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Shido's Palace is an enormous, multi-tiered cruise ship, which is imposed over the National Diet Building in the real world. His treasure in the Palace resembles a ship's steering wheel; in the real world it manifests as his politician's badge.

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Shido's Palace is an enormous, multi-tiered cruise ship, which is imposed over the National Diet Building in the real world. His treasure in the Palace resembles a ship's steering wheel; in the real world it manifests as his politician's badge.a legislator's pin.



* AnimalMotifs: Lions, the first stage of his boss battle involves him riding a huge, golden lion. Lions are often seen as the guardians of heaven and hell, befitting Shido's self-delusion as Japan's saviour.
* ArchnemesisDad: Ultimately, to Akechi.

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* AnimalMotifs: Lions, the Lions. The first stage of his boss battle involves him riding a huge, golden lion. Lions are often seen as the guardians of heaven and hell, befitting Shido's self-delusion as Japan's saviour.
* ArchnemesisDad: Ultimately, to Akechi. Shido always had a feeling that Akechi was his son, but he didn't care. Akechi, meanwhile, wanted to get back at Shido for all of his abusive actions and abandonment.



* BadBoss: He has no issue with having his fellow conspirators killed when they're no longer useful to him, [[spoiler:and not even his illegitimate son is exempt]].

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* BadBoss: He has no issue with having his fellow conspirators killed when they're no longer useful to him, [[spoiler:and and not even his illegitimate son is exempt]].exempt.



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

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



* SequentialBoss: His boss fight has five phases.

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* SequentialBoss: His boss fight has five phases. The first three are Shido riding on a BodyOfBodies that changes shape and resistances, the fourth is just Shido after a BattleStrip, and the final phase is Shido after he TurnsRed (literally and figuratively).


* EvilIsHammy: During the final confrontation, he hollers at the top of his lungs about wanting to kill you during his boss fight. Justified as he's [[VillainousBreakdown having a meltdown]], and caused himself to go psychotic.
* EvilLaugh: He has a [[LaughingMad triumphant cackle]] if he manages to kill [[TheRival Joker]] during his boss fight.

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* EvilIsHammy: During the final confrontation, he hollers at the top of his lungs about wanting to kill you the Phantom Thieves during his boss fight. Justified as he's [[VillainousBreakdown having a meltdown]], and caused himself to go psychotic.
* EvilLaugh: EvilLaugh:
** Just after going psychotic, he lets out a maddened laugh before threatening to kill the Phantom Thieves.
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He has a [[LaughingMad triumphant cackle]] if he manages to kill [[TheRival Joker]] during his boss fight.



* LaughingMad: He's mentally unhinged and has a rather deranged sounding laugh.

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* LaughingMad: He's mentally unhinged and has a rather deranged sounding laugh. Once he causes himself to go psychotic, this laughter manages to get even more unhinged.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: It's implied that his VillainousBreakdown was at least partially caused by the realization that [[AllForNothing he could have gotten his revenge and solved his problems without becoming a murderer.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: It's implied that his VillainousBreakdown was at least partially caused by the realization that [[AllForNothing he could have gotten his revenge and solved his problems without becoming a murderer.]]]] The Phantom Thieves even point this out to Akechi in an attempt to talk him down, but he refuses to listen.



* ObviousJudas: InUniverse. His behaviour raises so many red flags that the Phantom Thieves see his EvilAllAlong nature coming from a mile and a half away.

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* ObviousJudas: InUniverse. His behaviour behavior raises so many red flags that the Phantom Thieves see his EvilAllAlong nature coming from a mile and a half away.



* ThePowerOfHate: He's apparently driven by his hatred of everything in the society he grew up in for how miserable his life really is. From his upbringing, his father Shido for abandoning his mother, people like the Protagonist where he doesn't understand how they're able to live better lives than him, and possibly even himself for having to put up with all of it, including the horrible things he's done to get where he is. This is particularly invoked with his boss battle when he uses his own HatePlague on himself to become strong enough to kill the Phantom Thieves even if it kills him as well.
* PragmaticVillainy: After supposedly killing Joker, Akechi is told by Shido to kill the rest of the Phantom Thieves. Akechi refuses, but says that it's because now is a bad time, since the disappearance of so many students who had been associated with the Phantom Thieves so quickly would be suspicious, and might get linked back to them. The implication of later dialogue with the Thieves themselves suggests Akechi just said that in order to keep them around because he'd grown somewhat attached to them.

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* ThePowerOfHate: He's apparently Akechi is driven by his hatred of everything in the society he grew up in for how miserable his life really is. From his upbringing, his father Shido for abandoning his mother, people like the Protagonist where he doesn't understand how they're able to live better lives than him, and possibly even himself for having to put up with all of it, including the horrible things he's done to get where he is. This is particularly invoked with his boss battle when he uses his own HatePlague on himself to become strong enough to kill the Phantom Thieves even if it kills him as well.
* PragmaticVillainy: After supposedly killing Joker, Akechi is told by Shido to kill the rest of the Phantom Thieves. Akechi refuses, but says that it's because now is a bad time, since the disappearance of so many students who had been associated with the Phantom Thieves so quickly all at once would be suspicious, and might get linked back to them.Shido. The implication of later dialogue with the Thieves themselves suggests Akechi just said that in order to keep them around because he'd grown somewhat attached to them.



* TakingYouWithMe: He uses his power to make peoples hearts go psychotic on ''himself'' to enter a [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity greatly empowered]] UnstoppableRage, knowing full well it could kill him; why? Because he reaches his RageBreakingPoint with The Phantom Thieves and just wants them dead, even if he has to kill himself to do it.

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* TakingYouWithMe: He uses his power to make peoples hearts go psychotic on ''himself'' to enter a [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity greatly empowered]] UnstoppableRage, knowing full well it could kill him; why? Because him, because he reaches his RageBreakingPoint with The Phantom Thieves and just wants them dead, even if he has to kill himself to do it.



* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Downplayed, but he ''definitely'' experiences some SanitySlippage after [[spoiler:berserking himself for the second phase of his boss fight.]]

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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Downplayed, but he ''definitely'' experiences some SanitySlippage after [[spoiler:berserking himself going berserk for the second phase of his boss fight.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: After his Shadow is defeated, he temporarily kills himself in a last-ditch effort to kill the Phantom Thieves by collapsing his Palace with them in it.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Downplayed. After his Shadow is defeated, he temporarily kills himself with some medicine in a last-ditch effort to kill the Phantom Thieves by collapsing his Palace with them in it.it. It doesn't work; the Thieves survive, and so does he, causing Shido to have a proper change of heart.



** [[spoiler:Kandori is more hands-on in utilizing the supernatural aspects of the DEVA System, directly using it to summon the Deva Yuga palace and keeping [[IllGirl Maki Sonomura,]] who became linked to the system, under his control. Shido, meanwhile, knows somewhat of the Metaverse and how Cognitive Pscience (utilizing the Collective Unconsciousness in all manner seen across the series so far, basically) works, but he's more hands-off, leaving most of the semantics and the dirty work to his son and personal hitman, Goro Akechi. To hit the point home, Kandori is a Persona-user, while Shido remains oblivious of the Phantom Thieves going after his heart (and his Shadow by association) until it's too late, going so far as to forcing himself in a coma to stop it.]]
** [[spoiler:Both men are dependent on a despondent teenager's supernatural powers (Maki Sonomura for Kandori; Goro Akechi for Shido). Kandori is at most indifferent towards Maki, keeping her alive in knowing that he needs her to succeed in his plans, and actually develops a fondness for Aki, [[FreudianTrio her malevolent id]]. Shido, on the other hand, is aware that Akechi is his illegitimate son and is ashamed of his existence, fully intending to [[OffingTheOffspring do away with him]] once he becomes Prime Minister. To hit the point home, lurking in his Palace is a cognitive version of Akechi that he views as a fanatically loyal, disposable puppet. Interestingly, Kandori doesn't hold any ill will toward his own half-brother, Reiji.]]
** [[spoiler:Kandori actually succeeds in attaining godhood, whereas Shido's heart is successfully changed on the night he's elected, preventing him from acting out his despotic desires. Kandori also sticks around long enough to [[VictoryIsBoring lament how boring and meaningless his life became]] after obtaining power, whereas Shido likely would not have had such reservations had he not had his change of heart. Also, once Kandori is out of the picture, while no one on a grand scale grieves for him and the world moves on without him on a personal scale in ''Eternal Punishment'' he gains a measure of redemption, with his half-brother naming his child after him, leaving some form of positive legacy. By contrast, the people of Japan are in disbelief that Shido was villainous and worry for a future without him, and his [[TheConspiracy conspiracy]] attempts damage control in response, but at the same time no one truly cares about Shido as a person or an individual.]]
** [[spoiler:While it's revealed in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' that [[GreaterScopeVillain Nyarlathotep]] was pulling him along, Kandori had more agency in his fate and his status as the BigBad than Shido; not only was Yaldabaoth playing everyone like a fiddle in this game, but had Akechi's fate been different, he would be at a massive advantage, given that he's the one with the power of Persona ''and'' could potentially humiliate him and ruin his life, as he had intended to do.]]
** [[spoiler:Shido is a one-dimensional HateSink too full of {{Pride}} to ever be capable of self-reflection or change, while Kandori was motivated by the emptiness of his life and after his return in ''Eternal Punishment'' has become far more philosophical and self-reflective, maturing into an AntiVillain who regrets the mistakes he makes in life.]]
** [[spoiler:Shido treats his lovers as disposable, he can't even remember Akechi's mother's name and is introduced assaulting a woman while drunk, Kandori, on the other hand, treats women well, even gaining the love of Chizuri Ishigami who he treats with respect.]]

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** [[spoiler:Kandori Kandori is more hands-on in utilizing [[spoiler:utilizing the supernatural aspects of the DEVA System, directly using it to summon the Deva Yuga palace and keeping [[IllGirl Maki Sonomura,]] who became linked to the system, under his control. control]]. Shido, meanwhile, knows somewhat of the Metaverse and how Cognitive Pscience (utilizing the Collective Unconsciousness in all manner seen across the series so far, basically) series) works, but he's more hands-off, leaving most of the semantics and the dirty work to his son and personal hitman, Goro Akechi. To hit the point home, Kandori is a Persona-user, while Shido remains oblivious of the Phantom Thieves going after his heart (and his Shadow by association) until it's too late, going so far as to forcing himself in a coma to stop it.]]
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** [[spoiler:Both Both men are dependent on a despondent teenager's supernatural powers (Maki Sonomura for Kandori; Goro Akechi for Shido). Kandori [[spoiler:Kandori is at most indifferent towards Maki, keeping her alive in knowing that he needs her to succeed in his plans, and actually develops a fondness for Aki, [[FreudianTrio her malevolent id]]. Shido, on the other hand, is aware that Akechi is his illegitimate son and is ashamed of his existence, fully intending to [[OffingTheOffspring do away with him]] once he becomes Prime Minister. To hit the point home, lurking in his Palace is a cognitive version of Akechi that he views as a fanatically loyal, disposable puppet. Interestingly, Kandori doesn't hold any ill will toward his own half-brother, Reiji.]]
** [[spoiler:Kandori Kandori actually succeeds in attaining godhood, [[spoiler:attaining godhood like he wanted to]], whereas Shido's heart is successfully changed on the night he's elected, preventing him from acting out his despotic desires. Kandori also sticks around long enough to [[VictoryIsBoring lament how boring and meaningless his life became]] after obtaining power, whereas Shido likely would not have had such reservations had he not had his change of heart. Also, once Kandori is out of the picture, while no one on a grand scale grieves for him and the world moves on without him on a personal scale in ''Eternal Punishment'' he gains a measure of redemption, with his half-brother naming his child after him, leaving some form of positive legacy. By contrast, the people of Japan are in disbelief that Shido was villainous and worry for a future without him, and his [[TheConspiracy conspiracy]] attempts damage control in response, but at the same time no one truly cares about Shido as a person or an individual.individual.
** While it's revealed in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' that [[GreaterScopeVillain Nyarlathotep]] was pulling him along, [[spoiler:Kandori had more agency in his fate and his status as the BigBad than Shido; not only was Yaldabaoth playing everyone like a fiddle in this game, but had Akechi's fate been different, he would be at a massive advantage, given that he's the one with the power of Persona ''and'' could potentially humiliate him and ruin his life, as he had intended to do.
]]
** [[spoiler:While it's revealed in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' that [[GreaterScopeVillain Nyarlathotep]] was pulling him along, Shido is a one-dimensional HateSink too full of {{Pride}} to ever be capable of self-reflection or change, while Kandori had was motivated by [[spoiler:the emptiness of his life and after his return in ''Eternal Punishment'' has become far more agency in his fate philosophical and his status as self-reflective, maturing into an AntiVillain who regrets the BigBad than Shido; not only was Yaldabaoth playing everyone like a fiddle mistakes he makes in this game, but had Akechi's fate been different, he would be at a massive advantage, given that he's the one with the power of Persona ''and'' could potentially humiliate him and ruin his life, as he had intended to do.life.]]
** [[spoiler:Shido is a one-dimensional HateSink too full of {{Pride}} to ever be capable of self-reflection or change, while Kandori was motivated by the emptiness of his life and after his return in ''Eternal Punishment'' has become far more philosophical and self-reflective, maturing into an AntiVillain who regrets the mistakes he makes in life.]]
** [[spoiler:Shido
Shido treats his lovers as disposable, he can't even remember Akechi's mother's name and is introduced assaulting a woman while drunk, Kandori, on the other hand, treats women well, even gaining the love of Chizuri Ishigami who he treats with respect.]]


* {{Jerkass}}: From harassing Ann to [[spoiler:breaking Ryuji's leg so that he can't do track anymore, and generally being abusive towards his students ''and driving one to suicide'']] he is definitely this.


* {{Jerkass}}: Even beyond his many, ''many'' KickTheDog actions, he's an arrogant, rude, and deceptive excuse for a politician with nothing but contempt for the general electorate.


* ArtisticLicenseReligion: Averted, he uses the standard demon for his respective sin.


** His Persona, Robin Hood, has virtually no team-oriented abilities. The only one he gets is a Revive - He won't, indeed can't, help out until he absolutely has to. When he cures an ally's status ailment he also slaps them with his hand rather than the fan. Both of these go to show his disdain for working with a team, which makes perfect sense once he goes on his MotiveRant.


* ControlFreak: What's his motive? He gets a kick out of dictating the lives of others.

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* ControlFreak: What's his motive? He gets a kick out of dictating the lives of others. He is given the title of "God of control" for a reason. For him, everything should stay the same.



*FamousLastWords: "What power... It surpasses mine own... a god born from the wish of the masses... So this... is the true Trickster... Damn that Igor... It seems he wasn't spouting nonsense..."



* GodIsEvil: In Gnostic belief, Yaldabaoth is the entity worshiped as {{God}} in UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}}, UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} and UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}, along with any other religion that has a "supreme" deity. Though in some depictions he is seen as a pretender of sorts, acting as the "God" of the material world and trying to keep humanity trapped in it (which goes well with his scheme in the game). And sometimes it is said that the true "Good God" banishes him to Hell where he essentialy becomes the Devil or something similar to that, so Yaldabaoth can be considered either a straight example of this trope or subversion depending on how you choose to view it.

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* GodIsEvil: In Gnostic belief, Yaldabaoth is the entity worshiped as {{God}} in UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}}, UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} and UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}, along with any other religion that has a "supreme" deity. Though in some depictions he is seen as a pretender of sorts, acting as the "God" of the material world and trying to keep humanity trapped in it (which goes well with his scheme in the game). And sometimes it is said that the true "Good God" banishes him to Hell where he essentialy becomes the Devil or something similar to that, so Yaldabaoth can be considered either a straight example of this trope or subversion depending on how you choose to view it.it (he isn't God per se).
** Howewer, he is a massive asshole to those that don't accept his order and will wipe them out by any mean necessary.



* LackOfEmpathy: For all his concern about human behavior and his interactions with others, Yaldabaoth has no concern at all about human emotions. His only concern was to rule over humanity through his KnightTemplar ideals, no matter how much suffering he must cause to enable this to happen. Yaldabaoth only acknowledges and respects power, particularly his own. Even after he is defeated, he only acknowledges the ''power'' of [[HeroicSpirit hope]] demonstrated by the Phantom Thieves, not once considering the feelings of the humans he oppressed.

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* LackOfEmpathy: For all his concern about human behavior and his interactions with others, Yaldabaoth has no concern at all about human emotions. His only concern was to rule over humanity through his KnightTemplar ideals, no matter how much suffering he must cause to enable this to happen. Yaldabaoth only acknowledges and respects power, particularly his own. Even after he is defeated, he only acknowledges the ''power'' of [[HeroicSpirit hope]] demonstrated by the Phantom Thieves, not once considering the feelings of the humans he oppressed.oppressed (he does ruefully admit that Igor was right).


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->"Preposterous... You dare rob the people's wishes!?"

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* LastDitchMove: Once his health gets low during the second phase of his boss fight, he'll attempt to attack Joker with the Almighty skill Laevatein. Luckily, this attack is telegraphed so the player can take him out before he's able to use it.


* UnstoppableRage: After his first lost Akechi forces himself to go psychotic. He turns himself into a rage filled monster and starts going bat shit crazy in the second half of the fight.

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* UnstoppableRage: After his first lost loss, Akechi forces himself to go psychotic. He turns himself uses his own HatePlague powers on himself, turning him into a rage filled monster and starts going bat shit crazy in the second half of the fight.monster.

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* UnstoppableRage: After his first lost Akechi forces himself to go psychotic. He turns himself into a rage filled monster and starts going bat shit crazy in the second half of the fight.


* PragmaticVillainy: After supposedly killing Joker, Akechi is told by Shido to kill the rest of the Phantom Thieves. Akechi refuses, but says that it's because now is a bad time, since the disappearance of so many students who had been associated with the Phantom Thieves so quickly would be suspicious, and might get linked back to them. The implication of later dialogue with the Thieves themselves suggests Akechi just said that in order to keep them around because he'd grown somewhat attached to them.



* UncertainDoom: [[spoiler:His fate is left nebulous.]]

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* UncertainDoom: [[spoiler:His fate is left nebulous.nebulous behind a bulkhead. There are gunshots, and Futaba says she can no longer detect his vital signs. Plus, if Akechi was still in the Palace when it collapsed, he'd be dead for sure. But the player is never actually shown Akechi's death onscreen, so what actually happened to him is up in the air.]]


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* VillainsDyingGrace: He saves the party from his own doppelganger and an army of Shadows by sealing himself behind a bulkhead, telling them to take care of business for him. [[spoiler:While Akechi's fate is uncertain, he never shows up again in the story, so this trope still applies.]]
* VillainRespect: When he confronts the Phantom Thieves on the Cruise Ship, he says that he's impressed that they manage to trick him, and even compliments how their strength has led them as far as it has.


* {{Hypocrite}}: Practically everything about his initial characterization is a facade. He acts like a humble, self-deprecating artist and in fact explicitly claims that the key to his success is his detachment from worldly desires such as fame and fortune. His Palace ends up revealing that fame and fortune have been ''all'' he's cared about for a while.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Practically everything about his initial characterization is a facade. He acts like a humble, self-deprecating artist and in fact explicitly claims that the key to his success is his detachment from worldly desires such as fame and fortune. His Palace ends up revealing that fame and fortune have been ''all'' all he's cared about for a while.while, and only convinces his students not to profit from their art, so he can instead.


** To Makoto. Both of them are honor students who excel in order to be accepted- Makoto by her sister and Akechi by society as a whole. Both use {{blackmail}} in order to get onto the team, but with very different motivations. While Makoto genuinely wants to see if the Thieves are just (and offers to release them from the deal once they end up getting blackmailed), Akechi's entire plan is a trap for the Thieves. While Makoto quickly reconciles with Ann and is accepted as a trusted friend by her and the rest of the Thieves, Akechi is never fully trusted- while the Phantom Thieves care for him, even the relatively compassionate [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ryuji]] and [[NiceGirl Haru]] cannot forgive his misdeeds. There is also the similarity that both characters are used by members of the Conspiracy to bring the Phantom Thieves to justice. Makoto however didn't know the Principal was tied to the Conspiracy and was nothing more than his UnwittingPawn for a short period of time while Akechi willingly teamed up with Shido to capture the Phantom Thieves.

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** To Makoto. Both of them are honor students who excel in order to be accepted- Makoto by her sister and Akechi by society as a whole. Both use {{blackmail}} in order to get onto the team, but with very different motivations. While Makoto genuinely wants to see if the Thieves are just (and offers to release them from the deal once they all end up getting blackmailed), blackmailed by Kaneshiro), Akechi's entire plan is a trap for the Thieves. While Makoto quickly reconciles with Ann and is accepted as a trusted friend by her and the rest of the Thieves, Akechi is never fully trusted- while the Phantom Thieves care for him, even the relatively compassionate [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ryuji]] and [[NiceGirl Haru]] cannot forgive his misdeeds. There is also the similarity that both characters are used by members of the Conspiracy to bring the Phantom Thieves to justice. Makoto however didn't know the Principal was tied to the Conspiracy and was nothing more than his UnwittingPawn for a short period of time while Akechi willingly teamed up with Shido to capture the Phantom Thieves.


* XanatosGambit: His game involving the Phantom Thieves and the Conspiracy revolves around this, and he goes various steps to ensure that he would emerge as the victor regardless of who wins his game. If Akechi and the Conspiracy win, Yaldabaoth's control over the populace is cemented. If the Phantom Thieves manage succeed in changing the hearts of the corrupt, those corrupted individuals would lose their distorted desires and reduced back to faceless masses under Yaldabaoth's control.

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* XanatosGambit: His game involving the Phantom Thieves and the Conspiracy revolves around this, and he goes various steps to ensure that he would emerge as the victor regardless of who wins his game. If Akechi and the Conspiracy win, Yaldabaoth's control over the populace is cemented. If the Phantom Thieves manage succeed in changing the hearts of the corrupt, those corrupted individuals would lose their distorted desires and reduced back to faceless masses under Yaldabaoth's control. It's only when the Phantom Thieves expose Yaldabaoth true identity ''and'' Joker refuses to cut a deal with him, that this trope gets subverted.


** Izanami has a BlueAndOrangeMorality and only acts in order to fulfil what she believes as what humanity truly desires. Yaldabaoth, on the other hand, is a ControlFreak who seeks to subjugate mankind under his "guidance", and is willing to brainwash the populace of Tokyo against their will into worshipping him.

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** Izanami has a BlueAndOrangeMorality and only acts in order to fulfil what she believes as what humanity truly desires. Yaldabaoth, on the other hand, is a ControlFreak who seeks to subjugate mankind under his "guidance", and is willing to brainwash the populace of Tokyo against by exploiting their will into worshipping subconscious desire to worship him.

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