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!!The original game

* The executions, all of them. Have fun trying to sleep at night after you watch one of these. Let's break them down, chapter by chapter:
** The first execution we see in the game, "Blast Off!". The victim starts off tied up and blindfolded, struggling as he tries to free himself, only to be shown ''screaming'' as he is put into the small space shuttle. It's sent into space up toward an incredibly creepy-looking sun and moon, then falls back down to the earth again, upon which the shuttle opens to show only his bones left, and then there's the shot of Monokuma just laughing... The fact that we don't know who it is initially dampens it somewhat, but it gets worse to watch it again upon knowing who it was: the headmaster, Kyoko's father.
*** [[http://sherbetusagi.tumblr.com/post/72730444202/punishment-rocket-pages-from-the-reload-book If the relevant pages in the Reload book]] and the implications made by the early trailer are anything to go by, this was originally ''Leon's'' execution (though he may have simply been a placeholder, as Leon was the first male character designed and was the template for all the others). Also, in other illustrations the rocket doubles as an iron maiden.
** Chapter 1's execution, "The 1,000 Blows". There is [[EstablishingSeriesMoment a great reason]] it is the above picture. Leon Kuwata, the Ultimate Baseball Star, is the first culprit. You first see a chain close around Leon's throat while he reaches out for help, and then it starts dragging him very quickly along the ground while he's desperately clawing at the chain the whole time. It takes him past a door that ominously closes, only it turns out the chain is dragging him to a batting cage. Leon isn't even given a fighting chance; after the chain drags him to the signpost inside the batting cage, ''more'' chains appear encircling around just the right places on his body so he can't move his arms. Now why would Monokuma not want Leon moving his arms? So he can't raise his hands to defend himself when the pitching machine ''beats Leon to death by shooting baseballs at him!'' It doesn't even have the mercy of killing Leon right after the machine starts; you have to watch the machine moving up and down Leon's body from shoulders to toes and back again, while the music track conveniently plays the "wo-wo-wo-wo" voices part of the song during that part, and then one final shot of Leon looking scared out of his mind right before dozens of baseballs hit him in the face and ''that'' finally kills him. And when the machine finally stops firing, you have to watch the baseballs just slowly rolling away, covered in blood, as Leon's mangled crushed corpse hangs there limply. Also, his silhouette in the ball-rolling shot looks like his feet are off the ground, so it's possible the chain around his neck was strangling him throughout just to top things off.
*** This execution was so brutal that it ended up censored in ''The Animation'' (in the original broadcast, but not the DVD or English dub) so as to not show the baseballs hitting Leon or the bloody baseballs rolling away from Leon's dead body afterwards.
*** Now, thanks to the ''Reload'' book, final!Leon's [[http://sherbetusagi.tumblr.com/post/72827241889/million-fungoes-page-from-the-reload-artbook beaten corpse is unobscured by shadows as well!]]
*** Even ''Monokuma itself'' looks horrified when it's over (though whether this is genuine horror or mere trolling is unclear).
*** This execution is essentially stoning, a very real and horrifying punishment.
*** And to top it all off, Hifumi's dying revelations imply that the students' memory erasure can be overcome by severe physical trauma... which suggests that Leon's look of shock before he finally dies is him remembering that Sayaka, the girl who tried to kill him and who he ended up killing, ''used to be one of his best friends.'' [[FridgeHorror Did all the other dead and executed students remember this just before they died, too?]]
** Chapter 2's execution, "The Cage of Death". This time it's Mondo Owada, the Ultimate Biker Gang Leader, being executed. Mondo is tied to a motorcycle by his arms, with Monokuma driving it. Monokuma drives the motorcycle towards a "motorcycle death cage", but Monokuma ejects from the vehicle before Mondo is taken inside the cage. The reason why becomes obvious: Monokuma then proceeds to do a hula dance that speeds up the cage to absurd extremes, with Mondo having a freaked-out look as his eyes look dizzy, and finally Monokuma speeds up the cage to such ludicrous speeds that Mondo is ''turned into butter'', which Monokuma then puts on his pancakes and ''eats''! This one is mitigated slightly, though, since [[FaceDeathWithDignity Mondo makes no attempt to escape the vehicle he's tied to]], even giving Monokuma a "dude, really?!" look as Monokuma ejects, and you don't actually see Mondo turned into butter, you just see the lone motorcycle left on its side with no occupant.
*** Kiyotaka's reaction afterwards is equal parts this and TearJerker. That ''scream'' really hammers in that he just saw ''his best friend horribly executed in front of him''. Trying to imagine things from his perspective is just horrifying.
*** What's especially terrifying is that this type of death is entirely plausible in RealLife. It's possible to exert enough force onto a human body to the point where they're crushed to a pulp (his consistency would be more akin to salsa than butter, though). Granted, Mondo would've died long before being liquefied since the immense pressure on his lungs would've caused him to suffocate. That, or death by internal bleeding due to his blood vessels rupturing as well. Either way, it's a horrible way to go.
** Chapter 3's execution, "The Burning of the Versailles Witch". It's Taeko "Celestia Ludenberg" Yasuhiro, the Ultimate Gambler. In a corruption of her dream, she stands surrounded by a cardboard castle and is set to be ''[[BurnTheWitch burned at the stake]]'', a slow and agonizing death that would give anyone nightmares at the thought of it. Only, this ''is'' the dramatic kind of death Celeste ''wants''... so Monokuma intentionally pulls a bait-and-switch and sends a firetruck to put out the fire. Except the firetruck ''rams her to death''! The only mercy you're granted is that you're not actually forced to watch Celeste being crushed, since the camera at that point is from Celeste's point-of-view so you only see the truck and hear the sound effect.
** Chapter 4's execution, "Excavator Destroyer". You might wonder how it would be nightmare fuel to use a bulldozer to crush Alter Ego, an ArtificialIntelligence, to non-existence. Monokuma manages it; his bulldozer repeatedly strikes Alter Ego's laptop causing damage while Alter Ego looks frightened, and then it speeds up and crushes the laptop into a ball with Monokuma's face on it. And based on Alter Ego saying earlier that being in Makoto's jacket "tickles," ''he felt the whole thing''.
** Chapter 5's execution, "After School Lesson". In the bad ending, it's Kyoko Kirigiri being executed. Her hands are pinned underneath the top of a desk so she can't get up from her chair, and she's forced to watch a puppet Monokuma teaching a lesson on the chalkboard about a crushing machine. Only the crushing machine is ''real'', and the chair is on a conveyor belt moving Kyoko towards it. So Kyoko has to listen to the huge block repeatedly crashing down behind her, and you see her shoulders heaving slightly, and her face turns blue out of horror: Kyoko Kirigiri, the eternal stoic, [[NotSoStoic has finally been broken and made to feel fear.]] Mercifully, the game fades to black at the moment when the huge block actually crushes poor Kyoko to death, but you can still ''hear it''...
*** If you-as-Makoto choose not to get Kyoko executed... Makoto himself is slated to go through the "After School Lesson". Except Alter Ego, who uploaded himself as a virus to the school's network before his execution, saves him at the last moment, and later the living Kyoko finishes the work. It's still fucking scary.
*** And now with ''Cyber Danganronpa VR: The Class Trial'', '''you''' get to experience this execution through the eyes of Makoto when Monokuma decides to end the demo by executing him. This time, however, he's facing the machine, and Alter Ego isn't here to save him...
** Finally, the last execution in the very end: "The Ultimate Punishment". Yeah, you don't get to feel sorry for the victim because it's Junko Enoshima, the BigBad who was behind Monokuma and was to blame for the whole plot in the first place... but still, she '''willingly''' subjects herself to '''''all''''' the aforementioned deaths! Plus "Blast Off!" from the game's beginning (where the victim [all but stated to have been Kyoko's father the ex-Headmaster] is trapped into a small shuttle and shot into space -- and ''brought back'', which destroys his body save for his bones). [[MadeOfIron And she lives through them until "After School Lesson"]], and [[NightmareFetishist enjoys them thoroughly due to her fetish for despair]], '''smiling madly until almost the very end.''' Meeeep.
*** Junko's face just before the execution, as she ''willingly'' reaches out to press the button...
*** Something that sticks with you is the way she stops smiling ''just'' before the crusher slams down for the last time. You can almost hear her thinking "Wait--"
*** Another thing that makes this execution even worse. It's implied this was the execution the Mastermind intended for ''Makoto'' had he failed to defeat her.
* Also, related to the above... [[http://mitamakoto.tumblr.com/post/43435675650/dangan-ronpa-vfb-execution-translations Here]] is a post that includes the plans for [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the whole cast's executions]].
** Sayaka's execution would've had Monokuma place her on a stage, promising a perfect idol singing performance, complete with a meter to "score" her. Being the Ultimate Pop Sensation, she naturally would've done well. However, just before the meter reached full, [[{{Jerkass}} Monokuma]] would've destroyed it. This would've triggered the '''failure''' condition and caused a giant beartrap-looking contraption to slam shut, presumably ''[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisecting her.]]'' And this could've happened if she successfully killed Leon. So in this scenario, Makoto would've had to personally expose his closest friend's crime, including her lying and trying to frame him, before watching her die.
** Aoi's execution would've had her placed in a water tank with Monokuma dressed as a magician. Think she'd be sentenced to a death by drowning? Monokuma is nowhere near that merciful. Instead, he would've placed a curtain over the water tank, lifted it back up to reveal Aoi surrounded by sharks, then covered it again, and lifted the curtain once more to reveal she'd been ''[[EatenAlive eaten.]]''
** Byakuya's execution would've had Monokuma drop him into a trash can in a place that looks like hell. It's here that Monokuma, dressed as an elementary schooler, would then start viciously stoning him. Byakuya would've managed to escape, but he'd then end up in a [[SnowMeansDeath snowy wasteland.]] It's here that he would've died from his injuries and exposure to the cold.
** Toko's execution would've had her thrown into a dark room, with Byakuya in the distance. She would've run to catch up with him... only for a ''giant steamroller'' to drop between them and chase her, ultimately crushing her to death.
** Hifumi's execution actually appears in the manga adaptation of the demo: he gets caught in a fight between his favorite character Princess Piggles and Monokuma, taking laser blasts from both of them, before getting finished off by "instant death" beams from both of them. His corpse ends up so charred that the only way he's recognizable is due to his fat.
* Any time Junko appears while wearing the mask is fairly creepy or unsettling.
* The bad ending that you get after Kyoko's execution may not seem so bad at first glance, but FridgeHorror kicks in when you consider this: While the remaining students (Byakuya, Makoto, Yasuhiro and Aoi, and Toko was with them but she died a while ago) have stopped killing each other -- they still ''never leave the school'' [[GildedCage and have grown to adulthood totally isolated from the rest of the world.]] Worse still is the [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse mystery]] behind Toko's death and the fact that there are ''three children'' in their group shot. Considering that Aoi is the only girl remaining, that means she gave birth to all three of them (probably; it's never stated ''when'' Toko died). And the four remaining kids are going to grow old and die, still just the four of them, and their children will be subjected to the same destiny, lonely forever...
* Monokuma revealing to the kids that they're here... ''forever''.
--> "Ah, now then... regarding the end date for this communal life... there isn't one! In other words, you'll all be here until the day you die! Such is the school life you've been assigned."
--> "No matter how much you may yell and scream for help... help will not come."
* In Chapter 6's trial, Junko's initial appearance is shocking enough... but then she starts ''rapidly changing personalities'', each one freakier than the last. The really cutesy one and the one where she covers her own face with Monokuma and speaks through him are particularly jarring. And then, once you reach the final discussion, she assumes a completely neutral, blank expression, and tells them of what has happened to the world and that defeating her and leaving the school means certain death. This, combined with the horrified expressions on the students' faces, is probably the scariest that Junko gets to be.
* Something about the way corpses are rendered on the overworld is especially unpleasant and skin-crawly.
* The premise of the game is incredibly horrifying. You're stuck inside of a school and the only way out is to kill someone. And even if you yourself choose to go the pacifistic route of rather living in the school than committing a crime, you still have to constantly worry about the ''other'' people. At any moment, any of them could snap and kill someone, or even you.
* The murders get progressively nastier as time goes on.
** Sayaka (Yasuhiro in the demo): knife to the gut.
** "Junko": shishkabobbed.
** Chihiro: dumbbell to the skull; later crucified.
** Kiyotaka and Hifumi: brains bashed in.
** Sakura: ingested poison.
** The Masked Would-Be Assailant (actually Mukuro's body): found in the garden, and gets her face blown off when Jill tries to unmask her.
* Hell, the fact that one high-school aged girl, armed with nothing but her charisma, managed to nearly cause ''the end of the world'' out of sheer sadism.

!!Distrust
* In its earliest version, the game was known as ''[[http://dengekionline.com/elem/000/000/403/403327/ Distrust]]'', and it was apparently going to be a flat out ''horror'' game instead of the black comedy it ended up as. ''Trigger Happy Havoc'' ended up with plenty of NightmareFuel, as this page makes clear, but at least the kids were never subjected to things like the blankly-staring decapitated head and severed hand of one of their classmates, left in a plain cardboard box for any one of them to find. The implication seems to be that the victim -- possibly Junko -- was forcibly shoved into a guillotine... by Kyoko, Toko, Leon, and an unidentified fourth student who might be Yasuhiro. That's right -- at least one route involved a ''gang killing''. And if Leon's early execution is anything to go by, you could only expose one of them.
** The final game's school is relatively intact. Distrust's school is a blood-soaked wasteland, and Class 78 is on a sadistically short time limit of seven days.
** While we don't know much about the old trust system, it had a lot of potential for ParanoiaFuel. Was it possible to [[NonStandardGameOver provoke someone into killing you?]]
** Also instead of Monokuma being the monochrome bear he was, originally he was supposed to be a [[http://danganronpa.wikia.com/wiki/File:Monokuma_beta.png sadistic anatomical model]].
** As more information comes to light it turns out that Junko being decapitated wasn't because she was the victim of murder... but because she was ''executed for committing it!'' But if that's not bad enough, consider the image right before the guillotine was shown, with silhouetted people ''[[AxCrazy all smiling madly and reaching out to her]]''! It's highly possible that instead of getting dragged to their death by chain, the guilty students were to be ''seized and forced'' to their deaths by the innocent students a la ''lynch mob''. Also, if one was to look closely (as if you would want to) below the girl (now most likely, Kyoko) you can see an object which largely resembles a ''bonesaw''... and considering the lead girl/Junko of the group is holding something in her hand, [[AndIMustScream the implication of what they did to the poor girl is more than just a 'little' unsettling...]]
** At least one of Kyoko's deaths involved Kazuo (Leon) getting his hands on a bunch of spears and impaling her on every single one. And you thought Mukuro's death was bad...
*** And his execution, terrifying enough in the final version, was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_W_3w_sfoI even worse]]. Highlights include Kazuo/beta!Leon spewing gallons of red blood and his beaten corpse not being as obscured by the shadows.

!!Dangan Ronpa ''If''

* In ''If'', the rather graphic description of Makoto being stabbed by a Gungnir Spear can be this, considering how fond the player would probably be of him from the first game. Just when you think it can't get much worse, Monokuma (who you know is Junko) being his (her) bastard self and making all sorts of sexually-charged assumptions of what Mukuro will do to an unconscious and dying Makoto to try and distract her (compared to the outlandish commentary he would make in-game, these are more flat-out allusions to rape, due to Junko's knowledge of her sister's crush on him). Oh, and let's add in Jill's commentary about it too, the murderer who got her "bloodstain fever" upon seeing the bloody scene for good measure.
* Towards the climax of ''If'', the mastermind threatens to reset the game by erasing everyone's memories all over again -- and Mukuro's punishment for turning on her? Getting to play as herself, but with LaserGuidedAmnesia, so that she doesn't remember her talent or being part of Ultimate Despair. This way, even if she didn't get killed or become a murderer herself, she'd still eventually discover the AwfulTruth and risk having everyone turn on her...

!!TheAnimeOfTheGame

* If you thought Mukuro-as-Junko's death via getting ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice was bad... the anime makes it ''[[UpToEleven much worse]]''. In the original we "only" see Mukuro-as-Junko's torso as she gets speared through the chest, but [[http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=e9hef5&s=5 the anime rendition]] shows her whole body and then has her become a '''HumanPincushion''', hit not just through the chest but also ''shoulders, stomach and thighs''. Not to mention ''massively'' [[BloodFromTheMouth bleeding out of the mouth]] and falling to the floor. OWWWWWWWW.
* Due to the liberty of more animating department, they actually made Celeste flipping off angrily in the 3rd chapter look ''a lot more terrifying''. If one pays attention, one can see that the whole thing freaked out even Monokuma.
* Syo can be pretty scary too, in the anime versions of her angry poses, particularly the one where her skirt flies up behind her as she brandishes her scissors at Makoto.
* The English lyrics of the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruz4PXSYZKo Monokuma Ondo"]] song. It doesn't start off too bad, talking about how the world is a just place and how it's easy to see through people's emotions. Then it all gets creepier as it starts talking about happily devouring each other as multiple Monokuma's rise to center screen to dance in happiness while confetti rains down around them and a giant Monokuma statue. Jesus Christ.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkpG7e9SAaM This is what the executions would look like if the blood was coloured red.]] [[NightmareFuel Good luck sleeping]].

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* The executions, all of them. Have fun trying to sleep at night after you watch one of these. Let's break them down, chapter by chapter:
** The first execution we see in the game, "Blast Off!". The victim starts off tied up and blindfolded, struggling as he tries to free himself, only to be shown ''screaming'' as he is put into the small space shuttle. It's sent into space up toward an incredibly creepy-looking sun and moon, then falls back down to the earth again, upon which the shuttle opens to show only his bones left, and then there's the shot of Monokuma just laughing... The fact that we don't know who it is initially dampens it somewhat, but it gets worse to watch it again upon knowing who it was: the headmaster, Kyoko's father.
*** [[http://sherbetusagi.tumblr.com/post/72730444202/punishment-rocket-pages-from-the-reload-book If the relevant pages in the Reload book]] and the implications made by the early trailer are anything to go by, this was originally ''Leon's'' execution (though he may have simply been a placeholder, as Leon was the first male character designed and was the template for all the others). Also, in other illustrations the rocket doubles as an iron maiden.
** Chapter 1's execution, "The 1,000 Blows". There is [[EstablishingSeriesMoment a great reason]] it is the above picture. Leon Kuwata, the Ultimate Baseball Star, is the first culprit. You first see a chain close around Leon's throat while he reaches out for help, and then it starts dragging him very quickly along the ground while he's desperately clawing at the chain the whole time. It takes him past a door that ominously closes, only it turns out the chain is dragging him to a batting cage. Leon isn't even given a fighting chance; after the chain drags him to the signpost inside the batting cage, ''more'' chains appear encircling around just the right places on his body so he can't move his arms. Now why would Monokuma not want Leon moving his arms? So he can't raise his hands to defend himself when the pitching machine ''beats Leon to death by shooting baseballs at him!'' It doesn't even have the mercy of killing Leon right after the machine starts; you have to watch the machine moving up and down Leon's body from shoulders to toes and back again, while the music track conveniently plays the "wo-wo-wo-wo" voices part of the song during that part, and then one final shot of Leon looking scared out of his mind right before dozens of baseballs hit him in the face and ''that'' finally kills him. And when the machine finally stops firing, you have to watch the baseballs just slowly rolling away, covered in blood, as Leon's mangled crushed corpse hangs there limply. Also, his silhouette in the ball-rolling shot looks like his feet are off the ground, so it's possible the chain around his neck was strangling him throughout just to top things off.
*** This execution was so brutal that it ended up censored in ''The Animation'' (in the original broadcast, but not the DVD or English dub) so as to not show the baseballs hitting Leon or the bloody baseballs rolling away from Leon's dead body afterwards.
*** Now, thanks to the ''Reload'' book, final!Leon's [[http://sherbetusagi.tumblr.com/post/72827241889/million-fungoes-page-from-the-reload-artbook beaten corpse is unobscured by shadows as well!]]
*** Even ''Monokuma itself'' looks horrified when it's over (though whether this is genuine horror or mere trolling is unclear).
*** This execution is essentially stoning, a very real and horrifying punishment.
*** And to top it all off, Hifumi's dying revelations imply that the students' memory erasure can be overcome by severe physical trauma... which suggests that Leon's look of shock before he finally dies is him remembering that Sayaka, the girl who tried to kill him and who he ended up killing, ''used to be one of his best friends.'' [[FridgeHorror Did all the other dead and executed students remember this just before they died, too?]]
** Chapter 2's execution, "The Cage of Death". This time it's Mondo Owada, the Ultimate Biker Gang Leader, being executed. Mondo is tied to a motorcycle by his arms, with Monokuma driving it. Monokuma drives the motorcycle towards a "motorcycle death cage", but Monokuma ejects from the vehicle before Mondo is taken inside the cage. The reason why becomes obvious: Monokuma then proceeds to do a hula dance that speeds up the cage to absurd extremes, with Mondo having a freaked-out look as his eyes look dizzy, and finally Monokuma speeds up the cage to such ludicrous speeds that Mondo is ''turned into butter'', which Monokuma then puts on his pancakes and ''eats''! This one is mitigated slightly, though, since [[FaceDeathWithDignity Mondo makes no attempt to escape the vehicle he's tied to]], even giving Monokuma a "dude, really?!" look as Monokuma ejects, and you don't actually see Mondo turned into butter, you just see the lone motorcycle left on its side with no occupant.
*** Kiyotaka's reaction afterwards is equal parts this and TearJerker. That ''scream'' really hammers in that he just saw ''his best friend horribly executed in front of him''. Trying to imagine things from his perspective is just horrifying.
*** What's especially terrifying is that this type of death is entirely plausible in RealLife. It's possible to exert enough force onto a human body to the point where they're crushed to a pulp (his consistency would be more akin to salsa than butter, though). Granted, Mondo would've died long before being liquefied since the immense pressure on his lungs would've caused him to suffocate. That, or death by internal bleeding due to his blood vessels rupturing as well. Either way, it's a horrible way to go.
** Chapter 3's execution, "The Burning of the Versailles Witch". It's Taeko "Celestia Ludenberg" Yasuhiro, the Ultimate Gambler. In a corruption of her dream, she stands surrounded by a cardboard castle and is set to be ''[[BurnTheWitch burned at the stake]]'', a slow and agonizing death that would give anyone nightmares at the thought of it. Only, this ''is'' the dramatic kind of death Celeste ''wants''... so Monokuma intentionally pulls a bait-and-switch and sends a firetruck to put out the fire. Except the firetruck ''rams her to death''! The only mercy you're granted is that you're not actually forced to watch Celeste being crushed, since the camera at that point is from Celeste's point-of-view so you only see the truck and hear the sound effect.
** Chapter 4's execution, "Excavator Destroyer". You might wonder how it would be nightmare fuel to use a bulldozer to crush Alter Ego, an ArtificialIntelligence, to non-existence. Monokuma manages it; his bulldozer repeatedly strikes Alter Ego's laptop causing damage while Alter Ego looks frightened, and then it speeds up and crushes the laptop into a ball with Monokuma's face on it. And based on Alter Ego saying earlier that being in Makoto's jacket "tickles," ''he felt the whole thing''.
** Chapter 5's execution, "After School Lesson". In the bad ending, it's Kyoko Kirigiri being executed. Her hands are pinned underneath the top of a desk so she can't get up from her chair, and she's forced to watch a puppet Monokuma teaching a lesson on the chalkboard about a crushing machine. Only the crushing machine is ''real'', and the chair is on a conveyor belt moving Kyoko towards it. So Kyoko has to listen to the huge block repeatedly crashing down behind her, and you see her shoulders heaving slightly, and her face turns blue out of horror: Kyoko Kirigiri, the eternal stoic, [[NotSoStoic has finally been broken and made to feel fear.]] Mercifully, the game fades to black at the moment when the huge block actually crushes poor Kyoko to death, but you can still ''hear it''...
*** If you-as-Makoto choose not to get Kyoko executed... Makoto himself is slated to go through the "After School Lesson". Except Alter Ego, who uploaded himself as a virus to the school's network before his execution, saves him at the last moment, and later the living Kyoko finishes the work. It's still fucking scary.
*** And now with ''Cyber Danganronpa VR: The Class Trial'', '''you''' get to experience this execution through the eyes of Makoto when Monokuma decides to end the demo by executing him. This time, however, he's facing the machine, and Alter Ego isn't here to save him...
** Finally, the last execution in the very end: "The Ultimate Punishment". Yeah, you don't get to feel sorry for the victim because it's Junko Enoshima, the BigBad who was behind Monokuma and was to blame for the whole plot in the first place... but still, she '''willingly''' subjects herself to '''''all''''' the aforementioned deaths! Plus "Blast Off!" from the game's beginning (where the victim [all but stated to have been Kyoko's father the ex-Headmaster] is trapped into a small shuttle and shot into space -- and ''brought back'', which destroys his body save for his bones). [[MadeOfIron And she lives through them until "After School Lesson"]], and [[NightmareFetishist enjoys them thoroughly due to her fetish for despair]], '''smiling madly until almost the very end.''' Meeeep.
*** Junko's face just before the execution, as she ''willingly'' reaches out to press the button...
*** Something that sticks with you is the way she stops smiling ''just'' before the crusher slams down for the last time. You can almost hear her thinking "Wait--"
*** Another thing that makes this execution even worse. It's implied this was the execution the Mastermind intended for ''Makoto'' had he failed to defeat her.
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* Also, related to the above... [[http://mitamakoto.tumblr.com/post/43435675650/dangan-ronpa-vfb-execution-translations Here]] is a post that includes the plans for [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the whole cast's executions]].
** Sayaka's execution would've had Monokuma place her on a stage, promising a perfect idol singing performance, complete with a meter to "score" her. Being the Ultimate Pop Sensation, she naturally would've done well. However, just before the meter reached full, [[{{Jerkass}} Monokuma]] would've destroyed it. This would've triggered the '''failure''' condition and caused a giant beartrap-looking contraption to slam shut, presumably ''[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisecting her.]]'' And this could've happened if she successfully killed Leon. So in this scenario, Makoto would've had to personally expose his closest friend's crime, including her lying and trying to frame him, before watching her die.
** Aoi's execution would've had her placed in a water tank with Monokuma dressed as a magician. Think she'd be sentenced to a death by drowning? Monokuma is nowhere near that merciful. Instead, he would've placed a curtain over the water tank, lifted it back up to reveal Aoi surrounded by sharks, then covered it again, and lifted the curtain once more to reveal she'd been ''[[EatenAlive eaten.]]''
** Byakuya's execution would've had Monokuma drop him into a trash can in a place that looks like hell. It's here that Monokuma, dressed as an elementary schooler, would then start viciously stoning him. Byakuya would've managed to escape, but he'd then end up in a [[SnowMeansDeath snowy wasteland.]] It's here that he would've died from his injuries and exposure to the cold.
** Toko's execution would've had her thrown into a dark room, with Byakuya in the distance. She would've run to catch up with him... only for a ''giant steamroller'' to drop between them and chase her, ultimately crushing her to death.
** Hifumi's execution actually appears in the manga adaptation of the demo: he gets caught in a fight between his favorite character Princess Piggles and Monokuma, taking laser blasts from both of them, before getting finished off by "instant death" beams from both of them. His corpse ends up so charred that the only way he's recognizable is due to his fat.
''NightmareFuel/Danganronpa2GoodbyeDespair''
* Any time Junko appears while wearing the mask is fairly creepy or unsettling.
''NightmareFuel/DanganronpaAnotherEpisodeUltraDespairGirls''
* The bad ending that you get after Kyoko's execution may not seem so bad at first glance, but FridgeHorror kicks in when you consider this: While the remaining students (Byakuya, Makoto, Yasuhiro and Aoi, and Toko was with them but she died a while ago) have stopped killing each other -- they still ''never leave the school'' [[GildedCage and have grown to adulthood totally isolated from the rest of the world.]] Worse still is the [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse mystery]] behind Toko's death and the fact that there are ''three children'' in their group shot. Considering that Aoi is the only girl remaining, that means she gave birth to all three of them (probably; it's never stated ''when'' Toko died). And the four remaining kids are going to grow old and die, still just the four of them, and their children will be subjected to the same destiny, lonely forever...
''NightmareFuel/Danganronpa3TheEndOfHopesPeakHighSchool''
* Monokuma revealing to the kids that they're here... ''forever''.
--> "Ah, now then... regarding the end date for this communal life... there isn't one! In other words, you'll all be here until the day you die! Such is the school life you've been assigned."
--> "No matter how much you may yell and scream for help... help will not come."
* In Chapter 6's trial, Junko's initial appearance is shocking enough... but then she starts ''rapidly changing personalities'', each one freakier than the last. The really cutesy one and the one where she covers her own face with Monokuma and speaks through him are particularly jarring. And then, once you reach the final discussion, she assumes a completely neutral, blank expression, and tells them of what has happened to the world and that defeating her and leaving the school means certain death. This, combined with the horrified expressions on the students' faces, is probably the scariest that Junko gets to be.
* Something about the way corpses are rendered on the overworld is especially unpleasant and skin-crawly.
* The premise of the game is incredibly horrifying. You're stuck inside of a school and the only way out is to kill someone. And even if you yourself choose to go the pacifistic route of rather living in the school than committing a crime, you still have to constantly worry about the ''other'' people. At any moment, any of them could snap and kill someone, or even you.
* The murders get progressively nastier as time goes on.
** Sayaka (Yasuhiro in the demo): knife to the gut.
** "Junko": shishkabobbed.
** Chihiro: dumbbell to the skull; later crucified.
** Kiyotaka and Hifumi: brains bashed in.
** Sakura: ingested poison.
** The Masked Would-Be Assailant (actually Mukuro's body): found in the garden, and gets her face blown off when Jill tries to unmask her.
* Hell, the fact that one high-school aged girl, armed with nothing but her charisma, managed to nearly cause ''the end of the world'' out of sheer sadism.

!!Distrust
* In its earliest version, the game was known as ''[[http://dengekionline.com/elem/000/000/403/403327/ Distrust]]'', and it was apparently going to be a flat out ''horror'' game instead of the black comedy it ended up as. ''Trigger Happy Havoc'' ended up with plenty of NightmareFuel, as this page makes clear, but at least the kids were never subjected to things like the blankly-staring decapitated head and severed hand of one of their classmates, left in a plain cardboard box for any one of them to find. The implication seems to be that the victim -- possibly Junko -- was forcibly shoved into a guillotine... by Kyoko, Toko, Leon, and an unidentified fourth student who might be Yasuhiro. That's right -- at least one route involved a ''gang killing''. And if Leon's early execution is anything to go by, you could only expose one of them.
** The final game's school is relatively intact. Distrust's school is a blood-soaked wasteland, and Class 78 is on a sadistically short time limit of seven days.
** While we don't know much about the old trust system, it had a lot of potential for ParanoiaFuel. Was it possible to [[NonStandardGameOver provoke someone into killing you?]]
** Also instead of Monokuma being the monochrome bear he was, originally he was supposed to be a [[http://danganronpa.wikia.com/wiki/File:Monokuma_beta.png sadistic anatomical model]].
** As more information comes to light it turns out that Junko being decapitated wasn't because she was the victim of murder... but because she was ''executed for committing it!'' But if that's not bad enough, consider the image right before the guillotine was shown, with silhouetted people ''[[AxCrazy all smiling madly and reaching out to her]]''! It's highly possible that instead of getting dragged to their death by chain, the guilty students were to be ''seized and forced'' to their deaths by the innocent students a la ''lynch mob''. Also, if one was to look closely (as if you would want to) below the girl (now most likely, Kyoko) you can see an object which largely resembles a ''bonesaw''... and considering the lead girl/Junko of the group is holding something in her hand, [[AndIMustScream the implication of what they did to the poor girl is more than just a 'little' unsettling...]]
** At least one of Kyoko's deaths involved Kazuo (Leon) getting his hands on a bunch of spears and impaling her on every single one. And you thought Mukuro's death was bad...
*** And his execution, terrifying enough in the final version, was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_W_3w_sfoI even worse]]. Highlights include Kazuo/beta!Leon spewing gallons of red blood and his beaten corpse not being as obscured by the shadows.

!!Dangan Ronpa ''If''

* In ''If'', the rather graphic description of Makoto being stabbed by a Gungnir Spear can be this, considering how fond the player would probably be of him from the first game. Just when you think it can't get much worse, Monokuma (who you know is Junko) being his (her) bastard self and making all sorts of sexually-charged assumptions of what Mukuro will do to an unconscious and dying Makoto to try and distract her (compared to the outlandish commentary he would make in-game, these are more flat-out allusions to rape, due to Junko's knowledge of her sister's crush on him). Oh, and let's add in Jill's commentary about it too, the murderer who got her "bloodstain fever" upon seeing the bloody scene for good measure.
* Towards the climax of ''If'', the mastermind threatens to reset the game by erasing everyone's memories all over again -- and Mukuro's punishment for turning on her? Getting to play as herself, but with LaserGuidedAmnesia, so that she doesn't remember her talent or being part of Ultimate Despair. This way, even if she didn't get killed or become a murderer herself, she'd still eventually discover the AwfulTruth and risk having everyone turn on her...

!!TheAnimeOfTheGame

* If you thought Mukuro-as-Junko's death via getting ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice was bad... the anime makes it ''[[UpToEleven much worse]]''. In the original we "only" see Mukuro-as-Junko's torso as she gets speared through the chest, but [[http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=e9hef5&s=5 the anime rendition]] shows her whole body and then has her become a '''HumanPincushion''', hit not just through the chest but also ''shoulders, stomach and thighs''. Not to mention ''massively'' [[BloodFromTheMouth bleeding out of the mouth]] and falling to the floor. OWWWWWWWW.
* Due to the liberty of more animating department, they actually made Celeste flipping off angrily in the 3rd chapter look ''a lot more terrifying''. If one pays attention, one can see that the whole thing freaked out even Monokuma.
* Syo can be pretty scary too, in the anime versions of her angry poses, particularly the one where her skirt flies up behind her as she brandishes her scissors at Makoto.
* The English lyrics of the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruz4PXSYZKo Monokuma Ondo"]] song. It doesn't start off too bad, talking about how the world is a just place and how it's easy to see through people's emotions. Then it all gets creepier as it starts talking about happily devouring each other as multiple Monokuma's rise to center screen to dance in happiness while confetti rains down around them and a giant Monokuma statue. Jesus Christ.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkpG7e9SAaM This is what the executions would look like if the blood was coloured red.]] [[NightmareFuel Good luck sleeping]].
''NightmareFuel/DanganronpaV3KillingHarmony''
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** Chapter 3's execution, "The Burning of the Versailles Witch". It's Taeko "Celestia Ludenberg" Yasuhiro, the Ultimate Gambler. In a corruption of her dream, she stands surrounded by a cardboard castle and is set to be ''[[BurnTheWitch burned at the stake]]'', a slow and agonizing death that would give anyone nightmares at the thought of it. Only, this ''is'' the dramatic kind of death Celeste ''wants''...so Monokuma intentionally pulls a bait-and-switch and sends a firetruck to put out the fire. Except the firetruck ''rams her to death''! The only mercy you're granted is that you're not actually forced to watch Celeste being crushed, since the camera at that point is from Celeste's point-of-view so you only see the truck and hear the sound effect.

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** Chapter 3's execution, "The Burning of the Versailles Witch". It's Taeko "Celestia Ludenberg" Yasuhiro, the Ultimate Gambler. In a corruption of her dream, she stands surrounded by a cardboard castle and is set to be ''[[BurnTheWitch burned at the stake]]'', a slow and agonizing death that would give anyone nightmares at the thought of it. Only, this ''is'' the dramatic kind of death Celeste ''wants''... so Monokuma intentionally pulls a bait-and-switch and sends a firetruck to put out the fire. Except the firetruck ''rams her to death''! The only mercy you're granted is that you're not actually forced to watch Celeste being crushed, since the camera at that point is from Celeste's point-of-view so you only see the truck and hear the sound effect.



** Chapter 5's execution, "After School Lesson". In the bad ending, it's Kyoko Kirigiri being executed. Her hands are pinned underneath the top of a desk so she can't get up from her chair, and she's forced to watch a puppet Monokuma teaching a lesson on the chalkboard about a crushing machine. Only the crushing machine is ''real'', and the chair is on a conveyor belt moving Kyoko towards it. So Kyoko has to listen to the huge block repeatedly crashing down behind her, and you see her shoulders heaving slightly and her face turns blue out of horror: Kyoko Kirigiri, the eternal stoic, [[NotSoStoic has finally been broken and made to feel fear.]] Mercifully, the game fades to black at the moment when the huge block actually crushes poor Kyoko to death, but you can still ''hear it''...
*** If you-as-Makoto choose not to get Kyoko executed...Makoto himself is slated to go through the "After School Lesson". Except Alter Ego, who uploaded himself as a virus to the school's network before his execution, saves him at the last moment, and later the living Kyoko finishes the work. It's still fucking scary.

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** Chapter 5's execution, "After School Lesson". In the bad ending, it's Kyoko Kirigiri being executed. Her hands are pinned underneath the top of a desk so she can't get up from her chair, and she's forced to watch a puppet Monokuma teaching a lesson on the chalkboard about a crushing machine. Only the crushing machine is ''real'', and the chair is on a conveyor belt moving Kyoko towards it. So Kyoko has to listen to the huge block repeatedly crashing down behind her, and you see her shoulders heaving slightly slightly, and her face turns blue out of horror: Kyoko Kirigiri, the eternal stoic, [[NotSoStoic has finally been broken and made to feel fear.]] Mercifully, the game fades to black at the moment when the huge block actually crushes poor Kyoko to death, but you can still ''hear it''...
*** If you-as-Makoto choose not to get Kyoko executed... Makoto himself is slated to go through the "After School Lesson". Except Alter Ego, who uploaded himself as a virus to the school's network before his execution, saves him at the last moment, and later the living Kyoko finishes the work. It's still fucking scary.



** Finally, the last execution in the very end: "The Ultimate Punishment". Yeah, you don't get to feel sorry for the victim because it's Junko Enoshima, the BigBad who was behind Monokuma and was to blame for the whole plot in the first place... but still, she '''willingly''' subjects herself to '''''all''''' the formerly mentioned deaths! Plus "Blast Off!" from the game's beginning (where the victim [all but stated to have been Kyoko's father the ex-Headmaster] is trapped into a small shuttle and shot into space -- and ''brought back'', which destroys his body save for his bones). [[MadeOfIron And she lives through them until "After School Lesson"]], and [[NightmareFetishist enjoys them thoroughly due to her fetish for despair]], '''smiling madly until almost the very end.''' Meeeep.

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** Finally, the last execution in the very end: "The Ultimate Punishment". Yeah, you don't get to feel sorry for the victim because it's Junko Enoshima, the BigBad who was behind Monokuma and was to blame for the whole plot in the first place... but still, she '''willingly''' subjects herself to '''''all''''' the formerly mentioned aforementioned deaths! Plus "Blast Off!" from the game's beginning (where the victim [all but stated to have been Kyoko's father the ex-Headmaster] is trapped into a small shuttle and shot into space -- and ''brought back'', which destroys his body save for his bones). [[MadeOfIron And she lives through them until "After School Lesson"]], and [[NightmareFetishist enjoys them thoroughly due to her fetish for despair]], '''smiling madly until almost the very end.''' Meeeep.



** Sayaka's execution would've had Monokuma placed her on a stage, promising a perfect idol singing performance, complete with a meter to "score" her. Being the Ultimate Pop Sensation, she naturally would've done well. However, just the meter reaches full, [[{{Jerkass}} Monokuma]] would've destroyed it. This would've triggered the '''failure''' condition and caused a giant beartrap-looking contraption to slam shut, presumably ''[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisecting her.]]'' And this could've happened if she successfully killed Leon. So in this scenario, Makoto would've had to personally expose his closest friend's crime, including her lying and trying to frame him, before watching her die.

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** Sayaka's execution would've had Monokuma placed place her on a stage, promising a perfect idol singing performance, complete with a meter to "score" her. Being the Ultimate Pop Sensation, she naturally would've done well. However, just before the meter reaches reached full, [[{{Jerkass}} Monokuma]] would've destroyed it. This would've triggered the '''failure''' condition and caused a giant beartrap-looking contraption to slam shut, presumably ''[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisecting her.]]'' And this could've happened if she successfully killed Leon. So in this scenario, Makoto would've had to personally expose his closest friend's crime, including her lying and trying to frame him, before watching her die.



** Toko's execution would've had here thrown into a dark room, with Byakuya in the distance. She would've run to catch up with him... only for a ''giant steamroller'' to drop between them and chase her, ultimately crushing her to death.

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** Toko's execution would've had here her thrown into a dark room, with Byakuya in the distance. She would've run to catch up with him... only for a ''giant steamroller'' to drop between them and chase her, ultimately crushing her to death.



* The bad ending that you get after Kyoko's execution may not seem so bad at first glance, but FridgeHorror kicks in when you consider this: While the remaining students (Byakuya, Makoto, Yasuhiro and Aoi, and Touko was with them but she died a while ago) have stopped killing each other -- they still ''never leave the school'' [[GildedCage and have grown to adulthood totally isolated from the rest of the world.]] Worse still is the [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse mystery]] behind Touko's death and the fact that there are ''three children'' in their group shot. Considering that Aoi is the only girl remaining, that means she gave birth to all three of them (probably; it's never stated ''when'' Touko died). And the four remaining kids are going to grow old and die, still just the four of them, and their children will be subjected to the same destiny, lonely forever...

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* The bad ending that you get after Kyoko's execution may not seem so bad at first glance, but FridgeHorror kicks in when you consider this: While the remaining students (Byakuya, Makoto, Yasuhiro and Aoi, and Touko Toko was with them but she died a while ago) have stopped killing each other -- they still ''never leave the school'' [[GildedCage and have grown to adulthood totally isolated from the rest of the world.]] Worse still is the [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse mystery]] behind Touko's Toko's death and the fact that there are ''three children'' in their group shot. Considering that Aoi is the only girl remaining, that means she gave birth to all three of them (probably; it's never stated ''when'' Touko Toko died). And the four remaining kids are going to grow old and die, still just the four of them, and their children will be subjected to the same destiny, lonely forever...



--> "No matter how much you may yell and scream for help...help will not come."

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--> "No matter how much you may yell and scream for help... help will not come."



* In its earliest version, the game was known as ''[[http://dengekionline.com/elem/000/000/403/403327/ Distrust]]'', and it was apparently going to be a flat out ''horror'' game instead of the black comedy it ended up as. ''Trigger Happy Havoc'' ended up with plenty of NightmareFuel, as this page makes clear, but at least the kids were never subjected to things like the blankly-staring decapitated head and severed hand of one of their classmates, left in a plain cardboard box for any one of them to find. The implication seems to be that the victim--possibly Junko--was forcibly shoved into a guillotine...by Kyoko, Toko, Leon, and an unidentified fourth student who might be Yasuhiro. That's right--at least one route involved a ''gang killing''. And if Leon's early execution is anything to go by, you could only expose one of them.

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* In its earliest version, the game was known as ''[[http://dengekionline.com/elem/000/000/403/403327/ Distrust]]'', and it was apparently going to be a flat out ''horror'' game instead of the black comedy it ended up as. ''Trigger Happy Havoc'' ended up with plenty of NightmareFuel, as this page makes clear, but at least the kids were never subjected to things like the blankly-staring decapitated head and severed hand of one of their classmates, left in a plain cardboard box for any one of them to find. The implication seems to be that the victim--possibly Junko--was victim -- possibly Junko -- was forcibly shoved into a guillotine...guillotine... by Kyoko, Toko, Leon, and an unidentified fourth student who might be Yasuhiro. That's right--at right -- at least one route involved a ''gang killing''. And if Leon's early execution is anything to go by, you could only expose one of them.



** As more information comes to light it turns out that Junko being decapitated wasn't because she was the victim of murder....but because she was ''executed for committing it!'' But if that's not bad enough, consider the image right before the guillotine was shown, with silhouetted people ''[[AxCrazy all smiling madly and reaching out to her]]''! It's highly possible that instead of getting dragged to their death by chain, the guilty students were to be ''seized and forced'' to their deaths by the innocent students ala ''lynch mob''. Also, if one was to look closely (as if you would want to) below the girl (now most likely, Kyoko) you can see an object which largely resembles a ''bonesaw''... and considering the lead girl/Junko of the group is holding something in her hand, [[AndIMustScream the implication of what they did to the poor girl is more than just a 'little' unsettling...]]

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** As more information comes to light it turns out that Junko being decapitated wasn't because she was the victim of murder....murder... but because she was ''executed for committing it!'' But if that's not bad enough, consider the image right before the guillotine was shown, with silhouetted people ''[[AxCrazy all smiling madly and reaching out to her]]''! It's highly possible that instead of getting dragged to their death by chain, the guilty students were to be ''seized and forced'' to their deaths by the innocent students ala a la ''lynch mob''. Also, if one was to look closely (as if you would want to) below the girl (now most likely, Kyoko) you can see an object which largely resembles a ''bonesaw''... and considering the lead girl/Junko of the group is holding something in her hand, [[AndIMustScream the implication of what they did to the poor girl is more than just a 'little' unsettling...]]


** Chapter 4's execution, "Excavator Destroyer". You might wonder how it would be nightmare fuel to use a bulldozer to crush Alter Ego, an ArtificialIntelligence, to non-existence. Monokuma manages it; his bulldozer repeatedly strikes Alter Ego's laptop causing damage while Alter Ego looks frightened, and then it speeds up and crushes the laptop into a ball with Monokuma's face on it. And Alter Ego saying earlier that being in Makoto's jacket "tickles," ''he felt the whole thing''.

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** Chapter 4's execution, "Excavator Destroyer". You might wonder how it would be nightmare fuel to use a bulldozer to crush Alter Ego, an ArtificialIntelligence, to non-existence. Monokuma manages it; his bulldozer repeatedly strikes Alter Ego's laptop causing damage while Alter Ego looks frightened, and then it speeds up and crushes the laptop into a ball with Monokuma's face on it. And based on Alter Ego saying earlier that being in Makoto's jacket "tickles," ''he felt the whole thing''.


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkpG7e9SAaM This is what the executions would look like if the blood was coloured correctly.]] [[NightmareFuel Good luck sleeping]].

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkpG7e9SAaM This is what the executions would look like if the blood was coloured correctly.red.]] [[NightmareFuel Good luck sleeping]].

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*** And to top it all off, Hifumi's dying revelations imply that the students' memory erasure can be overcome by severe physical trauma... which suggests that Leon's look of shock before he finally dies is him remembering that Sayaka, the girl who tried to kill him and who he ended up killing, ''used to be one of his best friends.'' [[FridgeHorror Did all the other dead and executed students remember this just before they died, too?]]


*** And then we have the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_W_3w_sfoI early Distrust version]]. Highlights include Kazuo/beta!Leon spewing gallons of red blood and his beaten corpse not being as obscured by the shadows.



* Also, related to the above... [[http://mitamakoto.tumblr.com/post/43435675650/dangan-ronpa-vfb-execution-translations Here]] is a post that includes the plans for [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the whole cast's executions]]. Among them are: Aoi's ("Water Show Illusion", in which she's trapped [[DrowningPit inside a water tank]] and EatenAlive [[FedToTheBeast by sharks]]), Byakuya's ("Human ★ Disqualification", where a hobo-looking Byakuya is thrown into a place that looks like Hell and first gets stoned by Monokuma, then ends up DyingAlone [[SnowMeansDeath in the snow]]) and Toko's ("First Prank Kiss", with her crushed to death by a roller after Monokuma mocks her MadLove for Byakuya via making her believe he'd kiss her)... ''Wow.''

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* Also, related to the above... [[http://mitamakoto.tumblr.com/post/43435675650/dangan-ronpa-vfb-execution-translations Here]] is a post that includes the plans for [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the whole cast's executions]]. Among them are: executions]].
** Sayaka's execution would've had Monokuma placed her on a stage, promising a perfect idol singing performance, complete with a meter to "score" her. Being the Ultimate Pop Sensation, she naturally would've done well. However, just the meter reaches full, [[{{Jerkass}} Monokuma]] would've destroyed it. This would've triggered the '''failure''' condition and caused a giant beartrap-looking contraption to slam shut, presumably ''[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisecting her.]]'' And this could've happened if she successfully killed Leon. So in this scenario, Makoto would've had to personally expose his closest friend's crime, including her lying and trying to frame him, before watching her die.
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Aoi's ("Water Show Illusion", execution would've had her placed in which she's trapped [[DrowningPit inside a water tank]] tank with Monokuma dressed as a magician. Think she'd be sentenced to a death by drowning? Monokuma is nowhere near that merciful. Instead, he would've placed a curtain over the water tank, lifted it back up to reveal Aoi surrounded by sharks, then covered it again, and EatenAlive [[FedToTheBeast by sharks]]), lifted the curtain once more to reveal she'd been ''[[EatenAlive eaten.]]''
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Byakuya's ("Human ★ Disqualification", where a hobo-looking Byakuya is thrown execution would've had Monokuma drop him into a trash can in a place that looks like Hell and first gets stoned by hell. It's here that Monokuma, dressed as an elementary schooler, would then ends start viciously stoning him. Byakuya would've managed to escape, but he'd then end up DyingAlone in a [[SnowMeansDeath in snowy wasteland.]] It's here that he would've died from his injuries and exposure to the snow]]) and cold.
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Toko's ("First Prank Kiss", execution would've had here thrown into a dark room, with her crushed to death by a roller after Monokuma mocks her MadLove for Byakuya via making in the distance. She would've run to catch up with him... only for a ''giant steamroller'' to drop between them and chase her, ultimately crushing her believe he'd kiss her)... ''Wow.''to death.
** Hifumi's execution actually appears in the manga adaptation of the demo: he gets caught in a fight between his favorite character Princess Piggles and Monokuma, taking laser blasts from both of them, before getting finished off by "instant death" beams from both of them. His corpse ends up so charred that the only way he's recognizable is due to his fat.



* Here's [[http://dengekionline.com/elem/000/000/403/403327/ an article about Distrust]], the earliest known version of ''Danganronpa''. The final game had its nastier moments, but at least the kids were never subjected to things like the blankly-staring decapitated head and severed hand of one of their classmates, left in a plain cardboard box for any one of them to find. The implication seems to be that the victim--possibly Junko--was forcibly shoved into a guillotine...by Kyoko, Toko, Leon, and an unidentified fourth student who might be Yasuhiro. That's right--at least one route involved a ''gang killing''. And if Leon's early execution is anything to go by, you could only expose one of them.
** The final game's school is relatively intact. Distrust's school is a blood-soaked wasteland, and Class 78 is on a sadistically short time limit of seven days.
** While we don't know much about the old trust system, it had a lot of potential for ParanoiaFuel. Was it possible to [[NonStandardGameOver provoke someone into killing you?]]
** Also instead of Monokuma being the monochrome bear he was, originally he was supposed to be a [[http://danganronpa.wikia.com/wiki/File:Monokuma_beta.png sadistic anatomical model]].
** As more information comes to light it turns out that Junko being decapitated wasn't because she was the victim of murder....but because she was ''executed for committing it!'' But if that's not bad enough, consider the image right before the guillotine was shown, with silhouetted people ''[[AxCrazy all smiling madly and reaching out to her]]''! It's highly possible that instead of getting dragged to their death by chain, the guilty students were to be ''seized and forced'' to their deaths by the innocent students ala ''lynch mob''. Also, if one was to look closely (as if you would want to) below the girl (now most likely, Kyoko) you could see an object which largely resembles a ''bonesaw'' and considering the lead girl/Junko of the group is holding something in her hand [[AndIMustScream the implication that what they did to the poor girl is now far from just a 'little' unsettling...]]



** The original's premise (called ''Distrust'') was actually worse. The characters had merely 7 days instead of the indefinite entrapment and it can be assumed that everyone would be killed if a successful murder wasn't committed. The few deaths shown in the proposal were even more brutal, and the same can be assumed of the unknown executions.



* Kyoko's death in Distrust, or one possible death. Somehow, Kazuo (Leon) got a hold of a bunch of spears and impaled her on every single one.
* As detailed on the Trivia page, the ''Visual Handbook'' includes some of the game's [[WhatCouldHaveBeen unused concepts]] for executions.
** Sayaka's execution would've had Monokuma placed her on a stage, promising a perfect idol singing performance, complete with a meter to "score" her. Being the Ultimate Pop Sensation, she naturally would've done well. However, just the meter reaches full, [[{{Jerkass}} Monokuma]] would've destroyed it. This would've triggered the '''failure''' condition and caused a giant beartrap-looking contraption to slam shut, presumably ''[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisecting her.]]'' And this could've happened if she successfully killed Leon. So in this scenario, Makoto would've had to personally expose his closest friend's crime, including her lying and trying to frame him, before watching her die.
** Aoi's execution would've had her placed in a water tank with Monokuma dressed as a magician. Think she'd be sentenced to a death by drowning? Monokuma is nowhere near that merciful. Instead, he would've placed a curtain over the water tank, lifted it back up to reveal Aoi surrounded by sharks, then covered it again, and lifted the curtain once more to reveal she'd been ''[[EatenAlive eaten.]]''
** Byakuya's execution would've had Monokuma drop him into a trash can in a place that looks like hell. It's here that Monokuma, dressed as an elementary schooler, would then start viciously stoning him. Byakuya would've managed to escape, but he'd then end up in a [[SnowMeansDeath snowy wasteland.]] It's here that he would've died from his injuries and exposure to the cold.



* Know those unused executions for the rest of the cast? Well, unluckily, for Yamada his ended up seeing the light of day in the demo manga where, unlike the game, we actually see Yamada get discovered. His execution? Yamada is caught in the crossfire a simultaneous 'laser attacks' by his favorite character Princess Piggles and Monokuma. The end result is his corpse being charred to such an extent that the only way he's recognizable is due to his fat.

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!!Distrust
* Know those unused executions for In its earliest version, the rest game was known as ''[[http://dengekionline.com/elem/000/000/403/403327/ Distrust]]'', and it was apparently going to be a flat out ''horror'' game instead of the cast? Well, unluckily, for Yamada his black comedy it ended up seeing as. ''Trigger Happy Havoc'' ended up with plenty of NightmareFuel, as this page makes clear, but at least the light of day in kids were never subjected to things like the demo manga where, unlike the game, we actually see Yamada get discovered. His execution? Yamada is caught in the crossfire a simultaneous 'laser attacks' by his favorite character Princess Piggles blankly-staring decapitated head and Monokuma. severed hand of one of their classmates, left in a plain cardboard box for any one of them to find. The end result is his corpse being charred implication seems to such an extent be that the victim--possibly Junko--was forcibly shoved into a guillotine...by Kyoko, Toko, Leon, and an unidentified fourth student who might be Yasuhiro. That's right--at least one route involved a ''gang killing''. And if Leon's early execution is anything to go by, you could only way he's recognizable expose one of them.
** The final game's school
is due relatively intact. Distrust's school is a blood-soaked wasteland, and Class 78 is on a sadistically short time limit of seven days.
** While we don't know much about the old trust system, it had a lot of potential for ParanoiaFuel. Was it possible
to [[NonStandardGameOver provoke someone into killing you?]]
** Also instead of Monokuma being the monochrome bear he was, originally he was supposed to be a [[http://danganronpa.wikia.com/wiki/File:Monokuma_beta.png sadistic anatomical model]].
** As more information comes to light it turns out that Junko being decapitated wasn't because she was the victim of murder....but because she was ''executed for committing it!'' But if that's not bad enough, consider the image right before the guillotine was shown, with silhouetted people ''[[AxCrazy all smiling madly and reaching out to her]]''! It's highly possible that instead of getting dragged to their death by chain, the guilty students were to be ''seized and forced'' to their deaths by the innocent students ala ''lynch mob''. Also, if one was to look closely (as if you would want to) below the girl (now most likely, Kyoko) you can see an object which largely resembles a ''bonesaw''... and considering the lead girl/Junko of the group is holding something in her hand, [[AndIMustScream the implication of what they did to the poor girl is more than just a 'little' unsettling...]]
** At least one of Kyoko's deaths involved Kazuo (Leon) getting
his fat.
hands on a bunch of spears and impaling her on every single one. And you thought Mukuro's death was bad...
*** And his execution, terrifying enough in the final version, was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_W_3w_sfoI even worse]]. Highlights include Kazuo/beta!Leon spewing gallons of red blood and his beaten corpse not being as obscured by the shadows.


--> "Eh-- in addition... regarding the extent of this communal lifestyle... Itís going to be forever!! In other words, you are going to live here your entire lives! That is the school life we are assigning to you bastards!"
--> "Thatís right. It doesn't matter how much you shout. No help is coming."

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--> "Eh-- in addition... "Ah, now then... regarding the extent of end date for this communal lifestyle... Itís going to be forever!! life... there isn't one! In other words, you are going to live you'll all be here your entire lives! That until the day you die! Such is the school life we are assigning to you bastards!"
you've been assigned."
--> "Thatís right. It doesn't "No matter how much you shout. No may yell and scream for help...help is coming.will not come."


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** The first execution we see in the game, aka "The Space Journey". The victim starts off tied up and blindfolded, struggling as he tries to free himself, only to be shown ''screaming'' as he is put into the small space shuttle. It's sent into space up toward an incredibly creepy-looking sun and moon, then falls back down to the earth again, upon which the shuttle opens to show only his bones left, and then there's the shot of Monokuma just laughing... The fact that we don't know who it is initially dampens it somewhat, but it gets worse to watch it again upon knowing who it was: the headmaster, aka Kyoko's father.
*** [[http://sherbetusagi.tumblr.com/post/72730444202/punishment-rocket-pages-from-the-reload-book If the relevant pages in the Reload book]] and the implications made by the early trailer are anything to go by, this was originally ''Leon's'' execution. Also, in other illustrations the rocket doubles as an iron maiden.
** Chapter 1's execution, aka "The 1,000 Blows". There is [[EstablishingSeriesMoment a great reason]] it is the above picture. Leon Kuwata, the Ultimate Baseball Star, is the first culprit. You first see a chain close around Leon's throat while he reaches out for help, and then it starts dragging him very quickly along the ground while he's desperately clawing at the chain the whole time. It takes him past a door that ominously closes, only it turns out the chain is dragging him to a batting cage. Leon isn't even given a fighting chance; after the chain drags him to the signpost inside the batting cage, ''more'' chains appear encircling around just the right places on his body so he can't move his arms. Now why would Monokuma not want Leon moving his arms? So he can't raise his hands to defend himself when the pitching machine ''beats Leon to death by shooting baseballs at him!'' It doesn't even have the mercy of killing Leon right after the machine starts; you have to watch the machine moving up and down Leon's body from shoulders to toes and back again, while the music track conveniently plays the "wo-wo-wo-wo" voices part of the song during that part, and then one final shot of Leon looking scared out of his mind right before dozens of baseballs hit him in the face and ''that'' finally kills him. And when the machine finally stops firing, you have to watch the baseballs just slowly rolling away, covered in blood, as Leon's mangled crushed corpse hangs there limply. Also, his silhouette in the ball-rolling shot looks like his feet are off the ground, so it's possible the chain around his neck was strangling him throughout just to top things off.

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** The first execution we see in the game, aka "The Space Journey"."Blast Off!". The victim starts off tied up and blindfolded, struggling as he tries to free himself, only to be shown ''screaming'' as he is put into the small space shuttle. It's sent into space up toward an incredibly creepy-looking sun and moon, then falls back down to the earth again, upon which the shuttle opens to show only his bones left, and then there's the shot of Monokuma just laughing... The fact that we don't know who it is initially dampens it somewhat, but it gets worse to watch it again upon knowing who it was: the headmaster, aka Kyoko's father.
*** [[http://sherbetusagi.tumblr.com/post/72730444202/punishment-rocket-pages-from-the-reload-book If the relevant pages in the Reload book]] and the implications made by the early trailer are anything to go by, this was originally ''Leon's'' execution.execution (though he may have simply been a placeholder, as Leon was the first male character designed and was the template for all the others). Also, in other illustrations the rocket doubles as an iron maiden.
** Chapter 1's execution, aka "The 1,000 Blows". There is [[EstablishingSeriesMoment a great reason]] it is the above picture. Leon Kuwata, the Ultimate Baseball Star, is the first culprit. You first see a chain close around Leon's throat while he reaches out for help, and then it starts dragging him very quickly along the ground while he's desperately clawing at the chain the whole time. It takes him past a door that ominously closes, only it turns out the chain is dragging him to a batting cage. Leon isn't even given a fighting chance; after the chain drags him to the signpost inside the batting cage, ''more'' chains appear encircling around just the right places on his body so he can't move his arms. Now why would Monokuma not want Leon moving his arms? So he can't raise his hands to defend himself when the pitching machine ''beats Leon to death by shooting baseballs at him!'' It doesn't even have the mercy of killing Leon right after the machine starts; you have to watch the machine moving up and down Leon's body from shoulders to toes and back again, while the music track conveniently plays the "wo-wo-wo-wo" voices part of the song during that part, and then one final shot of Leon looking scared out of his mind right before dozens of baseballs hit him in the face and ''that'' finally kills him. And when the machine finally stops firing, you have to watch the baseballs just slowly rolling away, covered in blood, as Leon's mangled crushed corpse hangs there limply. Also, his silhouette in the ball-rolling shot looks like his feet are off the ground, so it's possible the chain around his neck was strangling him throughout just to top things off.



*** And then we have the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_W_3w_sfoI beta version]]. Highlights include Kazuo/beta!Leon spewing gallons of red blood and his beaten corpse not being as obscured by the shadows.
*** Now, thanks to the Reload book, final!Leon's [[http://sherbetusagi.tumblr.com/post/72827241889/million-fungoes-page-from-the-reload-artbook beaten corpse is unobscured by shadows as well!]]

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*** And then we have the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_W_3w_sfoI beta early Distrust version]]. Highlights include Kazuo/beta!Leon spewing gallons of red blood and his beaten corpse not being as obscured by the shadows.
*** Now, thanks to the Reload ''Reload'' book, final!Leon's [[http://sherbetusagi.tumblr.com/post/72827241889/million-fungoes-page-from-the-reload-artbook beaten corpse is unobscured by shadows as well!]]



** Chapter 2's execution, aka "The Cage of Death". This time it's Mondo Oowada, the Ultimate Biker Gang Leader, being executed. Mondo is tied to a motorcycle by his arms, with Monokuma driving it. Monokuma drives the motorcycle towards a "motorcycle death cage", but Monokuma ejects from the vehicle before Mondo is taken inside the cage. The reason why becomes obvious: Monokuma then proceeds to do a hula dance that speeds up the cage to absurd extremes, with Mondo having a freaked-out look as his eyes look dizzy, and finally Monokuma speeds up the cage to such ludicrous speeds that Mondo is ''turned into butter'', which Monokuma then puts on his pancakes and ''eats''! This one is mitigated slightly, though, since [[FaceDeathWithDignity Mondo makes no attempt to escape the vehicle he's tied to]], even giving Monokuma a "dude, really?!" look as Monokuma ejects, and you don't actually see Mondo turned into butter, you just see the lone motorcycle left on its side with no occupant.

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** Chapter 2's execution, aka "The Cage of Death". This time it's Mondo Oowada, Owada, the Ultimate Biker Gang Leader, being executed. Mondo is tied to a motorcycle by his arms, with Monokuma driving it. Monokuma drives the motorcycle towards a "motorcycle death cage", but Monokuma ejects from the vehicle before Mondo is taken inside the cage. The reason why becomes obvious: Monokuma then proceeds to do a hula dance that speeds up the cage to absurd extremes, with Mondo having a freaked-out look as his eyes look dizzy, and finally Monokuma speeds up the cage to such ludicrous speeds that Mondo is ''turned into butter'', which Monokuma then puts on his pancakes and ''eats''! This one is mitigated slightly, though, since [[FaceDeathWithDignity Mondo makes no attempt to escape the vehicle he's tied to]], even giving Monokuma a "dude, really?!" look as Monokuma ejects, and you don't actually see Mondo turned into butter, you just see the lone motorcycle left on its side with no occupant.



** Chapter 3's execution, aka "The Burning of the Versailles Witch". It's Taeko "Celestia Ludenberg" Yasuhiro, the Ultimate Gambler. In a corruption of her dream, she stands surrounded by a cardboard castle and is set to be ''[[BurnTheWitch burned at the stake]]'', a slow and agonizing death that would give anyone nightmares at the thought of it. Only, this ''is'' the dramatic kind of death Celeste ''wants''...so Monokuma intentionally pulls a bait-and-switch and sends a firetruck to put out the fire. Except the firetruck ''rams her to death''! The only mercy you're granted is that you're not actually forced to watch Celeste being crushed, since the camera at that point is from Celeste's point-of-view so you only see the truck and hear the sound effect.
** Chapter 4's execution, aka "Excavator Destroyer". You might wonder how it would be nightmare fuel to use a bulldozer to crush Alter Ego, who can't feel pain, to non-existence. Monokuma manages it; his bulldozer repeatedly strikes Alter Ego's laptop causing damage while Alter Ego looks frightened, and then it speeds up and crushes the laptop into a ball with Monokuma's face on it.
** Chapter 5's execution, aka "After School Lesson". In the bad ending, it's Kyouko Kirigiri being executed. Her hands are pinned underneath the top of a desk so she can't get up from her chair, and she's forced to watch a puppet Monokuma teaching a lesson on the chalkboard about a crushing machine. Only the crushing machine is ''real'', and the chair is on a conveyor belt moving Kyoko towards it. So Kyoko has to listen to the huge block repeatedly crashing down behind her, and you see her shoulders heaving slightly and her face turns blue out of horror: Kyouko Kirigiri, the eternal stoic, [[NotSoStoic has finally been broken and made to feel fear.]] Mercifully, the game fades to black at the moment when the huge block actually crushes poor Kyoko to death, but you can still ''hear it''...
*** If you-as-Makoto choose not to get Kyoko executed...Makoto himself is slated to go through the "After School Lesson". Only that Alter Ego, who managed to survive its "death" via downloading its memory in the main network, saves him at the last moment, and later the living Kyoko finishes the work. It's still fucking scary.
*** And now with ''Cyber Danganronpa VR: Class Trial'', '''you''' get to experience this execution through the eyes of Makoto when Monokuma decides to end the demo by executing him. This time, however, Alter Ego isn't here to save him...
** Finally, the last execution in the very end: "The Ultimate Punishment". Yeah, you don't get to feel sorry for the victim because it's Junko Enoshima aka the BigBad who was behind Monokuma and was to blame for the whole plot in the first place... but still, she '''willingly''' subjects herself to '''''all''''' the formerly mentioned deaths! Plus the "Space Journey" one from the game's beginning (where the victim [all but stated to have been Kyoko's father aka the ex-Headmaster] is trapped into a small shuttle and shot into space -- and ''brought back'', which destroys his body save for his bones). [[MadeOfIron And she lives through them until "After School Lesson"]], and [[NightmareFetishist enjoys them thoroughly due to her fetish for despair]], '''smiling madly until almost the very end.''' Meeeep.

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** Chapter 3's execution, aka "The Burning of the Versailles Witch". It's Taeko "Celestia Ludenberg" Yasuhiro, the Ultimate Gambler. In a corruption of her dream, she stands surrounded by a cardboard castle and is set to be ''[[BurnTheWitch burned at the stake]]'', a slow and agonizing death that would give anyone nightmares at the thought of it. Only, this ''is'' the dramatic kind of death Celeste ''wants''...so Monokuma intentionally pulls a bait-and-switch and sends a firetruck to put out the fire. Except the firetruck ''rams her to death''! The only mercy you're granted is that you're not actually forced to watch Celeste being crushed, since the camera at that point is from Celeste's point-of-view so you only see the truck and hear the sound effect.
** Chapter 4's execution, aka "Excavator Destroyer". You might wonder how it would be nightmare fuel to use a bulldozer to crush Alter Ego, who can't feel pain, an ArtificialIntelligence, to non-existence. Monokuma manages it; his bulldozer repeatedly strikes Alter Ego's laptop causing damage while Alter Ego looks frightened, and then it speeds up and crushes the laptop into a ball with Monokuma's face on it.
it. And Alter Ego saying earlier that being in Makoto's jacket "tickles," ''he felt the whole thing''.
** Chapter 5's execution, aka "After School Lesson". In the bad ending, it's Kyouko Kyoko Kirigiri being executed. Her hands are pinned underneath the top of a desk so she can't get up from her chair, and she's forced to watch a puppet Monokuma teaching a lesson on the chalkboard about a crushing machine. Only the crushing machine is ''real'', and the chair is on a conveyor belt moving Kyoko towards it. So Kyoko has to listen to the huge block repeatedly crashing down behind her, and you see her shoulders heaving slightly and her face turns blue out of horror: Kyouko Kyoko Kirigiri, the eternal stoic, [[NotSoStoic has finally been broken and made to feel fear.]] Mercifully, the game fades to black at the moment when the huge block actually crushes poor Kyoko to death, but you can still ''hear it''...
*** If you-as-Makoto choose not to get Kyoko executed...Makoto himself is slated to go through the "After School Lesson". Only that Except Alter Ego, who managed uploaded himself as a virus to survive its "death" via downloading its memory in the main network, school's network before his execution, saves him at the last moment, and later the living Kyoko finishes the work. It's still fucking scary.
*** And now with ''Cyber Danganronpa VR: The Class Trial'', '''you''' get to experience this execution through the eyes of Makoto when Monokuma decides to end the demo by executing him. This time, however, he's facing the machine, and Alter Ego isn't here to save him...
** Finally, the last execution in the very end: "The Ultimate Punishment". Yeah, you don't get to feel sorry for the victim because it's Junko Enoshima aka Enoshima, the BigBad who was behind Monokuma and was to blame for the whole plot in the first place... but still, she '''willingly''' subjects herself to '''''all''''' the formerly mentioned deaths! Plus the "Space Journey" one "Blast Off!" from the game's beginning (where the victim [all but stated to have been Kyoko's father aka the ex-Headmaster] is trapped into a small shuttle and shot into space -- and ''brought back'', which destroys his body save for his bones). [[MadeOfIron And she lives through them until "After School Lesson"]], and [[NightmareFetishist enjoys them thoroughly due to her fetish for despair]], '''smiling madly until almost the very end.''' Meeeep.



--> "Eh-- in addition... regarding the extent of this communal lifestyle... Itís going to be forever!! In other words, you are going to live here your entire lives! That is the school life we are assigning to [[PrecisionFStrike you bastards!]]"

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--> "Eh-- in addition... regarding the extent of this communal lifestyle... Itís going to be forever!! In other words, you are going to live here your entire lives! That is the school life we are assigning to [[PrecisionFStrike you bastards!]]"bastards!"



* Here's [[http://dengekionline.com/elem/000/000/403/403327/ an article about Distrust]], the earliest known version of Dangan Ronpa. The final game had its nastier moments, but at least the kids were never subjected to things like the blankly-staring decapitated head and severed hand of one of their classmates, left in a plain cardboard box for any one of them to find. The implication seems to be that the victim--possibly Junko--was forcibly shoved into a guillotine...by Kyoko, Toko, Leon, and an unidentified fourth student who might be Yasuhiro. That's right--at least one route involved a ''gang killing''. And if Leon's beta execution is anything to go by, you could only expose one of them.

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* Here's [[http://dengekionline.com/elem/000/000/403/403327/ an article about Distrust]], the earliest known version of Dangan Ronpa.''Danganronpa''. The final game had its nastier moments, but at least the kids were never subjected to things like the blankly-staring decapitated head and severed hand of one of their classmates, left in a plain cardboard box for any one of them to find. The implication seems to be that the victim--possibly Junko--was forcibly shoved into a guillotine...by Kyoko, Toko, Leon, and an unidentified fourth student who might be Yasuhiro. That's right--at least one route involved a ''gang killing''. And if Leon's beta early execution is anything to go by, you could only expose one of them.



** The beta's premise (called Distrust) was actually worse. The characters had merely 7 days instead of the indefinite entrapment and it can be assumed that everyone would be killed if a successful murder wasn't committed. The few deaths shown in the proposal were even more brutal, and the same can be assumed of the unknown executions.

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** The beta's original's premise (called Distrust) ''Distrust'') was actually worse. The characters had merely 7 days instead of the indefinite entrapment and it can be assumed that everyone would be killed if a successful murder wasn't committed. The few deaths shown in the proposal were even more brutal, and the same can be assumed of the unknown executions.


** Chapter 1's execution, aka "The 1,000 Blows". There is a great reason it is the above picture. Leon Kuwata, the Ultimate Baseball Star, is the first culprit. You first see a chain close around Leon's throat while he reaches out for help, and then it starts dragging him very quickly along the ground while he's desperately clawing at the chain the whole time. It takes him past a door that ominously closes, only it turns out the chain is dragging him to a batting cage. Leon isn't even given a fighting chance; after the chain drags him to the signpost inside the batting cage, ''more'' chains appear encircling around just the right places on his body so he can't move his arms. Now why would Monokuma not want Leon moving his arms? So he can't raise his hands to defend himself when the pitching machine ''beats Leon to death by shooting baseballs at him!'' It doesn't even have the mercy of killing Leon right after the machine starts; you have to watch the machine moving up and down Leon's body from shoulders to toes and back again, while the music track conveniently plays the "wo-wo-wo-wo" voices part of the song during that part, and then one final shot of Leon looking scared out of his mind right before dozens of baseballs hit him in the face and ''that'' finally kills him. And when the machine finally stops firing, you have to watch the baseballs just slowly rolling away, covered in blood, as Leon's mangled crushed corpse hangs there limply. Also, his silhouette in the ball-rolling shot looks like his feet are off the ground, so it's possible the chain around his neck was strangling him throughout just to top things off.

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** Chapter 1's execution, aka "The 1,000 Blows". There is [[EstablishingSeriesMoment a great reason reason]] it is the above picture. Leon Kuwata, the Ultimate Baseball Star, is the first culprit. You first see a chain close around Leon's throat while he reaches out for help, and then it starts dragging him very quickly along the ground while he's desperately clawing at the chain the whole time. It takes him past a door that ominously closes, only it turns out the chain is dragging him to a batting cage. Leon isn't even given a fighting chance; after the chain drags him to the signpost inside the batting cage, ''more'' chains appear encircling around just the right places on his body so he can't move his arms. Now why would Monokuma not want Leon moving his arms? So he can't raise his hands to defend himself when the pitching machine ''beats Leon to death by shooting baseballs at him!'' It doesn't even have the mercy of killing Leon right after the machine starts; you have to watch the machine moving up and down Leon's body from shoulders to toes and back again, while the music track conveniently plays the "wo-wo-wo-wo" voices part of the song during that part, and then one final shot of Leon looking scared out of his mind right before dozens of baseballs hit him in the face and ''that'' finally kills him. And when the machine finally stops firing, you have to watch the baseballs just slowly rolling away, covered in blood, as Leon's mangled crushed corpse hangs there limply. Also, his silhouette in the ball-rolling shot looks like his feet are off the ground, so it's possible the chain around his neck was strangling him throughout just to top things off.

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[EstablishingSeriesMoment This execution sets the tone of the entire series very well.]]]]


*** This execution was so brutal that it ended up censored in ''The Animation'' so as to not show the baseballs hitting Leon or the bloody baseballs rolling away from Leon's dead body afterwards.

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*** This execution was so brutal that it ended up censored in ''The Animation'' (in the original broadcast, but not the DVD or English dub) so as to not show the baseballs hitting Leon or the bloody baseballs rolling away from Leon's dead body afterwards.



** Chapter 2's execution, aka "The Cage Of Death". This time it's Mondo Oowada, the Ultimate Biker Gang Leader, being executed. Mondo is tied to a motorcycle by his arms, with Monokuma driving it. Monokuma drives the motorcycle towards a "motorcycle death cage", but Monokuma ejects from the vehicle before Mondo is taken inside the cage. The reason why becomes obvious: Monokuma then proceeds to do a hula dance that speeds up the cage to absurd extremes, with Mondo having a freaked-out look as his eyes look dizzy, and finally Monokuma speeds up the cage to such ludicrous speeds that Mondo is ''turned into butter'', which Monokuma then puts on his pancakes and ''eats''! This one is mitigated slightly, though, since [[FaceDeathWithDignity Mondo makes no attempt to escape the vehicle he's tied to]], even giving Monokuma a "dude, really?!" look as Monokuma ejects, and you don't actually see Mondo turned into butter, you just see the lone motorcycle left on its side with no occupant.

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** Chapter 2's execution, aka "The Cage Of of Death". This time it's Mondo Oowada, the Ultimate Biker Gang Leader, being executed. Mondo is tied to a motorcycle by his arms, with Monokuma driving it. Monokuma drives the motorcycle towards a "motorcycle death cage", but Monokuma ejects from the vehicle before Mondo is taken inside the cage. The reason why becomes obvious: Monokuma then proceeds to do a hula dance that speeds up the cage to absurd extremes, with Mondo having a freaked-out look as his eyes look dizzy, and finally Monokuma speeds up the cage to such ludicrous speeds that Mondo is ''turned into butter'', which Monokuma then puts on his pancakes and ''eats''! This one is mitigated slightly, though, since [[FaceDeathWithDignity Mondo makes no attempt to escape the vehicle he's tied to]], even giving Monokuma a "dude, really?!" look as Monokuma ejects, and you don't actually see Mondo turned into butter, you just see the lone motorcycle left on its side with no occupant.


** Chapter 1's execution, aka "The 1,000 Blows". Leon Kuwata, the Ultimate Baseball Star, is the first culprit. You first see a chain close around Leon's throat while he reaches out for help, and then it starts dragging him very quickly along the ground while he's desperately clawing at the chain the whole time. It takes him past a door that ominously closes, only it turns out the chain is dragging him to a batting cage. Leon isn't even given a fighting chance; after the chain drags him to the signpost inside the batting cage, ''more'' chains appear encircling around just the right places on his body so he can't move his arms. Now why would Monokuma not want Leon moving his arms? So he can't raise his hands to defend himself when the pitching machine ''beats Leon to death by shooting baseballs at him!'' It doesn't even have the mercy of killing Leon right after the machine starts; you have to watch the machine moving up and down Leon's body from shoulders to toes and back again, while the music track conveniently plays the "wo-wo-wo-wo" voices part of the song during that part, and then one final shot of Leon looking scared out of his mind right before dozens of baseballs hit him in the face and ''that'' finally kills him. And when the machine finally stops firing, you have to watch the baseballs just slowly rolling away, covered in blood, as Leon's mangled crushed corpse hangs there limply. Also, his silhouette in the ball-rolling shot looks like his feet are off the ground, so it's possible the chain around his neck was strangling him throughout just to top things off.

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** Chapter 1's execution, aka "The 1,000 Blows". There is a great reason it is the above picture. Leon Kuwata, the Ultimate Baseball Star, is the first culprit. You first see a chain close around Leon's throat while he reaches out for help, and then it starts dragging him very quickly along the ground while he's desperately clawing at the chain the whole time. It takes him past a door that ominously closes, only it turns out the chain is dragging him to a batting cage. Leon isn't even given a fighting chance; after the chain drags him to the signpost inside the batting cage, ''more'' chains appear encircling around just the right places on his body so he can't move his arms. Now why would Monokuma not want Leon moving his arms? So he can't raise his hands to defend himself when the pitching machine ''beats Leon to death by shooting baseballs at him!'' It doesn't even have the mercy of killing Leon right after the machine starts; you have to watch the machine moving up and down Leon's body from shoulders to toes and back again, while the music track conveniently plays the "wo-wo-wo-wo" voices part of the song during that part, and then one final shot of Leon looking scared out of his mind right before dozens of baseballs hit him in the face and ''that'' finally kills him. And when the machine finally stops firing, you have to watch the baseballs just slowly rolling away, covered in blood, as Leon's mangled crushed corpse hangs there limply. Also, his silhouette in the ball-rolling shot looks like his feet are off the ground, so it's possible the chain around his neck was strangling him throughout just to top things off.

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