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Fractured Fates is an Elsewhere Fic set in the Danganronpa universe, written by the user Dark X the Dragon Knight.

Hana Amari is a girl who is average in appearance, but in reality holds exceptional talent; specifically, she has recently been scouted by the famed Hope's Peak Academy to attend as the Ultimate Surfer. Unfortunately, whatever excitement or fear she may have felt is all throw out the window when her first day at the academy takes a turn for the strange. Suddenly, Hana and her fourteen other classmates find themselves in a mysterious castle, with a certain monochrome bear appearing and forcing them into a game of kill or be killed. Now, Hana and her friends must uncover the mysteries lurking in the halls of their prison in order to learn the truth behind this killing game...or face the dread of despair. But the truth...may be even darker than Hana could have ever imagined.

The story can be found here. It is currently in-progress, with a prologue and three chapters concluded and a fourth chapter currently in-progress. Be warned: all spoilers below are unmarked, because like its canon counterpart it would be difficult to list tropes for this fic without spoiling everything.


Fractured Fates contains examples of:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: The first two killers receive this; for the most part, they are treated sympathetically once their reasons for committing the murders come to light.
    • Averted, or at the very least severely downplayed in Tadao's case.
  • All for Nothing: Itachi was determined to avert this trope in Chapter 2; whether he won or lost the trial, he refused to simply give up and confess in order to ensure Kaneki's murder was not meaningless.
  • Alliterative Title: Fractured Fates.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: Chapter ??? takes place from the perspective of an unnamed observer watching over the killing game (implied to be the mastermind).
  • Anyone Can Die: It's Danganronpa, after all. So far, seven out of the fifteen students have been killed.
  • Arc Words: The phrase "Remember the class. Remember your own role." seems to be becoming this, as it appears at the end of the strange messages Hana receives on her e-Handbook at the end of each chapter.
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  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Hana's nightmare in Chapter 3 depicts a gigantic, rampaging Monokuma.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Appears to be a common theme in the executions, though not at all played for laughs:
    • In Chapter 1, it appears as if Azami is about to be crushed between a pair of giant stone blocks with mirrors on one side...but those turned out to be fake. The alternative, however, is not much better.
    • In Chapter 2, Itachi's execution is built up as a standard Danganronpa-style execution: he is thrown into a Colosseum and forced to fend of several robots based on warriors from different time periods. Then he commits suicide.
    • In Chapter 3, Tadao's execution takes this Up to Eleven- he is almost sliced by a giant knife, crushed by a giant meat mallet, and suffocated in a giant plastic bag before he is ultimately thrown into an oven with a giant chicken dish and burned alive.
  • Berserk Button: A flashback towards the end of the second trial reveals Kaneki accidentally pushed Itachi's when she tried to talk him out of his murder plot; the conflict and shame he felt while planning the murder was driving him borderline insane, and the complication that Kaneki brought was enough to cause Itachi to finally snap and fly into a murderous rage.
  • Big Bad: Take a guess.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Like in canon, Monokuma has surveillance cameras and monitors scattered about the castle.
  • Bizarrchitecture: The castle contains some rooms that one would think to be strange for a European-esque castle, such as the fitness room in the South Wing, or just generally impractical, such as the treasure room in the West Wing.
  • Blood-Stained Letter:
    • Inverted in Chapter 2. The note (supposedly) from Asuna, found in the breast pocket of Kaneki's vest, is completely clean despite the fact that that side of her chest was soaked in blood due to a slashed throat. Ultimately, the fact that the note barely has any bloodstains on it is what proves the killer had to have planted the note on Kaneki after the killing blow was dealt.
      • Interestingly enough, Chapter 2 also plays this trope straight. In the storage room, Saku finds a piece of paper with one of Shiro's poems written on it, which also has a strange blood pattern on it. Hiroshi later states the bloodstains, when the paper is folded properly, are actually the victim's bootprint.
    • Played straight in Chapter 3, with the notebook page Shiro used to write his dying message being spattered in blood.
  • Body of the Week: A given in a murder mystery story.
  • Breaking Old Trends: While the story does have some recurring elements from canon (see Recurring Element below), it does break away from certain trends as well:
    • Unlike in canon, the story focuses on a female protagonist.
    • Like V3, the story breaks the trend of having an Ultimate Lucky Student in the class.
    • The story also has a lack of an Ultimate ???.
    • The token muscular character, Saku, does not die in Chapter 4 like the canon muscular characters (i.e. Sakura, Nekomaru, and Gonta), but instead is killed one chapter earlier in Chapter 3.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Monokuma does this in Chapter 1, Part 2 when he complains the students are "boring the readers" by not committing a murder.
    • He does it again in Part 7 when he says "You can only go so many chapters without a murder".
  • Bromantic Foil: Itachi and Shiro form this- Itachi is serious and stoic, whereas Shiro is emotional and extremely optimistic. Even their designs reflect this: Itachi is tall, has dark hair, and wears mostly dark colors; Shiro is short, has silver-gray hair, and wears lighter colors.
  • Call-Back: The characters tend to reference events that happened in parts prior, especially in regards to the murders and trials.
  • Central Theme: Although not as prominent as something like "hope vs. despair", the fic's idea of "emotion vs. logic" is shaping up to be this.
  • Characters Dropping Like Flies: In true Danganronpa fashion, at least two characters die per chapter (or, in Chapter 3's case, three), making the current death total seven.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang:
    • During the third trial, Hana brings up, of all things, the stab wounds Kaneki (the victim of the second trial) received just before her death. She does this, however, in order to help explain the issue with Saku's stomach wound; during that second trial, Hiroshi talked about how a person will stop bleeding once their heart stops due to a lack of a pulse, which is how Hana had deduced Kaneki was stabbed before she died due to the amount of blood around the wounds. With Saku, it's the opposite- there wasn't enough blood around his stomach slit, which means the gash had to have been made after he was already dead.
    • Also, the body discovery announcement- or, more specifically, how at least three people (not including the killer) must have seen a corpse to trigger the announcement. This is specified by Monokuma early on in the story, but it ultimately becomes a point in the third trial as well because only Hiroshi and Shiori had seen Saku's body when the announcement went off, meaning one other person (besides the killer) must have seen the corpse before them.
  • Chekhov's Gag:
    • In the Prologue, Hinata swipes Mikio's glasses, leaving him unable to see properly. This is brought up during the first trial when Hana figures out Mikio tripped on the moving treadmill because his glasses had been broken, rendering him practically blind as a result.
    • Also in the Prologue, when Hana meets Ryoto, his cape ends up caught in the treadmill, requiring Hana to rescue him. The same thing happens to the first killer during Mikio's murder, causing a piece of the clothing in question to be torn off and left at the crime scene as a result.
    • During the second investigation, Akira picks up Kaneki's fedora of all things, telling Hana that anything could be evidence. Later, once the trial has concluded, she gives the hat to Asuna as a way to apologize for her actions during the trial.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Azami's cloak becomes an important piece of evidence in the first trail in three ways: first, it was her cloak that Hinata saw through the doors in the courtyard on the night of the murder; second, it was a piece of her cloak that was torn off and stuck inside the treadmill in the fitness room; third, the blood-soaked cloak that she hid in the library's hidden room is what becomes the final nail in her coffin.
    • The pair of hatches in the furnace and fitness rooms are revealed to lead to a secret passage connecting the two rooms, which is how the killer was able to escape the fitness room after barring the door.
    • In Chapter 2, Kaneki's whip becomes the final piece of evidence that convicts the killer, due to the fact that traces of the killer's blood were found on it.
    • Chapter 3 has several of these:
      • The stone statuette of a Chinese dragon in the sunroom later becomes the weapon used to kill Shiro.
      • The tablecloth on the sunroom's center table is used by the killer to strangle Saku.
      • The closet in one corner of the sunroom serves as the killer's hiding spot, allowing them to sneak up on Saku and knock him out from behind.
      • The red wine bottles in the wine room are first used to knock Hana unconscious during the incident in the wine room, and later the third culprit uses another one to knock out Saku.
      • The dumbwaiter that goes between the wine room and the smaller banquet room is utilized by the killer as a means to move between the top and bottom floors of the West Wing very quickly.
  • Clear Their Name:
    • Hana has to do this for Asuna during the first part of the second trial.
    • Then, during the third trial, Hana must do this for the recently murdered Saku.
  • Clock Discrepancy: In Chapter 1, Rumi claims she encountered Azami coming out of the library at 9:15 PM the night of the murder. However, the trio in the main hall (Shiro, Kaneki, and Asuna) did not recall seeing either of them, despite remaining the the main hall until 9:18 PM. Ultimately, this contradiction leads the group to figure out that Azami had lied to Rumi about what time it was in order to fake an alibi.
  • Closed Circle: The castle, despite having some open areas, is completely cut off from the outside world.
  • Conviction by Contradiction: Downplayed in Chapter 2. The first thing Akira uses to pin Asuna as the killer is the fact that she blatantly lied about her alibi on the night of the murder. However, it is not the only piece if evidence Akira has against her.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: Hana does this for Asuna in order to prevent her from witnessing Ryoto jumping off the second floor of the South Wing's main hall.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The executions. Thus far, there are:
  • Dark Secret: The end of Chapter 2's trial reveals Kaneki was indirectly responsible for the death of her younger sister, Yuna.
  • Deadly Deferred Conversation: During Part 4 of Chapter 2, Kaneki spends the day acting uncharacteristically subdued and anxious, and Hana and Asuna want to find out why. Kaneki, feeling guilty about her behavior, promises them that she will explain everything the next day; unfortunately for her, she winds up murdered that same night.
  • Death of a Child: Although the death itself happened several years prior to the events of the fic, Chapter 2 describes the incident that killed Kaneki's little sister, Yuna, who was seven years old at the time of her death.
  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Tadao attempts to pull this in Chapter 3 in order to cover up his guilt in the murders of Saku and Shiro by making it look like a murder-suicide committed by the former.
  • Deconstructed Trope: Several characters deconstruct certain character tropes:
    • Kaneki deconstructs Big Brother Instinct, basically showing what happens when a protective older sibling actually fails to protect their younger sibling.
    • Itachi deconstructs the idea of Family Honor, as his entire reason for giving into the second motive was so he could graduate and restore the Kunata family's lost reputation, a goal he had working tirelessly towards for years.
    • Asuna deconstructs the Token Mini-Moe trope in that it was her being the smallest and weakest member of the cast that made her such an easy victim, leading to Itachi making her his target for murder.
    • Shiro deconstructs The Power of Trust. He put a massive amount of trust in his classmates and friends, especially Itachi- but Itachi manages to exploit this to convince Shiro to lock the door to the study in spite of Akira's rule.
  • Designated Girl Fight: During the female students' trip to the library in Chapter 1, Shiori is incredibly annoyed by Kaneki throwing books off the bookshelves in the hopes of finding some kind of secret room or passage. It ends up escalating off-screen to the point where Shiori and Kaneki start to fight...with books. It even gets to the point where Rumi, frustrated with the two's conflict, joins in herself out of anger.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Shiro seems to have crossed this following the end of the second trial.
  • The Door Slams You: Hana ends up on the receiving end of this during the prologue when Kaneki, not realizing Hana was standing outside, hits her with the door to the furnace room.
  • Double Entendre: This exchange between Rumi, Hana, and Hinata during Chapter 4:
Rumi: If not now, when!? We all know how easy it is to lose your life around here- that's why you need to grab hold of the present as tight as you can!
Hana: The only thing I'm 'grabbing hold of' is time to search around this wing!
Hinata: Y'know, as much as I love hearing you girls talk about grabbing hold of things-
Hana: Don't make this worse, Hinata!
  • Driven to Suicide: Itachi kills himself via seppuku during his execution, although it was to atone for his actions and to defy Monokuma more than anything.
  • Dying Clue:
    • Before actually dying, Kaneki used her bullwhip to injure her killer, resulting in traces of their blood being left on the weapon. The whip becomes the final piece of evidence in the trial, as well as the one piece of evidence directly tying the killer to the crime.
    • Shiro attempts to write what was probably a physical description of his killer in his notebook, but said killer manages to catch and kill him before he can finish, leaving only the word "aquamarine" finished.
  • Easy Amnesia: The third motive, Monokuma's "Despair Drink", is a beverage that, due to a drug known as midazolam being one of the ingredients, will give the consumer a memory blackout that lasts for about an hour.
  • Egopolis: Downplayed in that Monokuma doesn't have images of himself plastered all over the castle, but Hana does see a few self portraits of the bear hung up in the hallways of the West Wing.
  • Empty Chair Memorial: The podiums of the dead students are occupied by memorial photos of said students.
  • Enmity with an Object: While doing a small investigation of the East Wing's upper floor by herself in Chapter 4, Hana takes her frustration over not finding anything out by yelling at the security cameras in the lounge and eastern watchtower.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Monokuma is willing to allow the students to murder each other...but underage drinking? He won't stand for that.
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: Akira claims this during Chapter 2's investigation, due to the fact that the murder occurring during nighttime means it is likely nobody has a solid alibi for the time of the crime.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: The mysterious messages at the end of Chapters 2 and 3 shows Hana several photos depicting the students spending time together at Hope's Peak, despite Hana having no memory of ever attending the school at all.
  • Evidence Scavenger Hunt: In true Danganronpa fashion, each chapter has a "Deadly Life" section in which Hana and her classmates must gather evidence that could help point to the killer's identity.
  • For Want of a Nail: In Chapter 2, the nail in question is the simple act of Asuna asking Kaneki about the note supposedly written by the latter. If she hadn't done that, then Kaneki might not have found out about Itachi's plan to kill Asuna (which would lead to her trying to interfere with it), thus allowing the plot to go off as he intended and leading to Asuna becoming the second murder victim.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In the prologue, Itachi makes mention of his family's shady past. This becomes an important factor into his motivation for committing murder in Chapter 2.
    • At one point, Azami claims she is naturally paranoid. Her paranoia is what ultimately causes her to attack and kill Mikio in a moment of panic.
    • In the beginning of Chapter 2, Tadao tells Asuna to watch her mouth because she, as the smallest student, would make for an easy target. This is precisely the reason Itachi later chooses to target her for his murder plan.
    • Kaneki tends to brag about how her whip is supposedly indestructible (something that even her bio points out). Chapter 2 reveals she's not exaggerating, as it survives the heat of a furnace overnight with only slight burning.
      • Another one related to Kaneki: earlier on in Chapter 2 when she firsts talks about her younger sister, Yuna, Kaneki refers to her in the past-tense, implying that something may have happened to her prior to the killing game.
    • The second message on Hana's e-Handbook, shown at the end of Chapter 2, reveals the existence of a possible sixteenth member of the 80th Class. However, her role in the plot and anything else about her (except her appearance) currently remains unknown.
      • The end of Chapter 3 reveals a similar message, and this combined with her earlier head injury triggers a memory in Hana's mind that causes her to remember the girl's name: Nanako Tokumei. Any other information about her, however, remains a mystery.
    • While investigating the West Wing at the beginning of Chapter 3, Hinata and Hana find a larger-than-average dumbwaiter in the banquet room, and Hinata proceeds to joke about you could "hide a body" inside it. While Tadao doesn't use it to hide a body, he does use as a means of transportation between the West Wing's two floors.
  • Forged Message: The killer does this twice in Chapter 2; the first time with a note in Kaneki's name in order to lure Asuna to the storage room, the second time with a note in Asuna's name in order to frame her for Kaneki's murder.
  • Four Is Death: Played straight in Chapter 2, where Kaneki's body is found at the end of Part 4.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Close, but actually averted in that there are seven girls and eight boys in the class.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Played for laughs when Azami brings Shiori back to her senses after the latter has a borderline panic attack as a result of being a part of the literal book fight- she even goes as far as to slap her.
  • Gilded Cage: The castle the 80th Class is trapped in, to the point where the story's summary even refers to it as such.
  • I Know What You Fear: The fourth motive involves Monokuma giving students personalized videos that depict the thing they fear the most, although how accurate they are remains to be seen.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison:
    • When asked to testify about his knife going missing, Itachi claims he and Shiro had searched all possible areas of the castle, which included the greenhouse where the killer hid it. The problem? Nobody specifically said where the knife had been hidden at that point in the trial, nor did anyone say it was the murder weapon 'specifically' that had been hidden in the greenhouse.
    • In the third trial, Tadao is disregarding Hana's claim that he is involved in the murders of Saku and Shiro, naming several pieces of evidence in mockery of the circumstantial evidence against him. One of those pieces of evidence is the "red wine bottle" that Hana claimed was used to knock out Saku...but nobody had ever specified what color the wine bottle in question was. In fact, it was something that only four people should have known about: Hana, Hiroshi, Akira, and the person who attacked Hana in the wine room the day before the murders.
  • Informed Ability: A good portion of the students have yet to use their talents due to the killing game.
  • Injured Limb Episode: Chapter 3 is essentially this, as Hana is hindered by a leg that was injured via a severe stab wound.
  • Ironic Death:
    • Itachi's botched execution, as he commits suicide with the same weapon (a second hunting knife, identical to the murder weapon) he used to kill Kaneki.
    • The different parts of Tadao's execution reflect the things he did to his victims: nearly being sliced by a kitchen knife like he stabbed Hana, almost suffocating in a giant plastic bag like he strangled Saku, and narrowly being crushed by a meat mallet like he fatally bludgeoned Shiro.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Monokuma partakes in this at the end of each trial, towards both the dead and living students, combined with Break Them by Talking.
  • Law Procedural: Akira invokes this trope, stating how giving a basic summary of a case is customary in normal trials.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In Chapter 3, Part 2, Shiori advises Hana to "stop being such a main character".
  • Malevolent Architecture: Downplayed overall, but there are numerous examples of dangerous design choices throughout the castle.
    • In the South Wing, the door to the study was installed backwards, meaning the door could only be locked from the outside and therefore someone could easily trap another student inside by simply locking the door. Guess how the killer prevents their target from escaping in Chapter 2?
    • The West Wing has a wine room with faulty lighting- sometimes the lights would turn on, and sometimes they wouldn't. Later on, this prevents Hana from being able to see who attacked her in that same room; it also prevents the third killer from seeing that Shiro had written a message in his notebook that would incriminate them.
    • The railing on the second floor of the East Wing is described as being loose and wobbly, which could mean someone leaning on it too hard would break the railing and cause that person to fall.
  • Mood Whiplash: Quite a few times, as matter of fact. A few include:
    • In Chapter 1, Hana and some of the other girls laughing about their time in the library, and then Monokuma announces the first motive a few minutes later.
    • In the same chapter, Hana is casually going to check out the fitness room prior to her planned exercise with Mikio...only to find the door is barred, there is blood on the floor, and ultimately discovering Mikio's corpse on the other side.
    • In Chapter 2, the breakfast meeting appears as normal as usual despite a handful of absences...that is, until Asuna's screams of horror are heard.
    • In Chapter 3, Hana is sitting in her room while Rumi's party is going on in the West Wing, and she peacefully contemplates going to visit Hinata, who also abstained from going to the party. Cue the body discovery announcement a few moments later.
  • Morton's Fork: Tadao and Akira reference the concept when describing Chapter 1's motive. If someone commits murder, then the class will be put through a trial in which they or the blackened will have a chance at dying. If no murder happens, however, then Monokuma will randomly kill one student every night until someone does.
  • Murder by Mistake: What the second murder ultimately amounts to; Itachi's entire plan was to kill Asuna, but Kaneki found out and went to the storage room in her place, which would lead to Itachi killing her instead.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Even after Mikio and Azami are dead, Hana still thinks about them quite often, and the first murder and trial are often brought up by the other students.
    • Tadao also cites Azami's murder of Mikio to be what kickstarted his belief that there was no way to stop the killing game and that the only way to escape the castle was via murder.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Azami has this reaction in regards to killing Mikio.
    • Itachi also had this reaction offscreen when he murdered Kaneki.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the prologue, Hana's father asks her, if she comes across an Ultimate Photographer, to put in a good word for him.
    • Also in the prolugue, Monokuma tells the students that "there are some people would kill to live in a castle", referencing Celeste's motivation from the first game.
    • In Chapter 3 Part 1, Hana states Asuna's condition could be worse- she could be claiming to be the amalgamation of her and Kaneki's spirits (referencing Kiyondo from the first game as well).
    • At the beginning of Chapter 3's Deadly Life, Monokuma comments on Saku's death by mentioning how "the burly ones usually last a little longer than this", referencing the Danganronpa trope of the large and muscular characters dying in Chapter 4 rather than Chapter 3.
    • Monokuma's spear gun weapons that he brings out during the third trial are known as the "Arms of Gungnir", likely a reference to the regular Spears of Gungnir seen in the canon games.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: During the second trial, Tadao insults the victim following the revelation that they knew the murder was going to happen...and still ended up getting killed. Several students (mainly Ryoto) are not pleased by his comment.
  • Never Suicide: Saku's death is staged to look like he had slashed his stomach and killed himself like Itachi had done in the chapter prior- but Hana is able to prove the stomach slice was inflicted after he was already dead, so suicide would have been impossible.
  • Never the Obvious Suspect: All the evidence during the second trial seems to point to Asuna being the killer, but she is ultimately proven innocent.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Hana, upon encountering the unstable Asuna in the courtyard, attempts to speak to her and console her regarding the events of the second trial, despite knowing the bad condition of her mental state at the time. Sure enough, Hana says something that ends up sending Asuna into an even bigger rage than before, likely worsening her mental state as a result.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Hana goes through one of these on two occasions: the first was during Part 5 of Chapter 3, and the second towards the beginning of Chapter 4.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, Hana had participated in a seance once in the past- she never goes into detail, but it is described as the "worst three minutes of her life".
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The opening of the story depicts Hana being woken up in a hallway by a boy named Hiroshi, after (presumably) having passed out due finding something in a room with blood on the floor. This scene is repeated word-for-word at the beginning of Chapter 1's Deadly Life, only now with full context: Hana had just discovered Mikio's body in the fitness room, and passed out in the hallway as a result.
  • Recurring Element:
    • Several characters fall into similar archetypes from the canon games:
    • The murders themselves seem to have similarities to canon as well:
      • The first murder involves the death of a character who is set up to appear important to the plot.
      • In addition, the first culprit is dragged to their execution via a metal collar and a chain to their neck.
      • The second murder happens due to something from a student's past, and is portrayed as tragic.
      • The third case features a double murder, with a culprit who acted out of purely selfish reasons.
      • In Chapter 3, one of the characters throws a party for the other students that ultimately results in a murder, much like the first case of Super Danganronpa 2.
  • Red Herring:
    • Asuna's hair pin being left in the greenhouse after nighttime, the same area where the murder weapon was hidden. It is later revealed the hair pin was dropped there before the killer hid the weapon, meaning the pin was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    • Also in Chapter 2, the note found in Kaneki's pocket written by "Asuna". Hana is able to figure out that the note was forged and planted on Kaneki after she was already dead.
  • Rule of Three: Played for laughs in this scene from Chapter 2:
Monokuma: Puhuhu... It's time for...!
Hana: Don't say it.
Monokuma: It's time for...!
Rumi: Don't say it!
Monokuma: It's time for-!
Ryoto: Don't say it!
Monokuma: Your brand new...motive!
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Mikio.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Kaneki and Itachi.
  • Sanity Slippage: Asuna goes through this for a majority of Chapter 3 as a result of everything that happened in the chapter prior. She starts to comes out of it towards the very end of Part 4, and appears fully back to normal by Part 5.
  • Security Cling: Hana and Asuna do this to each other in Part 3 of Chapter 4 when Monokuma becomes extremely furious at them for finding the banners he had hidden in the eastern lounge.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy:
    • Happens in Chapter 1. Azami was terrified that something might happen to her or to any one of her newfound friends, be it getting murdered by a fellow classmate or being randomly chosen as the student Monokuma would kill at midnight. Her paranoia only grew and worsened as time passed, and she would ultimately frenzy-kill Mikio out of her desire to survive. Tragically, in trying so hard to survive, she became the first blackened and was subjected to a brutal death as a result.
    • Then, in Chapter 3, Asuna undergoes a complete personality change after misinterpreting the advice Akira had given her after Kaneki's trial. She believed that, when Akira told her not to let her grief control her, she shouldn't let herself grieve or truly feel anything at all (not helped by the guilt she was already feeling). This results in Asuna becoming completely vicious and hostile towards her classmates, only being brought out of it when Hana basically spells out what Akira actually meant. In short: Asuna was doing exactly what Akira told her NOT to do. Hana even names this trope when explaining this to Asuna.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shrine to the Fallen: At the very start of Chapter 4, Rumi and Hinata set up a makeshift memorial in the dining room for the students that have died.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Played for laughs when, while first going over the rules of the killing game, Kaneki and Hinata are more concerned about not being able to fully utilize their respective talents.
    • In Chapter 2, when Itachi finds out it was his knife that was used to commit the murder, he claims that the case is now personal and vows to bring the killer to justice. Lampshaded by Hana:
      Hana: [mentally] And the horrible death of a classmate didn't make it personal before...?
  • Starter Villain: Azami serves as this (although calling her a full "villain" would be a bit of a stretch), as she is the culprit of Chapter 1 and therefore the first blackened Hana must uncover.
  • The Summation: Hana does this in an imitation of the canon games' Closing Argument sections.
    • Akira attempts to do her own version of this in Chapter 3 when laying out her case against Saku.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: In Chapter 4, Rumi and Hiroshi show some level of pity for Tadao following the events of Chapter 3- Rumi adds his picture to the memorial of the dead students and insists on keeping it there, while Hiroshi also tries to defend this decision of hers by reminding the group of Tadao's true motive for committing murder in the first place.
  • This Throne is Armed: Monokuma reveals in the third trial that he has a set of five massive spear guns built in to the back of his throne in the trial room, which he can control using a small panel hidden in one of the armrests. Fortunately, he doesn't fire at anyone, but it's more than enough to bring the trial back into order.
  • Those Two Girls: Deadpan Snarker Shiori and Genki Girl Rumi form this as the story goes on- Hana even meets the two of them in the Prologue at the same time. It's played with, however, in that the two have much more plot relevance than most examples of this trope.
  • Tragic Mistake: The murder that occurs in Chapter 2 seems to be built on this trope in several ways:
    • The victim, Kaneki, actually makes two fatal mistakes that cause her death:
      • The first mistake was when Kaneki was younger; her parents warned her and her younger sister, Yuna, against going out to the woods one day due to an upcoming storm. Kaneki, however, chooses to disobey them and goes to the forest with Yuna anyways. This results in them getting caught up in the bad weather in a rather dangerous area, which causes Yuna to slip and fall down a large drop-off, ultimately killing her and leaving Kaneki traumatized and guilt-ridden.
      • The second mistake takes place in the story proper; Asuna receives a strange note apparently sent by Kaneki, and she decides to speak to her friend directly about it. Upon receiving the note, Kaneki chooses not to tell the other students about it and work with them to prevent another murder, instead keeping the note a secret from everyone so she can try and solve the problem by herself. She does succeed in preventing Asuna from being the cost of being murdered in her place.
    • The killer, Itachi, makes an extremely poor decision of his own. When he is confronted by Kaneki in the storage room, while she is furious with him for what he had planned to do, she ultimately manages to calm herself and try to talk Itachi out of killing someone. She even goes as far as to offer to keep quiet about what he had been planning, as long as he never attempts to kill someone again. Itachi, rather than listen to Kaneki and accept her offer, gives in to his mental stress and repressed emotions; this causes him to become enraged with her, fly into a massive rage, and attack/kill Kaneki as a result.
  • Unfortunate Names: When Monokuma reveals the third motive following the murders, he calls the item in question the "Despair Drink", making it...difficult for the class to take it as a serious threat at first.
  • Wham Line:
    • Hana delivers this one in the final line of Chapter 1 Part 6, in regards to who she thinks the killer is:
      Hana: That description...the only one here who fits all aspects of it you, Azami.
    • She gets another one late into the second trial, with this question:
      Hana: did you know the knife was hidden in the greenhouse?
    • Also, during the conclusion of that same trial, Monokuma makes this revelation about Kaneki's little sister, Yuna Tenmaru:
      Monokuma: After all...Yuna died when Kaneki was eleven!
    • During the third trial, we get this confession/confirmation from the one who attacked Hana in the wine room a day prior:
      Tadao: I admit it. The one who attacked you in the wine room just before the end of nighttime, and the one you saw wandering the castle that hour...was me.
  • You Wake Up in a Room: Hana first wakes up in the castle lying on a bed in her designated bedroom.


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