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|“||I’m Monokuma! Furthermore, your headmaster!||„|
Monokuma, also known as Monobear or The Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy, is a strange teddy bear and the secondary antagonist of the DanganRonpa series, and initiates a life of mutual killing amongst the students. He is both the most recurring antagonist and the mascot of the entire DanganRonpa franchise, appearing in almost every installments of DanganRonpa main series installments. He was formerly voiced by Nobuyo Oyama, the voice of Doraemon in the long-running Doraemon series.
He appears in both Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and its sequel, Super Dangan Ronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. He is a model of an animatronic bear used as an avatar to interact with the students by the mastermind. There are seemingly infinite copies of Monokuma, and he seems to have the ability to teleport. He is Usami's "brother" who had adopted her and later renamed her as "Monomi". He was created by Monaca Towa as a apart of a large Killing machines for Junko. He returns in Danganronpa 3 and Danganronpa V3 as the main villain, the former which a traitor to the future Foundation is using as his avatar while the latter is currently unknown.
Monokuma's entire face and body splits equally down the center into two sides. It resembles the Yin-Yang symbol of which there's a balance between 2 opposites in a way similar to a “flow”. In some occasions, Monokuma would show his humerous side in regular conversation but would turn to his sadistic side at any other time, unless he’s asleep where he will give life advice to random and ridiculous props.
His left side is white in color and has the classic teddy bear expression. His right side shows a more sinister look - black in color, with a red slash for an eye with a camera visible within and an evil, stretched grin. Although he is entirely split into two opposite sides, the only parts of Monokuma that aren't affected by the split is his muzzle and belly area; which both remain white. He also has a large and obvious bellybutton on the lower part of his belly. His bulging navel has an X mark on it.
- The namesake of Monokuma ("bear person/thing") is a play on words towards his black and white color (monochrome).