Best Dangan Ronpa Characters

The Top Ten
1 Kokichi Ouma

Kokichi is very funny, and just a very interesting character overall. His insults to Miu were hilarious and his manipulative nature was a great aspect of him. He hides behind a mask of lies, but he does this to give the others a sense of hope. Kokichi is intelligent but childish (like me, I'm 11), which to me is a very bizarre combination, but it helps his character. Overall, Kokichi is a great character, but he is just a bit overrated.

Lot's of people hate him but you know he's someone I think is a good guy. It may not be the best good in series danganronpa but if it is put in place no one can tell what a good person's conception really is.

If a lonely person separates himself from others just to help them, one can sacrifice himself to end it all. Childish, intelligent, lonely, and wearing lies and masks. Hate to kill, hate to despise life and control sadness and pain. Understand all but hid but continue to deceive to give others hope. If it's a bad person then I seem out of place from society.

His ambiguity makes him intriguing as a character. You just want to learn more and more about him even after ending the game, and even after reading multiple analyses of him, you will never really know what's he really like or what he really wanted because there are no fixed answers for it. His character is entirely up to your interpretation, and I personally think that adds more to his uniqueness and complexity.

Kokichi's past is much tougher then Shuichi's, I mean- he was abused when he was a little kid! He was never fed properly by his parents, thus, he always had to hide in small spaces which caused him to stunn his growth.
But unlike Saihara, he hides his emotions within his lies and and that's pretty rough!
Plus when he died no one even dared to care about his last words but Kiibo and "sort of" the main character itself.
They all thanked Kaito, but what about him?!
Cause if it wasn't for him, Maki Roll, Yumeno and "Shumai" would have never discovered Amami and "Kaedead's" true intentions and the Mastermind's true identity or either might as well ever be able to survive this killing game.
So Grape panta deserves all the love :3

2 Gundham Tanaka

I think he's a very relatable character. I'm pretty sure he's neurodivergent, he has an interest in animals and magic and has a great imagination. He may or may not know he's annoying others, but that doesn't stop him from letting his hyperfixations make him happy, and that's all that matters. I'm very satisfied with his execution too. He obviously takes very good care of his 4 Dark Devas of Destruction and he even made a protection spell, meaning he truly believed he could perform magic. It's sad that his head was broken the very last second, but I'm happy he was surrounded by those who loved him. He deserves happiness.

Such an interesting character , and him ( and of course Nekomaru's ) sacrifice was very good . I've found him really relatable , from his love of animals to his dark and brooding persona he uses to hide his weakness and fear of being turned on .

He tries to seem scary but in reality he has a soft side for animals. Although he did kill Nekomaru, he is still one of the best characters and I think he did it to save everyone from starving even though he kind of denied it.

Was freakin awesome! Always entertaining to watch and his execution basically brought me to tears. Not only did he sacrifice himself for the others, but as he laid dying, his hamsters were watching him. I was so close to crying at that moment

3 Fuyuhiko Kuzuryuu Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu (九頭龍 冬彦 Kuzuryū Fuyuhiko), 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 Yakuza.

Fuyuhiko is one of the best developed characters in danganronpa. I like how he goes from being a complete mystery to becoming a redeemed and helpful character and despite the fact that he changed I like how he still had his baby gangsta personality XD. I was happy that he survived the whole way through.

Fuyuhiko was a total d1ck before chapter . But that development ... Mm , immaculate . And slicing his stomach open as an apology was pretty stupid , but the sentiment , y'know ?

Super cool dude. I love his character development and relationship with Peko. I also like how he is one of the more chill dudes and is actually level-headed.

I enjoyed the character development a lot. I love his character design as well, and he is overall a great character! I give him a 9/10 for sure!

4 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.

Relatable (in my opinion) and very nice voice actor. And his laugh is just everything alright? He has lots of self doubt and feels like a burden. He feels like everyone would be better off if they never had to look at him. And with his frontotemporal dementia- it makes it very hard to behave in social situations- hence his hopeful outburts.

So many people fall into the trap of only choosing the cool characters they'd hang out with in real life. It should really be about the characters who add the most to the games. Out of all the other characters, Nagito accomplishes this the best.

He provides so much more intrigue into the story of Danganronpa 2. He was so mysterious, so reliable, and so smart throughout the entire game. The concept of being naturally lucky was especially interesting to me. The creative ways he used his luck to his advantage and the amount of confidence he placed in that luck was oddly satisfying. Amazing performance from the English voice actor as well.

I haven't played DR3, but Komaeda is so far the best character in the franchise and I don't think it's close.

He gives me some Light Yagami vibes if you know what I mean. (as in Light Yagami from Death note) He takes hope, something that's supposed to be good, and makes it into something totally different. (just as Light interprets "justice" a different way then others) In Danganronpa 1, hope is depicted as something totally "good". Yet, in Danganronpa 2, Nagito makes us doubt that. He is, perhaps, one of the deepest characters there. Unpredictable, persistent, and perhaps a bit insane, Nagito is, definitely one of the most interesting characters in Danganronpa.

Nagito had the most impact on the game (other than Junko and Izuru). You either love him or hate him. He has a twisted view of hope, but I couldn't help but root for him. You never know what he could be up to, and he manages to be multiple steps ahead of everyone else. When I first saw Nagito, I thought he was a Naegi ripoff. But when he revealed his true colors, I started to like him as a character. I knew he was insane, but I couldn't help but root for him. Call me a Nagito fanboy, but he will always be #1 to me. Not even Kokichi or Kyoko can beat him.

5 Kyouko Kirigiri

If you say she's boring or a mary sue you need to look into her character more. It's a common theme in this fandom for people to slander all of the female characters for things that they like about the male characters.

Kirigiri is a smart, kind and lovable character, in the danganronpa 3 anime

SPOILERS!

she dies in such a sad way , she sacrificed herself for Makota which is just so sad and kind-hearted which is why I love her.

When I first watched the anime (not the game itself though I would love to play it) I was immediately interested in her character because she just seemed just so mysterious at first.

I love her hair and her eyes! They are beautifull, also I'm not a S I M P cause I'm a girl and uh the matter I love characters doesn't mean I'm a S I M P

6 Ibuki Mioda

She's a serotonin dispenser. Honestly how could you not love her? I'm pissed that they just killed her off for no reason aside from shock value.

She has amazing energy and her posotive personality is everything in helping them stay sane with her colourful charcter.

I love ibuki she is one of the best girls in dng2. I was so sad when she died... she didn't deserve it. She was hilarious and brightened up my day after going to school.

I might be biest due to some personal reasons, but Ibuki is definitely my all time favourite character from pretty much any game. Her personally really just clicked for me and the way she motivated the player during her free time events really cheered me up!

7 Chihiro Fujisaki

He has been pretty interesting to mw from the beginning. Chihiro maybe one of the only reasons Naegi is still alive. Next time you think of hoe much you love Naegi, thank Chihiro for saving him.

To be Honest... I Love This Character, Chihiro is Best Boi Number 1, and I don't Think He had to be Bullied in such a Harsh way in his past that He Dicided to act as a Girl For the Rest of his Life. And He Really Shouldn't have Died. He Shouldn't have Lived and Survived!

He deserved to become who he wanted, and the fact that he was killed tore my heart. DAMN YOU MONDO!

He only wanted to be strong so he helped the remaining students a lot, even after his death.

8 Junko Enoshima Junko Enoshima (江ノ島 盾子 Enoshima Junko), 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. Her title is Ultimate Fashionista/True Ultimate Despair

Junko is such a badass, and is actually the most relatable character! She's basically the girl with no friends who wants to make other people know how she feels. How does she do that? By torturing them and making their lives a living hell, of course! Seriously though, being at the "friendship is everything" state that the other characters of Danganronpa are in is both sickening, and mentally and physically impossible for anyone to do

Her character and backstory are far more interesting than many of the other characters, most people would assume that something tragic happened to make her turn evil and crave despair but the full story is that she just got bored of the monotony of life and craved unpredicatble despair. This made her a much more interesting villain than other that followed the "people hurt me and made me into this I'm not the monster here" type of villain that is often shown

Junko is one of my favourite characters. She was the first character I ever discovered when I saw someone cosplay as her and Despair Mikan. Her personality is amazing and I love her SO MUCH! Honestly Junko should be way higher than #18, although I'm also happy on how far she got on the list.

How is she so low? She is one of the most likeable characters in the game, and have you even seen the amount of things that pop up if you search her name? She is also one of the most reconizable characters, and guess what? She's definitely more likeable than Voldemort!

9 Naegi Makoto

Cutest boy. He's a sub lmao. Anyways, I wish they didn't make him so plain but I guess that's what happens when u make a main character in anime/games, they're just lucky boring people. He has amazing willpower and doesn't break even after all that's happened. He's a little stupid, but in the end he figures it out thanks to Kyoko and Byakuya.

Dang, at the time of me writing this he's in the top 10! Totally wasn't expecting that at all. Makoto is my favorite character and he 100% deserves this spot. Best boy

He's my favorite character. He has unwavering determination and optimism, a trait that I like about him. He is very kind to several people as well. I also think he's cute. In episode 11 of the anime, just look at his eyes when he realizes that Kyoko has saved him from the person who could have killed him! THOSE EYES!

He's a cool guy who cares for those around him. I hate how unnecessarily cruel everyone was to him. He deserves a lot for what he did.

10 Maki Harukawa

Maki is badass, and I'm not saying this just to say it. She literally tried to choke Kokichi (definitely not in a sexual way) in front of the others. She is intelligent, beautiful and deadly all at the same time, which is a perfect combination. As you get to know her, she starts to open up, and you realize that she is very kind on the inside, despite her being the "Ultimate Assassin". A very good and badass character.

Maki is my favourite character because she's brilliant in every single way!

Favourite character out of them all, shes super underrated and needs more love.

Very underrated in my opinion, she deserves a top 5 spot.

The Contenders
11 Shuichi Saihara

I've always liked edgy characters, such as Gundham and Ryoma, but this guy is kind, intelligent and edgy all at the same time! One of my favorite quotes from him is "Even if we are all fictional characters and, even if this is all fictional, the pain in my heart is real! The pain in my heart when I lose the ones I love is real!" That is a truly inspirational quote, and he went through some major character development. Kokichi comes close, but Shuichi is the best character in the entire Danganronpa franchise, hands down!

Best character and DEFINITELY best protagonist to overcome the killing game. Much love to Hajime and Makoto for their roles in their respective games as I love them both to my Danganronpa's hearts content. Through my eyes however, the events that Saihara had to get through were extremely overwhelming for his position. Aside from having an elevation in character growth, he curved the dreadful ending of how Danganronpa typically ends and beat the person behind the madness. With that said, he not only terminated the mastermind, he broke a 4th wall and vanquished Danganronpa as a whole. This ultimate detective is without a doubt, a contender for the Ultimate character of Danganronpa. Gotta love Shuichi for what he did to the game.

I'm so sick of Shuichi slander, he was an awesome and well developed protagonist. I like how his thought process was a lot more complex than Hajime and Makoto, and he was much less basic and stereotypical.

2nd best detective (maybe 1st I don't know bout kirigiri) but I love him so much , he's adorable and has a great character development threw the game.

12 Togami Byakuya

Awooga. Alright- probably not a very relatable character, but: He was born into a battle. A battle between life, and death. He either became the heir of the Togami family (life), or he would be EXILED into the real world (death). To him and his siblings, the thought of being exiled and having to live amongst the plebs was something they never wanted to go through, it was humiliation. He was raised to compete. And that is why he is so cold, bored, and seemingly emotionless. He's even willing to cooperate in a killing game, because that's what he was born to do. To compete. To win. Winning is all he was ever taught, and he will be damned if he loses. He feels the guilt of having to exile his siblings. He was never shown kindness or support. And now, he doesn't know how to show his kindness or support. Poor Byakuya.

Considering his past, his always win character is justified for me. He is very smart and his character development was awesome. Don't get me started on how much hot he is..

His fandom of haters is almost as big of his fandom of lovers I know that people will just accuse me of being a fangirl, but that's not it. Without him, Celestia and Kirigiri, we would be left with my little pony amount of gag worthy friendship dialogue.

Number 15, togami is the best danganronpa character and no one can tell me otherwise.
Y'all might think that aoma is the best boy but you are butt wrong. Togami Byakuya is the best character. I don't even know why, he just is

13 Celestia Ludenberg Celestia Ludenberg (セレスティア・ルーデンベルク Seresutia Rūdenberuku), also known as Celeste, 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. Her title is the Ultimate Gambler.

She really, really made the end of DR1 amazing. I wish she lived, the way she killed Ishimaru and Yamada wasn't really great, but she's still a great character! I can see why people hate her, but I LOVE her gothiness, and her design, one of the best girls of danganronpa, other than ibuki and Mikan and Angie

Her first kill was smart, and she was the first contestant to kill 2 people! It made it pretty interesting with the name plot twist and how she was willing to get what she deserved, aka the punishment.

Celestia is so elegant and so royal like, I love how she is always trying to be special and try her best to keep the killing game under control.

I love Celestia, she is my favourite Danganronpa charather alongside Kyoko Kirigiri. I'm happy to see her high on the list since most people dislike her.

14 Rantaro Amami

Rantaro is shrouded in mystery , and we don't learn much about him til after he dies . But none the less , he was very interesting . ( not to mention attractive )

The thing about Rantaro is the mystery that shrouds him. I don't really know anything about this character, but he seems to know a lot, but he died with his story untold.

He's litteraly so amazing and baby! He definitely didn't deserve to die, or at least not first. I really would have liked to get to know him more!

His death was so unfair! he shouldve lived longer or at least shouldve been one of the people who won the game. I adore him A LOT, and I got really mad when he died, one of the most stunning dr characters!

15 Touko Fukawa

Honestly If it wasn't for UDG I probs wouldn't like her as much but it made her so much more like able and gave her her own character who wasn't (entirely) involved with byakuya.

The best girl in the whole series. She completely glows up in Ultra Despair Girls; and her design and serial killer aspect is amazing and I'd say that she should have been the antagonist in Danganronpa 1 since there aren't any minor women antagonists except Junko, but she and Monica are more of the villians of the series.

I love everything about Toko from how relatable she is, to how much character development she got and the comedic releif from genocide Jill/ the funny lines she got in UDG. Shes my favorite character out of this entire franchise overall.

Toko is a great character. I try to understand why Kokochi is the most loved character. He is just plain spoiled by the fandom, like what. Toko, in my opinion, is way more important to the plot. Like for gods sake, she was in 2 games! Two games! Like come on, Toko deserves way more love.

16 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 deserves higher. She's not obsessed with "Hope vs Despair" or anything like that. She's just a nice character. Trying to keep everyone on the right path even if it means saving someone dangerous like Nagito.

She's the kindest character in the franchise, saves the whole SDR2 crew multiple times, and is a main character. She should be top 10 at least.

BEST GIRL, she deserves to be in the top 10'S at least. She is precious and so adorable! I love her character design and her character traits fit her perfectly! She was also like best friends with Hajime and in the anime she almost confessed. *spoiler! * Wish she didn't have to die..

She used to be so shy and so afraid but then she found her stronger self and tried to help the people she had befriended. Best gamer girl. Relatable in a way, too.

Chiaki is a pure Angel, I'm just really sad of what happened To her, I really think She didn't deserve that, all that despair like Dang, why her tho spike chunsoft, why her tho?
-audrey

17 Ishimaru Kiyotaka

He has to be my favorite character out of the whole series. He is somewhat relatable and was just an amazing character. I hate how people only see him as strict and "rude" when he's a lot more than that. He's a hard worker and is very caring and kind. He is a very interesting character and there's just so much about him.
He really shouldn't have died because he was having character development and would have been better for the future arc than hagakure.
But really, best boy and an amazing character. Deserves to be higher up.

Taka is my favorite male character in the entire series. And the main reason is that he taught me something that none of the other characters did. That is the meaning of effort.

I first got into Danganronpa about a year ago, right around the end of the first semester of 8th grade, and I was immediately drawn to Taka as one of my favorite members of the cast.

And when playing his FreeTime events, I burst out into tears. Mainly because up until 8th grade, I was seen by many people I knew as a "genius". I had perfect grades during my entire school career up until that point. But right before I got into the series, I was reaching a point where I was failing my 8th grade English Class.

That was my first time ever seeing true failure, and I couldn't deal with it. I became a nearly hollow shell of who I was normally, cutting myself off from my friends and other support systems. I had also been so independent growing up because my parents were nearly always at ...more

Ishimaru was more than just a ' sweet femboy gay bean ' ( like Nagito , and Kokichi .. ) He was very relatable , really . He's dedicated to school because he doesn't want to be like his grandfather . And Mondo was his first and only friend . He wasn't mean , and he wasn't trying to be annoying - He lacks social skills and doesn't quite know how to properly interact with his peers .

Although he might seem mean at the start, he is only doing it to keep everyone safe and do the right thing. I actually cried when he died.

18 Fujisaki Chihiro

He is in my opinion the best trap- even after death he did so much to help the others escape and find out the mysteries of the killing game- also it's really sad that he got murdered cause come on! He's such a great character and could have helped out and given so much more!

Chihiro is in my opinion one of the best characters Dangan Ronpa. He is a kind person who also is the main part of one of the biggest plot twists in the game. Also, he I very brave and also very adorable!

Chihiro is best boy. His character is just so likable. He is honestly just so amazing! That's why he's my favorite character.

YES. Cihiro is my bae in this anime (alongside Togami and Junko) I wasn't expecting a trap and I got one. Yay for traps? Well...yay for this trap.

19 Kaede Akamatsu

I always got love for Kaede Akamatsu. Would have loved if she stuck around a little longer, but she still proved herself to be an entitlement of strength and hope. Kaede displayed a wonderful new essence of someone who approaches a killing game headstrong and doesn't hold back until she resolves it. I admire her leadership skills so much, I constantly think how it would've been like if her and Shuichi stuck with each other throughout the game. If they did, they would be unstoppable together and perhaps be called upon the best duo in Danganronpa. Personally, I already consider them to be. Aside from another duo that is a pretty great force to be reckoned with. Kaede Akamatsu: amazing female protagonist, love her to bits, and no better girl than the best girl.

The fact she's only at 28th kinda pisses me off... Of her, Chiaki, and Kirigiri she was my favorite and also the most realistic. I wish she had more screen time.

Such a sweet girl! She's easily one of the best characters in Danganronpa! Even in the first chapter when nobody knew each other that well, she still gave it her all in order to protect her friends by killing the mastermind. In the class trial, she stood her ground until she finally gave up and admitted that she killed Rantaro. She's sorta like Chiaki, she pushed Shuichi to give the clues that she was the killer. She also left a will like Chiaki, she also loved her friends like Chiaki. Easily the best characters the the charcterters who love their friends so much that they'd sacrifice their lives in order to save them.

Should of been the main character! Loved Shuichi and all, but Kaede was great. Cried when she died! Also, points on being a main character with an actual interesting skill, besides being lucky or being unknown

20 Sonia Nevermind

Brave and a true leader. Her personality is also hilarious and quirky plus she was a lot more smart and close to the truth in the trials than anyone else.

I really like Sonia! She isn't useless as many princesses are usually portrayed to be. She made relevant comments and helped out a lot. She also isn't a fanservice character which made me like her even more. She's a queen.

She is such a quirky character even though princesses are to be portrayed as perfection incarnate.

Honestly she is my favorite, I don't really know why I just find her very interesting.

21 Miu Iruma

I love this girl SO MUCH. She deserves #1. She is beauty, she is grace, and she will throw a wrench through your face.

I love her. She's my top 2 best girl but somehow, if I was asked if I would date her. I would say no.

I really enjoyed her character. Love Miu.

She was super helpful plus her lines where amazing and matched her perfect

22 Hajime Hinata

Personally, he's just one of my favourite protagonists out of all of the games. Furthermore, I really liked the fact that he was the only character so far who didn't have a talent (if you were to set the Izuru thing aside since his personality wasn't in most of the game), which switched things up a little. I also liked that throughout the game he just wanted to become more confident in himself and was sent through multiple challenges which tested that.

By far he is the best protagonist out of them all. (At least in my opinion) He's more of a realist which I can relate to if I was in the situation he was. He's also a really really good character.

Hajime is an interesting character. You think he's one way, but because even he doesn't know everything about himself, we end up on the journey with him. Adding Izuru... He's just amazing.

I love how regardless how insane Nagito acts, Hajime is there for him. Anazing.

23 Asahina Aoi

I love how she was optimistic through out the first half of the game and then she showed how much she cared about sakura by trying to bring down everyone with her because she had lost all hope without her closest friend

She is one of the most complex characters in the danganronpa universe.

She feels like a very real relatable character!

She and Kiri are the best girls so far (I haven't finished the anime yet)

24 Kaito Momota

Kaito is amazing and you can't change my mind. and I hate how so much people hate him for killing kokichi I feel like no one listen to the 5th trail ;-; and kokichi is super overrated. And kokichi made gonta kill miu! and kokichi is also really annoying to. But I mean I like kokichi but hate him at the same time. also kaito was very supportive! even though he's kinda dumb that dosen't mean you have to hate him- he's also really hot too and he's just a huge comfort character for me and when he said so much sweet things too he's just a great character. I could list 1000000 why kaito is the best.

He's a sweetie! He has loving grandparents and has a wish to go to space and be something great. He makes effort to make sure Shuichi and Maki are happy and he doesn't like to worry others, so he likes to put on a smile to make everyone feel better. Mwah.

I think he's just a great character! He's really supportive, is really cool, he is an astronaut, he wears a lot of purple, has galaxy slippers and just so much more! I think he's just an amazing character and I live him a lot!

I really love kaito. I love how he loves space and is super enthusiastic. He is also very funny and amazing. I don't know why but when I first saw his design and ultimate I knew right away he was going to be one of my favorites and that I was going to love him. Of course that's exactly what happened.

25 K1-B0

Who doesn't love him. I don't know he's underrated and super sweet.

His personality was the best part. Robot boi all the way.

Robot boi. He should be higher. Honestly.

How can you... How can you not like him?

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