Beyond Despairs Bounds is a submission-based original character group on Tumblr set in the Danganronpa universe, adapting the story of the game to a roleplay format and putting twists on the original rules, along with introducing completely new settings and Non Player Characters. Those select elite that possess talents worthy of recognition are scouted out and recruited into Hopes Peak Academy, where their talents are cultivated and preened so that they may act as figureheads and raise hope for the new generation.
In this first installment of the story of hope, twenty students receive an invitation to take a field trip to a seaside town by the name of Kaiyou, as part of a new program introduced with the intention of promoting student welfare. However, once the students arrive, they quickly find that not is all as it seems - proven with their arrival coming in the form of waking up in a dusty, dirty room, with no memory of how or why they were there.
The objective? To unravel the mysteries behind the place while attempting to build courage and rekindle that precious flame of hope that burns within the hearts of the students. However, there is one tiny obstacle
At the urging of the monochrome-garbed pirate Monokuma, supervised by the mysterious fox-masked Kumi, students are forced to kill each other in order to escape. Motives are passed out on a regular basis to encourage the students to commit the perfect crime, and avoid being labelled as guilty in the resulting class trial.
With tensions running high, only time will show who will live and who will die.
A sequel to the group began May 27th, with Class Aoi and Class Midori. Thirty-two new students are arriving at Hope's Peak Academy, looking for a fun, hopefully danger-free school year. Unfortunately, shortly after they arrive at the school, they find themselves somewhere else — once again waking up in an unfamiliar, unclean room. The group has been split into two classes of sixteen, and their goal is to find a way out of the castle which they appear to have been trapped in.
Not even the staff of the castle is certain how they all arrived, but they will support the students in their attempts to get out. But, not everyone here is so kind...
Kumi shows themself yet again, and their pursuer, Maru, also appears. Acting under apparent orders, they both force their respective class into killing each other, for reasons neither will fully disclose. The motives once again threaten the students, and once again the class trials are designed to weed out the guilty party.
Can the students prevail against this situation, and find a way out before it's too late?
Tropes appearing in both include:
Tropes appearing in the original include:
- A Class Divided
- Adults Are Useless: No one seems to be comign to save these kids.
- Amateur Sleuth: All of them, and they have to go solve some murders.
- Anyone Can Die: The first person to be executed was one of the NPCs. They were also the first murderer, and they killed off one of the mod's characters.
- Death Is Cheap: Doesn't stop that NPC from coming back for the next chapter. This cycle repeats when they're killed in Chapter 5's trial and revived for the next one.
- Bears Are Bad News: Go away, Monokuma!
- Big Brother Is Watching: Someone is always watching! Always listening. Always judging.
- Black and Grey Morality: In the end, even the good ones are bad.
- Black Blood: Much like the source material, all instances of blood are drawn as it being pink. All the characters behave as if the blood is normal, making it a purely stylistic choice.
- Body of the Week
- Children Forced to Kill
- Class Trip: That's what the trip to Kaiyou was supposed to be.
- Clear My Name: The first trial has all short characters being on the suspect list. This won't be the first time this happens.
- Dark Secret: Chapter 2's motive has every student getting a card with their greatest secret on it, as Monokuma threatens to tell everyone what it is.
- Deadly Game
- Deserted Island: Or at least it seems to be.
- Didn't See That Coming: Hunter before his execution. He thought he was going to get away scott free. Of course, this is because, according to him, he was just following orders.
- Dysfunction Junction: With twenty different characters and numerous NPCs, it's to be expected that something like this would happen.
- Electrified Bathtub: Averted. Despite the fact that Fumi was electrocuted at the bathhouse, she wasn't electrocuted in the water.
- In fact, it was one of the pieces of evidence that cleared Jellygirl that she couldn't have been the murderer or the body would have been wet.
- Everyone Is a Suspect
- Everyone Went to School Together: In fact, some of them knew each other in passing before coming to Kaiyou.
- Evidence Scavenger Hunt: Following each murder is an investigation period, in which the characters try to find clues left behind by the culprit or victim.
- Eye Scream: Poor cat prez.
- Famed In-Story: As per usual for a DR oc roleplay group. Most of the characters are famous in their field.
- Gaining the Will to Kill: Practically the only way to get away with a murder. It could happen to any of them.
- Good Is Not Nice: Many of the students who are trying their hardest to free everyone are definitely not the typical hero personalities you'd expect.
- Hell Hotel: Averted. The hotel is probably the safest place, since all of the students have roommates and one can't get away with murdering their own roommate or sneaking out in the middle of the night very easily.
- Hostile Show Takeover: Monokuma and Kumi the moment that they arrived. Poor Usami, I mean Monomi, was completely over powered.
- I Have Your Loved Ones: The third motive. All students get a water screen following them around, showing the person or people they love the most being tortured - sound included.
- Improbably Female Cast: A shocking percentage of the victims and killers have been female, solely becayse the cast is largely female.
- Karma Houdini: What the first killer thought they were. It's also the goal of any murderers.
- Chapter 4's culprit gets away with the murder of Mitsuo.
- Kangaroo Court: They shouldn't be solving murder.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Not so much in regard to the students, but there are way more NPCs than there are in the average group, each with their own role on the island and in most cases, their own blogs.
- Love Triangle: Whatever Eliot, Angelos, and Ryoko have.
- Love Dodecahedron: Don't forget the fact Masami admired Ryoko a little too much.
- Not Helping Your Case: Angelos, who was fairly suspicious for murder, getting angry at the first trial.
- Obvious Rule Patch: The idea that NPCs can kill during the first trial. This was the only time it would be allowed, and it is likely due to the fact the first chapter had to be a bit rushed.
- Official Couple: Eliot and Angelos were.
- Later Sachiko and Ryuu, and Bria and Rosario.
- Ominous Visual Glitch: Hunter's hand during the first trial.
- Power Trio: Ryoko, Ryuu and Sachiko all sit next to each other during the trials. It's the sassiest side of the trial room.
- Precision F-Strike: Takumi during the first trial.
- Public Execution: The trials result in one of these, regardless of whether they came to the correct conclusion or not.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: The mods are both a part of another group that started at the same time and had to shift the date of the first trial so the two groups weren't on the same schedule.
- Rule of Pool: Not with the first pool, but in Chapter 2, when the second pool was introduced, both the Queen of Spades and Masami fell in.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Eliot to the Queen of Spades after she snapped at Ryuu.
- Unable to Cry: A trope that appears to apply to many characters, until the coming of the third motive. Now everyone is crying.
- Wham Episode: Chapter 3. Everyone's love ones are being tortured until someone kills.
- Also that chapter's trial. Masami committed a double murder, Sachiko admits Ryuu was on her screen, and the Queen of Spades tries to defend her friend to the death, only to be disproved at every turn.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Especially during the first trial.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: What the first murderer thought they were. Possibly. Not much light has been shined on the subject.
- You Wake Up in a Room: All 20 students wake up in a room, which really isn't what they expected.