Web Video / Danganronpa Parody

"Follow the story of Makoto Naegi as he begins his new life at the Ultimate High School. But instead of the serious and dark drama that we're all used to, prepare to see the plot play out from an incredibly cynical and biased perspective. This is the tale of Danganronpa according to someone who's already fallen to despair!"
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Danganronpa Parody is an Affectionate Parody of the Visual Novel Danganronpa created by True Review. Although paced in the style of an Abridged Series, unlike other Gag Dubs, it chooses to parody the game itself instead of the anime with the use of sprite-editing, often remarking upon its mechanics and hanging many a lampshade on the oddness of its plot. It condenses the game's 6 chapters, following a group of 15 students that are trapped in a school and forced to kill each other by a sadistic Killer Teddy Bear. All in all, the series clocks in at just over an hour and 10 minutes: not a bad way to have some fun with the game upon finishing its story.

Four months after the conclusion of the first series, True Review announced a sequel, Danganronpa 2 Parody 2. There are no plans to follow up with an Ultra Despair Girls Parody or Danganronpa 3 Parody 3 due to burnout.
As with all articles on the Danganronpa series, all spoilers will be unmarked.

Danganronpa Parody provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Kyoko's only line in Episode 3 is "I have to go", and she isn't seen until the next episode.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: It flipflops. Byakuya, for instance, promptly brings up the question of how Hifumi's body could've possibly gone missing within such a limited time-frame, whereas his canon counterpart never considered how that happened. In spite of being ignored by the more Genre Blind students for this, he still has an entry under Genre Blindness...
  • All Is Well That Ends Well: The whole first chapter satirizes this one good.
    Monokuma: Sure. Two of your friends have died [Everbody's sad].
    Monokuma: But at least you've now got access to the SAUNA! [Everbody cheers]
    Mondo: So I guess everything worked out after all. Right Toko?
  • All Periods Are PMS: Kyoko blames her behavior in the fourth chapter on "that time of the month." Makoto squicks accordingly.
  • Answer Cut: Episode 3
    Makoto: Another scream! Sounds like Hifumi just died! Ha! Wouldn't that be mental? You know if, if it turned out that he got killed right after we left him alone, after being attacked by an assailant whose whereabouts is unknown. And no one thought of staying behind to keep an eye on him. How mental would that be?
    Narrator: Back at the nurse's office.
    Makoto: Oh shit!
  • Anti-Advice: Makoto proves his innocence by pointing out that since Yasuhiro thinks he killed Mukuro, he can't possibly have actually done it. Byakuya quickly decides that his logic is sound.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: The games failure state is acknowledged when Makoto runs out of influence in the second trial.
    Narrator: Would you like to try again?
    Makoto: Huh? You mean we can keep going? Even though I messed up?
    Narrator: Sure, why not.
    Makoto: Oh. Okay. Kind of takes the edge off it though when you realize that no matter how many times you lose, Monokuma will just let you carry on.
  • As You Know: In the fifth trial, Toko complains about Monokuma re-explaining the rules after everyone has heard them 4 times already.
  • Author Avatar: The Narrator basically speaks for True Review.
  • Bad Ending: Just like in the original game. Makoto calls it a horrible way of telling him that he got it wrong, but has trouble seeing how making the "right" choice was any better.
  • Bad Liar: Celestia, ironically.
  • Bat Deduction: Makoto corners the second trial's killer this way.
    Kyoko: So Makoto, do you finally see the significance of what I just showed you?
    Makoto: Yeah. The image of Chihiro's torpedo has been burned into my mind. Wait, that's it! Mondo! I choose you!
    • Kyoko actually did the same before in the chapter.
    Kyoko: What did I miss? (takes a look at Chihiro's corpse) Oh, already know who did it.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Makoto in the third case, despite the culprit being obvious.
    Makoto: I just need a little more information.
  • Berserk Button: Makoto can't stand the Narrator constantly forcing him to learn new gameplay mechanics, and in turn Makoto's status as an Idiot Hero pisses the Narrator off to no end.
    • Same as the original, Kyoko with anything regarding her father. Makoto keeps pushing it.
  • Big "NO!": Leon gets one during his execution.
  • Black Comedy
  • Black Comedy Rape: On Makoto on two occasions. Junko and Kyoko are implied to have... done things while he was asleep/knocked out (at one point involving a cucumber in Kyoko's case).
  • Blatant Lies
    Asahina: Erm, Chihiro. Wouldn't you like to train with me and Sakura instead? I mean, us girls have to stick together, you know. Ha ha...
    Chihiro: Oh, erm. That's ok. I have... erm...
    Narrator: A penis?
    Chihiro: No. Some er... Computer programming to do! Yes! That's it!
    Asahina: Huh? But you just said to Mondo that you'd work out with him.
    Chihiro: Ooo, sorry. Got to go! Got so much programming to do! See you later!
    • Celestia gives several during the third case.
  • Breaking Bad News Gently: Makoto tries to explain Chihiro's death to Alter Ego by saying he's "gone to live on that farm" (along with everyone else that's died so far). He messes up a second later by including "the other one who died right at the start whose name I forget!"
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: Makoto and Kyoko's story follows this arc, like in the original. Her passive-aggressiveness may have reached the level of full-on aggressiveness.
    Asahina: Aww, don't worry, Alter Ego. We're all here for you. After all, we're your friends!
    Alter Ego: Yeah!
    Kyoko: Hina. Thank you! You've taught me what it means to be a true friend. Unlike... SOMEONE I KNOW!
    Makoto: Oh, come on!
  • But Thou Must!: Makoto upon coming back from the Bad Ending.
    Makoto: So if I had to choose again then I'd go for... run away!
    Narrator: Sorry, Makoto, I forgot to mention that running away isn't an option... even though I put it there! I just thought we'd get some laughs and I can tell by your face that you're still pissed off about the whole got the wrong ending thing so I'm just gonna stop talking now...
  • The Cameo: Herbert from Family Guy makes an appearance in episode 2 when Makoto tries to accuse him as the culprit.
    • Makoto celebrates having a presence in the sequel during its announcement trailer's Stinger with a simple "YAY MAKOTO!"
  • Captain's Log: Makoto ends the first episode this way.
    "Dear diary. Today I learnt that friendship can blossom in many places. My new life at this school has just started and it's looking good. I've made some new friends and I've also met a girl who really likes me and... [Record Scratch] Oh, Crap!! That's right! She's dead and still in my bathroom! Oh shit! *Running back to find Sayaka's corpse still there* Oh shit!"
  • Cat Smile: Hifumi's introduction is devoted to mocking his.
    Makoto: Why do you have an ass instead of a top lip? Seriously, go play the game. He has an ass instead of a top lip.
  • Cliffhanger: Chapter 5 ends on one, to Makoto's incredible disgruntlement.
  • Color Motif: One of Kyoko's Running Gags.
    Narrator: Totally freaked out by the Goth chick, Makoto turned to the weird girl with purple hair, purple skin, purple eyes and wearing nothing but purple.
    • In the second case, Byakuya takes the lead because he's convinced "Kyoto Peri Peri" is off somewhere soaking in a bath of pure purple.
  • Comically Missing the Point
    Narrator: Hey Makoto. Now that Sayaka is obviously having a nervous breakdown, any thoughts on what she might be thinking?
    Makoto: I think she likes me.
    Narrator: Good call!
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Where much of the humor is derived from.
  • The Comically Serious: Byakuya's role in the series, more or less.
  • Confetti Drop: The Narrator gives Makoto some balloons for making it half-way through the game.
  • Contractual Genre Blindness: Everyone keeps on going with the plot while hanging a lampshade on its absurdity. It's probably the series single biggest Running Gag.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: Acknowledged plainly in Chapter 4:
    Makoto: Hey Sakura. Can I talk to you real quick?
    Sakura: Does it have to be right now? Because although we have the entire day to do absolutely fuck all and wait for the plot to advance, I'm going to be busy for the rest of the day recovering. My mighty muscles are really raw!
    Makoto: OK fine! I'll come talk to you tomorrow when it becomes apparent that I'm too late.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: Celestia sends everyone to the library to go look for Hifumi this way. Makoto does exactly what she wants.
  • Character Exaggeration:
    • Makoto's naivete, to the point of becoming an Idiot Hero.
    • Kiyotaka's loudness.
    • Asahina's doughnuts cravings.
    • Kyoko's awkward conversation skills have become No Social Skills.
    • Chihiro's sensitivity is raised to Fragile Flower status.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Makoto eventually christens Asahina the 'Ultimate Backstabber' after she tries twice to kill him.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Yasuhiro, as expected. Everyone else has their moments too.
    • In the fifth chapter, Makoto rants for several dialogue boxes about the ways that the chickens could secretly be evil.
  • Chirping Crickets: No one in the room is quite sure how to react to Makoto saying he's using his Truth Bullet to shoot down Leon's statement. Byakuya eventually cuts the silence to move things along.
    • Celestia revealing her ridiculous motivation for killing two people garners Stunned Silence and an awkward cough.
    • Some literal crickets can be heard when Makoto suggests the obvious solution of making Genocide Jack sneeze so that she'll turn back into Toko.
  • Cryptic Conversation: The one Kyoko has with Makoto before she goes missing in chapter 5 is reduced to "mysterious stuff and some more mysterious stuff."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost everybody at one point or another, which, funnily enough, manages to elevate Yasuhiro up to being slightly smarter than his canon counterpart as a result of his pointing out so many plot holes.
  • Delayed Reaction: Toko fails to say "wow" at the same time as everyone else when Makoto gives his dramatic declaration of The Mastermind's true identity.
  • Delinquent Hair: Mondo. In Makoto's own words...
    "Why is there a beaver glued to your forehead?"
  • Demoted to Extra: Hifumi receives about three lines in the entire series.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Asahina's small vocabulary is a running gag of episode 4.
    Asahina: OMG MAKOTO! You're like the beast president: 'Beast-Beast' of Beast-Beastia!
    • The Narrator has to settle on a name for the sequel series that has two 2's in it.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Makoto to the masked assailant (perhaps referencing his earlier narration that he was hoping someone would stab him in his sleep).
    [half-asleep] "Huh? Who's there? Oh, it's you. Just an ordinary scary killer who's gonna kill me.
  • The Ditz: Many.
  • Double Entendre: Kyoko doesn't seem to notice them.
    Kyoko: Now that we're friends again, I thought we'd give the boy's bathroom another try.
    Makoto: You really need to think more about what you're saying before you say it.
    Makoto: I seriously don't know why I hang out with you.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted. Unlike his canon counterpart, here Makoto refuses to forgive everyone for voting wrongly against him in the fifth trial (Asahina especially since she already tried to kill him in the fourth trial).
  • The Easy Way or the Hard Way
    Celeste: OK, if I did murder them, then where's your proof?
    Makoto: Look Celeste, we can either do this the easy way and you confess your crime right now, or I could play Guitar Hero some more then show you this comic that I've come up with like, just now and then you confess your crime.
  • Emotionless Girl: While this trait of Kyoko's is brought up frequently, her capacity for sarcasm, goofy behavior, and occasional outbursts make this one of the more emotive incarnations of her.
    • Junko's serious personality gets played up like this.
    Junko: Now I'm back to being a nonchalant robot. I have many forms.
    Narrator: Hey Kyoko. Looks like we've found someone who's even more emotionless than you are!
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first episode includes a Bullet Time Battle, a Closing Statement/Climax Inference, and a Nonstop Debate, none of which would get used again outside the occasional humorous nod.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Makoto thinks the Robo Justice costume could function as Power Armor, allowing the wearer to move Hifumi's body. The Narrator tells him "There's no hope for you at all!"
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Yasuhiro at one point.
    Jill: I'm back!
    Byakuya: You didn't actually bring the pickaxe, did you? You had one job!
    Jill: Nope! I couldn't because there was a dead body in the way.
    Yasuhiro: Oh, I can see why that would be an issue. I mean, if the place was clear then sure but, if there happened to be a dead... Say what?
  • Expy: According to Makoto, Monokuma is essentially a Care Bear doing a Michael Jackson impression.
  • Fast-Forward Gag: What Asahina's entire "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards everyone over Sakura's death becomes.
  • Figure It Out Yourself: Kyoko's shtick.
    [After the Narrator explains the rules] Makoto, did you get all of that? Because despite having solved this case myself, you're going to have to do all the work on your own, because I'm mysterious like that."
    • Makoto makes it abundantly clear how much this annoys him in the fourth case.
    Kyoko: Hmm, this is going to be a really challenging one, so I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to help you out this time.
    Makoto: This time? When did you even help me out the first time?
    • He gets his revenge in the final case.
  • Foreshadowing: Quite often, mostly from characters outright declaring (or denying) something they're going to do later. At one point, the Narrator gets in on it, when Kyoko's standing in the dojo ignoring Makoto (thus being too silent to do it herself).
    "Wow! It's almost like she doesn't give a single fuck! Well, at least she's not accusing you of murder or anything.
  • Forgetful Jones: Makoto, if you assume he's just forgetting everyone else's names (keeping his new names from being outright malicious). Supporting this is the unfortunate mistake of accusing Byakuya as the culprit twice in the second trial, with both accusations being a little over a minute apart.
    Byakuya: You already said me!
  • Freak Out!: Celestia requires far less provocation to reach this point during her trial than in the original game.
    • Kyoko suffers a minor one when Makoto manages to figure out a mystery before she could.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: The game over condition is brought up by Monokuma in this fashion.
    "Nuahahaha! Time's up! Time for you all to vote! Ooooo! And you all voted for Makoto. Adding in there that the only reason you voted for him is because he's a COMPLETE IDIOT! That's amazing considering that two other students knew who the killer was, and still voted for Makoto!"
    • Makoto brings up the inherent strangeness in going to go talk to people during free-time events despite everyone standing right in front of him at that moment in the dining hall.
  • Genre Blindness: Sometimes when Makoto takes too long to reach an obvious conclusion, the screen will flash some variation of "MAKOTO'S A GENIUS" when he finally gets it.
    • Byakuya prematurely declares victory just based on Monokuma going inactive. In further representation of the series' regular use of Contractual Genre Blindness, Makoto is the one that has to point the problem with this out to him.
  • Gilded Cage: Pretty self-explanatory based on the source-material. The narrator thinks Monokuma has other motivations behind it.
    Monokuma: I'm Monokuma! Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy. The school where you'll all spend the rest of your lives. Cause I'll kill you if you leave!
    Narrator: Sounds like someone has some attachment issues!
  • Gilligan Cut:
    Narrator: At Hope's Peak...
    Makoto: Wow, this is cool. I sure hope I don't pass out from all the excitement. [after passing out and ending up in an empty classroom] Wow, this is lame.
    • Later on there's this:
    Byakuya: Whatever. Go away. I never want to speak to you, nor will I ever need your help with anything!
    Narrator: The Next Day
    Hina: A dead body's been found! Chihiro's dead!
    Byakuya: Makoto, come here! I want to speak to you and I need your help with something.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: The Narrator complains at Kyoko like this word-for-word during the second trial after she announces aloud that they should head back to the trial room. Possibly foreshadowing her taking his job later.
  • Hidden Depths: Kyoko sums herself up as "I'm the 'Ultimate Detective' and I have daddy issues." This manages to give her more character development than most non-protagonists in the series could ever dream of.
  • Honey Trap:
    Sayaka: No! This can't be! I can't live like this! If only some gullible generic anime protagonist would pretend to care about me so that I can take advantage of him. Then I'd be okay.
    Makoto: It's okay Sayaka. I'm here for you.
    Sayaka: Hmm. Looks like I've got a catch already.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Celestia screws up her own plan several times through a combination of Saying Too Much and Blatant Lies. No one catches on.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Kyoko's blatant hypocrisy in the fourth chapter is mocked ruthlessly.
    "Aww, well isn't that rich! I've been lovingly keeping you in the dark about absolutely everything so far throughout this game and you can't even tell me something that'll probably balls everything up! *Storming out* I thought we were friends Makoto but I guess I was wrong! GOD!
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Following Mondo's execution...
    Yasuhiro: OK, I seriously don't get this one. So, is Mondo dead or... can I just go ahead and eat this butter? I mean, I've got the munchies bad right now, so... I'm good to go, right?
    Asahina: Erm, that's actually Mondo's remains... I think.
  • Idiot Hero: Makoto.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: A G-rated version.
    Makoto: Wait! Hang on. You want to switch rooms? Won't that mean that someone will try to break in and kill ME in the night instead?
    Sayaka: Will you do it if I blush at you?
    Makoto: I don't know. I'll have to think about it. *she blushes at him* Thanks babe.
  • Implausible Deniability: Celestia's Villainous Breakdown plays out like this until she surrenders.
  • Inappropriate Hunger: Celestia can be seen eating some Walkers Sensations after Hifumi was just 'murdered'. Even if she knew he wasn't actually dead, the room was still covered in blood.
  • Incoming Ham: Junko's introduction as The Ultimate Despair is followed by a clip of the Big Yeah from "Won't Get Fooled Again".
  • Innocent Innuendo: Makoto's first conversation with Asahina, though you might also chalk this one up to her air-headedness.
    Makoto: Hey Hina. It's nice to meet you. That's a great pair you've got there.
    Hina: *holding a pair of exercise weights* Oh thanks! I like to work out whenever I get a free moment between eating doughnuts.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Celestia engages in this, just like the games. It's much worse here.
    Makoto: [on Hifumi] Should we check his vital signs to see if he's still alive?
    Celeste: *munching on a bag of chips* Nah it's OK. He's dead, I can tell. Trust me. I'm a gambler.
  • Insufferable Genius: Kyoko has moments like this whenever she hangs a lampshade on her superior investigative abilities.
  • Interactive Narrator: At one point, he gets high with Yasuhiro while Makoto is off fevering.
  • Ironic Echo: Kyoko's Figure It Out Yourself attitude comes back to bite her later on.
    [Before the second trial]
    Kyoko: OK, shall we begin? I've already figured out what occurred, so here to explain everything in clear detail is Makoto whos clearly still in the dark about most of it.
    Makoto: *sigh* Seriously? Going to pile it all on me again, huh?
    [Before the last trial]
    Monokuma: So, first order of business... Who killed Mukuro and who am I?
    Makoto: It's obvious who done it and we know who you are! So here to explain everything is Kyoko, who's clearly in the dark about this.
    Kyoko: Huh?
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: This argument between Genocide Jill and Asahina:
  • It's Up to You: Kyoko hangs a lampshade on this one:
    "Come on Makoto! Despite the fact that both myself and Byakuya know who the real culprit is, it's all up to you to figure out this mystery for some reason."
  • Jerkass: Most of the cast at one point or another, with the only exceptions being the students that died too early to be established. Funnily, this also goes to soften Byakuya as a character by making his usual Jerkass tendencies stand out less.
  • Jive Turkey: Makoto briefly becomes one in the fifth trial.
    Byakuya: Makoto did it!
    Makoto: You seriously did not just accuse me of murder girlfriend.
    Kyoko: Actually, it was you Makoto.
    Makoto: Oh hell naw!
  • Just a Machine: Kyoko of all people has this to say following Alter Ego's execution...
    "Yeah, we all pretended that it was our friend, but seriously! Who'd be friends with a laptop?
  • Kick the Dog: Celestia saying that Yasuhiro is a loser's name ends up making Yasuhiro cry.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Sakura's Running Gag of being dismissed while having to remind people of her gender.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Makoto sitting in the trash dump.
    Makoto: Ah! Damn trash bags. I hate those things! And who knows what's inside them. Ergh! It better not be anything purple. I really hate that... Hey Kyoko! How you doing? Looking as lovely as always.
    Kyoko: I heard what you said jackass!
  • Left Hanging: Several characters complain about how The Worst, Most Despair-Inducing Incident doesn't get explained.
    "Now, if you'll all line up and pay attention to the television so that I can show you something confusing that's probably important to the story, but we're not going to explain it for some reason. Almost like we don't even know why we're drawing your attention to it ourselves."
  • Lemony Narrator: He frequently snarks at the cast, and that's just the start.
    Makoto: Hey Narrator. Since when did you become a character anyway?
    Narrator: Ever since you left your brain at home, Makoto.
  • Less Disturbing in Context: When asked where she went for the entire third episode, Kyoko says she was in the boy's bathroom the entire time. Despite the trope's usual purpose, she doesn't actually care whether Makoto thinks this sounds more weird than it really was.
  • Long Title: Byakuya tells Jill to get on with the explanation as she goes through the Despair incident's full title.
  • Malaproper: Byakuya of all people, after he just berated Jill for misspelling "body."
    "Hmm, it's quite possible that this door is also rigged to blow. So all we need is someone who's fire retarded. Ah Makoto! Glad you showed up.
    • Asahina bases her decision to search the data center with Makoto entirely on the chance that something might still blow up and needing someone that's 'fire retarded'. Makoto tells her to stop quoting Byakuya.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: At least half the cast are voiced by True Review, which includes nearly all the male students and Sakura.
  • Medium Awareness: The characters are very aware of their being in a video game, but there's still an awkward silence when Makoto says he's shooting down a statement, implying he's the only one who can see the game's actual interface. On the other hand, he also seems to think firing a Truth Bullet involves throwing a crumpled piece of paper at Leon, and engaging in a Bullet Time Battle requires him to make laser noises.
    • At one point Makoto and Byakuya make note of some plot points they forgot to go over earlier in the fifth video that ended up being important.
  • Meta Guy: The role gets tossed back and forth between the cast, but The Narrator is generally the one filling it at all times.
  • Mood-Swinger: Junko gets to hang a lampshade on her own erratic personality as one of her first lines.
    "Oh my God, this is boring! So I'm just going to explain it all myself and then claim that I never wanted to explain it all myself because I'm like, totally fickle like that.
  • My Name Is Not Durwood: Possibly the series' biggest Running Gag besides Contractual Genre Blindness, though it can be hard to tell at times whether it's being done accidentally or maliciously. By the last episode, Kyoko is by-far the most frequent victim due to Makoto still being angry about her nearly killing him and giving her names that get further and further from her actual name note . Not even the Big Bad is immune, and as Makoto is roll-calling everyone to break them out of their Despair Event Horizon, Hina is the only one he calls by her correct name.
  • Never My Fault: Asahina blames Makoto for not checking underneath the hatch in the data center despite all the times he tried to with her stopping him.
    • Kyoko refusing to take blame for Makoto nearly dying in the fifth trial should go without saying.
  • The Nicknamer: Makoto to everyone else, if you Take a Third Option and assume his names for everyone are neither accidental nor malicious.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Junko squicks out Byakuya after yelling "Oh my God! I lost. This is making me so horny!"
  • No Fourth Wall
  • No Indoor Voice: Kiyotaka's defining characteristic. After his death, the other students just start calling him "the loud one."
  • No Social Skills: Kyoko can be incredibly rude and has no idea how to hold a normal conversation. It speaks volumes that her first line in the series was "Hey Makoto, are you hairy?" It says even more that her last line is "Hey, wanna see something gross?"
  • Not so Fast, Bucko!: In the announcement video for Danganronpa 2 Parody 2, Makoto jumps in before The Narrator can close the video almost word-for-word to this trope.
  • No, You: Mondo and Kiyotaka's argument is essentially them shouting variations of "fuck you" at each other. It gets reversed the next day where they're shouting variants of "I love you" instead.
  • Numbered Sequels: By being a parody adaptation of a sequel, Danganronpa 2 Parody 2 is essentially a numbered Numbered Sequel.
  • Odd Name Out: Leon.
    "Hi. My name's Leon. Ultimate Baseball Star and the only character who's name doesn't quite fit along with everyone else's aside from the vampire. Not that that's gonna come up as a clue later on or anything."
  • Oh, Crap!: Makoto tends to yell "Oh shit!" whenever a corpse shows up.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: The sequel's announcement has The Narrator quickly bemoaning the fact that he's going to have to interact with Makoto even more.
  • Only Sane Man: While he has his moments indulging the series' wackiness, Byakuya's personality receives the least Character Exaggeration of anyone, thus turning him into this (which may have something to do with his voice being the closest to True Review's normal speaking voice).
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: The level of Makoto's stupidity (or just spitefulness) reaches a new low in Headmaster Kirigiri's hidden room.
    Makoto: Hey, there's a present in here!
    Kyoko: Grrr!
    Makoto: Pinocchio relax! Everything's fine. It's not like your dad's dead. Anyway let's have a look inside this box... Oh! It's your dead dad!
    Kyoko: GRRR!
    Makoto: You know what? I'm gonna leave you here so that you can catch up with your dead... I mean dad! Dead dad! Yeah...
  • Overly Long Gag: Read above.
  • Painting the Medium: After Celestia reveals her real name, The Narrator changes her text boxes to read "Taeko Yasuhiro."
  • Parrot Exposition: As with the game, Makoto does this quite a bit. Since characters tend to announce whatever trope they're using, it becomes quite a bit more explicit.
    Makoto: She's totally a spy!
  • Perky Goth: Celestia. She's an avid fan of Twilight, and plans on living in a castle being served by Robert Pattinson lookalikes.
    • Monokuma's decision to refer to culprits as "the blackened" is entirely based in it sounding "totally goth"
  • The Pig Pen: Toko's hygiene gets made fun of during the second investigation.
    Makoto: Toko? Are you in there? OH GOD! What smells like onions and vinegar?
    Toko: I-I-I h-h-haven't washed since we got here.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Makoto has a tendency to let the people and the plot jerk him around.
  • Ping-Pong Navet: Yasuhiro is considered the dumbest character in the series, but also hangs enough lampshades to qualify for this.
  • Plot Hole: The series goes to great lengths to point them out, and ironically enough creates a few of its own thanks to the limits of its condensed pacing (Ishimaru being seen in the dining hall during the third case, which originally hinged on his going missing from said hall in the first place for instance).
  • Railroading: Makoto complains about the fact that he wasn't allowed to explore the bio lab because of something as minor as needing to see the tarp in the garden first (whose only purpose is to tell the player they need to go to the bio lab).
  • Rage Breaking Point: After sitting in a trash dump between episodes, Makoto finally chews out Kyoko at the start of the last episode for making him Take the Heat to save her own skin without the slightest remorse.
    Kyoko: I came to save you, obviously. I owe you that much.
    Makoto: Oh yeah. That's right. I remember now. YOU TRIED TO KILL ME!
    Makoto: DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT!? I ALMOST GOT TURNED INTO A CARPET! If it weren't for Chihiro or Alter Ego or whatever the fuck we're calling him these days, I would have been killed!
    Makoto: Shut up! You just didn't want the crappy alternative ending! That's what this is about really.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: As a requirement of compressing the plotlines to a 10 minute+ video.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: The Narrator decides to finish the Danganronpa 2 Parody 2 announcement in rhyme.
    "So stay tuned for Danganronpa 2 Parody... 2... coming soon... to you... on True Review... you cats just ain't got a clue."
  • Rhythm Game: The game's Bullet Time Battles quickly get compared to Guitar Hero for simplicity's sake.
  • Rousing Speech: Subverted. Makoto's speech in the final trial amounts to telling everyone to get a grip.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: The entire reason behind Makoto's enrollment at Hope's Peak: his acceptance letter gives him the title of 'Ultimate Generic Anime Protagonist'.
  • Running Gag: Many.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: 'Junko'/Mukuro's whole character, which even she hangs a lampshade on. Later on everyone just starts remembering her as "that one who died."
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The Narrator vacates the series briefly after getting fed up with Makoto's stupidity, leaving Kyoko to fill in his role. He comes back later in the video after Makoto catches the Smart Ball, and totally not because he missed his train.
  • Sequel Escalation: The sequel advertises improvments such as dynamic lighting [cue fade out], special effects [cue stock explosion], an ambient soundtrack [Cue the Metal Scream in "Bodies"] and "a totally necessary Tamagotchi pet that does nothing but shits itself and dies."
  • Self-Deprecation: The introductions are usually a half-example.
    "And now for a totally awesome video that'll take longer to watch than it took to make it."
  • Sherlock Scan: Kyoko, as per the usual.
    "Sorry Im late. What did I miss? [Looking at Chihiro for less than a second] *finger snap* Got it. Know who did it. See ya."
  • Shipping Goggles: Hina seems to see everything as a potential ship in Episode 4, including KyokoXMonokuma near the end when she asks him "Hey, Monokuma! What did you do to my body?"
  • Ship Sinking: Makoto and Kyoko's Ship Tease is pretty huge in the original games. Here, the two come off as downright antagonistic toward each other most of the time, and Makoto seems far more interested in Hina.
  • Shout-Out: The series sometimes uses sound clips from Family Guy and at one point includes the "nice beaver" line from The Naked Gun.
    Makoto: [on Byakuya's Gilligan Cut repeal] Wow! What a turnabout kind of guy.
    Narrator: ♪PHOENIX WRIGHT REFERENCE~♪ [Sung to the theme of Final Fantasy's Victory Fanfare]
    • Makoto's entering the secret room at Kyoko's behest is played beside the Secret Unlocked noise from The Legend of Zelda.
    • Several Street Fighter stock sounds can be heard while Sakura is fighting Monokuma.
    • Byakuya, in a state of horror, compares Kyoko's burned hands to the chest alien from Total Recall.
    • At one point Junko refers to herself as a Super Gal, which is funny since Megumi Toyoguchi voices both Junko and Ran Kotobuki.
    • The Narrator compares the game's ending to leaving the vault in Fallout 3 combined with the original ending to Army of Darkness ("so we're just gonna show you that!").
  • Skewed Priorities: Asahina thinks the worst thing about the night she saw Chihiro's "ghost" was that she didn't get any donuts.
    • Despite starving between episodes, Makoto would rather have something gluten free instead of eat the bread Kyoko brought him.
  • Skirts and Ladders: Kyoko mentions this before her and Makoto climb out of the trash dump.
  • Smart Ball: Makoto finally catches it in the final episode.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Makoto and Kyoko standing outside the boy's bathroom with Mr. Monokuma's Lesson playing (which, yes, played during the original scene).
    Makoto: Wait! Kyoko! There's... something strange going on here isn't there?
    Kyoko: What? You mean besides the out of place music?
  • Speech Impediment: Toko's stutter tends to get her ignored quite often.
  • Stellar Name: This trope leads Makoto to accusing Celestia as "Constellation Luxemberg."
  • Stoners Are Funny: Yasuhiro spends lot of time proving why.
    "I think the phrase 'Keep off the grass' applies to you in more ways than one Hiro!"
  • Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: The Narrator gives this honor to Asahina recounting her ghost sightings in the change room. Yasuhiro tops it the next episode with his burger story, to the point where the Narrator asks permission from the other characters to kill him off because of it.
  • Surfer Dude: Yasuhiro's default speaking style.
  • Tempting Fate: Any time Makoto hopes aloud that Monokuma doesn't pop up and say the trial is starting before he's done investigating...
  • The End... Or Is It?: The series ends with Monokuma waking up while the Narrator mentions there being a sequel before he dismisses the idea because it took way too much effort to make the first time around, and the budget ran out a long time ago.
    • And utimately, a sequel still ended up getting announced in spite of all The Narrator's complaints.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: The final line in the series.
    Narrator: Now if youll excuse me, Ive got some serious smack to take. See you later, bitches!
  • Too Dumb to Live: Since the trials can't go very long, the culprits either walk right into their sentence (Leon) or give up way too quickly (Mondo). Celestia jumping straight into her Villainous Breakdown probably takes the cake though.
    Makoto: Never said it wasn't.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Asahina and donuts. She sums it up with her opening narration of the third episode.
    "I was up all night thinking about doughnuts, when like, out of nowhere I felt the need to eat doughnuts! So I went off to doughnuts, doughnuts, doughnuts, but then I heard a loud noise. It struck me a weird because loud noises have nothing to do with doughnuts!
  • Wolf Whistle: Kiyotaka sends a seductive growl Mondo's way at one point while calling him tiger. But as Mondo puts it.
  • Unexplained Accent: Celeste retains her French accent from the game's dub, and not once does she drop it.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Kyoko doesn't see much wrong with continuing to mistreat Makoto despite his not calling out her lie in the fifth trial.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Kyoko, in all her usual vagueness, sets Chihiro's gender-reveal up to be as unsettling as possible.
    Kyoko: Take a second to look over the body again. But this time, go ALL the way.
    Sakura: Huh? But that's a little weird and disrespectful, don't you think?
    Kyoko: Trust me. It's awesome. Check what's in her underwear.
    Sakura: Well OK. But all I see in there is this sausage that someone's left behind... WWWHHHHHAAAAATTTTT???
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: By the last episode, Makoto and Kyoko pretty clearly aren't too fond of each other.
  • The Voiceless: Kyoko and Byakuya for most of the first episode as a consequence of their refusal to introduce themselves early on.
    Byakuya: [To Leon] Well let's hear your statement then.
    Narrator: Oh welcome to the plot, whatever your face is! Glad to see you've got a voice.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Byakuya quotes "Stop! Hammer Time! at one point.
  • We Cannot Go on Without You: Makoto acknowledges how weird it is that the trial ends as soon as his influence drops, even though exactly the same thing happens to anyone he beats in a Bullet Time Battle.
    "Shoot! Lost some more influence! If I make one more mistake then this trial is over... apparently."
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: In the Bad Ending
    Narrator: And that was our presentation of Danganronpa Parody! After the class trial, the rest of the students all lived out the rest of their lives peacefully in some sort of weird extended family with Hina as the only girl because Toko was dead for some reason. And she ended up having all of their kids... and everything physical about her went south after that, and-
    Byakuya: Makoto, snap out of it! You're off having some sort of weird fantasy because you obviously chose the wrong option. So choose again!
  • With Friends Like These...: Just about everybody doles out their share of mistreatment to one another despite claiming to be friends, besides a few standouts like Sakura and Hina.
  • You Fail Logic Forever: Asahina's introduction of the third episode.
    "But then like, out of nowhere, this green image of Chihiro started coming out of this laptop! And I instantly knew that lights + laptops = ghosts!
    • Yasuhiro thinks his experience with burger-abducting aliens somehow works towards proving he's a real psychic.
    • Byakuya thinks Makoto is the fifth culprit despite listing off all the evidence against Kyoko a single sentence earlier.