|“|| Gonta will face you all! Times like this are why Gonta became strong! Gentlemen never back down, and neither will Gonta!
Gonta Gokuhara (獄原 ゴン太) is a student in the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles and a participant of the Killing School Semester featured in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. His title is the Ultimate Entomologist (超高校級の「昆虫博士」 lit. Super High School Level Entomologist).
- Before Joining Danganronpa
During his high school days, Gonta attended Saint Mountain Academy (飯田橋工業高校). However, it is unclear if this memory of him is a part of the fabrication made by Team Danganronpa or if it was genuine.
- Fabricated Past
After he successfully participated in the 53rd Killing Game, Gonta's memories and past were fabricated by Team Danganronpa as follows:
Gonta was born into a very rich and refined family. Ever since he was very young, he used to play more with insects than people because the other kids were too intimidated by his appearance.
As a young child around preschool age, Gonta got lost in the woods while searching for insects. Gonta survived thanks to being raised by a family of Reptites, a race of dinosaur people who evolved from surviving dinosaurs and lived hiding after losing a battle for dominant species against humans long ago. They lived alone deep in the forest, and Gonta learned to speak with animals and insects. Sometimes Gonta would find and be challenged by legendary fighters, learning a bit about their civilizations too. His adoptive family warned Gonta not to tell about their existence to humanity, so Gonta promised he wouldn't and began lying about being raised by a ”family of kind wolves”.
After ten years, he was finally returned safely to his original family and he earned his Ultimate. Thanks to the knowledge he obtained from his mountain family, he identified and cataloged insect species not yet known by humanity, strongly advancing his field of study. He had also developed cultivation methods, and once discovered a parasitic worm that was causing disease, and was praised as a hero after saving many lives. However, his family strictly reprimanded him for becoming wild and not elegant enough to uphold the family's name, blaming Gonta's mountain family. Gonta then decided he must prove himself by becoming a true gentleman in order to make his human family acknowledge his mountain family.
It is unclear how much, if any, of Gonta's past before participating in the 53rd Killing Game was real, and which was fabricated by Team Danganronpa.
The Gofer Project
- Main article: The Gofer Project
Despite being chosen to participate, however, Gonta and the other fifteen participants had no intentions of going along with the plan, not wanting to abandon their loved ones. As a result, Gonta chose to forget about his ultimate talent and decided to live as a normal high school student.
Around that time, an extremist cult came into power. They believed that the meteorites were a punishment humanity brought upon itself, and having heard of The Gofer Project, tried to stop it. As a result, the Ultimate Hunt started and spread throughout the world, and the sixteen students selected for the Gofer Project were hunted down.
The government then decided to counter the situation by faking the students' deaths, calming down the Ultimate Hunt while providing protection to the students. The Gofer Project was then put into action while the Earth was being destroyed by meteorites. Gonta and the others went to space in the massive ark, the true form of the Ultimate Academy of Gifted Juveniles, and were put to a cold sleep for several decades.
Much later on in Chapter 5, after the remaining participants cleared the Death Road of Despair, Kokichi Oma lied about being the mastermind of the Killing Game and that he was the leader of the cult bent on stopping the Gofer Project. He also lied about being the one who let Monokuma enter the spaceship, which effectively forced Gonta and the others to participate in the Killing School Semester. All of this was done in order to get everyone to fall into so much despair that they would not continue the Killing Game.
However, the true Mastermind, in order to get the remaining survivors at the time to continue the Killing Game, decided to connect everyone's memories of The Gofer Project to the story of Hope's Peak Academy. As a result, the true Mastermind prepared a Flashback Light that tricked the remaining participants into thinking that everyone, including those that had died, were actually students of the rebuilt Hope's Peak Academy. They also remembered that the ones behind The Gofer Project were Makoto Naegi, the headmaster of the rebuilt Hopes Peak Academy, and the Future Foundation. This Flashback Light also revealed that the cult bent on stopping The Gofer Project were actually the Remnants of Despair and that Kokichi was their leader. This lie filled everyone with the determination needed to stop the despair they were faced with.
In the Mastermind's rush, they accidentally overlooked slight inconsistencies and plot holes when linking both stories together, such as "Ultimate Despair" only referring to Junko Enoshima, and that Class 78th was trapped by the Ultimate Despair when they had actually locked themselves within the school in order to shelter themselves from the tragedy outside.
While Gonta did remember about the Ultimate Hunt in Chapter 2, his and everyone else's funeral in Chapter 3, and the meteorite impacts in Chapter 4 thanks to the Flashback Lights, he ultimately has no complete recollection of the event, as he was executed before he actually received a complete memory about The Gofer Project by the Flashback Light in Chapter 5.
- Main article: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
IntroductionKaede Akamatsu and Shuichi Saihara arrived. Just like everyone else, Gonta was confused about their current predicament. Once the Monokuma Kubs arrived in their Exisals, they gave the sixteen participants their Ultimate wardrobe, and their first memory via the Flashback Light. Gonta and the other fifteen talentless students underwent the fabrication process, where all of their past memories and personalities were heavily fabricated. He also received the talent and title of Ultimate Entomologist. All of this was done for the sake of satisfying Danganronpa's audience from all over the world. After the fabrication process was completed, Gonta and the others entered the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles as totally different people, officially commencing the 53rd killing game season known as the Killing School Semester.
Gonta was later found outside the school building by Kaede and Shuichi, the Ultimate Detective. At first, Kaede was rather intimidated by his physique and overall appearance but still attempted to greet him. As soon as she did, Gonta was very happy that someone wished to talk to him since it was rare for anyone to speak to him because of his appearance. He introduced himself as the Ultimate Entomologist, and Kaede felt silly for being so scared of him when in reality he was actually very kind. When Shuichi asked him about bugs, Gonta asked Shuichi if he liked bugs as well. When the detective didn't give a clear answer, Gonta became increasingly more threatening, angrily asking him if he hated bugs. With Kaede's support, they managed to calm down the Ultimate Entomologist. Gonta felt relieved, stating that no bad person could like bugs. The duo both felt as if they dodged a bullet, but kept the fact that they aren't that fond of insects to themselves so that they didn't incur Gonta's wrath.
Attempting the Death Road of Despair
After Monokuma officially started the Killing Game, Gonta read the rules on his Monopad. A majority of the group wasn't sure what to do after reading these rules and began to panic and argue. Thanks to Kaede's motivational speech, the panic died down and everyone seemed to become united. Afterwards, Gonta remembered that he found a manhole inside the boiler room behind the school building and informed everyone about his discovery. Gonta lead everyone else to where he found the manhole, with hopes of finding a way out.
On The Clock
After the first motive and additional motives are presented, the First Blood Perk and the time limit, Gonta like almost everyone else, became increasingly concerned. Gonta desperately wanted everyone to stick together, but his pleas fell on deaf ears. Gonta would not do anything noteworthy the coming days, simply wanting to be useful to everyone, but unsure of how he could.Kaito Momota, the Ultimate Astronaut, asked Gonta to join his strategy meeting, thinking that since he was physically very powerful, that he would be useful when it came to fighting Monokuma. He agreed, and so him, Kaito, Tenko Chabashira, the Ultimate Aikido Master, Angie Yonaga, the Ultimate Artist, Himiko Yumeno, the Ultimate Magician, Maki Harukawa, the Ultimate Child Caregiver, and Rantaro Amami, the Ultimate ???, headed down to the game room in the basement to conduct their strategy meeting. Gonta however, locked himself in the AV room not long after the meeting began in order to watch a bug movie which he claimed would fill him with "fight" to fight Monokuma, though this only drew the suspicion from the rest of the group during the meeting.
During the investigation, Gonta was questioned by Himiko and Kaito in the AV room, as they found it suspicious that he would lock himself in. Gonta seemingly panicked and tried to tell the duo that he didn't kill Rantaro. Kaede and Shuichi did find it odd but didn't automatically suspect Gonta.
The First Class Trial
During the Class Trial, Gonta would later be suspected of killing Rantaro since he had locked himself in the AV room. He was quick to deny the claim, though when Tenko asked him to present an alibi, he asked where he could find one, showing his lack of common knowledge. Kaede was quick to defend him, stating that he could not have gone out into the hallway since the door from the AV room into the hallway was broken and that he couldn't get out through there.
Gonta was reassured, but Kirumi Tojo, the Ultimate Maid, pressed further, apologizing to him, but stating that she would do whatever she could for everyone's sake. She stated that he didn't need to open the AV room door all the way, just enough for him to fit his arm through it and use the folded up screen from the AV room as a pole to open the door to the library directly across the hall, and throw the shot put ball, which she claimed he could do with his immense strength presented when he lifted the manhole cover. Kaede however, would deny this as well since the moved bookshelf in the library would have been in the way of the shot at that time. As such, it would have been impossible for Gonta to murder Rantaro. Gonta was extremely grateful whereas Kirumi apologized for doubting him, to which he replied that it wasn't a problem and all done to find the truth. Later, when the crime was being pinned on Shuichi, Gonta was among the students to defend him.
When Shuichi revealed Kaede as Rantaro's killer, Gonta could not believe it. He could not believe that Kaede, who wanted everyone to survive and escape together, could kill someone. He was quick to defend her along with Kaito, but it was for nothing. After the voting had ensued and Kaede was found blackened, Gonta still couldn't believe it, but still viewed her as a dear friend for going so far just to protect everyone.
Following Kaede's execution, Gonta shed tears at her demise and considered her a good friend and a great person. He reassured Shuichi that if he needed anything, he can feel free to ask him before leaving the trial grounds with everyone else aside from Kaito and Shuichi.
Gonta's Research Lab
The morning of the next day, Gonta along with everyone else would gather in the dining hall once again and have a normal, but forced conversation to try and make themselves not think about the horrible events that transpired yesterday. As Kirumi prepared breakfast for everyone, Kokichi and Gonta were amazed by her mother-like charm and both asked her to be their mom, which was quickly turned down by Kirumi. Afterwards, the Monokuma Kubs showed up and handed out four random items that the students could use to unlock more areas in the academy.
One of the areas that would become unlocked would be the remaining second floor of the school, which contained Gonta's Research Lab. Upon discovering it with Shuichi, the Ultimate Entomologist took an immediate liking to it while Shuichi kept the fact that all the bugs on display grossed him out to himself. Gonta was determined to help raise the insects that had yet to hatch, then mentioned that he wanted to thank the person who prepared this lab for him. When the Ultimate Detective told him that the one who set up his lab was more than likely Monokuma and his Kubs, Gonta became dejected, thinking that no one who loves bugs could be a bad person like Monokuma.
Angie eventually told Gonta and everyone else to meet in the gymnasium, seemingly failing in discovering anything about the conspicuous flashlight that she and Shuichi had discovered earlier. After everyone had gathered, Monokuma appeared and told the participants that it was a Flashback Light and that it had the ability to restore lost memories before leaving and letting the students decide what to do with it. Although everyone was skeptical at first, they eventually gave in and used it, allowing everyone, Gonta included, to remember that they had been on the run from the "Ultimate Hunt". Though they could not remember the exact details and circumstances behind it, just that they had been on the run.
The Motive Videos
During that same night, the Monokuma Kubs prepared the second motive, distributing various motive videos at random while the students slept. The next morning, Gonta joined everyone in the dining hall in order to discuss what to do with the motive videos. Gonta accidentally let slip that he had gotten Tsumugi Shirogane's, the Ultimate Cosplayer's, motive video, though she didn't seem to mind. Despite Ryoma Hoshi, the Ultimate Tennis Pro, suggesting that they exchange them, wanting to see who could be the most important person in his life, everyone rejected the idea, afraid that it would cause another murder to happen, much to his annoyance. Gonta went along with whatever everyone decided, though Kokichi had other ideas and lied to Gonta that they had made a promise before and that they should talk about it, taking advantage of his naiveté.
Gonta's Insect Meet and Greet
Kokichi, wanting to make everyone watch each other's motive videos in order to make the Killing Game "more exciting", thought up a plan. He lied to Gonta that everyone in the academy hated bugs. Hearing this, Gonta cried and declared that he would get everyone to like bugs in an "Insect Meet and Greet". As a result, two days after the motive videos were distributed, Gonta began to kidnap various students into his lab, completely unaware of the Ultimate Supreme Leader's true intentions.
Gonta would succeed in detaining Korekiyo Shinguji, the Ultimate Anthropologist, K1-B0, the Ultimate Robot, Tenko, and Tsumugi. Kaito, who was able to evade him, warned Shuichi about Gonta before making a break for it again. Shuichi saw this and tried to sneak out of the dorms without Gonta noticing and ran into Ryoma who managed to escape Gonta's grasp using his Shukuchi technique, leaving Shuichi behind. Despite his best efforts, the Ultimate Detective is also detained by Gonta and brought to his lab, apologizing later for accidentally knocking him unconscious before continuing his kidnapping spree.
For the remaining hour of the night, Gonta would attempt to kidnap the remaining students with mixed results. He was unable to detain Ryoma thanks to his Shukuchi method. He also failed in detaining Miu Iruma, the Ultimate Inventor because she had stripped down to her underwear so that he wouldn't touch her. This caused Gonta to become incredibly flustered and run away. He then failed in detaining Kirumi, saying that even he couldn't "overcome her", and Maki who continued to guard over her Research Lab and threatened to make him choke on his own tongue if he so much as tried to touch her. Kaito continued to evade and hide from Gonta all night.
Despite Gonta's failures, he was able to bring Angie and Himiko to his lab. Kokichi joined not long after, having broken into everyone's rooms and stolen their motive videos for his own purposes. While Gonta didn't know what Kokichi was planning, he still commenced the Insect Meet and Greet. Everyone panicked as insects began to buzz about and wreak havoc. After Kokichi returned once again, K1-B0 used his recording function in order to convince Gonta that Kokichi had tricked him so that this absurdity would end. Gonta became outraged by this and would order all the insects to swarm on him instead as punishment. Everyone else who had been detained was thankfully able to take back their motive videos and leave, heading to their dorm rooms to finally get some rest.
The Amazing Himiko's Magic Show
The very next morning, Gonta attended Angie and Himiko's magic show along with Kirumi and everyone else from the Insect Meet and Greet, bar Kokichi. Angie explained the details of Himiko's trick before the Ultimate Magician jumped into the tank, having only a single minute to escape the water tank before the tank would fill with piranhas. Angie closed the curtains, but everyone grew increasingly worried as the timer continued to count down and Himiko had yet to come out. Gonta couldn't take it anymore and stormed onto the stage, wanting to save Himiko before the piranhas would fill the tank, much to Angie's disappointment. Once the timer ran out, the piranhas dropped into the tank along with some other large object, though Himiko had yet to come out of the tank. Tenko begged Angie to open the curtains, a plea that she promptly responded to by revealing the tank, however, no one was prepared for what they were about to see. Ryoma's lifeless, handcuffed body drifted within the tank, for only a couple seconds before the piranhas stripped the flesh from his bones, leaving nothing more than a skeleton, the handcuffs, and his belongings behind. With that, the second investigation had begun.
The Second Class Trial
During the second Class Trial, even though Gonta didn't intend for it, his Insect Meet and Greet would end up giving many people alibis for the time of Ryoma's murder. Gonta storming the stage during Himiko's magic show also proved to be a key piece of evidence in finding Himiko innocent, as he didn't see anything in the tank before the piranha's and Ryoma's body had fallen in. He was even quick to defend Kirumi from being accused by Miu's lack of critical thinking while the self-centered Ultimate Inventor ignores him before finding herself under suspicion in return. Shuichi was also able to determine that Miu had an alibi because Gonta's statements and her statements matched up, much to the Ultimate Entomologist's embarrassment. During the Class Trial, Gonta was able to explain about the usage of the rope used by culprit to transfer Ryoma's body from his Research Lab to the gym.
After Shuichi was able to pin the crime on Kirumi, Gonta could not believe it. He could not believe that after all she had done to take care of everyone that she could be the culprit. Gonta was incredibly saddened once Kirumi confessed to her crime, but after learning that she was the de facto Prime Minister of Japan and responsible for all of its citizens, Gonta asked Monokuma if he could take Kirumi's place as the blackened, thinking that Kirumi's life would have far more value than his due to how much she has to protect. In reality, Kirumi was only trying to trick everyone to defend her so she could escape, much to everyone's, including Gonta's, displeasure. The Ultimate Entomologist would later watch as Kirumi was brutally executed by Monokuma.
Investigating the New Areas
The next morning, at Kokichi's request after unveiling Maki's true talent the night prior, Gonta along with everyone else barring Maki paid a visit to the "Ultimate Child Caregiver's Research Lab" only to discover various weapons all throughout the lab, proving that Maki was, in fact, the Ultimate Assassin, not a child caregiver. Gonta offered to help restrain Maki if it came to that, but Kaito reassured everyone and said that he would take care of Maki. Afterwards, the Monokuma Kubs showed up, usurped their father as headmaster, and passed out more items for the students to unlock new areas within the academy.
One of the places that became unlocked was the eerie fourth floor. Gonta, along with Tsumugi, were creeped out by the floor's different design. The Monokuma Kubs then showed up and explained that apparently someone had died here long ago, though it was more than likely just some made-up backstory. Gonta, Shuichi, and Tsumugi would explore the three vacant rooms on the floor. All three rooms were the same and fairly unremarkable, though Gonta was able to notice that the floorboards were all loose and not nailed down properly.
Later on, Gonta would gather with everyone else in the dining hall in order to inspect the new Flashback Light that Shuichi found. Upon using it, everyone remembered what seemed to be their own funeral, much to the student's confusion. Kaito reassured everyone that there's no way the funeral could be real considering they were all still here and alive. His small speech seemed to work, as everyone perked back up, enjoyed a small meal, then headed back to their dorms.
Angie's Student CouncilGonta gathered with everyone in the gymnasium the very next morning at the Monokuma Kubs' request. The participants were presented with the third motive, the Necronomicon, and were told that they would be able to bring back someone who had died already as a transfer student. This motive baffled the students, saying that there's no way the dead could come back to life. However, Angie seemed to embrace the motive, saying the "corpses" so far may have just been very accurate imitations to make the real people seem dead. Some of the students argued that there's no way that's possible, but Gonta said that more letters were added to the rock in the courtyard, deducing that perhaps the four people who had died are actually alive and wrote that message. Angie praised Gonta and, like Himiko before him, pulled him into a hug. She instilled hers and Atua's authority into him by reassuring him that he's not alone and that Atua is like a gentle grandmother that always keeps him safe, effectively playing off of Gonta's desire for a motherly figure.
Angie then said that Gonta should join the Student Council, wanting to make Gonta feel needed. Tsumugi and Himiko both requited this feeling. As a result, the Ultimate Entomologist did not hesitate for even a second if it meant he could be useful to everyone and joined Angie's group. Shuichi however, was confused as to what Angie meant by "Student Council", but K1-B0 replied by saying that Angie summoned himself, Himiko, Tenko, and Tsumugi last night in order to discuss how to eradicate the Killing Game. As a result, this group of students ended up forming the "Ultimate Academy Student Council" with Angie as their president. The "brainwashed" members listen to Angie completely and without question, stating that her will is Atua's will and as a result, she cannot be wrong. In reality, Angie was simply trying to take control of everybody and make them dependent on Atua. Angie took the Necronomicon and told everyone else to "leave it to the student council". Despite only being recruited recently, Gonta obeyed the Student Council without question.
However, Angie trying to unify the group and stop the killing with her Student Council only ended up causing discord between the student council and the non-Student Council members, such as during that same night when the Student Council ridiculed Maki for being out at nighttime. The very next morning, the two split parties came into conflict yet again after finding out that the student council had blocked off the manhole in the boiler room with a large rock, Gonta specifically saying that he was the one who blocked the manhole. Angie even went as far as to destroy a Flashback Light from the Monokuma Kubs, wanting to quell any desire to leave no matter the cost. Despite their extreme methods, Gonta and the rest of Angie's Student Council had no malicious intent for the group as a whole, only wishing to stop another murder from happening by whatever means necessary. Despite this, it became obvious to some of the others that Angie was going too far.
The Third Investigation and Trial
Two days after the motive is presented, Angie's body was discovered in her own lab by Shuichi, Maki, and Tenko. After the body discovery announcement played Gonta rushed in and was incredibly saddened to find their student council president deceased. He mourned her death along with the other student council members as the investigation began. Later, after Tenko had died during the seance, Gonta became even more upset, crying and apologizing to Tenko post-mortem for being unable to protect her.
During the third trial itself, when everyone was discussing on whether or not to discuss Tenko's death, Gonta stated that Tenko was their friend and that he wanted to know why she died as well, regardless of whether or not they had to find Angie's killer first. Eventually, Shuichi was able to pin Korekiyo as the culprit of both Tenko's and Angie's murders. This outraged Gonta, asking him why he killed two of their friends. Eventually, the Ultimate Anthropologist confessed to the crime and told everyone his motivations. His reasoning for murder baffled Gonta, unable to understand why he would kill for his deceased sister and called it morally wrong. In the end, Gonta watched with everyone else as Korekiyo was executed by Monokuma.
Remembering the Meteorites
The very next morning, following the third class trial, Gonta gathered with everyone in the dining hall yet again. The group became disheartened to see how many people they had lost up until now. Monokuma then showed up along with his Kubs to hand out the next set of random items to unlock more areas with, along with a card key that according to Monophanie would be the next motive, though Kokichi stole it and ran off. Gonta would search the academy with everyone else for new areas to explore.
Neo World Program
A couple days later, Miu would gather everyone, Gonta included, in the computer room on the fourth floor. She explained to everyone how she had been working on Monokuma's Killing Game Simulator for the past few days or so and reprogrammed it into a "world without Monokuma or the Killing Game". In reality, however, she was actually plotting her own murder plan in order to escape. Gonta had no idea what she was talking about due to not having any inherent understanding of computers. However, with her persuasion, Gonta and the others agreed to head into the virtual world after hearing about a supposed secret of the outside world from Monokuma.
The Killing Game Busters
After spotting Miu go through the wall that only objects can pass through, Gonta told Kokichi and the maniacal liar began to understand the aspects of the program that Miu kept hidden from them and devised the full murder plan, informing Gonta of what to do. Once Miu and Kokichi met up on the roof, Gonta waited in hiding before ambushing her from behind with a roll of toilet paper, strangling her avatar to death, causing her real body to die from shock. While in normal circumstances the toilet paper would easily tear, objects were unbreakable in the virtual world and as a result, the toilet paper was easily able to substitute for a rope. Gonta cries out "I'm sorry." multiple times, but Kokichi reassured him that it was fine before instructing him on what to do next. Gonta placed Miu's dead avatar on a lattice from the storage room and slid her off the roof, causing her to go through the wall that only objects could pass through, and crash into the side of the chapel which was only possible because the world actually looped. The loud noise created by the sudden impact alerted everyone else in the virtual world. Kokichi then instructed Gonta to scale down the roof using the toilet paper and put it back in the bathroom. While Gonta was able to hang the toilet paper from the binoculars to get off the roof, he was unable to dispose of it properly due to Shuichi and Tsumugi's untimely arrival. This made Gonta panic and so he tossed the toilet paper to somewhere nearby. Gonta then joined the duo as if nothing had happened and, after rejoining everyone else, logged back out of the virtual world.
Due to the avatar error, Gonta left the program with no memory of what he had committed while within it. As a result, he "wakes up" to find Miu dead in her own chair, not having any idea of what actually happened. Everyone else wakes up as well, and the fourth investigation began. Gonta would have no idea what was going on due to his amnesia, but none of his statements were noted as particularly suspicious by the other participants who simply shrugged it off as Gonta not being smart with computers.
The Fourth Class Trial
During the Class Trial itself, Gonta is not once suspected of being the culprit due to his kindhearted nature. The Ultimate Entomologist would continue to make many ignorant statements about the virtual world due to having no memory of it, though this only irritated the others who were unaware of why he was so ignorant.Eventually however, after it was revealed that Kokichi had lied about his meeting with Miu on the roof, he decided that he would take away any potential mystery solving regarding the case and bluntly stated that Gonta was Miu's killer. This shocked and angered the other participants greatly, claiming that there's no way someone like Gonta would commit murder, let alone listen to Kokichi after what happened with the Insect Meet and Greet. However, both Kokichi and Shuichi, much to the latter's dismay, made it very apparent that Gonta was able to commit this crime. Gonta pleaded to Shuchi that he wasn't the culprit, while Kaito became increasingly outraged at the Ultimate Detective for believing in Kokichi over Gonta. As a result, a rift in the group formed. Gonta, feeling responsible apologized, thinking that it was his fault that everyone was so upset. Kokichi angrily told Gonta to argue back, but he was unable to due to having no memory of the crime he had committed. After realizing that Gonta had been saying things such as "I don't know", and "I don't understand" ever since leaving the virtual world, Shuichi was able to deduce that Gonta had suffered from an avatar error caused by him mixing up the cords, causing him to forget his crime, much to the group's dismay. Finally, even though Gonta himself acknowledged that he wasn't smart enough to understand what was going on, he decided to believe in everyone, thinking that they were probably right. Despite this, Gonta sadly cried out why he would do such a horrible thing, still not even understanding his own motivations.
As a result, in order for everyone to understand Gonta's motivations, Monokuma programs a Gonta Alter-Ego containing Gonta's virtual memories to explain on the real Gonta's behalf. The real Gonta could seemingly understand where AI Gonta was coming from when he said that he wanted to be useful to everyone, which led to him being tricked by Kokichi. When the AI Gonta was asked about what "truth" he remembered, he said that he couldn't tell them due to not wanting them all to end up like he did, to remember a despair so horrible that you'd feel as if you wanted to die. With that, the real Gonta seemingly came to terms with his fate, not showing any signs of fear. Kokichi begs to be executed along with Gonta, but he refuses the proposal. Gonta told the group to forgive his partner for what he's done and get along well with him. Gonta apologizes to everybody for being unable to protect them until the very end. He cried before he was dragged into his execution, telling his dear friends that he loved them all.
Everyone was saddened at the loss of a kindhearted soul such as Gonta, nobody blaming him for his actions. The remaining participants demanded that Kokichi explain if Gonta actually meant anything to him, but he refused. Kokichi claimed that he was faking his own tears and mocked Gonta post-mortem, calling him an idiot and saying that he died a meaningless death along with Miu. This outraged the group and made Kokichi an outcast that no one wanted to be around.
When he was alive, Gonta often spotted little objects that he thought were bugs, but it actually turned out to be the security camera of the academy, the Nanokumas, a member of Monokuma Kubs who functioned as the security camera in the academy and reported it to Motherkuma. Kokichi believed this was an important matter, so he asked Miu to invent a bugvac to capture the "bugs" that Gonta was seeing often.
In Chapter 6, the remaining survivors spotted the Nanokumas captured by Maki and Shuichi inside the bugvac, only after K1-B0 installed the zoom function. It was said that normal humans can't see it since Nanokumas are extremely small, proving that Gonta has a superhuman eyesight.
Creation and Development
The katakana part of his first name gon (ゴン) may represent the kanji "昆"; the meaning of which can translate as "a swarm of an organism" (such as bugs) while the kanji "太" simply means "fat" (though in names it's used figuratively as "healthy"). This makes the meaning of his first name something along the lines of "healthy swarm of bugs." His surname kanji, gokuhara (獄原) translates to "prison meadow".
Gonta is a very tall and muscular teenager with tanned skin. He has a noticeably angular face and very long, unkempt brown hair, with a tint of dark sap green and noticeable prominent curls at the top of his head that resemble ahoges. He has red eyes and wears round glasses.
Gonta wears a brown school blazer and matching brown pants, a dark, lime-green tie, and is barefoot. He carries a bug box strapped over his shoulder which rests at his hip. The strap is a light green, nearly matching his ties color. He has a silver button on the lapel of his blazer, showing the insignia of his previous high school, and gold cufflinks.
As his appearance suggests, Gonta has incredible, superhuman strength, but he is gentle and kind, and says he would never hurt even a bug. His stoic face is especially fierce, brows knitted and frown apparent, supposedly due to his upbringing in the wild.
In the prologue, he wears the uniform of his original high school. His gakuran's color is uncommon persimmon indigo (dark slate blue), which makes him look noble. He also wears brown loafers and light brown soles, which is something he normally doesn't like to do. He awkwardly fitted his well-trained body into the uniform, but his intimidating stature overwhelms anyone who meets him.
Gonta likes animals very much, especially insects, and he can even speak with them. He is a kind-hearted, gentle, and polite person. He is very pure and naive, as he easily believes strangers and can get easily discouraged by other people's comments. When he is accused of being the culprit, he answers with complete honesty even if it makes him look much more suspicious. He also does not seem to understand sexual matters very well, as after seeing half-naked Miu he states he got a "weird feeling", and he assumes being "horny" means something like having horns on your head. Even his uncharacteristic "keep you up all night" line during the Love Suite scene appears to be a case of misinformation. He himself acknowledges and often points out that he is dumb, which is one of the reasons why he listens to other people so much. Naturally, he strongly dislikes killing and cruelty, which can rather easily make him cry. However, despite his gentle nature, he can turn very angry if he sees or hears someone hating on insects, and he believes bug lovers can't be bad. Due to his strong love for bugs, he is often seen searching and yelling for them to come out, claiming that he wants to talk with them.
In order to repay his woodland family, he aims to become a true gentleman. Gonta wants to be useful to others, but he prefers not to do physical fighting and violence. He also gets very ashamed of himself if he does something a gentleman wouldn't do, like telling lies, losing his temper, making rude assumptions, seeing someone naked or half-naked, or accidentally touching someone inappropriately. It's noted that he isn't very gentlemanly yet, as he's a bit clumsy and sometimes gets controlled by sudden and strong emotions (which is implied to be a result of being raised in the wild), but he tries very hard. He occasionally gets very scary with intense expressions, especially when talking about bugs or if he is otherwise upset or frustrated, making other people afraid. He sometimes does not seem to notice that he is unintentionally scaring others, while during some other moments he can be very perceptive of others' feelings. He sometimes fears he might never become a gentleman and he can be very hard on himself. He doesn't seem to acknowledge many of his past or current accomplishments, thinking they're just some things all gentlemen would have done.
Because he spent his childhood in the forest, Gonta is lacking general cultural knowledge and in the English version even has trouble with language, and so he often has trouble speaking with the other students. This is made worse by his intimidating appearance, which made him somewhat of an outcast even when he was a very young kid. Because of this, he doesn't like to start conversations, and he is shown to be very grateful whenever someone else approaches him, saying "thank you" as in "thank you for talking to me". He also has notable difficulties with understanding the virtual world and computers, so much in fact that the other students often don't even try to explain it to him, though he does seem to understand television and movies. Due to his background, he prefers being barefoot over wearing shoes. He also prefers sleeping naked for the same reason—however, after Kaede points out it isn't very gentlemanly, he supposedly tries to change this habit.
He is very protective towards his friends during the Killing Game, promising to protect them from any harm caused by the Killing Game. He states that in order to fulfill that goal, he will go as far as to risk his own life. Whenever he failed to fulfill this promise, he would cry and regret that he couldn't save his classmate. Notable events are when he tried to prevent Kaede from being dragged into her execution and he tried to be a substitute for the executed one, Kirumi. Because he couldn't use his strength against the Exisals and wasn't smart, he felt horrible because he couldn't be useful.
Gonta seemingly wishes to have a motherly figure to take care of him, possibly because he was separated from his own mother for many years during his childhood. When Kokichi asks Kirumi to be his mom, Gonta innocently but seriously asks the same, and he later imagines Atua as a gentle grandmother type.
In Chapter 4, while being an avatar in the Neo World Program created by Miu, Gonta's idea of protecting his friends changes after he learns the horrifying truth of the outside world. Agreeing with Kokichi that mercy killing the others while they were not aware of the horrible situation would be the best option, he obeys Kokichi's order to protect him from Miu who was planning to kill him. After he returned to the real world, he did not receive the avatar's memories, and was guilt-ridden when he found out what had happened. He is deeply sorry for his actions and believes he can never become a gentleman after what he has done, considering himself "bad". With how kind he is, the other students had a very hard time believing he was the killer, with Shuichi even suggesting that the avatar error may have changed his personality somehow. However, he takes the full responsibility for his actions, stating that he was not tricked by Kokichi and the choice was ultimately his own. Despite everything, Gonta once again shows how good his heart is, as he is willing to forgive Kokichi and tells the others not to blame him. He claims that he does not fear death, and that his biggest regret is that he couldn't protect everyone. In his final scene, he bid his friends a farewell and said he loves them all before his execution.
It should be noted that while he is not very smart, he is not as unintelligent as he believes himself to be, and has a very vast knowledge on animals and insects. He also has extraordinary knowledge of ropes and climbing, due to using them for searching bugs. Furthermore, he occasionally points out things, such as being the first one to point out that Kokichi was acting very much like Monokuma during the fourth trial and later confronting Kokichi by asking if he's pretending not to know relevant information.
Talent and Abilities
|“|| Some people do hate bugs. That why it important to talk about bugs! So people understand why bugs so great! Gonta not just gentleman, but entomologist too! Gonta do his best to change people's minds about bugs! Like gentleman!
Gonta's talent as the Ultimate Entomologist is a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa. Due to that fact, it is unclear whether Gonta was an entomologist in the past. Gonta has been interested in insects since childhood. Because he was raised by animals in the forest, he can speak with them. His past accomplishments include identifying and cataloging insect species not yet known by humanity, strongly advancing his field of study. He had also developed cultivation methods, and once discovered a parasitic worm that was causing disease, and was praised as a hero after saving many lives.
In other languages
Gonta's talent as it appears in official translations of Danganronpa material.
|Japanese||超高校級の「昆虫博士」||Super High School Level Entomologist|
|Chinese (Trad)||超高中級的昆蟲博士||Super High School Level Doctor of Entomology|
|Chinese (Simp)||超高中级的昆虫博士||Super High School Level Doctor of Entomology|
|French||Entomologiste Ultime||Ultimate Entomologist|
Gonta possesses an incredibly superhuman strength, though as a pacifistic person he refuses to use it against other people. His strength is emphasized by the powerful aura he possesses whenever he gets very angry.
A notable event is in Chapter 1, when he easily lifted up a heavy iron manhole with just one hand using only his thumb and finger and threw it as far as four to five meters away from him. During the investigation, he also mentioned that it would have been very easy for him to kill Rantaro by throwing a shot accurately from the AV Room to the library where Rantaro was located. Even Tenko herself admitted that her Neo-Aikido is no match for Gonta's superhuman strength.
Gonta's eyesight is 20/0.625. He at one point notices extremely tiny bugs, though even he cannot see them clearly, which much later turn out to be Nanokumas.
As a child, Gonta got lost in the woods. He was raised by a family of wolves, an ancient species that isolated itself in the woods after losing a war against humans. The wolf family taught Gonta how to speak with them and other animals. Thanks to the knowledge passed by them, Gonta was able to identify insect species not yet known to humanity, earning him his Ultimate title. To repay this family for raising him, he aims to be a true gentleman and make his true family acknowledge them.
Gonta's human family is rich and refined. After Gonta returned to them after 10 years, they were bothered by his wild behavior and blamed Gonta's mountain family for it. Gonta just wanted his real family to acknowledge his other family, so he strove to become a true gentleman to prove to his human family that, in fact, his wild family did not ruin his elegance.
Kokichi considered Gonta a typical dumb muscle and planned to use him as one of his minions from the start. His lack of respect towards Gonta is seen in the way he doesn't use any honorifics when talking to him. Gonta and Kokichi were often together during Free Time, both of them appearing hesitant to spend time with Shuichi because they were currently talking to each other. During the trials, Kokichi acted saddened and betrayed if Gonta sided with someone else over him, saying that he expected at least Gonta to trust him and stay by his side. Due to his kind nature, this often made Gonta feel bad and apologise.
In Chapter 2, Kokichi tricks Gonta to work for him by pretending to be a fellow bug lover. In order to get everyone's Kubs Pad, Kokichi used Gonta to bring the students into his Research Lab. He lied that the others had been hating on bugs and they should all have relaxing time with the insects and appreciate them. However, K1-B0 soon exposes Kokichi's lie, making Gonta furious. He grabs Kokichi, telling him that they shall spend the whole night petting bugs. The other students escape the scene quickly, hearing Kokichi's shrill screams from the room.
In Chapter 4, Kokichi seemingly manipulated Gonta into killing Miu for him, because Miu had made it so that Kokichi couldn't harm her. However, it's later revealed by AI Gonta that they both agreed that mercy killing would be the best action, and that Gonta's decision was ultimately his own. During the class trial, Gonta felt horrible and cried, having no memories of what happened due to an avatar error. Kokichi got increasingly frustrated when Gonta was unable to argue back, and seemed genuine when he stated that it hurts his heart to persecute Gonta so much.
After hearing everything that happened, Gonta still chose to forgive Kokichi and told the others not to blame him, which seemed to genuinely touch Kokichi a lot. Seeming to feel genuinely bad, Kokichi said he should be punished too, but Gonta disagreed and just told him to promise him that everyone will forgive each other and be friends. Kokichi is speechless for a second, but in seriousness gives Gonta his word. As the execution grows closer, Kokichi seems to genuinely break down and cry and shouts Gonta's name, saying he doesn't want this and telling Gonta not to go. After Gonta is executed, the burden of all the guilt and knowledge seems to affect Kokichi's sanity, with him beginning to act exaggeratedly "evil" and claiming that he didn't care about Gonta and that he was just fake crying.
In Chapter 6, it's revealed that Kokichi was actually the only one who took Gonta's talk about "tiny bugs" very seriously, as he designed and requested a bugvac from Miu to specifically look into the matter.
In the non-canon bonus mode Ultimate Talent Development Talent, Kokichi often tricks Gonta with his lies, but Gonta considers him a friend after the three years they spent together. However, Kokichi tells Gonta that they won't see each other anymore after graduating due to them being a gentleman and an evil supreme leader. Kokichi tells Gonta that he won't be tricked by someone like him anymore. He claims he is so sad he barely eats and he cries himself to sleep at night, which makes Gonta worried, though Kokichi soon claims it's just a lie. Interestingly, when Gonta is genuinely saddened because he won't see Kokichi anymore, Kokichi reacts with slight anger and believes Gonta is trying to trick him back, showing that he believes other people can't genuinely care about him, not even someone as kind as Gonta. Nevertheless, Kokichi bids Gonta his farewell, claiming he isn't a gentleman like Gonta. Gonta feels even more sad as a result, and says he wishes it was a lie.
Throughout the game, Tsumugi seems to have a soft spot for Gonta and often appears to pay attention to him during some moments when the others do not. She is quite impressed and concerned about how blunt and honest Gonta is.
During Chapter 4's trial, she appeared sympathetic towards Gonta who was very confused about the virtual world, and wished to explain it to him. She also tirelessly tried to protect Gonta from being accused as Miu's killer, convinced that he is a kind soul who doesn't even kill bugs. She was shocked and saddened to find out that Gonta really is the culprit. She was especially shocked by Gonta's immense kindness after he forgave Kokichi and told the others not to blame him, and she stated that he truly is stupid sometimes, for being so kind and forgiving even in such a situation. She cried heavily before and after Gonta's execution.
In Chapter 5, Tsumugi stays outside one night, looking at the stars and reminiscing what Gonta said earlier about stars being very comforting, even though the stars above the academy appeared different than usual.
As she is later revealed to be the mastermind, it's indicated that Tsumugi only acted to play this specific role assigned to her during the Killing Game.
Shuichi generally treats Gonta in a gentle and patient manner, as he understands that Gonta is a very kind and innocent person. However, he can be a bit frightened whenever Gonta loses his temper. He can also be a bit uncomfortable with the way Gonta puts him on a pedestal due to him acting kind towards Gonta or because he seemingly possessed knowledge about gentlemen. During the Free Time Events, Shuichi helps Gonta to appreciate himself more.
During the fourth trial, Shuichi is shocked at the idea of Gonta being the culprit, with him even contemplating for a moment that the error in the virtual world may have somehow changed his gentle personality. However, unlike most other students, he thinks sensibly and wishes to discuss the possibility, because it is his job to find the truth no matter how painful. Even after it becomes more and more clear that Gonta is the culprit, Shuichi continues to treat crying and shocked Gonta with kindness and patience, and stops Kokichi from making him feel even more bad. With a gentle but serious manner, he begins to summarize the murder case and tells Gonta that he can just tell him when he's convinced and that they can end it together.
During the Love Suite scene, Shuichi plays along with Gonta's fantasy about having a practice partner for a party, though he is confused at first and isn't particularly fond of playing the lady role despite the fact that it's pretense even in the fantasy scenario. Gonta is overwhelmed by Shuichi's kindness and despite Shuichi's attempts to calm him down, he grabs Shuichi's shoulders and they accidentally fall on the bed. Shuichi is intimidated by Gonta's massive body on top of him, and Gonta quickly gets up and is horrified by what he had done, even though it was just an accident. Shuichi tries to tell him it's okay, but Gonta feels very guilty because he noticed Shuichi had been afraid and tells him that he would never want to hurt him. Shuichi appears a bit surprised and touched that Gonta had noticed his fear at the moment, and comforts Gonta with a smile and assures that he's okay and they can continue practicing. Gonta promises to be a perfect companion and take care of Shuichi, which Shuichi believes as he reciprocates to Gonta's manners by offering his hand. Shuichi is convinced that Gonta is a gentleman, though the moment is a bit ruined by Gonta's assumption that "keep you up all night" is a correct gentlemanly response to this situation.
Despite Tenko's hatred toward boys, she often has the same way of thinking as Gonta, as both of them always wanted to protect their friends from dangers. While Tenko openly declared that she will only protect girls, Gonta volunteered himself as the boys' protector.
Tenko wondered about how different Gonta was from generic boys. For example, he cries easily whenever one of his friends are dead and he wasn't able to protect them. Tenko, who followed Gonta, asked why a man like him was able to cry so easily.
Kaito was highly trusting of Gonta and cared for him. When Gonta was being accused of killing Miu, Kaito refused to listen to Shuichi and didn't vote Gonta as the culprit, blaming Kokichi instead.
However, Kaito also occasionally scolded Gonta for apologizing so much, since he believed men shouldn't apologize so easily.
After hearing Kokichi asking Kirumi to be his mom, Gonta wishes her to be his mom as well. This seems to be purely due to child-like innocence and him wishing to have a comforting female figure, possibly relating to the fact that Gonta spent several years away from his biological mother. In the first trial, Kirumi used rational arguments that make it sound like Gonta killed Rantaro, making him panic. When Kaede proved his innocence, Kirumi apologized to Gonta for suspecting him, but Gonta forgives her, saying it was done to find out who the killer is. He was even quick to defend her from Miu accusing her based on her lack of intelligence of critical thinking.
In Chapter 2, after Kirumi was voted guilty and was about to get executed, Gonta asked Monokuma if he could take her place, as he thought it would be a great loss for Japan to lose such an important figure like the Prime Minister Kirumi.
In Chapter 2, when Gonta is sent by Kokichi to gather everyone for "Insect Meet and Greet," Miu avoids being captured by stripping down to her underwear. Upon seeing her in just her underwear, Gonta gets embarrassed and leaves her. Although the flashback shows that she was embarrassed as well, Miu teases Gonta for seeing her half-naked during the Class Trial.
As revealed in Chapter 4, Gonta is one of the very few, along with Kaede and K1-B0, who wished to be friends with Miu. After Miu's death, he didn't blame her for attempting murder, believing she was a good person and the Killing Game situation was at fault. With his good-heartedness, he was surprised and shocked to hear that most of the other students wouldn't have been friends with Miu even outside the Killing Game.
Gonta, who didn't remember that he was the culprit of Miu's murder case, couldn't believe how he could have done such a thing. Later on, after the discussion split the group into two, he tried to believe in his friends and apologized to Miu.
Free Time Events & Bonus Mode Guides
The links below are full transcripts and indepth guides for Gonta Gokuhara's relationship routes in Free Time Events, Love Across the Universe: Dangan Salmon Team, Ultimate Talent Development Plan, and Hotel Kumasutra including his MonoMono Machine Present preferences and most effective dialogue options.
|Free Time Events||Love Across|
List of Appearances
- Gonta is the youngest and tallest male character of Danganronpa V3.
- Similar to Gonta, his Japanese voice actor, Shunsuke Takeuchi is also the youngest Japanese voice actor among the cast. He was only 19 during the recordings of Danganronpa V3 in 2016.
- Other characters who also speak in third person within the series besides Gonta are Ibuki Mioda, Monaca Towa, Tenko, and Angie (the latter two in Japanese only).
- Similar to Gundham Tanaka, Gonta is rumored to be capable of speaking with animals, although Gonta's ability is supposedly much better, as he was raised by wild animals. In the non-canon Ultimate Talent Development Plan, they bond over their shared ability to talk to animals.
- In his Love Suite scene, his fantasy shows him having a male friend being his practice partner for a party, as he wishes to be a true gentleman. The friend has the role of "a lady" and Gonta wishes he could return the favor somehow. They accidentally fall onto the bed and Gonta blames himself for not being a gentleman and scaring his partner. However, he is forgiven and they continue practicing.
- Gonta's English voice actor, Kaiji Tang, also voices Yasuhiro Hagakure in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Koichi Kizakura from Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School.
- In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Gonta the 12th most popular Danganronpa V3 student.
- Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki from April 27th, 2017 to May 22nd, 2017 held two popularity polls, one that was voted electronically and the other via post cards. Gonta was voted the 3rd most popular student in the electronic poll, and 14th through post cards.