Top 10 Best Students from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Danganronpa is a very good game, and a big part of this is thanks to the colourful assortment of characters that are all unique and mostly entertaining to hang around. This list won't include Monokuma simply because I find him to be very difficult to rank. Obvious spoilers below.
The Top Ten
1 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.

This guy is extremely divisive among the fanbase, and I can see why. That said, I found most of his actions to be highly justified (chapter 2 not included for extremely obvious reasons). His overly cautious, distrustful nature comes off as being a jerk, but I also see it as highly logical. He is one of the few characters that act as if plot armour doesn't exist and never does anything rash. I also love him for his gradual increase of warmth in the final chapters.

Byakuya was a lot more interesting then the rest of the cast, and at the time, he really really pissed me off, but now that I look back, he was such an exciting character that really swayed the whole game and all of the trials by being just plain annoying and with everything. Sure, he's not as bad as Oma, but I loved him for the first game.

2 Chihiro Fujisaki

Okay, this guy is one of my favorite characters. The fact that he was so useful, even after dying, made him my favorite. Also, I absolutely love Sakura, but couldn't vote for two people. The friendship she shared with Asahina was just so adorable, and just knowing she sacrificed herself for her friends...

I really love the pure innocence of Chihiro, it's a nice contrast from basically everything else in the game. His reason for cross dressing is also one that I find to be interesting, yet sad. My favourite thing about him however, is how useful he was, even after death.

3 Celeste 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.

I like Celeste a fair bit for the simple reason that she was one of the few characters in the game who felt genuinely evil, or at least highly devious. While everyone else had their reasons for the killing, Celeste's was out of pure greed and nothing else, this was a nice change of pace compared to the normal characters who all greatly attempted to stop killing from happening. I also love how she loses her accent through the 3rd trial.

Celeste was my favourite because her accent kept changing throughout the third trial and because she had a poker face on the whole time so no one would have guessed that out of everyone, she would be the one to snap. So I guess I like how unpredictable her character was.

4 Aoi Asahina

To me, Hina is the sweetest of the group. While she doesn't do much, she keeps the morale of the group high. Plus, I just love her personality and the fact that she became friends with Sakura only makes her better.

While she doesn't do anything majorly significant, she provides the morale that the group need to keep moving forward. She is always a highly trusting, kind person and always a joy to be around

Hina I feel like needed a bit more development, but I still love her. Her relationship with Sakura was beautiful

5 Kyoko Kirigiri Kyoko Kirigiri, a character from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, is a student of Class 78 in Hope's Peak Academy, who also participates in Monokuma's Killing School Life. She is the Ultimate Detective.

I personally never found Kyoko to be as amazing as everyone else seems to think, she's a great character for sure, but I personally don't find that she opened up enough to be considered interesting compared to some of the other people. That said, I do appreciate how intelligent she is and how she shows some weakness by the end of the game. My main issue is regarding plot armour, the amount of times she risked her life without care annoyed me simply because other people kept dying while doing little wrong, while Junko was targeting her for a great deal of time and nothing bad ended up happening. Also, the ultimate detective thing was extremely easy to guess.

6 Kiyotaka Ishimaru

Taka was one of the first characters in media I saw that was autistic or autistic coded that felt real, not overdone to genius levels or just called weird and quirky, and as a high functioning autistic person, I could understand him and relate to him from the get-go. He also felt more real than any other character, from his expressions to his reactions to the others deaths, his response to Mondo's death was extremely realistic while the rest of the characters just solved the case and moved on afterward, with Taka going into a catatonic state from his first and only friend's death felt more real than the others, you can't move on from death that quickly. And his hatred of geniuses feels like a nice aversion to the autistic stereotype, that we're all geniuses, Taka got to his level of smarts from hard work alone. Really the only things that need improvement is that he should have lived, he shouldn't have been ignored by his class because come on guys, Hifumi is not the only dead one here and he's not the true victim, and lastly, some clarification on what Kiyondo Ishida is supposed to be.

7 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

The major plot twist involving her was nothing short of mind blowing, especially considering that she was one of the last people I would expect to be insane. She is unbelievably entertaining in the final chapter and takes insanity to a new level. Her change in personality every 5 seconds is also extremely unnerving in my opinion and there is no doubt that she is extremely twisted in her actions, personality, and ideologies.

Let's pretend she wasnt in the second game and then we can agree she's a good character.

8 Genocider Syo

Genocide Jill is one of my favorite comedic releif characters, and when she revealed herself it was so hilarious to think that someone like Toko could have such a crazy split personality

She made the storyline less boring at the start because I would have never suspected that genocide Jill would have been Toko and I wouldn't have guessed that Byakuya knew too

9 Mondo Oowada

Mondo is an extremely underrated character that I believe should get much more credit than he does, sure, he killed one of he fan favourite characters, but as well as his reason being incredibly tragic, spending any amount of time with him would show you just how nice this guy is. Doing free time with him shows how much of a good friend he is to people he likes, and I felt that he was one of the few people to warm up to you from the start during FTEs rather than the usual case of people hiding things from you.

10 Toko Fukawa

In the first chapter, there was no doubt in my mind that Toko was my least favourite character, but then Genocide Jack/Jill happened and she instantly became amazing. Her split personality was a consistently funny occurrence throughout the entire game, and she honestly became more bearable after falling for Byakuya. Her other personality, Genocide Jill is also never anything short of amazing, as her insanity and full on nature are really fun to watch.

I spent most of my freetime events with two characters. Kyoko and Toko. She deserves more love. She is just so precious and I love her.

The Contenders
11 Alter Ego

Maybe he doesn't count as a student but anyway I add him onto this list

12 Sakura Ogami

There are many reasons why I love Sakura, a big part of it comes from the fact that she is a very down to earth, caring person despite how scary she looks. She is happy to listen to others yet will be very intense and serious when needed. My biggest reason for loving her is because of the 4th trial and the impact she made on the rest of the game. By sacrificing herself, she brought hope to everyone and stopped future distrust among everyone else.

I don't know why shes ranked this low, shes so interesting and her free time events are great.
And when she sacrificed herself so every else could live, that was heartbreaking but so kind of her.

13 Makoto Naegi Makoto Naei is the protagonist of the 2010/2014 game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. He is the Ultimate Lucky Student, a student randomly picked by Hope's Peak Academy to join the school. As a student of Class 78, he is forced to participate in the Killing School Life, a killing game orchestrated... read more

While I understand why Makito was a fairly blank slate for the most part, only having the whole thing about hope, I still wasn't as invested in the main protagonist when put up against basically any other character. A trusting nature and kind heart can only get you so far

I like Makoto a lot and don't understand why people don't like him. He kind and sweet and basically does everything during the class trails. Even smarter characters like Byakuya doesn't do anything

Why is he #16? He's the first ever protagonist in DanganRonpa to say "No! that's wrong! " every 3 seconds in a class trial (in a good way OwO) and also is the most innocent character ever. He should be #1!

14 Mukuro Ikusaba

Despite the fact that she barely appeared at all, the imposter Junko was decent, and the backstory that we were given fleshes her out a bit more. I just can't rank her higher due to the fact that you don't interact with her as her true self.

People need to give her more credit. I swear half the people who say Junko is their favourite character is because of Mukuro Ikusaba being her.

I love murkuro Ikusaba and I can't beileive that Junko killed her. She would be awesome if she was actually in Danganronpa

15 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.

Leon is the other character I found got worse through free time events. Before them, he was someone who seemed to have a strong ambition when it came to music, the free time showed that he only did it to get a girlfriend. Unlike any other character, I also don't see any impact on the story that he made, he wasn't interesting, didn't have any meaningful dialogue, he was just bland in general.

Leon has a number 18 and his last name on his jersey when he plays baseball with his cousin Kanon.

He has the reaction we would all actually have if we were found guilty.

16 Yasuhiro Hagakure

First off, he's unbelievably stupid. As well as this, he is one of the 2 characters that I liked less after the free time events. Before them, you simply see him as the world's biggest idiot, but after, you realise how greedy he is. That said, as a comic relief, I find him consistently funny, so props to him for making me laugh even when murder is occurring

Stop giving him hate. I know he is stupid but that's why I love him

17 Kokichi Oma
18 Monokuma
19 Sayaka Maizono

In her short time being in the game, Sayaka left a surprising impact, I personally expected her to survive and be the one to do one of the final killings, but the result ended up that much more surprising because of my assumption. Her desperation as she screams to be let out are really disturbing as well. Despite the fact that she tried framing Makoto and all that, I still find that she was a well made character. The only reason she isn't higher is because of the fact that she died extremely quickly

20 Jin Kirigiri
21 Akane Owari
22 Hifumi Yamada

This guy is fairly annoying. He feels stereotypical in basically every way, and to top this off, he doesn't even develop as a character overall. That said, his antics with both Celeste and Alter Ego were funny enough to keep me from strongly disliking him.

UNDERRATED! I know he was a stereotypical "weeb", but he was literally so adorable and I loved him so much. I cried when he died.

He is the best. You can try to ignore it, but chances are it won't work.

23 Kaede Akamatsu
24 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.
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