An ask blog that has included most of the canon characters with sprites for asks at some point in time, plus quite a few original characters, there are a lot of characters in The Pre Despair Kids. Beware of spoilers for both the blog itself, and unmarked ones for Danganronpa canon.
For the sake of convenience, the character page has been split. For tropes relating to them in the sequel, The Despair Kids, go here.
Ultimate Lucky Student
- Adorkable: One of his main draws for receiving asks.
- All-Loving Hero: While everyone else was utterly livid at Mukuro for inducing Taka's mental breakdown, he chose to hear her side and then help her seek atonement.
"I know that there's no excuse for Junko's actions...and I probably don't know what it must mean for you, Mukuro, or anyone else that was involved...but... Junko was still part of class 78. That's a fact! I could never turn my back on her.
- He also reveals himself to be still willing to accept Junko back into their class if she were to see the error of her ways.
- Born Lucky: He holds the title of being Class 78's "Ultimate Lucky Student".
- Borrowed Catchphrase: At the end of the Hope's Peak Arc, he quotes Sayaka's famous Esper line when he finishes Kyoko's sentence, saying they need to look to the future in search of hope.
- Catchphrase: He first uses "You've got that wrong!" during the second round of The Hope Games while completing the dart challenge in order to get him and Enoshima out of the room and across the finish line. They ended up being eliminated, though. he later questioned how this even happened during a pick-up line.Anon: Naegi-kun: how many things would we have to do together before you'll shout "no, that's wrong!" at me? :3Makoto: What the hell does that even mean? I said that, what, twice? And now it's my catchphrase...?
- Crush Blush: Happens often during asks regarding Kyoko.
- Nice Guy: Absolutely.
- Oblivious to Love: It took him a while to realize the anons were sending him pick-up lines, which became something of a running gag when it was revealed even Komaru's better at spotting flirting than he is. When he finally realized it, he took it like a Wham Line.
- Official Couple: With Kyoko.
- Unwanted Harem: Before he started dating Kyoko, most of the girls volunteered to be in his hypothetical harem after concluding he was the most dateable (or at least the most manageable) of all the guys. He insists there never was a harem and bringing it up is the fastest way to annoy him.
Ultimate Baseball Star
- Adaptational Sexuality: He's a Casanova Wannabe in the first game, but is revealed to be bisexual here.
- Berserk Button: Even if he can't return her feelings, the notion of someone breaking Kanon's heart by revealing his preferences (see below) is something he can't abide.
- Butt-Monkey: Poor guy never catches a break. It came to a level where the blog was nicknamed 'The Leon Kuwata Abuse Diaries'.
- Creator's Favorite: Mod J admitted that more then once. Didn't stop him from getting abused, though. note
- The Dog Bites Back: After an anon teases him on end over some supposed photos of him in a homoerotic situation when he was younger (later revealed to be with Juzo Sakakura), he proceeds to tear into them in an epic fashion over treating him like a toy while doing something that would emotionally harm his cousin Kanon
- Flanderization: He started the blog as just another student, who even had some cool moments like saving the day at the School Concert Arc. The Dogged Nice Guy shtick of getting shot down by Maizono and generally having his relationship failings brought up eventually kept on getting pushed until being The Chew Toy became his defining feature.
- The Prankster: He reveals it was him who put the swimsuit model poster in the boy's change room purely to troll Taka (who kept taking it down for 6 months without knowing who was putting new copies back up). He also kept footage of the Truth or Dare challenge in during The Hope Games just to send it to the yearbook committee for the school highlights DVD.
Ultimate Pop Sensation
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's usually very sweet and kindhearted. Usually.
- Bi the Way
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Relinquishes her feelings toward Makoto and wishes the best for him and Kyoko.
- Karma Houdini: Some anons see her treatment of Leon this way, particularly regarding his work to save her show during the School Concert Arc. It's probably for the best the topic doesn't get visited considering what he does to her in revenge during the canon game.
- The Leader: Decides to take on this role for the Remnants of Hope, promising to keep them alive until they can find Makoto and the others again.
- Living Lie Detector: After being encouraged by an anon to embrace her 'esper' abilities, she learns to read everyone's tells while they're lying except for Celes.
- Not So Different: After hearing her love rival describe how important Makoto is to her, she concludes that Kyoko and herself are a lot alike and decides the detective to be a good fit for him.
- Sadist: She's earned the nickname "Sadistic Maizono" because she likes putting people in embarrassing costumes and situations, and as Hifumi learned, her capacity for violence can be terrifying.
- Yandere: After the incident with the KiriZono manga, Hifumi describes her as one.
- Butt-Monkey: Definitely not to Leon's extent, but she's often on the receiving end of some really embarrassing asks and a lot of blatant trolling (including a combined 41 truths and dares during the infamous sixth round of the Hope Games, which was more than any other team). It reached a new low when anons started chucking furniture and dirty socks at her.
- The Comically Serious: Her basic role when the plot starts getting weird.
- Discussed Trope: Is often pressed for her opinions on Mystery Fiction/Detective Drama tropes. At one point an anon started asking her help in picking out plot-holes in Death Note.
- Embarrassing Old Photo: Sees her childhood pictures as this. However, they're not embarrassing to her, she actually considers them special to her. It's getting them shared around that embarrasses her.
- Official Couple: With Makoto.
- Single-Issue Wonk: She reveals her distaste for searching people's socks during autopsies is due to the smell lingering on her gloves for a week after. She later develops a letter grading system for her classmates based on how often they change their socks, ranking herself and Taka at an A+. The anons and a few of her classmates think she's either over-obsessive or just insane.
- Tsundere: Earned a reputation as one after Hifumi declared it to be the case. One anon tried to argue she's more of a Kuudere, but her preferring this didn't stop the old title from sticking.
Ultimate Moral Compass
- Heroic BSoD: During the truth or dare, after Mukuro reveals his feelings for Mondo on live TV, Taka completely and utterly breaks down at the thought of his father not accepting him. He gets better.
- Nice Guy: Very. It gets somewhat deconstructed when he cries out that terrible always things seem to happen to him despite never harming anyone in his entire life.
- Official Couple: With Mondo.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He really wants his father's approval.
Ultimate Biker Gang Leader
- Badass Biker
- Badass Gay
- My Greatest Failure: He feels personally responsible for his brother's death.
- Official Couple: With Taka.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Taka during the Hope Games, although they manage to move past it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Was staunch enemies with Taka before they evolved into this and then later into a couple.
- Adaptational Villainy: It turns out HE'S ONE OF THE DESPAIRS. AND HE KILLS SAKURA WITH A SHOTGUN.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Yes, you read that above trope correctly. He's fallen to despair this time around.
- Evil Genius: One of the many for the Remnants of Despair.
- Put on a Bus: He leaves the school after the murder situation.
- The Bus Came Back: Just before the practical exams.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Mondo and Taka and also seems excited at the idea of Hajime and Chiaki.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Despite being a remnant of despair, Chihiro's crossdressing is not presented as a negative thing.
- Adaptational Villainy: Is actually a Remnant of Despair this time around.
- Berserk Button: Using her real name.
- Boom, Headshot!: How she's killed.
- The Dark Chick: Functioned as this as a Remnant of Despair before they killed her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Cruel as she can be at times, she's also often used to deliver a point about when someone goes too far by claiming certain acts of evil are beneath her. Though this gets thrown out the window when it's revealed she's a Remnant of Despair.
- Evil Is Petty: She tried to kill Leon, along with Hiyoko and Yasuke, because she just doesn't like him.
- Killed Off for Real Shot in the head while trying to escape from Hope's Peak.
- I Just Want to Be Special: She is absolutely terrified of normalcy, as she associates it with fading away into obscurity and nothingness.
- It Amused Me: Threatens at one point to blackmail Leon and Taka out of boredom. It's also the reason she killed Hiyoko and Yasuke.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: She tends to play this role for Kyouko. Their battle has yet to end... though it's over since she's been killed.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Shot by one of her fellow remnants after it was revealed she was Hiyoko and Yausuke's killer.
Ultimate Affluent Progeny
- Amateur Sleuth: Correctly deduces Genocider Syo to be on the campus, and enlists Kyoko to help capture them.
- The Comically Serious: Not as often has Kyoko, but he has his moments.
- Declaration of Protection: Always rushes to the defense of his schoolmates whenever they're harassed by any despair-loving anons.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Necessary Evil: How he describes the Togami lineage and its effect on the world.
- Odd Friendship: With Rogue.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: He's tried to make it clear on several occasions that they're not a couple. He's fully aware she has feelings for him, but he wouldn't dare subject her to what it would take to become the wife of a Togami.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Far less of a jerk than in canon.
Ultimate Swimming Pro
- Bi the Way: Romantically interested in Sakura, but is also confirmed to have a crush on Jason Statham (which came up after watching The Transporter according to her brother Yuta). She also apparently had a "5-minute crush" on Makoto.
- Trademark Favorite Food: As expected, donuts. During the Truth or Dare challenge, she uses one of her team's skips just to avoid not being allowed to eat them for a month.
Ultimate Martial Artist
- Cool vs. Awesome: She would love the opportunity to spar with Great Gozu. Ultimate Martial Artist vs. the former Ultimate Wrestler.
- Huge Schoolgirl
- Incompatible Orientation: Admits that she isn't attracted to women, but still considers Hina a close friend.
- Killed Off for Real: Blasted with a shotgun by Chihiro.
- Made of Iron: Still has time to talk after being shot four times with a shotgun.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Makes this declaration after hearing what Mukuro did to Taka.
- Alternate Universe: One anon theorizes that his 30% accuracy is just him seeing other realities that don't necessarily come to pass, using School Mode as an example when he vaguely remembers himself handing "something" over to Makoto in the Gymnasium.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: During the 'Most Likely To' ask series, he was voted most like to wake up somewhere without knowing how he got there, work at McDonald's, fall for one of Leon's prank, cut himself shaving, meet a ghost in the bathroom, die first, spend all his money on something stupid, borrow money and never pay it back, smoke, do drugs and fail a simple test. He was understandably upset with his classmates for this.
Ultimate Writing Prodigy/Ultimate Murderous Fiend
- Apologetic Attacker: After being cornered by Kyouko as the most likely person to be Genocider Syo, she apologizes to the detective before inhaling pepper and transforming right in front of her. Genocider later clarifies that Toko probably intended to kill Kyouko, if not for Sakura and Mukuro's arrival.
- Commuting on a Bus: Mod J chooses to keep continuity by having Syo answer in Toko's place anytime they switch, which often causes Toko to miss out on a lot of group asks and major events in general thanks to the rest of the students refusing to associate with the Genocider.
- The Cynic: Many anons have attempted to boost her self-esteem. She's shot them down as liars every single time.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Instantly agrees with Byakuya on calling down the actions of despair!anon trying to damage Taka's mental stability further, before adding she'd think that even if his opinion was the opposite.
- Split Personality
- Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male: Syo thinks Leon is hot, which leads to her wanting to cut him up. Given Leon's position on the blog, this is mostly played for laughs.
Ultimate Fanfic Creator
- Adaptational Heroism: Turns her back on Junko and Ultimate Despair before she ever kills anyone in Hope's Peak.
- Character Development: She goes from an obedient second fiddle for Junko to a Determinator set on saving her friends and not taking another life.
- Child Soldier: Used to be one
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her time in Fenrir. At one point, she was even marked as property.
- Declaration of Protection: Has promised to protect her friends from Junko.
- The Dragon: Functions as this to Junko until her My God, What Have I Done? moment during the Hope Games. That's when she decides to turn her back on Ultimate Despair.
- HeelFace Turn: After the incident during the Hope Games, she finally decides to stop Junko and save everyone in the school. How well that pans out is yet to be seen.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She just wants to live a quiet, normal life after leaving Fenrir. Of course, Junko's plan won't allow that happen.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Kyouko has observed her having several backstories, which is mostly explained by her past being fairly ambiguous as of the blog's writing. She awkwardly ignored it when the topic was pressed.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Says this almost word-for-word after she causes Taka's breakdown.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: She arrives just in time to save Junpei from Junko and is ready for the fight of her life...only for Monaca to hit her with a taser that paralyzes her for 15 minutes, allowing time for the students claimed by the death flag system to die.
- Ship Sinking: Mod J has shot down the chances of NaeKusaba repeatedly, and she's had to fend off many anons trying to hook them up citing her own lack of interest in any kind of romantic relationship.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: She's made it her personal mission not to kill anymore. That also extends to preventing unnecessary deaths.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: After turning Taka into a blubbering mess, Junko congratulates her on filling him with despair. This marks the beginning of her transition away from a member of Ultimate Despair.
Ultimate Fashionista/Ultimate Despair
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: According to Mukuro, Junko's hobbies include killing people, bringing misery, kinkshaming, and watching cat videos online.
- Big Bad: To no one's surprise, of Danganronpa's Predespair AU blogs.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts friendly with the other students, but she's still the Ultimate Despair.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: She warns Despair!Anon to back off because no one's gonna be filling her classmates with despair except her.
- Insult Backfire: Happens a lot.Kyoji: People like you make me physically sick. And Ive met a lot of sick fucks in my life.Junko: Oh, youre just too kind to me, Nakamura-senpai!
- Nightmare Face: Makes a legitimately frightening one during the situation on the roof.
- The Bus Came Back: In Despair Arrival.
- The Sociopath: In one conversation, she admits that she's probably faking most of her emotions at this point.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: She admits that after talking for a while that Despair!Anon rubs even her the wrong way.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Vanishes after her cover is blown at the end of the vacation arc. She hasn't been seen in person since, although she's been in contact with a couple of her underlings. She returns during the Fall of Hope's Peak.
Reserve Course Student
- Because You Were Nice to Me: His crush on Chiaki arose partly because she accepted him regardless of his lack of talent.
- The Bet: He lost one to Nagito in the Hope Games. Nagito and the anons forced him to preform Queen songs in public.
- Deadpan Snarker: By his own admission.
- Everyone Can See It: Downplayed with his crush on Chiaki. It's not commented on often, but presumably there was enough gossip around the school for Maverick, the student counselor, to hear about it.
- I Just Want to Be Special: His title is "Reserve Course Student". Although he achieved his dream of attending Hope's Peak's main course, he still feels very insecure over his lack of talent.
- Panty Thief: He gets characterized as one due to the Free-Time Events ending in characters handing over their underwear.
Ultimate Lucky Student
- Ambiguously Gay: He refuses to elaborate beyond saying he hasn't been attracted to a girl in a long time. As he's dying, he admits to being in love with Hajime.
- Born Lucky: Much like Makoto, Nagito is the "Ultimate Lucky Student" for Class 77. Didn't stop him from being fatally stabbed in the heart by Ibuki.
- Dying Declaration of Love: He privately admits his feelings for Hajime as he dies.
- Face Death with Dignity: Even after he's been fatally stabbed, Nagito sees his death as the best case scenario, finally allowing him to become a stepping stone for hope.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Still sees himself as trash.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Invoked by an anon, warning Nagito to take this into consideration when fighting Ultimate Despair.
- Killed Off for Real: Ibuki stabs him in the heart.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: He's willing to commit murder if it means stopping despair, though not quite to the insane extremes seen in the game. He'd possibly stoop to torture as well, but admits that he'd never go so far as to rape someone.
- Brutal Honesty: Wastes no time in telling Hajime he's awful at Mario. Although he did get killed by the first Goomba on the first stage, so it was kind of deserved.
- Gamer Girl: Naturally. According to Hajime, she can complete Rainbow Road on without ever falling off. While sleeping.
- Robot Girl: Rather than just an artificial intelligence, she's a mix of an AI and living tissue over a metal endoskeleton created by Chihiro and Kazuichi. And that means we have Kazuichi to thank for her large bust.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: She has her quirks, but you'd probably never guess she's a machine.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: She's tried many times to convince Hajime that he doesn't need a talent to be happy, but to no avail.
- Hidden Depths: Shocks everyone after revealing himself to be a very competent rapper.
- Love Triangle: He is in love with Sonia, who loves Gundham. Gundham, meanwhile, loves both of them and doesn't know what to do.
- Redemption Equals Death: After he's revealed to be a Remnant of Despair, he cuts his own stomach open.Souda: So... a worthless piece of shit like me... should follow his death flag and die!!! *Slices his stomach open*
- Stalker with a Crush: Still as obsessively in love with Sonia as ever.
Ultimate Traditional Dancer
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Cruel and Unusual Death: According to Kyoko and Mikan, someone put poison in her lunch. This caused her throat to swell shut, and she scratched at it until she suffocated. Then the killer took her body and used the moving bleachers to make it look like she was crushed to death.
- Death by Adaptation: Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School reveals that she was awakened from her coma. Here... she's not so lucky.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even she admits that Mukuro revealing Taka's secret was way too far.
- Pet the Dog: While it was done as a part of a dare, she says she believes that Mikan is important to Class 77.
- Older Than They Look: Looks roughly 11 or so, but she's actually 17.
- Sacrificial Lamb: She's the first casualty.
- Sadist: Proudly claims to be one during the Truth or Dare challenge.
- Despair Event Horizon: Seems to hit this after Hiyoko's murder and Celeste pulling a hostage situation. She's slowly getting better, however considering the interest the new counselor has taken in her...
- My Greatest Failure: The Twilight Syndrome Murder Case often brings her to tears when it's brought up, though that doesn't mean she sits and takes any mistreatment from anons trying to rub this in.
- She's Got Legs: Pointed out by some of the anons. She wasn't too thrilled.
- Team Mom: A lot of the other students describe her as one for the class.
- Tsundere: Though she'll never admit it.
- Absurd Phobia: Garden gnomes.
- Adaptational Villainy: She's not only one of the despairs, but she kills Nagito by stabbing him in the heart.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Believe it or not, she's one of the despairs.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: At one point, she suggests that blog warping powers will help her get around faster.
- Chubby Chaser: She finds Maro much more attractive than Byakuya.
- The Dark Chick: For the Remnants of Despair.
- Genki Girl: Never a dull moment when she's around.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Proudly claims to never feel any embarrassment over getting exposed.
- Actual Pacifist: Has said it would be wrong for someone like her to ever cause harm to others.
- Adaptational Heroism: Mikan actually sees through Junko's manipulations this time around, but pretends to become a Remnant of Despair in the hopes of finding a way to stop her or even to help save her from despair.
- All-Loving Hero: As a nurse, it's her job to help keep everyone alive and healthy. That includes Junko and the despairs.
- Badass Pacifist: She actually manages to trick Junko (and by extension everyone else) into thinking she's become a Remnant of Despair while trying to find a way to stop her. Yes, you read that right: Mikan managed to play Junko Enoshima like a goddamn fiddle without her suspecting a thing. The only reason her facade fails is because of her pacifism, since she can't bring herself to hurt Mukuro or Rogue. Still, she buys enough time for Nagito, Kyoko, Akane, and Kazuichi to reach the roof, finally exposing Junko as the Ultimate Despair. So much for being "weak," huh?
- Later, after Kyoji explains his plan might involve killing the despairs, she looks him straight in the face and says she won't let him kill anymore, since murder won't solve murder. Although it turns out he actually agrees with her, it still shows she has some serious backbone to stand up for what she believes in.
- Bandage Babe
- Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Quiet Ones: No one was expecting her to actually pretend to be a Remnant of Despair, which included screaming her lungs out and calling Rogue a hypocrite for betraying both parties. Although whether this was genuine or just part of the act, she feels really bad about doing it.
- Bi the Way: Has admitted to being interested in girls and once had a crush on upperclassman Ruruka Ando.
- Character Development: She's gone from a very unconfident, self-loathing emotional wreck to a Badass Pacifist who tricks Junko and tries her hardest to save everyone in the school. She still has moments of self-doubt, but she's felt much more confident as of late.
- And it culminates in "The Nurse," where she admits she's really grown to accept herself, that she's become someone people can be proud of, and that she's the Ultimate Nurse. She wholeheartedly believes that violence will not solve violence, and will get in the way of anyone who tries to say otherwise.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She's come to believe that even the laws of physics don't like her.
- The Dark Chick: Subverted.
- Fake Defector: She pretends to side with Junko. Very convincingly.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Has absolutely no self-esteem, despite being very smart and capable nurse. However, "The Nurse" shows she's grown to accept herself and her status as a nurse. As such, she won't let anyone get away with murder.
- Humble Hero: She really doesn't think much of her incredibly detailed knowledge of medicine and biology or how brave she was to get close to someone like Junko. Though it's less about being humble and more about her having zero self-esteem.
- Luminescent Blush: Usually happens when she gets a compliment. Also happens a lot when Kyoji/Mr. Otashi is around.
- The Medic: She is the Ultimate Nurse, after all.
- Pet the Dog: She gets a lot of asks complimenting her and telling her she's a good person. After finding out she was only pretending to be a Remnant of Despair, Junko lets her leave and advises her to talk to Hajime when she's afraid nobody will forgive her for what she did. Junko even tells her to keep being herself, since it's what people like about her.
- Rape as Backstory: Very heavily implied after someone asked her if she'd lost her virginity. She doesn't want to talk about it.
- Ship Tease: A lot with Kyoji.
- Shrinking Violet
- Took a Level in Badass: "The Nurse"
- When She Smiles: Even has a unique sprite.◊
- Bi the Way: Word of God confirms he's panromantic, and he is later revealed to be in love with both Sonia and Kazuichi.
- Friend to All Living Things
- Going Commando: Though he claims it only appears that way, since the material can't be seen by mortals of this realm.
- Heroic BSoD: He's pretty shaken up by Hiyoko's death.
- Large Ham
- Love Triangle: With Sonia and Kazuichi, as in canon. Here, he actually has feelings for both of them.
- Mr. Imagination: Kazuichi even says he's "eighth-grade syndrome gone too far."
- Pure Is Not Good: Invoked; he enjoys breeding domesticated animals such as dogs, though he prefers crossbreeds over purebreds, since inbreeding can lead to the animals developing problems.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: He has a very difficult time coming to terms with his feelings for both Sonia and Kazuichi.
- Amateur Sleuth: She believes she knows who one of the despairs is and is trying to investigate.
- Love Triangle: She is in love with Gundham, while Kazuichi is as in love with her as ever. Gundham, on the meanwhile, loves both of them and don't know what to do.
- Nice Girl
- Nightmare Fetishist: She loves the occult and is very fascinated by serial killers.
- Shipper on Deck: Just like Chihiro, she ships Mondo and Taka hardcore.
Ultimate Team Manager
- "Awesome McCool" Name: In response to someone pointing out Kuzuryu meaning "nine-headed dragon.""Well, duh. Its my family name, after all. You think we were gonna accept anything less than badass?"
- Berserk Button: Mentioning his sister, milk, calling him cute, or suggesting he has feelings for Peko.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he may not show it often, Fuyuhiko's a pretty nice guy when you get to know him.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Thanks to some unseen interference, he and Peko couldn't remember anyone from Class 79. It's revealed that someone stole Matsuda's notes and used them to erase their memories, though they've since been restored.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Feels remorseful over what happened with Sato, wondering if maybe there was another way it could've been resolved.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Denies having feelings for Peko, even though he's admitted that he thinks she looks good in a swimsuit, he'd be willing to kiss her, and also that he'd die for her.
- Wham Line: When Rogue is having a conversation with him and calls him her friend.Friend? Who the fuck are you calling a friend? I dont even know you!
- Alliterative Name: Peko Pekoyama
- Bodyguard Crush: Very heavily implied to have feelings for Fuyuhiko, but refuses to pursue them.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Thanks to some unseen interference, she and Fuyuhiko couldn't remember anyone from Class 79. However, this is undone after someone hits her in the back of the head.
- Master Swordsman: Or swordswoman in this case.
- Odd Friendship: With Rina, which began when she asked Peko to teach her how to use a sword. Rina actually has a crush on her, but Peko's lack of social skills make it impossible for her to notice. She's the only one.
Other official characters
Class: 74 Talent: (Former) Ultimate BoxerThe former head of security at Hope's Peak. Leon's ex-boyfriend.
- Posthumous Character: She was murdered before the events of the blog.
Li'l Ultimate HomeroomA student of Hope's Peak's elementary branch. Working alongside Junko, though her end goals are unknown.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the game, she merely looked up to Junko as an inspiration. Here, she's straight-up joined her as a member of Ultimate Despair. It also seems she's shaping up be the next major villain.
- Child Prodigy: She's partially responsible for the creation of the Monokumas.
- The Dragon: Serves as this to Junko after Mukuro pulled a HeelFace Turn
- Evil Cripple: Uses a wheelchair to get around. Although, just like in the game, she's only faking.
- Manipulative Bitch
- Nightmare Face: Almost as bad as Junko's.
- Revenge by Proxy: Swears revenge against the anons who forced Junko to flee, promising to execute the students they care about the most.
- Third-Person Person
Li'l Ultimate PE
Li'l Ultimate Drama
Li'l Ultimate Art
Li'l Ultimate Social Studies
- Berserk Button: He doesn't like being called cute.
Class: 77 Talent: Ultimate Animator
Class: 75 Talent: Ultimate Therapist
- Cuddle Bug: She really likes hugs, but is too shy to ask for them.
- Genius Cripple: As the Ultimate Therapist, she's helped over 200 people recover from all kinds of psychological and emotional trauma to lead happy, healthy lives. She wasn't always wheelchair-bound, but only left that way after an incident that also hospitalized half the 75th class.
- The Ghost: Only ever mentioned, due to no sprites of her existing. It's later averted as of the end of the Hope's Peak Arc, where she appears in person to take Kyoji and Ethos to get their wounds treated.
- Only Sane Woman: Of Class 75.
- The Quiet One: Her extreme shyness means she only ever talks through a computer.
- Ship Tease: Many anons like shipping her and Kyoji.
- Shrinking Violet
- Spared by the Adaptation: Due to the Tragedy not happening, Miaya is presumably still alive and well.
- True Companions: She and Kyoji are very close. He's one of the few people who've actually heard her voice.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair.
Class: 75 Talent: Ultimate Pyrotechnician
- Ascended Extra: In Killer Killer, we never learn much about Ted's past other than he was once a student of Hope's Peak. Here, Ted is a member of the 75th class.
- Death by Irony: He ends up taken out by one of his own bombs.
- Evil Duo: With Maverick. The two of them were responsible for injuring their classmates over and over again.
- Killed Off for Real: In "Storms". By Maverick. The guy he was in love with. In a very brutal fashion.
- Kiss of Death: Given one by Maverick in "Storms." During the kiss, Maverick arms the bomb he brought, then shoves him onto a metal desk leg, likely breaking his spine, which probably would have killed him if the bomb hadn't.
- Mad Bomber: His tital is "Ultimate Pyrotechnician", and he really loves fireworks.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
Class: 61 Talent: (Former) Ultimate TeacherHope's Peak Academy Headmaster
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Toward Kyoko, especially during the Hope Games.
- Disappeared Dad: He abandoned Kyoko for a long time, though they managed to reconcile before the blog project began.
- The Ghost: Frequently mentioned, but never seen. Justified in that no sprites of him exist, therefore Mod J can't really use him.
- Purple Eyes: Just like his daughter
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Spared by the Adaptation: He's rescued by the Future Foundation during the Fall of Hope's Peak.
Class: 61 Talent: (Former) Ultimate ScoutHope's Peak Academy Talent Scout
- The Alcoholic
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: On one hand, he is really good in what he does. On the other hand, he tends to leave important and secured school files on the table, where Naomi can read them.
- The Voice: Heard during the Hope's Peak Arc, but never seen. Justified as no sprites of him currently exist.
Class: 74 Talent: (Former) Ultimate HousekeeperClass 78's homeroom teacher.
- Adaptational Heroism: She doesn't end up being brainwashed this time around.
- Cool Teacher
- Devoted to You: To Kyosuke, just as in canon.
- The Mole: Just like Kyoji, she was sent to gather confidential information from the school. He even refers to her as his accomplice.
- Official Couple: With Kyosuke.
- The Voice: Heard during the Hope's Peak Arc, but not seen. Justified as no sprites of her currently exist.
- Adaptational Heroism: Sort of. In the original games, they were a bunch of Evil Old Folks who let the events at Hope's P Eak Academy occur so they could research human talent. Here, they're more well-intentioned, dedicated to creating the "Ultimate Hope" for mankind.
- Jerkass: Kyoji describes them as, "a bunch of arrogant, hypocritical, obsessive, short-sighted, self-important jackasses."
- Karma Houdini: According to the HPA historical file, the group colluded with Unit-731 to gain more data on the human body. After the war, they were found guilty of crimes against humanity, but the Allies allowed them to continue their Hope Cultivation Plan... as long as some of their research went to helping stop the spread of communism.
- Knight Templar: They're entirely devoted to their cause of creating the Ultimate Hope for mankind, even if it means performing human experimentation.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness
- Slave to PR: They'll do anything to make sure Hope's Peak keeps up its prestigious reputation, including covering up the murders of Natsumi and Sato, the presence of Genocider Syo, and the deaths of Hiyoko, Yasuke, and Celeste.
Class: 74 Talent: (Former) Ultimate Student Council President
Original characters (Named Anons)
- Adults Are Useless: Those of them working as teachers are attempting to avert this.
- All There in the Manual: Their creators often provide information about them outside the story.
- Breaking the Fellowship: After the Fall of Hope's Peak, Rogue, Ethos, Kyoji, Richard, and Suzumu all end up with the Future Foundation, and the rest are gathered together in their own group along with the other students of Class 79-C.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It would be easier to count those of them who don't have a past like this.
- Everyone Went to School Together: Many of them attended Classes 74, 75, and 76, and most of the ones that didn't currently attend Class 79.
Class: 74 Talent: (Former) Ultimate Artist
- Abusive Parents: Both her parents were abusive alcoholics. Her mom once smashed a beer bottle over her head, leaving a permanent scar. Her parents are also the reasons why all of her other siblings are dead.
- Dark Magical Girl: Between her tragic background and almost joining Junko, she kind of counts as one.
- Doing In the Wizard: "Confidential Information" implies that her powers are actually the result of the Steering Committee's experiments for the Izuru Kamukura project.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Initially friends with the other students, she decided betray them and join Ultimate Despair. However, spending time with Byakuya convinced her to return to their side. Junko was not happy about this.
- Incompatible Orientation: She had a crush on Nagito for a while, but he turned her down saying he hasn't been attracted to a girl in a long time.
- Multicolored Hair: She used to have it dyed as a rainbow, but now it's mostly teal with a pink ponytail.
- Odd Friendship: With Byakuya, though it's clearly obvious she has feelings for him.
- The Power of Friendship: What made her change her mind about joining Ultimate Despair.
- Scars Are Forever: She has a head scar from being smashed over the head with a beer bottle by her alcoholic mother.
- Self-Made Orphan: She personally killed her parents. They had it coming.
- Ship Tease: Plenty with Byakuya.
- Shock and Awe: She can project electricity from her hands, though she doesn't know where this ability came from. Byakuya offers to help her find out.
- Split Personality: Like Toko, she suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder, although hers is more extreme as she has several alternate identities.
- Sole Survivor: All her other siblings died as a result of their parents' abuse.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She believes that, no matter what a person is done, they can be redeemed. This is best shown when she is talking with Maverick, and no matter how much he lists off all the godawful things he's done, she still wants to be his friend. And this is despite the hell she's been through in her life.
Class: 79 Talent: Ultimate DJLeon's little sister.
Class: 76 Talent: (Former) Ultimate Destruction
- Agony of the Feet: Celeste shoots him in the foot after it's revealed she's a Remnant of Despair.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Essentially how his talent works. By analyzing the shape and material of an object at 3 different angles, he can determine where to hit and with what power in order to do maximum damage to the target.
- An Arm and a Leg: Michael slices off one of his arms during the Fall of Hope's Peak.
- Artificial Limbs: And after being taken in by Future Foundation, Izayoi offers to make him a cybernetic replacement.
- Bad Powers, Good People: While not exactly evil, you'd think someone with the title of "Ultimate Destruction" would be violent. However, Ethos is a very sympathetic and friendly person.
- Bi the Way
- The Big Guy
- Gray Eyes
- Handicapped Badass: Even after losing an arm, he can still wield Jessie.
- Heroic BSoD: After Hope's Peak is destroyed.
- I Call It "Vera": Has a sledgehammer he calls Jessie.
- It's All My Fault: He questions if the despairs destroying Hope's Peak and killing everyone inside was his fault, since he provided Yuuko with info on demolitions.
- Multicolored Hair: Mostly black and with a single red strand.
- Remember the New Guy?: He's good friends with the members of Class 77, all of whom have fond memories of him.
- Trauma Conga Line: During the Hope's Peak Arc, the poor guy gets shot in the foot, finds out his best friend and girlfriend are both despairs, loses his arm in an attack by said best friend, and then is Forced to Watch as Hope's Peak is destroyed and 2,379 people are killed utilizing information he unintentionally gave the despairs. Yikes.
Class: 79 Talent: Ultimate TaxidermistOne of the more introverted students. Not fond of Junko or her "lame hair extensions."
- Asexuality: Of the Panromantic variety.
- Character Tic: Pulls on her hair whenever she's frustrated.
- Everyone Can See It: Her crush on Peko is very obvious. To everyone except Peko that is.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a red headband with a pair of sheep horns.
- I Hate Past Me: Gets over it.
- I Should Have Been Better: Laments her inability to stop Junko. As a result, she asks students like Peko, Aoi, and Sakura to help her get stronger.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: She only ever went by RAM, which was an acronym she created in middle school, before Sakura encouraged her to accept herself.
- School Girl Lesbian: Well, school girl panromantic asexual, but it still applies thanks to her feelings for Peko.
- Shipper on Deck: She admits to shipping Rogue x Byakuya, Teruteru x Emi, and Mikan x Kyoji.
- Shrinking Violet: Though she's getting better.
- Teens Are Short: At 154 cm, she's the shortest named anon.
Class: 79 Talent: Ultimate BakerA student who emigrated from New York City to Japan in order to attend Hope's Peak.
- Bi the Way: She had a girlfriend for a week in middle school, though she doesn't like to talk about it.
- Expy: Of Mahiru. Both of them try to act as the team mom for their classes and both think their talents aren't very impressive when compared to the other students.
- Fish out of Water: As an immigrant from America, she suffers from a bit of culture shock.
- Not So Above It All: Gets wrapped up in the weird antics of Hope's Peak just almost as often as the others.
- Official Couple: With Kiyo.
- Supreme Chef
- Team Mom: Tries to be this for class 79, at least.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: She often appears to give these kinds of speeches whenever a student puts themselves down.
Class: 79 Talent: Ultimate Artist (fake), Ultimate Spirit Medium
- Anime Hair: She has some crazy hair.
- Black Bra and Panties: She apparently wears these...though not always the panties.
- Covert Pervert: She wants to have a threesome with Kazuichi and a robot version of him, and also wants to make love to Fuyuhiko. Her creator has confirmed she's a hypersexual person.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite her somewhat dark appearance and her true talent, she's one of the nicest and most unambiguously good characters on the blog.
- I See Dead People: Her true talent is revealed to be this.
- Legacy Character: She is not the first Ultimate Artist. Although this is subverted, as her real talent is Ultimate Spirit Medium.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: She's a very sweet, kindhearted girl who just happens to like sex. A lot.
- Mood-Swinger: She starts to break down when Peko doesn't remember her, brightens up after running into Ryouko, then goes back to being sad after the two end their conversation.
- Nice Girl
- Perky Goth: Her portrait seems to depict her as one.
Class: 79 Talent: Ultimate Hero
- Cool Shades
- Exotic Eye Designs: Fittingly, her eyes are very reptilian-looking.
- Odd Friendship: With Taka.
- Odd Name Out: The reason being she's from an isolated island with a strong viking culture (presumably somewhere in Northern Europe).
- Spider-Sense: Has the ability to detect when danger is near.
- Bullying the Dragon: Her attempts to get Junpei to open to her can get like this, given she annoys him to get a reaction.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Bubhh is one. It took her a while to realize she can actually use her real name in introductions.
- Hair Decorations: Has a bit of obsession with them.
- Groin Attack: She pulls one on Junpei. To be fair, he did threat her with Genocider Syo's scissors at the moment.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall
- Locked Out of the Fight: While everyone inside Hope's Peak is either running away from the Monokumas or fighting them, Word of God in the replys states she is outside of the campus, back in her house.
- Love Triangle: With Karma and Junpei. Sort of. It's complicated.
- Meta Guy: She keeps talking about raising death flags. It's justified by the plot, but her speech about 'is this real life' is not.
- Multicolored Hair: Blonde with a pink stripe.
- Out of Focus: During the Fall of Hope's Peak. Somewhat Justified since she isn't a student and riots around town had been increasing before that point, so she was probably stuck in her house. After Class 79 finds shelter, she sends Junpei a message telling him to come find her, saying she wants to help.
- Shipper on Deck: Very proud of herself for revealing Gundham's feelings for both Sonia and Kazuichi and for making them talk about it.
- Snooping Little Kid: Not so much of a kid anymore, but she has the snooping part down.
- The Everyman: Looking on the usual Danganronpa stereotypes, she was declared as this for the named anons.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?
Class: 79 Talent: Ultimate Secret AgentWorking for an Agency monitoring Hope's Peak Academy.
- The '90s: She acts like a stereotypical 90's kid. Somewhat Deconstructed: all she had for entertainment were old books, movies, shows, and comics from the era, which colored her psychology. Because of her odd mannerisms, the agency was unable to find a family who would adopt her.
- Ambiguously Evil: For a while, it was implied she'd been recruited into the Remnants of Despair, but now it seems she's decided to fight them.
- Abusive Parents: Her father kept her locked in the basement for thirteen years of her life. Her creator has also stated that Karma lost her virginity in that basement, and since the only person she really had contact with was him...
- Beware the Silly Ones: Don't let her goofy mannerisms fool you; As the Ultimate Secret Agent, she has access to all kinds of confidential data. And now she can make herself unnoticeable at will.
- Bi the Way: Confirmed via Word of God
- Canada, Eh?: She was born in Canada.
- Covered in Scars: Most of the right side of her face is burned. She covers it with part of her hair.
- Covert Pervert: When Kyoji gives her a concoction designed to make her unnoticeable, the first thing she thinks of using it for is sneaking into the men's washroom.
- Creator's Favorite: Mod J has stated she's his favorite original character.
- Genki Girl
- Love Triangle: With Naomi and Junpei. Sort of. It's complicated.
- Maternal Death? Blame the Child: The reason her father kept her in the basement.
- The Sixth Ranger: Was thought be one to the Remnants of Despair, but now she seems to have sided with Hope.
- Perception Filter: She gains this ability thanks to Kyoji. By pressing her tongue against a nerve cluster in the roof of her mouth, she can, as he describes it, become a background character. Not invisible, but much less noticeable. This is similar to the ability possessed by Yuto Kamishiro, the canon Ultimate Secret Agent.
- No Social Skills: She had no cont act with the outside world before being rescued by the Agency at age 13.
- Ship Tease: Plenty with Junepi.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: This is her rationale for possibly wanting to side with despair. In her mind, she's not good at being good, so why not try being bad for once. However, Rogue and Kyoji both try to convince her that she's not alone and that she can do much better.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Bright blue with orange tips.
Class: 74 Talent: (Former) Ultimate ButlerThe homeroom teacher for Class 79
- The Butler Did It: Nagito references this trope by name during Hiyoko and Yasuke's murder investigation.
- Happily Adopted: He wasn't, but he has an adopted daughter who attends the elementary division of Hope's Peak.
- Hopeless with Tech: He grew up without access to technology, so he's still not good in using it.
- Morality Pet: His adopted daughter, Tamiko. Without her, he'd likely be a Remnant of Despair.
- Only Sane Man: He's one of the few rational people among the Original Characters.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
Class: 79 Talent: Ultimate BlacksmithFormerly known as Despair!Anon.
- Jerkass: Constantly tries to get the students to fall into despair and actually seems overjoyed at the thought of Taka committing suicide.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: During the truth or dare segment of the Hope Games, they convince Mukuro to say something horrible to Taka. She reveals his feelings for Mondo on live television, which turns him into a sobbing mess at the thought of his father finding out. Her guilt over this is what eventually drives her to turn her back on Junko and despair entirely.
Class: 75 Talent: (Former) Ultimate GeneticistA former student masquerading as a Reserve Course health teacher. He's offered to help Kyoko and Mukuro in exchange for finding more information about Hope's Peak.
- Ambiguous Situation: We still don't know all that much about him or what his plans are. He's offered to help both the students and the despairs, but which side does he really support? What about his boss? Why would he threaten the despairs with bioweapons tailored to their DNA if he wants to help them? What could he have to gain from helping the students? And how much of what comes out of his mouth is genuine? It seems only time will tell.
- The truth turns out to be a bit complicated. He was sent to the school to learn its secrets before he got roped into the battle of hope vs. despair. His bio-bombs contain two compounds: one designed to kill the despairs and another designed to put them into chemically-induced comas. It seems he intended for them to all be safely acquired for rehabilitative purposes, but after seeing just how bad the situation is, that gets thrown out the window as he sets the bombs back to lethal.
- The Anti-Nihilist: He has analytical skills that let him see the inner workings of the world. Although rather than succumbing to boredom and nihilism like Junko, he seems to have adopted this mindset instead."The concepts many of us hold so dearly in our lives, such as love, peace, kindness, happiness, and justice are meaningless. They are merely ephemeral concepts manifested by our own minds. And yet, its precisely because theyre so ephemeral that I value them so much. In my vocabulary, meaningless is not synonymous with worthless. The most meaningless things in the world are, to me, the most valuable and important."
- Badass Boast: "I've eradicated 109 diseases from this world. Despair will be number 110."
- But Not Too Foreign: Japanese on his mother's side, Korean on his father's.
- Catchphrase: "Let's work hard and do our best."
- Child Prodigy: He was about 10 or 11 when he began working with DNA. He won his 10th grade science fair by creating a tree that grew 50 types of fruit in all the colors of the rainbow. Also, for his practical exam, he engineered a swarm of fire ants. Actual fire-breathing ants.note
- Crazy-Prepared: Oh my yes. See The Plan.
- The Dead Have Names: He has Natsumi, Sato, Hiyoko, Matsuda, and Celeste's names all engraved into his forearm.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not often, but he had a moment when Maverick tries to blackmail him with fake pictures of him and Mikan."I gotta say your editing skills leave a lot to be desired. You made my arms too long in the first one, Mikans eyes are off center in the fourth, and come on, her breasts are not that big."
- Declaration of Protection: After the Incident of Hope's Peak, he voluntarily transfers into the main building from the Reserve Course so he can protect Mikan from the faculty's suspicions and from the Remnants of Despair. It's partly to make up for not being there for her in elementary school.
- Disappeared Dad: He's never met his father.
- Expecting Someone Taller: In his meeting with Junko, he admits he was expecting her to be shorter.
- Eye Scream: After a second confrontation with Junko, he gouges out his right eye with a scalpel, among other self-inflicted injures, to send a red flag to his allies on just how bad the situation is.
- First-Name Basis/Last-Name Basis: He usually refers to people by their last names, though there are exceptions, like Jin and Chisa.
- Friend to All Children: In a conversation with Monaca, he says he values the lives of children more than adults.
- Good Is Not Soft: Has no problem threatening Junpei once he learns about Hiyoko's murder. Granted, we don't know exactly how "good" he is, but still.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: He was bullied in elementary school because of his partial Korean ancestry.
- Heroic Bastard: He never met his father and his mother was the only family he had in his life.
- Hot for Student: Has a crush on Mikan. Subverted in that the age gap between them isn't huge and he's only acting undercover as a teacher.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Turns out to be a semi-case of this. In his conversation with Kyoko and Mukuro, he reveals he and Mikan attended Ukishima Elementary school, but they were more acquaintances than friends.
- Good All Along: He's been working for the Future Foundation the whole time, trying to get information from the school. When the despair movement began, he decided to intervene and try to save the students. He just made himself look shady as hell to throw the despairs off.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Word of God has stated that, if Mikan ended up with someone who treated her right, he would let her go. Her happiness is what matters to him.
- The Mole: Thanks to a minor name slip-up and the fact that he's trying to figure out the mysteries behind the school, it's implied he's actually working for Kyosuke Munakata.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: He's also made alliances with Kyoko/Mukuro AND the Warriors of Hope, which means he's playing for four different sides. Which one he actually supports isn't clear yet. Turns out he's been a member of the fledgling Future Foundation the whole time.
- Must Make Amends: It's implied his motivation for saving the students is to make up for his mistakes, from failing to help Mikan in elementary school to performing unwilling experiments on people for the Steering Committee.
- My Greatest Failure: He feels guilty over seeing Mikan get bullied in elementary school and, apart from one instance, not doing anything about it. He's so guilt-stricken that part of the reason he dropped out of Hope's Peak was because, after learning she was going to be part of the 77th class, he was too scared to face her again after feeling like he abandoned her.
- He also feels extremely guilty over whatever it is the Steering Committee had him do.
- Mysterious Stranger
- Not So Different: Thinks this way about himself and Junpei, as well as himself and Mukuro.
- Now or Never Kiss: Gives one to Mikan just before going back into the Monokuma-infested school to save the students. He even thinks to himself that "it's now or never."
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: His areas of expertise include biotechnology, epigenetics, teratology, chemistry, molecular engineering, and he's studying to become a doctor.
- Nice Guy: His interactions with Mikan are proof he has a kind heart. After Hiyoko's murder, he offers Mahiru his condolences and a box of tissues, and asks a shell-shocked Gundham if there's anything he can get for him as well.
- Nerves of Steel: He doesn't seem the least bit phased or intimidated whenever he talks to the Remnants of Despair. Mikan, on the other hand, is one of the few people who can really get him anxious and flustered.
- Taken to a new extreme when he stabs himself repeatedly, even gouging out his own eye, and it barely seems to phase him. He even carries on his conversation with Junko like nothing happened.
- The Plan: He has one, but nobody's sure what he's trying to achieve.
- As of "The Ultimates" update in the Hope's Peak Arc, we learn what the first phase is: he's hidden a series of biological bombs throughout the school, all of which are tied to heart rate monitors that he's placed on some of the students. If any of them detect someone's pulse drop to 25 BPM, they'll go off and flood the school with a deadly poison tailored to only affect the DNA of the Remnants of Despair. A poison that won't kill them, but will do something that will make death seem merciful by comparison. They can't find the bombs, trying to tamper with them will set them off, and trying to warn anyone will only mean the Remnants of despair will have to explain they how they knew and why the bombs had their DNA all over them. The catch is that he hasn't placed heart monitors on everyone, which means he's turned the murder situation into one big game of Russian Roulette.
- And as of "We Meet Again, Man of Science," we've learned more: the bombs actually contain two compounds: one designed to kill and another designed to place people into chemically-induced comas. His goal was originally to pacify the despairs and have his people safely take them for rehabilitation. However, after learning that Junko has figured out how to counteract his bombs, and turned 3 billion people worldwide into despairs, he decides that she's just too dangerous to be allowed to live and signals his allies to use lethal force. Then he heads off to start saving as many students as possible.
- And in "The Nurse," he reveals he was never going to kill them at all. The toxins in his bombs were designed to simulate injures, but are non-lethal. All the threats of violence he made were just bluffs to try and dissuade the despairs, though they haven't worked. His goal is, first and foremost, getting the students out.
- Properly Paranoid: He knows better than to underestimate Monaca and the Warriors of Hope.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: He's done some terrible things under order of different bosses, whether it's dissecting people for Hope's Peak's Steering Committee or creating a clone of Junko Enoshima for the Future Foundation. It seems he hasn't taken any of it well.
- Shipper on Deck: He seems to ship Rogue x Byakuya and Karma x Junpei.
- Sweet Tooth: He loves candy. He's introduced eating an extra-large bag of gummy bears.
- True Companions: He and Miaya are very close. He's one of the few people who've actually heard her voice.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Claims that he can make any situation work to his advantage, regardless of what happens or doesn't happen. Including his own death. Turns out he was telling the truth. Regardless of what the despairs did, he got all the information about them to his superiors in the Future Foundation and he managed to save a good number of the students.
- Worthy Opponent: Seems to be considered one by Junko. She even says he'd make a better right-hand man than Mukuro.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He seems to be fond of giving out these kinds of speeches.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair and eyes are both naturally teal.
- Younger Than They Look: He's disguised as a teacher, but he's only 19.
- Zero-Approval Gambit: It's been suggested that his plan may actually hinge on nobody trusting him.
Class: 79 Talent: Ultimate Assassin
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's quick to help Mahiru after Hiyoko's murder and offers her any moral support he can.
- Last-Name Basis: With everyone besides Ryouko.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Believes killing is the only way to stop Junko. Mukuro is not fond of the idea.
- Self-Made Orphan: He killed his father after the man had killed Sly's mother.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: His weapon of choice.
Class: 79 Talent: Ultimate Music CriticFormerly known as Junko!Anon, an anon who liked pretending to be Junko.
Class: Unknown Talent: Ultimate Songwriter
Class: 61 Talent: (Former) Ultimate EconomistThe former homeroom teacher for Class 75, now working as a councilor and financial adviser to Jin Kirigiri. Was the first Ultimate Despair.
- The Atoner: Attempting to make up for her time as the First Ultimate Despair
- But Not Too Foreign: She's half-Japanese, half-British.
- Everyone Can See It: Her crush on Koichi.
- Must Have Caffeine: Her list of likes includes coffee.
- Older Than They Look: Is 34, but looks younger.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She is now. However, she was "The First Ultimate Despair", and did some horrible things in her past.
Class: 79 Talent: Ultimate BloggerThe student currently running the blog.
- Affectionate Nickname: He refers to Orichi Kamisaka as "Ka-chan."
- Author Avatar: He's essentially the in-universe version of Mod J.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Has this reaction when Naomi attempts to snap him out of despair.
- Evil All Along: He's part of Ultimate Despair, and the one responsible for marking the students with death flags.
- Evil Genius: Likely the smartest Remnant of Despair (who isn't Junko anyway). Subverted in that he isn't evil, he's just been faking. And he fooled almost everyone.
- Friendless Background: Takes offence to it though.Mike: It's called friendship, you'll understand when you get friends.Junpei: Wow. Okay! Uncalled for!
- HeelFace Turn: Inspired by Mukuro's example, he pulls one during the fall of Hope's Peak, attempting to kill Monaca.
- Hikikomori: On the grounds that he doesn't get along well with the other students, all of whom seem very surprised to see him outside his dorm. Turns out it goes beyond that: he downright despises them all.
- Although now that we know he was planning to betray the despairs, it does throw this claim into question.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He wants to leave a lasting impression on the world. Junko uses his desire to manipulate him.
- Turns out to be a major motivator for his decision to betray and kill all the despairs, making him something of an Unscrupulous Hero. Of course, it goes south when Junko shows up.
- Last-Name Basis: Prefers people to call him by his last name. Barely anyone does.
- Love Triangle: With Naomi and Karma. Sort of. It's complicated.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His goal was to convince Junko he was on her side, which involved administering a post on his blog that turned everyone watching the Hope's Peak practical exams (which was 3 billion people worldwide) into despairs. Should Junko die, then they all turn back into regular people. However, since that plan went south, those billions have remained despair and helped incite the Biggest, Most Atrocious, Despair-Inducing Incident in Human History.
- Redemption Rejection: How his talks with Naomi tends to turn out. Although it turns out he didn't really need them; he was planning to stop the despairs the whole time.
- Ship Tease: With Karma, Naomi, and a slight bit with Rouge.
- He also seems very close to Orichi Kamisaka, the Ultimate Decipher.
- We Have to Get the Bullet Out: He suggests doing this after Junko shoots him in the leg. Kyoji is quick to point out that he'll end up doing more damage to himself if he tries.
- Would Hurt a Child: He intends to stop despair at its core by killing them all, even Monaca.
Class: 75 Talent: (Former) Ultimate ManipulatorAn ex-student exchanging emails with Junpei, who seemingly wants to help the Remnants of Despair. Currently a counselor at Hope's Peak under the alias "Alexander Miles"
- Affectionate Nickname: Calls Ted Chikatilo "Teddy" in a message to Junpei. The affectionate part is subverted, however, as this happened after he killed Ted without a hint of remorse.
- An Arm and a Leg: Gets one of his legs crushed by the After School Lesson machine in a failed attempt to kill Rogue.
- Arch-Enemy: He cannot figure out a way to manipulate Rogue, and that frustrates him to no end. His hatred of her will no doubt deepen now that his attempt to kill her has failed and he got his leg crushed by the "After School Lesson" machine.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: His likes include: Manipulating people, fucking shit up, chocolate chip cookies, and the color purple.
- Ascended Fanon: His tattoo was suggested by an anon. (see below)
- Big Bad Wannabe: He hates working for Junko, and wants to be in charge of the Ultimate Despair movement. At the end of "Despairing Manipulation", he claims that, while he may be loyal to the movement, he's far from loyal to Junko herself.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Comes from one. His mother has 4 half siblings, only two of whom share a mother.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Under the alias "Alexander Miles", he is a kind counselor wanting to help the kids overcome their problems. However, beneath that facade is a Manipulative Bastard who's working with the Remnants of Despair
- He tells Karma a story of how his girlfriend's brother brought an assault rifle to school, killing many students and crippling Maverick's girlfriend. While telling her about it, he's acting as if the incident is a painful memory... However, when having a phone call from that girl, he implies that he was the one who caused the shooting.
- Blackmail: His talent also extends to photo manipulation as well, as evidenced by him photoshopping pictures of Kyoji and Mikan doing "less than decent" things together.
- He orders Junpei to release everything he had on Hope's Peak and it's students and teachers right before the practical exams happen.
- "Storms" confirms that he even blackmailed his way into Hope's Peak.
- Bi the Way: He had a girlfriend before going to Hope's Peak, and didn't seem to have much of a problem kissing Ted in "Storms". Word of God confirms he's aromantic bisexual.
- Break Them by Talking: Well, his talent is the Ultimate Manipulator...
- But Not Too Foreign: Both his parents came from the US, but Maverick was born in Japan.
- Closet Geek: Enjoys video games that give you moral choices. He always chooses the "evil" choices.
- Creepy Souvenir: He decides to keep the withered clone of Jin Kirigiri's heart that Kyoji used to test his bioweapon.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When he was 9, another kid stole some of his cookies. He, in turn, got the kid expelled.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He's described as being very pale and with hair so black that it seems to suck in light.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: In the 10 Facts post, Maverick is stated to do anything his mother will ask of him, and god help you if you hurt her. Part of "Despairing
- Everything's Better with Penguins: He certainly thinks so.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He's utterly baffled as to why Rogue would want to be friends with him or see any good in him at all.
- Evil Counterpart: To Kyoji. Both of them are members of the 75th class who are working at the school under false identities, but while Kyoji says he values the lives of the students and wants to protect them, Maverick is an unrepentant sociopath who simply wants to find ways to torment them all for his own amusement. While we don't exactly know just how "good" Kyoji really is, Maverick completely exceeds him in terms of vileness.
- Evil Genius: Being the Ultimate Manipulator, he is very good at reading people and knowing exactly what to say to get them to do what he wants, claiming that he can figure out exactly what makes a person tick from a half hour conversation. For example, he counters Kyoji's heart monitor/bio-bomb plan to protect the students by exploiting his feelings for Mikan. Namely by photoshopping fake pictures of the two of them doing illicit things together- the despairs can't kill her, but they can destroy his and her reputations if Kyoji doesn't comply.
- Faux Affably Evil: He comes across as a charming young man at first glance, however beneath that facade is a monster who can't wait to destroy the world. For fun.
- For the Evulz: What he claims his motive is.
- Gotta Kill Em All: "Storms" established that he intends on killing all his former classmates. He's currently on two, and has twelve to go. note
- Hate Sink: Mod J calls him "Ultimate Irredeemable Garbage" for a reason. "Storms" in particular really hammers home how awful he is, as he manipulates someone who actually knew and cared for him, not just a stranger.
- Hypocrite: Calls Miaya a cripple, despite having lost his own leg.
- Idiot Ball: During "An Execution", he sees Rogue's eyes glowing, a sign of her using her powers, and believes it to be a mere trick of the light. Hope you're fine without your left leg!
- Jerkass: To say this guy is unpleasant is a massive understatement.
- Karma Houdini: He's done all sorts of horrible things throughout his life, and has not been punished for anything. The closest that he's come to being punished for any of his actions is the mental frustration of not being able to manipulate Rogue. However, during the "An Execution...?" scene, he gets his leg mangled by the "After School Lesson" machine while attempting to kill Rogue and Byakuya. Fairly minor punishment considering all the awful things he's done.
- Kids Are Cruel: He talked his foster father into killing himself when he was six years old.
- Kiss of Death: Gives one to Ted Chikatilo, where he arms the bomb Ted built while kissing him.
- Lack of Empathy: He has absolutely no regard for the lives of others. For example, he's responsible for an incident that put half his classmates in the hospital and left Miaya crippled for life. He thought it was hilarious. He even goes so far as to manipulate his best friend's romantic feelings for him, giving him a Kiss of Death where he arms a bomb and shoves poor Ted onto a metal desk leg.
- Limited Wardrobe: Played with, he has 50 identical purple ties.
- Manipulative Bastard: His talent. He also fulfills the "bastard" part pretty well. For instance, he manipulated his old girlfriend's mentally ill brother into committing a school shooting, also crippling her in the process. And, of course, he shows no regret for this whatsoever.
- Meaningful Name: A "maverick" can refer to an unorthodox, independently-minded person, a non-conformist, a rebel, etc. Sociopaths don't conform to the morals of society and are incredibly independent.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: During his time at Hope's Peak, he ended up having two of his classmates turn to each other for comfort due to his bullying.
- Non-Action Guy: Best shown during his fight with Rogue in "An Execution...?". Apparently, the only characters he might be able to beat in a hand-to-hand fight would be Chihiro and Makoto.
- Outlaw Couple: His parents were one, that were only caught due to Maverick's babysitter.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He has no problem calling Miaya a cripple.
- Put on a Bus: During the "Exiting Stage Left... for now." scene, Maverick leaves a hotel room after murdering a former classmate who made him a prosthetic leg, attempting to frame the murder on Kyoji. He then gets into a taxi and is presumably biding his time until the end of the "Pre-Despair" part of the blog. He's had a couple of appearences since, emailing Junpei a couple times and being interviewed by Junko,
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are described as 'Blue, with red flecks'
- Redemption Rejection: All of his interactions with Rogue consist of this.
- Retcon: His creator has retconned a couple of details since he entered the blog:
- Originally, Maverick started out as 22, however, his creator later realized that his math was off if Maverick was to be in the 75th class. However, under the false identity "Alexander Miles", he claims to be 22.
- His sexuality was also retconned, at first he was Biromantic Heterosexual, however his creator later retconned it to Aromantic Bisexual.
- Shipper on Deck: Encourages Hajime to ask Chiaki out, although, considering he's a Manipulative Bastard, it's questionable whether or not it's legitimate.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!"Optimists...you make me want to puke."
- Sliding Scale Of Idealism VS Cynicism: His entire conflict with Rogue. He's incredibly cynical, and simply doesn't understand, appreciate, or care that she wants to help him. In this respect, he ends up coming out on top, (at the price of his leg and his cover) because as of "An Execution", Rogue now wants nothing more than for this bastard to die.
- The Sociopath: Fits this archetype almost perfectly.
- The Starscream: Wants to take over the Ultimate Despair movement, and it's implied Junko knows it. Likely Justified in that his status as the Ultimate Manipulator is very valuable to her.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He loves chocolate chip cookies, especially if his mother makes them.
Class: 76 Talent: Ultimate HunterEthos' best friend.
- Body Horror: His left cheek was torn off by a kiss from a giant squid as he describes.
- The Brute: The most physically capable of the Remnants of Despair
- Friendly Enemy: He's a Remnant of Despair, but he still wants to keep Ethos safe.
- Gun Nut/Knife Nut
- Hunter of His Own Kind: One of his favorite activities as a Remnant of Despair is to hunt other people.
- Klingon Promotion: Wants to kill the alpha animal to become the alpha animal himself.
- Laughing Mad: After he ends up hurting Ethos.
Class: 76 Talent: Ultimate Level DesignerEthos' girlfriend.
Class: 78 Talent: Ultimate AnalystA student who returns to Hope's Peak after getting her grades back up.
- Amnesiac Hero: She suffers from Anterograde Amnesia. This is because of brain damage she received due to her accelerate development.
- Cloning Blues: She doesn't take the news that she's a clone very well.
- Foregone Conclusion: Anyone who's read Danganronpa Zero knows this is NOT going to end well. Subverted when it's revealed she's not really Junko.
- Homosexual Reproduction: Technically speaking. She was created when Kyoji merged Junko's DNA with an egg cell provided by Miaya.
- Identical Stranger: As it turns out, she's not Junko Enoshima. Well, not entirely.
- Killed Off for Real: Stabbed to death by Yasuke, arguably a much more merciful fate than whatever Junko could've done to her.
- Note to Self: She keeps any new information she learns in her notebook.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Her entire character arc. She arrives at Hope's Peak and falls under immediate suspicion from the anons. Not long after, the boy she loves is seemingly murdered. Then some anons torment her more, refusing to let up their suspicion. During the Fall Of Hope's Peak, she discovers that she's a clone of Junko Enoshima, and that Yasuke is still alive. Not long after that, he kills her.
- Single-Target Sexuality: She's obsessively in love with Yasuke. Which makes it all the more heartbreaking that he's the one who ends up killing her.
- Tomato in the Mirror: "The Truth of a Girl" reveals that she's an imperfect clone of Junko created by Kyoji and the Future Foundation for infiltration purposes.
- Younger Than They Look: Thanks to her accelerated development, she was probably less than a few months old.
Class: 77-A Talent: Ultimate Neurologist
- Apologetic Attacker: He seems genuinely remorseful over the fact that he kills Ryouko. In his own words, he did so Junko couldn't take her life in the name of despair.
- The Atoner: Feeling guilty over helping causing the Tragedy, he's chosen to try and help as many people as he can.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dr. Jerk
- Cloning Gambit: The Yasuke found dead in the pool was just a clone, which Junko made utilizing data she stole from Kyoji. He was just Faking the Dead the whole time.
- Easily Forgiven: Peko is quick to forgive him for giving Junko his own notes and causing her and Fuyuhiko's Laser-Guided Amnesia.
- Establishing Character Moment: He flings a scalpel at Ryouko when she greets him, then asks her if she ever shuts up and says he'd rather not look at her ugly face.
- Evil Genius: A very reluctant one for the Remnants of Despair. He's chosen to abandon them as of "Farewell to the Foundation".
- Killed Off for Real: He's found floating dead in the pool, killed in the same fashion as Hiyoko. Then it's revealed it was just a decoy.
- Mauve Shirt: He gets a brief bit of time on the blog before he ends up dead. Except not really.
- Mercy Kill: He kills Ryouko to spare her from what probably would've been a much crueler death at Junko's hands.
- True Neutral: As of "Farewell to the Foundation," he's decided not to take a side in the battle between hope and despair.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Junko claims he was against Ryouko's whole existence from the beginning and hated her because of it. However, as he kills, he admits that he did care, even if he didn't show it. He even says that he loves her just before she dies.
Tropes for the group as a whole
- Adult Fear: A group of crazed murderers planning to slaughter the student body of Hope's Peak, all while acting like regular teenagers to everyone except the blog's audience.
- Always Chaotic Evil
- Cult of Personality: They're really closer to this than an actual terrorist organization.
- Devoted to You: Towards Junko. Except for Maverick, due to his role as The Starscream.
- Evil Is Sterile: Kyoji describes them this way. They can't think, imagine, or create. They lack free will, since they're all compelled to follow Junko's orders. All they can to do is destroy, feel miserable, and propagate. As a result, he predicts the movement will burn itself out quickly, even if they ever gain an advantage.
- False Friend: Up until The Fall of Hope's Peak, most of them were keeping up their usual behaviors as façades, making it seem like nothing about them had changed.
- Five-Man Band: All of The Remnants of Despair fall into the categories presented, although their numbers consist of more than five.
- The Big Bad: Junko, of course.
- The Dragon: Mukuro up until the Hope Games, with Monaca playing the role afterwards.
- The Evil Genius: Over the blog's run, there have been 6.
- Junpei is the best with technology, being the one who runs the blog. However, his role is eventually subverted as he reveals that he turned against Junko after the Hope Games.
- Maverick is the best with people, claiming that he can figure out what makes a person tick with a half hour conversation. He's also The Starscream, wanting to take control of the movement for himself.
- Yasuke is revealed to be both alive and one of the Remnants in The Truth Of A Girl, Part 2. He's obviously the best with neurology, that being his area of expertise. He's also a very reluctant member of the movement, only killing Ryoko so that Junko won't do something worse. In "A Farewell To The Foundation", he actually rejects the remnants, choosing to forge his own, neutral path.
- Kazuichi is obviously the best with mechancics, having helped Monaca create the Monokumas. However, he's not truly evil either, killing himself so that Sonia and Gundam will hopefully survive.
- Chihiro, being the Ultimate Programmer, falls under this trope.
- The Ultimate Hypnotist, Sadao Irunami, is another one, albiet unwilling.
- The Brute: Mike
- The Dark Chick: 4 cases over the blog's run:
- Gender-Equal Ensemble
- Hidden Weapons: They seem to have a tendency for pulling guns and knives out of their asses during tense situations.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: They're they ones in control of the blog, blocking any warning messages sent to the other students and threatening to kill anyone who learns too much.
- Non-Indicative Name: The term "Remnants" would imply they are, well, remaining pieces of a greater whole. However, this is simply the term used to refer to Junko's underlings.
- Not Brainwashed: Disturbingly enough, Junko hasn't brainwashed most of them, at least, not in the traditional sense. Rather, she's convinced them all to embrace her despair ideology and side with her. She has brainwashed Sadao, however, and hypnotized him to become a despair whenever he sees her.
- Only Sane Man: Played with. Maverick and Mike don't seem to worship despair as much as the others do, however they are both violent and sadistic individuals who want to see the world burn, so calling them "sane" isn't exactly correct.
- Teens Are Monsters: None of them are older than twenty.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: How they deal with members who get discovered.