Makoto Naegi (苗木 誠 Naegi Makoto) is the overall main protagonist of the Danganronpa series serving as the main protaganist of the first game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, its anime adaptation Danganronpa: The Animation and Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School Future Arc, a minor character in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Danganronpa: Another Episode, Danganronpa Zero and Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School Despair Arc, the false main protagonist of Danganronpa IF and the deuteragonist of the demo version of New Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony while appearing only in the form of one of Tsumugi Shirogane's cosplays in the real game version.
He is a student of Hope's Peak High School who after winning a special lottery was invited to attend with the title of the Ultimate Lucky Student (超高校級の「幸運」chō kōkō kyū no “kōun” lit. Super High School Level Good Luck), a title he shares with Nagito Komaeda, though he appears to have both bad and good luck. Later, his title became Ultimate Hope (超高校級の「希望」chō kōkō kyū no “kibō” lit. Super High School Level Hope), due to his unusual optimism and ability to spread hope. ]