Ultimate Despair is an organization in the Dangan Ronpa series founded by Junko Enoshima. Its goal is to make the whole world despair. They are, essentially, a cult composed of students at Hope's Peak Academy who Junko found at their lowest point and manipulated utterly, transforming them into nihilistic maniacs who only have empathy for their leader.
After their leader died in Super Duper Nasty Torture, most of the members committed suicide. The ones who survived hacked up Enoshima's body and attached many of her body parts onto themselves. However, the Future Foundation was able to capture them, and recognizing that they didn't entirely have a choice in what they became, inserted them in a computer simulation of a "field trip" to help ease the pain that Junko exploited, replacing the horrors they experiences at Hope's Peak with kinder memories to rehabilitate them. However, Izuru Kamukura, one of the most important members, uploaded an Alter Ego of Junko to the simulation for his own reasons, allowing Monokuma to appear within it as well and attempt to reawaken their old, vicious personalities through a game of Mutual Killing.
Naegi's words about Ultimate Despair:
- There was one who went without food to experience the delight of hunger, until only a leathery husk of a person was left…
- There was one who offered up their parents to Enoshima to use for experiments on murder...
- There was one who slaughtered innocent civilians and forced them to kill themselves as a tribute to the dead Enoshima…
- There was one who took Enoshima’s eye from her corpse and put it into their own bloody socket. I wonder if they wanted to be able to see her despair?
- There was one who wanted to bear Enoshima’s descendants and so took from her body-
- Junko Enoshima (founder) ✝
- Mukuro Ikusaba ✝
- Monokuma (controlled by Enoshima)
- Izuru Kamukura/Hajime Hinata (former)
- Kazuichi Souda (former)
- Peko Pekoyama (comatose)
- Fuyuhiko Kuzuryuu (former)
- Akane Owari (former)
- Nekomaru Nidai (comatose)
- Gundam Tanaka (comatose)
- Hiyoko Saionji (comatose)
- Ibuki Mioda (comatose)
- Mahiru Koizumi (comatose)
- Mikan Tsumiki (comatose)
- Nagito Komaeda (comatose)
- Sonia Nevermind (former)
- Teruteru Hanamura (comatose)