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- This character is separate from the Byakuya from Danganronpa, Ryota, and Kyosuke from Danganronpa 3. See Byakuya Togami/Ryota Mitarai/Kyosuke Munakata.
|“||I no longer want to...lie anymore... Not to anyone...not to anything...not even to myself.||”|
–Ultimate Imposter, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
At first, his real name, appearance, and gender are unknown, but he is capable of impersonating others, such as Byakuya Togami. His heavy build does not affect his ability to fool others.
Ultimate Imposter returns in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy with the other Remnants of Despair from the Class 77-B, impersonating as Ryota Mitarai, until he decides to reveal his true appearance to his classmates. The Ultimate Imposter succumbed to despair along with his classmates after being brainwashed by Junko Enoshima and became a part of Ultimate Despair.
The Ultimate Imposter appears in the OVA Super Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the Destroyer of the World as a part of Nagito's world.
The Ultimate Imposter eventually awakened from his coma and helped the other Remnants of Despair stop Ryota's plans to brainwash the world into Hope. He then decided along with his companions to take responsibility for the Tragedy and resides in Jabberwock Island.
The Ultimate Imposter also appeared in the light novel titled Danganronpa: Togami as the main antagonist, a member of Ultimate Despair, and thief of the identity of the real Byakuya Togami.
The Ultimate Imposter's real appearance is that of a person with long, black hair and green eyes. His age is unknown, though he appears to be in his early twenties.
His gender is at first unknown, but he is able to give off a largely male impression while disguised as Byakuya and even mimic his voice and poses perfectly. Somehow his voice, even when not pretending to be anyone, is the same as Byakuya Togami.
The Imposter refuses to go swimming in front of others, which implies that it would reveal his true identity.
The imposter. as Byakuya, appears very similar to the real Byakuya, having platinum blond hair and bright blue eyes accompanied by rectangular, white-framed glasses. His shirt appears to be the same one as the first game, as well. However, in contrast to the real Byakuya, "Byakuya" is very large set and wears a white dinner jacket, white slacks, and white dress shoes.
As Ryota, the imposter has short, light brown hair, hazel eyes and rosy cheeks. He wears a Hope's Peak Academy uniform with a green tie.
As Kyosuke, the imposter has short white hair, dark purple eyes. He wears a white suit that Kyosuke wears in Side: Future.
Ultimate Imposter's true personality is somewhat unclear, because he spends most of his time mimicking someone else's behavior. However, during chapter 6, he speaks briefly without disguise and it's implied that his real nature is polite and slightly shy.
Most notably, the imposter appears to have a truly kind and caring personality. He impersonated Ryota Mitarai so that the real Ryota could focus on making anime, as well as get some rest, and kept checking on Ryota's well-being even after a year of impersonating him. The imposter is also shown to be smiling in a friendly manner and being protective and supportive of others even while acting as cold and arrogant Byakuya Togami. As part of his Byakuya impersonation, he act arrogant, rude and somewhat bad-tempered, but he's also reliable and feels responsible of others' safety.
The imposter enjoys his build, which appears to be his aim, as he's stated that he's intentionally sculpted his physique to be that way (while acting as Byakuya, he appears condescending towards "skinny people", though it might just be acting and part of his disguise). He has a strong liking for food, especially fast food; while he normally appears attentive, he is rather easily distracted by food. He is shown to be surprisingly passionate on the topics related to food and eating, such as body fat percentages, the amount of energy coming from specific foods, and fast food restaurants. He also explains that since virtually all fast food restaurants serve the same kind of food, it gives him a sense of security to keep being around something familiar.
Due to his nature as an imposter, he has a lack, if not absence of, self-esteem. Because of it, he feels lonely and as if he does not truly exist. He simply wants to exist and live a normal life, but he believes he cannot exist unless he assumes someone else's appearance and he believes he has to "disappear" if he's found out. He describes his life as a living hell, as he's in constant need of affirmation and he has to lie to other people.
At one point, he asks if Hajime Hinata likes being around him, and he seemed very happy when Hajime answers that they are friends. After spending time with Hajime, he is convinced that he really does exist, and he decides that he doesn't want to lie anymore and wish to live as his true self.
Skills and Abilities
The Ultimate Imposter doesn't have a name, family register, relatives, and anything that could identify his true identity. In order to have his existence acknowledged, he took other people's data and learned it so he could able to impersonate them flawlessly.
He could impersonate the person in question's voice and personality perfectly. In Danganronpa: Togami, only through his voice recording of the World Domination Proclamation as Byakuya, he could make the world believe that the one who spread the proclamation is the true Byakuya.
No one could tell the difference between the Ultimate Imposter and the real person that they impersonated, except for his noticeably heavy body build.
In Danganronpa 3, all of the Class 77-B, even Chisa doesn't recognize the real Ryota Mitarai's true appearance until he accidentally met with Chisa who wondered how the real Ryota could lose his weight in a very short time.
In Side: Despair #09, he revealed to his classmates that he was a fake version of Ryota and decided to become himself afterward.
Prior to the Tragedy
The Ultimate Imposter is a person who was born with nothing - no name, family, birth certificate nor home; or more simply, no identity at all. He was convinced that he was nothing; his existence completely invisible and his life without any meaning. All he wanted was to live a normal life.
Because of this, he chose to live on stealing another person's identity, hence his true Ultimate title. He hated this way of living, which made him unhappy and forced him to lie to other people, but he felt it was something he had to do in order to exist. It appears he found comfort in fast food which was always similar regardless of location. He became very enthusiastic about food and decided to gain a heavier build.
When the Ultimate Imposter enrolled in Hope's Peak Academy's Class 77-B, he acted as Byakuya Togami because he had the most absolute existence the Imposter had ever seen. However, he soon began to impersonate Ryota Mitarai, so that the other boy could spend all his time on animating. Ryota worked too much and often forgot to eat, and his imposter often checked on him and brought him food, and the two lived together.
During his second year at Hope's Peak Academy, the Imposter met Junko and was corrupted into Ultimate Despair by her.
The Ultimate Imposter was working on some of his animations as an "animator" in the Former Student Dorm. Their room was very dirty and filled with instant ramen cups, unwashed dishes, manga, books, and files. As his new homeroom teacher, Chisa Yukizome knocked on his door, he began to panick, thinking that the one who knocked on the door was his boss. Due to some unfinished work, the Ultimate Imposter attempted to escape via windows only to be found by Chisa. She greeted him happily and dragged him back to the school, while the Ultimate Imposter tried to use various excuses to stay behind.
The Ultimate Imposter once again tried to escape from Chisa when they encountered Hajime and Chiaki Nanami in the park, but he was immediately tied up by Chisa. After returning to class, Chisa told everyone that even though the school rule said that attending class was not necessary and that they could skip to better hone their talents, interacting with one another would help build their characters and help them to make memories.
The Ultimate Imposter was drawing sketches inside his class while Akane Owari and Nekomaru Nidai wreaked havoc during their training session. He went outside to better focus before he met Chiaki, who was upset that his friends didn't come as group so well. The Ultimate Imposter said that he didn't need to make group, as long as he honed his talents, he already grasped his future.
During the break time after they played games together, the Ultimate Imposter and his classmates happily ate Teruteru and Hiyoko Saionji's nikujaga. He ate a big portion of the food and saw Nagito crying due to the food's deliciousness. Unlike the rest of his classmates, the Ultimate Imposter merely writhed around on the ground after being affected by the food's aphrodisiacs.
After everyone recovered, Chisa gathered the Ultimate Imposter and his classmates inside the classroom, announcing that she elected Chiaki as their class representative. Like the others, the Ultimate Imposter agreed with her decision.
At the beginning of the episode, the Ultimate Imposter was talking to someone on his phone while he and his classmates walked past Hajime heading toward the Main Course building.
The Ultimate Imposter was shown drawing a sketch on the school's park with his classmates during the break time.
Along with his classmates, the Ultimate Imposter showed no spirit when he listened to Chisa's announcement about the annual practical exam due to the deaths of Natsumi Kuzuryu and Sato that affected their morale greatly.
At the end of the episode, the Ultimate Imposter and his classmates bid their farewell to their beloved teacher Chisa as she transferred to the Reserve Course after the bombing incident on the gym that involved one of her students, Nagito.
The Ultimate Imposter advised Ryota to eat something and take a break, but Ryota doesn't listen and eventually passes out from exhaustion and malnutrition. The imposter finds Mikan and brings her to help care for Ryota, and to avoid confusion, explains his backstory with Ryota.
Mikan assumes that the imposter won't let her leave alive now that she knows his secret, but the imposter gently tells her to not be silly. Mikan assumes he wants to have sex with her, which isn't true. Mikan starts crying and thanks him, saying no one has ever been so nice to her. The imposter advices her to toughen up since they will be upperclassmen starting tomorrow.
The Ultimate Imposter is seen talking to Ryota, reminding him to go to the hospital.
After Class 77-B move to the new school building, the Ultimate Imposter informed Mikan that he haven't heard news of Ryota since a week ago after he left a note that he would focus on his work.
As the news of The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy widespread and caused the Reserve Course students to riot, the Ultimate Imposter and his classmates worried about their school condition. After Ryota left, the Ultimate Imposter received a note from Mikan, saying that she is helping Ryota.
After hearing from Nagito upon his return that he saw Tsumiki around the West District of the school, the Ultimate Imposter grabs him by the scruff of the neck and demands him to give more information. Nagito picks on his sudden change of character before the Ultimate Imposter plays it down as getting overly excited. He and the rest of the class go searching for Tsumiki on the school grounds, going around in a group with Akane and Nekomaru, Akane begins to think about food and asks if the Ultimate Imposter is hungry to which he replies no awkwardly.
Having failed to locate Mikan, the Ultimate Imposter and his classmates return to the classroom. Chiaki shows up carrying Nagito and explains that Chisa is in danger. Mikan also turns up with a wounded Peko. Chiaki rallies the class to go help Chisa, and the Ultimate Imposter rips off his Ryota mask, revealing his real face. He admits he has been deceiving them all because of his talent, and feels it is time they all know the truth. The class rushes to go and save Chisa, but they encounter some angry Reserve Course students. Nekomaru and Gundham stay to hold them off while the rest continue underground. As they walk down the stairs, Chiaki says she feels that together they can do anything. The Ultimate Imposter says that he feels the same way now that Chiaki has said it.
The Ultimate Imposter and the class continue down the corridor after making their descent of the stairway, Mikan eventually catching up with them. After a door is flung open unexpectedly, with multiple eyes appearing in the darkness, Kazuichi screams loudly, catching the attention and dismay of the Ultimate Imposter and the rest of the class. Only to find it was Nekomaru and Gundham, the class relieved that they are both okay. Ibuki proclaims all that is left is to save Chisa, to which the Ultimate Imposter and the rest of the class agree.
Mikan, now leading the group, approaches a large red door at the end of the corridor, pressing a button which opens the door, the Ultimate Imposter and the rest of the class follow her inside. Once inside, Junko reveals multiple monitors showing Chiaki Nanami's Punishment, Sonia responding saying 'she can't move' leads the Ultimate Imposter to question if it's 'the video'. Horrified by what he is seeing, he wants to find a way to save Chiaki but is powerless.
Once Chiaki reaches the "goal" in her execution, she opens the door. She sees the Ultimate Imposter, the rest of the class, and Chisa on the other side. Once she reaches for Chisa's hand, spikes appear from under the ground and stab Chiaki everywhere on her body. As the broadcast ends, the Ultimate Imposter and the class fall silent, with a patterned swirl in their eyes, they are now Ultimate despair.
The Ultimate Imposter and the rest of the class have returned to the classroom, receiving their final lesson before graduation. Chisa stated that she has been honored to be their teacher, and started reading a letter she prepared, the Ultimate Imposter and the rest of the class clap with gratitude.
After the speech, red lights turn on, and Chisa started to cry. The patterned swirled return in their eyes as they all make a declaration of what they will do upon graduation. The Ultimate Imposter tearfully expressed he could 'become anyone' he wanted, even president.
After bidding her class a final farewell, Chisa activated a bomb that fakes the death of Class 77-B. The Ultimate Imposter and his classmates stand outside the school grounds as they watch Hope's Peak Academy's destruction.
Chisa's narration later revealed that the Ultimate Imposter helped infect the world with despair.
During the Tragedy
The members of Ultimate Despair did all kinds of horrible things during the Tragedy, causing despair all over the world.
After the death of Junko, the remnants of the Ultimate Despair agreed to an insane plan to have AI Junko take over their bodies, so they could resurrect their leader.
The Ultimate Imposter is the primary antagonist in Danganronpa: Togami. He impersonates Byakuya's voice to wide-spread the World Domination Proclamation.
Impersonating Byakuya Togami, the Ultimate Imposter is seen in the flash back as a member of Ultimate Despair nimbly dodging Future Foundation's attack with his night vision googles.
The remnants of Despair are later found by Future Foundation. Makoto Naegi plans to undo Junko's influence by putting them into the Neo World Program, but the program is taken over by AI Junko, right according to the Ultimate Despair's plan.
Prologue - Welcome to Dangan Island! Panic at the Heart-Throbbing School Trip!?
While in the Neo World Program, the Ultimate Imposter acts as Byakuya Togami, as he has lost his school memories.
In the very beginning, Byakuya was not very sociable with the others, making his introduction short and simple. He also refused to join in on the short-lived beach party.
After Monokuma took over the island and ordered the Island Life of Mutual Killing, Byakuya immediately began to take action, making himself the leader of the group and promising the safety of all the students.
Chapter 1 - Destination Despair
The next day, after Monokuma revealed the truth about everybody's memories having been erased as well as the presence of a traitor in their group, Byakuya proposes the idea to hold a party that very night without explaining his reason.
At a suggestion, they gain a permission from Monomi to use the Old Lodge next to the Lobby as the location for the party, as the area has no monitors for Monokuma to spy on them from. As the Old Lodge was old, when it came to choosing who should clean the place, Nagito offered to draw straws that he had prepared beforehand. Nagito won the lottery, thanks to his luck, and accepted the duty to clean the lodge while Teruteru offered to cook for the party. Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu refused to attend the party, and though the other students questioned it, Byakuya allowed him to go.
Throughout the party, Byakuya showed strange levels of precaution that many of the students questioned. He went as far as to hold a body check at the entrance of the party, patting down every student whether female or male and confiscating any materials that they considered dangerous in a duralumin case (such as taking a wrench away from Kazuichi Soda).
When they saw the food set out in the main room of the Old Lodge, he seemed to be alarmed before suddenly digging in to the churrasco Teruteru prepared for the party, much to the surprise of the other members and the dismay of Akane.
Their reason was revealed to be that the churrasco was pierced by large skewers which he deemed extremely dangerous. He subsequently went to the kitchen to confiscate any sharp objects from knives to skewers based on the list hung up in there, though he noted that one of the items on the list seemed to be missing.
When the party was about to start, he decided to keep the duralumin case full of confiscated potential weapons in the Surveillance Room/Office. Peko Pekoyama volunteered to guard the duralumin case and keep watch over the party there, as the place had several security monitors.
Chiaki Nanami and Monomi offered to keep watch outside as to keep Monokuma from finding them and crashing the party. Other than the duralumin case kept in the Office, Byakuya kept a second one beside them at the party, the contents of which were unknown at the time.
Midway through the party around 11:30 pm, a sudden blackout, combined with the blocked windows of the lodge, caused the interior of the building to go completely dark. It was revealed that Byakuya had kept several self-defense and precautionary items in the second duralumin case, using night vision goggles to see what was going on.
In the darkness, he saw Nagito acting suspiciously, trying to retrieve something from under a table, and reacted immediately by diving under the table and pushing him out of the way. He found that a knife was stationed under the table, held in place by glow-in-the-dark tape and its handle covered in the same material.
Teruteru, who knew of Nagito's suspicious activity as well, waited in preparation under the floorboards for the knife to move. He blindly stabbed at whoever was under the table with the missing skewer from earlier and ended up killing Byakuya.
Chapter 5 - Smile at Hope in the Name of Despair
In Chapter 5, much later in the game, Hajime went into Nagito's room for investigation purposes for the upcoming Fifth Trial. In there, he found the files that Nagito had received from Monokuma as a prize for clearing the Final Dead Room in Chapter 4, and discovered that the Byakuya he thought they had all known was actually an imposter. 'Byakuya's profile listed '???' for his name, age, birthdate, and even gender, and their Ultimate talent as the 'Ultimate Imposter'.
Chapter 6 - This is the End Goodbye Academy of Despair
In the 'Game Reset' scene of Chapter 6, "Byakuya" makes a re-appearance, but his way of talking and their voice is no longer Byakuya Togami; instead, his voice has changed into a gender-neutral one, and he wonders if he should re-introduce himself. Whether this is the Ultimate Imposter's true face or simply an illusion created by Hajime is unknown.
Epilogue - The Day Before the Future
The Ultimate Imposter is rendered comatose, just like most of his classmates. The survivors of the Killing Game wait for him and the rest of his classmates to wake up.
The Ultimate Imposter appears in Nagito's imagination world.
Thanks to Hajime mixed with Izuru's incredible abilities, the Ultimate Imposter and the other fallen Remnants of Despair awoke from their coma. He and the others were taken off of Jabberwock Island and brought to the Future Foundation off-shore facility. He took the form of Kyosuke Munakata and joined Kyosuke in battle.
Later, he took the form of Ryota again and talked Ryota out of using the Hope brainwashing video. He and his classmates then invite Ryota to come and live with them. Ryota ended the broadcast of his Hope Video and fell to the floor in tears, The Ultimate Imposter holding him in a comforting embrace.
As they departed, the Imposter assumed the form of Byakuya. He showed concern for Ryota as he appeared to be even skinnier than he remembered. He smiled at Ryota as he recalled the advice he had always given him during their time at Hope's Peak Academy, that the only thing you can really believe in is 'fats and sugars'.
Fellow member of the 77th class of Hope's Peak Academy. At some point after the Class 78th entered Hope's Peak, the Imposter helped out Ryota and got his permission to impersonate him. While the Imposter attended class, Ryota stayed at the apartment to make anime. The Ultimate Imposter became good friends with Ryota, but often worried about him because Ryota was starting to abandon his own health to focus on making anime. One day, when Ryota becomes ill due to starvation, the Imposter shares his secret with Mikan just to get her to help him.
According to the relationship chart, Ryota questions if the Ultimate Imposter taking his place is really okay, showing that he was concerned at first about the morality of the situation.
However, when Ultimate Imposter joins Ultimate Despair, his friendship with Ryota comes to an end because the latter decides to join the Future Foundation.
After the Imposter returns from his coma, he, along with the other Remnants of Despair convince Ryota not to release his Hope Brainwashing video. Ryota was happiest to see the Imposter, and after deciding not to release the video, the Imposter hugs Ryota who cries into his arms. Afterwards, the Imposter introduces Ryota to his class while showing concern that Ryota isn't eating well because he looks skinnier than he remembers. The two are shown to have become close friends once again.
While the two almost never interacted in the game, the Imposter's relationship with Mikan is explored in Danganronpa 3 - Side: Despair. When Ryota's health started to worsen, the Imposter shared his secret with Mikan in order to get the Ultimate Nurse to help his friend. Surprisingly, the Imposter was not worried about sharing his secret with Mikan, placing his full trust in her. Mikan agreed to keep his secret. The Imposter was very kind with Mikan and encouraged her to be more confident due to her shy nature. Because Mikan did not receive this kind of treatment often, she took a liking to him, and the two become close friends.
The Ultimate Imposter was arguably the most worried about Mikan when she disappeared from class all of a sudden. When Nagito claims he saw Mikan on his way to the school, the Imposter threatened Nagito on instinct, only to apologize afterwards.
Ibuki admires Ultimate Imposter while he is impersonating as Byakuya Togami, thinking that he's very cool and reliable and she admires his leadership skills. He is sometimes a bit annoyed with her.
During chapter 2, after his death, she states that she misses "Byakuya" a lot. In addition, during chapter 5 when she and the other deceased characters show up, she greets him by oinking and explaining that she said “You're so cool” in pig talk.
While not apparent in the game, many manga adaptations portray Ibuki with some sort of crush on the imposter and she's often shown to be attracted to his heavy build. Though, it should be noted that the manga are non-canon.
Unlike most of his classmates, Ultimate Imposter didn't seem to outright hate Nagito or show any disdain toward him. He sat beside Nagito while they ate and asked why he was tearing up while eating. He was also the only one of his classmates to ask about Nagito's expulsion.
Reserve Course Student
Ultimate Imposter never held any close relationships with anyone on the Island in their short time there. However, upon getting his Free-Time Events, he becomes rather close to Hajime. He engages in various discussions, one being about fast food, with him, and later tells him a strange story about a person who was absolutely nothing and so, lived on as another person to be something which later turned out to be about himself.
When Hajime tells him that he considers him a friend, he softens greatly, even changing the way he addresses Hajime (normally, Byakuya addresses everyone as omae which is a rude and somewhat egotistical method of saying 'you'; however, after this event, he briefly calls Hajime kimi, which is a friendlier, same-level method of saying 'you' before going back to omae at Hajime's request). Ultimate Imposter also says that one day, he will reveal his true story to Hajime, though he was murdered before he could.
During Island Mode, Ultimate Imposter explains his true identity to Hajime. After becoming friends with Hajime, he is convinced that he really does exist, and he decides that he doesn't want to lie anymore and wish to live as his true self. In Hajime's official relationship chart, the Ultimate Imposter considers Hajime a worthy partner.
Obtained from the MonoMono Machine.
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.
These will aid you, usually during Class Trials.