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|“||I’m Monokuma! Furthermore, your headmaster!||„|
Monokuma is a strange teddy bear who proclaims himself to be The Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy and initiates a life of mutual killing amongst the students. He is both the most recurring antagonist and the mascot of the entire Danganronpa franchise, appearing in almost every installments of Danganronpa main series installments.
He appears in both Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and its sequel, Super Dangan Ronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. He is a model of an animatronic bear used as an avatar to interact with the students by the mastermind. There are seemingly infinite copies of Monokuma, and he seems to have the ability to teleport. He is Usami's "brother" who had adopted her and later renamed her as "Monomi". He was created by Monaca Towa as a apart of a large Killing machines for Junko. He returns in Danganronpa 3 and Danganronpa V3 as the main villain, the former which a traitor to the future Foundation is using as his avatar while the latter is currently unknown.
Monokuma's entire face and body splits equally down the center into two sides. It resembles the Yin-Yang symbol of which there's a balance between good and bad. In some occasions, Monokuma would show his good side in regular conversation but would turn to his bad side when he's angry, merciless, or ruthless.
His right side is white in color and has the classic teddy bear expression. His left side shows a more sinister look - black in color, with a red slash for an eye with a camera visible within and an evil, stretched grin. Although he is entirely split into two opposite sides, the only parts of Monokuma that aren't affected by the split is his muzzle and belly area; which both remain white. He also has a large and obvious bellybutton on the lower part of his belly. His bulging navel has an X mark on it.
- The namesake of Monokuma ("bear person/thing") is a play on words towards his black and white color (monochrome).
- Monokuma's voice actor is Nobuyo Oyama, the voice of the iconic manga characters Doraemon in the long-running Doraemon series.
- It is believed that Enoshima's ghost (later converted into an AI to infiltrate hacking system) after Naegi and friend's escape from the first game has reactivated the vile creature, which made her reappearance in the sequel of the game.
- He is similar to Billy the Puppet from the Saw series, as both act as avatars to the masterminds behind their violent games as well as having a black, white, and red color scheme.