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The Hero (AKA Kazuya Minegishi)
Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima (drama CD)A Blue-haired seventeen-year-old who always wears a distinctive set of headphones. His given name, surname, and nickname are decided by the player, except in the manga adaption, where he is named Kazuya Minegishi. All of his stat development and how he ultimately handles the chaos around him are determined by the player.
- All-Loving Hero: Depending on your choices, he may prove to be this, such as in Amane's Eighth Day, where it's noted that he's willing to forgive Cain/Naoya where the original Abel never would have.
- The Antichrist: Depending on your choices in "The King's Decision" eighth day in Overclocked, he could end up being this in the Evil King of Demons ending, or Anti-Antichrist in the Good King of Demons ending.
- Anti-Villain: In the Evil King of Demons ending, where he does evil to save humanity from annihilation by leading the demons against God, but will also kill anyone who stands in their way.
- Aside Glance: His smiling portrait appears to be looking at the player, and he usually switches to it upon making certain dialogue choices, as if to tell the player, "Nice one."
- Badass Adorable: Due to the art style, he looks like one in Amane's and Naoya's endings.
- Badass Boast: During Naoya's Eight Day, to Metatron. Doubles as a Blasphemous Boast:"God's reign ends today."
- Blood Knight: Player choice. He can be rather eager to seek out and fight demons that most people would be nervous about challenging at best. In fact, given that most of the best endings require you to fight for the Throne of Bel, it's even preferable to play him this way.
- Bishōnen: Even lampshaded by one of the minor bosses, Kudlak, in the first fight against said boss in an attempt to piss him/the player off if the main character gets into a fight with him (specifically, he gets referred to as a girl). However, seeing as he calls Atsuro a lady and Yuzu and Midori men if you challenge him with the respective characters, it's more likely an attempt to provoke the MC into killing him so that he can come back stronger.
- But Now I Must Go: In Naoya's Good 8th Day, he leaves to the demon world to raise an army to overthrow God, but he vows to come back once he is finished with his war. Naoya watches over his progress, and Atsuro and Yuzu faithfully wait for his return. By all indications, he seems well on his way to fulfilling the promise by the time of the epilogue.
- In the manga adaption, he heads to the demon world to make good and damn sure that the power of Bel is sealed away. He's back in a month, though.
- Cain and Abel: Abel to his cousin Naoya's Cain but subverted in that Naoya doesn't want to hurt him unless you choose to take certain routes. It turns out to be quite literal, as he is Abel's reincarnation. Taking Naoya's route makes him the Cain to Metatron's Abel during the 8th day. Two descendants of Adam, Enoch who became Metatron and Abel who became the Lord of Bel, facing off against one another in the final battle.
- Chaste Hero: You can definitely play him out to be this. For example, when Kaido asks him if Yuzu is his girlfriend, you have one of three options; if you choose "She's just a friend.", Kaido calls you out on it.Kaido: Are you that friggin' dense?
- Chick Magnet: See Magnetic Hero. How many girls are there?
- The Call Knows Where You Live
- Cincinnatus: Can be played this way, only participating in the battle for the Throne of Bel because it's the party's best shot at getting rid of the demons and because basically everyone, even the Token Good Angel, pushes him in that role. In one route, his first and last act as King of Bel is to sent Babel back to hell and return things to normal. Technically, he still holds the title of King of Bel afterwards, but he basically abdicated his power right there and then.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The tone his dialogue choices tend to be when not they are not savvy, a Badass Boast or Obfuscating Stupidity.Naoya: ...Your thought process never ceases to amaze me.
- Dark Messiah: In the Law and Chaos routes. Subverted in both of the 8th days; in the Law route, he becomes an actual Messiah and would rather try to coax a sinner into atoning rather than outright killing them. In the Chaos route, he also becomes something of a Messiah as he can choose not to kill any humans and protect them from the angels — the people in turn will side with him and unite to fight against angels.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Headphones Equal Isolation: Subverted, since he tends toward Magnetic Hero. Can be played more or less straight by player choices, however.
- Heroic Mime: At least he gets a lot of lines, even if you choose everything he says.
- If the Hero is your only party member on the field, all in game conversations will begin and end with him. This includes things that Atsuro would typically do, like threatening thugs and reassuring civilians, but he also gains some neat one-liners.
- If you previously fought Keisuke to stop his twisted idea of justice (read: he was killing anyone that he thought was unjust) or you stopped Honda from escaping the blockade, the MC can become this if the Messiah or Escape endings are chosen; as the Messiah, he judges sinners (most likely by killing them), and in the Escape ending, he and his friends flee the lockdown. Subverted in Amane's 8th Day however. You begin to save those who are considered irredeemable when you realized the Angels wanted them to die, choosing it as a better option. You even make up with Naoya enough for Okuninushi to decide to leave Japan in your hands and believes that you are the Messiah.
- I Am Who?: Abel.
- Magnetic Hero: Yuzu has a huge crush on him, Midori has been known to trigger Yuzu's jealous outbursts, Amane seems to trust the Hero at first glance, and Haru opens up to him easily (and even "invites" him to hit on her). As for guys, Atsuro sticks with him in every ending path and Kaido trusts him enough to tell him about his love for Mari and even plot to rule the world with him.
- Many Spirits Inside of One: Upon defeating the Bels their spirits and essence merge with him. Although they don't talk to him or try to assert themselves, with them only showing that they are there inside him on the Overlords Despot 8th Day.
- Meaningful Name: He is a reincarnation of Abel. A Bel.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Heavily implied in the Evil version of Naoya's 8th day after the fight against Yuzu and Midori, especially if you choose the dialogue option that has the Protagonist practically beg Yuzu not to leave and to hear him out.
- Noble Demon: You become this in Naoya's 8th day in Overclocked if you choose to spare the humans who are helping the Angel rebels. Mankind sides with him against God and his Angels during Naoya's Good 8th Day.
- Not Quite Human: In the 8th Days where you become King of Bel, the MC's race has changed to "Bel", even though he still hasn't awakened to his full power and thus is still considered "human" enough.
- Not So Stoic: He's quite capable of getting very angry however, and can act as The Gadfly to several party members over the course of the game.
- Obfuscating Stupidity:
- Most of the dialogue options are a choice between stupid and savvy, and given the presence of the latter, one gets the impression the stupid answers are simply the protagonist playing dumb. If you pick a specific "stupid" response during Naoya's ending, he'll even call the MC out on it.
- Given the Protagonist's perceptiveness throughout the game, it's heavily implied that he is perfectly aware of Yuzu's feelings, and feels that a lockdown that may well lead to the End of the World as We Know It isn't the best time to get involved in a romance.
- Oblivious to Love: Possibly, if you deny that Yuzu is your girlfriend when Kaido asks about it. He'll call you dense in response, for not noticing how Yuzu apparently stares at you all the time.
- Only I Can Kill Him: He's the one who gains possession of devil's fuge, and as such is the only character in the game capable of damaging Beldr. This also means that during the Day 3 Beldr fight, if he bites it, it's game over, and if he dies during the Day 7 rematch without anyone able to revive him, the battle is Unwinnable by Design (as it lacks the "player character dies" defeat condition of the first fight).
- Order Versus Chaos: Can be played any which way, as he is the player character.
- Psychotic Smirk: His usual smile becomes one of these during Naoya's route. Compared to his usual expression throughout the game, it's quite unsettling.
- Reincarnation: Of the biblical Abel, with his cousin Naoya serving as the Cain.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Never shown in-game. However, he (along with every other character) sports these on the boxart for Overclocked. Fanon also tends to portray him with red eyes when drawing him as the King of Bel, despite not having them even in the King of Demons ending.
- Reluctant Warrior: You have option of saying this in Naoya's inhuman path of all things.
- Stealth Pun: He is Abel. He defeats the Bels. Therefore, he is a Bel. A Bel.
- The Stoic: The default setting for the Hero, more or less, with many characters coming to rely on him for his steadfast and reliable nature.
- Villain Protagonist: In the 8th day of Naoya's route, you have the choice to actually kill other humans. Doing this will turn you against many of the characters, including some potential party members. Of course, subverted if you choose to kill only angels.
- Villain with Good Publicity: In the evil Naoya 8th Day. Where the masses support them while the people's own governments opposed him.
- We Cannot Go On Without You: Since only you have the Devil's Fuge, only you can defeat Beldr. That means if you bite it during his boss battle, it's Game Over.
- Worthy Opponent: Metatron sees him as this in the King of Demons ending. YHVH sees him as this in the Good Naoya 8th Day, which is why they are fighting their war where the earth won't be involved.
explaining them in simple terms for Yuzu's sake. Gets all starry-eyed when excited. While he thinks that the best way to deal with the crisis is figure out how to completely control all the demons, he'll support his friend no matter what he decides.
- A Friend in Need: Sticks with the hero even after he decides to Rage Against the Heavens and become the demon overlord. He's very reluctant and nervous about it, but in the end he vows to always be by his side.
- All Love Is Unrequited: He has feelings for Yuzu who has feelings for the protagonist.
- Badass Bookworm: He's definitely a nerd... who as a Demon Tamer is also a Genius Bruiser given his high physical attack power.
- Break the Cutie: If Keisuke is killed, Atsuro becomes despondent, now terrified of the potential misuses of giving demons to humanity, and completely abandons his plan to take control of them.
- Character Select Forcing: He is the only physical tamer you get for the first six days, so unless you yourself specialize in physical moves, it is extremely difficult to take him out of the party. You can't safely replace him until very late in Yuzu's 8th day or the beginning of Naoya's 7th day when Kaido joins you, and in the latter case you're still stuck with him if you miss both Optional Party Members. You can't safely replace him at all in Amane's route (where you never get another physical tamer) or Atsuro and Gin's routes (where he is a Required Party Member for the Final Boss and there is no 8th day).
- Dump Stat: His other stats are balanced, but his Magic is a little shaky.
- Hopeless Suitor: He has feelings for Yuzu... that will go well.
- Hurting Hero: He's just as scared as Yuzu, as he admits several times; he just hides it better, often using humor or gentle teasing as a crutch.
- The Lancer: Will support the hero, no matter what path he takes.
- Lightning Bruiser: He has very high Strength, and slightly lower but still good Vitality and Agility, but because of his low Magic, he can't particularly give or take magical attacks well.
- Mr. Exposition: Particularly when dealing with Yuzu.
- Nice Hat: It lets him invoke Peek-a-Bangs without actual hair.
- The Nicknamer:
- Likes to call Yuzu by her nickname: Yoohoo. Inverted as well; many people like to come up with nicknames for him, particularly "Otakuro." And later, Jerktsuro in Overclocked. Geez, the guy gets assaulted with nicknames.
- He's even got one from the fanbase, who have affectionately dubbed him "Atsubro" due to the fact that he never ditches the protagonist in any scenario.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Has a disturbing tendency to speculate about Nightmare and Paranoia-fueling concepts. Or discover their existence.
- Not So Different: After learning that Honda's superiors want to research demons for their own uses, is unnerved by the potential abuses. Later on, however, he becomes smitten with the idea of finding a way to completely control all demons and harness their powers for everyone's benefit...
- Order Versus Chaos: Despite some misgivings in some routes, he will follow the protagonist to the ends of the Earth. Appropriately, his own route doesn't fit neatly into the SMT spectrum, being a Third Option unique to Devil Survivor.
- Otaku: Yuzu even calls him 'Otakuro' at one point, to his dismay.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted. If you get his ending, Atsuro is able to use Naoya's technology to safely control demons, resulting in Japan becoming a superpower and gaining a permanent seat in the U.N Security Council.
- Required Party Member:
- If Kaido kills Keisuke, Atsuro goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and is required for the ensuing fight.
- For the final battles in Gin's and his own routes, his hacking skills are required to get the demon server to do what you want it to. Overlaps with We Cannot Go On Without You until Babel reveals its true form.
- Take a Third Option: Even if Haru dies, you can still follow Atsuro's route to gain control of demonkind without fighting the Bels.
- Techno Babble: Normally averted; he describes things in layman's terms for Yuzu's sake.
- Techno Wizard: Oh yeah. This saves them many times. Depending on your choices, he can even make it so you control demons without becoming the King of Bel and start a Singularity on par with the Industrial Revolution.
- Undying Loyalty: He is the only playable character who cannot be made to leave the party under any circumstances.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Over time, he grows steadily convinced that the best way to end the lockdown is to hack the server and take complete control of demonkind, using their powers to improve everyone's lives. However, he sticks by you no matter what you decide, unlike others...
- We Cannot Go On Without You: In the final battles in the Gin and Atsuro routes, if he bites it before Babel goes One-Winged Angel, it's Game Over.
The Chick of the ¡Three Amigos!. Really not too happy about being caught in the lockdown, and desperately wants to escape. Atsuro calls her 'Yoohoo'; she hates that nickname, but she can't seem to escape that either. Outside of a level of internet-savvy expected from teenagers, she is not very good with computers, allowing Atsuro to explain lots of things for 'her' benefit.
- Break the Cutie: Spends the whole week being gradually broken down by all the horror she's experiencing.
- Character Development: Believe it or not, if you DON'T shoot for the Downer Ending, Yuzu quits whining about trying to leave the lockdown and even becomes The Heart of the team to some extent.
- Even if you go for the Downer Ending, Overclocked gives players an Eighth Day for her ending that allows her to realize her mistake and work to fix it.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Gets annoyed whenever any of the other girls show interest in the hero, despite her own insistence that he is not her boyfriend.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: See Refusal of the Call. Her (admittedly completely understandable) desire to get the hell out of the lockdown can cause far more problems than it solves.
- Cowardly Lion: Desperate to flee the lockdown and is frequently vocal about it, but is usually the first to suggest jumping into a bad situation to save people, and refuses to abandon anybody in danger. Taken Up to Eleven in Overclocked, where she will fight the protagonist on Naoya's evil 8th Day, despite having no chance of winning.
- Despair Event Horizon: The entire lockdown is one long Break the Cutie moment for her, but she really hits this point at the end of the sixth day. Despite knowing that breaking out of the lockdown will result in the SDF nuking everyone to death, she has a breakdown and begs you to leave anyway, with the rationalization that they wouldn't really do that, would they? Depending on your choices, she either comes back from the brink or drags everything down with her.
- Dual Boss: Her along with Midori if you go for the INHUMAN Naoya path.
- I Will Wait for You: In Naoya's Good 8th Day, after being told by Naoya that it is impossible for humans to follow the protagonist into the demon realm, she tearfully tells the protagonist that she will wait for him to return.
- L33t L1ng0: In her e-mails. OH NOEZ!
- My God, What Have I Done?: In her ending, being told by Honda that she's helped usher in a world of chaos.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her ending. Though her 8th Day scenario allows her to fix things once again.
- Oblivious to Love: Doesn't notice Atsuro has feelings for her.
- Order Versus Chaos: Leans towards neutrality, but will help out on Law (though she may not be entirely happy with the results). Can be convinced to join on the Chaos route if you refuse to kill humans.
- Refusal of the Call: Wants to immediately throw away her COMP, and only hangs onto it to defend herself, longing for a chance to return to ordinary life. That said, she never thinks to leave the group and wait with the other survivors. Nobody would blame her, considering the circumstances.
- Squishy Wizard: Her stat build lends itself towards magic than physical combat, and has the second-lowest Vitality growth among the cast. Her reduced movement range also hurts her mobility, but she is compensated with above-average turn speed.
- Tsundere: More towards Atsuro than the hero, but it's there.
- Violence Is the Only Option: Decides to stop you in Naoya/Kaido's Inhuman 8th Day with Metatron's help.
- The Watson: To Atsuro, mainly, but often plays the same role when others start revealing what they know.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade B.
Character Development largely hinges on the hero's choices after he goes Well-Intentioned Extremist. Will he realize the error of his ways and become The Atoner, or will his Knight Templar streak lead to tragedy?
- The Atoner: But only if convinced that he made a huge mistake.
- Berserk Button: He's protective of Midori as is, and will fight for her life; if you attack her after she's helped you, may God have mercy on you... because Yama certainly won't.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally a somewhat timid guy who nonetheless tries to help people out, even if they've just met. Push his Berserk Button and he will summon Yama, who will judge you and, more often than not, kill you.
- Break the Cutie: Technically, he was broken before you even met him... And then he snaps.
- Bully Hunter: Was one of these when Atsuro knew him in middle school. It ended up backfiring on him one day.
- The Cameo: At least someone who bears a really close resemblance to him◊ appears in Devil Survivor 2: The Animation as a JP's agent.
- Captain Ersatz: Pretty much agreed to be Light or Mikami with a demon instead of a magic notebook.
- Close to Home: Part of the reason he had his Freak Out! was finding out Midori was going to die by the hands of the same people she saved, reminding him of his own experiences.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: If you don't keep Kaido from tracking him down, Pazuzu grabs him by the neck and fries him alive, turning him into a charred corpse right in front of your party before tossing him aside like garbage.
- Dump Stat: He has only 16 Vitality at level 99, the worst in the party.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Keisuke's swing towards withdrawn cynicism after middle school is because somebody he saved from bullying in high school joined in when the bullies turned their attention to him.
- The Farmer and the Viper: In high school, he protected a classmate from some bullies... only for said classmate to join the bullies when they rounded on him. Nowadays, these situations are his Berserk Button, and a great way to bring his Knight Templar side to the forefront.
- Fragile Speedster: Of the main characters, he has the highest Agi growth and best turn speed... and the lowest Vit growth. However, this trait makes him useful if you're taking on a certain boss using a certain strategy.
- Freak Out!: Proving that it might actually be scarier when you don't have Scary Shiny Glasses hiding the murderous rage in your eyes.
- Heel Realization: A possibility. Confront him in the right manner (i.e. by defeating Yama), and he will eventually realize that in his quest to bring justice to thugs inside the lockdown, he has become a thug himself.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He acknowledges this himself, if you successfully redeem him. By using his power to prey on the weak, he had become what he hated so much, no matter how 'noble' or just his intentions were.
- The protagonist can call him a bully when Keisuke's still in the middle of his Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Considering Keisuke's background, of which the protagonist had no knowledge of at that time, this actually manages to make his conviction falter, if only for a moment.
- Karma Houdini: Averted; if you talk him down without a fight, Midori picks up the Conflict Ball and forces a confrontation that's arguably far worse than if you just beat up Yama.
- Knight in Sour Armor: More obvious after his Knight Templar stint. Assuming, of course, he lives past that point.
- Knight Templar: After his Freak Out! and summoning of Yama, he believes that his "judgement spree" inside the lockdown, as brutal as it may be, will ultimately lead to a better world.
- My God, What Have I Done?: If you manage to talk him out of his Knight Templar stint, it begins to dawn on him exactly what he has done and it absolutely horrifies him. It's almost another Break the Cutie moment for him, but with help from the party he can get the courage to start over and make amends.
- Never My Fault: Slips into this during his confrontation with Kaido, if it occurs. He tries to claim that Yama is the one judging and punishing sinners, Keisuke only being responsible for summoning him. To nobody's surprise, Kaido isn't impressed with this line of logic and subjects Keisuke to a Family-Unfriendly Death.
- Not Himself: Atsuro doesn't understand why he's suddenly become so withdrawn and timid.
- Not Quite the Right Thing: It's very easy to get him killed if you're not careful; you have to watch a couple of optional scenes, give Mari's bag to Kaido to distract him and give yourself some time to talk some sense into Keisuke, then choose the right dialogue options during the fight. If you fail either of the first two, Kaido will kill him before you can do anything, and if you mess up the last, Midori throws a temper tantrum.
- Not So Different: In using Yama to kill the people he judges responsible for making the lockdown worse, he's acting no different from those using demon tamers as scapegoats... or the bastards using force to get what they want. Kaido even calls it on him, hard... right before killing him.
- Order Versus Chaos: Law-aligned, although he will also help on the neutral route. Will never join Chaos.
- Redemption Equals Life: Literally. You either redeem him, making him stop his crusade, or Kaido kills him.
- Required Party Member: If you choose to talk him down instead of beating some sense into him, Midori turns on you and brings Kaido down on your head. Naturally, he's required for the ensuing fight, and naturally, if he bites it it's game over.
- Shrinking Violet: Comes off like this at first, to Atsuro's shock.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Tries gently convincing Midori of this, growing a bit more forceful when she refuses to listen. To the point of where he actually scoffs at her when they catch him about to execute some crooked cops that they'd just met the day before, and she realizes they were hardly hampered by losing their COMPs.
- Stoic Spectacles: He generally tends to stick with one facial expression, though this gradually changes throughout the week. His reaction to Atsuro hinting at possible feelings for Midori is just adorable, though. It also makes his expression after his Berserk Button has been mashed that much scarier.
- Tranquil Fury: After his initial Freak Out! and Yama's summoning, he returns to his normal calm disposition, even when trash-talking corrupt policemen, but it's clear that under the surface he is still seething with anger.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Even if Yama's judgment eventually turns against him, at least he can make the world a better, safer place before then.
Midori 'Dolly' Komaki
- Badass Adorable: She acts like a cutesy Magical Girl anime heroine... who can back that up with her Demon Tamer skills.
- Beyond the Impossible: It's a Running Gag that her innocence a la The Power of Love is actually helping the demonic situation. Surprisingly, this is even able to convince a Black Frost to join the main cast.
- Black and White Morality: She has a fairly simplistic view of good and evil.
- Cam Whore: First introduced by Atsuro as a "famous camgirl."
- Catch-PhraseMidori: Prepare for Magical Punishment!
- Character Development: Can gradually learn to accept others' viewpoints without spoiling her own innocence... provided you help her understand. And survive.
- Conflict Ball: Picks one up if you talk Keisuke down instead of fighting Yama. Apparently she considers that an Anticlimax, and runs off to tattle to Kaido, forcing you to fight both of them.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: As a character design point; since she didn't bring a change of clothes, she's stuck in the cosplay outfit she was in when they initiated the lockdown over the Yamanote circle. However, she doesn't mind much, claiming they just look like 'extra-cool everyday clothes' anyway. Those same clothes end up causing people to blame her for being a witch that summons demons once her heroine side goes out of control.
- Daddy's Girl: Her father's stories are pretty much her sole reason for being... her.
- Dual Boss: Twice. First, if you refuse to destroy Yama when you get the chance, Midori will get mad and run off to Kaido, forcing you to fight both of them. Second, she and Yuzu will join Metatron's side if you decide to butcher the tamers that come after you in Naoya's INHUMAN last day.
- For Great Justice: Together with love, justice is what she is fighting for and what she thinks makes her strong, which she tells to a certain Jack Frost.
- Genki Girl: In stark contrast to the rest of the people inside the lockdown, she's optimistic to a fault.
- Idiot Ball: Plays with this a lot. She's one stubborn little girl.
- In the Name of the Moon:Midori: I'm Magical Dolly, the Warrior of Love! My magical punishment strikes all demons who do evil!
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Clear blue and pupiless, a hint at her innocence.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Has a relatively even spread, with a focus on Magic. She doesn't hit as hard as Yuzu, but can take hits better and has better mobility. She's also one of the Magic-focused characters who doesn't max that stat out in the end.
- Jumped at the Call: She really wants to be a hero, and the minute the possibily of being one presents itself, she snags a COMP from Atsuro and dives headfirst into the demon fighting business. Sadly, her COMP came free with an Idiot Ball.
- Leeroy Jenkins: When the main party defends people from demons, they always calmly explain what they are doing and that there is no need to be afraid of their demons. Midori, on the other hand, defends people by rushing on the scene, spouting In the Name of the Moon lines, and summoning her demons, utterly scaring the people she's trying to defend. If left unchecked this will get her killed.
- Love Freak: She is technically what Flonne would look like if her otaku side would explode. And work.
- Magical Girl: Wants to be one.
- Odd Friendship: Depending on how you handle Keisuke's storyline, she develops one with Kaido of all people.
- Order Versus Chaos: Law-aligned, although, she can be convinced to join you in the Chaos route, same as Yuzu, providing you don't kill humans. Reluctantly.
- The Power of Love: She uses this principle on a Jack Frost she defeated to teach him to be strong. Not only does this work, but it also turns said Jack Frost into a Black Frost. And if you help him, he'll even become an Optional Party Member.
- Required Party Member: On day 6, there's an optional event where you can help Black Frost protect some weaker demons from a bunch of demon tamers where Midori is required. Completing it causes said Black Frost to join you on Gin and Naoya's 7th days.
- Say My Name: If you mess up a certain part of Day 5. "Aaaaaaah! Keisuke! Keisukeeeeee!"
- Shipper on Deck: For the hero and Yuzu, even more so in Overclocked on Naoya's Good 8th Day. She teases Yuzu about blushing over the main protagonist and directly asks the player if the two of them are going out, being upset if the player says she's just a childhood friend or getting excited if he responds that their relationship is a secret. Given how much she believes in The Power of Love, it makes sense that she'd be interested in that sort of thing.
- Violence Is the Only Option:
- In the name of justice, she does this to the Hero with Metatron's help in Naoya/Kaido's Inhuman 8th Day.
- Also thinks that this is the proper way to redeem a Fallen Hero. Just talking it out with him will get her to force a fight.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She relies on The Power of Love and trusts the people inside the lockdown to do the same, not seeing how cynical and crapsack the situation really is.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Upon getting her COMP, she immediately starts running around like she's the heroine of a Magical Girl anime, blissfully ignorant that civilians are terrified of all demons, including the ones she uses to fight.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her evil clones, created by Jezebel during the Battle in the Center of her Mind.
- Badass Adorable: She's one of the strongest human magicians in the world and possibly humanity's most unwavering champion. She's also got an extremely cute smile and badly needs a hug.
- Captain Obvious: In her own route, when Naoya warps away after being defeated. "...Cain ran away."
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Not particularly obvious because the characters sprites are cropped to the upper body most of the time, but her robes would be hard-pressed to show more leg◊ without stepping into permanent Panty Shot territory.
- Demonic Possession: Coupled with 'Angelic'' Possession, to boot.
- Dual Boss: At the end of Yuzu's 7th day, you fight her alongside Izuna.
- Dump Stat: She has a measly 17 Strength at level 99, the worst in the party.
- Emotionless Girl: Quiet, calm, and composed. Her smiles, when they appear, are slight and subtle. Subverted in that she was taught to be one, but grows more active after spending some time with the group and free of her father's influence.
- Final Boss: Of Yuzu's route, alongside Izuna.
- Glass Cannon: She starts off with insane Magic and not much else.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Sides first with Belberith, then God, and finally (in Naoya's Human Eight Day) Abel. As she notes, her only goal is humanity's survival, so she will always side with those that care the most about humanity.
- Hero Antagonist: In Yuzu's 7th Day and Naoya's Evil 8th Day. In both cases, you've become a threat to humanity and need to be stopped by force.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: On her 8th Day, she laments how she never got to have a normal high school life.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: As seen in the supplemental material◊, the sleeves of her Shomonkai robes are linked together in one big, sweeping loop that drapes low behind members' backs, and hers goes in between her legs. Somehow, she has absolutely no problem moving gracefully in this.note
- Killed Off for Real:
- In Atsuro's route, Remiel reveals that Belberith likely killed Jezebel for her power. Given how entrenched into Amane's soul Jezebel was and how Amane's body is controlled by Remiel throughout the entire route, the implications for Amane are not pleasant.
- In Naoya's Evil 8th Day, you kill her.
- Lady of Black Magic: Elegant, composed, and graceful; that's basically Amane in a nutshell. She also has the highest magic growth in the game.
- Mighty Glacier: Of the magical variety. She has decent vitality, has an astounding Magic growth (she maxes hers out earliest among the entire party), but has sub-par agility and a movement range of only 3.
- Miko: She's known as the maiden of the Shomonkai, although they don't have a shrine.
- Mind-Control Eyes: Whenever Remiel takes over. Though given how her eyes are always a flat, pupiless lavender, the effect's made more obvious by Dramatic Wind and standing in a way that gives the impression that she's almost floating.
- Minidress of Power: The robes she is wearing end as high above her knees as a miniskirt would and are rather form-fitting, too, invoking this trope.
- Ms. Exposition: She takes over this role for Remiel after he leaves her, in the routes where you help him defeat Jezebel.
- Nice Hat: Her feathered headpiece.
- Order Versus Chaos: Subverted. She appears to be Law-aligned, but while that's her preference, she's actually humanity-aligned, and will consistently help you out if you're fighting to protect humanity, whatever method you use.
- Purple Eyes: Paired with Curtains Match the Window.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Emotionless Girl? Being screwed over by her father? Secretly the host of an angel and working towards a world of perfect unity? One Rei clone, coming right up!
- Senseless Sacrifice: She'll attempt one on Naoya's Good 8th Day. To buy you some time to escape the Anti-Overlord Shomonkai, she intends to give her life, and she will rush the nearest group of them and die automatically to some of the group setups, netting you a game over. All this despite you having no intention or goal of escape, and outright declaring the intent to protect her.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Most of the time she acts aloof and people find her Emotionless Girl qualities intimidating, yet she really is friendly toward you, most of the time.
- Token Good Teammate: One of the few SMT Law-aligned characters who is not a Knight Templar, instead genuinely wanting to create a better world. She also joins on Gin's route and Naoya's 8th Day, despite them not ending with her ultimate goal achieved, as she wants to protect humanity.
- Utopia Justifies the Means:
- Twice over; first she subscribes to the Shomonkai's view of how to obtain paradise, but later decides she likes Remiel's version better.
- If taking the human route for Naoya's 8th Day, she will pledge allegiance to the protagonist, explaining that her only concern is that humanity gets the best ending possible.
- Willing Channeler: Initially for Jezebel, then much more willingly for Remiel.
Eiji "Gin" Kamiya
Eiji 'Gin' Kamiya
- Big Brother Mentor: Towards Haru, mainly, though he can grow into this for the hero and his friends as well.
- Chick Magnet: Yuzu thinks rather highly of him. Haru trusts him implicitly, and Aya was his lover. Shoji even admits she finds him to be very hot and kickass.Shoji: He was smokin' hot.
- Death Seeker: In a Not So Different moment with Haru after Belial is defeated, she says she wasn't the only one who thought life had no meaning anymore after Aya's disappearance. This explains why he doesn't even care that his death clock changes the moments he picks up the Distress Ball by going after the Shomonkai alone. Luckily he snaps out of this, though, and decides to dedicate himself to getting back the Tokyo that Aya loved so much, i.e. the Tokyo that wasn't overrun by demons.
- Delinquent: Former, describes himself as an adult Tadashi who changed his ways after falling in love with Aya.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He implies he was like this before meeting Aya. The entire world looked gray to him, he didn't care about anything, he had no goals, and nothing was ever his fault. After meeting Aya, he mellowed out a lot and began to appreciate life, especially the simple things he couldn't see in the past.
- Distress Ball: An odd male example; when you tell him of the Shomonkai's offer to meet him at a specified time and date to discuss Aya's disappearance, he charges blindly forward on his own despite it being an obvious set-up.
- Escort Mission: At one point, you have to save/defend him from an ambush set up by Azuma.
- Face of a Thug: Just look at his offical art. He looks intimidating, but in truth he's very laid-back and, unlike many other demon tamers, tries to use his COMP sparingly (i.e. only to defend himself or other innocent people).
- Heroic Neutral: For the most part, he's content to hole up in his bar and ride out the lockdown in relative safety. Of the four characters who need to be rescued in order to earn titles in Overclocked, he's the only one who needs to be actively provoked by the player into endangering himself.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: While he keeps a respectable Strength, Vitality, and Agility growth, he sacrifices specialization in those stats to also keep his Magic afloat. While it gives him a fair amount of flexibility in what he can equip, he does end up paling in comparison to other physical specialists.
- Love at First Sight: According to Kaido, Gin and Aya only needed their first conversation to know that they were the ones for each other.
- Never My Fault: Admits that he was like this before he met Aya. Now, though, he recognizes it in today's youth. It annoys him, as he has learned that it's a good thing to not always take the easy road, make mistakes and own up to them.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Lack of voice acting in the original DS version caused some western fans to pronounce "Gin" as the Japanese word for silver, rather than like the drink as intended.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone calls him 'Gin' instead of his real name, which he uses for his bar instead.
- Order Versus Chaos: Neutral-aligned.
- Waistcoat of Style: Fits nicely with his occupation as proprietor of a modern bar, yet also makes him blend in easily with the rock crowd as Haru (or, in the past, D-Va as a whole) gives concerts.
- Aloof Older Brother: In terms of what exactly is happening (including the sudden appearance of demons, the way the COMP works, and other such stuff) he is a lot better informed than the main trio. Don't expect him to help you out, though; even when you finally meet up with him again at the end of the 5th Day, he still tells you nothing more than you strictly need to know. You can call him out on this, though he hardly seems to care.
- Badass Bookworm: Created the Demon Summoning program all on his own, and is very capable in battle.
- Badass Long Robe: His attire wouldn't be that noteworthy if not for his robe with the Matrix Raining Code on it.
- Biblical Bad Guy: Cain
- Big Bad: Forms an Ensemble with Belberith and Metatron, though you can end up on his side.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He's a brilliant Chessmaster, make no mistake, but his enemy is God. He's out of his weight class, he has no hope of winning the game himself, and the best he can do is get the player character to rebel for him.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the 8th day of Amane's route, the heroes are fighting an uphill battle where the final boss keeps resurrecting, with added strength each time. Then, once his attacks have gotten all but devastatingly powerful, Naoya shows up and sets up a barrier that not only prevents the boss's resurrection, but weakens his attacks as well.
- Bishōnen: Shares this trait with the MC. It's even lampshaded early on in the game, when a text description outright calls him handsome.
- Cain and Abel: Cain to his cousin's Abel, but it's subverted in that he doesn't actually want to kill him. Played straight if you decide to take certain routes, where he will fight you. In fact, the original Cain, and unlike the MC, he remembers all of it.
- The Chessmaster: It's made clear very early on that Naoya is a brilliant long-term planner and has been setting up the playing field since well before the game starts. Being able to see the future doesn't hurt.
- Crazy-Prepared: There is not a thing that Naoya does that isn't some sort of Batman Gambit, though he doesn't do all that well if you don't play into his hand. It's justified — Naoya's had a LOT longer to plan things out than most people.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Invoked by himself in Atsuro's route. You want his help? Sure, if you defeat him first.
- Deadpan Snarker: In his own route, if you answer a certain question wrong, he asks you if it was a pitiful attempt at humour. In Atsuro's route, he gets annoyed with Atsuro's eagerness.Atsuro: Oooh, what about me, Naoya!? What should I do...!?
Naoya: ...You can start by putting a lid on it.
- Defrosting Ice King: Strangely enough, in Amane's 8th Day with Okuninushi describing it as a 'small droplet of water in thousand year old ice' after he comes to your aid against Okuninushi, with his heart being softened enough to meet Okuninushi's expectations.
- Devil in Plain Sight: He's none other than Cain, and he has been your cousin/brother figure for your entire life.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: His reaction if you tell him you forgive him in Amane's route.
- Expy: Disregarding looks, this is actually the second time the Megami Tensei series had a young genius programmer who developed the demon summoning program using the same exact logicnote ... since 1986.
- Evil Albino: Well, maybe more of a morally ambiguous albino, but yeah.
- Fate Worse than Death:
- Every time he reincarnates, he remembers everything from every single past life, including the one where he killed his brother Abel out of jealousy. He is thus unable to escape his sin. The sad thing is that Cain could break this cycle by using the time to reflect on — and repent for — his sin, but he's far too consumed by revenge to do so.
- Overclocked elaborates on this. God set up the Cain and Abel scenario in order to get a murderer and a martyr. Cain feels that he was unfairly manipulated into killing his brother by an unjust God, and thus refuses to atone to a God that used him in such a manner.
- First-Name Basis: Since he shares his last name with the player, everyone just calls him Naoya.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: Naoya + Devil Speed + Phantasma + enemy respawn points + Naoya respawning those respawn points if you destroy them = a discouraging beginning to Atsuro's route.
- Goggles Do Nothing: He has a noticeable pair of glasses that he never wears. They're most likely reading or computer glasses.
- Graceful Loser: After defeating him in Atsuro's route, he, quote, "concedes defeat", admits that he underestimated the group, and agrees to help them with the server. Although, admittedly, it could've been partially due to the fact that he knew that the group was being assisted by angels.
- Heel–Face Turn:
- In Atsuro's route, he puts his own ambitions on hold to help the hero.
- Also applies to Amane's 8th day route, where he helps the main characters defeat the final boss.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Partial example; since they're cousins, he shares his surname with the hero.
- Heel Realization: It takes a while, but the protagonist actually moves his heart a little when he manages to get through to Naoya that he doesn't hate him for killing him in their past life. This prompts Naoya to aid them in the final battle of Amane's route. However, this does not mean that he forgives or shall atone to God. Naoya simply allows his love for his brother to overcome his near consuming hate for God in Amane's 8th day.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: ...If "villain" is the proper term.
- Rags on about not relying on others, but his entire plan depends on the MC. Will not be happy if called on it.
- Hates God for manipulating him, and for putting humanity through dangerous and painful trials. Manipulates the MC and puts him through dangerous and painful trials.
- Idiot Hair: It's pretty small, but it's prominent enough to be visible on his battle sprite.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Check out that Badass Long Robe, complete with Matrix Raining Code pattern. Think that's handmade? Maybe he gets around with Phantasma?
- Insufferable Genius: Genius enough to build a server to summon demons, which includes somehow finding a way to harvest emotions from the internet, and he's also perfectly aware that you know absolutely nothing about what's going on. The disdain in his voice, though mostly towards Yuzu and Atsuro, is palpable.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: His stat distribution is relatively balanced when compared to the other characters, with a slight preference towards Magic. His stats are distributed such that he can meets the bare minimum to equip a wide variety of skills from the get-go while maximizing Magic, making him very flexible while outperforming other generalists.
- Jerkass: Shows absolutely no consideration for those he considers beneath him and thinks nothing of manipulating others to suit his own ends. When Fushimi calls him out on the destruction he's helped cause, Naoya just laughs in his face.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, his interactions with the protagonist and Atsuro in the latter's route shows that he is capable of genuine compassion
- Matrix Raining Code: His cloak's aesthetic.
- The Mentor: To Atsuro, and during the first day, he was sort of a Stealth Mentor to the group, getting them used to their COMPs.
- Mr. Exposition: He's responsible for explaining whatever parts of the plot that Amane and Remiel isn't, particularly on his route.
- Nay-Theist: He knows God exists. He also hates His guts. For good reasons.
- Obviously Evil: Let's see... Slasher Smile, Red Eyes, Take Warning, and so on. Subverted in that he's better described as "chaotic" than "evil."
- Offing the Offspring: Metatron is on his list of things that need to die. He confirms that Metatron was once Enoch, though not which one, a notable detail as the series has combined figures of the same name before, the son of Cain or the descendant of Seth. Either way, he has a younger family member marked for death.
- Order Versus Chaos: Chaos-aligned.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His angry and surprised/Oh, Crap! sprites have this.
- Pet the Dog: He comes to his cousin's aid in Amane's 8th Day, proving to Okuninushi that Naoya cares about the Hero and proves to him that the Hero is indeed the Messiah.
- The Punishment: He's really turned that immortality into the exact opposite of what God intended he should use it for.
- Power Floats: In routes where you fight him, his character visibly floats above the ground. Might be due to his tendency to have have demons with Flight, Devil Speed, and Phantasma.
- Rage Against the Heavens: "God's no friend of mine." It was changed to "I follow no god" in Overclocked, which might be referring to his refusal to cooperate with the Shomonkai and Belberith as well as his dislike of God. However it seems that as long as God just leaves the world alone, he'll give up his desire for vengeance, as seen in Yuzu's 8th Day where God abandons humanity.
- Reincarnation: He's the reincarnation of Cain, with fully-intact memories of every single reincarnation he's had for the thousands of years since he killed Abel.
- Required Party Member: In his own route, he is required for the battles against Jezebel and the angels.
- Slasher Smile: He's often seen with a malicious smile on his face.
- Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: Attempts to invoke this in Amane's route, where he asks the MC whether he hates Naoya and wants to kill him. However, how successful he is depends on how you decide to reply.
- Villainous Breakdown: He goes completely and utterly batshit insane when you fight him in Amane's route. He goes on to reveal that he's Cain, and he tells the MC to hate him and kill him. And when you beat him? After saying a few things, he ends it off by laughing before warping outta there. He also gets one mid-battle if you choose certain dialogue options. Specifically, he demands to know whether or not you hate him for killing and later manipulating you. He absolutely flips if you tell him you never did.
- Villain with Good Publicity: At leas as far as the heroes are concerned. A big part of the reason they go along with summoning demons and fighting during the first few days is because Naoya instructs them to through the COMPS. Several times they question his motives, but it's always stated that they trust him and have the firm belief that he wouldn't intentionally harm them. Surprising, seeing how in his interactions with Yuzo and Atsuro he shows little concern or respect for them.
- We Cannot Go On Without You: In his version of the Jezebel fight, he's the only thing allowing you to move in and out of Amane's soul. If he goes down, it's Game Over.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: If you take Atsuro's route, he shrugs and helps out, and next time Babel goes out of control, he'll be in an even better position to make a King of Bel.
Tadashi "Kaido" Nikaido
- Anger Born of Worry: After you helped Kresnik defeat Kudlak, he chews Mari out for going after the murderer alone, since she means more to him than she thinks.
- At Least I Admit It: To him, all people are ugly, selfish, and power-grubbing underneath and try to solve all their problems with force — he just doesn't see the point in trying to hide it. This comes to light when he ends up in a fight with the resident Knight Templar of the lockdown and ends up explaining how they're Not So Different in using the fact that they're more powerful than others to bully them into following their point of view, just before he uses Pazuzu to strangle and fry his opponent to death.
- Badass Baritone: Sports a rather deep voice in Overclocked, befitting his position as a gang leader and a very powerful Mighty Glacier in battle.
- Blood Knight: While initially he may seem relatively friendly and tame, throughout the story, it's revealed he doesn't hesitate to kill anyone who stands in his way, and occasionally even enjoys it.
- Breaking Speech: Delivers a few blunt versions of these. Like when he calls Keisuke out for being Not So Different before killing him.
- Cycle of Revenge: Some of his followers are killed as vengeance for preying on the weak, prompting Kaido to start his own hunt to take revenge on their murderer.
- Delinquents: At first, Atsuro states Kaido's gang is charismatic. But then, Kaido goes insane with power when he gains a COMP. Except in the Messiah 8th Day.
- Dual Boss: If you choose to redeem Keisuke without fighting him, he fights you alongside Midori.
- Dump Stat: He has a measly 14 Magic at level 99, second-worst in the party (only beating out Izuna).
- Heel–Face Turn: During the Messiah 8th Day, he does this without actually joining the party. He prevents demon tamers from leaving the lockdown and cheers you on from the sidelines. He also aids the group in Yuzu's 8th Day to take down Belberith.
- Might Makes Right: His personal philosophy.
- Mighty Glacier: His Strength and Vitality stat growths are very high, at the cost of low Agility and the lowest turn speed in the cast.
- Odd Friendship:
- Develops one with Honda.
- Depending on how you handle Keisuke's storyline, he develops one with Midori of all people.
- Order Versus Chaos: Chaos-aligned.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Prone to these. Both Keisuke and Mari's arcs end with him going on one of these if you bungle them.
- Sibling Triangle: Loves his dead older brother's fiancée. Awk-ward...
- Strange Bedfellows: With Midori, if she thinks Keisuke's about to pull a Karma Houdini.
- Those Two Guys: He spends the first few days of the lockdown working with Honda most of the time.
- Tsundere: Towards Mari. He's usually very harsh towards her whenever she's around, but acts more deredere when he tells the protagonist about her or right after he chews her out for going after Kudlak alone.
- Unstoppable Rage: If you fail to find Mari's bag and get it to her, he stumbles on Kudlak killing her and goes absolutely apeshit, complete with Skyward Scream and Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Worthy Opponent: Often, he will call The Protagonist this. Later on, he will also call this for Keisuke, whom he just killed.
- Badass Adorable: A Demon Tamer who happens to look very Moe despite being an adult.
- Demonic Possession: By Kresnik, see Willing Channeler below.
- Expy: She was specifically designed to look like a feminine Kresnik, who debuted in Devil Summoner.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Her boyfriend was the first victim of the bloodless murders; it's suggested he was going to propose to her in the park. She gets revenge, then finds the strength to move on without him, possibly joining your team in the process.
- Hero Harasses Helpers: When Mari offers to help, you can't accept outright — both options involve discouraging her, either through outright rejection or asking her to think it over first. In the latter case, she seriously mulls it over, then shows up with her own COMP.
- Hidden Depths: Who would think that this kindly school nurse would be willing to slaughter anyone who dares oppose the overlord?
- Mighty Glacier: Mari's stats focus on Magic and Vitality. Compared to Amane she has the advantages of more Vitality and mobility (can move 4 spaces every turn compared to Amane's 3), on top of a little more Strength for equipping other skills, but has the flat-out worst Agility of the party (only 18 at level 99).
- Only I Can Kill Him: Or rather, Kresnik, the demon inside of her, is the only one who can kill the vampire Kudlak. Handwaved in that Mari has gotten hold of Kudlak's Achilles' Heel. And there's also the fact that if Kudlak's not killed with said Achilles' Heel, he simply reincarnates stronger than ever...
- Shout-Out: She shares her last name with another known, important character.
- Silk Hiding Steel: For the above spoilered reasons.
- Token Good Teammate: Her friendship with Kaido lets her join even on his and Naoya's route. But Kaido and the others make her leave if the Main Character decides to kill whoever gets in his way, as they don't want her involved in that kind of bloodshed. She's actually willing to go along with it, and tries to defend his actions.
- Undying Loyalty: Mari will back whatever choice you make when it comes to dealing with the Bels. She only leaves the party if you kill humans because Kaido won't have her involved in that kind of Dirty Business, even if she's willing to do so.
- Willing Channeler: Letting Kresnik possess her so that she can have a hand in defeating Kudlak.
- Boobs of Steel: She's a Self Defense Force captain and she can beat out Yuzu for largest bust. She is also notable as being the only female party member who focuses on strength as a means of dealing damage instead of magic.
- Brutal Honesty: Atsuro notes that she doesn't exactly mince words. She responds that it would serve no meaning, as there are more important things to worry about, i.e. the lockdown.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Fits with her fiery personality and it could also symbolize her status as "outsider", that is to say someone working for the government who wasn't initially inside the lockdown but entered it a few days after it started.
- Determinator: She will follow her orders no matter what, and she became a Demon Tamer and entered the lockdown willingly, knowing she just signed her death warrant in the faint hope of possibly ending the demon invasion by doing so, knowing and not giving a damn she could die, just as long as she fulfills her duty in the process.
- Dual Boss: At the end of Yuzu's 7th day, you fight her alongside Amane.
- Dump Stat: She has a positively dreadful 8 Magic at level 99, the single worst stat of any party member in either Devil Survivor game who isn't the protagonist.
- Fiery Redhead: She has a bit of a temper, though this might be the result of the stress she's under.
- Final Boss: Of Yuzu's route, alongside Amane.
- Hazy Feel Turn: She can pull this off in Naoya's 8th day, defecting to the merciful Overlord's forces, despite still having doubts as to his intentions for the world, coupling this with exposing her superior's actions to public scrutiny. Despite the moral ambiguity, it's probably the most heroic thing she ever does.
- Honor Before Reason: Averted. She calls her direct superior out on his stance that the special forces shouldn't have to depend on a bunch of kids. He agrees with her and tells her to give the protagonists all the information she deems necessary.
- Late Character Syndrome: She actively lampshades this in most of the situations where she joins.
- Lightning Bruiser: All of her stats are above average, except Magic and MP.
- Magically Inept Fighter: She has great stats across the board, except for her magic. Her magic... ain't.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: She really wants to prevent the Final Option from being used, but recognizes it may be necessary.
- Order Versus Chaos: Neutral-aligned. Will join in the chaos route, assuming the protagonist does not kill the humans.
A demon that Midori helped to understand The Power of Love. Unlike all demons, this Jack Frost is a friendly one. Following justice, Jack Frost turned into a Black Frost to aid his demon friends.
- Blunt Metaphors Trauma: After you help him out, he tells you he'll make sure to come rescue you if you ever find yourself in a "tight freeze". Yuzu says he probably meant "tight squeeze".
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Has shades of this in his in-battle dialogue, most notably when Babel assumes its final form, leading him to exclaim that it's transformed into "A giant churro!" Belberith, meanwhile, is a yummy meatball.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He fights for love and justice, and immediately agrees to not kill the enemy demon tamers when Midori asks him to, and to just take their COMPs instead.
- The Dragon: If you follow Naoya's Route's 8th Day in Overclocked, he becomes this to the Overlord since he is the only party member who can follow him into the demon realm.
- For Great Justice: He lives just for this.
- Heel–Face Turn: Starts out as a regular Jack Frost fighting humans For the Evulz. Midori then teaches him The Power of Love and, depending on the route, he will team up with you, even if your goal is to send all demons back to hell.
- It Has Been an Honor: When he gets send back to hell in Gin's route, he says he will remember the time he spent with you fondly and will keep spreading the message of love and justice in hell.
- Lethal Joke Character: He has Yuzu's movement range, but not her speed, making it difficult to get him anywhere. His stats are balanced, when specialization is usually the best bet. He also comes with two innate immunities which none of the human leaders have. While he does have an elemental weakness, filling his Passive slots with immunities can make him Nigh Invulnerable and almost negate his poor Vitality growth.
- Love Freak: A side effect to his love for justice.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Made possible by his innate ability to reflect Fire and Ice attacks. You can then use his three passive skill slots to make him either null or reflect Phys, Elec and Force, making him only vulnerable to Almighty and Curse attacks, which aren't all that common and deal neutral damage to him anyway.
- Optional Party Member: One that can be exploited as a tank for resisting weaknesses.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He'll be this whenever you take him along to your important battles.
- The Power of Love: A very unique case. Normally, Jack Frosts can only become a Black Frost through enough hate. However, this Black Frost became one because of love and justice, despite those obviously being the opposite of what makes a Black Frost.
- Power Up Full Color Change: What happens when a Jack Frost achieves through justice, love, and trying hard to become strong as Midori puts it in this game, apparently. Yuzu Lampshades this.Yuzu: I-I don't think trying hard had anything to do with its color change...
- Samurai: Claims to be one.Gin: Okay, first of all... This guy ain't a samurai.
- Took a Level in Badass: He takes TWO of those levels: Not only he becomes a Black Frost, but if the player follows Naoya's Route in Overclocked, Black Frost ends up becoming the Hero's second-in-command as the Overlord.
- Verbal Tic: Adds "hee-ho" in almost every sentence he says. Sometimes it's just "[insert verb here]-ho". It's a hee-Frost thing, ho.
Yoshino "Haru" Harusawa
she's the one responsible for summoning the demons in the first place.
- Big Bra to Fill: In-Universe example. It's implied that Haru's Impossibly Cool Clothes are in fact Aya's, which is why the dress fits her so poorly and seems to be one bad step away from Wardrobe Malfunction.
- Broken Bird: Haru is though, edgy, and very fragile as a result of her childhood, when her grandmother, whom she lived with, passed away and her family began squabbling over the inheritance. Meeting Aya made things better, only to get worse again when Aya disappeared.
- Cutting Off the Branches: Failing to save Haru's life results in almost all of the branches being cut off. As in, all but two. One of the others is cut if you let Keisuke die, which, as said in his entry, is very easy. The one that remains is not a good one.
- Death Seeker: Keeping this woman alive is goddamned hard, she makes it harder. Her attempt at Suicide by Cop is just the tip of the iceberg: she's actively targeted by demons and the only means she has to "defend" herself are a broken sequencer and a total absence of the will to live.
- Demoted to Extra: A fairly major character throughout the story with her own route, but only sneaks in a pair of optional cameos in the 8th Days.
- Distressed Damsel: The target of multiple Escort Missions, and unlike the other named characters who are in such missions, she never joins as a party member. The fact she's suicidally depressed and the target of every demon in a twenty kilometer radius lowers survivability.
- Guide Dang It!: Easily the hardest major character to keep alive, due to her Death Seeker tendencies. Which sucks, because her ending is easily the most idealistic of the bunch.
- Idol Singer: You can't help but cheer for her, especially when she commits to completing Aya's song to save everyone.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: That◊ dress◊ needs to be arrested for violating the law of gravity.
- It's All My Fault: She believes the demon invasion and the lockdown are all the result of her summoning demons about two months prior to the events of the game. You'll have to convince her that this isn't the case.
- Order Versus Chaos: Neutral-aligned.
- The Power of Rock: it's later revealed that the first song she ever composed is the key to getting rid of the demons in Tokyo.
- Save This Person, Save the World: If you can't save Haru, you can't save the world, unless you Take a Third Option and use Atsuro's route.
- Security Blanket: Her sequencer, which Aya gave to her. She literally calls it a Security Blanket after you save her on the 1st day.
- Stepford Smiler: Acts like a cool, flirty, and devil-may-care character, but is actually suicidally depressed and a Death Seeker.
- Suicide by Cop: On the fourth day, unless you talk her out of it.
- The Tease: Flirts with the main character quite a bit. Even moreso if you respond in kind.
- Theme Tune Cameo: Haru may sometimes be found performing "Reset", the game's main theme.
- Vapor Wear: A dress that looks like it should be causing a wardrobe malfunction every time she so much as turns her head, and which very obviously has nothing underneath it. Trivia: Compare the Japanese to the North American boxart and you'll discover that her dress got a little bowdlerized 'cause it was showing perhaps too much sideboob.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: She has a crippling lack of self-confidence and multiple times you can let her know that she really is a great singer, a good songwriter and, most important, a good person.
Voiced by: Atsushi Ono (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)Another member of the Japan Special Defense Forces who is absolutely dedicated to ensuring the lockdown is a complete success and Izuna's Commanding Officer during the Tokyo Lockdown.
- Badass Normal: Enters the lockdown knowing full well how bad the situation is and how little time he has to make things right.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Implied to be working for some, as the entire reason he was caught in the lockdown was because he was sent to steal a COMP. Honda treats this as 'just doing my job', so it's unclear where he stands...
- Deal with the Devil: In the final battle with Belberith during Yuzu's 8th day, Belberith gives him a contract with Baphomet. It fully restores his living party members' HP and MP after his every battle.
- Despair Event Horizon: Discovering that his son is dead in the Escape ending.
- Determinator: This man wanted to escape the lockdown so bad he was willing to attempt taking on demons, angels, and the SDF, as he was NOT going to be barred from being by his hospitalized son's side.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Starts out an ordinary Salaryman, steals a COMP and begins to use its power to defend himself and smack down ordinary humans, and becomes a villain in Yuzu's ending.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Took the COMP-stealing job to pay medical expenses; later justifies siccing his demons on normal humans by stating "They attacked first. They deserve it."
- Ill Girl: His son (obviously a boy), who's about to undergo an operation while his only family's trapped in the Yamanote loop.
- Odd Friendship: He is a Salaryman who ends up befriending the delinquent Kaido. However, he downplays this and claims that they are more teammates than friends.
- Outliving One's Offspring: In Yuzu's 7th day and Amane and Naoya's 8th days, it's revealed that his son died on the table. In Amane's route, he breaks; in Yuzu and Naoya's routes, he snaps.
- Slasher Smile: In the Escape ending, following his breakdown.
- The Stoic: Starts out as one; gradually gets worn down by stress and strain over the course of the lockdown.
- Those Two Guys: He spends the first few days of the lockdown working with Kaido most of the time.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the final battle with Belberith on Yuzu's 8th day, after both Baphomet and Honda are defeated, Belberith kills him. If Honda is bypassed altogether, Belberith absorbs Honda into his body when he reaches 1 HP, healing him to half health.
Intrepid Reporter investigating the 'Tokyo Lockdown' on her own, hoping to uncover the truth behind what's going on. Can be a good source of information, due to this.
- Badass Normal: She's one of the few characters to not have a comp, but she manages to survive all 7/8 days in the lockdown without a scratch on her and manages to gather as much information as the party does despite the increasing Axe Craziness of demon tamers with every passing day. And unlike Fushimi, she doesn't have military training or a firearm with her.
- Intrepid Reporter: She claims to be made of win herself.
- Mr. Exposition: Her mission inside the lockdown is figuring out what's going on behind the scenes. Luckily, she freely shares with you the information she gathered, though as the days pass you may be able to figure out things before she does. When you first meet her, she also explains the mechanics behind the social unrest inside the lockdown and how the government is trying to keep control over the situation, but how they will ultimately fail.
- Permanently Missable Content: Talking to her on the 8th Days whenever you have the chance does NOT produce anything productive. You literally skip time with her, and skipping time in the 8th Days may cause you to lose additional plot-important events or lose characters from joining back into the group when you had the chance to speak with them instead of her. However, talking with her gives some funny lines.
The Casanova that pops up from time to time to provide helpful amounts of exposition when he feels like it. He has some history with Naoya and is incredibly knowledgeable on the history of the demonic world and the Throne of Bel. His name is unknown ("???"), so he is identified by his dialogue boxes as "Gigolo".
- Doppelgänger Spin: When you fight him in Yuzu's route, he creates duplicates of himself to confuse you. It also occurs during an optional fight on Naoya's 8th day.
- Enigmatic Minion: You spend a good deal of the game having no idea who he is, what he's doing inside the lockdown, and what his link with Naoya is.
- For the Evulz:
- Yes, destroying Beldr needed to be done to save the world. Doesn't change the fact that he only told you how to do it because he felt like screwing over Beldr. Again.
- He does it again in Naoya's 8th Day, where he'll tell Honda that he can bring his son back to life if he helps him kill the Overlord.
- Informed Ability: Despite his title, we don't really ever see him act like a gigolo of any sort, unless you count moderately flirty dialogue with the protagonist.
- I Shall Taunt You: He has insulting dialogue for every playable character when they fight him; sometimes humorous, sometimes making a fair point.
- Mr. Exposition: He gives a lot of info about the Bels and their goals/backstory ingame. He's also the one who who talks about the Multiple Endings, while mentioning their good and bad points.
- No Name Given: Marked as "???" on the map, though his dialogue boxes identify him as "Gigolo".
- Purple Is Powerful: Looks rather flamboyant in his purple suit, which certainly makes him stand out of the crowd. And rightfully so, since he's none other than Loki, a very powerful demon indeed.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Purple suit, dark pinstripe shirt, and a rather unusual yet very stylish tie. A big contrast with the suits the various office workers wear, too.
- Stealth Mentor: He explains the situation with the Bels, tells you about the Devil's Fuge (indirectly saving your life), and explains the different paths and their outcomes near the end of the game. And while he pretends everything he does is because it amuses him, he gives the Player Character one hell of a What the Hell, Hero? if you decide to listen to Yuzu and run away from your responsibilities, disregarding all his good advice in the process. The fact that you can fuse him after you defeat him can be interpreted as a his way of giving you even more help to not screw things up in your New Game+.
- The Trickster: He's revealed to be the god of tricks, Loki.
- Wild Card: He bounces around between helping and hindering you on a whim.
AyaFormer lead singer of D-Va, Haru's mentor, and Gin's lover. Currently studying music overseas. At least, that's what Gin told Haru to keep her from worrying.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: It's mentioned early in the game that she is missing and nobody knows what happened to her. She doesn't actually return, but much later in the game she does play a big role in figuring out how the demon summoning server works and how the effect can be reversed.
- Love Redeems: Her relationship with Eiji turned him from a self-absorbed deliquent to a mature Big Brother Mentor.
- Meaningful Name: She's Haru's teacher. Haru is often seen performing the game's main theme, Reset. The artist of Reset is named Aya Ishihara.
- Posthumous Character: She's been dead and/or "absorbed into the demon world" since before the game began.
- The Power of Rock: Her songs prove key to the demon summoning program and potentially getting rid of them.
Voiced by: Jamieson Price (EN)The founder (duh) and leader of the Shomonkai cult, and Amane's father. He seeks to utilize the power of Belberith to defeat God.
- Archnemesis Dad: On Amane and Gin's routes, Amane turns against him.
- The Bad Guy Wins:
- Played straight on Yuzu's Day 8; when you confront him, he admits he has gotten everything he ever wanted and more after humanity rejects God of its own free will.
- Downplayed on Naoya's route; although he and Belberith don't live to see it, his actions create a powerful champion to stand against God (that's you). On Naoya's good Day 8, humanity turns against God as well, which would have greatly pleased him as described above.
- Deal with the Devil: He cuts a deal with Belberith to summon him to the human world in exchange for his aid in fighting God.
- The Dragon: He's the main human enforcer of Belberith's will in the human world.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: On Yuzu's Day 8, with all of his objectives accomplished, he peacefully surrenders to the government and disbands the Shomonkai.
- No Name Given: He is only ever referred to as the Founder.
- Pet the Dog: At the end of Yuzu's Day 8, since he's already won, he disbands the Shomonkai and surrenders without any further violence.
- Rage Against the Heavens: His goal is to free humanity from God's influence, and he will do anything to see that happen.
- Visionary Villain: His sole objective is to use demonic power to defeat God. Turning humanity against Him works too.
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Higuchi (JP), Dave B. Mitchell (EN)An important figure in the Shomonkai. Tall, dark, and mysterious. Also helped cause Aya's disappearance, has designs on Haru, happens to be selling COMPs on the side for a tidy profit... And isn't as smart or untouchable as he thinks he is.
- Badass Boast: Immediately subverted right after delivery.
- Badass Long Robe: Azuma's battle sprite sports a long robe complete with Dramatic Wind.
- Heel–Face Turn: In both of Naoya's 8th Days, where he'll either oppose or aid the protagonist depending on his choices.
- Karma Houdini: Despite handing out the COMPs to further corrupt Tokyo and his attempted murder of Gin, he is an ally in both Naoya's and Amane's 8th Day. Averted in Yuzu's 8th Day, where he is arrested after being defeated.
- Oh, Crap!: After realizing Gin's COMP can actually hurt him. And so can yours. Hilariously pointed out in Overclocked where his voice starts to whimper out of fear.
- Smug Snake: Believes himself to be a Magnificent Bastard, but his usual calm and arrogant behavior are quickly thrown out of the window when he finds out that Naoya basically trolled him and the entire Shomonkai by disabling the COMP's safety mode, enabling it to damage high ranking Shomonkai members such as Azuma himself.
An angel that is possessing Amane willingly and is sealing away Jezebel to prevent her from devouring Amane's soul. He desires for the Hero to become the Messiah in order to end the lockdown and guide mankind to salvation.
- Demonic Possession: With consent from his host Amane.
- Godzilla Threshold: In Naoya's 8th day. His disappearance is because he was preparing God's Thunder, an attack summed up by Atsuro as "the Final Option up to a million", because you repeatedly rejected his guidance. At this point, Remiel really isn't in a position to take a more merciful option.
- Knight Templar: Subverted. He is the only angel in the game (and nearly the entire series) who wants to save all humans. Even those that are considered irredeemable. For this, the other angels think he's soft.
- Meaningful Name: Mercy of God/Compassion of God. Fitting for an angel who wanted mercy to be shown to mankind and wants to help humanity.
- Only Sane Man: The only angel who doesn't see mankind as being irredeemable and doesn't act Holier Than Thou.
- Sealed Evil in a Duel: Is keeping Jezebel sealed within Amane to prevent her from devouring Amane's soul, though it's a losing battle and she'll eventually be freed.
- Token Good Teammate: Amongst the Heavenly Host.
Powerful Demons that contain either the essence or are pieces of King of Bel. They now wage war against each other except for Belberith, Jezebel, and Belzaboul in order to claim the Throne of Bel. The current Demons in the war for the Throne of Bel are Beldr, Belial, Jezebel, Belzaboul, Belberith, and the Protagonist (Abel). Another Bel, but not fighting for the Throne, is Babel, which serves the King of Bel and will fight against the one who becomes victorious to prove they are worthy of being King of Bel.
- Achilles' Heel: Beldr is a stand-in for Baldr. Beldr's made a contract with the very planet, so everything on it has agreed not to harm him, meaning he's invincible. Well, there is one thing that didn't enter the contract... devil's fuge, i.e. mistletoe. And before you get any ideas, he nulls everything but devil's fuge. Even Almighty, which can pierce any other protection.
- Back from the Dead: Each Bel does this for the Boss Rush. Not to mention Beldr and Belial will appear in the Overlord 8th Days after being summoned by the Protagonist against Metatron. Beldr also returned from the dead on the 3rd Day.
- Barrier Change Boss: The final boss Babel; luckily, the weaknesses are automatically given and you should be able to kill it quickly before it changes the second time. Ironically, that's the only annoying part, as you will most likely be using non elemental spells (though bringing Elec Dance to abuse the first weakness it picks up isn't a bad idea).
- Biblical Bad Guy: All of them except for Beldr, the protagonist, and technically Babel. If a certain path is chosen, that can apply to the protagonist too.
- Big Bad: Belberith is one of the central villains of the game and is one of the causes of the lockdown.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Beldr and Belial are on their own in trying to become King of Bel, but stand no chance against Belberith.
- Body of Bodies: All the Bels defeated by Belberith make up his body and their hatred for God fused with his.
- Boss Rush: In Amane and Naoya's routes, all the former Bels return after being summoned by Babel.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: In Gin's route, Babel's second form is actually weaker than the first, to compensate for the fact that you don't have any demons to fight it with.
- Co-Dragons: Jezebel, Azuma, the Founder, and Belzaboul are this for Belberith. Belzaboul is also The Dragon for his true master Lucifer.
- Demonic Possession: Jezebel does this to Amane.
- Dual Boss: Beldr and Belial in the Boss Rush. Azuma and Belzaboul plus Honda and Belberith are one in Yuzu's 8th Day.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Belberith cannot understand why you would become the Messiah and servant of God.
- Elemental Powers: Each of them has at least one elemental spell.
- Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: Belzaboul's strategy mostly consists of planting his spawn in your bodies, which burst out and become full grown flies. Meaning Belzaboul is a giant demonic Bot Fly.
- Fallen Hero: Beldr was once a benevolent god, but is now determined to spread sorrow on Earth until everything cries since he was trapped in the underworld when a hag refused to weep for him.
- Final Boss: Babel is the last opponent for all routes except Yuzu's.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: It's implied that it works for all demons (and angels), but Belberith is profiting from it the most: as more and more people start following the Shomonkai and the longer the lockdown stays in effect, the more power he gains.
- Graceful Loser: When you go down the Overlord route, Belberith is most pleased with the idea of fusing with you, since you will continue the war against God. Subverted with the other routes, where he is less than pleased with you defeating him and doing something like becoming the Messiah.
- When you defeat him, Belial congratulates you and comments that humans are more qualified for the Throne of Bel than demons are.
- Humans Are Cthulhu: When defeated, Belial comments how humans have much higher ability to harness the power of Bel than demons do.
- Knight Of Cerberus: The invincible Beldr's sudden arrival means that the game's plot just really went into overdrive.
- Lethal Lava Land: Jezebel's stage inside Amane's soul, until you do enough damage to set Amane free.
- Life Drain: Beldr does this with his Vampire Mist skill.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Beldr can't be hurt by anything except the Devil's Fuge. Not even Piercing physical attacks or Almighty attacks will scratch him.
- One-Winged Angel: Babel transforms into a demonic tower after you defeat the first form.
- Rage Against the Heavens: As they contain the hatred for God that the original King of Bel had, they all want this to some degree. Especially Belberith, who is made up of many Bels and thus has their hatred of God as well. Subverted depending on which path the Protagonist takes.
- Also subverted with Belzaboul, who doesn't care at all about the war of Bel and is only participating because his master Lucifer told him to serve Belberith.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: Their HP and MP are simply shown as "???", although their respective bar meters will still function as usual.
- Rule of Symbolism: There are Seven Days in the Lockdown and there are Seven Bels in the game.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Remiel is keeping Jezebel sealed inside Amane. Though it's a losing battle and she'll eventually gain the upper hand.
- Shows Damage: Babel's first form starts to shiver and convulse once its HP drop below about a third.
- Skippable Boss: If Haru has died, Belial will not come out into the open to take her. This is a bad thing, as it means that you don't have the chance to prove yourself to Remiel or Naoya, locking you out of their routes as well as Gin's.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Invoked with a few of the demons to make sure that there's a "bel" in there somewhere. One presumes that this game's incarnations of Baal, Bael, Belphegor, and Pabilsbag were also subject to this treatment.
- Fusing a Berserker will have it question if it's going to become Bel-Zerker, implying demons that gain the power of Bel work it into their name somewhere.
- Stars Are Souls: The form the original Bels pieces took before they became deities.
- Taken for Granite: Beldr's Stone + passive skill can inflict this.
- There Can Be Only One: The party gets embroiled in the contest between the Bels for the Throne of Bel. The winner gets God-like power, and it turns out that the Protagonist is in the running.
- Baal, Bael, Belphegor, and Pabilsbag were all defeated and absorbed by Belberith before the story began. Depending on the route, Belberith will also absorb Jezebel.
- Theme Naming: Their names all contain Bel.
- This Cannot Be!: Beldr's death quote.
- True Final Boss: Belberith for Yuzu's path in Overclocked.
- Undying Loyalty: Although it does want the Protagonist to become Overlord, Babel is loyal to him once it is defeated and follows his will obediently. It will even return to the Demon World along with all demons or become a tool that he can use as the Messiah without question.
- The Unfought: On Atsuro's route, Belberith absorbs Jezebel before the party can confront her, adding to the sense of urgency.
OkuninushiThe creator deity of Japan. Refuses to abdicate his nation to control of the King of Bel unless he can live up to his challenge: redeeming Cain, the first murderer.
- Back from the Dead: Is revived by his mother, Sasukuni-wakahime, every time he's slain in battle using the ability Mother's Warmth.
- Break Them by Talking: Even after beating him for the third time, Okuninushi isn't truly defeated. He only relents when he sees that Cain has genuinely changed, and that the protagonist truly is Messiah.
- Big Bad: Of Amane's eighth day.
- Cain and Abel: In his backstory, he is the Abel to his brother's Cain.
- Came Back Strong: Becomes stronger with each resurrection.
- Cherry Blossoms: Appear whenever he's talking or using his powers. He can also make them actually blossom on trees as well.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: Spawns at a different location after each revival.
- Graceful Loser: Once he sees that Naoya's changed, even if it was a tiny almost insignificant change that's described as a droplet in thousand-year-old ice that was believed unchangeable, he abdicates the rule of Japan to the Messiah and commands all his follower demons to heed him as the Messiah.
- Knight Templar: Would rather destroy Japan and create it anew than let it fall to control of the Angels, when he abdicated his rule in the past in order to let mankind rule itself and not be governed by a higher power.
- Not So Different: Inverted. Naoya claims that, since Okuninushi fled from his assault while Abel died and ascended as a Bel demon, he is more deserving to rule Japan than Okuninushi. Borders on Insane Troll Logic since Okuninushi was only able to flee after being killed several times and revived, while Abel was never revived after being killed once.
- The Power of Love: His mother's love revives and strengthens him during the battle. On top of the speculation by the party that Susano-o went to Honda since he longed to see a loved one, and it becomes implied that Okuninushi also wished for Honda to be reunited with his son since he's the one who sent Susano-o to him.
- Super Empowering: Bestows power upon Tamers in the lockdown who seek to escape. In Honda's case, he even sends him Susano-o so he can meet his son.
- Took a Level in Badass: In most games, he's a mid-game demon. Here? He's a True Final Boss who lives up to what we all expect of Atlus.
- True Final Boss: Of Amane's route.
- Whip It Good: His attack Anchor/Godly Whip, which hits all the characters on the field.