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|“||The older sister, tough and proud—that was Mukuro. The younger sister, smart and cute—that was... Hyaaaahaha! Me! Junko fucking Enoshima! And together, we were the Despair Sisters! AKA the Ultimate Despair!||„|
|~ Junko comparing herself to her twin sister Mukuro and most famous quote.|
|“||Puhuhu... Puhuhuhu! So this is how the despair of death feels... Ahhh, it's so wonderful! Even a tenth of this despair... Even a hundredth!.. I want every last soul on this planet to taste such despair! I want the entire world to die with that despair in it's mouth! Okay, let's do this! I've reserved an extra special punishment for last! Let's give it everything we've got! It's... PUNISHMENT TIIIME! Haahahahaha!||„|
|~ Junko's last words before executing herself.|
|“||Hope is harmony. A just heart, moving toward the light. That is all. Despair is hope's polar opposite. It is messy and confusing. It swallows up love, hatred, and everything else. Because not knowing where you will end up is despair. Despair is even what you cannot predict. Only despair's unpredictability can save you from a boring future.||„|
|~ Junko Enoshima.|
Junko Enoshima (in Japanese: 江ノ島 盾子, Enoshima Junko) is the main antagonist of the Danganronpa franchise.
In the video games, she was titled Ultimate Fashionista and founder of Ultimate Despair. Junko has a hidden talent, known as Ultimate Analyst. She is the younger twin sister of Mukuro Ikusaba and had an alternate identity known as Ryōko Otonashi, which her memories were lost and counts as a different person that was not in any of the games. In both games, she controls and interfaces with the victims of the killing games through Monokuma.
Junko is voiced by Amanda C. Miller and Erin Fitzgerald in the English dubbed versions of the games. In the anime adaptations, she was voiced by Jamie Marchi in the English dubbed version, and Megumi Toyoguchi in the Japanese dubbed version for both the video games and the anime adaptations.
She is the main antagonist of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, a major antagonist in Super Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Academy and the posthumous overarching antagonist in New Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony and Danganronpa: Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls. She is also the main antagonist in the anime adaptation of Despair Arc and the posthumous overarching antagonist in the Future Arc.
Junko is a young woman who took the country by storm with her extravagant tastes and cheerful charisma. Ironically, her popularity as a fashionista was due to an air of being 'not fake'. Junko's personality and mannerisms tend to be very erratic and unstable; she claims that her high level of intelligence makes her bored of even her own personality.
Her boredom is interrelated with her fascination with despair, as she believes it is the only emotion worth having. Her motives center around causing despair either in others or herself. Due to this, Junko is willing to do anything to bring about despair.
Though she initially comes off as lacking emotion, she is in fact capable of feeling genuine love. Her alternate personality, Ryōko Otonashi, is proof of this as she was very much in love with her childhood friend, Yasuke Matsuda, who in turn cared for her, though he often hid his feelings from her. Even outside of her alternate self, Junko's love extends to her sister, Mukuro, and her fellow classmates. However, because she is heavily obsessed with despair, she uses her love as a means to fulfill her desire of falling into greater despair.
Hence, she subjects her sister to constant abuse before ultimately killing her and subjecting her classmates to the torturous experience of the Killing School Life. Ultimately, she is willing to go as far to destroy any bonds and attachments she had with others as a means to fall into despair.
In overall terms of personality, she is an incredibly unpredictable, psychotic, treacherous, and pitiless sadist by nature, and cares nothing more than to create despair and misery towards other people. She tends to unpredictably switch between different personalities, each of them more obsessed with despair than she already is.
Junko appears to be 5'7' tall, with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and pale strawberry blonde hair tied into twin tails with a white bear hair clip on right and a black bear hair clip on the left. She wears a black shirt with a white shirt underneath, a white and black tie with a no sign around her neck, red miniskirt, black boots with red laces, red nails, and a red bow hanging on the left side of her shirt.
Her teacher personality has a ponytail and glasses. The queenly personality wears a small red and gold crown on her head. The cute personality has bigger eyes and smoother pigtails. The depressed personality appears to have tears flowing from her eyes and several mushrooms on her head and her Rockstar personality has wild pigtails and her tongue sticking out.
In the Danganronpa 3 anime, she wears a bunny hair clip on the right side and wears a red and white bow on the left instead of wearing the bear hair clips.
As Ryōko Otonashi, her hair and eyes are naturally red. Her hair is very long and wears a Hope's Peak Academy uniform. She wears a open grey sweater with a white shirt with a red ribbon, and white socks with brown shoes.
Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
List of Victims
|Victims of Junko Enoshima|
Junko Enoshima has received large amounts of praise from both critics and fans alike. She quickly became one of the most popular characters in the Danganronpa franchise, spawning several memes and becoming one of the most popular characters for cosplay. In 2019, Polygon ranked her as one of the best video game characters of the 2010s decade. In the 2013 poll from Anime Trend, Junko was voted as the 9th best female character of the year based on her role in the first game's anime adaptation Danganronpa: The Animation. In a Danganronpa: The Animation poll, Junko took the ninth place. Comic Book Resources listed her as the third most intelligent character from the franchise, citing how she manipulates most of the game's characters for the sake of entertaining herself even if costs the lives of those as close to her as her own sister. Kotaku praised her characterization in Danganronpa Zero for providing her with more character depth given her receiving little of it in her appearances before then.
- Junko means "shield" coupled with "child", while Enoshima can literally mean "island of the bay", or refer to the island in the Kanagawa prefecture.
- Her Ultimate ability in the Japanese version is Gyaru; this is a Japanese way of pronouncing the English word "girl".
- Her voice and facial expressions change several times throughout the final school trial in order to represent her changing personalities. These include (but aren't limited to) her "Monokuma persona", "sickening cuteness", "severe depression", "clinical sophistication", "boisterous vulgarity", "eerie stoicism", and "haughty superiority". One of the reasons she constantly shifts from mood to mood is for the purpose of imitating other students.
- One of her poses is the same of Dio Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure; she also says his catchphrase, "Useless, useless, useless", during a Bullet Time Battle.
- At the very last part of her execution, Junko Enoshima assumes a puzzled expression as the crusher slows down and seemingly glitches. The general fan consensus is that this was purposefully done to deny her despair (although it actually was extended).
- As a prime antagonist of the series, Junko Enoshima appears in all three games (albeit only in flashbacks and as Tsumugi Shirogane's cosplay in the third one) and both novels as well as the Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy anime (including her fake identity as Ryōko Otonashi).
- It is unknown how her body managed to stay intact for Ultimate Despair to retrieve and cut up after it was crushed during her execution.
- According to Spike Chunsoft and even Junko herself, she has no real ulterior motives as to why she commits her heinous acts other than simply that she finds life to be extremely boring and that she finds despair to be absolutely enjoyable.
- Due to her incredibly fickle and constantly changing personality, Junko has no stated likes or dislikes. Unlike many other characters in the series.
- In the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition (2018), Junko was named the "Most popular game character for cosplay".
- Junko has a noticeably similar personality to her minion, Monokuma. As both enforce and generate despair and destruction onto others. But while Junko is cunning, manipulative and sadistic, Monokuma focuses more on manipulating the emotions rather than the actions of others and is highly violent.
- Junko's Birthday is December 24, the number 4 of which is considered unlucky in Japan due to its pronunciation being similar to the word “death”. This matches Junko's obsession with causing death and despair.
- In 2019, Polygon ranked Junko as one of the best video game characters of the 2010s decade
- Destructoid called Junko the best character in the entire Danganronpa franchise for how she embodies the overall themes of the franchise as a whole that are often discussed by the cats members and for how her legacy still continues in following installments in spite of her death.
- Junko was originally conceived as an early murder victim during the earliest development of the first game (with Kyoko as the Mastermind) before being made into the irredeemable and psychotic mastermind she's known as now.
- It is a Canon fact that Junko genuinely cares for her classmates and her sister, but even with this she's iredeemable due to fact she shows her love through despair.
- In 2020, Comic Book Resources ranked Junko as the anime and manga villain with the 3rd highest body count.
Mutual Killing Game Participants
Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer