In this article, we are bringing you the complete Danganronpa characters list and we will include every major game, spin-off novels and manga, and two anime TV series.
Danganronpa is a Japanese video game franchise created by Kazutaka Kodaka and developed and owned by Spike Chunsoft (formerly Spike). The franchise surrounds a group of high school students who are forced into murdering each other by a bear named Monokuma. Gameplay features a mix of adventure, visual novel, and dating simulator elements.
The original scenario was written by Kodaka, who wanted to create a dark adventure game. The original concept was rejected for being too gruesome, but it was later approved after retooling. The series has morphed into a franchise that includes manga, anime, and novels. The franchise became one of Spike’s most successful works since they previously outsourced their works.
Danganronpa franchise received many positive reviews from critics, praising the series’ characters, tone, and atmosphere. Rui Komatsuzaki’s character designs became popular for cosplay. Kodaka’s work also inspired staff members from the studio Pierrot in the making of an anime titled Akudama Drive. The Danganronpa series sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.
Monokuma 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.
Characters in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, known in Japan as Dangan Ronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair, is a Japanese visual novel game developed by Spike Chunsoft. It is the original main title in the Danganronpa series.
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 due to winning a raffle run by Hope’s Peak Academy. Ironically, he often falls prey to bad luck more often than not.
He also appears as a character in Danganronpa 2, Danganronpa Another Episode and Danganronpa 3.
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 ???. 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 is a character in Danganronpa 2, Danganronpa 3 and the title character of the spin-off novel series Danganronpa Kirigiri.
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. His title is Ultimate Affluent Progeny.
He also appears in Danganronpa 2, Danganronpa Another Episode, 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), or as she prefers it, Genocide Jill, who crucifies attractive males with sharp scissors.
She also appears in Danganronpa Another Episode and Danganronpa 3
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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. 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. 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.
An obese otaku student who is a popular dōjin manga 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.
Known as Celeste 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 to if one wants to survive. She is typically calm and collected, but will occasionally have uncharacteristic outbursts if something greatly annoys her.
Her title is Ultimate Gambler. Her execution is named “The Burning of the Versailles Witch”.
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.
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.
She has also appeared in Danganronpa 2 as an Alter Ego version of Junko.
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.
She also appeared in Danganronpa: The Animation, in the alternative story depicted in the Danganronpa IF digital novel included with Danganronpa 2 and Danganronpa 3.
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.
He also appeared in Danganronpa 2. 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!”. Jin also appeared in Danganronpa Zero and Danganronpa 2, where he is revealed to have been one of the creators of Izuru Kamukura.
Characters in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, known in Japan as Super Dangan Ronpa 2: Farewell Despair Academy, is a Japanese visual novel game developed by Spike Chunsoft. It is the second main title in the Danganronpa series and is a sequel to Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
Hajime Hinata / Izuru Kamukura
Nagito Komaeda / The Servant
Usami / Monomi
Characters in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is a spin-off game based around the Danganronpa series.
Warriors of Hope
– Monaca Towa
– Masaru Daimon
– Jataro Kemuri
– Kotoko Utsugi
– Nagisa Shingetsu
Shirokuma and Kurokuma
Characters in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School
Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School is a TV anime series that began airing in July 2016, which is being directed by Seiji Kishi at Lerche.
Characters in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is a visual novel mystery game developed and published by Spike Chunsoft. The game was released in Japan in January 2017 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, and in North America and Europe by NIS America in September 2017 (In French and English). A self-published Microsoft Windows version was released worldwide on the same date.
Characters in Danganronpa/Zero
Danganronpa Zero is a light novel that serves as a prequel to Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, featuring events between Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Despair Arc and the games. There are two known volumes, which were written by the creator of the series, Kazutaka Kodaka.
The Madarai Brothers
Characters in Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer
Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer, previously known only as Killer Killer, is a manga spin-off connected to Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School.
Characters in Kirigiri Sou
Kirigiri Sou is a visual novel horror-suspense-mystery-adventure game developed by Spike Chunsoft for Microsoft Windows. The game is the second spin-off of the Danganronpa series of visual novel games following Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, set between the events of the Danganronpa Kirigiri light novel series and Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, while also serving as a crossover sequel to the 2002 Chunsoft game Otogirisō.
Other Danganronpa characters