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Fanfic / Danganronpa: Last Hurrah

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Danganronpa: Last Hurrah is a Submit Your Own Character Danganronpa fic by mandipokemon.

The fic takes place ten years after the Tragedy, and Hope's Peak is seemingly accepting students again. Once again, sixteen students find themselves trapped in a killing game inside their school.

The fic can be found here, and has been completed.

The fanfic contains the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Monokuma is significantly ruder than in canon, and swears a lot more. For example, after Asuka calls him a "badger," he says, "I am not a fucking badger! I am a bear for your information you blind bitch!"
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Nao unleashes a barrage of these against the second killer, tearing apart Jirou's Freudian Excuse.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Possibly Mako, who supposedly played some role in killing Umeko's mother. Despite that, Samuru claims he doesn't remember executing Mrs. Midori or having Mako help, so there is a chance that Mako may not have done such a thing.
    • Reyes, while morally gray as the second coming of Sparkling Justice, arguably comes off this way posthumously due to her role in killing Umeko's father, assuming she is, in fact, responsible for such a thing.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The students eventually end the killing game, but not only do they lose many people in the process, but they ultimately have to resign themselves to being confined within the school for the rest of their lives. Just as they come to terms with that, they end up being arrested.
  • Breaking Old Trends:
    • There are two class trials with two victims, rather than one.
    • While there are two murders in Chapter 3, the killer in that chapter is actually somewhat sympathetic; the second killer is the least sympathetic one in this story.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Nao aces every test despite almost never coming to school.
  • Decomposite Character: Kayle and Umeko can be seen as this to Kaede Akamatsu. Kayle is the leader of the group, who commits murder as a result of Monokuma threatening everyone's lives. Umeko is the protagonist's love interest, whose murder is done purely for revenge, although she doesn't plan on getting away wih it.
  • Driven to Suicide: Nao's mother hanged herself.
  • Dwindling Party: Par for the course in this kind of story. As of the end of the fifth trial, four students are left.
  • Evil Laugh: Monokuma often indulges in one, although it's rendered as "Hahahaha," rather than his Signature Laugh, "Upupupu/Puhuhuhu."
  • Females Are More Innocent: The female killers are significantly more sympathetic than the males. Kayle, like Kaede, was only motivated to kill because Monokuma was threatening to kill everyone, and was even planning on letting herself be the victim rather than the murderer. Umeko wanted revenge for her parents' deaths, and had no desire to endanger the group by seeking graduation. Manon, the only female who tried to graduate, did so to protect her sister. As for the males, none are nearly as sympathetic. Jirou's professed reasons for killing are to step out of his brother's shadow, leading Nao to be disgusted with him, and it gets even worse when he turns out to be the mastermind. Samuru is similarly unsympathetic, and claims responsibility for starting the killing game.
  • Final Speech: The mastermind gives one during their execution, gloating that their plans will continue even after their death.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Not only is Reyes a fencernote , but she's also from Spainnote , which helps hint that she's Sparkling Justice, like Peko supposedly was.
    • Before the fourth trial, Umeko asks Nao if he sympathizes with the past killers' motives, possibly because she herself is the killer this time.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Nao has no sympathy for Jirou's poor family life, saying that the person in question was trusted by his parents, who would be ashamed if they learned that their child is a murderer. It later turns out that while Jirou wasn't lying about his life story, he actually didn't care about the way his family treated him.
  • Hate Sink: The second killer, Jirou Katashi, has the least sympathetic motive for murder, and is the only killer Nao doesn't feel sorry for. Even worse, he's the mastermind, meaning that his Heel Realization and offering a clue to Sparkling Justice's identity, two of the only acts that hinted at him having redeeming qualities, were merely an act.
  • Heel Realization: After being convicted, the second killer asks, "What kind of trash am I?" Subverted when it turns out that he was faking the entire thing, including his death.
  • Insufferable Genius: Jirou, being the Ultimate Mathematician, has one of the more intellectually-oriented talents, and looks down on all his classmates.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Jirou Katashi initially seems like a Jerkass Insufferable Genius but later seemingly shows a nicer side during the second Chapter. In the second trial, he ends up being the most unsympathetic killer thus far, but seemingly shows a redeeming aspect to his character by undergoing a Heel Realization and giving the protagonists a clue before he dies. It later turns out that he was actually the mastermind, faked his death and lied about his Freudian Excuse.
  • Loser Protagonist: Nao Hisoka achieves the "honor" of being the Ultimate NEET. Compare Makoto, Hajime and Komaru, who were merely average.
  • Love Confession: Nao confesses to Umeko in the fourth Chapter. She accepts, and they start going out.
  • Meaningful Name: Jirou's name means "Second Son." Naturally, his envy of his brother is a major issue of his.
  • NEET: Nao Hisoka has the dubious honor of being the Ultimate in this field. Oddly enough, he is called a NEET even though he attends school (albeit infrequently), making him more of a chronic absentee. In the final trial, Nao admits that he shouldn't qualify for NEET status since he does actually attends school.
  • Not So Similar: Samuru describes himself as this in comparison to Sparkling Justice, saying that while both of them have killed many people, he only kills those who have been sentenced to death.
  • Obligatory Swearing: Monokuma gets a lot of it. For example, when the class discusses the fourth culprit's reason for committing murder, he tells the students, "Wake me up when you are done talking about this shit."
  • Off with His Head!: Samuru executes people by beheading them with his axe, despite the fact that Japan uses hanging as its means of capital punishment. When Samuru himself is executed, he gets guillotined.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Nao gives one to the second killer, after hearing the person in question's Freudian Excuse. He asks whether the killer's parents were abusive, and when he gets "no" for an answer, he says the following.
    "It was only you who was thinking you weren't enough. You were the problem, not your brother or your parents! Did it ever occur to you that they have not given much guidance because they have enough trust in you to leave you alone with your decisions? Did it ever occur to you that they might be worried about your brother getting into trouble which causes them to be around him all the time? No! Because you were too busy feeling like a poor orphan when in fact your parents trust you so much that you have so much freedom!"
    "You are lucky to have such loving parents. Not everyone still has both of their parents. Not everyone is born into a loving family. Not everyone is trusted by their parents. If your parents found out you killed an innocent little girl, do you think they will be proud of you?"
  • Recurring Element:
    • The second trial involves a murderer being exposed, although in this case, the student's identity isn't officially revealed until midway through the third chapter.
    • Like in the main series, three people die in Chapter 3.
    • The main character's love interest ends up dying, this time as Chapter 4's culprit.
    • The first part of the final class trial involves retrying a previous case. Like the first game, this is the fifth case.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: The second killer, having undergone a Heel Realization after a "The Reason You Suck" Speech from the protagonist, asks, "What kind of trash am I?" While this question wasn't asking for an answer, Monokuma gives one anyway.
    Monokuma: Hey, you, you were asking what kind of trash you are? I have an answer for you! You are trash that is about to be executed! Hahahahahaha!
  • Sequel Hook: At the end of the fic, the survivors are captured by some soldiers, hauled into a van and taken into custody. Asuka asks if they are being imprisoned for their crimes, but doesn't get an answer.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • When Jirou condescendingly suggests that Nao doesn't know the value of Euler's number, Nao gives him the first 21 digits, leaving him speechless.
    • The mastermind(Jirou, again) complains about how a NEET like Nao was the one who solved Norio's murder, and by doing so, revealed the mastermind's identity. Nao, however, is unfazed by the insults.
    Mastermind: I cannot believe that out of all possible people to figure out my secret, you are the one to do it, a fucking N.E.E.T. This is the most ironic thing to ever happen to me. The type of person I hate the most is the one to get to me.
    Nao: You underestimated me and it bit you in the ass.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • The first killer, like in the third game, is the leader of the group, whose murder is motivated by the threat of everyone being killed if the time limit expires without a murder occurring.
    • The second killer, like Mondo in the first game, committed murder as a result of issues relating to their envy of their older brother.
    • Reyes, like Peko, is a practitioner of a sword-based martial art (fencing rather than kendo). She's also Sparkling Justice.
  • Switching P.O.V.: Most of the fic is a third-person perspective centered on Nao, but in the fifth chapter, after Nao enters a Heroic BSoD after Umeko's death, the perspective switches between some of the other characters.
  • Title Drop: The mastermind declares that their execution is their "last hurrah."
  • The Unfavorite: Jirou compared to his brother.
  • Vigilante Man: Reyes turns out to be the second Sparkling Justice.
  • Villain's Dying Grace:
    • The second killer, before being executed, tells the others that there is someone who had killed multiple people in their group, and gives a clue as to where to find them. Subverted when it turns out that Jirou didn't die, and that he was lying about his Heel Realization.
    • The fifth culprit, realizing that Monokuma won't save him from being executed, gives Nao a clue that helps him uncover the mastermind's identity.
  • We Will Not Use Photoshop in the Future: Asuka suggests that the photos the fourth culprit received were Photoshopped, but the culprit claims to be able to tell that they are genuine, noting that the two of them have experience in the entertainment industry.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: The second killer is driven to murder to please their parents.
  • Wham Line:
    • The second killer leaves a clue before being executed.
    "Other than Samuru, someone in our group has killed plenty of times already. If you want to know their identity, check out the last book I ever read from the library."
    • In Part 2 of "Killing Two Birds With One Sword," Monokuma brings out a cabinet with personal keepsakes from home, causing the students to fear that Monokuma did something to their families. When it's Reyes' turn, there's something surprising.
    Inside of her compartment was a locket and an infamous mask of Sparkling Justice.
    • During the fourth culprit's Motive Rant, Umeko mentions having won photos that show Reyes killing a man and Mako feeding a woman's decapitated head to sharks, while Samuru carries the body. The culprit then accuses Samuru, Mako and Reyes of killing her parents.
    "I get that you are an executioner and that you kill people, bad people. I get that Reyes kills people in the name of justice. What I don't understand is why Mako did this? And... Why did you and Mako do this to my mother?"
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • Samuru, who has executed women in the past, apparently including Umeko's mother, kicks Reyes out of the way when she tries to stop him from executing Kayle, the first culprit, before Monokuma can do the same(said individual is a girl). He also gets into a rather intense fight with the aforementioned Reyes after she is outed as Sparkling Justice, resulting in him trying to kill her with his axe. He also fatally poisons Eri in the fifth chapter.
    • Mako, a nonbinary individual who was born male, attacks Manon after she is convicted for killing Reyes and Jitsunori, headbutting her, punching her and trying to strangle her.
  • You Killed My Father: The culprit of the fourth chapter, Umeko, hates Samuru, Reyes and Mako for killing her parents.
  • You Make Me Sick: The fourth culprit says this to Samuru.
    "Samuru, please confess to killing my mother. That is all I want to hear from you before I die. It makes me sick hearing you pretending not to know when it is clear in this picture what you did."