Top 10 Best Danganronpa Characters

The Top Ten
1 Kokichi Ouma

Lots of people hate him, but you know, I think he's a good guy. He may not be the best good in the Danganronpa series, but if his actions are put in context, no one can really define what a good person's conception 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. He hates to kill, hates to despise life, and controls sadness and pain. He understands all but hides, continuing to deceive to give others hope. If that's a bad person, then I seem out of place from society.

Well, he is VERY relatable. He makes lies to distract himself from the stress and pain happening in the Killing Game. I don't know why some people still don't see how that was all an act so he could make a plan to end the Killing Game. He pretends he doesn't care for the others' lives, but he does. It's like no one can somehow break his mask and see his true and sincere self. He is really a well-written character and someone very loveable.

"I stole your heart, and now I'm satisfied~"

Yes, you did, Ouma. You did steal our hearts.

2 Gundham Tanaka

I think he's a very relatable character. I'm pretty sure he's neurodivergent, having an interest in animals and magic and possessing 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 his (and of course Nekomaru's) sacrifice was very impactful. 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. I think he did it to save everyone from starving, even though he kind of denied it.

3 Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu 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 evolves from being a complete mystery to becoming a redeemed and helpful character. Despite the fact that he changed, I like how he still retained his baby gangster personality. I was happy that he survived the entire way through.

Haha, I actually hated him in the beginning, but the character development was great. I love it when characters change and grow in stories, and he's a prime example of that.

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.

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.

Definitely the character who left the biggest impact on V2. At first, I thought he was just a redesign of Makoto Naegi, but when his true colors and twisted optimism started showing, it was amazing. Also, 'Sans Nagito' supremacy because yes.

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 to the story of Danganronpa 2. He was mysterious, reliable, and 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.

5 Kyoko Kirigiri

Kirigiri is my favourite character! I've only started watching the series, and I love her attitude and how she's so calm and serious. She is an elite and always considers different points of view when investigating. I also really want to cosplay her, and I hope she doesn't die early in the series!

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 the female characters for things that they like about the male characters.

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 so mysterious at first.

6 Ibuki Mioda

"Now grab a partner, and slow dance to: 'I squeezed out the baby but have no idea who the father is.'" Man, Ibuki is such an amazing character! Her design is amazing, and her hair is the best. She is definitely a character that died too soon. I really loved her personality and her humor.

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

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.

7 Chihiro Fujisaki

In my opinion, he is the best character. 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 because, come on! He's such a great character and could have contributed so much more!

To be honest, I love this character. Chihiro is the best boy, number 1. I don't think he had to be bullied in such a harsh way in his past, leading him to decide to act as a girl for the rest of his life. And he really shouldn't have died. He should have lived and survived!

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

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 with the monotony of life and craved unpredictable despair. This made her a much more interesting villain than others who followed the "people hurt me and made me into this. I'm not the monster here" type of villain that is often shown.

9 Makoto Naegi

He's my favorite character. He has unwavering determination and optimism, traits that I like about him. He is also very kind to several people. 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.

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.

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 being the "Ultimate Assassin." A very good and badass character.

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

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

The Contenders
11 Byakuya Togami Byakuya Togami 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 Affluent Progeny.

Awooga. Alright, probably not a very relatable character, but here's the thing: 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 experience. 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 - compete and 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 kindness or support. Poor Byakuya.

His fandom of haters is almost as big as 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 a 'My Little Pony' amount of gag-worthy friendship dialogue.

12 Shuichi Saihara

Best character and definitely the 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 heart's 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 but also broke a fourth 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'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!

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 made the end of DR1 amazing. I wish she lived. The way she killed Ishimaru and Yamada wasn't great, but she's still a fantastic character. I can see why people hate her, but I love her gothiness and her design. She's one of the best girls of Danganronpa, along with Ibuki, Mikan, and Angie.

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

I love her story and her attitude throughout the game. Really useful in the second class trial. Also had one of the best thought-out murder plots. Wish she survived till the end.

14 Rantaro Amami

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, yet he died with his story untold.

Rantaro is shrouded in mystery, and we don't learn much about him until after he dies. But nonetheless, he was very interesting (not to mention attractive).

Underrated. He has so much potential and shouldn't have died first. His true character was masked by his mysteriousness.

15 Toko Fukawa

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

Toko is a great character. I try to understand why Kokichi is the most loved character. He is just plain spoiled by the fandom. Toko, in my opinion, is way more important to the plot. For God's sake, she was in two games! Two games! Like, come on, Toko deserves way more love.

I think Toko is far better than Leon, Mondo, and Sayaka. Sure, she didn't do as much as Kyoko, but Leon is barely in it, Mondo is an idiot, and Sayaka betrayed her friend so she could pin him as guilty and escape.

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 in the top 10 at least.

Best girl, she deserves to be in the top 10s 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 alert! 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.

17 Kaede Akamatsu

I always have love for Kaede Akamatsu. I would have loved if she had stuck around a little longer, but she still proved herself to be an embodiment of strength and hope. Kaede displayed a wonderful 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 about what it would have been like if she and Shuichi had stuck with each other throughout the game. If they had, they would have been unstoppable together and perhaps called 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.

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 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 sort of like Chiaki. She pushed Shuichi to give the clues that she was the killer. She also left a will like Chiaki and loved her friends as Chiaki did. Easily the best characters are the ones who love their friends so much that they'd sacrifice their lives to save them.

18 Sakura Ogami

Honestly, out of all the characters, I wished Sakura lived, it would've been interesting to see the ending with her included (I wish everyone made it but this is my top choice) I never expected to become so attached to her, once I got a good idea of who she is, I immediately believed that she wouldn't murder anyone, and she didn't, in the end, it was her own life she took, she could've murdered someone, but she chose to sacrifice herself since it was her friends she couldn't kill. She did work for Monokuma but you can just tell she deeply regrets it and even tried attacking Monokuma. Underrated character for sure, I loved all the characters, but Sakura is top of my list.

She was the one who opened everyone's eyes to the truth. She also was a character that broke so many girl stereotypes despite her extremely feminine name. Sakura did not think of anyone as the enemy even though she was supposed to be a spy. Sakura had enough self honor, and kindness to kill herself instead of murdering other characters like the game seemed to require.

19 Sonia Nevermind

I really like Sonia! She isn't as useless as many princesses are usually portrayed. 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.

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.

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

20 Kiyotaka Ishimaru

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.

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.

21 Hajime Hinata

Personally, he's just one of my favorite protagonists out of all the games. Furthermore, I really liked the fact that he was the only character so far who didn't have a talent (if you 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 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.

22 Miu Iruma

I love Miu. I just find her personality entertaining. But if she was real, I'd probably hate her. But she's not. So she's the best girl in my opinion.

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.

23 Aoi Asahina

She is so sweet, and I love how you could trust her. If I ever had to go through those killing games, I would want to have someone like her with me.

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

She feels like a very real, relatable character!

24 Kaito Momota

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.

Kaito is amazing, and you can't change my mind. I hate how so many people hate him for killing Kokichi. I feel like no one listened to the 5th trial. Kokichi is super overrated. And Kokichi made Gonta kill Miu! Kokichi is also really annoying too. But I mean, I like Kokichi but hate him at the same time. Also, Kaito was very supportive! Even though he's kind of dumb, that doesn't mean you have to hate him. He's also really hot too, and he's just a huge comfort character for me. When he said so many sweet things, he just showed what a great character he is. I could list a million reasons 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 an effort to make sure Shuichi and Maki are happy. He doesn't like to worry others, so he likes to put on a smile to make everyone feel better. Sweet.

25 Leon Kuwata

best boy, mad underrated, and a lot more complex than people give him credit for, what with being very conflicted with whether or not he even likes his ultimate talent, and an interesting trial setup with the only murder in the series committed in self defence, depending on how you see it, which I personally would call self defence. I know some wouldn't call it self defence, and I understand why, but I see it as self defence.

He's very interesting. He doesn't like his ultimate and wants to be a musician. Yes he said it was for this one salon girl, but he also seems to really just enjoy moused and has a passion for it.
I love how even though they were trapped in the school he still wanted to get out and chase his dreams and didn't really give up.

Leon , if he had been given more time , probably would have been an even better character . Like Ryoma , he needed more time . Screw Spike Chunsoft for killing him and Maizono first all because they were the first characters they designed .

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