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* MeaningfulAppearance: Each character has their own unique set of poses as a result of their combined talent and upbringing. For example, Makoto wouldn't imitate [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/danganronpa/images/b/b5/Danganronpa_V3_Kaede_Akamatsu_Fullbody_Sprite_%2827%29.png/revision/latest?cb=20180414185931 this sprite of Kaede]] because his upbringing is submissive compared to Kaede's upbringing involving performing in front of people.

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* VillainsActHeroesReact: At first it may seem like [[HeroesActVillainsHinder the complete opposite]] of this type of story since Makoto Naegi is an innocent HopeBringer protagonist who is ecstatic about participating in Hope's Peak Academy's student body. But by the end of the story of each game, it turns out the villains plan everything for the cast of presumed heroes to react to; the less discrete examples being the motives and the executions, where Monokuma tests every student's will with the motives and their ability to witness a crueler form of dying than the original case in the executions.


* FamousLastWords:
-->'''Sayaka Maizono:''' Oh, and what I said about before.\\
'''Makoto Naegi:''' Hm?\\
'''Sayaka Maizono:''' When I said I was psychic, it really was a joke. Honestly, I’m just very perceptive.\\
'''Makoto Naegi:''' Yeah, I know.\\
'''Sayaka Maizono:''' Good night, then… See you in the morning.

-->'''Junko Enoshima (Fake):''' H-Huh? This wasn't...supposed to... Why...me...?

-->'''Leon Kuwata:''' I'm begging you...! Please, don't do this...!\\
'''Monokuma:''' No more begging! No more excuses! You must pay the penalty for breaking the rules! Society demands it!\\
'''Leon Kuwata:''' S-Stop, please...!\\
'''Monokuma:''' Now then, I've prepared a very special punishment for Leon Kuwata, the Ultimate Baseball Star!\\
'''Leon Kuwata:''' No no no no no no no!\\
'''Monokuma:''' Let's give it everything we've got! It's...PUNISHMENT TIIIME!\\
'''Leon Kuwata:''' NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

-->'''Chihiro Fujisaki:''' ...I want to change. I wrapped myself in lies. I'm weak. I want to destroy that version of me forever! I have to change. I don't want to be weak anymore. You're so strong, it can't hurt you, right? Whatever secret Monokuma might tell us…\\
'''Mondo Owada:''' I'm strong? Are you fucking with me right now?\\
'''Chihiro Fujisaki:''' N-No, I just...really admire you. I admire...your strength...\\
'''Mondo Owada:''' That's right... I '''am''' strong... Strong... I'm strong...! Strong, strong, strong, strong, strong, strong! Stronger than you! And stronger than Daaaaiiiyaaaaa!!!

-->'''Mondo Owada:''' Sorry, man... I couldn't keep the promise we made...from one man to another...

-->'''Kiyotaka Ishimaru (Kiyondo):''' Who gives a crap about "effective"? We're talking about FEELINGS here!\\
'''Kyoko Kirigiri:''' Anything we do at night brings a higher chance of the mastermind noticing us. Celeste is right. We should begin our investigation tomorrow morning. What do you think, Makoto?\\
'''Makoto Naegi:''' I...agree with you. If we run around tonight in a panic, the mastermind is sure to notice, and we won't get anything done. Taka, Hifumi... I know how you feel right now but... It's best if, just for tonight...you can try to endure it.\\
'''Kiyotaka Ishimaru:''' Ngh...!\\
'''Hifumi Yamada:''' Gah...

-->'''Hifumi Yamada:''' Where...am I? Cold...so cold... Is...winter coming? ...Huh? Ahh...that's right... I remember now... Hope's Peak... I remember...everything... Before...I'd met you...all... I'd met...you all... Ahh...the light... It's...reaching out...to me... Like...the tail...of a comet… Who...killed me...? That's right... I remember...their name... Y...Yasu... ...hi...ro... ...

-->'''Celestia Ludenberg:''' Will it really give you the hope you're looking for? I can't say I ever saw it that way... Which is why... Actually, it's not important. Well then...take care, everyone. Perhaps we'll meet again, in another life.

-->'''Sakura Ogami:''' Hina...whatever it takes, survive. Survive along with everyone else. No matter what...just survive. And let me just say this to the mastermind. I'm not going to just lay down and die. I '''will''' fight you, you bastard. No matter what. ...And that's seriously it!

-->'''Chihiro Fujisaki (Alter Ego):''' Friends...? Even...me? Thank you. Thank you, Makoto...

-->'''Junko Enoshima (Genuine):''' Puhuhu... Puhuhuhu! So this is how the despair of death feels... Ahh, it's so wonderful! Even a tenth of this despair... Even a hundredth...! I want every last soul on this planet to taste such despair! I want the entire world to die with that despair in its mouth! Okay, let's do this! I've reserved an extra special punishment for last! Let's give it everything we've got! It's...PUNISHMENT TIIIME!

-->'''Monomi (Usami):''' I-I will protect everyone! Even at the cost of my life...I will protect everyone!\\
'''Monokuma:''' Hurk! ...Huh? What's this? Blurgh... Ugh... Ah, I know! This is nausea! Your sickly sweet sense of justice makes me wanna puke! All righty then, it's decided! You'll be my ''example to everyone''!

-->'''[[IronicEcho Byakuya Togami (Imposter)]]:''' Hey! Why can't you all act a little more mature...? ...Hm? What was that sound just now?\\
'''Mahiru Koizumi:''' Uwah! It's a blackout!\\
'''Kazuichi Soda:''' Hey, I can't see anything!\\
'''Ibuki Mioda:''' I-It's pitch black! My future is pitch black!\\
'''Mahiru Koizumi:''' E-Everyone, calm down! We gotta stay calm in a situation like this!\\
'''Hiyoko Saionji:''' Waaaah! Don't step on my feet!\\
'''Byakuya Togami:''' What the hell!? What's going on here!? Th-This is...!\\
'''Nagito Komaeda:''' Ow!\\
'''Akane Owari:''' Turn the damn lights on! I can't eat like this, y'know!\\
'''Teruteru Hanamura:''' You guys? Where are you? W-Wasn't the blackout...just in the kitchen?\\
'''Sonia Nevermind:''' Perhaps the breaker overloaded?\\
'''Kazuichi Soda:''' H-Hold on a sec! I'll go along the wall and...do something about it...!

-->'''Teruteru Hanamura:''' I think I'm the one...who went crazy.\\
'''Hajime Hinata:''' T-Teruteru...\\
'''Monokuma:''' I see, I see...interesting. But... As far as motives to kill are concerned, wanting to see your mom is boooooooooooooring!\\
'''Hajime Hinata:''' Wha-!?\\
'''Monokuma:''' Sooooo... It seems there's no point in basking in the afterglow, so let's hurry up and begin the punishment!\\
'''Monomi:''' N-No! You can't!\\
'''Monokuma:''' Jeez! Get outta my way!\\
'''Monomi:''' Gyaaaaaah!\\
'''Monokuma:''' There...now that the annoying little sister has been dealt with, let’s get back to business…\\
'''Teruteru Hanamura:''' H-Hold on a sec… I’m not asking....for forgiveness anymore… B-But...at least...\\
'''Monokuma:''' I’ve prepared a special punishment for Teruteru Hanamura, the Ultimate Cook!\\
'''Teruteru Hanamura:''' Call me “Chef”! No, wait, that’s not what I-! P-Please… Please tell me at least… What happened to the Hanamura Diner...to Mama.\\
'''Monokuma:''' Let’s give it everything we’ve got! It’s...PUNISHMENT TIIIIIME!\\
'''Teruteru Hanamura:''' L-Lies… I won’t believe this… I...won’t...believe...it...! ...MAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMAAAAAAAAAAA!

-->'''Mahiru Koizumi:''' The fact that your sister was killed is terrible... It's unfortunate...but... You shouldn't have killed that girl! You had no right do to that! Nobody has the right to judge others for their crimes! Revenge...is just wrong!

-->'''Peko Pekoyama:''' ...Young master?\\
'''Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu:''' W-Why!? Why couldn’t you understand!? We’ve always been together, ever since we were kids!\\
'''Monokuma:''' Let’s go! It’s...PUNISHMENT TIIIIIME!\\
'''Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu:''' P-Please Peko! Don’t go…! I need you! Don’t leave me!\\
'''Peko Pekoyama:''' Young...master? ...Young master!

-->'''Sonia Nevermind:''' H-Hiyoko… By chance, are you having trouble wearing your kimono?\\
'''Hiyoko Saionji:''' S-Stupid! What are you saying!? Of course I can do it! Because...Mahiru taught me. That’s why...I can do it on my own.\\
'''Sonia Nevermind:''' U-Um… If that is the case, how about you do it someplace where there is a mirror? Do you remember the full-length mirror in the storage room at the music venue? If you do it while standing in front of a large mirror, I am confident you will be successful. Also… Shutting yourself in like this may be bad for your health...

-->'''Ibuki Mioda:''' To tell you the truth, I have been getting quite bored doing nothing but sleeping. Also...it would just trouble you if I slept all the time, so I was hoping I can help you with anything… But it’s better if I am sleeping, correct!?\\
'''Hajime Hinata:''' Yeah, just get some rest for now… It’d be a big help if you get better soon…\\
'''Ibuki Mioda:''' Yes! Understood!

-->'''Mikan Tsumiki:''' So it's over. It's really... Now I can go to my beloved who always forgives me...! I can finally see them. Please forgive me, the one who's going to die with the hope of finally seeing you!

-->'''Nekomaru Nidai:''' Gaaahahahaha! You'll drench your soul with evil until the bitter end, huh...? SPLENDID! In response to your spirit...I shall kill you with all of my might! I won't go easy on you! Don't even think about holding back! Don't waste your breath on cowardly tactics! Give me everything you've got!

-->'''Gundham Tanaka:''' Yes, I do not mind...however... ...What is it, my Four Dark Devas of Destruction? Are you worried about me? Oh, my feared Four Dark Devas of Destruction, that is not like you at all... However, there is no need to fear... In this world, I am only a temporary visitor... I was simply visiting for a moment...and now that my duty is complete, I must return to the darkness... That is why, until the very end... Pride! Conceit! Courage! Insolence! Fearful of nothing! Daunted by nothing! Let us laugh uproariously! That is Gundham Tanaka! I shall stick with my evil until the very end! Open Sesame, Pandaemonium! I shall fill hell with true hell! FUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

-->'''Nagito Komaeda:''' It's going to be fine... I'm pretty sure everything will work out in the end... After all...there's no way hope can lose... Absolute hope that can break through any despair can never lose in a place like this! And not only that...I believe in you all. I believe in the time we spent together. And more than anything...I believe in my Ultimate Luck! So it's going to be fine... As long as you believe in hope with all your hearts, the path should open...

-->'''Chiaki Nanami (Artificial):''' Bye everyone... It's okay... A shining future will always be waiting for you. It's true...it's absolutely true... Cuz...I know.\\
'''Monomi (Usami):''' Bye-bye! Please don't forget about your teacher.

-->'''Junko Enoshima (Alter Ego):''' Gyahaha...gyahahahahaha... Man, this is absolute despair... I feel despair upon despair and despair toward despair yet again... Once you've experienced the despair I've suffered, there's no turning back. Living in the shadows of past memories... That's...too sad, you know... Ah, but I guess...I no longer...I no longer have to...hope for despair... That...is...just...so...hope...l...e...s...s...

-->'''[[IronicEcho Rantaro Amami]]:''' Well, even if I ''did'' have an idea, I couldn't tell you. Can't risk anyone interfering.\\
'''Angie Yonaga:''' Okie-dokie. Then Angie will pray for your strategy's success, Rantaro. But if you're lying, Atua says He will punish you for three generations to come, okay?\\
'''Rantaro Amami:''' Haha, now that's a threat. Well, I'll do my best to live up to your expectations, hm? I guess...I '''have''' to do my best.

-->'''Kaede Akamatsu:''' I believe in you guys! So please, believe in yourself! ...Okay? It's a promise.

-->'''Ryoma Hoshi:''' So...you got a reason to survive... That's the complete opposite of me... Heh... That's good... If you've got something to live for, it means your life has value. Hmph…

-->'''Kirumi Tojo:''' I will live! I refuse to die in a hellhole like this! ...For my nation! For my people! ...'''I WILL NOT DIE!!!!!!'''

-->'''Angie Yonaga:''' You must be tired, Tenko. I think it would be best if you got some rest. Sound good? Until then, I'll continue my preparations to welcome back our friend.

-->'''Tenko Chabashira:''' Understood. I will not say a word until the séance is over! Okay, everyone! I'll see you guys after the séance!

-->'''Korekiyo Shinguuji:''' I will watch over you all as a ghost! As your friend, I will watch over you!\\
'''Korekiyo's sister:''' It won't just be me and Korekiyo... All those who died will be watching.\\
'''Korekiyo Shinguuji:''' Kehehe... I'll be watching to see how you face the death of your friends. I'll be watching... forever and ever...

-->'''Miu Iruma:''' My inventions will change the world... They'll make the world a better place! It's my duty as a genius inventor! S-So I can't afford to die here—

-->'''Gonta Gokuhara:''' Gonta love you all...!\\
'''Gonta Gokuhara (Alter Ego):''' Gonta is sorry... for being stupid!

-->'''Kokichi Oma:''' The bastards who created this game to toy with our lives...and the shits enjoying it... They all...piss me off! Th-That's why...I'm willing to do whatever it takes...to end this game!

-->'''Kaito Momota:''' Alright then! Let's end this with a bang! A special punishment suited for the Luminary of the Stars!\\
'''Monokuma:''' You don't gotta tell me! I'm excited to get this started!\\
'''Kaito Momota:''' Oh yeah? Well screw you! I'm not gonna die the way you want!

-->'''Shuichi Saihara:''' If this is all just fiction, then everything we've achieved up till now might be a lie. But those lies... they changed the world. Even if we are just fictional characters someone made up. We were able to change the world.\\
'''Tsumugi Shirogane:''' You're right. I feel the same way. My plan was such a flawless ''copy'', it even failed at the very end... So I should be able to hold my head up high as a cosplaycat criminal, right?\\
'''Shuichi Saihara:''' A ''cosplaycat criminal''?\\
'''K1-B0:''' ...Very well, let's begin. Or rather, let's end this! This is the will of the outside world!


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* UpToEleven: [[FalseUtopia So, what if a group of people were to compile all of their neutral interpretations of the world surrounding them and turn everything they comply with into a closed circle representation using the most intelligent yet simplistic cast of people as the bait victims, with one lucky exception, that can be scouted, where their tyrannical leader whose only goal is despair is a small, violent, plush bear on neutral but psychopathic standards?]] Well, what's produced finally and cleanly is this fictional series of realistic events commonly known as Danganronpa.
** [[https://pastebin.com/VcCLZyMF As a franchise, Danganronpa takes the concept it has and manipulates everything to its advantage]]. MetaFiction practically gets deeper and deeper beyond the concept of doing so, until the idea breaks the developers' composure and presents itself as a lashing out toward the attitude of the series' audience directly.
* ViewersAreMorons: Danganronpa is centred around a lot of philosophical speech involving slow pacing and long reaction times. As such, it involves long explanation of how something works and what "the killer did" in complete detail. Even with everything being so detailed, the audience secretively doesn't believe that what they experience from the games is enough despair.

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* UpToEleven: [[FalseUtopia So, what if a group of people were to compile all of their neutral interpretations of the world surrounding them and turn everything they comply with into a closed circle representation using the most intelligent yet simplistic cast of people as the bait victims, with one lucky exception, that can be scouted, where their tyrannical leader whose only goal is despair is a small, violent, plush bear on neutral but psychopathic standards?]] Well, what's produced finally and cleanly is this fictional series of realistic events commonly known as Danganronpa.
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[[https://pastebin.com/VcCLZyMF As a franchise, Danganronpa takes the concept it has and manipulates everything to its advantage]]. For example, it's take on MetaFiction practically gets growns deeper and deeper beyond the concept of doing so, until the idea breaks the developers' composure and presents itself as a lashing out toward the attitude of the series' audience directly.
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* ViewersAreMorons: Danganronpa is centred around a lot of philosophical speech involving slow pacing and long reaction times. As such, it involves long explanation of how something works and what "the killer did" in complete detail. Even with everything being so detailed, the audience secretively doesn't believe that what they experience from the games is enough despair.


* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: This is the main problem for the characters of the series whenever they're introduced to something out of their ordinary lifestyle. Despite the transcript constantly saying the situation is a "reality" and to believe that no one would decide to murder another, the characters themselves are always in disbelief of one of their acquaintances committing murder. What this leads to is defiance of Monokuma's Killing Game rules, where every character but Monokuma, the protagonist, and the murderer themselves uses emotion to reason in a trial instead of the rules laid out by Monokuma.
** Suspension of disblief is also one of V3's main trial themes due to the murders in the game being more complicated and less linear than the cases in the other two games.
* ViolationOfCommonSense: Korekiyo Shinguji's entire character is what this trope is. When he continues his kill streak to reach 100 people by the conclusion of the game's second trial, he isn't prompted by the ritual to kill, which is what ''would'' be most expected from an unstable anthropologist like himself; [[LampshadeHanging Tsumugi asks him how the ritual would trigger someone to kill, and he answers her that the ritual had no relation to the reason for him killing]]. Being a serial killer, Korekiyo mainly killed two people for the cause of his deceased sister just because he could.


* UnstuckInTime: During the investigations, Monokuma (or his cubs) never seems to automatically announce anything about pre-trial content or the trial itself being started. Instead, the protagonist has to indulge in the last Truth Bullet they need to obtain. Why Monokuma doesn't work under a timer and instead under the assumption that the one person he knows will solve the case has gathered the final important piece of evidence is unknown, but it may be to assert his true intentions with the Killing Game - the ones that aren't stated by the mastermind in each last chapter.
** Ironically the only person to input a timer for the investigation is K1-B0 while fending off the Exisals for the remainder's benefit, which can be interpreted as an AuthorsSavingThrow due to being the one and only time an investigation has a time limit, but people seem to disapprove of this more realistic mechanic being planted.



* VisibleSilence: This occurs too frequently between members of the cast. When they say they don't know anyone personally, everyone seems to prove that by being [[IHaveNothingToSayToThat physically incapable]] of making a mythological or internal reference to another student's character or past life.

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* VisibleSilence: This occurs too frequently between members of the cast. When they say they don't know anyone personally, everyone seems to prove that by being [[IHaveNothingToSayToThat physically incapable]] of making a mythological or internal reference to another student's character or past life.


* TailorMadePrison: While Danganronpa 1 is Hope's Peak Academy converted to fit the purpose of the Killing School Life and Danganronpa 2 is a Hope Restoration Simulator infiltrated by a virtual version of Junko, Danganronpa V3 is an academy made for the specific purpose of having the participants of the game exploit the structure to murderous advantage and having the complicated plan of the Killing Game be a part of the arcs of the characters themselves.



* {{Troperiffic}}: Danganronpa can be most appropriately summarised as an 'experimental parody', since its concept is [[DeconstructorFleet based on omnipresent clichés in fictional works]], [[MetaFiction in amalgam with the fourth wall seemingly not existing to the viewer]]. [[LampshadeHanging Self-aware]] [[DeusExMachina is]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall what]] [[AGodAmI it]] [[ApocalypseHow/Class1 is]].

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* {{Troperiffic}}: Danganronpa can be most appropriately summarised as an 'experimental parody', since its concept is [[DeconstructorFleet based on omnipresent clichés in fictional works]], [[MetaFiction in an amalgam with the fourth wall seemingly not existing to the viewer]]. [[LampshadeHanging Self-aware]] [[DeusExMachina is]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall what]] [[AGodAmI it]] [[ApocalypseHow/Class1 is]].


* StylisticSuck: The game completely fails to hide that the vast majority of the world is largely flat planes, which rolls straight into NarmCharm when even the characters themselves were depicted as flat and one-dimensional, [[BitingTheHandHumor completely unrelated to the fact everyone IS a one-dimensional flat character]].[[note]] When your entire cast is built on CripplingOverspecialization, you are not going to get well-rounded characters.[[/note]] Part of this joke even extends to the occasional Monokuma Copy you find in the game, which, more often than not, are basically a flat cut-out of Monokuma.

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* StylisticSuck: The game completely fails to hide that the vast majority of the world is largely flat planes, which rolls straight into NarmCharm when even the characters themselves were depicted as flat and one-dimensional, [[BitingTheHandHumor completely unrelated to the fact everyone IS a one-dimensional flat character]].[[note]] When your entire cast is built on CripplingOverspecialization, you are not going to get well-rounded characters.[[/note]] characters. Part of this joke even extends to the occasional Monokuma Copy you find in the game, which, more often than not, are basically a flat cut-out of Monokuma.


* RefugeInAudacity: Absolutely [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] everything that happens in this series. After Danganronpa V3's third trial, it's impossible to accept the fact that an anthropologist created a locked room and seesaw effect successfully, and that someone focused such as himself forgot to dispose of small pieces of evidence that would implicate him, like the duct tape left under Angie, or the possibility of K1-B0 capturing the magic circle in the seance.


* PlotlineDeath: All 2,417 of them, and that includes every individual that is gifted a fatality in Chapter 6 executions, excluding all the citizens shown to be dead in Another Episode, including the 2,360 Reserve Course students Junko brainwashed in Despair Arc (or tricked into being killed by pushing hard on a BerserkButton; Sato to Natsumi, Fuyuhiko to Sato), and including the deaths Monokuma inflicted upon his cubs in every V3 execution to the very last series trial. This mostly counts into deaths that actually have an effect on the plot itself, and considering that Monokuma's cubs were just as informative as their parental companion like how Junko killing the Reserve Course students contributed to her plan to spread despair, they're counted in too.


* HeroicSacrifice: The majority of characters who are murdered or executed in Danganronpa are adolescent prodigies who made their most efforts to avert everyone's expectations about them by giving them a cynical outward perspective, having a huge desire to dispose themselves from the predicament while they have no idea who's responsible for putting them in it initially. Culprits are going to a sacrificial tendancy by murdering someone else, risking their lives in order to access a world that is actually Hell itself outside. Victims are sacrificially heroic by letting themselves receive their own life's end, and still having some life left out of them while their circulation gradually becomes less stable...unless the victim dies instantly, of course, in which case they have no methodology that can help them bypass the laws of death in their last moments.


* AuthorAppeal:
** The creators are admitted fans of punk rock, which would explain why there's a character who's an open fan in both the first and second games.

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AuthorAppeal: The creators are admitted fans of punk rock, which would explain why there's a character who's an open fan in both the first and second games.



* DoNotSpoilThisEnding: Viewing this series without any prior knowledge other than the biological names of the cast we're initially introduced to is something that Danganronpa completely constructs itself on. In which case, not only is it trusting the viewer to interpret the symbolic events of high characteristics in a socially acceptable manner by being SophisticatedAsHell for a complete teenage cast that should culturally be talking TotallyRadical (ironically the only character who genuinely DOES use that language is Yasuhiro Hagakure, who is a young adult over the age of 20), but it is also trusting the viewer themselves not to say anything explicit about the very events that transpire.


** ...In additional example, Mahiru Koizumi's entire character arc also displays signs of adhering to this throughout the series of Danganronpa.
*** Firstly, her design and physical appearance. It's normal, but at the same time appealing due to colour contrasting. She also has very expressive sprites, and very large thighs.
*** Her personality is assertive, emotional, and logical. She also has a lack of confidence. All of these traits seem present with an audience surrogate.
*** Due to this personality of hers, Kazutaka Kodaka claims to believe that she would be appropriate as a protagonist for a series instalment.
*** Mahiru's English voice is smooth, present, and has a creaking undertone to it. It also gives the atmosphere a completely different perception when she's talking, and sounds very lukewarm.
*** When her corpse is discovered by Kazuichi, a body discovery announcement is triggered and Hajime sees it out of context. Once Hajime discovers her body, Kazuichi says "Before this, we were having a good time, right?!" and "Why is this happening?!" These two statements are never once said so boisterously about another character's death in the ''entire series''.
*** After everyone is gathered to the scene of the crime, Chiaki vehemently states that killing shouldn't be forgiven. However, she does this more vehemently than any other corpse's discovery. Not even Nagito, who would be expected to be forgiven for becoming a victim by at least Chiaki due to how insane he was before dying.
*** Directly ''after'' Hajime finds out that Mahiru's dead, he reminisces on what little he knew about her, accompanied by [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/danganronpa/images/d/d5/Mahiru_Koizumi_Halfbody_Sprite_%282%29.png/revision/latest?cb=20170819091752 this sprite]] over a black background. Unlike every other victim in the series, she is the only one who literally has a shot of one of their character sprites after their body is discovered.
*** Her corpse is also the only one in the series where [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank in spite of not being completely crushed like Kokichi's and only having a baseball bat whacked onto it, it has just as much blood being displayed as Kokichi's crushed corpse]]. It's also the only one to show an impure, sympathetic expression that can be appropriately described as "worried", "scared", and "unforgiving" all at once. The player can't see Chihiro's expression in the game, and the anime shows him simply shocked rather than sympathetic, and he's a meeker character compared to Mahiru.
*** Speaking of how she was whacked with a baseball bat, it seems that according to [[HospitalHottie Mikan Tsumiki's]] autopsy results, she died instantly and, therefore, never suffered from the pain of blunt force trauma.
*** The trial for the case where she's the victim. She's also the victim of the second chapter, rather than the third or the fourth, and every second case establishes the idea that anyone can be capable of murder even while aware of the consequences. The one who killed her, Peko Pekoyama, influences the trial's outcome on behalf of her master, Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu, and Monokuma himself notes explicitly after Peko's revealed to have been following her own will that "she's the first one to influence the outcome of the trial like that". Due to the relationship the culprit has with another side character, Fuyuhiko is Peko's memento, along with the cut eye he has. By proxy, this means that the player will subconsciously remember that Mahiru died and when she died. The player also has to remember the relationship Fuyuhiko had with Peko in the game's battle with Junko and the Neo World Program.
*** According to Fuyuhiko after Peko's been voted for, not even ''[[{{Outlaw}} he]]'' wanted to kill her until she decided to scold him for the actions he made as Guy F in Twilight Syndrome Murder Case. Once she did that, accepting his execution if he did kill her himself, [[BodyguardBabes Peko Pekoyama]] killed Mahiru ''for'' him despite him never once ordering her to protect him. The case barely ever characterises Mahiru as the villain in spite of his reasoning for planning to kill her in the first place being "as ironic [[{{Revenge}} vengeance]] for covering up the murderer of his [[SpoiledBrat younger sister]]". The victim, in spite of Danganronpa always attempting to characterise the victim as a lesser being of the case, does it to the culprit instead. In fact, the one who killed Mahiru at the very last second actually thought of themselves as a lesser being; as a tool of the true instigator, Fuyuhiko.
*** Before Peko's execution, she asserts that "no one should cause a senseless killing like this ever again". The ''swordswoman'' does that. The swordswoman additionally hired by a yakuza. The much less lethal and slightly liberal biker gang leader before, and the maid who constantly says she prioritises other people's existence over her own after...don't ever say that. It's the ''swordswoman'' who killed a ''photographer'' on behalf of a ''yakuza's'' ironic vengeance. Spike Chunsoft's favouritism was right in front of us, and we didn't care to notice it.
*** Danganronpa 3 reveals Mahiru didn't even actually ''do'' the action that caused her to get murdered, and that means that Fuyuhiko is given the responsibility as a result of that.
*** Danganronpa V3's most likely candidate for an obvious mockery of the audience interpretation of someone's character is TakeThatAudience [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Tenko]] Chabashira, who mocks the audience's perception of Mahiru as what Tenko's whole character shows the most.
*** At the start of Chapter 3, along with everything on the basis of Peko being Fuyuhiko's memento, Hiyoko constructs a makeshift memorial for everyone in the cast, and the player, to stare at and reminisce over.
*** In Danganronpa V3's last trial as Tsumugi is switching between the character costumes, she frequently switches between Mahiru more than everyone else.

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