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i am the mastermind (underline mastermind) is a 2017 AU fanfiction series featuring Danganronpa characters.

It is a series of one-shots written as a mastermind AU, featuring a despair Makoto Naegi and a despair Emi Sato.

The series takes place in an alternate version of the Hope's Peak Academy Saga and features major character death, implied/referenced suicide, canonical character death, minor necrophilia, femslash (relationship between Emi and Junko, and an implied one-sided relationship between Mikan and Junko), implied/referenced cheating, implied/referenced bullying, implied/referenced abuse, and implied/referenced brainwashing.

The final story, which takes place during Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Future Arc, is unpublished as of yet and has an unknown release date.

Characters Edit

  • Emi Sato
  • Makoto Naegi
  • Junko Enoshima
  • Class 78
  • Class 77-B
  • Future Foundation
  • The Warriors of Hope (mentioned)

Summary Edit

Series Edit

descending is easier than climbing.

or the fall (and recovery) of the Ultimate Cover Singer, Sato Emi.

cause these words are knives and often leave scars (the fear of falling apart) Edit

"Later when he was alone in his room, he smiled in his mirror. His smile was painful and self-aware Luck. Pure, dumb luck. His smile fell, and he threw the nearest object at the mirror. It only cracked."

Or; the fall of Naegi Makoto. i am the mastermind (underline mastermind) - side naegi

open the walls, play with your dolls (we'll be a perfect family Edit

"She choked back silent tears as he kissed a girl that wasn't her. A girl that was much prettier than her, who didn't bury herself in song lyrics and notes."

Or; Emi Sato's descent into despair.

intelligent by design (it makes me wanna cry) Edit

"'upupupupu. guess who?'”

Or; an alternate take on the Killing School Life (feat. the outside world).

made it to the end of you (never had a chance while i'm around) Edit

"She really doesn't know, does she? she wonders."

or; capturing the remnants & the recovery.

you're guaranteed to run this town (i'd pay to see you frown) Edit

"So, she's on an island, and she's okay with that. Sato Emi loves vacations. Almost as much as singing."

Or; the recovery of the remnants.

The Fanmix Edit

Fanmix Cover

i am the mastermind fanmix front cover

On January 17, 2018, a fanmix for the series was created and posted on Archive of Our Own. The fanmix was originally created and posted on 8tracks, featuring a total of 8 tracks.

Tracklist Edit

  1. Mastermind - Mindless Self Indulgence
  2. Dollhouse - Melanie Martinez
  3. Never Turn Back - Crush 40
  4. This is Gospel - Panic! At the Disco
  5. The Ballad of Mona Lisa - Panic! At the Disco
  6. On My Own - Yutaka Yamada
  7. Mastermind - Rei Kondoh
  8. Tsubasa wo Kudasai - Megumi Toyoguchi

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