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** When describing her backstory to Shuichi, Maki states her personality was broken down to be moulded as the people training her to be an assassin saw fit, which is exactly what happened to the rest of the cast before the killing game began.

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** When describing her backstory to Shuichi, Maki states her personality was broken down to be moulded molded as the people training her to be an assassin saw fit, which is exactly what happened to the rest of the cast before the killing game began.began.
** Junko Enoshima's arrival in both the first and second games, as well as within Ultimate Talent Development Plan, is in her queen persona. In V3 proper she uses her rocker one, a hint that it isn't really her.


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Kaede and Shuichi wake up in their lockers again, but now she remembers that she is the Ultimate Pianist, and Shuichi re-introduces himself as the Ultimate Detective. Kaede goes around meeting her new "classmates" and learning about their diverse talents. Soon, however, they are introduced to the Monokuma Kubs' "father", [[MascotVillain Monokuma]], who explains to the sixteen Ultimates the rules of their new lives: they are trapped inside the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles, and the only way to escape is to kill one of their own and successfully get away with the crime in a class trial.

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Kaede and Shuichi wake up in their lockers again, but now she remembers that she is the Ultimate Pianist, and Shuichi re-introduces himself as the Ultimate Detective. Kaede goes around meeting her new "classmates" and learning about their diverse talents. Soon, however, they are introduced to the Monokuma Kubs' Monokubs' "father", [[MascotVillain Monokuma]], who explains to the sixteen Ultimates the rules of their new lives: they are trapped inside the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles, and the only way to escape is to kill one of their own and successfully get away with the crime in a class trial.


[[TheHero Kaede Akamatsu]] awakens inside a locker in what appears to be an abandoned school building. She has no idea how or why she ended up there, beyond being suddenly kidnapped for mysterious reasons, because as far as she can remember she is a normal high school girl. She soon finds a boy stumbling out of a different locker, telling a similar story. He introduces himself as Shuichi Saihara. The pair try to figure out more about their strange situation, but no sooner have they started exploring than they stumble into something even stranger: a HumongousMecha appears and chases them through the building until they stumble into a gymnasium with 14 other high schoolers, all of whom appear to be completely in the dark about what's going on. Suddenly, the five mechas storm into the gym, revealing them to be piloted by five bear-like mascots calling themselves the Monokuma Kubs. They explain that the memories that they lost were related to the sixteen students' true natures as Ultimate students, the very best in their fields selected by the government's Gifted System. In a flash, all their memories of their talents are restored to them, alongside a [[CastOfSnowflakes new set of clothes that make them stand out more]].

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[[TheHero Kaede Akamatsu]] awakens inside a locker in what appears to be an abandoned school building. She has no idea how or why she ended up there, beyond being suddenly kidnapped for mysterious reasons, because as far as she can remember she is a normal high school girl. She soon finds a boy stumbling out of a different locker, telling a similar story. He introduces himself as Shuichi Saihara. The pair try to figure out more about their strange situation, but no sooner have they started exploring than they stumble into something even stranger: a HumongousMecha appears and chases them through the building until they stumble into a gymnasium with 14 other high schoolers, all of whom appear to be completely in the dark about what's going on. Suddenly, the five mechas storm into the gym, revealing them to be piloted by five bear-like mascots calling themselves the Monokuma Kubs.Monokubs. They explain that the memories that they lost were related to the sixteen students' true natures as Ultimate students, the very best in their fields selected by the government's Gifted System. In a flash, all their memories of their talents are restored to them, alongside a [[CastOfSnowflakes new set of clothes that make them stand out more]].


** NISA takes another dig at Donald Trump during the second trial while Monokuma is explaining Kirumi's motives for murdering Ryoma. It turns out she was practically given control of Japan by the Prime Minister who states specifically that he wants to "make this country great again.", an almost word-for-word invocation of the slogan of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Monokuma even makes it a point to mimic Trump's own voice when he says this.


* ProductionForeshadowing: Two mannequins on the left side of Tsumugi's research lab feature the costumes of Sachika Hirasaka and Yuma Mashiro from Spike Chunsoft's upcoming game ''VideoGame/ZankiZero: Last Beginning''.

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* ProductionForeshadowing: Two mannequins on the left side of Tsumugi's research lab feature the costumes of Sachika Hirasaka and Yuma Mashiro from Spike Chunsoft's upcoming then-upcoming game ''VideoGame/ZankiZero: Last Beginning''.


* AmbidextrousSprite: Kaito always wears his left jacket sleeve and leaves the right side over his shoulder, but his Debate Scrum sprites when opposing the player are flipped so he wears his right sleeve. This is odd considering other characters' sprites are customized so details such as Kirumi's PeekABangs and Gonta's bug box are always on the correct side.

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* AmbidextrousSprite: Kaito always wears his left jacket sleeve and leaves the right side over his shoulder, but his Debate Scrum sprites when opposing the player are flipped so he wears his right sleeve. This is odd considering other characters' Debate Scrum sprites are customized so details such as Kirumi's PeekABangs and Gonta's bug box are always on the correct side.



* AntiFrustrationFeatures: In addition to the "Start from the beginning" and "Start from Class Trial" options when starting a chapter present since the first game and the "Start from Deadly Life" option added in the second, this game gives you the option to start from the chapter's first Free Time period, making it easier to get the Friendship Fragments, especially for Kaede's events, which cannot be gotten in Love Across the Universe.

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* AntiFrustrationFeatures: In addition to the "Start from the beginning" and "Start from Class Trial" options when starting a chapter present since the first game and the "Start from Deadly Life" option added in the second, this game gives you the option to start from the chapter's first Free Time period, making it easier to get the Friendship Fragments, Fragments. This is especially helpful for Kaede's events, which cannot be gotten experienced in Love Across the Universe.



* BitchInSheepsClothing: In the demo, should the class trial proceed as usual, it's implied that Makoto Naegi is the culprit. That means that reliable senior who helps Kaede along is deliberately stranding her into making the wrong decision. Subverted in that Yasuhiro is just pretending to be dead, and Makoto and Hajime Hinata are just acting. However it's actually a Double Subversion, because acting and pretending to take part in a killing game turns out to be a major plot point and part of the mastermind's plan in the main game, extending the BitchInSheepsClothing title to Hajime and Yasuhiro as well. Or rather, their actors.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: In the demo, should the class trial proceed as usual, it's implied that Makoto Naegi is the culprit. That means that reliable senior who helps Kaede along is deliberately stranding her into making the wrong decision. Subverted in that Yasuhiro Hagakure is just only pretending to be dead, and Makoto and Hajime Hinata are just acting. However it's actually a Double Subversion, double subversion, because acting and pretending to take part in a killing game turns out to be a major plot point and part of the mastermind's plan in the main game, extending the BitchInSheepsClothing title to Hajime and Yasuhiro as well. Or rather, their actors.



* DevelopersForesight: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] InUniverse. Occasionally, Kokichi asks Monokuma about how the killing game would go when faced with unlikely circumstances, such as two different murderers or the culprit vote at the end of each trial resulting in a tie. Monokuma actually ''lacks'' that foresight, though, and usually makes up something on the spot.

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* DevelopersForesight: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] {{Subverted|Trope}} InUniverse. Occasionally, Kokichi asks Monokuma about how the killing game would go when faced with unlikely circumstances, such as two different murderers or the culprit vote at the end of each trial resulting in a tie. Monokuma actually ''lacks'' that foresight, though, and usually makes up something on the spot.



** Bad ending: [[TheBadGuyWins Tsumugi succeeds at destroying everyone's hope verbally, they learned about their past lives and the fact they auditioned for the killing game... But it's actually a FissionMailed.]]

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** Bad ending: [[TheBadGuyWins Tsumugi succeeds at destroying everyone's hope verbally, they learned about their past lives and the fact they auditioned for the killing game... ]] But it's actually a FissionMailed.]]



* TheNeedsOfTheMany: A recurring theme: Kaede, Kirumi and Miu all attempt murders at least partially out of a desire to prevent an even greater amount of deaths.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Promo material seems to build up Kaede as the protagonist. She isn't, and she gets [[DecoyProtagonist offed early in the game.]]

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* TheNeedsOfTheMany: A recurring theme: Kaede, Kirumi Kirumi, and Miu all attempt murders at least partially out of a desire to prevent an even greater amount of deaths.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Promo material seems to build up Kaede as the protagonist. She isn't, and she gets [[DecoyProtagonist offed early in the game.]]game]].

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** In previous games, your Influence Gauge emptying would result in all the survivors voting the PlayerCharacter guilty, which, since said individual isn't the culprit, would result in Monokuma declaring that everyone besides the blackened will be executed. This time, however, the game over sequence cuts off just before the votes are cast. This is most likely because in the first trial, [[DecoyProtagonist Kaede]] is considered the culprit (as the person who takes the fall for the mastermind's crime), so executing her would be the correct decision.


* DarkerAndEdgier: The game has been described by the developers as "psycho cool", and uses a darker aesthetic compared to ''VisualNovel/Danganronpa2''. The executions have also gotten much more violent, on par with or even surpassing the brutality of [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa Leon Kuwata's execution.]]

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The game has been described by the developers as "psycho cool", and uses a darker aesthetic compared to ''VisualNovel/Danganronpa2''. The executions have also gotten much more violent, on par with or even surpassing the brutality of [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc Leon Kuwata's execution.]]



*** On a meta level, her [[Creator/DorothyEliasFahn English voice actress]] played Sayaka from [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa the first game]]. Both of these women ended up starting the killing game in a way.

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*** On a meta level, her [[Creator/DorothyEliasFahn English voice actress]] played Sayaka from [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc the first game]]. Both of these women ended up starting the killing game in a way.



** During the first class trial, everyone has to discuss the possibility that someone was able to kill the victim from another room by throwing a shot put ball at them with lethal force. Just like how [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa Leon Kuwata used his throwing skills to access an incinerator that was blocked off with a gate]].

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** During the first class trial, everyone has to discuss the possibility that someone was able to kill the victim from another room by throwing a shot put ball at them with lethal force. Just like how [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc Leon Kuwata used his throwing skills to access an incinerator that was blocked off with a gate]].



** Gonta's execution references how the past Chapter Four killers died as he was poisoned like Sakura and he was run over by animals like Gundham. In addition, an AI version of himself is executed as well, similarly to how Alter Ego was executed in [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa the first game.]]
** Just like in [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa the first game]], the Chapter Five victim was unknown at the start of the investigation.

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** Gonta's execution references how the past Chapter Four killers died as he was poisoned like Sakura and he was run over by animals like Gundham. In addition, an AI version of himself is executed as well, similarly to how Alter Ego was executed in [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc the first game.]]
** Just like in [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc the first game]], the Chapter Five victim was unknown at the start of the investigation.



** During the final trial, one of Tsumugi's lines is phrased very similarly to one of Junko's lines from Case 6 of [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa the first game]], though altered to reflect [[TrumanShowPlot the nature of the new killing game]]:

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** During the final trial, one of Tsumugi's lines is phrased very similarly to one of Junko's lines from Case 6 of [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc the first game]], though altered to reflect [[TrumanShowPlot the nature of the new killing game]]:


** The game consistently uses a different word to refer to the BigBad (首謀者; instead of the more common 黒幕), a nuance ignored in the localization, which sticks to just using "Mastermind". This causes problems because, in the final trial, Tsumugi says that, while she may be the mastermind (首謀者), the actual mastermind (黒幕) is the outside world desiring the killing games. This results in the localization having Tsumugi claim they're ''both'' the mastermind, turning a fairly major twist revealing the true meaning behind a seemingly minor detail into utter nonsense.

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** The game consistently uses a different word to refer to the BigBad (首謀者; (首謀者, commonly fan-translated as "Ringleader", instead of the more common 黒幕), a nuance ignored in the localization, which sticks to just using "Mastermind". This causes problems because, in the final trial, Tsumugi says that, while she may be the mastermind (首謀者), the actual mastermind (黒幕) is the outside world desiring the killing games. This results in the localization having Tsumugi claim they're ''both'' the mastermind, turning a fairly major twist revealing the true meaning behind a seemingly minor detail into utter nonsense.

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** During the third trial, it's suggested that Tenko's murderer may have stabbed her from below by hiding in the crawl space under the floorboards and marking her location with glowing paint, which is how the first murder of the second game was carried out.


* KarmaHoudini: Subverted too fast for it to even really be a KarmaHoudiniWarranty with Shinguji. You've managed to get him to confess to Tenko's murder, but with a laugh he reminds everyone that Monokuma's rule claims that only the first murder counts, and then you spend a little while refusing to let him be prematurely voted as Angie's killer, setting him up for this. It turns out he killed both girls, though, and by admitting to killing Tenko, he ended up unwittingly providing evidence that links him to Angie's murder.

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* KarmaHoudini: Subverted too fast for it to even really be a KarmaHoudiniWarranty with Shinguji. You've managed to get him to confess to Tenko's murder, but with a laugh he reminds everyone that of Monokuma's rule claims stating that if two different people commit murder at the same time, only the first body discovered counts for the trial, and the second one is a wasted kill with no blackened. He says he didn't kill Angie, whose body was discovered first, and uses the fact that Monokuma didn't come up with that rule until after both bodies were discovered as proof that he didn't factor it into his murder counts, and plan. You then you spend a little while refusing to let him be prematurely voted as Angie's killer, setting him up for this. It turns out he killed actually did kill both girls, though, and by admitting to killing Tenko, he ended up unwittingly providing evidence that links him to Angie's murder.



* LightIsNotGood: Hope. In the finale, Shuichi Saihara rejects K1-B0's hope, as a hope-filled ending for this season of ''Danganronpa'' would stimulate the audience and lead to future killing games. Just as much as an ending filled with despair. The ending Shuichi goes for instead is an ending full of ''disappointment'', where everyone threatens to commit suicide together.

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* LightIsNotGood: Hope. In the finale, Shuichi Saihara rejects K1-B0's hope, as a hope-filled ending for this season of ''Danganronpa'' would stimulate the audience and lead to future killing games. Just as much as an ending filled with despair. The ending Shuichi goes for instead is an ending full of ''disappointment'', where everyone threatens to commit suicide together.together with the intention of pissing off the audience so much that they never want to watch the show again, resulting in its cancellation.

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* PowerUpLetdown: The "better" Psyche Taxi granted by the Twin Six skill will just make you crash into the walls and other cars with its faster top speed and big fat ass blocking your view, while also causing you to miss letter cubes that would have otherwise been perfectly timed to move into your path if you were using the default taxi.


* AnyoneCanDie: This is a ''Danganronpa'' game, where the cast is encouraged to kill each other to escape. No one is safe. Not even the character who was advertised as the main protagonist.

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* AnyoneCanDie: This is a ''Danganronpa'' game, where the cast is encouraged to kill each other to escape. No one is safe. Not even the character who was advertised as the main protagonist.TheProtagonist.



** Most notably, this is the first main series game where the protagonist is one of the murderers, the protagonist dies, and the player takes control of a different main protagonist for the rest of the story.

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** Most notably, this is the first main series game where the protagonist is one of the murderers, the protagonist dies, and the player takes control of a different main protagonist for the rest of the story.



* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: Kaede being a DecoyProtagonist and dying, with Shuichi taking over as the real main protagonist.

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* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: Kaede being a DecoyProtagonist and dying, with Shuichi taking over as the real main protagonist.TheProtagonist.



** The Limited Edition box (which is also the "box art" of the English demo) featuring K1-B0 shows his true identity when it was revealed in Chapter 6 as not only as the UnwittingPawn of being the cameraman working for Team Danganronpa, but also as the InUniverse "Main Protagonist".

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** The Limited Edition box (which is also the "box art" of the English demo) featuring K1-B0 shows his true identity when it was revealed in Chapter 6 as not only as the UnwittingPawn of being the cameraman working for Team Danganronpa, but also as the InUniverse "Main Protagonist"."Protagonist".



** History repeats itself. [[NeverTrustATrailer The trailer, the ads, the demo and Spike Chunsoft itself lied to everyone once again]]. [[DecoyProtagonist Kaede dies in Chapter 1]]. Saihara is the true main protagonist.

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** History repeats itself. [[NeverTrustATrailer The trailer, the ads, the demo and Spike Chunsoft itself lied to everyone once again]]. [[DecoyProtagonist Kaede dies in Chapter 1]]. Saihara is the true main protagonist.actual TheProtagonist.

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* VehicularKidnapping: When Kaede and Shuichi first wake up as ordinary students, they recount how they got there. Kaede was walking to school as usual when someone shoved her in a van. Despite her screams of help, everyone ignored her, reminding her of how rotten the world is. Shuichi faced the same situation.

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