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* Look at Orpheus, then look at the protagonist. Now, look at the Persona's lyre, and then the chair you sit on, in the Velvet Room.



* Look at Orpheus, then look at the protagonist. Now, look at the Persona's lyre, and then the chair you sit on, in the Velvet Room.

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*** This even shows after Shinjiro dies and Ken gets his ultimate Persona, Kala-Nemi. He swiftly learns the best healing spells, such as Diarahan, Mediarahan, and even Samarecarm, which revives a teammate with full health. It's as if after this tragedy, Ken resolves to make sure no one dies like that ever again.



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* Ryoji looks nothing like the Female Protagonist, yet he still has the same origins with the Male Protagonist, being Pharos inside of [=FeMC=] as a piece of the Nyx avatar. While he doesn't ''look'' like her, he did inherit something very important that he didn't get from the regular MC: ''her personality''. [=FeMC=] in canon is very bubbly and energetic, ready to make friends, but hides her insecurities and sadness that becomes more visible when things get tense. Ryoji came into the world a happy-go-lucky social butterfly who enjoys flirting with girls, but once he learns of his origins he becomes more somber and depressed that he can longer be himself. His own romance with [=FeMC=] reflects this tone, as he suddenly becomes more serious and raw with his feelings once they go further down the Social Link.


** The manga references this. As the Nyx Avatar cycles through the first 12 phases of the battle, each phase shows the character associated with the Arcana. The only exceptions are Jin(who, being dead, is represented by a bloodstain just before Takaya shows up in the next panel), and Chidori (instead, it shows Thanatos attempting to go in for the kill, only for Nyx Avatar to parry the attack and go into the Death phase).




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* Throughout the game, starting from a few days after the start, you see various stories about the exchange rate of the yen to the dollar. This has a twofold effect- showing how much Apathy Syndrome is affecting Japan's economy, and helping American players understand how much the various things in the game cost.


* Akihiko's Persona evolves even if Shinjiro survives in the Female Protagonist's route. Why? It ties into Akihiko's Arcana, the Emperor (which focuses on having control), and specifically Akihiko's confronting his feelings of helplessness. Even if Shinjiro makes it to the hospital, the game says that doctors say he'll never wake up, making him dead for all intents and purposes. Now, as long as Shinjiro is alive, there's a chance that he'll wake up, but it doesn't change the fact that there's still nothing Akihiko can do. The situation is just as out of his hands as it is if Shinjiro dies, it's just that now he has to deal not knowing if [[HopeIsScary his best friend is ever going to wake up]].

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* Akihiko's Persona evolves even if Shinjiro survives in the Female Protagonist's route. Why? It ties into Akihiko's Arcana, the Emperor (which focuses on having control), and specifically Akihiko's confronting his feelings of helplessness. Even if Shinjiro makes it to the hospital, the game says that doctors say he'll never wake up, making him dead for all intents and purposes. Now, as long as Shinjiro is alive, there's a chance that he'll wake up, but it doesn't change the fact that there's still nothing Akihiko can do. The situation is just as out of his hands as it is if Shinjiro dies, it's just that now he has to deal with not knowing if [[HopeIsScary his best friend is ever going to wake up]].up]]... which also ties into his Social Link arcana, the Star, which is connected to optimism and hope.
* Speaking of survival, Chidori’s also fits in with this. You could argue that it cheapens her sacrifice, but it doesn’t come without a cost. Her memories are gone, with only nostalgia still tying her to Junpei. The girl who Junpei met on the bench is gone, similar to [[VideoGame/Persona4 Hisano Kuroda’s husband]]. Even so, that gives Junpei and Chidori a chance to start anew, which ties into one of the meanings of the Death arcana.


** Tartarus taking shape of a clock tower (albeit grotesque one) is themed after the inevitability of death: you'll die eventually. Spend your time well.

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** Tartarus taking shape of a clock tower (albeit grotesque one) is themed after seems to refer to the inevitability of death: you'll die eventually. Spend your time well.

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**Tartarus taking shape of a clock tower (albeit grotesque one) is themed after the inevitability of death: you'll die eventually. Spend your time well.



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* SP is way harder to recover in the field than HP. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration Mitsuru offhandedly implies in the combat tutorial that SP is essentially a stress gauge.]] Incorporating mental health into the combat system makes a ''heartbreaking'' amount of sense when you're playing as a group of teenagers fighting for their lives on a dangerous mission no one else is capable of. Now, consider that you'll mostly be spending SP on Persona skills, aka ''tricking your brain into having a near-death experience while you're already in combat and therefore under a lot of stress.'' No wonder burning through SP too fast is so easy--you're [[RealityEnsues putting teenagers in life-or-death situations, and they get stressed out.]]


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** FridgeBrilliance time: [[spoiler:the cutscene could be seen from either Yukari or the MC's perspective; since they're under the spell of the Lovers Shadow and see everything as an illusion, they might perceive the blood as actual water]]. [[FridgeHorror *shudders*]]

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** FridgeBrilliance time: [[spoiler:the the cutscene could be seen from either Yukari or the MC's perspective; since they're under the spell of the Lovers Shadow and see everything as an illusion, they might perceive the blood as actual water]].water. [[FridgeHorror *shudders*]]



* Unless specially modified [[spoiler: or controlled by shadows]], electronic devices do not function during the Dark Hour. So, aircraft and hospital equipment…

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* Unless specially modified [[spoiler: or controlled by shadows]], shadows, electronic devices do not function during the Dark Hour. So, aircraft and hospital equipment…



*** Like [[spoiler: Shinjiro in the [=FeMC=]'s route if you chose to save him?]]. Anyway, it's been stated that machines would function normally in the Dark hour if there's a piece of a Plume of Dusk installed in. That explains why Mitsuru could use her motorbike.
* In The Answer, if Team Aigis and Team Junpei were both unsure of what to do next, shouldn't they have avoided [[spoiler: fighting each other]]? Granted, Junpei seemed to learn towards Team Akihiko, but still he seemed more unsure than anything, like Team Aigis.

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*** Like [[spoiler: Shinjiro in the [=FeMC=]'s route if you chose to save him?]].him?. Anyway, it's been stated that machines would function normally in the Dark hour if there's a piece of a Plume of Dusk installed in. That explains why Mitsuru could use her motorbike.
* In The Answer, if Team Aigis and Team Junpei were both unsure of what to do next, shouldn't they have avoided [[spoiler: fighting each other]]? other? Granted, Junpei seemed to learn towards Team Akihiko, but still he seemed more unsure than anything, like Team Aigis.



* If you take the time to look up the specs on Takaya's trademark revolver, a Smith & Wesson Model .500, you're likely to wonder not only how he got his grubby hands on that in Japan (known for strict gun control laws), but A. how he fires it one-handed without hurting himself and B. [[spoiler:How Shinjiro is not missing a good portion of his torso after getting shot by it because that gun is used to hunt '''''freaking rhinos in Africa''''', to say nothing of the pathetic damage it does in the Boss Fights with Takaya.]]
** Having a Persona gives some form of physical protection (even if the Persona does not inherently resist physical), though in [[spoiler: Shinji's case it still wasn't enough to make the wound non-fatal and he died]].

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* If you take the time to look up the specs on Takaya's trademark revolver, a Smith & Wesson Model .500, you're likely to wonder not only how he got his grubby hands on that in Japan (known for strict gun control laws), but A. how he fires it one-handed without hurting himself and B. [[spoiler:How How Shinjiro is not missing a good portion of his torso after getting shot by it because that gun is used to hunt '''''freaking rhinos in Africa''''', to say nothing of the pathetic damage it does in the Boss Fights with Takaya.]]
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** Having a Persona gives some form of physical protection (even if the Persona does not inherently resist physical), though in [[spoiler: Shinji's case it still wasn't enough to make the wound non-fatal and he died]].died.



* The Dark Hour is the hidden hour right after 12 o' clock, or a thirteenth hour that shouldn't exist. Death is described as the thirteenth Arcana that was never meant to be. [[spoiler: Death is directly related to the Dark Hour, being the harbinger of Nyx.]]
* The arcanum of The World (The Universe in some decks) represents fulfillment, oneness, self-realization. Meanwhile, the Arcanum of Death isn't "death" but changes and cycles (hence why the NewGamePlus after the [[spoiler: Protagonist has died]] is called "New Cycle.") Now take Apathy Syndrome: it's the total loss of ''self''. You're nothing but a moaning body, devoid of personality. [[spoiler: And Nyx's effect on Earth would have been to inflict this on everyone --rather than outright "killing" all life on Earth, Nyx ONLY takes your ''self'' away [[note]]yes, your mindless body would've died eventually, but that's beside the point[[/note]]]]. The ''Persona'' series is about expressing various facets of your personality. The Arcana represent states of consciousness, some benign, some negative, but a consciousness nonetheless. By establishing Social Links, you can amass all your experiences with these Arcana (yes, even Death) and become a fully-realized human being --The World. The World that is beyond Death, The World that overcomes fear of change, The World that is above (lowercase) death because death is no longer fearsome. The World that has seen The Judgement. The World that ''embraces'' change. ''The World is the absolute opposite to Apathy Syndrome, nothingness; that is, it is opposite to [[spoiler: Nyx itself.'' And Nyx, summoned by those who fear life and reject themselves, has no power over one who has achieved The World. In turn, the Protagonist has completed their (and The Fool's) Journey, they have found The Answer to their own existence, and they willingly accepts their own death in order to surpass the nothingness of Nyx. And that is why they become the Great Seal between Nyx and Erebus: it is NOT AndIMustScream or a FateWorseThanDeath: for the Protagonist, becoming the invincible (Erebus can't touch him) barrier between death and despair is the ultimate expression of personal realization. He/She is basically saying, "Yes, death exists, but it is only an end that gives way to a new beginning. You don't need to fear it, because I will take away the darkness and despair from you forever." Now, depending on your interpretation, it might be that he/she doesn't ''have'' to be the Great Seal, but maybe he/she ''wants'' to. The Protagonist always strove to help others and to protect them. They were also deeply at peace in their last day on Earth, having helped a multitude of people become better persons. What better reward for their ultimate sacrifice than to allow him/her to become the last, greatest guardian of humanity? Of course, one is free to disagree with this last bit, but it could also make the BittersweetEnding a lot less Bitter.]]

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* The Dark Hour is the hidden hour right after 12 o' clock, or a thirteenth hour that shouldn't exist. Death is described as the thirteenth Arcana that was never meant to be. [[spoiler: Death is directly related to the Dark Hour, being the harbinger of Nyx.]]
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* The arcanum of The World (The Universe in some decks) represents fulfillment, oneness, self-realization. Meanwhile, the Arcanum of Death isn't "death" but changes and cycles (hence why the NewGamePlus after the [[spoiler: Protagonist has died]] died is called "New Cycle.") Now take Apathy Syndrome: it's the total loss of ''self''. You're nothing but a moaning body, devoid of personality. [[spoiler: And Nyx's effect on Earth would have been to inflict this on everyone --rather than outright "killing" all life on Earth, Nyx ONLY takes your ''self'' away [[note]]yes, your mindless body would've died eventually, but that's beside the point[[/note]]]].point[[/note]]. The ''Persona'' series is about expressing various facets of your personality. The Arcana represent states of consciousness, some benign, some negative, but a consciousness nonetheless. By establishing Social Links, you can amass all your experiences with these Arcana (yes, even Death) and become a fully-realized human being --The World. The World that is beyond Death, The World that overcomes fear of change, The World that is above (lowercase) death because death is no longer fearsome. The World that has seen The Judgement. The World that ''embraces'' change. ''The World is the absolute opposite to Apathy Syndrome, nothingness; that is, it is opposite to [[spoiler: Nyx itself.'' And Nyx, summoned by those who fear life and reject themselves, has no power over one who has achieved The World. In turn, the Protagonist has completed their (and The Fool's) Journey, they have found The Answer to their own existence, and they willingly accepts their own death in order to surpass the nothingness of Nyx. And that is why they become the Great Seal between Nyx and Erebus: it is NOT AndIMustScream or a FateWorseThanDeath: for the Protagonist, becoming the invincible (Erebus can't touch him) barrier between death and despair is the ultimate expression of personal realization. He/She is basically saying, "Yes, death exists, but it is only an end that gives way to a new beginning. You don't need to fear it, because I will take away the darkness and despair from you forever." Now, depending on your interpretation, it might be that he/she doesn't ''have'' to be the Great Seal, but maybe he/she ''wants'' to. The Protagonist always strove to help others and to protect them. They were also deeply at peace in their last day on Earth, having helped a multitude of people become better persons. What better reward for their ultimate sacrifice than to allow him/her to become the last, greatest guardian of humanity? Of course, one is free to disagree with this last bit, but it could also make the BittersweetEnding a lot less Bitter.]]



* In The Answer, there are timeskips preventing SEES from going from March 31st to April 1st. As we all know, April Fools day comes on that day and the Fool tarot card represents the start of a new journey. [[spoiler: What is SEES going to do after leaving the dorm]]?
* Pharos is wearing prisoner-esque clothing because [[spoiler: he's technically a prisoner inside the MC's psyche]].
** This also explains his physical appearance. He looks like a ten-year-old boy because [[spoiler: he's been inside the MC for ten years.]]
** You go through nine months before completely his Social Links. What also is nine months? [[spoiler: Pregnancy. The MC is essentially ''pregnant'' with Nyx's Avatar, with Ryoji "born" afterwards once all other pieces of its existence has been gathered.]]

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* In The Answer, there are timeskips preventing SEES from going from March 31st to April 1st. As we all know, April Fools day comes on that day and the Fool tarot card represents the start of a new journey. [[spoiler: What is SEES going to do after leaving the dorm]]?
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* Pharos is wearing prisoner-esque clothing because [[spoiler: he's technically a prisoner inside the MC's psyche]].
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** This also explains his physical appearance. He looks like a ten-year-old boy because [[spoiler: he's been inside the MC for ten years.]]
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** You go through nine months before completely his Social Links. What also is nine months? [[spoiler: Pregnancy. The MC is essentially ''pregnant'' with Nyx's Avatar, with Ryoji "born" afterwards once all other pieces of its existence has been gathered.]]



* Shinjiro's arcanum is The Moon. It doesn't symbolise snobbery, but contradictions, illusions, emotional turmoil, and fear of dark desires. Shinjiro is the game's premiere TroubledButCute [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerk with a Heart of Gold]]. [[spoiler: He would love a normal life, even if he fears the after-effects of the short-lived normalcy he is given. His genuine kindness and modesty definitely contrasts the toughened up image he is seen as initially, like an illusion. The fears also manifest in his repressed desires for the protagonist]].
* Fuuka's arcanum is The Priestess. It symbolises looking into oneself for answers. After [[spoiler: Shinjiro's death]], she laments that the tragedy could have been avoided if only she had trusted her intuition.
* The fact that Shinjiro and Akihiko's Personae are Gemini is pretty obvious, but how Ken is tied in may not be so immediately obvious — in some myths, the Gemini were the sons of Nemesis. If that's not clever enough? [[spoiler: Castor was killed by a spear to the heart. Now, what's Ken's weapon again]]?
** [[spoiler: Shinjiro was killed by a gunshot after being threatened with a spear. In the game, both attacks deal the same type of damage: Pierce]].
*** This relationship is even reflected in Ken's admittedly lackluster skillset. Ken learns light spells, which are associated with Justice, his arcana, which is also the idea his Persona Nemesis represents. Ken learns no boosts or multitargets for this skill, lessening his usefulness in it, but think about it--Ken only joined SEES because of his sense of justice being aimed at one person, and one person only: [[spoiler: Shinjiro]]. Two of his physical attacks, Cruel Attack and Vile Assault, do bonus damage to foes who are already downed, and reference his [[spoiler: tirade at and attempt to kill Shinjiro, who was already suffering extreme guilty over the matter. Kicking him while he's down.]]
* The evokers. The protagonist summons their Persona by shooting him/herself in the head. Apart from [[JustForPun evoking]] images of suicide, it's excellent foreshadowing. [[spoiler:Remember [[HeroicSacrifice what happens]] to the Protagonist at the end?]]
** The bad ending, where [[spoiler: the MC kills Ryoji]] has the MC executing his evoker at a much slower pace. Perhaps he knows the consequence of [[spoiler:this which is that everyone will die, including him]] and thinks of this as ACTUAL SUICIDE, thus taking a logical approach to the hesitant evoker pose.

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* Shinjiro's arcanum is The Moon. It doesn't symbolise snobbery, but contradictions, illusions, emotional turmoil, and fear of dark desires. Shinjiro is the game's premiere TroubledButCute [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerk with a Heart of Gold]]. [[spoiler: He would love a normal life, even if he fears the after-effects of the short-lived normalcy he is given. His genuine kindness and modesty definitely contrasts the toughened up image he is seen as initially, like an illusion. The fears also manifest in his repressed desires for the protagonist]].
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* Fuuka's arcanum is The Priestess. It symbolises looking into oneself for answers. After [[spoiler: Shinjiro's death]], death, she laments that the tragedy could have been avoided if only she had trusted her intuition.
* The fact that Shinjiro and Akihiko's Personae are Gemini is pretty obvious, but how Ken is tied in may not be so immediately obvious — in some myths, the Gemini were the sons of Nemesis. If that's not clever enough? [[spoiler: Castor was killed by a spear to the heart. Now, what's Ken's weapon again]]?
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** [[spoiler: Shinjiro was killed by a gunshot after being threatened with a spear. In the game, both attacks deal the same type of damage: Pierce]].
Pierce.
*** This relationship is even reflected in Ken's admittedly lackluster skillset. Ken learns light spells, which are associated with Justice, his arcana, which is also the idea his Persona Nemesis represents. Ken learns no boosts or multitargets for this skill, lessening his usefulness in it, but think about it--Ken only joined SEES because of his sense of justice being aimed at one person, and one person only: [[spoiler: Shinjiro]]. Shinjiro. Two of his physical attacks, Cruel Attack and Vile Assault, do bonus damage to foes who are already downed, and reference his [[spoiler: tirade at and attempt to kill Shinjiro, who was already suffering extreme guilty over the matter. Kicking him while he's down.]]
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* The evokers. The protagonist summons their Persona by shooting him/herself in the head. Apart from [[JustForPun evoking]] images of suicide, it's excellent foreshadowing. [[spoiler:Remember Remember [[HeroicSacrifice what happens]] to the Protagonist at the end?]]
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** The bad ending, where [[spoiler: the MC kills Ryoji]] Ryoji has the MC executing his evoker at a much slower pace. Perhaps he knows the consequence of [[spoiler:this this which is that everyone will die, including him]] him, and thinks of this as ACTUAL SUICIDE, thus taking a logical approach to the hesitant evoker pose.



* Out of the NewGamePlus Endings, [[spoiler: Ken's was much more bittersweet and less romantic than everyone else's. The endings follow an upright meaning of each character's arcana. Justice is an arcana does not have an interpretation pertaining directly to love; the opposite actually, with ones such as distance and logic. Those would make sense, as space and rationality are what would keep them together without a stigma from society. The most significant of the meanings, however, is "clear vision". Ken expresses his worry that the main character will "go somewhere", hinting he knows her fate to die. Whether the others know and are lying for her sake, or Ken is the only one to know this is both poignant, and absolutely [[TearJerker heart-breaking]]]]
** [[spoiler: It's worth noting Ken is the only one with a theory that seems to be true about the male MC in The Answer. He states twice that he believes the protagonist died because he used up all of his life energy during his one-on-one with Nyx and there's nothing disproving that fact, after all the MC was noted to look sick and feel very tired at the end of the game. Clear vision indeed.]]
* Aigis's persona transformation from Palladion to Athena gives her one of the best healing spells in the game. This coincides with her [[spoiler: gaining human emotions and caring for her comrades]].
* On December 31, the protagonist [[spoiler: has to decide whether to forget everything that happened by killing Ryoji. In other words:]] "Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and days of auld lang syne?"

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* Out of the NewGamePlus Endings, [[spoiler: Ken's was much more bittersweet and less romantic than everyone else's. The endings follow an upright meaning of each character's arcana. Justice is an arcana does not have an interpretation pertaining directly to love; the opposite actually, with ones such as distance and logic. Those would make sense, as space and rationality are what would keep them together without a stigma from society. The most significant of the meanings, however, is "clear vision". Ken expresses his worry that the main character will "go somewhere", hinting he knows her fate to die. Whether the others know and are lying for her sake, or Ken is the only one to know this is both poignant, and absolutely [[TearJerker heart-breaking]]]]
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** [[spoiler: It's worth noting Ken is the only one with a theory that seems to be true about the male MC in The Answer. He states twice that he believes the protagonist died because he used up all of his life energy during his one-on-one with Nyx and there's nothing disproving that fact, after all the MC was noted to look sick and feel very tired at the end of the game. Clear vision indeed.]]
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* Aigis's persona transformation from Palladion to Athena gives her one of the best healing spells in the game. This coincides with her [[spoiler: gaining human emotions and caring for her comrades]].
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* On December 31, the protagonist [[spoiler: has to decide whether to forget everything that happened by killing Ryoji. In other words:]] words: "Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and days of auld lang syne?"



* When Aigis [[spoiler: frees the party from Ikutsuki]], she is acting out a deus ex machina in the literary sense. This is also the exact moment when we first see that she is forming a soul, or an aspect of god, inside of her. Not only is she being a literary deus ex machina, but also literally a life or soul (god) born from a machine, further symbolized by her Persona's transformation from Palladion (a statue of Athena) to the goddess Pallas Athena herself. In other words, Aigis is three "dei ex machinae" at the same time.

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* When Aigis [[spoiler: frees the party from Ikutsuki]], Ikutsuki, she is acting out a deus ex machina in the literary sense. This is also the exact moment when we first see that she is forming a soul, or an aspect of god, inside of her. Not only is she being a literary deus ex machina, but also literally a life or soul (god) born from a machine, further symbolized by her Persona's transformation from Palladion (a statue of Athena) to the goddess Pallas Athena herself. In other words, Aigis is three "dei ex machinae" at the same time.



* Why does Ryoji act like such a ladykiller? [[spoiler:The game encourages you to be a ladykiller yourself in order to advance your social links, and Ryoji was a part of you during that time.]]
** Similarly, [[spoiler:when you're playing the female protagonist, Ryoji's charm with women can be explained by him living inside of a girl's psyche for ten years. By (subconsciously) knowing what they like to hear and do thanks to being inside one for so long, it's no wonder he became a ladies' man so quickly.]]

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* Why does Ryoji act like such a ladykiller? [[spoiler:The The game encourages you to be a ladykiller yourself in order to advance your social links, and Ryoji was a part of you during that time.]]
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** Similarly, [[spoiler:when when you're playing the female protagonist, Ryoji's charm with women can be explained by him living inside of a girl's psyche for ten years. By (subconsciously) knowing what they like to hear and do thanks to being inside one for so long, it's no wonder he became a ladies' man so quickly.]]



* In order for the Female Protagonist to pursue a romantic relationship with Ken or Akihiko, she has to hit certain flags during the link. With Shinjiro, however, she has to pursue him ''after'' maxing the link out. Why? Because even if he develops feelings for her (and it's implied that he does even if you don't start a relationship), he never intends to pursue those feelings because [[spoiler:he knows that he's going to die soon]].
* As mentioned above, it's obvious the MC is a [[spoiler: MessianicArchetype. Following the story of the Christian Messiah, the MC sacrifices himself for humanity, then is "resurrected" and comes back for a brief time before ascending to an eternal form to protect humanity. It is also possible that, following Elizabeth's future quest lines, that he will be resurrected or at least released from his burden one day, maybe even resulting in a Second Coming of sorts.]] Future games will tell.
** [[spoiler:An obvious one if you've played the games/read the Bible a lot: Messiah absorbs pierce attacks - a reference to the soldier who pierced Jesus' side after His death with a spear.]]
* When playing The Answer, your party fights [[spoiler: Erebus in the past, right after the protagonist raises his finger to banish Nyx and become the Great Seal. As we then see, Erebus attacks the Great Seal and then the party, leading them to subdue it. It could be possible that subduing Erebus earned the MC's soul a brief respite, enabling the protagonist to return to his still living body for a short time until either his body gave out or his soul was called away to act as the Great Seal again.]]
* Thanks to the GenderFlip in the PSP portable, Theo was born. Many think this is in order for the female MC to romance the Velvet Room attendant. But looking back at Jung's psychology, from which the ''Persona'' games take a lot of inspiration, there's something called Anima/Animus (being Anima the female unconscious of a male, and the Animus the male unconcious of a female), that's meant to be a guide in order to archieve invidualization. The Velvet Room attendants, Margaret, Elizabeth and Theo are "the ones who represent power itself" and are constantly asking you for rare, difficult Persona Fusions in order to guide your soul in the right direction; because, be honest, how many of us would be creating those fusion if it weren't necessary to max their Social Links?
* ''The Answer'' fridge: Metis' persona is Psyche. Psyche was a mortal girl who, after enraging her lover Eros by seeing him and realizing he's a god, has to go through many difficult ordeals, trials and hardships in order to prove her love and regret. [[spoiler:Metis swallows her distrust for the party, goes through the doors and then the fights for the keys just to prove her devotion to her sister, so she doesn't leave her alone.]]
** Speaking of Metis, when Aigis first wakes up after awakening to [[spoiler:the Wild Card, Metis is ''also'' asleep, claiming to be over-tired from going into Orgia Mode... however, in hindsight, it makes a ''lot'' of sense that she fell asleep at the exact same time as Aigis, considering she's Aigis' Shadow.]]
* How did I not notice this... The battle menu spins around for the chosen option... and looks surprisingly like a revolver's chambers!
* Very spoiler-iffic, but it deserves to be mentioned. The game has an excellent bit of foreshadowing in the form of its [[spoiler: ArcWords: "''Memento mori''", which means, "remember your death," or, "remember you will die."]] Now. Which character [[spoiler: dies and is always referred to as,]] '''[[spoiler:you]]'''? That's right, the game [[spoiler: gives away the ENTIRE ENDING with its Arc Words]]!
* The more cynical might wonder why [[spoiler: ThePowerOfFriendship is able to awaken the power to defeat Nyx.]] However, this goes hand-in-hand not only with the game's themes, but with the old quote about dying twice. As it goes, there are two times when a person dies: when they stop breathing and when their name is said for the last time. [[spoiler: While everyone is destined to stop breathing someday, they're never truly gone as long as someone remembers them. Love, in [[TheFourLoves all forms]], [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments is the one thing that can overcome death]].]]

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* In order for the Female Protagonist to pursue a romantic relationship with Ken or Akihiko, she has to hit certain flags during the link. With Shinjiro, however, she has to pursue him ''after'' maxing the link out. Why? Because even if he develops feelings for her (and it's implied that he does even if you don't start a relationship), he never intends to pursue those feelings because [[spoiler:he he knows that he's going to die soon]].
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* As mentioned above, it's obvious the MC is a [[spoiler: MessianicArchetype. Following the story of the Christian Messiah, the MC sacrifices himself for humanity, then is "resurrected" and comes back for a brief time before ascending to an eternal form to protect humanity. It is also possible that, following Elizabeth's future quest lines, that he will be resurrected or at least released from his burden one day, maybe even resulting in a Second Coming of sorts.]] Future games will tell.
** [[spoiler:An An obvious one if you've played the games/read the Bible a lot: Messiah absorbs pierce attacks - a reference to the soldier who pierced Jesus' side after His death with a spear.]]
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* When playing The Answer, your party fights [[spoiler: Erebus in the past, right after the protagonist raises his finger to banish Nyx and become the Great Seal. As we then see, Erebus attacks the Great Seal and then the party, leading them to subdue it. It could be possible that subduing Erebus earned the MC's soul a brief respite, enabling the protagonist to return to his still living body for a short time until either his body gave out or his soul was called away to act as the Great Seal again.]]
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* Thanks to the GenderFlip in the PSP portable, Theo was born. Many think this is in order for the female MC to romance the Velvet Room attendant. But looking back at Jung's psychology, from which the ''Persona'' games take a lot of inspiration, there's something called Anima/Animus (being Anima the female unconscious of a male, and the Animus the male unconcious of a female), that's meant to be a guide in order to archieve achieve invidualization. The Velvet Room attendants, Margaret, Elizabeth and Theo are "the ones who represent power itself" and are constantly asking you for rare, difficult Persona Fusions in order to guide your soul in the right direction; because, be honest, how many of us would be creating those fusion if it weren't necessary to max their Social Links?
* ''The Answer'' fridge: Metis' persona is Psyche. Psyche was a mortal girl who, after enraging her lover Eros by seeing him and realizing he's a god, has to go through many difficult ordeals, trials and hardships in order to prove her love and regret. [[spoiler:Metis Metis swallows her distrust for the party, goes through the doors and then the fights for the keys just to prove her devotion to her sister, so she doesn't leave her alone.]]
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** Speaking of Metis, when Aigis first wakes up after awakening to [[spoiler:the the Wild Card, Metis is ''also'' asleep, claiming to be over-tired from going into Orgia Mode... however, in hindsight, it makes a ''lot'' of sense that she fell asleep at the exact same time as Aigis, considering she's Aigis' Shadow.]]
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* How did I not notice this... The battle menu spins around for the chosen option... and looks surprisingly like a revolver's chambers!
* Very spoiler-iffic, but it deserves to be mentioned. The game has an excellent bit of foreshadowing in the form of its [[spoiler: ArcWords: "''Memento mori''", which means, "remember your death," or, "remember you will die."]] " Now. Which character [[spoiler: dies and is always referred to as,]] '''[[spoiler:you]]'''? as, '''you'''? That's right, the game [[spoiler: gives away the ENTIRE ENDING with its Arc Words]]!
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* The more cynical might wonder why [[spoiler: ThePowerOfFriendship is able to awaken the power to defeat Nyx.]] Nyx. However, this goes hand-in-hand not only with the game's themes, but with the old quote about dying twice. As it goes, there are two times when a person dies: when they stop breathing and when their name is said for the last time. [[spoiler: While everyone is destined to stop breathing someday, they're never truly gone as long as someone remembers them. Love, in [[TheFourLoves all forms]], [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments is the one thing that can overcome death]].]]



** Going further with this, [[spoiler: Chidori giving Junpei her Persona, Medea]] is analogous to giving compatible organs. The receiver was about to die, but the donor gave up their Persona to let the receiver live. Both of them loved each other, so they were linked in a sense.
* The Answer (and Persona 4)'s reveal that [[spoiler: Personas and Shadows are the same]] explains how Strega got their Personas in the first place [[spoiler: and where the Kirijo Group managed to find Personas to insert]]. [[spoiler: The Kirijo Group used Shadows and somehow made Personas from them.]]
* Nyx's [[spoiler: true form]] is a brightly glowing egg-shaped mass. She's the light you see when you die.

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** Going further with this, [[spoiler: Chidori giving Junpei her Persona, Medea]] Medea is analogous to giving compatible organs. The receiver was about to die, but the donor gave up their Persona to let the receiver live. Both of them loved each other, so they were linked in a sense.
* The Answer (and Persona 4)'s reveal that [[spoiler: Personas and Shadows are the same]] same explains how Strega got their Personas in the first place [[spoiler: and where the Kirijo Group managed to find Personas to insert]]. [[spoiler: insert. The Kirijo Group used Shadows and somehow made Personas from them.]]
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* Nyx's [[spoiler: true form]] form is a brightly glowing egg-shaped mass. She's the light you see when you die.



* Every time you fast-travel between Port Island and the mainland, you use the monorail, even if the closest apparent pedestrian route is over the Moonlight Bridge. [[spoiler:Probably because that's where the MC's parents died...]]
* The revelation that a distorted desire spread among multiple people can create a single Shadow in ''VideoGame/Persona5'' sheds new light on [[spoiler:???]]'s existence in ''The Answer''. [[spoiler:The damn thing isn't the Protagonist's Shadow. It's ''Shadow SEES'', physically manifesting as the desire to see the Protagonist again.]]
* Even if you take into account Yukari's grief at [[spoiler:not being able to stay by the Protagonist's side when he died]], you may still find yourself annoyed at her antagonistic behavior throughout ''The Answer''. Taking a deeper look into her actions, though, signifies she's really just going through the five stages of grief throughout the story--and her mourning [[spoiler:the Protagonist]] takes on a whole new meaning when you consider that [[spoiler:she might be subconsciously blaming herself for his death, in some way. She was the first person he interacted with in SEES, she was the first person to demonstrate the use of an Evoker to him, and her failure to act quickly in the face of the first Full Moon Shadow is what compelled the Protagonist to protect her by summoning Orpheus. As such it is entirely possible that she, to some degree, believes herself responsible for bringing the Protagonist into the world of Personas and Shadows--and in turn, having him make his HeroicSacrifice at the very end of their journey]].
* When the Protagonist first summons Orpheus, only to have him later transform into [[spoiler:Death]], it's a ''beyond'' awesome scene that perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the game. [[spoiler:And then you find out that the scene pretty much gave away the whole ending. When the Protagonist puts the Evoker to his head, he's not only summoning his Persona for the very first time--taking into account his HeroicSacrifice against Nyx at the end of the game, he's essentially writing his own death sentence. When he summons Orpheus, he unveils his true self for the first time, all to defend somebody else--and in Death's arrival right from Orpheus' body, the game's cheekily spelling out to you that the Protagonist's actions to protect others from the Shadows will eventually lead to his own death]].
** There's also the fact that the Protagonist's arcana is Fool. According to the useful notes page on tarot, when used in games, the Fool card [[spoiler: always lost, but it's incredibly useful strategically. The Protagonist died, but the world was saved.]]
* Akihiko's Persona evolves even if [[spoiler:Shinjiro survives]] in the Female Protagonist's route. Why? It ties into Akihiko's Arcana, the Emperor (which focuses on having control), and specifically Akihiko's confronting his feelings of helplessness. Even if [[spoiler:Shinjiro makes it to the hospital]], the game says that doctors say [[spoiler:he'll never wake up, making him dead for all intents and purposes]]. Now, as long as [[spoiler:Shinjiro is alive]], there's a chance that [[spoiler:he'll wake up]], but it doesn't change the fact that there's still nothing Akihiko can do. The situation is just as out of his hands as it is if [[spoiler:Shinjiro dies]], it's just that now he has to deal not knowing if [[spoiler:[[HopeIsScary his best friend is ever going to wake up]].]]

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* Every time you fast-travel between Port Island and the mainland, you use the monorail, even if the closest apparent pedestrian route is over the Moonlight Bridge. [[spoiler:Probably Probably because that's where the MC's parents died...]]
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* The revelation that a distorted desire spread among multiple people can create a single Shadow in ''VideoGame/Persona5'' sheds new light on [[spoiler:???]]'s ???'s existence in ''The Answer''. [[spoiler:The The damn thing isn't the Protagonist's Shadow. It's ''Shadow SEES'', physically manifesting as the desire to see the Protagonist again.]]
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* Even if you take into account Yukari's grief at [[spoiler:not not being able to stay by the Protagonist's side when he died]], died, you may still find yourself annoyed at her antagonistic behavior throughout ''The Answer''. Taking a deeper look into her actions, though, signifies she's really just going through the five stages of grief throughout the story--and her mourning [[spoiler:the Protagonist]] the Protagonist takes on a whole new meaning when you consider that [[spoiler:she she might be subconsciously blaming herself for his death, in some way. She was the first person he interacted with in SEES, she was the first person to demonstrate the use of an Evoker to him, and her failure to act quickly in the face of the first Full Moon Shadow is what compelled the Protagonist to protect her by summoning Orpheus. As such it is entirely possible that she, to some degree, believes herself responsible for bringing the Protagonist into the world of Personas and Shadows--and in turn, having him make his HeroicSacrifice at the very end of their journey]].
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* When the Protagonist first summons Orpheus, only to have him later transform into [[spoiler:Death]], Death, it's a ''beyond'' awesome scene that perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the game. [[spoiler:And And then you find out that the scene pretty much gave away the whole ending. When the Protagonist puts the Evoker to his head, he's not only summoning his Persona for the very first time--taking into account his HeroicSacrifice against Nyx at the end of the game, he's essentially writing his own death sentence. When he summons Orpheus, he unveils his true self for the first time, all to defend somebody else--and in Death's arrival right from Orpheus' body, the game's cheekily spelling out to you that the Protagonist's actions to protect others from the Shadows will eventually lead to his own death]].
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** There's also the fact that the Protagonist's arcana is Fool. According to the useful notes page on tarot, when used in games, the Fool card [[spoiler: always lost, but it's incredibly useful strategically. The Protagonist died, but the world was saved.]]
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* Akihiko's Persona evolves even if [[spoiler:Shinjiro survives]] Shinjiro survives in the Female Protagonist's route. Why? It ties into Akihiko's Arcana, the Emperor (which focuses on having control), and specifically Akihiko's confronting his feelings of helplessness. Even if [[spoiler:Shinjiro Shinjiro makes it to the hospital]], hospital, the game says that doctors say [[spoiler:he'll he'll never wake up, making him dead for all intents and purposes]]. purposes. Now, as long as [[spoiler:Shinjiro Shinjiro is alive]], alive, there's a chance that [[spoiler:he'll he'll wake up]], up, but it doesn't change the fact that there's still nothing Akihiko can do. The situation is just as out of his hands as it is if [[spoiler:Shinjiro dies]], Shinjiro dies, it's just that now he has to deal not knowing if [[spoiler:[[HopeIsScary [[HopeIsScary his best friend is ever going to wake up]].]]



* All of the full moon bosses [[spoiler: and the final boss as well]] run the gamut of the first 12 Arcana and as a whole the 13th Arcana Death, without taking into account The Fool. But they aren't the only ones who follow this trend. Look at the Personae tarot class your party members: Junpei is the Magician, Fuuka is the Priestess, Mitsuru is the Empress, Akihiko is the Emperor, Shinjiro is the Hierophant, Yukari is the Lovers, Aigis is the Chariot, Ken is Justice, Koromaru is Strength and the Protagonist is Death! It may look like the other three are missing, but look at the other Persona users in the game, Strega. Jin is the Hermit, Takaya is the Wheel of Fortune and Chidori is the Hanged Man. Including Strega, Persona users of the first 13 Arcana are present as are the Shadows of the same arcana!

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* All of the full moon bosses [[spoiler: and the final boss as well]] well run the gamut of the first 12 Arcana and as a whole the 13th Arcana Death, without taking into account The Fool. But they aren't the only ones who follow this trend. Look at the Personae tarot class your party members: Junpei is the Magician, Fuuka is the Priestess, Mitsuru is the Empress, Akihiko is the Emperor, Shinjiro is the Hierophant, Yukari is the Lovers, Aigis is the Chariot, Ken is Justice, Koromaru is Strength and the Protagonist is Death! It may look like the other three are missing, but look at the other Persona users in the game, Strega. Jin is the Hermit, Takaya is the Wheel of Fortune and Chidori is the Hanged Man. Including Strega, Persona users of the first 13 Arcana are present as are the Shadows of the same arcana!



* The bad ending doesn't seem quite so bad without the proper context. At first glance, it looks pretty peaceful, but [[spoiler: since all memories of the dark hour have been erased, all of the CharacterDevelopment is null and void. So Junpei still has no purpose in life, Yukari still feels abandoned by her father and mother, Mitsuru is still in a state of HeroicBSOD, Shinjiro is either dead or in a coma and ignored, Ken still has regrets about his mother, Akihiko is still a BloodKnight, and Aigis has been completely forgotten]]. Oh yeah, [[spoiler: and they're all going to die of Apathy Syndrome and they don't know it, and some dialog suggests it may already be happening.]] [[YouBastard Way to go bro.]]

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* The bad ending doesn't seem quite so bad without the proper context. At first glance, it looks pretty peaceful, but [[spoiler: since all memories of the dark hour have been erased, all of the CharacterDevelopment is null and void. So Junpei still has no purpose in life, Yukari still feels abandoned by her father and mother, Mitsuru is still in a state of HeroicBSOD, Shinjiro is either dead or in a coma and ignored, Ken still has regrets about his mother, Akihiko is still a BloodKnight, and Aigis has been completely forgotten]]. forgotten. Oh yeah, [[spoiler: and they're all going to die of Apathy Syndrome and they don't know it, and some dialog suggests it may already be happening.]] happening. [[YouBastard Way to go bro.]]



* In path to the good ending, [[spoiler:the entire world slips into the Dark Hour, the Fall is just starting to occur, and at least one person (that we see) dissolves into a puddle of shadow-matter. That's horrifying enough, but... after the MC seals Nyx, ''everyone'' loses their memories of the Dark Hour --so it's not just SEES that forgets everything about Personas, Shadows, Tartarus, et al, but the whole world forgot about being drawn into the Dark Hour that last night. So... did the people who fell into Nyx' thrall and dissolved "disappear forever" as far as their friends and family are concerned?]] Even the victims of Apathy Syndrome had it better than that...

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* In path to the good ending, [[spoiler:the the entire world slips into the Dark Hour, the Fall is just starting to occur, and at least one person (that we see) dissolves into a puddle of shadow-matter. That's horrifying enough, but... after the MC seals Nyx, ''everyone'' loses their memories of the Dark Hour --so it's not just SEES that forgets everything about Personas, Shadows, Tartarus, et al, but the whole world forgot about being drawn into the Dark Hour that last night. So... did the people who fell into Nyx' thrall and dissolved "disappear forever" as far as their friends and family are concerned?]] concerned? Even the victims of Apathy Syndrome had it better than that...



* Think carefully about Ryoji [[spoiler: being "inside you". March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November. That's nine months. Congrats, you are the parent of the end of the world! This also puts [[ParentalIncest disturbing consequences]] on a romantic link with the female protagonist]].
** [[spoiler: Does that mean Aigis... [[RapeAsDrama OH GOD!]] And how she [[StalkerWithACrush interacted]] [[UnfortunateImplications with you]]...]]
** Well... that would explain why she's [[spoiler: the groom if she's your destined partner]] in the [[VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth second Stratum]]
*** Does this mean that Ryoji [[spoiler: HasTwoMommies]] when the Protagonist is female?
* [[spoiler: Nyx's true form is a vaguely egg-shaped ball of light]]. Nyx is the "mother of Shadows". Her [[spoiler: one and only]] attack is an attempt to give birth.
* In the [[MultipleEndings bad ending]], Aigis is unaffected by the [[spoiler: LaserGuidedAmnesia]]. She is also inorganic. [[spoiler: When Nyx descends, she'll witness everyone in the world, including her friends, become shells of themselves and die. Possibly in fiery explosions as pilots suddenly stop controlling their vehicles]].
** The same could be true for Koromaru. Imagine if [[spoiler: [[{{Tearjerker}} history repeats and he decides to stay at the dorm, waiting for them]].]]
* Akihiko's Social link with the female protagonist involves Akihiko coming to terms with his little sister's death and realizing that his fear of feeling that pain again has prevented him from getting too involved with others. Which is all the more poignant if you go the romance route. The person he finally lets himself love after all that [[spoiler:dies shortly thereafter]].

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* Think carefully about Ryoji [[spoiler: being "inside you". March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November. That's nine months. Congrats, you are the parent of the end of the world! This also puts [[ParentalIncest disturbing consequences]] on a romantic link with the female protagonist]].
** [[spoiler: Does that mean Aigis... [[RapeAsDrama OH GOD!]] And how she [[StalkerWithACrush interacted]] [[UnfortunateImplications with you]]...]]
you]]...
** Well... that would explain why she's [[spoiler: the groom if she's your destined partner]] partner in the [[VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth second Stratum]]
Stratum]].
*** Does this mean that Ryoji [[spoiler: HasTwoMommies]] HasTwoMommies when the Protagonist is female?
* [[spoiler: Nyx's true form is a vaguely egg-shaped ball of light]].light. Nyx is the "mother of Shadows". Her [[spoiler: one and only]] only attack is an attempt to give birth.
* In the [[MultipleEndings bad ending]], Aigis is unaffected by the [[spoiler: LaserGuidedAmnesia]].LaserGuidedAmnesia. She is also inorganic. [[spoiler: When Nyx descends, she'll witness everyone in the world, including her friends, become shells of themselves and die. Possibly in fiery explosions as pilots suddenly stop controlling their vehicles]].
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** The same could be true for Koromaru. Imagine if [[spoiler: [[{{Tearjerker}} history repeats and he decides to stay at the dorm, waiting for them]].]]
them]].
* Akihiko's Social link with the female protagonist involves Akihiko coming to terms with his little sister's death and realizing that his fear of feeling that pain again has prevented him from getting too involved with others. Which is all the more poignant if you go the romance route. The person he finally lets himself love after all that [[spoiler:dies dies shortly thereafter]].thereafter.



** Given TheReveal later in the game [[spoiler: what if Ikutsuki set the cameras to malfunction ''intentionally'', to keep tabs on everyone. The first recording you see if of himself delivering a silly string of puns. If he knew about the malfunction, he could've left that recording deliberately to make him seem less suspicious.]]
** [[spoiler:Also, try not to think too hard about all those instances you "spend a lot of time" with a romanced SEES member in their room late at night at the Rank 10 of those Social Links...]]

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** Given TheReveal later in the game [[spoiler: what if Ikutsuki set the cameras to malfunction ''intentionally'', to keep tabs on everyone. The first recording you see if is of himself delivering a silly string of puns. If he knew about the malfunction, he could've left that recording deliberately to make him seem less suspicious.]]
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** [[spoiler:Also, Also, try not to think too hard about all those instances you "spend a lot of time" with a romanced SEES member in their room late at night at the Rank 10 of those Social Links...]]



* It's suggested that Ken [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide would kill himself]] after offing Shinjiro.]] Ken said that the female protagonist is the only reason why he continues to live. [[spoiler: The protagonist not only dies, but it's possible for Ken to be with her in her last moments]]. [[DrivenToSuicide Would Ken end up joining her?]]
* While its been stated that the protagonist [[spoiler: isn't really dead, just in a deep slumber]], we don't know if that means [[spoiler: they've stopped aging. If Elizabeth is able to rescue him, would he still be a teenager while all his friends have aged? How long could it going to take to find a method to free him anyway?]]
** In that case, the female protagonist waking up in her 17-year-old body and mentality going to look for her friends. Think about her having a boyfriend, say Shinjiro. [[spoiler: He most likely would've died of drug use by then.]]
* One of the ideas of Nyx's arrival is that people wish for death and the end of their pain and suffering... Plenty of party members you have are unwittingly empowering Nyx namely [[spoiler: Ken and Shinjiro.]]
* The entirety of Shinjiro's existence is just [[TheWoobie tragic one.]] If he's romanced by a female protagonist, he mentions [[spoiler: seeing her crying in his coma. Why was she crying? Was it because of him? Did he dream about her watching him waste away? All this time, he's been distraught by having to leave ''her'' behind.]] He wakes up just in time to have the exact opposite happen.
** He also joins your party and fights [[spoiler: despite coughing up blood regularly and having a Persona that could go berserk on your party members at any time.]] Castor also seems more of a threat to Shinjiro himself than anything, particularly in the movie. What if Castor kills Shinjiro right in front of the other party members? Imagine how mentally scaring that would be even for TheWoobie cast!

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* It's suggested that Ken [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide would kill himself]] after offing Shinjiro.]] Shinjiro. Ken said that the female protagonist is the only reason why he continues to live. [[spoiler: The protagonist not only dies, but it's possible for Ken to be with her in her last moments]].moments. [[DrivenToSuicide Would Ken end up joining her?]]
* While its been stated that the protagonist [[spoiler: isn't really dead, just in a deep slumber]], slumber, we don't know if that means [[spoiler: they've stopped aging. If Elizabeth is able to rescue him, would he still be a teenager while all his friends have aged? How long could it going to take to find a method to free him anyway?]]
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** In that case, the female protagonist waking up in her 17-year-old body and mentality going to look for her friends. Think about her having a boyfriend, say Shinjiro. [[spoiler: He most likely would've died of drug use by then.]]
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* One of the ideas of Nyx's arrival is that people wish for death and the end of their pain and suffering... Plenty of party members you have are unwittingly empowering Nyx Nyx, namely [[spoiler: Ken and Shinjiro.]]
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* The entirety of Shinjiro's existence is just [[TheWoobie tragic one.]] If he's romanced by a female protagonist, he mentions [[spoiler: seeing her crying in his coma. Why was she crying? Was it because of him? Did he dream about her watching him waste away? All this time, he's been distraught by having to leave ''her'' behind.]] He wakes up just in time to have the exact opposite happen.
** He also joins your party and fights [[spoiler: despite coughing up blood regularly and having a Persona that could go berserk on your party members at any time.]] time. Castor also seems more of a threat to Shinjiro himself than anything, particularly in the movie. What if Castor kills Shinjiro right in front of the other party members? Imagine how mentally scaring that would be even for TheWoobie cast!

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** You go through nine months before completely his Social Links. What also is nine months? [[spoiler: Pregnancy. The MC is essentially ''pregnant'' with Nyx's Avatar, with Ryoji "born" afterwards once all other pieces of its existence has been gathered.]]


* The arcanum of The World (The Universe in some decks) represents fulfillment, oneness, self-realization. Meanwhile, the Arcanum of Death isn't [[CaptainObvious "death"]] but changes and cycles (hence why the NewGamePlus after the [[spoiler: Protagonist has died]] is called "New Cycle.") Now take Apathy Syndrome: it's the total loss of ''self''. You're nothing but a moaning body, devoid of personality. [[spoiler: And Nyx's effect on Earth would have been to inflict this on everyone --rather than outright "killing" all life on Earth, Nyx ONLY takes your ''self'' away [[note]]yes, your mindless body would've died eventually, but that's beside the point[[/note]]]]. The ''Persona'' series is about expressing various facets of your personality. The Arcana represent states of consciousness, some benign, some negative, but a consciousness nonetheless. By establishing Social Links, you can amass all your experiences with these Arcana (yes, even Death) and become a fully-realized human being --The World. The World that is beyond Death, The World that overcomes fear of change, The World that is above (lowercase) death because death is no longer fearsome. The World that has seen The Judgement. The World that ''embraces'' change. ''The World is the absolute opposite to Apathy Syndrome, nothingness; that is, it is opposite to [[spoiler: Nyx itself.'' And Nyx, summoned by those who fear life and reject themselves, has no power over one who has achieved The World. In turn, the Protagonist has completed their (and The Fool's) Journey, they have found The Answer to their own existence, and they willingly accepts their own death in order to surpass the nothingness of Nyx. And that is why they become the Great Seal between Nyx and Erebus: it is NOT AndIMustScream or a FateWorseThanDeath: for the Protagonist, becoming the invincible (Erebus can't touch him) barrier between death and despair is the ultimate expression of personal realization. He/She is basically saying, "Yes, death exists, but it is only an end that gives way to a new beginning. You don't need to fear it, because I will take away the darkness and despair from you forever." Now, depending on your interpretation, it might be that he/she doesn't ''have'' to be the Great Seal, but maybe he/she ''wants'' to. The Protagonist always strove to help others and to protect them. They were also deeply at peace in their last day on Earth, having helped a multitude of people become better persons. What better reward for their ultimate sacrifice than to allow him/her to become the last, greatest guardian of humanity? Of course, one is free to disagree with this last bit, but it could also make the BittersweetEnding a lot less Bitter.]]

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* The arcanum of The World (The Universe in some decks) represents fulfillment, oneness, self-realization. Meanwhile, the Arcanum of Death isn't [[CaptainObvious "death"]] "death" but changes and cycles (hence why the NewGamePlus after the [[spoiler: Protagonist has died]] is called "New Cycle.") Now take Apathy Syndrome: it's the total loss of ''self''. You're nothing but a moaning body, devoid of personality. [[spoiler: And Nyx's effect on Earth would have been to inflict this on everyone --rather than outright "killing" all life on Earth, Nyx ONLY takes your ''self'' away [[note]]yes, your mindless body would've died eventually, but that's beside the point[[/note]]]]. The ''Persona'' series is about expressing various facets of your personality. The Arcana represent states of consciousness, some benign, some negative, but a consciousness nonetheless. By establishing Social Links, you can amass all your experiences with these Arcana (yes, even Death) and become a fully-realized human being --The World. The World that is beyond Death, The World that overcomes fear of change, The World that is above (lowercase) death because death is no longer fearsome. The World that has seen The Judgement. The World that ''embraces'' change. ''The World is the absolute opposite to Apathy Syndrome, nothingness; that is, it is opposite to [[spoiler: Nyx itself.'' And Nyx, summoned by those who fear life and reject themselves, has no power over one who has achieved The World. In turn, the Protagonist has completed their (and The Fool's) Journey, they have found The Answer to their own existence, and they willingly accepts their own death in order to surpass the nothingness of Nyx. And that is why they become the Great Seal between Nyx and Erebus: it is NOT AndIMustScream or a FateWorseThanDeath: for the Protagonist, becoming the invincible (Erebus can't touch him) barrier between death and despair is the ultimate expression of personal realization. He/She is basically saying, "Yes, death exists, but it is only an end that gives way to a new beginning. You don't need to fear it, because I will take away the darkness and despair from you forever." Now, depending on your interpretation, it might be that he/she doesn't ''have'' to be the Great Seal, but maybe he/she ''wants'' to. The Protagonist always strove to help others and to protect them. They were also deeply at peace in their last day on Earth, having helped a multitude of people become better persons. What better reward for their ultimate sacrifice than to allow him/her to become the last, greatest guardian of humanity? Of course, one is free to disagree with this last bit, but it could also make the BittersweetEnding a lot less Bitter.]]

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** Speaking of Metis, when Aigis first wakes up after awakening to [[spoiler:the Wild Card, Metis is ''also'' asleep, claiming to be over-tired from going into Orgia Mode... however, in hindsight, it makes a ''lot'' of sense that she fell asleep at the exact same time as Aigis, considering she's Aigis' Shadow.]]


* The more cynical might wonder why [[spoiler: ThePowerOfFriendship is able to awaken the power to defeat Nyx.]] However, this goes hand-in-hand not only with the game's themes, but with the old quote about dying twice. As it goes, there are two times when a person dies: when they stop breathing and when their name is said for the last time. [[spoiler: While everyone is destined to stop breathing someday, they're never truly gone as long as someone remembers them. Love, in [[TheFourLoves all forms]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming is the one thing that can overcome death]].]]

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* The more cynical might wonder why [[spoiler: ThePowerOfFriendship is able to awaken the power to defeat Nyx.]] However, this goes hand-in-hand not only with the game's themes, but with the old quote about dying twice. As it goes, there are two times when a person dies: when they stop breathing and when their name is said for the last time. [[spoiler: While everyone is destined to stop breathing someday, they're never truly gone as long as someone remembers them. Love, in [[TheFourLoves all forms]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments is the one thing that can overcome death]].]]



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* All of the full moon bosses [[spoiler: and the final boss as well]] run the gamut of the first 12 Arcana and as a whole the 13th Arcana Death, without taking into account The Fool. But they aren't the only ones who follow this trend. Look at the Personae tarot class your party members: Junpei is the Magician, Fuuka is the Priestess, Mitsuru is the Empress, Akihiko is the Emperor, Shinjiro is the Hierophant, Yukari is the Lovers, Aigis is the Chariot, Ken is Justice, Koromaru is Strength and the Protagonist is Death! It may look like the other three are missing, but look at the other Persona users in the game, Strega. Jin is the Hermit, Takaya is the Wheel of Fortune and Chidori is the Hanged Man. Including Strega, Persona users of the first 13 Arcana are present as are the Shadows of the same arcana!


* The protagonist is Jesus, SEES are the 12 Apostles (counting Metis, Igor, and Elizabeth/Theo), Takaya is the Antichrist, and Social Links are people whose life Jesus touched.


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* Yukari's birthday is October 19 1992, which makes her a Libra in the WesternZodiac. Libra is one of the associated astrology signs for the Lovers Arcana, Yukari's social link.

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