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|“||See, isn't it typical that if you face a strong enemy, you will become even stronger yourself...? Which means...the stronger the despair you face, the stronger everyone's hope will become, right? I...want to see that brightness. And in order to see it, I'm going to become everybody's stepping stone. I want to make your hopes shine... It's as simple as that..."||„|
|~ Nagito describing his twisted version of hope.|
|“||The Ultimates are working together to combat the despair of their friend's death! Ah, how wonderful, how beautiful it is!||„|
|~ Nagito Komaeda revealing his unhinged nature.|
Nagito Komaeda (also known as Ultimate Lucky Student, Ultimate Despair, and The Servant) is one of the main characters in the Danganronpa franchise, serving as the deuteragonist of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. He is also the secondary antagonist of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls , and a supporting character as well as a minor antagonist in the prequel, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy - Side: Despair.
An extremely intelligent yet mentally disturbed young adult, Nagito was blessed and/or cursed at birth with supernatural and superhuman luck. This has resulted in his life being a constant series of both positive and negative incredibly unlikely circumstances happening to him (such as when his airplane was struck by a meteor, only to find out after he was rescued that during the crash he had won the lottery.) The stress of this life has warped his worldview to where he believes that for the "chosen" (aka Hope's Peak's Ultimates), all of life's despair, no matter how tragic, are ultimately good things because they are just "stepping stones" to a happy, hopeful ending.
He is voiced by Megumi Ogata in the Japanese dubbed version, and by Bryce Papenbrook in the English dubbed version, both of whom also voiced Makoto Naegi in their respective versions.
Nagito was once a student in Hope's Peak Academy's Class 77-B. After being brainwashed by Junko Enoshima, Nagito and his classmates succumbed to despair and became part of Ultimate Despair.
After Junko's death, Nagito became the Servant for the Warriors of Hope as well as a member of Remnants of Despair listed by the Future Foundation, trying to make Monaca Towa carry on Junko's legacy. He cut off the left hand of Junko and attached it on his left wrist so that he could claim himself to be a man who conquered the leader of Ultimate Despair. He was later captured by the Future Foundation and sent to the Neo World Program to rehabilitate him from Ultimate Despair's influence.
At first, Nagito got along well with his classmates in the program, though his love of Hope was considered a little strange. When Monokuma began the killing game however, he revealed a much more dangerous and erratic personality, and interfered in class trials frequently, causing great despise of others as the story progressed.
Nagito displayed some attachment to Hajime even though the latter did not know his own talent, and was happy someone tried to understand him. After discovering a file showing that Hajime was nothing but a talentless Reserve Course student, Nagito lost respect for him and became condescending and disdainful towards him. However, he later admitted he shouldn't have been so hard on Hajime.
After discovering the horrible truth behind the Neo World Program in Danganronpa 2, Nagito sacrificed himself in order to kill the Remnants of Despair. He set up a "suicide" to cause Chiaki Nanami, the traitor and not a Remnant of Despair, to unknowingly deal the killing blow, and therefore become the blackened. However, the remaining students discovered his plan, and Monokuma executed Chiaki instead.
After his death in the Neo World Program, Nagito fell into a coma on Jabberwock Island, along with his classmates who also "died" on the Killing School Trip. He and the other comatose students were eventually revived. He later appeared as the protagonist in a 30-minute long OVA called Super Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the Destroyer of the World.
In Side: Hope, he and the former members of Ultimate Despair helped the Future Foundation in stopping Ryota Mitarai's effort to brainwash the world with his brainwashing Hope Video at the Future Foundation headquarters. With his classmates, Nagito decided to atone for his sins as one of the the former Ultimate Despairs and resides in Jabberwock Island.
As Ultimate Despair
In Danganronpa Another Episode, as the Servant and Ultimate Despair, Nagito is even harder to read and rarely lets his true intentions and emotions show. The official limited art book describes him as "quiet, soft-spoken and effeminate". Despite being Ultimate Despair, he does not seem directly dangerous and appears to be nonviolent, rather he manipulates and works behind the scenes. He is also mentioned to be in rather high spirits despite being essentially a slave, smiling most of the time and having a carefree, sometimes disturbing laugh. He receives the mistreatment from the Warriors of Hope with a smile and sometimes even seems to enjoy it (his official profile states that he might be a masochist).
In general, he appears unusually calm to the point of being apathetic, and is rather unfazed by the disturbing things happening around him (however, he does appear to feel uncomfortable when Monaca Towa forcibly kisses Nagisa Shingetsu.) He is generally polite and collected, but he may appear insensitive at times or lose his composure when talking about hope. He has a habit of forgetting how he is supposed to act as a servant and he seems to misunderstand orders quite a lot, though these may be passive-aggressive acts done on purpose. All the food he makes is inedible with very nonsensical ingredients (for example, in 2014's Christmas tweet, he is asked to make Bûche de Noël, but instead he makes some sort of cake out of nothing but whipped cream and pinecones, and milkshakes made of rendered fat and sugar in the game proper).
The Servant calls the story's situation a game several times, such as calling Komaru a "generic game protagonist" and mentioning game-balancing and defeating of the final boss. This may seem like breaking the fourth wall, but it actually refers to the Demon Hunting, which according to the Servant is also a game to incite Komaru's growth. Unlike his past self, the Servant believes in the potential of the talentless, because such "weak" people succeeding and rising up from despair would create even more hope, though he still displays a somewhat condescending attitude towards Komaru. It's possible that his opinion changed after Makoto, a "mere" Ultimate Lucky Student, defeated the true Ultimate Despair and became Ultimate Hope.
The Servant's main goal is to help to create a happy, hopeful world, but one born from absolute despair, going so far as to assist his own enemy and start a war for the sake of this goal. As a result of brainwashing, he has a twisted disturbing obsession with Junko Enoshima. However, it seems the brainwashing affected him differently than everyone else, as he also retains his hatred for Junko and his love for hope. He also seems to be more aware of what he is doing while being brainwashed, which ironically seems to make him the most sane out of the class. Though, it should be noted that while he is still doing everything for the sake of hope, his plans are even more dangerous than before. However, after his brainwashing was undone, he appears to have abandoned his harmful ways. He is shown to be in peace with his classmates, possibly finding the bond with them the "true hope", just like what he learned during the ending of the Island Mode.
- According to official files, Nagito was once intended to be an evil version of Makoto Naegi (similar to Izuru Kamukura) and would be presented in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, but was later redesigned.
- Despite this, they were both voiced by Megumi Ogata in the Japanese version. In the English version, Nagito and Naegi were both voiced by Bryce Papenbrook.
- Nagito Komaeda is an anagram for Makoto Naegi da, which translates to 'I am Makoto Naegi'.
- Nagito's death in Danganronpa 2 is considered to be one of the most brutal victim deaths in the entire franchise of Danganronpa, alongside the death of Kokichi Oma.
- Nagito was diagnosed with stage three malignant lymphoma and frontotemporal dementia, the latter illness possibly explains some of his behavior.
Mutual Killing Game Participants
Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer