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''The Ouroboros Project'' is a Danganronpa OC roleplay, which met it's end around November. It is a Tumblr/Msparp/Skype roleplay, and it's heavily based on the symbol of the Ouroboros that the game uses as it's logo. Just like the game/visual novel, a group of elite students are trapped within a mutual killing game by a monochrome snake that calls himself "Monocobra". With tempting motives guiding the students to kill among their peers, there's not a glimmer of hope in sight!Or is there?


There is a unique killing style in Ouroboros, the students are placed in one large circle, and are given targets, and they are not informed of the identity of the person behind them, creating a perfect circle. The order switches for the different locations, which the locations consist of Hope's Peak, a cabin placed in [redacted], a casino, and an upcoming setting that hasn't been revealed yet.

There's a nasty twist within murdering a person, you can get away with it. That's right! If you can go ahead and sneak out from being pinned as a culprit, you are free from all that chaos, and there won't be a re-trial for that case. The innocent can also fall victim to being executed for a murderer's crimes.

With that in mind, the most reasonable approach to escaping would be to find out who this ''mastermind'' is or to be the last one standing in the order. Who's the one that trapped them all in there? What's the purpose of this? Will they be able to figure out who the mastermind is, before it's too late?


This roleplay includes the tropes:

     Wave One of The Ouroboros Project 
  • Acquitted Too Late: Both Kikuchi and Daisuke are said to be totally innocent, just before the execution begins.
  • After-Action Patch-Up: Following the events of trial 3, when Kikuchi, Mori and Cole are all injured by falling down a trash chute. Things get really gay.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: "I really do love you. I should have said so sooner." Before the events of trial 4, where Kikuchi makes Tanji promise to let him be executed. Kind of a double whammy of agony considering Tanji's feelings are one hundred percent serious, but Kikuchi's side of their relationship was all an act. Also fits with Daisuke's insistence that he loved Rei before he's wrongly executed for her death.
  • Backstory Horror: Can be applied to Shun and his con artist reveal along with his history in the drug wars and Kikuchi, who is believed to be eccentric at worst until it's revealed over his execution that he is incapable of emotion.
  • Barred from the Afterlife: The dead kids aren't really dead. Well, not all of them.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Beneath the Mask
  • Blood from the Mouth: Eren. Again, was that really necessary.
  • Bookcase Passage: Yeah, they went there.
  • Bury Your Gays: Eren and Mori, even though pretty much everyone in the cast seems to be on the gay spectrum. There, there's your disclaimer, are you happy now.]]
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Tanji and Shun, for some bizarre reason.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Goddammit, Shun.
  • Con Man: Literally Shun, revealed post-trial 3. The mastermind also falls under this, having fooled everybody and hidden in the crowd for several chapters.
  • Conveyor Belt of Doom: Daisuke's execution.
  • Closed Circle: Refers to the assigned killing system that's based on the Ouroboros symbol.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Let the bodies hit the floOOOOOOOOR. Rei also spends the entire investigation period in the aquarium until she's retrieved post-trial.
  • Death by Falling Over: How do you make a character who's scared of violence commit a murder? Simply add stairs.
  • Death by Materialism: Chapter 3's motive was based on objects important to the characters.
  • Death Is Not Permanent
  • Dying as Yourself: "It was all an act." Though the rest of the cast doesn't seem to realize the implications. Also applies to Zinaida's assassin reveal.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Shun is unrepentant about a lot of things, but at least he apologized for kissing Tanji. "...I realize it was probably a million times more uncalled for to you than it would've been to someone else and I guess I really am just a cruel person so. I'm sorry about that."
  • Everyone Is Bi: Even the stated really gay people and really hetero people have exceptions. They're all just in the middle of the Kinsey scale somewhere.
  • Eye Scream: Poor Shun. Kikuchi's unveiling also reveals that he's blind in one eye following a traumatic injury. And then don't even ask what's under Tori's bangs...
  • Failure-to-Save Murder: Tanji didn't mean to do it. Honest.
  • False Confession: "I killed Kozue!" That and Kikuchi claiming to have killed Hagane.
  • Hazardous Water: Rei's death in the aquarium. Though it's not the water that kills her.
  • Her Boyfriend's Jacket: Kind of. Before Eren goes off to commit suicide he leaves Tanji a hoodie. She later gives it to Chokichi.
  • Kiss of Death: Aika and Kozue.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Subverted: Kikuchi happens upon an accidental death and proceeds to beat the corpse bloody with a pool cue.
  • Marionette Motion: Zinaida's execution.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Well, the roster was bizarrely gender-unbalanced from the start, so it's only expected that most of the victims and killers would be males.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: Occurred in trial 4, with two innocent people getting executed in two trials that went terribly wrong. The Escapologist and the Debunker were executed.
  • Murder by Cremation: Daisuke.
  • Murder by Mistake: Tori fell on his own scalpel, okay. And Shun was only trying to kill Tanji when Hagane interfered.
  • Murder-Suicide: Eren.
  • No Face Under the Mask: Instead of some kind of mundane climax or anticlimax, we get thrown straight into Nightmare Fuel territory: Instead of a face, Kikuchi has some kind of blank slate.
  • Official Couple: Rei and Daisuke, Mori and Shun, Tanji and Kikuchi would be a few notable examples.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Everyone got in for their talent except for Chokichi, the SHSL Good Luck, picked by raffle.
  • Perfect Poison: Rei isn't actually murdered by anything in the poison cabinet, but by something in the aquarium.
  • Plethora of Mistakes: Applies to every murder in some way or the other, whether on the culprits' part or the investigators'.
  • Pummeling the Corpse: Kikuchi, what are you—OH MY GOD.
  • Pyromaniac: Fire features disturbingly often here. RIP meth lab. It would be easier to list the characters that are never involved than the characters that are.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After the events of trial 4, Tanji and Cole team up to avenge the deaths of Kikuchi and Hagane by blinding Shun.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Actually subverted; all the relationships are different in pre-despair.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: The first time Tanji and Shun play with fire. Like, really man, is now the best time?
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Happens often, but most apparent in the cases of Daisuke and Mori.
  • Survivor Guilt: Tanji. Tanji going off the deep end.
  • Team Killer: Akiyama, Minori, Eren or Tori or maybe both, Zinaida, someone yet to be caught...this kind of happens a lot.
  • The Ketchup Test: Sometimes mysteries stains turn out to be blood, sometimes they're lipstick, and sometimes...they're actually ketchup. Don't think this won't lead to a freakout anyway.
  • The Morality/Mortality Equation: Mori's fate was pretty much assured.
  • The Mourning After: Lots of ships are broken up by unexpected deaths.
  • The Scapegoat: Kikuchi takes the fall for Tanji after she accidentally becomes a killer.
  • The Show Must Go On: Occurred in trial 3.
  • The Sociopath: Cole gets this disparaging moniker a lot, being a sociologist, but the only person who really matches "literally incapable of experiencing a deep emotional attachment towards others" is Kikuchi.
  • The Villain Knows Where You Live: Kind of unavoidable, since they're all stuck in the same place and a certain percentage are murderers.
  • Together in Death: Rei and Daisuke, Aimi and Ayumu, even Kikuchi and Mori eventually.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Shun.
  • Useless Security Camera: The students are under constant surveillance, so figuring out whodunit should be a snap, right. Oh, but that'd be no fun.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Yes. Yes it was.
  • You Look Like You've Seen a Ghost: Mori memes on everyone.


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