As you guy may (or may not) be aware, Danganronpa is my favourite videogame franchise. I was inspired by Dobbs’ Pokemon Theme Battles featuring Original151, so I wanted to make my own, and I’m happy to have done so. I might do a Borderlands version soon though! You see, this is what I’m doing when I’m not doing Throwback Thursdays!
I am basing the Pokemon based on the characters’ Ultimate talents rather than appearances – although appearances help separate some tough contenders. I may not be able to find a Pokemon for each and every single character in the franchise, but that was not my intention. I will do an initial team of six, along with some honourable mentions that will pretty much make up a secondary team. A lot of the movesets are not battle ready, but are there to further symbolise the characters that they represent.
Also because there is a lot of details with character development and deaths, SPOILER WARNINGS are in full effect.
Honchkrow – Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu
Honchkrow is the Big Boss Pokemon, and it seems fitting that Fuyuhiko, the Ultimate Yakuza, is represented by Honchkrow. My personal feelings towards Honchkrow actually reflect my feelings towards Fuyuhiko when first playing Danganronpa 2 – I didn’t really care for either of them. But now I do appreciate them both a lot more.
Item: Life Orb
Moves: Brave Bird
Kartana – Peko Pekoyama
Fun fact – I actually did name my shiny Kartana ‘Peko’ in Ultra Sun. Go figure. Peko is the Ultimate Swordswoman, and was raised as a ‘tool’ for the Kuzuryu clan, in turn serving Fuyuhiko. A double battle set-up with Honchkrow and Kartana at front would be a fun pairing to start things off. A Protect set-up onto Fuyuhiko, while then moving on the next turn seems the most fitting. However, a first-turn Protect in a solo battle would fit Peko’s theme.
Item: Fightinium Z
Ability: Beast Boost
Deoxys Attack Forme – Kaito Momota
This is another interesting parallel for a couple of reasons. Kaito Momota, Luminary of the Stars, is the Ultimate Astronaut, and also the Gofer Project happened in Danganronpa V3 because of meteorites falling to Earth, spreading a deadly virus. Kaito contracts this virus – hence why I assigned him the Deoxys Attack Forme due to its frail defenses, but superior attack stats – I mean metaphorically, Kaito hit Monokuma where it hurt – dying of the illness just before his execution could complete. A set up with Toxic Orb and Rest on this Deoxys would make it more canon to the plot, but Rest along with Psycho Shift would at least help keep Deoxys on the battlefield longer – if the garbage defenses hold up at all.
Item: Toxic Orb
Mewtwo – Izuru Kamukura
This is my favourite of the list – I have a Mewtwo in Pokemon Go called Izuru. Their characters parallel themselves – both Mewtwo and Izuru are powerful/talented, artificial and are made without empathy, resulting in their actions in the anime canon – Mewtwo sought to conquer the world in the first Pokemon movie, while Izuru joined Ultimate Despair to see whether hope or despair was more unpredictable, as he had become bored with the predictability of, well…everything else. I could definitely see myself Mega-Evolving Mewtwo into Mega Mewtwo Y. Mewtwo’s moveset is priority to get right, because it needs to be all-powerful.
Item: Mewtwonite Y
Ability: Unnerve / Insomnia (Mega Y)
Mimikyu – Tsumugi Shirogane
I should have immediately thought of Tsumugi when considering this – as the Ultimate Cosplayer, she can cosplay any character at will – and Mimikyu disguises itself as a Pikachu due to Pikachu’s popularity – and also the fact that people die when they see Mimikyu’s real form. I suppose it definitely draws some parallels, considered that Tsumugi sees herself as plain, so I guess cosplaying and disguising themselves helps to negate the negative aspects of their characters. I’m choosing the moveset to keep the theme of a cosplayer disguising herself. Swords Dance is just to increase the below-average Attack stat, to set up first turn due to its Disguise ability.
Item: Life Orb
Bewear – Junko Enoshima
I wanted to give Junko some representation – like Bewear, she’s an unassuming person, but as an analyst, she can definitely cause some despair. Dis…bear…bear. I mean…you get it by now, I’m sure! I’ll take a shiny Bewear though, due to the colour scheme (although some depictions show Junko with pink hair, others with blonde – I’ll leave that to interpretation). Also, Junko the Bewear won’t deal many direct damaging moves – she likes the despair of watching others do the hard work for her – well she did take that one guy’s eyeball out…if she becomes really impatient, that’s what Giga Impact is for!
Item: Silk Scarf
Moves: Giga Impact
Chatot – Kaede Akamatsu
While there are no piano Pokemon, the only one that springs to mind is Chatot. Also of note (get it – note?), Chatot’s tail appears to be based on a metronome, which is also one of Kaede’s loved gifts that you can give her.
Item: Choice Specs
Ability: Keen Eye
Smeargle – Angie Yonaga
Ryota Mitarai, the Ultimate Animator, could have also fit this role, but a Pokemon based off an artist could only represent the Ultimate Artist herself, Angie Yonaga. Based on Angie’s warmer-coloured palette, Smeargle’s shiny form would be more suited in my opinion.
Item: Focus Sash
Ability: Own Tempo
Genesect – K1-B0
Genesect is the ultimate robotic bug – and our Ultimate Robot falls right into place with Genesect. K1-B0 (or Keebo) is able to adapt to the New Killing Semester (thanks to Miu and the Monokubs), and I think the Drives will help a lot with that. The last move hurts. A lot. Poor Keebo.
Item: Shock Drive
Moves: Techno Blast
Meloetta – Sayaka Maizono
Meloetta’s appearance fits Sayaka perfectly, as she is the Ultimate Idol. I could have leaned towards an Eviolite Brionne, but I felt that Meloetta encompassed the appearance of Sayaka more, with being a full-fledged idol with the microphone decorations. Also Meloetta’s cry is a lot more beautiful than Brionne’s, let’s be real here. Meloetta’s moves incorporate a performance theme.
Item: Normalium Z
Ability: Serene Grace
Moves: Relic Song
Porygon2 – Alter Ego
There were two directions I wanted to take this – either Chihiro Fujisaki or Chiaki Nanami. Chihiro is the Ultimate Programmer, while Chiaki is the Ultimate Gamer. In DR1, Chihiro had created Alter Ego, an artificial intelligence which assumed its creator’s appearance and voice. Chiaki Nanami, however, was an artificial intelligence program created through Alter Ego to monitor the Killing School Trip (DR2). However, it was revealed that after the events of DR3-Despair, the collective consciousness of the Neo World Program participants modified the AI to take on Chiaki’s appearance and personality. For this reason, I would connect Porygon2 with Alter Ego.
Moves: Signal Beam
Buzzwole – Gonta Gokuhara
Our friendly neighbourhood Ultimate Entomologist definitely is muscular, which also aligns with Buzzwole, a Bug with a whole lot of girth. Plus it’s kinda reminiscent of that one bug that…well, damn that execution. Poor Gonta.
Ability: Beast Boost
Moves: Hammer Arm