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|Title||Ultimate Lucky Student|
|Birth date||April 28th (Taurus)|
|Height||180 cm (5' 11") - (JP)|
175 cm (5' 9") - (EN)
|Weight||65 kg (143 lbs)|
|Voice Actor||Megumi Ogata (JP)|
Bryce Papenbrook (EN)
|Family||Unnamed Parents (Deceased)|
Unnamed pet dog (Deceased)
|Game||Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair|
Nagito Komaeda (狛枝 凪斗 Komaeda Nagito) is one of the characters featured in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.
Nagito has the title of Ultimate Lucky Student (超高校級の「幸運」chō kōkō kyū no “kōun”).
In Chapter 5, Nagito tricked the traitor hiding among the group using his luck to accidentally murder him.
Nagito makes an appearance in Ultra Despair Girls - Danganronpa Another Episode with his name listed only as "Servant" (召使い meshitsukai).
Nagito is a rather tall and thin boy with messy shoulder-length white hair and light gray eyes. Both his hair color and unusually pale complexion are caused by his diseases. When he entered at Hope's Peak Academy, he still had few reddish/brown hairs, which hints at his original hair color. In Ultra Despair Girls, which is set over two years after his entry in the school, his hair has turned completely white.
Nagito has a long dark green coat that goes down past his knees and has a jagged-cut tail. His coat has red squares on his right shoulder, and a large red number '55' on the back. He wears a plain white shirt with a strange red symbol on it. His pants are typical black jeans, and has a long chain that attached from the back to the front of them with a small skull charm attached to it. Each of his brown shoes has two zippers.
In Ultra Despair Girls, as the Servant, he wears a short, black trenchcoat, with three white buttons on the right and one red button on the left, over a scoop-necked dark red and olive green shirt, of which's cuffs are folded around the ends of the sleeves of the coat. The lower hem of his shirt ends in dark beige frills. His coat has a zipper on the left and the right of the front, as well as one on the back. The servant wears black jeans with green and red shoes, with slight heels, tied with red shoelaces. He also has a collar around his neck, with a chain hanging from it in the front down to his knees.
The Servant is mentioned to be constantly smiling, no matter what kind of (mis)treatment he receives. He is mentioned to have "a rather attractive face" and Genocide Jack even calls him "a pretty boy".
Nagito first comes off a polite, meek and harmless yet somewhat insecure boy, who encourages others to be hopeful and cooperate, but isn't really taken seriously and is even made fun of by Hiyoko Saionji. He appears unusually carefree, though he claims to be a pessimist. He also talks a bit strangely at times and seems to lack tact. He is notably annoyed by Teruteru Hanamura's treatment of girls and decides to keep an eye on him to make sure he won't harass anyone. He is also the only one to stay with unconscious Hajime Hinata and expresses concern for his physical and mental well-being. Though friendly with everyone, he is most interested in spending time with Hajime.
Nagito shows his true colors during the first trial and begins to ramble on about how hope is the most important thing in the world. He believes that the Ultimates are capable of strengthening their own hopes by facing and beating despair, to the point of embodying hope and creating "absolute hope" that can overcome any despair. In his opinion, the talentless people, despair and "weak hope" are just stepladders for creating stronger hope. Like Hope's Peak Academy in general, he strongly associates hope with talent and talent with worth. For him, hope is the absolute good and any deed done in the name of hope is okay, even killing. He is obsessed with his twisted idea of absolute hope, to the point that talking or hearing someone else talk about hope or in hopeful manner often renders him in a state of euphoric bliss and he has to hold himself in order to contain his excitement. He sometimes has outbursts in which his eyes darken and start to swirl (Hajime describes the look "a crude mix of hope and despair") and he goes on and on about hope. These outbursts are sudden and happen whenever he’s triggered by something. He usually snaps out of them pretty quickly and seemingly isn't aware of what happened.
Nagito has no hope of his own and he believes he's unable to embody hope, which is why he wants to help the Ultimates embody it. He has a strong desire to be useful and he's very self-sacrificing, but his ways to help are often very wrong. He considers himself worthless when compared to the other Ultimate students, almost constantly self-deprecating himself and claiming that he was born a talentless person who will never be considered anything special. He has little regard for his own well-being and doesn't care for his own life, in fact he encourages the other students to kill him as he wishes to become a stepping stone for hope and believes that dying for the sake of hope is an honor and the only way for "someone like him" to be useful to the world. Though he doesn't consider his luck a true talent, he mentions that it's the only good thing about him and he sometimes finds it very useful.
Nagito generally has a laid-back demeanor, though his cheerfulness most likely isn't genuine. He can be even disturbingly optimistic and it's strongly implied that he just suppresses any real feelings of sorrow as a way to cope, since tragedies happen to him frequently. He is quite calm and he is rarely shown openly angry or scared. However, he once mentioned that he feels fear every day of his life. Moreover, killing for the sake of despair angers him greatly and so do things he considers very hopeless or insulting towards hope, the Ultimates or Hope's Peak Academy. When displeased, he can speak or act in a passive-aggressive manner.
Nagito usually tries to be polite, but he can be overly harsh and insensitive, often without realizing it as his dementia has caused him a lack of social awareness and lack of insight into his own behavior. Because of this, he has problems understanding how his own behavior can affect other people and he may not notice or misunderstands social hints. This causes him trouble to express himself in socially appropriate manner and often leads to other people misunderstanding what he's trying to say and vice versa (this is made very clear in chapter 4, as during his point of view, he accidentally offends both Kazuichi Soda and Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu - in Fuyuhiko's case, he understands he said something wrong but remains quite confused, while in Kazuichi's case he is completely oblivious and only noticed that Kazuichi seemed angry for some reason. Other examples include his somewhat poor sense of humor and sarcasm and the fact that he doesn't seem to understand why the others are paranoid, angry and afraid of him).
Nagito shows very little genuine care or interest in others. He is often very emotionally cold and doesn't seem to feel much remorse or grief. He's shown to be fine with tricking and manipulation and is implied to be fine with stealing. While he prefers to do things on his own, he is often very lonely and tries to join the other Ultimates in their activities. It should be noted that he is capable of feeling genuine guilt and care for others. It's also been confirmed that he intentionally keeps distance from others because he wants to protect them from the disasters caused by his bad luck.
Nagito is very cunning and smart. He's skilled at manipulating others and he sometimes acts insane in order to trick others to perform a certain action. He also has notable deduction skills as he often solves the case long before the others. However, he doesn't want credit for this, and often acts ignorant during the trials and only gives hints as he wants to see the other Ultimates figure things out by themselves. He also does this because he wishes to stay on the side until he can determine which side has the stronger hope. He appears to dislike lying and he would rather tell the truth or speak in vague manner instead of directly lying, but he will lie if he finds it necessary.
Nagito is very rigid and stubborn about his beliefs, but his Island Mode ending proves that even he is capable of changing his way of thinking. He is sometimes conflicted between his bizarre beliefs and his own feelings. He believes that he is worthless and doesn't deserve any kindness from others, yet he really desires to be appreciated and loved. He greatly admires the Ultimates for their talents and capability to embody hope, yet he doesn't care much about them as actual human beings and individuals. The only one he was genuinely interested in and had any real care for is Hajime, a talentless reserve course student. In his fifth freetime event, Nagito reveals his true, biggest wish hidden under his hope obsession: to be loved by someone at least once in his life and not die all alone.
In Ultra Despair Girls, as the Servant and Ultimate Despair, he is even more harder to read and rarely lets his true intentions show. He receives the mistreatment from the Warriors of Hope with a smile and in general he appears unusually calm to the point of apathy. He is generally polite and collected, but he may be insensitive or lose his composure when rambling 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.
The Servant calls the situation a game several times, like by calling Komaru Naegi a generic game protagonist and mentioning game-balancing and defeating of the final boss. This may seem like a breaking of 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.
The Servant's main goal is to help to create a happy, hopeful world, but a one born from absolute despair and he is even ready to start a war for the sake of this goal.
[Warning: Several spoilers follow this section!]
Prior to the Tragedy
Nagito was born into a rich family, but he was also born with an extraordinary type of luck and thus his life has always been a turn between extreme 'good luck' and extreme 'bad luck'. The earliest known occurrence of this is when his dear pet dog was killed after being hit by a truck. His relationship with his parents is unclear; he mentions that they took him to an amusement park, but he also mentions that his mother never complimented his appearance.
When he was only an elementary school student, Nagito and his parents went on a family vacation at San Cristóbal Island in the Galápagos archipelago. When the vacation was at an end, the family boarded onto an airplane leaving from the San Cristóbal Airport that ended up being hijacked. Both the hijacker and Nagito's parents were killed before his very eyes after a small meteor crashed into the airplane, letting him inherit all of his parents' fortune and become free to do whatever he wished, as he had no other relatives alive.
After his parents' death, during middle school, Nagito was kidnapped by a serial killer; although he was released after the police found him (it was implied that the killer let him go after they found out nobody would pay the ransom), in the garbage bag the murderer kidnapped him in, Nagito had discovered a lottery ticket. It was a winning one for three million yen; in that situation, the lottery ticket was the only good luck received.
Nagito's cycle of good and bad luck made sure that any chance he might have at actual happiness would be cancelled. In order to cope with this very despair-inducing way of living, he developed a strong faith in hope so that he could find meaning in his life. However, this turned into an unhealthy obsession. He didn't have any close ones, because other people were disturbed by his strange way of thinking and because he intentionally avoided other people in order to protect them from his bad luck. His bad luck caused the deaths of several people and he started to believe that only the people with "weak hope" could be killed because of the influence of "trash" like him. His luck cycle worn him down to the point where he drifted through life without purpose, waiting to die and dreaming of becoming a stepladder for world's hope. Believing that he himself is unable to embody hope, he idolized Hope's Peak Academy and its students as the symbols of hope who are capable of creating "absolute hope" - hope that can overcome any despair.
As a teen, Nagito was diagnosed with lymphoma and frontotemporal dementia, with a life expectancy of half a year to a year (though, it seems his good luck allowed him to live much longer). After this, as a form of good luck, he was accepted into Hope's Peak Academy through winning a random lottery and he gained the title of the Ultimate Lucky Student. Jin Kirigiri, the headmaster, described him as a trouble maker, but a one who didn't really mean any harm.
At some point, Nagito fell to despair along with everyone else. It's strongly implied that he joined the Ultimate Despair because he wanted to see it rise and fall, believing that no matter what hope would always win and despair would be destroyed in the end. The members of the Ultimate Despair were brainwashed and fell madly in love with the leader, Junko Enoshima. However, Nagito's case was different. He developed strange, conflicting feelings of both love and hatred for Junko and saw her as his sworn enemy. This was most likely a result of both the brainwashing and Nagito's own belief that hope cannot exist without despair. It's strongly implied that Nagito wanted to kill Junko at some point, most likely in order to destroy the Ultimate Despair for good.
After the death of Junko, the remnants of the Ultimate Despair attached some of her body parts into their own bodies in order to make her survive within them and feel closer to her. Nagito cut off his left hand and attached hers in its place. Though he claims he did it for the sake of stealing her power and his hatred for her, he too obsessed over her just like the others.
The remnants of Ultimate Despair then agreed to an insane plan to have AI Junko to take over their bodies, so they could resurrect their leader. However, it's strongly implied that Nagito had no intention to follow this plan and he only desired to meet and destroy AI Junko, since he couldn't kill the real Junko.
Ultra Despair Girls
After Junko's death, Nagito moved into the Towa City in search of refuge and he was captured by the Warriors of Hope to be their slave. The kids made him wear a collar and chain around his neck, called him just a Servant and overall treated him like he wasn't even a human. They find him annoying for talking too much and because of his habit to misunderstand orders. Despite this, he seems to have authority over the Monokuma Kids and he can give them orders.
In truth, Nagito let himself be captured on purpose for the benefit of his own goals. He agreed to work with Monaca Towa despite their different goals and this agreement was kept secret from the other kids. He is requested by Monaca to guide Komaru Naegi through their Demon's Hunting game and bring her to their secret stronghold, a building called Towa Hills. He makes a deal with Toko Fukawa and promises to release captured Byakuya Togami if she escorts Komaru safely to the stronghold.
Komaru loses consciousness after a helicopter crash and is brought to the kids' airship, most likely by the Servant (Nagito). While she was unconscious, he took her Megaphone Hacking Gun, analyzed it and weakened it for the sake of "game balance". Two days later, she wakes up in a prison-like cell. Servant hands back her Hacking Gun, promises to give her upgrades later and tells her that she needs to go see the Warriors of Hope. He also warns her to keep the fact that he had returned the gun a secret, if she doesn't wish to die.
While Komaru talks with the kids, Servant suddenly appears behind her and snaps the Monokuma Bracelet onto her wrist, surprising her. He explains that if Komaru insists in removing the bracelet, it will explode. When Komaru almost mentions her gun by accident, Servant saves her by quickly changing the subject and imperceptibly reminding her of his warning. Masaru Daimon is angered by this and he threatens to glue Servant's mouth shut if he keeps on talking without permission. Servant only laughs a little and goes to stand a bit further away from others.
After the kids drop Komaru off of the ship and start their Demon Hunting game, Servant is seen talking to himself and he tells Komaru to do her best while calling her common, dull and boring "Miss Protagonist".
After Komaru falls down, she is found by Toko, right according to Servant's plan. The two start to search for a way out of the city, while in truth Toko is just trying to take her to the stronghold.
Servant is not seen in the chapter, but he orders Monokuma Kids to give upgrades for Komaru's Hacking Gun in the form of presents.
The Servant is seen again as the Warriors of Hope finish mourning over Masaru's death. He made the Warriors of Hope milkshakes, but he made them incorrectly and even put lard in them as the Internet wasn't connected and he had no guidance in order to make them. The kids reject them in disgust and Nagisa Shingetsu, the new leader of the Warriors of Hope, orders him to drink the milkshakes himself. The Servant protests slightly at first, but then obeys with laughter, commenting that he's "everyone's servant" and lives to serve.
After Jataro Kemuri's death, the remaining Warriors of Hope speak with their advisor Kurokuma. The Servant arrives late to the scene after a long search of broiled sweet chestnuts for Kotoko Utsugi. However, they're unpeeled, which greatly annoys Kotoko. She gets more angry after Servant reminds her of her past as an actress and even threatens to kill him. Servant tries to calm her down with apologies and offers to peel the chestnuts himself, but she punishes him by throwing cakes at him and calling him an useless servant. Servant keeps on smiling and simply mentions that he prefers salty things to sweet ones.
Later the Warriors of Hope drew on Servant's face by Monaca's request. This happens off-screen and is only mentioned in the art book.
Servant and Monaca become suspicious of Nagisa's loyalty and he spies on him with the help of Monokuma Kids. One Monokuma Kid records and shows him a video of Nagisa removing Komaru's bracelet and helping her to escape the city. Servant hurries to stop them and arrives just in time. He tells Komaru not to cast aside "the game" midway and questions if she is truly okay with escaping as things are. When Nagisa scolds him, Servant turns intimidating towards him for the first time and claims that the Warriors of Hope care more about the game than their paradise and Nagisa knows this, but didn't do anything about it because of Monaca. He calls Nagisa a traitor and tells him to leave the rest to him. This causes Nagisa to rethink his betrayal and he runs away.
Servant turns his attention back to Komaru and tells her that he is disappointed in her for planning to escape after he made all the preparations for her. He then corrects himself by stating that the one he should really blame is Toko and he asks why didn't she follow their plan. He then explains their deal to confused Komaru and mentions that he was also motivated by his will to have Komaru grow through the game and clear it. He reveals he's fixated on her because of her brother and he regrets not being present during Junko's defeat. He explains that a completely normal and talentless girl like Komaru can become Towa City's hope and obtain even greater hope than her brother, since hope is born from the weak rising up from despair. He carries on his mad ramble and urges her not to give up, but she doesn't understand anything he's saying. Servant calms down for a moment and assumes that she doesn't understand because of his lack of enthusiasm. He then carries on rambling, saying that hope will always win in the end, which is why he can submit himself to despair with peace of mind.
Servant asks the two girls what they plan to do now and as they start to cry and argue, he provokes Toko to catch Komaru for Byakuya's sake. The two end up fighting, but Toko loses and collapses on the ground. Toko tells Komaru to escape, admits that she lost on purpose and expresses disgust to being Servant's yes-man. Servant then walks to Toko and gives her "a little help" by pouring pepper on her face. She sneezes and changes to Genocide Jack, but she attacks Servant instead of Komaru, and slashes both of his legs with her scissors. Surprised Servant collapses on the ground and calmly assumes that she attacked him because she doesn't share memories with Toko. Genocide Jack silences him and reveals her intention to kill him and set Komaru free. Servant assumes that her change of heart was caused by the girls' beautiful friendship, but finds it a bit strange of Genocide Jack since she is a serial killer. Genocide Jack is angered by this assumption and attempts to kill Servant, but Komaru stops her and assures that they are friends.
Komaru decides to stay with Toko and Genocide Jack instead of leaving the city, which causes Genocide Jack to throw Servant against the ground in anger. He lies still and listens silently as the two girls talk, but then rises up to sit and states that the current outcome is alright, because the city would lose hope if Komaru left. He does his best to ignore the pain on his legs and tells the girls that they have to defeat "the final boss" in order to save Byakuya. He reveals that he has a partner, but refuses to tell more about it since he's already "dropped out of the game". Still, he tells them to proceed onwards and reveals that the children's stronghold is a building called Towa Hills. He is pleased to see that Komaru's hope has grown and gives the two instructions on how to reach their destination.
As the two girls leave, Servant waves them goodbye and laughs in excitement as he can feel that the city's despair will soon be swallowed by hope. Nagisa then arrives with his robot, but Servant isn't frightened and states that Nagisa really is a child for getting so angry.
Nagisa takes Servant back to their base and angrily accuses him of deceiving The Warriors of Hope and trying to ruin their plans. He kicks him in the stomach as he tries to make him confess, but it only causes the older boy to laugh a little. Monaca arrives to the scene and reveals to Nagisa that Servant's doings were requested by her and that her true goal is to create "Junko Enoshima II". Monaca mentally wears Nagisa down and causes him to fall in despair as Servant and Kurokuma watch on the side. Kurokuma states that Monaca is as vulgar as always and Servant agrees with a sigh.
Servant is now able to stand, his face is cleaned from the drawings and he has bandages covering his legs' wounds. As Monaca happily watches a video of the Big Bang Monokuma moving in the city, Servant arrives and tells her that he is about to leave and came to bid farewell. Monaca and Kurokuma are surprised by this, since "the show" has just begun. Servant says that he has a final report for his master and Kurokuma mocks him by asking if he realized he's a hard gay. Servant ignores him and explains that the Monokuma Kids told him there's an intruder in the city. Monaca and Kurokuma don't think it's important and keep on watching the video.
Servant notes that Monaca is in awfully good mood even though her plan seems to be failing. Monaca reveals that she has kept secrets even from Servant and refuses to tell more when he questions if it has something to do with Junko Enoshima II. Servant isn't truly interested in her secrets as he believes that hope will win no matter what. Monaca and Kurokuma make fun of his beliefs and call them contradictory. Servant disagrees and explains that the seeds of despair cannot be destroyed while they're buried, but they can be completely burned after they've flourished above the surface. However, he also states that contradictions don't matter to him anyway.
Monaca is a bit confused and intrigued by the fact that Servant realizes he has fallen into despair, yet he claims even that is in the name of hope. She asks if it's because of Junko's influence or was he always like that, but Servant turns silent and doesn't give her an answer. He watches for awhile as Monaca and Kurokuma speak and then turns to leave. Monaca tells Servant that she appreciates his efforts, but doesn't believe they'll ever meet again.
It's revealed that the Servant changed his mind and decided to stay in the city for a while longer and see everything through to the end. He finds unconscious Monaca and helps her out of the rubble. He carries her on his back and she wakes up and asks why he saved her. Servant answers that they're the same, both disappointed in the ending with neither despair nor hope.
Servant reveals that his main goal all along was to to cause a war in order to have a magnificent hope born from it. Monaca wonders whose side he is really on, but he says it doesn't really matter and he tells Monaca that she could become the second Junko Enoshima. He agrees to cooperate with her as long as time will allow, as he still has other things to do. He tells her that he can raise her and make her even more real than the real thing, as he is the one who loves and hates Junko more than anyone else.
Island Life of Mutual Killing
Prologue - Welcome to Dangan Island! Panic at the Heart-Throbbing School Trip!?
Nagito was the first character of the second game that appeared. He was looking down on the protagonist, Hajime Hinata, who just regained his consciousness after being transported to a strange tropical island called Jabberwock Island.
Nagito acted polite and kind towards everyone, even willing to accompany Hajime as he introduced himself to the other students. He didn't look panicked at all, knowing that he and the others were transported to a strange island, which makes Hajime wonder if he has suffered lots of trauma. Initially, he displays some affection towards his fellow students when introducing them to Hajime. He even happily took [Usami]]'s presents after they succeeded in gathering their very first Hope Fragments.
When Monokuma takes over Usami and explains the Mutual Killing game, Nagito realizes that the Ultimates are truly trapped in the island.
Chapter 1 - Destination Despair
When Monokuma reveals that the Ultimates have lost the memories of their school lives, Nagito plans to start the killings in order to become a stepping stone for hope and get at least one of the Ultimates out of the island, believing that the survivor would become the absolute hope.
After Byakuya Togami became the group's leader, Nagito sends him a nameless warning letter which says that a murder will definitely happen soon. When Byakuya suggests to throw a party, Nagito sets up a lot to determine the party duties, and through his "Ultimate Luck", ends up being the one who cleans the old lodge. He seemingly prepares a murder by hiding a glow-in-the-dark knife, but was eventually discovered by Teruteru Hanamura, who had duties to prepare food for the party. In fact, Nagito lets himself to be discovered on purpose and explains his plan to Teruteru as he tries to manipulate the Ultimate Cook into killing him.
Nagito's plan was to trip the circut breaker to cause a blackout. During this blackout, he used a lamp cord to lead himself to the table, under which he hid the knife covered in glowing paint. Just as he was about to grab the glowing knife, he was discovered by Byakuya, who brought night vision goggles in preperation. Byakuya rushed towards Nagito and pushed him out from under the table and proceeded to retrieve the knife. This saved Nagito's life and Byakuya then got stabbed by Teruteru, who was hiding under the floorboards intending to kill Nagito with an iron skewer.
Nagito then investigates the murder with Hajime, giving him lots of hints, but not revealing too much. He decides to be on Teruteru's side during the class trial, believing that he has great hope. He acts suspicious on purpose and reveals his true self as he tries to make the others think he's the murderer. In the end, everyone realizes that Nagito isn't the real culprit and they become suspicious of Teruteru. Realizing that Teruteru has reached the limits of his hope, Nagito stops defending him and the Ultimate Cook is executed.
After the revelations during the trial, everyone is left distrustful of Nagito. He tells everyone that they're free to kill him and that he is even ready to cooperate with his killer.
Chapter 2 - Sea and Punishment, Sin and Coconuts
Nagito was not present to investigate the new Island in Chapter 2 because he was tied up by Kazuichi and Nekomaru Nidai to avoid another incident happening again. After the information was leaked out, people were assigned to provide him with his meals, as shown in the game where Mahiru Koizumi wanted to deliver Nagito his meals.
During the events of Chapter 2, Nagito convinces Hajime to play the Twilight Syndrome Murder Case and helps him figure out that everything that happened was based on events that took place at Hope's Peak. Nagito was able to deduce the owner of footprint that left on the beach, Hiyoko Saionji.
The culprit's trap was also foiled by Nagito, when he stated that yellow gummy was deliberately abandoned by the culprit to frame Hiyoko. Hiyoko had never eaten yellow gummies, evidenced by the pack of gummies that Nagito found in Hiyoko's cottage. Because of this, Hajime, Nagito, and Chiaki Nanami are able to deduce that Peko Pekoyama killed Mahiru.
Chapter 3 - Trapped by the Ocean Scent
The next morning at the beginning of Chapter 3, Nagito along with Gundham Tanaka came late to the Restaurant, which broke the cozy atmosphere. He attended Fuyuhiko's welcoming party that was held by Ibuki Mioda. Later, he, Ibuki and Akane Owari caught the "Despair Disease", the third chapter's motive, and Nagito, suffering from it the most, lost his consciousness from the beginning.
After Mikan Tsumiki treated him, Nagito regained consciousness right when the third murder occured. During the investigation, he invited Hajime to watch the movie theater, and was able to deduce Mikan as the culprit and how she murdered Ibuki and Hiyoko during the Class Trial.
Chapter 4 - Do Ultimate Robots Dream of Electric Clocks?
Nagito held a major role in chapter 4. In Chapter 4, he becomes playable for the first time. In order to help with the investigation, Nagito took it upon himself to go into the Final Dead room and play the life threatining game. Using his incredible deduction skills and assisted by Monomi (who locked up inside the room by Monokuma).
Nagito managed to clear all of the challenging puzzles scattered throughout the room and earn the right to play russian roulette to access the Octagon. With a large amount of faith in his ability as the Ultimate Lucky Student, Nagito loaded the revolver with five bullets instead of one, and pulled the trigger against his head, giving him a one in six chance of surviving. He managed to survive, thanks to his talent and was granted acess into the Octagon.
By completing the Final Dead Game, Nagito got a special prize from Monokuma, the sequel to the first Future Foundation file they had obtained after ride the roller coaster. Because it revealed absolutely everything- the truth of the students' identities as Ultimate Despair, their actions while in school and beyond, even Hiyoko's growth spurt, Hajime's identity as Izuru Kamukura - Nagito took it upon himself to purge a majority of the data, such that by the time Hajime and Chiaki got around to it, all that remained in a supposedly thick file was the sixteen students' profiles with no mention of anything that had occured in between.
The students was able to discovered and voted the right culprit that murdered Nekomaru Nidai. The culprit was none other than the Ultimate Breeder Gundham Tanaka. The students received a great help from Nagito because he know the "secret" of the surprise house.
Chapter 5 - Smile at Hope in the Name of Despair
In Chapter 5, with the knowledge Nagito now posessed, he came up with a plan to weed out the traitor among the group. Nagito set off an explosion in the hotel lobby, then threatened to blow up the rest of the island with bombs that he planted unless the traitor reveals themselves. As his deadline drew nearer, Nagito informed the group that the explosives were located in a place they have each been once, in an attempt to get them to split up.
By the time Fuyuhiko had discovered the bomb's location, Nagito had already prepared a video message on a laptop instructing the traitor to come forward and scan their e-Handbook in order to disarm the bomb. After a failed attempt by Chiaki, the bomb revealed itself to be full of harmless fireworks.
The group then went to the warehouse next door, where strange music was playing, only to discover a fire starting, to which the group immediately took the fire grenades from the employee's lounge and attempted to douse the fire. After the sprinklers kicked in and extinguished the flames, the group discovered Nagito's dead body, with stab wounds over his legs and a spear impaling his stomach.
During the Class Trial, the group was able to deduce that Nagito commited suicide, however it was not as it seemed. He purposely made it seem like a suicide when in reality, Nagito had planted a vaporizing poison in one of the fire grenades that the group used to extinguish the flames in an attempt to create a mystery that could not be solved. One student who didn't know at the time, threw a grenade full of poison that ultimately caused Nagito to die and thanks to his Ultimate Luck, that student happened to be the traitor, who revealed herself as Chiaki Nanami in an attempt to save her friends.
After the events of the Class Trial, Monokuma revealed that Nagito's true plan was to kill everyone except for Chiaki in an attempt to destroy the Ultimate Despair that he knew they all truly were.
Chapter 0 - Heading to the School Trip
Nagito was seen talking inside a boat with Izuru Kamukura in Chapter 0.
Rope Master - Nagito is standing on a platform that resembles a circus’s flying trapeze. Countless ropes are hanged onto the platform. Monokuma begins to cut off the ropes one by one, but none of the ropes are connected to anything. Frustrated, he punches the cutting machine and sets the platform on fire. Monokuma escapes, but Nagito with no ropes or any other way to escape dies. This execution is only shown in the Official Fanbook.
Hajime was most likely the only person Nagito was genuinely interested in and had any genuine care for.
From the start, Nagito was particularly interested in Hajime, and was the only one to stay with him after he lost consciousness in the beginning of the game. He also escorted him to introduce himself to the other students and helped him during most investigations.
Nagito noticed that he and Hajime were similar somehow, as if they were both bystanders in something that didn't concern them. Hajime also didn't feel like an Ultimate to Nagito and they were both fans of Hope's Peak Academy. Nagito suggested that Hajime's talent could be Ultimate Serenity, because even Hajime's mere presence brought him serenity. Though sometimes annoyed by Nagito, Hajime also felt more relaxed around the other boy.
Prior to the chapter 1 trial, Hajime was the closest thing Nagito had to a friend — though his amiability may have been false, the connection he felt to him wasn't.
After revealing the part he played in the case, Hajime felt betrayed and terrified by Nagito, whom he had previously trusted and thought to be a good friend. Nagito was genuinely a bit hurt and surprised when Hajime started to dislike him, but he still kept trying to talk with Hajime and helped him at times. He remained fixated on Hajime even after he was revealed to be a talentless reserve course student and Ultimate Despair, especially evidenced in his dialogue directly preceding the chapter 4 trial in which he stated that he still cares about Hajime, though he doesn't understand why. In chapter 5, Hajime's understanding of Nagito is what thwarted his plan.
It is heavily implied that Nagito's feelings for Hajime are romantic in nature. Several times throughout the story, it's shown that Nagito feels a genuine closeness to Hajime, such as when he claimed he doesn't like being around him when under the influence of the despair disease which forced him to lie. It's indicated that the reason he feels this way is because that despite knowing what kind of person he is, Hajime still tried to understand him and spent time with him while no one else never did.
In his fifth freetime event, Nagito poured his heart out to Hajime, telling him about his terminal diseases and his wish to be loved before he dies. He then quickly slammed the door on their relationship by falsely dismissing what he had just stated as lies, probably for the sake of Hajime's safety, since Hajime was about to forgive Nagito and he would've been in danger if they got too close due to Nagito's bad luck. Due to the wording in Japanese, Nagito's last line in particular is heavily implied to be the beginning of a love confession that he decided to rephrase at the last second into him being in love with Hajime's hope instead (the official English translation doesn't include this aspect and he simply says that he loves Hajime's hope). His usage of “ai shiteru” also reflects this notion, as it's an incredibly strong phrase that even some married couples are hesitant to use.
In Island Mode, Nagito is much more harmless and he genuinely wants to entertain Hajime, but he is often quite nervous due to his inexperience in social situations. He is also constantly paranoid that his bad luck might harm or even kill Hajime. After a trip, if he has a particularly good time, he refers to the hotel as their "love nest". In the final event, he reveals that his way of thinking has slowly started to change thanks to the time he spent with Hajime. He seems to try confessing his feelings again, but instead asks Hajime to be his friend, to which the latter agreed to.
In Nagito's character song, 劇薬 Poison, he mentions that he loves and wants to understand "him" more than anyone else.
When the Ultimate Despair was formed, Nagito joined because he wanted to witness despair rise and fall at hope. The other members were brainwashed and fell madly in love with Junko, but Nagito's case was different. He developed strange, conflicting feelings of both love and hatred for Junko and saw her as his sworn enemy. This was most likely a result of both the brainwashing and Nagito's own belief that hope cannot exist without despair.
After Junko was executed, Nagito cut off his left hand and put hers in its place, although it is not functional. He believes that this allowed him to steal her power and he claims he did it because of his hatred towards her, but it's strongly implied that he also obsessed over her and wanted to feel close to her, just like the other members. When he talked about this with Izuru Kamukura, he became increasingly confused and wasn't sure what he felt.
It's heavily implied that Nagito wanted to kill Junko at some point, most likely in order to destroy the Ultimate Despair. When he talked about AI Junko with Izuru, he appeared very excited to see "her" again and explained that he desires to finally kill her, since he didn't get a chance to kill the real Junko. However, Nagito also states that he doesn't know what will happen and his motives remain unclear due to his very conflicting feelings.
In Ultra Despair Girls, Nagito describes Junko as someone he really hates, but in the end he reveals to Monaca that he both loves and hates her more than anyone else, and he implies that he knew her very well or at least he thinks he did. Considering his very bizarre feelings towards her, it's possible that he is just delusional and doesn't know her that well at all.
Nagito's relationship with his family is unclear. It's mentioned that he didn't have any relatives besides his parents. He mentions that they took him to an amusement park and they went on a family vacation together, but he also mentions that his mother never complimented his appearance, which hints at neglect.
When Nagito talks about his parents' deaths to Hajime, he is disturbingly optimistic and believes it was good luck since he inherited all of their fortune and became free to do whatever he wished. However, it's strongly implied that he just suppresses his feelings of sorrow as a way to cope, since tragedies are very common in his life. His parents died in an airplane and later in the Island Mode he is seen to be very terrified by the mere idea of aircrafts.
As a child, Nagito was very close with the family's pet dog and he was deeply saddened by his death. Because of Nagito's bad luck, the dog was hit by a truck.
Obtained from the MonoMono Machine.
- Kokeshi Dynamo
- Hope's Peak Ring
- Memory Notebook
- Mukuro's Knife
During free time conversations, the player will occasionally be given a choice on how to respond to something that is said. These are the 'right' choices.
- Hope is absolute good
- Absolute power
These will aid you, usually during Class Trials.
- Trance - Even low combos will increase the tempo. Effective during the Panic Talk Action.
- “Hey...Can you hear me...? Are you okay? ...You seem pretty out of it. To be honest, I'm also... No, everyone feels the same, too. Since we suddenly...got put in this weird situation. ...Hey, are you listening?” (to Hajime Hinata)
- “... I'm Nagito Komaeda. Nice to meet you.”
- “With everyone working together under such a splendid leader, we'll be able to overcome any difficulty!”
- “It'd be weird if you weren't worrying in a situation like this.”
- “For someone like me to be useful to you, and to even receive your words of gratitude...makes me happy.” (to Hajime)
- “I just want to believe in hope, you know?”
- “Do you understand? Hope is a positive force... Everything created by it is an absolute good!”
- “The fact that I'm alive right now is already hope!”
- “My ability is nothing more than having good luck... If it's not the result of one's effort, than it can't be used to accomplish something amazing, either. With or without it, the fact that I'm unremarkable being doesn't change. Ahah, it's different from all of you.”
- “Despair is... Like what i am compared to all of you, something minuscule, trivial and worthless!”
- “I don't want you guys to lose sight of yourselves because you doubt and hate me. I just...want to see you guys embody hope!”
- “All of you posses the qualities needed to be able to embody it... Do you understand? Hope, in other words, is a proactive will and talent... It's an absolute "good" that's brought forth by that! That's why, as long as there exist seeds of hope, I'll gladly kill a person... and gladly die myself. Since right now, my reason for living like this is hope itself!”
- “After all, we're both friends who yearn for hope!” (to Hajime)
- “You must be really bored to talk to a pest like me...”
- “Hmhmhm... Just thinking about the bad luck that's waiting for me is making me feel all tingly...!”
- “In my case, it always leads to such outcomes. However great the misfortune that i experience at first may be... The good luck that I will visit me later is grand enough to make up for all of it! That's the talent I possess... The reason i'm called "Ultimate Lucky Student".”
- “NO, THAT'S WRONG!” (to Hajime at the beginning of their Rebuttal Showdown)
- “There are two kinds of people in this world: those who are born with worth, and ever body 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.”
- “The Ultimates stand together and rise against the despair of the death of their friend! Ahhh.. such a magnificent... beautiful sight!”
- “It's not just luck.. It's true my talent is trash but I'm still the Ultimate Lucky Student, you know?”
- “'Meaningless'... No other word is more despair-inducing than that. But you mustn't give up! you must face forward with hope in your hearts, and do your best! You are the symbols of hope, because you can recover and rise up, again and again!”
- “I understand the pain of having nothing to do... But this is just despair that we have to overcome! In the end, everyone's hope will shine bright!”
- “Personally, I think it shows great courage to try understand something you don't understand.”
- “You are definitely someone who embodies hope.” (to Hajime)
- “Regardless...it's a power that has terrible results due to the fact that I can't wield it with my own will.” (talking about his talent)
- “But in the end, I obtained my freedom and immense inheritance.” (talking about his parents' death)
- “Your gracious invitation makes me want to cry... There's no way I could decline...!”
- “I just want to feel grateful for this good luck. I want to be thankful that there's someone who's interested in trash like me.”
- “As soon as my life entered the final round, it quickly became a rollercoaster ride! But it's going to be all right... No matter the bad luck that happens, good luck always lies just beyond it.”
- “The reason I'm alive is because I always believe there's hope...no matter what.”
- “Nobody's ever complimented me on my appearance before! Not even my own mother!” (to Mikan Tsumiki)
- “Now then, Hajime. Will you battle against me?” (to Hajime before commencing their Rebuttal Showdown)
- “Now that I'm on the verge of death, I've finally realized what I wanted all along: somebody's love.”
- “Hahahahaha! Let's commit the crime together so despair can become the foundation of hope!”
- “I'm sure a bright hope is sleeping inside you, too!” (to Hajime)
- “Please, don't forget... From the bottom of my heart...I am truly in love with the hope that sleeps inside you.” (to Hajime)
- “A mystery that easy would make me sad. It wouldn't be good enough to serve as everyone's stepping stone...”
- “Yep, an understandable explanation! Just as expected from the Ultimate Gamer who excels at clearing games!” (to Chiaki Nanami)
- “We aren't supposed to doubt each other here, we're supposed to work together.”
- “The class trial is where we cooperate with each other, work hard, and aim for victory.”
- “The killer and everyone else... Two hopes attempting to grasp the one, true hope...”
- “Two hopes clashing with each other is poetry in motion! That...is what a class trial should be!”
- “I'm on the side of the absolute hope that can overcome any despair. And I believe that absolute hope...exists at the point where two hopes clash.”
- “Huh? You seem distressed. A mere tool doesn't panic like that, right?” (to Peko Pekoyama)
- “It was supposed to be a clash between two hopes, but it was crushed into something so unpalatable...” (talking about Peko's execution)
- “Even this despair...is just a ladder to a bright, shining future that awaits us! The higher the ladder, the brighter we can shine... That is the unmistakable truth!”
- “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.” (to Monokuma)
- “I just think warming up is really important, especially since this isn't a game.”
- “Oh, I'm so happy I'm getting goosebumps! Everyone actually needs help from scum like me!”
- “That's amazing, Chiaki! All that gaming has given you incredible deduction skills... Is it okay to say that?” (to Chiaki)
- “Investigating with a suspect in mind creates a different result than investigating with no leads...”
- “Not everyone cooperates at a class trial... Those who lie and conceal the truth will obviously be here too...”
- “But even a drunk medical student can notice the difference between a hanging and strangulation.”
- “I know because I was looking at Mikan for so long. She was the one taking care of me, after all. 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.” (talking about Mikan)
- “The symptoms that she surely felt must've been deserving of the name, Despair Disease. Losing all hope...and harboring despair for all hope...” (talking about the Despair Disease)
- “I mean, killing someone for the sake of despair, instead of for the sake of hope... There's no way I can forgive that.”
- “C'mon, let's take all this despair and change it into hope!”
- “Awesome! We’re starting to see the light of hope!”
- “Absolute hope that can break through any despair can never lose in a place like this!”
- “After all, the only good thing about me is how lucky I am.”
- “I shouldn't made fun of Hajime. Deep down, I always wanted to become a protagonist myself...”
- “Ah, you guysWstillthinkyou're n0tg0nad13ors0m3th1ngWWWstopitstopitd0ntmst0p12”
- “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.”
- “Now, do your best. My common, boring worthless protagonist with weak character...” (talking about Komaru Naegi)
- “But... it is an order, so I have no choice. I am everyone's servant, after all... ahahahaha.”
- Nagito's report card states that:
- He likes pretty things and dislikes noisy places,
- His Blood type is O,
- His chest is 33 in.
- The Servant's profile states that:
- He likes beautiful things and beautiful people and that he dislikes noisy places and ugly people.
- “Nagito” (凪斗) as a name means “Calm Below the Dipper”, as in the big dipper constellation, while “Komaeda” (狛枝) translates as “Lion-Dog Tree Branches”. Lion-Dogs are statues that protect and guard shrines in Shintoism. The kanji used are rather old and classical, which may allude to an old family line or an upper class background.
- Nagito's Free-Time Events reveal that he was diagnosed with late stage lymphoma and progressed frontotemporal lobe dementia. While it is left ambiguous in the game, his illnesses and backstory are confirmed in the side materials.
- He appears to suffer from Behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), which symptoms may include changes in social and personal behavior, lack of insight into one's own behavior, apathy, compulsive behavior, loss of social awareness and empathy, poor impulse control and delusions.
- Other indications of his sickly state include his complexion, hair color and breathy voice. In Island Mode, it's mentioned that he has poor stamina, very sensitive skin and he seems to dislike running.
- He is a darker parallel to Makoto Naegi.
- According to Super Dangan Ronpa 2's official artbook, the second draft of Nagito's beta design is based on an “absolute rival” concept, while the third draft is based on imagination of a darker version of Makoto, "a dark hero".
- According to Kazutaka Kodaka, Nagito as a character displays themes such as "the fear of someone you can’t empathize with/someone that can’t empathize", "contradictions", "in-versed hope", "a hope too extreme will become despair" and "a Makoto that took a step down the wrong path". He states that Nagito and Makoto are both the exact opposites of each other yet still extremely alike.
- His name is an anagram for “Na-e-gi Ma-ko-to da” (苗木誠だ), which translates to “I am Makoto Naegi”.
- Both Nagito and Makoto's appearances are slightly similar, they are both the Ultimate Lucky Student, and both share the same voice actor in both the English and Japanese dubs.
- Monokuma mentions more than once that Nagito definitely reminded him of "someone".
- While Makoto's luck doesn't play a truly crucial role in his life and is actually pretty harmlessly bad, Nagito's radically fluctuating luck is truly a marvelous phenomenon, which has had a significant influence on his entire life and caused him to be the way he is.
- It should be noted that the two characters are not connected in-universe and the similarities are just a coincidence.
- One of his favorite hobbies is reading. This is implied in the main story, as Nagito likes to spend his free time in the library and later Hajime and Chiaki find several books inside his cottage. In Island Mode, he mentions that he could stay in a library for hours. He also explains that reading is possibly the most peaceful way for him to spend time, because he isn't affected by his luck cycle that much while doing it.
- In Island Mode, he expresses intense fear towards fighter jets and it's strongly implied that he may suffer from the fear of flying. While he is generally paranoid about many things, he appears to be extremely paranoid and afraid of plane crash as just thinking or talking about it makes him very anxious and the idea of people being trapped inside, with no way to escape and just waiting to crash terrifies him a lot.