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  • Something overlooked by everybody is the soda Nagito wins in the first episode of Despair. Dr. Hopper. It's a parody of Dr.Pepper. It's a really miniscule detail but Hopper and Pepper. Look at the words' spellings. "HO" replaces the "PE", which spells out "HOPE", something Mr. Komaeda is more than familiar about
  • In the OP of Side:Future, Andou and Izayoi have parallel death images; Izayoi is executed via fire, while Andou is frozen and shattered.
    • Likewise, while the correspondence between Naegi and Munakata (bullet to the head) is obvious, both men's respective love interests die by methods associated with suicide; Kirigiri is hung, while Yukizome's wrist is slit.
    • Additional, Aoi and Juzo have death images of them being killed with bladed weapons: a knife and a sword, respectively.
  • Side: Future is an Actionised Sequel. Junko was a Non-Action Big Bad, but Tengan is a badass. In fact, the differences in Killing Games make sense when you consider the contrast between the two Masterminds - Hope VS Despair, young woman VS old man, exploits and torments Ryota VS encourages him, etc.
  • The MV for OP of Side:Despair features lots of flashing frames and kaleidoscope imagery... just like Mitarai's creations.
  • The fact that Kouichi was able to accurately guess which Future Foundation member was a traitor makes a lot more sense when you remember he was Hope's Peak's talent scout. It's his job to figure out the most talented person in the room, or in this case, figure out which member of the Future Foundation has the best "talent" for deception.
    • Also considering that he scouts out future students it would make sense that he would suspect Miaya of being the traitor, as he had likely never heard of her but was smart enough to not bring attention to that because it would put a target on his back.
      • Actually, as of Episode 6 there is a real Miaya Gekkougahara, but she's found dead. Still, this trope still applies to Kizukara's accurate guess. As the scouter, he probably would have known certain facts about Miaya including her mannerisms and behavior, so when he saw that the Miaya that was with them might not have acted the way the real Miaya would've acted, it makes sense he would've guessed her to be the traitor, yet not also draw attention to it.
  • In Episode 4, Munakata gives a speech including the following: "Despair in the guise of hope will cover the entire world. That is the worst possible outcome." Miaya ends up being Monaca as a robotic puppet using Usami's likeness. Usami: despair in the guise of hope.
    • Ironically, it's turned out that Munakata was being manipulated by brainwashed Chisa (despair in the guise of hope) all along.
  • The reveal that Miaya is a robot being used by Monaca makes a disturbing amount of sense for various reasons.
    • Miaya is oddly skilled with machinery and programming despite that not being their talent. Once we find out it's actually Monaca, a known genius with machines their skill makes a lot of sense.
    • Miaya's contact with the outside world getting hacked makes a lot more sense: it was all smoke and mirrors to make herself look useful and benevolent. This also explains how it was surprisingly easy for Monokuma to change Usami into Monomi and how Miaya was conveniently able to acquire blueprints of the building in episode 3.
  • Even though Kimura, Andou, and Izayoi seemly voted for Naegi as traitor, later episodes show that Kimura thought Andou and Izayoi were the traitors and vice versa. If you rewatch Episode 2, you would notice that Seiko was actually pointing at Andou, while Andou and Izayoi were pointing at Kimura. However, since Naegi was standing between them, it looked like they voted for him. Munakata took this opportunity as an excuse to kill Naegi, and seeing as the 76th Class trio believe that Naegi is partly responsible for their current situation, they likely chose not to speak up.
  • Why haven't Nagito and Hajime interacted with each other once in the anime? Because Nagito has strong beliefs in talent and admires the ultimates at Hope's Peak Academy. However, he can act cold towards the talentless, an example of him doing that is him constantly bringing up Hajime's status as a reserve course student in the fourth trial of Super Danganronpa 2. In other words, Nagito would rather be hanging out with talented people then hanging out with talentless reserve course students at Hope's Peak Academy and interacts a lot more with Hajime in Super Danganronpa 2 when he didn't know about how Hajime got into the academy.
  • Hinata having Kamukura's eyes brought lots of theories but remember that at the end of Super Dangan Ronpa 2, we see Hinata with his back to the audience, meaning we did not see his eyes, or face for that matter. This hid the fact that while he returned to the real world as Hinata Hajime, some of the physical effects of the experiments to make him become Kamukura also remained.
  • The fact that Asahina was put in a different branch to her friends, and was apparently of a high enough rank to attend the hearing in the actual leader's place seems kinda questionable until you read the website and realize that the 13th Branch is for food distribution. Evidently, Asahina put her donut love to good use.
  • A bit of Meta Fiction: Hajime is really only a bit part in the first half of the Despair Arc - we see him waffling about the experiment and angsting over his ordinariness, but your attention is mainly on the Ultimates and their wacky antics. When does that change? When he becomes Izuru, who is central to the events of the story. What was Hajime saying about becoming the protagonist of his own story again..?
  • As noted in this post Nagito's loneliness (or self-imposed isolation?) is hammered home at every opportunity without people constantly spelling it out. He gets the screen to himself in the opening credits, Chisa's the only one visiting him in the nurse's office, he's at a table by himself when the class are playing around with animals, and he's normally alone in the few end-credits images that he features in. Then Episode 6 puts the tin lid on things when his classmates scoff at Chisa's assertion that they must miss him. Which makes the end of his Free Time events even Harsher in Hindsight: he admits to Hajime that he desperately wants someone's love...or at least, for someone to miss him when he's gone, and remember him. Presumably, by the time he comes back he'll have noticed that his absence was barely noticed.
    • Came true when he finally returned only to be met with disappointment and apathy. Granted, the rest of the class was really worried about Mikan, but it must have hurt that they were so concerned while she had only been missing for a few days, whereas Nagito was MIA for a whole year and no one cared at all.
  • At first, Mahiru's talent doesn't seem too useful in spreading despair, but a little analysis shows that isn't true. She can spread despair propaganda with her photos.
    • Really, all the students' talents have despair-inducing implications, no matter how benign they might seem. Ultimate Cook? Distribute poisoned food out to hungry people, and/or cook up human beings. Ultimate Princess? Take over your country and instigate a brutal war with your neighbors. Ultimate Traditional Dancer? Team up with the Ultimate Musician and host a despair-inducing propaganda performance. Ultimate Nurse? Infiltrate hospitals and clinics to secretly murder patients. Ultimate Impostor? That much should be obvious.
  • The Reveal in Side:Despair Episode 7 makes perfect sense when you think of something significant; that brainwashing Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls established the Monokuma helmets induce? Looks like we now know where Junko and Monaca got it.
  • In a way, Monaca did succeed in becoming a better version of Junko. Junko originally rejected hope because it was too predictable, and desired to create despair since it was chaotic and unpredictable. In the end, Junko was killed as a result of her desire for despair. Monaca, however, got to see the end result of what happens to people who fall to despair in the form of Junko and Nagito. As a result, despair has now become too predictable to Monaca, who concluded hope will always defeat despair, so there is no point in trying. This would make Monaca more knowledgeable than Junko in some regards. Monaca ultimately rejected both hope and despair, and chose to live a life of nothingness, something that Junko would likely do if she ever got tired of despair.
    • Fridge Horror: this means that, in a way, Monaca is less of a Psychopathic Manchild than Junko. A disturbing conclusion to reach, considering what we know about Monaca's backstory and personality...and yet, completely logical when we look at all the ways Junko is addled by immaturity and insanity...Monaca grew up, but Junko didn't.
    • She only "grew up" in the sense that she realizes that hope vs. despair is one-sided. That mentality of "what's the point of it all, I guess I'll just be apathetic" is still very much a childhood mentality, not to mention that she doesn't exactly have a game plan after shutting herself off in space, which means she effectively committed suicide.
  • During the First Killing Game, all the student council members, oddly enough, completely ignore Izuru, and instead focus on killing each other. The only time anyone pays attention to him is when there were supposedly only two participants left. But once you remember that Izuru has every talent that Hope's Peak had ever researched, this make a lot more sense. Izuru likely used a combination of Nagito's supernatural luck and Yuto Kamishiro's ability to have no presence so that he would remain unnoticed until the end of the game.
  • Why is the Future Foundation apparently the only force attempting to restore order to the world? You'll recall that the Ultimate Despairs are responsible for things like coup d'etats and meaningless wars, so most governments are either out of commission or are too preoccupied to really fight them.
  • If looking at the inspiration of Monokuma Hunter according to Word of God, we can see the basic frame of several people's roles within the game. The Detective (Kirigiri) and the Vigilante (Munakata and Sakakura) are obvious, but Kimura's role as the Doctor basically hints which one is the Barman, an antagonist who hinders the others' roles. Kimura has every intention to join Naegi's group when she spots Asahina and Gekkogahara, only to be distracted by Andou. If Andou hadn't antagonized Kimura, Naegi's group would have gained an extra muscle and someone who could have prevented casualties (like Tengan). And indeed, Andou continues to obstruct people because her Forbidden Action forces her to stop anyone who wants to open the secret door as seen in Episode 8. She kills Izayoi because he finds the door, tries to get Kirigiri's group out of the room so they would miss it, opens a trapdoor to kill Kirigiri, even bodily hinders Sakakura.
    • This probably doesn't mean anything, but I have heard of a Mafia/Werewolf variant where there are no actual Mafia/Werewolf players, the game moderator just tells the players there are, kills someone randomly at Night, and the players have to figure out this before they lynch too many innocents. Awfully fitting, yes?
  • The Future Arc largely ignores the series' gimmick of Ultimate/SHSL talents...because those talents mean very little in the post-high school world (particularly the nightmarish one that the FF find themselves in). This links back to Chiaki's advice to Hajime in the Despair Arc: the former students are trapped by their talents, and have gone from being acclaimed for their abilities to being hampered by them, and not even getting the attention and respect they were used to as Ultimate/SHSL students. That seems to be a reinforcement of the series' theme, as well as having real world echoes — remember Haru's speech at the start of Free! where he noted that people stopped caring about how "prodigious" you were once you hit twenty? That's what happened to these guys — the ones who were flexible and willing to work hard can still make good use of their talents, but those who defined themselves by their talent and relied on it as a crutch aren't able to adapt to their new circumstances, which is often their downfall.
    • Note that the Ultimate Boxer gave a speech in Side: Despair about how the talented are better than the talenteless. That same guy is now (in Side: Future) forbidden from punching, rendering his talent worthless.
  • Monaca referencing Kars when she says that she'll go into space and become a NEET works for her perfectly; she and Junko have both referenced two of the villains from Jojos Bizarre Adventure (Kars and Dio, respectively), but while Junko references the villain with the most overarching influence on the story posthumously or otherwise, Monaca references a wicked but very memorable villain with some connections to the conflict (Kars was of the race that made Stone Masks, Monaca's family crafted the technology used in Junko's plans) but ultimately had no effect on the plot looking forward.
  • When the poison in the bracelets of the Future Arc activate, the left side of the victim's face darkens as it fills with blood, and their left eye starts bleeding, turning it red...making them look rather like a certain murderous mascot. A callback to Monokuma's Special Poison, perhaps?
  • While most of them look ridiculous on first glance, almost all of the NG Codes are very meticulous in their reasoning:
    • Makoto: "Running in the Hallway". Makoto is basically the personification of Right Makes Might and thinks everything can be resolved on the way of his own charisma. Sure enough, this isn't the case in the Final Killing, and his NG Action renders him The Load. This also plays into his tendency to avoid direct conflict, so he cannot run away from danger.
      • In Trigger Happy Havoc, who didn't spam the run button when moving around?
    • Aoi and Juzo: "Be Hit With a Punch or a Kick" and "Hitting Anyone with Your Bare Hands". Both reflect their status as the endlessly loyal muscle to their groups, and so their NG Actions restrict them, with Aoi becoming a One-Hit-Point Wonder who has to be careful in a fight and Juzo having his best physical asset denied.
      • Also, Juzo gave a speech to Hajime in Side:Despair about how he hates the talentless (Although whether he meant it or not is unknown). His NG Action basically spits his own words right back at him.
    • Seiko: "Letting Someone Step on Your Shadow". A reference to Shiritori, a Japanese children's game that is basically a cruel play on her and Andou's broken friendship. In addition, Seiko has spent her entire life living in Andou's shadow, and now she can't let anybody step on hers.
    • Ruruka and Sonosuke: "Someone Leaving the Playing Field" and "Putting Food in Your Mouth". Both are designed to intensify Rukruka's paranoia and trust issues. Sonosuke not eating her sweets intensifies her self-esteem issues and makes her think even her beloved boyfriend might betray her, which leads into her seeing the "secret exit" and freaking out at the possibility.
    • Koichi: "Opening Your Left Hand". A play on his laid-back nature, along with his desire to protect someone (Kyouko) from danger due to The Promise he made. Sure enough, this is what ultimately kills him. In addition, in his flashback, he injures his left hand after he fails to save a fellow teacher.
    • For Daisaku: "Wittesing Violence by Participants". Compared to the rest of the Future Foundation, he was the neutral party during his brief time in the game due to his pacifistic nature, not picking a side even during the near-end of the world. His code pretty much reflects this by making him unable to see the chaos he witnessed nor prevented. Also, being a farmer, Daisaku has zero combat ability and was most likely forced to watch helplessly as the world tore itself apart.
    • Great Gozu: "Being Pinned to the Ground for a Three-Count". His talent is wrestling, therefore, if he loses where he is strong, he will die.
      • Additionally, with The Reveal of the mastermind being Kazuo, Gozu having an NG code that kills him only if he fails makes sense, as he was Kazuo's bodyguard, and likely one of the most loyal future foundation members, therefore Tengan would likely not want him dead as much as Ruruka or Kyosuke.
    • Chisa's is especially sadistic: "Kyosuke Munakata Dying". She dedicated her life to him; if he's dead, then the traitor believes she no longer has a reason to live.
      • The Reveal that she was a pawn of Junko all along, and was manipulating Kyosuke sheds a new light on this. Perhaps Kyosuke's theory about the traitor needing Naegi alive for future plans was inaccurate; the plan was to position Munakata himself as a pawn. Thus, if Kyosuke died, the plan failed, and Chisa would be killed for her failure.
    • Kyoko: "Passing the Fourth Time Limit with Makoto Naegi Alive". Bear in mind that in the very first game, she starts out willing to put her desires ahead of Naegi's safety and he nearly gets executed. Now she's in a situation where one of them has to die.
    • Kazuo: "Answering a Question With a Lie". For years, Kazuo was the headmaster of Hope's Peak and the head of the Future Foundation, and never spoke up when both organizations started going down darker paths, instead either staying silent or lying deliberately or through omission. Now Tengan cannot lie at all.
      • Him being the mastermind adds some layer to his forbidden action. Monokuma in the past states that he never lies and mostly relies on Exact Words and Metaphorically True comments. Because of his forbidden action, he ended up having to rely on those two things as well by stating the attacker can be anybody in Future Foundation to Kyosuke.
    • Kyosuke: "Opening a Door". It represents both how he's a one-track Knight Templar, never considering how there might be another answer than the one he thinks is right, and how he's being manipulated into that mindset. He can't open doors to go down new paths and someone else can easily close doors to trap or force him on whatever path they want him to walk.
  • Establishing Junko's true talent as her analytic ability explains nearly every task she has managed to pull off throughout the franchise's storyline.
    • Development of AI Junko to continue her legacy past her death would involve intricate knowledge of programming on par with the Ultimate Programmer... or analyzing the code of an already-existent AI, like Alter Ego.
    • If she can predict trends at a glance, what's stopping her from being able to completely read people as well? When AI Junko claimed that she knew enough of the Despairs to perfectly act like them in their bodies, that's probably not a lie.
    • Similarly, being able to read her classmates like an open book allows her to perfectly craft the "motivations" that Monokuma presents during the first game. Planning suitable and elaborate punishments for each individual would also become a piece of cake.
  • Some of the "deaths" of the various characters in the opening are corresponded in some way to each character:
    • Makoto and Munakata are firm in their beliefs, to the point where they could kill themselves in their one-sidedness. It also symbolizes that they're foils to one another
    • Miaya is split open and hollow inside, foreshadowing her true nature as a robotic avatar for Monaca
    • Ruruka is frozen and smashed, which represents her cold-hearted demeanor. It could also represent her mental state by the time of her death.
    • Seiko is stabbed by a ton of syringes, referring to the day where two people took the wrong drugs from her lab, a day which ruined her life.
    • Yasuhiro is entangled in thorny vines, reflecting how he becomes trapped outside once the Killing Game begins.
  • A less squicky interpretation on Monaca's "becoming an adult". The major conflict in Another Episode was Adults v. Kids with guess who as the leader of the children. There are plenty of metaphors there with Adults v. Kids/Survival v. Despair, or Abusers v. Victims (sort of, in the sense that all sides are denying responsibility.) Which is to say, Monaca becoming an adult isn't just her growing up, it's her recognizing that she has to give up who she was before as a child Warrior of Hope and leave Another Episode behind. If only because the other option is to become like Nagito.
  • When Izayoi was searching the room with the secret exit he didn't look particularly concerned or wary, and yet, after that, Kyoko and the others find a room completely rigged with deadly traps. Even though Ruruka killed him out of suspicion, he was aware of her NG code, and even before warning her about the exit, he prepared the room so no one would be able to find the exit.
  • At first, the idea that Junko used a video to turn Class 77 into Ultimate Despair might seem like lazy writing, but it actually makes a lot of sense. First, if she did methodically go through despair-ifying each of them one by one, then it would be too obvious that something was up- Mikan's disappearance already proved that. Second, Junko could easily find what fills them all with despair and put it in the video. It's quicker, easier, and more efficient to just go through them all at once if she already has access to that kind of technology. Unsurprising for someone who gets bored very easily. Third, doing this means the Remnants of Despair are actually victims in all this and Ryota is partly responsible for causing both his class and the entire world to end up in their current state. How is that not horribly despair-inducing for everyone involved? Izuru was a special case, since she couldn't convert him with words but instead decided to show him how despair could alleviate his boredom.
    • Additionally, despite what has been claimed, nothing besides the Remnants have ever shown Enoshima has ever had that sort of influence. Ikusaba and Matsuda were only with her because of their personal connection to her, Kamukura was bored with life (and he isn't invested in despair either), the Warriors of Hope were fed a lie they only believed because of their abused backgrounds and Monaka just idolized her, once she realized she was Ax-Crazy she decided to opt out.
    • And it's been shown Junko has a habit of taking other's skills/talents and manipulating them for her own purposes. She approached the Warriors of Hope for Monaca's skill with machines to make the Monokuma line and took Chihiro's AI research to create AI's based on her personality. This fits with her MO.
  • In Side:Future Episode 2, Mitarai makes a very random statement at Tengan that he's sexually harassing Kirigiri, despite doing nothing of the sort. Looks like his near-rape by Tsumiki left Mitarai with some lasting issues.
  • In the Side:Despair opening, we see the 77th class falling with a trail of darkness behind them after being blown away by Junko. This represents their descent into despair caused by Junko.
    • We also see Chisa slowly falling, with her eyes closed. Which means that when the color palette for the Side: Despair opening switches and the Despairs' eyes turn red, the reveal that Chisa also fell to Despair goes unspoiled
  • For the two opposing trios in the killing game, the 78th class and the 74th class, the NG codes seem to be contrasting with each other:
    • Chisa and Kirigiri, both the Implied Love Interest (or simply Love Interest in Chisa's case) of the leader of these trios. Kirigiri's NG Code was "Letting Naegi survive past the fourth time limit", while Chisa's was "Let Munakata die." These two contrast, as Kirigiri needed to evaluate how important letting Naegi survive was compared with her survival, whereas Chisa had to ensure Munakata did not die to ensure her survival.
    • Asahina and Sakakura, the muscle of each group. Sakakura cannot hit with a punch, whereas Asahina cannot be hit with a punch or a kick. Again, a clear contrast between the two.
    • And now with the revelation of Munakata's, his and Naegi's contrast as well. Both restrict movement (Naegi can't run in the hallway, Munakata can't open the door) and both make them rely on others for safer transport. Not only that but it seems to reflect the viewpoints both characters have taken: even slowed down, Naegi isn't giving up and pursues his goals and ideals; Munakata has stopped progressing in his way of thinking and in his goal.
  • Crosses over to Fridge Horror. After realizing that class 77 was brainwashed through mind control, Despair!Nagito's actions in Chapter 0 of SDR2 make a lot more sense. He claims that he both "loves and hates" Junko, but then gets confused by his own contradiction and goes on a Madness Mantra. It's possible at this point that "True Nagito" was trying to regain control of his brainwashed alternate personality. His statement of how he loves and hates Junko is true: Despair!Nagito loves Junko, while his true personality hates her.
    • Episode 11 of Side: Despair reveals that Nagito is the only brainwashed Remnant of Despair that is aware of being a Despair, while everyone else has been brainwashed into believing that they're bringing "happiness" to the world, while in reality they're destroying it. Nagito is also the only one with a very non-neurotypical brain (SDR2 and side materials confirm that he's affected by frontotemporal dementia), which may be the reason why the brainwashing wasn't 100% effective. Maybe the illness is yet another work of his luck..?
      • Jossed, Nekomaru also points out they are Ultimate Despair as well. It's likely that at that point every member of the class, if Junko's teachings were as thorough as she mentioned, has most likely embraced their new found ecstasy that despair brings and are just that ecstatic about getting ready to pursue those hopeful things they envision and are relishing the despair knowing they'll make sure those visions won't come true.
  • The despair video that Junko makes was already foreshadowed in SDR2. If one recalls the final trial, Makoto says the Force Shutdown would likely undo the "brainwashing" but they would still have to keep their memories as Ultimate Despair.
  • Junko knowing how to lobotomize someone to alter their personality makes a disturbing amount of sense when you recall that one of her accomplices (although a reluctant one) was her childhood friend, Yasuke Matsuda, the Ultimate Neurologist. Also, during the final class trial of SDR2, when Junko was talking about the Izuru Kamukura project, an image of doctors inserting needles into a patient's head appeared. This implies Mukuro used a similar procedure that turned Hajime into Izuru to condition Chisa into becoming a member of Ultimate Despair. Junko would have likely gotten the data for the procedure during her search for Izuru.
  • The early scene of Yukizome watching her death at the first episode of Side:Despair starts making more sense with Side: Future episode 10 showing that Yukizome wasn't cured of the brainwashing Junko had done to her. Yukizome (Her real self at least) is watching her own death from a corner of her mind.
  • The revelation that Yukizome is a Remnant of Despair sheds a new light on past events with that in mind:
    • Why was the Future Foundation always struggling in their war against Despair until Junko's death? Because Yukizome was their mole and in charge of gathering intelligence. She had been feeding the Future Foundation false intel while giving Ultimate Despair intel that was advantageous to them.
    • It also explains why the battle between the branch leaders and the Remnants of Despair on the bridge happened. It's most likely they were secretly running away from a Remnant of Despair's attack, but got ambushed by Fuyuhiko and his gang due to Yukizome feeding the info of their escape route in an attempt to wipe the leaders out, or at the very least, gain their trust if the ambush failed.
    • And remember when she was talking to Makoto about how he should try and understand Munakata? How the two of them could work together to become an even greater hope? The bigger the hope, the bigger the despair when it collapses.
  • In Episode 9 of Side:Despair, it was revealed in Junko's student profile that she wasn't recruited by Kizakura, but as a special case by the recommendation of the Board of Directors. Seeing as Kizakura is a good judge of character, as seen when he identified Miaya as a suspicious person and correctly deduced that Ruruka was trying to hinder Kyoko's investigation, he would have likely realized how dangerous Junko is and would never allow her to go to Hope's Peak. The Board of Directors even arranged it so that Koichi and Jin weren't involved with her recruitment. Additionally, the Board of Directors likely knew how dangerous Junko could be because according to Junko's profile "responsibility of her as a student was placed upon the headmaster after her admission, with the Board removing their responsibility on her development". The Board of Directors only wanted Junko to come to their school to add her analyzing talent to the Izuru Kamukura project.
  • Like the previous executions in the past installments, Chiaki's execution has aspects of Fridge Brilliance. Given she was The Heart of Class 77-B, she went on to believe that her classmates can defeat despair. Junko mocked this idea by adding Hope Spots in her execution so that she thinks that she will be able to defeat despair only for her to die in the end.
    • In a much more Meta level, Chiaki was basically Doomed by Canon with her appearing as an AI in Super Danganronpa 2 making her chances of survival not looking particularly good. Her execution plays on this as even if she survives one possible death, canon dictates that she will still die at the end.
    • On the subject of Chiaki's execution, she had an unused execution that involved her navigating deadly traps. It looks like Chiaki's old execution was still used, in a sensenote .
  • More meta, but the reason why the reveal that Juzo has a crush on Munakata was so effective is because, after many installments containing merely implied Ho Yay and Les Yay, no one would have ever expected this ship to be anything more than a fandom joke or hopeless slashing, either. Unlike Komaeda's "aborted confession" and Tsumiki's vague wordings, Juzo's feelings were pretty clearly spelled out, with no room for misinterpretation.
    • Another aspect to it; Aoi and Juzo are clear foils to one another, Aoi does have some Ship Tease with Naegi and Les Yay with Kirigiri, just like Juzo was hinted at having feelings for either/both Munakata and Chisa.
  • Much of Junko's actions throughout Despair have been incorporated into the Killing Game of the first Danganronpa game at some point or another.
    • The First Killing Game acts as a prototype incorporating the motives such as the implied hostage motive from the first chapter.
    • The Never My Fault Breaking Speech she gives to Ryota is very similar to how Monokuma blames the students in the Killing Game for being desperate enough to kill despite putting them in that position in the first place.
    • In episode 10, she blackmails Juzo with his secret just like she did for the second motive in the game.
    • Chiaki's execution scene shows the theme of how it is related to her and her talent with her classmates forced to watch.
    • Like in the game, she creates a traitor from within the Class 77 roster, that traitor being a brainwashed Chisa.
  • When it's revealed that the victims committed suicide after watching the monitors, the Great Gozu stabbed his eyes out before he killed himself. It may be possible that he realized what was happening and tried to blind himself from the monitor before the effects takes place, but it was too late.
    • Additionally, this could also possibly explain why Ruruka had candy stuffed into her corpse. It was possibly a futile effort to try and overpower the brainwashing by using her own mind control candy to stave off the effects.
    • When we see how Chisa dies, she purposely hangs herself on the chandelier and then kills herself. Compare to the others' deaths, where they tried to resist the brainwashing. Since we learned that Chisa is already brainwashed beforehand, she was more than willing to kill herself. This theory is additionally supported by the fact that she's the first victim of the Final Killing Game.
  • The revelation in episode 11 that Tengan, the ex-headmaster, is the mastermind puts in a new light Monokuma's last words in the first game.
    "Yes, I'm not any old stuffed toy. I'm Monokuma. Your Headmaster, and the Headmaster of this school!"
    Monokuma
  • Monaca not knowing who the Mastermind of the Final Killing Game was, makes a lot more sense when it's revealed that the "attacker" was in fact the brainwashed victim themselves. Even with Robo-Miaya active during the sleep cycles, all Monaca would have seen is the victims killing themselves. Monaca technically knew who the "attackers" were, but she was telling the truth when she was talking about the "mastermind".
  • Munakata coming to the conclusion in Episode 11 that Tengan is a Remnant of Despair and is behind the Final Killing Game, despite looking every bit like the Big Good, unfortunately makes a lot of sense when you consider his final words to Munakata. "Everyone is the attacker" turns out to be mostly true since the Monokuma monitors are brainwashing people into suicide, and Tengan Cannot Tell a Lie due to his own NG Code. The only way he could know that, not be lying, and - most tellingly - not warn anyone else is if he is either the mastermind or working with the mastermind.
  • The anime's subtitle - "The End of Hope's Peak Academy" - takes on a different meaning depending on the "side" you refer to:
    • Side: Despair shows the series of events that led to the Tragedy, which destroyed the Academy and then the entire world.
    • Side: Future revolves around the Final Killing Game, the final plan to destroy the Future Foundation (which can be considered Hope's Peak's "successor").
    • Side: Hope, the final episode, is the Grand Finale of the entire Hope's Peak Academy Saga.
  • Why did Tengan make Ryota's NG code "not using his talent"? That's because the mastermind does WANT the Future Foundation to be killed off, and it's possible Ryota's hope video can override the effect of the Gloomy Sunday Video and make them work together, therefore rendering the killing game ineffective.
    • And, like other NG codes, it is ironic/poetic/a veiled critique of their character; Ryota turned his back on his talent out of shame and guilt, after he both almost self-destructed from his obsession with anime and inadvertently helped a murderous psychopath ruin society. His NG code is basically a "screw you" to him, especially in light of Tengan's final plan to convince him to brainwash people again AND the fact that he could short-circuit the Killing Game with it.
  • How could a meek person like Mitarai survive in a world where everyone is trying to killing each other or cause destruction? He would show people his brainwashing video and they would do what he says.
  • On the surface it seems hypocritical that Makoto wants to stop Mitarai from broadcasting the brainwashing video for hope, while he himself used the Neo World Program in an attempt to restore hope to the Remnants of Despair. However, the two methods work differently: the Neo World Program, designed with the cooperation of the Ultimate Therapist, merely removes existing brainwashing and memories, but still requires its participants to actively pursue their idea of hope by pursuing relationship bonds — thus, it's under their own volition; also, it's only done upon 15 of the worst offenders. In contrast, Mitarai's video, with only his and Tengan's input, forcibly removes human natures, and even if it somehow induced a feeling of hope, it's still done forcibly; not to mention this is done to everyone in the world. This also explains why the Neo World Program is sanctioned, but Mitarai's video is not.
    • Another factor is that the Remnants of Despair CONSENTED to the Neo World Program; Mitarai's video, much like Junko's, would be played with or without the viewer wanting to see it.
  • After learning about Mitarai's hope brainwashing video Side: Hope may not be as uplifting as people initially believed.
  • It's possibly unintentional, but look closely at the conflicts in each Side: Side: Despair is about the transformation of the classmates of Class 77-B into the Remnants of Despair at the hand of Junko and Mukuro, the original Ultimate Despairs. Side: Future is focused on the Future Foundation and the Final Killing Game they were trapped in; turns out Tengan, the leader/figurehead of the Foundation, was the Mastermind all along. And now, with Side: Hope, the final battle will be between Makoto, the Ultimate Hope, and Mitarai, who was entrusted by Tengan to end despair forever by brainwashing the entire planet into "Hope". Hell, Tengan's final message ("I entrust the world's Hope on you.") was erroneously believed to be directed at Makoto, while he was actually talking to Mitarai. In short: the name of each Side doesn't just indicate which group is the protagonist - it also references who the antagonists are.
  • The scene in Side: Hope where The former Remnants of Despair are convincing Ryota to cancel the Hope Video upload was quite clever for a few reasons. Everyone is in the exact uniform they wore in the Neo World Program, with Hajime leading the discussion, and reproduce one of their respective sprites. There's also the timer until the upload behind Ryota, and it's counting down Minutes:Seconds:Milliseconds. The whole thing is set up to resemble a Nonstop Debate!
  • It's obvious now who the 16th participant in the Final Killing Game is, Yasuhiro Hagakure. Mitarai's NG Bracelet and Forbidden Action were meant for Hagakure, but Tengan's panic when Mitarai showed up forced him to make Mitarai take Hagakure's place. As Hagakure's talent was the only thing he was good for (and Absolute Despair Hagakure proves he can use it to keep himself and others out of harm's way), the Forbidden Action would have fit him perfectly.
    • Considering Tengan wanted Ryota alive, any sane person would wonder why Ryota was put in the killing game in the first place; though this can be explained when you assume the mastermind actually IS insane.
  • Episode 8 of Side:Future, Makoto loses contact with Komaru right before he was able to tell her he will soon escape and pick her up. Those who are especially savvy of specific tropes could interpret this statement as a Death Flag. This means his own luck went into action just as he needed it again and prevented him from raising a death flag and cause a bad ending for both and/or one of the siblings.
  • With the reveal that AI Nanami was originally a blank slate AI in the Neo World Program filled with the remnants' wishes and friendship for the real Nanami, it shows that in a way, Fujisaki did help in creating AI Nanami.
  • Come to think of it, there was a handy visual clue to Juzo being gay in addition to the ambiguity of the Love Triangle between Kyousuke, Chisa and himself. Remember that the Japanese stereotype for a gay man is very overtly manly. Juzo, with his hot temper and his muscular frame, more or less matches that description.
  • Though it's sad that Nobuyo Oyama will no longer be voicing the part, the recasting of Monokuma actually works quite well. If you think of Nobuyo's Monokuma as the one controlled by AI Junko in the first Hope's Peak and Neo World Program Killing Games, since the Final Killing Game has a different mastermind (as will the Killing Game in NDRV3, presumably), it make sense for its Monokuma to have a different voice.
  • In Side:Hope, Hajime/Izuru has developed heterochromia, with a left red eye, essentially splitting him down the middle - one side Hajime, one side Izuru. Half hope and half despair. Just like Monokuma.
    • It might be more accurate to say, since the entire point of the second game was Hajime/Izuru rejecting both sides to Take a Third Option, that his heterochromia represents the merging of his personalities, rather than their separation. The green eye represents Hajime's empathy, the red eye Izuru's talent.
  • The Despair Pollution Noise Music is notably absent from Side:Future with the exception of Aoi's fakeout, the guards' deaths and Sonosuke's death. This is because the music only plays for murders, while the other deaths were all suicides.
  • At first it seems odd that the members of the 78th class keep referring to Hajime/Izuru solely as Kamukura, and marveling at his talent despite the atrocities committed in order to achieve it. You'd think they'd at least acknowledge "Hajime Hinata" and be a bit more cautious about singing the praises of Hope's Peak's greatest abuses — given their status as FF members, they must have known at least some of the details, and their Big Damn Heroes moment is SDR2 proves that they know who Hajime is. But then, not only is Hajime a relative stranger to them (they'd have heard the name "Kamukura" far more often than "Hinata") the 78th class are still of the mindset that Hope's Peak were the "good guys," even if they did bad things — they blame Junko almost entirely for what happened. After all, they were directly subject to Junko's malice, while in comparison the school sheltered them, they enjoyed their time there, and the headmaster personally tried to protect them (along with being Kyoko's dad). All in all, they're fairly "pro-establishment" in terms of their school, rather than rebels like Munakata's group or Hajime (arguably, Kyoko would have a problem with glorifying the school, but she's absent until the end of the episode). Throw in the fact that they may have internalized Hope's Peak's ethos, and their quickness to dismiss Hajime's experiences as a human experiment makes more sense: they simply don't want to think of their beloved school being responsible for terrible things, so the fact that Hajime ended up using his talents for the sake of good vindicates Hope's Peak in the eyes of Naegi and Co. This mindset would also explain the questionable decision to rebuild Hope's Peak themselves.
    • In contrast, Souda cheerfully and casually addresses Hajime as "this guy" in front of Mitarai, and Nagito addresses him as "Hinata-kun," reflecting his closer relationship with the Jabberwock Island team and the fact that they prioritize his "Hajime" identity. They're probably just relieved that he woke up as more-or-less himself and don't want to think too hard about the whole Izuru Kamukura business.
  • The reveal that Chiaki in SDR2 is an AI based on a real person is actually went as far back as Nagito's claim of researching his potential classmates. He knew everyone's talent except Hajime, which means it includes Chiaki, and he has no suspicion that Chiaki is the Future Foundation spy among them even to the end. If she's merely an AI inserted into the cast, Nagito would be the first who notice something is amiss and yet he didn't.
    • And while on topic of that, she's being an amalgamation of her classmates' memories is supported by the fact that she has a physical feature that isn't readily visible unless she strips; Chiaki has a tiny mole on her right breast. Class 77 went to a beach in one of their outings as can be seen from the ending. For a casual observer, it's something that would be easily missed or unknown to them, much less when someone outside the Class 77 circle is designing a physical appearance of an AI based on a real person. In fact, many fans often miss it despite having already seen it; that's just how small it is. The reason why the Class 77 could possibly make that realistic of a copy is because among them, there's a resident pervert.
    • Not that this should have been much of a reveal in the first place. After all, we've already seen how the classes memories came together to form the AI Chiaki, albeit depicted metaphorically: The Side: Despair credits sequence, where photos of events that Class-77 took part in during their days at Hope's Peak are used to make a collage depicting Chiaki!
  • The Monokuma Secret Exit was first thought of as a fake but then it was revealed that the power room was inside it where Juzo cut the power of the entire building allowing everyone to escape the game. It was secret exit in way.
  • Why wasn't Monaca affected by the suicide anime if she saw Gozu's death? Well, if you remember what Mitarai was saying when describing his anime to Junko, he said that it only works on decent quality screens, and without the color getting distorted. Gekkogahara's camera has a green tint to it, therefore distorting the color.
    • Alternatively, it did actually affect her partially. It seems out of character for her to be apathetic just as she is about to win, until you realize being apathetic or feeling guilty about self is an immediate effect of watching the suicide video effect, not to mention she effectively committed suicide by shutting herself off in space. So while it's not as strong as those who watch it directly, the effect is there.
  • How did Monaca know that someone from the class 78th was gonna die because of Naegi? Munakata got the list of NG codes from Robot Miaya, so Monaca probably knew that Kirigiri's NG code is 'Passing the Fourth Time Limit with Naegi Makoto alive'
  • A meta example of Fridge Brilliance is how well the masterminds of each killing game for each numbered installment of Dangan Ronpa matches up with the mastermind/Zero of each Deadly Game from the Zero Escape series. This would make sense since the creators of these franchises have been know to share ideas with each other. Going through the masterminds:
    • The first masterminds in both DR1 and Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors were Junko Enoshima and Akane Kurashiki, respectively. Both masterminds are young women and a former classmate of the their game's main protagonist. Both them even had their older sibling help them with setting up their game.
    • The second masterminds in SDR2 and Virtue's Last Reward are Izuru Kamukura and Dr. Sigma Klim, respectively. Both masterminds are the alter ego of the main protagonist themselves, who were unaware of their alternate identity. Additionally, both masterminds had a AI act as the host of their game, and arranged it so that an artificial copy of their deceased Love Interests would be a part of their planned game.
    • Finally, the third masterminds in DR3 and Zero Time Dilemma are Tengan and Delta, respectively. Both masterminds are old men that are Well-Intentioned Extremist who hoped their planned game could lead to the world being saved. Also, both masterminds were able to utilizes some form of mind control: Delta was able to control people through his "Mind Hacking" ability, while Tengan brainwashed people to commit suicide through the Despair video.
  • The fact that Naegi just happened to be assigned a faulty room in the first installment makes even more sense given the Despair arc's reveal that Junko actually knew who Naegi was during their time at Hope's Peak, and was annoyed by him. Of course she'd assign that room to someone she disliked!
  • Munakata's change of aspirations in the epilogue seems sudden, until you realize that he just spent days in exactly the sort of chaotic, dangerous situation that Hope's Peak breeds, and he can't write off this game as a fluke. His trying and failing to establish control over the Foundation during it taught Munakata that he can't and doesn't want to spend his whole life working with people like the Ultimates are groomed to be, especially since the two Ultimates he cared about most are dead now.
  • Now that we know what Murasame looked like, it can now be said that the two "Naegi"s that get the most wear and tear done to them psychologically are the only two leaders lacking the standard protagonist Idiot Hair and all the responsibility that comes with it.
    • Their lack of Idiot Hair also signifies they aren't the true heroes of their own stories; despite being the "protagonists" of their respective groups, they were the only two leaders with them and their plots introduced as side stories to a main plot, dooming their groups from the start. But what really cursed their Plot Armor was the fact that an Idiot Hair character was already present (and in Murasame's case, there were two), thus showing to the audience that they were mere decoys for the real leaders.
    • How come Murasame gets the worst fate of all "Naegi"s in the Hope's Peak Saga?note  As any long time viewer of Dangan Ronpa knows, the first is always the most brutal. And as New Danganronpa V 3 also shows us, the plot doesn't like when more than one "Naegi" is in the same killing game.
  • Kyosuke was so obsessed with the belief that someone from Despair caused Chisa's death...which is true, From a Certain Point of View. Not only was Chisa Despair, but her real self would not have died- psychologically speaking- if her love for the 77th class, who would become Despair, had not motivated her to make a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Some have raised eyebrows over how quick the Student Council seemed to be willing to murder each other, but remember that prior to that all have been sent threatening videos, which were most likely sent while Junko was perfecting her techniques. So it is highly likely that a few, if not all, had been subliminally brainwashed to be more willing to kill each other, most likely by enhancing their paranoia or desperation, this explains why they seem to have no trouble in offing each other as well as a few (for example Karen/Tomohiko) have looks of pleasure as time goes on.
  • After the graduation speech, the 77th class are stating their plans to make unintentionally a better world. The fact that their sense of hope has been altered completely is when Teruteru is saying his part. Notice that he is holding a bunch of potato chips while saying it? Now what does Teruteru dislike? Junk food.
  • While most see the events of Side:Despair as making Junko out to be a liar in SDR 2, once you think about it, in a way she wasn't actually lying about the events, just that she was giving the entire context about what actually happened:
    • "Izuru killed the entirety of the Student Council" is still correct. When Izuru took interest in Junko's claims of despair being unpredictable, it led to the Student Council's fate being set in stone. Plus, given the fact he did nothing to stop the madness from starting in the first place, despite having everything at his whims to do so, he still shoulders the blame for it.
    • "Junko got the Remnants one by one" still stands as well. After all, the brainwashing done to them only made it so that they would feel a sense of pleasure from the absolute despair of seeing Chiaki murdered, making them the same as Junko in that sense as UD. It doesn't mean that they would be loyal or, hell, even willing to actually do the horrific acts that they would go to commit at first (it'd be more likely that they would be more willing to kill her than to do that at first). It's likely that Junko did do the manipulation aspect afterwards, something she would have more than enough spare time to do given HPA's no mandatory class system. Plus, add together she has their teacher (who could cover for their absence) + Mikan (people who would have had known them longer and know where to hit them at their weakest), the class would still be rather scarred from seeing the gruesome execution, and the fact the class would be isolated from the outside world for a decent period of time, it isn't too much of a stretch that Junko could have won them over during that time.
    • "Junko broke Izuru's spirit" still works in a sense. Junko basically manipulated him by preying on his desire for excitement in life by using a world in despair would always interest him, something that while at first he got back during the council game, he would eventually find that would bore him by ep 11 of Despair Arc. Unfortunately, when the world became one bounded by chaos and therefore 'deadlocked' by then Izuru had realized he had only been played a fool to bring about a world only Junko would want, and by then was in too deep to breakout of being an Ultimate Despair member, thus causing his spirit to break into the bitter and nihilistic Izuru in SDR 2, one who wants revenge against Junko for using him (though also one that still wants to see the true clash of hope vs despair to decide which would be more interesting).

     Fridge Horror 
  • As awesome as it was to see the Ultimate Despair Remnants rampaging through the world, Gundham has a MASSIVE dose of fridge horror. What appears to be a scarf on his design is actually, at a closer glance, a massive snake. Remember what snakes are known for eating. Small rodents and other such mammals. It's not hard to work out what Gundham might have done with his beloved "Dark Devas"...
    • Averted thanks to side: hope. His 12 zodiac generals are unharmed.
  • Bandai's death for two reasons:
    • He was "the ultimate farmer" . Meaning the guy who was most skilled at producing food for the despaired world is now dead.
    • The coldness of the other branch leaders. Why? They are already used to losing people in the despaired world.
  • Similarly to the first point above, Episode 6 reveals the ultimate therapist was dead before the game even began. That is NOT what you'd want to hear when the world has gone mad to the point of mass self-destruction.
    • For similar reasons Andou, Kimura, and Izayoi deaths. There has to be a great demand for doctors, not to mention that kimura can make all sorts of concoctions, such as truth serum or drugs to increase your strength; she could likely produce substances to help with the mass insanity and effects of despair. Andou is able to make treats that have effects such as altering your mind, and even created a serum that would bring out the true nature of someones heart in the analogy manga; her and Kimura combining their abilities would have enabled them to subdue the remaining forces of despair and deal with the mass hysteria that the incident caused. Izayoi may specialize in making weapons, but seeing how destroyed civilization is at this point, any "Ultimate" with the ability to build stuff would be very welcome.
  • The way Aoi's fake death was arranged undoubtedly awoke some horrible flashbacks to Sayaka's death in Makoto's mind.
  • While Munakata's Armor-Piercing Question to The Great Gozu in episode 2 seems simple enough; "Don't you recall how many of our fellows we lost to the fight against despair? How will you be able to face them again after you refused to stamp out despair at all costs?"; the reveal that everyone who was killed by the attacker was actually brainwashed into a despair-induced insanity so bad that they killed themselves makes that question much more disturbing in hindsight. Everyone else who died clearly had a reason that they would be driven to suicide. Chisa was already a brainwashed Remnant of Despair, so she was more or less just following orders. Seiko holds a lot of guilt over her inability to save anyone during the Final Killing game. Ruruka was clearly mentally unstable and anxious to the point of being unable to trust anyone, eventually culminating in her murdering the man she loved out of paranoia, which only degraded her sanity further So what would make a Gentle Giant bodyguard with a high value of life and a strong sense of loyalty go crazy enough with despair to want to kill himself? The future Federation is the only organization battling The Remnants of Despair and their allies and they have clearly suffered high casualties. When you think about how loyal Great Gozu is to his comrades and his protective nature...chances are that, similar to Makoto, Gozu's brainwashing video was of all of his dead friends and allies from the Future Federation.
    • Just think about it. You are a very loyal person who dislikes unnecessary violence and will go to great lengths to protect other people. Then, imagine that you are confronted by all your fallen comrades, many of who you likely witnessed die or failed to save, and that they are angry at you and blaming you for their deaths. And, on top of that, they are mad at you for not avenging them and protecting the rest of the Future Federation at all costs, even if it means killing your own friends. And it's also very likely that Chisa and Bandai are in there, as well. And they are angry about their deaths and hate you for not only not protecting them, but not caring enough about their deaths to get your hands dirty and stop the Killing Game...dang. The possibilities of what Gozu saw before his own death are rather horrifying, and it's only made worse by the fact that he was one of the few truly good people among a group of traumatized extremists and certainly didn't deserve it.
    • The fact that he stabbed out his own eyes before he died also has some pretty unsettling implications. First, he just wanted to get rid of the image of whatever it was that was tormenting him. The second option is even worse; he realized what was going on and was trying to put out his eyes to stop the brainwashing because he wanted to live, but ended up getting driven to suicide anyway. Option two also possibly has an even darker side to it when you stop and consider what happened beforehand. Before the second sleeping phase, everything had pretty much gone to heck, with everyone suspecting each other and focusing on their own survival. Gozu clearly planned to protect Makoto, Aoi, and anyone else who ended up in danger, from being murdered because of the Foundation's paranoia. If he was able to realize what was really going on during his brainwashing video, then it's quite possible that Gozu was able to remember what had happened before-hand. In that case, he would have realized that if he died, Makoto and Aoi would have no one one else, aside from Kirigiri, on their side and would likely be killed. If Gozu was able to realize what was happening to him as he killed himself, that would mean that he possibly remembered what was going on and was trying to stop himself from being killed because of his desire to protect his allies. Can you imagine the utter horror of trying to stop yourself from committing succeed against your will, all while knowing that people that you had promised to protect would be in danger if you died? To the point of actually gouging out your own eyes with a knife, but still dying despite your efforts? Imagine the sheer terror and fear that you would feel in your last seconds of life knowing that, not only were you dead, but that now the allies that you were trying to protect were in danger and could be MURDERED and that you were totally helpless to do anything for them... and you figured out what was really killing people, but were unable to tell anyone about it, which would mean that more people would probably die?
  • Andou, Kimura, and Izayoi all got expelled from Hope's Peak, right? Well, we haven't seen anyone from the 76th class alive post-Tragedy, until now, with these three. And the 76th class would have attended Hope's Peak during the Tragedy's early days. It's entirely possible that Junko or the Remnants slaughtered ALL of the 76th class, and the only reason that these three are alive right now is because they were expelled before the bodies started hitting the floor.
    • Episode 11 seems to more or less confirm this as many of Hope's Peaks Ultimate students were killed by the brainwashed reserve course students, with only the 77-B Class, 78th Class, and only a few Ultimate Student outside these classes left alive.
  • As if her students becoming Ultimate Despair wasn't enough, with Chisa being transferred to the Reserve Course, she'll get to witness the First Killing Game and then watch them commit mass suicide on Junko's request. It's no wonder she's mellowed out so much between arcs.
    • Good thing that she's just acting mellow but is smiling with despair on the inside.
  • While it's muted to the audience, whatever Tengan says about the traitor/the attacker is enough to shock and horrify Munakata. What the hell could he have said?
    • What he said is that there is more than one attacker, and the everybody has "the potential" to fall to despair and be the attacker. Unfortunately Munakata is not exactly stable himself.
      • That's actually reasonable to drive him insane because what Tengan said. Just think about it. You and your comrade were tried so hard to completely destroyed despair, and then you just know that everyone who suppose to be your side (include YOU) have potential to fall to despair. Tengan's statement is likely broke Mutakata's hope to completely destroy despair, since everyone on his side (include himself) has potential to despair.
  • The ending of episode 6 shows Hajime's eyes are still red and he still thinks things are boring, which could suggest a lot of things.
  • Concerning the Remnants of Despair. We already know they're responsible for the murder of many people (including their friends and families), countless terrorist attacks, coup d'etats, and wars. However, Killer Killer also states that they're responsible for "countless crimes in all forms possible." Which means they could also be responsible for things like widespread arson, cannibalism, rape and sexual violence, and possibly even nuclear attacks. All from this group of high-school students we've come to know and love.
    • Which also makes for a Fridge Tearjerker. Lets assume Hajime, Fuyuhiko, Sonia, Akane, and Kazuichi still have all their memories from in the Neo World Program, the comatose students all wake up with their memories as well, and they all manage to get off the island. Then what? Where could they possibly go? Everyone they were close to is dead, their homes are gone, the world is in ruins is because of them, and everyone utterly despises them. And how badly might the guilt of it all affect some of them when they learn the true scope of their actions?
    • Bonus points: how exactly do you think the Ultimate Chef killed his mother?
  • When Chisa is reading through the details of the Izuru Kamukura project, one of the tabs is the "Parental Consent Form" from Hope's Peak's Department of Affairs. When translated to English, it states that the subject's parents/legal guardian "hereby acknowledge and consent to any and all surgical, medical, or psychological measures that may be performed on (Hajime) while in the custody of the school." Hajime's parents actually agreed to this procedure.
  • Monaca's line of Nagito making her into an adult can be interpreted in various ways... none of them are particularly nice, but one of the ways it's been interpreted is that he raped her.. The scarier thing is that, It's plausible, considering Nagito believes the ends justify the means, so if he thought it would eventually bring hope, he'd probably do it.
  • Nagito's behavior becomes more and more erratic over the course of the series. In the Despair Arc, he goes from class oddball to wannabe terrorist (albeit one who banks on his luck to ensure everyone's safety) to an utter disregard even for his own self-preservation (what possessed him to get on another plane?). Which makes sense, as without the Neo World Program to compensate for his deteriorating health, his dementia has to be advancing as the storyline progresses. He really is losing the ability to judge consequences — chances are, that part of his brain is not in a good way by now.
  • At the end of Episode 7, Kizakura promises Jin that he will look after Kyoko if something ever happens to Jin. Imagine how horrible he must have felt while watching the 78th class's killing game.
    • Don't need to imagine. We actually get to see him looking dejected as he tried to rescue Class 78 from the Killing School Life
    • On this same note, imagine how he must have felt watching the very opening to the killing game - the execution of his best friend.
  • During the first killing game, Izuru spent most of it just quietly observing the other students killing each other. What makes this disturbing is that Izuru actually has the ability to stop the game at any time. If he really wanted to, he could easily dispatch the Despair Sisters, convince the other students not to go through with it, or just knock out the more unhinged students. But with all his talent, he decided to do nothing. It really drives home how much Lack of Empathy Izuru has for people compared to Hajime.
    • It's not even his fault, either. The Hope Cultivation Project ripped out his ability for basic human empathy, so he literally can't feel an obligation to help them even if he wanted to.
  • The first killing game was definitely one of the most disturbing events in the franchise. Out of all the killing games (except possibly the Final Killing Game), this game has the least likely chance for survival. What makes it even scarier is that Junko could've easily made all the killing games just like this one, but decided to make the later games much more theatrical, which could allow more than one participant to survive.
  • As if the events of Side:Future Episode 8 weren't bad enough, consider this. It's been heavily hinted at the something happened after everyone fell asleep for the first time (the missing kunai mark on the wall Kirigiri notices is a big one. With this in mind, it's highly likely that the fear for her life that drove Andou was for complete and utter nothing.
  • Andou's secret weapon, a mind controlling candy, puts everything towards everyone she ever interacted with in a whole much more disturbing light. She said she can't trust anyone that won't eat her candy, so a reason why she might not fully trust Seiko is because she knows that she can't fully control her like with Izayoi. Therefore, that might mean that she doesn't want anyone around her that she can't convince to do her will by using the candy, taking her Manipulative Bitch qualities Up to Eleven. And while on the subject, her relationship with Izayoi. How much of it was real? Their entire relationship might be completely based on him being drugged and doing her will, or even being so addicted to her sweets that it borders Stockholm Syndrome.
    • Also, imagine if Junko had gotten hold of Andou's mind controlling candies. They are much easier to produce and distribute, which means that Junko could have possibly driven the entire Academy into Despair very easily...
    • Fortunately, it's later shown that she genuinely did love Izayoi, and he her. So that might take some of the horror off.
  • Junko is NOT a sociopath, her "despair fetish" is basically sado-masochism taken to a psychotic extreme. Her talent reinforces that by making her perfectly aware of how much suffering her evil actions will cause...and because she is capable of empathy, she feels (deep down inside) guilt, self-loathing, and grief over that suffering. She knows the consequences, she feels the cost. Even though such emotions in normal people stop them from doing further evil and seek redemption, Junko can't stop doing evil because she is addicted to her own emotional pain as well as everyone else's. Thus, her capacity for empathy makes her more evil, not less. That is fucked up Royal.
    • This is entirely plausible, seeing as how Light Novel Dangan Ronpa Zero shows that she genuinely did love Yasuke Matsuda. He was the most important person in her life, but she brutally killed him, emotionally tormented him in his last living moments, and beat his corpse until it was a bloody pulp, to the point where she hated herself and was so ridden with despair and guilt that she wanted to die... and at the same time, all those feelings absolutely thrilled her.
  • A massive case of this is created with Side:Despair Episode 8. Tsumiki's coldblooded murder of Mioda and Saionji in Super Danganronpa 2? Something she had no real will in.
    • Which also implies something else: the Remnants of Despair murdering their friends and families, mutilating their own bodies, triggering The End of the World as We Know It, and setting up a plan to get themselves killed in order to resurrect Junko? Yeah...
      • And all this is confirmed in Side:Despair Episode 11. You're welcome.
    • To add to that: One wonders how sound of mind Ikusaba is by the time the series comes around. She has known Enoshima since birth while Enoshima managed to turn Tsumiki in a matter of weeks. Imagine what could happen if she had years.
      • Considering her reactions to Junko's attacks and insults, some certain interaction on the roof, and the number of rooms for the 78th class being 15 yet the number of people being 16, we can pretty much guess.
    • And let us also add the fact that some of the Remnants actually had sex with Junko's corpse. Squick doesn't even begin to describe it.
  • More of a Fridge Tearjerker, but we also learn what Yukizome's forbidden action was: letting Munakata die. Remember how much she talked about him at the beginning, how much she dedicated her life to him, and how she said she'd be willing to die for him? Seeing the current situation and how forbidden actions have affected close relationships, like that of Ruruka and Izayoi, it's not hard to imagine her going out of her way to protect him even during his slow descent into madness. And the fact that Munakata kills Juzo suggests even that might not have kept her safe. Maybe it's better that she was the first to go.
    • Back to Fridge Horror territory with The Reveal that Chisa was a pawn of Junko the whole time and was manipulating Munakata into becoming despair-filled. If Munakata died, the plan would fail, which means the NG Action kills Chisa for her failure. Her death might've even been the first stage of the plan.
  • The whole And I Must Scream aspect of Junko's brainwashing is already terrifying and likely intentionally done to cause the victim more despair. You're forced to watch yourself commit all kinds of atrocities, including torturing and killing loved ones, while your true self is unable to do anything about it. All the reserve course students that committed suicide were forced to experience having their own body kill them while they themselves don't truly want to die.
    • It's just as terrifying if you believe that the brainwashing left the class still with their free will just now believe despair is synonymous with pleasure. Imagine yourself being forced to watch one of your closest friends get brutally killed, while you can do nothing but watch helplessly...before you begin to relish in their gruesome fate. You don't want to feel like that and honestly do feel horrible about losing them. Yet, the pleasure to feel that despair is too much to resist and, despite everything telling you not to go through with it, you continue until you are in too deep to back out...and you don't want to. Bonus points is that the murderer of said friend is right with you the entire time having got away with it scot-free and slowly convinces you that not only is what your feeling normal...but encourages it!, given what you went through during your lifetime, and soon you find yourself so enamored with your 'savior' your willing to deep whatever they say.... even destroying the world. All in the name for despair....
  • In episode 9 of Side:Despair, the lobotomization that Mukuro did to poor Chisa looks disturbingly similar to the images of the Izuru Kamukura project that were shown during the final class trial of SDR2. This would make sense as Junko would have gotten the data from the project at this point. If the procedures really were the same, just slightly altered, this would mean the Izuru Kamukura project didn't just turn Hajime into Izuru, but it also had a large role in turning Class 77-B into Ultimate Despair.
  • After murdering Juzo, Kyosuke tells him, "You know why" and curses Despair. Fans initially assumed that Kyosuke was acknowledging his own paranoia, but then episode 10 of Future reveals that he was actually referring to Juzo's failure to defy Junko's coercion. Blaming simply "despair" instead of Juzo may have been a twisted form of respect, a way of showing that he either doesn't blame Juzo for being weaker than despair/Junko or doesn't believe Juzo helped her of his own free will. (Probably the former, given that soon after he accepts the "weakness"/compromises/compassion Naegi showed by protecting the 77th Class.)
    • Episode 10 of Despair also revealed that Juzo was in love with Kyosuke, and afraid of him finding out. He may have interpreted Kyosuke's "you know why" as him discovering his secret and being disgusted by it, something that hits way too close to home.
    • It's actually worse than that. Munakata has no way of knowing the whole truth of what happened and technically never really found out that Juzo lied to him; he just connected the dots between Junko plunging the world into despair and Juzo claiming that she was innocent of causing the first killing game, and came to the conclusion that he had to have lied. That makes it worse because that knowledge is open to multiple interpretations. Juzo could have been on her side all along, Junko could have been so intelligent that she was able to cover her tracks and trick him into genuinely thinking that she was innocent, he could have had his memories erased or altered or been brainwashed to forget discovering her, or she could have plunged Juzo into despair so that he willingly sided with her. From what Munakata says while he stabs him, it seems like he is going with the option of his friend having fallen into despair against his will like Chisa had, but the fact is that he doesn't completely know that Juzo actually had anything to do with covering for Junko, he just suspects it, and then decides to murder his best friend out of paranoia. Munakata does get a bit of leeway in that he had pretty much had a full-on mental break-down at this point, but the fact remains that he was willing to kill his friend despite not totally knowing for sure if Juzo actually had purposely covered for Junko or if he had been forced into it against his will and/or knowlege.
  • Episode 11 of Side:Future reveals that the Despair video that causes its viewers to commit suicide is Monokuma theater. That heavily implies that Junko during the first and second games was trying to get its players to kill themselves.
  • A video that compels its viewers to commit suicide? Where else could something like that have been used? Oh yeah, the Reserve Course. This is confirmed episode 11 of Side:Despair when Junko sends the very same Monokuma theater video from Side:Future episode 11 to all the Reserve Course students' cell phones.
  • What does Makoto's despair anime-induced vision consist of? Him being confronted with Kyoko and the other dead students of Class 78, who tell him he should've been the one to die instead. Makes you wonder just how much guilt and self-loathing Makoto might be carrying underneath his kindhearted exterior.
  • Among the four killing games, the final killing game is unique in that it is Unwinnable by Design, confirming Munakata's belief that Despairs do not follow rules. This also leads to Fridge Brilliance over why Juzo goes to shut down the power instead of helping to destroy the monitor: he probably realized that disabling everything is the most feasible if not the only way to take off the bangles and "win" the game.
  • Learning that Tengan was a remnant of despair really puts a disturbing new interpretation on his final message. "I entrust the hope of the world to you." As in "I entrust it to you...to crush it," perhaps?
    • Even worse, actually. The message was for Mitarai. Tengan set up the entire game so that he could push Mitarai to use his videos to brainwash the world into having hope. And nothing but hope.
  • While Chihiro and Mondo's interactions at the end are heartwarming at first, they become harsher once you put some thought into it. A common theme throughout the series is that memory wiping cannot remove subconscious feelings. Chihiro in DR1 believed that Mondo would help him, because subconsciously, he knew that Mondo had done so before. And that turned out so well for them both.
  • The fact that Munakata never reached Juzo before the former's death has lots of unsettling implications for Munakata's mental health. Juzo died thinking that Munakata hated him and had abandoned him, but still loved him and was relived to know that Munakata would make it out alive. Munakata clearly regrets his attempted murder of his loyal friend and, giving how messed up he clearly is after losing everything, he quite possibly thinks that Juzo died angry and cursing him for his betrayal, when that wasn't the case at all. While he was sad about being abandoned to die alone, he also died content and happy because he finally managed to do something right and felt that he had atoned for the fact that he was more or less complicit in destroying the world. He also still loved Munakata dearly and totally forgave him for causing his death. But all Munakata knows is that he clearly betrayed his friend, and that Juzo was clearly destroyed by that betrayal. He notes that Juzo died with a big smile on his face, but can only speculate as to what his last moments were like and hope that he wasn't smiling because he lost the will to live and wouldn't have to deal with the state of the world anymore. Seeing how messed up he already is by the the time that he is seen wandering off after the end...the idea of Munakata thinking those sort of thoughts and what they could do to his already fracture mental state is not pleasant.
  • As heartwarming as it is to see the remaining Remnants Of Despair wake up from their comas, consider this - even if things work out for all of them, they still have the blood of many innocents on their hands. They will be forever haunted by their time as Ultimate Despairs, in the form of their dead loved ones that they killed and the fear and hatred they will face in the outside world. Even then, Chiaki, one of their closest friends and their beloved classmate, is dead. Meaning that they will never be truly reunited. Also, seeing that they decided to take up the blame for the Final Killing Game, it's likely that they may not be able to go back to civilization again.
  • Is it truly good that Class 77 decided to take the blame for Tengan's Killing Game, which more or less ended the Tragedy? After all, The Parade, which directly led to the Tragedy, started because the Hope's Peak Academy decided to cover up their human experiment and the killing game. In this light, the Tragedy ended with another cover up. Even worse is that unlike last time, we do not have nameless old men to blame, but instead the same characters that we grew to attach and love, one serving as our own avatar, in the name of hope.
    • Related to this: The last headmaster agreed to the cover up and the burden of hope, which caused the Tragedy. Makoto becomes the new headmaster after agreeing to another cover up and the burden of hope. Suddenly him having this position is not that sunny...
  • Why are the Remnants of Despair love Junko so much even when She killed Chiaki? Remember that to an UD, gaining pleasure from despair means to go all in on something you don't want to happen. In the Remannts case, it's more than likely that they DO despise her for what happened but because of their condition they instead fawn over her to the point of hurting themselves and destroying the world. Just for that feeling of despairing pleasure...
  • Also counting as a Continuity Nod, considering Mukuro replaced Junko in the Killing School Life in order to obfuscate the mastermind's identity, she had to replicate her personality as well, including the voice. Both are done with complete accuracy as Despair Arc wholly solidifies the case to be, yet according to Junko by Trigger Happy Havoc's last class trial long after Mukuro is executed and mutilated, Mukuro was too inhumanly inept for society to even welcome her to successfully replicate the Ultimate Fashionista herself as their body and mind were separated from one another with a wall, in spite of how much time Mukuro spent cooperating with Junko on her ideas (over 10 years). Despair Arc refutes the crux of this proclamation of Junko's entirely, giving her role as the main antagonist of the series more honorability.
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    Fridge Logic 
  • In Side:Despair Episode 4, it's shown that exams at HPA are basically talent shows, with students demonstrating their talents. While this makes sense for some, questions start to arise on how this applies to talents that are either far more abstract, like Good Luck, or just titles, like Student Council President. It's especially galling with Togami, Sonia and Kuzuryuu, whose "talents" are basically down to them being heirs to rich and important groups. What's Togami supposed to do, show his bank account?
    • Ultimate Lucky Students probably get a pass when it comes to the practical exam, unless the reason that Komaeda is not expelled is because his display of luck qualifies him to pass with flying colors. Students like Naegi are probably just asked to list lucky things that have happened to them within the year and similarly, students like Togami and Sonia would probably list achievements and accolades earned while at Hope's Peak so far. Also, presumably, the regal manner in which Sonia would present herself would earn her an automatic pass.
    • It was probably all a publicity stunt anyway. Why else would they bother televising it? Any student whose talent wasn't particularly showy could probably get away with giving a speech or interview.
  • Part of the reason for Seiko and Ruruka's falling out is that Seiko cannot eat sugar and therefore could not try Ruruka's sweets, which made her feel useless. It never occurs to either of them that Ruruka could easily make a sugar-free candy.
    • Seiko also started wearing braces at some point in her life. Sugar (or any kind of food, but mostly sugar) will build plaque on her teeth. There's also certain kinds of foods that will break her brackets. If anything, she has to be more careful of what she eats.
    • There's also the fact that there really is no such thing as "sugar-free" candy.note 
      • No they probably wouldn't have. Artificial sweeteners and naturally occurring sugars are very different molecularity. There's a reason diabetic people are told to eat one over the other.
    • They never explain what about Seiko's medication interacts with sugar. Most food you eat will eventually break down into sugar. note  Even diabetics can have sugar in very low quantities. I took Andou's reaction to be that if Seiko is so talented at pharmaceuticals, why not make a medicine that does not interact with sugar? She sent Seiko on all of these missions to keep making more and more complex drugs, and yet she couldn't make a drug that would let her eat sweets. I think she was testing her on purpose, not just using her.
  • A pretty huge one in Side:Future Episode 7; How the hell does Monaka not know the mastermind's identity? Gekkougahara's a robot, logically she wouldn't be affected by the knockout potion and thus she would see exactly who's committing the murders and what happened to the building. Unless she's lying out of spite (which would be in-character) it's a pretty big Plot Hole.
    • The mastermind and killer aren't the same person? Seems pretty simple.
      • How would Monaca know that? Unless she was working with the traitor (which, given her abandoning of the whole "Hope versus Despair" thing, isn't very likely) or one of the attackers WMGs is true, she would have no real way of knowing.
      • There is a good chance the killer is a remnant of despair. It isn't so unlikely for her to know who in Future Foundation isn't what they seem, and still keeping quiet, since her only objective is to observe Makoto for a while.
      • The reveal that the victims all committed suicide clears this up.
  • How do the bracelets work? It's possible to think of some things, like Makoto's could sense change in motion and location, Kirigiri's could sense Makoto's status, but there are some that simply don't make sense on how they would know if the NG code was broken, even more considering that this time, the mastermind is likely to not be able to actually see anything. For example, how would the bracelet know if someone stepped on Kimura's shadow, or that Izayoi had food in his mouth?
    • Related to the above: There's no way Tengan is monitoring the bracelet. Or how Monokuma "hack" Usami.
    • It is entirely possible that the NG Bracelets work by scanning the mind and body through a network. Kyoko's would be tailored to receive Makoto's biodata. Makoto's would check his endorphin levels and muscle movements that denote running, or is tailored to scan all the hallways for Makoto's movements. Asahina's would be tailored to scan for blunt force trauma. Kimura's might be scanning her mind for the thought of someone stepping on her shadow, or is connected to the cameras to scan for anyone in her shadow like Makoto. Gozu's would check for chest pressure exceeding three seconds. Kizakura's for the tendons on his left hand. Munakata's hands twisting or pushing a knob or the cameras detecting an open door. Ruruka's would go off like a house alarm. Bandai's would scan for dread or sorrow which sends chemicals through the body. Juzo's would detect contact of his knuckles. Tengen's would go off when the left side of the brain goes off upon a question (liars are known to look left when making up a story), Mitarai's would go off when the same side of the brain fires up as well. Izayoi's are connected to his taste buds. Yukizome would be connected to dread or sorrow like Bandai's.
    • It isn't even necessary that all of the bracelets work: the first NG code to be broken was "Witness violence between participants", which given the tense situation and enmity between some of the characters was pretty much guaranteed to happen first thing after waking up - and this specific poisoning might have been done remotely by the mastermind while everyone else's focus was on aforementioned violence. After this, the participants would not dare breaking their own NG codes (sound familiar?) - especially since the mastermind WANTED one of the participants to survive (the fact that this person was dragged into the killing game in the first place is a whole another problem); it would also explain how the NG code would be triggered by Ryota using his talent - not at all. Which makes even more sense when you consider it might have originally been designated for Hagakure and this psychological trick would have worked just as well for him. Not to mention Tengan wouldn't even need a working bracelet since he was the mastermind. The rest of the bracelets would need to work as outlined above by using biodata and cameras.
  • A minor one, but her profile from the game states that Mikan dislike's "big things". Why is her weapon of choice in Side: Hope a comically large syringe?
    • Maybe character growth, showing that she's overcome her fears, or is at least able to put them aside to help her friends. Maybe she still has remnants of despair inside her; after all, she reverted back to Ultimate Despair right before her execution and was likely still in that state when she went comatose, so maybe she, unlike the others, wasn't fully healed of it.
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