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The Masked CircleA mysterious cult operating in Sumaru City led by a mysterious masked man known as Joker. Alongside Joker are four executives whose names are based off the four houses of the Western Zodiac. Its members comprised of people whose wishes were successfully granted by Joker.
- Apocalypse Cult: Their main goal is to trigger the Oracle of Maia, which will destroy the world and create a new one in its place.
- Color-Coded Armies: Each house sport different colors. Scorpio is green, Tauros is yellow, Aquarius is blue and Leo is fire.
- Decapitated Army: Played with. Even after Joker pulls a HeelFace Turn and defects, remnants of the Masked Circle are still active. However, by that point the Masked Circle ceased to be a significant threat.
- Elemental Powers: The Masked Circle comprises of four houses named after the Western Zodiac. Each house specialises in specific elemental spells:
- Magic Staff: Their Mooks carry magic staffs.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Its first iteration was nothing more than an innocent playgroup comprised of little kids. After the incident at Alaya Shrine, however, the second iteration becomes an Apocalypse Cult which managed to pull off the prophecy that would set in motion the end of the world.
- Malevolent Masked Man: It's in their name. And all of them are working towards fulfilling an apocalyptic prophecy.
- The Psycho Rangers: It turns out that the Masked Circle was based off a children's playgroup with the same name. Appropriately, the original group's masks were even Power Rangers expies.
- Replacement Goldfish: The executives are this to the original Masked Circle — Jun's childhood playgroup.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Nyarlathotep. It turns out that the Oracle of Maia which the cult had followed was nothing more than bogus rumours made true by Nyarlathotep, who started said rumours in the first place in his bet with Philemon.
The leader of the Masked Circle. A mysterious being that is summoned by calling your own cell number. He is said to grant any wish of those who summon him, but at the risk of losing all their dreams. He also seems to hold a grudge against Tatsuya and his friends.
- Ambiguously Human: Joker has many unique powers which include teleporting, flying and granting wishes by summoning him with a phone call. Also given his face (if there even is one) is always hidden by a mask and he is described as being a wishgranting angel by the inhabitants of Sumaru City it's not clear what species he exactly is. Eventually subverted as his true identity is revealed to be Jun Kurosu who is a human.
- Big Bad Ensemble: As the leader of the Masked Circle, Joker shares this status alongside the Last Battalion. Unlike the Last Battalion, Joker's presence and actions were what drive the plot. However, they are both pawns of the Greater-Scope Villain Nyarlathotep.
- Bishōnen: According to King Leo he hides a face "as beautiful as a goddess" underneath his creepy-looking jester mask. Turns out King Leo was indeed correct as Joker (or rather Jun) is indeed a very beautiful young man under the mask.
- Cool Mask: He wears a white jester-like mask and a "hat" decorated with flowers.
- Dark Messiah: Initially, Jun-as-Joker wanted to make people happy by granting wishes, but became corrupted as time passed by Nyarlathoteps influence and the increasingly outlandish rumors circulating around Sumaru, eventually becoming convinced that resurrecting Xibalba would lead to a kind of utopian society for humanity.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Of Innocent Sin.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Throughout the game he and the Last Battalion have been built up as the game's primary antagonists. The real villain, however, is Joker's Persona, Nyarlathotep.
- Eyepatch of Power: He has some sort of eye patch covering his right eye. This alludes to Jun's Peek-a-Bangs.
- Four-Star Badass: As leader of the Masked Circle, which he orders to face down The Last Battalion in Innocent Sin.
- HeelFace Turn: Once he realizes that hes been Nyarlathotep's thrall all along, he joins up with his former Childhood Friends to destroy him.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: The first time, anyways.
- Improbable Weapon User: He uses flowers as his main melee weapon.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: His eyes seem to change from brown to light blue when wearing his mask. Most likely invoked given his status as a Dark Messiah.
- Jackass Genie: Sure he will fulfill your wishes, however, fail to state them and he will turn you into a shadow man.
- Large and in Charge: According to Word of God Joker is in fact around 6'1 (187 cm) tall and thus towers over most members of the Masked Circle. Given he is only 5'7 (169 cm) tall as Jun he also qualifies as a Sizeshifter.
- Magical Clown: He is a mysterious jester capable of granting wishes to those who summon him.
- Monster Clown: An evil jester that causes all kinds of problems for the heroes. Unusual for the trope though, he has an element of elegance to him.
- One-Winged Angel: Defeating him the first time causes Joker to be possessed by Nyarlathotep, becoming the Angel Joker. In an unused idea for the game it would have been possible to influence what his final form would have been like by using the powers of the rumors.
- The Reveal: The villainous alter ego of Jun Kurosu.
- Shadow Archetype: He could be considered Jun's shadow given he is basically his anger, hurt and revenge desires given form.
- Significant Double Casting: He shares his VA with Jun for a reason.
- Slasher Smile: The mouth of his mask is constantly grinning and he is the Big Bad for most of the game.
- Theme Song Reveal: His theme sounds like a more sinister version of Jun's theme. As we find out later this is not a coincidence as they are actually the same person.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: He pursues his goal of reawakening Xibalba which he believes will be a utopia for humanity with ruthless zeal.
- Voice of the Legion: Joker in Innocent Sin fits this the first time he is voiced. However, this may also be a way to hide his actual gender, as for a somewhat solid portion of the plot, Lisa (and later the other characters for a few minutes) believe that Joker is the little girl they left to die ten years ago. It's worth noting that this is dropped by the time you actually fight him, since the party already knows who he is by then.
- Walking Spoiler: His true identity, as well as his connection to the heroes, are major spoilers.
- Western Zodiac: Aquarius.
Tatsuya Sudou / King Leo / JOKER
Real name Tatsuya Sudou (not to be confused with Tatsuya Suou), King Leo is one of the "Masked Four", the executives of the Masked Circle, and The Dragon to Joker. Easily the most psychotic of the Joker's crew, Leo has a marked predilection for explosives and is a pyromaniac. In Eternal Punishment, Sudou's father is revealed to be Japan's Foreign Minister and Baofu's archenemy, Tatsuzou Sudou. Despite his mania, Sudou is fiercely devoted to Joker.
- Abusive Parents: He was abused by his father, who not only condemned him to an asylum, but tried to have him killed by Taiwanese assassins.
- Assassin Outclassin': Upon entering the hospital through the rear door, the team finds the place ransacked dead bodies of Taiwanese hitmen sent to kill Sudou, who in turn killed by the demons he summoned. In Room 303 of Morimoto (Sudou's room), pictures of all the victims of the JOKER killings are found, and later, Sudou he explains that he got his power via Kotodama (Spreading rumors), and that the "voices" (Nyarlathotep) tell him everything. Afterwards, the police torch the hospital to remove evidence of Minister Sudou's involvement in the botched hit.
- Ax-Crazy: No splitting hairs here, he's violently unstable.
- Brown Bag Mask: Worn in Eternal Punishment as a crude substitute for Joker's mask.
- Bus Full of Innocents: Those schoolchildren picked a bad day for a tour....
- Cardboard Prison: The sanitarium can't contain him, regardless of which universe he's in.
- Creepy Child: Even in flashbacks, he's still the same giggling, mad-eyed arsonist we know and love. Granted, this was after those rumors...
- Disney Villain Death: Sudou tumbles into the same flaming pit in both realities. The second time around, Jun pitches him in.
- The Dragon: Second in command to Joker.
- Duel Boss: In the first part of Tatsuya's scenario you fight him 1v1.
- Freudian Excuse: If you actually look into his backstory, you'd realize that he was originally just a nervous, twitchy kid in high school. He turned crazy because of all the rumors his classmates made about him, because he was a little "different." Try to hate him now, you bastards. In Eternal Punishment, though, it seems he's just genuinely crazy. At Mt. Iwato, its revealed that Nyarlathotep managed to communicate with Sudou and tell him about the other side. Afterwards, the rest of it was all of This Side's Sudou just being crazy.
- Evil Counterpart: To the other Tatsuya; in Innocent Sin, his Persona is even a Reverse version of Suou's.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His previous run-in with Tatsuya Suou cost him an eye.
- Hearing Voices: "VOICESVOICESVOICESVOICESVOICESVOICESVOICES! You can't run from the voices!"
- I Like Swords: He uses swords in battle just like his counterpart.
- Institutional Apparel: When he breaks loose from the sanitarium, the first thing Sudou grabs is a trench coat (he leaves the hospital smock on underneath).
- Laser-Guided Karma: Sudou always ends up losing an eye, regardless of which timeline he's in. He's pretty pissed about it.
- Last Villain Stand: His final battle takes place on a zeppelin.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: JOKER, in a hurry to make Maya remember the Other Side, tosses her a pair of handguns to defend herself.
- Mad Bomber: More prevalent in Innocent Sin due to his pyromania and role in the Oracle of Maia. He combs four buildings to give rise to the Zodiac Temples.
- Madness Mantra: Prone of rambling "VOICESVOICESVOICESVOICESVOICESVOICESVOICES!".
- Parodied with the evil phone calls."Hya-hahahahaha!! VoiceMailVoiceMailVoiceMailVoiceMail!! Talk to my voice mail!"
- Parodied with the evil phone calls.
- Mask of Sanity: As King Leo he is able to put up a facade, appearing as a cruel but ultimately sane villain. Once he loses the mask, both figuratively and literally, any semblance of sanity he might have evoked goes right out the window.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Either Sudou knows what's coming, or it's a lucky guess. Anyway, bravado or not, once he's dead, the NWO spreads a rumor causing anyone who called the JOKER to become Jokers themselves.
- Never My Fault: He blames everyone for turning his life a living hell, especially his father and Maya and for not appreciating him. Maya quickly points out that it is because he is too dependable.
- Not Quite Dead: "My face! AGAIN!!"
- One Steve Limit: Averted. Not only does he share the same first name as the protagonist Tatsuya Suou, but their family names are just one letter off from being the same as well.
- One-Winged Angel: In Eternal Punishment, as his already fragile mental state goes downhill, his Persona gradually degrades from a human-like being to a multi-winged and incomprehensible monstrosity.
- Playing with Fire: Uses fire-based attacks. Ironically, he was involved in an arson incident many years ago that resulted in part of his face being burned off.
- Please Keep Your Hat On: A quarter of his face is burned off.
- The Power of Hate: His hatred for the party (especially Maya) and his father is what motivates him to destroy the world.
- Psycho Supporter: He is really devoted to Joker, to the point that shippers suspected some kind of tryst there. (There isn't.)
- Sudou's history following the burning of the Alaya Shrine is sketchy, but he couldn't have gotten out of the asylum without Joker's help. Jun also reminds him of Mr. Kashihara, the only person to think that Sudou wasn't crazy.
- Psychopathic Manchild: While as King Leo he can put on a Mask of Sanity, as JOKER it's shown that his madness has stopped him from maturing.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": As JOKER he's a giggling loon of a Serial Killer.
- Pyromaniac: He's a former arsonist who's very quick to burn things or blow them up.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: In Eternal Punishment, his Persona Joker is completely black and red.
- Refuge in Audacity: Sudou blows up the police station and the fire station, so nobody can act in response to his bombings.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: His Hellhound.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Is one of the few people who can remember the Innocent Sin universe besides Tatsuya Suou.
- Room Full of Crazy: Tatsuya Sudou's old cell in the sanitarium. Judging by the wall graffiti, it looks like Nyarlathotep has been visiting him...
- Satanic Archetype: This is reflected by his Persona in Eternal Punishment, in which its various forms alongside its red and black color scheme resemble the Devil.
- Scars Are Forever: Disfigured from an encounter with Tatsuya Suou many years ago, during which young Tatsuya manifested his Persona (Vulcanus) and blinded him in one eye.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Tatsuya's father was in charge of investigating a serial arsonist, and came close to fingering Tatsuya Sudou as the culprit. Sudou's father is a prominent politician, so he arranged for Mr. Suou to be framed and forced to resign from the police force in disgrace.
- Serial Killer: As JOKER he kills people on contract based on the delusions Nyarlathotep gave him.
- Starter Villain: Acts as the first real threat in Eternal Punishment that gets the story going but is quickly dispatched.
- Take That!: According to scenario writer Tadashi Satomi, Tatsuya is one to Japan's law for acquitting criminals, particularly convicted murderers, who are diagnosed with mental disorders.
- Taking You with Me: After Maya flies the blimp off the museum, it's revealed in a cutscene that part of it was damaged by King Leo.
- Talkative Loon: As JOKER his Sanity Slippage is apparent through his random, off-kilter ravings.
- Turn Out Like His Father: Both are one fry short of a happy meal, that's for certain.
- Varying Tactics Boss: From Innocent Sin to Eternal Punishment, the fights differ quite a bit. While in both games he's immune to fire and uses fire-themed attacks, in Eternal Punishment he becomes a Flunky Boss and throws Old Maid in the mix to turn your party against each other.
- Villainous Breakdown: His reaction to seeing Tatsuya and Maya in Innocent Sin is almost at PTSD levels; to be fair, they are responsible for burning his face off.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Sudou began hearing voices (likely Nyaralathotep at a young age, and it likely exacerbated his psychopathy.
- Western Zodiac: Leo, same with Tatsuya Suou. Like all major members of the Masked Circle, his title is based off his zodiac, and it's the same with Tatsuya Suou's, adding even more evidence he is Tatsuya Suou's Evil Counterpart.
- Would Hurt a Child: Torching the Alaya Shrine was actually just because the voices told him. Normally, that'd be okay, because it's an accident, but even after finding out there were two children in the area, he was perfectly fine with almost killing them both. Planting bombs in a museum with children inside (twice), however, definitely qualifies.
- You Have Failed Me: After losing to Eikichi, Yasuo is sternly reprimanded by King Leo... who sets him on fire.
- You Remind Me of X: He obviously sees a lot of Akinari Kashihara in Jun, and rewards Joker's kindness with dog-like devotion.
Anna Yoshizaka / Lady Scorpio
Anna Yoshizaka was once a track athlete at Seven Sisters High School. However, she was involved in a hit-and-run accident, which dashed her dreams of becoming a star athlete. She began skipping school, seeing no point in attending when she had nothing more to work towards. Somewhere around this time, she fell under the thrall of the Joker and became Lady Scorpio, one of the Masked Four. Like Prince Taurus, her role is targeting other young people at Kasugayama High School and the Zodiac Club. It isn't necessary to fight Lady Scorpio; she doesn't confront the party until Caracol, when the player's choices determine whether she lives or dies.
If the player chooses to force Yukino Mayuzumi to accompany the party to Caracol, Yukino will be there to counteract her Shadow, and Anna will ultimately assist Yukino in fighting the Last Battalion. If they leave Yukino behind, Anna will follow Shadow Yukino and the two will jump from a bridge, hand-in-hand, thus killing Anna.
In Eternal Punishment, Anna is falsely accused of performing the "JOKER curse" on the driver who hit her. When Principal Hanya is murdered in his office, Anna is the obvious suspect, as Maya overheard her mutter that she would kill Hanya after he denounced her in front of the entire school.
Later in the game, her Sempai/Kohai, Noriko, is discovered to have used the JOKER curse twice (Noriko is the one who ordered the deaths of both Hanya and the man responsible for Anna's accident), and is kidnapped by the Taiwanese mafia for that very reason. Anna phones Maya and the party to help free the girl, giving them the tip-off about the mafia's location.
- Ascended Extra: In the novels, she is the protagonist.
- The Baroness: The Rosa Klebb type despite her youth. She's cold, cruel, and manipulative.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: One possible outcome of the Caracol arc where Shadow Yukino convinces her to commit suicide after her loss to the heroes.
- Blinding Bangs: The malevolent "Lady Scorpio" personality has a shock of hair covering a vacant smile.
- Broken Bird: Her track injury broker her faith in the world.
- The Brute: She used to be a star athlete; this is no half-pint you're dealing with.
- Clear My Name: At the beginning of Eternal Punishment. The driver who injured her has been murdered, followed by the principal. Even for those who haven't played Innocent Sin, the evidence is definitely stacked against her.
- Demoted to Extra: She was a fairly important villain in Innocent Sin, but she's only a side character in Eternal Punishment and disappears in one-third through the game.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Her character portrait shows dead, blank eyes.
- Emotionless Girl: In point of fact, she only starts smiling if you choose the Bad storyline, and she succumbs to her evil.
- Even the Girls Want Her: To the point of having her own Yandere. A male student at Sevens is infatuated with Noriko, but as his buddy points out, she only has eyes for Anna.
- If Shadow Yukino kissing her at one point of the story is also of any indication.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: She takes up smoking after she joins the Masked Circle, much to the displeasure of the people who care about her.
- HeelFace Turn: Only possible if you bring Yukino with you into Caracol.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: She was once an up and coming track star before her injury.
- Making a Splash: Uses water-based attacks.
- Not Me This Time: Played with in Eternal Punishment. Technically, she had not committed any crimes in this timeline.
- Red Herring: She's the initial suspect to calling Joker to murder Principal Hanya due to his abuse and Innocent Sin players have reason to suspect her due to her actions as Lady Scorpio. It turns out that her friend, Noriko, called the hit.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: Implied with her Yandere admirer, Noriko.
- Start of Darkness: When she was involved in an accident and began cutting school, her dreams ruined.
- Tarot Motifs: Wields Reverse Aeshma of the Tower arcana in her optional boss battle. Fitting, as the Tower symbolizes a fall from grace.
- Western Zodiac: Scorpio same with Eikichi. Like all major member of the Masked Circle, her title is based off her zodiac, and hints that she is supposed to be Eikichi's Evil Counterpart as they share the same zodiac.
- We Used to Be Friends: In the past, Tatsuya and Anna were often found loitering and cutting school together. They're acquaintances at best in Innocent Sin but close friends in Eternal Punishment; Tatsuya in his scenario internally expresses mild surprise that in Eternal Punishment's timeline, they're in first-name basis with each other.
- Whip It Good: Fights with a whip.
- You Bastard!: Your party fights her if you leave Yukino at Caracol's summit, causing her hopelessness to give fuel to Shadow Yukino.
Ginji Sazaki / Prince Taurus
Ginji Sasaki is an ex-musician who used to perform for a one hit wonder band. Since then, he's irked out a living as a record producer, trying to recapture his former glory. Ginji has a reputation for making sexual advances toward his female artists, particularly adolescent girls. In desperation, Ginji performed the Joker Charm, hoping to be successful again. Joker granted his wish, and Ginji was made one of the Masked Four, placed in charge of stealing Ideal Energy from young people. He begins promoting a secretive teen idol band known as "MUSES", and spreads a rumor that Lisa and her classmates are members. Late in the game, Prince Taurus follows the rest of the Masked Circle into Xibalba and is incinerated by a booby trap. His death is not shown on-screen, as Tatsuya's party discover his charred remains some time later.
In Eternal Punishment, Ginji is manipulated into essentially the same role. He is brainwashed by the New World Order to host a seminar at the mall, where he encourages people to get rid of their "Kegare". In the ensuring shootout with Maya and her party, the glass container holding all the stores of Kegare is shattered, turning Ginji into a JOKER.
- Asshole Victim: As Lisa says, it's hard to feel too bad about his death, considering all you know about him up until then.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Ginji's based on Tetsuya Komuro, a Japanese music producer known for his taste in nubile pop stars. One of the artists managed by Komuro is Hitomi, who sang the original ending theme for Innocent Sin.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: After being reduced to an NWO Mook.
- Casanova Wannabe: Becomes more attentive and interested if you're a female...
- Dirty Old Man: He isn't old but he's definitely a dirty bastard.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Persona is Reverse Eros which uses Earth attacks.
- Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Maya letting loose on his Kegare chamber. With both barrels.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In Innocent Sin, he gets killed by laser beam off-screen and you find his corpse.
- Ephebophile: Lisa and her friends are teeangers, but that doesn't stop Sasaki's creepy lust for them or girls like them.
- Evil Counterpart: To Lisa, as explained in Western Zodiac. Him being a failing musician and Casanova Wannabe also echoes Eikichi.
- Mad Artist: Downplayed, as it hardly justifies his actions throughout the story, but after his death Jun mentions how Ginji summoned Joker in a desperate attempt to reconcile with his lost dream.
- Hand Cannon: A double-barrelled handgun as long as his forearm.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: His eyes are gold in a game where everyone looks fairly normal, and he's a Persona user.
- Varying Tactics Boss: Between games. In Innocent Sin he's straight-forward earth user. In Eternal Punishment, he keeps the Earth aspect, but now he's a Flunky Boss who takes advantage of his minion's Suicide Attack and keep reviving them so they can spam it. And he has Old Maid on top of that.
- Western Zodiac: Taurus, same with Lisa. Just like all major members of the Masked Circle, his title is based off his zodiac, and hints he is supposed to be Lisa's Evil Counterpart, not only that they share the same zodiac but both are involved in sexual scandals. Also, the "Gin" in Ginji is the same as the Japanese word for silver.
Junko Kurosu / Queen Aquarius
The fourth and last member of the Masked Four, Queen Aquarius is secretly Junko Kurosu, a celebrity actress and Jun's mother. Once a popular girl at Seven Sisters High School, Junko set her eyes on her history teacher and husband-to-be, Akinari Kashihara. Junko grew weary of family life after Jun was born and spread vicious rumors about her husband. Following his violent death at Seven Sister High School, Junko embraced being single again and began to treat Jun miserably. Believing her career to be in danger because of her maturity, Junko summoned the Joker and wished to remain young forever; Joker complied, recruiting her into the Masked Circle.
In Eternal Punishment, Jun's father is still alive and Junko's marriage seems stable. During a celebrity interview at the TV Studio, Chizuru Ishigami infects Junko with the JOKER curse. It is implied that she was brought to the Velvet Room and cured, but she isn't seen for the rest of the game.
- Distressed Damsel: In Eternal Punishment, she is forcibly turned into a JOKER.
- Evil Counterpart: To her son, Jun, as they share a zodiac and look unnervingly alike. Her obsession with appearances and lack of commitment towards Kashihara beyond seeing him as a status-boosting accessory also echoes Lisa and her attitude towards Tatsuya (at least before Character Development sets in).
- Immortality Immorality: Junko's raison d'être.
- MayDecember Romance: She marries her high school teacher, shortly after she had graduated at that.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She is supposedly modelled after the adult film star Senri Yamazaki.
- Strong Family Resemblance: The Kurosu bangs.
- Redemption Equals Death: After neglecting Jun for most of his life, she sacrifices her life to save him. When Nyarlathotep temporarily revives her, she apologises to Jun for her treatment.
- Taking the Bullet: Pushes Joker out of a spear's path and is fatally impaled. This mere moments after learning that the Joker is her son, Jun.
- Teacher/Student Romance: What she sees in Kashihara is anybody's guess. He was an admired teacher at Sevens, so Junko likely considered him a trophy boyfriend. The real question is what Kashihara saw in her.
- The Unfought: The only Masked Four member you can never fight. However you do fight her replica, Metal Mom, in a hall inside of Xibalba.
- Western Zodiac: Aquarius, the same as her son. Like all major members of the Masked Circle, her title is based off her zodiac, and hints that she is supposed to be her son's Evil Counterpart, and both are very popular because of their beauty.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: Primarily in Innocent Sin, though she continues to work as an actress in Eternal Punishment.
- Younger Than They Look: Junko is only 37, though her Eternal Punishment incarnation looks middle-aged with a few noticeable wrinkles in contrast to her Innocent Sin counterpart.
Akari Hoshi / Ixquic
A 13 year-old cosplayer with a very lively imagination, believing that she's a "reincarnated warrior maiden", Ixquic. In Innocent Sin, she turns out to be a minion of King Leo. In Eternal Punishment, she hangs out at Giga Macho (The Seedy CD) music store, and is hunting down the two rumored demons that reside there.
- Badass Boast: "I, Ixquic, shall whoop your asses!!"
- Hey, That's My Line!: Maya isn't pleased about that line being used.
- Beware the Silly Ones: In spite of her quirks she still is a Persona user.
- BFS: Paper-mâché or not, that's one big honkin sword right there.
- Camping a Crapper: Ixquic and her minions ambush Tatsuya inside a public restroom by hiding in the stalls.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: A platinum-haired variant.
- Dual Boss: She teams up with Belphegor.
- Demoted to Extra: In Innocent Sin she was a minor villain, but in Eternal Punishment you can go through the whole game without meeting her once.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Her real name is Akari Hoshi. But try telling her that.
- Emo Teen: Doesn't care whether she lives or dies, because she hates her life and her parents "totally suck".
- HeelFace Turn: In Innocent Sin, she does redeem herself after being rescued from the museum, and she aspires to become a manga artist.
- Heroic Wannabe: Subverted. She acts like one but what she actually wants to do is destroy everything.
- Hot Blooded Sideburns: She has quite a short temper.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Overall, she is just a little girl tired of the adult's expectations. The party forgives her and Eikichi even gives her art advice to pursue her mangaka career.
- Lost in Character: Her introduction says that she's a cosplayer convinced that she is the reincarnation of a legendary warrior.
- Perky Female Minion: By far the most cheerful member of the Masked Circle.
- Quest Giver: In Eternal Punishment, she gives you the rumours for the demons in Giga Macho and asks you to beat them.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: With Belphegor. She is a cosplaying girl way too much into her role, and he takes the whole thing at face value. And they attack you in a toilet stand.
- Superheroes Wear Capes: A long white one as part of her cosplay.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: After King Leo sets fire to the Sky Museum, Ixquic jumps inside the cockpit of a ceiling-suspended Japanese warplane, screaming for help.
The New World OrderA secret group comprised of corrupt high-ranking figures in every aspect of Japanese society, and the main antagonistic force in Eternal Punishment. Led by Japan's foreign Minister Tatsuzou Sudou, this conspiracy plans to ascend to the realm of the Gods while purging the rest of the world of original sin in their wake.
- Apocalypse Cult: Their main goal is to bring about the apocalypse by awakening the dragons that reside beneath the Earth's core who would then proceed to destroy the world.
- Big Bad: They are the primary antagonistic force of Eternal Punishment.
- Composite Character: They serve as this to both the Masked Circle and the Last Batallion, the antagonistic forces of Innocent Sin. Like the Masked Circle, they are an Apocalypse Cult with the same motives of creating a utopian society while destroying the rest of the world. And like the Last Batallion, they come with a powerful military force of their own. Their X-series combat robots are even reminiscent of the Knights of the Holy Lance.
- The Conspiracy: Between various sectors of Japanese society, whether it be political, the military, the media or even organised crime.
- Evil Old Folks: The leadership comprised of elderly people.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: According to Chief Togashi, the foundations of the New World Order started from a small local company. Then they unearthed the remains of Gozen, and it all goes downhill from there...
- The Illuminati: They are a secret government conspiracy seeking to bring about an One World Order.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Nyarlathotep who seeks to use the New World Order to start the apocalypse in the new timeline. Only Kandori knows that the Crawling Chaos is the one pulling the strings.
Father of Tatsuya Sudou, aka King Leo, he is briefly referenced in Innocent Sin before being revealed as the head of the New World Order in Eternal Punishment. He is estranged from his son, whom he confined to a mental hospital as a child. Tatsuzou is Japan's Foreign Minister, and is secretly head of a governmental conspiracy to create a world without original sin. Tatsuzou is unaware of the fact that he, like his son, is being manipulated by Nyarlathotep.
- Bad Boss: He turns General Sugawara into a monstrosity, and kills his fellow executives as sacrifices for his ritual.
- Big Bad Wannabe: As the leader of the New World Order who even previous Persona Big Bad Takahisa Kandori listens to, Tatsuzuo seems to be set up as the top dog and that is how he sees himself, yet he's ultimately an Unwitting Pawn of Nyarlathotep. Chizuru even comments that Kandori has various opportunities to overthrow Tatsuzuo, and it's only due to Kandori's lack of ambition that he doesn't bother to try.
- Body Horror: Nyarlathotep's energy mutates him into a demon before you fight him.
- The Chessmaster: Tatsuzou plays a mean game successfully outwitting and staying a step ahead of the heroes for the entire game.
- Cool Ship: Has his own cruise ship, the Nichirin-maru.
- Dark Messiah: He wants to create an ideal world without original sin and believes in his cause, in Tatsuya's Scenario his followers are shown to see him as a great man.
- Evil Old Folks: He's old, but also a major antagonist.
- Evil Versus Evil: There's no good guy in his feud against his son.
- Faux Affably Evil: He can be quite polite when situation calls for it and even shows some genuine respect towards the heroes in regards to their sense of purpose. This kindness however only runs skin deep and underneath it he is but a callous man, perfectly willing to back-stab his own followers or even doom the world just to advance his goals.
- The Ghost: Referenced — but never seen — in the first game.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: He starts off as The Stoic but his final moments show that his son inherited his bombastic attitude from him.
- Hypocrite: Despite seeing a majority of humanity as sinners that need to be punished for their sins his own rap sheet makes him no different from them. The heroes call him out on this asking what exactly makes him worthy of being humanity's judge. His transformation into a demon by Nyarlathotep shows that he's just as evil as those he claims to be punishing.
- I Have No Son!: Imprisoned his psychopathic son inside a sanitarium. And if Tatsuzou had had his way, junior would've stayed there.
- The Heavy: He acts as the main driving force throughout Eternal Punishment, but it is Nyarlathotep that is pulling the strings.
- The Illuminati: The highest echelons of government are part of his organization.
- It's Personal: Both Baofu and Katsuya Suou have personal beef with him. The former for making an attempt on his life, and the latter for framing his father for the arson caused by Sudou's own son.
- Knight Templar: Desires the purge of those who he believes to be full of sin.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He turns General Sugawara into a mutated monstrosity, and later he is turned into one himself by Nyarlathotep.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Tatsuzou has a low view of the human race seeing it as necessary to drown a majority of humanity in their own sins to give them the punishment he thinks they deserve.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Tatsuzou has no powers of his own but manages to contend with and outwit Persona users.
- Obfuscating Disability: He pretends to be feeble and needing a cane to walk while in actuality he is quite the competent fighter, and said cane conceals a sword.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He's evaded every criminal investigation come his way, and seems to have the Taiwanese mafia on speed dial.
- Shadow Dictator: Despite his official position as Foreign Minister, as the head of the New World Order he rules Japan in all but name.
- Sleazy Politician: The Foreign Minister of Japan, he's also fairly corrupt.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: In the original Japanese version, he's voiced by Ryusei Nakao who is known for voicing such characters. And like many of Nakao's other roles, Tatsuzuo is depraved to the core.
- Straw Nihilist: One of the reasons why he wants to punish the world is because he knows it's a duplicate made from the original destroyed world of Innocent Sin.
- Sword Cane: He's just a docile old man with a limp... until he breaks out the sword and slaughters his cohorts.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Nyarlathotep, and unlike Kandori, he never realizes it.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Sees the world as filthy, false, and hopelessly corrupt, so he wants to destroy the world and use the Ameno-Torifune to create an ideal race of humans without Original Sin from the remains of humanity.
- Villain in a White Suit: Wears a deathly white suit to signify how evil he is. Fits his role as a powerful, hands-off kind of villain.
- Villainous Breakdown: When confronted at the top of the Sumaru Castle, he drops all pretense of sanity as he prepares the end of the world.
- Villain Respect: Towards the heroic Persona users in Eternal Puninishment. He truly admires their drive and conviction and believes that if there were more people like them the world wouldn't need to be destroyed.
- Villain with Good Publicity: To the public, he's just a normal politician and to the New World Order he's a Dark Messiah to be admired.
- Worthy Opponent: Seems to show a legitimate fondness towards the heroes of Eternal Punishment seeing them as good people and opponents.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He does this to most of his subordinates on various occasions.
- Pulls a fast one on Yung Pao by taking advantage of the fact that his lines where tapped to lead both him and the heroes into an ambush to kill them both.
- He turns General Sugawara into a monstrosity that is in constant pain and unable to die.
- Finally, he kills off the rest of his fellow executives for the ritual.
The mummified remains of a feudal warlord who established what is now Sumaru City. Thanks to Nyarlathotep's influence, Tatsuzou Sudou was able to reanimate him with rumors. Sumaru's remains are the centerpiece of the New World Order, communicating to its members via Telepathy. Once the Monado Mandala has risen, Sumaru's castle is mystically unearthed and towers over the entire city.
- Back from the Dead: Revived by the power of rumours.
- Badass Mustache: Still impressive, even if the rest of him is in poor shape.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: It is possible to kill Sumaru in one hit if the right conditions are met. Summoning the three Ancestral Personas during the battle for a Fusion Attack will defeat him instantly. This is explained in-game by the Personas being the spirits of a samurai who originally toppled Sumaru, his princess, and their retainer. It's also a case of Guide Dang It!, so whether this is worth all the trouble is subjective.
- Evil Overlord: An actual Samurai Lord who had done less than favourable things in life and is now leading an Apocalypse Cult.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: His base of operations, Sumaru Castle.
- Mummy: His revival did not work out so well, so he came back as a mummy.
Takahisa Kandori (Guido Kandori)
The former antagonist of the original Persona, who has been resurrected due to rumors. He unquestioningly serves the New World Order, but seems to be following his own agenda. During the events of Eternal Punishment, Takahisa Kandori, (now called Guido Kandori in the NA version) is brought back to life through the power of Kototama performed by the NWO. The extensive scars on his body are reminiscent of Tatsuya Suou's marks.
- Affably Evil: While still a villain, he remains just as polite and well-mannered to the heroes as he was in the first game. Perhaps even more so, as his God complex from the previous game is long gone.
- Anti-Villain: Fresh from death and a trip to Hell, he knows evil isn't what it's cracked up to be, and even gives hints to the heroes and encourages them to stop this madness.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Extremely powerful, and dressed in a silk three-piece suit.
- Back from the Dead: After his death in the first game, he's brought back to life by Nyarlathotep to aid the New World Order.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: In Tatsuya's Scenario, he easily catches Tatsuya's katana with his arm.
- Beyond Redemption: The reason why he still plays on the side of the villains despite his Heel Realization moment in the first game. Kandori believes that he's too fully entrenched in evil to be capable of change.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Not only do his shades complement his suit and enhance his evil look, they hide the fact he literally has nothing behind his eyes.
- Casual High Drop: Downplayed. In Tatsuya's Scenario, he jumps down a floor with ease.
- Creator Thumbprint: In-Universe. He continues to give the moniker "Deva" to his creations (preceded by the DEVA System and Deva Yuga), this time naming a teleportation machine "Petite Deva".
- Dead Guy Junior: After his second death, Reiji Kido decides to name his child partly after Kandori.
- Demoted to Dragon: He goes from Big Bad of the first game to becoming The Dragon to Tatsuzou Sudou, the leader of the New World Order. Played with, in that while he works for Tatsuzuo, he's only playing along with the latter's schemes.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Gets annoyed with Nanjo doing this prior to the boss fight. And after he's defeated, Nanjo offers him a chance to escape the collapsing ruins only for Kandori to shoot his gun at him, saying that he doesn't want to be shamed by Nanjo's sympathy.
- Duel Boss: In the second part of Tatsuya's scenario, where we get to see their fight that was only briefly shown in the main storyline.
- Easily Forgiven: By the time the events of Eternal Punishment have rolled about, the returning cast of Persona 1 have let bygones be bygones. Maki, despite having suffered from Kandori's ambitions, laments that she was unable to meet him again. Nanjo and Reiji too have forgiven him despite their previous animosity towards Kandori in the first game, to the point that Reiji decides to name his unborn son partly after Kandori with Nanjo agreeing with the decision.
- Evil Genius: He's the head of the New World Order's science division, conducting experiments to extract Kegare from people infected by JOKER. On top of that, he's the one who started experimenting with the creation of artificial Persona users, and he successfully created a teleportation machine.
- Flunky Boss: In Nanjo's route, he fights alongside four X-2 mechs.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses and happens to be a villain. Downplayed, in that while still amoral, he actually regrets the mistakes and harm that he caused in the past.
- Going Down with the Ship: After assisting Nanjo and his friends, Kandori opts to remain in the collapsing ruins with Chizuru at his side.
- Graceful Loser: After being defeated, he says "well done" to the party.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: He started as the villain of Persona 1 to come and regret it at the end, and now he's a villain again. Not that he was given much of a choice.
- Hijacked by Ganon: He's in an ideal position to be this, and Chizuru outright wants him to be one. However, he really doesn't care because he knows his time on Earth is limited and his only real interests are settling things with Nanjo and the Paradox that brought about the events of the game.
- Hostage For Macguffin: He holds Eikichi hostage and bargains his life for the data that Baofu had stolen from the New World Order. Kandori gets the data back only to try and shoot Eikichi anyways, but was saved by Tatsuya's intervention.
- I Die Free: Kandori willingly lets himself die a second time when the underwater ruins collapse around him, freeing him from Nyarlathotep's thrall once and for all.
- I Have Many Names: Thanks to the English translation of the first game. In the Japanese version, he only uses the alias of "Guy Shidou" (Tatsuzou's secretary), but thanks to the localization changes he has his name from the first Persona (retconned as an alias) as well.
- Ignored Epiphany: Despite his Heel Realization moment in the previous game, he's gone back to his old ways. When confronted on this by Kei, Kandori replies he's too old to change now.
- Inhuman Eye Concealers: Wears sunglasses at all times to hide the Black Eyes of Evil he gained after he was brought back from the dead.
- Leitmotif: In the PSP remake of Eternal Punishment during Tatsuya's scenario he get's his own unique boss theme, a remix of Deadline from the first Persona game.
- Love Redeems: If he's not in love with Chizuru, he at least cares for her deeply, as evidenced by his final scene.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Dressed in a monochrome three-piece black suit, the former leader of a Fiction 500 company, extremely intelligent, and definitely villainous.Tatsuya: If you blended cynicism with fatigue, affectation with caprice and nihilism with an excess of talent, you'd probably end up with a man like this.
- Mark of the Beast: From what little we see of his skin, it's covered in a dark spiderweb pattern. Even worse are his eyes, which are completely blackened out.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Kandori makes it clear to Chizuru that he's not working for Tatsuzuo because he shares the mad politician's ideals, but simply because he's playing the role that Nyarlathotep had designated to him upon his resurrection.
- Sinister Shades: To hide his definitely inhuman Black Eyes of Evil.
- Took a Level in Badass: Lost his weakness to guns from the first game and picked up resistances to pretty much everything.
- Unholy Matrimony: Is in a relationship with Chizuru, or at least the two of them are close.
- Unwitting Pawn: After being brought back, he knows that like Tatsuya, he is just a pawn of Nyarlathotep from the very beginning.
- Villainous Legacy: Eternal Punishment reveals that he was researching on the creation of artificial personas. And with the debut of artificial persona users in Persona 3, it's likely that Kandori's research contributed to their creation.
- Virtue Is Weakness: In the aforementioned hostage situation, Kandori chides Nanjo for bargaining the data the heroes had stolen for a single life.Kandori: You're still a kid... I'm disappointed. You can't handle a company if you lose sight of your goals so easily... [aims gun at Eikichi] Let me show you the way to relinquish.
- Worthy Opponent: To Nanjo. Kandori's actually grown quite fond of him in the interim between games.
Chizuru is a famous fortune-teller who uses her show to spread rumors for the NWO. Unlike the other villains, Chizuru does not use a Persona in combat but creates duplicates of herself to fool her opponents. Eriko Kirishima arrives in Sumaru City investigating her and her connection to the NWO. During a television interview, Junko Kurosu transformed into a Joker and attempts to kill Lisa Silverman.
Afterwards, she joins with the revived Takahisa Kandori and leaves with him for the Undersea Ruins, although she questions why someone like him would be happy serving as simply a pawn for Tatsuzou Sudou. Eventually, she and Kandori are confronted by Maya Amano and her party along with Tatsuya Suou. They are both defeated, and, despite Nanjo/Eriko's pleading, stay behind in the collapsing Undersea Ruins to die.
- Broken Pedestal: To Ulala, who was a fan of Chizuru until she found out about Chizuru's connection to the New World Order.
- Dark Mistress: To Kandori.
- Doppelgänger Attack: She can create magical clones of herself.
- Dragon Lady: She is described as beautiful, she is an expert in a mystic art of fortune-telling that includes dragons, fights with a knife and works for a secret conspiracy.
- Evil Counterpart: Like how Kandori serves as one to Nanjo, Chiruzu is this to Eriko given their interests in the occult. This is highlighted by the fact that Chiruzu is the one fought should Eriko's route be chosen.
- Familiar: She has a number of them, including a Shikigami.
- Fortune Teller: Of Wang Long. She is considered the de-facto expert on it.
- Frozen in Time: The trap placed by Chiruzu on the entire Sumaru TV studio.
- Kent Brockman News: Means by which she employs Reverse Psychology on the entire city population.
- Knife Nut: Specializes in using knives.
- Lady of Black Magic: She is a graceful fortune teller and Wang Long magic-user, able to burn a spell card to cast powerful Earth spells.
- Love Martyr: To Kandori. In the literal sense.
- Propaganda Machine: She is in charge of the New World Order's media division, using her show to help spread rumors and the Joker curse among the masses.
- Squishy Wizard: She's strong in magic, but is weak to physical attacks.
- Unholy Matrimony: Is in a relationship with Kandori.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: The dub has her speak in a vaguely Eastern-European/Russian accent for some reason.
A top-ranking member of the NWO and commander of the Tenchu Army. Sugawara is wasting away from some unknown malady, which is what motivated him to assist Tatsuzou.
- Armies Are Evil: By virtue of simply being self-interested, he's not General Ripper material. His men have no compunction about mowing down innocents, though.
- And I Must Scream: His "immortality" keeps him in a state of constant suffering.
- Be Careful What You Wish For / Blessed with Suck: See below.
- Body Horror: Half his upper body mutates into a mindless monstrosity.
- Disney Villain Death: He's last seen plummeting off the edge of the platform by Katsuya. However, his ultimate fate is left nebulous considering the immortality that he was granted.
- Exact Words: Tatsuzou promises the terminally-ill General Sugawara that if their plan goes forward, he will be made immortal. He didn't say anything about being an immortal person.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's secretly disgusted by Tatsuzuo's delusions of grandeur, outright deeming the man as completely insane.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Always has a cigarette dangling from his mouth.
- Irony: He wished for immortality... When he gets it, it's at the cost of being transformed into a monster that continuously suffers agonising pain.
- Immortality Immorality: His reason for aiding the NWO and creating the X-series robots was to be rewarded immortality.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Tatsuzou keeps his promise, and Sugawara is rendered immortal. He's also a hideous mutation sprouted from a pair of disjointed (if relatively normal) human legs.
- Madness Mantra: After being transformed, most of what he says is "I-TA-E-" (It hurts!!).
- Not in This for Your Revolution: He sided with the New World Order not because he shares their twisted ideals, but because they could provide him with a cure for his disease. Unfortunately, he bit off more than he could chew.
- No One Could Survive That!: It's strongly implied that he did, according to Katsuya (after pushing him out of the party's way) anyway "I don't care if you're immortal or not... You lose...".
- One-Winged Angel: "Was Sugawara" (菅原だったもの).
- Painful Transformation: His head turns into an eldritch abomination. And his Healing Factor also torments him to boot. In fact, all he can do is repeatedly scream how much it hurts.
- Sanity Slippage: His stats profile describes him as "Wreck of Sugawara who wished for immortality". Along with a "Hahahahaha!" to boot, implying he's gone crazy due to his continuous torment. Also, before being confronted, it's stated he slaughtered his own troops.
- Soap Opera Disease: He looks sickly and pale, but we're left to infer the rest.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Detests Tatsuzou, and is only assisting him out of self-preservation.
- What Happened to the Mouse??: After being defeated he is kicked out of the platform, he screams... And he is not seen or heard from again. It's possible the fall killed him.. or not.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Turns out, immortality isn't particularly pleasant when it involves being turned into a Lovecraftian monstrosity.
Head of the Kounan police force, and Katsuya's top superior in the department. He, along with other top officials, is a member of the New World Order. Unlike the others, however, he is unable to hear Gozen's voice — perhaps a sign of his wavering loyalty to them. He once worked alongside Katsuya's father.
- The Atoner: Togashi was the one who betrayed Katsuya's father, allowing him to take the fall for his crimes.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: His attire while serving as an informant. A rather Paper-Thin Disguise, but still...
- HeelFace Turn: He started off as part of the conspiracy but the guilt he felt over his action did not allow him to continue.
- Mr. Exposition: The Infodump he provides is equal to Okamura's in the previous game. That is to say, not small.
- Mysterious Informant: Dressed in a long trenchcoat and calling himself "Sneak".
- Redemption Equals Death: Shot by Shimazu shortly after explaining the nature of Gozen and the NWO.
Katsuya's direct superior in the Kounan department, and lieutenant to Captain Togashi. He dislikes Katsuya by association, as his father was disgraced and expelled from the force.
- Dirty Cop: All-around scumbag.
- Forehead of Doom: Has quite the reiceiding hairline.
- Gas Leak Cover-Up: Dismisses the Sanitarium fire as a "gas explosion".
- Gonk: The dev team couldn't have made him more ornery if they'd tried.
- The Mole: Obstructing the JOKER investigation and feeding information straight to Tatsuzou Sudou himself.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: He deliberately obstructs the JOKER investigation.
- Smug Snake: The English localization even gave him the voice of one.
The Last Battalion
The Knights of the Holy Lance
The Order of the Holy Lance is the elite force of the Last Battalion, consisting of thirteen "Longinus" robots charged with eliminating enemy Persona-users. Despite being identical in appearance, each Longinus robot has a distinct voice and personality. True to their namesake, each Knight comes armed with a copy of the Spear of Destiny.
- Anti-Magic: Their spears are capable of sealing Personas.
- Boss Remix: Their boss theme is a remix of the games opening theme.
- Cape Busters: They specialize in fighting Persona-users.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes them out in spades to the Masked Circle. The cult is always being seen mowed down like cannon fodder in the face of the Last Battalion's superior firepower.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: Can take astounding amounts of punishment.
- Eviler Than Thou: To the Masked Circle. They are far more dangerous and quickly hijack the cult as the main antagonistic force in the game, being equipped with superior firepower and technology.
- Wolf Pack Boss: Typically fight in groups of three.
- Evil Gloating: If you pay attention to it, you'll notice that they know far more about you than they should be able to, foreshadowing the true nature of their Fuhrer.
- Gratuitous German: Announces their different attacks by shouting stock German phrases like "Feuer!" and "Guten Nacht!".
- Made even more ridiculous with the English dub, where some of their voice actors don't even attempt to pull of a German accent for the voiced dialogue.
- Leitmotif: They all share one boss theme titled "Knights of the Holy Lance".
- Magitek: How robots without Personas are capable of using spells, we'll never know.
- More Dakka: Armed with MG-32 machine guns.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Ostensibly based on Heinrich Himmler and his twelve Lieutenants.
- Recurring Boss: Over the second half of the game you fight every single Longinus, usually in groups of three or four. The first encounter with them teams you up with a single party member against a single Longinus, however. Your party defeats the other two offscreen. You also get the option of facing one all by yourself.
- Shock and Awe: Their trademark "Geistesblitz" attack.
- Stupid Jetpack Hitler
- You Are Number 6: They refer to each other by their numbers (the German numbers, of course). However, they are also clearly individuals.
- You Fool!: When defeated, each robot leaves you with a bitter "You know nothing!"
The leader of the Last Battalion. An infamous German dictator who started a world war that would be the scene of multiple atrocities. Thought to have committed suicide at the end of the war, he is resurrected by a conspiracy theory that claims he survived, spirited away to Antarctica by his loyal robot battalion. As such, he shows up midway through the game to compete with the Masked Circle for control over the Crystal Skulls and Xibalba. What? No, he definitely isn't that infamous German dictator (Not in the version of the game that was released outside of Japan, in any case).
- Argentina Is Nazi-Land: His existence being due to a conspiracy theory claiming he survived the Second World War and escaped to Antarctica is a nod to the many real-life conspiracy theories of a similar nature.
- Artifact of Doom: Carries the true Spear of Destiny, as he is keen on reminding you.
- Artistic License History: An In-Universe example. His 'history' as an Evil Sorcerer who was granted immortality by the Mayans who planned to evolve mankind is a load of shit, but thanks to rumors becoming real this history becomes retroactively true complete with a Badass Army of two million Nazis to make up his now formidable power.
- Badass Boast: "If you want answers, you must defeat me. But know that this Spear of Destiny and the power of Nyarlathotep are very real..."
- Cool Shades: In the PSP remake, he is given a pair of stylish aviators to censor his identity as Adolf Hitler.
- Dead All Along: The Fuhrer you confront is actually Nyarlathotep in disguise. The real Fuhrer had been dead for half a century.
- Family Values Villain: The only time he reprimands you is when Jun refers to his father as a "monster".
- Final Boss: He acts as the first part of the final battle in Innocent Sin.
- Ghostapo: While his robots fall under the Stupid Jetpack Hitler category, the Fuhrer himself packs a persona and some pretty impressive supernatural powers.
- Godwin's Law: Obligatory, given who he is in the PSX version.
- Graceful Loser: Compliments you throughout his boss fight. His damage emote is "You're good!" rather than the usual grunt of pain, and when he is defeated, he mutters "Amazing..." Ironic given that his Real Life counterpart spent his last days in what could only be described as a prolonged Villainous Breakdown.
- Gratuitous German: In the English version, as is to be expected.
- Holy Hand Grenade: His Holy Ark attack.Fuhrer: This is God's punishment!
- No-Sell: His Holy Grail move grants him full invincibility for a two turns.
- One-Hit Kill: His Omega Cluster and Holy Ark moves can inflict this on party members.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The team for the remake "censored" one of history's most infamous war criminals by:
- Slapping a pair of Cool Shades and a Badass Longcoat on him.
- Replacing all swastikas with Iron Crosses (and replacing the swastika battlefield in his boss battle with a circle of glowing glyphs in a blue void).
- Changing his name to "The Fuhrer".
- Shock and Awe: His "Vril-Blitz" attack, an upgraded version of the "Geistesblitz" move used by the Longinus Robots.
- Shout-Out: Some of the attacks he invokes are awfully similar to artifacts sought by both Those Wacky Nazis and a certain whip-wielding archaeologist.
- Slasher Smile: Pictured with one. The sunglasses in the remake makes it much more cocky than threatening.
- Squishy Wizard: Posesses powerful attacks, but has very low health for being the penultimate boss of the game. Then again...
- Villain Has a Point: He believes that the masses want to be freed from the burden of making their own decisions at any cost. Persona 5 would go on to have Apathetic Citizens as a central theme.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Believes that the masses want to be ruled in fear of a dictator that relieves them of the burden of making decisions.
- Worthy Opponent: Seems awfully interested in fighting you for some reason.
- Break Them by Talking: It's their calling in their creation to torture their other self breaking them with words and facts about themselves. It's also done in order to help Nyarlathotep's goals of destroying the heroes both physically and mentally.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Unlike the Shadow Selves of Persona 4, these Shadow Selves have red eyes, and you fight them well after you got your Personas. In addition, they're dressed in the exact same manner as their real selves.
- Empty Shell: Shadow Tatsuya is described as robotic and speaks in an empty drone representing Tatsuya's lack of a dream and hidden sense of emptiness.
- Enemy Without: They are physical manifestations of a person's repressed thoughts and emotions.
- Foreshadowing: Instead of following the theme of dreams like the rest of Innocent Sin, Shadow Tatsuya rants about the concepts of sin and punishment foreshadowing the themes of the sequel and Tatsuya's characterization in it.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: When Shadow Maya is in the party she has the same equipment, level and exp that the real Maya has while this could be explained that shadow selves have the same possessions that their real counterparts have when they are created it does not explain why her equipment (if you changed it) and exp will be transferred to the real Maya when she rejoins the party.
- Guest-Star Party Member: The Maya that accompanies you in Mt. Iwato is revealed to be Shadow Maya.
- Motive Rant: Usually a part of their breaking speech. Shadows will usually ramble about what they, and by extension their other selves, really want.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: These Shadows have red eyes instead of gold as in the future games.
- Shadow Archetype: In full Jungian psychology, the Shadows are the part of ourselves we try to hide from the rest of the world. To deny them only gives them greater power. Accepting them as a part of ourselves allows us to begin improving.
- Tarot Motifs: Each of the Shadow Selves wield the reversed Arcana of the original.
Lisa Silverman's homeroom teacher, nicknamed "Ideal-sensei" by her students due to her eccentricities. She used to work alongside Jun's father, Akinari Kashihara. Okamura harbored an unrequited love for him, and resented his wife, Junko. She was a collaborator on Kashihara's unreleased book, which prophesied the signs leading up to the end of days; among these portents was the return of Adolf Hitler and his "Last Battalion". Kashihara later met a suspicious death when he fell inside the Seven Sisters clock tower and was crushed by the gears.
Okamura stations herself at the Kuzunoha Detective Agency, where she assists in shedding light on Mr. Kashihara's research on the Last Battalion. As the portents of the book start becoming true, Okamura loses her mind and decides to expedite the catastrophe. The final portent is the death of a woman named "Maya". Okamura is initially willing to sacrifice herself, but is instead approached by Nyarlathotep.
Okamura appears during the main story in Eternal Punishment only once: she is standing in the school courtyard during the game's introduction. If Maya speaks with her, she will sense that they have met before.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She is in love with Akinari Kashihara but he was married to Junko Kurosu. And then he died.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: "Ideal-sensei" turns out to be a psychopath who couldn't let go of her love for a married man and plans to start the apocalypse based on a book the man once wrote.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She starts off as an odd and somewhat insane teacher, but it is revealed that she actually knows more about the plot than anyone else. And in the very end, she is the one who kills Maya.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Mayans! Hitler! ALIENS! She's the queen of this trope. Her persecution complex and subsequent spiralling into madness is a depressingly valid depiction of many paranoids today.
- Demoted to Extra: In Innocent Sin, she delivers the killing blow to Maya. In Eternal Punishment she only appears once right at the start of the game and talking to her is optional.
- FaceHeel Turn: At first she wanted to stop the Oracle of Maia from being fulfilled, but then she decided that proving Kashihara was right is more important than the safety of the human race.
- Have We Met Yet?: In Eternal Punishment, the player has the option of speaking with Okamura (while controlling Maya) in Seven Sister High School's courtyard. Both mention that the other looks familiar...
- Hero Killer: At the conclusion of the game, Okamura materializes and impales Maya Amano with the Spear of Longinus, as the final nail in Nyarlathotep's plan. Philemon intervenes by rewinding time and negating Maya's death, thus creating the Eternal Punishment timeline that all the other Persona games since occur in.
- Love Makes You Evil: Par excellence.
- Madness Makeover: Once she really goes off the deep end, her ponytail unfolds into a wacked-out blossom of hair, and her normally composed face is replaced with an evil grin.
- Ms. Exposition: She acts as the main source of info regarding the In Lak'ech, and in turn, the main source of info on what is happening.
- Properly Paranoid: Regardless of cosmic meddling, everything Kashihara put to paper has come to pass.
- Red Herring: Throughout the entire game she is set up as the Maia maiden that is said to die and complete the prophecy, however the truth is that she was a decoy the whole time with Maya Amano being the true target.
- Sanity Slippage: While she never was completely sane to begin with, once she discovers the Bolontiku she truly goes off the deep end.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: A maiden with the name "Maya" is prophesied as a harbinger of the Apocalypse. In the depths of her insanity, Okamura is prepared to die to fulfill that role. However, nobody figured on it being Maya Amano.
- Sinister Shades: She always wears sunglasses but they obtain this effect after her FaceHeel Turn.
- Unwitting Pawn: The Sensei is the opposite number to Maya Amano, having been tapped by Nyarlathotep to help nail down humanity's coffin good and tight. Her avatar in the Eternal Punishment timeline is Foreign Minister Sudou, an Illuminati stooge.
- Wild Mass Guessing: So who killed Kashihara, again? Okamura says the Last Battalion did it, but she's an unreliable source.
- Yandere: To a dead man, no less. In fact, at one point she rages against Jun because he's proof that Kashihara did not love her.
Principal Hanya (Principal Harding)
The principal of the Seven Sisters High School, and previously the vice principal of St. Hermelin in the first game. Tatsuya Suou's party battles Principal Hanya on top of the clock tower after destroying the smaller clocks in the school classrooms in Innocent Sin. He dies afterwards, but when you meet a student who asks how he's doing, you can either tell the truth, or spread the rumor that he's alive. If you choose the latter, Principal Hanya will reemerge later in the game and repel the invasion of Hitler's Last Battalion on his own. Otherwise, the St. Hermelin alumni will do the job.
In Eternal Punishment, he is still a hated principal and is immediately killed when Noriko Katayama performs the Joker Curse on him for insulting Anna Yoshizaka, who can no longer represent Sevens in the regional track meet because of a permanent injury caused by a hit-and-run accident.
- Ascended Extra: He goes from a one-note asshole in Persona 1 to a full antagonist and boss fight here.
- Asshole Victim: He was a massive Jerkass, so no one really mourns his death.
- Back from the Dead: If you spread a rumor that he survived the battle on the clock tower, he comes back to life and helps you repel the Nazi invasion.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Upon being defeated, he leaps off of the clock tower to certain death. Sort of.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Hanya is an unofficial (but enthusiastic) member of the Masked Circle, an affiliation he barely tries to conceal. In his introductory scene, he makes guarded threats against Tatsuya's life and chortles at his misfortune. He does not possess even one redeeming trait.
- Dean Bitterman: With the curse in effect, he can say or do anything and the students will still think he's peachy-keen. He abuses this to the hilt.
- Destination Defenestration: After you defeat him, he jumps through the stained-glass face of the Sevens Clock.
- Demoted to Extra: In Innocent Sin, he's the first boss of the game, a member of the Masked Circle, and depending on your actions he can have a HeelFace Turn and defend the school from the Last Battalion. In Eternal Punishment, he's killed off-screen in the first thirty minutes of the game and you find his corpse.
- Gender-Blender Name: His Persona, Hannya, is named after a female demon.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Hanya has a comical Blofeld scar under his eye.
- HeelFace Turn: In Innocent Sin. After he jumps to his supposed death, you can tell the student who arrives at the clock tower that he is still alive. The rumors will then resurrect him, but as an ideal principal who is actually worthy of the respect from his students that he wished upon Joker for.
- Improbable Weapon User: Fights with a giant wrench in Innocent Sin.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In Innocent Sin, Principal Hanya and Joker are in cahoots. He's murdered by JOKER within the first 20 minutes of Eternal Punishment.
- Meaningful Name: His nickname is "Hannya", a demon in Japanese literature. Guess what his Persona is?
- Mundane Wish: Hanya admits to performing the Joker Charm to restore his thinning hairline.
- No One Could Survive That!: After his boss fight in Innocent Sin, he jumps off of the clock tower, and then you are given the option to tell a student if he's alive or dead. Spreading the rumour that he died results in a discussion in Honmaru park in which some bystanders reveal that they saw him running through the park until he collapsed suddenly. The party is horrified because they indirectly killed him.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Coming back to life has the added effect of turning Hanya a One-Man Army. He keeps warping between classrooms, standing over a pile of unconscious Nazis each time.
- Our Founder: His statue in the school courtyard starts moving on its own accord. (That is one crazy school.)
- Sadist Teacher: Or rather, Sadist Principal, but he's definitely an asshole any way you slice it.
- Schrödinger's Question: Due to the Clap Your Hands If You Believe property of Sumaru City, the answer you give when a student asks you if he is dead actually determines whether he dies or not.
- Signature Move: He has the unique attack Young Dark Legend. Coincidentally, this was Innocent Sin's working title.
- Slasher Smile: Permanently etched onto his face.
- Start to Corpse: In EP, he's the JOKER's only onscreen victim. The school transforms into a dungeon upon discovering of his corpse, whereupon the real game starts.
- Starter Villain: He is the very first boss of Innocent Sin, and his only "crime" is to be overly strict and rude to the students.
- This Is a Drill: His Persona comes equipped with two of them.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Thanks to a well-placed rumor, nearly every student thinks he's the greatest thing since ice cream. "He's annoying and fussy and a great guy."
- Warm-Up Boss: The first true boss you fight in the game.
- Wrench Whack: He wields a big double-ended wrench as a weapon in his boss fight.
A student who hangs out on the rooftop of Kasugayama High School, discontented with the current system and wishes to become Student Body President to implement his desired changes. In Innocent Sin, Yasuo uses the Joker Charm to make his ambition a reality. He was responsible for spreading the rumor that the Seven Sisters High School Emblem was cursed, and collaborated with Lady Scorpio to collect Ideal Energy at Kasugayama High's dance party. He is fought as a boss and dies at the hands of King Leo upon failing. In Eternal Punishment, Yasuo is still alive and is back to being a discontented Student Body Presidential wannabe.
- All Elections Are Serious Business: His incentive for joining The Masked Circle.
- Call-Back: All his dialogue in Eternal Punishment references his actions in Innocent Sin.
- Climbing Climax: Eikichi (finally) corners him on the school's roof.
- Demoted to Extra: He's a mere NPC in Eternal Punishment and you can go through the whole game without meeting him.
- Dirty Coward: Through clever use of a walkie-talkie, he traps the party inside the school's bomb shelter. Which ordinarily isn't a big deal... except rumors have transformed it into an endless maze.
- Failed a Spot Check: Combined with Exact Words, when he recited the Rumor about how Sugimoto can beat Eikichi, he referred to both of them by title and not by name, allowing Eikichi to beat Sugimoto easily by rescinded his title so he's no longer known as "Captain Death".
- Student Council President: Yasuo can only compete in a fixed election, as evidenced in Eternal Punishment.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He is quite beloved by Kasugayama High for boosting the school's reputation. Even Eikichi liked him before he found out that he's actually trapping the students for the plans of the Masked Circle.
A second-year student at Kasugayama High. Ever since Eikichi beat him up in middle school, he's hated Eikichi and wanted to defeat him, jealous of his power and clout as the school leader. He uses the Joker Charm so he can become stronger, spreads the rumor that the Head is stronger than Captain Death, and even kidnapped Miyabi. Eikichi relinquishes his position as Captain Death, creating a loophole that allows him to defeat Sugimoto. In Eternal Punishment, he is kidnapped and drained of Kegare at the Science Lab in Kei Nanjo's route. Maya's party runs into Eikichi, who was trying to save Sugimoto as per his role as the school leader. They later find Sugimoto, who was turned into a monster. Kei and the party try their best to subdue Sugimoto without killing him, and assures Eikichi that the Nanjo Group will pull out all the stops to turn his classmate back to normal.
- Baleful Polymorph: In Eternal Punishment, he's captured and experimented on by Kandori in the Science Lab.
- The Bully: He enjoys picking on people weaker than him, and according to Eikichi has been doing so since middle school.
- Evil Redhead: Obviously dyed going by his facial hair, but this trope still stands as many of his classmates are unnerved by his borderline Ax-Crazy behaviour.
- Feet of Clay: Assuming the player lets Eikichi handle him on his own, one punch will put Sugimoto in his place. Justified, since when Inoe recited the rumor, he didn't refer to Eikichi by name but only his title, so the Rumor runs on Exact Words and Sugimoto still cannot beat Eikichi once he's no longer known as Captain Death.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Has the beginnings of a dark goatee.
- Never My Fault: When confronted in Innocent Sin, he claims that his girlfriend dumped him because Eikichi pantsed him. When Eikichi counters that she dumped him because he liked to pick on weaklings, he begins ranting that everything bad in his life is Eikichi's fault.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He's absolutely obsessed with beating Eikichi. This fixation extends to his mutated form. "EIKICHIIIIII!!"
- Psychotic Smirk: Glued to his face.
- Sanity Slippage: Over the course of Eternal Punishment, he acts increasingly unhinged until he's finally kidnapped for being a JOKER.
A man known only as "The Stalker" who stalked Eriko early in her modelling career. As time passed, his behavior became more and more extreme. The last time she encountered him was when he broke into her house and she fought back using her Persona. Since then, Eriko hasn't seen the Stalker and believes that he had learned his lesson.
In Eriko's route of Eternal Punishment, the Stalker is encountered several times at the TV station when the party are investigating about Chizuru Ishigami. Eventually, it is discovered that the Stalker is simply a Shikigami sent by Ishigami to embody Eriko's fear.
- Actually a Doombot: The Stalker is actually a form taken by the black cat that has been following the party from the beginning.
- Badass Normal: He doesn't have a Persona or empowered by a demon yet is able to take on 5 Persona users three times. Subverted when it's revealed that he is actually a demon in disguise.
- Bandaged Face: After each battle, the Stalker's face had been wrapped with more and more layers of bandages.
- Chainsaw Good: His weapon of choice is a chainsaw.
- Facial Horror: By the time the party meet him for the third time, his face is so bruised and bloody that he is wrapped with several layers of bandages.
- Made of Iron: The guy took some serious beatings from five Persona users before he finally gives up after their third battle.
- "Not So Different" Remark: In the third encounter, the Stalker attempts to break Eriko by comparing his love for her to Eriko's own love for the Boy with Earring.
- Rule of Three: He is fought three times before finally being put down for good.
- Stalker with a Crush: The man had previously stalked Eriko in the past to the point he broke into her house.
- Yandere: The Stalker's form of expressing his love for Eriko is to kill her brutally. One of his attacks will not only damages the party, but will also confuse Eriko.