Characters / Persona 4: The Investigation Team

The main characters of Persona 4.

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The Investigation Team.
  • 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.
  • Action Girl: Chie, with her focus on strength and physical attacks, is the most straightforward example, but Naoto and Yukiko aren't slouches either. Rise doesn't become one until Ultimax.
  • Adaptational Wimp: A minor example in The Animation; while the game gave them weapons and some degree of fighting skills of their own, in the show, they're entirely dependent on their Personas to fight Shadows.
  • Amateur Sleuths: Every member of the team save for Naoto, who's an actual Kid Detective.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • Kanji prefers "girly" hobbies and was never accepted by either guys or girls.
    • Rise was moved to become an idol because nobody wanted to be friends with her before.
    • Naoto's personal issues stem from the feeling of dismissal due to her age and gender she received from other police officers.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: A bit of a reoccurring trend with the Investigation Team. Rise and to a lesser degree Yukiko both have crushes on the Protagonist and can potentially end up being the Romantic Runner-Up depending on the players choice. Yosuke has an unrequited crush on Saki, Yukiko, and Rise. Kanji has a crush on Naoto, who is completely oblivious. Teddie flirts with all the girls, who all reject him.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • While the games provide no Gay Option, the player is given several opportunities to have Yu express interest in the guys in the group: he can pretty blatantly hit on Yosuke and Kanji a few times, Q allows him to suggest that gender "doesn't matter" as long as there is love (which the manga runs with), and, most fragrantly of all, he can outright kiss human Teddie in Golden, though they're interrupted.
    • Although Kanji questions his sexuality at several points in the game, he has an obvious crush on Naoto even after finding out her actual gender and is just as smitten by Chihiro as Yosuke. Kanji's true sexuality is deliberately left ambiguous.
  • An Ice Person: Chie begins with Ice spells but never evolves past the middle range and instead focuses on physical attacks - Teddie takes over as the real Ice mage of the party.
  • Badass Biker: All of them in Golden, except Kanji and Teddie, who have to use a regular bike and roller skates respectively.
  • 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: Can be bought from Okina City as a costume in Golden (except Rise), complete with Cool Shades.
  • Badass Longcoat: Yu's Personas Izanagi and Izanagi-no-Okami, and Yosuke's final Persona in Golden, Takehaya Susano-o.
  • Battle Couple: Yu and any of the girls he romances become this.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Rise/Yukiko (both have beautiful feminine looks and are popular with males), Naoto (an intelligent detective who frequently exposits) and Chie (a tomboy who is skilled at kung-fu).
    • Also a genderswapped version for the guys: Teddie (in his human form at least) being the Beauty, Yosuke (being one of the more strategic and helpful members) as the Brains, and Kanji (the big, scary, strongarm capable of throwing around folded chairs) as the Brawn. Yu represents all three.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Yukiko can be 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-senpai').
    • Among all the party members, Yosuke was the one most determined to kill Namatame after Nanako's apparent death.
  • 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 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. Rise can also provide buffs and last-second saves if the party is close to defeat in Golden.
  • Big Eater: Most often mentioned with Chie - Kanji implies she's the sole reason the Meat Lover's Combo at the Junes food court is always sold out. She actually mentions she's a little self-conscious about eating so much. Beyond her, Kanji can eat quite a bit too, and Teddie at one point eats eleven bowls of ramen. One of the overarching side goals throughout the game is getting Yu to eat the Aiya Rainy Day Special, a comically-oversized beef bowl that requires maxing every social stat to finish it.
  • The Big Guy: Chie and Kanji, as the two physical-oriented fighters with the highest Strength of the party, both fill this role.
  • Bishōnen: Yu, Yosuke, and especially Teddie in his human form. According to the Design Works, Soejima designed Yosuke as a "pretty boy", with lighter build and softer facial features compared to Yu, to make him distinct from Persona 3's Junpei, who looks more masculine than the game's main character.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Most of the cast fills both roles at one point or another, with usually Chie, Yu, and Naoto playing straight man to some of the team's odder moments. Conversely, Yu can flip-flop between both depending on player choice.
  • Book Dumb: About half the party, surprisingly.
    • Yosuke is shown to be an incredibly attentive and quick thinker, and yet doesn't seem to do so hot in school.
    • Rise's certainly not dumb, but she complains about exams a lot and occasionally fails to pick up on things the rest of the party mentions.
    • Kanji similarly fails to understand some of the basic concepts the party talks about and is suggested to not do very well in school, but is fantastic at his arts and crafts passions.
    • Zigzagged with Chie - she fails most exams but Yukiko mentions that she does very well on the ones she doesn't fail.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Chie, who wears a Bruce Lee-style bowl cut, and Naoto, for obvious, gender-disguising reasons.
  • Breakout Character:
    • Yosuke stars in his own manga episode, Persona 4 The Magician, and is the real hero of the Arena manga adaptation.
    • Naoto received a (now non-canon) spinoff novel taking place a year after the events of the game, Persona x Detective NAOTO.
    • Rise serves as the de facto deuteragonist of Dancing All Night, showing off a bit more of her idol career that was only touched upon in the original game.
  • Bromantic Foil: Yu and Yosuke: co-leaders of the Investigation Team, Yosuke is loud, spirited, and prone to sometimes screwing up while Yu is quiet, thoughtful, and The Ace.
  • The Cameo: In Persona 3 Portable's (which released after P4) Kotone's route, a younger Yukiko makes a cameo when the PC's sports club goes to a summer fellowship in Inaba and stays at the Inn. Chie is also mentioned by one of the handmaids.
  • Casting a Shadow: Naoto learns these innately, and Yukiko can learn them as bonuses in Golden.
  • Character Development:
    • Yosuke goes from a bitter, whiny, bored teenager who's sick of Inaba to a friendly and caring hero who grows to love the town.
    • Chie begins the story jealous, insecure of her femininity and with a somewhat-selfish desire to protect Yukiko to a strong young woman who wants to protect all of Inaba.
    • Yukiko, initially frustrated at having to inherit her family's inn but afraid to stand up for herself, learns to take charge and decides to run the Amagi Inn not just for her family's sake, but because she wants to.
    • Kanji starts out confused and terrified of being rejected by others, hiding talents behind a facade, before learning to take pride in his hobbies and not give a damn what others think.
    • Rise goes from being sick of the limelight and rejecting "Risette", unsure of who her "true self" even is, before growing to learn she loves performing too much to quit, acknowledging that Risette is a real part of herself.
    • Teddie starts out hollow and unsure of what he really is before realizing that he can still have friends and make a life for himself.
    • Naoto is angry at her gender with a desire to be seen as an adult before growing to learn that it really doesn't matter if she's a man or a woman - she can be the detective she still wants to be regardless.
    • Yu's Social Stats - Courage, Understanding, Diligence, Knowledge, and Charm - begin as empty. Filling them up allows him access to more dialogue options and Social Links.
      • In the anime, Yu goes from being stoic, quiet, and unmotivated to becoming gradually friendlier and more open, taking initiative to helping others around him. Ends up going full circle when he becomes fully dependent on being with his friends and allows Izanami to trap him in an illusion where he can be with them forever - it takes a confrontation with Margaret and his Shadow to snap him out of it.
  • Childhood Friends: Chie and Yukiko. Kanji is also one with Naoki Konishi, the subject of the Hanged Man Social Link.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • If Yu 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. Interestingly enough, she's relatively quick to forgive Yu if he apologizes.
    • In Golden, Rise has some hostilities with Marie, no matter if Yu pursues a relationship with either girl. This even extends to Yosuke, as Rise expresses displeasure at him fawning over Marie when he's supposed to be a Risette superfan.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Gray for the Yu, orange for Yosuke, green for Chie, red for Yukiko, black for Kanji, pink for Rise, yellow for Teddie, and blue for Naoto. This is lampshaded in Golden during an outing with Marie, where she points out Chie and Yukiko always wear the same color clothes, and the one time Chie manages to pick out an outfit that isn't green they end up being blue and yellow: colors that when mixed together make green.
  • Combat Medic: Mostly Yukiko, who learns every healing spell in the game, but also Teddie and, to a much lesser extent, Yosuke. None of them have any less capacity at fighting than the rest of the party. Kanji of all people can also become one in Golden as part of his hot springs skills.
  • Combination Attack: Besides the usual All-Out Attack, Golden introduces a new mechanic where if two specific party members are in the team, they have a chance of performing a special attack to hit all enemies if there are survivors after an All-Out Attack.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Yukiko tends to take gross exaggerations and accidental Double Entendres at face value.
    • Kanji is completely oblivious to social subtleties, leading to him asking obvious questions.
    • One day in Golden, Teddie will ask Yu what kind of girl's uniform he likes seeing best. Of course, there is the standard third option to say he prefers boy's uniforms, pretty much implying exactly what you think. Teddie still thinks he's talking about girls.
  • Cooldown Hug:
    • In one of the later parts of his Social Link, Yu can give Yosuke one after he finishes crying over Saki's demise, only if the correct options were always taken earlier in his Link. Switched around in the anime, where Yosuke gives one to a sobbing Yu after Nanako's death.
    • Kanji accepts his Shadow this way in the manga, and Yukiko does the same to hers in the anime.
  • Cry Cute:
    • Chie, in relief, after Yu and Yosuke make it out alive of the Midnight Channel during their second trip - in the original PS2 game she's holding back tears, but in Golden she's outright bawling.
    • Frequently, Rise. It helps that a lot of the time she cries, it's fake in attempts to look cute.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone gets their moments at times, but mainly Kanji and Yosuke. Yu has a very weird, dry sense of humor in the anime:
    (Yu sticks his hand onto the TV, only for Teddie to bite it.)
    Yu: Something bit me.
    Chie It left marks! Are you alright?!
    Yu: I might be dying.
    Chie: No you're not.
  • 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 "un-macho" 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.
  • Determinator: While they lose hope a few times, all it takes is a little pep talk and rethinking to get the group back on track. They stop at nothing to find the source of the murders.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: How they feel upon finding out that Adachi is the Killer and the reasons behind it. When Adachi admits that the reasons for the murders were at first just him throwing a temper tantrum over a celebrity crush having an affair, and then devolving into just killing For the Evulz, the team is taken aback and outright call him nothing but an immature brat.
  • Dirty Coward: A minor example in The Animation. During the fight with Shadow Naoto, Rise, Yukiko, and Chie use Teddie as a Human Shield to save themselves from Shadow Naoto's Rapid Aging-inducing Eye Beams, and then flat-out bail on the guys to avoid the same fate.
  • Drunk on Milk: Rise, Yukiko, and Teddie during the King's Game scene. It's left ambiguous if Yu also is in the game, but he definitely is in The Animation.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Kuma's name was changed to Teddie in the English release, and he lost the "Kumada" alias when human.
    • Rise's stage name "Risechi" was changed to "Risette" in the English version.
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • Chie 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..."
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Golden adds third-tier Personas that are unlocked after the December dungeon, done by hanging out with party members who have maxed out 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. And in Golden, come to the realization that you can still change and improve from there? The Persona's power increases even further.
  • Fanservice:
    • The female members in the beauty pageant, but Chie, Yukiko and Rise in the swimsuit portion.
    • The Investigation Team's trip to the Hot Springs - Everyone's wearing little more than a towel, and the girls take the opportunity to gush over how nice Naoto's skin is. Taken even further in Golden, where the girls first entering the Springs is now a fully animated cutscene.
    • The Beach Episode in Golden.
    • Golden adds a second trip to the Hot Springs, where the Investigation Team are joined by Marie in another animated cutscene. However, this time the girls are very obviously naked (but hidden behind steam), and there's a long shot of Marie from the back (and not covered by steam) that slowly pans upwards, before she pours a bucket of water over herself. Unlike the first trip, the animated cutscene also shows the boys in their towels too.
    • Some of the more risque costumes (For all of the characters) added in Golden are very much this.
    Teddie: What's this outfit called? "Naked?"
  • Female Gaze: The anime shows some pretty good shots of Yu's chest and Yosuke's butt at times.
  • 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.
    • In the game, Yosuke acted as the unofficial mouthpiece for Yu, so he was quite talented at deductive reasoning. In the anime, this aspect of his character was given to Yu, so Yosuke's Butt Monkey and Lovable Sex Maniac aspects have increased instead.
    • To a smaller degree in Golden's new events, where their funniest traits tend to overtake their characters.
    • Pretty much all of the spinoff installments do this to a degree - see the page for more information.
  • The Gadfly:
    • When it's time to induct Kanji, Yukiko 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, entirely to see his reaction.
    • The option for Yu to say 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. It should be noted that unused game files suggest Yosuke was almost certainly intended as a Gay Option romance and was likely written this way, but this was cut in the final version.
    • Kanji's defensive attitude about his masculinity and sexual identity verges on this early on. His Social Link is mostly spent helping him getting past it, and it eases up a fair amount once Yosuke stops holding his Shadow against him.
  • 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.
    • Surprisingly enough, Kanji. 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 a pep talk focusing on what they've been through and accomplished - essentially, "We can't give up after going through all that".
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation:
    • Kanji makes a lot of jokes about himself, particularly in his insistence in his lack of intelligence.
    • While it's downplayed, Chie 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.
    • In both the game and the anime, Naoto is very rough on herself for asking Namatame too many questions and putting the solution to the case ahead of Nanako's safety.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: While all eight of them are very close, some of them have friendships that are more emphasized than the rest of the group:
    • Yu with Yosuke, as well as Teddie and 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 canonizes that Yu refers to Yosuke in the same way. In Q, if Yosuke is chosen as Yu's life partner, Yosuke is at first overjoyed that they get to be "partners" for life before realizing what it's actually suggesting.
    • Chie and Yukiko have known each other since they were children. While Shadow Chie highlights a certain element of codependency, the two manage to resolve the problem and remain close throughout the game, with Yosuke noticing that they seem even closer after facing their Shadows.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Probably Kanji's most important character aspect, as he hides a genuine talent and love for several traditionally-feminine hobbies behind a gruff exterior. He also sometimes makes surprisingly wise and mature observations, such as how there's nothing "manly" about forgoing safety, and despite being Book Dumb, his texts to Yu contain perfect spelling and grammar.
    • There are a few moments where Yu cheers up a saddened Nanako with magic tricks, and his Halloween costume is a stage magician, suggesting an interest in magic.
    • Yukiko 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.
    • Apart from professional idol Rise, Dancing All Night reveals that Yosuke has the most dancing talent among all of his friends.
    • 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. In addition, despite how flirty she acts, if Yu tries to put the moves on her during the ski trip while dating another girl she'll call him out on it.
  • Hopeless Suitor:
    • Yosuke's halfhearted attempts to flirt with Yukiko and Rise also get rejected and ignored respectively.
    • Kanji simply Cannot Spit It Out when it comes to Naoto.
  • 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.
  • Hotter and Sexier: They were a very good-looking bunch at first but in Dancing All Night. The team, especially the female members, (and Kanji) have switched to more revealing outfits.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Kanji and Naoto, the tallest and shortest member of the Team respectively.
  • 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.
    • When Nanako pulls through, Chie tells Yukiko and Rise not to cry as she's breaking down in Tears of Joy herself.
  • 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.
  • Idle Animation: All of them have one in battle:
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: How the party reacts to some of the more out there costumes in Golden.
  • 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 Yosuke's case as his father is not only frequently mentioned, but also runs the highly-critical-to-the-plot Junes, while in Yukiko's case her family owns a local cultural landmark. Chie's parents are pretty much never even mentioned, though her mother is finally heard from off-screen in Arena.
  • 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....
  • Jack-of-All-Stats:
    • Izanagi, if the time is taken to keep leveling him up, has well-rounded stats not leaning towards any particular specialization. While Yu's stats are usually determined by his equipped Persona, his two dedicated attributes - his HP and SP ratings - are firmly middle-of-the-road, and his swords have good accuracy and damage compared to the rest of the party while not being the best at either. Golden makes it easier due to skill inheritance, allowing Izanagi to have easier access to spells the player wants him to have.
      • Yu's 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. Graduates to Master of All when his Persona evolves and loses its sole weakness (gaining a resistance to every single attack type in the game barring Light in the process).
    • Yosuke's Persona is very balanced in terms of what he can do. His main focus is 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 Garudyne, Brave Blade, and Diarahan, making him a consistently useful character in almost any situation.
  • Japanese Delinquents:
    • Kanji is a seemingly-textbook example of this and his design definitely invokes this look, but it turns out he's not much of one and is hiding behind a facade.
    • Not Yu himself, but 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. In Arena, he's described as the "steel siscon banchou" (Japanese slang for a leader of school delinquents), which is translated as "Sister-Complex Kingpin of Steel" in the English version.
  • Japanese Mythology: The majority of the Personas stem from Shinto myth. See each character folder for more details.
  • Kirk Summation: Nearly everyone gets their moment of either this or Shut Up, Hannibal! during the final confrontation with the Killer:
    Yosuke: 'Favored by the world' my ass, I'm gonna say it flat out: You're just a worthless criminal!
    Chie: Nobody wants anything like that! It's just you, dumbass!
    Yukiko: You're just throwing a tantrum like a kid who can't have his way!
    Rise: That's complete BS!
    Naoto: Your twisted logic is like that of an immature, egotistic brat!
    • Yu gets one in the anime:
    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.
  • Large Ham:
    • Yosuke points out Teddie has a tendency to speak like TV commercials after becoming human.
    • Shadow Naoto is hilariously dramatic, reflecting Naoto's childish desires to be a hero.
    • In battle, every line of Kanji's is shouted at the top of his lungs.
    SUCK IT!
  • Light 'em Up: Part of Naoto's speciality, and can also be learned by Chie as a bonus skill in Golden.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Constantly-flirting Teddie and, to a much lesser degree, Yosuke.
  • Manly Tears:
    • In the anime, the entire team is practically bawling after Nanako's "death". Yu manages to hold on until the end of the day after dealing with Namatame, and finally lets the tears loose after the rest of the Team leaves the hospital.
    • Kanji is clearly holding back tears on Yu's last day in town in the Good Ending.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • One reading of Yu Narukami approximately translates respectively 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. Beyond that, he's the player character. He's yu.
    • "Yosuke" can mean "to give help" or "support", reflecting his role as The Lancer to the protagonist and the pride he takes in helping others.
  • Megane/Meganekko: While in the TV world, they all wear special glasses crafted by Teddie, which protect them from the ill effects of the Fog.
  • Morphic Resonance: The Investigation Team's Personas resemble their owners and/or their owner's Shadow Selves, combining them with some interpretation of how they appeared in myth. Even as they evolve, their keep the same basic template they taken from their users as their previous form, like how Rise's Personas are faceless like her Shadow and Naoto's Personas are male in their original myths.
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Kanji'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.
    • Teddie's 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. In-universe as well, where women who aren't aware of what he's like fawn over him immediately.
  • Nice Guy: While none of the Team are at all rude or antagonistic, this is especially emphasized with Yu, who's always portrayed as a thoughtful and caring individual, Rise, who's unfailingly sweet and cheerful to everyone she talks to, Yukiko, who's kind and polite with most people and, surprisingly, Kanji, who's generally the least likely to be openly hostile to the rest of the Team.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Pretty much everyone plays this role at times, but officially it's Teddie. 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.
  • The Power of Friendship: Plays a major role in plot and gameplay. Yu gets his strength from this.
  • Power Walk: All of them does this when they're ready to confront their last battle with Izanami.
  • 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.
  • Real Men Wear Pink:
    • Deconstructed by Kanji, 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. His Social Link involves helping him grow to not care how others perceive him and to go on doing what he wants with his full effort.
    • Yu's a good cook, is seen taking care of children in one of his jobs while wearing an apron, and tutors 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 is in raising Nanako. The guy's the ideal House Husband.
    • In Golden's epilogue, Yosuke's eased up on his Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? stance, in a literal example of the trope with his pink shirt.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Yosuke is very passionate when he sets his mind on something, compared to the protagonist's stoic nature.
    • Chie 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.
  • Secret Relationship: It's implied that Yu and his girlfriend(s) on the Investigation Team have this, and not just because of them not being shown in story events. At Rank 10, Yu's girlfriend will be relatively shy or embarrassed when spoken to during an encounter in the dungeon, with the other person nearby misinterpreting her actions, and if Yu hints at going to the summer festival again with someone else, Chie, Yukiko and even Rise will be relatively shocked and embarrassed. When they're alone, though, such as with nighttime conversations, the girls of the Investigation team who are in a relationship with Yu tend to flirt with him significantly more.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Along with Kou, Daisuke, Ai, and Yumi, the Class 2-2 quartet of Yu, Yosuke, Chie, and Yukiko are kohai to Saki and sempai (spelled and pronounced "senpai" in-game) to Kanji, Rise, Ayane, Naoki, and Naoto.
  • Sentai: Just for fun, Golden allows them to wear dungeon-crawling costumes from Phoenix Ranger Featherman R, an oft-mentioned Show Within a Show ever since Persona 2. Party members will even strike a pose after winning a fight!
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend:
    • Yosuke has this reaction to Chie when his crush on Saki becomes extremely obvious.
    • Gender-inverted during Chie's 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.
    • Yukiko goes out with Yu so much during her Social Link 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. It's all up to the player to pursue her.
  • Shock and Awe: Yu's initial Persona and Kanji's Personas specialize in Electric magic.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Doing this is generally what causes their Shadow to attack them. "You're not me!" never ends well.
  • 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. He (and by extension, the player, by solving a puzzle) is the one who identifies the true Killer.
    • Yosuke has good deductive reasoning and a knack for planning and strategy, if 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 bullseye 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, but knows next to nothing about the human world.
    • 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.
  • 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 and has healing nearly on-par with Yukiko, but has similarly bad physical damage, defense, and weaker magic attacks.
  • Status Buff: Yosuke learns ones that increase hit and evasion ratings, Chie can increase damage, Kanji can increase damage or defense, Rise can heal the party, and Naoto can learn self-only magic boosts.
  • 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 for Yu once per 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. Rise learns to do this in Golden.
  • Tears of Joy: In the anime, everyone, along with Dojima, after Nanako's recovery.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Yu, Chie, and Yosuke are the founding members of the Investigation Team.
  • Through His Stomach: Yukiko, in her Social Link, and Rise both attempt this to woo the protagonist. Neither ever gets it right while working alone, although Yukiko can make good food with the help of her inn's chefs.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Chie is the tomboy to Yukiko's girly girl, though their relationship is, surprisingly, reversed in certain areas - Chie is easily scared by scary stories, thunderstorms and bugs while Yukiko is a Nightmare Fetishist.
    • On a lesser scale, we have Naoto, the intellectual detective who disguises herself as a boy, and Rise, the Idol Singer.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • They transform from a bunch of ordinary teenagers with deep-seated psychological issues to an effective fighting team with supernatural powers, that not only solves a murder case and catch the Killer, but also take on a god-like being (and win).
    • Upon maxing out their Social Link, the Personas will evolve, giving a stat boost and more damage resistances.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Chie likes meat in general, but especially steak. She can give the protagonist meat-flavored gum.
    • Kanji brings up animal crackers a few times.
    • Teddie really likes "Topsicles", presumably a in-universe brand of ice pops.
  • True Companions: By the end of the game, the group essentially becomes a family.
  • Tsundere: Pretty much all of the girls show some aspect of this at one point or another.
  • 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.
  • Unbelievable Source Plot: Pretty much the reason they can't tell anyone about their after-school activities. Oddly enough, Yu can repeatedly avert this, getting stuck with people just not buying it. Yet he doesn't ever try to explain much of Marie's situation to them, and as Yosuke says, they probably wouldn't have bought "she's a friend from another world". Despite hanging out with Teddie and having long since suspected his true nature, who is exactly that.
  • Unwitting Pawn:
    • To Adachi. By saving people, they unintentionally reinforced Namatame's delusions which lead to more people getting kidnapped. Considering the alternative is that the people Namatame "rescued" would die if the Team didn't find them in the TV, their actions are still for the better.
    • Yu serves as one to Izanami, as one of the three granted powers by her. He represents "hope", and sadly for her, he refuses to accept her gambit and turns the power against her.
  • 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. Yu's Lotus-Eater Machine nightmare deconstructs the first case resolution by showing the Investigation Team dissolves as Yu freaks out about losing his friends.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Save for Yukiko, Naoto, and the protagonist (usually), they love to tease, annoy, and bicker with each other.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Yu delivers one to the rest of the Investigation Team in the Good Ending - the only time he gets visibly angry - when Yosuke's contemplating killing Namatame. To a lesser extent, Chie, Yukiko and Rise try to do this, but they end up being ineffectual, in part because they're also angry themselves.

    Yu Narukami 

The Protagonist/Yu Narukami/Souji Seta

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Arcana: The Fool, The World
Persona: Izanagi, Izanagi-no-Okami
Voice actors: Johnny Yong Bosch (English), Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese)
Stage actors: Toru Baba (VisuaLive and VisuaLive Evolution), Keisuke Minami (Arena)

The main protagonist who can be named by the player at the beginning. He uses two-handed swords and is the only member of the Team that can switch Personas and fuse them to make better ones, granting extreme versatility. The manga gave him the name "Souji Seta" and the anime named him "Yu Narukami" - due to the anime's popularity, the latter became his official Canon Name.

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, for 2011-2012 school year. At Yasogami High, he quickly makes 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.

His initial Persona is Izanagi, of the Fool Arcana. In Japanese mythology, Izanagi and his wife Izanami gave birth to the islands of Japan. After Izanami's death, Izanagi visited his wife in Yomi - the underworld - in the hopes of retrieving her. Izanagi broke his promise not to look upon Izanami, discovering her to have become bathed in the filth of Yomi. Chased by the demons of Izanami, he fled, coating himself in the foul matter, and sealed the entrance to the underworld, Yomotsu Hirasaka, with a large boulder. Enraged, Izanami swore to kill 1,000 humans each day, and Izanagi promised to give life to 1,500 each day. Izanagi cleansed himself of the filth, giving birth to several gods in the process. Much like Izanagi gave birth to many gods of Japan, the protagonist helps to create the Personas of the party, by rescuing them and later helping them overcome their flaws through Social Links, evolving their Personas - some of the Personas are even directly related to Izanagi in myth, such as Yukiko's Amaterasu and Yosuke's Susano-o. In the True Ending, he manifests the power of his bonds to use the World Arcana and evolve Izanagi into his Ultimate Persona, Izanagi-no-Okami - "great god Izanagi".

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

  • The Ace: If all of his stats are maxed out (Knowledge, Inderstanding, Expression, Diligence, and Courage). The trophy for doing so in Golden is even called "Mr. Perfect", to the point Yosuke asks him how perfect he is after winning the Midnight Channel Miracle Quiz finals. Practically becomes canon from the anime forward, where Yu is portrayed as talented in nearly 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 befriends dogs, cats, and a fox.
  • Almost Kiss: An optional scene in Golden has this happen between him and Teddie. They're interrupted by a returning Dojima.
  • Amazon Chaser: Potentially. He can romance Chie, Yukiko,and Naoto, 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 "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.
  • 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 actually isn't too far from the truth.
  • Art Shift: 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 teammates 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, and in Q, if the player is using Makoto/Minato and Yu becomes his "Destined Partner", he wonders if his special talent is dressing in drag.
  • Badass Adorable: It's a given, just like the P3 heroes. He's the leader of the team, has the ability to change Personas, and is incredibly good-looking.
  • Badass Back: In Golden, one of his alternate Victory Poses when wearing Dojima's outfit is to turn his back to the camera.
  • Batter Up: A special weapon received as a reward from Margaret. Presumably as a reference to Casey at the Bat, it deals a whopping 200 damage and boosts Critical Hit rating - with the downside of having a measly 30% chance to hit.
  • 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. It comes up most frequently with Chie's, as both can express a mutual desire to protect each other.
  • 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). He gets points with her if he plays along and doesn't get mad at her for lying,
  • Beneath Suspicion: Dojima's instincts catch onto him and Investigation Team almost immediately, but he can't bring himself to suspect the person who watches over his daughter.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Nanako, and a core point of his characterization in Arena.
  • 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. Special mention for Kanji who will even, albeit sarcastically, refer to the Protagonist as "Big Bro" during his Social Link.
  • Big Man on Campus: If everything's done right, 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. Naturally, the game runs with this.
  • Blithe Spirit: By serving as essentially a therapist for much of the city, 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 in Social Links are this - when this done to help point out the person's issues, this is almost always the best option to take and results in the most "points" to a rank up.
  • But Now I Must Go: He's only in Inaba for the year, while his parents are working abroad. Returns for the holidays in Arena and then later Golden for a new epilogue. This is inverted during the events of Dancing All Night; as Rise's concert takes place in the city, the Team goes to him and then pulls this off after the game ends.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • The phrase "Calm down" appears more often than any other dialogue option (in a similar vein to the Persona 3 hero's "Whatever"), and subsequent media has cemented it as his catchphrase.
    • 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. It's significant enough that when Adachi asks the Investigation Team to "Leave him be" for the shadows to finish him off, Yu instead 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 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 - the Arena games and Dancing All Night, all use it.
  • 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.
  • 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. Rise develops an attraction to the Protagonist near instantly upon joining the Investigation Team, and proceeds to start flirting with him at every chance she gets. In 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.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome:
    • If Social Links, are done, it is almost impossible to stop him from helping others.
    • Nearly every sidequest consists of him running around town, helping complete strangers with random, often-trivial things.
    • 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. Later episodes play this straight.
  • 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 in the anime.
  • The Comically Serious: The anime does this a bunch, as he's amusingly stoic when most people would be laughing or screaming. Yosuke lampshades it:
    Yosuke: (Sweat Drop) Dude, does anything phase you?
    Yu: Huh?
    • 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: Is pretty much nothing but supporting and protecting of Nanako, particularly in the various adaptations and her Social Link.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: His recent portrayals from 2011 onward, which overlaps with Story Branch Favoritism. The anime established a few story details considered to be "canon". For one, there is his Canon Name Yu Narukami which would carry on to Arena and Dancing All Night. It's also shown that he has maxed out all Social Linksnote , but did not romance anyone. At the very least, any relationships he has with his female allies are implied at best and non-existent at worst. This also makes his manga portrayal as Souji Seta (who is in a relationship with Rise) non-canon in regards to Persona 4's spin-offs.
  • 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.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Multiple times. And he didn't even break an arm.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: If Marie is romanced.
  • Dull Surprise: Especially in The Animation. For example, when Yosuke removes Teddie's head to reveal nothing but an empty costume, Yu's only response is a nonchalant, "Huh. There's nothing inside."
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In a Shin Megami Tensei game, even. Golden has an even sweeter ending.
  • Eleventh Hour Super Power: Gains access to Izanagi-no-Okami in the True Ending's last battle, and he can be summoned in a New Game+... after reaching level 90.
  • 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. 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.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Yu and Adachi serve as foils to one another - they're newcomers to Inaba empowered by Izanami on their first day in town, but represent the opposite ends of the spectrum - Yu is heroic, friendly, and fearless while Adachi is nothing but antagonistic and cruel.
    • Izanami, in her humanoid form, looks very, very similar to Yu. This is obviously reflected in Yu's Persona, and how the final battle finishes - Izanagi-no-Okami uses Myriad Truths to wipe away the lies of Izanami-no-Okami.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Has the option of eating anything found in the fridge, regardless of how inedible it is. In one of the most memorable instances, he can eat a pot of grass. Many of those times do result in him getting sick, though, but while he has to go to bed early, he's fine in the morning.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Adachi's Social Link in Golden can make the protagonist relate with him so much to the point of not exposing his crimes and leaving the town on schedule, invoking the Accomplice Ending.
  • First Kiss: On his final day in town, Margaret steals his in a moment of Genre Blindness to romance if her Social Link was maxed. In the anime, he gets his first kiss from Ai instead. In Golden, when it's at Valentines Day, it's Marie.
  • Friendless Background: Heavily implied in the anime, and this may actually explain his odd antics.
  • 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 B.S.O.D..
  • 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.
  • Golf Clubbing: His first weapon. According to the item description, Yosuke swiped it from the bargain bin. He also can unlock a few other golf clubs for purchase during the early game.
  • Go Through Me: Twice in Social Links.
    • In Chie's, he has the option of protecting her from a group of bullies ganging up on her.
    • Toward the end of Naoto's, the man the two had been tracking pulls a knife on her, and he again has the option to defend her, which has him run between the two. Entirely pointless, as it was a fake knife.
  • 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.
  • 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, anime, Arena and Dancing All Night give him a name, the initial game does not. In fact, Golden simply refers to him as "Hero" when it lists everyone's names.
  • Henpecked Husband: He can come off this way, depending on player choices, when forging Ai's Social Link in the game, where he serves as a rebound-boyfriend for her. This is the wrong choice and makes the Social Link harder to max, as well as precluding an actual romance with Ai. In Episode 5 of the anime, which adapts the Social Link, this ends up happening. He's totally whipped.
  • The Hero
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He wields various types of two-handed swords (and other similar weapons, like a golf club or baseball bat). Unlike the protagonist of Persona 3, he can't switch weapon types either - he always uses a sword.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.:
    • It's very brief, but he seems to lose some composure and lowers his head onto Nanako's body when she "dies" near the end of the game.
    • 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 when Yosuke bails him out.
    • 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 Ending 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.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: He carries the entire inventory on him with no explanation ever provided.
  • 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 B.S.O.D.. 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 Ending 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.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He can be equipped with a variety of unorthodox weapons in Golden, including shovels, mops and flags.
  • In-Series Nickname: Yosuke calls him "Partner", Teddie calls him "Sensei", Nanako calls him "Big Bro", and the first-year members of the Investigation Team call him "Senpai". Obviously, this is to to avoid calling him by whatever name the player actually gave him.
  • 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 a 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 eat it too. However, in Golden, the girls will passive-aggressively call him out on cheating if he has, but nothing ever comes from it.
    • Subverted when it comes down to Valentine's Day in Golden. The player has the option of spending it with any of your girlfriends, and the game forces you to personally reject the ones you don't intend on spending the day with.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His iconic weapon has to be the katana; it's the first weapon he's shown wielding in the game (during the dream sequence battle in the fog before the first murder), it's the first weapon he can buy from the weapon's shop, and it's his weapon of choice in Arena.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Shows signs of this if one follows 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: The player is given the option to throw Namatame in the television in retribution for Nanako's death - doing so leads to the worst ending. Yu nearly did do this in the anime, but managed to stop himself.
  • Large Ham: Dips into this during his Not So Stoic moments in The Animation, such as during the Mega Beef Bowl challenge:
    Yu: It takes understanding to accept it as a whole, knowledge to set the proper pace, courage to attack the mountain of meat, and detication to keep on eating. All these skills are needed to finish off the MEGA BEEF BOWL!
  • Last Name Basis: In the anime, most people address Yu by his last name when they're not using a nickname. Yosuke eventually switches to First-Name Basis, while flirty Rise always addresses him as such.
  • 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, he has the option to spray cologne on creme caramel.
  • Master of All: Can switch between Personas at will, making this his specialization, although each Persona does carry its own weaknesses. His ultimate Persona, Izanagi-no-Okami, has extremely high, perfectly even stats in every aspect, learns attacks from every magical element simply from leveling up, and resists damage from everything but Light.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In the P4 side of the Q manga, when he asks the P3 Hero if they've met before, Chie and Yosuke immediately assume that he's hitting on him.
  • 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.
  • New Transfer Student: Arrives in town at the beginning of the story due to his parents having to leave to work overseas. The manga goes further and implies that he changes school almost every year.
  • Not So Different: While it's not touched on in the games proper, a song in The Golden Animation, "Ying Yang", emphasizes this with Yu and Adachi's relationship - they're both out of towners who had powers bestowed upon them by Izanami. The lyrics imply that Adachi and Yu could have served the role the other did if other paths had been taken in their lives:
    Yu's vocals: You and I we ain't so different
    I guess I had more blessings
    Without it, got belligerent
    But I totally understand
    Glass was half full for mine

    Adachi's vocals: And it looked half empty for me
    Both: Maybe that one glass made the path we took, who knows?
  • 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.
    • Will finally lose his cool and tell the rest of the party to "Calm the hell down!" to stop them from throwing Namatame into the TV near the end of the game.
    • 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 of the anime. He also smiles at least once an episode.
    • Yu suffers an emotional breakdown twice over the course of the anime series. The first time after having doubts about 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 in the anime 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. He tutors Shu in English in the Tower Social Link, so he's at least conversant in it. One of the jobs that can be taken is a translator (implied for English, as the book "English Made Easy" provides an extra Expression bonus each time you work), but the narration says that he does occasionally have trouble with some phrases.
  • 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 he levels up, this means that he will constantly have to upgrade his Personas or risk falling behind.
  • Only Sane Man: Comes with the territory of being an almost-entirely blank slate protagonist. Yu is the most levelheaded and thoughtful member of the Investigation Team by far, and it's suggested a few times the reason he never had to confront his Shadow to obtain Izanagi is specifically because he didn't have any underlying issues, although the True Ending reveals that he actually got his Persona from outside influence. While The Animation, Arena, and Q characterize him a bit more than his original game, he's still presented as a very calm guy with far less issues than the rest of the party.
  • Parental Abandonment: In the game itself, his parents are only mentioned two or three times. 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 to make the party reconsider killing Namatame.
    Calm the hell down!
    • Yu delivers this in response to the True Killer's Motive Rant in Episode 25 of the anime:
    I've heard enough. It's all bullshit!
  • Promotion to Parent: His relationship with Nanako, due to the constant absence of her own father from her life. Part of his Social Link with Dojima encourages her to spend more time with her.
  • Punny Name: Yu Narukami - he's "you".
    • Even better as Narukami phonetically can mean Become a God so yes, his entire name can literally be "You become a God." Quite the contrast to the kanji used for his name which would literally mean the calm that roars from above or calm thunder.
  • The Quiet One: In the manga where he is allowed to talk, he 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 is portrayed as a calm, composed, and soft-spoken individual. Some of the audio dramas also portray him this way.
  • Running Gag:
    • No matter how long of a distance he falls, he will always stick the landing.
    • The numerous, numerous options to eat random objects from the fridge - which often results in him feeling sick and going to bed early.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: When Izanagi is first summoned.
  • The Scrounger: Most sidequests consist of him finding random objects for people, usually taken from Shadows in the TV World.
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • Serial Romeo: While he's notorious for his reputation as a "manwhore", 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.
  • Silent Protagonist: Only in his original games and when chosen as the protagonist of Persona Q. While still a little quiet sometimes, he speaks freely in all the other games.
  • Silver Fox: In the anime, after being aged into an old man by Shadow Naoto, Rise gushes about how he still looks good.
  • Slasher Smile: Lets loose one when Izanagi is summoned, much like Makoto/Minato from Persona 3 and The Phantom from Persona 5.
  • 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.
  • 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 is rarely fazed by extraordinary events, and he almost always keeps a straight face. 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: During the Group Date event, in which Yosuke plays the girl, Yosuke mentions that Yu would be his ideal guy, before backtracking.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sword Drag: It doesn't quite touch the ground, but he still carries his sword like this, giving the impression it's a bit too heavy for him. Noticeably drops this trait by Arena, since he's using a lighter katana he can wield with one hand.
  • 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 the correct suspicion that he's not the Killer.
    • In 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, he's humorously given the option to list this as your wish.
  • Team Mom/Team Dad: Depending on 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. In The Animation, 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 hobby when killing time, and 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 him.
  • Touched by Vorlons: The reason his Superpower Lottery payoff was so large is due to having his powers granted to him by Izanami.
  • Tough Love: Related to his Brutal Honesty. The game generally encourages taking the harsher responses in Social Links when appropriate, all under the pretense of helping the other person see their own issues easier. This continues in The Animation, where Yu isn't one to mince words if it helps.
    Ayane: For a nice guy, you're kind of a jerk.
  • Tranquil Fury: How he expresses his anger. Particularly in Episode 23 of the anime 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 show.
  • 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, and the fact that Yu gave Adachi an opportunity to blackmail him with the threat of reporting that he destroyed evidence.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: When the crossdressing competition occurs, he's given the option to enthusiastically admit that he signed himself 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

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Arcana: The Magician
Persona: Jiraiya, Susano-o, Takehaya Susano (Golden)
Voice actors: Yuri Lowenthal (English), Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese)
Stage actors: Takahisa Maeyama (VisuaLive and VisuaLive Evolution), Ryo Hirano (Arena)

A second-year student at Yasogami High School, Yosuke Hanamura moved to the town about six months before the events of the game. His father is the manager of local department store Junes, and as such he is usually treated as an unofficial complaints box, much to his chagrin. Yosuke serves as the best friend and partner of Yu, although he's often the butt of his other friends' jokes.

He dual-wields various small weapons, usually kunai. He serves a role as the party's Jack-of-All-Stats: Yosuke can use physical attacks and 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. He's also by far the fastest person in the party.

During the second trip to the Midnight Channel and shortly after witnessing Yu's Persona awakening, Yosuke was faced with the horrible truth: his crush and the second murder victim, third-year Saki Konishi, had always hated him. When Yosuke refused to admit this, his Shadow emerged and taunted 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 Yu. Encouraged by him 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. He goes on to co-found the Investigation Team, along with Yu and Chie.

Shadow Yosuke consists of a featureless figure in a ridiculous ninja outfit, with a giant frog making up their 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 wordplay: In Japanese, "frog" is pronounced the same as "return" which plays in to Yosuke's desire to leave Inaba.

Upon the defeat of Shadow Yosuke, he morphs into Yosuke's Persona: Jiraiya of the Magician Arcana. Jiraiya is a ninja from Japanese folklore, who uses magic to transform in a gigantic toad. After completing his Social Link, Jiraiya ascends into Susano-o, the Japanese god of sea and storms. Susano-o, brother of Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi, was born from the filth Izanagi washed away after his trip to Yomi. Much like Yosuke, Susano-o is perverted and a bit of a jerk, but still a competent hero - and also much like Yosuke with his Social Link development, learns to overcome many of the negative aspects of his personality. In Golden, Susano-o can further evolve into Takehaya Susano-o, one of the long-form names given to Susano-o - "Takehaya" translates into "Fast Building". Takehaya Susano-o learns the special skill Youthful Wind, which provides a good deal of healing and a hit/evasion rate buff to the entire party for several turns.

In his Social Link, Yosuke reveals 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 was jealous of Yu and used the murder case to play hero and hide his insecurities. Yosuke later asks him to punch him to get rid of his jealousy and frustration, 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. He gives the protagonist a bandage after their fight, representative of their friendship.

During the Golden concert scene, Yosuke plays the electric guitar.

  • 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. He also (halfheartedly) hits on Yukiko and Rise who both either ignore and reject his affections.
  • Adorkable: Has his moments, especially when it comes to Saki.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Subverted. Despite being relatively Bishōnen, Yosuke looks pretty terrible in drag. This is even Lampshaded when one of the crowd members mentions that he thought he'd be able to pull it off better.
  • Badass Adorable: The "badass" part of him unleashes after he faces himself with his shadow and "adorable" part is for both his handsome looks and him being Moe for numerous reasons.
  • Blow You Away: Yosuke specializes in Garu skills.
  • Born Unlucky: Even his Luck stat is the lowest in the party.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • 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.
    • Bothering 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.
  • Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: At completely inopportune times, such as the group's first foray in the Midnight Channel.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Had a crush on Saki and halfheartedly flirts on Yukiko and Rise - they all turn him down in some way or another.
  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: 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 Yu can speak for himself.
  • Dual Wielding: Whether it's knives, kunai, wrenches, or fish, he will always have one in each hand. He's normally depicted using kunai.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Yosuke pushes Teddie for calling the Protagonist "Sensei" and not getting respected.
    Yosuke: Dude, you call [Yu] Sensei and then don't show me any respect?!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Funny Afro: His third tier Persona has a huge, flaming afro.
  • 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: Within five minutes of the audience being introduced to him, he receives a "Critical hit to the nads", courtesy of Chie. In the manga, Shadow Chie delivers a devastating kick to Jiraiya's crotch, 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."
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Yosuke is almost always seen with his headphones, usually around his neck. 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 Golden's epilogue, he's seen without them.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Without question the most lecherous and openly perverted member of the Investigation Team.
  • 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. He Outright says that Yu is more talented than him in Dancing All Night, but is clearly over it at this point.
  • 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.
  • 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 protagonist. To the entire rest of the cast, however, he can occasionally be a bit of a whiny bully.
  • Licking the Blade: He does this in the anime. They're fake blades.
  • The Lancer: Serves as this to the Protagonist, by virtue of effectively being his mouthpiece in the original game/Golden.
  • 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, fairly-relatable 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.
  • 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 Arena's narration. 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 Yu's confidant, to the point where the two discuss the team's next moves in private. Yosuke also someimes acts as the leader of the team, as the protagonist doesn't talk much.
  • One-Hit Kill: His ultimate skill in 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 due to his Persona switching.
  • Potty Emergency: His freaking out over having to pee results in him accidentally knocking Yu and Chie into the television, where they first discover the TV World.
  • The Resenter: In the ending of his Social Link route, he admits he was jealous of how successful Yu was in everything he did, especially compared to him. Nonetheless, he knows he shouldn't feel that way, and he respects Yu for everything he does.
  • 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. This manifests near the end of the game, where Yosuke's the most vocal about killing Namatame.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: When he's resigned to being signed up for the cross-dressing pageant, he asks what kind of a "joke" it is. Chie quickly reminds him that it's the same one he pulled on them.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Has a knack for spouting out innuendo.
  • Saying Too Much: When Chie and Yukiko confront him for signing them up without their permission, and say that they can't back out of it, he remarks that there "must have been something in the fine print (he) overlooked."
  • Spin Attack: For his follow-up attack, Yosuke Strike, he extends his arms and spins, whacking an enemy with a critical hit.
  • 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 Yu's room, Yosuke decides he can't be with a girlfriend until he avenges Saki.
  • 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.
  • Standard Status Effects: He will only ever learn two: the first is Makajam, which has a 40% chance to silence one enemy. The second is Tentarafoo, which has a chance to confuse all enemies.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: Yosuke is usually depicted with kunai in artwork and Persona 4 Arena.
  • Straw Loser: In both the game and especially the anime, Yosuke serves as a way of making Yu 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.
  • Those Two Guys: Occasionally plays this with Teddie, to the point of sharing a goodbye with Yu at the end of the game.
  • 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 is hardly the first bizarre thing we've seen...
    (Leading into the True Final Boss fight)
    Yosuke: Come on! You know we've been through way worse than this thing! This is just the send-off our leader deserves! Time for the grand finale.
  • Weapon Twirling: He does this while in battle and in the opening animation. It backfires when he nearly drops his dagger in both.
  • Western Zodiac: Cancer
  • What the Hell Are You?: To Teddie after he is unmasked to see nothing inside early in the game.
  • Wrench Whack: His special weapon found in the area his Shadow was defeated is a pair of wrenches. It gives a +40 boost to SP, making it extremely useful in the early game, and unlike the others, you don't need to defeat an optional boss for it.

    Chie Satonaka 

Chie Satonaka

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Arcana: The Chariot
Persona: Tomoe, Suzuka Gongen, Haraedo-no-Okami (Golden)
Voice actors: Tracey Rooney (English, original game), Erin Fitzgerald (English, all installments thereafter and replaces Rooney in Golden), Yui Horie (Japanese)
Stage actors: Minami Tsukui (VisuaLive and VisuaLive Evolution), Makoto Koichi (Arena)

Chie Satonaka is another second-year student at Yasogami High. An upbeat girl with an obsession with martial arts action films, she is generally friendly, cheerful, and energetic, but has a short temper, especially with Yosuke. She's been friends with Yukiko since they were children.

Chie appropriately attacks with numerous kung-fu kicks - rather, she imitates what she watches in movies - and as such, her weapons are various boots and greaves. While she begins the game with Ice magic and physical skills, she soon leaves behind Ice entirely to focus on physical output, usually in the form of multi-target attacks and damage buffs. In Golden, she was slightly reworked to focus more on critical hits.

After obtaining their own Personas, Yosuke and the protagonist take their third trip into the TV World to rescue Yukiko. Chie follows and bolts ahead of the group, finding herself lost in Yukiko's Castle. There she's confronted with her Shadow, who derides her for a perceived selfishness in her friendship with Yukiko - finding enjoyment in how much Yukiko relies on her for emotional stability and support, a twisted perversion of Chie's desire to protect others. After the protagonist and Yosuke defeat Shadow Chie, Chie acknowledges that part of did enjoy being relied upon and asked to help, but despite that is still Yukiko's friend and will work harder than ever to make sure she doesn't lose it. Accepted, Shadow Chie morphs into Chie's Persona. She goes on to co-found the Investigation Team with Yosuke and the protagonist.

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.

Shadow Chie becomes Tomoe, of the Chariot Arcana. Tomoe Gozen was a samurai who served in the Genpei War, a powerful warrior who disappeared after the Battle of Awazu - what happened to her afterwards is unclear, and to this day it's unknown if she ever actually existed. Upon completion of her Social Link, Tomoe evolves into Suzuka Gongen, another legend of Japanese folklore from the Kakamura period, whose appearances have been everything from demon to bandit to a warrior goddess. In Golden, Suzuka Gongen can further grow into Haraedo-no-Okami, a generic reference to several Shinto goddesses of purification who were among those born after Izanagi washed away the filth of Yomi. Haraedo-no-Okami learns the special move Dragon Hustle, which boosts the attack, defense, and hit/evasion rate of the entire party for three turns.

Through her Social Link, the protagonist and Chie become closer through training together at the Samegawa Floodplain. Over time, the protagonist learns of how Chie enjoys creating notoriety for herself, in hopes of being feared by delinquents and protecting the weak. Chie also reveals some halfhearted fears that others don't see her as feminine due to her attire and behavior. She and the protagonist protect several students from gangs of bullies, including a middle school friend of Chie's. Late in the Link, the protagonist has the option of beginning an intimate relationship with Chie - whatever the player decides, Chie resolves to protect the town she loves and will give the protagonist some matching wristbands. If her Link was finished, she reveals on the hero's second-to-last day in town that she wants to become a police officer under Dojima's guidance.

During the Golden concert scene, Chie plays the trumpet.

  • Accidental Proposal: Believes she gave one to Yu during her Winter S-Link Event in Golden if romanced. She quickly verifies that it wasn't one, though she doesn't seem to mind the thought of it.
  • Adorkable: Throughout her social link, Chie has a habit of embarrassing herself by putting her foot in her mouth.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Yu can mention finding her musculature attractive in her Social Link.
  • Anger Born of Worry: As soon as Yu 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 and storms off.
  • Armed Legs: Her weapon set is comprised of shoes and other assorted footwear.
  • Badass Adorable: She's one of the toughest members of the team and is certainly cute-looking.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: She herself isn't, but she does emulate her martial arts idol's fighting style during combat and makes numerous references to him and other Hong Kong action movie stars, complete with lines likes "Don't think, feel". She does sport a bowl cut and Tomoe wears a yellow jumpsuit, which become an alternate costume for Chie herself in Golden. Chie, appropriately, geeks out over it.
  • Bully Hunter: Her Social Link includes her defending an old friend and a young boy from a Gang of Bullies.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Earlier on, Chie suggested just letting the police handle the investigation on Saki's death. Yosuke points out that the police wouldn't be able to figure anything out due to the whole "supernatural abomination world" in the TV. Averted later on, though, as she realizes that the police are no help, and insists on going after the bullies, approving the most if you enthusiastically agree.
  • Character Select Forcing: The bonus boss in the Heaven dungeon 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.
  • 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.
  • Cute Bruiser: After Kanji, (and potentially Yu), she's the best physical damage dealer of the group.
  • * 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 Yu and Yosuke when they see her confronting her Shadow Self.
  • Don't Think, Feel: One of her quotes at the end of battle.
  • Extremity Extremist: Save for using items, everything she does in battle she does with her feet, even guarding. She throws a few punches as part of her moves in Arena, though.
  • Fear of Thunder: Golden reveals that Chie is scared of thunderstorms.
  • First Girl Wins: If her romance is pursued.
  • Flanderization: Chie's steak-fixation and general awkwardness has gotten exaggerated with each new spin-off.
  • 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 ten 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!
  • Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Occasionally does this in battle.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: The biggest aversion. Yukiko and Naoto use ranged weapons and Rise mostly offers support. Chie kills Shadows by kicking the crap out of 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. Her most powerful attack, Agneyastra, still costs a massive 24% of her HP to cast.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: As would be expected of a Chariot.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Chie has a dog called Muku, which was given to her when she first met Yukiko. We never see him in the games, but in the anime he's depicted as a massive St. Bernard.
  • Hollywood Homely: Invoked. She was specifically designed to be realistic but still attractive, especially compared to the intentionally unrealistic Rise and traditionally beautiful Yukiko.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: She often gets exasperated with Yukiko's laughing fits, but when Takeshi says he's not fond of that part of Yukiko and accuses her of having made Yukiko this way, Chie angrily tells him that Yukiko is naturally that way.
  • 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.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: She doesn't really know kung-fu at all. She simply emulates the movies she watches.
  • Kick Chick: Complete with Funny Bruce Lee Noises.
    "HWA-TAAAAAAA!"
  • 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 techniques are mostly 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.
  • 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, leaving Yu and Yosuke to catch up with her. As she is not a Persona-user at this point and has no clue what is waiting for her there, 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.
  • 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 her Social Link is maxed in Golden, she learns Dragon Hustle her special Dragon Hustle buff come January.
  • Modesty Shorts: Always wearing bike shorts under her skirt, and for good reason.
  • 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 the protagonist chooses the option to say that he doesn'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 head. She has her own assortment of secret admirers, including Kou.
  • One-Hit Kill: Her "Galactic Punt" follow-up attack is capable of instantly killing even mid bosses, 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 she was replaced in Arena with Erin Fitzgerald, the latter voiced her in every single appearance afterward, up to rerecording all of Rooney's dialogue in Golden. This was likely done due to Golden adding several new scenes and voiced dialogue for Social Link events, resulting in large amounts of additional voiced dialogue.
  • 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, more so in the Anime where it borders on Combat Tentacles.
  • Plain Jane: Considers herself inferior to Yukiko because of this.
  • Poisonous Friend: While she does genuinely want to help and protect Yukiko, it's indicated at some point, her jealousy of Yukiko's beauty and popularity corrupted that desire, and she subconsciously took pleasure in having Yukiko dependent on her. 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.
  • The Resenter: Shadow Chie reveals that Chie resents Yukiko for being more feminine than her. Grows out of this afterward.
  • Roundhouse Kick: How she breaks her Persona card.
  • Rule of Three: Haraedo-no-Okami is a composite of three Shinto goddesses, 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, particularly since Yosuke tries to guilt trip them into wearing them.
  • 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.
  • Standard Status Effects: Two of her available moves, Skull Cracker and Mind Slice, have a chance to inflict the Panic ailment.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Her opinion on the Killer kidnapping females, as she comments he's a pervert. She also feels this way about the bullies picking on the weak.
  • 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 for Yu to romance her, 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 Shadow because she didn't want to turn old and ugly. All of these traits could be seen as her not so much desiring to act un-feminine, as many other characters with this trope fall under, but rather taking the better traits of the "tomboy" aspect such as an active lifestyle and layering them on top of a traditionally "girly" personality.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Her "Galactic Punt" Follow-Up Attack results in this happening to the victim.
  • Western Zodiac: Leo
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Takeshi, an old friend of hers you meet in her Social Link. There's a certain element of familiarity between them, but Takeshi makes Chie uncomfortable with his infatuation with Yukiko. After Chie saves Takeshi from the bullies, causing him to run off, she gets annoyed with his refusal to admit that he ran away, and infuriated when he insists that] Yukiko's laughing fits are uncharacteristic of her. The two part on bad terms and Takeshi is never seen again.
  • Whip It Good: Part of her Shadow's dominatrix theme.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Her fear of bugs, revealed during her third Social Link Event.

    Yukiko Amagi 

Yukiko Amagi

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Arcana: The Priestess
Persona: Konohana Sakuya, Amaterasu, Sumeo-Okami (Golden)
Voice actors: Amanda Winn Lee (English), Ami Koshimizu (Japanese)
Stage actors: Risa Yoshiki (VisuaLive), Yumi Sugimoto (VisuaLive Evolution), Shiki Aoki (Arena)

The last of the Investigation Team's second-year members and the heiress to the generations-old Amagi Inn, Yukiko Amagi is a smart, beautiful, yet rather socially awkward girl - despite her popularity among Yasogami High's student body, her only real friend before the events of the game is Chie. While initially introduced as a prim-and-proper lady, it becomes quickly apparent that Yukiko has a somewhat bizarre sense of humor and thinking.

Yukiko fulfills the party's Red Mage role - she has the highest SP and Magic stats of anyone in the party, and receives every healing and Fire spell in the game as she levels up. While she does have a weapon in the form of paper fans, she's much better suited to sticking to magic, as her physical damage is the lowest in the party. She also has very low physical defense.

Yukiko is the third subject of the Midnight Channel and the first that has the chance to be rescued by the Investigation Team. Her inner thoughts and desires created a dungeon in the form of an European castle, while her Shadow masqueraded as a princess 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. Yu, Yosuke and Chie manage to defeat her Shadow, and she becomes a member of the Investigation Team upon receiving her Persona.

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 feels trapped in her life.

After being defeated, Shadow Yukiko becomes Konohana Sakuya, of the Priestess Arcana. The Shinto goddess of Mount Fuji and all volcanoes, Konohana Sakuya is considered to be an avatar of life, and is symbolically tied to cherry blossoms - reflecting Yukiko's use of fire attacks and her own flower motif. When Yukiko's Social Link is completed, Konohana Sakuya evolves into Amaterasu, the Japanese goddess of sunlight, born from the Yomi taint Izanagi washed himself of. In Golden, Amaterasu can further evolve into Sumeo-Okami, an epithet for Amaterasu. Sumeo-Okami will learn Burning Petals, which deals massive Fire damage to all enemies in battle.

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 would ruin the reputation of the Inn eventually make her realize that she has a supportive family and friends that she wants to help and defend - the protagonist/Yu can choose to pursue a romantic relationship with Yukiko at this point. Regardless of what is chosen, she will give the protagonist a charm from the Tatsuhime Shrine, where the two spent much of their discussing Yukiko's future. She resolves to accept her duty and manage the inn when the time comes.

During the Golden concert scene, Yukiko plays the saxophone.

  • 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.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Some adults in Inaba, and Rei in Persona Q, call her "Yuki-chan."
  • 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 Adorable: She's beautiful, deadly, and a lovable teenager.
  • 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 Yu and Persona Q's Zen. If offended enough, she will reflexively slap them, regardless of the other person's intentions (though she usually apologizes for it). 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.
  • Character Select Forcing: A variant happens during a stakeout early in the game, where in Yu gets the choice to team up with Chie, Yosuke or Yukiko, but circumstances will always leave him with Yukiko - it's how her Social Link is established.
  • Chaste Hero: She often indicates that she doesn't know much about teen romance, and doesn't even seem to realize that she's turning down her suitors.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: Her initial Persona fits the theme, both from her appearance and folklore story. Yukiko provides the personality, and her ultimate ability is called "Burning Petals".
  • 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 Ojou role, her Weapon of Choice is a fan.
  • Covert Pervert: She's usually the shy one, but expresses a surprising amount of sultriness when "drunk" during the trip to Tatsumi Port Island. Beyond that, when given one of the sexier alternate costumes when in an intimate relationship in Golden, she mentions she's happy to dress up, but she would prefer it be in private....
  • The Cutie: Just like Rise, she has beautiful feminine looks, but once you get to know her, she's a lovable goofball and a sweetheart.
  • Ditzy Genius: While a straight-A student, she does have a peculiar thought process when it comes to certain topics, like taking strange delight on someone described as "legendary".
  • 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 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.
  • Girly Bruiser: Traditionally feminine, well-mannered, and the best magic user within the team.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Amaterasu and Sumeo-Okami.
  • Good Parents: Implied. 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 Yu.
  • Hime Cut: Part of her Yamato Nadeshiko image is the long hair with straight bang and sidetails look.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: None of Yukiko's Personas are immune or even resistant to Darkness spells, meaning she's in serious trouble if she uses her Mudo attacks on a Shadow that reflects them.
  • 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. In a more lighthearted note, after her slapping Yosuke causes Yosuke to blame Chie for suggesting that Yukiko tutor him, and Chie to point out that it was his fault for asking for "private lessons," she says she has to get going.
  • Insistent Terminology: She insists on calling the dog that Chie adopted for her when they first met "Chosokabe" rather than "Muku."
  • I Will Wait for You: Essentially what she tells the protagonist, who is destined to leave Inaba at the end of the school year. 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 the group has towards finding out his identity as the true Killer, but she doesn't make this known unless the player casts suspicion on Adachi in the first place... at the very end of the game. Granted, no one had thought to suspect Adachi until then.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: She wears a pink kimono while working for the inn. It and a black ceremonial kimono can be purchased as costumes for her.
  • 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 the protagonist for the Red Phoenix Ranger position with the party's Featherman get-ups. Referenced again in Ultimax, where Yukiko excitedly volunteers to take over Yukari's role after defeating her 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: To say the least, 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. In a more memorable instance, she somehow manages to make completely flavorless food.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Before meeting Chie.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Very saddened over losing her fried tofu early on in the story, and when Teddie steals her ramen at Hagakure Ramen.
  • Love at First Sight: If romanced, she confesses this to Yu 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 protagonist's friendship choice harder than any other girl on the Investigation Team, and leaves hints of lingering bitterness in certain costume dialog segments and on Valentine's Day. In spite of that, she's grateful for his friendship, and seems to consider him her closest male friend.
  • 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.
  • 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. Can be hilariously subverted anyways, as Yu can choose to say he doesn't even remember it happening.
  • Modesty Shorts: She has them under her skirt while wearing her summer outfit.
  • 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. He's still bringing it up in Arena which is over a year later, much to Yukiko's irritation. Especially since her inner monologue insists that she is not interested in such things. Really.
  • Never My Fault: In episode 20 of the anime, she joins in the other girls in chewing out the boys for their Accidental Pervert moment in the hot spring, conveniently choosing to ignore that the entire mess was Yukiko's own fault because she mixed up the times for when the boys and girls use the springs.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Absolutely adores ghost stories, as shown in the ski trip. She's one of the few characters in Q that doesn't freak out during the Evil Spirit Club dungeon. This also provides an amusing contrast with Chie and to a lesser extent, Naoto: she likes hearing scary stories (a trait normally associated with a Tomboy) while Chie freaks out a lot.
  • Nonindicative Name: "Yuki" is a name more often associated with "snow." She initially feels that it's a Meaningful Name because she's "worthless" like snow.
  • Ojou: Of a generations-old inn.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Holds one when wearing her yukata in the opening sequence.
  • 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.
    • In the manga, she admits that her inn's prestige and tradition "can go to hell," as a way of admitting that a part of her did agree with her Shadow, but then says that the inn is home to her family and many of the people she cares about, which is why she genuinely wants to help them.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Provides the page image.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has fair skin and long black hair, and has gathered quite a fan club because of her beautiful looks.
  • The Red Mage: Provides healing magic to the party and damaging Fire magic to the enemy.
  • Ryokan (inn): The Amagi Inn takes this appearance.
  • 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, who doesn'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 are perfect for each other.
  • Shrinking Violet: She appears this way at first, but as she gets more comfortable around Yu and Yosuke, her true personality traits emerge.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Seems soft spoken and inoffensive, but has a strong will and a fierce temper. Completing her Social Link gives her the courage to use her steely side a little more.
  • 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 hits anything not resistant or immune to Agi like a truck.
  • That Came Out Wrong: When Chie mentions that Yukiko is popular but has never had a boyfriend, she gets flustered and protests that neither is true, before correcting herself and saying that she means that she doesn't need a boyfriend.
  • Useless Accessory: Don't expect Amaterasu or Sumeo-Okami to ever use those katanas.
  • Verbal Backspace: In Dancing All Night, when Yosuke begins a dance with her as a partner.
    Yukiko: Yosuke-kun! For once in your life- I mean, good luck!
  • Western Zodiac: Sagittarius
  • 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 The Animation, Yukiko covers her eyes to avoid seeing Kanji straddling his almost naked Shadow... badly.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In the manga, after Yukiko accepts her shadow, she responds to Chie tearfully apologizing for her jealousy of Yukiko and vowing to get stronger by hugging her and saying "You're plenty strong already."

    Kanji Tatsumi 

Kanji Tatsumi

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Arcana: The Emperor
Persona: Take-Mikazuchi, Rokuten Maoh, Takeji Zaiten (Golden)
Voice actors: Troy Baker (English), Matthew Mercer (English, The Animation episodes 13-26, Ultimax, Q, Dancing All Night), Tomokazu Seki (Japanese)
Stage actors: Youichirou Oumi (VisuaLive and VisuaLive Evolution), Eiji Takigawa (Arena)

The youngest member of the Team, Kanji Tatsumi is a first-year at Yasogami and a delinquent whose mother runs the local textile shop. Kanji's rough exterior hides a genuinely caring, kindhearted man with a talent for handicrafts - that caused people to shun him for his "girly" hobbies and to make him question his own sexuality.

Kanji is the team's resident Mighty Glacier, with abysmal Agility but the highest Strength and Endurance in the party. Take-Mikazuchi provides powerful Electric attacks to foes, but with a low Magic stat and small SP pool, Kanji's true assets lie in his aforementioned absurd Strength, focused on delivering physical attacks the Shadows won't get up from. He fights with several blunt objects, beginning with a folding chair.

When thrown into the Midnight Channel, his inner thoughts and fears generate the Steamy Bathhouse dungeon. His Shadow masquerades as him wearing nothing but a towel and speaking like a Camp Gay looking for "love". At first, he seems to taunt Kanji regarding his own doubts about his sexuality, but this gives way to Kanji's true fears - he's "just scared shitless of being rejected" after suffering the mockery of his peers for his hobbies. The Team defeats his Shadow and Kanji accepts his flaws.

Shadow Kanji 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.

Kanji's Persona is Take-Mikazuchi of the Emperor Arcana. A Shinto god of thunder and winner of the first sumo match in history, he was born from the blood on the sword of Izanagi after the slaying of Kagutsuchi. When Kanji's Social Link is completed, Take-Mikazuchi evolves into Rokuten Maoh, a Buddhist deity made to tempt followers from the righteous path. In Golden, Rokuten Maoh can further evolve into Takeji Zaiten, an alternate name for Rokuten Maoh. Takeji Zaiten learns the signature skill The Man's Way, which has a chance of knocking down and dizzying all foes on the field.

In his Social Link, Kanji meets a little boy who lost his friend's doll and to cheer him up, he makes him a new doll, which turns out to be so impressive the boy offers to buy more for his friends. 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/Yu encourages him to tell the truth about his dolls instead of hiding it and inviting trouble from the police. Kanji learns to take pride in his hobby and opens up his own handicraft class. He gives the protagonist a cute strap from his handmade work.

During the Golden concert scene, Kanji plays drums.
  • Adorkable: Pretty much his entire personality, once you get to know him.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While frequently thought of as Ambiguously Gay, he actually leans more to this. Putting aside his Shadow, big boy here's got a crush on Naoto throughout the course of the game, his insecurity based on the fact that he thinks Naoto is male. When it's found out that she's actually female, Kanji's crush still remains, and he's relieved to discover that Naoto was a girl the entire time. He also displays a small crush on Chihiro Fushimi, but at the same time, there's...something that seemingly goes beyond friendship in his Social Link with the male protagonist.
  • Anger Born of Worry: He's the most upset about Naoto's Batman Gambit, in part because he has feelings for her. Rise teases him about it.
  • Badass Adorable: The "badass" part started before he joined the team; the tallest, but youngest, male of the team took down a entire gang of bikers who woke his mother up, due to making loud noises. The "adorable" part is him having an Adorkable personality, is genuinely caring and being a kindhearted teenager.
  • Badass Cape: His ultimate Persona in Golden, Takeji Zaiten, has one.
  • Beautiful All Along: The 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. Leads to him chasing Yosuke and Chie halfway around the shopping district.
  • Billy Elliot Plot: Played with, in that Kanji's mother is entirely supportive of his endeavors - it's his deceased father's advice to be strong as a man (which Kanji later admits that he misinterpreted) and the teasing from his classmates that prompt him to try and hide his talents away.
  • Butt Monkey: Frequently suffers a great deal of misfortune, such as on the camping trip, in which Yosuke, after making several cracks about his sexuality, goads him into going into the girls' tent, whereupon he gets knocked out by Yukiko and Chie (granted, it's implied that they would have also gotten in trouble for having an outsider in their tent).
    • In game mechanics, he gets slapped with this at the last minute - the True Final Boss absorbs electricity, meaning he's a bad choice unless you built him solely for physical attacks.
  • 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: To Naoto.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: His default weapon is a steel folding chair. As of Arena it's become his signature weapon.
  • Coat Cape: Provides the current trope picture. He wears his leather jacket on Sundays properly, though.
  • Cuteness Proximity: He had one of these moments when he first met Teddie, even asking if he could pet the little guy.
  • Delinquent Hair: Bleaches his hair. He stops dyeing it in Golden's epilogue.
  • 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, and his mother points out that he wasn't very popular among either gender. How responsible this may be for his sexuality (whatever it may be) is left ambiguous.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: He admits later on in his route that a great deal of his behavior was out of the belief that his late father didn't think he was strong enough (based on his father telling him to "become strong,") along with a misguided belief in what it means to be strong.
  • Dumb Muscle: It's rather self-designated as he is neither very good at nor interested in the more intellectual processes of the investigation.
  • Dynamic Entry: Kanji's way of saving the protagonist from danger is drop-kicking him out of the way.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Took down an entire biker gang singlehanded sometime before the events of the game, and in the anime punched his own Shadow's lights out.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The cause of his infamous beatdown of a biker gang? They were making too much noise and bothering his mother. As much as he bickers with her, Kanji clearly adores his mom.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Kanji was really excited about finding "the secret animal cracker" that Yosuke apparently ate. We're not sure either.
  • Face of a Thug: Scarred with prominent nose and ear piercings.
  • Genius Ditz: Time and time again, Kanji proves himself to be, while not quite stupid, far from the smartest member of the Investigation Team. Despite all this, he's very good at his arts and crafts hobbies.
  • Good Parents: Mrs. Tatsumi is depicted as kind and supportive of Kanji, and sticks up for him when a police officer suspects him of bullying children.
  • Gradual Regeneration: In Golden, he's capable of learning the best health regeneration skills, which help offset the cost of his Physical attacks.
  • Gratuitous English: Nice Guy, one of Shadow Kanji's minions, in the anime.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He gets angry easily over real or imagined slights, and one part of his Character Development is getting over this.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Ditches his thug look for a more business casual attire in the Golden True Ending.
  • Improvised Weapon: Mainly shields and other large bunt objects. His starting weapon is a folding chair.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: He's reluctant to wear the Kingpin Duster because it makes him look violent, and when Yosuke teases him about it, Kanji angrily threatens to fight him, before remembering that the duster was worn by one of the bike gang members he beat up.
  • Jerkass Façade: His Social Link focuses on dropping this.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: During the omelette cook off, when he tries Yukiko's omelette, he initially describes the taste as "boneless." Yukiko angrily points out that that is not a word you use to describe taste.
  • 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.
  • Leitmotif: Shadow Kanji has one in "Muscle Blues". The track "Time for True Revelation" from the anime seems to have become Kanji's own theme.
  • Macho Camp: Shadow Kanji's minions.
  • Mighty Glacier: Kanji has higher HP and Endurance than Chie and hits harder than her, but is a bit slower. In Q, he's the slowest party member, but quickly learns a skill that lets him move first and buffs his physical attack for a few turns.
  • 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, the twist being that it's probably because Chie and Yukiko beat him into unconsciousness the night before - Kanji had a concussion!
    • Gets one in the anime 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'?"
  • 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.
  • Shield Bash: How he attacks when using his shields.
  • Sissy Villain: His Shadow.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: To Naoto. He simply seems surprised to discover she's a girl, and not relieved one way or another.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Invoked when Kanji describes the dolls he makes as "So cute they'll give you diabetes".
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: As part of his critical hit, he hurls his shield at a fold.
  • 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. Chie finally flat out says it in the English dub of the anime.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Kanji was apparently far less angry and focused on appearing "tough" as a child, as his mother and Yukiko (who was acquainted with him when he was younger) point out.
  • "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.
  • Western Zodiac: Capricorn
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He calls Naoto out on her plan to lure the killer out. Rise teases him about his attraction to Naoto, while Yukiko defends Naoto's strategy, saying that without her, they wouldn't have realized that the culprit is still active.
  • Younger Than They Look: At 15, he's actually the youngest of the team. 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

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Arcana: The Lovers
Persona: Himiko, Kanzeon, Kouzeon (Golden)
Voice actors: Laura Bailey (English) Ashly Burch (English, Dancing All Night), Rie Kugimiya (Japanese)
Stage actors: Yuriya Suzuki (VisuaLive Evolution), Natsuko Aso (Arena)

A teenage Idol Singer known as "Risette", she suddenly retires from her work and moves to Inaba to help her grandmother's tofu shop, enrolling in Yasogami as a freshman. Despite being genuinely cheerful and bubbly, Rise is frustrated at her fans seeing her as Risette rather than her true self.

Rise serves a Mission Control role for the Team, taking over from Teddie after they both gain their Personas. Himiko allows her to scan the enemy for weaknesses and resistances. As she levels up, her Persona gains new skills that further augment her scanning abilities or allow her to provide passive buffs to the party.

The third rescue subject of the Investigation Team, her Midnight Channel dungeon is the Marukyu Striptease, wherein her Shadow appears 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. Shadow Rise possesses analytical skills that allows it to predict the party's every move, eventually making it impossible to beat; it takes an inexplicable surge of power from Teddie to defeat 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 her face should be. She constantly shouts for the party to look at her, embodying Rise's concern about being exploited.

Her Persona is Himiko of the Lovers Arcana. Himiko was a shaman queen of Yamataikoku, a country with the islands that would eventually become Japan. Strict yet peaceful, Himiko was so beloved by the people of Yamataikoku that the king who became the ruler after her demise was ignored by the country's citizens. Upon completing Rise's Social Link, Himiko evolves into Kanzeon, the Japanese name for the Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion, Guan Yin. In Golden, Kanzeon can eventually evolve into Kouzeon, an alternate translation of Kanzeon. She learns the skill Complete Analysis, which instantly reveals the elemental weaknesses and resistances of all enemies.

In her Social Link, Rise is continuously pestered by her past manager to return to showbiz despite her misgivings. She reveals 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 was people seeing her more as "Risette" than her true self. Eventually, after numerous reminders of her past, Rise realizes "Risette" is still an aspect of herself she shouldn't discard and resolves to return to showbiz come spring, evolving her Persona. She gives the protagonist/Yu a signed photo of herself genuinely smiling. Like the other girls, a romantic relationship can be pursued with Rise in the later stages of her Link, but she very clearly has a crush on Yu and will flirt with him numerous times regardless of whether a relationship is actually taken with her.

During the Golden concert scene, Rise fronts the team as lead singer.

  • All Women Are Lustful: Rise is very forward in her attraction with the protagonist/Yu. When he maxes out her Social Link, she'll ask him if he has a stash of porn in his room. If he says no, she'll offer him pictures of her in swimsuits.
  • Attention Whore: Her Shadow - Fan Disservice incarnate. Outside the stage, Rise would rather just stay away from the public spotlight.
  • Badass Adorable: After she accepted herself with her shadow, all of a sudden, Teddie's shadow comes out of Teddie himself, who said shadow is the real boss in her dungeon, she helps out the team while being injured and still looks undeniably cute doing it.
  • 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.
  • 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 - other than Igor and Margaret in the opening cutscene, she's the very first character ever seen.
  • The Chick: Far and away the most estrogen-fueled member of the main cast, complete with a tendency to cry a lot.
  • Crocodile Tears: Chie lampshades her attempts at this, noting how she immediately stops when Nanako praises her omelet. Played with in Dancing All Night's optional prologue, when Rise seemingly starts crying over how difficult it has been to make a comeback. While the other Investigation Team members suggest that she's faking it, Inoue points out that her eyes were red when she asked for him to let her friends participate.
  • Cry into Chest: When she realizes that her jealousy over a new idol is because Risette is a part of her, she breaks down crying. The protagonist/Yu can do this optionally in response, which makes the Social Link romantic.
  • The Cutie: Despite her beautiful looks and bubbly personality, she seems to intentionally play this up to keep the rest of the team in high spirits.
  • Deuteragonist: Of Dancing All Night, being the one who taught the Investigation Team their moves, being the designated leader of the story mode's B-Team- the younger members and Teddie- 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 Yu. A lot. Far, far above and beyond every other girl. Even if he turns down her romance. Even in the Golden epilogue, months after the conclusion of the game.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In Golden, if the protagonist/Yu puts on the Bath Towel costume and then talks to Rise, she will ask you to put some clothes on because she can't concentrate.
  • The Ditz: Subverted: she acts "bubbly" to keep people's spirits up, and to have fun. She is quite emotionally intelligent (insights into human nature, good at reading groups and people) and more down-to-earth than one might expect.
  • Fangirl: Of the Protagonist/Yu.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Which she ditches, at least temporarily, in the Golden epilogue.
  • Girly Run
  • Graceful Loser:
    • If she isn't romanced by Valentine's Day, she'll cheerfully hand Yu some friendship chocolate.
    • The player has 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 them.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Shadow Rise. After taking off enough of her health- even if you empty her entire health bar- she will use Supreme Insight on her next turn, rendering her invulnerable to all attacks. A few rounds later, the battle ends and progresses onward.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: If chosen as the love interest. The manga looks to be favoring her as well.
  • I Am Not Spock: Invoked. When most people look at her they only see Risette, much to her frustration.
  • 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. Dancing All Night focuses on this aspect.
  • 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 carried over into Golden. It even received a localized version performed by Laura Bailey.
  • Implied Love Interest: As noted above, Rise is the most overtly flirtatious of the female Investigation Team members (all of whom have various reasons to be less than fully open about their feelings for the protagonist), 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, as well as in the "friends" version of her Rank 10 Social Link event. In Persona 4 Golden, she more or less starts dueling for this role with Marie.
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for Naoto trying to lure out the kidnapper, saying that her accusing Naoto of thinking of the investigation as a game drove her to it (since Naoto remarks that "this is not a game for me, either" the last time the Investigation Team saw her).
  • 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 can often be 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. On the other hand, during the Omelette Cook-Off, one bite of Rise's omelette made Yukiko choke and pass out on the spot.
  • 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: On the ski trip, Rise seems to be intentionally angling for the Team to split into couples, actively encouraging Yosuke/Chie, Kanji/Naoto, and Yukiko/Teddie. While there's a certain logic to it, it 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 for her shadow. 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.
  • 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: Said by Kanji, Yosuke accorded that she has "beautiful, slim legs."
  • Shrinking Violet: Before she became an idol.
  • 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 get 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 Yu.
    • To quote Chie after Rise uses her charms to divert the conversation away from more depressing matters:
    Chie: "Damn, this girl's dangerous....!"
  • Western Zodiac: Gemini

    Teddie 

Teddie (Kuma)

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Arcana: The Star
Persona: Kintoki-Douji, Kamui, Kamui-Moshiro (Golden)
Voiced by: Dave Wittenberg (English, original game), Sam Riegel (English, all installments thereafter and replaces Wittenberg in Golden), Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese)

Teddie is a denizen of the Midnight Channel, taking the form of a talking bear mascot that actually has nothing inside. In the early stages of the game, he helps the party navigate the TV World and exposits about the nature of the fog and Shadows. During summer break, he leaves the TV and is revealed to have grown a human body - from then, he freely explores Inaba with the rest of the group and takes up resident with Yosuke. While friendly and cheerful, Teddie is also rather selfish and whiny, constantly annoying the party with his antics. He seems to have some sort of amnesia and doesn't really know what he is or what to do with his life.

He initially acts as Mission Control before both he and Rise gain their Personas. He then joins in combat, equipped with claws, knuckles and other hand implements. He serves another Red Mage role, like Yukiko, but is focused on Ice damage rather than Fire. He's slightly inferior to Yukiko in both damage and healing, so he focuses more on status buffs, debuffs, and curing detrimental effects.

After saving the party from Rise's Shadow almost at the cost of his life, his fears of having a superficial existence manifests into his Shadow. Shadow Teddie taunts Teddie about his hollowness and meaningless existence before mocking the rest of the Team, claiming their search for the truth is fruitless. After being saved, Teddie gains a Persona, allowing him to participate in fights more actively.

Teddie's 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 implied that Teddie's Shadow was somehow hijacked by the endgame 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. Outright confirmed in the anime - when fighting Shadow Teddie, Rise scans the eye 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.

During the Golden concert scene, Teddie plays the tambourine.

  • 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.
  • 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 Yu 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: Ditto for his human form but played straight in bear form.
  • 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 "NO!": In the game, after Yu pushes him, he yells this while struggling to get up.
  • 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 Yu. 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: In the Omelette Cook-Off after tasting Chie's omelette, he says, "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.
    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 Yu, 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.
  • Closet Sublet: It's revealed in Persona Q that he sleeps in Yosuke's closet.
  • 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*
    • Played straight with... whatever that was he uses to defeat Shadow Rise.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Arena and later material confirms that he spends about equal amounts of time on either side of the TV.
  • 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.
  • Lost in Translation: In the original Japanese version, Teddie is known as "Kuma" (Japanese for "bear") and, in his human form, uses the alias "Kumada". Besides being an actual, common Japanese surname, "Kumada" can be interpreted as meaning "It's kuma", creating two puns. Sadly, the joke was lost with the localized name, and Teddie never uses an alias.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Played for laughs in Persona Q. The group discusses what the kanji in their names can be read as. "Teddie" isn't written in Kanji, so Yu observes that it sounds like the characters Te and Dei which evidently can be read as "dirty hands".
  • Monster Clown: Shadow Teddie goes for this instead.
  • Morphic Resonance: Explicitly averted with his two forms to make the contrast all the stronger.
  • 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/Yu "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.
  • 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.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Invoked; he claims he grew a human form purely to try to score with the girls.
  • 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.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Admit it, he's extremely adorable!
  • 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. He usually gets tied to the back of Kanji's bicycle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Third-Person Person: In the Japanese version, Teddie often speaks of himself in third person.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

    Naoto Shirogane 

Naoto Shirogane

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Arcana: Wheel of Fortune
Persona: Sukuna-Hikona, Yamato-Takeru, Yamato Sumeragi (Golden)
Voice actors:note  Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English, The Animation), Valerie Arem (English, all installments thereafter), Romi Park (Japanese)
Stage actors: Juria Kawakami (VisuaLive Evolution), Yuki Asakura (Arena)
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. Naoto's strategy fails to uncover much except for the proof that the killer is still out there, but she awakens her Persona and joins the 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. Yu 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...
  • Adorkable: Whenever she's flustered, especially during her Social Link.
  • Anger Born of Worry: At Rank 8 of her Social Link, if the player chooses to protect her from a knife (actually a radio she made), Naoto will angrily say that she knew that the radio wasn't a real knife but the player character didn't, and that he would have been in danger. If the player has met certain conditions, this will become an opportunity to make a Love Confession.
  • 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 skepticism seems most arbitrary. However, it's implied that she's actually in denial over the possibility due to being that frightened of the idea.
    • This carries over to most of her later appearances. When Yosuke tells a ghost story in Golden, she tries to debunk it but remembers that there was a police report about a similar incidentnote . In the later anime adaptation, she is asked by Yu to help out with a Christmas party. Because of his vague wording, she assumed it to be a date and attempted to rationalize it... by coming to the conclusion that he and the other girls were planning to murder her.
  • Badass: She's a skilled detective who catches onto the team's involvement pretty quickly.
  • Badass Adorable: Respectively the whole team is this, but Naoto deserves a special mention. For example, she's the only party member with a license to carry weapons, specially firearms since she's a detective and she wins the school beauty pageant by bailing on it, since she reacted endearingly shy.
  • Badass Biker: If the cover of the Persona x Detective NAOTO spin-off novel is anything to be believed.
  • Badass Bookworm: She is an teenage 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.
  • 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.
  • Broken Streak: Naoto is the only main female character in the game capable of cooking an edible meal. Unlike Chie, Yukiko, and Rise, Naoto sticks to following a recipe rather than experimenting. This comes as a pleasant surprise to the guys during the Christmas Party.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Deconstructed. Turns out that if you're half everybody else's 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.
  • 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.
  • Chick Magnet: With many girls at school, before AND after she is revealed to be a girl.
  • 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/Yu 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. Unfortunately, she still only has the eight slots, meaning you need to know what to focus on or else be stuck with a useless mishmash of a skill set.
  • 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'd 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.
  • Fair Cop: She's a Kid Detective and a very attractive woman.
  • 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.
  • Four Is Death: Not Naoto herself, but her parents, who were fourth-generation detectives and died in a car crash. This also ties in to her usage of instant-death spells.
  • 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 fueled 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 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.
  • Height Angst: In Persona Q Ken observes that her shoes have thicker than normal soles, making her seem taller than she is.
  • 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.
  • Idiot Ball: As Kanji makes sure to let her know, deliberately letting the kidnapper capture her and throw her into the TV world was a very rash and idiotic decision that could have gotten her killed.
  • 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. Her first interaction with the Investigation Team, for example, is to blatantly insult them by calling their investigation a "game", thereby ensuring that three of the known victims - her best leads - will refuse to cooperate.
  • Insufferable Genius: She comes off this way at first, and this leads to some friction between her and the police.
    • Talk to her in a dungeon when she's with Kanji, and he'll complain that she keeps trying to give him riddles as mental excercises. She responds by asking if he solved the last one yet.
    • Cue her Red Baron tagline in Arena, "The 2000-IQ Killjoy Detective."
  • 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.
  • Last Girl Wins: If her romance is pursued, since she's the last social link to become available.
  • 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.
  • Magikarp Power: In P4G, through careful work and exploitation of the new bike system, she can be your party's biggest damage dealer while also having incredibly useful support skills.
  • 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 None: In the original PS2 game, Naoto focuses almost entirely on Light/Dark skills and Almighty attacks. While she can tear through regular enemies like a buzzsaw, she's utterly worthless against bosses - her mana pool is too low to keep using Almighty attacks, bosses are immune to Light/Dark, her strength isn't high enough for the physical attacks she later learns to be worth much, and her revolver isn't a terribly strong weapon. Golden attempts to fix this, but just makes it worse - she may learn many more useful skills, but she still only has eight skill slots, meaning poor planning can make her even less useful.
  • Meaningful Echo: When the police are about to make a move and arrest Mitsuo as a suspect, she tells the Investigation Team that their "game" will soon be over, causing them to take umbrage. After setting the bait for the kidnapper, she tells the Investigation Team that this is not a game for her, either.
  • 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: Naoto is rarely ever seen without a blue policeman/cabbie hat.
  • 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. She does away with for the Arena games.
  • 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. This carries on to Arena, where her Furious Action is a barrier which can lead to a counter.
  • Oblivious to Love: She doesn't seem to notice that Kanji likes her. She even suspects that his inability to talk with her is proof that the opposite is true.
  • 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: 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 "experimenter 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. Kanji angrily calls he out for her recklessness, though.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • Shrinking Violet: Covertly; only when she is being romanced by the Protagonist/Yu 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
  • 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).
  • 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. While the slot limit makes it tricky, she's still very customizable - which characters do you use most, and where do they fall short? She can probably fill that.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Invoked during the King's Game.
    Naoto: Are you people a pack of imbeciles?
    • This carries over to Arena:
    Naoto: An army of idiots, hmmm?
  • 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.
    • 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/Yu who has a chance at cooking anything properly.
  • Teen Genius: She's a working member of the police force at age 15.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: It's noted that she doesn't get along well with the other police, who don't like her insisting that the case isn't over after the first suspect's arrest, and her gender and age are also considered points against her. The final straw is when she decides to lure out the kidnapper, which results in her being taken off the case.
  • 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. It's not a complete case, however - as noted above, with only the standard eight slots, she's much, much harder to use effectively.
  • 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.
  • Western Zodiac: Taurus
  • 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.
  • 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.

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