|“|| But when you think about it, the idea of "chasing a dream" is just too vague. There's no substance to it, no clue what it even means. You just end up desperate and lost... And then everything you've done is a waste.
Mukuro Ikusaba (戦刃 むくろ), is a student in Hope's Peak Academy's Class 78th, and a participant of the Killing School Life featured in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. Her title is the Ultimate Soldier (超高校級の「軍人」 lit. Super High School Level Soldier).
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early Life
- 1.2 The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy
- 1.3 Ryoko Otonashi
- 1.4 Killing School Life
- 1.5 Post-Killing School Life
- 1.6 Real Fiction
- 2 Creation and Development
- 3 Alternate Fates
- 4 Appearance
- 5 Personality
- 6 Talent and Abilities
- 7 Quotes
- 8 List of Appearances
- 9 Trivia
- 10 References
- 11 Navigation
Mukuro was born as the older fraternal twin sister of Junko Enoshima. Since their very early childhood, Junko influenced and manipulated Mukuro into working towards Junko's desire to "paint the world in despair" and planned to start The Tragedy, which Mukuro was happy to support her. At some point Junko adopted the moniker "The Despair Sisters" for the both of them.
When prompted, Mukuro alludes to her early life of being "on the streets" and like a "war zone"; however, due to conflicting stories and Mukuro was impersonating her twin at the time, it is unknown if it is intended to be taken literally or figuratively. (Free Time Events)
At some point prior to becoming a teenager, Mukuro disappeared while she and her family were on vacation in Europe where she joined the elite mercenary group based out of the Middle East named Fenrir Mercenary Group, who engaged in direct combat. During her time spent in the group, she never received a single injury on the battlefield, and received a wolf tattoo as all members of the Group were required to have. She also travelled to at least one other country during her time spent in the Group: Southeast Asia. (Free Time Events)
Some years after, Mukuro was called back to Japan by her sister to continue with their plan prior to enrolling in Hope's Peak Academy. It is unknown what Mukuro's previous high school was as she was outside the country, but she was still eventually scouted to be a part of Class 78th as the Ultimate Soldier alongside Junko as the Ultimate Fashionista. (Despair Arc - Episode 05)
To ensure that Mukuro's skills were still useful to her, Junko ordered her to slaughter an entire middle school using only her knife. This event was later dubbed the Giboura Massacre, with only two survivors: best friends Takumi Hijirihara and Shūji Fujigawa. This event had far-reaching consquences several years after Mukuro's death such as Takumi becoming the infamous Killer Killer and a group of unknown women to worship Mukuro to the degree of emulating her appearance and killer nature. (Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer - Chapter 8 & Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer - Chapter 9)
On Junko's orders, she aided her sister in tracking down and discovering where Izuru Kamukura was after dispatching several security personnel. While Junko is delighted to see Izuru, Mukuro is concerned for her safety. She attempted to attack Izuru after he stomped on Junko, but was easily overpowered by being backhanded into a wall. Mukuro recovered as Junko gives Izuru her speech, though he knocked her unconscious, Upon Junko waking up in the infirmary after being brought there by her sister, Mukuro dutifully delivered the message from Izuru.
Both Junko and Mukuro carried out and succeed in setting up the very first Mutual Killing Game: The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy involving the Student Council. She callously shot one of the members after she resisted, afterwards joined her sister in watching the carnage unfold on several TV monitors. Junko also, pushed her to perform Tsubasa o Kudasai during it. (Despair Arc - Episode 07)
Mukuro further aided Junko by threatening Ryota to use the footage of the massacre to create the first Despair Video, kidnapped Mikan Tsumiki after she was caught trying to check on Ryota, fighting off Peko Pekoyama, lobotomizing Chisa Yukizome, and eventually aided Yasuke Matsuda in developing further brainwashing methods.
While Junko was under the effects of Yasuke's memory-erasing technology and living as Ryoko Otonashi, Mukuro donned her Junko disguise for the very first time and masqueraded as her. During this period, she murdered two members of The Steering Committee and all the The Madarai Brothers in either hand-to-hand combat or traps. (Danganronpa Zero)
- Main article: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Following the events after Junko recovered her memories, she and Mukuro further solidified the Mutual Killing by preparing the Class Trial room below the school and pretended to befriend their classmates over their year of peace. They both used the information gained from their classmates to set-up the Motives and locked all of their loved ones, like Komaru Naegi, in apartments in Towa City for around a six month period. Together they also witnessed the Reserve Course students commit suicide on Junko's command.
During the Tragedy, Jin Kirigiri, the Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy, planned to seal the school building and let the students live forever inside the Academy in order to protect them from the destruction. The class agreed to his plan, and they sealed the building together. The students lived peacefully inside the school building for another year without knowing that the Ultimate Despair members were already in their midst. However Kyoko Kirigiri began to piece together that there was not only one, but two members sealed in the school as noted in her journal, but wasn't able to share this information with anyone before the killing game began.
To ensure Junko could monitor the game from the outside and not raise any suspicion, Mukuro disguised herself as her sister and pretended to also be a victim forced into the killing game until she was able to exit via faking a rule break after the first murder.
However, Mukuro was ultimately betrayed by her sister, who instead of removing her from the game after she stomped on Monokuma, impaled her on the spot with Spears of Gungnir. Mukuro was not expecting the betrayal, so she failed to save herself and succumb to her wounds moments after uttering out her final words: "H-Huh? This wasn't...supposed to... Why...me...?"
Setting a Trap
As the killing game progressed, Junko used Mukuro's corpse as a trap for the remaining students. Junko planted her corpse in the Greenhouse on the fifth floor of the school rigged with a bomb and evidence to imply that the hidden sixteenth student "Mukuro Ikusaba" had died as a result of murder. Mukuro's corpse was set aflame by the Monokuma Bomb leaving only her lower body and hand undamaged as well as the impalement marks.
The truth was eventually discovered and revealed by the remaining students that corpse was the true Mukuro Ikusaba they had met and that her sister was the one behind it all.
Post-Killing School Life
Nagito's Illusory World
- Main article: Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the World Vanquisher
In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, it is alleged by the mastermind Tsumugi Shirogane that the entire Danganronpa franchise is fictional in-universe; a series of games, anime, and later live-action dramas performed actors. In particular, Tsumugi, who is the Ultimate Cosplayer, claims she is only able to cosplay fictional characters (breaking out into a bright pink rash whenever she tries to cosplay a real person), and the fact she is able to cosplay as the whole cast of Danganronpa characters including Mukuro Ikusaba is used as evidence to support her claim that all of the cast are fictional. However, due to a number of holes in Tsumugi's story which make her an unreliable narrator, whether or not she was telling the truth is deliberately left up to the player's interpretation; as a result, it is up to the player whether they believe Mukuro's story within the Danganronpa series was real, or a fictional story written by Team Danganronpa and performed by an actor.
Creation and Development
Unlike the majority of all the characters designed for the franchise, Mukuro lacks any publicly revealed concept art, even in the original incarnation of Danganronpa DISTRUST or other developmental assets. Likely due to the fact that, as explained by Kazutaka Kodaka in the Danganronpa 1.2 artbook, Mukuro was conceptualized as a plot device much later in development in order to make the twist of Junko swapping places work.
In the original Japanese, Mukuro's full name is written as 戦刃躯. 躯, the kanji for her given name, is the kanji for "corpse" and "dead body". Her family name Ikusaba is written as 戦刃, comprising of the kanji for "war" or "battlefield" (戦) and "knife" or "edge of a blade" (刃). The kanji of both her given and family name is very likely a reference to her Ultimate Talent.
The kanji in Mukuro's family name that means "edge of a blade" (刃) matches with part of the kanji for Junko's given name that means "shield" (盾). Additionally, parts their given names came from Japanese word "Muju" (矛盾) which means "contradiction" and "paradox".
However, it is unknown why she doesn't share a family name with her twin sister Junko, as Junko herself in the final trial described the truth as "lame" and to "make up an answer" when questioned by their surviving classmates, refusing to elaborate any further. (Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc)
Free Time Events & Bonus Mode Guides
The links below are full transcripts and indepth guides for Mukuro Ikusaba's relationship routes in Free Time Events, School Mode, and Ultimate Talent Development Plan including her MonoMono Machine Present preferences and most effective dialogue options.
|Free Time Events||School Mode||Ultimate Talent|
School Mode and Ultimate Talent Development Plan exist in two separate alternate universes where Mukuro still attends Hope's Peak Academy, but no students are in peril. As they are alternate universes, these events are non-canonical, but because Mukuro's personality in unchanged, backstory information shared by her in these events is considered questionably or dubiously canonical rather than fully non-canonical.
Free Time Events are also considered somewhat questionably canonical due to the nature of how Free Time Events are accessed (in that some characters' Free Time Events cannot be fully completed during the course of the canon game storyline due to limitations on the number of interactions you can have with them during one playthrough, and thus can only be accessed after they have canonically died either through a second playthrough or via School Mode). However, due to Free Time Events being largely experienced during the canon game storyline, Free Time Events are more grounded in canon than School Mode and Ultimate Talent Development Plan and are largely considered canon by the majority of players.
Other Alternate Fates
The Danganronpa 3 box set included a feature detailing an alternate ending of Danganronpa called Danganronpa Another End which ultimately never made it out of the development phase. In this ending, all of the students escape, at the cost of giving up their talent forever. In Mukuro's ending, she decides to stop pursuing Junko's dream and become a hairstylist.
Danganronpa IF, is a what-if scenario light novel in which Mukuro doesn't die. Instead she is the protagonist of the story, and after Makoto Naegi is nearly killed trying to save her, opts to put a stop to Junko's plans to both save her classmates and bring her sister despair. Mukuro ultimately escapes Hope's Peak alive with the rest of her classmates before the Mutual Killing Game properly begins; however, her fate after this point, given her key role in The Tragedy, is unknown
As the demo version of the main game begins at the investigation and subsequent Class Trial where instead of Sayaka Maizono being the first murder victim it is Yasuhiro Hagakure. Mukuro (disguised as Junko) also survives, and is able to participate in the Class Trial alongside Sayaka.
At the beginning of the Killing School Life in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Mukuro appears to be a high school-aged teenager, though, like the rest of her classmates, she is two years older than they believed.
Mukuro is (169 cm) 5'7", making her one of the taller female in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and weighs around (44 kg) 97 lbs with a lean build, which is often described as "concerningly thin" by fellow students. She has fair skin with freckles across the bridge of her nose, purple-grey eyes, and wears her short black hair in a bob. She has no scars or marks whatsoever on her body other than a stylized black wolf tattoo on the top of her right hand she recieved during her time in the Fenrir Mercenary Group. While not seen visually in her art or sprites, her build also described as athletic by other students. (Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp)
She typically wears a basic Hope's Peak Academy uniform consisting of a brown tie, white button down blouse, brown pleated skirt, black stockings, and black shoes. Other minor alternations include tan fingerless gloves, a brown jacket, and a red tie instead of her brown one.
Being fraternal twins, Mukuro and her younger sister Junko Enoshima resemble each other closely, but have noticeable differences such as Mukuro's bust size being smaller and her eye color being purple-grey as opposed to Junko's natural red eye color.
While in her Junko disguise, her outfit is identical to her sister's, only instead of matching Monokuma hairties, they are a set of cute rabbit and a large red and white bow. Her tie is also different, being dot-patterned instead of bear-patterned. She also does not have the red bow on the black shirt's chest, as well as the patches shown near the bottom.
Mukuro has a cold, serious expression and a reserved personality. She is completely indifferent towards other people unless it's her sister Junko. Unlike her sister, she doesn't take any sadistic pleasure in hurting or killing people, but at the same time, she shows little concern for other people's suffering, regarding them more as tools such as when she was surprised Junko made all of the brainwashed Reserve Course students commit suicide despite how useful they could have been.
Constrasting when in her Junko disguise, she maintains a more upbeat "valley-girl" style persona, such interjecting "like" and "totally" into her sentences and speaking in a more haughty demeanor. She's friendly, albeit pushy, and even claimed Makoto is an "omega male" due to his passive nature when she spent time with him. While not a reflection of her true personality, it speaks to how Mukuro views her sister and thinks how she would act.
While she is able to fool her amnesiac classmates during the Mutual Killing Game, she slips up several times when she lets her guard down. For example when speaking to Makoto on a date in the garden during School Mode she mentioned missing her ghillie suit quickly correcting that it was an "Oscar the Grouch" suit instead. Other examples are one of her favorite presents being the "Ration" item, enjoying any and all kinds of food noting she's not picky when it comes to it, and mentions playing first-person shooter video games.
Mukuro is extremely loyal to and loves her younger twin sister Junko and follows her every order, no matter what it is or how Mukuro feels about it. This includes, but is not limited to, breaking and entering, kidnapping, committing murder, physical, assault, performing lobotomies and so on. She is also very protective of Junko, seen when she tried to attack Izuru when he stomped on Junko and voicing concerns if she feels her sister will come to harm. However, in turn Junko is cruelly abusive towards Mukuro, often physically, emotionally and mentally tormenting her in a variety of ways, such as insulting her looks and weight, hitting her with a bat, and taking advantage of her insecurities.
Due to the constant abuse, Mukuro developed a deeply and unhealthy incestuous attachment to Junko. She turns ecstatic and feverish when thinking about or explaining Junko's relationship with her and despair, considering her own relationship with Junko special because she truly is the only one who understands her. She claims that is why Junko needs her, though she's pretending she hadn't realized it yet, believing Junko is "shy". When gushing about this to an amnesiac Ryoko Otonashi, Ryoko is deeply disturbed and concluded that Mukuro's feelings for her sister are definitely not normal. (Danganronpa Zero)
She also finds pleasure in Junko's attempts to harm and kill her, believing that her sister will experience tremendous despair if she succeeds, and to Mukuro, that means she loves her in turn. (Despair Arc)
Despite her dedication to her sister, Mukuro expressed some hesitancy towards their end goal. In her final Free Time Event with Makoto, she vaguely alluded to concerns of maintaining the "same dream" her entire life since childhood. She wondered out loud to Makoto about changing her dream or even finding one of her own. Ultimately, this doesn't stop her from moving forward with Junko's plans and her subsequent execution.
As shown in the non-canon Danganronpa IF novel and Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp alternate universe, Mukuro is capable of befriending and becoming attached to her classmates. However, in both instances she still regards Junko above her own personal feelings and the feelings of the others. When she talks to Monokuma in her "My Future..." event she even claims she'd be extremely distraught if ordered to kill them, and would still do so, but she questions and eventually decides that if she were to bring true despair to her sister as Junko wanted to experience, she would ruin her plans and go against her orders.
Talent and Abilities
At a young age prior to being a teenager, Mukuro left her family while they were in Europe to be recruited and trained in the elite mercenary group based out of the Middle East named Fenrir Mercenary Group, who engaged in direct combat. During her time spent in the group, she never received a single injury on the battlefield. (Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc)
Due to her training she is highly proficient in both a variety of firearms, knives, explosives such as grenades, and hand-to-hand combat to the degree she is able to hold her own, or even defeat equally as trained individuals such as several of the Madarai brothers (Danganronpa Zero), the Ultimate Swordswoman Peko Pekoyama, security personnel from Hope's Peak. (Despair Arc) and even Sakura Ogami, the Super High School Level Fighter (Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc IF). However, she was quickly outmatched by Izuru Kamukura due to his talent of the Ultimate Hope. (Despair Arc. Using her skills, she easily and mercilessly slaughtered an entire middle school on Junko's orders. (Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer)
Mukuro also show cased the ability to perform quick first aid treatment, likely should she need to treat herself or her comrades during her time as a mercenary, and showcased enough experience to provide someone with enough treatment to prevent them from dying, as seen when she saved Naegi in a possible alternative universe.(Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc IF)
She is also able to deflect (most) attempts on her life by her sister Junko while carrying on a normal conversation with her, such as blocking an icepick and kicking a grenade out of a car window, which is exceptional due to Junko's analytical talent. (Despair Arc)
Mukuro also received basic surivial training, such as starting a fire, training with a ghillie suit, and traveling to other places such as Southeast Asia. (Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc)
|Ultimate Soldier official translations in other languages|
|Japanese||超高校級の「軍人」||Super High School Level Soldier|
|Chinese (Trad)||超高校級的“軍人”||Super High School Level Soldier|
|Chinese (Simp)||超高校级的“军人”||Super High School Level Soldier|
|French||Le Soldat Ultime||The Ultimate Soldier|
|La Soldate Ultime||The Ultimate Soldier|
|German||Super Soldatin||Super Soldier|
|Italian||Super Soldato Liceale||Super High School Level Soldier|
|Spanish||Super Estudiante de Instituto Nivel: Soldado||Super High School Student Level: Soldier|
|Spanish (Mexico)||Súper Estudiante Soldado||Super Student Soldier|
|Portuguese||Soldado - Supercolegial||Super High School - Soldier|
List of Appearances
- The final section of Chiaki Nanami's execution from Danganronpa 3 is a direct reference to Mukuro's execution, though within the timeline Mukuro's execution had not been carried out yet.
- Her profile in the non-canon Danganronpa IF novel states that since her childhood she has always had an interest in mystery stories.
- Mukuro and her twin sister Junko are both voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi in the Japanese version and Amanda Céline Miller (who also voices Toko Fukawa, Shirokuma, and the child version of Seiko Kimura) in the English version.
- Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Sound Gallery, Mukuro's sprite is her out of her Junko disguise, marking one of the very few times she's seen without it in the games.
- In the post-game bonus mode Ultimate Talent Development Plan from Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony unlocking and using Mukuro's U-Rarity card will enable an alternate set of pixels and assets without her Junko disguise; instead using her Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc design, though this does not carry over with her sprites.
- However, while the pixel set is also found in the files of the sequel Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp, they are not available to be used during gameplay. There is also a pixel set using Mukuro's Danganronpa 3 design, but these also go unused.
- In the Danganronpa stageplay adaptions of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Mukuro (and by extension Junko) was played by the late Sayaka Kanda, who is also the Japanese voice of Kaede Akamatsu. Kanda also performed as a singer (as part of the group TRUSTRICK), singing the opening and ending to Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Future Arc, DEAD OR LIE and Recall THE END respectively, alongside Maon Kurosaki.
Branch Office 6
|Takumi Hijirihara • Misaki Asano • Ikue Dogami • Juzo Sakakura • Mekuru Katsuragi|
|Serial Killers||Eiichiro Saiyama • Kenji Tsuruhashi • Mimiko Tomizawa • Momomichi Ito • Rei Shimizu • Shūji Fujigawa • Ted Chikatilo|
|Future Foundation Members||Chisa Yukizome • Kazuo Tengan • Kyoko Kirigiri • Kyosuke Munakata • Ruruka Ando • Ryota Mitarai • Sonosuke Izayoi|
|Minor Characters||Junko Enoshima • Mukuro Ikusaba • Chusuke Oyama • Kinari Kunugida • Sakuma Fujii|