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Monosuke (モノスケ Monosuke) is one of the antagonists featured in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.
He is part of a group called the Monokuma Kubs along with his siblings Monotaro, Monokid, Monodam and Monophanie that control Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles alongside their father Monokuma. He is the straight man of the group.
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.
Prior to the Killing School Semester
After the students woke up and left the classroom, the Monokubs began to drag every student to the gymnasium. After every student entered the gym, the Monokubs entered the gymnasium with their Exisals and they appeared before all the students by jumping from their Exisals, showing their robotic body that has a shape similar to bear. Although this seems strange to the students 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. Realizing that Monophanie did not fulfill her task, the Monokubs are forced to stop the beginning of the mutual killing game and wait another time, restarting everything and returning some memories to all the students.
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.
- Main article: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
During the Killing Game, Monosuke and his siblings antagonized the students alongside Monokuma, forcing them to enjoy their Killing Game life.
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 Kubs appear to make the example of what happens when they break a school rule. When Monokuma explodes and "dies", the Monokubs begin to cry for their father, thinking he is truly gone and vow to avenge his death. Later Monokuma reappeared the next day and made the Monokubs happy so see his father was still alive.
Monotaro appeared once again along with the other Monokubs when Rantaro Amami was found dead. He and the other Monokubs grabbed the cameras found at the crime scene to print the photos that were taken during the incident.
Monosuke was mentioned that gen along with his other siblings preparing a special pasta for Korekiyo, the name of the dish was "Pasta that tastes like a lonely old lady eating her grandkid's birthday cake ".
Later Monotaro and the other Monokubs announced to the students to head to the basement. After Kaede and Shuichi arrived the Monokubs showed up and gave to the students the printed pictures found at the crime scene.
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. He assisted Monokuma in executing Kaede by pulling one of the ropes that used to slowly hang Kaede.
During the execution, Monodam killed Monokid, which confused and make Monosuke, Monotaro, and Monophanie shocked. Monotaro and Monophanie are both still bewildered, but Monosuke doesn't think much of it and simply states that Monodam killed Monokid because he was bullying him. After this, the remaining Monokubs leave the participants of the Killing School Semester alone.
After the end of the chapter, the Monokubs presented to the students their prizes for completing and surviving the Class Trial.
After some time went past during the Killing Game, Monokuma decided to give a new motive to the students, Monosuke along with the other Monkubs passed to each student a Kubs Pad which contained a secret motivational video about each one of them.
Later when Ryoma Hoshi was murdered, the Monokubs assisted his father during the class trial.
After Kirumi was voted as Ryoma's killer, Monosuke got involved in her execution. Monodam pushed Monosuke, after dropping his glasses he started to the ground and made Kirumi Tojo's corpse land on him and crush him during the execution.
Afterwards, The Monokubs were once again shocked. After witnessing Monodam causing Monosuke's destruction as well, Monokuma seems visibly shaken by his actions and also explodes.
In Chapter 5, Monokuma is seen crying for his deceased children as all of them are dead.
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't use the Exisals but the Monokubs.
The Kubs Return
Once all of the Monokubs got destroyed Monokuma started to mourn for his children because of how they got destroyed. Monosuke and his siblings were rebuilt by Monokuma after Kokichi Oma's Class Trial and began to be active once again to assist his father in the Mutual Killing Game.
Monosuke and the other Monokubs were rebuilt once again by Monokuma after they all died during the executions in each chapter as each one of them died. Monokuma and the Monokubs, riding their Exisals, arrive and threaten to destroy K1-B0 for damaging the school and ending 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 investigation the real truth about the Killing Game.
Monosuke and his siblings are once again present in the final class trial, but this time he is much more vocal, and also is much more invested into the discussion this time than how he was in any prior trial, actively trying to refute evidence that the survivors.
Despite that he and his siblings were all brought back, however, Monokuma had a self-destruct button prepared which he promptly used to destroy the Monokubs once again when they got on his nerves or did anything to anger him. During the Class Trial, he gets angry, according to Monotaro and Monophanie he has awakened his "true self". He was overall the third one to explode from the Monokuma Kubs during the Final Class Trial.
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 brothers. 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 whole 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".
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 infighting among the group, believing that the Monokuma Kubs should 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.
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 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.
One of the reasons he was broke back was especially because of him and his sibilings being the only ones with the ability to control the Exisals. Monotaro'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 Monkubs, physically abusing them whenever they annoy him, and even stating 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 affectionally, 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 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 the 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.
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.
List of Appearances
- 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.
- Despite being a robot, he appears to have a very poor eyesight without his glasses.
- In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Monosuke the 5th most popular Danganronpa V3 Monokuma Unit.
- Monosuke's English voice actor, Brian Beacock, also voiced Monokuma in Danganronpa games.