Meaning, by the end of the game, Makoto, in order, on top of his luck, has a detective's sharp analysis (Kyoko), has the artistry of a master fan fic creator (Hifumi), has a gambler's coyness (Celestia), has some level of clairvoyance (Yasuhiro), is a beyond expert swimmer (Aoi), has programming and computer literacy beyond compare (Chihiro), owns a strong moral compass (Kiyotaka), possesses a beautiful singing voice (Sayaka), owns a strike-out earning pitch and a home-run swing (Leon), has a vast knowledge and understanding of martial arts (Sakura), is a killer with the skill for twenty (Genocider), can create all the latest fashion trends and maintain them for years to come (Mukuro posing as Junko), and can even take over the Crazy Diamonds and lead it through The Worst, Most-Despair Inducing Incident in the History of Mankind (Mondo).
So, in short, Ultimate Despair is probably fucked.
- Except Makoto isn't a real Ultimate Hope. Kyoko made that up in the middle of the trial.
- The fact that the only camera that we know was available to them lacked a timer would support this notion.
Then, to ensure they were correctly identified, he tapped the most obvious patsy, Makoto, whom had already proven himself easy to manipulate. He spoon fed clues to him so that he could safely pass that information on to the others without placing too much suspicion onto himself. That way, there'd be no chance of the 'stupid commoners' bungling the trial and letting a Serial Killer graduate. He didn't expect Makoto to Pull the Thread and realize he was responsible... or that he'd actually been fooled by Mondo, of all people...!
So why lie and claim he did it For the Evulz...? Better than admitting he'd gotten tunnel vision and not considered any other suspects than the one who'd literally fallen into his lap that same night. He'd rather come off as a Manipulative Bastard than admit he was wrong.
- While this might have been valid speculation when the game came out, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair and Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (as well as other supplementary materials) have Jossed this, confirming that the dead students really did die. The pictures are of the period of time they spent in the academy, the memories of which were forcibly removed.
- Partially jossed. School Mode reveals that her parents just divorced and her father remarried.
- Actually partially confirmed. One of her mothers is married to her father and the other is biological, but even she doesn't know which is which.
- Or alternatively, Celeste has been broken with the 'motive' DVD so far and has become a Death Seeker, hiding her emotions. She went over the top with the motive because in her brokenness, she realized that she has been utterly horrible (whatever it is), so she made up a grand lie so everyone will think that she deserves to die for being a horrible person like that. She wanted a death fitting for a rotten person like that and think a simple death would not suffice.
- "Average in every respect". So Monokuma is Makoto?
- Probably not. Ultimate Lucky Student, remember?
The rival would be either Kyoko or Byakuya, with the victim being the other one, or a Sacrificial Lamb that has survived throughout the game.
Now when Makoto and the rival discover the final victim's body, they stare at each other. A trial isn't called because there aren't three students who can witness the body. And then before anything happens Monokuma comes in. He doesn't like the idea of the graduating student being determined by who can kill the other first, so to create maximum despair he introduces his ace-in-the-hole: The sixteenth student. This count as the third student needed to identify the body, and the case begins.
In the final trial, Makoto and the rival plead their case before the sixteenth, who acts as the judge and jury. Monokuma announces that if the sixteenth pics the murderer, both the s/he and the innocent student are free to graduate (since it would just create a two-student scenario all over again). If the sixteenth pics wrongly, they both die instead and the murderer is free to go.
The reason "the rival" is not called "the murderer"? Because Unreliable Narrator may well rear it's ugly head, causing Makoto to be the murderer all along.
- And Jossed thanks to chapter 4. D'oh!
- Addendum: And then there's what happens to him at the end of chapter 3. Kyouko tells him of a secret room with files about the academy. When he investigates this room, someone bashes him on the head, knocking him out, and steals the files...but as an indirect result, Makoto ends up walking in on Sakura and Monokuma having a fight and that's how he discovers Sakura is Monokuma's mole.
- Another addendum: And then there's what happens to him at the end of chapter 5, if you make the "correct choice" and choose not to reveal Kyoko's lie in court. This causes Monobear to unfairly cut the trial short, railroading the other students into voting Makoto as the culprit. This causes Makoto to almost get executed...but since Alter Ego saves Makoto at the last minute by dropping him down a trap door into the garbage room, and since Monokuma is now convinced Makoto will never make it out, Makoto essentially has free reign to explore the school however he wants, potentially solving the whole mystery!
It's either a Memory Gambit, or the mastermind erased her memories for his/her/it's/their own purposes.
- Jossed in Chapter 5, when Mukuro Ikusaba is confirmed to be the victim by Monokuma. Chapter 6 reveals that he wasn't lying about the identity of the corpse - the twist was that it had been a victim twice.
The evidence is building up to this. Especially with the massacre scene on the fifth floor.
- The first part is confirmed by chapter 6, but the second part is still unknown.
- The second part has essentially been Jossed by the two games that have come out since, plus the other supplementary installments.
- As of Chapter 6, this is looking to be extremely likely.
- Confirmed! There was no chapter 5 murder; the corpse is actually Mukuro Ikusaba, but she was killed in chapter 1 because she was masquerading as Junko Enoshima at the time. So Kyoko didn't do it, and it was in fact a frame-up as part of a trap Monokuma was setting for her. In the good ending Makoto gets caught in the trap instead, but is saved by Alter Ego.
With this in mind, it's possible that the mastermind achieved this effect by broadcasting a subliminal Brown Note that killed the "hope" of everyone who witnessed it and turned them into sociopaths. This would also explain how the mastermind plans to destroy the remaining hope in the world by broadcasting the despair game; she's not just showing the last hope of the world killing each other, she's also broadcasting the same subliminal despair brainwashing that caused the Despairing Incident.
- As of the release of Danganronpa 3... The theory is confirmed, at least partially.
- Jossed. Her free-time segments explain that said person is her ex-boyfriend, Kenichirou. For worse, Sakura is soon dead... and it's all but stated that he is too, as he gave her the title of strongest martial artist because he was an Ill Boy whose days were already numbered.
- Addendum: Turns out that Kenichirou is actually still alive as of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls. Given its placement in the timeline and the context of Sakura saying he had six months left, that means that he's lived about five times longer than he was given. He isn't the strongest in the world for nothing, apparently.
- Her What Could Have Been method of execution further supports this theory. Everyone dies in a way indicative of their personality — and her dominant trait is an obsession with Byakuya and a desire for his love and affection, not being a murderer with thousands of victims.
- This is pretty unlikely given a few things. First off, the cuts on her leg to indicate her victims immediately become weird. Why are they even there if she's never actually had any victims? Genocider doing this wouldn't be something Byakuya would know about, so it'd be weird that she'd add that detail at all. Second, if this was true, where'd she get her scissors? We're meant to believe she's had them on her person since day one, but if she hasn't then where did she get them or how did she make them? It doesn't really add up. And let's not forget that in the final trial Genocider's memories pre-memory loss are used as evidence in the school trial. Sure she's pretty vague about them and could be lying, but if so it would be the first time the game is lying to us, since her memories are an evidence bullet. It just doesn't fit with how evidence has been handled in the game up until that point. As for Byakuya still being alive, we've yet to see exactly why that is (in the fan translated version, anyway, which is what I'm going by), but Byakuya is definitely smarter and probably more ruthless than Genocider's average victim, especially when you consider he knows that she's...who she is. All this would make it easier for him to avoid being killed by her. So while I guess this theory hasn't explicitly been Jossed, it's extremely unlikely considering everything we know.
- There is another possibility - what if the real Genocide Jill is Toko's mother, not Toko herself? When she talks about her family and mentions having two mothers, it could be an allusion to her mother having a Split Personality like her. It would also explain how she got her hands on Jill's scissors, plus why she hasn't killed Byakuya (even with the two-year time gap). Hopefully when Toko/Jill's free time events get translated, we'll learn more about her background.
- Unfortunately, Toko's free time events, and Genocider's, have both been translated, and they don't elaborate on that particular bit of strangeness. Most likely, it's simply explained by the fact that her parents are divorced — something you don't talk about in Japanese culture — and her father has remarried and given her a stepmother, who insists on Toko calling her 'mother'. (This has since been confirmed, see above.) However, Genocider's statement that she emerged because of "pressure society puts on us to be what society needs, not what we want", could still refer to Byakuya putting that pressure on Toko...
- In the end this is Jossed, as Dangan Ronpa IF has her transform during what would be the events of the first chapter, before Byakuya even thought about Genocide Jill. Let the records show that I prefer this theory a lot more, though.
- Most of what people are saying here doesn't actually Joss the theory; the idea is that Toko and Byakuya had an encounter during the year of their high school career, which they've both forgotten. If this is the case, then she would have already had her psychotic break by the time of the first chapter, facilitating that "transformation" and explaining where she got her scissors. Toko's scars could be self-mutilation — fairly common among emotionally unstable girls — that matched the number of Jill's victims when Byakuya made his initial accusation, which she subsequently kept up to match the number. Since Junko knew all sorts of embarrassing secrets about her classmates, she could have known that Toko was pretending to be a serial killer and allowed her to keep her scissors so that she might actually be cornered into killing someone. And the existence of Toko's alternate personality and that personality having memories of the Incident doesn't necessarily imply that that personality is completely honest about everything.
- The parallels between the murders in the original game and Super Danganronpa 2 may also support this theory. We learn about Toko's split personality in the second murder. In the second game, the second murder involves a serial killer — but the actual serial killer is not present, instead someone is posing as a serial killer to advance a different goal.
- Jossed. The second murder in the second game was committed by one of the students, Peko Pekoyama, with the reason being an old vendetta that goes back to the murder of Fuyuhiko's sister before The Worst, Most-Despair Inducing Incident in the History of Mankind. It has nothing to do with Jill.
- Safe to say it's jossed as of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
In the mutual killing game, once Genocider is exposed, she plays up her serial killer status as a defense mechanism, so the other students are too afraid of her to try to kill her. Especially since she still has her memories and knows what happened on the outside.
We'll have to wait and see what further insights Another Episode gives us about her, since she'll be a central character there.
- Sort of Jossed? In Another Episode, we see that Touko hasn't exactly made too much progress in ridding herself of Jill, and Jill is still a murderer. If anything the most we could say is that Toko has found an alternative to controlling Jill, but Jill is still kind of a problem for her.
- Jossed; there is a manga based off the demo (currently untranslated as far as I'm aware) that shows Hifumi was the culprit.
- Link? Even if it's untranslated that seems like something important to see.
- [http://kamukuranon.tumblr.com/post/64068473924/a-fun-fact-about-the-demo-version-of-dangan-ronpa] is where I found the info on who the killer was. there is a link there to the untranslated manga as well.
- Link? Even if it's untranslated that seems like something important to see.
Of course, some scenes might not be available to the player on a first playthrough, particularly Junko(AKA Mukuro). This would be especially true if her new scenes ended up revealing her true identity before the player was supposed to figure it out.
- Jossed. No new ones were added.
- Alternately: She meant to fake her death, but Alter Ego was still in the machine and made it squish her for real. Her expression when the crusher stalls is surprise that the trap door hasn't opened.
- Let's Take a Third Option: suppose the door did open, except not all the way. Her body was crushed beyond repair, but not enough that the Remnants of Despair weren't able to salvage whatever was left. Picture then that there was a Frankenstein-esque 16th despair that didn't end up getting caught by the Future Foundation and sent to Jabberwock Island, with a talent allowing them to make off with her brain encased in a jar, to be revived later as a robot or something (ala Nekomaru, but for real). This hypothetical despair could have even been responsible for taking away so many specific memories by messing with the 14 students' brains (the precision with which Kyoko's memories of being a detective were removed suggests that only someone with an Ultimate talent could have pulled it off). This sets her up to appear one last time in the trilogy, less sane than ever: turns out she had a degree of awareness while being revived in the machines, and being left to her own thoughts was possibly the worst boredom she's yet felt. Which leads into an excellent final punishment everyone's favorite villain: being unplugged but kept alive, fully aware and unable to die.
- His DR:AE profile states he likes French cuisine.
- Aoi: Cutesy personality
- Byakuya: Haughty personality
- Toko: Gloomy personality
- Jill: Rude personality
- Kyoko: Glasses personality
- Yasuhiro: JoJo pose personality (this one's more dubious than the rest)
- Cutesy is Alter Ego, because apparently it was so adorable Hifumi Yamada fell in love with it.
- Haughty is Celeste, because she attempted to make herself seem queen/princess-like.
- Rockstar is Leon, because he himself stated that he was sick of being a baseball player and wanted to become a rock star.
- Glasses is still Kyoko, because of obvious reasons.
- The persona that speaks in monotone is Makoto, because it's personality and voice are bland and monotone. What did Makoto describe his life as? Completely ordinary. Or, in other words, boring.
- Sad is Mondo, because his backstory and overall effect of his trial was pretty depressing (or at least this troper thinks so)
This also means that, due to Fate and Hope seeming to have a great affection for Makoto, his derailing of her plans in the Good Ending was part of Tzeentch's, since he metaphysically proved that the Changer of Ways is stronger than either Slaanesh or Nurgle. The "thank you" Daemon that inverts Monobear shows up after the epilogue and pledges his services, along with a few suggestions on how to spread hope by any means needed...
- Bonus points: The Bad End was Tzeentch noticing his chosen prophet was about to screw everything up for reasons that would make perfect sense at the time, so he sent a vision of the future to stop him.
Regular Japanese high schools only cover three years, since ninth grade is included in junior high, and the Hope's Peak admission requirements call for students who are already enrolled in a (different) high school, presumably to allow time to demonstrate their talent. Leon, at least, mentions the possibility of returning to his previous school during a free time event, which he couldn't have done if he was talking about junior high since he'd have already graduated. Makoto went to the same junior high as Sayaka, and the way they reminisce about it doesn't sound like it was only a few months ago. Also, there's only one more floor in the dormitory building to house all the upperclassmen.
Finally, in this case the two years they spent there, if it weren't for what happened at the end of the first year, would have put them on the brink of actual graduation.
- Possibly Jossed. The forum Makoto looks at to gather information on the other students has posts dated August 20th. And he was looking at the forum the day before he went to Hope's Peak Academy. The Japanese school year starts in April, not in September like in some countries, and summer vacation begins around July 20th and lasts for a month. It's also worth noting that the first term ends on the same day summer vacation starts. Taking that information into consideration, it's more likely that students accepted at Hope's Peak Academy spend their first term of the school year at another high school and spend the remaining terms at Hope's Peak.
- That's been retconned in Danganronpa 3; Makoto, Junko and Mukuro all arrive at the beginning of the school year (you can see Mikan gushing about being an upperclassman when the new year starts "tomorrow").
- Impossible. All second year students were characters in the first game (Junko refers to them as their classmates from the 78th class). Yet, both Kuzuryuu siblings were at school at the time, which means Fuyuhiko is a third year student from Class 77 and his sister is a first year from Class 79. Not relevant to the WMG in question, but Hiyoko, Mikan, Mahiru and Ibuki were Kuzuryuu imouto's classmates, therefore Class 79. Makoto said he is the first Ultimate Lucky Student, so Nagito is also 79. Peko is the same age as Fuyuhiko, so she is from 77. Junko refers to the surviving 5 as senpai, so it can be assumed that Hajime/Izuru, Kazuichi, Sonia and Akane were also from 79.
- Actually, a short story confirms that there's an Ultimate Lucky Student (implied to be Nagito) a year above Makoto. No information ever stated he was the first. Also, "senpai" is a term meant to refer to those above you, so those four would actually be in 77 by your logic.
- Not that it changes much, but Fuyuhiko's sister was in the same Reserve Course class as Hajime, who's the same year as Class 77.
- Seems to be confirmed by Danganronpa 3. Class 77 spends two years in Hope's Peak before graduating at the Academy; Class 78's second year was spent hiding during the Tragedy.
- Confirmed. Kyoko gets this execution in the bad ending (where everything goes according to the mastermind's plan).
In the beginning of the game, the forum posts that Makoto looked at to get information about his fellow students are all dated August 20, 2010. Makoto says he accessed the posts the night before he arrived at Hope's Peak, and given the nature of 2ch-style forums it's unlikely that Makoto would be able to see these posts more than a few days after they were made. If this is the case, that would mean that he arrived at Hope's Peak around the end of August. This would explain why the Hope's Peak students were already enrolled in a high school when they were accepted into Hope's Peak - their high school had started in April, while Hope's Peak starts in September.
- This is supported by the date of Makoto and Kyoko's execution. The blackboard laying out its name to the player ("Detention"/"After School Lesson") says it's happening on April the 1st, which makes it impossible for Junko to have organized the game during any timeframe that a Japanese curriculum would allow her.
- Jossed by Danganronpa 3. Chisa is shown returning in March, and almost immediately after there's the entrance ceremony for the incoming class (Class 78). Her flashback to her graduation also shows the cherry blossom trees in bloom, which only happens in March. It looks like they do open in April like most Japanese schools. So Makoto's statement is probably a Retcon.
—is Jin Kirigiri, talking to Makoto from beyond the grave in a last-ditch attempt to aid the students. In conjunction with another theory somewhere on the site, Jin can only inform Makoto specifically because Makoto unintentionally gained some of Sayaka's esper powers when she went into his mind (meta reason being that Makoto is the PC)—and Makoto doesn't seem to be consciously aware of them. In theory Jin could also try to pass the information onto Yasuhiro, the Ultimate Clairvoyant, but Yasuhiro would've heard Jin on a conscious level and freaked the hell out.
Alternatively, the disembodied "voice" is Sayaka herself.
- Well, in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, in the final chapter, Komaru, Makoto's sister, talks to a ghost. So maybe this theory isn't far from the truth.
Not only does he foresee the exact nature of Kyoko's execution when he's deciding whether to call her out, he gains the abilities of his classmates to use in trials when he spends enough time with them. That's not even considering School Mode, where he can literally read their minds.
Or some kind of mutated form of it. You can't really deny some of the plot similarities between Dangan Ronpa and Virtue's Last Reward
- There is a lot that might tie the Zero Escape universe to Danganronpa's. In the non-canon School Mode endings, Makoto inexplicably retains memories of the actual story in his ending with Sayaka, a key aspect in the Zero Escape franchise. The base years do make it difficult to retain as true (Radial-6 occurring in 2028 and the whole Danganronpa universe being the now passed 2012 or so), but they could be divergent time lines...
- Jossed. Refer to the earlier WMG's about The Worst, Most Despair-Inducing Incident in the History of Mankind for details.
Well, there had to be one of these.
Meaning that it's a struggle for Future Foundation to reach that and then eventually fix the whole timeline so The Worst, Most Despair-Inducing Incident in the History of Mankind will never happen and in the new timeline, either they fix up Junko for good, or she no longer existed in the new timeline, thus the incident cannot start in the first place. It will result everyone carving a new future, including those supposedly dead in the previous games so they are given a new chance to reach for their hopes without those pesky Monokuma interferences.
Why is this? If it was really Junko who is the Biggest Bad of all, then during the reveal of what happens in the real world, why are people using Monokuma mask or plasters anything Monokuma in everything instead of anything Junko?
The answer to this is that this mysterious being only used Junko as a figurehead and had her do their bidding as they wait in the shadows and see humanity collapse. I would suspect that what Makoto and the others are fighting isn't the Crapsack World, but something of an Eldritch Abomination that is the personification of despair and wanted to ensure that it becomes the dominant thing that humanity possessed in order to either gained unlimited power to rule the universe, or For the Evulz.
It could explain why she always wears the same clothes in nearly every class photo: one could assume she just found a perfectly coordinated outfit and keeps several copies, but it's easier to believe that it's the only set of expensive Gothic lolita clothes she has, and she just takes very good care of them (since in her dream she's wearing a different set, which would probably be the first thing she'd buy with her 10 million). The fact that her curls are actually clip-ons could support this (taking care of hair like that would get expensive).
- Jossed. It's stated by Monokuma that Chihiro hated posing as a girl because it made his insecurities worse. He didn't like having to hide his real gender. Also, being told to be one's true self wouldn't convince Chihiro he's trans. It would convince him to stop pretending to be a girl when he's not. Furthermore, his desire to stop hiding the truth in the Mutual Killing was because his secret was about to come out and he wanted to accept him for who he was. He had no incentive prior to this as far as we know. Chihiro isn't transgender, end of story. The game spells it out that he isn't.
Amazing healing abilities and superpowers sounds indicative of Slayer strength. Disappearing out of nowhere? She was called.
Because Hope's Peak was so private, these memories become key to finding out where the last of the Despair followers might be hiding, finding out what Junko and her people might have been planning, or if you treat this mode as an interquel between Danganronpa 1 and 2, finding out what the Remnants of Despair are up to. Playing through these memories much like the Animus, you start out as one of the survivors walking through the halls of Hope's Peak, and seeing students from your own class, the Jabberwok group and whatever new group this third game focuses on (you might even run into fellow survivors). Inbetween heading wherever the survivor you're playing as was going that day, you have a series of seemingly inconsequential conversations with the other students that turn out to hold vital information knowing what you now know, which would show up on your screen as Truth Bullets. This essentially plays out like an investigation where the memory ends in a Climax Inference/Closing Statement that lets the player put together what they've learned. The memory could end as you speak to key people that become available to speak to after you've gathered the other Truth Bullets, such as Mukuro, Headmaster Kirigiri, or even Junko herself.
These memory restoring sessions would unlock as the player finishes chapters in the game much like Usami's extra mode, in a girl-boy format. In Chapter 1 you'd play as Toko, and then Yasuhiro to Aoi, Byakuya, Kyoko and finally Makoto in the last chapter. The ultimate point is to fill out exactly how the survivors regained their memories, perhaps deepen the game's lore or push the plot forward, and to find out what sort of relationships the students might have had during their time at Hope's Peak (perhaps Yasuhiro avoided Gundam due to his dislike of the occult, or Byakuya could have been one of the Ultimates that mistreated Hajime for being from the Reserve Course).
- Partially confirmed: it's a post-game bonus life sim/board game mode called the Ultimate Talent Development Plan.
She then realized at some point that so long as Byakuya exists, both sides of her will always have a certain amount of hope, and Junko couldn't bring herself to merely kill Byakuya just to get an ally. She went through a lot of effort to wipe out the Togami conglomerate, in an attempt to show that even the most confident people can fall to despair; he absolutely must take part in her game for that reason. Hence, Byakuya saved Toko without realizing it.
There's always been the question of how Junko and Mukuro managed to take over the school and set up the mutual killing game by themselves. They would have had to build all the Monokumas and control equipment, set up the trial room and execution deathtraps, and so forth.
Plus, there's only fifteen dorm rooms on the first floor, and sixteen confirmed students.
The easiest answer seems to be that the two masterminds didn't set everything up themselves; the Remnants of Despair were also locked in the school. Presumably, the second floor of the dormitory wasn't always in ruins, and had more housing for additional students. If Junko subverted half the students locked in the school, she would have been able to easily overpower the Headmaster and the students who refused to go along with her.
Afterward, it would have been easy for the Despair students (except for Junko and Mukuro) to escape, and for the remaining students' memories to be wiped.
And he's actually the first murder victim (or was convicted for Sayaka's murder, resulting in the deaths of everyone but Leon as promised). There are a few pieces of evidence for this theory, including:
- Makoto is the only one who has the whole "evidence bullet" thing, and the power to replay segments of discussion to pinpoint the fishy statement. Additionally, the investigation won't end until he's gathered all the evidence he needs, which could imply that he's subconsciously running things - creating a scenario that he can get at least some of his friends safely through like he never got the chance to do in reality. The fact that he, instead of Kyoko (the Ultimate Detective), is ultimately the one who convinces everyone of the culprit in each trial, is exactly the kind of thing a dying kid might come up with in order to come to terms with his death.
- Whoever he talks to during Free Time, he will always end up close friends with that person by the end of the final conversation: he makes friends with people he still doesn't think he ever got a chance to know.
- A more minor one, but in the ending song of the anime, he's shown with the deceased cast members up to that point despite not being deceased himself - or is he? It's possible these are the people whose deaths that occur after his death joining him in the afterlife, with Sayaka, Mukuro/Junko, or Leon being correctly convicted of his murder, and then one of the remaining two being killed by the other, who is subsequently caught. For the next two added, either Chihiro was killed by Mondo as in canon, or vice versa, or they were both killed one of Yamada or Ishimaru (the next two added) who was then caught. Then, either Yamada and Ishimaru's murders were orchestrated by Celeste as in canon, or she killed the one of them that hadn't been executed. After that, Sakura committed suicide as in canon, and then when the other characters join for the last couple of endings, it's because they convicted the wrong person (or indeed, anyone still alive) in that case and were killed slowly. In other words, the picture implies there were no survivors in the end.
- Ultimate Accountant
- Ultimate Alchemist
- Ultimate Astronomer
- Ultimate Archer
- Ultimate Architect
- Ultimate Ballerina/Dancer
- Ultimate Barber/Hairdresser
- Ultimate Basketball Star
- Ultimate Band Leader/Musical Conductor
- Ultimate Blacksmith
- Confirmed in Danganronpa 3 to be Sounosuke Izayoi.
- Ultimate Blogger
- Ultimate Bodyguard (last title holder deceased)
- Ultimate Boxer
- Confirmed in Danganronpa 3 to be Juuzou Sakakura.
- Ultimate Carpenter
- Ultimate Chemist
- Confirmed in Danganronpa 3 to be Seiko Kimura.
- Ultimate Chess Player
- Ultimate Collector
- Ultimate Commander
- Ultimate Cosplayer/Disguiser
- Confirmed in Danganronpa V3 as Tsumugi Shirogane
- Ultimate Crime Fighter/Vigilante
- Ultimate Cult Leader
- Ultimate Dancer
- Ultimate Demolitions Expert
- Ultimate Driver
- Ultimate Drug Dealer
- Ultimate Electrician
- Ultimate Engineer
- Ultimate Exterminator
- Ultimate Figure Skater
- Ultimate Fisherman
- Ultimate Flower Arranger
- Ultimate Footballer/Soccer Star
- Ultimate Forensic Analyst
- Ultimate Gamemaster
- Ultimate Historian
- Ultimate Hunter
- Ultimate Hypnotist
- Ultimate Ice Skater
- Ultimate Impersonator/Voice Actor
- Ultimate Internet Celebrity
- Ultimate Inventor
- Confirmed in Danganronpa V3 as Miu Iruma
- Ultimate Librarian
- Ultimate Locksmith
- Ultimate Magazine Editor
- Ultimate Magician
- Confirmed in Danganronpa V3 as Himiko Yumeno
- Ultimate Marketer/Salesman
- Ultimate Memelord
- Ultimate Movie Producer
- Ultimate Music Producer
- Ultimate Navigator
- Ultimate Occultist
- Ultimate Orator
- Ultimate Painter
- Confirmed in Danganronpa V3 as Angie Yonaga (under Ultimate Arrtist)
- Ultimate Pickpocket
- Ultimate Pilot
- Ultimate Politician
- Ultimate Porn Star (he/she would probably have been held back a few years to avoid controversy)
- Ultimate Prankster
- Ultimate Profiler
- Ultimate Puppeteer
- Ultimate Racecar Driver
- Ultimate Reanimator
- Ultimate Roller Blader
- Ultimate Rugby Player
- Ultimate Runner (Track or Marathon)
- Yuta Asahina mentions that his forte is more track and field. It could be that he would have eventually been recruited as the Ultimate Runner if not for the Tragedy.
- Ultimate Scout
- Ultimate Script Writer
- Ultimate Seamstress/Tailor
- Ultimate Secretary (known to be held by a character in Danganronpa Togami, who's eventual fate isn't known)
- Ultimate Sniper
- Ultimate Snowboarder
- Ultimate Special Effects Artist
- Ultimate Spy (last title holder deceased)
- Ultimate Stage Actor
- Ultimate Surveillance Officer
- Ultimate Tea Ceremony Host
- Ultimate Tennis Star
- Confirmed in Danganronpa V3 as Ryoma Hoshi
- Ultimate Therapist - Already confirmed to at least exist.
- Confirmed in Danganronpa 3 to be Miaya Gekkougahara.
- Ultimate Thief
- Ultimate Time Traveler (This one would probably be a Big Bad for a future game)
- Ultimate Traceur/Parkour Practitioner
- Ultimate Treasurer
- Ultimate Ventriloquist
- Ultimate Video Game Developer/Modder
- Ultimate Volleyball Player
- Dangan Ronpa - Ultimate Lucky Student who is utterly ordinary in every other way and is declared Ultimate Hope at the end of the game.
- Dangan Ronpa: Another Story - Utterly ordinary girl who is not "ultimate" in any way, becomes recognized as a symbol of hope, but has potential to become the "successor" to the Ultimate Despair instead.
- Super Dangan Ronpa 2 - Utterly ordinary Reserve Class student who is later revealed to be the official Ultimate Hope who later becomes the Ultimate Despair's right hand man.
The next logical place for it to go is to make the protagonist the Ultimate Despair herself. The game will start with a flashback of several Remnants of Despair willingly going into the Neo World Program to be cured, but the protagonist's face will be hidden in the image just like Junko was in the photos from the first game. As the game proceeds, the characters will get more and more of their original memories back, ultimately leading to reveal that the protagonist is actually another Alter Ego Junko, which Future Foundation is running experiments on to find a way to counteract her despair in the event that another Ultimate Despair (including other digital copies of Junko) should arise in the real world.
Besides all that, it's only way to top the Mind Screw of the second game's ending.
- The problem is Dangan Ronpa Zero already did that. If not for that, I could believe it.
- Kiyotaka: Absolute morality in the face of any adversity.
- Toko: Aura of negativity and many deep-seated emotional issues.
- Genocider: Ability to spread fear only to slip into the night undetected.
- Sayaka: Keen intuition for reading people.
- Leon: Raw, unnaturally-high talent
- Hifumi: Has a taste for the theatrical. Plus, he writes comics.
- Aoi: Boundless energy and athleticism.
- Chihiro: Computer skills and natural curiosity.
- Mukuro: Inhuman dodging skills, mastery of multiple weapons and instinctual ability to strategize on-the-fly.
- Kyoko: Detective skills, stoicism and Parental Abandonment issues.
- Mondo: Driving skills, street smarts and overwhelming sense of guilt.
- Sakura: Fighting skills across multiple martial arts.
- Byakuya: Massive resources and general knowledge in several fields of math/science/business.
- Yasuhiro: Paranoid compulsion to trick people... sometimes by looking dumber than he really is.
- Celeste: Acting skills and the uncanny ability to slip into a specific character.
- Junko: Terrifying ability to manipulate others
- Makoto: Indomitable will and the ability to spread hope to the hopeless.
- It's a sequel to Danganronpa 2, but something new for the series. ("new" meaning the game version will have a different storyline, and the anime as stated above ends the "Hope's Peak storyline").
- Jossed, as every character from Danganronpa 1 and 2 reappear in V3's last trial while Tsumugi goes on her roleplaying spree.
- Only confirmed case of this claim is Hifumi Yamada, who was in a near-death state.
The point? Revive the dead students. Since their bodies were kept untouched, it's possible that they could revive if they could restart brain activity. The plan is to recreate the students' personality based on the survivors' memories. The school, the place where they lived for a long time, was used because a familiar environment would be more effictive. All of their memories of dying, or other people dying, were cut, of course. When the time comes — namely, when the personalities are firm enough — they will be uploaded into the corpses along with an electric shock or something, which should have a chance of awakening them.
In other words, she could be just an Eldritch Abomination hiding behind A Form You Are Comfortable With; A shapeshifter with no definite form (Or just does it because its real appearance is too terrifying to behold) and has abnormally powerful cognitive manipulation abilities that she uses to destroy worlds. She probably doesn't even need the "brainwashing videos" to brainwash people into despair because she can just make anything she suggests real as she wishes, effectively altering reality. This means that Hope's Peak might actually not exist at all or even an ordinary high school manipulated into thinking it was training talented people.
As for the events of V3, she might even had been deluded people that the previous stories and her very own existence are fictional, and since she couldn't destroy the world anymore she instead randomly abducts people and forces them into killing games for world entertainment (In another form.)
There's no evidence that Monaca, Tsumugi, or other "masterminds" aren't extensions of Junko or if she is truly an Eldritch Abomination, a member of her race either. Danganronpa itself can be an Elder God invasion or an Alien invasion.
This is also justified by the fact that Junko, or one of her oracles, always intends to make the game she creates "entertaining", and not disappointing or resulting in mass execution due to the class trial rules. She says this in different forms in each game, at first saying that she only kept the 15 featured students of the Killing School Life alive solely for entertainment purposes, secondly saying that the 16 Ultimate Despair students of the Killing School Trip are only pawns used to attract the Future Foundation, thirdly having Monaca use the game she and Nagito created to put Komaru into a situation where she's obligated to become Junko's Successor, and fourthly having Tsumugi exposition the peaceful outside world needing Danganronpa to be entertained. There's also the possibility that each case's killer is actually stating something Monokuma obligated them to state by holding something valuable of them hostage (Sakura's role as the traitor in the first game pertains to this possibility), and Monokuma actually killed each participant himself, just so an audience in question can have something to be constantly entertained by even when everyone's defying the idea of killing on their own behalf so adamantly.
Throughout each game's investigation and trial, the respective convicted killer of the case acts subtly more suspicious than the other students, which is a result of the trauma they receive from Monokuma's threatening class trial rules. Or, additionally, they could already be presenting themselves as a potential killer that's easy to provoke into murdering throughout the entire chapter they attempt to kill or succeed in killing another participant in. One of V3's rules could already show an exception to entire proposal not being a possibility by making one of its rules "Monokuma is not allowed to participate in a murder", but with Monokuma's entire existence, private action, and personality still being ambiguous and grey even after the last chapter and personality of a particular instalment, he could participate in a murder without even the convicted killer knowing themselves. Actually, to be more elaborate by adding the possibility of V3's mastermind secretly causing each trial to be incurred, Danganronpa V3 as a whole can convice the player that the burden of a class trial is truly always instigated by Tsumugi Shirogane herself and never, ever the conivicts aware of their own murder executed by forced majority vote Leon Kuawata, Mondo Owada, Celestia Ludenberg/Taeko Yasuhiro, even Junko Enoshima the 1st, Teruteru Hanamura, Peko Pekoyama, Mikan Tsumiki, Gundham Tanaka, possibly Kaede Akamatsu and/or Tsumugi Shirogane herself, Kirumi Tojo, Korekiyo Shinguji, Gonta Gokuhara, and Kaito Momota...except for that same game's fifth case. Monokuma, after 12 or 844 straightforward murder cases not having any direct effect on him finally had one of his party-blaming gambits corrupted by one of the able-bodied, slyer participants, Kokichi Oma. What contributes more to the extra possibility of the mastermind of V3's Truman Show edition actually committing every murder Up to Eleven is that a murder is always committed when the Daily Life sequences are also Up to Eleven, when a situation becomes such a problem that it loops and can only be broken by a trial.