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The Steering Committee (評議委員), also known as Board of Trustees, is an organization featured in Danganronpa Zero and Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Despair Arc.


The Steering Committee was known to have at least four major members consisting of scientists who researched human talent. They were the highest authority in Hope's Peak Academy, even above the headmaster, but they had a tendency to let Jin Kirigiri take the blame if there were trouble. They created The Reserve Course Department and were major players in the Izuru Kamukura project and upheld the school's ideology that focused solely on talent as the humanity's hope.

Sometimes the committee could even overrule decisions of headmaster and scouts and explicitly dis-involved them in the admission decisions of students, which is how they admitted Junko Enoshima into Hope's Peak Academy. While they were not murderous like many other villains in the series, the Steering Committee's decisions greatly helped Junko and allowed her to achieve her evil goals.


The four major members of the Steering Committee are described as old men. Their pitch-black clothes are said to resemble funeral clothing.

The tallest man has darker skin and hair, and he is mentioned to have big eyebrows.

The second tallest man has grey hair and beard, and a very stern expression. Monokuma describes him as a "pistachio face, with no mental stability found in their head".

The second shortest man has a heavy build. He wears glasses and his hair is parted on one side.

The shortest man wears round sunglasses and has tied up, long, grey hair.


The Steering Committee is portrayed as a group of arrogant and greedy old men, who are only interested in their own goals and are willing to use cruel methods to achieve them.

It's said that they've all done shady things in their past and they often appear openly scornful and show disgust while talking with other people, believing that they're above them even when they need the said person's help. They rarely listen to others and they're obsessed with keeping the school's good image, which is why they constantly hide information for their own good, not caring if it's morally right or not. When people died, the school covered it up and informed false explanations for the incidents, and the Steering Committee always made sure someone else besides them got the blame if there was an issue.

Like Jin, they were extremely focused on talent, but didn't share the same passion and fascination for the subject as he did—due to the vague concept, lack of resources and their uneasiness concerning Nagito Komaeda, they were very reluctant to consider luck a real talent while Jin was genuinely amazed by the nature of such talent.


Makoto Naegi Secret File

The Steering Committee discussed the annual draw for the year's Ultimate Lucky Student with the headmaster. The Committee believed that luck shouldn't be considered a real talent and it was a waste of the school's resources, but they got very uneasy and were forced to agree when Jin brought up Nagito and the incidents caused by his extreme luck.

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Despair Arc

Episode 03 - A Farewell to All Futures

At the end of the episode, Hajime Hinata went to see the Steering Committee and confirmed his decision to join the Izuru Kamukura project.

Episode 06 - A Despairfully Fateful Encounter

The Steering Committee oversaw the creation of Izuru Kamukura and confirmed that Hajime's old personality had been fully erased. When Izuru awoke and stood up, the Steering Committee were pleased and clapped their hands.

When sneaking around, Chisa Yukizome found information about the Kamukura project on a computer that claimed both Hajime and his parents gave their consent for the Izuru Kamukura project and agreed that the school would not be held liable for the said actions in any way, although it's unclear how truthful this information was given the Steering Committee's tendency to lie and falsify information when it suits them.

In the meantime, Junko was torturing a member of the Steering Committee, whom she had kidnapped earlier. Described as being 43 years-old, and not bearing a resemblance to the known four major members of the Committee, he appears to be one of its number of other unknown members.

Episode 09 - Chisa Yukizome Doesn't Smile

Kyosuke Munakata found a file about Junko Enoshima, which confirmed that the Steering Committee admitted her into Hope's Peak Academy as a special case and forbid the headmaster and the talent scout's involvement in the decision. However, because the headmaster is considered the one who oversees students, the Steering Committee stated they would bear no responsibility.

Danganronpa Zero

Volume 1

Chapter 4

After The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy, the school hid the incident, claiming that the student council were suddenly called to an overseas facility to study abroad. Yasuke Matsuda was the only student the facility trusted with the secret of their cover-up, as they needed his neurology skills for extracting and covering information from people. In exchange for his cooperation, he was awarded a large research grant and equipment for his lab.

A month after the incident, Jin and the Steering Committee ask Yasuke to extract information from Sōshun Murasame, the second survivor of the school's Tragedy who is currently in coma. Yasuke is angered when the Steering Committee talks about Ryoko Otonashi in an insulting manner, but Jin calms down the situation and they come in an agreement.

Chapters 5-6

At night, one of the Steering Committee's members is murdered by Mukuro Ikusaba disguised as Junko. She surprised him from behind and strangled him with a rope. His body was left hanging from a tree in the central plaza. The body was found by Ryoko, but it disappeared soon after she ran away to find help.

Chapters 13-15

Kyoko Kirigiri, who is investigating the school's Tragedy, plans on meeting one of the Steering Committee's members on the school's eastern quarter's courtyard to ask him questions directly. When she first contacted the man, he coldly refused to meet her, insisting that it wasn't necessary. But once she'd procured documents concerning shady deals in his past, she found him much more open to the suggestion.

The man running a few minutes late, begins demanding to know why Kyoko called him, when he is suddenly crushed by a falling school desk, killing him. Then, several more desks fall down, hiding the body. Kyoko notices a human figure standing atop the school building. It's once again Mukuro disguised as Junko, though Kyoko cannot tell. Mukuro tries to target Kyoko as well, but she avoids the attack and enters the building. She can't find the culprit and soon the body disappears as well. She tells her father what happened and tells him to warn the remaining Steering Committee.

Volume 2

Chapter 7

The last two members of the Steering Committee are tortured by the Reserve Course students' secret society for information. Hidden in the basement beneath an abandoned club room in the West District, they are locked inside two jail cells and their eyes get hideously sewn together. Both of them are left hunched over on chairs.

A day after one of the men eventually dies, Ryoko finds them by coincidence and the surviving man realizes she isn't part of the society. He asks her to help him in exchange of information. He explains that the Reserve Course wants to find out Izuru Kamukura's location and overthrow the school with his power. He says Ryoko needs to stop the Reserve Course and reveals that Izuru has been hidden inside the old school building. As Ryoko tries to continue listening, she suddenly feels dizzy. The man finishes speaking and asks her to free him now, but Ryoko is once again taken over by her original Junko persona. She laughs her signature laugh, angering and confusing the man. Ryoko loses consciousness and it's implied that afterwards the society's members came inside the room and killed the man.


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The Animation
Makoto NaegiMonokumaAoi AsahinaAlter EgoByakuya TogamiCelestia LudenbergChihiro FujisakiGenocide JackHifumi YamadaJin KirigiriJunko EnoshimaKiyotaka IshimaruKyoko KirigiriLeon KuwataMondo OwadaMukuro IkusabaSakura OgamiSayaka MaizonoToko FukawaYasuhiro Hagakure
Danganronpa 3:
End of Hope's
Peak High School
Future Arc
Main Characters Makoto NaegiAoi AsahinaByakuya TogamiChisa YukizomeDaisaku BandaiGreat GozuJuzo SakakuraKazuo TenganKoichi KizakuraKyoko KirigiriKyosuke MunakataMiaya GekkogaharaMonaca TowaMonokumaMonomiRuruka AndoRyota MitaraiSeiko KimuraSonosuke IzayoiYasuhiro Hagakure
Minor Characters Komaru NaegiToko FukawaGenocide JackWarriors of Hope
Danganronpa 3:
End of Hope's
Peak High School
Despair Arc
Main Characters Junko EnoshimaMukuro IkusabaIzuru KamukuraAkane OwariChiaki NanamiChisa YukizomeFuyuhiko KuzuryuGundham TanakaHiyoko SaionjiIbuki MiodaKazuichi SodaMahiru KoizumiMikan TsumikiNagito KomaedaNekomaru NidaiPeko PekoyamaRyota MitaraiSuper High School Level ImposterSonia NevermindTeruteru Hanamura
Minor Characters Jin KirigiriJuzo SakakuraKazuo TenganKoichi KizakuraKyosuke MunakataNatsumi KuzuryuSatoThe Student Council
Main Characters Nagito KomaedaFuyuhiko KuzuryūKazuichi SōdaMikan TsumikiPeko PekoyamaSonia NevermindWorld Vanquisher
Minor Characters Akane OwariChisa YukizomeGundham TanakaHajime HinataHiyoko SaionjiIbuki MiodaMahiru KoizumiMakoto NaegiNekomaru NidaiRuruka AndoRyota MitaraiSayaka MaizonoSeiko KimuraSuper High School Level ImposterSonosuke IzayoiTeruteru Hanamura
For minor characters, see: Minor Characters
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Danganronpa Zero Ryoko OtonashiYasuke MatsudaChihiro FujisakiIsshiki MadaraiIzuru KamukuraJin KirigiriJunko EnoshimaKyoko KirigiriMakoto NaegiMukuro IkusabaThe Steering CommitteeSōshun MurasameThe Student CouncilYuto Kamishiro
Danganronpa Kirigiri Kyoko KirigiriYui SamidareDetective Library membersFuhito KirigiriGekka RyuzōjiHajiki YakiJin KirigiriLicorneMikado Shinsen • Nazuna Tooakitsu • Norman's Hotel Murder Case participantsSachi MizuiyamaSae YozuruSalvador Fukuro YadorigiSuisei NanamuraTadashi AsakuraTōkichirō Endō • Tsukiyo Nada
Kirigiriso Kyoko Kirigiri • Kouhei Matsudaira • Santa ShikibaKyouka
Danganronpa: Togami Byakuya Togami • Blue InkAloysius PennyworthSuisei NanamuraTaeko KanaiUltimate Imposter
Short Stories Danganronpa:
Trigger Happy Havoc IF
Mukuro IkusabaJunko EnoshimaAoi AsahinaByakuya TogamiCelestia LudenbergChihiro FujisakiGenocide JackHifumi YamadaKiyotaka IshimaruKyoko KirigiriLeon KuwataMakoto NaegiMondo OwadaMonokumaSakura OgamiSayaka MaizonoToko FukawaYasuhiro Hagakure
Makoto Naegi Secret File Makoto NaegiKomaru NaegiJin Kirigiri
Ultra Despair Hagakure Yasuhiro HagakureKanon NakajimaKotoko UtsugiMasaru DaimonLeon Kuwata
Danganronpa 1 ・2 Beautiful Days
MonokumaMonomiAkane OwariAoi AsahinaByakuya TogamiCelestia LudenbergChiaki NanamiChihiro FujisakiFuyuhiko KuzuryūGundam TanakaHajime HinataHifumi YamadaHiyoko SaionjiIbuki MiodaKazuichi SōdaKiyotaka IshimaruKyōko KirigiriLeon KuwataMahiru KoizumiMakoto NaegiMikan TsumikiMondo ŌwadaMukuro IkusabaNagito KomaedaNekomaru NidaiPeko PekoyamaSakura ŌgamiSayaka MaizonoSonia NevermindTeruteru HanamuraTōko FukawaYasuhiro Hagakure
For minor characters, see: Minor Characters
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Major Events Before The Tragedy Giboura MassacreDuel NoirTwilight Syndrome Murder CaseIzuru Kamukura ProjectThe Tragedy of Hope's Peak AcademyThe ParadeK2K System
During The Tragedy The TragedyNeo World Program (Danganronpa 2)Forced Shutdown
After The Tragedy The Gofer ProjectUltimate HuntNeo World Program (Danganronpa V3)
Duel Noir Sirius Astronomical Observatory Murder CasesNorman's Hotel CaseTwelve Zodiac Duel Noir ChallengeTakeda Haunted Mansion CaseLibra Girls Academy CaseWeidrun Mountain Villa CaseEdenside Amusement Park CaseThe Final Duel Noir
Killing Games Killing School LifeKilling School TripDemon HuntingFinal Killing GameKilling School Semester
Locations Hope's Peak AcademyJabberwock IslandKingdom of NovoselicTowa CityUltimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles
Organizations Detective Library - Ultimate DespairSayaka Maizono's Idol GroupStudent CouncilFuture FoundationThe Steering CommitteeWarriors of HopeThe ResistanceSHSL Elite Task ForceMonokuma KubsTeam DanganronpaD.I.C.E.