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For a long time, humans have been taught that if you try hard enough, you can accomplish anything. Even if we weren’t told directly, you’d know just by looking at the world around us. The internet, TV, and newspapers are overflowing with hopeful messages that say exactly that. But people who can’t win...people who don’t try to win...people who try their best and still can’t win...they are all worthless trash. There are two kinds of people in this world: those who are born with worth, and everybody else. No matter how hard a lowly human tries, they will never be the same as someone who was born worthy. They say that “effort breeds success”... but that’s a complete lie. The world is not that accommodating. No matter how hard a small dog tries, it will never become a large dog. No matter how hard a penguin tries, there’s no way it will ever soar through the sky...which means…unworthy humans will never become worthy, no matter what they do. People with talents don't become talented...they’re just born with their abilities right from the start. That’s right...just like you guys. That’s why I have so much respect for you all. Ah, just so you know, what I feel is different from admiration. Admiration is...wishing you could be like the object of your admiration. But what I feel is not so self-serving. How should I put it? What I feel is...more pure...more like a selfless love that wants nothing in return… so...I want you guys to believe me when I say… I don't mind if you kill me, but if that happens, I want you to let me help. I don’t care if the killer survives, or if everyone but the killer survives. I just...want both sides to do their very best. I want to see with my own two eyes...the absolute hope that lies ahead. Yep, I’m really lucky! Someone as insignificant as me will be there when hope and despair collide, and unleash their energy. So please...let me help you...if your planning to kill me, I would be honored to help you carry out your plan. I want you to use me as a stepping stone so everyone can shine. I want you to kill me in a way that befits-
~ Nagito's speech.

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, the same voice for Eren yeager both of whom also voiced Makoto Naegi in their respective versions.

Biography

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.

Personality

As Ultimate Despair

Nagito as the Servant.

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.

Quotes

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

I love everyone here. That's why I want to be of good use to them. I love all of the Ultimates...and I admire them for being symbols of hope. That's right... In the name of hope, I love everyone's talents from the bottom of my heart. That's why... I don't want them to lose against something like killing. I want them to prove to me that hope will never lose, no matter how daunting the despair they face may seem. I want everyone to prove to me that "hope will never lose to despair"! 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's idolization of the Ultimates in Goodbye Despair.
But you should be proud of yourself. You will not die in vain! You will become a splendid sacrifice for everyone else so their hopes can grow even more powerful!
~ Nagito to Teruteru when the latter's murder of the Ultimate Imposter is exposed to the other students.
If you hate me, I don't mind you killing me! I've already prepared myself to become your stepping stone! If absolute hope can be born from that...then my life is nothing special. If you're students of Hope's Peak Academy... If you're the symbols of hope who possess the chosen talents... Then it shouldn't matter to you guys at all if I cooperate with the killer, right!?
~ Nagito telling he doesn't care if the other students hate him due to them already being the symbols of hope.
Is Peko a tool to you? Using that tool... Surviving by sacrificing Peko and the rest of us... Is that your hope!?
~ Nagito questioning Fuyuhiko's idea of hope after Peko declares herself as Fuyuhiko's mere tool.
Anyway, I shall make a declaration! We will definitely destroy you! Haha, the hopes of all the Ultimates here will definitely, completely, utterly destroy you. There won't even be a strand of cotton left when we're done with you... That's your future.
~ Nagito declaring to destroy Monokuma after the execution of Peko and Fuyuhiko's injury in the process.
Hajime...I'm jealous of you. You don't know what your talent is, but you're showing no distress and you're even opening up to everyone... That must mean you have a lot of confidence in yourself, right?
~ Nagito telling Hajime about his jealousy towards the latter.
My consciousness kept drifting but even so, when I did catch a glimpse of her, her expression was... Full of despair. A despair so devoid of hope that not even a single fragment of it remained. The symptoms that she surely felt must've been deserving of the name, Despair Disease. Losing all hope...and harboring despair for all hope... Because of the Despair Disease, she was likely overcome with despair. That's the reason...why she can still laugh in such a hopeless situation. Which means the Mikan standing before us is no longer the Ultimate Nurse. She's a completely different person now that she's infected by the Despair Disease... She's a human who deserves to be called the Ultimate Despair! That's the reason why...I cannot forgive this. I mean, killing someone for the sake of despair, instead of for the sake of hope... There's no way I can forgive that.
~ Nagito expressing his disgust towards Mikan after she seemingly killed for the sake of despair.
True... There is no doubt that the killer is responsible... But it seems as though they made a huge mistake. There's no way the "Symbols of Hope" will give up because of this little setback... There's no way everyone will just...cross their arms and wait for the Class Trial to start... We need to do everything we can on our end to prepare for the class trial, right?
~ Nagito following Nekomaru's murder.
Listen carefully... The only humans worthy of becoming hope possess amazing talents and a strong will. And...the moment you're born into this world, you either have that or you don't. It has nothing to do with effort! You must be chosen by hope to become hope! That's why...it's not even worth admiring... Or...were you so blinded by your admiration for Hope's Peak Academy that you couldn't even see that? You're just some nobody from the Reserve Course who never had a talent to begin with. A nobody who forgot he was a nobody... That's all. That's right, you were never an Ultimate! You had no talent whatsoever!
~ Nagito revealing that Hajime never did have a talent at all.
Been through enough...? We need to perform this investigation so we can find out who the killer is. Or perhaps you don't want to know, Akane? Maybe you don't care what happened to Nekomaru... If you suck at using your brain and you really want to know the killer is, try not to interfere so much.
~ Nagito to Akane about Nekomaru's death.
We're the same... The same...stepladders... You and I...are just stepladders. For everyone who holds the title of Ultimate... I always believed that I didn't mind... Unlike you, I know my place. That's why I was prepared to become a sacrifice at any time. And from that, true hope would be born... I always believed that the talent that survived would be true hope. But it wasn't! There is no hope amidst all this killing!
~ Nagito comparing Hajime to himself.
You guys...are the same as usual... You're unable to clear a path to the future with your own powers, so you just stand there and falter... What a waste of talent! And you all intend to fight the Future Foundation? You make me laugh! Regardless...it's not like I want to die with the rest of you, so I guess I should lend a hand.
~ Nagito berating the other students.
I can't forgive this... This...should never be forgiven... There's no way I can let this run loose... I'll be the one who stops this once and for all. Even if it costs me my life... For the sake of hope...I cannot ignore this!
~ Nagito announcing that he'll be the one to put an end to the killing school trip.
Am I? I actually think I'm very lucky. Wouldn't you say that coming across this much despair is a rather rare opportunity? I can't rely on anyone on this island... That's why I have to be the one who does it... If I can eliminate despair from this island, I won't be a stepladder anymore. I'll become...true hope... I'll become an existence that could even be called Ultimate Hope!
~ Nagito reveling in the idea that he'll become the Ultimate Hope if he manages to eliminate despair from the island.
Haaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! It's amazing! These amazing fireworks surely befit the beginning of the end! It's over. This is the end. The killings are done for good! Scapegoating the weak in the name of "justice," while fearing when the others will stab you in the back... This game of self-righteous hypocrisy ends now! And to do that...I will destroy Jabberwock Island!
~ Nagito goin mad as he proclaims that he'll destroy Jabberwock Island.
It's going to be fine... I'm pretty sure everything will work out in the end... After all...there's no way hope can lose... Absolute hope that can break through any despair can never lose in a place like this! And not only that...I believe in you all. I believe in the time we spent together. And more than anything...I believe in my Ultimate Luck! So it's going to be fine... As long as you believe in hope with all your hearts, the path should open...
~ Nagito reassuring that hope will still win in the end.
So this is going to be your last chance, traitor... What are you going to do? Everyone's life depends on you... Whether or not you save them is up to you. Now then, I wonder how this is going to end? Will the traitor's identity finally be revealed?
~ Nagito wondering when the traitor will be exposed.
I feel like I've been talking forever but...that's all for me. With this, my duty is finished... I believe my actions will become the foundation of this world's hope. And...if that really happens... Praise me. Tell others what I've accomplished. Erect a bronze statue of me. Respect me. Please call me...the Ultimate Hope.
~ Nagito in the message he left prior to his death.

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls

I had heard this town would be safe, so I came here to seek refuge. But then, the riots... And on top of that, I get captured by them. I've seriously got no luck at all. But because I pleaded for my life, they allowed me to live...as their servant.
~ Nagito explaining how he became the Warriors of Hope's servant in the prologue of Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls.
Ahah, you honestly...don't have a single unique characteristic. Well, no need to be depressed about it. This world is filled with unremarkable people. And the only one capable of empathizing with common, boring people... is a common, boring person like yourself.
~ Servant berating Komaru for her lack of any sort of interesting quirks or traits in general.
Hope is exclusively found on the side of the weak. The losing side. People are touched by underdog stories. Slaying Goliath, the weaker team winning a game... The majority of society is made up of the weak and untalented. They are inspired by such tales. If my assumptions are correct... You will release a light even brighter than his.
~ Nagito explaining how weaker people are often the ones with the most hope.
No matter how big the despair... Hope will always win in the end. That is why I feel no remorse becoming despair myself.
~ Servant talking about how he became an Ultimate Despair for the sake of hope.
Why was I so particular about choosing you? Well, that is all your brother's fault, of course. He defeated Junko Enoshima, the one I truly hate... And I wasn't there to witness it. That's why, this time around... I wanted to see the action up close.
~ Servant fantasizing over Makoto.
To travel the harsher path for the sake of protecting your friend... Such beautiful friendship...
~ Servant to Genocide Jack about how far she's willing to go in order to protect Komaru.
No matter what kind of despair awaits you, hope will overcome it. The deeper and darker the despair... the brighter and more powerful the hope born from it.
~ Servant expressing his twisted idea of creating hope.

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

This is unforgivable. Nanami is our hope! Look what she did to her. What despair... What a horrific sight! This is... This is the despair we must overcome? Ah, Nanami... You understand, right? At this moment, you are becoming a stepping stone to hope!
~ Nagito falling into despair after watching Chiaki's death at the hands of Junko.
No matter how great the despair is... In the end, hope will win. That's why I can relax, and become despair.
~ Nagito during his class' graduation.
For a while now, I've thought that you had a shining talent.
~ Nagito helping the other students convince Ryota to abandon his plan to brainwash the world into hope in Hope Arc.
Hello, Makoto Naegi! You bear good luck, just like I do... No, a luck that far exceeds my own. I am so lucky to have such a splendid underclassman.
~ Nagito upon meeting Makoto in person for the first time.
Wow! Even amidst the killing, she made a medicine that would bring hope, right?
~ Nagito's final line in the Hope Arc, and the Hope's Peak Saga as a whole.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • As Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Despair Arc was airing, Manga.Tokyo compared Nagito to Izuru, due to two of them sharing many similarities, particularly ones related to characterization similarities (mainly revolving around their talents), and wondered whether the two would fight during the anime before they eventually did in episode 9.
  • In an "Anime! Anime!" poll, Nagito was rated as the 4th most popular character to be voiced by Megumi Ogata.
  • While reviewing the manga based on Goodbye Despair, Anime UK News claimed that even though Hajime meant to be the protagonist of the story, Nagito is more fitting for said role due to his personality and behavior he demonstrates which makes him look "deranged than most", also pointing out how different in terms of characterization he was from the previous game's protagonist, Makoto.

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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
Gofer Project: 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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