Junko Enoshima is a character in the Danganronpa series.
Junko Enoshima is the central antagonist of the Danganronpa series' Hope's Peak Academy Saga.
She is the younger twin sister of Mukuro Ikusaba and the founder of Ultimate Despair, also known as the True Ultimate Despair.
Junko was scouted by Hope's Peak Academy as the Ultimate Fashionista for Class 78th, which allowed her to attend the school. However, multiple installments in the series have revealed that this is only a superficial talent, derived from her "true", inherent talent of being the Super High School Level Analytical Prowess, which borders on superhuman.
In Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School Junko appeared as the person responsible for the corruption of the Remnants of Despair. Sometimes during Side: Despair, Junko created her alternate identity known as Ryōko Otonashi in Danganronpa/Zero. During those events, she murders her beloved childhood friend and lover Yasuke Matsuda in a fit of despair. She is also the one who plotted the event known as Giboura Massacre in Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer.
During the Killing School Life, Junko executed her older sister, Mukuro, who was masquerading as her, using Monokuma.
Junko executed herself along with Monokuma after her despair was defeated by the survivors' hope and was voted guilty in the last trial of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
Junko returns in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair as an Artificial Intelligence and a virus. AI Junko also appears in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, in the form of Shirokuma and Kurokuma.
Despite inflicting untold damage to the world through her machinations, Junko's plans are ultimately defeated by the end of Danganronpa 3; her Remnants of Despair were cured of their brainwashing, The Tragedy was finally brought to an end, and Makoto Naegi rebuilt Hope's Peak Academy with the help of the Future Foundation. As she died at the end of the Killing School Life, Junko could only watch these events unfold in the afterlife; at the same time, she was already satisfied with what she accomplished in her life, as well as considering a world without despair to be a form of despair itself.
Junko made a cameo as a red herring for the real mastermind in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. It was later revealed that "Junko" was just Tsumugi Shirogane cosplaying as her. Due to the fourth wall breaking nature of the last trial, it can be further inferred that Tsumugi was cosplaying as Junko to deliberately make the audience think Junko had returned as the mastermind yet again.
- Despair Sisters - A familyship between Junko Enoshima and Mukuro Ikusaba.
- Junkan - A femslash ship between Junko Enoshima and Mikan Tsumiki.
- Junkomaeda - A het ship between Nagito Komaeda and Junko Enoshima.
- Junkozuru - A het ship between Izuru Kamukura and Junko Enoshima.
- Naejunko - A het ship between Makoto Naegi and Junko Enoshima.
- Junko means "shield" coupled with "child". Enoshima can literally mean “island of the bay”, or refer to the island in the Kanagawa prefecture.
- According to Kazutaka Kodaka, Junko is the type of villain who has no sympathetic qualities nor tragic backstory to explain why she does what she does.
- In Danganronpa 3, it's revealed that similar to Izuru, her supernatural analytical skills caused her constant boredom; as a result, she developed an obsession with unpredictable despair.
- Fitting her unstable and changing personality, Junko has no listed likes or dislikes.
- One of Junko's poses (where she puts her hand in front of her face, leaving only one eye visible) is the same of Dio Brando from Jojo's Bizarre Adventures; in the Japanese version of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, she also says Dio's Stand Cry "Muda muda muda!", during her Bullet Time Battle.
- In her haughty "Queen" personality, Junko's crown appears based on that of the King Slime from the Dragon Quest series. Notably, the first thing she says when she makes her appearance in the climax of the original Danganronpa is a direct quote of the Dragonlord from the original Dragon Quest.
- According to her profile in the official Danganronpa art book, Junko wears black panties with red trim near the waistband, semi-transparent sections at the hips, and an image of Monokuma's left eye on the front. They go unseen in the game proper; due to Junko's role as the hidden mastermind of the Killing Game, Makoto is unable to have Free Time Events with her.
- In the art book, Junko narrates her own student profile as herself, instead of the Monokuma persona. At the bottom of the page, the "Monokuma Room Check" (which normally shows details of the student's room in the academy) is replaced with a "Dot Pattern" section, showing sprites of Junko's appearance in School Mode that went unused.
- In the Japanese version of Danganronpa 2, Junko references the series God of War by name. In the English version, this is changed to "Knifearella", a reference to Bayonetta.
- It is unknown how Ultimate Despair managed to retrieve Junko's body parts after she was crushed during her execution. It's most likely that most of the execution cutscenes are highly stylized and exaggerated.
- Both Junko and Chiaki are the only two characters to have gone through two executions (though both of their second executions involved their AI counterpart).
- In the Japanese version, Junko and her twin sister Mukuro are both voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi.
- In the English version, Amanda Céline Miller and Erin Fitzgerald both voice Junko, with each voice actor voicing different parts of Junko's personality. Fitzgerald voices "Teacher Junko", "Monokuma Junko" and "Model Junko". Miller and Fitzgerald also voice Shirokuma (Miller) and Kurokuma (Fitzgerald) respectively, who are physical avatars for AI Junko.
- Miller and Fitzgerald also share the voice of Touko Fukawa (with Miller voicing Touko and Fitzgerald voicing Genocide Jack), and Seiko Kimura (Miller voices her in Side: Despair and Fitzgerald voices her in Side: Future).