Best Students from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

kempokid
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 Sakura Ogami 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. - kempokid

Looks like she's my kind of gal.

2 Toko Fukawa 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. - kempokid

She's 1000 times better in Ultra Despair Girls, honestly - xandermartin98

Never played it, can't form an opinion. I do want to play that game as well though - kempokid

3 Byakuya Togami Byakuya Togami

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. - kempokid

4 Kiyotaka Ishimaru

As well as keeping the bond alive through the group, Taka is one of the characters that becomes greatly expanded by free time events. His hatred towards geniuses is an interesting piece of development that I think greatly improves his character. What happened after Mondo was executed was also extremely tragic, with Taka being completely devastated before becoming Kiyondo. The amount of misfortune that Taka endures in made that much more tragic when you see how hard on himself he is for everything. - kempokid

5 Junko Enoshima Junko Enoshima

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. - kempokid

6 Chihiro Fujisaki Chihiro Fujisaki

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. - kempokid

7 Mondo Oowada 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. - kempokid

8 Kyoko Kirigiri Kyoko Kirigiri

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. - kempokid

9 Celeste Celeste

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. - kempokid

10 Sayaka Maizono 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 - kempokid

The Contenders

11 Leon Kuwata

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. - kempokid

12 Aoi Asahina Aoi Asahina

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 - kempokid

13 Makoto Naegi Makoto Naegi

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 - kempokid

14 Mukuro Ikusaba 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. - kempokid

15 Yasuhiro Hagakure 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 - kempokid

16 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. - kempokid

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