Empty Shell that he becomes in the game.
- Subverted with Byakuya, despite his Insufferable Genius behaviour being the same as in the game, the lack of deaths makes him appear more insensitive than he really is.
- Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed with both, Byakuya and Celeste.
- Byakuya is still the same Insufferable Genius as he is in the game, but most of his jerkass moments have good reasoning behind it. Him altering the crime scene in chapter 2 was actually a gambit to expose Toko identity as Genocide Jack/Jill and to test Makoto’s intelligence. His secret is that he's been financially helping outcasted members of his family.
- The story downplay some of Celeste’s No Sympathy moments, having most of them aimed at the culprits of their respective trials.
- Ambiguous Gender: Played with. After the students discovered Chihiro is actually male during the second trial, everyone avoid using gender-specific pronoun out of respect of Chihiro since they didn't know at the time how Chihiro identified herself.
- Blood Knight: Mukuro feels that she perhaps enjoys being put into a combat situation and protecting others using her skills a bit too much. The implication slightly horrifies her because it would make her Not So Different with her sister.
- Career-Ending Injury: Mukuro, still in her 'Junko' disguise, use the injury in her hand to point out that her modeling career is over in order to support a depressed Sayaka.
- Cringe Comedy: Some of the lighter, funny moments in the fic make use of this.
- Failure Gambit: Byakuya actions in chapter 2 turns out to be this. He discovers early on that Toko is the infamous serial killer, Genocide Jack. He alters the crime scene to make it look like Genocide Jack made it and bring Makoto to the library to the library to study about the killer, lastly he purposely left some mistakes in the crime scene in order for Makoto to pick it up and test his intelligence. He successfully expose Genocide Jill to the group.
- Fix Fic: A fic where Everyone Lives, but it also patches up a few minor plotholes and headscratchers from the game.
- For Want of a Nail: The story heavily relies on this, the farther you go into the story, the more different it becomes from the original game.
- Leon makes use of towels in an attempt to stop Sayaka’s bleeding, unknowningly to him it does help save her life.
- Makoto save ‘Junko’ from Monokuma’s trap. This allowed her to saved both, Leon’s and Sayaka’s life.
- This also applies to background story, Chihiro was bullied at young age for not being masculine enough and started cross-dressing to stop suffering from it. He ends up embracing his feminine side and causes him to become a Transgender.
- Had Mondo hit Chihiro any harder, he would’ve kill her.
- Mondo scream for help shortly after he has moved Chihiro's unconscious body to the girl's lockers as he knew that she was still alive.
- In chapter 3 is where the story diverge greatly from the game due to multiple different circunstances, from having everyone’s secret revealed, Ishimaru becoming a Knight Templar, the reveal of a 16th student much earlier and the possibility of the Mastermind being a student.
- Foregone Conclusion: The fic starts with In Medias Res, where it's chronologically around the sixth trial, showing that all students are surviving their murder attempts or executions and have since made peace with each other's faults that they immediately trust Mukuro despite she's being revealed as The Mole.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Ishimaru post-second trial has such an overbearing self-righteousness, Byakuya agrees to scheme with other students behind his back just to get some breathers.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Kyouko is in a difficult place where her instinctive suspicions makes her doubting her allies despite numerous times they had proven themselves sincere.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Mondo Owada's Fatal Flaw. Not only is his Establishing Character Moment, chapter 2 spent a good amount of time showing how prone to violence he can be. It reaches it's logical conclusion when Mondo nearly killed Chihiro in a blind rage.
- Hidden Depths: Kyoko really doesn't like manipulating others and withdrawing crucial information, but she see it as a justified Necessary Evil.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: As much of an asshole Byakuya can be, he's been secretly giving money to outcasted members of his family, not that he would ever admit it.
- Humiliation Conga: Both Leon and Sayaka are disparaged numerous times because they are confirmed attempted murderer, intentional or not. Sayaka also got her secret revealed in front of the others which, despite anonymously referred, is so damningly pointing at her that everyone now knows she once sabotaged her potential rival by siccing her fans on said rival and pouring acid down her throat.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Ishimaru post-second trial is a self-righteous jerk, but he gets this a lot. No matter how bad the culprits feel about it, they did try to commit murder and Ishimaru's unwillingness to sweep that under the rug like everyone else is not hard to sympathize with.
- Byakuya is this all the time, much to everyone's frustration.
- Last Minute Reprieve: After Mukuro gave first aid to a dying Sayaka, she then run to the court just in time to stop Leon from being executed.
- Lighter and Softer: Only because everyone survives, otherwise it retains the same dark theme of the game.
- Manly Tears: Leon cries not because he would not be executed, but because Sayaka survives.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Mukuro decides to go against Junko after her sister attempts to kill her, despite promising Mukuro that she would instead be dropped through a trap door and survive. Mukuro also believes her continued act as "Junko" and attempts to keep everyone alive is her penance for playing along to Junko's desires.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Both Leon and Sayaka are horrified over their attempted murders of each other.
- Mondo becomes very remorseful over attacking Chihiro and failing to keep his promise.
- Mythology Gag: On the second trial, Monokuma called Genocide Jill "the scissor cutty-cutty bitch", a reference to another fic writen by hunterofcomedy, The Ultimate Hope.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Averted. Sayaka manages to survive her stab wound despite bleeding out for hours on end, it is noted that she would have died had Leon not use towels as improvised bandages and had Mukuro not find her and give her first aid. The injury cripple her for several days.
- Also averted with Chihiro. She's in a coma from Oowada's head wound.
- The Paragon: Beside Makoto, Mukuro in her "Junko" disguise is seen as this by the others because she's unyielding toward the mastermind's threats to her, becoming a protective figure toward the others because of her unexpected skills and her cheerful encouragements.
- Pet the Dog: Even at his worst, Ishimaru tries his best to be nice to Alter Ego and is ashamed whenever he makes 'her' feel bad.
- Running Gag: Leon's attempts at eating a sandwich are constantly ruined. The story even have a tag lampshading it, Sandwich Denial.
- Several characters suffers from sleep deprivation for different reasons.
- Sanity Slippage: Ishimaru does not take Oowada's attempted murder of Chihiro and his lying to him that well, nor does he appreciate the other students taking his attempts at keeping everyone together for granted. It's more or less what changes him into his "Kiyondo" persona.
- Shout-Out: In chapter 3, Mukuro uses a cardboard box as a decoy to disctract Mondo long enough to sneak pass him, she couldn’t believe it actually worked.
- Switching P.O.V.: While the story is mostly told from Mukuro's P.O.V., all characters have their share in the spotlight.
- Tears of Remorse: Mukuro cries over Sayaka's "corpse", believing they were both abandoned for their sins.
- Sayaka weep upon discovering that she nearly killed the entire group by trying to commit a murder.
- Mondo breaks down once he realize he nearly killed Chihiro and cries again once he’s caught in the second trial.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Kiyotaka becomes a self-righteous jerk after the second trial as a result of Mondo "betrayal".
- Transgender: Chihiro identifies herself as a female despite being biologically male, unlike in the game where Chihiro identified himself as male. Interesting enough, Chihiro is sexually attracted to girls.
- What a Piece of Junk: The laptop where Alter-Ego is installed looks like a old computer, but as noted by Chihiro it’s actually more powerful than even her own high-end computer back at her home.
- What If?: Notable in that the fic takes many cues from another What If? scenario of the canon, Danganronpa IF; Makoto saved Mukuro from Spear of Gungnir not because his memory returning from being zapped by the fake escape switch but because his natural kindness alarms him of Monokuma's trap, Mukuro betrays Junko but not immediately reveals herself as the Ultimate Soldier because of the circumstances, Everybody Lives but not by brute-forcing the Monokuma army, etc.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Nobody is okay with Ishimaru’s self-righteous attitute in chapter 3, and everyone was outrage when he started to reveal everyones secrets in a delusional attempt to bring everyone together.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Leon becomes incredible terrified of Monokuma after he was saved at the last second from his execution. Too bad for him, he has to deal with the bear for the rest of the story.