“Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair” – Nagito Komaeda is probably the worst ever.

ebcb5a8a6d1866fc078d69a65e77aa03a429bef7_hqThere’s a very small list of characters that I actually, genuinely hate. This list includes Delores Umbridge, Joffrey Baratheon, Alois Trancy, and now, Nagito Komaeda. A lot of people seem to really like him; there’s art of him everywhere depicting friendships with Hajime. Despite this, he is a severely deranged character, even if his actions are required to drive the story forward.

Not only is he the first person to try to commit murder (despite failing miserably), but Event_50_(1)after failing to do so, he sort of awakens as a level one antagonist. He continually berates himself, and uses this as an excuse to hide information from others.

He also seems to have some sort of obsession with hope. He’s convinced that murdering people will bring hope to the rest of them. He continually expressed his desire to be a “stepping stone” for this hope, and is always somehow dissappointed when the end of a trial shows a severe lack hope.

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Right before the fourth Class Trial, he seems to do a complete turn around, basically acting as if he’s superior to everyone. The cause of this is simply because he’d found out additional truths about Hajime, and what exactly the Future Foundation is. But, instead of celebrating the hope he’d always talked about, this time he berates his classmates and acts as if there is no hope. This is ironic, considering he was ready to die for his cause just moments before in the Final Dead Room.

The real truth is that he’d found out that all of them are actually Remnants of Despair.Event_147 These former followers of Junko Enoshima thrive on despair, and when Nagito finds this out, he seeks to rid the world of all of them. He now knows that hope is non-existent for them, and his entire goal is compromised. He ends of killing himself while trying to create an unsolvable crime to fool the other students into guessing the killer wrong.

Even after his death, his animosity for despair is obvious. His hatred for it explodes after learning the truth, seeing as his real self is so full of it. His real body, outside the game world, even lacks an arm; he voluntarily cut it off and replaced it with Junko Enoshima’s after she died. As much as he is deranged, confused, and probably insane, he should at least be given credit for revealing the truth. This still doesn’t change my disdain for him, even if he’s important for the story.

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lacy
    Nov 06, 2017 @ 23:54:11

    just say you hate mentally ill people and go

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    • Anrisa Ryn
      Nov 07, 2017 @ 10:05:12

      That is definitely not the case. It’s clear many times that Nagito makes a conscious choice to do the things he does. He may be mentally ill, but he also chooses to be a total asshole to everyone. And please don’t assume things. I myself have a mental illness, and I realize some of the things I say are a direct result of this, but I acknowledge this and apologize for my mistakes. Nagito does no such thing. Do not use his mental illness as an excuse for abusive behavior.

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      • Lacy
        Nov 07, 2017 @ 11:12:23

        “As much as he is deranged, confused, and ****probably insane****” yikes

        not to mention that everything komaeda does is because he thinks that is what is the best and objectively right thing to do. he never “chooses to be an asshole” and its his inability to properly read social situations and know what is socially acceptable and socially unacceptable that makes him come off like so (the only time hes being a true asshole to anyone was after he found out that they were all worldwide terrorists, which is completely justified and if he didnt react in such a way i would then question his morals).

        and double yikes, in order to be abusive, in anyway shape or form, you have to have the ill intent of hurting someone. everything komaeda does is because he thinks it’ll help the others out the most, but again, their mental/social disability causes a disconnect between the ways he should be helping the ways he thinks he should be helping. also komaeda is constantly apologizing for everything he does, including his social fallings and distress he caused the others i have no idea how you missed that.

        do i think komaeda was right to start the killing game? no. do i think his mental illness excuses this? no. but “He continually berates himself, and uses this as an excuse to hide information from others” (which he doesn’t do, hes respecting the others when they tell him to shut up because he can’t recognize that in the situation he shouldnt speak up and help out) and the entire third paragraph is just an ableist mess. the whole thing is an ableist mess and you can still very much be ableist and villainize mentally ill people if youre mentally ill yourself. youre not exempt.

    • Anrisa Ryn
      Nov 07, 2017 @ 12:09:28

      I still fail to see how this character analysis makes me ableist. I simply posted my opinions and analysis, showing how he refuses to be of use to his classmates. Instead of helping them, he impedes them any opportunity that he gets. He doesn’t want to help them, he wants them all to die. And that is in fact abusive.

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      • Lacy
        Nov 07, 2017 @ 13:00:34

        in the game all he does is try to be of use to the others and tries to help them out at every opportunity he gets. im not sure what game youre playing where the opposite happens but its not dr2. the only time he wants them all to die was after he found out they were all terrorists and responsible for the death of millions, but here youre saying it would be better if he knowingly let these mass murders go free? and nothing he does in the game is ever abusive or even remotely close to abusive, what game are you playing.

      • Anrisa Ryn
        Nov 07, 2017 @ 16:28:28

        I’d be much more willing to discuss the topic if you were so defensive about it. I’ve even written about mental illness relating to mikan tsumiki a few days ago if you’d like to read that.

  2. t
    Nov 07, 2017 @ 13:42:30

    Sorry but hard agree w lacy. komaeda at the base of their character is selfless and helpful (both to a fault) and is never abusive and they sincerly believe everything theyre doing is for the greater good/the good of their classmates. if you want I could message you and try explain this (+ why lacy has dubbed this analysis to be ableist) on tumblr a little better so there’s not a huge thread of replies here (and sorry i dont hve an account here and came here thru the nagito komaeda tag there) like only if you want

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    • Anrisa Ryn
      Nov 07, 2017 @ 15:06:29

      Hey no worries, t! I’m always open to new interpretations of characters. I do see what you mean about thinking he’s helping, so I’ll agree with that part. I don’t think he should be let off with his abhorrent actions being “allowed” because he’s mentally ill. I’m still on the fence about whether or not he even is mentally ill. There’s a line between illness and basically being a huge turd and nagito crosses it I think.

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    Nov 15, 2017 @ 04:35:32

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  5. ThIs iS uS
    Jun 03, 2018 @ 00:44:17

    people can make complex explanations but Nagito can be summarized into this scenario.

    “You and your friend are in school, there’s an exam, Nagito wants you to pass, so he lets you copy from his paper. Essentially cheating in the exam.”

    Nagito’s intentions were good but obviously his means was very wrong, it could also be applied to Danganronpa 2, only in a more convulted way.

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    • Anrisa Ryn
      Jun 04, 2018 @ 11:17:44

      Oh! That kind of makes sense. The way he went about it really doesn’t change my mind about him, but I suppose, given the circumstances, this was the best way to do it?

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