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The antagonists of Persona 4.

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    The Suspect 

Mitsuo Kubo
The Copycat Killer

Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Takahashi (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)

A student from another school in Inaba. A loner all his life who only found solace in video games, he is first seen trying to ask out Yukiko on the protagonist/Yu's first day of school. He fails, as with everyone who does so, and spends the next several months as a recurring background character, loudly complaining about the latest happenings to anyone who will listen.

After the Investigation Team manages to save three victims in a row, King Moron is found dead, arranged in the same manner as the first two victims, and Kubo appears on the Midnight Channel, taunting the viewers to catch him if they can. Now the biggest suspect in the case, the Team rushes into the TV after him, tracking him to a dungeon inspired by an old-school 8-bit RPG. There, they find him facing down his Shadow, which claims that he's "nothing."

After his Shadow is defeated, the Team drags him back to the real world, where he claims responsibility for the murders and relishes in the attention his actions gained him. Unfortunately for the Investigation Team, it's quickly proven that he was a mere copycat killer, with Morooka as his only victim. Nothing is stated about him after this, other than that the police admitted they made false charges after Namatame becomes the next suspect.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He didn't become a handsome guy in it, but the anime noticeably scales down his creepy face a bit, as it looks proportional now. The anime enlarges his eyes, reduces the definition of his lips, and generally gives him a more boyish appearance.
  • Adaptational Expansion: The Animation delves into more of his perspective, including his attempts to take credit for the murders only to be mocked online.
  • Adaptational Villainy: As bad as he is in the game, he's even worse in the anime. He hits on Yukiko a second time, and threatens Nanako in the supermarket just for being in his way.
  • Attention Whore: He claims to be the infamous serial killer of Inaba, and even goes as far as to murder someone and replicate the killer's crimes, just so people will pay attention to him. When the Investigation Team finds out, they're incredulous that attention was his motive.
  • Ax-Crazy: He even gets thrown into the loony bin at the end.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Given the previous events so far, you'd expect Mitsuo to at least accept himself and his Shadow would become a Persona. He outright rejects it further after its defeat, causing it to simply disintegrate.
  • Barrier Change Boss: To some extent since his Shadow uses wall spells.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: After being constantly ignored even after his confession, Mitsuo actually believes he is responsible for the murders of the first two victims.
  • Be Yourself: Subverted. Unlike the other "victims" up to his point, he refuses to accept his Shadow since it'd mean coming to terms with being an Empty Shell. During his boss fight, unlike the previous Shadows, Shadow Mitsuo never says that he's "the true self". (Instead saying "Come.. I'll end your emptiness") This indicates that Mitsuo was so caught up in his delusions that he has become no different from his Shadow.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Kubo claims responsibility for killing Mayumi Yamano, Saki Konishi and Kinshiro Morooka. In truth, he only killed Morooka. In fact, his claims of being the killer only causes the real killer to attempt to murder him.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes are entirely black, without any pupils. He's also one of the antagonists (though not the main one). Kanji even lampshades how creepy Kubo's eyes look.
    Kanji: Looking at those fish eyes really pisses me off!
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His first appearance is on the first day of school, when he tries to ask Yukiko out on a date (and fails miserably). He doesn't show up for a while after that, but Kubo ultimately proves important to the plot.
  • Creepy Monotone: Not so much himself, but his Shadow doesn't show much emotion.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Otaku character trope. Unlike most examples of otaku, Kubo is an example of how his indulgences make him an Ineffectual Loner with a Lack of Empathy. This toxic lifestyle and the impact on his social life is what drives him to commit murder for the sake of attention.
  • Dirty Coward: In The Animation, he tries to heckle six-year-old Nanako at the grocery store, but flees when Yu shows up to stand up for her. Kubo's also shown taking his rage out on a punching bag with Kanji's face taped on it, but is too scared to actually confront Kanji face-to-face.
    • Naoto states that Mr. Morooka died from "blunt force trauma to the occipital cranium", which means Mitsuo attacked him from behind.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: As a pretty clear-cut case of a Red Herring, he looks like a final boss if you aren't paying close enough attention.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: He gloats when his Shadow disappears, not realizing that this essentially amounts to failing to come to terms with his own inner thoughts.
  • Evil Counterpart: In the anime to Yu. They both suffer from loneliness (Mitsuo wants to be special while Yu wants friends), and Mitsuo's shadow even pulls a "Not So Different" Remark on Yu.
  • Evil Is Petty: Kubo committed murder on Morooka purely because he wanted attention.
  • Fame Through Infamy: He wants people to pay attention to him so badly that he tries to take credit for the first two murders, and goes so far as to actually murder Mr. Morooka to this end.
  • Fetus Terrible: His Shadow takes this form, also talking in Creepy Monotone and revealing Kubo's motivations for committing murder.
  • Foreshadowing: There are several hints that he's not the actual killer.
    • Before his dungeon, the investigation team point out that whoever the killer is obviously had to possess a certain amount of strength to get the drop on Kanji. There's no way a wimp like him could pull that off.
    • In his dungeon, notice how the game text says that he "defeated" Mayumi and Saki, but "killed" Morooka. Furthermore, the game doesn't refer to the former two by their actual names, but as "female announcer" and "corpse discoverer".
    • There was no mention of Yukiko, Kanji, or Rise at all in the dungeon, and when they confront him he asks who they are. This is information that the killer would obviously have since the three of them got thrown into the TV World in that order following Saki's death.
    • His Shadow has the normal boss battle music, "I'll Face Myself -Battle-". For someone who is claiming to be a serial killer, you'd think he'd have a special boss theme, but he does not. This is changed in Golden where he does get his own boss theme, but even then it isn't unique; it's just an 8-bit remix of the normal boss music.
    • And finally, there's the big question everyone forgot to ask: If his shadow manifested in the TV world, that means he didn't have a Persona...So, how did he get in there?
  • For the Evulz: He only killed Mr. Morooka and claimed responsibility for the murders of Mayumi Yamano and Saki Konishi to garner attention.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Subverted. While he did kill Morooka, he is dealt with quickly and not presented as much of a threat despite it. Even his Shadow and its boss form just show him as desperate and pathetic rather than dangerous.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Mitsuo's otaku behavior and lack of any real friends led to him slowly losing his mind. This eventually morphs into him becoming so desperate for attention that he'd commit murder just to have people notice him.
  • Gonk: His eyes and facial expression make him look like a deranged Gerber Baby.
  • Hate Sink: He isn't portrayed at all sympathetically. Not only are all the party members completely disgusted with him, they found him creepy and repulsive even before he killed one person and claimed credit for all the other crimes.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Deconstructed, as it drives Mitsuo to commit murder just to get attention. It's also shown that his otaku behavior and isolation have driven him to become so lonely that he considers Fame Through Infamy to be better than being ignored.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: His Shadow may be a manifestation of his terror about being "nobody."
  • It's All About Me: His motive is nothing more than to gain attention, no matter how warped it is.
  • Jack the Ripoff: Kubo claims to be behind the three murders in Inaba, but he's actually only behind the murder of Mr. Morooka. He copied the real killer because he wanted attention. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't replicate Mayumi and Saki's cause of death (difficult to do so in the first place given that they were killed by the Shadows of the TV World), so he simply hit Morooka in the head with a blunt object. He also messes up how the body is found, leaving Morooka hanging from a water tower instead of an electrical pylon like Mayumi and Saki. The real Killer even scoffs at the shoddy manner he replicated the crime scene.
  • Jerkass: Even apart from Kubo murdering someone and claiming to be a serial killer solely because he wanted attention, Kubo's also a misanthrope on par with the actual killer. His Establishing Character Moment is Kubo trying to hit on Yukiko when she's clearly having a bad day.
  • Kick the Dog: In the anime, he threatens Nanako when she tries to get the same item as he does in Junes. Luckily for Nanako, Yu is there to tell Kubo off.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The main key that he is not the true culprit is his lack of knowledge about the TV World. The Investigation Team only point this out after finding out that he is nothing but a copycat killer.
  • Loners Are Freaks: He was already a creep before the events of the story. Whether it was his loneliness that caused him to be this way or the other way around is still unknown.
  • Machine Monotone: His Shadow's true form, which takes the form of a giant 8-bit soldier.
  • Musical Spoiler: In the original PS2 version of the game, while he claims to be the killer, the fact that his boss fight uses the standard boss theme says otherwise. Golden does give him a unique boss theme, but it's nothing more than an 8-bit arrangement of the standard boss theme.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • His Shadow Boss seems similar to the final boss of Shin Megami Tensei if..., the game that started this series, which certainly fits with his dungeon theme.
    • The character himself shares aspects with both Hazama from If and Nakajima from the original Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei novel, being a loner student with access to supernatural means who kills a teacher.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Just look at those eyes and lips!
  • Obviously Evil: His creepy appearance and Non-Standard Character Design don't bode well for him at all.
  • Otaku: While he's obsessed with video games and the like (as seen from his dungeon and The Animation), he's actually a deconstruction of the trope. Kubo does like those things, but his lack of friends and bad social skills have left him feeling isolated. He ends up committing murder because he thinks that the attention that comes from being an infamous serial killer is better than being a nobody.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: His Shadow takes the form of a baby, literally crying for attention in the anime.
  • Red Herring: His entire purpose in the plot, as his actions and claims throw the Investigation Team off the trail of the real killer. Notably, Kubo did commit one of the murders, but he's just a Copycat Killer in the end.
  • Slasher Smile: Does one of these at the beginning of episode 11.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He claims that he's the notorious serial killer, but in reality is nothing more than a Copycat Killer who's out of his depth.
  • The Sociopath: His Shadow may be a manifestation of his inability to experience strong feelings. Said Shadow speaks with Creepy Monotone and takes the form of a giant 8-bit soldier.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Claims that Mayumi was a stupid announcer, that Mr. Mooroka was a bastard, and that Saki was a bitch. He most likely does this to make his claim of him being the serial killer of Inaba seem more believable.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Killing Morooka throws a massive wrench in the Investigation Team's attempts to piece together The Killer's patterns and motives. Initially, they assumed that The Killer targets people who appeared on TV and the Midnight Channel based on the pattern of the victims and abductees. But because Morooka did not fit either criteria, the Investigation Team were briefly left at a loss, even doubting that the Midnight Channel had any connection to the murders.
    • The Killer considers him this, saying that if Mitsuo turned himself and took credit for the crimes, it would be likely that the Kidnapper would believe the Killer had been caught and would stop "saving" people. Because of this, the Killer decides to throw Mitsuo into the TV in hopes that he'll die and thus be ruled out as the true culprit.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Appears this way towards Yukiko. When Yukiko calls him out once the Investigation Team had caught him, Mitsuo, still delusional, asks if he'd gotten her attention. In the anime, he tries it again while on the end of his power trip from killing Morooka, but gets scared away by Chie and Kanji.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: In The Animation, once Mitsuo is arrested again, the news constantly ridicules and demeans him for it. This actually angers Kanji for how they look down on him.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Reversed Hermit, representing isolation, loneliness, and withdrawal from the world.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Because of his insanity, he never wonders how he ended up in the TV World or even asks whether is he in reality or not. This is what causes Chie to doubt Kubo being the actual killer.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Although he was already insane, Kubo falls even further into insanity after his confession is ignored and he refuses to accept his own Shadow. Kubo's goal was Fame Through Infamy; when he just gets mocked and ridiculed instead of being thought of as dangerous, Kubo really loses it.

    The Lead 

Taro Namatame
The Savior
Click here to see Kunino-sagiri 

Voiced by: Koji Haramaki (Japanese), Zach Hanks (English), Matthew Mercer (English, The Animation)

Once a secretary in the Yasogami City Council, Taro Namatame's affair with news reporter Mayumi Yamano was a hot local topic by the time the Protagonist arrives in town. It ultimately cost him his job, and by the time the Protagonist arrives, he has been reduced to a mere deliveryman.

After kidnapping Yukiko, Kanji, Rise, Naoto and Nanako, he becomes the Team's chief suspect. He is confronted and defeated inside a manifestation of Heaven created as a twisted fusion of his own messianic complex and Nanako's innocence. Now cornered, Namatame transforms into an entity known as Kunino-sagiri by merging with the Shadows around him. He also plays a pivotal role in determining the outcome of the case; should the player choose to simply let him take the blame for the murders, they will be "rewarded" with the Bad Ending. If the Protagonist/Yu convinces his teammates that something still seems off about the case, the game will move the player closer to the Normal and True Endings.

Should he be spared, Namatame, still recovering from his experiences, will aid the Investigation Team by offering his perspective on the game's events thus far: after witnessing the deaths of Mayumi and Saki, Namatame concluded that anyone who appeared on the Midnight Channel would be murdered in the real world, and made it his life's mission to "save" them by hiding them inside the television. Unfortunately, his understanding of the TV world was extremely flawed, and his actions could have very easily caused more deaths.

In the extended true ending of Persona 4 Golden, he can be seen running again for public office, determined to be a political force for good in Inaba as penance for his actions.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: In the original game, it's implied that Kunino-Sagiri was simply the merger of Namatame, his shadow self and the nearby shadows. However, Golden expands upon it by revealing that much like Ameno-Sagiri, Kunino-Sagiri was another aspect of Izanami.
  • All for Nothing: In reality, his plan to "save" people who appear on the Midnight Channel was completely pointless, as the Midnight Channel actually shows people who become prominent in the public consciousness, not people who are going to be sent into the TV world in the near future (he had inferred the wrong pattern from Mayumi and Saki, the first two victims), not to mention that he was completely unaware of the fact that if someone stays in the TV World for too long, they are killed by the Shadows there. Unlike Adachi or you, he clearly doesn't know how the Midnight Channel works at all.
  • Anti-Villain: He really does just want to do good, but a lot of people almost die because of his ignorance.
  • Angelic Abomination: Kunino-sagiri is a creature made of the Shadows that absorb into Namatame resembling an angel, based on Namatame's messiah complex.
  • The Atoner: He initially promises to "save" people from the Killer in memory of his dead lover, Mayumi, but his actions wind up doing far more harm than good. In the end, he winds up filling this role properly, aiding the investigation team and trying to help the people of Inaba.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Kunino-sagiri's antenna is its weak point in the manga.
  • Barrier Change Boss: His Quad Converge spell multiplies the power of one random element (which he then spams) by 4, and cuts all others to 1/4. It's kind of nasty, but so easily turned against him.
  • Battle Theme Music: "A New World Fool" as Kunino-sagiri, shared with the Killer.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Inverted. Thinking that the Killer used conventional methods to kill Mayumi and Saki as well as his interactions with Shadow Mayumi, he thought that the Midnight Channel was a safe haven. Guessing that the Killer was targeting individuals who were featured on TV, he thought that Yukiko was the next target, thus setting up his kidnapping method via putting them in the Midnight Channel and planning to retrieve them later, unaware that he's doing the same as the Killer.
  • Break Them by Talking: Kunino-sagiri does this to Soji in the manga.
    "You think yourself a hero...? You want everything to go just as you see fit. But the real me...I'm the savior...I know...I know, in empty you are inside. Always obeying your parents and others, playing the part of the good little boy, to keep up appearances. You may have convinced yourself that you make your own choices now...but you're nothing but a puppet on strings.
  • The Call Has Bad Reception: The cause of all his problems is his lack of understanding of the Midnight Channel and how it works, not helped at all by the Killer's manipulations.
  • Cassandra Truth: He attempted to warn Saki Konishi about the Midnight Channel, but she was creeped out by his demeanor and didn't listen. He later attempted to warn the police about it, but was passed off as a lunatic. A few days later, Saki popped up dead.
  • Commonality Connection: The reason for how he ended up having an affair with Mayumi Yamano. Both of them bonded over the stress of their work life, and how they came from Inaba.
  • The Chew Toy: He's played for a chump by two of the main antagonists, has a grotesque fog god smuggled inside of him without his knowledge instead of an Izanagi Persona, nearly gets murdered and incarcerated due to a terrible misunderstanding, and in Golden's new ending, it's implied that he outright loses the power to enter the TV World.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Deconstructed. His obsession with trying to save people from The Killer, while well-intentioned, only causes him to play right into The Killer's hands. The Killer even lampshades this, mocking Namatame for being so caught up in the delusion that he still continued "saving" people even when it appeared that the killer had been caught.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A depressed layabout put to work as a delivery guy after his political career dried up, yet he turns out to be a very competent kidnapper.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Once he's beaten in the Midnight Channel (and provided you spare him), he joins with helping the team's efforts to stop the murders.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He hits it after Mayumi dies and only gets worse as the events of the game continue. It makes sense, since his part of Izanagi represents despair. Thankfully, he gets better.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Falls into this after the scandal involving his affair. The murders only worsen his problem.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: It's possible to talk to him in around May, well before he takes action.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the extended epilogue of Golden, it is revealed that Namatame has been released from prison early and has begun putting his life together again. When the protagonist returns to Inaba, he sees Namatame making a speech about his plan to return to public office again to atone for the mistakes he had done over the last year. A few years later, he is currently the state secretary of Inaba.
  • Easily Forgiven: Justified. After the Killer is apprehended, he is released from prison with his slate wiped clean. Apparently, none of the people he kidnapped pressed charges (including the Dojimas) and his incoherent ramblings and inability to reproduce his methods were not enough to implicate him of any crime, which means there was basically a lack of evidence. The fact that he genuinely thought he was doing good and saving people at the time, plus the fact that he ended up helping the heroes catch the true culprit later on, and genuinely feels guilty for his actions may have contributed to this.
  • Final Boss: If you fail to realize he's not the killer or fail to deduce the killer's true identity, he is the last boss.
  • Foil: To both Yu and Adachi, in their assigned roles as the agents of Despair, Hope and Emptiness respectively. Unlike both of them, he never awakened his Persona powers properly, leading to he and they following very different paths:
    • Much like Yu, he is trying to use his powers to save people. Unfortunately, his actions end up putting those he throws into the TV in danger, while Yu ends up rescuing them from death. Namatame is isolated from the rest of the town and has seemingly no points of contact other than his father who runs the delivery service, while Yu has an entire team of True Companions behind him and a broad range of options for social interaction besides. On the flipside, both flail around trying to find out who the Killer is without realising who it is, and both are ultimately pawns of Adachi.
    • He and Adachi both arrive in town under acrimonious circumstances, one because he was fired for having an affair that went public, the other for an unspecified mistake that got him Reassigned to Antarctica. Both put people inside the TV, but for completely different reasons. Namatame is apologetic after he's captured and takes responsibility for his actions whereas Adachi is mostly remorseless even once he's stopped and constantly dodging the blame for his actions.
  • Forced to Watch: Despite trying to save them both, he could only watch as Mayumi and Saki died violently on the Midnight Channel.
  • For Want of a Nail: Had Adachi not picked up on his frantic calls to the police, none of the kidnappings would've occurred as Adachi suggested he should do that after realizing that he has the ability to interact with TV's as well.
  • A God Am I: Develops a messiah complex at some point, believing that he is a righteous savior, protecting the innocent. The truth is a lot more complicated than that.
  • The Heavy: While it turns out that he wasn't the killer after all, his actions nonetheless drive the plot. His kidnappings were what led to the formation of the Investigation Team and led to what it is now. The real killer deliberately manipulated him into serving this role, ensuring that the murder mystery he'd triggered would continue to wreak havoc in the town.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He's not even much of a heel to begin with given his good intentions, but after he's given the chance to explain himself, he dedicates his motivations to the Investigation Team and becomes both an ally to them and the reason they can catch the real villain.
  • Heel Realization: Throughout the game, he kidnaps people he saw on the Midnight Channel and throws them into the TV to protect them from a Serial Killer. He sincerely believes that the TV World is a safe place, and that they are returned to the real world after the danger has passed. What he doesn't realize is that they can't escape on their own, and once the fog lifts in the TV World, they will be killed by the Shadows. Once he himself enters the TV to escape police pursuit, it hits him just how wrong he was, and he does everything he can to assist the party as atonement.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Fail to complete the Heaven dungeon on time and he learns the hard way why throwing people in the TV was a bad idea. One of the bad endings has the Investigation Team throw him back in the TV, where he will be killed by shadows just like the people he tried to save would have been.
  • Ignored Epiphany: When questioned by the Investigation Team in the hospital, he admitted that when he entered the TV World for the first time, he realised that it was not the safe haven that he thought it was. However, caught up in his own messianic delusions and the trauma he had been through, he remained in denial.
  • Interrupted Suicide: When the investigation team go to speak to him in the hospital, he is seen sitting by an open window he was trying to climb out of.
  • Karmic Death: The Investigation Team has the option to invoke this on him by throwing him back into the TV after learning that he probably won’t be tried for nearly getting several people killed due to the supernatural nature of his crimes and after being taunted with this fact by his shadow. Unfortunately this ends up being subverted since he was being tricked into “saving” people by Adachi and doing so leads to a bad ending.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Downplayed in Persona 5 as you need to watch two specific TV programs on seperate days to learn that he wasn't the Inaba Killer, as he's noted as the state secretary of Inaba on one program, while the true killer is being interviewed on the second one.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Essentially the reason behind Namatame being an antagonist. To his knowledge, throwing potential targets into the TV World is saving them from suffering the same fate of Mayumi or Saki. The fact that Yukiko and the others all survive is proof of this for Namatame. Having never stepped foot into the TV World himself, he had no idea of the dangers he was putting them in.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After he realizes that his actions could have potentially caused more deaths.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Kunino-sagiri has elements of this, including a billowy T-shirt with a heart and peace symbol on it, in addition to frequently making the two-fingered peace sign (which he uses to attack).
  • Nice Guy: Really, he is. The only reason he's listed on the Antagonist page is because of the Obliviously Evil nature of his actions causing trouble for the people of Inaba. When he realizes his errors, he shows himself to be a good man who wants to protect innocent people.
  • Not Me This Time: In the endings where you spare him but fail to catch the true killer, despite confessing to the multiple kidnappings, he flatly denies involvement in the murders of Mayumi and Saki. This is also brought up if you nail the killer; Dojima notes that he has shaky motives and an ironclad alibi.
  • Obliviously Evil: He genuinely believes he's "saving" people by throwing them into the TV. Unfortunately, because of his own flawed understanding of the TV World and the Killer's manipulations, he never realized that doing this would have actually killed them instead, and indeed is how the Killer offed the first two victims. Once he discovers the truth about the TV world, he is horrified and becomes desperate to atone.
  • Punny Name: Taro Namatame, as in Tarot.
  • Red Herring: Turns out he's not the mastermind of the murders. Go figure.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Kunino-Sagiri in the original Japanese myth is just a minor fertility god. He's not an angelic abomination.
  • Sanity Slippage: By the time the Investigation Team catches up to him, he is clearly losing his mind. His crazed and delusional demeanor does nothing to sway the Investigation Team away from believing he’s the real killer.
  • Shadow Archetype: For the entire investigation team. Just like them, he was trying to protect people from the Killer. However, he was completely alone, meaning he had nobody to keep his sense of reality in check, resulting in a series of mental breakdowns and a twisted messiah complex. It doesn't help that he was being manipulated by the killer into doing his work for him through exploiting his flawed understanding of the TV World.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: He knows that his affair with Mayumi was wrong, but he genuinely loved her, the feeling was mutual, and his relationship with his wife was often troubled even before the affair.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: Makara Break is a move Kunino-sagiri will take advantage of during its first phase to keep you from reflecting its attacks back at it. Yet, it stops using anything other than ma-dyne spells the entire part of the fight that is Quad Converge. This allows you to feed his him own powerful magical attacks with impunity.
  • Tarot Motifs: The reversed Judgement; a lack of reflection and self-evaluation. Overwhelmed by the despair and his own messiah complex, Namatame never really reflected on the decisions he had made and whether or not he's actually saving people. He admits to the Investigation Team in the hospital that he started to have his doubts, but nonetheless continued his kidnappings. Had he actually stopped to reevaluate his methods, perhaps none of the tragedies with Nanako's kidnapping would have happened.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He manages to regain a normal life after the events of the game and the new ending in Golden even has him running for mayor. Persona 5 eventually reveals he became the state secretary for Inaba.
  • Too Long; Didn't Dub: It's pretty noticeable when Matthew Mercer takes over for Namatame in Golden, since Atlus reused all of his previous audio, only recording new lines for the parts where he talks about the game's new events.
  • Tragic Villain: He’s only (technically) a villain because of a massive Trauma Conga Line and the manipulations of Adachi. He’s not some insane Serial Killer. He’s a distressed man being manipulated into believing that he’s the only one who can save people from the Killer
  • Trauma Conga Line: Geez, this guy had it rough, to say the least:
    • He is stuck in a loveless marriage with his wife, whose singing career caused them to drift apart.
    • His affair with Mayumi is exposed, resulting in him being the subject of a public scandal that saw him losing his job and divorced with his wife.
    • Not long after, he discovered that the woman that he loved was found dead, and saw her die in front of his own eyes on the Midnight Channel.
    • He then fails to save Saki Konishi as well, and had to watch her die on the Midnight Channel just like Mayumi did.
    • He ends up becoming an Unwitting Pawn to the Killer, who exploits Namatame's desire to save people by throwing them into the TV World, making him The Scapegoat for the very murders that he tried to prevent.
    • He later escapes into the TV World himself, only to find that he's trapped in the Midnight Channel with Nanako, where he ends up getting possessed by the shadows around him to become an angel-like monstrosity born from an aspect of a cognitive god.
    • When Nanako apparently dies by his actions, the Investigation Team became so pissed that they came very close to dumping him into the TV world the same way he did his victims which would result in him being killed.
    • Finally, there's his realization that his attempts to save people was what was endangering them in the first place.
  • The Unfought: His Shadow shows up on the TV after Namatame is captured to taught the Investigation Team into throwing Namatame back in but is never fought. The Investigation Team mistake Kunino-Sagiri for his shadow but it was actually a monster implanted by Izanami.
  • Unwitting Pawn: His original idea to throw people into the TV World came from the Killer, who would continue to sit back and enjoy the suffering he was obliviously causing. Ultimately, along with the Protagonist and the Killer, he is one of the Greater-Scope Villain's three "game pieces" — Despair, in his case — meant to determine what humanity desires most.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Though he may have had nothing but the best of intentions, Chie rightfully calls Namatame out on never questioning the nature of the TV World.

    The Killer 

    The Fog 

The Fog Bringer

Ameno-sagiri is the power in the Midnight Channel that created the fog and is the one responsible for pushing it into the real world. It possesses Adachi after his defeat by the Investigation Team to explain itself. Ameno-sagiri's goal is to cover the world in fog and convert mankind into blissfully ignorant Shadows because it earnestly thinks that's what humanity wants. The Investigation team has to fight him to put a stop to the spreading of the fog.

In the True Ending, the Greater-Scope Villain reveals that Ameno-sagiri was simply an avatar it created to go about its business.

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: In the Animation, giving it an otherworldly effect.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In The Golden Animation, Ameno-sagiri shows up for all of a minute before being one-shotted by Yu. He doesn't even get any lines, making him more of a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere. To rub salt in the wound, by the time he showed up, Yu was visually spent from the prior battle with Adachi. To a lesser degree, in The Animation, while Ameno-sagiri almost kills Yu and is only defeated with the help of the party's ultimate Personasnote , he goes down after a fairly brief battle, in contrast to the game, where Ameno-sagiri takes significantly longer to defeat than Adachi.
  • As Long as There Is Evil: After his defeat, he points out that he'll always be watching and will return if mankind wishes it.
  • Battle Theme Music: "The Almighty".
  • Big Bad Ensemble: He's the one controlling the Fog of Doom that plagues the TV World and is seeping into the real world, while Adachi committed the murders. He's not the one ultimately responsible for the game's plot, though - that honor goes to the Greater-Scope Villain.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: A villain with black sclera. Well, only a single eye.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: "Mankind's desires are my desires."
  • Demonic Possession: Of Adachi, after the former's defeat.
    • There is evidence to support that Ameno-sagiri may have intervened and possessed Teddie's Shadow as well, or even brought it into existence. Rise senses a "strong presence intervene", and Shadow Teddie shares such traits as voice, diction, and eyes with Ameno-sagiri. Moreover, unlike almost every other Shadow, Teddie did not seem to understand a word his Shadow self said, which would be odd. It is also the only Shadow self in the game that transforms without being denied at all, and doesn't share the Arcana of its host. (Teddie's arcana is The Star, Shadow Teddie's is The Moon).
  • Didn't See That Coming: Ameno-sagiri never expected people to overcome their Shadows and gain Personas. This is what gets him curious enough to let the Team test their resolve against him.
  • Electronic Eyes: In The Animation Ameno-sagiri's eye zooms in and out on itself like a camera lens. It even has writing on its eye like a brand.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Very deep in the game, to the point where it's difficult to understand him. This is toned back in the Animation, particularly in the Japanese version, where he is voiced by the high-pitched Ryūsei Nakao.
  • Eye Beams: A sweeping laser beam that hits the entire party.
  • Final Boss: If you do not get the True Ending, or reach the Bonus Dungeon in Golden.
  • Fog of Doom: The source of it.
  • Foreshadowing: There are clues which imply that Ameno-saigiri is not the true mastermind.
    • He's a minor god in Japanese myth. A MegaTen game usually requires you to kill something bigger than that.
    • He's taken down normally with no twists and turns. Additionally, you usually unlock your own ultimate Persona at the final boss, so why not here— especially when you can unlock the others at this time?
    • If you pay attention to the Velvet Room fusions before you fight him you can actually notice endgame personas at level 80+ that you cannot fuse at your level when fighting him, sometimes level 90+ ones such as Ardha.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Subverted. It seems like this, but Ameno-sagiri was hinted to have possessed Teddie's Shadow earlier. This is more apparent in the Animation when Izanagi's killing blow stabs what looks like a miniature version of Ameno-sagiri.
  • Graceful Loser: After his defeat, he congratulates the Investigation Team for proving their strength and resolve.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: Since he thinks this is humanity's mindset, he continues to preach to the Investigation Team that they should just stop fighting and embrace the fog.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "I never tire of observing fools like yourselves." Another hint that it created the Shadow that says this.
  • Light Is Not Good: His God's Judgement attack is a Light skill.
  • No-Sell: In battle he spends a few turns generating more fog that leaves him immune to all damage.
  • Oculothorax: He's an eye with a torso.
  • Pieces of God: One of the fragments of the main Greater-Scope Villain.
  • Pre-Final Boss: If you figure out how to access the true ending, but haven't reached the Golden Bonus Dungeon, Ameno-sagiri is the penultimate boss fight of the game.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Ameno-sagiri is a minor mountain god in the original Japanese myth and not a robotic eyeball that tries to take over the world with Shadows.
  • Technicolor Eyes: More like "Prism Eye".
  • Voice of the Legion: Mixes his voice with Adachi's while possessing the latter.

    The Avatar (Golden only) 

Marie (Kusumi-no-Okami)
The Fog Bearer
Click here to see Kusumi-no-Okami 

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese) and Eden Riegel (English)

A new character and Velvet Room resident introduced in Persona 4 Golden, and the Aeon (XX) Social Link.

Marie's true identity is Kusumi-no-Okami, a divine subordinate of Ameno-sagiri and one of three Pieces of God born from the Greater-Scope Villain, the other two being Ameno-sagiri and Kunino-sagiri. Her role is to gain insight into humanity's inner workings, and absorb the mists of Ameno-sagiri and Kunino-sagiri in the event of their defeat. If you complete the Aeon Social Link she regains her memories but is possessed against her will by Ameno-sagiri after his initial defeat, making her the second Big Bad and the new Final Boss if you fail to unlock the True Ending on your last day in town.

In the epilogue of Golden, she becomes a weather forecaster under the alias of Mariko Kusumi, using her rediscovered powers to control the weather in the region and more or less announce what she's going to do each day on TV. If romanced, she'll also confess her love for the Protagonist at the end of her weather report.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Intended to contain the fog should both Kunino-sagiri and Ameno-sagiri bite the dust.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: After losing her memories, she becomes your friend. Before losing them, she was your enemy.
  • Amnesiac God: Is actually a divine underling of Ameno-sagiri called Kusumi-no-Okami.
  • Anti-Villain: As one of the Pieces of God controlling the fog, she technically serves as the secondary Big Bad. However, her Amnesiac Dissonance means that she is pretty much in total opposition to their goals, and legitimately considers the Investigation Team to be her friends.
  • Attack Reflector: Her Alienation Wall skill will reflect all physical attacks. Her Shell of Denial skill will reflect all magic attacks, including Almighty spells.
  • Barrier Warrior: As Kusumi-no-Okami, she can automatically reflect every kind of attack except Almighty.
  • Becoming the Mask: In the True Ending, like Teddie she abandons her life as a Shadow to live as a human. In her case, she becomes a weather forecaster under the alias "Mariko Kusumi".
  • The Berserker: Fights like one in her battle, as she's attempting to resist the fog's influence.
  • Big Bad Friend: Is one of the many Pieces of God that command the fog.
  • Bonus Boss: The only way you fight her is by maxing out Marie's Social Link.
  • Brick Joke: Seems Nanako was right about weather forecasters determining the weather, as shown when Marie takes the job in the extended epilogue.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Her Draining Fog attack sucks out the party's 50 SP but inflicts some damage on herself every time she uses it. Her Endurance stat is pretty low too, which makes the boss fight one-sided if the party has enough Breaker items and Repel Joue armors in their inventory.
  • Closed Circle: Her dungeon, The Hollow Forest, serves as this. You can't bring any money or items in with you and you can't take any money or items out. All you get are your Personas, special equipment, and whatever items you happen to find in the dungeon.
  • Death Seeker: Part of an attempted Heroic Sacrifice, she goes into the Midnight Channel and creates the Hollow Forest in an attempt to prevent the fog from returning.
  • Demonic Possession: When the Investigation team reach her and nearly convince her to come back with them, the fog takes over her and she attempts to kill the team.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: You can hang out with her through her social link as Marie.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: And romance her too, as Marie.
  • Disney Death: Seems to disappear after Izanami's defeat, only to show up in the Epilogue as a weather forecaster.
  • Down in the Dumps: Her dungeon; The Hollow Forest, consists of wrecked versions of places she's been to in her Social Link, such as bits of the food court at Junes and the sign.
  • The Dragon: She serves as this for Ameno-sagiri and Kunino-sagiri, though not of her volition.
  • Evil Costume Switch: When she regains her memories, she switches from her usual ensemble to a white and red robe.
  • Final Boss: If you complete the Aeon Social link but fail to get the true ending.
  • God Is Good: She is described as "The fertile will that protects those who live in this land and fulfills their wishes," providing something of a counterpoint to Ameno-sagiri.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Along with a healthy dose of red.
  • Helpless Good Side: Forces beyond her control command her power, leaving her to unwittingly serve as Ameno-sagiri's Dragon. Once Ameno-sagiri is defeated, her powers go out of control, and she must hide away to prevent her evil side from destroying the world.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Though she looks human, she's actually a Shadow representing an aspect of humanity as a whole.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: What the added boss fight with her in Golden (if you max her Social Link before fighting Adachi) boils down to.
  • Implied Love Interest: Even post-reveal, she gets a lot of Ship Tease with the Protagonist/Yu.
  • In the Hood: A hooded cloak to go with her divine appearance.
  • King of All Cosmos: In the end, she becomes a weather reporter who changes the weather on a cheerful whim, but makes sure she doesn't cause a drought.
  • Light Is Not Good: She's the game's secondary Big Bad.
  • Literal Split Personality: While she, Ameno-sagiri, and Kunino-sagiri are Pieces of God, Marie represents their collective desire to protect humanity. When the desire to grant the wishes of humanity and the desire to protect them grew too distant from each other, her original personality split in two.
  • Macabre Moth Motif: She has a design that resembles a moth when in the form of Kusumi-no-Okami.
  • Manchurian Agent: Due to her amnesia, she wasn't aware of this fact while she was doing it.
  • Meaningful Rename: Her "Mariko" alias in the extended epilogue came from the names of her two identities.
  • The Mole: Her role in the large scheme of things was to blend in with humanity to determine their desire.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Uses an attack called "Hot Lightning", but it actually does Almighty damage.
  • No-Sell: As Kusumi-no-Okami, the only way you can even damage her normally is by using Almighty attacks. (Though you receive "Breaker" items in The Hollow Forest that temporarily remove the resistance of your choice.)
  • Once More, with Clarity!: All of Marie's overdramatic, hammy poems take a much darker turn as she recites them in the Hollow Forest.
  • One-Winged Angel: Her goddess form: a caped, mothlike giant that resembles Kaguya, the ultimate Persona of her Arcana.
  • Pre-Final Boss: If you complete the Aeon Social Link and figure out the path to the true ending, she's Golden's penultimate boss.
  • Ret-Gone: Marie's fate should the Protagonist decides not to request Margaret to look into Marie's disappearance or leaves the television without completing the Hollow Forest.
  • Shadow Archetype: Kusumi-no-Okami pretty much serves as Marie's Shadow Self, what with it's desire for blissful ignorance over the harsh reality Marie herself is struggling to face.
  • Shock and Awe: Her Hot Lightning attack, despite being an Almighty skill.
  • Shoo the Dog: After the first phase of her battle ends and she starts losing control of herself, she starts yelling that, among other things, she hates the Investigation Team so that they'll leave her alone. No one believes it.
  • Split-Personality Merge: In the True Ending, she merges with the rest of the Pieces of God after the Investigation Team's victory.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The counterpart to Ryoji from Persona 3.
  • Take a Third Option: She locked herself into the Hollow Forest because at this point she only had two options. Either release the fog inside of her to complete Ameno-sagiri's goal, or to erase herself and the fog along with her. The Investigation Team gets the idea to destroy the fog as it manifests inside her (her One-Winged Angel form) to free her from it.
  • Tarot Motifs: Reversed Aeon— destructive habits, repeating bad decisions, and an inability to move beyond them.
  • Tears of Blood: Invoked in her helmet's design as Kusumi-no-Okami.

    The Mastermind 

The Goddess of Yomi
Click here to see Izanami as the Moel Gas Station Attendant 
Click here to see Izanami's goddess form 
Click here to see Izanami-no-Okami 

Voiced by: Romi Park, Daisuke Namikawa (as Moel Gas Station attendant), Ryūsei Nakao (Japanese, as Ameno-sagiri and the gas station attendant, The Animation), Karen Strassman (English), Derek Stephen Prince (English, as Moel Gas Station attendant, The Animation), Johnny Yong Bosch (English, as Ameno-sagiri, The Animation)

An extremely ancient and powerful manifestation of the collective unconscious styled after a goddess from traditional Japanese folklore, or perhaps its basis. You initially hear her name during a class lecture midway through the game: Izanami was the wife who died in childbirth of a god named Izanagi. But when Izanagi went to bring his wife back from the underworld, he saw she had become a rotting corpse and fled. Enraged, Izanami chased after her husband to the entrance of the underworld, where Izanagi sealed her in. Izanami then threatened to curse 1,000 people to die every day unless she was freed, only for Izanagi to promise that each day he would give life to 1,500 new ones.

While Izanami herself doesn't specify how much of the legend is true, she is the mastermind behind all the events in Inaba. In an attempt to fulfill the desires of humanity, she creates the world inside the TV and grants three Unwitting Pawns, the Protagonist, Namatame, and Adachi, the power to enter. Her plan is to then create a new world for humanity that matches the quality of the pawn whose actions are the most prolific. Because Adachi, who represents Emptiness, has the greatest effect, Izanami deems that humanity wants to live in self-deception and plans to slowly turn all of humanity into Shadows.

In the True Ending, after Adachi and Ameno-sagiri are defeated, the Protagonist may surmise that something about the case still seems unresolved, and traces the events in Inaba back to Izanami, who has been watching everything unfold as the local gas station's attendant. She reveals that Ameno-sagiri was merely an alter-ego that she created long ago, and she still plans on granting Adachi's wish despite his defeat.

After the Investigation Team chases her through Yomotsu Hirasaka, Izanami nearly manages to kill them all. However, the power of the Protagonist's Social Links revives him, and he destroys her in a single attack with the power of the World Arcana in the form of Izanagi-no-Okami.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the anime. She's still arrogant but is far less condescending than her game incarnation.
  • Affably Evil: Downplayed. She is polite and has noble motivations, but she's also very condescending and arrogant.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: She's a manifestation of the negative aspects of humanity's collective desires.
  • Assimilation Plot: Her plan after determining Adachi was the winner of the experiment.
  • Badass Armfold: Her default pose when you fight her during her first phase, though she is in a straight-jacket in that form, so it's not like she can use any other arm position.
  • Battle Theme Music: "Fog" as Izanami, "The Genesis" as Izanami-no-Okami.
  • Beneath Notice: Why would anyone suspect a lowly gas station attendant to be anyone of note? Hell, why would the player...? She only appears on one major cutscene towards the beginning of the game, and doesn't even get a character portrait until after the reveal of her true identity.
  • Bifauxnen: Looks like a feminized Doppelganger of the protagonist.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Like Ameno-sagiri, before the actual fighting starts she loves to rail on about how what she's doing, despite its blatant unfairness, is just and for the good of mankind and what mankind wants and how going against her in that makes you wrong. Once you actually confront her, she of course becomes quite arrogant and vicious, addressing your party as "mere mortals" and the like since they oppose the wishes for humanity. This may be due to the party opposing her desire to grant humanity's wish instead of actual malevolence, as she will congratulate the protagonist upon defeating her and showing that the wish of the few can overcome the desire of the many, but then again...
    • If you've sought out the true ending and save Marie, she refers to the fog as "pointless". The fog, the basis of her entire plan and its outcome.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: She wants to abide by her experiment and only acts because she believes that's what humanity truly wants. The problem is that she really does not understand humans all that well, and the "true desire" she perceived is not something the Investigation Team wants.
  • Character Portrait: It's worth noting that even though she's the third character you meetnote  and appears on rainy days throughout the entire game, she doesn't get a portrait until after you've figured out she's the one responsible for everything that happened in The True Ending.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Minor character who offers you a "contract" on your first day in town? Turns that gas station attendant is the Greater-Scope Villain.
  • The Chessmaster: Used three Unwitting Pawns in trying to figure out mankind's desires.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Like all deities in the Persona universe, she comes from and sees herself as an agent of humanity's desires. As such, she gives this as the reason you'll never be able to beat her.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Izanami-no-Okami looks like it will be this due to its decrepit appearance and its reduced stats. However, she gets higher HP, several party debuff spells, hard-hitting Almighty spells that can cause status ailments, an attack that instantly kills those afflicted with any status ailment, and gets two turns in a row each time.
  • Creepy Gas-Station Attendant: Zig-zagged as the gas station itself is well off and in a town and that she's pretty friendly and normal-looking. Later...
    • Adults don't really mind her, but kids find her particularly off-putting, with Nanako regarding her as strange, and the Spacy Girl NPC seeing her as both a man and a woman.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: The amount of punishment she can take is immense, and she doesn't even have the highest HP in the game.
  • Dark Reprise: Her second theme, The Genesis, incorporates an extremely creepy, dirge-like version of the investigation team's main theme I'll Face Myself.
  • Didn't See That Coming: In the anime, even though Yu was perfectly content in living in a Lotus-Eater Machine she created for him, Margaret breaking into it pretty much ended that plan.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Seriously, the gas station attendant?
  • Doppelgänger: As seen from her Character Portrait, her goddess form looks disturbingly like the Protagonist, at least from his point of view. This also serves a bit of a Continuity Nod to Persona 2, where Philemon's own Unwitting Pawn Tatsuya punches him in the face, only to find that behind Philemon's Tatsuya's own face. Nyarlathotep similarly shows up with Tatsuya's face, after the hero's actions make him Nyarlathotep's unwitting pawn in Eternal Punishment.
  • Duel Boss: After defeating her in her second form, Izanami sends the party into the Underworld though the Protagonist is later brought back, forcing him to fight Izanami by himself.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Her degraded appearance was so legendarily hideous this is the best description for it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She outright calls Adachi evil as you progress through her dungeon.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Subverted. She is the antagonistic goddess of death, but her core motivation is essentially philanthropy, however warped.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She's incapable of understanding why the Investigation Team resists her plan. Of course, she isn't technically "evil", she just has problems understanding humans.
  • Face Death with Dignity: More so in The Animation as she's completely composed and somewhat delighted when Yu Narukami eradicates her with Izanagi-no-Okami's Myriad Truths.
  • Fallen Hero: At least in her myth. In Golden, Marie eventually revealed to be the positive aspects of the story.
  • Femme Fatalons: She has 14 in total, and those 12 massive claws are not just for show.
  • Fighting a Shadow: All your attacks eventually go right through her first boss form, forcing you to use the "Orb of Sight" to reveal her true self.
  • Foreshadowing: Plenty of it.
    • The player might not remember it for long, but when the gas station attendant gives you a handshake, you actually do feel dizzy. Since the Attendant was Izanami, she gave you the ability to enter the TV World.
    • There's a lecture partway through the game that serves no purpose but to bring players unfamiliar with her myth up to speed.
    • In the animation, the Gas Station Attendant can be seen in Episode 22 where fog starts engulfing Inaba. When a man in a gas mask goes insane, the attendant was there, but his reaction was unfazed at most. Not surprising for the person who actually instigated it.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: In both her goddess and true forms. Doesn't last when she gets serious.
  • Full-Body Disguise: Twice; not only is her gas station attendant form fake, but so is the goddess form she initially presents to the Protagonist.
  • The Game Never Stopped: In the anime, the True End episode has Yu confront her in the streets, where she drops hints that he'd be horrified if he knew what was really going on. It turns out the boss fight against her and the conversation are happening at the same time and all of his friends are being swallowed up by Shadows.
  • Gender Bender: As the gas station attendant, she appears rather androgynous - her lack of dialogue portrait until The Reveal makes it even harder to tell what gender she is. In the Japanese game/anime and the English dub of the anime, the attendant speaks with a male voice, but in the English dub of the game the attendant speaks with a husky, yet distinctly-feminine voice. Nanako describes the attendant as being male. When she reveals herself as Izanami, she loses the male voices. In English, her voice loses the huskiness and becomes more obviously feminine.
  • Glamour Failure: The gas attendant does a horrid job trying to conceal her existence. Starting from when she gave you a handshake you had an odd headache for whatever reason to the fact that the attendant only appears on rainy days, the only thing that makes her able to fool you is the first and only major encounter with her prior to The Reveal is that it's the start of the game, and she never reveals herself as Izanami or play any other role until the endgame.
  • God Couple: Was a goddess married to the god Izanagi.
  • Graceful Loser: "Children of man… Well done…!"
  • Greater-Scope Villain: She is responsible for the awakening of Yu, Adachi and Nametame's Personas, and controlled the fog through Ameno-sagiri. But after giving her three pawns their powers, she doesn't do anything but watch for the majority of the year. It's only after the true culprit behind the serial murders is defeated that she involves herself through Ameno-sagiri, and only after Yu confronts her after guessing that she had something to do with it that she directly gets involved.
  • Herald: She hands the Protagonist and his two counterparts the keys to the Call Reception Area.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: She is defeated by one of her three Unwitting Pawns and his new found friends, who refused her Adachi-derived judgment on humanity.
  • Humanity on Trial: Her motivation for giving the Protagonist, Namatame and Adachi their powers. This version lacks the Kill All Humans results, instead leading to her deciding she knows what is best for humanity and doesn't care if humans disagree with her.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Her human and goddess disguises make her look human, when in fact she's a shape shifting Anthropomorphic Personification of humanity.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Though she did lift the fog as Ameno-sagiri, she reveals that she was going to bring it back anyway sometime in the near future.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is doing what she feels is best for humanity, but she can nonetheless be very condescending when she makes her points. Played down in the anime.
  • Just Toying with Them: After her HP is depleted in One-Winged Angel it turns out that she was pulling punches the entire since she keeps fighting anyways before wiping out the party with Thousand Curses. When Yu shrugs off the attack she pulls out Oho Ikazuchi which does 999 (the highest HP for the game). It's implied that despite her HP getting depleted she didn't actually take any real damage before Izanagi-No-Okami was used against her, on top of her holding back attacks that could have ended the fight much sooner.
  • Kick the Dog: During her confrontation with Yu at the shopping district in Golden, she calls Marie a "stunted dwarf of a life" and a "rubbish" who is only suitable for "getting rid of that pointless fog".
  • Knight Templar: Downplayed, in that it's more due to her naivete about humans than thinking that she is the ultimate moral authority in things. She still refuses to reconsider her judgement until the fight is punched out of her, though.
  • Light Is Not Good: She's one of the Co-creators of Japan and the Goddess of Death, has a black, white and red color scheme and uses almighty and death based powers. Despite all that, she's a Well-Intentioned Extremist at heart.
  • Literal Split Personality: While Ameno-sagiri and Kunino-sagiri are avatars of Izanami, Izanami-no-Okami represents Izanami-no-Mikoto's desire to grant the wishes of humanity. When the desire to grant the wishes of humanity and the desire to protect them grew too distant from each other, the original goddess split in two. Marie reabsorbs the other parts of herself after the defeat of Izanami-no-Okami.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: In the anime her goal was changed from turning humanity to trapping them in their own individual dream worlds. She offers Yu the chance to never leave his friends, even though it's the exact same day. He gladly accepts this, up until Margaret breaks into it.
  • Mad God: Unable to reconcile her dual purposes of fulfilling mankind's wishes and protecting them once humans began to indulge in delusion and self-destructive behavior, her soul and being fragmented.
  • Making a Splash: World's End, which manifests as an immense flood that causes great damage and inflicts status ailments.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Technically, the goddess behind the three men and two minor gods.
  • Master of Illusion: A relatively rare Greater-Scope Villain example.
  • Mythology Gag: Persona 4 is the first Shin Megami Tensei game since the original Megami Tensei Famicom duology (in which she was reincarnated) that a version of Izanami is a key participant in the plot.
  • Nominal Importance: Subverted to screw with the player. She doesn't get a name or a portrait until after The Reveal.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Has an attack called "Kuro Ikazuchi", as well as a scripted attack called "Oho Ikazuchi". Despite "Ikazuchi" being the Japanese word for "Thunder", both attacks do Almighty damage.
  • Not Me This Time: When Naoto does her Summation, Izanami admits to her accusations, except for creating the Midnight Channel; it already existed and she only created a bridge between it and our world.
  • Obliviously Evil: Espeically in the anime. She believes that she is doing humanity a favor by trapping them in worlds shapped by their own desires. If what Yu had was any indication, the perfect worlds she tries to give humans can easily turn into worlds of eternal suffering instead of a paradise, and she appears completely clueless about to it.
  • One-Hit KO: Her One-Winged Angel has two different moves that kill instantly. The first is Summons to Yomi which instantly kills anybody with a status ailment. When her HP is depleted she will use Thousand Curses which instantly kills a party member and prevents them being revived. She will use this to wipe out the entire party, but thankfully Yu wil be able to get back up and gain Izanagi-No-Okami, which allows him to No-Sell the attack.
  • One-Winged Angel: "Well then...allow me to show you my full splendor..."
  • Physical God: Unlike Adachi, her claim to be a goddess is not exaggerating.
  • Psycho Electro: Her final form is immune to Electric attacks to counter Izanagi, and favors the usage of two Almighty attacks that resemble intense lightning storms, Kuro Ikazuchi (Black Thunder) and Oho Ikazuchi (Great Thunder).
  • Reality Warper: Turned Yomotsu Hirasaka into the Midnight Channel, and by extension is responsible for it morphing with each new victim. By the end of the game it starts affecting the real world.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has blood red eyes in her undisguised forms.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Averted. Her myth makes it sound like she should be sealed away on the other side of the TV. In actuality, she's been working at the gas station all year.
  • Shadow Archetype: For the entire human race. Though if her myth and motivations are to be believed, this wasn't always the case.
  • Shapeshifter: A human form, a goddess form, and her rotted true form are the only forms you get to see. Given what her fragments look like, she probably has much more than this.
  • Stupid Good: Deconstructed horrifyingly. Izanami sees all humans equally, to the point she decides that a sociopath who murdered two people for fun is the best example of humanity's true desire because his actions were the most prolific amongst her three pawns, and then tries to help him give everyone what he believes they really want: Oblivion. The Investigation Team actually do admit that Izanami might not be wrong about what most of humanity wants before fighting her, it's just that they don't want that kind of world.
  • Tarot Motifs: Reversed World, fittingly enough. An inability to grow after shedding the part of herself she deemed unnecessary, assuming she knows what's best for everyone when she really doesn't, and a lack of gratification from the end of the "game" she played with the protagonist.
  • This Was His True Form: Izanami's goddess form is another lie fabricated by the fog. Using the Orb of Sight, her true form is revealed as a giant rotting corpse with eight arms. This is likely a reference to the story of how Izanagi was shocked to see Izanami's appearance during her time in the Underworld.
  • True Final Boss: The boss of the True Ending.
  • The Unfettered: Her only rules are defined by how she views mankind's wishes. Outside of those thin barricades, she can do anything to advance whatever goals are necessary.
  • Undeathly Pallor: As befitting the dead goddess of the Underworld, she looks like she hasn't seen the sun for millennia.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In her gas station disguise, she doesn't even have a character portrait until her true purpose is revealed. Why would someone without a portrait ever be important? Beyond that, the gas station attendant never appears in the main storyline outside of the opening scene - she's only ever found hanging around the gas station on rainy days, and she has no voice acting save for the opening scenenote , suggesting she's just one of the many unimportant NPCs hanging around Inaba.
  • Villain Has a Point: Her talk before the battle against her makes it clear that it's the humans in general who want to live in blissful ignorance, and Naoto admits that she is right about most people. That said, Chie points out that they don't want that kind of world, with Rise expressing a similar sentiment on the party and Dojima's behalf after the Sleeping Table battle, and so the party opposes her as a result.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: In humanity in general, but she specifically narrows it down to three individuals. When confronted at the end, she states that she was "drawn" to the potential in the three of you.
  • The Virus: How her fog works, slowly turning humanity into Shadows.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She and the other Sagiri just want to give humanity what they've always wanted: everlasting peace. The only problem, and a large one at that, is that they don't quite get humans. Because of this they eventually decide that one crazy killer's actions summed up humanity's true desire the best, and thus the best way to achieve their goal is to turn everyone into Shadows, living mindless, meaningless existences.
  • Woman Scorned: Her mythos has her being abandoned and sealed away by her husband after her untimely death.
  • Worthy Opponent: Lauds the Investigation Team's efforts after they defeat her.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Her goal was to determine what humanity wanted and grant that wish, so from her perspective, it didn't matter which of her three pawns proved victorious. Although Yu's victory foils her Assimilation Plot and ultimately leads to her destruction, it also shows her what humanity truly wishes for and allows her to grant that wish, so in a sense, she still accomplished her goal.