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Professor Idabashi (飯田橋博士 Īdabashi hakase) is a character mentioned in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.
He is the leading expert in robotics engineering and the creator of K1-B0, who raised the robot as his own child. According to K1-B0, he is not an Ultimate, but very talented nevertheless.
Professor Idabashi created K1-B0, a robot with a maturing AI, to be the culmination of all of his work and research. He was meant to be a robot more human than any other robot before. Initially, K1-B0 had no knowledge nor awareness, and was only capable of displaying a very narrow spectrum of human emotions. The plan was to raise and develop him like a parent would their own child. However, a few years passed, and there was no improvement in his mental state.
One day, an unpredictable accident occurred during a routine experiment. K1-B0's programming went rogue and he ended up seriously injuring the professor, but fortunately he survived. After hurting the professor, K1-B0 was suddenly overcome by immense sadness, especially considering that the First Law of Robotics said that a robot must not harm a human being. Even though K1-B0 wasn't punished for breaking that rule, he nevertheless felt sadness and blamed himself, feeling immense guilt. For the first time, he understood how it felt to feel human emotions, and at that moment his AI suddenly reset as if committing a suicide. He became like a newborn infant once again, with all of his memories deleted. In his "next life", K1-B0 called it the day of his own "death" and the day of his true "birth". After learning the story from the professor, he assumed that perhaps he had wanted to be "reborn" as the professor's son once again.
K1-B0's strength was considerably weakened after the incident, described as being similar in strength to an average senior citizen. This time, his AI matured accordingly and he learned and developed as his creator raised him like his own child, with K1-B0 considering the professor his father. Eventually, the professor even sent him to attend Īdabashi Industries High School (光星国際アカデミー) and he was recognized as being Ultimate even as a robot.
It was later revealed that most memories of the students were lies created by Team Danganronpa, who are K1-B0's true creators. Meaning he either doesn't exist or he works for Team Danganronpa.
K1-B0 is Idabashi's creation, who he treats like his own child. In turn, K1-B0 considers the professor his father. K1-B0 respects the professor's skills, despite the fact that they aren't an Ultimate.
After becoming trapped into the killing game, K1-B0 mentions that the professor would desperately search for him if he went missing, proving how close they are.
In his Free Time Events, K1-B0 reveals that he used to have a "past life" when he didn't develop correctly, suddenly went rogue and seriously injured the professor. He felt massive guilt and sadness as a result, his AI suddenly resetting as if committing a suicide. K1-B0 has no memories of this and believes he must have wanted to be reborn as the professor's child. In his Harmonius Heart event, it's shown that K1-B0 still feels guilty and thinks the professor might resent him because of the incident.
In the bonus mode Love Across the Universe, if Shuichi offers to take his clothes off, K1-B0 is shocked by such shamefulness and mentions that even the professor hasn't seen him "naked".