Best Students from Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

The characters from this game are in general better than in the first game. That said, there are still characters that are definitely better than others. As with anything even slightly related to Danganronpa, spoilers below.
The Top Ten
1 Gundham Tanaka

Gundham Tanaka was actually a cinnamon roll in my opinion. He does have the dark dude as and thinks himself as a god, but even then the reason he killed was because everyone would've DIED of starvation if he did nothing.

His character personality was really interesting, especially how he was a breeder and looked nothing like one. Because of that, he probably the funniest moments ever. Seeing him die just made my friend and my heartbreak, he even sacrificed himself in a way. He was a very good interesting character and seeing him die was very sad. But I'm glad he was able to live longer than the rest.

In my opinion, Gundham Tanaka is the best character in Danganronpa history. His execution was the only one that made me shed genuine tears. Behind his evil persona, he shows that he is truly kind and caring. Him and Nekomaru sacrificing themselves for the rest of the students was such a courageous thing to do, and let's not forget that his freetime events with Hajime are fantastic.

Probably my favourite character in the entire series, Gundham is both hilarious and a good character. His whole evil villain shtick is something that doesn't ever get old and his motivation behind the murder of Mechamaru was also quite touching. His final speech was definitely a tear jerker.

2 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.

Before the 2nd trial, I had a neutral opinion on the guy. When the 2nd trial arrives, his character development has a massive amount of growth. After that and as the game progressed, he became my favorite DR2 character.

Fuyuhiko went through a lot of character development, and I even liked him before the second trial. He reminds me of someone from wings of fire, considering they're both pretty much tsunderes and both of their names mean Winter. His Yakuza status and being the largest Yakuza's heir is really cool. It also caused pressure on Fuyuhiko, making him believe he had to be better than everyone else and that he had to work to earn his position. I don't know if anyone is dedicated enough to read on, but if you've mad sit this far, I suggest you just watch a character analysis or you can just keep reading. Him being snappy and threatening was just a cover up to mask who he really was. But he also meant a lot of his threats, and was just a lil angry midget over all. His character development in the second trial really got him "spiced up" as a character, proving how much he cared for Peko and that he really did have redeeming qualities. It also proves that he isn't a selfish brat, and that he ...more

I always find it great when someone goes through a complete arc in this series (maybe because it's only happened a couple of time). Fuyuhiko's transformation from obnoxious guy who was way less cool then he thought, to friendly person who actually cared about others was something that was amazing considering he survived the entire game.

I love boss baby. Comes off as rude but has a soft heart.

3 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.

Nagito is definitely the most complex character in the game, with his strong beliefs about hope to the various things his free time events reveal. His fear of getting close to anyone and his inferiority complex all make sense when doing these events. The only reason he isn't at the very top for me is because he was really annoying during trial 4.

A few words:
1. His relationship with other characters (He just wants to be loved by the ultimates and Hajime)
2. hOPe BAGelS

He's a psycho but still has one of the best interesting personalities.

Favorite DR2 character. Like, he's just so flavorfull and I will always love him. His backstory made me cry a little, too.

4 Ibuki Mioda

Ibuki is a strange character to me, she doesn't contribute to the plot at all, but her personality is so perfect that you can overlook this. The constant subtle music references mixed in with her cheerful nature and her lack of coherence in conversations really make her entertaining to speak with.

She is so cool! Guys, she doesn't desearve to die. Her style is so cool and her personality, guys, take the free time with her, you don't gonna regret.

We even have the same birthday, was it not meant to be? Her style is immaculate, and I'd gladly date her.

Ahh she's precious ;/; I love her appearance in personality..she is caring and sweet and needs to be #1

5 Sonia Nevermind

It's nice to have a nice, pleasant character among the distrust and hatred that these games can be full of. Her serial killer obsession was great and getting angry at Kazuichi never failed to get a laugh out of me.

I love her, she is true royalty. Pretty and kind.

Occult obsessed foreign princess.

I don't know why.

6 Hajime Hinata

From the start, I found him to be much better than Makoto, the main reason for this is that he didn't spend 3/4 of the game saying that he was useless, which annoyed me in THH. His massive development in chapter 6 was also a major reason why I find him to be such an amazing character in the game

I love orange juice boi so much, even though he comes off as plain.

Hinata was wonderful and made me the happiest gamer ever when he went super sayain.

He is best boy and will always be best boy.

7 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.

I personally fin her to be the Kyoko of this game, I.e a decent character that is wildly overrated. She helped a lot in the trials and her reveal was heartbreaking, but as a character for most of the game, she was just... there with constant video game references coming off as annoying rather than funny.

So much about her

8 Kazuichi Soda

I don't understand why people say he did nothing in the game, he was like Hiro, but useful. His perverted nature was genuinely funny as he got more and more ridiculous in every chapter and both the camera in chapter 3 and fixing the lift in chapter 4 made him actually be useful.

Kazuichi needs so much more love, he's so underrated and his backstory is really interesting.

He's a great spiky boi-

9 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)

Just go through her fte, and you get a lot of character development out of it. Despite just being Boss Baby's hitman, She has a lot of personality under her thinking of being a tool. Her belief in being a tool itself is interesting enough, and she's really cool as a swordswoman.

She basically contributed to nothing until her final moments, but that made Fuyuhiko a better character, rather than her. Her plan was really clever though

You deserve better

Best girl! deserved so much better to be honest, I also wish she had more screentime

10 Nekomaru Nidai

Sure, he may be loud, but I love him. I find him to be a really funny addition to the game, as his brand of stupid humour somehow works. His transformation into Mechamaru is also one of my favourite moments in the game. His free time events also nicely flesh him out as an actual character.

The Contenders
11 Akane Owari

My least favourite character in the entire series by far. She had an annoying personality and contributed nothing in the game despite being a survivor and having so much stuff happen to her. She got the despair disease, but instead of it doing anything that could develop her character, she just constantly cried. When she nearly killed Nekomaru, she cared about it for around 5 minutes. When Nekomaru actually got killed, Minimaru was made and Akane seemed to deem it an acceptable replacement. As well as that, why was she a survivor? The other games had survivors that actually mattered, but there was no reason for her to survive to the end.

12 Mikan Tsumiki

I love Mikan. I feel bad for her and I can relate to her a lot. I can see why people might not like her bc of her personality which is a fair criticism, but the thing that bothers me is people hate her bc of her reason for killing, when that wasn't even her fault ( It was Junko who made her that way and its more elaborated on in the dr3 anime ) . Honestly she deserved better and I hate Junko for what she did to my poor baby

I feel so bad about mikan getting bullies before
She went to hope peaks. she also got her hair cut unevenly by bullies too. The reason y mikan is my waifu it's because I want to protect her until the day I die

I just feel sorry for her. Mikan was such a sweet nurse, willing to help anyone who's hurt. If it wasn't for the disease that made her remember the time she was brainwashed by Junko, she wouldn't be forced to kill Ibuki and Hiyoko.

I think I rated her way too low in hindsight, she is one of the better characters in the game, she's got some good depth to her character and her reveal was well executed. I'd put her higher than Sonia

13 Mahiru Koizumi

She was nothing during her time I the game. She was just there but without anything interesting about her apart from being kinda rude to men, but even that was boring. When I don't feel any emotions when someone dies in this game, then the game screwed up. Also, she wasn't even some kind of motherly figure like the game seemed to say she was, she is the most boring character in the game.

Mahiru is my favorite danganronpa character. She's so underrated.

I just love her-

14 Hiyoko Saionji

Hiyoko is one of the characters that had some character development but died during that. I don't like her but I would wanna see her if she survived after chapter 3.

Her character feels like a missed opportunity to me, instead of being so rude to everyone, I think that she would have been more entertaining if she just had her creepy tendencies like she did at the start with the ants. I am happy that she started to change in chapter 3 though.

15 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.

His entire character was being a pervert. The only reasons he isn't my least favourite character is that I felt slightly sad when he died, and his "AVRIL LAVIIGNE" part was hilarious.

I just don't understand why he gets so much hate? Akane loved his cooking, and I just think he's a good character-

16 Izuru Kamukura
17 The Ultimate Imposter (A.K.A Byakuya Fatogami)

Despite only being around for one chapter, he really made an impact. His kind nature was a great contrast to the Byakuya from the first game, and his obsession with food was priceless. His free time events also made him one of the best characters, shame he was only around for 1 chapter.

18 Usami (Monomi)

She deserved better

19 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.

Isn't Celestia Ludenburg in Trigger Happy Havoc? Why is she here in the Goodbye Despair list?

20 Kokichi Oma
21 Shuichi Saihara
22 Monokuma
23 Sakura Ogami
24 Miu Iruma
25 Angie Yonaga
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