Top 10 Best Danganronpa Ships

A list about the best ships in the DR franchise so far!
The Top Ten
1 Sonia Nevermind x Gundham Tanaka

Definitely my Danganronpa OTP.

-Spoilers-

I'm a sucker for opposites attract, and day and night ship tropes. Plus, their chemistry is my favorite.

They interacted once in Chapter 1, where Sonia compliments Gundham's hamsters. Gundham, not used to compliments, blushes, but their relationship developed more in Chapter 4 of DRv2. I really wanted them to interact more, but I must say that their relationship definitely changed during their time at the funhouse because they both like the occult, so I guess those interactions were good enough. Yes, I love Gundham constantly blushing because of Sonia - even in the trial...

Some may argue that their interactions are purely platonic - Sonia likes talking to Gundham because of their similarities, and Gundham only blushes because he's not used to compliments. I beg to differ. There's definitely something more. I like to think that's why they got close in the first place: those two finally found another person they can relate to and accept them - and for that, they got closer.

The anime adds some crumbs, especially in Despair Arc's ending and episode 5.

I also need to add that even if it isn't technically canon, the crumbs and moments in the 4koma and Ultimate Talent Development Plan fulfill my needs. It's proof that Gundham doesn't just blush because of Sonia's compliments. Another thing is, Gundham comforting Sonia because it's their last Christmas party together - he made her a drink and forged an unbreakable pledge between them, meaning they're connected at all times. It works - making Sonia happier. It warms my heart. There's definitely something more between these two...

2 Kokichi Ouma x Shuichi Saihara

First, there's so much interesting character development potential here. Second, it's practically canon for how much Kokichi enjoys being around Shuichi. It's one of those ships where, if given the proper setting, could really work. I found their banter quite funny, and I just have a thing for an overly confident flirt going for a shy one. It's just adorable from all angles.

They're both very smart in their own right, and I think they know that. Kokichi seemed to only trust Shuichi, which made me so sad when I saw that on the board when Shuichi was going through his room. I wish he opened up a little more, though. The love hotel was a treat, and I think that's where it really solidified the ship for me. The fact that he respected Shuichi's boundaries and backed off when he was nervous really speaks to his character. He advanced but left when Shuichi was really uncertain.

Though, by far, the best part was Shuichi calling for him to come back, wanting to know more about him. That really made me think, Wow, this ship could really sail with the right push.

3 Fuyuhiko Kuzuryuu x Peko Pekoyama

Can I just say that this is one of my favorite straight ships ever? It's freaking adorable! Fuyuhiko sees Peko as his one and only best friend, but I definitely see a spark there! As for Peko, she protects her young master at all costs because she surely loves him but just cannot admit it too much because of her duties.

At the end of the 2nd Class Trial in V2, we can surely see Fuyuhiko loves Peko, even asking her not to go and stay with him. The tears in their eyes are love! I'm really sad Peko died (But glad the game was only a simulation), but it is such a perfect ship!

4 Komaru Naegi x Toko Fukawa

Okay, honestly, this ship is really adorable and closer to canon than most Toko ships. Toko actually considers Komaru as her friend, and they both build each other up and live together (as shown in DR3). Also, Komaru accepts Genocider Syo/Jack/Jill instead of being freaked out by her all the time (she does freak out at first, but warms up to her), unlike everyone else who is either scared of or disgusted by her. I honestly can't believe this ship is so underrated. I love them.

For Toko, Komaru kind of feels like the right type of person to show Toko that she doesn't need to be basically stepped on to feel loved. Toko can see that Komaru truly cares for her, and she cares about Komaru too, despite her usually cold exterior.

5 Kaito Momota x Maki Harukawa

Holy crap. THIS is how you do a ship. Kodaka, you may be evil, but THIS is the way to write a ship, and I hold nothing but respect for that.

It was literally so well-written. A lot of people will say that Maki's character was washed out from the hetero romance, but it's not true in the slightest.

Maki's flaws stemmed from clear self-loathing due to her unfortunate career as an assassin. However, it was Kaito who helped her realize that she could be a normal girl again and that her humanity wasn't truly gone. Kaito was a key part of Maki's development, showing that Maki's love for him proved she was beginning to love herself.

Their relationship was an extremely good plot point and very sweet as well. I'm going as far as to say that this was the best ship in DRV3, no questions asked.

6 Makoto Naegi x Kyoko Kirigiri

To be honest, this is my favorite ship in the entire series. I felt like Kyoko and Makoto would make an amazing duo, especially in Danganronpa: End of Hope's Peak!. They made a good duo even when Kyoko "died." Makoto seemed so worried and sad, like he couldn't survive without Kyoko. Best ship in my opinion.

Okay, I don't think I need to say much, but they obviously had a major crush on each other. They were very close from the start, and when Kyoko "died," you could see how depressed Makoto looked. He looked like he was going to fall into despair. He probably did! I have yet to watch Danganronpa 3: End of Hope's Peak.

7 Hajime Hinata x Nagito Komaeda

I love this ship and it's the best ship ever. You can't tell me otherwise. From the beginning of the second game I instantly loved it when Nagito and Hajime spent time together. Like who doesn't love a ship between an oblivious boy who wants to understand a crazy self-deprecating boy? There are so many other reasons why I love this ship and I'm so confused why it isn't number one.

I feel like the two would be a good balance for each other. I don't know if it's canon, but in Danganronpa 2.5, Nagito's virtual world (pretty much), his ideal world was one where those with no talent had a goal to achieve true happiness.

I thought it was meant to represent that even though Hajime doesn't have a talent, Nagito would want him to be happy.

8 Shuichi Saihara x Kaede Akamatsu

This is my personal comfort ship. I absolutely love them! I'm pretty sure they are canon, and some canon ships are not boring, okay? Also, I'm not homophobic. I just hate Saiouma.

I love this ship to death. Agh, I can't get over how much I love this ship. They're just so cute together. Kaede was with Shuichi in the Prologue and Chapter 1, through thick and thin, and tried to make him more confident about himself. They worked together until the very end, despite it being short. Shuichi tried carrying her wish to the very end. I love it.

9 Mondo Oowada x Kiyotaka Ishimaru

I can't express how much this ship makes me happy. If you're reading this, sorry, but this is going to be lengthy. Ok, so Mondo and Taka were bros and great friends. Personally, I think if Mondo and Taka had survived, they would have fallen in love.

Taka was fully willing to die instead of Mondo. He loved him, maybe as a friend, yes, but I think it was more than that. I believe they fell in love at first sight. As the song goes, "We found love in a hopeless place!" That's my first thought whenever I think about this ship. Personally, I hate butter jokes. As someone who has been in the fandom for three years, I don't find them funny. I may have joked about it at one time, but I don't think joking about deaths, even in anime, is funny.

I'm sure Taka would start sobbing if he heard butter jokes. Ok, back to the point. This ship has the perfect amount of fluff, angst, and everything. Oh my god, I love this ship so much, what?!

10 Tenko Chabashira x Himiko Yumeno

This one wouldn't surprise me if it became canon. First of all, you can tell Tenko has some sort of feelings for Himiko, whether they be romantic, platonic, or even antagonistic. I personally think the feelings are romantic, but who knows? And Himiko also looked sad when Tenko was killed. This is adorable.

I love this ship. I think this is for the most part canon! One, Tenko totally likes Himiko, and two, when Tenko died, Himiko was really sad.

I was crying at this point. I love this ship so much, and it is my OTP!

The Contenders
11 Aoi Asahina x Sakura Oogami

Literally the most canon ship in the entire series. Aoi and Sakura clearly have a great relationship, but it may have been something more. I wish that Sakura was able to survive, as she and Aoi would've had a great life together after they escaped the killing games.

I could see this being a thing, really, since it did seem like Hina really liked Sakura. Sakura also seemed rather protective of Hina, which just made me squeal. These two seem really good for each other! In my book, anyway.

This ship would be perfect if it weren't for the fact that Sakura is in a happy, healthy relationship with her boyfriend. But you know what, who cares what canon says? I'll ship this for LIFE!

12 Byakuya Togami x Makoto Naegi

Oh boy, this ship is genuinely one of my favorites so far out of all the Danganronpa games. I personally feel like these two would be really good together for some reason. When Byakuya asked Makoto, out of EVERYONE, to investigate with him, I feel like he genuinely saw Makoto kind of like a friend. I also felt that every time Makoto and Byakuya hung out together, it was kind of wholesome and special (even after he insulted us).

The biggest comfort ship for me. Byakuya seems to have such a big connection to Makoto, to the point that he broke free of despair because of him, went into the Neo World to save him, and got kidnapped so Makoto could see his sister again. That's just the tip of the iceberg. I am in love with these two.

13 Makoto Naegi x Mukuro Ikusaba

Mukuro had a crush on Makoto, which made me ship them even more. Sadly, Mukuro loves her sister.

I just wanted good things for Mukuro...

Mukuro had a crush on Makoto but was canonically in love with Junko.

14 Hajime Hinata x Chiaki Nanami

Whether I ship it or not depends on what it's in. Them in the game? Hell yeah! Chiaki's parting words to Hajime had me on the brink of tears. But in the anime, it feels really forced. It would have been nice to see a bit of build-up at the beginning of their relationship. In conclusion, game: hell yes, anime: forget that.

Their relationship is definitely far from canon, but it is kind of hard to deny that there was good chemistry between the two. With AI Chiaki in the game or real-life Chiaki in the stand-alone anime.

I like Hajime and Chiaki more than Hajime and Nagito. Even if Nagito might have liked Hajime, it was clear that Hajime didn't like him. I really liked this ship!

15 K1-B0 x Shuichi Saihara

Oh my Danganronpa, this is such an underrated ship, I really love this. I feel that they are super cute together, especially since chapter 2, the love suite scene. Kiibo wanted to experience love, and I feel Shuichi would be on board with that whole thing, and it was so adorable to see that scene in general.

I believe that Kiibo and Shuichi would be cute together, and I feel that Shuichi knows better than anyone else that Kiibo needs love as well. I also just want to say, it broke my heart to see Kiibo get thrown around like an inanimate object.

16 Celestia Ludenberg x Kyoko Kirigiri

I figured since they were both the "Smart Alec" of the class, they would work well together. Before Celestia's execution, she took Kirigiri's hand and held it for a second. That was adorable. It was the 6th ship I started shipping.

Well, this isn't an impossible ship, but it's not possible either. For me, it's still the best ship.

I just thought it would be better for them to be together!

17 Byakuya Togami x Celestia Ludenberg

They are so meant to be. It might not be canon, but there are so many hints. They're perfect for each other, united by their love for money. They make me so happy, and I feel like if they were in a relationship, they could help each other change for the better by learning about each other.

In chapter 3, Togami always inserts himself in the case about her. He didn't really do that for the others, and I think he cares about her. I mean, he was really respectful to her, and even when she got executed (R.I.P., queen), he talked about her for a bit, saying she probably hid it in the dressing room, once again inserting himself.

Also, in the game and animation, they talk after each other, and Togami was the one who cornered Celeste into her lie, causing her to outburst and reveal Yasuhiro. He clearly cares for her more than Toko (sorry to the shippers, but it's true), even if he doesn't show it. AND they sit together, so of course, they talk, and they stayed back together at Kyoko's recess.

In the animation, Celeste exposes Togami for who he truly is, which makes him smirk as if he's pleased she gets him. He also looks at her a lot if you zoom in (like I do) and stands next to her often, which he didn't have to do, but he chose to! Anyways, I love them. I have a lot of headcanons and fanfics for them, and they deserve so much more love!

18 Nekomaru Nidai x Akane Owari

Who else cried in that chapter four scene?

Imagine what it would be like to be Akane and be casually heading to the grape tower when the body discovery announcement plays. Obviously, there are still eight people besides you, so any of them could be dead. But when you get to the tower, you see the sight that truly breaks you.

And she even felt upset she never paid him back. But in reality, all he would really want is for her to be happy.

Why isn't this at least number five? Come on, Akane x Nekomaru - if you don't see it, then you obviously aren't a fan of Danganronpa. I love this ship so much! I love it! I love it!

19 Maki Harukawa x Kaede Akamatsu

I haven't gotten that far into Danganronpa 3, but I've kind of gotten into it and have met these characters. Although before Kaede was executed, Maki didn't really look worried, I felt like she was screaming inside. It's just adorable.

I just think they are so cute together!

This ship should be more popular! Have you not seen the official art?

20 Miu Iruma x K1-B0

Yes. Just. Yes. The ship is misunderstood as "toxic" by a lot of people, but they just don't care to look into it. This can actually be really wholesome, and the way they care about each other probably makes this one of the most canon ships in the series.

Edit: Yes, instead of coffee, I drink Kiiruma Haters' Tears with my scrambled eggs and bacon.

They really looked cute, in my opinion. If you search this ship on Google and look at the pictures, you can see some wholesome pictures. I thought it was really cute. And the Inventor x Robot idea feels good.

21 Kaede Akamatsu x Rantaro Amami

Not my ship, and their chemistry is just normal as friends, nothing else. If anything, this ship is more sibling-like since his actions reflect that of a good brother/friend figure at best.

The scene where Rantaro was painting Kaede's nails was so cute! I ship them so much and wish they both lived.

For me, they have better chemistry than Saimatsu. I don't know why, but they just look so good together!

22 Mikan Tsumiki x Ibuki Mioda

I love this ship! Ibuki clearly takes a liking to her, and I think she is the confidence Mikan needs. Mikan liked Junko, but Junko was toxic.

Ibuki should have been a good match instead!

This should have been canon. Also, I love the opposites attract thing, like with Mikan being really shy and sensitive, and Ibuki being easygoing and loud.

Yeah, Mikan killed Ibuki in the Neo World Program, but they would be a really cute couple! And I can't think of anyone else to ship either of them with, so...

23 Kazuichi Soda x Gundham Tanaka

So cute! I feel like they'd just be confused about everything, though, but it would be cute. Also, the fact that Kazuichi might be jealous of the closeness between Gundam and Sonia could lead to an OT3, but I just love Kazuichi x Gundham.

I ship them. That's all I have to say. Maybe I'm just in love with their dynamic?

I searched this ship up on YouTube and nothing came up, so I thought no one shipped it until I watched some Gacha Life Danganronpa videos. I saw that some people shipped it too, so I was really happy that I wasn't the only person that shipped it.

24 Miu Iruma x Kaede Akamatsu

Personally, I hate Kaede (for a couple of reasons), but she'll constantly flirt with Miu, and it's so cute. I can't not ship them.

It's cute that they flirt with each other. I see Miu as pansexual and Kaede as bisexual (but leaning more towards girls).

I actually never thought that this couldn't be a bad ship, but it could be. I like them as whatever they want to be.

25 Nagito Komaeda x Hajime Hinata

Canon as hell. You can clearly see Komaeda liked Hajime, and Hajime refused to show his affection. Nagito killed himself, and I instantly cried under my house because Hajime had a thank God he's dead now reaction instead of a Naegi found Sayaka reaction.

I honestly just really love their dynamic. I think it's valid if you don't ship it. But this ship is adorable and a comfort of mine.

The fact that Nagito said that he was in love with the hope inside Hajime was honestly wholesome.

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