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"Follow the story of Makoto Naegi as he begins his new life at the Ultimate High School. But instead of the serious and dark drama that we're all used to, prepare to see the plot play out from an incredibly cynical and biased perspective. This is the tale of Danganronpa according to someone who's already fallen to despair!"
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Danganronpa Parody is an Affectionate Parody of the Visual Novel Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc created by True Review. Although paced In the Style of an Abridged Series, unlike other Gag Dubs, it chooses to parody the game itself instead of the anime with the use of sprite-editing, often remarking upon its mechanics and hanging many a lampshade on the oddness of its plot. It condenses the game's 6 chapters, following a group of 15 students that are trapped in a school and forced to kill each other by a sadistic Killer Teddy Bear. All in all, the series clocks in at just over an hour and 10 minutes: not a bad way to have some fun with the game upon finishing its story.

Four months after the conclusion of the first series, True Review announced a sequel, Danganronpa 2 Parody 2. There are no plans to follow up with an Ultra Despair Girls Parody or Danganronpa 3 Parody 3 due to burnout.

As with all articles on the Danganronpa series, all spoilers will be unmarked.

Danganronpa Parody provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Intelligence: It flipflops. Byakuya, for instance, promptly brings up the question of how Hifumi's body could've possibly gone missing within such a limited time-frame, whereas his canon counterpart never considered how that happened. In spite of being ignored by the more Genre Blind students for this, he still has an entry under Genre Blindness...
  • All Is Well That Ends Well: The whole first chapter satirizes this one good.
    Monokuma: Sure. Two of your friends have died [Everbody's sad].
    Monokuma: But at least you've now got access to the SAUNA! [Everbody cheers]
    Mondo: So I guess everything worked out after all. Right Toko?
  • All Periods Are PMS: Kyoko blames her behavior in the fourth chapter on "that time of the month." Makoto squicks accordingly.
  • Answer Cut: Episode 3:
    Makoto: Another scream! Sounds like Hifumi just died! Ha! Wouldn't that be mental? You know if, if it turned out that he got killed right after we left him alone, after being attacked by an assailant whose whereabouts is unknown. And no one thought of staying behind to keep an eye on him. How mental would that be?
    Narrator: Back at the nurse's office.
    Makoto: Oh shit!
  • Anti-Advice: Makoto proves his innocence by pointing out that since Yasuhiro thinks he killed Mukuro, he can't possibly have actually done it. Byakuya quickly decides that his logic is sound.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: The games failure state is acknowledged when Makoto runs out of influence in the second trial.
    Narrator: Would you like to try again?
    Makoto: Huh? You mean we can keep going? Even though I messed up?
    Narrator: Sure, why not.
    Makoto: Oh. Okay. Kind of takes the edge off it though when you realize that no matter how many times you lose, Monokuma will just let you carry on.
  • As You Know: In the fifth trial, Toko complains about Monokuma re-explaining the rules after everyone has heard them 4 times already.
  • Author Avatar: The Narrator basically speaks for True Review.
  • Bad Ending: Just like in the original game. Makoto calls it a horrible way of telling him that he got it wrong, but has trouble seeing how making the "right" choice was any better.
  • Bad Liar: Celestia, ironically.
  • Bat Deduction:
    • Makoto corners the second trial's killer this way.
      Kyoko: So Makoto, do you finally see the significance of what I just showed you?
      Makoto: Yeah. The image of Chihiro's torpedo has been burned into my mind. Wait, that's it! Mondo! I choose you!
    • Kyoko in the second trial:
      Kyoko: Sorry, I'm late. What did I miss? (takes a look at Chihiro's corpse) Gotcha. Already know who did it. See ya.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Makoto in the third case, despite the culprit being obvious.
    Makoto: I just need a little more information.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Makoto can't stand the Narrator constantly forcing him to learn new gameplay mechanics, and in turn Makoto's status as an Idiot Hero pisses the Narrator off to no end.
    • Same as the original, Kyoko with anything regarding her father. Makoto keeps pushing it.
  • Big "NO!": Leon gets one during his execution.
  • Black Comedy Rape: On Makoto on two occasions. Junko and Kyoko are implied to have... done things while he was asleep/knocked out (at one point involving a cucumber in Kyoko's case).
  • Blatant Lies
    Asahina: Erm, Chihiro. Wouldn't you like to train with me and Sakura instead? I mean, us girls have to stick together, you know. Ha ha...
    Chihiro: Oh, erm. That's ok. I have... erm...
    Narrator: A penis?
    Chihiro: No. Some er... Computer programming to do! Yes! That's it!
    Asahina: Huh? But you just said to Mondo that you'd work out with him.
    Chihiro: Ooo, sorry. Got to go! Got so much programming to do! See you later!
  • Breaking Bad News Gently: Makoto tries to explain Chihiro's death to Alter Ego by saying he's "gone to live on that farm" (along with everyone else that's died so far). He messes up a second later by including "the other one who died right at the start whose name I forget!"
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: Makoto and Kyoko's story follows this arc, like in the original. Her passive-aggressiveness may have reached the level of full-on aggressiveness.
    Asahina: Aww, don't worry, Alter Ego. We're all here for you. After all, we're your friends!
    Alter Ego: Yeah!
    Kyoko: Hina. Thank you! You've taught me what it means to be a true friend. Unlike... SOMEONE I KNOW!note 
    Makoto: Oh, come on!
  • Book Ends: Byakuya getting called "Whatsyourface".
  • But Thou Must!: Makoto upon coming back from the Bad Ending.
    Makoto: So if I had to choose again then I'd go for... run away!
    Narrator: Sorry, Makoto, I forgot to mention that running away isn't an option... even though I put it there! I just thought we'd get some laughs and I can tell by your face that you're still pissed off about the whole got the wrong ending thing so I'm just gonna stop talking now...
  • The Cameo:
    • Herbert from Family Guy makes an appearance in episode 2 when Makoto tries to accuse him as the culprit.
    • Makoto celebrates having a presence in the sequel during its announcement trailer's Stinger with a simple "YAY MAKOTO!"
  • Captain's Log: Makoto ends the first episode this way.
    "Dear diary. Today I learnt that friendship can blossom in many places. My new life at this school has just started and it's looking good. I've made some new friends and I've also met a girl who really likes me and... [Record Scratch] Oh, Crap!! That's right! She's dead and still in my bathroom! Oh shit! *Running back to find Sayaka's corpse still there* Oh shit!"
  • Cat Smile: Hifumi's introduction is devoted to mocking his.
    Makoto: Why do you have an ass instead of a top lip? Seriously, go play the game. He has an ass instead of a top lip.
  • Cliffhanger: Chapter 5 ends on one, to Makoto's incredible disgruntlement.
  • Color Motif:
    • One of Kyoko's Running Gags.
      Narrator: Totally freaked out by the Goth chick, Makoto turned to the weird girl with purple hair, purple skin, purple eyes and wearing nothing but purple.
    • In the second case, Byakuya takes the lead because he's convinced "Kyoto Peri Peri" is off somewhere soaking in a bath of pure purple.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Narrator: Hey Makoto. Now that Sayaka is obviously having a nervous breakdown, any thoughts on what she might be thinking?
    Makoto: I think she likes me.
    Narrator: Good call!
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Where much of the humor is derived from.
  • The Comically Serious: Byakuya's role in the series, more or less.
  • Confetti Drop: The Narrator gives Makoto some balloons for making it half-way through the game.
  • Contractual Genre Blindness: Everyone keeps on going with the plot while hanging a lampshade on its absurdity. It's probably the series single biggest Running Gag.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Acknowledged plainly in Chapter 4:
    Makoto: Hey Sakura. Can I talk to you real quick?
    Sakura: Does it have to be right now? Because although we have the entire day to do absolutely fuck all and wait for the plot to advance, I'm going to be busy for the rest of the day recovering. My mighty muscles are really raw!
    Makoto: OK fine! I'll come talk to you tomorrow when it becomes apparent that I'm too late.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: Celestia sends everyone to the library to go look for Hifumi this way. Makoto does exactly what she wants.
  • Character Exaggeration:
    • Makoto's naivete, to the point of becoming an Idiot Hero.
    • Toko's stutter.
    • Kiyotaka's loudness.
    • Asahina's doughnuts cravings.
    • Kyoko's awkward conversation skills have become No Social Skills.
    • Chihiro's sensitivity now makes him Prone to Tears.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Makoto eventually christens Asahina the 'Ultimate Backstabber' after she tries twice to kill him.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander:
    • Yasuhiro, as expected. Everyone else has their moments too.
    • In the fifth chapter, Makoto rants for several dialogue boxes about the ways that the chickens could secretly be evil.
  • Chirping Crickets: No one in the room is quite sure how to react to Makoto saying he's using his Truth Bullet to shoot down Leon's statement. Byakuya eventually cuts the silence to move things along.
    • Celestia revealing her ridiculous motivation for killing two people garners Stunned Silence and an awkward cough.
    • Some literal crickets can be heard when Makoto suggests the obvious solution of making Genocide Jack sneeze so that she'll turn back into Toko.
  • Cryptic Conversation: The one Kyoko has with Makoto before she goes missing in chapter 5 is reduced to "mysterious stuff and some more mysterious stuff."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost everybody at one point or another, which, funnily enough, manages to elevate Yasuhiro up to being slightly smarter than his canon counterpart as a result of his pointing out so many plot holes.
  • Delayed Reaction: Toko fails to say "wow" at the same time as everyone else when Makoto gives his dramatic declaration of The Mastermind's true identity.
  • Delinquent Hair: Mondo. In Makoto's own words...
    "Why is there a beaver glued to your forehead?"
  • Demoted to Extra: Hifumi receives about three lines in the entire series.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • Asahina's small vocabulary is a running gag of episode 4.
      Asahina: OMG MAKOTO! You're like the beast president: 'Beast-Beast' of Beast-Beastia!
    • The Narrator has to settle on a name for the sequel series that has two 2's in it.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Makoto to the masked assailant (perhaps referencing his earlier narration that he was hoping someone would stab him in his sleep).
    [half-asleep] "Huh? Who's there? Oh, it's you. Just an ordinary scary killer who's gonna kill me.
  • Double Entendre:
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted. Unlike his canon counterpart, here Makoto refuses to forgive everyone for voting wrongly against him in the fifth trial (Asahina especially since she already tried to kill him in the fourth trial).
  • The Easy Way or the Hard Way:
    Celeste: OK, if I did murder them, then where's your proof?
    Makoto: Look Celeste, we can either do this the easy way and you confess your crime right now, or I could play Guitar Hero some more then show you this comic that I've come up with like, just now and then you confess your crime.
  • Emotionless Girl:
    • While this trait of Kyoko's is brought up frequently, her capacity for sarcasm, goofy behavior, and occasional outbursts make this one of the more emotive incarnations of her.
    • Junko's serious personality gets played up like this.
      Junko: Now I'm back to being a nonchalant robot. I have many forms.
      Narrator: Hey Kyoko. Looks like we've found someone who's even more emotionless than you are!
      Kyoko: [Beat] I don't like her!
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first episode includes a Bullet Time Battle, a Closing Statement/Climax Inference, and a Nonstop Debate, none of which would get used again outside the occasional humorous nod.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Makoto thinks the Robo Justice costume could function as Power Armor, allowing the wearer to move Hifumi's body. The Narrator tells him "There's no hope for you at all!"
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Yasuhiro at one point.
    Jill: I'm back!
    Byakuya: You didn't actually bring the pickaxe, did you? You had one job!
    Jill: Nope! I couldn't because there was a dead body in the way.
    Yasuhiro: Oh, I can see why that would be an issue. I mean, if the place was clear then sure but, if there happened to be a dead... Say what?
  • Expy: According to Makoto, Monokuma is essentially a Care Bear doing a Michael Jackson impression.
  • Fast-Forward Gag: What Asahina's entire "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards everyone over Sakura's death becomes.
  • Figure It Out Yourself:
    • Kyoko's shtick.
      [After the Narrator explains the rules] Makoto, did you get all of that? Because despite having solved this case myself, you're going to have to do all the work on your own, because I'm mysterious like that."
    • Makoto makes it abundantly clear how much this annoys him in the fourth case.
      Kyoko: Hmm, this is going to be a really challenging one, so I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to help you out this time.
      Makoto: This time? When did you even help me out the first time?
  • Foreshadowing: Quite often, mostly from characters outright declaring (or denying) something they're going to do later. At one point, the Narrator gets in on it, when Kyoko's standing in the dojo ignoring Makoto (thus being too silent to do it herself).
    "Wow! It's almost like she doesn't give a single fuck! Well, at least she's not accusing you of murder or anything.
  • Forgetful Jones: Makoto, if you assume he's just forgetting everyone else's names (keeping his new names from being outright malicious). Supporting this is the unfortunate mistake of accusing Byakuya as the culprit twice in the second trial, with both accusations being a little over a minute apart.
    Byakuya: You already said me!
  • Freak Out:
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Hardly anyone can remember Junko after she dies. Kiyotaka is a minor examle, as everyone remembers him as "the loud one".
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • The game over condition is brought up by Monokuma in this fashion.
      "Nuahahaha! Time's up! Time for you all to vote! Ooooo! And you all voted for Makoto. Adding in there that the only reason you voted for him is because he's a COMPLETE IDIOT! That's amazing considering that two other students knew who the killer was, and still voted for Makoto!"
    • Makoto brings up the inherent strangeness in going to go talk to people during free-time events despite everyone standing right in front of him at that moment in the dining hall.
  • Genre Blindness:
  • Gilded Cage: Pretty self-explanatory based on the source-material. The narrator thinks Monokuma has other motivations behind it.
    Monokuma: I'm Monokuma! Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy. The school where you'll all spend the rest of your lives. Cause I'll kill you if you leave!
    Narrator: Sounds like someone has some attachment issues!
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • Narrator: At Hope's Peak...
      Makoto: Wow, this is cool. I sure hope I don't pass out from all the excitement. [after passing out and ending up in an empty classroom] Wow, this is lame.
    • Byakuya: Whatever. Go away. I never want to speak to you, nor will I ever need your help with anything!
      Narrator: The Next Day
      Hina: A dead body's been found! Chihiro's dead!
      Byakuya: Makoto, come here! I want to speak to you and I need your help with something.
      Makoto: Wow! What a turnabout kind of guy.
    • The Narrator insists multiple times that there won't be a sequel in the sequel announcement trailer before caving in and admitting the sequel is in the works as the screen reveals its proper title.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: The Narrator complains at Kyoko like this word-for-word during the second trial after she announces aloud that they should head back to the trial room. Possibly foreshadowing her taking his job later.
  • Hidden Depths: Kyoko sums herself up as "I'm the 'Ultimate Detective' and I have daddy issues." This manages to give her more character development than most non-protagonists in the series could ever dream of.
  • Honey Trap:
    Sayaka: No! This can't be! I can't live like this! If only some gullible generic anime protagonist would pretend to care about me so that I can take advantage of him. Then I'd be okay.
    Makoto: It's okay Sayaka. I'm here for you.
    Sayaka: Hmm. Looks like I've got a catch already.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Celestia screws up her own plan several times through a combination of Saying Too Much and Blatant Lies. No one catches on.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Kyoko's blatant hypocrisy in the fourth chapter is mocked ruthlessly.
    "Aww, well isn't that rich! I've been lovingly keeping you in the dark about absolutely everything so far throughout this game and you can't even tell me something that'll probably balls everything up! *Storming out* I thought we were friends Makoto but I guess I was wrong! GOD!
  • I Am a Humanitarian: Following Mondo's execution...
    Yasuhiro: OK, I seriously don't get this one. So, is Mondo dead or... can I just go ahead and eat this butter? I mean, I've got the munchies bad right now, so... I'm good to go, right?
    Asahina: Erm, that's actually Mondo's remains... I think.
    Asahina: Cool! Can I dunk my doughnuts in there?
  • Idiot Hero: Makoto.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: A G-rated version.
    Makoto: Wait! Hang on. You want to switch rooms? Won't that mean that someone will try to break in and kill ME in the night instead?
    Sayaka: Will you do it if I blush at you?
    Makoto: I don't know. I'll have to think about it. *she blushes at him* Thanks babe.
  • Implausible Deniability: Celestia's Villainous Breakdown plays out like this until she surrenders.
  • Inappropriate Hunger: Celestia can be seen eating some Walkers Sensations after Hifumi was just 'murdered'. Even if she knew he wasn't actually dead, the room was still covered in blood.
  • Incoming Ham: Junko's introduction as The Ultimate Despair is followed by a clip of the Big Yeah from "Won't Get Fooled Again".
  • Innocent Innuendo: Makoto's first conversation with Asahina, though you might also chalk this one up to her air-headedness.
    Makoto: Hey Hina. It's nice to meet you. That's a great pair you've got there.
    Hina: *holding a pair of exercise weights* Oh thanks! I like to work out whenever I get a free moment between eating doughnuts.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • Celestia engages in this, just like the games. It's much worse here.
      Makoto: [on Hifumi] Should we check his vital signs to see if he's still alive?
      Celeste: *munching on a bag of chips* Nah it's OK. He's dead, I can tell. Trust me. I'm a gambler.
    • Asahina's introduction of the third episode.
      "But then like, out of nowhere, this green image of Chihiro started coming out of this laptop! And I instantly knew that lights + laptops = ghosts!
    • Yasuhiro thinks his experience with burger-abducting aliens somehow works towards proving he's a real psychic.
    • Byakuya thinks Makoto is the fifth culprit despite listing off all the evidence against Kyoko a single sentence earlier.
  • Insufferable Genius: Kyoko has moments like this whenever she hangs a lampshade on her superior investigative abilities.
  • Interactive Narrator: At one point, he gets high with Yasuhiro while Makoto is off fevering.
  • Ironic Echo: Kyoko's Figure It Out Yourself attitude comes back to bite her later on.
    [Before the second trial]
    Kyoko: OK, shall we begin? I've already figured out what occurred, so here to explain everything in clear detail is Makoto whos clearly still in the dark about most of it.
    Makoto: *sigh* Seriously? Going to pile it all on me again, huh?
    [Before the last trial]
    Monokuma: So, first order of business... Who killed Mukuro and who am I?
    Makoto: It's obvious who done it and we know who you are! So here to explain everything is Kyoko, who's clearly in the dark about this.
    Kyoko: Huh?
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: This argument between Genocide Jill and Asahina:
  • It's Up to You: Kyoko hangs a lampshade on this one:
    "Come on Makoto! Despite the fact that both myself and Byakuya know who the real culprit is, it's all up to you to figure out this mystery for some reason."
  • Jerkass: Most of the cast at one point or another, with the only exceptions being the students that died too early to be established. Funnily, this also goes to soften Byakuya as a character by making his usual Jerkass tendencies stand out less.
  • Jive Turkey: Makoto briefly becomes one in the fifth trial.
    Byakuya: Makoto did it!
    Makoto: You seriously did not just accuse me of murder girlfriend.
    Kyoko: Actually, it was you Makoto.
    Makoto: Oh hell naw!
  • Just a Machine: Kyoko of all people has this to say following Alter Ego's execution...
    "Yeah, we all pretended that it was our friend, but seriously! Who'd be friends with a laptop?
  • Kick the Dog:
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Sakura's Running Gag of being dismissed while having to remind people of her gender.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Makoto sitting in the trash dump.
    Makoto: Ah! Damn trash bags. I hate those things! And who knows what's inside them. Ergh! It better not be anything purple. I really hate that... Hey Kyoko! How you doing? Looking as lovely as always.
    Kyoko: I heard what you said jackass!
  • Left Hanging: Several characters complain about how The Worst, Most Despair-Inducing Incident doesn't get explained.
    "Now, if you'll all line up and pay attention to the television so that I can show you something confusing that's probably important to the story, but we're not going to explain it for some reason. Almost like we don't even know why we're drawing your attention to it ourselves."
  • Lemony Narrator: He frequently snarks at the cast, and that's just the start.
    Makoto: Hey Narrator. Since when did you become a character anyway?
    Narrator: Ever since you left your brain at home, Makoto.
  • Malaproper:
    • Byakuya of all people, after he just berated Jill for misspelling "body."
      "Hmm, it's quite possible that this door is also rigged to blow. So all we need is someone who's fire retarded. Ah Makoto! Glad you showed up.
    • Asahina bases her decision to search the data center with Makoto entirely on the chance that something might still blow up and needing someone that's 'fire retarded'. Makoto tells her to stop quoting Byakuya.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: At least half the cast are voiced by True Review, which includes nearly all the male students and Sakura.
  • Medium Awareness:
    • The characters are very aware of their being in a video game, but there's still an awkward silence when Makoto says he's shooting down a statement, implying he's the only one who can see the game's actual interface. On the other hand, he also seems to think firing a Truth Bullet involves throwing a crumpled piece of paper at Leon, and engaging in a Bullet Time Battle requires him to make laser noises.
    • At one point Makoto and Byakuya make note of some plot points they forgot to go over earlier in the fifth video that ended up being important.
  • Meta Guy: The role gets tossed back and forth between the cast, but The Narrator is generally the one filling it at all times.
  • Mood-Swinger: Junko gets to hang a lampshade on her own erratic personality as one of her first lines.
    "Oh my God, this is boring! So I'm just going to explain it all myself and then claim that I never wanted to explain it all myself because I'm like, totally fickle like that.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Asahina blames Makoto for not checking underneath the hatch in the data center despite all the times he tried to with her stopping him.
    • Kyoko refusing to take blame for Makoto nearly dying in the fifth trial should go without saying.
  • The Nicknamer: Makoto to everyone else, if you Take a Third Option and assume his names for everyone are neither accidental nor malicious.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Junko squicks out Byakuya after yelling "Oh my God! I lost. This is making me so horny!"