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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.

Khattikeri on Archive of Our Own.

  • Recommended by: Cyrus
  • Lots of DR fics with more planned. Mostly canon divergent stuff. All their fics are well thought out, have excellent pacing and emotional depth. You can tell how much they care about the characters.



General Fics

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.
    General Fics 

Old World Order by thereisafire

  • Recommended by: looploop, enunciability, gosh
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: 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.

Fifteen Friends Mukuro Ikusaba Never Had by Miss_Prince

  • Recommended by: looploop
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A few moments that, in another life, might have led to friendship. The countdown to the end of the world has begun.
  • Tags: Character Study, Really in-character, really melancholy, really despair-inducing, A fascinating speculative look at the pre-series relationships

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

  • Recommended by: waxbees, gosh
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Before Syo arrived there were just blackouts, and way too many pieces of DIY equipment hidden round Fukawa's room.
  • Tags: Dissociative Identity Disorder, Violence, warning for general creeping weirdness/grossness, in other words: this fic features fukawa, Unsettling, nightmarish, grimy, creepy, and fantastic.


  • Recommended by: Kalle, Twiddler
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: 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.

Summer Day Disease by BritishRaptor

  • Recomended by: Bassikun
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: A re-writing of chapter 3 in which three different people fall victims of the Despair Disease. It parts from the premise of Fuyuhiko stopping Akane from fighting against Monokuma and the party night going without any major issues... until the next morning, that is.
  • Comments: Well-written re-telling of the events of chapter 3 and does a very good job at exploring each character as much as possible. There are obvious spoilers from all the events of Danganronpa 2 up to the third chapter, so read at your own risk. Just a few Ship Tease moments between some of the characters, but not outright shipping in any way.

Goodbye Despair, Hello Future by GamingFennex

  • Recomended by: Bassikun
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Summary: A story of despair, told anew. When a story changes at one point... an entirely new one is born.
  • Comments: A re-telling of the second game that is kickstarted the minute a certain someone ends up being murdered during the party in chapter 1. Makes an excellent job trying to give each character a moment to shine as well as fixing many of the things that players usually dislike about the canon game. Obviously contains spoilers for Danganronpa 2, so read at your own risk. There are some ship-tease moments, but couples are not ultimately set in stone.

Danganronpa Class Swap by Heroman3003

  • Recomended by: Bassikun
  • Status:
    • Danganronpa Class Swap - Hope's Peak Academy: Complete
    • Danganronpa Class Swap 2 - Jabberwock Island: Hiatus
  • Summary for Danganronpa Class Swap - Hope's Peak Academy: Everyone knows the story of Hope's Peak Academy and killing game of class 78. How a class full of Ultimate students get trapped inside the walls of academy, and psychotic bear named Monokuma forces them to kill each other. Let's delve into this story then, and join its protagonist, Mahiru Koizumi, Ultimate Photographer and freshman of class 78, as she tries to survive the madness of the Killing School Life. Wait, what...?
  • Summary for Danganronpa Class Swap 2 - Jabberwock Island: Hope's Peak Academy... School that only invites Ultimate students of their fields and offers them the best chance at life. Except suddenly an entire class of Hope's Peak freshmen is whisked away to an unihabited island by a talking rabbit, telling them to make friends. Then a talking bear tells them that the only way to escape the island is to kill a classmate... Let's follow Mukuro Ikusaba and her class, as we see the struggles they face in the Killing Game of Jabberwock Island. Wait, what...?
  • Comments: A Role Swap AU in which the Goodbye Despair cast are the members of Class 78 whereas the Trigger Happy Havoc cast are the members of Class 77-B. The premise of both stories follows the same structure as the games they are based off, but with many unexpected surprises due to the change of characters. The fact that the story uses a script format somehow makes you feel as if you were playing the games themselves rather than reading a story.

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: Dead; 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: Dormant; last updated September 2020
  • 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.

[[ 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 (Link)

  • 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.

The memories of Otonashi Ryoko series by smxsonic

  • Recommended by: transparentanswer
  • Status: Dead; 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 (Link)

  • Recommended by: Anonymous
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Spoilers for all of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair 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: Dead; 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

  • 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 Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. 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: Dead; 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 DR3, then look no further.

A Lesson In Order and Despair by MonochromeMastermind

  • Recommended by: Lizardon
  • Status: Dead; last updated September 2019
  • 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: Dead; 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: Dormant; last updated January 28, 2019
  • 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 DR3: 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 (Link)

  • 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.

Kazuichi Strangelove by Garscot (Link)

  • Recommended by DigiXBot, Apocrypha
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Being the stable, thoughtful and insightful paragon of wit that he is Kazuichi Soda easily navigates through being stuck in a simulation time loop. Or he is an emotional wreck and hates life.
  • The story where the least courageous survivor finds himself in a time loop meant to rescue the entire Class 77. The story puts Kazuichi through trial after trial as he makes sense of the loop. At first, he tries to use it to win Sonia over, which inevitably fails. However, a series of events led him to look over his own faults and try to save his classmates, leading to an epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech to despair!Mikan and the dead Junko over their obsession with despair. Kazuichi develops a more positive relationship with his classmates over the time loops (including Hajime, Mahiru, and Fuyuhiko), and it is quite engaging to see him grow in the later chapters.

Danganronpa The PARALLEL by Lycoris_aurea (Link)

  • Recommended by StarsAreLighted
  • Status: In Progress
  • Summary: Chiaki Nanami awakens to find herself on a sunny beach with eighteen other individuals. They have arrived on Jabberwock Island for the biggest, most amazing, most hope-inducing school trip of their lifetimes. Aw, hell. You know where this is going, don’t you?
  • Tags: Role Swap AU

To Those Who Wait by jimblebird

  • Recommended by StarsAreLighted
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Patience was never a word in Akane's vocabulary. Life was fast, rough, exciting. Life would never be afraid to drag her down, just so that she could bounce back up and kick sand into its eyes. For a long time, Akane liked this idea of life. Or maybe it was the only life she knew. Being stuck on a tropical island in the middle of the ocean contradicted everything. For once, Akane had no footing, no balance, no alley to escape through. But there was a reason she made herself feel this way. There was a reason she visited the pods way more than she should have, and there was a reason she continued living. She just didn't know the answer yet.
  • Comments: This story explores Akane's background and character development shortly after the events of the second killing game. I highly recommend it to those who are big fans of her character who wished that something more was done with her. Be warned, however, that it will tug at your heartstrings.

Another Side: Sporting Hopefuls by BoydTheReaver

  • Recommended by Dat Orky Git
  • Status: In Progress
  • Summary: A single sentence at the right time can change everything. When Jin Kirigiri spits one last personal aside at the Mastermind of the Killing Game, it gives her enough pause for thought that a few last-minute rules changes and sequences of events are established - and with that, a vastly different School Life of Mutual Killing. When Makoto Naegi awakens to discover fourteen other students trapped with him, what will become of them all when a sadistic robotic bear tells them to kill each other... especially after getting on surprisingly good terms with a certain red-headed baseball star?
  • Comments: A considerably darker take on the first Killing Game that draws heavily from the DISTRUST beta. This fanfic is essentially what would happen if Junko went to greater extremes to torment Class 78, while they in return take the Killing Game far more seriously. The author has greatly expanded certain characters and giving them much more depth, particularly Leon (and his loveable chemistry with Makoto) and his absolutely heartbreaking portrayal of Celestia.
  • Tags: Alternate THH, Warnings for Referenced Rape/Non-Con, Suicide Attempt, Referenced Suicide, more violence and gore than canon

    General Fics for Danganronpa V3 
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.

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 and

  • 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.

Reaching by kokichiouma

  • Recommended by: Kokichi
  • Status: Complete
  • 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: Dormant; last updated August 2020
  • Summary: The NDRV3 cast post-game, throughout the years. (Contains endgame spoilers.)
  • Comments: A heart-wrenching story that chronicles the lives of the Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony 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

Danganronpa, The Old American Killing Game by Trygve11

  • Recommended by: megafanboi
  • Status: Ongoing
  • 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 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony 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: Dormant; last updated July 2020
  • 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: Dead; last updated August 2018
  • 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: Dead; last updated May 2018
  • 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: Dormant; last updated October 2020
  • 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. 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.

Everyone's Brand New and Improved Killing Game Semester by Nhitori

  • Recommended by: Lady Hikariof Darkness
  • Talent Swap AU
  • 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: Dormant; last updated July 2020
  • 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.

or did it eat the little girl? by weewooweewoo

  • Recommended by: Genie of the Fourth Wall
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Author's Summary "tenko hears a voice beckon her during the seance. she is sure that she is supposed to be hearing voices, but is a little confused why it is telling her to look up. au where tenko discovers the sickle and survives"
  • Pairings: Tenko/Himiko, background Maki/Kaito
  • Comments: Despite the seemingly simplistic premise, this story is so much more than meets the eye. A beautifully written, beautifully meta story. The characters and their relationships really shine in this one. Even if you aren't the biggest Tenko fan, give it a shot. She gets a much better chance to grow and develop than she does in the original, and it's an incredible work overall.

i have friends in holy spaces by ikuzonos

  • Recommended by: Queen-Roger
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Maki does not belong here, or anywhere. Yumeno has an older brother that she occasionally talks about, and Saihara has his uncle, but Maki Harukawa has absolutely nobody to go back to. The one thing that Team Dangan Ronpa did right when fabricating her personality was giving her no people in her life that cared about her.

that all depends on what you qualify as friends by corgasbord

  • Recommended by: Queen-Roger
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The survivors of the 53rd killing game try to move on with their lives. Some of them find ways to cope. Shuuichi decides that he'd rather escape altogether, be it through dreams or death.
  • Comments: This fic was written as a companion to the one above, so it’s recommended you read that one first.

New Dangan Ronpa V3BOOT: Killing Harmony Redux by EternalSailorNeptune_5

  • Recommended by: Queen-Roger
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Following the mass disappointment of Season 53 and several complaints from the test audience, Tsumugi is given an ultimatum: rewrite the entire season, or lose her precious job. When she complies after a little writers workshop, the results are a whole new version of the season she'd worked so hard on to bring to life. Different talents, different backstories, and most of all: different lives taken in different ways. Some may come out in one piece, others not so fortunate. Talentswap AU/V3 Rewrite. Spoilers for the ending of the main game. Lots of hijinks and heartbreak per Dangan Ronpa tradition.
  • Pairing(s): Akamatsu Kaede/Saihara Shuichi, Oma Kokichi/Shinguji Korekiyo,Chabashira Tenko/Yumeno Himiko, Shinguji Korekiyo/Tojo Kirumi
  • Tags: Alternate Universe - Talentswap (Dangan Ronpa), Canon Rewrite, Virtual Reality, Human K1-B0 (Dangan Ronpa), Different murders, Different Culprits, Different Survivors, New Dangan Ronpa V3 Spoilers, Ouma's somehow less of an ass yet more of one at the same time, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Implied/Referenced Abuse(Per several backstories; not in the present; dw), Angst and Humor

Amalgamate by DoctorHaifisch

  • Recommended by: bravelove
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: ‘Kaito hates Kokichi… but he hates the killing game even more. In the cold, cavernous Exisal hangar, Kaito stares into the poison-fevered eyes of the Ultimate Supreme Leader and makes a decision: the killing game is over. He will not kill Kokichi. He will not drop the press and entomb this child inside the killing game he claims to despise. So, Kaito comes up with a plan to save Kokichi’s life, but to pull it off, the two of them will have to work together inside the Exisal, trick Monokuma into reaching a false verdict, and end the class trial before Kokichi succumbs to the Strike-9 poison.
In other words, Kaito makes a choice that rewrites chapter 5, and in doing so, forces a certain someone to rewrite chapter 6...
  • Comments: One of the best case five rewrites out there. Written out of a love for Kokichi and a desire to drag him to survival kicking and screaming, this fic oozes passion with extremely well-written characters and plenty of mysteries and twists at every corner. With a huge community and a very active writer, updates are frequent with plenty of side content to go through while you wait. Also has a tvtropes page


Alternate Universe

Alternative Universe. The characters are written into a different world/universe than the one they are typically from.

     Alternate Universe 

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?
  • Tags: "Groundhog Day" Loop, AU-What If?

Another IF by MHJoker4Ever
  • Recommended by: Queen-Roger
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: There's a lot of what-ifs out there. Many, many possibilities. Some even speculate about branching timelines because of all the different choices and actions that can be taken. In this one, Sayaka Maizono didn't try to go through with her plans for murder. For better or for worse, Makoto Naegi helped her keep it together that night, and he didn't even know... But derailing the Despair train is not so easy. Even if Sayaka didn't fire the first shot, it was still inevitable to go off. That's just how the Killing Game operated... It was designed to break even the sturdiest of souls, the strongest of minds. The weak would be preyed on. But just as inevitable as Despair could be... so, too, could Hope. Loose sequel to "A Soft Heart to Protect" - you don't have to read to understand the gist, but references may come up. New murders, new survivors, possibly even new motives in the future.
  • Pairing(s): Maizono Sayaka/Naegi Makoto
  • Tags: Mystery, Murder Mystery, Drama, Suspense, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Eventual Romance, Hope vs. Despair

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.
  • Tags: AU- Everybody Lives Nobody Dies, What if? A Side of Aoi/Sakura, Aoi POV, Tragic, optimistic, life in the post-apocalypse

night terrors by bellmare

  • Recommended by: waxbees
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: The road to recovery is paved with night terrors. (spoileriffic, set after the game)
  • Tags: AU-What if? PTSD, Spoilers, Post-Canon, The people who survive go on to find out that the Monoworld isn't real

Restart? series by FloffyStorm

  • Recommended by: Stars Are Lighted
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: A three-part series of alternate universe fics in which none of the killing games happen, and yet somehow, death still makes its way to the once-ordinary lives of Hope's Peak's Class 77.
  • Tags: AU-Canon Divergence, Undead, Body Horror

Despair Undone by Jonyayer

  • Recommended by: Stars Are Lighted
  • Status: In Progress
  • Summary: Ryota Mitarai’s cowardice leads to the Tragedy. Juzo Sakakura allows Junko to manipulate him. Chiaki Nanami runs blindly into a death trap. A chance meeting could change the course of their lives. An AU where Ryota and Juzo end up meeting, and pushing themselves into doing the right thing. But to save others comes at a cost, and has a long path of consequences.
  • Tags: AU-Canon Divergence, Fix Fic

Puppeteer by BakaJuan

  • Recommended by: Tropemaster849
  • Status: Dormant
  • Summary: What if Naegi was actually the Ultimate Puppeteer?
  • Comments: Complete and utter fluff. Makoto's interactions that stem from his new talent are beyond sweet and said talent fits him perfectly.
  • Tags: AU, Fluff, Short Stories.

I'm Still A Rockstar, I Got My Rock Moves by LizzyLovesPink

  • Recommended by CJ Croen 1393
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Leon/Chihiro/Mondo as a bromance, Past Leon/Sayaka, Ibuki/Hiyoko, Aoi/Yasuhiro, Kaito/Kaede and mention of Hajime/Chiaki
  • Summary: Leon's just suffered a bad break-up with Sayaka, so Mondo and Chihiro help cheer him up by going on a weeklong road trip to visit Chihiro's parents, pretending to be on tour all the while.
  • Comments: Ever seen one of those comedy movies where a bunch of bros go on a road trip and get into wacky hijinks along the way? This fic is basically one of those, but with Danganronpa characters.
  • Tags: Road Trips, Friendship, Comedy

Despair Arc: Execution Failed? by WiiFan2009

  • Recommended by: Tropemaster849
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Junko Enoshima executed Chiaki Nanami to throw her classmates into despair. But what if she survived her execution? What is a certain Luckster managed to find her before it was too late?
  • Comments: An interesting twist on the Fandom-Specific Plot of Chiaki surviving Junko's attack on her by having Kyoko and Makoto save her instead and how everything spirals off from there. Great read.

Alternate Cast Fics

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

O Fortuna Velut Luna by Hoprocker

  • Recommended by: Rose Bride
  • Status: Dormant (last updated August 2019)
  • Summary: The Most Despair-Inducing Incident in the History of 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: The Price of Success by SarcasticProductions (Link)

  • 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.

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 (Link)

  • Recommended by: 0999Silv
  • Status: Dead (last updated February 2018)
  • 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.

Dangan Ronpa Forever Despair by Kitt_Monroe (Link)

  • Recommended by: nettlemace
  • Status: Dead (last updated October 2017)
  • 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, likable 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.

Dangan Ronpa: Seekers of a New World by darkblade (Link)

  • 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.

Despair's Last Resort by ParadoxProphet

  • Recommended by: anonymous
  • 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 (Link)

  • 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.

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: Unique, choose-your-own adventure format with decisions that were made by the commenters. Colorful and likeable cast. Especially strong first and final arc - unorthodox, but rewarding.

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 by Maestro Infinite ([[Link)

  • Recommended by: Hirowriter
  • Status: Dead (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: Rich story with 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.

Revival of Hope by Queenofdragons2

  • Recommended by: DarkerShining
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: When Masaru Kurohiko 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.

Danganronpa: Dead on Arrival by gonta ([[Link)

  • Recommended by Brighty 124
  • Status: Dead
  • 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.

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 (Link)

  • 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.

Grand Des-Paradise by blazingEmblem (Link)

  • 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: Shows lots of hidden potential with twists and turns to the cases and characters. Also who doesn't love punny names for the characters via Ace Attorney style? The cast members have varying likeability, which gives it an interesting dynamic where students are not just trying to uncover the mysteries of their school, but overcome the drama resonating among them. People die and do so in painful and complicated ways in this edgier and cutthroat story that delves into an interesting perspective of what a Killing Game could be like.

Disparity Between The Truth And Lies by RioA (Link)

  • Recommended by anonymous
  • Status: Complete
  • 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: Very descriptive and engaging. 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.

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 Full of twists and mysteries in the first case alone. Diverse cast, each with their own quirks, who 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!

Act Of Despair by RioA (Link)

  • 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: Smaller-than-usual cast, but they're 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: 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.

Operation V.K. by KinuNishimura

  • Recommended by Ishi Matsu 615
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The girl with the antenna awakens, in an unfamiliar location, with sixteen others; students, one and all, of the prestigious Hope's Peak Academy, a school to foster talent in the hearts of man. An unforgettable bear gives them the directive, of "kill, or be killed." To them, immaterial concepts such as "hope" or "despair" mean nothing. This is a battle between detective and culprit.
  • Comments: This is a hefty read to be sure, but it's worth it. All the characters are unique and interesting, the setting is incredibly different and not something seen before, the relationships are all well developed and believable, and there's more it could be praised for but it'd dive into serious spoiler territory. Each case keeps the reader guessing, and it doesn't hit the same beats most Fangans do. Well worth the time to read and seriously needs a tropes page at some point.

String Theory (NeoStarReset) by NeoStarReset

  • Recommended by: stomachurty
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Author's Summary, "Among the 17 Ultimates, the protagonist Prairie Marble has no memories of her past, nor is she able to retain the memories of flashback lights. All she knows is that she has memories from when she first awakens from a locker within the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles. Something about her is just too odd to ignore, even for an Ultimate, and Monokuma wants to get to the bottom of it. Will Prairie be able to survive the killing game and protect her peers? Or will Monokuma entice murder among them and taint their hearts with despair?"
  • Comments: If you could choose any Danganronpa OC fic to read, give this one a go. Not only does it make the protagonist a fun character to follow, but her interactions with the canon characters gives depth to them as well as Prairie. Not to mention how she approaches the presented mystery with her "perks" and disadvantages will grip the reader into trying to think their own solution, be it the overarching mystery or the murders that happen in each part. This is a fic that welcomes all readers whether they know nothing about the series or if they've already exhausted so much canon material that they're yearning for more — there's something to be found in String Theory that will be to the reader's enjoyment.
  • It is also on and Wattpad, with the added bonus of being able to view the author's wonderful art for the fanfic whether it be covers that change every four chapters or additional supporting material.

Danganronpa: A Stormy Last Hurrah by crowkerus

  • Recommended by: Explosivo25
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Chiyo Kumoshita wakes up in a mansion with no memory of how she got there. You've heard the rest before. A script-format, semi-illustrated fangan with original mascots and an original class of students. Based somewhat thematically upon the Shakespeare play "The Tempest".
  • Comments: While this fic is on the longer side, it's well worth a read and easy to get emotionally invested in. The cast is especially well-rounded and enjoyable to read, and there's some good twists to boot.
  • Now has its own page.


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.

How I Met Your Mother (And How I Met Your Father) by WiiFan2009

  • Recommended by: The_WovenMantis
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: When asked what she wants to read for storytime, a five-year-old Kiki Naegi begs to hear the story of how her parents met and fell in love. Makoto and Kyoko reluctantly agree to tell her the story of their first two years together before Junko stole their memories.
  • Pairings: Makoto Naegi/Kyoko Kirigiri
  • Comments: A well-written Naegiri fic that centers around Kyoko growing attached to Class 78, namely one Makoto Naegi. Relatively low-key, and focuses on character development. Clocking in at over 200k words, it'll definitely eat up some of your time, but it's a very pleasant read that definitely deserves more love. The author has also written multiple fluff fics that expand on parts of the story.

Sing Me A Song Of Despair by BeeAnka

  • Recommended by: lara16
  • Status: Dead; last updated February 2019
  • 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.

Tarantella by Ultimate_Philistine

  • Recommended by: Queen-Roger
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Summary: Few would have guessed that Shuichi Saihara and Kirumi Tojo were ever meant to be. Despite appearances, despite expectations, the detective and the maid cross paths, time and time again. A series of quick, disconnected one-shots between Kirumi and Shuichi, varying in seriousness and tone. Populating the Shuichi/Kirumi tag, because someone has to.
  • Pairing(s): Saihara Shuichi/Tojo Kirumi

Fear by CelesteLudenberg

  • Recommended by: Tropemaster849
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Mukuro/Mikan
  • Comments: An adorable story about a rarepair between two characters who have both suffered the most under Junko. Seeing Mikan also get to take a comforting role rather then being the one getting comforted is a nice change of pace.

Her Ideal by LyricalSniperRifle

  • Recommended by: Aeon1337
  • Status: Complete/Oneshot
  • Pairing(s): Shuichi Saihara/Miu Iruma
  • Comments: This is for those put off by the original ending of Miu's Love Suite Event, in which she intends to force herself on Shuichi. Here, Shuichi addresses Miu's abandonment issues by promising to remain by her side. He also declines her request to make a baby with her by pointing out that she is afraid of losing him, and he could not bring himself to take advantage of her while she is this vulnerable, moving her to tears. This rewrite explores Miu's abandonment issues in a bit more depth, whereas it was only glossed over in the original game. Shuichi also does a much better job of handling the situation, especially considering Miu's abandonment issues, and manages to make the situation end on a much more pleasant note for the both of them. It also does a very good job at preserving the characterisation, and the one-sentence epilogue, in which Miu asks Shuichi if he is still going to plow her into the mattress, sounds like something that she would say after sobering up from a heart-to-heart with him.

Crossover Fics

A fan fiction which incorporates characters, events, places, ideas, etc from another fandom.


Puella Magi Makoto Magica by zenonaa

  • Recommended by nettlemace
  • Crossover with Puella Magi Madoka Magica, spoilers for both stories
  • 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

  • Recommended by Leliel, piddlesworth, Grant MK 2
  • Crossover with Persona, Fusion Fic.
  • Status: Dead; last updated February 2019
  • Synopsis: 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?
  • Comments: 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

  • Recommended by Comun
  • Crossover with WWE 2K14 and a few others. Enjoyable even by non-WWE fans.
  • Status: Finished
  • Synopsis: 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.

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 DR1)
  • 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 (Link)

  • Recommended by: Space Cowboy
  • Crossover with: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Status: Complete
  • 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: Dead; last updated May 2018
  • 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 (Link)

  • 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 of 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 Nagito's luck leads him to be absent to the death of Chiaki Nanami and the indirect brainwashing of Class 77-B of hopes peak as a result.

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 crackfic 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: Dead; last updated November 2018
  • Crossover with: Pokémon
  • 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: Zero Escape
  • Synopsis: Hinata, Nanami, and a different end of the world.
  • A short, but sweet alternate universe fusion fic that points 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 follows 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

Transformers: Despair, by Epicenter (Link)

  • 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.

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
Comments: This story is really interesting. It is an adaptation of the original Danganronpa, but with the OG 12 from Smash 64, Ryu, Cloud, Bayo, and Zelda as the students. And every case other then the first (which is pretty much identical to the original game) pulls twists you don't see coming such as Master Hand, the Monokuma of this story, getting executed as the fourth murderer. And there isn't a double murder! The sequel is equally good, and while it does carry some things from the original SDR2 including the infamous despair disease motive... but in this one of the two victims was the one infected and not the actual murderer of the case...

Darling, Don't Fear the Reaper, For Despair is Just a Disease, by LizzyLovesPink

  • Recommended By: Ishi Matsu 615
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: The Stand
  • Synopsis: After a viral hemorrhage fever wipes out almost all of humanity, the remaining survivors gather themselves up and start trying to rebuild society; guided by either a blind girl named Chiaki or led by a controlling woman named Junko. As they grow stronger under their chosen leader, they soon learn they were all chosen to lead one final stand against good and evil, hope and despair-a stand not all of them will survive.
  • Comments: A retelling of The Stand with Danganronpa characters, first two chapters are long but the rest are shorter. Does include content from the original book, such as violence, death, and disturbing sex content. Read the tags before jumping in. Pairings are involved, mainly Makoto/Sayaka and Leon/Kaede, with Kaito/Maki and Chihiro/Aoi as more minor ones and a number of one-sided relationships. Almost every character in the franchise makes an appearance.

Danganronpa Elysium by Detecgenerate

  • Recommended by: Queen-Roger
  • Crossover with: Disco Elysium
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Kaede Akamatsu (Though *she* doesn't know that yet) wakes up in a completely trashed hostel room, with voices in her head and an important case to solve. Logic - A lynched body. Inland Empire - Good try. Shuichi Saihara leans on a wall, reading a novel - and tapping his foot. Perception - Waiting for someone. Inland Empire - *You*. Spoilers for the Danganronpa series and Disco Elysium. Latest Chapter - 55. Dots
  • Pairing(s): Akamatsu Kaede/Saihara Shuichi, Harukawa Maki/Momota Kaito, Akamatsu Kaede/Naegi Makoto (Past)
  • Tags: I'm Bad At Tagging, Alternate Universe - Detectives, Alternate Universe, Amnesia, Drinking to Cope(Implied), Hangover, Corpse Desecration, Murder, Implied Sexual Content, Angst and Hurt/Comfort, Out of Character, Colored Text, Crack Treated Seriously, Crack, No Smut, Video Game Mechanics, Angst, Implied/Referenced Sexual Harassment, Implied/Referenced Rape/Non-con, POV First Person, Slow Burn, Suicide Attempt, Implied/Referenced Suicide

Dangalysium: One-Shots in Danganronpa, From Disco Elysium's Perspective by AViolentBlue

  • Recommended by: Queen-Roger
  • Crossover with: Disco Elysium
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A series of in-progress one-shots of various moments in Danganronpa- Trigger Happy Havoc using the Disco Elysium skills system, mostly focused around Makoto Naegi and Kyouko Kirigiri for now, although future chapters will branch out to different characters.
  • Pairing(s): Kirigiri Kyoko/Naegi Makoto
  • Tags: Experimental Style, Other Additional Tags to Be Added

Blade of the Rising Moon by DaManWOFear

  • Recommended by: Tropemaster849
  • Crossover with: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Peko Pekoyama, the 'Ultimate Swordswoman' and a Remnant of Despair, went missing. In fact, a mysterious wormhole has caught her and sent into a different world. When nearing death, a sword-wielding cyborg comes into her rescue, changing her life. While finding her way back home, Peko is fighting and searching for hope along with this question: "What do you fight for?"
  • Comments: While this story sadly hasn't been picked up in a while, what is present is enough to make me desperately want more. Here's the hoping that the author returns to the story some day.

Dangan-Pinguino by LooseGazpacho

  • Recommended by: StarsAreLighted
  • Crossover with: Penguins of Madagascar, Steins;Gate
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Chiaki Nanami enters Hope's Peak Academy for the first time! Everything seems fine until things start to get...out of control. Including, but not limited to, a group of talking penguins, a talking octopus who's also in charge of the money-hungry mafia known as Daft Capo, an eccentric 'mad scientist', and a maid catgirl who happens to be one hell of a chuunibyou.
  • Comments: Despite the silly-sounding premise, the story actually proves to be rather solid in regards to its grammar, worldbuilding, characterization and humor. All in all, it's a fun ride to go through, so better strap in and brace yourselves in for the ingenuity and insanity it's gonna hop up to.

DanganRonpa 69: There’s MORE goddamn hope!? by lennardd

  • Recommended by: DylanBunn
  • Crossover with: Family Guy, SpongeBob SquarePants, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Super Mario Bros., Yandere Simulator, Under Tale, A Hat in Time, WarioWare, Vocaloid, Gorillaz, UTAU, Kirby, Parappa The Rapper
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After waking up in a mysterious school, Luigi is forced into a killing game with a bunch of weird strangers by a sadistic bear with a despair fetish. Who will survive? Who will perish? And more importantly, will God forgive me for this?
  • Comments: You might be thinking this is just a crack fanfic but really it is not. It has one of the most interesting ideas to it and its twist and turns due make it the most interesting fanfic to read. It also helps this has CG's just like how the games due and it works to make it more like a video game and hey you get to see the most weirdest of crossovers come alive like Nagito and Sans. It makes it worth it.
    • Seconded so much! I went into this story expecting a complete crack fic, but it was surprisingly heartfelt and all of the executions, the first one in particular, were complete gut punches.
  • Has an ongoing sequel - DanganRonpa 69 Ultra Despair Gang: Really, ANOTHER Episode?

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

  • Recommended by Bat Packer
  • Crossover with: Many different anime
  • Status: Dormant; last updated January 2019
  • Synopsis: Taking place inside Monokuma's own mansion (Yes he has one) 17 characters have been placed 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 mysterious 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 shows great promise.

Danganronpa: Teenage Wasteland by CleverlyClearly

  • Recommended by Charbydis
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Massive Multiplayer Crossover
  • 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: Fictional Nexus by RenegadeBraveheart

  • Recommended by Juggernaut Ren
  • Crossover with: Massive Multiplayer Crossover
  • Status: Complete, with two ongoing sequels.
  • Synopsis: (Author's summary—) Monokuma hosts yet another killing game, this time with 17 individuals from other worlds! How original. Taking place in Monocity, The City That Never Sleeps... Without One Eye Open.
  • Comments: A bit of a slow start, but the story starts to pick up quite a lot. Ai Mizuno is a well rounded protagonist who is forced to pick up a leadership role once again in quite a dysfunctional group. Character interactions are well done, the many cameos of certain Danganronpa stars are enjoyable. A tropes page could work if done well. Quite a spectacular Massive Multiplayer Crossover overall.

Cartoon Cartoon Ronpa by TiffanyChan123

  • Recommended by: Tropemaster849
  • Crossover with: Massive Multiplayer Crossover
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Courage is invited to C.N. Academy, a prestigious high school where only the best of the best can attend. But when he enters the school...He blacks out, only to wake up trapped in C.N. Academy. Along with fifteen other Cartoon Network characters, they play a sadistic game where the only way out is to kill someone and not get caught.
  • Comments: A really fun story that keeps everyone in character. Courage himself is an interesting take on the Danganronpa protagonist role and there are several twists in the story that caught me off guard, along with several shake ups of the DR1 motives and formula.

DanganRonpa96: Chimamire by lennardd

  • Recommended by: DylanBunn
  • Crossover with: BoJack Horseman, , Death Note, Cookie Run, Yuppie Psycho, , Doki Doki Literature Club!!, Video Game/Ao Oni, Web Animation/ENA, Your Turn to Die, Anime/Aggretsuko, Breaking Bad, "The Disastrous Lifeof Saiki K''

  • Synopsis: Being awoken on an island with no collective memory of how you got there, only to be forced into a death game with a bunch of strangers who appear to be rather... interesting to say the least, by a sadistic mechanical animal and a company you know nothing about except for their name, would be a less than pleasant, and more so impossible, situation, right?Unfortunately for Hayasaka, that reality is all too real. Whether he likes it or not, blood thirst will arise. It's not up to him, after all. He's just a nobody in the group, right? Who will take the plunge into murder? Who will find themselves nothing but a corpse the morning after? And, well, more importantly, will the Devil befriend me for this? (My 2ND killing game after Dangan Ronpa 69 - I never learn, do I?)

  • Comments: From the mind behind Danganronpa 69 this fanfic once again brings crazy into a whole new meaning. We got the same good old cgis to make it feel like a game and now we got some vidoes too for the deaths of the killer! With the character interactions and questions about what the hell is going on this will bring you into an even crazer time then 69.

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