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The Reddit Class Trials are based on the video game series Danganronpa for the Playstation Vita. In these games, a psychotic bear traps a class of students inside a school and forces them to kill someone and get away with it. The killer is known as the "blackened" and the students vote for the killer during the class trial, which is similar in gameplay to the Ace Attorney series. If the killer is able to convince the other students that they're not the killer, they're allowed to escape the school and all the other students get executed. If they get caught, then only the blackened gets executed.

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This system is what the Reddit Class Trials are based on. Players choose a canon character from the series and sign up, before taking part in a trial where they can interact with the other players in character, and use the evidence the host has given them, along with the discussions with the other players to try to figure out whodunnit. Trials can only last up to 1 week, though usually last around 3 days. Every time one thread gets filled up, another takes its place. As of yet, the trial with the most amount of threads attributed to it is Sonia's trial. So far, only four blackened have gotten away with their murder.

The first trial was in late 2015: Komaru's Trial. After that, the Class Trial Scene has grown strong, and to date, there have been 24 class trials hosted on Reddit: 6 on the Dangan Ronpa Subreddit and the rest in the Dangan Roleplay Subreddit. An updating list of all the class trials hosted is kept here.

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Since every time a new class trial comes around, the characters are played by different people, each trial will be in a section of its own.

WARNING: All of the class trials, and therefore this page, contain heavy spoilers for the first two games of Danganronpa: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Super Danganronpa 2. Because of this, all spoilers on this page are unmarked. If you have not played the games yet, go back, play them and come back.


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    Tropes for all Trials 
  • Adaptational Villainy: Occasionally, the killer will turn out to be a character who'd never have committed murder in the game.
  • Ascended Extra: Although they died in the games without ever seeing a courtroom, Sayaka, Twogami, and Mukuro have all been made into actual participants of the trials. Nekomaru's Mechamaru form receives this as well to a lesser extent, as he is available as a character too.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: As an unfortunate consequence of forum roleplaying, occasionally characters will simply stop contributing mid-trial and disappear from the conversation.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Nagito's frequent habit of being involved with murders has only gotten worse. Many participants refer to Nagito's constant interference as "Nagito Fuckery".
  • Death Is Cheap: No matter who dies, every character comes back by the next trial.
  • Demoted to Extra: Makoto, Hajime, Kyoko, Chiaki, and Byakuya are all less central to the trials than they were in their original games, even missing out on several trials. Nagito averts this for the most part, as he has had some presence in every trial except the 10th.
  • Hero of Another Story: Beginning with the 7th trial, students who weren't accepted into the trial have been sending messages to the trial's participant, detailing their views on the trial and the misadventures that they are up to.
  • Memetic Loser: In-Universe.
    • Makoto is legendary for his bad luck, having been responsible for their first loss and facing some sort of misfortune in nearly every trial he's been in.
    • Likewise, ever since his near-conviction in the sixth trial, Kazuichi keeps getting accused of murders. Even when he's not participating.
  • Me's a Crowd: There's a running gag where some players like to have multiple Ibuki. In the community's April Fools joke, they "Ibukified" the entire subreddit.
  • Negative Continuity: None of these deaths ever stick. However, everybody is aware of the events of both games and previous trials. Nobody's sure how.
  • They Killed Kenny Again:
    • Currently, the character that has died the most is Nagito, having died seven times. Twice as a victim (Trials 6 and 21), once as the first executed killer, once as part of Trial 9's Downer Ending, once in Trial 14 for breaking the rules, once in Trial 15's Downer Ending, and again in Trial 16's Downer Ending.
    • Tied with him is Kazuichi, having been offed seven times as well: Twice as Trial 2 and 23's executed killer, once as one of Trial 7's victims, once as part of Trial 9's Downer Ending, once as Trial 13's Scapegoat, once in Trial 15's Downer Ending, and again in Trial 16's Downer Ending.
    • Celeste has been killed 5 times, having been executed in Trial 9, 15, and 16's Mass-Executions, executed as the killer of Trial 17 and as a victim in Trial 21.
    • Twogami died five times: Twice as Trial 8 and 21's executed culprit, once in Trial 16's mass execution and twice as a mid-trial victim in Trials 17 and 20.
    • Mikan has died four trials in a row! Three as a victim (Trials 14-16) and once as an executed accidental killer.
    • Hiyoko has died four times: once as Trial 8's victim, once in Trial 9's Downer Ending, once in Trial 11's Downer Ending, and again in Trial 16's Downer Ending.
    • Togami has reached four deaths, being a victim in Trial 23 and offed in the Mass-Executions in Trial's 9, 15, and 16.
    • Toko has reached 4 deaths, having been a victim in Trial 3 and was killed in Trial 9, 15, and 16's Mass-Executions.
    • Kyoko has died four times as the killer of Trials 3 and 18, a victim of Trial 23 and a casualty of 15's Mass Execution.
    • Nekomaru was a victim in Trials 7 and 15, a casualty of Trial 16's Mass-Execution and a victim in Trial 24, totaling to four deaths.
    • Sayaka is clocking in with 4 deaths: she was a victim twice (Trials 3 and 15), executed in Trial 9's Downer Ending and the murderer of Trial 22.
    • Hajime died three times as well: In Trial 9's Downer Ending, as the executed killer of Trial 12 and a victim in Trial 15.
    • Makoto has died three times: Once as one of Trial 4's victims, and twice in Trial 9 and 15's Downer Endings.
    • Mukuro died three times as well: Once she killed herself after being revealing herself as Trial 6's culprit, and twice in Trial 9 and 15's Downer Endings.
    • Aoi has died three times as a victim in Trials 10, 12 and 19.

Season One

    Tropes for First Class Trial 
Komaru Naegi is found dead in the Trash Room, with evidence having been planted that implicates everybody except Hajime Hinata.

  • Frame-Up: Everyone single student had some form of evidence framing them for the crime, with the exception of Hajime, whose very lack of a frame-up was a frame-up in itself.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: How Nagito was discovered as the killer; Byakuya had never told anyone his pillow was monogrammed, a fact only the killer could have known.

    Tropes for Second Class Trial 
Teruteru is found dead in a locked Rec Room by Kazuichi, Mahiru, and Hiyoko. However, the Body Discovery Announcement doesn't play until more students arrived to break through.

  • Accidental Murder: Kazuichi was only attempting to confront Teruteru over his intentions with Sonia. He ended up accidentally throwing the latter into a glass shelf when attacked.

    Tropes for Third Class Trial 
Sayaka, Gundham, and Three of the Four Dark Devas are all found dead in the Hotel Pool, with their deaths matching a film made by Monokuma.

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Monokuma interrupts the trial to show off his film, "Ultra Despair Hamsters", in which Gundham's 4 Dark Devas are killed in manners identical to the deaths that occurred in the trial.
  • Anti-Villain: Kyoko killed Sayaka for murdering Gundham. She ends up confessing in the end.
  • Frame-Up: The gun that shot Sayaka is planted in Nagito's room.
  • Jack the Ripoff: The deaths of Gundham's Four Dark Deva, Gundham, and Sayaka all resemble death in a film that only Makoto, Kyoko, Mahiru, Hiyoko, Sonia, and Gundham had seen. Sayaka's killer later reveals that this was unintentional, as most of them were killed by Sayaka.
  • Odd Friendship: The shy, timid Chihiro and the loud, boisterous Nekomaru quickly bond, with Nekomaru promising to help Chihiro train.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Nagito insists that he couldn't be the killer on the basis that he never saw the movie. As it turns out, the killer didn't intentionally imitate the film.
  • Ship Tease: Makoto/Kyoko and Gundham/Sonia are implied to have been on a movie date on the night of the murder. Both pairings end poorly.
  • Spotting the Thread: Subverted. Kyoko calls out Nagito for giving two different times for when he went to bed. In the end, it turns out that Kyoko was the killer and that he legitimately wasn't sure of when he went to sleep.

    Tropes for Fourth Class Trial 
Makoto Naegi and Toko Fukawa are both found in a bloody crime scene on the second floor of Hope's Peak Academy.

  • Dying Declaration of Hate: After being outed as the killer, Ibuki gleefully reveals that Togami's theory was wrong while declaring that she was reverted back into Ultimate Despair.
  • Frame-Up: It's implied that Ibuki was likely trying to frame Togami, although due to Nagito's interference and Togami's discovery of the second body, it never really comes to that.
  • Jack the Ripoff: Ibuki kills Toko and rearranges the scene to resemble a Genocide Jack killing.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Togami comes up with an elaborate explanation for how Toko and Makoto were killed where Toko plotted to kill Ibuki, killed Makoto when he stumbled upon her plan, and then was killed by Ibuki when she happened upon the scene. Everybody is promptly convinced to vote for her in response. Although Ibuki does turn out to be the culprit, it turns out that Togami's entire story was indeed wrong.
  • Series Continuity Error: The blood in this trial's evidence is portrayed as being red, instead of pink like it has traditionally been in the Danganronpa series.
  • Spotting the Thread: When Togami realizes that Makoto must've picked up Ibuki's Lost Wallet, he declares that it must've held the letter that lured him to the scene, implying that Ibuki must've been lying about not knowing about it. It's subverted, however when it turns out that the letter wasn't in the wallet and that Ibuki simply asked him to follow her to the library.
  • The Reveal: Ibuki converted back into Ultimate Despair.

    Tropes for Fifth Class Trial 
After having been captured and imprisoned, Junko Enoshima is found stabbed to death in the Trash Room.

  • Asshole Victim: The victim in this case was none other than Junko Enoshima herself.
  • Batman Gambit: Nagito knew that he couldn't lure Junko to Leon without being killed by the latter. So, he simply set her free and chased her off, relying on his luck for her to end up running into Leon. It works.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hagakure spends most of the trial being threatened by Mukuro. By the end, he's got Mukuro, Fuyuhiko, Celeste, Gundham, and Mondo lining up to beat him up for his idiocy.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Hagakure spends a good chuck of the trial, annoying everybody with a psychic prediction that Nagito would be hit by a truck. Guess what happens in the next trial!
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: Hajime discovers a suicide note where "Nagito" confesses to having murdered Junko in her room and then killed himself. It's made more confusing since Junko's body was found in the trash room and Nagito didn't actually die.
  • Karma Houdini: Nagito is an active co-conspirator in this murder, ultimately getting off without any punishment.
  • Never Suicide: Narrowly averted. Leon was plotting to have Nagito kill Junko, kill Nagito as they disposed of evidence, and then stage it as a suicide. Nagito decides to simplify things by sending Junko to their rendezvous instead and removing the middle man.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Hajime introduces the question of how bad murdering the mastermind really is at the beginning of the trial, which Leon tries to hide behind later on.
  • True Companions: Hajime, Gundham, and Fuyuhiko prove themselves to be this when the latter two quickly rush to Hajime's defence.

    Tropes for Sixth Class Trial 
Nagito Komaeda is found riddled with bullets in front of the Ruins, with diary entries that reveal that he has promised three classmates that he would let them murder him and frame another.

  • Anti-Villain: Mukuro kills Nagito in order to stop him from antagonizing Makoto. She ultimately confesses to her crime to prevent the class from being executed for getting it wrong.
  • Blatant Lies: Towards the end of the trial, a desperate Kazuichi attempts to pin the blame on Sonia when it looks like he'll take the fall for Nagito's murder by accusing her of having told him to fix the truck for her.
  • Butt-Monkey: Kazuichi cements himself as this, as two people plotted to frame him for a murder and he nearly takes the blame for Nagito's murder as well.
  • Car Fu: Nagito is killed by getting hit with a truck.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When he's about to take the fall for Nagito's murder, a desperate Kazuichi decides to blame Sonia, who had planned to frame him for murder beforehand, for the crime, falsely insisting that she told him to fix the truck that killed Nagito.
  • Driven to Suicide: Mukuro kills herself rather than face Monokuma's punishment time.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Mukuro chooses to confess rather than sacrifice Makoto.
  • Karma Houdini: Sonia and Gundham were plotting with Nagito to murder him and frame Kazuichi. Neither one is punished for this.
  • Near-Villain Victory: The class was about to vote for Sonia or Kazuichi before Mukuro finally confessed.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Monomi is subjected to every single execution from the games and the past five trials.
  • Shout-Out: The titles of the Trial Parts are references to the Eeveelutions from the Pokemon series.
  • Spotting the Thread: Subverted. Kazuichi is almost found guilty when it's determined that he was the only one who could've known that the truck was fixed. As it turns out, the real killer only uncovered this by accident in the heat of the moment.

    Tropes for Seventh Class Trial 
Kazuichi Soda and Nekomaru Nidai are found dead in the Warehouse of the Fifth Island, with Kazuichi's body having been locked in with an unconscious Celestia Ludenberg.

  • Butt-Monkey: Hifumi is made fun of by Celeste nearly the entire trial. Ironically, it's Hifumi who brings up the possibility that Kazuichi wasn't actually dead when first discovered.
  • Disney Death: Nagito and Taka both drink tea to test whether it's been poisoned or not. They proceed to collapse and don't wake up until the next part of the trial, where they reveal that the tea was simply drugged.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Peko accepts her conviction with class.
  • Frame-Up: Celeste is locked up alone with Kazuichi's seemingly dead body with the intent of framing her as the killer.
  • Last Request: Subverted. Sakura offers to take a last message to Fuyuhiko, but Peko refuses.
  • Locked Room Mystery: Kazuichi's body was propped up against the warehouse door, creating a locked room mystery. Although, since Celeste was locked in with Kazuichi, it pointed to her being the killer.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Although Kazuichi and Nekomaru are both killed, Nekomaru is noticeably missed more.
  • Ship Tease: Mukuro's crush on Makoto is outed by Monokuma and reciprocated. As a bonus, neither one dies this time.
  • The Reveal: When the body discovery failed to ring after Kazuichi was found, it wasn't because one of the three discoverers was the killer. It was because Kazuichi wasn't dead yet.
  • Spotting the Thread: Nagito points out that Peko is the only one who could've smuggled certain items that were used in the murder out of the abandoned lodge.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Celeste challenges Nagito to a game of Russian Roulette. The boy proceeds to whip out his own revolver, pull the trigger on himself, and then, after surviving, realizes that he accidentally left 5 bullets inside. This does not diminish Celeste's confidence.

    Tropes for Eighth Class Trial 
Hiyoko is found bloodied in the Amusement Park, having been struck by a Roller Coaster. Without her legs.

  • Critical Research Failure: An honest mistake by the host, but a funny one nonetheless. A roller coaster going at that speed (128mph/206km/h) would have not only cut off Hiyoko's legs, but completely broken up her body into little bits.
  • Dead Man Writing: Twogami leaves a letter for Ibuki after his execution where he urges her to move on.
  • Easily Forgiven: Ibuki and Kazuichi are rather affected by Twogami's death, even after it's revealed that he was threatening Hiyoko for quite a while, was slowly poisoning her, and chose to murder her and feed the flesh off of her legs to everybody.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Nagito is disgusted by Twogami's crimes, reasoning that feeding everybody Hiyoko's flesh could only have been done out of pure sadism.
  • Evil Is Petty: Twogami torments Hiyoko for quite some time, poisons her, drives her mad, kills her with a roller coaster, and feeds her flesh to the students. His reason for doing so? People didn't respect his leadership enough!
  • Gut Feeling: Despite not actually eating the burgers, Sayaka still felt queasy after breakfast.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Twogami kills Hiyoko and feeds her flesh to the others in the shape of burgers.
  • No Kill Like Over Kill: Hiyoko is struck with a Roller Coaster.
  • Odd Friendship: Gundham and Sayaka of all people. Sayaka uses her notorious line about being a psychic, and Gundham actually believes her. Sayaka humors Gundham as well, and the two form an unlikely bond.
  • Running Gag: Trebuchet, from a word found written on the crime scene image that was completely unrelated to the case at all.
  • Skewed Priorities: Nagito is more concerned that everybody ate Mercury poisoned meat rather than the fact that the meat was flesh from Hiyoko's Legs.
  • Shout-Out: The titles of the Trial Parts are named after Owl City songs.
  • Troll: Nagito accuses Kazuichi of the murder, even performing a climax interference. Immediately after being called out, he admits that Kazuichi's alibi is airtight and that he came up with that theory for a laugh.

    Tropes for Ninth Class Trial 
After failing to show up for a dinner party, Fuyuhiko is found stashed in a cooler within the Beach House and surrounded by evidence implicating Hagakure. However, when Nagito reveals that he planted evidence at the scene, the students are left questioning why the Body Discovery Announcement played after a fourth person found the body.

  • Acquitted Too Late: Hajime finally realizes what Nagito's trick to manipulate the Body Discovery Announcement was. Immediately after the Vote was declared and Monokuma puts an end to further discussion.
  • Anti-Villain: Hagakure is genuinely regretful of having killed Fuyuhiko, having only done so in a panic.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Hagakure wins the trial, despite being the murderer.
  • Better as Friends: Sayaka seems to realize this about Makoto and herself halfway through the trial, and so she allows Mukuro the "victory."
  • Cruel Mercy: Monokuma chooses not to execute Monomi with the others and condemns her to live on with the knowledge that her students died on her watch
  • Downer Ending: The first trial in which the class gets the wrong culprit.
  • Fox-Chicken-Grain Puzzle: During an intermission, Monokuma offers the students a hint if they can solve a variant of this puzzle that involves Monokuma, Monomi, and a Ball of Moss. The others quickly give the traditional answer, only for Monokuma to declare that it could be done in one trip by feeding the Moss to Monomi, feeding Monomi to Monokuma, and sending him off on the boat alone.
  • Frame-Up: Subverted. Nagito is discovered to have planted evidence implicating Hagakure. However, he did so in order to ensure that the evidence which Hagakure actually did end up leaving behind would be written off as Nagito's handiwork. He also did so before the murder actually occurred.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Done by Nagito with the intent of taking the blame for any evidence pointing at the killer.
  • Karma Houdini: Hagakure of all people ends up being Fuyuhiko's murderer and wins the trial.
  • Kill ’Em All: Hagakure, Monomi, and Junko are the only survivors of this trial. Even Kazuichi and Chiaki, who weren't actually apart of the trial ended up being executed at some point.
  • Love Triangle: Sayaka and Mukuro both "fight" for an oblivious Makoto's affection.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": When Monokuma reveals that the time of Death was set while both suspects had alibis.
  • Red Herring: The body discovery announcement leads everybody to believe that only Makoto or Hajime could've committed the crime.
  • Rogue Protagonist: Teased when the Body Discovery Announcement implicates Hajime and Makoto. Subverted in the end, as both prove to be innocent
  • Sanity Slippage: Peko goes through a severe case of this. She ends up adopting the Sparkling Justice persona for real and only gets worse from there.
  • Shout-Out: Monokuma bases the titles of the Trial Parts on movies in the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises. After he runs out of Peter Jackson movies, he switches to referencing Leprechaun sequels.
  • The Reveal:
    • Fuyuhiko died while both Makoto and Hajime were together.
    • Nagito never discovered the body. He interfered with the crime scene before the murder actually took place.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Fuyuhiko and Hagakure are both lured to the beach house with letters from Nagito indicating that their life is indanger. This leads to Hagakure bludgeoning an armed Fuyuhiko to death in a panic.

    Tropes for Tenth Class Trial 
On the day after a breakfast party, Sonia Nevermind is found murdered in her room. The mystery is deeped when a sickly Aoi Asahina is found dead during a Trial Intermission.

  • Accidental Murder: Chihiro, of all people, is the killer, having unknowingly poisoned Sonia and Hina while preparing Milk Tea.
  • Anti-Villain: Chihiro end up being the accidental killer, having unknowingly poisoned Sonia and Hina. When his role is revealed, he insists on being voted as the culprit.
  • Anyone Can Die: In addition to Sonia's murder, Hina dies mid-trial, Fuyuhiko is executed for attacking Monokuma, and Chihiro is executed as the killer.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Kazuichi's sole contribution to this trial is coming up with ridiculous imaginary scenarios of who was responsible for Sonia's death, accusing Gundham, Byakuya, Teruteru, Makoto, and Nagito, with the latter two having not even been in the school when the murders occurred.
  • Convenient Replacement Character: Makoto is brought into the trial after Hina's found dead, despite having not actually been at Hope's Peak Acaemy when it all went down.
  • Dead Man Writing: Just in case everyone loses the trial and dies, Fuyuhiko writes a letter to try to tell Peko how he feels, though he only manages a "Thank you."
  • Fearless Fool: Fuyuhiko. First he stabs himself in the stomach to apologize to Leon and Kazuichi, and then he attacks Monokuma, knowing full well it will get him killed.
  • Foreshadowing: Mikan makes an awful lot of references to a case where Chiaki was executed for unknowingly committing a murder. As it turns out, the killer in this case also had no idea that they killed anyone.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • After realizing that he was the killer, Chihiro pleads for everybody to vote for him.
    • Gundham, Mondo, and Mukuro all offer themselves up in place of Fuyuhiko when he is about to be executed. Subverted when Monokuma refuses.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Mikan "slips-up" by saying that she saw Sonia in her dress, when she died in her pajamas. Of course, since Mikan was actively trying to get herself accused, this was probably planned.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: Fuyuhiko when Ibuki convinces him that Mukuro is head over heels in love with Makoto. As it turns out, Makoto has no feelings for Mukuro.
  • Imagine Spot: Kazuichi comes up with several ridiculous stories with several random participants as the killers. Eventually, an annoyed Byakuya comes up with his own that implicates Kazuichi.
  • Karma Houdini: Mikan is revealed to have orchestrated both murders, but faces no punishment because Chihiro was technically the one who put the poison in the victims' drinks.
  • Loophole Abuse: Mikan technically isn't the killer since despite putting the poison in the sugar, it was Chihiro who served the poison to everyone else.
  • Love at First Sight: Fuyuhiko seems to fall in love with Mukuro the moment he meets her, even though his other romantic interest is just on another island!
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Kazuichi's love for Sonia causes him to jump to conclusions about the murderer that have no basis or evidence to support it.
  • Love Triangle: Fuyuhiko falls in love with Mukuro while Peko's on another island, and he's not sure who he wants to be with.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: First Chiaki, when she realizes the killer was the one who put in the sugar, her very own father. Later, Chihiro, who quite depressingly, realizes that he was the unwitting killer.
  • Never Suicide: Byakuya suggests that Hina might've killed Sonia in a sickness induced-stupor and then committed suicide out of remorse. He's proven wrong.
  • Padding: Half of part 2's focus was Mukuro attempting to make everyone strip and check for injuries. It wields no results progression-wise.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Fuyuhiko seems suicidal when he attacks Monokuma after an innocent Chihiro is made out to be the blackened. By the time he realises he doesn't want to die, it's too late and only results in him being executed and Chihiro is still killed.
  • Series Continuity Error: Monokuma admits to having forgotten that the water in Hope's Peak Academy is supposed to be shut off at nights.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Kazuichi shows a higher opinion of his deductive skills and attractiveness to women than he deserves.
  • The Reveal: Mikan regained her memories again.
  • True Companions: Gundham, Mondo and Mukuro all try to convince Monokuma to let them risk their lives in order to save Fuyuhiko from execution. It doesn't work.
  • Too Good to Be True: Subverted. When Mikan admits she killed Sonia and Aoi, nobody believes her, but as it turns out, she was telling the truth, but just left out a few key details that made her not the blackened.
  • Undignified Death: Death by thallium is both repulsively smelly and painful, and both victims were completely alone without any form of help in their final moments.

Season Two

    Tropes for Eleventh Class Trial 
Ibuki is found dead in the Amusement park, with her feet having been severed off.

  • Brother–Sister Incest: Komaru refers to her brother as having a nice butt a little too casually.
  • Butt-Monkey: Kazuichi is tormented by Hiyoko, yelled at by Sonia, harangued by Mahiru, insulted by Gundham, suspected by Makoto, and thrown in a bush halfway through the trial by popular vote—a bush that grows thorns and gives him rashes at Monokuma's command.
  • Cargo Ship: Kazuichi stubbornly refuses to admit that he was hiding in the bushes, spying on Gundham. It results in him behind tossed into a bush by Monokuma as pumishment for his lies. Naturally, a new ship was formed as a result.
  • Downer Ending: While the blackened is correctly voted for, Hiyoko, Kiyotaka, and Monomi are also executed. The surviving students struggle to cope with these deaths.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hiyoko torments Kazuichi by constantly mentioning the abuse the latter suffered; this is ultimately what gets her punished with the blackened.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Gundham slips up by asking what Ibuki used to cause the killer's injury, implying that Ibuki hadn't bit the killer but instead used a weapon—a fact that only the killer would know.
  • Innocent Innuendo: After Kazuichi is trapped within a bush, Hifumi writes a letter requesting a description of Kazuichi's Bush. Mikan proceeds to elaborately describe Kazuichi's bush. Kazuichi panics before realizing that Mikan must be referring to the bush that he's trapped in. Subverted when Mikan reveals that there's a hole in his crotch and that she's been describing his actual pubic hair.
  • Last Request: Before she dies, Hiyoko requests that everyone leave Kazuichi trapped in the bush forever, and never talk to him again.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Neither Ibuki nor Gundham had any ill intentions towards eachother. The killing happened because Ibuki found that Gundham was collecting knives, assumed that he was plotting a murder, and panicked when alone with him. Gundham proceeds to kill her in the struggle when he thinks that she was about to harm one of his Devas in the fight.
  • Shipper on Deck: Komaru makes several attempts to pair Makoto off with Kyoko and Toko off with Byakuya.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When it's announced that Hiyoko will be punished with the Blackened, Mikan proceeds to start feverishly accusing a killer in her determination to see the Blackened revealed.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When Mikan learns that Hiyoko will be punished with the Blackened, she proceeds to drop her stutter and start fiercely accusing Gundham of the killing. She even performs a Climax Inference.

    Tropes for Twelfth Class Trial 
Aoi Asahina is found dead in her bathroom on the morning after hosting a disastrous Pool Party.

  • Anti-Climax Boss: Hajime gives up pretty much as soon as Nagito brings up an actual piece of evidence against him, reasoning that there isn't much point in arguing against Nagito
  • Ascended Meme: In the Ninth Trial, several users who suspected him of the crime began declaring themselves #Team Hajime. This time, Hajime actually did do it.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The Chlorine-filled pool that Hagakure is pushed into turns out to be where Hina was killed.
    • The anti-itching cream that Hagakure uses to recover from the rashes he got from a dip in Chlorine Water is used to indicate a killer when the class decides that the killer must've used the cream after getting Hina out of the pool. This implicates Hajime when Nagito points out that Hajime, who helped him get out, had to have used the cream.
  • Sanity Slippage: Hajime's motive for the crime turns out to be this, with Izuru's murderous impulses driving him murderously insane.
  • Spotting the Thread: Hajime is ultimately brought down when Nagito points out that Hajime must've been the one who used the anti-itching cream.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Hajime improvises a great deal of his scheme based on objects that just happened to be left lying around.

    Tropes for Thirteenth Class Trial 
After a fog fills the school, the ashes of Kiyotaka Ishimaru are found in the kitchen's oven.

  • Dead Man Writing: Ishimaru's suicide letter.
  • Driven to Suicide: In his letter, Ishimaru details his death and says that if a murder is bound to happen, he must limit the number of deaths as much as possible.
  • Idiot Plot: The others spend two parts arguing that Taka couldn't have killed himself based on the fact that somebody closed the door to the oven, only for them all to discover that the host forgot to tell Byakuya's player that he was the one who closed the oven door.
  • The Scapegoat: Kazuichi was killed by majority vote following Monokuma's desire for an execution after the conclusion and offering the reserve course students lives.

    Tropes for Fourteenth Class Trial 
Mikan is found dead after an outbreak of the Despair Disease has spread throughout the school.

  • Angst? What Angst?: Nagito is executed for having been dragged unconscious into the hallway prior to the trail when the crime turns out to be a suicide. Despite the fact that a classmate is executed for a rule he didn't actually break, none of his classmates care at all.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Hagakure loses a battle of wits to a hamster.
  • Driven to Suicide: Mikan kills herself under the influence of the Despair Disease.
  • Frame-Up: Mikan sets up the Despair Disease afflicted Ibuki and Nagito to take the fall for her suicide.

    Tropes for Fifteenth Class Trial 
Fan favourites from previous trials are reunited for a very special trial after the deaths of four victims: Sayaka Maizono, Nekomaru Nidai, Mikan Tsumiki, and Hajime Hinata.

  • Butt-Monkey: Hagakure is put in a crate first thing in the trial by Mukuro. Kazuichi joins him in his bush from Trial 11.
  • Call-Back:
    • Several. Not only are several fan favourite roleplayers reprising their roles, but there is a document found that details the results of past trials.
    • Kazuichi is also forced into a bush again.
  • Downer Ending: This trial marks the second loss and mass execution.
  • Gambit Pile Up: In addition to Junko and Mikan having come up with their own plots and Nagito performing his usual schemes, Celeste, Byakuya, Toko, Kazuichi, Hagakure, Teruteru, Fuyuhiko, and Peko were also plotting to commit murder on the night of the crime.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Junko herself falls victim to this: she incorrectly guesses what song Ibuki sang, revealing that she was not in fact watching the gymnasium for an hour.
  • Left Hanging: The Host never got around to posting the execution.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Nagito interrupted two of the murder plans that happened the same night and tampered with Nekomaru and Mikan's crime scene.
  • Papa Bear: Chihiro shows this side to himself when Makoto accuses Chiaki of being Nekomaru's accidental killer and when Nagito later insists that Chiaki should be considered responsible for her accidental killings and for the mass-execution of her classmates.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Chihiro is left cussing and hurling insults at Hagakure when the latter starts constantly throwing baseless accusations at him for being the mastermind and for being Junko's father. He later directs the same anger at Nagito when he starts insisting that Chiaki should be held accountable for her accidental murders and the upcoming mass-execution.

    Tropes for Sixteenth Class Trial 
The Despair Disease has struck the island. In the midst of a dinner party to get their minds off the virus, a blackout occurs and Mikan's body appears in the midst of the abandoned lodge's dining hall

  • Accidental Murder: Averted. Akane admits to having bludgeoned Mikan. It turns out in the end that she was already dead.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Sonia gets away with her crime.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Sonia spends most of the trial contributing nothing while "innocently" bullying Kazuichi and becoming closer to Nagito. She turns out to be the killer.
  • Bluffing the Murderer: Togami tricks Hiyoko into admitted that she visited Mikan by claiming that Mikan named her in a note. Subverted in that she turns out to be an accomplice.
  • Butt-Monkey: Kazuichi ends up with a shock collar around his neck.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Completely missed by the cast, as the steak that Twogami had Sonia cook ends up being the murder weapon.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Togami swears revenge against Kazuichi for falsely claiming to that a Despair Disease infected Togami hit on him. Togami proceeds to have a shock collar fit on him by Sonia and use it to electrocute him repeatedly.
  • Downer Ending: A Mass-Execution.
  • Exact Words: Nagito pulls this on Hiyoko when he claims he never said Mikan didn't give herself the disease, just that it wouldn't make sense to think so.
  • Shocking Swerve: The killer turns out to be Sonia, which nobody had expected due to the evidence against her being incredibly vague.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Mikan is a victim for the 3rd time in a row.

    Tropes for Seventeenth Class Trial 
Yasuhiro Hagakure is found dead in the Hope's Peak Academy infirmary.

  • Accidental Murder: Mikan poisons Twogami mid-trial in order to test whether rigor mortis would effect somebody under the poison's influence., intending to give him the antidote. She fails to cure it in time and Twogami dies.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Hagakure's death isn't exactly met with much angst in or out of character.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hiyoko takes up this role as she spends a huge chunk of the trial locked up in a crate.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After initially trying to get Mukuro to let Hiyoko out of the crate, a few unwarranted insults led Mikan to demand that Hiyoko be left in.
  • Due to the Dead: After Twogami dies, Nagito encourages Mukuro to shove his body into a crate to prevent him from smelling. She ends up having to cut him into pieces in order to make him fit into any of her crates, with Nagito supplying a knife to do so. Nobody else even bother to react to this.
  • Face Death with Dignity:
    • Mikan accepts her impending execution for accidently killing Twogami without much fuss.
    • After finally being voted as Hagakure's killer, Celeste goes out with the same dignity that she did in the original game.
  • Frame-Up: Celeste plants a note under Nagito's door to frame him for helping Mukuro murder Hagakure.
  • Monty Hall Problem: Mikan and Celeste are forced to compete in an inverted Monty Hall game, where only one option is deadly. Both end up dead too, with Celeste deciding to switch boxes without realizing the problem and Mikan simply having been unlucky enough to have picked the deadly box to begin with.
  • Never Suicide: Celeste tries to claim that Hiro accidentally committed suicide. Nobody ends up believing her.
  • Not Me This Time: Nagito is left alone with the body for fifteen minutes, but turns out to have left the scene exactly as he found it.
  • Refuge in Audacity: On two different occasions, Nagito pulls out kitchen knives from his coat, one of which having been stained with blood. Nobody even bothers to question it.
  • Sadistic Choice: Once Mikan accidentally kills Twogami during the trial, Monokuma adjusts the rules to allow the class to sacrifice themselves to prevent yet another death for her by making voting for Twogami's murderer a win condition as well as voting for Hagakure's. Everyone votes for Mikan anyway.
  • Saying Too Much: While denouncing everybody over the idiocy of poisoning Twogami, Celeste accidentally let's it slip that she was the one who planted the knife in his hands.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Mikan injects Twogami with a deadly muscle relaxant in order to test whether he'd be able to grip a weapon. She's unable to administer the antidote in time and Nagito is quick to point out that the information is relatively minor and could've easily been gotten by simply asking Monokuma.
  • Shout-Out: This trial features tons of references to the Zero Escape franchise, in honor of the recently released Zero Time Dilemma.

    Tropes for Eighteenth Class Trial 
Mondo Owada and Kiyotaka Ishimaru are found dead in the Funhouse on Jabberwock Island.

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: In preparation for the trial, a flash-based escape game was designed, with winners getting to try their luck at Russian Roulette. Although the game was non-canon, the participants are given rewards for completing it.
  • Blatant Lies: Nagito mentions that the Duralumin Rods may have come from a new shop that opened in the Strawberry House. Sonia believes it.
  • Darkhorse Victory: Kazuichi ends up winning the non-canon game of Russian Roulette.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Makoto was meant to play a big role, but when his handler went inactive early into the trial, Nagito ended up being retconned as the one who investigated the Final Dead Room.
    • Sakura was also meant to receive more evidence than she did in the trial, but her evidence was given to other players.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Hagakure somehow confuses Sakura for her statue in Strawberry House.
  • Guilt by Association: Taka is murdered simply for being friends with Mondo.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Kyoko murders Mondo after finding a document in the final dead room that claims that his biker gang murdered a member of her family. She also kills Taka for daring to be his friend.

    Tropes for Nineteenth Class Trial 
On the day of Yasuhiro Hagakure's birthday party, the attendees end up being drugged. When they awaken, Akane Owari and Aoi Asahina are found dead.

  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Yasuhiro decides to comfort a distraught Taka by repeating his mother's motivational words. This ends up horrifying Taka further as he recalls being abandoned by his mother.
  • False Confession: Fuyuhiko confesses to the murder shortly after Komaru does, forcing the class to determine which one is telling the truth.
  • Frame-Up: Evidence was planted on Nagito, Chihiro, Hagakure, and Mondo while they were unconscious.
  • Head Swap: Aoi and Akane's heads are cut off and swapped post-mortem.
  • Senseless Sacrifice:
    • When Sonia is executed, Gundham chooses to die with her and Kazuichi attempts to do the same. All while Taka denounces the very concept.
    • Fuyuhiko also attempts to do this by confessing to the murder to protect Komaru.
  • Take Up My Sword: Before going off to be executed with Sonia, Gundham tasks Taka with taking care of his Four Dark Devas.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The others are quick to denounce Fuyuhiko for being willing to get everybody killed with his false confession.

    Tropes for Twentieth Class Trial 
Within a day of Nagito obtaining a Universal Key in a raffle, the class is drugged over breakfast, Monomi is abducted, and Celestia Ludenberg and Hifumi Yamada are found dead.

  • Butt-Monkey: After he refuses to give up critical testimony, Kazuichi finds himself threatened by practically everybody.
  • Complexity Addiction: Hifumi goes to great lengths to get the class killed.
  • Convenient Replacement Character: With yet another mid-trial murder, somebody is brought in as a replacement. Unfortunately, that someone is Hagakure.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Twogami is given a major role, until to succumb to a slow-acting poison midtrial.
  • Distressed Damsel: Monomi is abducted overnight and thrown in a toolshed.
  • Hope Spot: It initially looks like Twogami might survive his poisoning. However, he's found dead in the infirmary during a second intermission.
  • Not Me This Time: Nagito turns out to be completely innocent and uninvolved in the case.
  • Power Incontinence: Toko catches a cold that causes her to constantly switch between personalities. As a result, she spends the day unaware of the eHandbook theft or even the murders. She even has to be told about Twogami's collapse.
  • Production Foreshadowing:
    • Hagakure predicted Hifumi's death back in Trial 14.
    • He also ends up predicting a murder where a "Terrifying Ogre is surrounded by Grapes and shoved down a set of stairs". Monokuma implies that this might be another case of Hagakure predicting a murder.
  • Running Gag: Hiyoko keeps guessing "G for Gummy" during the trial's Hangman's Gambits, only for her guess to be wrong. And, when there finally is a "G" in the phrase, Nagito guesses it instead. "G for Gummy" even ends up being an option in the Vote for the Blackened
  • Sadistic Choice: Subverted. Monokuma provides the option to have either Monomi or Hagakure executed in the wake of the reveal that the Blackened committed suicide. As it turns out though, he'd already made up his mind regardless of the results.
  • Taking You with Me: Hifumi attempts to create a murder-suicide elaborate enough to make the others get the trial wrong, seeking a mass-execution
  • The Scapegoat: Without anybody to execute, Monokuma chooses to have Monomi executed.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right:
    • Kazuichi surprisingly picks up on quite a bit of the case, but is mostly ignored.
    • Akane is also able to deduce that Hifumi was the culprit behind it all.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Monokuma admits that Hifumi, whose ultimate goal had been to orchestrate a mass-execution, probably could've just poisoned everybody with the milk instead of drugging them

Season Three

    Tropes for Twenty-First Class Trial 
Nagito Komaeda is found stabbed in the Titty Typhoon on the night of a party.
  • Asshole Victim: Nagito was once again up to old tricks when he was murdered.
  • Blatant Lies: Teruteru claims absolutely nothing important happened at the party and that even if something did happen, it wasn't him that did it. No one catches this.
  • Determinator: Nagito manages to clean up his own murder scene while dying of a stab wound.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Twogami has no rebuttal to Togami's point that he went through too much earning his name for Twogami to have the right to steal it.
  • Phony Psychic: Fuyuhiko accuses Hagakure of this, leading to a confrontation.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Togami calls out Twogami mid-trial about how disgusting his attempts to steal his name are when Togami had to go hell in order to earn the name. This shakes Twogami enough that he gives up on stealing Togami's name.

    Tropes for Twenty-Second Class Trial 
Chihiro Fujisaki is found submerged and dead in the Girl's Bath.

  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Hagakure correctly calls out Sayaka as the killer under the false assumption that Chihiro was wearing the same color tracksuit as her.
  • Running Gag:
    • Hagakure has one where he mistakenly assumes that the answer to Hangman's Gambits are fictional ancient Babylonian Gods.
    • Hagakure asks Monokuma to start the vote twelve times!
  • Sarcastic Confession: Sayaka does one when Hagakure accuses her of the murder right off the start.
  • Ship Tease: Kazuichi and Aoi seem to start a romantic relationship, to the point of Kazuichi calling Aoi "Miss Aoi," a title normally reserved for Sonia. The status of their relationship is left unresolved at the end of the the trial however.

    Tropes for Twenty-Third Class Trial 
Byakuya Togami and Kyouko Kirigiri are found deceased in the Bio Lab.

  • Production Foreshadowing: In the previous trial, Mondo swore to Togami that the next trial would be for the murder of Byakuya Togami.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Kazuichi is correctly pinned as the murderer, but with the wrong murder weapon: he simply used a wrench.
  • Sanity Slippage: Kyouko seems to gradually fall into this, up until her death, "in the name of Hope". She drastically changes the murder situation and forces the blackened to improvise, resulting in her death as well.

    Tropes for Twenty-Fourth Class Trial 

Breakfast is interrupted on the day of Asahina's pool party. She bursts into the cafeteria, covered in blood, and leads her classmates to the bodies of Gundham Tanaka and Nekomaru Nidai.

  • Canon Foreigner: Minimaru shows up as a Reserve Course student despite being non-existent in this trial canon, a fact Monokuma points out multiple times.
  • Darkest Hour: After Gundham and Nekomaru are revealed to have killed each other, Monokuma retaliates by executing Gundham's Devas and Minimaru who has shown up for some reason. Subverted when he reveals he is unable to do it because they aren't his students.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Nekomaru, one of the kindest students in canon, takes it upon himself to commit murder after an illness restores his memories of his time as an Ultimate Despair.
  • Frame-Up: Nekomaru intended to frame Kazuichi for Gundham's murder. It goes poorly.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Nekomaru gets killed by a dying Gundham, foiling his murder plan.
  • The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: Hagakure draws relatively accurate tarot readings for each of his classmates, including two that predicted the entire crime: the Death arcana for Gundham and the Tower for Nekomaru.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Asahina's party ends up providing Nekomaru the cover to pull off his murder plan. In addition, the sleeping pills Mikan prescribed to Nekomaru were used to frame Kazuichi, and Sonia's insistence that Gundham attend the pool party is what causes him to seek help from Nekomaru, which leads to his death.

    Tropes for Twenty-Sixth Class Trial 

A normal morning at Hope’s Peak Academy is interrupted by Kyoko’s dead body in the Kitchen.

  • Absence of Evidence: Eight people were innocent of the crime for not having either the murder weapon or the knowledge of the books.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Mechamaru’s arbitrary complaint about a lack of ice in the freezer helps explain the incorrect time of death in the autopsy and absolves three people of committing the crime. Also, Ibuki’s hairspray distribution is reasoned to be the key to identifying the murder weapon.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Teruteru, usually delegated to frequent innuendos and cooking references, pulls off a competent alibi using his culinary skills.
  • Did Not Die That Way: Chihiro suggested that the victim deliberately inhaled butane gas and committed suicide. Turns out that the victim inhaled poisonous hairspray instead.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Aoi, during the language exchange, innocently teaches to other characters Portuguese the phrase “Fora Temer,” or “Out with Temer,” an Icon of Rebellion reference to the ousting of the 37th, interim Brazilian President Michel Temer.
  • Omniglot: Mechamaru malfunctions and speaks fluent Spanish before the trial begins. This spreads to Monokuma, Monomi, Chihiro, Makoto, Ibuki, Kiyotaka, Gundham, Aoi, Sonia, and Hajime, who speak a variety of languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, and even Portunhol. Twogami resists this.
  • Only One Plausible Suspect: After fifteen of the sixteen alibis effectively confirmed each other, Makoto was singled out for having an outstandingly weak alibi and pointed out to be the killer.
  • Proof Dare: Makoto, having been singled out for an unrealistic murder, attempts to plead with everyone that, despite his weak alibi and his incriminating bathroom conversation, that the victim suicided or that someone else did it.
  • Red Herring: The three spoons in the Kitchen. Was plausible that the victim ate snacks with Nagito and Chihiro before she died.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: In the previews to the trial, Kyoko notes that something is amiss despite the lack of a motive, suggesting a murder. Breaking Plot Armor and Anyone Can Die, she becomes the victim.
  • Two Dun It: Averted. Given the movements of everyone else that morning, it was possible that Nagito and Chihiro conspired jointly or that Nagito and Kiyotaka collaborated, but not all three simultaneously.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The entire trial is based on an Out of Character Moment in Trial 14, in which Kyoko asked Hagakure to out of nowhere incorporate a use for hairspray in that trial.

    Tropes for Twenty-Seventh Class Trial 

A raging storm on Jabberwock Island subsides with the deaths of Kazuichi and Twogami.

  • Driving Question: Kazuichi and Byakuya Twogami were dead, but… only one BDA went off?
  • Foreshadowing: Hifumi Managed to accidentally put a “ghost” next to Teruteru, unknowingly foreshadowing the twist.
  • Hidden Villain: One of the participants, Teruteru, was in reality Twogami assuming a disguise. The trial was, in effect, for the murders of Kazuichi and Teruteru.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Sonia called the movie watched “The Thang,” a reference to John Carpenter’s 1982 film “The Thing.”
    • “What’s New Pussycat” was brought up in conjunction with “Salt and Pepper Diner,” a reference to a stand-up comedy act by John Mulaney.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Twogami was burnt, bludgeoned, and then blown up.

    Tropes for the Forty-Ninth Class Trial 
Leon is found dead in a fridge after a motive attempting to make the students envious

  • Even Evil Has Standards: Junko Enoshima has killed millions and ruined the lives of many. Yet, in this trial she promotes gay pride and changes Monokuma to a rainbow model.

Side Projects

    Tropes for Whodunnit: Season 1 
In a blending of the concepts between Whodunnit and Danganronpa, 13 students are locked in a mansion and told to find out which one of them has been tasked with killing them.

  • All Just a Dream: After months of competition, the game ends with it being revealed as a dream.
  • Crossover: Between Whodunnit and Danganronpa.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Fuyuhiko is revealed to be the killer in this game and is punished by being starved by Monokuma while the insanely long final challenge commences.
  • Epic Fail: Hifumi mistakes Candles for Candies while investigating Kyoko's murder.
  • Genius Ditz: Hifumi Yamada, Sonia Nevermind, Kiyotaka Ishimaru and (to a lesser extent) Celestia Ludenberg manage to be the final survivors, with the latter two even managing to identify the killer.
  • No Ending: Nobody is actually crowned as a winner.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Knowing that she is going to be murdered next, Kyoko leaves evidence implicating the true killer that allows Fuyuhiko to finally be outed.

    Tropes for Mono Escape 
In a blending of the Zero Escape franchise and Danganronpa, Monokuma abducts nine students and forces them to compete to escape.

  • Arc Villain: Mukuro Ikusaba turns out to be the main antagonist of Season 3, having been planted in the game as a traitor with the goal of killing them all.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Yasuke Matsuda, who attempted to kill Junko in an attempt to stop her schemes in the original series, is found to be an active conspirator in her games. Season 4 does portray him in a more sympathetic light though.
    • Mukuro is also significantly more malevolent than usual.
  • And You Thought It Was a Game:
    • Generally, the contestants in the Escape game react to the first death with horror after realizing that their lives are truly in danger.
    • Hiroko Hagakure, however, keeps this attitude up after three murder scenes, only abandoning it when Mukuro comes in, shoots Nagito in the leg, and abducts him after taunting them all
  • Asshole Victim: Ibuki notes that she doesn't feel too sorry after learning that Makoto is to be executed for winning the vote for the number nine bracelet, pointing out that Makoto was openly trying to convince everybody to vote for her to be executed before learning the truth behind the vote.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Monokuma comes out of the first two seasons with the tragic ending he wanted and without any sign of repercussion.
  • The Bus Came Back: The Epilogue for Season 4 brings back every surviving character to set up future plot lines and reveal how they've been doing.
  • Call-Back: In the second game, Hajime, Komaru, and Nagisa search a room that includes several references to the previous escape game, with traces of gunk hinted to be the exploded remains of six former contestants, a videotape showing off Makoto's death in the last game, and even Hiyoko's Kimono and Corpse being found.
  • Crossover: A Zero-Escape based game featuring the cast of Danganronpa.
  • Deadly Game: Every round ends with one eliminee.
  • Death Faked for You: Five of the contestants who were eliminated throughout the second game awaken in a chamber after being seemingly executed in incinerators after losing their challenges. This doesn't last for long as the others end up sacrificing them to escape in the end.
  • Declaration of Protection: Saying it's her duty to protect him, Peko tries her hardest to save Fuyuhiko from incineration. Her gambit fails.
  • Defiant to the End: Akane refuses to remain behind after losing her challenge and rushes through the door regardless. She's promptly killed by
    • her bracelet. This ends up getting her killed quicker, as she would've been apart of the final challenge had she not violated the rules and stayed put.
    • Likewise, Fuyuhiko refuses to abandon Peko and leaps back into the room with her rather than continue on without her.
    • Kyoko uses her final moments to take photographs of the scene of her impending murder in order to help the others investigate it.
  • Doom As Test Prize:
    • After Monokuma declares that he'll be holding votes for who receives the Number 9 bracelet and who would be killed off, Makoto convinces everybody to vote for him to receive the bracelet. However, it's quickly revealed that both votes are the same and Makoto is executed with the Number Nine bracelet in hand.
    • Immediately afterwards, Aoi wins the challenge for the final round, only to learn that her prize is getting to choose between blowing herself up or blowing up the rest of the survivors.
  • Downer Ending:
    • The first Escape Game ended on one. After a final game of Russian Roulette kills that kills off Hiyoko and Celeste, Ibuki discovers that the three of them had been free to leave after Aoi's Heroic Sacrifice.
    • The second game ultimately ends on this note too, as the three remaining contestants ultimately decide to save themselves by sacrificing the other five survivors.
  • The Dragon: Monaca fills this role, having provided Junko with the resources to construct these games, hosting the fourth season in her absence and being one of the only members of her inner circle to remain alive.
  • Driven to Suicide: Knowing that Peko is about to be executed, Fuyuhiko throws himself into the chamber with her to share in her punishment.
  • Dwindling Party:
    • Each of Monokuma's challenges end with the loser being forced to remain behind.
    • Season 4 mostly averts this by making it possible for challenges to end without anybody being eliminated. By the end though, they still suffer massive casualties
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Maki makes an appearance before her game was even released running a Future Foundation orphanage that the Warriors of Hope, and Nagito, were sent to after escaping their games.
  • Exact Words: Used several times to tragic effect
    • First when Monokuma declares that the remaining survivors must vote for one of them to receive the Number Nine Bracelet that has traditionally given them the advantage and for one of them to be executed. After Makoto wins the vote for the Number Nine Bracelet, Monokuma reveals that both votes are the same and Makoto is killed with the Number Nine Bracelet in hand.
    • In the final round, Monokuma does a riddle where everybody in the riddle is lying and promises that whoever solves the riddle will be allowed to move on to the next round and that whoever moves on will get to escape. Hina wins, only to be told that Monokuma was lying too. She is then forced to stay behind.
    • Monokuma never tells the Final Three Contestants that the game of Russian Roulette is necessary for them to escape. Celeste and Hiyoko end up shooting themselves, unaware that they were already free to leave.
    • This continues into the Second Game. Monokuma never states that the eliminated contestants were going to be killed if they lost. In the end, five of the eliminated contestants wake up in the final chamber and are used as part of Monokuma's final challenge.
    • Monokuma also claims that, if nobody is murdered after a round of the Third Game's challenges, it's because the killer was the one who lost. As it turns out, the killer ended up faking their death after losing the first challenge.
  • Faking the Dead: After losing a challenge, Mukuro is forced to fake her death by dressing up Celeste as her and mutilating the body with a fire axe.
  • The Heart: Teruteru of all people becomes this in Season 4 with his support of keeping everyone alive and his penchant for group hugs
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Aoi chooses to blow herself up rather than sacrifice the remaining survivors.
    • When one of the challenges comes down to him or Peko to be eliminated, Fuyuhiko attempts to pull one by refusing to continue playing so that she'll survive. Tragically, it fails when she still loses despite his attempt to throw the game.
    • Averted in the finale of the second game, as Komaru, Nagisa, and Hajime ultimately choose not to perform one for the other survivors, condemning five of them to incineration.
    • Sayaka performs one to take out Mukuro while she was on the verge of killing Hiroko.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Nagisa never seems to miss a chance to mock the latest eliminee during his Escape Game.
    • The Ultimate Imposter gets a noticeable one when he steals points from Jataro in a challenge, leaving the child struggling to get enough points to survive the challenge.
  • Kill ’Em All: Of the nine contestants in the first Escape Game, only one escapes with their life. The second Escape Game ends with only three survivors. The third Escape game fares a bit better with five survivors
  • Killed Off for Real: Unusually for the subreddit, characters who die in these escape games are not resurrected for future installments.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • Peko awakens in the Second Escape Game to find herself unable to remember her past or even Fuyuhiko. She recovers just before her elimination from the game.
    • It's later revealed through documents that Yasuke Matsuda inflicted this on all of the contestants in the escape game.
    • Averted by Haiji, Miaya, and Yasuke in Season 4, all of whom possess all of their memories.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: The three men in the first game all die prior to the final round, leaving four female characters in the final rounds of the game.
  • Morton's Fork: Peko attempts to frame the Ultimate Ambidex Game in such a way for Komaru, Hajime, and Nagisa to save Fuyuhiko: vote Ally and they die quickly from the poison in their bracelets, vote Betray and die horribly when the Kuzuryu Family takes revenge.
  • Multiple Endings:
    • In Zero Escape Tradition, it's revealed that Monokuma had three possibilities for how the first game could've ended. Unfortunately, they choose the third.
      • The winner of the final challenge could've sacrificed the remaining three to survive.
      • The three remaining survivors refuse to play Russian Roulette and thus manage to escape together.
      • After a game of Russian Roulette, the final survivor escapes after learning that the Russian Roulette challenge was completely unnecessary.
    • The Second Game also ends up having 3 possible endings. Again, they choose the Third
      • The finalists sacrifice themselves to save their captive friends who lost the previous challenge.
      • The finalists agree to sacrifice themselves, only for one or two to betray the other(s) and sacrifice both the captives and the other finalists.
      • The finalists sacrifice the captive contestants in order to escape.
    • The Third Game ends up providing the opportunity for any combination of 0-6 survivors leaving after the final challenge.
  • No Fourth Wall: Whenever a challenge requires players to use out of character information, Monokuma activates a Morphogenetic Field that allows the cast to break the fourth wall.
  • Non-Standard Game Over: Although none of the players discover this in game, Monokuma intended on killing the contestants participating in the Escape Game challenge if they entered the wrong password too many times.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo:
    • A few show up in Season 2's Escape Game. The contestants end up finding Hiyoko's kimono, her body, a videotape of Makoto's death scene, and a fridge with containers that are implied to contain the giblets of the six contestants who exploded in Season One.
    • Likewise, Season 3 has them come across Akane's corpse and Season 4 brings in Mukuro's.
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • After solving the final riddle, Aoi is given the choice of either blowing up her fellow contestants and getting to leave or blowing herself up.
    • Likewise, the final challenge of the second escape game is for Hajime, Komaru, and Nagisa to decide whether to sacrifice themselves or the contestants who had previously been eliminated from the game. Monokuma even references the first example as his inspiration for the challenge.
    • Mononokuma also does this during the final challenge of the third game. He tells the contestants facing off in an RPG battle with Mukuro that they may add to their HP by sacrificing the captive Nagito and Masaru. In the end, nobody takes him up on this.
    • Mukuro sets up her own by giving Sayaka a knife and offering to let her murder Mukuro and put an early end to the challenge. She gives Sayaka the choice of either murdering her with her own hands or letting Mukuro kill Hiroko Hagakure in the challenge.
  • Sanity Slippage: Haiji Towa starts off as a relatively co-operative and reasonable ally of the other contestants. After discovering his father's dead body and that Ryoko is a mind-wiped Junko, he goes completely mad, to the point where he tries to get everyone killed to take Ryoko out and even threatens to molest Kotoko.
  • Sequel Hook: The fourth seasons ends on several. Including: Nagisa's abduction by the vengeful Yakuza, the appearance of AI Junko, the confirmation that there's a traitor in Future Foundation, Hiroko telling her Branch that she knows where the next Mono Escape will be held, Masaru declaring his intent to rescue Nagisa and assemble the Warriors of Hope, and Ryoko going on the run and being recruited by Hajime and Komaru for a mission to atone for their sins.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Fuyuhiko's decision to throw himself after Peko only results in him being captured and killed with her. In fact, had he not made his sacrifice, there could've been four survivors in the escape game instead of three,
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The first Escape Game ends this way. The final three contestants, Ibuki, Celeste, and Hiyoko are told to play a game of Russian Roulette. They do so, only for the survivor to discover that their bracelets had been deactivated and that the exit wasn't locked, rendering these final deaths pointless.
  • Sole Survivor: Ibuki Mioda is the only survivor of the First Escape Game.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Several characters who died in the backstory of the series such as Yasuke Matsuda and Natsumi Kuzuryuu are revealed to still be alive well into the tragedy.
  • Take The Third Option: When Monokuma reveals that the three finalists in the second game must choose between sacrificing themselves or sacrificing the other contestants, the trio desperately search for a way out for all of them. Averted when Monokuma insists that he'll activate their bracelets and kill them even if they managed to find that way out.
    • Sayaka is given the choice of letting Mukuro kill Hiroko in the final RPG-Based Battle or of killing Mukuro with her own two hands. She chooses to self-destruct in-game, draining her HP to zero and wiping out Mukuro's remaining HP in the process.
  • Take Up My Sword:
    • At Gundham's request, Komaru becomes the new Master of the Four Dark Devas.
    • Mahiru also gives Sayaka her camera while preparing for her death after losing the challenge. Sayaka herself give the camera to Hiroko after her heroic sacrifice.
  • Taking You with Me: The final challenge of the Third Game provides players with the option of self-destructing and inflicting an attack that does as much damage as their total HP. Sayaka ends up using this mechanic to defeat Mukuro.
  • Together in Death: Fuyuhiko refuses to leave Peko behind to be executed and leaps back in just in time for the room to transform into an incinerator. It's double subverted in that they don't die quite then, but still end up dying together later.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Celeste and Nagisa take up these roles in their respective Seasons as the most ruthless members of their groups. Especially Nagisa.
  • We Couldhave Avoided All This: Monaca points out in Season 4 that, due to how the rules worked, it was perfectly possible for every contestant to escape together had they co-operated.
  • Wham Episode: Season 4 starts off with a different tone, with only one death in the first 4 episodes. Then, suddenly the fifth episode ends with a whopping 4 eliminations, the sixth episode reveals Ryoko to be a mind-wiped Junko and drives Haiji insane while dividing the team, and the final episode reveals that Monaca was hosting this game and ends with only three survivors.

    Tropes for Mastermind 
Thirteen students find themselves on a boat, forced to compete in a Danganronpa version of The Genius.

  • Crossover: Between The Genius and Danganronpa.
  • I Lied: After winning a challenge and being given the choice between sending Akane or Hiyoko to the Death Match, Nagito blackmails Hiyoko for all of her Gems to keep her out of the Death Match. When she pays up, he proceeds to send her to the Death Match anyways and even blackmails her into targetting a particular player.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Averted. The first four eliminated contestants all end up being female characters. As of Round 5, the only female left is Celeste.
  • Mood Whiplash: Fuyuhiko notes that it's difficult to take this life-or-death competition seriously with such silly challenges.

    Tropes for Survivor 
The Cast of Danganronpa finds themselves competing in a nice game of Survivor, hosted by Jeff Probst.

  • Disc-One Final Boss: After building one of the strongest alliances in the game, Junko is suddenly traded off to the opposing Tribe and promptly eliminated without any trustworthy allies.
  • Ship Tease: The Game quickly devolves into having several characters having sexy adventures.

    Tropes for Distrust 
Sixteen Danganronpa Characters find themselves in a new killing game, where they must deal with a mystery attacker who must kill one of them every round as they work to solve the mysteries in the school.

  • Confess to a Lesser Crime: Nekomaru admits to having killed Chihiro in self-defence during a trial, but leaves out the fact that doing so made him the new Attacker and obligated him to start committing murders.
  • Death Is Cheap: Chihiro, Mikan, Nagito, Toko, and Hajime have all returned after seemingly dying.
  • Hate Sink: Hajime, of all people, has become one after his betrayal of Nagito and Sayaka. Toko is nearly as big of one due to her refusal to answer questions and insistence on protecting the former.
  • Sadistic Choice: When the class has decided to lynch Hajime for murdering Sayaka, Genocide Jack takes over and threatens to kill them if they do not vote for Fuyuhiko, who was being held captive by Mikan.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Twogami dies in Ibuki and Sonia's place, only for the two to both be killed before the game's end.
  • Take a Third Option: Toko's Sadistic Choice results in her being voted to be lynched, which she'd hoped for due to her discovery of the fact that lynchings only kill some participants. Nagito proceeds to take his own as well and guns down Hajime to avenge Sayaka's murder.
  • Took A Level In Bad Ass: Nagito takes a huge one after being gunned down by Hajime and losing an eye. He returns alive, with an eyepatch, a handgun, and a single-minded focus on taking down Hajime, Monokuma, and anyone else who has betrayed the others.

    Tropes for Whodunnit Season 2 
Twenty Two Danganronpa characters go to a mansion in hopes of winning a mysterious prize, only for a murderer to start hunting each of them down one by one.

  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Hajime is bullied by children, abused, disliked by pretty much everybody, shot up with paintballs by pretty much no reason, and ultimately killed. The pet Tiger that Natsumi Kuzuryuu named after him quickly becomes more popular than him.
    • Masaru also becomes one for the Warriors of Hope after a couple of mistakes that get him outest from his role as King (albeit, a puppet king for Monaca) and demoted to servant.
  • The Cameo: Nagito shows up from the Distrust continuity during an AB Game challenge to warn them all that they should never, ever vote Ally against Hajime.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Toko and Jataro both sign-up and then disappear without having been eliminated. In Jataro's case, it becomes a Running Gag as the Warriors of Hope start to suggest that he's living in the Ballpit feasting upon anyone who enters.
  • Infant Immortality: Finally Subverted more than half-way through the game as Kotoko ends up becoming a victim. Monaca, Nagisa, and Masaru, however, remain alive and well.
  • Retool: The game is set up as one for the controversial First Season.

    Tropes for The Mole 
Fourteen Contestants compete to add money to a pot for a single victor while trying to weed out which of them is the mysterious mole.

  • The Comically Serious: Munakata is both the most comedic and most rigid character in the cast with his plethora of memetic quirks
  • Running Gag: Munakata is the cause of several, between his uses of the word "Platitudes", his insanely meticulous safe driving, his enforcement of Rule 3 (no Erotism), and his decision to sleep in a broom closet rather than the hotel room he's supposed to share with Hajime

    Tropes for Dangan Royale 
The Students of Hope's Peak Academy are cast into a deadly game where only one can emerge alive.

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