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    Authors and Websites 

grayimperia on Archive of Our Own.

  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Has written many stories for the DanganronpaV3 fandom.

fatiguedfern on Archive of Our Own.

  • Recommended by: youkanekowarise
  • This person has written a lot of V3 stories, all of them unique due to a great characterization and a beautiful, mature style.

ikuzonos on Archive of Our Own.

  • Recommended by: kan
  • A very prolific author, with over 200 works and several years of giving the fandom what it needs. You can find almost everything you'd ever want in their works.

Crit Fail

  • Recommended by: purplemudkip098
  • A very talented writer, as well as the origin for the Legacy of Despair Universe. Constantly keeps his stories entertaining with the right amount of unpredictability. While he is currently on a writing hiatus, his finished stories still have plenty to offer if you're looking for some despair.

    General Fics for the Hope's Peak Academy Saga 

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

And Again by Riona

  • Recommended by: Fool, looploop, enunciability, gosh, Shiny Tsukkomi, Syncogon, Link Season Master, Space Cowboy
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Naegi finds himself caught in a time loop. Surely living through Monobear's game once was bad enough?
  • Comments: Explores several "What If?" scenarios while keeping every detail and characterization on-point. Highly recommended if you enjoyed DanganRonpa IF.
  • Tags: "Groundhog Day" Loop

Old World Order by thereisafire

  • Recommended by: looploop, enunciability, gosh
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: School life before mutual killing. (Set pre-series, major spoilers.)
  • Comments: If you're not feeling depressed yet about the fact a class of close friends had their memories wiped before being forced to kill each other in pursuit of a futile goal, then this Happy Flashback fic will sort that out.

The Hope Out Here by estuary

  • Recommended by: looploop
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Alternate Universe Fic in which the 15 students escape via deus-ex-switch.
  • Comments: Tragic, optimistic, life in the post-apocalypse if all the kids had escaped at the very start. Aoi POV, whole cast, with a side of Aoi/Sakura.

Fifteen Friends Mukuro Ikusaba Never Had by Miss_Prince

  • Recommended by: looploop
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: A few moments that, in another life, might have led to friendship. The countdown to the end of the world has begun.
  • Comments: A fascinating speculative look at the pre-series relationships of a character who doesn't get much time to shine in the game itself. Really in-character, really melancholy, really despair-inducing.

why stand on formalities when we're already so close by suitablyskippy

  • Recommended by: waxbees, gosh
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Before Syo arrived there were just blackouts, and way too many pieces of DIY equipment hidden round Fukawa's room.
  • Comments: Unsettling, nightmarish, grimy, creepy, and fantastic.

night terrors by bellmare

  • Recommended by: waxbees
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: The road to recovery is paved with night terrors. (spoileriffic, set after the game)
  • Comments: The people who survive go on to find out that the Monoworld isn't real, and that the police have been surrounding Hope's Peak in a siege for quite awhile now, and their families are okay.

A MOTHER FUCKING SURPRISE DON'T ASK QUESTIONS by StrawberryFunk (AO3 version)

  • Recommended by: Kalle, Twiddler
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Wherein the entire school life of mutual killings was all a setup for The Greatest, Most Hope-Inducing Surprise Birthday Party in the History of Mankind. (Endgame spoilers!)
  • Comments: Utterly hilarious and perfectly in-character. And an even better Twist Ending. Surprise!

Memory by Ziddia

  • Recommended by: gosh
  • Status: Dead (last update May 2013)
  • Summary: Togami remembers the past, before everything went to hell. This... changes some things. (Spoilers)
  • Comments: Interesting, although unfinished.

Calculated by Masu_Trout

  • Recommended by: gosh
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Mondo Oowada gives a practical lesson on the differences between 'I killed', 'I ended up killing', and 'I tried to kill but failed miserably'. It is, unsurprisingly, a rather unpleasant experience for everyone involved.
  • Comments: Quite in-character, and all in all an interesting view into Togami's head.

Wow, That's Kind Of by Kitt_Monroe

  • Recommended by: Scabex 615, Space Cowboy
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Supposing Mondo didn't go batshit when Chihiro told him her secret. (An alternate take on Chapter 2 where no one dies and everyone's secrets are revealed.)
  • Comments: Comes up with interesting and plausible secrets for all the characters who didn't have theirs revealed in the game proper, along with all their reactions.

Light in Despair's darkness by Avret

  • Recommended by: Saber The Fallen Angel, The Anguished One
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: AU, Rational!Naegi. Monokuma was prepared for almost every eventuality. However, he did not realize that hope was not the only mental state that could stand against despair.
  • Comments: A very well written story exploring an interesting concept. The changes so far have all been justified, and make the audience wonder what else will change later on. A sequel can be here.

I Too Have A Maiden's Heart by Maybethings

  • Recommended by: Explosivo25
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: A series of drabbles centred around Sakura, Aoi, their relationship, and the sometimes maybe tricky business of being a girl.
  • Comments: Well-written set of drabbles that provide excellent characterization for both Sakura and Aoi. Some are lighthearted, and some are extremely heartbreaking. There are spoilers for Dangan Ronpa so read at your own risk if you haven't finished the game. There is ship tease in places but no outright shipping.

The Ultimate Hope by hunterofcomedy

  • Recommended by: Alucard, Space Cowboy
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: AU story in which all of Junko's plans to create despair backfire on her completely.
  • Comments: This one is straight-up hilarious, and has a few moments of non-intrusive shipping too (if you're fine with the in-story acknowledged Crack Pairings). If you ever wanted to see Junko become the Only Sane Butt-Monkey in a world filled with hope, this story is for you. Be wary of profanity and occasional raunchy humor.

System Restore by CarthagoDelenda

  • Recommended by: Khym Chanur
  • Status: Dormant; last updated June 2017
  • Pairing: Hinata Hajime/Nanami Chiaki, Ultimate Imposter/Ibuki Mioda
  • Summary: AU of the second game where Hanamura succeeded in killing Komaeda instead of Togami.

Hope on a Distant Mountain by Handalion

  • Recommended by: Khym Chanur
  • Status: Dead (last updated April 2016)
  • Summary: The events of the game were just that, a game. A VR simulation meant to test and strengthen Naegi's character. But though the events were fake, the impact they had on Naegi was very real. Now he has to go back to his normal, everyday life, deal with the fact that his classmates aren't quite the people he thought he knew, and figure out what the school intends by promoting him to SDHS Hope.

Super High School Level Cockblock by Mithrigil and puella_nerdii

  • Recommended by: koopakoop
  • Status: Complete/Oneshot
  • Synopsis: No one at Hope's Peak Academy ever gets laid.
  • Comments: A silly little humour fic in which life gets in the way of the students' romantic endeavours. You've got to love the increasingly ridiculous ways they get interrupted. No actual NSFW.

Never Say Never by hunterofcomedy

  • Recommended by: Arcade Tokens, Space Cowboy
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A single event can change the course of history. Circumstances change when the students of Hope's Peak Academy decide to stand together against the Mastermind.
  • Comments: An interesting take on a scenario where Mukuro Ikusaba regrets her role as Junko's accomplice and tries her best to keep everybody alive despite not still being known as 'Junko Enoshima'

Danganronpa X3: Savior's Last Bloom by Ace Nero

  • Recommended by: Melody Rose Gold
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Life seemed to be taking a bright turn for Chiaki Nanami at Hope's Peak with all the bonds she formed, until it was all torn apart by her antithesis Junko Enoshima. After being pulled from death's door, she's forced to work under a certain organization while enduring psychological torment and the complex relationship with her former teacher.

Give a Little Luck by if-youhaveghosts

  • Recommended by: Melody Rose Gold
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: "Super High School Level Luck" Naegi Makoto is possibly the most unlucky student at Hope's Peak Academy. Failing to live up to his title, Naegi has one semester to prove himself before he is expelled.
  • Comments: So far a very well done in character story that also incorporates background OC's who build on the character's personalities and experiences in a Pre-Despair setting.

SHSL Redundant by Ubriaco come una Scimmia

  • Recommended by: Plasticflamingos
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Takes place in an AU where Monokuma introduces a Mary Sue as the new motive while the students try to find some information
  • Comments: A humorous story that comes in two perspectives alternating every chapter, one is from the eyes of the Sue who has an incredibly delusional view of the world, and the other is what actually happens. The writing styles are drastically different and there are some good jokes in there too.
  • Now with a trope page.

The memories of Otonashi Ryoko series by smxsonic

  • Recommended by: transparentanswer
  • Status: Dormant; last updated July 2017
  • Synopsis: Supposedly Naegi managed to stop Enoshima Junko's execution which led to her capture by the future foundation and under Naegi's convincing, eventually have her memories erased, returning to the blank slate that was Otonashi Ryoko.
  • Comments: It was a nice fic that puts a blend of Dangan Ronpa Zero elements to it. It helps to blend out more of Otonashi Ryoko herself and see how she grows to be different from Junko. There's also a series following Dangan Ronpa IF.

Extra Life by The_Apocryphal_One

  • Recommended by: nmn3r3, Net Neutrality, Korodzik
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Izuru knew he couldn't let her die, not like this, not while he had the power to save her. Chiaki survives her execution— but the fate of the world is still sealed. The road to recovery is a hard one, and a reunion is far off.
  • Comments: A canon compliant Fix Fic where Izuru rescues and revives Chiaki after her death in canon. What sets this fic apart from others with the same premise are things like the research poured into Chiaki's recovery, and Izuru's mission to find out why he saved her.

Expansion Pack by The_Apocryphal_One

  • Recommended by: Korodzik
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A collection of one-shots set in the same universe as Extra Life, mostly after the events of the fic and exploring the backstories and character development for various characters.

Project Rewrite bysophie_enoshima

  • Recommended by: Anonymous
  • Status: Complete
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  • Synopsis: Spoilers for all of Super Danganronpa 2 Author's summary: It's been two months since the Neo World Program ended and things are looking bleak. No one is showing any signs of waking up. That's when Future Foundation show up with what everyone needs...a solution. The only problem...Hajime has to re-enter the game where history will repeat itself. If he can stop the murders from happening again everyone gets to survive. Can he save everyone or will he crumble when new murders occur?
  • Comments: This story is one of the most well-written stories I have ever read. The characterization is on point in my opinion and perfectly portrays what Danganronpa is. I am in love with it and it's hard to put into words why.

Hope's Peak's Brightest And Best by Instrumentalist

  • Recommended by: Octobersanctuary
  • Status: Dormant; last updated December 2017
  • Summary: Things are a little crazy. Right now, Nekomaru and Akane are in the dining room having a brawl over who gets the last beer, egged on by Hiyoko, Mahiru, Fuyuhiko, and Peko; Ibuki, Mikan, Chiaki, and Hajime are in the living room getting high, watching Kazuichi drunkenly trying to repair Sonia's TV; Teruteru, Sonia, Gundham, and Nagito are attempting to make dessert for everyone; and Ryota and the Impostor are rapidly finishing off the last of the Mc Nuggets. School starts in 6 hours, and Makoto and his classmates are trying to ignore the various calls and texts they're getting from their upperclassmen. In short, just another night for the 77th and 78th Classes of Hope's Peak Academy. Ms. Yukizome is not going to be happy when she hears about this in the morning...
  • Comments: An entertainingly snarky Non-Despair AU story involving a two-day party before the start of the year. Filled with fun, well-written dialogue and an interesting takes on both the characters & life at Hope's Peak in general.

The Lion's Den by Arcawolf. Can be found on A03 and fanfiction.net

  • Recommended by:Melody Rose Gold
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: After the conclusion of the Killing Game, Komaeda realizes he has no choice but to bring the Ultimate Hope under his care. The world has become a very dangerous place after all, and there's no way he can allow Naegi Makoto's light to blink out.(Komaeda decides to shelter/adopt/kidnap a terrified Naegi, and Ultimate Despair is a poor host)

Brace for Recoil by Mithrigil

  • Recommended by: Tinymushroom
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Spoilers for the entirety of Super Danganronpa 2. A fic exploring Peko's Start of Darkness and her connection to the Twilight Syndrome Mystery Murders. Worth reading if only for the extremely good characterisation of Junko Enoshima.

Coda: Resolve by quassia

  • Recommended by: Nothri, Kaiserin Kai
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set some time after the events of Danganronpa 2, this series explores the efforts of the surviving members of the Neo World Program to face their pasts and protect one another from the return of despair as comatose friends begin to awaken and vanished memories resurface.

Danganronpa 3: True Despair byAlexIsOkay

  • Recommended by: Knight Spark
  • Status: Dormant; last updated December 2017
  • Synopsis: I'll be blunt, I didn't like Danganronpa 3: Despair Arc. It had a lot of little issues, but the biggest thing that put me off was the ending. I was hoping to see Junko go through the different members of Class 77 one at a time, using her knack for manipulation to turn them towards despair by really getting to the core of what would break them down as a person. I wanted to see what made each of them tick, and what could cause overwhelmingly cheerful and positive characters like Sonia or Nekomaru to turn so incredibly evil. Needless to say, I was pretty bummed out when I found that the answer was "literal mind control." So, this is my attempt to remedy that, and to create a story that's more interesting than some funky hypnosis video. Hopefully I'll do the series proud. Enjoy!
  • Comments: I have to say, if the original followed this formula, then maybe half the fanbase wouldn't deny that the anime was even created. If you want to see a better version of DR 3, then look no further.

A Lesson In Order and Despair by MonochromeMastermind

  • Recommended by: Lizardon
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Kiyotaka Ishimaru began his life at Hope's Peak Academy bursting with optimism, determined to succeed. However, finding himself enveloped in a school and a world that both increasingly disregard order and regulation, it's only a matter of time before he inevitably snaps. This is the story of how Kiyotaka Ishimaru destroyed the world, and how he became the mastermind of a twisted game of betrayal and survival at Hope's Peak. A twisted lesson in order and despair.

You've Got That Wrong! by KlonoaDreams

  • Recommended by: Lizardon
  • Status: Dormant; last updated October 2017
  • Synopsis: They say poor communication kills, and it definitely shows during the first trial when a certain Super High School Level Good Luck mentions one little detail that perplexes everyone. Apparently, nobody expected Makoto Naegi to be female...except Monokuma, but he doesn't count.
  • Comments: Probably one of the cutest fics to come out of the DR fandom. Seeing Fem!Naegi's interactions with the rest of Class 78 gave me the fuzzies.

The Yearbook by HopeyMcHope

  • Recommended by: Doc Holiday
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A few weeks after the end of the Final Killing Game, Makoto Naegi is presented with a yearbook that he's warned could change how the survivors of Hope's Peak's 78th class view their living friends, their dead classmates, and themselves. As the gang deals with the book's revelations, the Future Foundation is undergoing changes, new relationships are developing, and another threat is lurking. Everyone must determine how much the past really matters to the present and where they'll go from here. This story attempts to fill the gap before the final scene of DR 3: Hope Side. (Naegiri happens and other ships are also hinted at.)
  • Comments: If you, like this troper, have been dying to find out what the hell happened between the last two shots of Side: Hope, this is the fic for you. It deals with the fallout from the Final Killing Game, and the idea of a Yearbook that none of Class 78 remembers provides interesting conflicts throughout the story. (Also, obviously great Naegiri fluff.) Please check this fic out.

pink lemonade by ruruka

  • Recommended by: kan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: togami and naegi kill people for a living.

Ghost In the Machine by Lirillith

  • Recommended by: Korodzik
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Danganronpa 2 one-shot, set after the ending. After her death, AI Chiaki is stuck in a limbo of endless dreaming. Until, one day, a friendly voice comes from the outside.

Nocturne by prosodiical

  • Recommended by: Korodzik
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: One-shot. A series of cute scenes between Chiaki and Hajime, set after the events of Danganronpa 2, with Chiaki accompanying Hajime as he does his part in fighting the remains of Despair. Contains some spoilers for the Danganronpa 3 anime.

make (un)make ; made (un)made by blueseawitch

  • Recommended by: Korodzik
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: One-shot. A look into Chiaki's mind during key moments of Danganronpa 2. Contains spoilers for the Danganronpa 3 anime.

Izuru Kamukura's Cuddly Toy by Suitov

  • Recommended by Shine101
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: When your artificial demigod emerges from his pod uncooperative and violent, what do you do? Give him something to cuddle! It… works? (A story about understanding. There is Kamukoma shipping towards the end. Hope’s Peak Academy Fluffiness Committee hopes you enjoy.)
  • Comments: An Alternate Universe Fic that diverges from canon just after Izuru's creation. If you couldn't guess, this is a very cute fic about Izuru getting a toy after his creation that he cherishes dearly and names Dandelion. This fic is a great mix of funny and adorable as Izuru takes an almost instant liking to Dandelion and his fluffy mane, decides the best thing in the world is fluffiness (a point he brings up often and at length) and does his best to annoy the ever-loving fluff out of the scientists running the Kamukura Project - who don't approve of their expensive Ultimate Hope's increasing attachment to Dandelion. As mentioned in the summary, the fic contains Kamukoma and it's pretty prevalent (though not until half-way through the fic) so if Kamukoma isn't your cup of tea, I wouldn't advise reading this.
  • Now with a tropes page!

    General Fics for Danganronpa V 3 

I'd Trade My Life For Yours by grayimperia

  • Recommended by: Humble-Novice, Sakami, Net Neutrality
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: ‘’Three different sacrifices are made, and three different survivors stumble out of the rubble.’’ An Alternate Universe Fic where Kaede Akamatsu lives past the first trial and goes on to unify the remaining students while coping with guilt and self-loathing.
  • Comments: Well-written and updated almost weekly, the story explores the changes and consequences that unfold due to Kaede's survival and Shuichi's execution. Everyone is accurately portrayed in-character while developing in ways differing from Canon. Each chapter is also laden with tricks, hints, and secrets that leave readers (even those who've completed V3) guessing.

Three-Point Shot by RandomRex6

  • Recommended by: Sentairider42, MrHollowRabbit, Net Neutrality
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Author's Summary "The first investigation was going exactly as the Mastermind hoped it would. And then Ouma picked up the ball."
  • Comments: A great AU fic that depicts how things would’ve gone if Shuichi saw through Kaede’s failed death trap, and the group correctly convicted Tsumugi in the first trial.
  • Pairing(s): Shuichi Saihara/Kaede Akamatsu, Maki Harukawa/Kaito Momota
  • Comments: This AU is as good, if not better than the story in the game itself. Everyone's more or less in-character, the character interactions are written with so much heart and care, and you might be surprised by certain plot twists that heads a lot differently than the actual game. As stated above, the first chapters already spoilt some late-game plot threads, so it's best to read this fic once you've completed the main story of DRV3.

An Encore From My Crying Heart by kirastrations. Can be found on fanfiction.net and archiveofourown.org.

  • Recommended by: Hirowriter, Retsuka
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Another Alternate Universe Fic where Shuichi Saihara,takes the First Blood Perk in order to prevent the Class Trial and spares Kaede Akamatsu from their canon fate, who then proceeds to power through the Killing Game, causing new dynamics to form, and new choices to be made.
  • Comments: Well-written with rich story telling, great characterization, and good mysterious for the Class Trials. Special mention goes to how Kaede has to mentally and emotionally struggle with the guilt of Rantaro's murder and Shuichi's sacrifice, as well as endure the growing strain from the Killing Game. Flawlessly characterised - everyone is well-portrayed, whilst still managing to be uniquely developed and fleshed out from Canon, and every trial and chapter twist is written in a way that makes you feel like you're replaying the game. On the same level as the work I'd Trade My Life For Yours.
  • Notes: Also has its own page on This Very Wiki.

Reaching by kokichiouma

  • Recommended by: Kokichi
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: "Even if that hand reaches out to him, Ouma won't pull it, or let himself be pulled. A helping hand is useless if the person being helped spurns it. The loop continues again." An Ouma-centric time loop Alternate Universe Fic. There will be Saihara/Ouma in the future, but it is primarily focused on the plot and Ouma and Saihara getting to know each other.
  • Comments: Incredibly written, flawlessly characterized, and both heart-wrenching and hopeful, Reaching is powerful enough to not only make you cry, but make you want to live.

Life Could Be Beautiful by idaate

  • Recommended by: Brighty 124, Lorealie, Kokichi
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Summary: The NDRV3 cast post-game, throughout the years. (Contains endgame spoilers.)
  • Comments: A heart-wrenching story that chronicles the lives of the New Danganronpa V3 characters after the events of the game. Each chapter focuses on a different group of characters, and reads like a complete story. Masterfully written.

A New Hope (Danganronpa) by Crit Fail

  • Recommended by: Net Neutrality
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Forty-Seven Students awaken in Hope's Peak Academy, to find themselves at the mercy of Monokuma and his many machinations. Their only means of escape? To commit the perfect murder, without being caught in the process. Can there be any hope amidst the overwhelming despair?
  • Comments: An AU in which the casts from all three main games are thrown together into the same killing game. Prepare for the Ultimate Danganronpa Social Experiment. Ever wonder how sweet, innocent Chihiro would interact with rude, vulgar Miu? Or how Yamada would react upon meeting Shirogane the cosplayer? All this and more in A New Hope.
  • Now has muliple sequels and spin-offs, as well as its own trope page here.

Danganronpa, The Old American Killing Game by Trygve11

  • Recommended by: megafanboi
  • Status: in Progress
  • Summary: What if all of the Danganronpa characters were in one killing game and what if two Americans joined them in the fun? This is the ultimate killing game of despair, betrayal, and death. Watch as your favorite characters duke it out to see who survives the longest and not only that, you, the reader, can influence the story and how it plays out!
  • Comments: The story gets off to a rocky start but the writing has been steadily improving with a new cowriter. Additionally the initial chapters are in the progress of being rewritten

Ordinary Days by gonta & starrynova

  • Recommended by: Octobersanctuary, Sakami
  • Status: Hiatus
  • Summary: This is the story of a particularly interesting class that attended Hope's Peak.
  • Comments: An AU in which the cast of New Danganronpa V3 are students of Hope's Peak's reserve course - Well-written and frequently poignant.

The Friends We Used to Know by ikuzonos

  • Recommended by: chloe_price
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Shuuichi Saihara, Maki Harukawa, and Himiko Yumeno survived the fifty-third season of mutual killing... only to wake up and discover they've been in a virtual reality simulation the entire time. Stuck in a compound belonging to the film studio, the three survivors cope with the trauma they've endured... and hope that their lost friends will awaken too. Slight AU where the entirety of V3 took place in a virtual reality sim.
  • Comments: Absolutely stunning read. The author kept all the characters, well, in character, and spun an enthralling plot - that remains perfectly realistic. There wasn't a single part of it which wouldn't make me hold my breath. If you're not avoiding spoilers, please read this.

16x3 by Oatsotas

  • Recommended by: Lorealie
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Summary: The game was a simulation, a story told before. The survivors wake up first, but something is wrong. Where's the studio? Where's the producers, the executives, the fans, the cameras? All that's there is an island, all too familiar. And people. People that shouldn't exist. After all, they should just be fictional.
  • Comments: An interesting twist on the "None of the characters in the game stay dead because it was a simulation like SD2" type of post-game story in that the second game's cast is there to help the survivors (and their friends) readjust to the world and deal with their various forms of PTSD as they wake up. The result is a mildly mindscrewy mystery as the V3 kids have an existential crisis as they know everything around them shouldn't be real, and the older former remnants of despair do their best to try and help these kids they found in a situation so similar to their own despite not knowing how they got into the pods in first place. Beautifully written with an eerie poetic quality at points and the characters seen thus far have all been very well done. Welcome to the Hope's Peak Academy Saga V3 cast. Hope you survive this experience and don't fall into despair.

All I Ever Wanted by KarkatTheDalek

  • Recommended by: Sentairider42
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Author's Summary "The greatest mistake you can ever make is assuming your dreams belong to you. The story of how 16 students were enrolled in the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles."
  • Comments: An AU fic that explores the audition process that the NDRV3 cast went through before participating in the 53rd season of Team Danganronpa’s Killing Game. This fic is still in it’s infancy, with only five chapters at the present, but it has lots of potential.

Welcome to the Gifted Inmates Academy by LisaBasil

  • Recommended by: Lorealie
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Summary: As tensions with the public arise, Hope's Peak Academy looks for a means to improve public relations, and finds it through rehabilitating talented criminals in an abandoned prison island. Join the 1st Class of the Gifted Inmates Academy as they adjust to life at the school-and each other.
  • Comments: If you were disappointed by how underused the Prison School concept was in Dangan Ronpa V3 then this fic is for you. Every student has committed a crime that generally suits them to keep them in character, their interactions are fun to see, and their "wardens", the adult casts from DR3 and Despair Girls, are enjoyable without taking too much of the spotlight. As of posting this it hasn't updated in a while, but it's still well worth a look.

Scar Tissue of Their Worlds by soniagiris

  • Recommended by: Lady
  • Status: Complete/Oneshot
  • Summary: they choose their own futures.
  • Comments: A short but heartbreaking fic that chronicles the survivors of the Gifted Inmates killing game. Thoughtful and well-stylized.

Kaede Akamatsu: SHSL Slapper by queenofmelons & anonymous friend

  • Recommended by: koopakoop
  • Status: Complete/Oneshot
  • Summary: Kaede Akamatsu, a seemingly normal girl, with a deathly powerful hand and a confusing array of abilities. A.K.A Kaede gets the knowledge of a fully spoiled player who loves the slapping mechanic just a little too much.
  • Comments: Crack, pure and simple, but delightful crack. Kaede becomes a hybrid of herself and a fully spoiled V3 player, and acts like it: slapping everything and everyone for Monocoins, being deathly suspicious of Tsumugi, and desperately trying to enter the school store when it's not appropriate to. Every word of this is mad beauty.

Alternate V by Litetech

  • Recommended by: Finkendoodle 101
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Author's Summary "You stand at a point and see two roads leading in different directions. One road, you already traveled. It's a road you became familiar with. The other road, however, you've yet to experience. Where shall this road take you? What will be waiting on the path? Will there even be a difference at all? Some things will never change, but things can be altered. This is an alternate road with an alternate experience. It alternates between familiar and unseen. This...is Alternate V."
  • Comments: An amazing AU fic that has a similar premise to Three-Point Shot (namely that Kaede is proven innocent and Tsumugi is revealed to be Rantaro's killer in the first class trial), and puts their own interesting spin on it. Combine that with keeping everyone so in-character that you'd think it was written by Kodaka himself and constantly subverting your expectations, you've got one hell of a story that is well worth a read.

Everyones Brand New And Improved Killing Game Semester by Nhitori

  • Talent Swap AU
  • Recommended by: Lady Hikariof Darkness
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Shuichi Saihara, the Ultimate Artist, finds himself waking up in a strange new place, he has no idea what to think. Lucky for him, the Ultimate Detective Kaede Akamatsu is there to do the thinking where he can't, and she's optimistic that the nature of the Ultimate Academy is to cultivate their talents; Even when the headmaster encourages them all to participate in a Killing Game. Everyone, even the magician who can't seem to stop lying, agree not to participate... But does that really mean anything?
  • Comments: A wonderful Talent Swap AU that manages to keep everyone in character. It explores different possible scenarios such as two separate killers committing murder during a similar point in time while keeping a fresh spin on things. It excels at pulling the heartstrings and creating believable relationships. This is an incredible read that is worth your time.

expository noises by idaate

  • Recommended by: youkan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The ideal sort of a sleep is a dreamless one, a fact that Ouma’s confirmed several times with sleep containing dreams of varying intensity. Kind or cruel, he finds it an unpleasant experience either way because he’s not in control, he’s susceptible to the worst whims of his own revolting unconscious mind, and that’s not a fate he’d wish on anyone. But ideals are just ideals, not truth, and Ouma’s truth is that there are the ghosts of hands clinging to his neck when he wakes up. - Amami helps cure Ouma's nightmares with his rainforest playlist on Spotify.
  • Pairing(s): Rantaro/Kokichi

Vacant Seat by GalaxyAqua

  • Recommended by: youkan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Shirogane has been absent from school for 3 weeks now. Akamatsu hates that she’s the only one who’s seemed to notice.
  • Pairing(s): Kaede/Tsumugi

all light in the heavens by ikuzonos

  • Recommended by: youkan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Saihara and Kaede spend their first Christmas together.
  • Pairing(s): Shuichi/Kaede

past the bitterness and broken things by Illmerica

  • Recommended by: youkan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It didn't seem to matter what she did—who she killed, who she sacrificed, who she saved, or even how she died—because Harukawa Maki would always wake up in that same damn classroom to start the worst day of her entire miserable life over again.

nonexisting, you still filled my mind by ghostheart

  • Recommended by: youkan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Three ghosts visit Shuuichi.

Back Route by Lorealie

  • Recommended by: LaughAlotGirly7856
  • Status: On-going
  • Synopsis: A choice was made to change things before the 53rd season was set into motion, without the would-be mastermind's input. Shuichi Saihara would be made into the heavily advertised "lead" of the show, with his Ultimate Talent and hatless image on full display. Kaede Akamatsu, his "Perky female sidekick" character would be the surprise protagonist instead.
So a code monkey was set to work, changing their subconscious "programming" as needed, so Shuichi set the shot put ball trap into motion and lead to his execution.But that was his story, this is her's. Now Kaede has to keep her friends safe while looking for a way to escape. Not knowing who she can't trust but trying to have faith in them all anyway. No matter how little some deserve it.

  • Comments: This is one of the few stories that kept me on my toes on trying to figure out who's going to survive, along with who can or cannot be trusted. Personally the first for me to see make use of the FTE with other characters hanging out with each other as oppose to just being limited to the POV of the protagonist.

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    Alternate Cast Fics 

Stories that replay the premise of the game with a cast of original characters. See also Fan Sequel.

O Fortuna Velut Luna by Hoprocker

  • Recommended by: Rose Bride
  • Status: Dormant (last updated July 2017)
  • Summary: The Most Despair-Inducing Incident in the History of Mankind...it only makes sense that such a catastrophic event would spread to the other side of the world. While Naegi and company fought their battles, a new story unfolded at St. Fortuna's University for the Naturally Gifted. A story filled with pain, grief, and a very fleeting amount of hope. This is that story.
  • An Elsewhere Fic (Original Characters and Original Setting...except Monobear) that takes place in the US, so far there are 13 chapters, has some art posted in the author's DA account, and except for some Mythology Gags contains little to no spoilers of the series.

Fangan Ronpa: Universal Despair Sale by SarcasticProductions

  • Recommended by: madcapguy
  • Status: Complete, with a sequel in progress.
  • Summary: Sixteen All-Star students from the American equivalent of Hope's Peak Academy, Success Summit, are forced by Monobear into a game of Mutual Killing in the Mall of Monomerica. (Be warned of massive spoilers for the first two games in the final chapter)
  • The story is told in similar style to the games, divided into six cases/chapters which are further seperated into free-time/exploration , investigation periods, and then a class-trial/execution.
  • Comments: A very enjoyable (and, at over two-hundred thousand words, lengthy) fic. The story is alternatingly told from all sixteen students perspective, giving them each time to develop. The full story is available on tumblr, but is unedited. An edited version is currently being released piece-meal on archiveofyourown 3-4 times a week. Official character portraits can be found through a link on tumblr or embedded in the first chapter of the edited version.
  • Notes: Now has its own page on This Very Wiki.

Graduate Meeting Of Mutual Killing by Reading Forever

  • Recommended by: Arcade Tokens
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Some time after the happenings of the School Life of Mutual Killing, sixteen graduates of Hope's Peak are called by the Future Foundation under the pretense of appointing them to help restore the world. Akane Ogata, ex-Super High School Level Chemist, along with other fifteen, are locked into an underground shelter, under the ruling of the loathed Monobear and the threat of eventually starving to death if they don't kill somebody and don't get caught.
  • Comments: Although the story had a slow start in terms of characterization (as one may notice some traits just disappear in later chapters without explanation), once the author got the grasp of each character the story really got better. It also includes illustrations about the characters. Contains an important spoiler in first paragraph

Dangan Ronpa: Legacy of Despair by Magorgle

  • Recommended by: 0999Silv
  • Status: Dormant
  • Summary: A Dangan Ronpa fan story starring sixteen original characters stuck in the Kamakura History Museum, written in the format of a game script. Readers will have the opportunity to choose who the main character spends their free time with and trial puzzles will given in a way that allows for the readers to solve the puzzles themselves.
  • Comments: Characters are very well made with the quirky personalities you would expect to find in the original series. Clever murder mysteries and puzzles well thought out. Readers can vote for character Free Time. Contains some spoilers from the original games.
  • Trope page under construction

Dangan Ronpa: Forever Despair by Kitt_Monroe

  • Recommended by: nettlemace
  • Status: Dormant
  • Summary: A fan story about sixteen original students in "Hope's Peak Metropolis" - a city set up by Monobear as the stage for mutual killing. Inspired by Legacy of Despair above, and follows the same script format. Will contain spoilers for both games.
  • Comments: It has a colorful, likeable cast, many of whom have Hidden Depths. The mysteries are presented in a similar manner to the games, giving the reader a chance to solve them.
  • Trope page under construction

Dangan Ronpa Against Hope and Despair Part 1: Seekers of A New World by darkblade

  • Recommended by: xtiandg0914
  • Status: Dormant
  • Summary: A fan redesign of the Visual Novel Dangan Ronpa. This story stars 26 characters trapped by Monokuma in a game of Mutual Killing. Follow the adventure of Kyon Utsurugi, the SHSL Detective, as he and his friends uncover the mysteries of a mysterious social group called the Bringers of a New Future. It takes place in an unknown area and contains twists and turns in every corner.
  • Comments: It is an interesting story that allows the viewers a chance to interact by determining who gets free time, and even try to solve the puzzles. It even has a few original ideas.
  • Trope page under construction

Despair's Last Resort by ParadoxProphet

  • Recommended by: Ishi Matsu 615
  • Status: Main story completed, with bonus chapters and a (dormant) prequel.
  • Summary: Takara Tsukuda has been chosen to attend Hope's Peak Academy as the Super High School Level Journalist, and she couldn't be happier about it. But things don't turn out as planned when she and fifteen other students fall unconscious and find themselves in some strange resort. They are told that the school has sent them all on a special vacation, and despite a few oddities it seems that's all this is. But then a black and white bear shows up and tells them that they're not allowed to leave. Now they're all stuck in a game of this bear's own design: either live in peace in this resort for the rest of their lives, or murder a fellow classmate and fool everyone else to escape. When she doesn't know who could be tempted to kill, Takara has to figure out the truth about why they were forced into this game, or die trying.
  • Comments: This fic is filled with a number of likable characters who will no doubt get you to cry over when they get killed, intriguing mysteries, and is quite the Door Stopper. The author put a lot of thought out into this story, and it shows. Contains spoilers for the first two games.

Dangan Ronpa: The Courage Of Hope And The Strength Of Despair by Adzan

  • Recommended by: Gin Merric
  • Status: Dormant
  • Summary: After the destruction of SHSL Despair's plans at Hope's Peak Academy, the Remnants of Despair are ready for their plan on Jabberwock Island. However, deep in the depth of Despair lies other members with other plans. Now 16 students awaken to find themselves trapped by a mysterious mastermind for a deadly game of mutual killing. So, how strong is the power of your hope?
  • Comments: A Fan-sequel to the first game, a new main cast with original characters alongside Monokuma, has some illustrations of the 16 cast members, Currently 3 chapters in but is still ongoing.
  • Notes: Now has a trope page.

Dangan Ronpa: A New Horizon of Despair by Koopakirby

  • Recommended by: darkblade
  • Status: Dormant
  • Summary: A Fangan Ronpa story, starring Shin Tsudzuki, who has the mysterious and unfortunate talent of Ultimate Loser. It takes place in a Space Station above Earth called the Kumet. With Shin and his 15 other classmates trapped in a sadistic game run by Monokuma, it won't take long until tension breaks lose. Will any of them survive this out of this world experience? This story offers the readers to interact with the story using the game-inspired mechanic of Free Time as well.
  • Comment: The story is thrilling and has a unique cast of characters. Most of these characters have hinted thus far at their own motives and secrets. If you want a story that focuses not just on friendships and teamwork but also on tensions and ordeals, this work is for you.
  • Trope page under construction

Fangan Fuckin' Ronpa by CallMeRaven

  • Recommended by: darkblade
  • Status: Dormant
  • Summary: A work inspired by other well-known Fangan Ronpa stories. It follows the Danagn Ronpa norm: fifteen students trapped in an unknown, unique locale, who must commit murder to escape—the works. Don't let the name fool you; this story is as serious as they come. It stars Kata Tsuga, who possesses the unusual-for-a-protagonist talent of SHSL Blogger. Who among these unlucky students will live and die? Check it out for yourself—it's Fangan Fuckin' Ronpa!
  • Comment: Very interesting and well-rounded cast and setting, and the protagonist has attitude. This story has it's own clever spin in handling the story.

Diabolical Contest of Mutual Killing by Reading Forever

  • Recommended by: Arcade Tokens
  • Status: Completed
  • Summary: Sequel to Graduate Meeting of Mutual Killing. Sixteen commanders of Diavolos Avante are considered candidates to take part of the Main Board. What seemed to Mitsuhiko Hikari, ex-SHSL Hunter, a competition to decide which one would take the spot turned into a struggle to survive fueled by not only Monobear, but also by a strange new mechanical being. Why are both of them pushing for deaths to happen? Is there really a conspiracy forming inside Diavolos Avante? What's going on with the Main Board?
  • Comments: A direct sequel to Graduate Meeting, continuing plot points established in the first story. Although so far many things are starting to deviate from the established canon usually seen in Dangan Ronpa stories the author seems to be doing a lot of effort to create a new environment and new characters to mesh with the universe.

We Can Choose the Future by FloatingTriangles

  • Recommended by: Oloneiros
  • Status: Completed
  • Summary: Agro Tenma is this year's Ultimate Luck, stuck under the shadow of an older sister who was also an Ultimate. However, just like Hope's Peak Academy's 78th class, Agro is knocked out upon arrival and convened in the school with 15 other Ultimates, where they are told by their captor Monokuma that they must commit the perfect murder to escape. However, as the mutual killing game proceeds, things become even less straightforward. It becomes clear that there are some things even out of Monokuma's control: what are the greater forces at play? It seems that the mutual killing game has a purpose beyond simply spreading despair: what is the ulterior goal of this situation? And one ominous name consistently shows up, promising answers to the cast that they may not like: just what is the story behind the "Weltall Reactor"?
  • Comments: The extremely unique format of the story is enough to check it out: it plays out as a choose-your-own-adventure story where commenters actively made decisions for the next part, most of which had very impactful consequences. The cast is colorful and very likable, with a couple few characters being extremely beloved by the community that rallied behind the story's decision-making. "We Can Choose the Future" has an especially strong first and final arc, both of which demonstrate the author's willingness to take the story in unorthodox, but rewarding, directions.

The End of The Mutual Killing by Reading Forever

  • Recommended by: Tempuraeater
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Hope's Peak has been closed for quite a while already, everybody knows it. That's why Azalea Stravopoulos doesn't understand why she has been kidnapped and given an SHSL title. Since when is she the Super High School Level Motivator? She is way too old for high school, too! In a clearly virtual world, she and other fifteen Hostages have been pitted against each other, once again with one condition: Kill and get away with it to escape.
  • Comments: It's the last part of The World After The End Trilogy. RF is deviating from his style in the other two stories and so far it's much better written than the other parts.

Ultimate Danganronpa 3: Despair's Final Challenge by Maestro Infinite

  • Recommended by: Hirowriter
  • Status: Dormant (last updated April 2017)
  • Synopsis: This story is canon to the whole Hope's Peak Saga, and takes place after Danganronpa 3. The story revolves around Akira Maita, a Reserve Course student, who got invited to join a special extracurricular course being held on October 32, 2015. However, he and the other nineteen students invited to join the extracurricular course get tricked by Monokuma and forced into a Mutual Killing Game. But what doesn't add up is how the history in this case contradicts with that of the real history. Furthermore, among the captives are those who shouldn't be there: Izuru Kamukura, Nagito Komaeda, Chihiro Fujisaki, Mukuro Ikusaba, Yasuke Matsuda, and Soshun Murasame (who looks nor acts nothing like the Soshun from the Grand Finale animation). This story will act as the Grand Finale to the completed Hope's Peak Academy Saga.
  • Comments: This story has rich story: consisting of drama, comedy, romance, angst, paranoia, and more. The writing style is comfortable and easy to keep up. It seems to be shaping up to be one of the longest Danganronpa fics ever written, too.
  • Notes: Now has its own page on This Very Wiki.

Revival of Hope by Queenofdragons2

  • Recommended by: DarkerShining
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: When Masaru Kurohiki agreed to be a part of Operation: Revival of Hope, led by Dr. Heizo Sasaki, he didn't realize how literal the name would turn out to be. Nor did he realize how much it would end up applying to him and Dr. Sasaki as well...
  • Comments: This story does a unique take on the concept of bringing the students who died during the events of the first game back to life, and also features well-written original characters. The first part of the story so far mainly focuses on how the original characters and the revived students deal with their new situation.

Dangan Ronpa: Dead on Arrival by gonta

  • Recommended by Brighty 124
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Sixteen teens. One mall. One bear. One semester of mutual killing.
  • Comments: Well written and enjoyable; the entire cast is likable, and while there's only been one murder at the time of writing this, it was well planned out and coordinated.
  • Trope page under construction.

Dangan Ronpa: Drowning in Bittersweet Despair by starrynova

  • Recommended by psytheperson
  • Status: Dormant; last updated October 2018
  • Synopsis: When sixteen teenagers are forced into a campsite, a strange little mascot appears telling them: kill or be killed. The question is who will survive.
  • Comments: A quick to impress cast with their own quirks and characteristics. Each character is interesting, and the killing game even features its own original mascot. Despite only being on its prologue at the time of this being written, this fangan has proven to be unique and endearing. It is sure to be one that you won't regret reading.

Forest of Despair by SanityRequiem

  • Recommended by Ultimate Shipper
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It was supposed to be yet another normal year of school, but something changed for the third class of the second Hope's Peak Academy. All twenty-one of them now have to struggle to stay alive in this new, twisted killing game. Everybody's favorite evil stuffed bear is back! Now Monokuma has trapped his students in the Suicide Forest.
  • Comments: Although it just started, the fic gives us good characters, which includes a funny, self aware narrator, a great setting, being the real place of the Suicide Forest, and enjoyable moments. It is very well written and is promised to become even better. There are already a bunch of mysteries and intrigue.
  • Trope page under construction

Dangan Ronpa: Grand Des-Paradise by blazingEmblem

  • Recommended by Immortal Angel Newton
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Clair Voyant and fourteen other students are accepted into Fortune's Light Academy, a U.S equivalent of Hope's Peak Academy. Their excitement is short-lived, however, as they soon find themselves kidnapped and forced to partake in a twisted game…a game of Mutual Killing. A Dangan Ronpa story written in script style, featuring an original plotline and characters.
  • Comments: Showing lots of hidden potential, this fanfic has twist and turns to the cases and characters. Also who doesn't love punny names for the characters via Ace Attorney style? While the cast may vary from likeability wit some clearly going to be either be a love or hate, it makes an interesting dynamic where students are not just trying to uncover the myserious of their school, but overcome the drama resonating among them. If you love Danganronpa and want a little more dramatic cast this is for you. Of course if you want lighthearted stuff then why the heck would you want to read a Danganronpa fanfic? Because people die and they die painful and complicated ways, ask the victims in this edgier and cutthroat story that delves into an interesting perspective of what a Killing Game could be like.
  • Trope Page under construction, needs serious Wiki Love

Disparity Between the Truth and Lies by RioA

  • Recommended by anonymous
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Ultimates are capable liars. Ultimates are capable killers. Who gave these humans a right to believe that Ultimates aren't capable of murder? I'll prove them wrong, and I'll prove them wrong in this beautifully thrilling killing game.
  • Comments: The author is really discriptive with their words. They are really good at describing the characters so far, and it is really engaging as well. All the characters seem engaging so far and so does the plot. I especially love the theme of "truth vs. lies" and the protagonist's talent as a pseudologist is really different from talents such as Naegi's Ultimate Hope.
  • Trope page under construction

On the Road to Despair by BIBOTOT

  • Recommended by Ultimate Bunny Lover
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: 16 students of Hope's Peak Academy suffering from memory loss find themselves imprisoned inside a fortress where the only way out is either die or kill and get away with the deed. To make matters worse, there are other parties involved to complicate the situation. What is the purpose of this cruel game? Will despair overshadow hope, or will hope shine in the darkness of despair?
  • Comments: Don't get fooled by its rather ordinary premise, this story is one of the most well-written SYOC on fanfiction.net. Although we’re only on the first case, this story has proven to be full of twists and mysteries. The cast is very diverse, all the characters has their own quirks and often have fun playing with popular tropes. The protagonist, Amelda, is possibly one of the most endearing MC I’ve ever seen, with his calculating (he’s the SHSL Accountant, lol), yet humorous personality. Basically, it’s a must-read!

Danganronpa: Crossing Despair: A Mutli-Anime Crossover by darkblade

  • Recommended by Bat Packer
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Taking place inside Monokuma's own mansion (Yes he has one) 17 characters have been place to participate in this murder mansion mystery with them being the killers and victims. Can Kogami the SHSL Puzzle Master be able to undercover all the myserious in this haunted estate or will he fall victim to Monokuma or the numerous anime characters trap with him? Basically this is a story about characters from different animes being trap in the same format of Danganronpa. Style inspired by works from Kitt and Magorgle.
  • Comments: With a unique cast of characters from many different anime, this fic has interesting character interactions and a nice mix of humor and mystery. Already off to a strong start, this fic show great promise.

Act of Despair by RioA

  • Recommended by anonymous
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: The world's painted in such beautiful colors. The world had been painted meticulously, every single corner tended to with care. However, with such beautiful colors, there lies a dark layer of hatred underneath... Tragedy vows to taint the world in nothing more than a single, bland, dull color.
Comments: I'm really loving it so far, and although the cast is smaller than usual, they are very colorful and seem to be fun to be with!

Dangan Ronpa: Heights of Despair by Razputin

  • Recommended by Psytrainer
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Just six years after the reopening of Hope's Peak Academy, the next class of students find themselves trapped in a mysterious building by the sinister Monokuma. Sixteen go in, but how many will leave? Who will survive to the end? And just why was Hanako Minami ever admitted in the first place?
  • Comments: If you're looking for a fic that's more subversive of what one would expect from a fangan, then this is mandatory reading. All of the students are interesting, including the protagonist, and the cases feature enough twists and red herrings such that the killers are never obvious. Oh, and the author fully embraces the Anyone Can Die aspect of these stories. Seriously, if the first three chapters taught me anything, it's that none of the characters are safe, regardless of how important they seem.

Danganronpa: Teenage Wasteland by CleverlyClearly

  • Recommended by Charbydis
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Welcome to Monokumaland, the Unhappiest Place on Earth! Sixteen students from various worlds have been trapped inside an amusement park at the whims of its sinister (yet strangely cuddly) mascot, and the only way out is to get away with murder!
  • Comments: A Massive Multiplayer Crossover between seventeen different series. Kyon makes a fantastic protagonist, and everyone manages to be written perfectly in-character. The first case alone has been full of twists and turns, and it promises to have many more in the future.

Danganronpa: Resort of Mutual Killing by BlueShadow

  • Recommended by mads_in_zero
  • Synopsis: In a fairly standard Danganronpa set up, 16 students wake up in a seemingly abandoned hotel, eventually revealed to be trapped there by Monokuma, who forces everyone to participate in a Killing Game. The fic takes some cues from the Danganronpa games themselves, with Talent Rooms and even short Free Time Events. Investigations and trials are also both rendered very faithfully, with the fic including music and pseudo-interactivity in trials.
  • Comments: The cast is comprised of characters submitted by readers (as is common on the forum it's on), leading to a cast that feels very diverse while (thanks to Blue Shadow) still having great chemistry. At the time of this writing, the first trial is in progress, and although obviously shorter and faster paced than a real Danganronpa trial, the fic manages to hit many of the same beats, representing everything from Non-stop Debates to Rebuttal Showdowns.

    Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

The L Word by Tinybit92

  • Recommended by: koopakoop
  • Status: Complete/Oneshot
  • Synopsis: It doesn't take Naegi long to say it, he has always worn his heart on his sleeve. But for someone like Kirigiri, these things don't come quite as easily. So, when she does finally say it, it's something truly special to him.
  • Pairing(s): Naegi/Kirigiri
  • Comments: Really, seriously cute Naegiri. A fluff piece hasn't made me feel so much in a long time.

Love, Love, Love by zenonaa

  • Recommended by: Cravat Lady
  • Status: Complete/Oneshot
  • Synopsis: Fukawa dies. Togami really shouldn't care.
  • Pairing(s): Togami/Fukawa
  • Comments: Bad Ending AU; an older fic, but still fantastically heartbreaking.

Recent History by ikuzonos

  • Recommended by: youkanekowarise
  • Status: Complete/Oneshot
  • Synopsis: Injured and recently dishcharged from Fenrir, Mukuro Ikusaba must learn to adjust to a normal life in Kyoto. But it's not as easy for her to get accustomed to this life, especially with the layer of loneliness hanging over her complex. She's got a few mysteries to solve, and she's going to start with figuring out what the deal is with the cat that keeps trying to break into her apartment.
  • Pairing(s): Mukuro/Sayaka
  • Comments: Non-Despair AU; sweet and well written. An unusual pair that works out magnificently, characters with realistic thoughts and speech patterns; very interesting setting; and a beautiful format of Mukuro's google searches interlacing with the rest of the text.

Smile for a Smile by chivalrousAmour

  • Recommended by: Ryuu_Asukawa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Tsumiki Mikan lived to save others. Her heart never faltered in the line of duty, and to be honest, she would feel more comfortable in a hospital room than her own wedding. But unfortunately for her, there's an exception to everything, and this exception is a baby-faced heir to the biggest Yakuza family in Japan!
  • Pairing(s): Mikan/Fuyuhiko and various other minor pairings
  • Comments: Non-despair AU. Even though it's rare pair fic, it was magnificently written. The characters are on-point, and the story is light-hearted and comedic in nature. There are many parts where you would be stifling laughter and then the next, you would feel like crying. Don't let the main ship put you off, the story will actually drag you into the rare pair and make you start shipping it because of how accurate the characterizations of all the characters depicted are.

The Snow Prince by eyeslikestarlight

  • Recommended by: The Lucky Cat
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: When she turns around to look at the puppy’s owner, the remnants of a smile still gracing her lips, she finds him staring at her with a contemplative expression. “What?” she asks, a bit defensively. “Is there something on my face?” He blinks quickly and immediately averts his gaze, burying his chin in his scarf once more. “Ah, n-no, I simply…that is…” He clears his throat, and Mahiru wonders where all of his bravado has gone.
  • Pairings: Gundham/Mahiru
  • Comments: A really sweet, Non-Despair!AU fic that features an excellently-written rarepair.

Sing Me A Song Of Despair by BeeAnka

  • Recommended by: lara16
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Summary: Junko has always been the only person in Mukuro's life who mattered, until she attends Hope's Peak Academy and a cheerful idol with the name of Maizono Sayaka begins making her way into her heart.
  • Pairing(s): Mukuro/Sayaka
  • Comments: An incredibly well-written romance between two characters that are sadly often ignored in fanwork. It manages to make the pairing feel completely natural, and in addition gives Mukuro, Sayaka, and even Junko a surprising amount of complexity and backstory that could both easily fit into the Dangan Ronpa canon, to the point where you could almost call it a character study along with a shipping fic, while also refreshingly avoiding the easy way out and excusing the atrocities committed by Mukuro by merely showing her as Junko's victim. Adding to that, the loveable, often hilarious supporting characters and Mukuro's awkwardness make for great comedy, while the hauntingly realistic depiction of abuse and one of the more disturbing portrayals of Junko you'll see in fanfiction shift the tone into something far more sinister and tragic, all of which the author balances out very well.

    Crossover Fics 
Stories that cross over Danganronpa with other media

Puella Magi Makoto Magica by zenonaaCrossover with Puella Magi Madoka Magica, spoilers for both stories

  • recommended by nettlemace
  • Status: Finished
  • Summary: A fusion fic that puts the cast of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc into a Puella Magi-verse, some of them playing out the roles of the major characters in PMMM! In this continuity, boys can be magical girls too, and they're still called that (hence the title). The characters are well-written, and there are passing references to bits of DR canon. There's clearly a lot of thought in this. Pairings aren't the focus, but there is a bit of Ishimondo, Naegiri, Toga Fuka, and Sakuraoi, as well as hints of others.

Facets by guyfierimpreg

  • Crossover with Persona, Fusion Fic.
  • Recommended by Leliel, piddlesworth, Grant MK 2
  • With a specialty in solving impossible cases, a run-of-the-mill double homicide is nothing to Kirigiri, but what started as an average case quickly devolves into a serial murder case held together by an intricate web of hearsay as Hope’s Peak students are found hanging from power lines with no cause of death. Everything she has ever known will be challenged as she races against a force unseen to unravel the truth in the sea of lies, even as rumors mysteriously start coming true and reality itself seems to be falling apart at the seams. But will it be enough?
  • Status: Ongoing
  • An entertaining cross, albeit one that cheerfully relies on spoilers - even in the first chapter, there's Junko confessing to being a Self-Made Orphan to her sister as part of the teaser for the rest of the fic and the Shadow World here being the Jabberwock Islands, with Chiaki being called out as its AI native. First two chapters are introduction, and as of the fourth one Kirigiri has barely escaped her Shadow Self and is forming her first Social Link.
  • Seconding this rec. Notable for having a very rare in-character Komaeda and including content from the first two Persona games, whereas most crossovers only focus on the later entries.

Danganwrestling by Alfredo Dizon

  • Crossover with WWE 2K14 and a few others. Enjoyable even by non-WWE fans.
  • Recommended by Comun
  • A quirky story with characters made on WWE 2K14 custom character maker. It really captures the witty writing from Danganronpa (one word, not two) series. It is really stupid at first, but by Chapter 5, it becomes utterly amazing. Kirigiri and Monokuma are a little bit Oo C at first, but at least Kirigiri's part is handled pretty well later in the story. Really entertaining and definetly worth watching until the end, despite the slow start.
  • Status: Finished

Fairy Tail's Ultimate Hope by TriMaplenut

  • Crossover with: Fairy Tail
  • Recommended by: Link Season Master
  • Status: Dormant; last updated May 2018
  • Synopsis: After leaving behind the School of Mutual Killing, Makoto awakens to find himself in a world with flying cats and magical powers. He'll need some help to find the others, too. Maybe it won't be so bad... Fairy Tail seems like a nice place. Look out Fiore, here comes the Earth Dragon Slayer! (Spoilers for DR 1)
  • Comments: A unique crossover with a very intriguing premise. Makoto manages to both feel right at home at the Fairy Tail guild hall, while still contributing noticeably to the events of canon.

Holy Diver by Zatroopa

  • Recommended by: Space Cowboy
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Tv Trope Page
  • Synopsis: Fifteen students, trapped in a school where they are forced to play a Mutual Killing Game. Makoto Naegi may be your average student with peculiar luck, but with hope in his heart, he fights to uncover the truth of the Mastermind and end this nightmare. With the Ultimate Detective, Kirigiri Kyouko, and the Ultimate Male Model, Dio Brando, surely he cannot fail. Can he?
  • Comments: For a story that changes things by having Dio Brando become the Big Bad of the series, it does it extremely well. Changes are sometimes subtle and sometimes major, and while the story itself is minimalist it helps the story and reader by directly addressing the major points in a way that doesn't seem too jarring. All the characters are written in a way true to their series, and Dio is able to transition into the Big Bad position in a way that fits the Danganronpa themes. There is even a one-shot chapter focusing on Jonathan that manages to portray him as he was in Phantom Blood without coming off as cheesy. Worth a look for fans of either series.

JoJo's Despair-Filled Adventure by Zatroopa

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Danganronpa
  • Synopsis: Jonathan Joestar's once-idyllic childhood is shattered when his father takes in the children of the man who saved his life. Where he once thought they would become as close as blood-siblings, they instead make it their goal to destroy his life and drag him into despair itself! Marcus Cutler, secretly actually Martha Cutler, and Judith 'Jude' Eydris both have talents unlike any other, but that does not mean they will triumph! Jonathan's still has hope of victory. And so begins a hundred-year battle between the Joestar family and the Despair Sisters! The battle between Hope and Despair begins.
  • Comments: Written by the same author who did the above fanfic, Jojo's Despair-Filled Adventure tackles the plot of JJBA, this time with Junko and Mukuro (or at least, their Victorian English counterparts) as the antagonists of the series. No one is out of character, and Judith's journey from beggar to Big Bad is portrayed in a way that combines the crazy awesomeness of Jo Jo and Danganronpa. Like Holy Diver, this one is also worth a look for fans of either series.

The Ultimate Hope and The Symbol of Peace byRoarOfTheLion

  • Status: Complete (a sequel is in the works, however)
  • Crossover with: My Hero Academia
  • Synopsis: Meet Izuku Midoriya, a hero fanboy who dreamt of being able to go to UA High and become a hero, but was unable to because he lacked a quirk. Despite being bullied and ridiculed for being born without a quirk Midoriya still desperately wished to become a hero, even if he knew it was impossible. However, everything changed when he met Japan’s number one hero All-Might and was given a quirk of his own. Now, Midoriya can become a hero like he had always wanted. Meet Hajime Hinata, a staunch admirer of talent who hoped to one day attend Hope’s Peak Academy’s Main Course and be recognized as a talented individual, but was unable to because he lacked a talent. Despite being supported and appreciated despite his lack of talent Hinata still felt inferior, even if he tried to accept that talent isn’t everything. However, everything changed when he was selected by Hope’s Peak Academy as a test subject for a secret project and was told that he’d be given a talent of his very own. Now, Hinata can hold his head high and become someone he can finally be proud of...? Follow the path of Izuku Midoriya and Hajime Hinata, and witness the birth of Hope’s Peak Academy’s Ultimate Hope and Japan’s newest Symbol of Peace.
  • Comments: A Very good story that has the hope's peak staff hide izuru kamakura by transferring him to U.A's Class 1-A and has him have a foil in the form if izuku. the story proceeded's to follow both the canon of MHA and a retelling of Danganronpa 3 Despair without the controversial elements of Ryota mitarai and the despair video, leading up to the tragedy. The additions are that of the merging of the world of heroes and those with talents, Izuru being in class 1-a and how that affects the plot, and Nagitos luck leads him to Be absent to the death of chiaki nanami and the indirect brainwashing of class 77b of hopes peak as a result.
  • Notes: Now has its own tropes page. needs more love however.

Dangan Ronpa Reads My Immortal by Traveler42'

  • Recommended by: AokiHagane
  • Status: Dead; last updated November 2016
  • Crossover with: My Immortal (not exactly a crossover, but it's close enough)
  • Synopsis: Monokuma decided that a Cruel and Unusual Death wasn't enough for the losers of the Mutual Killing Game. So he decided to torture them in the afterlife. How? By forcing them to read My Immortal. Each chapter has a trio of students (or two of them plus Monokuma) reading and reacting to the chapters.
  • Comments: This is simply brilliant. My Immortal is hilarious enough by itself, but add the comments of the dead characters and it becomes hysterical. Celestia deserves a special mention as she tries to hide her Closet Geek nature, but in general it's quite enjoyable to see the characters snarking at the biggest crack fic ever made.

Dueling Trigger Finger by draconichero21

  • Recommended by Abei 34
  • Status: ongoing
  • Crossover with: Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Synopsis: Worlds collide as a twisted tale interlocking the fates of both universes begins. Dueling Trigger Finger takes the story of Yu-Gi-Oh! and throws the Danganronpa characters into it, starting with Battle City.
  • Notes: While the story is still relatively young, the quality is rather impressive for a Yu-Gi-Oh! fanfic. draconichero makes every duel detailed and easy to follow, while keeping characters consistent and in character. While it's only in Battle City right now, there are plans to expand up through Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's apparently and plans to have Junko's killing game still happen.

My Real Test by Charlotte ML

  • Recommended by TVTRPS
  • Status: Ongoing.
  • Crossover with: Franchise/Pokemon
  • Synopsis: Every year, Hope's Peak Pokemon Training Academy recruits the most promising upcoming Pokemon trainers and gathers them together in one place, to encourage their development as trainers. This year's intake includes one Kiyotaka Ishimaru, who's eager for the chance to get some serious training done! How else would he be able to show the world that the Ishimaru family won't ALL resort to machine-enhanced pokemon to beat the Elite Four, like his grandfather did?
  • Notes: I find this to be one of the best Danganronpa AU fanfics I've read in quite a while, all of the characters sound as if they should and the transfer over into the setting of Pokemon is done so seamlessly you'll wonder if Danganronpa was originally set in the world of Pokemon...

PokéRonpa: The Deadly Elites by SmashBro918

  • Recommended by collaborational
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
  • Synopsis: Wilson the Lucario wakes up one day, along with fifteen other elite-status Pokémon, to find himself trapped at the very top of a mountain that nobody knows the location of. When their self-proclaimed guildmaster, a mysterious Mime Jr. named Tricky, tells them all that they're going to be part of its guild, there's obviously some resistance. So Tricky offers an ultimatum: Eliminate a member of the guild, and be allowed to leave. But surely no one here would go that far for the sake of freedom... right?
  • Notes: A few grammatical mistakes here and there, but overall a well-made story with an engaging cast, plenty of visuals, and an intriguing plot. The script-style writing feels true to the gameplay of both franchises. PokéRonpa will keep you both laughing and crying until the very end. The author has recently announced a sequel on the hub website, so keep your eyes out!

Circle Bychaoticrandomness

  • Status: Complete/Oneshot
  • Crossover with: ZeroEscape
  • Synopsis: Hinata, Nanami, and a different end of the world.
  • A short, but sweet alternate universe fusion fic that point's out Hajime and Sigma's characters have the same role in their respective franchises, and fuses them together by putting Hajime as the subject/creator of the AB Project and follow's his chonology to his version's of Virtue's Last Reward and Zero Time Dilemma

Total Danganronpa by Heroi Oscura

  • Crossover with: Total Drama
  • Recommended by PikaScootaloo
  • Status: Dormant; last updated October 2016
  • Synopsis: When 25 contestants are stuck in a school with no way out, a strange bear tells them the only way to get out is to kill someone. Can Noah, who the rest don't remember, and Dawn, who has lost her memories, pinpoint the killers and give them justice? Or will they all end up dying themselves? Warning: Character Deaths

SHSL Gamer vs Genius Gamer M by Tinjin

  • Recommended by: Sentairider42
  • Crossover with: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Author's Summary "Exams are coming up and unlike everyone else, Chiaki is looking forward to it. What does this exam have in store for our little gamer?"
  • Comments: A non-despair AU fic that explores the training Chiaki goes through to prepare for her practical exam, and the medical intern/genius gamer she's meant to face off against. It only has 5 chapters out right now, but it's definitely worth a read for the character interactions and game references.
  • Pairing(s): Shows hints of Hajime/Chiaki, but it's still in the early stages.

Transformers: Despair, by Epicenter

  • Recommended By: SW_11037
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Transformers
  • Synopsis: Peace has finally come to Cybertron and a peace between the Autobots and Decepticons has occurred. However, 75 years later, Decepticons and Autobots get a letter asking them to attend the about to be open Hope's Peak Academy as teachers for the new students. They go, however, they end up trapped in the academy and the only way out is to kill each other. Oh, and there's a talking bear as the headmaster. Warning: Major Character Deaths and Gore.
  • Notes: Fanfic Tropes page here.

The Academy of Hope and The Fighters of Despair, by Variabels

  • Recommended By: ultimate_life_form
  • Status: Complete; Has a sequel
  • Crossover with: Super Smash Bros.
  • Synopsis: Link is about to start his new year at Hope's Peak Academy. However after entering, he finds himself trapped with his fifteen fellow students in a killing game of despair ran by Master Hand. Will the students all fall into despair and kill each other or will Link find a way to bring hope to everyone and stop Master Hand? Warning: Major Character Deaths


Alternative Title(s): Super Dangan Ronpa 2, Dangan Ronpa Zero, New Dangan Ronpa V 3, Dangan Ronpa 3, Absolute Despair Girls, Dangan Ronpa Kirigiri, Dangan Ronpa Togami

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