Characters: Shin Megami Tensei IV
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The protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei IV
. Flynn is a quiet young man living in the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado during the late-1400s who becomes a demon exterminating Samurai after being chosen in the yearly Gauntlet Ritual.
A young woman whose family has served the Monastery for generations. She is chosen in the same Gauntlet Ritual as Flynn, and becomes one of his first allies.
- Action Girl: She's a demon hunting samurai who fights with swords, guns, magic and demons.
- Adorkable: She gets a tad Otaku when Manga is involved.
- Amazon Brigade: She uses a female-only demon team of Kali, Isis, and Dakini in her Law path boss fight and Jeanne D'Arc, Valkyrie, and Pallas Athena in her Chaos path boss fight.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: In the Law and Chaos paths, she chooses to commit suicide rather than die at Flynn's hands.
- Boyish Short Hair/Hime Cut: She has the bangs and sidelocks of a hime cut, but the back is cut short.
- Brown Eyes: With enough of a reddish undertone that her red eye liner makes them appear red.
- Coat Cape: She wears her longcoat like this.
- Combat Medic: Uses healing spells alongside thunder ones.
- Driven to Suicide: She ends up committing suicide if you choose Chaos/Law.
- Everything's Better with Samurai
- Face-Heel Turn: In the Law and Chaos paths, she refuses to follow your and Jonathan/Walter's plan and attacks you.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Appears to be the Realist at first, but as Navarre steps out as the conflicted, she begins faltering on the harder questions, and even leaving the party due to ideology during the hunt for Tayama/Lilith. By the time the alignment lock occurs, she tries to stop all parties from destroying the world (starting with Flynn), but eventually caves in her resolve, committing suicide near death. However, if you keep neutral, she regains some fortitude, rejoins the party, and even help evacuate Mikado as it crumbles.
- Fond Memories That Could Have Been: In the Law and Chaos paths and before her suicide, she admits that if there was another way they may be together.
- Implied Love Interest: To Flynn. It only ends well on Neutral.
- Neutrality Backlash: By the time of the alignment lock, she's one of the few Samurai that doesn't want to commit genocide, one way or another. Unfortunately, not only does Lucifer and his demons hate her for fighting alone, but the Archangels can't bear to look at her because she read manga for entertainment. Cue Flynn, siding with said maniacs, heading off to pillage. What little strength he had to fight Flynn erodes when Flynn wins - she takes it ''very'' hard.
- Summon Magic: Like all Samurai, she can use her COMP to contract and summon demons.
- Shock and Awe: Uses thunder spells in combat.
- The Smurfette Principle: Was the only female to be chosen in the most recent Gauntlet Rite, and the only girl in the group of four.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Her design borrows a number of elements from the Heroine from Shin Megami Tensei I.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Wears knee-high boots and a miniskirt, leaving most of her thighs exposed.
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.For examples pertaining to Jonathan after alignment lock, see the Merkabah entry (Spoiler Character #2).
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
.For examples pertaining to Walter after alignment lock, see the Lucifer entry (Spoiler Character #3).
- 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.
- Badass Boast: Some of his quotes in battle:
"Behold, my demons!"
"I hope you're prepared!"
"Most unlucky for you!"
- The Berserker: Favors physical moves such as Critical Wave. in Demonic Gene, he gets worse when delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to a couple of Ashura-kai thugs who had harmed Gina, though this is at least partly due to Amaymon's presence within him. After fusing with Hiruko, limbs start flying.
- 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. He uses this to devour the Minotaur under the demon's influence. As time passes, he's losing more control, as seen when he fights against Yaso-Magatsuhi and doesn't even understand what happened - Amaymon's influence is getting stronger. Later on, Hiruko forcibly opens one of these mouths and crawls down as Amaymon is chewing her to forcibly fuse with Walter.
- 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.
- Childhood Friends: With Gina. After absorbing Hiruko, it very briefly looks like he still wants to protect her from the Ashura-kai. Actually, he just wants her alive to pretty much eat her.
- 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.
- Enemy Within: Amaymon.
- Foil: To Jonathan. Walter is a Casualry who believes the classes should be removed, whereas Jonathan is a Luxuror who wants equality for everyone. Walter is also very headstrong and impulsive, while Jonathan is calm and more rational. These foreshadow their alignment in the grand scheme of things.
- 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.
- Fusion Dance:Both in the main game and Demonic Gene. In the first, he fuses with Lucifer to restore his power; in the second, he absorbs Hiruko through Amaymon's mouths, resulting in a monstrous, unwilling fusion of all three participants. What's worse, Hiruko is still alive in there, and it looks like she wants to further add Gina to the mix.
- 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.
- Hallucinations: In Demonic Gene after Amaymon infects him, making him see Amaymon under Hugo's robes, and once he sees a Tokyo resident as Flynn.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Puts on a leather outfit in Demonic Gene after arriving in Tokyo. Bad boy indeed.
- Human Sacrifice: Volunteers to let Lucifer absorb him in order to restore the fallen angel's full power.
- Idiot Ball: Grabs it during the second half of the game and holds on with both hands. Depending on the scene anyways. He does show some intelligence at certain points during the second half.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Quick to anger and call others out, but still tries to do what he believes is right.
- More Than Mind Control: Said to be enthralled by the Witch of the Night according to the prophecy about The Child of Carnage.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Goes by the title "Child of Carnage" in Lilith's prophecies.
- Never Learned to Read: Stated to be illiterate in the manga. At least he knows enough mystic script to work the Gauntlet.
- One-Man Army: At Camp Ichigaya, if you went with Jonathan, it's implied that he single-handedly destroyed all of the National Defense Divinities there, along with some unfortunate Ashura-kai thugs.
- Playing with Fire: Uses fire in combat.
- 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; later still, he has a Body Horror nightmare with Amaymon, showing he's the demon's carrier.
- Purple Eyes
- Resist The Beast: His fusion with Hiruko was unwilling, and after a while he manages to assert enough willpower to expel her and try to protect Gina from Hiruko's retaliation.
- The Social Darwinist: Comes to believe that the world is shaped by the strong.
- Super Strength:In Demonic Gene, he destroys a wall with a punch, enabling him and Stan to escape the prison.
- Stress Vomit: In response to Hugo ordering the continued excavation of mystic relics from Tokyo even after the Black Samurai is captured:
"Excuse me, but I'm feeling an overabundance of yellow bile that must be relieved. I'll see you hence."
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: His design borrows a number of elements from the Chaos Hero from Shin Megami Tensei I.
- Unskilled, but Strong: In Demonic Gene his fighting style is crude, but he's strong enough to take down opponents more skilled than him due to being self taught.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His bare chest is constantly exposed through his open Samurai robes.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has icthyophobia (fear of fish). Unfortunately for him, he's from a family of fishermen, so he was around fish all the time.
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. Gets worse later on; angels start searching for him, unwilling to allow him to leave Mikado, as he technically is among those to be purged. He's forced to hide in Kiccigiorgi until you can pick him up and take him to the safety of Shinjuku.
- Butt Monkey: Especially in Demonic Gene. Very strangely, this seems to be averted in Prayers...
- Delinquent Hair: Has quite the pompadour.
- Dirty Coward
- 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.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He's not necessarily "evil", but as a Luxuror elitist, he has a hard time understanding why Jonathan and Isabeau, who are both fellow Luxurors, would care for and come to the aid of Flynn, who is a Casualry.
- Fantastic Racism: He's an asshole to Casualries through and through.
- Jerkass: He practically badmouths everyone he meets.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Tries to get his fellow recruits harmed, only to get caught by Alraune.
- Sanity Slippage: After being saved from Alraune.
- 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.
A navigation AI installed to the Samurai's gauntlets that serves as your Mission Control
throughout the game. She is the Goddess that is revived in the Neutral ending.
Voiced by: David Lodge (EN)
The AI that runs the Cathedral of Shadows app.
- Artificial Intelligence
- 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.
- Oh, Crap: Amusingly, he reacts this way in the event of a fusion error, frantically darting around with his mouth agape in horror.
- Monster Compendium: The Demon Compendium keeps track of the demons you have gained.
- 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.
The Eastern Kingdom of Mikado
Flynn's childhood best friend, the two were close enough to be considered brothers. Longs to become a Samurai.
Current leader of the Samurai.
- A Father to His Men: He cares for the Samurai he leads and the well-being of the people. Prayers reveals he is also a Friend to All Children.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Whatever the demon did to him in Prayers, he's left pretty much hollow, black smoke seeping out of his eye sockets and mouth.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In the Chaos route, he is rather surprised when he learns that Flynn, the young Samurai that he mentored, became the impetus behind the destruction of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado.
- Out of Focus: Going in, you'll be expecting him to be the Big Good, but he quickly leaves the spotlight as soon as Tokyo is accessible.
- 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.
- The Chains of Commanding: Mentions several times that his position of authority means he can't be as open about his opinions as the samurai under him.
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 as 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. When the time of the Black Samurai's execution comes, a guard will mention the event was made public so when Casualries flocked to see it, the Samurai could sweep through the empty city and scour it for more dissidents and proof of various crimes against the Monastery.
- Large Ham: Tends to be loud and grandiose during his speeches.
- Manipulative Bastard: Gained the ear of King Ahazuya. K mentions he used to be a Samurai himself, but was much better with his brush than with his blade.
- Obviously Evil: No, actually. He's greasy as hell and his actions ultimately allow the Archangels to enact their plans, but he's pretty much their patsy rather than a direct agent. All things considered, he's not that bad a guy: more obnoxious than evil.
- 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.
- Smug Snake: A-yup. From his words to the tone to his very expression, everything about the guy just DRIPS with slime.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Nothingness Ending aside, he's implied to have undergone a Heel Face Brainwashing courtesy of Merkabah. Even in Neutral, where Mikado's destroyed and he loses his power, he's a much nicer person, with his superior tone almost completely gone.
- 0% Approval Rating: The only people who can stand him are his fellow Monastery clergymen. Everyone else absolutely despises 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.
- Behind Every Great Man: She is this to Hugo, coming up with many of the things he takes credit for.
- Big Bad: The driving force behind the entire plot, alongside the other Archangels: she was behind the creation of Mikado, her original attempt to destroy Tokyo with the help of her brothers ended with Uriel, Raphael and Michael sealed away in Kagome Tower, and the expedition she sends down to the underground is ultimately to break them free so that they could continue their plans.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Lucifer, though he's arguably just reacting to Gabriel and her brothers, The White, and in a very distant fourth, Tayama.
- Big Good: Is this instead on the Law path.
- Fantastic Racism: When she reveals herself as Gabriel, she states that anyone who is filthy will be eliminated should they try to move to the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Is what she poses as.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: This is definitely Gabriel's darkest incarnation yet. Even Michael is more pleasant and affable than she is.
- The Reveal: Shortly after the "Rescue the VIPs" quest in Shinjuku, she reveals that she's actually the Archangel Gabriel.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: She can, however, express herself rather creatively. As seen when questioned about the Kagome Tower prisoners.
- Woman In White: Like all monk outfits save for Hugo.
The former Commander of the Samurai who lost his arm and eye in the past, he is now the owner of a bar and gives out Quests.
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.
- Co-Dragons: A pair of recurring thugs identified only as "The Glaring Man" and "The Unfriendly Man" appear to serve this role, though the player never meets them in combat. Both die in Walter's Roaring Rampage of Revenge on the Ashura-kai if Jonathan is sided with, though it is uncertain what happens to them if Walter's side is chosen.
- In a singular sense, there's Yamato-Takeru, his bodyguard and the demon you fight in his place if you side with Walter.
- The Don
- Dragged Off to Hell: His final fate.
- Everyone Has Standards: Everyone who learns of what his idea of "Utopia" is are disgusted by it.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has a really cool voice. Burroughs even notices it.
- Expy: He serves a very similar role to Captain Jack from the previous game, being a purely-evil yet purely-human villain who functions as the main midgame antagonist and whose actions serve to drive the final wedge between the Alignment Heroes.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: A former restaurant owner in Ginza says that he was a small fry before the ceiling went up.
- Hate Sink: Let's not mince words, it's pretty hard to hate the great gods, angels, and demons of myth, especially since all of them with the exception of Lucifer and Merkabah can fight with you. Knowing this, the game gives you a greasy, tyrannical, kidnapping, enslaving, human farming mob boss to hate to your heart's content.
- 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.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Demonic Gene, he joins an Ashura-kai task force to either pressgang or convince Gina to join them. When Demon Walter pops up, the entire force is overwhelmed. Before beating feet, he briefly toys with the idea of taking the listless Gina with him, until he realizes she and her amulet are precisely what the monster wants.
- Sinister Shades: Wears lightly tinted sunglasses.
- 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 Has a Point: Like it or not, he's not bluffing when he explains just how important the Red Pills are.
- 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.
A high ranking member of the Ring of Gaea.
- Blood from the Mouth: When she takes a hit from Xi Wangmu.
- 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.
- Regret Eating Me: Both her and her fellow Gaeans definitely make Xi Wangmu regret eating them by weakening her.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Keeps her phone there.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She gets a unique portrait and a section dedicated to her in the artbook, but dies minutes after you meet her.
A strange high school girl who is interested in Flynn, Jonathan, Walter and Isabeau. She is usually hanging out with Skins and Fujiwara.For other tropes regarding this character, see Lucifer's entry below.
- Genki Girl: Cheerful, upbeat, and quite friendly... this makes her more of an oddity than the Samurai in post-apocalyptic Tokyo.
- I Never Told You My Name: Explains that she's become a fan of the Samurai, but Jonathan notes later that they never gave their names.
- Joshikousei: Appears to be a teenage girl wearing a Japanese high school uniform.
- Meaningful Name: Hikaru can mean "light" in Japanese, and more than once she gives the party directions when otherwise they would be completely lost. Her real name, Lucifer, means much the same.
- Power Floats: Hovers in place after revealing her true identity as Lucifer.
- Psychotic Smirk: Wears one after revealing her true identity as Lucifer.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has unusual red eyes. She IS a demon, after all.
A mysterious man in military gear with a patchwork face, carrying a massive katana with him. He's usually hanging out with Hikaru and Fujiwara.
- Cool Sword: Has a Japanese longsword that's as tall as he is, although he can't draw the blade. Said sword belongs to Masakado, which also functions as his medium.
- Dub Name Change: From Tsugihagi in the Japanese version to Skins in the English version.
- Facial Horror: His face is all cut up, stitched together, and stapled back in place. Angels did this to him.
- Kaiju Defense Force: Was once a member of the Counter-Demon Force.
- Meaningful Name: Tsugihagi can mean "patchwork" in Japanese.
A middle-aged man that runs a bar in Shinjuku called Cafe Florida. He's usually hanging out with Hikaru and Skins.
- Cool Shades: Has lightly tinted, thick framed sunglasses on.
- Kaiju Defense Force: Talking to a soldier who is actually Dead All Along and playing his voice reveals he was Tamagami, the Minister of Defense that created the Counter-Demon Force to combat demons.
- Nice Hat: Wears a black fedora.
- Only Sane Man: It's only hinted at on every route besides Neutral, but he and Skins are actually the only ones who really know what's going on around here.
- Quest Giver: He gives these out to other Hunters to keep up with what's going on around Tokyo. This also a means for him to find the adequate person to help hopeless Tokyo from their crappy situation.
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.
- Faux Action Girl/The Load: In the first quest with her as a party member, 2/3 of her skills is blocked by the boss, greatly increasing his chance of Smirking. In the second, she is constantly kidnapped by the Wicker Man hordes before she can get in on the action. However, she does gradually become annoyed and aware of this, to the point of having a another quest where she asks for a wine that is rumored to make women stronger. You never get to see her showing off new strength.
- Guest Star Party Member: During her quests.
- Legacy Character: She becomes the next Lady Danu after the original version, now Black Maria, entrusts her with Lady Danu's powers.
- Quest Giver
The Terminal Guardian
The Terminal Guardian
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.
- American Accents: In his "earthly man" disguise in Ueno, his voice sports the Texas drawl in the English dub.
- 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. And to make it even more apparent, his last two fights upgrade him to the major boss theme instead of the miniboss theme.
- Bonus Boss: Technically, all of his fights are this, but Mara and the two part Barong and Rangda/Shiva fight are true Bonus Bosses.
- Continuity Nod: During the ninth encounter with him, he summons Barong and Rangda, a rather suspicious combination of demons. Defeat them, and he, in true Shin Megami Tensei fashion, fuses them to create Shiva. Of course, you can do the same.
- Creepy Crossdresser: His "heavily made-up girl" disguise in Shibuya.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: For his ninth and final appearance, he summons Barong and Rangda. See Continuity Nod above.
- Determinator: Even after the Ashura-Kai has been dismantled, he's not going to let you near those terminals dammit!
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: His disguise depends on where you fight him, and the demon(s) he summons depends on how many times you've encountered him so far. His dialogue will always match his current disguise-demon combination, even unlikely combinations such as encountering him for the first time in his "Intuitive Man" disguise (which he wears in the final dungeons). What's more, every single one of his lines is fully-voiced. A comprehensive dump of his dialogue can be found here.
- Double Entendre: When he summons Mara:
- Dragon Their Feet: Keeps doing his job after the destruction of the Ashura-Kai.
- 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.
- Oh, Crap: After the first terminal that you defeat him at, he freaks out every time he runs into you again.
- Outdated Outfit: In his "anachronistic man" disguise in Tennozu, which would not look out of place in Mikado.
- Punch Clock Villain: While he takes his job very seriously, he's only doing it to feed his family and because its the perfect opportunity to role-play.
- Running Gag: Each time you defeat him, except after his eighth and ninth encounters, he warns you with something along the lines of "It ain't gonna go like that next time!"
- Sequential Boss: His last fight on Neutral. You fight Barong and Rangda, and when you beat them, he fuses them into Shiva.
- Two Aliases, One Character: Even if it's obvious to the player that he is just one guy, his Master of Disguise tendencies cause some NPC's to believe that the Terminal Guardian is actually a group of hunters.
National Defense Divinities
National Defense Divinities
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 is using them as his special enforcers. Gets his hands on a sixth thanks to the Samurai.
- Animated Armor: Michizane is a animated armor filled with purple electricity.
- 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.
- Disc One Final Boss: Yamato Takeru is the last boss you face before you head to Blasted Tokyo, if you chose to go with Walter. If you chose to go with Jonathan, Yamato is already on his last breath when you encounter him.
- 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.
- Mushroom Samba: What Yaso Magatsuhi causes. It releases a sweet scent that slowly induces euphoria, until it comes to a head and basically causes you to become drunk. In short order, Walter reveals himself to be a fisherman scared of fish, Jonathan does cat imitations, meowing and all, Isabeau cracks extremely stupid jokes about demons, and the less said about Flynn, the better (although according to Jonathan, he took off his pants and did something with his nose).
- Order Versus Chaos: Interesting in that the group is made of demons of Law, Neutral, and Chaos alignment. Yet all are working as a greater whole to save the nation.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Koga Saburo is a green skinned, faceless humanoid with bone like armor for floating arms and across his body, and those purple orbs? Those are his eyes.
- Patriotic Fervor: Patriotism is Good. They're all trying to protect humans and the people of the nation.
- Pokémon Speak: Yaso Magatsuhi is only capable of saying its own name.
- Reforged into a Minion: The ones enslaved by Tayama after he gets their mediums.
- Seers: Tenkai is one and reads the stars to know what is to come.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Koga Saburo might be preventing humans from getting Red Pills, but he was doing it to prevent them from losing their humanity and becoming demons by eating one.
- Worthy Opponent: Tenkai considers the Samurai one since the stars told him about their meeting.
The man in charge of Blasted Tokyo
's survivors and a firm worshiper of God. He has unfortunately gone insane because the angels of said God tortured him to insanity
- Cloud Cuckoolander: The years have not been kind to his sanity.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has cross shaped scars across his body.
- 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.
- Kaiju Defense Force: Was a member of the Counter-Demon Force when he was younger.
- Older Than They Look: He appears elderly, but he's actually in his early forties. The events 25 years ago broke him.
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.
- Alternate Self: Three of them.
- Butt Monkey: 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.
- The Chains of Commanding: Infernal Tokyo's Akira realizes very quickly that being a benevolent King of Tokyo is going to be a very tough task.
- 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. That being said, he is quite aware of his own limits and Sanat's brutality had already claimed the leaders of several sectors with massive casualties and is implied to have leveled Camp Ichigaya.
- Foil: To himself. See Order Versus Chaos.
- 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.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Demonoid Akira.
- 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.
- Climax Boss: He's the last boss you face before alignment lock.
- 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.
- Energy Being: His Demonoid form is a head of pure energy.
- Final Boss: Of the Nothingness Ending, due to the following "boss" not putting up any sort of fight.
- Kaiju Defense Force: Joined the Counter-Demon Force when he was eighteen.
- Orcus on His Throne: Spends all his time sitting in the reactor room at Camp Ichigaya.
- Puny Earthlings: Believes that humans are too frail to defend against otherworldly opponents alone without significant... augmentation.
- Sadistic Choice: Gave one to everyone in Tokyo. Become a Neurisher and spend the rest of your life as human cattle or become a Demonoid and fight each other to the death.
- Schmuck Bait / Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Plays dead during the battle to catch his foes off guard.
- Was Once a Man: Became a Demonoid after his friend's death.
Other Supporting Characters
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
The Black Samurai
The Black Samurai
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. In Demonic Gene, she introduces herself as Hiruko, and appears to have no relation to Lilith.For general tropes regarding this character, see the Lilith section in Shin Megami Tensei Forces Of Chaos.
- Body Horror: In Demonic Gene, as Gina zeroes in her and Walter's location, her copied body starts breaking down into a mass of demonic flesh.
- 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.
- Dark Action Girl
- Defiant to the End: Subverted. When she's captured, it appears her last words before her execution are to taunt Hugo and encourage the forming rebellion...except it turns out she's not dead.
- Disc One Final Boss: If you go with Jonathan to kill her, she's the last boss you face before the Expanse Gate is opened.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Is as horrified as anyone else to by how Tayama makes Red, describing it as "true evil."
- Evil Twin: Looks like Gabby under her helmet.
- 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.
- Forbidden Fruit: Invokes the Trope Namer during her execution speech:
did not eat the apple because he desired it. He ate it because it was forbidden. Now the apple has been set before all of you. Eat well!"
- Fusion Dance: Her true motives with Walter in Demonic Gene.
- Knight of Cerebus: The game is comparatively lighthearted up until her appearance—even Navarre's rescue in Alraune's Domain ends with no named or on-screen human casualties. But once she shows up, Mikado really starts to hurt very hard: Citizens of Mikado transform into demons from reading her Literature and the Samurai are forced to break a 1500-year-old code to come to Tokyo and hunt her down.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: While Hiruko's black-haired Gina suit is near-perfect, she hardly bothers acting like her (not even claiming to be her), including slipping out of her Demonica into casual clothes in front of Walter and acting very flirty with him.
- Playing with Syringes: In Demonic Gene, both Hiruko and Gina were part of a human experiment to manufacture a "higher being" from scratch from human genes and demonic flesh - Hiruko was born of the enormous reject pile, Gina was the perfected product of the experiments.
- Powered Armor: The black Demonica she wears.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Wears a black Demonica with red lenses.
- Unexplained Recovery: After her bout with Body Horror as described above, she rises again, dusts herself off, and makes off for the Sky Tower.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Granted, she certainly planned to instigate some doom, specifically Mikado's, but her actions caused Hugo to remove the restriction on Mikadoans traveling to Tokyo, which resulted in the Archangels being freed, which resulted in Lucifer being freed, which resulted in all-out war between Law and Chaos once again. It's... never really made clear how much of this she was counting on.
- Villain Has a Point: Some of what she says does have merit, like how similar humans and demons are. However, she's using this to try to convince the Samurai to join her, and she succeeds in convincing Walter.
- Villainous Breakdown: In Demonic Gene, Hiruko really doesn't like it when Walter reasserts himself and recovers from the unwilling fusion, and starts lashing madly at both him and Gina.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Even if humans are turning into demons, she feels that this just a side effect of informing them of the truth.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: If you chose not to spare her, you never see her again after she issues you the quest to activate the Yamato Reactor. If Jonathan's route is of consideration, it's most likely that after you and Walter parted ways with her, he came in and killed her as assigned. In the Chaos ending, you see a glimpse of her, but she then disappears, leaving it up to you to decide whether that was really her or an illusion.
The following characters are major Walking Spoilers
. As such, all spoilers within these folders will be left unmarked. It is strongly recommended that you complete all four endings before reading their respective entries, as well as the For the Past, For the Future
DLC quest before reading the Neutral representative's entry.
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.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of mankind's despair over the fact that God regards them as nothing more than disposable tools.
- 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.
- Four Is Death
- 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.
- Hypocrite: For being embodiments of despair they seem to enjoy what they do a bit too much...
- Laughing Mad: If Flynn accepts their proposal to destroy the universe.
- Mercy Kill/Shoot the Dog: How they rationalize their omnicidal mania, figuring that as the Vicious Cycle of Law and Chaos and manipulation at God's hands through both will go on forever it'd be better if the entire universe just died.
- 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.
- Straw Nihilist: See Omnicidal Maniac and Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Tender Tears: The White taking Issachar's form has them.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: They view their plan as a Mercy Kill due to how corrupt and crapsack the world is.
- Walking Spoiler
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: They are this, and have since become embodiments of humanity's own WDoW tendencies.
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.
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
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
- As Long as There Is Evil: A heroic example; he warns that so long as humanity exists, the Forever War between the angels and demons for control of humanity will persist.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: When connected with his original body, he is GIGANTIC, close in size to Tokyo itself.
- 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.
- Big Good
- 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!
- Bragging Rights Reward / Infinity+1 Sword: Defeating his combined form in the last DLC lets you create a usable version of him. His power is insane, starting off with an Almighty attack that will hit every enemy and count as hitting a weakness without fail. As he levels up he drains damage from fire, ice, electricity, force (thus partly replicating his boss battle's nigh-impregnable defense), and his final ability gives the player an extra three half Press Turns. But you already beat the strongest enemy in the game. So the most use you'll get out of him is to spread his Guardian's Eye and Curse Thy Enemy around your troops and hunt down the five-Press Turns-per round Fiends.
- Elemental Embodiment: Masakado at full power is a giant of earth, fire, and stone.
- Emotion Eater: He can devour Hope, Spite, and Goodwill as substitutes for the power he lost in the past when he became the Firmament.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Most of his body and power were lost forming the barrier over Tokyo. His previous summoner went with it.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: It's not terribly clear in his initial sprite, but in the cinematics... eugh.
- Power Echoes: Like you wouldn't believe.
- 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.
- Time-Limit Boss: When fighting his Shadow, you must kill him in 10 turns or Tokyo will be nuked into pieces.
- The Unseen: Has no role in any other route.
- 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.
- Walking Spoiler: You're not supposed to know that he even exists unless you end up on the Neutral path.
A childhood friend of Walter's that appears only in the Shin Megami Tensei IV: Demonic Gene
- Childhood Friends: With Walter
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: After her little chat with Abdiel. She also picked up blowing up demons as her hobby.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Hiruko's last, spiteful attack. Walter tries to shield her, but is hurt just as much.
- Holy Burns Evil: Her charm severely wounded Amaymon when she threw it at him. Later, it seems it harms the Black Samurai as it enters her proximity.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Hiruko!Walter starts hammering at her defenses after she escapes from another Ashura-kai ambush.
- Only Sane Man: The most level headed of the prentice Samurai and the most able to keep Walter under control.
- Tomato in the Mirror: With the Black Samurai. She already remembered Tokyo, Tayama has photos of her as a small child taken in a lab full of slaughtered scientists and Body Horror abominations, and apparently she appeared in a Mikado lake as a young girl with no memory of her former life. Abdiel later has a chat with her and Walter, apparently confirming Hiruko's story.
- Tsundere: First thing she does after finding Walter in Tokyo is hug him. Next thing is slap him.
A Casualry childhood friend of Jonathan's who eventually becomes a Samurai. Appears only in the Shin Megami Tensei IV: Prayers
- Fusion Dance: He eventually becomes a demon. Jonathan's angelic form breaks the fusion, drawing the human Asuma out.
- Face-Heel Turn: After becoming a demon, he doesn't hesitate to send his new subordinates to battle against the Samurai, and join them in.
- Literal Split Personality: The demon he fused himself with became independent after being torn out by Jonathan, killing Hope and unleashing the huge Angel of the Cocoon.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": The good news, Asuma isn't a demon anymore. The bad? His demon side killed Hope and released a titanic angel upon the Samurai.
A former Samurai Walter meets at prison when awaiting judgment. Appears only in the Shin Megami Tensei IV Demonic Gene
- Conspiracy Theorist: Has the attitude down pat. Turns out many of the relics burned down in the fire Walter was accused of had been collected by him.
- Dirty Coward: He's utterly terrified of demons.
- Oh, Crap: When meeting with Tayama; the guy's Psychotic Smirk can't have helped.
- Otaku: Is utterly excited to at last enter Tokyo.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had he stayed in his cell, he could have saved Walter and Gina a fair bit of grief.