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Villain Overview

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.

Roles

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.

Personality

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.

Appearance

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.

Quotes

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School

A wind blew past... It was the moment that the two, who would plunge Hope's Peak High School, and ultimately the world, into the depths of despair, first came to the school!
~ Junko marvelling about her plan to dye the world with despair.
See? Despair is an unknown. Because of my super analytic ability, I was thoroughly bored with this world. The "hope" everyone longs for is just a preexisting harmony. But despair was the one thing that was different. The heart-racing excitement of messy despair has a taste like you've never known!
~ Junko trying to lure Izuru Kamukura to her side.
Okay! To celebrate your touching reunion, let's all watch Mitarai's anime! We're going to reclaim our lost youths!
~ Junko convincing Mikan Tsumiki to watch Ryota Mitarai's brainwashing anime.
Well? Did that excite you? Then, you ain't seen nothing yet... ...of despair's wonder. We'll do something even better. I won't bore to you.
~ Junko to Izuru after causing The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy.
You really do love hope, huh? To a despairful degree.
~ Junko to Nagito Komaeda.
I'm the Super High School-Level Despair, Junko Enoshima. The woman who will knock the world into despair.
~ Junko introducing herself to Chisa Yukizome.
Your students will become even more despairful than he is. In despair's name, they won't hesitate to destroy their own bodies. They'll willingly kill those most precious to them. Those are the sorts of wonderful Despairs I'll have them become!
~ Junko telling Chisa Yukizome her plan to throw Class 77-B into despair.
Run. Because that is your despair.
~ Junko sparing Ryota at the cost of him having to live with the knowledge that his anime was what caused her to succeed in her plans.
Giving me that scary look is pointless. Since you've been imprinted on my brain as a young maiden in love. The main dish awaits! I can't waste any more time on an appetizer like you.
~ Junko after blackmailing Juzo and preparing to execute Chiaki.
Chiaki Nanami... Loved by everyone, trusted by everyone, your death will stain them all with despair!
~ Junko taunting Chiaki as the latter struggles to make it out of her dungeon.
Congratulations! Now, you'll all be like me! The despair of losing someone you love... You'll have despairful emotional systems that let you get drunk with ecstasy on that despair! You'll seek out despair without end, and become the ones who will stain this world, with despair, the Super High School-Level Despairs!
~ Junko congratulating Class 77-B on becoming just like her after executing Chiaki in front of them.
Goodbye, Class Rep. And welcome to the wonderful world of despair. I look forward to working with you, my upperclassmen.
~ Junko following Class 77-B being turned into the Ultimate Despairs.
The students of Hope's Peak High School, who are the most talented in the world. Their fall into despair will be enough to send the world in the same direction in no time. Those kids are practically extensions of my will, now. They're going to infect the world with despair!
~ Junko raving about how Class 77-B, now the Ultimate Despairs, will carry out her plan of painting the world with despair.
After all, if despair were to vanish from the entire world, that would be pretty despairful in it's own way!
~ Junko fantasizing about the possibilities of despair while in her Monokuma personality.
In the end, Yukizome ended up dying her students with despair, drove her lover and her boss into conflict, and led the Future Foundation into destruction! And for the final touch, she killed herself in front of her beloved Munakata! That was despairingly sweet!
~ Junko to Chisa in the afterlife.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

We have been waiting! Waiting so very long for peasants like you to appear! If you swear your fealty to us, we will reward you with half of the entire world! We've even drawn up the deed already! We will grant you honor, status, and some of our home cooking! Have you made your choice? Will you serve under us?
~ Junko revealing herself to the students during the 6th class trial.
Having to play Monokuma all the time, day after day... It was like I was stuck in purgatory, or like a slow suicide. I get bored so easy, ya know?
~ Junko explaining her boredom of doing nothing but control Monokuma for the entire killing game.
What's wrong with my beautiful face? People have told me I'm cuter than a hundred chihuahuas combined.
~ Junko saddended over others supposedly not finding her cute.
Sometimes a little lie necessary to keep things moving along, wouldn't you agree?
~ Junko to the remaining students about killing her twin sister, Mukuro Ikusaba.
Maybe it's new to your dumb ass, but it bores me to tears! Answering the same questions, over and over! Just make up whatever answer you want, I don't give a shit! The truth's fuckin' lame, anyway.
~ Junko becoming irritated during the trial.
We were the Ultimate Despair, ya know? So we never had any kind of hope, or expectations. No, I've felt despair as long as I can remember, like I never should have been born at all. When I was born, I cried tears of total despair. So that's why for us, it's not a big deal whether we die or kill! We're just those kinds of people. We can do anything! We've always been filled with despair, so when we do something, we go all the way and live without regret!
~ Junko talking about her and Mukuro's dedication towards despair.
Killing my precious sister with my own two hands... That act is filled with so much despair, you can't help but put a "super" in front of it. It's like super super super super super despair. No, more than that... Super super super super super super super super super super super super super super super despair... It just feels...so...good... And my sister, too... In that moment of death, I think she must have felt that despair. After all, to be murdered by your own sister, and only as an example to someone else...? She must have died feeling such excruciating hopelessness... I'm so...jealous of her. Super jealous...
~ Junko in her "severe depression" mood, becoming consumed in despair and envy over having murdered Mukuro.
Relationships, secrets, money, betrayal... These are all pretty standard motives, right? The most normal of normal, totally middle of the road! But of course those aren't the only motives that exist in this world... In fact, there are as many reasons to kill as there are people on Earth. They compel humans to kill each other, bringing despair to the world. This is what we refer to as the seed of despair! Just as water, air, and food promote growth in living things, the seed of despair also needs nourishment... And that nourishment...is hope! Despair can grow only in the presence of hope! Two sides of the same coin, divided by a razor-thin lines... Such is hope and despair!
~ Junko talking about how despair motivates people to do heinous things.
Okey dokey! Like they say, seeing is believing! Puhuhu. I wanna see, too... See your faces sink into despair...!
~ Junko in her "sickening cuteness" mood, obsessing about the remaining students falling into despair.
Stop? And said with such authority. A peasant would dare challenge us, the avatar of divine punishment? You must learn your place, peasant! You are no longer the Ultimate Affluent Progeny!
~ Junko to Byakuya Togami.
Two years of school life. How many moments of blossoming youth have you missed out on? How many fun classes? How many school events? This was your chance to build lasting friendships, right?
~ Junko taunting the students about having erased two years worth of their memories.
In a way, I'm jealous of all of you. To give yourself over so completely to such stimulating despair... Yeah, so figure out the rest for yourselves! I'm sick of expositioning all this shit!
~ Junko expressing her envy towards the students.
I love you all so much... Once your school life here began, I thought about you constantly. It's only natural that I would...fall in love. So since I love you guys so much, I'll tell you all about it! All about the idea we came up with as the Ultimate Despair—our plan to bring despair to all mankind!
~ Junko explaining her twisted sense of "love" to the students.
A peasant begging for his life? How delightful! We've never witnessed such a travesty firsthand... But I'm sorry to say, begging doesn't work on me. All I want is despair. And there's no reason for it. And since there's no reason, there's no argument against it. There's just no understanding it. No argument, no understanding... What better definition of ultimate despair could there be!
~ Junko mocking Yasuhiro Hagakure.
I didn't kill anyone. I simply gave you a little nudge in the right direction. And that's all it took for you to start killing each other. You're nothing but bloodthirsty animals... That's why anyone was murdered here, peasant! Say what you want about hope, but we're all creatures of instinct, right? Despair comes naturally! Hell yes! That's funny as shit!
~ Junko rejecting the idea that she was responsible for the deaths that occurred during the killing game.
We came to this school two years ago, created our incredibly detailed plan... I even killed my own sister for it... To come this far, and fail at the very end...! It's the most ultimately ultimate despair! Don't you see? I was so hopelessly desperate! I was bored of the world the moment I was born! That's why I've been looking forward to this so desperately. This once-in-a-lifetime experience... It is my first and last colossal despair, here at the moment of death. To have the chance to taste of the highest grade despair—the utter failure of my dreams! Ahhh! I am so hopelessly happy right now!
~ Junko displaying her love for despair.
Ahh, stop it! Stop! I hate those faces you're making! To see those awful looks causes me nothing but pain... Fine, let me just say one last thing... If you guys wanna get all hung up on the word hope, that's no skin off my nose... But just be warned... From this point on, one despair after another will stand in your way. No matter where you run, no matter where you hide... Maybe you'll find some hope, but there is a very fine line dividing that hope from bitter despair. Knowing that, you still plan to cling to your hope? Shut up, shut up! That was a rhetorical question. You interrupted my monologue! I'm almost done though, so whatever... Because it's almost punishment time, right!?
~ Junko warning the survivors of the killing game about the despair they'll still have to face even after she's gone.

List of Victims

Victims of Junko Enoshima
  • Countless citizens ✞ - murdered during bombings she committed in order to satisfy her bloodlust
  • Several security guards of Hope's Peak Academy ✞ - murdered
  • Student Council of Hope's Peak Academy ✞ - indirectly murdered
  • Masaru Daimon - emotional manipulation
  • Jataro Kemuri - emotional manipulation
  • Kotoko Utsugi - emotional manipulation
  • Nagisa Shingetsu - emotional manipulation
  • Mikan Tsumiki - brainwashing, physical and mental abuse
  • Reserve Course Students of Hope's Peak Academy ✞ - mind-breaking, brainwashing, suicide inducement
  • Ryota Mitarai - blackmail, psychological torment
  • Chisa Yukizome ✞ - forced brainwashing via lobotomy
  • Juzo Sakakura ✞ - blackmail, mental torment
  • Chiaki Nanami ✞ - torture, murder
  • Sonia Nevermind - psychological torment, brainwashing
  • Ultimate Imposter - psychological torment, brainwashing
  • Gundham Tanaka - psychological torment, brainwashing
  • Hiyoko Saionji - psychological torment, brainwashing
  • Ibuki Mioda - psychological torment, brainwashing
  • Akane Owari - psychological torment, brainwashing
  • Nekomaru Nidai - psychological torment, brainwashing
  • Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu - psychological torment, brainwashing
  • Nagito Komaeda - psychological torment, brainwashing
  • Teruteru Hanamura - psychological torment, brainwashing
  • Mahiru Koizumi - psychological torment, brainwashing
  • Peko Pekoyama - psychological torment, brainwashing
  • Kazuichi Soda - psychological torment, brainwashing
  • Izuru Kamukura - psychological abuse (by killing Chiaki Nanami), incrimination
  • Komaru Naegi - indirect kidnapping (at the hands of Ultimate Despair, who she was responsible for brainwashing into her servants in the first place), indirect mental torment
  • Hiroko Hagakure ✞ - indirect kidnapping
  • Yuta Asahina ✞ - indirect kidnapping
  • Taichi Fujisaki ✞ - indirect kidnapping
  • Kenshiro - indirect kidnapping
  • Aloysius Pennyworth - indirect kidnapping
  • Fuhito Kirigiri - indirect kidnapping
  • Grand Bois Chéri Ludenberg - indirect kidnapping
  • Kameko - indirect kidnapping
  • Ayaka Haneyama - indirect kidnapping
  • Kanon Nakajima - indirect kidnapping
  • Takaaki Ishimaru - indirect kidnapping
  • Fujiko Yamada - indirect kidnapping
  • Takemichi Yukimaru - indirect kidnapping
  • Yasuke Matsuda ✞ - mental abuse, murdered
  • Jin Kirigiri ✞ - murdered
  • Mukuro Ikusaba ✞ - phyiscal and mental abuse, murdered
  • Sayaka Maizono ✞ - memory erasure, psychological torment, indirect murder
  • Leon Kuwata ✞ - memory erasure, psychological torment, murdered, tortured
  • Chihiro Fujisaki ✞ - memory erasure, psychological torment, indirect murder
  • Mondo Owada ✞ - memory erasure, psychological torment, murdered
  • Kiyotaka Ishimaru ✞ - memory erasure, psychological torment, indirect murder
  • Hifumi Yamada ✞ - memory erasure, psychological torment, indirect murder
  • Celestia Ludenberg ✞ - memory erasure, psychological torment, murdered
  • Sakura Ogami ✞ - memory erasure, psychological torment, indirect murder
  • Aoi Asahina - memory erasure, psychological torment
  • Makoto Naegi - memory erasure, psychological torment
  • Kyoko Kirigiri - memory erasure, psychological torment
  • Byakuya Togami - memory erasure, psychological torment
  • Yasuhiro Hagakure - memory erasure, psychological torment
  • Toko Fukawa - memory erasure, psychological torment
  • Millions, if not billions of people worldwide ✞ - murdered, tortured, brainwashed (at the hands of her brainwashed minions, the Remnants of Despair)
  • Kyosuke Munakata - indirect mental torment

Reception

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.

Trivia

  • 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.

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Franchise-Wide
Monokuma


Ultimate Despair
Leadership: Monokuma | Junko Enoshima (Alter Ego Junko) | Mukuro Ikusaba
Remnants of Despair: Nagito Komaeda | Izuru Kamukura | Mikan Tsumiki | Ultimate Imposter | Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu | Gundham Tanaka | Sonia Nevermind | Teruteru Hanamura | Peko Pekoyama
Agents: Chisa Yukizome | Kazuo Tengan | Monaca Towa
Warriors of Hope: Monaca Towa | Masaru Daimon | Jataro Kemuri | Kotoko Utsugi | Nagisa Shingetsu | Kurokuma | Nagito Komaeda


Team Danganronpa
Gopher Plan: Tsumugi Shirogane | Monokuma | Monokuma Kubs (Monotaro | Monophanie | Monodam | Monosuke | Monokid) | Motherkuma


Mutual Killing Game Participants
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc: Sayaka Maizono | Leon Kuwata | Mondo Owada | Hifumi Yamada | Celestia Ludenberg | Genocide Jack | Mukuro Ikusaba | Junko Enoshima
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair: Teruteru Hanamura | Peko Pekoyama | Mikan Tsumiki | Gundham Tanaka | Nagito Komaeda | Junko Enoshima (AI) | Izuru Kamukura
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony: Tsumugi Shirogane | Kirumi Tojo | Korekiyo Shinguji | Kokichi Oma


Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer
Takumi Hijirihara | Momomichi Itō | Rei Shimizu | Eiichiro Saiyama | Ted Chikatilo | Kenji Tsuruhashi | Mimiko Tomizawa | Shūji Fujigawa


Others
Ryota Mitarai | Haiji Towa

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