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Dangan RonpaCanon Point:
End of Chapter 5 of Trigger Happy HavocAge:
Who knows? Roughly 18/19History: Junko’s page on the DR wikiPersonality:
To say that Junko is complicated would be to ultra-simplify everything about her and yet say nothing at all. The creator of Dangan Ronpa is quoted as saying that “Junko is the type of villain who has neither sympathetic qualities nor tragic backstory to explain why she does what she does”. She merely is
Ultimate Despair because she is
. Although, considering her true ability as the Ultimate Analyst, it’s sort of easy to see why she’d turn to despair instead of hope. When one can see what others will do with little effort and watch it happen nearly step-by-step beforehand, the world becomes a boring, small place filled with dull, scurrying creatures that do nothing
Her complete and total boredom is the defining quality of what Junko does. It feeds her despair because nothing is new and everything is so blasé. However, that’s just how she likes it. Despair is her thing and it’s the only thing she truly
cares about. She claims that she was born crying tears of despair, but she isn’t really the most reliable of historians. And she despairs about that, along with everything else. There is also a point where she declares that her personality changes are because she gets bored. In fact, she is already bored of her personality that is bored.
To make some sense of this, let’s talk about Junko’s connections to those around her. The two people who she’s ever relied upon to help her with her plans and machinations are her older twin sister, Mukuro Ikusaba, and childhood friend, Yasuke Matsuda, and they are very important for so many things she does. However, not even they are immune to her all-consuming desire for Despair, with a capital D. In fact, at the end of the day, they help her reach the plateau of True Despair through their contributions and later their deaths. She manipulates them from a very young age, as we see with the infamous sand-castle incident and the way she manages to get Mukuro to go along with her plans with little to no explanation of what will happen before hand. In fact, many times, Mukuro’s willingness to do what Junko wants is almost slavish and obsessive. And when she finally questions Junko, it’s too late.
For Junko, the Despair she feels is so overwhelming that she craves more. In fact, she wants to share it with those around her that she loves, including her classmates. She says more than once that even though they don’t seem to remember her—since she removed their school memories—she only wants them to know how she feels. She will go to any length to make sure that her plans are meticulously carried out. Her sins include, but are not limited to, experimenting with her memory with the help of Matsuda Yasuke—The Ultimate Neurologist at Hope’s Peak—and her sister, kidnapping her senpai and using his talent to ruin the world, brainwashing an entire class of upperclassmen by forcing them to watch a video of her murdering their class rep, blackmailing members of the Hope’s Peak staff so they won’t turn her in, mental lobotomies for those that don’t bend to her will, setting up multiple murder games and broadcasting them to the world, killing both Matsuda and Mukuro when their usefulness had ended. The list is much longer, but those are her most heinous crimes.
How can someone so terrible go unnoticed for so long, you ask. Well, she’s terribly charismatic and can project the kind of magnetism that serial killers of the highest order have all been said to have. She uses her analytical talents to charm, wheedle and sometimes bully her way into the things she wants. She plays on the need for love and acceptance of abused, discarded children to twist them into her own version of warriors. She uses Mukuro and Matsuda’s love for her to push them beyond what they’d normally do. She twists Mitarai Ryota’s Ultimate Animator talent into something dark and ugly by using flattery of his life’s ambitions so that she can then turn around and destroy the lives of everyone she touches. But she’s beautiful, smart, genuinely funny and ruthless. She is, to say rather clinically, a sociopath of the highest order. Sort of like Patrick Bateman or Charles Manson.
And she feels no true remorse for any of this. She fakes tears on more than one occasion and even claims that she’s sorry and that she knows she’s terrible. But she doesn’t care. If it’s for Despair, nothing is too much. Nothing will ever
be too much. She’s dragged the world into a hell of her own making and is sitting back to popcorn it all. With butter.
Some of the things she does, she hides behind the face of her mechanical/stuffed bear, Monokuma. Most of her interactions with her classmates after they wake up for the killing game in Hope’s Peak Academy are done through her proxy. Including the murder of her own sister while Mukuro was pretending to be her. It’s not that she’s scared to face them. She doesn’t know fear. It’s that it’s so much more fun
to see them despair over a mascot ruining their lives than it would be if she were to show herself.
But she wasn’t always like this. Not really. When Matsuda is helping her with her memory experiments, she calls herself Ryoko Otonashi. Ryoko has a terrible time of recalling things, so she always writes down what happens in her notebook. Her talent of being the Ultimate Analyst is put into play nearly all the time. She’s sweet and kind and a little dopey. She’s totally in love with Matsuda, almost to the point of infatuation, since he’s the only person she can remember from every instance of memory loss. How much of Ryoko remains after she breaks and murders Matsuda at the end of their experiment phase is never touched on, but you can guarantee that she’s in despair over it.Abilities:
Junko has two “Talents” that have been recognized by Hope’s Peak Academy. She is the Ultimate Fashionista/Gyaru, which means she’s hyper-photogenic and graces the covers of many magazines and television. Her second talent the Ultimate Analyst, which means she can fairly accurately gauge a situation and determine the next ten steps anyone is going to take. Other than those, Junko is fairly normal. Sort ofStrengths:
highly intelligent, determined, charming, creative, flexibleWeaknesses:
obsessive, amoral, heartless, self-destructive, manipulative God/Shinki:
Junko is terrible at taking orders from anyone and already lives to cause trouble for everyone around her. Her analyst talent is extremely powerful in its own way but doesn’t make her invulnerable and can lead her into troubleTop 3 Choices:
Eris of Greek Mythology, Mohini of Hindu Mythology, Morgan Le Fay of Welsh MythologyGod Type:
Chaos/Trickster. She would be interested in accepting the prayers of people who would like to cause trouble, both mild and major, to others. Sowing chaos and discord is something she’s very good at, even if it backfires on her.Power:
Emotion Manipulation - Junko would be able to tap into the emotions most likely to make those she’s influencing lose control to the point where they need to be sedated. As far as limitations on her powers, she would only be able to enhance emotions that are already apparent to her through observation and her knowledge of human psychology. She also cannot force her targets to murder someone (unless that's already something they're going to do and the other person agrees to this idea). I want to say that it could only work on humans, not other gods or shinki because that would keep her in line and give her something to fight back against (and fail doing so). I'm also okay with her powers not working all of the time, since she's pretty fallible and that would feed into her Despair-loop. Writing Sample Sample: Junko on the newest TDM Other Anything Else?:
Is it possible for her to use Monokuma as her avatar, no matter what God she is?