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Class 77-B

For the tropes related to them in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, see here. For the real Ryota Mitarai, and for their homeroom teacher Chisa Yukizome, see Future Arc characters.

    As a whole
Class 77-B plus Hajime
The main class of Side: Despair, talented students who would become part of Class 77-B at Hope's Peak Academy. Tragically, despairing events would occur that would change them.
  • The Atoner: After being freed from their brainwashing, they all decided that they would atone for the crimes they committed as Ultimate Despair.
  • Back for the Finale: All of them show up in the last episode to save the day.
  • Back from the Dead: The "dead" (comatose) students from SDR2 came back in-between installments in Side:Hope.
  • Badass Crew: In Side:Hope, they're able to take on the brainwashed Future Foundation by themselves, and easily win.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Just as Mitarai's brainwashed agents overwhelm any force the surviving Future Foundation members could muster, the 77-B class rushes in and beats all of them back.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Side:Despair Episode 10 shows that they were brainwashed by Junko, being forced to watch Chiaki die and having the footage altered by Junko to turn them into members of Ultimate Despair.
  • Broken Tears: As they watch Chiaki's execution, they can do nothing but cry.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Their Ultimate titles.
  • Devoted to You: As Remnants of Despair, they're completely and utterly devoted to Junko and spreading her ideology of spreading despair. After Junko's death, some of them even replaced parts of their own bodies with bits from her corpse in an attempt to "keep her alive within them."
  • Doomed by Canon: All but one of them are going to fall into despair, then ten of them are going to end up comatose.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: At the end of Side:Hope, all of them get reunited, they're no longer brainwashed, and they get to live in peace on an island paradise.
  • Everybody Lives: Almost. Chiaki and her AI counterpart remain dead, but Side:Hope reveals everyone who went in to the Neo World Program is alive and free of brainwashing.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After falling into Despair, they change into different dark outfits. Subverted by the Ultimate Imposter (who is just in his Byakuya disguise with night-vision goggles), Kazuichi (who wore black gloves and removed his beanie), as well as Hajime (who retains his Reserve Course uniform).
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: The opening montage indicates that even as Remnants of Despair they remain True Companions. It's most notable when they all are brainwashed into becoming Ultimate Despair, Mikan makes a "Our hearts are beating as one" speech characteristics to The Power of Friendship.
  • The Exile: After taking the blame for the Final Killing Game, they're fated to live the rest of their lives on Jabberwock Island, away from normal society. They don't seem to mind much.
  • Face–Monster Turn: It turns that out that it wasn't their choice to become Ultimate Despair on their own free will. They were forced to be Ultimate Despair as a result of Junko's brainwashing program, lobotomization, and being Forced to Watch their dear friend Chiaki die right in front of them.
  • Faking the Dead: Episode 11 reveals they all faked their deaths in the attack on Hope's Peak Academy to have more freedom to act as the SHSL Despairs.
  • Flanderization: A varying amount, depending on the character, but nearly all of them aren't as three-dimensional as their game counterparts, thanks in part to being Out of Focus.
  • Forced to Watch: By watching Chiaki's execution on the monitors, which has Mitarai's brainwashing methods, they are unable to move their bodies and are forced to watch it.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: They went from a group of quirky yet talented high-schoolers to the most dangerous, violent, and destructive gathering of terrorists in human history.
  • Gamer Chick: With the exception of Peko, all the girls take part in playing video games during the class social gathering that Chiaki set up in the second episode.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Have these, combined with Red Eyes, Take Warning, as the Remnants of Despair.
  • He's Back: All of them in Side:Hope.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Izuru has their memories of him and his memories of them erased so that things will be more interesting if they meet again.
  • Laughing Mad: After Chiaki's death, as they become overwhelmed with despair they break into insane laughter.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Obtain these after falling into despair. When they were being brainwashed from watching Chiaki being tortured on the monitors, they developed spiral eyes.
  • Obliviously Evil : During Episode 11, they all talk about their future plans, including giving medicine to hospitals, or feeding the world nutritious food. They seem to genuinely believe themselves and overall don't know that they are acting in the interests of despair to destroy the world.
  • Out of Focus: Most of them get hit with this hard by Side:Despair Episode 3, due to the plot shifting gears to start tying directly into Side:Future.
  • Religion of Evil: The Remnants of Despair are less of a terrorist organization and more of an insane Cult of Personality based around Junko Enoshima and her ideology.
  • Shipper on Deck: In episode 7, several characters note Mikan and the Imposter have been spending a lot of time together and promptly begin speculating about their relationship.
  • The Remnant: The Remnants of Despair.
  • Taking the Heat: They take the blame for the Final Killing Game.
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: As the Remnants of Despair.
  • True Companions:
    • Thanks to Yukizome and Nanami, they become borderline Thicker Than Water. Their last time together with Yukizome shows that while despair corrupted them, it didn't destroy their friendship.
    • After their brainwashing is undone in Side:Hope, they haven't skipped a single beat together despite, from their point of view, having killed each other the last time they were together in SDR2.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Episode 11 of Despair brings the horrifying implication that the brainwashing caused the Remnants of Despair to interpret their actions as humanitarian, to the extent that they believe they are achieving the opposite of what they are physically doing (Sonia reforming her nation into a 'war-free' territory through constant warfare, Ibuki making everyone 'happy' through her despair inducing music, etc.).
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Their Zero-Approval Gambit effectively guarantees that they'll have to spend the rest of their lives in hiding.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: At the end of Side: Hope, they record a video as the Remnants of Despair claiming responsibility for Tengan's killing game, because if it ever got out that the Future Foundation chairman himself was responsible for it, nobody would trust the Future Foundation ever again. Hiro falls for it.

    Chiaki Nanami 

Ultimate Gamer
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese), Christine Marie Cabanos (English)

The secondary protagonist of Side: Despair. A member of Class 77-B, as well as its Class Rep. A gamer prone to dozing off, she is the only one who regularly interacts with Hajime, much to his confusion.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Chiaki is Chisa's favorite student and is well-liked by the class thanks to her efforts in uniting them. This ends up being the reason why Junko choose to kill her to drive the others students into despair. Also, in Side: Hope it is revealed that the Chiaki AI from Danganronpa 2 wasn't specifically created as such. It was a blank slate AI which was supposed to scan everyone's minds for who each of them viewed as the ideal administrator, then combine all the results into one personality, but everyone's result was Chiaki, so it just became her.
  • All-Loving Hero: She cares about all her friends.
  • Almost Dead Guy: After being impaled several times by spears, she has enough energy to talk with Izuru where she apologizes for failing to help everyone and sobs how she doesn't want to die and she wants to stay with her friends and play games with Hajime. Her final action was reaching her hand out to Izuru before perishing.
  • Always with You: To Hajime Hinata. In the ending of Side: Hope, she appears to him as a spirit.
  • Beauty Mark: Her appearance in the crossover with the Japanese game Sengoku Asuka shows she has one on her right breast, keeping in with what was shown in the second game.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's kind and friendly, but is capable of doing a strong punch if her friends are messed with.
  • Blessed with Suck: She points out to Hajime that being the Ultimate Gamer isn't really all that useful; she can't do anything else, will always be defined by it even if she doesn't want to, and initially doesn't think she can use her talent to make friends.
  • Character Death: She is executed by Junko in Episode 10, and it's her death that sends her classmates into despair.
  • Class Rep: Chisa appoints her as this in Episode 2.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Poor girl was on the receiving end of during the second half of this episode 10.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Her death is drawn out, full of futile hope spots, gory, and painful, all the better to cause her friends despair. It makes her death in SDR2 look like nothing. The worst part is that the death traps themselves don't kill her. She instead dies a slow death from blood loss after being impaled.
  • Determinator: Refuses to give up meeting her friends after being thrown in a deadly dungeon while her friends are forced to watch, even after being impaled multiple times, she still said she wanted to live and see her friends.
  • Doomed by Canon: Since she appears as an AI in DR2 and isn't shown as a Remnant of Despair, her chances of surviving were null.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She very briefly appeared at the end of the teaser of Danganronpa V3, though the graininess of the image combined with her face not shown meant no one could be sure it was her until Word of God implicitly confirmed it.
  • Famous Last Words:
    "I...I don't want to die! I wanted to stay with my classmates... I wanted to play games with you again...just one more time..."
    • Alternatively, in the dub:
    "No... I'm not...I'm not ready to go! I-I had so much left to do, and...I thought there'd be enough time. My classmates...need someone to stand up and protect them! Please...just one more game? One more round? We...we had so much fun...right?"
  • Fatal Flaw: Her naivete and idealism were ultimately her undoing. Despite being warned that their enemy was someone they couldn't beat, she refused to give up on rescuing Hajime/Izuru and Chisa, believing that The Power of Friendship would prevail and the day would be won. Instead, her rallying for a rescue led directly to her death and the fall of her classmates into despair.
  • First Friend: To Hajime Hinata and vice versa, since Chiaki never had any friends to play games with before meeting him. It just makes what happens to her all the more tragic...
  • Friendless Background: Prior to arriving at Hope's Peak, she had no friends before Hajime and the 77th class.
  • Gamer Chick: Her ultimate talent is based on being one. In Danganronpa V3's bonus mode, it is revealed that she is so good at video games she can even sometimes beat Izuru.
  • Geeky Turn-On: Her whole friendship with Hajime started because he was able to recognize an old retro game that she was playing based on the music. Chiaki respond to this by acting like an excited fangirl, complete with Luminescent Blush and No Sense of Personal Space.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: She dies early on amid Junko's overall plot to bring despair to the world but it is the ideals of hope she left with Izuru in her final moments that became the driving force for his actions against Junko, leading to his own merger with Hajime, the restoration of the remnants of despair (who were similarly influenced by her), the ultimate defeat of Junko as an AI, and the halting of Ryota's plan to brainwash all humanity.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Her hair was silver in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, but here it's a pinkish-brown that looks more pink or more brown depending on the lighting.
  • The Heart: She acted like this when Chisa was in the Reserve Course, actively planning events for her class. That's why her death pushed them into despair.
  • Held Gaze: With Izuru at the end of Episode 8, after she recognizes him as Hajime.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: She apparently knows some fighting techniques that she learned from playing video games. She used one of these techniques to protect Hiyoko from a aphrodisiac-influenced Teruteru.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She was incredibly lonely before meeting Hajime, feeling that her talent was useless when it came to making friends. This is probably why she's so invested into him and her classmates, as they were the first friends she's ever had, and Chisa (who encouraged her to reach out).
  • I Will Wait for You: Loves Hinata to the point that, after he disappears, she still waits for him at their normal meeting spots. A whole year later, she's still waiting.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In Episode 10, Chiaki is thrown in a dungeon full of deadly traps and is impaled a few times during the way. After finally reaching the exit she is pierced by multiples spears at once, similar to Mukuro Ikusaba's death in the first game. She dies, but not instantly.
  • Kill the Cutie: Kind, adored by everybody, and not to mention pretty cute. Ultimately, she had one of the most, if the most brutal and painful death in entire franchise, and that is saying something.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: She knew confronting Junko would end badly (having seen how badly Peko was wounded from attempting the same) and did it anyway.
  • Legacy Character: AI Chiaki. It's revealed in Side:Hope that AI Chiaki was created based on the memories from the Remnants of Despair and their desire to see her again.
  • Let Them Die Happy: Tragically subverted: she dies cursing her inability to be of use to anyone and mourning the fact that she had to die so soon. However, she dies not knowing what's become of her classmates (that they became "Ultimate Despair") and believes them to still be her friends.
  • The Lost Lenore: Her death is what motivated Izuru to start moving against Junko—he's even seen having held onto her hairpin and clutching it tightly when thinking about her.
  • Love Interest: Her relationship with Hinata fills a fairly critical role in the series. Never does an episode in Side:Despair go by without it being referenced.
  • Luminescent Blush: A few times when she's with Hajime.
  • Made of Iron: Even after impaled, she could still talk and even tried to lift herself a bit. She dies after a good while of being still able to move and talk.
  • Magnetic Hero: After the events of episode 2, the entire class of 77-B, including Fuyuhiko and Hiyoko, absolutely adores her.
  • Meaningful Appearance: Wears a hairclip shaped similar to a Galaga spaceship, fitting for the Ultimate Gamer.
  • Meet Cute: With Hajime in the first episode.
  • Morality Pet: For Izuru; she was the only person he ever took interest in or cared about, and he was still mourning her death even after the Tragedy had finished.
  • Nice Girl: When she first meets Hajime, she gives him a You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech and effectively manages to cheer him up. She would normally hangs out with Hajime despite his insecurities of being a school reserve course student.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: During the first episode of Side: Despair, Chiaki tends to stand extremely close to Hajime while interacting with him, with her face being only inches away from his own. Hajime does show some slight discomfort whenever she does this.
  • Only Friend: She's the only person that Hajime can truly call a friend during his time in Hope's Peak.
  • Rising Uppercut: Her "Heaven Slaying Dragon Fist" move.
  • Ship Tease: Heavily with both Hajime and Izuru. She and Hajime were very fond of each other, to the point he decided to become Izuru to be better for her and she spent an entire year waiting for him; with Izuru, she recognized him as Hajime immediately and wanted to help him above all else, even while dying, while Izuru took an interest in her, turned on Junko because of her, and spent years mourning her death.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: She is absent from promotional materials and even silhouetted out in the first episode's intro, in order to keep the fact that she was a real person rather than only an AI a surprise.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Even putting aside the obvious reason, her relationship with Hinata is basically doomed from the start thanks his personality complex, to the point he turns his own feelings into a justification to become Kamukura.
  • Teacher's Pet: Downplayed, but it's made fairly obvious she's Yukizome's favorite student, for good reason.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: She catches a break in the Ultimate Talent Development Plan; she doesn’t die horribly, she’s able to stay with her friends all throughout high school, they plan to continue meeting up after graduation, and (depending on which you play as) Hajime either never disappears or she meets and befriends him as Izuru, sparing her from worrying about his fate.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Invoked. She was brutally killed by Junko specifically because she was such a lovable person.
  • Tragic Hero: She is remarkably similar to Makoto—optimistic, kind, unifies their class, holds strong beliefs in hope and friendship—save for one thing: she lacks his luck. As nothing she does goes right for her. Her attempts at convincing Hinata he's better than he thinks he is fail, her attempt to escape her execution fails, and not only does her attempt to rescue Chisa fail too, it leads directly to her death and her classmates' downfall. The only thing she actually succeeded at was getting Izuru to turn on Junko, and she had to die to do so.
  • Trauma Conga Line: She spent most her life alone, just playing video games by herself. Her first and best friend/Love Interest just disappears on her. She spends months waiting for him to return. Reunites with him, only for him to not remember her. Was betrayed by her favorite teacher and thrown into a dungeon. Was brutally tortured by Junko's death traps before finally being impaled by several spears. Finally, spends her last moments admitting that she doesn't want to die, and makes one final attempt to get Hajime/Izuru to remember her. The poor girl didn't deserve any of that.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Her reciprocated affection for Hajime is part of what drives him to become Izuru Kamukura. He would rather be someone worthy of Chiaki than drag her down as a talentless person.
    • She was the one who rallied her classmates to face off against the Ultimate Despair and save Chisa, even though both Peko and Nagito point out how unprepared they are (although the latter claims to be only testing them) and they should escape while they still can. The rescue mission results in Class 77-B's capture and eventual brainwashing.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Junko purposely allowed her to escape with Nagito in order to get the rest of Class 77-B to rescue Yukizome so she can easily capture them all.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Genuinely believes that good will always win the day and that nothing is impossible for those who try. Unfortunately, unlike the other major idealist of the series, Makoto Naegi, this gets her killed.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In Episode 9, Chiaki clearly believes that she and her classmates are about to harness The Power of Friendship to beat Junko after she delivers a Rousing Speech to convince them to mount a rescue of their beloved Cool Teacher in the face of insurmountable odds, complete with a conversation with Mikan about how far they've come together and how much Chiaki has grown into her leadership role. Which would be typical in most of her games, but (a) no-one's told her that she's in a Foregone Conclusion to a series of events that will lead to world devastation and (b) her name's not Makoto Naegi (and even he has a wobbly relationship with the The Power of Friendship). She continues to believe anything is possible with the power of friendship almost to the end, and it's actually enough for her to move a little even after being impaled from multiple angles. Unfortunately, it isn't enough. With that realization, she apologizes for failing shortly before she dies.

    Nagito Komaeda 

Ultimate Lucky Student
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English)

For tropes related to Nagito, see his separate page.

    "Ryota Mitarai" (Imposter) 

Ultimate Imposter
Click here  to see his real face
Voiced by: Kanata Hongo (as "Ryota Mitarai"), Akira Ishida (as "Byakuya Togami" and his real self), Toshiyuki Morikawa (as "Kyosuke Munakata") (Japanese),
Justin Briner (as "Ryota Mitarai"), Josh Grelle (as "Byakuya Togami"), Ricco Fajardo (as "Kyoskue Munakata"), Christopher Eric Johnson (real self) (English)

A young man without a name, family, or personal history to call his own. As the Ultimate Imposter, he lives by assuming the identity of another person right down to their voice and talents. In Despair Arc he attends Hope's Peak Academy as Ryota Mitarai, the Ultimate Animator. Also, he really likes food.

  • Acrofatic: Future Arc Episode 1 shows him to be quite fast on his feet. Hope Arc also reveals that he's a very skillful swordsman with agile, ninja-like techniques as he imitates Munakata.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: "Ultimate Imposter" doesn't exactly sound like a heroic skill, but the guy is nevertheless one of the most moral members of the 77th class.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Between his natural deep voice and his real face, he is actually quite handsome.
  • Big Eater: He noticeably eats more than anyone of his class excluding Akane.
  • Blush Sticker: Despite the real Mitarai himself not having this.
  • The Caretaker: For Ryota; he is literally the only reason the poor kid will remember to eat, sleep, or visit the doctor.
  • Character Development: Goes from saying fats and sweets are the only thing you can trust in the second episode to being willing to run out alongside his classmates in search of Mikan.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: For Ryouta, whose obsession with anime makes him act...rather oddly at times.
  • The Cynic: In episode 5, he states that the only thing you can really trust is sugar and fat.
  • Discard and Draw: When he assumes someone's identity, he also gains their abilities.
  • Gonk: Despite looking fairly normal in his debut appearance. Here, he's not only shorter, but his limbs have shrunken and he now has a very noticeable and off-putting Blush Sticker.
  • Hikikomori: Pretending to be Mitarai, he was one before Yukizome dragged him to class. Episode 5 reveals that he took Mitarai's identity so that Mitarai can continue to remain a shut-in and create anime while the Ultimate Imposter takes his place in class.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With the real Ryouta.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: In sharp contrast to his attitude as Byakuya, he sees no point in any of the Hope's Peak students grouping up or making friends. Though this could be part of his ruse as Mitarai.
  • Master of Disguise: His talent.
  • Never Given a Name: He claims to not have a name.
  • Nice Guy: Episode 5 reaffirms him to be one of the nicest students in the series.
  • Only Friend: Was something of one to Mitarai. Not only did he take Mitarai's identity so Mitarai could focus on his work, but he also made sure to regularly check up on him to make sure he was healthy. When class 77-B convinces Mitarai to join them in the end, he's the first person Mitarai runs to hug.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When things get serious, his true personality tends to peek through his disguises. Nagito even points out that he had never seen him acting like he did when Nagito announced that he saw Mikan in the West area.
  • Parental Abandonment: He states in Episode 5 he has no name or family.
  • Pet the Dog: After bringing Mikan to help Ryouta, he compliments her and is generally very kind towards her, which makes Mikan burst into tears in gratitude.
  • Poisonous Friend: Unintentionally, but by taking Ryota's identity, he enables Ryota to isolate himself and work on his anime day and night, which ends up taking tolls on his physical and mental health. In a subversion of the trope, the Ultimate Imposter eventually realizes this and informs Mikan of their facade so she can treat Ryota's declining health.
  • Power Copying: When disguised as Munakata, he has the latter's sword skills.
  • The Reveal: He reveals his true talent to his classmates in episode 9, alongside his true face. Compared to his Ryota disguise, he has long black hair combed back and narrow grey eyes.
  • Ship Tease: With Mikan, even dropping his Shrinking Violet act when Nagito hints he knows where she is when she goes missing.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By enabling Ryota to miss class, the Ultimate Imposter allowed Ryota to work on his anime to a completely fanatical degree and caused his mental health to decline so that he was emotionally vulnerable to Junko's influence. Not to mention, if he didn't let Ryouta's health decline that much to warrant hospital visits in the first place, Ryouta wouldn't have bumped into Junko on that fateful day. And bringing Mikan to Ryouta inadvertently put her in Junko's path.

    Gundham Tanaka 

Ultimate Breeder
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Scott Frerichs (English)

A member of Class 77-B. The Ultimate Breeder who's able to tame any animal, he has been successful in breeding endangered species. He keeps four hamsters, called “The Four Dark Devas of Destruction”. His first name is forbidden, and so cannot be spoken aloud.

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: While under the effects of Teruteru's aphrodisiac, Tanaka had a difficult time 'controlling his right arm'.
  • Adorable Evil Minions: How he sees the Four Dark Devas of Destruction/Twelve Zodiac Generals.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Talks like a evil overlord.
  • Awesome McCoolname: His real name.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Nekomaru against the angry Reserve Course students in Episode 9.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Does this a lot.
  • Bash Brothers: With Nekomaru. The two challenge each other while playing Chiaki's video games, and, later, fight together against a hoard of reserve course students. This is a subtle Call-Forward to their relationship in Danganronpa 2.
  • The Beastmaster: As expected of the Ultimate Breeder. As a member of Ultimate Despair, Tanaka is shown commanding an army of animals. In episode 7 of the Despair arc, he randomly has a bear in the classroom with him. Yes, an actual live bear.
  • Black Magic: Claims to be a practitioner of the dark arts
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: He owns a rabbit, claiming to be a sacrifice to the gods and demanded Hiyoko to leave it alone to "prevent calamity from striking". She ended up having the rabbit pooping straight to her face.
  • Clark Kenting: Subverted. His chest size is 37 inches, but when you look at him sideways, you can see his chest is much thicker than it looks
  • Dark Is Not Evil: For all his talk about being a dark lord, he's actually harmless. Averted when he was brainwashed into Ultimate Despair.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: His hamsters are called the Four Dark Devas of Destruction. They became the Twelve Zodiac Generals after the timeskip.
  • Evil Laugh: Does a ridiculously exaggerated one in Episode 5.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Throughout the Despair Arc, his hair is now considerably down. When he took down the Ultimate Falconer, the wind causes his hair to be the bizarre up-do in the video game.
  • Eyes Always Shut: As a Ultimate Despair.
  • Facial Markings: He got more tattoos in his forehead as a Despair.
  • Feather Boa Constrictor: Has a giant snake around his entire body as a Remnant of Despair.
  • Friend to All Living Things: As expected of the Ultimate Breeder, he loves animals and they love him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Subverted. It's actually a tattoo.
  • Guyliner: Tanaka has never been seen with unpainted eyes.

    Kazuichi Soda 

Ultimate Mechanic
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)

A member of Class 77-B. The Ultimate Mechanic, skilled with every machine. He has a flashy appearance and an insolent personality, but is a surprisingly cowardly person. He’s often playing the straight man in his class full of oddballs. Has a crush on Sonia, but she refuses to humor him.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Sonia. Nothing more clear than Sonia progressively moving away from him when he first appeared.
  • Animals Hate Him: We see one of Gundham's hamsters biting him during the opening of Episode 3, though they seem to mellow out to him in a Freeze-Frame Bonus later.
  • Butt-Monkey: Even more than before - he tends to get hit with some of Nagito's bad luck, which wasn't the case in the game.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Pink hair and eyes, but it's dye and prescription contacts.
  • Scary Teeth: Sharp and pointed like a shark's.
  • Straight Man: He tends to comment on/react to the wacky behavior of others a lot, particularly Gundham's.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In Side:Hope, he is able to finally impress Sonia with the Mini-Mechamarus he created during the fight with the brainwashed Future Foundation solider. Also, in many background events, we see Sonia happily enjoying his company.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: As an Remnant of Despair.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Apparently with Gundham despite his jealousy of Gundham's and Sonia's friendship. In the episode 9, he compliments Gundham and refers to him as someone who knows how to get things done, only instantly regret this once he realized he just help his romantic rival's credibility with Sonia.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Like Mikan, he goes from a disrespected Butt-Monkey to a member of Ultimate Despair.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Neon Pink, but it ain't natural.

    Teruteru Hanamura 

Ultimate Cook
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)

The Ultimate Cook with a passion for sex equal or greater than his zeal for food. He has a wide range of types and seems down for men as well, but his talent means that he naturally is in charge of the school kitchens. Behaves like a city dweller, but at times lets a few odd regional colloquialisms slip out.

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Recognized as such in-universe by the Imposter.
  • Butt-Monkey: As much as Kazuichi, if not more so.
  • Call-Forward: Calls out Taylor Swift's name as an expression of physical pain...much like he would use another female musical artist's name as an expression of mental pain much later. Or at least strings of gibberish that may as well be said names.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Doesn't care if he's being tied up and suspended by a woman or a man. He also mentions how "the door to (his) sexuality is open".
  • Evil Chef: Becomes one after falling in despair.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Gets very, um, enthusiastic about imagining what Imposter and Mikan are up to when they aren't in class.
  • Love Potion: His "Sexy Sexy Soup" which is filled with aphrodisiacs. Unfortunately, Hiyoko got her hands on it during the second episode, and used it to cause quite a bit of mischief.
  • Nice Hat: A tiny Chef Hat.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike the others, Teruteru looks like something from an old cartoon.
  • Nosebleed: A very common expression.
  • Repetitive Name: With the term "Teru", which when repeated means "shining".
  • Slasher Smile: Gains an incredibly unsettling one as a Remnant of Despair.
  • Supreme Chef: His talent.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: Shortest male character in the series until Ryoma Hoshi's debut.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Yukizome's attempts at beating some sense to him only manage to get him turned on even more.
  • Team Chef: Of course.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Like in the game, his deep, sultry and sophisticated voice is contrasted by his goofy appearance and weird personality.

    Nekomaru Nidai 

Ultimate Team Manager
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)

The Ultimate Team Manager who has managed various sports teams. With his help, any puny school can become champion at the national level. Though he has a lively personality, he has a weak stomach, and so often has problems in the bathroom.

  • Alliterative Name: Nekomaru Nidai.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Gundham against the angry Reserve Course students in Episode 9.
  • Badass Beard: His fight with Akane causes explosions, and he's got a very manly, badass beard to back it up.
  • Bash Brothers: With Tanaka. The two challenge each other while playing Chiaki's video games, and, later, fight together against a hoard of reserve course students. This is a subtle Call-Forward to their relationship in Danganronpa 2.
  • The Big Guy: He's the tallest, biggest member of the Class 77.

    Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu 

Ultimate Yakuza
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (Japanese), Aaron Dismuke (English)

The feared Ultimate Yakuza, heir to the country’s largest crime syndicate, the Kuzuryu Clan. Because he dislikes crowding and being too familiar, he keeps a bit of distance between himself and his classmates. He’s the type who takes honor and moral codes seriously, and he will open up to someone he trusts.

  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Although he is initially aloof, Yukizome earns his respect when she has the guts to threaten the Ultimate Yakuza with a knife.
  • The Don: Seen to have become this as a member of Ultimate Despair, considering the acts Ultimate Despair are known to have committed during the Tragedy, it's very likely he earned this position through Klingon Promotion.
  • Eyepatch of Power: A golden one as a member of Ultimate Despair. He ditches it after he's de-brainwashed.
  • Eye Scream: The opening sequence of Side:Future confirms the long held Fanon that he lost his eye as despair.
  • Fedora of Asskicking: Wears one as a member of Ultimate Despair.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He acts as a stereotypical tough guy and loner, but (like the games) shows surprisingly conservative values such as opposition to underage sex and drinking. It's also worth noting that he is one of the few students who voluntarily attends class.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Ibuki call him and Peko this in episode 6
  • Luminescent Blush: After he is regarded as part of the group.
  • The Napoleon: Very aggressive and short.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: The second shortest male in class 77.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite his baby-face and his short stature he has the same age that his classmates.
  • Only Sane Man: He's usually the one that calls out the class' insanity.
  • Ship Tease: With Peko. They trust each other implicitly and are so close he uses her first name, and he expresses a great deal of worry when she's beaten up by Mukuro in Episode 9.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: As a member of Ultimate Despair.
  • Tsundere: Has shades of this, as revealed in Episode 5 of Side:Despair, he refused to befriend the class until he saw everyone working hard on it, which he of course denies whilst blushing.
  • We Do Not Know Each Other: Like in the game, he tells Peko to act as though they didn't know each other prior to coming to the academy.
  • Yakuza: The heir-apparent to his Yakuza family and also his Ultimate talent.
  • Youthful Freckles: Across the bridge of his nose.

    Akane Owari 

Ultimate Gymnast
Voiced by: Romi Park (Japanese), Morgan Garrett (English)

A super athlete with a dynamic figure. Her ability is first rate, but she tends to quit anything that doesn’t pique her interest, making her a bit of a problem child. Her thoughts are almost entirely comprised of eating and fighting.

  • Amazonian Beauty: As a member of the Ultimate Despair. Having a six pack, larger beasts and wearing even less than her days as a student.
  • Big Eater: Oh yes. The class lure her out with meat and then she eats Teruteru's food so fast she wants thirds before everyone else is even halfway through their food.
  • Blood Knight: Like Nidai, She just can't say no to a fight.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's got the biggest bust of the class and is one of the strongest fighters.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: She can scale buildings at speeds that would make Batman jealous.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Her hair's been grown out to past her shoulders.
  • Gainaxing: One of the "perks" of her being in an anime is that her breasts now can be seen bouncing around whenever she moves.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very much so, especially when eating or fighting.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: At 5' 9" she's the tallest girl in class 77.
  • Inappropriate Hunger: When searching for Mikan, Akane repeatedly suggests they search the cafeteria.
  • Le Parkour: Her Establishing Character Moment has her scaling the side of a building in about ten seconds.
  • Ms. Fanservice: As always, she never properly wears her uniform and moves around a lot. Do the math.
  • Ore Onna: She refers to herself with "ore".
  • The Nicknamer: Like in the game, such as calling Nekomaru "Old Man" or Nagito "the idiot."
  • Ship Tease: With Nekomaru. When under the effect of Teruteru's aphrodisiac, they nearly kiss, and in the ending theme, almost all pictures with her and Nekomaru have them together or in close proximity of the other.

    Sonia Nevermind 

Ultimate Princess
Voiced by: Miho Arakawa (Japanese), Natalie Hoover (English)

A study abroad student from the nation of Novoselic. Because in her home country her duties as princess prevented her from having friends her own age, she is enjoying her current school life. She is fond of trendy Japanese dramas, and sometimes uses strange Japanese.

  • Compliment Fishing: In episode 7, when Tanaka claims his bear will only bite demons of a high level, Sonia starts asking if she is a "demon" as well.
  • Cool Crown: As a Remnant of Despair, she had a white crown that had unusual sharp edges on it.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: From the fictional European country "Novoselic".
  • Funny Foreigner: As a foreigner, she's unfamiliar with Japanese culture, and expresses excitement and awe over a number of mundane things, such as just being in a men's bathroom.
  • Genki Girl: She's very friendly, curious and energetic.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: As a member of Ultimate Despair.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Unlike Junko and Hiyoko.
  • Honey Trap: When helping Yukizome gather her fellow classmate so that they would attend class, she used her good looks to lure out both Teruteru and Kazuichi.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Despite being light green in the game.
  • Nice Girl: The kindest character of the class and the only one that was fully on board with Chisa Yukizome from the start.
  • Not So Above It All: For a "nice" character, she's definitely not above manipulating people when it suits her, see Honey Trap above.
  • Odd Friendship: With Tanaka, she even incorporates characteristics of his behavior.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: She is the only non-Japanese member of the cast after all. Strangely, her eyes were originally light green in Danganronpa 2.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: As a member of Ultimate Despair, she wore a white puffy dress that had a large red rose pinned on it.
  • Proper Lady: As expected from the Ultimate princess, she is the most refined character in the anime.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Pretty fitting as a princess, but her hair reaches all the way to her ankles!
  • Shout-Out: A walking Homage to the famous grunge band Nirvana.
  • Statuesque Stunner: The third tallest female student in the series.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: The foundation of her relationship with Tanaka is that they are both weird.

    Hiyoko Saionji 

Ultimate Traditional Dancer
Click here  to see how she looks after the timeskip
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori (Japanese), Kira Buckland (English)

The Ultimate Traditional Dancer, she is the hope of the Japanese Dance Society, who have high hopes for her future. Contrary to her child-like appearance and cute voice, she has an extremely cruel personality and often treats those weaker than her with no mercy.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Looks very cute, is actually a jerkass.
  • Blush Sticker: To make her appear more child-like and cutesy. She doesn't have them anymore after Episode 5.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Still as much of a brat as always.
  • The Bully: Mainly to Mikan, though she was originally excited about "breaking" Chisa as their new teacher.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Her Mega Twintails are now combined into a long ponytail.
  • The Fake Cutie: She uses her cute appearance and childish mannerisms to gain popularity as a traditional Japanese dancer, but her personality is anything but cute.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: She looks cute but in terms of personality, she's cruel and sadistic.
  • Griefer: When she is playing a game that totally isn't Mario Kart, she gets an invincibility power-up and plows Ibuki into the sea... and then backs up after getting ANOTHER invincibility power-up so she can do it again when Ibuki is fished out.
  • Hidden Buxom: Post-growth spurt Hiyoko's bio states that her bust size rivals Chiaki's and Asahina's.
  • Jerkass: As usual. In the episode 2, she basically drugged her classmates and teacher with Teruteru's aphrodisiac simply For the Evulz, though she's less of an asshole here than she is in the game.
  • Jerkass to One: Subverted. Hiyoko is the "Crueler to One" type to Mikan, but the last episode implies that she is slowly warming up to Mikan after being rescued by her.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: She drugs Teruteru's stew, which her "big sis" Mahiru also eats.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: Since she's a traditional dancer.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the sixth episode of Side:Despair, she bullies Tanaka's rabbit, causing the animal to poop on her.
  • Older Than She Looks: Looks like a little kid but is actually as old as the other students. Then she goes through her growth spurt, making her look her age.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When Sato is murdered, we see Mahiru sobbing in the classroom and Hiyoko is right by her side to comfort her.
    • Even she was worried about Mikan when she disappeared.
    • She cries just as much as the rest of the class when watching Chiaki's horrific murder.
    • While she does yell at her for taking too long to save her, Hiyoko is grateful that Mikan saved her from a brainwashed agent. Probably the nicest she's ever been to her.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Not so much as some other examples, but even in a high ponytail her hair still goes quite far down her back.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Come Episode Five, she got quite a growth spurt when Yukizome returned, which shocked Yukizome. Even better, when Nagito returns, he literally doesn't recognize her.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Though she has to rely on her mouth and psychological tactics to bully others as she's pretty weak, physically.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Not anymore after episode 5.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: It's implied in Side:Hope that since she didn't actually die from her Heel–Face Door-Slam in the game, her interrupted Character Development was able to continue, resulting in her helping out her fellow students in the climax and actually being grateful towards Mikan for saving her.

    Mahiru Koizumi 

Ultimate Photographer
Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English)

The Ultimate Photographer, recipient of countless awards and working as a pro-camerawoman. Skilled at taking portraits, but finds selfies to be embarrassing and so does not like them. A level-headed person who often takes care of her friends’ memories, though for some reason she’s very hard on boys.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Mahiru is nowhere near as confrontational towards the men in her class as she is in the second game.

    Mikan Tsumiki 

Ultimate Nurse
Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)

Ultimate Nurse, who finds meaning in life by serving others. She has no confidence in herself, and her overly valiant nature is her downfall, making her seem suspicious. As such she is not blessed with friends. A clumsy girl who often falls down, she has injuries all over her body.

  • Accidental Pervert: Still somehow trips and effectively flashes the rest of the class at the same time. It's actually subverted - she knows very well what she's doing. Negative attention is better than no attention, after all.
  • Apologetic Attacker: In Episode 9, she apologizes while pushing Chiaki through a hidden panel, making her fall into a corridor below.
  • Apologises a Lot: Even more than in the game.
  • Beauty Mark: Has one under her left eye.
  • Blush Sticker: Despite not having this in the game.
  • Bound and Gagged: Because of crossing paths with Mukuro while trying to check on Ryota, the next thing that happens is that she gets tied up, gagged and blindfolded by Mukuro and brought to Junko and Ryota in his new 'working place'.
  • Break the Cutie: Thanks to Junko, she's reduced to a sadomasochistic lunatic by episode 8.
  • Bridal Carry: The Ultimate Imposter does this to her in episode 5 to take her to treat Ryouta. Mikan is understandably rather alarmed.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • She might seem innocent, but look at her fanservice-y poses or suggestive grabbing of Peko's sword.
    • The day after the aphrodisiac incident, everyone comments on being tired, except for Sonia and Yukizome. Mikan doesn't say anything, but she does not seem tired at all.
    • After she learns about the situation with Ryota and the Ultimate Imposter, she begins taking off her clothes, thinking it's what they want.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Her habit of tripping over everything doesn't seem to have changed.
  • Deadly Doctor: Seems to have adopted this motif as a member of Ultimate Despair.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted, her intention to seduce and have sex with a Mitarai scared for his life and clearly unwilling to is played as very disturbing.
  • Fan Disservice: After she sees Junko's brainwashing video, she starts drooling and bleeding over her own breasts, gets off from being physically and verbally abused by Junko, seems willing to rape Mitarai, and has gone insane with despair. In just one episode, the vision of her rack and orgasmic voice actually become a huge turnoff.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Seemingly has one after being brainwashed by Junko and kicked around by her.
  • The Medic: As expected of the Ultimate Nurse.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Even more so than in Danganronpa 2, at least until Junko gets to her.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Her concern for Mitarai brings her directly into Mukuro and Junko's path. The same sequence of events that saw her gain some courage, self-respect and real friends led to her destruction.
  • Secret Keeper: The Ultimate Imposter brings her in on Mitarai's situation so he can get medical aid. Episode 7 indicates that, six months later, she's been regularly checking up on him.
  • She Knows Too Much: Assumes this is the Ultimate Imposter's intention when she finds out about the real Ryota Mitarai. Naturally, it's not the case.
  • Ship Tease: With the Imposter, who trusts her with his secret and reacts angrily when it seems like Nagito knows of her whereabouts when she disappears.

    Peko Pekoyama 

Ultimate Swordswoman
Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese), Clarine Harp (English)

The Ultimate Swordswoman, so skilled that it’s said no one can match her. She has a taciturn personality and does not engage her classmates, but appears reliable. Even when there is no club practice, she always carries her shinai sword with her.

  • Phallic Weapon: When Mikan is under the influence of Teruteru's aphrodisiac, Peko's wood katana becomes this.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Wears tights with her school uniform.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It is shown to reach her waist when down.
  • Repetitive Name: Peko Pekoyama.
  • Reverse Grip: Wields her sword this way several times, most notably as a member of Ultimate Despair.
  • Ship Tease: With Fuyuhiko. They trust each other implicitly and are so close he uses her first name, and he expresses a great deal of worry when she's beaten up by Mukuro in Episode 9.
  • The Stoic: She's usually very calm and collected, even when her class does crazy things around her.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: As a member of Ultimate Despair.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: As a student. Subverted, in her fight against Mukuro, the katana turns out to be real and she is just hiding it beneath a bamboo exterior. Eventually played straight, as she loses against Mukuro but in Side: Hope she fights another Ultimate using a bamboo sword and wins. Fuyuhiko then lampshades the fact that she's apparently better with a bamboo sword than a real one.
  • The Worf Effect: Being one of Class 77's strongest physical fighters, Peko was able to hold her own against Mukuro, but ultimately loses. Considering that Mukuro was on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle with Izuru, this definitely highlights woefully unprepared Class 77 were when they decided to face off against the Ultimate Despairs.
  • Workaholic: She doesn't attend class because she gets so lost in combat training that she doesn't keep track of time.
  • Yakuza: Raised from birth to serve one.

    Ibuki Mioda 

Ultimate Musician
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English)

The Ultimate Musician, she used to be the guitarist for a popular girls’ band, yet they broke up thanks to musical differences. She now does solo work. Always excited, she acts as the class’s mood maker.

  • Anime Hair: Dark purple-black with streaks of white, neon pink, and blue, along with cones.
  • Brown Note: In Side: Hope, her song takes out hordes of the elite Future Foundation agents. One of them protected herself by wearing noise-cancelling headphones, but Mahiru took them off, knocking her out.
  • Evil Wears Black: As a member of Ultimate Despair, One of the few things that changed about Ibuki is that her clothes were different with more black.
  • Genki Girl: Just as energetic as ever.
  • Multicolored Hair: Black, white, blue, and pink.
  • Nice Girl: One of the kindest character of the class 77.
  • No Indoor Voice: Almost everything she says is in shouts.
  • Perky Goth: Her practice looks a satanic ritual, but is extremely hyper and friendly.
  • Pinocchio Nose: Like in the game, She does this in Episode 1.
  • The Quincy Punk: Subverted. Despite her appearance, she's a very cheerful and friendly.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Almost reach her knees.
  • The Rock Star: What her title basically makes her.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Fuyuhiko and Peko.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To K-On!, Each kanji on her name is directly taken from the four main characters and she used to be part of a light music club band, She also shares the same birthday with the main character of K-On!, Yui Hirasawa, which is on the 27th of November.
    • The name "Ibuki" may also be a reference to the Touhou Project Project character Suika Ibuki, an oni, which Ibuki Mioda also has several references to in her design.
  • Super Senses: As in the game, Ibuki has excellent hearing and notices Peko and Fuyuhiko having a private conversation, commenting she's never seen them interacting alone before.
  • Third-Person Person: Does this all the time.

Reserve Course Students

For the tropes related to them in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, see here.

    As a whole 
The other students at Hope's Peak Academy. Due to lacking any distinguishing talents, these students are assigned to the Reserve Course Department, a department designed to to get money from students who still hoped to earn an education due to the reputation of the School.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: The reserve students are bullied by both the students from the main course and the faculty.
  • Faceless Masses: To drive home how nondescript these students are, the majority of them don't even have actual character designs, just blue outlines of their bodies.
  • Hufflepuff House: A department literally designed for the talent-less.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Their own, justified, resentment towards the Hope's Peak literally plays into Junko's hands, who proceeds to brainwash the students into massacring the main building.

    Hajime Hinata/Izuru Kamukura 

Ultimate Hope (Izuru)
Click here  to see Izuru
Voiced by: Minami Takayama (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)

A student of the school reserve course. Having admired Hope's Peak Academy all his life, he wishes to gain his own talent.

For the tropes related to him in Ultra Despair Girls, see here.

  • The Ace: As Izuru, he is easily most the talented person in the entire franchise; even Junko admits she would have no chance against him if the two faced off.
  • Accomplice by Inaction: What his role as SHSL Despair amounts to. He never participates in the Remnants activities, but he never actively opposes them either. At least, not until the Neo World Program.
  • Alliterative Name: Hajime Hinata.
  • Always Someone Better: Junko admits she would never be able to defeat Izuru if he actually wanted to stop her.
  • All Your Powers Combined: As Izuru, has every known talent of the Ultimate students from Hope's Peak, resulting in abilities like Super Strength, Super Reflexes‎, extreme analytic skills, and even supernatural luck.
  • Ambiguously Evil: The Reveal that Kamukura was just a scapegoat for Enoshima and never actually killed anyone by intention in the Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy, combined with how he is never once shown committing despair-inducing actions and the strong implication that he was planning against her in Danganronpa 2, raises doubt on how legit a member of SHSL Despair Kamukura truly was. Episode 11 further reveals he never took part in their activities, but went off by himself to start forming his own plot against Junko, so in the end Kamukura was more Heroic Neutral than ever really evil.
  • Ambiguously Human: The Izuru Kamukura project either excised or suppressed all of Hajime's senses, thoughts, emotions, hobbies, and memories that interfered with acquiring talent. This was done with the intent to make him the perfect genius, but Izuru's lack of these essential parts of the human psyche made him utterly apathetic to the world—everything to him is boring. His appearance in Side:Hope proves he has his old personality back, but still leaves his true nature ambiguous.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: In a flashback in episode 3 of Side:Future, Makoto finds Izuru staring at a vase of flowers on a desk in a ruined classroom. Later in episode 11, it's revealed that it was Chiaki's.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Izuru is able to curbstomp Junko and Mukuro without ever standing up, throw a student attempting to attack him into a wall with one punch, and out-luck Nagito's luck. The post-credits scene of Side:Future Episode 12 establishes he can beat down an armed group of soldiers completely by himself without taking a scratch. And (save for that last) he does this all in a slick black suit.
  • Big Good: Shares this role with Makoto in Side:Hope.
  • Bishōnen: Moreso as Izuru, whose Rapunzel Hair adds to his girlish prettiness.
  • Blessed with Suck: As Izuru. He's incredibly talented but he's bored out of his mind. So much so he sided with Junko because despair could possibly interest him.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: As Izuru, he's so wildly overpowered that he basically transcends human morality (or just outright ignores it). It's not until Chiaki's death that he starts regaining his humanity and any sense of right and wrong.
  • Born Lucky: Just one of Izuru's many talents. In fact, it seems to be even superior to Nagito's luck, as it manages to trigger a misfire in his gun.
  • Broken Ace: Due to his unlimited talent, Izuru finds everything around him boring and predictable. As a result, he has no real motivation to do anything unless it could cure him of his boredom. For example, it's been established that he could easily take down the Despair Sisters, but decides not because he wants to see if the despair that they create could satisfied his need for excitement.
  • The Bus Came Back: After getting a brief cameo in Side:Future Episode 6, he finally makes his return to the current storyline in the post-credits scene of Episode 12.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Izuru's so apathetic and bored, he'll stand by and watch Junko carry out her plot solely to relieve the tediousness of his life. It's not until she kills Chiaki that he gets over this and decides to do something, leaving at the end of Episode 11 to begin his gambit against her.
  • Came Back Strong: After getting out of the Neo World Program, he retains both his personality as Hajime and his talents as Izuru.
  • The Chessmaster: Episode 11 reveals that his ultimate plan was the entirety of Danganronpa 2. He wanted to find out which was more unpredictable between hope and despair, stating that if Chiaki's hope won over Junko's despair in the end it would prove hope is stronger. So he started plotting a way to measure it by gathering the 77th Class and the AI Junko gave him, manipulated Future Foundation into capturing them, infected the Neo World Program with the AI, and then put himself and the 77th class inside.
  • Crime of Self-Defense: Was blamed for first killing game, even though his only kill was in self defense.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • As Izuru, he effortlessly defeats Junko and Mukuro while sitting on his bed.
    • Later on he completely turns tables on the usually lucky Nagito by causing a misfire in his gun and shooting him in the chest. Nagito only survives thanks to his Student Handbook.
    • In Side: Hope, he also defeats many brainwashed soldiers, including five "Former Ultimates" offscreen before confronting Mitarai.
  • Depending on the Artist: Like all protagonists, Izuru has an ahoge...sometimes. In Side:Despair he doesn't, but some official artworks show him with one, as did his character sprite in the second game and his split-second cameo in the first episode of Side:Future.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • Hajime crosses this when Natsumi and Sato are murdered and Sakakura thrashes him while mocking his lack of talent.
    • Subverted with Izuru, ironically enough. While Junko thought she drove him over this with her Breaking Speech about how he would never be saved because the world would always be predictable and boring unless he gave in to despair, Chiaki's final words and actions leave such an impact that he realizes he might actually have other options.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Well, dissonant indifference, anyway. Izuru is utterly unconcerned with Junko's antics and the mayhem and cruelty of the Student Council's Killing Game.
  • Doomed by Canon: His fate is set in stone.
  • The Dreaded: Mitarai is visibly terrified upon seeing him in Side:Hope.
  • Duality Motif: Retains a red eye after Hajime and Izuru merge.
  • Exotic Eye Designs:
    • Still has prohibition symbols in his irises.
    • Likewise, Izuru still has his crosshair target symbol in his eyes.
  • Eye Awaken: At the end of episode 5 of Side:Despair, when Hajime transforms into Izuru.
  • Fatal Flaw: As Hajime, his hero-worship of Hope's Peak and low sense of self-worth. He viewed himself as worthless without a talent, leading into him taking part in the Kamukura Project. Which destroyed his original personality, so it was an actual fatal flaw.
  • First Friend: To Chiaki Nanami and vice-versa. Before meeting her, Hajime never had anyone to count on because everyone always looked down on him for his lack of talent. This makes it all the more horrifically ironic when he finally does get a talent, he loses all memories of her.
  • Foil: Izuru is this to Junko. Both are the darker personas of previous protagonists, who can only be brought out by inflicting Death of Personality on said protagonist. Both are geniuses with supernatural analytical abilities, leaving them bored with the world. Finally, both desire a way to alleviate their boredom, eventually leading them to despair. However, their attitudes on it differ greatly; while Junko takes great pleasure in the despair she brings, Izuru doesn't get any gratification out of it. Junko's very proactive, working to start the Tragedy, while Izuru's very reactive, generally just protecting himself and watching what goes on. They're visual contrasts, as Izuru has black hair, red eyes, and wears a formal suit, while Junko has blonde hair, blue eyes, and wears a low-cut shirt and short skirt. When it comes to their personal relationships, Junko is actually capable of caring about other people, and has many emotional connections; she just chooses to harm and mistreat them because she loves the despair it brings. Izuru shows no basic human empathy and has only one emotional connection; however, he displays empathy for that single connection and still honors it years later. And finally, while Junko dismisses hope as boring and dies as villainous as ever, Izuru finds hope interesting and explores it as an alternate to despair, which eventually leads to his redemption.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a normal, ordinary student, to a person who possesses every talent in the world.
  • Good All Along: Downplayed. The Junko AI indicated in Danganronpa 2 that he was a major factor in the first killing game and the Tragedy, when in reality he was only a passive observer. He does, however, retain enough humanity to care about Chiaki.
  • Good Is Boring: Played With. Junko seduces Izuru with the idea that despair allows the unknown to happen, saying that because he can predict and do anything, hope will always be predictable and boring to him. However, when he actually sees hope, he finds it just as potentially unpredictable as despair.
  • The Heart: In Side:Hope, he has replaced Chiaki as the group's leader, spokesperson and diplomat (and has done so since SDR2).
  • Heartbroken Badass: Chiaki's execution manages to break Izuru's disinterested facade and begins pressing him down the road to his eventual Heel–Face Turn.
  • Held Gaze: As Izuru, with Chiaki, at the end of Episode 8, thanks to her recognizing him. Junko even lampshades it by telling them to "stop gazing into each other's eyes like a shojo manga".
  • Heroic Neutral: Izuru ultimately doesn't care about being good or evil—he passively watches what occurs around him, taking no personal interest in anything until Chiaki's death. After that, he becomes motivated enough to start moving against Enoshima on his own, but is still willing to let her commit her despair because he wants to see if hope really is strong enough to overcome it.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Zig-zagged: Hajime has a talent (funnily enough) for reading people correctly and getting to the root of their issues...that is, when he feels he's on an equal footing with him and his massive inferiority complex doesn't have a chance to kick in. He is far too trusting of Hope's Peak Academy, despite the massive red flags all around him. Episode 5 confirms that Hajime really didn't know what he was getting into when he signed up for the Ultimate Hope Project — Hajime thought they were giving him a talent, not mind-wiping him. He would also have been better off if he hadn't taken Juzo's words to heart: if he'd dismissed Juzo as a violent Jerkass, he may have escaped his fate, but his hero-worship of "truly talented" meant that the words did more damage than the beating.
  • Idiot Hair: Like in SDR2, and like all playable characters, he sports an ahoge.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Poor guy is incredibly insecure about his lack of a talent.
  • I'm Crying, but I Don't Know Why: Izuru's reaction to Chiaki's death in episode 10.
  • Insecure Love Interest: It's heavily implied Hajime felt unworthy of Chiaki because of his lack of talent.
  • Irony:
    • Retrospectively. In SDR2, his relationship with Nagito is centered around the fact that he can't understand the way Nagito thinks, particularly the way he puts hope and despair in competition with one another. Yet 3 tells us that this is exactly what Izuru does with his Neo World Program gambit, acting as Chiaki's proxy for hope (as Hajime) while also setting up Junko's AI as her proxy...and class 77-B, trapped in the middle, will either be cured or possessed. Setting up two proxies for "hope" and "despair" is also what Nagito does with Komaru and Monaka in Another Episode.
    • Another example is how when he and the rest of the class finally return to stop Mitarai in Hope Arc, and he returns with his old personality mostly intact (the Izuru persona mixed in somewhat); he notes how the original Chiaki was truly right all along in that talent isn't everything. It's being true to yourself that's really important, and he only finally realized that. He even laments on how he even did horrible things to people even with all that talent, in letting Junko getting away with her entire plot and assisting her in a few rare instances. Yet despite finally learning all of that and finally ridding himself of his respect for Hope's Peak Academy and Talent, it's only after this fact that now he finally has the Talent that he'd always wanted his whole life. Still doesn't stop him from putting his Talent to good use now that he's finally his original self, and reviving the comatose students of the Class 77-B.
    • Junko told him that his life was going to be boring because he was the Ultimate Hope, and that only despair could save him. Yet acting like the Ultimate Hope brought him companionship, fun, and joy, while Junko is now dead, alone, and set up for an eternity of boredom.
  • It Amused Me: While it's Junko and Mukuro who orchestrate the first mutual killing game, Izuru tags along for the ride for no other reason than to stave off his boredom. It's debatable if it was actually effective, though.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: He's at least competent in a number of areas even before being experimented on, being a highly able student, a good listener and adviser, a gamer competent enough to become friends with Chiaki, and a decent detective. Post-surgery, he becomes a master of all trades.
  • Keigo: Izuru talks rather politely (specifically, he uses the "teineigo" category of keigo), and also uses "boku" to refer to himself as opposed to Hajime's "ore".
  • Killing in Self-Defense: It's revealed in episode 7 of Despair Arc, that during the first killing game he only killed one person who was trying to attack him with a chainsaw.
  • Lack of Empathy: Izuru can feel emotions (as seen by his surprise when he's almost shot, his tears when Chiaki dies, and his later anger towards Junko), but while he doesn't particularly want to see others suffer, he doesn't exactly care if they do, either. This was subverted only when it came to Chiaki.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He has his memories of Class 77-B removed so that his next encounter with them will be interesting.
  • The Leader: In Side:Hope. His "Hajime" side provides the empathy, while "Izuru" provides the mastermind aspects.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: As Izuru.
  • Lonely at the Top: Due to how Izuru was made, he might be the most talented man alive, but he is incredibly bored and completely alone in the world.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Downplayed. It's implied that part of the reason he goes through with program so that he can feel worthy of Chiaki's attention.
  • Love Redeems: Downplayed. Izuru never becomes anything more than Heroic Neutral, but his subconscious love for Chiaki is what finally got him to start acting against Enoshima instead of just standing by and letting her do what she wanted.
  • Luminescent Blush: A couple times, whenever he is with Chiaki.
  • Manly Tears: As Kamukura, when Chiaki dies in Episode 10. Even he seems surprised he's crying.
  • Meet Cute:
    • With Chiaki in the first episode.
    • Izuru meeting Nagito seemingly mimics antics of this trope, including a sort of Love Bubbles happening while Izuru moves and takes Nagito's gun.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Hope Arc reveals that his right eye color reverted back to green while his left remained red.
  • Morality Pet: To some extent, he seems to be one for Natsumi Kuzuryu, as he was the only student that Natsumi didn't treat like complete trash. Hajime is the only person that Natsumi opens up to, revealing her insecurities of having no talent to him, and she even cries in his presence, something she would likely never do if anyone else was around.
  • The Mourning After: After her death, Izuru hangs onto Chiaki's hairpin for years and continually leaves flowers at her desk.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The post-credits scene of Side:Future Episode 12 shows his back as he walks away from several unconscious soldiers.
  • One Degree of Separation:
    • He knew both Natsumi and Sato and in fact was there to witness an argument between them and Mahiru, but they left before he had a chance to speak with her.
    • He even walks past the entire cast at one point, but they don't actually interact.
  • One-Man Army: In the final episode of Side:Future, he was able to defeat a squadron of brainwashed soldiers single-handedly with little apparent effort.
  • Only Friend: He was the closest thing to a friend that Natsumi had during her time in the reserve course.
  • Perpetual Frowner:
    • Hajime's cripplingly low self-esteem and personal struggles means he doesn't smile all that often.
    • Izuru is this even moreso; his face is always pulled into a small, blank frown. The number of times his expression changes from that can be counted on one hand.
  • Parental Abandonment: A Freeze-Frame Bonus in Episode 6 reveals his parents consented to having the Academy experiment on him.
  • The Power of Love: Despite Izuru's claims that he would never regain his memories of his former life, Hajime's love for Chiaki apparently sparked some level of recollection, as Izuru cries at her death and hangs on to her hairpin.
  • Put on a Bus: After agreeing to undergo the Hope Cultivation Project, he is nowhere to be seen in Episode 4. He comes back in Episode 5, but maybe not as himself.
  • Rapunzel Hair: His hair as Kamukura is ludicrously long.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As Kamukura. He still has them come Side:Future Episode 6.
  • The Scapegoat: As Izuru. In a divergence from her usual, gleeful admission to whatever atrocities she's committed, Junko pins the events of the first Killing Game on him in order to incite unrest in the Reserve Course. While Junko staged the Killing Game in order to get Izuru on her side, he wasn't a participant — the only person he killed was coming at him with a chainsaw, making it self-defense.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Inverted. Danganronpa 2 heavily implied this to be the case on its comments of how the tuition for reserve course students to attend Hope's Peak Academy is incredibly high, but his character profile for this time around states the he is attending for free on a special scholarship in exchange for participation in a certain project. Episode 2 confirms that his parents can't afford the extortionate fees, and his place in Hope's Peak relies wholly on his participation in the Ultimate Hope Project.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's wearing Izuru's signature black tie suit, which also happens to be the school uniform for Reserve Course students.
  • Ship Tease: Both his personas get teased heavily with Chiaki. Part of the reason Hajime decided to become Izuru was to be better for her, and she spent an entire year waiting for him; on Izuru's part, she recognized him as Hajime immediately and wanted to help him above all else, even while dying, while Izuru took an interest in her and spent years mourning her death.
  • Sixth Ranger: While he interacts with Chiaki several times, he spends most of Despair Arc doing his own separate thing from the 77th class and only becomes one of them during their time on the virtual Jabberwock Island.
  • Split-Personality Merge: What was only suggested at the end of DR2 is confirmed here. When he re-appears in Hope Arc, Izuru/Hajime displays personality traits of both selves, but in moderation; is addressed by both names and responds to both names; and to drive the nail home even has heterochromia—one green eye, one red. The new Hajime/Izuru is as driven and empathetic as the original Hajime, while also possessing the talents and seriousness of Izuru.
  • The Spock: For someone as analytical and talented as Izuru, logic is the only possible way to consider things. He even treats the concept of despair with contempt.
    Izuru: Despair? From a logical perspective, there seems no emotion less essential.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Even putting aside the obvious reason, his relationship with Chiaki is basically doomed from the start thanks his personality complex, to the point he turns his own feelings into a justification to become Kamukura.
  • The Stoic: Izuru is incredibly unfazed by the events that occur around him, and always has a blank face. Hajime seems to retain some elements of Izuru's stoicism—when seeing the Future Foundation's massive attack fleet about to assault Jabberwock Island, he reacts by giving the deadpan comment, "This is so boring".
    • Not So Stoic: He actually gets surprised when a student who just lost his head had enough energy to graze a bullet at his face before finally expiring. When Chiaki dies, Izuru actually cries, and seems surprised himself to find tears pouring down his cheeks.
  • Story-Breaker Power:
    • Izuru is easily the most talented character in the entire series. However, due to his Bystander Syndrome, he rarely uses his full potential. When working with Junko, he mostly just observes her actions and rarely acts unless it's to defend himself. His biggest, intended, contribution to Junko's cause is when he gave Nagito a Game-Breaking Injury, if only because Nagito's own Story-Breaker Power would have resulted in him killing Junko. Even when he decided to work against Junko, he still give Junko a fighting chance to win just to see if her despair is more unpredictable than hope.
    • When he does use his full potential, he is able to restore his comatose friends, and easily defeat several of the Future Foundation's brainwashed tasked force on top of talking Ryota out of going through with his brainwashing plan.
  • Superpower Lottery: Izuru's talent is talent itself. Super Strength is one, despite no noticeable change in his muscle mass (albeit, Nekomaru did note that Hinata was surprisingly buff underneath his student uniform). He surpasses Enoshima's analytical abilities and trumps Komaeda in being Born Lucky.
  • Super Strength: As Izuru. A light backhand to Mukuro, the Ultimate Soldier, sends her flying towards a wall.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Even though Natsumi has been nothing but a Jerkass to everybody, he can't help but sympathize with her since he understands her feelings of loneliness and self-doubt. He also took her death pretty hard, despite their limited time together.
  • Take a Third Option: The living embodiment of this. Junko is absolute Despair, Makoto is invincible Hope, and Hajime is (optimistic) Uncertainty. His philosophy is that there will be good and bad days, but you've got to keep moving.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Not that he wasn't thoroughly decent to begin with, but the Hajime we see at the end of the series has lost much of his cynicism and aloof tendencies, and is more obviously fond of his companions. Perhaps either as a result of their bonding experience in the Neo-World Program, or the confidence-boost of his Izuru powers, his Jade-Colored Glasses have fallen off.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The final scene of Side:Despair Episode 10 shows Izuru holding onto Chiaki's hairpin. He is shown to still have it, some weeks/months later, in Episode 11, and years later, in Side:Hope.
  • Would Hit a Girl: As Izuru, he has no problem knocking Junko and Mukuro around.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In the first episode, Chiaki tells him that having a talent isn't all that great, that in the end they are restricted to their talent while Hajime can be anything.

    Natsumi Kuzuryu 

"Ultimate Little Sister" (self-styled)

Voiced by: Haruka Yamazaki (Japanese), Apphia Yu (English)

Fuyuhiko's little sister and a Reserve Course student. She is murdered by Sato.

  • Alpha Bitch: She comes from a wealthy and influential family, and spend most of time bullying over students, so she fits the bill.
  • Asshole Victim: She is unpleasant, arrogant and likes to threaten those that get on her nerves.
  • Awesome McCoolname: "Kuzuryu" literally means "nine-headed dragon" and is the name of an actual nine-headed dragon from mythology.
  • Big Brother Worship: A deconstruction. She loves and respects her brother to the point she believes unless she has a talent she can't be with him, which eventually caused her death.
  • Big Little Sister: Despite being Fuyuhiko's little sister, she's taller and more mature-looking.
  • Blush Sticker: Just like her brother.
  • The Bully: Uses her family influence to ruthlessly bully Mahiru.
  • The Corrupter: Inadvertently, her drive to join the main branch kept bringing up Hinata's doubts and finally her death lead him to Sakakura who broke his spirit.
  • Cute and Psycho: Even though she is a cute teenage girl, she is still a Mafia Princess that uses her family's influence to bully people she doesn't like. Even her brother state "She's always been totally nuts..."
  • Cry Cute: When she revealed to Hajime her insecurities about not being in main course with her brother.
  • Determinator: Despite everything, she never gave up joining the main branch. But it acts as a deconstruction, it's because she never gave up that Sato eventually killed her to protect Mahiru.
  • Doomed by Canon: Danganronpa 2 established that she's going to be killed.
  • Establishing Character Moment: You can already tell how her personality is just by seeing how she treated her new classmates in her introduction.
  • Family Theme Naming: Subverted. Her name being revealed as Natsumi lead many to believe it was spelled 夏美 (lit. "summer beauty") to match with Fuyuhiko's 冬彦 (lit. "winter boy"), but her name is actually spelled as 菜摘 (lit. "vegetable plucking").
  • Foil: To Hajime. Both are reserve course students that strongly desire to get into the main course. While Hajime can at least admit there are some things that are greater than talent, Natsumi believes that the only thing that truly matters is talent. Both also suffer from an extreme inferiority complex. Natsumi hides her insecurities by acting mean and egotistical, while Hajime is pretty open about his self-doubts.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It's implied that her dislike of Mahiru is because Mahiru had a talent while she didn't.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Just when we are beginning to find out Natsumi isn't a complete Jerkass, and needs someone to help her work through her insecurities, she is killed off in the next scene.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Like Hajime, Natsumi desires to have a talent that would let her attend school with her brother in the main course. She even went as far as the given herself a self-proclaimed title, the "Ultimate Little Sister".
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Underneath her mean, egotistical exterior, is an insecure girl who is upset about not being talented enough to be with her brother.
  • Jerkass: Her first line in the anime is insulting her class while giving a Psychotic Smirk.
  • Lack of Empathy: To just about everyone except her brother.
  • Killed Offscreen: We do not get to see Sato killing her, just the aftermath.
  • Knight of Cerebus: With her introduction, Side: Despair got a lot less funny and a lot more depressing.
  • Mafia Princess: Well, Yakuza princess.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Natsumi is even more of a hothead than her brother, and Fuyuhiko implies in the game that it was because of this that their family originally preferred Natsumi to be the heir since she had more of a killer's instinct.
  • Pet the Dog: The whole reason she came to Hope's Peak is so she can be with her brother, who she clearly loves. She also treats Hajime slightly better than most of the other students, not enough that one can call them friends, but enough that the two could have formed a potential friendship had they actually got to spend more time together.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Her murder and subsequent cover-up by the Hope's Peak administration is the final straw that pushes Hajime into undergoing the Kamukura project.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Fuyuhiko spends his Free Time Events in SDR2 talking about how his sister is much better than him in every way and here she shows that she held him in the same high regards. All the incidents caused by their damaged self-esteems could have been avoided if they just talked their feelings out.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Delivers one in her introduction.
  • Rich Bitch: One of the children of a great yakuza clan, and also fully aware of how powerful her family is. She constantly lords over others and uses her status to rub it into their faces.
  • Spoiled Brat: Fuyuhiko mentions she begged their father to let her attend the Reserve Course.
  • Tsundere: Shades of this towards Hajime. While she still can be pretty abrasive, he is only the person that Natsumi seems willing to open up to, and she talks about her insecurities with him.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Barely lasts half an episode before getting killed by Sato.
  • Yakuza: After her brother, she is next-in-line to be the heir to her Yakuza family.


Voiced By: Ai Shimizu (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)

A Reserve Course student and Mahiru's friend.

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She said she wanted Mahiru's photographs to spread around the world...she couldn't have anticipated how they'd do that...
  • Doomed by Canon: Danganronpa 2 established that she's going to die in retribution for killing Natsumi.
  • Freak Out: When Hajime questions her about the circumstances of Natsumi's death, she completely loses it and runs off.
  • Hero-Worshipper: She saw Mahiru as the hope of their photography club and as such she was deadly loyal to her.
  • Killed Offscreen: We are never shown her dying, who kills her, or even her body; she just disappears from class and is mentioned to have been found dead.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Along with Natsumi, if not more so. While Natsumi is no saint, her actions never go beyond verbal abuse (at least, from what we see), plus she is not the only character, namely Hiyoko and Fuyuhiko, that regularly gives people death threats. Sato, on other hand, is the first character in Side:Despair to actually follow through with her plans to murder someone, indirectly causing the chain of events that would lead Hajime and Class 77-B to despair.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Sato honestly did want to protect Mahiru, but unfortunately she ended up taking it way too far...
  • Sanity Slippage: As a result of Natsumi's bullying, and later from the guilt of killing her.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Regardless of her motivations, she couldn't have possibly expected antagonizing, let alone murdering, the daughter of Japan's most powerful crime boss to end well for her. Sure enough, she's dead by the end of the week.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Mahiru, to the point she was even willing to murder Natsumi to protect her.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Her overzealous desire to protect Mahiru caused her to murder Natsumi, which later resulted in her own death at the hands of Fuyuhiko, Natsumi's older brother. In the end, Mahiru became guilt-ridden over being the motive for a senseless murder and Fuyuhiko experienced the dark desire for vengeance. Sato's murder of Natsumi was one of several tragic events that led to Class 77-B becoming the Ultimate Despair.
    • Furthermore, Hajime was spurred into going through with the Kamukura Project because of the treatment he received when trying to investigate Sato and Natsumi's murders.
    • Class 77-B was in mourning as a result of Sato killing Natsumi and her being killed as a revenge. This made Nagito Komaeda want to postpone their upcoming practical exams so that everyone could shine when they're at their best, going as far as to resort to a bomb threat to do so. With his luck getting him in the way of Class 76th Trio, this resulted in the trio being expelled due to being blamed for the bombing incident, as well as the fallout between Ruruka (along with Izayoi) and Seiko, resulting in them becoming mortal enemies.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Just like Natsumi, she barely lasts half an episode before dying.
  • Wild Hair: Long, wavy black hair.
  • Yandere: A platonic example for Mahiru. She killed Natsumi to protect her.

Other Despair Arc characters

For the tropes related to them in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa Zero, see here and here respectively.

    Junko Enoshima 
See her separate page.

    Mukuro Ikusaba 

Ultimate Soldier

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)

Member of the 78th class of Hope's Peak, former Private Military Contractor and the sister of Junko Enoshima. She helps her sister plunge the world into despair.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Danganronpa Zero and the Danganronpa IF sidestory both portray Mukuro as a rather reserved girl who lived under Junko's shadow and had quite a few sympathetic traits, and she even goes as far as pulling a Heel–Face Turn and saving the survivors of Hope's Peak Academy in IF. However, Despair Arc heavily downplays her sympathetic qualities and instead focuses a lot on the thoroughly reprehensible actions she committed as an accomplice in Junko's schemes and portrays her as a remorseless accomplice. Although it should be noted that even after her Heel–Face Turn in IF, her desire to make Junko happy is still (along with her feelings for Makoto, which are absent in Side:Despair) her primary motivating factor, which translates into giving Junko the despair of being betrayed by her own sister.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: Brushes off her sister's endless verbal abuse and attempts to kill her as Junko's way of showing her affection and love for Mukuro.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Junko's Brain.
  • Butt-Monkey: When she isn't kicking ass, she is usually getting abused by her sister.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Basically lobotomizes Chisa in episode 9 of Side:Despair using two needles.
  • Death Seeker: Debatable. Mukuro seems to take pleasure in seeing Junko trying to kill her, but she still doesn't let her succeed as Mukuro actively defends herself from her sister's attempts. Likely, she doesn't mind Junko's acts of "attempted murder", but Mukuro herself doesn't actually want to die.
  • Doomed by Canon: A strange mix of this and Saved by Canon. Her appearance in the first game ensures that she will survive the events of Side:Despair...but not the game itself. Only natural as she's the second character to die in the first game.
  • The Dragon: To her sister's Big Bad.
  • Dumb Muscle: Junko does all the planning, Mukuro is there to kill everyone her sister tells her to.
  • Extreme Doormat: To Junko. She is willing to do anything if it means making Junko happy.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Even though she and Naegi were genuine friends at one point, with Mukuro even being in love with him, she (along with Junko) was not among the slain 78th classmates that were shown during Naegi's Nightmare Sequence in Episode 11, when he was being brainwashed. However, this can be justified as an extension of her Adaptational Villainy as she largely kept her distance from him as a result of Junko's influence, to the point of actually calling him a loser.
  • Hidden Buxom: She has a 80cm bust, just 10cm less than her sister, but this hardly can be seen since she is always wearing a military bullet proof vest.
  • Hidden Depths: In episode 7 of Side:Despair, it's revealed that Mukuro is actually quite the talented singer. Sadly, the only time we find out about her beautiful singing voice is when Junko forced her to sing as a musical accompaniment for the first killing game.
  • Incest Subtext: How she acts when she sees Junko is too close to seeing your crush rather than your sister.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: She cries Tears of Joy upon seeing Ryota's anime. The snot coming out of her nose and the strange face she makes, however, makes Ryota feel less appreciative and more concerned.
  • Karmic Death:
    • During the first killing game, Mukuro executes a girl for standing up to her and acting defiant. During the second killing game, Mukuro herself is killed for doing the same exact thing. Given that Junko was the mastermind behind both events, it's quite possible she'd deliberately invoked this trope.
    • The way Mukuro was killed also bears a great resemblance to the way she tortured Chisa (an act which essentially killed who Chisa had been).
  • Kick the Morality Pet: As a sign of the fact that this portrayal of Mukuro is not the same as others, even though other installments of the franchise have made it very clear that she is in love with Naegi, in this anime she call him a loser and suggests to Junko to kill him.
  • Lack of Empathy: She seems complete indifferent towards other people, unless it's her sister Junko. Unlike her sister, she doesn't take any sadistic pleasure in hurting or killing people, but at the same time she shows little concern for other people's suffering.
  • Lovely Angels: A villainous variation with Junko, forming the "Despair Sisters".
  • Love Martyr: For her sister. She's completely loyal despite Junko literally trying to kill her.
  • Luminescent Blush: A couple of times during her interaction with Junko. Certainly plays up the Incest Subtext.
  • Obliviously Evil: Played With - while she willingly does all kinds of evils for her sister, she has no idea how far Junko planned to take them. Not that she cares after it becomes clear.
  • The Pig-Pen: Junko keeps complaining about Mukuro's bad body odor, which is likely a side effect of her occupation, though she herself claims that she has been taking care of her hygiene. Considering that Junko loves picking on her sister, the reliability of her claim is questionable.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: She wonders out loud why Junko makes the brainwashed Reserve Course students commit suicide instead of keeping them around to help, although she's quick to agree when Junko dismisses her concerns.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Like Junko, Mukuro doesn't appear until the fifth episode.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Mukuro doesn't really care about despair, she just loves her sister and just wants to make her happy. Unfortunately, this would mean she would have to commit all kinds of horrifying crimes to please Junko.
  • Super Reflexes: Was able to instinctively block all of Junko's attempts to stab her with an ice pick, while having a conversation at the same time.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Her reaction to Junko's attempts to stab and blow her up? Pure bliss. This only seems to pertain to abuse from Junko, as she clearly wasn't too happy about getting slapped around by Izuru.
  • The Worf Effect: A light slap from Izuru sends her flying, showing just how strong the Ultimate Hope is.
  • Yes-Man: To Junko. She occasionally asks a contrary question but accepts Junko's dismissals and abuses happily.
  • Youthful Freckles: Has a smattering of freckles to make her appear more innocent than her sister, although she's still evil.

    Jin Kirigiri 

Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)

The headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy during the time the 77th and 78th Classes were students there.

  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The Promise he makes with Kouichi shows that, absentee father though he may be, he still does truly love his daughter.
  • Disappeared Dad: To his daughter, Kyoko.
  • Doomed by Canon: He'll be executed by Junko.
  • The Dragon: To the Steering Committee, as he is the current headmaster of the school.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's willing to go along with many of the Steering Committee's actions, but he was more reluctant when it came to the cover-up of the first killing game.
  • Fatal Flaw: Similarly to Danganronpa Zero, he desperately protects the students for their talents, despite them being clearly unstable and dangerous. He did it with Junko after she made the first killing game and again with Nagito, after he managed to explode the school gym. This helped Junko set her plan perfectly.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Seriously underestimates how dangerous his students can be, blinded as he is by his love of talent. He proves prone to severely sanctioning students who have integrity and could be valuable in dealing with the school's corruption, while letting the most evil and unstable ones run riot, just to see what happens. This comes back to bite him.
  • If I Do Not Return: He tells Kouichi to look after Kyouko if something happens to him.
  • Misplaced Retribution: He expels Seiko, Ruruka and Izayoi for accidentally triggering the explosion in the gym, while the admittedly guilty party who planned the whole thing, Nagito, got away with just a suspension.
  • Not So Different: He might be more outwardly ethical, but the events of Episode 4 make it clear Jin is ultimately no different than the other faculty in the end.
  • Not So Stoic: He really loses it after hearing about the first killing game and The Steering Committee's intentions to cover it up.
  • Only Sane Man: He seems like one for the Hope's Peak Faculty, but it's actually debatable. His actions in Episode 4, namely deciding to keep Nagito for his talent after he planned what is essentially a terrorist attack on the school, might not be the sanest plan.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Played With. He does expel the completely-innocent Izayoi and keep Nagito (who, remember, bombed the school) in Episode 4, but when students actually start dying, he protests the cover-up.
  • Skewed Priorities: In his eyes, "talent" trumps safety, justice and basic common sense. Subverted in episode 7, as he was warned to not bring the Student Council Killing Game to the public, even though he wanted to so they would be able to investigate.

    The Steering Committee
Official art from Danganronpa Zero.

A secular sect (implied to be comprised of former faculty) that are the ones really running Hope's Peak Academy.

  • The Bad Guy Wins: They succeed in turning Hajime into Izuru Kamukura. How much the committee really won is debatable, however, since the Committee designed Izuru for hope, and Junko was the one who turned Izuru towards despair. ...But then Side:Hope shows that he went back to being on the side of good, so ultimately they won post-mortem.
  • Doomed by Canon: If one recalls Danganronpa Zero, most of the Steering Committee members that were involved with the Izuru Kamukura project will be killed off before the first game.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: They claim to act for the sake of hope, but they're way too focused on pursuing talent at all costs, making it clear that they have little understanding of hope. Ultimately, their mindset is both unhealthy for their students and partially the cause of the Tragedy.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Their goal with the Izuru Kamukura Project was to artificially create the perfect genius, someone who excelled at every talent known to man. They succeeded in that regard; Izuru is so perfect he is utterly bored with the world and thus has no drive to be its "hope" as they'd intended.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Nearly everything that occurs in the franchise, from Kamukura to the Reserve Course to the toxic ideal of "talent" can be traced back to these guys.
  • Hate Sink: Need an answer as to how the Academy is as corrupt as it is and how the majority of the horrible things that have occurred over the course of the franchise were able to occur? Look no further then these guys.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Junko's student profile reveals that the Steering Committee admitted her into the 78th class without Jin or Kizakura's involvement. To say that was a huge mistake would be a massive understatement.
  • Irony: Despite their obsession with talent and hope, it's ultimately an Ordinary High-School Student, Makoto who ends up inspiring the hope needed to defeat Junko, at least for the 78th class's killing game and proves himself to be the Ultimate Hope.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: They only refer to Hajime as "The Subject."
  • Knight Templar: They seem to believe that turning Hajime into the talented but apathetic Izuru and covering up all disasters in the academy are necessary to bring "hope" to the world.
  • Manipulative Bastard: At least one person on the team knew how to track down students who would be vulnerable to the Academy's coercion, and reveal enough about the project to Hajime to make it seem like an appealing prospect, while leaving out pertinent points such as "we will essentially erase you from your own mind."
  • Never My Fault: Written into school policy! Junko's file states that the headmaster and scout of Hope's Peak Academy are not allowed to deny Junko and Mukuro entry in the school...but once in the school, the Board of Directors is absolved of all responsibility, and they're Jin Kirigiri's problem.
  • Not So Different: From Junko of all people — their treatment of Hajime (exploiting his admiration of "talent" and fear of being "ordinary" in order to drive him to his own self-destruction) are very similar to Junko's M.O. In short? "Find their weakness and exploit it until they break, in order to create a world that you deem worthwhile".
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: We rarely see them, but they seem to be as corrupt as they are all-knowing and powerful.

    The Student Council
Victims of certain Tragedy note 

The student council of Hope's Peak Academy, who were the victims of the Tragedy of Hope's Peak. They are lead by Soushun Murasame. As mentioned in Danganronpa Zero, the other members are Suzuko Kashiki, Kiriko Nishizawa, Taiki Kubou, Shouji Yokoo, Aiko Umesawa, Shousuke Ichino, Tsubasa Kamii, Tarou Kurosaki, Tomohiko Gouryoku, Asukasei Hino, Karen Kisaragi, Ryouta Someya and Kotomi Ikuta.

  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: How the game started. Karen discovered that Junko had kidnapped her mother and started murdering to save her.
  • Berserk Button: Sousuke Ichino kills Tsubasa and Taro when they attempt to be Together in Death. Considering that he just killed his crush (the crush in question being Kiriko Nishizawa, who was stabbed by him before he killed the two), seeing both of them choosing to die peacefully probably triggered this.
  • Berserker Tears: During the killing game.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Tsubasa and Taro (who were dating before the First Killing Game) attempted to invoke this. Unfortunately, they were killed before they could go through with it.
  • Boom, Headshot!‎: Kotomi Ikuta was killed by Mukuro in this manner when she refused to be a part of the killing game. The sad thing is her death was arguably the most merciful, as she got to die quickly, with little suffering, while the rest of her classmates (barring Murasame) had far more painful and gruesome deaths.
  • Break the Cutie: During the earlier parts of the killing game, the optimistic Murasame tries to keep his friends together and prevent them from attacking one another, only for his efforts to be in vain. He is forced to watch as his friends brutally kill each other, while he just barely survives. No wonder he ends up in such a traumatic state in Danganronpa Zero.
  • The Cameo: Aiko shows up in a crowd shot in Super Danganronpa 2.5.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Pretty much all of them go out like this.
  • Doomed by Canon: The Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History, the event that looms over the entire series, was kickstarted by the first killing game. Of course none of them were going to make it out alive.
  • Fiery Redhead: Kotomi Ikuta, who defiantly refused to be a part of the killing game. Unfortunately her fiery personally ended up getting her a bullet to the head.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Ryota Someya comes up with the idea to shoot Junko and Mukuro, which would prevent the game from continuing (as well as other events in the series). Of course he's killed quickly after and everyone else forgets about his idea in all the chaos.
    • Aiko Umesawa is comforted by Tomohiko Gouryoku. Then he mercilessly stabs her and tosses her body at his assailant.
    • Despite all the carnage he went through and the toll it took on his sanity, Asukasei Hino is relieved because he thinks he is the last one standing (Murasame is still alive at this point, but he doesn't know this). Then, he notices Izuru and tries to attack him. It ends badly.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kiriko Nishizawa, Taro Kurosaki and Tsubasa Kamii all go out like this courtesy of Sosuke Ichino. The first is very reluctant self-defense on his part, especially since he had feelings for Nishizawa, while the latter is probably vengeance over the couple getting what he didn't.
  • Kill 'Em All: Most of them end up killing each other during the killing game, with Murasame being killed by Matsuda in Danganronpa Zero later.
  • Kill the Cutie: Sadly, even the more composed, seemly and kinder members of the student council were brutally slaughtered. Special mention goes to Aiko Umesawa.
  • Laughing Mad: Asukasei Hino lets one out, relieved that he survived and because he thought he was the last one standing. At least, until he sees Izuru.
  • Living Prop: Most of them get at least one characterizing line or moment, even if a couple are Killed Offscreen, but Shouji Yokoo never spoke, never appeared outside of the background, and his corpse was never seen. The only confirmation that he even died was the portraits at the end of the sequence and the confirmation in Zero that the rest of the Council was all killed.
  • Mauve Shirt: They all get unique names and character designs and some of them are even given characterization, but they are all killed in a time span of about 8 minutes with the exception of Murasame, who doesn't fair much better.
  • Mythology Gag: The wide shot introducing them mimics the one used when Hajime meets the rest of class 77 in Danganronpa 2.
  • No Name Given: Zig-zagged, a Freeze-Frame Bonus reveals the full names of all the members, but aside from Murasame and Karen, none of them are directly identified. The Blu-ray box set extras rectify this.
  • Off with His Head!: When Izuru is attacked by Asukasei with a chainsaw, Izuru responds with a palm thrust that sends him into a wall. As he falls, Asukasei realizes too late that he's about to land neck-first on his live chainsaw.
  • One Steve Limit: Someya shares his first name with Mitarai, though as is common for the franchise, the kanji used is different.
  • Recurring Element: Even the prototype killing game has the same types of players as its two successors.
    • Aiko fills the Token Mini-Moe spot.
    • Daiki has the Non-Standard Character Design.
    • Gouryoku shows some traits of being a Gentle Giant: after comforting a terrified Aiko, he kills her quickly and with minimal suffering.
    • Like Sayaka and Teruteru, Karen was deeply affected by her most precious loved one being taken. Like Teruteru, the victim was her mother. And like Sayaka, this revelation turned her surprisingly sadistic.
    • Someya is the Tiny Schoolboy.
    • Suzuko is not only the most tomboyish looking of the student council, but also is the dark-skinned girl.
  • Sanity Slippage: As the members are murdering their friends and crushes, they quickly lose it.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Karen has these after Sosuke.
  • Similar Squad: Aside from the recurring elements mentioned above, they seem to share a lot of character traits of the 77th and 78th class students. For example, Murasame seem to the group's "Makoto Naegi", who spent the earlier parts of the killing game trying to keep his friends together.
    • They can be considered this for Future's branch heads, as they are a group with some position of power in their establishment caught in a killing game with minimal rules, at each other's throats throughout and very willing to kill each other, and ended it with only two players (one who now associates with the Remnants of Despair, the other their group's leader) surviving the ordeal.
  • Slashed Throat: Or shot throat in this case. Poor Suzuko is killed by getting shot to the throat and slowly dies from asphyxiation and blood loss in horrible detail.
  • Slasher Smile: As their sanity goes down, the members starts sporting these.
  • Sole Survivor: Soushun Murasame is the only student council member to survive the killing game. It doesn't last.
  • Student Council President: Murasame's talent. The fact that it's shared with Munakata suggests it to be hereditary.
  • Together in Death: Tsubasa Kamii and Taro Kurosaki outright invoke this trope, hoping to go out peacefully shooting each other. Unfortunately, their deaths aren't as peaceful as they intended it to be, thanks to a pissed-off Sosuke Ichino.
  • Undignified Death: Almost all of them died either in a haze of insanity or crying and begging for their life, sometimes both. Even the ones that try to die with some dignity were unable to get the death that they hoped for.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Most of them are all introduced and killed within a span of about six minutes. Doesn't make their deaths any less tragic.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Ryouta Someya suggests that they try to kill Junko and Mukuro with the weapons given to them. Unfortunately, he was killed by Karen, who just found out her mother was in danger (and likely already dead). This ends up causing the other students to attack each other instead of their captors.

Alternative Title(s): Dangan Ronpa 3 Side Despair


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