The thing that makes Danganronpa so memorable are its quirky characters. This alone carried the franchise, ensuring that no case is boring, no mystery is so shallow, and no theatrics is too over-the-top.

Who will this list include?

This list will contain main characters from the mainline Danganronpa games and Danganronpa 3 (the anime), so spoilers ahoy. It will not include Alter Ego, Monokuma, and other inanimate characters created or controlled by existing characters on the roster.

It will also not include Reserve Course students like Natsumi Kuzuryu, Hope’s Peak Academy staff who aren’t Ultimates like Jin Kirigiri, and other characters who only make a brief appearance, such as Great Gozu and Daisaku Bandai (if the names don’t ring any bells, you’re only proving the point).

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But even if we remove those, we still have a gigantic cast to go through!

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The best characters in Danganronpa

It’s important to note that every character is interesting in their own manner—it’s just that some of them are more creative about their solutions, more complex about their motives, and just generally more well-written and better-executed based on the traits they were given.

We’ve ranked the best of the best below based on that.

1. Byakuya Togami

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Byakuya is always a treat to see in action, especially when paired with other characters. He explains none of his actions and yet gets things done in the most efficient and favorable manner.

2. Junko Enoshima

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Junko is one of few antagonists that’s a villain for the sake of being one. She needs no motive to do anything, and that makes her dangerous and all the more interesting.

3. Juzo Sakakura

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Juzo is an extremely well-written character with a well-thought story. His character arc was just so consistent, from how his relationships progressed in the start to how those inspired his last major act.  

4. Nagito Komaeda

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Nagito is clever in a way that’s a little close to Byakuya and has a single motive that fuels his actions like Juzo, making his character amazingly unpredictable.

5. Kaede Akamatsu

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Kaede is the poster “I believe in you!” character that has inspired many people throughout V3. However, she’s also surprisingly cunning—and that gives her a lot of depth.

6. Mondo Owada

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The “manly softhearted biker with a scary face” is, admittedly, a common trope but it’s one that Mondo has embraced with passion. His personality is so well-executed that he’s probably what inspired similar characters to exist.

7. Makoto Naegi

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Makoto is not a character you will appreciate after you’ve finished DR1 and DR3, but he’s a character with a lot of depth. If you replay DR1 and rewatch DR3 knowing what his “official” title was, you’ll say the same.

8. Kokichi Oma

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Kokichi loves the attention but he also thrives in his mystery. These two contradicting traits have helped shape his character into something that’s difficult not to like.

9. Ultimate Impostor

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Despite his innate copycat talent, His class interactions in DR3 proved that there is something consistent about him—an identity you never be able to piece fully—which makes him very intriguing.

10. Gundham Tanaka

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Gundham is so over-the-top with the emo theatrics that it’s hilarious to see him interact with characters in DR2. However, this is balanced out with his soft spot for animals (and Sonia), proving that he has depth.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc characters ranked

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1. Byakuya Togami

2. Junko Enoshima

3. Mondo Owada

4. Makoto Naegi

5. Chihiro Fujisaki

6. Celestia Ludenberg

7. Kiyotaka Ishimaru

8. Toko Fukawa

9. Sakura Ogami

10. Kyoko Kirigiri

11. Mukuro Ikusaba

12. Genocider Jack / Sho

13. Aoi Asahina

14. Sayaka Maizono

15. Hifumi Yamada

16. Leon Kuwata

17. Yasuhiro Hagakure

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair characters ranked

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1. Nagito Komaeda

2. Ultimate Imposter

3. Gundham Tanaka

4. Sonia Nevermind

5. Mikan Tsumiki

6. Peko Pekoyama

7. Chiaki Nanami

8. Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu

9. Nekomaru Nidai

10. Hajime Hinata

11. Mahiru Koizumi

12. Ibuki Mioda

13. Hiyoko Saionji

14. Akane Owari

15. Kazuichi Soda

16. Teruteru Hanamura

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Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony characters ranked

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1 Kaede Akamatsu

2. Kokichi Oma

3. Kaito Momota

4. Tsumugi Shirogane

5. Shuichi Saihara

6. Maki Harukawa

7. Miu Iruma

8. Rantaro Amami

9. K1-B0

10. Kirumi Tojo

11. Gonta Gokuhara

12. Korekiyo Shinguji

13. Tenko Chabashira

14. Himiko Yumeno

15. Ryoma Hoshi

16. Angie Yonaga

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School characters ranked

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1. Juzo Sakakura

2. Koichi Kizakura

3. Kyosuke Munakata

4. Chisa Yukizome

5. Seiko Kimura

6. Ruruka Ando

7. Sonosuke Izayoi

8. Ryota Mitarai

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