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

–Gonta Gokuhara, New Danganronpa V3 - Trial Version


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

His title is 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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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.[7] 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.

During his high school days, Gonta attended Saint Mountain Academy (飯田橋工業高校).

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.

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Prior to the New Killing School Life

The Gopher Plan

Main article: 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 “Super High School Level 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 “Super High School Level 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 Remembering Light in Chapter 5.

The True Event

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In actuality, Gonta's memory about the Gopher Plan was a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa, a group of people who was responsible for Gonta and the other fifteen students kidnapping in order to make them participate in their famous reality show called Danganronpa, a series which tells the story about Killing Games. Gonta was asked to be a participant and he accepted it.

Students of Fabrication

Gonta and the other talentless fifteen students later 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 New Killing School Life.

New Killing School Life

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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.

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Insect Appreciation Club

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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.

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The Student Council

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


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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 Remembering 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.

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Gonta's Fate

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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


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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.[8]
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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.[9]

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 approachs him, he would like to say "thank you" as in "thank you for talking to me."[10]

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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.

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

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「民俗学者」 Super High School Level Entomologist
FrançaisEntomologiste Ultime[11] Ultimate Entomologist
‪中文(台灣)‬TBA TBA

Abilities

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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Heat Resistance

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.

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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From the start, Kokichi planned to use Gonta as one of his minions. In Chapter 2, in order to get everyone's MonoKubPad, Kokichi used him to kidnapped the students in his Study Center. While in Chapter 4, Kokichi could manipulate him into killing Miu for him. When Gonta was voted at the culprit, Kokichi might have voted himself guilty. He claimed that he didn't care about him, though this was likely due to his lying nature.
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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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Quotes

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

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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