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  • Acting for Two: And how. In the English dub, every single voice actor has previously done work in the Danganronpa series. The main cast includes:
    • Erika Harlacher voices Kaede Akamatsu and previously voiced Kyoko Kirigiri
    • Kira Buckland voices Kirumi Tojo and previously voiced Hiyoko Saionji
    • Christine Marie Cabanos voices Himiko Yumeno and previously voiced Chiaki Nanami
    • Erica Mendez voices Maki Harukawa and previously voiced Nagisa Shingetsu
    • Julie Ann Taylor voices Tenko Chabashira and previously voiced Ibuki Mioda
    • Dorothy Elias Fahn voices Tsumugi Shirogane and previously voiced Sayaka Maizono and Chihiro Fujisaki
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    • Cassandra Lee is speculated to have voiced Angie Yonaga and previously voiced Aoi Asahina.
    • Wendee Lee voices Miu Iruma and previously voiced Akane Owari
    • Grant George voices Shuichi Saihara and previously voiced Leon Kuwata
    • Kyle Hebert voices Kaito Momota and previously voiced Kazuichi Soda
    • Chris Tergliafera voices Ryoma Hoshi and previously voiced Gundham Tanaka
    • Johnny Yong Bosch voices Rantaro Amami and previously voiced Hajime Hinata
    • Kaiji Tang voices Gonta Gokuhara and previously voiced Yasuhiro Hagakure
    • Derek Stephen Prince voices Kokichi Oma and previously voiced Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu
    • Todd Haberkorn voices Korekiyo Shinguji and previously voiced Teruteru Hanamura
    • Lucien Dodge voices Keebo and previously voiced Hifumi Yamada
    • This also extends to the Monokubs, who are voiced by Sean Chiplock (Monotaro, previously voiced Kiyotaka Ishimaru), Patrick Seitz (Monokid, previously voiced Nekomaru Nidai), Brian Beacock (Monosuke, also voiced Monokuma in all of his game appearances), Natalie Hoover (Monophanie, previously voiced Sonia Nevermind), and Jason Wishnov (Monodam, previously voiced Byakuya Togami)
  • Actor Allusion:
  • All-Star Cast: The Danganronpa franchise is known for bringing in new blood and veterans alike together, but this one pretty much stands out. Amongst the veterans, they include, but are not limited to; Tarako, Hikaru Midorikawa, Kikuko Inoue, Maaya Sakamoto, Kenichi Suzumura, Akio Ohtsuka, Megumi Hayashibara and Kōichi Yamadera, the last of which voices five characters! Hoo boy.
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  • Ascended Fanon: The well-known Danganronpa doujin artist Orima (known for artwork that can EASILY be mistaken for official because its just that good at mimicking its style and its high quality) made some fan execution concepts for various characters in Danganronpa 2. One of their concepts for a Kazuichi Soda execution is very similar to Kaito's execution, being trapped in a vehicle drilling into the Earth.
  • Banned in China: The game was banned in South Korea, most likely due to featuring murders by high schoolers Too Soon after a case of a 17-year old girl killing and dismembering an 8-year old girl in that country. Because the criminal was revealed to have been a regular participant of roleplaying communities (and Danganronpa was pretty big in the South Korean roleplaying scene), she was thought to have copied the game. In truth, she had never participated in roleplaying Danganronpa specifically, but a spokesperson of the South Korean ratings board committee has stated that V3 will remain banned because "[They have] determined that the game had crossed the line where it was difficult to allow this in society".
  • Casting Gag:
    • Considering they managed to nab one of the classic voice actors that caused the 90's Japanese VA boom, Hekiru Shiina (as Celestia Ludenberg), for the first game, now they get another one, Megumi Hayashibara (as Shuichi Saihara). We can only wonder if the next game will have the last one, Mariko Kouda.
    • Kikuko Inoue and Akio Ohtsuka, Kirumi and Ryoma respectively, are also the voices of The Boss and Naked Snake. Kirumi kills Ryoma, in an inversion to what their characters did to one another in that game.
    • Erika Harlacher voices both Kyoko Kirigiri and Kaede Akamatsu in English. Both share purple as a motif colour, and wear an orange necktie. They are also both framed for a murder they didn't commit by their respective game's mastermind, only in Kaede's case, it actually works.
    • Todd Haberkorn provides the voices of both Teruteru Hanamura and Korekiyo Shinguji, covering two opposing ends of the "creepy" sort of character spectrum, Teruteru being a directly sexual sort of creeper while Korekiyo is more generally unsettling. Both are also cooked alive during their respective executions and their love for an often sickly female family member plays a part in why they committed their murders.
    • Derek Stephen Prince voices Takaya from Persona 3. Both Takaya and Kokichi have an antagonistic relationship with the main characters of their games despite them both not being the main antagonists of their respective games. In addition to that, Wendee Lee voices Fuuka in certain spin-off games. Like Miu, Fuuka is a Shrinking Violet who is very skilled in technology. Also, while Tayaka attempts to kill the members of S.E.E.S. (aka the organization Fuuka was in) multiple times in Persona 3, Kokichi was the mastermind behind Miu's death.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Shuichi Saihara in the Japanese version only.
    • Monophanie in the Japanese version is also voiced by the opposite gender, by virtue of all five of the Monokubs being voiced by the same person.
  • Fandom Nod: In the English version of Maki's first free time event, Kaede says she was expecting "some kinda Super-Duper High School Level Ultimate childcare technique!" "Super Duper High School" was the title used for students in the Project Zetsubou Fan Translation of the first game instead of "Super High School Level" or "Ultimate."
  • Fan Nickname: Inevitable, given the long gap between when the main protagonists designs were unveiled and any other actual information about them was given:
    • Ki-bo is called "Robo-Naegi", "Mecha-Naegi" and variations thereof (more or less canonised when Word of God confirmed the resemblance). They also liked to call him "Hopebot" pre-name reveal, and were pleasantly surprised to find out they were close with that one.
    • Maki is referred to as "Red Kirigiri" (or occasionally Yukiko).
    • Kaito and Rantaro are considered to be "Purple Komaeda" and "Green Komaeda" respectively due to the very similar designs of their shirts of the former and the character design similarities of the latter.
    • Kaito is also referred to as "Astro Weed", "Space Weed", "Purple Weedman", or similar nicknames thanks to similar looks to Yasuhiro Hagakure.
    • Fans also have referred to Angie as "Alolan Asahina", to which even the PR man for Spike Chunsoft refers to her as.
    • Upon learning Oma's talent pre-release, some image boards took to calling him "Mini Hitler". After the players learned about his emphasis on lying in his introduction trailer and the demo, and because of his antagonistic nature in the game proper, Oma usurped the title of "Purple Komaeda".
    • Oma has also been called "SHSL Memelord", as fans find him a Fountain of Memes. In addition, he has also been called the Ultimate Troll.
    • Miu gets called "Bondage Junko" due to a combination of her looks resembling the fashionista and her portrait invoking several bondage staples (leather straps, a burning wax candle, and the fact that fans mistook the match in one of her mechanical arms' hands for a sounding rod).
    • Due to Ryoma's Vocal Dissonance, several fans have started calling him "Reverse Bandai".
    • Himiko is referred to as "Himouto," both because she has the same voice actress as Umaru Doma and because she's become a very beloved character who many fans want to survive.
    • After Ki-bo's death/sacrifice, he was often called Robojesus.
    • Fans also called the characters as "(Anything related to the character's talent) Daughters/Sons", such as "Piano Daughter" for Kaede, "Panta Son" for Kokichi, and "Robot Son" for Ki-bo.
    • Due to Chapter 3 revelations, Korekiyo has been referred to as "Tulpaman" on western image forums.
      • In the Japanese fandom, Korekiyo is often called "Salt" (塩) because of his love for it, the role it played in the murder method, and the fact it's used to banish his spirit from the living world during his execution.
      • Many fans started to call Korekiyo the Folklore Cunt thanks to Vidya's Abridged Series of this game.
      • Unrelated to spoilers the joke Punny Name of "Shingucci" can be common, possibly helped by how Hagakure nicknamed him the similarly pronounced "Shigu-cchi" in the bonus mode. Kork is also a popular nickname.
    • Due to being a intentional Out of Focus Flat Character, many have taken to calling Shirogane "Wallpaper-chan".
    • /vg/ tended to call Amami "Zeus" or "Zeussu" because of his Verbal Tic and because of his perceived predatory nature due to his prettyboy looks and his odd character art.
    • The western fanbase tends to refer to Shinguji's unnamed sister as Miyadera, the kun'yomi reading of the latter half of the sibling's last name. It is also has to deal with the fake spoilers listing Miyadera as her name.
    • Japanese fans have been nicknamed the former Shuichi on the audition video as "Inchara" or "Kagehara" when people have been speculating the contradictions between the prologue chapter and the final chapter of the game.
    • Due to the infamous localization name change, some fans started to call Ki-bo "K one B zero".
    • "Kayayday" for Kaede thanks to Memetic Mutation.
    • The post-game Dating Sim bonus mode Love Across the Universe: Dangan Salmon Team is often called "Space Mode," "Prison Mode," or "Shipping Mode" to be in line with School Mode and Island Mode in the previous two games.
  • God Never Said That: Kodaka never said that Miu was meant to be disliked. This comes from a mistranslation. What he actually said was that he didn't expect her to be as liked as she was.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Many fans doubted that the robot boy would be the new protagonist. While they were wrong that the twin-tail girl was the true protagonist, neither was he. The protagonist ended up being Kaede Akamatsu, a character who had not been shown until the following PV.
    • Many fans guessed that Kaede would have an actual talent, and that it would musically themed, due to her Hair Decoration and patterns in her skirt. Sure enough, it turns out she's the SHSL Pianist.
    • Fans have correctly guessed some of the characters' talents, including Ryoma Hoshi as the Ultimate Tennis Player, Gonta Gokuhara as the Ultimate Entomologist, Angie Yonaga as the Ultimate Artist, and Himiko Yumeno as the Ultimate Magician.
    • Many correctly called Maki Harukawa being voiced by Maaya Sakamoto.
    • Many fans correctly called Saihara and Harukawa being survivors.
    • The identity of the first victim was an extremely common and specific prediction, since Amami falls right into the "seemingly-important character" mold even more blatantly than Maizono or "Togami"... Making the identity of the killer into the real shocking reveal.
    • Many fans predicted Korekiyo Shinguji being a killer, but turned out to be Right for the Wrong Reasons: people correctly deduced that the shot of an execution seen in the opening showing a thorny vine going through a spider web was based on the Japanese short story "The Spider's Thread" and believed that it tied into Korekiyo's talent as the Ultimate Anthropologist and his vine motif seen in his official art. The execution shown is actually Kirumi Tojo's.
    • Even before the Datamine, Spoiler, and Trophy Leaks, many fans correctly guessed that Danganronpa V3 will fit the series formula to the Tee, including Kaede is not the real protagonist. This is first brought out by OmegaValwin's "Pink=lies" theory.
    • Many fans correctly predicted that Derek Stephen Prince would voice Kokichi Oma in the English dub.
  • Meme Acknowledgement: Ever since Kokichi's official artwork of holding a bottle of grape Panta, the fans seem to treat it like it is his Trademark Favorite Food even though Kokichi never talks about Panta in the actual canon (although his report card says he likes carbonated drinks). NicoCafe menu drinks that are themed after this game ended up having Grape Fanta as his drink.
  • The Other Darrin: Due to his Japanese voice actress Nobuyo Oyama's dementia, Monokuma is now voiced by Tarako (AKA Zero III), carrying over from Danganronpa 3.
  • Playing Against Type: Zig-zagged with Akio Ohtsuka as Ryoma. The actor's most iconic roles are generally tall, muscular manly men, while Ryoma is tiny, chubby and cartoonish-looking. On the other hand, Ryoma's grizzled, contemplative Death Seeker personality, as well as his backstory of having destroyed an entire gang by himself, perfectly matches up with one of Akio Ohtsuka's more typical characters.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: Between the constant fake spoilers and mistranslations, a bunch of people thought that a bunch of false things ended up being true. Honorable mentions go to
    • Rantaro being alive, having secretly worked with Kaede to perform a Thanatos Gambit that would allow him to investigate behind the scenes and put the mastermind down for falsely executing Kaede. This one was the most popular and most well-liked of the fan theories.
    • There was also a fake spoiler about how this game taking place in an Alternate Universe where Mukuro was the Big Bad of the HPA Saga and not Junko and because of that, there was different results in those killing games. The survivors of the killing school life were Makoto, Mondo, Hifumi, Chihiro, Kyoko, Junko, Sayaka, and Toko while the survivors of the killing school trip were Hajime, Teruteru, Chiaki, Ibuki, Mahiru, Sonia, Akane, and Hiyoko. Rantaro participated in both of games making him the Ultimate Survivor. However, in actuality, this game takes place in an Alternate Universe where the original arc is nothing but a series of video games.
      • In addition, the game was thought to be taking place in another virtual reality, and Artificial Intelligence version of the survivors would have shown up.
    • Similarly, the V3 was thought to stand for Rantaro's third victory.
    • Also, Team Danganronpa was thought to be the name of Mukuro's version of the Ultimate Despair.
    • Kaede and Miu were thought to be sisters and Kaede was thought to be Ki-bo's creator.
    • All of the motives that the killers except for the first killer had were thought to be different:
      • The second killer was thought to have her mafia master be killed by Ryoma and either be falsely placed blame for her mafia master's killer or be put a huge burden on her life by taking her mafia master's role thus seeking revenge at Ryoma.
      • The third killer was thought to kill Angie and Tenko because of his hatred towards religion. However, his real reason has to deal with other things.
      • The fourth killer was thought to commit an Accidental Murder by having their VR avatar glitched out.
      • The fifth killer was thought to kill Kokichi because he thought Kokichi was the mastermind. While it was more or less the reason why Maki attempted to kill Kokichi, Kaito killed Kokichi because he didn't want Maki to be executed for killing Kokichi.
    • Miu Iruma was thought to only want to put Kokichi into a coma instead of attempting to kill him and escape.
    • Several personalities of pre-memory rewrite characters ended up being false. For example, Gonta was thought to be a Jerkass that was turned into a Nice Guy like Kaito, Kokichi was thought to be a Nice Guy that was turned into a Jerkass, and Tenko was thought to be somebody who wanted a romance with a man who was turned into a man-hater.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Sayaka Kanda, the woman who played Junko in the stage play adaptation of the first two games and sang the OP and ED of Danganronpa 3 Side:Future, is a big fan of the Danganronpa franchise. In this game, she plays the role of Kaede Akamatsu, who was advertised as the game's main protagonist before its release. Keyword being "advertised", as it turned out Kaede is a Decoy Protagonist, and dies in the first chapter.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
  • Talking to Himself:
    • In the Japanese version, Kōichi Yamadera voices all five of the Monokubs.
    • Thanks to the Ultimate Development Talent Plan, the English dub had a lot of these with the character interactions since as mentioned above, a lot of them shared the same voice actors from previous games.
    • Also, in the English dub, Himiko, Keebo, and Shuichi were all voiced by characters Tsumugi cosplayed in the final trial.
  • What Could Have Been: Some ideas were thrown around for this game:
    • Sugawara said the game’s artstyle should be Psychoamerican but Kodaka went with Psychocool instead.
    • Sugawara created (and named) the Exisals as new mascots, but Kodaka turned them into high-performance humanoid murder machines instead.
    • As this is a game where you can lie at the Trials, Sugawara wanted to make the protagonist (Presumably Shuichi) more villanous, but Kodaka completely rejected that idea.
    • A lot of things were changed during the fifth trial. The only thing that remained constant is that the victim and the killer ended up working together.
    • The early character designs:
      • One of Oma's designs has a more gothic appeal to it and another one of his designs, he was shown to have heterochromia.
      • One of Gonta's designs had a more Tarzan-ish feel to it.
      • Maki was shown to have pants in one of her designs.
      • Ki-bo actually had a Non-Standard Character Design in one of his early designs.
      • One of Tenko's designs showed her wearing cat ears.
      • Miu actually wore overalls for one of her early designs.
    • The murder weapon for the first murder was going to be a crystal ball, but it was changed because, according to Word of God, the developers believed that would not be an effective murder weapon.
    • The art book depicts an alternate design for Kaede's Argument Armament, featuring a piano with rockets on it, along with a violin and drum set.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: Spike Chunsoft pretty much went out of their way to avoid spoiling the biggest twists in the game by disabling the recording function on the PS Vita after Chapter 1, and even made a joke demo to boot so no one came in with disappointments. The literal day before it even comes out, the trophies and icons for those trophies are put onto the internet, and the fans datamined it through the roof to figure out all of the secrets... or at least enough of them to spoil who lives and who dies. The rest of the information was among false reports of late-game revelations, as noted above.

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