A character sheet for Persona 4: Arena, the Fighting Game sequel of the JRPG Persona 4. More tropes can be found in the character sheets of Persona 3 and Persona 4.
WARNING: The descriptions within this sheet assume that the reader has played Persona 3 and Persona 4. As such, it contains UNMARKED SPOILERS regarding the stories of both games. Viewer discretion is advised.
The protagonist of Persona 4. Yu was a transfer student at Yasogami High School, where he awakened to the power of Persona, formed the Investigation Team with his friends and solved the murder mysteries behind the Midnight Channel. He left Yaso-Inaba to return to the city at the end of the school year, but decides to return during Golden Week on vacation. Shortly after arriving, however, Yu witnesses the advertisement for the "P-1 Grand Prix" on the Midnight Channel and reforms the Investigation Team to find out why the phenomenon has returned suddenly.
Yu's Persona, Izanagi, can utilize electric attacks. With enough willpower, it can also transform into his Ultimate Persona: Izanagi-no-Okami.
Yu's Instant Kill is Myriad Truths, the final attack he used to defeat Izanami, the true mastermind behind the Inaba incident in the original Persona 4. He plunges his sword into the ground, creating a wave of electricity that launches the opponent into the air. Izanagi then evolves into its Ultimate form, Izanagi-no-Okami, swings its own sword in a circular motion, and summons a HUGE thunderbolt that rains down on the opponent, crashing them into the ground.
Berserk Button / Big Brother Instinct: Exploited by Shadow Labrys, who eggs Yu on by saying she has Nanako captive, one of Yu's only real fears after Nanako's kidnapping and near death during the events of Persona 4. Also lampshaded in the P-1 Grand Prix commercial:
Expy: Visually. His animations recycle a large number of elements from Ky Kiske, resident lightning swordsman of Arc System Works' Guilty Gear series. Add in a little Hakumen from Blazblue to round out the rest.
Exact Words: A rare heroic example. At the end of the game, Mitsuru tells the P4 cast to leave the antagonists to them, which Yu appears to concede to. Later, however: "I said that we should trust Mitsuru-san, but I didn't tell her we wouldn't get involved".
Genre Savvy: He realizes something is wrong with the people he interacted with in his story mode after his first fight with Yosuke.
No Sell: The Illusions of Shadow Labrys and the Malevolent Entity simply do not work on him. Heck, in later battles, the illusions begin breaking down because he's able to see through them (except for the one with Nanako). This turns into Fridge Brilliance when you remember that this was his whole shitick in the last game: He reached out to the truth.
This is also the reason why he never runs into his "Shadow" (The Malevolent Entity) in his story. When it appears in his arcade mode, Yu immediately picks up that his Persona and Shadow cannot co-exist, shattering the illusion.
Properly Paranoid: Upon his return to Inaba, he decided to check for the Midnight Channel "Just in case." He had good reason to be suspicious though, as he had been summoned to the Velvet Room during the train ride over.
The happy-go-lucky second-in-command of the Investigation Team. Yosuke came from the big city before his father took a job as the manager of the Junes supermarket in Inaba. Despite his initial dislike of the town and its inhabitants, Yosuke learned to love Inaba and made several friends in the town.
He joined the Investigation Team after the murder of his crush, Saki Konishi, in the TV world. While there, he encountered his Shadow self - a twisted mirror image created from the darkest parts of his soul who claimed he only joined the team to "play hero" and that he secretly resented Inaba because it was "boring". Upon denying its hurtful claims, Yosuke's Shadow turned into a monster, but with the help of Yu and Teddie, Yosuke eventually came to accept the Shadow as part of him, and it transformed into his Persona: Jiraiya, which specializes in wind-based skills.
After the events of Persona 4, he and Teddie plan a surprise party for Yu upon learning of his return, but Teddie, Rise, and Kanji suddenly disappear mysteriously. Shortly after learning of this, Yosuke witnesses the "P-1 Grand Prix" advertisement and rejoins the team.
Yosuke's Instant Kill is Brave Blade. He summons Jiraiya, who delivers a spinning uppercut to the opponent. While they are spinning in the air, Yosuke and Jiraiya perform a series of cross-slashes, ending with Jiraiya launching its shurikens at the opponent.
The Dulcinea Effect: He gets hit with this hard for Labrys, espcially after realizing the truth behind the P1 Grand Prix. At the end of his and Aigis' story modes, Yosuke even goes so far as picking a fight with Aigis knowing he has almost no chance of winning against a combat android just so he can protect Labrys, despite just meeting her.
I Just Want to Be Special: Exploited. General Teddie and the Malevolent Entity try to convince him that The Midnight Channel is the only place that makes Yosuke special, and that Labrys was brought to the tournament exclusively so he could have the chance to "rescue a cute girl."
Knife Nut: Not only does he dual wield them but he also has many to throw at his opponents.
Shout-Out: Yosuke's crouching B attack is pretty obviously based off of one of Hazama's normals. (The one where he crosses in front of himself) He even lampshades it occasionally by calling out "I can do it too!" when using
Small Town Boredom: Exploited. Shadow Labrys and the Malevolent Entity try to convince him he wanted the P-1 Grand Prix to happen, so his life wouldn't be so boring. It's only thanks to The Power of Friendship that they fail in the end.
A tomboyish native of Inaba, and the best friend of Yukiko Amagi. Chie is a fierce fighter who enjoys the occasional meat bowl and martial arts movie. She joined the Investigation Team when Yukiko was kidnapped and thrown into the Midnight Channel. She also encountered her Shadow self, which claimed that Chie enjoyed being the "dominant one" in her relationship with Yukiko. Upon accepting her Shadow, it transformed into her Persona, Tomoe Gozen, which specializes in physical attacks much like Chie herself.
After the Midnight Channel incident, Chie is now studying to become a police officer in order to protect the people she loves. While jogging one day, she overhears a rumor that the Channel has returned, and later confirms it to be real along with Yu, Yosuke, and Yukiko. Furious at the insulting nickname given to her by the "P-1 Grand Prix" advertisement, she rejoins the Team to find out the truth behind the Midnight Channel's return.
Chie's Instant Kill is Galactic Punt. Tomoe launches the opponent into the air as Chie readies herself. As they fall, Chie flies forward in slow motion, delivering a flying kick that sends them flying high into the sky, out of the arena.
Shadow Chie's inferiority complex has apparently become even worse in the sequel, extending beyond just Yukiko, as she picks a fight with Yukari just to prove her superiority, only moments after Yukari encounters Adachi.
An Ice Person: In the sequel, some of Tomoe's attacks now freeze the opponent on hit.
No Guy Wants an Amazon: Teddie's voice is twisted into mocking Chie by saying this. She becomes very hurt by this.
Obsessed with Food: Her predilection for meat is taken far beyond her original characterization, to the point it becomes her primary title in the tournament. In story mode, she can outright abandon the P-1 GP to fight Akihiko over an Aiya Beef Bowl, leading to her joke ending. And even after she wins, she can choose not to share even one bite of it. Granted, she hadn't eaten much that day, and given the situation, anyone would be pretty tired and hungry by that point. But still…
The graceful and beautiful heiress to the Amagi Inn, considered to be a landmark of Inaba. Yukiko had, at first, always wanted to find herself outside of Inaba and be free of her predetermined fate. As if in response, she is kidnapped and thrown into the Midnight Channel, where she encounters her Shadow, who pokes and prods her on that matter as well as her extreme reliance on Chie in their relationship. She accepts her Shadow and it becomes her Persona, Konohana Sakuya, which specializes in fire magic. Upon joining the team, Yukiko has learned to accept her home and fight alongside her friends to defend from the Shadows of the Midnight Channel.
After the events of the last game, Yukiko is informed of a surprise party for Yu's return and begins training with her fellow employees to improve her legendarily bad cooking skills. After finishing a special box lunch of her own design, Rise Kujikawa's manager Inoue suddenly calls Yukiko and informs her that Rise has gone missing. Worried, Yukiko contacts Chie and tells her of this, and she in turn tells Yukiko that the Midnight Channel might be back and that there may be a connection. Upon witnessing the advertisement for the "P-1 Grand Prix", Yukiko rejoins the team to rescue her friends.
Yukiko's Instant Kill is Full Bloom. Konohana Sakuya charges into the opponent, sending them careening into the wall as it explodes into hundreds of cherry blossoms which bombard and cut into the enemy.
Carrying A Bento: She spent all night cooking a nice (and delicious-smelling) boxed lunch for everyone, and just happens to bring it over to the TV World to investigate. Tragedy ensues.
Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: One of her intro has her in full kimono. Konohana Sakuya then materializes and twirls once in front of her, using her wings as a make-shift curtain. Yukiko is in her Yasogami uniform before Sakuya barely finishes her twirl.
Cherry Blossoms: Uses them in her Mortal Blow, where a large storm of blossoms causes the opponent to disintegrate. The move also does 398 hits, which is a Goroawase Number for "Sakuya", the name of her Persona.
Deliberately Distressed Damsel: Exploited. Shadow Labrys and the Malevolent Entity try to convince her she wanted the P-1 Grand Prix to happen, so people would pay attention to and take care of her. It's only thanks to The Power of Friendship that they fail in the end.
Glass Cannon: She syncs her attacks to her Persona's, but is weak without Konohana Sakuya and cannot sustain too much damage.
Hot Wind: Her portrait, also described in detail in Story mode when she summons her Persona.
The Hyena: As usual. In her story mode, she laughs at General Teddie's cape.
Akihiko's "hakamantle" also sends her into a laughing fit in The Ultimax.
Despite his brutish appearance and personality, Kanji only seeks acceptance for who he is, possessing Hidden Depths such as a caring personality and interest in sewing. After being kidnapped and thrown into the Midnight Channel, he has a rather infamous encounter with his Shadow, who mocks his love of knitting as well as his feelings for Naoto Shirogane (who was not yet revealed to be a girl at the time) because it gives off the impression that he is secretly gay. After accepting his Shadow, it becomes Kanji's Persona, Take-Mikazuchi, which specializes in electric attacks. In combat, he is not to be taken lightly, being able to devastate enemies with powerful blows and strikes.
Overjoyed when he learns of Yu's return to Inaba, Kanji quickly gets to work on sewing a present for him. When he overworks himself and starts falling asleep, he accidentally trips and falls into his new flat-screen TV, which has become a portal to the recently-returned Midnight Channel. Believing that he is dreaming, Kanji then gets fired up when he learns about the "P-1 Grand Prix" and goes around beating every opponent in his way of becoming "the manliest of all men".
Kanji's Instant Kill is The Man Series: Brofist. He walks toward the opponent, grabs them, and launches them into the sky with his chair as Take-Mikazuchi sends a lightning bolt at them from above, sending them flying back downward. Both Kanji and Take-Mikazuchi then punch the falling enemy from both sides.
All Just a Dream: Parodied. Spends half the story thinking the whole tournament is a dream, since he fell into his new flat-screen TV while sleeping. You can either make him snap out of it, or get a joke ending by making him continue to believe the whole thing's a dream. Also, in Teddie's story, he didn't 'get up' until the very end after everyone else took care of the Big Bad Duumvirate.
Awesome but Impractical: As this dude shows, he can use a One More Cancel to chain both his supers together (notable because of one of them being a command grab super, the type that typically hits For Massive Damage & is hard to hit with to compensate). That said, it requires him to be in Awakened Mode, and for him to have 150 SP (100 for the supers, 50 for the cancel).
Badass: Need we remind you that he took on an entire biker gang & won one time?
A mysterious being hailing from the world behind the TV, who assisted the Investigation Team in their business within the Midnight Channel. Teddie is actually a Shadow formed from the subconscious human desire to be liked. Because of this, he is civil and friendly with humans. After helping his newfound friends from the Investigation Team defeat Shadow Rise, he begins having doubts about his own existence and accidentally creates his Shadow, who insists that his existence is meaningless and that the only truth in this world is death. Upon accepting his Shadow, it becomes his Persona, Kintoki-Douji, which learns a variety of random skills and can produce random weapons and items in combat.
He just so happens to be the host of the "P-1 Grand Prix", but somehow he seems different from usual…
By "different" we mean that the Teddie seen in the advertisement is an impostor. The real Teddie is actually held prisoner by him after he jumps into the TV under the impression that Yosuke has skipped work and is hiding there. After escaping from the locker he is trapped in, he enters himself into the tournament in order to unmask the "General" that has impersonated him.
Teddie's Instant Kill is Kamui Kablooey. Kintoki-Douji evolves into Kamui and flies down from the sky, launching the opponent into the sky. Teddie then throws a bomb into Kamui's compartment, and it turns into a rocket that begins ascending toward the opponent at breakneck speed. Teddie gives a salute as the rocket explodes into fireworks in the shape of Teddie's head.
Mitsuru: This TV is our escape route…? Can we… really fit inside…? Teddie: Ooh! Are you a little too front-loaded too fit? In that case, I wouldn't mind helping helping you squeeze through…! Rise: You're even worse that before, you know that…?
Paper People: He can use this to his advantage in battle to dodge high attacks. He also becomes this when he gets hungry, and it turns out to be useful in his escape from inside the closet he was. In Akihiko's story, he becomes this after their fight against each other.
Sphere Factor: Rolls on his (very rotund) Persona, like an actual circus bear would on a ball.
Wholesome Crossdresser: One of Teddie's win poses has him strip his bear costume, revealing that he has dressed up like Alice underneath. Also, In Yosuke's closet, you can see the dress Teddie cosplayed as for a crossdressing pageant still hanging on the door.
A calm and level-headed detective who allies himself with the Investigation Team to solve the murder mysteries of Inaba. Naoto's masculine and mature demeanor belie the fact that he is actually a girl. She chose to hide her true gender in fear of the discrimination she might face in the male-dominated police world. This is pressed upon by her Shadow when she encounters it after a plan she devised to uncover the kidnapper's identity herself goes horribly awry. After accepting her Shadow, it becomes her Persona, Sukuna-Hikona, which specializes in traps as well as controlling the elements of light and darkness. Despite her struggles, Naoto manages to be a well-respected detective, thanks to her smarts and investigative skills.
Some time after the events of the previous game, Naoto is hired to investigate the Kirijo Group and their recently established paramilitary organization / joint-operation with the police department, the Shadow Operatives. On the surface, Naoto is a special overseer for the loading of a certain piece of cargo from the Kirijo Group's R&D department onto a plane headed for Yakushima, but when hijackers suddenly interrupt the transfer, she takes action and plants a tracking device on the getaway van of the hijackers. She then meets with Detective Kurosawa, now promoted from his officer duties thanks to his assistance in Persona 3, who helps her to spy on Mitsuru Kirijo. Naoto suddenly witnesses Mitsuru, Akihiko, and Aigis enter the Midnight Channel, and immediately follows them, concerned for not only their safety, but her friends as well.
Naoto's Instant Kill is Judge of Hell. She tosses her pistol into the air as Sukuna-Hikona makes a random pattern of crosshairs appear on the screen. If the opponent comes into close proximity with one, the trap is triggered, allowing Naoto to get a perfect headshot with her pistol on the opponent, no matter where they run.
Bifauxnen: She still prefers to dress in guy's clothes and, likewise, never bothers to correct people when they mistake her for a man. In fact, by the end of the game most of the Shadow Operatives (save for Aigis) aren't aware that she's a girl.
Ship Tease: At the start of her story, well before entering the TV for any manipulations of her words to occur, she specifically refers to Yu as her "dear senpai". This is oddly intimate for Naoto, though it may simply be a Sherlock Holmes reference.
Squishy Wizard: She excels in keep-away tactics and baiting her opponents into counters and traps, including her One-Hit Kill traps Hamaon and Mudoon, but she has the joint 2nd lowest health of the playable cast.
The Stoic: You wouldn't be Naoto if you weren't this.
Not So Stoic: She does not take too kindly to being called a "killjoy".
Naoto: K-Killjoy?! What is this?! Who came up with this demeaning epithet?!
Tranquil Fury: Again, it seems she's taking lessons from Yu as she's starting to display this at times. When confronted by the illusionary Mitsuru who calls her a Hypocrite who lacks confidence in herself that hides her true nature while spying on others, Her only response is to summon her Persona, give a short Shut Up, Hannibal!, and kick Mitsuru's ass.
And later, when confonting the Malevolent Entity, who proceeds to mock her by calling her unstable for her indecisiveness about revealing her true nature. Naoto's response is to nonchalantly tip her hat back, give a short "World of Cardboard" Speech expressing her disappointment about never getting the chance to face her shadow, and proceed to renovate the entity's ass.
A teen idol who goes by her stage name "Risette". She took a temporary retirement from the showbiz world to return to her hometown of Inaba and to discover who the "real Rise" is. After encountering her Shadow, who pressed her regarding her various images, Rise accepted who she is and gains her Persona, Himiko. She does not battle enemies directly; instead, she scans them for data, which she shares with the Investigation Team. She also acts as the commentator of the "P-1 Grand Prix", calling out the battles of the tournament.
The commentator Rise is not actually her. The General poses as her for the commentary and keeps the real Rise under heavy watch so she can't warn the others.
Distressed Damsel: For most of story mode the Combat Commentator Rise is a fake. The real Rise was kidnapped by General Teddie, and only gets in contact with the other characters once General Teddie gets distracted late in the story.
She Knows Too Much: Rise was kidnapped and tossed into the TV because her Persona's abilities would have ruined Shadow Labrys' illusions.
One of the founding members of S.E.E.S, a group of Gekkoukan High School students and Persona users. After graduating, Mitsuru became a part of the social elites in college, while attending to the needs of the Kirijo Group. She travels to Inaba in order to look for something of hers, and learns of the "P-1 Grand Prix". Suspicious of the gathering of Persona users, Mitsuru decides to participate and look into the Grand Prix. Her Persona, Artemisia, specializes in ice magic and has the ability to analyze the weaknesses of Shadows, as well as communicate with other Persona users. Before Mitsuru found her resolve and evolved it, her Persona was once known as Penthesilea.
3 years after Persona 3, Mitsuru had finally decided to shed some light on her family's dark sins by requesting a meeting with the police. With their help, she establishes a private paramilitary organization made up primarily of her fellow S.E.E.S members called the Shadow Operatives, dedicated to controlling Shadow-related activity and keeping the world at peace. She meets with Naoto and briefly consults her regarding the information regarding the hijacking of her cargo, and personally summons Akihiko Sanada to assist her in recovering it.
Mitsuru's Instant Kill is Niflheim. Artemisia flies high into the air and drops its whip like a hook, latching onto the opponent and carrying them into the air as they are slashed and frozen simultaneously. Mitsuru bids them adieu as she stabs them through the ice, completing her execution.
Genre Savvy: Yu's Exact Words moment (mentioned above) didn't fool her. She's quite aware that he and the rest of the P4 cast plan to get involved no matter what she says, and they they will likely cross paths again in the future.
She just resolves to deal with the Big-Bads before they can get involved.
A veteran of S.E.E.S and close friend of Mitsuru. After his little sister died in a house fire, Akihiko resolved himself to become strong in order to protect those he cares about. While cool-headed and good-natured, he is somewhat socially awkward. His Persona was once Polydeuces, but after the death of his best friend Shinjiro Aragaki he found a new resolve and his Persona evolved into Caesar, which specializes in physical attacks and can also use electricity.
After graduating, Akihiko entered college, but decided to focus on perfecting his punch and becoming the best fighter in the world, dropping out in the process. Upon learning of the "P-1 Grand Prix", Mitsuru sends an invitation to Akihiko to join her. Eager to battle a new generation of Persona users, Akihiko returns to Japan.
Akihiko's Instant Kill is Earth Breaker. Caesar produces a globe within its hand that begins sucking the opponent in. If they touch the globe, they are miniaturized and fall onto the globe, and are shocked to see a mysterious object careening downward on top of them. The object turns out to be Akihiko, with his fists extended as he punches the opponent downward onto the globe, causing a visible explosion on the upper portion of the globe, as seen through a zoomed-out view.
Dynamic Entry: Akihiko likes doing these, but they're not as frequent as with Elizabeth. Heck in Chie's story, he makes an introduction by punching Kanji through a wall, while in his story, he simply punches the door open to the Announcement Room.
Evolving Attack: His Cyclone Level increases as he's chaining certain attacks, which then gives new properties to those same attacks as well as his Cyclone Uppercut super. The level caps at 3 (5 in the sequel) and resets when he's done chaining attacks.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: When being berated by illusions, Akihiko tends to ignore it and start punching. Subverted later when he admits that the comments did affect him, but he's over them by the time he fights the Malevolent Entity.
Spirited Competitor: Quite. In Naoto's story mode, Mitsuru Kirijo manages to break the illusion between Naoto and Akihiko, but Akihiko still wants to fight. When he realizes that they still have to fight, illusions or not, his expression lights up.
He was flustered mere seconds ago, but now Sanada-san has taken a more lively expression. […] I could almost hear Kirijo-san sigh in exasperation.
A Shadow-hunting android created by the Kirijo Group, who served alongside S.E.E.S in their campaign against Nyx. Although she is a robot, Aigis soon develops emotions and is able to summon a Persona of her own: Palladion, which eventually evolved into Pallas Athena, her Ultimate Persona. Athena specializes mainly in physical attacks involving her lance and shield, but can also use Almighty attacks such as Megido. After the boy who helped Aigis discover herself sacrificed himself for the world's sake, she became the field leader of the group in the battle against Erebus during the events of The Answer. Three years later, she is now a member of the Shadow Operatives and comes to the rural town of Inaba with Mitsuru and Akihiko, joining the "P-1 Grand Prix" to find her sister, Labrys.
Aigis' Instant Kill is Heritage Liberator Palladion, and it is only usable while she is airborne. She fires her gatline guns downward at the opponent, and if any of the bullets connect, she devolves Pallas Athena into its original form, Palladion, and it fires an arrow that sends the opponent flying. Aigis then brings out a giant shoulder cannon, takes aim, and fires a huge laser that obliterates the opponent, but forces her to switch to a cooldown state.
Anti-Air: She even says this when using one of her moves.
Bad Liar: When she runs into Kanji while not wearing her uniform, and thus not wearing clothes that conceal her obviously robotic features, she nervously tries to claim that she's a transfer student. And she has blond hair and blue eyes! And a gatling cannon. She gives up before he even calls her out on it.
BFG: Most of her weapons, but the Wave Motion Gun used in her Mortal Blow, Palladionnote which is named and modeled after her Initial Persona if the gun isn't Palladion herself, definitively qualifies.
Difficult, But Awesome: Trying to learn how to balance between her Orgia mode and regular mode as well as how to conserve bullets gives her quite the learning curve. She's also considered to be one of the best characters in the game and is used very often in Tournament Play.
Improvised Weapon: She uses a button from a shirt as a projectile weapon in the beginning of her story mode.
Is This What Anger Feels Like?: Aigis has been angry before, but after seeing all the crap the Malevolent Entity did to Labrys and the others, she gets an intense flood of emotion she can only describe as "fury."
More Dakka: Basically her play style when not being a rushdown character in Orgia Mode. When using strong or SP versions of her gatling gun special, she can also keep firing it until she runs out of bullets.
So Last Season: Aigis has upgraded large portions of her body and has an arsenal of new weapons at her disposal.
Submissive Badass: She doubts her leadership ability even though she has the experience from being SEES's field leader. Even after showing that she's still an effective leader against the plane hijackers, Aigis happily relinquishes control to Mitsuru without hesitation.
Super Mode: Her hyper-clocked "Orgia Mode" is once again featured as one of her main gameplay mechanics.
A Shadow-hunting android similar to Aigis. For reasons yet to be explained, Labrys was thrown into the Midnight Channel, creating a replica of Inaba which serves as the stage of the "P-1 Grand Prix" and as her Midnight Channel dungeon, born out of her desire to go to school and be a real girl. Labrys' Persona, Ariadne, can weave magical threads used to both attack and stun her opponents.
As an Anti-Shadow Weapon, Labrys was forced to endure many tests that would help her develop an ego so she could gain a Persona. She grew close to a fellow sister unit of hers, #24, who taught her about life. Unfortunately, during a test run Labrys was forced to fight and kill #24 as the scientists who created her took delight in their results, considering her only as a machine and not a real person. Filled with anger, she escapes the facility at Yakushima, but her escape is short-lived when she makes it to the beach and realizes it is completely isolated. She allows herself to be recaptured, having held a wish in her memory that her successors could find happiness as she had tried to. While in her hibernation brought by her sealing, she discovers that #24's last message was that every model up to Labrys is based on an Ill Girl, the "mother" of the Anti-Shadow Weapons, who wanted to go to school but couldn't because of her condition. A mysterious voice beckons Labrys that it can grant her wish to go to school as her "mother" once wished, and to forget the painful events of her existence.
Labrys' Instant Kill is Weaver's Art: Inquisition. She summons Ariadne, who fires a pin that homes in on the opponent and pins them to the wall in a web formation. Labrys then launches her axe like a boomerang at the opponent using her extendable arms, slashing them multiple times before finally slamming them into the ground with a decisive, downward swing.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: As Labrys developed, her goals began to slowly shift from those of the researchers and she went from destroying opponent to attempting to disarm them and similar measures. When they forced her to follow the directives more closely, her stress built up and eventually she went on a rampage. The story is entirely on Labrys' side for this.
Curb-Stomp Battle: During the testing she had to undergo, all her victories were essentially flawless and her performance only improved when she starting attempting to minimize the damage she inflicted. In fact, even attempting to do this at all just made her an even better fighter since she avoided brute force solutions and picked up real techniques and strategies.
Flawed Prototype: She was part of the testing series to develop weapons capable of combating Shadows. While they all had functional weaponry, the line she was part of was slow to develop proper egos. While she did eventually develop one, her abilities, mind and emotions were unstable, which really was not helped by the excessively cruel experiments she was forced to take part in. She was used as the basis for further development that eventually lead to Aigis, but she herself was deemed a stepping stone and a failure and was thus sealed away. Altogether, she's actually much closer to human than Aigis was, which is kind of a problem for something that's supposed to be a weapon.
Foregone Conclusion: We know that in her story mode she's going to fight against models just like herself and destroy them and eventually be sealed away, though the exact details set up further plot threads.
Grew Beyond Their Programming: The Fifth Generation were intended to build up egos and personalities through combat and occasional interaction, but the researchers actually weren't really paying attention to the right things. Labrys aside, most of the other units had also developed their own egos and merely hid such things. When they finally consider her a success, she's become so human that she has a breakdown, goes on a rampage and has to be sealed away.
Humans Are the Real Monsters: The scientists who created Labrys and subsequently pit her against her sisters react to her reluctance and defiance to fight her best friend, a fellow android, with glee and excitement, due to the data they collected as a result. Needless to say, she does not take this well...
Her personality is based on that of a real human girl, but the details of this life were locked away with special equipment that is also the basis for her illusion abilities. This is not viewed as particularly important in itself by the story since Labrys is her own individual.
During the story, Labrys runs around convinced that she's the student council president and has forgotten who and what she actually is. By choice.
I Just Want to Be Normal: The world based on her psyche is built to fulfill two conditions. One is the the basic plot of the story and deals with all the testing she underwent. The second is just to be a normal, happy student with friends and respect and is the part of the world that she identifies with more.
Master of Illusion: One of her main functions, and how she makes herself look like a normal human for most of the story. It was also to exploit this ability that the Eerie Voice and the Malevolent Entity decided to kidnap her in the first place.
Mind Hive: All the remaining memories of the other 5th generation prototypes were transferred into her upon their destruction. It's eventually revealed the ghostly "spectators" of the P-1 Grand Prix are actually what's left of the other prototypes' Shadows, that all separated from Labrys at the same time as Labrys' own Shadow.
Misapplied Phlebotinum: In-Universe: She has some powerful illusion capabilities built into her, but they're actually designed to reduce Labrys' cognitive dissonance and not be actively used against others. It's Shadow Labrys that really puts these abilities to good use.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In English. It… jumps around, sounding a bit like someone affecting a Joisey or Bronx accent, making it difficult for many fans to nail it down. This might have been due to the voice actor having difficulties with the nuances of the accent, but is Justified in her Story Mode: it sounds like someone faking an accent because that's exactly what it is.
Rage Breaking Point: After all the experiments, Labrys is holding together and while disillusioned she stays in her expected role. But when the scientists decide to delete the memories of #024 she finally flips out, goes on a rampage with a proto Persona and causes intense damage.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Ehhh. You wouldn't want to pick a fight with her, but otherwise she one of the pluckiest characters in the series. The red eyes are there as a Foil to Aigis' blue eyes.
Ridiculously Human Robot: She was designed to summon a Persona and for that you need a human-like psyche and appearance. Compared to Aigis, she developed a lot faster, but not necessarily in a good way.
Rocket Punch: She and her sister units can launch their arms as projectiles and retract them with chains.
Story to Gameplay Ratio: Her story mode only has one fight, Elizabeth, trying to wake her up from the Midnight Channel's illusions, and the rest of it is pure Backstory.
Student Council President: For most of the story, she believes that she's the student council president of Yasogami, which confuses the actual school students who are fairly sure that the actual president is a guy.
Turned Against Their Masters: The researchers didn't view the anti Shadow weapons like Labrys as really being alive or capable of thinking and feeling. so they eventually drove her to a breakdown that they interpreted more literally than the usual sense. The resulting damages resulted in her being put into stasis while the next generation was developed.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: The tension between Labrys and the girl-crazy Yosuke borders on sexual, and is also very much unresolved.
You Are Number Six: She's referred to as unit #031 at all times during her story mode until she's eventually labeled a success and given the name Labrys, which is another thing that helps her feel like an actual individual and not just a weapon.
One of Igor's previous assistants in the Velvet Room, who not only served as the keeper of the Persona Compendium in Persona 3, but was also a skilled Persona user herself. After the defeat of Erebus at the end of The Answer, Elizabeth left the Velvet Room to find a way to free the boy who gave his life to seal Nyx forever. Her travels eventually take her to Inaba and the "P-1 Grand Prix"…
Her Persona, Thanatos, can utilize every single element imaginable and uses powerful, savage physical attacks.
Elizabeth's Instant Kill is Megidolaon, a counter which can only be triggered when it guards against three hits. If the opponent falls for the trap, they are surrounded by Persona cards as Elizabeth summons many more to bombard them. She then summons Thanatos to conjure a giant meteor of light which obliterates the opponent as a 9999 damage counter appears on the screen.
Badass Adorable: Her naiveté, bluntness and whimsy is both endearing and hilarious. She can also utterly destroy anyone and anything with barely any effort, and made an annual tradition of one-shotting an Eldritch Abomination''.
Berserk Button: Despite her easy-going nature, she seems to have a particular distaste for illusions.
Bonus Boss: She serves as the final boss of the bonus Score Attack mode.
Cast from Hit Points: Her Mind Charge super chops her health down to the point of awakening, but she will slowly regenerate her health back if not hit. Due do her role as a Glass Cannon and her ability to heal large chunks of her health with Diarahan, this doesn't mean much.
Gameplay and Story Segregation: Story-wise, she is one of the most powerful characters in the entire world. But to maintain competitive balance, she's equal to every other character during actual gameplay.
Glass Cannon: Elizabeth has tools for dealing with any situation at any time: fast normals with multi-hitting properties for close to medium range, nigh-overpowered projectiles and traps for long range zoning games, deadly setups if one can utilize her One-Hit Kill supers in just the right way and a super throw that can be buffed in 2 ways with a specific attack from Thanatos to chop off 60-84% of her opponent's lifebar depending on the character, even more than Kanji can with his own super throw. She also has the lowest stamina in the game, at 7500 HP. That's lower than Yosuke, Naoto, and Yukiko.
One-Hit Kill: Her Mahamaon and Mamudoon attacks, which are fixed traps that activate 10 seconds after being cast, and Megidolaon, which she'll use if hit 3 times by her opponent during the short activation window, but the counter carries over to multiple uses if she has the SP to use it again in the same round.
Portal Door: Travels across time and space (and even non-tangible environments) through portals that open and close like elevator doors.
The Power of Friendship/True Companions: Her story ends with her realizing that what she needs to save the blue-haired boy isn't her own power, but the power of others. The same power that she saw in both Yu and his friends, as well as the blue-haired boy and his friends. This leads to the birth of her own Arcana, the Fool, and she departs to search for companions of her own who would aid her on her quest.
Precision F-Strike: In the Japanese version, the expression she uses is "…otototoi kiyagare de gozaimasu!", which is roughly equivalent to "To hell with such parlour tricks!" or even "Such parlour tricks can *** off!"
SNK Boss: In Score Attack Mode, to an absurd degree.note she gains a faster SP recovery rate, roughly 20,000 (slightly less than three times the normal) HP, uses full HP restore Diarahan once awakened, her Mudo and Hama Supers activate in 0 seconds instead of 10 and she can have multiple traps active instead of just one, her One-Hit KillCounter Attack takes only 1 hit to activate instead of 3, and she deals multiple times normal damage with each hit, especially if you're suffering fear status.
Vindicated by History: In-Universe - It's stated during the story paths of Naoto & the Shadow Operatives that Kurosawa was promoted to from Officer to a plain clothes Detective as a result of his aiding S.E.E.S during the events of Persona 3.
"Oh no, it's all right. I was on vacation too, after all…"
Arcana: High Priestess
The former Mission Control of the S.E.E.S team in their battle against Nyx, Fuuka is now a student in college occasionally consulting with Mitsuru's new group the "Shadow Operatives". Much like Rise and Mitsuru, her Persona, Juno (formerly Lucia), is able to analyze the weaknesses of Shadows and establish psychic links with other Persona users to communicate with them. While not a fighter in the "P-1 Grand Prix", Fuuka can serve as one of the many optional Combat Commentators, calling out and providing info during battles.
Big Damn Heroes: Shows up at the end of the Shadow Operatives' scenarios to break the Malevolent Entity's control over Labrys.
Labrys' Shadow, born out of Labrys' desire to be a normal girl. She is responsible for creating the "P-1 Grand Prix", and also the true identity of General Teddie.
Her berserk form is that of Asterius, the mythical Minotaur, which she uses in conjunction with her Labrys form in battle. At the end of Arcade Mode, she is accepted by her other self and transforms into the Persona Ariadne.
Shadow Labrys' Instant Kill is Labyrinthos Gate, a two-part command grab. First, Shadow Labrys becomes imbued with Asterius' dark energy. Then, if she catches the opponent, they are tossed into a portal leading into a maze-like dungeon. Asterius then emerges from the depths and devours them as the camera pans outward toward the maze entrance as the victim's screams can be heard.
A Chat with Satan: Comes with being a Shadow. She exists to show Labrys the parts of herself the original refuses to acknowledge.
Glass Cannon: On offense, she can hit like a truck. On defense, she's vulnerable to Persona Breaks, since Asterius is always out, and has only 8000 health — the joint 2nd lowest among the playable cast.
Humanoid Abomination: Though she looks human, she's actually a shape-shifting monster born from the darkness in Labrys' heart that can warp the perception of those around her.
Humiliation Conga: In Elizabeth's story mode. Elizabeth blows up the monitor and speakers Shadow Labrys was speaking through mid-sentence, breaks down all the invisible walls she comes across that Shadow Labrys set up that the rest of the cast can't even scratch with barely any effort, randomly butts in on their final confrontation, annoys, humilates, and threatens her, and then crushes her in battle.
Shadow Labrys: How could it end like this...? It's all... completely ruined...
"This is just a little extra resistance. Now… entertain me!"
The Normal HumanMan Behind The Man who helped to arrange the events of Persona 4: Arena. He conspired with the Malevolent Entity to have Labrys thrown into the TV world, and appears to have intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the Kirijo Group.
Graceful Loser: To an extent. In contrast to the Malevolent Entity, who makes Labrys rise again after being defeated and has to be forced out by Fuuka, The Eerie Voice accepts that he lost and divulges his motives, before giving back Labrys and vanishing.
Graceful Loser: To an extent. After being flawlessly exposed by Naoto, he commands Labrys to rise and fight again in a desperate attempt to salvage something from his plans having fallen apart completely. But Fuuka breaks his control over her. He then faces off against Naoto and gets his ass handed to him. But he takes it in stride. Justified in that its not his real body, so it doesn't really affect him much.
Hidden Villain: Every "Shadow" you meet other than Shadow Labrys is actually him, a fact you don't learn until he reveals himself to be the true Big Bad at the end of the game.
Humanoid Abomination: Even though he appears in the form of humans, he's a monster that defies the laws of reality.
Not Himself: A number of things point to him not actually being any of the protagonist's Shadows. He doesn't wear any of the over-the-top outfits many of the Investigation Team's real Shadows had on, nor use the Berserk forms of the protagonist's Shadows in battle. Further, it would be impossible for a person's Shadow and Persona to be in the same place at the same time, as they're the same thing.
We Will Meet Again: Promises the Investigation Team and Shadow Operatives he'll be back soon after being defeated at the end of Arena.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Tries to deceive Naoto by disguising himself as her Shadow. The key word is tries. Ends as well as you'd expect.
Xanatos Gambit: In the first game. The Malevolent Entity only needed to find out if a Plume of Dusk could hold multiple souls, which it confirmed the second it threw Labrys into the tv world and multiple Shadows came out of her. Everything else that happened was just a bonus.
New character introduced in The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold. He claims to be the culprit behind the Red Mist incident in Inaba.
While Sho himself can't use a Persona, and is jealous of Persona users, he has a second personality that can use the Persona Tsukiyomi.
Applied Phlebotinum: Has a Plume of Dusk inside him, the same material that gives life to Anti-Shadow Weapons like Labrys and Aigis.
Split Personality: Appears to have two completely different personalities: a bratty one that can't use a Persona, and a manipulative one that can. At the end of Labrys' Arcade mode, the second personality reveals this is because it is the Malevolent Entity, who transferred its soul into Sho's body using a Plume of Dusk.
Straw Nihilist: Dismisses friendship as a meaningless concept, cutting himself off from others to become powerful. This automatically makes him as much of a Shadow Archetype to Yu as the latter's actual Shadow and Adachi.
He also acts like this towards Teddie, calling him out as a Shadow, despite his humanity and bonds, even using his bear puns as a means to bear-ate Teddie.
Counter Attack: His Phantasmal Fog Awakened SP Skill. Not only does it damage the opponent, but will also darken the screen, which Sho can then disappear into, making him invisible unless he attacks, in which case his swords give him away.
Final Boss: Serves as the final opponent in arcade mode for the other half of the cast.
Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow bright red when he takes control of Sho at the end of Yu's arcade mode.
Life Drain: Can use the Energy Drain skill to steal opponents HP and SP.
Lunacy: His Persona in Ultimax is the Japanese god of the moon.
Red Baron: This personality is called "The Defaced Dark Messiah".
A former member of S.E.E.S, a group of Gekkoukan High School students and Persona users. He now works part time as a baseball coach, and occasionally helps out the Shadow Operatives when Mitsuru asks him to (she rarely does).
When he misses his train stop and arrives at Yasoinaba, he becomes entwined in the strange happenings there.
Batter Up: His weapon of choice is a wooden baseball bat. He also has a unique gameplay mechanic which relies on the player scoring ten "home runs" by successfully connecting with attacks without "striking out" by whiffing or taking damage. Ten complete home runs activates his Victory Cry skill, which causes him to glow and increases the damage of many of his moves.
Butt Monkey: Life is never easy for those of the Magician Arcana.
He ended up involved in the P-1 Climax because he fell asleep on a train and missed his stop.
His title from the Lemony Narrator, "Absolute Perfect Zero Hitter", makes fun of his constant failures.
Hell, in the new promotional trailer, the Red Mist presumably cuts the power seconds before Junpei presses a button on a soda machine!
Cool Teacher: Coaches a baseball team, while still being as laidback as ever.
Death from Above: One of Trismegistus' attacks has him smashing down on top of an opponent from orbit.
For Massive Damage: Junpei has a mechanic called "Clean Hit", which is essentially an inversion of Attack Its Weak Point. If Junpei hits his opponent with a specific part of his bat (the sweetspot in other words) then he'll do more hitstun and damage than normal, allowing for combos that aren't otherwise possible.
Nice Hat: Has switched to a backwards pinstripe baseball cap.
Does This Remind You of Anyone?: The fact that he wears his cap backwards is likely to bring to mind Ken Griffey, Jr., who played for the Seattle Mariners and the Cincinnati Reds during his career.
Playing with Fire: Trismegistus can shoot short-range blasts of flame, and his Flaming Forecast Homerun SP Skill ignites the opponent on hit.
Slide Attack: Has a sliding ground kick for his heavy down attack.
Spin Attack: One of his moves involves spinning rapidly while swinging his bat.
Super Mode: Victory Cry, which gets activated as soon as Junpei has 10 points and has 50 SP. It will increase the power of his attacks base on how many points he has, slowly regenerates his health and allows him to land Clean Hits with any part of his bat.
A former member of S.E.E.S, a group of Gekkoukan High School students and Persona users. Now in college, she works part time as a model and actress. She also stars in the latest iteration of Persona's Show Within a Show parody of Super Sentai and Power Rangers, Phoenix Ranger Featherman Victory.
One day however, an actual helicopter not part of the filming appears on the set. The Kirijo family maid Kikuno emerges from the copter and informs Yukari of Mitsuru’s dire status. Taking no time to even change costumes, Yukari heads to Yasoinaba.
Animal Motifs: Her costume features Phoenix and bird imagery. Her character is even named after a pheasant relative, the argus.
A police detective in Inaba who was eventually revealed to be the main culprit behind the previous year's serial murders. Despite being imprisoned for his crimes at the end of Persona 4, he reappears in Inaba during the Red Mist incident.
While Adachi doesn't seem to be allied with Sho or The Malevolent Entity, he's more aware of Persona-users now than ever before and has knowledge about the Shadow Operatives.
He also seems to have business at the top of Tartarus…
My Name Is ???: In the trailer that first reveals him, this is how he is initially presented to Yukari.