[[caption-width-right:350:Company logo since 2014]]
[[caption-width-right:225:[-Jack Frost, loveable mascot, [[VerbalTic hee ho.]]-] ]]

->''"We get off on your tears."''

Atlus is a Japanese video game developer, publisher and distributor based in Tokyo and a subsidiary of Creator/{{Sega}}, founded in 1986. While not necessarily having the name-recognition of some larger companies, they have a huge number of quality products, both as a developer and a publisher, and often both at once. The Japanese HQ portion of the company is both a publisher (since 1989) and developer, the North American branch serves as a publisher and localization company that publishes more games than just what its parent company Index Corporation develops and publishes; in the list of games below said games are listed with Atlus being the North American publisher.

Many of their internally developed 21st-century games are [[NintendoHard really freaking]] ''[[NintendoHard HARD]]''.[[note]]Games published by Atlus USA but not developed by its parent company may not have this trait[[/note]] Though good design means they usually avoid FakeDifficulty. Their American branch is also famous for the translation of their games: {{Woolseyism}} and SuperlativeDubbing abound in games they publish. Atlus is also famous for first exposing North America to Creator/NipponIchi Software, having published ''VideoGame/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure'' back in the UsefulNotes/PlayStation 1 era, and later ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' game for UsefulNotes/PlayStation2. This led to NIS eventually branching out on their own, and to this day the companies share many staff amongst their translation and dubbing teams, as well as an amicable business relationship. In fact, NIS America is responsible for publishing ''Anime/PersonaTrinitySoul'', the anime based on the Atlus game.

Currently holds the dubious title of "[[ThatOneBoss/{{Atlus}} That One Company]]", due to their joy at [[ColdBloodedTorture making gamers suffer.]] And we [[TooKinkyToTorture like it]], dammit. Funnily enough, even some games they merely published and not developed can be NintendoHard, like ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' and the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games.

Also note the number of WidgetSeries below.

Atlus Japan is co-creator (with Sega) of "Print Club".

In June 2013, Atlus' parent company Index Corporation was convicted of corporate fraud, leading to them declaring bankruptcy. Creator/{{Sega}} eventually stepped in and purchased Atlus for 14 billion yen (approximately $141 million US).

Compare with it western counterpart Creator/{{Sierra}}, which, like Atlus, was known for developing very difficult games and was defunct for years before being revived by its parent company.

!! Tropes associated with Atlus
* BadassBoast: Its forum staff goes as far as to declare, "[[NintendoHard We get off on your tears]]."
* FriendlyRival: With Creator/NipponIchi, in North America at least. The fact that [[CrackIsCheaper many die-hard fans buy most of both companies' games]] probably helps them getting along.
* FrivolousLawsuit / DisneyOwnsThisTrope: Narrowly averted thanks to a resulting InternetBackdraft. Atlus [[http://atlus.com/atlus-and-emulation/ started it by issuing a DMCA takedown at RPCS3]], a UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 emulator, and their Patreon page, in late September 2017. Backlash from both the Open Source community and Freedom of Information non-profit organizations quickly ensured. They quickly backed down of their threat and clarified that it was only targeted at the mention of ''VideoGame/Persona5'' on the site and they weren't actually targeting the emulator itself, and threw in a couple of other thinly justifiable reasons why they don't want ''Persona 5'' emulated. But more than a few feathers have already been ruffled, especially those at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who really loathe the DMCA (Cory Doctrow, one of the most prominent figures of the foundation and the most vocal opponent against the DMCA, [[https://boingboing.net/2017/09/30/rpcs3.html was the first to post about it]]).
* PokeThePoodle: The LateExportForYou case of ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''. A ''lot'' of Europeans were rubbed the wrong way when they became the first company to (ab)use region coding on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and then settle Europeans with a 10 months delay for a game that's more expensive than the US release. After the ensuing backdraft, Atlus made very sure it didn't happen with ''Ultimax''.
** Also, [[SpoilAtYourOwnRisk they threatened to issue DMCA takedowns]] against people who stream ''Persona 5'' past a certain point in the game...
* NintendoHard: Atlus-developed games have a tendency to be quite hard. However, with Atlus USA, this doesn't always apply to games from other companies that it picks up for a Western release (not that Atlus USA hasn't localized hard games from other companies, which they definitely have).
* ThatOneBoss: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis We. Can't. Stress. Enough.]] that they have [[ThatOneBoss/{{Atlus}} their own page]] for it [[invoked]]
* WidgetSeries

!!Some of their titles (including externally developed games localized by Atlus USA) include:
* ''VideoGame/ThreeDDotGameHeroes'' (Publisher)[[superscript:1]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Aquapazza}}'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' (Publisher, first game)
* ''VideoGame/{{Baroque}}'' (Publisher)[[superscript:2]]
* ''VideoGame/HellNight'' or Dark Messiah in Japan. (Publisher in Japan/Developer, {{Creator/Konami}} published it in Europe)
* ''VideoGame/{{Bonk}}'' (Co-developer, with Red Co.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'' (Publisher/Developer)
* ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/ChoroQ'' HG 4 (Publisher)
** ''Choro Q Works'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/ClassOfHeroes'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/CodeOfPrincess'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/Conception2ChildrenOfTheSevenStars'' (Publisher)
* ''{{VideoGame/Contact}}'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/CrusaderOfCenty'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/{{Cubivore}}'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/TheDarkSpire'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' (North American Publisher)[[superscript:1]]
* ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' series (Publisher)[[superscript:2]]
** ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand''
** ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion''
*** ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion''
** ''VideoGame/KnightsInTheNightmare''
** ''VideoGame/{{Gungnir}}''
* ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' (Published the first game in North America before [[Creator/NipponIchi NIS America]] was formed)
* ''VideoGame/DokaponKingdom'' (North American Publisher)[[superscript:2]]
* ''VideoGame/DonPachi'' (Publisher)[[superscript:3]]
** ''[=DoDonPachi=]'' (Publisher)[[superscript:3]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/DroneTactics'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/EternalPoison'' (Publisher)[[superscript:4]]
* ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey'' (Publisher/Developer)
** ''Etrian Odyssey 2: Heroes of Lagaard''
** ''Etrian Odyssey 3: The Drowned City''
** ''Etrian Odyssey 4: Legends of the Titan''
** ''Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl'' (Remake of the first game)
** ''Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight'' (Remake of the second game)
** ''Etrian Odyssey 5: Beyond the Myth''
* ''VideoGame/{{Growlanser}}'' (Publisher; acquired original developer Career Soft)
* ''Gunbird'' (Publisher; Dreamcast port)[[superscript:8]]
* ''[[VideoGame/HammerinHarry Hammerin' Hero]]'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/HexyzForce'' (Publisher)[[superscript:2]]
* ''VideoGame/IzunaLegendOfTheUnemployedNinja'' (North American Publisher)
** ''Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns''
* ''VideoGame/TheKarateKid'' (Developer)[[superscript:7]]
* ''VideoGame/KartiaTheWordOfFate''
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIII'' ([[http://www.atlus.com/kofxiii/ North American Publisher]])[[superscript:5]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}} and the Ruins of Lore'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/LuminousArc'' (North American Publisher)
** ''VideoGame/LuminousArc2'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/MagnaCarta'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/MakenX''
* ''VideoGame/MajorLeagueBaseball'' (NES) (Developer)[[superscript:7]]
* ''VideoGame/MasterOfTheMonsterLair'' (Publisher)
** ''VideoGame/MyWorldMyWay'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'' (Publisher, UsefulNotes/PlayStation version)
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/OperationDarkness'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/PowerInstinct'' (Publisher and developer for most games; ''Matrimelee'' was published by Creator/SNKPlaymore)
* ''VideoGame/{{Princess Crown}}'' (Publisher/Developer, the team that created this game would later become Creator/{{Vanillaware}})
* ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' (Publisher/Developer)
* ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom EX'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}''
* ''VideoGame/RockinKats''
* ''VideoGame/RollersOfTheRealm'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/RondoOfSwords'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/RType Command'' (Publisher)[[superscript:6]]
* ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/RunSaber'' (Publisher)
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series (Publisher/Developer)
** ''VideoGame/MegamiTensei''
** ''VideoGame/MegamiTenseiII''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiV''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIf...''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney''
** ''[[VideoGame/DevilChildren Devil Children / DemiKids]]''
** ''Devil Summoner'' series
*** ''VideoGame/DevilSummoner''
*** ''VideoGame/SoulHackers''
*** ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy''
*** ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon''
** ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor''
** ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2''
** ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''
** ''[[VideoGame/LastBible Last Bible / Revelations: The Demon Slayer]]''
** ''VideoGame/MajinTenseiIISpiralNemesis''
** ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series
*** ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}''
*** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}''
*** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''
*** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''
*** ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''
*** ''VideoGame/Persona4ArenaUltimax''
*** ''VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight''
*** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}''
*** ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth''
* ''[[VideoGame/SengokuAce Sengoku Blade]]'' (Publisher; Dreamcast port)[[superscript:8]]
* ''VideoGame/SkyGunner'' (North American publisher)
* ''VideoGame/SnowboardKids'' (Publisher)
* ''Sol Divide - Sword of Darkness'' (Publisher; Dreamcast port)[[superscript:8]]
* ''VideoGame/StellaDeusTheGateOfEternity'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/StellaGlow'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/SteambotChronicles'' (Publisher)[[superscript:6]]
* ''VideoGame/Strikers1945'' (Publisher; Dreamcast port)[[superscript:8]]
* ''VideoGame/SummonNight'' series (Published ''Swordcraft Story'' 1, 2 and ''Twin Age'' in North America)[[superscript:4]]
** ''VideoGame/SummonNightSwordcraftStory''
** ''VideoGame/SummonNightSwordcraftStory2''
** ''VideoGame/SummonNightCraftSwordMonogatariHajimariNoIshi''
* ''VideoGame/SuperDodgeBall Advance'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' (Published ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Original Generation]]'' 1, 2, and ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' in North America)
* ''Super VideoGame/{{Valis}} IV'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/TailConcerto'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/TheTestamentOfSherlockHolmes'' (North American Publisher)
* ''[[VideoGame/TexMurphy Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure]]'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/ThousandArms'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/TouchDetective'' (Publisher, Nintendo DS version)
** ''Touch Detective 2 1/2''
* ''Videogame/TraumaCenter'' series (Publisher/Developer)
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Hydlide}} Virtual Hydlide]]'' (North American publisher)
* ''VideoGame/WackyRaces'' (NES version)
* ''VideoGame/{{Xexyz}}'' (developer; published by Creator/HudsonSoft in the U.S.)

[-[[superscript:1]] - developed by Creator/FromSoftware-]\\
[-[[superscript:2]] - developed by Creator/StingEntertainment-]\\
[-[[superscript:3]] - developed by Creator/{{Cave}}-]\\
[-[[superscript:4]] - developed by [[Creator/FlightPlan Flight-Plan]]-]\\
[-[[superscript:5]] - developed by Creator/SNKPlaymore-]\\
[-[[superscript:6]] - developed by [[Creator/{{Irem}} Irem]]-]\\
[-[[superscript:7]] - published by Creator/LJNToys in the US-]\\
[-[[superscript:8]] - developed by [[Creator/{{Psikyo}} Psikyo]]-]