Characters: Persona 4: The Investigation Team

The main characters of Persona 4.

Due to the nature of the story and wiki policy on spoiler tags, parts of this article contain major unmarked spoilers regarding the game's plot twists and reveals. You Have Been Warned.

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    The Entire Team 
  • Amateur Sleuths: Every member of the team save for Naoto, who's an actual Kid Detective.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Variation. The Fog inside the TV world isn't toxic, but it can make a person rather tired, even ill, after a while. Because of their frequent forays into that World, every member of the team eventually develops a resistance to the stuff (their personas and "Teddie Glasses" also give them a bit of protection). When the Fog starts to leak into the real world late in the game, they're the only people in town who are largely unaffected by it.
  • Badass Biker: All of them as of Golden, except Kanji and Teddie, who have to use a regular bike and roller skates respectively.
    • Kanji also counts though since he can keep up with them on his regular bike.
  • Badass Crew: Badass enough to overcome their inner demons, harness them into Guardian Entities, totally against the expectations of the Big Bad, fight a Physical God and win.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: You can buy this in-game at the new Okina City where everyone (except Rise) gets one complete with Cool Shades.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Rise/Yukiko (both have beautiful feminine looks and are extremely popular with males), Naoto (a professional detective who frequently serves as Ms. Exposition) and Chie (a tomboy who is skilled at kung-fu) respectively.
  • Berserk Button: Anyone outside the group messing with them or anyone they care for.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the story, it's a given that they're this as they make it a point to rescue whoever has been thrown into the Midnight Channel. This seeps into the gameplay in the Golden with the Cavalry Attacks which have teammates that aren't even in your party charge in on their bikes (or skates) to help out if their Social Links are high enough.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: The game's main battle theme, "Reach Out To The Truth" has become synonymous with them (particularly The Hero), to the point that the anime uses it as their Theme Music Power-Up.
  • Break the Cutie/"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Any of them who were kidnapped suffer this at the hands of their Shadow. They get over it quickly though.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Gray for the Protagonist, orange for Yosuke, green for Chie, red for Yukiko, black for Kanji, pink for Rise, yellow for Teddie, and blue for Naoto.
  • Combination Attack: Golden introduces this mechanic. If two specific party members are in the team, they have a chance of performing an attack to hit all enemies after an All-Out Attack.
  • Competitive Balance: Save for the Protagonist, the remaining party members have a relative nice balance between them.
    • Glass Cannon: Chie and Kanji both favor physical attacks. Chie learns attacks capable of targetting multiple enemies while Kanji's attacks are limited to just one target. On the flip side, Chie is the superior spell caster of the two while Kanji is the stronger physical attacker.
    • Master of None: Yosuke and Naoto. Yosuke is gifted with all around good stats, but his healing and magic is weaker than Yukiko's while Teddie has more status buffs. Naoto meanwhile has a wider range of magic, but is not as proficient in any one element.
    • Squishy Wizard: Yukiko and Teddie. Yukiko learns the strongest heal spells and is the strongest spell caster, at the expense of having the worst defense and no physical attacks. Teddie meanwhile learns the most buffs out of the party at the expense of having weaker healing than Yukiko.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: All of them sans Teddie. Kanji appears to avert this, but that's because he bleaches his hair.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Despite being ordinary high-school kids, none of them backs down for even a second at the prospect of wandering around in some Dark World fighting creepy monsters, all in hopes of thwarting the efforts of some kind of Serial Killer.
  • Deconstructed Trope: Each member of the team deconstructs at least one trope as part of their characterization or personal story arc during the game. Completing their social link usually reconstructs it.
    • Yosuke deconstructs the Stepford Smiler and/or Sad Clown tropes, as his Shadow calls him on the fact he's basically just bored and aimless and so he's throwing himself into anything that seems interesting for the hell of having something to do.
    • Chie deconstructs the Tomboy trope, as it's made clear from encountering her Shadow that she is quite uncomfortable with her lack of femininity. She also mildly deconstructs the Big Eater trope, as she mentions that her ravenous appetite is one of the things she finds unfeminine about herself and is thusly ashamed of.
    • Yukiko deconstructs the Yamato Nadeshiko trope, as it's noted she feels powerless and weak, as well as not truly wanting to accept her expected inheritance.
    • Kanji deconstructs the Real Men Wear Pink trope, as his personal storyline is all about how his "unmacho" interests have led to ridicule and rejection from others, especially women, and how he doubts himself as a result of that.
    • Rise deconstructs the Idol Singer and Kawaiiko tropes, having originally gone into the music business because of a love of singing and a desire to make friends, only to grow fearful of the idea that people only see her for her idol persona.
    • Naoto deconstructs the Kid Detective (nobody takes her seriously due to her age, so she has to fight to be recognized) and Bifauxnen (she only dresses like and pretends to be a guy because it's the only way she can get around the chauvinism of the Japanese police system) tropes.
    • Exclusive to the anime, but Yu deconstructs I Just Want to Have Friends. His fight against Shadow Mitsuo foreshadows this aspect of his personality where he undergoes an existential crisis over the idea of the case being solved and his friends abandoning him. His fight against Izanami solidified this where he almost willingly succumbed to the fog so that he could be in a reality where he remain with his friends.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Golden adds tier 3 personas that unlock if you hang out with one of your party members after the December dungeon, and if you maxed out their social links.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: Accept your most noticeable flaws? Have a Persona. Work your way through more of your flaws? Your Persona takes on a stronger form. Come to the realization that you can still change and improve from there? The Persona's power increases even further.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Each character's Persona is derived from Shinto folklore.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: It helps that part of their Character Development, both as individuals and as a team, includes learning each other's deepest shames and accepting themselves and each other for who they are.
  • Flanderization: Invoked by their shadows, which take their most prevalent character flaws and insecurities and exaggerate them to the point of coming off as cheap mockeries of the character they're based on.
    • Played slightly straighter to a smaller degree in Golden's new events, where their funniest traits tend to overtake their characters.
  • The Fool: Embodies, as a group and Yu in particular, the Fool Tarot card and the trope.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: While there's a slight leaning toward the male side for most of the game, the final team is made up of four boys and four girls.
  • Hypocritical Humor: All of them (except Teddie and Yukiko) think that dressing up as the Neo Featherman Phoenix Rangers is a rather silly, if not stupid, thing to do; some even claim not to be all too familiar with the franchise because it's for kids. However, winning a battle while these costumes are equipped reveals that not only are they aware of each of the Phoenix Rangers' code names, but their trademark poses as well.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The underlying plight of a majority of the team; they fear loneliness and have a strong desire to be "accepted" in one form or another. Chie and Yukiko are the only exceptions as they've been friends since they were children.
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: All of the characters get elements of this in The Golden. The most hilarious ones are when you dress the male members in just a bath towel. Yosuke even states that he hates you. It also makes you wonder how you managed to convince them to put on those (sometimes embarrassing) costumes.
  • Invisible Parents: Only Kanji's mother is ever shown. Justified in the cases of Yu, Rise, Naoto and Kanji whose parents are either overseas or, in Naoto's and Kanji's father's case, dead. Dojima is, of course, still around and Rise's grandparents appear a few times, but Yosuke, Yukiko and Chie's families are never shown once, which is especially odd in Yousuke's case as his father runs the highly critical to the plot Junes.
    • Chie's mother is heard from in Persona 4 Arena, but her father remains yet to be seen.
  • It's Personal: Everyone on the team is either a victim or the friend of a victim, giving them all a personal reason to hunt the killer down. And then Nanako gets kidnapped.
  • Morphic Resonance: Unlike Personas of SEES which are more like the stylized interpretation of their mythologies, the Investigation Team's Personas are closer to their owners and/or their owner's Shadow Selves. Even as they evolve, their keep the same basic template they taken from their users as their previous formnote .
  • The Power of Friendship: Plays a major role in plot and gameplay. The main character gets his strength from this.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The team consists of a New Transfer Student, the Class Clown, an Action Girl, a Yamato Nadeshiko, a Bruiser with a Soft Center, an Idol Singer, the Team Pet, and a Bifauxnen Kid Detective; everyone except for the Team Pet is in high school.
  • Ramming Always Works: Half of their Cavalry Attacks involve this with Chie's being the most powerful.
  • Reconstruction: Thanks to the Midnight Channel, the entire investigation team is painfully aware of the various flaws in their character types. Much of their S-Links are spent accepting and overcoming these flaws.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Along with Kou, Daisuke, Ai, and Yumi, the Class 2-2 quartet are Kohai to Saki Konishi and Sempai (spelled and pronounced "Senpai" in-game) to Kanji, Rise, Ayane, Naoki, and Naoto.
  • Sentai: Just for fun, Persona 4 Golden allows you to buy Phoenix Ranger Featherman R costumes to wear for dungeon crawling; party members will even strike a pose after winning a fight!
    • The Protagonist/Yu Narukami: Feather Hawk (Rednote )
    • Yosuke: Feather Owl (Yellow)
    • Chie: Feather Parakeet (Green)
    • Yukiko: Feather Asasnote  (Pink)
    • Kanji: Feather Falcon (Black)
    • Naoto: Feather Swan (Blue)
    • Teddie: Feather Horned Owl (Silver/White)
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • Doing this is generally what causes their Shadow to attack them, actually.
    • Everyone gets their moment during the final confrontation with the True Killer.
  • Smart Ball: All of the characters have their own ways of thinking which help shine light on different aspects of the case.
    • Yu is calm, levelheaded, and decisive. This is important to achieve the True Ending.
    • Yosuke has good deductive reasoning and a knack for planning and strategy, if he's a little impulsive. Unfortunately this leads the team to focus on some red herrings.
    • Chie is good at sniffing out rumors, gossip, etc., and occasionally hits a bull's eye with her wild theories.
    • Yukiko has a non-linear thinking style that allows her to look at things from different angles. Problem is she doesn't put the pieces together until much later.
    • Kanji can be surprisingly insightful at times, and is often the one who keeps the group focused on what they can control instead of what they cannot. His Hot-Blooded-ness can be distracting, though.
    • Teddie knows the ins and outs of the TV world, and how Shadows behave.
    • Rise is the most socially sensitive of the group, giving her great insight into people's feelings and their behavior.
    • And Naoto, being an actual detective, is perceptive, well-read, and great at logical reasoning. However, she has a problem of consistently not sharing her ideas with the rest of the gang.
  • Specs of Awesome: Get these once they join the team. Wear them, and it's as if the supernatural fog in either world isn't there at all. Averted by Teddie, their creator, whose eyes are themselves lenses.
  • Storm of Blades: The second phase of Yosuke and Teddie's Junes Bomber attack.
  • Taking the Bullet: Any character with a sufficiently high social link will do this in battle. During the final boss fight all of your party members will do this to protect Yu from its instant death attack. It doesn't work.
  • Those Two Guys: Why spend Christmas, vacations or Valentine's Day with your girlfriend or the fairer members of the cast when you can hang out with the fellas?
  • Took a Level in Badass: They transform from a bunch of ordinary teenagers (some of whom are celebrities) with deep-seated psychological issues to an effective fighting team with supernatural powers, that not only solves a murder case, catches the killer, but also take on a god-like being (and win). Also, when their Personas evolve.
  • True Companions: By the end of the game, the group essentially becomes a family.
  • Übermensch:
    • The True Ending implies that the protagonists have risen above ordinary humans in that they now have the ability to use and control their Personas (the masks that humans wear to deal with various ordeals and stimuli). If the Midnight Channel, the fog, and Izanami herself are indeed the Anthropomorphic Personifications of the human subconscious, then the protagonists have proven their egos to be more powerful than all of humanity's combined emptiness and strong enough to completely sweep away the delusions clouding the human subconscious.
    • Deconstructed in Persona 4 Arena. The Malevolent Entity states that this is only temporary, and Personas have the ability to turn back into shadows at any time. All it takes is one Despair Event Horizon. The Entity's goal is to see this happen for reasons that are, as of yet, unrevealed.
  • Unbelievable Source Plot/You Wouldn't Believe Me If I Told You: Pretty much the reason they can't tell anyone about their after-school activities.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Adachi. By saving people, they unintentionally reinforced Namatame's delusions which lead to more people getting kidnapped.
  • Victory Is Boring: Whenever the case looks resolved, the team becomes melancholic that their adventures are over, and that they'll have to go back to their normal lives. After Nanako seemingly perishes, this attitude is dropped and they're nothing short of relieved when they finally solve the mystery once and for all.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Save for Yukiko, Naoto, and the Protagonist (depending on how you play him), they love to tease, annoy, and bicker with each other.
    • Yukiko, while better than most, is still Not So Above It All and will join in on the teasing. Mostly in regards to Yosuke, and later Kanji.
  • Vocal Evolution: Keys into the Investigation Team's Character Development.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: In between school and hanging out, they solve a double homicide and multiple kidnappings over the course of slightly less than a year.
  • Walking Spoiler: Considering recruiting each of them requires a stylized therapy session, this is inevitable.
  • You Meddling Kids: They truly are the bane of the main villain.

     Yu Narukami 

The Protagonist/Yu Narukami/Souji Seta

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese) and Johnny Yong Bosch (English)

The silent protagonist who can be named by the player at the beginning. His affinity is with the Fool Arcana, which gives him the ability to call forth multiple Personas, starting with Izanagi. He uses primarily two-handed weapons, including long swords, katanas, baseball bats and golf clubs as weapons, has exclusive access to the Velvet Room, and occasionally encounters Oracle Cards in his mind that give him new Personas and also grants an Arcana Chance. He summons his Persona by crushing the card with his bare hand. While the manga gave him the name "Souji Seta", all subsequent adaptations refer to him as "Yu Narukami", making this his Canon Name. The only exceptions to this are Golden and Persona Q, which simply refer to him as "Hero".

His parents moved a lot from town to town, forcing him to constantly change schools. Then, due to his parents having to work overseas, he has to move to the rural town of Inaba to stay with his uncle, police officer Ryotaro Dojima, and his six-year-old daughter Nanako. In his new school, he quickly made friends with class clown Yosuke Hanamura and kung-fu fangirl Chie Satonaka. Soon enough he learns about the 'Midnight Channel' and discovers his ability to insert his body to the television. This leads him into a quest to uncover the truth behind a series of inexplicable murders, in the process gaining a lot of friends and, when he has to leave Inaba a year later, lots of fond memories from an otherwise forgettable town. In the True Ending, his ultimate Persona is revealed to be Izanagi-no-Okami.

He's one of the Investigation Team's three founding members (along with Yosuke and Chie) and its de facto leader (unlike the protagonist of Persona 3, who is basically assigned the role and then left there). He sets the pace for the investigation, handles finances, and enacts all major decisions before the rest of the Team can act on them; he also leads the forays into the Midnight Channel and commands the group in battle. Because of this, the team never enters the Channel unless he is present (unless the course of action being taken requires searching both worlds, in which case they still never go further than the entrance).

During the Golden concert scene, Yu plays the electric bass guitar.

  • The Ace: If you max out all his stats (knowledge, understanding, expression, diligence, and courage). The trophy for doing so in The Golden is even called "Mr. Perfect", to the point Yosuke asks how perfect you are if you win the Midnight Channel Miracle Quiz finals.
    • Becomes canon from the anime forward, where Yu is portrayed as talented in practically everything he tries with little effort.
  • All-Loving Hero: He makes friends with all sorts of people pretty easily, regardless of their age or gender, and he even befriends dogs, cats, and a fox. Hell, he even has relationships with Physical Gods!!
  • Almost Kiss: An optional scene in Golden has this happen between him and Teddie.
  • Amazon Chaser: Potentially. He can romance Chie Satonaka, Yukiko Amagi,and Naoto Shirogane, all of whom take right to the field and crack Shadow skulls alongside him. It's marginal with Yukiko (the most feminine of the three), zigzags a little in Naoto's romance (Naoto's romance has some pretty heavy-handed "coax her to act more feminine" options), but is played totally straight with Chie; the player can even admit to finding her appetite attractive.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: In the anime, Yu is a bit...odd, though most of his antics can be chalked up as "Rule of Funny" more than anything else.
    • He's like this in Persona Q, especially on the P3 side.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While the games provide no Gay Option, you're given several opportunities to have Yu express interest in the guys in the group.
    • In Golden he can ask a middle aged officer for his number, which makes the officer anxious.
    • He can give Teddie all he's got
  • Angel Unaware: He's how the Shrine actually grants the wishes posted on its emas. Even though he's not subtle about how he aids them, the people he helps still believe that the Shrine was the chief cause of the solution, which isn't too far from the truth.
  • Art Shift: A downplayed example: In Dancing All Night, Yu has his in game portrait redrawn, the end result making him look more like he stepped right out of Persona 5. That his team mates weren't also redrawn make him stand out enough, but looking at them side by side, he's not even in the same style as the characters that debuted in the same game.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: He's no Teddie, but he can rock a skirt and sailor suit better than anyone else.
    • In the anime, Chie, Yukiko and Rise all blush at the sight of him.
    • In Q, if he's picked as Persona 3's Protagonist's soul mate he wonders if his special talent is dressing in drag.
  • Badass: He can reprimand Morooka with "You calling me a loser?", summons Persona not by attacking his card with his Weapon of Choice, but by crushing it with his hands. Exaggerated in the anime: Yu basically takes out the bosses singlehandedly. It's gotten to the point where some Imageboards joke that he's obviously on a New Game+.
    • That's actually true. When he has his dream at the beginning of the anime, voice clips from the bad ending can be heard, and he repeatedly summons overtly powerful personas as early as the first dungeon.
  • Badass Back: One of his new Victory Poses is to show his back. Specifically by getting Dojima's costume.
  • Badass Longcoat: Both his starter Persona, Izanagi, and his ultimate Persona, Izanagi-no-Okami have one.
  • Battle Aura: Deserves special mention; his Battle Aura is several times larger than those of the rest of the Investigation Team.
  • Battle Couple: With any female party member, if romanced. But it best comes across with Chie in her Social Link.
  • The Beard: Rise's social link involves him becoming her beard. She claims, to her manager, that they're both engaged (so that she doesn't have to go back to being an idol).
  • Beneath Suspicion: Dojima's instincts catch onto you and the investigation team almost immediately, but he can't bring himself to suspect the person who watches over his daughter.
  • Berserk Button: In the entire compilation, Yu's only real weak spot is his Big Brother Instinct towards Nanako. While he does have other buttons, threatening his surrogate little sister is the only guaranteed way to make him lose his composure.
    • A good example from the anime is when Mitsuo tried to do... something... to Nanako when she bumped into him at the grocery store, only to be scared away when Yu jumped to her defense with a rather uncharacteristic "Back off or I will hurt you." expression.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Yu makes many friends in the one year he's in Inaba. He can't help but help people in need, even if they are strangers. He has the patience of a Buddha, considering all the menial, degrading work and humiliating situations that you can put him through in the game. With all that said, he has an entire pantheon of gods at his disposal, and if you make the mistake of pissing him off...
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Nanako, to the point where he is the trope God.
  • Big Brother Mentor: The Protagonist adopts this role with several of his Social Link contacts, notably Kanji and Teddie, and to a lesser extent Shu Nakajima and Naoki Konishi.note 
  • Big Eater: In the anime, Yu apparently likes to order the The Meat Lover's Combo. In the games, Yu can also potentially be this, as maxing out all stats allows him to singlehandedly finish off the Rainy Day Special at Aiya, a dish so insanely huge that pretty much nobody in town can eat it.
  • Big Man on Campus: Play your cards right and he'll be the top scoring student at his school, the best athlete on either the soccer or basketball team, on friendly terms with every student, regardless of whether or not they have a Social Link, and pined after by the entire female student body. To make this even better, the anime canonizes this.
  • Bishōnen: After Teddie he's easily the prettiest of the guys.
  • Bi the Way: In Persona Q, you can have him say if someone's sex matters or not matters so long as there's love during the second labyrinth's questionnaire. And that's not getting into all the flirty-sounding dialogue choices you can pick for him when around the guys.
    • The Persona Q manga adaptation actually [runs with this! Note the contrast between Yu and the Persona 3 protagonist.
  • Blithe Spirit: His actions can help transform Inaba from a Crapsaccharine World to a much more pleasant Quirky Town.
  • Brutal Honesty: Quite a few of his dialogue choices results in this. In his Social Link with Dojima in particularly, Dojima tends to be more receptive when the Protagonist gives him straight forward responses.
  • But Now I Must Go: He's only in Inaba for the year, while his parents are working abroad.
  • Butt Monkey: Not so much during the "investigation" and "fighting" parts of things (He is a bona fide Badass after all), but sometimes during the "everyday life" elements of the game. For example, near the beginning of the game he gets hauled in by the cops because Yosuke thought waving swords around in a public place sounded like a good idea. (Note that Yu was just sitting there.)
    • The anime and Golden seem to have decided that he suffers alongside the other guys of the Investigation Team but significantly less so, such as when he, Yosuke and Kanji attempt and fail to do a crowd surf. Kanji and Yosuke fall flat on their faces while he not only sticks the landing, but proceeds to strike a pose while doing it.
    • Subverted in the promotional art for P4 the Ultimax where Yu is on the receiving end of a massive suplex from Aigis, the art being one of the rare occasions where Yu is shown in a completely compromising position.
  • Catch Phrase: The phrase "Calm down" appears more often than any other dialogue option (in a similar vein to the Persona 3 Protagonist's "Whatever"), and subsequent media has cemented it as his catchphrase.
    • Also: "..."
    • The anime turns some of the narration's comments from the game into phrases Narukami says, most notably "[Let's/I should/We should] leave him be."
      • "Let's leave him be" disappears as a representation of his Character Development. In fact, it's significant enough that when Adachi asks the Investigation Team to "Leave him be" for the shadows to finish him off, instead Yu offers a hand to him to help him up after the team decides to drag him back to reality.
  • Canon Name: He has no default name in the game. The manga adaption of P4 gave him "Souji Seta", and Persona 4: The Animation named him Yu Narukami. Due to the popularity of the anime, he is named Yu Narukami in almost every spinoff of the original game — Persona 4 Arena, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, all use it. The only exception so far seems to be Persona Q, where you name him yourself no matter whose route you pick — and even then, the name showed up prominently in his character trailer and a few other places, to the point that people thought it'd be a default option.
    • Notably, in the English version of Persona Q, it is actually impossible to name him Yu Narukami due to the Character Name Limits. (You only have 6 letters each for given name and surname.) Granted, this is more a programming and interface quirk than anything; in Japanese "なるかみ ゆう" (Narukami Yu in Hiragana) or variants thereof fit neatly into the space provided.
  • Cassandra Truth: Can tell his uncle, as well as some social links, about what's really going on and what his involvement with the case really is, as well as telling his friends about the Velvet Room. Dojima assumes he's making it all up to hide the truth, in at least one instance with the social link they assume he's speaking of another murder case entirely and assume he's in Inaba for witness protection, and his friends think the Velvet Room is just a ghost story that "almost sounds true" when he says it.
  • Celibate Hero/Really Gets Around: The Protagonist can be either one or anything in between.
  • Character Development:
    • The personality stats return from Persona 3, except there are now five attributes rather than three: Knowledge, Courage, Diligence, Understanding, and Expression. Maxing them out opens up new Social Links and gives you more dialogue choices.
    • In the anime, Yu starts off as a quiet, reserved, stoic, somewhat shy and unmotivated individual. He gradually begins to open up, showing a kinder, friendlier, yet slighly perverted, but comedic side to his personality. In fact, he eases up on the poker face, smiling more often and showing more reaction to events around him, and takes more initiative in understanding/dealing with the people around him.
    • It all goes full circle by the end in which he becomes fully dependent on being with his friends, to the point where he would consciously allow Izanami to trap him in an illusion if it meant being with his friends forever. It took Margaret and confrontation with his own Shadow to snap him out of it.
  • Chick Magnet: By the end of the game, it's possible for Yukiko, Rise, Chie, Naoto, Ai, Yumi/Ayane, Marie, Margaret, and even Nanako to fall for him, along with Sayoko hitting on him early in her Social Link.
    • Recognized in the anime. He's called a gigolo/Man-Whore by Margaret of all people. Nobody argues about this. Case in point. Why does his shirt open itself? Because it must.
    • Persona 4 Arena also recognizes this, as Rise may refer to him as the "Legendary Ladies Man of Inaba".
    • In Golden though, come Valentine's Day and you will feel like a bastard if you had all the girls as your lovers. You have to turn all of them down one by one, sending them into devastated, crying fits.
    • Persona Q, due to requiring Yu to not be in a explicit relationship with anyone in order to prevent Story Branch Favoritism, instead chooses to imply that all of the female party members have crushes on him regardless of if he pursues them or not.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: In the anime and an option in the game. In both cases, it leans more on the Chivalrous side because the girls rarely act negatively towards his come-ons like they do with Yosuke and Teddie.
  • The Chosen One: Of three.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome:
    • If you perform the Social Links, it is almost impossible to stop him from helping others.
    • Parodied in the anime at first, as Yu doesn't so much agree to help people as get volunteered to at an almost alarming rate by others. Bonus points for the fact that Izanami more or less volunteered him to save Inaba on his first day in town However, later episodes play this straight.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He can be rather strange at times, usually mixing into his comically serious nature.
  • Combat Stilettos: Izanagi wears a bladed variant of these. They don't get in the way as he's capable of flight, and they're quite useful in cutting enemies in half with a solid kick.
  • The Comically Serious:
    Yosuke: [Sweat Drop] Dude, does anything phase you?
    Yu: Huh?
    • Probably shown best when Yu and Yosuke get knocked into the river for making perverted comments to Yukiko and Chie. Yosuke is laughing and flailing about, while Yu is completely flat faced and falls like a rock.
    • When he, Yosuke and Kanji have been booked in the same room of a former love hotel, his drapes himself over a chair, drink in hand, and asks:
    Yu: How long are you two going to stand there?
    • As Yosuke, Kanji and Teddie are all sprawled on the same bed, his response?
    Yu: I'm posting this picture on my wall. [snaps photo]
    • His countenance does not change during the entire King's Game, when he's supposedly drunk (he's not) and the girls are literally clinging onto him like Saran Wrap.
    Yu: I'm the King.
    Yu: [throws dart, which hits its mark] Number 2... my lap is yours...
    Yosuke: Dude! You can't hog all three of 'em at once!
    Yu: I can. 'cause I'm the King.
  • Cool Big Bro: Pretty much every social link with someone who's not older than you, and one you're not romantically interested in.
  • Cool Old Guy: Get turned into an old man briefly in Naoto's dungeon in the anime. Rise leads the other girls in squeeing over him anyway.
  • Cool Shades: He can make a simple glasses into one. Just look at the page cover.
  • Covert Pervert: Some of his text options are pretty perverted. In the anime, his response to Shadow Yukiko talking about scoring a hot stud is to remark to Yosuke (coolly) that he wished he had taped it. As of Episode 7, he did start recording it. It's become something of a Running Gag that Yu and Yosuke will say something equally perverted, but only Yosuke will get hit for it. Chie even says at one point that the girls don't find it creepy when it's Yu whose doing it, but it is when the other guys are acting perverted.
  • Curtains Match the Window: His steel grey hair matches his cold grey eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on Deadpan. Narukami has a dry sense of humor and a very strange one at that. When he's not being snarky he's known for acting like a Cloudcuckoolander because he finds it funny. This coupled with his Poker Face, makes it hard to tell if he's kidding or not. To provide examples:
    • Snarky:
    (Yu sticks his hand onto the TV, only for Teddie to bite it.)
    Yu: Something bit me.
    Chie It left marks! Are you alright?!
    Chie: No you're not.
    • "Eccentric":
    Episode 6 Dojima gives Yu a rather gaudy pink swimsuit for children's day, which Yu describes as being "Very fashionable" in a monotone voice. Episode 8; turns out he brought it with him for the camping trip and acts as if it's trendy.
  • Depending on the Writer: While he's consistently portrayed as being The Stoic Team Dad with a bizarre sense of humor, which of the traits are most prominent tend to vary depending on the medium.
  • Deuteragonist: In the P3 Story of Persona Q, being the The Leader of the P4 Cast.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Multiple times. And he didn't even break an arm.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: If you romanced Marie.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: "Earn Your Bittersweet Ending" is probably more accurate but he earned a happy ending in a Shin Megami Tensei game. Golden has a sweeter ending.
  • Eleventh Hour Super Power: You gain access to Izanagi-no-Okami in the True Ending's last battle.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Teddie is obviously interested in him, and will even go out of his way to try and kiss him on 2 separate occasions. Kanji has a deep admiration for Yu, and will compliment him on his looks on various occasions. Yosuke has a surprisingly deep and sentimental relationship with Yu, and it's especially apparent in his social link — likely because he was originally intended to be a Gay Option. The anime considerably ramps up the subtext between him and Yosuke.
  • Extreme Omnivore: You have the option of eating anything you find in the fridge, regardless of how inedible it is (at one point you can even eat a pot of grass.) He does get sick a few times, though.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Adachi's S-Links in The Golden can make the Protagonist relate with him so much to the point of not exposing his crimes, leaving the town on schedule, invoking the Accomplice End.
  • Female Gaze:
    • In the anime, after he summons Izanagi for the first time. The camera pans down his chest as he opens his jacket so he can breathe better.
    • Episode 15, right before the King's Game starts and as it progresses. Yeah...he's pretty ripped.
  • First Kiss: Margaret steals his in a moment of Genre Blindness to romance. Unless you date anyone else beforehand. In the anime, he gets his first kiss from Ai instead. In Golden, when it's at Valentines Day, it's Marie.
  • Foil: The respective movie/anime adaptations of Persona 3 and 4 did this to Makoto and Yu. Makoto is straight up unwilling to form an attachment to others and will leave people to their own devices, even if that means that they will very likely die (at least initially). Yu on the other hand cherishes his bonds with others, and will go out of his way for people he barely even knows. A big part of Makoto's character development is learning to put his trust in others, as well as accepting others into his heart. Yu's development is that he has to overcome his fear of being alone, as well as learning that a strong bond won't break just because the people he loves aren't actively around him.
  • The Fool: His initial Arcana.
  • Friendless Background: Heavily implied in the anime, and this may actually explain his odd antics.
  • The Gadfly: The option of saying completely random and weird things just to get a reaction out of other characters pops up frequently, and this is carried over into his character when he is allowed to speak, particularly when he's around Yosuke.
  • Genius Bruiser: In canon, Yu is both an excellent student with fantastic deductive reasoning and an expert fighter. Whether or not he's played as one in the game is up to the player.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man:
    • Does this to Yosuke in the manga and the anime when he meets his Shadow. He decks Yosuke in sync with Izanagi as it lands a good punch to Yosuke's Shadow. Then made hilarious by Yu's response:
    Yu: (completely deadpan) Oops, wrong guy.
    • Also, in the Normal/True Ending, he shouts down the entire team to calm down and make them reconsider avenging Nanako on Namatame, realizing something is off with the situation.
    • Episode 26 of the anime has this happens to Yu himself, by Margaret, in order to snap him out of his Heroic BSOD.
  • The Glasses Come Off: He throws away his glasses when he summons Izanagi-No-Okami to punch out Cthulhu, as he no longer needs them now that his bonds allow him to see through the fog of deception. It's epic.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Like in Persona 3, you are given the opportunity to sleep with almost any of the girls' whose Social Links you've completed. The scenes are not given explicit detail since this isn't an eroge, but it's heavily implied that Yu is incredibly loving and gentle in bed.
  • Go Through Me: Toward the end of Naoto's social link the man the two had been tracking pulls a knife on her and you have the option to defend her, which has him run between the two. While this action is necessary to pursue her romantic social link ending, it's ultimately a pointless gesture as the knife was one of the stolen items, wasn't even a real knife, and was going to be returned to her.
  • Good Is Not Nice: As Ayane points out, he can be pretty mean for a nice guy.
  • Grandpa What Massive Hotness You Have/ Silver Fox: In the anime, after being aged into an old man by Shadow Naoto, Rise gushes about how he still looks good.
  • Guile Hero: Saves almost everyone around him with words and simple emotional guidance.
  • Hates Being Alone: This is Yu's secret weakness in the anime. He apparently was an unwilling loner before coming to Inaba, and it's implied that he has abandonment issues.
  • The Heart: Yu is the emotional and mental center of the Investigation Team, which is part of the reason that he's their de-facto leader. He also has an affinity for forming emotional bonds with others and helping them overcome troubles.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: When the quality of your relationships actually power your Personas to fight against the Shadows, of course this trope applies.
  • Hello, Insert Name Here: While the manga and anime give him a name, the initial game does not. In fact, The Golden simply refers to him as "Hero" when it lists everyone's names.
  • Henpecked Husband: Or Henpecked Boyfriend anyway. In Episode 5 of the anime, he plays the reluctant rebound-boyfriend for Ai. He's totally whipped. He can come off this way, depending on player choices, when forging Ai's Social Link in the game too.
  • The Hero: As the star of the storyline, it's not surprising.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • Happens in Episode 12 of the anime, Yu is hit by a Lotus-Eater Machine set by Shadow Mitsuo in the form of experiencing his worst nightmare. All of his friends in the Investigation Team leaving his life gradually, Yosuke being the last to leave and ending with Shadow Mitsuo appearing in his room as Yu fails to summon any Personas as his Social Links have all broken. Shadow Mitsuo grows to a large size and begins strangling Yu to death. He snaps out of it by Yosuke bailing him out.
    • It happens again in episode 21, when Nanako is kidnapped. When they find Namatame's truck, with both Namatame and Nanako gone, he completely snaps, to the point that Teddie has to physically restrain him as he attempts to dive into the TV to follow them (it was established earlier in both the game and the anime that entering any TV other than the one in Junes is extremely risky, and potentially too dangerous to attempt). Rise is able to talk him out of it.
    • Episode 26, the True End episode of the anime, shows Yu exhibiting quite possibly the ultimate example of this: after seeing all of his Investigation Team friends dragged down to their deaths by Izanami, he becomes so broken that he forcibly—albeit unwittingly—traps himself in a Groundhog Day Loop of the day before he is meant to leave Inaba, just to he can spend more time with his friends. It takes getting slapped in the face by Margaret AND facing his Shadow to make him come to his senses and finally beat Izanami.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yosuke, as well as Teddie & Kanji to a lesser extent. It's especially notable with Yosuke, who repeatedly refers to him as "Partner" throughout the course of the game, and Arena canonises/establishes that Yu refers to Yosuke in the same way.
  • Hidden Depths: He's occasionally shown to enjoy doing magic tricks, and his Halloween costume is a stage magician, suggesting an interest in magic.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's mostly stoic and calm in conversation but loosens up a bit during fights; shouting and throwing out the occasional swear word.
    • Dojima believes that Yu inherited this quality from his mother.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: The other characters have easily concealed weapons, with exception to Kanji who could hide some of his weapons in shopping bags but not all of them (i.e. a desk). He doesn't and he carries all of the Shadow parts and useful things you find. The most common suggestion is that the Velvet Room has something to do with that.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: This gets more attention in the anime than the game. The Tanabata tree's options are half this, either expressing a desire to be able to spend more time with Nanako or to have a girlfriend.
    • In the anime. Yu's biggest fear is that after the investigation is over, the group will go their separate ways and he'll be by himself again. Mitsuo's shadow exploits this fear and causes him to have a tremendous Heroic BSOD. It's possible that Yu has not had any lasting friendships before now, which would explain his Sugar and Ice personality.
    • Episode 26 (the True End episode) has Yu finally face his own Shadow, who says that he doesn't even care if the world is lost in fog as long as it meant he did not have to go back to a life without any friends. Yu freely admits this as the truth.
  • Idiot Hero: Depending on the player's choices, Yu can fail to get any smarter over the year or meaningfully contribute to the mental aspects of cracking the case, leaving his friends to pick up the slack. He can even be less helpful in solving the mystery than KANJI.
  • Implacable Man: Rise finds this out about him in episode 9. He can't be bargained with. He can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever..... until he gives you back your cell phone that you dropped.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He can be equipped with a variety of unorthodox weapons, including shovels, mops and flags.
  • In-Series Nickname: Yosuke calls him "Partner", Teddie calls him "Sensei", Nanako calls him "Big Bro", etc; in fact, most of the important characters have a different nickname for him, to avoid calling him by whatever name you gave him.
    • Last Name Basis: In the anime, most people address him by his last name when they're not using a nickname. Though Yosuke eventually switches to First Name Basis, while flirty Rise always addresses him as such.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: His Persona Q stats are very balanced. Less strength or magic than dedicated bruisers and casters, enough speed to act before many enemies, but after the faster characters, and so on. It's worth noting that his SP is exceptionally high in comparison to all bruisers, and his endurance easily eclipses that of all casters, giving him the best of both worlds. Taken Up to Eleven when his Persona evolves and loses its sole weakness (gaining a resistance to every single attack type in the game barring "Hama" in the process).
  • Japanese Delinquents: Became one as of Arena, which described him as a "steel siscon banchou" (translated as Sister-Complex Kingpin of Steel in the English version). Izanagi's design deliberately invokes this kind of look, and his outfit for the cross-dressing pageant, specifically the seifuku with the long skirt and wooden sword, does so as well. In the anime, Yu even briefly plays the part during his bit in the pageant.
    • For those unfamiliar with Japanese slang, a banchou is a leader of school delinquents.
    • Then again, considering the titles were purposefully intended to exaggerate the characters' traits, it's possible this isn't an true example.
  • Jerkass: Most of the dialogue trees in the game have at least one "asshole" option. However, the game discourages you from choosing these, as by doing so, it causes your friends to lose their trust in you, resulting in broken Social Links which leads to depowering your character's Persona growth potential. Dialogue choices tend to push him more into Deadpan Snarker and Obfuscating Stupidity territory. This becomes even more apparent during his Heroic BSOD-induced Groundhog Day Loop in the True End episode of the Anime, where he force-feeds Yosuke a spoonful of Yukiko and Chie's horrible food, and then later suggests they add mustard, whole-cut watermelon (with rind!), pudding cups, and GELATIN into the mix.
  • Karma Houdini: Like the Persona 3 protagonist, it's possible to become romantically involved with about half a dozen girls all at once, with little to no hints that they know about each other, with zero consequence. This includes best friends Yukiko and Chie - there's even awkward conversation, when they realize they've both been in his room. UNLIKE the Persona 3 hero, it's not necessary to date them to get the max Social Link, so it's entirely up to the player if they want to have their cake and it too. However, in Golden, you will be severely punished for it, not in any serious, gameplay affecting way, but the game will make the average player feel like a major asshole.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His iconic weapon has to be the katana; it's the first weapon he's shown wielding in the gamenote , it's the first weapon he can buy from the weapon's shop, and it's his weapon of choice in Persona 4 Arena.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Shows signs of this if you follow the various 'Feed the Cat' sidequests. He can spend a whole afternoon doing nothing but petting a cat outside his house.
    • In Golden, while hanging out with Kou in the evening, he remarks that the murders are a big shock to a town where the news is usually about a lost cat. One of the responses is asking about the cat's well-being.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: You're given the option to throw Namatame in the television in retribution for Nanako's death. Yu nearly DID do this in the anime, but managed to stop himself. Things will only get worse if you do.
  • Large Ham: Yu has his moments in the anime.
  • Last Name Basis: In the anime.
  • The Leader: He's the unquestioned head of the Investigation Team, deciding upon battle strategies, directing their efforts at investigating, preventing them from blaming the wrong victim and seeking out the true killer...
  • Lethal Chef: While Yosuke treats him as a Supreme Chef, especially in comparison to the girls, he can potentially be a lethal one when cooking school lunches, if the player chooses the wrong options. At one point, you have the option to spray cologne on creme caramel.
  • Love Freak: Yosuke considers him to be "ridiculously nice".
  • Manly Tears: Shortly after Nanako's death and the ruckus with Namatame in the anime.
  • Meaningful Name: One reading of Yu Narukami approximately translates as "quiet thunder god". Narukami can also be read as "to become a god", foreshadowing how Yu manifests the World Arcana in the true ending.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In the P4 side of the PQ manga, when he asks the P3 Hero if they've met before, Chie and Yosuke immediately assume that he's hitting on him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Episode 15. Aw yeah...
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the Accomplice Ending, finally gets this reaction once he boards the train and gets a message from Adachi, who is the only person to see him off.
  • Nerves of Steel: Except when it comes to ghost stories. He gets as freaked out as the rest of the crew.
  • New Transfer Student: Apparently becoming a Signature Style for Persona protagonists, which is justifiable, as it's easy to portray a high school kid with no existing friends or acquaintances, thus avoiding potential problems arising from preexisting Social Links. The manga goes further and implies that he (as Souji) changes school almost every year.
  • Nice Guy: In almost all canons, he is portrayed to be a very kind and caring individual.
  • Not So Stoic: There are plenty of moments where he breaks his stoicism.
    • After summoning Izanagi for the first time, he can be seen enjoying a taste of his new power.
    • He often shows when he's concerned or surprised about something, rather friendly during conversations with his friends, and there's a distinctively afraid/shocked tone in his voice when he and his friends stumble into Mayumi's Shadow room during the first. episode. He also smiles at least once an episode.
    • Played for Laughs in Episode 20, when Nanako asks if he and Teddie are perverts. Both of them go Blue with Shock.
    • Yu suffers an emotional breakdown twice over the course of the series. The first time after having doubts of sparing Namatame and the second time when he willing allows himself to get trapped in a "Groundhog Day" Loop in the final episode.
  • Off with His Head!: Combined with Your Head A Splode, this is Izanagi's preferred method of dispatching Shadows and does so with either its weapon or bladed footwear.
  • Official Couple: With Rise in the Manga.
  • Old-School Chivalry: Usually, the Protagonist is quite a gentleman. Without any prompting from the player, he will almost always walk girls home or offer to protect them (although, sometimes the game allows you play a subversion).
  • Omniglot: Based on the books in his room and several of his dialogue choices, he seems to have at least a basic knowledge of Korean, Spanish and French. Given the Tower social link the English used by the English version of the game may be a Translation Convention, as he tutors Shu in it several times, so he's at least conversant in English as well.
  • One Man Party: His access to the wild card immediately places him here, being able to fill out any and all combat roles on the fly. As a tradeoff, however, his Personas level up at a much slower rate than his teammates. Since his Personas will fall out of use as you level up, this means that he will constantly have to upgrade his Personas, or risk falling behind.
  • Parental Abandonment: In the game itself, his parents are only mentioned two or three times. However, the manga states that he moves a lot due to their jobs, and implies that his self-reliant nature stems from a lack of their presence in his life (due to always being busy).
  • Parody Sue: In the anime, Yu is portrayed as ridiculously talented at practically everything he tries, and is loved by everyone around him making him a perfect contrast to Yosuke. This gets carried over in both Arena and Golden, where Yu's perfection continues to get played for laughs.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His bangs and Izanagi's mask were designed to make the two appear as if they were always giving off a half-glare.
  • Precision F-Strike: While he can curse several times throughout the story, one line in particular gets special mention because this is the one time he loses his temper and yells for the first and only time in the entire game… all to make the party reconsider killing Namatame.
    "Calm the hell down!"
    • They drop this line in the anime because, Yu having a lot more characterization than his game counterpart, it wouldn't have had as much "Omph!"'. So instead, he delivers this in response to the True Killer's Hannibal Lecture in Ep.25:
    Yu: I've had enough of your Bullshit!note 
    • The original Japanese's preview starts off with what is actually said, making this part something of a subversion: "Reality isn't a game!" Rather jarring if you know the language enough to know that the subtitles don't match up in the least.
  • Promotion to Parent: His relationship with Nanako, due to the constant absence of her own father from her life.
  • Punny Name: "Yu Narukami," his name in The Animation and The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena, has caused quite a few bad puns among the English fandom involving the pronoun "You."
  • The Quiet One: In the manga where he is allowed to talk, he (as Souji) is still awfully quiet, only speaking at crucial moments and when he's the one initiating a conversation; it creates quite a parallel to his Silent Protagonist role in the game. In the anime he — as Yu — is portrayed as a calm, composed, and soft-spoken individual.
  • Rated M for Manly: Izanagi's appearance was pointedly made to be as manly as possible.
    • The Protagonist himself is intended to come off as incredibly manly as well, to contrast the willowy Protagonist of [[Video Game/Persona3 the previous game]].
  • Real Men Wear Pink: The guy's a good cook, is seen taking care of children in one of his jobs while wearing an apron, and tutoring another kid in another job. Another job has him cleaning, while the other three are housework, not to mention how good of an influence he was in raising Nanako. Let's face it — the guy's the ideal House Husband in these regards... and also one hell of a Badass to boot.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Stoic compared to Yosuke's passionate attitude.
    • He's a meta red oni to the protagonist of the previous protagonist due to having dialogue options and body language, along with a canon personality that are much more assertive and cheerful.
  • Running Gag: No matter how long of a distance he falls, he will always stick the landing. He's just that good.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses/Slasher Smile: The first time he summons Izanagi is a rare completely heroic example of both. Seen here from episode 1 of the anime.
  • Sempai: In contrast to Persona 3's protagonist, he's older than most other characters and gets called this.
  • The Scrounger: If you complete the sidequests then by the end of the game even his teachers know him as the guy who can get anything you need, no matter how rare.
  • Second Year Protagonist: Allowing for him to play both the Sempai and the Kohai to various characters.
  • Selective Obliviousness: When Yu gets a confession, he'll generally pretend not to realize it happened if he isn't interested, such as with Chie or Yukiko. Of course, Ai assumes she got the same gentle brushoff during her rank 6 event, but during her last social link meeting she decides she has to be direct and make absolutely sure while assuming that she'll be shot down.
  • Serial Romeo: While he's notorious for his reputation as a Man-Whore, he seems very genuine when he's trying to help each of the girls he can potentially date overcome their problems.
  • Serious Business: For Yu, everything. It does not matter if it is solving the case, making origami or eating the rainy day special, he treats them all with the same focus and determination.
  • Shock and Awe: Yu's initial Persona, Izanagi.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In the anime, Yu is the one to kick of the team's (now legendary) retort to the True Killer.
    Yu: I've heard enough; It's all Bullshit! No matter what you say, you won't get away with this! And that, Is the TRUTH!
  • Silent Protagonist: Averted in his appearances in The Animation and The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena.
  • Standardized Leader: His most prominent traits are his levelheadedness, deductive reasoning skills and ability to keep calm under pressure. While he's given his own quirks in later adaptations, he's the only member of the team who isn't bogged down by any emotional baggage.
  • Stealth Pun/Shout-Out: This must be what the artists of the manga were thinking when they named the Protagonist after Seta Soujiro. That or just coincidence.
  • Stepford Smiler: Those going all-out to max out each Social Link and picking the best options possible may get this vibe from the Protagonist, helping others even if it means forsaking his own happiness.
  • The Stoic:
    • He never speaks outside battle and often has the option to tell others to calm down; there are only two points in the game where he has the option to become visibly angry. The eyes of his model are pretty cold too.
    • The anime adaptation also depicts him this way. In contrast to the other cast members he (as Narukami) is rarely fazed by extraordinary events, and he almost always keeps a straight face (to the point that it's difficult to tell how serious he is about some of the things he says - see Deadpan Snarker). Taken to absurd levels in the school trip episode, when he has the same serious expression plastered on his face as he's tossed over a cliff by Chie and Yukiko
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Boy does he look good in that schoolgirl uniform and a wig.
  • Superpower Lottery: Let's face it, he's the only character who has access to almost every Persona, and is the only character who is able to defeat Izanami because of his ability to upgrade his own and everyone else's Persona via The Power of Friendship. Even in comparison to his predecessor's Superpower Lotteries, he won it BIG time, and that's saying something.
  • Supreme Chef: His friends treat his meals like the best thing they ever ate, he's asked to save the day by Yosuke when the girls are proposing to cook for an event and during this, if the player decides to make the omelette that will please Nanako the best, she's literally blushing with happiness.
  • Take a Third Option: Invoked by the Protagonist himself.
    • Kill Namatame for revenge, or let him live and hope he'll never kill again.
      • Answer: Let him live because of suspicion of him "not" being the killer.
    • In The Golden: Let Marie kill herself, or let her live and cause the world to disappear due to the fog inside her.
      • Answer: Have the fog turn her into the monster, and kill the monster itself instead of her.
    • In a less serious matter, one rainy day finds Yu, Yosuke, Kanji, and Naoto outside with only Yu and Naoto having umbrellas. Yosuke and Kanji debate on who among them should go with who, Yu can opt to instead give the two of them his and go with her.
  • Take Over the World: When Nanako sets up a tree for Tanabata, you're given the option to list this as your wish. Dojima's reaction to this is almost worth picking the option.
  • Team Mom/Team Dad: Depending on some of your choices he can swing between one or the other.
  • Team Chef: Among the Investigation Team members, he is the only one who can put together a good meal as an individual, though this is largely contingent on the player's own cooking skill. Canon in The Animation where Yu is shown to be a pretty good cook.
  • Thousand Origami Cranes: He can volunteer to fold origami cranes for charity as a part time job. The anime promotes this trope into his (as Narukami) hobby when killing time. He's pretty good at it too. He made a crane out of a paper napkin, which is harder to fold than regular paper. Episode 9 shows that Origami Cranes is Serious Business for Narukami.
    • Interestingly, Yu drops this habit in the second half of the anime.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Part of the reason his Superpower Lottery payoff was so large is due to having his powers granted to him by Izanami.
  • Tranquil Fury: How he expresses his anger. Particularly in episode 23 when he comes within a hair's breath from tossing Namatame into the TV world (basically a death-sentence) in retaliation for Nanako's apparent death, and without any hint of emotion on his face. It's one of the most chilling scenes in the anime.
  • Unwitting Pawn: One of the three people to whom Izanami granted the power to enter the TV. He represents "Hope." Sadly for Izanami, he refuses to accept her gambit and eventually turns his given power on her.
  • Visible Silence: There is a whole series of dialogue options which are ellipses (".....") in the early days of the game.
  • Warrior Therapist: Because tailing a serial killer (and incidentally saving the world) doesn't mean you can't save time to deal with the psychological issues of your whole team, your family, half your school and if we consider the Fox path, half the town. The therapy is so good he can end up seven-timing and somehow convinces his uncle that since he's so great, he can marry his own cousin. And let's not get started on all the mancrushes he can start.
  • What an Idiot: In-Universe, Adachi cracks up at the protagonist in Golden's accomplice ending for actually burning the letters that could get him convicted. Not unjustified, considering his actions throughout the rest of the game.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Inverted; he delivers one to the entire Investigation Team in the Normal/True route — the only time he gets visibly angrynote  — when the rest are contemplating killing Namatame.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: When the crossdressing competition occurs, you're given the option to enthusiastically admit that you signed yourself up for it.
  • You Bastard: You felt awesome dating all of these lovely ladies at the same time right? Well, since Golden now includes Valentine's day, you have to make one lucky lady very happy and reduce the others to tears. The other FIVE of them.
    • Rejected ALL SIX? Yosuke will berate you for hanging out with him, Teddie, and Kanji at Junes.

    Yosuke Hanamura 

Yosuke Hanamura

Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese) and Yuri Lowenthal (English)

Yosuke is a second-year student at Yasogami. Because his father is the manager of Junes, the local department store, he is usually treated as an unofficial complaints box, much to his chagrin. He is the Main Character's best friend and is often the butt of his friends' jokes. Although typically a bit of a Deadpan Snarker, he has a soft spot for Saki Konishi, a third-year and an employee at Junes, whose murder acts as part of his initial motivation to join the Investigation Team. He dual wields various weapons and his Persona is Jiraiya of the Magician Arcanum, which later evolves into Susano-O once the Magician Social Link is complete. His Personas cement his role as the party's Red Mage: Yosuke can use physical attacks and Garu (Wind) magic fairly effectively, and he also has access to support spells that confuse and debuff enemies, augment accuracy and evasion, and provide minor healing.

During a trip to the Midnight Channel and after witnessing the Protagonist's Persona awakening, Yosuke was faced with the horrible truth: Saki has always hated him. When Yosuke refused to admit this, his Shadow emerges and taunts him that he's only being cheerful as a facade and sees everything, including Saki, as a tool to block out his extreme loneliness. Yosuke angrily retorted and it caused the Shadow to reveal its true form, but was eventually defeated by the Protagonist. Encouraged by the Protagonist and Teddie, Yosuke painfully accepts that he did feel that way, but he resolves to get better, which causes the Shadow to turn into his Persona. Yosuke later goes to co-found the Investigation team, along with the Protagonist and Chie.

Yosuke is the team's unspoken second-in-command. He helps coordinate the group alongside the protagonist, and will usually be the one to suggest new courses of action. He has good deductive reasoning (which serves well in the case), but is not the most perceptive of individuals and has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth.

His Shadow looks like him in a ridiculous ninja outfit, with a giant frog making up his lower body. It represents his resentment towards Inaba, his boredom and his wish for excitement. Aside from the reference to the original character Jiraiya, the frog theme is also a word play. In Japanese, "frog" is pronounced the same as "return" which plays in to Yosuke's desire to leave Inaba.

In his Social Link, Yosuke revealed that he initially hated Inaba, but has grown to love it and despite being hated by Saki, he did genuinely love her. He later reveals that he is jealous of the Protagonist and used the murder case to play hero and hide his insecurities. Yosuke later asks the him to punch him to get rid of his jealousy and they end up in a brawl; Yosuke realizes that he can form genuine, close relationships with people regardless of where he is, and resolves to live his life to the fullest. His Persona then evolves into Susano-O. In Golden, his persona can evolve further into Takehaya Susano-O, also acquiring the Youthful Wind skill in the process, which can heal and buff hit/dodge rate simultaneously for the entire party.

During the Golden concert scene, Yosuke plays the electric guitar, becoming rhythm guitarist in The Golden Animation (with Marie as lead guitarist), and also offers Yu private lessons.

  • Action Survivor: In contrast to the rest of the team, who all show genuine skill with their weaponry, Yosuke clearly dual wields knives more for the sake of looking cool than actually knowing how to use them, as he constantly drops his weapons in battle and his standard attack is a clumsy and deliberate overhead slash. Despite this, he's no less effective than anyone else in the team is in a fight and is clearly very agile.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Played with — although he crushes on Saki, she secretly hates him. He's aware, though, that she must have disliked him, though he believes she was a good person at heart and decided that he'll still love her anyway.
    • Yosuke also (halfheartedly) hits on Yukiko and Rise who both either ignore and reject his affections.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Subverted. Despite being relatively Bishōnen, Yosuke looks pretty terrible in drag. This is even Lampshaded in universe when one of the crowd members mentions that he thought he'd be able to pull it off better.
    • Hilariously, if the Persona 3 Protagonist gets Yosuke as his soul mate during the second stratum of Persona Q, Yosuke claims that he looked great, that everybody wanted to take pictures of him and that he was jealous of Teddie for winning. Only the last of these can possibly be true and really makes you wonder if Yosuke is insecure enough to be upset over losing a cross dressing competition.
  • Audience Surrogate: Pretty much his designated role, though he can pass it off to Chie when he's being exceptionally jerky.
  • Badass Longcoat: On Takehaya Susano-O.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Tends to squabble with Chie a bit too much, and she retaliates by hitting him a bit too often.
  • Berserk Button: Disrespecting Saki or the Protagonist. Hurting Nanako.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Among all the party members, he was the one most determined to kill Namatame after Nanako's apparent death.
  • Bishōnen: In Design Works, Soejima designed him as a "pretty boy", with lighter build and softer facial features compared to the main character, to make him distinct from Junpei, who looks more masculine than the game's main character.
  • Blow You Away: Yosuke's specialty is Wind powers.
  • Book Dumb: Not an extreme example, but he only gets average grades in school when he's clearly shown to be an incredibly fast and attentive thinker.
  • Breakout Character: Yosuke stars in his own manga Spin-Off Persona 4: The Magician.
  • Bromantic Foil: To the Protagonist.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Yosuke does this to Chie in the anime where he often criticizes her at some points. The result is her attacking on him, even on a littlest insult.
    • And teasing Kanji about his sexuality. Don't tease people who beat up biker gangs, kids.
  • Butt Monkey: And he knows about this, complaining in the anime that nothing good ever happens to him/the guys of the investigation team.
  • Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: At completely inopportune times.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Has three crushes throughout the game, all of which don't turn out too well — Saki outright hated him (or at least her Shadow did), Yukiko shot him down, and Rise only has eyes for the Protagonist.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: When it comes to Rise, at least. When her shadow offers to "bare it all" for her fans, he clearly can't decide whether to be worried or excited.
  • Class Clown: Just like Junpei before him. Comes with being a Magician.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Yosuke is overall a very courageous person who is held back by his own human flaws. He may not be as heroic as Yu is, but he's certainly more relatable in this regard.
  • Combat Medic: In the earliest parts of the game, his Persona can use healing and Wind spells. He fills this role until Yukiko comes along. Then he becomes a Jack-of-All-Stats.
  • Cool Loser: At the beginning of the game, Yosuke doesn't appear to have any friends outside of Chie and Saki, who is later revealed to have hated him. After making friends with the Protagonist he manages to get a decently sized social circle, but still seems to only really hang out with Kanji and Teddie.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He can often get pretty emotional, but still, he pulls off quite a few zingers over the course of the game.
  • Demoted to Extra/Flanderization: Yosuke in the anime has much less overall importance than he did in the game, and is much more of a comedic character. This is probably the result of the fact that his role as Exposition Fairy is irrelevant when Narukami can speak for himself.
  • Determinator:
    • He will catch Saki's murderer no matter what.
    • He's shown to be a rather diligent and hard worker whenever he's on the job at Junes.
  • Dual Wielding: Whether it's knives, kunai, wrenches, or fish, he will always have one in each hand.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Yosuke pushes Teddie for calling the Protagonist "Sensei" and not getting respected.
    Yosuke: Dude, you call him [Yu] Sensei and then don't show me any respect?!
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His Follow-Up Attack.
  • Exposition Fairy: Shares it with others at times, but the trope most consistently applies to him.
  • Facepalm: He does one during the episode 15 of the anime at the nightclub. The situation called for it.
  • Female Gaze: In the anime, quite a lot of shots are focused on his butt.
  • Flanderization: In the Anime. In the game, Yosuke acted as the unofficial mouth-piece for the Protagonist, so he was quite talented at deductive reasoning. This aspect of his character was given to Narukami in the anime, so Yosuke's Butt Monkey and Lovable Sex Maniac aspects have increased instead.
  • Flower Motifs: Best showcased with his swimming trunks and how his Youthful Wind spell causes flowers to sprout around him and his allies. "Hana" is part of his last name after all.
  • Foil: To Adachi. Both characters are initially furious that they have to live in Inaba, and feel above the city and everyone in it. While Adachi snaps, Yosuke overcomes it by forming relationships with those around him.
    • To the Protagonist as well, to an extent. Both are out of towners who co-lead the Investigation team, but while the Protagonist is The Ace, a Chick Magnet and keeps calm under intense pressure, Yosuke is the Butt Monkey, a Casanova Wannabe and tends to let his emotions cloud his judgement. This becomes incredibly important when deciding whether or not to throw Namatame inside of the TV, where the Protagonist's main opposition is more or less Yosuke.
    • This becomes a key point during his social link. He laments the fact that the protagonist was able to achieve so much in Inaba while he wasn't able to, and strongly desires to be equal to him.
  • Funny Afro: His tier 3 Persona, Susano-o No Okami, has a huge, flaming afro.
  • The Gadfly: Yosuke himself is this in comparison to his Shadow's Trollish personality, as he enjoys getting a rise out of people with some well-placed snark. He usually pays dearly for this though.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: His Luck Stat is the worst of all the characters.
  • Gayngst: Played for laughs in the anime after Yu begins flirting with him at the group date cafe. He begins freaking out and saying he "crossed a line that should never be crossed".
  • Groin Attack: Tends to be given "Critical Hits to the Nads" by Chie. Taken Up to Eleven when Shadow Chie delivers a devastating kick to Jiraiya's crotch in the manga, which Yosuke feels of course.
  • Handsome Lech: Was designed to be a rather handsome young man. In-universe, his peers think that he's good-looking enough to stand a chance at crossdressing, but this admiration is offset by him being "pure disappointment the moment he opens his mouth."
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Unsurprisingly for a teenager, Yosuke is clearly insecure about his own sexuality and will immediately assert that he "didn't mean it that way" and that he's "not into that kind of thing" whenever anything that could even be vaguely interpreted as homosexual comes up. He also tends to tease Kanji about his ambiguous sexuality to feel more confident in himself.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Yosuke is always seen with his headphones, either around his neck or on his ears. This seems to be done purposefully to make him seem unapproachable and keep a distance from others, as he wasn't particularly close to anyone in Inaba before Yu arrived. By the time of The Golden's epilogue however, he is seen without them.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yu/The Protagonist. Yosuke refers to him as "Partner" throughout the game, and Arena establishes/canonises that Yu refers to Yosuke in the same way.
  • Hidden Depths: Apart from professional idol Rise, Persona 4: Dancing All Night reveals that Yosuke has the most dancing talent among all of his friends.
  • Honor Before Reason: No matter how crazy or weird the TV World or the investigation gets, Yosuke refuses to consider backing down.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Towards Saki. He has a crush on her even though he knows that she despised him. His attempts to flirt with Yukiko and Rise also gets rejected and ignored respectively.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: He's a teenager, and without question the most lecherous and openly perverted member of the Investigation Team.
  • Hot-Blooded: While he's normally pretty chill, Yosuke gets very passionate when he's riled up, particularly in relation to the killer. His argument with Yu over Namatame's fate and his yelling at Adachi about being "a worthless criminal" are both good examples.
  • Improbable Weapon User: In addition to knives and maintenance tools, Yosuke can also use bones, maracas, and CORN against his foes. These joke weapons tend to have higher stats than their more serious counterparts.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Acts quite cocky sometimes but was self-conscious and suffered from feelings of inadequacy even before Yu came to town.
    • Outright mentions that Yu is more talented than him in Persona 4: Dancing All Night, but is clearly over it at the time.
  • Innocently Insensitive: The first time he, Chie, and Yukiko meet Nanako he challenges Chie to a cook-off, offering to have Nanako judge and saying that one of them would probably "make something that ranks up there with your mom's cooking." Nanako points out that her mother died in an accident, and forgives him for saying that when he quickly apologizes.
  • Insistent Terminology: Sure, you could call them scooters, but he'd rather you refer to them as motorbikes.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Yosuke's Persona is very balanced in terms of what it can do. Its main focus are wind spells with some single-target physicals thrown in, plus agility buffs and a single-target heal. The social link skills and "bike skills" added in Golden add to this, giving him some more out-there skills to contrast Naoto, who mostly learns skills the other members excel at. These include Makara Break and Megido. If the player is diligent in evolving Yosuke's skillset, he'll end with Garudynes, Brave Blade, and Diarahan, making him a consistently useful character in almost any situation.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Chie suggests leaving the matter of Saki's death to the police, he snaps at her, telling her that they are really useless. He stresses that even if they told the police about the TV world, they probably wouldn't be believed. As soon as Adachi makes a visit and shows how naive he is, Chie realizes Yosuke is right about his statement. The trope is slightly twisted after The Reveal that Adachi himself is the killer, and he could have sabotaged them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yosuke has the heart of a hero, an unparalleled sense of justice and is generally an incredibly reliable friend to the Protagonist. To the entire rest of the cast, however, he can be a bit of a whiny bully.
  • Licking the Blade: He does this in the anime. He then claims these are fake. Not that it stops the police from arresting him and Narukami.
  • The Lancer: Serves as this to the Protagonist, by virtue of effectively being his mouthpiece in the original game/Golden. Arena establishes that this is their canon relationship, with Yu & Yosuke being the ones who make the decision to reinstate the Investigation Team at the end of the game, the game explicitly stating that the two of them had discussed it the prior evening. Furthermore, Arena establishes/canonises that Yosuke is the more verbal of the two whilst Yu is far more reserved.
  • This Loser Is You: While all of the other members of the team have varying degrees of fantastical elements to them, Yosuke's pretty much a completely average teenager. Naturally, he's treated as the biggest loser of the bunch.
  • The Lost Lenore: Saki is this to him, even after he learns what she really thought about him.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Much, much less so than Teddie, but he half-heartedly flirts with most of the girls on the team and frequently complains to Yu that they need to get girlfriends, whether or not he already has one... or eight.
  • Master of None /The Red Mage: Jiraiya has good buffs, physical skills, Garu spells and an odd healing ability. With this said, both his Healing and Physical Attacks are limited to single targets, in comparison to the other party members. Towards the end of the game, he (and Jiraiya's successor, Susano-O) begins trending toward Lightning Bruiser, especially with good equipment.
  • Meaningful Name: "Yosuke" can mean "to give help" or "support", reflecting his role as a Living Emotional Crutch for many of his Junes co-workers and the pride he takes in helping others.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: His vices primarily being bored of Inaba and difficulty considering the ramifications of his words and actions, which often leads to Moral Dissonance and his being on the receiving end of Laser-Guided Karma.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Yosuke's friendship with Yu is one of the strongest relationships in the game to the point where Yosuke states outright that "We're so close that "Best Friend" just doesn't describe what he means to me. He's my partner.". In the anime, due to the lack of any actual relationships forming between Yu and the girls beyond Ship Tease, Yosuke actually steps in to play the love interest role several times.
  • No Respect Guy: Despite being one of the founding members of the team, along with one of the most proactive ones, Yosuke tends to get kicked around and ignored pretty regularly. Considering his behavior sometimes, it's understandable.
  • Number Two: Clearly the Protagonist's confidant, to the point where the two discuss the team's next moves in private. Yosuke also generally acts as the leader of the team, as the Protagonist can't talk.
  • One Man Party: A light example. Yosuke has incredibly strong wind magic, learns a highly damaging physical attack later on, has access to some very useful buffs and debuffs and a decent healing ability. Combined with solid stats all around, it's no wonder that he's often considered the best party member.
  • One-Hit Kill: His ultimate skill in Persona Q has this as an added effect. It happens more often against enemies with status effects on them.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Yosuke's clearly both intelligent and a natural born leader, but he'll never be able to match Yu. This is even reflected in his Persona's abilities, which are by far the most versatile of the entire group after Yu, who has access to all of the abilities.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Significantly downplayed as he is frequently presented as a perfectly serious character, but Yosuke's snarky attitude and Butt Monkey status make him a reliable source of humor.
  • Potty Emergency: He has one when he first discovers the TV World with the Main Character and Chie.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: In Golden's epilogue he's mostly eased up on his "Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?" stance, in a literal example of the trope.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's very passionate when he sets his mind on something, compared to the Protagonist's The Stoic.
  • The Resenter: In the ending of his Social Link route, he admits he was jealous of how successful you were in everything you did, especially compared to him. Nonetheless, he knows he shouldn't feel that way, and he respects you for everything you do.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He really wants to avenge Saki, and while usually one of the most rational and level-headed of the team, he tends to get more rash and impulsive whenever he gets (or seems to get) closer to accomplishing that goal.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Has a knack for spouting out innuendo.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: This is what he said to Chie when she started saying that he has a crush on Saki.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Responds to Adachi's Hannibal Lecture by saying "You're nothing but a worthless criminal".
    • He gives Adachi another one after the latter is defeated:
    Adachi: Ngh...fine. If you think you have the power to change the future, go right ahead.
    Yosuke: Everyone has the power to do that.
  • Straight Man: Compared to the rest of the team, he's a pretty normal guy, so he's often roped into playing this to the others, particularly Teddie.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: During his Social Link event in the Protagonists room, Yosuke decides he can't be with a girlfriend until he avenges Saki...which is definitely not reflected in the main storyline.
  • Small Town Boredom: Ultimately subverted, once he realizes how much he came to love Inaba.
  • Stepford Smiler: Combined with Sad Clown, this quality tends to crop up whenever Saki is brought up and is much more obvious in his Social Link. Shadow Yosuke calls him out on this in the Animation, citing that he was one of these even before the events of the main game took place.
  • Status Buff: Can learn Sukukaja and Masukukaja, which raises hit and evasion rates. His final skill, Youthful Wind does this along with casting Mediarama. He can also debuff enemies with Dekaja, which will make him invaluable later.
  • Standard Status Effects: He will only ever learn two: the first is Makajam, which has a 40% chance to silence one enemy. Unlike Persona 3's Mitsuru, if left to his own devices he's pretty good about using it, tending to bring it out only when the enemies on the field have a serious chance of screwing you over and usually landing the hit. The second is Tentarafoo, which has a chance to panic all enemies. It's not as useful as in P3, where it turned physicals into criticals, and being just as unreliable (though he will get a skill that can boost it through the social link).
  • Straw Loser: In both the game and especially the anime, Yosuke serves as a way of making the Protagonist look even cooler, being a Casanova Wannabe who can't seem to be taken seriously by anyone. This actually gets played for drama in his Social Link, where he admits he developed a grudge from living in the Protagonist/Yu's shadow.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Junpei from Persona 3. Both have the arcana of the Magician, and they're also the first to join the protagonist's team. Like Junpei, they bond due to being a transfer student last year, so they can relate to the hero's status as the new guy. They also both have a canon love interest, who dies.
  • Those Two Guys: Occasionally plays this with Teddie, to the point of sharing a goodbye with Yu at the end of the game.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He takes several levels throughout The Animation. When he first uses his Persona, he fails to even land a hit on his enemies. Near the end of the series, he not only gets more precise, but his spells become powerful enough to gravely injure a Reaper. He also saves Yu from death thrice and is the first to attain his Ultimate Persona.
  • Troll: Shadow Yosuke is no better than Adachi.
  • Unfazed Everyman: He manages to be this despite having Persona powers, and is usually the one to Lampshade the weird stuff they encounter in the TV World.
    After Teddie somehow grows himself a human body inside his suit.
    Yosuke: What kind of creature would do that?! I mean… What IS he? […] *Sigh* Then again, this hardly the first bizarre thing we've seen…
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Chie. Also with Teddie, though it is more downplayed.
  • Weapon Twirling: He does this while in battle and in the opening animation. It backfires when he nearly drops his dagger in both.
  • What the Hell Are You?: To Teddie after he is unmasked to see nothing inside.

    Chie Satonaka 

Chie Satonaka

Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese), Tracey Rooney (English), Erin Fitzgerald (English, Persona 4 Arena, Persona 4: The Animation, and Persona 4: Golden)

An upbeat girl with short light-brown hair who usually wears a green athletic jacket decorated with buttons. Her weapon is a pair of greaves. She has an obsession with kung-fu, and even uses them in battle, similar to Lisa Silverman. Her obsession goes so far that she even attacks Yosuke over a martial-arts DVD. Most of the time, she is friendly, cheerful, and energetic, but has a short temper, especially with Yosuke. She, Yukiko and Rise are unskillful cooks, providing normally unpalatable to terribly awful dishes to the crew several times.

Her Persona is Tomoe Gozen of the Chariot Arcanum, a muscular female wearing a yellow outfit reminiscent of Bruce Lee's "Game of Death" costume, wielding a double-bladed naginata. Tomoe Gozen initially learns both physical techniques and Bufu (Ice) spells, but is not that proficient with magic and can only learn mid-level spells; Teddie later becomes the chief Bufu mage. Tomoe evolves into Suzuka Gongen, who is wielding what can only be described as Darth Maul's lightsaber, after completing The Chariot Social Link. In Golden, her persona can evolve further into Haraedo-no-Okami, now with golden armor and an even bigger lightsaber, as well as learning the Dragon Hustle skill, which basically is the Heat Riser skill applied to all allies.

Chie's Shadow takes the form of a long haired, masked dominatrix supported by three pale Chies. The dominatrix has long black hair, similar to Yukiko's. It represents her jealousy of Yukiko's natural gifts and talents, as well as her wish and need of control over Yukiko.

Chie is the third founding member of the Investigation team. While not the smartest of the group, she's very attentive to the discussions and always has her ear to the ground for the latest rumors, gossip, and snippets of info regarding events in Inaba.

Through her Social Link, the Protagonist and Chie become closer through training together at the Samegawa Floodplain. He also learns how Chie and Yukiko first became friends: as children, Chie volunteered to shelter a dog Yukiko found but was unable to bring to her inn due to her parents' disapproval. Over time, the Protagonist learns of how Chie enjoys creating groups and titles for herself, in hopes of being feared by juvenile delinquents and protecting the weak. Hearing from a police officer that high schoolers have been bullying people in the Central Shopping District, Chie and the Protagonist coincidentally help. They first save Chie's middle school friend, who then calls the police. The second time, Chie makes the hoodlums run off just as they attempt to steal from a little boy. Once this occurs, the Protagonist has the option of beginning an intimate relationship with Chie. Depending on what the player decides, Chie will either go to train with the Main Character (friends) or go to his home (romance) and gives him some matching wristbands. Chie's resolve to help others and protect the team, especially the Protagonist, transforms Tomoe Gozen to Suzuka Gongen. She also resolves to train as a police officer under Dojima's guidance.

In the extended true ending of Persona 4 Golden, she has become less self-conscious about not being seen as a girl by those around her. While still sporting her iconic black sports shorts, she now also has more feminine haircut, along with a black choker and a new frilly, floral-patterned jacket.

During the Golden concert scene, Chie plays the trumpet.

  • Accidental Proposal: Believes she gave one to Yu during her Winter SL Event in the Golden if romanced. She quickly verifies that it wasn't one, though she doesn't seem to mind the thought of it.
  • Action Girl: Even before joining the team she displays an interest in martial arts and recovers very quickly from her encounter with her Shadow.
  • Adorkable: Thoughout her social link, Chie has a habit of embarrassing herself by putting her foot in her mouth.
  • An Ice Person: Though she's more on physical beatdown, so she only learns up to mid-level Bufu skills with her social link and won't learn anything beyond Mabufu if left to her own devices. Teddie fills in this role more completely once he joins the party. The player can pull her back up to speed a bit if they're dedicated, as the last trip to the hot springs will grant her Bufudyne.
  • Anger Born of Worry: As soon as the Protagonist and Yosuke return from the TV world with their Personas, she looks worried, but she gets pissed off soon enough after Yosuke asks her what's with the Cry Cute face.
  • Armed Legs: Her weapon set is comprised of shoes and other assorted footwear.
  • Badass: She only takes a single day to recover from her encounter with her Shadow, where almost everyone else takes a week or two. On top of that, she can punt a tank.
  • Badass Pacifist: Decides at one point to take a beating for a little kid without defending herself to protect him and Yukiko.
  • Battle Couple: The basis of her Social Link is her desire to become this. Which happens if you wish it to.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Her constant bickering with Yosuke can come off as this, though nothing ever goes beyond the occasional Ship Tease.
  • Berserk Button: She's pretty easy to anger, but insulting Yukiko really pisses her off. She also seems to get extra-pissed when the team suspects that the killer is only targeting females.
  • Big Eater
    Yosuke: The Meat Lover's Combo... Just like it says in the name, you really have to love meat to order it.
    Kanji: Oh, you talking about that thing at the food court? I wanna try it, but it's always sold out...
    Yosuke: Don't tell me, did Chie — D-Don't answer that. I'm not sure I want to know for sure that a friend of mine has the appetite of a starved wolf...
    • If you romance Chie and take her to the summer festival, she'll admit that she feels self conscious about eating so much.
  • The Big Girl: A position shared with Kanji, as she is the most physical technique-orientated of the team.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Though spirited, she often has to play the Straight Man to Yukiko, Yosuke and Yu.
  • Book Dumb: Zigzagged. Chie generally fails most exam subjects, but Yukiko states that Chie gets very good scores on those that she doesn't fail. She's also fairly attentive and tends to support conversations about the investigation pretty well.
    • In the Golden's "Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz", she's very good at answering questions related to food and battle.
  • Boyish Short Hair: One of the many immediate indicators of her personality.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Since she loves kung-fu movies, she's learned how to emulate her martial arts idol's fighting style during combat, complete with lines likes "Don't Think, Feel".
    • The Golden even introduced Bruce Lee's iconic jumpsuit as a costume for her.
  • Bully Hunter: In her social link.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Earlier on, Chie suggested with Yosuke of letting the police handle the investigation on Saki's death.
  • Character Select Forcing: The Shadow that appears after you clear Heaven seems designed to make Chie completely and utterly useless. It is immune to Physical attacks and drains Ice attacks, removing any chance she has of dealing damage to it.
  • Childhood Friends: With Yukiko.
  • Critical Hit Class: In Golden, where she gains a passive ability that increases critical hit rate, as well as buffs to increase everyone's critical hit rate. She also learns physical moves with high critical hit chance, compensating for her lower damage compared to fellow attacker Kanji.
  • Crutch Character: She's the third member of the party, and her ice spells and physical damage are useful at first. However, as the game goes on, players get Teddie and Kanji, who do Ice and physical damage respectively much better. If players stick with her she does have some end game abilities that bring her up to speed, however.
  • Cry Cute: Broke down crying in relief after the Protagonist and Yosuke made it out alive of the Midnight Channel during their second trip (sans Chie, who tried to keep them tied onto a safety rope, which promptly snapped moments after they enter the Channel). Made about a million times more adorable in the anime.
  • Cute Bruiser: After Kanji (and potentially the MC) she's the best physical damage dealer of the group, despite looking like a cute Girl Next Door
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Has a penchant for them, though always with Modesty Shorts underneath. Even in her Midwinter outfit, she's still wearing her skirt.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Discussed in her Social Link.
  • Dominatrix: Shadow Chie's motif.
  • Don't Look at Me!: She says this to the Protagonist and Yosuke when they see her confronting her Shadow self.
    • Comedically played with in the Golden; When the Fox gives her the track suit, she demands that the team, and even the fox, not look at her as she geeks out and maybe changes into it right then and there.
  • Don't Think, Feel.: One of her quotes at the end of battle.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Mixed with a bit of Self-Deprecation. She spouts the first theories that pop into her head when the Team is discussing the case, but occasionally everyone goes quiet when they realize she's absolutely right.
    Chie: "Huh? Y-You guys think that's it? I-I was kinda expecting you to ignore it as Chie being random again..."
  • Extremity Extremist: Everything she does in battle she does with her feet, even guarding.
  • Fear of Thunder: Golden reveals that Chie is scared of thunderstorms.
  • First Girl Wins: If you pursue her romanced.
  • Flanderization: In the original game, although Steak was her Trademark Favorite Food it was only brought up a few times. In Golden this turns into a full blown obsession with all types of meat. Gets taken even further in Q.
  • Food as Bribe:
    • Inverted in the anime. When Yu and Yosuke return from their second trip into the TV World in the second episode, she says the only way she'll forgive them is if they buy her 10 orders of both beefsteak and nikudon.
    • Inverted and played straight in the game. Chie makes Yosuke buy her food as repayment for destroying her DVD and he bribes her and Yukiko with steak when he and the protagonist devour their noodles.
  • Foreshadowing: This conversation happens with Teddie when she's at Rank 9, although whether it's subtle is to be decided:
    Teddie: Chie-chan's on fire! She almost punched me in the face a second ago!
    Chie: I-It's because I thought you were a Shadow... I felt an evil presence behind me!
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: The biggest aversion. Yukiko and Naoto use ranged weapons and Rise mostly offers support. Chie kills monster by kicking them.
  • Glass Cannon: Suffers from Physical Skills which consume HP and mediocre defense. However, she hits like a truck once God's Hand comes along and has a Follow-up Attack (and, in Golden, access to Social Link-granted spells) that can instantly kill enemies. By the end of the game she's got some extra defense, though not great. Agneyastra still costs a massive 24% of her HP to cast, though.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: As would be expected of a Chariot.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend:
    • Happens several times with Yosuke.
    • During her festival date with Yu as her romantic partner, she has a kneejerk reaction to a vendor calling Yu her boyfriend, only to realize that that is in fact, true.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: While it's downplayed, if you ever pay attention to Chie's dialogue, she has a nasty habit of putting herself down whenever she praises anyone else. Her shadow actually attacks her on her Inferiority Complex, accusing her of being friends with Yukiko because it makes Chie feel better about herself.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yukiko, who she's known since early childhood.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Averted. Unlike Yukiko and her Mudo spells, Chie's ascended persona resists light and her third-tier one nulls it. Still applies though, if she has neither.
  • Hollywood Homely: Invoked. She was specifically designed to be realistic but still attractive, especially compared to the intentionally unrealistic Rise and traditionally beautiful Yukiko.
  • Hot-Blooded: Without question the hottest-blooded in the Investigation Team, surpassing even Kanji. She even has a post-battle victory quote of "Don't think, feel".
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Chie's romantic social link ends up as this on Valentine's Day, as she is surprised that the protagonist would choose her over someone like Yukiko, Rise, or Naoto.
  • Irony: When Rise says she'll need the help of the entire Investigation Team to perform at the Junes Concert, Chie panics and says, "I'm no idol!" Around a year later, she was revealed to be on the initial roster of Persona 4: Dancing All Night.
  • Kick Chick: Complete with Funny Bruce Lee Noises.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Part of her Shadow's dominatrix theme.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Of the "predominantly physical kicks with some spells for flavor" variety. Chie's tehniques are predominantly physical attacks, with a few buffs and low to medium-level ice spells thrown in for variety. She has the opposite problem that Kanji does with magic, having a magic stat that isn't terrible and healthy SP, but simply not learning a whole spell line. Golden balances the flavor out a little by adding some Hama spells to her arsenal via her Social Link.
  • Last Name Basis: At the beginning only, Yosuke calls Chie by her last name two times; first when he returns her DVD in a panic, and second when he offers her a drink. He calls her by her First Name Basis for the rest of the game onwards.
  • Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: If Yu is in a monogamous relationship with Chie, the girls of the Investigation Team will attempt to leave the two of them alone during Valentine's Day. Neither catches on until Yukiko all but spells it out by accident, prompting Chie to eventually flee to meet up with Yu later, much to Yosuke's amusement.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Decides to run off after Yukiko early in the game. As she is not a Persona-user at this point, this does not end well.
  • Lethal Chef: Applies to all of the girls besides Naoto, but Chie stands out as the worst. Yukiko at least manages to make completely tasteless food while Rise simply makes it unbearably spicy. Chie never once makes something that doesn't taste awful.
  • Light 'em Up: Gains Hama spells from her hot springs trips in Golden.
  • Light Is Good: The Hama spells are light based, and obviously Chie's a good guy.
  • Lightning Bruiser: If you take her as your physical attacker rather than Kanji, she'll end the game with HP nearly as high as his and with greatly improved defenses, though never quite exceeding him.
  • Magikarp Power:
    • She stops gaining useful Physical and Bufu Skills by the time you get Kanji and Teddie, at least mid-game. This leaves her with only "medium" damage skills for a long time. Once leveled high enough though, she learns multiple powerful skills in rapid succession, like God Hand, Agneyastra (one of the final boss's skills no less!), and Power Charge.
    • If you Max her Social Link in Golden, she learns Dragon Hustle (Buffs all allies Attack, Defense, and Agility for 3 turns) come January. Think of it as Persona's version of Luster Candy.
  • Meaningful Name: Sorta kinda-ish if you think about it. While it isn't spelled with the same Kanji, her first name sounds like the word for the Insight/Resolve aspect of the Japanese Spirit.
  • Modesty Shorts: Her summer outfit.
  • The Muse: Meta-Example. The thought put into her character "singlehandedly set the design foundation" for the game.
  • My God, You Are Serious: When she asks Yu what his study habits are like on the way to school, this is her response if you choose the option to say that you don't ever study.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Chie has a bit of a complex about this; she considers Yukiko the ideal girl to be like and is surprised if the MC pursues a romance with her. Though even if she isn't pursued as a romance, the game hints at various times that this is still all in Chie's heads. She has her own assortment of secret admirers, including Kou.
  • Not So Different: She and Yosuke share a lot of the same tastes, even though they argue a lot.
  • One-Hit Kill: Her "Galactic Punt" follow-up attack is capable of instantly killing even midbosses, and is easily the best in the game for this reason alone. Golden also allows her to learn Hama and Hamaon.
  • Orwellian Retcon: Her original VA is Tracey Rooney. When they replaced her with Erin Fitzgerald, the latter voiced her in every single appearance afterward (even rerecording all of Rooney's lines in Golden).
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Initially reluctant to continue the investigation after the fake final boss, though does anyway.
  • Prehensile Hair: Shadow Chie's long hair has blades attached to its tips. And she can control her hair's movements, moreso in the Anime where it borders on Combat Tentacles.
  • Plain Jane: Considers herself inferior to Yukiko because of this.
  • Poisonous Friend: Was jealous of Yukiko because she was more feminine and popular than her, leading her to attempt to manipulate Yukiko so she'd stay dependent on Chie. Her Shadow calls her out on this and she determines to stop being one after accepting it as Tomoe.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: Shadow Chie never moves when fighting. She relies on magic and her whip to attack.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Shadow Chie has a particularly frightening one.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Initially comes off as the cheerful and Hot-Blooded red oni to Yukiko's blue, but actually ends up becoming the suffering Straight Man to most of her bizarre antics. This is reflected in her element.
  • The Resenter: Shadow Chie reveals she resents Yukiko for being more feminine than her.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Yukiko.
  • Roundhouse Kick: How she breaks her Persona card.
  • Rule of Three: Haraedo-no-Okami is a composite of three Shinto godessess, is Chie's third-tier Persona, and its unique Dragon Hustle spell buffs the party's Attack, Defense, and Hit/Evasion Rate. Chie is also the third formal member of the Investigation Team,
  • Sick and Wrong: Her response to Yosuke having come to the school camping trip with swimsuits picked out for her and Yukiko just on the off chance that they wouldn't have brought their own.
  • She's Got Legs: Yosuke doesn't think so. Yu, on the other hand, thinks that "they're fine."
  • Shorttank: Fits the archetype pretty well, and her summer outfit, especially in Golden, is the iconic dress-style.
  • Status Buff: Learns Tarukaja and Auto-Tarukaja, though neither ma-variant. Her Dragon Hustle is perhaps the most powerful and costly kind of this spell in the game, effectively casting Heat Riser on the entire party in one fell swoop.
  • Standard Status Effects: Two of her available moves, Skull Cracker and Mind Slice, have a chance to inflict the Panic ailment.
  • The Straight Man: Alongside Naoto, she's this to most of the Investigation Team.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Her opinion on the killer kidnapping females as she comments he's a pervert.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Meat in general, but especially steak. She can also give you meat-flavored gum if she's not in your active party and talk to her in a dungeon when there's not a victim needing to be rescued. In fact, there's a quest from a dieting woman that is completed by giving her some of Chie's meat-gum, which she regards with absolute disgust.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Fits this much better than a straight-up tomboy. She's headstrong, brash, athletic, energetic, into martial arts, a glutton with a particular hankering for meat, and a huge Lethal Chef. But, at the same time, she's deeply concerned with how unfeminine she is, appreciates being seen as a girl by guys (the best way to romance her as Yu, in fact, is to compliment her on being girly when she displays such traits), and has several phobias (scary stories and bugs, with Golden adding thunderstorms) traditionally seen as feminine. In the anime, she straight out runs away with Rise and Yukiko from Naoto's shadows because she didn't want to turn old and ugly.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Yukiko's girly girl, though their relationship is, surprisingly, reversed in certain areas. Most notably, Chie is easily scared by scary stories, thunderstorms and bugs while Yukiko is a Nightmare Fetishist.
  • Tsundere: She has moments of this. Yosuke is usually on the receiving end of the "tsuntsun" (including critical hits to the nads) while Yukiko gets a good part of her "deredere."
    • Her Shadow, for some reason, alternates between "gazing" and "looking scornfully" at Yosuke. Either way, when she does that it means that pain will follow.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Her "Galactic Punt" Follow-Up Attack.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yosuke.
  • Whip It Good: Part of her Shadow's dominatrix theme.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Her entomophobia (fear of bugs), revealed during her third Social Link Event.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: With the right equipment she goes all the way to rank A.

    Yukiko Amagi 

Yukiko Amagi

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese) and Amanda Winn Lee (English)

Yukiko is the only daughter of the owner of the Amagi Inn, and thus the heir to the generations-old family business. Despite that, she is a terrible cook. She is a smart girl, but quite socially awkward, with only Chie as her true friend. She fights with a fan, but is most suited for heavy magic fighting. Her Persona is Konohana Sakuya of the Priestess Arcanum, and later evolves into Amaterasu. In Golden, her persona can evolve further into Sumeo-Okami, which learns the Burning Petals skill, the most powerful fire attack in the game. Yukiko fits the role of both the White Mage and the Black Mage, learning powerful healing spells (including one that fully restores the entire party's HP!) as well as destructive Agi (Fire) spells.

When Yukiko was kidnapped and thrown into the Midnight Channel, it created a dungeon in the form of an European castle, while her Shadow masqueraded as a princess continually searching for a "prince" to whisk her away. The castle and her Shadow were born of her repressed yearning to break free from her designation as heiress to the Inn, instead privately wishing for someone to alleviate her responsibilities. The Protagonist, Yosuke and Chie manage to defeat her Shadow, and she becomes a member of the investigation team.

Yukiko's Shadow looks like a giant, red-feathered bird with her head, kept inside a giant birdcage atop a chandelier — a literal "bird in a gilded cage", reflecting how Yukiko views her life.

In the the earlier stages of her Social Link, Yukiko still desires to leave Inaba and pursue interior design to learn to fend for herself. However, friendly teasing from the Inn's staff and pestering from an irresponsible TV crew who want to make a program that will ruin the reputation of the Inn eventually made her realize that she had a supportive family and friends that she wants to help and defend. She resolves to accept her duty and manage the inn, evolving her Persona. She is also a possible Love Interest for the Protagonist depending on player actions in the S. Link.

In the extended true ending of Persona 4: The Golden, she has become more confident in herself and far less worried about standing out. Yukiko no longer wears red all the time, instead sporting a simple blue and white dress when you meet her, and now wears her hair in a bun.

During the Golden concert scene, Yukiko plays the saxophone.

  • Action Girl: Her temperament may suggest otherwise, but she kicks every bit as much ass as Chie.
  • Adult Fear: Her family's inn goes through bad times to the point she has to leave school to provide assistance, causing her to fear for her future. Before getting her Persona, she desires to run away and thinks she can't do it alone. Post-Persona, when she drives out the Paparazzi, the Amagi Inn starts to recover and she decides to stay, to take charge of the Inn and be with her family.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: A subversion. Though she has the looks and is thought as aloof and hard-to-get by her peers, Yukiko is revealed to be a complete goofball who laughs at the silliest jokes, has a hidden perverted side, and gets really excited about telling scary stories when she's comfortable with the people around her.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Quite mean, too, as Kanji can attest.
  • Badass: She's the best magic user in the game, potentially surpassing even the Protagonist (though limited to fire spells).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is scary when provoked. She manages to scare away paparazzi trying to take advantage of her inn and she politely and sweetly blackmails Kanji into joining the cross-dressing pageant (who simply responds with 'you're a very scary girl, Yukiko-sempai'). Also, this line from the anime:
    Yukiko: (about Shadow Kanji) I say we reduce him to ASH next time we see him!
    Yu: Sounds good.
    Chie: Don't forget guys, we have to find Kanji!!!
    Yukiko: (disappointed) Right…
    • The carries into Persona Q where she stomps the ground so hard she sends the shrunken guys flying with the shockwave and casually asks Yukari if she should "eliminate" Teddie when his antics begin to seriously annoy Yukari.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A somewhat mild example, but she seems to take a particular amount of glee out of teasing boys she knows except for a notable few (like Narukami and Zen). If offended enough, she will reflexively slap them, regardless of the other person's intentions. Persona Q sees her trolling her friends more. This is done as part of how she plays with the Yamato Nadeshiko trope; she's clearly not as submissive as she seems at first glance.
  • Black Mage: Her enormous magic stats aside, her 3rd tier Persona skill is the only overtly offensive one.
  • Brutal Honesty: She will not sugarcoat it, either. Not even her best friend of all people is safe from this—remember the cookoff night where Yukiko tasted Chie's food? Matter of fact, in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, if you select her as your navigator in a fight and then lose a perfect round, she will say how rather disappointed she is to watch you get beaten so badly.
  • The Cameo: In Persona 3 Portable's female protagonist route, when the PC's sports club goes to a summer fellowship in Inaba and stays at the Amagi Inn. She's younger and has shorter hair, and impresses the Gekkoukan students with her looks and maturity.
  • Casting a Shadow: Gains Mudo spells if you level up her social link in Golden.
    • If an enemy repels her Mudo spells back on her, there's a very low probability of her surviving it.
  • Character Select Forcing: The only member of the team aside from Teddie to get anything other than pitiful heals and that character is more of a support role, while Yukiko also has hard hitting Agi spells. A variant happens during a stakeout early in the game, you get the choice to team up with Chie, Yosuke or Yukiko, but circumstances will always leave you with Yukiko.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: Her initial persona fits the visual themes. Yukiko provides the personality.
  • The Chick: Shares this position with Rise.
  • Childhood Friends: With Chie.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: If the Protagonist takes Ai on a date on a Sunday, Yukiko catches them together. She questions him on it, snaps at Ai for interrupting, scares her off and spends the rest of her day with him as if nothing was wrong.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She has, on more than one occasion, been shown to have a somewhat out there thought process. It contrasts her seemingly proper appearance.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Fitting her role as The Ojou, her Weapon of Choice is a fan.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Tends to take gross exaggerations and accidental Double Entendres at face value.
  • Covert Pervert: She's usually the shy one, but get her a little tipsy and see what happens. Or better yet, make her think she's drunk and watch her inhibitions fly out of the window.
    • Give her one of the sexier alternate costumes when in an intimate relationship with her. She's happy to dress up, but she would prefer it be in private...
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She can learn Mudo spells.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The anime occasionally shows her taking a level in snark. Particularly against Yosuke:
    Yosuke: (at Junes, with the rest of the gang) Still, don't you feel sorry for Nanako, bringing her here of all places?
    Yukiko: (indifferently) Yes, I feel sorry for her.
    Yosuke: You didn't have to rub it in!
    • She does this in Golden as well during the ski trip. When Yosuke is about to suggest something for the rooms being coed, she immediately cuts him off with a no. Her response to him saying she should have let him finish?
    Yukiko: Oh, were you going to suggest that we play cards?
    • Delivered in such a deadpan tone that it's hard to tell if she's snarking or being serious
    Yukiko: She wasn't implying.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Golden's extras explain her initial persona is a feminine version of Izanagi.
  • Ditzy Genius: While a straight-A student (she is a Priestess, after all), she does have a peculiar thought process when it comes to certain topics, like taking strange delight on someone described as "legendary".
  • Drunk on Milk: During the King's Game.
  • Dude Magnet: She's rejected so many guys by the start of the game that "The Amagi Challenge" of asking her out on a date has become something of a rite of passage at Yasogami High. It is also notable that she is the only girl in the group who all of the guys (even Kanji) express interest in at one point or another.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Even the malevolent manifestation of her repressed emotions believed in this trope, so she puts on a Pimped-Out Dress that's mostly pink and a Cool Crown while stating she is searching for her Prince Charming.
  • First Name Basis: Since she typically refers to everyone using proper and respectful honorifics, the fact she simply calls Chie by only her name represents how special and familiar she is to Yukiko.
  • The Gadfly: When it's time to induct Kanji, she has Teddie give him two pairs of failed Groucho Glasses (which she and a reluctant Chie tried out earlier) before finally handing him the real ones. Needless to say, she's not the only one who gets a good laugh.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Subverted. She's the only member of the Investigation Team utterly immune to creepy ghost stories. And she's the best at telling them. The type of movies she's most interested in seeing are horror films, also. She's actually able to dissect the film and explain what made it suspenseful and exciting.
  • Girly Bruiser: Traditionally feminine, well-mannered, and the best magic user within the team.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Her second Persona, Amaterasu, and her final Persona, Sumeo-Okami.
  • HAHAHA–No: Has one in her chapter in P 4 AU with her own self.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She goes out with Yu so much that her family starts to assume he is. She denies it. But at that point, it's pretty clear that even when she's shouting this trope, she really wants to be proven wrong.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She has known Chie since they were little, and their friendship remains strong throughout the game.
  • Hidden Depths: Initially comes off as a classic example of the serene Yamato Nadeshiko, but proves to be one of the goofiest and most fun loving members of the team once she joins.
  • Hime Cut: Part of her Yamato Nadeshiko image.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: None of Yukiko's Personas are immune or even resistant to Darkness spells.
  • Hot-Blooded: In spite of what you might think based on the rest of her characterization, she is aggressively enthusiastic about wiping all shadows from existence. This is rather fitting considering her element, which can also qualify as her own touch of iron.
  • Humor Dissonance: Invoked, Yukiko finds humor in the most bizarre places. Her friends just leave her be.
  • The Hyena: Her laughing fits can last for several minutes. Chie even calls her a "crazy hyena" once (or "Demon Queen" in the Japanese version). This only makes her laugh harder.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: If the Protagonist takes the friendship route after her Love Confession, she quickly says she has errands to run and runs off on the brink of tears.
  • I Will Wait for You: Essentially what she tells the protagonist. She'll never stop loving him, and on Valentine's Day in Golden she says she'll wait for his return so they can be married.
  • It Seemed Trivial: Her knowledge that Adachi was at the inn spending a lot of time with Ms. Yamano just before she died is the first non-circumstantial piece of evidence you have towards finding out the identity of the true killer, but she doesn't make this known unless you cast suspicion on the true killer in the first place.
  • Klingon Promotion: She says that if she had been born a boy or if there was a precedent for female leaders in Neo Featherman, she would have battled you for the Red Phoenix Ranger position. In Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, where Yukiko excitedly volunteers to be one after she defeats Yukari Takeba in a match.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She's very elegant, and has high magic stats that allow her to cast powerful fire spells.
  • Lady of War: In accordance with her Yamato Nadeshiko exterior, she's graceful while using her fans on the battlefield.
  • Lethal Chef: Not always lethal, as she manages to make "flavorless" food later on. The stuff she gives to the Protagonist, however… well, you need a high Courage stat to actually eat it, so let's leave it at that.
    • She believes that adding squid ink to chocolate would help give the treat some "character", entirely basing this assumption on how the two are of a similar color.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Before meeting Chie.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Her fried tofu.
  • Love at First Sight: She confesses this was the case to the MC on Christmas Eve.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: When romanced, she repeatedly expresses that she's aware the Protagonist will leave to return home one day, but it doesn't stop her from loving him.
  • Love Hurts: She takes the MC's friendship choice harder than any other female on the Investigation Team, and leaves hints of lingering bitterness in certain costume dialog segments and on Valentine's Day. But she ultimately accepts his friendship.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: On Valentine's Day, if she's been romanced, she says the Protagonist will have to take her surname when they're married for the sake of the Amagi inn.
  • The Medic: This aspect of her Persona alone is going to make her a character you keep in your party for a long time, especially since she learns the mother of all healing spells at level 74. note  It also makes a lot of sense given that the Arcana she represents is The Priestess, i.e. the kind of person you would expect to be a healer.
    • Downplayed in Persona Q where she only learns single-target heals. This is the tradeoff for her being one out of two characters in the entire game who learns multi-target magic skills.
  • Meet Cute: Technically their second meeting, but the Protagonist runs into her when she's wearing a Kimono. Subverted if the player decides not to romance her. Also subverted because Yu can choose to say he doesn't remember it happening.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe — Shadow Yukiko once said she wanted to "score with a hot stud." Teddie brings it up sporadically throughout the game.
  • Nice Girl: Though she has her own bit of temper, she is unfailingly nice to everyone around her that doesn't piss her off within seconds. She goes out of her way to call the protagonist out of the rain on his way home and ask him if he likes Inaba and if he's getting along with Chie so far, before social linking is even mentioned in the game.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Absolutely adores ghost stories, as shown in the ski trip.
    • She's also one of the few characters in Q that doesn't freak out during the Evil Spirit Club dungeon. She outright laughs at one of the dolls which has a single eye popped out of its socket.
  • Nonindicative Name: "Yuki" is a name more often associated with "snow." Although, she initially feels that it's a Meaningful Name because she's "worthless" like snow.
  • Not So Different: From Rise during the King's Game. When both of them were "drunk" off their asses, they joined forces in making the game as lewd and sexual as possible. In fact, the two of them turn it into a full-blown harem in the anime, along with a mortified Chie.
  • Ojou: Of a generations-old inn.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Shadow Yukiko has a certain draconic vibe, what with all the fire and princess themes. The Anime even has her keeping Yukiko in a cage, which she viciously defends.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Only with the pink yukata.
  • Parents Know Their Children: In Golden, her Social Link concludes with her finding out her parents and everyone at the Inn knew she was planning to leave the whole time, and that they would love and support her no matter what she chose. If romanced, they also support her marrying the Protagonist.
  • Playing with Fire: Yukiko's primary attack spells are fire-related and her third tier Persona gains Burning Petals, which may well be the strongest spell in the game.
  • Precision F-Strike: Yukiko rarely swears, so if she tells you to shut the hell up as she does to those reporters in her Social Link, you know she's angry. Shadow Yukiko's speech is practically a Cluster F-Bomb by her standards.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: She's the poster girl. Oddly enough, she loses the tights for Dancing All Night.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has fair skin and long black hair, and has gathered quite a fan club because of her looks.
  • The Red Mage/White Magician Girl: In combat, she straddles the line with her powerful Agi skills but her personality fits the White Magician Girl stock character type in addition to being one of the resident Medics.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Initially seems like the Proper Lady blue oni to Chie, but later proves to be the more manic and excitable of the two. This is reflected in her element.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Chie.
  • Ryokan (inn): The Amagi Inn of course. She's going to inherit it and is the Goddess of the trope.
  • Saying Too Much: During the King's Game scene, in a moment of drunken silliness she accidentally spills the beans about the Shadow World and the Personas to Naoto. Then again, she didn't believe it.
  • Shipper on Deck: Regardless of whether Yu romances Yukiko, she thinks that Chie and Yosuke would make for a cute couple.
    • In Q, she thinks that Kanji and Rise would be perfect for each other and would make a striking couple.
  • Shrinking Violet: She appears this way at first, but as she gets more comfortable around the Protagonist and Yosuke, her true personality traits emerge.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Calls out Adachi on his poorly contrived Freudian Excuse for his actions.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Seems soft spoken and inoffensive, but has a strong will and a fierce temper; there's a reason her Persona specializes in Agi spells. Completing her Social Link gives her the courage to use her steely side a little more.
  • Status Buff: Initially, she is the single member of the investigation team to never have access to any sort of buff. The bike trips can grant her Matarunda however—which will help, as defensively, she's pitiful.
  • Standard Status Effects: She can gain Valiant Dance (enrages all enemies) the same way, dropping evasion and defense to zero.
  • Squishy Wizard: Probably the worst character in terms of defensive stats, but boy does she hit anything not resistant or immune to Agi like a truck. If you choose to have her take Fire Break, or have the Protagonist armed with it, nothing can get between her and making her enemies see a fiery death.
  • Through His Stomach: The most blatant example out of the girls. She knows she's a horrible chef, but she uses her attempts to get better as an excuse to go on not-dates with the Protagonist, with the aim of one day making something that pleases him. In the friendship route, she finally gets it right.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Chie's tomboy, at first glance, but it's surprisingly reversed in certain areas. Chie is easily scared by scary stories, thunderstorms and bugs while Yukiko is a Nightmare Fetishist.
  • Tsundere: Shows shades of being one in the game (mainly getting violent when the males act perverted), but is definitely one in the Anime.
  • Useless Accessory: Don't expect Amaterasu or Sumeo-Okami to ever use those katanas.
  • White Magician Girl: She's the best healer in the game (only surpassed by The Protagonist given the right Persona), the most gentle player character, uses a blunt weapon that amplifies her spells and is a potential love interest. The only way she steps outside this trope is her repertoire of hard-hitting Agi spells.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Played with. She fits the archetype, then her Shadow deconstructs it and shows its opposite. She ultimately shows a modern version of this trope: soft spoken, strong-willed and polite yet not afraid to stand up to herself and get dangerous if necessary, as an unfortunate group of paparazzi discovered.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: In Persona 4: The Animation, Yukiko covers her eyes to avoid seeing Kanji straddling his almost naked Shadow... badly.

    Kanji Tatsumi 

Kanji Tatsumi

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Troy Baker (English), Matthew Mercer (English, Persona 4: The Animation Episodes 14-26, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Persona Q)

A delinquent whose mother runs a textile shop that the Amagi Inn frequents. Despite his brash outlook, he cares a lot for his mother and is skilled at handicrafts, which caused people to shun him for having "girly" hobbies and made him question his sexuality. He fights with brute force using chairs, tables, plates, etc, and his Persona is Take-Mikazuchi of the Emperor Arcanum, which evolves into Rokuten-Maoh; it deals heavy physical attacks and learns a few Zio (Lightning) spells. In Golden, his persona can evolve further into Takeji Zaiten, which has The Man's Way skill, which can knock down and dizzy every foe.

When thrown into the Midnight Channel, it generates the Steamy Bathhouse dungeon. His Shadow masquerades as him wearing nothing but a towel and speaking like a Camp Gay looking for "love". It later taunts Kanji as a gynophobic because women shunned him due to his hobbies, but Kanji refused him, causing the Shadow to show its true form and was later defeated by the Protagonist. Accepting his flaws, Kanji joins the Investigation Team and at the same time, starts re-attending Yasogami as a first-year.

Kanji's Shadow takes on the form of his upper body atop a ridiculously masculine male form with a rose garden where the head should be, carrying two Mars symbols which it uses as weapons and flanked by two Macho Camp bodybuilders. This ludicrous exaggeration of masculinity and homosexuality is a distillation of all of Kanji's fears about his orientation.

In his Social Link, Kanji meets a little boy who lost his friend's doll and to cheer him up, he makes him a doll, which turns out to be so impressive the boy offers to buy more for his firends. Kanji is later accused of bullying the boy (because people saw him giving money to a scary-looking man and assumed the worst), but the Protagonist encourages him to tell the truth about his dolls instead of hiding it and inviting trouble from the police. Eventually, Kanji learns to take pride in his hobby and opens up his own handicraft class.

In the extended true ending of Persona 4: The Golden, he has stopped trying to assert his masculinity to others. He can be seen with now-unbleached hair and a pair of glasses. His attire has similarly changed, as he now dresses in a simple button-up white shirt and black dress pants.

During the Golden concert scene, Kanji is placed on drums by Rise, who argues that the team would look like a metal band if he were up front.

  • Adorkable: Basically sums him up, once you get past his tough-guy exterior.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He prefers "girly" hobbies and was never accepted by either guys or girls.
  • Ambiguously Gay: By design. In-Universe, he's considered this, as after dealing with his shadow and reputation and character makes others (Yosuke and Teddie in particular) assume he's gay.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While Kanji does question his sexuality in the beginning of the game and does have feminine personality traits, he also shows attraction to Naoto, even after finding out her true gender. He gets a lovestruck blush after Yukiko slaps him and then promises to be "more gentle" next time, repeating the words "more gentle" in a dreamy tone of voice. He's also just as smitten by Chihiro as Yosuke. In The Golden, he's shown to be quite interested in joining Yosuke and Yu in their plan to go cruising for chicks on their new motorcycle and is the first to suggest they should try actively hitting on some girls when Yosuke's plan of "sit around on the scooter and wait for interested girls to approach" is a bust.
    • He visibly blushes when Yosuke clutches onto him on his bike and proclaims "Whoa... up close and personal! I get it now! So this is what your plan was about!"
    • At the end of his social link, he outright states that his shadow self and him are one and the same.
  • Badass: He fights off an entire biker gang with a shield — all because the noise they made woke his mother up. In the Anime of the Game, he didn't even have that — meaning he took them all down barehanded.
  • Badass Normal: Prior to being a Persona user, afterwards he becomes an Empowered Badass Normal. In the animation, he's the only member of the team who gets to land the finishing blow on his own shadow.
  • Badass Gay: If he's gay. It's complicated.
  • Badass Cape: His new Persona in the Golden, Takeji Zaiten, has one.
  • Beautiful All Along: The new epilogue for the true ending in Golden shows that he has stopped dyeing his hair, revealing its natural color to be dark brown. He's also had it styled into more of a corporate cut.
  • Berserk Button: Implying that he's gay ("YOU SAYIN' I LIKE DUDES?!"). Or insulting Naoto.
  • Big Eater: When given the chance, he can pack away quite a lot. It's most evident when he first joins the team and gets brought to "the headquarters" at Junes.
  • The Big Guy: A position shared with Chie.
  • Big Brother Worship: Downplayed, but Kanji's mom tells the protagonist that Kanji went on and on telling her about him.
  • Book Dumb: But very good at arts and crafts and beating the crap out of people.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Yu, Yosuke, and Teddie tend to give him a lot of grief when they hang out as a quartet.
  • Butt Monkey: Possible worse than Yosuke, and some of it crosses into Dude, Not Funny! territory. His Midnight Channel is just the beginning of his humiliation. He gets slapped by Yukiko, his food eaten by Yosuke, gets grilled with Yosuke's rather upsetting questions on his sexuality, gets knocked unconcious by Chie and Yukiko for no good reason at all, then later gets dumped into a river that Mr. Morooka is vomiting into by Chie and Yukiko when he gets a nosebleed, when he wasn't even doing anything (and wasn't even looking at them). He gets sexually harassed by Teddie twice, and even Rise gets in on it and calls him Moronji a few times.
  • Camp Gay: Shadow Kanji is designed to be this, as he represents Kanji's insecurity with his sexuality and other issues brought about by his softer, more feminine personality traits.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Towards Naoto.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: One of his main weapons is a steel folding chair. As of Arena it's become his signature weapon.
    • In the game, one of the upgrades for the chair is a SCHOOL DESK!
  • Childhood Friends: With Naoki Konishi, the Hanged Man social link.
  • Coat Cape: Provides the current trope picture.
  • Combat Medic: The player can turn him into one if they take him to the hot springs. Media is pretty useless, but can be upgraded to the still-somewhat-useful Mediarama if they're persistant.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • He's completely oblivious to social subtleties, leading to him asking obvious questions.
    (After finding Rise and the Protagonist alone in a mountain shack)
    Chie: Huh... They're still dressed.
    Kanji: Why would they take their clothes off, in this freezin' weather?
    Naoto: Do I really have to spell it out for you?
    • Take him to the movie theater in Golden in November. He'll have passed the whole movie without realizing it was a love story (and thinking it was set in France). Once you inform him, he's happy to have went anyway.
  • Cooldown Hug: How he ultimately accepts his Shadow in the Manga.
  • Cuteness Proximity: He had one of these moments when he first met Teddie, even asked if he could pet the little guy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments. Particularly in the anime's English dub.
  • Delinquent Hair/Dye Hard: Golden reveals that Kanji has been bleaching his hair.
  • Disappeared Dad: He's dead, and according to Kanji's mom, Mr. Tatsumi collapsed and died when Kanji wasn't at home.
  • Does Not Like Women: Before his trip inside the Midnight Channel. He developed a phobia of women because, though he has a lot in common with them personality-wise, they all mocked him for not behaving like a "real" man and rejected him. He found guys much easier to get along with, but at the same time he felt he had to hide those feminine aspects of his from them. How responsible this may be for his sexuality (whatever it may be) is left ambiguous.
  • Dumb Muscle: It's rather self-designated as he is neither very good at nor interested in the more intellectual processes of the investigation.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: When talking with him with Naoto in the group while he's in his Halloween costume, he mistakenly identifies Frankenstein's Monster as Frankenstein. Naoto corrects him and explains the story to him, only for him to come to the conclusion that Frankenstein was the real monster of the story, not the Creature, for abandoning his "child" for being ugly. This completely catches her off guard.
    • Kanji's also pretty good at keeping focused on The Big Picture. There are several points in the story when the rest of the team become discouraged, only for him to step up to the plate with "Hey, look at what we've done already! Can't give up now! We just need to focus on what we can do right now."
  • Dynamic Entry: Kanji's way of saving the Protagonist from danger is drop-kicking him out of the way.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Despite being one of the most dreaded local thugs, he's actually a total Momma's Boy. The cause of his infamous beatdown of a biker gang? They were making too much noise and bothering his mother.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: The secret Animal Cracker!
  • Face of a Thug: Still, don't judge him solely on his looks.
  • Face Palm Of Doom: One of his Supers in the fighting game is this. Considering his Japanese voice actor, can you say Shining Finger?
  • Gayngster: Subverted in that he's not really part of any criminal group. The jury's still out on whether he's gay, too.
  • Genius Bruiser: Very good at arts and crafts. Also capable of beating up 100 Bozu all by himself and, in the games, has been fighting off his Shadow on his own for several nights before the others show up to help him.
  • Gradual Regeneration: In the Golden, he's capable of learning the best Regenerate passive skill if his Social Link is high enough that serve to stymie the high cost of his Physical Skills somewhat.
  • Gratuitous English: Nice Guy (one of Shadow Kanji's minions) in the anime.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: His defensive attitude about his masculinity and sexual identity verges on this early on. His social link is mostly spent helping him getting past it. It also eases up a fair amount once Yosuke stops holding his Shadow against him.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Towards Naoto, since he Can Not Spit It Out.
  • Hot-Blooded: Alongside Chie, Kanji is the most temperamental, emotional and aggressive of the investigation team.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: In his association with Naoto.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Mainly shields and other large bunt objects. His starter weapon is a folding chair. Made especially improbable by the fact that he's supposedly concealing these weapons under a school uniform somehow. Of course, even if the townfolk do see these weapons, it's not likely that any of them would tell him not to carry them around.
    • In Golden, his Cavalry Attack has him using a bicycle as a weapon.
  • Japanese Delinquents: His appearance draws from this trope.
  • Jerkass Façade: His Social Link focuses on dropping this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not unlike Shinjiro before him, though in this case, the "jerk" side stems more from his temper.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: A game mechanics. Kanji learns two attacks (Cruel Attack and Vile Assault) that inflict bonus damage to a "Downed" enemy.
  • Knuckle Cracking: His idle battle animation.
  • Large Ham: Mostly reserved for battle, where every line of his is shouted at the top of his lungs.
    SUCK IT!
  • Leitmotif: The track Time for True Revelation from the anime seems to have become his Theme Song.
  • Macho Camp: Shadow Kanji's minions.
  • Magic Knight: He's primarily a physical fighter, but he's a decent magic user as well, capable of learning the whole Zio family of spells and associated elemental boosts. Sadly, he also has a low magic stat growth (meaning that his spells don't hit as hard as his allies' for the same SP cost) and possesses one of the smallest SP pools in the party. He has the opposite problem that Chie does, learning an entire spell line and associated boosts but not having the SP or the magic stat to support your typical spellcasting.
  • Mighty Glacier: Depending on how you use him; Kanji has higher HP and Endurance than Chie and hits harder than her, but is a bit slower. This can be counteracted with his Masukunda skill and corrected entirely with proper leveling, to the point he is fast enough to potentially move before Yukiko or Teddie.
    • He has the lowest speed out of all characters in Persona Q, but maxes out his strength faster than anybody else. He has a skill that lets him act first, though, letting him act as a low-accuracy Lightning Bruiser instead.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's the most buff guy on the team and is the one shown shirtless most frequently, to the point where his shadow only wears a towel.
  • Nice Guy: He tends to be the member of the team least prone to hostility towards other members, especially in comparison to Yosuke and Teddie. Unless of course he's provoked.
  • Noodle Incident: The incident where he singlehandedly beats down a biker gang, which is briefly shown in the opening sequence.
  • Nosebleed: Suffers one after seeing Chie and Yukiko in bikinis for the first time. Another instance (in the anime) is during the school's beauty pageant, when he sees Naoto being reluctant to come out on stage also in a bikini.
  • No True Scotsman: His identity issues are mostly caused by his love of cute and flamboyant things and delicate artistry. Most people, especially girls, considered this improper behavior for a man. Kanji's Shadow summarizes:
    (mockingly) "'But you're a guy.' 'You don't act like a guy.' 'Why aren't you manly?'"
    (angry) "What does it mean to be 'a guy'? What does it mean 'to be manly'?"
  • Oda Nobunaga: His ultimate Persona is "Rokuten-Maoh", it was actually a shortened version of "Dairokuten Maoh" AKA Demon King (a random encounter demon in Persona 2), which is based on Nobunaga.
  • Pointy Ears: He's given a pair of elven ears in the anime.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Deconstructed, and not just by his Shadow. Kanji's entire list of self esteem issues can be traced back to the fact his feminine interests and behaviors have elicited scorn from other guys and from girls alike.
    • In Episode 22 of the anime, when Nanako is in the hospital, he buys pink wool so they can knit animals together when she's feeling better.
    • Reconstructed with his Social Link, which is about getting him to overcome his doubts and accept that his interests don't make him unmanly, which means he can and should ignore anyone who says otherwise.
  • Secret Keeper: In Q, Kanji is one of the few members of the P4 cast that knows about Ken's mom's death. Part of the B-plot of the P4 side is how he's going to handle said secret.
  • Self-Deprecation: Tends to be the member of the group most prone to this, particularly in his insistence in his lack of intelligence.
  • Serious Business: Animal Crackers, especially finding the secret penguin cracker. In the Animation, it's watermelon.
  • Shield Bash: His Weapon of Choice is shields, so he'll do this if you select the Attack command.
  • Shock and Awe: His primary attack spells are lightning spells.
  • Shrinking Violet: Around Naoto.
  • Sissy Villain: His Shadow.
  • Status Buff: He starts with Rakukaja, which can help his already monstrous endurance or support weaker characters like Naoto or Yukiko. He also gains Matarukaja through leveling, to increase the party's attack, and Masukunda through his social link. You'll keep the latter around, as it'll help deal with the Metal Slime in dungeons.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: To Naoto.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Invoked when Kanji describes the dolls he makes as "So cute they'll give you diabetes".
  • Those Two Guys: Occasionally plays this with Teddie.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: As part of his critical hit, he hurls his shield at a fold.
  • Tsundere: He exhibits shades of this, especially when it comes to his mother and Naoto. Also around Yu at times, particularly during the guys' Valentines Day event.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Animal Crackers are Serious Business with this guy, especially the penguin.
  • Unmanly Secret: This is his main issue. His mother owns a textile shop, and he likes to make little dolls for people, which directly contrasts from the tough biker badass persona that he tries to project to people. His entire character arc/Social Link is about learning to overcome his hangup about this and accept himself as a whole.
  • Unusual Euphemism: The word "gay" is never said in-game. This leads to some odd phrasings.
    • Though in the anime (English dub only), instead of 'strange', Chie flat out said 'gay'. Bad idea.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: And an adorable one at that.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: While not to the extent of Yosuke and Chie, Kanji tends to bicker with Rise whenever she talks to him directly.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Downplayed, but he was visibly choked up when repeating how his mom said she and his father were proud of him.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's actually the youngest of the team. His official bio shows he is 15 years old, younger by a few months than Naoto and Rise, who are in the same year as him.
    • Ends up getting Played for Laughs in Golden when the gang decides to rent motorcycles. Kanji is forced to ride a bicycle since he's the only one not old enough to get his motorcycle license.

    Rise Kujikawa 

Rise Kujikawa

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Laura Bailey (English, Persona 4, Persona 4 Golden, Persona 4 Arena series, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Persona 4: The Animation), Ashly Burch (English, Persona 4: Dancing All Night)

A teenage Idol Singer often appearing in TV programs and ads as "Risette". She suddenly declared retirement and moved to Inaba to help on her grandmother's tofu shop and enroll in Yasogami High as a freshman. Rise is cheerful and bubbly, but also sweet deep down. She is mostly out of the frontlines and prefers analyzing the enemies and their weaknesses. Her Persona is Himiko of the Lovers Arcanum and later evolves into Kanzeon. In Golden, her persona can evolve further into Kouzeon, along with gaining the Complete Analysis skill, which instantly reveals every enemy's elemental affinities and, if they're not a boss, their skills.

Her dungeon in the Midnight Channel is the Marukyu Striptease, wherein her Shadow masquerades as her in a flashy gold bikini and teases a lot about showing off her 'stuff'. This all stems from Rise's fear that everyone stereotypes her as an airheaded, indecent pop star, while in truth she just wants to be loved for who she is. Rise's Shadow possesses analytical skill that allows it to predict the party's every move, making it impossible to defeat; it takes a Heroic Sacrifice from Teddie to finish it. Rise comes to terms with her Shadow and it becomes her Persona, but at the same time Teddie's existential doubt comes to a head and his Shadow emerges. Rise takes Teddie's place as Mission Control and helps the party defeat it, then she joins the Investigation Team.

Rise's Shadow takes on the form of a naked woman dangling from a striptease pole with technicolor flesh and a fractal satellite dish where its face should be. It constantly shouts for the party to look at it, embodying Rise's concern about being exploited.

In her Social Link, Rise was continuously pestered by her past manager to return to showbiz despite her misgivings. She revealed that as a child she was a shy bully magnet, until her debut as a star, which she thought would help her win some friends; what she saw are people seeing her more as "Risette" than her true self. However, more reminders of her past came from a letter from her number-one fan expressing sadness over her retirement, and the emergence of another idol she once trained and is now taking her spotlight, causing fans to badmouth "Risette", which inadvertently annoyed her. Eventually, Rise realized "Risette" is still an aspect of herself she shouldn't discard and resolves to return to showbiz come spring, evolving her Persona. Rise states that she loves the Protagonist, and will show a very obvious interest in him during the storyline regardless of her Social Link standing or whether you date her.

During the Golden concert scene, Rise, being an experienced performer, fronts the team as lead singer.

  • The Ace: A downplayed example of this trope. By the end of Ultimax, her sensory abilities are on par with Fuuka's, her Persona attains combat abilities that help her hold her own like the rest of the Persona users, and she has a variety of near game breaking support abilities that could only be matched by the Wild Card users. Her abilities are subsequently Nerfed by the time of Dancing All Night though, with Himiko even losing her transformed combat state and returning to her original formnote .
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Rise was moved to become an idol because nobody wanted to be friends with her before.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Rise is very forward in her attraction with the Protagonist. When you max out her Social Link, she'll ask the protagonist if he has a stash of porn in his room. If he says no, she'll offer him pictures of her in swimsuits.
  • Announcer Chatter: She serves as the combat commentator in Arena, similar to the original game.
  • Attention Whore: Her Shadow — Fan Disservice incarnate. Outside the stage, Rise would rather just stay away from the public spotlight.
    • Although downplayed, Rise does like to get a rise out of the guys, especially the Protagonist.
  • Badass Pacifist: Although she doesn't actively attack enemies, she's still one of the most badass members of the Investigation Team, for the sole reason that while most of the other party members are exhausted for weeks after awakening to their persona, she manages to use it effortlessly, immediately after her shadow's defeat. Taken further in Golden, where she gains new powers that border on Game Breaker.
  • Beehive Barrier: Once her Social Link is high enough, she and her Persona can form these around the Team on occasion to protect them from enemy attacks.
  • Berserk Button: Rise may be The Tease, but try and cop a feel, and she will uppercut your ass.
  • Big Damn Heroes: If your party is in really big trouble during The Golden, their enemy poised to unleash something truly devastating, or you yourselves have the opportunity to issue a class A beat down, Rise will hop in and give you the appropriate status buffs to increase your chances of survival or victory. Her "Cheer" ability also makes the All-Out Attacks even more devastating and, if leveled up enough, capable of destroying downed foes that would otherwise shrug them off.
  • Book Dumb: Far from stupid, but doesn't do well in school. Somewhat justified in that her life as an idol probably didn't prepare her for traditional school.
  • Breakout Character: Along with Yosuke and Naoto, Rise's popularity has owned her her own Spinoff, this one in the form of a Dance Party video game.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Her Social Link in vanilla Persona 4 ends with her receiving a fan latter from a girl, whom she's giving advice to be braver and less shy, thanking her and telling stories that she made some friends. Rise then resolves she's needed as Risette not only as an entertainment figure, but also as a moral support and role model. In Golden, said same girl sends her another letter that her friends hate Risette, and if she doesn't stop liking Risette, then they will stop being her friends. Rise accordingly feels dejected, but she presses on with her career anyway.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Appears at the beginning of the game in a commercial.
  • The Chick: Far and away the most estrogen-fueled member of the main cast, complete with a tendency to cry a lot.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In The Golden, Rise has some hostilities with Marie, no matter if you pursue a relationship with either girl. This even extends to Yosuke, as Rise expresses displeasure at Yosuke fawning over Marie when he's supposed to be a Risette superfan.
  • Crocodile Tears: Chie lampshades her attempts at this.
  • Cry Cute/Tender Tears: It's a Rie Kugimiya thing, after all, Tsundere or not.
  • Cry into Chest: And when she realizes that her jealousy over a new idol is because Risette IS a part of her, she breaks down crying. The Protagonist can do this optionally in response, which makes the Social Link romantic.
  • Deuteragonist: of Persona 4: Dancing All Night, being the one who taught the Investigation Team their moves, being the designated leader of the story mode's B-Team, and the Coup de Grace at the end of the Final Boss is following a three-way performance between Yu, Kanami, and her.
  • Devoted to You: Rise is going to flirt with you. A lot. Far, far above and beyond every other girl. Even if you turn down her romance. Even in The Golden epilogue, months after the conclusion of the game. She's determined to have your approval.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In The Golden, if you put on the Bath Towel costume and then talk to Rise, she will ask you to put some clothes on because she can't concentrate.
  • The Ditz: She averts this trope, voice acting notwithstanding. She is quite emotionally intelligent (insights into human nature, good at reading groups and people) and more down-to-earth than one might expect. She acts "bubbly" to keep people's spirits up, and to have fun.
  • Drunk on Milk: During the King's Game.
  • Dub Name Change: Just her stage name. It's "Risechi" in Japan.
  • Fangirl: Of the Protagonist.
  • Genki Girl: Has her moments.
  • Girlish Pigtails which she ditches, at least temporarily, in the epilogue for the True Ending in Golden.
  • Girly Run: During the in-game cutscenes in dungeons, she moves this way.
  • Graceful Loser: If she isn't romance by Valentine's Day, she'll cheerfully hand Yu some friendship chocolate. This is especially notable when you take into account how disappointed she is when he brings an Investigation Team girl that isn't her to the Summer Festival, and how clingy she was during the ski trip just a few days prior.
    • You will have options many times over during her social link to turn away her advances—surprisingly, she almost always takes rejection extremely well, and the player needs not fear offending or saddening her by refusing her most of the time.
  • Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: She's tired of playing Risette, but she cares a lot about her fans, and will occasionally humor the Risette fans.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Shadow Rise.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: If chosen as the Love Interest. The manga looks to be favoring her as well.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite her bubbly personally, Rise is fairly insightful and much smarter then then lets on. She plays up her Genki Girl attitude to be cheerful for the group and to have fun.
    • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth adds more to this as well. If playing as the P4 Protagonist and Rise ends up being his "Destined Partner" during the Group Date Cafe maze, Rise takes it very well, acting calm and casual. She even explains that she was once asked how many kids she wanted, and admits she wants to have a big family someday in the future.
    • If you try to put the moves on her during the skip trip while dating another girl, she WILL call you out on it.
  • I Am Not Spock: Invoked. When most people look at her they only see Risette, much to her frustration.invoked
  • Idol Singer: She's one before the events of the game, but gives it up to work in her family's tofu shop. Her social link has her coming to terms with the fact that she enjoyed being an idol, even if she was burned out.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Subverted — she eventually realizes Risette is still a part of her and decides to come back to showbiz come spring.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Her biggest desire, as revealed through her social link, and her ultimate motivation for becoming an idol singer.
  • Image Song: "True Story" from Persona 4: The Animation, which has been carried over into The Golden.
  • Implied Love Interest: As noted above, Rise is the most overtly flirtatious of the female Investigation Team members, and indeed of the "intimate relationship options" in general she is the most overt — Sayoko Uehara, the Devil social link, is more bluntly flirtatious, but makes it clear she's mostly kidding around, whilst Rise is emphatically serious. Even if the player is actively romancing someone else, Rise flirts in all of her cutscenes, and is even shown calling out a tearful love confession in the movie for the Normal Ending. In Persona 4 Golden, she more or less starts dueling for this role with Marie.
  • Kawaiiko: Fits both the "need for social acceptance" and "calculated step to stardom" criteria, but in a well-meaning way. She created her "Risette" persona hoping to find genuine friends, having been a bully magnet as a child, only to realize that people gravitate more to "Risette" than her real self, prompting her early retirement. While she initially passed off as a bit surly when the party first met her in person, once she opened up to them (and joins their True Companions) she turns out to be a genuinely bubbly Nice Girl.
  • Lampshade Hanging: When you pick the most agreeable dialogue choice during one of her Social Link events, she laughs and tells you it's bad to tell people only what they want to hear, which is otherwise a profitable strategy for completing Social Links.
  • Lethal Chef: Not as awful as the others, her food is just REALLY spicy.
    • She will give the player chocolate with habanero and durian on Valentine's Day in an effort to do something different.
  • Made of Iron: When everyone else got their Personas, they were exhausted for days afterward before they could use them. When she got hers, not only could she immediately use it and save everyone from Shadow Teddie, but she did it without the Teddie glasses. Golden takes it one step further, where she can protect the entire party from attacks, even instant kills.
  • The Match Maker / Shipper on Deck: Rise seems to be intentionally angling for the Team to split into couples, actively encouraging Yosuke/Chie, Kanji/Naoto, and Yukiko/Teddie. Doesn't seem to be a coincidence that this leaves the Protagonist to herself.
  • Mind over Matter: How she breaks her Persona card.
  • Mission Control: Takes over the role once Teddie joins the active party.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Played straight and deconstructed. While she's more confident in her body than the other girls and has no problem entering the school's beauty pageant, she also fears that those around her only like her for her "Risette" persona.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Rise tells her manager she's done with show business once and for all, the manager expresses that he'll probably never find anyone as naturally talented and gifted as her. When Rise realizes that her talent and success was all her doing, and not Risette, she realizes she threw her career away and is devastated.
  • Nice Girl: Without a shadow of a doubt.
  • No Sell: For one-time only in every single battle, she's capable of taking anything fatal for the protagonist. This includes instant kills (like Hama and Mudo) and a 9999 Megidolaon from Margaret! And she keeps buffing you up like nothing's happened!
  • Not So Different: From Yukiko during the King's Game. When both of them were "drunk" off their asses, they joined forces in making the game as lewd and sexual as possible. In fact, the two of them turn it into a full-blown harem in the anime, along with a mortified Chie.
    • Get lost with Rise during the ski trip in Golden, and at one point Teddie will come to the conclusion that she is this in relation to her own Shadow.
      Teddie: Rise-chan… Don't tell me… Were you waiting for an audience!? What daring lovers…! H-How shameless! You're no different from your Shadow!
  • One True Love: While Rise is a bit of a tease, pursuing a relationship with her will show that she is legitimately a romantic.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite the grim nature of the case, Rise is constantly remaining positive and attempts to boost the morale of the team. This aspect of her character gets tested during her Social Link where it's shown that she's also a bit of a Stepford Smiler.
  • Rescue Romance: She gains a hero worship of the Protagonist after the team rescues her from her dungeon. She's the only girl who will flirt with him regardless of how far you've progressed in her Social Link.
    • In the anime, she's one of the few characters who addresses Yu by his first name.
  • Self-Duplication: Can form duplicates of herself to shield her teammates in battle.
    • Her Shadow does this in the anime to deliver some rather brutal verbal bullying on the original.
  • Sensor Character: Her second-level Persona, Kanzeon, is the trope image.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Her shadow is way too eager to expose herself to the world. While still in normal form, it's just Rise in a two-piece swimsuit. During the boss battle, however, the moans and gestures get a bit disturbing. Even Yosuke wondered if he should be excited or worried.
  • She's Got Legs: According to Yosuke, she has "beautiful, slim legs."
  • Shrinking Violet: Before she became an idol.
  • Status Buff: Progress through her social link and she's able to cast buffs to the party or restore either HP and SP.
  • Stepford Smiler: Progressing through her Social Link reveals that "Risette" was constructed as an attempt to make friends due to her past as a bully magnet. Although she says that she feels hollow, she does indeed have a personality, but simply doesn't realize that her different "constructed" demeanors are actually all authentic facets of it.
  • Support Party Member: Her powers aren't suited to direct combat, but she is more than capable of providing buffs and regeneration, spotting weakpoints, and performing non-combat tasks like searching out the next murder victim. In Golden, if you gt lucky, she'll simultaneously charge and focus the whole party, even members who can't do so on their own.
  • The Tease: Though not overtly as most examples, Rise is very direct with her flirtations with the Protagonist.
    • To quote Chie after Rise uses her charms to divert the conversation away from more depressing matters:
    "This girl's dangerous....!"
  • Through His Stomach: More than Chie and Naoto, but less so than Yukiko. Cooking for the Protagonists is just one of the ways she tries to woo him, not just the primary way.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kanji, to the point where she sometimes calls him "Moronji".
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Almost rank S, missing the Tsundere aspect. The supreme irony in this? She's voiced by the Goddess of Tsunderes.


Teddie (Kuma)

Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese), Dave Wittenberg (English, Persona 4), Sam Riegel (English, Persona 4 Arena, Persona 4: The Animation, and Persona 4: Golden)

Teddie is a denizen of the Midnight Channel, taking the form of a talking bear plush that actually has nothing inside. He initially is a Mission Control, then after Rise fills in for him, he soon joins in combat, equipped with claws, knuckles and other hand implements. His initial Persona is Kintoki-Douji of the Star Arcanum, which eventually evolves into Kamui. His Persona uses Bufu (Ice) spells, and has some support and healing skills as well. In Golden, his persona can evolve further into Kamui-Moshiri, which has the Kamui Miracle skill, which, well, has virtually random effects that can heal, knock down or inflict random status elements on your party or all enemies, or do absolutely nothing.

Teddie first acts as a reluctant guide of sorts, providing the party with special glasses that allow them to see through the mist and summon their Persona. In the Japanese version, his sentences always end with -kuma, and often addresses the Protagonist as "sensei" out of respect for his abilities (and to avoid using his name during scenes with voice acting). He also serves as another comic relief in the story arc (making lame jokes like Shuji Ikutsuki), supported by Yosuke's nagging curiosity about who (or rather, what) he really is. In the English version, his speech is laced with un-bear-ably bad puns. Also, even if he is from the Midnight Channel, Teddie knows little about where he came from and what he is supposed to do with his life.

After saving the party from Rise's Shadow almost at the cost of his life (though it only literally flattened him), his fears of having a superficial existence manifests into a bigger Shadow. It's revealed to everyone near the end of the game that Teddie is really a docile Shadow, preferring to befriend humans instead of killing them, which explains the cute form he manifested. After being saved, Teddie gains a degree of human will along with the Persona Kintoki-Douji, allowing him to participate in fights more actively.

As Teddie is a Shadow himself, his own Shadow is a much larger version of him, with a crack in its face showing something squirming under the surface (a visualization of Teddie's fears about his origin). It is later revealed in hindsight that Teddie's Shadow was somehow hijacked by the end-game boss, the supporting evidence being his Shadow's baleful eye floating in the emptiness inside him being identical to the eyes possessed by said boss's avatar. Further evidence comes from the anime episode in which the party fights Teddie's Shadow. Rise scans it, and detects a presence hiding inside it. Using her visor, we can see an image of the boss's avatar itself, which appears in episode 25.

In the real world, he takes the form of a blonde boy who goes by the name "Kumada" (Japanese — actually a common surname)/"Teddie" (English), and in a certain school event, convincingly cosplays as Alice. He stays at the Hanamuras and often helps Yosuke with part-time work at Junes, either as a mascot handing out balloons, a cook at the food court, or a grocery stocker when in human form.

During the Golden concert scene, Teddie plays the tambourine. Initially, he also commandeers a pair of conga drums and, in The Golden Animation, also attempts to sneak in a vibraslap, but later ditches them after Yosuke tells him not to ad-lib, for which no one on the band has the skills.

  • Action Bomb: Becomes one to save the Investigation Team from Shadow Rise. This is how his Persona, Kintoki-Douji fights in the Animation when he isn't casting spells, as it never seems to occur to him to just throw the missile at enemies outside of the opening animation.
    • In Golden, his Simultaneous Attack with Yosuke, the 'Junes Bomber', has him drop a literal Teddie-shaped bomb complete with burning fuse on his enemies.
  • Adventure Rebuff: Initially kicks Yosuke, Chie and the Protagonist out of the TV World because of how dangerous it is for them there. Later, he argues that the fact that they insist on coming back means they are the culprits behind the murders and refuses to trust them and only changes his mind when they swear to capture the real culprit. Later deconstructed with the realization that Teddie never actually wanted them to leave—secretly, he was lonely and wanted human company, but was too filled with compassion and self-loathing (assuming that he is a Shadow) to accept them.
  • An Ice Person: His attack spells are ice element.
  • Anti Nihilist: Teddie represents "Emptiness" just as Adachi does, but from the opposite perspective. While Adachi sees Emptiness as an excuse to say life has no point, Teddie (through the party) comes to understand that being empty is not a bad thing. Because it means you can fill your life with something good and create your own meaning.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender / Even the Guys Want Him: The only guy from the Team who can actually look convincingly female. One of the judges openly even says "I'd hit that".
    • Possibly including the Protagonist in Golden. See Almost Kiss above.
  • Badass: Your party is getting beaten up by Shadow Rise. He gives her a One-Hit Kill.
  • Badass Adorable: In bear form.
  • Berserk Button: Or maybe Bear-serk Button. He got pretty angry when Mitsuo called him a freak.
  • Badass Cape: On all three of his Personas.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Shadow Teddie goes for this.
  • Beary Funny/Beary Friendly: He's the nicest guy you'll ever meet.
  • Big Eater: Teddie adores human food and so gorges himself on it whenever he can. During the School Trip, for example, he's mentioned as eating eleven bowls of ramen.
  • Big "NO!": In the game, after the Protagonist pushes him, he yells this while struggling to get up.
  • Bishōnen: With lots an' lots of Bishie Sparkle.
  • Bi the Way: Will occasionally make "charming" comments towards the guys as well. Of particular note is the trivia game added in Golden. The prize for winning is a smooch from Teddie, and its heavily suggested that Teddie was trying to get Yu to win/expeced him to win, with the other contestents just being there so Yu has somebody to play against.
    • In the official, real-life talk-showPersona Stalker Club, Teddie's Japanese voice actor has gone on record saying that he believes Teddie's rather effeminate human appearance is due to him wishing to be loved by all humans regardless of gender. (This was in response to a tidbit of information from the development team which stated that Teddie's physical forms (both of them) are entirely created from his wishes, ideals and desire to be loved.)
    • Then Came Persona Q where if you answers the questions right, in the group date cafe, your destined partner could end up being Teddie. Unlike the other guys, Teddie is really happy that he will marry the P 4 MC. Hell, he practically confesses to Love at First Sight.
    • He tries to smooch Yu when he temporarily stays at the dojima residence. You can make Yu return his advances .
  • Brutal Honesty: "Wow, this tastes awful!", said in one of the cheeriest tones imaginable.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Subverted. Initially, he just comes off as overestimating his charm to the ladies… until he gets his human form. He can even charm guys, if he needs too.
    • This comes back to bite him in the ass, however, when he tries hitting on Mitsuru.
      Mitsuru: All right, time for your execution. Now which would you rather be: a welcome mat or an ice sculpture?
    • It's hinted that his supposed casanova attitude stems from his desire to not be alone again. His wedding scene in PQ has him outright stating this, saying that he plans to marry everyone, starting with the Protagonist, so that he'll never be alone.
  • The Charmer: Well, he tries to be. And in human form, he manages it to people who don't know him.
  • Combat Medic/Jack-of-All-Stats: He specializes in Bufu spells, and courtesy of his high magic stat, he's better with them than Chie. He also can use most of the Dia spells like Yukiko, is physically stronger than she is, can also heal status effects, and has a nice array of status buffs to boot. His only detrimental stat is his evasion, which will always be rather low.
    • Master of All: Teddie learns basically some of the best skills in many regions, whether it be buffs, healing, attack magic and only lags behind in physicals, and barely at that. However, this actually ends up working against him, as trying to be Chie, Yosuke, Kanji, and Yukiko all at once doesn't fit into his 8 slots and means that many of the things he learns, you already have a designated character for, reducing the need to bring him into battle. This post sums it up nicely.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Talk to him after school, and he'll ask the protagonist what kind of girl's uniform he likes seeing best. Of course, there is the standard third option to say you prefer boy's uniforms, pretty much implying exactly what you think. Teddie still thinks you're talking about girls.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Played for Laughs. His Superultramegahyperuber Teddie Nose can pick up even the slightest scent. But after three minutes, he gets an ungodly amount of snot.
    Rise: Eww! *pushes Teddie*
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's actually a Shadow.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: During the quiz show, he refers to the finale as the "Last Ultimate Finale". Yosuke points out that they all mean the same thing.
  • Deuteragonist: He's been working as a part of the team for as long as the initial three, and Adachi serves as a Shadow Archetype to him, like with Yu. It's to the point where his social link levels up automatically, like the Investigation Team and Seekers of Truth links. On top of all that, he's the only member of the team that visits the Velvet Room outside of Yu himself (it's where he and Yu have the final heart to heart that maxes out the Star Social Link, in fact). As one final confirmation of his status as this, he is the one to deliver the game's closing narration.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His Follow-Up Attack and Cavalry Attack.
  • Expy:
    • Was designed as a Decon-Recon Switch of the classic Japanese children's character Doraemon.
    • In human form, he's an expy of Tamaki Suou from Ouran High School Host Club with similar rose motifs, Cloudcuckoolander tendencies (especially their ability to be excited over something mundane, like kotatsus), and The Charmer tendencies. On the other hand, he looks like a bigger version of Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka from the same series.
  • Foil: To Aigis. Both of them are non-humans who are the fifth party member to join in combat and gain their humanity by bonding with the protagonist, but while Aigis is an Emotionless Girl who is unaware of the humanity inside of her, Teddie is a Sad Clown who attempts to hide his own inner emptiness through false bravado. In combat, Aigis is a purely physical fighter while Teddie is a Squishy Wizard and while Aigis is a Shadow-fighting robot while Teddie is a shadow himself. For an added bonus, Teddie's human form is physically very similar to Aigis.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The girls are annoyed by his constant flirting, the guys are exasperated by his complete lack of shame, and everyone hates his badly-timed jokes or complaints, often insulting him or outright ignoring him. But when push comes to shove, he is part of the team, and the gang really love him despite his insanity.
  • Gender Bender: His human form was originally going to be female while he'd retain his supposed original gender whenever he put his suit back on.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: His initial Persona never actually uses the Tomahawk Missile it carries, though this is averted in Persona 4 Arena, The Animation, and Golden, which give him a few physical attack spells that utilize the warhead.
  • Good Counterpart: To Adachi. (See Anti Nihilist above.) Rise herself even says it.
    Rise: "Teddie's a Shadow who blended in with us. Adachi on the other hand, is a human who likes watching people suffer.
  • Handsome Lech: The "handsome" part only applying to his human form.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: His human form. He is very sweet and innocent in the ways of the world.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: He's all for charming people of any gender and is willing to kiss men when inebriated. However, he's not very open to the latter when he's sober, dreads the idea of three teenage boys being crammed into his suit, and suffers a humorous Heroic BSOD when he gets a face full of Kanji's "lightning rod" during the beach trip.
  • Heroic Resolve: When he returns to the hospital room where Nanako is resting, he realizes that despite his nature, there must still be something he can do. Then his Persona evolves and he runs to meet with the team again.
  • Hero-Worshipper: A mild case of it once the Protagonist earns his persona. It's implied that by the end of the game it's been developing into full emotional attachment.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He is a Shadow that turned himself into a cute bear mascot and eventually grew himself a human body inside his empty bear suit so people would like him.
  • I Choose to Stay: Zig-Zagged. At first, it seems to be his wish to stay in the real world to avoid the loneliness of his world. In the Bad Endings, he goes back to the TV world after the death of Nanako, because he's unable to cope with failing her. In the Good Ending, he gets his wish to stay in Inaba. In the True Ending, he declares his resolves to stay behind in the beautiful new TV World and act as its lone protector. However, this declaration is ignored by the rest of the cast to his dismay. When he protests their indifference, Yosuke calls him out on trying to sound cool for virtually no reason, because it's not like he can't come and go as he pleases anyway.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The reason he appears as a cuddly bear, and the reason he comes to hate the TV World after a while.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His Kamui and Kamui-Moshiri Personas are impaled with a large missile as an allusion to the Ainu bear god of the same name. To elaborate, one of the ways that the Ainu people worship Kamui is by killing a bear cub with a barrage of arrows or "missiles."
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: More than a few of his puns elicit this kind of reaction from the cast. Even Yukiko, who tends to laugh at a drop of a hat, finds them unfunny.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Doubling with Occult Blue Eyes. In his human form Teddie's eyes are an extremely vivid shade of blue, reflecting his innocence as a newly created human and his past as a Shadow. Add Elemental Eye Colors on top of that, due to him being the party's primary ice magic user.
  • Inspector Javert: Due to having little information and even fewer suspects, he initially believes that Yu and Yosuke are the ones throwing people into his world. When that doesn't seem to be the case, he threatens to trap them in the TV World if they don't agree to help him find the real culprit. Even then, he quietly maintains the belief that the two might be the criminals responsible until Yukiko is saved and provides new insight pertaining to the investigation.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially comes off as a fairly meek Nice Guy but quickly becomes one of these after gaining a human form. He's still a very compassionate guy, just a very narcissistic one.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While all of the shadows are terrifying and carry a large amount of psychological trauma, they all tend to have a certain amount of humor to them. Not Shadow Teddie. Instead, he's a Straw Nihilist who speaks in a creepy monotone, specifically targets the team's central goal of searching for the truth and ends up being the only one with any sort of connection to the final boss. He also serves as the moment when Teddie stops being purely the Plucky Comic Relief and starts showing off depths of his own.
  • Large Ham: As Yosuke says, he has a tendency to speak like TV commercials after becoming human.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Although whether or not he actually understands the concept of "scoring" is left open. His win-quotes in Arena strongly imply that he actually has no idea what sex is, making him more of a Kid-anova.
  • Mascot: A Deconstructive Parody of one. In universe, he actually ends up becoming the unofficial mascot for Junes when hanging out in the real world in his bear suit.
  • Monster Clown: Shadow Teddie goes for this instead.
  • Morphic Resonance: Explicitly averted with his two forms to make the contrast all the stronger.
  • Mr. Fanservice: His human form plays it up for all it's worth, with his debut appearance being completely naked and sweating with sparkles cascading off of him. He plays this in universe as well, where women who aren't aware of what he's like fawn over him immediately.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He's a Shadow who wants to befriend, rather than kill people. This makes sense when you remember that Jungian Shadows are the parts of themselves they least want to admit exists: as most people are decent, they have malicious Shadows, while a cruel or stand-offish person would have a Shadow that just wants to be loved.
  • Naked on Arrival: Played with, he arrives in the real world in his Mascot form; when he complains of being too hot, he removes his head, revealing that he's grown a (naked) human body inside his mascot costume, just so he can score with the girls (much to Yukiko's bemusement).
  • The Nicknamer: He calls the protagonist "Sensei" and the girls "Chie-chan", "Yuki-chan", "Rise-chan", "Nao-chan", "Nana-chan", and "Marie-chan" (or "Emmy-chan"). He also refers to Dojima "Pops" and Adachi "Adachi-baby."
  • Non-Ironic Clown: The bottom-half of his costume resembles a clown suit.
  • Paper People: Becomes this after defeating Rise's Shadow.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: The most qualified party member for the role. He tries very hard to be this in-universe as well, but the party are annoyed by it more than anything, with even Yukiko not laughing at his jokes.
  • Poisonous Person: The one move, Poison Javelin, that he starts with can obviously inflict Poison.
  • Power Fist/Wolverine Claws: Uses claws and spiked gloves as his preferred weapon.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: He eventually gets a modest salary, but usually spends most of it on ice cream, leaving him dependent on his friends.
  • Private Eye Monologue: Gives a particularly menacing one when the group goes to Tatsumi Port Island, and don't take him. He appears afterwards, surprising the group.
  • Pungeon Master: In the Japanese version, he tacks on -kuma to all of his sentences. The English version turns this is a series of gloriously bad puns.
    • "BEAR-sona!"
    • Parodied here, slightly more than halfway down the page.
    • Fan-subs of the anime keep the bear puns rather than use the -kuma tic.
  • Random Effect Spell: The Kamui Miracle Spell. Its description is simply, "Anything can happen!" Casting it results in a lovely dispaly of cartoon stars and rainbows followed shortly after by something horrible or awesome happening to you and/or your foes.
  • Rollerblade Good: In Golden, since he has no means of legally acquiring a license to operate a bike like the rest of the team save Kanji.
  • Sad Clown: Despite his jovial and downright silly nature, Teddie is really, really hurting inside.
  • Sensor Character: By way of smell. As the plot progresses, though, his senses dwindle to the point of being obsolete when Rise joins, which frustrates him but he becomes instrumental in finding Adachi, someone even Rise couldn't sense.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Believes himself to be this due to his name, but no one who's met him thought he looked like a bear at first.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Teddie is this game's Ted Baxter, more so after he takes on a human form.
  • Squishy Wizard: Like, Yukiko, Teddie has access to fantastic offensive and defensive spells, but he's physically weak and defensively pathetic.
  • Status Buff: This is the one area where Teddie can be said to truly outdo the other party members, at least until Youthful Wind and Dragon Hustle come along. He gains Marakukaja, Marakunda (through social links) and Matarukaja, allowing him to maximize the party's defense and attack power. Also note that these are the ma- versions of the status buffs the protagonist's inital persona learns. Bike trips can also grant him Dekunda, to prevent debuffs from landing the party in hot water.
  • Stepford Smiler: He is forced to confront this issue and gets better by the end of the game.]]
  • Straw Nihilist: Shadow Teddie. To further drive the point home, Shadow Teddie's Ultimate Move is appropriately named "Nihil Hand".
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: In human form, especially when crossdressing...
  • Supernatural Aid: Without Teddie, the Investigation team would have been doomed before it started. It's only because if his ability to return them to Inaba, his glasses that reduce the fog, his keen senses that sniff out trapped humans, and his battle support that they have any chance at all.
  • Team Pet: A slight parody. He's a cute bear-thing that is constantly cracking jokes and acting hammy... which only ever annoys the rest of the team to a point where they barely tolerate his presence sometimes.
  • The Nose Knows: Used word for word as well.
  • Those Two Guys: Shifts between being this with either Yosuke or Kanji, depending on the situation.
  • Token Heroic Orc: He's the only inherently good Shadow in the game.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Turns out, he's actually a Shadow. Though this does not come as to big a surprise to the rest of the party, as it would make the most sense.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goes from getting knocked over and rendered completely defenseless from a single push from Yosuke to one-shotting a shadow the entire team couldn't defeat and gaining his own persona.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He starts out as a timid, antisocial hermit who becomes increasingly more obnoxious, egotistical and rude as the story progresses. This can be excused due to his having No Social Skills and balanced out by him becoming more kind and courageous in the process.
    • How bad it is depends entirely on timeline placement: He is at his brattiest and most insufferable during the Fall months (October through the first few days of December) in Persona 4, due to trying to drown out his frustration with his continuous failures in his Quest for Identity with earthly pleasures and others' affections. Unfortunately the entirety of Persona Q takes place in this time frame. By the time of Persona 4: Dancing All Night he has thankfully mellowed out a lot and is a lot sweeter again.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Topsicles, to the point where he willingly stuck to what they practiced when the team become a literal band in the Golden-exclusive concert when Yosuke threatened to make him pay for all of them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With most of his allies, really. Despite getting on their nerves, they all genuinely care about him.
  • Vocal Evolution: As he delivers the closing speech of the game, Teddie's voice is noticeably lower and more mature, finally cementing that he has found his humanity in contrast to the over the top cartoony voice he puts on for most of the game to attempt to mimic it.
  • Whole Costume Reference: One of his outfits in The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena, with its Japanese Delinquents style hat/golden skull and lightning bolt motif/purple cape/etc, looks suspiciously like a certain martial arts tournament hosting dictator's.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: To the point that Even the Guys Want Him, although most of them are just really freaked out that he does it that well (or at least Naoto is that good at dolling him up).
  • Up to Eleven: Apparently even a Shadow can have a Shadow of its own. Not surprisingly, such a creature is borne of near-complete existential despair and insists everything is pointless.

    Naoto Shirogane 

Naoto Shirogane

Voiced by: Romi Park (Japanese), Valerie Arem (English, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Persona Q), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English, Persona 4: The Animation)

An androgynous girl who is a famous high-school detective, given the glorious title of "Detective Prince" by the media. Naoto is adept with revolvers, and her Persona is summoned by shooting the card. Naoto's initial Persona is Sukuna Hikona of the [Wheel of] Fortune Arcanum, which later becomes Yamato Takeru. They are well-rounded with Light, Dark, Almighty and physical skills at her disposal. In Golden, her persona can evolve further into Yamato Sumeragi, which also gains the Shield of Justice ability, which creates shields around herself and her allies that will block all damage once.

Orphaned at a young age and raised by her detective grandfather, she yearns to emulate the cool male sleuths she read in novels, accepting the family tradition and aiding her grandfather in his own cases, eventually creating a favorable reputation for herself. She was sent to Inaba by the prefecture police, to gain insight for the murders happening there.

Naoto is yet another survivor of the Midnight Channel, bound by her resentment at being talked down to and treated like a child by the police, as well as her views on the police force being dominated by men. This manifests in a volatile Shadow that also creates a high-tech facility reminiscent to that of futuristic military bases from science fiction. Her Shadow wears a dress shirt and tie, while wearing an oversized white lab coat, and can act like a serious scientist one minute and like a child the next, further referencing her true feelings. Her Shadow claims she will perform "body modification" to turn Naoto into an adult male so that she can be respected by her fellow cops and cross the divide between gender roles. However, unlike other victims, she willingly put herself at risk by volunteering for a TV interview, hoping she can become a bait; she was convinced the Investigation Team had not caught the real killer. The Team promptly tears into her for being so stupid, then welcome her as the last addition to their team.

Naoto's Shadow takes on the form of a robotic version of her, and includes childish attachments like wings and twin ray guns that wouldn't look out of place on an action figure. This references her obsession with gender roles — a tomboy who likes sleuthing and science fiction — while the action-figure qualities of her Shadow mirror her resentment of having her talents belittled due to her age.

In her Social Link, Naoto has several of her possessions stolen, and receives taunting riddles from a Gentleman Thief. The Protagonist helps her retrieve them, and she becomes more comfortable with his assistance. It is eventually revealed that the "thief" is actually her grandfather, who simply did it to help reignite her passion. If the player openly aims so through their choices, she becomes somewhat more feminine, but will keep it mostly just to herself and the Main Character; following a series of options, she even dresses in the female school uniform on Christmas Eve.

In the extended true ending of Persona 4 Golden, she has stopped worrying about being ignored for being a woman. She now sports longer hair, along with a light, form fitting sleeveless shirt and knee-length skirt that shows off her figure.

During the Golden concert scene, Naoto plays the keyboard, explaining that her grandfather had her take piano lessons at an early age.

  • The Ace: Not to the same extent as the Main Character, but you still got to have some respect for a 16 year old who is already a successful enough detective that the Public Security Bureau comes to her for help and trusts her with a sidearm (in a country that has incredibly strict gun-control laws), and on top of that has excellent marksmanship, a certified genius-level intellect, looks that make boys and girls of all sexualities swoon, plays the piano, and is actually a pretty good cook. (compared to every other girl on the team being a Lethal Chef).
    • By the time of The Golden, the developers seem to have realized how many people thought this of her and added a little lampshading for good measure. When it turns out that Naoto can't ski, reactions range from bemusement to shock. Naoto herself is very sore about it, and it's pointed out by Yosuke that under all of her Aceness she must hate losing on occasion...
  • Action Girl: She's a highschool junior, and also a licensed, revolver-packing detective who's a crack shot. And that's before she gains her Persona.
  • Adorkable: Whenever she's flustered, especially during her Social Link.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Naoto's personal issues stem from the feeling of dismissal due to her age and gender she received from other police officers.
  • Arbitrary Scepticism: She claims throughout Persona Q that ghosts don't exist. Considering that she can go into a TV world and fight monsters with mystical powers, counts a Shadow as one of her friends and can meet Aigis (who is a humanoid robot), her leader got a boost in power from a creator goddess, and may live in the same universe as Raidou (who has met the likes of Lucifer himself), her scepticism seems most arbitrary. However, it's implied that she's actually in denial over the possibility due to being that frightened of the idea.
  • Badass: She's a skilled detective who catches onto the team's involvement pretty quickly.
  • Badass Biker: If the cover of the Persona X Detective Naoto spin-off novel is anything to be believed.
  • Badass Bookworm: She is an ace detective and a Persona user.
  • Beach Kiss: Or maybe a bit more. Her Valentine's Day event takes place at the beach, and at the end of it she mentions that Yu stole her heart and wishes that he'd take all of her.
  • Berserk Button: Never give her weird nicknames, or call her "useless".
  • Bifauxnen: Naoto had everyone around the county flawlessly convinced she was a boy. She is also the only character who has a Persona of the opposite sex.
  • Blow You Away: She starts with Garudyne.
  • Bokukko: When you max out her Social Link, she asks you whether it's okay for you if she keeps referring to herself as "boku" (a low-pitched voice in the English version). If you say that you would like her to stop (or to use her natural, more feminine voice), she would actually come to the Christmas date in a schoolgirl uniform (though she's still not really used to it)!
  • Boobs of Steel: It doesn't look like it at first, but, underneath that uniform (and possibly the Sarashi used to tie it down), she has one of the larger bust sizes of all the girls in the Investigation Team.
  • Born Detective: Her parents were detectives, as was her grandfather.
  • Breakout Character: In the middle of Atlus' Spin-Off and Updated Re-release fanfare for Persona 4, Naoto got a big share of it along with Yosuke. She gets to star in her own story in a Light Novel where she is The Protagonist. The light novel takes place during her senior year of high school and isn't set in Inaba, rather a whole different school and city entirely.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Deconstructed. Turns out that if you're half everybody else' age in the police force, constantly act like a stuck-up know-it-all, push everyone around and lord your incredible intellect over them, no amount of talent or success is going to stop them kicking you out. Some professionals just aren't good enough to be afforded infinite patience.
  • Caps Lock: In contrast to her no-nonsense personality, her text messages are all written like this.
  • Captain Obvious: Tends to explain what's evident at crucial times in the most anticlimactic way. Justified given her profession requires focusing only on facts, and that a lot of her Character Development has to do with her actually developing something of a social life rather than being a detective all the time. Once she starts relaxing around people, this mostly only occurs when the group needs to think things over without letting their own feelings get in the way.
  • Casting a Shadow/Light 'em Up: Has access to both Mudo and Hama spells. Unfortunately, as these are mana-expensive, low-accuracy spells that don't work on any bosses (due to being Instant Kills), and which many stronger shadows resist, absorb or reflect, this means her arsenal is full of Useless Useful Spells. It's alleviated somewhat in Golden, due to gaining a variety of elemental spells.
  • Chaste Hero/Celibate Hero: Completely oblivious to Kanji's crush, but otherwise writes off advances from other classmates and Teddie. Averted in the romance branch of her Social Link, where she displays a subtle but definite sexual attraction to Yu and it can even be read that they had an encounter.
  • Closet Key: Subverted for Kanji. It seemed like the game was setting Naoto up to be a Closet Key, as he was clearly infatuated when they met. Of course, The Reveal turns it into Sweet on Polly Oliver.
  • The Comically Serious: She's always solemn and usually stoic, which is played for laughs given the far more unprofessional and chaotic antics of her team.
  • Covert Pervert: Not outright but during the Ski Trip event where Naoto gets stranded and snowed in with the protagonist, she debunks the belief that using each others bodies to warm one another completely unprovoked. She was obviously really considering it.
  • Criminal Mind Games: Has them played on her by the "Phantom Thief", but this trope gets subverted when it turns out that there was no criminal. Her grandfather gave her stolen items to Yakushiji, the family secretary and created the riddles to challenge Naoto. His hope was that solving the riddles would convince Naoto to stop solving cases for the sake of her family name and do it because she loved it, the way she used to.
  • Crutch Character: An odd example. Naoto's unique skill set lets her tear through lots of common enemies like a buzzsaw, including many only she and the Protagonist can effectively fight at all. The catch: most of those same abilities are either severely inefficient or outright useless against bosses as well as require a lot of SP to cast.
    • The Golden corrects this for the most part. Naoto has the capability of learning the top tier (Not Signature Move) spells of every element, as well as Heat Riser and Mind Charge, making her one of the most useful party members. If you can get her Shield of Justice ability you can also largely negate the need for the Guard command on the few boss fights left.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She and her Persona can seem a little sinister, plus one of her specialities is the Mudo, or "darkness element, but she's a force for law, justice and right, and quite pleasant once you get to know her.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: You better stop looking at her when she's wearing girly or revealing outfits, otherwise she will either arrest you or have you thrown in jail!
  • Even the Girls Want Her: To the point where Naoto won the beauty pageant because of the female vote and Chie, Yukiko, and Rise compliment her smooth skin.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Her TV World dungeon, complete with an emblem like the Shocker symbol.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Shadow Naoto has two enormous laser guns, contrasting Naoto's darker and more serious pistols.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Inverted, possibly pointedly. She's the least girly of the cast, but she likes to be able to do things both accurately and well and ends up the only girl in the cast who can cook competently. She both uses a cookbook and follows the instructions properly instead of trying to get inventive, though during Valentines, she notes that she felt tempted to improvise, but stuck to the recipe since she didn't know what to do otherwise.
  • Foil: Can be seen as this to the other girls, but mostly highlights a difference between herself and Yukiko. Naoto like Yukiko is calm, aloof, and also inherited her destined profession, and even points out that an inherited profession can feel stifling to many. Both of these cases are sore points for these girls, as they feel trapped in them, but for different reasons. While Yukiko feels tied down to her inheritance as head of the inn, Naoto feels she has to prove herself to be worth doing so.
  • Four Is Death: Not Naoto herself, but her parents, who were fourth-generation detectives and died in a car crash.
  • Fragile Speedster: Crossed with Glass Cannon, see below. Naoto can throw out powerful magic and physical attacks, and along with Yosuke is the fastest member of the team, but she can't take hits. Angelic Grace cements this, making it borderline impossible for an enemy to land hits on her if they don't have any Almighty spells.
  • Gender Bender: Her Shadow attempts to do a, er, "body-altering operation" on the real Naoto, being fuelled by her resentment on how her gender caused police officials to take her less seriously. Her second and third tier Personas also wear a mix of male and female oriented clothing, but are based around male Japanese mythical figures.
  • Genre Savvy: Correctly deduces that there are victims besides those the police know about and that the Investigation Team has been rescuing them, even though she is Locked Out of the Loop.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: During the ski trip event in the animated series, she bursts into a panicky rant about denying the existence of ghosts.
  • Glass Cannon: In both versions of the game (but especially the Golden) Naoto can throw out a variety of powerful attacks, but doesn't take that much punishment before going down, though she has no weaknesses.
  • Guile Hero: Intentionally gets herself kidnapped, hoping to figure out who the kidnapper was, while at the same time completely expecting the "Investigation Team" to come to her rescue.
  • The Gunslinger: Like Takaya Sakaki before her, Naoto uses revolvers because her Arcanum is the [Wheel of] Fortune.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: In both the game and the anime, is very rough on herself for asking Namatame too many questions and putting the solution to the case ahead of Nanako's safety.
  • Hidden Buxom: Mentioned once. They're implied to be of a bigger size than one would think.
    • In some extra artworks in Soejima's (character designer) artbook, she has a much more feminine appearance, with prominent lips and eyelashes. It's quite clear she no longer, uh, keeps them under wraps too.
      • The anime finally gives us the answer in the Hot Springs Episode. She's probably the bustiest of all the girls...
      • In the True Ending Epilogue, Naoto changes her attire for the summer. She does away with her hat for the time being, and seems much less concerned about whether or not people see her as a girl. Thus, her bust is much more prominent in her figure coinciding with her new threads.
      • A new scene added in Golden reveals that they can gainax. No, really.
      • During the checkup at the hospital, Teddie manages to steal papers with, among other things, the girl's measurements. Rise was fine with him threatening to reveal the information, saying hers has been public knowledge for awhile, while also teasing Chie and Yukiko for being smaller than her. Her attitude does a complete 180 when she gets a look at the papers and sees that someone has a larger bust than her.
      • By the time of the light novel Persona x Detective Naoto, Naoto has ditched hiding her femininity, letting her hair grow out and wearing clothing that make no attempt to hide the fact that puberty has been most kind to her.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Naoto is a fan of tokusatsu, is rather socially awkward, very intelligent, and pretty much everyone in the game thinks she's an absolute stunner.
    • In Q, she goes nerdy all over Aigis.
  • An Ice Person: Developing her Social Link or taking her to the springs in Golden grants access to Bufudyne.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Subverted. Naoto believes she's this. However her grandfather seems to be quite proud of her and is concerned that she believes this.
  • Infinity+1 Element: Naoto has access to the Megido family of spells and is the only party member (save for Yu) that can learn them on their own.
  • Informed Ability: Despite her reputation as a "genius detective", she really does no better at solving the case than the rest of the Investigation Team or even the Police Department. However, this isn't exactly a normal crime. Even the best detectives can't solve a case with no evidence.
  • Insufferable Genius: "Are you a pack of imbeciles?"
  • Just a Kid: Secretly resents the adults for belittling her age and treating her like a tool, as pointed out by her Shadow.
  • Kick Them While They're Down: The Persona Q version of her Megido has a chance to knock down enemies, allowing player to invoke this with a bit of luck. Her ultimate skill provides another incentive by increasing the damage dealt for doing so.
  • Kid Detective: One of her main problems is that she's afraid no one will take her seriously because she's too young.
  • Large Ham: Her Shadow, in spades.
  • Last Girl Wins: If her romance is pursued.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Naoto's true gender.
  • Late Character Syndrome: Joins considerably later than everyone else in the team, and while characters like Yukiko and Teddie fulfill similar roles in the party with different strengths and weaknesses, she specializes in the instant death spells, which make her significantly more specialized and less versatile than everyone else.
  • Mage Marksman: Specializes in using guns and in Golden gains a wide variety of elemental spells as well as Mind Charge.
  • Married to the Job: Part of her Character Development has her getting over this. In the sequel she expresses surprise at herself for trying to balance her work and social life yet, as seen in the illusions presented to her, still has worries that she can't stop putting work before her friends.
  • Master of All/Master of None: Naoto alone of the cast can use the strongest versions of every single attack in the game—Physical, Fire, Ice, Wind, Electricity, Light, Dark, and Almighty, with status effects and excellent status buffs to boot. However, she still only has 8 skill slots and is thus incapable of learning every single one of her highly useful skills, still has a mana pool that is too small to take full advantage of them, and only learns the single target versions of each element, meaning she'll never be as effective as the party members who specialize in them. She's much more about versatility than a flat out Game Breaker.
  • Mood-Swinger: Shadow Naoto, who alternates between a Mad Scientist and a Fragile Flower, not unlike how the Wheel of Fortune behaves unpredictably.
    "After all, these childish gestures are no mere affectation."
  • More Dakka: For P4G, Naoto appears to be adding machine pistols to her arsenal. In Persona 4 Arena, one of Naoto's attacks has her using a Heckler and Koch MP5 sub-machine gun.
  • Ms. Exposition: Her main role in the story is to piece together the clues and discuss it with the team.
  • Nice Hat: It looks like Raidoh Kuzunoha's.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: While not immediately obvious, her uniform isn't even the standard male uniform. She mentions once that she had her's custom made to fit her with some extra modifications but not what those were.
  • No Sell: Gains Tetrakarn, Makarakarn, and Tetraja, which negate physical, magical, and instant death attacks respectively. Her unique skill, Shield of Justice stops everything from hitting all party members once. MP drain and multiple hits will get through though. Higher versions of her Persona also gain immunity to Fire, Hama, and Mudo, to protect her from any reflected attempts she would make. Angelic Grace grants her exceptional evasion against all magics except Almighty.
  • Oblivious to Love: She doesn't seem to notice that Kanji likes her.
  • One of the Boys: She pretty much grew up like a boy, never caring for dolls and dresses, but more for action figures and boyish stuff. This is reflected in her dungeon, which is designed like the lair of a tokusatsu villain. (She doesn't look down on the other girls for being more feminine, though.)
  • Out-of-Character Alert: As an Ace Detective, she would notice something like this. When she read the names of kidnap victims from Namatame's Diary, she found it odd that Adachi responded with "Then that settles it" ("Then that proves it!" in the anime).
  • Pet the Dog: In Episode 13 of Persona 4 The Animation, Nanako is disheartened about being left alone by her father during the Summer Festival, and considers giving up pursuing the mystery behind Yu's numerous absences and odd activities. However, Naoto discovers her, and tells her that "the case can never be closed if the detective gives up. So don't drop the case until it's over."
  • Playing with Fire: The Golden adds fire spells to Naoto's default arsenal, as she was supposed to be the party's second fire user (noticeable in her Shadow's resistance to fire).
  • Poisonous Person: One of her few physical skills, Blight, can inflict poison on all enemies in addition to its already high damage.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: Not her herself, but her Shadow claimed that it wanted to be "experimentor and experimentee" in the aforementioned Sex Change Operation.
  • The Power of Trust: Her decision to get herself attacked by the killer exemplifies this: She was completely willing to trust the Investigation Team to save her, even though her belief that they had the power to do so at all was only a guess. Subverted when the Investigation Team utterly blast her for this, pointing out that if they had failed, she would be dead.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Her parents died when she was younger.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In the Persona X Detective Naoto spin-off, her hair somehow reached this length in only a year.
  • Red Baron: Repeatedly referred to as "Detective Prince" in her TV interview prior to her kidnapping.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Her starter weapon.
  • Samus Is a Girl: In a bit of a switch, rather than find this out after she rescues them, they find out when they come to rescue her.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Naoto notes that it would be a terrible shame if Namatame escaped through the large television set in his hospital room. Then again, there's the not entirely unwelcome possibility that he wouldn't be able to get out of it and be left at the mercy of the Shadows.
  • Shock and Awe: Developing her Social Link or taking her to the springs in Golden grants access to Ziodyne.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: She's the smallest playable character and is the brains of the team.
    • Just how smart is she? She figures out that Morooka's murder is a copycat crime, that people being shown on TV are potential victims, (which she deduced before the Investigation Team), that the disappearances are connected to the Serial Killer, and that your party is somehow rescuing the victims… and she does all this with the same limited evidence available to the Inaba police.
    • Just how short is she? She's officially the shortest member of the team (only about 152 cm, or a little less than 5'00"), and it's pretty easy to notice even though she normally wears platform soles.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: She also has a shotgun in Arena.
  • Shout-Out: Her Shadow looks like Kikaider combined with Astro Boy while wearing Mazinger Z's Scrander.
    • Chie compared her to (in the Japanese version) Kindaichi, protagonist of a famous line of detective novels, or (in the English version) to Raidou Kuzunoha.
    • Her ultimate Persona in Golden is a reference to Oscar from Rose of Versailles, which ties into Naoto's character.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: If Yu chooses to spend Christmas Eve with Naoto, she will end up wearing the female school uniform to the date. She also sports a new, more feminine look in the Golden's new ending sequence. There is also the fact that by the time Persona X Detective comes, Naoto has really long hair, making her look more girly.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Throws these out at every boss battle she's involved in, though she always gets a Shut Up, Kirk! thrown right back at her.
  • Shrinking Violet: Covertly; only when she is being romanced by the Protagonist or otherwise needs to justify being a girl to everyone else, hence she's also a Shy Blue-Haired Girl.
    • Also when she enters the Beauty Contest. She's so cute she wins the contest despite never showing up for the swimsuit portion.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She's completely turned off by the idea of romance, or completely oblivious when it comes to Kanji. Despite this, she does fall for the Protagonist if her romance is pursued.
  • The Smart Girl: Once she joins the Investigation, it actually begins to make some progress on discovering who the culprit is and other unanswered questions.
  • Sixth Ranger: Of sorts. She's the final character to join, and before she did she had something of a rivalry with the Investigation Team.
  • The Spock: Due to her training in the arts of the detective, Naoto is big on logic, facts and rational deduction over emotion, which is her primary contribution to the team; intelligence and well-reasoned, emotion-free deductions. As a side effect of this, she tends to use Spock Speak.
  • Spotting the Thread: The only member of the team who sensed that there was something "off" in Adachi's behavior (particularly his "Then that settles it" slip, see Out-of-Character Alert).
  • Status Buff: Gains Heat Riser through Social links, which grants any one character increased attack, defense, evasion, and accuracy.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Many women in the game itself agree that she's one hot babe.
  • Sugar And Ice Girl: Usually very cold and aloof to strangers, but shows a much sweeter side of herself to her friends, especially to Yu over the course of her Social Link.
  • Superpower Lottery: In The Golden, Naoto falls just short of having received the wild card in regards to what her Persona can do, as she can possess EVERY kind of magic except for most status effects and healing spells.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Invoked during the King's Game.
    Naoto: You people are imbeciles.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Though a girl, Naoto dresses in a very boyish fashion, so much so that the Investigation Team themselves didn't know she was a girl until they rescued her from her Shadow.
  • Team Mom:
    • Naoto's first action as a member of the Investigation Team? Get the party to the hospital for check-ups. No idea what that TV World could do to you, after all. And after that, she helps the team properly deduct things that the player may have realized a few months ago.
    • The Animation adds a scene where she helps a depressed Nanako get back on her feet after giving up hope on figuring out what Yu was doing all summer. She wasn't even on the team yet, and she was already looking after Nanako.
    • She's also the only one on the party besides the protagonist who has a chance at cooking anything properly.
  • Tights Under Shorts: With one of her costumes in Dancing All Night.
  • Tomboyish Name: Even called out by her Shadow.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gets a major boost in Golden, clearly done to remove her Late Character Syndrome status, giving her a wide range of very effective abilities that make her a viable substitute for Yosuke after you get her.
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: Sort of. After transferring to Yasogami, she is always wearing that school's uniform — the male version — even after her real gender is made public.
  • Unmanly Secret: An Inverted Trope in that she's an ace detective who desperately wants to prove herself in a male-dominated profession, to the point of posing as a boy and not showing her girlier traits to anyone.
  • Vocal Evolution: Subverted in the anime. After The Reveal, Romi Park's tone switches to a slightly more feminine tone of voice... and almost immediately reverts to the usual deep tone.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Played for Laughs during the ski trip. After Teddie is caught having turned out the lights, pretending to be a ghost, and eating the food she and the other girls corner him with Naoto telling him that only people have human rights.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Investigation Team's response to her Batman Gambit.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: To the point where Naoto only appears in female clothing when wearing a schoolgirl uniform for the Christmas date.
  • Wrench Wench: Of the electronics variety. As a child she made and modified several spy gadgets, including Gadget Watches. After joining she also makes a pair of watches that, in a limited range, tell the distance to the other, and at night can give you a machine that restores SP.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Not normally, but if you spend time at night with her in February she'll mention that Valentine's Day is near and complain that girls keep asking her what kind of chocolate she likes, despite most of them already knowing she's also female. It's possible for the MC to commiserate, and she'll be surprised and make a comment to the effect of being pre-occupied with this idea.