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 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.

In the game, having Chiaki help guide everyone through the trials and giving wisdom is amazing, until she gets executed. The worst part is that she didn't even know she is the one who killed him! And when she found out, she tried to get them to vote her for execution. And in the show, she died trying to save her classmates. Truly the saddest death.

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, 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.

While Kaede may have had the intention to kill, she still didn't deserve to die in that gruesome way. It's horrible how she believed she was Rantaro's killer when she died. She would never know the truth. She always believed in others, and tried to make the others life better at the academy. So, when they figured out that she "killed" Rantaro, a lot of hope was lost. That was the first person that Shuichi trusted in, after all.

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 till the end like these other jamokes... he slowly admitted, all the way until saying flatout "just tie it all together and lets go home Hajime". He awesomely looks at his actions and calmly (well... gundham calmly laughs at deaths 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... and 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

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.

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 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.

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.

5 Gonta Gokuhara

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 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 had 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!

I found it sad just because Gonta didn't know what he was doing, he probably didn't know if they died in the game, they died in real life, or he was just trying to save Kokichi because he thought they were actually friends, when in the end, he was just being used.

6 Sakura Ogami

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.

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!

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 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.

8 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 .

I was considering playing this series, but after learning about this poor boy, I couldn't bring myself to. I cried for almost an hour. I love otokonokos. In my eyes, they are paragons of purity and happiness. The idea that someone could brutally murder someone so sweet an innocent sickens me. It was like watching someone beat a cute little puppy to death. My only way of coping was reading about the scrapped "Alternate End" where everyone survives, and pretending like that ending happened. I don't even want to know about the other games, as I fear I may experience this pain all over again. The only way I'm touching this series is if there's an entry where it's revealed that no one ever actually died in the series. Given what I've heard of the 3rd game's ending, that could very well be a possibility. I'm sure it would make the fans angry though, as it essentially removes the stakes of the whole series. Maybe have multiple endings that are all canon, and that ending be one of them.

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 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.

Ibuki didn't deserve to die especially since she was a character who kinda lacked some character development so o giras it hurt to see her hanging without knowing her personally, but she still made an impression as herself with her uniqueness and her music.

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.

The Contenders
11 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.

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

I understand why he killed Sayaka. If he just attacked her and left, Sayaka would tell Makoto in the morning what happened and not say that she invited Leon over to kill him. Makoto will believe Sayaka over Leon's testimony and Makoto being the Protagonist, everyone will believe him and then hate Leon.

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 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.

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.

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...

14 Kirigiri Kyoko

She doesn't die. It's the bad ending when she is seen being executed, the game forces you to restart so she doesn't die.

15 Kiyotaka Ishimaru

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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 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.

Even though he wasn't the most likeable character, it still seemed sad when I saw his death. His character seemed like he was torn between hope and the truth that he was actually an "unlucky" student. He was one of my favorite characters from DR2.

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 existence of knowing he could be taken over again at any time. He's 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 doesn't need to handle everything on his own. He was such a good, caring person

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).

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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