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Persona 3: Every Possible Romance, Ranked

Everyone just wants a chance at true love, right? There's not a single gamer who knows this better than those who play the Persona games. Shin Megami Tenseieither had a streak of brilliance or a streak of cruelty when they decided certain characters in Persona 3, 4, and 5could be romanced, leaving it up to the discretion of the player who they chose. If not all of them. When it comes to being an in-game harem or a protag with a heart of gold, the choice is ours.

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So who, then, is the best girl? We took to the interwebs to do some true-love searching, including a few honorable mentions from the female protag route in Persona 3 Portable.

Updated on July 23rd, 2021 by Adriano Valente: Having set the groundwork for the series’ overall success back in 2006, Persona 3 has become a fan favorite. The game isn’t without its flaws, which is part of why some would love for Atlus to announce a remake in the near future. But Persona 3’s romance options still stand out as one of its many bright spots. Persona 3, FES & Portable offer players a wide variety of love interests to pursue, each of them with their own unique stories and circumstances. Everyone has their own personal favorites, and each social link offers something unique and worthwhile.

13 Mitsuru Kirijo

Arcana: Empress

Social Link Start: November 21st Onwards (Max Academics, Get Higest Score In An Exam)

Unlocks: Alilat (84)

Everyone loves Mitsuru. If she didn't get you in the actual Persona game, then she likely got you with her awesome dance attire in the rhythm games to follow. She's one of the first major characters the protag interacts with, and her leadership, devotion, and Empress Arcana attributes make her a no-brainer when it comes to romance. While top-notch grades are the price to pay for a chance with her, it proves to be well worth it and likely one of the most popular maxed-out social ranks in the game.

12 Yukari Takeba

Arcana: Lovers

Social Link Start: July 24th Onwards

Unlocks: Cybele (68)

She's sweet, innocent, and adorable, and also the first person the protag comes into contact with in Persona 3. Yukari is responsible for the Lover's Arcana, not unlike Ann in Persona 5.

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With very much the same vibe, the protag has the option to max out her social link which will require players to max out their Charm stats. Understandably, these things go hand in hand... After all, Yukari won't date just anyone.

11 Fuuka Yamagishi

Arcana: Priestess

Social Link Start: June 15th (Portable), June 19th (FES)

Unlocks: Scathach (64)

Fuuka is an interesting character. Not only is her design the most visually intriguing, but her romance route is a bit of a humorous one. Fuuka requires a full Courage stat max-out, mainly because the real challenge lies in the protag having to eat her cooking.

This isn't a skill she's great at and this, interestingly enough, mirrors one method of maxing out 'Guts' in Persona 5 by completing the Big Bang Burger challenge. What is it with these games and needing the courage to eat massive amounts of food?

10 Yuko Nishiwaki

Arcana: Strength

Social Link Start: Ask Her To Walk Home Twice After Joining A Sports Club

Unlocks: Siegfried (55)

Where sports are concerned, Yuko is the top star athlete. Where strength is concerned, Yuko is also your girl. She's responsible for the Strength Arcana which is, surprisingly, not all that difficult to max out.

With no prerequisites beforehand, players will find it easy to max out a social link with Yuko and from there will have the option to proceed as a romantic interest. Regardless of this fact, maxing out her social link is extremely helpful in the game.

9 Chihiro Fushimi

Arcana: Justice

Social Link Start: May 28th (Must Be Spoken To 3 Times Before)

Unlocks: Melchizedek (59)

What can be said about Chihiro? As totes cute as she is, she's incredibly socially awkward around boys and gets flustered and nervous. Her social link, while not as important as the others, is pretty easy to max out as well.

Since she's the student council treasurer, it makes sense that the player would need to pass a round of questions before having full access to her social link. Upon providing three correct answers, she's then available throughout the entire game with no additional limitations.

8 Aegis

Arcana: Chariot (Persona), Aeon (P3P, FES)

Social Link Start: January 8th Onwards

Unlocks: Metatron (87)

While it's true that Aegis isn't technically considered to be part of the romance ring that the Persona series is known for, her route does end romantically. As confusing as that is, it's her robotic origin that prevents her from feeling jealousy when the protag ranks up with another female character.

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Additionally, some social link characters don't react at all when they hear of the protag spending time with Aegis, for the same reason. Regardless, it's tough to max out her social link because it does appear fairly late in the game, but the story does point to some romantic feelings toward her anyway.

7 Elizabeth

Arcana: N/A

Social Link Start: Accept Velvet Room Requests

Unlocks: Kartikeya (70)

Elizabeth plays an important role in the player’s journey throughout Persona 3, serving as the main Velvet Room attendant. She is also a romance option for the male MC, though it is worth noting that she isn’t technically a Social Link.

Players can progress through her story by completing the myriad of requests she has available. Completing each one gets the player a certain reward. The completion of Elizabeth’s final dating request, available December 12th in game, allows the player to fuse Kartikeya.

6 Female Protag: Ryoji Mochizuki

Arcana: Fortune

Social Link Start: November 9th Onwards

Unlocks: Norn (62)

In Persona 3 Portable, players were given the option to choose the route of a female protag. This opened up an entirely new world, including the option to romance male characters. Of those characters is Ryoji, whose story ends in tragedy no matter which route the player takes.

With that being said, his storyline is one of the most emotional, earning him a top place on our list. Despite this, the player has just under two months in-game to max out his social link as much as possible.

5 Bebe

Arcana: Temperance

Social Link Start: May 29th (Academics 2 or Higher)

Unlocks: Byakko (56), Yurlunger (64)

Bebe’s Social Link is accessible by both the male and female MCs. While he’s not technically a romance option for either, the end of his link in the female MC’s route reveals a fondness not apparent in the male MC’s.

Once the player completes Bebe’s Social Link, he moves back to France due to familial circumstances. At the end of the female MC’s social link she will receive a letter from Bebe, telling her of his feelings for her. So while the romance isn’t pursuable in-game, it’s still written into the link.

4 Akihiko Sanada

Arcana: Emperor (Persona 3, FES), Star (P3P)

Social Link Start: May 24th (Charm 4 or Higher)

Unlocks: Helel (88)

Akihiko is a bit of a challenge as well, only because his social link requires a higher Charm level as well as correct responses during his dialogues.

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He represents the Star Arcana, so players may find it worthy to level him up as much as possible. Whether or not to take on a romance with Akihiko is another story, as his social rank must be at a level nine, at least, in order to do so.

3 Shinjiro Aragaki

Arcana: Hierophant (Persona 3, FES), Moon (P3P)

Social Link Start: September 7th Onwards

Unlocks: Sandalphon (74)

The female protag route is filled with challenges, mainly consisting of nearly unrealistic time frames. While it's possible to max out Shinjiro and make it to his romance link, the player must do so on the three days he's available, in a span of roughly one month.

His arcana is the Moon, which also proves worthy. In fact, each arcana that the male characters are associated with within Persona 3 Portable are quite valuable, so time management is key.

2 Ken Amada

Arcana: Justice (P3P)

Social Link Start: September 1st (Max Courage)

Unlocks: Melchizedek (59)

Ken plays an important role in the original Persona 3, but his character is expanded upon considerably in Portable. Ken is given a Social Link in the female MC route, occupying the Justice arcane link instead of Chihiro.

Like most of the male SEES members, Ken is a possible romance option in Portable. Ken’s Social Link really provides some much needed insight into his past and how that affected him going into the events of the game.

1 Theo

Arcana: N/A

Social Link Start: Accept Velvet Room Requests

Unlocks: Kartikeya (70)

The opposite character of Theo would be Elizabeth, who is also nodded to romantically in Persona 3. The reality of Theo's social link is that, similar to Elizabeth, he requires completed side quests in order for the relationship between him and the protag to improve.

By completing his requests, the protag will grow closer to Theo. This seems a bit odd considering most Persona games that came before didn't allow as much independent interaction between the Velvet Room characters and the protag, at least not to a point of being this personal.

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Characters / Persona 3: S.E.E.S.

This page is for tropes relating to the main characters of Persona 3, the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad, or S.E.E.S., as well as their appearances in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth and Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth. For tropes relating to these characters in the Arena spinoffs, see Persona 4: Arena. For an index of characters from Persona 3, see here. For a full index of characters from the Persona series, see this page.

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S.E.E.S.Back row: Junpei Iori, Shingiro Aragaki, Mitsuru Kirijo, Akihiko Sanada, and Yukari Takeba. Front row: Ken Amada, Female Protagonist, Aigis, Fuuka Yamagishi, Male Protagonist. Bottom: Koromaru. Not pictured: Metis

  • Achilles' Heel: All of them, with the exceptions of Shinjiro and Metis, have a critical elemental weakness that will put them in the dirt.
    • While the protagonist's weakness shifts a lot due to their changing Personas all the time, Orpheus is weak to thunder and dark skills. Thanatos is weak to light and Messiah is only weak to dark, while Orpheus Telos has no weaknesses.
    • Yukari and Aigis are weak to thunder.
    • Junpei is weak to wind.
    • Akihiko is weak to ice.
    • Mitsuru is weak to fire.
    • Koromaru is weak to light.
    • Ken is weak to dark.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: It's extremely strenuous traversing inside Tartarus, the reasoning is explained by Akihiko and Mitsuru after the Protagonist, Yukari, and Junpei experience its effects. Gameplay-wise, in the beginning it won't take many fights to put the Protagonist, Yukari, and Junpei into "tired" status. As the group levels up more and more their resistance to the exhaustive effects of Tartarus strengthens, but does not disappear entirely.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: All of them have something that isolated them from the rest of their peers, be it lousy parents (Yukari, Junpei, Fuuka), personal tragedy (Akihiko, Shinjiro, Ken, Yukari), bullying (Fuuka), or a plain lack of social skills (Akihiko, Mitsuru, Aigis).
  • The Anti-Nihilist: The final few months of the game reveals that in defeating the Full Moon Shadows, they essentially kickstarted The End of the World as We Know It by triggering the advent of the mother of Shadows, Nyx. For a month, they are forced to make to decision to either suffer a painless death at the cost of the whole world, or fight against Nyx with everything they have just to get one last chance at making things right. To get the best ending, you pick the latter option.
  • The Atoner: Yukari and Mitsuru take this role, for their fathers.
  • Badass Crew: Badass enough to take on anything rotten that gets in their way. They also fight the personification of death itself as well as the combined destructive thoughts of humanity and win, both times.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Yukari/Mitsuru, Fuuka, and Aigis is this respectively. The Female Protagonist represents all.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Yukari plays the tsukkomi to Junpei's boke.
  • Character Development: Yes, and plenty too. The wonderful thing is their growth as individuals as well as a team is not just highlighted, it's portrayed realistically.
  • Childhood Friends: Akihiko and Shinjiro grew up in the same orphanage.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Light blue for the Protagonist, pink for Yukari, dark blue for Junpei, red for Akihiko, magenta for Mitsuru, green for Fuuka, yellow for Aigis, brown for Koromaru, orange for Ken and purple for Shinjiro.
  • Combat Medic: Yukari and Ken fill this role. Both can learn all the healing spells and its strongest variants, as well as the Samarecarm revival spell. Though Yukari learns these spells slightly faster than Ken.
  • Cooldown Hug: The Protagonist can give one to Yukari, after she finds out about her fathers involvement in creating the Dark Hour.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: After being betrayed, S.E.E.S. (barring Aigis and Koromaru) are chained like this.
  • Dare to Be Badass: They don't run away from death, they face it head on and fight against it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yukari and Junpei can snark quite well at each other.
  • Destructive Hero: Even though they're trying to prevent innocent lives being taken by Shadows, sometimes their Full Moon Operations end up with property damage. The Shirakawa Boulevard incident, for example, had the police investigate mysterious acts of vandalism at the Champs de Fleurs Hotel where several mirrors were smashed (since they were linked to Arcana Lovers) and reports of theft.
  • Determinator: Yukari being the team's biggest example. While her belief in her dad gets extremely tested within the game's events and even before that, finding out her dad's innocence strengthens her resolve to eliminate the Dark Hour to the point that she flat out refuses Ryoji's damned if you do, damned if don't ultimatum while the rest of S.E.E.S. are left confused and distraught; though she may be scared, even imminent death is not enough to shake her new found will. As a team they fight the personification of death fully knowing they might lose, and they win-but not without a great cost. After that, they end up fighting the combined destructive thoughts of humanity and ultimately win.
  • Elemental Powers: Barring the protagonists (who can wield them all), Fuuka (who doesn't fight), as well as Aigis and Shinjiro (raw physical damage), the other S.E.E.S. members each have a specialty:
    • Junpei specializes in Agi spells.
    • Yukari specializes in Garu spells.
    • Akihiko specializes in Zio spells.
    • Mitsuru specializes in Bufu spells.
    • Koromaru specializes in Mudo spells, with additional access to Agi spells.
    • Ken specializes in Hama spells, with additional access to Zio spells.
    • Metis doesn't specialize in anything, but she does have access to single-target Garu and Bufu spells.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: All characters (except Fuuka) have varying weaknesses and resistances to different elemental attacks, with their main element being the one they resist by default. Evolved Personas outright block their main elements. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth gives all but the Protagonist, Ken, Koromaru, and Shinjiro resistance to another element when their Personas evolve.
    • The Protagonists, of course, can be weak to, resist, block, absorb, or reflect any element depending on their active Persona. Orpheus is weak to electricity and darkness and neutral towards everything else. Orpheus Telos resists every element, while Messiah reflects light, is weak to darkness, is neutral to all types of physical damage, and resists everything else.
    • Yukari resists wind and is weak to electricity. Isis also resists darkness in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth.
    • Junpei resists fire and is weak to wind. Trismegistus also resists light in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth.
    • Akihiko resists electricity and is weak to ice. Caesar also resists cut-type physical damage in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth.
    • Mitsuru resists ice and is weak to fire. Artemisia also resists light in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth.
    • Aigis resists pierce-type physical damage and is weak to electricity. Pallas Athena also resists wind in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth.
    • Koromaru blocks fire and darkness, and is weak to light.
    • Ken resists light and is weak to darkness.
    • Shinjiro and Metis are neutral towards everything.
  • Enlightenment Super Powers: Each S.E.E.S. members Personas transforms after they come to an inner realization and grows from there. Whether they be from a renewed will to fight, a renewed will to live, or a renewed understanding.
  • Escapism: It's heavily implied in-game that Junpei is torn about the Dark Hour disappearing as he uses it as an escape from his normal life. Akihiko also uses it as a distraction to grow stronger, and as a way to forget about failing to protect his younger sister.
  • Fanservice: The female members of S.E.E.S gets hit hard by the Male Gaze.
    • High-cut bikini armor for Yukari, Mitsuru and the female protagonist; and maid outfits including Aigis, which is considered battle proof.
    • Yukari gets an animated shower scene in their third full moon operation at a Love Hotel. She then comes out of the shower later on, only wearing a towel.
    • Again the female members of S.E.E.S. wearing bikinis in the Yakushima event gets some fan fare from Junpei, the player is even given the choice on who they think which girl looks the hottest in their swimsuits. Yukari, Mitsuru and the female protagonist's swimsuits also become available for purchase as usable battle armor.
    • Finally in their school trip to Kyoto, the guys with the help of Junpei and Ryoji "accidentally" find themselves still in the hot springs after it was change to a women's only bathing time. Naturally the victims of this deed is the female members of S.E.E.S., the girls feeling somethings amiss then checks the hot springs for any intruders. The situation then transforms into a mini-game where you try to avoid Yukari and Fuuka from spotting the guys, win and the guys get to perv on the girls, lose and Mitsuru will execute them for being a bunch of pervs.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Inevitably happens after all the trauma and fights both in and out of the battlefield, that they've endured together. Particularly Yukari and Mitsuru's relationship blossoms into this after a frosty start. The bond they develop with each other ends up saving them both.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble:
    • While the game leans towards more male members at the beginning of the game, by its mid-point, after Shinjiro's death, the team totals to four guys and four girls.
    • Averted if the player picks the female protagonist, in which case the women will outnumber the men on the team at all times save for the brief window when Shinjiro is in it, and even then only if you count Koromaru as a man.
  • Go-Getter Girl:
    • Yukari and Mitsuru. Yukari is one of the Archery Club's most proactive members even after joining S.E.E.S.; she herself also handles the necessary paperwork needed by the school council to run the club. In Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Yukari balances her time as a college student, fashion model and television actress. She still helps Mitsuru, albeit in a part-time basis as a member of the Shadow Operatives. Mitsuru balances her duties as a member of S.E.E.S. with her duties as a member of the Fencing Club as well as being the school council president, all the while maintaining high grades. In Persona 4 Arena Ultimax she is the leader of the Shadow Operatives.
    • The female protagonist also has the potential to be this; she's the leader of S.E.E.S and she can become a member of the student council, a member of the tennis or volleyball club, a member of the cooking club, a member of the fashion club, she can join the library or health committee, hold down a part-time job and get consistently high grades. She has the potential to balance all of this while maintaining several close friendships, and even a relationship.
  • Heroic BSoD: The team suffers this four times:
    • The death of Shinjiro greatly affects Akihiko and Ken and they wish to avenge him by ending the Dark Hour, awakening their Ultimate Personas. In the movie, Makoto becomes guilty over causing Shinjiro's death after he hesitates during the battle against the Fortune and Strength Shadows, which prolongs the fight enough that SEES is unable to help against Takaya.
    • After realizing that Ikuksuki lied to them that the Dark Hour will end if they defeat the twelve Full Moon Shadows, the team sees no reason to continue their expedition in Tartarus for a while as they have no idea on what to do now.
    • After Ryoji reveals that the world will come to an end in a few months, everyone falls into depression until they regain their will to live.
    • The death of the Protagonist is the greatest blow for them. For weeks, the group slowly falls apart and everyone hopes to forget everything that has happened over the past year by moving forward with their lives. The sudden appearance of Metis and them being trapped within the Abyss of Time is more of a forced cooperation than the team coming back together. The group eventually faces each other in battle when they are unable to decide what to do with the keys they acquired.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Yukari and Mitsuru develops such a bond, which gets thoroughly explored in both The Journey and The Answer as well as in the game's spin-off Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. Yukari's Social Link with the female Protagonist accumulates to this, as they grow so close that Yukari puts off finding a boyfriend, so that she can spend as much time with the female Protagonist as possible. If the female Protagonist doesn't romance anyone, she will spend Christmas with Yukari (Fuuka also tags along).
  • Hidden Depths: As part of their Character Development there's more to the members of S.E.E.S. than meets the eye.
  • Hotter and Sexier: They were a good-looking bunch to begin with, but in the game's spin-off, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the S.E.E.S. members went from hot to smokin' hot.
  • An Ice Person: Mitsuru's specialty is hard hitting ice spells.
  • Idle Animation: Each character has one in battle.
    • The Male Protagonist uses his sword to slash in front of him.
    • The Female Protagonist lowers her naginata to her side and taps her foot.
    • Yukari will cautiously look from side-to-side.
    • Junpei will swing his sword around like a baseball bat.
    • Akihiko cracks his neck.
    • Mitsuru flips her bangs away from her face.
    • Aigis spins her unused hand. She will also sometimes make a peace sign from said hand.
    • Ken twirls his spear.
    • Koromaru scratches himself.
    • Shinjiro rests his axe on his shoulder and taunts the enemy.
  • Implausible Hair Color: Most of the members of S.E.E.S. have some notable hair for a cast of entirely Japanese kids, for whom none are ever being said to employ some kind of dyeing. The exceptions are Shinjiro and Junpei's dark brown/grayish hair and the female protagonist's reddish-brown hair, although her eyes are a very implausible bright red. As Aigis is a Fembot, her blonde hair and blue eyes also make her an exception.
    • Akihiko has a full head of grey hair. He's in his late teens and there's no indication that he had gone grey naturally that early, so he was apparently born with it.
    • Mitsuru's hair is very, very red, but not so odd as to be questionable as it's a shade that's easily replicable via dye. It's notable for her though, because not only is it naturally that shade (as flashbacks in The Answer attest to), but it's naturally very curly to boot, as she had drill hair pigtails as a child.
    • Fuuka's teal blue bob cut, like Mitsuru and Akihiko, it's natural.
    • Yukari and Ken are a peculiar case since theirs aren't all that unique in color, however natural light brown hair is a rarity, at least for Japanese people.
    • The Male Protagonist has a deep blue mop of hair, whether or not this is meant to represent "black" (as in a lot of anime) is unsaid.
  • It's Personal: The creation of Tartarus and the Dark Hour has strong ties to the members of S.E.E.S. they each have their own personal reasons to see it gone for good...or keep its existence. They either have a family member that caused its creation (Yukari and Mitsuru), were victims of it (Yukari, the Protagonist, Fuuka, Ken, Koromaru, Shinjiro and later on Mitsuru) or were created because of it (Aigis). Yukari lampshades this when she reveals why she fights and theories on how she got her powers to the Protagonist in Yakushima. Her heart to heart with Mitsuru in December also lampshades this. Lampshaded again by Yukari in the P3 side of Persona Q, were she ponders with Junpei about the rest of the team's reasons for fighting against the Dark Hour, inside the "Evil Spirit Club" labyrinth.
  • Light 'em Up: Ken's specialty is instant-kill light spells.
  • Losing the Team Spirit: Ikutsuki's betrayal and the death of Mitsuru's father has this effect on them. It happens again in The Answer; when the Protagonist dies following the events of The Journey, the team begins to drift apart almost immediately, and the sense of regret and despondency is practically tangible. At the beginning of the game when the cast is getting together to hand in their evokers, Akihiko and Yukari don't even bother showing up.
  • Meaningful Name: The names of each member is heavily applied into their characteristics, story and actions. (See their individual pages below for more information).
  • Mirror Character: Yukari and Mitsuru. They're both charismatic, hardworking, talented and driven young women, and though they're not overtly obvious about it they constantly worry about the teams morale. Their families had a hand in creating the "Dark Hour" and ended up victims of it, arguably they grow the strongest desire to eliminate it. They're also closest to their fathers, them being part of their main driving force to destroy the "Dark Hour" once and for all.
  • Morphic Resonance: The manifestation of S.E.E.S. Personas is a combination of their owners inner feelings and some of their characteristics from the myths they originated from, this trend continues to their ultimate Personas.
  • Nice Guy: The male and female protagonists are this through and through, Yukari is very easy-going and generally kind to her peers, Akihiko stands out as a caring and straightforward guy, and Fuuka is this so much that she holds absolutely no grudges against Natsuki, the girl who bullied her and locked her in the gym, resulting in her being trapped in Tartarus.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Each member of S.E.E.S. barring the two versions of the main character and Aigis wear the Gekkoukan High uniform with their own twist. It's also worth noting that they wear their Winter school outfits during Tartarus excursions even in the Summer:
    • During the Winter season Junpei swaps out the white dress shirt and ribbon tie for his own blue dress shirt. He also wears a personal belt with chain wallet, and sports a hat even when indoors on campus. In the Summer he seemingly wears the regulation white dress shirt, but keeps it unbuttoned and wears a blue undershirt of the same shade as the dress shirt he normally wears in the Winter.
    • For the Winter Yukari swaps out the black top with a distinct pink one and wears black socks instead of the regulation whites. In the Summer, she simply keeps her pink top wrapped around her waist and ditches the red ribbon bow.
    • Akihiko would be nearly regulation no matter what season if it wasn't for his red vest and the fact that he never wears the blazer even during the Winter.
    • Mitsuru, like Yukari, doesn't wear the regulation black top; but unlike her doesn't replace it with anything and just goes around in a white dress shirt with the red ribbon bow (likely not regulation as the collar type is quite different if compared to Aigis, Yukari, and the FeMC's). She also swaps out the white socks and loafers for full length hi-heeled boots. The only clearly regulation item she wears is her skirt and the bow. In the Summer she sticks to the same look, but picks a short sleeved variant of her unique white top.
    • In the Winter Fuuka drops the red ribbon bow and the white dress shirt, but keeps the black top. Instead she wears her own shirt underneath that matches the color of her hair. She also chooses to wear a set of white leggings instead of socks. In the Summer, she switches out the previous top with what looks a like a light turtleneck (again, of the same color as her hair) with a white top over that.
    • Ken wears a bright orange zip-up hoodie underneath the blazer (he does wear the regulation white dress shirt and ribbon tie under that) and sports a pair of dress shorts and white sneakers. During Summer months, he'll opt for a sleeveless variant of his hoodie.
  • Opposing Sports Team: In Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight. Since Caroline and Justine's objective is to prove that their guest is a better dancer than Elizabeth's, S.E.E.S. assumes this role offscreen.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: The female Protagonist and Junpei's relationship develops into this, while Junpei is the most overt example, the female Protagonist can also be this with the other male members of SEES if the player chooses their friendship routes.
  • Power of Friendship: Plays an integral role in the story as well as in gameplay. This is the reason why the Protagonist was able to use his soul as a barrier to seal Nyx.
  • The Problem with Fighting Death: Played around with. Near the end of the game, it's revealed that S.E.E.S. is directly responsible for triggering the end of the world, and in the True Ending, they all decide to fight against it with everything they've got, regardless of whether or not they'd win or lose, fully aware of how futile their efforts might be in the end. The only way they manage to beat back the Big Bad is thanks to the protagonist's bonds with others giving them an 11th-Hour Superpower, and in the end this doesn't even destroy Nyx—it merely seals her away. Worse yet, the Great Seal which blocks Nyx from the rest of the world comes at the cost of the protagonist's life.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: SEES is composed of a New Transfer Student, a vivacious young woman, the Class Clown, a Boxing Battler, the Student Council President, a Shrinking Violet, a Tag Along Kid, a Bruiser with a Soft Center, a Robot Girl, and a dog.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Played straight by Aigis.
  • Sempai/Kohai: The Protagonist, Yukari, Junpei, Fuuka, Ken and Aigis are the Kohai to Akihiko, Mitsuru and Shinjiro's Sempai.
  • Sentai: Ken is a BIG fan of of these types of shows even though he tries to hide it, the Protagonist can catch a new episode every Sunday of Phoenix Ranger Featherman R in the dorm, not to mention Yukari becomes one, as the lead ranger no less in the shows reincarnation Phoenix Ranger Featherman V, in the games spin-off Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, much to Kens delight. The references stems back to Persona 2.
  • Shock and Awe: Akihiko's specialty is devastating lighting spells.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The Protagonist initial Persona Orpheus is depicted using a lyre just like the original did in his myth.
    • Yukari's initial Persona Io is bound to a floating heifer, the original Io was turned into a cow by Zeus. Her ultimate Persona Isis is depicted wearing the headdress of Hathor, Isis' daughter in law, both also share themes as motherly goddesses and carers of the dead (coincidentally Io and Hathor also share the same cow motif). Yukari's Isis being posed with outstretched wings is a callback to one of the goddess Isis' original wall paintings, were she displays a similar pose.
    • Junpei's intial Persona Hermes has a the letter "H" below his neck, he also has gigantic wings as reference to the original Hermes' job as the messenger of the gods.
  • Squishy Wizard: Yukari may have the lowest health of the team but her high magic stat and large SP pool means she can heal her allies and blow away her enemies and keep it up for days if she has too.
  • Status Buff: Aigis and Mitsuru learn both party and self buffing moves respectively.
  • Tears of Joy: Everyone after seemingly defeating Nyx, becomes a Tear Jerker after the cost of said win is revealed.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Mitsuru, Akihiko and Shinjiro were the first members of S.E.E.S., the next generation members - mainly the Protagonist, Yukari and Junpei - also play this trope. Not only are they the most recent and newest members of S.E.E.S. all three also belong in the same class. The games official artwork even lampshades this, featuring only the Protagonist, Yukari and Junpei with Thanatos.
  • Through His Stomach: Yukari offers to cook for the male Protagonist after she invites him to join her on hike to the mountains in her Rank 7 Social Link, boasting that she's not just a decent cook but a pretty good one.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Yukari plays the girly girl to Mitsuru's tomboy. Yukari also plays the tomboy to Fuuka's girly girl, lampshaded by Junpei who mentions that Yukari should act like the very feminine Fuuka.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Not that they aren't badass already, they just reach a whole new level after their Personas manifest into their ultimate forms.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: A mild case. The S.E.E.S girls, but more so Yukari seem to be very fond of sweets. Akihiko and Junpei are a fan of beef bowls and Ken drinks a ton of milk so that he can grow taller.
  • True Companions: The Ragtag Bunch of Misfits slowly but surely turns into one big family.
  • Übermensch: After it's revealed that their actions essentially triggered the literal end of the world, the whole of S.E.E.S. finds themselves terrified for the fate that awaits them, unable to know what to do with themselves any longer. But as the whole city begins to succumb to nihilism and despair due to Takaya's cult, the team recovers with a new resolve to fight for their futures with everything they have, come what may.
  • Unbelievable Source Plot: Personas? Tartarus? The Dark Hour? Shadows?
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Ikutsuki. Turns out defeating all the Arcana Shadows was a really bad idea. Also Eiichiro Takeba, Yukari's dad, where the video he recorded and left behind preventing anyone from going after the Arcana Shadows was manipulated by Ikutsuki to say the opposite. The doctored video was then played in Yakushima, triggering Yukari's breakdown.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Yukari and Junpei's relationship is outwardly this, and it gets quite the focus in Persona Q.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Played extremely straight. The Dark Hour happens every night, starting at midnight for an hour transforming their school into Tartarus, finishing at 12:01 a.m. the members of S.E.E.S. then have to drag their tired selves back to the dorm to wake up early and go back to school. Lampshaded by Yukari and Junpei when they say to Aigis that they want to sleep more after S.E.E.S. disbands.
  • We Were Your Team: S.E.E.S. falls apart hard in the aftermath of the Protagonist's death. This is a major plot element in The Answer, to the point that the group actually descends into infighting when faced with the decision of how to use the Keys of Time.
  • Worf Had the Flu: At the start of the The Answer, S.E.E.S has lost all the skills they've learned over the past few months. This can be explained by the fact that they have not been fighting since the final boss, and as a result, their skills have become rusty.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Unlike the Investigation Team and Phantom Thieves of Hearts, S.E.E.S. is backed up by a large company who studies Shadows and Personas. Despite this, they actually thought that Shadows were invaders from another world. It doesn't help that Itkutsuki has been deliberately keeping a lot of information regarding Shadows and the Dark Hour from them. It is not until they meet Metis, who is not unlike Teddie and Morgana, that they learn that Shadows are actually the dark manifestation of people and the Evil Counterpart to Personas.

    Both 

Arcana:The Fool, Death, Judgement, The Universe
Persona:Orpheus, Thanatos, Orpheus Telos, Messiah, Wild Card

Tropes As Applied to Both Protagonists

  • The Ace: Both are capable of summoning multiple Personas, is seen as The Reliable One by all of their teammates, is the best player on whichever sports team they decide to join, and is a Chick Magnet/Dude Magnet. Junpei acknowledges this as well.
  • All-Loving Hero: Dialogue for the female protagonist definitely plays this straight, although you can be pretty rude (and, yes, you will be called out for it). Social Links indicate that they are very understanding towards others. The diversity of their social links, from an elderly couple, classmates, a Corrupt Corporate Executive, a Dirty Old Monk, as well as the strangest members of SEES (a dog and a robot) show that they have the capacity to care for pretty much anyone.
  • Archnemesis Mom: Their other main Persona, Thanatos, is the son of Nyx in Greek Mythology.
  • Asleep for Days: The awakening to their Persona ability puts them out for a week.
  • Asleep in Class: In the game, they have the option to sleep in class. Doing this cures their Tired/Cold status and can change it to Great.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Easily the best fighter in the group as well as the most versatile, which is why they're leader of the combat team. To the point where it's lampshaded by their courage title becoming Badass when maxed out.
  • Barrier Maiden:
    • They possesses the ego fragment of the Nyx Avatar while all of its powers are split.
    • Not to mention becoming the Great Seal to prevent Erebus from contacting Nyx.
  • Battle Couple: When romancing any members of the party.
  • The Berserker: Thanatos' fighting style is depicted as this. It destroys the first Full Moon Shadow by crushing it into smithereens. In the fourth anime movie, it doesn't give Nyx Avatar any chance to breathe as it keeps attacking it with its sword. It then rips one of Nyx Avatar's wings before blasting it with Agidyne several times at point blank range.
  • Big Eater: Both are depicted as heavy eaters. Most of their Social Links often take place in restaurants or eateries.
    • The male protagonist can keep up with the Gourmet King and Mamoru in eating. Only Elizabeth outdoes him, during their date, but she does so in a way that indicates he managed to keep up through seven straight meals. In Persona Q, he's noted for eating several plates of yakisoba, while a side quest in Persona Q2 involves him getting into a donut eating contest with the P4 protagonist over this fact.
    • The female protagonist is noted by others to have quite the appetite. Junpei's impressed on how much she can fit so much food in her body during his Social Link. In the Drama CD, she orders a lot of food, with Yukari remarking how it's too large an order for her.
  • Big Sleep: At the end of the epilogue, he/she dies as he/she goes to sleep.
  • Body Horror: During their Awakening, Thanatos suddenly bursts out from Orpheus from the inside, with its arms coming out through Orpheus' head.
  • Bookends: The final Persona the Protagonists obtain is an upgraded form of the first Persona they obtained.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He/She sacrifices all of their life energy to create a seal for Nyx. He/She manages to hold out until graduation before dying on the roof.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The male protagonist is moody and indifferent, while the female protagonist is far perkier. This is particularly noticeable when they directly interact in Q2.
  • Call-Back: The Japanese name of Orpheus Telos is Orpheus Kai, which means Orpheus Modified. This is a callback to Persona 2, in which the Japanese name of a Prime Persona is Modified Persona, indicating that Orpheus Telos can be considered the Prime form of Orpheus.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Thanks to the Social Links and searching for the Lost Ones in Tartarus, they more or less develop this. Some of Elizabeth/Theodore's requests also require things like feeding a stray cat or watering a drying-up flowerbed.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Some of their dialogue options have them veer into this territory to hilarious degrees.
    • The male protagonist can be a bit over the clouds at times:
      • One example from Persona Q is when he drinks from a tea set found by the party, which they suspected was dangerous. His excuse? He thought he was at Chagell.
      • Some examples from the movies include him attempting to stop a train using a video game as a reference, and when he's at Yakushima he tries imitating a crab walking sideways.
    • Q2 shows that the female protagonist, like her male counterpart, can be a little airheaded and goofy even in tense situations. She is easily excited to be an honorary Phantom Thief, from pretending to be a cop to knocking out a cop using a karate chop that she learned from TV. In fact, while the Phantom Thieves are complaining to be in the sewers, she is the only one who is having fun.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Their school life is more explored than the protagonists of the previous two games, who didn't really deal with school life at all.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: No parents to get in the way of adventuring. They apparently died during the disaster ten years ago.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Their parents died when they were six, leaving them as orphans. The embodiment of death is sealed inside them, biding its time until it can return to full strength. They would later give their lives to become a Barrier Maiden to prevent the world's death wish from reaching Nyx, essentially barring their souls from reaching the afterlife in the process.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: A further reference to their role as a Messianic Archetype. The female protagonist does this when she performs a Fusion Spell and the Great Seal. Said Seal had the appearance of the Male Protagonist with his arms outstretched and with bindings of barbed wire.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When it first appears in an animated cutscene, Thanatos completely destroys the Magician Shadow with little effort. It also gives Nyx Avatar a hard time in the fourth movie.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: Orpheus is rather weak and will likely be removed after a few months. When Aigis first summons it, however, it is capable of defeating Metis when Pallas Athena, an Ultimate Persona mind you, is unable to. Following this, however, it becomes a weak Persona again.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ten years prior to the series, the protagonist lost their parents in a car accident, in which they nearly died from it.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Their second Persona, Thanatos, is the Greek personification of Death.
  • Death Seeker: It's implied for both that they have a death wish on some level.
  • Definitely Just a Cold: During the epilogue, the gameplay notes that the MC is quite tired, but doesn't mention it as being very serious. A few days later, he/she's dead.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In the Good Ending, after the group fails to eliminate the Nyx Avatar, the protagonist travels to confront Nyx in person and manages to replace the seal on Nyx.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: The male and female protagonists get differing characterization and Ultimate Personas in Q2. The male is his usual moody, quiet self, and gets Orpheus Telos as his Ultimate, while the female is far perkier and gets Messiah as her Ultimate.
  • Eleventh Hour Super Power: After the fight with the Nyx Avatar, they eventually stand up and take the fight directly to Nyx, a fight where concentrated death is used on them every turn but doesn't do a thing. The fight finishes when they uses their own soul to seal Nyx.
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: A sports club (kendo, swimming or track & field for MC; tennis or volleyball for FeMC), the student council, the sewing club, the cooking club (FeMC only), a culture club (MC only), committee work (FeMC only) and a club dedicated to fighting manifestations of the repressed human psyche.
  • Fusion Dance: With the power of the Wild Card, they are able to create stronger Personas by fusing two or more Personas. The most notable being their Ultimate Persona, Messiah, which is created by fusing their two main Personas, Orpheus and Thanatos.
  • The Hero: Your best fighter, both for physical and magical attacks, as well as intellectually and socially capable.
  • Heroic BSoD: In the game, they both seem to avoid this, but the game text states this happens after Ryoji explains who he is and presents the choice to kill him.

    Narration:You cannot think clearly. How does a person choose the way he will die?

  • Heroic Sacrifice: They uses their soul to create a seal to stop Nyx.
  • I Am Who?: Aigis sealed the Nyx Avatar inside him/her as a child.
  • Instrument of Murder: Orpheus uses its lyre both to cast spells and as a melee weapon.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: The compendium describes Orpheus Telos having "endless possibilities", referring to the fact that its skillset is completely customizable and that it only learns skills from the Personas that fuse into it.
  • Karma Houdini: Unlike later protagonists in the series, the Persona 3 protagonist never faces any consequences for cheating on multiple romantic paramours. The male protagonist is outright forced to cheat on his girlfriends in order to get Orpheus Telos.
    • Karma does bite him in one of the CD dramas where he gets guilt tripped and scared to death by the S.E.E.S. girls when they found out that his date clashes with that of another girl. Even though it turns out to be a dream, the protagonist has never felt so scared before.
  • Living on Borrowed Time: After casting the Great Seal, they are destined to die. However, they stayed alive long enough in order to fulfill their promise to meet their friends on the school rooftop on Graduation Day.
  • Messianic Archetype: Their ultimate Persona is actually called Messiah, and at the end of their journey, they sacrifice themselves after leading the group forward. In addition, the Male Protagonist's appearance on the Great Seal resembles Jesus Christ when He was crucified. To further relate the Protagonist with Jesus Christ, most of Messiah's skills that it learned naturally are a reference to Christ Himself (Salvation, Absorb Pierce, Enduring Soul and God's Hand). Absorb Pierce could be a reference in which Christ was pierced with the Spear of Destiny while Enduring Soul likely references Christ being resurrected three days after He died.
  • New Transfer Student: Starts the year by transferring into the school without knowing anyone.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience: When they use a Fusion spell, they are naked in their mind.
  • Parental Abandonment: Their parents died in an accident. It was caused by the explosion at the Kirijo labs.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The color themes for the menus are blue for the male character and pink for the female.
  • Playing with Fire: Their initial Persona Orpheus starts with an Agi skill, made more powerful in the movie. In Persona Q and Persona Q2, both protagonists are stuck with Orpheus as their main Persona and fire becomes their main elemental specialty, even after their Persona evolves later on.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Collapses and is unconscious for several days after summoning their Persona for the first time.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The female protagonist is the Red Oni to the male protagonist's Blue Oni.
  • The Reliable One: Along with being the Living Emotional Crutch for their Social Links, they're also made the field leader and can become Mitsuru's assistant in the Student Body Council. On top of that, they also join a few clubs and can achieve top grades in their class. It's that kind of game.
  • Resigned to the Call: They didn't exactly move to Iwatodai expecting anything out of the ordinary, although it is implied that they are used to experiencing the Dark Hour. Some of the lines the player can choose at the beginning also express uncertainty about being a Persona user and the field leader. As time goes on, they become used to fighting shadows, a development noted by Pharos.
  • Schrödinger's Player Character:
    • In Portable, the player has the option to play as either one of them, and neither one appears in the other route. This is even carried over to side materials; the FeMC's only CD Drama appearances have her as the leader, and the stage play has two versions with a male and female lead, coinciding with different performance dates.
    • Persona Q2 reveals that both protagonists are the same person from different worlds with their gender being the only difference.
  • Silent Protagonist: Downplayed since they both shout to call their Personas, but averted in Persona Q for the male character if you choose the P4 side, and averted for both the male and female protagonists in Persona Q2.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With anyone they romance.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Should the player choose the P4 route in PQ, the male protagonist is fully voiced. The trend continues in PQ2 alongside the female protagonist getting voiced as well. The male protagonist is also fully voiced in the movie adaption as well as in Dancing In Moonlight.
  • Superpower Lottery: They're the resident Wild Cards. That alone would be enough, but they also have the unique ability to summon two Personas at once for a fusion attack. (In Portable, this is turned into expendable items to be used.) They also gain access to the Universe Arcana, representing understanding of the purpose of life and their own lives in relation to all, which is what allows them to seal Nyx, especially notable for the fact that it is clearly distinguished from the World Arcana which most of the other protagonists (their direct successors, the MCs of Persona 4 and 5 for example) achieve and they are the first person seen attaining and using it. Igor even notes that he has never seen another power like the protagonist's.
  • Übermensch: In the True Ending, it's clear that they, above all the other protagonists in the Persona series, embody this ideology the most. Faced with the certainty of their death due to the coming of Nyx, they endure a whole month of seeing their friends and their whole city slowly succumb to despair and nihilism—and while their friends do come around in the end, it is ultimately the protagonists' will to keep fighting despite the odds that grants them ultimate power, giving them the strength to fearlessly perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save those whom they cherish most.
  • The Unchosen One: In a sense - the incident that led to Death/Pharos being sealed in them was essentially a random accident that could have happened to anyone - they just happened to be there when Aigis defeated Ryoji and needed a vessel to seal Death inside of.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: If they die, it's Game Over. This is justified in that they're the seal for Death, who will bring about The Fall if unleashed, but you don't learn this until shortly after it stops being true, at which point... absolutely nothing changes, and it's still Game Over if you die because they're the only one that can beat Nyx.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Orpheus ultimately failed in his task to save the one he loved, because right at the end of his journey, he turned back to face her, thus breaking his deal with Hades and casting Eurydice back into the Underworld forever. At the end of the game, the Protagonist is given the choice to kill Ryoji and forget everything that happened in the past year. While this ensures a relatively peaceful death for both the protagonist and their friends, it ultimately causes the end of the world, and undoes the Character Development they all faced throughout their journey. Choosing to let Ryoji live means that the protagonists have overcome the inevitable Downer Ending that Orpheus' tale had, because they're willing to see their journey through to the end without looking back. This is made even more apparent by the fact that their Ultimate Persona, Messiah, becomes available only after they make that choice.
  • World's Strongest Man: After obtaining the Universe arcana, they become one of the strongest beings in the Persona series, and the strongest player character bar none. Since Nyx cannot be killed, them being able to seal Nyx away, and the enlightenment they receive from said feat, make them more powerful than any protagonist since. Even Igor is surprised at how powerful they become.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are!: To Aigis twice in the last movie. The first time is when she blames herself for sealing Death into him. The second time he does this is to talk her down during her suicide attempt, with much more success.

    The Male Protagonist 

Male Protagonist/Makoto Yuki/Minato Arisato/Sakuya Shiomi

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The Master of Strings
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The Cipher's Mask
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The Savior

"Whatever."

Weapons: One-handed swords note as of P3P and PQ. In the original game and FES, he can wield all weapon class except firearms and knives
Voiced by:Yuri Lowenthal (English), Akira Ishida (Japanese)
Live actor:Shouta Aoi

The local Heroic Mime of 3. His parents died ten years prior to the events of the game and he has moved around a lot as a result. He has an affinity with the Fool Arcana and begins the game with the persona Orpheus. More impressively, he also possesses the rare Wild Card, which allows him to store multiple personas. He can also wield various weapons but defaults to a one-handed sword. (In the PSP port, this is his only usable weapon type.) In general, he is very calm and responsible, in contrast to Junpei and numerous NPCs who behave like typical high school students. Although quiet, he has significant leadership skills and can think and plan in the midst of battle.

He is transferred into the Gekkoukan High School in his second year of high school. Upon arriving at his new dorm during the Dark Hour, he is asked by Pharos to sign a contract which states "I chooseth this fate of my own free will." Within days of moving into the dorm, he has his first encounter with the Shadows and awakens to his power. After being recruited into SEES, he's appointed as field leader by Mitsuru and Akihiko due to the ease with which he is able to summon his Persona, a position that eventually becomes permanent. He also visits the Velvet Room and has periodic chats with Pharos, the mysterious young boy who initially presented him with the Velvet Room contract.

In the game's opening scenes, he's seen wearing headphones and listening to "Burn My Dread", the theme song of 3.


  • Adaptational Badass: Not for him, but his initial Persona Orpheus was beefed up to make him more prominent in the movies. In the game, his weak level 1 status plus 2 major weaknesses (Zio and Mudo) made him only useful at the start of the story, with players quickly moving on to other Personas ASAP. In the movie, he's Makoto's main Persona and he even got to throw a few hits at the Magician Full-Moon Shadow before Thanatos came along to finish the job.
  • Alliterative Name: His name in the stage play adaptation, Sakuya Shiomi.
  • Ambiguous Disorder:
    • He's a bit of a Cloud Cuckoolander in Persona Q and the movies, to the point where Junpei, the wise guy to his straight man, says he's not normal. All things considered, it's likely he has some sort of depression.
    • In the movies, it's heavily implied he has PTSD from the incident that took place 9 years prior to the events of the main plot.
  • Badass Biker: In Spring of Birth, he rides on Mitsuru's motorcycle to save Fuuka from the Emperor and Empress Shadows.
  • Behemoth Battle: In the manga's rendition of final battle with Nyx Avatar, Messiah grows to the size of a Kaiju against it. Both of them were large enough to tower over the Moonlight Bridge.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He can chase off a group of thugs single handed without much problem and without the use of his Persona. In the audio dramas, the one time he ever expresses anger is when his friends are in danger.
  • Big Brother Mentor: The Movie gives him this role towards Ken, thanks to Mitsuru making him Ken's bodyguard before he joined SEES thanks to having similar backstories.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Both him and Akihiko in the manga, when they're having their ping-pong match.
  • Bishōnen: He's remarked on looking handsome and androgynous by a few characters. Yuko also notices he has long eyelashes.
  • Bonus Boss: He appears in Persona 5Royal as a DLC boss fight.
  • Broken Ace: Comes close to this during the second movie. As the Wild Card, he's the most powerful member of the group, and thus the most reliable in battle. But as SEES gets closer to eliminating all the Full-Moon Shadows, Makoto realizes his time with them will end soon, as his reliability in battle is his main asset that allows him to remain close to SEES and gives him a purpose in life. This comes to a head at the end, where his insecurity of losing both leads to his performance in battle decreasing, most notably the battle on October 4th.
  • Broken Bird: How the movie characterizes him, emphasizing on how much the deaths of his parents left him traumatized. He gets somewhat better in the second film, but his fear of losing his new happiness indicates he's not fully healed.
  • The Cameo:
    • Appears as a downloadable costume for the Mii Swordfighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
    • In Chapter 33 of the Persona 4 manga, when Chihiro briefly mentions her former phobia of men and having help with her speech addressing the Yasogami High students, a photograph of the Student Council from 2009 is shown with all members in attendance, including the male protagonist, although his back is turned and his face isn't shown.
  • Canon Name: He has no default name in the game, but the adaptions provide him with no less than three: The manga (and the early Japanese trailers for Persona Q) names him Minato Arisato, the movie series and Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight call him Makoto Yuki, and the stage play refers to him as Sakuya Shiomi. Which one is considered "canon" is subject to heated fan debate (unlike Persona 4's Yu Narukami, whose name was canonized with further spin-offs).
  • The Casanova: Can be played this way. The lack of a "friends only" option for the girls means if you want Orpheus Telos, obtainable by getting Rank 10 with every Social Link, you have to play him like this.
    • Averted in the movie adaptations, where he never shows any interest in anyone other than Aigis.
  • Catchphrase: "Doudemo ii," the meaning of which depends on the context. Generally, it can be translated as "Whatever" or "I don't care". It's one of the most common dialogue choices for the male protagonist. In the drama CDs, it's usually used when he has no opinion on something. This gets lampshaded in Persona Q in one of the answer choices in the Group Date Cafe (on the P4 side, obviously). In fact, if you choose it, it locks him as your destined partner.
  • Character Development: Extremely subtle, but a lot of the dialogue choices at the end and middle portions of the game are drastically different from his earliest interactions, going from cold and a bit of a Jerkass to compassionate and open. Ditto for the movies, as he goes from being almost completely emotionally dead to expressive and contemplative.
  • Character Tic: As can be seen in his image above, he keeps his hands in his pockets a lot. Not only is he usually seen walking this in cutscenes, he'll even do it in gameplay if he's left alone for a few seconds. When finishing up a fight, he's usually seen slipping his free hand into his pocket after flourishing his weapon.
  • Chick Magnet:
    • Every girl he meets seems to fall for him. By the end of the year, it's possible for Fuuka, Mitsuru, Yukari, Chihiro, Yuko, Elizabeth, and even the likes of Maiko, Ms. Toriumi, and Aigis to fall for him. In fact until Persona 5 Royal added Kasumi he had the exact same number of love interests as Joker.
    • Persona 3 Portable actually makes this into a running gag, with his looks actually charming girls during the infamous Operation Babe Hunt.
  • The Comically Serious: Leans towards this in Persona Q.

    Yukari: Uh, I don't think he's joking. He's usually serious...

  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Or prequel for that matter, in comparison to Yu Narukami from Persona 4: The Animation. In contrast to Yu's more sociable if not oddball personality, Makoto is introverted who can come off as extremely cold and indifferent to his friends. Both of them develop a strong attachment to their friends, which triggers their Heroic BSoD due to their unwillingness to lose their friends once their goal is completed. Unlike Yu who manages to bounce back in his battle against Shadow Mitsuo, Makoto fails to overcome it until the third movie, only reinforced when his hesitation inadvertently causes Shinjiro's death.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • In the movie tetralogy. Heavy on the snark side. His dialogue choices in the game and in Persona Q also lean towards this.

    Makoto: That's impressive. You chained your nose to your face so you wouldn't lose it.

    • And after slapping Junpei's face in the second movie: "Sorry. Live strong."
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: As the game progresses, his dialogue options start becoming kinder.
    • He's noticeably less distant and more open in the second movie than the first.
    • He regresses for a while in the third movie, but recovers and becomes even more open after he befriends Ryoji. He even starts to smile more!
  • Demoted to Extra: In Persona Q, he was the protagonist or the deuteragonist depending on which route you were playing. In Q2, he gets a couple of lines here and there but he's only Those Two Guys along side with Yu in favor of his female counterpart and Joker from Persona 5.
  • Depending on the Writer: His personality when properly characterized varies heavily from source to source. All that's really consistent is that he's quiet and somewhat disinterested, implied to not really fear death, and genuinely cares about his friends even if he doesn't show it:
    • In the original game, his personality is mostly a blank slate. The frequent "I don't care" dialogue options obviously suggest a sort of apathy, and many of his "rude" dialogue choices gradually disappear as the plot progresses.
    • In Persona Q, he comes off as somewhat eccentric with weird thought processes. He speaks with a bored, lethargic voice in the English dub.
    • The manga shows Minato as constantly drowsy. He's very expressive in it compared to other sources, even though he's still quiet.
    • Noriaki Akitaya, director of the P3 movies, said that the basic characterization of Makoto in the movies came from fan reaction to his character. The films give him the most focused growth of any other source, showing him as emotionally-stunted and utterly ambivalent to whatever happens to him, and he's implied to have some sort of depression and/or PTSD. When his new friends in SEES gradually get him to open up more, this causes his apathy to disappear and a fear of death to begin growing, and he comes to be hesitant to defeat the Arcana Shadows to end the Dark Hour because he doesn't want to return to a lonely life when SEES' job is over.
  • Deuteragonist: Of the P4 story in Persona Q being the the leader of the P3 cast.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: Can optionally date Elizabeth, who requests he show her around Port Island. The places she requests to visit start to become more personal, a development she notes herself, as she falls in love with him. Her final date has her visit his room, followed by an implied sex scene if the player chooses to do so.
  • Emo Teen: While his personality is mostly shaped by the player, his dialogue options in the game come off as being low-energy and sullen. His catchphrase is even "whatever." This interpretation is used in the movie, although he grows out of it near the end of Spring of Birth. The manga and Persona Q drop the "emo" half all together, making him more of an eccentric introvert. (Although some dramatic moments in the manga later on make it resurface.)
  • Emotionless Girl: Or rather, Emotionless Guy. The only time you'll ever really hear him raise his voice in Persona Q is if a shadow dodges his attack. Besides that, he usually speaks in a deadpan monotone. A stark contrast with his Japanese voice actor, Akira Ishida, who gives him a wide range of emotions, setting more on light-hearted and laid back notes. Especially in Persona Q, as most of his lines sound like they were said with a smile.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Played for Laughs during the Group Date Cafe event in Persona Q. He maintains his passive and stoic nature when going through the whole embarrassing ordeal with every girl (and guy) he's got with him as his "destined partner." This completely goes away if he gets Koromaru as his destined partner, and he freaks out the whole way through to the end—recoiling in horror at the realization that he and the dog will have to marry each other—that is, until his friends rescue him in time.
  • Gender-Blender Name: The anime movies and Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight have somewhat established Makoto Yuki as his canon name, which can also be used by a girl.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Played for laughs in the second movie after slapping Junpei in the face.

    Makoto: Sorry. Live strong.

  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies on the school roof content and with a smile, looking merely tired. The stone statue of him chained the the Great Seal also has a tired but genuine looking smile.
  • Harmful to Minors: Witnessed his parents' deaths as a kid. The movies make this worse by his statement that he's been experiencing the Dark Hour for a long time as well.
  • Hates Being Alone: After becoming more fulfilled with his life thanks to SEES, the thought of going back to his lonely, empty existence scares Makoto. To the point he starts requesting Tartarus missions more than ever, despite his friends not seeing the point since the Dark Hour will disappear when they destroy all 12 Shadows. It comes to a head by the end of the movie, where his hesitation causes him to struggle against the Fortune and Strength Shadows.
  • Hates Being Touched: Makoto in the first movie. This goes ignored by Junpei. By the second movie he seems to not care anymore.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: He's quiet and rather reserved. Several people comment on the headphones he always wears as well. While somewhat aloof, he does join several school clubs and enjoy being around others.
  • The Heart: It is him who manages to hold the group together and leads them to victory. His death greatly affects the group (especially Aigis and Yukari) to the point they barely talk to each other for the next few weeks. Eventually things get so out of hand that the group splits apart and battles one another over whether or not to try saving him by changing the past.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: When he awakens to his Persona, he's given a one-handed sword, but he can equip any weapon aside from guns and knives throughout the course of the game in the original Persona 3 and FES. In Portable and Q, he can only equip one-handed swords.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • The game's narration implies he undergoes this during the game's darkest hours, such as after the death of Shinjiro and learning about the upcoming apocalypse.
    • In the movies, he slowly enters one during the final quarter of the second film, but it takes full effectafter Shinjiro dies.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Junpei over the course of the game and Ryoji in the third film.
  • Hypocritical Humor: If Joker flirts with Hikari in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, the Male Protagonist will comment how Joker should watch his back due to his womanizing, despite the fact that the protagonist is practically required to be a womanizer in order to complete his Social Links.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: In the same vein as Yu in Persona 4: The Animation, Makoto becomes reluctant to end the Dark Hour as it means that the group will go their separate ways and he will be all alone again. As revealed by the sequel games, his fears are unfounded. Unfortunately, he doesn't live to see it.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Leader". In the drama CDs, as he has no 'canon name', his friends in SEES take to referring to him as such. It eventually spreads to the protagonist's other friends, who note how well the nickname fits him.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: To differentiate himself from his female counterpart in Persona Q2, his version of Orpheus has a good spread of physical and magic skills, and his unique passive lets him be competent with most kinds of damage-dealing elements. His Persona also evolves into Orpheus Telos which has a very even resistance spread.
  • Jerkass: Can be played this way, early game. Some of his options are downright cruel. He's also a bit cold to everyone in the first movie.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Late-game, his previously awful options lean much towards this, implying at least a bit of Character Development.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Aigis and Yukari in The Answer as well as future entries in the series. Persona 4 Arena implies that he's also this for Mitsuru.
  • Love at First Sight: He gets hit with this hard for Aigis in the movie adaptations when he first met her during the trip at Yakushima.
  • Moment of Weakness: In the second anime movie he didn't kill The Wheel of Fortune Shadow fast enough when he had a chance due to his conflicting feelings on ending the Dark Hour. Since the battle dragged on, the crew was too late to save Shinjiro. Makoto's face at the end, in addition to his issues with death being thrown in his face, makes it clear he feels responsible as well. This continues to haunt him for the rest of the movies.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the movies, the fact S.E.E.S will be disbanded and the fear that his friends will drift apart if the Dark Hour ends destroys his resolve. This leads him to hesitate to kill a full moon Shadow twice. While in the grand scheme of things killing the shadows brought on the end of the world, it's these two instances that directly cause Shinjiro's death. He spends the next two movies despairing over these moments of weakness.
  • No Name Given: In his Bonus Boss appearance in Persona 5 Royal, he is referred to simply as "S.E.E.S. Boy".
  • No Social Skills: Ironically, he starts out the movie series like this, not being able to empathize much with people and often appearing coldly dismissive to his surroundings. However, Character Development allows him to show more and more of his Hidden Heart of Gold as the films go on, and by the second movie he's more talkative and sociable with people.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • Near the end of the game, a panicked Junpei is calling him out on harboring the upcoming apocalypse by letting Ryoji grow into Nyx's avatar, which our hero had no control over. One of the dialogue options is a simple "I'm scared too."
    • The second P3P audio drama is a good example of him losing his cool. Don't ever endanger his Social Links.
    • This occurs several times in the movie, particularly when his friends are in danger.
    • Persona Q gives him several opportunities to blush in embarrassment, or react in a shocked manner.
    • Aigis promising to never die and leave him while she's falling to pieces in the third movie causes his depressed and emotionally stunted state to break down and embrace her.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: The movie emphasizes this more, since it's mentioned that he was shuffled around different relatives, contributing to his distant nature.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covers his right eye. This gets lampshaded during the Tower Social Link.
  • Present Absence: While he is absent in Persona 4: Arena and Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, he is often mentioned by the Shadow Operatives and how his actions had changed their lives over the past few years.
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: In the P4 route of Persona Q and in Persona Q2, he's introduced as the leader of S.E.E.S., but quickly cedes overall command of the group to your protagonist.
  • The Quiet One: His justification for being a silent protagonist - dialogue options are fairly rare, and when they do show up, they're generally very laconic and to the point. During the movies, he only says about a single sentence every ten minutes. Lampshaded a few times. Averted in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, where he speaks just as much as everyone else.
  • Really Gets Around: Five of his S. Links end with him 'spending a long time' in a bedroom with a girl. Six if you include Elizabeth, and while Aigis apparently lacks the bits necessary, she gets a scene full of Does This Remind You of Anything? moments.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: One of his dialogue choices in Yukari's social link is that he thinks pink is cute. It's also an option for him to join the Fashion Club and sew clothes with Bebe. He has a girly first name in the stage play and a unisex one in the movies.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Particularly in the movies, he's like a male version of her, being a StoicEmotionless Guy with blue hair and The Unfettered member of their team who eventually warms up to them. He even gets a When He Smiles moment at the end of the first movie!
  • Robo Sexual: If the player pursues Aigis' Social Link, there's a lot of obviously intentional subtext, and the final scene of the Link is very much Does This Remind You of Anything?.
  • Secret Art:
    • His unique skill in Persona Q is Debilitate, which decreases an enemy's attack, defense, and hit/evasion rate.
    • His unique skill in Q2 is Fool Card that increases his elemental damage output. This upgrades to Judgement Card which has a stronger damage bonus.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Barring Ken, he's the shortest of the male characters, but can also potentially be the smartest.
  • Signature Move: His Personas have their own signature skills by the time Persona 5 rolls around.
    • Orpheus has Cadenza, which is originally a Fusion Spell with Apsaras that can heal up to 50% of the party's overall HP and boost their evasion rates.
    • Thanatos has his own version of Megidola called Door of Hades, which deals heavy Almighty damage to all enemies with a chance of insta-kill.
    • Messiah has Magic Skill Up and Oratorio as his signature skills: the former can boost all magical skills by 50% (though it's only exclusive to Portable) while the latter can cast Mediarahan and Dekunda to the party.
  • Slasher Smile: He sports a rather scary one during his first Persona summoning. Thankfully a non-villainous example.
  • Sleepyhead: In the manga, Minato tends towards sleepiness, though he can switch to Hyper-Awareness if it's really important, like debates and Tartarus battles. Or if he just wants to win that ping-pong match against Akihiko-senpai.
  • Southpaw Advantage: He adopts a left-handed stance when wielding greatswords.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the final volume of the Persona 3 manga, Minato does not die at the end like he did in the game.
  • Squishy Wizard: Leans towards this in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. He has high magic and speed, but the worst affinities out of all characters, including a weakness to Mudo, which is very common in late game. Messiah does give him more resistances than most other characters, but he still has fewer of them than his successor does, and he doesn't lose that Mudo weakness either. Despite his short range you might want to put him in the back row.
  • The Stoic:
    • He tends to be quite quiet and inexpressive. When he is introduced to Yukari in the manga, he smiles and says 'Nice to meet you', and promptly thinks 'That was out of character for me!'
    • A key character trait in the movies. Makoto is emotionally detached from everything he's told to do, always giving a simple "Understood" whenever someone gives him orders. He appears to almost never act on his own will, which Yukari eventually calls him out on before the Fuuka rescue mission.
    • Basically speaking, compared to Yu in Persona 4: The Animation, aside from a couple of snarky remarks, his stoic attitude is treated much more seriously thanks to his Dark and Troubled Past. Even his Cloud Cuckoo Lander moments, while funny, are less zany than Yu's.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Other than his occasional lines when summoning Personas in 3 proper, he's only ever voiced in various adaptations - and even then, he's still fairly quiet. For English fans, Persona Q - released over seven years after 3 - is the first time he ever speaks properly.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Implied through dialogue in the game. In the movies, he starts off with a very icy personality that masks his sweeter side.
  • The Three Faces of Adam: The Prophet to P5 Protagonist's Hunter and P4 Protagonist's Lord.
  • Trauma Button: In the movies, seeing people in danger of dying, or being told they will die, triggers back memories of his parents' car accident. It contributes to his Heroic BSoD after Shinjiro's death.
  • Uncertain Doom: The manga is far more ambigious about his fate. Unlike the game and the movie where he passes away in Aigis's arms, the manga's final pages has him stand up and greet his friends on the roof. However, he's also shown to be suffering from the effects of the Great Seal, implying that he's still Living on Borrowed Time.
  • The Unfettered: Starts off this way in the movie series.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: When he experiences the Dark Hour for the first time, he just shrugs and keeps walking. Taken Up to Eleven in the movie tetralogy where it's revealed that he has known about the Dark Hour for ten years and hadn't reacted much to it.
  • Vocal Evolution: For the English dub, in the original games, in the few instances where the protagonist talked (basically any time he called out his Persona), it was done with Yuri Lowenthal's more typical voice that he uses for most roles. Come Persona Q, his delivery on most of his lines are a lot more deadpan and lethargic, partly to emphasize his characterization and partly to distinguish him from the more upbeat Yosuke (whom Yuri also voices) in the same game.
  • Warrior Therapist: Ends up being a mediator between Fuuka and Natsuki in the first movie.
  • When She Smiles:
    • Smiles normally for the first time at the end of the first movie, surprising both Yukari and Junpei.
    • He strikes again in the third movie when he genuinely laughs for the first time.
    • Due to Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight being Lighter and Softer compared to the main game, Makoto often appears with a smile on his face.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is dark blue.

    The Female Protagonist 

Female Protagonist/Kotone Shiomi

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The Mistress of Strings

"Let's try to think positive."

Weapons: Naginatas
Voiced by:Laura Bailey (English), Marina Inoue (Japanese)
Live actor:Kana Asumi

Persona 3 Portable provides the option of playing as a female main character. While her history and basic storyline are identical to the original male version, she is not a mere Gender Flip. In addition to a very different character design, her personality is much more upbeat and optimistic than the moody male protagonist. She manifests an alternative, feminine form of Orpheus, and several of her social links focus on different characters, most notably previously undeveloped male members of S.E.E.S.

Many of the tropes which apply to the male protagonist apply to the female as well, except as noted:


  • Alternate Self: The female protagonist comes from a parallel world from the main universe. When she meets the mainstream SEES in Q2, she feels out of place as she knows them but they do not know her.
  • Angst: In Q2, she feels out of place among SEES as they are from an alternate world and thus, didn't know her. Through a side quest, however, SEES gets to know her more, elevating her mood.
  • Beneath the Mask: Her cheerful and happy-go-lucky attitude is nothing more than a mask she wore to hide the depression she has been hiding from others. Remove that mask and she is a mirror to her male counterpart. This is prominent after Ryoji's reveal after which she becomes more serious and in Q2 when SEES doesn't recognize her and she is all alone.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As nice as she can be, she has her moments of outright anger towards others. At multiple points during Saori's Social Link, she can threaten the people badmouthing her, and in her drama CD she gets pissed off at Kenji for indirectly hurting Rio's feelings and saying how he feels girls dressing up as adults aren't to his tastes.
  • Blade on a Stick: She uses naginatas. One such naginata is a human-sized version of the MS-14 Gelgoog's double-ended beam naginata.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Can be the Gentle Girl to some characters, including her male counterpart.
  • The Bus Came Back: Persona Q2 marks her first appearance since P3P.
  • Canon Name: In the live-action stage play she's named Kotone Shiomi, which would then be further canonized when it was used for her cameo appearance in Puzzle & Dragons, though the name does not see a lot of widespread use in fan circles.
  • Catchphrase: "Leave it to me!", which can normally be said when the other members are feeling stressed, or when caught up in an intense moment.
  • Combos: To differentiate herself from her male counterpart in Persona Q2, her skill set is focused on Link skills, delivering a long chain of hits as the party follows up after her initial strike. She even innately learns Combo Arts to let her normal attacks execute twice, allowing her to support other Link combos that her teammates may initiate.
  • Continuity Nod: A unique dialogue tree has this as one of the reactions to Ikutsuki's betrayal. Let's think positive.
  • Cool Big Sis: Evolves into one for Maiko and non-romantic Ken. Mitsuru can also be this to her if you finish her Social Link.
  • Deuteragonist: She is this in Persona Q2, being the second most important protagonist after Joker.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?:
    • She has the choice to develop a personal relationship with Theodore by granting his requests to show him around various Port Island locations. He falls in love with her in the process, and the last such request may lead to the two of them having sex.
    • She can do the same with Elizabeth, should she be chosen as your velvet room attendant.
    • Ryoji is an avatar of Nyx, and falls in love with her. If his S. Link is pursued as a romance, the penultimate rank of it ends in an implied sex scene.
  • Divine Date: She can romance Ryoji, who happens to be an avatar of Nyx.
  • Dude Magnet:
    • By the end of the game, it's possible for Akihiko, Shinjiro, Ken, Ryoji, Hidetoshi, Bebe, and Theodore to all be in love with her — plus Maiko's father awkwardly asking her out. Her popularity is also noted by Junpei in passing during his S. Link.
    • There's even a Dogged Nice Guy at Club Escapade who will periodically give her rare items because of his obsessive love towards her.
    • In Q2, the boys from the other casts also find her attractive to the point Morgana, who normally only has eyes for Ann, finds her cute as well.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Aigis's interactions with her are just as romantic as they are with the male protagonist, now with added Gayngst. Mitsuru and Yukari also have very intense relationships with her. If you pick Elizabeth, she shows a lot of romantic interest, about as much as she does with the male protagonist.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Girls in Persona games have a tendency to be awful cooks, but the FeMC is not one of them. She's even good enough to rescue cookies from the clutches of the evil chef Fuuka. In fact, if done correctly, FeMC (with some help) can turn Fuuka into one as well, culminating in the two baking a fabulous cake and having a very close-and-personal celebration together.
  • Foil: Everything about her is lighter compared to her male counterpart; her personality (happy-go-lucky to his stoicism), her color (pink instead of blue), her dialogue options, and most of her theme music.
  • Gender Flip: Personally averted, but her version of Orpheus is.
  • Genki Girl:
    • As compared to the male protagonist, her dialogue options tend to be much more energetic and upbeat. Characters will also note on occasion that she manages to stay cheerful even during the end of the world or that an energetic flower, like the sunflower, suits her.
    • After the reveal of who Ryoji is and the coming of the Fall, her dialogue options become more serious, indicating how the plot has affected her. In general her responses in Ryoji's Fortune s-link while she can flirt with him in in game cutscenes like in Kyoto, for example, are way more mature than in other s-links indicating the influence of his later reveal on her personality and that her cheerful facade isn't her true/only personality.
    • PQ2 reinforces this and makes it clear that her genki nature is fundamental to her personality and not just a product of fun dialogue responses.
  • The Heart: She's as much of a pillar as the male character, but compared to him, she shows some more incentive to take charge and act as a "boss" like their successor. Taken Up to Eleven in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, since despite having multiple characters who play into this trope, she notably manages to stand out.
  • Heroic BSoD: In Q2, the female protagonist finds out that S.E.E.S. is from a parallel universe and none of the members know her since her position as leader is taken by her male counterpart. With the one thing that gave her life meaning gone, she becomes dejected and moody.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yukari, they grow so close that Yukari puts off finding a boyfriend so that she can spend as much time with the Female Protagonist as possible, and if the player doesn't romance any of the male characters she will spend Christmas with Yukari (with Fuuka tagging along).
  • In-Series Nickname: Same as the male protagonist, her comrades in SEES all refer to her as "Leader" in both the game and drama CDs.
  • Lady of War: She's quite graceful in battle.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Seems to be noticeably more serious in battle when compared to her usual cheerful demeanor in dialogue.
  • Lighter and Softer: Considering how her dialogue is noticeably more upbeat and cheerful than her male counterpart's. She even dresses in much brighter colors.
  • Magic Skirt: Zigzagged. There's nothing there to see when the camera peeks up during a Follow-up attack (as the character model shows nothing past the legs and fades into the skirt), but there are plenty of opportunities for a Panty Shot should she fall down after a normal attack misses and during her critical hit attack motions mostly during the jumping spin attack.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: For Shinjiro's S. Link, she takes the time to nudge him into interacting with the rest of S.E.E.S., something he would rarely do otherwise. It's not that he can't, but rather that he's a little shy, of all things.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name in the stage play is Kotone, which means "lyre", alluding to the mythological Orpheus's instrument.
  • Meet Cute: Her introduction to Ryoji.
  • Mirror Character: After meeting S.E.E.S. from the prime timeline in Q2, she begins to relate herself to Hikari as they are both outcasts who didn't fit in the groups they are. Incidentally, she is also quite similar to her male counterpart's gloomy personality during this period of Heroic BSoD, showing that her gung-ho attitude is simply a facade to hide her sorrow.
  • Naginatas Are Feminine: The naginata weapon class is unique, separate from Ken's spear class.
  • No Name Given: Because she isn't focused as much as her male counterpart, not appearing in any media for nearly 10 years, the female protagonist is the only protagonist of the series to not be given a Canon Name and is only identified as P3P Heroine in Q2. Though she was referred to as Kotone Shiomi in the live-action play, this name was not widespread among fans.
  • One of the Boys: She is just as ecstatic in doing boy activities as she is in girl activities.
  • Our Spirits Are Different: The P3P heroine enters the movie world in Persona Q2 via a dream. The real copy still exists and is having a study nap, indicating that just like Hikari who enters via the same way, that is not the real person but merely her soul.
  • Out of Focus:
    • She doesn't get the same amount of attention or merchandise as her male counterpart, and unlike him she's exclusive to the PSP port of the game. She doesn't have much prominence in side materials either (out of the many drama CDs, she appears in only one). Thankfully, the stage play gives her a good deal of spotlight (including giving her a name), and it's helped that they take a number of cues from the movies.
    • She's finally made an appearance alongside her male counterpart in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, making it her first game since the release of P3P.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In Q2, she disguises herself as a Kamocity policewoman in order to trick another policeman in order to gain access to the electric panel he is guarding. Unfortunately, her poor impression as one fails to fool the officer even before he tricks her with a non-existing password.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Much like her male counterpart, she develops a very close and prominent friendship with Junpei. However, it's notable that he also lacks a romance option with her, meaning their relationship is purely platonic (with Junpei calling her a Very Important Friend). note There were scrapped plans for a Junpei romance, however.
  • Plucky Girl: Even in the darkest stretches of the game, her dialogue options remain determinedly upbeat.
  • Secret Art: Her version of Orpheus in Persona Q2 has Resonance, which increases the strength of each successive Link follow-up. It upgrades to Telepathic Bond which has a greater damage bonus. Note that these skills are similar to those learned by Ken.
  • Signature Hair Decs: Her trademark hair pins look like the Roman numerals for the number 22. The MC is consistently equated with the "Fool" arcana, which is card #0 among the Major Arcana. However, it's also card #22.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: All of her possible love interests are genuinely nice guys—even Shinjiro.
  • Sixth Ranger: In Q2.
    • She can be considered an honorary member of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts as she teams up with them early in the game and helps them to defeat Kamoshidaman.
    • She is a late joiner to S.E.E.S. as led by the Male Protagonist, and despite the whole alternate timeline thing manages to bond with them pretty well.
  • The Social Expert: Her naturally kind and upbeat personality in PQ2 makes her fast friends among the cast, even with naturally shy characters like Futaba and Hikari.

    Futaba: Wow...I swear, the new girl's social skills are maxed out...

  • Something Only They Would Say: She frequently brings up S.E.E.S.'s various quirks in Persona Q2, which helps them trust her even though they've never met her before.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Ryoji. Before he accepts his fate as part of Nyx, he tells her that he'd have given anything to be with her forever and gives her a ring so she'll always remember that he loved her. They are also on different sides due to Ryoji's alignment with Nyx and both end up dead fulfilling this trope.
  • Stepford Smiler:
    • Some of her character interactions, particularly with Akihiko, comment that she shoulders too much responsibility on her own. Like her male counterpart, it is likely she is still traumatized from the deaths of her parents 10 years ago.
    • She has the option to tell Pharos that she can see why some might wish for death, implying that, to some degree, she understands what that's like.
    • She goes through quite a lot of this in Persona Q2 once she realizes that the SEES she meets doesn't know her at all, call someone else their leader, and aren't even from her timeline.
  • Supreme Chef: And her specialty is sweets!
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Her willingness to fight with the rest of SEES, combined with her being chosen as the field leader, gets her pegged as a tomboy by both Junpei and Shinjiro in passing, while the "girly" part comes from her more feminine style of casual clothes and the fact that she's a great cook, particularly of sweets.
  • Tranquil Fury: In her Drama CD, when she starts losing patience with Kenji's obliviousness towards Rio's feelings.

    Junpei: She's smiling, but her eyes are below freezing.

    Yukari Takeba 

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Hera's Priestess
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"That was easy!"

Arcana:The Lovers
Social Link: The Lovers
Persona:Io, Isis
Weapons: Bow and Arrow
Voiced by:Michelle Ruff (English), Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese)
Live actress: Maho Tomita

Yukari is one of the most popular second-year girls at Gekkoukan High thanks to her cheery personality and good looks. However, she proves to have hidden insecurities and can be abrasive and confrontational. She is a member of the archery club and uses a bow and arrow in battle. Her Persona is Io of the Lovers Arcana, which focuses on wind and healing magic.

Yukari is the newest member of SEES prior to the protagonist's arrival. She reveals early on that her father, a scientist, died ten years ago under mysterious circumstances involving a project run by the Kirijo Group, and that she transferred to Gekkoukan and joined SEES in hopes of discovering the truth. Thus, due to Mitsuru's aloof attitude and Yukari's own suspicions, the pair tend to not get along very well. She has a rather vitriolic friendship with Junpei, who calls her Yuka-tan despite her clear annoyance. She is estranged from her mother, who coped by taking up relationships with various men and essential abandoning her in the process, much to Yukari's disappointment and disgust.

Yukari is the Lovers Social Link for both protagonists. The male protagonist requires a maximized Charm status as well as waiting until the Yakushima event has passed in order to begin the Yukari's Social Link, July 24th being the earliest time to initiate it. In contrast, Yukari opens up much more readily to the female protagonist, finding it easier to relate to a girl her own age, particularly in contrast to Mitsuru's aloofness.


  • Adaptation Personality Change: Out of all of the SEES members aside from Ken, Yukari's movie counterpart is the most altered. One of Yukari's central aspects in the original was her intense love for the protagonist that results in a large amount of Ship Tease even outside of her social link, Clingy Jealous Girl behavior, and caused her emotional breakdown during The Answer. The movies choose to remove this, as the protagonist never shows any interest in her at all due to his own changes and her more romantic, Ship Tease laden scenes (such as the Love Hotel and the beach) were rewritten to be a more of a passing attraction that she never shows towards him again after Aigis is introduced. In fact, she's given several moments in the first couple of films where she finds Makoto's rather poor attitude off-putting. Instead, more focus is placed on her family issues and sisterly relationship with Mitsuru, which makes her come off as much nicer than she was the game.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Not Yukari but her Persona. In the fourth movie, during a period of stress, Io turns on Yukari and attempts to strangle her. This, however, is implied to be a dream.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: A downplayed example in Portable. Yukari's initial meetings with Aigis in the original game were somewhat hostile due to her Clingy Jealous Girl feelings towards the Male Protagonist. As she's Heterosexual Life-Partners with the Female Protagonist, she's more confused and exasperated by Aigis' antics.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: After her father was blamed for the explosion that killed hundreds of scientists, Yukari and her mother were harassed by the public, the situation steadily got worse forcing them to move several times. Combine this with Mrs. Takeba abandoning Yukari for other men and you have one incredibly lonely and messed up childhood, Yukari grew up to be an incredibly guarded young woman as a result.
  • Always Save the Girl: Gender-reversed when a grief-stricken Yukari decides in The Answer to go back in time and save the main character, even if it means triggering the Fall all over again.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Exhibits mild examples throughout the game.
    • Yukari is left feeling displeased and worried when Fuuka's role as support was unceremoniously thrust upon her by the senior members of S.E.E.S. Eventually she ends up at ease after seeing Fuuka working hard in helping the team, striving to do the same.
    • Displayed fully when Yukari with the help of Fuuka starts digging for information about the origins of Tartarus, which points them to Tatsumi Port Island, Mitsuru confesses her grandfather's involvement in the creation of the Dark Hour and Tartarus and that the location of the lab were the shadows were kept is now Gekkoukan High. This makes Yukari assume that the rest of S.E.E.S was just there to clean the Kirijo Group's mess and lashes out for not being told the truth sooner, Akihiko gets some of the brunt too when she accuses him of not telling the truth or just not caring at all "as long as he gets to fight" which makes him question his resolve, either way; Yukari apologizes to Mitsuru admitting she might have gone overboard with the accusations.
    • Another mild case with her Rank 7 Social Link moment with the Female Protagonist were she protects Yukari from being run over by a car and gets injured. Yukari becomes extremely worried about the female protagonist getting hurt because of her. Revealing to her that she doesn't want to lose someone she cares about.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Quite effective, too, as Mitsuru can attest.
  • The Atoner: After finding out her father was one of those responsible for the Dark Hour coming into existence, she decides to live to atone for his actions. Mildly subverted as it's revealed he actually tried to prevent the Fall. Though finding out the truth strengthens Yukari's resolve to eliminate the Dark Hour once and for all. Yukari's ultimate Persona Isis holds many titles one being "The protector of the dead". The Answer ends with her apologizing for her borderline Love Makes You Crazy behavior throughout.
  • Author Appeal: Yukari is lead character designer Shigenori Soejima's second favorite character in the entire Persona franchise after Aigis according to interviews, with the Persona 3 and 4 protagonists coming in right behind her.
  • Badass Adorable: She's pretty cute and along with her bright and cheery disposition make her one of the most popular girls in Gekkoukan High, is in the school Archery team as a main member, and one of the most athletic of the team.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her summer outfit includes a tank top that exposes about an inch of her stomach, but is just long enough to avoid sharing her belly button. Played completely straight in the second movie, where her tank top was shortened so it now exposes her belly button. Her default outfit in Dancing In Moonlight also reveals her stomach.
  • Blow You Away: Her specialty is powerful wind spells. Notably it's the element the Lovers Arcana is associated with.
  • Bond Breaker: In The Answer, after the MC dies, Yukari grows adamant about reviving him by going back in time. This was so risky that it would've prevented the Big Bad from getting sealed, risking the entire world once again to another battle that the team wouldn't have won in any other way than if he hadn't died. Thankfully, it doesn't come to that, and Yukari gets better, but only after a fight with the rest of the team apart from Mitsuru.
  • Broken Bird: Quite a balanced example. While her awful childhood did do a number on the way Yukari feels about trust and relationships, shielding herself from getting to close with any of her peers. She's not a cynic, in fact she's a very sociable, optimistic and cheery person; and while she recognizes the struggles of her childhood she says to the protagonist after their movie date that she hasn't been in a situation that "required much willpower" implying that while her early youth was hard it wasn't unsurvivable. Unlike most characters that fall into this trope, Yukari craves normalcy and creating meaningful relationships, but the shame and guilt she feels about her past is what's stopping her from doing such things.
  • Broken Pedestal: Yukari father became her main source of hope and believed his innocence after a lab explosion left her father dead as well as hundreds of other scientist, said event not only ostracized her family courtesy of the public but also subsequently strained her relationship with her mother after she abandoned Yukari for other men, being unable to cope with her husbands death. Growing up lonely but willful Yukari's belief in her father being falsely accused for the accident that claimed his life was the reason she transferred to Gekkoukan Highschool, two years prior before joining S.E.E.S. couple that with her receiving a letter from her father address for her to receive ten years later, was the catalyst for her Persona Io's awakening. Yukari's belief gets severely tested in "The Journey" and for a time after the Yakushima event, was forced to admit that her father was guilty of mass murder, she stays with S.E.E.S. to atone for her fathers mistakes. Eventually it's revealed that he only did what he had to do, being one of the few scientist left with their sanity intact he delayed the coming of the end the world, with that revelation combined with his message of immense love for Yukari, the scene becomes the moment Yukari awakens her ultimate Persona Isis with a renewed will to fight.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Non-romantic example, this is something she struggles with, most evident in Persona Q when it's clear she wants to say something to Mitsuru about her distance with the younger members, but can't bring herself to, Yukari eventually does address the issue, an act that ends up bringing S.E.E.S. closer together. Though this unfortunate habit also leads to the above trope (Bond Breaker), since she kept insisting about moving forward into the future until a way they could travel back in time was revealed.
  • Catchphrase: "Are you stupid or something?" Almost always spoken towards Junpei's antics. In Persona Q, because of the game's extreme Flanderization when it comes to certain character traits this is spoken a whole lot more, particularly to Junpei and other male members.
  • Character Development: Quite subtle at first and then before you know it her growth as a character is taken Up to Eleven. The most realistically portrayed character within the game, the fact the tropes she falls into are balanced is key to this.
  • Character Select Forcing: The most prone to it. She's locked out of your party during the June Full Moon boss, and locked in during both the May and July Full Moon bosses, although during the former, she and Junpei are your only party members at that point for plot-related reasons. When you're playing as the male protagonist, because she's always in your party during the Love Hotel sequence, she's subsequently the only one he can see come out of the shower when the Arcana Lovers shadow hypnotizes them.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Shows hints of this during her Social Link with the male protagonist and some of the main story events, but it really isn't an issue until The Answerin which she's visibly resentful and jealous of Aigis for being there during his final moments and inheriting his power.
    • Slightly hinted at in Dancing Moonlight where she seems slightly jealous of the protagonists relationship with Elizabeth depending on dialogue choices.
  • Closet Geek: Revealed by Aigis in one of the strolls in Persona Q that Yukari reads fan-fiction, but seems to be pretty hush-hush about it.
  • Combat Medic: She learns the best healing spells and earns them at the earlier levels, making her a highly valuable party member. She also uses Garu attacks, and while she lacks Boost and Amp passives that other magic elemental specialists have, she compensates with having the highest Magic stat in the party and a very large SP pool.
    • Due to overlap with Morgana's role in Persona Q2, Yukari's skill set places greater emphasis on her Wind spells (where she learns Wind Boost and Wind Amp) at the expense of her healing skills.
  • Cooldown Hug:
    • You can give one to her after she learns of her father's involvement in creating the Dark Hour, which she will accept until Junpei shows up, at which point she and the protagonist will separate and look away from each other embarassedly.
    • Attempting to give one to her in the aftermath of her Social Link reaching Rank 5 will break it.
  • Cry Cute: A mild case. After finding out her father's involvement in creating the Dark Hour. Yukari explains her past to the Protagonist, her character portrait displays a pained smile with tears in her eyes.
  • The Cutie: Her Rank 2, 6, 7, 9 and 10 Social Link moments show off her more adorable and quirky sides. Outside of her Social Link her Sunday Dates, Movie and Summer Festival moments as well as her console video recording highlight this trait too.
  • Daddy's Girl: Loved her father dearly and looked up to him. Yukari's love for her father became one her main driving forces. She's more distant from her mother now, but indicates that Mrs. Takeba wasn't always like that. Her belief in his innocence is what sparked her to transfer to Gekkoukan two years before joining S.E.E.S, in hopes that she might find information about his time working under the Kirijo Group.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Notably, her skirt is actually shorter than the one on the normal Gekkoukan uniform.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She can snark quite well, toward Junpei in particular.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Her father died when she was six, while she doesn't get along well with her mother (and her mother's stream of new and shallow boyfriends). When the public blamed and focused their backlash on her father for the accident ten years prior to the start of the game, she was forced to move several times to escape harassment. Early in the game, she tells the protagonists that she believes her father is innocent and wants to find the truth. It triggers her heroic breakdown when Ikutsuki plays a fabricated tape in which her father takes responsibility for the creation of the Dark Hour.
  • Determinator: One of Yukari's biggest traits, her past experiences and heartache she endures in The Journey and The Answer doesn't eliminate this trait, but actually strengthens it.
  • Deuteragonist: In The Journey, where she is the second most prominent character. Her backstory is also very much explored as well as her personal growth.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Has never received any of this when she was younger and now views it as a weakness. Almost says it word for word in Yakushima to Mitsuru, after we learn about her father's involvement in creating the Dark Hour assuming that that's why Mitsuru was so tight-lipped about its origins.
  • Dude Magnet: She's really popular with the guys, so much that the protagonist walking together with her on their first day caused quite a stir in the school. It's mentioned by Fuuka that most of the second year guys formed a broken hearts club in the Persona 3 Drama CD A Certain Day of Summer after seeing Yukari and the protagonist together much to Yukari's discomfort.
  • Fatal Flaw: She indicates in "The Answer" that it's failing to consider others' feelings, specifically noting that she imagined that she was the only one suffering and didn't realize what Mitsuru was going through. The same can be said of her mother, since Yukari admits that she initially didn't realize what it was like to lose the one you love.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook:
    • Unlike most girls in the franchise, Yukari is not just a decent cook, she's a pretty good one though she can only do simple dishes and bentos. According to the She Goes For a Walk drama, she reveals that she hides this fact to avoid others raising questions about her home life.
    • This trait of her was mentioned in Persona Q where the Investigation Team boys were shocked to see a girl who can cook normally, as the girls on their team (except Naoto) are only capable of making Mystery Food X.]].
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She helps pull Mitsuru out of arguably her lowest moment in life, and becomes practically a sister figure to her as a result.
  • Five Stages of Grief: She practically goes through all five in order throughout The Answer:
    • Denial: Going to cram school to forget that the Protagonist died
    • Anger: Going back to the dorm, trapped in Time Abyss and then realizing that Aigis inherited the Wild Card made Yukari more bitter and antagonistic than usual.
    • Bargaining: Attempting to go back to the battle against Nyx just to be with the Protagonist again, potentially dooming the world and ending up pitting the SEES members to a battle royale of death.
    • Depression: Revived after the above, attempted to wrestle the key to the past, failing and gets told that she pretty much no longer had the right to use that key. At that point, Yukari reveals every bit of her grief regarding losing the Protagonist, and then cries out all her depression on Mitsuru's shoulder.
    • Acceptance: Once she learns the true meaning of the Protagonist's sacrifice, Yukari manages to accept the deal and move on, returning to her friendly self.
  • Flanderization: Gets some of it in Persona Q, though in contrast to Junpei, Akihiko, Chie and Teddie, Yukari got off light. The game made her mild case of Tsundere in the original game more of a prominent trait, though her Plucky Girl side still shines through and at the very least her depth as a character was not lost, but actually highlighted and focused on in the P3 side of the story.
  • Flat "What": Yukari's reaction in meeting the Investigation Team while they were posing at the end of "You in Wonderland", in Persona Q.
  • Friend to All Children: She's actually really good with kids, as you'll find out if you progress through her Social Link. This is also one of the primary reasons Yukari became Feather Pink in the first place, to teach children important life lessons and give hope to them everyday. She shares this trait with her ultimate Persona Isis.
  • Generation Xerox: Yukari realizes what her mother felt after losing the man she loved when Yukari herself falls in love with the protagonist. And then The Answer happens, and Yukari becomes willing to undo the protagonist's death at any cost.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: After Mitsuru's father dies, she falls into a deep depression and Yukari is the one that finally snaps her out of it, by slapping her and giving her an emotional appeal. Mitsuru feels the need to repay the debt in The Answer.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: She has extreme phasmophobia and is not a fan of "Junpei's Believe it or Don't" because of it, she is intent on dispersing the ghost girl rumors that plague the school when Fuuka goes missing piecing together the crucial clues needed to find her.
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'Persona 3’s SEES Members, Ranked

By Benny Regalbuto

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Memento mori… but first, we live.

Persona 3 marked a number of firsts for the Persona series: the first game rendered in full 3D, the first to feature an animal companion, the first to be rereleased with additional content, and of course, the first time players could choose which characters to hang out with via Social Links. In many ways, it laid the foundation for what people think of when Persona comes to mind.

P3 is more than its legacy, however: it’s a nonpareil experience in its own right, full of life in spite of its thematic exploration of death. That has much to do with the members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad, or SEES. They’re an interesting group, as several of them are already active during the Dark Hour (when Shadows come out to play) before the protagonist swoops in. Accounting for the original game, Persona 3 FES (a director’s cut), and Persona 3 Portable, let’s rank everyone in SEES from worst to best.

Minor spoilers for all versions of Persona 3 ahead!

9. Ken Amada

The idea of Ken is an intriguing one: unlike the majority of Persona party members, he’s not a high schooler, but an elementary schooler. No one should have to go through what Persona characters go through over the course of the games, but it’s somehow worse when it’s a kid so young, let alone one who suffers so much before the story even starts. That suffering is what leads Ken to join SEES, though we won’t delve any further to avoid spoiling one of P3’s biggest moments.

The problem is Ken’s execution. As he’s a bit younger than everyone else, he doesn’t mesh particularly well with them, despite his advanced intelligence for his age. The age gap also makes the potential romance between him and P3P’s female protagonist… weird, to put it lightly. Plus, Ken’s uncredited English voice actress in P3 doesn’t do the best job at portraying nuanced emotions, and is straight-up grating whenever she speaks loudly or yells. The P3 movies handle him much better than the games.

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8. Koromaru

Unlike Persona 4’s Teddie and Persona 5’s Morgana, Koromaru is an animal companion that doesn’t speak: he’s just a dog. But then, calling him “just a dog” undermines what a wonderful fluffball he is.

Yukari and Fuuka find him outside the dorm, and a passerby fills them in on the details. Koromaru belonged to a monk from Naganaki Shrine just up the road, and after the monk died in a car accident, Koromaru remained vigilant, awaiting his master’s return. That would never come to pass, of course, so SEES happily adopts the Shiba Inu.

Though he’s of minimal relevance to the main plot, Koromaru’s loyalty and fighting skills (yep, he has a Persona!) don’t go unappreciated. Taking him for walks and encountering others along the way, SEES members or otherwise, is always a good time. Koromaru even has his own Social Link in P3P.

7. Mitsuru Kirijo

One of the founding members of SEES and its de facto leader, Mitsuru commands attention wherever she goes and whoever she meets—no surprise considering her privileged upbringing, natural elegance, and frightening intelligence. Yet for the aura of near perfection she emanates, Mitsuru is as vulnerable and flawed as any other girl her age. Those vulnerabilities and flaws may be different than many of her peers’, but they’re there nonetheless.

When it comes to SEES, Mitsuru may be a leader (alongside the protagonist), but that doesn’t mean she’s always in control, or that she’s quick to get along with the other members. Building a team takes time and trust, as well as the ability to stay composed no matter what. P3’s group of misfits is arguably the most unstable in the series (in a good way, writing-wise), so it becomes Mitsuru’s job to turn her front of confidence into true stability. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg with her.

6. Fuuka Yamagishi

You can’t talk about Fuuka without bringing up her face. Her reserved nature belies the complicated girl beneath, so Persona character designer Shigenori Soejima compensated by giving her some of the most memorable facial expressions in the series. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Fuuka’s facial expressions are worth a million.

As SEES’ navigator, you’ll never see her duking it out with Shadows, which makes sense given her personality. With no real attachment to her parents, an affinity for technology, and having been bullied in terrible ways, Fuuka is happy to sit out battles in favor of doling out tactical advice. Her solitary tendencies don’t stop her from being empathetic, however, nor do they prevent her from bonding with her fellow Persona users.

Perhaps Fuuka’s most endearing trait is her capacity to forgive. It’s not an easy thing to do in real life, nor is it easy to make a forgiving character a compelling one. In Fuuka’s case, she wouldn’t be the beloved character she is without it.

5. Shinjiro Aragaki

There are tough guy acts, there are actual tough guys, and there’s Shinjiro. He fought on SEES’ original lineup of himself, Mitsuru, and Akihiko, though when the protagonist joins, Shinjiro is no longer there. The reasons are unveiled over time, and to spoil them—as well as what they lead to—would be a shame (the games have been out for years, but hey).

That’s the thing about Shinjiro: learning about him is a game of patience—not to mention which version of P3 you’re playing. In the original, you get the meat; in FES, you get the meat and the potatoes; in P3P’s female protagonist route, you get a full-course meal. It sounds annoying, but Shinjiro’s well worth the time and effort. Indeed, he’s a wholly unique character in terms of not only P3 itself, but all of Persona—an example of what it means not to have abundant screen time (he rejoins SEES pretty late in the game), but to use what screen time there is to the fullest.

4. Junpei Iori

“Bro” characters are done so often—in anime, video games, and beyond—that standing out is a near impossible task. You know they’re not going to be the brightest bulbs in the chandelier; you know they’re going to be irrepressible jokesters and/or womanizers; you know they’re always going to be there when the protagonist needs them most. Junpei fulfills all these tropes with aplomb, making him little more than a well-done version of a well-worn archetype.

At a certain point, however, things change. Junpei begins airing frustrations that have to do with his motivation for joining SEES. He meets someone that he treats differently than everyone else, and starts treating himself differently as a result. And, about three-quarters of the way through the story, Junpei is put through a hell that a kid his age should never be put through (no spoilers!).

All these disparate threads weave together to create a Junpei that even Yukari, who often calls his BS out, can respect. That’s a bro anyone would be honored to have at their side to the bitter end.

3. Aigis

As mentioned previously, Persona character artist Shigenori Soejima went all out on Fuuka’s facial expressions, but he went all out with Aigis’s overall design. He’s said himself that Aigis is his favorite character he ever conceived, so saying she looks amazing is more than just lip service. Not even P3’s washed-out PlayStation 2 graphics can diminish Soejima’s brilliant work.

Aigis isn’t merely a looker, though: she’s an android searching for meaning. Yeah, yeah, been there, done that, but two things. First, as with Junpei, tropes can be done really well or turned around to great effect, and Aigis does the former. Second, Aigis’s tropiness is elevated by the context of P3 as a whole. Without it, she’d be one of pop culture’s countless soul-searching androids (though again, one of the better ones), but we’re not here to look at her in a vacuum.

P3’s final act is something the likes of which you can’t and won’t experience in any other game—or any other form of media, for that matter. There are a lot of reasons for that, but Aigis is a huge part of it. She’d largely blend in with others of her character archetype without the benefit of P3, but P3 would pale in comparison to what it is without her.

2. Akihiko Sanada

It’s hard to get a read on Akihiko right away. That’s true of a lot of SEES members (except maybe Koromaru), but Akihiko is particularly elusive. Part of that is on purpose; you can’t get to know someone in real life right away, and that’s no less true in a nearly 100-hour long video game. The other part, however, has to do with how… cool he is, for lack of a better phrase. He’s not unapproachable, not cold like Mitsuru can be, but his determination, his focus, and his willpower may make you feel as if bursting his bubble would have dire consequences.

Inevitably, though, the more you learn about Akihiko, the more apparent it becomes that… well, not that he’s secretly a big softie (though he does have a soft side), but that he’s not as guarded as he first comes off. He can be abrasive at times, sure, and his sarcasm is biting, yet none of that stems from a place of cruelty. The guy’s just had a really, really tough life, and he comes off strong because of it. Mitsuru and Shinjiro have both known him for a while—have butted heads with him longer than anyone else—and they know that no matter what, Akihiko means well. Vicariously getting used to his demeanor and mannerisms through the protagonist slowly reveals a young man anyone would be lucky to befriend. And based on what happens to him as P3 progresses, he could really use a friend.

1. Yukari Takeba

Ah, Yukari. Perhaps one of Persona’s most controversial characters, party members or otherwise. Generally speaking, there are two camps when it comes to Yukari. The first camp considers her a walking attitude problem, often employing some… descriptive language when talking about her. The second thinks she’s the most realistically written character in P3, and possibly across the whole series. Based on where she is on this list, you can guess which camp this writer belongs in.

On the surface, Yukari is like a lot of other popular high school girls: pretty, well-liked, intelligent, all that jazz; she’s also not secretive about who she likes and dislikes, and is subject to mood swings on a dime. That alone is an incredible thing, as it’s all too easy to make characters in an anime-esque series like Persona stand out thanks to some personality quirk or other. Yukari does the opposite: she stands out because she’s normal.

There’s more to this normal girl than meets the eye, but even Yukari’s complexities are as grounded and realistic as they come. She’s integral to P3’s story, so whether you choose to do her Social Link or not, you’ll experience a lot of her growth as a Persona user, a member of SEES, and someone overcoming deeply ingrained trauma. It all puts her normalcy into a grand context we won’t spoil here, but camp two-ers will agree that makes for extraordinarily compelling and impactful character writing—the best P3 has to offer.

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Characters / Persona 3

This page is for tropes relating to the characters of Persona 3, as well as their appearances in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth and Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth. For tropes relating to these characters in the Arena spinoffs, see Persona 4: Arena. For a full index of characters from the Persona series, see this page.

Due to wiki policy, these pages contain numerous unmarked spoilers. You Have Been Warned.

  • S.E.E.S.note The Male Protagonist, The Female Protagonist, Yukari Takeba, Junpei Iori, Akihiko Sanada, Mitsuru Kirijo, Fuuka Yamagishi, Aigis, Koromaru, Ken Amada, Shinjiro Aragaki, Metis
  • Social Links and NPCsnote Velvet Room (Elizabeth and Theodore, Igor), Kirijo Group (Takeharu Kirijo, Shuji Ikutsuki, Kouetsu Kirijo, Eiichiro Takeba), Classmate Social Links (Kenji Tomochika, Hidetoshi Odagiri, Kazushi "Kaz" Miyamoto, Rio Iwasaki, Chihiro Fushimi, Saori Hasegawa, Keisuke Hiraga, Ryoji Mochizuki, Yuko Nishiwaki, Andre Laurent Jean Geraux ("Bebe"), Nozomi Suemitsu), Other Social Links (Pharos, Bunkichi and Mitsuko Kitamura, Maya, Maiko Oohashi, Tanaka, Mutatsu, Mamoru Hayase, Akinari Kamiki), Other NPCs (Natsuki Moriyama, Mr. Edogawa, Officer Kurosawa, Man Drinking Alone, Kikuno Saikawa
  • Antagonistsnote Full Moon Shadows (Magician, High Priestess, Empress and Emperor, Hierophant, Lovers, Chariot and Justice, Hermit, Fortune and Strength, Hangman, Death), Strega (Takaya Sakaki, Jin Shirato, Chidori Yoshino), ??, Erebus
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Atlus's 2006 role-playing video gamePersona 3 focuses on the exploits of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (SEES), a group of high-schoolers defending their home city from monsters known as Shadows. Persona 3 is set in a fictional Japanese city in the year 2009. Due to past events, there is a hidden period between one day and the next known as the "Dark Hour", during which most people become unconscious (a state the game calls "Transmogrification", symbolized by normal people turning into floating coffins), and Shadows feed on the minds of those still aware of their surroundings. In addition, a large tower called Tartarus, filled with Shadows, rises out of the ground during the Dark Hour. SEES is composed of students attending Gekkoukan High School. The player names and controls the game's protagonist, who leads SEES in its exploration of Tartarus. Persona 3 mixes elements of role-playing and simulation games: during the day, the player attends school, and is able to spend time with other characters, forming relationships known as Social Links. These Social Links, when formed, have gameplay benefits, increasing the player's proficiency in battle.

To combat Shadows, each member of SEES is capable of summoning a Persona, a being which is a manifestation of one's psyche. Persona-users summon their Personas by firing a gun-like object called an Evoker at their head. Shigenori Soejima designed the world and cast of Persona 3. The members of SEES include Yukari Takeba, a popular girl; Junpei Iori, a class clown and the Protagonist's best friend; Akihiko Sanada, the captain of Gekkoukan's boxing team; Mitsuru Kirijo, Gekkoukan's student council president; Fuuka Yamagishi, a shy girl who takes on a support role in battle; Aigis, a female android designed to fight Shadows; Ken Amada, an elementary school student whose mother was killed by a Persona-user; Koromaru, a dog capable of summoning a Persona; and Shinjiro Aragaki, a returning member of SEES who had previously left the team. The group encounters other Persona-users who are working against their efforts to eradicate Shadows, Tartarus, and the Dark Hour.

Atlus released an enhanced remake of Persona 3 entitled Persona 3: FES. The new game makes revisions to the original gameplay of Persona 3 (referred to as "The Journey"), and adds a new epilogue to the original story, entitled "The Answer". The Answer introduces a new character, Metis, an anti-Shadow weapon like Aigis. In 2009 Atlus released a PlayStation Portable remake of Persona 3 entitled Persona 3 Portable, which adds more characters, including appearances by characters from the successor to Persona 3, Persona 4, released in 2008. Several Persona 3 characters also went on to make appearances in 2012's Persona 4 Arena and 2014's Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, both set two years after the events of "The Answer".

SEES members[edit]

The members of SEES, the playable characters of Persona 3. From left to right, starting from top: Aigis, Shinjiro, Fuuka; Yukari, the Protagonist, Junpei; Koromaru, Ken, Mitsuru and Akihiko.

The Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (特別課外活動部, Tokubetsu Kagai Katsudō-bu, lit. Special Extracurricular Activity Department), or SEES for short, is officially a school group of Gekkoukan High School. In reality, they hunt down Shadows and investigate the Dark Hour with the support of the Kirijo Group. All of the members of SEES are Persona-users, who live together in a specialized dorm. In the final events of the game, the group is re-designated as the "Nyx Annihilation Team" (滅びをもたらすもの, Horobi o Motorasu Mono, lit. "Those Who Bring About the End").

Protagonist[edit]

Main article: Protagonist (Persona 3)

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (male), Marina Inoue (female) (Japanese); Yuri Lowenthal (male),[1]Laura Bailey (female) (English)

The protagonist is the nameable main player-controlled character of Persona 3. He is named Makoto Yuki (結城 理, Yūki Makoto) in the film adaptation, Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, and most of his appearances. Having moved into the dorm in the introduction of the game, he learns his ability to summon the Fool arcana Persona Orpheus (オルフェウス, Orufeusu) and the Death arcana Persona Thanatos (タナトス, Tanatosu) before he's later appointed the team's leader in combat. He is unique among his cohorts in that he has the ability to carry multiple Personas and switch between them during battle. Over the course of the game, he also gains Messiah (メサイア, Mesaia) of The Judgement Arcana and Orpheus Telos (オルフェウス・改, Orufeusu Kai) of The Fool Arcana in Persona 3 FES. With the power of the Wild Card he has access to over 150 different Personas.[2] He is also the only character with access to the Velvet Room, in which the player is able to fuse together multiple Personas together to create a new, more powerful one. Over the course of the game, the player is challenged to manage his day-to-day schedule as he attends school, takes part in extracurricular activities, and spends time with classmates and other characters.[3] Igor, the proprietor of the Velvet Room, encourages him to form Social Links with people, as they will determine his potential in combat.[4] Within the simulation elements of Persona 3, the player is able to form Social Links with characters in-game, each represented by one of the Major Arcana and granting various bonuses during Persona fusion, increasing the player's proficiency in battle.[3] Soejima took longer to design him than any other character, as the game's other characters would be made to complement his design. Soejima wrote in Art of Persona 3, "Initially, he looked more honest, like an ordinary, handsome young man. But, I worked to achieve greater ambiguity in his expression."[5] In Persona 3 Portable, released on the PlayStation Portable in 2009, an option was added to control a female protagonist. Unlike the male protagonist, the female protagonist through her dialogue opinions, is shown to be a very upbeat and energetic person, sometimes pulling jokes on her friends, so they could be considered opposites. Later games explain that the two protagonists exist within different timelines.

In the manga adaptation of Persona 3, he is portrayed as a quiet teenager who often tired or drowsy, who likes to eat and cook food. In the animated movie adaptation, he is portrayed as an ambivalent individual with an initially neutral viewpoint on the film's themes of life and death, making his growth via newfound experiences the focus of the movie.[6] He also gains his new Personas from battles of against Arcana Shadows during full moon, instead of Social Links.

In the stage adaptation, Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade, the male protagonist is named Sakuya Shiomi (汐見 朔也, Shiomi Sakuya) and he is portrayed by Shouta Aoi, while the female version is named Kotone Shiomi (汐見 琴音, Shiomi Kotone) and she is portrayed by Kana Asumi. [7]

Yukari Takeba[edit]

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi[8][9][10] (Japanese); Michelle Ruff[11] (English)

Yukari Takeba (岳羽 ゆかり, Takeba Yukari) is one of the protagonist's classmates. She wields a bow and arrows in battle as well as Wind elemental magic. Yukari's zeal for investigation brings SEES a lot of trouble, but also gains the group valuable allies and information. Her Personas are Io (イオ) and Isis (イシス, Ishisu) of The Lovers Arcana.

Yukari is popular at school because of her good looks, cheerful disposition, and energetic attitude. Though outwardly friendly and extroverted, she is very careful not to let anyone get truly close to her. She constantly picks on Junpei, hides her true motives from the group, and represses a lot of anger and sorrow about her past.[citation needed]

It is revealed that Yukari has been on her own for quite some time. Her father died a mysterious death a decade ago, in 1999, and her mother neglects her in favor of a string of shallow boyfriends. She slowly begins to open up to the protagonist because he is an orphan (having lost both of his parents in the same incident) and can understand her isolation. Midway through the game, Yukari discovers that her father was involved in the incident that unleashed the Shadows upon the world. Yukari is forced to face her anger and overcome it, and decides to fight for her friends and her father's memory.

In the Lovers Arcana (恋愛, Ren'ai) Social Link, which represents a choice for the protagonist's journey,[12] the Protagonist helps Yukari mend her relationship with her mother. If the protagonist makes the correct choices, Yukari will fall in love with him. If the player chooses not to date any girls, Yukari will appear for all the dating events.

In Persona 3: FES's The Answer, Yukari is the group member who is most reluctant to go back into battle against the Shadows and seems that she only wants to move on with her life. However, she fell in love with the protagonist, and as such, is bitter and jealous towards Aigis, who was not only able to spend the last moment with the protagonist before his death, but also inherited his powers. As such, Yukari constantly shows random mood swings towards her. After witnessing the protagonist's sacrifice and the burden he must carry, she finally overcomes her jealousy, apologizing to Aigis and offer her to become her roommate.

Yukari appears as a playable character in the fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. After the end of Persona 3, Yukari decided to put herself through college working as a model, and her proficiency with a bow landed her the television role as Suzuko Kujakuin (孔雀院 鈴子, Kujakuin Suzuko), otherwise known as Feather Pink (フェザーピンク, Fezā Pinku), on Phoenix Ranger Featherman Victory. While filming on location, a real helicopter appears with Mitsuru coming out of it, asking Yukari for her help in a new emergency. Within the events of the game, her Persona is Isis.[13]

Shigenori Soejima comments that he designed Yukari with the contemporary look, which caused her to be popular on and off with the development team during the making of the game.[14] She is portrayed by Maho Tomita in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade.

Junpei Iori[edit]

Voiced by: Kohsuke Toriumi[8][9][10] (Japanese); Vic Mignogna[11] (English)

Junpei Iori (伊織 順平, Iori Junpei) is the protagonist's best friend, though the two often find themselves at odds. Junpei is a poor student who plays the class clown in order to mask his insecurities. His chosen weapon is a two-handed sword, which he wields like a baseball bat. He also learns some Fire-based skills. Junpei becomes a member of SEES near the beginning of the game. Akihiko finds him crying in a convenience store during the Dark Hour, and does not realize that he has the potential to call a Persona until Akihiko tells him about it. His first Persona is Hermes (ヘルメス, Herumesu) and later obtains Trismegistus (トリスメギストス, Torisumegisutosu), both of The Magician Arcana. His decision to join SEES is a swift one, and Yukari is dismayed when he immediately moves into their dorm.[15]

Initially, Junpei fights because "playing hero" makes him feel like less of a loser. He uses his place in SEES to prop up his low self-esteem, neglects his classwork, and snaps at the protagonist out of jealousy over his unique Persona abilities. Junpei only becomes more serious after he meets Strega member Chidori. They fall for each other, and though she continues to fight SEES, her feelings for Junpei eventually come into conflict with her loyalty to Takaya and her fear of death. When Takaya fatally attacks Junpei, Chidori uses her Persona powers to save his life at the cost of her own. Junpei becomes a more-focused and determined young man after Chidori's death.

In Persona 3 Portable, Junpei becomes the Social Link for the Magician Arcana (魔術師, Majutsushi), representing action, initiative, and immaturity,[16] when the player controls the female protagonist. Junpei's relationship with the female protagonist remains strictly platonic, because of his feelings towards Chidori.

Junpei appears as a playable character in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. After graduating, Mitsuru hired him to be one of her "Shadow Operatives" in fighting Shadow appearances. However, on the side, he coaches a little league baseball team. While traveling to a game, he falls asleep on the train and misses his stop, ending up in Inaba. There, he reunites with the other Shadow Operatives and becomes involved in the sudden onset of the red fog. During the game, he uses the Persona Trismegistus.[13]

Shigenori Soejima has stated that Junpei is "the most important character when it comes to getting the player to buy into the story," because he is the major character who looks and acts the most like a normal teenager.[17] He is portrayed by Genki Okawa in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade.

Mitsuru Kirijo[edit]

Main article: Mitsuru Kirijo

Voiced by: Rie Tanaka[8][9][10] (Japanese); Tara Platt[11] (English)

Mitsuru Kirijo (桐条 美鶴, Kirijō Mitsuru) is the only child of the head of the Kirijo Group, Takeharu Kirijo. Beautiful and elegant, she is the school's top ranking valedictorian and student council president. In battle, she wields one-handed swords such as rapiers and sabers and Ice-based magic. Her Personas are Penthesilea (ペンテシレア, Penteshirea) and Artemisia (アルテミシア, Arutemishia) of The Empress Arcana.

Mitsuru has been battling Shadows since she was a little girl, as the unofficial leader of SEES. At the beginning of the game she avoids battle and acts as a support character, offering analysis and advice. She joins the party in combat only after the discovery of Fuuka Yamagishi, whose Persona's analysis power is much stronger.

Throughout the story, Mitsuru hides many details about Tartarus and the Dark Hour from the group, due to feelings of guilt over her family's involvement in the accident that created them. Since her grandfather was responsible for everything, she believes that she alone bears the burden of setting the world right. Her Persona was artificially induced to allow her to participate in the battle against the Shadows. Mitsuru is the only SEES member that had her ability to summon a Persona forced on her.[18]

Mitsuru loses all will to fight after Ikutsuki kills her father, since restoring the family honor is meaningless without a family. She regains her resolve thanks to some intervention from Yukari. She decides to take over leadership of the Kirijo Group after the conflict with Nyx is finished and she graduates high school.

In the Empress Arcana (女帝, Jotei) Social Link, representing life brought forth from motherhood,[19] the protagonist will help free her from some of the expectations attached to her family name. In order to attract such an ambitious young woman he must maximize his Academic statistic, and rank first in his class for at least one exam. If the player makes the correct choices, Mitsuru will fall in love with the protagonist.

Mitsuru appears as a playable character in Persona 4 Arena, which takes place over two years after the events of "The Answer". Now 20 years old, Mitsuru is a university student and the leader of the Shadow Operatives, a group composed of Persona users that fights Shadows.[20] She joins Aigis and Akihiko to search for the Anti-Shadow weapon Labrys that disappeared from her plane.[21] Her Persona is Artemisia.[22] Shigenori Soejima created Mitsuru to be a tough-looking woman on the exterior, but with a weak side in the interior.[23] She is portrayed by Asami Tano in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade, the Persona 4 Arena stage play, and the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Song Project stage play.

Akihiko Sanada[edit]

Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa[8][9][10] (Japanese); Liam O'Brien[11] (English)

Akihiko Sanada (真田 明彦, Sanada Akihiko) is the mature and confident captain of his school's boxing team, as well as a senior at Gekkoukan High. He is a hard worker who balances a high GPA with near-constant training. Since Akihiko is a boxer, he uses gloves and claws in battle, but his Personas also let him wield Electricity-based magic. His Personas are Polydeuces (ポリデュークス, Poridyūkusu) and Caesar (カエサル, Kaesaru) of The Emperor Arcana. He cannot fight for the first part of the game, due to injuries received during the Dark Hour.

Akihiko was one of the three Persona users who founded SEES, alongside Mitsuru and Shinjiro. He and Shinjiro were close friends as children, having grown up in an orphanage together with Akihiko's now-deceased sister Miki. However, one night when the two were chasing down a Shadow, Shinjiro's Persona went out of control and an innocent bystander was killed: Ken Amada's mother. After the incident, Shinjiro left SEES and his friendship with Akihiko became strained. The two only reconnect when Ken joins SEES, and Akihiko convinces Shinjiro to rejoin the group in order to protect him.

When Akihiko realizes that Ken only volunteered for SEES as a means to get revenge on Shinjiro, he tries to save both of them from making grave mistakes, but he arrives too late. Though Ken lets go of his vendetta, Shinjiro is fatally shot while protecting him from Takaya. In the end, Shinjiro's way of facing death head on gave Akihiko the courage to carry on in spite of all his losses. Akihiko is determined that Shinjiro's death not be in vain and to be just as fearless in the face of his own mortality.

In Persona 3: FES, a door which shows Akihiko's past reveals why the Evoker looks like a handgun. When Mitsuru first asked him to join her in fighting Shadows, she decided to create an Evoker that would grab his attention, leading to the Evoker's gun shape.

In Persona 3 Portable, he is the Social Link for the Star Arcana (星, Hoshi), representing a glimmer of hope,[24] but only when the player controls the female protagonist. In his Social Link he expresses his deep memory towards Miki and how the female protagonist reminded him of her. With the correct choices, Akihiko will fall in love with the female protagonist.

He also appears in the non-canonical animePersona: Trinity Soul, which takes place in a sequel of the Persona 3 world.[25] 10 years older, he no longer has his Persona due to his age.

Akihiko is a playable character in Persona 4 Arena, which takes place over two years after "The Answer". Akihiko went to college after graduating high school, joining Mitsuru's Shadow Operatives, but left school to travel the world and train his body to become stronger. His travels came to an end after being called by Mitsuru to search for Labrys. While in Inaba, he develops a rival/mentor relationship with Chie Satonaka. His Persona in the game is Caesar.

In Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, one week after the events of Arena, Akihiko is captured along with Mitsuru and Aigis, appearing on the Midnight Channel to the members of the Inaba Investigation Team.

Shigenori Soejima had wanted to create a "cool upperclassman" when Akihiko was developed with "an impressive aura about him".[17] He is portrayed by Yuki Fujiwara in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade, the Persona 4 Arena stage play, and the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Song Project stage play.

Fuuka Yamagishi[edit]

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto[8][9][10] (Japanese); Wendee Lee[26] (Persona 4 Arena onwards) (English)

Fuuka Yamagishi (山岸 風花, Yamagishi Fūka) is a junior at Gekkoukan High. She is found to be a Persona-user by Akihiko, although he suspects that she would be unable to fight.[27] Her meekness makes her the target of bullying by several female students. In May, one of her bullies is found outside of the front of the school gate, unconscious. A rumor begins to spread that she was attacked by a ghost inside Gekkoukan.[28] SEES later learns from Natsuki Moriyama that she and her friends—the students responsible for bullying her—had locked Fuuka in the school gymnasium; the same day, they returned to let her out for fear that she would commit suicide, but found no one inside.[29] Mitsuru realizes that Fuuka has been trapped inside Tartarus, which replaces Gekkoukan during the Dark Hour.[30] The team locates her inside the tower the following night - during a full moon - and finds that she had been able to avoid detection by Shadows.[31]

The same night during the Dark Hour, SEES encounters two powerful Shadows at the entrance of Tartarus. Fuuka is able to summon her Persona for the first time, and finds that she can detect the weaknesses of the enemies. The ordeal causes her to fall unconscious for several days, after which Fuuka accepts Mitsuru's offer to join SEES, and moves into the dorm with the rest of the team. She replaces Mitsuru as the player's support character, and Mitsuru becomes an active combatant in battle. In June, Yukari asks her to research an incident related to Gekkoukan which occurred ten years ago, as she believes Mitsuru is hiding something about the origins of Tartarus, as well as her father's death.[32] Her Personas are Lucia (ルキア, Rukia) and Juno (ユノ, Yuno) of The Priestess Arcana.

In the Priestess Arcana (女教皇, Onnakyōkō) Social Link, representing contemplation and inner knowledge,[33] the protagonist helps Fuuka become more confident and believe in herself. She appears in Persona 4 Arena as a non-playable character in the game's story and as an optional commentator.[34]

Soejima, in his designing Fuuka, tried to make her not seem weak or helpless. In addition, he worked to "convey her strong will through her facial expressions."[35] She is portrayed by Marina Tanoue in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade.

Aigis[edit]

Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto[8][9][10] (Japanese); Karen Strassman[11] (English)

Aigis (アイギス, Aigisu, "Aegis" in The Episode of Aegis) is an android created by the Kirijo Group. She is the last surviving model of their experimental anti-Shadow weapon. In combat, she uses a wide variety of high-tech weapons, from machine guns and rocket launchers to long-range guns and “rocket punches.” Her Personas are Palladion (パラディオン, Paradion) and Athena (アテナ, Atena) of The Chariot Arcana.

Aigis is introduced during SEES' summer beach vacation, where she is simultaneously the target of Mitsuru's retrieval mission and Junpei's "Operation Babe Hunt." She immediately shows an instinctual interest in protecting the protagonist, which she cannot explain. Ikutsuki decides to make her a member of SEES and she later enrolls at Gekkoukan High School. When Ryoji Mochizuki transfers to Gekkoukan High, she immediately acts hostile towards him and warns the protagonist that Ryoji is dangerous.

Aigis realizes why she feels such hostility toward Ryoji and hunts him down one night, during a full moon, where she confronts him on Moonlight Bridge. Ten years ago Aigis' mission was to defeat Death and avert the arrival of Nyx. During the battle at that very location on Moonlight Bridge, she realized Death could not be defeated and decided to seal the entity away in a young boy who was the sole survivor of a nearby car crash. That young boy was the protagonist and is the reason behind her instincts to protect him. Her explanation triggers Ryoji's memories and he finally realizes that he is, in fact, the incarnation of Death. In an attempt to fulfill her purpose, Aigis attacks Ryoji, but he easily defends himself, heavily damaging her in the process.

The Kirijo Group are able to repair Aigis and when she returns, she begins to shows more human-like qualities and emotions. She decides to stand against the power of Nyx with her friends in SEES. After defeating Nyx, she is the only one who remembers Tartarus, the Dark Hour, and the protagonist's sacrifice during his borrowed month of life after the defeat of Nyx. She allows him to live like a normal student for the few precious weeks that he has. Finally, on Graduation Day, as she is holding the protagonist in her lap, she suddenly realizes what it means to be human and also the true purpose in her existence is to protect the life of the protagonist. Yet sadly, as soon as she comes to this revelation, the protagonist begins to fall into a coma in her arms. As Aigis helplessly witnesses and understands what is happening to the protagonist, she vows to always protect his life.

In the Persona 3: FES expansion, the player can access an epilogue to the main game called The Answer ("Episode Aegis" in the Japanese version). Aigis is the main playable protagonist, inheriting the power to summon multiple Personas including Orpheus (オルフェウス, Orufeusu) of The Fool Arcana, but loses the ability to use Orgia Mode. During her story, Aigis is filled with grief over the death of the main story's protagonist and wishes to become a mere machine as she once was, until Metis makes her realize that she's still able to fulfil her promise made to the main story's protagonist. With this realization, she decides to continue attending Gekkoukan High as Yukari's roommate rather than returning to the lab, as she had initially planned.

The protagonist can also date Aigis in Persona 3: FES and Portable as the Aeon Arcana (永劫, Eigō), and when the Social Link maxes, she will fall in love with the protagonist, regardless of gender and in the female protagonist's case in Portable, Aigis expresses lament towards the female protagonist not being a male.

Aegis: The First Mission follows Aigis' adventures before she sealed Death. She also appears as a playable character in Persona 4 Arena, which takes place over two years after "The Answer". Using Athena as her Persona, Aigis joins Mitsuru and Akihiko in their search of another Anti-Shadow weapon, Labrys, that was stolen from Mitsuru. Also, in Elizabeth's story mode, she, along with her successor and fellow Wild Card wielder Yu Narukami, help Elizabeth understand the true nature of the Wild Card.

Aigis was created to remind people of the robots being used in manga, even though Shigenori Soejima admits that he didn't want to create her since a robot like her does not exist currently in the modern world.[36] She is portrayed by ZAQ in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade and Kanon Miyahara in the Persona 4 Arena and the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Song Project stage plays.

Shinjiro Aragaki[edit]

Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai[8][9][10] (Japanese); Grant George[11] (English)

Shinjiro Aragaki (荒垣 真次郎, Aragaki Shinjirō) is a Senior at Gekkoukan High School and a former member of SEES. Two years prior, while the group was hunting a Shadow, he briefly lost control of his Persona, Castor (カストール, Kasutōru) of The Hierophant Arcana, resulting in the death of Ken's mother.[37] This prompted him to quit SEES. Shinjiro is a childhood friend of Akihiko, who continually asks him to forget the past and rejoin SEES.[38] He continually refuses the offers, only returning to fight when he learns that Ken has joined the team as a Persona-user.[39] When Shinjiro is lured by Ken behind Port Island Station to be killed, he accepts the death of Ken's mother as his fault, saying death is what he deserves. However, Shinjiro warns Ken that if he kills him, he will "end up like [Shinjiro] and will regret it."[40] Takaya, a member of Strega, intervenes and attempts to shoot Ken, instead hitting Shinjiro, who sacrifices himself to save Ken. Before he dies, he tells Ken and the rest of SEES, "This is how it should be".[41] At his funeral, it is learned that Shinjiro rarely attended school and was generally not well known among the student body.[42] During the final confrontation with Nyx, the protagonist hears Shinjiro's voice cheering him on along with the voices of the living SEES members saying "Alright, let's do this".

In battle, Shinjiro attacks with blunt weapons. He is forced to regularly take special suppressant pills to properly control his Persona, at the cost of his health. Shinjiro represents the Social Link of the Moon Arcana (月, Tsuki), representing a source of fear and false illusions,[43] in Persona 3 Portable, if the player is controlling the female protagonist. At the end of the Social Link, the female protagonist finds Shinjiro's watch that he lost. Upon giving him the watch, Shinjiro will survive the fatal shooting from Takaya in the October 4th event, but remains hospitalized for the rest of the game. In a new cycle, he is discharged from the hospital on the final day of the game to be with the female protagonist. He is portrayed by Ray Fujita in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade.

Ken Amada[edit]

Voiced by: Megumi Ogata[8][9][10] (Japanese); Cindy Robinson[44] (Ultimax onwards) (English)

Ken Amada (天田 乾, Amada Ken) is an elementary school student capable of summoning a Persona, and the youngest member of SEES. His Personas are Nemesis (ネメシス, Nemeshisu) and Kala-Nemi (カーラ・ネミ, Kāra Nemi) of The Justice Arcana. His mother was killed two years prior to the events of Persona 3 by a Persona-user, although the death was officially listed as an accident. He moves into the dorm in July, when it is discovered that he is a Persona-user, and later joins SEES as a fighter. In August, he learns that his mother was killed by Shinjiro Aragaki, a former member of SEES, who briefly lost control of his Persona. On October 4, during a full moon, Ken lures Shinjiro to an alley behind Port Island Station, intending to kill him and avenge his mother. However, Takaya, a member of the group Strega, intervenes, revealing that Shinjiro will soon die anyway due to his use of Persona-suppressant pills, and that Ken was planning to commit suicide after killing Shinjiro.[45] Takaya resolves to kill both of them first, but Shinjiro blocks his second shot, saving Ken's life. Ken briefly runs from the dorm following the incident; after being encouraged by Akihiko, however, he gains the resolve to return to SEES, and his Persona changes form.[46]

In battle, Ken wields a spear. He chose this as his weapon because it would compensate for his lack of height, although his height makes the weapon more difficult for him to use.[47] His Personas allow him to use Electricity and Light magic to compensate for how difficult a spear is to use for him. Ken is the Social Link for the Justice Arcana (正義, Seigi) in Persona 3 Portable, representing the knowledge of what is right and wrong,[48] if the player is controlling the female protagonist. In the Japanese version of the game, the female protagonist has the option of pursuing a romantic relationship with Ken. Due to cultural differences, his Social Link is slightly edited in the English version in order to make Ken's feelings seem more like a crush with the female protagonist seeing him as a younger brother.

Ken appears as a playable character in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, fighting alongside Koromaru. Now a teenager, Ken attends Gekkoukan Middle School, and is a member of both the Student Council and the soccer team.[49]

In designing Ken, Soejima focused more on his appearance than his characteristics. He believes the shorts Ken wears give him a "nostalgic" look in contrast to the modern setting of Persona 3, noting in Art of Persona 3 that "kids these days hardly ever wear shorts." Because the character's design is focused on the idea that he is a young boy, Soejima jokingly wrote Ken's name as "Kid Amada" on concept sketches.[50] He is portrayed by Waku Sakaguchi and Tomonori Suzuki in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade.

Metis[edit]

Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (Japanese); Stephanie Sheh[51] (English)

Metis (メティス, Metisu) is an android like Aigis, who refers to herself as Aigis' sister. She first appears during the events of The Answer in Persona 3 FES, when she attacks SEES using the Persona Psyche (プシュケイ, Pushukei) of The Hierophant Arcana. The player learns that the day March 31 has been repeating itself over and over, and that the characters are trapped inside the dorm.[52] Metis attempts to kill the members of SEES to end the time loop and save her sister, but is subdued by Aigis. When the player's characters discover the Abyss of Time, an expansive area underneath the dorm connected to the time loop, she joins SEES to help investigate, becoming a character under the control of the player. Aigis later learns that Metis awoke in the Abyss with no memory of her past, and only the knowledge that she had a sister who was in danger.[53] At the conclusion of The Answer, SEES learns that Metis is actually a facet of Aigis' personality, representative of Aigis' humanity, which she had rejected out of despair after the death of the protagonist.[54]

Antagonists[edit]

Strega[edit]

The members of Strega. From left to right: Jin Shirato, Takaya Sakaki and Chidori Yoshino.

Strega is a group of three rogue Persona-users who use the Dark Hour for personal benefit. They set up an internet site called "Revenge Request", where users can contract Strega to commit assassinations and other illegal activities. They become enemies of SEES because SEES is trying to put an end to the Dark Hour, as Strega carries out its activities during the Dark Hour.

Near the end of the game, the player discovers that Strega are artificial Persona users created by the Kirijo Group. They were picked up off the street and used as fodder for the corporation's experiments. Because their Personas were not awakened naturally, they must take Persona Suppressants supplied by Ikutsuki, drugs that keep Personas from killing their users, but have lethal side-effects.

Takaya Sakaki[edit]

Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna[8] (Japanese); Derek Stephen Prince[11] (English)

Takaya Sakaki (榊貴 隆也, Sakaki Takaya) is the confident and charismatic young leader of Strega. He functions as the main antagonist of the game, leading the rival group of Persona-users and setting himself up as a false messiah. In battle, Takaya uses a six-shot revolver to strike down his opponents. Aside from Aigis, he is the only Persona-user in the game who does not use an Evoker to manifest his Persona, instead summoning it "manually" by clutching his head and falling to his knees. Persona-users in previous games also did not use Evokers, but summoning their Personas never appeared to cause them any pain. His Persona is Hypnos (ヒュプノス, Hyupunosu) of The Fortune arcana.

Since Takaya does not have long to live, he lives fully for the moment, heedless of the harm he causes others. His dearest wish is to see the world end along with his own life. Though he does have some care for Jin and Chidori, he has no qualms about using either of them as tools. At first, he tries to prevent SEES from killing the twelve Arcana Shadows, since it'll end his Revenge Request website business and his 'powers', and as if he is trying to save the world in his own way. But he embraces death once he realizes their true purpose. Near the end of the game he creates a cult centered around the coming of Nyx as a salvation, with himself as the high priest and Jin spreading rumors around the network.

Takaya's final defeat occurs when he tries to forcibly stop SEES from climbing Tartarus and facing Nyx. Afterwards he crawls to the top of the tower to witness the final battle. Before he falls unconscious he calls Jin's name, making his last statement, that he did not want to see the end without him. He is portrayed by Takeya Nishiyama in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade.

Jin Shirato[edit]

Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka[8] (Japanese); Grant George[11] (English)

Jin Shirato (白戸 陣, Shirato Jin) is Takaya's faithful right-hand man, acting as his tactical adviser, the webmaster of "Revenge Request," and the occasional voice of reason to prevent Takaya from making foolish choices. He uses grenades and bombs in battle and is also a skilled computer hacker. His Persona is Moros (モロス, Morosu) of The Hermit arcana.

Jin appears very eager to be rid of SEES, since he believes that they are hypocrites who do not appreciate their own power. Despite his strong belief in Takaya's goals, however, he is rational enough to limit his actions when necessary. He is fiercely loyal to Takaya for "showing him out of darkness" and helping him through the Kirijo Group's experiments. In spite of this, he often inadvertently helps SEES by revealing important information, such as the truth behind Strega, their involvement in the coming of Nyx, and Shuji Ikutsuki's real allegiance.

After SEES defeats Jin near the end of the game, he commits suicide with a grenade as a horde of shadows swarm towards him. He is portrayed by Yuichi Matsumoto in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade.

Chidori Yoshino[edit]

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro[8]

Chidori Yoshino (吉野 千鳥, Yoshino Chidori) is the third member of Strega, and is known for her Gothic Lolita dress style, self-harmingtendencies, and artistic ability. In battle she utilizes a red chained hand-axe. Her Persona is Medea (メーディア, Mēdia) of The Hanged Man arcana. She uses Medea's ability to radiate life energy to keep Strega from being detected by Fuuka's Persona. Like Takaya, she shows unusual Persona abilities, such as being able to heal living creatures (including her own wounds) and manifest Medea outside of the Dark Hour.

Chidori and Junpei meet by chance at Port Island Station. While she is initially very unpleasant to Junpei because he keeps interrupting her sketching, she eventually opens up to him due to his kindness and persistence. At the same time, Junpei tells her everything about SEES without knowing that she is a member of Strega. Chidori is led to believe that Junpei is SEES' leader.

During full moon of September, Chidori kidnaps Junpei, thinking that he has the authority to call off SEES' mission to kill the Arcana Shadows. When the plan fails, she is wounded and ends up held in the local hospital. Mitsuru and Akihiko try to interrogate her, but meet little success.

Junpei continues to visit Chidori in the hospital, and the two become closer. He is very concerned about her habit of cutting her wrists. However, after faking his death, Takaya returns to remind her where she truly belongs. Ten days before the first full moon of December, Chidori is broken out of the hospital and rejoins Strega, but her loyalties begin to falter when she is forced to fight Junpei, and when he is wounded by Takaya, she comes to terms with her love for him. She sacrifices her life to save his through the use of her Persona, and ends up giving Junpei some of her Persona's regenerative power, namely the passive skill Spring of Life which restores HP every turn. This results in Junpei's Persona being reborn. After her death Junpei inherits her sketch-book, which turns out of have been full of pictures of him.

In Persona 3: FES and Persona 3 Portable, it is possible that Chidori revives in the story. However, Chidori has no memories of the events in the game, including Junpei. She is revived when doctors take her corpse in for autopsy. For a tribute, they use the flowers she had in her room and placed them on her chest. Since Chidori constantly gave her life force to them every time Junpei came to visit her, her body took back its energy from the flowers and brought her back to life. It was hinted that Chidori had not completely lost all her memories, and that she had plans to find the person of her dreams as soon as she recovers.

Chidori is confirmed alive in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and Persona Q. Though she did not appear physically in the games, she was mentioned by Junpei several times during date cafe in PQ and while he was daydreaming of proposing to her, before waking up on the train in Arena Ultimax. When fighting against Shadows, Junpei said he wouldn't let Chidori worry about him again. Junpei is seen wearing a cross necklace in Arena Ultimax, which he mentions that it was given to him by her.

She is portrayed by Yuri Hane in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade.

Shuji Ikutsuki[edit]

Voiced by: Hideyuki Hori[8]

Shuji Ikutsuki (幾月 修司, Ikutsuki Shūji) is the chairman of the board at Gekkoukan High School, and an adviser for SEES. He experiences the Dark Hour but does not have a Persona. He is known among the members of SEES for his silly jokes.[55] He establishes a link between twelve greater Shadows that have been attacking the city, and the Dark Hour. He informs SEES that eliminating these twelve Shadows would eliminate the Dark Hour. However, after doing so, SEES learns that they were actually aiding in Ikutsuki's efforts to summon Nyx to Earth and bring about the end of the world. It is later revealed that ten years prior, Ikutsuki worked as a scientist at Kirijo's Ergo Research division, studying Shadows and performing various inhumane experiments while attempting to artificially induce Personas into individuals like Strega and Sho Minazuki, the latter of whom treated him as a father. When confronted, Ikutsuki reprograms Aigis and attempts to offer the members of SEES as sacrifices on a roof of Tartarus.[56] However, his efforts are thwarted by Takeharu Kirijo, Mitsuru's father. The two simultaneously fire guns at each other, killing Takeharu and wounding Ikutsuki. When Aigis breaks free of her reprogramming, Ikutsuki jumps from Tartarus to his death. He is portrayed by Shoichi Honda in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade - The Blue Awakening, the Persona 4 Arena stage play, and the Persona 4 Ultimax Song Project stage play; and Mitsuru Karahashi in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade - The Ultramarine Labyrinth and Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade - The Bismuth Crystals.

Nyx[edit]

Nyx (ニュクス, Nyukusu), also known as the "maternal being", is the mother of all Shadows and the final boss of Persona 3. She is drawn to humanity by The Appriser, and would bring about the end of the world if brought to Earth.[57] At the conclusion of Persona 3, the protagonist is able to enter Nyx and becomes the Great Seal to keep it away from humanity, at the cost of their own life. In Persona 3 FES, during The Events of The Answer, Metis informs SEES that Nyx is not a malevolent being, and that a seal would ordinarily not be necessary.[58] However, the Great Seal prevents humanity itself from calling out to Nyx through their own wishes for death. This accumulated malice of the human race manifested in a monster called Erebus, which is attempting to break the seal created by the protagonist.[59]

Erebus[edit]

Erebus (エレボス, Erebosu) is the final boss of The Answer in Persona 3: FES. It is not an actual Shadow - rather, Erebus is a large monster created from the accumulated malice and despair from the human race; it is attempting to break the Great Seal the protagonist created to keep Nyx from returning to Earth.[59] When SEES encounters Erebus, it targets Aigis, who bears the protagonist's "wild card" ability to carry multiple Personas.[60] SEES is able to disperse it, thus breaking the time loop, although they suspect it will eventually reappear as humans continue to wish for death.[61] Erebus reappears in Persona 4 Arena in Elizabeth's story mode, during which she destroys it, though estimates it will re-form within a year's time.

Other characters[edit]

Igor[edit]

Voiced by: Isamu Tanonaka[8] (Japanese); Dan Woren[62] (English)

Igor (イゴール, Igōru) is the long-nosed man who presides over the Velvet Room and aides the player in Persona fusion.[63] He appears in a similar capacity in every Persona game. Early on in Persona 3, he encourages the protagonist to form Social Links, saying they will determine his potential in combat. Near the conclusion of the game, when SEES is unable to stop Nyx's descent to Earth, Igor aids the protagonist in unveiling the power of the "Universe", using the power of the Social Links he has formed.[64] The protagonist uses this newfound power to seal away Nyx. Despite the death of Isamu Tanonaka due to myocardial infarction in 2010, the animated movie adaptation in 2013 still uses his original voices recorded in the game. Igor appears in the anime series Persona: Trinity Soul as a fortune-teller, and interacts with the series' protagonist Shin Kanzato.

Elizabeth[edit]

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro[8][9][10] (Japanese); Tara Platt[11] (English)

Elizabeth (エリザベス, Erizabesu) is Igor's female assistant. She maintains the Persona Compendium, from which the player may retrieve previously owned Personas for a price, and gives the player special requests in exchange for special rewards.[63] These requests include tasks such as retrieving specific items or creating Personas with specific abilities. In Persona 3 FES and Persona 3 Portable, requests were added which allow the player to accompany Elizabeth outside of the Velvet Room. In Persona 4, Elizabeth has left the Velvet Room, her role being filled by her sister, Margaret. She left to find a way to rescue the protagonist of Persona 3 from his fate as the seal between Nyx and humanity.[65] Elizabeth is portrayed by Asami Yoshikawa in the Persona 4 Arena and Persona 4 Ultimax Song Project stage plays and Riyu Kosaka in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade.

Elizabeth returns in Persona 4 Arena as a playable character, where she is accompanied by the Persona Thanatos (タナトス, Tanatosu) and wielding a book as her weapon.[66] Her nickname in the game is "The Lethal Elevator Attendant" (最凶のエレベーターガール, Saikyō no Erebētā Gāru). Elizabeth's story mode ends with her gaining insight on the nature of the Wild Card from Yu Narukami and Aigis, and she gains her own Fool arcana, signifying the start of a journey.

Theodore[edit]

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe[9][10] (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook (Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth) (English)

Theodore (テオドア, Teodoa) is Igor's male assistant, and the younger brother of Elizabeth and Margaret. He was introduced as a character in Persona 3 Portable, and can take Elizabeth's place as Igor's assistant if the player controls the female protagonist.[67]

Like Elizabeth in the male protagonist's route, he maintains the Persona Compendium, from which the player may retrieve previously owned Personas for a price, and gives the player special requests in exchange for special rewards. These requests include tasks such as retrieving specific items or creating Personas with specific abilities.

He is later mentioned in Persona 4 Arena by Elizabeth, and appears in a non-playable capacity in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Theodore is portrayed by Ire Shiozaki in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade.

Margaret[edit]

Margaret also appears in Persona 3 Portable as the person-in-charge of the Vision Quest Chamber, which simulates special battles based on their memories with rewards. The party may challenge her upon completions of all the battles.

Ryoji Mochizuki[edit]

Voiced by: Akira Ishida[8] (Japanese); Yuri Lowenthal[68] (English)

Ryoji Mochizuki (望月 綾時, Mochizuki Ryōji) is a recent transfer to Gekkoukan High School. He becomes known for his tendency to ask every girl he sees at school on a date.[69] Upon meeting him, Aigis says he is dangerous, and warns the protagonist to be cautious around him.[70] Ryoji and Aigis eventually meet on the Moonlight Bridge during the Dark Hour. It is here Ryoji regains memory of his past, realizing he is actually a human manifestation of Death, or The Appriser. Ten years prior to the events of Persona 3, the two fought on the same bridge, and Aigis, unable to defeat Death, sealed it inside the protagonist, who was a child at the time.[71] Ryoji informs SEES that his purpose is to summon Nyx to Earth, who will bring about the end of the world. He asserts that Nyx is impossible to defeat; however, he offers SEES an alternative. If they were to kill him, their memories of the Dark Hour would vanish, allowing them to continue living unaware of their impending death.[72] The player is given the choice to either kill Ryoji or spare him; if the latter is chosen, SEES fights Ryoji, who has transformed into Nyx Avatar, on the roof of Tartarus. Ryoji is portrayed by Keisuke Ueda in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade.

He is the Social Link of the Fortune Arcana (運命, Unmei) in Persona 3 Portable, representing fate and opportunities provided by it,[73] when the player controls the female protagionst. Knowing his fate of being the human manifestation of Death, he develops his sense of humanity, especially with the feelings to the female protagonist.

Natsuki Moriyama[edit]

Voiced by: Yuka Komatsu[8][9][10]

Natsuki Moriyama (森山 夏紀, Moriyama Natsuki) is Fuuka's closest friend, and emotional support throughout the game. A Ganguro, she has an extremely tanned complexion, and orange-ish hair, similar in the style of most ganguro, or gyaru. She's shown to have a rather sadistic side, and has a knack for anyalzing people, and knowing exactly what to say to make them feel worthless. Fuuka, at first, was her target, because of Natsuki's own insecurities. She was drawn in by Fuuka's calls for help, and went into Tartarus. Fuuka saved her from a Shadow by summoning her Persona, which encased them in a protective shell inside of her. After the ordeal, Natsuki lost her memory of the event, but apologized to Fuuka. The two quickly became best friends, and Natsuki's attitude proved a positive influence on Fuuka, making her a more confident girl. Natsuki's father became ill, and her family didn't have enough money, so they were forced to move. Natsuki then revealed that she and Fuuka were more similar than they thought, because Natsuki's parents both didn't pay much attention to her, claiming that they acted like she didn't even exist. She provided Fuuka with the resolve to earn her ascendant Persona, sending a text message to Fuuka saying that "No matter how far apart we may be, we will always be connected", which gave Fuuka her resolve. She also provided Fuuka another set of advice, claiming that "If they don't accept you for who you are, then screw 'em." Throughout the game, Natsuki is the closest person to Fuuka, despite their differences. Natsuki also claimed that "I like you, even if you don't like yourself."

Zen and Rei[edit]

Voiced by: Yuki Kaji (Zen),[9]Kaori Nazuka (Rei)[9] (Japanese); Keith Silverstein (Zen),[74]Ashly Burch (Rei)[75] (English)

Zen and Rei are amnesiacs encountered in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth: they are residents of a mysterious haven in the rift which takes the shape of Yasogami High (part of the setting for Persona 4), and due to story events do not appear in any other Persona title involving the members of SEES or the Investigation Team. Zen is a taciturn young man who is unfamiliar with people's habits and has a tendency to take things too literally, but is otherwise devoted to Rei's well-being, while Rei is a cheerful and innocent girl who has a strange metabolism that causes her to be forever hungry. Depending on which protagonist was chosen at the start, either SEES or the Investigation Team will encounter them first. If the Persona 3 protagonist is chosen, then Fuuka locates the first labyrinth somewhere near where the team is gathered by picking up on Shadow signals. However, before they can enter, Zen and Rei appear and interrupt them. Since they intend to enter a maze which doubles as a Shadows' nest, the protagonist allows them to join SEES for the time being. When they meet the Investigation Team, SEES decides to attempt to restore Zen and Rei's memories as this is their only lead to a way out of the haven in the rift. Zen is later revealed to be a part of Chronos, a being presiding over death, who was sent to take a young girl named Niko who had died of illness to "where all life returns". At this stage, Rei is abducted and the school's clock tower undergoes a Tartarus-esque transformation, and although Zen at first decides to save her on his own, SEES and the Investigation Team resolve to stay and help him out.

Zen uses a crossbow in battle. With this, he can shoot various objects at enemies, such as arrows or bullets. Unlike the other members of SEES, neither he nor Rei possess or are able to use Personas: however, they are capable of fighting Shadows by using an array of battle abilities unique to them. When Rei is kidnapped, Zen starts using the abilities she was using until then.

Hikari[edit]

Voiced by: Misato Fukuen[10]

Hikari (ひかり) is a character introduced in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth. She is a teenage girl that one day woke up in the movie theater, she is the last person to enter the cinema. At first, she is very shy and quiet, and will have difficulties speaking to anyone that isn't Nagi, another resident of the theater. Her shyness is due to the drauma and depression of her bad past: she was often bullied and made fun of by others for being different, although due to psychogenic amnesia she can't properly remember her past during the game. Unable to cope with the pain of living, she ended up in the Cinema in the collective unconsciousness during a dream, there she meets Nagi, who promises Hikari to protect her from any harm by isolating her from reality. As our heroes change the endings of the movies, Hikari slowly starts to open up and begins communicating with them, and later in the game. After finishing the third labyrinth, Hikari follows Doe to one of the movies, titled ???, where she faces all of her past traumas, causing her to fully remember her memories and forcing her into a change of heart, revealing the title of the movie being named after her, "Hikari". After facing her past memories with courage and accepting them, Hikari successfully rehabilitates from her depression and acts as a combat support. After the ending of the game, Hikari wakes up from her dream, and is now able of speaking to her father again, confessing her desire to continue the production of the movie that she was creating before she fell into depression.

Nagi[edit]

Voiced by: Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue[10]

Nagi (ナギ) is a character introduced in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth. Curator of the Cinema, Nagi is a woman that protects Hikari from all harm by keeping her in the Cinema, and Hikari thinks she is the only person who can trust due to her kind and caring personality. She congratulates our heroes every time they clear a labyrinth, even claiming that she doesn't have a choice. However, near the end of the game, she drops off her guise and reveals herself as Enlil, an administrator of the collective unconsciousness with a delusional and patronizing view towards humanity, believing that they are weak willed and the only way to give them salvation is to trap them inside her cinema domain, putting an end to their thoughts and isolating them from the hardships of life, at the cost of their freedom and increasing their depression even further. After our heroes defeat her, she returns into the form of the black-haired Nagi and vanishes into light, finally acknowledging the possibilities and strengths of humanity, but not before leaving a warning that she will return as long as people wish for her to, finally allowing the party to leave the Cinema.

Doe[edit]

  • Its phonation is voiced, which means the vocal cords vibrate during the articulation.

Doe (ドー) is a character introduced in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth. He is a weird shadow-like figure that is mostly quiet, that one day appeared in the theater, acting as a weird projectionist that would play the same movies over and over again. He would generate a key able to unlock the Cinema exit every time a labyrinth was completed. Hikari is very afraid of him, and has a lot of trouble communicating or getting near with him, although she starts to become less fearful as the game progresses. After Hikari consensually followed Doe, leading her to ???, she decides to face her own past and so that she can recollect her memories lost from her amnesia. Our heroes, thinking that Doe kidnapped Hikari, they fight him in the deepest part of the labyrinth, after he goes berserk due to Hikari rejecting him. After they defeat him the truth is revealed: Doe is nothing more than a cognition of Hikari's father, created by her due to her depression and low self-esteem, starting to make her develop an inability to differ what is actually harmful to her and what actually isn't. This causes her to develop paranoia towards her father's supposed goodwill that results in the creation of Doe, whom she perceives as a terrifying figure that she could not even get close to. Realizing this, Hikari steps forward and hugs him, as he turns into an image of her father. She tearfully confesses all of her negative thoughts to him, and after the confession, he turns into one of the keys and fades into light.

Minor characters[edit]

Kurosawa[edit]

Voiced by: Hirofumi Tanaka

Officer Kurosawa (黒沢巡査, Kurosawa Junsa, lit. Policeman Kurosawa) is a police officer found at a station in Paulownia Mall. Although he is not conscious during the Dark Hour, he aids in the efforts of SEES by selling weapons and armor.[76]

He also makes an appearance in Persona 4 Arena, having been promoted to Detective and working under Mitsuru. He is seen in Inaba at her request.[77][78]

Takeharu Kirijo[edit]

Voiced by: Kōji Totani (original game), Yasunori Masutani (Persona 3: FES, Persona 3 Portable, and animated movie adaptation)

Takeharu Kirijo (桐条 武治, Kirijō Takeharu) is Mitsuru's father and the president of the Kirijo Group. He is the son of Kouetsu Kirijo, the corporation's former president, who began a series of experiments on Shadows seeking to harness their power.[79] He rejects the ideology of his father, who believed death was a form of deliverance.[56] Shuji Ikutsuki murders Takeharu on the roof of Tartarus, saying he did not understand his father's vision.[56]

Eiichiro Takeba[edit]

Voiced by: Masashi Hamano

Eiichiro Takeba (岳羽 詠一郎, Takeba Eiichirō) is Yukari's deceased father and one of the scientists who was a part of the Shadow experiments carried out in 1999. The corporation blamed the incident on him, although he was attempting to stop the Kirijo Group's work. He recorded a video for his daughter prior to his death, which Shuji Ikutsuki altered in order to manipulate SEES.[80]

Persona 4 characters[edit]

With Persona 3 Portable, Atlus inserted cameo appearances by two characters from Persona 4. A younger version of Yukiko Amagi, a playable character in Persona 4, makes an appearance in Persona 3 Portable. She is seen when the player's character visits Inaba, the setting of Persona 4, in a new event added in Persona 3 Portable.[81] Noriko Kashiwagi, the player's (second) homeroom teacher in Persona 4, also makes an appearance during Junpei's "Operation Babe Hunt", making a pass for Akihiko.[82] The same cameo appearance also happened in the movie adaptation.

Social Links[edit]

Kenji Tomochika[edit]

Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (drama CDs, animated movie)

Kenji Tomochika (友近 健二, Tomochika Kenji) is a classmate of the protagonist; he is attracted to older women and is attempting to ask out his ethics teacher.[83]

He is the Social Link for the Magician Arcana (魔術師, Majutsushi), representing action, initiative, and immaturity.[16] However, if playing the female path in Persona 3 Portable, Junpei Iori replaces Kenji as the Magician Social Link. He still appears as part of Rio's Social Link.

Kazushi Miyamoto[edit]

Voiced by: Atsushi Kisaichi (drama CDs, animated movie)

Kazushi Miyamoto (宮本 一志, Miyamoto Kazushi) is a student athlete and member of the protagonist's sports team; he is developing problems in his knee, which he asks the player's character to keep a secret from their teammates.[84]

He is the Social Link for the Chariot Arcana (戦車, Sensha), which symbolizes momentary victory.[85] However, if playing the female path in Persona 3 Portable, Rio Iwasaki replaces Kazushi as the Chariot Social Link.

Keisuke Hiraga[edit]

Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana (drama CDs)

Keisuke Hiraga (平賀 慶介, Hiraga Keisuke) is a member whichever cultural club the player joins. He is a talented artist, but he is pressured by his father, who is a doctor, to inherit his family's hospital.[86]

He is the Social Link for the Fortune Arcana (運命, Unmei) in Persona 3 Portable, representing fate and opportunities provided by it.[73] However, if playing the female path in Persona 3 Portable, Ryoji Mochizuki replaces him as the Social Link of Fortune Arcana.

Hidetoshi Odagiri[edit]

Voiced by: Hiroaki Miura (drama CDs, animated movie)

Hidetoshi Odagiri (小田桐 秀利, Odagiri Hidetoshi) is the vice president of the student council; he is unpopular among the student body due to his strict enforcement of rules.[87]

He is the Social Link for the Emperor Arcana (皇帝, Kōtei), representing leadership and decision-making.[88]

Yuko Nishiwaki[edit]

Voiced by: Satomi Satō (drama CDs, animated movie)

Yuko Nishiwaki (西脇結子, Nishiwaki Yūko) is the student manager of the protagonist's sports team. She fears that she is too much of a tomboy to ever been seen by someone in a romantic light. In Persona 3 Portable, if the player controls the female protagonist, she will have feelings for Kazushi Miyamoto.

She is the Social Link for the Strength Arcana (剛毅, Gōki), representing passion, self-control, and power with reason.[89] However, if playing the female path in Persona 3 Portable, Koromaru replaces Yuko as the Strength Social Link.

Chihiro Fushimi[edit]

Voiced by: Ai Maeda (drama CDs, animated movie)

Chihiro Fushimi (伏見 千尋, Fushimi Chihiro) is the student council treasurer; she initially has a phobia of men,[90] which she is able to overcome with the help of the protagonist. In Persona 4, set two years after the events of Persona 3, Chihiro is now the Student Council President.[91]

She is the Social Link for Justice Arcana (正義, Seigi), representing the knowledge of what is right and wrong.[48] However, if controlling the female protagonist in Persona 3 Portable, Ken Amada replaces Chihiro as the Justice Social Link.

Andre "Bebe" Laurent Jean Geraux[edit]

Voiced by: Hisayoshi Suganuma (drama CDs)

Andre Laurent Jean Geraux (アンドレ・ローラン・ジャン・ジェラール, Andore Rōran Jan Jerāru), or Bebe (ベベ) for short, is a French exchange student engrossed with Japanese culture. He is part of the sewing club, and his dream is to live in Japan while making one of the best kimonos ever. In midpoint of his Social Link, Bebe receives news that his aunt in France died, and is being ordered to return home. He decides to make a sophisticated kimono and show it to his uncle to try to convince him to let Bebe stay in Japan. At the near end of the game, the protagonist receives a letter from Bebe saying that his uncle was convinced to let him stay, but decides not to as he realizes that he is not very knowledgeable of Japan just yet.

He is the Social Link for the Temperance Arcana (節制, Sessei), representing the balancing opposites and allowing the individual to grow.[92]

Nozomi Suemitsu[edit]

Nozomi Suemitsu (末光 望美, Suemitsu Nozomi) is the self-proclaimed "Gourmet King"; he has an inferiority complex with his younger brother, who was intellectually and athletically superior to him.[93]

He is the Social Link for the Moon Arcana (月, Tsuki), representing a source of fear and false illusions.[43] However, if playing the female path in Persona 3 Portable, Shinjiro Aragaki replaces Nozomi as the Moon Social Link.

Mitsuko and Bunkichi[edit]

Voiced by: Fumi Oda (Mitsuko, drama CDs), Kōji Yada (Bunkichi, drama CDs)

Mitsuko (光子婆さん, Mitsuko Baasan) and Bunkichi (文吉爺さん, Bunkichi Jiisan) are an old couple who run a used bookstore. They are dealing with the death of their son, a former teacher at Gekkokan, and want to stop the school from cutting down the tree planted in his memory.

They are the Social Link for the Hierophant Arcana (法王, Hōō), representing formality and knowledge.[94]

Maya[edit]

Maya (Y-Ko (Y子, Waiko) in Japan) is a player in the fictional MMORPG Innocent Sin Online; at the conclusion of her Social Link's story, she professes her love to the protagonist in the game.[95] The player later discovers that Maya was actually the protagonist's homeroom teacher Isako Toriumi (鳥海 いさ子, Toriumi Isako).[96]

Maya is the Social Link for the Hermit Arcana (隠者, Insha), representing the search for answers by looking to one's self.[97] However, if playing the female path in Persona 3 Portable, Saori Hasegawa replaces Maya as the Hermit Social Link.

Maya's name and both Innocent Sin Online are both references to Persona 2: Innocent Sin. Maya's Japanese name, "Y-ko", and the MMO being called "Devil Busters Online" is a reference to a character in the very first Megami Tensei game.

Maiko Oohashi[edit]

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (drama CD, animated movie)

Oohashi Maiko (舞子) is a little girl distressed over her parents' pending divorce; she runs away from home in an attempt to bring her parents back together.[98]

She is the Social Link for the Hanged Man Arcana (刑死者, Keishisha), representing the inability to take action.[99]

Pharos[edit]

Voiced by: Akira Ishida

Pharos (ファルロス, Farurosu, Fallos in the Japanese version) is a mysterious boy the player first encounters during the opening of Persona 3. Throughout the game, he occasionally appears in the protagonist's bedroom at night to talk to him, and remind him of an upcoming full moon.[100] He represents the Social Link for the Death Arcana (死神, Shinigami), representing the end of the old and the beginning of the new,[101] which advances automatically as the story progresses. Initially, his memory is fragmented, but by the end of the Link, he clearly remembers who he is and what his purpose is.[102] Pharos and the protagonist last talk in November, during the day rather than the Dark Hour. He says goodbye to the protagonist, who later learns that he and Ryoji Mochizuki, a student at Gekkoukan High School, are the same person.[103] Pharos is portrayed by Keisuke Ueda in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade.

Tanaka[edit]

Voiced by: Bin Shimada (drama CDs, animated movie)

President Tanaka (たなか社長, Tanaka Shachō) is a businessman who sells products on television. He takes the protagonist under his wing to teach him about the business industry.

In Persona 4, Tanaka has become a very successful business man, selling his items Sundays on a local network.

In Persona 5, Tanaka seemed to have fallen somewhat, selling items over a virtual black market accessible by repairing a broken laptop.

He is the Social Link for the Devil Arcana (悪魔, Akuma), representing temptation.[104]

Mutatsu[edit]

Voiced by: Masaharu Satō (drama CDs)

Mutatsu (無達) is a monk who regularly drinks at a local club. He abandoned his family to become a monk, and is afraid of facing them. With the help of the protagonist, Mutatsu gains the courage to face his family and ask for forgiveness.

He is the Social Link for the Tower Arcana (塔, ), representing the threat of collapse and loss of all hope.[105]

Mamoru Hayase[edit]

Mamoru Hayase (早瀬 護, Hayase Mamoru) is a student athlete the protagonist meets at a sports match. Originally his rival, Mamoru reveals much about his personal life and how he has to financially support his family. The protagonist encourages him not to give up and continue to strive for being the best he can.

He is the Social Link for the Star Arcana (星, Hoshi), representing a glimmer of hope.[24] If the female protagonist is chosen in Persona 3 Portable, Akihiko Sanada replaces Mamoru as the Star Social Link.

Akinari Kamiki[edit]

Akinari Kamiki (神木 秋成, Kamiki Akinari) is a dying young man who writes to ease his mind. Through the protagonist' interaction with Akinari, he helps him in understanding his purpose in life and helps him to overcome his grief of his disease. Upon maximizing the Social Link, Akinari gives the protagonist his finished book to be published—and disappears before his startled eyes.

Akinari is the Social Link for the Sun Arcana (太陽, Taiyō), representing a bright future and a true achievement,[106] and is only encountered during Maiko's Social Link.

Rio Iwasaki[edit]

Voiced by: Saori Hayami (drama CD)

Iwasaki Rio (岩崎 理緒) is a student of Gekkoukan High School. The female protagonist can become friends with her by joining either the tennis club or volleyball club. She is childhood friends with Kenji Tomochika and is friends with Yuko. She secretly has a crush on Kenji. She briefly appears in the Persona: 3 The Movie.

If playing the female route she replaces Kazushi. Rio Iwasaki is the Social Link for the Chariot Arcana (戦車, Sensha).

Saori Hasegawa[edit]

Hasegawa Saori (長谷川 沙織) is a student of Gekkoukan High School. She can become friends with the female protagonist by joining the Library committee or Health committee. She needs encouragement to stand for herself by the female protagonist. She briefly appears in the Persona: 3 The Movie.

If playing the female route, she replaces Ms. Toriumi as the Hermit Arcana (隠者, Insha).

Reception[edit]

The cast of Persona 3 was well received by critics. Damian Thomas of RPGFan wrote in his review of Persona 3 that he was able to connect with the game's cast "in a way that I can't in most RPGs. Some of the relationships are humorous, some are heartbreaking, and some are downright goofy." He also wrote that, because the game takes place over the course of a school year, the player is able to see the characters "grow and develop as you interact [with them]."[107] Heidi Kemps of GamesRadar said that Persona 3 contained "a memorable cast of characters", although listed "Fuuka's inability to shut up" as a negative point at the conclusion of the review.[108] In his review for Eurogamer, Rob Fahey wrote that developer Atlus made a "wise decision" in choosing to represent characters in the world in 3D, while using "lovely 2D artwork to convey expressions and emotions."[109] Patrick Joynt of GameSpy found the Social Link stories of Persona 3 to be "universally fascinating", adding, "We were honestly worried about our friend from Kendo pushing his knee too hard; our friend's relationship with a teacher was sad to watch; and the tragedy of the old couple who owns the local bookstore will move anyone with an ounce of decency."[110]

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