Monokuma (モノクマ, lit. bear-thing or bear-person) is the main antagonist of the series. He is a strange teddy bear who proclaims himself to be the headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy and initiates a life of mutual killing among the students. He has various copies of himself throughout the academy and will punish anyone that attempts to attack him or breaks the academy's rules.
Visually, Monokuma is divided into two halves. Seen from the front his left half is a cute white teddy bear with black details and grey shading; his right half has black fur and adds red as a spot color applied to his eye to contribute to his sadistic appearance together with an evil smirk.
The identity of Monokuma's controller, as well as his motives for bringing the students together, are central to the mysteries that the students must investigate. In the first two games, Monokuma was used as a proxy for Junko Enoshima in her trials; in Another Episode, he is a series of different types of robots created by Monaca Towa for an army; in Danganronpa 3, recordings of him are set up by Kazuo Tengan to force Ryota Mitarai into brainwashing the entire world for the sake of hope. He is the only returning character in Danganronpa V3 as a part of the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles, now controlled by Team Danganronpa and accompanied by the Monokubs (Monokuma Kubs). His execution is named "Ultimate Annihilation".
The protagonist of the first game. An ordinary high school student who was accepted to the academy by raffle. He has no spectacular talents, aside from his belief that he is a bit more optimistic than most people, and was given the title of Ultimate Lucky Student (超高校級の「幸運」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Kōun", lit. Super High School Level Good Luck) due to winning a raffle run by Hope's Peak Academy. Ironically, he often falls prey to bad luck more often than not. It is revealed in a short story that Makoto's luck comes from the fact that his bad luck is so powerful that it cancels the good luck of anyone around him, to the point where he managed to get a fellow Lucky Student candidate eliminated just by standing near the mailman carrying her acceptance letter. However, it is also shown that though his good luck rarely manifests, it is immensely powerful in its own right, allowing outcomes that are nearly statistically impossible to occur, such as getting the Escape Switch from the item machine or surviving his near-execution. His talent also proves instrumental in undoing Junko's plans, as his bizarre luck completely throws off her analytical abilities. While having the tendency to panic or let his emotions get the better of him, he can remain focused under pressure and shows a keen sense of logic when piecing together mysteries. He is instrumental in solving all of the murder mysteries, and foils Monokuma's plot, earning the title of Ultimate Hope (超高校級の「希望」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Kibō", lit. Super High School Level Hope). He manages to escape from the academy alive and joins an organization called the Future Foundation, dedicated to rebuilding the world and fighting against Junko's legacy.
During the events of Danganronpa 2, he and the other survivors attempt to rehabilitate some of the Remnants of Despair by placing them inside a virtual world which would rewrite their memories of being Ultimate Despair students. However, because of a virus containing Junko's Alter Ego, the world is turned into another killing game, prompting Makoto, Kyoko and Byakuya to eventually enter the virtual world themselves to help the surviving students activate a shutdown sequence to stop Junko once and for all. Makoto also appears in Danganronpa Another Episode. He returns as the protagonist of Danganronpa 3, where he becomes involved in Monokuma's Monokuma Hunter game. His forbidden action is "running in the hallway." After surviving the Monokuma Hunter game, Makoto becomes the headmaster of the rebuilt Hope's Peak Academy.
The main heroine of the first game. Kyoko is a mysterious woman who seemingly has amnesia but also possesses a cool head and reasoning skills. At the beginning of the game, her talent is unknown, so her presented title is Ultimate (超高校級の「」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "", lit. Super High School Level ). While generally untrusting of others, she soon comes to believe in Makoto and helps him out on many occasions and in the class trials. She later finds out her true title is Ultimate Detective (超高校級の「探偵」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Tantei", lit. Super High School Level Detective), having had more of her memories removed than the others due to how her talent would hinder Monokuma's plans. She always wears a pair of gloves, which is later revealed to be for hiding burns scars she received on her hands when she was younger. She is also the daughter of Hope's Peak Academy's headmaster, Jin Kirigiri. She survives the game and manages to escape from the academy and becomes a member of the Future Foundation.
In Danganronpa 2, she joins Makoto and Byakuya in confronting Junko's Alter Ego. In Danganronpa 3, she becomes involved in the Monokuma Hunter game alongside other Future Foundation members. She is presumably killed by the poison in her wristband as a result of her forbidden action, "passing the fourth time limit with Makoto still alive." At the end of the series, it is revealed she had survived thanks to an antidote created by Seiko, which slowed the poison's effects and put her in a coma until Mikan revived her. She then becomes a teacher at the new Hope's Peak Academy. She is the title character of the spin-off novel series Danganronpa Kirigiri, where she, along with her friend and assistant Yui, becomes involved in a deadly game in an abandoned hotel.
The successor of a highly successful family corporation who considers himself superior to all the other students in the academy. He is initially cold towards others, seeing them as competition and, as he hates losing, initially refuses to cooperate with their attempts at escaping and investigating. He soon identifies Makoto as a potential competitor, and after the second murder, in which Mondo Owada bashes Chihiro Fujisaki's skull in with a dumbbell in a fit of jealous rage, alters the crime scene and frames Toko Fukawa for Chihiro's death, all as a test for Makoto, unintentionally exposing Chihiro's true gender and breaking Mondo's promise to keep his gender a secret in the process, though Byakuya himself feels no shame in doing so even after he learns the truth of what he did. Eventually, he becomes more amicable to the group, especially after Sakura's death. He is one of the survivors that manage to escape from the academy and becomes a member of the Future Foundation. His title is Ultimate Affluent Progeny (超高校級の「御曹司」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Onzōshi", lit. Super High School Level Scion). He appears in Danganronpa 2 alongside Makoto and Kyoko. In Danganronpa Another Episode, he comes to Towa City to rescue Komaru and gives her a Hacking Gun, but gets captured by the Warriors of Hope and is used as a hostage, eventually getting rescued with the help of Komaru and Toko. He stars in the spin-off novel series Danganronpa Togami and reappears in Danganronpa 3.
A gloomy girl with a persecution complex who is a best-selling novelist. She possesses a split personality, her other half being a serial killer named Genocide Jack (known as Genocider Sho in the Japanese version and English anime dub), or as she prefers it, Genocide Jill, who crucifies attractive males with sharp scissors. Toko switches between the two whenever she sneezes, or if the normal Toko passes out, usually due to the sight of blood, allowing Jack to take control. The two personalities share knowledge and emotions, such as their crush on Byakuya, but their memories are separate from each other. As such, Jack is the only one of the group who has memories of the past two years. She is one of the survivors that manages to escape from the academy. Toko's title is Ultimate Writing Prodigy (超高校級の「文学少女」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Bungaku Shōjo", lit. Super High School Level Literary Girl) and Jack calls herself the Ultimate Murderous Fiend (超高校級の「殺人者」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Satsujinsha", lit. Super High School Level Serial Killer).
In Danganronpa Another Episode, she has become an honorary member of the Future Foundation, carrying with her a stun-gun that can be used to control Jack at will on the condition that she no longer kill anyone at all. She is sent to Towa City to serve as an escort for Komaru, whom she eventually befriends, as well as to search for Byakuya, who has been captured. She reappears alongside Komaru in Danganronpa 3, where they both confront Monaca.
Nicknamed "Hina" in the English version. A well-meaning, air-headed student who excels in athletic sports, especially swimming, also having has a love of donuts. She bonds with Sakura during the course of the game and, following Sakura's suicide, tries to steer the jury towards an incorrect verdict as penance. She is one of the survivors that manage to escape from the academy, becoming a member of the Future Foundation. In Danganronpa 3, she is forced to participate in the Monokuma Hunter game but manages to survive. Her forbidden action is "getting hit with a punch or kick." Her title is Ultimate Swimming Pro (超高校級の「スイマー」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Suimā", lit. Super High School Level Swimmer).
Nicknamed "Hiro" in the English version. A laid-back and dimwitted student who is a rising star in the fortune-telling community. He is the eldest in the group, as he was held back several grades, and often ends his sentences with "da be" in the original Japanese version of the game. He is one of the survivors that manage to escape from the academy and becomes a member of the Future Foundation (in demo versions and previews, he is depicted as the first victim). He appears in the spin-off novel Ultra Despair Hagakure included in Danganronpa Another Episode, helping Kanon Nakajima escape from Towa City. He reappears in Danganronpa 3, where he ends up separated from the other Future Foundation members after the Future Foundation headquarters is attacked, leaving him outside the building. His title is Ultimate Clairvoyant (超高校級の「占い師」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Uranaishi", lit. Super High School Level Fortune Teller).
A cheerful girl who is the leader of a five-member idol group that is nationally popular and attended the same middle school as Makoto. She has particularly good intuition, and thus makes a habit of jokingly claiming to be a psychic. Having learned about her band group being captured, Sayaka plans to escape the academy and try to find them by attempting to murder Leon and placing the blame on Makoto. However, her plan backfires and she is stabbed instead with her own kitchen knife in her stomach, becoming the first murder victim. Her title is Ultimate Pop Sensation (超高校級の「アイドル」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Aidoru", lit. Super High School Level Idol).
A brash teenager who is exceptionally good at baseball. Despite this, he desires to quit baseball and become a punk musician instead, as he dislikes the restrictions being a baseball player puts on his style. Having learned about his cousin, Kanon Nakajima, being captured, Leon plans to escape the academy and try to find her. His lucky break came when he ends up stabbing Sayaka with her own kitchen knife after her botched attempt to kill him instead, becoming the first murderer, but is found guilty and executed by being pelted with baseballs from a high-speed batting machine. His title is Ultimate Baseball Star (超高校級の「野球選手」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Yakyū Senshu", lit. Super High School Level Baseball Player), while his execution is named "The 1.000 Blows".
A shy, soft-spoken student and a skilled programmer. Initially presumed to be a girl, it is later revealed that Chihiro is a boy with a deep insecurity about his weak physique, resorting to cross-dressing to hide his gender identity. After Monokuma threatens to expose everyone's secrets, Chihiro becomes determined to overcome his own weakness and shares his secret with Mondo. However, this ends up angering Mondo who, in a fit of jealous rage, smashes Chihiro's head in with a dumbbell, making him the second murder victim. Before his death, Chihiro leaves behind a laptop containing the Alter Ego program to help the others, thinking he was not going to survive. His title is Ultimate Programmer (超高校級の「プログラマー」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Puroguramā", lit. Super High School Level Programmer). In Danganronpa 2, artificial intelligence programs Usami, Chiaki Nanami and Alter Ego consider Chihiro their "dad".
A hot-blooded student who is the head of the largest motorcycle gang in the country. He keeps a secret, the fact that he was responsible for his older brother's death after his brother protected him from getting hit by a truck during a motorcycle race. When Monokuma threatens to reveal this secret, he becomes envious of Chihiro for his true strength and cracks his skull with a dumbbell in a fit of jealous rage, making him the second murderer. He is eventually found guilty and is executed by being put on a motorcycle in an electric cage going so fast that his body is liquefied, turning him into butter. His title is Ultimate Biker Gang Leader (超高校級の「暴走族」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Bōsōzoku", lit. Super High School Level Biker). His execution is named "The Cage of Death".
Nicknamed "Taka" in the English version. An enthusiastically straight-laced student who is a stickler for rules and order and wishes to one day become Prime Minister in order to redeem his family for his grandfather's failures during his time in government. He bonds with Mondo, revering him as his brother, and becomes extremely traumatized following Mondo's execution. After Alter Ego cheers him up, he takes on Mondo's rude personality, represented by a change in his hair color and combining his name with Mondo's. However, he is subsequently killed by Hifumi under orders from Celeste with a wooden mallet to the head, making him the third murder victim. His title is Ultimate Moral Compass (超高校級の「風紀委員」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Fūki'īn", lit. Super High School Level Disciplinarian).
An obese otaku student who is a popular dōjinmanga artist. He proclaims that his interests are "solely in the 2D world." After taking an unhealthy interest in Alter Ego, he is manipulated by Celestia into murdering Kiyotaka with a wooden mallet to the head with the promise of escaping the academy alongside her. However, he is subsequently murdered by Celestia in a similar fashion in order to cover her tracks, making him the fourth murder victim. His title is Ultimate Fanfic Creator (超高校級の「同人作家」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Dōjinsakka", lit. Super High School Level Dōjin Artist).
Known as Celeste (セレス, Seresu) for short. A student in Gothic Lolita costume who is a famous gambler and known as the Queen of Liars. She claims to live by the ethic that one must adapt if they want to survive. She is typically calm and collected, but will occasionally have uncharacteristic outbursts if something greatly annoys her. It is speculated that she retains her memories of her agreeing to stay in Hope's Peak Academy for two years during the Tragedy, but is equally implied that since she is the Queen of Liars, her promise is actually a lie, and that she would not let the Tragedy ruin her dream of buying a castle no matter what. Appealed by a cash reward for graduating, which she wishes to use to make her dream come true, even with the Tragedy going on around her once she leaves, she manipulates Hifumi into killing Kiyotaka with a wooden mallet to the head, before killing him herself in a similar fashion, hoping to pin the crime on Yasuhiro. She is soon found guilty when Hifumi's dying words are found to be referring to her real name, Taeko Yasuhiro (安広 多恵子, Yasuhiro Taeko). She is executed by being almost burned alive at a stake, only to be abruptly run over by a speeding fire truck. Her title is Ultimate Gambler (超高校級の「ギャンブラー」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Gyanburā", lit. Super High School Level Gambler). Her execution is named "The Burning of the Versailles Witch".
Sakura Ogami (大神 さくら, Ōgami Sakura)
Voiced by (English): Jessica Gee-George (game); Rachel Robinson (anime) Voiced by (Japanese): Kujira
A fearsome yet gentle student who is a world-class fighter and is nicknamed "The Ogre" by Yasuhiro. She is occasionally mistaken for a man due to her muscular appearance and deep voice. Having been forced to become a mole for Monokuma due to her family being taken hostage, Sakura commits suicide by ingesting poison in order to protect the others, making her the fifth victim. Her title is Ultimate Martial Artist (超高校級の「格闘家」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Kakutōka", lit. Super High School Level Fighter).
The main antagonist of the first two games. A charismatic gyaru fashion model who has modeled for many popular magazines. She is thought to have been killed by Monokuma near the start of the game, having been impaled by several spears after assaulting Monokuma as punishment for breaking the school rules. It is soon revealed that she is actually the true mastermind behind the events of the game, who had erased the memories of all the students and put them in this death game. The one who was really killed was her twin sister, Mukuro Ikusaba. Her true personality is one that is constantly changing as she gets bored easily and thrives to drive people to despair. The strangeness of her true persona is also compounded by her having to play the role of Monokuma, who has a drastically different personality from her own, as well as the stress of running the Mutual Killing Game by herself without any kind of support. By the time the survivors confront her, it is said that Junko has gone completely insane, her original personality long since lost in her psychosis. She is also the cause of the current state of the school and the world, having manipulated and brainwashed the school's disgruntled reserve course students into rioting over their unfair treatment, which the school desperately tried to cover up until it spilled out into the outside world and caused a worldwide uprising against those perceived as special or privileged. When her plans are foiled by Makoto's dedication to never give up hope, she begins to revel in the ultimate form of despair and commits suicide by subjecting herself to a combination of the executions she inflicted on the other students. At the last second before her death, she becomes bored with despair and dies without knowing the despair of death she was so excited about mere seconds ago. Her body is then dismembered by several members of Ultimate Despair and the parts grafted onto their bodies. Her initial title is Ultimate Fashionista (超高校級の「ギャル」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Gyaru", lit. Super High School Level Gal), but her true titles are Ultimate Analyst (超高校級の「分析力」, Chō kōkō kyū no Bunsekiryoku, lit. Super High School Level Analytical Prowess) and Ultimate Despair (超高校級の「絶望」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no Zetsubō, lit. Super High School Level Despair), the latter title also referring to the pair's organization. Her execution is named "The Ultimate Punishment".
In Danganronpa 2, an Alter Ego version of Junko, her consciousness having been copied to Monokuma at the moment of her death during the first game, infiltrates the virtual world as a virus, turning what should have been a rehabilitation program into another killing game intended to both provide a physical host for her consciousness and to jog the memories and personalities of the students she was able to manipulate into her nihilistic philosophy. She attempts to get the remaining students to graduate so that her personality can take over the real world bodies of those that died within the virtual world, but she is ultimately thwarted by Hajime Hinata and the other students, being destroyed when the virtual world is shut down. Her avatar appears as a fully three-dimensional giant version possessing a video cell phone that she uses to communicate with the students in the virtual world. She reveals that, after having failed twice, she doesn't feel despair at her defeat, just disappointment, which she had earlier claimed to be the one emotion that she hates above all else since it can't be used constructively in any way.
The elusive sixteenth student of Hope's Peak Academy, who the others only become aware of when she is announced as the sixth murder victim. She comes from a mercenary unit known as Fenrir and holds the title Ultimate Soldier (超高校級の「軍人」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Gunjin", lit. Super High School Level Soldier). It is revealed that Mukuro was actually Junko's twin sister and one of the Ultimate students and was disguised as Junko at the beginning of the killing game under the guise of Ultimate Fashionista (超高校級の「ギャル」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Gyaru", lit. Super High School Level Gal). However, Junko became bored with the original plan and killed Mukuro on a whim; in Danganronpa: The Animation, Mukuro dies willingly. In the alternative story depicted in the Danganronpa IF digital novel included with Danganronpa 2, Mukuro is saved from being killed by Junko thanks to Makoto and decides to turn against Junko and help everyone escape from the academy alive once she realizes that Junko is beyond saving. During the novel, it is revealed that Mukuro does not share Junko's nihilist philosophy and only involved herself with Ultimate Despair because she loved Junko too much to abandon her. She also has a crush on Makoto, since he was not intimidated by her military background and talked to her like a normal person. However, in Danganronpa 3, the true Mukuro is confirmed to be as equally loyal to despair as Junko, with whom she shares an incestuous relationship, willingly slaughtering thousands in the name of their nihilist philosophy, with the events of Danganronpa IF being a simulation created by the Alter Ego Junko for her own amusement.
In Killer Killer, Mukuro is apparently revealed to be alive and a prisoner of the Future Foundation, with her followers (a group of female soldiers who have had plastic surgery to appear identical to Mukuro) raiding the facility she is being held in order to rescue her. Several years before "The Tragedy" takes place, Mukuro is also revealed to have massacred every man, woman and child within her old middle school but for two young boys hiding in a pair of lockers, who grow up to become the vigilanteserial killers known as "Killer Killer" / "Sparkling Justice", one having at that moment fallen in love with Mukuro from the incident at the beauty of her killings, killing any whose killings he believes to have been perpetrated without proper motivation, and the other growing to hate all killers in general regardless of motivation. By the end of the series, it is left ambiguous as to whether or not the true Mukuro is still alive.
Alter Ego (アルターエゴ, Arutā Ego)
Voiced by (English): Dorothy Elias-Fahn (game);Kara Edwards (anime) Voiced by (Japanese): Kōki Miyata
An artificial intelligence program left behind by Chihiro following his death, whom he considers his father. He generally speaks with Chihiro's voice and likeness, but can also imitate other students. After the others discover him on a laptop Chihiro fixed, he helps them decrypt some data on the laptop to help the other students and is soon treated as a friend. Afterward, Alter Ego asks Makoto and Kyoko to help connect him to the school network so he can find out more, but he is soon discovered by Monokuma and is destroyed by a bulldozer following the fourth trial. However, he manages to leave behind a virus in the network which helps save Makoto when Monokuma attempts to execute him. In Danganronpa 2, a reconstructed Alter Ego appears within the Neo World Program as its Master Program before being restricted by a virus brought by Izuru Kamukura: Junko Enoshima is revealed to have used Alter Ego offscreen during the events of the first game to transfer her consciousness into Monokuma at the moment of her death, becoming an A.I. herself. His execution is named "Excavator Destroyer" (serving as a replacement for Sakura Ogami).
The principal of Hope's Peak Academy and Kyoko's father who had not been able to spend much time with her in her youth. When Junko executes her plan to bring the world to despair, he becomes determined to protect the students by locking them in the academy. However, he is captured by Junko and killed by being sent up in a rocket, burning to death from the intense heat of crash landing back down to earth. He was later discovered by Makoto and Kyoko when they find his skeletal remains inside a gift box. His execution is named "Blast Off!". In Danganronpa Zero and Danganronpa 2, Jin is revealed to have been one of the creators of Izuru Kamukura.
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
The characters of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. From top row (left to right): Peko Pekoyama, The Ultimate Imposter (as Byakuya Togami), Akane Owari, Teruteru Hanamura, Nagito Komaeda, Sonia Nevermind, Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu, Kazuichi Soda, Chiaki Nanami, Mahiru Koizumi, Hiyoko Saionji, Izuru Kamukura (as Hajime Hinata), Mikan Tsumiki, Ibuki Mioda, Nekomaru Nidai, and Gundham Tanaka.
The protagonist of the second game, an amnesiac boy with a deep admiration for Hope's Peak Academy. Over the course of the Killing School Trip, he discovers that he is in fact a member of Hope's Peak's Reserve Course Department and has no ultimate talent. Driven by his desire for talent, Hajime agreed to take part in the Izuru Kamukura project and was surgically implanted with every talent known to man, lobotomizing him in the process. Reborn as Izuru Kamukura, he brought Alter Ego Junko into the Neo World Program in order to pit hope against despair and see who would triumph. Coming to terms with his past with the aid of Makoto Naegi, Hajime rallies the remaining students to defeat Alter Ego Junko and becomes one of the survivors who manages to escape to the real world. He returns in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School, where he has retained Izuru's talent and Hajime's personality. After reviving the students who were killed in the Neo World Program during the Killing School Trip, he leads them in battle to stop the unhinged Mitarai from using his hope video on humanity. Afterwards, the 77th Class scapegoats themselves for the Final Killing Game in order to protect the Future Foundation's reputation and exiles themselves to the real Jabberwock Island along with a repentant Mitarai.
Izuru first appears in the light novelDanganronpa Zero as detective Kyoko Kirigiri investigates him. Izuru is described as a student of indeterminate gender hiding on the grounds of the school, and the perpetrator of "The Tragedy", an event involving mass murder that resulted in the decay of mankind. They are briefly glimpsed by Ryoko Otonashi and Kyoko, both of whom mistake them for one of the Madarai brothers due to their similarly long hair, killing one of the actual brothers alongside Mukuro Ikusaba after they mistake Ryoko for Izuru. Izuru's identity is also briefly adopted by Yasuke Matsuda in snapping Yuto Kamishiro's neck.
The main heroine of the second game. She is a sleepy, laid-back student who is inexperienced in the ways of the world, but very skilled at video games. Along with Hajime, she becomes a central figure of the trials. She accidentally kills Nagito, falling into his trap which was meant to ensure her survival alone, but she thwarts his plans by confessing her identity and offering herself to be executed by getting crushed by a Tetris block in order to save the remaining students. It is learned during the graduation that she is actually an AI program created by the late Chihiro Fujisaki designed to observe and protect the students during the Future Foundation's experiment. However, some of her consciousness remains, allowing her to help Hajime Hinata° during his conflict. Her title is Ultimate Gamer (超高校級の「ゲーマー」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Gēmā", lit. Super High School Level Gamer). Her execution is named "Please Insert Coin".
Nagito is a deliberate foil to the previous protagonist, Makoto. Like Makoto, Nagito is an optimistic, subservient student who was accepted to the academy by raffle and received the title of Ultimate Lucky Student (超高校級の「幸運」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Kōun", lit. Super High School Level Good Luck). Unlike Makoto, his title is more literal, as he experiences an extraordinary cycle of good and bad luck that ultimately works to his benefit when good or causes some sort of harm to him when bad. Initially thought to be a friendly, upbeat, somewhat meek young man, he is shown to be quite deranged in his pursuit of hope, believing it to be an absolute good that only his talented classmates can achieve. Because of his beliefs, he is completely willing to let his talented classmates walk over him, for he sees himself as inferior to them, all while keeping his cheerful, optimistic attitude and frequently referring to himself as a "stepping stone for [their] hope." He is the sixth and final murder victim, orchestrating an elaborate death trap to trick the Future Foundation traitor into throwing a canister of poison at him and becoming his killer.
A wary student who is the successor of the largest yakuza family in Japan. He threatens violence to anyone who mentions his babyish face. He meets with Mahiru after learning of her involvement in his sister's death, but becomes enraged and nearly kills her when she calls him out for the murder of her friend, Sato, the girl who killed his sister, which the academy had covered up to preserve its reputation. Peko suddenly steps in and kills Mahiru herself, planning to claim he ordered her to do so to get him off the island. When Peko is found guilty, he tries to protect her but is severely beaten and loses an eye after Peko accidentally cuts him with her blade, subsequently using her own body to shield his. He becomes humbled by the experience, becoming a far more level headed and reliable member of the group, who tries to atone for both Peko and Mahiru's deaths even attempting suicide to show Hiyoko how sorry he was about Mahiru and is one of the surviving students who manage to escape to the real world. His title is Ultimate Yakuza (超高校級の「極道」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Gokudō", lit. Super High School Level Gangster).
A dimwitted, athletic student who specializes in gymnastics and greatly enjoys food. Having come from a rough neighborhood and home life has made her exceedingly blunt and confrontational. She forms a close bond with Nekomaru. She is one of the survivors who manages to escape to the real world. Her title is Ultimate Gymnast (超高校級の「体操選手」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Taisō senshu", lit. Super High School Level Gymnast).
A noble student from overseas who is the princess of Novoselic, a small European monarchy that imports large amounts of Japanese media, leading Sonia to become fascinated with Japan and thus deciding to attend Hope's Peak Academy. Generally demure and elegant, she also possesses some odd quirks such as a penchant for profanity in her native language during tense moments and has an excessive love of pop culture, especially horror movies. She is also a fan of serial killers due to their warped pathological behaviors. She is one of the survivors who manage to escape to the real world. Her title is Ultimate Princess (超高校級の「王女」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Ōjo", lit. Super High School Level Princess). In Danganronpa Togami, she is depicted as the secondary antagonist after usurping the Novoselic throne and massacring the Council of Global Controllers, alongside hundreds of citizens of Prague.
A flashy but cowardly student who is skilled with mechanics and has a tendency to overreact. Once a meek and bullied student, Kazuichi completely changed his appearance once he was accepted to Hope's Peak academy in order to turn a new leaf. He has a crush on Sonia Nevermind, but it is generally unrequited. He is one of the survivors that manages to escape to the real world. He is later discovered to have been the one to build the Monokuma robots. His title is Ultimate Mechanic (超高校級の「メカニック」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Mekanikku", lit. Super High School Level Mechanic). In Danganronpa Togami, he is depicted as a minor antagonist and Novoselic Minister of Defense, in the service of Queen Sonia Nevermind.
Ultimate Imposter (超高校級の「詐欺師」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Sagishi", lit. Super High School Level Imposter)
A mysterious person whose real name, along with any other information besides his Ultimate title, is unknown. The Ultimate Imposter has the ability to impersonate any other student, including their voice, personality, and talent, with the only notable difference from the original being an overweight appearance and an obsession with eating. In Danganronpa 2, he impersonates Byakuya, appointing himself as the group's de facto leader, proclaiming that no one will be killed while under his watch. He is the first to be murdered after being inadvertently stabbed by Teruteru, who was trying to murder Nagito, with a kabob stick. In Danganronpa 3: Despair Arc, he impersonates Ryota so the latter can stay at home to work on his anime. The Despair Arc also reveals the Imposter's true appearance: long black hair and gray eyes.
In the second volume of Danganronpa Togami, the true identity of the Ultimate Imposter is revealed to be that of Kazuya Togami (十神 数や, Tōgami Kazuya), Byakuya's adoptive half-brother, who hijacks their father's tournament for the title of Ultimate Affluent Progeny by killing him and several of their siblings. In the first and third volumes, set during the events of "The Tragedy", the Ultimate Imposter impersonates Byakuya in taking control of the Togami Conglomerate and sending out a "World Domination Proclamation" announcing the end of the world less he (Byakuya) be assassinated within the following 24 hours, at which point the perpetrator would receive total control over the assets of the Togami Conglomerate.
A diminutive student who is known for his culinary skills and inappropriate remarks, and is a bisexual pervert. He often claims to be an urban chef but is in fact from a highly rural area of Japan where his mother and his siblings (candidates for the title of Ultimate Escort) ran a restaurant, which he wanted to help save by finding success. He finds out about Nagito's plot to murder and tries to prevent the plot by killing Nagito first but inadvertently ends up killing Byakuya instead. Teruteru feigned disbelief at the situation but was actually the most worried, as his concern for his dying mother and her poor health drove him to panic. He is executed by getting deep-fried in a volcano, without being told of his family's fate, dying unaware that he had killed and eaten her as a member of Ultimate Despair. His title is Ultimate Cook (超高校級の「料理人」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Ryōrinin", lit. Super High School Level Cook), but prefers to be called the Ultimate Chef (超高校級の「シェフ」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Shefu", lit. Super High School Level Chef), claiming it sounds more sophisticated. His execution is named "Deep Fried Teruteru".
A strong-minded, common-sensed girl who is good at taking portrait photographs and has ill feelings towards men. She is the second murder victim, killed by a blow to the head with a baseball bat by Peko, who jumped in to do the deed to stop an enraged Fuyuhiko from doing so after he finds out she was involved in his sister's death, albeit indirectly, and had tried to cover up the killer's actions after the fact before Fuyuhiko himself had killed her. Her title is Ultimate Photographer (超高校級の「写真家」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Shashinka", lit. Super High School Level Photographer).
An emotionless and observant student who is a master of kendo and always carries a wooden sword. She is also a servant of the Kuzuryu family and a childhood friend of Fuyuhiko. She murders Mahiru with a baseball bat, doing so to stop an enraged Fuyuhiko from committing the crime and also pave the way for him to escape. Believing herself to be a mere tool to be used as Fuyuhiko sees fit, Peko tries to convince Monokuma that he is the killer and the others had in fact voted incorrectly. Monokuma takes Peko's claim into consideration, but due to Fuyuhiko's true feelings, it's decided that Peko is not a tool in Fuyuhiko's eyes, but instead, a person in her own right, therefore making her the blackened. She is executed by losing a fight against an army of sword-wielding soldiers. Her final act is to use her own body to shield Fuyuhiko, who had attempted to save her and gotten stabbed in the face by her. Her title is Ultimate Swordswoman (超高校級の「剣道家」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Kendōka", lit. Super High School Level Kendo Practitioner). Her execution is named "One Woman Army".
An outgoing, energetic student who is a guitar member of a popular all-female band and has a sensitive sense of hearing. Her current music is implied to be an acquired taste, showcasing elements of screamo music. She is the third murder victim, having been strangled to death and then hung on a noose by Mikan. Her title is Ultimate Musician (超高校級の「軽音楽部」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Keiongaku-bu", lit. Super High School Level Light Music Club Member).
A cute, yet malicious and selfish student who is a popular performer of nihon-buyō dance. She has a generally cheeky personality but will often show harshness towards the other students, most notably Mikan. She grows a close bond with Mahiru and is devastated by her death, and holds thinly veiled contempt for Fuyuhiko for a while. She is the fourth murder victim, having her throat slit by Mikan after she accidentally stumbled upon her killing Ibuki. Her death is played as an example of dramatic irony: despite the amount of abuse she heaped upon Mikan, despair-crazed Mikan, the "real" Mikan, did not even care enough to plan her murder; she was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her title is Ultimate Traditional Dancer (超高校級の「日本舞踊家」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Nihonbuyōka", lit. Super High School Level Japanese Dancer).
An anxious but devoted nursing student who is easily intimidated, often to tears. She once suffered cruelty and an extremely abusive childhood, and still takes a servile attitude. A common running gag with her is her clumsiness, as she often falls into physic-defying, compromising positions. She gets infected with the "Despair Disease", a pathogen created by Monokuma to drive the students into paranoia and irritability and which evolves into a different disease for each student. In Mikan's case, it became the "Remembering Disease," causing her original persona as one of Junko's minions and would-be lover to resurface. Hoping to impress Junko and eventually rejoin her, she murders Ibuki by strangulation and Hiyoko by a slit to the throat. She is executed by being launched into space on a large steroid-injected arm. Her title is Ultimate Nurse (超高校級の「保健委員」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Hoken'īn", lit. Super High School Level Health Committee Member), while her English name is a reference to the Japanese name for the "big nurse" Mildred Ratched. Her execution is named "Bye Bye Ouchies".
A sturdy, outspoken student who is passionate about supporting athletes but suffers from dyspepsia. After being gravely wounded by Monokuma while protecting Akane from one of Monokuma's attacks, he is rebuilt into a cyborg known as Mechamaru. Shortly afterward, he is killed by Gundham after falling to his death, becoming the fifth murder victim. Following his death, some of his remaining parts are rebuilt by Kazuichi into Minimaru, a vibrating alarm clock, which is given to Akane and displays limited sentience. His title is Ultimate Team Manager (超高校級の「マネージャー」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Manējā", lit. Super High School Level Coach).
Gundham Tanaka (田中 眼蛇夢, Tanaka Gandamu) / Tanaka the Forbidden One (封印されし 田中, Fūinsareshi Tanaka)
A cryptic, assertive student who excels at animal husbandry. He is dramatic in appearance and manner, but fiercely protective of animals, particularly his own pet hamsters: San-D, Jum-P, Maga-Z, and Cham-P, which he collectively calls the Four Dark Devas of Destruction (破壊神暗黒四天王, Hakai-shin Ankoku Shiten'nō). He murders Nekomaru after being forced to choose between murder or starvation and is executed by being trampled to death by a stampede of animals. It is shown in a flashback that both he and Nekomaru understood that if one of them did not kill the other, there was a good chance all the students would remain trapped and starve to death, and thus they engaged in honorable hand-to-hand combat, with Gundham emerging victorious with the help of his hamsters. His title is Ultimate Breeder (超高校級の「飼育委員」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Shīkuīn", lit. Super High School Level Animal Breeder). His execution is named "Gundham Tanaka Stampede".
Also known by her full name Magical Girl Miracle Usami, Usami is a strange stuffed rabbit who proclaims herself to be the academy's teacher and oversee the school trip on the island. Like Monokuma, who seems to have the ability to teleport, Usami has magical powers which she can use to kill monsters or turn chickens into cows. After taking over the school trip, Monokuma refits Usami with a pink monochrome appearance and forcefully changes her name to Monomi. Her favorite catchphrase is "love, love." Despite being usurped by Monokuma, she still does what she can to help the students. It is later revealed that her true purpose was to serve as a monitor for the students' rehabilitation, working alongside Chiaki. She is executed alongside Chiaki in the execution "Please Insert Coin" when all of her backup bodies are destroyed, but she reappears to destroy Alter Ego Junko when the virtual world is shut down. She later appears in the 'Future Arc' of Danganronpa 3 as a program on Miaya's computer, which is also converted by Monokuma into Monomi. Usami also appears in the Vita version of the first game as part of the School Mode.
Fuyuhiko's younger sister who was a transfer student in Hajime's Reserve Class, wanting to one day obtain a talent so she could stand alongside her brother. She was killed by being repeatedly hit over the head with a swimsuit filled with pebbles by Sato.
A student of the Reserve Class who was close friends with Mahiru, Mikan, Hiyoko, and Ibuki. She killed Natsumi, believing that she would try to harm Mahiru, before being slowly beaten to death with a metallic baseball bat by Fuyuhiko.
The main protagonist of Danganronpa Another Episode, and Makoto's younger sister who first appeared briefly in the first game during Makoto's motivational DVD, in which she and her parents ended up in an unknown disaster. In Danganronpa Another Episode, which takes place half a year after the events of the first game, it is revealed that Komaru had been locked up inside an apartment complex in Towa City, unaware of what had occurred in the outside world. When a Monokuma robot attacks her, she is given a Hacking Gun by Byakuya and attempts to flee the city with the Future Foundation. However, she is caught by the Warriors of Hope and is forced to play in their Demon Hunting game, meeting up with Toko along the way. After facing countless trials, growing stronger as a person, it is eventually revealed that the purpose of her trials were part of Monaca's plan to mold her into becoming Junko's successor. However, with the support of Toko, Komaru regains her hope, ultimately deciding to stay in Towa City to help its citizens. She later reappears in Danganronpa 3, once again working with Toko to stop Monaca. As she has no particularly outstanding qualities, she is given the title of "Ordinary Girl with an Ultimate Big Brother" (超高校級の兄を持つ"ふつうの少女", Chō kōkō-kyū no Ani o Motsu "Futsū no Shōjo").
Warriors of Hope (希望の戦士, Kibō no Senshi)
A group of five RPG fanatic elementary school children from Hope's Peak Academy's elementary school branch, built to monitor potential child prodigies, with the Warriors being considered on par with Ultimate students in terms of sheer talent. The Warriors of Hope were all abused children who made a suicide pact. Just as they were about to go through with killing themselves, they were stopped by Junko Enoshima, leading them to idolize her. Junko, on a whim, manipulated the children's emotions and ultimately drove them into despair for fun. The Warriors control the Monokuma robots attacking the city. Their plan is to take over the world by murdering all the adults who they call "Demons" and create a paradise for children. Their titles are based on elementary school subjects. By the end of the game, the Warriors of Hope realize that they were being manipulated by Junko and Monaca, and ultimately decide to try and redeem themselves for what they have done.
The Mage (魔法使い, Mahōtsukai) of the Warriors of Hope who is "restricted" to a wheelchair. While apparently polite and cutesy, she is actually an amoral, sociopathic manipulator who does not hesitate to resort to triggering the mental issues of the other Warriors of Hope to get them in line, even resorting to borderline sexual extortion of Nagisa at one point. She is the more substantial leader of the group, as the others will often bow to her whims to keep her emotions under control. She is later revealed to be Haiji's younger half-sister, who had been faking her own disability so that people would pity her and used the Towa Group to create the Monokuma robots. Her true intention was not to build a paradise for children, but instead to spark a war between Towa City and the Future Foundation and turn Komaru into the successor of Junko. Following her defeat, she is rescued by Nagito, who inspires her to become the next Junko. She reappears in Danganronpa 3, killing Miaya Gekkogahara and replacing her with a robot that she controls. After being confronted by Komaru and Fukawa again, Monaca reveals that having to deal with Nagito had completely put her off despair and soured her image of Junko to the point that she no longer wanted anything to do with the title of Ultimate Despair. She ultimately decides to become a NEET instead, blasting herself into space, but not before revealing that she was not the mastermind of the final killing game, but merely a third party. Her former title is Li'l Ultimate Homeroom (超小学生級の学活の時間, Chō Shōgakusei-kyū no Gakukatsu no Jikan, lit. Super Elementary School Level Homeroom).
The self-proclaimed leader of the Warriors of Hope. Masaru is the Hero (勇者, Yūsha) of the group, who wears an outfit typical of a young hero protagonist character. He is passionate about creating a safe haven for children after facing abuse from his alcoholic father. He is defeated by Komaru and Toko and is punished by the Monokuma Kids. He reappears in Danganronpa 3 as one of Komaru's allies. His title is Li'l Ultimate P.E. (超小学生級の体育の時間, Chō Shōgakusei-kyū no Taiiku no Jikan, lit. Super Elementary School Level Athletics).
The Priest (僧侶, Sōryo) of the Warriors of Hope who wears an iron mask covering his face, which is actually a cute child-like face. His parents often felt intimidated by how beautiful he was and coped by emotionally abusing him. He has a creepy personality, never sure if people hate him or if he wants people to hate him, and prone to bizarre, off-topic rambling about strange topics which he says that he is not fully aware of, comparing it to yawning. He is defeated by Komaru and Toko and subsequently punished by the Monokuma Kids. He reappears in Danganronpa 3 as one of Komaru's allies. His title is Li'l Ultimate Art (超小学生級の図工の時間, Chō Shōgakusei-kyū no Zukō no Jikan, lit. Super Elementary School Level Arts and Crafts).
The Fighter (戦士, Senshi) of the Warriors of Hope, who dresses in sweet lolita fashion and wears a pair of horns. She is a child actress with a traumatic history of sexual abuse, causing her to tense up whenever she hears the word "gentle." Her mother would prostitute her to men in the entertainment industry to improve her prospects and would often join her as a twisted form of parent-child bonding; her father, meanwhile, was having an affair with his dental hygienist and planned to sell her into sex slavery after she started puberty and leave his wife for his mistress. She is defeated by Komaru and Toko but is spared from her punishment thanks to Genocide Jack. She later learns the true nature of Monaca's plans and turns against her. She is later seen fighting the Monokuma Kids alongside the other Warriors of Hope. She reappears in Danganronpa 3 as one of Komaru's allies. Her title is Li'l Ultimate Drama (超小学生級の学芸会の時間, Chō Shōgakusei-kyū no Gakugei-kai no Jikan, lit. Super Elementary School Level School Play).
Vice-leader of the Warriors of Hope and the Sage (賢者, Kenja) of the group who often keeps a cool composure. He is quite intellectual, largely due to the pressure forced upon him by his parents to study, injecting him with drugs and hooking him to intravenous drips to keep him awake to study. He becomes the leader following Masaru's defeat and attempts to lead Komaru out of the city to stop her interfering with their plans, only to learn from Nagito about Monaca's true intentions. He is then swayed by Monaca to go against Komaru again and is subsequently defeated. He reappears in Danganronpa 3 as one of Komaru's allies. He owns the title of Li'l Ultimate Social Studies (超小学生級の社会の時間, Chō Shōgakusei-kyū no Shakai no jikan, lit. Super Elementary School Level Social Studies).
Shirokuma (シロクマ, lit. White Bear) and Kurokuma (クロクマ, lit. Black Bear)
Two variants of Monokuma that have built in artificial intelligence, who serve as the main antagonists of Danganronpa Another Episode. Shirokuma appears to be a shy white bear who helps out the resistance, sporting an idol-like personality and showing a dislike for people getting into fights. Kurokuma, on the other hand, is a black bear who serves as an advisor to the Warriors of Hope, sporting a gangster-like personality and being way too talkative to the point of annoyance. However they are actually the true masterminds behind the war between children and adults, who had been manipulating the two sides to get the Future Foundation involved and fill Towa City with despair. At the end of the game, they are both revealed to be under the control of Alter Ego Junko, who had been manipulating Monaca Towa to further her own plans. Both Shirokuma and Kurokuma are destroyed by Izuru when their ceaseless talking irritates him. He then smuggles the pieces containing Alter Ego Junko to Jabberwock Island as part of his plan to permanently destroy Junko.
The leader of a resistance group battling against the Warriors of Hope. Despite his alliance with the forces attempting to keep order and survive, he is a coward who is profoundly self-interested, growing upset when others call him out for his hypocrisy in claiming to be a general for the adults but hiding so much he renders the resistance ineffective. He has a strong fear of the Future Foundation, as he does not want them to find out that his father's company built the Monokuma robots. He is Monaca's older half-brother. After witnessing the true scale of Monaca's plot, as well as Komaru's refusal to kill the Monokuma Kids, Haiji loses all desire for revenge against Monaca and continues to lead the resistance against the Monokuma robots.
Chihiro Fujisaki's father, a middle-aged man who is skilled with hacking systems. He helps Komaru and Toko progress through Towa Tower but is subsequently attacked and presumably killed by a Beast Monokuma. However, if the player returns to the location later, Taichi's body is not there, and a note written by him is in its place. Taichi's note states a refusal to die until he sees his wife and son safe again, implying he survived not only the attack Komaru thought killed him, but the game as a whole, although unaware of his son already being dead.
Tokuichi Towa (塔和 十九一, Tōwa Tokuichi)
Voiced by: Junpei Asahina
The head of the Towa Group and father of Haiji and Monaca. He was killed by Monaca, but somehow his spirit manages to briefly possess Komaru, begging her to put a stop to Monaca's plans.
Monokuma Kids (モノクマキッズ, Monokuma Kidzu)
A group of children wearing Monokuma masks who work alongside the Monokuma robots. Their motives are a mystery, as they seem to both hinder and assist the protagonists, as well as punish the Warriors of Hope if they fail. It is later revealed that the masks they wear, which brainwash them into killing adults, contain explosives which would set off if the controller for the Monokuma robots were to be broken.
Kanon Nakajima (仲島 花音, Nakajima Kanon)
Leon Kuwata's cousin who appears in the Ultra Despair Hagakure mini novel included in Danganronpa Another Episode. She is madly in love with Leon, but he always saw her as a little sister. She gained insane levels of physical strength after Leon, wanting to give her a goal, told her that he would date her if she threw a 160km/h fastball, leading her to practice and train day and night. She becomes Leon's motive in the first game, hoping that once he escapes, he would go try to find Kanon and see if she survived the Tragedy. After learning of Leon's death, Kanon comes to blame the Future Foundation. She plots to kill Yasuhiro when she encounters him in Towa City, but changes her mind after he saves her from Kotoko.
Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School
The characters of Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School – Future Arc. From left to right: Yasuhiro Hagakure, Ruruka Ando, Aoi Asahina, Seiko Kimura, Kyoko Kirigiri, Sonosuke Izayoi, Makoto Naegi, Kazuo Tengan, Kyosuke Munakata, Miaya Gekkogahara, Ryota Mitarai, Chisa Yukizome, Koichi Kizakura, Juzo Sakakura, and Daisaku Bandai.
The former student council president and vice-chairman of the Future Foundation, who is close friends with Chisa and Juzo. He is the one responsible for building an overseas branch of Hope's Peak Academy, which is used as the setting for the Monokuma Hunter game. He has a strong hatred towards Makoto, feeling he cannot understand the despair he has felt because of the tragedy. His forbidden action is "opening doors." He is later deceived by Kazuo that every Future Foundation member in the game is an attacker, leading him to kill Kazuo and wound Juzo, but eventually stops his hatred after learning the truth, becoming one of the game's survivors. Feeling guilty over his actions, he accepts Makoto's way of thinking and takes his leave, determined to find a way to atone for his mistakes. His title is "Former Ultimate Student Council President" (元超高校級の「生徒会長」, Moto Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Seito Kaichō", lit. Former Super High School Level Student Council President).
A housekeeper and the former assistant homeroom teacher of the 77th class, who is close friends with Kyosuke and Juzo. While optimistic in her teachings, her real mission was to investigate the Reserve Class and learn what Hope's Peak Academy was up to. She was later captured by Junko and lobotomized by Mukuro, converting her into Ultimate Despair. The second "mastermind of hope", she is the first to apparently die in the Monokuma Hunter game, killing herself after being influenced by Monokuma's brainwashing despair video at the start of the game. Her title is "Former Ultimate Housekeeper" (元超高校級の「家政婦」, Moto Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Kasei-fu", lit. Former Super High School Level Housekeeper) and her forbidden action is "Kyosuke Munakata dying".
A nervous animator who was one of the students in the 77th class. Having been bullied a lot during his childhood, Ryota found solace in anime and had the Ultimate Imposter take his place in class so that he could stay at home to work on an anime that would save the world. By using various techniques such as subliminal messaging, Ryota can use his anime to provoke reactions among people who viewed it. However, he was manipulated by Junko, who used his techniques to make a brainwashing despair video that turns whoever watches it to become a Remnant of Despair. He later becomes a member of the Future Foundation and becomes involved in the Monokuma Hunter game. It is later revealed that the same brainwashing techniques were used by Kazuo to brainwash participants into killing themselves under the guise of the attacker, driving Ryota over the edge and provoking a nervous breakdown where he decides Kazuo was right to remove humanity's ability to feel despair or any other negative emotions, becoming the final "mastermind of hope". After the bangles are shut down and he is no longer afflicted by his forbidden action, "using his talent," Ryota prepares to use a hope video to do the opposite of Junko's despair video, which would also render humanity largely emotionless. However, he is stopped by Hajime and his classmates, who take them with him towards a new future. His title is "Former Ultimate Animator" (元超高校級の「アニメーター」, Moto Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Animētā", lit. Former Super High School Level Animator).
A kind-hearted farmer who has a muscular build but a childlike voice. He is the second victim in the Monokuma Hunter game, killed by the poison in his wristband as a result of triggering his forbidden action: "witnessing violent behavior" when Juzo attacks Ryota. His title is "Former Ultimate Farmer" (元超高校級の「農家」, Moto Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Nōka", lit. Former Super High School Level Farmer).
A masked wrestler with a strong sense of justice. He is the third victim in the Monokuma Hunter game, killing himself after being subjected to the despair video during the second time limit. His title is "Former Ultimate Wrestler" (元超高校級の「レスラー」, Moto Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Resurā", lit. Former Super High School Level Wrestler) and his forbidden action is "being pinned to the ground for a three-count."
The chairman of the Future Foundation and former headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy. Despite his old age, he is a capable fighter who uses a chuusen. His forbidden action is "answering a question with a lie." He is the fourth person to be killed in the Monokuma Hunter game, killed by Kyosuke after telling him the identity of the attacker and injuring his eye. He is later revealed to have been the first "mastermind of hope" behind the killing game, using it as a means to convince Ryota to use his Hope Video after having been driven towards increasingly extremist views on hope by Chisa. His title is "Former Hope's Peak Academy Headmaster" (元希望ヶ峰学園学園長, Moto Kibōgamine Gakuen Gakuen-chō).
A pharmacist capable of making various medicines and drugs who wears a flu mask to cover her braces and has a condition that keeps her from eating sweets. By taking large amounts of drugs, she can power up her body. She was once friends with Ruruka before an incident caused by Nagito led to her, Ruruka, and Sonosuke getting expelled, since she believes Ruruka framed her. Her forbidden action is "letting someone step on her shadow." She is the fifth victim in the Monokuma Hunter game, killing herself after being subjected to the despair video during the third time limit. Before her death, she manages to make an antidote for the bangle's poison, which helps to save Kyoko. Her title is "Former Ultimate Pharmacist" (元超高校級の「薬剤師」, Moto Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Yakuzaishi", lit. Former Super High School Level Pharmacist).
A blacksmith who is in a relationship with Ruruka, who calls him "Yoi-chan" for short, and enjoys her sweets. He is the sixth victim in the Monokuma Hunter game, killed by Ruruka after she triggers his forbidden action: "putting food in his mouth" in order to prevent him from escaping the game and triggering her own action. His title is "Former Ultimate Blacksmith" (元超高校級の「鍛冶屋」, Moto Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Kajiya", lit. Former Super High School Level Blacksmith).
The former homeroom teacher of Hope Peak Academy's 77th class, whose job was to scout students for the school. He has a close relationship with Jin Kirigiri and made a promise with him to protect Kyoko. He is the seventh victim in the game, killed by poison for triggering his forbidden action, "opening his left hand," in order to save Kyoko from falling down a pit created by Ruruka. His title is "Former Hope's Peak Academy Student Scout" (元希望ヶ峰学園生徒スカウトマン, Moto Kibōgamine Gakuen Seito Sukautoman, lit. Former Super High School Level Student Scout).
A shy and silent programmer who sits in a wheelchair and communicates through the Usami/Monomi program. Her forbidden action is allegedly "making right turns." She is later revealed to be a robot under the control of Monaca, who killed the real Miaya in her home by breaking her neck. After Monaca abandons her goal of despair, the robot is used by Komaru to contact Makoto before it switches to automatic control and is subsequently destroyed by Kyosuke, technically making her the eighth victim. Her title is "Former Ultimate Therapist" (元超高校級の「セラピスト」, Moto Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Serapisuto", lit. Former Super High School Level Therapist).
A candy maker who is close with Izayoi and was friends with Seiko up until high school. Following a mix-up caused by Nagito that led to her expulsion from Hope's Peak, she harbors hatred towards Seiko, believing that she betrayed her. Her forbidden action is "letting anyone escape the game," which leads her to kill Izayoi when he comes across an alleged exit, and attempts to kill Kyoko for investigating Izayoi's body which results in Koichi's death. She becomes the game's ninth victim, killing herself after becoming subjected to the despair video during the fourth time limit. Her title is "Former Ultimate Confectioner" (元超高校級の「お菓子職人」, Moto Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Okashi Shokunin", lit. Former Super High School Level Confectioner).
A boxer who is friends with Kyosuke and Chisa, and worked at Hope's Peak Academy as a security guard and spy for Kyosuke. His forbidden action is "punching someone." As he has romantic feelings for Kyosuke, Junko uses this information to blackmail him into letting her go free in order to keep them a secret. During the game, he is stabbed by Kyosuke after he believes him to be a Remnant of Despair. Using the last of his strength, Juzo cuts off his arm to remove his bangle and manages to shut off power to the facility and bangles before bleeding to death, becoming the game's tenth and final victim. His title is "Former Ultimate Boxer" (元超高校級の「ボクサー」, Moto Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Bokusā", lit. Former Super High School Level Boxer).
In Danganronpa 3, it is revealed that the Chiaki Nanami computer program was based on an actual student who attended Hope's Peak Academy along with the rest of the 77th class of Hope's Peak, the true Ultimate Gamer (超高校級の「ゲーマー」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Gēmā", lit. Super High School Level Gamer). Chiaki quickly befriended Hajime before becoming Izuru and was unanimously elected class representative after bringing video games to the class to help everyone bond. However, it was because of these traits that she was chosen to be executed by Junko in order to drive the rest of her class into becoming Remnants of Despair, forced to go through a dungeon filled with deadly traps before being skewered to death. Recognizing hope as an equal force to despair upon witnessing her death, Izuru decides to take on a neutral role in the coming war.
Chiaki is the only student of Class 77-B who stays dead permanently, as she was physically killed by Junko, compared to the other victims who died within the simulation, fell into comas, and were subsequently revived by Hajime. The ending of Danganronpa 3 shows Izuru finally bidding farewell to the memory of both Chiakis, as he embraces and chases his own future by joining Nagito and his other classmates.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
The characters of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. From left to right: Korekiyo Shinguji, Angie Yonaga, Kirumi Tojo, Kokichi Oma, Tsumugi Shirogane, K1-B0, Tenko Chabashira, Kaede Akamatsu, Kaito Momota, Maki Harukawa, Shuichi Saihara, Ryoma Hoshi, Rantaro Amami, Himiko Yumeno, Gonta Gokuhara (back), and Miu Iruma.
The main protagonist of Danganronpa V3 whose title is "Ultimate Detective" (超高校級の「探偵」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Tantei"), the same as that of Kyoko Kirigiri. A soft spoken, unsure boy, Shuichi lacks the self-confidence to strive to his full potential. Though well known in the police department for solving numerous murder cases as an apprentice to his uncle, he believes he doesn't deserve his Ultimate title due to him solving cases by chance. However, after developing a close bond with Kaede, she motivates him and helps raise his self-esteem, which results in Shuichi quickly becoming a central figure during the class trials. Following Kaede's death, Shuichi becomes close with his fellow students, Kaito and Maki. Prior to entering the game, Shuichi is revealed to have been an ordinary, but sociopathic, high-school student who desired to play the role of an evil detective during the game, having concocted what he believed to be the perfect murder after watching every season of the killing game. He later survives the game alongside Maki and Himiko and resolves to discover whatever reality awaits him in the real world.
The false protagonist of Danganronpa V3 whose title is "Ultimate Pianist" (超高校級の「ピアニスト」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Pianisuto"). She is claimed to be a cheerful, optimistic hard worker with blooming talent. She is called "piano freak" by her friends before coming to the academy because she dedicates herself to piano so thoroughly. After winning numerous competitions, she was given her title. While encouraging the other students to trust one another and work together, she strives to get them all out of the school, repeatedly reaffirming, "Once we get out, we'll all be friends." Kaede's desperation to end the killing game drives her to concoct a plan to murder the Mastermind, seemingly leading to the death of the innocent Rantaro. She is then executed by being dropped onto a giant piano with a rope around her neck, and the Monokubs pulled the rope, moving her up and down along the keys using her body to play the tune 'Der Flohwalzer'. Kaede slowly suffocates over the period of eight hours, as her classmates watch her slowly hang. Finally, the piano lid comes down, crushing her corpse and hiding it away forever. In Chapter 6, it is revealed that Kaede's plan had actually failed to kill anyone, but that the Mastermind proceeded to kill Rantaro and have Kaede framed for the murder anyway. Prior to entering the game, much like everyone else, Kaede was an ordinary individual who willingly had her previous life's memories erased in order to compete on the killing show with talent and fake background. She claimed in her interview that she would make the perfect killing game contestant, as she is sincerely misanthropic, having "[no] faith in humanity." Her execution is named "Der Flohwalzer".
A well-mannered robot created by Professor Iidabashi (飯田橋博士, Īdabashi hakase), with a maturing A.I., meaning he is constantly evolving and learning. K1-B0, also known as Keebo, is the "Ultimate Robot" (超高校級の「ロボット」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Robotto"). He does not get along with Kokichi, as Kokichi often teases Keebo due to his nature of not understanding jokes and sarcasm, and often ridicules his possibilities, which annoys Keebo to no end since he is a strong defender of robot rights and an opposer of robophobia. Throughout the game, he hears a voice in his head telling him what to do, and often listens to said voice. However, after his ahoge is destroyed in Chapter 5, he ponders the nature of hope and despair and notes the absence of the voice inside his head, subsequently going on a destructive rampage and leaving Shuichi and the remaining survivors with only until dawn to unearth the Mastermind of the killing game. Keebo is later revealed to be a creation of the Danganronpa reality show production team, with his past memories of Professor Iidabashi having all been lies. Keebo temporarily becomes the playable character in Chapter 6, before having his A.I. erased and replaced with the audience to vote on the fate of the killing game show at the end of the trial. Although he survives the final trial, he launches an attack on the school and self-destructs to destroy the dome surrounding the school and execute Tsumugi, effectively making him the final casualty of the game.
The main heroine of Danganronpa V3 following the execution of false protagonist Kaede Akamatsu. A quiet and cynical girl who rarely shows emotion during conversation. Despite her talent, she openly states she does not like children despite them liking her, as she was raised in an orphanage. Initially, Maki introduced herself as the "Ultimate Child Caregiver" (超高校級の「保育士」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Hoiku-shi", Super High School Level Nursed School Teacher), although this was later revealed to be a mere fabrication for the killing game. In Chapter 2, Kokichi unveils her true talent as the "Ultimate Assassin," (超高校級の「暗殺者」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Ansatsusha") after viewing Maki's motivation video which stated her talent. It is revealed in Chapter 4 that she had been sold out by the orphanage and lived with a group of assassins, where she learned her skills in murder that earned her title. Throughout the game, she gradually becomes close with Shuichi and Kaito, the latter of whom she develops romantic feelings for, identifying him as the first person whom she has ever opened up to; like every other event in the game, however, this is revealed to be the result of the Danganronpa reality show's production team's machinations. She later survives the killing game along with Shuichi and Himiko.
A young magician who can be considered lazy and drowsy, judging by her voice and behaviour. Due to her belief that her palour and basic tricks are real magic, she often offers to use her magic, but backs off after saying she hasn't enough MP. She is the "Ultimate Magician" (超高校級の「マジシャン」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Majishan"), but she prefers the title "Ultimate Mage" (超高校級の「魔法使い」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Mahōtsukai"). During the killing game, Tenko takes a liking to her, even though she doesn't realize it yet until after her death. Before Tenko is killed, she gives Himiko a piece of advice to express her emotions more often, and so she does. Her personality drastically changes to an optimistic go-getter. She survives the killing game with Shuichi and Maki.
A relaxed boy who has no memory of his talent. Unlike the other contestants, he can coldly interrogate Monokuma and the Monokuma Cubs. He is the first murder victim, supposedly being hit over the head with a shot-put ball by Kaede; in Chapter 6, this was revealed to be a trap by Tsumugi, who wanted both students out of her affairs, as well as wanting to get rid of Rantaro immediately so that he wouldn't win again and hurt the game's viewership. He is given the title of "Ultimate (超高校級の「」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "", Super High School Level )" although his true talent is the "Ultimate Survivor" (超高校級の「生存者」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Seizonsha"), as it is revealed in Chapter 5 that he had previously survived one killing game. During School Mode however, he remembers his talent as the "Ultimate Adventurer," (超高校級の「冒険家」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Bōken-ka") exploring the world in search of his lost sisters.
A short tennis player who murdered an entire mafia organization and was sentenced to death row before being enrolled at the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles. He is the "Ultimate Tennis Pro" (超高校級の「テニス選手」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Tenisu Senshu") and is nicknamed Tennis Killer due to his past. Despite his size, he talks with a very deep voice. He has a serious and pessimistic personality. In Chapter 2, he discovers that there is no one left who cares about him from his motivation video, which is completely blank, and subsequently willingly submits his life to Kirumi Tojo, making him the second murder victim.
A loyal and serious girl who takes care of both chores and the students during the New Killing School Life, who goes by the saying "duty before self." She is the "Ultimate Maid" (超高校級の「メイド」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Meido"). Her motivation video given to her in Chapter 2 reveals that she is also the de facto prime minister of Japan, with the real one being a stand-in. Fearing for her people's safety in her absence, she planned to escape by kiling Ryoma, due to his lackluster will to live, which results in the latter's death by drowning. She is later exposed as the culprit and undergoes an execution where she is forced to climb a thorny vine while being cut by buzzsaws and the vine eventually breaking, resulting in her falling to her demise. Her execution is named "Strand of Agony".
A very religious and spiritual student who sees herself as the vessel of the Island God Atua, often seeming unnaturally positive when plunged into a serious situation. Angie is the "Ultimate Artist" (超高校級の「美術部」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Bijutsu-bu", Super High School Level Art Club Member), but she believes that Atua is the one who is her muse when she creates something artistic. She speaks with a Polynesian accent. Angie also has a habit of mentioning blood sacrifices due to her following the Gods of the Island. During Chapter 3, she forms the Student Council to combat the killing game, while ultimately taking away most rights of her fellow students, making her a minor antagonist in the chapter. She is the third murder victim. After discovering Korekiyo's plan to commit murder, he knocked her out, fabricated an elaborate crime scene, and then killed her by plunging a katana into the back of her neck.
An energetic student with a loud nature and voice, often shouting to show her fighting spirit. She is the "Ultimate Aikido Master" (超高校級の「合気道家」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Aikidō-ka"), having developed a new technique she refers to as "Neo Aikido" with her master, and which is uncharacteristically marked by striking first. Due to an issue in her past, she has a hatred for boys, seeing that they always shift the blame away from themselves and that they always lie. She also does not like them complimenting or touching her. She is the fourth murder victim, having her neck pierced with a kama above the cage she was in during the Transfer Student ritual (which was actually a ruse by Korekiyo) trying to contact Angie from beyond the grave.
Nicknamed "Kiyo" in the English version. A cool-headed and intelligent student who shares a deep love for human nature, having traveled all around the world. He is the "Ultimate Anthropologist" (超高校級の「民俗学者」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Minzoku Gakusha"). He always wears a zipper mask around his mouth, even when eating. Due to his appearance, he openly admits he looks like a potential murderer. Prior to the game, Korekiyo had been a serial killer who had taken to murdering women he found exceptional so that his deceased older sister (whom he was in an incestuous relationship with) would have company in the afterlife. He also has a self-fabricated split personality of her which is triggered every time he removes his mask. Under his mask is lipstick, signifying his split personality. He murders both Angie and Tenko in Chapter 3 and is executed by being boiled alive and then having his spirit banished to the afterlife by Monokuma. His execution is named "Cultural Melting Pot".
A brash narcissist who is renowned for inventing many useful inventions, but often regards them as failures due to her motto: "How can you live life when you're so relaxed it's like you're still asleep-" She is the "Ultimate Inventor" (超高校級の「発明家」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Hatsumeika"). Her persona of being dirty-mouthed, perverted and rude drops when her insults are flung back at her. She attempts to murder Kokichi and frame Kaito for it in Chapter 4 inside a Virtual World she modified. However, her plan backfires when Kokichi tricks Gonta into murdering her in the virtual reality world, which has the same effect in the real world, killing her.
A gentleman and a large arthropod-lover, saying he can commune with the animal world after he was raised by wolves as a child. He is the "Ultimate Entomologist" (超高校級の「昆虫博士」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Konchū Hakase"). He is against violence and wants nothing to do with the killing game. He's shown to be extremely protective of the rest of the group and very often offers to risk his own safety to ensure the well-being of the rest. In Chapter 4 he is found to be Miu's murderer, having been tricked into doing so by Kokichi Oma after thinking it would be the only way to "save" her from the despair-inducing horrors of the "real world" he saw via Monokuma's motive. Despite suffering from amnesia due to a malfunction of the VR headset and not remembering anything on the trial, he's eventually outed as the culprit and is executed which results in him being stung by mechanical wasps, stabbed through the chest by an oversized wasp and then being incinerated by Monokuma. his execution Wild West Insecticide
A childlike and sly prankster who is the self-proclaimed leader of an unnamed group with over 10,000 members, though it is later revealed the group was simply a gang of eleven pranksters and petty criminals whose motto is "no killing". His title is the "Ultimate Supreme Leader" (超高校級の「総統」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Sōtō"). Deceptive and clever, he tends to claim he enjoys the killing game and is often at odds with the rest of the group, most notably Kaito and Maki, though his true intentions are often ambiguous due to his habit of constantly lying. Investigating his talent research room in Chapter 6 reveals Ouma to be extremely intelligent, with him having correctly pinpointed the murderer, victim, and murder weapon of all previous killings up to that point. After blackmailing Kaito through saving his life, the two conspired together to create a virtually unsolvable murder and make it impossible for the game to continue. This was achieved by having Kaito crush Kokichi's body with a press machine beyond recognition, with the intent of hiding who the victim of the murder was.
A passionate boy whose dream is to go into space, going so far as to fabricate documents to bypass controls and become a proper astronaut at such a young age. His title is the "Ultimate Astronaut" (超高校級の「宇宙飛行士」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Uchū Hikō-shi"), despite how he never actually went to space prior to the killing game. He is also comical, over-exaggerating his emotions and actions. He quickly develops a brotherly bond with Shuichi and becomes interested in Maki in-game, going out of his way to protect them at all costs. Haunted by a chronic disease that is slowly killing him, he resolves to himself that he won't let himself die because of the killing game. Kaito murdered Kokichi at the latter's request in Chapter 5, and is sentenced to an execution in a similar fashion to that of Jin Kirigiri from the first game, but dies due to his chronic disease before he can be successfully executed. Prior to entering the killing game, Kaito appears to have had far less altruistic intentions, with him merely reiterating his desire for fame and fortune by killing on and winning the show in his interview. His failed execution is named "Blast Off! Second ignition".
The main antagonist of Danganronpa V3. A quiet student who is a plain-dressed otaku who tends to add famous anime quotes into conversations and often daydreams about the subject. Despite being the "Ultimate Cosplayer," (超高校級の「コスプレイヤー」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Kosupureiyā") she only designs costumes for others, preferring not to wear them herself, and loathes dressing up as non-fictional characters to the extent that she breaks out in hives if she attempts to do so. She identifies herself as "the 53rd generation of Junko Enoshima" and the mastermind of the New Killing School Life during the Chapter 6 trial, being part of the production team responsible for creating the Danganronpa reality show and a violently obsessive fan of the show in her own right. She is also revealed as having set up Kaede as Rantaro's killer to dispose of the two for the sake of ratings, as Kaede was getting too close to the truth and Rantaro winning again would have damaged the show's reputation. She attempts to break the remaining contestants by showing them Shuichi, Kaede, and Kaito's audition tapes, though it is heavily implied that the interviews were fabricated. Tsumugi is executed by Keebo when she orders him to launch an assault on the school after seeing that the audience no longer desires the continuation of the show; despondent at the loss of the one thing she loved, she allows herself to be crushed by a large boulder along with Monokuma. Hers and Monokuma's execution is named "Ultimate Annihilation".
The Monokubs, whom are Monokuma's self proclaimed children, serve as the secondary antagonists of Danganronpa V3 under Tsumugi's control. Each of them were killed during the executions. After the trial during Chapter 5, they came back to life as spares. During the trial of Chapter 6, they were blown up by Monokuma's detonator.
The leader of the Monokubs who is colored red and wears a scarf. He is the designated leader, though he is the most clumsy of the five. He meets his demise during Gonta's execution, being beheaded by a massive robotic wasp.
A mostly silent, robotic Monokub who is colored green. His reason for being silent is said to be because he has closed off his heart from Monokid's bullying. He murders Monokid and Monosuke during the 1st and 2nd chapter executions, respectively, then kills himself during the 3rd execution for attention he felt he was lacking from his siblings.
A chatty Monokub who is colored yellow with black stripes and wears glasses. He is killed during Kirumi's execution after being crushed by her fall.
A flowery, gentler Monokub who is colored pink and holds flowers. She is killed during Gonta's execution after a giant mechanical wasp emerges from her body.
Ryoko Otonashi (音無 涼子, Otonashi Ryōko)
The main protagonist of Danganronpa/Zero and the Ultimate Analyst. She was diagnosed with a psychological disorder that causes her constant loss of short and long-term memories, forgetting things shortly after she learns them. Hence, she writes everything down in a notebook she carries with her at all times. She is in love with her neurologist, Yasuke Matsuda, whom she visits frequently for check-ups. It is eventually revealed that in actuality, Ryoko is nothing but a fake identity of Junko, the product of her experimentation with various memory-erasing techniques in preparation for the first mutual killing game. Upon learning the truth, Ryoko falls into despair and kills Yasuke, subsequently reassuming her true identity of Junko to spread despair once more.
Yasuke Matsuda (松田 夜助, Matsuda Yasuke)
The Ultimate Neurologist (超高校級の「神経学者」, Chō-kōkō-kyū no "Shinkei Gakusha"), Ryoko's abrasive love interest and the one she visits for check-ups regarding her psychological state. Ironically, Yasuke is actually the cause of her current condition; he was roped into helping Junko test memory-wiping procedures prior to the events of the novels, and in doing so, removed all her memories and planted false ones in her notebook. He later catalyses Junko's reawakening, per her pre-experiment orders. He is killed in a fit of despair by Ryoko after she regains her memories and his body is mutilated post-mortem.
Yuto Kamishiro (神代 優兎, Kamishiro Yūto)
The Ultimate Secret Agent (超高校級の「諜報員」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Chōhōin"). He assists Ryoko in investigating the murders of the Hope's Peak Academy School Board members in Danganronpa/Zero. He has his neck broken by Yasuke.
The Madarai Brothers (斑井兄弟, Madarai kyōdai)
Though originally assumed to be just one man named Isshiki Madarai with the title Super High School Level Bodyguard (超高校級の「ボディーガード」Chō kōkō kyū no "bodīgādo"), it is later revealed that he is actually one of eight identical siblings including Isshiki, Nisshiki, Misshiki, Yosshiki, Sasshiki, Rosshiki, Shisshiki and Yasshiki. With superhuman synchronization skills, they pose as one, their true shared talent being the Ultimate Multiple Birth Siblings (超高校級の「多胎児」chō kōkō kyū no "tataiji").
Soshun Murasame (村雨 早春, Murasame Sōshun)
The Ultimate Student Council President (超高校級の「生徒会長」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Seito Kaichō"). He was involved in the prototype mutual killing game. He pretended to be in a coma afterward until Yasuke strangles him to death as he has a breakdown.
Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer
The characters of Killer Killer. From right: Misaki Asano, Takumi Hijirihira, and Shuji Fujigawa.
Takumi Hijirihira (聖原 拓実, Hijirihira Takumi)
The main protagonist of Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer. A member of the Future Foundation 6th Branch's Special Cases Bureau and a survivor of a large scale massacre at Giboura Middle School perpetrated by Mukuro Ikusaba, for whom he developed a secret admiration. He has a habit of crawling into closed spaces, believed to be a reminder of the tragedy he witnessed. Unbeknownst to others, Takumi has an admiration for murderers and is himself a murderer known alternatively as Killer Killer (キラーキラー, KirāKirā) and Sparkling Justice, who scores murders based on his personal criteria and, if they fail to impress him, kills the killer to show them how their method would look if done "correctly." It is eventually revealed that the 6th Division knows about his murderous tendencies, but does not act because he is ultimately only killing other murderers. Takumi's vigilante serial killer identity was previously mentioned in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair as a plot point in the game's second case, in relation to his early exploits in Spain, having given an interview to a journalist he held romantic interest towards in Spanish.
Misaki Asano (麻野 美咲, Asano Misaki)
The heroine of Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer, who is partnered with Takumi in the Special Cases Bureau.
Mekuru Katsuragi (葛城 めくる, Katsuragi Mekuru)
An investigator in the Sixth Branch who appears in Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer.
Shuji Fujigawa (藤川 修二, Fujigawa Shūji)
Takumi's middle school friend and the original Killer Killer. Shuji was originally a fairly normal middle school student who dreamed of being a police officer until an event prior to the Tragedy caused him to snap and develop an obsession with "cleaning" the world of murder, which he sees as an "inherently disgusting and dirty thing." He then traveled all over the world, hunting down serial killers as a sort of vigilante, until he returned to Japan one day and discovered that Takumi was also murdering killers in order to recreate the beauty he saw in Mukuro's massacre. Horrified, Shuji decided that he needed to "save" Takumi from himself by any means, even if that means wiping out all of humanity, due to them all being, in his eyes, potential serial killers.
Kouhei Matsudaira (松平公平, Matsudaira Kouhei)
A Normal Freshman (師範大学生, "Shihan Daigakusei") and protagonist of Otogirisō who assists Kyoko in her investigations after almost hitting her with his car while driving at night.
Santa Shikiba (色葉 田田田, Shikiba Santa)
The Ultimate Botanist (超高校級の「植物学者」, Chō kōkō-kyū no "Shokubutsu Gakusha") and the creator of Kyoka and the Monokuma Flower in the school's garden in Hope's Peak Academy. He is presumed to have been killed during the Tragedy.
Kyoka Kirigiri (霧切 キョウカ, Kirigiri Kyoka)
The Ultimate Invader (究極の侵略者, Kyūkyoku no "Shinryaku-sha") and a plant-humanhybriddoppelgänger of Kyoko created by Santa Shikiba using her DNA, who, disillusioned with the outside world, lures humans to her mansion so that she can kill them and serve their corpses as nutrition for her humanoid plant siblings, to keep them alive and alleviate her own loneliness.
Rhino Gradentia (鼻行類, Gradentia Rhino)
Kyoka's plant-alien hybrid siblings and the other Ultimate Invaders (究極の侵略者, Kyūkyoku no "Shinryaku-sha"), who eat human corpses for sustenance using their tentacle-like branches.