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Monosuke (モノスケ) is one of the mascot characters and antagonists featured in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, appearing as part of a group called the Monokuma Kubs. With his siblings: Monotaro, Monodam, Monokid, and Monophanie they control the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles alongside Monokuma.
- 1 History
- 2 Creation and Development
- 3 Appearance
- 4 Personality
- 5 Abilities
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Quotes
- 8 List of Appearances
- 9 Trivia
- 10 References
- 11 Navigation
Monosuke, along with his four other siblings were created by Team Danganronpa, a group of people who created the famous reality show called Danganronpa, a series which tells the story of Killing Games. Monosuke and the Monokubs' roles are to aid Monokuma in hosting the Killing Game. It is unknown when they were created and in which Killing Game they started to appear. Their notable appearance is the last Killing Game entry, the 53rd season of the show.
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After the students woke up and left the classroom, the Monokubs began to lure every student to the gymnasium by chasing them down with the Exisals. After every student entered the gym, the Monokubs entered the gymnasium with their Exisals, but after realizing that they're off-script and shouldn't be in the Exisals for their first appearance, they all jump out of their Exisals and appear face-to-face with the students. Although this seems strange to them and raises many questions, Monosuke and the others concentrate on incoherent things until at last, they realize that the students did not possess the appropriate clothes to be "Definitive Students", for which they give them new clothes. After realizing that Monophanie did not fulfill her task of giving them their "first memory", the Monokubs are forced to stop the beginning of the mutual killing game and wait another time, removing all of the students's memories of the event and giving them their "first memory".
It was revealed that this event happened right before the 53rd Killing Game occurred, when the students' memories were about to be fabricated by Team Danganronpa.
After the students are put back into their respective places, the Monokubs reappear to make their proper on-script introduction, where they tell the students to explore the academy and meet their classmates, occasionally appearing to explain the functions of the school. After all of the students finished introducing themselves to each other, Monosuke and his siblings make an announcement to reunite in the gym to tell them about the Killing School Semester. There, they appear inside the Exisals, though after Monokid's line was stolen by Monodam, they end up almost battling eachother, with Monosuke simply joining in on the conflict because he likes the Monokubs being hostile to one-another.
But just as they're about to brawl, Monokuma makes his debut, much to him and the other Kubs's joy, where after a brief beating due to them making the prologue go on for way too long, he explains the rules of their new lives in the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles Killing Game. During the Killing Game, Monosuke, along with his siblings, were shown on the monitors of the Academy to announce the daytime and nighttime and other events about the Killing Game
When Kaito Momota commits violence against Monokuma, the Monokubs appear to squish him with the Exisals for breaking a school rule. However, they end up accidentally crushing Monokuma instead, "killing" him. After his "death" the Monokubs begin to cry for their father, thinking he is truly gone, they then go to give him a proper send off, by eating his remains, with Monosuke saying that as the new headmasters, they need to eat so they can get big and strong. But by the next day, Monokuma reappeared and made the Monokubs happy so see their father was still alive, and after he licked them all as part of their "emotional reunion", he announced his time limit motive, with Monosuke and his siblings reminding the students of said time limit in the day and nighttime announcements.
First Investigation and Class Trial
Monosuke appeared once again along with the other Monokubs when Rantaro Amami was found dead. Where Monophanie grabbed the cameras found at the crime scene to print and develop the photos that were taken during the incident. Later on during the investigation, Monosuke and the other Monokubs announce to the students to head to the basement to get the developed pictures, there, Monophanie gave them to Kaede and Shuichi while role-palying with Monosuke as a couple in a fancy restaurant.
After Kaede Akamatsu was voted as the blackened, Monosuke and his siblings prevented the other students from interfering her execution by threatening to kill them using the Exisals, though this was stopped by Kaede. He assisted Monokuma in executing Kaede by pulling one of the ropes that used to slowly suffocate her.
At the end of Kaede's execution, Monodam killed Monokid by pushing him in the piano just as the spiked case slammed shut, and while it did shock and confuse Monotaro and Monophanie, Monosuke didn't seem to mind his death all that much, saying they could use a little more tension in their lives and caring more about the turn of events that resulted in Monokid's death, after which they all leave the Class Trial grounds.
At the begining of Chapter 2, him, along with his siblings appear to give the students prizes for surviving the Class Trial, with all of them being afraid of Monodam due to him killing Monokid. But even though throughout the Chapter, Monophanie and Monotaro started warming up to Monodam, Monosuke still remained incredibly suspicious of him, trying to make the other Kubs hate him by constantly reminding them of what he did, with little to no effect, as none of them liked Monokid in the first place.
After some time passed, Monokuma decided to give a new motive to the students, where Monosuke along with the other Monokubs passed to each student a Kubs Pad which contained a secret motivational video about each one of them while they were sleeping.
When Ryoma Hoshi's body was found, Monosuke was overjoyed to see that a murder finally happened and was eager to start up the Class Trial, after which he proposed his father to start a business selling Monokuma files, but Monokuma simply ignored Monosuke's proposal and was more focused on how cute he looked, and then picked him up to lick him off-screen. Later on, at the middle of the Class Trial, Monosuke was asked by Korekiyo about entering the nighttime pool, he said the last time someone asked that question, they said that entering the pool at nighttime is forbidden, but standing on the window sill is acceptable. K1-B0 wonders who asked Monosuke last time, saying that it's possible that the culprit asked him about the rule to secretly confirm the details of their murder plan, much to Monosuke's dismay as he realized he accidentally slipped-up vital information, with Monotaro and Monophanie repeatedly bashing him for it afterwards, that is until Monodam told them to stop.
After Kirumi was voted as Ryoma's killer, Monosuke got involved in her execution, Where Monodam pushed him right below Kirumi Tojo's falling body, violently crushing him when she hit the ground, killing both him and Kirumi instantly. Afterwards, The Monokubs were once again shocked, with Monodam justifiying his actions by saying that Monosuke was no diferent than Monokid, in that he was getting in the way of them getting along and that they don't need him.
Monosuke is later seen in Chapter 3 as a ghost inhabiting the left one out of three creepy rooms, briefly appearing on the screen whenever his room is entered.
In Chapter 5, Monokuma is seen crying for his deceased children, though he dosen't even care enough to mention his name and almost immediately starts wondering why they even existed right after.
Monosuke was mentioned when Monokuma first showed the students where the Monokubs store the Exisals Units. Since Monosuke and his other siblings were dead, Monokuma gave to the students this room since no one can use the Exisals but the Monokubs.
The Monokubs' Return
Monosuke and his siblings were rebuilt by Monokuma after Kokichi Oma's Class Trial and began to be active once again to assist their father in the Mutual Killing Game, though since they still had their factory settings, they didn't remember anything that happened in their past lives, and thus were confused at the current situation. Monokuma specifically brought them back so that he could regain power over the Exisals, as he cannot control them, but Monosuke and his siblings can.
At the start of Chapter 6, Monokuma and the Monokubs, riding their Exisals, arrive and threaten to destroy K1-B0 for damaging the school in an attempt to end the Killing Game. K1-B0 reassures everyone to find the truth while he engages the Monokubs in combat, fighting them the entire time everyone else is investigating the real truth about the Killing Game. After Shuichi gathers enough information, he proposes to Monokuma, the Kubs and K1-B0 to solve this confict with a Class Trial, Monokuma agreeing to these terms and ordering his children to remove K1-B0's weapons so that he can participate.
Right at the begining of the final Class Trial, despite the fact that Monosuke and his siblings were all brought back not too long ago, Monokuma revealed he has a self-destruct button prepared which he'll use to destroy the Monokubs once again if they didn't participate in the Trial or if they simply got on his nerves, causing them to be much more active in the discussion than ever before.
But since they don't know anything, they are all incredibly scared and confused, throwing random arguments and theories that are very quickly debunked. Not helping is the fact that Monokuma keeps dodging questions and leaving it for them to answer, leading to the Kubs getting very quickly blown up one by one throughout the Trial, until there's only Monosuke, Monotaro and Monophanie left. Which at that point, their arguments devolved into them begging to not be killed and how they don't know anything. Shortly after a brief Rebuttal Showdown, Monosuke, in a last ditch effort to make everyone stop accusing Tsumugi, starts saying how he thinks friends shouldn't blame each other like this (which vastly contradicts with his usual beliefs), with Monotaro and Monophanie commenting on how his infamous inpatience once again rears his ugly head, which end up with him being the third Monokub to be blown up while he tried to convince the students to watch a comedy special so that they could all smile, with Monokuma regarding how noisy he is.
Creation and Development
Monosuke as a character is strongly associated with the Osaka area of Japan.He is portrayed as the "straight man" (tsukkomi 突っ込み) of Manzai, a form of Japanese comedy that has been developed in Osaka. He calls other people "funny man" (boke ボケ), the other performer of the double act. He speaks with Osaka-ben, the specific dialect of Kinki Japanese spoken in the Osaka area. Because of associations with Manzai comedy, the speakers are often viewed as being more funny or talkative than typical speakers of other dialects.
Monosuke's tiger-striped pattern is a reference to Hanshin Tigers, the Osaka baseball team. His glasses are a reference to the ones of Kuidaore Taro, a mechanical drum-playing clown in front of Cui-daore, a restaurant in one of the principal tourist destinations in Osaka.
Monosuke's name could come from the ancient title of Kokushi (often said as no suke when addressing an official with the title. The main job of those entitled to Kokushi is keeping track of taxes, which an abacus can be used to help with, something Monosuke has.
He also appears in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version) along with his siblings. He first appeared when Yasuhiro Hagakure's body was found. He later appeared in the Class Trial along with his father and brothers. In the bonus mode Ultimate Talent Development Plan, Monosuke and his siblings are headmasters of a Hope's Peak Academy like school.
Monosuke's appearance is similar to that of his father, Monokuma, but the part that is black on Monokuma consists of yellowish brown and dark brown stripes (a reference to Hanshin Tigers, the Osaka baseball team). Likewise, his left eye is white, contrasting Monokuma's. Unlike most Monokumas, Monosuke's left eye occasionally glows white light instead of having a small red glow.
He has bright pink cheeks and eyelashes on his right eye. He dons a pair of round black glasses (which are a reference to the ones of Kuidaore Taro, a mechanical drum-playing clown in front of Cui-daore, a restaurant in one of the principal tourist destinations in Osaka), an abacus, and a yellow pacifier.
He is sometimes seen carrying six Monokuma bills with him.
When he was seen as a ghost in Chapter 3, his appearance mostly stayed the same but his yellow side was changed into blue and his body was more transparent. He also didn't have any legs due to him becoming a ghost.
Monosuke is a child-like robot. He is the most cool-headed in the group, seemingly remaining calm whenever the other Monokubs are shocked and analyzes the situations. At first glance, he appears to be the most intelligent as well, being capable of having much more cohesive and intelligent conversations. However, despite this, he is neither mature nor docile, and he has a horrible mouth similar to Monokid. He is somewhat aggressive and tends to call others stupid.
With a calm nature, Monosuke acts like the straight man of a double act stand-up comedy and provides snark to the group's dynamic. To emphasize this, he speaks in Kansai dialect in the Japanese version and New Jersey accent in the English version. He tends to be the one correcting his siblings whenever they say something nonsensical and is sometimes annoyed by them. Whenever his siblings talk their usual nonsense, he tends to intervene by continuing "...more importantly".
Monosuke also seems to be interested in American culture, as shown when he secretly mentions the Chicago-style hot dog, the New York Jets, and New England Patriots in the 1st and 2nd trials.
Being a Monokuma, he enjoys killing and gore, though he acts more calm about it than overly excited Monokid. He enjoys chasing students with his Exisal. In general, he doesn't seem to get as emotional as the other Kubsーhe dislikes heartfelt moments and doesn't seem to care much about others, even calling his father useless at one point. In fact, he strongly approves of hostility and fighting among the group, believing that the Monokuma Kubs shouldn't be "awkward and unsociable" and insisting that they should be scary and nasty. Because of this, he appears quite nonchalant whenever his siblings include him in their arguments. He doesn't even seem to care about his sibling dying as he didn't care much about Monokid when Monodam killed him during the first execution, and just seemed glad that things had finally got interesting. However, he was also scared of Monodam because he killed one of the Monokubs and tried to warn his other siblings to watch out for him, though mainly appearing concerned for himself.
As a rather notable trait, Monosuke also seems to have great interest in money, success and becoming popular, as he occasionally comes up with new business ideas, like selling Monokuma Files for funerals or having merchandise of the Exisals, in hopes of becoming rich. While generally appearing smarter than the other Kubs, he might show-off (as his siblings put it) and accidentally slip out. He is also known to be very impatient whenever he feels cranky, which is notably seen when he announces both day and nighttime at the same time even though the day had just begun.
He also acts flirtatious at times, as shown when he acts charming to Monophanie during the 1st chapter, offering to join her for a drink and leave after her "shift" ends, causing Monophanie to blush and giggle.
After he was rebuilt and brought back by Monokuma, Monosuke and the other Kubs were under a threat of being exploded if they didn't make good arguments, which made Monosuke panic quite a lot especially since the Kubs didn't have any memories nor knowledge of what had happened. In a desperate attempt to defend Tsumugi Shirogane and not get destroyed, Monosuke even abandoned his own ideologies and tried to act cheerful and encourage everyone to smile, get along and be happy. However, this turned out to be a wrong move, as he was almost immediately destroyed by Monokuma.
Controlling the Exisals
Monosuke, along with the other Monokubs, are the only ones who can control the Exisals.
Monosuke can control the Exisals on his command to manipulate the students into doing something since the Exisals carry dangerous weapons such as a saw and a gun. He also uses the Exisals to punish any students who break the school's rules. The specific reason he was brought back was because of him and his siblings being the only ones with the ability to control the Exisals. Monosuke's ability to use the Exisals was demonstrated more clearly in Chapter 6 when he and K1-B0 were having an intense fight.
Fixing and Rebuilding
Monosuke and his siblings seem to be able to repair and fix machines as they were the ones responsible to fix K1-B0's antenna to get a signal from the audience from the outside world and are also able to remove gear and heavy weapons around him.
Monokuma is the self-proclaimed father of Monosuke, Monotaro, Monokid, Monodam and Monophanie.
He calls them his "adorable children" and seems even disturbingly attracted to them because they look like him and he loves his own looks. He is mostly annoyed and neglectful towards the Monokubs, even stating in the prologue that he tolerates them only because they're so cute.
Monosuke tends to call his father "pops". When Monokuma was assumed dead, Monosuke didn't seem to care much and was seemingly more interested in the fact that the Monokubs were now the new headmasters. After Monokuma turned out to be alive, possessing many copies of himself, Monosuke seemed more intrigued by the idea that somewhere in the school there is a machine that makes copies of him.
Monosuke sometimes speaks rudely back at Monokuma and even calls him useless at one point. However, Monokuma just finds this cute and forcibly tries to lick him affectionately, which is disliked by Monosuke.
Monosuke seems to find Monodam a bit boring due to his silence and wishes he would talk more for the sake of entertainment.
After Monodam murdered Monokid, Monosuke finds the turn of events very interesting, but also becomes suspicious of Monodam and keeps reminding the other cubs of what he did.
During the second trial, Monodam repeatedly defends an agitated Monosuke after his slip-up provides the students critical information. However, Monosuke does not appreciate this and keeps his belief that the Monokubs should be hostile towards each other, causing Monodam to murder him during Kirumi's execution.
While the brothers, in general, seem more considerate towards their only sister, Monosuke dislikes Monophanie's attempts to be nice and make peace, as he believes that as the Monokubs they should fight each other.
However, during one scene, Monosuke acts charming towards her and offers to buy her a drink, making her blush and giggle in gaiety. When Monophanie threw up over the thought of blood and gore in the Prologue, Monosuke acted somewhat blank and uninterested, expecting that to happen.
Monosuke is sometimes annoyed by Monokid due to his noisy personality and tendency to mess up words but often tries to correct him anyway.
After Monokid died, Monosuke didn't really care much, founding the new development quite interesting and assuming that Monodam simply killed Monokid because he had bullied him. While he doesn't care about Monokid, Monosuke keeps bringing up his death as a warning for the other Kubs, and he appears afraid of suffering the same fate.
Monosuke has some general respect for Monotaro, but acknowledges that he isn't very smart nor competent as a leader.
It's revealed that during the second trial, Keebo noticed what Monosuke said about "last time" that they were asked about standing on the pool's windowsill at night, hinting that the culprit was the one who asked him in order to secretly confirm the details of their murder plan. In which this happens to be true, and that person who asked Monosuke and killed Ryoma was Kirumi Tojo.
Both share the same execution as Monodam shoves Monosuke right under Kirumi's plummeting body, causing both of them to die instantly from the gruesome impact.
List of Appearances
- Despite being a robot, Monosuke appears to have a very poor eyesight without his glasses.
- Monosuke's official profile description on the English website was mistranslated. The original profile didn't mention that he had no patience for Monokid's foul language, it said his language was as foul as Monokid's.
- Monosuke's English voice actor, Brian Beacock, also voiced Monokuma in Danganronpa games.
- In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Monosuke the 5th most popular Danganronpa V3 Monokuma Unit.