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Nightmare Fuel / Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

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Say your prayers, Monomi.
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  • The Monobeasts. Sure, Monokuma and Usami are mechanical animals too, but their designs were more cartoony, while the Monobeasts, while Creepy Awesome, have more "serious" contrast to them that is really unsettling.
  • The executions and deaths once again.
    • Chapter 1's execution, "Deep Fried Teruteru". Teruteru Hanamura is chained to a post on the beach, and up pops Monokuma in a chopper. Instead of blowing him up, the missiles Monokuma fires at Teruteru cover him in eggs and breadcrumbs, and for a moment it looks like he'll get off lightly in comparison to the previous games' executions—NOPE. Monokuma then takes the post to an active volcano and drops Teruteru into the lava. Pan to the kids staring in horror at their classmate's sizzling corpse bobbing on the surface.
    • Chapter 2's execution, "One Woman Army". Peko Pekoyama is surrounded by an army of robot samurai; Monokuma holds up a straw doll with a photo of her face on it, hijacks Peko's body and starts making her cut down her enemies. Fuyuhiko somehow makes it into the "arena", as it were, and makes a beeline for Peko in the hopes of stopping her and getting her out. And he does stop her—when Monokuma releases control just long enough for her to accidentally hack him up. In remorse, she hugs his unconscious body and either doesn't notice the samurai-bots readying the swords, or actively allows them to stab her to death.
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    • Chapter 3's execution, "Bye-Bye Ouchies!" What Mikan Tsumiki's death lacks in cruelty, it makes up for in mind-fuckery (and squick). She's lying on a bed in an empty room, and here comes Nurse Monokuma to impale her on a massive hypodermic needle — or so you'd think. The needle instead buries itself in the arm-shaped rocket that a moment before seemed to be her bed; as he injects it with fuel(?), Mikan becomes more and more ecstatic before apparently having an orgasm (there's a split-second shot of her nude), and then the rocket takes off with her clinging for dear life. We don't actually see her die for once, but it can be safely assumed she died from oxygen starvation shortly after launch. Alternatively, it's been suggested that it's a metaphor for her orgasmic ecstasy during a death by lethal injection, reveling in despair and believing she'll be with the one she loves.
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    • Chapter 4's execution, "Gundham Tanaka Stampede". Staring down an oncoming stampede, Gundham Tanaka gets his hamsters to safety and draws a magic circle, the stampede getting closer by the second — and at the last moment, the circle fails and Gundham is mercilessly crushed. Abated slightly by the execution ending with his past pets carrying him off to Heaven.
      • Before that is the matter of Chapter 4's victim, (Mecha) Nekomaru Nidai, who so far has the dubious honor of being the only victim to have been dismembered.
    • Chapter 5's execution, "Please Insert Coin". Thanks to Nagito's bastardry, it's Chiaki Nanami and Monomi's turn. Chiaki and the remaining Monomi units are sitting at the back of what looks like a warehouse with various pixellated invader-types popping up in front of them, which Monokuma starts shooting down in a freaking tank. Chiaki spots an exit and she and the Monomi units run for dear life, with Monokuma still managing to run over all but one of the Monomis; Chiaki and the last Monomi seemingly manage to escape before smacking into a glass wall. A shutter closes behind them, and all the two can do is wait for Monokuma to crush them with Tetris blocks...
      • A special mention should also go out to Chapter 5's victim, Nagito. He's found tied up, laying spread-eagled, gagged with masking tape. There are also stab wounds along his thighs and left arm, and his right hand is pierced by an army knife. The most unpleasant sight of all is the spear piercing through his stomach at a perfect 90 degree angle. The worst part of it all? He inflicted all of those wounds on himself (possibly excepting the spear, which may have impaled him postmortem, or it impaled him while he was still choking on the poisonous gas that he set up). The horrified expression frozen on his face does NOT help matters. Here it is for those who want to see it in full, but be warned that this is easily one of the most, if not THE most, brutal murder in the franchise. It is also important to note that he gagged himself, despite the fact that he was kidnapped by a serial killer and now associates gags with that event.
  • Much like the first game, the murders grow increasingly gruesome.
    • "Byakuya": Stabbed multiple times in the gut.
    • Mahiru: Brains bashed in by a baseball bat.
    • Ibuki and Hiyoko: Strangled with a rope, then hung, and throat slashed.
    • Nekomaru: Dropped from a ceiling and dismembered (as a robot).
    • Nagito: The aforementioned description above...
  • Speaking of Ibuki, how about the last time you see her?! You're in an incredibly dark hospital with some really creepy music, and Ibuki is just standing there in her hospital gown, and the Gullible Disease makes her mannerisms and speech quite unsettling. Her sprite (which is her smiling with crazy looking eyes) during the entire scene doesn't help at all. The fact that this is the last time you see her is the DEFINITION of Harsher in Hindsight and will definitely leave an impression on you.
  • Nagito's VERY creepy smile in Chapter 1's trial, after Hajime exposes his true colors. Even worse, the game zooms in on his face and his eyes look like crazy spirals.
    • And his laugh, good God... it really hammers home the truth. The guy you thought was going to be your ally during the trials, like Kyoko from the first game? He's batshit insane.
  • Ibuki's staged suicide in Chapter 3 is extremely chilling, beginning with the receiver turning on one hour before the wake-up time, and turning on to reveal a candle-lit stage with a noose at the top of a stepladder. Then, suddenly "Ibuki" walks on with a bag on her head, which only serves to add to the creepiness by hiding any discernible facial features. Then, she begins climbing up the stepladder... which looks absolutely fucking terrifying due to the creepy lighting provided by the candle. Hajime, seeing this, flips out and runs to the stage... only to find that he's too late, and Ibuki's already been hanged.
  • In both languages, the culprit of the third trial gets incredibly creepy as they're slowly cornered. Hearing Mikan go from high-pitched Shrinking Violet to chillingly calm to furious and, finally, after the trial, completely insane is just so disturbing, especially coming from a character who seemed perfectly nice earlier.
    • It gets even worse come The Reveal in Chapter 6. The Despair Disease simply reverted her back to her Ultimate Despair personality. Meaning this is what Mikan was actually like while she was a member. She murdered one person for no reason other than "reciprocating" Junko's love, and brutally killed another just for being a witness, all the while going Laughing Mad and showing no remorse whatsoever. If she's this bad, imagine what the other students were like at the time...
  • The shot of Nagito with one of Junko's hands in chapter 0. By "with one of Junko's hands", we don't mean that Nagito retrieved it from her corpse and kept it with him. We mean that he chopped off his left hand and stuck Junko's on the stump.
  • In the final chapter, the game becomes a glitchy mess and turns into terrifying Mind Screw central. You can examine the dead kids' cottages during this time, but read at your own risk.
    • Until the reveal, it almost seems like all that glitching — starting with and including the sudden reappearance of the deceased kids (sans Nagito) interacting with the survivors as if nothing happened — was a visual metaphor for the last of Hajime's neural wires fraying away.
  • There's also the final trial.
    • The "noise" statements you have to shoot down during arguments are all Mind Screw-worthy segments of glitched text.
    • In one part of the final trial, Hajime's all of a sudden back on the beach, somehow holding a trial with all of the other kids, but they're just standing there, all glad that everything's over — except Chiaki, who breaks Hajime out of the illusion on the second cycle. But the most terrifying part? Afterwards, Hajime finds himself in a void, surrounded by a bunch of clones of Izuru Kamukura, all talking about how worthless they are and how they've crossed the Despair Event Horizon and how they can't choose any future. They're all darkened, with glowing red eyes. They speak in unison, and fittingly, ominous chanting plays in the background. That chanting? Listen carefully to it and you can clearly make out "Enoshima". That isn't just some random chanting, it's a motherfucking holy hymn.
    • Then there's giant Junko, who appears with very little warning and speaks through a human-sized cell phone whose screen displays another Junko. She attempts to trick the survivors into accepting her offer of "Graduation", which would allow them to keep their memories of the game world and even bring the "dead" kids back to in, their bodies become vessels for the AI Junko. And the survivors would have no clue, because all the data Junko has compiled on them would allow her to imitate them perfectly.
    • The thought that if the students chose to "graduate" while Makoto, Kyoko and Byakuya were in there, those three would be stuck in the game world forever. With Junko. Sure, she wouldn't be able to kill them directly, but that probably makes it worse. Just think of all the ways she could use Loophole Abuse to torture them... forever. On second thought, don't.
    • Some of the descriptions of what Ultimate Despair did to show their devotion to Junko. One turned in their own parents to her to be experimented on. One replaced his own eyeball with one of Junko's, and another is implied to have tried the same with Junko's womb or ovaries. Hajime is so horrified at that last one that he screams at the speaker to stop before he can finish his sentence.
      • This is actually worse when you look carefully and realize these are actually implied to be actions committed by the students as despair. Note the resemblance to Fuyuhiko in the one transplanting the eye into himself.
      • Going farther with implications, it's very possible that Mikan was the one who tried to implant Junko's ovaries. She was shown to be extremely in love with Junko and during her despair scene, it's not a hard jump to make...
      • It's also implied that Akane was the one who starved herself. Akane is normally a Big Eater, so starving herself for despair isn't a hard connection to make...
      • The localization actually makes the latter worse, because it's outright stated that some members tried to bear her child using her corpse.
      • Players of the first game will remember just how Junko Enoshima went out: being flattened by a crusher. Whatever the members of Ultimate Despair salvaged from that corpse couldn't have been pretty. It makes the above statement from the localization even more fucked-up.
      • Looking closer at the pictures of the horrendous actions committed by Ultimate Despair, not only does it seem like Fuyuhiko transplanted Junko's eye into himself and Akane starved herself to skin and bones, a person wearing a hat like Kazuichi's is seen gunning down a bunch of people and the hair of the parents about to be experimented on (especially the mother) bear a strong resemblance to Nagito.
      • Actually, since Nagito's parents died when he was little, it may make more sense for them to be the parents of someone else who'd expressed their affection for them, like Teruteru or Gundham.
  • The very concept of Izuru Kamukura. He was "created" in a project to create a student with every single Ultimate talent. How did they do this? By inflicting what can only be described as surgical Mind Rape on a Reserve Course dropout they used as a guinea pig. And yes, he did end up with every talent. But "all of his senses, emotions, thoughts and hobbies that interfere with acquiring talent" had been "excised." As the Characters page says, someone like that could barely even be described as human anymore. The process described is so horrifying that Junko approves of it! To reiterate, this is probably the one horrifying thing in the series that she didn't instigate in some way, and she loves it as much as her own twisted schemes. That... really says something about how messed up it is. And to make it even worse: he's Hajime Hinata.
    • Just to make things worse, the guidebook heavily implies who Izuru's creator is. That person? Yasuke Matsuda, Ultimate Neurologist and Junko's boyfriend. Think about the implications of that.
  • Most of chapter 4 is terrifying, since everyone is trapped in the funhouse with no food until they decide to commit a murder. Seeing everyone gradually losing their energy and hope, until they're barely able to even move (your movement speed is reduced to a crawl during this chapter) is not pretty. The normal, cheerful Free Time music getting replaced with RE: All All Apologies doesn't help.
  • Nagito's facial expressions in his spinoff manga reek of Nightmare Face. Not to mention the dream sequence he has at one point, which has him revisit all of his past trauma and ends with Junko's hands grabbing him by the ankle...
  • Just the way Makoto describes the Ultimate Despair. And he says this over a lovely background image of hundreds of people plummeting into a giant flame.
    "Despair in human form, but utterly devoid of humanity... that's what you guys really are. The Ultimate Despairs don't care about principals or morals. They just spread despair everywhere they go. They live solely to torment everything... to burn everything... to kill everything."
  • Someone was kind enough to create some concepts for how the group might have looked as Remnants of Despair.
  • One of Kazuichi's shocked faces is nearly a Nightmare Face straight out of the Uncanny Valley. It looks rather haunting, and can be quite startling whenever it appears.

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