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Ultimate/Super Highschool Level Predictions
  • 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
    • Sounosuke Izayoi in DR3.
  • Ultimate Blogger
  • Ultimate Bodyguard (last title holder deceased)
  • Ultimate Boxer
    • Juzo Sakakura in DR3.
  • Ultimate Carpenter
  • Ultimate Chemist
    • Seiko Kimura in DR3.
  • Ultimate Chess Player
  • Ultimate Collector
  • Ultimate Commander
  • Ultimate Cosplayer/Disguiser
    • Tsumugi Shirogane in DRV3.
  • Ultimate Crime Fighter/Vigilante
  • Ultimate Cult Leader
    • Kokichi Oma in DRV3 is close enough.
  • Ultimate Dancer
    • Hiyoko doesn't count?
  • Ultimate Demolitions Expert
  • Ultimate Driver
  • Ultimate Drug Dealer
  • Ultimate Electrician
  • Ultimate Engineer
  • Ultimate Exterminator
    • Oh great, now I'm imagining a Dalek in a killing game...
  • 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
    • We already had an Ultimate Imposter.
  • Ultimate Internet Celebrity
  • Ultimate Inventor
    • Miu Iruma in DRV3.
  • Ultimate Librarian
  • Ultimate Locksmith
  • Ultimate Magazine Editor
  • Ultimate Magician
    • Himiko Yumeno in DRV3.
  • Ultimate Marketer/Salesman
  • Ultimate Memelord
  • Ultimate Movie Producer
  • Ultimate Music Producer
  • Ultimate Navigator
  • Ultimate Occultist
  • Ultimate Orator
  • Ultimate Painter
    • Angie Yonaga in DRV3 (as the Ultimate Artist).
  • Ultimate Pickpocket
  • Ultimate Pilot
  • Ultimate Politician
  • Ultimate Porn Star (he/she would probably have been held back a few years to avoid controversy)
    • This is a safe-for-work series!
      • Then what's Miu?
  • 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, whose 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
    • Ryoma Hoshi in DRV3.
  • Ultimate Therapist - Already confirmed to at least exist.
    • Miaya Gekkougaharain in DR3.
  • 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

The whole thing really WAS a game show, and....
It's just a giant simulation. But the people who voluntarily enter the game show get their minds erased.
  • Confirmed for Danganronpa V3.

The Monokuma Theaters are being projected into everyone's dreams.
That's why they only happen at night, and why they subtly taunt the cast. The mastermind obviously has the power to mess with the students' minds, and it sounds like the kind of egocentric stunt Monokuma would pull.

If someone had successfully gotten away with murder...
The rest of the students would be given their respective executions at random, one after another (or at least it might appear that way: Enoshima could set it up that whoever the blackened was closest with would go last). For added guilt, the blackened would be the one to have to push the Big Red Button every single time if they want to leave, as if to cruelly shove the words "look at what you've done" into their face.

The moment a student dies, all of their memories return
To increase their despair just before death, Junko made it that everyone would have gotten their memories back, when they're about to die... making them either realize, that they were killed by someone they had actually known for so long or that they had killed a friend (and would have sacrificed the others) to escape the School they willingly trapped themself into.
  • Only confirmed case of this claim is Hifumi Yamada, who was in a near-death state.

Danganronpa is in the same universe as Assassination Classroom.
After assassinating Koro-sensei, Nagisa goes on to found Hope's Peak Academy as a means for struggling students to get a good education. Obviously, his dream is ruined by greedy businessmen who decide to only allow the best and most talented in the school. Then, more corruption begins to seep in with the introduction of the Reserve Course, a sham meant to disguise the blatant discrimination at the school. Nagisa is offered a teaching position at the school under the title of "The Ultimate Assassin", but declines due to dissatisfaction with how the school is run and leads his life elsewhere.

Monokuma secretly places evidence that condemns the killer in areas the other participants aren't currently in and leaves said room quickly to avoid being witnessed, but never kills the students himself and only provokes a chapter's murderer with motives
The very first case of the series has Makoto accuse Monokuma of killing Sayaka rather than any of the students, which could actually be a possibility since the culprits recall all of their actions, but never question the fact that the evidence Makoto had managed to coincidentally line up with their identity. Danganronpa 2 makes Monokuma an avatar capable of spectating the entire game without the surveillance cameras, establishing that he can appear anywhere and transcend virtual space, except in the premises of Nezumi Castle on the 4th island and the ancient ruin on the 2nd island due to a setting Makoto made on the Observer role beforehand. It also mentions that he has night-vision, and so can tamper with evidence while the human characters are blinded by the dark. Another Episode begins to highlight false evidence implanting as a possibility, when Nagito explains the rules of the open deadly game Komaru is playing, saying that items and routes are conveniently planted in her favour. Later, V3 outright condones this possibility when Shuichi reveals the truth of the first case, elaborating with the possibility that the mastermind tampered with evidence such as Rantaro's Survivor Perk for the murder case with Monokuma paying the insurance for their Xanatos Gambit and saying that the truth could've been falsified for other murder cases as well.

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.

Danganronpa is Strictly Formula because the formula used applies to reality if WE as humans were stored in a dilemmatic game

Hypothetically, if 16 high school students were taken somewhere random and told "kill or be killed, loser students!" by a black and white plush bear, we would NEVER kill anyone unless prompted in a very specific way. One person wouldn't start to kill as quickly as Monokuma would want them to if the game started with a motive based on the past. They would still kill, but it wouldn't be done quickly. Humans work very specifically, even if we are ridiculous for misunderstanding many aspects of life simultaneously.

The entire franchise is Junko's SHSL Analyst ability at work.

What else would a creator do after defining the creations, if not let them loose? This is probably the easiest Hand Wave ever for an otherwise Story-Breaker Power like hers.

All Danganronpa students from 2 and V3 are actually clones of the original cast
Since there's 16 students, there are some pupils that act as past students. maybe cause of flanderaztion

for example, for example, Teruteru is a copied from Hifumi's DNA, Kokichi from Nagito's DNA.

Danganronpa's traditional type of Fanservice isn't entirely pointless

Excluding all Fan Disservice moments, of course, because that's a completely different story.

Danganronpa's got a lot of fanservice, sexual fanservice. There are many moments involving a character in a swimsuit, naked within only an implicit moment, or under some sort of curse of teenage perversion where the perverse attitude is taken to the maximum for an erotic value. Despite all of that, though, the fanservice still has personality to it. That personality shows that it's actually trying to convey metatexual contexts to someone's character as well as "give the viewer what they want".

The number of these moments goes into the double digits throughout the entire series. Just considering all of the visual novels only chocks it up to about 15 moments, and that's just in the value of the computer graphics. There are, additionally, entire sprites involving characters giving orgasm, not as a joke but in an ironic manner of speaking. Keep in mind, both of these image types had to be completely drawn by someone for the moment. Someone had to sketch them, and put in the effort to draw the characters without clothing, all of their figures, and illustrate the texture of their skin when undressed.

So, that begs one question for anyone who randomly encounters it: Why put in so much effort for just some sexual content? Why not just make it one flashing image instead of something continuous with the characters even speaking during it? The reality supposedly is, it's meant to give hints to someone's true character beyond the surface too by making them more vulnerable by putting them in a state of undress in front of the other characters and the entire audience, and it's not just there for the sake of nothing. Exempli gratia, in V3, both of the graphics involving a character most in the foreground in a state of sexiness reveal the Ultimates are prone to hedonism; Tenko Chabashira takes pleasure in being able to fulfil her chance to become a faux celebrity by saying that she's "so happy" she was able to accomplish it while she acts extremely casual despite her previous prejudiciual moments; Tsumugi Shirogane is the one closest to the viewer, showing off her well endownedness the most via being completely topless and only having an armbra to censor it — generally speaking, Tsumugi is vulnerable to someone of perverted behaviour by having her boobs be the size they are with only the hand-or-object underwear trope to be able to maintain any modesty during that state, and that perverted someone actually turns out to be Angie, rather than Tenko who's going for Himiko instead, of whom harasses Tsumugi by asking to touch her boobs. What does Tsumugi Shirogane's true role turn out to be? Well, she turns out to be the mastermind, and who had the most accurate-to-reality hypothesis as to what the mastermind really did during Chapter 1, murdering the victim from behind the hidden door and then returning back inside? Angie Yonaga. So, it wouldn't be implausible to assume she'd also know who the mastermind actually was as well and take complete pleasure in torturing them for information on if they really are the mastermind, even trying to grope them if they turn out to be a girl among the group. In the latter case, when Angie asks to touch Tsumugi's boobs, her response is to nervously say it's embarrassing to touch them with "What? I's embarrassing if you touch them," as if to imply that it would just embarrass her and not anything beyond that as if she's fine with it happening otherwise, rather than something that clearly shows she shouldn't want to be touched AT ALL like "What? Touch them? Angie, please don't do that."

This is about enough to show that Danganronpa's fanservice has meaning to it that shouldn't be ignored and isn't just a hollow excuse for self-pleasure or compliment of the girls' curvaceous appearances. Their actual characters still stray into the servicing and have some hidden depth behind them revealed within.

Mikan Tsumiki also has a secret substance, and it requires associations like the other examples. Her second trip in the second game is used against Teruteru to expose his crime, and the post-brainwashing moments with Mikan becoming much more creepily perverted towards Ryota in Danganronpa 3 both pay for her own eventual motive for murder.

Junko Enoshima was a sleeper Agent for the Commitee of 300
Her plans for Despair around the world are in line with the Commitee's Goal of reducing the population of Earth to 2 Billion to form a Totalitarian World government, and their methods to get there through out end up inducing a lot of despair to the cast of each visual novel in the series.

    Hope's Peak Saga 
The Worst, Most Despair-Inducing Incident is actually the plot of Terumi Yuuki
The Worst, Most Despair-Inducing Incident that the Dangan Ronpa world is set into is pretty much the dream world of Terumi who thinks that only despair is the truth and everything else are lies. The event is a result of Terumi's plan (Whatever it is) succeeding. This also means that he also comes to influence Junko and Mukuro about the qualities of despair, and although Mukuro had second thoughts eventually, Terumi succeeded beyond the wildest dreams for Junko, making her even love the sense of despair, even her own.

Ultimate Despair is the Product of a Military Experiment
It is in essence an attempt to use ideas related to meme theory (in part influenced such things as Anonymous) in order to create a virtual undetectable, unstoppable psy ops weapon. A weaponized meme. The Worst, Most Despair Inducing Event in the History of Mankind was the result of the experiment Going Horribly Wrong and spreading the meme to the general public.

Hope's Peak is a two-year school

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.

The school was built by Fallout's Vault-Tec
In an alternate universe where the end of the world was brought about by something similar to Vault 106's psychoactive drugs rather than nuclear weapons. In the early days, thousands were spared the horrors of the end times by taking refuge in enormous underground shelters known as Vaults. The Hope's Peak academy vault was to incorporate elements of Vault 11 (Sacrificing others by vote), Vault 29 (No parents), and a Battle Royale style set up. When the original administrator (The principal) refused to cooperate with the plan, he was replaced with Junko who carried out the experiment on behalf of Vault-Tec. The people actually watching the experiment aren't outsiders, but rather Vault-Tec employees monitoring the experiment.

The Worst, Most Despair-Inducing Incident in the History of Mankind was the outbreak of Radical-6.

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.

Junko is a Time Lord.
Well, there had to be one of these.

The whole franchise will end in a Reset Button Ending
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.

There is a Greater-Scope Villain above Junko
Think about it, when Junko said that she's just that way since birth, AKA being in love with despair... This is not all it seems. A normal human cannot be born with such. Something might be behind how Junko and Mukuro became the first Ultimate Despair duo. Something that took form of Monokuma would be behind everything, they rigged something in order to ensure that Junko became this despair-worshiping girl, in order to either achieve something or For the Evulz.

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.

Junko is not human
Just imagine this. How in the hell a high school girl of all things is capable of compromising an entire school, cause a worldwide catastrophe and even when she died she can have an AI inherited onto her? No matter how psychopathic a human like that is supposed to be she could not pull that out alone...aside that she isn't even human in the first place?

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.

  • Disagree: While Junko is *Like* a Eldrich Abomination in the sense that her motives of despair fetishism and addiction just "can't" be comprehended by normal humans, i do think that she's more human than she let's on. She DID genuinely love Mukuro, Matusuda and 78. She just had to fuck them up in the worst way possible thanks to her sadomasochistic narcissism that's in turn caused by her SHSL talent. (DR 0 HEAVILY implies this before being outright stated in Dr 3.) This troper view's it as more of her own talent making her Go Mad from the Revelation. AND EVEN THEN: Intelligence is not the be all end all definiting trait for a person’s personality. Even the most analytical of people is still completely shaped by their life experiences. Kamukura’s lack of personality stims less from being omnitalented and more from not having any previous life. Junko, on the other hand, lived enough of a life in specific conditions to have personal opinions, emotions and a personal set of principles she’s adherent to. And I do believe it’s possible to firmly remain good even with Junko’s kind of brain. This is not a Danganronpa example, but Danganronpa is so openly inspired by [1] that I think [[Medaka Kurokami||ParodySue]] is a perfectly valid as examples of what a "good" Junko would like.

The Monokuma face is actually Junko's REAL FACE. She just took this form because it made her less suspicious.
Related to the "Junko is a Cosmic Horror" theory above, how did that standard Monokuma face with a placid appearance on the left side and the malicious smirk and red eye on the right face come into being? How did she even come that up? That's probably her actual face. She just took the Junko form to make her unsuspicious. (Like how Cosmic Horrors take the form of humans in fiction.)

Junko Enoshima is aware that she's a fictional character, which is why she does what she does
Similar to the above theories. In the final trial, Junko keeps saying she doesn't know what "character" she's supposed to be playing or what lines she should say, and she says that she grew bored of the world because she always knew what was going to happen. If she realized that she (and the rest of the cast) was fitional, it could definitely make her Go Mad from the Revelation.


Other installments:

    Danganronpa S (Pre-Release) 
Characters from Danganronpa 3 Future Arc will make a surprise guest appearance in Danganronpa S
While the anime series that closed off the Hope's Peak Series was controversial for many reasons, it would be nice to see some of the characters from there to make one final appearance in a scenario where they did not have to go through the Final Killing Game.

    Danganronpa 4 Speculation 

Rantaro will come back in Dangan Ronpa 4.
The game will appear to be a prequel to V3, and expand more on what is actually going on in this universe. As such, we'll learn more about what Rantaro's deal was.

Or, in keeping with the series tradition of killing off characters we don't expect to die first, Rantaro gets killed early again. Monokuma then makes a joke about how he's supposed to be the Ultimate Survivor, yet he keeps dying. And since we've already had the protagonist as a victim, the next step up is someone whose survival looked like a Foregone Conclusion.

The potential mindfuckery of this twist would be enormous. Was one of the Rantaros an Ultimate Imposter? Is this really a prequel? Or is it possible to use memory shenanigans to clone a dead student?

Danganronpa 4 will make references to the controversies in Danganronpa V3 and have Kaede as the protagonist
So, the whole reality show saga is heavily relying on leaning the 4th wall so hard you can see it leaving marks in the wall, so in the next game, they will be making meta references to the Broken Base the fandom faced when V3 got released. The audience of the show would have the same complaints the fans had when they first reached the ending of the game, and the reality show in danganronpa 4 would be based on trying to Win Back the Crowd by Pandering to the Base, so they will do things the most annoying fans complained about and wanted done.

They'll in universe Retcon Kaede's death. Kaede will have become a popular character and people watching the show will be unhappy she was killed, so they decide to bring Kaede back and make her the protagonist. How? Kidnapping someone who looks like her(probably her sister, the game would imply that it is Kaede's sister but never outright confirm who the body she is using belongs to) and forcing Kaede's memories and personality into her. They will also create a Saihara Expy in the second game and make him the first victim to answer to Saihara haters complains and make an Ouma Expy(or an Amami one) the deuteragonist, as a nod to his popularity.

Danganronpa 4 will appear to be a prequel to V3.
To amalgamate the theories above: The end of V3 suggests that if Hope wins, two of the survivors will carry over to the next game. Thus, the next Danganronpa game will appear to be a "V2" game, with the "returning" players being Rantaro and Kaede (technically, they'd have carried over to V3).

Of course, since this appears to be a prequel that would mean Rantaro and Kaede would be guaranteed to survive. So one of them will be the first to die. This would, of course, raise further questions.

Perhaps, as the above theory suggests, the "Kaede" in this game is a fake: another person who's been given her memories. As a further Mind Screw, they might make Kaede the Ultimate ??? for this game. It would seem pointless since we already know Kaede's talent, but if she really isn't Kaede, then it's possible her real talent is something different.

Danganronpa 4 will be a re-filming of Danganronpa V3
Killing what would be the equivalent of the show host and letting the survivors escape freely into the world while destroying their base is not something you want to show to your viewers, so the Danganronpa Team decides to make a bunch of Expies of the characters and delay the release of the 53rd season, giving them time enough to film what would be Danganronpa 4 and pass it as the 53rd season in hope that no one would ever see what happened in the end of Danganronpa V3
  • Can this be considered Jossed already? The whole point of Kiibo was audience participation. That means V3 was aired live, with no chance to delay its release. This should've been clear after Chapter 6 when we, you know, perform Argument Armament against the audience?

Danganronpa 4 will feature Team Danganronpa and the mastermind will be Kodaka.
The real mastermind will be Kodaka while the other team members will be loosely based off of the real life Danganronpa team. It will also reveal that Kodaka is done with Danganronpa and that fans should move onto other games

Danganronpa 4 will NOT be done by Kodaka, thus becoming a standalone game.
The man behind it would be the Danganronpa Kirigiri author, Takekuni Kitayama. Kodaka said V3 would be his last game to make(can't find source at this moment) and it seemed as if he encouraged somebody else to step up and make the next game in the series. Spike Chunsoft likely knows the game is a hit in Japan and would want more.

Danganronpa after NDRV3 will be Lighter and Softer, or at least not based around murder mysteries.
After Saihara and co. convince the audience that they don't need any more killing games, Dangan Ronpa will shift gears into something drastically different.The Monokubs in the Space Mode also say that audiences now prefer dating sims. Of course, that mode is just an alternate reality.

Of course, Dangan Ronpa turning into a flat-out dating sim is highly unlikely, but it was just a thought. When was the last time anyone actually listened to and followed (for more than a week) the morals of a story?

The ending of NDRV3 leads to an in-universe Broken Base as divisive as the real world's.
Which, if there will ever be a future installment for the series, would be a point in the next game.

If DR 4 is an Alternate Continuity, there will be a Discontinuity Nod to the Ending
One of the students will wonder if they're just in some crazy reality show after finding out they're in the killing game, only for Monokuma to dismiss that as a "really stupid plot twist."

The next game will Ret-Gone V3 or instead Retcon it.
Just so the fandom can be put at ease, but Kodaka (if he does the next game) is not the type to do so. He wants the player to feel the despair and have no hope.

Tsumugi's "Cosplay Pox" was a bluff to hold up The Masquerade of fictionalizing Hope's Peak.
In Chapter 6 the crux of the reveal of the supposed "illusion" comes upon the argument that Tsumugi's ability to imitate the Hope's Peak students is only possible due to her inherent inability to use her cosplay abilities to replicate non-fictional characters. Of course, throughout the entire story, the only time this handicap comes up is her attempt to replicate Kaede's look to rule her talent out as a potential murder method. Come Chapter 6, Tsumugi pulls no punches in hammering home that the students of the Academy were themselves fabrication, asserting that "Kaede" herself was fictional which casts tremendous doubt whether this "Cosplay Pox" is even a real thing or just yet another work of disguise on her part which then adds additional doubt to the authenticity of the audition tapes themselves as well.

Danganronpa V4 will have two survivors.
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc had 6 survivors. Super Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair apparently had 5 before the anime. Similarly, we were initially led to believe at the end of Side: Future that only 4 people survived the killing game. New Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony had 3 survivors. Why not continue the trend? Maybe, due to the new rule introduced in this game, every except two people will die and they will be released.

A future game may have no survivors
Just to twist the knife in the wound and exploit our despair even further.

The next game will be called "Danganronpa IV".
The "I" will be stylized to resemble a number 1, so it will be impossible for the audience to tell whether the title means "4" or "15". Just to mess with the audience yet again.
  • Alternately, IV won't be a number at all and instead represent the series dying, but being kept barely alive as if by an IV drip.

Danganronpa 4 will reveal that V3's big reveals were a lie.
There are a lot of versions of this theory drifting around, but the simplest explanation is that Tsumugi was a psychotic fangirl who, in a desperate attempt to emulate the game she witnessed in Danganronpa 1, kidnapped 16 random students and forced them to participate in a killing game of her own.After all, what could be more despair inducing than the Tomato in the Mirror? It would be something like this, "You're not innocent victims and I'm not a villain. You volunteered for this. All the death and pain is your fault, You Monster!." Is it any wonder that Shuichi Saihara tottered on the Despair Event Horizon? Perhaps she wanted to take Junko's idea and do some post-modern meta spin on it.

The game will also explain how she got the resources to do this, possibly as a result of ties to Junko (remember, that second AI from Ultra Despair Girls hasn't shown up yet...), and show Shuichi and the other survivors interacting with actual Hope's Peak Era characters.There might even be a scene where the three survivors encounter Future Foundation members as they leave the area of the school. It will be something like this:

One of the survivors: "I thought you guys didn't exist!"
Future Foundation member shows a badge or something:" I'm pretty sure we do."

Adding onto the above, "Team Danganronpa" will be revealed to be real, but as the main antagonists of the game.
Even if Tsumugi was the Mastermind in V3, it's unlikely she could set up all of this on her own. Junko had Ultimate Despair, while Tsumugi had Team Danganronpa. This may lead into the reveal that the 'audience' in V3 were actually people working for Team Danganronpa posing as the audience in an attempt to back up Tsumugi...and get some of that "sweet" despair for themselves.

There will be no more installments of Danganronpa
Not in Danganronpa, and not in real life for us.
  • As much as V3 seemed to be indicating this to be the case, jossed - they've already confirmed a new action game (like Despair Girls).

There will never be a Danganronpa 4, but...
Because Danganropna 4's logo is shown in V3 and is the beginning of the franchise's hypothetical descent into what it became in V3's world, actually continuing along those lines (especially after V3's "We will end Danganronpa!" ending) would be incredibly hypocritical and make V3's message pointless. However, a new action game has already been confirmed, so perhaps Danganronpa will continue under a totally different path that doesn't follow the same patterns that have been used up till now. V3 represents saying goodbye to the series' past hangups, such as hope and despair, Junko, etc. by showing a Bad Future in which they never let go. Now OUR world will proceed along a better timeline, and future games in the series will break new ground.

The in-universe Danganronpa series was based off in-universe real events...
... but were radically fictionalized, like how some movies are "based off true events". At the end of the sixth trial, Tsumugi calls herself a "copycat" and a "cosplaycat criminal." Perhaps something similar to the Hope's Peak saga did happen in the "real world", and the "Dangan Ronpa" games were based off that event. However, characters like Enoshima Junko, Naegi Makoto, etc. either: 1.) do not exist and are completely fictional, or 2.) did exist but the "Dangan Ronpa" characters based off of them are completely different from the "real people" involved in the event. This is why Tsumugi is able to cosplay as the 78th class.

The events of Danganronpa 2 and onward, however, are completely fictional.

The upcoming Spin-Off game will feature Kaede's twin sister trying to sabotage the Danganronpa reality show.
It will take place before or concurrently with V3, and like Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, there will be other family members of killing game participants who are opposed to the killing game and want to save their relatives (whether they actually volunteered was ambiguous, seeing as Kaede and Shuichi both remembered being kidnapped). The other protagonist could be Korekiyo's sister, who is actually alive and was never in an incestuous relationship with him.

The outside world has the ability to bring people back from the dead at the cost of another person's life.
Considering the world has the technology to completely change a person's personality, abilities, and memories just by shining a light in their eyes, and having VR headsets that can hurt or kill the wearer despite having no surgical connection, it's not out of the question that they would have the ability to bring people back from the dead. If Angie had successfully completed the ritual in Chapter 3, Rantaro would have indeed been resurrected, but they would be given, say, an hour to kill someone as a sacrifice, or else one of them would have been killed at random by the Exisals.

The Gifted Inmates Saga will be a trilogy... going backwards.
Considering that the Academy was destroyed at the end, if the saga were to continue it would have to focus on the killing games that happened before V3. Perhaps the next main series game won't be focusing on season 52, but season 51. That way we get an entirely new cast of characters, but have some buildup toward Rantaro and season 52 near the end. Perhaps the cap to this trilogy will be the first season of the Dangan Ronpa TV Show, or at least early in it's life. This last game will answer any unanswered questions left by V3 and the hypothetical prequel, but makes you wonder what happened in-between.

Rantaro escaped one of the killing games he participated in by graduation.
If the next game in the series is a "V2" game, this seems like an obvious twist for the Ultimate Survivor. We haven't really seen what happens in the event that the blackened wins the trial. Perhaps Rantaro will be The Atoner in the V2 game, and chooses to win via Hope as a result of his experiences in the V1 game. I also expect that Monokuma will reveal that Rantaro graduated as part of a motive in order to try to turn the other students against him.

Annoyed by the killing game that was created for the sake of a reality show, Shuichi, Maki and Himiko will begin to organise their own ironic game for the people who viewed the previous 52 versions without irony, starting with one school and then many more, before leading into the school that the game will be set in. Knowing Danganronpa, that school will be the last school they infiltrate.
The idea: [Danganronpa has ended. College students are full of despair after this, wanting their television show to return. The narration never mentions this because everyone wants to suppress the memory of the show ending.] There are three protagonists here, the main one being an exact representation of a college student, and the other two being their only friends. No one in the cast has an Ultimate talent due to them being college students who were entertained by a reality show (that they don't mention the direct name of and implicate minimally, as they act like it doesn't matter in the Killing Game they've been set in), Kaede Akamatsu has a gothic twin sister with similarities to Chiaki Nanami, and one of Rantaro's siblings has an involvement here, and the format of Daily Life, Deadly Life, Class Trial is still the same. This subtly reveals that Tsumugi was apparently telling the truth about how everything is a reality show based off the Killing School Life, the Killing School Trip, and the "Final" Killing Game, but also shows that the students were also based off characters of the real world. The mastermind is either a Future Foundation member, or the three survivors of the Killing School Semester: Shuichi Saihara, Maki Harukawa and Himiko Yumeno. The mascot in question isn't Monokuma, but the animal represented is similar to Monokuma, like...a cat. We've already had a rabbit (Usami), cats are interpreted to be just as adorable as rabbits, but cats are domesticated and dominant, like Shuichi is now. The mascot subtly switches between the three personalities of Shuichi, Maki, and Himiko, all of them being ambiguous under the guise of Monocat.
The prologue: When the main protagonist is about to enter the college site they're so pessimistic about to complete a workload, they're verbally abused by someone hiding in a shadow who knocks the protagonist unconscious with words due to how fragile they are. Like Nagito Komaeda in Danganronpa 2's prologue, he/she walks up to the unconscious body and sprays it with Soporil β from Zero Escape to instill a random but long amount of amnesia. When the Soporil defuses, he finds himself on the interior of the college, confused like every protagonist would be, specifically in the classroom they were supposed to first visit on the day they were sprayed unconscious. He woke up multiple times beforehand, finding himself in many different situations, only to be sprayed by the culprit every time. The main protagonist finds two of their friends, naively and brashly assumes their the culprit, with one of them denying it and saying "I know just as much as you do" with the second saying "It might have been me, but can you really be sure when I say that?" They all investigate the college campus. This is where we meet the...12 other participants, because this game has reverted back to the format of 15 students, and the entire group slowly gathers as one. When searching the campus, they go to their traditional dining room and find that it has been reconstructed as a trial arena, prompting them to wonder where their diner was relocated to. After exploring, they find that all of the rooms have been transformed and shifted. With all 15 students gathered, Monocat appears in front of them physically and announces all 15 of them to go the gymnasium, which conveniently hasn't been relocated, which they all find out when they search for it splitting up from one another. One of the least reliable acquaintances of the protagonist finds its location, and is prompted to locate and tell everyone, giving them vague names like "left hall" and "college entrance." What the player has to do is search places near those vague names, instead of being given specific directions. The protagonist ends up being the 15th to enter the gymnasium. Monocat announces the new Killing Game they're involved in, the rules being explained as such: Basically exactly the same as 1, 2, and V3... Great vengeance, Shuichi, but why would these particular 15 college students be your main target for this torture? Spike Chunsoft can solve that problem. Everyone in the campus is weak, and they all collapse over in discomfort, wondering why they have to participate and get trapped in a game "similar to the reality show they were once addicted to." The prologue ends, and the first chapter begins with everyone standing up, gaining the will to do this correctly, following the orders of Monocat so they continue to live.
What the formatting of these deaths will be like: know how every official Danganronpa game involves characters having completely awkward, brutal plans that highly implicate specific people? This will be nothing like that. Everyone lives a particularly normal life here, so they don't know how to kill using methods they've witnessed in the series. Instead, they take inspiration from "the reality show they once watched," and begin to notice that all of the death involves complex mechanisms and psychological exclusions. So, they use basic methods to murder, like simple stabbing, lacerations, or violence using the structures around them, where the phrase "anyone could have done this" appears very frequently. The students would mainly use alibis and accounts to find out who the culprit is, each investigation would take an average of 1 hour and 30 minutes due to how little evidence implicating a specific person there would be, and the trials would take an average of 3 hours like V3, since the protagonist operating those trials prior has the potential to be the mastermind. The protagonists switch between all three of them in the investigation, and the trials, as they're the only students willing to cooperate with each other in the betrayal game (Well, until Chapter 4, 5, and 6, where the mastermind does something that dissuades them from cooperating with each other. Yes, Chapter 4, the time in which everyone is intended to cooperate, is the chapter where everyone stops cooperating. That means that whatever Chapter 6 incurs causes everyone to attempt to cooperate against the mastermind, like an identification problem). Oh, the motives that would cause that? They would be using human connections very frequently, and will go as such between each chapter: Saving the environment, younger siblings, older siblings, parents, grandparents, posthumous promises + important possessions having the potential to be destroyed. 6 chapters for each motive, the 7th being the one where they attempt to battle against the masterminds. The masterminds won't enter through smoke like Junko did...twice. Instead, they would disable Monokuma, walk all the way from the control room into the trial room (the player would have to ponder about what happened to them), and be revealed as demented individuals, but not in the same way Junko is demented; it's more like, demented due to being too euphoric. Danganronpa will deviate from the lack of realism it has, and amplify the "truth and lies" theme V3 has, because this one is set in a more realistic residence and education centre than the other times prior.

The next game will be the darkest in the franchise yet.
  • Four Is Death, after all. Expect a more cynical and gruesome game on par with D3. For bonus points, it could even be stylized like the original beta Distrust.
    • Adding onto this, the game will be Hotter and Sexier too; the fanservice was amped considerably between SDR2 and V3. Expect this and the above to intersect significantly, creating nasty Fan Disservice.
      • Maybe we'll finally get a male bathhouse peeping scene!

The next entry in the series will feature Makoto as the protagonist.
No, not that Makoto—the other one. It'll be a massive dose of Be Careful What You Wish For for him.

The next entry will be a proper reboot to the franchise.
New continuity, new school, Hope and Despair no longer being the main theme and no returning cast outside of the Talent Development Program, the only actual returning things that will be in Danganronpa 4 will be Monokuma and the students being Ultimates.