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Characters: Devil Survivor 2
The cast of Devil Survivor 2. Note that tropes applying to the anime are mixed with the game tropes:

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     Party Members 

The Entire Team

  • Back from the Dead: In the anime's finale, Hibiki convinces Polaris to resurrect the rest of the cast and restore the world.
  • Badass Crew: Notable that while the membership is variable depending on your actions, they will wind up kicking way more ass than the JP's regulars in the long run.
  • The Chosen Many: In the anime, at least, all the main characters (except Daichi) have the inherent ability to conjure unusually powerful demons. It's invoked in the anime in that they were scouted for their power beforehand rather than meeting up and being recruited by the hero by chance.
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: If you play as a silly Hero, the entire team will wind up playing this role for the Hero to a greater or lesser extent, though they'll never remove you as a leader since you get the job done despite being a goofball.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: If you worked on your fates you can re-recruit them this way near the end.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Unlike the first game protagonists, the explicit goal of the entire team is to do this until none of them are left standing, and at least two members of said team will do this on a one to one basis.
  • Kill Them All: Everyone in the anime except Yamato.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: Inverted. At the end of the game, regardless of what ending you're going for the whole team winds up storming what is more or less Heaven.
  • Meaningful Name: Every character's name relates to their star sign somehow (besides the protagonist's, for obvious reasons). For instance, "Akie" comes from the Japanese pronunciation of Aquarius (Joe's star sign, pronounced akueriasu) and "Jungo" comes from the word "zygos" (pronounced jugosu in Japanese) which means "to balance the scales;" Libra, Jungo's star sign, is represented by scales.
  • True Companions: To keep them together, it's highly advised this be the case by building everyone's Fate levels (preferably making an effort to have everyone have Stage 4 or above).
  • You Can't Fight Fate: The majority of the time you get them by averting their ordained deaths.

The Protagonist (AKA Hiro Kageyama/Hibiki Kuze)

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (anime) (Japanese), Patrick Poole (anime) (English)

An Ordinary Highschool Student living in Tokyo and studying for his college entrance exams. After signing up for the "death clip" website Nicaea he and his friends are granted access to the power of the Demon Summoning App and are enlisted by the secret government organization JP's in order to use their new powers to summon demons in order to fight back against the otherworldly Septentriones. While he is mute and his reactions are chosen by the player, he is noted to have strong leadership skills.
  • Aside Glance: Appears to give one to the player with a smile upon picking certain dialogue choices.
  • Badass
    • Badass In Charge: Everyone eventually nominates him for this role due to his ability to keep the team together and kick ass. Yamato himself makes it official.
    • Badass Adorable: Kicks all kinds of ass and still look cute in a bunnyhood coat.
    • Cultured Badass: Likes classical music and learned to play piano from when he was 1st grade until 6th grade.
    • invoked Iron Woobie: Thanks to the protagonist's unbelievable calmness despite the fact almost everyone else is traumatized, everyone is convinced he's the standard bearer for this. In fact, Daichi can even lampshade this during a dialogue option.
    • Submissive Badass: How Yamato sees him. In fact, this is explicitly why he comes to rely on him, and if the Hero doesn't go along with his plans, Yamato will epically lose his shit and try to kill your party in certain routes because he sees them as corrupting the only subordinate who was any good at his job to turn against him.
  • Boyfriend Bluff: Can pull this off with Io.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: You can make him act like one. Also, that hood...
  • Catch Phrase: Half the time you get a choice of dialogue, one of the options is "There's no other way," used equally where it would come off as comedic or serious.
  • Chick Magnet: Makoto develops a crush on him. Otome lampshades this and she herself has implicit trust in him and asks him to take care of her adopted daughter if she dies. Fumi becomes rather enamored of him and outright mentions it must be love between you when she rejoins the team if defeated prior. Follow through with Hinako's Fate route and she'll suggest that he pole dances, which could hint at some sort of attraction. Airi gets very flustered and apologetic around him, in classic Tsundere style. Io comes to depend heavily on his emotional support and Female Tico is very flirty with him in dialogue. Even Otome's daughter tells him right on his face that he's handsome.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: If you pick the sillier dialogue options.
    • And, this isn't entirely bad or foolish, as some of the goofier responses do keep everyone's spirits up, and considering this is a SMT universe, that's a good thing.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Lot's of blue and white, when most other characters have at least a little black in their wardrobe. His black hair does follow that, though.
  • Covert Pervert: You can choose to play him this way, joining Daichi in admiring the girls and spying on them taking a physical. The funniest option comes when at one point you, Otome, and Makoto fall and land with Makoto sitting on your face and Otome on your pelvis. You can either tell them, "Get off," or "This is nice..."
  • Dragon Ascendant: Yamato lampshades that if you side with him, you could wind up doing this, and he even admits that if this were to happen, he would be greatly impressed.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Yamato has an obsession with him that can be interpreted as a crush. Made more apparent in the anime. Alcor also constantly refers him as the Shining One.
  • Fun Personified: There's never a dull moment with him around. A lot of his dialogue choices and actions grow more comedic as time rolls on.
  • The Gadfly: Can be played this way. Most dialogue options are either serious or silly and some of the sillier ones have him messing with his friends. Think of calling Makoto a pervert even when she finally knocks before entering his room, sniffing her hand when she holds it out to him, yelling 'BOO!' at Io while she's lost in thought or trying to pull Daichi's pants down while he desperately tries to keep a box full of supplies from falling. The way the other characters react shows that he doesn't do this out of malice, but, as noted above, to keep everyone's spirits up in the Crapsack World that Japan has rapidly become.
  • Large Ham: A lot of his reactions are either subdued or exaggerated in dramatic or humorous situations.
  • Name's the Same : No, hes not related to JAM Project.
  • Nice Guy: An oft lampshaded trope, specifically tied to his Chick Magnet status.
  • Nice Hat: And a rather goofy one, as it makes him look like he has bunny ears.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, Daichi pulled a joke on him during Junior High School.
  • Messianic Archetype: Both Yamato and Ronaldo grow to start relying on him to be the standard bearer for their causes, and even the Anguished One refers to him as "Shining One".
    • Order Versus Chaos: As a result of being the one Polaris sees as the representative of the will of humanity, he can choose Egilitarian, Meritocracy, or the Reset Button Fixed to be the will the new world is founded on.
  • Promotion to Parent: Otome asks that he take care of her daughter if she should happen to die.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Some of his antics qualify for this and can even raise fate levels with characters.
  • Sad Clown / Stepford Smiler: Can be interpreted as this. A lot of his jokes and antics can be taken as a defense mechanism to keep everyone (and his own) spirits up.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: He has a Running Gag with Io and Daichi of him greeting them and surprising them. You can choose to play it up, but even when you choose the gentler greeting options, they frequently react with shock anyway.
  • Warrior Therapist: Doesn't pause a beat to get to know and understand people throughout the chaos going on. And the characters develop and become better people thanks to his help.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: Usually averted, but in the Kill Polaris's route, Polaris concludes that the protagonist is what keeps everyone fighting, so if he is killed during the second phase and onwards, you lose. Makes you wonder why he didn't do this during the first phase.
  • Western Zodiac: Later on revealed as Gemini. Ironically same as Yamato who already has a twin.

The anime adaptation Devil Survivor 2 portrays the protagonist as a distinct character, Hibiki Kuze, whose situation is largely the same as the original protagonist's, minus having his character defined wholly by the whims of the audience.

Tropes displayed by the protagonist in Devil Survivor 2:

  • All the Other Reindeer: As a kid he was picked on by a bunch of bullies mainly over his "nerdiness". It was Daichi that chased them all off.
  • All Your Powers Combined / The Power of Friendship: Shortly after Yamato fuses his demons to create Satan, Hibiki gets a Deus ex Machina moment by getting his dead friends' demons transferred to his phone. A mass fusion sequence later, he brings Lucifer and promptly defeats Yamato.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: While his tone and exact words could be chosen, the game's protagonist was in general fairly upbeat and tried his best to cheer people up. Anime Hibiki is a little more shaken by the events around him, and seems to struggle with himself quite a bit more.
  • Blank Slate: As a youth, he was an unemotional drone, likely as a result of his very neutral, aloof parents. Even his house had a very placid color scheme. He only began displaying a personality as he interacted with friends (namely Daichi), and it's implied that he backslides a bit when there's no one around (though at least now he's in touch with emotions like "fear" and "angst"). It's a fairly clever reflection of his Heroic Mime status and lack of backstory in the actual game.
  • Character Development: Early on he had a typical hero-complex and decided to let Yamato use him since it would be for the greater good. He comes to realize that Yamato was clearly not as benevolent as he'd hoped and that deferring to him was the easy way out. Therefore, doing the right thing meant thinking for himself and making his own decisions. As a result, he goes rogue with Ronaldo, but is less eager to immediately fall into line with his plans. When he's forced to re-align himself with Yamato out of necessity later, he goes into it ready to take him down if need be.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: He is the first to consider using his abilities for the good of others, rather than just trying to survive. It's the source of his not inconsiderable angst throughout the series.
  • Cry Cute: At the very end of the finale.
  • Elemental Powers: His summoned creatures are very much elementally aligned.
    • Playing with Fire: Suzaku is a giant fire-bird-thing, capable of making powerful bursts of flame.
    • Shock and Awe: His first summon is a giant electric tiger, Byakko.
  • The Everyman: Sociable but not eccentric. Time will tell where he'll go from there.
  • The Four Gods: His signature demon is Byakko (Baihu in the game) and by Tuesday he adds Suzaku (erroneously called Feng-Huang in the game) to his repertoire.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: Hibiki didn't seem that close to his parents. His father often telling him not to get in his mother's way or sounding harsh/uncaring when Hibiki starts coming home late. Would make sense why Hibiki doesn't particularly care about his parents when the disaster struck.
  • Heroic BSOD: Seeing the huge trail of dead summoners working for Yamato while facing Merak spurns him to let Ronaldo take him under his wing. He gets better when Io and Daichi come to his aid when he was meant to die by Phecda in Tuesday. Though this is pretty much short-lived once Ronaldo, Otome, and Joe all die by Megrez' last ditch attack. He keeps getting this one time too many he's just close to breaking apart.
  • Heroic Willpower: A requisite for summoning demons without being killed in the process. Hibiki is unique in that he has enough of it to summon something as powerful as Byakko by default.
  • Last of His Kind: With Yamato near the end. Lampshaded.
    Hibiki: The world is just you and me.
  • Only Sane Man: Hibiki is generally portrayed as a pretty sensible and insightful character in the anime, but this gets Played for Laughs in the drama CD, where everyone else reacts in hilariously inappropriate ways to Japan's desperate situation (i.e. Io worrying about the summoning app's data usage, Daichi scared that his driver's license will get revoked) and it's up to Hibiki to be the advocator of common sense.
  • The Promise: With Yamato in episode 9 to stay by his side until the end and pass judgment if he decides his existence is a sin.
  • Tender Tears: If you were surrounded by nothing but peril and death for a week, you'd be a bit emotional too.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In terms of his personal character. By episode 9, he analyzes all of Ronaldo's research and deduces most of JP's plans himself, becoming a bit more Genre Savvy. By this point he's coming to terms with all the pressure and getting over his angst, becoming more proactive and generally wising up. He's finally able to effectively call Yamato out, refuses to be intimidated, and sets his own terms.

Daichi Shijima

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)

A friend of The Protagonist and the one who introduces him to Nicaea. Being on the cusp of graduation, he tends to worry about growing up and the responsibilities that come with it. He is generally cheerful and easygoing, which can lead to him landing himself in trouble. When under pressure, he gets nervous easily.
  • Badass
  • Book Dumb
  • Break the Cutie: Similarly to Yuzu from the original game, Daichi is steadily broken down by the horrors around him, only truly recovering in his own route.
  • Butt Monkey: Mentioned in the email containing his second death clip. His luck doesn't improve much over the week and continues to have horrible things happen to him.
    "Is this his second time today!? How unlucky for him!"
    • Takes on Jungo's roll as the Iron Buttmonkey, almost pushing straight into Iron Woobie territory, if you failed to save him.
    • He's the only source of comedy in the anime since he only seems to get first tier demons over something else. Then he gets Black Frost, which is a giant evil snowman who's stronger than everyone else's demons, a fact explicitly confirmed by Makoto.
  • Bully Hunter: As a kid, he protected Hibiki from the bullies despite the risk of being harassed too.
  • Calling Your Attacks: When saving Hinako from many demons. But she scolds him for it because this isn't an anime.
  • Car Fu: He drives a truck into an alien in order to weaken it enough for the party to defeat. The jump and subsequent explosion also qualify it as a Dynamic Entry.
  • Covert Pervert: Comes up with the idea to spy on the girls' physical and sometimes spaces out when talking to or thinking about the various female party members.
  • Cowardly Lion: Very scared and panicky, he gets scolded for being the coward of the team. But he is actually incredibly brave when he needs to to fight hordes of demons or a divine being by himself to save others.
  • Curtains Match The Windows
  • Distressed Dude: Ends up being used as a Human Shield by Ronaldo's subordinates so that they can kill Jungo. It works if you don't get there in time.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: As his friends are fleeing from Dubhe's explosive finish, Daichi drives a truck off from the highway to fall on top of Dubhe, weakening it enough for the party to defeat it for good. It turns out he jumped off the truck before it fell, and he's seen hanging from the broken highway.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: Does this while offering to carry a cardboard box (we know, pathetic).
    Daichi: "You go on ahead. I'll take care of this!"
  • Jack of All Trades: He's balanced at the beginning of the game and continues at the end with focus on attack and agility. Naturally, he ends up falling flat because of it.
    • Unless you crack the Multi-Hit (2-7 low-strength physical hits against one target, EACH of which can be critical, with damage-per-hit dependent on Strength and the number of hits based on Agility) skill, and later in the game the Multi-Strike skill (same, except it's 2-7 hits PER ENEMY for the ENTIRE ENEMY PARTY). Toss in Grimore+ (auto ability that makes status effects much more likely to happen) and Stone+ (each hit has a chance to turn the enemy to stone), and Daichi becomes a demon-murdering machine second only to the slightly-stronger, but lower-health Hinako.
  • Killed Off for Real: While he appears in Nicaea twice, Daichi averts this due to the fact a route is centered around him. There's also the fact that if he died, there would have been no one to drive a truck into Dubhe.
    • Played straight in the anime, where Polaris eats him and Io.
  • The Lancer
  • Literally Shattered Lives: In his death clip on the first day. He is frozen solid by Bai Suzhen, topples over and breaks in a thousand pieces.
  • Luminescent Blush: You can tell he's either thinking that awesome stuff will happen to him...or drooling at hot girls (he's looking at you, Makoto).
  • Order Versus Chaos: Neutral aligned.
  • The Peeping Tom: It's a good excuse to do for having to suffer through all the battles with aliens and demons, right?
  • Reluctant Warrior: Especially after his Distressed Dude moment. He always tries to find ways to help without fighting. Unfortunately for him, Violence Is the Only Option most of the time.
  • Running Gag: He gets offered various oddly flavored drinks during the week. The fantastic fusion of natural spring water and takoyaki puree for one. Even 1mg of Miso is enough!
  • Take a Third Option
  • The Watson: Like Yuzu before him, he has to have things explained to him a few times. However, even after these explanations he still never understands it.
  • Western Zodiac: Leo.
  • Where Are They Now: In the true ending, Daichi resolves himself to look forward to adulthood.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks that, if you pick his route or the Anguished One's if you manage to recruit him, Yamato is so the last boss. Everyone is plain confused at this statement (and you can act confused).
    Daichi: He’ll be waiting on a throne in some castle and say, “Haha, well done making it this far!”

Io Nitta

Voiced by: Aya Uchida (Japanese), Jessica Boone (English)

Another student at The Protagonist's and Daichi's school whose intelligence and looks have earned her (according to Daichi) the attention of many of her male classmates. Unlike most Shin Megami Tensei games, she is not friends with the Protagonist and his friend, Daichi, before the game starts, and they have just met each other over the course of the game. Despite her reputation, she isn't very assertive and instead tends to go along with what others say.
  • Action Girl:She has a lack of assertiveness, but this doesn't mean she can't fight.
  • Badass/Took a Level in Badass
  • Badass Boast: If you pick any path beside Neutral she freely delivers these while channeling Lugh's power.
    "I vow upon this spear...I will not be defeated. Now... come! Try and break my spear, if you can!"
  • Boyfriend Bluff: She gets asked out by a punk in Osaka before the Protagonist comes in. Doing this trope is one of the choices to shoo him away, but even so, Io isn't going to mind much.
    • Not much later, the Protagonist can witness her being dragged away by a well-meaning but pushy woman who thinks Io is a refugee looking for help. Io isn't assertive enough to tell the woman she can take care of herself and one of the options for the Protagonist is to step in and tell the woman he is Io's boyfriend. The woman then lets go of her and tells the Protagonist to keep her safe.
  • Buxom Is Better: Atlus is STILL fond of this trope.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: While Devil Survivor 2's deaths are quite a bit more gruesome than Devil Survivor's (where you won't see most of the deaths taking place), Io's death is taken Up to Eleven. After you call out to her, this green substance pours out of her mouth, her body convulses violently for a few minutes and then she eventually explodes, leaving her body in a bloody, gory mess, before her sprite fades away.
  • Curtains Match The Windows
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: An Action Girl with a schoolgirl skirt? Sweet!
  • Demonic Possession: She gets taken over by Lugh's spirit to empower the Dragon Stream. You DID notice this in the opening, right?
    • And if you're taking a route that isn't Daichi's, she seems to have mastered the power to use this... against your butt, of course. Joining up with her doesn't yield the same result, sadly, although at least defeating her in this form allows you to fuse him.
      • In the anime, Mizar becomes a Bait-and-Switch Boss by having Lugh become the actual threat of the episode, who wishes to annihilate Yamato for his meddling. Luckily, through The Power of Friendship, Hibiki snaps Io from her possessed state.
  • Gag Boobs: Not to mention they defy gravity.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When she's possessed by Lugh's essence.
  • Heroic BSOD: Admits to having gone through this for most of the game. Given her general personality, most of the characters completely miss this.
  • Killed Off for Real: If you don't console her beforehand, the strain of taking in Lugh's essence to materialize the Dragon Stream to attack Mizar will kill her.
    • In the anime, she and Daichi are literally eaten by Polaris in the penultimate episode.
  • Magic Knight: Her stat growth favors both Strength and Magic, with emphasis on Magic though they both eventually max out, at the expense of her Vitality and Agility.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Neutrality aligned. Can be persuaded to join either the Law or Chaos factions.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both of her parents die just at the start of Tuesday, despite the fact the previous day they weren't seen at their apartment.
    • It doubles as Player Punch once you reach the point where she is expected to die for taking Lugh's essence. She goes through a LOT more shit than everyone else, except maybe Daichi, in the cast does.
      • In the True Ending, due to the Reset Button, she is no longer an orphan.
  • Physical God: While channeling Lugh's power. Her race even changes to Deity!
  • Plucky Girl: Her Fate route revolves around her reluctance to voice her own opinions. Progressing through it will turn her into a more upfront person who isn't afraid to say what she thinks.
  • Shrinking Violet: She prefers to keep to herself, never voicing her own opinions in fear of causing problems.
  • Stealth-Based Mission: Paid homage to in one mission in a way that would make Solid Snake proud.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Let's see. Her parents die in Tuesday and she only gets a few words from her mother before she passes away due to her injuries, which then puts Io into an Heroic BSOD until she is slowly brought to her senses. Much later on when you think destiny is being kind to her, she's the only one from the group who needs to face the chance of dying to obtain Lugh's essence, and that puts her back to the Heroic BSOD territory. Even worse is that she can truly die if you don't console her before the mission starts.
  • Western Zodiac: Taurus.
  • Where Are They Now: In the true ending, Io befriends the Protagonist and Daichi, except she now voices her opinions without doubting herself.

Yamato Hotsuin

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (teenager), Megumi Ogata (child) (Japanese), John Gremillion (English)

The very young leader of the Japan Meteorological Agency - Geomagnetism Research Department, or JP's for short, a secret organization that, in his words, has protected Japan from the supernatural for ages. As a member of the Hotsuin family he has access to the Dragon Stream, a stream of chi that courses throughout Japan. His upbringing has left him with little in the way of empathy or any social skills outside of leadership and administration.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: He's been running JP's since he was a child, and he's still a teenager when you meet him.
  • Ambiguously Hibiki/"Protagonist"-sexual: You could make a case for it in the game, and a stronger one in the anime.
  • Ax-Crazy: The animes portrayal of him has the reason so many JP members die is because Yamato is using the crisis as an excuse to get the people he deems deficient (or to quote his favorite word, "trash") killed by the droves. What is clear is that not only is he unapologetic about the deaths, they seem to make him proud.
  • Benevolent Boss: Yes, he is a Jerk Ass. Yes, he treats most of his subordinates as pawns, and yes, he considers most of them expendable. Conversely, he does go the extra mile to support the employees he does find valuable, assigns the less competent employees to things they won't fail at as opposed to bitching them out, and according to Fumi, he essentially handed the research department a blank check.
    • Bad Boss: On the other hand, the reason he doesn't punish subordinates who fail him is because he doesn't believe they're capable of learning and improving. If you die in his service, you aren't worth a second's thought more for the same reason.
  • Badass
  • Expy: A cold hearted badass obsessed with a young individual and has quite strange hair will remind many of Mukuro Rokudo from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!.
    • Four-Star Badass: The JSDF follow orders from JP's without complaint, so it can be reasonably inferred he has the authority to make the JSDF dance to his tune, hence this trope is in effect. That, and he has his own forces (both mortal and demon) that he commands.
    • Lamarck Was Right: His ability to control the Dragon Stream has been passed down the Hotsuin line for generations.
    • Sealed Badass in a Can: Holds the can opener to several of these.
    • Sociopathic Hero: He's this to JP's. Specifically, he has practically zero compassion, but he is legitimately good at being a leader otherwise.
      • This also gets played for tragedy throughout the game. Daichi keeps expressing incredulity at Yamato's lack of a "normal life", and Yamato himself wonders what it would be like, even wistfully accepting a possible invitation by the Hero to learn more about the subject. Unfortunately, this happens a little too late for Yamato to develop enough of sense of his own humanity to reconsider his goals.
    • Worthy Opponent: Ronaldo will consider him one, though Yamato won't even acknowledge that fact until he's defeated in the Egilitarian route. On the other hand, should he and the Hero be at odds, he would consider him a worthy foe.
    • Following on the Evangelion-like structure of the plot, Yamato fills the role of Gendo: A genius young, cold and manipulative leader for the secret organization battling the Ange- errrr, Sepentriones, who is aware of the full story behind it for the entire plot, holds the keys to most of the plot's secrets, and is planning to use the powers behind it to advance his own agenda. Character-wise the two are somewhat different, however.
  • Berserk Button: Choosing any route beside his own makes him throw a nasty tantrum in Daichi and Alcor's route particularly because he convinces himself that the protagonist was poisoned by the others to make him side with someone else. You can calm him down in Daichi's route at least after you beat him in battle.
  • Big Bad Friend: In the anime. Where he is the main and final antagonist to be fought, and makes it very clear he has no problem murdering those he considers "friends" to get what he wants.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: The time when Ronaldo finally breaks into an official meeting to accuse Yamato of how things stand, Yamato casually asks who the hell is the guy, despite the fact Ronaldo and his rather terrorist actions have been causing quite a lot of trouble for JP's till that point.
  • Child Prodigy: He was taking college level classes at five. Most kids haven't fully grasped how conservation works at that age. Explanation 
  • Comes Great Responsibility: In his own, twisted way, he honestly believes this in the anime - he believes all power comes as a trial for those worthy of it.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He does get rather possessive of the protagonist as time goes on but choosing a different route but his own puts this at full force combined with his yandere tendency. The anime decides to take this trope (along with the yandere) and take it up a notch when concerning Hibiki.
  • Crazy-Prepared: From everyone else's perspective, the sheer amount of fallback plans Yamato pulls out of his ass to fend off his enemies seems like this. However, when the characters in universe stop to consider things for a moment (and Yamato emphasizes), his organization is supposed to kick the ass of anything supernatural that looks at humanity funny, which, given this a SMT universe, is a very reasonable course of action.
    • He also leads you to a spot where he can easily channel the Dragon Stream to either give him a significant advantage in speed should you fight him in the Law/Neutral routes or create a large field around your starting location that drains your HP and MP every turn in Anguished One's route.
    • Of course, part of the reason he's so prepared is that he's known specifically about what's coming thanks to Alcor feeding him and his family technology and intel.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In Ronaldo's route. It's easy to think that he just got crushed by the Tsuutenkaku, but if you look closely, he's actually missing the lower half of his body. And he's still alive for a few moments after this.
  • Curtains Match The Windows
  • Cute Little Fangs: Has them in his yelling sprite.
  • Defrosting Ice King: He starts off seeing the hero as a pawn in his plans, but once the protagonist starts proving his worth, he starts to notice and praise him for his efforts before he completely starts to open up to only up to the hero. If you choose his route, he's pretty much defrosted only to the protagonist as Makoto points out.
  • Driven to Suicide: In Alcor's route.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: His death in Ronaldo's route. He uses too much of the Dragon Stream's power, causing the top of the Tsuutentaku to topple. He uses his phone to blow everyone out of the way so that the Tsuutentaku crushes only him.
    • Taking You with Me: When he fails to disable Alcor with the Dragon Stream, he flings himself off the platform, although he appears to disintegrate in midair due to the effects of Alcor's retaliatory attack.
  • First Name Basis: With the Hero eventually. In the anime, he already calls Hibiki by his first name the minute of introduction.
  • Friendless Background: The animation even gave him a flashback where tiny Yamato is curiously looking out of the car window at families having fun in a festival only to get chastised because he shouldn't concern himself with such lowly civilian things.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was born into a high ranking family where is life was already decided for him from the day he was born. He lost his parents at a young age (not like he cared given they may not have been the best parents given his view of the world) and was given extremely high expectations. Because he was forced to be an elite, he was not given the opportunity to socialize with anyone his age making him unable to understand normal people. Finally, he's expected to lay his life down for Japan despite the fact that the people who he's supposed to protect are corrupt, cowardly bastards (demonstrated in the anime). The only person he could associate with is Alcor (and he ends up leaving him when Alcor disapproved of the world that Yamato wanted). It's no wonder he's such a huge Jerkass and difficult to defrost.
  • General Rock: Yamato is well aware that some of his troops don't like him very much, but he still has their loyalty because he himself is not afraid to get his hands dirty, a fact he explicitly affirms at one point.
  • Glass Cannon: Has similar stat growths to Io and Makoto, with a huge emphasis on Strength and Magic. To compensate, he is slower than frozen molasses and has the vitality of a wet tissue paper.
  • Graceful Loser: In the Neutral route, not only will he concede the right to create a new world to the Hero, you can even get him to make peace with Ronaldo, and both will follow him, trusting he has a better idea how to make a better world than themselves. This is rather notable when you remember Yamato popped a cap in Ronaldo's mentor, if possibly only at second hand, and was a total Jerk Ass for most of the game.
  • Half Truth: He promised to protect Kama. Protect Kama's memory that is.
  • Hero Antagonist/Villain Protagonist: He makes it clear very early on he wants a Social Darwinist world to replace the current one, but is still more or less a good guy because he's got the resources to keep things from coming totally unglued and is proactively doing so, but he also makes it clear at the same time that he'll eventually cease this and forge his Meritocracy world, meaning until that point, despite most of the rest of your team not liking his goals/attitude, they are forced to work with him up till then out of mutual benefit.
  • Irony: He's the leader of an officially recognized government organization and operates with the legal sanction of the Japanese government, yet he's a Social Darwinist who wants a world where the strong winnow out the weak, which makes him a follower of Chaos despite his stated intentions to follow JP's charter to ensure the survival of Japan, which is Lawful.
    • Made even more ironic in Ronaldo's or Daichi's route when he fights you and both of his demons are Vile Arioch and Remiel. Both of which belong to races that are lawful.
    • It's even more ironic when you consider that his ideal world rewards those who live by their own strength and not by their connections, yet the reason Yamoto is the head of JP's is because of his family inheritance.
      • Of course, if he had failed to lived up to family expectations, he would had to kill his way back into JP's due to being disowned. He is probably not above becoming a Self-Made Orphan at all.
    • His Meritocracy and Social Darwinist world will bring the World back on the path of order Polaris desires.
    • Of course, all of the above falls apart if the routes in the game are focused more on star sign qualities than traditional Law & Chaos. Then the irony becomes the fact that Cardinal signs (Ronaldo/Aries) are associated with driven, self-motivated leaders, and the Mutable signs (Yamato/Gemini) are associated with the flexible, accommodating reconcilers.
  • It's All My Fault: A subtle example he doesn't say out loud in the anime but he tells Hibiki that Makoto and Alcor were killed by him. The thing is though that Makoto gave her life for Yamato to defeat Alcor and even then Alcor did a Taking You with Me instead of dying by Yamato's hands making it his choice instead of an actual death. In other words, he's taking the blame for their deaths that was out of his hands. Of course he planned on having everyone else die when he goes to Polaris so they would have died regardless.
  • Jerkass<->Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He DOES evolve into this if only slightly during the chaos route and neutral route (after you calm him down). His FATE system does involve getting him to open up to others and other people's views.
    • Not only was Makoto held in high regard for Yamato in the anime, but her death had a significant toll on him when she made a Taking the Bullet against Alcor. Then we learn everyone would die when he goes to meet Polaris as the void consumes everything, meaning she'd die even if she didn't sacrifice herself.
  • Kick the Dog: While Yamato initially comes off as an Jerkass but competent leader, the first indication of his ruthlessness you get is when you ask him about Ronaldo's missing partner. Yamato outright brags about "disposing" of him, saying that the fool should have never thought to challenge JP's. Turns out the man in question is still alive, having faked his death, so Yamato was either bluffing to intimidate the protagonist or he really didn't know. He's still a useful ally.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Ronaldo's and Alcor's routes.
  • Lack of Empathy: Downplayed. The cast accuses him of having no emotions or compassion for the common people who die and his entire merit system lacks the cooperation of the people. By the protagonist talking to him, its revealed he does have emotions but isn't capable of expressing them well. In the neutral route, he acknowledges this flaw and strives to overcome it.
  • Last of His Kind: With Hibiki near the end of anime. Lampshaded.
    Hibiki: The world is just you and me.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Toward Hibiki in the anime.
  • No Social Skills: Has absolutely no sense of compassion because of the way he was brought up.
  • Not So Different: In the anime to Polaris, with his view and treatment of everyone as disposable tools.
  • Not So Stoic: Even though he considers all of his underlings expendable, Yamato is visibly shaken by Makoto's death in the anime.
  • Only Friend: He declares the protagonist as the only one he considers a friend during his route. He was also one for Alcor although he'll deny it.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Chaos aligned. Will never join Law, but can be persuaded to join Neutral.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Blatantly for the protagonist near the end. Though he doesn't word it nearly quite as meekly.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In a bit of a Jerk Ass way. He values his subordinates if they're truly useful. If they're not as useful as he'd like, he'll tolerate them as he does realize some people are not cut out for what's going on. If they fail, he expected as much and won't punish them so long as they at least continue to do what they won't fail at, which surprises many of his followers who honestly expected to be punished.
  • Sadistic Choice: In a sense in episode 11. He could either have everyone die (including him) if he kept the barrier up or let the barrier go and have everyone fend for themselves. Given his personality, he chose the latter to fight Benetsnach personally resulting in Airi, Jungo and Hinako getting killed and Hibiki calls him out on his actions.
  • Scars Are Forever: Gets one in the final episode of the anime and still has it even after Hibiki gets the Triumphant ending.
  • Social Darwinist: Wants to create a world of merit where the strong/skilled rise in rank and prosper, while the incompetent and weak are left to die. Reflects on how he treats the majority of JP's members.
  • So Proud of You: The more Genre Savvy your reactions are to what's going on directly correlates to the amount of compliments he'll give you. In fact, giving him all the right responses more or less will make him your best friend.
  • The Stoic: Yamato is generally calm and serious throughout the entire crisis only showing annoyance or amusement depending on the situation. But...
    • Not So Stoic: He's capable of emotions such as when he tries out takoyaki and his interaction with the protagonist in general. In fact, because he's not use to displaying other emotions besides his three default emotions if he's forced into unfamiliar territory, he won't react well at all.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Eventually with the protagonist alone. By the time you near the end he'll be all smiles and praises.
  • Super Speed: His Agility growth is by no means good (in fact it's pretty bad), but if you battle him, he will channel the Dragon Stream to make his speed ridiculously high, making his turns come around super fast. Not only that, but he will get faster as the battle goes on.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: If his subordinates aren't as efficient as he'd like, he says this about them.
  • Taking the Bullet: He pushes everyone off right before the top of Osaka's tower crushes them in Ronaldo's route.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: After being introduced to it by the protagonist, takoyaki.
  • Tragic Monster: While he isn't flagrantly evil nor malicious by deliberate choice, the reason he's such a darwinistic prick is due to have an upbringing that made him an excellent leader at the cost of a more balanced view of how capable humanity can and should be, not to mention learning almost nothing about the concept of compassion. However, if you pick the Neutral route or even the Chaos route, the Hero can help him start to acquire some humanity.
  • Western Zodiac: Gemini.
    • All There in the Manual: The art book mentions that he has a younger twin sister, Miyako, which ties into his sign.
  • Where Are They Now: In the true ending, Yamato is regarded as a person of high authority among the citizens.
  • Yandere: Some of his dialogue to your friends when you fight him can be interpreted as this.
    "You are the ones that corrupted him!...That ends here. I will slit your throats and see that he comes to his senses!"
    • In the anime, he tells Io right after Hibiki saves her from being killed by possession of Lugh that he won't let Hibiki die on him because in his own words, "Hibiki is mine." Mind you he had full intention of killing her to prevent Lugh from destroying everything but given his obsession with Hibiki in the anime is taken up a notch...
  • Younger Than They Look: He's 17 years old, younger than the Protagonist and his friends, yet certainly doesn't look, let alone act, like one. Strangely enough, Daichi can tell right away that Yamato is younger than them.

Makoto Sako

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Amy Morris (English)

A member of JP's Tokyo branch. She takes her duties very seriously and initially comes off to the Protagonist and his friends as shady and a little frightening. Once one gets past her professional demeanor she is discovered to have a softer and highly loyal, if still somewhat stern, side.

Otome Yanagiya

Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi (Japanese), Molly Searcy (English)

An expert doctor who works for JP's Osaka branch. She's a very talented doctor ready to do her job in the chaos, and her high spirits keep her always happy. Apart from being a doctor, she has an adopted daughter named Koharu whom she looks out for all the time, even though the added stress of her two jobs fall upon her shoulders.

Fumi Kanno

Voiced by: Rikako Yamaguchi (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English)

JP's technical expert. She has an all-consuming interest in computers, electronics, and experiments, caring little for anything else, giving her a detached and eccentric air. Even her thinking and reasoning processes are coldly neutral and analytic.

Airi Ban

Voiced by: Kana Asumi (Japanese), Cynthia Martinez (English)

A first-year Nagoya High School student who joined JP's Nagoya branch to fight demons. She's an extremely Fiery Redhead, but deep down, she cares for others even though they annoy her a lot indirectly. She hides a dream that she let go due to financial issues with her family.

Jungo Torii

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese), Ty Mahany (English)

A young chef living in Nagoya. Simple-minded in how he views the world, he is intensely loyal towards those he considers to be his friends. It's strongly advised that you do not hurt one of them or else you'll probably die with a punch. Otherwise, he's always ready to give chawanmushi.
  • Adorkable: Especially when he's half asleep, or fathering an injured cat, or just being friendly and offering(/pushing) chawanmushi or other bizarre foods to everyone.
  • Always Save the Girl: In the anime, Jungo has a habit of saving Airi over everyone else in the party and has prevented her death multiple times. Sadly, even in his dying moments, he tried to save Airi but failed and ends up dying with her.
  • Badass: He proves this in his very first scene, where you get to watch him punch out rioters and break their cell phones.
    • Beware the Nice Ones: When not kicking demon ass, he wouldn't hurt a fly. When pissed, he's basically wrath incarnate and won't remember what happened when he was curb-stomping enemies.
    • Does this in his intro and when defending his pet cat.
  • Berserk Button: His cat. He beats down a gang of demons with his bare hands for messing with his cat.
  • The Big Guy: Heck, even one of his unlocks is basically an expy of Daimajin.
  • Book Dumb: Names his cat Jungo because "it's the easiest name [he] can remember."
  • Chef of Iron: His stats are geared towards physical attacks.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Right after you save him from getting in over his head against the rioters, he immediately takes off to go do it again because there are people in trouble that need his help.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Cool Pet: He trains his cat to be a sushi chef.
  • Crazy Animal Guy: Should you reject his desire to be friends on Saturday he'll become friends with a unsettling number of animals.
  • Dumb Is Good: He's simple, but he's also one of the most honest, loyal, and compassionate members of JP's.
  • Dumb Muscle
  • Funny Afro: Gets it twice during a failed experiment with Fumi.
  • Friend to All Living Things
  • Gentle Giant: He's a somewhat scary looking man who loves to cook, is kind to small animals, and protects his friends.
  • Iron Buttmonkey: Treated as a lab rat by Fumi and smacked around by Airi. Still the friendliest guy you'll know.
  • Killed Off for Real: If you don't save him in time, he gets stabbed to death by the mob holding Daichi hostage.
    • In the anime, he tries to rescue Airi from dozens of exploding Dubhes until they're completely cornered and killed.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: His Fate events follow his efforts at saving and caring for an injured cat. In the anime his main demon is Neko Shogun, and his restaurant is shown to be full of strays.

Keita Wakui

Voiced by: Fuko Saito (Japanese), Connor Leach (English)

A high school boxer from the city of Osaka. He prefers to work alone and is rather dismissive of other people. Despite his cold rejection of others he is all-too eager to be a demon tamer, and often runs into situations without thinking.

Hinako Kujou

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Joanne Bonasso (English)

A young woman from Osaka who is studying various types of dancing styles from all over the world. She has a very upfront personality and will always come to the aid of those who are suffering or in danger, regardless of the danger posed to herself.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The white part of her outfit is simply white in the anime, as opposed to having blue floral accents like in the game.
  • Attention Whore: Minor example. She wears that outfit because she really likes getting attention from the guys, even though the weather's too cold for it. She won't change clothes, because otherwise she'd just be "another boring girl with glasses." If you peek in on the girls' physical, she's quite proud of her bust size and will later fish for complements from the MC.
  • Badass
  • Bandage Babe: In the Animation.
  • The Big Guy: She is noticeably taller than most of the other characters, and this is her combat role in a nutshell.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The protagonist can play the boke in all the conversations in her Fate route, and she's perfectly happy to play along with the joke before delivering the tsukkomi.
  • Boobs of Steel: She doesn't actually have the biggest rack of the group (that honor goes to Fumi), but she is still stacked enough for the dialogue box to identify her as "buxom woman" before she introduces herself, and her stat growth focuses solely on strength and agility.
  • Cool Big Sis: Assumes this role not long after joining.
  • Curtains Match The Windows
  • Dance Battler: She actually is a dancer, and she fights demons. Though the player is not likely to give her the Dance attacks, as she is extremely lacking in Magic.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: She always wears a miniskirt when she fights, and it's a miracle she somehow never gets a Panty Shot.
  • Exposed to the Elements:
    • Averted and deconstructed. She is cold in that, but she'd rather wear it anyway.
    • Hilariously lampshaded if you take Team Osaka to Mount Fuji, where it's well below freezing.
  • Fragile Speedster: Her stats focus on speed and physical attacks to a greater extent than Keita, at the expense of her defenses.
  • Guile Hero: She grew up learning the art of haggling, and you can even compliment her for this.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Has this with Airi.
  • Hidden Depths: She deduces the Septentriones are named after stars and their number based on a handful of facts, revealing a knowledge of astronomy in the process.
  • Hot-Blooded: She calls herself "spirited", which is putting it lightly. Hinako is all about passion, whether it comes to fighting demons or shouting at street vendors for overcharging people.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: More like the Reckless One from Osaka, but otherwise fits.
    • Actually, Joe fits the general goofball Kansai stereotype better than her. She fits more into the fiery, argumentative, haggling Osaka stereotype.
  • Idiot Hero: She has the reckless tendencies of one, but that's about it.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Subverted: She gets the attention she enjoys as a talented dancer, the "special" she desires to be is someone that can actually help people during the crises occurring in Japan.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: There is no way that outfit is anything other than custom made, and its a mystery how Hinako doesn't suffer a clothing malfunction.
    • A clothing malfunction is not weird in this spin-off, funnily enough. Why, Hinako may as well be an Expy of Haru just because of this.
  • Jumped at the Call: Given that you run into her on your first (full) ingame day, it couldn't have been long since she became a demon tamer. Nevertheless, she's already protecting people wherever she can, and she asks if she can join JPs the moment you meet her.
  • Killed Off for Real: Hinako averts this. She will absolutely join Daichi's route by default.
    • In the anime, She nearly dies but shows up with a bandaged head at the end of Episode 7, much to Hibiki's relief.
      • Then she dies in Episode 11 after falling down within a large herd of Dubhes.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Strength and Agility are her best stats by far, making her ideal for Multi-Strike (see Magikarp Power below).
  • Magikarp Power: Fairly bad in battle for most of the game, with an unfocused blend of strength and Magic, poor vit and an agility stat that seems much higher than needed, but when you crack MultiStrike, an abusively powerful move that hits all enemies multiple times based on agility (up to seven hits each), you'll find Hinako's stats are PERFECT for using this skill at devastating power, her ridiculous Agility resulting in her going first and wiping out many mobs before they can act, her magic JUST enough not to be crippled by magic hits and to spam Diarma so she can keep doing this, and Vit being a dump stat she no longer needs..... She'll go from being lackluster to being by far your best damage dealer.
  • Meganekko
  • Ms. Fanservice: Very hilariously lampshaded at one point.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Neutrality aligned. Can be persuaded to join Law or Chaos factions.
  • Stripperiffic: Lampshaded a few times. She mentions on Thursday that she's freezing (as the game takes place in late autumn/early winter), and Airi even goes so far as to call her a slut at one point.
  • Plucky Girl: She develops a subtler side of this at the end of her Fate Route. When she visited her parents, she found them staring dejectedly at the rubble of their former home and dance school, but Hinako snaps them out of it because things could have gone much worse.
  • Shipper on Deck: Towards the end of Io's event chain she and Airi try to get Io and the Protagonist alone together.
  • Taking the Bullet: She defends Hibiki from a Merak Missile in the anime. Although she appears dead, it looks like she made it by the end of episode 4.
    • Confirmed to have survived the fatal injuries by Episode 7.
  • Take Up My Sword: In the anime, she takes the dead Keita's Berserker to her arsenal of demons, making it her powerhouse.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to an SDF soldier who wouldn't leave his assigned post to help an obviously distressed civilian.
    • She's also the team member most likely to call out Yamato over his more dickish decisions.
  • Western Zodiac: Pisces.
  • Where Are They Now: In the true ending, Hinako keeps dancing to entertain people, with Airi giving her a hand by playing the piano.

Yuzuru "Joe" Akie

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (Japanese), Mark X. Laskowski (English)

A salaryman that the Protagonist and his friends run into shortly after witnessing Tokyo's devastation. Fond of teasing and corny wordplay, his personality is very laid back and good-natured. However, his cheery facade conceals secrets that he avoids talking about at all costs.
  • Badass
    • Beware the Silly Ones: Yes, he's a bit goofy, but he's actually quite good in a fight.
    • Brought Down to Badass: Crossed with Badass in Distress when he loses the ability to summon demons one level when his cellphone battery dies and you have to rescue him. The reasons he's still badass is the fact he still keeps his cool even while watching demons kill people left and right and, if he's attacked, he's still tough enough to take a lot more hits than the average civilian.
    • Heartbroken Badass: He becomes this after his ill girlfriend dies in his Fate route, but he resolves himself to not be late for anything ever again.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Attempts to be, with amusing results.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Self described.
  • Camp Straight: A bit obsessed with his fashion and tends to flirt with Daichi. But he has a girlfriend who he genuinely loves.
  • Covert Pervert: Spies on the (mostly high school aged) girls' physical exam.
  • Curtains Match The Windows
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: He really doesn't like his real name, greatly preferring to be called Joe.
  • Fragile Speedster: For most of the game, he focuses on agility more than anything else with magic being his second ability. Because of this, he'll almost always attack first in battle, but he doesn't have a good defense so he'll go down if he's not dodging physical attacks or if he doesn't kill the opponent first.
  • Expy: Seems like a more mature version of Junpei Iori from Persona3 who is struggling a happy ending with Chidori, right?
  • Jumped at the Call: Averted at first, as he originally had no idea what he was doing, but after you clue him in on Demon Summoning 101 he takes to it like a fish to water.
  • Killed Off for Real: If you don't save him in time, he's turned to ash by a Pyro Jack while trying to lead away civilians before Ronaldo can help him.
    • In the anime, Megrez buds manage to vaporize him off-screen.
  • Malaproper: Tends to get words wrong or mispronounce them badly. Sometimes it's just rhyming slang, and one of the early dialog options with him has you point this out to Daichi and Io.
  • Moment Killer: His sense of humor tends to do this.
  • Never Found the Body: In the anime.
  • Nice Hat: Part of his Sharp-Dressed Man appeal.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He prefers to act irresponsible, but he has moments of surprising insight.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Law sympathizer. Can be persuaded to join Neutral or Chaos factions. In the anime, he's already aligned with Law because his girlfriend already died sometime before Day 3.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man
  • Stealth Expert:
    • Of the "socially invisible" variety. If you join Daichi in spying on the girls' physical, Joe speaks up at some point. He's been standing there in the open the whole time and doesn't bother lowering his voice, saying that at his age he's learned to "just fade into the shadows."
    • On the other hand, if you don't choose to spy on them, Daichi later accuses Joe of blowing it by knocking something over.
  • Sunglasses at Night
  • The Nicknamer: Calls Ronaldo "Clicky" (which is a corruption and Japanese homonym of Kuriki), much to the latter's annoyance. Also calls Jungo "Jumbo" a few times.
  • The Peeping Tom: With Daichi.
  • The Pollyanna: Rarely ever loses his upbeat demeanor.
  • Western Zodiac: Aquarius.
  • Where Are They Now: In the true ending, Joe is seen walking together with a woman, who is certainly his supposedly-dead girlfriend.

Ronaldo Kuriki

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese), Jason Douglas (English)

A private detective who fights in the pursuit of justice. He views Yamato and JP's as evil and in the wake of Japan's devestation rallies activists against them in the city of Nagoya. His strong sense of justice often blinds him of what's more important, often driving him to commit immoral acts.
  • Anti-Villain: See Just Like Robin Hood for what he's like at first. However, he slowly shifts to a more villainous role due to He Who Fights Monsters. If you max out his Fate route he shifts back to being a more honorable person, but it doesn't change his behavior in main plot scenes at all.
  • Anti-Villianous Breakdown: He does not take it well if you side with Makoto on the Sixth Day.
    • He has an even worse breakdown upon being defeated in Yamato's route.
  • Badass
    • Badass Longcoat: It's only drawn like a longcoat in the above artwork; it's just a regular-length jacket otherwise.
    • One-Man Army: It is entirely possible for him to take down Phecda down by himself.
  • But Not Too Foreign: If the name is anything to go by, he's likely part Brazilian/Latino.
  • Curtains Match The Windows
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He passes out from the liquor in one piece of chocolate.
  • Determinator: Unwilling to give up or compromise no matter how bad things look, to the degree that he'd rather kill himself through Suicide by Cop in Alcor's route than to admit defeat and join you.
  • Driven to Suicide: In Alcor's route and Yamato's route.
    • Suicide by Cop / Taking You with Me: He tackles and pins Alcor down with his body. Alcor responds by frying him into nothing. He also tries to shoot Yamato with a blast from his cellphone. Yamato dodges it and sends a retaliatory attack at him that knocks him off a bridge and into the water.
  • Enemy Mine: Not long after you first fight him, he's forced to team up with JP's to fight a mutual enemy.
  • Friendly Enemy: Develops shades of this to the protagonist and Makoto, as he realizes that they're honorable people on the opposite side and questions them as to why that is. Once the protagonist encounters him outside of a battle, they decide they should pool their resources and perspectives to figure out what's really going on. This falters on Friday, and again on the Chaos and Kingmaker routes.
  • Irony: He's the leader of the those who have rebelled against JP's and initiates many acts that could only be called terrorism against them. He also has no qualms hacking JP's servers, stealing their files, and supporting insurrections that keep them weak, divided, and otherwise hamstrung, despite the fact they are to some extent what has kept most of what's left of Japan from coming unglued, which is textbook behavior for a member of the Chaos faction. However, the end result of what he hopes to achieve would make everything he did up to that point beyond criminal in a world governed by Law.
    • A key part of Chaos is favoring emotions over logic. Ronaldo is driven by his compassion for the people, his hatred for JP's, and his desire for revenge. These emotions also drive him to defy the ruling authorities and follow his own feelings over his duties as a detective. It might be logical to just figure out a way to negotiate with Yamato and JP's, but his passion gets in the way and causes much of the friction between the public and JP's. (The other part of that is Yamato's less-than-stellar PR abilities.) With that in mind, it's easy to forget that he's on the side of Law.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: YMMV on whether you think that Yamato is a monster, but Ronaldo's determination to bring down Yamato turns him away from his original ideals of helping the weak. This eventually culminates in an attempt to kill Makoto in order to damage JP's as much as possible. If you help him, he succeeds. If you refuse, he'll still allow you to join later on. If you reach the end of his Fate route, Ronaldo realizes what's he's been turning into and resolves to be a shield for the weak, not a sword that smites evil. After this, he is considerably more civil toward JP's, even rescuing some of their agents when they're cornered by demons. However, it is possible to see this "redemption" scene before he tries to kill Makoto...
  • Honor Before Reason: He admits this outright in a conversation with Makoto, saying that her reasons for supporting JP's policies of giving food to the people who can help Japan the most (i.e. JP's) are logically sound, but that doesn't make them right. He then goes on to make a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to her, calling her out on asking the population of Japan to sacrifice themselves for the greater good (meaning "sit there and starve while we fix things") while JP's never has to make the same kind of sacrifice.
  • Hot-Blooded: A rare Law example.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: When you first meet him, he's attacking JP's headquarters at Nagoya and stealing their supplies - but he's only doing it to feed the starving civilians. At first.
  • Knight Templar: His Fate level increases if you show him how to temper these urges so he doesn't let Revenge Before Reason cloud his judgment.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Yamato's and Alcor's routes.
    • In the anime, Megrez buds manage to vaporize him off-screen. This is even more anti-climatic than any other deaths since his was done sooner than expected during the fourth day no less...
  • Large Ham: He really gets into it during battles.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He has no idea about the Septentriones or JPs real goals until Phecda interrupts his preparations for round 2 against the party. Later, his investigations help the protagonist figure out critical information Yamato had been keeping quiet about. The anime pointedly averts the trope by making him a former member of JPs, and thus well aware of the Septentriones.
  • Mighty Glacier: Focuses on Strength and Vitality. By level 99 they'll both be maxed, but he'll be slower than Yamato.
  • Never Found the Body: In the anime.
  • No Range Like Point-Blank Range: How he kills Makoto if you don't save her.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Law aligned. Will never join Chaos, but can be persuaded to join the Neutral faction.
  • Private Detective
  • Rebel Leader: Against JP's.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Besides hating JP's for not providing resources to the needy, Ronaldo wants to avenge his dead partner who happened to be alive behind the scenes all the time but then ended up dying a "second" time for real if you went ahead with his event. His Fate route deals with this.
  • Say My Name: After Alcor dies in Ronaldo's route.
    Ronaldo: Alcor...! Aaaaalcoooooor...!
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In the anime, Ronaldo and his Demon Summoner allies all join forces with J Ps by the end of Tuesday ahead of time, seeing as the Septentriones are a bigger threat. However, he states that the truce will drop after everything's over so he can deal with Yamato, whom he doesn't care in the slightest.
  • The Power of Friendship: A very big fan of it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Hoo boy.
  • Western Zodiac: Aries.
  • Where Are They Now: In the true ending, Ronaldo keeps actively working as a detective, pursuing criminals with the police.
  • Yamato Must Not Win

The Anguished One

See Others



Female Tico voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)
Male Tico voiced by: Shuuta Morishima (Japanese), John Swasey (English)

Tico is the avatar that appears in the popular site Nicaea every time the party needs help fighting demons. They both share the same name, but differ in gender and personalities. It's unknown how their site can summon demons or even show the deaths of any individual.
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Male Tico wears a cravat tied in a what appears to be an Osbaldeston knot.
  • Captain Obvious: Sometimes.
    Female Tico: "Could it be real? If not, it has to be fake, right?"
  • Catchphrase:
    Female Tico: "Have a nice wheee!"
    Male Tico: "May your tomorrow bE a nICE daY As wEll..."
  • Curtains Match The Windows
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Female Tico has star-shaped pupils.
  • Expy: Instead of being expies from anybody in Devil Survivor, they both are expies of Theodore and Elizabeth given you can choose who's going to help you out. Also, fittingly enough, Expies of the Laplace Mail system: Male Tico before it begins to break down, Female Tico once it's begun to babble and misuse words.
  • Genki Girl: Female Tico.
  • Guyliner: Male Tico appears to wear a thin line of red eyeliner.
  • Herald: Tico will sing your praises in the end of the day summary.
    • And will do the same for The Anguished One.
  • The Jeeves: Male Tico is polite, well-spoken, and refers to everyone as "Master".
  • Large Ham: Female Tico.
  • Leet Speak: Female Tico loves this.
  • Ms. Exposition: You get to choose if Tico is male or female at the beginning. Regardless, they will basically serve as the digital avatar of how the Nicaea app (the game mechanics) work. You'll even get a brief summary of what happened at the end of each day from them.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Female Tico, by virtue of the Playboy Bunny outfit. She also tends to hit on your hero in her dialogue.
  • The Nicknamer: Female Tico calls Makoto "Mako-Mako", Fumi is "Foomy", Ronaldo is "Ronny".
    • She calls The Anguished One "His Excellency", a title usually reserved for extremely important religious figures. This eventually tells us that The Angusihed One is their creator.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Will constantly, during the end day summary, point out the different sides and where they possibly stand on these, and will remind you to make your own decision who and what causes you might wish to support.
  • Playboy Bunny: The female Tico for your hero's link to Nicaea, dresses in this fashion.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Male Tico.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tico will not hesitate to call out both sides on their idiocy or questionable decisions in the end of the day summary.

The Anguished One

The creator of Nicaea. See "Others".

     The Septentriones 

Septentriones (The Big Dipper)

A group of seven aliens (actually eight) that attack Japan. They collectively form the Big Dipper. Each one of them appears on each day for reasons unknown. They all target Japan because of the towers that set up invisible barriers that keep Polaris' Void from swallowing the country.
  • Achilles' Heel: Hitting Dubhe's inflating top can severely damage it.
  • Action Bomb: Dubhe.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Benetnasch has the ability to use the powers of other Septentriones. This is because he has the a fusion of the other six living inside it. He also has access to the others Elemental Powers...which makes his boss battle really aggravating when he decides to split into four of him.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the anime where it fully utilizes the power of the other six. Including making beams and dozens of Dubhes that explode.
  • Asteroids Monster: Mizar.
  • Back from the Dead: If you don't defeat both parts of Phecda quickly enough, they will fuse back together to become the original, which will then split again.
  • Beam Spam: Merak spams weaker beam attacks in the anime.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: It's implied this is the reason that the Septentriones act the way they do is that they don't recognize humans as being sapient. Alcor, having a human form, can, which is why you can ally with him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Several like Mizar and Alioth are taken down so easily it's a joke in the anime.
  • Eighth Ranger Traitor: This is the result of Alcor distancing himself from the Septentriones and Polaris because he started doubting their methods of dealing with humanity, thinking it has more potential than his comrades think they don't.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Being completely inhuman, demon-spawning, named after the stars of the Big Dipper, and designed by Mohiro Kitoh, no less. Except Alcor. It's also implied the reason he's so benign compared to the others is that he can understand humans, and thus feels guilt if he hurts them.
  • Elemental Powers:
  • Expy: Of the Angels from Neon Genesis Evangelion. They're theme-named Eldritch Abominations from beyond the stars attacking Japan individually, incapable or unwilling to communicate, they're all unique and have their own special feature set, defeated in a specific manner by the cast, they're essentially sent here to purge or test humanity's will and one of the last of their number takes the form of a white-haired prettyboy who has developed empathy for the creatures he is intended to destroy. Several also have individual similarities to angels.
    • Alioth and Arael are both giant flyers that attack the party from space, outside the reach of their conventional weapons. They are both shot down with special throwing spears which have to be specifically unveiled to deal with them.
    • Mizar and Ireul are both self-propagating shapeless blobs (especially Mizar in the anime). Neither are defeated conventionally by the protagonists, and are instead killed by an outside force.
    • Megrez appears from the ocean and is in multiple parts that assist each other, forcing the teams to defeat all the parts at the same time.
    • In the anime, Benetnasch not only looks and acts like Ramiel but performs a role similar to Zeruel, being the unstoppable juggernaut that shatters the status quo and sends things rapidly hurling into a very dark end-game.
    • And, of course, Alcor and Tabris.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Dubhe blows people up. Merak freezes people with its Circumpolarity, who then shatter to pieces.
  • Get Back Here Boss: The true form of Megrez.
  • Giant Flyer: Alioth.
  • Meaningful Name: They're all named after the stars of the Big Dipper, which the star Polaris can be found by using as a guide.
    • The name the Arabs used for Alcor was سها (suha), meaning either the ‘forgotten’ or ‘neglected’ one.
  • Me's a Crowd: Mizar continually grows, and while doing so creates copies of itself that do the same. Any attempts to attack it cause it to make more. Its exponential growth and replication leaves the group with two choices, let it smother the world in under 24 hours or redirect the barrier's power into an attack to kill it letting the world be consumed by the Void in one to three days.
  • Mook Maker: Megrez. Merak produces Merak Missiles.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Dubhe nulls everything (including Almighty) except Phys, which it reflects, protecting itself from Pierce attacks. This makes it easily the new Beldr when it comes to invulnerability and Achilles' Heel. Phecda also starts out nigh invulnerable but splits into two with one being weak to Phys and the other to magic.
  • No Sell: Benetsnach's "Pacify Human" skill nullifies all human attacks.
  • One Extra Member: There are eight of them.
  • Outside-Context Villain: Space aliens as the main villains in a series where the Big Bad is either Human, Demonic, or Angelic.
  • Shown Their Work: Check out The Other Wiki's pages on this and note how their personalities act in the game.
  • Starfish Alien: Many of their designs take on bizarre objects with some of them being easily mistaken for food such as Dubhe, while Merak looks like half of a starfish. They are described in game as being similar to demons but not quite the same and the same description is used when the Protagonist asks Alcor if they are God.
  • Starfish Language
  • Stellar Name: All of them are named after stars in the Big Dipper. They also appear in the order of the stars' Bayer designations.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Dubhe's balloon-like top explodes once it expands enough. Merak sends out Merak Missiles that explode when they reach their destination.
  • Tron Lines: Merak, though they're easier to see in the anime.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Merak's Circumpolarity attack hits anyone in its line of sight.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Mizar. Not only does he constantly split apart when you attack him, but when you summon the Dragon who bites Mizar and smacks him against a building, Mizar hangs on for dear life, making you having to slowly chip away at his tentacle-arms until he can't hold on anymore. There's something extremely funny about watching this in action.
    • And to further extend its clinginess to life, the Dragon Stream swallows one half of it, leaving the other half alive as Mizar restores itself. The Dragon Stream, though, chomps the hell out of it for one grand finale.
  • The Worf Effect: Dubhe suffers this to show off how special Hibiki Kuze is in the anime. With it not even being harmed like it was in the game yet getting defeated by Byakko.
  • Zerg Rush: Employed by Merak when it came to using its Merak Missles.


A Godlike being who rules multiple universes and is the Administrator of the Universe, through the use of the Akashic Records. It desires to destroy the world and annihilate mankind because they no longer fit the order it envisions.
  • Akashic Records: Polaris has access to it.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Unleashes the Void on humanity because we didn't live up to his standards. No, we don't mean his moral standards, his professional ones-we weren't evolving fast enough for his liking. That, and he's immensely condescending and dismissive when you encounter him.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: Every fight against him that involves having Polaris grant a wish reveals that he is unharmed after the fight.
  • Big Bad: In the games.
    • Bigger Bad: In the anime. Where he never appears or is fought.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Downplayed in both the cases where he lives and dies. In the former, it turns out he's barely injured from the boss fight but was so impressed by humanity's ability to survive and evolve that he reverses his decision to destroy it and instead grants it a wish. In the cases where he dies, he claims humanity will no longer be able to control demons, but he either has a replacement in the wings (Alcor's route) or turns out to be an Informed Attribute (Daichi's True Ending).
  • Die Laughing: When he is killed in Daichi's route.
  • Dimension Lord: As the admin who rules countless parallel worlds.
  • Evil Counterpart: Besides the Protagonist and Alcor every playable character has a Shadow of them summoned by Polaris that show up in certain routes of the final battle.
  • Expy: It seems that Kagutsuchi decides to destroy the world using Schwarzwelt.
  • Karma Houdini: In Yamato's, Ronaldo's, and arguably the Restorer ending. Averted in the Liberator and Kingmaker endings, but they have their own issues instead.
  • King of All Cosmos:Looks like a giant top (and then a giant egg-thing with weird arms).
  • Light Is Not Good: His first two forms give off a bright light aura with the first being pinkish and the second pure white. He also has the Heaven's Wrath attack.
    • Dark Is Evil: His final form however is a black overweight form.
  • Marathon Boss: He has three distinct battles with no chances to replenish between them. Luckily, the last form is a pushover if you are capable of depleting all of its health before it or its flunkies have a decent shot at you.
  • No Sell: Due to being granted his existence from Polaris, Alcor cannot hurt him or any of his component pieces. Thankfully it doesn't apply to his demons.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Proclaims that it is impossible to defeat him. Yet one of Daichi's routes and Alcor's route have him being killed by the characters.
  • The Omniscient
  • The Power of the Void
  • Physical God / Sufficiently Advanced Alien: It's never made quite clear, and it's likely he's a combination of the two.
  • Royal Blood: He inherited Heaven's Throne from Kawkab who inherited it from Vega. Eli will inherit the throne from Polaris.
  • Schrödinger's Gun: After either Yamato or Ronaldo explains their wish to him in their routes, Polaris claims that's what It wanted the entire time. Or perhaps it's just lying to come across as less antagonistic...
    • However, this may actually be a Half Truth. Polaris wanted the current world eliminated because it had grown stagnant, so either Ronaldo's or Yamato's vision would have been a change from that, so Polaris may not have had their idea in mind per se, but since it was the stagnation of our evolution that was his motivation, hence why he changes the world to what they want since it's different from the present reality.
  • Stellar Name: Named after the north star Polaris.
  • The Unfought: In the anime.
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Wave Motion Gun: His Supernova attack that needs to charge before firing.


The Anguished One/Al Saiduq/Alcor

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Illich Guardiola (English)

A mysterious young man who appears before the Protagonist, calling him the "Shining One" and tells him that one day he must make a momentous decision.

He is the administrator of Nicaea and the one behind the spread of the Demon Summoning App. The mystery of his motives are an important thread of the plot from the 4th day on.

His true identity is of the eighth Septentrione Alcor, the Sword of Polaris. Unlike the other invaders he has the ability to empathize with others, and has come to like humans and wants to change the world so that they will be free from control. If one sides with him, he goes by the alias of Al Saiduq. If one does not, he becomes the final test before facing Polaris.

  • Ambiguously Gay
  • Adorkable: The anime ups his clueless personality concerning understanding humans.
    • Not to say that he isn't already this way in the game, particularly if you choose his route.
  • Anti-Villain: Despite constantly messing with the main characters and coming off as morally ambiguous on top of being a Septentrione, it turns out that he actually has good intentions. In every route besides his own you end up killing him, and right before he dies he helps you get to Polaris. On his route, after you defeat Polaris, he recreates the world and becomes the essence of the new world.
    • Part of his reason for antagonizing the party is not on purpose. As he is only attempting to get rid of Yamato who is not using the knowledge he gave him and his ancestors for the good of mankind but instead only using it to fulfill his desire for a Meritocracy. The other reason is to test their worthiness as one of the names he is known by is Al Saiduq.
  • Apologizes a Lot: A minor example. His sentences aren't punctuated with apologies, but he's very apologetic whenever he fumbles in his attempts to socialize, as well as when he admits to being the cause of humanity's current predicament.. He even apologizes if he falls in battle (as an ally).
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: He becomes the essence of the new world in his route.
  • Badass: He's the Sword of Polaris.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Even though he's well-intentioned, he seems to genuinely not know why certain things he does upset or unnerve people.
  • The Chessmaster: He created Nicaea Beta version in order to save people and give them the power not only to avert their own deaths but to defeat the other Septentriones. If you do his route he eventually recreates the world with himself as part of that new world.
  • Combat Tentacles: This is how he uses his multiple tails in the anime. They're deadly enough to kill Cerberus in one split second.
  • Dimensional Traveler: This doesn't come into play for the most part in either the anime or the game, but Word of God confirmed that Alcor has the ability to travel between parallel worlds and that he left the current world for a new one by the end of the anime.
  • The Dragon
  • E.T. Gave Us Wi-Fi: Alcor taught the Hotsuin family summoning spells in the past in order to protect humanity. He also mentions that he gave man fire, language, and culture in ancient times.
  • Expy: Of Lucifer from Shin Megami Tensei II, someone who truly cared whether humans lived or died, and had plans which had humanity's survival as their cornerstone.note . They are so similar that Lucifer is the demon you unlock when you max his Fate.
    • And of Igor, judging how he created the Ticos and Nicaea. The fact he helps humanity as a whole, especially the Protagonist, make the point even clearer.
    • Also of Prometheus in that he gave Humans fire, language and culture. And he calls himself the Anguished One.
    • As well as Remiel, being a genuinely compassionate member of an otherwise antagonistic force who wants what's best for humanity.
    • And finally of Naoya, for making the Demon Summoning Program for the heroes so that they have a fighting chance, for being a character that joins only in his own route, and for appearing periodically to give information.
    • Going outside of the SMT series, he's pretty much a straight-up Expy of Kaworu from Evangelion who is the Fountain of Expies for the mysterious, protagonist-fascinated character. The AT-field looking pattern on his tunic makes the inspiration even more blatant.
  • Gravity Master: Displays this in the anime when dealing with Botis. Who he easily tosses around and crushes into a ball.
  • Humanoid Abomination
  • It's All My Fault: Blames himself for what Polaris plans to do to humanity since he gave man culture, language, fire, etc. in ancient times.
    • In the anime, he feels like its his fault that Yamato is taking the path he's taking because of how of his influence to his family. The game does touch on this though with Yamato yelling at him during Alcor's route.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Has the most well-rounded stats of the cast.
  • Kid with the Leash: He has to keep his servant Bifrons under control as Bifrons really likes to kill humans for fun.
  • Killed Off for Real: In every route but his own.
    • Taking You with Me: In the anime, he tries to take Yamato with him but Yamato miraculously survives.
  • Leitmotif: The Anguished One. Mysterious and serene, which is fitting for him. If you are observant, you may remember that the theme also played when you registered at Nicaea, hinting their connection.
  • Man Behind the Man:
    • He's the boss of Botis, Bifrons, and Tico. His role in as Botis' boss and the man behind Fumi's brainwashing isn't spelled out unless you avoid killing Botis when freeing Fumi, though.
    • He's also the one who gave JP's and the Hotsuin family all the info and technology they needed to resist Polairs. His antagonism towards Yamato derives from Yamato rebelling against these gifts for humanity's general benefit.
    • Lastly, he's this trope for the human race as a whole because he's the one who gave us civilization.
  • Manipulative Bastard: A VERY odd example that, even if he IS manipulating everyone into doing what he wants, his machinations will benefit those he's manipulating with no overt positive effects granted himself, and if called on it, he's either very good at lying or truly didn't realize how underhanded yet positively benign his schemes were/are.
  • Meaningful Name: He goes by the alias "Al Saiduq" in his own route. It's a variation on Al Sadak (which is his alias in the Japanese version), and not only is it another name for the star Alcor, but it means "The Test"; and he tests the human characters constantly.
  • Mr. Exposition: He knows a lot, and he's quite generous about how much information he gives.
  • My Greatest Failure: Feels like not having Yamato change his mind about his merit system is his fault because he felt like he could have saved Yamato from himself.
  • No Social Skills: While he's a lot kinder than Yamato, he's not exactly human, so he may do things that seem odd or unnerving to the other characters; for instance, he doesn't seem to understand that humans aren't accustomed to someone suddenly appearing behind them. He's often apologetic, however, as when you call him out for eavesdropping on the conversation in one of Airi's Fate events.
    Anguished One: ...Was that rude? I'm sorry. I'm rather careless about human customs.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Happens a lot in the anime. Whenever the scene changes, he's usually a few meters from where we last saw him, and characters looking away for a split second is enough for him to disappear.
  • One-Winged Angel: If you take to long to beat him he transforms into a new form that reflects magic, resistant to almighty, and is weak to phys. Lest you believe this is an opportunity to gang on him with physical attacks, he also gains Chaos Stir, a passive ability that lets him counter every received attack with an identical one against the assailant that's twice as powerful as the one that was used on him. He will eventually return to his original form and summon more demons..
  • Only Friend: Declares Yamato one in the anime and technically was one for Yamato even if he doesn't admit it.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Takes a fourth option and combines the best of both if you choose his path. It's interesting in that Alcor himself appears to be themed after Chaos, with the Chaos demons Asura and Lucifer being unlocked through leveling his Fate. Not to mention his clothes/true form are red and black, which are usually the colors of Chaos.
    • Alternately, his path can be seen as a different Chaos path, since his ultimate goal is to free humanity to develop its own potential, a goal that focuses more on freedom than Yamato's Hierarchy.
  • Power Floats: Which is ridiculously lampshaded in the anime and something not mentioned in the game itself.
    (doing what apparently is "Moonwalker") Walking on the ground is harder than it looks.
  • Power Glows
  • The Power of Friendship: You have the option of befriending him, which will clear his doubts and allow him to realize his potential to replace Polaris and create a new world.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's existed since before the human world was created.
  • Sinister Geometry: His true form is a hypercube.
  • Smart People Play Chess: He's shown playing chess in his preview for the animation.
  • Standard Status Effects: He inflicts the unique Ill-starred effect through his Ominous Star attack. It adds 200 additional damage whenever a character is hit.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: He's REALLY good at doing this, to the point that on his route, the Hero can get seriously unnerved and can actually break his usual stoic character to damn near beg him to quit surprising him like that. He also tends to vanish into thin air after talking with the protagonist before the split in routes.
  • Stellar Name: His real name is Alcor, which is the companion star to the Big Dipper's Mizar.
  • Supreme Chef: Apparently he can cook well according to the anime. This is because he can manipulate food on the molecular level, being who he is.
  • Time Abyss: Comes with having existed long before humanity came into being.
  • Token Heroic Septentrione
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: In the battle with Polaris on his route. Conversely made worse by the fact if the remaining Humans all go down, it's also Game Over there.


An older, afro'd man in a concealing hat and longcoat with a connection to several characters which are his daughter Airi and pupil Ronaldo. If only his activity made a difference.

  • Afro Asskicker: He can punch people and knock them out.
  • Badass Normal: He can knock people out with one punch.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He had to fake his death after looking to closely into the actions of JP's. Throughout the week he appears in various events helping people and befriending the protagonist. He eventually gets killed by demons and spends his last few moments thinking of his daughter and makes you promise not to reveal that he was actually alive.
  • Fedora of Asskicking Nice hats must run in the family.
  • Killed Off for Real: He died twice; the first one was an implied public death to all the people he worked/lived with, and the second one was truly a death scene for trying to help the Protagonist by summoning a powerful demon that later killed him in battle. Reaching this conclusion does earn you a Fusion recipe for that very demon that offed him...
  • Private Detective

The Three Servants of the Anguished One

Named Botis, Bifrons, and Black Frost, they are the servants of the Anguished One. Both Botis and Bifrons appears as bosses during the story and if they should die in those battles then Black Frost will take their place in the battle on the last day.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Botis in the anime especially his willingness to kill Alcor for having a difference in opinion.
  • Ars Goetia: Both Bifrons and Botis are Goetia demons.
  • Axe Crazy: Bifrons really likes to kill humans. His master is the only thing keeping him under control.
  • Bad Boss: Bifrons threatens to kill his demon minions if they don't obey him.
  • Berserk Button: Bifrons doesn't like being called a runt.
  • Call Back: Black Frost is one to the Black Frost from the first Devil Survivor.
  • Co-Dragons
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In the anime Botis is tossed around by Alcor before being crushed into a ball and dying.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Bifrons wipes out all the demons Ronaldo's men summon in a single attack in the anime.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Yes, you actually can kill Botis and Bifrons during your first fights with them (though likely not until new game plus), and yes, the fight against the Anguished One in any route not his own does accommodate for this.
  • Elemental Powers: Fire, Ice, Lightning
  • Face Death with Dignity: Botis will congratulate the Protagonist upon his defeat on the last day.
  • Graceful Loser: Botis.
  • It Can Think: The characters are surprised in the anime by the fact that they are able to talk.
  • Kill It with Fire: How Bifrons likes to kill humans.
  • Mind Control: Botis does this to Fumi and has her hack JP's database in order to find out what Yamato is up to.
    • In the anime this is changed to him using her to open the barrier so a Septentrione can enter.
  • Noble Demon: Botis is different from Bifrons in that he does not like to kill humans and follows his masters orders to the letter. He only fights the Protagonists when he has no choice and on the last day as part of the test. He will even congratulate the Protagonist for beating him on the last day.
  • No Sell: Botis can use Shield All during his fight. So he'll be able to null everything but almighty.
  • Smug Snake: Bifrons thinks he is a Smug Super and mocks the humans for being puny before killing them. Makes more sense in the anime since they don't fight.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Both Botis and Bifrons are a lot more powerful on the last day than they were earlier in the story.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Attempted by Botis in the anime. Unfortunately for him he he didn't even get to attack.
  • Villain Teleportation: Botis uses it to get to different places in the anime. Though it doesn't seem he can go far when using it.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never shown or explained what becomes of Bifrons in the anime.

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