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  • Franchise-wide:
    • Monokuma/The Mastermind has trapped 15-16 high school students in a Deadly Game and forced them to get away with murder in order to escape.
      You'd Expect: One of the wannabe murderers to realize that they have been denied basic forensic equipment, grab a bludgeon, and whack someone on the head when they go for a late night snack or something similar.note 
      Instead: They (or at least those who actually plan things out in advance) commit insanely complicated murders that ultimately leave behind plenty of evidence for a plucky young Ordinary High-School Student with Idiot Hair to collect and use to pin them for the murder. Spoiler 
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    Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc 

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

  • One exclusive to the manga adaptation. Leon has just beaten back Sayaka's murder attempt, and she has locked herself in Makoto's bathroom. Note that in this version, she is still armed with a knife and is clearly homicidally unstable.
    You'd Expect: Leon to run off and get help from someone big and strong like Mondo or Sakura before he makes his next move.
    Instead: He charges in on his own in a half-cocked attempt to calm her down.
    The Result: Sayaka attacks again in a blind panic and is killed in the struggle. Leon then has to live with the guilt of killing another person for the rest of his very short life.
  • Leon has Sayaka murdered and still in the bathroom. He casually decides to remove any trace of evidence about his presence in the dormitory.
    You'd Expect: Leon to monitor the status of the body itself to check for any unusual circumstances (The dying message, in this case) just like a murderer's etiquette would require, since this is the first case.
    Instead: He completely ignores the body and, therefore, the dying message, thinking there would be no consequences involved in ignoring it. Sayaka was long out of his secondhand plan by deciding to recognise who killed her and documenting their identity on the surface behind her.
  • Leon is in the process of disposing of the evidence that links him to Sayaka's death. After taking the evidence to the garbage disposal room, he finds that the path to the incinerator is locked shut with a giant gate that he's incapable of opening.
    You'd Expect: Leon would come up with a different way of hiding or destroying the evidence, as even if he could successfully start the incinerator and dispose of the evidence, he wouldn't be able to turn the incinerator off again, making it obvious to everyone else that this was how the evidence was destroyed and ensuring that it would be investigated further.
    Instead: Not only does Leon use the incinerator, he makes it incredibly obvious that he was the one who used it by hitting the switch with a thrown object from 30 feet away through a slot in the gate; a method that only he, as the Ultimate Baseball Star, could feasibly accomplish.
    Even Worse: Instead of using a projectile that could possibly be mistaken as trash that was somehow not properly burned, he uses Hiro's missing "crystal" ball, making it incredibly easy to determine that the switch was activated with the aforementioned throw, even before factoring in the fact that it shattered on impact, making it highly likely that he would be outed as the killer even before considering the rest of the evidence.
    For Bonus Points: Even ignoring all of the other ways that using the incinerator could be (and was) traced back to him, Leon's method of disposing of the evidence has a fatal flaw. Even if he had stayed long enough to see the burnt sleeve on the shirt fall from the incinerator, he would have had no way to do anything about it because of the aforementioned gate blocking his entry. While the shirt piece was not a completely damning piece of evidence by itself (as he wasn't the only student to wear white shirts), it narrowed down the pool of suspects considerably and, combined with the above consequences, resulted in his execution.
  • In the second chapter, Mondo makes two mistakes that get him caught, convicted, and killed.
    • Mondo always refers to boys as dudes and girls as chicks. Right before he killed Chihiro, he learned about Chihiro's status as a Wholesome Crossdresser.
      You'd Expect: For Mondo to refer to Chihiro as a chick during the investigation as it may raise some eyebrows if he called a seemingly girl a dude.
      Instead: He refers to Chihiro once as a dude just as his body was discovered. This causes Kyoko to suspect him long before he makes the gaffe about the tracksuit.
    • Celestia testifies that she saw Chihiro stuff a tracksuit into a duffel-bag on his way to the locker room. Since it seemed like the killer and victim were going to train before the murder occurred, Ishimaru mulls that the tracksuit matched the killer's. Said killer, Mondo Owada, has something to add...
      You'd Expect: For Mondo to think carefully and say something that won't draw suspicion.
      Or: For him to exercise his right to remain silent, for anything he says can and will be used against him in a school court of law.
      Instead: He mentions how Chihiro and the killer must have had the same blue tracksuit ... except that Celestia never mentioned what the color was. It turns out to be blue and Mondo's conviction is assured.
  • Chapter 3 has two gaffes by the killers.
    • Yamada has created a costume to force Hagakure in to frame him for the murder of Kiyotaka.
      You'd Expect: For him to make a costume that would be actually possible to commit crimes while in it, even if he wasn't fully aware of all of the details the frame-up would need.
      Instead: The costume that is made is very hard to move around in, makes it impossible to bend over while wearing and has a latch on it that prevents anyone wearing it from actually taking it off themselves.
      As A Result: While it does stop the framed student from ditching the costume after regaining consciousness, and ensures that they stand upright while unconscious (which is necessary when posing for the "attack" photo), the design flaws mean that the others quickly realize that there's no way Hagakure could possibly be the killer.
    • Makoto, Celestia and Hina find Hifumi's supposed dead body. Makoto leaves to find Byakuya, who has found Kiyotaka's body. When Makoto returns with Byakuya, Hifumi has disappeared. This is all part of Celestia's plan.
      You'd Expect: The aforementioned culprit to exercise her right to remain silent, for anything she says can and will be used against her in a school court of law. Such as...
      Instead: Celestia bemoans how they'll all die "just like those guys died." Problem was, neither Makoto nor Byakuya announced Kiyotaka's death yet. This tells Byakuya who didn't do it and leads him to who did.
  • In the fourth chapter, Sakura Ogami commits suicide and leaves a note detailing how she hopes her act will release Monokuma's hold on the students and give them a new sense of hope. Monokuma then proceeds to take the note and replace it with a fake that says she killed herself because she couldn't handle the despair of the school which resulted in Hina blaming herself and the other students for her suicide.
    You'd Expect: Monokuma would keep the real note to himself or even destroy it. With the amount of despair that Hina was suffering, she would have likely killed somebody in revenge, or alternatively someone would have killed her for trying to get them all killed.
    Instead: He reveals the note Hina had found to be a fake and shows them the real note revealing Sakura's real reasons for killing herself and mocks Hina for falling for his fake message believing that this scoff would get the other students to turn on her.
    The Result: Not only is Hina forgiven for attempting to get everybody killed, but all of the students turn the blame toward Monokuma for tampering with the evidence and causing them to vow to putting an end to his game. Even though Monokuma does manage to get the last laugh in the situation by executing Alter Ego, he had practically allowed the heroes to develop a new sense of hope.
  • During the fifth chapter, the murder victim is unknown when their body is first discovered. The students go on to believe that the murder victim was either Kyoko (who went on to explore areas the other students couldn't go to) or the mysterious sixteenth student that the other students believe that they never saw before. Right before the class trial though, Monokuma was able to get Kyoko to come.
    You'd Expect: For all the students to assume that the mysterious sixteenth student was the murder victim.
    Instead: Yasuhiro Hagakure goes on to believe that Kyoko is a ghost and was the murder victim.
    As a Result: The students literally have to go out of their way to prove that Kyoko is not a ghost during the class trial. The other students at least lampshade this.
  • During the final investigation, Makoto and Hina go into the data center to investigate. In the attached Monokuma control room, there's a hatch door.
    You'd Expect: For them to try and open it.
    Instead: If Makoto tries to open it, Hina will insist on them leaving. After they leave the data center, Monokuma locks the door, then tells them that the mastermind was under the hatch and mocks them for missing their chance...or they would have, if the hatch opened from the outside.

    Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair 

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

  • In chapter 2, Hiyoko Saionji receives a note to go to a beach house and is knocked out. When she comes to, she finds Mahiru Koizumi murdered and herself the prime suspect at the class trial.
    You'd Expect: She'd tell the truth and nothing but the truth. After all, if she's caught lying, suspicion would fall further on her.
    Instead: She fails to help her case by outright lying, such as denying ever being at the beach house when the others saw her running from that direction. This shifts the blame further and further on her.
    As A Result: A great deal of students believe she is the murderer and nearly execute her before Hajime is able to put a stop to it.
  • In chapter 3, after Fuyuhiko returns from being treated and is now missing an eye, Akane decides to go and fight Monokuma, despite knowing that this is a violation of school rules and Monokuma can kill her with no repercussions. Nekomaru and the others warn her not to do anything reckless, but she runs off anyway.
    You'd Expect: Akane to rethink her decision or at the very least tell someone about her plans to try stopping the killing game with brute force.
    Instead: She attacks Monokuma, who effortlessly dodges all her attacks and then tries to shoot her with a bazooka, forcing Nekomaru to jump in the way.
    As a Result: Nekomaru gets so badly injured that Monokuma has to resurrect him as a cyborg. Akane not only fails to avenge Fuyuhiko's injuries, she nearly gets Nekomaru murdered.
    Even Worse: After Nekomaru returns as a cyborg, Akane decides to try again. Yet again, it fails, Monokuma tries to kill her, only for Nekomaru to block the attack a second time. While Nekomaru's new body is tough enough to tank the explosion, there was no reason to tempt fate.
  • In chapter 5, Nagito engineers an elaborate (in his eyes) Heroic Suicide with the intention of getting everyone but the Future Foundation's spy executed. As part of the plan, he fills a fire-extinguishing grenade with a lethal poison, using his supernatural luck to ensure that the spy is the one to throw it, while obscuring the true cause of death via brutal self-mutilation and a giant spear.
    You'd Expect: Since he, as the only living student at that point to be able to enter the Octagon (where the poison was obtained) and as a result the only student to know of the existence of the poison, he would attempt to hide or destroy the bottle that originally contained the poison (or at least deal with the label) while the other students were distracted by the fake bomb threat so that the other students would have no choice but to believe that he died from his wounds, ensuring that his "murder" could not be solved.
    Instead: He keeps the empty bottle in the refrigerator of his cottage, despite knowing that the victims' cottages in the previous cases were investigated where possible and that, since Hajime and Chiaki knew about the Hope's Peak Academy files that he won in the previous chapter, they would surely check his cottage for them if nothing else.
    As A Result: Hajime and Chiaki find the bottle and eventually figure out the true cause of death. Once the students determine what Nagito's true gambit is, Chiaki outs herself as the spy and is eventually executed (along with Monomi), and Nagito's plan completely backfires (which turns out to be a good thing in the end, but he didn't know that).

    Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School 

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School

  • After Natsumi Kuzuryu is killed, Hajime Hinata wants to find out what happened. However, Juzo Sakakura believes that the Hope's Peak committee will try to kill him for investigating. He doesn't want that to happen.
    You'd Expect: Juzo to politely ask him to not investigate and warn him about the consequences of doing so.
    Instead: He acts like a Jerk Jock towards Hajime and gives him a Breaking Speech to make sure he doesn't investigate.
    The Result: It becomes the final catalyst for Hajime to become Izuru Kamukura. So, yeah, Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!.
  • Nagito Komaeda wants to postpone the school's practical exams so his classmates can have more time to grieve the deaths of Natsumi and Sato. To do so, he asks Ultimate Pharmacist Seiko Kimura for a laxative with which he can poison the exam proctors. She directs him to a certain drug in the next room over, but when Nagito goes to get it, he trips and gets the drug mixed up with a steroid.
    You'd Expect: For him to check with Seiko to make sure he took the right drug.
    Instead: He decides simply to trust his own luck.
    The Result: He takes the steroid. Although he still accomplishes his goal due to his insane luck, his actions get Seiko, Ruruka Andou and Sonosuke Izayoi expelled from Hope's Peak.
  • Nagito plants a bomb that Ruruka and Seiko accidentally detonate. Afterwards, the headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy needs to decide how to punish the people involved in the bomb incident.
    You'd Expect: For the headmaster to realize that Seiko and Ruruka were innocent or at least investigate their involvement. He'd also know that Sonosuke Izayoi, Ruruka's boyfriend, who was there at the time, had nothing to do with it. He'd also realize that Nagito is now a guaranteed threat to everyone at Hope's Peak.
    Instead: He expels Seiko, Ruruka, and Sonosuke and only suspends Nagito just because of how lucky he is.
    As A Result: Not only does this solidify the rift between the first three, but Nagito goes on to be one of the people who brings down Hope's Peak Academy, which could have been prevented had he been kept away from the series' Big Bad.
  • As revealed in a flashback to when Andou and Kimura were younger, Andou offered some candy to Kimura, but Kimura declined it, saying that she could die from eating candy due to her medication.
    You'd Expect: For Andou to understand this and still be her friend.
    Instead: Andou starts hating Kimura just because she wouldn't eat something that would have put her life at risk.
  • Izayoi finds a hidden door inside the library and tells Andou about it.
    You'd Expect: Andou to realize that, if her boyfriend wanted to betray her, he would have escaped by himself instead of telling her about it.
    You'd Also Expect: Since her Forbidden Action is "letting anyone leave the playing zone", she would open, but not go through, the door to make sure it is the exit.
    Instead: Andou has Izayoi fill the library with deadly traps, making the others even more suspicious, then gives in to her paranoia and kills the most likely person to protect her in case of someone else finding the exit.
    Even Worse: Once everybody figures out she was the one who killed Izayoi, nobody trusts her for the rest of the game; Juzo seems to have no issues with trying to trigger her NG code and neither Kyouko nor Mitarai seem inclined to intervene. So, by killing somebody who is unlikely to betray her, nobody trusts her.
    The Result: Juzo opens the hidden door, which is not an exit, but the power room. Andou, having killed Izayoi and Kizakura for nothing, dies to "the attacker".
  • During his confrontation with Junko Enoshima, Nagito is shot and wounded, forcing Chiaki to drag his barely-conscious carcass back to the main building. After explaining the situation, the 77th class decides to embark on a rescue mission for the captive Chisa.
    You'd Expect: Them to realize that the wounded Nagito is currently dead weight and leave him behind, preferably in the care of Mikannote  or a trustworthy adult.
    Instead: They force Kazuichi to drag his barely-conscious carcass right back to Junko.
    You'd Also Expect: That they would they would alert the authorities (school security, police) before confronting the villain, and they would think twice about sending everyone, given that the villain has a bodyguard/sister who had already beaten one of the best combatants in the class.
    Instead: Every single member of the class (most of whom have zero combat experience) happily march straight to Junko's lair without letting anyone else know where they went. This goes about as well as you'd expect.
  • The mastermind of the final killing game, Kazuo Tengan, has these moments in spades.
    • Because he wasn't confident that the war against despair was going to be won through constantly fighting against it and trying to keep the survivors of The Tragedy safe, Tengan wanted to find a way for Ryota Mitarai to play his anime to spread hope throughout the world.
      You'd Expect: To find a way to convince or deceive him into playing the anime that would not involve any possibility where Ryota may die in the process.
      Instead: He devises the final killing game to shatter Ryota's spirit to the point where he will choose to use the brainwashing anime.
      You'd Also Expect: Tengan to make good and damn sure that Mitarai doesn't get involved in the killing game, either by keeping him as far away from the action as possible or simply leaving him in the above-water boardroom rather than moving him to its underwater duplicate with everyone else after the first round of sleeping gas was deployed.
      Instead: He lets him participate despite the inherent and extremely high risks that a killing game brings. While Tengan is incredibly lucky that Ryota manages to survive the final killing game in its entirety, one has to wonder how things would have changed if Ryota had been killed at any point in the game.
    • As part of Tengan's plan, Ryota would have to see the killing game in some way.
      You'd Expect: In the scenario where Ryota isn't directly involved in the killing game, Tengan would find a way to broadcast the killing game to Ryota.
      Instead (!): Despite Monokuma's claims to the contrary, the killing game was not broadcast for anybody to see. In fact, the building where the final killing game takes place appears to have absolutely no cameras inside it.
    • Toward the midway point of the final killing game, Tengan is questioned by Munakata on who the attacker is.
      You'd Expect: Tengan would either wait to bleed out from his stomach injury, or word his response in a way that won't make Munakata completely lose it, since lying would violate his forbidden action.
      Instead (!!): Tengan purposely words his response to make Munakata go on a murderous rampage through the building. Given how powerful and dangerous Munakata is normally, had Mitarai run afoul of him at any point, he would be royally screwed.
      In Spite of All of This: Tengan's plan goes off without much of a hitch, allowing Mitarai to become the main antagonist of Side:Hope...only for Mitarai to completely undo the plan anyway when confronted and Easily Forgiven by Class 77-B. Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!

    Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony 

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

  • Chapter 1 has Shuichi, of all people, making a couple mistakes that complicate things for the 1st trial.
    • Mistake 1: Shuichi and Kaede are set to retrieve the cameras they had Miu make for them, but the morning they go to do this, Angie informs them that there is a fight going on in the dining hall. Kaede goes to de-escalate things, while Shuichi goes to get the cameras from Miu alone. There, she tells him the cameras auto-roll the film in 30-second intervals, information that could be important.
    • You'd Expect: Shuichi to tell Kaede about the intervals while they're setting the cameras up in the library, or mention such information before the trial in some way.
    • Instead: He decides to hold the Idiot Ball and forget to mention such information to anybody prior to the trial.
    • The Result: By the time the subject comes up during the trial, Shuichi's claim of simply forgetting to mention the intervals, while apparently accurate, are not believed by anybody, and he is quickly suspected.
    • Mistake 2: During the 1st trial, while answering the question of where the shot put ball came from, he realizes that Kaede was holding a shot put ball when they went to get the cameras for Miu. He then suspects that Kaede killed Rantaro, but doesn't want to accuse her.
    • You'd Expect: Him to keep his suspicions in the back of his mind, but still participate in the trial.
    • Instead: He goes borderline catatonic upon this realization, an act that does not go unnoticed.
    • The Result: This silence only condemns him further when he needs to defend himself from Mistake 1. Kaede literally has to LIE to get him off the hook, and even then, a Scrum Debate is still needed to get him to finally talk.
  • In chapter 2, Himiko Yumeno is under suspicion for the murder of Ryoma Hoshi thanks to the murder taking place during her magic show (as Ryoma is found dead in the area of the trick).
    You'd Expect: For Himiko to explain the magic trick instead of her usual insistence that she was using real magic. After all, if she tries to hide how the trick works, Himiko ends up looking even more suspicious.
    Instead: Himiko keeps insisting that she used real magic instead of her explaining that trick because having to state that you used real magic is way more important than the lives of you and all of the other students except for one.
  • Also in chapter 2, Kirumi kills Ryoma in his lab by drowning him in his lab's sink.
    You'd Expect: For her to leave the body where it was. As pointed out in the trial, none of the students have an alibi for the time the murder occurred. Additionally, there was no evidence at the murder scene that could conclusively prove who did it.
    Instead: She sets up a ludicrously complicated scenario involving a ropeway between the lab and gym through the pool area, allowing her to transport the body and dump it in the tank set up for Himiko's magic trick.
    As A Result: During the execution, she accidentally leaves two damning pieces of evidence behind because she has no way of retrieving them. Additionally, in order to make the plan work, she had to make preparations before the murder, something Shuichi realizes only one person could have had the opportunity to pull off.
  • Korekiyo Shinguji is a Serial Killer who kills girls worthy of being his sister's friends and he wants to kill somebody in this killing game.
    You'd Expect: For him to kill somebody in the first chapter where the culprit can leave the academy without any punishment or class trial, and not have to worry about his possible death if the time limit for the murder to take place happened.
    Instead: He decided to kill somebody after the first chapter in which he will have to worry about possibly being executed then.
    Later: In the chapter where he commits murder, he's setting up a murder trap so his deceased sister can have another friend in the afterlife. Angie Yonaga runs into Korekiyo setting up that trap, forcing him to kill her because She Knows Too Much.
    You'd Expect: Since there would be no condemning evidence to convict him with Angie's murder, for him to abandon the trap plan, win the ensuing class trial, and allow Tsumugi, Himiko, and Tenko (aka three girls he views as potential good friends for his sister) to die via execution.
    Instead: He uses the trap to commit a second murder.
    As a Result: The second crime scene gives his classmates plenty of evidence to condemn him for both murders, and the decisive piece of evidence for Angie's murder would not have been discovered if he hadn't gotten greedy.
  • Miu Iruma wants to commit a murder to escape the Ultimate Academy.
    You'd Expect: Since she built an electronic device to control the Exisals under Kokichi's request, to attempt to do a Total Party Kill with that remote to make sure that no class trial is held.
    Instead: She attempts to kill one person without the help from the Exisals, and risk a class trial. While her murder plan ultimately fails thanks to her planned victim catching on to what she is trying, and manipulating somebody else into killing her in self-defense, that scenario may have never happened if she attempted to kill everybody with the Exisals.
    Alternatively, You'd Expect: For Miu to trick everyone into going into the virtual world, then log out when nobody's looking. Then, she could go grab a knife or some other weapon and murder all of the other students while they're all in the virtual world. After all, unlike the previous killing games, Monokuma does not put a rule in place against one culprit killing more than two people, and all of the other students being dead means no class trial and no class trial means an automatic graduation for Miu.
    Instead: She wastes this opportunity to off everyone at once and goes along with her flawed plan to murder Kokichi. This, of course, results in her dying instead.
  • When Miu plans her murder attempt, she wants it to take place in a virtual world, but also wants to have the other students believe that the murder took place in the real world by being poisoned.
    You'd Expect: Miu would select a poison that plausibly could have killed her victim without leaving any evidence.
    Instead: She leaves behind poison that causes the victim's eyes to become bloodshot.
    As A Result: This makes it impossible for the other students to believe the murder took place in the real world, and that the cause of death was poison.
  • In chapter 5, Kaito Momota crushes Kokichi Oma in a hydraulic press in an attempt to make a murder case so unsolvable that Monokuma doesn't know the culprit, and end the killing game. Around the end, Shuichi figures out the truth behind Kaito's murder case.
    You'd Expect: For him or Maki Harukawa to point out the latter shot Kokichi with a poisonous arrow, and state that there's no way to tell whether Kokichi died from the poison before Kaito crushed him with the hydraulic press or not.
    Instead: Right after Shuichi decides to go along with their plan and starts lying for the sake of it, Kaito fully confesses to being the culprit while neither of them point out the possibility of the poison killing Kokichi.
    As A Result: Kaito gets executed, and the killing game continues.
  • When Kaito is ready to crush him, Kokichi still has two of Miu's inventions: an Electrobomb that disables all electronics in a 50 yard radius for two hours, and a remote to control the Exisals.
    You'd Expect: That Kaito would take them. They never know when either of them could be useful.
    Instead: Both Kaito and the normally-Crazy-Prepared Kokichi seemingly forget about them, and they get crushed by the hydraulic press along with Kokichi. Granted, they were in a hurry due to Kokichi's imminent death from Maki's poisoned arrow, and Kaito would have died anyway from his illness, but that doesn't make their actions any less idiotic.
    As a Result: After Kaito is voted as Kokichi's killer and Monokuma brings the Monokubs Back from the Dead to pilot the Exisals again, the students are powerless to prevent the execution.
  • According to the mastermind, all of the personalities of the students were modified by her personally for the sake of keeping the show interesting. It's possible that the mastermind herself has had her personality modified by the Greater Scope Villains, but if this is true than either way this ends with a logic hole.
    You'd Expect: For none of the students to be given any kind of personality traits that would make them capable of outsmarting the mastermind or likely to target her as a victim.
    Instead: Kokichi Ouma is made extremely intelligent to the point of becoming a Magnificent Bastard, Korekiyo Shinguji is made a Serial Killer who only kills girls, supposedly has nearly 100 victims, and considers all the female students except Miu and Maki adequate "friends" for his deceased sister, Miu Iruma is made a genius inventor who could (and does) create gadgets to break the killing game with, and Kaede Akamatsu is made charismatic enough to prevent everyone from committing murder even after they are offered a "First Blood Perk" to escape without a Class Trial, and later threatened with the deaths of everyone if a murder doesn't happen.
    The Result: Both Kokichi and Kaito end up crafting a murder that even the mastermind can't figure out, forcing her to change her plans on the fly while floundering about to find ways of keeping the audience entertained as everyone tries to figure out just who killed who.
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    Spin-offs 
  • Danganronpa Zero
    • As a critical part of the backstory Junko Enoshima causes the deaths of all but two members of the Student Council. In the aftermath, the Academy brings in Yasuke Matsuda (Junko's boyfriend) to interrogate her via mind scan.
      You'd Expect: The Academy would perform hard inspection on the interrogation and be extremely cautious about trusting Matsuda, whose relationship to Junko would be easily deducible with a background check.
      Instead: The Academy lets Junko go after a single interrogation.
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
    • A Future Foundation team is sent to retrieve Komaru Naegi from Towa City, which is overrun with killer Monokumas. Komaru finds them and now, she has some questions for them.
      You'd Expect: The Foundation team to get her aboard their helicopter immediately and take-off. They can answer all the questions she has in the air. That ought to be the safest, sanest option when killer robot bears roam the city.
      Instead: The Foundation team proceeds to have their Info Dump on the ground. By the time Komaru points out that they're out in the open, it's too late.
      As a Result: Monokumas surround and slaughter the Foundation team. A Foundation member shoves Komaru aboard the helicopter, but it's been taken over by a Monokuma, who proceeds to take Komaru to its masters, the (ironically-named) Warriors of Hope.
    • Midway through the game, the Warriors of Hope find the Adult Resistance's base and attack. Komaru and Toko defeat the invading Monokumas, but they're imprisoned as spies by Resistance leader Haiji Towa. Later, Kotoko busts out Komaru and Toko escapes by switching to Genocide Jack.
      You'd Expect: Haiji would immediately either relocate the Resistance to a new base or seal up any breaches left by the invaders to prevent further attacks.
      Instead: He does neither. When Toko and Komaru return to the base, it's in the middle of another Monokuma attack.
      As A Result: Shirokuma has to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to secure the base a second time.
    • Near the end, Haiji, Komaru and Toko find the Resistance's ultimate weapon, the Big Bang Monokuma. They're discovered by Nagisa, who's suffering from a mental breakdown thanks to Monaca and has a new death machine with him.
      You'd Expect: Any of them to look at Nagisa's Empty Eyes, back at the death machine, back to Nagisa, realize he's lost it and attempt to calm him down.
      Instead: Haiji angrily shouts at him. This helps prompt Nagisa to attack Haiji and the others, leading to a boss fight with Komaru in which he's apparently killed. It's only when Nagisa starts shooting does Haiji consider the possibility that he's lost it.

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