These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Given that character's School Mode ending in the most recent Updated Re-release has Fujisaki outright tell Naegi that he is male, this long, base-breaking argument may finally be Jossed.
It may never be clear how much of Ikusaba-as-Enoshima was just an act. Especially since all we really know about their personality comes from an Unreliable Expositor.
Similarly, how much of Maizono's act about liking Naegi to set them up was motivated by their desire to go out and retake their career at any costs, and how much via having conflicted feelings about him? Naegi initially thinks that it may have been just to spite her killer rather than any sympathy on her part, but Kirigiri says that she thinks Maizono may have cared for them deep down, even despite their own actions, and that's why they left her Dying Clue.
There's lots about Celes, since she's a Consummate Liar - her behavior in the Chapter 3 school trial certainly comes to mind, as does her dream of living in a castle full of vampire-dressed man-servants and her motive to kill.
The manga gives one that many Fanon seem to accept judging from how many fanarts of that version of Celes is. It characterizes Taeko Yasuhiro as someone so plain, unremarkable and suffers greatly because of it that once she discovered her talent as a gambler, she decided to embrace her stage persona Celestia Ludenberg as her own self, absolutely never wanting to go back into her old lifestyle due to how she suffered. A reason why she committed all the crimes was because if she fails, she'd stop being Celes and would be forced to live her life as unremarkable Taeko again. Worth noting that in the manga, Celes wasn't drawn as deranged when she starts freaking out.
The manga also presents one for Kuwata: His retrieval of his screwdriver to open the door is used as proof by Celes in the game that he wasn't acting in self-defense, and the questioning stops there, implying that Kuwata opened the door just to murder Maizono. But in the manga, Maizono's death was an accident—he broke in to try to calm her down, but she still had the knife despite her broken wrist and she was stabbed in the ensuing struggle. He's guilty of questionable decision-making and concealing evidence in a panic, but the murder he committed was accidental, and after his execution only Monokuma knows the truth.
Anti-Climax Boss: Many feel this way about Celestia, the culprit of Chapter 3's murder, due to their behavior in the trial, which comes off as odd given that the culprit is apparently a good liar.
Sayaka Maizono is pretty divisive too. Some like her and believe that even when she's not justified in attempting to murder Kuwata and framing Naegi, she did it upon being broken and pressured by Monobear hitting her weakest spots. Others believe that she's just a self-serving murderer for the actions depicted above. Made worse that unlike Celes and Kuwata, the manga section for her seemed to play her plot straightforward instead of giving her a slightly better Alternative Character Interpretation.
The "Monokuma Theater" segments at the end of each ordinary day. It's Monokuma giving speeches about topics that are seemingly irrelevant. Occasionally subverted when a Monokuma Theater segment foreshadows events to come.
Hagakure's impassioned speech about how fortunetelling is different from the occult, which derails itself into a rant about cattle mutilation and how having his hamburger abducted by aliens made him realize it wasn't 100% beef. Naegi isn't sure what to make of it, either.
Broken Base: There are a fair amount of people who were disappointed when it was revealed that Junko Enoshima was the mastermind.
To be fair, this might be partly because the JUNKOS meme became a Discredited Meme on Something Awful around the time that the Let's Play reached the last trial, and people had been arguing for and against its increasing credibility.
The anime of the game is slowly causing this. Some fans find the adaptation disappointing since it has scenes that look like they came directly out of the game (such as executions and trial scenes) and there is nothing new, not to mention they cut down on many character-establishing scenes, while others enjoy it and are happy that it is so faithful and occasionally add up extra scenes that enhances the existing scenes (such as Kuwata's breakdown and desperate attempt to escape, or Ishimaru's utter breakdown at Oowada being guilty and not defending himself.
Dangan Ronpa IF, too. Some people praise it for dwelling more on the relationship between Enoshima and Ikusaba as well as making the latter an Ascended Extra. Others accuse it of making Ikusaba a Mary Sue/Creator's Pet.
The pink blood, especially in the anime. People who aren't familiar with the game thinks that it ruins the suspense and it's not as scary as real blood, while fans of the game accept it and see it as stylistic choice for censorship.
The various differences in each translation, between the Let's Play, the fan translation, and the official localization. It's nigh-impossible to find people agreeing on which is better.
Complete Monster: Monokuma. He relishes in twisting the knife in the cruelest way possible at every opportunity. And, of course, the mastermind behind him: Junko Enoshima. They were one of the people who caused The Worst, Most Despair-inducing Incident in the History of Mankind, masterminded the game where the students began to snap and kill each other, and killed their own twin sister and the headmaster, all for the sake of causing despair!
And as of Dangan Ronpa IF, we can also add sisterly abuse to their list, although admittedly this particular crime borders on Obliviously Evil, since Junko seems to sincerely think she's being loving by abusing her sister and causing her despair, unable to comprehend how anyone could not enjoy such treatment.
Draco in Leather Pants: Fans tend to forget that regardless of the situation pushed by Monokuma, Celes still committed two premeditated murders (unlike Kuwata and Oowada, who killed in a fit of rage and/or by accident), making her one of the most depraved characters in the game. But she carries herself in such an elegant, amusing manner that even her Freak Out is often considered a plus point instead of showing how sociopathic she is. Aside from her, there's also Genocider Syo, who's unabashed in her status as a Serial Killer, even if she didn't kill anyone in the game (and it's solely for Pragmatic Villainy instead of Even Evil Has Standards), she's not the type of girl you'd want to meet in an alley alone, especially if you're a hot guy. Of course, when you're under the grip of Monokuma, it's easy to get fans tone down your depravity.
Similarly, more than one Kuwata fan completely excuses his murder of Maizono. Truth is, while he's not evil, in the original VN and the anime he could have just left her inside the bathroom that had its door jammed in, and then gone to denounce her, but he chose to kill her instead.
Ensemble Darkhorse: While most characters have its share of fanbase and haters alike... Mondo's brother Daiya seemed to enjoy quite a popularity, even if his contribution is just Death by Origin Story, only seen in flashbacks.
Fan Dumb: Lots. With death threats being sent to people on a regular basis and immense arguing over characters and pairings, Dangan Ronpa's fandom is disliked by many.
The Something Awful segment of the fandom (including the LPer himself) has a great level of disdain for the Tumblr segment. The Tumblr segment, on the other hand, seems almost unaware of the Something Awful segment, which may be because the format of the LP threads allows non-Something Awful readers to entirely ignore the rest of the thread. If they do have anything to say about them, however, it's usually negative.
That was, until slowbeef banned a user for saying moe. Then things got out of hand very quickly.
In order to read the LP when the paywall is up, some members of the non-SA fandom have created shared accounts with public passwords (something strictly forbidden by Something Awful), often with obvious names like "ReadingRonpa". This did not make SA's administration very happy. It got to a point that on a Retsutalk podcast slowbeef revealed that the mods, himself included, had instituted a veritable bounty hunt for shared accounts
Generic Doomsday Villain: The Mastermind Enoshima Junko is in a weird way this trope done right, yes she basically plotted the downfall of society, infiltrate in the last of "Humanity's Hope" and made them start killing each other, and when she was exposed she was delighted because she could experience the ultimate despair, yes she did ALL of the former for the one and only reason of bring despair to mankind, she even lampshades her lack of purpose other than that:
Junko:I had reasons deeper than the deepest ocean! - That was a fuckin' lie! I had no such reasons!
Between the first two chapters. Owada is the one who furiously demands to know how Kuwata could kill Maizono; he turns out to be the killer in the next case. Also, Owada mentions both in-story and during free time events that his brother taught him never to hurt a woman, to the extent that he's reluctant even to practice fighting with the much-stronger Ogami. When he does kill, his victim is someone who was assumed to be a biological girl up to the postmortem Unsettling Gender-Reveal.
Danganronpa was released in 2010, but The School Life of Mutual Killing takes place in 2012. The Worst, Most Despair Inducing Incident in the History of Mankind took place roughly one year earlier. The Sendai earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster took place in Japan in 2011.
Heartwarming In Hindsight: In If, Monokuma attempts to turn the group against Maizono by telling them how she planned to murder Kuwata and frame Naegi for it, but before he can, he's destroyed by Kuwata, who thought he was trying to take her hostage. Maizono later plans to confess to Kuwata about what she was originally planning to do. Kuwata thinks it's a completely different kind of confession...
Ogami had two goals in mind when she committed suicide: she wanted to stop her friends from killing each other and to start the chain of events that would bring about the mastermind's downfall. She succeeds on both accounts.
Hilarious in Hindsight: Ikusaba-as-Enoshima's snipes at Maizono, the Decoy Damsel, once you learn about her soft spot for Naegi in IF. In her introduction, Ikusaba tells Naegi that Maizono's face is just as photoshopped as hers. Then in Dangan Academy, if he expresses interest in hearing Maizono sing, she insists that she lip-syncs.
Minor example. During one of Naegi's free time segments with Ishimaru, he insists that you can tell whether or not to trust someone after they take their clothes off. There's no deliberate homosexual content, but it's still enough for the yaoi fans.
Not to mention that Ishimaru and Owada become bros after spending a night together in the sauna.
Asahina/Ogami is quite popular among some circles. In-game, they become such close friends that their relationship even gets lampshaded by Syo at one point. They're also described as a "couple" when students pair off in a tie-in Yonkoma (the other pairs being Naegi/Kirigiri and Togami/Fukawa). Canon partially sinks the pairing with the reveal that Sakura has a boyfriend named Kenichirou, but fans often ignore this, mainly because it's very likely that he's already dead by the time she commits suicide.
Syo herself also makes some suggestive comments about Asahina's bust, and Fukawa goes on a disturbing tangent speculating on her "dirty girl" sex life.
In the murder-free School Mode/Dangan Academy, once Fujisaki reveals his gender to Naegi he grabs his hand and presses it against his own body when Naegi refuses to believe him. In the English localization, Fujisaki has Naegi specifically feel his chest.
All underwear collection aside, Naegi can also weird out Kuwata during a one-on-one dinner in Dangan Academy by asking what he likes to do at night.
If Naegi agrees with Kuwata's idea that he still wants to play baseball in Trigger Happy Heart, Kuwata will remark that Naegi is like his soulmate.
Internet Backdraft: Make this question at your own risk: Is Chihiro Fujisaki a male-to-female Trans Sexual or not? Then watch supporters and detractors of said theory tear each other down. Death threats have been involved, apparently.
It Was His Sled: Many people, even those who have not played the games all the way through, have become aware that Junko Enoshima is the mastermind behind Monokuma. Hell, there is even official promotional material that spoils this twist.
Fukawa being Genocider Syo is another example of this.
Just try to go five minutes in Chihiro Fujisaki's tags without coming across someone bringing up/debating the Wholesome Crossdresser vs Transsexual debates, thus also bringing up The Reveal of the character and throwing it around like common knowledge.
While considered by many to be The Untwist, the fact that Kirigiri's ultimate talent is Detective is not a secret among the fanbase. Even those who've never touched the game are capable of figuring it out just by looking at how she's depicted in certain fanart or fanfics.
Jerkass Woobie: Fukawa. She's antagonistic and constantly assumes the worst of other people, but she also has abysmal self-esteem, and her Free Time events reveal that she had no friends and had extremely bad luck in love in the past. The fact that her other self is Genocider Syo doesn't help matters, either; it seems that part of the reason she pushes other people away from herself is to keep them safe from Syo.
Celes becomes this in the manga, in which their Dark and Troubled Past was revealed (because they only kept it to themself). As Celes recalled, she was once Taeko Yasuhiro, who was extremely plain and the plainness made her ostracized as an unremarkable nobody, her adopting the persona Celes and taking on every of her aspects, including the darker ones, were her only escape from such plain and suffering life. Her romanticized dream of living in a castle full of manservants makes more sense here that she came too far being the persona of 'Celes', if she lowered her standards, if she stops being Celes, she could fall into that plain life that made her suffer.
Ishimaru counts as well, he's been paired with Oowada, Fujisaki, Celes, Kuwata, Naegi, Daiya, Ishida and more.
Magnificent Bastard: The Mastermind, if their regular Moral Event Horizon crossing doesn't turn you off of the idea (and they may be a little too unstable to truly count.) She has the cast wrapped around her finger almost from beginning to end. Even all the moments where the cast thinks they've got the leg up on her, she knows what they're doing the whole time, and it's all according to plan (when she wants to follow the plan herself, at least.) The only reason she doesn't get away with everything she's doing is because Naegi is practically hope personified, compared to Junko's status as despair personified.
Even her defeat is a victory for her because it was what the whole plan was building towards the entire time. She wanted to successfully build the plan up and then feel it all crashing down around her, and then be tortured and put to death, just so she could feel the "thrill" of ultimate despair.
Though Monokuma was pretty much dancing on the MEH line, some fans loved him for it - until Chapter 4, where he publicly ordered Ogami to kill one of her friends, leading to her suicide, and then stole the suicide note, leaving a fake one for Asahina so she'd try to take the blame. Topping the trial off with the execution of Alter Ego just rubs salt in the wound.
Before every trial, Naegi delivers a ridiculously overblown soliloquy:
Naegi: And then...the curtain rose on... A trial for life, and a judgment of death... Deception in life, and treachery in death... Betrayal for life, and betrayal for death... The riddles of life, and the mystery of death... Justification for life, and rationalization of death... Faith in life, and trust in death... The Class Trial to live...or the Class Trial to die...!!
While Togami desecrating Fujisaki's corpse was a truly vile act - though he had his reasons - people act like he tampers with crime scenes on a regular basis, to the point where they treat it like it's his hobby.
Kirigiri inspecting Fujisaki's and Yamada's corpses without hesitation has convinced people that she has a fetish for them.
Ishimaru has only cried in the end of episode 5 and 6 before dying, it's not very surprising to see a lot of fanart of him in tears.
One-Scene Wonder: The real Junko Enoshima only appears for a brief time, but is utterly unforgettable.
Paranoia Fuel: The entire premise of the game thrives on this, and Monokuma exploits it for all it's worth whenever he can.
Player Punch: If you got all of Fujisaki's Free Time conversations, you'll tell him that Owada is the strongest. Now skip to Chapter 2's trial and feel like an asshole.
Celes gets quite the flack in the comments to the Something AwfulLet's Play. Reasoning ranging from murdering two people with no regrets whatsoever and being an Anti-Climax Boss for someone deduced to be a "SHSL Gambler" (she was called uncharacteristically OOC, being too "blatant" in "covering her crimes", so not living up to her title) and on top of that, her petty, one-dimensional motivation unlike Owada (accident) and Kuwata (self-defense). However, this gets alleviated a bit since she's a Consummate Liar, and even these unsympathetic motives could be just lies she spread, for reasons we probably will never know. The manga at least gives some hints that might put a tiny bit of sympathy on her, though.
The manga segments that end each Class Trial can cross into Guide Dang It territory, since you're expected to summarize the entire murder by filling in blanks using nothing but tiny, textless thumbnails that may esoterically depict the event they're meant to represent. Even if you know exactly how the murder went down, you may screw up and lose credibility points just because a thumbnail was too vague for you to figure out. For example, chapter 4's trial features two thumbnails of Fukawa either entering or exiting a locker. Which one is which? Who knows—the clues distinguishing the two are very small. She's sweatier in one of the thumbnails. This one goes with the panels of her covered in sweat. It is worth points, so good luck!
A meta example for those who can only access the game via the Let's Play on Something Awful is the paywalls that pop up periodically on the site, preventing anyone who won't shell out ten bucks from reading the damn thing. Especially since it is completely unadvertised, so no planning ahead, there is never a schedule for how long they're supposed to last, and some have even claimed that the paywalls have increased in frequency and length ever since the popularity of the playthroughs of this game and its sequel. At least this one is on LPArchive now.
Self-Fanservice: Fanartists commonly draw Ogami with a face far more feminine than how it actually looks. At least it's generally rare for her muscles to be toned down.
Ship-to-Ship Combat: Surprisingly averted most of the time. Despite the frequent instances of Broken Base and Fan Dumb and the fandom's penchant for Shipping, major fights over who should end up with who are relatively uncommon. This may be because romance isn't a big focus of the game, or it may be because most characters die anyway.
It's easy to feel this way about the victims of the game. In particular, one of the mid-game victims is killed shortly after seemingly taking on a fallen friend's spirit.
Some of the readers believe that Celes's motive made them too one-dimensional, but others believe that was precisely the point - the motive of the chapter was simple cash and some people in real life do murder simply for that. Their case also serves as a contrast towards the other murderers - some are sympathetic, some aren't, which some people find realistic, as not all real-life murderers can exactly be portrayed sympathetic. Fortunately, the manga gives hints or Alternate Character Interpretation on how her motivation came to be and slightly made her into a Jerkass Woobie instead. Unfortunately, the canonity of the manga isn't clear as of yet.
The Untwist: Kirigiri's talent being revealed as Detective, which is even lampshaded by Orenronen in the LP. The proceeding twist of her being the headmaster's daughter was also not very surprising either.
Values Dissonance: Chihiro's reason for cross dressing is because he was constantly belittled for not being strong like most boys in Japan are expected to be. He tried to escape the bullying by cross dressing, because his weaknesses were viewed to be more fitting for a girl, and he was left alone. But he didn't find himself happy because all he wanted was to be acknowledged as a boy, and he believed that the only way that would happen was if he was stronger. Such an idea would go over the heads of, or even be misunderstood by, many Western fans, especially since gender roles in the West are nowhere near as strict or enforced as they are in Japan.
Fujisaki, who lacks confidence and strength to the point that it's clear that the murders are hitting her the hardest. After she dies, the audience finds out that she is really a boy who crossdressed as a girl in a misguided and completely desperate attempt to avoid being mocked for not being masculine, which unfortunately ended up crushing the kidís self-esteem further. Poor kid.
Asahina as well. It's hard to see such a fun and lighthearted character undergo the immense pressure of the game. She does not take Ogami's death well, and it very nearly breaks her, though she mostly recovers from it.
Ishimaru has been through a lot of crap it's hard to not feel bad for him. Before being in hope's peak, he literally had no friends and never even bothered to make friends at all. But when he finally made his first and only friend ever, he dies and Ishimaru was driven into depression. And later he gets killed after falsely being accused of rape. It gets worst once you go through his Free Time Events. He wants to show that an ordinary person like him can change the world, only for him to fail horribly by the time he dies. It also doesn't help that he's The Unfavorite to almost everyone in-universe and nobody seems to care about his death as the 3rd trial was more focused on Yamada.
Woolseyism: The Project Zetsubou translation turns the fujoshi pun in Touko's name to one about slashers (not the serial killers, the slash fic kind).
Despite what some fans may think, there is a reason why "Genocider Syo" was localized as "Genocide Jack" in the official English Adaptation. When Syo is first mentioned, the player is supposed to believe that they are male, mainly because "Syo" is more commonly used as a male's name in Japan. As a result, the revelation that Fukawa's split personality is Syo is more surprising. This joke, for lack of a better term, cannot work in English because most western players don't realize that "Syo" is more commonly a boy's name. So in order to preserve it, Syo was localized as Jack which not only works in tricking the player, but is also a nice homage to a real infamous serial killer, Jack the Ripper.
In the English dub of the game, Celes speaks with a very obvious fake French accent in a rather monotone manner. This would catch some players off guard, especially those who played in the original language first, but if you think about Celes' real personality, it fits with her character. It's especially effective when, in Chapter 3, Celes' has her Freak Out over being accused and completely drops the accent all together, but is still constantly struggling to keep it.
The English localization has the characters refer to each other using either their first names or nicknames (Hina for Asahina, Taka for Ishimaru, etc.) It's a strange decision at first, since in Japan people usually refer to each other by their last names unless they're close friends or family, but this change was for good reason as determining one of the clues for Chapter 3's trial is entirely dependent on knowing how a certain character refers to the others. Hifumi Yamada refers to his classmates only using their last name in a formal matter in both languages, and this fact is important in determining that Yasuhiro is Celes. In English, this clue wouldn't translate very well unless the player was aware of how Japanese culture worked. So the most logical change would be having the other characters refer to each other by their first name or a nickname like they would do in English, that way Yamada's mannerisms would stand out more.