The protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei IV. Flynn is a quiet young man living in the Kingdom of East Mikado during the late-1400s who becomes a demon exterminating Samurai after being chosen in the yearly Gauntlet Ritual.
All-Loving Hero: Should he choose to obliterate existence, the White hail him as such. Should he refuse, they blame his messianic tendencies.
On the Law route, Flynn is memorialized after his death and remembered in Mikado as a Messiah who preserved peace. There's even a statue made of him to replace the one of Aquila.
On the Neutral route Flynn becomes the Champion of Tokyo, acknowledged as the strongest Hunter there is and seen as a symbol of hope by the common people. His reputation is bolstered even more after defeating Merkabah and the Demon Lord Lucifer. Meanwhile, the people of East Mikado place him in higher regard than Hugo or even Hope, and the mere mention of his name is all it takes for the recalcitrant ones to meekly obey the evacuation order. One veteran Samurai compares the people's faith in him to faith in God, as uncomfortable as the concept makes him.
On the Chaos route, Lucifer all but states that Flynn will be the next King of the fallen Mikado.
Hime Cut: A rare male example. It isn't that evident since he wears his hair up in a ponytail, but his bangs and sidelocks are somewhat cut like it. The Strange Grease helm from the Vanity Pack DLC has his hair worn loose, showing that he clearly has a hime cut.
A young Samurai born to an upper class family who is chosen in the same Gauntlet Ritual as Flynn. Despite being born to the Luxuror caste, he supports equality for all castes in East Mikado.
Ambiguously Gay: According to extra material on the website, he has three sisters and isn't very good with women, feeling more comfortable around men. There's also an early scene where he vigorously denies wooing women, drawing suspicion. Nothing more explicit than that is stated.
Messy Hair: Has curly brown hair down to his neck.
My Country, Right or Wrong: He adores the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado to the point of near-blindness as to its very real problems. Reminds the party that their duty as Samurai is to Mikado, regardless of personal feelings.
Nice Guy: Even when he's angry, he's extremely polite and agreeable. In the Neutral Route when Merkabah is taking his form, he goes back and forth between insulting Flynn and being nice, while also insulting him for being born of common stock.
Status Quo Is God: He wants everything to stay the same so that "peace" may last forever, to the point that it seems he has a fear of change. He even states at one point that neither Mikado or Tokyo should change. Ironically, in his own path he goes with the Archangels plans to DESTROY TOKYO.
A young Samurai from a Casualry family chosen in the same Gauntlet Ritual as Flynn, who wishes to change the corruption he sees in the world with his own two hands. The Protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei Demonic Gene.
Ambition Is Evil: His quest for strength in order to change the corrupt and caste based societies around him is ultimately what causes him to embrace the darker sides of the Chaos alignment.
Blood Knight: Takes to the life of a Samurai like fish to water because he enjoys fighting demons. For the same reason, the strife of Infernal Tokyo also suits him.
Body Horror: Walter volunteers be absorbed by Lucifer, only to become Lucifer's engorged, pulsating left arm. Gets even creepier in Lucifer's second form, where Walter becomes a grotesque fetus-like creature still attached to Lucifer's left arm.
Even in Demonic Gene he is not safe after getting bitten by Amaymon. He has mouths appearing on his body, has long demon tentacles with mouths on the end emerge from wounds, etc..
Book Dumb: He's not book smart and is completely uninterested in reading when the Baker wants to talk about books early into the story. Borders on a Fatal Flaw as he so easily comes to believe what Lilith says and comes to side with the Chaos alignment.
The Corruption: In Demonic Gene he gets bitten and infected by Amaymon, who says that it will make him hunger for the power of demons.
Foreshadowing: That small infatuation for Hikaru early in the game may be a hint to point out how he and Lucifer merge together in the end.
Future Me Scares Me: A non-time-travel version of this is one reason why he's happy to sacrifice himself to restore Lucifer. He's afraid that as he ages and weakens that he'll become grasping and covetous of security, which worries him as he believes he'll become like Jonathan.
Graceful Loser: After defeating him and Lucifer in the Law path, he'll concede you have the right to do as you please, as you were stronger.
Human Sacrifice: Volunteers to let Lucifer absorb him in order to restore the fallen angel's full power.
Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Has dreams of Flynn in Demonic Gene despite never knowing such a person. After his minds get zapped with the knowledge from the book that Burroughs translated, he gets a dream of a burning Tokyo with the Black Samurai telling him to come.
An elitist, ill mannered Samurai from a Luxuror family who works as chamberlains for the king.
Break the Haughty: After Alraune captures him for his blood. He is taken out of the dungeon and eventually locks himself away and barely eats, with others hearing the laughter of a madman coming from his room.
Escort Mission: You have to escort him all the way to Fujiwara's bar. Because he's being persecuted by pretty much everything, you are forced to take the long way through Naraku until you reach the Sky Terminal and jump to Shinjuku to the bar.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After the incident with Alraune, he has disavowed himself as a Samurai and begged his family to donate a large sum of money to Hugo so he could leave.
And then much, much later in the game, he wants to leave everything behind and live where there are no demons.
Sore Loser: Hates losing, especially to the Casualry.
Spoiled Brat: The family he's from is incredibly wealthy. It's probably telling that during the training exercises, he admits that he's never held a blade any heavier than a dinner knife before, and his mother would probably faint from the sight. Oh, and he felled his first demon by landing a critical hit not with an intentional attack, but while tripping. But recruiting demons...well, he's obviously plenty used to bribing his way through life. His breakdown after Alraune's destruction makes it perfectly clear he had no idea what being a samurai would entail, other than the prestige.
The Reveal: The girl you see at certain points of your journey? That's Burroughs, the Goddess of Tokyo.
Ridiculously Human Robots: Expresses emotion, brags about you to her fellow navigation AI, and even has a human appearance, despite being an artificial program installed on your gauntlet that states she doesn't have emotions.
Robot Buddy: She's a computer AI who will stick with you no matter what path you choose.
Robot Girl: She's a navigation AI with the appearance of an attractive human woman.
Undying Loyalty: No matter what your choice is, she'll follow you until the end.
Virtual Ghost: Stephen is said to have based her on a woman who died. Said woman just so happens to be the Goddess of Tokyo.
For Science!: The guy is dedicated to learning about demons.
Fusion Dance: You have to buy the Fusion app before you get him and the Cathedral of Shadows. Then he oversees the fusion of demons.
Large Ham: He sometimes makes interesting noises when the compendium has too many hits, a long oh when a new demon can be fused by being unlocked, and lets out a mighty laugh when you ask him who he is.
Was Once a Man: He mentions in the talk section under "Who are you?" that he was once a man fascinated by demons and now rules the app. Likely he, like Burroughs, was based on a living entity and made this way by Stephen.
Star-Crossed Lovers: He was separated from the woman he loved when he became a Samurai and while he can't speak his own feelings because of his station, it's implied he feels some anger over the fact he was separated from her.
A former Samurai who became the Abbot of the East Mikado abbey. Despised by the Samurai for his complete lack of sympathy, thoughtfulness, and vision.
Ambition Is Evil: Left the Samurai for the Monastery out of political ambition, and ever since has been ordering the Samurai around.
Easily Forgiven: Despite sending Samurai to the Unclean Ones country on flimsy (though correct) reasoning, staging public executions to eliminate political rivals, dissidents, and persons tainted by the Literature, the neutral ending sees him welcomed to Tokyo like all of the Mikado refugees and making plans to sample Tokyo alcohols with Fujiwara.
Henpecked Husband: Humorously reveals this while trying to pass off the wife being a friend's when he requests wine.
Jerkass: His first appearance has him usurping Hope's command over the Samurai and ordering them to break their oaths to go on a Suicide Mission. Walter later reveals that the mission to capture the Black Samurai is little more than a glorified treasure hunt to Hugo and the Monastery.
Large Ham: Tends to be loud and grandiose during his speeches.
Otaku: He really does like mystic relics. In the neutral route he's more interested in the opportunity to study Tokyo directly than upset over Mikado's imminent loss.
Surrounded by Idiots: He is having trouble dealing with his fellow monks as they attempt to record their Kingdoms history and scriptures into a PC as they keep on failing to understand how to work the device. It says a lot considering these are the intelligent thinkers of the nation.
0% Approval Rating: The only people who can stand him are his fellow Monastery clergymen. Everyone else absolutely despise him, which even extends to outside the game.
Not quite zero as it turns out. Jonathan admires him for his dedication to the kingdom, and un-enlightened Casualries are in awe of him.
Played straight in the Chaos ending where he has a Heel Realization and realizes he has made enemies of everyone because he had far more power than he should have had and abused it for his goals.
The right hand woman of Hugo, she appeared one day and has been acting as his assistant ever since.For general tropes regarding this character, see the Gabriel section in Shin Megami Tensei Forces Of Law.
Mysterious Employer: She's responsible for several of Hugo's official requests, and has several very important jobs for the party off the record. It's frequently remarked on how little is known about her.
Older Than They Look: She's been around since K was a young Samurai, but has a youthful appearance. She's been around far longer than that as well since she's actually Gabriel.
The leader of the Ashura-kai. He seeks to turn Tokyo into his own personal utopia.
Big Bad Wannabe: He wants to bring order to Tokyo and considers himself the king of the city. Naturally Yamato-Takeru, one of the National Defense Divinities he enslaved, mocks him for thinking he was ever king as he disappears next to Tayama's corpse on Jonathan's route.
Kid with the Leash: Rare villainous example: Tayama controls six National Defense Divinities because he owns their Soul Jar. Each and every one of them despises him, and no few of them are delighted when you slay them.
Oh Crap: In Walter's route, when Yamato-Takeru is taken down, Tayama starts to descend into insanity and even has exclusive dialogue where he cries out to the Samurai not to activate the Yamato Reactor as you pick a decision.
Smug Snake: All composure and arrogance he has completely disappears after Yamato Takeru is defeated.
Utopia Justifies the Means: His idea of a utopia is a give and take relationship between mankind and demons. With humans who are unaffiliated with him being hunted down, captured, and processed into the red pills to feed demons.
Villain with Good Publicity: A lot of people hate him, but others admire him for providing safety to the humans in the underground cities. Everyone who knows where the Reds come not also a member of the Ashura-kai hate him anyway.
Yakuza: He looks like a yakuza leader and leads the Ashura-kai like a yakuza organization.
Determinator: She believes that no matter if one is weak or strong you should struggle with all your might to survive.
Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices herself, along with several of her fellow Gaians, to weaken Xi Wangmu enough for Flynn to defeat it.
It's Personal: Twofold. Her whole reason for opposing the Ashura-kai is because they tried to force her parents to hand her over to them when she was a child, with her parents sacrificing themselves so that she could escape. Accepted the mission to kill Xi-Wangmu and reclaim Ikebukuro because that district was her birthplace and home.
A friendly hunter with a side-hobby of photography.
Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Black Maria names her the new Lady Danu and passes on the powers needed for her to fulfill her new role. The actual ascension, however, was not seen onscreen, but is implied to happen as time goes on.
Character Portrait: Averted, which is odd since she has a unique sprite, all her lines are fully voiced, and she appears throughout the game.
An eccentric Demon Hunter mercenary employed by the Ashura-kai to keep Tokyo's Terminals out of the hands of "interlopers". Each time Flynn discovers a Terminal, he must defeat the Guardian's demons before he can use it. Notable for changing his appearance every time he is encountered.
Beware the Silly Ones: Despite his oddities, he is a skilled Hunter and has a lot of powerful demons at his command. By endgame, he's using powerhouses such as Mara and Shiva.
Determinator: Even after the Ashura-Kai has been dismantled, he's not going to let you near those terminals dammit!
Graceful Loser: when you beat him after finding the last terminal, he finally admits defeat and returns to his family.
Goldfish Poop Gang: He manages to be a one-man Poop Gang, wielding a different demon team (and disguise) each time Flynn encounters one.
Master of Disguise: He can perfectly change his appearance to look like anything from a hot girl to a short old man. The only thing that remains the same is his voice, but he even changes the personality and tone of his voice to go with the appearance.
Japanese deities who have pledged loyalty to Tokyo and Japan as a whole. They're patriots who protect the people and the country in their own way, even if it means they must antagonize the very humans they are trying to protect. During the interim 25 years, Tayama has gradually obtained the mediums for five of the seven deities, and are using them as his special enforcers. Gets his hands on a sixth thanks to the Samurai.
Anti-Villain: None of them are bad guys, but the ones working for Tayama don't have a choice since he enslaved them.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Koga Saburo after he's brought back as one of Tayama's minions. It's more noticeable in the Japanese version cause he roars at the beginning of the fight.
Dark Is Not Evil: Yaso Magatsuhi, who like the others is a defender of the nation and its people despite being the personification of disaster, evil, impurity, etc.
Fate Worse Than Death: Michizane considers his enslavement to Tayama and being revived again and again by him to be this.
I Cannot Self-Terminate: All the ones under Tayama's control. Some like Tenkai will even be overjoyed at defeat or tell their opponent to defeat them.
Ignorance Is Bliss: Tenkai says this about the horrible truth concerning Red Pills, which is why he is protecting the people from learning the terrible secret. Of course that's only because Tayama is forcing him too. He is ecstatic upon being defeated and that things will begin to change change.
Kaiju Defense Force: Many of them were part of the Counter-Demon Force when it was still around.
Heroic BSOD: Suffers a complete breakdown in the "Ancient One of the Sun" DLC when he realizes that Ancient of Days seeks to kill off humanity and that Kenji, who he opposed all those years ago, was right.
The man really in charge of Kiyoharu's survivors, as Kiyoharu is in no shape to do so. He wishes to free his people from their harsh situation. This is actually the first Akira that is met, and is from Blasted Tokyo. As he has been infected by Pluto's poison, he asks Flynn and co. to take down Pluto for him. The second Akira is a demonoid from Infernal Tokyo. He wishes to overthrow Kenji and become King of Tokyo, but since he lacks the power to do so himself, he has Flynn and co. to do it for him. The last Akira is never met, but was present in the main timeline as Aquila, the first Samurai of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado.
Buttmonkey: Demonoid Akira gets used as a punching bad, cleans off filth, and does something using his teeth when he needs to go past demon guards found in Infernal Tokyo. This is a daily routine until the events of the game.
Dirty Coward: Demonoid Akira. His first response to Sanat appearing was to cowardly flee and abandon his own followers, while Sanat went around challenging everyone who it believed was worthy. His own men who believed in him were pissed that he betrayed his own beliefs just to save his own skin.
Nice Guy: Akira is a pretty sweet guy, no matter which version of him you're talking about. Survivor Akira is more directly polite and idealistic, while Demonoid Akira is more friendly and gregarious.
Order Versus Chaos: Akira's two Tokyos represent worlds that were devastated by Law and Chaos. Blasted Tokyo's Akira wished to bring in Chaos to help rebuild a world destroyed by Law, while Infernal Tokyo's Akira wished to bring about a world of equality under Law, as those who were weak, such as himself, don't have much of a chance to survive in the world where Chaos rules.
Posthumous Character: Aquila. Even in the Clipped Wings DLC he's already died by the time Mastema has sent Flynn back as he refers to him as the late Aquila.
Spell My Name with an S: Not only is Akira/Aquila subjected to it, but late in the Neutral Route an NPC suggested that Aquila named the areas around Mikado using bastardized versions of Tokyo's areas, such as Kichijoji to Kiccigiorgi.
Summon Magic: Aquila's two favorite demons were the Minotaur and the Tyrant Aeshma. Aeshma is kept safe as data by Mastema, while Minotaur guards the path down in Naraku to Tokyo.
Walking Spoiler: Well seeing as how we're really talking about three versions of the same person.
The King of Infernal Tokyo. He and a friend sided with the demons after learning about God's scheme, which unleashed the demons upon mankind using the Yamato Reactor. He later chose to become a Demonoid after his friend died defending him from demons.
Badass: Led an attack on the angel's cocoon when he was still human and managed to kill the archangels, saving the world from a nuclear holocaust.
Blood Knight: Loves fighting. Or at least he did. Now he's depressed and tired of it until his lust for battle awakens when fighting the Samurai.
Combat Pragmatist: After his lust for battle is rekindled he stops caring about how he wins.
Cynicism Catalyst: His friend's death makes him realize humans are too frail to fight demons on equal terms, even with a team of demons backing them up, sparking his desire to become a Demonoid.
First appearing in Shin Megami Tensei I, Steven shows up throughout the game to provide help from time to time. His main goal is to revive the Goddess of Tokyo by having Flynn reject the all other paths to follow his own. All other tropes on him can be found on the main series character page.
Ambiguously Human: His ability to teleport at will, the echo in his voice, his glowing glasses, and the fact that he's been alive since the first game makes you wonder...
A mysterious warrior clad in black armor who has been attempting to distribute books throughout East Mikado before fleeing to Tokyo Her real "name" is Yuriko, and she's the leader of the Ring of Gaea.For general tropes regarding this character, see the Lilith section in Shin Megami Tensei Forces Of Chaos.
The Corrupter: Played with. She spreads novels and political theories around East Mikado that turn their readers into demons...with the caveat that apart from playing book deliverywoman, she's not actually doing anything. The books help the Casualries understand just how warped the caste system is, and their unfettered rage and resentment turn them into demons. She regards it as a favor, since she's setting them on a path to achieve their own desires.
In Shin Megami Tensei IV Demonic Gene she appears as a black haired Gina.
Fallen Angel: Her design in this game a demonic variant of the Four Archangels, including have a white face, several robotic glowing eyes, and black feathered wings. Though most of her body is organic instead of robotic.
Feather Motif: Instead of her usual snake motif from previous entries.
Paper-Thin Disguise: While her disguise as Gina is near-perfect, she hardly bothers acting like her, including slipping out of her Demonica into casual clothes in front of Walter and acting very flirty with him.
Holy Burns Evil: Her charm severely wounded Amaymon when she threw it at him. Later, it seems it annoys the Black Samurai as it enters her proximity.
Only Sane Man: The most level headed of the prentice Samurai and tries to keep Walter under control.
A quartet of enigmatic spirits that constantly speak to Flynn in his dreams. Their motives are shrouded in mystery until the end, where it is revealed they wish to bring about a permanent end to the war between Law and Chaos by returning all to nothingness.
As Long as There Is Evil: So long as humans suffer and despair due to God, they will return. Doing the "Ancient One of the Sun" and "The Eternal Youth" DLC after beating them has them bring up how they will continue to return.
Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: This trope is part of their arsenal in-universe, showing Flynn exactly how much both Law and Chaos suck in hopes he'll come to agree with them that the universe is beyond redemption.
Despair Event Horizon: They passed this long, long ago. Their race name isn't "Archaic" for nothing. And they're effectively trying to push Flynn over it, with the DLC missions "Ancient One of the Sun" and "The Eternal Youth", pitting him against the Ancient of Days and Sanat.
Go Mad from the Revelation: In the Law scenario, Gabriel says that the White were driven into insane despair by attaining knowledge "beyond their ken". Considering they pretty much condemn any action as playing into God's hands, it probably means they gained total knowledge of God's nature and reach.
Not so Above It All: Believe it or not, you can actually convince them to talk to you despite being completely apathetic and omnicidal.
Omnicidal Maniac: They seek to return the universe to utter nothingness, claiming it is the only way to truly stop YHVH.
Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Each of them takes on the appearance of one of Flynn's closest allies (K, Hugo, Isabeau, and Issachar) in order to sway him to their side. However as the one that takes Issachar's form puts it, he's the only one who holds true power when compared to the others.
At the end of the Neutral path, an NPC in Ginza says that his wife and daughter appeared to him as "white shadows," urging him to join them in death. However, his reply that he would "do his best" instead dispelled them.
The throne chariot of God, and the leader of the forces of Law. Summoned to the world via the Four Archangels and Jonathan's soul fusing together, his goal is restore peace to Mikado by destroying Tokyo, believing it has become too defiled and demon-infested to be allowed to exist. He harbors the Great Spirit of Goodwill needed to restore Masakado to full power.
As Long as There Is Evil: Merkabah warns that as long as humans cannot live without clinging to the Lord, then it shall return.
Blatant Lies: Merkabah calls Flynn and Isabeau foolish to turn against the salvation the Lord offers them, when Merkabah shows in the Law route it always intended for them to die for being amongst the unclean.
Disproportionate Retribution: Why did it want Isabeau killed? Because she read manga. It ultimately makes Merkabah feeling sympathy for her after killing her her feel very hollow.
Fantastic Racism: Anything that comes in contact with Tokyo is viewed as unclean or filth or just opposing it will make it view someone as filth.
Final Boss: In the Chaos route. You do still fight Merkabah in the Neutral route, it's just that you always fight it before Lucifer.
Worthy Opponent: Seems to regard Flynn as this if you respond correctly to his first Boss Banter question, calling Flynn the "Light for the Unclean Ones" in contrast to his "Light for the Lord", inviting you to test your resolve against his. Though he subverts it in his second form where he cannot comprehend how mere filth can still be standing against him.
The Overlord of demons and leader of the forces of Chaos. Unlike Merkabah, he has been present in Tokyo for some time... as the actually-not-so-average schoolgirl Hikaru. He responds to Walter's desire to remake the world, and absorbs his body to return to full power. He harbors the Great Spirit of Spite needed to restore Masakado to full power.General tropes on Lucifer can be found on the Shin Megami Tensei Forces Of Chaos character page.
Body Horror: As Lucifer emerges from Walter there's a frame in between their sprites that shows Walter's body TWISTING. Also, the now-infamous Walter-arm.
Villainous Breakdown: A very, very minor one when you beat him in the Neutral path. He is obviously caught off guard by the fact that a mere "son of man" could defeat him, though he doesn't actually lose his cool. An even MORE minor one in the Law path: he just sounds kind of disappointed that he lost to God again. That being said, it's par for the course with him; whatever he is, he's not a hypocrite. Playing by his own rules, if you surpassed him, it means you are better than him.
Worthy Opponent: Seems to regard Flynn as this if you respond correctly to his first Boss Banter question, where he tests to see if Flynn indeed has what it takes to be the hope the people of Tokyo need and warns him not to fall before his might. Like Merkabah he subverts it in his second form saying he can never surpass him.
The guardian deity of Tokyo and the only National Defense Divinity not controlled by Tayama. The giant rock in the middle of Ginza is his head; the rest of his body is the barrier between Tokyo and Mikado. The massive katana held by Skins is his medium, though it has been stuck in its sheathe for over 25 years... until the protagonist draws it in the Neutral route. Tasks the player with reviving the Great Spirit of Hope by inspiring hope in the people, then with recovering the Great Spirits of Goodwill and Spite from the angels and demons so that the barrier between Tokyo and the outside world might be removed.For general tropes on the character, see the main series character page.
Barrier Maiden: A literal barrier—his body forming the Firmament prevented the destruction of Tokyo when the ICBMs went off. For what Tokyo would look like if not for him, see Blasted Tokyo.
Bonus Boss: The last DLC involves fighting him in his completed form. He's so ludicrously overpowered that you'll probably need the allies you get from previous DLC chapters, and their Game Breaker abilities, just to stand a chance. Remember: Atlus gets off on your tears!
Power Incontinence: Sure, he made the barrier over Tokyo, but once it was there it stayed there. Even after he regained his power by consuming the Great Spirit of Hope he couldn't take down the barrier because the other two Great Spirits were doing their own thing.
Undying Loyalty: While he has no choice but to obey the wishes of the person holding his medium, his ultimate loyalty is to the city of Tokyo and its citizens.