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 Gundham Tanaka

Ok, when I first saw his execution, I didn't find it as sad, but when I played the games it made me want to bawl my eyes out and DIE of sadness. Gundham is one of my favorites, and to see him die just made me sooo sad. He casted a freaking spell to protect his hamsters. What hurt me the most was when the hamsters walked over to him and Gundham smiled at them before he died. Just seeing the hamsters cry and all sad like that made me cry harder. The fact that the spirits of his pets carried him to heaven made me straight up ugly cry. This is why his death was in saddest in my opinion.

Gundham was a nice guy really, he's my number one favorite... so to see him die really broke my heart. But he was so nice and loyal to his friends he killed Nekomaru who was already kinda dead... this execution is really sad but good... I miss him and he shall be fine in heaven :( /PS. No one is sure what his spell or pandemonium really was, so it may of not of been finished, was for the hamsters, or wasn't even real since their inside the virtual game.../

OKAY LISTEN UP IDIOTS- Gundham's execution was by FAR the saddest thing I've ever seen. Both his and Kaede's executions hurt me terribly, but anyways. Whenever Gundham held his hamsters in his hand and smiled at them, I cried the hardest I have ever over a fictional character. He even casted a freaking spell to protect them. He didn't deserve to die like that or to die at all.

Gundham will protect himself by drawing a magic circle while his Four Dark Devas of Destruction to watch him against the wild animals.

2 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)

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

She died a brutal death. What made her execution worse is how she knew she was going to die but she wouldn't give up. What made it worse was how she thought she killed her "duty" the one person she designated her whole life too.

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.

Come on! This is one of the rare deaths that has affected me in an anime/game. Her relationship with Fuyuhiko was both surprising and emotional. Also, her execution had a big meaning. She told Monokuma that she will never feel despair since she's just a tool. However, she died by believing that she killed the person who meant her life.

3 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.

Chiaki had to be my favorite character from Danganronpa 2. The whole thing with Junko executing her was PAIN. The fact that Izuru found her before she died killed me inside when Chiaki said "Please, one more game." Seeing Izuru cry like that made me want to bawl my eyes out.

THIS IS PAIN... this death in the anime is definitely in my top 10 saddest executions... and the fact that her classmates had to watch so Junko could spread despair is really despicable... and that Izuru /Hajime/ her closest friend was there at the exit only made this sadder... also watching izuru cry was pretty sad since being emotionless.

She never seemed to be present until the team in DR2 got like down to 8. There's something mysterious, ambient, psychedelic about her that makes me ponder about her arc every day. It might be in the end only the tradegy of the character. Her sole purpose in both anime and the game is sacrifice or death and they live up to it. She is like Obi Wan from star wars or mufasa from lion king or Olorin from LOTR. There is something super similar with that certain archetype and Chiaki. She doesn't seem to put up a significant role for herself, but in the end it'd seem like she's one of the most important, main characters in danganronpa. I don't mf get what makes me so sad to even think about her as a character and her part in the story. Every time I see the sprite or art of her I mf cry and I never cry.

I cannot describe how horrifyingly sad her death is in the anime. It's 1000x worse than her execution in the game. Poor girl deserved WAY better, even though I understand why Junko wanted her out of the picture. Chiaki is my favorite character from SDR2 and I cried in the anime + the game.

4 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, and 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.

My favorite girl in gaming. It also was 1 of 2 executions that made me cry. The worst part his that her execution lasted about 6-16 hours. Without a doubt the most sad and brutal death in the series and possibly in gaming.

-typing this while crying- This was by far one of the most painful executions- no- deaths in any show/game ever. This made me bawl my eyes out for MONTHS. I don't even know what to say, it just hurt so freaking deep and made me sob forever.

Her execution really was TORTURE, I mean, it would be a nightmare to anybody to go through all of that. She really never deserved it at all.

5 Gonta Gokuhara

Gonta is my favourite danganronpa character, so the trial literally ruined my mental health. The pure angel didn't deserve this.

My boy Gonta did not deserve this... he's so innocent and is my second favorite danganronpa character... I mean Miu is really the true culprit behind this but Kokichi is probably just as equally responsible... rest in heaven Gonta

Gonta was a sweet person 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 forget his execution and move on, but my mind is always glued to him.

Gonta didn't deserve his death. Imagine getting killed by the thing you love the most! I scream into my Squirtle plushie every night just thinking about it.

6 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 what hurts the most.
He didn't even get to know ehat happened to his mother. That's all he was fighting for; his mother. Even though he's a pervert, we all appreciate a mamas 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 was put in his situation, I too, would would have been worried by that.

I wouldn't say the saddest, but I agree, it was kinda sad.

7 Sakura Ogami

In my opinion, I had no more idea about it. She died caring for her friends! She is a noble and loving woman who is really loyal aside from her scary-looking. I hate it when she died so early, and the part that made it even worse is that her death is not an execution nor being killed, but she committed suicide just for her friends to be safe and stop killing each other anymore!

Honesty felt so bad for Sakura! I know she had Asahina for her 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 break and have to tell the others only to have them hate her. I can't imagine how sad she felt in the end... I know she decided to kill herself to save the others and she forgave them anyway, but the emotional toll she took in her final moments still must've broke her. I cried during her death and honestly again while writing this ;-;

I love other characters as well that have died, like Gundham, Peko, and Kaito/Kokichi, I cried for them as well; Sakura was from the original to die so she will always hold a place it my heart.

Sakura was likely the most noble of every character in the series. Rather then killing someone to save herself, she committed suicide. She was in pain, because two of her friends attacked her, and despite that, she still saved them ANYWAY. She died smiling, with no sign of blood, when the body is discovered. Respect.

Sakura is a icon maybe not my favorite character but a icon. She was hurt by two of her friends that she wanted to have a respectful chat with. What made her death worse is how Aoi wanted to make everyone pay for "killing" her

8 Izayoi Sohnosuke

I really loved Izayoi as a character and I hated that he got betrayed just because Ruruka has 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 she wasn't even angry with Ruruka when she killed him...Yoi-Chan deserves more respect.

He's the best boyfriend of all times. He was betrayed by his girlfriend but he forgived her. He just loved Ruruka more than anything else and understood her more than anybody else. That's why it's sad :'(

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

9 Ibuki Mioda

I was soooo 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.

Her death was so pointless. She was such a good character, but they had to kill her just because they needed 2 victims for the 3rd case. Ibuki deserved better...

Tbh it was always in the back of my mind that there was basically no chance that somebody like Ibuki would live, but the fact that the game tricked us into thinking she hung herself hurts me even more.

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...?

10 Kokichi Oma

Kokichi has done some rotten things in V3. He is a liar, he convinced Gonga to kill Miu, claimed to be the mastermind, and he overall was just plain cruel to a lot of characters. However, when he is shot with the poison arrow, he reveals his plain 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 try and reveal the mastermind, even though he dies trying to. It was a slow, painful death as well. He tries to disguise himself as Kaito, while he pretends to be him, hiding in an exist exsisal. We don't even know Kokichi died until later on.

Kokichi has done brutal things in V3, like convincing Gonta to kill Miu, claim to be the mastermind, lie and just plain cruel to everyone in V3. But then he makes an impossible case to reveal the mastermind, but he dies trying to. I never really like Kokichi a lot, but when I saw his execution I shed a tear. Something I hadn't done since Ibuki, Chiaki, Kaede and Kirumi's executions.

he cope up with everything by lying, he always smile or exaggerate his reactions even though he was suffering, when he died he know full well that no one loved or cared about him, which is just so heartbreaking, others just dismissed that facts, hints, and warning he's giving to others. All he's going through is just plain torture, not being able to create relationships, keeping his feelings all to him self, smiling while physically hurt and bleeding, not being able to express his self without lying in a manipulative or helpful way, others only seeing his bad sides, him not being able to share the emotions he cope up all to himself, he's all alone by himself, and in addition is him facing his claustrophobia before his death and him willingly sacrificing his life...

Kokichi was my comfort character.. it's very pain to see his execution! I will never forget his insults! You just wanted the killing game to end! You will always be my favorite character.

The Contenders
11 Chihiro Fujisaki

Chihiro was bullied, likely his entire life for having 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, Chihuro 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 has 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 would confuse his classmates even more. His reasonings? To make it more INTERESTING .

Chihiro confided in Mondo and Mondo killed him. I still love Mondo but jeez. Mondo was scared and jealous of the strength he saw in Chihiro, and he acted quickly without thinking, but it hurtssss

One reason why I felt so much emotion for Chihiro was because he "changed". I originally noticed that Chihiro seemed different, but I didn't put much thought into it. Once I learned that he had disguised himself as a girl to avoid being bullied made me so sad. It was even more upsetting when he got killed, I was hoping for him to survive Danganronpa and have a good life after it was over. But of course they always take the best characters away.

I respected him really well! He didn't deserve to die due to somebodies anger. I love Mondo but its terrible how he did that to her.

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 possiblity 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. Though 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 5 list.

THIS IS SADDDD, Leon's death is iconic and is very brutal, but the fact that he killed "her" by self defense only makes this sadder "she" tried to frame Makoto by her killing Leon... I refuse to say her name because she tried to pull a Kokichi lie... despicable

Leon is innocent. He was just scared of dying. He really wanted to escape to save his cousin, Kanon. Poor baby boi needs protection.

He was doing self defense to Sayaka. In reality Sayaka is just evil for lying to Makoto to frame something on him. What's worse is that he was so innocent and got a brutal execution (same as Kaede)

13 Kiyotaka Ishimaru

Taka spent so much of his life studying that he never really got to make friends and when he tried, he couldn't. He finally had a friend, Mondo, and he lost him almost immediately! Taka deserved to be happy with lots of friends. He died sad.

Combining all the obvious reasons that everyone knows about, yeah, it's totally sad. But when makes it worse for me is, with the exception of Hiro, basically none of the rest of the remaining cast even liked him. He was surrounded by people who didn't like him.

I was watching the play-through and I knew he was going to die but I still had to wait for one week before I could mentally process his death and even after that ,I cried .I still like Himufi and Celeste still .I just found it unfair how someone like him could die. I wish that Hiro 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 escape.

I love Hiro but Taka deserved better.

he was just the best character he kept the group the group exciting until Mondo's death and he was honestly useful to the group more than Hiro and honestly he already went through enough.

14 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 ACUTAL 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.

I know that kirumi did kill somebody but seriously- did she really have to go through that execution?! she really deserved a lighter one, but of course that has a rare chance of happening, she's a good character after all.

She was best girl

15 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.

I don't freaking know why I loved this psycho but I did. The fact that he never would go as far as to kill himself for hope was to much.

So I think that his life just really sucks because everything around him is falling apart and hope is probably the only thing that he has left.

This poor soul is both the Ultimate Lucky and Unlucky student. Although he was the only 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 tried 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 trama. I really wished he was there till the end.

16 K1-B0

K1B0 or Keebo... this is sad but I mean why did he blow himself up :/ he probably could've just laser cannoned it...? But I'm guessing he did it because he didn't even have a life before this danganronpa... Rest In Peace Keebo

Kiibo died making sure his friends survived and escaped. He made sure they were okay, while also ending the killing game entirely.

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.

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.

17 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 doesn't need to handle everything on his own. He was such a good, caring person

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

Surprised Kaito isn't higher. Him 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).

Kaito was an idiot but one with a good heart. Glad he got to go out on his own terms, giving the game a middle finger at least.

18 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 humble 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 death made me cry a lot. I always hated Korekiyo, but him killing Tenko just added fuel to the fire. Tenko deserved better.

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 realise how good a friend she had until it was too late.

I loved her but she died

19 Mondo Oowada

Mondo's execution made me shiver what he did was terrible and I won't forgive him for what he did but the guy at least felt guilt. He was in stress about how he couldn't be honest and truthful about killing his brother. Therefor, 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.

This execution was pretty gruesome is you look into depth... I mean he got electrocuted so much he was turned into a liquid butter... and eaten by monokuma... pretty harsh... but Chirios death was also sad and unexpected so ready in peace Mondo...

Best fricken boy. He excepted his death like a man. He deserved so much better. I only wish he was able to live happily with Taka :(

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.

20 Rantaro Amami

Okay, he was so intresting and would have made such a grat fourth member to Maki, Shuichi, and Kaito. I just think I would love his interactions with Kaito and when Maki says stuff like "Do you wanna die" too! I would love to see how he deals with kokicgi and I'm still greiving hard, he was so intresting and I hope to get a Rantaro spin off game

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 of the 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.

GOD, I LOVE THIS CHARACTER! He was SO GOOD! I miss him sooo much and it makes me really upset that he was the first to die instead of, say, Ryoma. Rantaro had SO much potential and probably would've been a better ally than Kaito (or he would've been a fantastic fourth member to Kaito, Maki, and Shuichi's club). Rest in Peace man.

21 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 off of 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.

22 Chisa Yukizome

I want her to be my teacher! She's a magical person. She always had faith in her students as always. She always protected them and made them friends. And 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.

23 Mukuro Ikusaba

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

24 Juzo Sakakura

He cared for Munakata and he was ready to do anything for him. More than love, he admired him -I think. At the end, he was killed by Munakata since he thought that Juzo betrayed him. However, Juzo couldn't bring himself to hate Munakata and with his last strenght, he saved everybody from the Final Killing Game.

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 LMAOOO
Besides this, I can't bare 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, the sheer vulnerability and despair that was going on through her head... it really makes me want to cry. I absolutely hate that image whenever I see it. I wish she never died and she could've lived a better life.

Wouldn't call this sad honestly, she tried to get Kokichi killed.

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