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Makoto Naegi (苗木誠)
Super High-School Level Good Luck
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Makoto Naegi is the protagonist of Dangan Ronpa. He's the only one in the original cast who doesn't have a special talent and was chosen to join the other students in Hope's Peak Academy through a lottery. Thus, the title given to him is "Super High School Level Good Luck." He is one of the six surviving cast members at the end of the game.
Naegi has brown hair and green eyes. His outfit consists of black pants, jacket, a green hoodie, and red shoes. He wears his hoodie under his jacket constantly, and even when going to bed. He is the second shortest and lightest male character (after Chihiro).
Junko describes him as a "herbivore man" due to his passive nature.
His defining trait is his optimism, which keeps everyone else from falling into despair.
His friendly, optimistic personality allows him to get along with almost everyone, including Mondo Oowada. He even befriends the most anti-social of classmates such as Togami and Celes. Despite having no talents and seemingly look plain, he's actually has sharp senses and deductive skills. He tends to be the one pulling the students through the trials, with some help from Kirigiri whenever he gets stuck.
Early Character DesignsEdit"From the planning stages we wanted a protagonist lacking much individuality. That's why it was much more difficult designing him compared to the other distinctive characters. At first, we intended the adventure part of the game to be seen from a third-person camera. I made him wear a hoodie with an interesting design, thinking the player was going to see his back a lot. After that, I added some character to his hair by adding an "antenna", and highlighted his herbivore nature by making him short. His coloring is subdued, but I used a color palette I especially like." - Komatsuzaki Rui, Character Designer.
- Naegi is voiced by Megumi Ogata, who has acted in many animes and video games. She is most famously known as the voice of Shinji Ikari, the protagonist of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Megumi is also known for roles such as Kurama from Yu Yu Hakusho, Yugi Mutou from Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Komaeda Nagito from Super Dangan Ronpa 2.
- Makoto means sincerity and honesty. It can also mean truth.
- Naegi means sapling.