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Sayaka Maizono was the first victim of the killings-games at Hope's Peak Academy in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
She is first seen when she recognizes Naegi out of the crowd of students, revealing that Naegi and her went to the same middle-school together prior to their reunion at Hope's Peak. Shortly afterward, Monokuma announces that everyone will be forced to killed each other in what is known as the Killing Game.
Later on, Maizono is found suspiciously sitting next to Naegi's bed when he wakes (much to his surprise), and they both agree to head over to the cafeteria where the other students are having a conference meeting in regards to the Killing Game. It is at this time that Monokuma comes up with the idea that the students aren't being pressured enough to participate in the killing game, so he begins instilling motives to give people a reason to want to kill and escape the school.
As part of the first motive, Monokuma shows everyone their loved ones in dangerous situations, for Maizono, it was her fellow bandmates lives on the line. With this in mind, she later asks Naegi to switch rooms with her for the night. Once he is asleep, she switches the nameplates and leaves a note to Leon Kuwata to come to "her" room. When he arrives, she ambushes him but Leon overpowers her using the sword in Naegi's room to defend himself. In her final moments, she writes 11037 with her blood before passing from this world..
Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High
She makes a brief appearance as Naegi's Despair induced vision. In this she is telling Naegi that her death is his fault and that he should kill himself.
- Even though Leon ended up killing Maizono only to protect himself, he is unfortunately executed for it regardless.
- She is the first and only villain in Danganronpa who failed to kill anyone.
- She was in love with one of her band members.