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Monotaro (モノタロウ Monotarō) is one of the antagonists featured in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.
He is part of a group called the Monokuma Kubs (Monokubs) and also its leader. He is the brother of Monosuke, Monokid, Monophanie and Monodam. The group assists their father, Monokuma, during the Killing School Semester and they patrol inside the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles.
CreationTeam Danganronpa, a group of people who created the famous reality show called Danganronpa, a series which tells the story of Killing Games. Monotaro 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.
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 robotical body that has a shape similar to bear. Although this seems strange to the students and raises many questions, Monokid 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 his 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
After the students finished introducing themselves to each other, Monotaro and the Monokubs made an announcement to meet later in the gym again to tell them about the Killing School Semester, Monotaro and his siblings work alongside their father, Monokuma, to control the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles' killing game.
Afterwards, the Monokubs retreat and reappear when Monokuma made his debut, explaining the rules of their new lives in the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles Killing Game.
Monotaro along with his siblings were shown in the monitors of the Academy to announce the day time and nighttime and other events about the killing game.
When Kaito Momota was about to attack Monokuma, the Monokubs appeared to punish him, that was until they accidentally squished Monokuma with the Exisals, which resulting in his explosion. Monotaro was the first one who began to cry for his father, later followed by his siblings, thinking he is truly gone. The Monokubs then left to commemorate their father's demise.
Later Monokuma reappeared the next day and made the Monokubs happy to see that their father is 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.
Monotaro was mentioned that gen along with Joan siblings preparing a special meal 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.
Monotaro and the others appear again during the first Class Trial, in which when Kaede Akamatsu is voted as the culprit, some of her friends try to stop her from being executed, but nevertheless, the Monokubs threaten them with their Exisals so that they couldn't intervene with Kaede's execution.
During her execution, Monotaro along with the other Monokubs helped Monokuma to orchestrate the execution by pulling the rope tied to Kaede's neck until she died from Asphyxia. At the end of the execution, Monodam killed Monokid by pushing him inside the slam-shutting piano's cover spikes.
Monotaro, Monophanie, and Monosuke are all shocked and confused as to why Monokid was executed as well where-as Monokuma simply brushes it off and stated that he at least has four more kids. After Monokuma left, the remaining Monokubs questioned Monodam, but he simply states that it was "For their own good" before leaving as well.
Monotaro and Monophanie were both still bewildered, but Monosuke didn't think much of it and simply states that Monodam killed Monokid because he was bullying him. After this, the remaining Monokuma Kubs left the Class Trial room as well.
After the end of the chapter, the Monokubs presented to the students their prizes for completing and surviving the Class Trial.
At some point, Monodam turns against Monokuma, accusing him of treating his children like slaves. Since the Monokubs have Exisals on their side, Monokuma is forced to surrender. Monokuma seems to be happy about the Monokubs. He then decides to take a vacation and leave the Academy to his children.
In Chapter 3, Monotaro and Monophanie presented a new Motive to the students before Monokuma went on his vacation from the Ultimate Academy. Where they told the students that they could resurrect one of their dead classmates as a "transferred student" and participate in the Killing School Semester once again.
Monotaro once again appears in the computer room along with Monophanie and Monodam where they presented to Shuichi the new computer that could create a completely "new world" with this technology. The Monokubs also gave Shuichi a Flashback Light with a new memory.
Monotaro was usually beaten up by Monodam as a punishment for not getting along with the others.
Monotaro and the other Monokubs appeared in the cafeteria with the students to give them a Flashback Light to prepare their no plan. However, Angie grabbed the Flashback Light and destroyed it right in front of the Monokubs. The Monokubs were shocked because their plan failed since Angie net far to break a Flashback Light. Monotaro began to question Monodam about the situation, but doesn't have anything to say and left the cafeteria. All confused, Monotaro didn't know what to do and left as well along with Monophanie.
Monotaro later appeared when Angie's body wasn't found in her Research Lab. There, Monotaro and the other Monokubs gave to the students the Monokuma File. Later during the investigation when Tenko's body was found the Monokubs where shocked to see two murders during the investigation for the Class Trial. Since the Monokubs didn't know what to do in that situation, they called their father for help. After their father, Monokuma appeared he began no ton lick them for their cuteness. Monokuma explained how this situation worked and later left the crime scene leaving the
After the investigation, all of the three Monokubs were present on the Class trial with their father. During the end of Chapter 3, Monotaro and Monophanie assisted his father, Monokuma to execute Korekiyo Shinguji. During the execution, Monodam committed suicide by rushing past Monotaro and Monophanie and into the flame that was boiling Korekiyo alive, causing it to burn even more.
Monotaro began to forget a lot of things during chapter 3 and was confused about a lot of his identity and other things, even forgetting who Monodam is.
Monotaro had a major memory loss where he became more and more confused about his identity. He came to believe that he was the drunken husband on Monophanie and thinking that Miu Iruma and K1-B0 were his parents, a role that Miu happily took up while K1-B0 didn't. Monotaro then began to act romantic towards Monophanie, saying he had never thought of her that way before. However, the next morning, Monotaro is seen acting completely different, kicking crying Monophanie and demanding her to give him money like an abusive husband, seemingly due to his memory issues. Because of this, Monophanie hides, causing Monotaro to panic since he can't remember anything. However, Monophanie feels bad for him and later takes him back, and he apologizes as the two of them cry. The announcement then ends with "the end", as if it were all theater.
The remaining Monokubs later appear when Miu was found dead. Monotaro was very upset to see her adoptive "mother" was murdered, Monotaro ended up assisting the students in solving the murder to avenge his dead mother by hacking into the Neo World Program via the main computer inside the Computer Room.
In Chapter 4's trial, Monophanie began to have stomach pains. Monotaro thought they were going to have a baby. Monotaro and Monophanie were involved in Gonta Gokuhara's execution. Monophanie was unknowingly carrying a robotic growing wasp inside her belly, and later she was killed after she gave "birth" to the insect when it exploded through her stomach and then proceeded to slice Monotaro in half. This was all a ploy by Monokuma as the cubs were boring him and that “Bad things always happen to children whose parents don’t care about them.”
In Chapter 5, Monokuma is seen crying for his deceased children as all of them are dead.
Monotaro was mentioned when Monokuma first showed the students where the Monokubs store the Exisals Units. Since Monotaro 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
Once all of the Monokuma Kubs got destroyed Monokuma started to mourn for his children because of how they got destroyed. Monotaro and his brother 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. Monokuma stated that the factory that built the Monokubs were still in function and brought the latest models of them. Monokuma specially brought them back to have power from the Exisals since Monokuma can't control them, but Monotaro and his siblings can. Monotaro and the other Monokubs don't know what has happened around in the killing game and are confused in a way.
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. While all the Monokubs where inside the Academy with The Exisals searching for the students, Monotaro was the Monokub in charge of fighting K1-B0 as he both of them were seen fighting outside of turn Academy and inside the library after the students discovered about Motherkuma and the mastermind's motive. When Shuichi discovered the truth, Shuichi asked Monokuma, his children, and K1-B0 to stop fighting and asked Monokuma to do one final Class Trial. Monokuma ordered his Monokubs to take care of K1-B0 as he needed to be fixed and remove his weapons around him.
Monotaro and his siblings were once again present in the final Class Trial. However, Monokuma manipulated the Monokubs to participate as they were necessary to, if they didn't they will get destroyed one by one before everyone dies at the end. The Monokubs are much more invested in the discussion this time than how he was in any prior trial, actively trying to refute evidence that the survivors presented. Monotaro was the last one along with Monophanie to explode among the other Monokubs.
Creation and Development
Monotaro was the first Monokub who was introduced during the development and the second character whose name was revealed of the Danganronpa V3 cast. He was revealed to be the leader of the Children of Monokuma, the Monokubs (Monokumāzu in the original Japanese).
Monotaro's name is based on Momotarō (桃太郎 lit. Clam Peach Boy), the hero of a popular Japanese folktale. Much like Momotaro, Monotaro is the leader of his own group. The Japanese name Tarō literally means "eldest son". Fittingly, Monotaro is the leader of the siblings.
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, Monotaro and his siblings are headmasters of a Hope's Peak Academy like school.
Monotaro's appearance is similar to that of his father, Monokuma, but the part that is black on Monokuma is red on him. Likewise, his left eye is black, contrasting Monokuma's. Occasionally, a small red glow appears on the eye. He also has bright pink cheeks.
He also possesses a long gray scarf with a silver star pinned to it and a yellow pacifier.
He owns multiple throwing stars of different shapes.
Monotaro is the leader figure of the Monokubs, a group of child-like robots. As a leader, he tries to unite the group members' discordant voices into one. However, being a scatterbrain, he gets sidetracked a lot and often struggles to keep his rambunctious siblings focused on the task at hand. He is also mentioned to have a clumsy side, giving him a childlike charm  and he often acts the most child-like and "pure" out of the siblings. Despite not being a very competent leader nor the smartest, his siblings consider him a reliable figure.
Compared to Monokid and Monosuke, Monotaro is relatively mild-mannered and less openly hostile towards the students, though like all the Kubs he calls the students "you bastards" seemingly as an attempt to imitate his father. He also seems considerate of Monophanie and overall appreciates all the members of the group. Nevertheless, he is evil, just like all the siblings. He occasionally bullies his siblings and fights with them, just like all the Monokubs do. When his father supposedly died, he grieved and cried, but also disturbingly suggested that they should cook his remains. When his siblings get executed, he does not show that great concern, by the opinion that it is a game.
While Monotaro has always been a bit forgetful, his memory issues become notable in Chapter 3 and turn even worse in Chapter 4. He forgets who Monophanie is and forgets even who he is, being unable to do his usual job without Monophanie's guidance. He is often confused about where he is and what is happening. Because of this, he makes amusing assumptions, like K1-B0 and Miu being his parents. He also begins to think that Monophanie is his wife and acts very romantic towards her. However, because of his memory issues, he is also seen to act abusive and aggressive towards her.
After Miu was murdered, Monotaro mourned her death deeply and even became an ally for the other students in order to avenge her death. After he regained his memories thanks to Monophanie, he once again turned evil and remembered he was on his father's side, which made some of the students sad because they had begun to consider him their friend.
Monotaro seems to have becomes much more aggressive after he was revived as he was the one in charge of being the one to destroy K1-B0 from destroying the Academy.
Controlling the Exisals
Monotaro, along with the other Monokubs, are the only ones who can control the Exisals.
Monotaro 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.
In Chapter 3, Monotaro and the other remaining siblings even forced Monokuma to surrender and give them the power to control the Academy, as Monokuma couldn't stop them because they were using the deadly Exisals.
One of the reasons he was broke back was especially because of him and his siblings being the only ones with the ability to control the Exisals. Monotaro's ability of use the Exisals was demonstrated more clearly in Chapter 6 when he and K1-B0 were having an intense fight.
Fixing and rebuilding
Monotaro 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 Monotaro, Monokid, Monosuke, 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 Kubs, physically abusing them whenever they annoy him, and even stating that he tolerates them only because they're so cute.
In general, Monotaro admires Monokuma and tends to call him "father". After Monophanie, he loves their father the most, though even he isn't very fond of Monokuma's licks. When Monokuma was assumed dead, Monotaro grieved and cried, but he also disturbingly suggested that the Kubs should cook his remains. He is shocked to find out that Monokuma still exists and has many copies of himself.
In Chapter 3, Monotaro turns against his father because Monodam forced him to work with him. However, when the Kubs need his help later, Monotaro cries and begs for Monokuma to come back to them, telling him that he loves him with all his heart. Monokuma then returns, making Monotaro and Monophanie very happy.
In Chapter 4, Monokuma decides to kill both Monotaro and Monophanie during Gonta's execution, giving a petty excuse that they had been ignoring him.
Monotaro and the other Monokuma Kubs are all brothers along with Monophanie as their only sister, and he is the leader of all of them. Despite being the most foolish and infantile of all the brothers, Monotaro maintains his character as the leader and appreciates all the members of the group, but when they begin to get executed he does not show great concern by the fact that it was a game.
Monotaro seems to respect his sister more than any of the other Monokuma Kubs and seems the most caring towards her. Monophanie also seems to like Monotaro the most, as he's the responsible type. Nevertheless, they do bully each other and fight occasionally in the typical Monokub fashion, and Monotaro claims he mocks Monophanie whenever she isn't looking.
During Chapter 3, Monotaro and Monophanie are usually seen fighting with each other and verbally talking to each other. However, they tone it down and claim they're just "getting along" in order to avoid Monodam's punishment.
In Chapter 4, Monotaro's memory turned worse and he forgot his own identity as well as who Monophanie was. He then began to act romantic towards Monophanie, saying he had never thought of her that way before. Though Monophanie tried to remind him they are family, she didn't really care and they then began a strong romance. However, the next morning, Monotaro is seen acting completely different, kicking crying Monophanie and demanding her to give him money like an abusive husband, seemingly due to his memory issues. Because of this, Monophanie hides, causing Monotaro to panic since he can't remember anything. However, Monophanie feels bad for him and later takes him back, and he apologizes as the two of them cry. The announcement then ends with "the end", as if it were all theater.
Later, when Miu's corpse was found, Monophanie tried to cheer up his crying "husband". However, the two argue again, as Monotaro is convinced Miu was his mother and wishes to help the students in order to avenge her. Monophanie jealous, runs away crying because Monotaro doesn't love him anymore. In the start of the fourth Trial Monophanie was able to get his memories back and was very happy. Later, right before Gonta's execution, Monophanie begins to feel pain in her stomach and the two assume that she's having a baby. However, this turns out to be part of the execution, as a giant insect bursts out of Monophanie like in a horror movie and kills both of the Monokubs.
Monotaro seems a little upset and surprised that Monodam refuses to speak even to him, seemingly not considering him a close friend.
Later, Monodam forcefully takes Monokuma's place and forces Monotaro and Monophanie into submission, threatening them with violence if they refuse while claiming it's all for the sake of them getting along. Because of this, the two other Kubs are afraid of Monodam. However, Monotaro later speaks back to Monodam, telling him that he doesn't understand "the power of love" because he has never been loved when they try to get their father back.
Monotaro is later seen ignoring Monodam multiple times, though this is possibly due to his memory issues. Due to his memory problems, Monotaro immediately forgets who Monodam was after he died.
Monokid seems to have some respect for Monotaro, finding him smart and dependable. However, due to his short temper, he can easily turn hostile towards him.
Monosuke has some general respect for Monotaro, but acknowledges that he isn't very smart nor competent as a leader.
Monotaro and the Monokubs are all under the control of the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles' students and host the Killing School Semester along with his father.
The Monokubs usually call the students' "bastards" to imitate his father, as he always calls the students by using that. The Monokubs also always give to the students the awards after completing the Class Trial by making it out alive.
In Chapter 4, when Monotaro suffered from severe memory issues, he somehow became friends with the remaining students as he was helpful to them and considered him a very nice person. When Miu's body was found he even helped the students by investigating and supporting them to get revenge on her dead mother.
After the investigation, Monophanie managed to recover Monotaro's original memories and regained his original memories once again. The students were kinda sad as he wasn't a friend anymore. The students tried to somehow befriends him but it was not possible.
After the end of the fourth chapter, the students were shocked that Monokuma killed his own Monokubs.
Later when Monokuma rebuilt them, the Monokubs started to be much more aggressive towards the students as now they were under his control. In the final trial, the Monokubs even began to be aggressive towards the students.
Himiko could note that he was being bullied as Monotaro was acting weird to the students after Monokid died.
In Chapter 4, when Monotaro suffered from severe memory issues, he somehow became friends with the remaining students as he was helpful to them and considered him a very nice person. When Monotaro believed K1-B0 was his father and the robot declined, Himiko accused K1-B0 of mean behavior and told him he should at least play along for now.
During Chapter 4, Monotaro suffered from severe memory issues and believed that Miu was his mother. Miu really liked the idea of being a "mommy" and accepted him right away, while K1-B0 strongly denied that he's Monotaro's father. Monotaro seemed to love his adoptive mother and supported her more than anyone else. When she died Monotaro cried for his mother and helped the students in order to get revenge on the guilty murderer.
At first, when they meet, K1-B0 saw Monotaro as someone like him being a rare Artificial intelligence. However, he was offended if he was directly compared to such "toys".
During Chapter 4, Monotaro suffered from severe memory issues, forgetting who his real father is and assuming that K1-B0 was his father, which he strongly denied. This made Monotaro upset, which caused Himiko to blame K1-B0 for mean behavior and told him he should at least play along for now. K1-B0 answered that he cannot play along since Monotaro isn't even his child. Monotaro then believed that Miu is his mother and she accepted him right away.
When Monotaro and Monophanie died, K1-B0 was shocked and even blamed Monokuma for letting his children die in the execution.
In Chapter 6, Monotaro and his brothers were ordered by his father, Monokuma to destroy K1-B0 from destroying the academy. Monotaro was in charge of fighting him as the other Monokubs wondered inside the Academy to search the students. Both of them are seen to have an intense fight during the investigation of the other survivors.
List of Appearances
- Monotaro was the first member of Monokuma Kubs to be revealed during the development.
- In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Monotaro the 2nd most popular Danganronpa V3 Monokuma Unit.
- Monotaro's English voice actor Sean Chiplock is also the voice of Kiyotaka Ishimaru in the English version of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.