A list of characters appearing in Fall With the Petals. Beware of unmarked spoilers for canon!
Yukiko Amagi / Phoenix
Yes, that Yukiko Amagi. Born in December 8th, 1999, the heiress of the Amagi Inn found herself exiled from Yasoinaba and put on probation, all in an attempt to save a woman from being raped from a drunk politician. This didn't go very well, and she found herself stuck in Tokyo for a year. A chance encounter with Chie Satonaka and other fellow misfits would make her probation all the more bizarre.
- Action Girl: Oh, very much so. As if she wasn't badass enough, she's now a Phantom Thief on top of it!
- Adaptational Badass: Played straight and downplayed. While she's obviously a lot more badass due to being a Phantom Thief on top of a Persona-user, Yukiko having the Wild Card ability gives her a very helpful boost too. Otherwise, she's virtually the same level of power as her canonical counterpart, if a bit more adept.
- Adaptational Sexuality: While yet to be canonized as of yet, Yukiko and Chie are one of the confirmed couples for the fanfic, and they already clearly show a lot of Les Yay subtext.
- Age Lift: Yukiko was born in December 8th, 1999. The day and month match up, but for the sake of the setting taking place, Yukiko was born later in this continuity than her canonical 1994. (To which she would be 22 by the setting's beginning.)
- Beware the Nice Ones: Yukiko is very kind and forgiving, but she does not tolerate cruelty of any kind whatsoever. After Shiho is raped by Kamoshida and the former is nearly pushed to suicide, Yukiko coldly admits that she wouldn't care if a botched heist in the Metaverse killed Kamoshida or not, much to Chie's surprise.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Likewise, despite her goofiness, she very competent leader and has a hidden talent for making snap-decisions in an extreme scenario, a trait likened towards Akira.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: She has this general aesthetic, though not to the extent of Ann costume-wise.
- Composite Character: Takes the place of Persona 5's main protagonist.
- Drives Like Crazy: Ye gods. Justified, as learning driving from Crazy Taxi will do that.
- The Heroine: The main protagonist of the fanfic, obviously.
- The Hyena: An utter goofball who bursts out laughing at the dumbest jokes, much like in canon.
- Playing with Fire: While she can use any Persona as virtue of the Wild Card ability, her starting Persona Konohana Sakuya's specialty is incineration.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Yukiko can be polite, elegant and lady-like, but she can be utterly ruthless when she needs to be. Helps that she's the leader of the Phantom Thieves, indicating she's far from some pretty face.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: It's Yukiko, what do you expect? Of course, this is zig-zagged: on top of writes about having the same Gilded Cage issues she does in canon, she's a lot more rebellious and takes to being a Phantom Thief like a fish to water.
Chie Satonaka / Dragon
The plucky secondary female lead of the fanfic, and yes, it's that Chie Satonaka. Born in Yasoinaba yet having move into Tokyo at a young age, Chie ends up meeting Yukiko Amagi on her first day in school, and through the mishaps of the Metaverse and all related shenanigans, formed a strong friendship sex with each other. After awakening to her Persona, she seeks to get even with Kamoshida for what he did with Chie's friend from childhood, Takeshi.
- Action Girl: Much in the same caliber as Yukiko. She was already tough in her canon appearance, but being a Phantom Thief arguably made her even tougher than she was in said canon appearance.
- A-Cup Angst: Chie's interpreted with... less than impressive breasts. She's more than a little envious of Yukiko's blessings.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Much like Yukiko. While the pairing hasn't be canonized yet, it's already been confirmed in the tags, and they already possess a ton of Les Yay accompanying their actions.
- An Ice Person: Her specialty regarding her Persona, much like in canon.
- Badass Adorable: Sweet, shy, cheerful, and all-around adorable. Also a practitioner of Jeet Kune Do and just as tough as her friend.
- Beware the Nice Ones: And how! She may be one of the nicest people in the team so far, but she's just as unforgiving of cruelty as her friend Yukiko. Don't try to hunt the weak, or you'll be kicked into the stratosphere.
- Big Eater: She, much like in canon, is a massive enthusiast for anything meat-related.
- Cry Cute: Chie begins blubbering completely after escaping from Kamoshida and Yukiko awakens to her Persona. Absolutely justified, given how she was very nearly killed by Kamoshida's guard.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was friends with Takeru in this timeline, who was noticeably a lot more friendly this time around. Unfortunately, him joining the male's volleyball team proved to be a fatal mistake on his part, as all the abuse he put up from Kamoshida pushed him to suicide. Even now, Chie's profoundly affected by this and wants vengeance on Kamoshida.
- The Lancer: Serves this alongside Ryuji to Yukiko's Hero.
- It's Personal: She has never forgiven Kamoshida for pushing Takeru to suicide, and wants to get even with him.
- Kick Chick: Her specialty in regards to fighting is self-taught Jeet Kune Do, much like in canon.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Out of all the founding Phantom Thieves, Chie shows the greatest deal of doubt and reluctance in using the Metaverse to bring corrupt officials to justice, likely due to Chie's canonical tendency towards order.
- Tomboy: A total tomboy at heart. However...
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She has her girly side too. An offhand comment made for filling in Chie's Rank 3 Confidant has her freaking out over bugs, while she's very flustered and crush-y around Yukiko.
Ryuji Sakamoto / Skull
A juvenile delinquent who was formerly the star of the track team, Ryuji's sports career came to an abrupt end when Kamoshida broke his leg, disbanded the track team, and made Ryuji a social pariah. After seeing Yukiko and Chie vanish in mid-air, he's drawn to the affairs of the Metaverse and soon gains a Persona of his own. Now, he serves as one of the founding members of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, dedicated to bringing evil people in untouchable positions of power to justice.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Poor Ryuji. He gains a huge crush on Chie, but Chie has her sights set on somebody else...
- Beware the Nice Ones: Ryuji's is a lot friendlier than he seems to be. Nonetheless, he's just as spiteful to evil as his friends, and he'll crush his enemies with Captain Kidd.
- The Big Guy / The Lancer: Serves as both of this (though the former more so than the latter) to Yukiko.
- Book Dumb: Ryuji isn't very smart when it comes to academics, much like in canon.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Serves as The Big Guy for the founding members, and is the most physically oriented and most emotional of the group.
- Butt-Monkey: It's Ryuji. What did you expect?
- Career-Ending Injury: Had his leg broken at some point in his track team career. This nearly bit him on the ass when he collapsed from his crappy leg when escaping from Kamoshida's Palace, but Chie was there to help him out.
- Cynicism Catalyst: He's was very bitter over Kamoshida getting away with what he did to the track team, but unlike some examples, Ryuji still remained a good person at the end of the day.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Of course: his leg was broken by Kamoshida, with another kid falling victim to the same abuse. Angered beyond belief, Ryuji punched Kamoshida, giving him excuse to dismantle the track team and make Ryuji a social pariah. Ever since, he's a lot more bitter and cynical, but he still is a good person.
- Dogged Nice Guy: A Nice Guy through-and-through, but his crush on Chie is unfortunately unrequited.
- Hopeless Suitor: See All Love Is Unrequited. He's unfortunately this to Chie, whom he has Incompatible Orientations with.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's very brash and abrasive, but cares very deeply for his friends.
- Nice Guy: As mentioned above, he's really a sweet person at the end of the day, very much like in canon.
- Shock and Awe: His specialty in terms of magic, just like in canon.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He's a lot more cordial with Morgana than he is in canon: even though they still bicker, Ryuji's definitely open to the idea of exploring the Metaverse to help Morgana become a human again, leading them to be on better terms than they were in canon. How this affects Okumura's Palace remains to be seen...
Morgana / Mona
A feline mascot... thingy that was discovered by Yukiko and Chie in Kamoshida's Palace. Has no memories of their prior life, but he says with absolute certainty that he was a human at one point, and was turned this way due to the Distortion of the Metaverse mutating him. It's his goal to become a human again, so he tagged along with the party in order to find out what his identity truly is.
- All Love Is Unrequited: His feelings for Ann are not requited. Granted, he never had much of a chance anyway, but it still hits him hard given his feline form is getting in the way of his happiness.
- Ambiguously Human: Whether Morgana is human at all, we're not certain. And if the fanfic goes in a similar way to canon, Morgana would be a creation of Igor to stop Yaldabaoth.
- Become a Real Boy: His ultimate endgame goal.
- Badass Adorable: D'awww, who's an adorable widdle kitty cat - OH GOD, WHERE DID THAT TORNADO COME FROM?!
- Beware the Nice Ones: A staple of the Phantom Thieves at this point. Kind and understanding, but ruthless when he needs to be.
- Blow You Away: His specialty in regards to magic is wind magic.
- Cats Are Mean: Despite being rather nice at times, he can be rather abrasive at the same time. His bickering with Ryuji highlights this.
- Cats Are Snarkers / Deadpan Snarker: He can also be really snippy if the situation calls for it.
- Determinator: He will not stop at anything to become human, not even shadows.
- Heroic BSoD: Has one when Ann becomes a couple with Shiho. It's less out of selfishness so much as its the hammering realization that he'll never be happy as long as he's a cat. Fortunately, the party resolves to turn Morgana into a human, and intends on resuming exploration of the Metaverse in lieu of that goal.
- The Smart Guy: Surprisingly intelligent for his age, and acts as the brains of the founding Five-Man Band until somebody more proficient comes along.
- Vague Age: Morgana's age is never really stated clearly, though Word of God said in notes that he feels as though Morgana's in equivalence of being 12 years old.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Bickers a lot with Ryuji, but the party's vow to help Morgana helps them become a lot friendlier with each other.
Ann Takamaki / Panther
A half-Danish and half-Japanese student, Ann Takamaki was bullied as a kid - and to this day - due to her foreign heritage. Her only friend as of the fanfic's beginning is Shiho Suzui, whom she was friends with since middle school. But when Shiho is pushed to an attempted suicide after being raped by Kamoshida, Ann joined the Phantom Thieves in the hopes of avenging her best friend and bringing down Kamoshida.
- Action Girl: Is basically a fusion of Yukiko and Chie combat-wise: a lot more physically-oriented than Yukiko, but possessing of more magical finesse than Chie does.
- Adaptational Nationality: Ann, in canon, is quarter-White, while here she's half-Danish. Somewhat justified given that quarter-White people aren't as likely to inherit blonde hair as a half-Danish person, given how dominant and recessive genes work.
- Adaptational Sexuality: She's a heterosexual love interest in her canonical appearance in Persona 5, while she's limited to Les Yay with Shiho (as mountainous as it was). Here, she and Shiho have a mutual crush on each other, one that gets set in stone during Ann and Shiho's Love Epiphany.
- Badass Adorable: Cheerful, bubbly, full of energy, and a walking flamethrower as far as her Persona is concerned.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Out of all the people in the Phantom Thieves, Ann was the only one who felt no regret subjecting Kamoshida to his cruel mercy, not even a little bit. This is justified given what Kamoshida's done, but it's a shocking departure to the Nice Girl Ann usually is.
- Berserk Button: Post-Kamoshida, anyone threatening Shiho is enough to set her off hard.
- Cruel Mercy: Ann subjects Kamoshida to a nasty one by making him regret his actions for the rest of his life. She even says word-for-word how death was too easy of an exit for him.
- The Chick: While Yukiko and Chie technically qualify, Ann's the most effeminate of the group and The Heart as well (see below).
- The Heart: The emotional link between the team and the biggest empath, Ann serves as this for the founding Five-Man Band.
- Love Epiphany: Both Ann and Shiho broke into a mini-rant each detailing how much they love each other, during a particularly heated moment where Shiho was dealing with her own problems.
- Nice Girl: Undoubtedly sweet and friendly most of the time, though watch out if you anger her.
- Playing with Fire: Her Persona's specialty regarding magic, alongside healing magic.
Yusuke Kitagawa / Fox
A student at Kosei Public High school and artist-in-training, Yusuke is the ward and prime pupil of Ichiryusai Madarame-and, as the fact that "plagarist" is one of Madarame's talents, the primary target of his theft of ideals. Yusuke is a sheltered, aloof boy with a rather... unique view of the world, not helped by Madarame's deliberate isolation of him to better control him.
- Abusive Parents: Portrayed more thoroughly than in canon. Yusuke initially refuses to believe that Madarame's treatment of him is abnormal, despite Yukiko's investigation of Madarame and his shared shack that shows that Madarame is obscenely strict and controlling of Yusuke.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Averted. He's explicitly autistic here, and rather sensitive about it.
- Berserk Button: Initially, insulting Madarame, though that fades once Yusuke realizes there is plenty of reason to hate Madarame. Calling him a "retard" due to his autism is one that lasts.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Explicitly his motive for the fic's version of the Nude Painting scene, as what he felt at the time was a Pay Evil unto Evil action.
- Innocently Insensitive: Played with. He knew getting Chie to model nude for him was due to some blackmail, but not how victimized she would feel. This results in their Sitcom Arch-Nemesis relationship.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Chie, after the "Nude Painting" stunt had her as a victim.
The sister of Makoto Niijima and the person interrogating Yukiko Amagi in the present. Serves as a prosecutor attorney.
- Framing Device: Her interrogation is one, as it is in canon.
Ann's best friend and later girlfriend, and the primary current target of Kamoshida's attentions.
- Ascended Extra: Goes from one-off character to major supporting role, especially in Ann's segment of the plot.
- Break the Cutie: Gets broken hard after being raped by Kamoshida. And who can blame her?
- Broken Bird: Worse than canon, as we see a lot of her after she was raped by Kamoshida, and she's even more melancholic and traumatized than before.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Ann, in the aftermath of the first heist.
- Lipstick Lesbian: She's slightly girlier than her girlfriend, though Ann is hardly a Butch Lesbian, just an Action Girl.
- Nice Girl: Shiho is nothing but kind and sweet.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Subverted. It drops the friendship part in the aftermath of the Kamoshida heist.
- Trauma Button: Even mentioning Kamoshida or anything related to him in the aftermath of her rape upsets her.
The younger sister of Sae Niijima, and a third-year student at Student High. A major character in canon who's importance is yet to be revealed.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Explicitly in a romantic relationship with Haru in this canon.
Naoto ShiroganeThe original Detective Prince. Assigned to the Psychotic Breakdown Cases in Tokyo with partner Goro Akechi, only to be roped into the Phantom Thieves case.
- Bifauxnen / Sweet Polly Oliver: Even the fic uses male pronouns for her before her gender reveal.
- Canon Immigrant: Much like Yukiko, Naoto is a Persona 4 character transplanted and aged up to fit Persona 5.
- Foil: To Akechi. She's a detective hiding something, but she's hiding a far more innocent secret than Akechi.
Goro AkechiThe new Detective Prince, and Sae's (forced upon her) partner for a lot of the investigation.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Meets Yukiko by coincidence before she even knows who Madarame is personally, which leads to him being more honest...
- Adaptational Heroism: Very downplayed, but his initial reasons for talking with Yukiko is just wanting a friend rather than an assignment from Shido.
- Hidden Depths: In contrast to canon, he's open about his inner misanthropy and how angry he is as soon as Yukiko chats him up.
- Obviously Evil: Played with, in that this is why Yukiko decided to strike up a fuller conversation with him to begin with, given how she was curious about how weird he was in person.
Caroline and Justine
The volleyball coach of Shujin, also a notorious bully and sexual predator.
- Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed; it's not so much it's worse than canon, so much as the fact that what he does is rape is more clear.
- Entitled Bastard: He makes it clear in his boss fight he makes it clear that he thinks his victims want the sexual attention of someone as famous as him.
- Hate Sink: As in canon, as in the fic. Nobody who knows him at all well is comfortable with him, and people quickly turn on him once they realize how twisted he is.
- Jerk Jock: He hides in well in the real world, but his Shadow shows him to be a petty, vicious bully who respects only athletic skill, and even then he usually doesn't show it to anyone with it.
- Never My Fault: His Shadow makes it clear he thinks his darker traits are the fault of people looking down on him or idolizing him to the point of stress.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: He's like this with any female under his power.
- Serial Rapist: Made explicit here.
Principal KobayakawaThe principal of Shujin, who is more concerned with having good PR than the wellbeing of his students.
- Adaptational Villainy: He resorts to straight-up blackmail to Makoto to get her to work for him.
- Blackmail: Threatens to expose Makoto and Haru's relationship if he doesn't see results figuring out who the Phantom Theives are.
- Fat Bastard: Built like a potato, and is slightly less empathetic.
Ichiryusai MadarameA famous artist and art teacher-with a hidden talent for plagiarizing his students.
- Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed. He's directly involved in Kaneshiro's human trafficking business, but he's not happy about it. Played straight for his Shadow, though-as the embodiment of his more selfish emotions, he taunts Yusuke about it and makes fun of his autism.
- Dirty Coward: He knows what he's doing is wrong, but is easily cowed into compliance by Kaneshiro, knowing full well that if it comes down to Madarame vs. Kaneshiro's victims, Madarame will always chose Madarame.
- Ignored Epiphany: He fully gets what kind of monstrous system he's attached himself to after Kaneshiro sends him a threatening letter, but choses to keep on being a loyal money launderer and trafficker for Kaneshiro rather than stick his head out too far.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Of the "played straight for horror" variant. He knows he's a part of a very amoral criminal conspiracy with a rather disgusting source of funding in the form of Hate Sink human trafficker Junya Kaneshiro, but he keeps on holding a torch for them to avoid endangering his livelihood.