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Cuz S-T-F-U, that's why! [...] It means it'll "Stir The Fun Up!" Get it?

–Monotaro, New Danganronpa V3 - Trial Version


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 and also its leader. He is the brother of Monosuke, Monokid, Monophanie and Monodam. The group assists their father, Monokuma, during the New Killing School Life and they patrol inside the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles.

History

Creation

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Monotaro, 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 about 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.

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Pre-New Killing School Life

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Before the 53rd Killing Game started, Monotaro and his siblings appeared to drive the talentless sixteen participants into the gym and explained that they have lost their memories of their talents and the pasts.

In actuality, the Monokubs were lying, because the students didn't have any talent at all during that time, only mere normal high school students before Team Danganronpa fabricated their pasts and gave each of them talents.

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New Killing School Life

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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 New Killing School Life, Monotaro and his siblings work alongside their father, Monokuma, to control the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles' killing game.

Afterwards, the Monokuma Kubs 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 Kubs 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 Kubs then gone to commemorate their father's demise.

Later Monokuma reappeared the next day and made the Kubs happy to see that their father is still alive.

Monotaro and the others appears again during the first Class Trial, in which when Kaede Akamatsu is voted as the culprit her companions try to protect it from his execution, but nevertheless, the Monokuma Kubs threaten them with their Exisals so that they couldn't intervene with Kaede's execution.

During her execution, Monotaro along with the other Monokuma Kubs helped Monokuma to orchestrated the execution by pulling the rope tied to Kaede's neck, until she was 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 Kubs 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.

During the end of Chapter 3, Monotaro and Monophanie assisted Monokuma to execute Korekiyo Shinguuji. 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.

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Monotaro's Confusion

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Throughout Chapter 4, Monotaro had a major memory lost 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.

Furious knowing Miu, her adoptive "mother" was murdered, Monotaro ended up assisting the students in solving the murder to avenge his dead mother by hacking into the New World Program's via the main computer inside the Computer Room.

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Monotaro's Fate

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In Chapter 4's trial, 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 where her belly was exploded, while Monotaro was sliced in half by the robotic wasp.
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The Monokubs' Return

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Monotaro and his siblings were once again present in the final Class Trial. The Monokubs 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 presented.

Despite being revived, Monokuma had a self-destruct button prepared which he promptly used to destroy the Kubs once again when they got on his nerves or did anything that can anger him. Monotaro was the last one to explode among the other Monokubs.

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Bonus Mode

In the bonus mode, Monotaro and his siblings are headmasters of a Hope's Peak Academy like school.

Creation and Development

Name


Monotaro's name is based from 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.

Alternate Fates


Appearance

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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.

Personality

Monotaro is the leader-esque figure of the Monokuma Kubs, 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.[2]

Compared to Monokid and Monosuke, Monotaro is relatively mild-mannered and less openly hostile towards the students. He also seems considerate of Monophanie and overall appreciates all the members of the group. Nevertheless, he is evil, just like all the siblings.

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When his siblings get executed, he does not show that great concern, by the opinion that it is a game.

In Chapter 4, his memory gets worse, to the point that he forgets who he is and makes amusing assumptions, like Keebo and Miu being his parents.

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Relationships

Family:

Monokuma

Monokuma is the self-proclaimed father of Monotaro, Monokid, Monosuke, Monodam and Monophanie. He calls them his "adorable children", but apparently he also has a tendency to punch them if they annoy him. Considering himself the Headmaster, Monokuma seems annoyed if his children try to steal the show.

Monokuma Kubs

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.

Monophanie

Monotaro seems to respect his sister more then any of the other Monokuma Kubs and seems the most caring towards her.

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In Chapter 4, Monotaro's memory turned worse and he believed himself to be the husband of Monophanie, and they begun a strong romance. When Miu's corpse was found, Monophanie tried to cheer up his crying "husband".

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Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles:

Miu Iruma

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When Monotaro's memory gets worse and he gets even more confused of his identity, he believed that Miu was his mother, a role she gladly accepted. When Miu's body was discovered, Monotaro cried for his mother and decided to help in the investigation in order to get revenge.

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K1-B0

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At first when they meet, Keebo saw Monotaro as someone like him being a rare Artificial intelligence.

During Chapter 4, Monotaro believed that Keebo was his father, which he refused to accept.

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Quotes

New Danganronpa V3 - Trial Version (English)

  • "We're the Monokubs! Nice to meet'cha!" (Introducing the Monokubs to the students)
  • "Cuz S-T-F-U, that's why! [...] It means it'll "Stir The Fun Up!" Get it?" (Shutting up Kaede Akamatsu during the Class Trial)

List of Appearances

Trivia

  • 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.[3]

References

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GAME CHARACTERS
Monokuma Units MonokumaMonomiShirokumaKurokumaMonokuma Kubs
Danganronpa:
Trigger Happy Havoc
Makoto NaegiAoi AsahinaAlter EgoByakuya TogamiCelestia LudenbergChihiro FujisakiGenocide JackHifumi YamadaJin KirigiriJunko EnoshimaKiyotaka IshimaruKyoko KirigiriLeon KuwataMondo OwadaMukuro IkusabaSakura OgamiSayaka MaizonoToko FukawaYasuhiro Hagakure
Danganronpa 2:
Goodbye Despair
Hajime HinataAkane OwariByakuya TogamiChiaki NanamiFour Dark Devas of DestructionFuyuhiko KuzuryuGundham TanakaHiyoko SaionjiIbuki MiodaJunko EnoshimaKazuichi SodaMahiru KoizumiMikan TsumikiMonobeastsNagito KomaedaNatsumi KuzuryuNekomaru NidaiPeko PekoyamaSatoTeruteru HanamuraSonia Nevermind
Danganronpa
Another Episode:
Ultra Despair Girls
Komaru NaegiToko FukawaJataro KemuriKotoko UtsugiMasaru DaimonMonaca TowaNagisa ShingetsuHaiji TowaHiroko HagakureHit List TargetsIzuru KamukuraThe ServantTaichi FujisakiYuta Asahina
Danganronpa V3:
Killing Harmony
Kaede AkamatsuAngie YonagaGonta GokuharaHimiko YumenoKaito MomotaK1-B0Kirumi TojoKokichi OmaKorekiyo ShingujiMaki HarukawaMiu IrumaRantaro AmamiRyoma HoshiShuichi SaiharaTenko ChabashiraTsumugi Shirogane
For minor characters, see: Minor Characters