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Given the setting of where the franchise takes place at and the killers tend to be sympathetic ones, more than a few of the characters could really use a hug right now.


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    Introduced in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc 

The Woobie

  • Kiyotaka Ishimaru (a.k.a. Taka) is one of the most morally good students at Hope's Peak Academy, being a kind, albeit Hot-Blooded youth who is one of two victims in Case 3 of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. His life begins with his family's damaged reputation, resulting in Taka finding it hard making friends, instead focusing on becoming a model student to restore his family's honor. Hope's Peak scouted him and tried to avoid the other students. He started opening up to people when Makoto entered the academy. Like the other students, he was sealed within the academy, and also had his memory his academy time there prior to Makoto's arrival, to spare him the tragedy of losing his family, unaware that Monokuma(controlled by the real Junko Enoshima) infiltrated the school and murdered the headmaster. The other students see him found him an annoyance at worst, and hot-blooded at best. After a dare with Mondo Owada, with Makoto being too afraid to stay out of fear for their lives, Taka makes his first real friend at Hope's Peak and completely breaks when Mondo is convicted of Chihiro Fujisaki's murder, and subsequently executed by Monokuma. Kiyotaka even risked his life by voting himself as the culprit rather than Mondo. After that, he ended up completely mute until one day, he found out about Alter Ego. After taking parts of Mondo's personality (as in Kiyondo), Kiyotaka vowed to protect and apologized to Alter Ego for his master's death. Unfortunately, this caused Hifumi to grow jealous and kill Taka. When the murder was discovered, Taka even ends up forgotten, even by the one who vowed to bring his murderer to justice. The only one who didn't forget was Hina.

Iron Woobie

  • Makoto Naegi was literally Born Unlucky. He has the worst day ever before he receives an invitation to attend Hope's Peak Academy, which sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime...only to then be thrust into a killing game with 14 other students. The girl he has a crush on dies after attempting to frame him for murder, the other students almost get him wrongfully executed, and to top it all off, when he and the five survivors finally escape, the outside world is revealed to be a hellhole of despair. Yet in spite of it all, Makoto remains a forgiving Nice Guy, still believes the best in people and encourages his friends not to lose hope. He's such a believer that Rousseau Was Right that when given the chance to kill the fanatical followers of the person who put him and his friends through hell, he instead decides to give them all a second chance through rehabilitation in the Neo World Program. It's no wonder he earns the title of Ultimate Hope.
  • Aoi Asahina, also known as Hina, hangs out with fellow tomboy and MMA master, Sakura Ogami, whom many people, Kiyotaka included, thought was a guy at first until they found out her gender. Hina starts off as a talented swimmer until the apocalypse outside Hope's Peak Academy and the headmaster sealed her inside along with the other students. She woke up two years later forgetting of the times she got to know everyone, and at first, forgets Makoto's name, forcing him to repeat it to her three times. Hina was one of the people who didn't think Makoto killed Sayaka, as she found out Sayaka was planning to kill someone. She finds out her family was killed with possible including of her little brother who looked up to her but is one of the only students to never commit murder or be a victim. She does, however, discover Alter Ego after a mental breakdown of not wanting to kill anyone. Chapter 4 utterly breaks her as she finds out Sakura seemingly killed herself because of the surviving students, and blames them for her best friend's death, attempting to commit Suicide by Cop by misleading the investigation and getting everyone killed. However, she does feel horrible for this when Monokuma reveals Sakura's real intention was to stop them from killing each other. In the bad ending, she ends up giving birth to the children of Makoto, Yasuhiro, and Byakuya living in fear, but deluded happiness, being the only surviving female. In Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School, she is supposedly murdered but survives as it was just a prank one of the antagonists played on her. Ultimately, despite being seemingly bubbly and cute, she's got a tough exterior but weak interior, and like quite a few of the class, is very tragic.

Jerkass Woobie

  • While Toko is the type of girl who is antagonistic and assumes the worst out of everything, she has very little self-esteem from being bullied and she has a Split Personality in the form of Genocide Jill, making it seem she was just trying to push people away from her.
  • From the manga, Celeste can be one once it talks about her having a Dark and Troubled Past of her growing up as a Generic Girl who has zero people to love and once she discovers her talent, she does everything to be viewed as "special" even going into darker parts of her personality. While it is unsure if the Dark and Troubled Past is truly canon or not, some dialogue in School Mode in the game's re-release seems to back it up, and Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls takes it even further where the thing that she loves most happens to be a freaking cat.
  • Mondo Owada was the teenage biker gang leader and the Ultimate Biker. His story first begins when he was younger, unwittingly causing his elder brother: Daiya Owada, to die in a traffic accident while motorcycling, sacrificing his life so that Mondo could live. As he became biker gang leader, Mondo was constantly judged and criticized for not being his brother, being weak, and not being the leader the gang deserved. Yet, despite all the criticism thrown his way, he still carried on. Sometime before the events of the first game when he was attending a different school, Mondo met the young computer genius, Chihiro Fujisaki. He grew fond of the young prodigy and hung out with him and Leon Kuwata. During the Killing Game, after a dare with Kiyotaka Ishimaru, the Ultimate Moral Compass, he began to respect him and the two became friends. One night, vowing to become stronger, Chihiro unknowingly caused a bit of PTSD by asking Mondo to train him. In a fit of rage, Mondo beat Chihiro over the head with a dumbbell and before he knew it, Chihiro was on the ground, dead. Wanting to keep Chihiro's secret about actually being a guy a secret, as a man-to-man promise, he changed the carpet from the girl's locker room and the bloodied poster and moved it all to the girl's locker. He then tossed Chihiro's e-Handbook into the sauna as his also broke when it was exposed to high temperature. During the trial, when cornered by Makoto Naegi, Mondo admits everything much to Kiyotaka's surprise and horror and gets executed by a motorbike in an electric cage which somehow turns him into butter. In the end, despite his brash exterior and rough attitude, he was really a pretty cool guy underneath it all.

Stoic Woobie

  • For all the work Kyoko puts into convincing Makoto of her dislike for her father, her reaction to the family photo leaves him unconvinced. When he sees her later on, she calls their heart-to-heart discussion on her regrets surrounding his death "rambling" (though the fact she was even willing to openly ask for his help with this issue marks some pretty serious Character Development).
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    Introduced in Danganronpa Zero 

Jerkass Woobie

  • Matsuda gets introduced as a massive asshole who treats Ryouko terribly, even though there are hints he does care about her. Then we learn the full deal concerning him: that he was trying to protect Ryouko from herself and was ultimately his own girlfriend's Unwitting Pawn, and he gets incredibly depressing.

Stoic Woobie

    Introduced in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair 

The Woobie

  • Mikan arguably has the lowest self-esteem out of all of the characters, is Prone to Tears, spends a long time being bullied, and honestly believes that Junko Enoshima loved her. She is also implied to come from an abusive household, and bursts into tears when the Ultimate Imposter pays her a compliment in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School because it's the first time someone's been nice to her. She was brainwashed by Junko and was subjected to more abuse, which, because she's been brainwashed, she happily accepts.

Jerkass Woobie

  • Kazuichi and Hiyoko. The former is actually a bullied Shrinking Violet who only does Jerkass stuff just because he believes it's what "cool" people do. The latter (assuming that she is telling the truth) has had to live a terrible home life where her father went mad protecting her and has her going through deadly sabotage attempts.

Stoic Woobie

  • Peko lived her life thinking that she was Fuyuhiko's tool after she was abandoned by her family. The fact that she thought that she killed Fuyuhiko during her execution came across a huge Tear Jerker.

    Introduced in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls 

Iron Woobie

  • Komaru was trapped inside an apartment for about a year with zero idea that the world has ended. When somebody finally set her free, she ended up being invited to a bigger nightmare in which she would rather be trapped inside her apartment again. Cue Monokuma robots and murderous children trying to go out of their way to kill her. She could use a big hug after the game.

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

Jerkass Woobie

  • Natsumi (who is a reserve course student like Hajime) has even lower self-esteem than Hajime. She wanted to have a talent so badly that she made up her own talent as the Ultimate Little Sister because she believes that she is unworthy of being around her brother if she is unable to have a talent of sorts.
  • Juzo felt left behind by the romance between Chisa and Munakuta. He has Undying Loyalty towards Munakuta, which leads Munakuta to seemingly kill him in Episode 9 of Side: Future. And the reason for Munakuta killing Juzo is because Junko knew that Juzo was gay for Munakuta, which she used to blackmail Juzo in Side: Despair: he told Munakata Junko was innocent, or she'd tell him his feelings. He grudgingly goes along, which caused Munakata to believe he was a Remnant of Despair once the truth of Junko being evil came out. And after Juzo survived Munakuta's attempted murder towards him, he sacrificed himself in order to end the killing game once and for all to have Munakuta be safe.
  • Munakuta lost both his girlfriend and his best friend. His girlfriend also turned out to be a Brainwashed and Crazy Remnant of Despair who has been slowly corrupting him into becoming a Knight Templar. For added fun, he killed the aforementioned best friend out of paranoia that he was also a Remnant of Dispair. Despite Munakata wanting to ask Juzo for his forgiveness after he finds out that his friend actually survived the attack, he's too late, as Juzo had already bled out moments before he reached him. His only consolation is that he died with a smile on his face and that Makoto had previously told him that Juzo was the one who shut the final killing game down. By Side: Hope, he is the only survivor to have a complete Downer Ending, which became one of the many complaints of Side: Hope.
  • While Ruruka came across as a bit of an Unintentionally Unsympathetic Alpha Bitch, she has terrible self-esteem to the point that she committed suicide in a very brutal fashion. It is very telling of how much she hated herself.
  • While the way Izayoi treats anybody who is not his girlfriend is not exactly the best thing in the world, it's hard to not feel bad for somebody who was killed by their lover. Especially since that said lover (Ruruka) previously said Izayoi was the only person she trusted.

    Introduced in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony 

Iron Woobie

  • Himiko Yumeno. The poor girl does not take the killings well, especially the deaths of Tenko (who was implied to have a crush on Himiko), Angie (her best friend), and Gonta (pretty much a big brother to her). And yet she still manages to soldier on to the end.

Jerkass Woobie

  • Maki Harukawa is an unpleasant Jerkass in the early parts of the game, but after her backstory and real nature is exposed, it's very hard not to feel sorry for her.
  • Miu Iruma explicitly says that she was inspired to become an inventor and help people after she was finally able to wake up from a coma, which alone explains her "while you sleep" series very well. She also knew full well her decision to kill Ouma and graduate was wrong, but she was acting out of the genuine belief that, with absolute confirmation that the world had gone to absolute shit, that she was needed to help people. Her prioritizing her life over her classmates is selfish, yes, but her motive was one of pure altruism and in flashback she seemed to still genuinely regret her decision before her death. There is also the fact that she is actually a Reluctant Fanservice Girl when push comes to shove and has surprising moments of shyness when she drops her brash persona.

Stoic Woobie

  • Ryoma Hoshi is a self-loathing Death Seeker who is implied to be suffering from depression. Come to his video in Chapter 2 where it was completely empty, showing that nobody really cares about him in the outside world, causing him to lose his will to live and allow himself to be murdered by Kirumi. It's a huge Tear Jerker to think about in itself, but it gets even worse when you realize that he used to have a family and a girlfriend who were murdered by the mafia, which ultimately caused him to use his talent for murder.
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