Top 10 Saddest Danganronpa Deaths

A list about saddest deaths in Danganronpa series. Anime, games, manga... It was so hard to make a list since I felt sad after all of them. Warning! This list contains a lot of spoilers!
The Top Ten
1 Chiaki Nanami Chiaki Nanami (七海 千秋 Nanami Chiaki), is a student of Hope's Peak Academy's Class 77-B, and a participant of the Killing School Trip featured in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Her title is Ultimate Gamer.

She never seemed to be present until the team in DR2 got down to eight. There's something mysterious, ambient, and psychedelic about her that makes me ponder her arc every day. It might be, in the end, only the tragedy of the character. Her sole purpose in both the anime and the game is sacrifice or death, and they live up to it.

She is like Obi-Wan from Star Wars, Mufasa from The Lion King, or Olorin from LOTR. There is something super similar about that certain archetype and Chiaki. She doesn't seem to have a significant role for herself, but in the end, it seems like she's one of the most important main characters in Danganronpa.

I don't understand what makes me so sad to think about her as a character and her part in the story. Every time I see the sprite or art of her, I cry, and I never cry.

2 Kaede Akamatsu

Kaede, Kaede. Where to start? Despite the pain of her execution, let's start with the motive. She only meant to protect everyone. She only wanted the mastermind dead, and that's all. She didn't mean to hurt anyone innocent.

Here's the thing: She didn't even kill anyone! Tsumugi framed her, and she died for nothing! Getting back to the execution, she claims that she only plays piano to make people smile, and she is booed and heckled the entire time. She died hearing people hate her piano playing. She definitely deserved much better.

3 Gundham Tanaka

Gundham was such a great addition to the game, and what made his execution more sad was the fact that he literally cast a spell to protect his hamsters.

Just everything... nobody had a more selfless or noble cause. He didn't deny it till the end like these other jamokes. He slowly admitted it, all the way until saying flat out, "Just tie it all together, and let's go home, Hajime."

He awesomely looks at his actions and calmly laughs in death's face. He, in the face of death, calmly saves his beloved hamsters and tries one last time to do what he's done his whole life in his sad Chunibyo head, but it fails. He gets massacred by the very thing he spends his life protecting and gets failed by the very thing he uses to cope.

Even still, in the end, he gets Mufasa'd, and I've never cried more in my life.

4 Peko Pekoyama Peko Pekoyama (辺古山 ペコ Pekoyama Peko), is a student of Hope's Peak Academy's Class 77-B, and a participant of the Killing School Trip featured in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Her title is Ultimate Swordswoman (超高校級の)

You see, for her, I feel like it's a lot. She's probably lived for the longest time feeling like she's nothing, and her only purpose is to be a tool to Fuyuhiko. She then accidentally hits him during her execution, and she most likely dies thinking she's a failure. Her "job" was to protect Fuyuhiko, and she hurt him.

She deserves so much better than what she got, even if she was a blackened.

Peko spent her whole existence trying to protect Fuyuhiko. She lived for him and died for him. She would do everything for him. When her execution happened, she saw the only person she truly cared about hurt by her own hands. She may have even believed she killed him. The one she protected her whole life, and she likely believed she killed him.

5 Gonta Gokuhara

Gonta was a sweet person who never deserved his death. He never meant to kill Miu. It's really upsetting that Gonta listened to Kokichi in the first place. When I first saw him, I was like, "He better survive! He's so adorable!" Now I want to forget his execution and move on, but my mind is always glued to him.

Gonta never deserved his death. It was so sad how he was killed by the things he loved: bugs! His execution was so brutal, and he never even meant to kill Miu. It was so sad how he had gotten such a brutal execution when he likely didn't understand what he was doing in the first place!

6 Sakura Ogami

I honestly felt so bad for Sakura! I know she had Asahina as a friend, but even with her, she probably felt so alone. Being forced into this game to protect her family and having to lie, knowing she'd eventually have to tell the others only to have them hate her, must have been terrible. I can't imagine how sad she felt in the end.

I know she decided to kill herself to save the others and forgave them anyway, but the emotional toll she took in her final moments must have broken her. I cried during her death and honestly again while writing this.

I love other characters who have died, like Gundham, Peko, and Kaito/Kokichi. I cried for them as well, but Sakura was from the original game, so she will always hold a place in my heart.

7 Teruteru Hanamura Teruteru Hanamura (花村 輝々 Hanamura Teruteru), is a student of Hope's Peak Academy's Class 77-B, and a participant of the Killing School Trip featured in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. His title is Ultimate Cook.

Teruteru is honestly my favorite character. I can't seem to stop loving him. No matter how hard I try, I can't help but cry over his death.

Thinking about it makes me shiver. The poor guy got burnt alive! The fact that Monokuma treats Teru like a meaningless piece of food is what is so ironic, but it hurts the most. He didn't even get to know what happened to his mother. That's all he was fighting for: his mother.

Even though he's a pervert, we all appreciate a mama's boy, right?

I related to his motive. Not really the "saving" part, but the part about seeing his mother. I am very close to my family, especially my mom. If I were put in his situation, I too would have been worried by that.

8 Chihiro Fujisaki

Chihiro was bullied likely his entire life for looking like a girl. He dressed like a girl so he would no longer be bullied. When Monokuma threatened to reveal their secrets if no one killed, Chihiro accepted that and was prepared. When he shared with one of his closest friends that he was ready, Mondo freaked out and killed him because he didn't want his own secret revealed.

At least Mondo had the respect to put him in the girls' bathroom and leave him with his secrets. However, Byakuya tampered with his body, tying him up and leaving him there. As well as blaming Genocide Jack, which confused his classmates even more. His reasonings? To make it more interesting.

9 Ibuki Mioda

She was such a fun character to meet. I was so upset when I realized she was the hung body. At first, I thought the dead body was someone else, but when I found out it was her, I was so upset. She seemed like such a fun girl. And then one moment she's alive, the next, she's dead.

Why do they have to kill off all the best girls?

I was so pissed when I found out that Mikan killed Ibuki... AND HIYOKO. Ibuki and Hiyoko are two of my fave characters from SDR2, and it makes me really upset that they had to die. They were both fantastic characters, and I'm sure that they both would've survived the Killing Game if not for the Despair Disease (except for Hiyoko, who died because of really bad luck).

I'm honestly glad Mikan got what was coming to her.

10 Kokichi Oma

Kokichi has done some rotten things in V3. He is a liar, he convinced Gonta to kill Miu, claimed to be the mastermind, and overall was just plain cruel to many characters. However, when he is shot with the poison arrow, he reveals his plan to Kaito. He saves Kaito as well when he is shot with a poison arrow by giving him the antidote rather than using it himself.

He tries to make an impossible case to reveal the mastermind, even though he dies trying to. It was a slow, painful death. He tries to disguise himself as Kaito while pretending to be him, hiding in an Exisal. We don't even know Kokichi died until later on.

The Contenders
11 Izayoi Sohnosuke

I really loved Izayoi as a character, and I hated that he got betrayed just because Ruruka had trust issues. I love both of the characters, but I'm so sad that he had to do that.

I love him so much, and the fact that he wasn't even angry with Ruruka when she killed him... Yoi-Chan deserves more respect.

Izayoi was such a good boyfriend! He deserved WAY better than Ruruka.

12 Leon Kuwata Leon Kuwata is a student in Hope's Peak Academy's Class 78th, and a participant of the Killing School Life featured in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. His title is Ultimate Baseball Star.

When Leon killed Sayaka, he had reasons to do so. Though if there were another possibility of him surviving, he could have tried to escape Sayaka and hide out in his room. Though he likely would have been turned on since, in the beginning, he seemed a bit like an arse.

It made me very sad once he was killed, and how before he had said he wanted to change his title to 'Ultimate Musician.' His death truly upset me, and I know it also did to others. If I were able to pick a couple of people from Danganronpa to bring back from the dead, he would be in my top five list.

13 Mondo Oowada

Mondo's execution made me shiver. What he did was terrible, and I won't forgive him for it, but the guy at least felt guilt. He was in stress about how he couldn't be honest and truthful about killing his brother. Therefore, he took his stress out on Chihiro. Now I think his execution was funny, but that doesn't mean he wasn't honorable and shouldn't be respected.

Mondo's death wasn't tragic for many. However, Kiyotaka Ishimaru was heartbroken. Ishimaru trusted Mondo, Mondo being his only friend. Ishimaru was crushed to hear that his friend killed someone and couldn't believe it. He seemed to have a hard time getting over his friend's death until Alter Ego was found.

14 Kirigiri Kyoko
15 Kiyotaka Ishimaru

I was watching the playthrough, and I knew he was going to die. Still, I had to wait for a week before I could mentally process his death, and even after that, I cried. I still like Hifumi and Celeste.

I just found it unfair how someone like him could die. I wish that Hiro had swapped places with him, as it would make sense for Celeste to frame Taka for murder, and Taka would be able to escape her trap. I also think that he would have been more useful than Hiro to the group once they escaped.

I love Hiro, but Taka deserved better.

16 Kirumi Tojo

She was one of the best characters ever.

1. She was a great mom. Kirumi helped the DV3 group so much. She cooked actual food for them and acted like such a kind mom.
2. She was very determined. I was so happy (and worried) when she ran from her execution. I was really hoping she would make it out.
3. It wasn't completely her fault that Ryoma died. He was already depressed, so she just helped him cut the string.

I felt so much emotion when Kirumi died. After such a brutal death, she had so much hope when she reached the top of the vine. Then, when she got there, it was all just a lie! It broke my heart when she fell and was killed.

17 Nagito Komaeda Nagito Komaeda (狛枝 凪斗 Komaeda Nagito), is a student of Hope's Peak Academy's Class 77-B, and a participant of the Killing School Trip featured in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. His title is Ultimate Lucky Student.

This poor soul is both the Ultimate Lucky and Unlucky student. Although he was the one to trigger the first killing, I still thought perhaps he had set himself up to be killed instead. He was so set on stopping the Killing Game that he would even kill himself and try to take down all the other Ultimate Despairs with him.

His death hit me the hardest, but at least this was all done in the Neo World Program, and there's still hope for him.

Nagito was actually good, trying to kill everyone because they were Ultimate Despair, and trying to make the Traitor (Chiaki) live because they were the only one who wasn't Despair. He was intelligent, and he just took his opinions and truths in the wrong direction.

After doing Free Time events, you really feel for him and his trauma. I really wished he was there till the end.

18 K1-B0

He sacrificed himself for his friends. That felt like so much. I remember hearing someone mention how just before he pushed the 'self-destruct' button, he had the most 'human look'. His death made me tear up.

Keebo is just best boi.
Our Ultimate Hope Robot.

I think he killed himself because he no longer wished to live with the knowledge that he could be taken over again at any time. He was never truly free.

My sweet baby... He and Shuichi are my fave boys in the entire series. I'm so upset that he didn't survive, but he was selfless enough to save his friends. I really miss him.

19 Momota Kaito

Kaito was my comfort character! He was a great character. When everyone else was scared of Maki, he tried to get her out of her shell. And while everyone was putting pressure on Shuichi, Kaito was the one trying to tell Shuichi that he didn't need to handle everything on his own.

He was such a good, caring person.

Surprised Kaito isn't higher. His and Gonta's trials were the only ones that made me bawl my eyes out in the series (well, aside from Chiaki Nanami's death in the anime).

I felt so bad for him. At least he was able to go to space, though. Kaito didn't deserve to die and then be hated by half the fandom for killing Kokichi.

20 Tenko Chabashira

SHE DIDN'T DESERVE TO DIE! She is my second fave V3 character, right behind Miu. It makes me tear up that she died, but she died so nobly and humbly, knowing in heaven that she protected Himiko one last time. She would've definitely survived the Killing Game, and it makes me want to strangle Kiyo... good thing he died and his ghost was presumably killed too.

Rest in peace, bastard.

Tenko's whole "degenerate male" thing was pretty annoying, but you could tell she was a good person beneath all that. It sucks Himiko didn't realize how good a friend she had until it was too late.

21 Rantaro Amami

Rantaro was a character with so much potential. He was interesting and mysterious, and even at the end of the main game, we never truly got to know him. We also never got to see him use his perks.

As I understood, he sacrificed himself in the last Killing Game so his other two friends could be saved. That's why he said he wished for this, and he had to keep pushing through. For him to be the first to die was absolutely heartbreaking.

Rantaro was one of the characters who had so much potential. If he had survived, he probably would have been able to keep calm in many situations and help the others out. It was sad how he was the first one to die (in DV3), and it seemed that there was so much more he could have done.

22 Angie Yonaga

I see why people dislike Angie, but I love her so much. I knew that she wouldn't survive to the end based on her personality, but that won't stop me from being sad about her death.

Say what you want, but she was one of my favorite characters just because of how interesting she was. So sad she had to die.

23 Mukuro Ikusaba

She was brainwashed by Junko! She was amazing. It was so obvious when she had a crush on Makoto. BUT STILL

24 Chisa Yukizome

I want her to be my teacher! She was a magical person. She always had faith in her students, always protected them, and made them friends. The reason she turned into an Ultimate Despair is that she wanted to save her class.

This woman is such a trooper, and she needed love from fans.

25 Miu Iruma

I don't care what people say about how she was trying to get Kokichi killed. She was such a fun and interesting character. She also figured out Tenko and Angie's murderer (and the mastermind) before Shuichi. As somebody who doesn't like Kokichi, I'm proud of her for trying to take one for the team.

Besides this, I can't bear to look at her death image. It makes me tear up typing this. Just seeing her look of terror, her hands reaching up for her neck trying to save herself, the sweat rolling down her face, and the sheer vulnerability and despair going through her head really makes me want to cry. I absolutely hate that image whenever I see it. I wish she never died and could have lived a better life.

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