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Spinoffs: Ultra Despair Girls | Zero | Kirigiri | Togami | Killer Killer
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It's virtually impossible to list tropes for the game without spoiling everything or creating Self-Fulfilling Spoilers because of the large amount of surprising reveals and murderer/victim exclusive tropes this game contains.

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  • Accidental Innuendo: During Chapter 2's Closing Argument, Hajime says "I can imagine how badly Hiyoko must have panicked when she came out of the closet" and saw Mahiru's body. As if Hiyoko's "affections" for Mahiru didn't read enough like Les Yay already...
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy:
    • The motives behind Teruteru's murder of Byakuya made readers who were previously disgusted by his horndog personality feel sorry for him. The execution didn't really help matters.
    • Monomi is more of an in-universe Scrappy, being seen as nothing more than annoyance even at the best of times. Then she finally starts to Get Dangerous in Chapter 5, starting to talk back to Monokuma in such a way to even shut him up, continuing on with trying to cover for Chiaki when she's being outed as The Mole and even fighting back against Monokuma when he tries to execute her, only failing after finding out that he vastly outnumbers her. When he finally decides to execute her, too, she finally accepts her fate and gives one final pep talk to the survivors before going off with Chiaki to face her execution as everyone seems to have softened up to her a bit.
    • To a lesser extent, Mahiru was not a popular character, but the fact she genuinely wanted to make amends with Fuyuhiko before her murder and died because the two of them let their tempers get the better of them, plus Fuyuhiko's sister arguably got what she deserved, makes her death rather sad. And then it gets worse, as according to Word of God regarding about her role in Danganronpa 3, it's revealed that Mahiru was innocent all along. She never played a part in covering up the murder of Fuyuhiko's sister, but was lead to believe that she was guilty of doing so by Monokuma's fabrications, which then lead to her murder over a crime she never committed. Suddenly, her death in this game becomes outright unfair and senseless.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Hiyoko Saionji was the 4th most popular character in an official Japanese poll (only bellow Hajime, Chiaki and Nagito), making her a Ensemble Dark Horse and an Unpopular Popular Character there. However, most western fans hate her for being a self-centered Fake Cutie who spend her time bullying other characters and use Crocodile Tears to her advantage. Unsurprisingly, she is always placed at the bottom of popularity polls by a large margin (only Teruteru Hanamura comes close).
  • Anvilicious: Specifically, "Bullying is bad."
    • A running theme about the pasts of the new cast is how badly being bullied has messed them up or those around them.
    • Hiyoko, the resident bully is A) a victim of bullying herself by her family which caused her father to go mad and B) ends up going through a major case of Break the Haughty due to Losing her Morality Pet, being framed for the death of said dear friend, and then ends up being killed by her favorite victim before she has a chance to atone in any way (for seeing said victim commit murder, not as revenge for Hiyoko's actions).
    • The "video game" motive is about how Fuyuhiko's sister was killed because of how she bullied her peers.
    • All these victims of bullying fell into despair and subsequently destroyed the world. Although, Danganronpa 3 reveals that the reason how they fell into despair was a different one.
    • This is very much a case of Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped, however, due to the belief that School Bullying Is Harmless, especially in Japan (where the game takes place).
  • Awesome Music: See here.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Nagito seems to be the prime example. He's either a complex, tragic character with a nasty Freudian Excuse between his abusive talent and being manipulated by Junko's plots, an unhinged lunatic who keeps trying to kill people in-between half-lucid ramblings about "hope," or a pitiable-but-very-dangerous mixture of the two. And while the authors almost certainly intended the last interpretation, even fans who agree with it often feel he was misused by the narrative, either as a source of cheap drama, a well of Ho Yay for the Yaoi Fangirls, an unnecessary Spotlight-Stealing Squad, or all of the above.
    • While Mikan was well-liked due to her shy, sweet personality and her attractive design, as well as the fact she's one of the biggest Woobies in the game there are others who finds her behavior after she kills Ibuki and Hiyoko obnoxious. It doesn't help that Ibuki, whose murder Mikan planned in advance, is a fairly popular character, meaning some people dislike her for the same reason they dislike Celeste from the previous game.
    • Sonia is disliked in some circles for similar reasons to Akane (mentioned below), as she doesn't change all that much as a character and nothing she does really impacts the plot of the game, aside from suggesting Hiyoko get changed in Titty Typhoon, indirectly leading to her death. Plus, despite being cordial enough with the rest of the cast (including Hiyoko and Teruteru), she's pretty damn nasty to Kazuichi and tells him to his face that she wishes he was a murderer and insults him more and more as the trials go on. Not to mention her Ship Tease with Gundham tends to really get rammed down the player's throats during the Fourth Trial, mostly to make Gundham's death more sad. On the other hand, others like her for her friendly personality, Nightmare Fetishist tendencies, and interactions with Gundham, and can't blame her for being nasty to Kazuichi since he obsesses over her and makes a lot of creepy remarks, though that doesn't excuse telling him she wanted him to die.
    • Kazuichi was at first well-liked for his design and friendship with Hajime; however, his increasingly creepy behavior towards Sonia and jealousy of Gundham's relationship, distancing himself from Hajime in Chapter 4 over a suggestion that Nagito made, despite Kazuichi obviously distrusting Nagito, did not get him any love. Nor did surviving to the final trial over several students (by virtue of Plot Armor since his talent is the only one besides Hajime/Izuru's that can help revive the comatose students) and getting very little in the way of positive Character Development. At the same time, there are a lot people who find him sympathetic due to his Adorkable attempts to be cool and Dark and Troubled Past involving his lack of friends and implied Abusive Parents. Thanks to his excitable, Nervous Wreck nature, he is a much-needed source of Comic Relief when the game takes repeatedly darker turns, and he does have several Pet the Dog moments. Plus, a lot of people see themselves in Kazuichi and can identify with him, especially given that though he's mostly harmless, the other classmates (bar Hajime, Mikan, Chiaki, Nekomaru, and Ibuki) are rather jerkish toward him a lot, usually with little provocation.
  • Best Level Ever: Chapter 5 is fairly popular. Nagito orchestrates his own murder while making it look like a suicide, and once the survivors see through that, he also ensures that it's virtually impossible to figure out the culprit. When you do figure out who did it, it results in one of the most heartbreaking outcomes to a trial in the entire series.
  • Broken Base: The LP translation for this game on the Something Awful forums included several attempts at Cultural Translation, which were met with mixed reactions; for example, there were accusations that the translation was overly liberal to the point of harming characterization.
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Nagito with N Harmonia.
    • Nagito with Sans (though this is mostly ironic).
    • tigerlizzie on Tumblr coined the term "sharkcest" for Kazuichi/Rin Matsuoka, since they look quite similar.
  • Demonic Spiders: The buff "armored" enemies in Magical Girl Miracle Monomi. Unlike all the other enemies in the minigame, the armored enemies need to be repeatedly jumped on to knock off their armor before they can be destroyed if you don't want to bother with (at times difficult) task of catching them in her magic trails. Now, these enemies often dash around, dealing damage whenever they touch Monomi and often getting the out of said loops and they require lots of successful jumps to lose their armor, particularly on higher difficulties. Not to mention how jumping on top of them causes Monomi to bounce in a semi-random direction and her hit-detection sucks, making repeated bounces very difficult. Plus, Usami loses all collision detection while jumping, meaning that all you can do against them is essentially do a combat version of herding cats hoping you can "trick" them into dashing into the loops you make to damage them. Which as said is a task that, while obviously effective since it bypasses the armor completely, can still be an annoying pain of a tactic to get a hang of.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: In a game about murders with a rich and colorful cast, Leather Pantsing is inevitable.
    • Downplayed in the case of Gundham Tanaka. Fans tend to gloss over the fact that he murdered Nekomaru largely in cold blood. Of course, there was also the fact that everyone would have starved to death otherwise, and that both he and Nekomaru declared to one another's faces that they would fight each other to the death (with Gundham being the winner) so the Sympathetic Murderer angle is definitely present in canon. Still, he isn't as saintly as people portray him; he is aware that what he did is still murder, and he accepts his punishment. Those who focus on the implications he did do it with the intention of saving everyone else seem to overlook how he was clearly okay with either outcome and how setting things up the way he did strongly implies he was wholeheartedly playing to win at first and chose to "lose" graciously when he saw that wouldn't be possible since Fuyuhiko kept him from making his planned "perfect" alibi.
    • Also downplayed in Mikan Tsumiki's case. There are several fans who gloss over or even outright excuse the horrific actions Mikan committed during her despair fever since she was clearly in a brainwashed state due to it at the time, as her murdering Ibuki and Hiyoko was caused by the return of her memories of being a part of Ultimate Despair, especially since most of the time she just seems too timid to do such things. However, the game makes it clear that the despair fever didn't change her personality at all and only put her back into her Ultimate Despair mindset (making her brainwashed by Junko at the very least or brainwashed by the memory return itself in a worst case scenario) and her Free Time events show that she wasn't as harmless as she seemed even in her most docile state of mind, being willing to injure Hajime just so he can stay with her and revealing that she became a nurse partly so that she would finally be in a position of power over people weaker than her after being bullied for years.
    • Though she does have a sympathetic backstory and a Freudian Excuse in that she grew up being told that her job was to protect Fuyuhiko at all costs and was his tool, Peko was still willing to murder Mahiru in cold blood and send everyone else down with her, only her plan fell through because Fuyuhiko couldn't condemn his innocent people to be killed in his place. Peko even tells everyone else she never really felt anything towards anything to the group and only acted like their friend under Fuyuhiko's orders. This is somewhat downplayed by the fact that she did at least end up apologizing for it in her final moments. She also asks the group to prevent any more killings from happening, implying that she cared enough about the others to not want anyone else to die.
    • Nagito manages to be this and Ron the Death Eater. Some of his most ardent fans downplay the danger his Blue and Orange Morality poses to the other students and can go too far in trying to excuse his actions, despite the fact that he consistently antagonizes the rest of the cast, has several nasty Kick the Dog moments, is indirectly responsible for the Ultimate Imposter and Teruteru's deaths, and tried to kill five other people.
    • Bizarrely enough, Izuru Kamukura gets this from people who see him as yet another one of Junko's victims. This is despite much of the information about him coming from unreliable sources, with what we do know painting him as a nihilistic mass murderer who worked with Junko out of apathy for others. He also caused the island killing game to happen in the first place by smuggling Junko's AI into the Neo World Program, yet the fandom largely gives him a free pass for this. Ironically, those people ended up being right when later material revealed that everything Junko said about him was false and that he wasn't ever evil at all.
    • The Remnants of Despair as a whole. While a great deal of the information on them is of somewhat questionable veracity (as it's information that Junko herself tells them, through Monokuma or the fake Makoto for the purpose of getting them to select Graduate and enable her to escape to the outside world), the indication that they've done many terrible things in the past is more accurate, and some fans tend to gloss over it. It doesn't help that Junko manipulated all of them, and that some characters seem far too nice and/or optimistic to be part of Ultimate Despair. As with Izuru, Danganronpa 3 ended up proving this segment correct in that the Remnants were not evil by choice, but by being forced to do Junko's dirty work.
  • Ending Fatigue: Chapter 6's "trial" is incredibly long. "Trial" is in quotation marks because, while the graduation exam is presented as a classroom trial in terms of gameplay and UI, there's very little actual gameplay involved—the first half of the trial has a reasonable mix of Nonstop Arguments, Logic Dives, and Hangman's Gambits, but the second half is almost nothing but talking and the occasional multiple-choice question. You get the impression that this is only being done as a trial so the chapter's boatload of dramatic reveals feature full voice acting instead of Voice Grunting...which is totally fair, but time really starts adding up if you wait for line readings to finish instead of just reading at your own pace. At one point in particular you're handed a Nonstop Argument where all 16 students have lines, so if you don't quickly figure out the puzzle you're going to wasting a ton of time.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Fuyuhiko's sister (who is only ever mentioned, only actually being seen dead in a picture during chapter 2) has people who roleplay her as well as a decent amount of fanart. There is also the somewhat-popular fanon of her given name being Fuyuki (to match her brother), although Danganronpa 3 revealed her name to Natsumi.
    • Gundham, due to his Large Ham moments and his Crazy Awesome character traits (a Satanic animal breeder). The generally-accepted implication that his murder of Nekomaru and subsequent execution was a Heroic Sacrifice gained him several fans as well.
    • Nekomaru is well-liked in his own right for his boisterous personality, being an even bigger ham than Gundham, his Taking the Bullet for Akane (and his subsequent Emergency Transformation into Mechamaru) and the implication that he willingly agreed to Gundham's Suicide Pact in order to save the rest of the students' lives.
    • Ibuki is moreso of a darkhorse than Gundham or Nekomaru in that she dies a chapter earlier than them and overall doesn't do much of anything for the story while she's alive besides her comic relief moments, her remarkable sense of hearing being one of the keys to solving the first trial, and involvement in the Twilight Syndrome case (which was glossed over in DR3, making her actual involvement in it questionable). Despite her lack of focus in the game, she is highly popular in the fandom loved for her humorous lines and positive personality that contrasts with her appearance.
  • Even Better Sequel: By virtue of making many upgrades to content and presentation without losing any of what made the first one so popular (namely the large cast of interesting characters who each have some Hidden Depths and creative murders/executions) many fans view the game as one of these, which is what made them so anxious for the English localization in the run-up to its release as well as a potential anime adaption (based on the animated Dangan Ronpa's Sequel Hook of Usami at the end of the series). Even the staff seems to believe this trope applies, since according to producer Yoshinori Terasawa, there was a deliberate effort to make the game as such; in response to people telling the staff pre-release that they were looking forward to the new game but that "it probably won't be as good as the first", they strove to make the game better than its predecessor in every possible way.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Tons, both in regards to the students past as Ultimate Despair as well as the implication that the comatose students will eventually wake up.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Hajime is almost always shipped with one of two people: Chiaki (Hinanami), or Nagito (Komahina), thanks to the former being his Implied Love Interest and the latter having an... interesting relationship with him.
    • Fuyuhiko/Peko or Kuzupeko is fairly consistently well-liked by the fandom, possibly for the canonical (going by Peko's Dangan Island ending) Bodyguard Crush status.
    • Sonia/Gundham or Sondam has quite a fan following too. This can turn into a OT3 with Kazuichi.
    • Also Ibuki/Byakuya, aka Heir Guitar or K-Ton, based on some little bits of Ship Tease in canon they had before he was murdered and during the massive glitch in chapter 5.
    • Nagito/Mikan, or Komamiki, won fans over despite their few canon interactions. Mainly because they do have quite a bit in common, and the potential Ill Boy/Hospital Hottie dynamic is seen as appealing. And Spike Chunsoft seems to support this idea by putting them among other fan-favorite couple in several official art works, such as this
  • Foe Yay:
    • Though she might not be serious, Junko's AI tends to display a rather excited and flustered attitude whenever Makoto resists her attempts at despair. She (as Monokuma) even calls him a cutie patootie.
    • Towards the end of chapter 4, Nagito begins to antagonize the remaining students. It is also during this time that he tells Hajime that, even after he discovered after clearing the Final Dead Room, Nagito stills holds a soft spot for Hajime. However, it doesn't stop his plans of killing the remaining Ultimate Despair members, which includes Hajime as well. It gets worse from the start of chapter 5, all the way up until Nagito's death.
    • Akane Owari makes it very clear that she doesn't like Nagito, and on two occasions, she gets very close to him by tackling him to restraint him. Nagito even taunts her for her efforts.
    • It's unknown (again) if she was serious or not, but the very first thing AI Junko does when she reveals herself in trial Six, was offer a Marshmallow Hell to Hajime (indirectly could be extended out to Izuru as well, given that she knows who he is very well and personally), Kazuichi, Fuyuhiko, Akane, and Sonia.
    • Chapter 0 showed that Nagito absolutes hates Junko Enoshima, wishing the chance to kill given be. However, there is also the fact that Nagito joined the Ultimate Despair group, a group that goes completely against his ideals of hope. He also replaced his left hand with one of Junko's, though it is not functioning.
  • Fountain of Memes: Nagito's personality is.....interesting, in which his obsession towards hope ended up causing many memes within the fandom.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: While Sonia's "I'll never be queen!" speech appears to be funny due to being a Covert Pervert, there's also an ominous alternate interpretation about that line...
  • Game-Breaker: The Delusion skill, available to buy from the beginning of the game, causes your Influence (health) to regenerate when using focus mode during a trial. Since focus regenerates over time this effectively gives you infinite health and means you can make incorrect choices with impunity during Trials, though you can still run out of time.

  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Nagito's strange behavior comes off as this when it's revealed in his last Free Time Event that he's suffering from frontotemporal dementia.
      • One of the symptoms of FTD is degeneration of communication ability, either causing people to use too-vague words or become tongue-tied, generally inhibiting their ability to express themselves. This not only keys in Nagito's tendency to use key terms like "hope" and "despair" to represent many concepts, but makes his Despair Disease of speaking only lies a kind of double-whammy of speech impediment.
      • His Death Seeker tendencies and desire to become a symbol of hope through dying also take on some horrifically tragic undertones once you realize that the post-diagnosis life expectancy of someone with FTD is only 2-15 years.
    • Similarly, try laughing at Mikan's clumsy girl status after her Free Time Events state she does it intentionally out of a desperation for attention.
    • Many of Akane Owari's habits and casual references to some parts of her life can be this after you learn about her past. See Iron Woobie below.
    • After Chapter 2's motive is teased by Monokuma, Akane snaps at Mikan when she agrees that Fuyuhiko has a point in that not playing the Twilight Syndrome arcade game to know the motive is dangerous (because not knowing means that the inevitable target will have no way to know that they're on the killer's hit list and plan accordingly), asking her if she wants to kill someone that badly. At the time, Mikan doesn't, but one chapter later she becomes the culprit behind a double murder after getting infected by the Despair Disease.
    • Peko's final free time event heavily implies she plans to ask Fuyuhiko out if they both survive. This becomes extremely tragic after the events of the second trial. Though, not so much after Danganronpa 3.
    • Gundham's final free time event, where he tells Hajime that he's not allowed to die without his permission becomes a lot more painful at the end of Chapter 4, with Gundham's implied Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Just before the Closing Argument in Chapter 4, Gundham, having already confessed to the chapter's murder, challenges Hajime to "trample" him with his argument to bring the case to a close. His execution has him being trampled to death by an Animal Stampede.
    • Ibuki's fifth Free Time Event, in which she headbangs with Hajime and he wonders how her tiny neck can keep up with it, suddenly gets much more disturbing after her death by strangulation.
    • Danganronpa 3 shows a very different version of the Twilight Syndrome murder case, one where Mahiru was never involved at all. Word of God confirms that Monokuma purposely altered the truth in his game, meaning Mahiru was specifically set up to be murdered despite being innocent.
    • In the final understandable Monokuma theater of the game, Monokuma, in a unusually OOC and depressed way of speaking says how "Everything is a lie. Everything is fiction." Fast forward to New Danganronpa V3, where all the characters personalities and talents being fake, as well as everything being "fiction", was the big twist. Similarly, Fuyuhiko saying in the last trial, "You better not say we're fictional characters!"
  • He's Just Hiding!: Many are clamoring for the possibility that Chiaki could still be around with a backup file. Also, since Mikan's execution involved her being launched into space and we don't see her body, along with her Despair Disease reverting her back to her Ultimate Despair personality, some people thought that she was either the mastermind or an accomplice, and that she would return in Chapter 6.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Before Monokuma transforms back to Junko, he say's that he's just going to skip his second and third forms and go straight to his final form. An obvious reference to Frieza, complete with a power up sequence. Fast forward a few years to the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ movie, and Frieza himself says almost the exact same line. Funnily enough, the younger brother of the dub voice for Frieza is also the voice of Monokuma in the anime adaptation.
    • Chiaki's pep talk to Hajime during the climax of the game is eerily similar to the climatic conversation between Ultimate Madoka and Homura in the last episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, to the point that certain lines could be swapped out with each other and only the most ardent fans of both would notice the difference. Now, seeing as how this falls under hilarious rather than simply heartwarming, you get three guesses as to who delivers both speeches in their respective English dubs - and the first two guesses don't count.
    • During Nagito's speech about how Hard Work Hardly Works, he says "No matter how hard a small dog tries, it will never become a large dog." The joke's on him since although he doesn't remember it, chronologically earlier in Danganronpa3: Despair Arc, Nagito accidentally made Gundham's pomeranian temporarily grow giant after it drank Ruruka Ando's steroid.
    • Kira Buckland voiced Ibuki Mioda in this comic dub, and would later become the official English voice of Hiyoko Saionji in that game, who said to Ibuki "It's a good thing your hearing is good, because your face, body, appearance, and personality totally suck."
    • Nagito's compulsive, outrageous lying under the effects of the Liar Disease makes him sound like Kokichi Oma.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The game goes pretty much off the rails when Mechamaru shows up.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming:
    • Ibuki/Byakuya has two different ones depending on the language of the fandom shipping it: "K-Ton" for the Japanese fanbase, a pun on Byakuya's pig ("Ton" in Japanese) based nickname from Hiyoko and the direct translation of Ibuki's talent, and "Heir Guitar" for the English speaking fans, combining a common translation for Byakuya's talent (The Ultimate/Super High School Level Heir) and a reference to Ibuki's music based talent to create a pun on "Air Guitar".
    • Soapies also gets used to refer to Hiyoko/Mahiru, based on Oren's specific translation of Hiyoko wanting to drag Mahiru into the shower with her.
    • "Soul Friends" tends to get used for Hajime/Kazuichi, whether in shipping or just them interacting platonically.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Nagito. His entire life has been one long Trauma Conga Line, but he keeps going due to his belief in hope—though whether it's genuine or just something he tells himself is another matter entirely. The "iron" part may be subverted in that he reveals at the end of his Dangan Island events that he actually wants to die to escape his cycle of good and bad luck. Given the amount of trouble he causes, and his behavior after learning his classmates are responsible for the Crapsack World state of current affairs, he could also qualify as a Jerkass Woobie.
    • Akane has dealt with perverts, poverty, and being surrounded by death for much of her life. Her funny Big Eater traits? She was regularly starving as a kid. Her Innocent/Shameless Fanservice Girl moments? Sexual harassment was the norm for her. Her Accidental Misnaming? People around her died or left her life so often that she doesn't have any reason to memorize names. Basically, she's Conditioned to Accept Horror. And her developing a powerful mentor/student relationship and rivalry with Nekomaru throughout the game? He winds up dying twice to save her (along with everyone else from certain starvation in chapter 4's case).
    • Sonia Nevermind. She's always been taught that her people must come before her own needs, has been kidnapped twice, and over the course of the game has to deal with Kazuichi's antics and her friend/crush Gundham's betrayal and subsequent execution in Chapter 4. She tries her best to hold in her emotions and not to cry over stressful situations tries to keep the fact she will never truly have the freedom of being a normal girl from bothering her too much. Since her classmates are said to be the first friends she's ever had, she truly believes in The Power of Friendship and hates watching her friends turn on each other. It isn't until her final free time event comes around that she finally allows herself to cry. Regardless of all this happening, Sonia still believes in her friends (as shown clearly in trial five) that she holds strong faith that she'll make it out of this no matter what.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Peko is Fuyuhiko's Bodyguard Babe, who only considers herself a tool for his advancement. Keep in mind that this is only revealed during this character's final appearance before dying, as both Fuyuhiko and Peko had gone through a great deal of effort to hide their relationship. Most official group art outright give away their status as a pair, despite the fact that it's supposed to be something you are not supposed to know if you haven't played the game.
    • Also, Nagito having...very questionable morals and an obsession with hope. This is revealed fairly early on, but is a major twist that has very significant ramifications on the plot and heavily changes both the player and Hajime's view on him as a person.
    • The fact that "Byakuya Togami" is really an impostor is also well known. This is different, as the actual revelation isn't very important to the plot, but is actually revealed very late into the story.
    • Hajime being Izuru Kamukura is something very well known among the fanbase.
    • Nekomaru becoming a cyborg is common knowledge among fans as well.
    • Chiaki being an AI in this game has became known in the fandom especially after it was revealed she was once a human in Danganronpa 3 and there was a bunch of Epileptic Trees in regards the relationship between the two Chiakis.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Some of Kazuichi's Jerkass tendencies come from his attempts to make friends by mimicking the boys who often bullied him growing up, mistaking these behaviors as being "strong" or "normal", and considering how casually he talked about his father beating him up for skipping a middle school field trip since, among other reasons, he knew his family might be too poor to afford it in his free times his home life doesn't sound much better. The fact his final one has him confess a good portion of his positive attitude is a deliberate act to hide how utterly terrified he still is thanks in part to his many trust issues and the situation at hand doesn't help. Not to mention that Kazuichi knows he used to be badly-received, but he doesn't understand that his new attitude is also detrimental to his attempts to make friends for different reasons.
    • Hiyoko's free times (assuming she's telling the truth) also confirm she had a pretty terrible home life, including but not limited to having her beloved father go mad trying to protect her from her rivals (which lead to her grandmother cutting her off from both her parents) and seeing/experiencing sabotage attempts which could have easily turned deadly.
    • Fuyuhiko becomes this starting around the end of Chapter Two. Not only he ended up finding out that his sister was dead, he nearly killed Mahiru who was the accomplice for the killer of his sister in a fit of rage only for Peko to grab the bat and kill Mahiru herself believing she was Just Following Orders. After he heavily defended Peko at the class trial and she was found guilty, he breaks down into tears and begins screaming that he never wanted Peko to be his tool - he just wanted her by his side. After he was nearly killed by Peko in which that came across as a major Tear Jerker, he ended up having to wear an eye patch, attempted to commit suicide, and becomes a reformed Broken Haughty having to deal with the fact that the two women that he cares about the most ended up dying. And in the final class trial, the only thing that he wants to do is see Peko again.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Hajime, our protagonist, has been paired with ALL the characters in the game and even a few from the first Dangan Ronpa. It leads to the fan joke that, thanks to his underwear collection, Hajime's true talent is being a pimp.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Whatever you think of Nagito, it's hard to deny that his plan during chapter 5 was really clever, and only gets revealed in its full form in the last chapter. Essentially, in chapter 4, he finds out that everyone except "the traitor" (Chiaki, unbeknownst to him), including himself, is part of Ultimate Despair. Deciding that everyone but the traitor deserves to die, he sets himself up to die in a supposed suicide littered with Red Herrings. He also intentionally rigs the room to catch fire—his actual planned cause of death is poison gas hidden in a fire grenade, unwittingly thrown by one of the others. Even though the group solves Nagito's trap during the trial down to the letter, it's still impossible to know who actually threw the poison grenade. Eventually, Chiaki reasons that Nagito's Ultimate Luck would logically cause the traitor (in fact, herself) to throw the correct bottle. Chiaki (actually an AI) managing to find a way to out herself against her programming as the accidental murderer is the only reason everyone else lives— as Chapter 6 later reveals that Nagito intended for everyone to guess wrong. Even if Nagito's idea of "hope" is terrifying and deadly, he managed to create a mystery with his death that for anyone other than Hajime and Chiaki, would have been truly unsolvable.
  • Memetic Mutation: Can be found here along with the memes from its predecessor.
  • Moe: Chiaki fits this to a T. She's a shorty, busty, sleepy-headed Gamer Chick who is voiced by Christine Marie Cabanos in the English dub.
    • Mikan too, at least before The Reveal and even then, people still tend to feel bad for her.
    • Ibuki is pretty cute as well, especially with her energetic nature and hilarious dialogue.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: There are many who consider Nagito's version of 'Sore wa chigau yo' to be this.
  • Narm: Hajime's Say My Name moment for Peko and Fuyuhiko after trial 2 is rather overblown and uncharacteristic.
  • Never Live It Down: Oh, boy.
    • Nagito is definitely the worst in this regard, as the events of the story have made many people label him as an evil sociopath whose whole character is based around HOPE and wanting Hajime's dick. This despite the fact that literally everything, from statements in the main story to the bonus Dangan Island mode make it very clear this is not true.
    • Fuyuhiko cried only a handful of times over Peko's death, and yet much of the fandom in the west seem to think he's literally incapable of doing anything without her.
    • Mahiru's introduction had her telling Hajime to act more like a man, and after Monokuma takes over, she arranges a girls-only get-together. The fandom promptly labelled her a misandrist and treat her supposedly hating men as one of her key character traits. While she is very much stuck on gender roles and is much harsher towards the male characters than the girls (with her excuse being that she grew up with a lazy bum for a father) the fact remains that many fans blow her sexism out of proportion and ignore her positive traits in the process. She softens up a little with Hajime if you do her Free Time events too as it is heavily implied that she has a crush on him.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Izuru Kamukura only appears in one scene, not counting Hajime's hallucinations in the final trial, and yet is very popular in the fandom.
    • The fake Makoto created by Junko also gets tons of fanart and is almost always included in spoiler-heavy fanvideos despite having even less screen time than Izuru Kamakura.
  • One True Threesome:
    • Sonia/Kazuichi/Gundham are shipped as this.
    • Chiaki/Hajime/Nagito is also rather popular, primarily among the Japanese fandom.
  • Player Punch: As if the circumstances behind the end of the Chapter 5 trial weren't bad enough, the game forces you to manually choose Chiaki as the culprit. Sonia begging Hajime to stop doesn't help matters.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Inverted with Kazuichi. He was well liked in the early stages of the story, but gradually became a Base-Breaking Character with the more Out of Focus he became towards the finale. It doesn't help that his behavior towards Sonia became more or less his entire character in the later parts of the game, even as she makes it increasingly bluntly obvious that she wants nothing to do with him.
    • Downplayed for Hiyoko, she's disliked by fans for simply a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing selfish bully against Kazuichi and Mikan, the fact that Mahiru, her close friend not berating her for this behavior makes her Character Development useless but in chapter 3 where she dies. She happily supports and compliments Ibuki's singing performance which is somehow scary to everyone but to the fans even funny as well garnering her a few fans who warmed up to her.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Mahiru Koizumi gets a lot of unnecessary stick from the community, perceiving her as an outright man-hater. Many agree that her character improves on free time events, but as she dies rather quickly most people don't end up seeing them unless they play Island Mode.
    • As mentioned above, Nagito is this and a Draco in Leather Pants at the same time. His worst haters ignore his good intentions, self-sacrificing nature and legitimate mental illness, describing him as a straight-up irredeemable villain.

  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • Improved Hangman's Gambit might as well drop the 'improved' part for many people, mostly because not having the right letters appear fast enough will actively harm you as the screen floods with pieces crashing into one another. It's made even worse in the localization, which somehow chooses the longest possible words/phrases (up to thirteen letters, with most Hangman's Gambits being multi-word phrases of around ten characters) whereas the Japanese version would only use words with an average of five characters. The Hangman's Gambit was never a particularly well-loved mechanic, but the sheer length of most answers and the new rules allowing letters to crash off-screen (damaging your health) turned it from a short and relatively painless affair to a divisive mini-game that required perfect execution in order to Platnium the game.
  • Self-Fanservice:
    • A comparatively minor example occurs with Ibuki. She has a stitch running down most of her left thigh, which fan art tends to omit, although likely because it's an easy detail to miss in the first place.
    • Strangely inverted by Chiaki, who is occasionally drawn as rather chubby, when she's anything but in the actual game. It might be because she has breasts that look out of proportion with her body, so making her thicker makes them look more suited to her build and less just for Fanservice.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: While it's not that large, there is a noticeable shipping war between Hinanami (Hajime/Chiaki) and Komahina (Nagito/Hajime).
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • Nagito/Mikan has a surprisingly large group of fans for a ship where the two characters barely interact. (And in their one major interaction, Nagito makes it clear he hates her, or at least he hates her for killing out of despair instead of for hope, and Mikan replies with a very cutting Shut Up, Hannibal!.)
    • Shipping Peko with Ishimaru from the previous game is also somewhat popular, especially with promotional art showing them practising Kendo together. There's also Leon/Ibuki, as her Ultimate Talent relates to Leon's own appreciation for the punk genre - they even get to interact in the New Danganronpa V3 Bonus Mode, which only gives the ship more material. And Bonus Mode also gives us Mondo/Mikan, which is surprisingly cute and plays off each other well, with Mikan chasing after Mondo to bandage his injuries and Mondo going along with it despite being used to injuries like that so that Mikan won't be sad.
  • Shocking Swerve: A common complaint about the final trial is that the stuff with Izuru and the Reserve students comes straight out of nowhere. In actuality, the twist is set Danganronpa Zero, meaning that this only applies if you never read the book. It doesn't help that Zero hasn't been localized yet.
  • Squick: During the final trial, it is indicated that a member of Ultimate Despair (commonly assumed to be Mikan) transplanted Junko's womb into herself to have her children. Eugh. If anything, however, the localization makes this much worse, as the way it was translated implies that some members had sex with her corpse. In both cases it is even worse if you remember the end of the first game, Junko was crushed so in the first scenario the parts in question are dead and rotting mush more than actual organs and the latter... yeah. Commence Brain Bleach.
  • Stoic Woobie: Peko Pekoyama. She was abandoned as a baby only to be taken into the Kuzuryuu family... to be raised as a hitman/bodyguard for their son. She was told she only a tool, to the point even her name reflects it, and it stuck with her regardless of how many times Fuyuhiko pleads with her to drop that kind of mindset. She thinks of herself as being without purpose without her master because that is what a tool is. She even killed Mahiru to avenge the dishonor Mahiru helped bring upon the Kuzuryu name by trying to protect the murderer of Fuyuhiko's little sister so he wouldn't have to and try to save him by giving him a chance to escape the island without needing to dirty his hands.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Hiyoko abruptly getting her throat sliced in Chapter 3. Many fans cheered, and even In-Universe, hardly anyone is actually upset that she died. Especially since Mikan is the one who kills her (although her vicious bullying wasn't actually the reason Hiyoko was killed, but still.)
  • That One Boss: The "horse" Monobeast in the Magical Girl Miracle ★ Monomi minigame. It needs to be stunned or baited to be hit, or it will trample its hooves and auto-hit Monomi, but if the player hits the sharpened "mane" blade on the jump (which is frequently with the mode's shoddy hit detection) then Monomi will instead take damage and fall right into its attack zone, so baiting is the most frequent method. But it also sometimes fires off boomerang blades that seem programmed to hit Monomi mid-attack and knock her out of the line if it doesn't charge after her into the damage field. It is far and away the most difficult boss in the minigame, handily eclipsing both the later Monobeasts and Monokuma himself.
  • That One Level: The Chapter 4 Class Trial can become this on the first time, as it's very difficult understand most of the case without being confused, thanks to the secret about the structure of the Funhouse.
  • That One Puzzle:
    • Chapter Two's Class Trial has an infamous one: What was the murder weapon used to kill the first victim?note  For some players, the Nonstop Debate on the topic is firmly this trope; for others... well, not so much. Bringing up the topic tends to lead to a heated disagreement between those who felt the question was poorly written (and the answer a stretch) and those who saw the solution immediately.
    • The first Panic Talk Action falls into this for some, as the Final Strike needs to be worded in a specific way that might not be immediately obvious, and unlike many other Final Strikes, its components make sense in several different orders. This wouldn't be so bad if you didn't have to put the solution together in a matter of seconds.
    • Final Dead Room, during Chapter 4, is essentially That One Puzzle within That One Level (rather fitting, as Monokuma describes the Funhouse as a "closed circle within a closed circle").
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: One of the reasons Hiyoko is hated is because of a blatantly squandered opportunity to develop her character. Much like Kiyotaka in the previous game, Hiyoko suffers a huge loss, there's build-up to her character growing from the incident, but then she unceremoniously gets killed in the very next chapter. This is actually because Hiyoko was meant to be one of the survivors, but the game developers realized that they had a much more likable Defrosting Ice Queen character in Fuyuhiko and if he died it would make Peko's sacrifice pointless.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The motive of Chapter Three is a disease that causes people to have altered personality traits. This could have lead to a number of interesting character interactions or creative symptoms which could complicate the case, but only a total of four characters get the disease.
    • Mikan being the culprit of Chapter 3 has a few. For starters, she doesn't really comment much on killing Hiyoko, despite her spending most of her screentime bullying her. Another was how she killed Ibuki. Because Ibuki's Despair Disease made her gullible, she could have had Ibuki kill Hiyoko and then herself. It would have explained why in the fake suicide video, Mikan's bandages were missing.
    • Chapter 4 has the entire theme park. It has a lot of interesting attractions and a bunch of creative locations that would have been awesome to see a murder take place in. But instead, once you go into the Monokuma Express, you're taken to the Funhouse. While the Funhouse did make for one of the most complex and tragic chapters in the series, the theme park could've achieved the same result if they expanded on it a bit more.
  • Too Cool to Live:
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Usami/Monomi is treated very badly by almost the entire cast. She gets abused by Monokuma for most of the time, and almost all students are suspicious of her and are very annoyed by her constant appearances. Because all this hatred she receives in-universe, she's The Woobie to the fandom, with many players being able to sympathize with her, especially since she is constantly shown to be on her students side no matter how much they hate. It also helps that she is sometimes useful to the class, such as saving Kuzuryuu and Nidai's lives or her role in the Grand Finale.
    • Mikan was bullied relentlessly throughout her life by both her peers and family, repeatedly insulted by Hiyoko, and Fuyuhiko is rather harsh to her before his Heel–Face Turn, while the rest of the cast range from being annoyed or indifferent to being nicer but mildly condescending towards her, with the possible exception of Ibuki and Hajime. She's very well-liked by the fandom and many people express a desire to give the poor girl a hug.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Subverted, Hajime is commonly praised as being a much more complex character than Makoto from the first game was. Pretty ironic, given that Hajime's lack of special traits is what inadvertently led to the plot of the whole franchise.
  • The Woobie:
    • Usami/Monomi, who has to cope with the students' distrust, Monokuma's abuse, and being forced to watch helplessly as he plays out his wicked games.
    • Mikan Tsumiki: While first presented as a deliberately-over-the-top example we later learn during her Free Times that she was picked on, bullied, and abused by her peers all the time in her childhood and she put up with all of it without complaint because it meant they were paying attention to her which was still better than being ignored in her mind. Then she's the murderer of chapter 3 and while it's first presented as her going crazy from Monokuma's "despair disease", which she only caught because she was trying to help those already afflicted, as it turns out her strain just made her recover her lost memories of being part of Ultimate Despair forcing her back into that persona. The same Ultimate Despair whose dearly departed "beloved" was Junko Enoshima who, as we know from experience, was only manipulating her for her own twisted amusement. Danganronpa 3 gives Mikan extra sympathy points when Junko is shown not just manipulating her, but out-and-out abusing her too and she would be scarred for life if she finds out about anything related to Junko despite her actions in the Final Killing Game.
  • Woolseyism: On the other hand from the above-mentioned Broken Base, there are those who think Oren and Fedule's fan translation was Better Than Canon, and to this day grieve its premature cancellation.


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