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[[folder: A-G]]
* AccidentalInnuendo: During Chapter 2's Closing Argument, Hajime says "I can imagine how badly Hiyoko must have panicked when she came out of the closet" and saw Mahiru's body. As if Hiyoko's "affections" for Mahiru didn't read enough like LesYay already...
* 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.
** To a lesser extent, Mahiru was not a popular character, but the fact she genuinely wanted to make amends with Fuyuhiko before her murder and died because the two of them let their tempers get the better of them, plus Fuyuhiko's sister arguably [[AssholeVictim got what she deserved]], makes her death rather sad.
* AmericansHateTingle: Hiyoko was the 4th most popular character in an official Japanese poll. However, most western fans ended up considering Hiyoko to be TheScrappy.
* {{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. Although, ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' reveals that the reason how they fell into disappear was a different one.
** This is very much a case of SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped, however, due to the belief that SchoolBullyingIsHarmless, especially in Japan (where the game takes place).
* AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/DanganRonpa See here]].
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Nagito seems to be the prime example. He's either a complex, tragic character with a ''nasty'' FreudianExcuse between his abusive talent and being manipulated by Junko's plots, an unhinged lunatic who keeps trying to kill people in-between half-lucid ramblings about "hope," or a pitiable-but-very-dangerous mixture of the two. And while the authors almost certainly intended the last interpretation, even fans who agree with it often feel he was misused by the narrative, either as a source of cheap drama, a well of HoYay for the {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s, an unnecessary SpotlightStealingSquad, or all of the above.
** While Mikan was well-liked due to her [[ShrinkingViolet shy]], sweet personality and her attractive design, as well as the fact she's one of the biggest [[TheWoobie Woobies]] in the game there are others who finds her [[AxCrazy behavior]] after she [[spoiler: kills Ibuki and Hiyoko]] obnoxious.
** Sonia is disliked in some circles for similar reasons to Akane (mentioned below), as she doesn't change all that much as a character and nothing she does really impacts the plot of the game aside from suggesting Hiyoko get changed in Titty Typhoon, indirectly leading to her death. Plus, despite being cordial enough with the rest of the cast (including [[{{Jerkass}} Hiyoko]] and Teruteru), she's pretty damn nasty to Kazuichi and tells him ''to his face'' that she wishes he was a murderer and insults him more and more as the trials go on. Not to mention her ShipTease with Gundham tends to really get [[StrangledByTheRedString rammed down the player's throats]] during the Fourth Trial, mostly to make Gundham's death more sad. On the other hand, others like her for her friendly personality and NightmareFetishist tendencies, as well as interactions with Gundham.
** Kazuichi was at first well-liked for his design and friendship with Hajime; however, his increasingly creepy behavior towards Sonia and jealousy of Gundham's relationship, distancing himself from Hajime in Chapter 4 over a suggestion that Nagito made, despite Kazuichi obviously distrusting Nagito, did not get him any love. Nor did surviving to the final trial over several students (by virtue of Plot Armor since his talent is the only one besides Hajime/Izuru's that can help revive the comatose students) and getting very little in the way of positive Character Development. There are people who find him sympathetic due to his {{Adorkable}} attempts to be cool and DarkAndTroubledPast involving his lack of friends and implied AbusiveParents, and thanks to his excitable, NervousWreck nature he is a much-needed source of ComicRelief when the game takes repeatedly darker turns. He's also one of the first characters who is genuinely nice to Hajime despite Hajime not having a talent and he does have several PetTheDog moments during the game. Plus, a lot of people see themselves in Kazuichi and can identify with him.
* BrokenBase: The LP translation for this game on the Website/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, fancies 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]]?
** Alternatively: The most popular HoYay pairing in ''Danganronpa'' is between a guy who wears a button-up shirt and tie with a snarky, no-nonsense attitude, and another guy in a green hoodie who bravely faces death after seven of his friends have died. This description can refer to Hajime and Nagito, Byakuya and Makoto, or Kyosuke and Juzo.
* 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.
* EndingFatigue: Chapter 6's "trial" is ''incredibly'' long. "Trial" is in quotation marks because, while the graduation exam is presented as a classroom trial in terms of gameplay and UI, there's very little actual gameplay involved--the first half of the trial has a reasonable mix of Nonstop Arguments, Logic Dives, and Hangman's Gambits, but the second half is almost nothing but talking and the occasional multiple-choice question. You get the impression that this is only being done as a trial so the chapter's boatload of [[TheReveal dramatic reveals]] feature full voice acting instead of VoiceGrunting...which is totally fair, but time really starts adding up if you wait for line readings to finish instead of just reading at your own pace. At one point in particular you're handed a Nonstop Argument where ''all 16 students'' have lines, so if you don't quickly figure out the puzzle you're going to wasting a ''ton'' of time.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Like the original, every character is this to some circles and a BaseBreakingCharacter 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), although ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' revealed her name to Natsumi.
** Among the students, Gundham gets the most love due to his LargeHam moments and his CrazyAwesome character traits (a Satanic animal breeder).
** Ibuki is moreso of a darkhorse than Gundham being that she dies much earlier on than him and overall doesn't do much of anything for the story besides her comic relief moments, her remarkable sense of hearing being one of the keys to solving the first trial, and involvement in the Twilight Syndrome case (which was glossed over in DR3, making her actual involvement in it questionable). Despite her lack of focus in the game, she is highly popular in the fandom loved for her humorous lines and positive personality that contrasts with her appearance.
* 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 is almost always shipped with one of two people: Chiaki (Hinanami), or Nagito (Komahina), thanks to the former being his ImpliedLoveInterest and the latter having an... [[HoYay interesting]] [[FoeYay relationship]] [[VillainousCrush with him]].
** 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.
** [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Nagito/Mikan]], or Komamiki, won fans over despite their few canon interactions. Mainly because [[HeroicSelfDeprecation they do have]] [[StepfordSmiler quite a bit]] [[LaughingMad in common]], and the potential IllBoy[=/=]HospitalHottie dynamic is seen as appealing. And Spike Chunsoft seems to support this idea by putting them among other fan-favorite couple in several official art works, such as [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/danganronpa/images/6/6e/Dangan_Beautiful.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20170211164615 this]]
* 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. She (as Monokuma) even calls him a cutie patootie.
** 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 worse 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.
* FountainOfMemes: Nagito's personality is.....interesting [[{{Understatement}} to say the least]] in which his obsession towards hope ended up causing many memes within the fandom.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: While Sonia's "[[ADateWithRosiePalms I'll never be queen!]]" speech appears to be funny due to being a CovertPervert, there's also [[Anime/DanganRonpa3 an ominous alternate interpretation]] about that line...
* GameBreaker: The Delusion skill, available to buy from the beginning of the game, causes your Influence (health) to regenerate when using focus mode during a trial. Since focus regenerates over time this effectively gives you infinite health and means you can make incorrect choices with impunity during Trials, though you can still run out of time.
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[[folder: H-R]]
* 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.
*** His DeathSeeker tendencies and desire to become a symbol of hope through dying also take on some horrifically tragic undertones once you realize that the post-diagnosis life expectancy of someone with FTD is only 2-15 years.
** 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.
** Peko's final free time event heavily implies she plans to ask Fuyuhiko out if they both survive. This becomes extremely tragic after the events of the second trial. Though, not so much after ''Anime/Danganronpa3''.
** 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.
** ''Anime/Danganronpa3'' shows a very different version of the Twilight Syndrome murder case, one where Mahiru was never involved at all. WordOfGod confirms that Monokuma purposely altered the truth in his game, meaning Mahiru was specifically set up to be murdered despite being innocent.
** In the final Monokuma theater of the game, Monokuma, in a unusually OOC and depressed way of speaking says how "Everything is a lie. Everything is fiction." Fast forward to ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'', [[spoiler: where all the characters personalities and talents being fake was the big twist.]]
* HesJustHiding: Many are clamoring for the possibility that Chiaki could still be around with a backup file.
* HilariousInHindsight: Before Monokuma transforms back to Junko, he say's that he's just going to skip his second and third forms and go straight to his final form. An obvious reference to [[Anime/DragonBallZ Frieza]], complete with a power up sequence. Fast forward a few years to the ''Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F'' movie, and Frieza himself says almost the ''exact same line''. Funnily enough, [[Creator/GregAyres the younger brother]] of the [[Creator/ChrisAyres dub voice for Frieza]] is also the voice of Monokuma in the anime adaptation.
** Chiaki's pep talk to Hajime during the climax of the game is eerily similar to the climatic conversation between [[spoiler: Ultimate]] Madoka and Homura in the last episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', to the point that certain lines could be swapped out with each other and only the most ardent fans of both would notice the difference. Now, seeing as how this falls under hilarious rather than simply heartwarming, you get three guesses as to [[Creator/ChristineMarieCabanos who]] delivers both speeches in their respective English dubs - and the first two guesses don't count.
** Creator/KiraBuckland voiced Ibuki Mioda in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcEDnXuThM0 this]] comic dub, and would later become the official English voice of Hiyoko Saionji in that game, who said to Ibuki "It's a good thing your hearing is good, because your face, body, appearance, and personality totally suck."
* 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:
** Ibuki/Byakuya has two different ones depending on the language of the fandom shipping it: "K-Ton" for the Japanese fanbase, a pun on Byakuya's pig ("Ton" in Japanese) based nickname from Hiyoko and the direct translation of Ibuki's talent, and "Heir Guitar" for the English speaking fans, combining a common translation for Byakuya's talent (The Ultimate/Super High School Level Heir) and a reference to Ibuki's music based talent to create a pun on "Air Guitar".
** 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.
** "Soul Friends" tends to get used for Hajime/Kazuichi, whether in shipping or just them interacting platonically.
* 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 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 and hates watching her friends turn on each other. 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.
** Nekomaru becoming a cyborg is common knowledge among fans as well.
** Chiaki being an AI in this game has became known in the fandom especially after it was revealed she was once a human in Anime/DanganRonpa3 and there was a bunch of EpilepticTrees in regards the relationship between the two Chiakis.
* 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 [[AbusiveParents 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. Not to mention that Kazuichi knows he used to be badly-received, [[NoSocialSkills but he doesn't understand that his new attitude is also detrimental to his attempts to make friends for different reasons.]]
** [[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.
** Fuyuhiko becomes this starting around the end of Chapter Two. Not only he ended up finding out that his sister was dead, he nearly killed Mahiru who was the accomplice for the killer of his sister in a fit of rage only for [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Peko]] to grab the bat and kill Mahiru herself believing she was JustFollowingOrders. After he heavily defended Peko at the class trial and she was found guilty, he breaks down into tears and begins screaming that he never wanted Peko to be his tool - he just wanted her by his side. After he was nearly killed by Peko in which that came across as a major TearJerker, he ended up having to wear an eye patch, attempted to commit suicide, and becomes a reformed [[BreakTheHaughty Broken Haughty]] having to deal with the fact that the two women that he cares about the most ended up dying. And in the final class trial, the only thing that he wants to do is see Peko again.
* 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.
* MagnificentBastard: Whatever you think of Nagito, it's hard to deny that his plan during chapter 5 was really clever, and only gets revealed in its full form in the last chapter. Essentially, in chapter 4, he finds out that everyone, including himself, is part of Ultimate Despair, with Chiaki being the traitor (so in this case, ''the only good guy'') and an AI designed to positively influence everyone else. Deciding that everyone but Chiaki deserves to die, he sets himself up to die in a supposed suicide littered with {{Red Herring}}s. He ''also'' intentionally rigs the room to catch fire--his actual planned cause of death is poison gas hidden in a fire grenade, unwittingly thrown by one of the others. Even though the group solves Nagito's trap during the trial down to the letter, it's still impossible to know who ''actually'' threw the poison grenade. Eventually the group reasons that Nagito's Ultimate Luck would logically cause the traitor to throw the correct bottle...but they still can't guess ''who that is.'' Chiaki choosing to reveal herself is the only reason everyone else lives. While chapter 6 later reveals that Nagito intended for everyone to guess wrong--his Ultimate Luck just happened to work at the wrong time--there's no denying that, even if Nagito's idea of "hope" is terrifying and deadly, he managed to create a truly unsolvable mystery with his death.
* MemeticMutation: Can be found [[Memes/DanganRonpa here]] along with the memes from its [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa predecessor]].
* {{Moe}}: Chiaki fits this to a T. She's a shorty, busty, [[SleepyHead sleepy-headed]] GamerChick who is voiced by Creator/ChristineMarieCabanos in the English dub.
** Mikan too, at least before TheReveal and even then, people still tend to feel bad for her.
* SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound: There are many who consider Nagito's version of 'Sore wa chigau yo' to be this.
* {{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.
** The fake Makoto created by Junko also gets tons of fanart and is almost always included in spoiler-heavy fanvideos despite having even less screen time than Izuru Kamakura.
* OneTrueThreesome:
** Sonia/Kazuichi/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.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Inverted with Kazuichi. He was well liked in the early stages of the story, but gradually became a BaseBreakingCharacter with the more OutOfFocus he became towards the finale. It doesn't help that his [[StalkerWithACrush behavior]] towards Sonia [[{{Flanderization}} became more or less his entire character]] in the later parts of the game, even as she makes it increasingly bluntly obvious that she wants nothing to do with him.
* RonTheDeathEater:
** Mahiru Koizumi gets a lot of unnecessary stick from the community, perceiving her as an outright man-hater.
*** Many agree that her free time events improve on her character a lot, but as she dies rather quickly most people don't end up seeing them unless they play island mode.
** As mentioned above, Nagito is this and a DracoInLeatherPants at the same time. His worst haters ignore his [[WellIntentionedExtremist good intentions]], self-sacrificing nature and legitimate mental illness, describing him as a straight-up irredeemable villain.
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[[folder: S-Z]]
* 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. It's made even worse in the localization, which somehow chooses the longest possible words/phrases (up to ''thirteen'' letters, with most Hangman's Gambits being multi-word phrases of around ten characters) whereas the Japanese version would only use words with an average of five characters. The Hangman's Gambit was never a particularly well-loved mechanic, but the sheer length of most answers and the new rules allowing letters to crash ''off-screen'' (damaging your health) turned it from a short and relatively painless affair to a divisive mini-game that required perfect execution in order to Platnium the game.
** Logic Dive is also this trope. Functionally, there are plenty of players who think it was a good addition and that it eliminates some of the issues the first game had crafting Nonstop Debates. As with the "Improved" Hangman's Gambit, though, the problems are in the mini game's mechanics.
** Even the Panic Talk Action, formerly the Bullet Time Battle, isn't immune! Some players hate the new format, some are indifferent, and some prefer it. And then there's the change to the Final Strike....
* 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, although likely because it's an easy detail to miss in the first place.
** Strangely inverted by Chiaki, who is occasionally drawn as rather chubby, when she's anything but in the actual game. It might be because she has breasts that look out of proportion with her body, so making her thicker makes them look more suited to her build and less just for Fanservice.
* ShipToShipCombat: While it's not that large, there is a noticeable shipping war between Hinanami (Hajime/Chiaki) and Komahina (Nagito/Hajime).
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: Nagito/Mikan has a surprisingly large group of fans for a ship where the two characters barely interact. (And in their one major interaction, Nagito makes it clear he ''hates'' her, or at least he hates her for killing out of despair instead of for hope, and Mikan replies with a very cutting ShutUpHannibal.)
** Shipping Peko with Ishimaru from the previous game is also somewhat popular, especially with promotional art showing them practising Kendo together. There's also Leon/Ibuki, as her Ultimate Talent relates to Leon's own appreciation for the punk genre - they even get to interact in the VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3 Bonus Mode, which only gives the ship more material.
* 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 Funhouse.
** The Final Dead Room is essentially a ThatOneLevel within a ThatOneLevel (rather fitting, as Monokuma describes the Funhouse as a "closed circle within a closed circle").
* ThatOnePuzzle:
** Chapter Two's Class Trial has an infamous one: What was the murder weapon used to kill the first victim?[[note]]A swimsuit filled with gravel, which was used as a blunt object to strike the victim on the head.[[/note]] For some players, the Nonstop Debate on the topic is firmly this trope; for others... well, not so much. Bringing up the topic tends to lead to a heated disagreement between those who felt the question was poorly written (and the answer a stretch) and those who saw the solution immediately.
** The first Panic Talk Action falls into this for some, as the Final Strike needs to be worded in a specific way that might not be immediately obvious, and unlike many other Final Strikes, its components make sense in several different orders. This wouldn't be so bad if you didn't have to put the solution together in a matter of ''seconds''.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: One of the reasons Hiyoko is TheScrappy is because of a blatantly squandered opportunity to develop her character. Much like Kiyotaka in the previous game, Hiyoko suffers a huge loss, there's build-up to her character growing from the incident, but then she unceremoniously gets killed in the very next chapter.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Chapter 4 has the entire theme park. It has a lot of interesting attractions and a bunch of creative locations that would have been awesome to see a murder take place in. But instead, once you go into the Monokuma Express, you're taken to the Funhouse. While the Funhouse did make for one of the most complex and tragic chapters in the series, the theme park could've achieved the same result if they expanded on it a bit more.
** Mikan being the culprit of Chapter 3 has a few. For starters, she doesn't really comment much on killing Hiyoko, despite her spending most of her screentime bullying her. Another was how she killed Ibuki. Because Ibuki's Despair Disease made her gullible, she could have had Ibuki kill Hiyoko and then herself. It would have explained why in the face suicide video, Mikan's bandages were missing.
* TooCoolToLive: [[NiceGirl A friendly, kind,]] [[GeniusDitz smart,]] [[{{Adorkable}} cute]] [[HiddenBuxom and busty]] GamerChick? Indeed, Chiaki Nanami was just [[KilledOffForReal too]] [[HeroicSacrifice good]] [[ArtificialIntelligence to be real.]]
** There's [[GenkiGirl Ibuki]] [[FunPersonified Mioda]], one of the [[NiceGuy nicest]] characters in the game and with a quirky, funny personality, interesting talent and cool design is cruelly offed in Chapter 3.
** Gundham Tanaka as well, with his hilarious and epic [[LargeHam hammy speeches]], sympathetic backstory, sexy voice and his Evil Overlord persona. He's Chapter 4's culprit, which obviously means he's a dead man from the word "go".
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Usami/Monomi is treated very badly by almost the entire cast. She gets abused by Monokuma for most of the time, and almost all students are suspicious of her and are very annoyed by her constant appearances. Because all this hatred she receives in-universe, she's TheWoobie to the fandom, with many players being able to sympathize with her, especially since she is constantly shown to be on her students side no matter how much they hate. It also helps that she is sometimes useful to the class, such as saving Kuzuryuu and Nidai's lives or her role in the GrandFinale.
** Mikan was bullied relentlessly throughout her life by both her peers and family, repeatedly insulted by [[BrattyHalfPint Hiyoko]], and Fuyuhiko is rather harsh to her before his HeelFaceTurn, while the rest of the cast range from being annoyed or indifferent to being nicer but mildly condescending towards her, with the possible exception of Ibuki and Hajime. She's very well-liked by the fandom and many people express a desire [[TheWoobie to give the poor girl a hug.]]
* 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", [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished 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. ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' gives Mikan extra sympathy points when Junko is shown not just manipulating her, but out-and-out [[DomesticAbuse abusing her too]] and she would be ''scarred'' for life if she finds out about anything related to Junko despite her actions in the Final Killing Game.
* {{Woolseyism}}: On the other hand from the above-mentioned BrokenBase, there are those who think Oren and Fedule's fan translation was BetterThanCanon, and to this day grieve its premature cancellation.
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