At some point during or after The Tragedy drove the world to near-destruction, the Future Foundation was formed by alumni of Hope's Peak Academy to both defeat Ultimate Despair and undo the damage their actions had brought upon the world. It is unclear when they became active or who founded the group, but they were apparently well-established during the first game, as they were able to come to the assistance of the Hope's Peak Academy survivors following their victory over Junko Enoshima and Monokuma.
Before the events of the game, most of the survivors were assigned positions within the Foundation - all except Toko Fukawa, who was assigned as an intern; in her own words, she was not given full membership to the Foundation due to the threat of an uncontrollable Genocide Jack. As a result, she has had to devise ways to control Genocide Jack's uncontrolled appearances, which ultimately resulted in her discovering that she could use varying voltages of electricity to control the length of time she could switch to her Genocide Jack's personality.
Receiving information about the "Captives" trapped in Towa City - that is, the captured family members and persons connected to Class 78th whose role in the first game was to help with establishing a murder motive for the students - Byakuya Togami was sent along with several other members for a rescue operation. However, while they had initially rescued Makoto Naegi's sister, Komaru, their party was quickly ambushed and wiped out by the Monokumas controlled by the Warriors of Hope, which had rallied the kids into sparking a murderous riot in Towa City; Byakuya had brought a Monokuma hacking megaphone, of which he gave a spare to Komaru, before he was captured and imprisoned by the Warriors of Hope.
Meanwhile, Toko, who stowed away with Byakuya's party without anybody's knowledge, had somehow found her way into the city and ended up meeting with Komaru atop a ruined hospital.
Some time later, Komaru and Toko were able to establish contact with Makoto atop Towa Towers; as the discussion went on, though, both Toko and Makoto quickly determined that as long as Byakuya was in the hands of the Warriors of Hope, the Foundation would not be able to send help for fear of reprisals against Byakuya. This connection to the Future Foundation was abruptly terminated when Nagisa Shingetsu, the leader of the Warriors of Hope, discovered what Toko and Komaru were up to and amplified the interference signals. For a while, the Future Foundation would not hear of anything else from Towa City.
In the conclusion of the chaos in Towa City, Makoto was finally able to establish contact with Byakuya, who had escaped Towa City; he informed Makoto that Komaru and Toko, his rescuers, had decided to stay in Towa City in Byakuya's stead for fear that the Future Foundation will find out about the dark secret involving the Towa Corporation. It was assumed that this revelation will lead to the Remnants of Despair gathering at Towa City, ultimately ending in a war.
Future Foundation was dubbed "World Ender" by Monokuma at first, tricking the others into thinking that it was an antagonistic organization that "destroyed" the world. Later, however, it was clarified that the organization wasn't and that what Monokuma had meant in calling them World Ender was that they are attempting to end the world created by Ultimate Despair.
Makoto Naegi, Byakuya Togami, Kyoko Kirigiri, Aoi Asahina, Yasuhiro Hagakure, and Toko Fukawa/Genocide Jack were saved by this organization after the events of the first game. Some time afterwards, Makoto, Byakuya and Kyoko headed out and saved the remaining students that got stuck with Artificial Intelligence Junko Enoshima. During that time, it was noted that they were already members of the organization. In the end, Makoto knew that it wouldn't be easy to cover up what happened in the island, but Byakuya and Kyoko supported Makoto's idea of letting the students stay at the real Jabberwock Island.
The Future Foundation continues to try and rebuild the world. However, Makoto has been charged with the crime of treason, due to protecting the Remnants of Despair. The Leaders of the Future Foundation branches gather for Makoto's trial, but they soon become trapped by Monokuma who thrusts them into one "Final Killing Game". Everyone is fitted with a strange bracelet that releases a sleeping potion at a fixed time. While asleep, a traitor in their midst kills a Future Foundation member. Now the remaining members must find the traitor to survive or be killed trying.
As the game began, the general consensus was that the traitor's goal was to kill everyone, thereby leaving the Future Foundation bereft of leadership. However, Kyosuke Munakata soon developed an alternate theory: the traitor intended to kill only certain members of the group before allowing the game to end. With their identity unknown, the traitor would then be in the perfect position to take control of the Future Foundation themselves, supported by the survivors of the Final Killing Game - from there, they would be free to spread despair with the Foundation's resources and influence, effectively restarting the Tragedy under the banner of its staunchest opponent. Eventually, however, it was discovered that theory may not be completely correct, as all the attacks were suicide induced by a brainwashing video. After confirming the method of murder, Juzo Sakakura shutdown the power and thus ended the game.
Soon after, Ryota Mitarai received a text message from the allegedly-dead Kazuo Tengan, which revealed that he planned the Final Killing Game. This, combined with what he experienced in the game, gave Ryota the resolve to forcefully brainwash the entire world through his hope video broadcast. However, the other three survivors objected to the plan, arguing that forcefully removing pain, suffering, and other sources of despair was no better than the actions of Ultimate Despair themselves. This led to a desperate chase as Makoto, Aoi Asahina, and Kyosuke rushed to prevent Ryota from beginning the worldwide broadcast of "hope", with the brainwashed Future Foundation troops serving as obstacles. Fortunately, the former Remnants of Despair arrived, fought off the brainwashed Future Foundation soldiers, and convinced Ryota not use his Hope brainwashing video. The initial wave of Ryota's Hope Video seemingly destroyed all traces of despair in what was left of society, which also helps people recovering from the brainwashing initiated by Despair.
After the broadcast was cancelled, Kyosuke and Ryota both left the Future Foundation; Ryota went with his former classmates, and Kyosuke left for parts unknown. The Future Foundation itself was in a sorry state: its headquarters was destroyed, most of its Division Heads were dead, and the entire situation was due to its own heads of staff.
In order to preserve the Future Foundation's credibility and power to rebuild the world, the Remnants of Despair decided to claim responsibility for the game before leaving for Jabberwock Island, where they would presumably live the rest of their lives in peace. With the Tragedy over, the Future Foundation, now under the control of the 14th Division, put its resources into rebuilding Hope's Peak Academy with Makoto serving as the school's headmaster.
Their main plan is to bring the world back into order and devise ways to bring it back to normal and rid of despair. While all divisions agreed to save and protect any victims that suffered under the Remnants of Despair, the method to eliminate despair varied. The 2nd Division and the 6th Division decided upon a simple plan of exterminate all Remnants of Despair and anyone that assist them, in order to minimize increased death. The 1st Division and 10th Division favored in removing the source of despair that exist in human nature. 14th Division in favor of showing the concept of hope.
In addition, each division was assigned a particular task:
- 1st Division: Provide overall directions and leadership of Future Foundation
- 2nd Division: Manage day-to-day operations of the Future Foundation, construction of facility; expansion of organization; military and peacekeeping force
- 3rd Division: Human resources, include scouting for potential members and personnel assignments
- 4th Division: Research and develop medical techniques
- 5th Division: Intelligence, Inquiry, and Counter-Espionage
- 6th Division: Policing, including riot suppression and investigate special crimes
- 7th Division: Information System security and administration; Research and develop therapy to cure Despair
- 8th Division: Long-term stable food procurement
- 9th Division: Armament R&D, Production, and distribution
- 10th Division: Assistance in reviving education and culture
- 11th Division: Assistance in restoring agriculture in disaster area
- 12th division: Assistance in restoring infrastructure; such as transportation, communication, and public facilities
- 13th division: Frontline Food and Resource Distribution
- 14th Division: Public relationship; spreading news of Future Foundation's activities to the public
Despite their seemingly benevolent objective, the organization was doubted or even hated by various characters. The audience of the Serial Killer Fight outright said "Hope sucks", Kanon Nakajima blamed them for killing Leon Kuwata, and even Ruruka Ando, a division leader of Future Foundation herself, is skeptical regarding its purpose. Employees of Towa Group had suspected that the Future Foundation created the Tragedy to build up the organization and that one of the Ultimate Despairs are hidden among executives - proven to be true with the discovery of Chisa Yukizome, who actually manipulated Kyosuke to form Future Foundation so that he will fall into the deepest despair.
As the Future Foundation's long fight against Ultimate Despair continued, Kazuo, who originally was in agreement with Kyosuke that in order to save the world every trace of despair must be annihilated, began questioning the effectiveness of this approach, eventually coming to the realization that it is futile, as that very violence actually births more despair in humanity's heart.
Kyosuke, on the other hand, only wished for the active battle against despair to go further, as continued suggestion and emotional manipulation by a Chisa (who has now been under the effects of brainwashing into despair for several years) strengthen his belief that humanity can only be saved if all despair is uprooted, meaning that the battle must only grow more fierce.
Kazuo and Kyosuke's conflicting beliefs regarding the Foundation's future activities worried Kazuo, as he knows that should knowledge of internal struggles within the two most important figures in the Foundation were to leak out, the public would fall into more despair. Moreover, Kazuo is also aware that, since the division heads are all Hope's Peak Academy alumni and thus symbols of hope to the people, any form of intrigue, betrayal, and killing between any of them, should it become public, would send the masses into despair.
As he only grows more hopeless thinking about the future of the Foundation itself and the world, he is approached by Chisa, who hands him flash drives with Junko's despair video, and "Monokuma's Gloomy Sunday" - the video who brainwashes whoever watches it into committing suicide. Suggesting to Kazuo that perhaps, since these videos were made using Ryota Mitarai's skills, it is those same skills that can cure the world, Chisa inspires Kazuo's plan to defeat despair.
Knowing that Ryota, despite how his techniques were used by Junko Enoshima, hasn't given up making animation and privately made a "Hope Video" that could theoretically brainwash people "out of despair", Kazuo put together a plan to force Ryota's hand to use it, while dealing with his other "problems" at the same time. By placing all of the Foundation's division heads, save Ryota, in an isolated location and subjecting them to a "Killing Game" where in fact it is the suicide video that would make them kill themselves, claiming it is broadcast worldwide and having Ryota watch the events transpire from the outside, Kazuo could create a situation where the division heads would reveal their underlying tensions and be "finished off" away from the public eye, while in the same time pressuring Ryota to use the facility's global broadcasting station to expose humanity worldwide to his hope video - brainwashing the despair out of them all and thus putting an absolute end to despair.
The opportunity comes when Makoto Naegi and his group took the members of Ultimate Despair and put them in the Neo World Program. Then, they removed their memories of the past years and made them "bond" with each other and get "Hope Fragments". Whatever memories they make in the island will be the ones to replace their memories of being Ultimate Despair, although this plan was ruined in the end because of Monokuma. Though, in the alternate ending of Dangan Island, their plan comes true.
The aforementioned plan was highly against the Future Foundation's plans, as they originally planned to kill all of the Remnants of Despair, but Makoto was able to hold them off long enough to let his plan succeed somewhat. They actually planned to destroy the island that they were on and finish off the project so that the students couldn't escape and Monokuma's plan would fail. However, Makoto, Byakuya, and Kyoko saved the students by keeping them from giving into despair, which prevented the plan of killing the students from succeeding.
After this, Makoto were summoned to attend a hearing, which gives Kazuo the opportunity to execute his plan.
|Kazuo Tengan||Leader of the Future Foundation||Deceased (1st Division; Head)|
|Kyosuke Munakata||Ultimate Student Council President||Former/Alive (2nd Division; Head)|
|Koichi Kizakura||Hope's Peak Academy's Talent Scout||Deceased (3rd Division; Head)|
|Seiko Kimura||Ultimate Pharmacist||Deceased (4th Division; Head)|
|Chisa Yukizome||Ultimate Housekeeper||Deceased (5th Division; Head; Ultimate Despair infiltrator)|
|Juzo Sakakura||Ultimate Boxer||Deceased (6th Division; Head)|
|Ikue Dogami||Hairpin Demon||Active (6th Division; Section Chief)|
|Takumi Hijirihara||Killer Killer||Active (6th Division)|
|Misaki Asano||N/A||Active (6th Division)|
|Mekuru Katsuragi||Sleeping Mekuru||Active (6th Division)|
|Kenji Tsuruhashi||N/A||Deceased (6th Division, Special Troop Platoon Head)|
|Miaya Gekkogahara||Ultimate Therapist||Deceased (7th Division; Head)|
|Ruruka Ando||Ultimate Confectioner||Deceased (8th Division; Head)|
|Sonosuke Izayoi||Ultimate Blacksmith||Deceased (9th Division; Head)|
|Ryota Mitarai||Ultimate Animator||Former/Alive (10th Division; Head)|
|Daisaku Bandai||Ultimate Farmer||Deceased (11th Division; Head)|
|Great Gozu||Ultimate Wrestler||Deceased (12th Division; Head)|
|Aoi Asahina||Ultimate Swimming Pro||Active (13th Division)|
|Kyoko Kirigiri||Ultimate Detective||Active (14th Division; Head)|
|Byakuya Togami||Ultimate Affluent Progeny||Active (14th Division; Acting Head)|
|Makoto Naegi||Ultimate Hope|
Ultimate Lucky Student
|Active (14th Division; Member)|
|Yasuhiro Hagakure||Ultimate Clairvoyant||Active (14th Division)|
|Toko Fukawa||Ultimate Writing Prodigy||Active (Intern)|
|Usami||The Teacher of the Remnants of Despair||Inactive|
|Chiaki Nanami (AI)||Ultimate Gamer|
Observer of the Remnants of Despair
Unknown (Assumed to be Active)
|Elite Task Force Members||Ultimate Elite Task Force Members (Former)||Active|
After the events of the Killing School Life
After the events of Danganronpa Another Episode
- Kanon Nakajima
- Hiroko Hagakure
- Aloysius Pennyworth
- Fuhito Kirigiri
- Fujiko Yamada
- Grand Bois Chéri Ludenberg
- Takemichi Yukimaru
- Takaaki Ishimaru
- Ayaka Haneyama
After the events of the Killing School Trip
- Hajime Hinata/Izuru Kamukura
- Nagito Komaeda
- Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu
- Ibuki Mioda
- Kazuichi Soda
- Gundham Tanaka
- Ultimate Imposter
- Mikan Tsumiki
- Hiyoko Saionji
- Akane Owari
- Nekomaru Nidai
- Teruteru Hanamura
- Sonia Nevermind
- Mahiru Koizumi
- Peko Pekoyama
- The leader of the 13th Division has not been revealed and is the only Division leader with no known identity.