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A roleplay that is based on the plot of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and is hosted on the MSPA Forums. Monobear, claiming to be the school's headmaster, is pretty much doing exactly what he actually does. Fifteen roleplayer-controlled Super High-School Level talented characters enter Hope's Peak academy in Japan, and quickly learn that they are trapped for the rest of their lives. The only way out is to commit the perfect murder - kill someone and don't get caught. Punishment for being caught in the act? Execution by irony. They are given a series of strict rules to follow. Punishment for breaking them? Execution. With each murder the students unlock more and more of the school building, discovering shocking things about the academy - and themselves - in the process.

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  • Absence of Evidence: There's three knives missing instead of two in the first trial.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: All the culprits get lots of sympathy before their executions.
    • It is generally understood that Zack wound up killing Charlotte out of self-defense.
    • Meg committed suicide out of guilt after killing Jason. This one gets even worse when it's revealed that she had been coerced into acting as the mole over someone close to her's safety, only to somehow regain her memories and learn that that person was already dead. This, coupled with the realization of what she'd done to one of her schoolmates of multiple years probably sent her barreling over the Despair Event Horizon.
    • Izumi killed Rimmy for the money, to save her family's bakery from bankruptcy and broke down and confessed when she was nearly let off the hook by Harry's refusal to go against allegations against her.
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    • Dominic, as a final gesture, slipped Louis the USB containing Alter Ego.
    • Though not a culprit, the Super High-school Level Inventor was an utter Jerkass. No, scratch that, he was The Sociopath. He had one of the grossest deaths, though. This one is subverted; he's alive and well, having been Faking the Dead. And now it's come full circle, since as he's finally about to face execution in the "good/true" ending path, and he is clearly fucking terrified of this fact.
  • Alternate Continuity: Confirmed via Word of God during chapter 6, though it was kinda obvious already.
  • Asshole Victim: Charlotte attacked first.
  • Badass Cape: Rimmy and Charlotte.
  • Big Bad: Whoever's controlling Monobear. It's the SHSL Inventor.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: There were plants for Super High-school Level Despair among those who fled to the school under Hitoshi's lead. However, the SHSL Inventor kicked them out of their position of power after they caused the death of the headmaster and effectively hijacked their mission. The first one was Rimmy. The second, if one takes the bad ending as providing canon information, was Louis.
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  • Big Red Button: Monobear's got one that he uses to start the executions.
  • Book Dumb: Dominic subverts it a little by being of reasonable intelligence in every subject but English.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Rimmy Riegner is an incredibly skilled actor despite (and perhaps even because of) his eccentricities, and also a surprisingly skilled programmer, being able to create Alter Ego (who, in canon, was created by a Super High-school Level Programmer who had been studying artificial intelligence for years). However, the skill causes people to suspect there's more to him than he lets on and posthumously distrust him, especially with the reveal that the sixteenth student is an extremely talented inventor capable of disguising himself as others. though it's unknown if there is truly anything sinister about him at this point.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ryuzaki "Zack" Sakamoto is on the receiving end of a lot of slapstick and tripping early on, and is noted to be extremely accident-prone in his backstory.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Dominic is mentioned as having a laptop on him during the prologue for music-making purposes, though it seemingly vanishes from the plot after he becomes humorously distraught over there being no internet connection. It starts to become a plot device time and time again in the latter two thirds of the story, what with storing a backup of Alter Ego, being swapped out for Alter Ego's original laptop, and being used to watch the DVD located in the headmaster's secret room.
  • The Cheerleader: Olivia.
  • Conviction by Contradiction: Dominic is convicted when he claims that he went to the music room the morning of Hitoshi's murder, contradicting his previous statement that he went to the pool, where Hitoshi was drowned.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Rimmy Reigner seems to be in his own little world more often than not.
  • Closed Circle: Half the entire point.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A lot of the cast members can really lay down the snark, but Louis and Cassandra are most likely to.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Ryuzaki "Zack" Sakamoto, who was set up by the thread's creator as a Standardized Leader, got along fairly well with much of the cast, and was the first character in the thread. He murders Charlotte in self-defense and is promptly executed.
  • Death by Origin Story: Hitoshi's parents, Megara's entire family, Cassandra's brother and Jack's old girlfriend.
  • Determinator: In Zack's backstory, he was extremely accident prone, but still managed to become a Super High-school Level Acrobat.
  • Driven to Suicide: Megara after regaining some memory that caused her to feel immense guilt over the death of Jason, Cassandra's older brother due to her accidentally abusing her persuasive powers.
  • Dye Hard: Louis, Jack and according to the second motive, Rimmy are all confirmed to be this, while Word of God is that Cassandra's an example of Implausible Hair Color.
  • Evil Laugh: Monobear's "Upupupu," as per canon. The SHSL Inventor has a low chuckle, and whoever's side he's on he's far from nice.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Louis mentions offhand during Chapter 4 that he had thought Rimmy looked taller in pictures he'd seen of him. Given the direct parallel to something said about the Big Bad in canon, it is unknown if this is decisive evidence or a deliberate Red Herring.
  • Fake Band: The Undead Hynos, which Louis, Zack and Shane (who is The Ghost because he is not a Hope's Peak student) formed at some point before the former two had a falling out and eventually came to Hope's Peak.
  • Famed In-Story: Downplayed, as Zack and Louis mention being fans of Dominic offhand in the prologue, and Olivia is apparently a rising star.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: The sixteenth student, a SHSL inventor.
  • The Ghost:
    • Shane, who is/was a close friend and bandmate of Louis and Zack at some point in the past. He's shown up in hallucinations/flashbacks (though the readers don't know what he looks like due to the medium).
    • The Sixteenth Student/Super High-school Level Inventor starts as one, but as of page 42 of the second thread, he finally averts this.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Charlotte seems to have one, getting furious at the announcement of the rules of the "game" and almost immediately trying to kill someone upon viewing the first "motive."
  • Heroic BSoD: Lots. It's almost become par for a chapter to have at least one.
    • Louis gets one in the first trial after Zack's rather graphic execution.
    • Cassandra has one in chapter 2 after being accused of murder after she already forced her brother to kill himself at the age of ten.
    • Harry gets a gigantic one towards the end of chapter 3 leading into most of chapter four following Izumi's execution. She tries to drown her sorrows and gets crazy drunk off a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.
    • Cassandra has another one after Louis falls off Detention and into the garbage chute.
    • Really Cassandra is the crown princess of this trope, as she gets another one in chapter 6 when she drops her cool veneer and everything goes to hell. She gets over that one quick, though.
  • Idiot Hair: Emil, and damn proud of it.
  • I Have Many Names: The Sixteenth Student, going by countless pseudonyms, most of which being a Shout-Out to something. He is currently known to go by John Smith, Eraldo Coil, Carmen Sandiego, Patrick Stewart, Yuu Fukui and Newton Pulsifer.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: After Izumi's execution, Monobear partakes in a slice of the cake that he made out of her. Assuming he's controlled by a human being, it counts as this.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Harry nearly kills everyone by taking the blame for Izumi's murder, out of love. If Izumi wasn't straight, she never had the chance to act on it before her execution.
  • Informed Ability: Hitoshi Watanabe is a SHSL Leader who is never respected enough by the cast for them to ever actually listen to him.
  • Jerkass:
  • Large Ham: Rimmy Reigner.
  • Magical Girl: Charlotte has many similarities to one, and Louis even suspects that that's exactly what she is. We never find out.
  • Magicians Are Wizards: Charlotte is heavily implied to have some actual magical ability, particularly because when she returns the toast she had made disappear, it was perfectly untoasted bread. Louis even wonders if she's a magical girl during one of his longer stays in the sauna. Given that she was the first victim, it seems unlikely we'll learn the truth.
  • The Man Behind the Man: It is implied that Junko Enoshima, canonical head and founder of Super High-school Level Despair, still fills said position, but evidence at the moment is against her being the one controlling Monobear.
  • Moral Event Horizon: An in-universe example: after his Character Development, Louis has stated that he considers anyone who kills an immediate enemy, which is shown to be the case when he seems completely unsympathetic throughout Dominic's insistence on why he murdered Hitoshi Watanabe. However, he was strangely sympathetic towards Izumi, despite the fact that she killed for the monetary motive.
  • Morality Pet or Morality Chain: Cassandra's become this for Jack, who's become far more consistently friendly and docile ever since their Relationship Upgrade.
  • Mythology Gag: Several references to the cast of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc are made, particularly earlier on.
  • Nice Guy: Jason Daniels, being very friendly and helpful despite, if having a bit of a tendency towards graffiti. It kills him when he accept a request to grab something for Louis from the storage room, springing the trap that kills him when he goes to grab it.
  • Nice Hat: Jason and Charlotte.
  • Only Sane Man: Several characters play at several different points, though Jason, Cassandra and arguably Louis fit the mold best.
  • Ooc Is Serious Business: Cassandra opts to take LSD with Jack shortly after they hook up, though only after making him promise not to use it again.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Louis.
  • Out of Focus:
    • Olivia and Emil don't seem to do much, but they've outlived most of the cast, including several of the most focused-on cast members, and it's very likely they'll survive this entire thing.
    • Lampshaded when Cassandra suggests that Emil go for a task that they would prefer Monobear not notice them do, citing that "we never have any idea where the hell [Emil is]." Louis, in turn, suggests that Olivia take up the same task, pointing out that it's "funny that someone with [Olivia's] talent is so good at slipping under the radar."
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Louis and Zack showed signs of being this, having been close friends until a falling-out before the story and quickly rekindling their friendship upon remeeting. It doesn't end well, with Louis vehemently denying that Zack is the first culprit, even as it grows increasingly obvious, triggering a Heroic BSoD upon his execution.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • Louis, Cassandra, and Jack are one of the most apparent examples, though Louis tends toward Superego out of necessity during the thick of trials.
    • Among the most competent and overall level-headed cast members, we have Jason, Cassandra, and Louis, though Louis didn't really have a chance to show off his cleverness until after Jason had died, given that much of the first trial was spent with him in denial over Zack being the killer.
    • In Louis, Zack, and Shane's Fake Band, The Undead Hypnos, from what little we know about them during that time, Shane was definitely The McCoy, being somewhat off the wall, while Louis was The Kirk, as the band's head, and Zack was The Spock, having a tendency to play the Straight Man to both of them.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The reason for the deaths of Daniel Marche and Megara Calilio was that the people playing them could no longer participate for personal reasons, according to boredCommentator (who specifically asked that this page not be made and is rather annoyed that people went ahead and made this anyway, by the way).
  • Red Herring:
    • The gold-painted ornamental sword was a vital part of the actual game's first trial, and a point was made of Louis giving it to Sakamoto during chapter 1. It isn't even remotely involved in the first murder, though it does become a sort of Tragic Keepsake when Louis manages to get his hands back on it. It's overall unimportant to the plot, though.
    • In the final trial, there are way more plot threads hinted at than can be truly relevant.
  • Running Gag:
    • Dominic would constantly get bottles of water from the Monomono Machine, much to his frustration.
    • Louis making "SO MUCH FUCKING TOAST." Later taken even further with him making absurd amounts of fucking garlic toast.
    • Zack tripping or screwing up after trying to look cool was another early one.
    • There was one for a while where Dominic would speak rapid-fire Italian out of depression the morning after the trial, then the second anyone suggests he do something, he's right back in English as if nothing ever happened. It got dropped after a while though.
    • Super High-school Level Inventor making it painfully obvious that he's doing something extremely immoral at best, then laughing it off and discussing something else. And everyone involved falls for it each time.
    • Only being mentioned in the final trial, even, and coupled with Overly Long Gag, would be the suddenly-malfunctioning elevator.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Harry and Izumi. Well, Harry, at least.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Harry hints that she suspects that Louis and Zack are something more. Given that she said this shortly before Zack's execution when Louis was in beginning his Heroic BSoD, the insinuation was not appreciated.
    • On a meta level, many of the players shipped Cassandra and Jack after much Ship Tease, ultimately resulting in their players opting to give them a Relationship Upgrade.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Monobear, not unlike canon, showed everyone photos of every student but the one shown the picture together in order to sow distrust. However, they'd already seen the entirety of the video in which they'd all agreed to stay in Hope's Peak on Dominic's laptop thanks to Cassandra, a fact that Monobear seems entirely unaware of.
    • The Big Bad himself is revealed to have been this for Rimmy Reigner and the other unknown SHSL Despair member. He gave them a nice dose of Laser-Guided Amnesia alongside everyone else and took over their plan.
  • Straight Gay: Louis is this, despite the blue-dyed hair and pink jacket. Harry is also an example, though it's not immediately brought up in her case.
  • Supreme Chef: Izumi Nakamoto, most often seen in the form of baked goods.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: One of the final six survivors had joined Super High-school Level Despair at some point before the story began.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Downplayed. Zack and Dominic get so an Oh, Crap! moment when they're cornered.
    • Izumi Nakamoto plays it straight, albeit in a much sadder and sympathetic light than most cases. Her breakdown starts when she's about to win, when, unable to stand someone willingly taking the fall for her, she confesses.
    • Megara Calilio suffers a breakdown triggered by some sort of memory that ends in her being Driven to Suicide.
    • In the true ending, the Big Bad clearly flips the fuck out when they're about to be executed, their previously calm and whimsical demeanor fading immediately.
  • Will They or Won't They?: So much with Ryuzaki Sakamoto and Olivia's interactions. Given that Sakamoto dies quickly and Olivia survives the whole thing, it's safe to say that they don't, at least during the school life. It's extremely ambiguous during the two prior years no one remembers, for obvious reasons.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Louis gives this to much of the remaining cast in Chapter 6, who, after Cassandra revealed his false statement during the trial, collectively grabbed the Idiot Ball and decided to vote for him, despite the fact that they'd damn near figured the entire trial out at that point. When he turns out just fine, he's clearly pissed off, but it's unseen as of yet if this will affect his judgement throughout the final chapter.
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