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Characters: Persona 2
A character sheet for Persona 2: Innocent Sin and its direct follow-up, Eternal Punishment.

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     The Heroes 

Tatsuya Suou

Innocent Sin
Eternal Punishment
Voiced by: Keith Silverstein (English PSP version)

The silent protagonist of Innocent Sin and central character of the story. His affinity is with the Sun arcana, with Vulcanus as his starting Persona. For a long time, he and Maya were the only Persona series protagonists to have canonical names (provided in the games themselves, not spinoff material), until the animated adaptations of Persona 3 and Persona 4.

Tatsuya is a senior at Seven Sisters High School in Sumaru City, a rather aloof boy who doesn't have many friends, often preferring to be by himself and tool around with his treasured motorcycle. During a encounter with Eikichi "Captain Death/Death Boss" Mishina at Sumaru Prison (a live house where Eikichi's band "Gas Chamber" often practices) Tatsuya is attacked by Joker, an urban legend who is said to grant the wish of anyone who dials their own cell phone number. He, along with the others, is knocked unconscious and awakens to his own Persona. He later joins forces with Maya and Yukino, an investigative duo from a local magazine who are also looking into the Joker case.

Eventually, Tatsuya realizes that he and the rest of his team knew each other as children, forming a masked clique nicknamed "The Masked Circle" (Masquerade in the fan translation of the PSX version). This leads him to suspect Jun Kurosu, the last remaining member of the clique, as the true identity of Joker. Soon afterward, Jun is revealed as a puppet of Nyarlathotep, the entity which is manifesting rumors as reality. At the conclusion of the game, Tatsuya confronts Nyarlathotep in his domain, and in the ensuing struggle, Maya is killed, fulfilling Nyarlathotep's prophecy and having everything outside of Sumaru City completely destroyed.

Faced with a dystopian future, the group accepts an offer from Philemon to erase their memories and rewind time. At the last moment, however, Tatsuya can't bring himself to lose his friends forever and relents. This creates a Temporal Paradox wherein the world is restored, but Tatsuya retains his memories of the Alternate Timeline (the "Other Side"), allowing Nyarlathotep to repeat the cycle.

  • Anime Hair: A rather odd subversion of the Shonen Hair archetype: His hair is sculpted into a helmet shape (possibly from his motorcycle helmet) despite its sheer length. Word of God joked that it's a helmet, and that he slips it off at night.
  • Badass Biker: Tatsuya's most treasured possession (second to his lighter, of course) is his motorcycle. He wears a red cyclist's jumpsuit inEternal Punishment, the shoes being his only relic from Innocent Sin.
    • Badass Bisexual: He's not the only character in the game who fits this trope, just the most overt. Since he's strictly a player character in Innocent Sin, he will pursue whichever gender you choose.
    • Heartbroken Badass: In Eternal Punishment, it's revealed not only did he care quite deeply for Maya, her horrifying end in Innocent Sin is why he cares so much, as he doesn't want her to go through all that again, and on some level he loves her QUITE a lot.
  • Bag of Spilling: Averted, thank Zeus. Eternal Punishment's Tatsuya joins up at level 50, with his Ultimate Persona Apollo in tow. This is explained in-game as "This Side's" Tatsuya being taken over by a Tatsuya from an alternate dimension.
    • Old Save Bonus: If you have completed save data from Innocent Sin, he'll start Eternal Punishment at the level he was there.
  • Bishounen: Granted, he's still young. Judging by the old photos of the elder Suou and his brother, the Suou clan is known for its dashing, well-groomed male heirs.
  • Bi the Way
  • Big Man on Campus: A somewhat lethargic one. Tatsuya may be the one character in Innocent Sin who is genuinely cool, unlike Eikichi and Lisa who get caught out in their pretensions and end up looking foolish. Like Baofu, he enjoys discoursing on "manliness" and how to maintain one's poise in every situation. He is intensely antisocial, however, and tires of being challenged by every wannabe thug from here to Kasugayama High. In short: he leads by example, but never directly.
  • Characterization Marches On: Inevitable when he starts talking in Eternal Punishment since he was Silent Protagonist in Innocent Sin.
  • Character Development: His personality is much more severe in Eternal Punishment, having become a hardened fighter and losing everyone he cared about. The Eternal Punishment in the title is carried by him alone.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: His childhood friend Lisa has been pursuing him for ages, much to his discomfort and chagrin.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Literally, in his case. He and his friends are simply pieces in a chess game, apparently picked at random, between unknowable forces outside of their comprehension.
  • Crutch Character: In Eternal Punishment. Even moreso than usual, due to the fact that your party can fuse Personas up to the level of the highest-leveled party member, and unless you've been grinding yourself silly, Tatsuya will at very least be 5-10 levels above your next strongest member.
    • It's actually even better in regards to the Persona thing. You can actually summon Personas up to five levels higher than your strongest character, so, getting everybody's Ultimate Persona is only a level or two away with Tatsuya.
  • Declaration of Protection: Towards Maya. It's what causes the most trouble in both games.
    • He's also like this to Shiori in his scenario. So much so that Nyarlathotep mocks him for it.
  • Destination Host Unreachable: Of the main characters, Tatsuya is the one hero who is unable to let go of his memories from Innocent Sin. It's this paradox (which Nyarlothotep probably anticipated), which again puts the world in peril.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Someone must have stuck an ANGST +100 accessory on him between games. Although given the sheer amount of crap he's put through between games, he has every right to.
  • Double Consciousness: In Eternal Punishment, he struggles with two sets of memories, one from the Other Side and the other from this world. Negated in the second game's ending, when he willingly takes away "This Side" Tatsuya's memories of his friends. Maya ends up shouldering his burden, hopefully for good.
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: The English localization of '"Eternal Punishment'' is chock full of these. Tatsuya's the greatest offender of all: Almost every line of his dialogue has one.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: If Jun is any indication.
    • Not only Jun, his in-game profile states that he has tons of admirers among the student body, both male and female. He's the school hero whom everyone wants to emulate and be around, in case some of his coolness rubs off.
  • For Want of a Nail
  • Fourth Option Love Interest: Eikichi, I choose you!!
  • Freak Out: The losses at the end of Innocent Sin were simply too much to bear.
  • Grand Theft Me: Eternal Punishment reveals that the Tatsuya from Innocent Sin is actually controlling the body of the Tatsuya of Eternal Punishment, but retains the memories of both Tatsuyas.
  • Hello, Insert Name Here: Although "Tatsuya" is his canonical name, the player is given a choice of naming him.
  • The Hero
    • Hurting Hero: Tatsuya begins Eternal Punishment wracked with guilt over his selfish mistake. His only aim is to "atone" for it by saving the world again, this time without any help from his friends. Tall order.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Played straight in Innocent Sin, since he's both the protagonist and the only character who can use swords (and his only weapons are swords). In Eternal Punishment, Kei and Eriko can also wield swords, which ties into their hero roles from Persona 1.
  • Heroic Mime: In the first game, and even than only as far as written dialogue is concerned. He has just as many voiced lines as anyone in battle.
  • Hidden Depths: A stoic badass that appears quite Book Dumb, who's best subjects are Physical Education and... English.
  • His Story Repeats Itself.
  • I Work Alone
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Tatsuya and Jun hint at this.
  • Ineffectual Loner
  • Japanese Delinquents
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: His fate at the end of Eternal Punishment. In his case, though, it's a blessing.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: A red cycling suit, which he wears in the sequel.
  • Love Hurts: Tatsuya spent much of his life avoiding bonding with anyone, and when he finally did, his friends were horribly ripped away from him. This is inverted in Eternal Punishment: Maya has the option of insisting on following the "Other Side" Tatsuya back to his world. Tatsuya simply returns her kiss, then knocks her unconscious, telling her friends to look after her. Afterward, Maya is forced to look on the Suou family from afar.
  • Mark of the Beast: Before the start of Eternal Punishment, Nyarlathotep brands his arm with a symbol as a reminder of what will happen if his friends regain their memories.
  • Mr. Exposition: In the second game.
  • Must Make Amends
  • My Greatest Second Chance: It's too late to save his world, but Tatsuya can still prevent "This Side" from falling to Nyarlathotep.
  • Mysterious Protector: To Maya in the sequel. Hence "Deja Vu" Boy; the strange person who turns up everywhere.
  • Not So Stoic: See the Freak Out entry.
  • Number One Dime: Tatsuya always carries a Zippo lighter and can be seen flicking open and shut during whenever he's idle. The inscription reads, "The most important things can't be seen with the eyes", a quote from Jun's favorite book The Little Prince. The lighter is a memento of Jun's late father. In exchange, Tatsuya gave Jun a wristwatch which belonged to his own father. The flame motif is befitting of Vulcanus and Apollo (both of them fire elementals), which are Personas exclusive to Tatsuya. Jun's own Persona is Chronus—the god of Time—and represented by his watch.
  • One Head Taller: Between him and Jun, Tatsuya's the tall one. Actually, he's the second-tallest of everyone in the group, Eikichi being the absolute tallest by almost two inches.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: By the end of Innocent Sin, he's literally the only person on Earth who recalls what happened.
  • Scars Are Forever: He has a knife wound on his back from when King Leo attacked him as a child. Tatsuya got him back, though.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In Eternal Punishment he gradually starts taking the spotlight from Maya, and by the end the game is really more so about him than it is the rest of the cast.
  • The Stoic: He's not cold-hearted, just shy and requires tons of personal space. He was a lot more outgoing and talkative as a kid.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In Eternal Punishment, courtesy of Maya taking up his position as the obligatory Heroic Mime.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Repeatedly tries and fails to get Maya to drop the JOKER story.
    • Not to mention in Innocent Sin, this is necessary in order to allow the other party members to gain their Prime Personas.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Tatsuya, Lisa, and Eikichi (and Jun makes four, adding Maya makes a Five-Man Band).
  • Time Stands Still: When he performs Nova Kaisernote  with Apollo.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Despite (or because of?) his standoffish personality, he's considered "cool" by the other students at Sevens and has cultivated a female (and male) following. Most of his reputation seems to draw from his owning a motorcycle; "This Side" Tatsuya comes across as a shy kid, unable to have a frank discussion even with his brother.
  • Universal Driver's License: Submarines? Mini-Mecha? Zeppelins? Not a problem.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Has his choice between Lisa, Maya, or even Jun.
  • Zen Survivor: He starts out like this in Eternal Punishment. Expect plenty of cryptic clues and "I Work Alone."

Maya Amano

Maya Amano is a journalist for Kismet Publishing, writing for the teen magazine Coolest. Upon hearing rumors regarding a wish granting genie called Joker, Maya decides to investigate. The trail leads both Maya and her photographer/friend Yukino to Seven Sisters High, during which she meets Tatsuya Suou and the others, setting the stage for Innocent Sin. Maya's Tarot arcana is Moon and her starting Persona is Maia.

Maya oftentimes finds herself taking a leadership role within the group, despite not being the protagonist. In Mt. Iwato, it is revealed that Maya once knew the four teens as children. The group played together while wearing Sentai, dubbing themselves as "The Masked Circle", with Maya as the eldest of them all. Maya was later imprisoned inside the Alaya Shrine by Eikichi, Lisa, and Jun, all upset over the news that she had to move and tried to keep her with them. Tatsuya was opposed to this idea, so they locked him in with her. It was only supposed to be for the night so she wouldn't move, but the deranged Tatsuya Sudou set the shrine ablaze, and Maya was rescued by Tatsuya when his Persona suddenly manifested when he tried to fight Sudou off. At the conclusion of the game, Maya is fatally impaled by the Spear Of Longinus, fulfilling Nyarlathotep's dark prophecy and destroying the Earth. Philemon negates her death by rewinding time, giving Tatsuya an opportunity to avert these events.

Though she has forgotten the events of the previous game at the start of Eternal Punishment, a chance meeting with Tatsuya Suou on the way to work stirs up feelings of deja vu in Maya. The feelings of familiarity intensify after she witnesses the JOKER unleashing demons inside Seven Sisters High. Tatsuya hands her a Sevens School Emblem and asks her to spread the rumor that it keeps the Joker away, and that she should try to forget about this incident for her own good. However, Maya chooses to press on, burning the emblem and going against his warning. Along with Ulala Serizawa, Katsuya Suou, and Baofu, she delves deeper into a convoluted series of events that she eventually realizes are those that parallel what she has experienced before in an alternate reality, and all just to sate her nagging curiosity over the "Deja Vu Boy".

Lisa Silverman

Lisa "Ginko" Silverman is a popular girl at Seven Sisters High School. Despite her Caucasian lineage, she was born and raised in Japan and does not know any English, but she has a habit of lacing her native Japanese with some Chinese words, imitating action stars such as Bruce Lee. Lisa's Tarot arcana is Lovers, while her starting Persona is Eros. She is one of the more popular girls at Seven Sisters High School, and harbors a crush for Tatsuya. However, she and Kasugayama High School leader Eikichi Mishina have a confrontational relationship akin to that of Kei Nanjou and Masao Inaba from the first Persona.

Lisa was the top candidate for Miss Sevens, a beauty pageant/popularity contest held at Seven Sisters High School. Most people assumed she spoke English. Lisa and her two friends Asacchi and Meepo were selected to be in the idol group MUSES, created from a rumor. The song that MUSES sings, with Lisa as the lead vocalist, encourages people to call Joker to solve their problems. She then recites a piece from the Oracle of Maia, which foretold events leading up to the end of the world.

  • Accidental Misnaming: In a fit of anger, Eikchi bestows upon her the nickname "Ginko". "Gin" means silver in Japanese, and taken from her last name. "-ko" is a common Japanese name suffix for females. Much to Lisa's chagrin, the name pretty much stuck. However, she is able to counter Eikichi by giving him the pejorative moniker "Captain Underwear"/"Undie Boss".
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Teased as a little girl for her blonde hair and blue eyes.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Her last name is decidedly Jewish, but given how she was raised she mostly likely doesn't identify as a Jew if she is one.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her mother, who renamed herself Akiko, behaves like a Yamato Nadeshiko despite being American. Her father is a Steven Seagal expy who lives in a traditionalist Japanese house, practices aikido, and wears a yukata constantly. He works as a director of a foreign trading company; ironically, his job requires him to wear a three-piece suit and speak English.
  • The Betty: To Maya's Veronica.
  • The Big Guy
  • Break the Cutie: When confronted by her Shadow, it's revealed that Lisa dates older men for money and experiments with drugs.
  • But Not Too Foreign
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Her disconcertingly single-minded pursuit of Tatsuya. If Tatsuya shows affection toward Maya or Jun, instead, Lisa immediately runs over to Eikichi and decks him, with her Shadow turning it up to 11.
  • Dark Secret: It's a little vague, but Lisa may have participated in enjo kosai. Her Shadow intimates that Lisa's had a few sugar daddies, and tried drugs in the past.
  • Girl Posse: Asacchi and Miipo, her eventual in MUSES bandmates in MUSES. They're not really friends; Lisa is distrustful of them and treats them like hangers-on.
    • However, she is genuinely upset at them losing their identity to JOKER and becomes a true friend for them in the "other world".
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: A haphazard use of Cantonese, often saying "Aiya!" and other Chinese expressions.
  • Hidden Depths
  • Idol Singer: Lisa gets roped into a Fake Band thanks to a rumor.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Averted in Innocent Sin, when she rejects joining the Masked Circle despite peer pressure from her friends. Little does she know...
  • Power Fist
  • Rebellious Princess: Her Japanophile father raised her to be a traditional Japanese girl. Lisa wants none of it. In a swift deconstruction of the trope, her shadow busts her on this.
    Shadow Lisa: You try too hard to rebel against your parents! You know it, and you hate yourself for it!
  • Sexophone: One of the things her "Tempt" contact inherits from Yuka Ayase's.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Oh sure, give a girl named Silverman a nickname that's Ginko.
  • Show Some Leg: One of her Contact options.
  • Spoiled Sweet
  • Stephanie Sheh: In the 2011 PSP version port.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Subverted: To her exasperation, everyone expects blonde-haired American Lisa Silverman to speak perfect English, but because she was raised in Japan by Otaku parents wishing for her to be a Yamato Nadeshiko, she hardly knows any.
  • Token Minority
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Eikichi. Both have derisive nicknames for each other, they can't be in the same room together without launching into Volleying Insults, and Lisa frequently runs over and decks Eikichi whenever she's upset — regardless of whether he's responsible. However, when Lisa is revealed to have fallen into the unsavory hands of Prince Taurus, Eikichi states that they better go find them — before Lisa murders him.
  • Zettai Ryouiki

Eikichi Mishina

Eikichi Mishina is a very flamboyant student of Kasugayama High, the rival school of Seven Sisters High School. His Tarot arcana is Death, and his starting Persona is Rhadamanthus. At a young age, Eikichi was overweight and frequently bullied. After a thug pulled down Eikichi's pants in front of his childhood crush Miyabi Hanakouji, he underwent a radical image makeover, losing weight and training to beat up anyone who mocked him. Due to Eikichi's early discovery of his Persona powers, he practically rules the school as its "leader", known by many as (fittingly) Captain Death/Death Boss.

Eikichi understood the nature of his Persona long before Tatsuya and Lisa did. Like Maya and Eriko, he misunderstood the phenomenon and dubbed his Persona a "Spirit of Death", which he used to punish anyone who challenged him. Eikichi is also the lead singer of a Visual Kei band called Gas Chamber, whose logo he wears on his armband. He wears a modified version of Kasugayama High's blue uniform, with a tunic over his pants.

Jun Kurosu /Kashihara

Jun is a loner student at Kasugayama High School. He used to attend Seven Sisters, the school where his father teaches World History. When Jun awakened to his Persona, he used it to injure some kids who were bullying him, and was soon transferred to Kasugayama High School. Jun's Tarot arcana is Fortune, and his starting Persona is Hermes / Nyarlathotep. As a child, Jun exchanged mementos with a young Tatsuya Suou, who was his playmate at the Alaya Shrine. Jun gave him an engraved zippo lighter, while Tatsuya presented Jun with his father's silver wristwatch.

His mother, Junko Kurosu, is a selfish actress who cared more about revitalizing her career than taking care of her family. Jun's father, Akinari Kashihara, died before the game begins. Junko spread rumors of her husband being a deadbeat parent, leading to a widespread belief that Kashihara was a dangerous crackpot. Following his father's death, Jun adopted his mother's maiden name, Kurosu.

Jun ran away from his mother's house at the age of seventeen and began to manipulate rumours in order to become the Joker; once he did, he acted under direct guidance from Nyarlathotep, who played on his traumatic memories of watching Maya get locked inside in the burning Alaya Shrine. Unaware that Maya survived the fire, he grew to resent his former playmates, whom he blamed for letting his surrogate mother Maya die. He is rescued from this state by Tatsuya Suou and the rest of the party, from then on working with them to undo the damage he did as Joker.

In Eternal Punishment, Jun's father is alive, and his family life is more tranquil. Jun is lured to the Sky Museum by King Leo, hoping to jog Jun's memories of the Other Side. Jun unwittingly works against Leo by helping Maya's party to rescue the schoolchildren who were having their field trip there.

Yukino Mayuzumi

Yukino is a returning playable character from the first Persona. In Innocent Sin, she is once again playable, working as a freelance photographer under Shunsuke Fujii (who she has had a crush on for a long while), and is close friends with teen magazine journalist Maya Amano. Yukino's Tarot arcana is Empress, while her starting Persona is Vesta. She is later replaced by Jun, though her ultimate fate is dependent on the player's actions.

In Eternal Punishment, Yukino is downgraded to a supporting character. She assists in Maya's current assignment by getting in touch with her former teacher Saeko Takami, who now works at Seven Sisters High School. Yukino will rejoin the rest of her former classmates later in the game, fighting off the New World Order soldiers that are trying to take over the city.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Harbors an unspoken crush on her mentor, Fujii Shunsuke.
  • Badass
    • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Anna in both scenarios. There are two ways this can go down: Yukino succeeds in pulling Anna back from the brink, and the pair of them set off to fight Nazis with the other St. Hermelin grads; or, in the 'Bad' story path, Anna is shown battling alongside Shadow Yukino at Caracol, and you must fight them.
    • Retired Badass: Former gang kid, so she was badass in a different way before being a good guy, as pointed out from the first game. Becomes a straighter example of this in Eternal Punishment, in which she becomes a minor character.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Camera Fiend
  • Cool Big Sis: Functions more like this than her former role as Team Mom in the first game, though she is a rather Deadpan Snarker version of this.
  • Dangerously Close Shave: Her weapon of choice (It makes more sense if you've played the first game).
  • Demoted to Extra: In Eternal Punishment, but considering what she went through in Innocent Sin, this is arguably a blessing.
  • Elektra Complex: She's got daddy issues, just like everybody else in Innocent Sin.
  • Empty Shell: If you choose not to take Yukino with you, her Shadow commits suicide with Anna and ends with Nyarlathotep taking Yukino's ego into the abyss.
  • Guest Star Party Member: Not exactly "guest star", because she leaves the party only after 2/3 of the game.
  • Heroic BSOD: Yukino, after her boss/mentor Fujii dies during the Nazi invasion. If you choose not to take Yukino with you, it leads to her becoming a Empty Shell.
  • Nice Hat
  • Nice Girl
  • Precision F-Strike: Against a Longinus that belittled Fujii.
    The hell did you just say? YOU PIECE OF SHIT!!!!
  • Tomboy: She tries to play it down in Fujii's presence.
  • Tough Love: Even when she talks to demons she gives them this treatment.
  • You Remind Me of X: Yukino sees something of herself in Anna Yoshizaka, a delinquent at the Start of Darkness.

Katsuya Suou

Katsuya Suou is a Detective of the Kounan Police Department. His current rank is Sergeant of the Homicide Division. His Tarot arcana is Justice, and his starting Persona is Helios. Katsuya is very straight-laced, even in the face of paranormal activity (he often wonders aloud whether the penal code can apply to demons). Katsuya cares a great deal for his brother, and gets depressed very easily if Tatsuya spurns his help. After a confrontation with the JOKER at Seven Sisters High School, Katsuya invites Maya and her friend Ulala to join him in his investigation so he can ensure their safety.

  • Adorkable: He's a cop who wonders if the penal code applies to demons, and he will even interrogate them as a contact option!
  • Agent Scully
  • Aloof Big Brother: In Innocent Sin, Tatsuya's big brother Katsuya appears to be a cold-hearted jerk preoccupied with his job. However, Eternal Punishment subverts this showing us that from Katsuya's point of view he's trying his best to be a good brother, and Tatsuya is the one causing the problems.
  • Badass Baritone: In the Japanese version.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Believes very much in the letter of the law, which is why he and Baofu don't get along. He even verges into Lawful Stupid at times (Dude tries to read demons their rights!).
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He also has a huge crush on Maya Amano, and because he's got a crippling case of this, he calls her Ms. Amano, even towards the end of the game.
    "You're a strong woman. Don't let anyone tell you different."
  • The Caretaker: Katsuya assumed this role with Tatsuya after their father was disgraced.
  • Characterization Marches On: Due to the different Point of View between the games. He's a jerk from Tatsuya's perspective, but from Maya's perspective he's stressed out due to Tatsuya's petulant behaviour.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Katsuya is very popular amongst the female officers, but is totally oblivious to it. He's similar to his brother in that respect. In an NPC conversation, it's revealed he was given a cake in St. Valentine's Day. He wound offering professional advice on the taste to the poor woman, and not even knowing why he was given the cake, since it's not his birthday.
  • The Comically Serious: He ponders whether the penal code applies to demons.
  • Cool Loser
  • Cool Shades
  • Determinator: This man has sworn to put an end to the JOKER case, and he doesn't let corruption or superpowered beings stand in his way. Several characters in the games, the villains included, lampshade his zeal.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Katsuya and Baofu's Contact option.
  • Fair Cop
  • Fanservice Pack: He looks like a hardassed, somewhat unattractive version of himself in Innocent Sin, though since he's seen from Tatsuya's POV, this is Tatsuya's perception of him. Eternal Punishment pretties him up slightly by virtue of seeing him via Maya's POV.
  • Firing One-Handed
  • Honor Before Reason: When plausible, he would rather save even dangerous criminals so they can be tried in court than leave them to die.
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Katsuya turns into a big softie over cats, which he finds cute. He's even pleased his initial Persona manifests as a cat. Unfortunately, cats also seem to give him allergies.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender: He only became a police officer because it was expected of him. His secret dream was to be a pastry chef.
  • Hollywood Dateless: Word of God says he's hopeless with the opposite sex, despite being adored by the women in his precinct. (He's similar to his brother in that regard).
  • Lawful Stupid: Mostly played for laughs. He gets upset when you try to drive a mech without a license or jump fare!
  • Military Salute: Is the only one to salute back to Lieutenant General Zula in the PSP remake of Eternal Punishment. Easy to figure out why.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Remarks on having drunk a lot of coffee.
  • Nice Guy: Basically, he's an asshole in Innocent Sin because you're seeing him the way Tatsuya sees him.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Rose-tinted sunglasses, bowl haircut, and a silk suit? Looks oddly familiar...
  • Not So Different: A scene in Eternal Punishment, wherein Katsuya and Baofu are forced to run through a really hot tunnel. They are both worried about their shades melting.
  • Pet the Dog: Katsuya isn't quite as nice and understanding in the first game. There are, however, NPCs giving second-hand accounts of Katsuya showing his true colors when you're not around. Once Tatsuya & co. become wanted criminals, you hear that Katsuya is hanging up wanted posters of a person whose face resembles his own, and he looks very sad. But when Katsuya hears the opposing rumor, that Tatsuya & co. are heroes who rescued schoolchildren, you hear that his "face lit up like never before."
  • Perp Sweating: His Contact option. Made even funnier by the fact he's interrogating demons.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Doesn't have a problem taking tips from women's fashion, such as wearing makeup or trimming his eyebrows. He's also fond of baking and housewife shows, and likes to play with cats because they're cute even though he's allergic to them.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Resenter: He's angry because he threw away his own dreams to raise Tatsuya.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Baofu's manly man.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Wore specs even as a student, so they're not just for show.
  • The Lancer
  • The Smart Guy
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Baofu. Katsuya would rather toss him in the slammer, while Baofu in turn considers Katsuya to be an irritant and a wimp.
  • Tell Me About My Father: His final exchange with Captain Togashi.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: After he refuses to associate with his corrupt department any longer.

Ulala Serizawa

Ulala Serizawa is Maya Amano's longtime friend and roommate. She often pulls the latter to so-called "matchmaker parties" to meet men, despite a pattern of being swindled by past boyfriends. Ulala does boxing as a means for her to get revenge on the man who swindled her without getting the police involved; if she called the police, she couldn't beat him to a pulp, after all! Her Tarot arcana is Star, with Callisto as her starter Persona. Ulala makes her living by selling lingerie, but is outwardly obsessed with fortune telling, and looks up to the famous TV seer Wang Long Chizuru. One of her contacts involves her telling fortunes to encountered demons, and she also subscribes to a cellphone-based Wang Long fortune service. Ulala is also fond of ghost stories, and will be able to tell some when accompanied by the right party members.

Ulala is first introduced in Innocent Sin, when the party visits GOLD Gym when searching for King Leo's message. Credited as "Maya's Roommate", she is advised by Maya to leave the building due to King Leo's looming bomb threat. In Eternal Punishment, Ulala tends to be the cheeriest character in the Eternal Punishment group next to Maya, but panics easily when a situation takes a turn for the worse. She locks horns with Baofu repeatedly during the course of the game, despite having more in common with each other than anyone else.

Ulala became controlled by the Joker Persona by secretly performing the Joker Curse to Maya. She envies Maya for being a successful working woman and always catching men's eyes, a significant contrast to her seemingly dead-end life. Luckily, Ulala is later purged of JOKER by Igor in the Velvet Room, and she rejoins the party with a renewed purpose.

Ulala appears on the TV show Who's Who in Persona 3, along with more Persona 1 and 2 characters. Trish describes her as a woman in her 30's with a beauty spot under her eye, and also mentions that she can dance the flamenco (which is one of her special contacts in Eternal Punishment). Trish wonders what she'd look like with a rose in her mouth, this is a reference to her demon contact combo, Flamenco de la Pasion.

Baofu

Baofu is a so-called "Tap Buster", an extortionist who uses wiretapping to further his vendetta against the people who have done him wrong, particularly Tatsuzou Sudou and the Tien Tao Len, a Taiwanese Mafia group. He claims he's from Taiwan, but is perfectly fluent in Japanese. Baofu's Tarot arcana is Hanged Man, with Odysseus as his initial Persona.

Aside from wiretapping, Baofu also runs a bulletin board website called "The Darkside Of Sumaru City", where he sorts through various urban legends to find information that might be relevant to him. He joins Maya's party following a rendezvous arranged online, and performs a test on the effectiveness of the Kotodama, the curse where rumors can come true when spread around town. Because of his shady personality and propositions, the party finds it hard to trust him, especially Katsuya Suou.

Following a shootout in the Abandoned Factory in Kounan during which Baofu is able to defeat Yung Pao, it is revealed through Katsuya's background research that Baofu's true identity was that of Kaoru Saga (kanji: 嵯峨 薫), a Japanese public prosecutor. Along with his assistant Miki Asai, they were both victims of a Taiwanese Mafia hit, tagged for their running investigation on the Tien Tao Len. Kaoru survived, awakening to Odysseus in the process, but Miki did not. Kaoru set out to exact revenge at the people responsible for her death, exchanging his lawful means for illegal ones.

In Eternal Punishment, Kei can develop a hidden Contact option with Baofu called "Song Of A Baseball Fan" where the pair quarrel over which baseball team is the greatest. This parallels the typical debates in real-life Japanese baseball fandom.

Nate/Kei Nanjou

Kei is a former playable character from Revelations: Persona. In Innocent Sin, he is a supporting character who appears at the Abandoned Factory in Kounan, drawn to rumors that a person resembling Kandori is in Sumaru City (The person in question turns out to be Reiji Kido, who isn't too happy about being mistaken as his hated half-brother). When you talk to him, Kei will give Tatsuya Suou his ultimate weapon. During the invasion of Hitler's Last Battalion, he joins his former classmates to fight against the Nazis unless certain conditions are met earlier in the game.

In Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, he is a playable character. Sneak mentions that there are two people (a man and a woman) investigating the New World Order. If Maya spreads the rumor that the person with information on the NWO is a man, you will get Kei to join. He now uses katanas like Tatsuya, and when using his demon contacts, Kei still mentions his beloved butler Yamaoka, and how he intends to honor the promise he made years ago to become "the #1 man in Japan".

Kei will take the group to a Science Lab run by Tatsuzou Sudou and funded by the Nanjou Group, where youths who allegedly performed the Joker Curse are kidnapped and drained of Kegare. The party will run into Kei's old classmates Reiji Kido and Maki Sonomura around the sewer entrance, assisting in their covert infiltration by working the floodgates. Kei will rejoin the rest of his former classmates later in the game (with Tatsuya taking his place in Maya's party), fighting off the New World Order soldiers that are trying to take over the city.

Ellen/Eriko Kirishima

Eriko is a former playable character from Revelations: Persona. In Innocent Sin, she is a supporting character, and has succeeded in getting into the modeling business. After Tatsuya Suou uncovers the "Oracle of Maia", Yukino decides to look for Eriko's aid to unpuzzle the metaphor behind the poem. Unless certain conditions are met, she will fight alongside her former classmates from St. Hermelin once more to repel the invasion of Sumaru City by Hitler's Last Battalion, assisting Tatsuya's party so they can go to Xibalba.

In Eternal Punishment, Eriko is a playable character. Sneak mentions that there are two people (a man and a woman) investigating the New World Order. If Maya spreads the rumor that the person with information on the NWO is a woman, you will get Eriko to join. She still uses fencing swords, and will immediately establish rapport with Ulala Serizawa, who shares her love of fortune telling and ghost stories.

Eriko will take the group to the Sumaru TV station to investigate if Chizuru Ishigami (also known as "Wang Long Chizuru") is really involved in the New World Order. Their suspicions were confirmed as Chizuru's shikigami (who was disguised as a cat) traps them with a spell called "Kimon Tonkou", taking them to a reverse dimension. With her knowledge of the occult, Eriko concludes that they would have to find and enter the "Ba Gua" gates located on each the studio entrances in order to escape. Eriko enlists the help of TV host and former classmate Hidehiko Uesugi to find the right order of the Ba Gua gates by scouting them out back in the real world. Inside the reverse dimension, however, a stalker of Eriko lies in wait, taking the rare chance to get close to his idol.

Eriko will rejoin the rest of her former classmates later in the game (with Tatsuya taking her place in Maya's party), fighting off the New World Order soldiers that are trying to take over the city.

    Major NP Cs 

Philemon

See Persona Recurring for Philemon's role.

Igor

See Persona Recurring for Igor's role.

Daisuke Todoroki

A middle-aged, overweight Private Detective who runs the Kuzunoha Detective Agency in Hirasaka (relocated to Kounan in Eternal Punishment). According to rumors, he used to be an incompetent, third-rate detective, but his intelligence spiked due to a mysterious circumstance. As a result, Todoroki is a frequent font of wisdom as well as a reliable authority on the occult. He plays a vital role in Persona 2, uncovering the nature of Sumaru City's curse before even the authorities manage to. Todoroki offers to spread helpful rumors for a fee, thus allowing them to become reality.

  • Cool Old Guy
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: He carries this with him at all times.
  • Grand Theft Me: Although he looks kind of dull and mild-mannered, he works as a Devil Summoner. The explanation for this goes back to Devil Summoner and Soul Hackers. In those games, there is a devil summoner and detective named Kyouji Kuzunoha (hence the agency moniker) who loses his body and becomes a body-snatcher. So, when Todoroki suddenly becomes very smart and takes over the Kuzunoha Detective Agency, it's assumed that Kyouji snatched his body. And is all but outright stated in a piece of dialogue that you can get out of him when you can access Kashihara's case notes, where he mentions something like "The previous owner of this body has left a few notes behind." To cap it off, his bolo tie has as its clasp the Devil Summoner emblem Kyouji used.
  • Kavorka Man: Ulala seems to think so, at least.
  • Porn Stache
  • Private Detective
  • Reasonable Authority Figure

Maki Sonomura

Maki works part-time at Hiiragi Pyschotherapy in Sumaru City in hopes of becoming a therapist like her employer, Reiko. She feels that helping troubled people is the best way for her to cope with the fact that she almost destroyed her hometown because of her fantasy world coming to life and almost completely superimposing the normal one.

She will later receive a flower from the Time Count, and give it to Jun as his ultimate weapon. Maki mentions what she was told by the count about the flower, that it was "the representation of a destiny that must be passed on". Maki will eventually fight alongside her former classmates from St. Hermelin once more to repel the invasion of Sumaru City by Hitler's Last Battalion if certain conditions are met earlier in the game.

In Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Maki's role as a supporting character is somewhat more significant. She feels the resonance of a Persona from Maya Amano, and is able to tell from this that the latter is acquainted with Yukino Mayuzumi, a former classmate of hers. She later appears at the Science Lab scenario in Kei Nanjou's route. Along with Reiji Kido, she will help Maya's party through the sewer entrance, coordinating their movements with the floodgate controls. Maki will rejoin the rest of her former classmates later in the game, fighting off the New World Order soldiers that are trying to take over the city.

Brad/Hidehiko "Brown" Uesugi

Brown is a returning character from the first Persona, now a supporting character. Now a popular variety-talk show host, his ego has swelled to the point of no return, especially getting nationwide attention for the rumor that he is the boy toy of actress Junko Kurosu (which turns out to be false, since he actually despises the actress for having as big an ego as he does. Even so, he still addresses the latter as "Junko-chan"). If certain conditions are met, he will fight alongside his former classmates from St. Hermelin once more to repel the invasion of Sumaru City by Hitler's Last Battalion, assisting Tatsuya Suou's party so they can go to Xibalba.

In Eternal Punishment, Brown is still a supporting character. He will assist Maya Amano's party through the Tv studio, scouting out the correct order of Chiruzu's medallions to help them escape the "Kimon Tonkou" spell that has imprisoned them. Hidehiko will rejoin the rest of his former classmates later in the game, fighting off the New World Order soldiers that are trying to take over the city.

Chris/Reiji Kidou

Like Maki and Brown, Reiji is a returning alumni from the first Persona. He makes an appearance in both Persona 2 games as an NPC. He has long since shed his Badass image — even going as far as changing his hairstyle to conceal the scar on his forehead — and is working a door-to-door knife salesman to support his live-in girlfriend (referred to as his wife, whom he married directly out of high school, in the remake of the first Persona) who is carrying his baby. Unfortunately, his Persona still exudes the same kind of intimidating aura, scaring away potential customers. He reluctantly asks for advice from of fellow St. Hermelin alumnus Kenta "Toro" Yokouchi, whose own Persona has made him very successful.

His new hairstyle, however, made him look strikingly similar to his hated stepbrother, so rumors started circulating about Kandori being sighted in Sumaru City, which piques the interest of Kei Nanjou. Reiji can later be found in the Abandoned Factory, where he beats up on demons to blow some steam. Lisa Silverman will 'persuade' him into giving up his Legendary American Gloves.

Later in the game, he will join his former St. Hermelin classmates in the fight against Hitler's Last Battalion unless certain conditions are met earlier in the game. In Eternal Punishment, he will appear in Kei Nanjou's route to the Science Lab. With Maki Sonomura in tow, Reiji will assist in the party's covert infiltration of the lab through the sewers by operating the floodgate controls. He will once again team up with the St. Hermelin alumni later in the game, this time to fend off the New World Order soldiers trying to take over the city.

Fujii Shunsuke

A photographer for Kismet Publishing, and Yukino's boss/mentor. His petnames for Maya and Yukino are "Mackey" and "Yuki".

Youichi Makimura

In Innocent Sin, he was a Masked Circle minion under Queen Aquarius who performed the Joker Charm, wishing to become the sexiest man alive. He was interrupted from fighting Tatsuya's group at the fitness club GOLD when an angry Ulala Serizawa chased him out, threatening to kick his ass for stealing her money and suddenly disappearing. In Eternal Punishment, Makimura is pulled out of another scam attempt and taken along while Maya's party searches for Ulala at GOLD, believing that he was the one targeted by the Joker Curse she performed.

     Antagonists (SPOILERS) 

Nyarlathotep

See Persona Recurring for Nyarlathotep's role.

Tatsuya Sudou AKA King Leo/JOKER

Real name Tatsuya Sudou, (not to be confused with Tatsuya Suou), Leo is one of the "Masked Four", executives of the Masked Circle, and The Dragon to Joker. Easily the most psychotic of the Joker's crew, Sudou has a marked predilection for explosives and is a pyromaniac. In Eternal Punishment, Leo's father is revealed to be Japan's Foreign Minister and Baofu's archenemy, Tatsuzou Sudou. Despite his mania, Leo is fiercely devoted to Joker.

Anna Yoshizaka AKA Lady Scorpio

Voiced by: Mona Marshall (in English)
Anna Yoshizaka was once a track athlete at Seven Sisters High School. However, she was involved in a hit-and-run accident, which dashed her dreams of becoming a star athlete. She began skipping school, seeing no point in attending when she had nothing more to work towards. Somewhere around this time, she fell under the thrall of the Joker and became Lady Scorpio, one of the Masked Four. Like Prince Taurus, her role is targeting other young people at Kasugayama High School and the Zodiac Club. It isn't necessary to fight Lady Scorpio; she doesn't confront the party until Caracol, when the player's choices determine whether she lives or dies.

If the player chooses to force Yukino Mayuzumi to accompany the party to Caracol, Yukino will be there to counteract her Shadow, and Anna will ultimately assist Yukino in fighting the Last Battalion. If they leave Yukino behind, Anna will follow Shadow Yukino and the two will jump from a bridge, hand-in-hand, thus killing Anna.

In Eternal Punishment, Anna is falsely accused of performing the "JOKER curse" on the driver who hit her. When Principal Hanya is murdered in his office, Anna is the obvious suspect, as Maya overheard her mutter that she would kill Hanya after he denounced her in front of the entire school.

Later in the game, her Sempai Kohai, Noriko, is discovered to have used the JOKER curse twice (Noriko is the one who ordered the deaths of both Hanya and the man responsible for Anna's accident), and is kidnapped by the Taiwanese mafia for that very reason. Anna phones Maya and the party to help free the girl, giving them the tip-off about the mafia's location.

Ginji Sazaki AKA Prince Taurus

Ginji Sasaki is an ex-musician who used to perform for a one hit wonder band. Since then, he's irked out a living as a record producer, trying to recapture his former glory. Ginji has a reputation for making sexual advances toward his female artists, particularly adolescent girls. In desperation, Ginji performed the Joker Charm, hoping to be successful again. Joker granted his wish, and Ginji was made one of the Masked Four, placed in charge of stealing Ideal Energy from young people. He begins promoting a secretive teen idol band known as "MUSES", and spreads a rumor that Lisa and her classmates are members. Late in the game, Prince Taurus follows the rest of the Masked Circle into Xibalba and is incinerated by a booby trap. His death is not shown on-screen, as Tatsuya's party discover his charred remains some time later.

In Eternal Punishment, Ginji is manipulated into essentially the same role. He is brainwashed by the New World Order to host a seminar at the mall, where he encourages people to get rid of their "Kegare". In the ensuring shootout with Maya and her party, the glass container holding all the stores of Kegare is shattered, turning Ginji into a JOKER.

Junko Kurosu AKA Queen Aquarius

The fourth and last member of the Masked Four, Queen Aquarius is secretly Junko Kurosu, a celebrity actress and Jun's mother. Once a popular girl at Seven Sisters High School, Junko set her eyes on her history teacher and husband-to-be, Akinari Kashihara. Junko grew weary of family life after Jun was born and spread vicious rumors about her husband. Following his violent death at Seven Sister High School, Junko embraced being single again and began to treat Jun miserably. Believing her career to be in danger because of her maturity, Junko summoned the Joker and wished to remain young forever; Joker complied, recruiting her into the Masked Circle.

In Eternal Punishment, Jun's father is still alive and Junko's marriage seems stable. During a celebrity interview at the TV Studio, Chiruzu Ishagami infects Junko with the JOKER curse. It is implied that she was brought to the Velvet Room and cured, but she isn't seen for the rest of the game.

Maya Okamura

Lisa Silverman's homeroom teacher, nicknamed "Ideal-sensei" by her students due to her eccentricities. She used to work alongside Jun's father, Akinari Kashihara. Okamura harbored an unrequited love for him, and resented his wife, Junko. She was a collaborator on Kashihara's unreleased book, which prophesied the signs leading up to the end of days; among these portents was the return of Adolf Hitler and his "Last Battalion". Kashihara later met a suspicious death when he fell inside the Seven Sisters clock tower and was crushed by the gears.

Okamura stations herself at the Kuzunoha Detective Agency, where she assists in shedding light on Mr. Kashihara's research on the Last Battalion. As the portents of the book start becoming true, Okamura loses her mind and decides to expedite the catastrophe. The final portent is the death of a woman named "Maya". Okamura is initially willing to sacrifice herself, but is instead approached by Nyarlathotep. At the conclusion of the game, Okamura materializes and impales Maya Amano with the Spear of Longinus. Philemon intervenes by rewinding time and negating Maya's death, thus creating the Eternal Punishment timeline.

Okamura appears during the main story in Eternal Punishment only once: she is standing in the school courtyard during the game's introduction. If Maya speaks with her, she will sense that they have met before.

  • All Love Is Unrequited
  • Chekhov's Spear
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Mayans! Hitler! ALIENS! She's the queen of this trope. Her persecution complex and subsequent spiraling into madness is a depressingly valid depiction of many paranoids today.
  • Face-Heel Turn
  • Have We Met Yet?: In Eternal Punishment, the player has the option of speaking with Okamura (while controlling Maya) in Seven Sister High School's courtyard. Both mention that the other looks familiar...
  • Love Makes You Evil: Par excellence.
  • Madness Makeover: Once she really goes off the deep end, her ponytail unfolds into a wacked-out blossom of hair, and her normally composed face is replaced with an evil grin.
  • Miss Exposition
  • Properly Paranoid: Regardless of cosmic meddling, everything Kashihara put to paper has come to pass.
  • Sanity Slippage
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: A maiden with the name "Maya" is prophesied as a harbinger of the Apocalypse. In the depths of her insanity, Okamura is prepared to die to fulfill that role. However, nobody figured on it being Maya Amano.
  • Sinister Shades
  • Team Killer: Nyarlathotep using her as a convenient pawn to stab Maya Amano with the Lance of Longinus and kill her.
  • Wild Mass Guessing: So who killed Kashihara, again? Okamura says the Last Battalion did it, but...
  • Woman in Black
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Sensei is the opposite number to Maya Amano, having been tapped by Nyarlathotep to help nail down humanity's coffin good and tight. Her avatar in the Eternal Punishment timeline is Foreign Minister Sudou, an Illuminati stooge.
  • Yandere: To a dead man, no less.

Principal Harding/Hanya

The principal of the Seven Sisters High School, and previously the vice principal of St. Hermelin in the first game. Tatsuya Suou's party battles Principal Hanya on top of the clock tower after destroying the smaller clocks in the school classrooms in Innocent Sin. He dies afterwards, but when you meet a student who asks how he's doing, you can either tell the truth, or spread the rumor that he's alive. If you choose the latter, Principal Hanya will reemerge later in the game and repel the invasion of Hitler's Last Battalion on his own. Otherwise, the St. Hermelin alumni will do the job.

In Eternal Punishment, he is still a hated principal, and is immediately killed when Noriko Katayama performs the Joker Curse on him for insulting Anna Yoshizaka, who can no longer represent Sevens in the regional track meet because of a permanent injury caused by a hit-and-run accident.

Yasuo Inoe

A student who hangs out on the rooftop of Kasugayama High School, discontented with the current system and wishes to become Student Body President to implement his desired changes. In Innocent Sin, Yasuo uses the Joker Charm to make his ambition a reality. He was responsible for spreading the rumor that the Seven Sisters High School Emblem was cursed, and collaborated with Lady Scorpio to collect Ideal Energy at Kasugayama High's dance party. He is fought as a boss, and dies at the hands of King Leo upon failing. In Eternal Punishment, Yasuo is still alive, and is back to being a discontented Student Body Presidential wannabe.

Hiroki Sugimoto

A second-year student at Kasugayama High. Ever since Eikichi beat him up in middle school, he's hated Eikichi and wanted to defeat him, jealous of his power and clout as the school leader. He uses the Joker Charm so he can become stronger, spreads the rumor that the Head is stronger than Captain Death, and even kidnapped Miyabi. Eikichi relinquishes his position as Captain Death, creating a loophole that allows him to defeat Sugimoto. In Eternal Punishment, he is kidnapped and drained of Kegare at the Science Lab in Kei Nanjou's route. Maya's party runs into Eikichi, who was trying to save Sugimoto as per his role as the school leader. They later find Sugimoto, who was turned into a monster. Kei and the party try their best to subdue Sugimoto without killing him, and assures Eikichi that the Nanjou Group will pull out all the stops to turn his classmate back to normal.

Ixquic

A 13 year-old cosplayer with a very lively imagination, believing that she's a "reincarnated warrior maiden", Ixquic. In Innocent Sin, she turns out to be a minion of King Leo. In Eternal Punishment, she hangs out at Giga Macho (The Seedy CD) music store, and is hunting down the two rumored demons that reside there.

The Knights of the Holy Lance

The Order of the Holy Lance is the elite force of the Last Battalion, consisting of thirteen "Longinus" robots charged with eliminating enemy Persona-users. Despite being identical in appearance, each Longinus robot has a distinct voice and personality. True to their namesake, each Knight comes armed with a copy of the Spear of Destiny.

  • Anti-Magic: Their spears are capable of sealing Personas.
  • Cape Busters
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: Can take astounding amounts of punishment.
  • Evil Gloating: If you pay attention to it, you'll notice that they know far more about you than they should be able to, foreshadowing the true nature of their Fuhrer.
  • Gratuitous German: Announces their different attacks by shouting stock German phrases like "Feuer!" and "Guten Nacht!".
    • Made even more ridiculous with the English dub, where some of their voice actors don't even attempt to pull of a German accent for the voiced dialogue.
  • Magitek: How robots without Personas are capable of using spells, we'll never know.
  • More Dakka: Armed with MG-32 machine guns.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Ostensibly based on Heinrich Himmler and his twelve Lieutenants
  • Recurring Boss: Over the second half of the game you fight every single Longinus, usually in groups of three or four. The first encounter with them teams you up with a single party member against a single Longinus, however. Your party defeats the other two offscreen.
  • Shock and Awe: Their trademark "Geistesblitz" attack.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler
  • You Are Number Six: They refer to each other by their numbers (the German numbers, of course). However, they are also clearly individuals.
  • You Fool!: When defeated, each robot leaves you with a bitter "You know nothing!"

Tatsuzou Sudou

Father of Tatsuya Sudou, aka King Leo, he is briefly referenced in Innocent Sin before being revealed as the head of the New World Order in Eternal Punishment. He is estranged from his son, whom he confined to a mental hospital as a child. Tatsuzou is Japan's Foreign Minister, and is secretly head of a governmental conspiracy to create a world without original sin. Tatsuzou is unaware of the fact that he, like his son, is being manipulated by Nyarlathotep.

Kiyotada Sumaru

The mummified remains of a feudal warlord who established what is now Sumaru City. Thanks to Nyarlathotep's influence, Tatsuzou Sudou was able to reanimate him with rumors. Sumaru's remains are the centerpiece of the New World Order, communicating to its members via Telepathy. Once the Monado Mandala has risen, Sumaru's castle is mystically unearthed and towers over the entire city.

  • Back from the Dead
  • Badass Mustache: Still impressive, even if the rest of him is in poor shape.
  • Clipped Wing Angel: It is possible to kill Sumaru in one hit if the right conditions are met. Summoning the three Ancestral Personas during the battle for a Fusion Attack will defeat him instantly. This is explained in-game by the Personas being the spirits of a samurai who originally toppled Sumaru, his princess, and their retainer. It's also a case of Guide Dang It, so whether this is worth all the trouble is subjective.
  • Evil Overlord
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: Sumaru Castle.
  • Feudal Future: His ultimate goal.
  • Mummy

Guido/Takahisa Kandori

The former antagonist of the original Persona, who has been resurrected due to rumors. He unquestioningly serves the New World Order, but seems to be following his own agenda. During the events of Eternal Punishment, Takahisa Kandori, (now called Guido Kandori in the NA version) is brought back to life through the power of Kototama performed by the NWO. The extensive scars on his body are reminiscent of Tatsuya Suou's marks.

Chizuru Ishigami

Chizuru is a famous fortune teller who uses her show to spread rumors for the NWO. Unlike the other villains, Chiruzu does not use a Persona in combat but creates duplicates of herself to fool her opponents. Eriko Kirishima arrives in Sumaru City investigating her and her connection to the NWO. During a television interview, Junko Kurosu transformed into a Joker and attempts to kill Lisa Silverman.

Afterwards, she joins with the revived Takahisa Kandori and leaves with him for the Undersea Ruins, although she questions why someone like him would be happy serving as simply a pawn for Tatsuzou Sudou. Eventually, she and Kandori are confronted by Maya Amano and her party along with Tatsuya Suou. They are both defeated, and, despite Nanjo/Eriko's pleading, stay behind in the collapsing Undersea Ruins to die.

General Sugawara

A top-ranking member of the NWO and commander of the Tenchu Army. Sugawara is wasting away from some unknown malady, which is what motivated him to assist Tatsuzou.

Captain Togashi

Head of the Kounan police force, and Katsuya's top superior in the department. He, along with other top officials, is a member of the New World Order. Unlike the others, however, he is unable to hear Gozen's voice — perhaps a sign of his wavering loyalty to them. He once worked alongside Katsuya's father.

Administrator Shimazu

Katusya's direct superior in the Kounan department, and lieutenant to Captain Togashi. He dislikes Katsuya by association, as his father was disgraced and expelled from the force.

     Minor NP Cs 

Akinari Kashihara

The father of Jun Kurosu, and a World History teacher at Seven Sisters High School. His charming personality made him an idol among his students in Seven Sisters, including Junko Kurosu, former-"Miss Sevens" and local celebrity, and Maya Okamura, a fellow History teacher who admired him as a genius. Akinari was troubled over the idea that the current world history is actually incorrect. He met with Tatsuya Sudou, who had been rambling about voices in his head. Akinari was convinced that Sudou was channeling the voices of Mayans, and with the cooperation of Okamura, they produced the Oracle of Maia. Intrigued by the revelations from the Oracle, Akinari worked on writing a book of prophecies, In-Lak'ech.

He married Junko after the latter's graduation. Together they had a son, Jun. However, the marriage did not prove to be a blissful one, as Junko began to miss her life as a celebrity. Sometime later, Akinari mets his death inside Seven Sister's clock tower when he fell and was crushed by the gears. His ghost is rumored to be haunting the clock tower to this day. As happens with all rumors, his ghost does indeed appear to Tatsuya at the start of Innocent Sin.

In Eternal Punishment, the timeline has been changed so that Akinari is still alive and married to Junko.

Demon Artist

An inhabitant of the Velvet Room, and the only one besides Igor who serves a function in the game. At the player's request, he will convert the Free Tarot cards into any other arcana card, except for Fool and minor arcana.

  • Author Avatar: A fairly obvious self-insertion by Kazuma Kaneko, whose inimitable concept art can be seen throughout the Megaten 'verse.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Mad Artist: A rare non-evil example.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Sunglasses at Night: He wears shades despite the already dim light of the room. This may be a handicap similar to what the other denizens of the Velvet Room employ to concentrate on their roles.

Belladonna

First seen as a background character in the first Persona, she is the soprano who is accompanied with Nameless. She covers her ears with her hair in order to concentrate on her performance.

Nameless/Nanashi

A pianist in suite who plays various pieces on a gigantic grand piano. In order to concentrate on performance, he covers his eyes. Nameless also has an obsession with numbering, which is parodied in the Persona 2 Drama CD.

  • Domino Mask
  • Mad Mathematician: Has an obsession with numbering.
  • Older than They Look: This applies to the other Velvet Room tenants, also. He claims that "90,000 and 155 nights have passed" with his eyes covered, coming out to 247 years.note 
  • The Piano Player
  • The Philosopher: His remarks have no bearing on the story, they're merely ruminations of life, the universe and whatnot.

Kelly/Trish

Trish is a gold-digging refugee from the fairy world who was exiled due to her greed. Formerly an NPC in the first Persona, she has noticeably aged in ensuing years (as Kei will attest). Trish maintains a Healing Spring at which the party can heal, generally found in every dungeon, in each of the Persona 2 games. Despite her sweet-natured appearance, Trish is notorious for being selfish, greedy, and charging outlandish prices for her healing services. While restoring in town generally costs a few thousand yen, Trish tends to charge a few dozen thousand. Should the player refuse, she'll generally tell them to go and die for all she cares.

Tammy/Tamaki Uchida

A returning NPC from the original Persona, as well as protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei If.... Tamaki is now in college, and works part-time in the Kuzunoha Detective Agency as an assistant to Daisuke Todoroki and also a Devil Summoner. She handles the mail-in magazine prizes for the party, and in one occasion, Tamaki will dress up as a cat burglar along with Satomi Tadashi (who is now her fiance), helping the party to rescue the schoolchildren trapped deep inside the burning Sky Museum.

In Eternal Punishment, Tamaki still works at the Kuzunoha Detective Agency. She is also hiding a money-hungry Catgirl demon in the bathroom, who uses the giant fortune cat in the office as a facade to ask for handouts. Tamaki reprises her role of handling the mail-in magazine contest entries for the party. Off-hand, she expresses concern for her fiancée, who has been missing because of assassination threats from sources unknown.

Satomi "Tad" Tadashi

Another returning NPC from the first Persona, Tad works at the Kuzunoha office with his girlfriend, Tammy. Due to general dislike of the character from fans, Tad does not appear in Eternal Punishment, having gone on the run from "assassins" according to Tammy.

Saeko Smith/Saeko Takami

A returning character from the first Persona. Ms. Saeko returns in Persona 2: Innocent Sin as the homeroom teacher of Tatsuya Suou, having transfered to Seven Sisters High School along with Vice-Principal Hanya. She is still admired by both students and former students alike.

Saeko makes it her mission to help Tatsuya Suou find direction in his life. She is well-intentioned but relentless, even staking out his motorcycle so she can give him a pep talk. The dialogue trees that ensue later play a minor role in the game's narrative. She assists the party in removing the curse on Seven Sisters High School. Saeko plays a much smaller role in Eternal Punishment. She is interviewed by Maya Amano early in the game regarding the JOKER.

"Chunky"/Kenta "Toro" Yokouchi

Another returning character from the first Persona, Kenta is a fish connoisseur and rumormonger who found success by using his Persona (despite, or perhaps because of, his Persona being penis demon Mara). He gives advice to fellow St. Hermerlin alumni Reiji Kido, whose Persona has only hampered his success. He is usually found at Gatten Sushi, and like the other rumormongers, is willing to exchange rumors with the party.

Steven Silverman

Lisa Silverman's father, a naturalized American who works in the Foreign Currency Exchange. He absolutely loves Japan, and as a result is often seen wearing a yukata out of season. Mr. Silverman implements a home life that matches a typical Japanese family's to the dot; even raising his daughter to become an ideal Japanese lady. He only appears in Innocent Sin, handing out prizes if the party enters and wins one of the magazine sweepstakes.

  • The Ahnold: Everything about him, from the ponytail to his practice of Aikido, is a deliberate spoof of Steven Seagal.
  • Badass Normal: While him fighting is not shown offscreen, he's able to kick Nazi asses alone. He certainly uses the Aikido skills he learned for being a Japanese Otaku well.
  • Good Parents: Played with. Despite the fact that he tried making Lisa become a Yamato Nadeshiko against her will, other than that one quirk, he clearly loves his daughter, is not at all abusive, and even entrusts the party with her safety.
  • Outdated Outfit
  • Uncle Pennybags: Quirks aside, he gives Lisa a fat annual allowance.

Miyabi Hanakouji

A second-year Seven Sisters High School student and classmate of Lisa. She works on the school newspaper, and is dating Eikichi Mishina, doubling as a groupie of sorts for the band "Gas Chamber". In Innocent Sin, she was nicknamed "Hanaji" (nosebleed) / "Kozy" and was overweight because of an embarrassing event. In Eternal Punishment, she makes a small cameo inside Gas Chamber but nothing more.

Matsuoka

Kei Nanjou's current butler and bodyguard. He seems surly and distant, which is a far cry to how Kei's relationship with the late Yamaoka was before. But the truth is that Matsuoka is actually diligently looking out for Kei's welfare, making sure that his young master becomes the #1 man in Japan as promised.

Mizuno

Editor-In-Chief of Coolest, Maya Amano's immediate superior. Mizuno seems to despise Maya so much that she goes as far as to discard a meaningful article that the latter wrote about the "Rumored Student", breaks her up with partner Yukino Mayuzumi during the assignment at Sevens in Eternal Punishment, and also rescinds her day off. The in-game bio describes her as "30-something and still not married". She only mellows out after Sumaru City becomes the Ameno Torifune.

     Tatsuya's Scenario Characters 

Shiori Miyashiro

A police officer in the Kounan Police Department who knows Katsuya Suou and the Suou brothers' father, she attempts to track down the mysterious serial killer known as JOKER. Her actions would lead her to eventually meet Tatsuya Suou and become the major part of his story in Tatsuya's scenario.

  • Anatomy Of The Soul: After her body is possessed, her self is broken into all the pieces that made up her being and were spread out amongst the Kadath Mandala.
  • Evil Counterpart: Her shadow is not this. With everything that made up her self no longer influencing it, and while it is mentally unstable and erratic, deep down it's still the same woman who wanted to help Tatsuya and says she is sorry to him before returning to a Trapezohedron.
  • Demonic Possession: Possessed by a Wendigo in the second part of Tatsuya's scenario due to a failed attempt by Kandori and the NWO to artificially give her a Persona.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Lets Tatsuya stay at her place before and during the story.
  • In the Back: Shiori's shadow attempts to stab Maya from behind when she takes physical form.
  • Hospital Surprise: Wakes up in a hospital at the end of part three and is visited by Anna. Who tells her the Suou brothers brought her there.
  • Malevolent Masked Woman: Shiori's shadow. Eventually, her mask breaks to reveal nothing is there.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Tatsuya had already gone to the Other Side by the time she had awakened.
  • Refusal of the Call: Played the Persona game with her brother when she was younger, but refused to go through with it and receive a Persona. Even to this day, she rejects Philemon's attempts to awaken her to her power.
  • Revenge: Against JOKER for the death of her little brother.

Lieutenant General Zula

A talking Abyssinian feline that belongs to the Ulthar Cat Forces, Zula is requested by Randolph Carter to aid the party through their journey of the Kadath Mandala.

  • Arch-Enemy: Mentions that the Ulthar tribe wage war on the terrible Zoog tribe.
  • CommonRanks
  • Meaningful Name: Zula is the same name of a female cat that is theroized to be the parent of the Abyssinian breed.
  • Military Salute: Salutes the characters when he meets and leaves them. Only Katsuya salutes back.
  • Mr. Exposition: Spend much of his role telling the characters the story behind the mythical beings or their role in man's subconscious.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: A master of this. When he moved his tail, they ended up where the Trapezohedron of Knowledge was at, and he always disappears before battles and reappears afterwards.
  • Surprisingly Good English: He tends to speak in English whenever he gives out a military command, such as "Ten-hut" or "Move".
  • Talking Animal

Chandraputra /Randolph Carter

A legendary Persona user known by Igor. He travels across time and space through mankind's consciousness. He holds the Silver Key needed to open the gate to the Kadath Mandala. He requests that Tatsuya and the party attain the trapezohedron that belonged to his apprentice Randolph Carter. He is in fact Randolph Carter himself, having lost his emotions and keeping his sense of self through sheer force of will.

Eleven Holders of the Trapezohedrons

Eleven Entities which hold the fragmented parts of Shiori's self that are found in the world of subconscious, Kadath Mandala. Each one resides in a tower inside the realm, with Nyarlathotep in the last tower and holding the Trapezohedron that contains Shiori's shadow.

  • Adaptive Ability: Umr-At-Tawil gets stronger each time he resurrects.
  • Another Dimension: Umr-At-Tawil sends those who cross him into other dimensions where their fate is unknown.
  • Blob Monster: Umr-At-Tawil appears as some form of white blob with a shimmering veil around it and a orb at its center.
  • Buddhism: Sakya wishes for the party to spread its teachings.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Azazel starts boasting after Zula reveals his past as a Fallen Angel.
  • Cult: Dagon converts those who listen to him speak to become a member of Cthulhu's cult.
  • Curse: The one Izanami began in the past has long since disappeared.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Old One is this. Thankfully he isn't evil or violent.
  • Emotion Suppression: Izanami wears a mask to suppress her emotions until she is ready to meet Izanagi again.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Cthulhu has his SMTII design and thankfully without the penis tongue.
  • God In Avatar Form: Nodens is revealed to be a avatar of Philemon.
  • Hinduism: Virochana speaks about Atman and Brahman in his philosophy parts.
  • Horny Devils: Azazel expresses interest in Maya.
  • Humble Hero: Sakya speaks humbly to the group.
  • Inappropriate Hunger: Old One is hungry when the party meets it and Maya makes it leave while leaving the trapezohedron behind by giving it canned crab.
  • Kung-Fu Jesus: Sakya
  • Living Dream: Cthulhu is implied to be him in his dreams, since his body is actually in R'lyeh.
  • Love Hurts: Izanami no longer feels hatred towards Izanagi, and both it and her curse faded long ago. Yet she can never be with him, since he is in the heavens.
  • Madness Mantra: The other side effect of Dagon's speech. It causes everyone to speak R'lyehian.
  • Not as You Know Them: Most of the demons are simply the product of the human mind and not the real deal. This explains why they don't act like they do in mythology, such as Angra Mainyu.
  • Noodle Incident: Umr-At-Tawil only attacks people who do things behind his back when in his realm. It's never shown what the characters did that caused him to attack.
  • The Philosopher: Many of the demons not fought tend to speak about philosophy. The ones who do are Virochana, Sakya, Angra Mainyu, Nodens, and Izanami.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Tatsuya and the rest reject the prophecy of Cthulhu one day taking over the world.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Umr-At-Tawil cannot be killed for good, since he is the barrier between the conscious and subconscious. If he died, then there would be no self for mankind.
  • Sea Monster: Both Dagon and Cthulhu.
  • The Stars Are Going Out: Nodens mentions that only a life of happiness keeps the heat death of the universe from happening, so people should live live to the fullest.
  • The Unpronounceable: Dagon and Cthulhu speak R'lyehian. So do Katsuya and Ulala when they listen to Dagon speak.
  • What Is Evil?: Angra Mainyu questions what is good and evil in his Tower of Ethics.


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