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* EvenEvilHasStandards: He was shocked when Shido ordered him to dispose of his remaining associates, and Shido had to strong-arm him when Akechi showed hesitance in doing so.



** Akechi is also a foil to Yuuki Mishima. Both are young teenagers who strive to be acknowledged by others and [[IJustWantToBeSpecial make a name for themselves]], and are willing to use the Phantom Thieves for their own selfish ends. Despite their association with the Thieves, they were treated as [[TheFriendNobodyLikes nuisances]] and are treated with either indifference or hostility. However, while Mishima ultimately learned to overcome his issues and become a better person by sticking with the Phantom Thieves to the end, Akechi was unable to realise his wrongdoings and betrays the Phantom Thieves to further his goals. Also, Akechi is a celebrity detective adored by the public, whereas Mishima remains a nobody despite being the administrator of the PhanSite.



* StupidEvil: To an almost ridiculous degree. If it wasn't for his charisma, [[spoiler:likely Yaldabaoth influencing the people]], and Akechi eliminating anybody that got close to the truth, then his political campaign would have started to fall apart very quickly. In order:
** First, all of the Mental Shutdowns benefit him or his co-conspirators directly, the identities of these co-conspirators was not secret, and Sae, who was at the time more focused on the Phantom Thieves, was able to quickly identify a pattern that all led to Shido.
** Second, the sheer level of ''unnecessary dickery'' that Shido is involved in would quickly be discovered if it wasn't for his contacts and even then, it ultimately leads to the fall of his plans.
** His ridiculous need to make people's lives as miserable as possible ends up attracting more enemies. What's worse is that many of his victims become the very people that bring about his downfall.



* VillainBall: To an almost ridiculous degree, if it wasn't for his charisma, [[spoiler:likely Yaldabaoth influencing the people]], and Akechi eliminating anybody that got close to the truth, then his political campaign would have started to fall apart very quickly. In order:
** First, all of the Mental Shutdowns benefit him or his co-conspirators directly, the identities of these co-conspirators was not secret, and Sae, who was at the time more focused on the Phantom Thieves, was able to quickly identify a pattern that all led to Shido.
** Second, the sheer level of ''unnecessary dickery'' that Shido is involved in would quickly be discovered if it wasn't for his contacts and even then, it ultimately leads to the fall of his plans.


** He also can be seen as a darker counterpart to Taro Namatame. Both were specifically chosen by the {{Greater Scope Villain}}s as alternate representatives to the Protagonist Persona users; however, both went down completely different paths on their usage. Taro was misguided on how the Midnight Channel works; [[AntiVillain he really isn't that bad of a person]], his actions made things worse and he Investigation Team had to clean up his mess as well as finding the mastermind. Akechi became a personal assassin to Shido under a guise as a detective, and while he is an alternative Wild Card Persona user, he only had '''two''' Personas, Robin Hood and Loki.

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** He also can be seen as a darker counterpart to Taro Namatame. Both were specifically chosen by the {{Greater Scope Villain}}s as alternate representatives to the Protagonist Persona users; however, both went down completely different paths on their usage. Taro was misguided on how the Midnight Channel works; [[AntiVillain he really isn't that bad of a person]], but his actions made things worse and he the Investigation Team had to clean up his mess as well as finding the mastermind. Akechi became a personal assassin to Shido under a guise as a detective, and while he is an alternative Wild Card Persona user, he only had '''two''' Personas, Robin Hood and Loki.

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* WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency: Madarame feels entitled to profit from the works of his pupils and they should feel gratitude towards him despite the abuse he puts them through.


Madarame's Palace resembles a massive, gaudy art museum, and it is based in the run-down atelier that he raised Yusuke in in the real world. In his Palace his Treasure resembles a painting, which is revealed to be the original, unedited ''Sayuri'' portrait. The painting in question is what the Treasure manifests as in the real world.

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Madarame's Palace resembles a massive, gaudy art museum, and it is based in the run-down atelier that where'd he raised Yusuke in in the real world. In his Palace his Treasure resembles a painting, which is revealed to be the original, unedited ''Sayuri'' portrait. The painting in question is what the Treasure manifests as in the real world.



** The dungeon is based on Futaba's thoughts and controlled by her Shadow, so things are expected to occur like they did in ''VideoGame/Persona4'', right? [[spoiler:Nope, Futaba's Shadow is ''not'' the boss of the dungeon, and Futaba accepts and converts in into a Persona without a fight, using it to pull a BigDamnHeroes on the real boss: a false version of Futaba's mother created by her mind, a manifestation of her belief that her mother blames her for her death. To top off the switch, ''Futaba herself'' is the treasure of her palace: by "stealing" her own heart, she is able to reform from a suicidal shut-in to a happier and more confident young woman who overcomes her fear of her mother. It also prevent her from suffering the usual fates of those who have their treasure stolen as she was able to maintain her free will instead of ending up being in the prison of regression as a docile and eerily tranquil girl and oh, getting arrested as Ali Baba]]

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** The dungeon is based on Futaba's thoughts and controlled by her Shadow, so things are expected to occur like they did in ''VideoGame/Persona4'', right? [[spoiler:Nope, Futaba's Shadow is ''not'' the boss of the dungeon, and Futaba accepts and converts in into a Persona without a fight, using it to pull a BigDamnHeroes on the real boss: a false version of Futaba's mother created by her mind, a manifestation of her belief that her mother blames her for her death. To top off the switch, ''Futaba herself'' is the treasure of her palace: by "stealing" her own heart, she is able to reform from a suicidal shut-in to a happier and more confident young woman who overcomes her fear of her mother. It also prevent her from suffering the usual fates of those who have their treasure stolen as she was able to maintain her free will instead of ending up being in the prison of regression as a docile and eerily tranquil girl and oh, getting arrested as Ali Baba]]

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** Robin Hood's bombastic, almost superheroic appearance makes a lot of sense once you learn Akechi is the traitor. He, like Akechi is putting on a front to try and fool the Phantom Thieves into believing that Akechi is a good and just person. Once the jig is up, Robin Hood is gone and the sinister looking Loki takes the stage.


** He's a villain who embodies SMT's Law alignment, yet his initial Persona is the [[Literature/RobinHood archetypical Chaotic Good character]].

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** He's a villain who embodies SMT's Law alignment, yet his initial Persona is the [[Literature/RobinHood [[Myth/RobinHood archetypical Chaotic Good character]].


* {{Foil}}: He is one to [[spoiler:Tohru Adachi]] of ''Persona 4''. Both are men who believed that they should be rewarded for their success and hard work, and target young women whom they have an unhealthy fixation on. To add further, both Kamoshida and [[spoiler:Adachi]] represent the theme of lust, with Kamoshida's sin being Lust, while [[spoiler:Adachi represents the Lust/Hunger Arcana.]] However, unlike [[spoiler:Adachi who hides his monstrous personality behind an affable face]], Kamoshida has no qualms expressing how much of a {{Jerkass}} he is to the students, confident that the school system would protect him. While [[spoiler:Adachi is TheHeavy who's actions and manipulations drive the plot of ''Persona 4'']], Kamoshida, though his actions led to the creation of the Phantom Thieves, is merely a StarterVillain who has no direct involvement in The Conspiracy. And finally, while Kamoshida is an irredeemable scumbag who had to be brainwashed into repenting for his sins, [[spoiler:Adachi does show that he still has some humanity in him, and tries to atone for his crimes on his own free will.]]

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* {{Foil}}: He is one to [[spoiler:Tohru Adachi]] of ''Persona 4''. Both are men who believed that they should be rewarded for their success and hard work, and target young women whom they have an unhealthy fixation on. To add on further, both Kamoshida and [[spoiler:Adachi]] represent the theme of lust, with Kamoshida's sin being Lust, while [[spoiler:Adachi represents the Lust/Hunger Arcana.]] However, unlike [[spoiler:Adachi who hides his monstrous personality behind an affable face]], Kamoshida has no qualms expressing how much of a {{Jerkass}} he is to the students, confident that the school system would protect him. While [[spoiler:Adachi is TheHeavy who's actions and manipulations drive the plot of ''Persona 4'']], Kamoshida, though his actions led to the creation of the Phantom Thieves, is merely a StarterVillain who has no direct involvement in The Conspiracy. And finally, while Kamoshida is an irredeemable scumbag who had to be brainwashed into repenting for his sins, [[spoiler:Adachi does show that he still has some humanity in him, and tries to atone for his crimes on his own free will.]]



* AdaptationalJerkass: Believe it or not, his ''Animation'' counterpart is even worse. When blackmailing Makoto, he orders his men to forcefully strip her before having her pictures taken. Fortunately, they were stopped by the timely intervention of the Phantom Thieves.



* TarotMotifs: Reversed Temperance-- fitting for one guilty of the sin of gluttony.

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* TarotMotifs: Reversed Temperance-- Imbalance, excessiveness and lack of a long term vision; fitting for one guilty of the sin of gluttony.



** With the exception of Yu, the Investigation Team do not show any sympathy for Adachi's FreudianExcuse, seeing how flimsy his motivations were and don't excuse his actions at all. While the Phantom Thieves don't forgive Akechi, they nonetheless sympathise with what he had been through and were willing to accept him back into their group.
** Adachi only has one persona, while Akechi is a Wild Card user, and thus could use more than one persona.
** Adachi survives his encounter with the Investigation Team, and willingly surrenders himself into custody. [[spoiler:Akechi however sacrifices himself to save the Thieves from his cognitive self [[HeelFaceDoorSlam before he could truly atone for his crimes]].]]



** To the Phantom Thieves, a fact which he [[NotSoDifferent bitterly realizes]] before his [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]. Like them, he wants to stop authority from being abused and to reform society, but unlike them, he wants to do so primarily for selfish reasons, has absolutely no doubts that what he does is entirely the right thing, and he doesn't want to "change" society so much as "tear it apart from the inside and let God sort it out." [[spoiler:This is why Yaldabaoth chose him to be the other Wild Card.]] His true Persona fits as well. Like the Personas of the Phantom Thieves, Loki is TheTrickster, but while the others are modeled after dashing rogues or rebellious heroes at best and annoying pranksters and {{Noble Demon}}s at worst, Loki is commonly interpreted as a malicious, [[TheSociopath amoral]] {{Troll}}.

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** To the Phantom Thieves, Thieves as a whole, a fact which he [[NotSoDifferent bitterly realizes]] before his [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]. Like them, he wants to stop authority from being abused and to reform society, but unlike them, he wants to do so primarily for selfish reasons, has absolutely no doubts that what he does is entirely the right thing, and he doesn't want to "change" society so much as "tear it apart from the inside and let God sort it out." [[spoiler:This is why Yaldabaoth chose him to be the other Wild Card.]] His true Persona fits as well. Like the Personas of the Phantom Thieves, Loki is TheTrickster, but while the others are modeled after dashing rogues or rebellious heroes at best and annoying pranksters and {{Noble Demon}}s at worst, Loki is commonly interpreted as a malicious, [[TheSociopath amoral]] {{Troll}}.


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-->'''Samael:''' How would you ever reach your destination if you stopped to count every ant you crushed on the road?


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* {{Determinator}}: For a scumbag, his shadow is incredibly resilient. Whatever the Phantom Thieves throw at him, he always comes back for more. Even after defeating his final phase, he ''still'' tries to stand up ready for more, only to collapse from his injuries.


* EvilCounterpart: To Sojiro. Both are older men who have taken in youths and looked after them, but while Sojiro is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who genuinely cares for his charges, Madarame is a BitchInSheepsClothing who abuses the students he takes under his wing. [[spoiler:The similarities run deeper when you take the child they’ve adopted and their relationship with that child’s mother into account. Sojiro laments not being able to prevent Wakaba Isshiki’s death and adopted Futaba as a way of atoning for it, while Madarame let Yusuke’s mother die so he could profit off of her ‘’Sayuri’’ painting, and exploits Yusuke’s artistic talent in the present day.

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* EvilCounterpart: To Sojiro. Both are older men who have taken in youths and looked after them, but while Sojiro is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who genuinely cares for his charges, Madarame is a BitchInSheepsClothing who abuses the students he takes under his wing. [[spoiler:The similarities run deeper when you take the child they’ve adopted and their relationship with that child’s mother into account. Sojiro laments not being able to prevent Wakaba Isshiki’s death and adopted Futaba as a way of atoning for it, while Madarame let Yusuke’s mother die so he could profit off of her ‘’Sayuri’’ ''Sayuri'' painting, and exploits Yusuke’s artistic talent in the present day.]]


* EvilCounterpart: A BitchInSheepsClothing who abuses his students. Contrast that with Sojiro, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who actually cares for his charges.

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* EvilCounterpart: A To Sojiro. Both are older men who have taken in youths and looked after them, but while Sojiro is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who genuinely cares for his charges, Madarame is a BitchInSheepsClothing who abuses the students he takes under his students. Contrast wing. [[spoiler:The similarities run deeper when you take the child they’ve adopted and their relationship with that with Sojiro, child’s mother into account. Sojiro laments not being able to prevent Wakaba Isshiki’s death and adopted Futaba as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who actually cares way of atoning for his charges.it, while Madarame let Yusuke’s mother die so he could profit off of her ‘’Sayuri’’ painting, and exploits Yusuke’s artistic talent in the present day.


* TarotMotifs: Reversed Judgement-- self doubt and refusal to self-examine.

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* TarotMotifs: TarotMotifs:
** Reversed Priestess-- Out of touch with one's inner self due to worrying about external issues, such as excessive need for approval or validation
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Reversed Judgement-- self doubt and refusal to self-examine.



** The Reversed Hierophant - A desire to break from the rigidity of society (i.e. Shido's split from Japan's ruling party to start his own), and the abuse of authority by forcing others to conform to their own ideals.

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** The Reversed Hierophant - Hierophant-- A desire to break from the rigidity of society (i.e. Shido's split from Japan's ruling party to start his own), and the abuse of authority by forcing others to conform to their own ideals.


* EvilCounterpart: To Joker. Joker doesn't sell out his team, leads from the front, inspires others and genuinely wants to help people. Shido stabs everybody in the back who gives him the chance, doesn't lift a finger himself until he has no other choice, threatens even those who work for him and only cares about himself.

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* EvilCounterpart: EvilCounterpart:
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To Joker. Both have a desire to reform society; but Joker chooses to reform it out of a desire to help people who suffer under society's cruel expectations, whereas Shido simply wants to reform it to suit his own power-hungry needs. Joker doesn't sell out his team, leads from the front, inspires others and genuinely wants to help people.wins their loyalty through genuine kindness. Shido stabs everybody in the back who gives him the chance, doesn't lift a finger himself until he has no other choice, threatens even those who work for him and only cares about himself. To highlight Shido as Joker's EvilCounterpart, [[spoiler:the second "Bad Ending" has Joker accept Yaldabaoth's offer, disillusioned by how people refuse to act for themselves, and becomes a borderline KnightTemplar. This is eerily similar to how Shido had planned to enforce his own authority over the will-less masses once he wins the election.]]
** He is also one to Sojiro Sakura. While Sojiro has a gruff and cynical exterior, he acts supportive and understanding to those around him who manage to breach past his JerkassFacade. This is the opposite of Shido, who acts sympathetic and charismatic in the eyes of the public, but in reality is a smug and condescending elitist who sees himself better than others. While Shido treats his lovers as disposable, Sojiro remained loyal to [[TheLostLenore Wakaba]] to the point that he never considered having another relationship. As parental figures, Sojiro [[GoodParents treats his adoptive daughter Futaba with loving care and devotion]], while Shido refuses to have anything to do with Akechi whom he [[ParentalAbandonment abandons]] and even plans to [[OffingTheOffspring have him killed]].



* TarotMotifs: Even if the arcana's not used in game, the Reversed World still fits. He has the country just about to be handed to him on a silver platter, and he's ''still'' not satisfied. The World's lion motifs are also involved, except the lion is made of the ignorant masses as opposed to guiding them to a new era.

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* TarotMotifs: TarotMotifs:
** The Reversed Hierophant - A desire to break from the rigidity of society (i.e. Shido's split from Japan's ruling party to start his own), and the abuse of authority by forcing others to conform to their own ideals.
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Even if the arcana's not used in game, the Reversed World still fits. He has the country just about to be handed to him on a silver platter, and he's ''still'' not satisfied. The World's lion motifs are also involved, except the lion is made of the ignorant masses as opposed to guiding them to a new era.


** The Reversed Fool, representing a disregard for the consequences of one's actions, i.e. being an actual fool. It represents how he's yet another pawn of Shido, as well as Joker's {{Foil}}.

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** The Reversed Fool, representing a disregard for the consequences of one's actions, i.e. being an actual fool. It represents how he's yet another pawn of Shido, Shido's pawns, as well as Joker's {{Foil}}.


** The Reversed Fool, representing a disregard for the consequences of one's actions, i.e. being an actual fool. It represents how he's yet another pawn of Shido's, as well as Joker's {{Foil}}.

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** The Reversed Fool, representing a disregard for the consequences of one's actions, i.e. being an actual fool. It represents how he's yet another pawn of Shido's, Shido, as well as Joker's {{Foil}}.


** The Reversed Fool, representing a disregard for the consequences of one's actions, i.e. being an actual fool. It represents how he's yet another pawn of Shido's.

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** The Reversed Fool, representing a disregard for the consequences of one's actions, i.e. being an actual fool. It represents how he's yet another pawn of Shido's.Shido's, as well as Joker's {{Foil}}.


* TarotMotifs: Even if the arcana's not used in game, The World still fits. He has the country just about to be handed to him on a silver platter and the lion motifs are involved.

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* TarotMotifs: Even if the arcana's not used in game, The the Reversed World still fits. He has the country just about to be handed to him on a silver platter platter, and the he's ''still'' not satisfied. The World's lion motifs are involved.also involved, except the lion is made of the ignorant masses as opposed to guiding them to a new era.

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