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Makoto Naegi is a character in the Danganronpa series.

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Makoto Naegi is the main protagonist of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and one of the central protagonists of the Hope's Peak Academy Saga. He is a participant in the Killing School Life and the Final Killing Game.

Makoto has the title of Ultimate Lucky Student, though he appears to have both bad and good luck. Later, his title became Ultimate Hope, due to his unusual optimism and ability to spread hope. He is a student enrolled in Class 78th.

Makoto and the other survivors defeat the Mastermind of the Killing School Life, Junko Enoshima in the final trial and escaped Hope's Peak Academy.

Makoto returns in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair and Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls as a member of the Future Foundation.

The DVD/BD vol.1 of Danganronpa: The Animation came with a 25~ page booklet called Makoto Naegi Secret File. This short story describes the chain of events that led to Makoto being selected as the Ultimate Lucky Student.

Makoto also appears in Danganronpa/Zero and Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc IF. His illusory version appeared in the thirty-minutes long OVA, Super Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the Destroyer of the World. In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, he appeared as a guest character in the demo gameplay.

Makoto returns in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School, attending his trial after he was charged on suspicion of treason for protecting the Remnants of Despair.

During the Final Killing Game, Makoto unknowingly triggers the NG Code of his dear friend, a survivor from the Killing School Life, and also his boss in the Future Foundation, Kyouko Kirigiri, putting her into a temporary coma.

During the fifth time limit, Makoto becomes the "attacker" and doesn't kill anyone during the sleeping period, due to intervention by Juzo Sakakura. Along with four others, Makoto survive the Final Killing Game after Juzo deactivates the televisions by switching it to emergency power, causing the bangles to lose power.

Several months after the events of the Final Killing Game, Makoto and the Future Foundation decide to rebuild Hope's Peak Academy. Makoto becomes the new Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy, hoping to create a brighter future for him and everyone that he loves.

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Trivia

  • Makoto's hobbies include watching TV and playing video games.
  • In Chapter 2, it was mentioned that he wet his bed until 5th grade.
  • Naegi means “seedlings” in Japanese, and Makoto means “faithfulness”.
    • This could reference how he spreads hope to everyone, similar to how Junko tried to plant “seeds of despair”.
  • According to Makoto Naegi Secret File, it is revealed that Makoto wasn't the first chosen for his year to be Ultimate Lucky Student, but rather events pertaining to his bad luck led to another draw occurring.
  • The official reload artbook reveals that A Man's Fantasy is his favorite free time present. A Man's Fantasy is an Easter egg present which allows Makoto and the other male cast members to peek at the girls taking a bath.
  • In the first game, after being given the title "Ultimate Hope" near the end of the game, his e-handbook profile lists his title as "Ultimate Despair". This is not a translation error, as it was the same way in the Japanese text.
  • Makoto and Nagito share voice actors in both the Japanese and English dub. This is because Nagito's character is based on Makoto and he acts as his darker parallel.
  • Makoto is the only character to retain his original voice actor from the game for the English dub of Danganronpa anime adaptation.
  • He is the one of the few characters to survive more than one killing game. The others are Aoi, Kyouko and Hajime (Izuru).
  • The "gas mask symbol" on the back of his hood has some meanings:
    • It represents protection, referring to how he did not get killed and how Alter Ego saved him from his execution.
    • It acts like a reference to "Zero" from the game, "999". Another existing reference to "999" was mentioned by Makoto in the end of the 4th Class Trial.
  • Makoto and his sister Komaru (voiced by Megumi Ogata and Aya Uchida) perform Danganronpa Another Episode's ending theme Progressive -zenshin- together.
  • Makoto appears as a guest character in Chain Chronicle: Brave New Continent. His Max ATK is 7220 while his Max HP is 7380. His weapon is despair bat and its ability is doubled attack power. His deathblow is "Refuted", which causes small damage to all enemies within reach.
  • Makoto is also included in the collaboration of Danganronpa 3 x Hōkai Gakuen.
  • Makoto appears in Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics as the Ultimate Student class, being one of three designs available for it alongside Komaru and Monokuma.
  • The profile for the Ultimate Students states, You are the Ult. student. You may be the best, but you're just a student...You're not very good at close range combat. Master the various Truth Bullet (TB) skills and survive in this harsh world.
  • In the Danganronpa V3 bonus mode, Celestia challenges him and Nagito to Mahjong to test their luck. She then suggests they add the headmaster to even things out. This is likely a reference to the art where the same event happened.

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