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In most closing credits sequences of Danganronpa, a picture of some characters in a classroom appears.
These pictures always feature Naegi, along with the characters that die along the show.

End card from episode 2, featuring Naegi, Maizono and Enoshima End card from episode 4, featuring Naegi, Maizono, Enoshima, Fujisaki and Kuwata
End card from episode 6, featuring Naegi, Enoshima, Fujisaki, Kuwata, Oowada, Yamada and Ishimaru End card from episode 8, featuring Naegi, Maizono, Enoshima, Fujisaki, Kuwata, Oowada, Yamada, Ishimaru, Celestia and Oogami
End card from episode 10, featuring all 15 students
Closing credits for episodes 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 (left to right, top to bottom)

Except for the last one, which shows all 15 students, these feature the characters that died either on that episode or on the previous one (which had no ending sequence). However, Naegi seems to always be featured in these photos.

Is there any particular reason for this? Or is it simply because he is the main character?

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    I don't think there's any reason based on the game, but I'll wait before answering. – Logan M Oct 8 '13 at 22:13
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I was wondering this myself. I think there's a theory that Naegi is actually dead and this is his purgatory. We never find out what the most despair inducing event in history is because Naegi died before he could find out. He's the one who has a pretty generic high school ability. Hopes peak academy could actually be the test whether he makes it to heaven or hell in the afterlife. When they all leave we just see a shining light but no sense of the outside world.

If you think about it, the school is perfectly looked after and the fridges are all restocked daily. But who could do that? If instead we picture it as a purgatory scenario it just sets the stage for Naegi to show he can overcome despair.

I think he shows up in the ending credits along the dead characters to show that he's actually dead and when they all appear at the end it means they were all dead. But they made it to the afterlife.

  • Danganronpa has a sequel where Naegi is shown to be alive and is part of the Future Foundation, which aims to bring hope back the world. – nhahtdh Mar 28 '14 at 0:19

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