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Gonta not good at tough subjects...but Gonta will work hard for everyone's sake!

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo)

Gonta Gokuhara (獄原 ゴン太 Gokuhara Gonta) is a character featured in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony and a participant of the Killing Game Semester.

As a young child, he became lost in the woods, where he was raised by a pack of wolves. There, he learned how to communicate with animals and bugs, which later earned him the title of the Ultimate Entomologist[1] (超高校級の「昆虫博士」chō kōkō kyū no “konchū hakase” lit. Super High School Level Entomologist).

History

Early Life

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Before Joining Danganronpa
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Gonta Gokuhara is a normal talentless high school boy who participated in the 53rd Season of Danganronpa, a famous worldwide reality show made by Team Danganronpa.

Gonta and the other talentless fifteen students undergo the fabrication process, where all of their past memory and personality were heavily fabricated. He also received the talent and title of Ultimate Entomologist. All of this were done for the sake of satisfying Danganronpa's audience from all around the world. After the fabrication process done, Gonta and the others entered the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles as a whole different person, officially commencing the 53rd killing game season known as the Killing Game Semester.

Students of Fabrication

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.

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. He used to play more with insects than people since childhood because the other kids were too intimidated by his appearance.

As a child, Gonta got lost in the woods while searching for insects. Thanks to being raised by a family of dinasourmen, he survived and 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 the tell about their existence to humanity, so Gonta promised he wouldn't and began lying about being raised by wolves.

After 10 years, he was finally returned safely to his original family and he earned his Ultimate.[4] 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. 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 true 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 fabricated by Team Danganronpa.

The Gopher Plan

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Part of the fake backstories created for Gonta and the other fifteen students was the Gopher Plan, which supposedly happened before the killing game started. It was initiated by the government after countless meteorites crashed into Earth. To try and preserve the last vestiges of mankind before the Earth's destruction, the government decided to select a number of excellent human beings, put them in a spaceship, and have them escape.

Gonta and fifteen other high school students were chosen to participate. Not wanting to abandon their loved ones, they attempted to escape from the plan.

Around that time, an extremist cult came into power. They believed that the meteor crashes were a punishment humanity brought upon itself, and having heard of the Gopher Plan, they tried to stop it. As a result, the “Ultimate Hunt” started and spread throughout the world, and the sixteen students were hunted down.

The Gopher Plan Fake Deaths

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 Gopher Plan was then put into action while the Earth was being destroyed. Gonta and the others went to the space in a massive colony spaceship, the true form of Ultimate Academy of Gifted Juveniles.

Kokichi Oma who declared himself as a member of Junko Enoshima's Remnants of Despair said that he is the mastermind behind the Killing Game who let Monokuma entered the spaceship, effectively forcing Gonta and the others to participate in the Killing Game.

It should be noted that Gonta has no complete recollection of the event, as he was executed before he actually received a complete memory about The Gopher Plan by the Flashback Light in Chapter 5.


Killing Game Semester

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Gonta lifted the cover

After Monokuma officially started the Killing Game, Gonta reported to everyone that he found a manhole on the building behind the school's building that might lead to an escape. Once everyone arrived there, Gonta voluntarily and easily picked up the heavy manhole, which impress everyone.

After Monokuma presented the time limit motive, Gonta grouped up with Kaito Momota, Maki Harukawa, Angie Yonaga, Tenko Chabashira, Himiko Yumeno, and Rantaro Amami, and later headed down into the basement's game room. Gonta would lock himself in the AV room to watch a movie about insects, exciting himself enough to be ready to fight Monokuma before the time limit had ended. After the body discovery announcement had played, Gonta would rush into the library along with Angie, Maki, and Himiko, being the second group to discover Rantaro's corpse.

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 fine one, showing his lack of common knowledge. Kaede Akamatsu 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 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, 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 where-as 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 Saihara, 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.

Protect Akamatsu

When Monokuma and the Monokuma Kubs were quick to execute her, Gonta along with Kaito and Tenko rushed to her defense despite facing an Exisal, resolving to put their lives on the line if Kaede was willing to do the same for them. Kaede told them to stop however, telling them that she was ready to die, much to their dismay.

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.

Insect Appreciation Club

Gonta is used as a part of Kokichi Oma's plan to make everyone watch all the motive videos. Kokichi deceives Gonta by saying everyone hates bugs and proposes a plan. Gonta then proceeds to try to kidnap everyone, failing to catch only Maki Harukawa, Kirumi Tojo, Ryoma Hoshi, Kaito Momota and Miu Iruma.

Gonta then proceeds to release his newborn insects on his kidnapped victims in order to "make everyone warm up to the bugs". Ki-Bo then proves Gonta was being deceived with his audio recording, leading Gonta order all the insects to flock on Kokichi while the other students make their escape with the Monokubpads.

Gonta encountered a nude Iruma

During the second trial, it was revealed that Miu had stripped to her underwear in an attempt to unnerve Gonta. Kokichi Oma had noticed Miu and described it as her having an "erotic time". Miu proudly proclaimed her reasoning and told Gonta that he should be glad he got to see her beautiful body, though it is clear that at the time, she was just as embarrassed as he was.

The Student Council

Gonta joins the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles Student Council after being converted by Angie Yonaga describing God as a gentle grandmother.

New World Program

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When the cast enters the New World Program, Gonta's avatar glitches due to having the input cords switched by his mistake. Inside the virtual world, Kokichi leads Gonta to the Flashback Light they were searching for, causing Gonta to see the truth of the outside world. In his state of despair, Kokichi convinces Gonta that being dead without knowing anything is the best option for everyone and offers him a plan to kill Miu now and then kill everyone else with the Class Trial. Following his instructions, Gonta strangle Miu with toilet paper and drops her dead avatar into the other side of the looping world.

After leaving the Program, Gonta has no memory of what happened inside it due to his glitch. His statements during the trial are all easily shrugged off due to him not understanding anything, until Kokichi proves Gonta is the only possible suspect by the method of elimination. Gonta still can't remember his crime but accepts the results of the investigation.

Gonta's Fate

Monokuma programs a Gonta Alter-Ego containing Gonta's virtual memories to explain his motives. 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 cries before he was dragged into his execution and bide his dear friends farewell by saying "I love you" to everyone.

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Danganronpa V3's Chapter 4 Execution



Creation and Development

Name


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". 

Alternate Fates


Appearance

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Gonta is a very tall and muscular teen. He has a noticeably angular face and long, messy brown hair. He has red eyes and wears round glasses.

Gonta wears a brown suit and matching brown pants, green tie, and no shoes. He carries a bug terrarium strapped around his body, the strap matching the color of his tie.

As his appearance suggests, he has superhuman strength, but he claims that he's never killed a bug. His angry face is also especially fierce, supposedly due to his upbringing in the wild.

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In the prologue, he wears the uniform of his original high school. He also wears shoes, which is something he normally doesn't like to do. He awkwardly fitted his well-trained body into the uniform, but his manliness originating from the wealthy family overwhelms the people who look at him. His gakuran's color is uncommon persimmon indigo (dark slate blue), which somehow seems to look noble.[5]
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Personality

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. 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. 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.[6]

In order to repay his woodland family, he aims to become a true gentleman. He 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, but he tries very hard. He sometimes fears he might never become a gentleman.

Because he spent his childhood in the forest, he is lacking general cultural knowledge, and so he often has trouble speaking with the other students. This is made worse by his intimidating appearance. Because of his appearance, he doesn't like to start conversations, and as a result, when someone approaches him, he would like to say "thank you" as in "thank you for talking to me".

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Gonta 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 Akamatsu from being dragged into her execution and he tried to be a substitute for the executed one, Kirumi Tojo.

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 Angie's god as a gentle grandmother type.

In Chapter 4, while being an avatar in the New World Program created by Miu Iruma, Gonta's idea of protecting his friends becomes corrupted. He doesn't want anyone to know the horrifying truth in the outside world and in order to hide that truth from everyone, he followed Kokichi's order to protect him from Miu who was planning to kill him. Even though the glitched AI and Gonta have different viewpoints towards murder, they both have the same goal of protecting their beloved friends. In his final scene, he bid his friends a farewell and said "I love you," to them 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.

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Talent and Abilities

Ultimate Entomologist

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Gonta's talent as the Ultimate Entomologist is a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa. Due to that fact, it is unclear whether Gonta is an entomologist in the past.
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Gonta has been interested in insects since childhood. Because he was raised by animals in the forest, he can speak with them.

In other languages

Gonta's talent as it appears in official translations of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

en-USUltimate Entomologist
Title English Translation
日本語超高校級の「昆虫博士」 Super High School Level Entomologist
FrançaisEntomologiste Ultime[7] Ultimate Entomologist
‪中文(台灣)‬超高中級的昆蟲博士[8] Super High School Level Doctor of Entomology
中文超高中级的昆虫博士[8] Super High School Level Doctor of Entomology

Superhuman Strength

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.

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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 Amami by throwing a shot accurately from the AV Room to the library where Rantaro was located.
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Relationships

Family:

Human family

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 wants his real family to acknowledge his other family, so he strived to become a true gentleman to prove his point that his wild family didn't ruin his elegance.

Forest family

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 wolves 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.

Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles:

Kokichi Oma

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Kokichi considers 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.

In Chapter 2, Kokichi tricks Gonta to work for him by pretending to be a fellow bug lover. In order to get everyone's monopad, 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 manipulated Gonta into killing Miu for him. He claimed that he didn't care about Gonta, though this could have been a lie, as he appeared genuinely saddened and cried in guilt before Gonta was executed.

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Tenko Chabashira

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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.

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Kaito Momota

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Kaito was highly trusting of Gonta and cared for him, They even attempted to fight against the Exisals along with Tenko Chabashira. When Gonta was being accused of killing Miu, Kaito refused to listen to Shuichi and didn't voted Gonta as a culprit, blaming Kokichi instead.
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Kirumi Tojo

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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 Chapter 2 after Kirumi was voted guilty, Gonta asked Monokuma so he substitute her with him instead to be executed, as he thought that it will be a great loss for Japan to lose a such important figure as the Prime Minister Kirumi.

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Quotes

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version) (English)

Introduction:

  • "Oh! Sorry for scaring! Gonta scary-looking. Most people not wanna talk to Gonta when meeting for first time. So, like gentleman, Gonta say thank you! Thank you for talking to Gonta!" (meeting Kaede Akamatsu and Makoto Naegi)
  • "Oh... right! Gonta need to make introduction! Ummm... Gonta's name is Gonta Gokuhara. Gonta's talent is Ultimate Entomologist. Gonta want to become gentleman! Becoming true gentleman Gonta's goal!" (introducing himself to Kaede and Makoto)
  • "No, is okay. Gonta used to it. Gonta called scary since he was a kid." (to Kaede)
  • "That good. No bad person likes bugs." (to Kaede)

Class Trial:

  • "Gonta could maybe use fists as weapons...but then, Gonta would be no gentleman!"
  • "Gonta not good at tough subjects...but Gonta will work hard for everyone's sake!" (After being encouraged during the Class Trial)

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (English)

Character Trailer:

  • "Gonta wanna help everyone. Gentleman never back down, and neither will Gonta!"
  • "Gonta telling truth! Gentlemen never tell lies!"

Prologue:

  • "Cuz of forest family, Gonta learn to speak bug and animal. As thanks Gonta wanna show forest family what great gentleman Gonta is!"
  • "This place strange, huh? Lots of plants, but no bugs."

Chapter 1:

  • "Um...Maybe it not matter much, but...Gonta find manhole earlier. In grass, behind school building."
  • "Gonta peek in. See, big, underground passage. Think maybe it exit...Sorry. Is probably not so simple."
  • "Gontapeekin! Seebigundergroundpassage! Thinkmaybeitexit!"
  • "Gonta lift cover before to peek inside. Should be able to pick up cover too."
  • "Gonta gonna escape. Become friends with everyone. Gentlemen...never give up!"
  • Gonta worry about manhole...Think it okay with cover gone? What if someone fall in? Get hurt real bad? Gonta gentleman. Gentlemen no can ignore that...But Kirumi tell Gonta, leave cover off...Gonta not know what to do."
  • "Everyone, what wrong? Why everyone scatter?"

List of Appearances

Trivia

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*In his love hotel 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 into the bed and Gonta blames himself for not being a gentleman and scaring his partner. However, he is forgiven and they continue practicing.
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  • "[11] According to Kazutaka Kodaka, Gonta is one of the series' characters with the strongest resistance towards the heat.[12] This is most likely due to his background.

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